CALENDAR FOR MARCH 13

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• During its semi-annual truckload meat sale,which runs through Saturday, Piggly Wiggly of Sanford will be running a grill truck from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the store, 2412 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford — also offering chips and drinks. Rather than charging for the meal, patrons are asked to make a donation to the Stevens Center. A donation box, and information about the Stevens Center, will be located on site. The Stevens Center is a nonprofit agency serving Lee and surrounding counties by providing personalized services for individuals with developmental disabilities to help them live fulfilling lives.

• Central Carolina Community College will hold an information session on industry workforce certifications that are available for free through the North Carolina Back-to-Work program from 10 a.m.-noon in room 120 at the college’s Lifelong Learning Center at W.B. Wicker, 900 S. Vance St., Sanford. For more information and for registration, call (919) 777-7794 or email hcotten@cccc.edu. The N.C. Back-to-Work program provides pre-employment training for specific entry-level, high demand technical jobs. Training will be short-term and focused on skills that lead to industry-recognized or state-regulated credentials.

• A “Love Your Selfie” event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Big Screen Beauty Salon and Spa, 116 S. Steele St., Sanford. The informational event will feature Dr. Steven M. Zoellner of Pinehurst Plastic Surgery Specialists. Topics to be covered include injectables/fillers, cool sculpting and body contouring procedures. Please RSVP, as space is limited; contact Christy Callaghan at (919) 777-9198 or Pinehurst Plastic Surgery Specialists at (910) 295-1917.

• A Small Business Center seminar titled “Getting it all Done: Time Management for the Small Business Owner and Manager” will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Trying to get everything done can be impossible in today’s up-to-the-minute world. But what if you could set and meet your priorities, work more effectively with the people around you, dig out from under the paperwork and email avalanche and move closer to a balanced life? Register at www.dawcc.com/calendar/ or call Kelly Dehring at Central Carolina SBC to learn more.

• Story time for preschoolers will be held at 11 a.m. at the Main Library on Hawkins Avenue in Sanford. The theme is “green.” For more information, please contact: Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665, x 5484.

• The Sanford Business and Professional Women's Organization will host its fourth annual luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Faye Prosser, WRAL's Smart Shopper, will offer simple strategies for smarter shopping. Register at sanfordbpw.org.

• The Sanford/Lee County Stroke Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The topic is Health Care 101 (things you need to know about health insurance). Featured will be speaker Donna Hewitt, health care reform advisor, and Clint Wutsky, candidate for physical therapy doctorate, UNC. The facilitator is Joy Phillips Murphy.

FRIDAY

• Divas & Friends in Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. in the McIver Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. These singers return with music from the 60s and a tribute to the music of the Beatles. They will be backed up by Bobby Johnson on the drums, Don Gladstone on the bass and David Almond at the piano. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased from the church office at (919) 775-5216 or at the door.

• The Sanford Police Department will conduct a DWI checkpoint from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Highway 78.

• The Parker Homecoming Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford, and will continue tomorrow. Tonight will feature Brian Free & Assurance, along with the Harvesters Quartet and Ivan Parker. General seating is $13 in advance, $15 at the door ($7/$10 for children 10 and under); and Artist Circle Seating is $16 in advance, $18 at the door ($10/$12 for children). Tickets are available from the Carpenter's Shop, Broadway Hardware and Danny Parker ((919) 776-4055).

• Artist Shirley Romero will lead beginners and experienced artists alike in an Inspired Painting Class from 6-8 p.m. at Carolina Artists' Colony, 148 S. Moore St., Sanford. Participants will use Renoir's "Roses in a Vase" as inspiration. Canvas, paints and tools will be provided to use during this $25 class. Participants may bring beverages and snacks of their choice to enjoy and share. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register, as class size will be limited.

• The Sandhills Antique Farm Equipment Club Inc. will hold a farm show, with gates opening at 9 a.m., at Sandhills Farm Park, 200 Alexander Drive, Lillington. The show includes antique tractors, farm equipment, classic cars, trucks and hit-and-miss engines, as well as demonstrations that may include pottery, weaving, soap making, local talent, well drilling, wood stove cooking, blacksmithing and other farm activities. Admission is $5, and military are $4 with ID; children ages 10 and under get in free.

SATURDAY

• 2nd Annual San-Lee Trail Half Marathon will start at 9 a.m. at San-Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford. There is a $35 registration fee, $40 day of if available. Call (919) 776-6221 to learn more, and register at https://stormendurance.com/ses/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=52&zenid=c4c0a13fd7f10d4bd59aec0179afbda6.

• Divas & Friends in Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. in the McIver Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. These singers return with music from the 60s and a tribute to the music of the Beatles. They will be backed up by Bobby Johnson on the drums, Don Gladstone on the bass and David Almond at the piano. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased from the church office, choir members or David Almond. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased from the church office at (919) 775-5216 or at the door.

• A book signing with Guy LoFaro, author of “The Sword of St. Michael,” will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. Books also are available in the gift shop and may be ordered online or by calling (910) 643-2772

• History Hounds, a group of homeschooled children ranging from grades four through 12, will be leading informational walking tours of downtown Sanford from 1:30-3:30 p.m., with tours starting at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot across the street from the old City Hall/fire station (now better known as home to La Dolche Vita) at 143 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. History Hounds is a part of the Tar Heels Junior Historians Association, in association with the North Carolina Museum of History. It is a group of 45 homeschooled kids and teens that learn about the history of North Carolina. People will be on hand to guide participants from stop to stop. The last tour group will be leaving at 2:30 p.m.

• The Lee County Community Orchestra, under the direction of Tara Villa Keith, will present its concert “To and From America” at 8 p.m. at Grace Chapel Church in Sanford, featuring guest artists Jacqueline Culpepper, soprano, and Dan Boye, baritone. The concert will include works by Dvorak, Gershwin, Puccini and Mozart, along with fan favorites from musicals, like “Guys and Dolls,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “An American in Paris.” See www.leecountycommunityorchestra.com/season to learn more.

• The Parker Homecoming Celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The event will feature Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Harvesters Quartet, Ivan Parker and the Parker Family. General seating is $13 in advance, $15 at the door ($7/$10 for children 10 and under); and Artist Circle Seating is $16 in advance, $18 at the door ($10/$12 for children). Tickets are available from the Carpenter's Shop, Broadway Hardware and Danny Parker ((919) 776-4055).

• The Lee County Republican Party will hold its annual precinct meetings and convention at 9:30 a.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.). at the Republican Headquarters, located at 101 S. Steele St., Sanford. During the precinct meetings, elections of delegates to the county, district and state conventions will take place. All interested Republicans are invited to attend; however, to be a voting delegate at the precinct meeting, one must be a registered Republicanas of Jan. 31, 2014. To be a voting delegate to the county, district, and state conventions, one must be a registered Republican as of Jan. 31, 2014.

• Clean Jordan Lake volunteers will participate for the fifth year in the Haw River Assembly’s annual Clean-Up-A-Thon from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Boating, kayaking and walking volunteers will meet at the Robeson Creek boat ramps of the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area to receive their assignments. Boaters will ferry some of the walking volunteers to a shoreline section just north of Stinking Creek. Other walkers will drive a short distance to a logging road to access the Stinking Creek shoreline. Boaters will ferry trash bags back to the boat ramps for offloading to a dumpster provided by Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will donate staff and boat support. Volunteers are encouraged to register online for this event by visiting www.meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake.

• Today is the registration deadline for a beginning workshop for adults interested in learning about quilting, set for March 22 and 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Auditorium of the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. This workshop is being sponsored by Hearts and Hands ECA Quilters’ Guild, and the cost is $75 per person, which includes instruction, fabric and batting. Participants will make a small quilt from start to finish and learn rotary cutting, piecing, applying borders, marking, simple machine quilting, fussy cutting and binding. Registration must be paid in advance, and class size is limited. For more information and a supply list, call Kay Morton at (919) 775-5624.

• The 2014 Sanford Mixed City Tournament, sponsored by the Sanford Bowling Association, will be held today and tomorrow at Kendale Lanes. Doubles and singles will be held today, with squads at 1 and 4 p.m., and the team event will be held tomorrow, with squads at 1 and 4 p.m.

• In partnership with Moore County Public Safety, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry, Sandhills Baptist Association and the Office of State Fire Marshal, a free community training event will be held from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center at 302 S. McNeill St., Carthage. Because the aging are at greater risk to be killed or injured in a house fire, the involved agencies share a goal to reduce accidental death and injury rates for adults in North Carolina. The purpose of the training session is to educate participants in addressing the home safety needs of aging adults who live at home. Fire alarms will be distributed first to those who have registered; registration ends March 10. Learn more by emailing sandhills@sandhillsbaptist.org or by calling (910) 947-2238.

• The Sandhills Antique Farm Equipment Club Inc. will hold a farm show, with gates opening at 9 a.m., at Sandhills Farm Park, 200 Alexander Drive, Lillington. The show includes antique tractors, farm equipment, classic cars, trucks and hit-and-miss engines, as well as demonstrations that may include pottery, weaving, soap making, local talent, well drilling, wood stove cooking, blacksmithing and other farm activities. Admission is $5, and military are $4 with ID; children ages 10 and under get in free.

• The Rotary Clubs of Lee County and the Siler City Rotary Club are sponsoring a Stop Hunger Now packaging event in two shifts, one at 10 a.m. and one at noon, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds. Stop Hunger Now is an organization dedicated to supplying meals to school children and families in developing countries, mainly in Africa, South America and the Caribbean. The packaging event is a festive, high-energy "happening" where volunteers get together to convert raw materials into meals for people in need overseas, under the guidance of personnel from Stop Hunger Now. Anyone who would like to volunteer to participate, please call either Mitch Reese at (919) 776-1095 or Sam Sillaman at (919) 499-2364 and indicate which shift you would like to work.