CALENDAR FOR FEB. 9
• Blank Surfaces, an entertainment video journal produced by Across the Canvas Productions, will be taping from 2-4 p.m. at Dreams Cafe, 149 S Horner Blvd, Sanford. This event will be hosted by Catherine Sewell SAG-AFTRA actress and vocalist. Guests will include, from “The Rusty Bucket Kids” TV show, Jason Damico, musician and 2011 Carolina Young Artist of Year award winner; Roxanna Demers, actress, model and vocalist; John Demers, actor, writer, director and producer; and, from Eno River Media Productions, Anthony Dowling, co-founder, Eno River Media Productions; and Jessica Lucas, Miss Charlotte Teen USA/2013 Miss Carolina Lily and spokesperson for Eno River Media Productions.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 parties 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
• A Valentine's open barn will be held from noon through 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.
• Young people in Chatham County are invited to learn more about trees in the winter landscape during a special hike, which begins at 2 p.m. at the White Pines Nature Preserve, located 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 email@example.com.
• 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 can be bought online at www.templeshows.com.
• This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Chatham County Council on Aging’s Chocolate Cake and Cheesecake Bake-Off, a major fund-raiser for older adult programs that allows guests to sample winning chocolate cakes and decadent cheesecakes. The bake -off will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Eastern Senior Center in Pittsboro. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children to taste the entries with either milk or coffee. Judging will be based on taste, originality, appearance and creativity for an overall score. Two first-place winners, one for cakes and one for cheesecakes, will each receive $100. Four second prizes also will be awarded.
• The Rooster's Wife will present JUNO Award nominated April Verch, with doors opening at 6 p.m., in the 100-seat listening room at the corner of Knight and Poplar in downtown Aberdeen. The show starts at 6:46 p.m. Verch is the ﬁrst woman in history to win both of Canada's most prestigious ﬁddle championships, the Grand Masters and Canadian Open, and she also kicked off the 2010 Olympic Games as lead fiddler for the opening ceremonies.To learn more or for tickets, visit www.theroosterswife.org or call (910) 944-7502. Shows continue this winter through March 24 on consecutive Sundays.
• The victims of sexual assault support group will meet tonight and every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call Haven in Lee County for more information at (919)-774-8923.
• Ballroom dance lessons for beginners will be offered at 6:45 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County with instructor Judith McDonald, president of Outreach Programs, US Dance. This is a free opportunity for anyone that would like to learn to glide across the floor with confidence. Wear comfortable clothing and bring dance or leather-soled shoes. Class size is limited; call (919) 776-0501 ext. 2201 to register or learn more.
• The First Baptist Church of Sanford and Sandhills Center LME will be sponsoring a free community-wide informational session from 5:30-7 p.m. at First Baptist, 202 Summit Drive, Sanford. The topic is "The Effect of Trauma on Children." Childcare and light dinner will be provided, but registration is required. To register, contact Linda Swann, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll free 1-877-776-6702.
• The Republican Women of Lee County will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lee GOP headquarters at 101 S. Steele Street in Sanford. The meeting will be followed by a dessert and coffee social from 7:30-8 p.m. Those who would like to bring a dessert, please email email@example.com. Also, RWL membership dues of $30 for 2013 are now payable. Dues for associate membership (for men or students or Republican ladies who are not residents of Lee County) are $15. Dues may be paid by cash or check, made payable to RWL. Please bring a nonperishable donation for Christians United Outreach Center.