December 29, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 29

A little bit of housekeeping: SocialSanford will go "offline" again this weekend in honor of the New Year holiday. Our last post will be noon on December 30 and we will resume posting at 9am on January 2.

To keep stay updated on what's happening, make sure to check out our New Year's Eve guide as well as our brand new New Year's Day guide, which will offer activities to help you kick off the new year. The SocialSanford Facebook page will also be open for those who need to share their news/events, of course.

Today's recap:
  • Ready to set fitness goals for 2012? Check out Realistic Fitness' big news: You can buy as many 2012 sessions as you want for just $50 each! The first one starts on January 3, so go get the details!
  • Have you liked The Sanford Herald's new page? Go like it and invite your friends. They're giving away a fun prize for the 200th like and every 50 after that. Check it out at the link (and note the the 200th is only 2 likes away)!
  • If you've been thinking about trying Visalus, tonight's the night to do it at Bronze Boutique. You'll get a free spray tan when you sign up. The one-night only special will start at 6pm but you can redeem your spray tan any time.
  • Start the new year with a new cut. Studio 149 Hair Salon (149 S. Horner) is offering 20% off your visit! Call Christian at 919-935-5209 to schedule your appointment.

Celebrate The New Year

Most people spend the first day of a new year making lists of changes to make and habits to form, but you can skip that step and jump right into fun with these special New Year's Day options near Sanford/Lee County:

Go on a "First Day" Hike at Jordan Lake
Where: Ebenezer Church, Shelter 8, 280 State Park Road, Apex NC
When: 10am
What: Hike a one-mile loop trail that passes the site of the historic Ebenezer Church. You can expect to see large hollow oaks, ponds, fensrows, and clues of the area's farming heritage. This will be an easy hike for children, too.
Cost: Free.

Eat Up for Good Luck
Where: Jeff & Lisa's Brickhouse Grill, 1401 Colon Road, Sanford NC
When: 11am-2pm
What: Feast on a traditional New Year's meal made with many locally sourced ingredients.
Cost: Varies.

Explore Raven Rock on a "First" Hike
Where: Raven Rock State Park picnic shelter, Lillington NC
When: 2pm
What: A park ranger will guide a 2.5-mile hike around the park, making several stops to talk about the surroundings. Bring your own water and be sure to dress appropriately.
Cost: Free.

Join the Otter Club on the Deep River
Where: Carbonton Dam Park on Hwy 42, Sanford NC
When: 9:30am-3:30pm
What: This 14th annual canoe trip is open to new and veteran canoers. You'll start at Carbonton Dam Park and end at McIver Landing. Meet at 9:30am to shuttle the vehicles; the paddle will start at 10am.
Cost: Free, but you must reserve your space by calling Dickie Harrison at 919-356-5678.

Go Sledding with the Broadway Optimists
Where: Broadway Optimist baseball field, Broadway NC
When: 6-9pm
What: The Optimists are having five tons of snow pumped into the field to create a Winter Wonderful for local families to have fun in.
Cost: $5 per child.

Say Farewell to Christmas 2011
Where: Christmas Lane, 15-501S toward White Hill/Carthage NC
When: 5-10pm
What: Take one last look at the Jackson Brothers' huge display of holiday lights. This will be the last night until Christmas 2012.
Cost: Free.

Are we missing your group or business' New Year's Day event? Post it in the comments!

December 28, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 28

Have you made your New Year's Eve plans? If not, check out our New Year's Eve Guide to find out what's happening in the Sanford/Lee County area! (Let us know if you'll be welcoming 2012 at one of the events on our list!)

Today's recap:
  • Have you liked Yummy Eats Cupcakes and Desserts? Just 18 more likes to go before someone wins a dozen cupcakes or brownies! It might be you (or a friend who will share with you). Make sure you enter and tell your friends!
  • Now's the time to buy a Honda 4-Wheeler "Multipurpose" from Honda Suzuki Of Sanford. Contact Dusty Phillips (919-775-3638 or 919-353-0947) and tell him you want the exclusive "employee pricing" deal from Facebook! Don't miss this deal!
  • Need new photos? Get a session for just $50 if you book with Cara Lynn Photography, a local photog who wants to build up her portfolio. Photo packages include edited images on a disc and permission to print anywhere.
The Social Buzz:

December 27, 2011

Here's Where To Ring In The New Year


You don't have to look far for fun events to help you celebrate the end of 2011 and the coming of 2012. Here's a round up of NYE parties, activities, and celebrations that offer a little something for everyone.

(Note that each adults-only event is offering a list of cabs and other options to help you get home. Make sure you plan ahead to keep yourself and everyone else safe!)


FAMILY FRIENDLY
Have a Hootin’ Fun New Year’s Eve
Where: Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center
When: 11am
What: A park ranger will talk about the history of local owls. The Wildlife Rescue Center will bring live owls.
Cost: Free.

Skate The Year Away
Where: DoubleDecker Skatepark, 500 Blount Street, Fayetteville NC
When: 6pm-2:30am
What: Kids of all ages can welcome the new year on four wheels at this indoor skate park.
Cost: $10

First Night Raleigh
Where: Fayetteville Street, Raleigh NC
When: 2pm-12:30pm
What: A full day of family-friendly activities and performances, including an "acorn drop" (see detailed schedule here).
Cost: $9 in advance, $12/adult or $10/child at the gate

First Eve in Southern Pines
Where: Downtown Southern Pines along Broad Street
When: 6-8:30pm
What: There will be a variety of activities and entertainment for the whole family and a “pinecone drop” at 8:30pm.
Cost: Free.

New Year’s Eve Party In The Park
Where: Festival Park, Downtown Fayetteville NC
When: 6:30pm-12:30am
What: Watch a live feed from Times Square while enjoying live performances by Joyner, Young & Marie and Tommy G and The Fixers. There will also be a children’s area with an early fireworks show (8:30pm). A dogwood will “bloom” (drop) at midnight.
Cost: Free before 9pm, $5 after 9pm.

New Year's Sleepover with G-Force
Where: G-Force Kenpo Karate, 223 B. Carthage Street, Sanford NC
When: 7pm-8:30am
What: There will be movies, games, an obstacle course and more. Bring your pillow and sleeping bag, and your friends!
Cost: $30
ADULTS ONLY
Get unWINEd with the Doug Largent Duo
Where: unWINEd, 237 Center Grove Church Road, Moncure NC
When: 1pm-1am
What: There will be wine tastings until 7pm. Light tapas and music will begin at 9pm. Sparkling wines from Silk Hope, Raffaldini, Brandon Hills, and Duplin will be available for purchase.

Tommy Edwards and the Bluegrass Experience
Where: Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage Street, Sanford NC
When: 8pm
What: Enjoy a night of bluegrass from local favorites.
Cost: $15

Glitz & Glam Party
Where: Steele Street Cafe, 120 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC
When: 8pm
What: Tim Johnson and Cory Wolf will provide live music. There will be a complimentary champagne toast.
Cost: $5.

New Year’s Eve Bash
Where: Goodfella’s Sports Bar and Grill, 2709 Lee Avenue, Sanford NC
When: 8pm
What: Ring in the new year with the Reflections II Band. Complimentary party favors and midnight toast.
Cost: $10 in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door! (Details here.)

New Year's Party at The Flame
Where: 109A Carbonton Road, Sanford NC
When: 9:30pm-2am (dinner special from 4-9:30pm)
What: A live DJ will play from 9:30pm until Tim Hair goes on at 11:20pm. After a midnight toast, there will be another DJ until 2am.
Cost: No cover before 9:30pm.

General Store Cafe’s Awesome New Year’s Eve Party!
Where: 39 West Street, Pittsboro NC
When: 8pm-1am
What: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a champagne toast, and a $10 coupon toward any entree. A full dinner menu will be available until 10:30pm and a late night menu will be available until 1am. Justin Johnson and The Grand Ole Uproar will perform.
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

New Year's Eve at Exile on Main St
Where: 301 S. Main Street, Lillington NC
When: 9pm
What: Enjoy food, live music, drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Cost: $40

The Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Masquerade
Where: Davenport & Winkleperry, 18A East Salisbury Street, Pittsboro NC
When: 9pm
What: Dress in your best steampunk attire for an evening of fun and entertainment featuring Morella & the Wheels of If.
Cost: $10 without mask, $5 with mask.
Remember to drink responsibly, drive safely, and have fun!
Happy New Year!

December 21, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 21

Today's recap:
  • Need a moment of peace while the kids are out of school? Take 'em to Boomers! Holiday hours are 11am-8pm today, 11am-7pm tomorrow, and 11am-6pm on Friday.
  • Jeff and Lisa's Brickhouse Grill is accepting suggestions for its Friday night Mystery Dish. The first five ingredients will be used to make a "Chopped" style entree. If your ingredient is chosen, you'll get a discount on the meal!
The Social Buzz:
  • Important: We will be taking a short break beginning Friday at noon until Tuesday, December 27. Therefore, there will be no Weekend Roundup this weekend. However, the SocialSanford page will be open for posting, so make sure you check in to see what information/events others have to share. If you'd like us to share your news, you must submit it by Thursday evening.

December 20, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 20

Today's recap:
  • There's still time to help provide Christmas gifts for the children at Haven In Lee County. The For Haven's Sake group will be at Haven today (1-7pm) to distribute gifts and are still in need of items for girls ages 7-11. Please help them out!
  • A local family has lost its home to fire and is in desperate need of help. Matt 6 has a list of links of items the group is collecting to share with the family.
  • Don't forget: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance at Boomer's Party & Play tomorrow night. Mrs. Claus will read 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. Check our guide for more details!

December 19, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 19

Today's recap:
  • Celebrate the season with a themed run with Brick City Running Tribe tomorrow (Tuesday, 6pm). The “Reindeer Run” will feature runners trying to catch 9 reindeer, each carrying flags that represent prizes. Kids are welcome. Should be fun!

December 15, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Dec. 16-18

Make sure you check out our sponsor, Honda Suzuki Arctic Cat of Sanford! The holidays are the perfect time to invest in a little fun -- and that's exactly what Honda Suzuki offers!

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

  • Plan to have dinner at Jeff and Lisa’s Brickhouse Grill. They’ll be serving a Facebook-fan-created mystery dish that will include these ingredients: butternut squash, pecans, butter, chocolate, and onions. How those ingredients will be put together is a complete surprise!
  • 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.
  • Love to sing or just want to have a good time? Go participate in The Flame Steakhouse’s weekly karaoke night. The fun starts at 9pm.
  • Spend your evening at the Steele Street Cafe listening to great live music. Local musician Jeremy Strothers will begin playing at 9pm.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • Want to win tasty treats? Go like our newest sponsor, Yummy Eats Cupcakes and Desserts! For every 50 new likes, they'll give away a dozen cupcakes or brownies.
  • Have you experienced Christmas Lane yet this year? This huge display of lights is completely free to the public. You'll find it on Hwy 15-501 toward Carthage from 5pm to 10pm each night until New Year's day. Take the kids for holiday fun!
  • Start a Christmas tradition: go see A Christmas Carol at The Temple Theatre Company on Friday or Saturday (8pm) or Sunday (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Help the homeless in our area by buying your breakfast at Applebee’s (7-10am). All proceeds from today’s flapjack fundraiser will benefit Outreach Mission, Inc, a group that supports local homeless shelters. Tickets are just $7 per person.
  • Celebrate Jesus’ birthday by participating in a balloon release at Grace Chapel Church (2-4pm). There will be games, prizes, crafts, and refreshments. All ages are welcome.
  • Spend your evening at the Steele Street Cafe listening to great live music. Local musicians J.D. Shaw and Bill Ayerbe will begin playing at 9pm.
  • You can also hear live music at Goodfella's on Lee Avenue. Toucan Jam will be playing from 9pm to 1am.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • Take a drive with your kiddos (age 5+) to Aberdeen this morning for a "Mommy & Me" session at Aberdeen Bead Co (10am-12pm). You’ll make two bracelets for $20, including instruction and all supplies.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Enjoy an "English Christmas Dinner" at Celebrity Inn & Dairy (1:30pm). They’ll be serving mulled cider, smoked duck and walnuts on winter greens, prime rib roast, and more. The cost is $75 with wine pairings or $50 without the win. Space is limited; reserve yours at 919-742-5176.

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, Dec. 15

Today's recap:
  • Who's ready for a giveaway? Go like our newest sponsor Yummy Eats Cupcakes and Desserts! For every 50 new likes, they'll give away a dozen cupcakes or brownies to one random winner. Fun (and tasty)!
  • It's that time again -- Dandalia Bakery cupcakes will be at Added Accents and Kathryn's Hallmark in just a couple hours. Stop by to get a Frosty the Snowman, Oh Christmas tree, Rocky Road, Red Velvet, Peppermint, Reese's, and/or Kahlua & Kream!
  • You have two opportunities to meet local talent this afternoon. Renee Snell is making her lampwork glass beads and jewelry at the Carolina Artists' Colony (1-5pm) and potter Dot Hubbard will be showcasing her talent at Added Accents (2-4pm)!

December 14, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 14

Today's recap:
  • Thinking of fitting in some holiday shopping on your lunch break? Stop by Added Accents for free muffins and coffee coupled with 10% off gift and home accessories. Sounds like a win-win!
  • Need to get your oil changed? Seller-Stewart Automotive (2625 Dalrymple St) is offer the service for $20, including 5 quarts of oil and an oil filter. You have to mention that you saw it on SocialSanford to get the deal, though! (This special is good through the end of January 2012.)
The Social Buzz:
  • Plan to eat breakfast on Saturday at Applebee's to benefit homeless resource program Outreach Mission, Inc. The breakfast will run from 7am to 10am and costs $7 per person. You can buy tickets at the door or contact Kenneth to purchase them in advance.

December 13, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 13

Today's recap:
  • Learn the 10 best practices every small business owner should know to maintain and grow their businesses at a ***free*** seminar at the Civic Center tomorrow evening (6:30-9pm) presented by Kelly Klug. RSVP at sbc@cccc.edu!
  • Job alert: Ammons Chiropractic Clinic needs to hire a full-time employee to work the front desk ASAP (customer service and computer experience required). Get yourself and your resume over to 1401 Greenway Court to apply!
  • There's a mid-week holiday open house happening tonight. Get all the details in our Holiday 2011 guide.
  • The NC Treasure Chest Ministry still needs donations of cookies, toys, and bibles for its Christmas Event happening this Saturday. Click over to let them know how/when you can help.
The Social Buzz:
  • We'll be churning out the Weekend Roundup on Thursday evening. Make sure you submit your group's news and/or events so that we can share them with everyone!

December 12, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 12

Today's recap:
  • Stop by Central Carolina Hospital tomorrow (10am-5pm) and Wednesday (7am-3pm) for a books-and-more sale for people of all ages. The sale will be in the area in front of the GI lab around the corner from the ER entrance on Fields Drive.
The Social Buzz:
  • Buy a raffle ticket from the Sanford Police Department to support Ralston Jones, a three-year-old local child with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5; prizes are $300 for the first place winner, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. The drawing will be on Dec. 17. Stop by the police department to purchase your tickets!

December 8, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Dec. 9-11

Welcome to our new sponsor Honda Suzuki Arctic Cat of Sanford! The holidays are the perfect time to invest in a little fun -- and that's exactly what Honda Suzuki offers!

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

  • Surprise giveaway! Win 2 tickets to see Dare to Dream: Disney Princesses on Ice at the RBC Center this weekend by suggesting that your friends like our page. Then have them post YOUR name as a comment to this status. The person who sends the most people wins! Contest ends at 6pm on Friday
  • Help raise money for Southern Lee High School at a pancake fundraiser (5-7pm). Tickets are just $5 and you can buy into a raffle for a 42” LCD Sanyo television or $100 gift card. Watch a varsity and/or junior varsity basketball game while you’re there.
  • 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.
  • Spend your evening at the Steele Street Cafe listening to great live music. Local musician Jeremy Strothers will begin playing at 9pm.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • Explore the Ebenezer Nativity Art Show (11am-3pm) in Apex on Saturday and Sunday. You can sip a holiday beverage, mingle with the artists, and purchase something to take home.
  • Have you experienced Christmas Lane yet this year? This huge display of lights is completely free to the public. You'll find it on Hwy 15-501 toward Carthage from 5pm to 10pm each night until New Year's day. Take the kids for holiday fun!
  • Start a Christmas tradition: go see A Christmas Carol at The Temple Theatre Company on Friday or Saturday (8pm) or Sunday (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • 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

  • Shop a huge yard sale full of baby items, home decor, games, and more in the Sanford Herald parking lot on St. Clair Court in downtown Sanford. The sale will begin at 7am.
  • While you're at the Sanford Herald, stop by the other parking lot to donate a new, unwrapped toy, or gently used boys clothing to benefit the NC Treasure Chest Ministry (8am-2pm). You can also make a cash donation. Have hot chocolate, sodas, and/or a hot dog for free!
  • Take the kids to build a coal car at Lowe's Home Improvement this Saturday (10am). Only the first 50 kids will get a train kit, but many of those who have pre-registered won't show up. This is the second in a three-part train building series.
  • Take your children over to Big Bloomers Flower Farm’s to make an ornament using magic snow-to-go (11am-12pm). This event is free and open to the public.
  • Honor our veterans with the American Heritage Girls Troop 1715 at a Wreaths Across America ceremony at the NC Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Broadway (12pm).
  • Another parents’ night out! Take your little ones to The Children’s Place (Franklin Drive) for dinner, crafts, games, and The Polar Express (6-10pm). The cost is $20 per child and you must call Lori at 919-356-2413 to register.
  • Spend your evening at the Steele Street Cafe listening to great live music. Local musicians Daniel Sean and Dave Watson will begin playing at 9pm.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • More than 275 runners/walkers are already registered for the 2011 5K Reindeer Run, which starts at CCCC's Pittsboro campus, but you can still participate. Same-day registration begins at 7am and costs $25. The opening gun will sound at 8am.
  • Spend your day in Siler City for the last weekend of its annual holiday open house. All galleries and shops will be open from 10am-5pm and they’ll offer demonstrations, samples, and more.
  • Check out brand new business UnWINEd at a wine tasting and art event (10am-5pm) that is part of the Chatham County Studio Tour. UnWINED will feature Silk Hope Winery and five local artists.
  • "Occupy Moore" will take place in Downtown Park (Southern Pines) as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement from 11am to 5pm. Contact Carmen at 910-215-8777 for details.
  • If you’ve been looking for a reason to try mead, Starrlight Mead in Pittsboro is the place to go. They’ll be having music, special meads served by mead wenches, and seasonal flavors starting at 1pm (until 4pm).
  • Davenport & Winkleberry invites everyone to a Doomsday Cabaret featuring local actors and entertainers (7pm). The cost is $5 and you must be at least 18 years of age.
Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC

  • It’s time again for dinner with the Celebrity Inn. There will be a special guest chef, a variety of cheeses, and a festive atmosphere. The dinner starts at 1:30pm.
  • Extend learning into the weekend by taking your children to the “Who’s Who? Trees Without Their Leaves” children’s day at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University (2-4pm). Kids will learn to identify plants for just $10 per child ($15 for non-members). Call 919-513-7007 to register.
  • Calling all music lovers! Go hear local talent at Bubba’s Subs (6-10pm). For just $2 you’ll get 6 hours of music and unlimited refills on fountain drinks.

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, Dec. 8

Today's recap:
  • Brand new Zumba class tonight at First Presbyterian Church! The class will be in the Harper Center (6:15-7:15pm) and costs just $1. There will even be free childcare for those who need it!

December 7, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 7

Today's recap:
  • Have you experienced Christmas Lane yet this year? This huge display of lights is completely free to the public. You'll find it on Hwy 15-501 toward Carthage from 5pm to 10pm each night until New Year's day. Take the kids for holiday fun!
  • Head over to Broadway today for a Pearl Harbor remembrance at the NC Veterans Memorial Pavilion hosted by the Seven Seas Club of Sanford. The service will begin at 1pm.
  • If you're planning to purchase something for Haven from Brandee's Just Jewelry, you only have a couple more days to do it. Click over to her page for details!
The Social Buzz:
  • Want to try PiYo, a pilates-yoga workout that burns calories, builds muscle, and increases flexibility? Now you can right in Sanford thanks to Tree of Life. Classes are Monday and Wednesday nights (6-7pm) and Saturday mornings (10am) at 116 Steele Street (2nd floor). Go check it out! Contact Micki at piyo4me@gmail.com for details.

December 6, 2011

Facebook Recap, Dec. 6

Today's recap:
  • If you have a pick-up truck and a spare hour, Communities In Schools of Lee County needs you ASAP to pick up 3 pallets of juice from Davenport. Call Heather at 919-498-4244 if you can help!
  • If your child has ADHD, ASD, SPD, etc, take some time tonight to attend a fledgling support group meeting at Elizabeth's Pizza tonight (6:30pm). You can eat or just come to chat.
  • Update:Communities In Schools of Lee County found someone to deliver those pallets of juice, but needs helpers to unload them. If you can pitch in, report to 513 Wicker Street in the morning at 9am.
The Social Buzz

December 2, 2011

Weekend Roundup, Dec. 2-4

Welcome to our new sponsor Honda Suzuki Arctic Cat of Sanford! The holidays are the perfect time to invest in a little fun -- and that's exactly what Honda Suzuki offers!

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

  • Want to start a business? Attend a free seminar that covers all the basics of a successful business plan at the Civic Center (10am-2pm). You can just show up, so get over there.
  • Support the Boggs family and honor Steve Boggs at Steps for Steve, a benefit and walk-a-thon at the Lee Senior football field (6-9pm). There will be family-friend activities, a silent auction, and food for sale. The suggested donation to participate in the walk is $10.
  • 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. 
  • Spend your evening at the Steele Street Cafe listening to great live music. Local musician Erik Smallwood will begin playing at 9pm.
All Weekend In the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • It’s time for Carbonton UMC’s (Goldston NC) annual “Christmas Drive-Thru.” From 6:30-8:30pm on Friday and Saturday, you can see biblical story boards, live scenes, luminaries, and lights -- all for free!
  • Explore the Ebenezer Nativity Art Show (11am-3pm) in Apex on Saturday and Sunday. You can sip a holiday beverage, mingle with the artists, and purchase something to take home.
  • Start a Christmas tradition: go see A Christmas Carol at The Temple Theatre Company on Friday or Saturday (8pm) or Sunday (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • 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

  • Add another creature to your home -- or get rid of a few -- at a flock swap at Carolina Town & Country (8am). You’ll be able to buy, sell, or trade any animal.
  • Shop at DBR Thrift Store (200 S. Steele Street, Sanford) to benefit the family of Hannah Williams in support of burial expenses. Half of all the day’s sales will be donated to the family. You can also stop in to make cash donations. The store is open 10am-5pm.
  • Take the kids to build a caboose at Lowe's Home Improvement this Saturday (10am). Only the first 50 kids will get a train kit, but many of those who have pre-registered won't show up. 
  • Jonesboro UMC (W. Main St) is hosting a chili and cornbread cook-off, silent auction, and mission fair in the Wesley Center (11am-1:30pm). Stop here for lunch!
  • Calling all gymnasts! Sanford Academy is evaluating children ages 4-9 for gymnastics team placements. Children interested in joining the team or pre-team should be at the gym at noon. Email questions to sanfordgym@yahoo.com.
  • Support some civic-minded young people at the "Begin the Future" fundraiser at the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club (12-5pm). They'll be selling hot chocolate, treats, and books (and making crafts) to help children fighting pediatric cancer.
  • Attend a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Lee County at Ron's Barn (2-3:30pm). Admission is $25/person and includes a buffet. Pat McCrory will be the guest speaker.
  • The Lee County Community Orchestra is performing two concerts of holiday music (4pm and 8pm) at the Lee County Arts and Community Center on Steele Street. In addition to orchestral music, a chorus of community singers will also perform. Refreshments sold at intermission will benefit the Ashley Quinones Kidney Fund.
  • Spend your evening at the Steele Street Cafe listening to great live music. Local musician T.J. Johnson will begin playing at 9pm.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region

  • Looking for a great gift to give the women in your life? Head over to the Aberdeen Bead Company to “make and take” crystal dangle earrings (10am-12pm). This will be a guided section and there will be many color options.
  • 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

  • It’s the first Sunday of the month and that means a day full of activities in downtown Pittsboro -- including the city's annual Christmas parade! The monthly First Sunday celebration always features live music, food vendors, art exhibits, and more. (Get all parade details here!)
  • Don’t miss the annual Feast of Carols at First Presbyterian Church (3pm). There will be singing, orchestra music, and handbells -- all for free. Go get into the spirit!

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, Dec. 1

Today's recap:
  • Want to start a business? Attend a ***free*** seminar that covers all the basics of a successful business plan at the Civic Center tomorrow (10am-2pm). Pre-register at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu so they know you're coming!
  • If your family loves Christmas lights, make plans to attend the Aberdeen tree lighting tonight (and Sanford's tomorrow). There will be caroling, hot chocolate, Santa, and lots and lots of lights!
  • Support some civic-minded young people this Saturday at the "Begin the Future" fundraiser at the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club (12-5pm). They'll be selling hot chocolate, treats, and books (and making crafts) to help children fighting pediatric cancer.
  • Make time for free Zumba tomorrow! Zumba with Cayce and Jennifer is completely free starting at 7:30pm. Bring a friend and stay after for refreshments!