March 31, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 31

Did you notice we've published a tutorial for entering giveaways? Before you try to win another online contest, be sure to read our strategies and suggestions for increasing your chances of winning! (The tutorial is also linked in the menu bar above.)

Here's what you missed on Facebook:
  • It’s tee ball time! Parks and Rec is currently registering children from preschool through age 8 for tee ball and machine pitch ball. The fee is $10 for preschool, $15 for everyone else and registration is open through May.
  • The Sanford Women's League is holding a meet and greet tonight at Joes. Stop by to learn more about the group and meet its current members. Send an email to sanfordwomensleague@gmail.com for more info.
  • Need to control the stress in your life? Consider Tai Chi for Health. It’s scheduled to start on Monday (12-12:30pm) in CCCC’s fitness gym and will last 10 weeks ($29). Call 919-775-2122 ext 7793 to register.
  • If your kids have aged out of egg hunts, check out Morehead Planetarium's free science day this Saturday (11am-3pm). There will be a mini-Olympics, mini-fitness classes, a live human body test, a meet-and-greet with scientists, and more!

Win Big At Giveaways

Depending on where you go on the web, you'll encounter many different types of giveaways (also called a sweepstakes or contest). For those who aren't experienced at entering online giveaways, following the giveaway "rules" can be tricky. Not anymore!

Here's a handy tutorial on how to correctly enter any giveaway you encounter -- and increase your chances of winning something great!

Get started: Narrow down the type of giveaway you're trying to enter. Then follow the steps for that type of contest. No two giveaways are the same, so be sure you read the rules carefully before deciding your type.

[Find a specific type quickly: Basic Facebook Giveaway ~ "Perform an Action" Facebook Giveaway ~ Blog/Website Giveaway]


Type 1: Basic Facebook Contest

You’ve seen it more and more often. A business or public entity on Facebook is hosting a giveaway of one of its products or services when a certain number of likes is reached. To enter the giveaway, you must first like the page.


Once you no longer see the like button at the top of the page, you know the like “took” and the page administrators will see you in their list. If you get an error message, try closing Facebook. Then re-launch the site and try again.
Type 2: "Perform An Action" Facebook Contest

There are many different subsets of this giveaway type. No matter which subset of contest you’re trying to enter, you’ll want to start by liking the page. This is always your first step.

Next, determine what action you must perform. The most common are:

1. Go like a different page. Usually, the page you need to like is “tagged” so that you can just click on the name. If you aren’t sure, hover over the name to see if you’re able to click on it. When the page isn’t tagged, there’s usually a link attached to the status. If all else fails, type the page name in the Facebook search bar.


2. Leave a comment on the page wall. In these cases, you should type your comment directly in the “Share” field. Pay special attention to whether the page administrator wants a specific response. For instance, you may need to answer a question, share a testimonial, or upload a photo.

3. Leave a comment on a specific status. This action-based giveaway type can be the trickiest because you have to track down the specific status. Hopefully the page administrator has made it easy for you by linking to the status, but if not — make sure you only post in the correct area.


Tips: Try to find where everyone else is posting. If most statuses have one or two comments and then there’s another with 30 comments, you can safely assume you’ve found the correct one. If you still can’t find the specific status, contact the administrator and let him/her know you’re on the hunt for it.


4. Have the most popular photo. More and more photographers are giving away their services based on how many people like or comment on a specific photo. To enter these contests, you need to upload your photo to the page (unless instructed otherwise).



Once it’s there, tag yourself in the photo, share the URL with your Facebook friends, and otherwise direct your friends to come “like” the photo. The photo with the most likes (or comments — make sure you read the fine print) will win the prize.




Type 3: Blog/Website Contest

For bloggers or those who read blogs often, this giveaway type is the most common. However, Facebookers aren’t always as used to navigating non-Facebook websites. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Click on the link that leads to the blog or website post that’s hosting the giveaway.


Step 2: Read the giveaway post. This is extremely important because giveaway rules are often woven into the content. Also, you’ll often find that you must perform another action before you’re eligible.


For instance, if the giveaway is for a reviewed item, you may need to go to that product’s website and look around. You may need to go back to Facebook and like something. You may even need to head over to Twitter.

Often, if you do all of these things, you’ll receive extra chances to win — so you don’t want to overlook the fine print.

Step 3: Respond in the comments section. You may read about the giveway on Facebook and post a response there — but it won’t count. You have to leave your comment on the specific giveaway post on the blog or website.


Bonus: If you've read the details on the giveaway post, you may find that you can perform additional steps for extra entries. Be sure you leave one comment per step. If you only leave one comment and group all the actions your performed into that comment, you won't get the credit -- or extra entries -- you've earned.

Bottom line: If there’s anything you should’ve picked up in this guide, it’s that you must read carefully and follow the specific directions given for each individual contest. Just doing that will increase your chances of winning tenfold.

Good luck!

March 30, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 30

Summer's right around the corner -- send us your camp, VBS, and track-out information for inclusion in our spring/summer guides. The sooner you get us the info, the sooner we can publish the guides!

In case you missed it:
  • Today’s the day to get your shop on at the big Kids Kloset Consignment Sale. The doors open at 9:30am, but you can get in at 9am if you bring over a bag of pop top tabs. The sale is in the old Kerr Drug building on Wicker Street.
  • Know someone who's missing a medium-size Rotweiller (coloring is black with a little brown/tan)? If so, send an email to jalden09@yahoo.com.

March 29, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 29


  • Celebrate Women’s History Month tonight by going to see ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema Series' presentation of the documentary “Show Up, Speak out: The Public Life of Betty Ann Knudsen" at Fearrington Village Barn (7pm, $5).
  • Think your preschooler would enjoy martial arts? Check out Black Belt Leadership Academy's "Lil Ninja" class today at 3:45pm. Your child will get all the physical activity and discipline of martial arts at a level appropriate for younger children!
  • If your child participates in middle or high school athletics -- or will in a few years -- you’ll want to attend a meeting on Thursday (6pm) in the Lee Senior cafeteria to discuss the future of athletics in Lee County.
  • Here's another chance to sell your wares: The Woodcroft Women's Club spring yard sale is coming up in Durham. You can get in on the sale for just $25 (spot for your car plus the space beside it) -- but your application must be mailed by Friday.
  • Make sure you carve out time to attend the Lee County Schools' health and fitness fair tonight at the Civic Center (5-8pm). There will be booths, demonstrations, giveaways, and more!

March 28, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 28

Did you see our guide to shopping second hand in Sanford (located in the "Go Local" drop-down menu above)? Our thanks go out to Socialite Jenny McFadden Cox for contributing it. (Click here for more information on being a SocialSanford contributor.)

Today we posted:
  • Don't forget about the "2011 Beginning Life with Books" Delta Rho Spelling Bee tonight. It will run from 6-9pm at the Civic Center and admission is free!
  • Looking to take your wares on the road? Consider the Annual Girls Night Out Shopping Spree at Hampton Inn & Suites in Aberdeen coming up on May 3. Email for details.

March 27, 2011

Secondhand in Sanford

Wondering where to take clothes that don’t fit or toys your children no longer play with? Not sure what time your favorite thrift store opens or if you can pop in on a Saturday morning?

Check out Sanford, NC's second-hand shops and stores*:

Thrift
  • A Second Closet (2nd Closet): 21 Amarillo Lane, Sanford NC (10-8 Mon-Sat)
  • Cato’s: 912 Fields Drive, Sanford NC, 919.718.0100
  • Grace Christian School: 200 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC, 919.777.5955, (10-5 Mon-Fri; 9-4 Sat)
  • Lee PTO: 303 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC, 919.776.4142 (9-4:30 Mon-Sat)
  • Project Help: 916 Fields Drive, Sanford NC, 919.776.7794
  • The Salvation Army: 305 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC, 919.776.2769 (9-5 Mon-Sat)
  • Western Harnett/Overhills Area PTO: 3793 Olivia Road, Sanford NC, 919.498.1934 (10-6 Mon-Fri, 9-5 Sat; email)
Consignment
Outreach
  • Bread of Life Ministry: 40 East Chisholm Street, 919.774.3118
  • Lifeline Recovery Mission: Black Road, 919.498.5534
*Our thanks go out to Jenny McFadden Cox for contributing this guide. Click here to learn more about being a contributor. Need to add your favorite store or outreach program? Let us know and we’ll get it added.

March 25, 2011

Weekend Roundup: March 26-27


Saturday
  • It's Spring Fling time in downtown Sanford! Get out and shop Local Lee for discounts, deals, and specials to kick off the spring and summer shopping season. Here's a rundown of all the goodies!
  • Head over to Steel Horses tomorrow for a Swap Meet and Bike Show. There will be a poker run (8am), 50/50 raffle, bike judging, music, and food. All proceeds benefit Helping Hands and HAVEN.
  • If you’re thinking about entering your child in the Princess of Lee County pageant, plan to attend an information session at the Community Arts Center (Steele Street) on Saturday (11am) for an information session. Send an email to lisacoleman6832@gmail.com for more information.
  • Go have fun at Rocky’s Boxing Gym today. There will be live jam and band auditions all day, as well as competitive sparring, prize drawing, fitness contests, and more. Go listen to the music or throw your hat in the ring!
  • Want to shake your grove thing? Head out to a Carolina Luau at Shakori Hills today starting at 4pm! There will be live music, hula and fire dancing, a luau costume contest, kids’ crafts and activities -- and more! Tickets are $10 in advance and children under 12 are free.
  • The Temple Theatre’s winter youth conservatory is performing Macbeth at 7pm tonight. Tickets are just $10 for adults or $5 for students and children under 12. Go support our community’s young actors!
Sunday
  • The Temple Theatre’s winter youth conservatory is performing Macbeth at 2pm today. Tickets are just $10 for adults or $5 for students and children under 12. Go support our community’s young actors!
All weekend:
  • Get $5 off your La Dolce Vita Pizzeria order just for bringing a friend to eat with you! The eatery will give you a $5 gift card to use the next time you come if your friend shares his/her name and email address.
Giveaways this weekend:
  • Win a free photo session with Michele Quick Photography -- just go upload your favorite Easter pic to her page and have your friends like it. Photo entry closes on Monday and then voting will begin. The contest ends on April 1; the photo with the most likes wins.
  • Are you a fan of Brandy's Favors? If not, get over there and click like before she hits 100 fans. You'll be in the running for a $20 gift certificate to use at her shop!
Hiring:
  • If you're looking for evening work or have experience as a server, go apply at The Flame Steakhouse. They're looking for a wait staffer for the evening shift, which begins at 2:30pm, for three or four nights each week. Apply here!

Found on Facebook, March 25

Remember to send in your Easter egg hunt and summer camp information. You'll want to be included in our roundups!

Here's what you missed on our Facebook page today:
  • Hungry? Grab your lunch or dinner from the Grace Chapel Church benefit for Andrew Darroch, a local highschooler who has Cystic Fibrosis and needs a double lung transplant. Lunch runs until 2m and dinner is from 4:30-7pm.
  • Head over to Steel Horses tomorrow for a Swap Meet and Bike Show. There will be a poker run (8am), 50/50 raffle, bike judging, music, and food. All proceeds benefit Helping Hands and HAVEN.
  • Win a free photo session with Michele Quick Photography -- just go upload your favorite Easter picture to her page and have your friends like it. Photo entry closes on Monday and then voting will begin.
  • Plan to have lunch with the Sanford Business and Professional Women at the McSwain Center next Friday ($10; 12:15pm). Local author Cecilia Budd Grimes will speak about "What it means to be a Southern Girlfriend." Bonus: You’ll get a signed book to take home! Send your RSVP to kpomilio-hancock@leecountypfc.org or call 776-9496 by March 25. Note any food allergies.
  • Let the kids run off their last bit of energy tonight at Sanford Academy Gym. It’s open gym night from 7-10pm. The cost is $7/hour or $15 for the night.

March 24, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 24

By popular demand -- send in your egg hunt details for inclusion in an Easter roundup that will be published Sunday evening. This is a great way to promote your church or organization's hunt, so make sure you're on the list!

Giveaway news: Only one more day to enter our giveaways for Body Balance Massage and Bodywork and The Temple Theatre Company! And, we have a re-draw on one birthday giveaway. ANGELA MOORE HOLDER -- come one down! You've won the earrings from Stella & Dot by Melissa Buchanan!

Today's posts were:
  • Go shake your groove thing at a Carolina Luau at Shakori Hills on Saturday (4pm)! There will be live music, hula and fire dancing, a luau costume contest, kids’ crafts and activities -- and more! Tickets are $10 in advance and children under 12 are free.
  • Get $5 off your La Dolce Vita Pizzeria order just for bringing a friend to eat with you! The eatery will give you a $5 gift card to use the next time you come if your friend shares his/her name and email address.
  • Get your hit of life music tonight at The Flame Steakhouse. Toucan Jam is playing your favorite country and rock music from 7-10pm. Go early for the famous Bangin’ Shrimp!
  • There’s another new place to grab a morning cup of Joe -- and this one’s on wheels. Those near Pentair tomorrow morning (7:30-9:30am) can try Shot of 'Spro Mobile Espresso, a mobile coffee stand that’s usually in Pittsboro. You can call or text in your order ahead of time!

March 23, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 23

Want a free massage from Body Balance Massage and Bodywork? Then you'd better be in the running! We're drawing a winner soon -- make sure you enter!

Today we posted:
  • Any Socialites out there looking to volunteer their tech skills? Chatham Marketplaceneeds a volunteer to maintain its website (~4 hours/week). If interested, shoot an email to mary@chathammarketplace.coop!
  • Want to win a photo session with Michele Quick Photography? Go like her page -- you'll want to be in the running for her giveaways!
  • Make plans to attend Books at a Steal's first author event tomorrow! LaVerne Thornton will be at the store from 5-7pm to talk about and sign his new book, Walk in 'e Moon. Refreshments will be served.

March 22, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 22

Want a free massage from Body Balance Massage and Bodywork? Then you'd better be in the running! We're drawing a winner soon -- make sure you enter!

Today we posted:
  • Need creative, affordable ways to market your business? Plan to attend a lunch-and-learn at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday (11:30am-1:30pm) that will be packed with innovative, easy-to-implement ideas! To register, call 919-774-6442 or e-mail sbc@cccc.edu.
  • Love Sociable Art? Suggest the company's page to your Facebook friends! The person who sends the most new likes will win a $25 voucher for a painting session.
  • Okay animal lovers -- a Socialite has found two stray puppies that need good homes. They'll be headed to Animal Control soon if no one can take them. Check out their cute mugs!

March 21, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 21

Were you around last night to see who won our Happy Birthday giveaways? We'd like to send a huge thank you to our wonderful giveaway sponsors:
Definitely go check them out and support these generous local businesses!

NEW GIVEAWAY: But we're not done! Starting tonight and running through Friday (5pm), we're giving away a 20-minute massage and gift bag from Body Balance Massage and Bodywork courtesy of Crystal! Make sure you read the directions carefully and follow all the steps to be entered to win!

Now back to regularly scheduled programming. Today we posted:
  • Planning a long night? Perk up in the morning with a cup of coffee from the Steele Street Cafe. They’ll start serving good ol joe at 8:30am tomorrow morning.
  • Go shoe shopping to support Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary. Greg's On-Site Shoe Sale will run Tuesday-Wednesday in the main lobby (7am-7pm). This is your chance to get casual and professional gear, clinical medical supplies, and more.
  • Are you a fan of Brandy's Favors? If not, get over there and click like before she hits 100 fans. You'll be in the running for a $20 gift certificate to use at her shop!

Body Balance Bodywork & Massage: A Giveaway!

You're tired, stressed out, and your whole body aches. The solution to your problems is to go lay on the couch and zone out to whatever's on TLC, right? Wrong.

"Massage is a great way to relax, but it offers strong health benefits as well," according to the Mayo Clinic. Those benefits include managing anxiety and depression, controlling blood pressure, boosting immunity, healing sports-related injuries, and general pain management, the Clinic outlines.


And you don't have to travel far to bask in these great results. Body Balance Massage and Bodywork, brand new massage and bodywork studio, has opened up in Tramway, right in the Black Belt Leadership Academy building on Westover Drive! That means you could drop off the kids and go spend that time basking in movement therapy like yoga, body wraps and scrubs, and more traditional massage options.

Crystal, the lead masseuse at Body Balance Massage & Bodywork, has a slew of certifications and credentials to back her up, but her clients' recommendations say it all:
"I was surprised Crystal actually went through and explained all the different types of massage and bodywork. I was confused when I got there, but once she took the time to explain it, I felt like I really knew what I was getting. She's great!" ~Stephanie D. 
"Crystal came out and gave chair massages at my Girls' Night Out party last month. The line to get into her massage chair was where all the action happened! And you'd think once would be enough, but nope -- people got out of the chair and went right to the line. We had a blast!" ~Amanda L.
The best part is that Crystal's work is affordable. You don't have to drop your paycheck in an hour. Not only will she go into detail on each type of massage and method of bodywork, she'll help you figure out how to get the most from your money. That's a win-win.

The giveaway: Ready to try Body Balance Massage and Bodywork? Let's sweeten the deal. Two people will win a free 20-minute chair massage and gift pack that includes a stress ball, LED flameless candle, and free gift certificates! Here's what you need to do to be in the running to win:
#1: Go "like" SocialSanford's Facebook page.
#2: Go "like" Body Balance Massage and Bodywork's Facebook page.
#3: Come back here and leave a comment on this blog post.
That's it! You must "like" both SocialSanford and Body Balance to win -- and a winner will be chosen ONLY from comments left on this blog post. (That means it doesn't count if you post a comment on Facebook ... even if it's on a status update about the giveaway.)

Deadline: This giveaway will run through Friday (March 25) at 5pm. The two winners will be announced here and on Facebook by 5:30pm. If the winners don't redeem their prizes within 3 days, we'll choose another winner(s).

What are you waiting for? Go check out Crystal and Body Balance Massage and Bodywork!

March 20, 2011

Let The Happy Birthday Giveaway Begin!

Happy birthday to us! As a birthday gift from us to you, six lucky Socialites will win wonderful prizes donated by a local merchant or handicrafter.

But before we get started, we just have to say THANK YOU to each and every person, business, and organization that has supported SocialSanford over the past 12 months.

From keeping us in the loop on what's happening (so that we can keep everyone else updated) to giving us amazing prizes to pass on to you -- SocialSanford wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the amazing people who've put down roots in Sanford, Broadway, Lee County, and the areas surrounding it.

Now that the mushy stuff is over, let the giveaways begin!

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#1. Fringe Hoop Earrings from Stella & Dot courtesy of Melissa Buchanan!

Everyone who sees these earrings loves them, and they're a top seller. One winner will get them in either gold or silver. But there's something for everyone -- Book a show with Melissa and mention SocialSanford to get a $25 gift certificate at the close of a qualified trunk show ... in addition to your host rewards! Anyone can get in on this deal!




#2. 30-minute relaxation massage for the back, neck, and shoulders courtesy of Body Balance Massage and Bodywork!

This free massage given by Crystal is guaranteed to help relax you and help you release tension from everyday stress. Use this for yourself or give it to the special someone in your life. Body Balance Massage and Bodywork is a huge asset to both Sanford and SocialSanford!




#3. Pride Carpet Cleaning is going to clean your living room carpet (or the carpet in the dirtiest room of your house)!


The company also cleans upholstery, leather, tile and grout, air ducts, and dryer vents, as well as hard floor stripping, cleaning, waxing and buffing.





#4. A handmade HOPE metal sign from Mz. Nanz Metal Workz!

Nan's art speaks for itself, but this HOPE sign is especially valuable because it's in support of cancer research. In addition to giving one of these beautiful signs to us, she's donating several to Relay for Life. Thanks Nan!





#5. An Easter session with Michele Quick Photography!

If you haven't seen Michele's photographs, you're missing works of art -- and no sessions will turn out cuter photographs than the springtime/Easter ones. We're lucky to call Michele a sponsor, but Sanford's even luckier to have her talent!








#6. Get ready -- you're going shopping with a $50 gift certificate to the Sanford Antique Mall!

You never know what treasure you'll find when you get lost in this local gem -- and that's the best part of spending half your day at the Antique Mall. But get ready to browse with folks from all over the state, especially as the Pottery Festival approaches. (And, yes, that means you'd better get over there quickly!)




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Again, we're excited and proud to share these awesome prizes with you. It's been a fantastic and amazing year -- and we can't wait to keep right on making sure you know everything you need to know about what's happening in your town.

Winners are: #1 -- Julie Childress, #2 -- Caren Stuart, #3 -- Joe Jon Bryant, #4 -- Kim Wright Pritt, #5 -- Mia Hatley Hall, and #6 -- Amy Bauer. Congrats!

March 18, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 18

Make sure you check out our Weekend Roundup. If your event or news item is missing from the lineup, submit it ASAP and we'll fix you up!

Today we posted:

  • Ready to party? Head over to the La Chic Boutique's first anniversary celebration today (4-8pm) for food, and live music as well as cake and champagne! Stop by any time today for a great celebratory deal.
  • Start your weekend with a shiny ride. Carolina Visual Productions will be washing cars at O’Reilly Auto Parts (Horner Blvd) tomorrow from 7:30am-noon to raise money for their upcoming trip to the national winterguard competition in Ohio.
  • The San Lee Chapel consignment sale is going on now (until 8pm)! If you can’t make it out today, head over tomorrow (8am-noon) when all the merchandise will be 50% off!
  • Amy’s CandyGirl Crafts is breaking out the flip flops. Or flip flop, that is. To win the one pictured, go “like” the page and follow the rules listed. She’ll announce a winner tomorrow at 8pm!
  • Want to learn more about Amway? There will be a product expo tomorrow (1-5pm) at Kerr Drug (Horner Blvd, Room 4) complete with giveaways. Mention SocialSanford sent you and get an extra 10% off!

Weekend Roundup: March 18-19



Friday
  • It’s customer appreciation night at The Flame. Karaoke and a live DJ starts at 9pm -- and they’re offering buy-one-get-one-free drinks! Go back on Saturday night for prime rib and babyback rib specials.
  • Feeling like summer? Go get your summer footwear like Crocs and Life Is Good for up to 50% at Carolina Sports, a new store now open in Riverbirch Shopping Center.
  • Hungry? Elizabeth’s Pizza has you covered. You can order two entrees for only $14.99 if you choose lasagna, baked ziti, manicotti, or cheese ravioli. They’ll be served with house salad and garlic bread. Cap it off with a select bottle of wine for only $5.99.
  • Jam out to Brian Shaw and Miraj’s classic 80s music while sampling great local food at the Steele Street Cafe tonight. The party starts at 8pm.
Saturday
  • Eat breakfast with the SASL Sabres and Lightening! They’ll be slinging pancakes and sausage at Applebees from 8-10am. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door.
  • Start your weekend with a shiny ride. Carolina Visual Productions will be washing cars at O’Reilly Auto Parts (Horner Blvd) tomorrow from 7:30am-noon to raise money for their upcoming trip to the national winterguard competition in Ohio.
  • The San Lee Chapel (Keller Andrews Rd) consignment sale is going on now (until 8pm)! If you can’t make it out today, head over tomorrow (8am-noon) when all the merchandise will be 50% off!
  • Donate blood and canned goods at a free blood drive and health fair tomorrow from 9am-1pm at the Moncure Volunteer Fire Department. The canned goods will be donated to the local food shelter.
  • Go back in time at the Sandhills Antique Farm Show starting at 9am today and Sunday at the Sandhills Antique Farm Park (Alexander Dr, Lillington). Admission for ages 10 and up is $5 or $4 with military ID.
  • Learn more about WN Porter, an NC educator and civil rights leader at the Harnett County Public Library (11am). James Howerton, author of "The Unstoppable Leader," will speak. Go back on Sunday (2pm) for entertainment by musician Al Bethune.
  • Amy’s CandyGirl Crafts is breaking out the flip flops. Or flip flop, that is. To win the one pictured, go “like” the page and follow the rules listed. She’ll announce a winner tomorrow at 8pm!
  • Want to learn more about Amway? There will be a product expo tomorrow (1-5pm) at Kerr Drug (Horner Blvd, Room 4) complete with giveaways. Mention SocialSanford sent you and get an extra 10% off!
  • It's still St. Patty's Day at The Flame. Head over for their annual party, which will include shot and beer specials, as well as dancing and more.
Sunday
  • Go back in time at the Sandhills Antique Farm Show starting at 9am at the Sandhills Antique Farm Park (Alexander Dr, Lillington). Admission for ages 10 and up is $5 or $4 with military ID.
  • Head over to the Harnett County Public Library (2pm) for entertainment by musician Al Bethune as part of the Friends of the Harnett County Public Library series.

March 17, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 17

Worried about education cuts? Go like Support Lee County Education and get in on the effort to protect education at the local level. Lots of suggestions both there and in today's The Sanford Herald. (Read our write up here.)

Now on to the show:

  • Make sure you get over to Second Glance Boutique by Tuesday. Sadly, the shop is closing its doors. While you’re there, say goodbye and wish Vickie luck on her future endeavors!
  • Here’s another option for spring/Easter photos: Jimmy Haire Photography  will have bunnies and ducks in the studio starting Saturday, March 26 through Thursday, April 7. Call now to schedule your session (919-776-8048)!
  • Eat all the corned beef, cabbage, and soda bread you want, then register for Central Carolina Hospital's Women & Weight Loss free workshop scheduled for Tuesday at 6pm. This class fills up quickly so register (800-483-6385) today!

Save Students By Supporting Schools

In today's The Sanford Herald is a fantastic write up by Alexa Milan on the budget crisis facing our district's public schools. For those without a subscription, here's what you need to know:

Cuts Could Lead To 174 Fewer Jobs, No Middle School Athletics

The NC House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Education have listed the spending target for 2011-2012 and it's nearly $600 million less than 2010-2011. To handle that loss, the Department of Public Instruction offered each county recommendations for 10 percent budget cuts.

For Lee County, that recommendation is eliminating more than $6.7 million and 174 positions. (Read the article.) The Herald outlined these potential scenarios, proposed by Superintendent Jeff Moss:
Superintendent’s recommended budget: Cut $1.3 million in state category reductions, retain teachers and teacher’s assistants, ask for $7.9 million more from the Board of Commissioners than in the 2010-2011 year to compensate for state cuts. 
Scenario 2: A $3.4 million reduction, eliminate middle school athletics, all tutors, graduation ambassadors and custodial services; ask for $5.9 million more in local funds. 
Scenario 3: A $6.4 million reduction, eliminate EC services, 20 teachers and second grade teacher assistants in addition to the positions and programs above; ask for $2.9 million in local funds. 
Potential scenario 4: An unknown option that would cut everything needed to operate within the district's current local budget of $15.1 million. Moss plans to present this scenario at the Board of Education's finance committee meeting on March 23.
Area educators gave the Herald a few other possible suggestions for reducing our spending, including:
• eliminate standardized tests that aren't federally or state mandated, 
• subscribe to online textbooks,
• distribute handouts virtually in order to save the cost of books and paper,
• implement staff development at the school level rather than the district level, 
• conserve energy and fuel expenses
Make it Personal: Why Cuts Should Matter To All Of Us

The proposed cuts would push North Carolina from 42nd to 46th or 47th in terms of state support for public education, Moss told the Herald.

Cutting back on staff and programs translates to "a lower-quality education for students," and that could prevent people and businesses from moving to our area, pointed out B.T. Bullock Elementary School Principal Pamela Sutton in the article.

Most importantly, county students will suffer from losing so many positions. "I'm already asking my teachers, TAs and custodians to do more with less,” SanLee Middle School Principal Kenna Wilson said to the paper. "We do not want to sacrifice our students."

And losing middle school athletics could push at-risk youth away from school altogether. Students who attend games develop a stronger sense of good sportsmanship, social development, and school pride. Sports are "what motivates some kids to not only stay in school (and out of trouble) but to keep their grades up -- which may end in a scholarship," an opportunity that could lead our county's children to become the next generation of successful leaders," Julie Dutchess, a parent whose son attends West Lee Middle School, told SocialSanford.

Take Action: What We Can Do

There's a newly launched Facebook page in support of Lee County's public schools (like it here). The page outlines what drastic cuts would mean for our schools and gives a list of contact information for local and state leaders.

"Anyone who wants to support public education and kids in our county must contact our Representatives in the NC General Assembly and our local Board of Education members and tell them how important funding is for our schools so that we can better prepare your children for the future," the page advises.

And community members -- especially parents -- must be active in voicing their dissent and offering workable suggestions, community leaders stress. "We can't leave it up to everyone else to fight for our kids," Dutchess adds.

Your job: The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 6pm at the Lee County Government Center (106 Hillcrest Drive). Make sure you attend, share your thoughts, offer ideas, and be part of the fight for education.

March 16, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 16

  • Want a free, signed copy of the Portion Size Me: 31 Days to Better Health book that'll be hitting shelves next spring and a free pedometer? Go like the page and show your support for Marshall, Sanford's own little Jamie Oliver!
  • There's another painting opportunity! Go paint irises to help support the Montessori School of Sanford MSOS on Thursday, March 31 starting at 6:30pm ($42). You'll get a glass of wine, appetizer, and your painting and there'll be door prizes and a raffle.
  • It’s early, but here’s a summer camp you'd better register for now: Science in the Summer enrichment program is for children entering 2nd-8th grade and offers a week of science education at a site in your community. The closest sites to Sanford are the Harnett County Library and CCCC-Pittsboro. Don’t miss out!

March 15, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 15

  • Horse lovers -- plan to attend a horse tack auction to benefit Oak Ranch on Thursday (6pm) at Carolina Town & Country and stay after for an equine-care class. Proceeds will be used for Oak Ranch's equine program.
  • Planning to shop soon? Stop by Added Accents with your child in his/her Sanford Area Soccer League uniform and SASL will get 10% of the sale. A little birdy says now's the time to shop for spring and summer!
  • If you have a little one, or are planning for one, you'll want to head over to Central Fire Station (Hawkins Ave) on Saturdays (10am-5pm) for a car seat check. Be sure to make an appointment with Krista (775-8310) by the Wednesday before you want to stop by.

March 14, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 14

Have you checked out our calendar lately? It's already filling up all the way through May -- make sure you bookmark it and check back often (or sync up) so you don't miss anything!
  • If your son (age 7-17) wants to play baseball, there's still time to sign up for Parks & Rec's league. The fee is $25 and you can sign him up at 775-2107 ext. 206, Monday-Friday (8am-5pm).
  • Need a cup of tea? Get it from Steele Street Cafe! Starting today, you can order loose-leaf teas in the cafe or buy some to steep at home. And starting next week, you’ll be able to stop in for coffee or tea first thing in the morning!
  • Nan Moretz and Colton Moretz are trying to raise money for the Southern Lee Football team! Join the effort by liking Crossroads Nissan of Sanford and then liking this photo. If the page has 1500 likes (and 396 likes on the photo) by April 9, the dealership will donate $300 to the team!

March 12, 2011

Anna Fonke Photography

Local natural-light photographer Anna Fonke has spent the past six months giving away mini-sessions, photographing families as they make memories at the pumpkin patch, and honing her skill taking indoor photos.

Examples of her work include:









And starting today, she's a brand new SocialSanford sponsor! That means you can expect another fun giveaway as well as some helpful information about taking your own fabulous photos.

Welcome Anna -- thanks for being such an asset to the Sanford/Lee County community!

Found on Facebook, March 11

  • Have you liked Kids Kloset yet? The consignment sale starts at the end of the month, but the door prizes are already rolling out. Go throw your hat in the ring -- up now is a $30 gift certificate to Crooked Pigtails!
  • Take your pup over to the fairgrounds tomorrow for Bark for Life, a Relay fundraiser. It's $10 per dog and registration starts at 11am. Don't miss the cutest dog contest (12pm), Carolina Dock Dogs (2pm) or a demo by the Black Belt Leadership Academy.
  • Head over to Lowe's Foods and pick up a 20-pound bag of puppy chow -- you'll get another one free (until March 15)! That's the perfect CARA donation!

March 11, 2011

Weekend Roundup, March 12-13


Saturday:
  • Support the family of Addyson McDonald at an Applebee's pancake breakfast this morning (8-10am; $7). Born premature, Addyson has been in the NICU at UNC Hospital since January and will be there at least another 3 months. This fundraiser is to help cover her medical costs
  • Want to get your tickets to SASL’s pancake breakfast this weekend? Hit the soccer fields! The teams will be selling tickets ($7) during the rec games today from 9am-noon. (The breakfast is next Saturday.)
  • Take your pup over to the fairgrounds today for Bark for Life, a Relay fundraiser. It's $10 per dog and registration starts at 11am. Don't miss the cutest dog contest (12pm), Carolina Dock Dogs (2pm), or a demo by the Black Belt Leadership Academy.
  • No vision insurance? No problem. Get your (or your children’s) eyes checked in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot (Horner Blvd) until 4pm today thanks to the NC Lions Visions Van.
  • If you're making plans for the evening, you'll want to include the Lee County Community Orchestra's concert at Grace Chapel Church (Jefferson Davis Hwy, 8pm). The theme is "Air" and admission is free.
  • Let’s dance: The Heart of Carolina Jazz Society's annual dance, "Swing Into Spring" (7-10pm; $40), is tonight at the Carolina Trace Clubhouse. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and special guests!
Sunday:
  • Make sure you get registered for this month's Sociable Art class at Steele Street Cafe (March 23, 6-8pm). The cost is $35/person and includes an appetizer plus your painting supplies. You'll go home with a gorgeous painting!
  • Couldn’t make last night’s Lee County Community Orchestra's concert? Go today! Start time is 3pm at Grace Chapel Church (Jefferson Davis Hwy). The theme is "Air" and admission is free.
  • Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption is in desperate need of puppy food. You can help them out by buying a 20lb bag of puppy chow from Lowe’s Foods (before 3/15) using your MVP card. You’ll get another 20lb bag free -- and CARA can use them both!
Giveaways happening this weekend:
  • Kids Kloset is giving away door prizes leading up to the big consignment sale at the end of the month. Make sure you like the page so you don’t miss anything.
What'd we miss? If something's happening this weekend (or any weekend) that you want us to let everyone know about, be sure to submit it to us by noon on Friday!

March 10, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 10

  • Want a chance to win a free photo shoot that includes one 8x10 and two 5x7s? Go like Michele Quick Photography and write the comment "ME" on her page -- she'll pull THREE winners when she hits 100 likes!
  • Planning to shop soon? Stop by Added Accents with your child in his/her Sanford Area Soccer League uniform and SASL will get 10% of the sale. A little birdy says now's the time to shop for spring and summer!
  • Can't be at the big games? Go watch the ACC Tournament today and tomorrow at The Flame Steakhouse. You'll get your wings for just $0.19!
  • Make sure you hit Books at a Steal today to celebrate Dr. Seuss with the Cat in the Hat! There will be two celebrations: 10:30am and 3:30pm. Don't miss it!

March 9, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 9

Make sure you let us know of your upcoming events in time to get them on our calendar. And if you have something going on over the weekend, before to submit it to us by Friday at noon to make our weekend guide.
  • Love baseball? Be in the stands this afternoon (4:30pm) when Lee Senior Baseball hosts Western Harnett. Should be a good game!
  • Who couldn’t use an Amazon gift card? Go like Lacey Gadwill Photography to be entered into a drawing for $100 gc when she reaches 405 fans.
  • Help Nan Moretz and Colton Moretz raise money for the Southern Lee Football team! Just go like Crossroads Nissan of Sanford and then like this photo. If the page has 1500 likes (and 396 likes on the photo) by April 9, the dealership will donate $300 to the team!
  • If you’re interested in fire safety and management, go apply for a vacancy on the Lee County Fire Advisory Board. You’ll work with volunteer fire departments on budgeting, capital improvements, recruitment, and enforcement as well as serve as the official rep to the County Commissioners.

March 8, 2011

Found on Facebook, March 8

Make sure you check out our earlier post about the Sandhills Farm2Table information session, scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, March 9) at the Lee County Cooperative Extension (McSwain Center). If you have questions about the service and how it compares to other services in our area, that's the place to get them answered.

And here's what we posted today:
  • Have you voted in The Temple Theatre Company's poll for which musical should replace The Buddy Holly Story this season? There are three choices so head over there and cast your vote!
  • There’s no story hour at Books at a Steal today. Instead, go on Thursday for a visit by the Cat in the Hat to celebrate Dr. Suess (10:30-11:15am and 3:30-4:15pm). Regular Tuesday sessions will resume next week.
  • Shop for a good cause! The gift shop at Central Carolina Hospital will offer baskets filled with clearance items marked as low as $1 on Thursday (7am-4pm) and Friday (10am-4pm). Your purchases will assist CCH Auxiliary projects.
  • If you’re thinking of starting a new business, you need to attend Thursday’s FREE workshop on creating a business plan, pulling together resources, defining your product/service, and more. It’ll run 6:30-9pm at the Civic Center. Register at 774-6442.
  • There's still time to order blueberry bushes from the Maters and Taters 4H club. The deadline has been extended to March 15 for delivery on March 25/26. Click this link for specific details or email teribclark@gmail.com.

Get Fresh With Local Produce

Want to support local agriculture while also the freshest variety of spring and summer veggies? Then you'll want to subscribe to Sandhills Farm2Table, a Central NC-based cooperative that sells fresh, local food to local households.

How it works: Sandhills Farm2Table is a co-op enterprise, which means you buy into it with an annual membership fee ($25 in this case). Other co-owners of the enterprise are the farmers and workers who distribute the farmers' goods. After you pay the membership fee, you're able to choose a subscription level -- which you're locked into for the duration of the season.

With the current trend of people choosing local or organic foods, the co-op is careful to source foods and food products (breads, jams, honey, salsa) only from Central NC counties. Any foods that can't be sourced locally will be provided by farms and independent businesses that are local to NC -- but priority is given to farms in this area.


Exception: There isn't much produce that falls into both local and organic categories. Therefore, if you opt for organic-only foods, they'll have to come from non-local sources -- for now. Many farms are working toward organic certification, so the supply of these goods will increase as demand increases.

Feel good: Any produce left behind or not picked up will be donated to those in need. Last year Sandhills Farm2Table donated more than three tons of produce to organizations that help food insecure families and communities.

OTHER LOCAL PRODUCE OPTIONS
  • Interested in joining a co-op, but want more control? Carolina Grown is a Mamers-based CSA (community-supported agriculture) that sources produce, meats, dairy, and more from farms and independent businesses local to North Carolina. Carolina Grown also operates on a box system, but you can pick and choose your subscription level and box contents. They are able to do this because there are more subscribers, which means they can afford more workers to fill and deliver boxes. Learn more about Carolina Grown's options.
  • Lee County offers its own Farmers' Market in Depot Park from May through mid-August (depending on weather) from 9am-noon each Saturday. You'll be able to buy local produce, breads and other baked goods, soaps, handicrafts, and more.
  • There's a year-round State Farmers' Market in Raleigh from 9am-5pm each day by NC State's campus (1201 Agriculture Street), though many farmers and vendors only come out on the weekends. You'll find fresh, seasonal produce along with local meats, cheeses, eggs, wines, and bakery items. There's even a grill and restaurant serving up local meals! Learn more here.