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10-Year Reunion Revue
The Southern Middle School Theatre Arts Group (TAG) presents a Reunion Revue Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 in the SMS Gym.
The show will highlight songs from musicals presented over the past 10 years at Southern Middle School.
In addition, many alumni of SMS TAG, some of whom are now college graduates, have been contacted to return to reprise songs and roles they starred in while students at Southern Middle School. SMS TAG is also bringing back former theater advisers.
The show is open to the entire community and is being held as part tribute to the program and a fundraiser.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, theater alumni and staff. For more information, contact Eric Kopecky at email@example.com.
The Metropolitan Opera in New York City will broadcast composer Thomas Ades’ operatic adaption of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” to worldwide audiences on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The Sunrise Theater in downtown Southern Pines will air the live production in high definition at 1 p.m.
The 41-year-old English composer, Thomas Ades, conducts his own work with the charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside staring as Prospero. Canadian director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th century La Scala in this inventive staging.
Lepage turns Prospero into a 19th century nobleman, banished from his hometown of Milan, who recreates his beloved La Scala opera house on his island refuge. Each of the three acts presents a different view of the house — the auditorium, the stage, the backstage — and all the action takes place in these spaces, with Prospero as unseen stage manager, sort of an Italian version of “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The run time is two hours, 41 minutes. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Sunrise office at (910) 692-8501 or ordered online at www.sunrisetheater.org. Tickets are also sold at the box office before each show.
The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, Sandhills residents will have the opportunity to participate in a Thanksgiving floral arranging demonstration by well-known floral designer Aldena Frye.
The class will take place in the Ball Visitors Center at the Sandhills Community College Horticultural Gardens.
Cost for the class is $10 for Horticultural Society members and $15 for nonmembers. Reserve a place by calling Tricia Mabe at (910) 695-3882.
Veterans Day Concert
The Sandhills Community College Jazz Band will perform a Veterans Day concert Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Owens Auditorium.
The event is free.
Along with a tribute to veterans, the theme of the concert will be a tribute to Emerson Cole and his “The Big Bands Are Back” radio program, which ran for 33 years on WIOZ and WIOZ-FM until his death in 2012.
The band will recreate portions of a live “The Big Bands Are Back” radio broadcast from Nov. 13 and 14, 1998.
First Tee Gala
First Tee of the Sandhills presents its fifth annual fall gala Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Pine Needles Reception Center.
For $75, participants get a dinner plate from Pine Needles while listening to featured speaker Jaime Diaz, a senior golf writer for Golf Digest.
“We will also have a ‘bucket list’ raffle with each ticket costing $100,” says a spokesman. “The prizes includes playing lessons from the top PGA instructors in the county, tickets to the 2013 U.S. Open, and free rounds of golf at the finest country clubs around the world.
For the full list of the prizes in the raffle, visit www.thefirstteesandhills.org.
For information on how to buy a raffle ticket or to attend the gala, contact Lisa Chandler at (910) 783-5287.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Wildlife Resources Commission will coordinate a day of collecting native grass and wildflower seeds to be used in habitat restoration projects.
This year, the focus will be on collecting seeds that will be used in a wetland restoration project. This will benefit several species of wildlife that depend on wetland habitat and the adjacent uplands.
“For those who have not done this before, no experience is necessary, and we will provide all the training and equipment you need,” says a spokesperson.
Participants will meet at the BP station in Hoffman, Richmond County, off U.S. 1 about 13 miles south of Aberdeen.
Arts and Crafts Fest
The Whispering Pines philanthropic ladies organization, Whispers, will be sponsoring an Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Whispering Pines Country Club, 2 Clubhouse Blvd., Whispering Pines.
Thirty-six booths will feature arts and crafts handmade by people throughout the state, and also a bake sale featuring homemade desserts, jams and jellies.
Lunch can be purchased at the Thagard Lake Bar and Grill at the Country Club.
Of particular interest will be a booth in the lobby of the Country Club for visitors and residents to sign up for the Moore County Yellow Dot Program.
This booth is donated by Whispers, and the members will be working to sign up people at this special Saturday event.
The Yellow Dot Program has been successful at other Saturday events, giving residents the opportunity to participate if they are unable to sign up at one of the seven fire station locations from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Beat the Odds
FirstHealth Center for Health and Fitness will present “Maintain, Don’t Gain,” offering strategies to avoid holiday weight gain, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:15 p.m.
The event is free and open to members of the fitness center as well as the general public.
Call (910) 715-1800 to register.
‘Drink and Paint’
Cup of Flow Coffee ’n Things, located at 115 NE Broad St., in Southern Pines, will be hosting a “Drink and Paint” event Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Arianne Hemlein, of SociableArt.com, will be teaching the class and helping each participant create a masterpiece by the end of the evening.
Hemlein is a muralist and fine artist from Cary. She started her mural business, Designs by Arianne, in 2002. She has completed numerous residential and commercial murals,
The painting will be a seasonal painting of pumpkins.
Beginners are welcome and encouraged to participate as well as those experienced in the arts.
Cost of the instruction and all materials is $35. Preregistration at www.SociableArt. com is required for the event.
For more information, visit www. Facebook.com/CupOfFlow or call (910) 693-1999.
The Jefferson Inn will hold a Veterans Day celebration honoring all who served from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.
There will be live jazz, drink specials and free appetizers for all active duty and retired veterans.
The Jefferson Inn is located at 150 W. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines.
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