Arts & Culture

Established in 1956, The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra gives the city some real heft in the quality-of-life arts and culture sector. This is a professional regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain and inspire the area’s residents as a leading musical resource. “The Fayetteville Symphony is one of the oldest regional orchestras in North Carolina,” said Stefan Sanders, the symphony’s music director and conductor. “Equally at home with the traditional symphonic repertoire and an array of pops programming, the FSO is passionate about connecting our love of music with the remarkable community of Fayetteville. “The FSO is also deeply committed to music education and is proud of our robust youth orchestra program, giving elementary, middle and high school students opportunities to deepen their love of music,” Sanders said. The symphony typically performs in Huff Auditorium on the campus of Methodist University. “The FSO is excited for our return to the concert hall in 2021-2022,” Sanders said. “We look forward to welcoming you to a performance at one of our wonderful venues soon.”
5400 Ramsey St. Call 910-433-4690. Visit
The Art Gallery at Fayetteville Technical Community College displays artist exhibitions each semester that feature the work of students, faculty and outside artists. Admission is free, and the public is invited to peruse. 2201 Hull Road, Room 366A. Call 910-678-8540. Visit FTCCartgallery.
The Cameo Art House Theatre has been called one of the city’s true treasures, an alternative movie house in downtown that offers both independent and mainstream films
along with concerts, Art on Screen and other special programs. 225 Hay St. Call 910- 486-6633. Visit
Cape Fear Regional Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes in the power of storytelling and the visceral impact of live theatre. CFRT strives for the highest standards of excellence in their artistic work, educational offerings, and outreach efforts. They provide the region a place to come together to laugh harder, think deeper, share our experiences, and grow as a community.
The downtown Cape Fear Studios, founded in 1989, promotes itself as “the one and only visual arts cooperative in Fayetteville.” CFS features a gallery, retail area, seven artist
studios, and an open area that is used for classes and a meeting place. The gallery features artists who express their talents through pottery, woodworking, jewelry, glass, metal, drawing, painting and photography. 148 Maxwell St. Call 910-433-2986. Visit
David McCune International Art Gallery, located on the campus of Methodist University, presents fine art exhibitions by students and regional, national and international artists. The gallery has brought in exhibits by the likes of Chagall, Andy Warhol and Rembrandt. 5400 Ramsey St., Bethune Center for Visual Arts. Call 910-630-7107. Visit
Fascinate-U Children’s Museum in the downtown district gives children of all ages the chance to experience the fun of role-playing with multiple interactive exhibits, including a grocery store with carts and pretend food. Admission is $3 for adults, $4 for children. 116 Green St. Call 910-829-9171. Visit
Sponsored by the Cool Spring Downtown District, Fourth Friday operates as a celebration of the arts and downtown. Citizens get the opportunity to visit the small
galleries, bistros and specialty shops in the district while sampling some of the city’s art and entertainment. 222 Hay St. Call 910-223-1089. Visit
The Gilbert Theater, founded in the basement of former resident Lynn Pryer’s home in Fayetteville, has a mission “to produce creative, innovative plays and events to stir its audiences and the students of its conservatory to explore and contemplate the human condition through the talents of local and guest artists.” 116 Green St. Call
910-678-7186. Visit
The International Folk Festival, held yearly downtown, includes cultural music, traditional dancing, ethnic food and customary garments as it celebrates Fayetteville’s rich and unique diversity as a melting pot. The latest festival, held virtually, was the 42nd annual. 301 Hay St. Call the Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County at 910-323-1776.
The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex bills itself as “a window to the past.” The historical complex includes the museum building and its array of exhibits, the late Victorian Poe House and the historic Arsenal Park, the remains of an ordnance factory from the Civil War era that served both the Federal and Confederate
governments. The complex falls under the auspices of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Admission is free. 801 Arsenal Ave. Call 910-500-4240. Visit
The N.C. State Ballet Company, founded by the late Charlotte Blume, presents “The Nutcracker” on an annual basis during the holidays. It operates as a training ground for up-and-coming stage performance dancers. 1312 Morganton Road. Call 910-485-3466. Visit
The Rosenthal Art Gallery, on the campus of Fayetteville State University, hosts both student and external exhibits throughout the year. 1200 Murchison Road. Call 910-630-7107. Visit
J.W. Seabrook Auditorium serves as Fayetteville State University’s primary theatrical performance space and as the cornerstone for community entertainment in the area. Choral and musical concerts, operas, dramatic performances, distinguished speakers and special events are presented in the facility. 1200 Murchison Road. Call 910-672-1816. Visit
A former affiliate of Fayetteville State University, Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a not-for-profit theater company and training ground inspired by William Shakespeare. The company’s Honey Series celebrates the work of women in the theater. Call 910-420-4383. Visit

Health & Fitness

Better Health of Cumberland County, founded in 1958, has functioned on the mission “to address the unmet healthcare needs in Cumberland County through education, referral and assistance.” This includes a commitment to improve access and availability of healthcare services for the underserved, low-income resident. 1422 Bragg Blvd. Call 910-483-7534. Visit
The Care Clinic on Robeson Street offers free quality healthcare to eligible uninsured, low-income adults who live in Fayetteville, Cumberland County and surrounding areas. Services include basic medical care, dental extractions, chiropractic care, clinic-ordered lab or radiological tests and medications ordered during clinic visits. 239 Robeson St.
Call 910-485-0555. Visit www.
For more than 15 years, Carolina Outreach has provided counseling and other mental health services to families and individuals across the state. Fayetteville has
its own office at 324 Person St. Call 910-438-0939. Visit carolinaoutreach. com/locations/fayetteville-nc.
Community Connections Healthcare Services is an agency dedicated to providing behavioral health services and support to consumers and their families in Cumberland, Moore, Hoke, Lee, Harnett, Durham, Johnston and Wake counties. The main Fayetteville office is at 581 Executive Place. Call 919-665-4673. Visit
Cumberland County Department of Emergency Services provides Emergency Management, 911 communications and fire code enforcement services to the citizens of the county. 131 Dick St. 910-321-6736. Visit
In 1994, Cape Fear Valley took over the county’s EMS and ambulance operations following a merger and became Cumberland County EMS – Cape Fear Valley Health. 1638 Owen Drive. Call 911 if an emergency. Otherwise, contact 910-615-5600. Visit
Cumberland County Department of Public Health, which offers an array of services to the citizens of the county, has a main office at 1235 Ramsey St. and maintains three satellite offices. Call 910-433-3600. Visit
Cumberland County Mental Health serves as a medical group practice in Fayetteville that offers social work and addiction and substance abuse counseling. Providers also specialize in psychiatry and family medicine. Practice is based at 109 Bradford Ave.; administrative offices at 711 Executive Place. Call 910-323- Visit
Formed in 2009, Cumberland HealthNet Clinic is a collaborative network of community organizations with a primary focus on improving the health outcomes for the uninsured by linking them with a medical home and other needed health and community services. 707 Murchison Road, Suite Call 910-483-6869. Visit www.
Duke Children’s Speciality Services is a referral practice in Fayetteville that offers many services to infants and children with heart problems. 1991 Fordham Drive. Call
910-423-7400. Visit www.dukehealth. org/locations/duke-childrens-specialtyservices-of-fayetteville.
Womack Army Medical Center, located on Fort Bragg, is a state-of-theart, Army-run military medical complex with 138 beds. The hospital serves as an integral component of Fort Bragg’s military mission. Clinics include dental, emergency, lab, immunizations, family medicine, primary care, pain, orthopedics, radiology and wound care. 2817 Reilly Road. Call 910-907-6000. Visit
9 Round, two locations, 3010 Traemoor Village Dr., 910-423-0055; and 150 Francam Dr., Suite 211, 910-491-7696. Visit
Air Born Aerial Fitness, 4910 Yadkin Rd., 910-782-0077. Visit
Anytime Fitness, three locations, 4251 Ramsey St., 910-745-9081; 951 Strickland Bridge Rd., 910-425-2542; and 4230 Legion Rd. in Hope Mills, 910-425-2590. Visit
ASAP Fitness and Weight Loss, 1110 Hay St., 910-224-4104. Visit
Boone Trail Fit Body Boot Camp, 3039 Boone Trail Ext., Suite 100, 910-889-1155. Visit dinahgoodman.
Breathing Space, 1404 Raeford Rd., 910-977-4476. Visit
Crossfit Haymount, 3623 Sycamore Dairy Rd., 910-500-3746. Visit
Crossfit Intrinsic, 426 Mcarthur Rd., 919-561-1852. Visit
Dreamfit Fitness, 4400 Bragg Blvd., 910-759-2195. Visit
Elevo Dynamics, 110 Person St., 910-488-1021. Visit
The Fitness Studio, 106 Broadfoot Ave., 910-584-7588. Visit
Healthplex of Cape Fear Valley, 1930 Skibo Rd., 910-615-7539. Visit fitness.html
Hot Worx, 2775 Freedom Pkwy Dr., Suite A, 910-605-2716. Visit fayetteville-freedom-town-center
Iron Forged Athletics, 385 Winslow St., 910-483-3815. Visit
Keep Spinning Studios, 1400 Walter Reed Rd., Suite 140, 910-229-1416. Visit
Living Balance Studios, 201 S. McPherson Rd., 910-551-8731. Visit
Orangetheory Fitness, 1800 Skibo Rd., 910-818-5473. Visit
Planet Fitness, two locations, 1916 Skibo Rd., 910-867-6199, and 4803 Ramsey St. 910-366-4592. Visit
Pure Barre, 322 Glensford Drive, 910-302-3335. Visit
Redpoint Crossfit, 5213 Raeford Rd., Unit 101, 910-424-7723. Visit
Rhino’s Gym, 906 Cedar Creek Rd., 910-635-3903. Visit
The Fitness Studio, 106 Broadfoot Ave., 910-584-7588. Visit
The Spa Fitness & Wellness Center, 860 Elm St., 910-484-2111. Visit
YMCA of the Sandhills, 2717 Fort Bragg Rd., 910-426-9622. Visit


Cliffdale Recreation Center, 6404 Cliffdale Rd., 910-433-1127, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
College Lakes Recreation Center, 4945 Rosehill Rd., 910-433-1564, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
E.E. Miller Recreation Center, 1347 Rim Rd., 910-433-1220, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Eastover-Central Recreation Center, 3637 Pembroke Lane, 910-433-1226, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. , 910-433-1000, Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
John Dove “J.D.” Pone Sr. Recreation Center at Gray’s Creek, 2964 School Rd., 910-433-1015, Monday through Friday noon-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday
Kiwanis Recreation Center, 352 Devers St., 910-433-1568, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Lake Rim Recreation Center, 1455 Hoke Loop Rd., 910-433-1175, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday closed
Massey Hill Recreation Center, 1612 Camden Rd., 910-433-1569, Monday through Friday 1-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Sunday.
G.B. Myers Recreation Center, 1018 Rochester Dr., 910-433-1570, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Pine Forest Recreation Center, 6901 Ramsey St., 910-433-1196, Monday through Friday noon-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday.
Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave., 910-433-1571, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
J.S. Spivey Recreation Center, 500 Fisher St., 910-433-1572, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Fayetteville Senior Center, 739 Blue St., 910-433-1574, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Stedman Recreation Center, 175 Circle Dr., 910-433-1440, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Stoney Point Recreation Center, 7411 Rockfish Rd., 910-433-1435, Monday through Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Tokay Senior Fitness Center, 328 W. Hamilton St., 910-433-1414, Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-3 p..m
Westover Recreation Center, 267 Bonanza Dr., 910-433-1088, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.


Downtown Fayetteville. The downtown district continues to grow as a vibrant center of artistic, cultural, civic and commercial activity. The area features a pedestrian-friendly spread of businesses and restaurants and is home to Segra Stadium, where the Fayetteville Woodpeckers minor league baseball team play their home games. Visitors also are able to peruse the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 100 Bragg Blvd., while in the city center. “Downtown has over 100 retailers, restaurants and attractions, and is truly the heart of our community,” said Bianca Shoneman, president of the Cool Spring Downtown District. “Businesses are opening up every quarter. This last quarter we had nine open up.” The district’s layout of specialty stores include the Downtown Market, The Shops at 123 Hay Street, Pressed – A Creative Space, White Trash, City Center Gallery & Books, A Bit of Carolina, Amazon Braids & Hair Weaving Salon, Fabulous Finds Boutique and Yellow Crayons.
Historic Haymount is located almost exactly between downtown Fayetteville and Cross Creek Mall. This quaint area offers a variety of homegrown shops, including Betty Kelly’s Gift Shop, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, Leclair’s General Store, Lisa’s Custom Framing, Vibra’s and Top of the Hill Boutique. Stop in for a pint at District House of Taps, a cone of soft-serve frozen yogurt at the Exxon Station and for a bite to eat at Latitude 35.
Cross Creek Mall has been a steady presence in Fayetteville since 1975. This regional shopping mall, owned and operated by CBL & Associates Properties, serves the
public from the U.S. 401 Bypass between Morganton Road and the All-American Freeway. “Cross Creek Mall has long been a destination in the Fayetteville market, providing the
community with quality shopping and dining options,” mall publicist Stacey Keating said. “In addition to being a center of commerce, Cross Creek Mall generates significant tax revenue for the area and serves as a large employment base. We recently announced the addition of Rooms To Go, and we expect the property to continue to evolve through the addition of in-demand retail and other uses.” The department retailers Macy’s, Belk and JCPenney hold down the facility as anchors, while other mall businesses include American Eagle Outfitters, Zales Jewelers, BoxLunch, Journeys, Champs Sports, Footaction and Men’s Wearhouse. 419 Cross Creek Mall. Call 910-868-7668.
Westwood Shopping Center, near the All-American Freeway at the corner of McPherson Church and Morganton roads, dates back to the mid-1970s. “This summer, it has been here 50 years,” said Joan Poole, the owner and operator of The Pilgrim Gift Shop in Westwood. “It’s always been a destination for people.” With Battle House Tactical Laser Tag and DEFY Fayetteville, the shopping center has become a real destination for family fun. Existing retail stores also include Ashby’s Menswear, Clothes Mentor, HearingLife
and the Roses discount store. Call 910-758-7788. Westwood is home to Fayetteville’s first Board & Brush DIY Wood Sign Workshop, where you can select from a variety of designs and learn how to make a beautiful finished project.
After first opening in 1964 with a grocery and five and dime store, the Bordeaux Center off Owen Drive has evolved into a more medically oriented and business outlet. “Our mission is to provide space for medical and professional offices and businesses that support the needs of our community,” states the center on its website. The Bordeaux Center features the everpopular K&W Cafeteria and a Carlie C’s IGA supermarket. Just look for the faux Eiffel Tower on site. 1740-A Owen Dr. Call 910-323-0063.
Cross Creek Plaza. Office Max and Baskin Robbins are among the cluster of stores in the plaza. 1800 Skibo Rd. Call 910-868-3675.
Cross Pointe Centre, located across from Cross Creek Mall features such retailers as T.J. Maxx, Ashley Home Store, Staples and Bed Bath & Beyond. 5075 Morganton Rd. Call 910-868-8811.
Eutaw Village Shopping Center, like Cameron Village in Raleigh, falls among the oldest shopping centers in North Carolina. Carlie C’s IGA anchors the retail side of the business off Bragg Boulevard, and other stores include Dollar Tree and Carolyn’s Hallmark Shop. 828 Elm St. Call 910-484-8348.
Fayetteville Pavilion. This shopping center counts Marshalls, Michaels, Party City, Rack Room Shoes and PetSmart among the tenants. A Food Lion supermarket anchors the pavilion. 2061 Skibo Rd.
Marketfair Shopping Center. Originally built as Fayetteville’s second mall, this shopping center has since been reconverted into an open-air retail, dining and movie theater complex in the heart of the Skibo and Morganton roads retail area. A variety of shops and restaurants are centered here, including the nostalgic Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy store. Planet Fitness, the Germanbased supermarket Lidl and the AMC Market Fair 15 cineplex anchor the center. 1916 Skibo
Rd. Call 910-829-1617.
Skibo Marketplace, built in 2016, is a destination for the likes of DXL Mens Apparel, World of Beer, Mission BBQ, WingStop and McAlister’s Deli. 1946 Skibo Rd.
Tallywood Shopping Center has been overhauled in recent years to accommodate the centerpiece Publix supermarket. The original Mi Casita Mexican restaurant, established in 1990, is based here. 3114 Raeford Rd. Call 910-321-0114.
Fayetteville also has a variety of longtime family-owned businesses, including John Allen Shoes, at 214 Owen Dr.; Bell’s Seed Store, at 230 E. Russell St.; and Castle Uniforms, at 1800 Skibo Rd.
AAFES (Army Air Force Exchange). Military only. Fort Bragg North Post Exchange, 2nd Butner Rd. Call 910-436-4888. Fort Bragg South Post Exchange, 1017 Canopy Lane.
Call 910-436-2166.


Antonella’s Italian Ristorante: 300 Hay St., 910-486-0046
Archway Burgers, Dogs & Beer: 113 Person St., 910-758-9449
Bombay Bistro: 5945 Cliffdale Road, #1101, 910-487-0020
Bubba’s 33: 500 Westwood Shopping Center, 910-223-2601
Chris’s Steak & Seafood House: 2620 Raeford Road, 910-485-2948
El Cazador: 1904 Skibo Road, 910-864-0700
Elizabeth’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant: 2468 Hope Mills Road, 910-424-2848
Fabe’s Charcoal Roasting Co.: Freedom Town Center, 910-252-8956
Fowler’s Southern Gourmet: 723 W. Rowan St., 910-491-5721
Hong Kong Restaurant: 169 Westwood Shopping Center, 910-867-6464
Hot Diggidy Dog: 106 Roxie Ave., 910-426-1300
Luigi’s Italian Chophouse & Bar: 528 N. McPherson Church Road, 910-864-1810
Metro Diner: 2132 Skibo Rd., 910-493-3560
Prik Thai: 2429 Robeson St., 910-491-0256
R Burger Food Truck: Rotating locations in the region; see their Facebook page on where to find them next.
Rainbow Restaurant: 3708 Ramsey Street, 910-822-0431
Southern Coals: 3319-C Raeford Road, 910-745-7675
Superior Bakery: 2433 Hope Mills Road, 910-424-4242
The Barbeque Hut: 2802 Fort Bragg Road, 910-485-5390, and 2965 Owen Drive, 910-484-1975
The Sweet Palette: 101 Person St., 910-489-7342
Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles: At Ramada Plaza, 1707 Owen Drive, 910-676-8039
Zaxby’s Chicken Fingers and Buffalo Wings: 1405 Walter Reed Rd., 910-223-1111; 9556 Cliffdale Rd., 910-491-7100; 3015 North Main St., Hope Mills, 910-429-3004
Zorba’s Gyro On A Spit: 2919 Raeford Road, 910-484-1010

Stop in The Wine Café at 108 Hay St., which offers wines from all over the world by the glass or the bottle.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, Circa 1800 just awaits across the way, at 108 Person St., for some Southern eggrolls with bacon-braised collards or green tomato curry salmon. S’mores French toast is on the Saturday brunch menu.
CityCenter Gallery and Books, at 112 Hay St., carries classics, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and collectibles. Owner Diane Parfitt is often on hand to recommend your next page-turner.
Pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers and some Danny B’s pimiento cheese at The Downtown Market at 122 Anderson St.
Yellow Crayons, at 314 Hay St., can put your company logo on T-shirts and cloth masks.
Winterbloom Tea, at 238 Hay St., is a cute and cozy stop for good conversation over a cup of lavender Earl Grey, steeped from premium loose tea. Owner Josh Choi also custom makes unique, tea-infused cocktails.
Antonella’s Italian Ristorante, at 300 Hay St., Blue Moon Café, at 310 Hay St., and Rude Awakening Coffee House at 227 Hay St., are great spots for outdoor seating and people-watching.
White Trash & colorful accessories, at 223 Franklin St., offers vintage finds, gifts, greeting cards and lots of cute and clever sayings imprinted on a variety of items. 910-482-0005.
Stevies on Hay, at 222 Hay St., lives up to its billing as an “eclectic retail emporium,” offering a hot chocolate bar, coffee, a candy stand, books and homemade and natural products.
Stop by Bright Light Brewing Company at 444 W. Russell St., a dog-friendly spot for craft beer, food trucks and trivia nights.
Even when the Woodpeckers aren’t playing, Segra Stadium is a fun place to stop. Buy some Woodpeckers gear at the Bird’s Nest store and check out the team’s variety of spaces to consider when hosting your next event.
Inside the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, take a look at life-sized exhibits on U.S. military history. Admission is free, but the $10 cost of the motion simulator is a great
way to add to the experience.
Check out downtown Fayetteville’s unofficial antique crawl by stopping in Lodestone Art & Antiques at Cotton Exchange and Livery, 226 Donaldson St., The Shops at 123 Hay St., 123 Hay St. and Lodestone Art and Antiques at 223 West Russell St.

Part of the charm of the wide swath of homes that comprise Haymount is the variety. Here, you will find everything from small, 1950s Cape Cod homes
to sprawling new construction. Most homes are either a short drive or within walking distance of “Haymount Hill,” a historic area that includes Cape Fear Regional Theatre, shops, a post office and restaurants.
People who live in one of the townhouses, penthouses or condominiums overlooking downtown Fayetteville will tell you there is nothing like the view. Stand on
your balcony and check out the parties at Festival Park, the parades down Hay Street or Segra Stadium, home of the minor-league Fayetteville Woodpeckers.
They also say there is a strong sense of community and a convenience that can’t be beat. Time was when few people lived downtown, but now it’s a popular place that puts you in the middle of restaurants, shopping and museums with plenty of greenspaces along adjacent Linear Park.
Located about 20 minutes from downtown Fayetteville and in the heart of the Jack Britt School District, Gates Four is a gated community with homes and townhomes built around an 18-hole golf course and expansive ponds and lakes. The community features a swimming pool and clubhouse, as well as a pavilion that serves as a venue for summer concerts.
A neighborhood in the heart of Fayetteville, Forest Lakes is built around a scenic lake and features a variety of architectural styles, townhomes on the Highland
Country Club golf course, as well as
new construction.
Located in central Fayetteville, Vanstory Hills youngsters can walk to the elementary school located in the heart of the neighborhood. The neighborhood features a variety of construction, from ranch-style homes to new construction, all punctuated by the neighborhoods large lake and walkable streets.
Another neighborhood built around an 18-hole golf course, King’s Grant is located on the rapidly growing north side of Fayetteville. With large and mid-sized homes and patio homes off the fairways, King’s Grant is convenient to shopping and restaurants and has Methodist University as a neighbor. The
community is known for its closeknit feel and neighborhood gettogethers.
Located in east Fayetteville, Cypress Lakes became known as the “Home of the Floyds” for the family after Cypress Lakes co-founder and noted golf instructor L.B. Floyd’s children became famous golfers. Raymond Floyd had a Hall of Fame career on the PGA Tour and Marlene Floyd had a career on the LPGA Tour. Like Gates Four and King’s Grant, Cypress Lakes has a variety of homes to offer.

Public Schools
Cumberland County Schools is a school district with headquarters in Fayetteville. Of its 50,000-plus students, more than 13,000 Cumberland County Schools students are
military and federally connected. The system operates according to policies established by the Board of Education. “Guided by the priorities in the Cumberland Commitment Strategic Plan 2024, which is focused on improving the academic success of the students, Cumberland County Schools is investing in high-quality curriculum resources, professional development for educators and a tiered support structure to help allocate resources where they are needed most, even in the midst of this worldwide pandemic,” said Lindsay Whitley, the associate superintendent for communications and community engagement for the school system. “In Cumberland County Schools,” Whitley said, “every student will have equitable access to engage in learning that prepares them to be collaborative, competitive and successful in our global world. Serving more than 50,000 students at 89 schools, CCS is focused on meeting the diverse learning needs of its students.” Whitley said school officials firmly believe “that our community-developed and communitydriven strategic plan is improving the learning and life outcomes for our students.” Cumberland County Schools administrative offices are located at 2465 Gillespie St., near the Crown Center Complex. For more information, go to Call 910-678-2300.
Department of Defense Education Activity Schools
The Fort Bragg School District is home to 11 schools (pre-kindergarten through eighth grade) serving students who reside on post. “Living on post provides dependents of activeduty service members and Department of Defense employees the opportunity to attend the Department of Defense Education Activity
schools located on Fort Bragg,” according to a Corvias military living website. “Fort Bragg is fortunate enough to be one of the installations in the states to have
DoDEA schools located on post,” the website said. “DoDEA’s focus is on improving the academic achievement of active-duty military dependents while supporting the mission and unique needs of military families. To learn more about the schools serving the Fort Bragg community, visit
Private Schools
Bal-Perazim Christian Academy serves children in kindergarten through 12th grade. 4921 Bragg Blvd. Call 910-487-4220.
Berean Baptist Academy, which was established in 1975, offers curriculum in preschool through 12th grade. 518 Glensford Drive. Call 910-868-2511,
Birds Nest Montessori School of Fayetteville provides education for prekindergarten and kindergarten students. The private school offers what it calls “the highest quality Montessori education through a peaceful, fully prepared and observant environment.” 6867 Raeford Road. Call 910-867-4073.
Cornerstone Christian Academy provides education for youth in grades three through Students are taught “to think, learn and lead from a Biblical worldview.” 3000 Scotty Hill Road. Call 910-867-1166.
Destiny Now Academy, with grades kindergarten through 12, “is dedicated to providing an environment promoting academic excellence and a Christ-centered education preparing students to thrive in leadership and service.” 6974 Raeford Road. Call0 910-494-6566.
Fayetteville Christian School, now in its 35th year, is an independent, collegepreparatory Christian school with classes for preschool through 12th grade taught at this private school. 1422 Ireland Drive. Call 910-483-3905.
Fayetteville Academy, founded in 1970, is an independent, nonsectarian school that offers preschool through 12th grade. The school prides itself on offering “small class sizes, a safe and caring atmosphere and numerous extracurricular activities ensure that each child receives a unique educational experience.” 3200 Cliffdale Road. Call 910-868-5131.
Freedom Christian Academy, founded in 2008, has over 550 students from preschool through 12th grade with duel accreditation with the Association of Christian Schools International and Cognia. The campus includes Freedom Courts, a four-court athletic facility, which is home to statewide tournaments and camps and includes a cafe and coffee shop. In the fall of 2015, stadium seating and a weight room were added. 3130 Gillespie Street. Call 910-485-7777.
First Impressions Academy. This small private school is “dedicated to providing children with a high-quality education from preschool through middle school.” 6965 Nexus Court. Call 910-339-0524.
Flaming Sword Academy and Daycare is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. “We are dedicated to educating students with mild-to-moderate neurological learning challenges, including autism,” the school states on its website. 3230 Legion Road, Hope Mills. Call 910-764-3500.
Greater Fayetteville Adventist Academy provides education for those enrolled in prekindergarten through grade 12. 2601 Lone Pine Drive. Call 910-484-6091
Liberty Christian Academy serves youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. 6548 Rockfish Road. Call 910-424-1205.
New Life Child Development Center is for children attending preschool-kindergarten through 12th grade. 1420 Hoke Loop Road. Call 910-868-9640.
Northview Baptist Academy is a kindergarten-through-12th-grade school and ministry of Northview Baptist Church. “We are ‘old-fashioned’ and start our day with prayer, pledges (to the American and Christian flag) and the Bible,” the school states online. 7455 Ramsey St. Call 910-488-9788.
Northwood Temple Academy operates as a K4 through 12th-grade school “committed to offering a challenging, Christ-centered education to its students, while keeping in mind each student’s individual needs.” 4200 Ramsey St. Call 910-822-7711.
Renaissance Classical Christian Academy offers grades kindergarten through eighth. 6427 Cliffdale Road. Call 910-221-0400.
St. Ann Catholic School offers classes for grades kindergarten through eighth. 365 N. Cool Spring St. Call 483-3902.
St. Patrick Catholic School has classes for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 1620 Marlborough Road. Call 910-323-1865.
Trinity Christian School has students in kindergarten through grade 12 at this independent, nonprofit school that also has developed a strong reputation for its studentathletes
and athletic programs. “This (K through 12) school component is a vital part of our vision to uplift parents and children in our community,” the school states. 3727 Rosehill Road. Call 910-488-6779.
Village Christian Academy, a nondenominational Christian school, serves students in kindergarten through ninth grade. 908 S. McPherson Church Road. Call 910-483-5500.
Charter Schools
Alpha Academy, established in 2000, is a tuition-free public school serving students in preschool through 11th grade. The school, which started in a gym, now has a 40,000-square-foot campus in West Fayetteville. 8030 Raeford Road. Call 910-223-7711.
Capitol Encore Academy is a nonprofit, independent school, is a free, public charter school offering integrated arts and core academic learning. The school is governed by a local board of directors and operates within the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, working with The Romine Management Group. The school, located in downtown Fayetteville, offers kindergarten through eighth grade. 126 Hay Street. Call 910-849-0888.
Carolina College of Biblical Studies operates as a nondenominational Bible college based in Fayetteville. This is a post-secondary institution offering associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Biblical Studies. Several non-degree certificates also are available. 817 S. McPherson Road. Call 910-323-5614.
Fayetteville State University, located off Murchison Road, is a historically black public regional institution and part of the University of North Carolina System and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “Fayetteville State University is a vital asset in this city, county and region in terms of our economic impact and community partnerships,” new FSU Chancellor Darrell Allison said. Fayetteville State was founded in 1867 as the Howard School for the purpose of educating black youth. “As the second-oldest public
institution in this state,” Allison said, “we have been and will continue to be this city’s higher education partner and provide our citizens the best academic offerings that help prepare them into successful careers.” Current enrollment is reported to be more than 6,700 students. According to the FSU website, the university awards degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s levels and the doctorate in educational leadership. The college offers programs in teacher education, the arts and sciences, health professions, business and economics, and unique and emerging fields. 1200 Murchison Road. Call 910-672-1111 or visit online at
Fayetteville Technical Community College offers for-credit programs for more than 280 associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in science, applied science, the arts and general education as well as university transfer for entry into four-year universities. The purpose of FTCC “is to provide affordable vocational-technical, business and industry,
general education, college transfer, and continuing education programs, which meet the needs and desires of its diverse students and economic development needs for the
community.” The Fayetteville campus of this community college is at 2201 Hull Road. The school also has a Fort Bragg Center, Education Center, Horticulture Center, Santa Fe Drive Center and Spring Lake campus. For more information, visit Call 910-678-8473.
Methodist University, off Ramsey Street, was founded by local supporters who wanted students in the area to have a high-level, private, liberal arts-based college in their community, school spokesman Brad Johnson said. The institution was chartered in 1956. Methodist “is annually ranked as a top-tier university, offering a combination of liberal
arts and professional education. It is also among the top universities in the nation for offering scholarships, with more than 97 percent of MU students receiving financial aid,” he said. “MU is also annually recognized – with a Gold-Star ranking – as a military friendly and Yellow Ribbon School,” Johnson said, “with programs that are both on campus and 100 percent online for military members, veterans and their families.” The university today serves approximately 2,300 students. According to its 2020-2021 academic catalog, the school’s purpose is to provide “an undergraduate and graduate education firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition that nurtures moral values and ethical decision making; to provide distinctive professional and graduate programs that complement the undergraduate programs; to provide educational and cultural services and resources to the community; and to prepare students for a variety of careers and educational pursuits.” 5400 Ramsey St. For more details, visit Call 910-630-7000.
Miller-Motte College – Fayetteville offers a variety of diploma, associate in specialized business and associated in specialized technology degree programs including
barbering, massage therapy, criminal justice and truck driver training. 3725 Ramsey St. Call 910-238-3077.
Cape Fear Botanical Garden Our community’s 80-acre garden is situated on Eastern Boulevard between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek, and there are always beautiful things to behold and fun family events happening, no matter the season. For my household, our $90 annual membership has afforded us an easily accessible escape from the fast pace of everyday life, invaluable educational and volunteer opportunities, preferred ticket pricing to the garden’s popular special events, such as the Holiday Lights, Heritage Festival, and Halloween at the Boo-tanical Garden as well as unlimited self-guided access to the spectacular grounds. The Garden also offers yoga, private event space, children’s summer camps, year-round classes for all ages, holiday celebrations, and more. While pets are typically not allowed on Garden grounds, a special exception is made once a year on Dog Day in the Garden, which usually takes place in the spring and features local dog related vendors, canine-friendly activities and pooch-centric shopping opportunities,
all to benefit Fayetteville Animal Protection Society. I recommend rounding your visit to the Garden out with a stop by the Garden View Cafe to order lunch for the family from Chef Lou’s evolving menu of fresh soups, sandwiches and salads. You can certainly take your food to go, but it’s hard to beat an al fresco meal on the patio
overlooking the Cypress Pond. 536 N Eastern Blvd., 910-486-0221,
Clark Park Nature Center Replete with a large parking area and playground, easy access to the Cape Fear River Trail, paved bike path, more rustic yet
still child-friendly wooded paths with views of the Cape Fear River and an open grassy field perfect for picnicking, Clark Park is one of our go-tos for a quick playground romp or
an entire afternoon of exploring everything it has to offer. And, an added bonus: leashed pets are always welcome. The Nature Center Museum is open Monday-Saturday from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features educational, hands-on exhibits and even live animals. Admission is free to the public. 631 Sherman Dr., 910-433-1579,
Lake Rim Park If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure on the west side of town, Lake Rim is your spot. There’s a 1-mile walking trail that leads through the wetlands to Bones Creek, athletic fields, horseshoe pits, tennis and sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, and picnic shelters, among other park attractions. Lake Rim is also the perfect spot for fishing and boating. Lake Rim Lawn and Garden (7604 Raeford Road) offers hourly, half, and whole day canoe and kayak rentals. I, for one, can’t wait for a sunshiny springtime paddle.
2214 Tar Kiln Dr., 910-433-1018,
ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure Park If you’d rather be up in the trees than down in the water, ZipQuest, located on Carver Falls Road, offers a one-of-a-kind zipline adventure for ages 8 and up. You’ll experience breathtaking views of Carver Falls on a staff-guided canopy tour where you’ll travel from one tree platform to the next by a zipline cable or across a suspension bridge. And, if you’re looking for a unique date night, check out NightQuest, a ziplining under the stars adventure. 533 Carvers Falls Rd.,
Zorba’s Gyro on a Spit If either of my children are given any say in where to eat out, they’ll pick Zorba’s just about every time. With locations in both Fayetteville
and Hope Mills, this diner-style restaurant has been a community staple since 1974. Zorba’s offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a Frangakis family Greek twist. Whether
you pick the hard-to-top $4.50 Zorba’s breakfast special (your favorite combination of buttermilk pancakes or toast, crispy hash browns or creamy grits, and two farm-fresh eggs prepared to your liking), a fully loaded authentic Greek gyro, or Mr. Tommy’s famous spaghetti plate, you will leave Zorba’s feeling well taken care of and very, very full. Make
sure to take a wallet full of quarters, because your kids will most certainly ask to venture over to the Pac Man console that’s been there since I was young. 2919 Raeford Rd.,
Gaston Brewing Company If we find ourselves downtown and hungry, Gaston Brewing Co. on Hay Street is our
typical go-to. With a great outdoor, leasheddogs-welcomed patio and a surprising large selection of kid-friendly board games you can take to your table, Gaston is perfect for
a relaxed family meal. Their menu features yummy shareables, specialty flatbreads, and craft sandwiches. 124 Hay St., 910-748-0580,
Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen/ Burney’s Sweets & More If your family wants to indulge in a good ol’ country-style barbecue meal topped off with a delectable sweet treat, locally owned Southern Coals and its neighboring sister bakery Burney’s is where it’s at. Southern Coals boasts an impressive menu of just about every type of smoked meat a barbecue fan could hope for (my favorite is the Carolina pork BBQ, but they also do a mean brisket) and all the delicious sides to go along. It’s tough to leave Southern Coals and not give in to the aroma wafting out the door of Burney’s. Stop in and treat yourself. If you have a favorite cake, pie, pastry or cookie, there’s a
good chance Burney’s has it, and it just might be the best you’ve ever had. Whatever you do, don’t go home without one of their signature glazed croissants. Trust me. 3319 C Raeford Rd., 910-745-7675,
Sweet Valley Ranch Located a few miles off of I-95 in Fayetteville, Sweet Valley Ranch is a working farm of over 300 acres and home to almost 400 animals. The ranch welcomes visitors with a petting zoo, fishing ponds, trails, tractor wagon rides, gift shop, local vegetables and produce and dinosaur puppets. A holiday Festival of Lights is one of several early seasonal events at the ranch.
Gillis Hill Farm The Gillis Family generously opens their working family farm to the public during their agritourism season which typically runs from April 1 through October or November. A reasonably priced ticket to the farm allows visitors to walk the property, see and feed just about every type of farm animal you could hope to encounter, and partake in multiple play areas. In the fall, the farm offers fun tours in a tractor-pulled wagon. Farm frequenters know that it’s pretty much a sin to leave the farm without stopping by the ice cream shop for a cone of their homemade, seasonally flavored good stuff. 2701 Gillis Hill Rd., 910- 867-2350,
The Fayetteville Woodpeckers There is so much family fun to be had at Segra Stadium, home of our minor league baseball team. The KidZone serves as a safe, contained area for children to play, complete with a several bounce houses, games, and a large jungle gym. Parents can keep an eye on their little ones and still see the action on the field. On nongame days, SEGRA hosts a wide variety of fun, family-friendly events. 460 Hay St., 910-339-1989,
Greg’s Pottery If your family has a penchant for creating and crafting, each of these local studios offers unique opportunities for both individuals and groups to create their very own art keepsakes. 122 Maxwell St., 910-483-8355,
SipLee Art Celebration-centered studio that offers all ages the chance to paint wooden cutouts in the shape of your choice. 3465 Murphy Rd., 910-339-1358.
KidCreate Studio Children’s art classes, camps and parties in studio or location of your choice. 434 Westwood Shopping Center. 910-748-0174.
The Climbing Place One philosophy of this downtown indoor climbing facility is “if you can walk, you can climb.” TCP welcomes even the youngest climbers, and
has play areas, equipment, and climbing routes specifically designed for children. They offer adult climbing classes, preschool and youth climbing clubs year-round, as well as kids’ summer camps. 436 W.Russell St. 910-486-9638.
DEFY Fayetteville/JP’s Jump Masters These ever-popular trampoline parks provide a great space for the whole family to jump out some energy, no matter the weather or
season. As added bonuses, JP’s is locally and veteran owned and also houses an arcade and café. 7005 Nexus Ct., 910-223-0200,
In my humble opinion, Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom, located on Corporation Drive in Hope Mills, deserves a category all its own. It combines outdoor recreation, entertainment, dining, family fun and pet-friendliness in what I think is the most perfect package in town. Playground. Craft Beer. Onsite dog park. Live Music. Spacious bar
area. In and outdoor dining areas. The most delicious food provided by Napkins Restaurant (Allow me to recommend the Spicy Jamburger with a side of crispy tots).
What more could a fun-loving family possibly ask for? 910-426-2537, I hope that you are eventually able to experience most of the places
on my “family-friendly favorites” list. There is always an opportunity for good food, great fun, and happy memory making in our thriving community. Now get out there and enjoy Fayetteville!
Pinehurst – Known as “The Cradle of American Golf” and located just 45 minutes away, this Moore County town is home to a world-class resort and spa, a lovely village full of shops and restaurants and one of golf’s most venerated of courses, Pinehurst No. 2. Take a walk through the clubhouse, which is open to the public, and see memorabilia from the greatest players to ever walk the fairways. Be sure to check out the bronze statues off the veranda, including one of the late Payne Stewart striking his celebratory pose after winning the 1999 U.S. Open on No. 2. Make a day of it and stop at next-door Southern Pines, known for more shops and restaurants and some of the loveliest horse farms. Call 910-295-6811 for more information and receive the perpetually cheery greeting, “It’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst.”
Raven Rock State Park – A breathtakingly beautiful hike awaits you, again only about 45 minutes away in the Harnett County town of Lillington. Located along the Cape Fear River, the park offers a variety of scenic trails, as well as primitive backcountry camping areas for families and paddlers. A separate equestrian area on the river’s north bank offers extensive trails and a large parking area. While in Lillington, stop at the County Seat Sports Grille on Front Street for lunch and a cold drink or try authentic Mexican fare at Tacos
Oaxaca on South Main Street. Raven Rock’s visitor center is at 3009 Raven Rock Road in Lillington.
Raleigh/Durham – Our state capital is just an hour away, as long as you avoid the 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. beltline traffic. Raleigh is home to the North Carolina Museum of History – call 919-814-7000, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – call 919-707-9800 and the North Carolina Museum of Art – call 919-839-6262. A group of Fayetteville residents were among those who helped found Friends of Greek Art, volunteers who support the museum’s collection of classical art. Durham, next door, has the Museum of Life and Science, the perfect way for families to spend a day together. Children of all ages will find education and entertainment on 84 acres indoors and outdoors. Don’t miss the butterfly exhibit inside a tropical rainforest environment. The museum is at 433 W. Murray Ave. Call 919-220-5429.
Wilmington – In about an hour and a half, you can drive to our state’s port city, where the U.S.S. North Carolina is docked. The battleship, noted for helping to strengthen Allied forces after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1982. Moored across from downtown Wilmington, the battleship is open to visitors. Just a few minutes from Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach is one of several friendly North Carolina beaches that offer great seafood restaurants and great shell seeking. Go to
Arran Lake Baptist Church, 1130 Bingham Dr., 910-424-7211
Baywood Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1830 Baywood Rd., 910-483-2916
Beauty Spot Baptist Church, 7572 Raeford Rd., 910-868-9151
Berean Baptist Church, 517 Glensford Dr., 910-868-5156
Beth Israel Congregation and Community Center, 2204 Morganton Rd., 910-484-6462
Cape Fear Baptist Church, 100 Indian Dr., 910-323-5556
Cape Fear Baptist Church, 6401 Butler Nursery Rd., 910-483-5769
Carroll Memorial Baptist Church, 2220 Camden Rd., 910-423-8814
Cedar Creek Church of God, 4010 Cedar Creek Rd., 910-483-6895
Cedar Falls Baptist Church, 6181 Ramsey St., 910-488-5810
Church of the Open Door, 4445 Cliffdale Rd., 910-864-3237
College Heights Presbyterian Church, 1801 Seabrook Rd., 910-323-4828
College Lakes Baptist Church, 4704 Ramsey St., 910-488-8344
Community Church, 2010 Middle River Loop, 910-323-5313
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 3000 Scotty Hill Rd., 910-867-2166
Covenant Love, 420 Dunn Rd., 910-323-1515
Cross Creek Presbyterian Church, 430 S McPherson Church Rd., 910-864-4031
Evans Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 301 N. Cool Spring St., 910-483-2862
First Baptist Church, 201 Anderson St., 910-483-0477
First Baptist Church,302 Moore St., 910-483-6505
First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann St., 910-483-0146
Grace United Methodist Church, 2005 Ireland Dr., 910-424-0894
Hay Street United Methodist Church, 320 Hay St., 910-483-2343
Haymount Presbyterian Church, 2760 Rosehill Rd., 910-822-1083
Haymount United Methodist Church, 1700 Fort Bragg Rd., 910-484-0181
Highland Presbyterian Church, 111 Highland Ave., 910-485-2147
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Rd., 910-484-2134
Hood Memorial AME Zion Church, 2801 Rosehill Rd., 910-822-1014
Immanuel Baptist Church, 219 Hull Rd., 910-484-1257
Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 306 McArthur Rd., 910-488-5406
Korean Baptist Church, 6873 Cliffdale Rd., 910-867-5118
Korean Bethel Presbyterian Church, 901 Bue Rd., 910-864-5739
Lafayette Baptist Church, 501 Hope Mills Rd., 910-425-1306
Lake Lynn Baptist Church, 3105 Seven Mountain Dr., 910-425-1464
Lebanon Baptist Church, 3329 Beard Rd., 910-483-1988
Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 5414 Raeford Rd., 910-424-8430
Macpherson Presbyterian Church, 3525 Cliffdale Rd., 910-867-2113
Main Post Chapel, Bldg. 1-1510 Sedgewick and Jackson Street, Fort Bragg, 910-396-1121
Manna Church, 5117 Cliffdale Rd., 910-867-9151
Mount Carmel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2569 Owen Dr., 910-485-4367
Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 516 Johnson St., 910-867-8197
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 1027 Old Wilmington Rd., 910-323-9302
New Life Covenant Fellowship, 362 Neville St., 910-483-6778
Northwood Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church, 4250 Ramsey St., 910-822-7711
Parks Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, 2503 Murchison Rd., 910-488-9456
Peace Baptist Church, 816 Stamper Rd., 910-484-9434
Peace Presbyterian Church, 3203 Ramsey St., 910-488-3211
Saint Ann Catholic Church, 357 North Cool Spring St., 910-483-3216
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1000 Andrews Road, 910-488-1797
Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 2844 Village Dr., 910-323-2410
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 614 Oakridge Ave., 910-484-2010
Simon Temple AME Zion Church, 5760 Yadkin Rd., 910-867-1182
Smith Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 519 Boundary Ln., 910-483-4437
Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Westmont Dr., 910-484-4388
St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 121 Lofton Dr., 910-488-4648
St. James Lutheran Church, 1424 Morganton Rd., 910-484-8052
St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 509 Ramsey St., 910-323-0161
St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 202 Hope Mills Rd., 910-425-0401
St. Michael The Archangel Maronite Catholic Church, 806 Arsenal Ave., 910-484-1531
St. Pauls in The Pines Episcopal Church, 1800 Saint Paul Ave., 910-485-7098
Temple Baptist Church, 3159 Sanderosa Rd., 910-483-7620
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3200 Scotty Hill Rd., 910-868-1171
Trinity Christian Church, Rosehill Rd., 910-488-6779
Village Baptist Church, 906 S McPherson Church Rd., 910-678-7178
Walstone Memorial Baptist Church, 260 Walstone Rd., 910-488-6311
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2505 Village Dr., 910-485-8128
American Red Cross-Sandhills Chapter, 807 Carol Street, 910-867-8151 “Volunteers carry out 90 percent of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross.”
Better Health of Cumberland County, Inc., a variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including serving as a committee member, as an office volunteer or helping with fundraisers and educational activities, 1422 Bragg Blvd., 910-483-7534.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County, Inc., 3475 Cumberland Rd., 910-484-2639, volunteer opportunities for adults to work directly with youth as mentors and tutors, and by providing career guidance, internships and college preparation support.
Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., 910-486-0221, “Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Garden and include retirees, seniors, full-time working adults, high school and college students.”
Cape Fear Regional Theatre, 1209 Hay St., 910-323-4234, volunteers help with productions and special events.
Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation, Inc., a variety of services that help Cape Fear Valley Medical Center patients. 101 Robeson St., Suite 106, 910-615-1435.
Connections of Cumberland County, Inc., 910-630-0106, volunteer opportunities in various areas, including technology, mentoring, life coaching, fundraising and day resource center operations.
Cumberland County CommuniCare, Inc., 109 Bradford Ave., 910-829-9017, a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults, Inc.,339 Devers St., 910-484-0111, offers services, including Meals on Wheels at no cost to seniors age 60 and above living in Cumberland County through “wonderful volunteers, staff, generous monetary support, and various funding sources.”
Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, 910-864-2077, no-kill shelter for homeless dogs and cats.
Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, opportunities to help build homes for those in need. 910-483-0952.
Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch, 531 Hillsboro St., 910-433-2161, primary areas for volunteers include reception, medical, maintenance (plumbing, electrical, etc.), landscaping (flower planting, weeding, mowing), haircuts, special events, tutoring and newsletter assembly.
Fayetteville Police Foundation, 467 Hay St., 910-433-1746, opportunities exist for volunteers to help with mailings, mail lists, phone calls and event preparations.
Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Inc., 910-433-4690, volunteers can help with concerts, events and office work. Those who are musically inclined can help children learn about musical instruments.
Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Inc., 701 Whitfield St., 910-483-5944, “Become a volunteer in one of Fayetteville Urban Ministry’s four life-changing programs and start building your community today!”
Friendship Community Gardens, Inc., 910-624-4692, an all-volunteer group that uses gardening “to build relationships among divergent neighborhoods and to grow fresh, nutritious vegetables.” Community members of any age, background and ability are welcome to volunteer.
His Outreach Worldwide, Inc., offers faith related volunteer opportunities. 2770 Breezewood Ave., 910-864-3991.
Operation Blessing of Fayetteville, Inc., 1337 Ramsey St., 910-483-1119, many volunteer opportunities, including helping with clothing closet, food pantry, special
events, crisis pregnancy center, office help.
Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, Inc., 351 Wagoner Dr., Suite 200, 910-826-3102, “Volunteers supplement and enhance our daily work, assist with planning and strategic direction, and help out at special events. We aim to match each volunteer’s unique set of skills and interests with opportunities that best meet their needs and desires.”
Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County, 910-485-7273, volunteers answer the 24-hour crisis line after office hours, respond to emergency room calls, assist
victims during the legal process, participate in community awareness and assist with support groups.
Second Harvest Food Bank Southeast North Carolina, 910-485-8809, “Volunteers are vital to ensuring nutritious food reaches the individuals living in food-insecure households each year across our seven-county service area.”
The CARE Clinic, 910-485-0555, clinic that meets the medical and dental needs of the uninsured or under-insured, many medical and nonmedical volunteers are needed.
The Gilbert Theater, 910-678-7816, volunteers are needed for technical support, administrative support, fundraising, pre-production construction and tech.
The Salvation Army-Fayetteville, 910-483-0119, many volunteer opportunities are available.
United Way of Cumberland County, Inc., 222 Maiden Lane, 910-483-1179, many volunteer opportunities are available with nearly 10,000 volunteer hours recorded in 2019-2020,
Vision Resource Center, 2736 Cedar Creek Rd., 910-483-2719, “Volunteer your time by lending a helping hand for our family members in any of our monthly activities or by sharing your talents and experience in presentations and seminars.”
Fort Bragg military installation, “The Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces.” In 1918, Gen. William J. Snow, who was the chief of field artillery, decided that the area now known as Fort Bragg – located almost in the middle of the state – met all the desired criteria for year-round training. That included suitable terrain, adequate water, rail facilities and climate, according to a Fort Bragg online history. As a result, Camp Bragg came into existence on Sept. 4, 1918. The camp was named for native North Carolinian Gen. Braxton Bragg, who served in the Mexican-American War and as a Confederate leader during the Civil War. Fort Bragg is one of 10 U.S. Army installations
named for officers who led military units of the failed Confederacy. Early in 1921, the 13th and 17th Field Artillery Brigades began training in the camp. On Sept. 30, 1922, Camp Bragg became Fort Bragg, a permanent Army post. Since 2000, Fort Bragg soldiers have participated in combat and humanitarian operations in countries around the world.
Today, with roughly 57,000 military personnel, 11,000 civilian employees and 23,000 family members, Fort Bragg ranks among the largest military complexes in the world, according to the installation. It is located within Cumberland, Harnett and Moore counties and borders the municipalities of Fayetteville, Spring Lake and Southern Pines.
The Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum, which is part of the U.S. Army museum system, opened to the public in the downtown district of Fayetteville in 2000.
Visitors are able to enjoy the exhibits, culture and heritage of the nation’s military history, with a focus on Army Airborne and Special Operations Forces from 1940. Admission is
free, but a $5 donation is gladly accepted. 100 Bragg Blvd. Call 910-643-2778.
Based at Fort Bragg, the 82nd Airborne Division is the fighting arm of the XVIII Airborne Corps, and highly regarded as the Army’s most strategically mobile division. Its mission, according to Fort Bragg online information, “is to, within 18 hours of notification, strategically deploy, conduct forcible entry parachute assault and secure key objectives for follow-on military operations in support of U.S. national interests.” “The 82nd Airborne Division is the world’s only Airborne division and the nucleus of the U.S. Immediate Response Force,” said Master Sgt. Alex Burnett, a public affairs officer with the 82nd. “Comprised of nearly 18,000 paratroopers in three Brigade Combat Teams, a Combat Aviation Brigade, a Sustainment Brigade, an Artillery Brigade and a division headquarters, the All American Division is capable of mobilizing and deploying anywhere in the world within 18 hours of notification to support any combat or contingency mission.” Most recently, Burnett said, the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team was mobilized in response to growing tensions in Iraq and deployed as the IRF for the first time since the invasion of Panama more than 30 years ago.”
The U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) is the largest major U.S. Army command. FORSCOM, which was created on July 1, 1973, from the former Continental Army Command, consists of more than 750,000 active-duty Army, U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard soldiers. It was created “to train, mobilize, deploy, sustain, transform and reconstitute assigned conventional forces, providing relevant and ready land power to combatant commanders.” FORSCOM has been deeply involved in military operations, including Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
The XVIII Airborne Corps, founded in 1942, is designed for short-notice deployment anywhere in the world by air, land or sea. Thus, the Fort Bragg-based corps is referred to as “America’s Contingency Corps.” The XVIII Airborne Corps saw extensive service during World War II. More recently, the corps deployed from January 2005 to January 2006 to Baghdad, Iraq, where it served as the Multi-National Corps – Iraq.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, is charged with overseeing the various special operations forces of the Army. This is the largest= component of Special Operations Command. Its mission is “to organize, train, educate, man, equipt, fund, administer, mobilize, deploy and sustain Army special operations forces to successfully conduct worldwide special operations.” Since their establishment in 1952, Special Forces soldiers have operated in, among others, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, North Vietnam, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Yemen and Niger.
U.S. Army Reserve Command operates as a reserve force of the Army and, together with the Army National Guard, constitute the Army element of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces. According to the Army Reserve, its purpose is to generate “combat-ready units and soldiers for the Army and Joint Warfighter that are trained, equipped and lethal to win our nation’s wars.”
Established in 1980, the Joint Special Operations Command (often referred to as the National Mission Force) prepares assigned, attached and augmented forces. When directed, JSOC conducts special operations against threats to protect the homeland and U.S. interests abroad. The command was established following the failed attempt by U.S. Special Operations Forces to rescue American hostages held in Iran. It is designed as a common command structure between Army, Air Force and Navy Special Operations elements. Its focus today is believed to be counterterrorism.
U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). Founded in 1985 and headquartered at Fort Bragg, this command “supports the Army and Joint
Force with strategic, operational and tactical civil affairs, military information support and information operations capabilities across the range of military operations.” It is made
up mostly of Army Reserve soldiers in units through the country.
Pope Army Airfield is the result of a realignment of Pope Air Force Base with Fort Bragg from the Base Realignment and Closure in 2011. It is the post’s third airfield, joining Simmons Army Airfield and Mackall Army Airfield. “When the president dials 911, the phone rings here,” Jim Bove, public affairs officer for Pope Army Airfield, said.
“Pope Field has been here since 1919 and is currently made up of 2,600 airmen and 250 civilians across four different Air Force major commands: Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command, Air Education and Training Command, and Air Force Special Operations Command,” Bove said. “Combined, they train, support, deliver and execute the Army Special Operations Forces’ mission worldwide at a moment’s notice.” The Simmons Airfield serves the aviation needs of active, reserve and guard forces; Camp Mackall is an active Army training center and the primary training site for Army Special Forces. Pope Field, located at the northern tip of Fort Bragg, is considered one of the busiest bases in the military.
Security Force Assistance Command was activated at Fort Bragg in November 2018 and oversees a half-dozen new Security Forces Assistance Brigades. These units conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations.