CALENDAR FOR APRIL 18

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The annual Day of the Young Child event, a joint venture of the local Coalition for Families and the Partnership for Children, will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Sanford. The agencies are expecting around 500 preschool-aged children from various child care centers and the public. There will be lots of activities, as well as an African-American musical group that will perform. To learn more, contact the Coalition for Families at (919) 774-8144.

• The Carolina Mountain Dulcimers will meet at 7 p.m. at the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. Beginners, experts and all stringed instruments welcome. For more information and directions, contact Shirley Ray at ShirleyRay@aol.com or (919) 929-5359.

• The Rufus Barringer Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. at the Southern Pines Civic Club, located at Ashe and Pennsylvania avenues behind the tennis courts in Southern Pines. The roundtable is welcoming back Harry Smeltzer, host of Bull Running's, who has published articles in many American Civil War magazines and is vice president of the very active "Save Historic Antietam” Foundation. New members are needed, and visitors are always welcome. For information, please call (910) 235-0946 or (910) 695-9058.

• Lee County Arts Council presents "OpenArt with Laura Newman" from 6-8 p.m. Please join us at the Artists' Loft above the Shops at Steele Street to create a Georgia O'Keefe-inspired flower painting. Beginners are welcome. The cost is $35 for LCAC members and $45 for non-members, which includes all supplies. Please call (919) 799-6596 to preregister.

• The Third Thursday Sustainable Speaker Series presents Lynne Walter of Toxic Free NC for a workshop on how to keep kitchens and homes bug free and toxin free from 6-8 p.m. in the Chatham Community Library at the college's Chatham County Campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro. Participants will learn about the basics of safe, do-it-yourself pest control and tips about safer alternatives to conventional household cleaning products. For more information, contact Laura Lauffer at (919) 545-8032 or llauffer@cccc.edu.

• Paint a Monet-inspired mini masterpiece with artist Shirley Patterson from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists' Colony, 148 S. Moore St, downtown Sanford. A $20 fee includes instruction and all supplies needed to create an acrylic painting on canvas, which will compliment paintings created in the February or March classes, or stand alone as a gorgeous artwork in its own right. Visit EVENTS at www.carolinaartistscolony.com for more info. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.

• An opening night gala for Temple Theatre's Buddy Holly concert will begin at 6 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St. The cost is $100. To learn more, visit www.templeshows.com.

• Chatham Conservation Partnership will meet from 9 a.m.-noon at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City. The agenda includes breakfast at the farm ($5 at the door), the Chatham County Farmland Protection Plan, The Chatham County Conservation Plan Agriculture Assessment, the Statewide Agriculture Assessment, local food in Chatham County and a Celebrity Dairy Farm Tour. Please RSVP for the breakfast by emailing Sarah McRae at sarah_mcrae@fws.gov. For more information, please visit http://chathamconservation.wikispaces.com/.

• Area residents can attend the annual FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Pregnancy Fair and get their questions answered from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Fair Barn at the Harness Track off Highway 5 in Pinehurst. Information will be available on pregnancy, childbirth, baby care and related community services, among other topics. In addition, more than 30 vendors will be present with a variety of giveaways to share. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not necessary. For more information on this event, please call (910) 715-1478 or (800) 213-3284 toll free.

• The board of directors of Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action Inc. will hold their board meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Board of Elections Building at 225 S. Steele St., Sanford.

• The Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance will be held today through Sunday at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, 20 minutes southwest of Chapel Hill near Silk Hope, and just a short drive north of Pittsboro. The festival features numerous performers, on-site camping, kids' activities, food, workshops and more. For further details, please call (919) 542-8142 or visit http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/.

FRIDAY

• Dreams Cafe and Gourmets will present contemporary jazz at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 p.m.) at 153 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. The show will feature the Story Tellers Band of Greensboro. There will be a $10 cover at the door. To learn more, call (919) 775-1200.

• A Third Friday ArtWalk will be held from 6-9 p.m., offering fun, food, live music, arts and crafts, wine tastings and more in historic downtown Siler City. Patrons can visit the independent bookstore, Paperbacks Plus, enjoy live music, check out the N.C. Arts Incubator, have coffee at Courtyard Coffee and explore the Farmers' Alliance (still in business after 120-plus years!). Additional shops and galleries will be open.

• A drawing for the Southern Lee High School Booster Club reverse raffle will be held tonight during the varsity baseball game. The holder of the last ticket pulled wins $10,000, and there will be surprise winners throughout the drawing. Only 225 tickets will be sold, and ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

• The Relay For Life Moore County 2013 will begin tonight at 6 p.m. and end tomorrow at 11 a.m. on the campus of Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst. The relay is a fundraiser to raise money for research to stamp out cancer. To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/events/211213639003362

• The Buddy Holly Concert, starring Baxter Clement as Buddy Holly, along with his friends, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Leah Nichols and the kickin’ Buddy Holly band under the direction of Steve Menendez, will begin at 8 p.m. at Temple Theatre in Sanford. Visit www.templeshows.com for tickets or to learn more. The cost is $25.

• Rex UNC Healthcare Mobile Mammography will make a visit from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to The Enrichment Center of Lee County. Contact Sharon Lucas at the Lee County Health Department for more information and to pre-register at (919) 718-4640 x 5317.

• 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 “Tangled.” Movies will start at sunset each Friday night. Additional nights may be scheduled in the case of inclement weather.

• The Kinetic Institute Physical Therapy and FootCentric LLC invite parents to bring their children to be fit for appropriate footwear from 12:30-4 p.m. at The Kinetic Institute Physical Therapy, 1210 Carthage St., Sanford. This event is designed to inform parents about the importance of correct footwear for children and to provide an appropriate pair of shoes to those who may not be able to afford them. Representatives from New Balance and Aetrex will be involved with fitting the children. Participants must have submitted an entry form or signed up by phone by April 16. To learn more, call (919) 776-5488.

SATURDAY

• The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a yard and bake sale from 5:30 a.m.-noon at the Jones Printing building at the intersection of Carthage Street and Hawkins Avenue. Funds will be used to send students from local high schools to Girls State.

• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park and continue weekly through Oct. 26. For further information, or express interest in selling at the market, please call Sue Buie at (919) 356-3007 or email DonnaBuie@aol.com.

• Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Central Carolina, will hold a benefit luncheon, fashion show and auction at noon in the San Lee Park Multi-Purpose Center. Learn more at www.etaphibeta-epsilongamma.org or by calling Lillie Robinson at (919) 258-9326.

• A pancake breakfast and silent auction will be held from 8-11 a.m. at Jonesboro United Methodist Church. Visitors can enjoy breakfast (for $5), find a special item in the auction and support the church's ministries. Those willing to make or donate an item for the auction, please contact Bill H. (919-356-5109 or sanhug@gmail.com).

• The eighth annual Clenny Creek Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both outdoors and inside the two historic homes at 3361 Mt. Carmel Road in Carthage. Free admission for all the family is a tradition, and it’s an all-day event sponsored by the Friends of the Bryant House, an 1821-era home with a 1760-era cabin built by Joel McLendon, also on the site. Proceeds go to the nonprofit efforts of the Moore County Historical Association to maintain these two historic house museums. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the next day, Sunday April 21, noon-5 p.m. For more details, call the Moore County Historical Association at (910) 692-2051, visit www.moorehistory.com, or the Facebook page.

• The public can join Chatham County in celebrating Earth Day with activities from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at 720 County Landfill Road, Pittsboro. The celebration will offer free document shredding for Chatham residents from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., mulch sales from 7:30 a.m.-noon, household hazardous waste drop from 9 a.m-3 p.m., compost bin sales from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Earth Day giveaways and prizes from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. To learn more, visit www.chathamnc.org/recycle.

• The Rocky River Coon Club will hold a 50th anniversary celebration at 1 p.m. All past and present members and families are invited for a day of food, door prizes and more. Contact Dana Branch at (919) 930-5538 to learn more.

• The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will host a rabies clinic from 10 a.m.-noon in the rear parking lot of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Shots are $7 each; dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in a carrier. Bring pet’s proof of previous rabies vaccinations. For more information, please contact Lt. David Prevatte (DPrevatte@leecountync.gov) or call (919) 775-5531.

• Local author Kianna Alexander will talk about her latest book at 10 a.m. at the Harnett County Public Library, 601 S. Main St., Lillington. A military wife and mother of two, Alexander is the author of several romance novels. She will read from her latest work and offer a sneak peak at her upcoming projects. Her books will be available for sale and signing. Alexander will donate a portion of her earnings on books sold at the event to the public library.

• A Goldston Cruz-N will be held at 4 p.m. in downtown Goldston, exit 159 on Highway 421 between Sanford and Siler City. Classic and antique cars and trucks are welcome. Concessions will be available from the local scouts, and entertainment will include music from the Oldie/Goldie era. There will be a 50/50 raffle, with a drawing at 7 p.m. Door prize drawings will also be at 7 p.m. Cruz continues thru October. For more information, contact Bruce Denkins at (919) 898-4937 or email bldenkins@embarqmail.com.

• The Silk Hope Ruritan Club will present the Silk Hope Spring Celebration from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Farm Heritage Park, 4221 Silk Hope Road, Siler City. The event will include a 5K run, farmer's market, gardening, hot air balloon rides, music, entertainment, horse show for those with special needs, games, food and family fun. To learn more, call (919) 663-0331 or email SilkHopeSpringCelebration@gmail.com.

• The Seagrove Area Potters Association will present the fifth annual Celebration of Spring today and tomorrow in Seagrove. The event will feature more than 65 local potters, kiln openings and special events, fresh pots, demonstrations and door prizes. Stop at any participating shop while coming into Seagrove to pick up a map of the tour. Visitors can download a pdf of participating shops, hours, and a map from the Discover Seagrove or the Celebration of Seagrove Potters websites.

• N.C. Firing Line, a newly-formed grassroots organization in support of the Second Amendment, will hold a kick-off rally at 11 a.m. in the field next to Ed’s Gun Shop, Highway 1. Expected speakers include elected representatives from local, state and federal government. They will update participants about current efforts at gun control and the ramifications should those efforts succeed. Representatives from the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association, Grass Roots North Carolina and Moore TEA Citizens are also expected to attend. For more information about the organization, visit www.NCFiringLine.wordpress.com.

• The Buddy Holly Concert, starring Baxter Clement as Buddy Holly, along with his friends, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Leah Nichols and the kickin’ Buddy Holly band under the direction of Steve Menendez, will begin at 5 and 8 p.m. at Temple Theatre in Sanford. Visit www.templeshows.com for tickets or to learn more. The cost is $25.

• An all-day concealed carry permit class will begin at 8 a.m. at Tramway Fire Department. There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee. This will go toward the total cost of the class, which is $60. Class size will be limited. Participants will need to bring a handgun (or share with someone in class), ammunition (80 rounds), safety glasses, earplugs and a ball cap for the shooting range. Those who would like to register for class or have any questions, please contact Matt Grant Smith at (919) 770-0111.

• The fifth annual Broadway Our Way Festival will be held in downtown Broadway. The event will feature an expanded street fair, barbecue cook-off, truck/motorcycle/antique tractor display, cornhole tournament, free kids' activities, a donut hole-eating contest and continuous live entertainment — including a two-hour concert by the Woodshedders and a kick-up-your heels street dance with the Second Chance Band.

• Chatham County will hold a grand reopening of the historic Chatham County Courthouse, including a ceremony and tours from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pittsboro is also planning an event, slated from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• The Apex Arts Council (AAC) will host the second annual version of the largest art show on its yearly calendar, the Artists for Animals Faire, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cloer Family Vineyards in Apex. The event is expected to showcase as many as 100 artists in as many artistic disciplines as possible and benefit animal rescue groups around the area. Half of the profits of the faire will be donated to three local animal rescue groups. A special committee within the AAC will meet later in February to choose the recipients of these donations, and an announcement of the names will be forthcoming. Admission to the event is free. Selected vendors will provide coffee, soft drinks snacks, and ice cream for purchase.

• International speaker Kari Mashos, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, will present a talk, “Peace for the World: Prayers that Counteract Terrorism,” at 2 p.m. at the Sandhills Horticultural Center. Mashos shares ideas based on the book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, and the Bible. From her own experiences, she helps audiences explore how to connect more deeply with universal love to find comfort, safety and peace.

• The Harnett County Beekeepers Association, with representation from Sanford and Lee County beekeepers, will sponsor an “Introduction to Beekeeping” class from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lillington Presbyterian Church, 1101 8th St., Lillington. Participants will learn about the basics and then some. A $25 fee covers book; class size is limited to 25. Pre-register by emailing johnsonrrjjr@gmail.com or calling (910) 273-0265. Questions can be addressed to Don Ferrara at dferrara@charter.net.