‘General’

M.A.C. Gift Card Drive + Community Coat Drive

November 21st, 2017

We have two wonderful community charity drives this month. Please read below and don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions.

 

Many of you are familiar with our charitable partner, Mercy for America’s Children (M.A.C.). They are a local, non-profit organization founded by club members, Pam and Mac Taylor, that supports foster care families and promotes adoption through the foster care system.

Mercy for America’s Children works especially hard this time of year to ensure the kids have a happy holiday season. While you may see many toy drives around town, often the teens in foster care are overlooked. Granite Falls would like to help them out again this year by asking for gift card donations to age appropriate stores. Smaller increments are best ($5 or $10) so that they can be shared with the most teens possible. Stores like GameStop, Target, Walmart are GREAT! They also love iTunes and Google Play.

The next time you are out shopping for your family, take a moment to think about these kids that face many struggles and obstacles. If you feel compelled to help, please pick up an inexpensive gift card and drop it off at the front desk. We will collect them through December 23rd.

Last year we were able to donate many gift cards that were well received and much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

We are also collecting coats for a Community Coat Drive. Please drop off your new or clean, gently used coats (adult and kids’ sizes) at our box in the front foyer. You can drop off coats until Friday, December 8.

Thank you in advance for helping our local community members.

Thanksgiving Unplugged

November 21st, 2017

Whether you are traveling for Thanksgiving or staying home, there is always a lot to do to get ready for the big day! With so much to do it can be easy for us to let our kids slip into a technology induced coma during all the days off from school (some schools have the entire week of Thanksgiving off) while we get the packing done, bake the pies, prepare the food, clean up from it all, plan the shopping excursions, and, maybe, enjoy a few football games. Here are some ideas for some fun things your kids (and adults) can do during this busy week that don’t involve a screen.

Crafts or games that need materials purchased or rounded up in advance…

Popsicle Stick Turkeys – The Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club track out camp Thanksgiving week campers made these in 2016 and they were ADORABLE. So many options for each child to make their own.

Thanksgiving Minute to Win it Games – When you are with a crowd, you can’t go wrong with Minute to Win it Games! The silliness, simplicity, and short time for each activity are great for making memories.

A little advanced preparation needed….

Stuff the Turkey Game – Make two and it can be a Thanksgiving day version of corn hole.

Turkey Feather Hunt – If you’ve got older kids, get them involved in the hiding of the feather. Large group? Take it outside and hide them like Easter Eggs. Make teams and assign colors to add a competitive element to it.

Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props – Set up an area for fun Thanksgiving photos with these Thanksgiving photo booth props and let your selfie loving tweens go to town!

Turkey Tag – #7 on this list is sure to get your family and friends moving! Hilarity abounds as you try to maneuver out of each other’s way to avoid having your “feathers” taken.

Print, cut, and go….

Thanksgiving Mad Libs – Hilariously fun, unless you run into an abundance of “potty words” being used…might want to caution before playing.

Thanksgiving Bingo – Everyone loves playing Bingo! This particular one has 8 unique boards. To add a fun twist to it, use fall flavored M&M’s as markers and let the winner be the first to choose a piece of pie or cake!

Turkey Trivia – Boys vs. Girls? Millennials vs. Gen X? So many options here!

No materials needed…

Thanksgiving Dinner – Choose and leader. The leader points to a family member and says either “MEAT,” “VEGETABLE,” or “FRUIT.” The family member must come up with the name of something that fits the category before the leader counts to seven. No fair using a name more than once! If the family member does not respond before the leader gets to seven, he/she is out. The game continues until only one person remains. After a few rounds it can be hard to think of something that has not already been mentioned!

Whether you choose to do any of these activities or not, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope for time well spent with those you love.

Sip & Shop THIS Friday!

November 15th, 2017

Come join us for our famous Sip & Shop Vendor Fair THIS Friday, November 17th from 6pm-8pm!

Over 40 vendors, a free glass of wine, and a chance to win one of two HUGE grand prizes worth over $700 each!

VIP Vendors

Silly Little Boutique

Beans Soy Candle Co

Blooming Beanies

 LuLaRoe

 Paparazzi

 That’s Good Chocolate

 Rodan & Fields

 Plexus

 Young Living

 Yankee South

 Pampered Chef

 Hick’s Chic Boot-ique

 Thirty-One

 Stella & Dot

 Nu Skin

 Jamberry

 Arbonne

 Norwex

 Trades of Hope

 Lemongrass Spa

 Ruby Ribbon

 Christine’s Vinyl Creations

 Team Chiropractic of Wakefield

 Traditional Wood Creations

 The Wilde Project

 Premier Designs

 Juice Plus

 Dream and Believe Travel

 J. Rig Wood Works

 Matilda & Jane

 Lilla Rose

 Divine Decades

 Northern Harbor

 Alaska Dixie Darling

 Pure Haven Essentials

 Bronze Flower

 Scentsy

 Traci Lynn Jewelry

 Twinkleberry Signs and Designs

 

Vendors

Usborne Books & More

Flutter

Kara.

 Shaklee

 Lipzee

Levity Beauty

 Fancy Pants

$38,000 Raised for MAC!

September 12th, 2017

Guest Blog by Mercy for America’s Children Board Officer, Traci O’Rourke

5th Annual Cycle-A-Thon Fundraiser Brings In Over $38,000 In Donations.

Mercy for America’s Children raised just over 38K at the 5th Annual Cycle-A-Thon fundraiser held August 12th at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club in Rolesville, NC. With teams riding stationary bikes for 8 straight hours to raise awareness for children and families in local foster care, the event is the largest fundraiser to date benefiting the organization.

Proceeds from the event go to sustaining support services, including groups addressing behavioral, academic, and kids’ needs. In addition, money raised helps the organization focus on its main goal of connecting children in foster care with adoptive families.

Sponsors for this year’s event included: Timothy Creech, DDS, Family Dentistry, Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, Spoke Cycles, Fisher Hardwood Flooring, Intrinsic Motion, Run-N-Tri Outfitters, Walker Napa Auto & Truck, and Mighty Oak Massage.

About Mercy for America’s Children: We are a North Carolina based non-profit organization advocating on behalf of children awaiting adoption in the US Foster Care System by educating the public about the benefits of foster care adoption, reforming the adoption process, connecting waiting children to potential adoptive families and supporting them through their adoption journey.

Contact:

Mercy for America’s Children
231 Kinvara Court
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Telephone: 919.610.2521
E-mail: info@mac-cares.org

Outdoor Pool Open ‘Til October 1st!

August 28th, 2017

Labor Day usually marks the end of the outdoor pool season. One last day to enjoy the pool before the season picks up again next May.

Well, here at Granite Falls, we like to do things a little differently. You see, we live in North Carolina and as anyone who lives here can attest to, you never know what the weather has in store. It could be the first day of Fall and based on historical data, it could be anywhere between 42 and 98 degrees. So, along with opening early in May, we stay open until the first weekend in October (this year that falls on Sunday, October 1st.) Our Outdoor Pool hours for the season can be found HERE (please note changes after Sept. 4th).

So, don’t pack the beach towels away just yet- your favorite summer spot will be open for business for quite a bit longer! And, once the outdoor pool closes, it’s time to switch gears. If you haven’t started already, now is the time to get back to your fitness goals by utilizing any of our awesome indoor amenities, including our 8-lane indoor pool, 40+ fitness class schedule (for kids and adults), and fitness floor.

Whether you’re donning a swimsuit or gym shorts, you’re bound to have an amazing year at Granite Falls!

Meet Y’all at the Watering Hole

July 11th, 2017

In 2010, Jacky Wilson and Mike Tucker had a great idea:  open the first pool-side bar in Rolesville . 7 years later, The Watering Hole is a hugely popular feature of our outdoor pool amenities.

The Watering Hole has a ton of options including 10 total beers on tap (6 more than 2016) including 8 craft beers and 2 domestics.

If you’re not a beer fan, we have a bunch of mixed drink options with tonic, soda, cranberry juice, orange juice, and bloody mary mixers (plus lime and salt for your margaritas!) If you want to upgrade with a top shelf liquor, check out Patron Silver Tequila, Hornitos Lime Tequila, Crown Royal Whiskey, and Goose Vodka.

In addition, we have 4 frozen drink options: strawberry daiquiri, lime margarita, pina coloda, and sangria (BONUS- these are not pre-mixed with alcohol, so you get to pick your mixer or we can serve it as a non-alcoholic smoothie for adults and kids.)

Watching your carbs? Check out Simply Seltzer- available in 2 flavors, light on calories and even lighter on carbs.

To top it all off, we will have a total of 9 Sunday afternoon beer tastings. Come sample a wide array of craft beer options and then buy a cup of your favorite brew.

Your friendly neighborhood bartenders, Angie, Matt, and Michelle, look forward to serving you Friday-Sunday, so come join us at the best (and still only!) pool-side bar in Rolesville!

Swim Across America 2017

June 26th, 2017

Guest Blog by Granite Falls Swim Instructor and Mudpuppies Event Director, Mary DeMilia

On June 11 at the Triangle Aquatic Center, I had the honor of being the event director for the Mudpuppies Swim Across America Event in memory of Dr Brian Goldman.

Dr Brian Goldman and I swam in the same lane for many years, and had cancer at the same time, and didn’t realize it.  Despite the fact that Dr Brian Goldman passed away from colon cancer 2 years ago, his Mudpuppies team is continuing the fight to help find a cure through Swim Across America.  Swim Across America, the official charity for swimmers, exists to raise money for our network of doctors and researchers who are the pioneers developing new cures and treatments to this dreaded disease.  You can read more about Swim Across America here.

Granite Falls sent a team to this event held at the Triangle Aquatic Center.  Joseph Harrison, Tim Payne, Reagan Kaufmann, Enzo Vergnano, Mary DeMilia, Ryan DeMilia, and Michelle DeMilia all participated.

The honorary team captain was Tim Payne.  Tim Payne won the 2016 Invictus Gold Medal.  And despite losing both legs, he swam 1 mile. You can view his ESPN special here: https://vimeo.com/166823531.

Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine what was to occur.  2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Held decided to swim in the first honorary wave with Tim Payne.  WRAL, CBS Carolina, News and Observer, and Spectrum news was there to report it.

You can watch the WRAL interview here.

Read the News and Observer interview here.

For the Olympic Clinic, Ryan Held (2016 Olympic Gold Medalist), Elaine Breeden (2008 Olympic Silver Medalist), Alex Rousseau (1992 & 1996 Olympics) and Erica Braun (world masters champion) ran the clinics for both water polo and swimming.

We are still accepting donations here:

www.swimacrossamerica.org/mudpuppies

Come out to our Poolside Benefit Bash this Friday!

June 20th, 2017

 

This Friday, June 23rd, we will be hosting a charity event from 5-8 pm benefiting head camp counselor Gabe Gonzalez’s fundraising goal for Camp Kesem. At the event, we will have a poolside DJ, Jam ice cream truck, and hot dogs and burger plates for sale with all proceeds benefiting Camp Kesem.  Additionally, camp counselors and other staff will be leading games, crafts, and activities to make it a fun-filled evening for all. We will also be selling raffle tickets, $5 for one or 6 for $25 for a host of amazing prizes such as a FREE week of camp, night of PNO, private swim lesson, birthday party, personal training with our fitness director, and much more!

Camp Kesem is a non-profit organization that gives kids whose parents have or have had cancer a chance to attend a week long overnight camp and get a break from their oftentimes very tough home-life situations. At camp, the campers engage in a host of classic camp activities such as archery, boating, rock climbing, and of course s’mores and campfires. Camp Kesem gives these kids a chance to be linked with others going through a similar situation to form a community of love and support.

Camp Kesem is run entirely by student volunteers and as a counselor, it is their responsibility to raise at least $500, which keeps the cost of the campers to attend camp free. This will be Gabe’s second summer volunteering as a counselor with Camp Kesem UNC-Chapel Hill. Please come out for a fun-filled evening this Friday, June 23rd from 5 – 8 pm and support Gabe.  Raffle tickets can be bought at the event or at the front desk or you can donate directly to his fundraising page.

 Thank you for all your support!

 

Get a BITE at The Shark Shack!

June 7th, 2017

Picture this- you’re at the pool and you’re hungry. Do you start nibbling on your child’s Goldfish crackers OR, wouldn’t you much rather munch on a large pretzel covered in cinnamon and sugar?

Pretzels not your thing? How about a salad covered in your favorite veggies and meat from Marco’s? Or wouldn’t a delicious ice cream sandwich be the highlight of the night after 5 hours of fun in the sun?

Our pool-side bar, The Watering Hole, is open during the weekend, but it’s Thursday and you would love a cup of wine or a cold beer. Don’t worry, The Shark Shack has you covered!

And, have you see those 30oz blue tumblers around the club? The one featuring our Granite Falls logo? A new edition to our Shark Shack line-up, the Granite Falls tumbler looks awesome, keeps your drinks cold, and saves you money on fountain drink refills!

There’s so much The Shark Shack has to offer and it’s steps away from your favorite chair at the Granite Falls pool. Come check us out and let us make your day even better!

Our full menu can be found HERE!

Outdoor Pools open for the Summer, Saturday, May 20th!

May 17th, 2017

Please come join us for the first official opening day of the outdoor pools on Saturday, May 20th starting at 10:00 am.  The outdoor pools will be open until October 1st.

Outdoor pool hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am-8:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm-8:00 pm.  Enjoy your summer with family and friends at the Granite Falls outdoor pools!