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Fire Safety Day at Good Living Coffee Zone

Stop, drop and roll over to Good Living Coffee Zone on Sept. 30! Our tenant is celebrating Fire Safety Day with lots of family fun and important information. From 10 a.m. to noon, your favorite local coffee shop will host a display of area fire trucks and Fayetteville firefighters to talk about fire prevention in the parking lot. Food, drinks, games and junior firefighter hats will also be provided.

Good Living Coffee Zone is a locally owned and operated coffee shop with the mission of providing quality service, products and commitment to the Fayetteville community. With three specially-selected beans from Honduras, Kenya and Sumatra, Good Living Coffee Zone has a special blend any coffee lover is sure to enjoy. In addition, Good Living Coffee Zone also offers an assortment of smoothies, sorbet, pastries and other tasty bites.

Also, mark your calendars for Fayetteville’s first annual Barista Throwdown at Good Living Coffee Zone on Nov. 17. This latte art competition will raise funds to help feed local low-income children, just in time for the holidays.
Stay updated by following @GoodLivingCoffeeZone on Facebook. Learn more by checking out the website or call 910-475-8630.

Where to View the Solar Eclipse in Fayetteville

For the first time in 38 years, the United States will see a total eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. This means the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, completely covering the sun for a period of time. Everyone in North America, as well as some from parts of the other world including Africa, Europe and South America, will be able to view the eclipse.

As the moon moves, you’ll be able to view the total eclipse if you’re in the path of totality. This is a thin ribbon that stretches across the U.S. Other parts of the country will be able to see a partial view of the eclipse at certain times. Here in Fayetteville, you should be able to view the eclipse at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Before planning your eclipse party, make sure to pick up a pair of protective glasses! These have been a hot commodity, but you can find them at local schools, libraries and businesses.

No glasses? No problem – some local viewing parties will have limited supplies available! Below we’ve rounded up some places around town to enjoy the solar eclipse this Monday, Aug. 21 with the Fayetteville community.

Fayetteville History: Arts & Culture

Downtown Fayetteville is a hub for entertainment – with countless museums, galleries, artisan shops and more, it’s clear our hometown has a rich history of art and culture. And that history dates back even farther than you may think, it has been developing since World War II. Check out these stories on how some of the most notable artistic parts of Fayetteville came to life!

  • The Fayetteville Symphony was founded in 1956 and has played a large role in the city’s culture since then. The symphony came about from a group of instrumentalists who played in local homes and dreamed of playing more regularly. Their vision became a reality when music director Marion Rogers, a music program leader in the Fayetteville City Schools, decided to lead the organization. Today, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has grown into a professional, regional orchestra with its own youth division for various ages in southeastern North Carolina.
  • The Fayetteville Observer, founded in 1816 as the Carolina Observer, is the state’s oldest newspaper still published today. Editor E.J. Hale led the newspaper for 40 years throughout the Civil War. In 1865, the Union army destroyed the Carolina Observer offices. The Hale family re-established the offices in 1883 and the publication has been serving the city with the latest local news ever since!
  • The Poe House, built in 1897, belonged to the family of local businessman Edgar Allen Poe, who happens to have the same name as the famous poet. Today, the home serves as a place to learn more about life in the early twentieth century. Tours of the home are facilitated by the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, which opened in June 1988 as part of the NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources. The museum and Poe House are prime spots for visitors to immerse themselves in the history and culture of Fayetteville.

Summer Pampering at Ruby Nails

Summertime is finally here! Whether you’re headed to the pool in Fayetteville this weekend or have a tropical vacation coming up soon, it’s the perfect time to make sure you are looking and feeling your best. Luckily, our tenant Ruby Nails is a community favorite that offers top-quality services for nails, waxing and eyelashes.

With over 300 nail polish colors, you are sure to find your color for any occasion. Ruby Nails offers different types of manicures and pedicures including acrylic sets, powder gel, liquid gel, crystal nails and more. This season is perfect for bright pops of color and fun designs, like paint splatters. If you’re feeling bold, try adding jewels to your look. The possibilities are endless!

For makeup lovers, there are various options to enhance your features at Ruby Nails. Try eyebrow tinting, eyelash tinting or lash extensions to treat yourself to a different look, or a facial to refresh your skin during the summer hot months.

Ruby Nails is located in the Marketfair shopping center at 1916 Skibo Rd. Call 910-867-9010 or email rubynailsnc@gmail.com ​to make an appointment, or feel free to stop by!

Memorial Day in Fayetteville

Memorial Day is a special day across the nation, but especially here in Fayetteville. This holiday, originally called Decoration Day, is to remember those who have lost their lives serving our country. This weekend is a great chance to get together with friends and family, as the community has a number of activities going on. We’ve rounded up a few events for you to check out and join in on the festivities:

  • Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Shop local food and handcrafted products at the City Market at the Museum. The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum hosts this market on Saturday mornings.
  • Sunday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.: Check out A Symphonic Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces Concert at Festival Park, given by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO) to salute the armed forces in honor of the holiday.
  • Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m.: Honor the brave and remember the fallen at Freedom Memorial Park This event fills up quickly, so consider arriving early and bringing a lawn chair with you.
  • Monday, May 29 at noon: The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation and the Special Operations Force K9 Memorial Foundation are hosting a Memorial Day Service Ceremony to honor K-9 soldiers. Stick around with the kids afterward for a special children’s book reading by the author of “How I Became A K-9 Commando.”

Find out more details on what is going on in the community this weekend here. We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

Get Moving this May

Warm weather is here, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and get moving! There are tons of spots throughout Fayetteville to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in. Below we have listed some favorite local trails and parks for a stroll, jog or picnic this month.

  • Cape Fear River Trail: This paved path reaches about 5.3 miles one way and is perfect for a walk, jog or bicycle ride. Enjoy a look at wildlife along this trail that offers more than 700 species of plants and trees.
  • Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center: This second largest regional park is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic. There is never a dull moment here as the Nature Center offers fun programs for individuals and families, like nature story time and a bird appreciation walking group.
  • Riverside Dog Park: Take your furry friend out for some exercise at this dog-friendly spot. The location is open every day from dawn to dusk.
  • North Carolina Veterans Park: Explore downtown and take a stroll through the first park dedicated to military veterans in the state. This spot memorializes veterans from over 100 North Carolina counties from all branches of the Armed Services.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the community while spending time outdoors, check out the volunteer program for the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks & Recreation department!

Bluegrass & BBQ Event Benefitting FTCC

You can’t beat a night with good music and great food! Don’t miss the Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation’s Bluegrass & BBQ event Thursday, April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. This community event will include a silent auction, raffle, live music and dance lessons from Roland’s Dance Studio – so bring your dancing boots and the whole family along, too!

The Bluegrass & BBQ event is held by the FTCC Foundation to support Fayetteville Technical Community College, which offers over 200 programs of study. FTCC helps students find the right program for them to support the technical, commercial, industrial and health needs of Fayetteville and our surrounding areas. Funds raised at the event will go toward providing student scholarships, so you can enjoy a fun night out while investing in the future of our community!

Learn more and purchase your tickets at FTCC.com.

Spring into Fayetteville’s Art Scene

Fayetteville has a thriving art scene with tons of events coming up this spring! Check out some of these upcoming opportunities to experience the local talent and entertainment our city has to offer.

  • For the kids: The Cape Fear Model Railroaders come to the Fascinate-U Children’s Museum twice a month to showcase their train exhibit from noon to 4 p.m. You can catch this on the first and third Saturday of each month. This is a great, free activity to do with the kids! Upcoming dates include March 18 and April 1.
  • For a night out: The Rock Shop brings local artists together every Wednesday at its Fayetteville Art Attack event. Admission is only $2 to check out local art and artisan vendors starting at 6 p.m. This is a fun way to support Fayetteville artists for a night out downtown!
  • For the whole family: Explore downtown Fayetteville with a historic tour by horse and carriage Saturday, March 25. The Downtown Alliance, the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum are sponsoring this event which includes a 45-minute guided, narrated tour. The tours will start at 222 Hay St. and run from 1 to 4 p.m. Buy your tickets ahead of time online or by calling 910-222-3382.
  • For spring fever: Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Art and Flowers Juried Competition at The Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. This showcases original floral artworks made by local floral designers and event planners. This is the perfect way to welcome spring! The exhibit will be on display starting March 23 through May 24.

 

Beat Boredom this Winter: Indoor Crafts for the Kids

After the excitement of the holidays fade, the winter months can seem to drag along, especially with Fayetteville’s cold weather. Beat cabin fever this season with these creative indoor crafts the kids are sure to love!

Homemade Snow Globe – Use small toys to create your own customized snow globe. This is a quick and easy way to create your own snow storm from the comfort of your home!

  • What you need: Small baby food jar with lid, a glue gun, small toys that fit in the jar, water, glitter and 1/4-inch ribbon.
    • Step one: Use the hot glue gun to adhere the small toy on the inside of the jar lid
    • Step two: Fill the jar with water and add glitter
    • Step three: Place the lid on the jar tightly and glue ribbon around the edge of the lid to seal it
    • Step four: Shake the jar to create a snow storm

Big Flake – Utilize materials you probably already have around the house to make the ultimate paper snowflake.

  • What you need: Nine full-size sheets of newspaper, tape and scissors.
    • Step one: Lay the nine sheets of newspaper on the floor in a square by making a three-by-three grid
    • Step two: Tape the sheets together
    • Step three: Fold the paper and cut shapes as you normally would to create a paper snowflake
    • Step four: Unfold the giant snowflake

Clay Heart Beads – Get ready for Valentine’s Day by helping the kids shape their own designs into beads for necklaces, bracelets or decorative pieces on cards. An added bonus is that this activity is calming and has been proven to help kids who deal with anxiety!

  • What you need: Oven bake clay, twine or string and a hot glue gun.
    • Step one: Sculpt the clay into beads with hands
    • Step two: Make a hole through the center using the end of a paintbrush
    • Step three: Bake the clay according to the directions
    • Step four: String the beads to create a necklace or bracelet, or hot glue onto a card

Cape Fear High School Basketball Team Wins Championship

The Cumberland Holiday Classic had an unexpected victor last month! Congratulations to the Cape Fear High School boys basketball team on winning the first Holiday Classic title in school history.

This was the first year the team competed in the championship, and The Fayetteville Observer covered all the details on their big win – where 85-73 was left on the scoreboard at the game’s end.

A job well done to the team for their hard work and dedication!