CALENDAR FOR JUNE 15
• The Eleven Bar East Ranch Saddle Series, presented by Eleven Bar East Ranch and Parker Arena, will be held at noon (sign-up at 11 a.m.) at. Eleven Bar East Ranch, 2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford. Membership is $25, but not required to rope. Stalls and camper hookups are available; call Chad Shepherd at (813) 477-4740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. USTRC and METRA numbers will be used; management has the right to reclassify anyone.
• Jazz fans and families are invited to the third annual Paul Montgomery Memorial Father’s Day Jazz Concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Little Theatre Scottie Stevenson Amphitheatre. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Paul Montgomery, a longtime musician in the Raleigh area and beloved “Uncle Paul” of WRAL. The concert will bring together student and veteran jazz musicians to play tunes from “Uncle Paul's” favorite repertoire. Paul's daughter, Kathy Montgomery Gelb, will be the featured vocalist, plus the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, which are directed by his son-in-law, Gregg Gelb. Special guests will be the Second Line Stompers, a New Orleans-style jazz ensemble, including players who used to play in groups with Uncle Paul. In addition, the Second Line Stompers will be giving a free workshop on jazz for the students. Ticket information is available at the Raleigh Little Theatre website —http://raleighlittletheatre.org/events/jazz.html.
• The doors will open to Sanford's first Zaxby’s restaurant, which will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, at 3220 N.C. Highway 87 South in front of Walmart. The new 3,000-square-foot location will seat 72 in Zaxby’s unique design and provide drive-thru services to meet the needs of customers on the go. The chain offers its guests prepared-at-order chicken fingers, traditional or boneless wings, sandwiches, salads and appetizers, along with a variety of nine sauces and beverages.
• Books At A Steal will offer a story time on Tuesdays for preschoolers, starting today, at 10 a.m. at 106 S. Steele St., Sanford (next to the Hobby Shop). They will run each week throughout the summer, featuring reading, songs and games. The story time leader will be elementary school teacher Mary Beth Stec.
• Blue Sky Crying will perform as part of Temple Theatre's “Tuesdays at the Temple” series at 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Blue Sky Crying's Justin Abood, Brian Maskell, Lee Hodge and Russell Harper call Cary home, but they have played all over the region for years, paying homage to the greats and mixing in some original tunes as well with their blues and rock sound. The series is designed to bring "acts of all shapes and sizes" to the historic theater in downtown Sanford. General admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased from the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155 or online through Vendini.
• Conservation easement monitoring with Triangle Land Conservancy will be offered from 9-11 p.m. at La Grange Nature Preserve. Guests can join the conservancy’s Easement Steward Matt Rutledge on this monitoring site visit to this TLC property, located in the western part of Chatham County and not easily accessible to the general public. As a land trust, TLC acts to conserve land in perpetuity, and monitoring is the main tool to ensure their eased properties meet that target. Register for this free tour by calling (919) 545-8044 Monday through Friday. Participants must be 12 or above and should wear sturdy shoes for walking on uneven terrain and bring water, insect repellent and sunscreen.
• Story time for toddlers and preschoolers will be at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the Main Lee County Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The theme will be “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and feature Nate the Great Scientist. For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484 or Sheneeta Thomas at x 5485.
• A Parkinson's support group for people with Parkinson's disease, their family members, caregivers and friends, will meet at 10:30 a.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. To learn more, call (919) 776-0501.
• The Wings of Carolina Flying Club will host a presentation about the atmosphere's role in space flight at 7 p.m. at the Wings of Carolina flying center, located at Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford-Lee County. Since the early days of the space program, the atmosphere has played a role in spacecraft design. Pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m., $5 for non-members.