Jun. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


• The Temple Theatre will present the The Embers in concert at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. The Embers helped lay the groundwork for what became known as “beach music.” Today, they tour regularly, boasting an average of 225 shows each year. The group has released more than 25 records through the years and are now working toward the completion of a brand new album, Opening the show is Erik Smallwood, who combines some blues and pop with a little Muscle Shoals flavor. General admission is $20. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or see for tickets.

• The summer reading program for grades 1-3 will be held at 2 p.m. at the main Lee County Library. The theme will be “Booming with Animals,” featuring Carrie Council from San-Lee Park. Programs take place in the auditorium. For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484 or Sheneeta Thomas at x 5485.

• The Coalition for Families in Lee County's summer reading program will be held today and every Tuesday through July from 10-11:30 p.m. at the Lee County Community Arts Center, second floor, room 314, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. The program will include story time, crafts, a snack and more; the theme is “Insects and Bugs.” Sessions are free and open to preschool children in Lee County. For more information or to register, contact Heather Garrity at (919) 774-8144, x 204, or

• Clay Aiken, the Democratic candidate for the 2nd North Carolina Congressional District, will arrive at 6:30 p.m. to the Lee County Democratic Party Headquarters at 139 Chatham St. Aiken, who will face current Rep. Renee Ellmers in the November 2014 election, will speak and greet Lee County Democrats. Refreshments also will be available. For more information, please call (919) 718-4931, (919) 774-4797 or email

• Middle school students are invited to sign up for a Healthcare Career Camp to be held today and July 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Central Carolina Community College's Harnett Health Sciences Center in Lillington. Participants will experience hands-on activities and technology used in various health fields, including dental hygiene and assisting, medical assisting, medical office administration, nursing, nurse aid and veterinary medical technology. Interested parties can sign up for either camp day. Lunch is provided. Transportation from the child's school can be provided. Registration is $10. Space is limited; register by calling (919) 718-7347 or email


• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sanford for networking, job leads and job fair information. Come and be encouraged in your job search. Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.

• A cub trek will be held from 10-11 a.m. at San-Lee Park, located on Pumping Station Road in Sanford. The one-mile hike for children ages 3-5, accompanied by their parents or guardians, will allow participants to explore trails with a naturalist. Please pre-register by calling the park at (919) 776-6221 and asking for Jaime Osborne or Carrie Council. Additional treks will be held July 8 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 20.


• Melody Scalley, Heritage Action mid-Atlantic regional coordinator, will hold a free skills clinic in conjunction with the Moore TEA Citizens in Pinehurst from 6-8:30 the Village of Pinehurst Assembly Hall, 295 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. This program is designed to teach participants how to engage in national politics in an effective and time-efficient manner. Scalley will focus on three areas: knowing the issues; growing activist skills and networks and taking a leadership role in the community. To register or for more information, contact Melody Himel Scalley at (202) 716-9738 or register online at

• A legislative day is planned for CC TARS (Central Carolina Teenage Republicans). Attendees will go to Raleigh to meet with their representatives, senators and other elected officials. Details are still being finalized. The group is open to any conservative-minded teenager. For more information, please contact Eli Brightbill at

• The Sunrise Theatre will present “Big,” part of its summer classic series, at 7:30 p.m. at 250 N.W. Broad St. in Southern Pines. Admission is $6. Call (910) 692-8501 to learn more.

• A “Hike for Your Health” will be held today and every Thursday at 9 a.m. at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. Attendees will meet in the visitor center and join Raven Rock's office assistant for the hike. Participants, ages 12 and up, should be able to hike three to six miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. Sturdy hiking shoes and drinking water are recommended for this hike, to be held rain or shine.

• CC TARS (Central Carolina Teenage Republicans) will meet at 6 p.m. at Lee GOP headquarters — 101 S. Steele St., Sanford. This group is open to any conservative-minded teenager. Teenagers do not have to be registered to vote to be a member. For more information, please contact Eli Brightbill at