CALENDAR FOR JAN. 26
• Nakia LaTrelle, with Melody and Freddy P., will perform live at 9 p.m. at Dreams Cafe and Gourmets, 153 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. Doors open at 8 p.m. The event will feature a special dinner menu and $5 wine; the cover charge is $10.
• Chatham Charter School will hold an open gym pizza party from 4-9 p.m. at the school, 2200 Hamp Stone Road, Siler City, for rising freshmen and sophomores interested in learning more about the new high school. Activities will include a DJ, pick-up basketball, pizza, snacks, drinks and more. School officials will also briefly discuss the school, as well as answer any questions. More information is available online at www.chathamcharter.org/high-school-updates.
• The Lee County Library Quiz Bowl originally scheduled for today has been postponed to Feb. 2.
• Those looking for ways to make a living or supplement their income off of their land are invited to attend the “Putting Small Acreage to Work” conference from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Gaston County Citizens Resource Center in Dallas, N.C. The goal of this conference is to encourage the success and viability of small farm operations through educational workshops, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. Go to http://smallacres.eventbrite.com or call Gaston County Cooperative Extension at (704) 922-2112 for more information.
• Temple Theatre presents “The Swingin' Cowboys,” featuring Jason Petty, tonight at 8 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St. The show is a tribute to the music of the great American West. This trip down memory lane consists of songs from Stephen Foster to the Singing Cowboys to Western swing. Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for active military/Lee County educators/groups of 10-plus, and $13 for students and are available by calling Temple Theatre's box office at (919) 774-4155 or online at www.templeshows.com.
• One By One meets at 4 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage Street. One By One welcomes all people who are interested in improving race relationships in an atmosphere where frank and open discussion is encouraged. Rupert Nacoste, professor at North Carolina State University, will join One By One for this meeting to begin a discussion of his book, “Howl of the Wolf: North Carolina State University Students call Out for Social Change.” For more information, please call (919) 774-4797.
• Temple Theatre presents “The Swingin' Cowboys,” featuring Jason Petty, today at 2 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St. The show is a tribute to the music of the great American West. This trip down memory lane consists of songs from Stephen Foster to the Singing Cowboys to Western swing. Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for active military/Lee County educators/groups of 10-plus, and $13 for students and are available by calling Temple Theatre's box office at (919) 774-4155 or online at www.templeshows.com.
• The O’Neal School is now accepting enrollment applications for school year 2013-2014 and will hold an informational session and campus tours from 2 -4 p.m. at the school, located at 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines, for all families interested in learning more about The O’Neal School. During the information session, families will have the opportunity to hear from and speak with Headmaster Alan Barr, Director of Admissions Alice Droppers, the division directors, faculty and current O’Neal parents and students.
• Chatham County’s Central Permitting Office in Pittsboro will be closed today to allow staff to complete computer training for upgraded software. The office will not be available by phone, so residents and businesses needing its services are encouraged to plan accordingly and reach the office either before or after Jan. 28. The goal of the new software is to improve customer service and efficiency.
• Lee County Community Orchestra’s annual Winter Interlude, a benefit evening of food, wine, and music, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Cafe 121. Chef Gregg Hamm will again offer his restaurant and has prepared a three- course dinner menu. One glass of wine will be served with the meal unless not desired, and $3 will purchase an additional glass (Water, hot or iced tea, and coffee will be available instead of or in addition to). Music Director Tara Towson Villa and her fiancée, principal horn player Eric Keith, will provide the entertainment. The $35 per-person ticket includes a $17 tax-deductible donation to LCCO. Checks may be made to LCCO and sent to P.O. Box 3174, or to Reinette Seaman at 600 Valley Road. To reserve or to learn more, contact Seaman at (919) 776-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Victims of Sexual Assault Support Group meets tonight and every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call HAVEN In Lee County for more information at (919) 774-8923.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. The presentation is titled "Box Turtles in the Sandhills;" join John Roe as he shares information about his research on box turtles and the use of radio telemetry. Visitors are welcome. Please call (910) 692-2167 for more information, or visit online at www.sandhillsnature.org.
• Jordan-Matthews High School will host a financial aid workshop at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Counselors will discuss the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and answer questions about paying for college, including scholarships, grants and loans. The event will target high school seniors and their parents, but anyone interested is invited to attend.
• A workshop titled "30 Seconds or Less: Elevator Pitches That Work" 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 create their own 30-second introduction for use at job fairs, networking events and other meetings. The cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. Visit pkseminars.com or call (919) 721-8433 for more information or to register.
• The Lee County GOP will meet at 7 p.m. at the GOP Headquarters at 101 S. Steele St.
• Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU), a nine-week course providing families and individuals with tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success, begins today at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Flat Springs Baptist Church, located at 4148 Deep River Road in Sanford. The course meets once a week, and in each session, a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD, followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. Contact Emma Cotten at (919) 775-5922 for more information or to register.
• 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.
• The North Carolina Senior Citizens Association has had many requests from seniors and veterans to provide an educational session on long-term care and has now scheduled a workshop today at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville. The event is free and open to the public. Due to the popularity of this workshop, seating is limited. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve a seat by calling the reservation hotline 24 hours a day at (910) 678-3039 or (800) 622-8686.