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    The North Carolina Division of Public Health is accepting entries for the NC Be Antibiotic Aware Artwork Competition. Students K-12 are encouraged to submit an original poster on a theme related to antibiotic awareness, infection prevention, hand hygiene, the 3 Ws and/or COVID-19 to help edu…

    The Sandhills Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held their Chapter Charter Ceremony on Sept. 22, at the Pine Crest Inn, Pinehurst. The date was selected by the Sandhills Chapter officers to recognize Constitution Week, which is observed between Sept. 17-23.

    Given Memorial Library, Tufts Archives and Given Book Shop are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with limited in-house blowing and inside checkout. Masks are required for entry. Book orders and pick-ups will still occur Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1 p.m., the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center will host a virtual education presentation via the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter. This is a free event and open to the public.

    The Carolina Philharmonic’s Virtual Gala for Music Education, sponsored by PNC, will feature performances by Broadway star, Marissa McGowan. The online event is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

    Brock is our longest dog resident. He’s a 2-3-year-old, 35-pound male, mixed breed. Even though he is an adult, he’s just as spunky as a puppy. He enjoys playing with the other dogs at the shelter and would be a great companion for someone who loves to stay active. Brock would do best in a h…

    Stevie Nicks, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and legendary Grammy winning recording singer/songwriter supreme, will debut “Stevie Nicks — 24 Karat Gold, The Concert” at the Sunrise Theater. The film will be playing at the outdoor venue at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 25. The Oct. 21 even…

    High school juniors and seniors are unable to participate in the time-honored tradition of visiting colleges this fall in their search for the best fit to continue their education. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in most colleges and universities having to limit campus visits.

    I have to admit that the cozy mystery genre is one of my favorites. They are usually fast and fun reads, and if you are a regular reader of a series, the characters are familiar. It always seems nice to get an update of what’s going on in their lives.

    The Know Bookstore and Cultural Center, located at 239 E. Main St., Morven, presents “Rhythmic Night,” a social event “with good company, good food, spoken word and other expressive arts” Saturday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.

    The title “The Power of Pawsitive Thinking” is truly appropriate for the Moore Humane Society’s fifth annual gala — virtual, of course.

    The Encore Center presents an outdoor and socially-distanced production of “The Brothers Grimm Sepctaculathon” at its outdoor space at 160 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m.

    The temperatures might be cooling down, but things in the Creative Living division of Continuing Education at Sandhills Community College are heating up this October. This autumn you can learn how to paint like a master or line dance, protect your retirement, or further your knowledge of for…

    The Arts Council of Moore County and Parsec Financial Wealth Management announce the presentation of a livestream concert by Boston Brass called “Arts Across America: Community, Together,” Sunday, Oct. 18, at 8:05 p.m.

    It started with an early and cool morning’s walk on the gravel driveway that led to the house, elegant and simple in many way but certainly of a time of graciousness. I looked to find my friend who was meeting me with the promise a sense of relief amid beauty from the stresses of our world.

    Due to safety and health concerns for attendees and staff, Friend to Friend has decided decided to cancel this year’s Take Back the Night event at the Sunrise Theater Square, which was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6.

    The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has opened and extended two new special exhibitions that were originally planned for spring: “Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women” and “Leonardo Drew: Making Chaos Legible” are on view through Jan. 3, 2021. The two join previously opened exhibiti…

    Susan Beckham Zurenda finds herself on the other side of the literary fence right now. The author, whose book “Bells for Eli” has been released this year, actually works as a publicist.

    Even though Autumnfest in downtown Southern Pines has been canceled this year, the music plays on with a Facebook presentation Saturday, Oct. 3, at www.facebook.com/TheArts Council.

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    The Sunrise Virtual Theater is now showing the new documentary “Herb Alpert Is …,” which profiles the artist, now 85, mostly from the perspective of colleagues like Questlove, Sting and Bill Moyers. In their words, the shy, unassuming trumpeter is a musical, artistic and philanthropic heavyweight.

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    Boomer is 1-year-old, weighs 51 pounds, is up-to-date on shots, neutered and microchipped. This boy is sweet, playful and has been great with other dogs. If you would like more information, email caringheartscanine@gmail.com

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    True, we’re all sick-sick-sick of reading about the coronavirus. How could Gabriel Garcia Marquez know when he wrote “Love in the Time of Cholera” in 1985 that his title would be adapted to all things in the time of COVID-19?

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    The pandemic has all but shut down band, orchestra and choir rehearsals across the country. Musicians are chomping at the bit to get back to making music. Here in Moore County one group has found a way to hold rehearsals while respecting the social distancing guidelines in effect.

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    Due to the overwhelming interest in the Sunrise Outdoor Theater's "The Princess Bride," and the sold-out show last weekend, the Sunrise is holding it over for another weekend!

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    “In our continuing efforts to celebrate the arts, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, the Arts Council of Moore County and sponsor Mrs. John Daughtridge, present ‘Art in Quarantine,’” says Chris Dunn, executive director of the ACMC.

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    Join the Artists League of the Sandhills for a two-person show “All Things Are Possible” in October. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

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    The League of Women Voters of Moore County is sponsoring a tribute and celebration honoring the life and accomplishments of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a showing of “On the Basis of Sex,” Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7:15 p.m., under the stars on Sunrise Square, Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St.,…

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    Do you know what a columbarium is? Sounds like some test performed by a gastroenterologist but no, I looked it up after reading the obits. A columbarium is a niche housing an urn filled with a loved one’s ashes.

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    Fall is finally here! Although hot weather hasn’t completely left the building, these past few cool days bring thoughts of nice afternoons reading on the porch.