CALENDAR FOR FEB. 23

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petsmart in Sanford. Please come out to see and play with the animals. Any donations for the shelter will be appreciated. The list of items the agency needs includes kitten chow, canned cat food, bleach, 13-gallon trash bags, laundry detergent and heavy-duty mats for the front and side doors.

•  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.

• The Sandhills Lady Devils travel softball team will be holding a barbecue plate fund-raiser from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Grace Christian School. All of the proceeds will go toward tournament fees, batting cage fees, and equipment for the team. The plates cost $7 and will come with barbecue, beans, and slaw. Homemade cake slices will also be for sale.

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.

MONDAY

• A subcommittee meeting concerning the Moore County Veterans Memorial will be held at 9:30 a.m. at DSS in Carthage.

• The Victims of Sexual Assault Support Group meeting will be held tonight and every Monday at 6:30 p.m. HAVEN in Lee County encourages all survivors to attend. Please contact (919) 775-8923 for more information.

• A free seminar titled “The Art of Marketing and Advertising a Small Business” will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The presenter, Steve Carver of Fast Forward Services Inc., brings more than 40 years of experience as a retail and service businesses owner. He will be sharing experiences, tips and methods to teach small business owners and managers the art of opportunities of long-term marketing, short-term advertising fundamentals, and strategies. The primary focus will be on how to develop strategies to make marketing investments produce better traffic and increased sales. Promotions costs with newspapers, on the Internet, billboards, etc. will be discussed. Time is allotted for open discussions and tips. Call (919) 774-6442 or email sbc@cccc.edu to pre-register. Seminars are subject to cancellation without a minimum number of pre-registrations.

• Today is the deadline to register for a workshop, held by the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, on Piedmont medicinal herb production — scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center. This workshop brings together some of the top herbalists, herb companies and herb educators in the Southeast and offers an opportunity to talk directly to the buyers from three herbal companies in North Carolina. Presenters include Jeanine Davis (N.C. State University), Jackie Greenfield (Gaia Herbs), Suki Roth (Herb Haven), Jeannie Dunn (Red Moon Herbs) and Randy Ball (Ball Farm). View the detailed agenda on Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://bit.ly/GSFworkshops. Space is limited, so register early. Registration details are available at http://bit.ly/GSFworkshops. For more information, contact Debbie Roos at debbie_roos@ncsu.edu or call (919) 542-8202.

• 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 that 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.