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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.

Radiothon Benefitting Make-A-Wish Eastern NC

Looking for weekend plans? Join us at the Rock 103 Radiothon For Wishes event Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. right here at Marketfair shopping center. Bring the whole family out for fun with a good cause – all funds will benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.

All ages are guaranteed to have fun at this event! The station will broadcast live from the plaza, with fun challenges, prize drawings and special guest performances throughout the day. A silent auction will include electric guitars signed by bands like the Pretty Reckless and Breaking Benjamin, and guests can also purchase song requests onsite.

You won’t want to miss joining the Fayetteville community at our Rock 103 Radiothon For Wishes event – see you there!

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.

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!

Announcing Our Newest Tenant

Kids In Sports is joining the retail, dining and cinema destination, which is located at 1916 Skibo Rd. The specialized educational franchise that teaches children ages 12 months to 12 years sports fundamentals in a safe, fun, friendly and supportive environment, is opening it’s first North Carolina location in our Fayetteville shopping plaza in the fall of 2016.

Kids In Sports aims to make a difference in local communities and future generations by helping youth develop skills that lead to long-term success in life. The company offers multi-sport or sport-specific classes in baseball, basketball, football, floor hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and more, as well as a preschool and after school programs. All classes are designed to offer a combined learning experience that engages the child’s mind as well as their bodies. During summer and holiday breaks throughout the year, Kids In Sports also hosts weekly camps, parties and picnics.

“We are ecstatic that North Carolina’s first Kids In Sports location will be opening at Marketfair shopping center,” said Sonji Clyburn, franchise owner of the local Kids In Sports. “As an Army veteran and Fayetteville native, it’s an honor to bring this educational youth sports program to the community and serve as a building block for young athletes by coaching them on sportsmanship, teamwork, respect and communication. Founders Michael Strutt and Kenneth Colon are extremely passionate about this new location, and we all can’t wait to share our fun and innovative concept with kids in the area.”

This new shopping center addition joins anchors Carmike Cinemas, Gander Mountain and H.H. Gregg, as well as Planet Fitness, Mikoto Japanese Express, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, Ruby Nails, Lumber Liquidators, Pioneer Services and The Air Force Recruiting.

“We’re proud to help introduce such a positive youth-oriented program to the Fayetteville community,” said Dusty Wiederhold, founding principal at WSB Retail Partners. “Kids In Sports is a perfect addition to the centrally-located lifestyle destination and we are extremely excited to welcome them to the Marketfair shopping center family.”

Grant-Murray Real Estate, a Fayetteville-based full-service commercial real estate firm, represented the shopping center on the new tenant transaction. Remaining available spaces range from 2,000 to 7,000 square feet. For additional leasing information, visit our leasing page, and to stay up-to-date on the latest Marketfair news visit facebook.com/shopmarketfair.

Local Spots for Spending Spring Outdoors

With temperatures finally rising it’s time to think about spending more time outside. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful parks in the area for our community to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to sit in the sun, go for a hike, play with your dog or spend the day exploring nature – Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation has a spot for you!

  • The North Carolina Veterans Park is celebrated as the first state park that is dedicated to military veterans from all branches of the Armed Services. While Veterans Park provides beautiful scenery, the visitor’s center is also something to see. There’s a chandelier made from 33,500 “dogtags,”and an interactive globe that allows you to pinpoint a location and learn about the events that happened there.
  • Cross Creek Linear Park follows along Fayetteville’s Cross Creek River, providing the perfect place for locals to run, walk or bike with a view. Beautiful green areas along the pathway also offer up an ideal spot for a picnic or simply relaxing in the fresh air.
  • Looking for somewhere to spend time with your furry friends? At Riverside Dog Park, dogs can play with other dogs in one of two enclosures based on their size. All dogs must be legally licensed and have current vaccinations with tags, and outside of the enclosures dogs must be on a leash.
  • Bayard Clark Park is the city’s second largest regional park and is considered a true local gem those who frequent it. This natural woodland area is dedicated to preserving the environment and educating people on North Carolina plants and wildlife. Three trails wind through the park and a Nature Center showcases both static displays and live reptiles and amphibians. Water lovers rejoice – the park also has a put-in point on the Cape Fear River for canoes!

Head over to the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation website to learn more about these outdoor hot spots and more!

Helping Fayetteville’s Furry Friends Find a Home

A local nonprofit animal shelter supported by volunteers, grants and community members is giving some of Fayetteville’s furry friends a much-needed safe haven. Whether you’re an animal lover, in the market for a new pet or are looking for service opportunities, check out what this heartwarming nonprofit organization does here in our community and how you can get involved.

The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society strides to provide a licensed, no-kill shelter for homeless animals until they are taken into a loving and caring environment by a new family through adoption. FAPS main goal is to reduce the population of stray animals on the streets and encourage responsible pet ownership with Fayetteville individuals and their families.

Adoption is an amazing way to do your part in saving an animals life, not to mention you’ll gain a best friend or new family member! All of FAPS fees include spay/neuter, a registered microchip, full vaccinations and any other needed medical care. Additionally, donations come in all forms – financial investment; providing food, toys, bedding and more; and volunteering time are all great ways to give back.

Visit the FAPS website to learn more about how you can support this amazing local nonprofit that is making a difference in Fayetteville!

Fitness in Fayetteville

Every year, a top New Year’s resolution for many is to lose weight or become healthier overall. It can often be a daunting task, but the good news is Fayetteville’s first Planet Fitness is here to help you stick to your goal this year! The gym located in Marketfair is the fastest-growing full size health club franchise in the United States, providing fitness enthusiasts with a combination of low prices and a friendly, hassle-free environment.

Get to work on those 2016 fitness goals at Planet Fitness with these quick tips:

  1. Never miss a Monday: Don’t just think you’ll workout tomorrow, workout today! It’s a great way to start the week, keep your fitness goals on track and help you recover from any weekend indulgences.
  2. Eat green: Fries and cardio don’t mix! To get in the healthy mindset all day long, replenish your body with nutrient-rich foods after a morning workout. Your brain will thank you at 2 p.m.
  3. Find a fitness buddy: Having someone to workout with and encourage you to reach your goals keeps you more accountable! Create a schedule that works for you and a friend, and then make sure you both stick to it!

The Fayetteville Planet Fitness has a grand opening sale going on through Jan. 29 where you can get a super affordable $10 monthly membership. For more workout advice, ask the helpful trainers at Planet Fitness during your next visit!

Winter Storm Checklist

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Thankfully we rarely see major winter storms in Fayetteville, but it’s still a great idea to make sure you’re prepared for the winter with this handy checklist!

Stay safe and prepared with these tips and stock up on all necessities before the cold weather hits!

Give Thanks & Give Back

Thanksgiving has an amazing history of giving and sharing. It is a legacy so much richer than an afternoon watching football and recuperating from a food coma, although those things certainly add fun to the day. Here are a few inspired ways you can give back to the Fayetteville community this Thanksgiving!

  1. Donate a Turkey

Make a difference this Thanksgiving by donating food to a deserving family in your area! The donation of a turkey with all the trimmings will make a world of difference to a struggling family this holiday. Contact The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to learn more and donate!

  1. Send a Care Package to the Troops

The military has a special place in all the hearts of Fayetteville. Show your support by sending a care package to a soldier overseas. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show your appreciation for our troops, and sending a holiday care package is a great way to give back. Visit this website to find a soldier to help!

  1. Be a Good Neighbor

You don’t always have to go through an organization to spread the good! Find a neighbor in need and ask what you can do to help them out. Offer to rake leaves, make a delicious dinner meal or watch their pets for the weekend while they’re away. If you don’t know who to help, check out this website to find people in need!

Make this Thanksgiving a holiday to remember, whether it’s sharing the gift of a hot meal or volunteering at a local 5K! Kindness is key, and there’s no better way to add meaning to your Thanksgiving than by dedicating a few hours with your loved ones to giving back.