Forsyth County Public Library: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Kickoff with Clifford

Clifford the Big Red Dog will visit all Forsyth County Public Library branches this month to help kick off 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, an early literacy program designed to help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the pre-reading skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Clifford, a much-loved book and television character, will appear for stories and photos with children at six “1,000 Books with Clifford” events. The first event will be held at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, August 25 at 11:15 a.m. On Wednesday, August 26, Clifford will appear at the Sharon Forks Library at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and at the Hampton Park Library at 6:30 pm. Clifford will visit the Post Road Library on Thursday, August 27 at 11:15 a.m. and on Saturday, August 29 at 11:15 a.m.

All the “1,000 Books with Clifford” events are free and are intended for families with children under age 5. No registration is required to attend.

As an added bonus, the library will be raffling off family four-packs to the Center for Puppetry Arts at the “1,000 Books with Clifford” programs.  All attending families are encouraged to enter the raffle.

“Clifford is coming to help the library kick off the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program because he is a familiar character to many young readers. Having a character they know and love is important to spark their interest in books and building their early literacy skills,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager.

Research cited by the Georgia Public Library Service indicates that a significant number of students are entering kindergarten without the early literacy skills required to become independent readers. And children that have trouble reading are more likely have trouble learning new skills and concepts.

“One of the easiest ways to help a child build their vocabulary and pre-reading skills is to read aloud. At first, reading 1,000 books may seem like an unreachable goal. But if you read just one book at bedtime every night, then you can read 1,000 books in less than three years,” says Bradley. “Most board and picture books take only about five minutes to read aloud. If you commit to reading just 15 minutes a day, you can finish over 1,000 books in just one year.”

Families are encouraged to keep track of their progress with a free Reading Log. All stories and books count – even books read to the child at grandma’s house or books you’ve read more than once.

As the child reaches various milestones, they can visit the library for a commemorative photo. The library is also providing tips and information on early literacy on the #1000BooksB4K section of the Bookmarked Blog and will be hosting special 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytimes throughout the year.

For more information about the upcoming “1,000 Books with Clifford” events or the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, please visit www.forsythpl.org. #1000BooksB4K

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for August 21 – August 23, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaCelebrate the last few weeks of summer with these fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA! From a car show to consignment sales, there’s lots to do.

Friday, August 21

8:00 pm – Sawnee Mountain Music concert – Clinton Gregory Bluegrass band. A SMM favorite. Clinton’s strong singing and outstanding fiddle playing will grace our stage for two shows. Tickets—$10, call 770-887-7635 for details.

Saturday, August 22

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

10:00 am – 12:00 am – Michaels Kids Club – Make a pencil topper! Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – The crayons are back! Join us for a special Storytime event on Saturday, August 22, at 11:00AM in celebration of the release of The Day the Crayons Came Home. Activities to round out the fun.

ALL WEEKEND

8/21 – 8/22 North Fulton Mothers of Multiples Consignment Sale – at Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm preview ($5.00 donation), Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Members and friends of our club sell new and gently used items they no longer need. The sale is a great place to get everything you need from infants to tweens, including: children’s clothes, matching outfits, seasonal outfits, maternity clothes, shoes, rocking chairs, high chairs, swings, cribs, changing tables, bedding, tricycles, all types of toys from outdoor toys to electronic toys, books, videos, swings, car seats, exersaucers, high chairs, walkers, and much more. Select from over 20,000 items…enough to fill 14,000 square feet! Come early, as there is usually a line to get in the door! No bags, strollers. Bring a laundry basket.

8/18 – 8/22 – Northside Consignment Sale – New Location:  Corner of GA 400 & Hwy 369 across from Browns Bridge Community Church! Address:  3885 Browns Bridge Rd, Cumming, GA 30041 (in main 13,000 sq ft building) See their FB page for updates. Men, women’s and children’s clothing.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:00am – 2:00pm (HALF PRICE SATURDAY! – most items 50% off!)

mt. pisgah car show
Mt. Pisgah Church Car Show at the Cumming Fairgrounds

Everyone come out to our 22nd annual Auto Crusade! #autocrusade2015
Car Show & Swap Meet
Brought to you by Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
August 21-22 at the Cumming Fairgrounds (GA)
Friday (6-10pm) Cruise-In, Saturday (8 am – 4pm)
• There will be food, entertainment, and many prizes given out during the day!
• We will be giving away a motor (given by John Megal Chevrolet), Tires (given by Lanier Tire & Wheel), and other various prizes.
• FCHS Engine Building Team will have demonstrations along with their Electric Car Team.
• Also, don’t forget to enter the model car contest (adult and children)
http://mtpisgahbaptistchurch.org

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for August 14 – August 16, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe last weeks of summer are here and the humidity is lower, so enjoy the fun activities including an antiques expo and a consignment sale.

Check out our roundup of things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, August 14

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Creekside MOPS Consignment Sale – Come visit Creekside UMC for our 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, August 14th from 9am-1pm and Saturday, August 15th, from 8am-1pm (many items will be half-off on Saturday). First 50 shoppers each day will receive a free reusable shopping bag! Proceeds benefit Creekside’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Teen MOPS ministries.

Saturday, August 15

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Creekside MOPS Consignment Sale – Come visit Creekside UMC for our 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, August 14th from 9am-1pm and Saturday, August 15th, from 8am-1pm (many items will be half-off on Saturday). First 50 shoppers each day will receive a free reusable shopping bag! Proceeds benefit Creekside’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Teen MOPS ministries.

10:00 am – 12:00 am – Michaels Kids Club – Make a Perler backpack dangler! Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – North Georgia Quarter Midget Kids Racing – Cumming Fairgrounds. That is what you will find at the Bill Thomas Raceway located at the Cumming Fairgrounds, home of the North Georgia Quarter Midget Racing Association (NGQMA). Saturdays between March and November, you will find boys and girls, ages 5-16, take to the track, pedal to the metal. Race on over for some wheel to wheel action!  Admission is always free and concessions are available.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Join us for a special Storytime featuring one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, celebrating its 30th anniversary. Activities to follow.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Michaels – Fun Family Craft Time – Make a customizable family activity chart to help keep your kids on track. $7 per project, supplies included.

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! It’s our 12th Birthday Celebration this weekend! Thank YOU for making Lakewood 400 one of the Best in America!! USA Today and The Huffington Post agree! See you this weekend!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for August 7 – August 9, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaAlthough school is back in session, we can still enjoy the summer season that we have left!

Here’s a roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, August 7

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Busy Builders at Hampton Park Library. Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

Saturday, August 8

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

10:00 am – 12:00 am – Michaels Kids Club – Make a duct tape pencil pouch! Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – Barnes and Noble at The Collection Forsyth Story Time – The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he’s a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He’ll run, slide, skip and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – 2nd Annual Rosati’s Hot Dog Eating Contest!! Lots of fun and prizes!! Lets see how many you can eat 10 mins!!

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – South Forsyth Animal Hospital invites members of the community and their pets to an Open House celebrating their new facility, 1-4 p.m. August 8, at 2200 Old Alpharetta Road, Cumming. Enjoy guided tours of the hospital, equipment demonstrations, food, giveaways, raffles for baskets of pet goodies and an appearance by the Chick-Fil-A cow. Other highlights will include obedience and agility demonstrations by Atlanta Dog Trainer and Doggie Du Good and discounted microchipping.

Fall Kids Consignment Sales in Cumming, GA 2015

fall consignment sales in cumming, gaSummer is coming to an end, the kids are heading back to school and moms are cleaning out closets to consign or donate!

Mark your calendars! Here is a roundup of local kids consignment sales for Fall 2015 in Forsyth County, GA.

8/14 – 8/15 – Creekside MOPS Consignment Sale – Every year MOPS sponsors a Spring and Fall Consignment Sale. This is a wonderful opportunity to shop for gently used (and even some new) children’s and maternity items such as quality clothing, toys, games, nursery equipment, and so much more. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the MOPS and Teen MOPS ministries. Creekside United Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA.

Thursday, August 13: Public Preview 8:00 – 9:00 pm ($5.00 donation)
Friday, August 14: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, August 15: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (many items half off)

8/21 – 8/22 North Fulton Mothers of Multiples Consignment Sale – at Lakewood 400 Antique Market, 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm preview ($5.00 donation), Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Members and friends of our club sell new and gently used items they no longer need. The sale is a great place to get everything you need from infants to tweens, including: children’s clothes, matching outfits, seasonal outfits, maternity clothes, shoes, rocking chairs, high chairs, swings, cribs, changing tables, bedding, tricycles, all types of toys from outdoor toys to electronic toys, books, videos, swings, car seats, exersaucers, high chairs, walkers, and much more. Select from over 20,000 items…enough to fill 14,000 square feet! Come early, as there is usually a line to get in the door! No bags, strollers. Bring a laundry basket.

8/18 – 8/22 – Northside Consignment Sale – New Location:  Corner of GA 400 & Hwy 369 across from Browns Bridge Community Church! Address:  3885 Browns Bridge Rd, Cumming, GA 30041 (in main 13,000 sq ft building) See their FB page for updates. Men, women’s and children’s clothing.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:00am – 2:00pm (HALF PRICE SATURDAY! – most items 50% off!)

8/28 – 8/29 – Green with Envy Kids Consignment Sale – new and gently worn high-end clothing, shoes, accessories, costumes, toys and more. The largest selection of NEW and gently worn High-end, Designer, Boutique, Specialty & Custom-Made Children’s & WOMEN’S Clothing*, Shoes, Accessories, Costumes, Toys, Furniture, Bedding, Maternity, Baby Gear, Books, Home School Resources, & School Uniforms. *FALL/WINTER (Women’s clothing new to 2015. Must be boutique or high-end) Lakewood Antiques Market, 1321 Atlanta Hwy (Hwy. 9), Cumming, GA.

Friday, August 28 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 29 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

9/17 – 9/19 – Midway United Methodist Church consignment sale. Located at 5025 Atlanta Highway Alpharetta, Georgia 30004. Spring and Fall, Midway United Methodist Church conducts a Children’s Consignment Sale held in Alpharetta, Georgia. You can buy and sell infant, children, and teen items such as:  toys, outdoor toys, bikes/scooters, clothes (infant to teen/junior), books/movies, computer games, games and systems (X-box, Playstation, Wii, Nintendo), furniture and accessories, just to name a few!  Come shop us and find quality clothes at consignment prices – especially on the last day when most everything is half price!

Thursday, September 17, 2015           3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Friday, September 18, 2015               8:30 am-1:00 pm
Saturday, September 19, 2015           8:30 am-1:00 pm

9/17 – 9/19 – Cumming First United Methodist Church – Cumming First United Methodist Church in Cumming, Georgia hosts a Kid’s Consignment Sale twice a year.  This ministry raises funds for Women and Children’s outreach programs both locally and globally. CFUMC is located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040.

Thursday, September 17 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm  (No strollers allowed), 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 18 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, September 19 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

10/4 – 10/8 Rhea Lana’s of Cumming Children’s Consignment Event at Lakewood 400 Antique Market, 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Rhea Lana’s is a semi-annual (one in spring and one in fall) children’s consignment event. We provides families the opportunity shop for and/or sell their gently used, excellent quality children’s clothing, baby equipment, furniture, shoes, toys, maternity clothes and much more. Sunday, October 4th through Thursday, October 8, 2015. Full schedule here.

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for July 31 – August 2, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy tax free weekend for Georgia! Today and tomorrow, take advantage of the tax free deals for back to school shopping.

Here’s a roundup of some fun things to do for our last weekend of summer vacation! It just went way too fast.

Friday, July 31

11:00 AM – Sharon Forks Library – Ken Scott’s Super Hero Magic Show  – Back by popular demand! Prepare to be amazed and astounded by magician Ken Scott. Voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, Ken has performed all over Georgia and all over the country, too. He has even performed at The White House! All ages welcome and registration is not required.

3:00 PM – Hampton Park Library – The Ken Scott Magic Show  – Back by popular demand!  Prepare to be amazed and astounded by magician Ken Scott. Voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, Ken has performed all over Georgia and all over the country, too. He has even performed at The White House! All ages welcome and registration is not required.

7:00 PM – Cumming Library – Ken Scott’s Super Hero Magic Show  – Back by popular demand!  Prepare to be amazed and astounded by magician Ken Scott. Voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, Ken has performed all over Georgia and all over the country, too. He has even performed at The White House! All ages welcome and registration is not required.

7:00 PM Get Pop-Cultured: Dr. Seuss Spectacular! Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Join us in a celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss. There’s fun to be done! Events and activities galore to be explored on our Barnes & Noble book floor!

Saturday, August 1

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – Make a chalkboard door hanger!

  • Come learn how to make a chalkboard door hnager
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Michaels Kids Club – Make a rain stick! Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Cumming Dance Academy Back to School Bash – Victory Square off Bethelview Road. Bring your family and tiny dancers and join us as we say goodbye to summer!  CDA will be performing and giving away FREE dance classes and goodies!  Firehouse Barbershop & Salon will be offering kids haircuts for just $9.99!  Ice Cream Social will be selling ice cream and frozen ice for $3.00!  El Ivey Photography will also be attending and offering $20 off a family portrait session (up to 5 people).  This and much more!

11:00 AM Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Story time. Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who’s determined to have the best show-and-tell of all! Join us for a fun-filled Storytime.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Belk Back to School Kidfest – Come join us for face painting, balloon artist, refreshments, prizes and fashion show. We are looking for child models to be in our 2:00 fashion show. Models receive 20% the outfit they choose to model in our show. Enjoy music by DJ Warren, crafts from Giggle Studio and activities with Hoops N’ Sands. Looking for participants in our Kidfest Model Search Contest, winners will have the opportunity to appear in a Belk catalogue!

ALL WEEKEND

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad is open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for July 24 – July 26, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe second to last weekend of summer is here for Forsyth County folks. Here’s a roundup of some fun things to do in Cumming, GA.

Friday, July 24

1:00 pm – Cumming Library – Winged Ambassadors Birds of Prey – Meet hawks, owls, and falcons in this outside show where you’ll see the birds’ flying techniques.  Learn educational facts and interesting details about each bird, including learning about their unique personalities! All ages welcome and registration is not required. Note:  Weather permitting, this show will be held outdoors.

7:00 pm – Barnes and Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Get Pop-Cultured: Fangirl Friday. Fangirls unite and celebrate fandom! Get introduced to the Women of Marvel, enjoy cosplay, giveaways and much more! Join us to explore favorite fandoms: Marvelites, Sherlockians, Star Warriors, Tolkienites, Potterheads, Whedonites, Batgirls, etc.

8:00 pm – Sawnee Mountain Music concert. Steve Gulley and New PinnacleWe are excited to have Steve bring his great band to SMM for some top-notch bluegrass. Tickets are $10. Call 770-887-7635 for details.

Saturday, July 25

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Forsyth Central High School Lady Bulldogs Softball Team will be having a car wash at Citizens Bank. 651 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Cumming, GA 30040.

9:00 am – Terrariums and Fairy Gardens – Pike Nurseries, Cumming, GA – Beat the heat, and plant a miniature garden to enjoy indoors. During this free class, our experts will teach you the basics of terrariums and fairy gardens and show you how to plant a tiny greenhouse for your home.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm – CORE Missions Summer Bazaar – Come join us at our first annual Summer Bazaar. We will have will have a variety of vendors selling different items from make up to jewelry. Along with some homemade items for sell as well. We are also holding a yard sale and offering BBQ plates for $6.50. This event is to help raise money for C.O.R.E. Missions. 3790 Post Road
Cumming, GA 30040.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Antioch Baptist Church’s first Back to School Bash will have inflatables, a puppet show, music classes, lunch and Bible lessons. “There is no cost for the event, which is targeted towards students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The church’s youth director, Jamie Raper, said parents are welcome to drop their children off or stay for the event. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and activities will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will be provided with free school supplies as they are leaving at the end of the day.” Located at 2465 Antioch Road in Cumming.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Michaels Kids Club – Make a button frame! Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Superhero Movie Marathon at The Park: The Avengers  – Celebrate the end of summer with an all-day movie event! Cool off, enjoy snacks, and watch some of our favorite superhero flicks! Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Rated PG-13; 143 minutes. All ages are welcome to attend today’s movie marathon. Parents please note that these titles are all rated PG-13. Hampton Park Library Meeting Room.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Stuff the Bus – Cumming Wal-mart – Who’s going to ‪#‎StuffTheBus‬ with United Way Forsyth tomorrow at the Cumming Walmart from 11am-1pm!?! Please share this post and help us spread the word! http://bit.ly/VDaB6z

11:00 am – Barnes and Noble at The Collection Forsyth Story Time – To the Sea – Travel along on an adventure with Tim as he meets a blue whale and helps him find his way home in a reading of this delightful story about the power of friendship, To the Sea by Cale Atkinson.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Humane Society of Forsyth County Puppy Palooza Adoption Event at the Humane Society Thrift Store.

12:45 PM – Hampton Park Library – Superhero Movie Marathon at The Park: Captain America: The Winter Soldier  – Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with another super soldier, the black widow, to battle a new threat from old history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. Rated PG-13; 136 minutes.

3:15 PM – Hampton Park Library- Superhero Movie Marathon at The Park: Guardians of the Galaxy  – A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Rated PG-13; 121 minutes.

7:00 PM Barnes and Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Get Pop-Cultured: Vinyl Day Trivia Contest. How well do you know your music? Join us for an all genre decade hopping Vinyl music Trivia Contest. This is one trivia contest you don’t want to miss!

Sunday, July 26

1:30 PM – Post Road Library – Superhero Finale Party – Celebrate the end of a super summer with an out-of-this-world Superhero Party! We’ll have games, crafts, and of course, superheroes! Come dressed in your superhero best and meet some beloved superheroes listed below! All ages welcome and registration is not required.

ALL WEEKEND

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad is open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!

 

 

Best Back to School Supplies Prices and Store Sales Roundup 2015

back to school supplies shopping dealsJust as we are getting into the swing of summer, it’s hard to believe that back to school is right around the corner.

Here are some great back to school shopping resources as you prepare for the new school year!

The site Pocket Your Dollars is posting weekly back to school shopping deals on school supplies so be sure to check this blog out before you go to the stores.

Passion for Savings is another great site to check out for back to school shopping deals, tips, state tax free weekend dates and more.

Another site that I found for back to school supplies pricing is Coupon Project. Unfortunately this year she is unable to provide the spreadsheet for best back to school supply prices, but she will still be reporting in-depth on prices for Target, Amazon and Fred Meyer and offering lots of tips.

Although Forsyth County, GA goes back to school earlier than most (August 6, 2015), research of school supply deals over the past few years confirms that most deals occur in AugustYet, there are still deals to be found for July.

Georgia’s back to school tax holiday is July 31 – August 1, 2015. The best items to buy are the big ticket electronics items if you have students going to college or needing technology for school. “Purchases of clothing (up to $100 per item), computers and related accessories (up to $1,000 per item) and school supplies ($20 per item) are exempt.” Here is helpful information and a list of eligible items from 11Alive – “Georgia tax-free weekend: What you need to know.”

As for back to school clothing? We have great consignment stores as well as retail stores in Forsyth County, GA. The Collection Forsyth and North Georgia Premium Outlets are having various summer clearance sales and a back to school preview.

On the consignment side, Uptown Cheapskate and Plato’s Closet are favorite spots for tween and teen brand name clothing fashions. Kid to Kid Cumming is a great resource for elementary and preschool aged play clothes.

Passion for Savings and Retail Me Not has a round up of back to school clothing sales, deals and discounts – check back for updates.

What are your favorite back to school deal sites? Where do you shop? Most importantly, how do you cope?

Image via Grant Cochrane, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for July 17 – July 19, 2015

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

Friday, July 17

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Friday Family Movie Picnic  – Finding Nemo

11:30 AM – Cumming Library  – Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy Presents “The Giant, the Beanstalk, and Jack” 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library – To Kill a Mockingbird – Special Movie Screening 

7:00 PM – Barnes and Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Get Pop Cultured. Sign up now for our Minons Fun Event! Become a certified Minion and attend Villain-Con in our stores to help search for the most despicable villain to follow. Activities and giveaways round out the fun.

7:00 pm – Rock Camp Concert – Come out and support Forsyth County musicians! Music Authority’s second Rock Camp concert will be sure to impress including opening act Music Authority’s Rise and (rumor has it) a special guest appearance by Music Authority’s Eclipse. Help us to build a music community in Forsyth County! Tickets are $5.00 at the door. The Warehouse, 5095 Post Rd. Cumming, GA 30040.

Saturday, July 18

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Michaels Kids Club – Make a Minion wood frame! Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 AM – Sharon Forks Library – Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Story time at Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Get pop cultured story time. Join us for a special Star Wars themed Storytime with tons of activities and crafts. The Force is strong with this event! Little Jedi dress up is encouraged!

11:15 AM – 12:45 pm – Post Road Library  – Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

The 20th anniversary celebration of Norman’s Landing is set for 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 365 Peachtree Parkway. The festivities at Norman’s Landing will include 10 percent off food and other discounts, such as $1 oysters and shrimp. There also will be a sports cage and a bounce house, and owner Bill Norman will be sitting in a dunk tank. Proceeds benefit the Forsyth County Humane Society.

2:00 PM – Cumming Library –  BIG Game Day  – play larger versions of favorite games!

7:00 PM – Barnes and Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Get pop cultured Star Wars Saturday Trivia Contest. How well do you know Star Wars? Join us for an all ages Star Wars Trivia Contest! The Force is strong with this event! Cosplay optional but highly recommended!

Sunday, July 19

2:00 PM – Barnes and Noble – Get Pop Cultured – Manga Mania. Discover this popular style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Enjoy a special offer, activities and giveaways!

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! It’s our 12th Birthday Celebration this weekend! Thank YOU for making Lakewood 400 one of the Best in America!! USA Today and The Huffington Post agree! See you this weekend!

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad and Cumming Aquatic Center are open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for July 10 – July 12, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe weekend is here! The weather will be warm and sunny. Here’s a roundup of things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend.

Friday, July 10

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders 

10:00 AM- Lowe’s Build and Grow – Our Avengers Summer continues this week with Black Widow! Register your child and they can build this Sky Cycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!” Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Visit marvelkids.com for Avengers games and more!

10:15 AM – Post Road Library  Books & Babies for Walkers 

10:30 AM – Sharon Forks Library  Dr. Magical Balloons – Join us for a fun and truly unique show with Dr. Magical Balloons! This interactive show features stories, jokes, magic, and balloon art as kids are invited to join in and become part of the show. The program is suggested for preschool and elementary ages. No registration required.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Friday Family Movie Picnic – Maleficent 

1:00 PM – Cumming Library Dr. Magical Balloons – Join us for a fun and truly unique show with Dr. Magical Balloons! This interactive show features stories, jokes, magic, and balloon art as kids are invited to join in and become part of the show. The program is suggested for preschool and elementary ages. No registration required.

3:30 PM – Hampton Park Library  Dr. Magical Balloons – Join us for a fun and truly unique show with Dr. Magical Balloons! This interactive show features stories, jokes, magic, and balloon art as kids are invited to join in and become part of the show. The program is suggested for preschool and elementary ages. No registration required.

Saturday, July 11

7;00 PM – 12:00 PM – SAFFT 5K Color Outside the Lines Run

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Michaels Kids Club – Foam Printing. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Story time at Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. So one night the Dark decides to take Orion on an adventure. The Dark leads Orion on a night of friendly mischief (bed bouncing!) and a trip into the very heavens where Dark reign.

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

1:00 PM – Hampton Park Library  Teen Movie Marathon: Thor 

3:00 PM – Hampton Park Library Teen Movie Marathon: Thor: The Dark World 

ALL WEEKEND

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad and Cumming Aquatic Center are open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!


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