CALENDAR FOR JUNE 7
• Southern Lee High School graduation will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Cavalier Stadium.
• Today is the last day of school for Lee County Schools.
• The Carolina Artsits' Colony will host a beach party from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 148 S. Moore St., Sanford. For a donation of $5, attendees will receive a hot dog, chips, a drink and a cookie. Their tickets will enter them into a raffle for a $30 gift certificate to the Colony. Those who are coming are encouraged to wear their best, funniest and most creative beach attire and enter to win a basket of gifts made and donated by our artists.
• Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School will host a fun shoot today, with registration and the Wobble Deck opening at 9 a.m. and event shooting starting at 10 a.m., at 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. The entry fee is $50 ($35 for Deep River members). Youth shoot at a special price of $30. These are 100-target shoots. Each class winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for use at DRSC.
• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.–noon at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. Locally grown, seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce will be available. Those wanting further information, or who are interested in selling at the market, please call Sue Buie at (919) 356-3007 or email DonnaBuie@aol.com. For more details, see www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985.
• Guests are invited to a program from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center in Lillington, where they will learn about the importance of pollinators. The event will focus on bees, with a live exhibit, as well as butterflies and hummingbirds. There will be children's crafts, face painting, a showing of the award-winning film “Wings of Life,” a waggle dance lesson and much more.
• The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance will hold a Beach Party Dance at 7 p.m., featuring music (some beach themed), food and dance at 105 McReynolds St. Carthage (across the street from Fred's on the second floor of the Sinclair Building). The dance begins with snacks, then a complementary dance lesson from 7:30-8 p.m. and open dancing from 8-10 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. Please bring an appetizer or a food to share if possible. This is a smoke free/alcohol free event. The cost is $7 for members, $10 for guests, and all first-time guests get in free. For more information, call Asunda at (919) 356-2784 or visit www.DancingInTheCarolinaPines.org.
• In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Express Employment Professionals will hold a “Brand It Blue Day,” joining together to fight hunger by collecting and delivering food donations to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Today is the final day for local residents to drop off non-perishables from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 2230 Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford. To learn more, call (919) 775-1292.
• The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series from 2-5 p.m., starting in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. The workshop will conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, about half a mile from the Agriculture Building. To take a virtual tour of the pollinator garden, visit http://go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden-virtual-tour.
• The First Baptist Church of Sanford and Sandhills Center LME will be sponsoring a free community-wide event from 5:30-7 p.m. at First Baptist, 202 Summit Drive, Sanford. The topic is "Media's Effects on Teens" — an educational session for parents, foster parents, professionals and others working with children. Childcare and light dinner will be provided for free, but registration is required. To register, contact Linda Swann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 1-877-776-6702.
• The June meeting of the Republican Women of Lee County will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lee GOP headquarters at 101 S. Steele St. in Sanford. The meeting will be followed by a dessert social from 7:30-8 p.m. The speaker will be Lindalyn Kakadelis, director of the North Carolina Education Alliance, who will share information about the Common Core and how it affects those with children and grandchildren in North Carolina and 44 other states. RWL supports Christians United Outreach of Lee County, so please bring a nonperishable donation. Those planning to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com.
• Registration for the Lee County Library's Summer Reading Program begins today at 9 a.m. at the main library at 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Story time will be Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for toddlers and preschoolers, Tuesdays at 2 p.m. for grades 1-3 and Thursdays at 2 p.m. for grades 4-6. The Broadway branch toddler/preschooler story time will be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. This summer's theme is “Dig Into Reading,” and programs run from June 18-Aug. 1; signup is free. To learn more, call Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 X 5484.
• Today is the deadline to register for the Triangle South Workforce Development Board's second Youth Rally on June 21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. This year's theme is "Reality TV vs. The Real World," and the rally will be a fun-packed, highly interactive simulation of the Real World. All youth ages 14-21 and youth leaders from Chatham, Harnett, Lee or Sampson Counties are invited to attend. Registration forms are available at http://www.trianglesouthworkforce.com/about/news/. This activity is free and open to all youth and their chaperones. Those who would like to ask questions, voice concerns or sign up to assist at the event, please contact Mrs. Jackie McMillian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 777-7712.
• The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be offering “Safely Preserving at Home,” a basic canning class, where participants will learn the most up-to-date, research-based information for preserving safely. Today is the third of four identical sessions, starting at 6 p.m. The registration fee of $10 for individuals/couples covers class materials, including the newest edition of “Ball Blue Book for Canning” and a CD of materials. Registration forms can be downloaded on the Chatham County Cooperative Extension website at http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu (go to Food Safety and Processing on home page, form is listed under “Links” to retrieve and print), or call (919) 542-8202.
• Central Carolina Community College's Youth Entrepreneurship Camp, introducing students who have completed grades six through eight to entrepreneurship, will be held today through June 13 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the college’s Chatham County Campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro. This camp, taught by Diane Kannarr, the college’s REAL program instructor, introduces youth to a viable career option. The cost is $100. For more information, call (919) 545–8044 or email Carl Thompson, director of CCCC-Chatham Continuing Education, at <email@example.com>.