CALENDAR FOR AUG. 24
• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave. in downtown Sanford. Patrons can come out and purchase the best of locally grown seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce. For further information, or those interested in buying or selling at the market, please call Sue Buie at (919) 356-3007 or email DonnaBuie@aol.com.. For more details, see /www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985
• Infinity Cheer Empire will hold its annual fundraising yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon at Sanford Academy, located at 2731 Lee Ave., Sanford. All kinds of items will be available, from baked goods and drinks to clothing and home goods. All proceeds go to help the athletes pay for their competition fees, new uniforms and practice sets and gym fees.
• The new Tractor Supply store in Vass, located at 5601 U.S. 1, will have its grand opening today [Saturday]. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and at the celebration, there will be sales, prizes, food, music and pet adoption opportunities, as well as a rabies clinic sponsored by Moore County Animal Control.
• A St. Baldrick's fundraiser will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, located at 1500 Webb St., Sanford. Volunteers will shave their heads in a bid to raise money to combat childhood cancer. To learn more, see https://www.facebook.com/events/392398944207750/?fref=ts or http://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/86984/2013.
• Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption's fifth annual “Run for Their Lives” 5K and 10K race and festival will start at 8 a.m. (races) at Kiwanis Park, 1800 Wicker St., Sanford; the family festival will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration was $25 prior to Aug. 14 and $30 after or on race day (6:30-7:30 a.m.). The event will include a certified course, food, local vendors and fun for kids. All proceeds go to CARA. See http://runfortheirlives5k10k.wordpress.com to learn more.
• A dialysis awareness function will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, with guest speaker Stanley Morgan of the COLTS public transit system, at the Lee County Library main branch, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The event is being sponsored by In Ya Face Talent and Entertainment, a local music production enterprise which also operates “Pop Your Top” bins at the Piggly Wiggly stores in Sanford and Pittsboro, where people can drop off aluminum can tabs to be collected and sold with proceeds going toward dialysis charity work. For more information, call (910) 374-8947.
• A CPR (basic and recertification) class will be offered at 9 a.m. at Central Carolina Hospital — North Building — 1000 Carthage St., Sanford. The class will provide comprehensive information and practice in CPR and obstructed-airway rescue for adults, children and infants. Other areas covered include one-rescuer CPR, management of foreign-body airway obstruction and the use of barrier devices for ventilation. The cost is $25, and an American Heart Association health care provider card will be issued upon completion. Register at http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=52
• An annual Recovery Sunday event will be held at 10:30 a.m. (worship service) at Grace Chapel Church, 2605 Jefferson Davis Highway (Hwy 1), Sanford. The entire worship service will be devoted to the Lighthouse Recovery Ministry, and this year, there will be two speakers — Lauryn A., a young woman who grew up in Sanford and Grace Chapel, who became addicted to drugs and is now living clean, sober, and serving God; and Tammy A., (Lauryn’s Mom), a longtime member of Grace Chapel, whose life and family have been deeply impacted through the Lighthouse Recovery Ministry. For more information, please contact Steve Horne at (919) 478-6237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Ft. Bragg Road, Southern Pines. The program will be “Past Reflections of Owl and Hawk Banding in the Great Valley of Pennsylvania." Bob Ganis will chronicle efforts to locate and band raptors in Lebanon and Dauphin counties, Pennsylvania, including long-eared, short-eared and barn owls, along with red-shouldered, broad-winged and American rough-legged hawks and kestrels. Visitors are welcome. Call (910) 692-2167 for more information or see www.sandhillsnature.org.
• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a special Public Policy Luncheon, featuring a forum for candidates for Sanford City Council and mayor, at 11:45 a.m. at The Flame Steakhouse in Sanford. A moderator will ask candidates the same questions and then, time permitting, the floor will be opened to attendees with questions. Registration is required. Call the Chamber at (919) 775-7341 or see www.sanford-nc.com to learn more.
• The Lee County Democratic Party will meet at 6 p.m., at the party headquarters at 147 Chatham St., Sanford. Reports from the recent meeting of the North Carolina Democratic Party State Executive Committee will be given. The Forward Together Movement Rally to be held in Dunn on Aug. 28 and other upcoming activities and events will also be discussed.
• The 67th annual Moore County Agricultural Fair runs from 5-11 p.m. at the Moore County Fairgrounds, 3699 US-15 501 in Carthage, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 1. Students (elementary and middle only) will be admitted free with a coupon.
• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The program, titled "Some Antique Barbed Wire That Helped Fence the West," will be presented by Hal Cleavinger. Meetings are open to the public, and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661 to learn more.
• The Lee County Republican Men’s Club will meet at noon at the Lee County Republican Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St., Sanford, This month’s meeting will focus on the pocketbook issues affecting local taxpayers. All men registered as Lee County Republicans are invited to attend the meeting by emailing mensgroup@LeeGOP.org, and making reservations. Attendees can enjoy a lunch ($10) catered by Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House and Tea Room.