CALENDAR FOR JULY 2
• On the first Tuesday of each month, Temple Theatre is teaming up with The Comedy Zone to present a lineup of standup comics. Doors open at 6 p.m., and shows start at 7 p.m., at 120 Carthage St. Single show tickets are $15; see www.templeshows.com to order. Tonight: Tim Kidd & Jamie Martin.
• The Victims of Sexual Assault Support Group meeting will be held from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at 215 Bracken Street, Sanford. Haven in Lee County encourages all survivors to attend. Please call (919) 775-8923 for more information.
• The Downtown Sanford Inc. monthly board of directors meeting will be held from 8-9 a.m. at 226 Carthage St., Sanford. DSI's mission is to manage the development of downtown Sanford as the economic, cultural and social center of the community; to educate the community on the unique assets and historical significance of the downtown area; and to promote and stimulate the improvement of these assets. The public is encouraged to attend. To learn more, call (919) 775-8332, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.downtownsanford.com.
• Sanford Jobseekers will not meet today but will resume meeting on July 10 from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist. Participants will receive new job leads and encouragement in their job search. Call (919) 776-6137 to learn more.
• City of Sanford and Lee County offices will be closed today in observance of Independence Day.
• The Ammons Farm annual July 4 celebration will be held, with activities starting at 4 p.m., in the field beside Sanford Health and Rehab, 2702 Farrell Road, Sanford. The event will be a family day of fun, featuring inflatables, face painting, food and drinks, as well as a cornhole tournament (5 p.m.), live music by Huckleberry Blue (6 p.m.) and fireworks (9:30 p.m.). Please call (919) 770-6372 to learn more or express interest in sponsorship.
• The town of Carthage's annual July 4 parade will be held at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact Steve Ennis at (910) 947-6555.
• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. Patrons can purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce. For further information, or for those interested in buying or selling at the market, call Sue Buie at (919)356-3007, email email@example.com or see the Sanford Farmers Market's Facebook page.
• The Stevens Center will offer summer camps for children and youth at 1576 Kelly Drive in Sanford. Today, “READY Day Camp” will start for for 6-16 year olds, and it continues through Aug. 1 from 8 a.m.-noon. The camp, which costs $130, includes team-building exercises, field trips, computer lab for reading tutoring and more. To sign up, go online to stevenscenter.org and select calendar/registration or call (919) 776-4048.
• Covenant Preparatory School will host an open house at 7 p.m. at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1305 Hulsey Road, Carthage. Those interested in finding out more can visit www.covenantprep.com or contact Kristin at (910) 673-1025 or (201) 417-0481, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The school is now enrolling grades K-12. Part-time employment opportunities are available, and school is scheduled to open this fall.
• Classical Conversations, a classical Christian community of homeschoolers, will have an informational meeting at 7 p.m. at Hope Community Baptist Church, 202 Camp Easter Road, Lakeview. For more information, also see the CC website at classicalconversations.com or email June Blue, director for foundations and essentials, at email@example.com.
• A hands-on canning class for green beans will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center. Participants should bring two pounds of green beans, washed and snapped, and jars and lids will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To learn more, see lee.ces.ncsu.edu or call (919) 775-5624.
• The Lee County Library's Summer Reading Program will present “Animals that Dig,” featuring Carrie Council from San-Lee Park, at 2 p.m. at the main branch on Hawkins Avenue. The program is tailored toward grades 1-3.
• A free program titled “JFK's Assassination and the North Carolina Connection,” featuring Grover Proctor and filmmaker Randolph Benson, will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the Chatham Community Library Holmes Meeting Room, 197 N.C. Highway 87 North, Pittsboro, Proctor is a historian and former university Dean who is widely acknowledged as an expert on the assassination of President Kennedy. While most of his work comprises analysis and interpretation of the assassination research phenomenon, he broke new ground in the investigation with his work on Lee Harvey Oswald's alleged telephone call from the Dallas jail to a former military counterintelligence agent in Raleigh. Randolph Benson teaches at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. He has been working on a film called “The Searchers,” about the lives of individuals who gave all their spare time — and some say their lives — to finding "the truth” about the assassination. Benson will show a clip from his upcoming film, which will be released this fall. This program is part of Chatham Community Library's adult summer reading program, "Groundbreaking Reads," and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at (919) 545-8084.
• A tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension's Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be held today, and every second Wednesday of the month through November, at 5:30 p.m. Participants should meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace. Visit the garden website at http://go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden to take a virtual tour and learn more.
• A Comprehensive diabetic nutrition class, for people with diabetes, their families and caregivers to provide an overview on what diabetes is and how it relates to diet, will be held at 4 p.m. in the community classroom at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. Carborhydrate counting and the plate method will be reviewed. To register, go to http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4500.
• The Lee County Library's Summer Reading Program will present “Digging up Treasure” at 10 a.m. at the main branch on Hawkins Avenue. The program is tailored toward toddlers and preschoolers.