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-3/12
-The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host a community information session on Thursday, March 12 in Hope Mills. DEQ staff will provide updates on the status of current actions to prevent and remediate PFAS contamination from the Chemours Fayetteville Works Facility, including the testing of private wells and public water feasibility determinations. There will also be an opportunity for public comment.
-When: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6 p.m.
-Where: Hope Mills Middle School, 4975 Cameron Rd, Hope Mills, NC 28348
-A meeting for the Lower Cape Fear communities will be announced in March.
-DEQ is also extending the comment period to April 6 on the proposed groundwater corrective action plan submitted by Chemours to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater at the facility. Chemours is required to reduce PFAS loading to surface water by at least 75 percent in accordance with the 2019 Consent Order. DEQ staff are currently reviewing the proposed plan and may require additional information and actions.
-Public comment on the proposed plan will be accepted through April 6. DEQ will consider all comments during the review of the corrective action plan. Submit comments to publiccomments@ncdenr.gov.

-Public input sought on replacing Crown facilities
-Four public forums will be held in March to get feedback on replacing the Crown Arena and Crown Theatre.
-The forums are designed to gather input on the size, location and types of events residents want for at the theater.
-Spectra Venue Management, the company that manages the Crown Complex for Cumberland County, is conducting a feasibility study on plans to replace the aging Crown venues.
-Each will include a presentation that will begin at 6 p.m.
-The schedule for the forums is:
-March 9: 6-8 p.m. at Pine Forest High School.
-March 9: 6-8 p.m. at Seventy-First High School.
-March 10: 6-8 p.m. at E.E. Smith High School.
-March 10: 6-8 p.m. at the Crown Theatre.
-To request special accommodations or translation services at the forums, email Tony Williams at tony.williams@ spectraxp.com.

-2/28
-Fourth Friday in Historic Downtown Fayetteville
-Dates are: 2/28/2020, 3/27/2020, 4/24/2020, 5/22/2020, 6/26/2020, 7/24/2020, 8/28/2020, 9/25/2020, 10/23/2020
-Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
-Price: Free
-For more information, call (910) 222-1089

-2/28 Work For The Census Bureau
-The U.S. Census Bureau still needs hundreds of workers in Cumberland County for temporary jobs in advance of the 2020 Census. To aggressively recruit more workers, the pay rate has increased to $17 an hour. Census takers also receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses.
-You can apply for a job during a Census Employment Blitz on Feb. 28 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Headquarters Library Branch, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville. The N.C. Works Mobile Unit will be parked in front of the library with 10 computers so folks can apply for jobs and receive information about how to be counted for the Census.
-In addition, Headquarters Library will provide laptops in its training lab during the blitz so people can apply inside as well.
-To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number and pass a background check.
-Census Day is April 1, 2020. The Census is used to determine how much federal funding goes to communities and states. The count also determines how many representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives each state gets.
-There are 3,667 employment opportunities for residents in Cumberland County and 795 are still unfilled.
-Applications are accepted online at the 2020 Census Jobs website for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers. The positions offer flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.
-Available jobs:
·Recruiting assistants
·Office operations supervisors
·Clerks
·Census field supervisors
·Census takers
-Applicants will be placed in an applicant pool for positions they qualify for and will be contacted as work becomes available in their area.
-For more information on the 2020 U.S. Census, visit 2020census.gov or call 1-855-562-2020.

-2/28
-The All American Tattoo Convention will return this weekend and will host over 325 tattoo artists from around the world. The AATC will feature over 50 tattoo contests, a food truck rodeo, aerialist performances, and MORE!
-Tickets are still available and can be purchased at CapeFearTix.com, 888-257-6208, the Crown Complex Box Office, or the Fort Bragg Leisure Travel Office.

-2/28 & 2/29
-Marksmen Hockey: The team takes on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at 7 p.m. today and at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Crown Coliseum. Tickets are $9 to $25. Call 910-438-4100 or go to crowncomplexnc.com.

-2/28-3/1
-The Inaugural Armed Forces Invitational, presented by the Walsingham Group, Inc., will be played at Segra Stadium in downtown Fayetteville starting this Friday, February 28 until March 1.
-The first two games of the Armed Forces Invitational are being moved up one hour due to cool temperatures. First pitch for Army vs. Air Force will be at 2 p.m. and gates will open at 1 p.m. Game two between Army and Campbell will begin at 6 p.m.
-The three-day tournament consists of two games per day, with each team playing at least once Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A post-game fireworks show will follow the conclusion of the last game on both Friday and Saturday night. The schedule with matchups, dates, and times are listed below.
-Friday, February 28th
2 p.m. – Army vs. Air Force
6 p.m. – Army vs. Campbell

-Saturday, February 29th
1 p.m. – Air Force vs. Campbell
5 p.m. – Air Force vs. Army

-Sunday, March 1st
11 a.m. – Campbell vs. Army
3 p.m. – Campbell vs. Air Force

-2/29
-Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s Annual Gala
-Break out the suits and the sequins and grab your dancing shoes! It’s time to party with a purpose!
-Tickets are now on sale for Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s Annual Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m. Join us for an elegant evening of fine dining, dancing, fabulous raffle prizes and more at Lu Mil Vineyard. Proceeds raised will help fund medical needs that make a difference in our patients’ experience and their healing process.
-Tickets are $50 per person. Call Ashley today at (910) 862-1206 or email adowless@capefearvalley.com today!

-2/29
-Better Health fundraiser: Tickets are on sale for An Evening at Casino Royale, a fundraiser for Better Health. The event is scheduled for Feb. 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Carolina Barn at McCormick Farms, 7765 McCormick Bridge Road, Spring Lake. There will be a casino, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Tickets are $75. For more information, call 910-483-7534.

-2/29
-Pre-K application event: The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County Inc. will host NC Pre-K Application Day for the 2020-21 school year on Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cumberland County Health Department, 1235 Ramsey Street in Fayetteville. Parents and guardians will be guided through a step-by-step application process that includes application assistance, determination of eligibility and information on placement as well as other community programs for families with young children.

-2/29
-Rockefeller House Tour: A tour of the historic James Stillman Rockefeller property is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Carvers Creek State Park, 2505 Long Valley Road in Spring Lake. The tour is free, but guests must sign up ahead of time. Call 910-436-4681 or email jessica.schliebener@ncparks.gov.

-2/29
-Women’s Fly Fishing Workshop: A women’s fly-fishing workshop is scheduled at 9 a.m. at John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, 7489 Raeford Road. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. Advance registration fee of $20 includes equipment and lunch. Call 919-218-3638 or email bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org.

-3/1
-Save the date!! March 1st the Renaissance Day Spa on Purdue Drive in Fayetteville is hosting a spa day for Mighty Maddox!! Maddox is just 6 years old and the son of favorite team member Leslie and was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. The tumor was found to be malignant. He’ll be starting chemo soon. 100% of proceeds raised will be donated to Maddox to help his family with hospital bills!

-3/1
-Bridal Expo: A bridal expo is planned for March 1 at the Iron Mike Conference Center. Interested vendors may call 910-907-1945 or 910-907-2582 for information.

-3/1–3/31
-The 10th annual Storytelling Festival will take place March 1 – 31, 2020. This is a free, countywide festival that features regional folklore, marionettes, puppet shows and crafts at all library locations. Library programs will also take place at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, Cape Fear Botanical Garden and Cross Creek Mall.
-Headliner performers include:
•Gordon James, Caldecott Honor award-winning artist.
•Kelly Starling Lyons, author and national advocate for diversity in children’s literature.
•Patrick McDonald, cartoon artist/teaching artist.
•Vanessa Brantley Newton, author and 2017 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work.
-For more information about these programs and other library services, please visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us, call (910) 483-7727.

-3/2
-“The Color Purple”: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Givens Performing Arts Center, UNC-Pembroke. Musical version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story. 910-521-6361 or email gpac@uncp.edu.

-3/3
-“Managing Orchard Mason Bees”: Noon-1:30 p.m. March 3, Cumberland Cooperative Extension, 301 E. Mountain Drive. Learn about Orchard Mason bees and pollination; take home a Mason bee nesting kit. Registration and $10 fee due by Feb. 28.

-3/3 & 4/6
-Homeschool Discovery Series (Mazarick Park, 433-1579) This series is designed with homeschoolers in mind to help supplement their curriculum. Class meets at the Mazarick Building. Call to register, space is limited. Tues., March 3: Magnets and Batteries-Discover the properties of these two tools and experiment with how they can be used together.
-Mon., April 6: Frogs, Crayfish, and Fish-Get a chance to search for and study these aquatic creatures that can be found in the waters around Mazarick Park. All ages; 10-11:30 am; Free

-3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15 & 4/29
-Kid Create Studio (Eastover-Central Recreation Center, 433-1226) Bringing the art studio to Eastover! KidCreate Studio will offer different art classes for children to unleash their creativity. Classes range from painting to pottery and everything in between. Children ages 4-12 yrs are encouraged to attend. Classes are one hour in length. Please dress appropriately. Call the Eastover-Central Recreation Center for more information! 4-12 yrs; Wed.; March 4, March 18, April 1, April 15, April 29; 6-7 pm; $13/person

-3/5
-N.C. Symphony: 8 p.m. March 5, Lee Auditorium, Southern Pines. Theme: “A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration.” ncsymphony.org

-3/7
-Robeson Planetarium program: 1 p.m. March 7, 210 E. Second St., Lumberton. Program about Opportunity Mars Rover. Free. Seating limited to 20; reservations required. 910-735-2147.

-3/7
-Rumba on the Lumber: 9 a.m. March 7, downtown Lumberton. 5k, 10k and family fun mile, followed by chili cookoff, live music, vendors, kids activities and more. 910-738-8179

-3/7
-Our Happiness Yoga 79 will be on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9-11 a.m., at Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville. Dr. Sanjay Garg, rheumatologist in Fayetteville, North Carolina, will be our keynote speaker. He is affiliated with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Armed Forces Medical College Pune and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including Hindi.
-The event is completely FREE. Please come, bring a friend, and let’s have fun. Thank you.

-3/7 & 3/8
-Camellia show: 1-4 p.m. March 7-8, Ramada Plaza, 1707-A Owen Drive. The Fayetteville Camellia Club presents its 74th annual camellia show. Entries are accepted from 7:30 to 10 a.m. March 7; judging begins at 10 a.m. The show also features exhibits, demonstrations and plant sales. Free admission.

-3/9, 5/4 & 6/15
-Cumberland County History Bus Tours (Transportation and Local History Museum, 433-1457, 1458 or 1944) Travel the area with staff from the museum on one of our history-themed bus tours. Let us be your guide to some of the area’s most historically significant sites. Participants will travel via bus but tours may require moderate walking.
Upcoming tours include:
-March 9: Fayetteville’s Civil War History Tour; 9 am-noon; $3/person
-May 4: Pinehurst Getaway: A Mother’s Day program; Enjoy a day trip to tour Pinehurst’s Historic District with time for shopping and lunch; moderate walking; 9 am-3 pm, $5/person and lunch on your own
-June 15: “Toy Boom! Toys from the 1950s and 1960s”: A Father’s Day program; A day trip to explore the exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh; 9 am-3 pm; $5/person and lunch on your own.

-County Citizens’ Academy Accepting Applications for 3/24/2020
-Cumberland County is accepting applications for the 2020 Citizens’ Academy running March 24 – May 5. The academy is a free six-session program held on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at various county government locations. The academy will not meet on April 14.
-The Citizens’ Academy helps people gain a better understanding of what county government does and how the various departments play a vital role in the community. Each session presents an area of focus within county government.
-The academy is open to any resident of Cumberland County. The academy includes visits and interactive learning at the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse, the Crown Complex, Ann Street Landfill and other locations.
-The County encourages local businesses, community organizations, neighborhood leaders and residents with an interest in learning about the role of county government to register. It’s a free and fun way to engage in the work of your county.
-Class size is limited and are participants are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is required.
-The application is available online at co.cumberland.nc.us. Click on the “Residents” button and find Citizens’ Academy. For information, please call 910-321-6579 or email jsoles@co.cumberland.nc.us.

-TFN (Saturdays)
-Wildlings — Hide and Seek: Saturday, 10 a.m., Weymouth Woods. Ages 6-10 learn about camouflage and test wildlife spotting skills on a half-mile scavenger hunt. Call 910-692-2167 for more information.

-TFN (Saturdays)
-Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest: 4803 Sweet Home Church Road, Elizabethtown. The only N.C. educational state forest in the coastal plain features workshops, classes, exhibits, trails and picnic facilities. Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays by reservation. For more information, call 910-588-4161.

-TFN
-Volunteers needed: The Museum of the Cape Fear is seeking volunteers to help with daily operations, from front desk receptionists to giving tours. A volunteer orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10 a.m. It will allow those who are interested to learn more about being a volunteer. Those who plan to attend should sign up by calling 910-500-4243 or emailing Leisagreathouse@ncdcr.gov.

-TFN
-Museums Averasboro Battlefield Museum: 3300 N.C. 82, Dunn (Exit 71 off Interstate 95). Site of the March 1865 Battle of Averasboro. The site features a museum, plus occasional re-enactments and living-history programs. 910891-5019 or averasboro.com.

-TFN
-Domestic violence: The Fort Bragg Victim Advocate Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 910-322-3418. Anyone seeking assistance may remain anonymous. Nonmilitary resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233, and Cumberland County Care Center/Domestic Violence Shelter is 910-677-2532.

-TFN
-Crisis assistance: Soldiers and families in need of assistance concerning suicide or potential suicide can get help from trained consultants 24 hours a day. militaryonesource.com or 800-342-9647.

-TFN
-Cape Fear River Trail Golf Cart Tours at Clark Park: For seniors and persons with permanent limited physical abilities, interpretive golf cart tours along the Cape Fear River Trail are available, for individuals or groups of up to five people. Riders must be able to grasp and hold safety handles.
Reservations are required several weeks in advance by calling 910-433-1579; Free.

-TFN
-Senior Programs Chess Club Forming at the Senior Center (910-433-1574) Are you interested in learning how to play chess? The Fayetteville-Cumberland Senior Center has a volunteer that is willing to teach newcomers. All ability levels are welcomed. To sign up, please contact the Senior Center at 433-1574.

-TFN
-North Carolina Veterans Park: 300 Bragg Blvd., adjacent to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The park has memorials, sculptures, a fountain and a visitor’s center with exhibits. For more information, call 910-433-1547 or go to ncveteranspark.org.

-TFN
-Fairmont Border Belt Farmers Museum: 101 Thompson St. Located in the town’s historic train depot, the museum has displays on the tobacco, cotton and railroad industries. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 910-740-8645 or 910-740-0277.

-TFN
-Lumber River State Park: Paddling, fishing, camping, picnicking along a designated wild and scenic river. Two points of access are Princess Ann, 2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum and Chalk Banks, 26040 Wagram Road, Wagram. Park rangers offer interpretive programs. For more information, call 910-628-4564 or go to ncparks.gov.

-TFN
-House in the Horseshoe: 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. The Revolutionary War era house was the site of a skirmish between Whigs and Tories in 1781. The site features the house and other historic structures, exhibits, a gift shop and a picnic area. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 910-947-2051.

-TFN
-Bentonville Battlefield: 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Tour the battlefield and the historic Harper House. Walking trails give visitors greater access to the site of the battle. The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. For more information, call 910-594-0789.

-TFN
-Heritage Square: The Sandford House, Oval Ballroom and Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House make up the museum grounds called Heritage Square. It is open for tours on an appointment basis. All three buildings are on the National Register for Historical Properties. Call 910-483-6009 to schedule a tour.

-TFN
-Cape Fear River Trail: The 5.3-mile paved trail for walkers, joggers and bicyclists can be accessed at Treetop Drive, Eastwood Avenue or Sherman Drive. A map is available at fcpr.us. To schedule a golf cart tour for seniors and persons with limited physical abilities, call 910-433-1579.

-TFN
-Clark Park: 631 Sherman Drive, Fayetteville. Animals, trails, programs & camping. For more information, call 910-433-1579.

-TFN
-Lake Rim Park: 2214 Tar Kiln Drive, Fayetteville. Trails, canoeing, kayaking, sandbox & programs. For more information, call 910-433-1018.

-TFN
-Mazarick Park: 1400 Belvedere Ave., Fayetteville. Picnic shelter, playground, tennis court, boating, fishing and trails. For more information, call 910-433-1575.

-TFN
-Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve: 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Longleaf pines, nature trails, hiking, birding, picnicking. For more information, go to ncparks.gov or call 910-691-2167.