November 26, 2010

Parade Season Is Here!

Thanksgiving is over ... which means Parade Season is just beginning!

If your family is like mine, they look forward to watching holiday parades all year long. Mine even told me they'd rather watch a parade than ride in one. That's love.

Use this comprehensive list* of local and regional parades to ensure your family doesn't miss a moment of the fun:

In Lee County:
  • The Town of Broadway is holding its annual Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration starting at 10:30am on Saturday, Dec. 11 on Main Street. The parade will begin at 2pm.
In the areas surrounding Lee County:
  • The Town of Siler City is holding its annual Christmas Parade on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7pm in downtown Siler City.
  • The Goldston Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11am. The parade will begin on Manchester Street.
  • The Town of Pittsboro's Christmas Parade will be on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3pm in downtown Pittsboro.
  • The Town of Carthage's "World Famous" Parade will be on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:15pm, immediately following the Moore County Christmas tree lighting at the historic courthouse.
  • The Town of Lillington's "Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration" will be on Saturday, Dec. 11 starting at 5:30pm at Town Hall with a tree lighting ceremony. The parade will begin at 7pm.
  • The Chapel Hill Jaycees are presenting the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10am beginning at East Franklin Street and ending at the Carrboro Town Commons.
  • The Rotary Clubs of Fayetteville will present the Fayetteville Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11am. The parade will begin on Person Street and ending at Railroad Station.
*Special thanks to The Sanford Herald for many of these details! If you aren't a subscriber, you should be.

November 23, 2010

7 Ways To Give Thanks This Season

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. We are surrounded by our loved ones, delicious foods, and warm homes. Unfortunately, a vast number of our fellow community members aren't as lucky.

Rather than just talking about what you're thankful for this Thanksgiving, get your family involved in giving others something to be grateful for. We've compiled this list of ways you and your family (especially your children) can make a difference in Lee County lives during the holidays and beyond:
1. Donate non-perishable items to our local food banks. Both the Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC) and The Bread Basket are in serious need of non-perishable foods to help fill hungry bellies during their Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. But they also need those donations throughout the winter as low-income families are hard hit by escalating utility costs.

Get the kids involved: Ask your children and their friends to each fill a paper grocery bag with non-perishable goods. This could be from their parents' pantries or during a special trip to the grocery store. Then let the children present their donations to the agency of your choice.

2. Donate money to a food bank, church, or local organization. Food donations are important, but cold, hard cash can go a long way. For instance, food banks can purchase what they don't receive in food donations, churches can share the money with families who need help with bills, and local organizations can invest the money in service projects.

Get the kids involved: Ask your children to host a bake sale, do neighborhood handy jobs for a small fee, or choose special chores around the house. They can then donate their profits or allowances to a cause close to their hearts. This can be very lucrative for a Scouts pack/troop, church youth group, or neighborhood.

3. Donate your time to a service project or meal kitchen. Your family and friends may not be able to afford to donate goods or money, but you can always donate time -- and, often, that's the greatest gift. The Bread Basket, CUOC, and Bread of Life Ministries all serve meals throughout the holiday season. Spend an hour with your family helping to serve those meals. You can also come up with holiday-related projects that will benefit area residents.

Get the kids involved: Your children may not be of an age that's appropriate for serving food, but they can still pitch in. Younger children can bus tables, refill salt and pepper shakers, or assist older children or family members with their assignments. And there are plenty of service projects appropriate for youngsters, including making wreaths for area nursing homes, going caroling, or helping elderly or disabled neighbors decorate for the holidays.

4. Nominate a needy family for assistance. Many of us know of a family that's struggling this year. Luckily, there are ways to make it easier on them. The Walker sisters have compiled gifts and cash for families who need help the most. You can nominate any family that might need the help by filling out a form located at the library, Department of Social Services, or the health department. Contact Stephanie for more information at 935-3422 or through email. The deadline is 3pm on December 13.

Get the kids involved: Poverty or financial struggles often carry a stigma, so you may not want to involve your children in naming a family. However, you can discuss with them why it's important to help others and talk about the affects of poverty on children.

5. Shop for a good cause. Many local people are selling goods that directly benefit those in need -- both in our area and across the globe. Rather than shop at Walmart this season, turn to those "shops" instead. For instance, NC Treasure Chest collects and distributes toys and clothing to needy children and Chunky Junk Jewelry benefits widows and orphans in third-world countries.

Get the kids involved: Ask your children to choose a gently used toy to share with the NC Treasure Chest or have them to add a piece of Chunky Junk jewelry to their holiday wish lists.

6. Make a shelter pup happy. Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption needs supply donations throughout the year, but the winter months are especially bare. The animals can use donations of collars (medium size is most used), old blankets, dog and cat food, cat litter, paper towels, trash bags, and more (see full supply wish list here).

Get the kids involved: What's more fun than picking out dog toys? Let your children load up on tough dog toys (you want them to last!) and rawhide/bully sticks. Then take them out to the shelter and let them give the toys to the dogs. Not only will your children enjoy sharing with the dogs, but the dogs will lap up the attention.

7. Donate to Wreaths Across America. The holidays are the perfect time to recognize and remember our soldiers and veterans, especially those who've fallen in the line of duty. There's no better way to do this than to lay a wreath on their graves -- which is where Wreaths Across America comes in. For $15, you can donate a wreath for a soldier's or veteran's grave or for $30 you can donate three wreaths (buy 2, get 1). Contact Lorie for more information.

Get the kids involved: The local chapter of American Gold Star Mothers is leading a wreath-laying ceremony on December 11 at the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery that will feature music and prayer. Participate in the ceremony by helping to load wreaths (10am, Spout Springs Emergency Services) or by attending the ceremony (starts at noon).
These are just a few of the ways you can "give back" to the Lee County community this season (the entire season, not just for the holidays). If there's a certain activity or project your family, friends, or church are already doing, feel free to tell us about it (and let us know how we can help) in the comments!

November 19, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 19

  • Class of '95 -- don't forget the class reunion is tomorrow night at The Flame Steakhouse starting at 7:30pm. It costs $15 per person/$25 per couple and you can pay at the door. (Other reunion planners: Let us know when your event is and we'll share the news!)
  • Relay for Life kicks off for 2011 tomorrow at 5pm at the fairgrounds. Go get a hot dog, buy a tee shirt, and learn how to start your team. There's also a full line-up of live performances. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate.
  • Tonight is the last night of Downtown Sanford, Inc.'s fall movie series. Bring your snacks and a blanket to stay warm as you watch THE SANDLOT at Depot Park!
  • Don't miss out on the Robotics Competition tomorrow from 8am to noon at CCCC's Fitness Center on the Lee campus, sponsored by CCCC, Communities In Schools of Lee County and Lee County Schools. This is a great way to introduce your child to robotics!
  • Make sure you get your bbq on tomorrow! Good News Baptist Church is holding a bbq chicken/bbq pork plate sale at the Tramway Fire Department tomorrow from 11am-7pm. There will also be homemade crafts, canned and baked goods, a raffle, and live performances. Sounds like fun!

November 18, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 18

  • The best holiday gift is the gift of life. And now, when you give it in the form of donating blood, La Dolce Vita Pizzeria will pay for your meal. Get a free slice and soda on the day you donate! Details here.
  • Ready for the weekend? Start unwinding tonight at The Flame Steakhouse where The Soul Man will play from 6:15pm-9pm. Best part -- no cover charge!
  • Register your child for gymnastics at Parks & Rec today or tomorrow at the facility on 221 Commercial Court (behind Sagebrush). You can register from 3-6pm. Call 774-6445 with questions. View fees and details here.
We also had several Socialite posts seeking information. If you have answers, please scoot over to our Facebook page and share!
  • Question! Are there any local churches or organizations selling Christmas trees this year? Let us know!
  • Are there any businesses out there that would be interested in donating a door prize for the NC Treasure Chest Ministry - Dec 18 at the Lee County Arts Center?
  • I am looking for some daytime play groups in Sanford. My son (4 y/o) needs some friends who aren't all in Raleigh.
  • I am looking for a local person/organization that offers affordable guitar lessons for my son. Thanks!
  • Tramway Fire Dept is in need of auction items to help the family of Brandon Noble. Any gift certificates or items would be greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go toward medical bills. Contact Amber at 919-478-3322, Laura (Cardinal Motors) at 919-770-6772, or Matt (TRFD) at 919-770-0111 for more info.

November 17, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 17

  • Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption and the Human Society invite members, supporters, and animal advocates to meet tomorrow night (6:30-9pm) in the Gordon Wicker Room at 106 Hillcrest to discuss how to improve the lives of animals in Lee County.
  • Looking for an original gift for the holidays? Make one tonight at Steele Street Cafe's wine, art, and appetizer night! Call Arianne at (919) 630-8888 to register. The cost is $35, everything included.
  • More theatre! Students at Lee Senior are performing "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" Thursday-Saturday at 7pm in the McLeod Auditorium. Tickets are $5. Call 776-7541 for more information!
  • Did you notice the newest kid on the Facebook block? Welcome Kathy's Java Express to the neighborhood! (And then go grab a tasty cup of designer coffee!)
  • Go play cornhole at The 103 Restaurant & Lounge tonight! It's $5/person or $10/team and winner takes the pot. The tourney starts at 9pm (and $3 margaritas only sweetens the deal).

November 16, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 16

  • The Interfaith Hospitality Network is meeting tonight at 7:30pm at the Arts Center on Steele Street. Go learn how a local network could help get Sanford/Lee County’s homeless families back on their feet.
  • Interested in the history and genealogy of Lee County? Meet the Genealogical and Historical Society members at their monthly meeting tonight. It starts at 6pm at the library auditorium. Bring a covered dish to share and plan for an evening of holiday fellowship. Call 499-1909 for more information.

November 15, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 15

We're putting together a round up of all the local organizations/groups/charities working to provide a good holiday for area children and families. Let us know what you're doing, or what you're donating to, so we can be sure to include it!

And here's what you missed on Facebook today:
  • Plan for an evening of drama and comedy by Southern Lee's drama students tonight or tomorrow. They are performing "Who's on First," "Kissing Scene," "Text This," and "Ya'll" on the Black Box stage in Room 205. Refreshments will be served at 6pm and the performances begin at 7pm. Admission is $6.
  • Want your child to receive a personalized letter from Santa? Parks & Rec have a direct line to the North Pole. Fill out and send in the form before Dec. 1 and your child will get his/her own letter from the big guy.
  • Make room on your calendar tomorrow for a free community class at Central Carolina Hospital called “Diabetes & Eye Disease” with guest speaker Miles Whitaker, MD, ophthalmology. The class starts at 6pm and you can register at (800) 483-6385 though walk-ins are welcome.
  • The Interfaith Hospitality Network is meeting tomorrow night at 7:30pm at the Arts Center on Steele Street. Go learn how a local network could help get Sanford/Lee County’s homeless families back on their feet. This is something that could make a huge difference in our community!

November 12, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 12

  • Want a tasty breakfast? Support the Marching Cavaliers at a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebees in the morning. You get pancakes, sausage, and a drink for $7.
  • Go support the Yellow Jackets tonight in their playoff game against North Durham at Lee Senior. The game starts at 7:30pm!
  • If scrubs aren't your thing, scoot over to the Quality Clothing Warehouse Sale. It runs through Nov. 20 from 9am-6pm at the old Kerr Drug building on Wicker. All forms of payment accepted!
  • Don't forget about THE GOONIES! It's playing tonight in Depot Park starting at 7pm ... grab some grub and watch a cult classic in the park -- sounds like a great Friday night.
  • Need scrubs? Central Carolina Hospital is holding a uniform and shoe sale in its classroom until 5pm today. Bring your credit cards and stock up!

November 11, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 11

  • Sanford and Lee County is home to thousands of active and retired military. We thank them for their sacrifices and for the sacrifices of the family members and friends who support and encourage them. Happy Veterans Day!
  • Head over to The Flame Steakhouse tonight starting at 7pm to hear great live music from our talented local musicians, including Chad Spivey, David Spivey, Robert Gilleland, Robert Watson, Jim Powers, and Sherri and April of Pocket Creek. They'll be playing crowd favorites!
  • Don't take your lunch to work tomorrow -- grab a spaghetti plate at Bread of Life (Third Street) to benefit Brandon Noble. The sale runs from 11am-7pm and plates cost $7.

November 10, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 9-10

Tuesday, Nov. 9
  • Lee Senior’s Class of 1995 is holding its 15 year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 20 at The Flame Steakhouse. The cost is $15/person or $25/couple and attendees can pay the door. Grace and Lee Christian’s ‘95 grads are welcome to attend! Contact Erin at eklutterloh@hotmail.com for more information.
  • The shelves are bare in the Communities in Schools of Lee County’s teacher resource room. Contact them if you can donate shelving, book cases, and/or classroom supplies! Monetary donations are always welcome, as well.
Wednesday, Nov. 10
  • Love to fish? The Broadway Optimist Club is hosting a Two Man Bass Tournament this Saturday at Harris Lake from daylight until 2pm. Contact Chris Phillips at 353-9149 for details.
  • Want to take the kids caroling this year, but don't have a group to go with? Join Jones Chapel Church on Dec. 19 as they carol at area nursing homes. Send an email to kathie_ainsworth@yahoo.com for more information
  • Those interested in aviation -- or who have children wanting to be pilots when they grow up -- should check out the Second Saturday Cookout at Raleigh Exec Jetport this Saturday starting at noon. Club members and local pilots will be in attendance. Lunch is $5.

November 8, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 8

  • Improve your interview skills with Central Carolina Toastmasters’ “Skills for Successful Job Interviewing” meeting tonight at 6:30pm at CCCC’s Fitness Center (Room 802). Call (910) 728-9523 for more information.
  • The Sanford School of Classical Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker runs this Friday through Sunday at the Arts Center (Steele Street)! Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased at Eddie’s Floral, Ted’s Flower Basket, or the studio.
  • Want to learn how social networking can improve your business? Check out the Chamber of Commerce’s lunch and learn on Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm. $10 pays for your lunch and the seminar. RSVP today!

November 4, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 4

  • Time is running out for you to vote for your favorite "girl" in the Sanford Drag Race. Only 2 more days until the race is on -- so go vote!
  • Harnett County dance lovers -- Dance EFX Competition Crew is presenting Dancing with the Stars of Lillington at 7pm on Saturday at the old Lillington High School Auditorium (900 11th Street). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.
  • Plan to have breakfast at Central Carolina Hospital tomorrow morning. They’re selling pancakes from 6:30am-9am for a suggested donation of $3. Proceeds will benefit the United Way.
  • Have you noticed the font size changes here on Facebook? If you don't like the change, here's some good news. You can change it right back to the old way! This link explains how.

November 3, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 3

Last push -- you know you want to see FLAMING IDIOTS, so let's get 18 more likes by tomorrow!
  • Call today to reserve free tickets to see the Jishou University Ethnic Arts Troupe perform a mix of Chinese folk dances, music, and martial arts from Hunan Province in China. The show is from 3pm-4:30pm at the Civic Center on Sunday. You must call 718-7268 to attend.
  • Shelter animals need protection from the cool weather, too. Please consider donating extra fleece blankets or other types of blankets to Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption. What they can’t use, they’ll pass on to other rescues!
  • Interested in steering Lee County’s future? RSVP for the Lee County (NC) Economic Development’s “riding waves of change” luncheon at Chef Paul’s on Nov. 9 where Lt Gov Walter Dalton will discuss workforce development and more. Details here.
  • Gearing up for holiday shopping? You won't want to miss Downtown Sanford, Inc.'s Holiday Open House on Sunday from 1-6pm. Head downtown and "Shop LocalLee"!

November 2, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 2

 
We hope you voted today. Here's what you missed:
  • Halloween’s over, but harvest craft season is still going strong. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Lee County Center is holding a scarecrow-building contest (sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Sanford) for all youth ages 5-18. Entries are due by Nov. 15. Call the Ext for all the details (775-5623).
  • Walk to end hunger this weekend with the Rotary Club. They’ll be walking to raise money for the Christians United Outreach Center and other agencies. See a Rotarian or the CUOC to sign up.

November 1, 2010

Found on Facebook, Nov. 1

  • Alright, folks. We're still more than 200 likes away from 1600, but to thank those who have liked us so far, we're giving away 2 tickets to The Temple Theatre Company's production of FLAMING IDIOTS when we reach 1400 likes. That's less than 50 likes away (and the production ends this weekend)!
  • If your child is a horse lover, you’ll want to check out the Rockin’ Riders 4H meeting tonight at Tractor Supply (6:30pm). The group is for children ages 6-13 who are interested in learning about horses, and owning a horse isn’t necessary.
  • Stay healthy throughout the holidays with tips and strategies from registered dietitian Holly White at a seminar tomorrow night at 6pm at Central Carolina Hospital. Call (800) 483-6385 to register or just show up.
  • After you cast your ballot tomorrow, check out the 8th annual Lee County Schools family health and benefits fair at the Civic Center. It runs from 10am to 3pm is free and open to everyone. (Don't forget -- school's out tomorrow!)