On Friday, Nov. 7, the Department of Fine Arts at Fayetteville Technical Community College will present Fiddler on the Roof at Cumberland Hall on the FTCC campus. The performance will be on stage following the annual FTCC Foundation dinner.{mosimage}
    The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the multipurpose room of the Tony Rand Student Center. Students from FTCC’s Culinary Technology program will provide the meal. Tickets to the dinner are $50 and can be purchased by callin 678-8441. Proceeds from the foundation dinner will be used to fund scholarships and mini-grants for students and faculty.
    An exhibition of landscapes by award-winning artist Benjamin Billingsley will run in conjunction with the production of Fiddler. Billingsley will lecture on his exhibit on Saturday. Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m, in the gallery at FTCC.
    Other productions of Fiddler will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Admission to the play is free and open to the public.

Headquarters Library to Remain Closed to Public
    The Headquarters Library at 300 Maiden Lane will remain closed to the public for an undetermined time. Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center administration and staff are dealing with the aftermath of a fire in the library’s basement during the early morning hours of Oct. 25.
    Library Director Jody Risacher told staff Monday, Oct. 27, that the building will not open to the public until the fire alarm system is cleaned and operational; the heating and air conditioning ventilation system is cleaned, and the public areas on the first and second floors have been cleaned of soot. 
    “All exposed areas will be wiped down,” Risacher said.
    Two offices were gutted in the basement. All ceiling tiles in the library’s basement are being replaced. Administrative offices are being moved to other areas of the three-story building. Other departments being moved include Community Relations, Technical Services, Computer Services, Facilities and Mobile Outreach.
Risacher is not able to predict when the library will be open to the public. In the meantime, the public is asked to return their books and other library materials to any of the system’s other six branches.
    All programs scheduled at the Headquarters Library have been canceled through the end of the year. With staff from the various departments taking over the Pate Room and the two conference rooms for work areas, the library will not be able to offer programming or conference and meeting room space even after the building opens to the public.
    However, the Friends of the Library Annual Author Event and Library Endowment Trust Benefit set for Nov. 10 at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre will go on as scheduled.

Gibson Named Interim Director
    Michael Gibson has been selected as the interim Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation director, effective Nov. 1.
    Gibson has been with the parks and recreation department for 20 years having served in a variety of positions, including athletic program coordinator, parks superintendent and most recently parks division manager.
    He has a B.S. degree in physical education from Fayetteville State University.
    Gibson was selected from a pool of three highly qualified internal candidates.
     “It is clear from the quality of the candidates, that retiring Parks and Recreation director Robert Barefoot made it a high priority to prepare his employees for advancement,” City Manager Dale Iman said. “I am confident that Mr. Gibson is ready and anxious to meet the challenges of this important position.”

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