CALENDAR FOR MAY 18
• Operation Dog Tag, is partnership with Animal Life Inc., will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tractor Supply — 3004 S. Horner Blvd. The event will feature animal adoptions, vendors, pet CPR classes, live music, pet training seminars, activities for kids and more. Visit www.animallifegroup.com to learn more.
• The Frye Foundation semi-formal to benefit causes related to diabetes and mental illness will be held from 6:30 p.m.-midnight at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford, with keynote speaker Marion Jones. The cost is $40 per person. To learn more, visit www.thefryefoundation.org/.
• Central Carolina Hospital will hold a free lipid panel screening at 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. This is a blood draw, and the results will be mailed. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The test requires fasting (nothing to eat after midnight) for accurate results. To register and receive an appointment time, visit http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4243.
• The Goldston Cruz-N will begin at 4 p.m. in downtown Goldston, exit 159 on Highway 421 between Sanford and Siler City. Classic and antique cars and trucks are welcome. Come visit, show off your hot rod and remember the good ole' days gone by. Concessions will be available from the local scouts, and entertainment will be music from the oldie/goldie era. There will be a 50/50 raffle, with a drawing at 7 p.m. The cruz continues through October. For more information, contact Bruce Denkins at (919) 898-4937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Lee County High School Athletic Boosters 2013 Spring Golf Tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (parent/child) at Sanford Golf Course. Lunch will be served at noon, and a shotgun start for four-man superball will be at 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, which includes green fees, carts and lunch. Prizes will go to the top teams in each flight, longest drive and closest to the pin.
• Broadway Lions Club will hold the “Taste of Broadway” event from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Four Heart Harmony, Just Right Blue Grass and a group that won Battle of the Bands at the Lee Regional Fair will perform. Guests can sample foods prepared by churches and vote on their favorite cooks. Prize money goes to winning churches. Cakes by Broadway Lions club members will be available in a silent auction, as well as a barn quilt. Tickets are $10 and available at Feedmeal, Susan Bailey's and Piggly Wiggly in Broadway. Proceeds will help the Broadway Lions Club with its charitable works.
• K-12 students from across the district will showcase their talents at the annual Cultural Arts Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Southern Lee High School. The event is free and open to the public.
• The Moore County Chamber of Commerce will again present the Festival of Beers from 3-6 p.m. at the Southern Pines Elks Lodge. Tickets are $25 in advance (available at the Moore County Chamber of Commerce or online at www.moorecountychamber.com) and $30 at the door. Because of the popularity of the event, the chamber urges advance ticket purchase — as it has sold out for three consecutive years. Beer makers from out of state, as well as local breweries and major distributors, are participating in this event.
• Today is Kids Day at the Siler City Farmer's Market, which is open from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays and is located at 118 W. Second St. in downtown Siler City behind the Courtyard Coffee and Soda Shop. The fun-filled morning is sponsored by Smart Start, and The Chatham County Partnership for Children will be providing arts and crafts and other fun and games geared toward young children under 5. For further information, contact the Chatham County Partnership for Children at (919) 742-7449. Visit www.chathamkids.org for more information about the Chatham County Partnership for Children and Smart Start.
• The second annual Wellness of Chatham Health Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Powell Place Park, 304 Old Rock Springs Cemetery Road, Pittsboro. The purpose of the festival is to educate the public in and around Chatham County about topics, issues, practitioners, services and products available locally that promote wellness.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be bought in person or by contacting the box office at (919) 774-4155 or email@example.com. Ticket prices are: adult, $23; Thursday night adult, $19; children/student, $13; Lee County teacher/educator, active military and groups of 10 or more, $19. See www.templeshows.com.
• Lee County Community Orchestra's silver anniversary season continues with “Celebrating the Audience” at 8 p.m. at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. The performance will feature music by Copland, Dvorak, Gershwin, Mozart, Richard Rodgers and John Williams. In tribute to the military, the “Armed Forces Salute” will honor active and veteran personnel. Admission is free. See www.leecountycommunityorchestra.com to learn more.
• Triangle Boat Tours is partnering with Chatham Conservation Partnership to offer a special boat tour of Jordan Lake from noon-2 p.m. The cost is $25 per adult, $15 per child, plus a park entrance fee of $6 per car. Call Triangle Boat Tours at (919) 585-1488 to register for this trip (full refund if canceled due to bad weather). A map and directions are available at www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/pics/seaforth.pdf.
• The Sandhills Sankofa Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Spring Lake Recreation Center on Ruth Street. The event is free to the public, with lots of entertainment, crafts, foods, information, etc. To learn more, visit http://www.sandhillsfamilyheritage.org/; vendor applications available by calling Janet at (919) 499-0626/(919) 888-0389 or Ammie at (910) 497-0628/(910) 436-3404.
• Milo Holt's Siler City Film Festival continues today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Siler City. Activities include musical acts on two stages all day, bull whip and rope tricks, a Civil War encampment with firing canon demo, Native American display with tepees, Tom Mix Rangers with stagecoach, three movie screening locations, shootout at high noon and gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Those who are interested in helping or sponsoring, please contact Linda Holt Lehman at (919) 742-4034 or (919) 200-5161 or at 823 E. Cardinal St., Siler City.
• The annual Ole Mill Crank-Up will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ole Gilliam Mill, located on Highway 42 West, four miles west of Sanford. The cost is $5 per person, children under 12 free. Camping is first come, first served; RVs or campers are $10 per night, and tents are $6. Vendor space is $25 for the weekend. The attractions include a whiskey still, an ole grist mill, blacksmithing, cornmeal grinding, an upright boiler, a working sawmill, lye soap boiling, hit-and-miss engines and more. Other offerings include tractor rides, concessions and live entertainment, including the Back Porch Gut Bucket Band. To learn more, call Jimmy Bass at (919) 774-5554 or (919) 498-5324.
• A first annual Missions Rally will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tramway Baptist Church, 2401 Jefferson Davis Highway. The free event will feature local missions in the community, and participants will learn about nonprofit organizations and opportunities to offer support. Four Heart Harmony will take the stage, and the The Lee County Sheriff's Office will be on site, and Tramway's Volunteer Fire Department will bring a firetruck; children can register for Vacation Bible School.
• One By One meets at 4 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St., Sanford. William Johnson of the Lee County Boys and Girls Club will be the speaker. One By One welcomes all people who are interested in improving race relationships in an atmosphere where frank and open discussion is encouraged. For more information, please call (919) 774-4797.
• Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) will host the 10th annual Bash and Auction to benefit dogs and cats in need from 5-8 p.m. at Shady Wagon Farm, 2312 Pea Ridge Road, New Hill, N.C. to raise funds to support CARE’s targeted spay/neuter program and homeless cats and dogs in Chatham County. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be bought in person or by contacting the box office at (919) 774-4155 or email@example.com. Ticket prices are: adult, $23; Thursday night adult, $19; children/student, $13; Lee County teacher/educator, active military and groups of 10 or more, $19. See www.templeshows.com.
• Lee County Community Orchestra's silver anniversary season continues with “Celebrating the Audience” at 3 p.m. at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. (rain site: Arts Center). The performance will feature music by Copland, Dvorak, Gershwin, Mozart, Richard Rodgers and John Williams. In tribute to the military, the “Armed Forces Salute” will honor active and veteran personnel. Admission is free. See www.leecountycommunityorchestra.com to learn more.
• The annual Ole Mill Crank-Up will continue from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ole Gilliam Mill, located on Highway 42 West, four miles west of Sanford. The cost is $5 per person, children under 12 free. Camping is first come, first served; RVs or campers are $10 per night, and tents are $6. Vendor space is $25 for the weekend. In addition to other attractions and activities, a church service wil be held at 8 a.m. To learn more, call Jimmy Bass at (919) 774-5554 or (919) 498-5324.
• The Telling Takes Us Home — A Celebration of American Family Stories and Music with Joe McHugh will be held at 7 p.m. at Chatham Community Library, located on the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College at 197 NC Highway 87 North. NPR producer and traditional fiddler Joe McHugh brings his program of word and music to the library. McHugh will also discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Slaying the Gorgon,” about the impact technology has had on our personal stories. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Chatham Community Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, call (919) 545-8084.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. In the program, "Bats by the Millions," Ranger Scott Hartley will share slides and video from a recent trip to several Texas caves containing huge maternity colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats. Discussion will include their life cycle and ecology, and how they were almost used to fight in World War II. Call (910) 692-2167 for see www.sandhillsnature.org to learn more.
• Swim lessons registration will be held today through May 24 from 3-6 p.m. at O.T. Sloan Pool. Available class dates and times are June 3-13 at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and June 17-27, July 1-11, July 15-25 and July 29-Aug. 8 at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $29 per session for county residents and $39 per session for non-county residents. After May 27, register at Lee County Parks and Recreation, 2303 Tramway Road. Class size is limited, and enrollment will be accepted in person only on a first-come, first-served basis.