CALENDAR FOR MARCH 3
• The Rooster's Wife presents a pair of folk singers from two very disparate backgrounds: John Flynn, who began his professional career as a staff songwriter in Nashville and moved steadily toward music as a form of social activism, and Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Sunday evening concerts begin at 6:46 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. for general admission seating. The 100-seat listening room at the corner of Knight and Poplar in downtown Aberdeen features acoustic music of all genres. Shows continue this winter through March 24 on consecutive Sundays.
• Temple Theatre will present “Forever Plaid” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. The show runs through March 17; Ticket prices are $23 for adults (Thursday night adult ticket is $19), $13 for children/students and $19 for Lee County teachers/educators, active military and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased in person or by contacting the box office via phone or email at (919) 774-4155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The First Sunday event will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. First Sunday is a monthly artisan market held on the streets of downtown Pittsboro, which features emerging and well-established artists selling their wares with live music, food vendors and much more. Many of the shops along Hillsboro Street will open their doors for business from noon- 4 p.m.
• 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 ext. 2201 to register or learn more.
• Spout Springs Emergency Services (SSES) will hold a grand opening ceremony and open house from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Station #2 at 20054 Highway 24/27 to mark the completion of the renovation project. The open house will give the public an opportunity to tour the firehouse and see the upgrades that have been made. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the monthly Spout Springs Emergency Services Board Meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For more information about Spout Springs Emergency Services, go to www.spoutspringsfirerescue.com.
• 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.
• North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Organic Valley and the Fertrell Company will co-host a free livestock workshop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Silk Hope Community Building in Siler City. Topics will include a sustainable approach to animal nutrition (Jeff Mattocks, Fertrell nutritionist), cover crops and soil fertility (Orin Moyer, Fertrell agronomist) and grazing and pasture management (Marti Day, area specialized extension agent, NCCE). Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to Chatham County Cooperative Extension at (919) 542-8202 or by emailing email@example.com with “Grazing Workshop” in the subject line. For more information, call Marti Day at (919) 691-3062.
• The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will have sew-time from 3-6 p.m. on their monthly meeting day at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Delores Danuck is responsible for refreshments being served before the meeting time of 6:15 p.m. Anyone needing assistance with ongoing projects should bring their sewing machine to sew-time. Members are reminded to bring their project book and their tomato paper pieced blocks. Any completed projects attendees wish to share with the guild should also be brought to the meeting. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome.
• Guests can paint a small, wooden spring flowers welcome sign with artist Lisa Orlando of The Painted Petal from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists' Colony, 148 S. Moore St., downtown Sanford. A $35 fee includes instruction and use of all supplies needed. (Sign can be used to compliment the springtime mesh wreath being created in an upcoming March 14 class at the Colony.) Visit “events” at www.carolinaartistscolony.com for more information. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.
• Temple Theatre will present “Forever Plaid” at 2 and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. The show runs through March 17; Ticket prices are $23 for adults (Thursday night adult ticket is $19), $13 for children/students and $19 for Lee County teachers/educators, active military and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased in person or by contacting the box office via phone or email at (919) 774-4155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A workshop on the use and maintenance of home septic systems and wells will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The workshop is sponsored by the Environmental Health Division of the Chatham County Public Health Department. The two-hour program will offer explanations of how septic systems are sited, designed and installed; system use and maintenance; signs of failure; permits and repairs — in addition to other topics. Participants are asked to pre-register by calling (919) 542-8208. There is no fee for this workshop. For more details, contact Kim Warren at (919) 545-8319 or Terri Ritter, well program specialist, at (919) 545-8336.
• Today is the deadline for registrations to be received for The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's workshop titled “Queen Rearing for Beekeepers” — scheduled for March 11 from 6-9 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The workshop will be taught by North Carolina State University Apiculture Technician Jennifer Keller. There are many benefits to raising queens, including always having one on hand when you need it, saving money and picking whatever characteristics are important in breeding. This workshop is for beekeepers who have some experience; we will not be covering the basics of honey bee biology. An all-day followup workshop is set for Saturday, June 1, for those wanting an intensive, hands-on experience (details forthcoming). The cost of the March workshop is $15 and includes handouts; pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so register early! Download a registration at http://go.ncsu.edu/gsfworkshops, and call (919) 542-8202 or email email@example.com for more information.
• “Pension Program: What Veterans and Their Families Should Know” will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The Lee County Veteran Services Office would like to share important information about the pension program, answer questions and offer assistance with pension applications. This orientation is open to the public, with special emphasis toward veterans, their families and those who work with older adults and veterans. Registration is requested; please call (919) 776-0501 x 2201.
• A childbirth preparation class will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the community classroom at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. The class is designed to help prepare the expectant mother and her support person for labor and delivery. It includes instruction on the process of childbearing; breathing and relaxation; anesthesia and medication used during labor and delivery; the role of the labor coach; and postpartum and infant care. To register, visit www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=1866.
• Central Carolina Community College and Chatham County are sponsoring a Citizens’ College for residents to learn about their county and its governments today 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 learn more, contact Debra Henzey in the county manager's office at (919) 542-8258.