January 31, 2012

Sweets & Treats: Your Guide To Valentine's Day


Looking for interesting ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Check out all of the things you and your sweetie can do in our area*:

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Current Offers
  • Chocolate's not just for Valentine's Day! You can host a Dove Chocolate Discoveries tasting party anytime of the year! Need a girls night out or something different to do when you all get together? Schedule a show with Ashley Thompson during February and you’ll get an extra treat -- just mention you saw this on SocialSanford!
  • Spa at Bell House is offering several Valentine’s-themed packages for couples and individuals to enjoy from February 10 through February 18. Visit their website or go to 919-542-3000.
  • Find some time to take your girlfriends out for tea! Afternoon Tea at Mrs.Lacy’s Magnolia House Too invites you to indulge in a delicious UN-Valentine's Day tea seating with your girlfriends. Through February 14, you'll receive complimentary chocolate covered strawberries with every full tea ($14.50). Call  919-776-5145 to reserve your spot.
  • Down Home Scents Bath & Body is accepting Valentine orders now for its newest line of organic bath products. "Chocolate Lovers Delight" sugar scrub and valentine heart bath fizzies with a special message inside and “Fresh Cut Roses & Lavendar” in a red heart-shaped glass container are both going fast!
Tuesday, Feb. 14
  • Do you drive a red car? Take it to Champions Car Wash of Sanford NC for a free wash in honor of Valentine’s Day! Your Valentine will thank you when she or he gets to ride in a squeaky clean car tonight!
Past Offers
  • Order your sweetheart's jewelry from Willow House with Krysten Baxley by February 5 and you'll get free gift wrapping. Order more than $100 worth and your shipping's free, too! Contact Krysten at 423-956-0174 or via email ASAP so you get your order back in time for Valentine's day.
  • Stop in and shop at We 3 Thrift Shop through February 10. Everyone will have the chance to register for a $50 gift certificate to the store just by making a purchase!
  • Win $80 worth of fresh flowers from The Flower Station. How? On their page, post a story about who you would like to win the flowers for (and add a photo if you'd like). Then ask your friends to like your story. The person with the most likes wins!
Thursday, February 9
  • Stop in at We 3 Thrift Shop for a special Valentine’s Day event. They are offering a one-night special deal from 4-8pm! There will be snacks and drinks along with tons of sales throughout the store.
  • Spend a romantic evening at the Enrichment Center (Wicker Street) listening to familiar, well-loved classics (6-8pm). Jazz vocalist Kathy Geib and pianist Court Stewart will give you and your Valentine a night to remember. 
Friday, February 10
Saturday, February 11
  • Take the kids to Pop HeART at the Carolina Artists’ Colony (10-11:30am). They’ll experiment with watercolors as they create their own Valentine’s art inspired by pop artist Jim Dine, who incorporated hearts into his art. The class is for ages 5-10. Register at 919-774-6139.
  • If you have a chocolate lover in your house, you won’t want to miss the Chocolate Festival at Pinehurst UMC (4111 Airport Road in Pinehurst, 10am-4pm). There will be a bake-off, cupcake competition, and more -- all with the chocolate theme. Proceeds will benefit local outreach programs.
  • Grab your sweetheart and head out to Elliotts on Linden for a wine tasting from 12-4pm and cooking demonstrations from 12-2pm. They hold a wine tasting and cooking demonstrations every Saturday with varying themes!
  • Whisk your sweetheart way to Celebrity Dairy in Silk Hope for a simple lunch of local foods (12-3pm). You can also visit with the dairy’s goats while you’re there.
  • Celebrate a day of love with Starrlight Meadery in Pittsboro (12-4pm). Red Light Chocolate will be onsite with treats including the special Starrlight Mead Blackberry Chocolate. The meadery will also offer special Valentine’s day gift packs.
  • Take your Valentine to the “Just For The Heart Of It” fundraiser for the Temple Theatre at the ArtStudio (102 S Steele St, 5-9pm). There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktails for just $35/person or $70/couple.
* Special thanks to Ashley Thompson, independent chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries for contributing this guide! Did we miss a great Valentine's Day opportunity or event? Share it with us and we'll get it posted.

Facebook Recap, Jan. 31

Today's recap:
  • ‎Local Joe's Tap & Grill wants you to share your favorite photos and stories of good times you had at the bar on their page to help celebrate its 15th anniversary. All patrons -- past and present -- should click over and relive the memories!
  • Want to give the woman in your life something she'll always remember? Go enter Southern Jewelers' Valentine's day giveaway! You could take home a 1-carat diamond necklace just by telling everyone how great your girlfriend or wife is!
  • Get your name out in the Cumberland County area by attending a "Business After Hours" hosted by the Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce on Thursday (5-6:30pm) at the IHOP on Bragg Blvd. Take your business cards!
The social buzz:

January 30, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 30

Today's recap:
  • If your child (age 8+) loves horses, sign him or her up for a "Basics of Horse Care" at Lillington Community Center (6:30pm). This is a new weekly class that will run through March 20 and costs $40. Call 910-893-2864 for details!
  • Tuesday night is Sociable Art night at Steele Street Cafe. For just $35, you'll take home a beautiful canvas of red poppies that you painted yourself. To make sure there's room for you, RSVP here!
  • Heads up, homeschoolers: Clapping Hands Farm's day camps start tomorrow, and there's something for all age groups. Click here to see full descriptions and registration information!
  • Want to learn how to use Facebook to market your business? Attend a ***free*** seminar at the Civic Center tomorrow morning (10am-noon) led by Kelly Quinones Miller of SocialSanford. Bring your most pressing Facebook-for-business questions!
The social buzz:
  • Remember, the "Calendar" link on our Facebook page contains a comprehensive listing of all the events and activities on our radar. Make sure you check it out regularly to make your plans!

January 27, 2012

Weekend Roundup, Jan. 27-29

Heads up, Socialites. this month's sponsor -- Rebecca Mikulka Photography -- should be a household name for her charity work. Make sure you go like her page to show your support!

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Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Don’t skip breakfast — get it for free from Chick-Fil-A of Sanford (6:30-10:30am)! Each guest will get either a spicy chicken biscuit or a breakfast burrito for free!
  • It's time to head back to Chick-Fil-A of Sanford for Super Heroes Night (5-7:30pm)! Each guest in costume will receive a free icedream! Hang out with Super Cow, let the kids make a super hero mask, and enter the great giveaways.
  • 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.
  • Go play cornhole with the Broadway Optimists at Lett Family Ball Park (6-10pm). The game will go in 8-player rounds and will work on a point system. This is a great way to earn prizes, dinner, or more opportunities to play.
  • Fight Like A Girl, the new self-defense course for women and girls (ages 10+) starts tonight (7:30pm). Don't miss out on this fun way to get fit and prepare yourself to fend off any attack. Space is limited -- call Crystal at 910-695-5229 to make sure there's room.
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (8pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • Go listen to great live music at the Steele Street Cafe. Brian Shaw will go onstage starting at 9pm.

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Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Release stress with Tree of Life’s 9am pilates/yoga (PiYo) class at 116 Steele Street (2nd floor). Come back your kiddo at 10:30am for the children’s version. Each class is $5.
  • Calling all gardeners: Big Bloomers' Flower Farm is hosting another Saturday Seminar (11am-12pm). This month’s topic is the "language" of flowers. Attendees will learn how to use flowers to convey different sentiments.
  • Hey, ladies -- make time to stop by the "Bellini's, Bags, Bling and Beauty Party" at 498 Hilltop Road, Sanford NC (2:30-4:30pm). You'll be able to shop for products from Thirty One, Just Jewelry, and Mary Kay, as well as win door prizes!
  • Calling all teenage actors! A local teen is holding auditions for Dazed, a new web-based television show, at Encore School of Performing Arts (1-3pm). All actors who are cast will be asked to stay until 6pm to film the first episode.
  • Go on a hike with a park ranger at Raven Rock State Park to look for bats. You'll also construct an origami bat and participate in an outdoor game that illustrates the unique adaptations of our local bats. Meet at the Visitor Center at 5pm.
  • Eat supper with the Broadway Optimists to raise money for their youth program. From 5:30pm to 8:30pm, you can buy a take-out plate of spaghetti, garlic bread, and dessert for just $7. Even better: Stick around for another night of cornhole and your plate will be just $5!
  • It's time for "SWAGG" at SanLee Chapel (6pm-1am). There will be food and music ranging from rock to funk to hip-hop. The public is welcome to attend.
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (8pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.

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Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Take a trip to Aberdeen for the Aberdeen Bead Company’s "String it Along Saturday." This week’s focus will be crystal beads (11am) and stone-and-crystal lariats (1pm). Go back at 1pm to make some book jewelry!
  • Stop by the Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro for a free brewery tour and tasting (12pm and 1pm). The tours are free, but you must sign up at 919-545-2330.
  • If you'll be in Pinehurst, stop by Elliotts on Linden between noon and 4pm for free wine tasting. There will be cooking demonstrations at noon and 2pm.
  • Head out to the Goldston Fire Department for the South Chatham Ruritan Club's annual chili cook off (2-6pm). There will be live music and door prizes. Eat for just $7/person.
  • The Morehead Planetarium’s staff invites everyone to learn more about Venus, Jupiter, and the moon at its monthly sky watching session at Jordan Lake. The event runs from 6pm to 8pm and is free to the public. Email Steve at steve.mcmurray@ncdenr.gov to RSVP.
  • Support local musicians Tim Hair & AKM Band by driving out to G&Gs Sports Bar & Grill (3545 US 401 South in Lillington NC) for some live music. The group will go onstage at 10pm.

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Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Take a tour of the Piedmont Biofuels diodiesel plant in Pittsboro NC at 1pm. The event is free and you can just show up. However, the tours begin promptly and stragglers will likely miss out.
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.

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Giveaways In the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Want to win tasty treats? Go like Yummy Eats Cupcakes and Desserts. For every 50 new likes, they'll give away a dozen cupcakes or brownies -- and they're only 7 likes away from the next one!
  • Win unlimited car washes from Champions Car Wash! All you have to do is post a photo of your vehicle on their page by January 31. Simple and easy!
  • Tax season is upon us. From now through April, H&R Block of Sanford will randomly select a winner for special prizes each week. Don’t miss out!
  • Carolina Artists’ Colony will holding a drawing for a snowman hand made by Tobacco Barn Creations when the page hits 600 likes. Make sure you’re in the running -- and be sure to tell your friends!
  • Win a free spray tan from Bronze Boutique just by posting your dream date on their wall. You can also win a free month of tanning by posting your favorite lotion. Go like their page and start posting!
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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.

January 26, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 26

Today's recap:
  • Sad news for those who love The General Store Cafe in Pittsboro. The eatery and event venue is closing its doors today. Remember, if you don’t spend your money in local businesses, there won’t be any local businesses left.
  • It's Dandalia Bakery cupcake day! This week at Added Accents and Kathryn's Hallmark you can grab up Almond Joy, Kahlua & Kream, red velvet, Reese's, strawberry with white chocolate, Cookies & Cream, and Jurassic Park. Happy Thursday!
  • Support the Southern Lee wrestling team by buying a car wash ticket redeemable at Champions Car Wash, Sanford NC. Tickets are $10 (outside wash) or $15 (full service). Buy them at tonight's match (6:30pm, $6) or see the comment below. Call Julie at 919-795-8986 or shoot her an email at sandsglobalmarketing@yahoo.com to find out other ways you can purchase a ticket.
  • It's Weekend Roundup night. Make sure you subscribe to our site posts so you can wake up to the Roundup right in your email inbox. Click here to get started!

January 25, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 25

Today's recap:
  • Don't forget about the ***free*** SBC seminar at the Civic Center today (2-5pm). The topic is "Starting a Small Business" and will cover all the bases. Call 919-774-6442 to save your spot or just show up at 2pm!
  • It's trivia night at Steele Street Cafe! The fun starts at 7:30pm. Show 'em what you know -- winner gets a prize!
The social buzz:
  • Sad news for those who love the General Store Cafe in Pittsboro. The eatery and event venue is closing effective Thursday, Jan. 26. Remember, if you don’t invest your consumer dollars in local businesses, there won’t be any local businesses to invest in.

January 24, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 24

Today's recap:
  • Did you notice our new tab? You can now click on "Calendar" to see every event we know about. The calendar is updated often, so make sure you check it before you make plans!
  • If you struggling with placing a price tag on your products and services, you'll want to attend today's ***free*** small business seminar at the Civic Center (1-3pm). Call 919-774-6442 or e-mail sbc@cccc.edu to let them know you'll be there!
  • Job alert: The Sanford Herald is looking for a skilled, detail-oriented multi-tasker who's computer literate for a position in its business/advertising operation. Contact Gina Eaves (geaves@sanfordherald.com) for details or to submit a resume!
  • There's another ***free*** small business seminar tomorrow at the Civic Center (2-5pm). The topic will be "Starting a Small Business." Send an email to sbc@cccc.edu to let them know you're coming!
The social buzz:
  • Businesses -- already have your Valentine's Day specials lined up? Send 'em in so we can include 'em in our upcoming guide!

January 23, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 23

Today's recap:
  • Help two local students raise awareness about pancreatic cancer by attending a benefit basketball game tomorrow at Southern Lee (7pm) featuring guest speaker (and NCAA champ) David Thompson. A donation toward pancreatic cancer research is encouraged.
  • Don't forget to post a photo of your car on Champions Car Wash, Sanford NC's Facebook wall to enter their giveaway. One lucky person will win free car washes for a month!
  • Celebrate Latino traditions and culture with the Lee County Y's "Salsa, Sabor y Salud," a free 8-week interactive, bi-lingual course that promotes healthy living. The first class is tonight at 6:30pm.
  • Heads up, bluegrass fans. Circle M City (74 Cowboy Lane off Center Church Road) is hosting free bluegrass music every Monday night (7-9pmpm). Call 499-8493 for details. Go and enjoy!
The social buzz:
  • Remember -- you can stay updated on local events happening in our area by syncing up with our Google calendar (or just referring to it when you're ready to make plans.) Are we missing your event? Send it our way!

January 20, 2012

Weekend Roundup, Jan. 20-22

Heads up, Socialites. this month's sponsor -- Rebecca Mikulka Photography -- should be a household name for her charity work. Make sure you go like her page to show your support!

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Friday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Don’t skip breakfast — get it for free from Chick-Fil-A of Sanford (6:30-10:30am)! Each guest will get either a bowl of oatmeal or a chicken, egg, and cheese bagel for free!
  • Shop for a good cause at an NC Treasure Chest Ministry garage sale (8am-noon) at the Lee County Arts Center (507 N. Steele St). There will be many deals and specials!
  • Think you might want to join the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce (211 S. Steele St)? Get the facts about what you’d get from your membership at a special information session (11:45am). Bonus: The chamber will buy your lunch! Call 919-775-7341 to let them know you’re coming.
  • Tonight is "Hoops for Hope" at Lee Christian School. The games start with junior varsity girls at 3:30pm, followed by the JV boys, Varsity girls, and Varsity boys. Cancer survivors will be recognized between the Varsity games. Entry to the games is $5 and concession options include Chick-Fil-A, San Felipe, baked potatoes, and traditional fare. There will be also be a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.
  • Go out to Jonesboro UMC to hear original compositions, poetry set to music, and more from Elisabeth Von Trapp from the family whose story inspired The Sound of Music (7pm). The event is free and there will be a reception afterward.
  • Fight Like A Girl, the new self-defense course for women and girls (ages 10+) starts tonight (7:30pm). Don't miss out on this fun way to get fit and prepare yourself to fend off any attack. Space is limited -- call Crystal at 910-695-5229 to make sure there's room.
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (8pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • Go listen to great live music at the Steele Street Cafe. Phil Durham will go onstage starting at 9pm.

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Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Release stress with Tree of Life’s 9am pilates/yoga (PiYo) class at 116 Steele Street (2nd floor). Come back your kiddo at 10:30am for the children’s version. Each class is $5.
  • Donate a gently used coat, scarf, or pair of gloves at Chick-Fil-A of Sanford and you'll receive a free medium-size bowl of chicken tortilla soup at the restaurant's "Souper" Saturday Sampling Party (10:30am-10pm). Yum!
  • Starting today, Family Fun Zone (Rand Street, 919-774-4596) is out of the inflatables business and in the roller skating one! The owners have cleared the floor and are ready for all of the area's skating fans!
  • Heads up, ladies -- You have another opportunity to pick up some self defense skills. G-Force Kenpo Karate is offering a class from 1-2:30pm that focuses on simple self defense and awareness. The class is free and open to the public.
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (8pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • Go listen to great live music at the Steele Street CafeDL Token will go onstage starting at 9pm.

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Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Take a trip to Aberdeen for the Aberdeen Bead Company’s “String it Along Saturday” (11am). This week’s focus will be Mommy-and-me gumball necklaces and bracelets. Go back at 1pm to make some book jewelry!
  • Stop by the Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro for a free brewery tour and tasting (12pm and 1pm). The tours are free, but you must sign up at 919-545-2330.
  • If you’ll be in the Silk Hope area, stop by Celebrity Dairy Inn and Goat Dairy to sample burgundy wines, cheeses, and other goodies. The event costs $50/person and will run from 2-5pm.

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Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • It’s time again for Sunday Dinner (1:30pm) at Celebrity Dairy Inn and Goat Dairy in Silk Hope. This month, the meal will revolve around the tradition of honoring St. Vincent of Saragossa and will feature Lyonnaise cuisine. The cost is $75/person and you must call 919-742-5176 to reserve your spot.
  • Get out and enjoy the weather with another great Raven Rock State Park event. “Living With Fire” will show hikers of all ages how nature has lived with fire for thousands of years. There will be games to demonstrate the effects of prescribed fire on our landscape. Meet at the Visitor Center at 2pm. 
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.

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Giveaways 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.
  • Win unlimited car washes from Champions Car Wash! All you have to do is post a photo of your vehicle on their page by January 31. Simple and easy!
  • Tax season is upon us. From now through April, H&R Block of Sanford will randomly select a winner for special prizes each week. Don’t miss out!
  • Carolina Artists’ Colony will holding a drawing for a snowman hand made by Tobacco Barn Creations when the page hits 600 likes. Make sure you’re in the running -- and be sure to tell your friends!
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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.

January 19, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 19

Today's recap:
  • Did you miss Fight Like a Girl NC last week? You have another chance to try it out tomorrow night (7:30pm). Take your daughter, your mother, or your friends and learn how to keep yourself safe!
  • Lots of requests for recommendations and some free offers on our page today. Come visit and share your opinions or win something. Exciting!
  • It's cupcake day! Go get the new root beer cupcake from Dandalia Bakery at Added Accents or Kathryn's Hallmark. Other flavors this week are Kahlua & Kream, Reese's, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet, and He's Looking @ Me! (chocolate and vanilla)!
  • Interested in signing your child up for 4H? The Avengers 4H Club meets tonight at the McSwain Center (6:30-7:45pm) and they'll be launching rockets! All children ages 9-12 are welcome to join!

January 18, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 18

Today's recap:
  • It's trivia night at Steele Street Cafe. The fun starts at 7:30pm and prizes will be awarded. Grab some friends and go play!
  • Heads up, parents! If you live near Lillington, you'll want to reserve a spot at the Lillington Parks and Recreation's "Parents' Night Out" this Friday for ages 4-14. The cost is $5/child for 5:30-10:30pm. Call Angel at 910-893-2864 to register!
  • The Angelic Beauties online natural beauty photo pageant is still accepting submissions, but time's running out. Click over to get contest details!
The social buzz:

January 17, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 17

Today's recap:
  • Attend a "Hope for Autism" seminar this Saturday (10am-noon, $10) presented by Becky Givens at Theraplay (Chatham St). You'll get information about diet, alternate treatments, and more. Register by Thursday at jeanine@theraplaync.com. Update: This seminar has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 10am.
  • Need a little CPR for the soul? Head over to TPP Design Studio on Thursday (6-9pm) for a night of painting and massage that costs just $45 and includes all supplies. RSVP here!
The Social Buzz:

January 13, 2012

Weekend Roundup, Jan. 13-15

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
  • Don’t skip breakfast — get it for free from Chick-Fil-A of Sanford (6:30-10:30am)! Each guest will get the 3-count chicken minis for free!
  • If you have some free time, scoot down to Green Gate Olive Oils in Pinehurst. They’re offering a free cooking class that starts at 12pm.
  • Get your Dandalia Bakery cupcakes at Added Accents and Kathryn’s Hallmark today. This week’s new flavors are Elvis, Red Hot (vanilla cake with spicy frosting), and Butterfly (chocolate or vanilla cake and a pretzel). You can also get Reese's, Kahlua & Kream, and Red Velvet.
  • Order a thermal tote from 31 by Emily Page to benefit Easter Seals UCP Stepping Stones Children's Center and you'll get 25 percent off any other item. All hostess profits for the sale will be donated to the center. The best part? Thirty-One is offering great deals this month!
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (8pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • Fight Like A Girl, the new self-defense course for women and girls (ages 10+) starts tonight (7:30pm). Don't miss out on this fun way to get fit and prepare yourself to fend off any attack. Space is limited -- call Crystal at 910-695-5229 to make sure there's room.
  • Go listen to great live music at the Steele Street Cafe. DL Token will go onstage starting at 9pm.

Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Release stress with Tree of Life’s 9am pilates/yoga (PiYo) class at 116 Steele Street (2nd floor). Come back your kiddo at 10:30am for the children’s version. Each class is $5.
  • Starting today, Family Fun Zone (Rand Street, 919-774-4596) is out of the inflatables business and in the roller skating one! The owners have cleared the floor and are ready for all of the area's skating fans!
  • Get out and enjoy the weather with another great Raven Rock State Park event. “Put Your Foot Down” will allow hikers of all ages to look at the feet of different animals and learn more about their uses and benefits. You’ll even make a plaster casts to take home. Meet at the Visitor Center at 11am.
  • Rev up your motorcycles (or cars) for the Southern Brotherhood MC’s annual Polar Run to benefit Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption (12pm). The cost is $10/hand ($5/car) or two items from the group's list of needs. Get more details here.
  • It’s cornhole time again! Go play cornhole with the Broadway Optimists (6-11pm). Entry fee is $3/round and prizes range from gift cards to meats (similar to turkey shoot prizes). All proceeds benefit the baseball/softball program.
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (8pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.

Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • Take a trip to Aberdeen for the Aberdeen Bead Company’s “String it Along Saturday” (11am). This week’s focus will be chain and crystal drop earrings. The cost is $30, but you'll bring home your handmade jewelry.
  • Stop by the Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro for a free brewery tour and tasting (12pm and 1pm). The tours are free, but you must sign up at 919-545-2330.
  • Go hear celtic, folk, and renaissance music as well as sea shanties, pirate, and pub songs performed by Thunder and Spice at City Tap (9pm).

Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Attend a wreath ceremony sponsored by C.E.A.D. and Wilson & Reives Law to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at the MLK Community Park on S. Horner Blvd (1:30pm).
  • Pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline at The Temple Theatre Company's production of Country Royalty (2pm). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and students.
  • Jonesboro UMC (407 W. Main) is hosting a free screening of The Sound of Music to set the mood for a von Trapp concert next week. The movie starts at 5:30pm and there will be free popcorn!
  • Join in a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr day at Gospel Lighthouse Ministries (McIntosh Street) hosted by the Sanford-Lee County Chapter of the NAACP (6pm). Rep. Marvin Lucas of Sprink Lake will speak and the Pearson family will provide music.

Giveaways 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.
  • Win unlimited car washes from Champions Car Wash! All you have to do is post a photo of your vehicle on their page by January 31. Simple and easy!
  • Tax season is upon us. From now through April, H&R Block of Sanford will randomly select a winner for special prizes each week. Don’t miss out!
  • Carolina Artists’ Colony will holding a drawing for a snowman hand made by Tobacco Barn Creations when the page hits 600 likes. Make sure you’re in the running -- and be sure to tell your friends!

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

January 12, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 12

Today's recap:
  • Want to sell your produce, homemade goods, or crafts this summer? The Chatham Mills Farmers' Market is accepting applications through February 15!
  • Tax season is gearing up. Go like H&R Block of Sanford for tax tips, as well as the chance to win free stuff.

January 11, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 11

Today's recap:
  • There are many places offering kids' discounts (or free meals) in our area tonight. Check 'em out in our "Kids Eat Free" guide!
The social buzz:
  • It's coming up on Weekend Roundup time! Make sure you submit your news by 5pm on Thursday to make sure it goes into subscribers' email inboxes on Friday morning!

January 10, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 10

Today's recap:
  • Calling all poets, writers, and artists: CCCC's Red Clay Review is accepting submissions for its Spring 2012 issue. The deadline is January 16. Click here for more details!
  • Have you heard about Fight Like A Girl, the new self-defense course for women? It's open to women and girls over age 10 and there are mother/daughter discounts. The first night is this Friday and it's free!
  • Ben & Jerry's (Franklin Street, Chapel Hill) is planning a day of festivities tomorrow (11am-7pm), including face painting, ice cream art, and more. Jerry will be working and greeting visitors (3:30-5pm). Proceeds will benefit UNC's Dance Marathon.
  • Today's the last day to enter the Angelic Beauties photo pageant at the discount rate of $15. Tomorrow the price jumps back up to $25, so get those photos in!
  • A local church is turning pillow cases into dresses for girls in Haiti. Email Teri to find out how you can help!

January 9, 2012

Facebook Recap, Jan. 9

Today's recap:
  • Have you liked all the businesses listed here? Click over and show your support for our local business owners! (Hint: You can hover over the name and click “like” right from the page.)
  • Calling all entrepreneurs! You'll want to attend Wednesday's free seminar at the Civic Center (10am). The topic will be the ABCs of Starting a Business. Register at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu.
  • This just in: Chick-fil-A of Sanford has a new gluten-free kids' meal on their menu that includes grilled nuggets and blended fruit. You can also get grilled chicken strips. Eat up!
  • If you live in the Moore County area, you may want to attend a Town of Aberdeen board meeting tonight (6pm). Residents need support for a measure to support live entertainment in the downtown area during established hours.
  • Tomorrow's the perfect time to try out Sanford MOPS (9:30-11:30am, St Luke UMC). Wendolyn Deacon of HOPE Therapy Services is the guest speaker! Get details here.
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January 6, 2012

Weekend Roundup, Jan. 6-8

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
  • Calling all quilters, knitters, craftspeople, and mixed media artists -- the Quilting and Fiber Arts Marketplace featuring 40 local or independent shops is back at the Dennis A Wicker Civic Center (9am-5pm)! Admission is just $5 and parking is free.
  • Get your Dandalia Bakery cupcakes at Added Accents and Kathryn’s Hallmark today. This week’s new flavors are Elvis (banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting sprinkled with bacon -- sold out), Strawctopus (vanila with strawberry frosting), and Choctopus (chocolate with mocha frosting). You can also get red velvet, Reese's, Kahlua & Kream, peppermint, vanilla with strawberry, and chocolate with raspberry.
  • Have you seen the new “Get Fit, Have Fun” guide sponsored by Fight Like A Girl? Don’t miss out on this interesting new self defense course for woman and girls (ages 10+). Save your space by calling Crystal at 910-695-5229.
  • Go listen to great live music at the Steele Street Cafe. Jeremy Strothers, Dave Watson, and Mike Daniels will go onstage starting at 9pm.
Giveaways 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.
  • Win unlimited car washes from Champions Car Wash! All you have to do is post a photo of your vehicle on their page by January 31. Simple and easy!
Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Calling all quilters, knitters, craftspeople, and mixed media artists -- the Quilting and Fiber Arts Marketplace featuring 40 local or independent shops is back at the Dennis A Wicker Civic Center (9am-5pm)! Admission is just $5 and parking is free.
  • Hearts and Hands ECA Quilters Guild is hosting a sew day at the McSwain Center on Tramway Road (9am-5pm). At noon, they'll break for lunch and a meeting.
  • We 3 Thrift Stop is holding a yard sale in the Sanford Herald parking lot (9am-2pm). All clothes will be $1. Shop for toys, household items, and more.
  • Release stres with Tree of Life’s 9am pilates/yoga (PiYo) class at 116 Steele Street (2nd floor). Come back your kiddo at 10:30am for the children’s version. Each class is $5.
  • Learn how to take care of your skin and the basics of color cosmetic application -- and win prizes -- at a special Diva's Day at Dream's Cafe & Gourmets (noon and 3pm). RSVP to VaTonya at 910-336-7020 -- and bring a friend!
  • Get your Dandalia Bakery cupcakes at Added Accents and Kathryn’s Hallmark today. This week’s new flavors are Elvis (banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting sprinkled with bacon -- sold out), Strawctopus (vanila with strawberry frosting), and Choctopus (chocolate with mocha frosting). You can also get red velvet, Reese's, Kahlua & Kream, peppermint, vanilla with strawberry, and chocolate with raspberry.
  • Reaffirm your fitness goals while trying out Body by Vi at the “World’s Largest Resolution Rally” at The Flame Steakhouse (7pm). Anyone interested in the program is welcome.
Saturday in the Sanford/Lee County NC region
  • The Harnett County Public Library is hosting a family story time that will include an indoor snow fight, snowflake art, fake snow, and cold weather stories starting at 11am.
  • Take a trip to Aberdeen for the Aberdeen Bead Company’s “String it Along Saturday” (11am). This week’s focus will be Beadology 101, which is perfect for beginners of all ages.
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.
  • First Baptist Church is opening up its Family Life Center for a fun family game night (5-7pm). The game room, gym, fellowship hall, and snack room will all be open for games ranging for pool and foosball to board games and cards. All community members are welcome.

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