April 29, 2011

Weekend Roundup, April 30-May 1

The April 16th tornado is still dominating our thoughts and actions and all disaster relief organizations and agencies will operate this weekend. However, Sanford/Lee County NC is offering lots of family-friendly fun this weekend to help you get back to "normal." These are a few:

Friday
  • Win a $50 gift certificate for Mz. Nanz Metal Workz just by liking her page. The contest ends May 1, so you'd better click over and make sure you're on the "likes" list.
All Weekend
  • The pottery festival's Celebration of NC Wines begins at 10:30am on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Admission for this special portion of the festival is $10 and is only open to adults aged 21 or older.
Saturday Only
  • The Sandhills Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items as well as personal hygiene items and other necessities for tornado victims this Saturday in the parking lot of Get SMART Learning Center (1309 Washington Ave; 9am-1pm).
  • This will be a great weekend for produce. The Sanford Farmers' Market will kickoff for the season at 9am. Along with local produce, there will be a craft fair with a portion of proceeds being donated to disaster relief.
  • Big Bloomers Flower Farm is holding another Saturday Seminar this weekend (11am-12pm). This month's topic is "Perennials for Spring and Summer." Get there early to ensure you grab a great seat!
Sunday Only

April 22, 2011

Sanford/Lee County NC Disaster Relief Distribution Sites

Many agencies and organizations are distributing supplies for tornado victims -- either by delivering them or having their doors open for people to come in and get what they need.

A huge thank you to everyone in this community for giving so selflessly of your time, resources, goods, and services. We have heard heartbreaking stories, but we're also hearing stories of hope and goodness -- and that's because Lee County is full of people who are willing to do what it takes to take care of each other.

Specific sites where those in need can pick up donated items are:
  • Hunt Springs Baptist Church, 1557 St. Andrews Church Rd, Sanford NC. The church opens its doors at 9am and leaves them open throughout the day for people to come in and get what they need. They also deliver food and supplies out to those who need it in the area. Watch their Facebook page for volunteer needs and other updates.
  • Shallow Well Church, 1220 Broadway Road, Sanford NC is OPEN Daily from 9 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm as a Distribution Center. It is located at 1220 Broadway Road (near the 421 bypass). It is set up in the fellowship hall (next to the church).
  • Salem Tornado Mission, 3554 Avents Ferry Road Sanford, NC. Contact Amy Dalrymple at 910-890-1389 for information about this site. Watch their Facebook page for updates.
Those affected by the storm can also get a voucher from the Red Cross to obtain free supplies of all kinds from the Salvation Army Thrift Store and Haven's Treasures.

If we've missed a site that folks can walk in and grab items the need, please list it in the comments.

April 18, 2011

Sanford/Lee County NC Disaster Recovery Guide -- Updated!

Credit: The Sanford Herald
Local needs have changed and developed over the course of the 48 hours since the tornado ravaged parts of Sanford, Broadway, and Lee County. While we all want to get out and help, often you can do the most good by staying home and leaving roads clear for relief workers.

Here's an official, sanctioned update on local needs and ways to help.

Note: Authorities ask that you pay attention to the sanctioned updates only as many Facebook and community pages are disseminating incorrect info.

General Assessment
  • Many areas of Sanford/Lee County NC are under a State of Emergency. There is a curfew in place from 8pm-7am (per Sheriff Carter) for areas damaged by the storm only. The rest of Sanford and the county is NOT under a curfew.
  • Emergency services personnel, power companies, and lumber companies are working hard to clear all the areas and restore power. Stay out of the affected areas unless you must be there. This will keep you from impeding their work.
  • Power has been restored to all homes that are habitable right now. If you encounter a downed power line or other electrical issue, do not attempt to move or maneuver around it. Call 800.419.6356 to report those to the right folks.
  • Many Facebook pages are offering up-to-date information for those wanting to help. The Lee County NC Red Cross has sanctioned:
SocialSanford
United Way of Lee County or 211NC.org
The Sanford Herald
Matt 6
Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County
Several churches are coordinating volunteer efforts for their individual communities. They include:
Hunt Springs Baptist Church -- St Andrews area, (919) 774-1822
Kendale Acres Free Will Baptist Church -- Kendale Acres/Cemetary Road areas, (919) 776-0221
New Life Praise Church (Wicker Street) -- Samaritan's Purse relief workers
Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church, (919) 776-1541
St Luke United Methodist Church, (919) 776-2012
(Looking for more ways to help? Check our Resources page for information on food banks and shelters, emergency programs, and more.)

IMMEDIATE RELIEF
Lee County Red Cross, 507 N Steele Street, Sanford NC, 919.774.6857
Needs: The local chapter is raising money to provide assistance. Approximately $10,000 has been raised, but $90,000 more is needed. Here's how to help:
  • Mail or hand deliver donations to the local office.
  • Donate online via the Lee County United Way's website. Click on the "Donate" button in the left sidebar. Enter 27330 in the zip code field. There will be NO surcharges applied to these donations and the total amount will go to the local Red Cross.
  • The temporary shelter at SanLee Middle School closed at 6pm on Monday because all client needs had been met.
Remember: All financial contributions made for ongoing recovery needs MUST be made directly to the local office. These funds will be applied locally and will be what helps the agency house and feed families in the weeks and months to come.
TO VOLUNTEER: The Lee County United Way is coordinating all Lee County volunteers.
Contact: Michele Bullard, 919.777.7744, to volunteer or ask for help
Latest Updates: Dial 211

OTHER NEEDS

Donations: Blankets, pillows, sheets, food, wrapped snacks, diapers, wipes, toiletries, trash bags, cleaning supplies, work gloves, sunscreen, non-perishable goods, and gatorade.
Collection sites
Childcare: For parents who are working to recover from the storm.
Site: Boys and Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County
Time: 7am-6pm during curfew; 6:30am-6pm after curfew is lifted
What: Child-centered activities, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.
Furniture: Several sites are collecting furniture and household goods for use by disaster victims when they are re-housed.
Collection sites:
  • Central Carolina Jaycee Hut, 809 Tryon Street, Sanford NC. 
  • Habitat for Humanity, 964 N. Horner Blvd., (919) 774-7779. Store is not open on Sundays or Mondays.
  • Lee Builder Mart, 1000 N. Horner Boulevard. Store is accepting donations from those who want to help with the cost of building supplies.
Pets: Food, litter boxes, and litter are needed for pets displaced during the storm. You can also donate to help cover the cost of care for wounded pets.
Computers: Absolute Computers's owner Roger Darr (Woodland Avenue, 919-777-9125) will provide free data recovery and diagnostic assessment services for anyone in the St. Andrews or Poplar Springs area impacted by the tornado. Those residents must provide ID to prove address.

Emotional support: The Family Doc Counseling Center (1415 Greenway Court) will have a free workshop/support group from 4:30-6pm on Wednesday for those needing counseling or desiring to talk about their experience. Contact Katie Thomas at (919) 985-6303.

Follow our Facebook page for updated information as it's available.

April 17, 2011

Sanford/Lee County NC Disaster Recovery Guide

Credit: Jenny Cox
We all want to get out and get our hands dirty to help rebuild our community after yesterday's violent tornadoes. However, emergency workers and rescue personnel often operate more efficiently when "civilians" stay out of the way.

UPDATE: Be sure to pick up a copy of The Sanford Herald's special eight-page edition devoted to tornado coverage. It will be available in most local places by 7am Monday morning. A limited number of free copies will be available at the Herald offices on St. Clair Court in Sanford.

For those who really want to help but aren't sure the best way to offer up their services, here's a guide to what we know now:

General Assessment
  • Emergency services personnel, power companies, and lumber companies are working hard to clear all the areas and restore power. Stay out of the affected areas unless you must be there. This will keep you from impeding their work. (For instance, there have been several gas leaks in the St Andrews/Lemon Springs area. Just because things look okay doesn't mean they are.)
  • Power may be out for several days, or could be back on hours. Prepare for the worst and open up your homes to neighbors who many need help.
  • Many Facebook pages are offering up-to-date information for those wanting to help. They include:
SocialSanford
Lee County NC Red Cross
United Way of Lee County or 211NC.org
The Sanford Herald
Kids Kloset
Matt 6
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Several Christian organizations are coordinating volunteer efforts for their individual communities. They include:
Hunt Springs Baptist Church -- St Andrews area
Kendale Acres Baptist Church -- Kendale Acres/Cemetary Road areas
New Life Praise Church (Wicker Street) -- Samaritan's Purse relief workers
Alicia Hamilton -- Poplar Springs Church/Avent Ferry areas
Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church -- Baptist Men's work crew will begin at 7am
(Looking for more ways to help? Check our Resources page for information on food banks and shelters, emergency programs, and more.)

IMMEDIATE RELIEF
Lee County Red Cross, 507 N Steele Street, Sanford NC, 919.774.6857
Needs: The local office has been overwhelmed with volunteers and needs no more at this time. Their current needs are:
  • Direct those in need to check in at the SanLee Middle School (Tramway Rd, Hwy 78) shelter even if they don't plan to stay there. Checking in allows the Red Cross to track needs and better offer support services.
  • Make financial contributions toward ongoing recovery needs directly to the local office. These funds will be applied locally and will be what helps the agency house and feed families in the weeks and months to come.
  • Restaurants and businesses are needed to offer large quantities of food, gift cards, etc to displaced families.
  • UPDATE: Do not call the local office as the phones are ringing off the hook. Bring or mail your donations.
SanLee Middle School Temporary Shelter, 2309 Tramway Road, Sanford NC
Needs: Many families are seeking shelter at the school, though a vast number of displaced families have still not reported in. The shelter needs:
  • Food, including individually wrapped snacks and sandwiches that are temperature resistant. Again, drop these items at the bus lot doors.
  • More families to find out the shelter is there for them. Spread the word to anyone who may need help recovering from the storm.
Boys & Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County, 1414 Bragg Street, Sanford NC, 919.775.3525
  • The club is offering free childcare for disaster victims so that adults can focus on recovery efforts. The club will be open 6:30am-6:30pm.
CLOTHING
Needs: As more families check in with the Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies, clothing needs will grow tremendously. Donation sites include:
Salvation Army, 305 South Steele Street, Sanford NC, 919.776.2769
  • Donate clothes directly to the store so that the agency can coordinate outreach and ensure that everyone has what they need.
Alicia Hamilton's home, 7614 Partridge Circle, Sanford NC (Quail Ridge area), 919.356.4646
  • Alicia is coordinating donation efforts for the families in the Poplar Springs Church Road and Avent Ferry Road disaster areas as well as those in Sanford. Follow her on Facebook, join her volunteer group (Matt 6) or call her to find out how you can help her help others!
The Sanford Herald, 208 St. Clair Court, Sanford NC
  • The newspaper is acting as a collection site for the Salvation Army on Monday, April 18. Please check their Facebook page for updates as the week progresses.
FURNITURE
Needs: The local Red Cross and many community volunteers have found homes for displaced families; however many of those homes have no furniture. How to help:
Habitat for Humanity, 964 N. Horner Blvd, Sanford NC, 919.774.7779
  • Drop off furniture and household supplies at the Habitat Home Store. Note that it is not open on Mondays or over the weekend.
Lee Builder Mart, 1000 N. Horner Blvd, Sanford NC, 919.775.5555
  • The store is open and ready to help those wanting to donate lumber and other supplies for recovery efforts, including replacing rooves, windows, siding, and more.
Central Carolina Jaycees, 809 Tryon Street, Sanford NC, 919.356-5623
  • In off hours or when other locations are closed, furniture donations can be brought to the Jaycee Hut. Please text (preferred) or call in advance to ensure a member is there to open the doors.
ANIMALS
Needs: Upwards of 50 homes were destroyed in the tornado, many of which housed pets. Here's where and how to help:
Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA), 42 Deep River Road, Sanford NC, 919.774.9433
  • Foster homes for pets whose owners can no longer care for them. They ask that you call and leave your information so that they can reach you when they need you. Prepare to answer a few questions to help them with the assignment process.
  • If you find a stray pet, alert CARA, Animal Control (919.776.7446), and post to the Center for Lost Pets. Be sure you contact all three organizations.
All Animals Veterinary Hospital, 101 Animal Drive, Sanford NC, 919.775.4944
  • The hospital is a collection site for all manner of pet supplies, including cat litter, litter boxes, and pet food for dogs and cats. These items can be donated during regular operating hours.
Alex Reid: The Reid family is also serving as a collection site for pet supplies and helping to find shelter for pets. Call 919.721.0782 to donate or arrange a pick-up of supplies.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission: If you find any injured or orphaned wild animals, this is the contact information for official wildlife rehabilitators in Lee County NC.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates.

April 15, 2011

Found on Facebook, April 15

The Weekend Roundup is posted! And now for some fun: Leave a comment below saying which of the Roundup activities you'll be doing. One commenter will win a $10 gift certificate to a local shop sponsored by Michele Quick Photography!

But that's not all! Ready to hunt eggs and meet the Easter bunny? Then you'd better get these "sightings" and dates on your calendar! View our egg hunt roundup -- 2 events are happening tomorrow!
  • Plan to grab dinner tonight from Lee County Nursing and Rehab. They're hosting a spaghetti dinner to benefit Relay for Life of Lee County, NC. Plates are $6 and include spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert, and a drink.
  • Today's the last day to take advantage of the plant sale at Southern Lee's greenhouse (until 5pm). This is a great opportunity to support a local school.
  • The Lee County PTO Thrift Store wants to help you replace your wardrobe. For today only, the store is selling ladies spring and summer tops for only $1.50! While you're there, drop off your unwanted clothes and any plastic bags or hangers you'd like to get rid of!
  • Now’s the time to register for the Temple Theatre Company's golf tournament at Carolina Trace tomorrow. If you sign up today or tomorrow, you’ll get $35 off the entry fee! Your greens fees, golf cart, lunch, reception, and prizes are all included. Call 919.774.4512 ext 221 to reserve your spot.
  • The Broadway Our Way Street Fair will go on as planned this weekend -- rain or shine. You can still sign up for Broadway Idol ($20/entry; 1st place pays $100) or the Cornhole Tournament ($30/team; winner gets $250).

Eggtastic Easter Fun

Easter falls at the end of the month (Sunday, April 24) but that just means people in our community have more opportunities to enjoy local Easter-themed activities with their families.

Add these local (and close to local) Easter bunny photo opportunities and community egg hunts to your calendar for April (and don't forget to bring a basket or bag for each child):

Saturday, April 16
  • The Easter Bunny is making a stop at Books at a Steal (Steele St) from 12:30-2:30pm. Walgreen's is sponsoring free 4x6s or you can get a discounted package from their stores.
  • Children under age 10 are invited to an Easter Eggstravaganza starting at 11:30am at Aberdeen Lake Park (301 Lake Park Crossing). There will be games, crafts, face painting, and photo opps with the Easter Bunny. Rain date is April 17 (1-2pm).
Sunday, April 17
  • Another Easter Bunny sighting! The Broadway Lions Club is holding its first Easter egg hunt (3-6pm) at 411 Wedding & Events Center (411 E. Harrington St). They'll offer face painting, egg decorating, and games along with fingerprinting and photographs by the Sheriff's office. There will be one hunt for children through age 4 and one hunt for children in grades K-5.
  • Drive out to Harris Lake County Park (New Hill) to hunt for eggs with the Zion Christian Church from 3pm-5pm. A picnic dinner will follow the hunt. Participants should meet at Longleaf shelter.
Good Friday, April 22
  • The Y will hold its annual egg hunt at Kiwanis Family Park from 10am-12pm. Children will hunt eggs, play games, participate in crafts, and have their faces painted. The hunt ages/times are: 2-3 year olds at 10:15, 4 year olds-1st graders at 10:45, and 2nd-5th graders at 11:15. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 23
  • Hunt eggs and have a picnic lunch with families from Jonesboro United Methodist Church (Main St) from 11:30am-1pm. Make sure you bring a basket and your blanket for the picnic.
  • Enjoy an Easter celebration at the Boys and Girls Club at OT Sloan Park from 12-3pm. There will be free food, rides, and an egg hunt. Volunteers will also be out with an egg coloring/decorating craft. You can donate food, drinks, and clothes for delivery to relief organizations.
  • Hillmon Grove Baptist Church’s (Hillmon Grove Rd, Cameron) annual egg hunt will be from 10am-noon for children up to age 12. The church will explain the true meaning of Easter and offer face painting, door prizes, and stuffed animal adoption along with the hunt. Children should bring their own basket or bag.
  • Chatham County Parks and Rec is holding its 9th annual egg hunt from 10am-1pm on the CCCC-Pittsboro campus. Hunt times are 10:30 am for ages 0-4, 11am for ages 5-7, and 11:30am for ages 8-10. There will be a clown, bounce house, balloon animals, book fair, and more.
Did we miss an egg hunt? Send it to us and we’ll update this post with your information!

Weekend Roundup: April 15-17

Wondering what to do this weekend? Here's your roundup of all the fun and interesting things happening in the Sanford NC, Broadway NC, and Lee County NC area:
    Saturday in Sanford NC:
    • Get your pancake fix at Applebee's from 7-10am to support the Cub Scout pack 900. Plates are $7 and include pancakes, sausage, and a drink.
    • The Broadway Our Way festival will go on all day today. Highlights include a barbecue cook off, 5K, free kids' zone, street fair, a cornhole tournament, the Broadway Idol contest, and live entertainment. You can also get great discounts from local vendors like Pampered Chef by Julia Alden, who is offering a $15 discount for anyone who mentions SocialSanford! UPDATE: No children's activities due to rain.
    • Love to golf? Go do it for a great cause. Registration for the Temple Theatre's annual golf tournament starts 11:30am at Carolina Trace and tee off is at 1pm. The tournament format will be Captain's Choice, 4 person teams. Players entry fee includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch, reception following the tournament and prizes! Donations are also gladly accepted. Call 919.774.4512 ext 221 for details. UPDATE: This tournament has been postponed due to inclement weather. 
    • The Easter Bunny is making a stop at Books at a Steal from 12:30-2:30pm. Walgreen's is sponsoring free 4x6s or you can get a discounted package from their stores.
    • Support local Boy Scout pack 942 at a barbecue and bake sale fundraiser at St. Luke UMC (Wicker Street) from 11am-7pm. Plates are $7 or you can buy a pound of barbecue for $10.
    • It's your last chance to attend a Star Community Theatre make-up workshop (1:30-3pm, Encore Dance Studio). The theme for this session is Special Effects, which includes cuts and bruises, and the cost is $20. You must register by noon on Friday or shoot an email to startheatre@windstream.net to the Theatre to check on availability.
    • Break out your bowling shoes! Kendale Bowling Lanes is offering Midnight Bowl starting at 11:30pm. The event costs $12 per person, lasts until 2am, and offers you the chance to win the Double Strike Pot.
    Saturday in the area around Sanford NC:
    • Love pottery? Check out the Spring Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove. There will be a spring kiln opening and studio tours. More then 50 local potters will participate and there will be demonstrations and door prizes.
    • Five Mile Flea Market is here again! The annual sale has moved to the Moore County Fairgrounds (8am-2pm) but the rest is the same -- which means you'll food vendors, local crafters, and more. Parking is $2 per vehicle and a portion of the cost will be donated to cancer survivors.
    • Learn more about local farms at the annual Piedmont Farm Tour (1-5pm). This year there will be 6 new farms, bringing the tour up to 40 locations. Tickets cost $30 for all farms or $10 per farm.
    • Get your cruise on in Goldston tonight. The monthly Goldston Cruz-N will begin at 4pm in downtown Goldston. All cars and trucks at least 25 years old are welcome to join in.
    Sunday in Sanford NC:
    • Grab your helmets, bikers. J&K Leather (on US 1) is holding a Benefit Poker Run to raise money for the Friends to Friends Shelter and the Shamrock Baptist Boys Home. Registration begins at 10am and the ride starts at 11am. Cost is $10/bike and $5/passenger. There will also be a hot dog and hamburger sale ($4.50/plate), 50/50 raffle, and door prizes.
    • Another Easter Bunny sighting! The Broadway Lions Club is holding its first Easter egg hunt (3-6pm) at 411 Wedding & Events Center (411 E. Harrington St). They'll offer face painting, egg decorating, and games along with fingerprinting and photographs by the Sheriff's office. There will be one hunt for children through age 4 and one hunt for children in grades K-5.
    Sunday in the area around Sanford NC:
    • Love pottery? Check out the Spring Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove. There will be a spring kiln opening and studio tours. More then 50 local potters will participate and there will be demonstrations and door prizes.
    • Head out to ClydeFEST, an annual celebration of folk artist Clyde Jones, in Clydeville at the Bynum Ballpark (1-5pm). There will be art, educational games, music, and food. You'll also be able to view Clyde's chain saw creations, which include giraffes, aligators, deer, and rabbits. Tickets are $7/adult or $3/child and adult tickets include a chance to win a Clyde "critter."
    • Learn more about local farms at the annual Piedmont Farm Tour (1-5pm). This year there will be 6 new farms, bringing the tour up to 40 locations. Tickets cost $30 for all farms or $10 per farm.
      Happened on Friday:
      • Now’s the time to register for the Temple Theatre Company's golf tournament at Carolina Trace this Saturday. If you sign up today or tomorrow, you’ll get $35 off the entry fee! Your greens fees, golf cart, lunch, reception, and prizes are all included. Call 919.774.4512 ext 221 to reserve your spot.
      • It's your last chance to attend a Star Community Theatre make-up workshop (Saturday, 1:30-3pm, Encore Dance Studio). The theme for this session is Special Effects, which includes cuts and bruises, and the cost is $20. You must register by noon on Friday or shoot an email to startheatre@windstream.net to the Theatre to check on availability.
      • Ready for lunch? Another farm is open for business! Stop by Gary Thomas Farms today or tomorrow from 8am-6pm to pick up fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
      • The Lee County PTO Thrift Store wants to help you replace your wardrobe. For today only, the store is selling ladies spring and summer tops for only $1.50! While you're there, drop off your unwanted clothes and any plastic bags or hangers you'd like to get rid of!
      • Plan to grab dinner tonight from Lee County Nursing and Rehab. They're hosting a spaghetti dinner to benefit Lee County Relay for Life. Plates are $6 and include spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert, and a drink.
      • If you'll be in Harnett County today, swing by Union United Methodist Church (Nursery Road) in Lillington for a fish fry. They'll start selling plates ($7) at 11am and run through 7pm.
      • Celebrate La Chic Boutique of Sanford's new store tonight. There will be live music by Rob Matthews and refreshments will be served. The store doesn't close until 8pm.
      • If you'll be near Siler City tonight, check out their third Friday Art Walk, which will feature music in the court yard and refreshments. All galleries and shops will be open from 6-9pm. The walk starts at 138 North Chatham Avenue.

      April 14, 2011

      Found on Facebook, April 14

      Planning a birthday party? Here's a roundup of Sanford's best party venues and ideas -- including YOURS -- on how to make the party unique.

      And here's what we posted today:
      • Win $100 in flowers for Mother's Day plus $50 in flowers for the next four months just by posting a photo of a woman who has influenced your life on The Flower Station's FB page. The photo with the most likes and comments will win! (Contest ends April 25.)
      • Now’s the time to register for The Temple Theatre Company's golf tournament at Carolina Trace this Saturday. If you sign up today or tomorrow, you’ll get $35 off the entry fee! Your greens fees, golf cart, lunch, reception, and prizes are all included. Call 919.774.4512 ext 221 to reserve your spot.
      • Ready for dinner? Get it from the Kiwanis Club's hot dog supper at Southern Lee's baseball park tonight (5-7pm). For $5 you'll get 2 hot dogs, chips, a soft drink, and a dessert. Southern Lee is hosting Overhills, so this is also an opportunity to support our local athletes!

      Throw A Birthday Bash


      Everyone loves a birthday party -- which makes choosing a party theme and venue even harder, especially when you're new to the area.

      Tip: If you're looking for a venue you can decorate however you'd like and have full control over the menu, contact local clubs and organizations like the Moose or Elks.

      For everyone else, here is a roundup of our wonderful local venues along with our ideas (and some from our Socialites!) for a fun, unique birthday bash:

      [Go directly to theme of choice: A Day at the Zoo ~ Back to Nature ~ Batter Up! ~ Bowler's Choice ~ Camp Out Under the Stars ~ Flip, Tumble & Run ~ Game On ~ Garden Tea Party ~ Indoor Pool Party ~ Let's Bounce ~ Old West Roundup ~ Paint Your Party ~ Party Like an MVP ~ Primp & Pamper ~ Rock Around the Clock 50s Party ~ Roll Out the Red Carpet ~ Skate Into Fun]

      A Day at the Zoo
      • Venue: Aloha Safari Zoo, located off Hwy 87, Cameron NC, 919-770-7109 (Facebook)

        Party package: The zoo provides cake, ice cream, and drinks in a private, air conditioned room that they decorate for you. Party goers can spend time in the petting zoo and will participate in the safari ride through the zoo’s many pastures.

        Cost: $(TBD) for up to 15 people. Each additional person is $5. Buckets of popcorn and old bread to feed the animals are $3. (Or bring your own. The animals love fresh fruit!)

        Perks:
        You’ll have access to a private bathroom and kitchenette. They’ll do all the prep and clean up.
      Back to Nature
      • Venue: San Lee Park, 527 Pumping Station Road, Sanford NC, 919-776-6221

        Party package: $100 for 2 hours and 15 children, $10/child for each additional child. The party will consist of one hour of Nature Center Staff led program and one hour for the party.

        Perks: A Nature Center staff will lead the program for the party.

        Availability: Parties are on weekends during the park's operating hours (November-March: 8am-5pm, April: 8am-7pm, May-August: 8am-8pm, September: 8am-7pm, October: 8am-6pm).
      Batter Up!

      Bowler's Choice
      • Venue: Kendale Bowling Alley, Rand Street, Sanford NC, 919-776-0729

        Party package: The bowling alley lets you reserve as many lanes as you’ll need (which have bumpers) and you can use their tables for cake and presents. Bring in your own food and drinks or order from the hot bar.

        Cost: $25 per lane. Price includes shoes for the entire party.

        Perks: Unlimited number of guests.
      Camp Out Under the Stars
      • Venue: San Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford NC, 919-776-6221

        Party ideas: No set package is available, but you can rent the shelter for a day of nature and exploring, including paddle boat rides during the summer months and geocaching. Better yet, reserve a campsite and spend the evening roasting weenies, making s’mores, and telling ghost stories!

        Cost: Campsites are $15/night for RVs or $10/night for a tent. Paddle boat rentals are $3 per half hour. Renting shelter costs $50 for 4 hours and the multi-purpose room is $75 per day.
      Flip, Tumble & Run
      • Venue 1: Sanford Academy Gymnastics/Cheer, 2731 Lee Avenue, Sanford NC, 919-776-1496 (Facebook)

        Party package: Party goers will have access to 16,000 sq ft of space that’s filled with trampolines, a foam pit, obstacle courses, and more. You can bring in your own food, cake, and drinks or purchase from the snack bar.

        Cost: $125 for up to 12 children, $175 for up to 21 children plus a $75 deposit.

        Perks: They supply a host/coach and do the prep and clean up.
      • Venue 2: Lee County Gymnastics, 221 Commercial Ct, Sanford NC, 919-774-6445

        Party package: You will get one hour of tumbling and games and one hour for opening gifts and eating cake.

        Cost: $100 for 2 hours for up to 15 children, $10 per additional child

        Note: Sundays are the only days this venue is available for parties. Times are 2-4pm or 4-6pm.

      Game On
      • Venue: Mobile gaming company Rolling Video Games will bring their game theatre equipped with four widescreen TVs and custom stadium seats right to your house. (Facebook)

        Party package: $225 for a two-hour weekday party or $299 for a two-hour weekend party for up to 24 people (though you can rotate larger groups). You'll get up to 30 glossy postcard invitations, coupons for pizza, and a flashing medallion for the birthday girl/boy,

        Perks: A game coach to help supervise the party is built into the fee.
      Garden Tea Party
      • Venue: Mrs. Lacy's Magnolia House, 405 Carthage Street, Sanford NC, 919-777-6787

        Party package: Special packages are available.
      Indoor Pool Party
      • Venue: Sanford Nautilus, 1907 K.M. Wicker Drive, Sanford NC, 919-774-4532 (Facebook)

        Party package: You can rent the pool on Saturday or Sunday evenings from 6-8pm. There are plenty of tables and chairs for cake and presents. Bring your own food and drink, but no glass is allowed. Guests must sign in at the front desk.

        Cost: $80 for up to 20 guests or $130 for up to $30 guests.

        Note: There is no “kiddie” section, therefore the gym doesn’t recommend this party for young children or those who can’t swim. The pool starts at 4 feet.

        Perks: The gym provides a lifeguard. The pool is temperature controlled and available year round.

      Let's Bounce
      • Venue: F&W Inflatables, 2915 Tramway Road, Sanford NC, 919-775-3928 (Facebook)

        Party package: You get a private party room for 2 hours, invitations, plates, napkins, and forks. The birthday child gets $6 in quarters for the arcade. You can bring in your own food and drink or add $10 per pizza and $1 per juice box. Choose a mid-week party for the same amenities at a discount.

        Cost: $189 plus tax with a $50 deposit for 12 children. $5 per additional child. Mid-week parties cost $125 plus tax.

        Perk: Offers a host for your party.
      Old West Round Up
      • Venue: Circle M City, 74 Cowboy Lane, Sanford NC, 919-499-8493

        Party Package: Stroll down the boardwalk while exploring the jail, bank, saloon, and general store. Sit a spell and watch a real cowboy trick-rope and spin his guns. Horseback, hay, and buggy rides available.

        Cost: Contact Tim via phone or email for rates

        Perks: Each child can brand a piece of wood as a party keepsake. The venue also offers a free downloadable invitation you can customize.
      Paint Your Party
      • Venue: The Painted Petal Design Studio, 1112-C Hawkins Avenue, Sanford NC, 919-718-9284 (Facebook)

        Party package: Let your child and their friends celebrate in a fun and creative way. Party will include a themed painting project, supplies, surface, and guided instruction.

        Cost: Call for rates.

        Perks: Birthday child can help choose the theme.

      Party Like an MVP
      • Venue: Parks & Recreation sites like the Old Armory, Horton Shelter, or Ingram Center.

        Party ideas: Choose a basketball, tennis, or football themed party complete with a pick-up game, mini-trophies or awards, and game-day food.

        Cost: Facility rentals vary by the site.
      Primp & Pamper
      • Venue: Marcello Salon, 1648 South Horner Blvd, Sanford NC, 919-776-1922 (Facebook)

        Party ideas: The salon offers a mani/pedi option for children under 10. There is also a mini manicure or mini pedicure option for those who don’t want both. The salon offers packages for older children. The salon also does airbrush tattoos.

        Cost: $35 per child for the mani/pedi. $25 for just the mini manicure or $15 for just the mini pedicure. The tattoos start at $10.
      Rock Around the Clock 50s Party
      • Venue options: Yarborough’s Ice Cream, 132 McIver St, Sanford NC, 919-776-6266; Fairview Dairy Bar, 109B Carbonton Road, Sanford NC, 919-775-5721 (Facebook)

        Party ideas: Throw a retro 50s party complete with poodle shirts, saddle shoes, bow ties, cat eye glasses, and pony tails. Order hamburgers and milkshakes before pulling out the hula hoop or Twister for some 50s-style fun.
      Roll Out The Red Carpet
      • Venue: Spring Lane Stadium 10, 1351 Douglas Drive, Sanford NC, 919-774-7199

        Party Package: You get movie admission, a kids’ pack, and the ability to reserve seating for the movie of your choice. There are private rooms for serving cake and opening gifts. Birthday child gets his or her name on the theatre marquee.

        Cost: $10.50 per person for a minimum of 10 people. Additional fees for customizing the package or viewing 3D movie.

        Note: You must request your birthday party reservation at least 7 days in advance.

        Perk: The theatre offers a free downloadable invitation for you to use if you don’t want to use your own.
      Skate Into Fun
      • Venue: Family Fun Zone, 111 Rand Street, Sanford NC

        Party package: There are packages for up to 12 children that include a private room, cotton candy, snow cones, pizza or hot dogs, soft drinks, a hostess, paper products, decorations, a birthday recognition, and more

        Cost: Packages start at $85 and go up to $205. Call 919-774-4596, or 919-721-8712 for exact details.

      *Our thanks go out to Heather Little for contributing this guide. Learn more about being a contributor. Where’s your favorite local venue or theme for a birthday party? Let us know and we’ll add it!

      Found on Facebook, April 13

      • Hey green thumbs -- make sure you take advantage of the Southern Lee plant sale this week (3:30-5pm) taking place in the school's greenhouse. This is a great way to get your garden growing while also supporting the school.
      • Think your child (ages 6-10) might like gymnastics? Friday (6-7pm) is a great time to let them try it out. Sanford Academy needs children in that age range for recreational coaches' tumbling training. Send them a message to sign up for this free opportunity!

      April 12, 2011

      Found on Facebook, April 12

      Housekeeping update: We've added a submission form on the Weekend Roundup tab. That means you can send us your news for Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday any time you want right from Facebook.

      The Roundup will now be published on Thursday afternoons. You can find the link in the list on the left side of our Facebook page (or submit news here).
      • Most interesting Socialite post today (ever?) -- "Does anyone know anyone who spins dog hair? (He's really soft--part husky, so his hair is really fluffy!)" If you have suggestions, post in the comments!
      • Fighting fire ants in your yard? Head over to the McSwain Center tomorrow (6:30-8:30pm) for a free workshop on how to control the pests. Call 775-5624 to register (mandatory).

      Found on Facebook, April 11

      • Want to win something? Photos by Erica Sprouse will give away a free photo session when she hits 250 fans! And if you're looking for a baby gift, head over to Baby Cakes and Clips to find out how you can win matching pacifier and bib clips!
      • Need some extra cash? Post an Easter-themed photo to Crossroads Nissan Of Sanford wall and invite your friends to like it. The three photos with the most likes by April 2s5th will win $100, $50, or $25. That’ll buy you a lot of gas!
      • If your child -- or a child in your family/class -- has ADHD, you'll want to attend a FREE talk by Ben Glenn, The Simple ADHD Expert at Mac Williams Middle School gym in Fayetteville. Doors open at 6:30pm and it's family friendly.
      • Biz owners -- Scratch your lunch plans for Thursday and plan to attend this seminar on getting the most out of expos and trade shows instead! It will run from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Civic Center and is FREE ($5 if you want lunch). Call 774-6442 or e-mail sbc@cccc.edu to register.
      • Have children under age 5? Take them over to the fairgrounds today (9am-noon) for the Lee County Partnership for Children’s "Day of the Young Child" FREE festival. There will be face painting, open art, an obstacle course and more.
      • Mother's day is coming up. Celebrate it with a free session with Michele Quick Photography! To win this prize, go enter a photo in the "Mommy and Me" contest. The photo with the most likes will win. Contest ends April 18. Update: Michele has added a $50.00 print credit to the first person to hit 100 likes.

      April 8, 2011

      Found on Facebook, April 8

      This weekend's roundup is a doozy, but it's full of great events and happenings going on in our area this weekend. Take a few minutes to browse the list and then go be active in our thriving community!
      • Satisfy your sweet tooth and raise money for cancer at the same time! The Central Carolina Jaycees will be selling baked goods at Goody's in Kendale starting at 12pm today to raise money for Lee County Relay for Life. Grab your after-lunch dessert!
      • It’s open gym night at Sanford Academy! The cost is $7 per hour or $15 for the whole night (7-10pm). There will be coaches onhand to supervise the children and snacks are for sale.
      • Belk Charity Day has rolled around again. Head over to the store (Riverbirch) tomorrow from 11am-2pm to buy your charity pass. You pay $5 for 20-70% off your Belk purchase and that $5 goes straight to charity. Get your shop on!
      • Love breakfast for dinner? Then head over to the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club's pancake supper from 5-7pm at the Ruritan clubhouse on Willett Road. It's just $5 for all you can eat.
      • Not up for pancakes tonight? Get them tomorrow morning instead! The Sanford Women’s League is hosting an Applebee’s flapjack fundraiser tomorrow morning from 7-10am. Plates are $7.

      Weekend Roundup: April 8-10

      Friday
      • Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Take them over to Ammons Chiropractic's 30th anniversary celebration. They're having games, free food, live music, fingerprinting and more until 7pm tonight! (The party is in the same office park as Dr. Patterson's on Hawkins Ave.)
      • Love breakfast for dinner? Then head over to the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club's pancake supper from 5-7pm at the Ruritan clubhouse on Willett Road. It's just $5 for all you can eat.
      • If you'll be near Moore County tonight, drop by the fairgrounds (Carthage) at 8pm to see the local FFA do some bull riding. They'll be back out on Saturday at the same time.
      Saturday
      • Grab some Shot of Spro Mobile Espresso at the "Spring Fling" PTA fundraiser at JS Waters School in Goldston (2-6pm). 20% of the company's sales will go toward the event and they'll be selling Sandra's donuts!
      • Prepare for your Spring garden while helping out Southern Lee High School students. There will be a plant sale at the school's greenhouse from 9am-3pm.
      • Heads up, parents! If your child has autism or you just want to know more about the disorder, you must plan to attend a free workshop called "Is It Autism Or Is It An Emotional Disorder?" at Central Carolina Hospital (10am-noon). Call 499-6697 for more information.
      • If you want to try your hand at growing orchids, the place to be is the McSwain Center (10am-noon). The owner of Chadwick & Sons Orchids, Inc will host a free program all about growing these beautiful flowers.
      • Everyone loves Carolina DockDogs, and your pup can join in the fun. There will be an open practice/introduction for beginners at the Ole Gilliam Mill starting at 10am. Take your dog or just go watch the show.
      • Put on your Wranglers and head over to the NC High School Rodeo Association's first annual fundraiser at the Tractor Supply. The students are raising money to attend the national rodeo competition.
      • Today's the 4th annual ArtWalk to benefit the Temple Theatre Company (4-6:30pm). For $25 in advance/$30 at the door, you'll get a glass and a passport to stroll from venue to venue sampling wines, tasting light refreshments, and viewing the artwork that will be auctioned off starting at 6:30pm. Expect live music on the street and the Temple Teens performing on the Temple stage.
      • There's another Carolina Pines Ballrooom dance tonight at 105 McReynolds St in Carthage. The "Spring Blossom Dance" begins at 7pm with a complimentary lesson. Open dancing will be from 8-10pm.
      Sunday
      • Bring your church bulletin with you to Jonesboro Cafe tomorrow and you'll get 5% off your meal! Make this new local eatery your go-to spot for Sunday-after-church dining.

      April 7, 2011

      Found on Facebook, April 7

      • Hey, green thumbs -- Did you see the Japanese maple trees for sale (2104 Tramway Rd)? They're only $10 per tree and you can stop by any time to pick yours up.
      • Interested in joining Friends of the Lee County Library? They'll be meeting tomorrow morning (10am) in the auditorium of the main branch and will be discussing the book sale being held at the Pottery Festival. Volunteers needed!
      • Have you made plans to attend the Temple Theatre’s art walk this weekend? You won’t want to miss this event -- and if you buy your tickets in advance, you’ll get $5 off. Call 774-4512 ext 221 to get in on the deal!

      April 6, 2011

      Found on Facebook, April 6

      • Guess what -- you can go pick fresh strawberries starting today! Spivey Farms is open for the season and the berries are waiting for you. Happy spring! Update: Spivey Farms also has asparagus and tomatoes for purchase.
      • Time's running out to grab Body Balance Massage and Bodywork's 'Tension Tamer' massage ($20) to ease your nagging neck, shoulder, and back pain. It comes with a satisfaction guarantee so make your appointment today!
      • Worried about the rising cost of gas? Dusty Phillips of Toyota-Scion of Sanford is offering some great tips to help you become fuel efficient. Make sure you read Dusty's guest post and feel free to offer any tips or tricks you've learned to save fuel and money!

      5 Gas-Saving Strategies You Can Use Now

      Gas prices are soaring -- but Dusty Phillips over at Toyota-Scion of Sanford is offering these great tips to help you better understand energy-efficient vehicle options and save money at the pump. Want more tips? Go "like" their Facebook page!

      Tip #1 -- Save hybrids for around-town driving.

      The first thing a car salesperson hears when gas prices start climbing up is, "Time to buy a hybrid." But -- as true car people will tell you -- a hybrid isn't always the right option for people trying to save money versus those trying to save gas.

      Reasoning: People who are most concerned about gas mileage are those who drive many miles at high speeds, such as those who do a lot of highway driving where you run 55-70 mph. But if you choose a hybrid vehicle for that commute to Raleigh or Fayetteville, you'll actually be running both your gas and electric motors. There goes that fabulous gas mileage that convinced you to pay the $25-$28k for a hybrid.

      Better: If you do most of your driving in the city, where you're constantly slowing down or stopping, you'll make the most of your hybrid purchase because the gas engine never comes on. For that highway driving, consider a car like a Toyota Corolla that gets 40mpg at those higher speeds and costs $5-$8k less to purchase. And to sweeten the pot, there are many non-hybrid vehicles (like the Corolla) that ha.ve ultra low emissions

      Tip #2 -- Fill up your tank in the morning.

      Want to get the most gas for your buck? Then hit the gas station early in the morning when the ground temperature is still low.

      Reasoning: Gasoline -- which is kept in underground tanks -- expands when it gets hot and is dense when it's cold. Therefore, when you purchase it in the afternoon or evening after the sun has warmed the ground, you'll get less gas in your gallon.

      Just a 1-degree rise in the temperature of your gasoline can make a huge difference, yet service stations don't compensate for temperature in their pricing. Filling up in the morning will ensure you get what you're paying for.

      Tip #3 -- Fill up your tank slowly.

      We've all done it: You're in a hurry, so you squeeze the trigger of the gas nozzle as hard as possible to fill your tank quickly. Guess what? Bad idea! Applying the lowest pressure is the most cost-effective behavior.

      Reasoning: When you fill up quickly like that, the speed turns some of the gas into vapor. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return that sucks vapor back into the holding tank. That means you're charged for the gas that comes out, it vaporizes, and then goes back where it came from -- and you get less gas than you've paid for.

      Tip #4 -- Don't wait until you're on E to fill up.

      When it comes to fuel efficiency, a half-full tank should be your signal to make a date with your favorite gas station.

      Reasoning: Gasoline evaporates when it comes into contact with air, which is why gasoline storage tanks have a floating roof that serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere. When you leave your tank mostly empty, the gas you have left will begin to disappear.

      Tip #5 -- Don't fill up at the same time as your service station.

      If you pull in to get gas and you see the gasoline truck company pumping into the station's storage tanks, turn around and come back later.

      Reasoning: Any dirt that has settled in the bottom of the station's storage tank will now be stirred around. If you fill up, you'll likely get that dirty gasoline in your car's tank -- which will affect both performance and efficiency.

      Are you a local industry leader? We welcome your strategies, tips, tricks, and suggestions that will benefit our Socialites. Contact us today to submit!

      April 5, 2011

      Found on Facebook, April 5

      Let's get those Easter hunts in! Please send your church's, group's, or organization's egg hunt plans to kelly@socialsanford.com so that we can help you spread the word.

      And if you have questions about what you can -- and can’t -- post on our Facebook page, make sure you read through our Editorial Policy. You’ll find it linked in the navigation bar above.

      And here’s what we posted today:
      • Does your child love to run? Sign him or her up for Parks and Rec’s track and field program! It’s for children ages 9-14 and -- the best part -- it's completely free! Call 775-2107 for details or to register.
      • Following the school athletics debate? Tune into The Rant on 90.5 tomorrow morning to hear Coach Carl Bryan’s take on the issues.

      April 4, 2011

      Found on Facebook, April 4


      • Wondering how best to use the Internet to develop and market your small business? Then you'll want to be at the Civic Center on Wednesday (9-10:30am) for a FREE seminar all about "the essential Internet" presented by Kelly Klug. Call 919-774-6442 or e-mail to register.
      • Tomorrow is the Y's "Walk A Mile In Our Shoes" event (6:30pm). If you can't walk, consider donating a pair of shoes for one of the more than 400 million young people who go without shoes every day.
      • Heads up, parents! The Board of Education is holding a public hearing today (5pm) at the McSwain Center. Be there at 4:30pm to sign up to speak at the hearing. A budget works session will follow at 6pm.

      April 1, 2011

      Found on Facebook, April 1

      In lieu of the Weekend Roundup, we're hosting another giveaway! Starting today, go like The Painted Petal Design Studio on Facebook and leave a comment at this link to be entered to win a beautiful hand-painted, self-feeding bird feeder, called the Birdie Bistro.


      This would be a great gift for a Mother's Day gift, spring-themed addition to your yard, or item for raffle at this year's Relay for Life. Be sure you enter to win! (A random winner will be chosen at 7pm on Sunday evening.)

      Note: There will be no posting on the Facebook page this weekend due to egg hunt and birthday goings on in the SocialSanford family. See you on Monday!

      And here's what we posted on Facebook today:
      • This weekend is your last chance to see The Temple Theatre Company's winter youth conservatory production of Macbeth. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) for performances at 7pm tonight and tomorrow or 2pm on Sunday.
      • HAVEN in Lee County is in desperate need of a washing machine. If you can donate one, be sure to tell Kids Kloset so you can get a prize -- $15 to spend at Added Accents!