CALENDAR FOR APRIL 27

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford-Lee County will host Morehead Planetarium from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — which will bring an inflatable planetarium dome that will be able to present full planetarium shows to nearly 30 people at a time. The event is meant to raise awareness of, and to honor, military families while also promoting STEM education, particularly space education. A free raffle will be held for a telescope, donated by one of the clubs' mentors, and the event is free to all members.

• The 14th annual Southern Side by Side Championship will continue today at 9 a.m. at Deep River Sporting Clays, 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. One of the nation's premier shooting competitions, the Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition Spring Classic features competitions for all gauges of side-by-side shotguns. Contact Deep River Sporting Clays at (919) 774-7080 or info@deepriver.net to learn more.

• The 18th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour will be held today and tomorrow from 1-5 p.m. — a self-guided tour, sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market, that features 39 scenic and sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, Durham and Person counties. Those planning to participate can pick the farms they want to visit on the interactive map at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/pft/ and can visit any farm in any order. Printed brochures are available at all Weaver Street Market stores, and proceeds support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. The tour once again features special programming for beginning farmers. Local experts will lead two half-day beginning farmer VIP tours. Tickets for this special program, limited to 23 beginning farmers per tour, are $3.

• Gregg Gelb and His Jazz Trio, with Steve Anderson, piano, and Chris Gelb, drums, will perform from 8-11 p.m. at Dreams Café, 153 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. Call (919) 775-1200 to learn more.

• The Temple Theatre Art Walk will be held from 4-7 p.m., when shops throughout downtown Sanford will host wine tasting and display local artists’ work available via silent auction. Immediately following the art walk, there will be a live auction hosted at The Art Studio, where there will be additional wine and hors de’ oeuvres. The suggested tax deductible donation is $30 in advance or $35 day of. For advance tickets, visit the Temple Box Office or administrative offices. Visit www.templeshows.com to learn more.

• Well-known North Carolina author Jill McCorkle will be stopping in the Triangle for several events in March and April, including a visit today at 2 p.m. to McIntyre’s Books, 220 Market St., Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.

• Lee County's first Great Strides Walk, a fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will begin at 9 a.m. (registration) at the picnic shelter at Kiwanis Park, and the walk will start at 10 a.m. The event will have a Kid’s Zone that will last for approximately an hour near the end of the walk, free to all registered families and their children, as well as a silent auction. To learn more, email greatstridessanford@gmail.com or carolinas@cff.org.

• The Sanford Farmer's Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon in Depot Park, offering locally grown, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. For further details, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985

• A barbecue plate sale will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. The cost is $7 a plate. All proceeds go to Cub Scout Pack 910.

SUNDAY

• The 14th annual Southern Side by Side Championship will continue today at 9 a.m. at Deep River Sporting Clays, 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. One of the nation's premier shooting competitions, the Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition Spring Classic features competitions for all gauges of side-by-side shotguns. Contact Deep River Sporting Clays at (919) 774-7080 or info@deepriver.net to learn more.

n Join a state park ranger on a guided hike of the New Hope Trail, the newest and most strenuous hike in the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, from 2-4 p.m. The hike is free, and the park entrance fee $6 per car. Participants will meet at the trailhead near the restrooms at the New Hope Overlook boat ramp. Register by calling (919) 545-8044. For maps, go to www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/directions.php.

• Fitness Fest with the sixth annual Bike Criterium will be held all day in downtown Sanford. The Brick City Criterium begins at 9 a.m., and the kids' bike race begins at 1:15 p.m. The Brick City 5K and 10K runs begin at 8:15 a.m., and the kids' fun run begins at 9:45 a.m. The crossfit competition begins at 10 a.m. The festival features a rock climbing wall, bounce house, face painting, cheerleading, craft and food vendors and much more. Visit www.sanfordfitnessfest.com to learn more.

• Artist Studios at Fearrington Village presents Art in the Village, an outdoor exhibit and sale showcasing visual artists who live and create in Fearrington, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Village Center. The event will feature exhibitors: painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, fabric artists — a wide variety of styles and media. For more information, visit http://fearringtonartists.blogspot.com/2013/03/art-in-village-spring-2013.html and http://fearringtonartists.org/

MONDAY

• The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on resources for forest landowners from 7-9 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. Many landowners do not know who to turn to for advice or help with questions about their forest land, and this lack of knowledge can have serious negative consequences for landowners, some of whom have been targeted by unscrupulous timber buyers. Organizations and consultants are available to help them develop a plan. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is requested. Email extension.programs@chathamnc.org (put “Forestry workshop” in the subject line) or call (919) 542-8202 to learn more or sign up.