CALENDAR FOR OCT. 6

Oct. 06, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• First Sunday will be held from noon-4 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. On the First Sunday, of each month, notable artists and craft-persons are invited to exhibit their work and visit with their neighbors. The event features food, artists, vendors and more. Those with questions are invited to contact the First Sunday coordinator at pittsborofirstsunday@gmail.com.

• The Abundance Foundation will present the sixth annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival, a celebration of sustainable agriculture, farmers, renewable energy and the creativity of the Piedmont's chefs, brewers and artisans, from 3-7 p.m. at Boulder Park in Briar Chapel, Chatham County.

MONDAY

• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Public Policy Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at The Flame Steakhouse in Sanford. The cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Lee County Commissioner and Mining and Energy Commission Chair Jim Womack will provide an update on the commission's work, which is developing a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration in North Carolina, including the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. His remarks are expected to touch on compulsory pooling, experience in other states, local impact and the commission's soon-to-be-released first report. Registration is required; call (919) 775-7341 or visit sanford-nc.com.

TUESDAY

• The Democratic Women of Lee County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Elizabeth's Pizza & Italian Restaurant in Sanford. Those in attendance are asked to come early if they plan to dine. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State, will be the speaker. For questions, please call Lynda F. Turbeville, president, at (919) 776-9916.

• Cumnock Preservation , a chapter of Blue Ridge Environment Defense League, will hold an organizational meeting for Split Estate Landowners in Lee County from 5-8 p.m. at the Lee County Library Auditorium. The group will be discussing strategies to protect surface land owners. All are welcome.

• The North Carolina Farm Bureau's Healthy Living for a Lifetime initiative will provide free health screenings from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, located on South Horner Boulevard in Sanford. The Farm Bureau's Healthy Living for a Lifetime mobile unit will be equipped for the following screenings: cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density and lung function. Fasting for eight hours is recommended but not required. There will also be organizations from throughout the community to provide local resources to attendees. This event is open to the public. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (919) 706-4159 or visit www.healthylivingforalifetime.com.

• The Downtown Sanford, Inc. monthly board of directors meeting will be held from 8-9 a.m. at 226 Carthage St. (federal building), Sanford. The public is encouraged to attend.

• The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series will present “Churches in Crisis: The Future of Christianity in America” at 7:30 p.m. in Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus in Pinehurst. Christopher Evans, award-winning author and professor of history of Christianity and Methodist studies at the Boston University School of Theology, will give insights into the growing crisis facing mainstream religion in the 21st Century. Admission is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

WEDNESDAY

• San-Lee Park's Conservation Cubs will meet from 10-11 a.m. today (Wednesday) and Oct. 23 at San-Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford. Children ages 3-5 are welcome with parent The cost is st: $6 per child, or both days for $10 per child (includes a healthy snack). Preregistration is preferred. Call (919) 776-6221 to learn more; ask for Jaime Osborne or Carrie Council. The theme is “creepy crawlers.”

• A tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension's Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be held today, and every second Wednesday of the month through November, at 5:30 p.m. Participants should meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace. Visit the garden website at http://go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden to take a virtual tour and learn more.

• A Comprehensive diabetic nutrition class, for people with diabetes, their families and caregivers to provide an overview on what diabetes is and how it relates to diet, will be held at 4 p.m. in the community classroom at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. Carborhydrate counting and the plate method will be reviewed. To register, go to http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4500.