Happy Thanksgiving 2014

thankfulI am thankful for many things this holiday season, including my readers.

Thank you for reading Forsyth for Families. I hope it has helped create many family memories that you will cherish in the years to come.

I am taking a break this Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with my family.

Here are a few recent links and things to do in the area. See you next week!

Jenni

Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage Rides

Saturdays, November 29 – December 20 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in The Park near Coldwater Creek from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm from November 29 – December 20, 2014. A special Santa story time in the park will be held at 1:00 pm. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com. (Santa photos are located in Santa’s HQ by Carta Bella.)

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2014

Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This Holiday Season

Sensitive Santa and Holiday Programs at the Forsyth County Public Library

sensitive santaHOLIDAY PROGRAMS AT LIBRARY INCLUDES SENSITIVE SANTA VISIT TO HELP KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Christmas isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year for children with sensory or other special needs, such as autism. In fact, a visit to sit on Santa’s lap can be downright scary for the children and frustrating for parents that simply want to give their child a good experience with such a time-honored tradition.

This year, the Forsyth County Public Library will offer a Sensitive Santa program in hopes of giving those special children and their families a more positive and memorable experience with Santa Claus. The program will be held at the Hampton Park Library on Saturday, December 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“We understand how challenging it can be for a child with sensory or other special needs to wait in line, be overwhelmed with noises, sounds, and smells, and then rushed to sit on the lap of a person they don’t know very well,” says Stephanie Hampson, Youth Services Supervisor at the Hampton Park Library.  “Many of those families have given up on the possibility that their children might have a positive experience meeting with Santa.  The library offers those families an alternative to long lines, bright lights, and noisy malls.”

Parents of children with sensory or other special needs can sign their children up to visit Santa for a 10-minute session. This gives the child time to get familiar with Santa and warm up to the idea of sitting on his lap or talking to him, rather than being rushed through the visit.

“When Santa visits the library, he’ll be using his best library behavior,” says Hampson.  “Santa’s workshop will have dimmed lights, he and his elves will move slowly, and speak gently.  Instead of waiting in line, families are welcome to bring snacks and we will provide a space for crafts and drawing until it’s time to see Santa.”

The Sensitive Santa event is free and all ages are welcome to participate. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras and may take as many photos as they like during their visit with Santa. Questions about the event, including reservations and requests for special accommodations, should be directed to the Hampton Park Library at (770) 781-9840 ext. 6709.

In addition to this event, Forsyth County Public Library will also host “Tis the Season for Stories” at each branch. This special storytime is a holiday tradition for the library and will include several Christmas stories, a puppet show, and merry music.

“Tis the Season for Stories” will be held:

  • Cumming Library on Tuesday, December 16 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, December 17 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • Hampton Park Library on Friday, December 19 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
  • Post Road Library on Saturday, December 20 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

No registration is required and all ages are welcome to attend.

For the second year in a row, the library will also host Polar Express events at each of the branches. The library will celebrate the beloved classic, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, and will enjoy themed treats and crafts. And who knows? Maybe a special visitor from The North Pole may drop by for a visit!

Polar Express Parties will be held:

  • Sharon Forks Library on Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Hampton Park Library on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cumming Library on Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Post Road Library on Monday, December 22 at 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Patrons are encouraged to register for one session by visiting the library’s website. The Polar Express Parties are sponsored by the FCPL Friends & Advocates.

For more information about these programs, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Christmas Light Shows Around Forsyth County, GA in 2014

christmas in castille light showIt’s holiday time, and with it comes light shows! Pack the kids in the car, brew some hot chocolate and enjoy an evening drive of viewing Christmas lights.

There are two local Christmas light shows in Forsyth County, GA and one in Dawsonville, GA for the 2014 holiday season as well as the Lanier Islands Christmas with new pricing and ice skating!

Blink Midwinter is a residential synchronized Christmas lights display in Cumming, GA. It is located at: 7020 Cole Court, Cumming, Georgia 30028. Blinkmidwinter.com is a Christmas light display that supports local charities. They blink Christmas lights to music every night from dark til 10. Once here dial 92.7 on your radio. It’s a great way to enjoy a little Christmas spirit with the family and support a wonderful charity.
General Information:

The show runs from Thanksgiving through January 1st. Times TBA.

The Christmas in Castille light show is located at 4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004. The show starts at 6 PM and runs until 9 PM on Thursdays – Saturdays beginning on Dec 4th and going until Dec 27th. The neighborhood is gated so when the gates close for the night, the show ends. When you drive up, tune your radio to 89.9FM. Check out their FB page for updates and weather alerts.

Red Hawk Christmas is another Christmas light show in Dawsonville, GA. The show will be on nightly starting at 5:30pm. A Residential Animated Christmas Light Show Located in Dawsonville GA. Link to our house -http://goo.gl/E8Qp5N. We have an Animated Christmas Light Show on our home in North Georgia. This year we have 10,000+ lights timed to several Christmas Carols. The show is free and any donations will benefit KARE for Kids. A local non profit that gives local children in need the Christmas they deserve. Located at 173 Aplomado Lane West, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

Weather, traffic and technical issues permitting, the show hours for A Red Hawk Christmas are:

  • 5:30pm to 9:30pm Monday through Thursday
  • 5:30pm to 10:30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The show will run through Monday, December 31st, but may be turned off in heavy rain. If possible, we’ll post an update on our Facebook page if the show is not running for any reason.

We’re located in the Red Hawk Ridge Subdivision, off Burt Creek Road in Dawson County, Georgia. From 400: Take 53 West into Downtown Dawsonville. Take a right onto Shoal Creek RD (Just past the old Julias Deli, as you enter the square) Turn Right onto Burt Creek Rd (3rd road on your right) The subdivision is on the right. Once inside the subdivision, take a left at the stop sign and another left at the next stop sign. We’re at the house at the bottom of the hill with the blinky lights.

Lanier Islands Christmas - 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA. November 21 – December 31 nightly from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. There is a new price this year of $30.00 per car and ice skating is included!

Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! This year, Magical Nights of Lights has transformed into Lanier islands Christmas complete with your favorite lights, FREE skating after 5pm, our Live Nativity, lots of shopping at Bucky’s, Christmas Carnival and more!

Your Lanier Islands Christmas journey doesn’t stop with the lights. Our Holiday Village is a must-see for everyone, complete with a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, amusement rides, shopping and much more. Look for that perfect Christmas tree ornament to commemorate your annual visit. And, what holiday spectacle would be complete without a visit with Jolly Old St. Nick? Kids of all ages can take a break from roasting marshmallows to have their photo taken and discuss their holiday wish lists with Santa himself at the Santa Shop. Nominal charges apply to the Santa photos, amusement rides, and marshmallow roasting.

Lanier Islands Christmas

Daily admission to Lanier Islands Christmas includes the drive through our twinkling light tour, as well as access to Holiday Village, located at the end of the tour. Also included with daily admission is access to the live nativity (select dates). Admission is per vehicle and is based on what the vehicle has the capacity to hold, not the number of passengers.

SnowWorld is also a new attraction this year – you can go sledding in the snow (separate cost)! Check their FB page for more details.

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for November 21 – November 23, 2014

lanierxmasFrom a BBQ competition to Christmas tree farms opening, there are lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend. Check out our roundup and let us know if there is anything else going on!

Friday, November 21

11:15 am – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play story time. Read, Build, Play is an interactive story time that encourages development of early literacy in preschoolers. The program is designed for children ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver and is approximately 45 minutes long. It includes stories, music, activites, and play time all related to a creative theme.

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

5:15 pm – Post Road Library – Katniss & Peeta Movie marathon. It’s opening night for “Mockingjay!” Want to see all THREE movies tonight?
Watch the first two movies starring Katniss, Peeta and all the other tributes on our big screen with surround sound! At the marathon, enter the drawing to win two free tickets with concessions to Mockingjay TONIGHT, then go see the late showing of  “Mockingjay” at the AMC Theater at the Collection. Pizza and themed snacks will be served. For middle and high school students only. No registration required.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Linkee trivia tournament. Linkee is a simple, fast and fun shout-out quiz game with a twist. You don’t win by answering the questions, but by guessing the link between the answers. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Saturday, November 22

9:00 am – dark. Bottoms Christmas Tree farm opens for season.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: DIY felt stocking. 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!

10:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Create with art folds. Customers are invited to transform a book into a piece of art or create an origami heart card using the ArtFolds techniques. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Please arrive early; space and supplies are limited.

11:00 am – Learn to draw like Mo Willems at Barnes & Noble. Story time and activity. Booksellers will help children learn how to draw the beloved Pigeon from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! with instructions created by the award-winning author and illustrator. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

1:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Puppet making and holiday sing-along. Kids are invited to make a puppet and sing holiday songs with our booksellers and their newfound puppet friends. Please arrive early; space and supplies are limited. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Holiday Fluxx game night. Get introduced to this unexpected holiday card game with ever-changing rules — even the object of the game changes as often as you draw a card and say, “Go”! Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Sunday, November 23

1:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Snowmen at Night story time. Ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree branch arms have moved? Discover and experience the secret life of snowmen at night. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Sharon Forks Library. Teen trivia! Join us for an afternoon of team trivia at the Sharon Forks Library. All questions will be general trivia and we’ll be giving away awesome prizes. This program is for teens grades 6 and up. No registration required!

ALL WEEKEND

The National BBQ Cup at the Cumming Fairgrounds – With a variety of different food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, product demonstrations, live entertainment, and a kids zone that will contain a huge variety of fun for the kids and at the heart, of course, the KCBS sanctioned bbq cook-off that will include an opportunity for you to taste championship Que!

Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040

Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

$7.00 entry, $5 for five taste tickets.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday – Kinsey Family Farm – Christmas tree farm opens for the season!

Lanier Islands Christmas – NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 31, new price $30.00 per car on weekends. Daily admission to Lanier Islands Christmas includes the drive through our twinkling light tour, as well as access to Holiday Village, located at the end of the tour. Also included with daily admission is access to the live nativity (select dates). Admission is per vehicle and is based on what the vehicle has the capacity to hold, not the number of passengers.

Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! This year, Magical Nights of Lights has transformed into Lanier islands Christmas complete with your favorite lights, FREE skating after 5pm, our Live Nativity, lots of shopping at Bucky’s, Christmas Carnival and more!

Your Lanier Islands Christmas journey doesn’t stop with the lights. Our Holiday Village is a must-see for everyone, complete with a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, amusement rides, shopping and much more. Look for that perfect Christmas tree ornament to commemorate your annual visit. And, what holiday spectacle would be complete without a visit with Jolly Old St. Nick? Kids of all ages can take a break from roasting marshmallows to have their photo taken and discuss their holiday wish lists with Santa himself at the Santa Shop. Nominal charges apply to the Santa photos, amusement rides, and marshmallow roasting.

 

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

kinsey family farm christmas treesAs we approach Thanksgiving, families will soon be selecting their Christmas trees for the season. We are fortunate to have two Christmas tree farms in Forsyth County, GA where you can pick your own tree and cut it down, or select a tree with a rootball to plant after Christmas! Also both farms provide Trees for Troops so if you are feeling generous, donate towards giving a tree for the troops!

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm and Kinsey Family Farm are both wonderful family-owned farms that have been around for years.

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040, (706) 429-3173.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Open Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 am – dark, then Thanksgiving weekend (Wed 11/26, Thurs 11/27, Fri 11/28, Sat 11/29), M-F 3:00-Dark, Sat. 9:00-Dark, CLOSED SUNDAYS.

Just announced, Santa Claus will be taking time away from the North Pole to join Bottoms Tree Farm, Saturday, November 29th and December 6th from 10AM til Noon.  Make plans to come meet Santa!

Their mission is to provide the families of North Georgia and metro Atlanta with the experience of cutting their own Christmas Tree with the hope it will become a family tradition. We started planting our first trees over 15 years ago! We are the oldest operating Christmas Tree Farm in Cumming, Georgia. Over the years, we have added improvements to our farm to enhance your visit. Roast marshmallows, sip on apple cider, take a hayride, play corn hole, feed the fish, visit the gift shop, check out their Xmas movie in the kids barn, see the animals and more!

The Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm is family owned and operated and work very hard all year to provide you and your family the finest Georgia grown Christmas Trees. So come join our Family Tradition, and start your own Family Tradition at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm.

Kinsey Family Farm

As the Christmas season approaches, they shift over to hot chocolate and marshmallows along with an exceptional diversity of Christmas trees . . . guaranteed to be the freshest in Atlanta as they are all stored and displayed in water and out of the sun!!! You can cut your own tree down, choose a live tree with a root ball, or pick one of our free standing pre-cut trees out of our barns. We invite you to come roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, and listen to holiday music with us at the barn. Once you have warmed your insides sufficiently you can take a wagon ride out to the fields to begin your quest for the perfect Christmas tree.

The 2014 Christmas season will be in operation from Saturday, November 22nd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) until Saturday, December 20th. Due to their desire to celebrate the holidays with their own families they will not be open on Thanksgiving day or Christmas Eve.

  • M-F 12:00 until 7:00 pm
  • Sat-Sun & Black Friday 9:00 until 6:00 pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • We ARE open on the Wednesday before and the Friday after Thanksgiving

Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sat – Sun 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Address 7170 Jot-em Down Road, Gainesville, GA 30506 · Get Directions
Phone 770-887-6028
Website http://www.kinseyfamilyfarm.com

2014 National BBQ Cup in Cumming, GA on November 21 and November 22, 2014

national barbecue cup cumming gaThe National Barbecue Cup comes to the Cumming Fairgrounds in Cumming, GA on November 21 and 22, 2014! Located in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, the city of Cumming and their wonderful fairground facility is the host of this 2-day BBQ event benefiting three local charities.

With a variety of different food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, product demonstrations, live entertainment, and a kids zone that will contain a huge variety of fun for the kids and at the heart, of course, the KCBS sanctioned bbq cook-off that will include an opportunity for you to taste championship Que and decide for yourself just which is the best. There’s sure to be something for everyone!

Come one! Come all! There’s sure to be something for everyone! Check out the event that 12,000 people visited last year and sample some great BBQ.

  • Over $20,000 in cash prizes to winning Pro & Backyard Teams!
  • Food vendors
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Product demonstrations
  • Live entertainment
  • Kids zone – huge variety of fun for the kids and the kids at heart

This KCBS sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off will include an opportunity for you to taste championship Que and decide for yourself which is the best!

Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040

Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

$7.00 entry, Kids under 12 free. Tasting tickets are available 5 for $5.00 and includes one vote ticket and can be purchased at the Red Exhibit Hall building once inside the fairgrounds.

Admission

Tickets are available for purchase at entry gates.

Gate Fee
 
$7.00 Per Person Friday/Saturday
Free Children under 12
Parking
FREE!

The proceeds of the National BBQ Cup over the past two year have benefited the following local Cumming charities. For 2014 We have not designated any specific benefiting organizations in hopes the impact of The national BBQ Cup will be more wide spread to help more organizations in 2014 and for many years to come. We ask that you take a moment to visit their websites and learn more about them.

Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc., is a non-profit Stabilization and Assessment Center for boys located in Forsyth County, Georgia which serves boys ages 12-17. We serve those who are in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services or referred by the local Juvenile Court. more Info

Each day adolescent women from across the greater Atlanta-area are brought together at Jesse’s House to find something they are missing – understanding and support through a loving environment. More Info

The Forsyth County Community Connection is a private, non-profit Family Connection Partnership. More Info

Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This Holiday Season

holiday canned good drive cumming gaThe holidays are not always a happy time for families. Many people are struggling due to an illness, a job loss or other life changing event. If you would like to give back this holiday season, here are a few local organizations that would love your help making sure families have a brighter Christmas.

There are many opportunities to volunteer, donate and give back to the community. See our list of Local Nonprofits in Cumming, GA list as well.

Angels Over Forsyth

Sponsor a child who is in foster care this Christmas.  This effort is coordinated by  Angels Over Forsyth, a community-driven, volunteer program which ensures these children have the best Christmas possible.  As the holiday season nears, Angels Over Forsyth is seeking assistance in making Christmas and the Holiday season brighter for foster children and families in need living in our community. We are in need of persons who can sponsor a child in need. We are asking that sponsors spend approximately $150.00 per child. Find out more information on the Angels Over Forsyth website.

Donate Canned Food to a Food Drive

If you want to give regularly, sign up for Food for Thought Project. Fill your grocery cart with a few extra items each visit and fill the orange bag. On the pickup date which is a few times a year, simply place the orange bag on your porch by 9:00 am and it will be distributed to many local area food pantries.

If you want to give this holiday season, find a local food drive drop off location for Feed the Hungry Forsyth.

  • Judith Taylor Salon/Blue Fern Spa, 335 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suwanee, GA 30024
  • DeVry University, 2555 Northwinds PKWY, Alpharetta, GA 30009
  • DeVry University, One West Court Square, STE 100, Decatur, GA 30030
  • Keller William Community Partners, 540 Lake Center PKWY, Cumming, GA 30040
  • GA Vein Institute, 4415 Front Nine DR, STE 600, Cumming, GA 30041
  • Vestra Logistics, 2450 Atlanta HWY, STE 1903, Cumming, Georgia 30040
  • Homestar Financial, 202 Canton Road, STE 102, Cumming, GA 30040
  • North Forsyth High School, 3635 Coal Mountain DR, Cumming, GA 30028
    (Drop off in the Atrium)
  • The Learning Experience, 450 Brannon RD, Cumming, GA 30041

Please check HolidayCannedGoodDrive.org, or www.FeedForsyth.org for a complete updated listing of participating locations and suggested food items to donate. For more information, contact info@feedforsyth.org or 678-807-9120

Forsyth Fire Begins Aerial’s House Toy Collection for Needy Children in December

Toy and clothing donations may be dropped off at fire stations, fire headquarters in Cumming, beginning in December, or any of the county’s library branches. (the details have not yet been announced for 2014 – I will update this when they do)

Give the Gift of Meals to Local Seniors This Holiday Season

Senior Services offers Home-Delivered Meals Gift Certificate Program

Help brighten the holiday season for Forsyth County home-bound senior citizens by participating in the 2014 Home-Delivered Meals Holiday Gift Certificate Program. Meals purchased with a holiday gift certificate through Forsyth County Senior Services will be delivered through the Meals on Wheels program.

Those interested in participating may choose to provide meals for a day, week, month or year. The cost is $3.61 for one meal, $18.05 for one week, $79.42 for one month, and $938.60 for the entire year. Gifts may be tax-deductible.  Checks should be made payable to Forsyth County Senior Services, Holiday Gift Certificate Program and may be mailed or delivered to the following address:

Forsyth County Senior Services
2115 Chloe Road
Cumming, GA 30041

All meals delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day will include a special certificate to wish happy holidays from the meal provider.  Senior Services has set a goal of delivering 4,000 meals to local senior citizens this holiday season.  For more information about this program, please call Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178.

Senior Services Seeks Holiday Gift Angels for Community’s Senior Citizens

Annual Program helps bring holiday cheer to local seniors

Be a holiday angel to a local senior citizen in need by participating in the 2014 Holiday Gift Angels Program. The program is presented by Forsyth County Senior Services.  The gift request tags from senior citizens are now available at the following Forsyth County Senior Services locations:

Center at Charles Place
595 Dahlonega Street
open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sexton Hall Enrichment Center
2115 Chloe Road
open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hearthstone Lodge Community Center
7305 Lanier Drive
open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each gift request tag contains the name of a local senior citizen along with a gift idea for him/her. Those participating in the program may deliver the unwrapped gift in a gift bag with the gift request tag attached (or another tag with the senior’s name and route number) to any of the three Forsyth County Senior Services locations weekdays until December 1.   Call Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178 to receive additional information about the 2014 Holiday Gift Angels Program.

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 14 – November 16, 2014

christmascummingIt feels like winter this weekend but that can’t stop families from enjoying all of the fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend! Check out what’s happening!

Friday, November 14

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday, November 15

Five Points Challenge 5K – Benefitting childhood cancer & environmental awareness brought to you by Reaping Nature and Friends of Tony – Windermere Golf Club, Cumming, GA. See website for parking information.

11/14/2014 – Online registration closes at 7pm.
11/14/2014 – Race packet pickup and late registration at Windermere Golf Club, 5000 Davis Love, Drive, Cumming, GA (5pm to 8pm).
6:30am – Race day packet pickup and late registration
7:15am – 5K registration closes
8:00am – 5K Start  (Arrive early to allow time for parking!)*
9:30am – Awards Ceremony

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:30 am – 5:30 pm – St. Benedict Holiday Bazaar - shop with over 40 vendors and gift ideas. Lunch and baked goods for sale. Raffles and lots of gifts for the holidays. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA   30097-1769, (770) 442-5903
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. This family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, crafts from over 90 vendors and local entertainment.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Reindeer painted 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. The Great Thanksgiving Escape story time event. Join us November 15 for Thanksgiving Storytime featuring The Great Thanksgiving Escape. The title is a hilarious, kid-friendly take on Thanksgiving – full of family, food and lots of fun! Join us for Storytime and activities.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tree Lighting Celebration at The Collection Forsyth. Enjoy complimentary children’s activities, holiday music and welcome Santa as he lights their new 50 ft. Christmas Tree. Browse holiday gift displays provided by The Collection Forsyth retailers. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00 pm.

Sunday, November 16

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. This family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, crafts from over 90 vendors and local entertainment.

2:00 pm – Hampton Park Library. “Peace Pipes and Talking Leaves: Cherokee Leaders and Lore” Celebrate Native American Heritage Month featuring storyteller Barry Stewart Mann.

Help us celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a special visit from acclaimed storyteller, Barry Stewart Mann.  Through the voices of three historical figures — Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee syllabary; Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman; and Dragging Canoe, brave warrior — Barry will Cherokee folklore, customs, and history. Highlights include the creation myth cycle and the tale of the Healing Lake, the challenges posed by European settlement, and details of Cherokee Stickball, the Seven Clans, and the Green Corn ceremony. It’s an engaging, entertaining, and educational portrayal of a fascinating and noble nation. All ages are welcome! No registration required.

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!

Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival in Cumming, GA on November 15 & 16, 2014

sawneeThe Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival is November 15 & 16, 2014 at Lanier Tech, (formerly Christmas in Central Park.) The 11th Annual Festival is at a new location this year at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041. 

Hosted by the Sawnee Artists Association, this family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, and local entertainment. The hours are: Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, November 16 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

This will be the 11th year that Sawnee Artists Association is hosting this family-oriented community event. This year they will be hosting over 90 artisans and craftsman, all with handcrafted merchandise in one of the largest art and craft shows in the county! Family oriented fun; Food Trucks and Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! This is a perfect opportunity to capture your child’s visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sitting fees apply.

Over 90 vendors featuring unique handcrafted items including stained glass, scarves, purses, kiln formed fused glass, jewelry, pottery, candles, soaps, hand turned woodcraft, honey, photography, paintings, holiday ornaments, food, quilts, fiber arts and more! FREE ADMISSION!!!!

For more information contact 678-936-6422.

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Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 7 – November 9, 2014

tractorThe weekend forecast is crisp and clear, just perfect to enjoy lots of fun family events in Forsyth County, GA this weekend! Here is a roundup of things to do this weekend. Let us know if you hear of anything else!

Friday, November 7

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase – Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.

10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition at the Cumming Fairgrounds. The Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition has steadily grown since it began in 2001. Come and join us for a weekend of fun and step back in time. We have working exhibits such as a cotton gin, saw mill, shingle mill, baker fan and many others. The Cumming Fairgrounds is one of the finest show grounds in the south. Come take a walk back in time. Vendors and exhibitors get in free and we have campsites available with full hook ups. Admission: 13 and up $5.00, kids 12 and under are free.

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday, November 8

8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition at the Cumming Fairgrounds. The Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition has steadily grown since it began in 2001. Come and join us for a weekend of fun and step back in time. We have working exhibits such as a cotton gin, saw mill, shingle mill, baker fan and many others. The Cumming Fairgrounds is one of the finest show grounds in the south. Come take a walk back in time. Vendors and exhibitors get in free and we have campsites available with full hook ups. Admission: 13 and up $5.00, kids 12 and under are free.

9:00 am – 7:00 pm – Bethlehem Baptist Church annual Fall Bazaar on November 8th! We will have a silent auction, cake walk, and a country store loaded with crafts, holiday decorations, gifts, canned and homemade goods! Food available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everyone welcome! Bethlehem Baptist Church 5528 Post Road, Cumming, Ga 30040. 770-889-9435.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken BBQ (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) at Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041. Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church Christmas Sale – All things Christmas sale! Located at: 7620 Lanier Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770.887.6801.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Abba House Fall Festival in Dawsonville, GA. 400 North Abba House Thrift Store (intersection of GA-400 and GA-136). This is an ENTIRELY free event! Please join us for a day of entertainment, games, food, fellowship, and fun! To learn more about Abba House visit abbahouse.com.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Happy snowman ornament. 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!

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow. Build a science lab! Your kid will love this kit! Each kit comes with experiment cards so they can continue the fun at home!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Paddington Bear story time event.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Kickin Chicken BBQ at Creekside UMC – Choose from BBQ chicken sandwich or chicken chili meal, both with sides and drink – $8 per ticket. New this year, chicken chili “to go” by the quart – $12! Tickets can be purchased in the main church office during business hours or at the event. We look forward to your joining us at the Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken Cookout in November!

11:30 am – Veterans BBQ at Cumming National Guard Readiness Center. All Vets and their families will be treated by Ingram Funeral Home, to a free BBQ lunch catered by Jim and Nicks. Guest speakers will be: SFC RET. Army Ranger Michael Schlitz (Purple Heart Recipient) Command SGTMAJ. Roy Marchert, Congressman Rob Woodall, and Congressman Doug Collins. 100 Aquatic Circle, Cumming, GA.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!


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