September 30, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

A huge thank you to this month's Weekend Roundup sponsor, the brand-new Carolina Artists' Colony. Shop local and handmade at their new store on Moore Street!


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Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Stop by Chick-Fil-A of Sanford for an Oatmeal Party (6:30-10:30am) and you'll get to try their new multi-grain oatmeal for free! Only one per person, but you don't have to buy anything else.
  • The Goldston Fire Department (486 S. Church Street, Gulf NC) is hosting a chicken tenders plate sale (10am-7pm) to benefit Aaron Washington. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.
  • Support the public library at the Friends of the Lee County Library book sale today from 4-8pm. If you can't make it, stop by on Saturday (10am-2pm) for the "buy a bag" portion of the sale. Purchase a canvas book bag for $3 and then fill it up for an additional $2. Members of the group get a 10% discount.
  • The Spring Lane Assembly of God (1715 Spring Lane) is hosting a free movie night, complete with free snacks and popcorn. The movie (The Pacifier) will start at 7pm.
  • These mild end-of-summer days scream for some outdoor time. Get it tonight at Downtown Sanford’s Screen on the Green fall movie series (starts at twilight). Tonight’s movie is The Neverending Story.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • This weekend is your last chance to see Guys and Dolls at The Temple Theatre Company on Friday or Saturday (8pm) or Sunday (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • It’s corn maze time at Gross Farms! The maze and pumpkin patch will open for the season at 10am. After that, hours will be Fridays (7-10pm), Saturdays (10am-10pm), and Sundays (1-6pm).
  • Millstone Creek Orchard's apple crop is winding down. They're selling the last of their Pink Lady variety this weekend -- but get there fast. They're only allowing one bushel per family until the apples are gone. Bonus: The orchard is running hayrides all weekend (Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1:30-4).
  • Get your shop on at We "3" Thrift Shop & More. You can now pay for your gently used finds with your credit card! And, if you stop by wearing a sticker from the Jubi-Lee (see below), you'll get 10% off all green tag items.
  • Learn more about homelessness in our county at Cardboard Box City, a fundraiser hosted by Family Promise of Lee County that is taking place all weekend on the Southern Lee Baseball Field. Participants pledge $75 per "cardboard house." Stop by to show your support, make a donation, or find out how you can get involved in ending homelessness in our area.
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!
  • In the market for new doors or windows? Then you’ll want to be at a Lemon Springs Mini Storage auction (unit #37) starting at 9:30am. The unit contains all kinds of doors and windows. Winning bidder will have until Monday to remove the items. Payment is in cash only.
  • Spend your day at the annual Jubi-Lee Fall Festival in Depot Park (10am-4pm). Local arts/crafts vendors and downtown merchants will showcase their wares. There will be plenty of games, crafts, and activities for the kids, and live entertainment all day.
  • Celebrate "Heritage Days" at Sanford Health and Rehab (Farrell Road, Sanford NC) from 10am-5pm. They'll have games and activities for the kids, antique cars, agricultural displays, and antique farming equipment. Admission is free.
  • The Lee County Enrichment Center is hosting an Alzheimer's Walk in conjunction with the Jubi-Lee in Depot Park. Registration will begin at 10am and the walk will begin at 11am.
  • Environmentalists unite: The NC Big Sweep on Deep River will run from 10am-2pm at Carbonton Dam Park and Camelback Bridge. Volunteers are needed!
  • Get lunch from the harvest sale at Broadway UMC (106 Church Street, Broadway NC). They’ll have fried chicken and barbecue pork plates and more for sale starting at 11am. A silent auction will begin at 2pm.
  • Another harvest sale: Rocky Fork Christian Church’s hosting its annual sale starting at 11am. Lunch will be chicken stew or barbecue plates (11am-1pm) and dinner will be fish or barbecue plates (5-7pm). There will be an auction/sale at 1pm.
  • Looking for a job? Chick-Fil-A of Sanford is hiring, but you be ready to look like a cow! The store is auditioning for Mr. Cow (12-1pm) at Lee County Gymnastics (221 Commercial Court, Sanford NC). You must be 16 years or older to apply.
  • Take a break from the world by stargazing at Jordan Lake (8-10pm). Hosted by Morehead Planetarium staff, these sessions are free and open to the public. Meet at the Ebenezer Church Recreation Area to participate.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Antiques lovers have waited all year, but it’s finally here -- the Cameron Street Fair runs from 8am-1pm. From antiques and pottery to jewelry and food, there’s a little something for everyone.
  • Celebrate the history and heritage of Chatham County and the Jordan Lake community at Heritage Day (White Oak Recreation Area, 10am-3pm). There will be live entertainment and demonstrations, children’s activities, dance lessons, and more -- all for free.
  • The Denim Days Festival is happening all day in Erwin NC. There will be a parade at 1pm and all manner of crafts, games, contests, and entertainment throughout the day.
  • Head to Downtown Park in Southern Pines for the annual Autumnfest (9am-4pm). There will be a 5K, arts and crafts, live entertainment and more.
  • Looking for a free movie? The Harnett County Public Library (Lillington) has one! Take your kids to see Spooky Buddies (11am-12:30pm) as part of the library's Saturday morning program.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Coffee lovers rejoice! Kathy's Java Express is now open on Sundays (12-4pm)! You’ll also have longer on Thursdays (until 7pm) to get your caffeine fix.
  • 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.
  • Go taste more than 60 varieties of peppers prepared by the area’s top chefs at the 4th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival (4-7pm). For $30, you’ll get all-access to pepper food, music, and entertainment. Procees benefit the Abundance Foundation and Piedmont Biofarm.

Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us by 5pm on Thursdays.

September 29, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept 29

Today's recap:
  • Thinking about running out for breakfast or just grabbing a cup of joe? Do it at The Fairview Dairy Bar. They're offering ***free*** coffee all week!
  • It's Dandalia Bakery's "Cupcake Thursday" at Added Accents! This week's flavors are German Chocolate, "Hostess with the Mostest" (creme filled chocolate cupcake topped with ganache), S'Mores, Orange Cranberry, Pumpkin Spice, Reese's and the exclusive Halloween themes. Yum!
  • It's time for another Sitter Stay giveaway! Go post on the page to be entered to win a $15 e-gift certificate to Pet Smart. A winner will be chosen on Oct. 7.
The Social Buzz
  • There will soon be a brand new gourmet market and tea purveyor in downtown Sanford. Afternoon Tea is opening with a bang on October 15 (11am-5pm). You'll find the gourmet products store owners know Sanford needs along with giveaways, photo opps, and more. Can't wait!

September 28, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 28

Today's recap:
  • Think you're ready to own a business? Decide if it's the right time for you at a *free* seminar by the Center for Economic Empowerment & Development at the Civic Center tomorrow (10am-12pm). You MUST pre-register at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu.
  • The Harnett Regional Theatre is currently casting for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and needs a male (9-10 years) to play Charlie, a male (mid-30s) to play Bob Bradley, and children ages 8-13 to play angels and shepherds. Send queries to Jacob at jgodwin92@yahoo.com!
  • Get over to the Lee Senior gym today for two LCHS-SLHS "Dig PINK" volleyball games (JV at 4:30m, varsity at 5pm). There will be a 50/50 raffle, cancer survivor walk, silent auction, and more. Admission is $5.
  • Oooh - flash sale at Added Accents today! Click the link, like the page, and scoop up this awesome deal!
Welcome to The Social Buzz, where you'll get a bonus business, social media, or resource tip or heads-up each night.
  • Today’s resource is Look Local, a new app created to help connect consumers with independent brick and mortar small businesses across the country. Local business owners should register with the service (free) so that local consumers can easily find them. Make sure you spread the word!

September 27, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 27

Today's recap:
  • The Friends of Lee County Library Book Sale starts tomorrow with a preview sale for members only (5-7pm). You can join that night ($5 indiv, $10 family). The sale continues Thursday (12-4pm), Friday (4-8pm), and Saturday (10am-2pm).

September 26, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 26

Today's recap:
  • Want to win a custom, handmade wreath? Go like Sassy Wreaths! When the page reaches 50 likes, everyone will be entered into a drawing for a free wreath of choice.
  • Several City Council seats will be up for grabs this voting season. Learn more about who's running and ask any questions you have at a "Meet the Candidates" forum tomorrow at the Civic Center (7pm). Refreshments will be served at 6:30pm.
  • Attend a ***free*** health fair in First Baptist Church's fellowship hall tomorrow (9am-noon). Get your annual flu shot, a range of health screenings, and general health care tips all in one place (see more). Lots to learn and do!

September 23, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Sept. 23-25

A huge thank you to this month's Weekend Roundup sponsor, the brand-new Carolina Artists' Colony. Shop local and handmade at their new store on Moore Street!


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NEW OPTION: Download the Weekend Roundup as a *.pdf file to keep with you over the weekend. This way, you don't have to be online to know what's happening!

Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Support Haven In Lee County tomorrow (11am) at the grand opening of their office and shelter facility at 215 Bracken Street (corner of Bracken and Horner). Can't wait to see the new digs!
  • Buy a barbecue plate to benefit The Bread Basket (lunch is 11am-2pm, dinner is 5-7pm) for J. Fletcher Rosser Day. The plates will be for sale at St. Luke UMC and will cost $8. Free delivery on orders of 10 or more.
  • Heads up, small business owners! Attend “The 5 C's of Credit: What Your Lender Is Looking For,” a free seminar offered by the Lee County SBC (1-3pm) at the Civic Center. There will also be a discussion of small business and micro lending products.
  • For a $25 donation to The Bread Basket, you can get a sneak peek at a tag sale scheduled for Saturday at 615 McLeod Drive (Sanford NC). The pre-sale will run from 4-7pm. Click here for more information and photos.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • It’s time for the big Pumpkin Festival at Hart's Family Farm in Bear Creek NC. Gates open at 6pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday. There will be everything from pumpkin picking and decorating to games, contests, and pageants.
  • It’s corn maze time at Gross Farms! The maze and pumpkin patch will open for the season at 10am. After that, hours will be Fridays (7-10pm), Saturdays (10am-10pm), and Sundays (1-6pm).
  • Indulge your inner farm girl/boy at the Silk Hope Ruritan’s tractor pull event Saturday and Sunday (5pm-11pm; 4221 Silk Hope Road, Siler City NC). Watch the dirt and fire fly as the machines complete at up to 1,000 horsepower. Food, drinks, and homemade ice cream will be for sale.
  • Go see Guys and Dolls at The Temple Theatre Company on Friday or Saturday (8pm) or Sunday (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • More theatre: The Harnett Regional Theatre is performing Grease on Friday or Saturday (7:30pm) or Sunday (2:30pm)at the Stewart Theatre (114 North Wilson Avenue, Dunn NC). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Heads up, yard salers! Add 7509 Mourning Dove Drive (Sanford NC) to your list of sales. They’re selling a stainless steel gas grill, kitchen items, clothes, jewelry, toys, and more. Sale starts at 7am.
  • Another yard sale: The VFW is hosting a large multi-family rummage and bake sale (7am-2pm) in its parking lot on Webb Street (off of Hawkins Avenue).
  • Get your pancake fix at the Lee County Veterans Council's flapjack fundraiser at Applebee's (8-10am, $6). Proceeds raised will benefit Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities, as well as Veterans Park in Broadway NC.
  • Get a great bargain on fully cooked and raw chicken at the Lions Club Truckload Chicken Sale (8am-5pm) in the First Bank parking lot (next to Smithfield's). There is no limit on any item, only cash is accepted, and all sales are final.
  • 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!
  • Walk with H.O.P.E. (Having Only Positive Expectations) to help end youth violence. The walk will begin at 9am at the Sanford Police Department (225 E. Weatherspoon Street) and end at the Lee County Courthouse (1408 S. Horner Blvd).
  • Join Central Carolina Hospital for a Heart Walk (9am). There will be 3-mile and 1-mile options, as well as lots of activities and entertainment (8am-noon). Call 774-2117 for details or to find a team!
  • Plan to stop by Chick-fil-A of Sanford (10am-2pm) to support Wounded Warriors. FOG Band will play, there will be a bounce house for the kids, and WKML 95.7 will be on-site. 10% of sales will benefit Wounded Warriors in NC.
  • Get started on your holiday shopping at a one-day-only sidewalk sale at Kathryn’s Hallmark & Fiona’s (10am-7pm) in Riverbirch Corner. Items will be discounted up to 50 percent off.
  • Big Bloomers Flower Farm is hosting another Saturday Seminar. This month’s topic is “Container Gardening for Fall and Winter.” The session will begin at 11am.
  • Head over to Center United Methodist Church for its annual harvest sale (11am-7pm). They’ll be selling baked and canned goods, auctioning off lots of great items, and selling chicken stew and barbecue plates ($7). 10% of proceeds go to benefit Tom Mitchell.
  • Ready for some family fun? Plan to spend your evening at an All-American Cruise that starts at Brick City Grill (4pm) and then moves to the Kendale Plaza (7pm). There will be a car show, specials on food, live music, and entertainment for kids.
  • Take a nap so you can stay up for Midnight Bowl at Kendale Bowling Lanes. Sign-in begins at 11am and the fun will last until 2am. Admission is $12/person and there will be a double strike pot.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Millstone Creek Orchards in Raseur NC is hosting an Apple Day on the farm. There will be apple picking, apple bobbing, apple cider pressing demonstrations, hay rides, treats, and more.
  • If you love bluegrass, you won’t want to miss a fundraising concert and auction at Bynum Front Porch featuring Chatham County favorite Nu-Blu (4:30-9pm). Proceeds from the night will assist with programming needs and the program’s annual scholarship fund.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Coffee lovers rejoice! Kathy's Java Express is now open on Sundays (12-4pm)! You’ll also have longer on Thursdays (until 7pm) to get your caffeine fix.
  • Support Ashley Quinones (the Kidney Cutie) at a Pampered Chef party at the Jaycee Hut (3-5pm). The Pampered Chef will donate a portion of proceeds to Ashley’s kidney transplant fund, and consultant Julia Alden will do the same. You can order online if you can’t make it!

Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us by 5pm on Thursdays.

September 22, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 22

Today's recap:
  • It's "Scout Week" in Lee County. Take your child out to any meeting location tonight (7-8:30pm) to join a pack and learn what scouting is about.
  • Plan to stop by Chick-fil-A of Sanford on Saturday (10am-2pm) to support Wounded Warriors. FOG Band will play, there will be a bounce house for the kids, and WKML 95.7 will be onsite. 10% of sales will benefit Wounded Warriors in NC.
  • Support Haven In Lee County tomorrow (11am) at the grand opening of their office and shelter facility at 215 Bracken Street (corner of Bracken and Horner). Can't wait to see the new digs!

September 20, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 20

Today's recap:
  • It's "Scout Week" in Lee County. Take your child out to any meeting location on Tuesday or Thursday (7-8:30pm) to join a pack and learn what scouting is about. Click here for meeting locations.
  • If your child is interested in cheering competitively, check out Just Dance & Cheer. The gym is offering free team membership. Click over to their page for details.
  • The Lillington Community Center is on the hunt for an instructor to teach line dancing. Give them a ring at 910-893-2864 if this might be up your alley.

September 19, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 19

Today's recap:
  • The Sanford Ladies Lunch Group's monthly meeting is today at Cafe 121 (11:30am-1:30pm). This time you can bring a toy for the age group/sex of your choice, or make a donation to the cause.
  • Want to win free earrings? Suggest Brandee's Just Jewelry to your friends and ask them to post your name on the page wall. The person who sends the most new likes will win! (Deadline is today.)
  • The Sanford Area Photography Club is hosting a youth photo contest until Sept. 30. Entrants must submit their prints to the reception desk at the Enrichment Center by 5pm. More details are at the link!
  • American Heritage Girls-NC1715 (Sanford Troop) has a few more spaces for kindergartners, fifth graders, and up! Contact Carmen Ledford at 919-499-3387 for more information or click here.
  • Heads up, art lovers. Steele Street Cafe is showcasing local art tomorrow night (6-8pm) in the first of a series of monthly art exhibits. There will be free appetizers, the wine will be flowing, and you're guaranteed to see something beautiful.

September 16, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Sept. 16-18

A huge thank you to this month's Weekend Roundup sponsor, the brand-new Carolina Artists' Colony. Shop local and handmade at their new store on Moore Street!


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NEW OPTION: Download the Weekend Roundup as a *.pdf file to keep with you over the weekend. This way, you don't have to be online to know what's happening!

Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Need new scrubs? Get them from the Scrub Source Uniform Sale at Central Carolina Hospital (7am-4pm). Uniforms and shoes will be available for purchase at discounted prices thanks to the CCH Auxiliary.
  • Hungry? Lots of breakfast breads and pastries, as well as pies, cakes, and more at the Tramway Walgreens' bake sale for Kidney Cutie today. Go grab a tasty snack or buy dessert for the weekend!
  • 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.
  • If you love Zumba, you’ll want to be at the 80s Ladies Night Out Party (7:30pm) hosted by Zumba with Cayce and Jennifer at Studio C Fitness. There are only a few tickets left so make sure you reserve yours ASAP by calling 919-770-8079.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • The Lee Regional Fair runs from 4-12pm on Friday, 12pm-12am on Saturday, and 12-7pm on Sunday. Check our guide for links on each day's events and special features.
  • While you're at the fair, donate to Support US Armed Forces. If you donate $5, you'll get a goodie bag to take home.
  • The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is holding its annual Greek Festival on Friday (5-10pm) and Saturday (11am-10pm) and Sunday (11am-7pm) at the NC State Fairgrounds. There will be food, drink, dancing, and cultural exhibitions. Admission is $3/adult, $2/seniors and teens, and free for children under 12.
  • Head out to Shakori Hills on Friday and Saturday for Hoppin’ John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention, a three-day event for musicians, dancers, and music-lovers to celebrate the traditions of old-time and bluegrass music. Tickets are $8 (Friday) and $12 (Saturday). You can also camp out.
  • Go see Guys and Dolls at The Temple Theatre Company on Friday or Saturday (8pm) or Sunday (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • More theatre: The Harnett Regional Theatre is performing Grease on Friday or Saturday (7:30pm) at the Stewart Theatre (114 North Wilson Avenue, Dunn NC). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Okay guys -- Central Carolina Hospital is doing free PSAs this Saturday (8-10am) at the Enrichment Center. Call 800-483-6385 to make your appointment or just show up!
  • 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.
  • It’s corn maze time at Gross Farms! The maze and pumpkin patch will open for the season at 10am. After that, hours will be Fridays (7-10pm), Saturdays (10am-10pm), and Sundays (1-6pm).
  • See healthy cooking demos, learn more about health care, try yoga, and more at Cornerstone Christian Empowerment Center’s health fair (707 Bragg St, Sanford NC, 10am-2pm).
  • Help raise money for "Kidney Cutie" Ashley Quinones' life-saving kidney transplant at Carnival for a Kidney in Depot Park (12-5pm). There will be a full slate of kid games and crafts as well as live entertainment throughout the day. Sheriff Carter will speak and some community faves -- Coach Carl Bryan and CCCC instructor Jay Norris, among others -- will be in dunking booth. There will also be a silent auction and used book sale. Come show your support!
  • Get into the fair for free! All you have to do is participate in the 4H Dog Show in the arena barn. Registration is at 2:30pm and the show will start at 3pm. Participants will receive a free entry (if you have your dog with you).
  • Support Bread of Life Ministries and the Lee County Arts Center at Benefit 11 at the Arts Center (6-7:30pm). Local musician Karl Valentic will perform. Admission is $5/person and 2 non-perishable food items.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Calling all cyclists! The Cross Creek Cycling Club is holding its annual Bike Ride for Sam to honor the memory of two-year-old Samuel Greathouse, who died in 2007 from a rare blood disease. Report to St. Patrick Catholic Church at 7am to participate.
  • Introduce your child to a new sport at the Carolina Polocrosse Club’s American Polocross Association Eastern Zone Championships (9am-4pm) at the Pinehurst Harness Track polo field (200 S Beulah Hill Road, Pinehurst NC).
  • BugFest is back at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh (9am-7pm). There will be buggy fun all day, including foods made from insects. The day will be capped off with an “Insectival” street fair (5-7pm).
  • If you’ll be in Harnett County, make sure you check out the Lillington Fall Festival (10am-4pm). There will be arts and crafts, food vendors, family-friend activities and more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Coffee lovers rejoice! Kathy's Java Express is now open on Sundays (12-4pm)! You’ll also have longer on Thursdays (until 7pm) to get your caffeine fix.
  • Get into the fair for free by donating four cans of non-perishable food to the United Way of Lee County for our local food pantries. See our guide for links to the fair schedule and other details.
  • Eat your Sunday dinner at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City (1-6pm). The menu will have an “early harvest” theme and will include a goat cheese appetizer, duck soup with late summer vegetables, London broil with gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted squash and okra, fried corn cakes, and pecan pie.

Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us by 5pm on Thursdays.

September 15, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 15

Today's recap:
  • Do you have gently used books you’d like to get rid of? Bring them out to Carnival For A Kidney on Saturday. Walgreens will be collecting and selling used books all day, and leftovers will be donated to Books At A Steal!
  • Add the Benefit for Christopher Davis, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer, to your calendar for Oct. 14 (11am-7pm). The plate sale will be at the VFW on Webb Street and will include a great raffle!
  • Okay guys -- Central Carolina Hospital is doing free PSAs this Saturday (8-10am) at the Enrichment Center. Call 800-483-6385 to make your appointment or just show up!
  • Support the Bread of Life Ministries and the Lee County Arts Center at Benefit 11 on Saturday (6-7:30pm) at the Arts Center. Local musician Karl Valentic will perform. Admission is $5/person and 2 non-perishable food items.

September 14, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 14

Today's recap:
  • Go get your baked goods at Walgreens in Tramway on Friday (all day). The store will be selling individually wrapped treats (open-close) to raise money for Ashley Quinones' (Kidney Cutie) kidney transplant fund. Yum!
  • Anyone affected by the tornado can receive free, anonymous, confidential counseling by calling 336-302-5059. There are also two support groups: Tuesdays at Jonesboro Heights Baptist and Thursdays at St Andrews Presbyterian (both at 6pm). Spread the word!
  • Since the tornado has come up a few times today, now's a great time to note that the Poplar Springs UMC is holding its homecoming on Sunday (11am). They've extended a special welcome to any and all who worked with the Poplar Springs Church Soup Kitchen!

September 13, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 13

Today's recap:
  • Make sure you're in Depot Park this Saturday (12-5pm) for Carnival for a Kidney to benefit Ashley Quinones! There will be a dunking booth (featuring Coach Bryan and Drew Neal, among others), bounce house, crafts, demonstrations, and more. Be there!
  • Today's the first day of the fair (gates open at 4pm) and there's no admission fee for students and seniors (today only)! There are also still openings for the Figure 8 Race and Demolition Derby -- call Jay Milligan Jr. at 716-583-8201 or 716-648-5100 if you want to participate!
  • Calling all LEE COUNTY artists! The “3 Rivers Art Festival” wants to include your work in their event (Oct. 15-16). Apply ASAP if you’d like to participate!

September 12, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept. 12

Wesley Beeson, photographer at The Sanford Herald, published some amazing photos from yesterday's 9/11 10th Anniversary Memorial Service at Depot Park. We hope you took some time yesterday to reflect and remember, and that you continue to do so every day.

Today we posted:
  • The NC Treasure Chest Ministry is in need of sturdy boxes to store their clothing donations. Please click over and let them know if you can help them out!
  • The 6th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour is this weekend (1-5pm). Co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market, the tour features sustainable farms, urban farming demonstrations, and more!
  • Want to receive great deals at Champions Car Wash, Sanford NC? Just text the word CHAMPIONS to 77948 and you'll get special offers and discounts sent right to your phone!

September 9, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Sept. 9-11

A huge thank you to this month's Weekend Roundup sponsor, the brand-new Carolina Artists' Colony. Shop local and handmade at their new store on Moore Street!


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Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • It’s time for the annual Flatwoods Festival in Bennett. The festival offers live entertainment, a parade, pony rides, food, crafts, and more. Admission is free on Friday and $5 on Saturday. The parade begins at 10am on Main Street and the festival is at 11am at Hussey Farm.
  • Celebrate the almighty turkey at the NC Turkey Festival in Raeford. There will be a special kids’ carnival, a turkey cook-off, a dog show, parade, and more. The party lasts all week!
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Help raise money for Andrew Darroch’s double-lung transplant a benefit car wash at Advance Auto Parks in Kendale Plaza (8am-3pm). Stop by to make a donation even if you don’t want your car washed!
  • 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.
  • If you’re looking for some great deals, check out the Sanford MOPS Mom-to-Mom Fall Sale at St. Luke UMC (9am-1pm). They’ll be selling fall clothing, baby items, maternity clothes, and tons of kids toys.
  • Have you explored Twigs & Rags in downtown Sanford? The store is throwing an open house party starting at 10am that will include live music, food, and fall-themed merchandise.
  • Go enjoy singers, crafters, antique cars, face painting, buggy rides and more at a fundraising event held by the Greenwood/Tramway Optimist Club at Greenwood Elementary School (10am-2pm). Proceeds will benefit Greenwood and Tramway schools.
  • Attend a dinner and auction to raise money for the Southern Lee Marching Band (4-5:30pm). The auction will begin at 6pm.
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.
  • While you're in Fayetteville, check out the Lafayette Party in the Park (12-5pm). There will be a full day of festivities, including a trail tour, parade of pooches, and food, music, games, bounce houses, pony rides, and more.
  • Bynum Front Porch is kicking off its Storytelling Series at 6:30pm. Local storytellers will entertain listeners in a variety of styles every Saturday for the next three months.
  • It's ballroom dancing time again. The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance is holding a semi-formal September Ballroom Celebration dance at 105 McReynolds Street in Carthage NC. There will be complimentary lessons (7:30-8pm) and open dancing (8-10pm). First time guests get in free, members pay $7, and guests pay $10.
  • Take a break from the world by stargazing at Jordan Lake (8-10pm). Hosted by Morehead Planetarium staff, these sessions are free and open to the public. Meet at the Ebenezer Church Recreation Area to participate.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption’s big 5K fundraiser was rained out a few weekends ago, but they’re planning a great substitute. Go out to Kiwanis Family Park starting at 7am to participate in the group’s Just for Fun Run. Several prizes will be up for grabs!
  • Honor the 343 firefighters killed in the World Trade Center attacks at the Carolina Trace Fire Department's breaking ground ceremony (9am).
  • Eastside Penecostal Holiness Church (1115 Broadway Road, Sanford NC) is holding its homecoming starting at 10:30am. There will be singing and a special address from Jamie Hinson. Food will be served directly after.
  • New Hope Praise Church (2398 Wicker Street, Sanford NC) is kicking off its week-long revival at 10:30am. Come back Sunday-Wednesday evenings at 7pm to continue the worship. For more information, call Pastor Josh Dickinson at 919-889-7519.
  • Crossroads Ministries will honor local heroes at its 11am service. The church encourages community members to come out with their friends and family to participate.
  • First responder organizations will join with Chatham County officials at a special 10th anniversary tribute to victims and heroes of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The event will start at 3pm at Joy Baptist Church.
  • Want to honor the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks? Join the First Apostolic Church in Depot Park (6-9pm) for moments of reflection and remembrance, special singing, and more.

Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us by 5pm on Thursdays.

September 8, 2011

Facebook Recap, Sept 8

Today's recap:
  • The Sanford Area Soccer League needs 13-15 year old boys and girls. Call coach Jozy Thomas (910-890-6126) to sign up (and tell her Katherine sent you)!
  • Calling all Tramway parents -- the San Lee Park Nature Center is offering a track out camp for Sept 19-23/26-30 and Oct 3-7. The cost is $110/week for full day or $60/week for half day. Space is limited! To register, call Jaime or Carrie at 919-776-6221.
  • Raise awareness about Mitochondrial Disease and support the Caddick family by liking the Miles for Mason Facebook page. You can join in on the Energy for Life walk or just let them know you're rooting for them.
  • Missing your Roo Cup deal? The Kangaroo is offering $0.50 fill-ups through October 1 if you use your cup. Who says slushies are for summer only?

September 7, 2011

Facebook Recap: Sept. 7

It's been a busy back-from-vacation day. Here's your recap:

  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Sanford, NC is closing up shop. The doors are now open to **all** Lee County residents 2-6pm today), though you are limited to one cart. Make sure to tell any friends/families/neighbors who may be struggling right now.
  • Heads up, small or new business owners -- Learn all about record keeping and taxes at a ***free*** Small Business Center seminar at the Civic Center tomorrow (9-11am). Call 919-774-6442 or e-mail sbc@cccc.edu to register.
  • Lowe's Home Improvement is holding a Twitter party tonight (8-10pm) to celebrate the grand re-opening tomorrow (10am). Use the hashtag #CelebrateSanford to participate and win fun prizes!

September 2, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Sept. 2-4

A huge thank you to this month's Weekend Roundup sponsor, the brand-new Carolina Artists' Colony! Shop local and handmade at their new store on Moore Street.


It's a relatively quiet weekend in our area since so many people -- yours truly included -- are getting out of dodge for the long weekend. I hope you observe Labor Day by relaxing and enjoying your friends and families and not working! An even better way to pass the time: Enter the many giveaways running this weekend!

Now, onto the show:

Skip ahead:
Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Try something new at Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill! The restaurant offers a "mystery dish" each Friday that combines Facebook fans' suggestions. Make sure you like their page so you can suggest next week’s ingredients (which earns you a discount on the meal)!
  • Get your cruisin' fix at the Circle City Rock-A-Billy Rumble cruise night and concert in downtown Pittsboro (6:30pm). There will be live music from 8-10pm and custom cars will be parked along Salisbury and Hillsboro Streets.
  • Get a taste of Raleigh's arts and entertainment scene at First Friday. There will be art, music, fresh food, kids' events, and more.
All Weekend In Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Go celebrate Old Fashioned Farmers' Day at Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park in Siler City NC all weekend. There will be food and entertainment, including a tractor pull, cowboy race, old-time demonstrations, and more. Gates open at 5pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for ages 6+ and parking is free. Here's the full schedule of events.
  • Another sale: We "3" Thrift Store is knocking 75% off its summer clothing and knick knacks, and 50% many other items. Request a flyer and you'll get 15% off your purchase and be entered to win a $20 credit to the store. The store is open 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • If you've been wanting to try mead, this weekend is your big chance. Starrlight Mead in Pittsboro NC is celebrating its first birthday by pairing meads and cake at its bar, doubling its discounts, and giving away door prizes. Go check it out! (Open Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 1-5pm.)
  • The 103 Restaurant & Lounge is throwing a Labor Day Weekend Party that will go all weekend long. Friday night will feature a free shot for women over age 21 and a live DJ, come back on Saturday for a free shot for men over age 21. You don't have to leave Sanford to have a good time!
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.
  • Help send care packages (20-30 items and a letter of encouragement) to our military men and women by donating (cash) to Support US Armed Forces Care Package Program today at Walmart (12-7pm). Learn more about the organization. This is a great way to celebrate your holiday weekend.
  • 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!
  • Win a 2005 Honda 1800 in Schooly’s Bar and Billiards' big raffle. Tickets are $25, but there is a limited number available. Make sure you go prepared to eat as there will also be a pig pickin’.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's time for the NC Hops and Roots Fest (starting at noon) at Shakori Hills Community Arts Center in Pittsboro NC. Go sample some of the best local and regional foods, drinks, and music. There will be a beer garden at Carolina Brewery with a shuttle that takes you back and forth from the festival. Tickets are $20 and anyone under age 15 is free.
Sunday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • 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.
  • Love the blues? Go listen to a bevy of talented blues musicians at a Pre-Labor Day Blues Fest at the Dennis A Wicker Civic Center (7-11:30pm). Tickets start at $15 and the proceeds from concessions will go to the Wicker School Restoration Project. Have fun!
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September 1, 2011

Labor Day Weekend Giveaways

Everyone loves getting something for nothing. Go enter these giveaways, where just a few simple clicks could land you with an awesome prize:
  • Go like Black Belt Leadership Academy to be entered to win 3 months of lessions, a uniform, a pizza party for up to 15 children, 2 private lessons, a family pass, and 4 VIP passes to the new Cage Fitness class! Gain an extra entry for each friend who says you sent them (they must post your name on the wall). The giveaway ends on Labor Day.
  • Michele Quick Photography is doing it up big! Like her page and write your name on her wall for a chance to win a free 60-minute session with all the edited photos on a CD. That's a $430 value! But, you'd better be quick -- the contest ends Friday night at 9pm.
  • Photos by Erica Sprouse is giving away a free shoot to one lucky liker. To be entered, all you have to do is like her page and then write your first and last names on her wall. The giveaway ends on Labor Day.
  • Tabitha Jennings Photography is on the hunt for a senior from each of the local high schools for a ***free*** session (including prints). Get in touch quickly because spots are going fast.
  • Country@Heart Photography is seeking five high school senior reps to get their photos for free. To get this deal, send an email to countryatheartphoto@gmail.com that explains why you should get picked.
  • Want a free week of tanning? Sign up at the Bronze Boutique and then refer your friends. For each person who says you sent them, you’ll get an entire week of tanning.
  • Make sure you friend Just Dance and Cheer so you don’t miss out on great spur-of-the-moment giveaways and deals. In the meantime, if 10 of your friends add them (and use your name as the referral), you’ll get a 15% discount on classes.
Are you running a giveaway? Post it in the comments!