April 30, 2012

Social Buzz, May 1

Today's schedule:
  • Tuesday is the last MOPS meeting for the “school year.” The meeting will be at St. Luke UMC (9:30-11:30am) and will focus on local summer cams and activities.
  • Stop by the Enrichment Center today to celebrate its 20th anniversary. They’ll have tours and refreshments (until 4pm) -- no RSVP required. Call 919-776-0501 for details.
  • Don’t forget about Open Play Tennis at OT Sloan Park (6-8pm). Tennis enthusiasts of all levels are invited to come out for fun or competitive play. Get more information at 919-777-9949.

Professional Networking, Lee County Style

People are surrounded by an incomprehensible amount of information every day. With the increase in social media and online networking sites, people have a lot of verbal clutter to cut through.

Nowhere is this more apparent than when you're trying to network your business. So how do you make your product or service stand out? Why would people want to do business with you and not your competitor?


Step 1: Follow These Tried-And-True Tips

1. Don't be afraid to showcase yourself. People like to buy from people they like. You are not just selling your products or services, you are selling yourself. That means you must be comfortable telling people about your product and presenting yourself as the expert in your field. A little bit of confidence goes a long way.

2. Focus on relationships. Don't go in for the hard sale. Rather, use the networking opportunity to build a relationship. Share information about your product or service, but do it within the confines of a conversation. Many people can trace back a large portion of their business success to one important relationship they made.

3. Make a plan. You don't want to enter a networking session without a plan. Whether your goal is to talk to one new person or give out five business cards, you need to set your agenda before you enter the room.

4. Plant lots of seeds. Some people will become customers right away, but not everyone in the session will be in need of your product or services. That's okay -- by showcasing yourself, focusing on relationships, and sticking to your plan, you'll likely plant some seeds that take a little longer to grow. The more people you talk to and seeds you plant, the greater your likelihood of a successful harvest.

Step 2: Put Your Knowledge To Work

Now that you're ready to make yourself and your product stand out, take advantage of these local opportunities to network in our area:

Face-to-Face Networking Opportunities
  • Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce's AM Buzz
    When: Third Thursday of each month at 7:30am
    Where: Location varies
    What: Area professionals and business owners can network over coffee and breakfast. Everyone who attends gets to do a 10-second introduction to the group, but you can purchase more "air time" to promote your business. There's also a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. You do not need to be a Chamber member to participate.
    Contact: Kelly Klug (email)
  • Lee County Small Business Center Seminars
    The Lee County SBC offers seminars throughout the month. These highly attended seminars are a great way to meet like-minded professionals while learning from experts in various industries.
  • Civic Groups
    Civic involvement is a great way to get your name out there and meet other professionals. Find a group you are interested in and see what it has to offer. It’s a great way to find people with similar interests and a different sphere of influence.
Online Networking Opportunities
  • Women in Business Facebook Group
    Female professionals and business owners can discuss business/career-related topics and share upcoming events and networking opportunities. This is a great place to share valuable resources and learn from other women in business.
  • Inside919
    One of the fastest-growing online networking websites focused on small business in the 919 area code, this group is quickly becoming a powerful tool for connecting interactively with other businesses. Inside919 currently boasts nearly 2,000 businesses.
  • LinkedIn
    Share your professional experience and interact in industry groups. You can easily pick up business from around the country once you establish yourself as an expert.
Have we missed a networking opportunity? Send it in so that we can add it to the list.

April 29, 2012

Social Buzz, April 30

Today's highlights:
  • Learn how to revitalize and grow your small business at a $10 lunch-and-learn at the Civic Center on Thursday (11:30am-1pm). Pre-register at 919-775-7341 or register online. Seating is limited!
  • Calling all women! Reaching for the Stars Vintage needs a few volunteers to come wear 70s style vintage clothing this weekend. Call the store at 919-776-5893 if you’re interested!
  • Check out the 2nd Annual Poetry Slam this Friday at Chatham Community Library (7pm). Poets of all ages are welcome to participate. RSVP at 919-545-8084 if you plan to attend (even as a spectator).

April 27, 2012

Weekend Roundup, April 27-29

Go meet with the authors of Portion Size Me, a brand new book that explains the Portion Size Me lifestyle while also giving recipes, tips, and the opportunity to watch videos and more! They'll be at Afternoon Tea on Saturday from 3-5pm!

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Skip ahead:
Friday in and around Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Lee County Primary's One Stop Early Voting
    When: 8am–5pm
    What: Cast your vote for local office candidates at the Board of Elections (225 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC) or the McSwain Center (2420 Tramway Road, Sanford NC).
  • Cage Fitness @ Black Belt Leadership Academy, 1716 Westover Drive, Sanford NC
    When: 8:30–9am
    What: Interval training that’s perfect for all fitness levels. The cost is $49/month for 2 nights a week, or $69/month for unlimited classes. The drop in rate is $10/class. Your first class is always free.
  • Benefit for Hunter Champion @ Broadway Optimist Club, Broadway NC
    When: 11am until the food runs out
    What: Buy a bbq chicken plate ($7) to raise funds for Hunter Champion, who was attacked by a stray dog on Easter Sunday. Hunter has had to undergo plastic surgery and still has procedures ahead of him. There will also be a raffle giving away a Huffy bicycle donated by Western Auto and other items donated by local businesses.
  • Benefit for Mike Moody @ Northview Fire Department, 804 Cumnock Road, Cumnock NC
    When: 11am–7pm
    What: Get a plate ($7) to benefit Mike Moody, who is currently fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Plates include bbq chicken, potatoes, green beans, a roll, and dessert. Drinks will be served with eat-in plates. A live auction will start at 6:30pm.
  • Fun Gym at Sandhills Academy of Gymnastics, 220 Ampersand Road, Aberdeen NC
    When: 12:30–2:30pm, 6:30–9:30pm
    What: Take children of all ages out to the gym for supervised open practice time that’s available to members and nonmembers. The cost is $6/hour per child.
  • Roost Beer Garden @ Fearrington Village, Fearrington NC
    When: 5–8pm
    What: Enjoy live music, local beers, food, and more.
  • Movie Night @ Kidz Junction, 1031 Spring Lane, Sanford NC
    When: 5–9pm
    What: The night's movie is Chipwrecked. Pizza and popcorn will be provided. The cost is $15/child and $10 for siblings.
  • Parents Night Out @ Boomers Party & Play, Tramway Road, Sanford NC
    When: 6–10pm
    What: Leave your child at Boomers while you have an evening out. The cost is $20 per child and $10 per sibling. Socks are required. Call 919-775-3928 for details.
  • The Odd Couple @ The O'Neal School Theatre, Southern Pines NC
    When: 7–9pm
    What: Go see this classic performed by The O’Neal Players. Tickets are $5 and O’Neal students get in for free.
  • Free Movie in Downtown Park, Southern Pines NC
    When: 8–10pm
    What: Go see Monsters vs Aliens for free. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Concessions will be available for purchase.
  • Little Shop of Horrors @ Temple Theather, 120 Carthage Street, Sanford NC
    When: 8pm
    What: This quirky Broadway hit musical will close out the Main Stage season for the Temple. Get tickets before they’re gone!
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Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Community Yard Sale in Devroe Meadows
    When: 7am–12pm
    What: Drop by the subdivision located off of Amos Bridges Road for our Community Yard Sale. They will have stereo equipment, scrapbooking supplies, housewares, cookware, furniture and kids toys.
  • East Sanford Block Party @ 326 McIver Street, Sanford NC
    When: 7:30am–12:00pm
    What: Volunteers will perform basic yard work and minor home repair. A light breakfast will be served for all and then you will move on to assigned houses at about 8am. Bring your own tools, gloves, rakes, and shovels if you can. Free hotdogs and entertainment will begin around 11:30am.
  • Community Yard Sale & Car Wash in Owl's Nest, 1422 Owls Nest Road, Sanford NC
    When: 7am–2pm
    What: The Owls Nest community is holding its first annual yard sale (7am-12pm). Yard sales will take place throughout the neighborhood in addition to at the clubhouse. There will also be a car wash at the clubhouse (9am-2pm).
  • Relay For Life Benefit, 569 Bruce Coggins Drive, Sanford NC
    When: 8am–12pm
    What: Shop at a yard sale, bake sale, and vendor expo to benefit Lee County’s Relay for Life.
  • American Legion Rummage Sale, 1101 S. Horner Blvd, Sanford NC
    When: 8am–1pm
    What: The American Legion Riders of Sanford Post 382 will be holding a Rummage Sale to benefit The Wounded Warriors Project. Please stop by and show your support. Purchases not required. All donations are welcomed.
  • Lee County Primary's One Stop Early Voting
    When: 8am–1pm
    What: Cast your vote for local office candidates at the Board of Elections (225 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC) or the McSwain Center (2420 Tramway Road, Sanford NC).
  • Relay For Life Benefit Car Wash @ Tramway Fire Department, 5900 McDaniel Dr, Sanford NC
    When: 8am–4pm
    What: Bring cars of any size to be washed and vacuumed. You can also buy hotdogs, ice cream, and drinks and let the kids play on the bouncy house. Donations are welcome! Proceeds will go toward Relay For Life.
  • 2nd Annual Kangaroo Kup @ the Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 N. 7th Street, Sanford NC
    When: 8am–4pm
    What: There will be a full day of soccer as well as a bounce house and DJ. The Lions Club will be serving lunch and Kangaroo will have their team there selling various drinks, snacks, and toys.
  • Zumba Fundraiser @ Grace Christian School, 2601 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Sanford NC
    When: 9-11am
    What: Zumba with local instructors for just $10. There will be lots of raffles and silent auctions. Vendors will offer the chance to win/purchase spray tans, movie passes, wreaths, hair certificates, massage, and more.
  • Sanford Farmer's Market, Depot Park, Sanford NC
    When: 9am–12pm
    What: Shop for produce, breads, locally made goods, and more right in downtown Sanford.
  • PiYo @ Tree of Life, 116 Steele Street (2nd floor), Sanford NC
    When: 10–11am
    What: This class is a mix pilates and yoga. RSVP today to bring your children on Sunday. Come back tomorrow for the children’s version. Each class is $5.
  • Container Gardening @ Big Bloomers Flower Farm, 275 Pressly Foushee Road, Sanford NC
    When: 11am–12pm
    What: Learn what/how to plant for sping and summer.
  • Blessing of the Aminals, Jonesboro Methodist Church, 407 W. Main Street, Sanford NC
    When: 2–4pm
    What: Bring your pets to receive God’s blessing through the laying-on of hands. The event will also feature free treats for pets, music by the JUMC Heartstrings band and more.
  • Book Signing @ Afternoon Tea, 403 Carthage Street, Sanford NC
    When: 3-5pm
    What: Alex and Marshall Reid, the authors of Portion Size Me, will be signing books and sharing their experiences with adopting a healthier lifestyle.
  • Relay for Life Cornhole Tournament, Broadway Optimist Club, Broadway NC
    When: 6–9pm
    What: Play cornhole to raise money for Relay for Life. Entry cost is $40/team. Call 919-356-9533 to play or to sponsor a board ($25).
  • Live Music @ The Fat Cajun, 101 Wicker Street, Sanford NC
    When: 6–10pm
    What: Listen to saxophonist James Brown and his friends all evening.
  • Toucan Jam at The Flame Steakhouse, 109A Carbonton Road, Sanford NC
    When: 8–9pm
    What: Live music with no cover charge.
  • Little Shop of Horrors @ Temple Theather, 120 Carthage Street, Sanford NC
    When: 8pm
    What: This quirky Broadway hit musical will close out the Main Stage season for the Temple. Get tickets before they’re gone!
  • Wayne Byran, 120 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC
    When: 9pm
    What: Enjoy drink specials while listening to a live music.
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Saturday in the area surrounding Sanford/Lee County NC
  • CCCC 50 Years Celebration @ CCCC-Pittsboro Campus. 765 West Street, Pittsboro NC
    When: 7:45am–1pm
    What: This free family-friendly event features a 5K run, kid's fun run, hot air balloon rides, sustainable learning opportunities, face painting, caricatures, storytelling, live music, bone marrow registration, games, food, and much more. Click here to see a more detailed list of activities.
  • Foothills Wine Fest, Morganton, NC
    When: 9am–7pm
    What: A day of wine tasting and nature conservancy! There will also be a number of crafters and vendors from around the Lee County area. Rain or shine.
  • Springfest/Tour de Moore, downtown Southern Pines NC
    When: 10am–4pm
    What: Enjoy arts and crafts, live entertainment, a children’s area, Tour de Moore, food, and more. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Opening Day Pig Pickin @ Raleigh Farmers' Market, 400 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh NC
    When: 10am–2pm
    What: Enjoy The Pit Authentic BBQ, music, Sol Food Mobile Farm and kids face painting, raffles, giveways, strawberries, meats, cheeses, plant starts, herbs, artisan breads, baked goods, local lunch options, demo with Bob Garner and more.
  • PineStock Musicfest '12, corner of New York & Bennett Street, Southern Pines NC
    When: 4–7pm
    What: Enjoy oysters, burgers, beer and bands to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.
  • Roost Beer Garden, Fearrington Village, Fearrington NC
    When: 5–8pm
    What: Enjoy live music, local beers, food, and more.
  • Mike V. at DoubleDecker Skatepark, 500 Blount Street, Fayetteville NC
    When: 5:30 until...
    What: Mike V. will host a meet-and-greet and contests at the skate park. He’ll then stay late a lock-in (10pm). Tickets are $25 for spectators and skaters, $35 for bikes. A limited number of tickets are available.
  • Father-Daughter Dance, 175 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines NC
    When: 6:30–9pm
    What: American Heritage Girls Troop NC0121 of Southern Pines invites fathers and daughters to their "Beach Boogie" at St. Anthony’s Parish hall. Registrations will be taken at the door until they meet the capacity. The cost is $20/father-daughter and $10/additional daughter.
  • The Odd Couple @ The O'Neal School Theatre, Southern Pines NC
    When: 7–9pm
    What: Go see this classic performed by The O’Neal Players. Tickets are $5 and O’Neal students get in for free.
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Sunday in and around Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Free Piedmont Biofuels Tours, Lorax Lane, Pittsboro NC
    When: 1–2pm
    What: Take a free tour of the biodiesel plant. The tour begins promptly, rain or shine. You do not need a reservation.
  • Little Shop of Horrors @ Temple Theather, 120 Carthage Street, Sanford NC
    When: 2pm
    What: This quirky Broadway hit musical will close out the Main Stage season for the Temple. Get tickets before they’re gone!
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Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us and we'll get it added.

April 25, 2012

Social Buzz, April 26

Top news:
  • Today's the Day of the Young Child! Take your little ones out to the Lions Club Fairgrounds for a morning of fun (9-11am). The event is free and open to the public.
  • Bright Audiology is hosting an open house until 4pm today, including hearing screenings and more. Call 919-774-3277 for more information.

Social Buzz, April 25

Today's news:
  • Explore cost-effective marketing strategies at a free seminar at the Civic Center tomorrow (10am-noon). Pre-register by calling 919-774-6442 or e-mailing sbc@cccc.edu. Hurry -- these free seminars will be cancelled if registrations are low.
  • Calling all foodies! Go check out the Triangle Foodie Tweetup at Fearrington Village this evening (5-8pm). The theme is "All American" and will feature gastro pub hotdogs. There will also be local vegetarian options, drinks, and more.

April 24, 2012

Social Buzz, April 24

Today's news:
  • Calling all Dems! The Lee County Democratic Party will meet tonight at the Enrichment Center (6:30-7:30pm). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the local party and candidates.
  • Find out why now might be the best time to start a business and what business types are expected to thrive from Mike Collins at The Perfect Workday Company tomorrow (6-9pm). The seminar is free! Register at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu. See all upcoming seminars here.

April 19, 2012

Weekend Roundup, April 20-22

Welcome to new sponsor Portion Size Me, Inc, a mother-son team that has just published a brand new book that explains the Portion Size Me lifestyle while also giving recipes, tips, and the opportunity to watch videos and more!
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Skip ahead:
Friday in and around Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Lee County Primary's One Stop Early Voting
    When: 8am–5pm
    What: Cast your vote for local office candidates at the Board of Elections (225 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC) or the McSwain Center (2420 Tramway Road, Sanford NC).
  • Cage Fitness @ Black Belt Leadership Academy, 1716 Westover Drive, Sanford NC
    When: 8:30–9am
    What: Interval training that’s perfect for all fitness levels. The cost is $49/month for 2 nights a week, or $69/month for unlimited classes. The drop in rate is $10/class. Your first class is always free.
  • Fun Gym at Sandhills Academy of Gymnastics, 220 Ampersand Road, Aberdeen NC
    When: 12:30–2:30pm, 6:30–9:30pm
    What: Take children of all ages out to the gym for supervised open practice time that’s available to members and nonmembers. The cost is $6/hour per child.
  • 2K Walk-A-Thon to Prevent Sexual Violence, 2301 Tramway Road, Sanford NC
    When: 4:30–6pm
    What: Help HAVEN in Lee County wipe out sexual violence. The walk will be at Southern Lee High School's track field. The cost to enter $15/person or $10/person for teams of 10 or more. For more information, contact Rosa Portillo at 919-774-8923 or rosa@haveninlee​county.org.
  • Third Friday Durham, Durham NC
    When: 5:30–9pm
    What: On the third Fridays of the month, venues across Durham offer specials and discounts.
  • Live After 5, Village of Pinehurst, Pinehurst NC
    When: 5:30–8:30pm
    What: Go hear The Steady Eddies on the village green. The concert is free.
  • Wine Down Friday @ UnWINEd, 237 Center Grove Church Road, Moncure NC
    When: 5:30–8:30pm
    What: The Doug Largent Duo will play jazz and blues on the keyboard and base guitar. Grilled pizza will be provided by Bella Donna's. There will be locally made Italian ice for dessert.
  • Battle of the Decades @ Studio C Fitness, 1809 Hawkins Ave, Sanford NC
    When: 7–9pm
    What: To participate in Studio C's theme party, go dressed in an outfit from your favorite decade and be sure to add some purple to it for Relay. Proceeds will benefit Lee County Relay for Life.
  • All Night Skate @ Family Fun Zone, 111 Rand Street, Sanford NC
    When: 7pm–7am
    What: For $25 each, kids can skate all night. They’ll also get dinner and breakfast. Regular skaters can skate until 11pm for $8.
  • Free Family Movie Nights @ the Arboretum, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst NC
    When: 8–10pm
    What: Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to watch Happy Feet Two for free. Concessions will be available for purchase.

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Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Dave Martin Used Equipment/Tool Sale, 505 N 7th Street, Sanford NC
    When: 8:30–11:30am
    What: Browse for used equipment and tools at the Lions Club Fairgrounds.
  • Blood Drive & Yard Sale @ Solid Start Childcare Center, 2815 Olivia Road, Sanford NC
    When: 8am–12pm
    What: All proceeds made from the yard sale will go to benefit the children (field trips, supplies, projects, and graduation). The blood drive is for the American Red Cross.
  • Free Auto and Light Truck Vehicle Inspections @ R&N Motor Company, 811 Woodland Ave, Sanford NC
    When: 8am–12pm
    What: Auto technicians will identify ways you can improve your vehicle's gas mileage, enhance performance, increase safety and vehicle life and reduce emissions. There will also be displays and drawings for prizes for participants.
  • Lee County Primary's One Stop Early Voting
    When: 8am–1pm
    What: Cast your vote for local office candidates at the Board of Elections (225 S. Steele Street, Sanford NC) or the McSwain Center (2420 Tramway Road, Sanford NC).
  • Sanford Farmer's Market, Depot Park, Sanford NC
    When: 9am–12pm
    What: Shop for produce, breads, locally made goods, and more right in downtown Sanford.
  • Broadway Our Way, Main Street, Broadway NC
    When: 9am–9pm
    What: Enjoy a town-wide street festival, BBQ cook-off, live music, and more. There will also be a vendor faire and kids’ zone.
  • PiYo @ Tree of Life, 116 Steele Street (2nd floor), Sanford NC
    When: 10am–11am
    What: This class is a mix pilates and yoga. RSVP today to bring your children on Sunday. Come back tomorrow for the children’s version. Each class is $5.
  • Rocky Fork Church Block Party, 4246 Rocky Fork Church Road, Sanford NC
    When: 10am–4pm
    What: The church will offer fair rides, bounce houses, first responders, and more. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Big Juicy's Homecoming, 2509 Cox Mill Road, Sanford NC
    When: 10am–4pm
    What: Tru TV's own Lizard Lick Towing's "Big Juicy" is coming to her hometown for the day. She'll sign autographs. T-shirts will be for sale.
  • Thrifty Treasures Grand Opening, 1112 Woodland Avenue, Sanford NC
    When: 10am–6:30pm
    What: The store is offering free hotdogs and hamburgers, a raffle for a $50 gift certificate, and more.
  • Priscilla Anne Edwards Scholarship Game @ Southern Lee, 2301 Tramway Road, Sanford NC
    When: 11am–4pm
    What: Southern Lee and Lee Senior Varsity and JV girls will go head-to-head to raise money for the scholarship. Admission is $6 and enters you into a raffle for door prizes.
  • BBQ Dinner @ First Wesleyan Church, 2901 Beechtree Drive, Sanford NC
    When: 11am–6:30pm
    What: Grab lunch or dinner to help send kids to church camp this summer. Plates include bbq pork, green beans, cole slaw, a roll, and dessert.
  • Children's Closet @ Jones Chapel UMC, Deep River Road, Sanford NC
    When: 1–2pm
    What: Families in need can pick up gently used children’s clothing, books, toys, and more. The Children’s Closet is open other times by appointment.
  • Necklace Making, 148 S. Moore Street, Sanford NC
    When: 1–3pm
    What: Each student will create a one-of-a-kind hand stamped solid copper or brass pendant. The cost of the class is $29.
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Saturday in the area surrounding Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Earth Day at Weymouth Woods, 1024 Ft. Bragg Road, Southern Pines NC
    When: 8am–5pm
    What: Celebrate Earth Day with a day of activities, from bird banding (8am) and a wildflower walk (10am) to a nest search (12pm) and compass course. All activities are free.
  • 4th Annual Farm Heritage Day, 4221 Silk Hope Road, Siler City NC
    When: 9am–6pm
    What: See farm animals and equipment, restored farmstead, antiques, and traditional entertainment. The cost is $7/person for those over age 7 (free for under). Parking is free.
  • Southern Pines 2012 Disc Golf Tournament, Reservoir Park, Southern Pines NC
    When: 10am–1pm
    What: The tournament will be at the Disc Golf Course at Reservoir Park. Participants will play 2 rounds with a lunch break between rounds.
  • Goldston Cruz-In, Goldston NC
    When: 4–7pm
    What: The monthly Goldston Cruz-N run throughout the summer. All cars and trucks at least 25 years old are welcome to join in.
  • Free Family Movie @ Lillington Park, 405 S. First Street, Lillington NC
    When: dusk
    What: Bring a blanket or chairs to watch HOP on the big screen. The event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the movie will play on Sunday at the Lillington Community Center (6pm).
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Sunday in and around Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Free Piedmont Biofuels Tours, Lorax Lane, Pittsboro NC
    When: 1–2pm
    What: Take a free tour of the biodiesel plant. The tour begins promptly, rain or shine. You do not need a reservation.
  • Blessing of the Aminals, Jonesboro Methodist Church, 407 W. Main Street, Sanford NC
    When: 1–3pm
    What: Bring your pets to receive God’s blessing through the laying-on of hands. The event will also feature free treats for pets, music by the JUMC Heartstrings band and more.
  • Pops in the Park @ Piney Wood Park, 400 East Woodcroft Parkway, Durham NC
    When: 5–8pm
    What: Listen to the NC Symphony perform “Classical Thunder,” which includes the 1812 Overture, music from West Side Story, and more. In case of rain, the concert will be held at Watts Elementary School.
  • Hope Community Church Interest Meeting @ Civic Center, 1801 Nash Street, Sanford NC
    When: 6pm
    What: Eat a complimentary dinner and then watch a short presentation about the church. You must register in advance. Click here to get started.
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Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us and we'll get it added.

Social Buzz, April 19

What's happening today:
  • Learn where to find grant money and how to write an effective proposal at a free seminar at the Civic Center tomorrow (10am-12pm). Register at 919-774-6442 or sbc@cccc.edu.
  • Plan to spend time in downtown tonight for Downtown Sanford Inc’s first Third Thursday! There will be discounts, refreshments, live entertainment, and more.
  • While you’re downtown tonight, stop by Books at a Steal so the kids can hear the Story Book Lady. She’ll be doing readings at 5:15pm and 6:15pm, and all books will be $1 until 7pm!
  • It’s going to be a busy weekend. Make sure you find time to stop Haven in Lee County’s 2K Walk-A-Thon to Prevent Sexual Violence tomorrow at Southern Lee’s track (4:30pm). The walk starts at 5pm.

April 18, 2012

Social Buzz, April 18

Today's highlights:
  • Go grab a free Chick-Fil-A biscuit at Lowe’s this morning (until 10:30am). And make sure you stop by the restaurant today for Cookie Wars. You could win a free sandwich for every student at your favorite high school!
  • Don’t forget about sign ups for the Temple Theatre’s summer youth conservatory and Temple Tots. Gates open at 10am -- but the line will be long. Get there early if you can!
  • Thinking about lunch? If you buy one lunch at the Steele Street Cafe, you’ll get a second lunch half off -- if you say you saw this offer on SocialSanford. The offer’s only good today, so go and enjoy!

April 16, 2012

Social Buzz, April 17

Today's highlights:
  • Attend The Sanford Herald’s candidates forum tonight at the Civic Center (6:30-8:30pm). SocialSanford sponsor Tamara Brogan will be participating, along with other candidates for Board of Education. A meet and greet will begin at 5:30pm.
  • Learn more about record keeping and taxes for your small business at a free seminar tonight at the Civic Center (7-9pm). You’ll learn about depreciation, deductible expenses, financial statements, and more. Register by calling 919-774-6442.
  • Mottis (formerly known as Kelly MarCom) is hiring an Account Manager and Agency Workflow Manager. Think you have what it takes? Click over to apply!
  • Love fresh produce? Sign up for Sandhills Farm to Table. Join for $25 and then choose a subscription packet of locally grown and raised products that you’ll pick up in Pinehurst. Get details here.
  • Heads up, couponers -- Lowes Foods will start Super Doubles tomorrow. Get the special discount just by using your Lowes Rewards cards. Here’s the scoop.

Social Buzz, April 16

On tap today:
  • Hope Community Church is prepping to launch a campus in Sanford. Learn more about this new church opportunity at an interest meeting (April 22, 6pm) that will include dinner and a short presentation. To attend, register by tomorrow at this link!
  • Tennis buffs! You asked for it: Starting tomorrow night (6-8pm), Parks & Rec is offering Open Play Tennis at the Rotary Club Tennis Courts at OT Sloan Park to connect tennis enthusiasts of all ability levels for fun or competitive play. Just show up at the courts to get started!

April 12, 2012

Weekend Roundup, April 13-15

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And remember -- if you leave a comment saying what you're most looking forward to doing this weekend, you'll be entered to win 4 tickets to see "Bring It On" at DPAC, courtesy The Sanford Herald!

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Friday in and around Sanford/Lee County NC

Remember -- if you leave a comment saying what you're most looking forward to doing this weekend, you'll be entered to win 4 tickets to see "Bring It On" at DPAC, courtesy The Sanford Herald!
  • Cage Fitness @ Black Belt Leadership Academy, 1716 Westover Drive, Sanford NC
    When: 8:30–9am
    What: Interval training that’s perfect for all fitness levels. The cost is $49/month for 2 nights a week, or $69/month for unlimited classes. The drop in rate is $10/class. Your first class is always free.
  • Lunch & Learn: Timeline for Facebook Pages @ Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, Sanford NC
    When: Seminar is Monday (11:30am–1pm), Deadline to register is today.
    What: Enhance your customer relationships and build social media buzz by creating a vibrant, informative Timeline for your business. And if you've never created a page for your business, don't worry -- Timeline is new for everyone! Learn what's new, what to focus on -- and what's a waste of your time. The cost is $10 and includes lunch.
  • Fun Gym at Sandhills Academy of Gymnastics, 220 Ampersand Road, Aberdeen NC
    When: 12:30–2:30pm, 6:30–9:30pm
    What: Take children of all ages out to the gym for supervised open practice time that’s available to members and nonmembers. The cost is $6/hour per child.
  • Roost Beer Garden Grand Opening, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro NC
    When: 4–8pm
    What: Listen to live music from The Boys from Carolina to celebrate the beer garden’s season opening.
  • Spaghetti Plate Sale @ Jonesboro Presbyterian, 2200 Woodland Ave, Sanford NC
    When: 4–7pm
    What: Get a spaghetti plate that also contains salad, bread, dessert and a drink for $7. Kids ages 4-11 eat for $4 and kids under 3 are free. Dine in or take out.
  • Family Yard Sale, 2419 Minter School Road, Sanford NC
    When: 4–6pm
    What: Items for sale include Tom Clark Gnomes priced firmly between $5-$20, depending on size. There will also be some clothing, not positive on sizes; exercise equipment and some Christmas items, and more.
  • Rodeo @ Palomino Sport Arena, 12365 US Hwy 421, Goldston NC
    When: 6pm until
    What: Get to the arena in time for the rodeo (8pm). They’ll be selling Bud’s barbecue and beef brisket, as well as burgers, hot dogs, and chicken tenders. Admission is $8.
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Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC


Remember -- if you leave a comment saying what you're most looking forward to doing this weekend, you'll be entered to win 4 tickets to see "Bring It On" at DPAC, courtesy The Sanford Herald!
  • Multi-Family Yard Sale, 409 Providence Hall Drive, Carthage Colonies, Sanford NC
    When: 8am–12pm
    What: There will be baby items including swings, Bumbos, strollers, baby clothes, bouncy chairs and toys. There will also be household goods and some adult clothing.
  • Family Yard Sale, 2419 Minter School Road, Sanford NC
    When: 8am–11am
    What: Items for sale include Tom Clark Gnomes priced firmly between $5-$20, depending on size. There will also be some clothing, not positive on sizes; exercise equipment and some Christmas items, and more.
  • Plant Sale @ Southern Lee High School, 2301 Tramway Road, Sanford NC
    When: 9am–3pm
    What: The horticulture program are selling bedding plants, hanging baskets, potted plants, mixed planters, and more.
  • Red Cross Benefit @ Lowe's Hardware, 3015 S. Horner Blvd, Sanford NC
    When: 9am–2pm
    What: Red Cross representatives will be in the store to talk about preparing for disasters.
  • Lee County Democratic Party Convention @ Lee County Courthouse, Sanford NC
    When: 9:30am–5pm
    What: The convention will be in courtroom #4. You'll hear from candidates for state and local office. Refreshments will be served at 9:30am and the convention will begin at 10am.
  • Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic, 3015 S. Horner Blvd, Sanford NC
    When: 10–11am
    What: Take the kids to build something fun at these free workshops. Go to the Build and Grow website and enter your zip code to register for what's being built next.
  • PiYo @ Tree of Life, 116 Steele Street (2nd floor), Sanford NC
    When: 10am–11am
    What: This class is a mix pilates and yoga. RSVP today to bring your children on Sunday. Come back tomorrow for the children’s version. Each class is $5.
  • "Stop Hunger Now" @ Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 N. 7th Street, Sanford NC
    When: 10am–1pm
    What: Rotary Club of Sanford and volunteers will package meals at 10 and noon. Volunteer by calling 919-774-7117. Leave your name and which shift you'd prefer.
  • Spring Plate Sale @ Poplar Springs Church, 1809 Poplar Springs Church Road, Broadway NC
    When: 11am-2pm
    What: Get handmade chicken and pastry and/or barbecue for just $7. There will also be desserts and more.
  • Bark For Life @ Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 N. 7th Street, Sanford NC
    When: 11am-4pm
    What: Bring your dogs for a fun day at the park to benefit Relay for Life. There will be a walk at 1pm, a cutest dog contest at 2pm, and a talent contest at 2:45pm. Enjoy goodies, food, and fun. Registration is $15 and includes a Bark for Life t-shirt.
  • Cruz-In @ Smithfield's Chicken & BBQ, 2640 S. Horner Blvd, Sanford NC
    When: 4–9pm
    What: Wheels of the Past car club is holding its Second Saturday Cruz-In. This is a free, family-friendly event.
  • Fundraiser @ Shepherd's Flock Baptist Church, 22 Big Springs Road, Sanford NC
    When: 6–8pm
    What: Buy spaghetti plates ($8), participate in a silent auction, and buy dessert at a cake sale.
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Saturday in the area surrounding Sanford/Lee County NC

Remember -- if you leave a comment saying what you're most looking forward to doing this weekend, you'll be entered to win 4 tickets to see "Bring It On" at DPAC, courtesy The Sanford Herald!
  • House "Swarming" Party @ Starrlight Mead, 480 Hillsboro St. Suite 1000, Pittsboro NC
    When: 3:30–4:30pm
    What: Watch beekeeper Chris put bees into their new home. Three pounds of bees for each hive (about 1000) are being picked up and should be ready for their new home around 3:30pm.
  • April Semi-Formal Showcase Dance, 105 McReynolds Street, Carthage NC
    When: 7–10pm
    What: The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter will begin its dance with food and snacks. There will be a showcase (7:30-8pm) followed by open dancing (8-10pm). The cost is $7/member, $10/non-member, or free for first-time guests.
  • Karaoke @ Palomino Sport Arena, 12365 US Hwy 421, Goldston NC
    When: 9pm–12am
    What: Go sing your heart out. Admission is $6 for those under 21 but free for everyone over 21.
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Sunday in and around Sanford/Lee County NC

Don't miss out on local tornado remembrance events in our area.
Here's our roundup of today's events!

Remember -- if you leave a comment saying what you're most looking forward to doing this weekend, you'll be entered to win 4 tickets to see "Bring It On" at DPAC, courtesy The Sanford Herald!
  • Free Piedmont Biofuels Tours, Lorax Lane, Pittsboro NC
    When: 1pm–2pm
    What: Take a free tour of the biodiesel plant. The tour begins promptly, rain or shine. You do not need a reservation.
  • Third Sunday Dinner @ Celebrity Dairy, 144 Celebrity Dairy Way, Siler City NC
    When: 1:30–3pm
    What: Eat locally sourced foods prepared by local chefs at this monthly dining event. The cost is $75 per person and includes wine, a selection of the dairy’s goat cheeses, and a multi-course meal.
  • Free Concert: Pops in the Park @ Cameron Park, 200 E. King St, Hillsborough NC
    When: 3–6pm
    What: Listen to the NC Symphony perform “Classical Thunder,” which includes the 1812 Overture, music from West Side Story, and more. In case of rain, the concert will be held at Watts Elementary School.
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Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to us and we'll get it added.

Enjoy These April Events

April is shaping up to be a busy month. Earmark your calendar for these fun, family events using our guide, sponsored by the Sanford Fitness Fest:

See photos from last year's Fitness Fest!
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Saturday, April 14
  • San Lee Park Festival
    When: 10am–5pm
    Where: San Lee Park, Pumping Station Road, Sanford NC
    What: This event will feature many smaller events, such as a youth fishing tournament, Rubber Duck Derby (hosted by Central Carolina Jaycees), and a geocaching treasure hunt. There will be games, face painting, music, and more.
  • ChathamArts' ‎11th ANNUAL ClydeFEST!
    When: 11am–4pm
    Where: 173 Bynum Hill Road, Bynum NC
    What: Called the Kids Carnival of Folk Art, the festival features arts, crafts, music, food, and more. There will be raffles and more for adults, as well.‎ Admission is $7/adult and $3/child under 12. In case of rain, the event will be on Sunday from noon to 5pm.
  • UNC Science Expo
    When: 11am–3pm
    Where: UNC Campus and Morehead Planetarium, Franklin Street, Chapel Hill NC
    What: Families can spend the day learning about physics, chemistry, and more. This event is part of the NC Science Festival.
  • Grow and Share Festival
    When: 12–5pm
    Where: 751 Old Halifax Road, Louisburg NC
    What: Enjoy vendors, music, inflatables, music, crafts, dancers, expert gardners and more. Attendees can also take home free plants!
  • Sanford Showdown Food Drive Benefit Show
    When: 5–10pm
    Where: Lee County Arts Center, 507 N. Steele Street, Sanford NC
    What: Local bands are coming together to support the Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County. Admission is 2 canned goods.
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Friday, April 20
  • Paul Green Festival
    When: 10am–6pm
    Where: Harnett County NC
    What: A weekend of exciting events including: scholarly papers, down-home music, dinners, plays and a softball tournament. Locations vary.
  • 2K Walk-A-Thon to Prevent Sexual Violence
    When: 4:30–6:00pm
    Where: Southern Lee High School track, 2301 Tramway Rd, Sanford NC
    What: Help HAVEN in Lee County wipe out sexual violence. The entry cost is $15/person or $10/person for teams of 10 or more. For more information, contact Rosa Portillo at 919-774-8923 or rosa@haveninleecounty.org.
  • Battle of the Decades @ Studio C Fitness
    When: 7–9pm
    Where: 1809 Hawkins Ave, Sanford NC
    What: Participate in a theme party to benefit Lee County Relay for Life. Come dressed in an outfit from your favorite decade, and be sure to add some purple to it for Relay. There will be awards for most spirited dress, etc. Tickets are $10 and space is limited!
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Saturday, April 21
  • Paul Green Festival
    When: 10am–6pm
    Where: Harnett County NC
    What: A weekend of exciting events including: scholarly papers, down-home music, dinners, plays and a softball tournament. Locations vary.
  • Broadway Our Way
    When: 9am–9pm
    Where: Main Street, Broadway NC
    What: Enjoy a town-wide street festival that includes a 5K, BBQ cook-off, children’s area, live music, and more.
  • Festival of Legends: Fantasy Faire
    When: 10am–6pm
    Where: Storybook Farm, One Storybook Lane, Chapel Hill, NC
    What: This event includes creatures mythical, mead, beer, live entertainment, art, and more.
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Sunday, April 22
  • Festival of Legends: Fantasy Faire
    When: 10am–6pm
    Where: Storybook Farm, One Storybook Lane, Chapel Hill, NC
    What: This event includes creatures mythical, mead, beer, live entertainment, art, and more.
  • Blessing of the Aminals @ Jonesboro Methodist
    When: 1–3pm
    Where: 407 W. Main Street, Sanford NC
    What: Bring your pet(s) or a photo of your pet(s) to have them blessed. The event is sponsored by Sanford Animal Hospital.
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Friday, April 27
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Saturday, April 28
  • Foothills Wine Fest
    When: 9am–7pm
    Where: Morganton, NC
    What: A day of wine tasting and nature conservancy! There will also be a number of crafters and vendors from around the Lee County area. Rain or shine.
  • Springfest/Tour de Moore
    When: 10am–4pm
    Where: Downtown Southern Pines NC
    What: Enjoy arts and crafts, live entertainment, a children’s area, Tour de Moore, food, and more. The event is free and open to the public.
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Sunday, April 29

Social Buzz, April 12

You asked for it, so we'll try to give it to you. Starting with this edition, you'll get the day's updates in one chunk at the beginning of the day. We'll post the bits throughout the day on our Facebook page -- meaning you'll see it here first.

Caution: We may find out about last-minute news. That information will be posted on our Facebook page and then added to The Social Buzz for that day. Therefore, you'll want to check back at the end of the day, or be sure to scan our Facebook page each day to make sure you haven't missed anything.

So, housekeeping done ... here's your news for today:
  • If you’ll be in the Dunn area tonight, plan to spend some time enjoying the Band of Oz, part of the Boogie on Broad Concert Series (6-9pm, Clinton Avenue). The concert is free and there’ll be children’s activities, concessions, and more.
  • Go hear Associate Justice Paul Newby of the NC Supreme Court tonight at the Sanford Lions Club meeting at the fairgrounds (7-8pm). The event will be of interest to anyone involved in the legal system or interested in state courts.
  • Sign up to help the Sanford Rotary Club stop hunger. They’ll be packaging meals at the fairgrounds on Saturday at 10am and noon. Call 919-774-7117 to volunteer your time. Make sure you leave your name and the shift you’d prefer.
  • Have you checked our events calendar recently? It’s full of meal discounts for families, fitness opportunities, youth activities, and events in other counties. Make sure you stay updated!
  • Looking for a way to remember the April 16, 2011 tornado while also celebrating our area’s recovery efforts? There are a few options to choose from. Here’s our Remembrance & Recovery guide to help you make your remembrance plans.
  • It’s time for the Weekend Roundup! Submit your events ASAP if you’d like them included. We already have more than 30 events listed -- make sure yours is one of them!