June 30, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 30

Tonight was the second workshop in the SocialSanford Social Media Seminar Series. If you missed it, be on the lookout for more seminars headed your way. And if there's a particular topic that would help your business thrive, feel free to post it in the comments or send us a message!

Today we posted:
  • Making plans for the 4th? Make sure you stop by Chick-fil-A of Sanford (10:30am-6pm). They'll be raffling off prizes and you'll get a free shake with the purchase of your meal. Best part: The peach shake is here!

June 29, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 29

Calling all Socialites! Several newbies to our area have asked for a "what's good" roundup of local eateries. Rather than just give a list of our many great restaurants, we're asking you. Click here to share your "must-have meals"!

In case you couldn't check us out on Facebook today:
  • Heads up: There's a ***free*** seminar today (5:30-7pm) at the Civic Center that will focus on Small Claims Court, evictions, tenant rights, and other current and pertinent topics. Register at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu.
  • Don't forget about our Facebook-focused ***free*** seminar tomorrow night (6:30-8pm) at the Civic Center. You'll walk away with a better understanding of how to use Facebook business pages. Register here!
  • Interested in being a Mary Kay consultant? Shoot an email to amandaggaines@marykay.com to find out about a short info session and how to enter to win a Coach purse!
  • Love your pediatrician? Go share that information with a Socialite who's new to the area in the Discussions section.

June 28, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 28

We hope everyone weathered the crazy storm tonight without too much property damage. If the storm caught you by surprise, consider subscribing to a text-based weather service like Nixle to get immediate updates straight from Lee County Emergency Services.

Today we posted:
  • Healthy people create healthy businesses! Get tips and tricks for embracing this motto at a free seminar today (3-5pm) at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center presented by AlexSandra Lett. Register at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu.
  • Warning: Lots of construction at the intersection of Wilson Road and Hwy 87 (and 421). Give yourself time to adjust to the traffic pattern and delays. This construction will be going on all week.
  • In case you missed it yesterday -- here's our roundup of July 4th events and firework displays. Sanford Health & Rehab plans to blow it out of the water and Lillington's back in the game.
  • It's customer appreciation day at Ron's Barn (Horner Blvd). Lunch is only $2!

June 27, 2011

SocialSanford City Guides

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Though our Sanford/Broadway/Lee County NC city guides are linked in the menu above (hover over the word "Guides" and a list of links will drop down), we wanted to make sure Socialites can find the information they need.

Here is a list of our guides that will be updated each time a new one is published. Enjoy!

[Want to sponsor a guide? Click here for details.]
2013 Guides
2012 Guides
2011 Guides

Found on Facebook, June 27

Big news! We're giving away FIVE awesome prizes sponsored by local businesses. To enter, all you have to do is answer a few questions about your experience with SocialSanford. That's it. The deadline to enter is Sunday, but don't put it off!
  • Calling all artists and craftspeople -- The Lee County Arts Council is hosting Christmas in July, a brand new event slated for July 30 (10am-4pm) at The Artist's Loft in Downtown Sanford. Contact joann@myown-mgt.com for info on selling your wares!
  • Interested in the Sanford MOPS group? Plan to attend a pool party tomorrow at the West Landing pool. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Call Sarah (770-5427) to RSVP.
  • Piggly Wiggly is celebrating 10 years in Broadway tomorrow. Go have hot dogs and enjoy the festivities from 11am-2pm!

Get Fired Up For Fireworks

Note: This is the guide for 2011. Click here for 2013!

In just a week, people across the country will commemorate our nation’s independence with all the trappings of summer -- from cook outs to festivals.

People in Sanford, Broadway, and Lee County don’t have to look far for fun options for celebrating Independence Day. with their families. Make sure you shop at our local farms and farmers' markets for your July 4th feast.

And after you've eaten, check out one of these local 4th of July events and festivals:

In Lee County

Music and Fireworks sponsored by Sanford Health and Rehab*
Where: Field beside Sanford Health and Rehab, 2702 Farrell Road (map)
When: Monday, July 4 starting at 6:30pm
What: Games, crafts, face painting, and live music. Food and treats will be available for purchase. You can bring your own food and drink. Watch the fireworks from your car or bring a blanket/chairs.
Price: Admission is free.
*Read the Sanford Herald's write-up on this event.

Don't want to brave the crowds? Go celebrate our nation's independence at Sanford families' newest favorite eatery -- Chick-Fil-A! There will be festivities from 10:30am-6pm on July 4th, including raffles and giveaways, visits by the Cow, and free milkshakes with meal purchases. Go enjoy the day without breaking a sweat!

Other July 4th Celebrations

Carolina Lakes' Fourth of July Fireworks
Where: Carolina Lakes Marina, Sanford NC
When: July 3 starting at 6:30pm
What: Parking lot will be open to all vehicles (except boat trailers) starting at 6:30pm. Boats moored in the slips at the marina will be moved by 7pm and the fireworks will begin at 9pm. Events are for residents and their guests only.
Price: There is no fee for admission.
Do more: Head back over on Monday (1pm) for a parade that will begin at the Carolina Lakes clubhouse and end at the marina. There will be food and festivities.

Town of Fuquay-Varina's July 3rd Celebration
Where: South Park (820 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina NC)
When: July 3rd starting at 6pm
What: Enjoy live music from Craig Woolard Band; free inflatables, rides, and activities for children; and a fireworks show at sundown.
Price: This is a free event.

POSTPONED TO JULY 5 -- Town of Lillington’s Festival of the Park*
Where: Lillington Park (map)
When: Monday, July 4 at 3pm -- UPDATE: Tuesday, July 5 at 5pm
What: Rides, food vendors, and live music provided by The Cast Aways (4pm) and the Band of Oz. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Price: Admission is free.
*Read the Fayetteville Observer's write-up of this event.

Town of Carthage's Annual July 4th Parade
Where: Will start at Monroe Street and end at the county courthouse in Downtown Carthage (map)
When: Monday, July 4 at 11am
What: Patriotic parade complete with themed floats, cars, bands, youth groups, and more.
Price: The event is free.

Town of Aberdeen's Fun Family Fourth of July
Where: Aberdeen Lake Park (map)
When: Monday, July 4 from 5:30 to 10pm
What: Activities and games -- including face painting, cornhole, duck pond, crafts, and bouncy castles -- for all age groups will start at 5:30 pm. Live music will begin at 6 pm. Dress up in patriotic colors for a costume contest. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 pm. For a complete list of games and vendors, click here.
Price: Admission to the park is free. A wristband for games, activities, and face painting is $3 per person.

Village of Pinehurst's 4th of July Celebration
Where: Pinehurst Harness Track (map)
When: Monday, July 4 from 5pm-9:45pm
What: Festivities will kick off at 5pm at the Fair Barn, followed by live music at 6pm and fireworks at 9:15pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase or you can bring your own.
Price: There is no admission fee.

Fort Bragg's July 4th Celebration
Where: Main Post Parade Field (look for signs)
When: Monday, July 4 from 3-10pm
What: Kiddie Land activity area opens at 3pm. Charlie Daniels Band will play at 5pm and the 82nd division parachute team demonstration starts at 6pm. Flag ceremony at 8:10pm and the 82nd Division All American Band at 8:40pm. Fireworks begin at 9:43pm.
Price: $7 for kids activities for the entire day. The rest is free and open to the public.

POSTPONED TO JULY 5 -- City of Raleigh and NC State Fair's July 4th Celebration
Where: NC State Fairgrounds (map)
When: Monday, July 4 from 5 pm to 10 pm
What: Activities include sports, hat making, arts, dance instruction, nature program, adventure Program, a Japanese drumming performance, police and and fire displays, a giant obstacle course, and more. Free watermelon will start at 5pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:45 pm.
Price: Admission and parking is free for spectators.

POSTPONED TO JULY 5 -- Town Of Cary's Independence Day Celebration
Where: Koka Booth Ampitheatre (map)
When: Monday, July 4 from 3 pm to 10 pm
What: Family Fun Zone featuring food along with children's activities from 3-7pm. Indy Model Boat Regatta at 4pm on Symphony Lake. Frozen t-shirt contest at 4:30pm and ice cream eating contest at 5:30pm. Performances by the Cary Town Band and NC Symphony. Fireworks begin at 9:15 pm.
Price: Concerts and display are free and open to the public.

Did we miss your favorite July 4th celebration? Let us know about it and we'll add it to the list!

June 25, 2011

Penny -- or Prize -- For Your Thoughts

There's a bit of change headed SocialSanford's way, which will mean more information about local places and events.

Since we're already planning to shake things up a bit, we figured now is the perfect time to make sure we're living up to your expectations. Will you help us shape the future of SocialSanford? All you have to do is click the link below and answer a few questions. Easy!

Guess what we're going to do. Okay, we'll tell you: We'll award fun prizes to 5 lucky participants! And don't get too upset if you don't win. We have something in the works that will make every participant smile. (You must supply your name and email at the end to be included.)

Update: This survey was slated to close at noon on Sunday (7/3/11), but we have extended the deadline by 48 hours to accommodate an influx of new likes. Survey will now close -- and giveaway begin -- at noon on Tuesday, July 5.

Click here to participate!

June 24, 2011

Weekend Roundup, June 24-26

Welcome to the first Weekend Roundup of the summer! As you'll see, there's no shortage of fun and interesting things to do in Sanford, Lee County, and all the areas surrounding us.

Note: If you're interested in sponsoring this roundup or offering special deals just to our WR readers, please let us know. Lots of opportunities to do something fun!

Now onto the show:

All weekend in Sanford/Lee County NC:
  • Children (ages 6-12) with little or no fishing experience are invited to Jordan Lake for the Catch A Sure Thing (CAST) youth program from 9:30-11am. They will learn to bait a hook, cast, and about the fish found in the lake. The program runs both days, but you must book your spot in advance by calling Ranger Steve at 919-362-0586 or sending an email.
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC:
  • Go hunt for treasure at a multi-family yard sale at 1816 County Line Road in Cameron starting at 8am. There will also be a lemonade stand. If you get lost, call 919-499-2321 for directions!
  • Get all the fresh, local foods you’ll need for a tasty weekend at the Sanford Farmers’ Market (9am-noon) in Depot Park. Vendors will be selling seasonal produce, chicken and pork products, plants, and more.
  • Sanford’s newest restaurant has yet another reason to fill up its parking lot. Chick-Fil-A of Sanford is dedicating its playground at 9am and invites all local children to come participate. Children will receive a plush cow and free three-count mini nuggets!
  • Find out everything you need to know to create a cutting garden at Big Bloomers Flower Farm’s monthly Saturday Seminar (11am-12pm). Make sure you arrive in plenty of time to grab a good seat!
  • Want to help send care packages that include 20-30 items and a letter of encouragement? Donate money to Support US Armed Forces this Saturday (12-5pm) at the Kmart entrance. Organization volunteers will be available to answer any of your questions.
  • Looking for something different for lunch? Go over to Schooly's Bar and Billiards (1-9pm, 102 E. Trade Street) and grab lunch, dinner, and drinks to help raise money for a local man who needs a quadruple bypass. Plates are $7 and you can also participate in raffle to win a Harley!
  • Former members and spouse of the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club are invited to a hot dog cookout (2-5pm) at the clubhouse on Willett Lake Road. Call Eddie at 919-770-7049 for more information.
  • Head back over to the Steele Street Cafe for classic rock as performed by Resonance. The music starts at 9pm and there is no cover.
Saturday in the central NC region:
  • Choose chicken or fish for lunch -- Thompson Chapel Church (2093 Carbonton-Goldston Road in Goldston) is hosting a plate sale (11am-3pm) to raise money for Maylonnie, a 5-year-old child who has Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell, and Asthma. Plates are $7 and will also feature baked beans, cole slaw, and a dessert. Go back at 6pm for a Gospel Singing Program.
  • Put your pets in their best duds and take them to Pets Over Pittsboro, a parade that will start at Chatham Marketplace and end at the old PTA. There will be pet-friendly festivities, including portrait sessions, contests, treats, water bowls, and more. All pets will need to be on a leash.
  • Summer is a great time for outdoor movies. The Lumina Theatre (Chapel Hill) is playing Thor under the stars tonight for just $4 per person. Remember to bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
  • If big cats are your thing, then you won’t want to miss out on Carolina Tiger Rescue's weekly twilight tour ($25). The tour runs from 6-7:30pm and allows you to see the predators during the most active part of their days. No one under 13 years old allowed.
Sunday
  • Plan to take a tour of "The Plant," a biofuel and biofarm complext that includes Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, Eastern Carolina Organics, Piedmont Biofarm, Screech Owl Greenhouses, and more. The tour starts at 10am.
  • Those interested in improving race relations in Lee County should make plans to attend a One by One meeting in the library auditorium (4pm). The group hopes to improve race relationships through "frank and open discussion."
Friday in Sanford/Lee County NC:
  • Try something new at Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill! Round 3 of the restaurant’s "mystery dish" game will feature blueberries, banana peppers, squash, okra, and honey -- all as suggested by Facebook fans. Make sure you like their page so you can suggest next week’s ingredients. If your suggestion is used, you’ll get a discount on the meal!
  • It’s Open Gym time again at Sanford Academy (7-10pm)! Bring the kids to play for $7/hour or $15 for the whole night. This is a great time to introduce your kiddos to gymnastics and help them get comfortable with the cool equipment!
  • Kick off your shoes, grab a margarita, and enjoy some beach music at Steele Street Cafe. The Carolina Island Boys will start playing at 9pm. There is no cover charge, so go and enjoy.
  • Friday nights mean karaoke at The Flame Steakhouse! Go sing your heart out or support the folks who are brave enough to belt one out.
Friday in the central NC region:
  • Creative types will want to head out to Aberdeen Bead Company (110 W. South Street) tonight for Girls Night Out (7-10pm). This month’s GNO will be a scrapbook crop with a $10 fee, but pizza will be served. Bring your best beverage and prepare to win fun prizes.
  • Head to Bynum Front Porch (7-9pm) in Chatham County for Kairaba!, a group of Senegalese griot musicians who use traditional West African instruments and sing in Manding, Wolof, and English.
Did we miss an event? Share it in the comments!

June 23, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 23

If you want your news and/or event included in the Weekend Roundup, make sure you send it over by noon on Friday!

Today we posted:
  • Who doesn't love hush puppies? Tonight only -- say to the folks at Tony's Seafood, "I love Tony's hush puppies" when you pay your bill and you'll get half off one entree per table!
  • Heads up, Twitter users! Make sure you’re following La Dolce Vita (@ldvpizzeria)or else you’ll miss out on cool deals like half-off specials and other discounts. Yum!
  • Here's something fun for those of you online this late: Michele Quick Photography is giving away a 20-minute session in her studio to TWO winners (must be new clients) at 9am tomorrow. Click over to her page to enter!

June 22, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 22

Weekend Roundup time is quickly approaching. Make sure you share your event and/or information so that we can include it!

Today we posted:
  • Great news! FEMA has extended the deadline to apply for disaster assistance. Here are all the details, including why you should apply, even if assistance is denied.
  • Interested in starting your own business? Then get yourself to the Civic Center today for a free workshop on how to do it successfully. Register in advance at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu -- or just show up!
  • It's that time again! Scoot over to Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill and suggest an ingredient to be used in their mystery dish on Friday. You'll get a discount on the dish if your ingredient is chosen! Update: Ingredients chosen are blueberries, okra, honey, squash, and banana peppers. Make sure you stop by on Friday night to taste what they come up with!
  • Chick-Fil-A of Sanford opens its doors to the public at 6:30am tomorrow and there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9am. Should be fun!

June 21, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 21

Did you mark your calendar for the fun performance and/or story time happening tomorrow? There's nothing better than getting out of the house with the kids for free!

Here's what we posted today:
  • If you’re interested in consigning, consider doing it through Family Fashionz Consignments. They will donate 20% of their profits each month to missionary. Clients can choose to donate a portion of their profits, too. Learn more.

June 20, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 20

Thanks to everyone who came out for the first seminar in our Social Media Toolkit series. Our next one is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 (6:30-8pm) at the Civic Center. We'll be talking about using Facebook to grow your business. Space is limited, so register now!

Here's what we posted today:
  • If you're interested in learning how to be a weather spotter, send your info to brian@swapshop1050.com to find out about a free training course!
  • We've updated our listing of locations with free Wifi. Check it out in the "Guides" section in our navigation menu, or click here.
  • Getting hungry? Consider Jonesboro Cafe. They've started a new loyalty program that allows you to get a free meal for every 9 specials you buy. The food's good, so go support this local restaurant!

June 17, 2011

Weekend Roundup, June 17-19

Update: Win a free spray tan from new sponsor Healthy Glow Mobile Spray Tan! All you have to do is like their Facebook page and then post on SocialSanford's Facebook page saying which of the following events interest you most. Easy! Now go enter.

All Weekend
  • Children (ages 6-12) with little or no fishing experience are invited to Jordan Lake for the Catch A Sure Thing (CAST) youth program from 9:30-11am. They will learn to bait a hook, cast, and about the fish found in the lake. The program runs both days, but you must book your spot in advance by calling Ranger Steve at 919-362-0586 or sending an email.
Saturday in Lee County
  • Golfers will want to head over to Quail Ridge Golf Course at 7am for Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption’s golf tournament. $50 covers your entry, fees, lunch, bottled water and snack, and saving one dog’s life. For more information, call the golf course (919-776-6623) or Kim Godon (919-770-1070).
  • Get up early for an estate auction held by Adcock & Associates Real Estate & Auction at 1603 Carbonton Road. The event starts at 8am and the real estate will be sold at noon. Also up for grabs: pottery, jewelry, sterling silver and silverplate, furniture, and more. Click here for details.
  • Get all the fresh, local foods you’ll need for a tasty weekend at the Sanford Farmers’ Market (9am-noon) in Depot Park. Vendors will be selling seasonal produce, chicken and pork products, plants, and more.
  • Calling all bikers! Steel Horses (1907 Keller Andrews Road) is hosting a meet-and-greet and poker run starting at 9am. The cost to participate is $20/driver and $10/passenger. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
  • Get inspired at the Maker Faire, a festival and vendor exhibit that features makers, crafters, inventors, scientists, and artists from across the state. The event is at the NC Fairgrounds from 10am-5pm. Admission is $4/adult, $2/kid, and children under 6 get in free. There will also be live music all day. Go have fun!
  • Get your blood pressure checked while noshing on free food at FastMed Urgent Care’s (724 S. Horner Blvd) grand opening celebration (11am-3pm). WWGP will broadcast live, the Sanford Police Mobile Command will be in attendance, and you can tour the new clinic.
  • Here's your chance to get your pet an affordable rabies vaccination! The Lee County Animal Shelter will be offering rabies shots for $7 from 1-2pm at its location at 1450 N. Horner Blvd. Call 919-776-7446 for more information.
  • Beat the heat with a bottled ice-cold Coca-Cola and homemade ice creat at Twigs & Rags in Downtown Sanford (1-3pm). While you’re there, take a look at all the great merchandise in Sanford’s newest boutique.
  • Taste wines while listening to live music and noshing on great food at 411 Harrington in Broadway. The event runs 4-7pm and costs $35/ticket.
  • Pull your bell bottoms or your hypercolor shirt out of the back of the closet for the 103 Restaurant & Lounge’s first annual Oldies Party! The theme is 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s and the party starts at 6pm.
  • More live music at Steele Street Cafe! Carla Denman will perform starting at 9pm. There is no cover charge.
Saturday in the Region
  • It’s Mead-ieval Day at Starlight Mead in Pittsboro. Try all the meads served up by "wenches" from 12-6pm. Local musician Sheila Fleming will perform from 1-3pm. And the tastings are free for anyone in Renaissance garb!
  • Summer is a great time for outdoor movies. The Lumina Theatre (Chapel Hill) is playing Rio under the stars tonight for just $4 per person. Remember to bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
  • 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.
  • If big cats are your thing, then you won’t want to miss out on Carolina Tiger Rescue's weekly twilight tour ($25). The tour runs from 6-7:30pm and allows you to see the predators during the most active part of their days. No one under 13 years old allowed.
Sunday in the Region
  • Plan to take a tour of "The Plant," a biofuel and biofarm complext that includes Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, Eastern Carolina Organics, Piedmont Biofarm, Screech Owl Greenhouses, and more. The tour starts at 10am.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors with dad during a one-mile Father's Day Hike through the woods of the Poplar Point section of Jordan Lake. A park ranger will lead the hike and share bits of history about the area, including what it was like before the lake. The hike will begin at 1pm and will cost $6 per car for non-campers. Meet up at 1pm. Contact Robin Kalish with questions.
  • If dad loves to kayak or canoe, plan to take him on the Robeson Creek Father's Day Paddle. A park ranger will lead everyone through Robeson Creek, parts of the Haw River, and parts of Jordan Lake if time permits. All equipment will be provided, but participants must have experience paddling in moving water and be at least 12 years old. The event starts at 2pm at the Robeson Creek Canoe Access. Reserve your spot at 919-733-4181.
  • Take dad to the Father’s Day Gospel Extravaganza featuring Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires at the Civic Center on Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (children under 6 are free) and the music will begin at 4pm (doors open at 3pm). Purchase your tickets at WXKL-1290 AM (774-1080), Manna Christian Bookstore (708-5999), Ken’s Music (776-0253), or by calling Sue Wilson (775-5265).
  • Eat your Sunday dinner at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City (1-6pm). The Father’s Day menu includes a goat cheese platter, garlic and ginger marinated flank steak, spicy shrimp salad, roasted local potatoes, artisan breads from Weaver Street Market, and ginger goat milk ice cream.
Friday in Lee County
  • Interested in an estate sale? There will be a sneak preview until 5pm of the items being sold at an estate auction at 1603 Carbonton Road. See full details of the auction in the Saturday section below.
  • Help the Overbee family with medical expenses at a benefit dinner tonight at the VFW (Webb Street) until 6pm. They’re selling barbecue and barbecue chicken plates for $7. Place an order of 10 or more and they’ll deliver. Call 919-776-1432 with questions.
  • It's "Chopped" night at Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill! The restaurant will use five ingredients chosen by its Facebook fans -- avocado, cream cheese, basil, dried cranberries and orzo -- to create a mystery dish that's sure to surprise. Diners can also order from the regular menu. Make sure you “like” their page so you can suggest next week’s ingredients. If your suggestion is used, you’ll get a discount on the meal!
  • Pull your bell bottoms or your hypercolor shirt out of the back of the closet for the 103 Restaurant & Lounge’s first annual Oldies Party! The theme is 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s and the party starts at 6pm.
  • Stop by Steele Street Cafe tonight to hear Chris Suitor (starts at 9pm). Try a cold coffee drink or wine smoothie while you're there!
  • Friday nights mean karaoke at The Flame Steakhouse! Go sing your heart out or support the folks who are brave enough to belt one out.
Friday in the Region
  • Every third Friday of the month is Siler City’s Art Walk. There will be live music, arts and crafts, wine tastings and more as you stroll the city’s art galleries and explore other local shops.

Found on Facebook, June 17

To thank our great new sponsors -- how about a weekend giveaway?! To enter, take a look at the Weekend Roundup and then post a comment on our Facebook page saying what event you'll be checking out. Prize will be awarded at 10pm on Sunday!

And here's the day's news:
  • Tons going on this weekend -- including a bbq plate sale at the VFW (1500 Webb Street) and "Chopped" night at Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill tonight. An estate sale, grand opening celebration, and more tomorrow. 
  • ‎Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption only has a couple bags of Purina Puppy Chow left. Consider donating a bag (or two) at the shelter tomorrow from 10am-2pm. Play with some of their puppies while you're there!

Let's Play!

The Sanford/Lee County area boasts some really great parks and playgrounds. Here are our picks for the best places to kick back and relax as the kids play:

1) Kiwanis Children's Parkplace -- "The Parents' Park" (map to park vicinity; 360-degree view)


At first glance, this park (which is on the corner of Carthage Street and Park Avenue) seems a little barren. However, ask any parent in a 10-mile radius and they'll tell you this is the premiere playground for little people. And by little, we're talking preschool and younger.
Pros: Kiwanis Children's boasts a covered shelter with multiple picnic tables, a smattering of uncovered picnic tables on the other side of the park, four baby swings, four regular swings, and a fenced in play area that's designed for young children. Here's a more in-depth view of the park.

Cons: Older children may easily tire of this park. However, you can combat their boredom with a frisbee or football to toss around as the park has a large swath of grass that's perfect for running wild.

Do More: The park also offers tennis courts and a covered shelter with a grill.

2) San Lee Park -- "The Environmentalists' Park" (map)



If you're looking for a picnic spot and play area that's away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this will be right up your alley. Located off Pumping Station Road, San Lee Park offers a more secluded environment with tons of natural entertainment.
Pros: The temperature-controlled wildlife center offers vending machines and clean restrooms, as well as a room full of native wildlife. The exhibits will entertain younger children while older children will enjoy the activity sheets and facts that dot the interior walls. There's also an outdoor play area that includes a baby swing.

Bonus: San Lee Park's long-used play area was recently torn down and a brand new play area was constructed. Now there are more swings, a large slide, a climbing structure, and more. The best part is it's all in a shady area of the park located right next to picnic tables, so you can play all day! See the new and improved park here.

Cons: This park is a bit out of the way if you don't have much time to spare. There is a wading area that children flock to, but the area is slippery and can be dangerous.

Do More: Outside are waterfalls, a large pond, and all the ducks you can feed. The park also boasts a trail that that children can hike easily, and a large green that's perfect for playing. As it gets warmer, the park will rent canoes and paddle boats for dirt cheap.

3) O.T. Sloan Park -- "The Drop-In Park" (map to park vicinity; 360-degree view)

In the summertime, O.T. Sloan is known for its two public pools, but now is a wonderful time to visit the park's playground area. This short turn off of Bragg Street is perfect for an impromptu quick bite.
Pros: The park is located near several stores and restaurants, so you can easily stop for a while and then get back to your day. The picnic area is right beside a small playground that offers a slide, climbing area, and swings that will appeal to children of all ages.

Cons: The picnic and play area is very close to the park's parking lot, making it hazardous at certain times of the day -- such as when parents are picking up or dropping off their children at the Boys & Girls Club, which is also located in the park. There are no baby swings and the metal slide gets hot quickly.

Do More: The park also offers three public pools (two large, one baby), baseball fields, and an extensive disc golf course.

4) Tramway Road Park: "The Kids' Park" (map to park vicinity)


Sanford's newest playground boasts brand new, fun equipment that encourage children to get moving. It's situated between Southern Lee High and SanLee Middle schools, making it ideal for after-school stops. Make sure you park in Parks & Rec's gravel lot!
Pros: The playground's new heat-resistant equipment includes two playsets, several slides, a swing set, a spinner, two child-sized picnic tables, and a couple benches for parents. There's rubber mulching to make falls safer.

Cons: The play area offers no shade -- which can make it unbearable on super hot days. Also, there are no baby swings.

Do More: Parks & Rec has also created a walking trail for fitness buffs. You can use the Lee County Schools' open wifi for free, though many sites are blocked.

5) Honorable mention: Depot Park -- "The Urban Park" (map; 360-degree view)

The land Depot Park sits on used to be Sanford's town center and was the place our earliest residents gathered to keep updated on town news. This park is also one of our town's newest, thanks to a special effort by Downtown Sanford to bring the space into modern times.
Pros: There is a historic train and fountain for playing in, as well as lots of open space for imaginative play. The park also houses the Railroad House Museum.

Cons: The train and fountain are the only options for playing. Also, the train and bathrooms are often dirty. Several people have complained of finding the train filthy and unfit for playing in. This is an "at your own risk" park.

Do More: There are picnic tables all over the park, which is also within walking distance of several local restaurants and boutiques, the library's main branch, and the local coffee shop. Best yet, the park boasts free wi-fi!

Did we miss your favorite park? Tell us all about it in the comments section.

June 16, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 16

We're looking forward to a fantastic seminar on Monday evening. Come out to the Civic Center (6:30-8pm) to learn more about social media and how it can help your business.

More housekeeping: You'll want to check around in the menu bar above. We've updated the guides and added new ones. You can also just click what interests you here:
  • Summer Performances -- including Function at the Junction, free performances at the library, and the local youth conservatory.
  • Fathers Day Deals -- such as coupons off furniture, lots of activities, and even a photography special.
Today we posted:
  • Tornado victims have only a few more days to apply for federal assistance. The deadline is June 20. Here are the details.
  • Want to update your wardrobe? The Quality Ladies Clothing sale is back at the old Kerr Drug building (Wicker Street) starting tomorrow and will run until June 24.
  • The NC Treasure Chest is in need of clothing racks to borrow for use on June 25. Contact Tamara (tamara@lambdesigns.net) if you can help!
  • Head over to the Grace Christian (2605 Jefferson Davis Hwy) cafeteria/fellowship hall for the Girl's Clothing Swap for Grace Youth Missions. You can fill a grocery bag full of girls clothes for just $10 or bring girls' clothes to swap and get a take-home bag for just $5!
  • Downtown Sanford’s Steele-Wicker Street Gallery wants to give you $100 to go shopping. All you have to do is go like the page. A winner will be chosen on July 4!

Make Time for These Summer Performances

Summer is the perfect time to get out and do something fun -- whether it's pack a picnic dinner and listen to great local music in the park or pack up the kids for family-friendly performances around town.

Be sure you don't miss out on these performances happening over the summer:
▶ The Function at the Junction concert series happens every Thursday night at 7pm in Depot Park in downtown Sanford. The event is free and open to the public. The lineup is:
  • FOG Band (blues/classic rock) on June 16
  • Tommy Edwards & Carolina Lightning (bluegrass) on June 23
  • Tuesday Night Music Club (country/classic rock) on June 30
  • Coyote Ridge (bluegrass) on July 7
  • Heart of Carolina (jazz) on July 14
  • Fine Blue Line (bluegrass) on July 21
  • Blender (country, oldies) on July 28
  • Roger Hester & The High Country Men (bluegrass) on August 4
  • Heart of Carolina (jazz) on August 11
  • RN5P (solid gold, oldies, beach music) on August 18
  • Working on a Commission (contemporary christian rock) on August 25
  • Kenny Huffman & Workhorse (folk rock) on September 1
▶ Thursdays are live music nights at several local eateries. You can hear live musicians starting at 7pm at The Flame Steakhouse and 8pm at the Steele Street Cafe.

▶ The Lee County Library's is offering four free performances at the Lee County Arts and Community Center (507 N. Steele Street, Sanford) at 11am, except where noted. They are:
  • Flow Circus on June 22 (10:30am)
  • Joy the Clown on June 29
  • Magetsi 4H Club of Lee County on July 13
  • Captain Jim on July 27
▶ The Temple Theatre's summer youth conservatory is bringing Alice in Wonderland to our local audience. Tickets will be $12 for adults, $6 for children (under age 13). Click here to for ticketing information. There will be two sets of performances:
  • Conservatory 1: 7pm on July 8-9, 2pm on July 9-10
  • Conservatory 2: 7pm on August 5-6, 2pm on August 6-7
▶ The Chatham Community Library (197 Highway 87 N, Pittsboro) invites everyone to these free performances:
  • Digeridoo Downunder on June 25 at 10:30am
  • Rags to Riches Theater on June 30 at 11am
  • Flow Circus on July 8 at 1pm
  • The Healing Force on July 13 at 7pm
  • Doug Berky on July 22 at 1pm
  • Captain Jim is Magic! on July 28 at 7pm.

June 15, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 15

We're looking forward to a fantastic seminar on Monday evening. Come out to the Civic Center (6:30-8pm) to learn more about social media and how it can help your business.

And don't forget to check out these updated guides:
Today's posts were:
  • Children whose families were affected by the April 16 tornado can go to camp for free! Learn more about the camps and then contact Emily to start the registration process. Camps are also available for children whose families are economically disadvantaged.
  • Want to make your own costumes? Sew and Sew's Place (Fayetteville) is holding a FREE costume workshop tomorrow (5:30-8:30pm). Best part is you don't have to know how to sew! Call (910) 223-7379 to register.

June 14, 2011

Build Your Social Media Toolkit

Social media has taken the world by storm. The stats are staggering: 600 million Facebook users, 200 million Twitter users, 100 million LinkedIn users -- and those are just the top three social networking outlets.

But do you understand how to leverage those outlets to promote your company, build a loyal and engaged customer base, and turn your brand into a powerhouse? If you're like most small business owners, the answer to the question is a resounding, "No."

Here's help: SocialSanford Consulting and the Lee County Small Business Center have teamed up to present the SocialSanford Toolkit Series -- free seminars focused solely on helping you harness social media and use it to your greatest advantage!

Bonus: Both seminars will feature a translator for participants whose first language is Spanish. We look forward to serving the area's Hispanic business community!
  • How Social Media Can Boost Your Bottom Line (Cómo Los Medios Sociales Pueden Impulsar Sus Resultados Financieros)
    Description: Facebook isn't the only social media tool available to small businesses. Learn what social media outlets exist and how you can use them to better attract and engage customers.
    Descripcion: Facebook no es la única herramienta a disposición de los medios de comunicación social de las pequeñas empresas. Aprenda lo que los medios de comunicación social existen y cómo se pueden utilizar para atraer mejor y atraer a los clientes.
    Cost: Free (Gratis)
    When: Monday, June 20 from 6:30-8pm at the Civic Center
  • Using Facebook To Market Your Business (Utilizando Facebook Para Promocionar Su Negocio)
    Description: More than 400 million people log onto Facebook each day. You need to know how, when, and why your business should reach out to the many people (and their networks) sitting in this audience. 
    Descripcion: Más de 400 millones de personas que iniciar sesión en Facebook cada día. lo que necesita saber cómo, cuándo y por qué su empresa debe llegar a todas las personas [y sus redes] sentado en esta audiencia.
    Cost: Free (Gratis)
    When: Thursday, June 30 from 6:30-8pm at the Civic Center
How to register: You can reserve your spot in either or both of these seminars by calling the Small Business Center at 919-774-6442 or sending an email.

You can register online by clicking here:

Found on Facebook, June 14

Father's Day is fast approaching. Check out our roundup of some great local deals and activities. There's a little something for everyone!
  • Great news -- you can get answers to your social networking questions and figure out which outlet is best for your business at our *free* Toolkit seminar series!
  • Want to start a business? Learn how at a free seminar tonight (6:30-9pm) at the Civic Center! Register for the event at 919-774-6442 or send an email.
  • Need something to do with the kids today? Take them to a MOPS playdate at Boomers Party & Play today from 10:30am-1:30pm. The cost is $6 per child. This is a great way to learn more about the MOPS group!

June 13, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 13

Today we posted:
  • On the countdown to Chick-fil-A of Sanford's grand opening? Win an invitation to their Premier Night by submitting an essay (100 words or less) explaining why you're their biggest fan. Here are the details.
  • Giveaway alert! You can win free chef services from The Traveling Gourmet by suggesting the page to your friends. The person who sends the most new likes wins the $250-value prize!

Take Advantage of These Father's Day Specials

Father’s Day is just a few days away. Here are a few ways to show the dads (or father figures) in your life how much they mean to you:

Deals
  • Synergy Photography is offering half-priced family sessions for families with deployed dads. Don’t worry about getting the photos there in time -- digital prints will land right in dad’s email inbox.
  • Sweeten up your family’s Father’s Day with a dozen cupcakes or cookies from Dandalia Bakery! From now until June 17, you’ll get six extra cookies/cupcakes per dozen.
  • Get dad’s car washed and detailed by JT’s Car Wash (1923 S. Horner Blvd) for just $15. The best part? If you purchase the service from the Carolina Women’s Fitness Center Relay for Life team, the charity receives $5 back! Call 919-775-5811 to order!
Activities
  • Enjoy the great outdoors with dad during a one-mile Father's Day Hike through the woods of the Poplar Point section of Jordan Lake. A park ranger will lead the hike and share bits of history about the area, including what it was like before the lake. The hike will begin at 1pm and will cost $6 per car for non-campers. Meet up at 1pm. Contact Robin Kalish with questions.
  • If dad loves to kayak or canoe, plan to take him on the Robeson Creek Father's Day Paddle. A park ranger will lead everyone through Robeson Creek, parts of the Haw River, and parts of Jordan Lake if time permits. All equipment will be provided, but participants must have experience paddling in moving water and be at least 12 years old. The event starts at 2pm at the Robeson Creek Canoe Access. Reserve your spot at 919-733-4181.
  • Take dad to the Father’s Day Gospel Extravaganza featuring Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires at the Civic Center on Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (children under 6 are free) and the music will begin at 4pm (doors open at 3pm). Purchase your tickets at WXKL-1290 AM (774-1080), Manna Christian Bookstore (708-5999), Ken’s Music (776-0253), or by calling Sue Wilson (775-5265).
Giveaways
  • Win a basket of goodies and a photo session with the dad in your life on The Flower Station’s facebook page. All you have to do is tell them how your dad has influenced you and others, and then get your friends and family to “like” the post. The post with the most likes by June 15 will win.
  • Give dad a break from the car washing by entering C & P Family Car Wash's giveaway! All you have to do is like the Facebook page by June 16. One person will win a free car wash -- and the odds are in your favor right now. Don't want to take a chance? Book your dad's car wash for just $10!

June 12, 2011

Found on Facebook, June 12

We'll be publishing the Father's Day deals and events roundup on Monday. Send any info to us at kelly@socialsanford.com or use our contact form.

And here's what we posted today:
  • Have you heard about the Therapeutic Alternatives Mobile Crisis Unit? This free service responds around the clock to mental health and substance abuse crisis situations and is available to FEMA recipients. Call them at 877-626-1772.
We also had some community posts that you might be interested in:
  • Be on the look out for a lost 6-year-old black and white German Shepherd who's gone missing in the Deep River area. His microchip number is 49187D2A52 and his owner is Jessica Norris (919-770-3757). This poor pup is afraid of thunderstorms and is on medication.