August 31, 2011

Facebook Recap, August 31

Today's recap:
  • The Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo starts today at 10am at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Admission is free and there will be plenty of prizes, freebies, and information for everyone!
  • Another giveaway: We "3" Thrift Shop and More is giving away a $25 credit to one lucky Facebook fan. To enter, like their page and send an email to we3thriftshop@gmail.com with your full name and what you like/what can be improved about the store. The giveaway ends Monday at 6pm!
  • Love jewelry? You might win some for free at a Brandee's Just Jewelry party on Saturday at the Jaycee Hut (2-4pm). There will be free refreshments and many chances to win some jewelry!

August 30, 2011

Facebook Recap, August 30

We have two housekeeping items for you today. First up -- do you like seeing all the posts (from others) on the SocialSanford Facebook page or would you rather see only SocialSanford's posts (with the option to see "Everyone" when you want)? Let us know your thoughts!

And we wanted to point out that people and businesses post on our Facebook page all day long. Make sure you hop over every couple of hours to see what's going on and find out about special opportunities.

Today's recap:
  • The Moore County Fair began tonight. Get all the details about this -- and the upcoming Lee Regional Fair -- in our fair guide. Times, prices, and specials are included!
  • The Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo is tomorrow at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center (10am-2:30pm). There will be lots of exhibitors, prizes, and freebies, as well as tons of information. Admission is free so make sure you stop by!
  • If you're looking for a way to get involved with Hurricane Irene relief efforts, WRAL-TV has created a great resource here.

Facebook Recap, August 29

Who's getting excited about the fair? The Moore County Fair starts this week ... and the Lee Regional Fair is chock full of new events (like a Battle of the Bands). Check out our roundup for all the details!

Today's recap:
  • Did you see the Black Belt Leadership Academy giveaway? Go click like to be in the running for all kinds of prizes. All you have to do is "like" the page to win!
  • Tabitha Jennings Photography is on the hunt for a senior from each of the local high schools for a ***free*** session (including prints). Also, seniors who book a photo session before Sept 30 will receive a 50% discount!
  • Heads up, crafters! Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Sanford, NC has lots of fabric (in the form of stained/ripped clothing) you can have for free. They'll be open today (3-7pm) if you want to grab a box or two.

August 29, 2011

Fun Days at the Fair

Fair season is in full swing. Here's a roundup of the ones happening in our area:

Moore County Agricultural Fair, Aug 30-Sept 3, 2011
Hours: Gates open at 5pm every day except Saturday, when they open at 3pm. The fair ends at 11pm each day.
Prices: $5 for ages 3+; free under age 3. Parking is $2.
Location: Moore County Fairgrounds, 3699 US 15-501 Hwy in Carthage NC
Note: Power Pro Wrestling will perform on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. The show will start at 8pm.

Lee Regional Fair, Sept 13-18
Hours: Gates open between 4-4:30pm on most week days (except 9am open on Thursday) and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Click on "Schedule" on the fair website for specials and discounts.
Prices: Admission is $6 (children under 36" tall admitted free), ride wristbands are $20 ($16 in advance). A "Family Gate Pack" (admits 6) is $26. (Find pre-sale locations on the fair website.)
Location: Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 North 7th Street in Sanford NC
Note: The Lee Regional Fair will offer a Battle of the Bands and an authentic, working tobacco barn. Power Pro Wrestling will also perform. Don't miss out!

Cumberland County Fair, Sept 15-25
Hours: Gates open at 5pm on weeknights, and noon on weekends. (See the detailed schedule here.)
Prices: Advance ticket packages available for $10 include admission and ride wristbands. Gate price will be higher.
Location: 1960 Coliseum Drive in Fayetteville NC

Chatham County Agricultural & Industrial Fair, Sept 28-Oct 1
Hours: Varies each day, check website for details.
Prices: Admission for adults is $4, children 6-12 is $3 and children 5 and under are free. Ride tickets will also be available for purchase.
Location: 191 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Pittsboro NC

North Carolina State Fair, Oct 13-23
Hours: Gates open at 8am except for October 13, when they open at 3pm. (See daily schedule here.)
Prices: Admission is $6 in advance, $8 at the gate. (Get specific pricing details here)
Location: NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh NC

We hope you have a fantastic fair season! Let us know if there's any fair information you need that we haven't included. We'll find it for you!

August 25, 2011

Facebook Recap, August 25

If you have submitted news/items for the weekend, please let us know ASAP if any details have changed. The Weekend Roundup is in the works and we want it to be accurate!

Today's recap:

August 24, 2011

Facebook Recap, August 24

We hope all the kids heading back to school tomorrow have wonderful first days. The SocialSanford team has been hard at back-to-school activities and we hope everyone is as excited as we are!

Today's recap:
  • Heads up, Chatham County families! Home Performance NC is hosting an art and writing contest in conjunction with Celebrate Green Central. Children ages 3-18 can submit artwork or writing around the theme of "reduce, reuse, recycle," and will win cash prizes. The deadline for submissions is October 4.
  • The Sanford MOP's fall Mom to Mom Sale is coming up on Sept. 10. If you'd like to reserve a table for the sale, you'd better act fast as space is running out. Tables are $25.

August 23, 2011

Facebook Recap, August 23

We hope your Tuesday was uneventful, what with an earthquake and all. With all the shaking going on, we thought we'd remind you to come take a look at the SocialSanford Facebook page at least a couple times each day. People/businesses are always posting new information or asking questions that you may have the answer for. C'mon over!

Today's recap:
  • If you’re looking for a job, be sure to attend Sanford Job Seekers tomorrow (8:30am, First Baptist Church). A placement agency will be pre-interviewing applicants for jobs at two different companies.
  • It's the last day to register for the Lee County REAL class, which is for people who are planning to open a business or are in business but have not yet completed a business plan. Call Diane Kannarr (919-718-7247) ASAP to register or for more information.
  • Head out to Benefit 11, a charity concert for the Lee County Arts Center, this Saturday (6-7:30pm). Admission is $5 and two non-perishable food items, which will be donated to local food pantries. Karlheinz Valentic will play original acoustic Christian music.

August 22, 2011

Facebook Recap, August 22

It's open house week across Lee County. Make sure you get where you need to be with our roundup.

Today's recap:
  • The Communities In Schools of Lee County Teacher Resource Room is open today (10am-5pm), tomorrow (10am-2pm), and Wednesday (10am-4pm). Make sure you stop by and get what you need!
  • Show your support for the Broadway Branch Library at an open house today (3-7pm, 206 S. Main St.). There will be gift bags for the first 100 kids, refreshments, and plenty of time to get your library card!
  • Need advice or guidance on financing your small business? Learn all about the financing application project at a free seminar tomorrow at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center (10:30am-noon). RSVP at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu.

August 19, 2011

Weekend Roundup, August 19-21

A huge thank you to this month's Weekend Roundup sponsor, the Lee County Phone Book! If you'd like to be the sponsor for September, get in touch.



There are several giveaways still running over the weekend. Make sure you enter them all so you increase your chances of winning something cool!
    Now that you've set yourself up to win some great prizes from local businesses, here's what's on the local agenda this weekend:

    Skip ahead:
    Friday in Sanford/Lee County NC
    • Get ready, runners. Brick City Running Tribe is meeting at 6:30am at the Kiwanis Park gazebo (Wicker Street) for a group run. Can't make this one? Try Tuesday evening (6pm) in the Goody's lot (Riverbirch).
    • Champions Car Wash is still offering free car washes until Saturday. Go in the early afternoon (1-3pm) to meet members of the Sanford Police Department. While you’re there, grab a coupon for a free sandwich from Chick-Fil-A of Sanford!
    • Try something new at Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill! The restaurant’s "mystery dish" will feature spaghetti squash, eggplant, rice, garlic, and tomato. Make sure you like their page so you can suggest next week’s ingredients (which earns you a discount on the meal)!
    • You’ll want to be at Lee Senior for the hottest event in town: the Brick City Bowl! The Lee Senior Yellow Jackets will battle it out with the Southern Lee Cavaliers in the first big football game of the season (7-10pm).
    • Heads up, music lovers. The Steele Street Cafe is hosting Kenny Huffman starting around 9pm.
    Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC 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.
    • Go explore downtown Durham during Third Friday Durham, a night of music and culture that offers something for everyone.
    All Weekend In Sanford/Lee County NC
    • Rich's And Beyond (Kendale Plaza) is still having its going out of business sale. Beginning today, everything in the store will be discounted by 60 percent. The store is open Monday-Saturday (9am-5pm).
    • We 3 Thrift is having a summer clearance sale that includes some buy-two-get-one-free items among other discounts. The sale will be Friday (9am-6pm), Saturday (9am-5pm), and Sunday (11am-5pm). Everyone who comes in will be entered into a gift basket raffle.
    • Today is Le Chic Boutique of Sanford's last day of business. Make sure you stop in to pick up some great clothing, and wish Laeticia all the best on her future endeavors.
    Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
    • Start your weekend off on the right foot with a great Zumba workout. Find out where and when you can do it (hint: all classes start at 9am) in our Zumba guide!
    • 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.
    • Join the Friends of the Lee County Library at their semi-annual meeting in the library’s auditorium (10:30am, Hawkins Avenue). They’ll be discussing the Fall Book Sale, and anyone wishing to join the group can do so.
    • Support the American Cancer Society at the Circle of Friends Margaritaville Dance featuring DJ Chuck Garner at the Sanford Elks Club (8pm-midnight). Tickets are $20 per couple and include light appetizers. Bring your own beverage and come dressed in your best Buffett attire. You can purchase your tickets at the door.
    Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
    • Tour the Carolina Brewery (Pittsboro) at 12pm and 1pm. You’ll get a complimentary tasting, but you must reserve your spot by calling 919-545-2330.
    • 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. There will be a 50/50 raffle, oldies music, and more.
    Sunday in the Sanford/Lee County NC 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.
    • Don’t miss out on Portion Size Me, Inc.'s upcoming 2-hour soccer clinic called Sanford SHOOT For Your Goals. The event will be hosted by Cindy Parlow, an Olympic gold medalist and Women's World Cup champ, and there will be lots of fun activities for the whole family!
    • Eat your Sunday dinner at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City (1-6pm). The menu always includes fresh, local foods and features the dairy’s signature cheeses.
    Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us. And if you're looking for Triangle-based events, check out this list of events.


    August 18, 2011

    Facebook Recap, August 18

    Are your kids ready to head back to school? Take them to meet their teachers at these traditional-calendar schools' open houses.

    Today's recap:
    • Get a free car wash today at the Champions Car Wash ribbon cutting (11:30am). Look for it at 111 Bank Street, right across the street from Brick City Grill and behind First Bank (off Horner Blvd). Update: They’ll continue doing free car washes through Saturday (8/20) and you’ll get a coupon for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich!
    • Want to be the face of North Carolina? VisitNC.com is looking for a spokesperson who is an NC resident, outdoor adventure enthusiast, and age 23-33 who has experience in adventure-guiding. To apply: Send an email to northcarolina@aboutdci.com. The email should contain your name, age, hometown, headshot, links to past broadcast/video experience, and your answer to this question: “My favorite NC fall adventure is ____.” The deadline is August 28.
    • Love to save money? Check out Sanford Coupon Queens, a special group dedicated just to couponing and deals. Offers and updates are posted daily!
    • If you've been thinking about joining the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative, you'd better make your decision quickly. Tomorrow is the deadline to sign up for the fall organic box.

    August 17, 2011

    Kick Off The School Year With Open House

    Though summer seemed like it would never end, we're firmly in back-to-school time. The first day of the traditional school year is Thursday, Aug. 25. 

    But don't wait until then to transition your child back into the school year. Put them in the back-to-school spirit by taking them to meet their new teachers and explore their schools on these open house days:

    Thursday, August 18
    Lee County High freshmen orientation: 8am-noon
    Lee County High schedule pick-up for seniors: 1-3pm
    Lee Early College year four-five parent/student orientation: 6:30pm, Civic Center

    Friday, Aug. 19
    Lee County High schedule pick-up for sophomores/juniors: 10am-noon

    Sunday, Aug. 21
    J. Glenn Edwards Elementary for kindergarten: 3pm

    Monday, Aug. 22
    Bragg Street Academy: 4:30-6:30pm
    Broadway Elementary: 4-6pm
    Deep River Elementary: 4-6pm
    East Lee Middle: 4:30-6:30pm
    Greenwood Elementary: 4-6pm
    Warren Williams Elementary Alternative: 3:30-5:30pm
    West Lee Middle for 6th grade: 5-6:30pm

    Tuesday, Aug. 23
    B.T. Bullock Elementary: 4:30-6pm
    J. Glenn Edwards Elementary for 1st-5th grades: 4-6pm
    J.R. Ingram Elementary: 4-6pm
    SanLee Middle for 7th and 8th grades: 5-7pm
    Southern Lee High freshman orientation: 9am
    Southern Lee High: 5-7pm
    West Lee Middle for 7th and 8th grades: 5-6:30pm

    Wednesday, Aug. 24
    Floyd L. Knight: noon-2pm

    Monday, Sept. 12
    Lee County High: 5pm

    We hope everyone has a great school year!

    Facebook Recap, August 17

    Don't forget to enter the Smith Group Realty giveaway! You could be the lucky winner who gets $50 to spend at Added Accents!

    Today's recap:
    • Have you heard about The Great Food Truck Race? Several food trucks from our area are in the running. Go give them some support!
    • Sneak peak: Don’t miss out on Portion Size Me, Inc.'s upcoming 2-hour soccer clinic called Sanford SHOOT For Your Goals. The event will be hosted by Cindy Parlow, an Olympic gold medalist and Women's World Cup champ, and there will be lots of fun activities for the whole family!

    August 16, 2011

    Facebook Recap, August 16

    Today's recap:
    • Anyone interested in a 1-year-old chocolate lab/Chesapeake retriever mix? She's spayed, has all her shots, has started obedience training, and is crate trained. Her owner is elderly and recently had a bad fall. Send an email to darlarenee@windstream.net if you're interested.
    • Looking for a nice place to live? There is a two-bedroom/one-bath home for rent in the Broadway area. The cost is $600 monthly and $600 deposit. You’ll have land available for a garden, chickens, etc, and you can move in immediately. Call 919-258-9299 for more information.

    August 15, 2011

    Facebook Recap, August 15

    Who doesn't love free stuff? Go enter all the great giveaways happening right now! We've rounded them up at the link. Note: The Dandalia Bakery giveaway has its first winner: Kay Marion Mitchell! Kay has 48 hours to claim her prize. If you didn't win, keep spreading the word -- there will be another giveaway in just 26 more likes!

    Today's recap:
    • The Sanford Ladies' Lunch Group is meeting today at Yarborough's (11:30am-1:30pm) to continue collecting toys for needy families. This time the toy will be for a 9-12 year old boy.
    • Heads up, job seekers -- A local substance abuse treatment facility is immediately seeking an nurse who can work full time (Mon-Fri, 6am-12pm). Please send resume and salary requirements to stctr@windstream.net.

    Enter These Giveaways

    Everyone loves getting something for nothing. Go enter these giveaways, where just a few simple clicks could land you with an awesome prize:
    • $50 to Added Accents sponsored by Smith Group Realty. Details here.
    • A dozen cupcakes (or a round of golf) from Dandalia Bakery by liking their page and commenting with your favorite flavor.
    • A dozen cupcakes or cupcake shots from The Cupcake Pub by liking their page.
    • A free cleaning service from Magical Maid Serviceby liking their page and commenting "clean" on their wall.
    • 2 free unlimited passes to Party Fitness with Nel just by liking their page. They must reach 200 likes by Friday.
    Are you running a giveaway? Post it in the comments and we'll add it to this roundup!

    August 14, 2011

    Slice of Life: Colors

    It's time for another photo in our "Slice of Life" series.


    Contributor: Donnie Pardue

    Donnie says: "Sanford NC after dark. I caught the succession of colors of traffic signals on the Temple Theatre facade Saturday night. I'd never noticed the variation before, but there it is, as it has been for years -- green, yellow, and red ... over and over."

    Thanks Donnie! Tune in next week for another slice of local life!

    Want to submit a photo for this series? Send it to us with a short bio and caption.

    August 12, 2011

    Weekend Roundup, August 12-14

    A huge thank you to this month's Weekend Roundup sponsor, the Lee County Phone Book! If you'd like to be the sponsor for September, get in touch.



    There are several giveaways still running over the weekend. Make sure you enter them all so you increase your chances of winning something cool!
    Now that you've set yourself up to win some great prizes from local businesses, here's what's on the local agenda this weekend:

    Skip ahead: Friday in Sanford/Lee County NC, Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC, Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC area, Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC. Remember to use Ctrl+F (or Command+F) to search for specific events.

    Friday in Sanford/Lee County NC
    • Get ready, runners. Brick City Running Tribe is meeting at 6:30am at the Kiwanis Park gazebo (Wicker Street) for a group run. Can't make this one? Try Tuesday evening (6pm) in the Goody's lot (Riverbirch).
    • Learn more about the Bronze Boutique at a ribbon cutting and grand opening (4-5:30pm) at 4542 Hwy 87 South (near the Carolina Trace Water Tower). There will be snacks, cold drinks, and spray tanning goody bags as well as prize drawings.
    • The Spout Springs Association is holding a spaghetti dinner (4-8pm) at Station 1 at 4400 Buffalo Lake Road off of Hwy 87. Plates will be $5. Get more information at 919-499-9786.
    • Try something new at Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill! The restaurant’s "mystery dish" will feature spaghetti squash, eggplant, rice, garlic, and tomato. Make sure you like their page so you can suggest next week’s ingredients (which earns you a discount on the meal)!
    • It's open gym night at Sanford Academy (7-10pm)! Children of all ages are welcome to go play with the gym's equipment under the supervision of the gym's trained staff. The cost is $7 per hour or $15 for the whole night.
    • Head to Bynum Front Porch (7-9pm) in Chatham County for traditional bluegrass by Sourwood Mountain Band.
    Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
    • Start your weekend off on the right foot with a great Zumba workout. Find out where and when you can do it (hint: all classes start at 9am) in our Zumba guide!
    • 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.
    • There will be a kung fu exhibition at Kiwanis Park (Wicker Street) beginning at 10am. This is an annual event that is performed to honor the demonstrators' now deceased instructor.
    • The Lee County Sheriff's Department will be holding a rabies clinic this Saturday from 10-1pm (1401 Elm Street). Vaccines cost $7 and will be given by Dr. Davis of Maple Springs Vet Hospital. You must have your dogs on a leash and your cats in a carrier. Bring any proof of previous rabies vaccinations you have. Contact Sgt. Rodriguez at 919-775-5531 with questions.
    • It’s the second Saturday of the month, which means the Raleigh Exec Jetport is holding a cookout from 12-1pm at the Wings of Carolina Flight Center. Go meet club members, local pilots, and others interested in aviation. Lunch is available for $5.
    • Heads up, car lovers. Wheels of the Past car club is holding its Second Saturday Cruz-In at Smithfield's Chicken & BBQ (4-9pm). This is a free, family-friendly event.
    Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
    • The Chatham County Farm Bureau Fun Day will run from 10am to 1pm at Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park. They'll have kids' activities, safety demonstrations, hot dogs, barbecue, and our homemade ice cream -- all for free! Everyone is welcome to go and enjoy.
    • Tour the Carolina Brewery (Pittsboro) at 12pm and 1pm. You’ll get a complimentary tasting, but you must reserve your spot by calling 919-545-2330.
    • Saddle up, cowboys (and girls)! There will be a Mounted Cowboy Shoot at Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park (5-8pm) hosted by the Double L Bar Shooters and the Silk Hope Ruritan Club. Admission is $5 and children under 6 are free.
    • Go hear Raymond Bradley and the Ramblin' Fever Band at the Liberty Showcase (101 S. Fayetteville Street, Liberty) starting at 7pm. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $11.50 for seniors, and free for children under 12.
    • Heads up, dance lovers -- The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 is holding a "Luau Paradise" dance this Saturday from 7-10pm (105 McReynolds Street, Carthage). There will be complimentary lessons from 7:30-8pm and open dancing from 8-10pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for guests, and free for first-time guests.
    Sunday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
    • Girls' fast-pitch softball team the Brick City Bombers are holding tryouts at Northview Optimist Park (3pm, Hawkins Avenue). They are looking for players in the 10U, 12U, and 14U age groups.
    Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us.


    Facebook Recap, August 11

    Another giveaway! This time, it's for free cupcakes (or a round of golf) from Dandalia Bakery. Yum!!! Get all the details here.

    And there's still time to enter the big $50 giveaway from Smith Group Realty. Enter both of these giveaways to increase your chances of winning something cool!

    Today's recap:
    • Get ready, runners. Brick City Running Tribe is meeting at 6:30am tomorrow at the Kiwanis Gazebo (Wicker Street) for a group run. Can't make this one? Try Tuesday evening (6pm) in the Goody's lot (Riverbirch).

    August 11, 2011

    Exclusive Giveaway: Cupcakes from Dandalia Bakery

    Coconut, marshmallow creme, red velvet, chocolate with raspberry, peach cobbler, peanut butter, mocha chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, tiramisu, banana walnut ... are you craving something sweet yet? Good -- because Dandalia Bakery is ready to satisfy your sweet tooth!


    Beginning today, Dandalia will be giving away a dozen cupcakes for every 50 likes on its Facebook page, starting at 150 likes and going strong until August 20 at midnight. That means a giveaway of cupcakes like these at 150, 200, 250, and counting:




    And for the guys out there -- or if cupcakes aren't your thing -- you can choose a free round of golf at Carolina Trace Country Club in place of your free dozen!

    Your job: Go like the page and then comment on the wall! Your like + comment will earn you one entry. Want additional entries? Do this:
    • Encourage your friends to like Dandalia Bakery on Facebook. Ask them to say who sent them when they leave their comment.
    • Go to Added Accents on August 18-20 (next Thursday-Sunday) and sign your name on a special giveaway sheet. 
    That's it -- simple, easy, and guaranteed to leave you craving a cupcake.

    Oh, and let's not forget the best part. When you go into Added Accents on Saturday, Dandalia will have free samples available for you to try. Yum!

    Note: If you won't be in town for the in-store samples and sign-in, don't worry. Dandalia Bakery's sweets and treats will be available for purchase at Added Accents on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. When you're craving a hit of something tasty, you'll know right where to go!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to beg all my friends to go enter so I can get a free batch of those peach cobbler cupcakes. Which flavor would you choose?

    August 10, 2011

    Facebook Recap, August 10

    A new feature of this recap posts will be a sneak peak into the future. Find out what many other Socialites won't know until the news bit is posted to our Facebook page. You'll also soon start getting special offers for email subscribers only. Fun, right?!

    Today's recap:
    • Need a job? La Dolce Vita Pizzeria is hiring! They're looking for "a quick learning with a flexible schedule and a positive attitude" to join their wait staff. No experience is necessary.
    • Sneak peak: Heads up, dance lovers -- The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 is holding a "Luau Paradise" dance this Saturday from 7-10pm (105 McReynolds Street, Carthage). There will be complimentary lessons from 7:30-8pm and open dancing from 8-10pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for guests, and free for first-time guests.

    August 9, 2011

    Facebook Recap, August 9

    Have you entered the big $50 giveaway to Added Accents sponsored by Smith Group Realty? Make sure you follow the rules so you'll be in the running!

    Today's recap:
    • Interested in starting a small business? Attend a ***free*** workshop at the Civic Center tomorrow (2-5pm) to learn everything you need to know to get started. Call 919-774-6442 or e-mail sbc@cccc.edu to register.

    August 8, 2011

    Facebook Recap, August 8

    You know what Monday's best for? Fun new giveaways -- and we have a great one sponsored Smith Group Realty! Go find out how you can win $50 to spend at Added Accents!

    Today's recap:
    • Want to get great photos at an even better price? Photos By Amy Smith is doing 15-minute shoots at Encore School of Performing Arts today (Monday) starting at 1:30pm. For $50, you'll get a disc and a print release for all the photos. Text (919) 776-3778 to take advantage of this deal!
    • Another giveaway: If The Cupcake Pub gets 500 likes by September 1, three people will win either one dozen cupcakes or two dozen cupcake shots. Go click like!

    Exclusive Giveaway: Smith Group Realty

    It's been a long, hot summer. Thankfully, Smith Group Realty is ready to keep us feel cool and refreshed with a shopping trip to Added Accents!

    That's right. Smith Group Realty is offering up $50 to one lucky winner who takes these simple steps:
    1. Go like Smith Group Realty's Facebook page
    2. Go check out their newly re-designed website
    3. Come back here and tell us what you like about the website (e.g., the featured properties? the look and feel? the navigation? the pictures?) 
    That's it! From the comfort of your internet connection, you can score a nice bounty from the cutest upscale boutique in town. This giveaway will end when Smith Group Realty reaches 500 likes on Facebook.

    Want to earn extra entries? Here's how:
    1. Go like Added Accents' Facebook page
    2. Tell your friends to enter. They must leave a comment saying you referred them.
    And, as always, you (and your friends) must also like SocialSanford on Facebook to qualify for our giveaways.

    Important: You must leave one comment per entry. That means one comment to enter (saying what you like about the Smith Group Realty website) and another comment if you like Added Accents. If a friend told you about the giveaway, leave a third comment with the friend's name.

    Good luck!

    August 7, 2011

    Slice of Life: Day and Night

    It's time for another photo in our "Slice of Life" series.



    Contributor: Donnie Pardue

    Donnie says: "The first photo is of a place most people recognize but, I took the photo in a (literally) different light. It's Buffalo Church, one of Lee County's historic churches. The second is a young fan at Function in the Junction. I thought it was pretty neat to see the little girl have no fear of walking up to the stage to have a word or two with the lead singer in between sets."

    Thanks Donnie! Tune in next week for another slice of local life!


    Want to submit a photo for this series? Send it to us with a short bio and caption.


    August 5, 2011

    Weekend Roundup, August 5-7

    A huge thank you to this month's Weekend Roundup sponsor, the Lee County Phone Book! If you'd like to be the sponsor for September, get in touch.



    Are you attending Dancing with the Lee County Stars tonight (Friday)? The are available from 9am to 12pm at the Communities in Schools of Lee County's office in the Chamber of Commerce. You can also grab them beginning at 6pm at the Civic Center. Don't miss the Taste of Lee County and a fun night of dancing fun!

    Here are more great ways to enjoy your weekend in our area:

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    Friday in Sanford/Lee County NC
    • Try something new at Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill! The restaurant’s "mystery dish" will feature blueberries, gouda, jalepenos, spinach, and cashews. Make sure you like their page so you can suggest next week’s ingredients (which earns you a discount on the meal)!
    • Head to Bynum Front Porch (7-9pm) in Chatham County for Craicdown, a band that performs an acoustic mix of Americana and world music.
    • Heads up, art lovers -- it's time for First Friday Raleigh, a free self-guided tour of downtown Raleigh's galleries, studios, art venues, and museums. Everyone's doors will be open from 6pm until 9pm.
    All Weekend in Sanford/Lee County NC
    • Give Communities in Schools of Lee County's programs even more support by participating in this year's Stuff the Bus event on Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (1pm-5pm) at Office Max in the Lowe's Foods shopping center on Spring Lane. Take advantage of tax-free shopping to share with those less fortunate!
    • Heads up, history buffs! The House in the Horseshoe’s annual Revolutionary War battle re-enactment will take place on Saturday (4pm) and Sunday (2pm). Parking and admission are free, though donations are accepted. To maximize your time at this historic site, it will be open 9am-5pm on Saturday and 11am-3pm on Sunday.
    • The second session of The Temple Theatre Company’s youth conservatory will again perform an original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12/adult or $6/child under age 13. Buy them at the box office or click here.
    • If your child loves character appearances, head over to the Toys ‘R Us/Babies ‘R Us grand opening in Cary this weekend to meet kid-faves Brobee, Geoffrey, and Plex (all weekend, 11am-1pm and 2pm) or Barbie and Captain America (Saturday only, 10am-2pm).
    Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
    • If you’re out yard saling, make sure you head over to 3048 Cornsilk Drive (Cheshire Farms, Tramway area) for a yard sale and bake sale that will also offer chair massages. The event starts at 7am and features everything from furniture and clothes to household items and electronics. Massages will be given by a licensed therapist. Profits will help offset the family’s medical expenses. Want to share you yard sale information? Post it in the comments!
    • Another yard sale: Find gently used treasures at a three-family yard sale at 110 Quartermaster Drive on Saturday and Sunday (7am-noon). They are selling children's clothes, adult clothes, furniture, scrapbooking supplies, military items, and more.
    • The Lee County High School Marching Band is raising funds at a flapjacks fundraiser at Applebee’s (7-10am). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased here or here. While you’re there, pick up one of their $10 discount cards good for deals all year.
    • Join a local man every Saturday morning this month (8am) as he prays at various locations throughout Sanford to help end youth violence. This weekend he’ll begin at the corner of Fields Drive and James Street and walk around the apartment complex located there.
    • 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.
    • Don't miss out on a house auction (10am) at Lee County High School (Nash Street). This 1,540 sq ft home is the school's carpentry project house and will be auctioned whether rain or shine. The auction will be conducted by Lisa York.
    • Take your pets to PetSense (Horner Blvd) for a vaccine clinic (12-4pm). They'll be offering rabies and bordatella shots for $10 and distemper shots for $20, as well different packages with more extensive services.
    • Check out the Cumnock Community Gospel Sing at the Camelback Bridge (Deep River) starting at 6pm. They'll be serving ice cream to help you cool off!
    • Enjoy a night of praise and worship with the Grace Chapel Praise Band at Grace Chapel Church (6-8pm). The band will perform songs from contemporary Christian musicians like Fee, Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, and more. Childcare will be provided and refreshments will be available.
    • Don’t miss out on a fun night of bowling at Kendale Bowling Lanes. They’re offering Moonlight Bowl with sign in at 11:30pm (bowling runs until 2am). Play for $12/person and one bowler will win the double strike pot!
    Saturday in the region surrounding Sanford/Lee County NC
    • The first Saturday of the month means it’s Gospel day at Reno Sharpe’s Store. Plan to arrive around 10am and enjoy a couple hours of great local music.
    • Go hear excerpts from Alice LaPlante's novel Turn of the Mind at McIntyre's Books (Fearrington Village, Pittsboro). The event begins at 11am.
    • It's National Mead Day! Go enjoy a full day of mead-making and tasting at Starrlight Mead in Pittsboro. There will also be music, food, and demonstrations, as well as fun freebies.
    • Summer is a great time for outdoor movies. The Lumina Theatre (Chapel Hill) is playing Cars 2 under the stars tonight for just $4 per person. Remember to bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
    Sunday in the Sanford/Lee County NC 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.
    • It’s the first Sunday of the month -- and that means a day full of activities in downtown Pittsboro! The monthly First Sunday celebration will feature live music, food vendors, art exhibits, an artisan market, and more. Learn more here.
    • We "3" Thrift Shop is holding a sidewalk sale (11am-5pm) complete with free face painting (1-3pm)! Items will be 50-75 percent off and cash-and-carry only. Mention SocialSanford to receive an extra discount!
    Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us.


    August 4, 2011

    Facebook Recap, August 4

    When the clock strikes 12am, tax-free weekend will begin. Share your business' sales/deals/specials with our Socialites by commenting on this post.

    Today's recap:
    • There will be some great music in Depot Park tonight. Bonus: Free cake & ice cream provided by Yarborough's (sponsored by Woodmen of the World). Go and enjoy!
    • Today's your last day to enter the Sitter Stay giveaway of a $25 PetSmart e-gift certificate. To win: Go like the page and leave a comment saying what kind of pets you live with.
    • If you love playing cornhole, you'll want to head over to The 103 Restaurant & Lounge for a tournament tonight starting at 9pm where the winning team will get a $20 bar tab. After, they'll do karaoke until closing. Have fun!

    August 3, 2011

    Facebook Recap, August 3

    Today's posts included:
    • From Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Sanford, NC: We'll be opening at 3 to help people with back to school clothing needs. Please come drop off your used CLEAN clothes (uniforms especially) for school-age kids so we can make sure everyone has something nice to wear for school! We also need help this afternoon, so drop by and give us a few mins or a few hrs!
    • Hey, creative writers -- CCCC-Pittsboro and Marjorie Hudson are hosting a workshop on fiction-writing techniques this Saturday (10am-4:30pm). The cost is $65 and you must call 919-542-8044 to register.