CALENDAR FOR JULY 1
• Musician Tony Barnes will perform at 7 p.m. at Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford, as part of the theatre's “Tuesdays at the Temple” series. Barnes is the former lead guitar player and cowriter for Mckenzies Mill, a Nashville-based Southern Rock group. A veteran of the Nashville scene, Tony won broadjam.com's guitar solo contest in honor of Stevie Ray Vaughan with his original instrumental, "Push and Pull." He was then invited to bring his band to Madison, Wis., to perform at Muriel Anderson's All-Star Guitar Night at the Barrymore Theater with the likes of Monte Montgomery and Thom Bresh. He is now working on his second solo album. General admission is $10. Tickets are available from the Temple Theatre box office at (919) 774-4155 or online through Vendini.
• The Downtown Sanford Inc. monthly board of directors meeting will be held from 8-9 a.m. at 226 Carthage St., Sanford. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call (919) 775-8332, fax (919) 775-8207, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.downtownsanford.com.
• 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 email@example.com.
• Yada Yada Sisters will meet at 5 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite sandwich and stay to play cards after eating. The sisterhood is a network with other females and offers an opportunity to receive support and encouragement from a sister. Call (919) 776-0501 x 2201 to register.
• The Lee County GOP will meet at 6 p.m. at Republican Headquarters at 101 S. Steele St., Sanford. Attendees can meet the Republican candidates for the November election and get a legislative report from state Sen. Ronald Rabin and state Rep. Mike Stone. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, in partnership with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, will host its first Badges for Baseball program event of the year at 11 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills. The program will include more than 160 youth from 11 different organizations from across the state, as well as law enforcement officers and mentors. Cooper will kick off the event, celebrating the sixth year of the Badges for Baseball in North Carolina. Badges for Baseball is a juvenile crime prevention program created by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice.
• HellHound Trail will perform as part of the “Function at the Junction” summer concert series from 7-10 p.m. at Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic supper to the outdoor concert, sponsored by Downtown Sanford Inc. For more information, please call (919) 775-8332 or contact email@example.com.
• The Sunrise Theatre will present “Cabaret,” 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 weekly hike will be held at 9 a.m. at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. Participants will join Raven Rock's office assistant on a two-to-five-mile hike on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. The hike is for ages 12 and up; attendees should wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Please call (910) 893-4888 to register; meet at the visitor center rain or shine.
• The Ammons Farm annual July 4 celebration will kick off with festivities at 5 p.m. at 2702 Farrell Road, Sanford (in the field beside Sanford Health & Rehab). The fireworks show will start around 9:15 p.m.
• The city of Lillington will hold a July 4 celebration, featuring a duck derby and live music at 5 p.m. next to Howard's BBQ, followed by a canoe and kayak race at 6 p.m. At the Lillington ball field, there will be live music and food vendors from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and fireworks will be presented by Precision Ford at dusk (9:15 p.m.). Purchase tickets at Town Hall, Chamber office or the community center. See www.lillingtonnc.org for more information.
• The Lee County Library will be closed for the July 4 holiday through Sunday, July 6.
• The West Chatham Senior Center will hold a July 4 celebration, starting with a cruise-in at 4 p.m., at 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City. Cruise-in participants can come show off their cars, trucks or motorcycles. At 6 p.m., a hot dog cookout with fries and all the trimmings will start, sponsored by J..R. Gainey and the Killing Time Band. There will be line dancing in the ball room, and from 7:30-10:30, a dance for all ages featuring a variety of country music. The event is alcohol free, and no smoking is allowed. The cost is $8. All proceeds go to the food bank and Meals on Wheels. Call (919) 663-3213 to learn more.
• The Carthage Rotary Club will again host the Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Carthage. For more information or to enter the parade, please contact Steve Ennis at (910) 947-6555.