Jul. 04, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• Due to previous and expected inclement weather, the annual Ammons Farm July 4 celebration has been postponed to July 7. The time and location will be the same.

• City of Sanford and Lee County offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

• 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.

• Lee County Library (and Broadway Library) will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

• The Harnett County Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.


• 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 or see the Sanford Farmers Market's Facebook page.


• The Ammons Farm annual July 4 celebration will be held, with activities starting at 4 p.m., in the field beside Sanford Health and Rehabilitation, 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.

• Local author Frances Eastridge will hold a signing for her book, “Roses Will Bloom Again,” at 5 p.m. during the annual Ammons Farm July 4 celebration in the field beside Sanford Health and Rehabilitation.

• Pittsboro's First Sunday, an artisan market featuring handmade crafts, music, and food held every first Sunday of the month from March through December, will be held from 12-4 p.m. in Pittsboro's historic downtown. See to learn more.


• 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 and select calendar/registration or call (919) 776-4048.


• The Victims of Sexual Assault Support Group meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 215 Bracken St., Sanford. HAVEN in Lee County encourages all survivors to attend. Please call (919) 774-8923 for more information.

• “Silly Science and Crazy Concoctions” will be held 6-7 p.m. at the Harnett County Public Library, 601 N. Main St., Lillington.

• A blood drive will be held from 1:30-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church. See or call (800) RED CROSS to register or learn more.

• 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 or contact Kristin at (910) 673-1025 or (201) 417-0481, or email 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 or email June Blue, director for foundations and essentials, at

• 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 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.


• Sanford Jobseekers will meet 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.

• 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 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

• 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.