CALENDAR FOR MARCH 14

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• An organizational meeting of the Sanford Farmers' Market will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the McSwain Extension Education Center in the Farm Bureau Auditorium. Produce farmers in the area who would like to sell at the local markets are invited to attend. On the agenda is the election of officers, setting opening dates, grant opportunities and advertising, and more. Those who are current members or would like to join the Sanford Farmers Market are encouraged to attend this meeting. Also during the meeting, NCDA will be present to re-certify produce scales. For more information contact Sue Buie, 2012 market manager, at (919) 356-3007 or the Lee County Cooperative Extension at (919) 775-5624.

• Meals on Wheels of Sanford will hold its monthly board of governors meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the library of the First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue. All interested parties are invited to attend and learn more about this ministry that serves the homebound in Sanford.

• Residents living in and around Sanford can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture by participating in a Life Line Screening at Swann Station Baptist Church, 7592 N.C. Highway 87 South, Sanford. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

• Guests can create a springtime mesh wreath with artist Donna Stees from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists' Colony. A $40 fee includes instruction and all supplies needed to make the wreath. Visit “events” at www.carolinaartistscolony.com for more information. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.

• A program titled “Social Security & Retirement” will be held at 6 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Dargan Moore, CFP, CLU financial advisor, Edward Jones, will lead the program. Participants can get their questions answered about Social Security and see if their plans are going to meet their needs. Call the center to register at (919) 776-0501 x 2201. The event is free and open to the public.

• 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 boxoffice@templeshows.com.

• Covenant Preparatory School will host an open house at 7 p.m. at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1305 Hulsey Road, Carthage (located between New Century Middle School and Union Pines High School). Organizers plan on having sports programs for middle/high school students with intramurals for the younger grades. Enrollment applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. The application fee has been waived through March 15. To learn more, contact Kristin at 673-1025 or covenantprep@hotmail.com, or visit the school’s newly updated website at www.covenantprep.com for more information and to download an application.

• A free seminar titled “Financing Your Existing or Prospective Small Business (CBS)” will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic 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. Presenter is Floria Oates-Williams. Interested parties can pre-register by calling (919) 774-6442 or emailing sbc@cccc.edu. Seminars are subject to cancellation without a minimum number of pre-registrations.

• The Sanford/Lee County Stroke Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. (time change for this month only) at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The topic will be adaptive yoga, and the speaker will be Howie Shareff, author of “Sit Stretch Smile” and director of You Call This Yoga. Facilitator is Joy Phillips Murphy. Participants can join other stroke survivors, caregivers and others who understand what they are going through.

FRIDAY

• The Third Friday ArtWalk will be held from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Siler City, offering visitors food, live music, arts and crafts, wine tastings and more.

• The Knights of Columbus will host a fish fry from 5-8 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Plates are $7.50 for adults, $5 for children. Contact Ken Friend at kfriend82@gmail.com or (919) 770-1082 for more details.

• Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action Inc. will host a free, public workshop on financial recovery at 11 a.m. at 225 S. Steele St., Sanford.

• Temple Theatre will present “Forever Plaid” at 8 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 boxoffice@templeshows.com.

• A Quilt Magic craft class will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. The activity is like painting by numbers except using fabric instead of paint. No special tools are needed, and no sewing or gluing is required. The kits include all fabric to complete this project. Call The Enrichment Center at (919) 776-0501 x 2201 for more information and to register for the class.

• A girl scout volleyball game will be held at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Family Life Center.

SATURDAY

• The Grand Trees of Chatham will hold a winter tree identification hike at 2 p.m. in Siler City. Jordan Matthews High School science teacher Phil Cox will lead this walk, which will look at ways to identify trees before they burst into spring glory. The walk will last about one hour, and participants will meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Technology Way, which is just past Chatham Hospital heading south on Progress Boulevard. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring their own beverages. Those planning to come, please send an email to grandtreesofchatham@gmail.com.

• A Girl Scout talent show, featuring all local Girl Scout troops in observance of Girl Scout week, will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Lee County Arts Center.

• Christian healthcare Adult Daycare is commemorating its 13th anniversary of serving the elderly and disabled, and providing assistance to their caregivers, with a celebration from 2-6 p.m. in the Lee County Art Center’s Auditorium, 507 N. Steele St. For further information, please contact Reginald and Wanda Marsh or Velma Mclean at (919) 775-5610.

• A concealed carry permit class will start at 8 a.m. at Tramway Fire Department. There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee that will go toward the total cost of the class, which is $60. Class size will be limited. This is an all-day class, and participants will need to bring a handgun (or share with someone in class), ammunition (80 rounds), safety glasses, earplugs and a ball cap for the shooting range. Those would like to register or have any questions can contact Matt Grant Smith at (919) 770-0111.

• The Lee County Community Orchestra program for its March concerts will include six soloists and a violin quartet — all of them musicians who play regularly with the community group now in its 25th season. "Celebrating the Musicians" will take place tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Grace Chapel Church. A reception honoring the artists will follow each of the free concerts. Special edition pottery bells by Kevin Brown and Sandy Cole of North State Pottery will be available. This Bells for Music project supports the commissioning fund that will bring Dr. Mark Petering, composer of a brand-new, silver anniversary celebration piece for LCCO, to Sanford in October 2013, when its premiere will kick off the 26th season.

• Sanford and the surrounding communities are coming together to help the loved ones of Aaron and Kathy Powers, Becky Powell and Chris Baker, who died in a car accident. Participants will meet at Crossroads Church in Broadway at 8:30 a.m. for registration and leave for a poker run at 10 a.m. The Poker Run will make a pit stop for lunch and a burn-out competition at Honda Suzuki of Sanford and will then head to the Lee Regional Fairgrounds for a motorcycle and car show. There will be several 50/50 raffles, bake sales, a cornhole tournament and vendors. The music will start at 1 p.m., ending with a concert by Dark Water Rising. The event will end with an auction at 6 p.m. by Sanford's Lisa York. Those wanting to donate to the auction or register for the poker run can reach Jennifer Sallaz at (919) 353-1736 or email at jennifer.sallaz@yahoo.com. Donations can be made at Capital Bank; to learn more, contact Krystle Ray at Capital Bank at (919) 775-2800.

• Clean Jordan Lake volunteers will once again participate in the annual Haw River Assembly’s Clean-Up-A-Thon, which will remove trash from a stretch of shoreline that extends from Poe's Ridge Boat Ramp to the B. Everett Jordan dam. The group has introduced a trash treasure hunt this year with prizes. Volunteers can hunt for several odd items, along with the usual assortment of bottles, cans and styrofoam. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Assistance Center at the end of Jordan Dam Road; the event will end at 1 p.m. Water, snacks, bags and gloves will be provided. Children under age 11 may not participate, and those between 11 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit www.meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake.

• Temple Theatre will present “Forever Plaid” at 8 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 boxoffice@templeshows.com.

• The San Lee Trail half marathon will start at 9 a.m. at San Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford. The registration fee is $35 in advance, $40 on the day of if available. The event will have a maximum of 150 participants, and there will be six race categories with awards offered to winners. Participants can register on the Storm Endurance website, www.stormendurance.com/ses/. Packet pick-up and final registration (if available) will be at San Lee Park on Friday, March 15, from 2-4:30 p.m. Race day pickup is at San Lee Park at 8 a.m.

• The Sanford Area Society of Shaggers will hold its “Shaggin' in the Sandhills” fundraiser dance, benefitting Make a Wish and other local charities, from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Sanford Elks Lodge, 910 Carthage St. The cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. The event will feature heavy hors d' oeuvres, a silent auction and a cash bar, as well as special entertainment by the Junior Shag Dance Team. Those who are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please make a check payable to SASS and mail to P.O. Box 1785, Sanford. To learn more, contact Jobie Deese at billydeese@windstream.net or (919) 774-3168 or Sandy Forsythe at sandy.forsythe@magnetimarelli.com or (919) 776-9059.

• A benefit dinner for Ronald “Red” Patterson will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at White Hill Presbyterian Church, 3301 White Hill Road, Sanford. Pork barbecue and chicken plates cost $8 each (dine in or carry out). Donations are also accepted. Ronald was in an accident that almost cost him his legs, as well as his life. The benefit proceeds will go toward all household expenses. For more information, please call Phyllis at (910) 551-9697 or Vera at (919) 776-3119.

• Gun dealers, retail gun shop owners, shooting range and gun club leaders will convene from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ed’s Gun Shop, Highway U.S. 1 South, Vass, for the organizational meeting of N.C. Firing Line. Once formed, NC Firing Line will actively support the Second Amendment by creating a unified voice to fight efforts at gun control. Pre-registration is requested. To register or for more information and a list of accommodations, contact Kenneth Benway, group organizer, at sandhillsresist@gmail.com or (910) 949-3856. To help defray costs of the meeting and lunch, a $5 donation is requested.

• A program titled “Owls, Owls, Owls” will be held at 11 a.m. at Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center. Participants can learn about the owls that live in Raven Rock State Park. There will be owl crafts for the children. Visitors can also meet special guest owls Screech, Nimue, Sera and Kotori from the Wildlife Rescue Center in Sanford.

• A hike to Raven Rock will begin at 1 p.m., departing from the Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center. Participants can hike with a ranger to Raven Rock and discover some of the natural wonders of this prominent landmark. This is a 2.5-mile hike. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water. For more information, call the park office at (910) 893-4888. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

• A first-ever event, the Chatham County Schools Arts Extravaganza, will begin at 5 p.m. on the Northwood High School campus. An elementary/middle school concert will be followed by a 6 p.m. art walk and a 7:30 p.m. high school concert. Students from across Chatham County schools will be showcasing their skills, and there will be instrumental and vocal music, an art exhibit and dance and theatrical performances. All events are free and open to the public. Also visit the Arts Incubator in Siler City through March 20 to see additional samples of student artwork.