Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 24 – March 26, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe weekend is here! Here is a roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA!

Saturday, March 25

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a watercolor frame! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Sawnee Association of the Arts presents “Springtime in the City” the 16th Annual Members show and Sale.  Children’s Day on Saturday March 25 th from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. with hands on arts and crafts for the kids.  Admission is free. Please visit http://sawneeart.org/springtime-in-the-city-2017/. The art show is free and open to the public. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.  There will be a Lunch and Learn program starting on March 27th for the entire week bringing in Bluegrass music, news from the historical society, the faces of quilt making, cake decorating and the week will end with a day of painting with a live model all free and open to the public. The Brannon-Heard House is located at 111 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming Ga 30041.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Book, join us to create your very own Little Golden Book to take home. We will read classic Little Golden Book titles such as The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street Series).

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Save the Horses Spring EGGstravaganza – Family fun at Save the Horses includes: classic egg hunt, petting zoo, hay ride, pony rides, face painting and more. Free admission and parking. Rain or shine. Vendors welcome. Located at: Save the Horses Farm, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming GA 30028.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

1:00 PM – Post Road Library  Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library Teen Tech Fest 

Sunday, March 26

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Fling on March 26, 2017 from 4-5 PM at Castleberry Road Baptist Church located at 7225 Castleberry Road, Cumming GA 30040. There will TONS of FOOD and Prizes and 1000 eggs some with money inside! Bounce houses with a massive inflatable slide! Snow Cones and more!

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Sale in Cumming, GA – Spring 2017 Event will be held March 26 – 30. Our private pre-sale is Saturday, March 25. at Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, 1321 Atlanta Highway (Hwy 9.)

Open to the public! Bring a friend! Sunday, March 26th 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Monday, March 27th 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, March 28th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 17 – March 19, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaWe made it through the first week after the daylight saving time change!

Here is a roundup of fun things to do this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, March 17

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders 

11:00 AM – Cumming Library  Read, Build, Play 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Preschoolers @ Post – Musical Morning 

4:00 PM – Post Road Library Masterminds LEGO® Lounge 

Saturday, March 18

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a flower canvas! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth.   Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise and an unlikely friendship by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long. Join us for this Storytime, with coloring and activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon! Lakewood 400 is one of the Best Antique Markets in America!! USA Today and The Huffington Post agree!

North Forsyth High School Drama presents Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tickets are $12.00.

Fri        MARCH 17th (HTC) at 7:00 PM
Sat       MARCH 18th (SH) at 7:00 PM
Sun      MARCH 19th (SH) at 2:00 PM

Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm WFHS Studio West Productions Presents “Chaplin the Musical” – Studio West Productions Presents the Hit Broadway Musical “Chaplin the Musical”

Featuring a Live Orchestra, West Forsyth High School’s Award Winning Studio West Productions is excited to present the Hit Broadway Musical, “Chaplin.” Based on the life of Charlie Chaplin, this entertaining and emotional production will take you back to a time in our country’s rich history and show audiences of today what a cultural, cinematic and historical force Charlie Chaplin was.

“Chaplin the Musical” will run Friday and Saturday March 17 – 18 7:30 pm and March 19 at 3:00 and March 24-25 at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at http://studiowestprdns.ludustickets.com/ or at the door. Adult tickets are $15.00 and Student and Senior (65+) Tickets are $12.00. All performances will be held at the West Forsyth High School Auditorium at 4155 Drew Road, Cumming, GA 30040. For more information about West Forsyth High School’s Studio West Productions, or to learn how you can contribute, go to http://www.studiowestproductions.org/ or visit or Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/WFHSStudioWestProductions.

Show times are as follows:

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Spring Break Camps 2017 in Forsyth County, GA

Register Today for Spring Break Camps Through Forsyth County Parks & Recreation 
Spring break camps offered for ages 4 to 15

Forsyth County Parks & Rspring break camps cumming gaecreation is offering half-day and full-day spring break camps this year. The camps vary in location and theme and are offered for children ages 4 through 15, Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7.

The half-day camp options at Old Atlanta Park – located in the southern portion of the county – include a drawing and painting camp for children ages 4 to 6 and a Minecraft-inspired engineering adventure camp for children ages 6 to 11. Sawnee Mountain Preserve – located in the northern portion of the county – will play host to two full-day camps, an outdoor exploration camp for children ages 6 to 8 and an outdoor adventure camp for children ages 9 to 15. The times and registration fees vary by activity.

“Forsyth County Parks & Recreation is offering a variety of youth camps this spring break – with activities that include everything from painting to science to zip-lining,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jim Pryor. “With daily, week-long camps, children have more opportunity to engage with their peers, learn new skills and make life-long memories.”

For more information on these spring break camps, visit www.forsythco.com/parks and click to download the “Winter/Spring 2017 Activity Guide.” For more information, call Parks & Recreation at (770) 781-2215.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 10 – March 12, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe weekend is here and we made it! Even though the colder weather returns, there’s lots of fun to be had this weekend right here in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, March 10 – Early Release for Forsyth County Schools

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders 

11:00 AM – Cumming Library  Read, Build, Play 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Preschoolers @ Post – STEM 4 Pre-K 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library  Creative Circle 

2:00 PM – Hampton Park Library  Drop-In Makerday 

4:00 PM – Post Road Library Masterminds LEGO® Lounge 

Saturday, March 11

8:00 am – Pi Day 5K Race at West Forsyth High School. Join teachers, students and families for the 2nd Annual Pi Day Race. The Pi Day Race provides the perfect opportunity to build excitement around mathematics and science education!  Pi Day, is a fun celebration used by educators to draw attention to the important mathematical number pi. Pi, a transcendental number, is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. Pi Day Race has an innovative twist! While many 5K runs are 3.1 miles, the Pi Day 5-K will be a 3.14 mile run/walk. We are encouraging schools, universities, businesses, and families to come out to run/walk together to support and foster excitement about mathematics and science education. The Pi Day Race 5k will beneifit Literacy Forsyth. The mission of Literacy Forsyth is to provide adult literacy services that educate, build self-sufficiency, and strengthen the community’s economic base. Literacy Forsyth and our partners have been successfully doing so since 1993, and we will continue to serve the Forsyth County community with your support.

9:00 AM – Hampton Park Library Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a fairy house! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth.  From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes a laugh-out-loud, jazzy story of a little baby chick who learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals who know all the right moves! Don’t miss out on our Storytime featuring the title Dance.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Lucky Dog Day with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue at Vickery Village – Bring your dog* and join us for Lucky Dog Day at Vickery Village!

Dog adoptions with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue
Pet-themed crafts with Pinspiration Georgia
Donate needed pet supplies for Angels Among Us
Dine with your dog on one of our pet friendly restaurant patios
Enjoy hotdogs and ice cream available for purchase at The Chill Hill
Shop at pet vendor booths
Enjoy a fun day in the community
Meet Daisy (shown in photo), our Vickery Village “spokesdog” – adopted from AAU 6 years ago by Sydney, owner of The Flower Post

*Dogs attending the event must be on a leash, current on shots and friendly with kids and other dogs.

11:15 am – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michael’s Make Event Painter’s Tape Reveal Art. First, you start with a white canvas. Then, you MAKE a masterpiece! Join us in stores this Saturday, March 11, 1:00-3:00 PM local time for our Painter’s Tape Reveal Art Event! Buy any canvas and the rest of your supplies are free!

Sunday, March 12

2:30 PM – Post Road Library Sunday Dance Camp with Cumming Dance Academy – Jazz Class 

ALL WEEKEND

Forsyth Central Stage presents Urinetown. In a futuristic world, people must pay for the privilege to urinate. Heroic Bobby Strong leads the fight against this practice in a musical comedy that spoofs musical comedy. March 10th at 7:00 pm, March 11th at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. $10 tickets.

Gibbs Gardens daffodil season! The Gardens open Saturday, February 18 for the 2017 Season and the Daffodils are blooming! With over 20 Million blooms, the show begins with early and some of the mid-season selections. Plan to visit every week and view over 100 different varieties. We are open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. The entry gates close at 4 pm. Join today and visit as often as you like during open hours.

Forsyth County Lions Club Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 8, 2017

breakfast with easter bunny cumming gaMark your calendars for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 8, 2017 ∙ 10 AM – 12 Noon at Fowler Park Recreation Center, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA

The Forsyth County Lions Club Presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Fowler Park on April 8. Adult Tickets: $7.00 in advance ∙ $8.00 onsite. Child (Under 12) Tickets: $4.00 in advance. $5.00 onsite.

Pancake Breakfast With The Trimmings. Appearance by The Easter Bunny. Children’s activities and family entertainment. All proceeds from the Forsyth County Lions Club’s “Breakfast With The Easter Bunny” will be used to support Lions Club charities.

Pancake Breakfast With The Trimmings

Appearance by The Easter Bunny

Children’s Activities – Family Entertainment

Our Family Review of HelloFresh – Fresh Food Delivery Service

Hello Fresh review

I have been hearing about healthy meal delivery services and was curious to try Hello Fresh.

I had gone back to work full time last year and the concept of cooking dinner for my daughters when we get home from school and work is always a challenge.

I liked Hello Fresh’s appeal and the fact that they offered different types of recipes. They have a classic plan, veggie plan and family plan. We tried the family plan that provides food for 2 adults and 2 children.

I went online and picked our recipes for the trial and scheduled a delivery date and time. You don’t need to be home to accept a delivery – their boxes are layered with an isolating wool and ice packs to keep ingredients farm fresh and cool until you get home.

When we received the box, we opened it to find three boxes with ingredients for each of our three meals. The meats were below the boxes and were kept cool with the ice packs. The veggies were fresh and the meats were high quality.

I put the boxes and the packs of meat in the fridge. We decided which recipe to try first and we started cooking the following night.

We received recipe books with easy to follow instructions and tips and what other ingredients and utensils you will need for the recipe.

The prep time to prepare the vegetables and sides took around 20 minutes and the cooking time varied depending on the recipe but usually took 15 – 30 minutes. You could prep ahead of time and that would help on busy evenings.

A few recipes we tried include: honey and orange chicken jambalaya, seared pork tenderloin with roast potatoes, green beans and applesauce, mini pork meatloaves with red cabbage and sweet potato wedges, little ears pasta with chicken sausage and baby broccoli, and our favorite, chicken paillard with chimichurri, sweet potato wedges and salad.

 

My daughter and I enjoyed preparing the meals and we felt like gourmet cooks after trying a few recipes.

I learned to butterfly chicken – it marinades better because more surface area is covered – and cooks faster!

I also learned that making potato wedges are fun and convenient and a good way to eat sweet potatoes. I still need to get better at chopping and dicing vegetables, but that comes with time.

I learned not to stress too much. Sometimes if there was an ingredient that my daughters didn’t like, I just didn’t add it.

At first I put pressure on myself about trying to do it perfectly, but the real joy was cooking with my daughter and seeing them eat healthy meals and enjoy them.

The plans they offer run about $8.74-$9.99 a meal so for 3 people, 3 or more times a week, it can seem pricey. I find it is easier to make it fit my budget if I don’t go to the store a few times a week, where you can drop $40 each time.

The good news is that you can try the service and cancel anytime. They also offer a newsletter and share recipes and healthy tips.

We used it for a few deliveries and have taken a break for now as our spring activities leave little room for cooking during the week.

Another thing I have learned in this process is to try to plan my meals for the week over the weekend. By shopping and having an idea of what we will be eating makes it easier to prepare. I am trying to cook ahead when I can and cook enough for leftovers with a different recipe to change things up.

I do plan on ordering again. It’s an interesting concept and I really think the farm to table movement is great for families of all sizes. Being a busy working mom, it’s nice to have healthy groceries delivered to the door with recipes planned and in hand.

I may try the Classic plan for 2 people for three meals a week next. We fall in between the 2 and 4 person meal plan, so it is good to try a few different plans out and see what works best.

Hello Fresh offers coupons and tips if you sign up for their email newsletter. I like receiving them and will use a code the next time I order.

They also have an app, which I have yet to use so you can select your meals right from your phone.

If you decide to try the healthy meal delivery service route, good luck! And remember, anyone can cook! (from one of my favorite Disney movies)

Disclosure: Hello Fresh sent me one free family delivery box of three meals. I ordered and paid for the other two boxes. This is an honest review of my opinion. The link in this blog post is an affiliate link – you can get one of your own to share with family and friends to save on your budget! Use my link and get $40 off your first box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 3 – March 5, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy weekend y’all! I am sorry for missing last week’s weekend update. I had some technical difficulties with the website but I’m back up again! Here are some things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, March 3

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders 

10:00 AM – Cumming Library American Red Cross – Blood Drive

10:30 AM – Hampton Park Library Growing Young Minds 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Preschoolers @ Post – KidCraft 

4:00 PM – Post Road Library Masterminds LEGO® Lounge 

Saturday, March 4

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a Sprout nature journal! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth.  As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! Join us for Storytime featuring Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.

11:15 am – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

ALL WEEKEND

Gibbs Gardens opening early! The Gardens open Saturday, February 18 for the 2017 Season and the Daffodils are blooming! With over 20 Million blooms, the show begins with early and some of the mid-season selections. Plan to visit every week and view over 100 different varieties. We are open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. The entry gates close at 4 pm. Join today and visit as often as you like during open hours.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for February 17 – February 19, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy weekend y’all! Here are some things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, February 17

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders 

11:00 AM – Cumming Library Read, Build, Play 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Preschoolers @ Post – Centers for Success 

11:15 AM – Hampton Park Library  Winter Puppet Extravaganza 

1:00 PM – Post Road Library  Kid Chef, Kitchen Scientist: LEGO® Batman 

2:30 PM – Post Road Library  Kid Chef – Kitchen Scientist – LEGO® Batman 

4:00 PM – Post Road Library Masterminds LEGO® Lounge 

Saturday, February 18

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a potted cactus! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth.  All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site – this time with a focus on team-building, friendship and working together! Will they get the big job done? Come and find out at Storytime featuring Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. Coloring and activities to follow.

11:15 am – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

1:00 PM – Post Road Library – Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon!

Gibbs Gardens opening early! The Gardens open Saturday, February 18 for the 2017 Season and the Daffodils are blooming! With over 20 Million blooms, the show begins with early and some of the mid-season selections. Plan to visit every week and view over 100 different varieties. We are open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. The entry gates close at 4 pm. Join today and visit as often as you like during open hours.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for February 10 – 12, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaWe made it to the weekend! Here are some things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, February 10

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders 

11:00 AM – Cumming Library Read, Build, Play 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Preschoolers @ Post – KidCraft 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library Creative Circle 

4:00 PM – Post Road Library  Masterminds LEGO® Lounge 

6:30 PM – Post Road Library Anti-Valentines Day Party! 

Saturday, February 11

9:00 am – Hampton Park Library Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make Valentine’s Day cookies! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth.  Join us for Storytime and activities in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story and Valentine’s Day Is Cool. Don’t miss out!

11:15 am – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – All Rucker Pet Locations – Keith Bridge, Kelly Mill and Laurel Springs – Join us at all three Rucker Pet locations on February 11th for a Puppy Kissing Booth and Adoption Event. Make a donation of any amount and play with truly kissable puppies, or just hang out with the older, cool crowd. All dogs present will be available for adoption. The Humane Society of Forsyth County will be at Keith Bridge 3540 Keith Bridge Rd, Cumming, GA 30041 || (770) 844-7275 *We will have different rescue groups at each location.

Creekside MOPS Spring Consignment Sale February 24th & 25th in Forsyth County, GA

Creekside MOPS Consignment SaleVisit Creekside UMC for their semi-annual consignment sale. There will be thousands of great bargains on children’s clothing, junior clothing, maternity clothing, baby furniture, baby equipment, toys, and much more.

Friday, February 24th from 9am-1pm and Saturday, February 25th, from 8am-1pm (many items will be half-off on Saturday). A private preview sale will be held on Thursday, February 23rd, from 8pm-9pm (no strollers permitted at Thursday night preview sale). Anyone is welcome to shop the preview sale with a $5 donation.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the MOPS and Teen MOPS ministries. The goal of Creekside MOPS is to “encourage, equip, and develop every mother of preschoolers as a woman, mother, leader in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Consign, Volunteer, or Shop to support these growing ministries at Creekside!


Spring 2017 Consignment Sale:

Sale Open to Public

  • Thursday, February 23: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Pre-Sale with a $5 donation)
  • Friday, February 24: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 25: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

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