Jul. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• An Informational session about the city bond referendum will be aired on “Live at 9” from 9–10 p.m.; viewers can watch the interview on Charter channel 16 (WBFT-46). Sanford City Manager Hal Hegwer and Bob Bridwell, director of Sanford's Community Planning & Development Department, will speak with host Wayne Staton about the upcoming referendum.

• The Lee County Democratic Party is hosting a “Meet the Candidates” reception for the Democratic candidates who have filed for seats on the Sanford City Council and for the office of mayor from 6:30 – 8 p.m., at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. These candidates (James Williams, Ervin Fox, L.I. “Poly” Cohen, Chas Post, Cornelia Olive, and Chet Mann) will be on the Sept. 10 primary ballot. Sam Gaskins, who is unopposed in the primary but will be on the November ballot, will also be in attendance. There will be an opportunity to hear brief remarks from each candidate and to talk with them. The Lee County Democratic Party is in the process of relocating to new headquarters at 147 Chatham St. For more information, please call (919) 774-4797 or email

• A support group for victims of sexual assault meets tonight and every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the HAVEN in Lee County conference room, 215 Bracken St., Sanford. Please call HAVEN In Lee County for more information at (919) 774-8923, completely confidential.

• A hands-on canning class for tomatoes will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center. Participants should bring four pounds of tomatoes, washed, and jars and lids will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To learn more, see or call (919) 775-5624.

• The Lee County Library's Summer Reading Program will present “Digging up Treasure” at 2 p.m. at the main branch on Hawkins Avenue. The program is tailored toward grades 1-3.


• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Those in attendance should bring a recent resume to exchange. Call (919) 776-6137 for information.

• The Lee County Library's summer reading program grand finale for toddlers and preschoolers will be held at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in the Harper Center. Party People Rentals N.C., a costumed character company, will be the presenters.

• Lee Early College freshman orientation will be held at 6 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford (mandatory for all incoming freshmen and their parents).


• Gregg Gelb and His Jazz Trio will perform from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at The Flame Steakhouse, 109 Carbonton Road, Sanford.

• The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will meet at 6 p.m. at Davison’s Steaks in Sanford for its year-end dinner. Anyone interested in quilting on any skill level is welcome to join the group's Sept. 5 meeting at the Enrichment Center. Sew time will be from 3-6 p.m. with members working on ongoing projects. A brief business meeting begins at 6:15 p.m.

• The Sanford Business & Professional Women's Club invites all local women to attend the club’s 2013 kickoff meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Sanford Association of Realtors Building (the old Depot building) at 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. Participants will learn about BPW and hear about plans for the upcoming year. BPW is a worldwide organization, and the local chapter focuses on helping women develop professionally and personally. For more information, visit

• 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, RN5P will perform. For more information, call (919) 775-8332 or contact

• The Lee County Library's Summer Reading Program will present “Digging up Trouble,” featuring CSI Agent Matt Rosser of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, at 2 p.m. at the main branch on Hawkins Avenue. The program is tailored toward children in grades 4-6.

• A Covenant Preparatory School open house will be held at 7 p.m. at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1305 Hulsey Road, Carthage. Those interested in finding out more can visit, contact Kristin at (910) 673-1025 or (201) 417-0481, or email The school is now enrolling grades K-12. School is scheduled to open in fall 2013.


• The Carolina Artists' Colony will host “Dog Days of Summer,” a fundraiser for Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, from 5-8 p.m. and continuing tomorrow at 148 S. Moore St., Sanford. Patrons can buy a $6 hotdog plate, and 50 percent of proceeds will go to CARA. They can also have their dogs' portrait taken by photographer Stan Lewis, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to CARA. If they buy a raffle ticket, 25 percent of proceeds go to the organization. The CARA dogs who are ready to be adopted will be on hand from 5-7 p.m.

• A Chatham County photography weekend workshop with David Blevins will be held tonight through Aug. 4 at The Inn at Celebrity Dairy. Register online at and call (877) 742-5176 to reserve a room at the inn. Prices are $550 for the workshop, room, all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday; or $440 for those who share a room with another workshop participant; or $630 for those who bring a guest who is not participating in the workshop. Participants will learn about photography in the rural countryside of Chatham County, and the workshop includes sessions in the field and indoors. The workshop is open to photographers of all skill levels using any type of camera.