CALENDAR FOR JULY 10
• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist. This week, the group will be celebrating the anniversary of its founding on July 9, 2009. The public is invited to attend this special event and hear some encouraging words from some original jobseekers. 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 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.
• As part of the city of Sanford's win in the Benjamin Moore Main Street Matters competition, a short video will be made showcasing what makes Sanford special. The closing shot for the video will be business owners, community members and local officials in downtown Sanford. Proud Sanfordians are invited to fill the street at 4 p.m. at the crosswalk at Steele and Wicker streets; the plan is to extend across Steele Street, facing the Chamber’s direction.
• The Sanford-Lee County Stroke Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The topic will be “Stroke: A Nurse's View,” and Birtha Shaw, stroke coordinator, Central Carolina Hospital, will be the speaker. Facilitator is Joy Phillips Murphy. People affected by stroke are invited to join other survivors, caregivers and family members who understand what they are going through.
• The Harnett County Library will host preschool story time for ages 3-5 from 10-11 a.m., followed by a Rags to Riches production of “Little Red Riding Hood” from 2-3 p.m. and Teen Formers summer reading program for ages 13-18 from 6-7 p.m., at Harnett County Public Library, 601 N. Main St., Lillington.
• The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist, Eve Cornelious, will perform at 7 p.m. at Sanford’s Depot Park. Originally basing her singing career out of Durham, Cornelious has been based in New York City for the past decade, performing there and on the international jazz scene. For the local concert, she will sing jazz standards such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “Skylark,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” and many more. The event is free and sponsored by Downtown Sanford, the Lee County Arts Council and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Society.
• Meals on Wheels of Sanford will hold its monthly board of directors meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the library of the First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue. The public is invited to attend and learn more about this caring ministry.
• Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. Sign up at www.carolinadonor.org or call (704) 972-4700.
• The Stevens Center will offer summer camps for children and youth at 1576 Kelly Drive in Sanford. Today, “Kids Can Connect” will be offered for for 5-8 year olds. Activities include art, music and motion, drama, basketball and more, which will be held today and July 18 and 25 from 9-11 a.m. — four mornings of fun once a week starting June 27. To sign up, go online to stevenscenter.org and select calendar/registration or call (919) 776-4048. Young people of all abilities and disabilities are welcome. The cost is $20.
• The Stevens Center will offer summer camps for children and youth at 1576 Kelly Drive in Sanford. “Party, Paint and Playtime” will be offered today for for 3-4 year olds. Activities include arts and crafts, music and motion, story time and more, which will be held today and July 18 and 25 from 9-11 a.m. — four mornings of fun once a week starting June 27. To sign up, go online to stevenscenter.org and select calendar/registration or call (919) 776-4048. Young people of all abilities and disabilities are welcome. The cost is $20.
• Downtown Sanford Inc. will present the Function at the Junction Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. every Thursday through September at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. Patrons can bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic supper to these free outdoor concerts. Tonight, Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra will perform. For more information, call (919) 775-8332 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 children in grades 4-6.
• National Night Out was created to be a night of unity and fellowship among neighbors and communities. However, many cities — including Sanford — want to carry the idea of NNO throughout the year. In that spirit, the City of Sanford has planned three community events to help spread the word about NNO and further unite the community to work together against crime. A community tour of the Sanford Police Department will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Community Policing division will lead the free tour and answer all questions. Visitors can also register for NNO or donate non-perishable food items to the CUOC.
• A blood drive will be held from 1-5:30 p.m. at Jonesboro Presbyterian. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS to learn more.