CALENDAR FOR FEB. 16
• The Lee County district-wide spelling bee will be held at 1 p.m. in the Lee County High School McLeod Auditorium.
• The Freedom Run will get underway at 10 a.m. at 3204 Keller-Andrews Road, Sanford, featuring a 5K race and one-mile children's fun run. The event is hosted by Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 806, and LDS Young Women. The race day entry fee is $10 for the fun run (children under 12), $20 for the 5K. Results will be sent to the N.C. Running Records Center so performances can count for state records and national rankings. Results will be posted at www.runnc.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pat Braddy at (919) 870-0036
• A southern favorite — chicken and dumplings — is on the menu for the Doubs Chapel United Methodist Church annual supper; the sale of eat-in or take out plates begins at 4 p.m. and will continue until the pots are empty. An auction of homemade cakes and pies will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doubs Chapel UMC is located at 1444 Doubs Chapel Road, West End. The folks of Doubs Chapel start working on Friday evening and into the early morning hours to prepare and cook the chickens. The next morning and throughout the day, dough is mixed, rolled, cut, and dropped into the seasoned broth. Generous portions of this meal, alongside coleslaw and a roll, are $8 per plate – with dessert and drink included. For more information, visit www.doubschapelumc.org/
• The Johnsonville Ruritan Club will be having a pancake breakfast fund-raiser from 8-10 a.m. at the Johnsonville Community Center located on Highway 24/27. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
• The Apex Arts Council will hold its first class in creative writing from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Apex at 1006 Marco Drive, just north of Highway 1 on Highway 55. Three published professional authors will share the techniques of writing. Those who are interested can register online at www.ApexArtsCouncil.org. The class fee of $75 includes lunch, and participants will have ample opportunity to meet their teachers and fellow students in a relaxed setting.
• The make-up SAT at Northwood High School will be offered today at the high school. Students should log in to their College Board accounts for details about the make-up administration.
• Ballroom dance lessons for beginners will be offered at 6:45 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County with instructor Judith McDonald, president of Outreach Programs, US Dance. This is a free opportunity for anyone who would like to learn to glide across the floor with confidence! Wear comfortable clothing and bring dance or leather-soled shoes. Class size is limited; call (919) 776-0501 x 2201 to register or learn more.
• The Antique Shops of Cameron will hold their annual winterfest sale today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.antiquesofcameron.com or call (910) 245-3020 or (910) 245-3055. The next antiques street fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 4.
• The annual Sanford Rotary Club Charity Gala will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Sanford Elks Lodge. Dress is semi-formal and all profits will go to support local nonprofit organizations and Rotary International. Tickets are $50 per couple. Big Time Party Band will be performing, and there will be heavy hors d'oeuvres served. As always, the casino will be open, and the event will also feature door prizes and a live auction. Tickets are available from Rotary members or at BB&T Bank, VantageSouth Bank, Dossenbach's finer furniture, Lee Builder Mart and Perry Brothers Tire Service. For further information, contact Alan Dossenbach at (919) 775-7237 or email@example.com.
• One By One will meet at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St. One By One welcomes all people who are interested in improving race relationships in an atmosphere where frank and open discussion is encouraged. Dr. Rupert Nacoste, professor at North Carolina State University, will once again join One By One on Sunday to continue a discussion of his book, “Howl of the Wolf: North Carolina State University Students Call Out for Social Change.” Some of Dr. Ncoste’s students will also be in attendance. Please call (919) 774-4797 for more information.
• A do-it-yourself divorce clinic will be held at 4 p.m. at Central Carolina Community College, room 9107, science building, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford. This clinic is for those needing general information only; attorneys will not give advice on individual matters. For a simple divorce, someone must meet the following criteria: be separated from spouse for at least a year, have no marital property or assets to divide, no custody issues and be financially eligible for legal aid services. Instruction will be provided on completing the paperwork necessary for self-representation in court. Those planning to attend must call (919) 542-0475 to reserve a space. To learn more, call (919) 542-0475 or 1-800-672-5834.
• The Lee County Community Orchestra will rehearse from 6:30-9 p.m. in the practice hall of the Lee County High School Fine Arts Building.
• Covenant Preparatory School, a classical Christian school, will host an open house at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1305 Hulsey Road, Carthage. The school is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Exciting new details about the school will be announced. Feel free to call Kristin at 673-1025 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. For additional information, or to download an application, visit the school's newly updated website at www.covenantprep.com for more information and to download an application.