CALENDAR FOR SEPT. 11
• Sanford Jobseekers will meet at First Baptist Church from 8:30-10 a.m. Job leads will be provided, and support with resumes and job search skills will be provided. This week’s program will be given on NCWorks, the newest search engine from the Employment Security Commission. Call (919) 776-6137 for information.
• A Patriot's Day ceremony, commemorating the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will be held at 11:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 382, 305 Legion Drive, Sanford, featuring several guest speakers.
• The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series will present “Lessons Learned from a Date with Destiny: A Historical and Inspirational View of 9/11” at 7:30 p.m. in Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus in Pinehurst. Admission is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Joe Dittmar will give an eyewitness account of the sights, sounds, and scenes inside and outside the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
• Gates open at 4:30 p.m. at the 76th Lee Regional Fair, which runs through Sept. 15 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds on Colon Road in Sanford. Admission is $7 (children under 36 inches tall admitted free). Carnival ride bracelets are $20 for all rides, or attendees can pay by the ride. See www.sanfordlionsclub.com to learn more.
• A special Lee County JobReady meeting, featuring discussion regarding a pending merger of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lee County Economic Development Corporation, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, Sanford. The meeting will be moderated by Bob Joyce, president of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, and Crystal Morphis, interim director of the Lee County Economic Development Corporation. The group discussion will help shape the direction of this new organization. RSVP by email at email@example.com, by phone (Jill Williams) at (919) 774-6226 x 1241 or Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/168526976668899/.
• The 2013 Orange and Chatham Counties Development Briefing will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Carolina Club, located at 550 Stadium Drive in Chapel Hill. The briefing will provide attendees with a host of information about the latest development trends in local markets, new economic development initiatives in our counties and the status of approved projects in Orange and Chatham counties. Commercial and residential real estate professionals, planners and economic development experts will present information and take questions from attendees. Participants can network with more than 160 attendees from all areas of business and enjoy a full breakfast during the briefing. Tickets are $28 for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber members, Chatham Chamber members, and GCHAR members; $38 for non-members; and $300 for preferred seating for eight. Tickets are non-refundable after 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5. To attend, register by phone at (919) 967-7075 or online at http://business.carolinachamber.org/events/details/orange-chatham-counties-2099
• Lee County High School will hold an open house for parents from 6-7:30 p.m.
• A tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension's Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be held today, and every second Wednesday of the month through November, at 5:30 p.m. Participants should meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace. Visit the garden website at http://go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden to take a virtual tour and learn more.
• A Comprehensive diabetic nutrition class, for people with diabetes, their families and caregivers to provide an overview on what diabetes is and how it relates to diet, will be held at 4 p.m. in the community classroom at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. Carbohydrate counting and the plate method will be reviewed. To register, go to http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4500.
• A Small Business Center seminar titled “Financing Your Existing or Prospective Small Business” will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Participants will learn what they need to know to make the financing application process go smoothly and get a "yes" from the bank. To learn more, call Kelly Dehring at Central Carolina SBC at (919) 774-6442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at http://www.dawcc.com/calendar.cfm.
• In the theme of “Red, White & Blue,” The Fresh Market of Southern Pines will close its doors for one night only for a special wine gala from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at 155 Beverly Lane, Southern Pines Tickets are $25 per person, and 100 percent of the proceeds will support the Arts Council of Moore County. Tickets are available at the Arts Council's offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or at The Fresh Market of Southern Pines. Space is limited.
• A “Chamber Membership 101” new membership orientation will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 211 S. Steele St., Sanford. Call (919) 775-7341 or see www.sanford-nc.com to learn more.
• A Grancare luncheon will be held at noon at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. This group is for grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren, allowing them to connect with others in the same situation. Those who would like to reserve lunch can call Judi at (919) 776-0501 x 2230.
• The Sanford-Lee County Stroke Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at Sanford Health and Rehabilitation (special location for this month only), 2102 Farrell Road, Sanford. The topic will be “Rehabilitation for Stroke,” with speaker Angela Lipscomb-Hudson, psyiatrist (doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation). Contact facilitator Joy Phillips Murphy through the Enrichment Center of Lee County at (919) 776-0501 x 2230, for more information or to confirm attendance. Those affected by stroke are invited to join other stroke survivors, caregivers and loved ones who understand what they are going through.
• Gates open at 4:30 p.m. at the 76th Lee Regional Fair, which runs through Sept. 15 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds on Colon Road in Sanford. Admission is $5 (children under 36 inches tall admitted free). Carnival ride bracelets are $17 for all rides, or attendees can pay by the ride. See www.sanfordlionsclub.com to learn more.
• The Temple Theatre will present “The Music Man” at 2 and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford; the show continues through Sept. 29. Meredith Willson's Broadway classic features a nostalgic score of marches, quartets, and ballads that have become popular standards. “The Music Man” follows a fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons a small town into buying equipment for a marching band he vows to organize. His plan to skip town is foiled when he falls in love. Tickets are $23 for general admission; $19 for Thursday night shows, Lee County educators, military or groups of 10 or more; and $13 for children. To purchase tickets, see www.templeshows.com or call the box office at (919) 774-4155.
• “Business Before Hours” will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at Central Carolina Community College, Siler City Center, 400 Progress Blvd., Room 230, Siler City. A continental breakfast will be provided by CCCC's Culinary Arts Natural Chef program. Call (919) 742-3333 or email email@example.com to learn more.
• Downtown Sanford Inc. will present the Function at the Junction Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. every Thursday through September at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. Patrons can bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic supper to these free outdoor concerts. Tonight, Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra will perform. For more information, call (919) 775-8332 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A Covenant Preparatory School open house will be held at 7 p.m. at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1305 Hulsey Road, Carthage. Those interested in finding out more can visit www.covenantprep.com, contact Kristin at (910) 673-1025 or (201) 417-0481, or email email@example.com. The school is now enrolling grades K-12. School is scheduled to open in fall 2013.