Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 23 – June 25, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe weekend is here! Here is a roundup of summer events in Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 23

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Animal Adventures

11:00 AM – Cumming Library  The Big Bad Little Red Pig Show

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Friday Family Movie Picnic – Despicable Me (PG) 2010

2:00 PM – Cumming Library  4th Annual Paper Airplane Olympics

2:30 PM – Hampton Park Library Tween Friday: Dragons, Dragons Everywhere

Saturday, June 24

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

10:00 AM – Cumming Library – Game Day in the Garden

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a morph sea creature! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – The Rainbow Fish story time. This modern classic is celebrating its 25th year in print! With eye-catching foil stamping glittering on every page, it offers instant child appeal. But it is the universal message at the heart of this story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting appeal. Activities to follow.

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

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 25

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Slime Sunday at Michaels! Make a slime stress ball or customized slime! Free event!

Summer Things to Do in Forsyth County, GA in 2017

things to do in cumming, ga in the summerLooking for fun things to do this summer with your kids in Cumming, GA? Here is a roundup of ideas from Forsyth for Families.

We like to kick off summer by making a summer bucket list! You can make one on paper like an 8.5 x 11 or posterboard. The kids love checking off all the cool things that they do in the summertime.

Take advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program at Stars & Strikes. Stay on your budget and enjoy being able to go out and get some exercise with the family.

Hike Sawnee Mountain and have a picnic. Enjoy the views of our beautiful city from the mountain top!

Go to a free outdoor summer movieSouthern Outdoor Cinema and The Chill Hill are hosting a free outdoor movie series Movies in the Park at Vickery Village.

See a free movie this summer! Movies 400 Summer Movie Series is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am at Movies 400 in Cumming, GA.

Pick your own sunflowers in Forsyth County, GA. July is the prime season and the sunflowers will be blooming then at The Anderson Family’s Farm. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Visit the Cumming Aquatic Center and the Fountains and Spray Parks in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Visit the new spray pad at Old Atlanta Park.

See an outdoor concert. Concerts at The Collection are every other Thursday. Sawnee Mountain Music has a summer music series as well.

Shop at a Farmers Market. There are lots of markets in the area to learn about fruits and vegetables as well as buy homemade goodies from local businesses.

Visit the Forsyth County Public Library for story times, games, and more. Sign up for a summer reading program and earn a free book! Forsyth County Public Library has reading programs throughout the summer.

Cool off and go ice skating at The ICE. Chill out from the summer heat and learn to skate a figure 8!

Go on a camping adventure. Explore the campgrounds around Lake Lanier and go on a family camping trek. Rent a camper at Sugar Mill Creek RV Resort and enjoy a camping experience near Helen, GA without major gas or RV rental costs.

Ride bikes at the Big Creek Greenway. We walk at Fowler Park and take our dogs to the dog park there. There are lots of trails and fun things to do.

Cool off at Poole’s Mill Park. Slide down a rock waterslide and wade in the stream.

Go on a geocaching adventure. There are lots of hidden gems when you geocache in North Georgia.

Enjoy crafts and construction projects at Michaels and Home Depot this summer.

Swim in Lake Lanier. Visit one of the Lake Lanier beaches and enjoy a day on the lake.

Visit LanierWorld. Lake Lanier Islands coupons from Chick-fil-A, Publix and QT offer discounts.

See the Zeedonk. Visit Chestatee Wildlife Preserve and see the zeedonk and lots of other exotic animals!

Play lazer tag, challenge a friend in the lazer maze, ride bumper cars and go bowling. Play in the arcade at the newly updated Stars & Strikes.

Go fishing at Lake Lanier!

Visit Dutch Monkey Doughnuts and watch how they make them through the window!

Visit a farm.  Visit Kinsey Family Farm and enjoy seasonal events.

Visit a gold mine in Dahlonega. Go spelunking in a cave, pan for gold and hear the tales of the gold rush!

The sky’s the limit. What is your favorite thing to do in summer?

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 16 – June 18, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHere is a roundup for a weekend of summer fun in Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 16

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Friday Family Movie Picnic – Enchanted (PG) 2007

2:00 PM – Cumming Library  Recycled Bottle Bird Feeders

3:00 PM – Post Road Library  Magician Arthur Atsma – Magic Comedy Variety Show for Families

4:00 PM – Hampton Park Library  Tween Friday: Drawing Comics with Kyle Puttkammer

6:30 PM – Post Road Library Comic Drawing Workshop with Kyle Puttkamer

Saturday, June 17

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Blueberry picking at Blueberry Gardens – Blueberry Garden, 5475 Crow Rd, Cumming, GA 30041. BLUEBERRIES ARE READY! We will be picking on Saturday, June 17, 2017 between the hours of 7:00am – 12:00 noon.
We will open to the general public with no appointment required for this Saturday, June 17, 2017 only.
Please email us at: www.blueberrygarden@blueberrygarden.org If you need further information. Parking is limited and road side parking only. Please observe parking signage. Please be respectful of the neighbors of the farm and do not trespass on their property. Blueberries are $15.00 per gallon u-pick. We provide buckets for you to pick, but you will need to bring a bag or container to transfer your berries to after picking.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a Father’s Day 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!

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – When Dads Don’t Grow Up Story time – Just in time for Father’s Day, this playful book follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap, watching cartoons and taking part in shopping cart races. These dads may look like grown-ups on the outside, but underneath they’re kids just like you! Activities to follow.

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

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 18 – Happy Father’s Day!

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

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!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 9 – June 11, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHere is a roundup for weekend two of summer fun in and around Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 9

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

10:30 AM – Post Road Library  Native American Encampment

11:00 AM – Cumming Library Keith Karnok Puppet Show

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Friday Family Movie Picnic – Cars (G) 2006

1:30 PM – Post Road Library Native American Dancing Demonstration

2:00 PM – Cumming Library  Creative Circle

2:30 PM – Hampton Park Library Tween Friday: It’s a Jungle Out There!

Saturday, June 10

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

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

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a play dough ice cream cone! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Humpus Bumpus Summer Kick-off! Humpus Bumpus will be hosting an afternoon for kids! A magician will kick off a day of carnival games and local author story times! There will also be face painting and prizes. Stay tuned for more details and an official schedule of events coming out soon!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Story time – With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech will truly inspire anyone starting out in the world! Join us at this special Storytime, with activities to follow.

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

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 11

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Save the Horses First Charity Horse Show! Save The Horses is teaming up with Brownwood Farms and Rolling Hills Saddle Club on Sunday, June 11th starting at 9am, at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta, GA for our first charity horse show.

Join us as a rider (English/Western), spectator, sponsor or vendor for a fun day to help benefit Save the Horses Rescue. Click the following link for more information: http://savethehorses.org/horse-show.html

Riders and horses of all ages and abilities are welcome. See the entry form and show sheet posted. Spectator admission and parking is free. Snack bar and vendors will be available.

Save the Horses (The Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund) is a 501(c)(3). This will be an amazing event!

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 2 – June 4, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe first week of summer is officially in the books! Here is a roundup for weekend two of summer fun in and around Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 2

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

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

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Off Site (See Program Description for Details) Post Road and Sharon Forks Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Movies in the Park – Moana – Dawsonville, GA – War Hill Park, 4081 War Hill Park Road. Activities start at 6:00 pm, movie starts at dusk. Bounce house, vendors, games, concessions, prizes. Bring a blanket, towel or lawn chair! No pets.

Saturday, June 3

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a flip book! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! Story time – If you see a poster that says “You Can Do Anything at the Library!,” it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn’t see any problem with setting up her own big top. She’s got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won’t fit between the bookshelves? Activities to follow.

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

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 4

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

Around Forsyth County

Saturday June 3 at 6:30 pm – Pete’s Dragon – Movies Under the Stars Summer Series at Mall of Georgia. As part of the summer series, local bands will take the stage at The Village Pavilion from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and the feature film will shine on a 35-foot big screen at The Village Amphitheatre starting at dusk (around 9 p.m.). Guests can also enjoy a variety of fun games, jump time in bounce houses, summer snack concessions such as shaved ice and more. As always, shoppers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to get cozy for the music and motion picture production!

North Point Mall Carnival – Come visit the carnival Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot between the Sears and JC Penney stores from 5 to 11 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 11 p.m. weekends. The carnival will have 18 to 20 rides, games, food and restroom facilities.

All Weekend

Pick strawberries at Warbington Farms! The 2017 strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberry season usually runs till second week of June. Price is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. We provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field. Please keep in mind that we do close the field for inclement weather. Berry picking is based on availability and we close the fields once the berries are picked out for the day.

 

The Collection Forsyth Free Summer Concert Series 2017

free summer concert series at the collection forsythFree outdoor concerts are fun for the entire family. Concerts at The Collection Forsyth is slated to start Thursday, June 8 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm through July 20. The concerts run every Thursday throughout the summer.

Bring a blanket and enjoy some great music from local artists while enjoying the outdoors. There are also kids activities starting at 6:00 pm and music from 7:00 – 9:00 pm so the whole family can have fun!

THE COLLECTION AT FORSYTH HOSTS 6thANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Free concerts, restaurant tastings, family activities and retail discounts

June 8 – July 20 

The Collection at Forsyth, Cumming’s premier outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination, will host its sixth annual summer concert series, which will occur every Thursday from June 8 – July 20, 2017. In honor of the event’s sixth anniversary, The Collection is expanding the festivities to include more concerts and family-friendly activities like scavenger hunts, face painting, food tastings, Pose & Post contest, Father’s Day celebration, giveaways and discounts at several participating stores and restaurants.

Concerts at The Collection will feature the following artists:

•       June 8 – Last Five Standing

•       June 15 – Adam Komesar

•       June 22 – Lance Price Band

•       June 29 – Lilac Wine

•       July 6 – Adam Komesar

•       July 13 – Cole Thannish

•       July 20 – James Patrick Morgan

Each concert evening will begin at 6 p.m. with children’s activities and restaurant sampling, and the live music will occur from 7 – 9 p.m. Listeners are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs and relax in the center of The Collection, or enjoy the music while shopping or dining on one of The Collection at Forsyth’s restaurant patios.

The Collection will host its first “Restaurant Mix & Mingle” during the concert series this year. Participating restaurants will provide tastes and sips for listeners at the event. Attendees will enjoy samples from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Grub Burger Bar, Marlow’s Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen.

Attendees will have access to concert night specials at a selection of restaurants and retailers, including Chick-fil- A, Claire’s, Grub Burger Bar, Lavender Boutique, Marlow’s Tavern, Pure Barre, Springfree Trampoline and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen.

We’re proud to be a gathering place for the Forsyth community, and our annual summer concert series is a way for us to give back to our customers and celebrate the community spirit of Forsyth,” said Thomas Tropea, managing director of Core Property Capital.

The Collection at Forsyth is located at 410 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, Georgia 30041. For more information, visit collectionforsyth.com.

About The Collection at Forsyth

The Collection at Forsyth is an outdoor lifestyle shopping destination in Cumming, Georgia. Owned and managed by Core Property Capital and Starwood Capital Group, The Collection at Forsyth features a variety of premier national retailers, restaurants and a movie theater, as well as specialty local stores and eateries. For more information, visit collectionforsyth.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

Movies 400 Summer Kids Movie Schedule for 2017

movies 400 kids summer scheduleMovies 400’s KIDS SUMMER SERIES starts on May 30! Movies 400 is located at 415 Atlanta Rd
Cumming, Georgia, GA 30040.

This ten week daytime series of kid-friendly favorites is the perfect way to beat the heat, meet new friends and offers a true entertainment value.

Shows every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 AM. Doors open at 9:00 AM. Parents and kids, community groups and camps are all welcome.

$4.00 for admission, kid popcorn, and kid drink. Donate a canned good (not expired, not dented)and pay only $2.00 for admission, kid popcorn, and kid drink!

The movie lineup includes:

May 30 & June 1 – Pets

June 6 & 8 – The Lorax

June 13 & 15 – Sing

June 20 & 22 – The Boxtrolls

June 27 & 29 – Curious George Show Me the Monkey!

July 4 & 6 – Alvin & The Chipmunks 3

July 11 & 13 – Kung Fu Panda 3

July 18 & 20 – The Peanuts Movie

July 25 & 27 – The Croods

August 1 & 3 – Trolls

Summer Reading Fun at the Forsyth County Public Library 2017

SUMMER READING FUN BEGINS FRIDAY AT LIBRARIESforsyth county ga summer reading program library

Prevent the “summer slide” and build a better world when you register to participate in Summer Reading Fun at the Forsyth County Public Library beginning this Friday, May 26.

Register to Read & Win Prizes

Registration for the Summer Reading Fun program will open on the library’s website on the last day of school. Library patrons can also visit their local branch to sign up during the library’s regular hours on Friday, and throughout the summer.

“We’re very grateful to the FCPL Friends and Advocates for their continued support of the summer reading program and their commitment to make sure that each child and teen who sets and reaches a summer reading goal will receive a prize book of their choosing,” says Program Manager Laura Bradley.

Bradley added that the Friends and Advocates also donated AMC movie gift baskets for teen readers and Apple iPad Mini tablets for adult readers in the grand prize raffles at each of the library’s four branches. Stars and Strikes Family Fun Center donated prize packages for the children’s grand prize raffles. All participants that set and reach their summer reading goal will be entered in the grand prize drawings.

Final Week of Outreach to Schools

This week also wraps up the library’s outreach program with schools in Forsyth County until the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

“Our Youth Services team strives to visit local elementary schools and preschools throughout the year, but the weeks leading up to the launch of Summer Reading Fun are especially important,” says Bradley.

Members of the library’s Youth Services team visit classrooms and assembly events with puppet shows, skits, and storytime activities to help kids find the fun in reading and to get them excited about summer at the library. Students are encouraged to register for Summer Reading Fun to keep their literacy skills sharp over the summer months.

Library staff also visit local middle schools to talk with tweens and teens about summer activities at the library. Vikki Doerr, a Youth Specialist from the Post Road Library, visited DeSana Middle School last week.

“We set up a fun game of Plinko trivia in one of the busy hallways and passed out bookmarks with information about summer programs at the library for students their age. We heard lots of students talking about the programs they’re looking forward to, and we’re looking forward to seeing them in the library this summer,” said Doerr.

Kick-Off Carnivals

It’s become a tradition to begin the summer with a series of Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnivals, and this summer includes a special treat with feats of daring acrobatics from Cameron Tomele and Barely Balanced. Other kid-centric Carnival activities include games, crafts, balloon artists, and raffle prize drawings.

The Cumming Library will host its Kick-Off Carnival on Wednesday, May 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Hampton Park Library’s Carnival will be held on Thursday, June 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Post Road and Sharon Forks branches will host a combined Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival on Friday, June 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To accommodate the expected crowds, the event will be held at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming.

Admission to each of the Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnivals is free and all ages are welcome to attend.

Summer Storytimes & Performances

The theme for this year’s summer reading program is “Build a Better World,” and each branch will present weekly storytimes for children ages 0 – 24 months, ages 2 – 5, and ages 4 – 8. Rising 3rd through 5th graders are invited to weekly Summer STEAM Team programs to conduct experiments, make art, and build models as they practice science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills.

Library branches will host dozens of theatrical performances, animal encounters, craft, and cultural programs for children, teens, and adults throughout the summer. Comedian and magician Ken Scott will return to the library for seven riotously funny finale performances at the end of July.

For more information, or to view a full schedule of events, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Memorial Day Weekend Events in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2017

memorial day weekend events in forsyth county, gaThe start of summer break kicks off in style with Memorial Day weekend. If you are staying in and around Cumming, GA for the holiday weekend, there are a variety of fun events to check out. As always, please comment and share any other events you know about as well.

Friday, May 26

Friday, May 26, marks the launch of Summer Reading Fun, Forsyth County Library’s annual summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults. Carnivals start next week. Register online or in person at any library.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders

11:00 am – The City of Cumming Annual Memorial Day Ceremonies at Cumming Veterans War Memorial, located at 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Saturday, May 27

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – 8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Car Show & Heritage Days Festival in Dawsonville, GA.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make patriotic 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!

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time – Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie story time. Join us as we read a brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean where Pete the Cat is learning a new dance — the Cool Cat Boogie! Activities to follow.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Make Break – Celebrate the red, white and blue with fun family-friendly crafts! Make a crazy tulle headband or customize patriotic slime. Slime supplies are free. Buy the tulle and the rest of your headband supplies are free.

1:15 PM – Post Road Library – Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl  – Come see where the Pirates of the Caribbean saga began. Bring a snack and watch Curse of the Black Pearl on our big screen with surround sound. 2 hours and 23 minutes. For middle school students and older. No registration required.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market grand opening on Saturday afternoon, May 27th, from 4pm to 8pmLambert’s farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. They are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. ***SOME VENDOR SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!*** For more information, or to sign up as a vendor, please see our website.

Sunday, May 28

4:00 pm – First Baptist Cumming on Sawnee Drive is hosting “Brother Bob’s BBQ” at during their annual Memorial Day weekend festivities.  There will be live music, face painting, inflatables, hay rides, a dunk tank and BBQ.  There will be a short patriotic salute at the end of the afternoon honoring those who have served. Adults:  $6, Kids: $3, Guests: Free.

Monday, May 29

8:00 am – Memorial Day Run/Walk for Autism. Shiloh Point Elementary, 8145 Majors Rd, Cumming, GA. There will be a 5k, 10k and a Fun Run! This Memorial Day race supports TACA (TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM). TACA’s goal is to provide education, support, and information to parents to help their children diagnosed with autism be the very best they can be, with the hope of recovery. *The 5k race is the 2nd event in the North GA Running Co. Race Series and the 10k is the first event in the North GA Running Co. Races Series.

10:00 am – Gainesville’s Annual Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29. Green Street, Gainesville, GA.

ALL WEEKEND

Looking for family fun this Memorial Day weekend? Celebrate Memorial Day at Lanier Islands from Friday, May 26 -Monday, May 29! Enjoy live entertainment, DJ sets, food & drink specials, 3 nights of fireworks & special broadcasts on the Spectacular Screen! As a reminder, all military and first-responders have free entry to Lanier Islands. http://bit.ly/2rj60Ww

Pick strawberries at Warbington Farms! The 2017 strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberry season usually runs till second week of June. Price is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. We provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field. Please keep in mind that we do close the field for inclement weather. Berry picking is based on availability and we close the fields once the berries are picked out for the day.

The City of Alpharetta and Splash Festivals are excited to present the 13th Annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest on Memorial Day weekend- May 27, 28 and 29, 2017.  This 3 day event will host more than 90 colorful artisans from around the country will showcase their works in the Alpharetta Historic District.  This much anticipated festival will feature live music, cultural arts performances, entertaining children’s activities, and a variety festival cuisine.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 19 – May 21, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe end of the school year is near! It has been a crazy few weeks. Here’s a roundup of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, May 19

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders

Saturday, May 20

8:00 am – 3:00 pm – American Girl Yard Sale – 7510 Fields Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. This is a friend’s garage sale and it is one of the best that I have ever seen! Huge garage sale with a lot of American Girl items to sell! Almost all of the American Girl items are new in boxes. Dolls are $75.00! Literally hundreds of items to sell including clothing, books, furniture, and accessories that were purchased new at an American Girl warehouse sale.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Keep Forsyth County Beautiful’s next paint and electronics recycling event will be from 9am-1pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds (parking lot number 3) on Castleberry Rd.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Small Business Saturday at Land of a Thousand Hills, 5095 Post Rd, Cumming GA – Please join us for a fun filled morning of shopping! We will have local crafters, LuLaRoe, jewelry, healthcare and lots of other local small businesses!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a Family Terrarium! 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 at The Collection Forsyth story time – New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, brings us the first book in a brand-new picture book series with stories inspired by life on the ranch entitled Little Ree! Activities to follow.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Rucker Pet’s Doggie Palooza at 4335 Bethelview Rd, Cumming, GA. Join us on May 20th and compete in an open competition with other pups to win your own blue ribbon! Free for all participants. Youth and adult handlers welcomed.

Competitions include:
– Best Dressed
– Best Marking
– Best Old Dog
– Best Puppy
– Ugliest Dog
– Cutest Dog
(varying weight classes)
– Friendliest Dog
(varying weight classes)

Sunday, May 21

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – The Place of Forsyth Fundraiser with LuLaRoe – Windermere Clubhouse – Join SIX LuLaRoe Consultants for a fundraiser for The Place of Forsyth County, Inc. We will each have our entire inventories for your to peruse, all while supporting a great cause!! There will be raffles and giveaways. You will not want to miss this event! The Place of Forsyth serves the community with financial emergency assistance, clothing, food, and many additional support services. They also provide a workforce development initiative in conjunction with several local agencies to help the under employed and unemployed prepare for, and secure, jobs. The Place also embraced an 8 year old service, Focus on Forsyth, which helps needy households through referrals from schools and senior centers. Through their services to the community, they are changing lives in Forsyth County, Georgia.

ALL WEEKEND

Pick strawberries at Warbington Farms! The 2017 strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberry season usually runs till second week of June. Price is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. We provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field. Please keep in mind that we do close the field for inclement weather. Berry picking is based on availability and we close the fields once the berries are picked out for the day.

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!


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