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    This summer, dive into gardening, dance and culinary classes, or sign up for a lecture series in film or current events through Sandhills Community College Continuing Education’s Center for Creative Living.

    Aberdeen Elementary School announced that its AmeriCorps ArtistYear Fellow, Alexis Lawson, will be publishing a school-wide anthology in celebration of the new school and all its achievements this school year, at the end of May 2021.

    When I was invited to join the Sandhills Writers Group, I was delighted to meet a small group of people who wanted to share and learn about writing. Some are novelists; others are poets and essayists. Some are published, and others were hoping to see their writings in print. That included on…

    As summer comes into full bloom, so do new opportunities for job training. For those currently unemployed, the Career Training division of Continuing Education at Sandhills Community College can help individuals quickly train for a job. This summer, choose from classes in the health care and…

    Sweet Oscar was rescued from Carthage where he lived with his extended family. His caregiver had too many kitties, so we brought several into foster. Oscar is 5 months old, adventurous and loves to play. He is a brown tabby with handsome dark tiger stripes. He is neutered, had his vax and be…

    The Moore County Kennel Club of North Carolina will hold its annual show Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, on the back polo field at the Pinehurst Harness Track, located on N.C. 5, in Pinehurst.

    Leagues of Women Voters throughout the United States in support of the People Powered Day of Action on Thursday, April 29, contacted their legislators about the upcoming redistricting.

    Given Story Time is back with a new time!  Given Story Time is back Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at Give Memorial Library (150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst).

    In a previous column we looked how creating a safe and comfortable home environment promotes health and well being. In this article, we will look more specifically at the benefits of modifying your home environment for comfort, safety and independence.

    Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). The theme for 2021 is “Communities of Strength,” recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities.

    There is a church in Southern Pines, North Carolina, that refused to close for COVID. Although, members no longer attend church, standing shoulder to shoulder, risking their well-being, the pastor, Mark Muirhead, came up with a way to continue serving the congregation.

    Sandhills Community College and the Sandhills Horticultural Society announce that the world-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty has designed an installation for the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. Once constructed, the piece could be in place for several years.

    After earning a biology degree at UNCP in 2016, Linda Council decided to place her medical school plans on hold. To prepare for a career as a doctor, she has spent the last four years gaining real-world experience as a first responder.  

    In 2019-20, UNC Pembroke’s CARE Resource Center helped divert 60,000 pounds of food from being wasted while working to alleviate local food insecurity and also lending support to local farmers.

    Uh-oh. The Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported that grocery prices have risen 2.6 percent in the past year. I’ve noticed a few cents increase in almost everything I buy, even at Aldi. Pennies, but an omen, with the largest increase coming in the past month.

    Even if you don’t enjoy fast food, you will surely fall in love with this Big Mac! He is a handsome, beefy, 57-pound husky shepherd mix, a stray who was found at McDonald’s. He is 2-3 years old, up-to-date on vaccines, neutered and microchipped. Big Mac is a playful, social butterfly, and is…

    If food were poetry, subs would be limericks, sushi a haiku and salad a sonnet — 14 lines of freshness and exquisite flavor. An antidote to winter sludge. A rainbow of colors and often a surprise:

    Planning and executing a virtual fundraiser during a global pandemic is difficult. When it seemed an in-person art show and auction for the Penick Village Benevolent Assistance Program was not going to be an option for 2021, the Penick Village Art Show Committee volunteers began planning for…

    Sandhills Pride, a support network and educational advocacy group dedicated to increasing awareness and acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the Sandhills, announces the recipients of their annual scholarship, which is open to LGBTQ+ students and allies.

    The members of the Temperance Smith Alston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have recognized Mia Menchion, of Pinecrest High School, as the recipient of the prestigious Good Citizen Award.

    The “Carolina Canary” is not a bird, but a beautifully restored and maintained, all-yellow high-winged airplane owned and flown by Jim Zazas, of Carthage.

    State Transportation, National Park Service Officials Mark a Milestone in Launch of Self-Driving Shuttle
The N.C. Department of Transportation and the National Park Service has announced the launch of the first self-driving vehicle to be tested at a recreational public lands site in the nation.

    The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) received a National Endowment for the Humanities exhibition planning grant to fund the planning phase of a new, groundbreaking exhibition titled “New Masks Now: Artists Innovating Masquerade in Contemporary West Africa.”

    After a year of cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pinehurst Live After 5 Concert Series is amped to return to the village of Pinehurst at a new location.

    On a quiet, but unusually hot, Saturday morning in March, downtown Robbins stirred to a flurry of activity on Horner Street. Signs were placed at the entrance to the street; tables were strategically positioned and loaded with clipboards and forms or bags of dog and cat food and other giveaw…

    The Sandhills Community College’s Effective Communication Association hosted its first Black History Virtual Festival in February. The theme of this event was “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” Students submitted their interpretation of the theme through an artistic…

    Local educators can apply for a Bright Ideas grant from Randolph EMC now through Sept. 15. The grants, offered annually to teachers to bring creative classroom learning projects to life, support innovative projects that energize classroom learning and enhance student success. Educators can l…

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    The popular annual Ladies Wine Out at Weymouth is back for its fifth year. This much-anticipated happy hour will take place Thursday, May 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. outdoors on the Weymouth Center grounds.

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    After nearly eight months of reviewing and narrowing down numerous innovation and technology transfer proposals from various universities, NASA selected eight projects as finalists for its MUREP Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC): four from California, two from New Mexico, on…

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    Hollywood is a bittersweet state of mind, and perhaps the most bittersweet aspect is this year’s Academy Award ceremony where a deceased African American actor is the predicted winner of the best actor Oscar. Chadwick Boseman died at 43 years old just before the release of his Oscar-nominate…

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    Temple Theatre presents Carolina Country Cabaret, a foot-stomping night of music celebrating classic and contemporary country music with Temple Theatre’s unique, down-home spin. 

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    On Saturday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m., six of the 34 artists whose work is represented in One of a Kind Gallery, will be working at their art, demonstrating drawing, painting, applying color with a variety of utensils, etc.

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    The Moore County Historical Association’s “The Lure of Southern Pines, as Seen in Early Postcards,” exhibit is now on display and showcases a selection of Southern Pines visual history.

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    Bridge-at-the-Village played the Common Game at Nite Monday, April 12, at Scotia Village in Laurinburg, under the direction of Brian Potter.

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    Twenty-five years ago this month the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month, an annual celebration which reminds us of the integral role poetry plays in our culture.

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    Aberdeen Parks and Recreation offers a “Tree ID Trek” for ages 16-plus from 1 to 3 p.m. May 22, at Aberdeen Lake Shelter.

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    On March 15, 2020, Cape Fear Regional Theatre closed its sold-out production of “Murder for Two” a week early due to the stay-at-home order brought on by the pandemic. Now, a little over a year later, CFRT announces they are bringing the hilarious murder mystery back to Fayetteville from May…

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    Festival-goers and music fans worldwide will be delighted to know that MerleFest, presented by Window World, will officially reconvene Sept. 16-19, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

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    Richmond Community College invites the community to come out for its Program Fair on Tuesday, April 20, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cole Auditorium on the Hamlet campus. The college will be showcasing all of its programs and services with both indoor and outdoor displays.

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    Dementia Alliance of NC, Aging Outreach Services and Garner Law Firm will host an online dementia seminar titled “Ask the Experts: Planning for Dementia Care” on May 11, 13, 18 and 20. “Whether you are a seasoned caregiver or are new to the role, this series is for you,” says a spokesman.