CALENDAR FOR OCT. 29

Oct. 29, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will make a presentation on the proposed chamber/EDC merger to members at 4 p.m. at Davison's Steakhouse in Sanford. All chamber members are encouraged to attend to hear about the program of work areas, specific key initiatives and projects, investments/budget outline, staff organization and a timetable for the merger. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Registration is required; call (919) 775-7341 or visit sanford-nc.net to learn more.

• A Small Business Center seminar titled “Marketing Planning, Part 2,” will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Siler City Center, 400 Progress Blvd., Siler City. Those in attendance will learn how to formulate their brand description and deliver the advertising, promotion, pricing and other marketing communication tactics of their marketing plan to effectively reach their target audience. See https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e847hfjre2ebca48&oseq=&c=&ch= or call (919) 774-6442 to register or learn more.

• Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption will hold a haunted house fundraiser today through Oct. 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. at 217 Gulf St., Sanford. The cost is $3 per person; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free with donation of items from CARA's supply wish list (available at www.cara-nc.org). All proceeds and donations will go toward the care of animals at CARA.

• The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the choir room of First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. This community group welcomes new and returning members to come join and sing in its Dec. 1 holiday concert. For further information, please call (919) 774-4608 or (919) 776-3624.

n HAVEN in Lee County will hold its 17th annual candlelight vigil to honor victims and celebrate survivors of domestic violence from 6-7 p.m. in the HAVEN complex parking lot, 215 Bracken St., Sanford. For more information, call (919) 774-8923.

• The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems have partnered to offer an on-farm pepper production workshop, “Ripe Peppers in the Market Garden: Methods and Varieties,” from 2-5 p.m. at Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro. Grower and educator Doug Jones will offer both an indoor workshop as well as a farm tour highlighting the 37 different varieties of peppers he is trialing this year. Participants will learn the pros and cons of including ripe, sweet peppers as a significant crop on a small farm. Other topics covered will include indoor seed production, sustainable crop management, discussion and tour of the different variety and breeding lines, demonstration of season extension, varietal discussion and a pepper tasting. Advance registration was required by Oct. 23.

• The Chatham Chamber of Commerce will present the Chatham Community Business Showcase, with exhibit times running from 12-5:30 p.m., in the Pittsboro Ford showroom at 1245 Thompson St., Pittsboro. This event is free and open to all. With the theme, "Linking Business and Community," the Showcase is focused on linking Chatham County businesses to residents of the community. In addition to hourly door prize drawings, there will be 50-plus businesses showcasing their products and services, free massages, fitness activities, health screenings, cornhole, food samples and more. For more information, please contact the Chatham Chamber of Commerce by phone at (919) 742-3333 or by email at info@ccucc.net.

• A People's Forum on Chatham Park will be held at 7 p.m. at the Pittsboro Roadhouse restaurant, just off the courthouse circle. The event is sponsored by Pittsboro Matters, a local area residents’ advocacy group that has petitioned the Pittsboro Town Board to slow down the review and rethink the design of a proposed 7,120-acre, 55,000-resident master-planned community to be built within the town’s planning jurisdiction.

WEDNESDAY

• This week's story time theme at the Lee County Library will be "It's Halloween!" Children can dress up in their Halloween costumes for story time for toddlers at 10 a.m. at the main branch, located on Hawkins Avenue. For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 716-4665 x 5484.

• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. for networking, job leads and encouragement. This week's program will offer information on the Obama Health Care Act and how it affects you. Facilitator is Tom Snell. Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.

• Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption will hold a haunted house fundraiser today through Oct. 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. at 217 Gulf St., Sanford. The cost is $3 per person; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free with donation of items from CARA's supply wish list (available at www.cara-nc.org). All proceeds and donations will go toward the care of animals at CARA.

• The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series will present “National Implications of Military Leadership” at 7:30 p.m. in Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus in Pinehurst. During the Persian Gulf War, Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum's Blackhawk helicopter was shot down; she was captured and later repatriated. She commanded Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, caring for more than 26,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war heroes. Cornum will discuss the quickly changing role of the military in the post-Afghanistan era. Admission is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

• The Harnett County Public Library will celebrate the season with a story time costume parade today [Wednesday] and tomorrow [Thursday] at 11 a.m. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to preschool story time. After a song and a story, those in attendance will line up and march around the library for a small audience of friends. Refreshments will be served afterward. Toddler story time families are invited too.

• Three local mystery authors will read from and discuss their work at 7 p.m. at Chatham Community Library. The free program will be held in the Holmes Meeting Room. Chatham Community Library is located on the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College at 197 N.C. Highway 87 North. The authors are Rick Bylina, author of several mysteries and an instructor in Central Carolina Community College's creative writing program; Nora Esthimer, author of “Until Proven” and “Time of Death”; and Carolyn Miller, author of “Murder in the Old Courthouse.” The authors will also discuss the craft of mystery writing and will take questions from the audience. A book signing will follow the program. For more information, call the library at (919) 545-8084. An optional farm-to-table dinner in the Natural Chef Cafe precedes the program beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling (919) 545-8076.

• Today is the deadline to register for an on-farm pepper workshop, offered by the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, titled “Ripe Peppers in the Market Garden: Methods and Varieties.” It will be held from 2-5 p.m. Nov. 7 at Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro (it will start out at the Agriculture Building, then move to the farm). Grower and educator Doug Jones will offer an indoor workshop, as well as a farm tour highlighting the 37 different varieties of peppers he is trialing this year. Participants will learn the pros and cons of including ripe, sweet peppers as a significant crop on a small farm. Other topics covered will include indoor seed production, sustainable crop management, discussion and tour of the different variety and breeding lines, demonstration of season extension, varietal discussion, and a pepper tasting. The cost of the workshop is $10. Registration details are available on Cooperative Extension's Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/gsf-workshops