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If you need a few ideas for this weekend, you have come to the right place.  Thanks very much!

The Salvation Army is now receiving applications for Christmas Assistance through our Angel Tree Program. Applications will be taken at the Pathway of Hope Emergency Shelter located at 245 Alexander Street in Fayetteville, N.C. For more information, call (910) 483-8119.
-Dates to apply are: October 17, 19, 21: 9 am to 3 pm
*Families who meet certain financial criteria and are unable to provide Christmas for their children and/or senior family members are invited to apply for assistance.
-You must appear in person at the Emergency Shelter at 245 Alexander Street in downtown Fayetteville.
-The Christmas Assistance Registration process involves the applicant providing supporting documents that shows their financial situation, including but not limited to their income statements, SSI statements, alimony and child support
papers, food stamp award letters, and current bills.
-Identification cards are also required for every adult living in the household, and birth certificates are required for each child.
-The Salvation Army is asking that each applicant to come prepared to stay at least one hour in order for the full registration process to be completed correctly.
-For more information, call (910) 483-8119.

31 Days of Love campaign: The Cumberland County Public Library is participating in the 31 Days of Love campaign during October. Each branch is hosting pet-related programs and accepting donations of pet supplies for animals at the Cumberland County Department of Animal Control. Several branches also will have pet adoption events.
Dates are:
-Oct. 11: 1 p.m., North Regional Branch, 855 McArthur Road.
-Oct. 19: 10 a.m., Hope Mills Branch, 3411 Golfview Road.
-Oct. 21, 1 p.m., West Branch, 7469 Century Circle.
-Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Bordeaux Branch, 3711 Village Drive.
-For more information, go to or call 910-483-7727.

-Light Up Fayetteville in Pink: The campaign to promote breast cancer awareness is underway. People can buy a pink light bulb for $5 to help light up the city in pink. The bulbs are available at Mid-South Lighting, 3633 Sycamore Dairy Road. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Center at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Organizer Gladys Hill said as part of the campaign, plans call for lighting the downtown Market House in pink light on Oct. 26.

-Through 10/5
-Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair @ the Robeson County Fairgrounds on Highway 41 South of Lumberton

-Shred event: The Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina and Shred 360 are hosting “Secure Your Id” Shred Day, a national event created to promote awareness about identity theft and fraud protection. On Friday, the free shred event will be at Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2723 Fort Bragg Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be in the Center for Business and Industry parking lot. Attendees are limited to three boxes (copy paper box or smaller) or three bags (kitchen trash bag or smaller) per vehicle. Binders, binder clips, paper clips, staples, rubber bands or CDs/DVDs do not need to be removed.

Fort Bragg CG’s Pay Day Golf Scramble
Friday, October 4, 2019
Stryker Golf Course, 1219 Bragg Blvd, Fort Bragg, N.C. 28307
Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.
Tournament starts at 1 p.m. (shotgun start)
Entry deadline: The field is limited to the first 25 eligible teams. If the number of entries exceed the limit, a priority system will go into effect.
Open to everyone, ages 13 years and older.
Entry Fee: $140 per team or $35 per person.
Entry fee includes green fees, carts, range balls, meal and prizes.

-HamLIT: Sweet Tea Shakespeare LIT series begins Oct. 4 at the Arts Council downtown and continues through October and into November at a variety of venues. For information call 910-420-4384 or email

-WoofStock: The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society annual WoofStock fundraiser is Friday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd. The event features live music, food and beverages to benefit the FAPS shelter and its adoption programs. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, go to For more information, call 910-864-2077.

Hundreds of sellers are expected at the annual fair in downtown Cameron today and Saturday.  Items from jewelry to furniture will be for sale. Call 910-245-3020 or go to

-THE 2019 SCOTLAND COUNTY HIGHLAND GAMES Will BE HELD ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH on the grounds of the North Carolina Rural Heritage Center, 13043 X-Way Road in Laurinburg, NC.
-Advanced discount tickets are available online at
-Special Saturday Night Concert Featuring Highland Echoes.
-Piping, Drumming, and Pipe Band, Dance Competition, Harp Program
-We are excited to include the Currie Cultural Village
-Absolutely no firearms, pets or outside alcohol beverages allowed at any of the events.
-For more information, go to

-Caroline’s Benefit & Golf Tournament
October 5, 2019
Lakewood Country Club in Salemburg, N.C.
Format: 4 Man Captain’s Choice
Cost: $75 Per Person $300 per team
For registration forms and more info, please call:
Richard Gillis 910-987-0458
Tony Bullard 910-214-3147
Dean Bullard 910-990-7962
Also, Hole Sponsorships Available
—11:00am – BBQ or Chicken plates served by Southern Coals
-2:00pm – Auction for a Pig Cooker
-Raffle – 50/50 Raffle & for a gun

Caroline is our little BIG blessing from God! Truly a Miracle! Caroline was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and a cleft lip and palate. She underwent open heart surgery at 16 days old. She also has Tracheomalacia, causing her to have a trach. After 5 months in the hospital, she was discharged. She has undergone several surgeries and procedures, including a second open heart surgery in June 2019, and repairs to her cleft lip and palate. She still has several procedures and another open heart surgery to face within the next two years. We are so grateful for each and every prayer that has been lifted for her. God has moved, and is still moving mountains for her. Caroline is a warrior, and we are blessed to call her ours! Thank you for your support. Much Love, Mitchell, Tonya, and Cameron Ackerman

Grays Creek Fire Department Station 24 Open House Saturday, October 5, 2019
-Celebrating their 40th anniversary from 11am-4pm
-They’ll have live burn and rappelling demonstrations, smoke house, bounce house, and refreshments!
-Please grab a hotdog and a drink while you’re here! We look forward to meeting you!
-Gray’s Creek Fire Department Station 24, 2661 Sandhill Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28306

-Ole Mill Days will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 5, with a mill workers reunion from 2-4 p.m. at Hope Mills Town Hall and a festival in Municipal Park from noon until 6:30 p.m. The festival will feature a petting zoo, zipline, bungee trampoline, food trucks, vendors, farmers market, beer garden and more. Live music will be performed by Upscale-N-Casual Band at 1:30 p.m. and Rivermist at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 910-426-4109.

-A Hope Mills School Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 6-10 p.m. at Paradise Acres (1965 John McMillan Road). Anyone who was a student, teacher or staff member through June of 1972 is invited. Cost of $25 includes dining and dancing. Menu includes BBQ, chicken tenders, potato salad, green beans, slaw, tea, lemonade and cupcakes. Coolers are permitted. Admission for teachers and staff is free, but you stil need to RSVP. Mail check or RSVP to Linda Miles at 5608 Par Court, Hope Mills, NC, 28348.

-10/5 Rabies Vaccination Clinic at Health Department
-Pet owners can have their pets vaccinated against rabies for $10 each on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Public Health Center at 1235 Ramsey Street. The Cumberland County Department of Public Health encourages pet owners to take advantage of this opportunity to protect their pets and their families.
-Only cash will be accepted for payment. Checks and credit cards will be not taken. Please bring exact change to pay the $10 per animal fee and avoid bringing rolled coins.
-North Carolina law requires that “the owner of every dog and cat over four months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies.” In Cumberland County, the owners of dogs and cats that have not been vaccinated in accordance with this law are subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $100.
-To remain properly immunized, a dog or cat must receive two rabies vaccinations one year apart, then one vaccination every three years thereafter.
-While at the clinic, please keep dogs on leashes and cats in separate carriers or boxes or leave them in the car. Owners may be held responsible for their pets and for any damage they cause.
-For more information, call the Environmental Health Division of the Cumberland County Public Health Department at 910-433-3600.

-824th Quartermaster Company: Oct. 5, 4-8 p.m., McKellars Lodge, Fort Bragg. All current and former members and guests are invited. For more information call 910-308-3927 or 910-424-1944.

-HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., will host its 16th annual Heritage Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Includes a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, hay rides, bluegrass music and more.
Admission is free with regular garden admission. Call 910-4860221 or go to

-POETRY SLAM: The Marquis Slam will host a spoken-word performance starting at 8 p.m. at the Arts Center, 301 Hay St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
Call 910-745-7219 or check Facebook for details. Please note, spoken word events may contain subject matter and language that is not suitable for children.

-AUTUMNFEST: Southern Pines will host its 41st annual Autumnfest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Broad Street. Activities include arts and crafts, food and live entertainment. For more information, call 910-692-7376.

-Hillside Baptist Church (3807 Legion Road in Hope Mills) will hold revival Oct. 6-9. On Sunday, Oct. 6, services will be held at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., then at 7 p.m. on the following Monday-Wednesday (Oct. 7-9). Rev. Kirby Winstead is the guest speaker each night. Hillside Baptist’s homecoming is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m., with special music and a covered-dish meal at noon. Everyone is welcome. For more information on either event, call 910-425-1567.

-Oktoberfest Dance: Oct. 6, 4-9 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, St. Brigid Social Hall, Village Drive. Annual German dance event sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Council #2838. Cover charge, $10; food and drink available for purchase.

-Thru 10/6
-‘MAMMA MIA!’: Cape Fear Regional Theatre, 1209 Hay St., presents the musical through Oct. 6. Weekend shows are today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $32. Call 910-323-4233 or go to

-WOOD DUCK PROGRAM: We ymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, 1024 Fort Bragg Road in Southern Pines, will host a program on the American wood duck at 3 p.m. Call 910-692-2167 or go to

-10/7 Fire Prevention Week Kick-Off & Open House
-The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. This year’s campaign recognizes the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan; these seemingly basic behaviors can have life-saving impact. Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management will be hosting an open house at Fayetteville Fire Department Station 9 on Monday, 10/7/2019 to kick-off Fire Prevention Week in our area.
-This event will be open to the public and we encourage all to attend. Included in the event will be:
-Sparky the fire dog
-Fire engine and truck on display
-The inflatable fire safety house
-Distribute fire safety materials
-Distribute stovetop auto outs while supplies last
-Car seat installations by car seat technicians
-Cape Fear CERT will be in attendance
-Light refreshments will be available

-Thru 2020
-BASEBALL EXHIBIT: The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, 325 Franklin St., will host a free exhibit on baseball in Fayetteville through 2020. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 910-433-1457 or go to

-POUND at Cliffdale Recreation Center (910-433-1127) Sweat, sculpt, and rock with the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the energizing, infectious, sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Pre-registration is required. Yoga mat is recommended. ID is required for Ripstix.
12+; Mon.; 6:30 pm; $35/month or $10/class.

-Girls of Grace Foundation, Inc. at Westover Recreation Center (910-433-1088) This program is dedicated to empowering every girl to be the best version of herself. Girls of Grace is to cultivate a circle of sisterhood in which at-risk teen girls can be mentored by providing a safe-haven and preparation for college, entrepreneurship and occupation. Our vision is to improve social competence, academic achievement and self-esteem while avoiding high-risk behavior to ensure each girl is awarded an equal opportunity for success.
7+, Mon.; 6:30 pm; Free.

-L.E.A.P. at Pine Forest Recreation Center (910-433-1196) The L.E.A.P. After School Program is designed for children grades K-8. We provide participants with snacks, time to study or complete homework, and an opportunity to stay active through free play.
Grades K-8; Mon.-Fri. (days school are in session); $115/month or $35/week per child.

-Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
-Zumba at Stedman Recreation Center (910-433-1440) This unique fitness program is sure to have you grooving along to Latin tunes all while getting a top notch workout. You will get hooked on this exciting hour of calorie burning, body energizing high intense program.
13+; Mon. and Thurs.; 7-8 pm; Wed.; 10:30-11:30 am; $5/class.

-TFN (Mondays)
-The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the parks and rec center. For more information, call 910-424-4500.

-TFN (Tuesdays)
-The Town of Hope Mills Appearance Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the parks and rec center at 6 p.m.

-Therapeutic Tai Chi at Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center (910-433-1000) Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese health practice and exercise art with movements performed very slowly and thoughtfully. It has often been called moving meditation because of its gentle flowing movement. The class includes meditation techniques, stretches, and warm-ups. This class is sponsored by the national Multiple Sclerosis Society and was created to benefit people with Multiple Sclerosis. Caregivers and friends are welcome. Participants do not have to be MS diagnosed to participate; other diagnoses can participate as well.
18+; Tues.; 8:30-10:30 am; Free.

-Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
-Youth Open Gym at College Lakes Recreation Center (910-433-1564) Come work on your basketball skills and play against others your age. Parent/guardian must complete a permission slip before children are able to participate.
9-17 yrs; Tues., Wed.; 10 am-1 pm; Thurs.; 1-4 pm; Free.

-Tuesday & Thursday
-Legacy Dance Program at EE Miller Recreation Center (910-433-1220) This beginning level dance class introduces young dancers to basic hip-hop and modern dance technique and choreography. In this fast pace and fun class students will use hip-hop and modern dance to develop their coordination, rhythm, flexibility and self-expression.
All ages; Tues. and Thurs.; 6-7 pm; $30 a month.

-Tuesday & Friday
-Martial Arts at Smith Recreation Center (910-433-1571) Join our growing martial arts classes and learn self-defense and discipline. Our trained instructor will help you develop self-confidence, balance, control and overall physical fitness through these innovative techniques. Participants also have the opportunity to compete in local and regional
Tournaments. All ages; Tues. and Fri.; 6-8 pm; $25/month.

-4th Tuesday
-Tigers Youth Group at Massey Hill Recreation Center (910-433-1569) Participants will engage in positive learning experiences to include gardening and crafts. They will engage in community service events that will promote personal development and fosters a sense of community pride.
7-17 yrs; 4th Tues. of the month; 4:30-6:30 pm; Free.

-TFN (Wednesdays)
-The Hope Mills Historic Preservation Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every other month at the parks and rec center.

-Senior Aerobics at Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center (910-433-1000) A low-impact class that integrates a variety of cardio and core conditioning exercises for a balanced and invigorating workout. This class demonstrates many different levels of each move so you can pick the level that is best suited to your fitness level. The class wraps up with concentrated abdominal toning exercises.
55+; Wed.; 9-10 am; Free.

-Tumbling at J.D. Pone Recreation Center, formally Gray’s Creek Recreation Center (910-433-1015) This class gives your children the opportunity to learn the basics of tumbling, to include rolls, cart wheels, hand springs, and flexibility.
4-6 yrs; Wed.; 5:30-6:15 pm; $25/month
7-10 yrs; Wed.; 6:15-7 pm; $25/month

-1st & 3rd Wednesday Food Giveaway
-Sunnyside Presbyterian Church: 3997 Sunnyside School Road. The church food pantry distributes food from 5-7 p.m. each first and third Wednesday in the church classroom.

-Awesome Adaptive Zumba at Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center (910-433-1000) This class offers tons of fun for persons of all abilities using high energy music and Latin inspired dance movements. Each class encourages participants to ditch the typical workout and join the party! Participants can reap many benefits to include weight loss, endurance and self-confidence.
18+; Thurs.; 10:30-11:30 am; Free.

-TFN (Thursdays)
-Kids Story Time: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Ages 3-5 years hear a story and make a craft.

-TFN (Wednesdays & Saturdays)
-Animal Feedings: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 4 to 4:30 p.m. at Clark Park Nature Center, 631 Sherman Drive. For all ages; free.

-TFN (Saturdays & Evenings)
-Childbirth and Infant Care Classes: FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital’s Women & Children’s department offers classes on childbirth, infant care, breastfeeding and new siblings at various dates and times, including evenings and Saturdays. For information, registration and course dates, call 910-715-2275. Parents-to-be in the second or third trimester can register for a tour of the Women and Children’s Center by calling 800-213-3284.

-1st Saturday
-The Hope Mills ‘Good2Grow’ Farmers Market will be held on the first Saturday of every month and running through October, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the grassy area that meets the walking trail and ball fields behind Town Hall on Rockfish Road. You can apply to be a vendor at For more information, call 910-424-4555.

-TFN (Saturdays)
-Storytime at Secret Pond: Saturday, 10 a.m., Carvers Creek State Park. Join a librarian and a park ranger to learn about snakes; hear a story then walk to the pond. For more information, call 910-436-4681.

-TFN (Saturdays)
-Wildlings — Hide and Seek: Saturday, 10 a.m., Weymouth Woods. Ages 6-10 learn about camouflage and test wildlife spotting skills on a half-mile scavenger hunt. Call 910-692-2167 for more information.

-TFN (Saturdays)
-Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest: 4803 Sweet Home Church Road, Elizabethtown. The only N.C. educational state forest in the coastal plain features workshops, classes, exhibits, trails and picnic facilities. Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays by reservation. For more information, call 910-588-4161.

-Museums Averasboro Battlefield Museum: 3300 N.C. 82, Dunn (Exit 71 off Interstate 95). Site of the March 1865 Battle of Averasboro. The site features a museum, plus occasional re-enactments and living-history programs. 910891-5019 or

-Domestic violence: The Fort Bragg Victim Advocate Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 910-322-3418. Anyone seeking assistance may remain anonymous. Nonmilitary resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233, and Cumberland County Care Center/Domestic Violence Shelter is 910-677-2532.

-Crisis assistance: Soldiers and families in need of assistance concerning suicide or potential suicide can get help from trained consultants 24 hours a day. or 800-342-9647.

-Cape Fear River Trail Golf Cart Tours at Clark Park: For seniors and persons with permanent limited physical abilities, interpretive golf cart tours along the Cape Fear River Trail are available, for individuals or groups of up to five people. Riders must be able to grasp and hold safety handles.
Reservations are required several weeks in advance by calling 910-433-1579; Free.

-Senior Programs Chess Club Forming at the Senior Center (910-433-1574) Are you interested in learning how to play chess? The Fayetteville-Cumberland Senior Center has a volunteer that is willing to teach newcomers. All ability levels are welcomed. To sign up, please contact the Senior Center at 433-1574.

-North Carolina Veterans Park: 300 Bragg Blvd., adjacent to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The park has memorials, sculptures, a fountain and a visitor’s center with exhibits. For more information, call 910-433-1547 or go to

-Fairmont Border Belt Farmers Museum: 101 Thompson St. Located in the town’s historic train depot, the museum has displays on the tobacco, cotton and railroad industries. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 910-740-8645 or 910-740-0277.

-Lumber River State Park: Paddling, fishing, camping, picnicking along a designated wild and scenic river. Two points of access are Princess Ann, 2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum and Chalk Banks, 26040 Wagram Road, Wagram. Park rangers offer interpretive programs. For more information, call 910-628-4564 or go to

-House in the Horseshoe: 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. The Revolutionary War era house was the site of a skirmish between Whigs and Tories in 1781. The site features the house and other historic structures, exhibits, a gift shop and a picnic area. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 910-947-2051.

-Bentonville Battlefield: 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Tour the battlefield and the historic Harper House. Walking trails give visitors greater access to the site of the battle. The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. For more information, call 910-594-0789.

-Heritage Square: The Sandford House, Oval Ballroom and Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House make up the museum grounds called Heritage Square. It is open for tours on an appointment basis. All three buildings are on the National Register for Historical Properties. Call 910-483-6009 to schedule a tour.

-Cape Fear River Trail: The 5.3-mile paved trail for walkers, joggers and bicyclists can be accessed at Treetop Drive, Eastwood Avenue or Sherman Drive. A map is available at To schedule a golf cart tour for seniors and persons with limited physical abilities, call 910-433-1579.

-Clark Park: 631 Sherman Drive, Fayetteville. Animals, trails, programs & camping. For more information, call 910-433-1579.

-Lake Rim Park: 2214 Tar Kiln Drive, Fayetteville. Trails, canoeing, kayaking, sandbox & programs. For more information, call 910-433-1018.

-Mazarick Park: 1400 Belvedere Ave., Fayetteville. Picnic shelter, playground, tennis court, boating, fishing and trails. For more information, call 910-433-1575.

-Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve: 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Longleaf pines, nature trails, hiking, birding, picnicking. For more information, go to or call 910-691-2167.