CALENDAR FOR FEB. 22

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• A black history celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County. Call (919) 776-0501 x 2201 for more information.

• The candelight concert “Divas and Friends” will be held tonight and tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The event will feature a tribute to George Gershwin, songs from the 60s, country, broadway and a military salute with headliners Kim Brown, Peggy Taphorn, Shannon Venable and Cassie Harman. David Almond will be at the piano, and Bobby Johnson on the drums The event will also have candlelit table settings with coffee and dessert. Tickets are $15 per person. Call (919) 775-5216 to purchase tickets or for more information.

• A vendor/craft fair will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford, with all proceeds benefitting the Dream Factory of Sanford. The cost is $7 at the door, $5 in advance. A Pay Pal address is available at www.dreamfactoryinc; go to the Carolina chapters to find the local club. A large variety of vendors, including one selling Italian ice, will be selling their wares, and the event will also include a silent auction.

• A black history celebration will be held at 10 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Pastor Mamie Hooker, Blandonia Presbyterian Church, will the guest speaker. The event is open to the general public.

• Today is the deadline to register for Central Carolina Community College and Chatham County's Citizens’ College for residents to learn about their county and its governments, which will be held from March 7 through April 12. Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. every Thursday night, and locations will vary across the county but will include the new justice center, North Chatham Fire Station and Jordan Lake Water Treatment Plant. Registration is $25, with limited scholarships available through CCEC-Institute Inc. To register or request a printed form, contact CCCC’s Continuing Education Office at (919) 545-8044. If interested in a scholarship, contact Debra Henzey in the county manager’s office at (919) 542-8258.

• An open house for Fayetteville Hyperbarics is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. at at 3035A Boone Trail Extension in Fayetteville. The facility is the first in the Cape Fear region to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a stand-alone setting. For additional information, visit www.fayettevillehbot.com or call (910) 920-1165.

SATURDAY

• columnist AlexSandra Lett, author of five books, is among more than 75 writers, publishers, literary agents and publicists from all over the country who will participate in the annual Book‘Em North Carolina writers' conference and book fair from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on the campus of Robeson Community College at 5160 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton. Lett is a panelist for a self-publishing discussion at 1 p.m. Numerous speakers will offer insights on how the publishing industry works, the team needed to be a successful author, how to promote books and what publishers and literary agents are looking for in today's marketplace. Four programs per hour will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. All are free and open to the public. The talks schedule is available at www.bookemnc.org.

• The Lee County Young Republicans will hold a Day of Resistance starting at noon at the Lee County Courthouse, 1400 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. LCYR Chairman Jonathan Fallin urges those who are supporters of their country, the Constitution and the right to bear arms to attend. The event will include speakers and music, as well as children's activities. Anyone interested in volunteering for the rally or wanting more information can contact Fallin at (919) 895-0121.

• A “Fields to Freedom” dance event will be held at the Lee County Arts Center from 5–7 p.m. at 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. Karla's Kids will celebrate Black History Month with a journey through dance from slavery through the Civil Rights movement. There will be a free exhibit by Greensboro's Thankful Heritage Museum prior to the dance. The dance will benefit Karla's Kids' dance scholarships.

• The candelight concert “Divas and Friends” will be held at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The event will feature a tribute to George Gershwin, songs from the 60s, country, Broadway and a military salute. Tickets are $15 per person. Call (919) 775-5216 to purchase tickets or for more information.

• Carolina Tiger Rescue will hold its sixth annual Black Tie & Tails Ball from 7-11 p.m. at the Washington Duke Inn on the Duke University campus in Durham. The event's theme is “The Many Faces of Thailand,” featuring an exotic evening of gourmet dining, an open bar, light-hearted games, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $110 per person through Jan. 31 and $125 per person after that date. For more information about tickets, event sponsorship or donating auction items, visit www.blacktieandtailsball.com. Carolina Tiger Rescue, located in Pittsboro, is dedicated to saving and protecting wildcats in captivity and in the wild. For more information, visit www.CarolinaTigerRescue.org.

SUNDAY

• The Confucius Classroom at Central Carolina Community College will usher in the new lunar year by hosting “Among the Lights,” a Chinese New Year musical event, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Scheduled for the day of the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival, this event will feature visiting musicians from the North Carolina-Research Triangle Park Chinese Music Instruments Ensemble who will perform seasonal songs on traditional Chinese instruments. Joining the Ensemble musicians will be Ling Huang, visiting professor for the Confucius Classroom at CCCC, who will explain not only the significance of the songs to be performed but also the importance of other symbols and traditions associated with the Chinese New Year. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To reserve free tickets, send an email to <confucius@cccc.edu>.

• “The Power of Black” Black History Program will be held at 3 p.m. at Abundant Living Ministries, 2607-D Fayetteville St., Sanford. To learn more, call (919)774-8402 or email AbundantLivingMinistries@hotmail.com.