CALENDAR FOR JULY 2

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• Solarize Chatham will give a presentation at 7 p.m. at St. Bartholomew's Church, 204 W. Salisbury St., Pittsboro, about new and local opportunities for solar power. This event is free and open to all. It's part of a yearlong series of environmental talks held every first Wednesday of the month at the church.

• 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.

THURSDAY

• 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 downtown@sanfordnc.net.

• 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 from 9-10 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.

FRIDAY

• 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.

• A Prescribed Fire Hike will be held at 10 a.m. at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. Attendees will meet at the picnic shelter and join a ranger on a guided hike to areas of the park that have recently seen prescribed fire. While walking through, they will learn about the benefits of prescribed fire and how staff implements it at the park. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water. The hike will be approximately four miles.

• 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 hotdog 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 p.m., 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.

SATURDAY

• The Lee County Library will be closed for the July 4 holiday through Sunday, July 6.

SUNDAY

• The Lee County Library will be closed for the July 4 holiday.

MONDAY

• The Painted Petal design studio will host a kids' summer painting class at 10:15 a.m. at the studio, 1112 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The cost is $20, and the project this week will be “Silly Starfish.” Pre-registration is required, and payment is due the day of class. To learn more, call (919) 718-9284 or visit thepaintedpetal.com and select “classes” from the tab on the left. The “contact” link in the same tab will allow you to sign up.

JULY 8

• A story time for grades 1-3 will be held at 2 p.m. at the Main Lee County Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The theme will be “Fizz Into Chinese Storytelling,” with special guest Guan Wang of the Central Carolina Community College Confucius Classroom. For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484 or Sheneeta Thomas at x 5485.

• 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 email downtown@sanfordnc.net or visit 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 hgarritycoalition@windstream.net.

• A cub trek will be held from 10-11 a.m. at San-Lee Park, located on Pumping Station Road in Sanford. The one-mile hike for children ages 3-5, accompanied by their parents or guardians, will allow participants to explore trails with a naturalist. Please pre-register by calling the park (919) 776-6221 and asking for Jaime Osborne or Carrie Council. Additional treks will be held on July 23, and Aug. 6 and 20.