CALENDAR FOR APRIL 28
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
• 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/
• 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 email@example.com (put “Forestry workshop” in the subject line) or call (919) 542-8202 to learn more or sign up.
• The Republican Party of Lee County will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lee GOP Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St., Sanford.
• The North Carolina Jump$tart Coalition Financial Literacy Partners Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Quorum Center, 323 W. Jones, Raleigh. This is a networking opportunity with fellow financial education providers, including a formal address by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and lunch at noon. Contact Kelli Cheatham firstname.lastname@example.org for exhibiting information.
• Sen. Ron Rabin (R-Harnett), Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Rep. Mike Stone (R-Lee) announced that they will make five stops on their Harnett County Town Hall Tour. The Town of Angier will host them at 7 p.m. at the Angier Municipal building (Town Board Room), 28 N. Raleigh St., Angier.
• The Lee Small Business Center will present a free seminar titled “Financing Your Existing or Prospective Small Business (CBS)” from 1-3 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Participants will learn what they need to know to make the financing application process go smoothly and get a "yes" from the bank. The presenter is Floria Oates-Williams. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email email@example.com.
• San-Lee Park's Conservation Cubs will meet from 10-11 a.m. at 572 Pumping Station Road. This activity is open to children ages 3-5 with parent. The cost is $6 per child just for today, or $10 for today and May 15, which includes a healthy snack. Pre-registration is preferred. Call (919) 776-6221 and ask for Jaime Osborne or Carrie Council. The theme is “In the Garden.”
• The Lee County Library Trustee meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. in the conference room of the main library on Hawkins Avenue.
• A quarterly membership meeting of Lee County JobReady will be held from noon-1 p.m. in the Lee County High School Culinary Arts Dining Room. Tony Bloedorn, business teacher at LCHS, will discuss a new certification available for accounting students. Other topics will include a Sanford Arts and Vine Festival concert update and election of the JobReady Executive Committee for 2013-2014. To RSVP, send a quick response to firstname.lastname@example.org, respond via the Lee County JobReady Facebook event page or call Jill Williams at (919) 774-6226 x 1241.
• For the past five years, international artist Jessie Stuart Mackay and the Rev. Deacon Tally Bandy have journeyed to Tanzania to work both with schools and villages. Mackay is having her fourth art show to benefit the people of the Dodoma region, a particularly arid, drought-prone area, today through May 5 from 1-4 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene's Episcopal Church, 1145 Seven Lakes Drive, Seven Lakes, N.C. To learn more, visit www.karimutanzania.com or www.jessiemackayart.com.
• The Central Carolina Jaycees and Downtown Sanford Inc. are teaming up again to offer free, family-friendly movies in Depot Park every Friday night through May 17. This year’s theme is adventure, and tonight's movie is “Journey 2.” Movies will start at sunset each Friday night. Additional nights may be scheduled in the case of inclement weather.
• The West Chatham Relay for Life will be held today and tomorrow at the Bray Park baseball field, featuring food, entertainment and numerous activities. A highlight of the event will be the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. honoring those who have survived cancer and those who have lost their battle. Luminarias can be purchased with a $10 donation. To learn more, visit www.wcrfl.info.