CALENDAR FOR FEB. 8

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• A conference titled “Farming Strategies in Today's Changing Climate,” presented by the Abundance Foundation, will be held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Central Carolina Community College Pittsboro campus. The conference will bring farmers, researchers and technical advisors together, along with sustainable agriculture advocates, to begin answering questions about how production practices can be modified in response to climate change. Keynote guest speakers are Laura Lengnick, Warren Wilson College, and Ryan Boyles, state climatologist. Registration cost is $25 until Feb. 1, $35 after. To sign up, visit http://theabundancefoundation.org/ or or send check to Abundance, c/o Farming Strategies, 220 Lorax Lane, Box 5, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.

• 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 can be bought online at www.templeshows.com.

SATURDAY

• Circle City Books & Music will host a reading and book-signing by author/illustrator Ursula Vernon, creator of the Dragonbreath series, at 11 a.m. at Davenport and Winkleperry Café, 18A E. Salisbury St. in Pittsboro. Vernon will read from her new book “Dragonbreath: Nightmare of the Iguana,” the eighth book in this series. Copies of this and other Dragonbreath books will be available for sale. For more information, call (919) 548-5954.

• St. Luke United Methodist Church of Sanford will be holding a mom-to-mom sale from 8 a.m.-noon. Local moms will be selling gently used baby gear, maternity clothes, baby/children's clothes, toys and baby/children's furniture. The sale is sponsored by the Sanford Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS).

• A Valentine's open barn will be held from noon-5 p.m. at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City. The inn will be offering some simple lunch fare for hungry visitors from noon-3 p.m.

• Guests are invited to celebrate Valentine's Day with the Seagrove Potters of Historic Busbee Road in the Westmoore Community. At Cady Clay Works, special pottery pieces featuring a burgundy red glaze accent will be for sale, the store will be decorated for the holiday, and homemade valentine treats will be served from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continuing its 25th anniversary year celebration events, a "Decorate Your Own Ornament" workshop will be held from noon – 3 p.m. Special guest will be Berta Scott, founder of Southern Supreme Fruitcake in Bear Creek. Other participating potteries include Ben Owen Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Westmoore Pottery, Mill Creek Forge, Hickory Hill Pottery, O'Quinn Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, Jugtown Pottery and JLK Jewelry at Jugtown. Go to www.potteryofbusbeeroad.com to read "THE BUZZ...from Busbee Road" for a map and complete list of hours, or pick up a copy at any participating pottery.

• Ordinary Women on an Extraordinary Journey invite guests to join them for the fifth annual Christian Women’s Retreat, “Made for More,” from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.) at Hampton Inn & Suites, Aberdeen (15-501 behind Starbucks). The event will feature music, speakers, lunch, small groups and door prizes. Scheduled speakers are Cathy Smith, Tarshima Hackett, Debbie Schwob and Pauli Curl. For additional information, please call coordinator Barbara Weeks at (910) 215-0426 or Linda Poteet at (910) 420-2916. For attendees choosing to stay overnight, Hampton Inn offers $84 rates with complimentary breakfast and evening reception. For reservations, mail check for $28 per person payable to Meetings Network, P.O. Box 5893, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374.

• Young people in Chatham County are invited to learn more about trees in the winter landscape during special hikes today and Feb. 10, which begin at 2 p.m. at the White Pines Nature Preserve, about eight miles south of Pittsboro. The hikes are jointly offered by the Grand Trees of Chatham Committee and the Triangle Land Conservancy. The program materials target young people ages 4 to 10, but other age groups are welcome, too. The hikes will happen rain or shine, and participants should dress for the weather, including good walking shoes. Please leave pets at home. Register at http://triangleland.org/news-and-events/events Afterward, participants will receive directions to the meeting place. For questions, contact grandtreesofchatham@gmail.com.

• A CPR (basic and re-certification) class will be held at 9 a.m. at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. The class will provide comprehensive information and practice in CPR and obstructed airway rescue for adults, children and infants. Other areas covered include one-rescuer CPR, management of foreign-body airway obstruction and the use of barrier devices for ventilation. This class teaches both basic and renewal students. The cost is $25, and an American Heart Association health care provider(HCP) card will be issued upon completion. To register, visit www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=52

• 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 can be bought online at www.templeshows.com.

• The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance invites guests to a Mardi Gras dance starting at 7 p.m. at 105 McReynolds St., Carthage — across the street from Fred's on the second floor of the Sinclair Building. Purple and green attire is encouraged for this evening of fun, music, food and dance. The dance starts with snacks, then a free complimentary dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. and open dancing from 8-10 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. Please bring an appetizer or a food to share. Beverages are provided. This is a smoke free/alcohol free event. The cost is $7 for members, $10 guests. All first-time guests get in free. For more information, call Asunda at (919) 356-2784 or visit www.DancingInTheCarolinaPines.org.

• The Stevens Center’s annual prime valentine benefit will provide a full course prime rib dinner from 5 -6:30 p.m., followed by entertainment by the Temple Teens, and a live auction called by Jerry Harris Auctions. Those who desire, BYOB, glasses provided. Those wanting to attend can purchase $25 tickets or be a table sponsor, which includes 6 tickets for $200, at stevenscenter.org or at the Stevens Center, 1576 Kelly Drive in Sanford. For more information, call (919) 776-4048.

• The Carolinas Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Foundation will meet at 11 a.m. at Golden Corral, located on Horner Boulevard in Sanford. Bob Cline and John Lipscomb will give a power point presentation on their trip down the Yellowstone River through Montana to South Dakota. All interested persons are welcome to attend. For more information, call John Lipscomb at (919) 776-3615.

• A fun shoot will be held at Deep River Sporting Clays, with registration opening at 9 a.m. and the last shooter on the course at 1 p.m. The event is a 100-target, National Sporting Clays Association-registered shoot. Non-NSCA shooters will compete in an open class. Everyone is welcome. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=458410750883469&set=a.225086220882591.54259.104413012949913&type=1&theater.