Free Concerts at The Collection Forsyth Summer Schedule 2015

free concerts at the collection in cumming, gaFree outdoor concerts are fun for the entire family and Concerts at The Collection Forsyth is slated to start Thursday, June 11 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The concerts run every other Thursday throughout the summer.

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

June 11

June 25

July 9

July 23

Bi-Weekly Thursday Nights 6pm Kids Activities & 7pm Concert

Free Outdoor Movies in Cumming, GA for Summer 2015

free outdoor movies in cumming gaGeorgia Movies in the Park™ – Atlanta’s best family outdoor movie series is coming to Vickery Village in Forsyth County / Cumming GA.

Presented by Northside Hospital, Regal Nissan, Atlanta Braves, Chill Hill and Southern Outdoor Cinema. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, and bug spray.

SPACE IS LIMITED AND IS FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED

DATES
June 3 – Big Hero 6
June 17 – Sponge Bob Square Pants: Sponge Out Of Water
July 1 – Disney’s Maleficent
July 15 – Dreamwork’s Home
July 29 – Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb.

START TIME
Movie start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown not dark. This is Atlanta’s only outdoor movie series that starts before dark.

The Chill Hill is located at
5860 South Vickery Street (off of Post Road)
Cumming GA 30040

Also, in Dawson County – Free Outdoor Movie on the beach.

If you want to make great memories with your family this summer, you go to do this! OUTDOOR MOVIE ON THE BEACH on June 5th.

Georgia Movies in the Park™ – Atlanta’s best family outdoor movie series returns to Dawsonville Georgia for a special MOVIE ON THE BEACH. Bring the family out early for a day of sun on the beach of Lake Lanier or stay the night at the campgrounds.

Presented by Northside Hospital Healthcare SystemRegal Nissan, Dawson County Parks anSouthern Outdoor Cinema.

Movie start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown not dark.

Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, and bug spray.

Date:
June 5, 2015 – Spongebob Square Pants: Sponge Out of Water.

Movie Start:
Sundown 8:30pm

Location:
War Hill Park
4081 War Hill Park Rd
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 22 – May 24, 2015

memorial day weekend events in forsyth county, gaIt’s officially summer in Forsyth County, GA! Kids rejoice! Moms and dads, hang in there! Here is a roundup of fun things to do this holiday weekend.

Friday, May 22

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! 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!

11:00 am – The City of Cumming Annual Memorial Day Service at the Veterans War Memorial, 301 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Cumming, GA.

Saturday, May 23

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – The Old Atlanta Spray Park opens! Hours of operation for the spray pad are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. On Mondays, the spray pad is closed for maintenance and private rentals.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make Red White & Blue Craft Stick Flags. 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 story time at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Dragons Love Tacos. This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick! Dragons love all kinds of tacos and salsa, but watch out for the spicy salsa.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool opens DAILY on May 23rd with normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink!

Sunday, May 24

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

ALL WEEKEND

Pick your own strawberries at Warbington Farms. Now is the time to get strawberries! We will be open Mondays-Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm (weather permitting) unless otherwise noted. We hope to have berries till mid June. We will be open Memorial Day!

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open for weekends!

MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS IN NORTH GEORGIA

North Georgia Zoo Memorial Day Weekend Celebration – To honor our troops and their families, all active and retired military personnel will receive free admission. (with valid ID) during Memorial Day Weekend. Please contact them for details.

Lake Lanier Islands Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

Stone Mountain Salute the Troops Memorial Day Weekend Festival

Spray Pad at Old Atlanta Park Opens May 23, 2015

old atlanta spray park in cumming, gaSpray Pad at Old Atlanta Park Opens May 23

Water feature opens in time for summer

The spray pad at Forsyth County’s Old Atlanta Park is scheduled to open Saturday, May 23, once again providing a perfect place to cool off this summer.

Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person (one year old and up). Annual individual passes are available for $30 and annual family passes are available for $60.

“We are looking forward to opening the spray pad for the season,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor. “The spray pad at Old Atlanta Park continues to be a popular destination for families looking for a fun way to beat the summer heat.”

The spray pad is slated to remain open for the season through September 7. Hours of operation for the spray pad are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. On Mondays, the spray pad is closed for maintenance and private rentals.

Old Atlanta Park is located at 810 Nichols Road at the intersection of Nichols Road and Old Atlanta Road across from Lambert High School. In addition to the spray pad, Old Atlanta Park features a natural playground, a tot-lot for children age six and under, two pavilions, a 1-mile walking trail, and a recreation center.

For information on the spray pad and Forsyth County Parks and Recreation, call 770.781.2215 or visit www.forsythco.com/parks.

Photo via Old Atlanta Park and Recreation Center Facebook page.

Summer Reading Programs 2015 at Forsyth County Public Library

summer reading program at forsyth county librarySummer is almost here and the Forsyth County Public Library launches their SUPER summer reading program on May 22, 2015!

SUMMER OF SUPERHEROES BEGINS WITH KICK-OFF CARNIVALS

Registration for a summer of super reading fun is set to begin on Friday, May 22 at the Forsyth County Public Library. The following week, each branch will host its own Super Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival featuring Cameron’s One Man Circus, face painting, balloon art, and carnival games. The FCPL Friends & Advocates have also donated AMC movie gift cards to be raffled off at each carnival event.

The first Carnival will be held at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, May 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Hampton Park Library will host its Carnival on Thursday, May 28 and the Post Road Library will host its Carnival on Friday, May 29. Due to very large crowds, the Sharon Forks Library will be hosting its Carnival on Wednesday, May 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

“This year’s Summer Reading Fun program is focused on heroes – both the superheroes we see in comics and fiction and the everyday heroes we meet in our community,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager.

Library patrons may register for the summer reading program between May 22 and July 31 online at www.forsythpl.org, at the Kick-off Carnivals, or at any library branch. A record-breaking 5,600 patrons participated in last year’s summer reading program and more participants are expected to register this year.

Patrons who participate in Summer Reading Fun will be rewarded with an automatic entry in raffles at each branch. The youngest participants, up to preschool-age, will be entered to win a superhero kit with a cape. Readers in grades K through 5 will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Lego gift card. Teens in grades 6 through 12 have a chance to win an iPad Mini and adults have a shot at taking home a Kindle Fire HDX at the end of the summer. Winners will be drawn and notified at the conclusion of Summer Reading Fun in early August. In addition, participating adults are eligible for weekly raffles at each of the branches all summer long. All children and teens who set and meet a summer reading goal will receive a free paperback book donated by the FCPL Friends & Advocates.

But more important than prizes is the vital support the program offers to help students maintain and even improve their reading, writing, and vocabulary skills over the summer break, says Bradley. The library’s Youth Services staff have been visiting local schools and community groups to share the excitement about becoming a super reader this summer.

“This year’s set of comic book-style themes is expected to draw in even the most reluctant readers. Children will learn that ‘Every Hero Has a Story.’ Teens will ‘Unmask!’ and adults will ‘Escape the Ordinary.’ We’ve planned nearly 500 events and storytimes to capture our patrons’ imaginations and encourage them to check out books to read at home,” says Bradley.

The number of programs represent a 64% increase over the already record-breaking summer of 2014. Events this summer will feature comic book artists, authors, magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, live animals, comedians, musicians, artists, movies, workshops, trivia contests, and more.

Library staff will also present a series of superhero-themed storytimes. Super Sidekicks (2-5 years), Caped Crusaders (4-7 years), and Superhero STEAM Camp (3rd-5th grade) programs will be offered at each branch, along with the library’s popular Books & Babies storytime for children under 24 months old.

For a complete listing of events for children, teens, and adults, please pick up a Summer Reading Fun Program Guide at your local branch or visit the library’s online calendar at www.forsythpl.org.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 15 – May 17, 2015

warbington farms tea partyIt’s hard to believe we have one week of school left before summer! Hopefully your plans this weekend involve lots of family time outdoors. Here’s a roundup of some neat things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, May 15

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! 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!

8:00 pm – Sawnee Mountain Music – Friday May 15th—-The Chuck Nation Band. This is an award winning bluegrass band consisting of renowned performers who deliver toe-tapping music designed to entertain! Tickets —-$10 Call 770-887-7635 for details.

Saturday, May 16

9:00 am – Pike Nurseries – Grow your own berries. Plant your own berries for a delightful summer treat. Join us for a free class to learn all about growing berries.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make knotted friendship bracelets. 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 story time at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring our Picture Book of the Month, Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret. In this intriguing story, once Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony share their secrets, will their friendship end or be stronger than ever?

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

Sunday, May 17

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

2:30 pm – Warbington Farms – Strawberry Shortcake Tea Party! Join us for a “berry” special event on May 17th. We will have tea and refreshments, story with STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and each child gets to pick a pint of strawberries! Admission to tea party does include the fun park (hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, inflatables, etc). Reservations are strongly encouraged. Children Tickets-$10 prepaid or $12 at door. Adult Tickets-$5 prepaid or $8 at door. Pre-registration HIGHLY recommended.

ALL WEEKEND

Pick your own strawberries at Warbington Farms. Now is the time to get berries! We will be open Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. We have plenty of U-pick and Pre-picked. Check FB for discount – it is valid Thursday and Friday (May 14th and 15th)

Pike Nursery customer appreciation event – All Weekend Saturday, May 16-Sunday, May 17. Join us for a weekend event as we celebrate our customers. We’re grilling hot dogs on Saturday on the Kamado Joe grill from 11am – 1pm while supplies last.

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!

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open for weekends!

The Forsyth County Fire Department will join more than 100 fire departments across Georgia to help “Give Burns the Boot” during their upcoming annual boot drive benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Weather permitting, motorists can expect to see firefighters at intersections throughout the county on Saturdays: May 9 and 16.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 8 – May 10, 2015

pick strawberries at warbington farmsThe weather looks promising for a special Mother’s Day weekend! Here is a roundup of some fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend.
Saturday, May 9
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Rain out date May 10th 1-5pm) – Warbington Farms 5th Annual Strawberry Festival. We will have vendors, face painting, “Hey”ride, petting zoo, fun park, craft for kids, visit with strawberry shortcake and MORE!
**Strawberry picking is based on availability.
**Strawberry Shortcake will be at farm from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm!
Fun park prices: $8 Kids, $5 Adults 2 and under free. (includes access to vendors, visit with strawberry shortcake, crafts for kids, hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, slides, swings, and MORE! Pick your own strawberries! Strawberry picking is $12 gallon (based on availability…always a good idea to come early for picking).

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Collection Forsyth. In celebration of Mother’s Day, join us for a special Storytime featuring Mom School and How to Babysit a Grandma.

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

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

Sunday, May 9

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Moms play free all day at Stars & Strikes in Cumming, GA!

Moms get free admission to the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta on Mother’s Day in Atlanta!

ALL WEEKEND

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce are open!

Lake Lanier Islands opens for weekends on Saturday, May 9!

The Forsyth County Fire Department will join more than 100 fire departments across Georgia to help “Give Burns the Boot” during their upcoming annual boot drive benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Weather permitting, motorists can expect to see firefighters at intersections throughout the county on Saturdays: May 9 and 16.

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for May 1 – May 3, 2015

cumming aquatic centerHappy derby weekend! Grab your hats and we’re off to the races! Here’s a roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Saturday May 2, 2015

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop Learn How to Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame

  • Come learn how to build a picket fence photo frame in time for Mother’s Day
  • 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

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

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

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make a Mother’s Day 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 – Barnes & Noble story time at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for a “What do you do with an idea?” story time and activities.

11:30 am – Barnes & Noble – story time and book signing. Marie’s new book is a story of a lonely, mischievous, dog named Frankie and his search for his very own boy and girl. Frankie has been rescued and returned to the shelter several times. Find out if Frankie finds his family in this heartwarming story. Come to the party and have fun! Author book reading at 11:30 am. Meet Marie and get your book signed. Giveaways include autographed pictures of Frankie, t-shirts, tote bags, stickers and so much more.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Opens!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting this weekend, May 2nd through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

6:00 pm – Bel Canto Singers of Forsyth County, Music Authority’s String Ensemble and Jazz Bands bring you music from television and the big screen. You won’t want to miss this entertaining show at Sexton Hall in Cumming! $5 at the door, cash only.

ALL WEEKEND

Warbington Farms – We will be open on Friday, May 1 from 9am till 4pm. Perfect time to pick berries before the weekend. We still do not have any pre-picked but you can get on the waiting list and we will call you when they are available. We will be open on Saturday, May 2 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, May 3 from 1pm-5pm. Fun park will be open during those hours but we will close field once we are picked out of berries. http://goo.gl/g3Qdic (Pre-picked waiting list).

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce are open!

Bealls Outlet is now open! Here is a coupon for this weekend.

EXTRA! EXTRA!

The new Tom Cruise movie filming soon in Ball Ground, GA is looking for extras!

Hollywood’s Here, Y’all: Movies and Casting Calls in Atlanta 2015

movies filming in atlantaMovies and tv shows filming in Georgia are on the rise since the state began offering tax incentives to production companies.

North Georgia has had its share of movies filmed here – Blended filmed in Buford and Lake Lanier areas, Hall Pass filmed in Forsyth County, Johns Creek and other locations, and the upcoming Tom Cruise movie is going to be filmed in Ball Ground, GA among other productions across the state.

For those families with an eye for acting, a fun summer bucket list item might be to answer a casting call and be an extra on the set of a movie or tv show!

There are plenty of companies in Atlanta looking for extras and it’s a fun way to see the behind the scenes filming of a show or movie.

Here is a list of resources to watch for Atlanta casting calls:

Casting Call: What’s Filming and Casting in Atlanta

The latest Atlanta Casting Calls for TV Shows and Movies

Movies made in Georgia – AJC on Location – the AJC and my favorite Jennifer Brett, chronicles the growth of the movie and television industry in Atlanta and Georgia.

Map: Hollywood makes its home in Georgia – a map of all of the major film/tv studios in Georgia.

Atlanta Buzz with Jennifer Brett

Casting Companies

The new Tom Cruise movie filming soon in Ball Ground, GA is looking for extras!

Extras Casting Atlanta Facebook Page

Tammy Smith Casting – Atlanta Facebook Page

Marinella Hume Casting Facebook Page

It will be fun to watch our state grow in the entertainment industry! Have you ever been an extra?

Here’s a fun Pinterest page of Movies Filmed In Georgia.

 

Image courtesy of Thanamat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Kids Bowl Free at Stars & Strikes in Cumming, GA This Summer 2015!

Kids Bowl Free is back at Stars and Strikes in Cumming, GA! This is one of the summer 2015’s greatest deals in Forsyth County, GA for families.

Sign up at KidsBowlFree.com and your kids (ages 15 and under) get two rounds of free bowling every day.  The promotion starts on April 14th and runs through August 29, 2014 at Stars and Strikes in Cumming, GA.

It’s easy to register and you do need a new account each summer. Please take a few minutes to visit www.KidsBowlFree.com today and register to receive 2 FREE games each day this summer at your participating bowling center.

stars and strikes kids bowl free

They also have a Mobile Coupon System.  You can now receive your FREE bowling games without having to print coupons and take them to the center.  Just log in to your Kids Bowl Free account from your mobile device and the center can redeem your coupons from your phone or tablet.

The promotion runs through the summer.  When you register the website will prompt you to upgrade to a paid family membership, but it is not necessary to get free bowling.

Many bowling alleys including Stars & Strikes Cumming will charge for shoes. The age limit for the Cumming location is age 15 and under.

This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.


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