CALENDAR FOR AUG. 1
• 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 www.sanfordbpw.org.
• Downtown Sanford Inc. will present The Fog Blues Band (blues and classic rock) from 7-9 p.m. at Depot Park, Sanford, as part of the Function at the Junction Summer Concert Series.
• 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 www.covenantprep.com, contact Kristin at (910) 673-1025 or (201) 417-0481, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.blevinsphoto.com/workshops.htm 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.
• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave., 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 or email DonnaBuie@aol.com. For other details, see www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985.
• A “Vote 'YES' for Sanford” cut-a-thon will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Big Screen Beauty Salon, 116 Steele St., Sanford. All haircuts will be done for a donation, and all donations will go to benefit the beautification of Sanford. The event will include raffles for spa services, live music from 1-3 p.m. with Rob Mathews and information about city improvement. Call (919) 777-9198 to learn more.
• A benefit poker run in memory of Kendall Ricketson will be held, with registration from 8:30-10 a.m. and participants departing at 10 a.m., at Honda Suzuki of Sanford The event is being held to help the family with funeral expenses and to purchase a headstone. Kendall died on July 7, 2013, after battling cancer, and he was and avid motorcycle rider who loved to cook on the grill, fish, drive r/c trucks and do wood work. Cars are also invited to the benefit, and there will be a barbecue lunch provided for the riders and plates for sale for anyone wanting to drop by, as well as door prizes.
• Gaming Tournament of Champions will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Spring Lake Recreation Center at 301 Ruth St., Spring Lake. Approximately $1,800 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Games include “Madden,” “Call of Duty” and “NBA2k13.” There will be two age groups: 10-17 and 18 and up. The entry fee is $50. For further information, go to email@example.com or call (910) 286-3141. Vendors are welcome.
• The Carolina Artists' Colony will host “Dog Days of Summer,” a fundraiser for Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 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 during the event.
• Superhero Dash 10K/5K will begin at 8 a.m. at Kiwanis Park, 1800 Wicker St., Sanford. Participants can come dressed as their favorite superheroes. All proceeds go to help put on a superhero celebration at the Durham Ronald McDonald House this August and to provide each of the in-house children with their very own superhero cape. Fees are $30 for the 10K, $10 for the 5K and one-mile fun run. Register online at https://register.runtheeast.com/Register/?event=21625. Packet pickup/late registration will be held on race morning from 6:30-7:30 a.m.
• National Night Out was created to be a night of unity and fellowship among neighbors and communities. However, many cities — including Sanford — want to carry the idea of NNO throughout the year. An event titled “Personal Safety for Families” will be held from 1-3 p.m. in First Baptist Church's Family Life Center. Those in attendance can learn basic self-defense techniques for adults and children and also get free gun locks and information on keeping a home safe.
• A re-enactment of the fiery July 29, 1781 Revolutionary War confrontation between patriots and loyalists will take place today at 4 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site near Sanford; the site will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., today. Militia demonstrations and periodic firings of a replica of an 18th-century cannon are scheduled throughout the program. Besides the re-enactment, there will be presentations of period crafts such as blacksmithing and weaving. The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.