CALENDAR FOR JULY 11
• 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 3 p.m. at the crosswalk at Steele and Carthage 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 email@example.com.
• 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.
• San-Lee Chapel will host a carnival at 3215 Keller Andrews Road, Sanford, which will be open from 5-6 p.m. for the special-needs population only and 6-9:30 p.m. for the public. The family evening of fun will feature rides, snow cones, cotton candy and more.
• A chicken tender dinner/auction to benefit Sam Holt will be held at the Goldston Fire Department from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Plates are available for eat in or carry out (delivery also available) for a $7 donation. Drinks are available for dine in-pick up only. An auction will be held at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Goldston Firemen's Association (checks payable to Randy Holt, Sam's dad). For additional information about the benefit, or those who wish to donate items or help, please contact Earle Allen at (919) 837-2935. Delivery orders can be faxed to (919) 898-0215.
• 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.
• A “dog wash” event, with proceeds benefiting Animal Life Inc Rescue, will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply — 3004 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. The event will offer $6 dog baths, $5 nail trims and pet adoptions.
• Having been postponed due to weather, gates will open at 3 p.m. at The Ammons Farm annual July 4 Celebration in the field beside Sanford Health and Rehabilitation. The event will be a family day of fun, featuring inflatables, face painting, food and more. 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 4 p.m. during the annual Ammons Farm July 4 celebration in the field beside Sanford Health and Rehabilitation.
• A second Saturday cookout will be held from noon-1 p.m., at the Wings of Carolina Flight Center at Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County. Those in attendance can meet club members, local pilots and others interested in aviation. Lunch is available for $5.
• A fun shoot will be held at Deep River Sporting Clays, with registration and the wobble deck opening at 9 a.m. and event shooting starting at 10 a.m. Shooting will be held over 13 fields. The entry fee is $50 ($35 for members); youth shoot for $30. Each class winner will get a $25 gift certificate for goods or services at Deep River, and all shooters will be entered into a drawing for a case of cartridges and other prizes.
• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave. in downtown Sanford. Patrons can purchase the best of locally grown seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce. Those wanting further information about buying or selling at the market can call Sue Buie at (919) 356-3007, email DonnaBuie@aol.com or see www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985.
• The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance invites the public to its “All-American Picnic Dance,” an evening of fun, music, picnic food and dance, at 7 p.m. 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 free 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 picnic food to share. This is a smoke free/alcohol free event. Admission is $7 members, $10 guests. All first-time guests get in free. For more information, call Asunda at (919) 356-2784 or visit www.DancingInTheCarolinaPines.org.
• The Sunrise Theater's annual Blues Crawl fundraiser will be held in downtown Southern Pines. This year's event will involve nine venues and even more bands; all-access wristbands are available in the Sunrise Theater administration office or online at www.sunrisetheater.com. Wristbands bought before July 5 are $18, they are $20 after. Wristbands gain patrons access into every venue, including Sunrise Theater. To see the lineup and learn more, see http://www.sunrisetheater.com or call (910) 692-5801. Those who would like to volunteer at the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.