Welcome to GSOFamilies!

Welcome to GSOFamilies - the all-inclusive resource for families in the Greensboro, NC area. Any information shared on our website, twitter page, Facebook page, or Facebook group may also be included on our website! Please see a full listing of our social media and community groups here: http://www.gsofamilies.com/p/gsofamilies-social-media-and-community.html
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GSOFamilies 4th Annual Online Auction

OUR AUCTION IS NOW LIVE: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1262532053758949.1073741836.426686060676890&type=1&l=6171db9de8


July 20, 2016

To All GSOFamilies Members and Supporters:

GSOFamilies is a local community of families. As a local mom, I founded the group in May 2012 to provide a comprehensive compilation of Greensboro area family-friendly activities and businesses.

The group has grown to be a staple for many families in Greensboro. At this point, we have over 2200 fans on Facebook, over 350 members on Meetup, and over 800 followers on Twitter. We have a very active Facebook group with over 2300 members (one sub group has more than 5300 members!), and several smaller subgroups for specific demographics, such as single parents, school clothing swaps, fitness, and more. Our Pinterest page has about 1700 followers, and our more recently launched Instagram page has about 700 followers.

The cost of running and maintaining just the technical aspects of GSOFamilies through our continued growth is overwhelming, and the GSOFamilies group is hosting an online auction to help offset these costs. GSOFamilies is completely free to join, and thousands of local families turn to our community when seeking local businesses to patronize. Our members share personal reviews, suggestions, and opinions, as well as anecdotes for raising children in the Greensboro area, and have come together into a well-respected, welcoming, and thriving community.

We are asking for donations of items, services, or experiences for our online auction. All donors will receive publicity via the GSOFamilies webpage and social media leading up to and during the auction, as well as an official public thank you. The auction will be held online on the GSOFamilies site from August 14 - August 21, 2016. The funds raised from the items you donate will directly benefit GSOFamilies and our members and allow our entire organization to continue to operate at no cost to our members. Simply complete the form below.

With the generous support of people like you, we will be able to continue to support local Greensboro families and provide a free, often utilized, and very necessary resource for local parents and children. To learn more about GSOFamilies, we invite you visit our website at www.GSOFamilies.com.
Thank you for your time and consideration, and we look forward to your continued support.

Most sincerely,
Becky Lange
GSOFamilies Founder




*Please note: GSOFamilies is not a non-profit organization. Please consult with an accountant to determine any applicable tax deductions for your donation.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

GSOFamilies Help Wanted

As GSOFamilies has grown, I am looking for a few volunteers to help me with the groups. Time commitment varies, I have tried to include as much information as possible in this post, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me GSOFamilies@gmail.com and we can chat! I firmly believe that this group has grown and thrived because of all of the people involved in making it a supportive, informative, helpful community. If you have a few minutes, or a few hours, to commit to helping the group continue to grow, let's work together!  Ideally I would like to find several volunteers for each position, and I will work with you on training and being part of the team.

POSITION: Best of Greensboro Assistant
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Best of Greensboro Assistant is to help me update and organize the Best of Greensboro directory on www.GSOFamilies.com
  • Duties: The Best of Greensboro Assistant will help compile recommendations from our Facebook group to update the Best of Greensboro directory.
  • Time Commitment: Varies - The more time available, the faster the task will be completed!
  • Description: You do not need to have website technical knowledge for this position! I'd love some help just compiling information into the proper format so I can just paste it into the website. There are existing posts you can pull information and recommendations from, or you can create new posts to gather new suggestions for Best of Greensboro. I'm flexible! Email me with interest! GSOFamilies@gmail.com
POSITION: Event Coordinator
*Multiple Positions Open!
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Event Coordinator is to provide options and activities and events for local families to have the opportunity to meet each other.
  • Duties: The event coordinator will plan and schedule at least one event per calendar month.
  • Time Commitment: One event or activity per month, on an ongoing basis. If you choose to plan additional events, that's fine too!
  • Description: Keep it simple! It can be a family event, an adult event, a moms-only or dads-only event, or really anything you're willing to plan and invite others to attend with you. Our community is unique because we encompass both online interaction and in-person activities. If there's something you like to do on your own with friends, with your significant other, or with your family, and you don't mind inviting others to accompany you, this is the volunteer position for you! What about a day trip to the zoo? A morning at the Science Center? A playdate at the park? Coffee with the girls? Date night with other couples? Girls night out? A trip to the movies? Skating? There's so many possibilities in this area! If you are interested in inviting others to join you at an event you'd be doing anyway, at least once per month, let me know! GSOFamilies@gmail.com (Note: Events will be shared across GSOFamilies sites)
POSITION: Pinterest Pinner
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Pinterest Pinner is to pin relevant and applicable pins and information for the Greensboro and Triad area to the GSOFamilies pinterest board.
  • Duties: The Pinterest Pinner is responsible for pinning new posts to the GSOFamilies Pinterest board at least once a week. 
  • Time Commitment: A few minutes each week
  • Description: If you're a fan of using Pinterest, this volunteer position is for you! You'll be added to the GSOFamilies group board, and can pin information relevant to families in the Greensboro and Triad area. Email me with interest! GSOFamilies@gmail.com
POSITION: Instagrammer
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Instagrammer is to actively participate in the Instagram community, like relevant and applicable posts, and share information for the Greensboro and Triad area to the GSOFamilies Instagram account.
  • Duties: The Instagrammer is responsible for participating in the Instagram social community as frequently as possible, at least twice a week. 
  • Time Commitment: A few minutes each week
  • Description: If you're a fan of using Instagram, this volunteer position is for you! You'll be given access to the GSOFamilies Instagram account, and can like, comment, hashtag, and share information relevant to families in the Greensboro and Triad area. Email me with interest! GSOFamilies@gmail.com
POSITION: Twitter Tweeter
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Twitter Tweeter is to actively participate in the Twitter social community, favorite relevant and applicable posts, and retweet information for the Greensboro and Triad area to the GSOFamilies Twitter account.
  • Duties: The Twitter Tweeter is responsible for participating in the Twitter social community as frequently as possible, at least twice a week. 
  • Time Commitment: A few minutes each week
  • Description: If you're a fan of using Twitter, this volunteer position is for you! You'll be given access to the GSOFamilies Twitter account, and can favorite, engage in conversation, hashtag, retweet, and share information relevant to families in the Greensboro and Triad area. Email me with interest! GSOFamilies@gmail.com
POSITION: Guest Blogger
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Guest Blogger is to submit short reviews and personal experiences with attractions and events in the Triad area and elsewhere for inclusion on our website under the Travel or Local Outings headings. 
  • Duties: Guest Bloggers can submit as many or as few posts as they wish, at any time interval. 
  • Time Commitment: The amount of time to write one post (you can see examples on www.GSOFamilies.com just click on Travel or Local Outings)
  • Description: If you enjoy sharing your experiences and opinions with others, this is the position for you. The time commitment is minimal - just visit a local park, attraction, event, etc. and write a short post about your family's experience. Or, if you take a day trip or a vacation, write about your adventures - including where you stayed and what you did. Families are ALWAYS looking for personal recommendations! Email me with interest - GSOFamilies@gmail.com

I will also be looking for assistance with events, marketing, and charitable drives at various times throughout the year. If you have ideas or a desire to work on a larger-scale project for the community, please contact me so we can chat and brainstorm!

Many many thanks!

Becky

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Best of Greensboro 2016 - Italian Restaurants

Vote below for the best restaurant for Italian food in Greensboro. We will host regular polls to help add to our GSOFamilies Best of Greensboro listings. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for questions so you can comment with your favorites, then check back for our poll to help determine the Best of Greensboro! Vote below, or click this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G8L9MQ3 and vote to see responses!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Summer Kids Movies in Greensboro

Here are all the summer movies for kids in Greensboro! If we missed any, please let us know.  Please consider calling the theater to confirm showtimes and movies as they are subject to change. GSOFamilies is not responsible for any changes to the schedules below. Visit our Facebook group or Meetup Group to find other families to meet at these events! 


GSOFamilies Summer Movies 2016


Carmike 18
4822 Koger Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407
(336) 306-5396
http://www.carmike.com/Events/Category/8

The Summer Kid Series 2016.  Every Thursday @ 10:00AM from Thursday June 9 through Thursday, August 11, 2016
$1.00 Admission Only / $4.00 includes admission, special drink, and special popcorn plus tax.

June 9 - The Croods
June 16 - Epic
June 23 - Home
June 30 - How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 7 - Kung Fu Panda 1
July 14 - Monsters vs. Aliens
July 21 - Rio 2
July 28 - The Peanuts Movie
August 4 - The Penguins of Madagascar
August 11 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip


Carolina Theatre
310 South Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
336.333.2605
https://carolinatheatre.com/events/?event_id=&venue_id=&category_id=6

The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Carolina Kids Club, running for five Wednesday mornings this summer. Each G-rated, family-friendly, animated Disney movie will be preceded by exciting, kid-focused, live stage entertainment from Mad Science and lobby fun from Bricks 4 Kidz leading up to the show. Carolina Kids Club doors open at 9:00am; stage games and live entertainment begin at 9:30am; movies begin between 10:15 and 10:30, with events ending by noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Daytime parking is available in the parking deck located at the corner of Washington and Greene Streets and in metered spaces around the Theatre.
Tickets are only $5.00 and include a kids’ snack pack! Five-packs of tickets are $20.
Contact the box office for tickets by phone at 336-333-2605, online, or in person Mon-Fri from noon-5pm. For group tickets, contact Box Office Manager Rachelle Walsh at 336-333-2600 x 5.
The Carolina Kids Club is supported by the Lincoln Financial Foundation, ArtsGreensboro, and Bricks 4 Kidz.

June 22 – Cars with Mad Science!
June 29 – Aladdin with Mad Science!
July 13 – Toy Story with Mad Science!
July 20 – Mulan with Mad Science!
July 27 – Finding Nemo with Mad Science!

Center City Cinema
Center City Park
200 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 272-1222
http://www.centercitypark.org/events/index.php

Not yet available

Cinemark Brassfield 10
2101 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
336-288-1005

Summer Movie Clubhouse 2016
All shows at 10 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 Fun Films for Kids, all rated G or PG
$5 for ten movies if purchased in advance, or $1 per show
For more info, see a theater manager, or visit www.cinemark.com
Visit this link for a coupon for $1 off a Movie Snack Pack http://www.cinemark.com/images/smc2016/2016%20SMC%20-%20160.pdf

June 7 and 9 – Paddington
June 14 and 16 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
June 21 and 23 – The Peanuts Movie Dream Big
June 28 and 30 - Pan
July 5 and 7 – Home

July 12 and 14 – The BoxTrolls
July 19 and 21 – The Sandlot
July 26 and 28 - Norm of the North

August 2 and 4 - Shaun the Sheep Movie
August 9 and 11 – Max

Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema
2134 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC.
(336) 355-7180
http://www.geeksboro.com

Don't forget about Geeksboro. They have lots of events for kids (check their page), and we are including the Summertime Brew n' View series here, a 14-week film festival that runs all summer long on Saturdays at 8:30 pm! EACH $6 TICKET INCLUDES A FREE BEVERAGE!
Note: I've removed the R-rated movies from the list, please view the website for complete listings.

May 21 - Disney’s Aladdin (G)
June 4 - Rock n’ Roll High School (PG)
June 11 - Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PG-13)
July 2 - The Muppet Movie (G)
July 9 - Ghostbusters (PG)
July 23 - Jurassic Park (PG-13)
August 6 - Beetlejuice (PG)
August 13 - My Neighbor Totoro (G)
September 3 - Troll 2 (PG-13)
September 10 - Jumanji (PG)

The Grand Theatre at Four Seasons Station
Four Seasons Station
2700 Vanstory St., Greensboro,NC 27407
336-855-2926

Summer Kids Flicks
http://www.thegrandtheatre.com/images/SKF/FSS.png
Movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am
Only $4 - includes free box of popcorn and kid's soda
Box office opens at 9:30, movies start at 10 am. All rated G or PG.

June 14 and 15 – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
June 21 and 22 - Space Jam
June 28 and 29 – How to Train Your Dragon 2

July 5 and 6 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
July 12 and 13 - Penguins of Madagascar
July 19 and 20 - Happy Feet Two
July 26 and 27 - Hotel Transylvania 2
August 2 and 3 - Home
August 9 and 10 - The Peanuts Movie Dream Big
August 16 and 17 - Minions


Red Cinemas
1305 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 230-1732
http://www.redcinemas.com/movies

10 am on Wednesdays - $1 TICKETS!
AVAILABLE CONCESSIONS FOR KIDS ONLY
Small: $4 - 12oz soda or fruit juice & .75oz popcorn
Large: $7.50 - 16oz soda or fruit juice & 1.25oz popcorn plus a small candy
(Regular concession items will still be available for purchase for adults.)

June 15 - Horton Hears A Who
June 22 -  Home
June 29 - The Sandlot
July 6 - Hotel Transylvania
July 13 - Peanuts
July 20 - Minions
July 27 - Shrek
August 3 - Goosebumps
August 10 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Revenge Of The Leftovers
August 17 - Alvin And the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
August 24 - Paul Blart Mall Cop

ALSO:

UNC-TV KIDS SERIES: Tuesday-Thursday at 10am - FREE ADMISSION!


Regal Cinemas Greensboro Grande 16
3205 Northline Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 297-9440
http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Each week both movies play on both days. All movies are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and are rated G or PG.

June 14 and 15 - The Lego Movie
June 14 and 15 - Max
June 21 and 22 - Goosebumps
June 21 and 22 - Iron Giant: Signature Edition

June 28 and 29 - Pan

June 28 and 29 - The Smurfs 2
July 5 and 6 - Despicable Me 2

July 5 and 6 - Home
July 12 and 13 - Minions
July 12 and 13 - The Peanuts Movie
July 19 and 20 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
July 19 and 20 - Curious George
July 26 and 27 - The Book of Life
July 26 and 27 - Hotel Transylvania 2
August 2 and 3 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
August 2 and 3 - Shaun the Sheep
August 9 and 10 - The Croods
August 9 and 10 - Dr. Seuss' The Lorax


Regal Cinemas Palladium Stadium 14 and IMAX
5830 Samet Dr, High Point, NC 27265
(336) 882-5554
http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Each week both movies play on both days. All movies are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and are rated G or PG.

June 14 and 15 - The Lego Movie
June 14 and 15 - Max
June 21 and 22 - Goosebumps
June 21 and 22 - Iron Giant: Signature Edition

June 28 and 29 - Pan

June 28 and 29 - The Smurfs 2
July 5 and 6 - Despicable Me 2

July 5 and 6 - Home
July 12 and 13 - Minions
July 12 and 13 - The Peanuts Movie
July 19 and 20 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
July 19 and 20 - Curious George
July 26 and 27 - The Book of Life
July 26 and 27 - Hotel Transylvania 2
August 2 and 3 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
August 2 and 3 - Shaun the Sheep
August 9 and 10 - The Croods
August 9 and 10 - Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Sedgefield Crossing Cinemas
4631 High Point Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407
(336) 292-7469
http://www.sedgefieldcinemas.com/

Don't forget about this place! While they aren't running specials for kids movies this summer, tickets are $2 all the time, except on Tuesdays when they are only $1. They do have kids movies playing, so check their website for showtimes.



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Monday, February 22, 2016

Help for a local family

I first met Yvonne Whitehead over 10 years ago through a parenting group, similar to GSOFamilies, but before GSOFamilies existed. We bonded immediately as single moms, raising our kids and really striving to be excellent parents.

Yvonne has four children, ranging in age from 6-22, and her oldest son Donovan was recently diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2. This is a rare hereditary condition most often associated with acoustic neuromas. He currently has a total of 4 brain tumors, 2 of which are inoperable, plus numerous tumors up and down his spinal cord. He has trouble walking, seeing and has lost his hearing. 
Yvonne and Donovan
Donavan has a very long road ahead of him as he begins treatment. There are numerous doctor visits scheduled in the coming weeks as they assemble the best team for his care, and he had the first of potentially several surgeries this past week. Donavan's surgery went well, however, he is unable to breathe on his own so he is in the ICU heavily sedated. The doctors are concerned with him not moving his extremities. He has been battling a fever since surgery, but has responded to Yvonne's touch. 

Photo shared by Yvonne Whitehead, with the caption "Keep fighting baby!!"
All of this means that both Donovan and his mother will be out of work repeatedly and indefinitely.  The medical bills will keep adding up, even with insurance. Some of Yvonne's close friends set up a fundraising page for the family to help relieve some of the financial stress. Every little bit collected will help offset their expenses and lessen the tremendous burden they are now carrying.

Personally, I am sharing this story and asking anyone who is able, to please keep Donovan, Yvonne, Donovan's twin sister Dominique, and Donovan's younger siblings Dorian and Dakota, in your thoughts. They need all the positivity and people pulling for them as possible. Life is precious, and I can't imagine the turmoil they are going through as Donovan was active and healthy prior to this diagnosis just a few weeks ago. Feel free to share this story with your friends and family, there's power in numbers!

If anyone is inclined to make a financial contribution, the fundraising page is:  https://www.gofundme.com/donavanw

There is a meal train set up for the family here, if you'd like to help with a meal: https://mealtrain.com/dldo76

Yvonne also said gas gift cards and grocery gift cards would be a help to her family, as she is trying to care for her three children at home, her son in the hospital, and herself. Please mail to Yvonne Whitehead, 118 Knott Street, Winston Salem  NC 27105. Perhaps your children could create a cheerful picture to mail to the family as well? 


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