Oct. 20, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• The Temple Theatre will present “The Dixie Swim Club” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Adult tickets are $23; Thursday night adult, military and Lee County educator tickets are $19. Children and student tickets are $13. See to learn more.

• The Lee County Community Orchestra will present its second of two “Spirit of America" concerts at 3 p.m. outdoors at Depot Park. Featured will be the premiere of "Illumination," a piece written in celebration of the orchestra's 25th anniversary by American composer Mark Petering. He will be on hand to share his inspiration and ideas with the audience. The program will also include works highlighting various time periods throughout the history of American music, such as salutes to the big bands and to Cole Porter, Copland's "Hoe-Down from Rodeo," selections from "Chicago," and many more familiar tunes. The second annual instrument petting zoo will precede the Depot Park concert at 2 p.m. Children of all ages will have a chance to touch and try out brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion — as well as talk to a real-life composer. Instruments have been donated by Buchanan’s Music and members of the orchestra. Orchestral members will also be on hand to demonstrate their instruments. Refreshments will be available, and all proceeds will go to the Central Carolina Jaycees. A drawing will be held at intermission for children under age 7 to win a prize donated by Kindermusik with Real Great Music LLC.

• Formula for Little Angels will hold a collection event from 1-5 p.m. in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly, 2412 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. A tent will be set up and accepting donations of baby formula (can and powder of all brands), baby food, baby cereal and all other baby needs. Sanford and surrounding communities are affected by the WIC shutdown, and this event is meant to help local families meet the needs of their small children. All donations will go to Christians United Outreach, 2885 Lee Ave., Sanford. See to learn more.

• A community-wide Operation Christmas Child (OCC) kickoff event will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church, 316 W. Main St., Sanford. Those in attendance will be preparing for another season of shoebox giving with Operation Christmas Child. Those who are interested in participating can come participate and hear from fellow OCC friends, who will share their experiences, shoebox packing tips and ideas, behind-the-scenes information and November collection week information. Contact Donna Smith at (919) 777-8786 to learn more.

• The fourth annual Three Rivers Arts Festival, featuring arts, crafts and music, will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Summer Rain Farm, located at 1064 Walter Bright Road, Sanford (Chatham County). Art will be displayed in and around the barns and pasture, and three musicians/groups will be performing each day from opening to closing time. There will be more than 30 vendors of a wide variety of artistic media, including painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, woodwork, photography, nature crafts, mixed media and more, as well as vendors and art/craft demonstrations and an opportunity to visit the horses and chickens on the farm. Entrance and parking are free. See for more information or contact

• The Shared Abundance Dinner, hosted by the Lee County Arts Council, will be held from 1-4 p.m. at VFW Post 5631, 1500 Webb St., Sanford. Proceeds will go to benefit Christians United Outreach Center and the Lee County Arts Council. A donation of $12 is requested for admission; tickets may be purchased at the Lee County Arts Council office or at the CUOC. Tickets may also be pre-ordered with a credit or debit card by calling the Arts Council office at (919) 774-6139. Donations of pre-packaged and canned goods for CUOC are also appreciated.

• The Sanford Brush and Palette Club's 49th annual art show will continue from 1-6 p.m. at the Hales Center, 147 McIver St., Sanford.

• The Railroad House Historical Association will conduct a historical tour at 2 p.m. at the Bridges log cabin just beyond Deep River School; it is located on Cabin Lane. After a presentation at the cabin, the tour will move on two more miles down Deep River to the Farish-Lambeth House and will conclude at the home of Jane Barringer, where refreshments will be served. The tour is free and open to the public.


• The Sanford Brush and Palette Club's 49th annual art show will continue from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Hales Center, 147 McIver St., Sanford.


• A Small Business Center seminar titled “QuickBooks Payroll” will be held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. This seminar will cover setting up your QuickBooks file to handle payroll, adding employees, creating paychecks, paying liabilities, creating and filing payroll tax forms and much more. To register, see htttp:// Call (919) 774-6442 for more information.

• A free Small Business Center seminar titled “Marketing Planning, Part I” will be held from 3–5:30 p.m. at the Siler City Center, 400 Progress Blvd., Siler City. Prospective, as well as existing, business owners will learn of the information sources available to understand your product and service offerings and completely research your customers and your competition. To learn more, see Please call (919) 545-8044 for more information.

• A free seminar for grandparents raising grandchildren will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, located at 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. Attorney Drew Lucas will be present to address legal issues, and other discussion topics will include changing roles and family changes in raising grandchildren (Linda Swann, Lee Harnett Family Support) and surviving, managing and enjoying preteen and teenage children (therapist Karen Stone, Life Span Counseling Center P.C.). Refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to register at (919) 776-0501 x 2230.

• The Lee County Genealogical & Historical Society will not hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Instead, the society will take a field trip to Pittsboro the following day to tour the new Chatham County Justice Center and the restored Chatham County Courthouse. Members wishing to carpool should meet in the Library parking lot at 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 23. The tour will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the Justice Center, 40 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro. Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.

• The Lee County Republican Men’s Club will meet at noon at the Lee County Republican Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St. in Sanford. N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will be the speaker. As lieutenant governor, he serves as the president of the North Carolina Senate and as a voting member of the state Board of Education, the state Board of Community Colleges and the state Economic Development Board. He is also chairman of the eLearning Commission and a member of the N.C. Advisory Commission on Military Affairs. All men registered as Lee County Republicans are invited to attend the meeting by emailing, and making reservations. Attendees can enjoy a lunch ($10) catered by Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House and Tea Room.

• North Carolina Cooperative Extension will present a workshop on introduction to small-scale poultry production at 7 p.m. at Moore County Agricultural Center, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. Topics include introduction to poultry flock management, housing and regulations on the sale of meat and eggs. Presenters are Dan Campeau, area specialized poultry agent, and Kaitlyn Cranford, livestock agent. This is a free workshop, but pre-registration is required. Please contact the Moore County Cooperative Extension Office at (910) 947-3188 or email to register.

• The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a free forestry workshop titled “Selling Timber in Today’s Markets” as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series from 7-9 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building — 65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro. Dennis Hazel and Robert Bardon with extension forestry at N.C. State University will discuss current markets and the process of selling timber. Participants should gain a better understanding of today’s timber markets and be able to avoid the common pitfalls associated with selling timber. Pre-registration is required; email (put “October Forestry workshop” in the subject line) or call (919) 542-8202. For a complete list of Enhancing Sustainability workshops, visit

• The Sanford Brush and Palette Club's 49th annual art show will continue from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Hales Center, 147 McIver St., Sanford.

• Lee County Arts Council's grand opening/business after hours will be held from 5-7 at Steele Street Mall. Guest speaker Karen Tatum will give the history of the public mural and then rededicate it.