CALENDAR FOR JAN. 17

Jan. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The Temple Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings” at 8 p.m. at the theater, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person through the box office ( (919) 774-4155) or online via www.templeshows.com. Prices range from $23 for a regular adult ticket to $13 for children/students. Discounts available for military, Lee County educators and groups of 10 or more ($19 per person).

• Chatham County and United Way of Chatham County have a combined application process for awarding grants to area nonprofits interested in securing funding to support local programs and services. Nonprofit representatives can learn more about the application process by attending a workshop scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon in the Holmes Meeting Room of the Chatham Community Library. The library is located on the campus of the Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro.

SATURDAY

• Sanford Aglow Lighthouse will meet from 10 a.m.-noon at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford (use Bracken Street entrance). Speaker Terah Williams will talk about living with and life after cancer, the power of faith and not letting our history of cancer control our lives. Refreshments will be available. Sanford Aglow meets on the third Saturday of each month except December; the next meeting will be Feb. 15.

• The Temple Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings” at 8 p.m. at the theater, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person through the box office ( (919) 774-4155) or online via www.templeshows.com. Prices range from $23 for a regular adult ticket to $13 for children/students. Discounts available for military, Lee County educators and groups of 10 or more ($19 per person).

• A youth bowling league is now forming, with a first meeting set for 9 a.m. at Kendale Bowling Lanes. The meeting will include new sign ups, as well as establishing rules. Bowling will begin this day as well.

• Chatham Community Library will host a free affordable health care workshop that is open to the public from 9 a.m.-noon in the computer lab of the main branch in Pittsboro. The workshop will be led by certified application counselors and will include one-on-one enrollment sessions. Participants who plan to enroll should bring social security numbers for each person in the household who needs coverage (or document numbers for legal immigrants), employer and income information (such as W-2s or pay stubs) for each person in the household, and policy numbers for any current health insurance anyone in the household currently has. The workshop is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, UNC Healthcare, and Get Covered America. For more information, call the library at (919) 545-8084.

• Author Okey Ndibe will read from his novel, “Foreign Gods Inc.,” at 11 a.m. at McIntyre's Books, located at Fearrington Village Center in Pittsboro. The novel tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery in a plan fueled by desperation. Forced to eke out a living as a cab driver, he is unable to manage the emotional and material needs of his family. When he turns to gambling, his mounting losses compound his woes. And so he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity and those who practice Christianity. For more information, contact Keebe Fitch at keebe@fearrington.com or Missy Fornier at missy@fearrington.com.

• The Lee County Library at 107 Hawkins Ave. will be open from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

SUNDAY

• The Lee County Chapter of the NAACP (#5447) will hold a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 6 p.m. at Blandonia Presbyterian Church in Sanford. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Linda Smith, assistant pastor at First Calvary Baptist Church and Lee County School Board member. Karla's Kids dance ministry and Ms. Brittany Yarborough will be performing at this celebration.

• The Lee County Library at 107 Hawkins Ave. will be closed.

• The Temple Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings” at 2 p.m. at the theater, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person through the box office ( (919) 774-4155) or online via www.templeshows.com. Prices range from $23 for a regular adult ticket to $13 for children/students. Discounts available for military, Lee County educators and groups of 10 or more ($19 per person).

• The 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration, sponsored by Council For Effective Actions & Decisions, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the MLK Memorial Park On South Horner Boulevard. The speaker will be the Rev. Matt Garrett, former president of Central Carolina Community College and lay minister. Music will be rendered by local soloist Shawanda Gill. Local officials in attendance will place the wreath near the memorial wall, and those interested in purchasing an autographed brick in the walkway will be able to do so through the city. Order blanks will be provided.