CALENDAR FOR APRIL 20
• The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a yard and bake sale from 5:30 a.m.-noon at the Jones Printing building at 101 Hawkins Ave. Funds will be used to send students from local high schools to Girls State.
• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park and continue weekly through Oct. 26. For further information, or to express interest in selling at the market, please call Sue Buie at (919) 356-3007 or email DonnaBuie@aol.com.
• Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Central Carolina, will hold a benefit luncheon, fashion show and auction at noon in the San Lee Park Multi-Purpose Center. Learn more at www.etaphibeta-epsilongamma.org or by calling Lillie Robinson at (919) 258-9326.
• A pancake breakfast and silent auction will be held from 8-11 a.m. at Jonesboro United Methodist Church. Visitors can enjoy breakfast (for $5), find a special item in the auction and support the ministries of the church. Those willing to make or donate an item for the auction, please contact Bill H. at (919) 356-5109 or email@example.com).
• The eighth annual Clenny Creek Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both outdoors and inside the two historic homes at 3361 Mt. Carmel Road in Carthage. Free admission for all the family is a tradition, and it’s an all-day event sponsored by the Friends of the Bryant House, an 1821-era home with a 1760-era cabin built by Joel McLendon, also on the site. Proceeds go to the nonprofit efforts of the Moore County Historical Association to maintain these two historic house museums. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the next day, Sunday April 21, noon-5 p.m. For more details, call the Moore County Historical Association at (910) 692-2051, visit www.moorehistory.com or see the event's Facebook page.
• The public can join Chatham County in celebrating Earth Day with activities from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at 720 County Landfill Road,Pittsboro. The celebration will offer free document shredding for Chatham residents from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., mulch sales from 7:30 a.m.-noon, household hazardous waste drop from 9 a.m-3 p.m., compost bin sales from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Earth Day giveaways and prizes from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. To learn more, visit www.chathamnc.org/recycle.
• The Rocky River Coon Club will hold a 50th anniversary celebration at 1 p.m. All past and present members and families are invited for a day of food, door prizes and more. Contact Dana Branch at (919) 930-5538 to learn more.
• The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will host a rabies clinic from 10 a.m.-noon in the rear parking lot of the Lee County Sheriff’sOffice. Shots are $7 each; dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in a carrier. Bring pet’s proof of previous rabies vaccinations. For more information, please contact Lt. David Prevatte (DPrevatte@leecountync.gov) or call (919) 775-5531.
• Local author Kianna Alexander will talk about her latest book at 10 a.m. at the Harnett County Public Library, 601 S. Main St.,Lillington. A military wife and mother of two, Alexander is the author of several romance novels. She will read from her latest work and offer a sneak peak at her upcoming projects. Her books will be available for sale and signing. Alexander will donate a portion of her earnings on books sold at the event to the public library.
• A Goldston Cruz-N will be held at 4 p.m. in downtown Goldston, exit 159 on Highway 421 between Sanford and Siler City. Classic and antique cars and trucks are welcome. Concessions will be available from the local scouts, and entertainment will include music from the Oldie/Goldie era. There will be a 50/50 raffle, with a drawing at 7 p.m. Door prize drawings will also be at 7 p.m. Cruz continues thru October. For more information, contact Bruce Denkins at (919) 898-4937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Silk Hope Ruritan Club will present the Silk Hope Spring Celebration from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Farm Heritage Park, 4221 Silk Hope Road, Siler City. The event will include a 5K run, farmer's market, gardening, hot air balloon rides, music, entertainment, horse show for those with special needs, games, food and family fun. To learn more, call (919) 663-0331 or emailSilkHopeSpringCelebration@gmail.com.
• The Seagrove Area Potters Association will present the fifth annual Celebration of Spring today and tomorrow in Seagrove. The event will feature more than 65 local potters, kiln openings and special events, fresh pots, demonstrations and door prizes. Stop at any participating shop while coming into Seagrove to pick up a map of the tour. Visitors can download a pdf of participating shops, hours, and a map from the Discover Seagrove or the Celebration of Seagrove Potters websites.
• N.C. Firing Line, a newly-formed grassroots organization in support of the Second Amendment, will hold a kick-off rally at 11 a.m. in the field next to Ed’s Gun Shop, Highway 1. Expected speakers include elected representatives from local, state and federal government. They will update participants about current efforts at gun control and the ramifications should those efforts succeed. Representatives from the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association, Grass Roots North Carolina and Moore TEA Citizens are also expected to attend. For more information about the organization, visit www.NCFiringLine.wordpress.com.
• The Buddy Holly Concert, starring Baxter Clement as Buddy Holly, along with his friends, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Leah Nichols and the kickin’ Buddy Holly band under the direction of Steve Menendez, will begin at 5 and 8 p.m. at TempleTheatre in Sanford. Visit www.templeshows.com for tickets or to learn more. The cost is $25.
• An all-day concealed carry permit class will begin at 8 a.m. at Tramway Fire Department. There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee. This will go toward the total cost of the class, which is $60. Class size will be limited. 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 who would like to register for class or have any questions, please contact Matt Grant Smith at (919) 770-0111.
• The fifth annual Broadway Our Way Festival will be held in downtown Broadway. The event will feature an expanded street fair, barbecue cook-off, truck/motorcycle/antique tractor display, cornhole tournament, free kids' activities, a donut hole-eating contest and continuous live entertainment — including a two-hour concert by the Woodshedders and a kick-up-your heels street dance with the Second Chance Band.
• Chatham County will hold a grand reopening of the historic Chatham County Courthouse, including a ceremony and tours from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pittsboro is also planning an event, slated from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• The Apex Arts Council (AAC) will host the second annual version of the largest art show on its yearly calendar, the Artists for Animals Faire, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cloer Family Vineyards in Apex. The event is expected to showcase as many as 100 artists in as many artistic disciplines as possible and benefit animal rescue groups around the area. Half of the profits of the faire will be donated to three local animal rescue groups. A special committee within the AAC will meet later in February to choose the recipients of these donations, and an announcement of the names will be forthcoming. Admission to the event is free. Selected vendors will provide coffee, soft drinks snacks, and ice cream for purchase.
• International speaker Kari Mashos, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, will present a talk, “Peace for the World: Prayers that Counteract Terrorism,” at 2 p.m. at the Sandhills Horticultural Center. Mashos shares ideas based on the book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, and the Bible. From her own experiences, she helps audiences explore how to connect more deeply with universal love to find comfort, safety and peace.
• The Harnett County Beekeepers Association, with representation from Sanford and Lee County beekeepers, will sponsor an “Introduction to Beekeeping” class from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lillington Presbyterian Church, 1101 8th St., Lillington. Participants will learn about the basics and then some. A $25 fee covers book; class size is limited to 25. Pre-register by email@example.com or calling (910) 273-0265. Questions can be addressed to Don Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• One By One meets at 4 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St. One By One welcomes all people who are interested in improving race relationships in an atmosphere where frank and open discussion is encouraged. Please call (919) 744-4797 for more information.
• Breakfast of Champions — creating advocates for Communities in Schools of Lee County — will hold its first advocacy breakfast, with time slots available at 7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. — at 211 S. Steele St., Sanford (Chamber of Commerce). The event will feature a light breakfast, a question-and-answer session and a 15-minute presentation. Please RSVP email@example.com.
• Lee County Arts Council presents "Mini Masters" with Laura Newman from 6-8 p.m. at the Artists' Loft on the mezzanine above the Shops at Steele Street. Participants will create three mini-canvases. The cost is $35 for LCAC members and $45 for non-members, which includes all supplies and a mini-easel to display your mini-masterpiece. Call (919) 799-6596 to preregister.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Ft. Bragg Road., Southern Pines. "A New Old South": Nick Radko of UNC Pembroke will lead part two of a look at Carolina prehistory, discussing the transition of societies from mobile to agricultural, beginning as early as 3,000 years ago, and reviewing sociopolitical, economic, and ritualistic changes that lead to the development of a regional ceremonial complex represented locally by the Town Creek Indian Mound in Mt. Gilead. Visitors are welcome. Call (910) 692-2167 for more information, or visit online at www.sandhillsnature.org.
• Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project, a research and outreach project out of NC State University, NC A&T University, and NC Cooperative Extension, will award mini-grants to groups that are interested in improving access to healthy, affordable foods and safe places to be active in Lee County. An informational session will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Wicker Conference Room on the first floor of the Lee County Health Department (106 Hillcrest Drive, Sanford). The 2013-2014 Lee County Mini-Grant information packet and application are available at http://voicesintoaction.org/leeminigrants/. For more information, please contact Kathryn Rosenbaum, community outreach coordinator, at (919) 513-2703 or Kathryn_rosenbaum@ncsu.edu.