October 28, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Oct. 28-30

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!


Skip ahead:
Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Support the Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary by purchasing an item at the Cline Classics Fundraising Extravaganza (8am-3pm) in the hospital classroom. There will be 1,000 items for purchase and each costs $6.
  • First Wesleyan Church is holding its semi-annual BBQ fundraiser (11am-6:30pm) at 2901 Beechtree Drive. They’ll be selling plates of chopped pork barbecue, baked beans, potato salad, a dinner roll, and dessert.
  • Forget the fake blood — donate some of the real kind this Halloween! Jonesboro Presbyterian (2200 Woodland Ave) is holding a blood drive tomorrow (1-5:30pm). Contact Julia at 499-8963 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment!
  • If you’ve been wanting to try Zumba, here’s your chance. Party Fitness with Nel is offering a free class (6-7pm) at SNR Express if you come in costume. Relax -- it doesn’t have to be elaborate, just show some spirit.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Get your cornhole on for a good cause. The Broadway Optimists are hosting cornhole games with “turkey shoot” style prizes each Friday and Saturday night through mid-December. Rounds start at $3 and the games will take place at the Optimist ball field (7-10pm).
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC

[Looking for Halloween-themed events? They’re all listed out for you here.]
  • Don’t give up on the Sanford Farmers’ Market just yet. The pork vendors will be out every Saturday morning from 9am to noon through the end of the month. Other vendors will join them.
  • Heads up, yard salers. There will be a large sale at 405 Henry Circle in Devroe Meadows (off of Amos Bridges Road) from 8am-12pm. Items for sale include furniture, lawn tools, Christmas items, and more.
  • Jonesboro UMC is holding its annual Fall Bazaar (8am-1pm) at 407 W. Main Street. They'll be selling biscuits for breakfast and soup and sandwiches for lunch along with traditional baked and canned items and handicrafts.
  • It’s time for the Fall Festival at the Lee County Senior Enrichment Center (8am-2pm). Go browse more than 40 tables filled with handicrafts, art work, baked and canned goods, and more.
  • There will be an antique estate auction at the Civic Center (9:30am). Items up for grabs include flow blue dishes, duck and geese decoys, antique textiles, Jim Beam decanters, vintage jewelry, and more.
  • Art lovers -- Today is the last day of the Sanford Brush & Palette Club art show at the Hales Center (147 McIver Street). The doors will be open from 10am-6pm. Admission is free.
  • Calling all gardeners: Big Bloomers' Flower Farm is hosting another Saturday Seminar (11am-12pm). This month’s topic is autumn planting.
  • Make plans to attend the Brick Capital Classic at Lee Senior (2pm). 19 bands will compete for the title with the larger bands playing in the later part of the day. Come hungry -- there will be a full concession stand that will include the event’s famous homemade fries! Admission is $5.
  • Root for your hometown heroes at Monsters Brawl, where amateur boxers from all over the East Coast will fight it out for the win. The event will be at the National Guard Armory (1801 Nash Street) starting at 4pm.
  • Take a nap so you can stay up for Midnight Bowl at Kendale Bowling Lanes. Sign-in begins at 11:30am and the fun will last until 2am. Admission is $12/person and there will be a costume contest for prizes.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region

[Looking for Halloween-themed events? They’re all listed out for you here.]
  • Take the kids to a slime-making workshop at Pittsboro Toys (44-B Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro). Eucator and artist Louise Kessel will lead the workshop and kids can join in any time between 10am and noon. Call 542-4885 with any questions.
  • Check out Aberdeen Bead Company’s “String It Along Saturday” (10am-2pm). Kids and adults both can create their own jewelry while noshing on free cupcakes.
  • Don’t miss the Elliott's on Linden cooking demonstrations (noon and 2pm). Today’s feature will be tasty (but still ghoulish) treats perfect for Halloween.
  • 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

[Looking for Halloween-themed events? They’re all listed out for you here.]


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

October 27, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 27

Today's recap:
  • West Lee Middle's seventh and eighth graders will square off in a Powder Puff game this afternoon (3:45pm). Go cheer them on at the school's football field. Admission is just 3 canned food items for the Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County!
  • Find out if entrepreneurship is the right path for you at a free Small Business Center seminar at the Civic Center today (1-3pm) presented by Alyssa Mako of the Women's Business Center of NC. Call 919-774-6442 for more information!
  • It's Dandalia Bakery day at Added Accents! Go get your s'mores, carrot cake, kahlua and kream, reese's, pumpkin spice, trick-or-treat, graveyard, or "limited edition" Frank. Yum!
  • Forget the fake blood — donate some of the real kind this Halloween! Jonesboro Presbyterian (2200 Woodland Ave) is holding a blood drive tomorrow (1-5:30pm). Contact Julia at 499-8963 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment!
  • Chatham County DSS is hiring a full-time Interpreter/Adoption Technician. The position is open until Nov. 4, so go find out if you qualify!

October 26, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 26

Today's recap:
  • Don't forget -- it's early voting season! Click here for details, to find your polling place, and to learn how to vote even if you haven't registered yet.
  • Job alert: La Dolce Vita Pizzeria is hiring. They're looking for a part-time server who'll work around 25 hours/week (mostly nights) with the possibility of more hours in the future. Go apply!
  • Want a free 15-minute chair massage and mini-gift bag? Get 'em at Body Balance Massage and Bodywork this Saturday (11am-3pm)! Call 910-695-5229 to book your spot before the spaces are filled up!
  • LCHS Drama is performing "Night of the Living Dead" tonight at Lee Senior (7pm). Even better: We've updated the "Halloween 2011" guide so that you can now click right to a date to see what's happening. Have (really scary) fun!
  • It's time again for Trick-or-Trivia at the Steele Street Cafe (7:30pm). Go drop some knowledge and win cool prizes!
The Social Buzz:

October 25, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 25

Today's Recap
  • ‎Lillington Community Center is on the hunt for instructors for yoga, line dancing, Zumba, knitting, sewing, and preschool. These are paid positions -- so go apply! Call Angel at 910-893-2864 ext 21 for details.
  • Learn how to remain relevant to your customers at a **free** Small Business Center seminar tomorrow at the Civic Center (6:30pm) presented by Lighthouse Documentation & Training. Take advantage of this resource!
  • Looking to host a fundraiser for your group, school, etc? Consider Tony's Seafood's "Dining to Donate" program. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of your sales back to you. (And stop by tonight for 'kids eat free'!) For details on the program, contact general manager Pat Carroll at 919-774-6744 or 919-258-9724.
  • Plan to be at Depot Park tomorrow (5:30pm) to watch a local celebrity kiss a llama! There will also be a story time and other child-centered activities, thanks to the Lee County Partnership for Children!
The Social Buzz
  • The Sanford Ladies' Lunch Group (now named "For Haven's Sake") is collected toys and wrapping paper to make Christmas magical for the children of clients at Haven in Lee County. The toys/gifts can be for any child ages 0-17 years. Contact Shannon at sgurwitch@yahoo.com if you'd like to donate or become a donation drop-off location.

October 24, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 24

Today's recap:
  • Kick start your fitness goals with a special offer from Phalanx Crossfit. The next 10 people to join the gym will get $20 off their registration fee. Stop by the gym (Kendale Plaza) and get registered!
The Social Buzz:
  • Go listen to scary short stories written by local authors at the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro (197 NC Hwy 87 N) this Thursday (7-9pm). This family-friendly evening will begin with select stories from young authors followed by an intermission with refreshments. Then local authors and special guests Adrienne Bashista and Bob Crowley will read even scarier stories. This event is free to attend.

October 21, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Oct. 21-23

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!


Skip ahead:
Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Carve your Halloween pumpkin at the Maters n’ Taters 4H Club’s Family Pumpkin Carving Contest at the McSwain Center (6:30pm, 2420 Tramway Road). One pumpkin will be provided to each family. You are encouraged to bring your own carving tools, though basic ones will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest, must creative, best overall, and best youth pumpkin. Register at 919-775-5624. This is a free event.
  • 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.
  • Want a kid-free evening? Take your little ones to Boomers Party & Play for Parents Night Out (6-10pm). You can register at 775-3928 or just show up. The cost is $20/child and $10 per sibling.
  • Love classic cars? Attend a classic car and truck cruise-in at Ledo Pizza (1480 US Hwy 1 S) in Southern Pines (5-8pm). There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, music, and more. The event will be cancelled if there is rain.
  • Take a (heavy) blanket to Downtown Park in Southern Pines for “Bluegrass in the Pines” (6:30-8pm). This free public concert will feature the South Ridge Bluegrass Band. Concessions will be available for purchase.
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  • Go see beautiful works of art at the Hearts and Hands “Pieceful Garden” Quilt Show at the Civic Center (10am-5pm both days). Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.
  • Make sure you get over to We "3" Thrift Shop and More tomorrow or Saturday. They are offering tax-free shopping along with their daily markdowns to celebrate 6 months of being open!
  • The Quality Clothing sale is back. The sale is in the old Kerr Drug building on Wicker Street all weekend (until Oct. 29). The hours of operation are not known.
  • Art lovers -- It’s time again for the annual Sanford Brush & Palette Club art show at the Hales Center (147 McIver Street). The doors will be open Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (1-6pm). Admission is free.
  • Get your cornhole on for a good cause. The Broadway Optimists are hosting cornhole games with “turkey shoot” style prizes each Friday and Saturday night through mid-December. Rounds start at $3 and the games will take place at the Optimist ball field (7-10pm).
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Get your flapjack fix to benefit Charlie Hawes Jr., who was injured in a motorcycle accident. This Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser will run from 7:30am to 10am. Tickets are $7.
  • Heads up, yard salers! You have several great options spending your hard-earning money:

    --A multi-family sale to benefit the Kidney Cutie will be held in the Jones Printing parking lot (Hawkins Ave and Carthage Street) starting at 7am. There will be toys, clothes, furniture, crafts, and more.

    --Help fund the NC Treasure Chest Ministry at a sale in the Sanford Herald parking lot (St Clair Court and Horner Blvd) from 7am-12pm. All proceeds go to the Ministry.

    --Support Family Promise of Lee County at a sale at the Day Center (2302 Woodland Ave) starting at 7:30am. They will have woodworking tools, wood, major appliances, furniture, and more.
  • Participate in a ride to support Fred Knipper, a Spout Springs Emergency Services firefighter battling cancer. Registration starts at SSES (4400 Buffalo Lake Road) at 8am, kickstands will go up at 10am, and barbecue plates will be served from 11am to 7pm. The cost is $15 for riders, $5 for passengers. The plates are $5 each.
  • Don’t give up on the Sanford Farmers’ Market just yet. The pork vendors will be out every Saturday morning from 9am to noon through the end of the month. Other vendors will join them.
  • Do you know a family in need? Send them to St Luke UMC for “Blessed to Be a Blessing” (9am-12pm). The church is offering fall blessings in the form of clothes, toiletries, diapers, mittens, books, and school supplies for those who need them. There will also be a children’s fall festival area.
  • Paint a decorative picture frame in pumpkin vines and blossoms for a perfect fall souvenir at The Painted Petal (10am-12pm). The session is $35 and includes all materials. Bring a friend with you to get $5 off the class. And if you like their Facebook page, you’ll get an additional 10 percent off! Register here.
  • Head over to the 4th annual Birthday Splash at Carbonton Dam Park (11:30am-4pm). There will be barbecue chicken, baked beans, slaw, bread, dessert, and a beverage for just $7. While you're there, canoe, fish, or watch a special repelling demonstration.
  • Ward 4 voters -- go meet one of the candidates hoping to represent you on the Sanford City Council. Ed Page will be holding a meet-and-greet at the Jaycee Hut (809 Tryon Street) from 1pm to 3pm. All community members are welcome to attend.
  • Start your holiday shopping at holiday open house (1-4pm) at 304 Hawkins Avenue. Vendors include Thirty-One, Willow House, Mary Kay, Decorative Wreaths, and Custom Children's Clothing. A prize will be given away every hour.
  • Go hear the Second Chance Band at Gross Farms (1606 Pickett Road) starting at 2pm. The band will play its original songs as families enjoy the farm. The concert is free with admission to the farm.
  • Dress up for a trunk-or-treat at Hunt Springs Baptist Church (1557 St Andrews Church Road) starting at 3pm. This will be a safe, family-friendly afternoon of Halloween fun.
  • Join The FOG Band at Depot Park (4-7pm) for blues music while Keith Parsons serves up “deep south gumbo” and jalepeno cornbread. Bowls are $10 each.
  • Go out to the Enrichment Center (Third Street) for a dance that will feature Bill Pollard Back Porch Country. Admission is $6.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • If you’ll be in Fayetteville, check out the Warriors Holiday Market (9am-5pm) at Fayetteville Christian School (1422 Ireland Drive). This free event will be full of holiday bargains, prizes, raffles, and more.
  • Go get your eat on at the Barbecue Festival in Lexington NC! The day-long festival (8:30am-6pm) will offer all manner of barbecue as well as fun activities and more.
  • Hear great music, sample local foods, and shop handmade at the Pittsboro Street Fair (10am-5pm) on Hanks Street. There will also be free children’s activities.
  • Learn how to make autumn cocktails that will impress even the fines palate at two free demos at Elliott's on Linden (noon and 2pm). The demos are free and you’ll get to sample the drinks.
  • The 19th annual Viking Classic marching band competition will be at Union Pines High School in Cameron (2-8pm). The competition will feature 20 bands. Admission is $5.
  • Take your children (under age 10) to Aberdeen Lake Park (301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen) for the Fall-O-Ween Carnival (3-5pm). The carnival will include games, activities, clowns, an obstacle maze, face painting, trick-or-treating, and prizes. The cost is $3 per resident, $5 per non-resident.
  • Soak in the season on a sunset paddle down the Haw River on Saturday (5pm). The Triangle Land Conservancy is leading this paddle that's suited for young and novice paddlers. Expect to see all manner of flora and fauna. The cost is $25/person. If you bring your canoe or kayak, the cost is $20/person. Register in advance at 336-260-6465.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC

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October 20, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 20

Today's recap:
  • Early voting starts today! Find everything you need to know to get in, vote, and get out in our voting guide.
  • Win a free pair of Brandee's Just Jewelry earrings by visiting this website. Go to the Facebook page and leave a comment saying what you like most about the site, making sure to state "... and I love free earrings!" Contest ends Oct. 28.
  • Exciting: You can get tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba live for just $16! The show is Tuesday, Nov. 1 (3pm and 6pm) at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and vouchers seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • It's Dandalia Bakery cupcake day at Added Accents! This week's flavors are: rocky road, carrot cake, kahlua & kream, reese’s, german chocolate, pumpkin spice, trick-or-treat, graveyard, and white chocolate web. Yum!
  • Have you liked Twigs & Rags? The store is offering a special discount for those who like its page. Don't miss out!
  • Make sure you get over to We "3" Thrift Shop and More tomorrow or Saturday. They are offering tax-free shopping along with their daily markdowns to celebrate 6 months of being open!

Let's Vote!

Voting season is upon us again, if you couldn't tell by the many signs decorating our area.

In Sanford, several City Council seats are on the line and and a number of local candidates are vying to fill them. Here's what you need to know to fulfill your citizenly duties:

Council Position:Candidates:
At Large (1 seat)L.W. (Bobby) Powell
Jimmy Haire
Ward 2 (1 seat)Charles Taylor (incumbent)
Ward 4 (1 seat)Walter H. McNeil, Jr. (incumbent)
Ed Page
Ward 5 (1 seat)David A. Nestor
Rebecca Wyhof
Bob Brown

Important Deadlines
  • October 20, 2011: Beginning of one-stop, early voting period. You can register and vote in one visit.
  • November 1, 2011: Last day to request an absentee ballot by mail.
  • November 5, 2011: End of one-stop, early voting period.
  • November 7, 2010: Day your absentee ballot must be returned.
  • November 8, 2010: General election. You must be registered to participate.
Early Voting Sites
Lee County Board of Elections
225 S. Steele Street
Sanford, NC

McSwain Agricultural Center
2420 Tramway Road
Sanford, NC

Voting Times
  • Early voting: Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm; 8am-1pm on Saturday, Nov. 5.
  • Election day: 6:30am-7:30pm at your precinct voting site
General Election Voting: To find your polling place for the general election, click here.

What to Bring For Early Voting: If you haven't registered to vote or need to update your registration, make sure you bring at least one of these items with you to participate in one-stop, early voting:
  • Valid and current photo ID, or
  • Current utility bill, or
  • Current bank statement, or
  • Current paycheck, or
  • Current government check, or
  • Other current government document that shows name and address.
Resources: Access our local Board of Elections official website here. Learn more about one-stop early voting here.

Happy voting!

October 19, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 19

The winner of our giveaway for two tickets to The Temple Theatre Company's "Dial M for Murder is ... Sharein Watson Dickens! You have 24 hours to send your contact information to kelly@socialsanford.com or another winner will be drawn. Congratulations, Sharein!

Today’s recap:
  • Need a birthday cake? Want to surprise your little one? Dandalia Bakery donated an adorable Tangled-inspired doll cake with two dresses and several accessories for a Facebook “flash auction” to benefit Ashley Quinones' medical fund. The winner was chosen at 11pm. Like the Kidney Cutie page to get in on future “flash” events!
  • Tonight is trivia night at Steele Street Cafe (7:30-9pm) hosted by Kathie Ziegler. There will be a Halloween theme and someone will win a prize! Go forth and show off your intellect.
  • Lots of job openings posted today! They include a revenue assistant at the City of Sanford, NC, a Zumba instructor at the Lillington Community Center, and an assistant teacher at Stepping Stones. Go apply! (For Stepping Stones: NC Early Childhood Credentials, 6 additional semester hours in EC, and 2 years of experience are REQUIRED. Email resume to emily.page@nc.eastersealsucp.com, fax to (919) 708-7262, or mail to 1550 Kelly Drive, Sanford, NC 27330. For Lillington Community Center: Contact Angel. 910-893-2864 ext. 21.)
  • Make plans to be at Added Accents tomorrow around 4:30pm. PBS Biz Kid$ is stopping by to film 8-year-old Maggie of Twice Loved by Maggie B necklaces. Show your support for 2 local businesses!
The Social Buzz:
  • Parents, mark your calendars: It's time for Boomers Party & Play's monthly Parents Night Out (6-10pm). The cost is $20 per child and $10 per sibling. Register in advance at 919-775-3928.

October 18, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 18

Today's recap:
  • Does your kid love to play Beyblade? If so, sign 'em up for the big tournament being held this Saturday at the Lillington Community Center (1-3pm). The fee to play is $5. Register ASAP by calling 910-893-2864.
  • An earlier snafu with the pumpkin patch led to some great suggestions for affordable local pumpkin patches for an alternative to Gross Farms (which can be cost prohibitive for some). For instance, there's the Yarborough farm on 42 in Broadway. Where else would you recommend?
The Social Buzz:
  • Want to teach your kids a great lesson this holiday season? Take them to We "3" Thrift Shop to donate new and gently used toys for local outreach programs like the NC Treasure Chest Ministry. You can also donate holiday decorations for Operation Christmas Hope. For every new toy, you'll get two chances to win a $30 credit to use at the store!

October 17, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 17

Today's recap:
  • Looking for a way to help keep kids off the streets and away from the pitfalls of gangs, violence, and crime? Support Rocky's Boxing's "Monster's Brawl," a boxing event that will raise money for the gym's youth programs. Here are the details.
  • Go ahead and make your lunch plans for Wednesday. CCCC is hosting “Soup, Sandwich & Cider for Life” in the Lee campus’ Science Building (11am-2pm). For $5, you’ll get a large bowl of soup, half a sandwich, and cider.
  • Support the Kidney Cutie by donating your gently used items for a yard sale scheduled for this Saturday. Contact Sara (sara@saraharringtonlaw.com) to arrange pick up or drop off items at Jones Printing this Friday (4-7pm).
  • Thinking about giving a dirt bike this holiday season? Here’s a great chance to win one (or $1,000 store credit) from Honda Suzuki Of Sanford! Tickets are just $10 each and you don’t have to be present to win. The winner will be pulled on December 10. The raffle will benefit Broadway Optimist Baseball.
The Social Buzz:
  • Soak in the season on a Sunset Paddle down the Haw River on Saturday (5pm). The Triangle Land Conservancy is leading this paddle that's suited for young and novice paddlers. Expect to see all manner of flora and fauna. The cost is $25/person. If you bring your canoe or kayak, the cost is $20/person. Register in advance at 336-260-6465.

October 14, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Oct. 14-16

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!


Skip ahead:
Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Women over age 35 are encouraged to take advantage of the Rex UNC Healthcare mobile mammography unit coming to the Enrichment Center. Call the Lee County Health Department at 919-718-4640 ext 5317 for details.
  • Plan to have lunch and/or dinner at the VFW (1500 Webb Street off of Hawkins Avenue, (11am-7pm) to benefit Christopher Davis, a local man who is battling stage 4 cancer. Plates will be $7 and you'll be able to choose between barbecue pork, barbecue chicken, and plain chicken. Each plate also comes with potatoes, beans, a dinner roll, and a dessert.
  • Go check out the 19th annual Sardine Festival at Aberdeen Lake Park (301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen, NC). Activities will being at 11am and conclude at 2pm and include a picnic lunch of sardines, crackers, moon pies, RC colas, and cokes. The picnic is free, but a small donation is encouraged.
  • Bring your blankets and chairs out to Depot Part at twilight for How to Train Your Dragon, the last showing in Downtown Sanford’s fall movie series. Admission is free and open to the public.
  • Go listen to live music at the Steele Street Cafe tonight starting at 9pm. There is no cover charge, but tips are appreciated.
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  • It's time for San Lee Chapel's consignment sale! The doors are open on Friday (12-8pm) and Saturday (8am-12pm) at 3215 Keller-Andrews Road. Go shop!
  • Immerse yourself in the sounds of the Lee County Community Orchestra on Saturday at 8pm in the Lee County Arts & Community Center and Sunday at 3pm in Depot Park. The program will have a rose theme that will be connected through commentary by music director Dr. Tara Towson Villa. In case of rain, the Sunday concert will be at the Arts Center. Admission is free.
  • Get your cornhole on for a good cause. The Broadway Optimists are hosting cornhole games with “turkey shoot” style prizes each Friday and Saturday night through mid-December. Rounds start at $3 and the games will take place at the Optimist ball field (7-10pm).
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Heads up, garage salers! A military family is holding a sale at 110 Quartermaster Drive (Carthage Colonies off of Firetower Road) starting at 7am. The sale will include mens clothes, military items, children’s clothing and toys, scrap book items, and more.
  • Walk to help find a cure for diabetes at a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk that will start at the Westlake Racquet and Swim Clubhouse (1321 Gormly Circle, Sanford NC). Registration starts at 8am and the walk will begin at 8:30am. You can choose how far you'll walk.
  • Don’t give up on the Sanford Farmers’ Market just yet. The pork vendors will be out every Saturday morning from 9am to noon through the end of the month. Other vendors will join them.
  • Phalanx CrossFit is lifting barbells to help stamp out cancer. The gym is designating the day for the “Grace” workout and encourages all CrossFitters to participate (10am-1pm). If you’re interested in the program, this is a great opportunity to see what it’s all about. Donations are encouraged to help the group meet their goal of $1,000 to donate to cancer research.
  • The Carolina Trace Street Faire will run from 10am to 3pm and promises to offer lots of early holiday ideas, great food, and interesting crafts. The event is open to the public, just tell the gate house you’re there for the event.
  • Sample local brews from your own commemorative cup at the Temple Theatre’s Brick City Brew Festival (1-5pm) in Depot Park. There will be live entertainment, food vendors, a local home brewer’s competition and a brewing demonstration. Tickets are $25 for adults aged 21+ and $10 for the general public.
  • Harvest sale season continues with Tramway Baptist Church’s harvest sale and auction. Baked goods and crafts will be for sale starting at 8am. Barbecue and chicken-and-dumplings will be for purchase from 11am to 7pm and a silent auction will run from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Poplar Springs UMC’s fall lunch and supper is also happening today at 1809 Poplar Springs Church Road (11am-4pm). Get chicken stew or barbecue plates for $7 and shop for handmade items in the country store.
  • HAVEN in Lee County is bringing together various Christian contemporary artists for a day of celebration and fundraising. Voices for Healing will take place at the Lions Club Fairgrounds (1-9pm) and will feature free kids’ activities and concessions for sale, along with a full slate of musicians. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/6-12-year-old child. Children under age 5 are free.
  • Need more art in your life? The Carolina Artists’ Colony is ready to deliver. The retail store is opening its doors for a grand opening party (4-7pm) complete with snacks from local restaurants, live music by Gregg Gelb and Co., and lots of face time with local artists.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • If you're planning on renovating your home, building a new one, or otherwise greening up your house, you'll want to be at Celebrate Green Central at CCCC's Pittsboro campus today (9am-noon). It promises to be informative (and it's free)!
  • Support the Johnsonville Ruritan Club at a pancake breakfast and used book fundraiser at the Johnsonville Community Center (Hwy 24/27, 8-11am). The price is $5/adult and $3/children.
  • Need more books? The Friends of the Harnett County Library is holding a book sale at the Johnsonville Community Center (9am-4pm). Go stock up!
  • It’s time for the annual Holly Arts and Crafts Festival in Pinehurst Villarge (10am-4pm). The festival offers the talents of hand-crafted items in a variety of mediums. There will also be vendors and local entertainers.
  • Learn how to make upscale homemade desserts featuring fresh fall ingredients at two free cooking demos at Elliott's on Linden (noon and 2pm). The demos are free and you’ll get to sample the treats.
  • Help residents fight the Harnett Landfill plan by purchasing a spaghetti plate, crafts, or baked goods at a fundraiser at the Carolina Seasons Community Center (4-7pm at 851 Ponderosa Trail, Cameron NC).
  • If you’ll be in Vass, stop by Mt. Pleasant Christian Church for a harvest dinner and auction (4-8:30pm, 4460 Lobelia Road). The auction will be presented by Adcock & Associates.
  • Have you heard of Steampunk? Go bask in this neo-victorian cultural movement at Pittsboro by Gaslight, a night of fun put on by Pittsboro’s downtown businesses. Be ready to see lots of Victorian elements combined with modern technology and art.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Take your kiddos to Jordan Lake (9am) for a Kids' Pirate & Princess Festival hosted by Triangle Boat Tours. For $7.50, your kid can make crafts, hunt for treasure, and take a 20-minute boat ride. Make sure you call before you go in case the event is booked up.
  • Do you have a family of horse lovers? Take them to the Sandhills’ Horse Farm Tour (11am-4pm). You’ll get equine demonstrations and a self-guided tour of the many local farms for just $25. Children under age 12 are free.
  • Eat your Sunday dinner at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City (1-6pm). The menu always features local ingredients as well as the dairy's signature cheeses.

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

October 13, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 13

Today's recap:
  • Plan to have lunch and/or dinner tomorrow at a benefit dinner for Christopher Davis (11am-7pm), a local man who is battling stage 4 cancer. The benefit will be at the VFW (1500 Webb Street) and plates will be $7.
  • If you're planning on renovating your home, building a new one, or otherwise greening up your house, you'll want to be at Celebrate Green Central at CCCC's Pittsboro campus tomorrow and Saturday. It promises to be informative (and it's free)!

October 12, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 12

Today's recap:
  • Heads up, couponers -- The Chatham Community Library is hosting a coupon swap tomorrow (7-8pm) at the Pittsboro branch. Bring your coupons and a pair of scissors!
  • SASL parents -- let your kiddos wear their jerseys to the Lee Senior soccer game against Cary tonight (JV at 4:30pm, Varsity at 6:30pm). All children in their jerseys will get in free!
  • It's time for San Lee Chapel's consignment sale! The doors will be open tomorrow (6-9pm), Friday (12-8pm), and Saturday (8am-12pm) at 3215 Keller-Andrews Road. Go shop!
The Social Buzz
  • If you or someone you know is in need of gently used clothes, toys, books, or baby equipment, you'll want to check out Jones Chapel UMC's new Children's Closet, a need-based resource that will be open every third Saturday of the month (1-2pm) and at other times by appointment. You can also donate to their mission. Call 919-599-8336 for more information or to get involved.

October 11, 2011

Facebook Recap, Oct. 10

Halloween is right around the corner ... who else is excited?! We've rounded up local Halloween events and activities to make it easier for you to plan your month. If you'd like your event/activity/news included, be sure to follow the links at the bottom of the guide! Huge thanks to Dandalia Bakery for sponsoring this roundup!

Today's recap:
  • Children under 5 are invited to attend a free health fair at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church today (1-6pm). They'll receive speech, hearing, vision, dental, and developmental screenings!
  • Celebrate reading at a "Literacy Carnival" tonight at SanLee Middle School (5-7pm). This free family event will feature a book fair, live performances, reading-themed carnival games, prizes, a bounce house, and more.
The Social Buzz:
  • Love to fish? Go do it to raise money for a two little boys with cancer. There will be a Cancer Benefit Fishing Tournament at Jordan Lake on November 5 to raise money for Patrick Henry, a seven-year-old boy diagnosed with Stage II Hepatoblastoma, and Collin Henry, a five-year-old boy with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. The tourney is for two-member teams and the entry fee is $100 per boat and $10 per big fish. There will be cash prizes and the big fish winner will win all big fish entry fees. For details email carolinabasskid14@yahoo.com or mnadeau16@yahoo.com.

Sink Your Teeth Into These Halloween Events

It’s official: Fall is here, complete with pumpkin and gourd displays, hay bales, scarecrows, and harvest sales. And we all know the best part of fall. Halloween, of course!

Schedule it: This year Halloween falls on a Monday. The official trick-or-treat time for Lee County is 6-9pm on the 31st. (Here are safety tips offered by the Lee County Sheriff's Department.) However, there are many events and activities you can participate in leading up to the big night in case you’d rather stay in on a school/work night.

Here's your go-to guide to this Halloween season, sponsored by Dandalia Bakery. Nothing will make your Halloween complete like these themed cupcakes!

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Skip ahead:
BY EVENT: Kid Events, Trunk-or-Treats, Family Events, Adults Only, Haunted Events, Performances.

BY DATE: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
KID EVENTS
Fall-O-Ween Carnival in Aberdeen Lake Park
Where: 301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 3-5pm
What: Aberdeen Parks & Rec is hosting a special day for children under age 10. The day will include games, activities, clowns, an obstacle maze, face painting, and prizes. Children will be able to trick-or-treat with candy and prizes provided by the Parks & Rec dept.
Cost: $3 per resident, $5 per non-resident.
Note: In case of rain, event will be moved to the Aberdeen Recreation Station.

No Scare Fair 
Where: The Stevens Center, 1576 Kelly Drive, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29. Time slots: 9-10:20am, 10:30-11:50am, 12-1:20pm, 1:30-2:50pm, 3-4:20pm, 4:30-5:50pm.
What: Dress up your ghosts and goblins in their costumes for trick-or-treating along Halloween lane. They can then make some themed crafts, listen to stories, and enjoy live entertainment.
Cost: Tickets are $4 each (including the adult). Purchase them in advance at all Capital Bank locations, Broadway Hardware, Family Fun Zone, and the Stevens Center.
Note: Some sessions will sell out, so buy your tickets early!

Pumpkin Decorating
Where: Lowe's Foods, Spring Lane, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10am-12pm
What: The first 75 children under 12 years old will be able to decorate a small pumpkin, sample cider, and get a cookie.
Cost: Free.

Halloween Haunt in Downtown Park
Where: 145 SE Broad Street, Southern Pines NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5-7pm
What: Bring your costumed kids and a flash light to the park for a celebration of Halloween in downtown Southern Pines. Several area businesses will offer treats to trick-or-treaters (5-5:30pm), there will be a costume parade at Sunrise Theatre (5:35pm), games and activities in the park (5:45-6:45pm), and candy egg hunting by flash light (6:45pm).
Cost: Free.
Note: In case of rain, event will take place in the Southern Pines Recreation Center.

Spooktacular Halloween Tailgate Party
Where: Black Belt Leadership Academy, 1716 Westover Drive, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6pm
What: Annual party and trunk-or-treat. There will also be a costume contest.
Cost: Free.

Kids Day at Possum Creek
Where: 2526 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC
When: Sunday, Oct 30 from 2-5pm
What: Children under age 10 can come out in costume for an afternoon of family-friendly fun and trick-or-treating in the house.
Cost: $5 by cash only.

Halloween Extravaganza
Where: Dancer’s Workshop, 1221-B N. Horner Blvd, Sanford NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2-4pm
What: There will be a costume contest, carnival games, trick or treating, a cake walk, face painting, entertainment, and door prizes as well as the chance to win free tuition and private lessons. Moms, dads, and kids will learn the choreography from Thriller and then participate in a “flash mob” (4-6pm).
Cost: Free.

Halloween Night Out in Downtown Sanford
Where: Steele and Moore Streets, Sanford NC
When: Halloween night from 5-7:30pm
What: We 3 Thrift Stop, the Steele Street Mall, and Victoria’s Wardrobe will offer candy and prizes for trick-or-treaters. We 3 Thrift will also be hosting a costume contest that offers a $15 gift certificate for the best child’s costume and a $20 certificate for the best adult costume. The store is also offering snacks and drinks.
Cost: Free.
Note: You can also get a professional face painting from Taylar Mychal of White Elephant Designs in the doorway beside Local Joes. Cost will be $5 per face.

Halloween Party at G-Force Kenpo Karate
Where: 223-B Carthage Street, Sanford NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-7:30pm
What: Guests are invited to participate in a pot luck dinner, themed games, and trick-or-treating. The community is invited to attend.
Cost: Free.
TRUNK OR TREATS
Trunk-or-Treat at Hunt Springs Baptist Church
Where: 1557 St. Andrews Church Road, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3pm
What: Bring your kiddos in costume to the church for a safe, family-friendly afternoon of Halloween fun.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Carbonton United Methodist Church
Where: 5442 Goldston Carbonton Road, Goldston NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 4-6:30pm
What: Your costumed kiddos (optional, appropriate theme) can trick-or-treat at the church. There will be candy, food, and prizes.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Aberdeen Elementary School
Where: 503 N. Sandhills Blvd, Aberdeen NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-8:30pm
What: Costumed kids can trick-or-treat in a safe, family-friendly environment courtesy of First Line Safety. For questions or concerns call 910-955-1508.
Cost: Free.

Spooktacular Halloween Tailgate Party
Where: Black Belt Leadership Academy, 1716 Westover Drive, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6pm
What: Annual party and trunk-or-treat. There will also be a costume contest.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Rocky Fork Christian Church
Where: 4246 Rocky Fork Church Road, Sanford NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 3pm to dark
What: Decorate your trunk and don your costumes for a fun family afternoon. There will be a prize for the best trunk as well as a cake walk, and more.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Ephesus Baptist Church
Where: 2724 White Hill Road, Sanford NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 6-8pm
What: Bring your kids in costume to the church for a safe, family-friendly evening of Halloween fun.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Holly Springs Baptist Church
Where: 385 Holly Springs Church Road, Broadway NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7pm
What: Come out in costume to trick or treat in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Shallow Well United Church of Christ
Where: 1220 Broadway Road, Sanford NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 at 6pm
What: Come out in costume to trick or treat in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Cost: Free.

Trunk or Treat at New Hope Baptist Church
Where: 3915 Hawkins Ave, Sanford NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 at 6pm
What: The church is holding a fall festival as well as trick or treating. There will be games, inflatables, music, food, and more.

Trunk-or-Treat with the Broadway Optimist
Where: 100 Gilbert Lett Drive (corner of Hunter Drive and Main Street), Broadway NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 6:30-8:30pm
What: Come out in costume to trick or treat in a safe, family-friendly environment. To set up your own trunk, arrive at the park by 6pm.
Cost: Free.
FAMILY EVENTS
Maters n’ Taters 4H Club’s Family Pumpkin Carving Contest
Where: McSwain Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford NC
When: Friday, Oct. 21 at 6:30pm
What: Come out as a family to carve a pumpkin! One pumpkin will be provided to each family. You are encouraged to bring your own carving tools, though basic ones will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest, must creative, best overall, and best youth pumpkin.
Register in advance: 919-775-5624
Cost: Free.

Fall Festival and Haunted House
Where: J. Glenn Edwards, 3115 Cemetery Road, Sanford NC
When: Friday, Oct. 21 from 6-8:30pm
What: Celebrate the season with a Fall Festival and Haunted House thanks to the J. Glenn Edwards PTO. There will be hair and face painting, a costume contest, a cake walk, fortune telling, a 50/50 raffle, hay rides, horse rides, bounce houses, and more.
Cost: Admission is free, some activities will require tickets.
Note: There will be two haunted houses -- one for ages 11+ and one for under 10. Children under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the 11+ house.

Halloween Movie Nights
Where: Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur, NC
When: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5-9pm
What: Go see “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on Friday or “Caspar the Friendly Ghost” on Saturday right at the orchard. There will also be hot dogs, hot apple cider, and baked goods for purchase along with hay rides and more.

Scary Shorts at the Chatham Community Library
Where: 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro NC
When: Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7-9pm
What: Listen to scary short stories written by local authors and special guests. Refreshments will be served.
Cost: Free.

Cavallo Ridge Farm’s Fall Fun Show
Where: 730 Oakridge River Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8am-5pm
What: Horse lovers can take their horses and ponies out to the farm for day of activities, including a costume contest for participants and their animals. There will be ribbons for 1st-5th places.
Cost: Free.

Scare-olina Skies
Where: Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3:30pm
What: Scare-olina Skies will feature scary stories about the constellations that are toned down for children.
Cost: $7.25. $6 for students, seniors, and children.

Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Noah’s Landing in Coats NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 (1-9pm) and Sunday, Oct. 30 (1-5pm)
What: Trick or treat with this local zoo’s critters. The zoo will stay open late so children can see nocturnal animals. There will also be spooky games, a Mad Science lab, an edible insect cafe, wagon rides, and more.

Halloween Tours at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Where: 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10am and 1pm
What: Take a special walk during the most active part of the animals’ day. Normally children must be at least age 13 to participate, but for Halloween, the rescue is allowing children of all ages.
Cost: $26.50/adult, $9 for children ages 4-12, and free for under age 3.

SPOOK-Tacular Event at Aloha Safari Zoo
Where: 159 Mini Lane, Cameron NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5-8pm
What: Enjoy live music, games, a bouncy house, face painting, a costume contest, and more while also visiting with the zoo’s animals.
Cost: $10/person or $8 if in costume.

PumpkinFest at Fearrington Village
Where: 2000 Fearrington Village Center in Pittsboro
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 6-8pm
What: Enjoy intricately carved pumpkins from Fearrington Village’s gardeners and chefs, listen to live bluegrass provided by The Guilty Pleasures, and take the kids for a Spooky Storytime at McIntyre’s Books (6pm and 6:30pm).
Cost: Free.

Trick or Treat Robbins
Where: Town of Robbins, NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6-10pm
What: The town is holding a Halloween celebration that includes a costume parade and contest, haunted train station, pumpkin carving, hay rides, a petting zoo, and a Halloween movie. Main Street businesses will also hand out candy.
Cost: Free.

Boo at the Zoo
Where: NC Zoo, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro NC.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 (schedule)
What: Safe, full day of activity that includes games, a costume contest, musical entertainment, mural painting, and more. Clowns and magicians will rove the plaza. No adult costumes, adult masks, or adult face painting allowed.
Cost: Free with admission to the zoo.

Fall Party with Vineyard Assembly Church
Where: Circle M City, 74 Cowboy Lane, Sanford, NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8:30pm
What: Church and community members will bring a covered dish to share. Tim and Michelle Marsh will perform a Western Show and there will be a bonfire, games, and more.
ADULTS ONLY
CARA’s Bark and Hiss Halloween Party
Where: Cafe 121’s CHI Thyme
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6:30-8:30pm
What: Support Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption’s rescue work as you nosh on Cafe 121 appetizers, beer, wine, and a signature CARA Punch. Costumes are optional.
Cost: $15

Spooktacular Halloween Gala
Where: Pinehurst Fair Barn, Pinehurst NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7-10pm
What: Enjoy dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and costume contests to benefit the Spay/Neuter Veterinary Clinic.
Cost: $45 in advance, $55 at the door.

Southern Brotherhood MC’s Annual Halloween Bash
Where: Southern Brotherhood clubhouse on Gunter Lakes Road, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7pm
What: Celebrate Halloween with costume contests, food, drinks, and music.
Cost: $5 cover, $7.50 per couple.

Annual Halloween Party
Where: The Flame Steakhouse
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 9pm
What: There will be a live DJ and dancing until the wee hours of the night. Expect drink specials and other fun extras.

Halloween Party
Where: Goodfellas Sports Bar and Grill
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9pm
What: Dress up in costume for a fun night out.
Cost: Free.

Halloween Party at Steele Street Cafe
Where: 120 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 9pm
What: Listen to music provided by DJ Bernard and wear your costumes if you’d like.
Cost: No cover charge.

Scare-olina Skies
Where: Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7pm and 8:30pm
What: Scare-olina Skies will feature scary stories about the constellations that are amped up for adults.
Cost: $7.25.

Halloween Alley Jam with The Steele Pig
Where: Alley beside the restaurant on Steele Street in downtown Sanford
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6pm
What: Listen to live music and watch Halloween classics projected on the alley wall. There will also be a costume contest, cash bar, and street food. One person will win a $50 gift certificate.
Cost: $10.
HAUNTED EVENTS
Aberdeen Fear Factory
Where: 10570 NC Highway 211 East, Aberdeen NC
When: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout October from 6:30pm-12am
What: Prepare to be scared by the sights and sounds of this haunted factory. Details here.
Cost: $15 by cash or credit card only.
Note: The haunted house will be open the entire week before Halloween (Oct. 24-31).

Historic Hauntings
Where: downtown Fayetteville NC
When: October 20-22, October 27-29 at 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm, and 9:30pm
What: Spend an hour on a ghost tour and hayride through history downtown Fayetteville
Cost: $15, reservations required

Terror at Possum Creek: Power Outage
Where: 2526 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC
When: Thursdays, Oct. 20 and 27 from 7-10pm. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 21-22 and Oct 28-29 from 7pm-12am. Also on Halloween night from 7pm-12am.
What: There has been a power outage at Possum Creek Manor, a former penitentiary and sanitarium. Enter at your own risk.
Cost: $10 by cash only

Field of Screams Haunted Corn Tail
Where: Gillis Hill Road Produce, 2899 Gillis Hill Road, Fayetteville NC
When: Fridays and Saturdays (starting Oct 21, 7-11pm) and on Halloween (7-10pm)
What: Only the strong and brave will survive this field of screams with a thrilling theme and chilling special effects.
Cost: $8. Express tickets are $16 (skip the line). Groups of 10 or more get 10% off the ticket price.

Haunted Forest
Where: 1059 Sycamore Lane, Jackson Springs NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7-10pm.
What: Haunted walk with nine different themes, food and drink, get your photo taken with the spooks.
Cost: $10.
PERFORMANCES
“Night of the Living Dead” performed by Lee Senior’s drama students
Where: 1708 Nash Street, Sanford NC
When: October 26-28 and October 31. Times TBA
What: Students will bring to life a play based on the iconic movie of the same name.
Cost: TBA

Corn Maze Concert by Second Chance Band
Where: Gross Farms, 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2-6pm
What: The band will play its original songs as families enjoy the farm.
Cost: Free with admission to the farm.

Corn Maze Concert by Tim Hair
Where: Gross Farms, 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2-6pm
What: Tim Hair will perform while families enjoy the farm.
Cost: Free with admission to the farm.

Corn Maze Concert by Workin’ On Commission
Where: Gross Farms, 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2-5pm
What: The band will play its original songs as families enjoy the farm.
Cost: Free with admission to the farm.

Halloween Classics at The Carolina Theatre
Where: 310 S. Green Street, Greensboro NC
When: Throughout the month of October
What: The theatre will show classic movies including The Exorcist, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, and two nights of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Cost: Admission cost varies.
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Thursday, Oct. 27
Scary Shorts at the Chatham Community Library
Where: 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro NC
When: Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7-9pm
What: Listen to scary short stories written by local authors and special guests. Refreshments will be served.
Cost: Free.

“Night of the Living Dead” performed by Lee Senior’s drama students
Where: 1708 Nash Street, Sanford NC
When: October 26-28 and October 31 at 7pm
What: Students will bring to life a play based on the iconic movie of the same name.
Cost: $5
Friday, Oct. 28
“Night of the Living Dead” performed by Lee Senior’s drama students
Where: 1708 Nash Street, Sanford NC
When: October 26-28 and October 31 at 7pm
What: Students will bring to life a play based on the iconic movie of the same name.
Cost: $5
Saturday, Oct. 29
KID EVENTS
No Scare Fair
Where: The Stevens Center, 1576 Kelly Drive, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29. Time slots: 9-10:20am, 10:30-11:50am, 12-1:20pm, 1:30-2:50pm, 3-4:20pm, 4:30-5:50pm.
What: Dress up your ghosts and goblins in their costumes for trick-or-treating along Halloween lane. They can then make some themed crafts, listen to stories, and enjoy live entertainment.
Cost: Tickets are $4 each (including the adult). Purchase them in advance at all Capital Bank locations, Broadway Hardware, Family Fun Zone, and the Stevens Center.
Note: Some sessions will sell out, so buy your tickets early!

Pumpkin Decorating
Where: Lowe's Foods, Spring Lane, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10am-12pm
What: The first 75 children under 12 years old will be able to decorate a small pumpkin, sample cider, and get a cookie.
Cost: Free.

Halloween Haunt in Downtown Park
Where: 145 SE Broad Street, Southern Pines NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5-7pm
What: Bring your costumed kids and a flash light to the park for a celebration of Halloween in downtown Southern Pines. Several area businesses will offer treats to trick-or-treaters (5-5:30pm), there will be a costume parade at Sunrise Theatre (5:35pm), games and activities in the park (5:45-6:45pm), and candy egg hunting by flash light (6:45pm).
Cost: Free.
Note: In case of rain, event will take place in the Southern Pines Recreation Center.

Spooktacular Halloween Tailgate Party
Where: Black Belt Leadership Academy, 1716 Westover Drive, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6pm
What: Annual party and trunk-or-treat. There will also be a costume contest.
Cost: Free.
TRUNK OR TREATS
Trunk-or-Treat at Carbonton United Methodist Church
Where: 5442 Goldston Carbonton Road, Goldston NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 4-6:30pm
What: Your costumed kiddos (optional, appropriate theme) can trick-or-treat at the church. There will be candy, food, and prizes.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Aberdeen Elementary School
Where: 503 N. Sandhills Blvd, Aberdeen NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-8:30pm
What: Costumed kids can trick-or-treat in a safe, family-friendly environment courtesy of First Line Safety. For questions or concerns call 910-955-1508.
Cost: Free.

Spooktacular Halloween Tailgate Party
Where: Black Belt Leadership Academy, 1716 Westover Drive, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6pm
What: Annual party and trunk-or-treat. There will also be a costume contest.
Cost: Free.
FAMILY EVENTS
Cavallo Ridge Farm’s Fall Fun Show
Where: 730 Oakridge River Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8am-5pm
What: Horse lovers can take their horses and ponies out to the farm for day of activities, including a costume contest for participants and their animals. There will be ribbons for 1st-5th places.
Cost: Free.

Halloween Hoopla
Where: N. Chatham Ave and 2nd Street in Siler City, NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11am-4pm
What: A street fair complete with games, candy, a costume contest, and trick-or-treating.
Cost: Free.

Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Noah’s Landing in Coats NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 (1-9pm) and Sunday, Oct. 30 (1-5pm)
What: Trick or treat with this local zoo’s critters. The zoo will stay open late so children can see nocturnal animals. There will also be spooky games, a Mad Science lab, an edible insect cafe, wagon rides, and more.

Halloween Tours at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Where: 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10am and 1pm
What: Take a special walk during the most active part of the animals’ day. Normally children must be at least age 13 to participate, but for Halloween, the rescue is allowing children of all ages.
Cost: $26.50/adult, $9 for children ages 4-12, and free for under age 3.

SPOOK-Tacular Event at Aloha Safari Zoo
Where: 159 Mini Lane, Cameron NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5-8pm
What: Enjoy live music, games, a bouncy house, face painting, a costume contest, and more while also visiting with the zoo’s animals.
Cost: $10/person or $8 if in costume.

Trick or Treat Robbins
Where: Town of Robbins, NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6-10pm
What: The town is holding a Halloween celebration that includes a costume parade and contest, haunted train station, pumpkin carving, hay rides, a petting zoo, and a Halloween movie. Main Street businesses will also hand out candy.
Cost: Free.

Boo at the Zoo
Where: NC Zoo, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro NC.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 (schedule)
What: Safe, full day of activity that includes games, a costume contest, musical entertainment, mural painting, and more. Clowns and magicians will rove the plaza. No adult costumes, adult masks, or adult face painting allowed.
Cost: Free with admission to the zoo.

Costume Contest at Gross Farms
Where: 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8pm
What: A costume contest for both adults and children. The farm will award cash prizes. Tim Hair will perform from 2-6pm and DJ Chuck Garner will perform from 7-10pm. (See more in Performances)
Cost: Free entry with admission.
ADULTS ONLY
CARA’s Bark and Hiss Halloween Party
Where: Cafe 121’s CHI Thyme
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6:30-8:30pm
What: Support Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption’s rescue work as you nosh on Cafe 121 appetizers, beer, wine, and a signature CARA Punch. Costumes are optional.
Cost: $15

Scare-olina Skies
Where: Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7pm and 8:30pm
What: Scare-olina Skies will feature scary stories about the constellations that are amped up for adults.
Cost: $7.25.

Spooktacular Halloween Gala
Where: Pinehurst Fair Barn, Pinehurst NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7-10pm
What: Enjoy dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and costume contests to benefit the Spay/Neuter Veterinary Clinic.
Cost: $45 in advance, $55 at the door.

Southern Brotherhood MC’s Annual Halloween Bash
Where:Southern Brotherhood clubhouse on Gunter Lakes Road, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7pm
What: Celebrate Halloween with costume contests, food, drinks, and music.
Cost: $5 cover, $7.50 per couple.

Annual Halloween Party
Where: The Flame Steakhouse
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 9pm
What: There will be a live DJ and dancing until the wee hours of the night. Expect drink specials and other fun extras.

Halloween Party
Where: Goodfellas Sports Bar and Grill
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9pm
What: Dress up in costume for a fun night out.
Cost: Free.

Halloween Party at Steele Street Cafe
Where: 120 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 9pm
What: Listen to music by Erik Smallwood and wear your costumes if you’d like.
Cost: No cover charge.
Sunday, Oct. 30
KID EVENTS
Kids Day at Possum Creek
Where: 2526 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC
When: Sunday, Oct 30 from 2-5pm
What: Children under age 10 can come out in costume for an afternoon of family-friendly fun and trick-or-treating in the house.
Cost: $5 by cash only.

Halloween Extravaganza
Where: Dancer’s Workshop, 1221-B N. Horner Blvd, Sanford NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2-4pm
What: There will be a costume contest, carnival games, trick or treating, a cake walk, face painting, entertainment, and door prizes as well as the chance to win free tuition and private lessons. Moms, dads, and kids will learn the choreography from Thriller and then participate in a “flash mob” (4-6pm).
Cost: Free.
TRUNK OR TREATS
Trunk-or-Treat at Rocky Fork Church
Where: 4246 Rocky Fork Church Road, Sanford NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 3pm to dark
What: Decorate your trunk and don your costumes for a fun family afternoon. There will be a prize for the best trunk as well as a cake walk, and more.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Ephesus Baptist Church
Where: 2724 White Hill Road, Sanford NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 6-8pm
What: Bring your kids in costume to the church for a safe, family-friendly evening of Halloween fun.
Cost: Free.
FAMILY EVENTS
PumpkinFest at Fearrington Village
Where: 2000 Fearrington Village Center in Pittsboro
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 6-8pm
What: Enjoy intricately carved pumpkins from Fearrington Village’s gardeners and chefs, listen to live bluegrass provided by The Guilty Pleasures, and take the kids for a Spooky Storytime at McIntyre’s Books (6pm and 6:30pm).
Cost: Free.

Halloween Tours at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Where: 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro NC
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10am and 1pm
What: Take a special walk during the most active part of the animals’ day. Normally children must be at least age 13 to participate, but for Halloween, the rescue is allowing children of all ages.
Cost: $26.50/adult, $9 for children ages 4-12, and free for under age 3.

Boo at the Zoo
Where: NC Zoo, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro NC.
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 (schedule)
What: Safe, full day of activity that includes games, a costume contest, musical entertainment, mural painting, and more. Clowns and magicians will rove the plaza. No adult costumes, adult masks, or adult face painting allowed.
Cost: Free with admission to the zoo.

Corn Maze Concert by Workin’ On Commission
Where: Gross Farms, 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2-5pm
What: The band will play its original songs as families enjoy the farm.
Cost: Free with admission to the farm.

Scare-olina Skies
Where: Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill NC
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3:30pm
What: Scare-olina Skies will feature scary stories about the constellations that are toned down for children.
Cost: $7.25. $6 for students, seniors, and children.
ADULTS ONLY
Halloween Alley Jam with The Steele Pig
Where: Alley beside the restaurant on Steele Street in downtown Sanford
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6pm
What: Listen to live music and watch Halloween classics projected on the alley wall. There will also be a costume contest, cash bar, and street food. One person will win a $50 gift certificate.
Cost: $10.
Monday, Oct. 31: Official trick-or-treat hours are 6-9pm.
Halloween Night Out in Downtown Sanford
Where: Steele and Moore Streets, Sanford NC
When: Halloween night from 5-7:30pm
What: We 3 Thrift Stop, the Steele Street Mall, and Victoria’s Wardrobe will offer candy and prizes for trick-or-treaters. We 3 Thrift will also be hosting a costume contest that offers a $15 gift certificate for the best child’s costume and a $20 certificate for the best adult costume. The store is also offering snacks and drinks.
Cost: Free.
Note: You can also get a professional face painting from Taylar Mychal of White Elephant Designs in the doorway beside Local Joes. Cost will be $5 per face.

Halloween Party at G-Force Kenpo Karate
Where: 223-B Carthage Street, Sanford NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-7:30pm
What: Guests are invited to participate in a pot luck dinner, themed games, and trick-or-treating. The community is invited to attend.
Cost: Free.

Fall Party with Vineyard Assembly Church
Where: Circle M City, 74 Cowboy Lane, Sanford, NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8:30pm
What: Church and community members will bring a covered dish to share. Tim and Michelle Marsh will perform a Western Show and there will be a bonfire, games, and more.

Trunk-or-Treat at Holly Springs Baptist Church
Where: 385 Holly Springs Church Road, Broadway NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7pm
What: Come out in costume to trick or treat in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Cost: Free.

Trunk-or-Treat at Shallow Well United Church of Christ
Where: 1220 Broadway Road, Sanford NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 at 6pm
What: Come out in costume to trick or treat in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Cost: Free.

Trunk or Treat at New Hope Baptist Church
Where: 3915 Hawkins Ave, Sanford NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 at 6pm
What: The church is holding a fall festival as well as trick or treating. There will be games, inflatables, music, food, and more.

Trunk-or-Treat with the Broadway Optimist
Where: 100 Gilbert Lett Drive (corner of Hunter Drive and Main Street), Broadway NC
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 6:30-8:30pm
What: Come out in costume to trick or treat in a safe, family-friendly environment. To set up your own trunk, arrive at the park by 6pm.
Cost: Free.

“Night of the Living Dead” performed by Lee Senior’s drama students
Where: 1708 Nash Street, Sanford NC
When: October 26-28 and October 31 at 7pm
What: Students will bring to life a play based on the iconic movie of the same name.
Cost: $5
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