CALENDAR FOR AUG. 3
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at 4 p.m. and tomorrow (Sunday) 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.
• Award-winning children's musician Bill Shontz will be a special guest instructor for Music Camp at Jonesboro United Methodist Church (JUMC) today (Sunday) through Aug. 8. More than 30 students in grades K-4 will participate each day. Danny Hester, JUMC organist, is directing the camp. Other guest instructors include Dr. Andrew Preston, Dwayne Williams and the Rev. Hunter Preston. Pre-registration was required. Shontz will participate in worship today, which is celebrated at JUMC at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and 8:30 a.m. in the Wesley Center. The campers will present a program on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the church, which is located at 407 W. Main St.
• A reenactment of the fiery July 29, 1781, Revolutionary War confrontation between patriots and loyalists will take place at 2 p.m. at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site near Sanford; the site will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Militia demonstrations and periodic firings of a replica of an 18th-century cannon are scheduled throughout the program. Besides the reenactment, there will be presentations of period crafts such as blacksmithing and weaving. The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.
• Paul Brill, a local Civil War collector and historian, will speak about the Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads at 3 p.m. at the Malcolm Blue Farm, located at 1177 Bethesda Road in Aberdeen. The battle, a Confederate cavalry attack on Sherman’s army in North Carolina on March 10, 1865, that would become known as Kilpatrick’s Shirt-Tail Skedaddle, took place on the Monroe’s Homestead, which was located within the present-day Ft. Bragg reservation eight miles from Southern Pines. An extensive exhibit of the battle can be viewed in the Clayton-Blair Museum at the Malcolm Blue Farm. There are no fees charged, but donations are gratefully appreciated. For additional Information, call (910) 944-7685.