November 29, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 29

Today's recap:
  • Want to do something special for the children/teens at Haven In Lee County? Buy jewelry or gift cards ($15+) from Brandee's Just Jewelry to donate to them and you'll get 50% off any one item. Who doesn't love jewelry?!
  • Help local child Marshall Reid and his company Portion Size Me, Inc. create a game aimed at providing free seeds for schools (which teaching healthy eating habits). Details here!
  • Don't forget -- it's Sociable Art night at Steele Street Cafe! Go paint Santa for $35 (includes all supplies) and take home a finished 16x20 canvas. The event starts at 6pm.
  • Here's another way to get more jewelry for your buck -- Place an order with Willow House with Krysten Baxley by Thursday and you'll be entered to win 50% off any item in one of the new lines. Fun!
The Social Buzz:

November 28, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 28

Today's recap:
  • Want your child to get a special letter from Santa ... for free? Lee County Parks & Rec will hook you up! Call 775-2107 x 501 to register your child(ren), or just click here. Hurry -- the deadline is Thursday!
  • Today's the last day to enter the Sanford Christmas Parade! Your mailed/emailed registration forms must be sent in today (Monday) if you want to be in the parade (Dec. 5, 7pm).
  • Take your children (ages 8+) to the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro tomorrow (4-6pm) for an afternoon of stories, games, and crafts with the Grand Trees of Chatham. It's free but you have to register in advance (919-545-8085).
  • Don't forget about CCCC's "Back to School-Back to Work" Education Employment Fair tomorrow (9am-1pm) at the Civic Center. A wide range of training, education, and financial aid options/information will be available!
  • Heads up, small business owners and entrepreneurs -- learn more about recording keeping and taxes at a free seminar at the Civic Center tomorrow (6:30-8:30pm). Register at sbc@cccc.edu so they know to expect you!
The Social Buzz:
  • There are a slew of holiday events happening this weekend. Make sure you don't miss any of them! Here are our roundups: Holiday Open HousesParadesSanta Sightings. Have a great time right here in your community!

November 26, 2011

Rock Around A Real Tree This Christmas

Ready to purchase your Christmas tree? Skip the chain stores -- our area has exactly what you're looking for.

For many families, caring for a real tree -- along with the cost of purchasing one each year -- can be prohibitive. Here are some tips from the National Christmas Tree Association that might make going "real" a little easier.

If you choose a real tree, look to these local folks first:

Christmas Tree Patch (through Dec. 24)
Where: 1747 Henley Road, Sanford NC
What: Choose-and-cut trees. You can cut them yourself or an attendant will do it for you. Hand saws are provided. You can also stay updated on Facebook.
Hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays (3-6pm), Fridays (1-6pm), Saturday (9am-6pm), and Sunday (1pm-6pm).

Dale’s Greenhouse & Garden Center
Where: 2814 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Sanford NC
What: Fresh pre-cut trees.
Hours: Monday-Saturday (8am-8pm); Sunday (1-6pm)

Griffin’s Evergreens
Where: Broadway Road between Sanford NC and Broadway NC
What: Choose-and-cut trees. You can cut them yourself or an attendant will do it for you.
Hours: TBD

Gross Farms
Where: 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
What: Fresh-cut NC Frasier Firs, along with wreaths, garland, and tree stands.
Hours: Monday-Friday (5-8pm), Saturday (11am-8pm), and Sunday (1-6pm)

Sanford Moose Lodge Tree Lot
Where: Corner of McNeil Road and Hwy 421, Sanford NC
What: Fresh pre-cut trees.
Hours: Monday-Friday (5-9pm)

Near Lee County:

Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm
Where: 2170 Martha's Chapel Road, Apex NC
What: Choose-and-cut trees. You can cut them yourself or an attendant will do it for you.

Do you buy a fresh tree every year? Where's your favorite local tree stand/farm? Let us know so we can include it in the list!

Bring On Parade Season!

Thanksgiving is over ... which means Parade Season is just beginning!

If your family is like mine, they look forward to watching holiday parades all year long. Mine even told me they'd rather watch a parade than ride in one. That's love.

Use this comprehensive list* of local and regional parades to ensure your family doesn't miss a moment of the fun:

In Lee County:
Central Carolina Jaycees' 2011 Sanford Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 5, 7pm
Where: Downtown Sanford
Bonus: Tree lighting on Dec. 2 in Depot Park (get details).
Entry information: www.centralcarolinajcs.org.

Annual Broadway Optimist Christmas Parade & Celebration
When: Dec. 10, 2pm
Where: Main Street, Broadway
Bonus: Celebration starts at 10:30am.
In the areas surrounding Lee County:
Town of Siler City Annual Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 1, 7pm
Where: downtown Siler City
Bonus: Tree lighting at 6:30pm.

Southern Pines Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 3, 10am
Where: Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC

Goldston Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 3, 11am
Where: downtown Goldston beginning on Manchester Street.

Town of Pittsboro Christmas Parade
When: Dec 4, 3pm
Where: downtown Pittsboro

Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade
Where: Main Street, Fuquay-Varina NC
When: 3-5pm

Town of Carthage Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 6, 6:15pm
Where: downtown Carthage

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade
When: Dec. 10, 10am-12pm
Where: The parade will begin at East Franklin Street and end at the Carrboro Town Commons

Fayetteville Rotary Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 10, 11am
Where: The parade will begin on Person Street and end at Railroad Station.

Christmas Horse Carriage Parade
When: Dec. 10, 1 pm
Where: Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC

Aberdeen Christmas Parade
When: Dec. 10, 3pm
Where: downtown Aberdeen

Lillington Christmas Parade & Celebration
When: Dec. 10, 7pm
Where: Downtown Lillington
Bonus: Celebration at 3:30pm, tree lighting at 5:30pm.
*Special thanks to The Sanford Herald for many of these details! If you aren't a subscriber, you should be.

November 25, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Nov. 25-27

This month's Weekend Roundup sponsor is Afternoon Tea at Mrs. Lacy's too! You'll want to make your appointment today for a delicious treat and steaming cup of tea in this gourmet market and tea room.
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It's a quiet weekend in our area. We hope everyone uses the downtime to enjoy family and friends, and as always, to remember all the reasons to be thankful...

This weekend's events:
  • If you love "The Nutcracker Ballet," you don't want to miss this chance to see it in our area. Moore Onstage is performing the ballet this weekend -- and there's a chance to have a meet-and-greet with the characters. Click here for all the details!
  • Head over to The Flame Steakhouse on Saturday night to hear Tim Hair perform. This is a must-attend for those who love country music!
  • Calling all “Steampunk” people -- Davenport & Winkleperry (Salisbury Street, Pittsboro) is holding The Gaslight Ball: A Steampunk Party starting at 8pm for adults over age 18. Admission costs $5 and appropriate attire is encouraged. Prepare to hear jazz, blues, swing, dark cabaret, gypsy punk, and dance music by DJ Scaramouche.
Ongoing: There are several opportunities to give back to local families this season, including:
  • Bicycle drive at Tramway Fire Department.

November 24, 2011

Santa Watch '11


This year has flown by, but that's good news for the little ones in our lives who anxiously await Santa's arrival each year. Make sure you get a great photo of your kids with the big guy this year by catching up with him (or one of his helpers) at these local events, sponsored by Dandalia Bakery:

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Wednesday, December 21
● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 1pm-3pm 
● Let your children get their bounce on and visit with Santa at the same time. Meet Santa and hear a Christmas story read by Mrs. Claus.
Cost: Regular admission.
Where: Boomers Party & Play, 2915 Tramway Road, Sanford NC
When: 5-8pm. Story starts at 7pm.
Friday, December 23
● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 5pm-7pm

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Do you know of a Santa event that's not on our list? Let us know via email or comment and we'll make sure to spread the word!

THESE EVENTS HAVE ALREADY PASSED:

Friday, November 25
● Kick off the Christmas season with a visit with Santa.
Cost: Free
Where: Little Toy Shop, 230 SW Broad Street, Southern Pines
When: 10am-4pm
Saturday, November 26
● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 11am-2pm
Tuesday, November 29
● Visit with Santa and Charlee, the Central Carolina Community College mascot!
Cost: Free (you take your own photos)
Where: CCCC gym
When: 5-7pm
Thursday, December 1
● Watch Santa ride in on a fire truck at the Aberdeen Christmas Tree Lighting.
Where: The Depot in downtown Aberdeen
When: 6-7:30pm
Friday, December 2
● Head downtown to see Santa ride in on a firetruck. Stick around to light the city Christmas tree and get a photo with Santa.
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Depot Park, Sanford NC
When: Starting at 5:45pm
Saturday, December 3
Walgreens is bringing Santa to the book store for photos!
Cost: Free to take your own or get a discount from Walgreens for a professional shot.
Where: Books at a Steal, 106 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC
When: 9am-12pm
Note: Call 919-776-0642 to schedule your time slot.

● Visit with Santa at Brewer’s Grocery & Grill.
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: 9944 Siler City/Glendon Road, Bear Creek NC
When: 9am-12pm

● Eat cookies and get your photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Cost: Free 4x6
Where: San Lee Chapel, 3215 Keller Andrews Road, Sanford NC
When: 10am-12pm

Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption invites you to bring your pets (and your kids) to get their photos taken with Santa.
Cost: $10 per photo
Where: Old "Wild Bill’s Auction" building in downtown Sanford.
When: 10am-4pm
Note: Park in the lot across from the Temple Theatre and look for signs.

● Ride the train with Santa! Bring your camera to snap a photo with Santa as he walks through the rail cart.
Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child
Where: New Hope Valley Railway, New Hill, NC
When: 11am-4pm
Note: The time slots fill up fast. Book your seats ASAP.

● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 2pm-4pm
Sunday, December 4
Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption invites you to bring your pets (and your kids) to get their photos taken with Santa.
Cost: $10 per photo
Where: Old "Wild Bill’s Auction" building in downtown Sanford.
When: 10am-4pm
Note: Park in the lot across from the Temple Theatre and look for signs.

● Ride the train with Santa! Bring your camera to snap a photo with Santa as he walks through the rail cart.
Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child
Where: New Hope Valley Railway, New Hill, NC
When: 11am-4pm
Note: The time slots fill up fast. Book your seats ASAP.

● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 2pm-4pm
Thursday, December 8
● Enjoy holiday lights and displays, a lighted train ride, crafts, local entertainment, a visit with Santa and more.
Cost: $7 in advance (buy here), $10 in person. Children under 2 are free with a paying adult.
Where: Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh
When: 4pm-9pm
Friday, December 9
● The kids can meet and get photos with Santa right at the local hospital.
Cost: Free (you take your own).
Where: Central Carolina Hospital main lobby.
When: 5-7pm

● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 5pm-7pm
Saturday, December 10
● Ride the train with Santa! Bring your camera to snap a photo with Santa as he walks through the rail cart.
Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child
Where: New Hope Valley Railway, New Hill, NC
When: 11am-4pm
Note: The time slots fill up fast. Book your seats ASAP.

● Visit and get your photo taken with Santa at Gross Farms.
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
When: 1-6pm.

● The Central Carolina Jaycees invite everyone to come build gingerbread houses (or decorate pre-built ones). Children/families can get their photos taken with Santa during the event.
Cost: $5 per photo ($5 for unbuilt house; $8 for pre-built)
Where: Jaycee Hut, 809 Tryon Street, Sanford
When: 3pm-5pm
Note: You must pre-register and there are only 60 slots available. Call (919) 356-6360 to reserve your spot. Start time is 3pm sharp -- this is not a floating event.

● Spend an afternoon in downtown Lillington making ornaments and visiting with Santa.
Cost: Free
Where: Town Hall, West Front Street, Lillington
When: 3pm-5:30pm
Sunday, December 11
● Ride the train with Santa! Bring your camera to snap a photo with Santa as he walks through the rail cart.
Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child
Where: New Hope Valley Railway, New Hill, NC
When: 11am-4pm
Note: The time slots fill up fast. Book your seats ASAP.

● Visit and get your photo taken with Santa at Gross Farms.
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
When: 1-6pm.

● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 2pm-4pm
Wednesday, December 14
● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 5pm-7pm
Saturday, December 17
● Have breakfast, decorate gingerbread houses, and sing carols with Santa Cow and Elf Cow. You can also get a photo and win prizes!
Cost: Free
Where: Chick-Fil-A of Sanford, Hwy 87, Sanford NC
When: 8-10:30am

● Bring your pet with you to get a complete family photo with Santa.
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Carolina Town & Country, 710 E. Main Street, Sanford
When: 11am-2pm

● Squeeze in some shopping to support Lee County Schools while your child visits with Santa.
Cost: Free to take your own. Photos will be available for purchase.
Where: PTO Thrift Store, 303 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC
When: 1-3pm

● Santa will be handing out candy canes and posing with your children for photos.
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Kathryn’s Hallmark and Fiona’s, Riverbirch Shopping Center, Sanford NC
When: 1-4pm

● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 2pm-4pm
Sunday, December 18
● Bring the kids to explore Santa's workshop and Christmas Lane. Bring your camera for photos!
Cost: Free (you take your own)
Where: Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce, US 1 South, Sanford
When: 2pm-4pm
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November 23, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 23

We'd like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please note that posts will be limited on Thanksgiving day, and you won't be getting an email recap. However, the Weekend Roundup will run on schedule, so make sure you submit your news and events!

Today's recap:
  • There are only a few days until the deadline to enter the Sanford Christmas Parade! Click over for information on how to enter as well as general parade details.
  • Don't forget about the Thanksgiving meal at the Arts Center (Steele Street) tonight hosted by NC Treasure Chest Ministry (6pm). Volunteers are always needed -- both tonight and in the coming weeks.
  • Prepare today for a Santa Train in a couple weeks. Santa will be riding the New Hope Valley Railway on Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11. These rides sell out quickly, so reserve yours while the pickings are good!

November 21, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 21

Today's recap:
  • Get your family's photo with Santa just in time to send out cards at Jimmy Haire Photography. They're doing Santa photos on Wednesday (10am-5pm). Pay $30 toward your order that day. Call 919-776-8048 to book 
  • Here's another way to get your Thanksgiving treats -- the CCH Auxiliary is hosting a holiday bake sale tomorrow starting at 7am in the lobby of the Carthage Street entrance. There will be cakes, pies, jams, pickles, and more.
The Social Buzz:
  • School's out, but that doesn't mean you have to drag the kids shopping with you (or miss out on shopping). For just $7, you can drop your kiddo off at Family Fun Zone this Friday while you hit up the sales. Call them at 919-774-4596 for specific times and terms.

November 17, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Nov. 18-20

This month's Weekend Roundup has a brand new sponsor: Afternoon Tea at Mrs. Lacy's too! You'll want to make your appointment today for a delicious treat and steaming cup of tea in their newly opened gourmet market and tea room.

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Skip ahead:
Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • If you'll be in the Harnett County area, stop by the Western Harnett Overhills-Area PTO Thrift Store to pick up some baked goods to benefit Harnett County Schools. The sale will run from 10am to 6pm.
  • Sanford Health & Rehab (Farrell Road) is ready to show off its new construction. Stop by from 3-6pm for an open house to see what’s new and improved out there.
  • Enjoy “No Genres, Just Music” at Depot Park this afternoon (5-10pm). Bands playing include I, The Protector, The Sherman Neckties, Like Jet Packs, The First to Fall, and JJMK. There is no cost.
  • 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.
  • It’s turkey shoot season! Head out to the Rocky River Coon Hunters’ club house (off Hwy 15-501 headed toward Pittsboro) at 7pm for their weekly shoot out. Call 919-772-0670 for details.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • Go shop at the Sanford Area Habitat for Humanity’s Christmas Store, located at 222 East Main Street in Jonesboro. The store is open 11am-5pm on Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturday, but only through mid-December. Don’t miss out on the chance to get great deals while helping a great cause.
  • 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

  • Text “CHAMPIONS” to 77948 today to receive any full-service wash for half the price from Champions Car Wash. You’ll receive an instant coupon right on your phone.
  • Make sure you make time to catch the annual CCCC/CIS Robotics Competition in the CCCC Fitness Center (8am-noon). Local middle school students will be completing in the first Lego League Food Challenge. Even better: The event is totally free!
  • Stock up on homemade brunswick stew, chicken pies, soups, desserts and more at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Fall Food Fair. The sale runs from 9am-noon in the lower Parrish Hall at 312 N Steele Street.
  • Lemon Springs UMC's fall fundraiser is today (until 2pm). Stop by for homemade treats, barbecue sandwiches or barbecue by the pound, or to just have some fun and fellowship.
  • Go grab a plate of barbecue or chicken to help Moncure Baptist Church afford its community missions. Plates are $7 each or you can buy a pound of barbecue for $7. The sale runs 11am-7pm.
  • Play cornhole to raise money for cancer awareness and research with the Broadway Optimist. They’re holding a Relay for Life Cornhole Tournament at their club from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Registration starts at 1pm. Call Larry at 919-356-9533 for details.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Combine your love of Zumba with saving someone’s life. Head out to Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines on Saturday to participate in a Zumbathon for the Izzy Foundation (10am-noon). It’s just $10 (in advance) to help raise money for Izzy fight cancer.
  • Head up to the NC Museum of History (downtown Raleigh) for its annual American Indian Heritage Celebration (11am-4pm). This is a great way to celebrate the history of Thanksgiving.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Parents of elementary-aged children who need help with social skills/making friends: Take your kiddos to Hanks Chapel Church (Pittsboro) from 2pm to 4pm for some play time with other kids just like them. This playgroup will take place on the first and third Sundays of each month. Call 919-360-7073 with questions. (Note: The playgroup is not affiliated with the church.)
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Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us by 5pm on Thursdays.

Facebook Recap, Nov. 17

Today's recap:
  • Don’t forget about the Chamber of Commerce’s first “am buzz” happening this morning (7:30-9am) at their new office (211 S. Steele St.). Take your business cards and some cash to take part in the fun!
  • Make time to attend the “Living Well” health fair at the Stevens Center today (9am-noon). You’ll be able to get health screenings valued at more than $1,000, watch demonstrations, and more — all for free!
  • Job seekers: ResourceMFG is hiring forklift operators, assemblers, and sewing machine operators. Call 919-774-1377 or click the link to complete an application.
  • This week's Dandalia Bakery cupcake flavors at Added Accents are the NEW Blackberry, german chocolate, carrot cake, peppermint, pumpkin spice, red velvet, reese's and Tom Turkey. There's pumpkin and banana nut bread, too! (Note: There will be no cupcakes next week, but you can special order a treat!)
  • Sign up your child (ages 18 months and up) for Lee County Gymnastics tomorrow (3-6pm) at their building on Commercial Court. The cost is $60 and sessions last 12 weeks. Call 919-774-6445 for details on session days/times.
  • Time is running out to take advantage of Brandee's Just Jewelry's November sign-up special, which will earn you $100 in free jewelry. And remember, you can win $10 to spend on jewelry just by liking her page and then commenting “done” AT THIS LINK. Contest ends tomorrow at 8pm!

November 16, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 16

Today's Recap:
  • If your organization or group has your volunteer needs for the holiday season, click here to share them with our Socialites who are looking for ways to be active in their community. Small, big, ongoing -- all ideas are welcome!
In response to the above post, the following needs have already been shared:
  • The Salvation Army (919-718-1717) and The Bread Basket (919-774-3118) need food donations for next week's holiday dinners and food bags. They'll take turkeys, packaged mixes, canned yams -- anything Thanksgiving themed. Call them to get specific information and to volunteer your help.
  • The NC Treasure Chest Ministry needs helpers at its Thanksgiving meal (11/23) and for it's Dec. 17 ministry. Click over to their page for details.
  • CCCC’s student government at all three campuses have put up their Angel Trees, which give students in need the chance to get help with purchasing Christmas gifts for their children (under age 12). Stop by the admin office or student center at any campus to find out how you can help.
  • Have some fun -- go choose an ingredient for Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill's Mystery Dish, which will be served Friday night. If you're one of the first 5 to suggest an ingredient, you get a discount on the meal!

November 15, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 15

Today's Recap:
  • Order a plate of spaghetti to benefit the Kidney Cutie! The sale is on Friday (11am-7pm), plates are just $7 and they'll deliver if you order 5 or more plates. Click here for details -- and be sure to tell all your friends/co-workers!
  • Southern Lee's drama department is performing "Steel Magnolias" tonight and Thursday (7pm). Tickets are just $10 (refreshments included) and doors open at 6:30pm. Go check it out!
  • If you're thinking about adoption, you'll want to attend the Adoption Celebration and Foster Parent Informational Open House behind held by Chatham County DSS in Pittsboro tonight (5:30-7pm, 102 Camp Drive). Light refreshments will be served.
The Social Buzz:
  • Combine your love of Zumba with saving someone’s life. Head out to Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines on Saturday to participate in a Zumbathon for the Izzy Foundation (10am-noon). It’s just $10 (in advance) to help raise money for Izzy fight cancer.

November 14, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 14

Today's Recap:
  • New sponsor Brandee's Just Jewelry is offering a great sign-up special for November, including nearly $100 in free jewelry. To celebrate, we're giving you $10 to spend with her. Just go like her page and then comment "done" on this status! Contest will end on Friday at 8pm.
  • Heads up, couponers. The Lillington Community Center is holding its first Coupon Club meeting tonight (6:30-7:30pm). Bring extra coupons, scissors, and $5 to join in on the fun. The club is scheduled to meet every Monday night through December.
  • Go play "Blingo Bingo" tonight at Ron's Barn (6:30-9pm). For just $10 you'll be able to play 10 games of bingo and nosh on refreshments. Click over to find out how to receive bonus bingo cards and then go win something!
  • Don't forget to check out books at the Broadway Library through Dec. 15. Each time you do, you'll be entered to win a $25 gift card to The Feedmeal and $10 to the Candy Mill. Support the branch or it could be gone...
The Social Buzz:

November 11, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Nov. 11-13

This month's Weekend Roundup has a brand new sponsor: Afternoon Tea at Mrs. Lacy's too! You'll want to make your appointment today for a delicious treat and steaming cup of tea in their newly opened gourmet market and tea room.

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Skip ahead:
Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Go get a free lipid screening (all cholesterol levels and glucose) at Central Carolina Hospital this Friday (7-10am) and Saturday (8-10am). Call 800-483-6385 to register, and remember you'll have to fast for at least 6 hours before your appointment.
  • Need to some kid-free time? Boomers Party & Play will be open from 11am-9pm today. Call them at 919-775-3928 for rates.
  • Family Promise of Lee County is opening its Day Center’s doors at 1:11pm. They encourage the community help them celebrate this new opportunity for needy families to start a new life.
  • Here’s another opportunity for bounce house fun: Family Fun Zone is offering a one-night-only special. Admission is just $5 and comes with 12 free tokens.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • Tony’s Seafood is offering veterans and active duty military a free meal today. Check here for more info!
  • 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

  • Chick-Fil-A of Sanford is a collection site for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. Bring your packed shoe box to the restaurant any time today and you’ll receive a coupon for a free sandwich (per donation).
  • Sanford’s Model Airplane Club is hosting an R/C Swap Meet at the fairgrounds from 8am-2pm. Parking will be available through the gate on Fifth Street.
  • Head over to Deep River Sporting Clays for a 100-target fun shoot. Registration and the five-stand open will begin at 9am and event shooting starts at 10am. The cost is $45, or $35 for members. Winners will receive a $25 credit to use at the business.
  • Lowes Food is celebrating 15 years starting at 10am at the store on Spring Lane. There will be a hay ride, pie-eating contest, chili contest, scavenger hunt, and more.
  • Protect your pets from rabies and other diseases at a Rabies/Adoption Clinic at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (10am-1pm). Shots will be $7 each. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in cages, and you need to bring proof of previous vaccinations. Note that the Lee County Animal Shelter will have pets available for adoption.
  • Enjoy a day of music, games, and fellowship at Depot Park (12-6pm), including music from Ordinary Sinners, Kings Krest, Three in One, Voices of Truth, Sergio & David, and more. There will also be bounce houses, mimes, face painting, and more.
  • It’s time for some zombies! Attend the movie screening of “A Few More Brains” at the Civic Center (7pm). Admission is just $5.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • To celebrate National Library Gaming Day, the Chatham Community Library is offering a day of board games, card games, scavenger hunts, and more. There will be free play from 12-2pm and a “Rock, Paper, Scissors” tournament from 2-4pm. Call (919) 545-8085 for more information.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
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November 10, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 10

Here's your Veterans Day roundup. Share it with your friends who are active military or veterans -- great deals and freebies!

Today's recap:
  • Most folks don't have school or work tomorrow -- which means you can scoot down to Grays Creek for Sustainable Sandhills' annual "Pickin' on the Porch" backyard barbecue and acoustic concert. (5:30-9pm). It's always a good time!
  • There's fun stuff happening at Kathryn's Hallmark tonight, including a variety of chocolate cupcake shots by The Cupcake Pub and sparkling cider to wash them down. Make a holiday wish list for a chance to win free products!
  • Yum -- Dandalia Bakery cupcakes are at Added Accents now and peppermint is making its debut! Other flavors are rocky road, german chocolate, caramel apple, reese's, kahlua & kream, pumpkin, and Tom Turkey.

Veterans Day Specials in Sanford!


Tomorrow is Veterans Day and there are many ways to celebrate. Several area restaurants and businesses are also offering discounts and free items to our retired and active-duty service members.

Here's our roundup:

Services
  • Honor our veterans and active-duty armed forces on Friday at a Veterans Day celebration at the NC Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Broadway at 11am. The program is sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit #5. For more information call (919) 353-9836
  • Attend the Johnsonville Ruritans' memorial ceremony on Friday at the Johsonville Veteran's Memorial (intersection of Hwy 27 and Hwy 24) at 11:30am. In case of rain, the ceremony will take place at the community center.
Discounts/Free
  • Applebee's Bar & Grill: Veterans and active duty military will receive a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu on Friday. You must show proof of service, such as the US Uniform Services ID card, retired ID card, current leave and earnings statement, etc. (See this deal.)
  • Champion's Car Wash: All active duty service members and veterans will receive a 50-percent discount on full-service and express washes on Friday (11/11). (See this deal.)
  • Chick-Fil-A: All military personnel (active and retired) will receive a free biscuit (6:30-10:30am) on Friday. You must show military ID or another proof of service.
  • San Felipe Mexican Restaurant: Veterans and active duty service members eat free at the Horner Boulevard location with photo ID. Other locations may have different specials.
  • Tony's Seafood: All active duty service members and veterans will eat free during regular business hours on Saturday (11/12) and Sunday (11/13).
If you know of a special ceremony or deal, please post it in the comments for everyone else!

November 9, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 9

Today's recap:
  • If you have some extra time today through Friday, stop by the Family Promise Of Lee County, Inc. Day Center (2302 Woodland Ave) to help with painting, cleaning, applying drywall, doing electrical work, and laying down linoleum. Just stop by and pitch in!
  • First Baptist Church is in need of twin, double-height, blow-up mattresses to store in their church for use by homeless families. The cost is approximately $50/mattress. Contact Cindy at 919-776-6137 if you'd like to donate one (or several).
  • Gown & Tux in downtown Sanford is looking for women to model their gowns (bridal, prom, etc) for photographs. If you're interested, call Monica (919-777-7154) to inquire about sizes and sign up. You'll get a disc with your pictures as a thank you.
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November 8, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 8


Today was the day to cast your vote for the city's municipal election. In the contested races, the Sanford Herald is reporting that Jimmy Haire defeated Bobby Powell, Rebecca Wyhof defeated David Nestor, and Walter McNeil defeated Ed Page. We thank everyone who voted and those who pledged their time and resources to run for office.

Today's Recap:
  • Take your family over to a health fair at the Civic Center today (until 3pm). Lots of screenings and information happening there today!
  • Heads up, Harnett county residents — you can get a free diabetes and blood pressure screening tonight at Lillington Medical Services (5-7pm, 716 10th Street). Call 910-814-1212 for more info!
  • Communities in Schools of Lee County needs 2-3 volunteers on Thursday to help with BackPack Pals. All you have to do is show up that morning (9:45-10am) at the David Simpson Construction building on Wicker Street!
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November 7, 2011

Facebook Recap, Nov. 7

Today's recap:
  • Donate your extra paper or plastic bags to the Lee County PTO Thrift Store (Steele Street). They're open tomorrow through Saturday from 9am-5pm and are in desperate need. You can also donate extra newspaper.
  • Looking for low-cost advertising? Consider buying a spot on the place mats for the upcoming Edwards PTO Thanksgiving plate sale (Nov. 22). The cost is just $25. Email jgepto@yahoo.com for more details.
  • Go get a free lipid screening (all cholesterol levels and glucose) at Central Carolina Hospital this Friday (7-10am) and Saturday (8-10am). Call 800-483-6385 to register, and remember you'll have to fast for at least 6 hours before your appointment.
  • Plan to check out a book at the Broadway Library starting tomorrow. Each time you check out books, you'll be entered to win a $25 gift card to The Feedmeal and $10 to the Candy Mill. A winner will be drawn on Dec. 15 at 5pm!
  • Make a wonderful memory with your kiddos by taking them to Books at a Steal's story time tomorrow (11am). Participants will discuss scarecrows and talk about how thankful they are for their grandmothers. Click over for details.
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November 4, 2011

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Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Planning to stop by Chick-Fil-A of Sanford? Tell the cashier your prediction for which team will win the NCSU v. UNC game this weekend. If you’re correct, you can bring your receipt back any day in the next month and get the exact same meal for free!
  • Protect yourself from pneumonia and flu. The Lee County Health Department is offering vaccinations at First Presbyterian Church from 9am-noon. Bring cash for your vaccines if you don't have Medicare or Mediciad. (Flu injection is $25, flu nasal mist is $45, and pneumonia is $65.)
  • Buy a chicken tender lunch or dinner to benefit Steve Yarborough at Edgewood Presbyterian Church's fellowship hall (316 W. McIntosh Street) from 11am-7pm. Plates are $7. There will also be a raffle.
  • Spend your evening supporting the arts. Tonight's the last night of Star Community Theatre's "School Daze: An Evening of Short Plays" at the Civic Center. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are $5.
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).
  • Take your horse lovers out to 11 Bar East Ranch (2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford) for the last roping event of the year. The fun will start at 10:30am each day.
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • There will be a Cancer Benefit Fishing Tournament at Jordan Lake to raise money for two local children. Enter your two-member team for $100 per boat and $10 per big fish. There will be cash prizes for the top three teams and a separate prize for the biggest fish caught. Contact carolinabasskid14@yahoo.com or mnadeau16@yahoo.com for more information.
  • Make Lee County a better place by helping Family Promise get its building (2302 Woodland Ave, Sanford) ready for its grand opening next weekend. They need volunteers to pitch in with general cleaning, ramp construction, lawn care, etc. They’ll start at 8am and keep going until the work is done.
  • Participate in the Jonesboro Rotary’s “Lee County Hunger Walk” at Depot Park (8:30am) to benefit the CUOC. Participants can walk or run the 5-mile course. Donations of cash or non-perishable goods will be accepted.
  • The Sheriff’s Department is holding a cash auction (9am-noon) at 1401 Elm Street. Items up for grabs include a 2002 Dodge Hemi Truck, 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, and 14 foot John Boat with motor along with other vehicles, automotive and carpentry tools, and more.
  • Take your family to Calvary United Pentecostal Church for a Fall Family Fun Day (11am-2pm). There will be games and activities for the whole family to enjoy, as well as food -- all for free. There will be drawings for prizes throughout the day.
  • Stop by Morris Chapel UMC (Cox Mill Road, Sanford) for its annual harvest sale. You’ll get food, crafts, and more.
  • Baptist Chapel Church (2413 Buckhorn Road, Sanford) is also having its annual harvest sale (11am-2pm). They’ll be selling barbecue pork and chicken plates for $7. An auction will begin at 5pm.
  • Support Lee Christian School at its fall festival tonight at the Lions Club Fairgrounds. The event will offer a bake sale, an auction, games, pony rides, hay rides, and a yard sale (12-5pm). Food will be available starting at 5:30pm and the games will begin at 6pm.
  • Jones Chapel UMC’s (Deep River Road, Sanford) annual fall bazaar will start at 5:30pm. There will be a meal (5:30-6:30pm, $7), an auction, a bake sale, and a 50/50 raffle.
  • 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.
  • It’s time to fall back! Set you clocks back tonight and enjoy that extra hour tomorrow.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • The annual NC Cotton Festival will take place at Tart Park Recreational Park in Dunn. There will be games, crafts, a car show, karaoke, two stages of entertainment and more.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • 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 eat lunch at Goldston UMC to help raise money for El Camino and La Trinidad churches. The food will be Latin themed and donations are requested.
  • After your Latin lunch, participate in the CORA hunger walk (1:30pm). It will start at Pittsboro Elementary School and you can choose between 1-mile and 3-mile options.
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