Feb. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• 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

• “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


• 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 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 Space is limited, so register early. Registration details are available at For more information, contact Debbie Roos at 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.


• The Lee County NAACP #5447 Youth Caucus will honor Trayvon Martin one year later by observing Million Hoodies Day. Participants are invited to wear their hoodies all day and then take part in a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. at Dreams Cafe, 153 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. This event is intended to promote awareness of of gun violence and foster unity within the community. Those who would like additional information can contact any member of the Lee County NAACP or Bette Turner, #5447 executive director, at (313) 355-0579.

• The public alert notification sirens within the 10-mile area around the Harris Nuclear Plant will be tested over the next several weeks, starting today. The tests will be full-volume tests that will last approximately five to 10 seconds. The work will be conducted Tuesdays through Thursdays, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Since the sirens will be tested individually, there is no specific time when residents of Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties can expect to hear any of the sirens. This testing is being performed to support the annual maintenance of the sirens.

• The Lee County Extension & Community Association (ECA) annual achievement celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the McSwain Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. Author AlexSandra Lett will be the keynote speaker. Dinner will be served. Admission is $6 per person, and Friday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for paid reservations. Call (919) 775-5624 for more information.

• The monthly meeting of the Lee County Democratic Party will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Party Democratic Headquarters, 143 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. The program will be a presentation by the Democratic members of the Lee County Board of Commissioners. For more information, please call (919) 774-4797 or email

• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Lee County Library auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Society member Mack Wicker will present the program on historic sites along the Cape Fear River from Lockville to Lillington. Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.

• 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.

• A workshop titled "Intro to Digital Image Editing" will be offered as a part of the Practical Knowledge Seminar Series from 9-11 a.m. in the meeting room of the Sanford Area Association of Realtors, 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. Participants will learn about three free digital image editing software options, including skills such as cropping, adjusting size and colors, and adding text. The cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. Visit or call (919) 721-8433 for more information or to register.

• A spirit night for Payton Lawson, a 3-year-old girl with a rare, life-threatening disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, located at 3224 N.C. Highway 87. Patrons can dine in, carry out or drive thru at Chick-fil-A, telling the cashier they are there for spirit night. Payton will receive 10 percent of the night's sales.