CALENDAR FOR JUNE 21
• The Third Friday ArtWalk will be held from 6-9 p.m., featuring food, live music, arts and crafts, wine tastings and more tonight and every month in historic downtown Siler City. Patrons can visit the independent bookstore, Paperbacks Plus, check out the NC Arts Incubator, have coffee at Courtyard Coffee and explore the Farmers' Alliance (still in business after 120-plus years); additional shops and galleries will be open. The Raleigh Street Gallery will celebrate summer with an assortment of orchid plants from the Orchid Gallery, orchid photography by Liz Irwin, select orchid pots by Christy Eubank of Oak Trace Pottery, fine local wines by Benjamin Winery and classical violin music by Brittany Tyson. See http://visitpittsboro.com/events/third-friday-artwalk to learn more.
• The Sanford Area Society of Shaggers, or SASS, will hold a social at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW, located at 1500 Webb St., Sanford.
• Together with the Sanford Fire Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Sanford Police Department is hosting an A.S.K. Day Celebration from 3-9 p.m. in Depot Park. The day will feature games, bounce houses, face painting, food and haircuts – all provided by local businesses to attendees at no cost. A.S.K. Day is a national initiative of the Center to Prevent Youth Violence (CPYV). It is meant to remind parents about the importance of asking whether there are guns in the places where their children play.
• Today is the deadline to register for Legal Aid of North Carolina's Wills and Advance Directives Clinic on Friday, June 28, at the W.B. Wicker Business Campus, Sanford Business Suites A, 900 Vance St., Sanford. To participate free of charge, call (919) 542-0475 or 1-800-672-5834 to be screened and make an appointment.
• Triangle South Workforce Development Board will hold its second Youth Rally from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. This year's theme is "Reality TV vs. The Real World" and will be a fun-packed, highly interactive simulation. All youth ages 14-21 and youth leaders from Chatham, Harnett, Lee or Sampson Counties are invited to attend. Registration forms were due no later than June 10 to attend. This activity is free and open to all youth and their chaperones. Those who would like to ask questions, voice concerns or sign up to assist at the event, please contact Mrs. Jackie McMillian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 777-7712.
• Lee County Parks and Recreation will be offering registrations through today for youth football from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation office, 2303 Tramway Road. The activity is open to boys and girls ages 6-8 (flag), fee of $19; and 8-10 (pee wee) and 11-12 (midget), fee of $ 34. For details, call (919) 775-2107 x 205.
• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. Patrons can purchase the best of locally grown seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce. For further information about buying or selling at the market, please call Sue Buie at (919) 356-3007, email DonnaBuie@aol.com or see www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985.
• A book signing for the newly released work by local author Frances Eastridge will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Flat Springs Baptist Church, 4148 Deep River Road, Sanford. According to a prepared statement, “Eastridge is living proof that a poor, Southern farm girl, raised at the end of the Depression, could grow up, get married and have a family only to lose them all — and yet come out victoriously with God in her life.”
• Ladybugs Cornhole Games and Boyettes Cornhole Boards will host a cornhole tournament at noon at the Lee County Fairgrounds. The tournament will be held during the Raising Oklahoma Benefit and be a 50/50 blind draw/double elimination, with first, second and third cash prizes. The cost is $15 per person (pre-registration) and $20 per person the day of signup.
• The Lee county Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its annual summer picnic, starting with fellowship at 11:30 a.m., at the Harris Youth House of St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2916 Wicker St., Sanford (behind the church, beside the picnic shelter). Members and guests are asked to bring their favorite covered dish to share. Lunch begins at noon. Call (919) 499-7661 to learn more.
• The Frack Free NC Public Forum, an anti-hydraulic fracturing workshop, will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Byrnum Ruritan Club, located at 28 Charlie Fields Road, Pittsboro. The event will feature local speakers, as well as speakers who own farms in Pennsylvania and will talk about their experiences with hydraulic fracturing and other natural gas operations. The forum is sponsored by the Waterkeeper Alliance & Clean Water for NC, and the cost of attendance is $10, or $20 for a ticket and lunch. To sign up or get more information, visit http://frackfreenc-forum.eventbrite.com, or call Elaine Chiosso at (919) 542-5790 or Hope Taylor at (919) 401-9600.
• “The Legacy Continues,” an event honoring the late W.H. Knotts Sr., will be held from 1-5 p.m. in Depot Park. The gathering, hosted by Knotts Funeral Home (719 Wall St., Sanford) will feature local choirs and mime teams, free food and health screenings and more. Bring lawn chairs for seating.
• “Raising Oklahoma,” a benefit to raise money for the American Red Cross to support tornado relief efforts in Moore, Okla., will be held from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Lee County Fairgrounds. The event will feature performances by Chip Perry (7 p.m.) and Josh Phillips (8 p.m.). Admission will be donation only at the gate. Donation sites will be set around the fairgrounds. A Poker Run will also be held that morning starting at Honda of Sanford. The vendor fee is $50, and setup is from 9-11 a.m. For more information, call Laurie Smith at (919) 708-7070 or Amber Dunigan at (919) 478-3322.
• The second annual Sanford Community Outreach event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 4091 Lemon Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public, featuring live music, free food and drinks, drawings for free prizes, face painting and arts and crafts. Representatives from the sheriff's office and the fire department, as well as health department resources, health and beauty vendors, military recruiters and Central Carolina College representatives will share tips on safety and crime prevention, educational and vocational opportunities, and health and beauty. For more information call (910) 273-0743. The event is sponsored by New Birth Nondenominational Church.
• “A Day at the Garden” will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the peace and unity community garden in the Hudson Avenue cul-de-sac, featuring tours, cooking demonstrations, master gardener activities, a hula and jump rope competition, snacks, games, garden yoga and more. Raffle prizes include a one-month family pass to the YMCA. For more information, contact Brick Capital CDC at (919) 775-2300.