CALENDAR FOR JUNE 8
• Spout Springs Emergency Services will host an open house from noon-4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the renovation of Firehouse #1, located at 4400 Buffalo Lake Road in the Spout Springs area of Harnett County. The open house will give residents of the surrounding communities an opportunity to meet the firefighters and see the upgrades that have been made. Activities planned include a plaque dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. The renovation project began last year and was a major overhaul of the existing building and added an entire second floor that includes living quarters and leisure areas for the firefighters and emergency medical personnel who work 24-hour shifts at the facility. For questions or comments, please call (919) 499-9789.
• Saltydog House Concerts will present musician Josh Harty at 7 p.m. in Cameron. Saltydog is a new venture in which nationally touring musicians perform in the intimate atmosphere of someone's living room. In the past decade, Harty has put out three critically acclaimed albums, including "Long List of Lies." In 2013 he toured 11 countries, 38 US states and performed in more than 200 shows. The show also will introduce new local singer/songwriter JD Williamson, who will be performing all original music. A buffet will be served at 7 p.m., with time to meet the artists. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Please call or email to get on the guest list — Rob120m@aol.com or (919) 353-1278. A $15 donation is appreciated at the door.
• The Lee County Arts Council will hold a summer market from noon-4 p.m. in the Steele Street Mall, 144 S. Steele St, Sanford. Vendors who would like to set up a table, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Arts Council via a Facebook message. Table space carries a $10 fee that goes to the LCAC.
• Sanford Second Sunday will be held from noon–4 p.m. in downtown Sanford. The public is invited to enjoy an afternoon of music, vendors and fun. Patrons can browse along the streets of downtown Sanford, where they will find some local businesses open and numerous vendors. For more information, see www.sanford2ndsundaync.weebly.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-2nd-Sunday/302907719852817.
• People can paddle from 1:30-3:30 p.m. upriver of the Bynum dam on the Haw River with a naturalist guide with the Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company. The fee is $25 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $20 per person for those with their own boat. Register for this trip with the Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company either online at http://hawrivercanoe.com/registration-form/ or by calling (336) 260-6465.
• The “Farm to Fork” Picnic 2014, celebrating local food and farms, will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the W.C. Breeze Family Farm, 4909 Walnut Grove Church Road, Hurdle Mills, Orange County. An adult ticket is $100, youth $50 and children 12 and under are free; tickets must be purchased in advance. Proceeds will benefit farmer apprentice and internship programs.
• Registration for the Lee County Library's summer reading program begins at 9 a.m. at the Main Library at 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Toddlers' and preschoolers' story time will be Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Two different sessions for elementary-school age children will be offered; Tuesdays at 2 p.m. for grades 1-3 and Thursdays at 2 p.m. for grades 4-6. For more information, contact Delisa Williams (919) 718-4665 x 5484 or Sheneeta Thomas at x 5485.
• A Pittsboro Matters rally, “Put Pittsboro First,” will be held at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse on the circle in Pittsboro. The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., and those attending the rally will assemble in advance in response to the board's consideration of a master plan for the Chatham Park development.
• Chad Adams will be the guest speaker at the The Republican Women of Lee meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. at Lee GOP headquarters, 101 S. Steele St. Hors d'oeuvres will be served prior to the program, which begins at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate for the Christians United Outreach Center. The RWL will not meet in July.
• Lee Christian High School graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford.
• Chatham County Center — N.C. Cooperative Extension — will be offering "Safely Preserving at Home," a basic canning class, at 6 p.m. at the center, 65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro. Attendees will learn the most up-to-date, research-based information for preserving safely. Free testing of canners, particularly the Presto canner, is now available through the county extension office. The center will be offering one more identical session tomorrow at 10 a.m. The registration fee of $10 for individuals/couples covers class materials, including the newest edition of "Ball Blue Book for Canning," and CD of materials. Scholarships are available. Registration forms are available from the Chatham County Cooperative Extension website, http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu or by calling (919) 542-8202.
• Singer/songwriter Tom McBride will perform at Temple Theatre at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. The award-winning Boston native has logged over 300 shows across the country over the past few years, has performed at CMJ, Folk Alliance and SXSW, and his songs have been featured on AAA-radio stations across the country as well as within print and online magazines. General admission is $10; call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or go to www.templeshows.com for tickets. See www.sunrisetheater.org or call (910) 692-8501 to learn more.