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Chatham celebrates college's 50th

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04.04.2012College & CommunitySpecial Events

PITTSBORO - Central Carolina Community College continues its celebration of 50 years of service to its communities with Chatham Celebration, a day of fun, entertainment and learning, April 28 at the Chatham County Campus.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the day. Activities include entertainment, health screenings, classes, law enforcement demonstrations, barbering and cosmetology services, and more. Classes include culinary arts, agriculture and pottery. Chinese calligraphy will be demonstrated.

Bring the children to enjoy a bounce house, story telling, face painting, caricatures, a ride in a hot air balloon, and more.

There will also be a tour of the college's sustainable features, from its Student Farm to its green buildings. The JobLink Career Center will be open during the event to show visitors the services it offers.

Admission and activities are free, except for the food vendors, 5K Rabbit Run and Children's Fun Run registration, and a Comedy Dinner Theatre.

The college opened its doors as the Lee County Industrial Education Center in 1961. It expanded into Chatham County in 1964 and Harnett County in 1965. From those small beginnings, CCCC now serves residents of its three-county service area, as well as many from other counties, through three campuses, seven centers, several locations dedicated to specific programs, and other class locations.

"We invite residents of Chatham and surrounding counties to join us on this special day," said CCCC President Bud Marchant. "We have been an integral part of our communities for all these years and want everyone to be part of the celebration."

The day kicks off at the campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro, with a flag raising by a color guard at 7:45 a.m. The 5K race starts at 8 a.m. and the Kids' Fun Run, at 9 a.m. Free events start at 9 a.m. and run until approximately 1:30 p.m., with some activities, such as classes, scheduled at specific times.

For a full events schedule, as well as registration for the races, go to Information about the races is also available by calling CCCC Foundation Associate Director Emily Hare at (919) 718-7230 or email at

The college's 50th Anniversary Chatham Celebration will be topped off by Comedy Dinner Theatre performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Holmes Meeting Room of the Chatham Community Library, located on the college's campus.

CCCC Communication and Theater instructor Ellen Bland and CCCC Hospitality and Culinary Program director Chef Gregg Hamm direct the college's acting and culinary arts students in presenting this triple treat: a three-course meal and three short comedies.

Seating is limited for the dinner theater and advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $16 and are available at or at the college's Administration Office, Building 1, on the Chatham Campus.

"The Chatham Campus is a hub of community activity year-round," said Laura Lauffer, CCCC Sustainability coordinator and chair for the Chatham Celebration. "We enjoy seeing families use the walking trail and community library, young and not so young attending a variety of classes, and the smiling faces of our graduates. This celebration is our way of saying thank you to Chatham County for being such a wonderful part of our college community. Come and enjoy a day of fun for the whole family as we celebrate our anniversary."