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The Fayetteville Woodpeckers to keep baseball going year round at the TJ Robinson Life Center

A batting cage dedication will take place on Thursday, November 17th at 5 pm at the TJ Robinson Life Center, Blackridge Road, Hope Mills, NC, as part of a donation of baseball equipment by the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

For many young people in nearby schools and towns, sports go beyond simple enjoyment. Every year, more than 60 million kids and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 18 take part in organized sports in local schools and youth sports centers around them. Additionally, at least 61% of people who participated in sports regularly as children have higher rates of success in life, better communication skills, lower rates of drug and alcohol abuse, higher standards of living, and more active relationships with their families, partners, communities, and social networks.

Through the TJ Robinson Life Center, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers have provided baseball equipment to promote youth participation in baseball and sports. Thanks to the donation, young people will have free access to baseball equipment and other possibilities to learn about the sport. The TJ Robinson Life Center is a multi-sport and community gym in Hope Mills, North Carolina, that provides young people of all ages, races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds with equal opportunities. Youths in nearby Fayetteville schools and neighborhoods now have access to batting cages and other baseball gear like bats, gloves, helmets, and pitching machines. The donation aims to inspire young people to learn about baseball and get involved in the sport without the financial obstacles that could have otherwise prohibited them from doing so enabling them to study, develop, and thrive in a stable environment.

About TJ Robinson Life Center 

TJ Robinson Life Center offers continuous assistance to the neighborhood and homes through wellness, development, and support, to the neighborhood through inclusion and participation regardless of gender, religion, or status. Designed for neighborhood residents, the TJ Robinson Life Center is a multisport and fitness facility. The TJ Robinson Life Center aspires to and works hard to be the change that our neighborhood needs.  In addition to offering a world-class sporting environment that everybody can enjoy, it plays a crucial role in helping today’s youngster’s personal growth.

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About Fayetteville Woodpeckers 


The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are a Class A minor league baseball team based in North Carolina and an affiliate of the World Champion Houston Astros. They play their home games at Segra Stadium in the heart of Downtown Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the city of Fayetteville as well as the surrounding areas. One of their guiding principles is to encourage and facilitate youth sports, which has made a real impact on the Fayetteville neighborhood.

To learn more, click here.

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E.E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame 2023 Inductees


The National Association of E.E. Smith Alumni and Friends, Inc. (NAEESAF) and The E.E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame (EES SHOF) are proud to announce the second annual class of inductees into the E.E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame. The E.E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame was established August 9, 2021, with the mission to recognize the noteworthy achievements and contributions of student athletes, teams, coaches, school staff, and volunteers who donated extraordinary amounts of time and talent to the E.E. Smith athletic program.


The HOF Initiative Committee is excited to announce the E.E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame Second Class as follows:

• Three former coaches who helped to create and continue Smith’s outstanding winning sports legacy —  Ida Askew, Henry A. Black, and Milton A. Butts.

• Fourteen former E.E. Smith athletes who excelled in various sports at EES and in college: Joyce Vaughn Battle ’81 Basketball, Robert Brickey ’86 Basketball, Nettie Toomer Council ’48 Basketball, Carl Galbreath ’45 Football, Angela Hill ’90 Basketball, Carey Hughley ’61 Football, Samara Dobbins Johnson ’91 Basketball, Connell Maynor ’87 Football, Earl McNeill ’68 Basketball and Baseball, Garvin Stone ’69 Football, Brandon Wallace ’05 Wrestling, Bobby Earl Williams ’58 Football, Colette Williams Valentine ’82 Track and Field, Roszella Major Williams ’78 Track and Field.

• One Legacy Family of outstanding athletes, The Cole Brothers: Ben ‘57, Alexander (Fuzzy) ‘61, Allen ‘62 and Lamb ‘67.

• Three North Carolina State Championship Men’s Basketball Teams: 1937, 1938, and 1950.

• The 1939 Men’s Basketball Team who were Finalist in the National Championship.


The HOF Initiative Committee, on behalf of NAEESAF members, will introduce the second class of inductees at the home basketball game,Friday, December 2, 2022, vs. Saint Paul’s.  The Second HOF Class will be formally inducted into the E.E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony during a Gala Banquet on Sunday, May 28, 2023, as a part of the NAEESAF’s 2023 Annual Memorial Day Weekend Reunion activities.


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Side Splitters Comedy Club is celebrating 30 years in Tampa Bay

Side Splitters Comedy Club is celebrating 30 years in Tampa Bay!

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, they are throwing an open mic to show off the local talent. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best comedy in Tampa Bay!

So come on out and celebrate with Side Splitters Comedy Club in the first week of November. to show off all of their local and national talents! This is a night you do not want to miss! They’ve been making the area laugh for three decades, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. As the go-to spot for comedy in Tampa Bay, Side Splitters has earned the title of “Best Comedy Club” from Creative Loafing for 2021 and 2022. They’re proud to showcase both local and national touring talent, giving everyone a chance to laugh out loud.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, everyone is welcome. So mark your calendars and get ready to laugh until you cry – it’s going to be a night to remember! This event is open to all ages. However, please note that some material may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Local Talent  

This is a big part of what makes Side Splitters so special. They’re always dedicated to supporting the Tampa Bay comedy showcasing and giving them a chance to shine on stage.  Come out and see some of the best up-and-coming talents in the area.

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at stand-up, this is the perfect opportunity. Or if you’re just looking for a good laugh, come on down and enjoy the show. Either way, come out and show your support for the hard-working comics of Tampa Bay!

Best Nationally Touring Headliners.  

Side Splitters brings in the best nationally touring headliners, so you can be sure you’re getting a good laugh. They’ve had some of the biggest names in comedy grace their stage, and they’re always looking to add more. If you want to see a live show that’s sure to make you laugh, Side Splitters is the place to be.

From up-and-comers to comedy legends, they’ve got it all and with a full calendar of events, there’s always something new to see. Some of the comics that have graced their stage include Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Dane Cook, Gabriel Iglesias, and many more.  

Come out and celebrate with Side Splitters Comedy Club as they turn 30! It’s sure to be a night of non-stop laughs.

Award-Winning Open Mic.  

The open mic at Side Splitters is one of the best in the country and the perfect place to try out new material or just have some fun with a supportive crowd and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to test out your comedy chops. The open mic is hosted by Tampa Bay’s own Zachary Freeman and will feature some of the area’s best up-and-coming comics. Whether you’re a Tampa local or just visiting, be sure to stop by Side Splitters Comedy Club and see what all the fuss is about!

You’re guaranteed to have a good time. So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets today and laugh the night away!

The doors will be open at 7:00, the show starts at 8 pm to 10:00 pm in the first week of November at Side Splitters Comedy Club (located at 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618).

There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase.

This event is open to all ages.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Side Splitters Comedy Club website.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest shows and events, be sure to sign up for their newsletter or follow them on social media. You can also purchase tickets directly from their website.

Side Splitters is the perfect place to host your next event…  

From corporate functions to bachelor/bachelorette parties, they can accommodate groups of all sizes. They offer a variety of packages that can be customized to fit your needs and make your event planning easy and hassle-free. They also have a state-of-the-art audio and visual systems, so you can be sure Side Splitters will work with you to ensure that everything is just perfect and your event will go off without a hitch.

To learn more about hosting your next event and for more information on booking at Side Splitters, or visit their social media today: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube

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Side Splitters Comedy Club | Tampa Bay’s premier comedy showplace since 1992

Looking for a good laugh? Look no further than Side Splitters Comedy Club! This Tampa Bay-based comedy club has been entertaining audiences since 1992 and is known for hosting some of the top comedians in the country. With shows at three different locations, there’s sure to be a show that’s just right for you. So come on out and enjoy some laughs – you won’t be disappointed!

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Side Splitters Comedy Club: The Best Comedy Club In The Country!  

The demand for Side Splitters Comedy Club tickets has never been higher. For this reason, Side Splitters has recently expanded to two more locations.  

The first Side Splitters Comedy Club was founded in Tampa in 1992. It has been a staple in the Tampa comedy scene for years and continues to be one of the most popular comedy clubs in the country. The second location opened in The Grove, located in Wesley Chapel, and the third location just opened in downtown St. Petersburg. For more information click here.

Side Splitters Comedy Club features some of the best comedians in the country. They have had the privilege of hosting comics such as Jim Breuer, Ari Shaffir, and many more. If you’re looking for a good laugh, then look no further than Side Splitters! Click here to view our calendar and see who’s coming to Side Splitters Comedy Club soon.

About Side Splitters Comedy Club  

Side Splitters Comedy Club is one of the most popular comedy clubs in the country. With locations in Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and St. Pete, there’s sure to be a show that’s just right for you. So come on out and enjoy some laughs – you won’t be disappointed!

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Nowhere to Go But Up: Live Comedy is Back and Better than Ever at Side Splitters

If you’re looking for a place to see some of the funniest comedians around, look no further than Side Splitters Comedy Club. They are now hosting more live events than ever, with something for everyone. You can see nationally touring comedians, join in on their open mic night, and much more. Plus, they’re available in three locations – Tampa Bay, The Grove at Wesley Chapel, and Coastal Creative in St. Pete. So no matter where you are, you’ll be able to enjoy some Side Splitting comedy. Check out their website for more information and event schedules. Laughter is the best medicine after all! Laugh it off with Side Splitters Comedy Club!

What Is Comedy?  

Comedy is the use of humor to provoke feelings of amusement or laughter in an audience. It can be done through wordplay, physicality, or a variety of other means. Comedy often relies on taking something that is normally considered serious and making it funny. This can be done through exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, or through a variety of other means.

Some argue that comedy is simply whatever makes someone laugh. However, this is difficult to define as what makes one person laugh may not make another even crack a smile. There are many different types of comedy, and what one person finds funny may not be the same as what another finds humorous.

There are several theories about what makes something funny. Superiority theory suggests that we laugh at things that make us feel superior to others. This can be done by making fun of someone else’s misfortune or by poking fun at a topic that we know more about than the person next to us. Relief theory proposes that we laugh in order to release tension or stress. This can be seen in physical comedy or in jokes that play on our fears.

Comedy is an important part of our lives as it allows us to step back from the seriousness of the world and just enjoy a good laugh. It brings people together and creates bonds between strangers. So next time you’re feeling down, watch a funny movie, tell a joke, or just spend some time with friends and family. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

Where Can You Watch The Best Comedy Shows In Florida?  

There are many great places to watch comedy shows in Florida. If you’re looking for nationally touring comedians, Side Splitters Comedy Club is the place for you. They have locations in Tampa Bay, The Grove at Wesley Chapel, and Coastal Creative in St. Pete. You can also join their open mic night or catch one of their many events, any night of the week.

Side Splitters Comedy Club has something for everyone. They offer a variety of shows, from stand-up to improv to sketch comedy. Plus, they have a full bar and menu so you can enjoy a drink or bite to eat while you laugh the night away.

If you’re a new comedian looking for a place to do some research, they’ve got you covered. Join one of their open mic nights, see how others do it, use their shows as research for your own shows, and maybe even give it a try yourself. You got this!

Which Comedians Can You Expect To See At Side Splitters Comedy Club?  

Some of the funniest comedians around have graced the stage at Side Splitters Comedy Club. National touring comedians like Doug Stanhope, Tom Papa, and Iliza Shlesinger have all performed at Side Splitters. Plus, many up-and-coming comedians get their start at Side Splitters open mic night. Do you think you have what it takes? Join their next open mic event!

No matter what your taste in comedy is, you’re sure to find a show that you’ll love at Side Splitters Comedy Club. So check out their website or stop by one of their locations today. Laugh it off with Side Splitters!

More About Side Splitters Comedy Club  

Side Splitters Comedy Club is the largest comedy club in Tampa Bay and one of the best in the country. They have been entertaining audiences for over 20 years and show no signs of slowing down. With three locations, a full bar and menu, and a variety of events, there’s something for everyone at Side Splitters.

So whether you’re looking for a night out with friends or a date night with your significant other, be sure to check out Side Splitters Comedy Club. You’re guaranteed to have a good time. Laugh it off with Side Splitters!

For event updates, tips for comedians, and more, also check out the Side Splitters Comedy Club Social Media pages: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter

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Backwoods Terror Ranch Returns To Sweet Valley Ranch


Another season of terror is upon us as the October 2022 edition of the Backwoods house of horror and Dr. Surgeon’s Manor is set to thrill the adventurous and leave a lasting horrifying experience. Backwoods is inviting all lovers of adventures to witness the house of terror which features diverse thrilling attractions to have a horrifying experience of fun at Sweet Valley Ranch in Fayetteville, NC.


Sweet Valley Ranch is home to one-of-a-kind seasonal events and a tourist attraction in Fayetteville and a safe place to have a family fun time experience. With the inclusion of farm animals to create wonderful experiences for all ages, Sweet Valley Ranch is an event venue with its rustic setting deco, riding trails, and fishing ponds to have fun, relax, refresh, recharge and discover fun experiences in a family friendly environment where nature meets adventure.


Backwoods Terror Ranch features side attractions which include, Surgeon Manor, The Graveyard, Slaughter House, and more tailored for the adventurers for those who love horror and thrill. Sweet Valley Ranch ensures all measures to make its environment and events Covid-19 safe and has an employ of capable staff ready to assist people have a quality time filled with fun and adventures.


Sweet Valley Ranch leverages Backwoods Terror Ranch to create a community for people who love horror and are often sidelined in amusement and entertainment. Backwoods Terror Ranch sets itself apart from others because it truly cares about its customers and their expectations and is committed to creating a thrilling experience on each visit. It not only provides exciting experiences to feed visitors’ wild imaginations and love for terror, and horror, it has top-line security to ensure a safe environment. It also has a wide range of beautiful animals from different continents well taken care of and happy to be a part of your fun-filled experience and charm you away.


About Backwoods Terror Ranch at Sweet Valley Ranch

Sweet Valley Ranch in Fayetteville, NC is nature-inspired and has deeply connected roots in farming, agriculture, and animals to create a fun and adventurous filled experience for people and families. Created out of a desire and passion to create something valuable to the community while being involved in it. Sweet Valley Ranch is owned and operated by Fred and Anita Surgeon is where nature meets adventure. Sweet Valley Ranch host seasonal events such as Springtime Adventures, Dinosaur World, Festival of lights, Backwoods Terror Ranch, and, Music at the Farm. Sweet Valley Ranch is keen on giving back to the community and is involved in charity and partners with organizations to help people in Fayetteville called “Sweet Valley Ranch Gives Back”.

For more information on opening dates, location, fees, and more check here.

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Cam Kline Music from Grand Cayman Island to Orlando’s local bar and restaurant music scene.

Orlando Florida – August 3rd, 2022: Cam Kline Music will visit Orlando Florida from the Grand Cayman Island August 5th-10th to perform on a local bar and restaurant music tour. Cam lives on Grand Cayman Island and offers a wide range of live music entertainment. As a solo acoustic performance, Cam entertains crowds at local bars, restaurants, private parties, and corporate events with his guitar and vocals.

Cam’s music selection spans generations from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and today. His music selection blends a perfect mix of rock, country, and pop to keep everyone in attendance smiling, dancing, and buying drinks. He surprises audiences with his versatility as he performs on the drums and piano in a full-band show. His versatility doesn’t stop there either, Cam leverages his musicality to spin the best DJ mixes for all events and parties.

On Friday, August 5th Cam will begin a six-show tour through Orlando Florida’s local bar and restaurant music scene. Cam will play a variety of venues in the Sodo, Ivanhoe, I-Drive, and Thornton Park areas near downtown Orlando.

Friday, August 5th from 6pm – 9pm at Vanbarry’s Public House located at 4120 S Orange Ave. Orlando FL. 32806.

Saturday, August 6th from 6pm – 9pm at The waterfront located at 4201 S Orange Ave. Orlando FL. 32806.

Sunday, August 7th from 11am – 3pm at ’39 Poolside bar and grill | Rosen Plaza located at 9700 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819.

Sunday, August 7th from 6pm – 9pm at Graffiti Junktion in Thorton Park located at 700 E. Washington St. Orlando, FL 32801.

Tuesday, August 9th from 6pm – 9pm at The 808 Orlando located at 808 E. Washington Street Orlando, FL 32801.

Wednesday, August 10th from 7:30pm – 10:30pm at Elevate Rooftop Lounge located at 2000 N. Orange Ave. Orlando FL. 32804.

All shows will be complimentary entertainment for patrons of the bar or restaurant venues.

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Thornton Park District is Hosting the 8th Annual Putt N’ Pour In Orlando

Orlando, FL – July 19th, 2022 – The Thornton Park District will be hosting the 8th annual Putt N’ Pour Minature Golf Pub Crawl In the Downtown area of Orlando near Lake Eola Park.

Day Drinking “Golfers” will be challenged by holes designed and built by eleven Thornton Park District bars and restaurants while enjoying beverage specials and prize giveaways.

After the crawl, golfers and spectators converge at Cavo’s Bar & Kitchen for the official post-party complete with drink specials, and raffles!

Participants will receive one free Tito’s John Daly Cocktail per ticket purchase at check-in!!

This event will take place on Saturday, July 23rd from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. Guests will check in for the event in the TPD Circle located at 431 E. Central Blvd. Tickets for the event will be $15 in advance and $20 the day of for singles. Foursomes can play for $40 in advance and $50 the day of.

Pub Crawlers will enjoy playing minature gold holes while having drinks at World of Beer, Aku Aku Tiki, The Abbey (set up at the TPD Circle), Eola Wine Company, Dolce, Bynx Orlando, Graffiti Junktion, The Veranda, Burton’s Bar, The 808, and Cavo’s Bar & Restaurant.

If you would like more information or join in the fun you can get more details at The Putt N’ Pour

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E. E. Smith Sports Hall Of Fame Calls For Nominations For Class Of 2023


The E. E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame announces the opening of nominations for the Class of 2023. The nominations will be open until August 31, 2022. The E. E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame was initiated in 2021. 

Known as the Golden Bulls, thesealumni are recognized for their distinction and notablecontributions in various capacities in their chosen sports fields.

The Hall of Fame also honors longstanding supporters, administrators, staff, and volunteers who have shown loyalty and passion to the Golden Bulls and their rich athletic culture -individuals who have been supportive off the field to the cause of E. E. Smith High School athletics. Nominations are open to honor and preserve the illustrious contributions of these individuals.

E. E. Smith High School has a long and rich sports history. Over the years, it has produced a plethora of exceptional, nationallycelebrated athletes and coaches. These individuals have made names for themselves due to their outstanding athletic abilities and by winning state and national college championships and Super Bowls and by making game changing contributions as coaches and players on the college and professional levels. 

Nominations for the E.E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2023, will remain open until August 31, 2022. Nominationforms can be accessed on the web site of the E.E. Smith Sports Hall of Fame ( Nominators mustensure that the nomination form is filled out completely and that the nominee meets all the established criteria for the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will not accept self-nominations or anonymous nominations. All nomination forms will be filed and reviewed for up to 3 years if the nominee is not inducted into the current class.

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Woodpeckers Announce Partnership With TJ Robinson Life Center



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Fayetteville Woodpeckers have partnered with the TJ Robinson Life Center to advance youth involvement in baseball. The donation will provide youth with free access to baseball equipment and other opportunities to learn about the sport of baseball.  


The Woodpeckers Foundation and Community Leaders Program donated $10,000 to the TJ Robinson Life Center, a new multi-sport and fitness community center in Hope Mills, North Carolina. The TJ Robinson Life Center focuses on providing youth with equal opportunities, regardless of socioeconomic status.  Funds will be used to purchase batting cages and baseball equipment, including bats, gloves, helmets and a pitching machine. The purpose of the donation is to encourage youth to learn about baseball and be involved in baseball without financial barriers. This donation is part of the Community Leaders Program, which supports youth sports and military initiatives in the Fayetteville area. 


In addition, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers will host a free “Day of Play” at the TJ Robinson Life Center. Members of the TJ Robinson Life Center will be able to learn about baseball and participate in a skills clinic run by players of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. For more information on the Woodpeckers Foundation or the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, please visit