CALENDAR FOR MAY 14

May. 14, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The public alert notification sirens around the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant will be tested from 10-11 a.m. The 83 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at full volume for approximately five seconds. The test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is conducted in cooperation with the state of North Carolina, as well as Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties. Progress Energy Carolinas performs full-volume tests annually. Silent tests are conducted every two weeks, and short duration, full-volume tests every three months. Questions about the tests may be directed to county or state emergency management agencies.

• The Democratic Women of Lee County will meet at 6 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters at 143 Charlotte Ave. Bob Atwater, former senator for District 18 (Chatham, Durham, Lee), will present the program. For questions, please call Lynda F. Turbeville, president, at (919) 776-9916.

• The N.C. History Quiz Bowl will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Old Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and presented by The Lee County Library, the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum and the Museum of the Cape Fear. To participate, call the library at (919) 718-4665.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Sanford.

• The Veterans Upward Bound program of Chatham/Lee/Harnett/Johnston/Wake counties will host an informational session about VUB resources and services from 5-7 p.m. in Room 9107, Science Building, Central Carolina Community College’s Lee County Campus, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford. The conference is for veterans who want to return to school and obtain an associate or bachelor’s degree, as well as for professionals working with veterans. For more information, call (919) 718-7463 or email veteransub@cccc.edu.

WEDNESDAY

• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. All those searching for jobs are welcome. This week’s program: George Harvey will focus on financial fitness while unemployed and ways to stretch that budget a little further. Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.

• The Parkinson's Support Group for people with Parkinson's disease, their family members, caregivers and friends, will meet at 10:30 a.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The meeting will focus on Parkinson's and fatigue, touching on exercise, diet, sleep habits and mental activity. To learn more, call (919) 776-0501.

• Gary Thomas Farms will offer seasonal produce from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. outside the Carthage Street entrance to Central Carolina Hospital. This is an event sponsored by CCH Auxiliary, with proceeds to benefit auxiliary projects. While picking up their favorite seasonal produce, patrons can visit the CCH Auxiliary This-n-That gift shop for a fresh-baked cookie and other items.

• San-Lee Park's Conservation Cubs will meet from 10-11 a.m. at 572 Pumping Station Road. This activity is open to children ages 3-5 with parent. The cost is $6 per child just for today, or $10 for those participating today and May 1, which includes a healthy snack. Pre-registration is preferred. Call (919) 776-6221 and ask for Jaime Osborne or Carrie Council. The theme is “In the Garden.”

THURSDAY

• A youth appreciation banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Sanford Elks Lodge at 910 Carthage St., Sanford. The Sanford Elks host this annual event to honor the students of the month from Lee County and Southern Lee high schools. In addition, two students of the year and two other scholarship programs are recognized. Other awards will be presented to winners of the drug awareness poster contest, and this year's foreign exchange students will be recognized. The special guest will be Andy Bryan, who will become the superintendent of Lee County Schools on July 1.

• The Carolina Mountain Dulcimer Players will meet at 7 p.m. at the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. Beginners, experts, and all stringed instruments are welcome. For more information and directions, contact Shirley Ray at ShirleyRay@aol.com or (919) 929-5359.

• The Rufus Barringer Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. at the Southern Pines Civic Club, located at Ashe and Pennsylvania avenues behind the tennis courts in Southern Pines. The Roundtable will welcome Kelly Hinson,10th generation North Carolinian and a Moore County native, who will present a living history of Anna Morrison, widow of Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson. It is titled, "Reflected Glory: Letters to Anna." New members are needed, and visitors are always welcome. For more information, call (910) 235-0946 or (910) 695-9058.

• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce's AM Buzz event will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Karma Boutique. Come for networking, prizes, a 50/50 raffle and more.

• Maj. Dave Goetze, candidate for vice chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, will be the guest speaker at the May meeting of the Harnett Republican Men's Club, set for 7 p.m. in room 149 of the Lundy Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University in Buies Creek. For more information, contact club president Joey Powell at (910) 892-0201.

• 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 covenantprep@hotmail.com. The school is now enrolling grades K-12. School is scheduled to open in fall 2013.

• The Harnett County Social Crafters group will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office, 126 Alexander Drive, Lillington. All interested individuals are welcome. The group, sponsored by the Harnett County Extension and Community Associates group, is led by Rose Cotton. All portable craft projects are welcome. Come to learn new skills and to share your knowledge with others. For more information contact the Cooperative Extension, (910) 893-7535.

• The Temple Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 2 and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be bought in person or by contacting the box office at (919) 774-4155 or boxoffice@templeshows.com. Ticket prices are: adult, $23; Thursday night adult, $19; children/student, $13; Lee County teacher/educator, active military and groups of 10 or more, $19. See www.templeshows.com.

• Take a Crazy Cool Critters painting class with artist Jodi Ohl from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Carolina Artists’ Colony, 148 S. Moore St. in downtown Sanford. Create an owl, dog, cat, bunny or any whimsical creature while learning tips and tricks for painting with acrylics and using water-soluble pencils and graphite in this freestyle, funky painting class. Students may bring a beverage and snack to enjoy and should bring: one small round detail paintbrush, one medium flat paintbrush, one 1 F graphite pencil, a water container and a willingness to paint with their fingers. A $39 fee includes instruction and use of supplies needed during class. Save $5 by registering and paying in advance with a friend. Visit www.CarolinaArtistsColony.com for complete details. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to pre-register.