Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 18 – April 20, 2014

forsyth central high school ga stageA sunny weekend is in store! Here’s a roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday

11:15 – 11:45 am – Preschool Pals at the Hampton Park Library. Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years! We’ll explore stories and activities to encourage children along a lifelong path of reading and learning. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. Preschool Pals programs are for children ages 3-5 and their parents or caregivers. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth storytime – Story and activity great for kids.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is for children aged 4-8 but bring the whole family!

11:15 am – 11:45 am - Saturday Story Time at Cumming Library. This storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.

11:00 am – 6:00 pm - Taste of Forsyth & Easter Egg HuntTaste of Forsyth & Easter Egg Hunt at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA. Taste of Forsyth will be in full swing celebrating 11 years on Saturday April 19 at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds. Plan to sample from over 25 restaurants with over 10,000 of your family and friends. Located 40 miles North of Atlanta nestled up to Lake Lanier the Taste of Forsyth is a great community event with music, kids zone, local entertainment, touch-a-truck and much more.

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Free Photos with the Easter Bunny at The Collection Forsyth – Atlanta Diamond Design. FREE Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Bring the whole family (and your camera) for a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Plus, we’ll have crafts, treats, and activities for the kids.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Easter Eggstravaganza and 3rd Annual Health Fair at Christ Community Church from 1-4PM. We will have two HUGE egg hunts for kids, Games, Activities, Giveaway Prizes, a Safari Petting Zoo, and much more! The Health Fair is brought to you in partnership with Natural Body Spa. Food available for purchase from Slopes BBQ.

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market - Happy 10th Anniversary! Celebrate their decade of flea market goodness and see what hidden treasures you can find at the market. All weekend. Hours: Friday ~ 9 – 5, Saturday ~ 9 – 6, Sunday ~ 10-5. Admission: $3.00. Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free.

Forsyth Central Stage invites you “Into the Woods” April 17,18,19,24, and 25 at the Forsyth Central High School’s Performing Arts Center. Shows begin at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door or online for $10 adults/$8 students at www.forsythcentralstage.com .

4/19 & 4/20 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm - Easter Festival at North Georgia Zoo & Farm - Eggstravaganza and Rabbit Palooza. Come and search for Easter eggs! Learn more about all the different types of eggs there are and see a real live  green  giant egg! Come visit our giant rabbit display and petting area! Meet a variety of rabbit breeds  including the largest breed of rabbit in the world, and get your picture taken with a baby bunny! Find lots of eggs! Purchase an Easter Basket and hunt eggs till your basket is full! Redeem your basket of eggs for an Easter goody bag! $5 per basket. For more information please call us at 706.348.7279.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 11 – April 13, 2014

Warbington Farms in Cumming, GAA beautiful weekend is in store for Forsyth County, GA! I hope you plan on spending lots of it outside! Here’s a roundup of fun things for families to do.

Check out our Easter egg hunts and pictures with the Easter Bunny roundup as well.

Friday, April 11

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Library Storybook Parade! We all love a parade! Come dressed as your favorite storybook character. We will read a story, march in a parade around the library, and enjoy a yummy treat. Ages 18 months to 5 years. No registration required.

11:15 – 11:45 am – Preschool Pals at the Hampton Park Library. Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years! We’ll explore stories and activities to encourage children along a lifelong path of reading and learning. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. Preschool Pals programs are for children ages 3-5 and their parents or caregivers. Advance registration is not required for this program.

6:00 pm – Camp Out with the Horses - Bring your tent, family and friends to enjoy a peaceful night in the pasture. Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks & desserts and campfire singalong. Cost: $40.00 per tent.  Price includes all food & drinks. Rain date: April 25th. All proceeds to benefit Save the Horses (Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc. a 501(c)3 organization.) Save The Horses – 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA.

Saturday, April 12

8:00 am OR 10:00 am – Pike Nurseries Class - Planning a garden party or wedding this year? Let our experts give you ideas to take your event to the next level. During this free class, we will offer tips for tabletop décor, centerpieces, and living party favors.

9:30 am – 11:30 am The Forsyth County Lions Club Presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA. Adult Tickets: $6.00 in advance ∙ $7.00 onsite. Child (Under 12) Tickets: $3.00 in advance. $4.00 onsite. Pancake Breakfast With The Trimmings. Appearance by The Easter Bunny. Face Painting, Balloon Animal Making, Art Activities, Storytelling. Performance by “Three Score and More” Barbershop Quartet.

10:00 am - 2014 Farm EGGstravaganza at Warbington Farms. Easter Egg Hunts at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM, Farm opens at 10:00 AM. Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day of the farm. Your admission ticket includes the egg hunt, FREE photo with live bunnies (photographer will be on site to take a professional picture with kids and bunnies), unlimited play in the fun park area, the “hey” ride, petting zoo and NEW play areas! Make sure you BYO basket. Prize eggs will include coupons to farm, free slushies, and MUCH more! Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA. Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop – Build a Recycling Truck! In 2012, Lowe’s stores and distribution centers recycled more than 400,000 tons of cardboard and pallets, the equivalent weight of 4 aircraft carriers! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can get excited about recycling with this awesome Recycling Truck!

8:00 am OR 10:00 am – Pike Nurseries Class - Planning a garden party or wedding this year? Let our experts give you ideas to take your event to the next level. During this free class, we will offer tips for tabletop décor, centerpieces, and living party favors.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm - FREE Easter Egg Scramble & Carnival Cotton Candy, Games & More at Whitlow Elementary hosted by North Lanier Baptist Church.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time. Corduroy the Bear has been a favorite character for many years and he will be visiting our store for Storytime. Come join us as we welcome him.

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!  Admisison is always free and concessions are available.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is for children aged 4-8 but bring the whole family!

11:15 am – 11:45 am - Saturday Story Time at Cumming Library. This storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.

Sunday, April 13

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm – 80s Movie Matinee at Hampton Park Library. Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t advertise the titles of our movies online. However, see if you can guess this week’s film by the following description: John Candy stars as a ne’er-do-well bachelor who’s left in charge of his nephew and two nieces. Carefree and fun loving, he’s the last person you’d want to watch the kids, but with a little luck and a lot of love, he might just surprise everyone.

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Lanier United Methodist Church, along with Lanier Christian Preschool, is hosting a Community Easter Egg Hunt on the church front lawn on Sunday, April 13th at 2:30 PM (Rain date Saturday, April 19th at 11:00 AM). There will be a train ride, bouncy house, and refreshments. There is no cost. Bring a carload! The church is located at 1979 Buford Highway, Cumming, 30041. More Information: 770-887-0615.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday afternoon April 13th.  The Easter Egg hunt will take place at 5pm and we will have food, games, and inflateables for the children from 4pm to 7pm.  The event is free and you will have a great time! 7225 Castleberry Road, Cumming GA 30040

ALL WEEKEND

Forsyth County Master Gardeners Plant Sale – April 11-12, 2014 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Cumming Fairgrounds Annual plant sale will include many home and garden vendor booths as well as 4-6 plant related presentations each day. Covered venue, rain or shine.

City Produce is now open – check their FB page for the latest farm fresh goodies.

Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days (April 12-20)  - All teachers are encouraged to visit us anytime between April 12 and 20 for special discounts. Pre-K to 12 educators save 25% on classroom and personal purchases. Discounts valid in-store and online at BN.com/educator

Five For Five Earth Day Activities for Families

Guest Post By Denise Carleton, Reaping Nature Education Outreach Foundation 

Founded back in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide by more than 190 countries.

But what if every day could be Earth Day?

Here are 5 family friendly ways you can show your support for the environment and have fun doing it – together.

#1 – RECYCLE
Recycling saves trees, conserves energy, curbs water pollution, reduces landfills, and creates prosperity.

Paper Recycling Bins at Coal Mountain Convenience CenterForsyth County earned $60,000 in revenue from the recycling of plastics at convenience centers in 2012.

Annually Georgians bury raw materials worth nearly $300 million to manufacturers based right here in Georgia.

5 recyclable items used every day:
Glass
Paper
Steel
Aluminum
Plastic

#2 – COMPOST
Composting diverts waste from landfills, improves soil, is a free fertilizer, a superior alternative to chemical fertilizers, and is the best gift you can give your garden.

Composting at Haw Creek ES (640x478)

Composting at Haw Creek ES

Composting requires very little work and can be done in apartments to roof tops. There are over 80 things that can be composted!

5 compostable items:
Vegetables
Fruit
Eggshells
Coffee Grounds
Tea Bags

 

 

#3 – GROW
Growing your own vegetables is inexpensive, improves your health, connects family and friends, saves money, and is very rewarding.

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Cumming Elementary Dig in the Dirt Day… Shannon Archer, teacher, with her son, Patrick,
working on her classroom raised bed.

It’s also a great way to show yours kids where food comes from using the compost you make to fertilize your garden, and April just happens to be the best month to start a garden.

5 vegetables that can be grown easily:
Carrots
Beans
Lettuce
Cucumber
Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

#4 – VOLUNTEER
Volunteering helps you live longer, establishes strong relationships, is good for your career, is good for society, and gives you a sense of purpose.

Adopt A Road - SWC

Adopt A Road – SWC

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful holds many events, workshops, and programs yearlong. Consider making volunteering part of your life.

5 upcoming events and programs:
Mobile Trash Unit - April 24
Adopt-A-Road - All Year Long
Shore Sweeps - September 27
Recycle Electronics - May 3
AAS Workshops - April 26*
*Adopt-A-Stream Amphibian Workshop, Central Park

 

 

 

#5 – EXPLORE
Exploring the great outdoors can turn a frown upside down, makes children and families happier, makes you healthier, is educational, and is very relaxing.

Exploring at Sawnee Mountain

Exploring at Sawnee Mountain

There are many great places to get outside in Forsyth County. Many are free and provide an opportunity for you and your family to unplug, unwind, and explore nature together.

5 places to visit:
Lake Lanier
Sawnee Mountain
Cedar Hill Enrichment Center
Big Creek Greenway
Local Forsyth County Parks

 

This Earth Day make a commitment to being healthier and happier by picking 5 actions that you and your family can commit to.

You’ll reap the rewards this Earth Day and every day.

About Denise Carleton

Denise Carleton lives in Cumming with her husband two daughters. She is the founder of Reaping Nature Productions and Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation. She is also the Conservation Department Chair for Sawnee Woman’s Club and Race Director for the Five Points Challenge 5K. She has received awards for her environmental efforts from Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Keep Georgia Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. To learn more about Denise and Reaping Nature visit www.reapingnature.org and www.reapingnature.com. You can contact Denise by emailing her at info @ reapingnature. com.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 4 – April 6, 2014

curious georgeApril is here and so are the showers! Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be sunny after today’s storms pass through. Here are some fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend.

Friday, April 4

11:15 am – Meet Curious George at the Cumming Library! He’s coming to the library!  Enjoy a special storytime honoring our favorite curious monkey and then meet the one, the only, Curious George!  Be sure to bring your camera for a photo with him, too. All ages. No registration required.

11:15 am – Puppetpalooza at the Hampton Park Library. Enjoy their favorite puppet show for all ages! No registration required.

2:15 pm - Meet Curious George at the Hampton Park Library! He’s coming to the library!  Enjoy a special storytime honoring our favorite curious monkey and then meet the one, the only, Curious George!  Be sure to bring your camera for a photo with him, too. All ages. No registration required.

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm – Trinity River Band at Sawnee Mountain Music. Trinity River Band is an Americana, Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots band from Callahan,Florida. There is no better harmony than that of a family band and the group’s harmony blend perfectly serves their musical style. The years spent honing their vocals are evidenced by their recorded and live performances. Please join us for an evening of Bluegrass.
Concession available “All Beef Hot Dawgs” and more! Jamming up til showtime, bring your instrument & come on early. Call 770-887-7635 for reservations.

Saturday, April 5

9:00 am – 1:00 pm –  Forsyth County Parks & Recreation Yard Sale – Central Park Recreation Center parking area, 2300 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming. Event organizers expect attendees to be able to browse the yard sale for items such as household goods, furniture, clothing, children’s toys and more. For more, call Parks and Recreation at 770-205-4646.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop - Build a Birdbath/Birdfeeder from the new FOX film, “Rio 2″, in theaters April 11.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club - Works of whimsy! Kids, create an original painting on canvas. Join us on Saturday, April 5th, for our Whimsical Works of Art Event. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2.00 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30pm. See a store associate to join the fun!

10:00 am – Pike Nurseries Class - Garden experts will host a Growing Great Tomatoes seminar. Participants will learn key planting and care tips as well as the many tomato varieties that are best suited for their garden.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time. It’s bath time, and Pigeon won’t go willingly! Join us April 5 at 11:00 am for a reading of The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, followed by more stories and pigeon activities.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time and visit with Curious George. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is for children aged 4-8 but bring the whole family!

11:15 am – 11:45 am - Saturday Story Time at Cumming Library. This storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.

2:00 pm – Pike Nurseries Class Grow Your Own Salsa Garden class, where gardeners and at-home chefs alike learn not only how to grow all of the ingredients for salsa, but also how to use their harvest in a custom recipe! Whether customers prefer heirloom tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, Pike Nurseries always offers fresh advice for harvesting homegrown tomatoes – ripe for the picking!

2:15 pm - Meet Curious George at the Sharon Forks Library! He’s coming to the library!  Enjoy a special storytime honoring our favorite curious monkey and then meet the one, the only, Curious George!  Be sure to bring your camera for a photo with him, too. All ages. No registration required.

Sunday, April 6

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Forsyth County Senior Services Spring Concert for all ages at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road in Cumming. The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band will perform as part of the ongoing concert series hosted by Senior Services. The cost is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Refreshments are included in the concert admission price.

Friday and Saturday

Multi-Family Yard Sale – Donut Connection parking lot. Come check out our vast array of items. At least 4 families are bringing treasures to sell. Lots of household items, clothing, books, record albums mainly from the 70s, cookbooks, tools, children items, knick knacks and much more. Opening at noon on Friday April 4th. Saturday, April 5th we will be opening at 8am. Will be set up in the gravel parking lot at Donut Connection on Keith’s Bridge Road in Cumming. Hope to see you there!!

Monday, April 7

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Coo Coo’s Nest 2nd Annual Open House. Kids eat free! Half priced appetizers from 4 pm – 7 pm. Drink specials, free Abita root beer floats. $20 gift card with $30 purchase of food upstairs (reservations required.) Chris Cauley will be performing from 5 pm – 7 pm. Stay and watch the NCAA championship game. Also taking reservations for Easter Sunday Brunch Buffett from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday April 20. 678.456.8932. Crawfish boil on April 26th.

Spring Break 2014 Things to Do in Cumming, GA

spring break logoStaying home for spring break? There are lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA. If you are still looking for a day camp, check out our spring break camp roundup here.

The Forsyth County Public Library is celebrating Forsyth County Schools’ spring break from March 31 – April 5 with programs for all ages! All week long the library will host craft programs, game days, special guest performers, puppet shows, teen programs, and more. See the website for the full spring break event schedule at all four library branches.

Monkey Joe’s - Not going away for Spring Break, great! We are now offering the perfect “Staycation” deal just for you. For just $20.00, you can get a five visit pass to come everyday for as long as you would like to stay and spin our MJ prize wheel every time you come in for great prizes! Come on in today and purchase your pass for your Spring Break fun!

Let’s Roll Skate ‘N Fun Center - LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO OVER YOUR SPRING BREAK?? COME JOIN THE FUN AT LET’S ROLL SKATE ‘N FUN CENTER. CHECK OUT THE NEW ARCADE GAMES!! We Specialize in Affordable Family Fun!

SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE:
Monday March 31st 12-6pm Cost $6
Tuesday April 1st 12-6pm Cost $6
Tuesday Night April 1st 7-10pm “Buy 1 Admiss. Get 1 Free”
Weds. April 2nd 12-6pm Cost $6
Thurs. April 3rd 12-6pm Cost $6
Thurs Night April 3rd 7-10pm ” Family of 4 – Admiss. $10″ There must be one adult included for the “Family of 4″ deal.
Friday April 4th 12-6pm Cost $6
Friday Night April 4th 7-11pm Cost $7

Admission Prices do not include skate rental $3 (if needed).

Stars & Strikes Spring Break Week - specials this week. Also, sign up is now open for Kids Bowl Free for the summer and it begins April 15!

The Ice has special ice skating hours this week - SPRING BREAK 2014 PUBLIC SKATE HOURS March 31st – April 4th:
Monday – Friday
1:00 – 3:00 pm
3:30 – 5:30 pm

Cumming Aquatic Center – the competition pool is closed this week for maintenance but the instructional pool has open swim hours posted for spring break.

Catch Air Cumming – check their Facebook page for the daily password for a discount for daily admission.

Visit a local park and have a picnic or take a family hike up sawnee mountain for a beautiful view!

Comment and share if you have heard of any other spring break deals this week!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 28 – March 30, 2014

britishcarfayreSpring has sprung and there’s lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend!

Friday, March 28

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library Preschool Pals story time for ages 3 – 5. These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Happy Flower Hours – Pike Nursery 20% OFF Everything* - Guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments and treats along with storewide discounts on a variety of plants, gardening accessories, and more. There will even be opportunities for customers to win additional discounts and a FREE landscape design by the garden experts at Pike Nurseries! *Offer valid Friday, March 28 from 4pm-8pm on all regular priced items excluding grills, propane, sod, pine straw, gift cards and services. Limited to quantities on hand.

Saturday, March 29

10:00 am – 12:00 pm on the half hour – Michaels KIDS CLUB®: Framed with Creativity. Framed with creativity! Kids, decorate a picture frame with felt stickers. Join us on Saturday, March 22nd,  for our Felt Sticker Frame Event. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00.

10:00 am – Pike Nursery – Growing Fruit Trees - Now is the time to plant fruit trees. Stop by any Pike Nurseries location for a free class on planting and growing fruit trees.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Craft Show – Springtime in the Country - Spring craft show. 6140 Highway 400 (Cumming/Forsyth border.) Local artisans and businesses. Approximatey 50 vendors. Located in the 6140 Event Center. This Event Center is located in the series of buildings on Highway 400 where Bounce Gym, the Rug Outlet, and North Forsyth Church are located. On the east side of Highway 400. Local Crafters & Vendors, Face Painting Plus the Easter Bunny with Photo Opp from 12pm to 5pm.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth storytime – Ever wonder if a dinosaur could teach a dragon to fly? Join us for a storytime reading of Freddie & Gingersnap by Vincent X. Kirsch and find out.

11:15 am – 1:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is for children aged 4-8 but bring the whole family!

11:15 am – 11:45 am - Saturday Story Time at Cumming Library. This storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.

ALPHARETTA EVENTS

The GREAT British Car Fayre on March  29, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Beatles tribute band 12 – 2 p.m. Admission is Free
Website - Historic Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Avenue & Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009. This event is rain or shine.

A warm and friendly gathering of British car and motorcycle enthusiasts will be joining downtown Alpharetta’s delightful setting. Listen to the brilliant music of The Big Chicken Beatles Band while you walk around and enjoy food trucks, local vendors, arts and crafts, beer and wine and of course, classic British Cars! You’ll see an abundance of British cars including: a Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Jaguar,Lotus Esprit, MG, Austin-Healey, Morgan, Triumph, McLaren, Peeler, Landrover, MINI, Sunbeam, Jensen, and DeLorean to name just a few!

Food and Food Trucks:
The Marlay Mobile
Australian Bakery

Click here for further details about the event, car registration and sponsorship/vendor opportunities.

Easter Egg Hunts and Pictures with the Easter Bunny in Forsyth County, GA

Eggstavaganza-logo-300x239There are lots of Easter egg hunt and Easter Bunny activities going on in and around Forsyth County, GA. Please comment and share if you know of any other events that are open to the public!

April 12, 2014 –  The Forsyth County Lions Club Presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 12, 2014 ∙ 9:30 am – 11:30 am at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA. Adult Tickets: $6.00 in advance ∙ $7.00 onsite. Child (Under 12) Tickets: $3.00 in advance. $4.00 onsite. Pancake Breakfast With The Trimmings. Appearance by The Easter Bunny. Face Painting, Balloon Animal Making, Art Activities, Storytelling. Performance by “Three Score and More” Barbershop Quartet. TO ORDER TICKETS IN ADVANCE, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE USED TO HELP LOW-INCOME UNINSURED FORSYTH COUNTY RESIDENTS RECEIVE VISION AND HEARING CARE.

April 12, 2014 - 2014 Farm EGGstravaganza at Warbington Farms

Hunts at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM, Farm opens at 10:00 AM

Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day of the farm. Your admission ticket includes the egg hunt, FREE photo with live bunnies (photographer will be on site to take a professional picture with kids and bunnies), unlimited play in the fun park area, the “hey” ride, petting zoo and NEW play areas! Make sure you BYO basket. Prize eggs will include coupons to farm, free slushies, and MUCH more! Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA. Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults.

April 12, 2014 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm - FREE Easter Egg Scramble & Carnival Cotton Candy, Games & More at Whitlow Elementary hosted by North Lanier Baptist Church.

April 13, 2014 - 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm - Lanier United Methodist Church, along with Lanier Christian Preschool, is hosting a Community Easter Egg Hunt on the church front lawn on Sunday, April 13th at 2:30 PM (Rain date Saturday, April 19th at 11:00 AM). There will be a train ride, bouncy house, and refreshments. There is no cost. Bring a carload! The church is located at 1979 Buford Highway, Cumming, 30041. More Information: 770-887-0615.

April 13, 2014 – 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday afternoon April 13th.  The Easter Egg hunt will take place at 5pm and we will have food, games, and inflateables for the children from 4pm to 7pm.  The event is free and you will have a great time! 7225 Castleberry Road, Cumming GA 30040

April 19, 2014 - Taste of Forsyth & Easter Egg Hunt 

11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Taste of Forsyth & Easter Egg Hunt at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA. Taste of Forsyth will be in full swing celebrating 11 years on Saturday April 19 at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds. Plan to sample from over 25 restaurants with over 10,000 of your family and friends. Located 40 miles North of Atlanta nestled up to Lake Lanier the Taste of Forsyth is a great community event with music, kids zone, local entertainment, touch-a-truck and much more.

April 19, 2014 - Barnes and Noble Storytime with the Easter Bunny

11:00 am - Barnes and Noble will host the EASTER BUNNY for Storytime at 11:00 am on April 19!

April 19, 2014 – Free Photos with the Easter Bunny at The Collection Forsyth – Atlanta Diamond Design.

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm - FREE Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Bring the whole family (and your camera) for a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Plus, we’ll have crafts, treats, and activities for the kids.

April 19, 2014 – Easter Eggstravaganza and 3rd Annual Health Fair at Christ Community Church from 1-4PM.

We will have two HUGE egg hunts for kids, Games, Activities, Giveaway Prizes, a Safari Petting Zoo, and much more! The Health Fair is brought to you in partnership with Natural Body Spa. For inquiries on being a health fair vendor, contact cumminghealthfair @ gmail . com.
Food available for purchase from Slopes BBQ.

NORTH GEORGIA EVENTS

April 12, 2014 - 26th Annual Cabbage Patch Kids Magical Easter Eggstravaganza - Cleveland, GA

Come to Cleveland, GA. Breakfast, Parade, Egg hunt, Arts & Crafts. All day Cleveland Celebration includes lots of things to see and do. At BabyLand, there is a Pancake Breakfast with Easter Bunny (Reservations: 706-865-2171, Ext. 501-$10). Arts & Crafts festival, Easter Egg Hunt (Free), Cupcakes and Carrots with Easter Bunny ($5). Parade is in town. Egg Hunt is at 2:00 pm. Full schedule here.

4/19 & 4/20 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm - Easter Festival at North Georgia Zoo & Farm - Eggstravaganza and Rabbit Palooza. Come and search for Easter eggs! Learn more about all the different types of eggs there are and see a real live  green  giant egg! Come visit our giant rabbit display and petting area! Meet a variety of rabbit breeds  including the largest breed of rabbit in the world, and get your picture taken with a baby bunny! Find lots of eggs! Purchase an Easter Basket and hunt eggs till your basket is full! Redeem your basket of eggs for an Easter goody bag! $5 per basket. For more information please call us at 706.348.7279.

April 20, 2014 - Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt – Lake Lanier Islands

Welcome back the sun and the bright colors of the Spring with the Easter Celebration Package.  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, join our Easter Bunny in a delicious Easter Brunch Buffet for two adults. Children 7 and under eat for free.* After brunch, the kids will participate in a super fun egg hunt, and can enjoy our newly-launched Legacy Kids Activities. Be the first to try our new heated saltwater lounging pool! To add even more fun to your Easter activities, we’ll include an 8-hour Resort Cart rental to get everyone around the Islands! Plus, we’ll also guarantee 4 p.m. late check-out on Sunday. Special Resort activities that you can add to your package include petting zoo, pony rides, and much more! *To add children 8-12 for Easter Brunch, select the package add-on at $25.00/child. Book your package today by going to  http://www.lakelanierislands.com/packages/holiday/easter-celebration-package!

Kindergarten Registration for Forsyth County, GA 2014

Welcome to KindergartenCalling all 2014 – 15 Kindergarten Parents: March Registration Dates Announced for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia!

Kindergarten Registration for the 2014 – 2015 school year will be held on:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Registration will take place at the elementary school in your attendance zone. To locate your attendance zone visit www.forsyth.K12.ga.us/attendancezones

For registration requirements visit http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/kregistration

Prior to attending registration, pre-register your child at www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/enroll

If you are unable to attend the Kindergarten Registration at your child’s school, please call 678-947-0863, ext 0 to schedule an appointment to register your child after April 14, 2014. The Registration Center hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm (closed 12:00-1:30).

Please note that students are not required to be present at time of registration.

 2014-2015 Kindergarten Registration Flyer (CLICK HERE)

Camping Season Begins in Forsyth County, GA on March 24, 2014

Shady Grove Campground

Shady Grove Campground Opens for the Season on March 24, 2014.

More than 110 campsites, amenities to enjoy

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation invites campers to the shores of Lake Lanier when Shady Grove Campground opens for use March 24. The campground will remain open until November 2.

“Shady Grove Campground has become a very popular Lake Lanier vacation destination,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Kinsey. “We are excited about welcoming campers to officially begin the 2014 camping season on March 24.”

In addition to the more than 110 campsites for campers to enjoy, the 109-acre campground’s amenities include a beach and swim area, boat ramp with courtesy dock, group campsites with picnic shelters, playground, tent camping areas and campsites with water and 30 and 50 amp power hookups.

Daily fees for campground use
30 amp electric site with water  $26
50 amp electric site with water  $28
Tent camping site with no hookups  $18
Group camping (north)  $155
Group camping (south)  $135
Visitor fee  $2
Dump station  $15

Forsyth County completed a variety of improvements to Shady Grove Campground prior to the start of the 2011 camping season. These projects included expanded camping pads for larger recreational vehicles, a grassy play area and a shoreline restoration. These improvements were made possible by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by voters in 2008.

“Shady Grove Campground grows in popularity every year,” Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Tommy Bruce said. “During recent camping seasons, our campsite rentals have continued to increase. We are proud to offer such a great amenity here in Forsyth County.”

Shady Grove Campground is located at 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road in Cumming on the shores of Lake Lanier.

For more information, visit www.forsythco.com/parks.

Photo via LakeLanier1.com.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 21 – March 23, 2014

horseweddingSpring is here! Celebrate with the family and enjoy these weekend events in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, March 21

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library Preschool Pals story time for ages 3 – 5. These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader.

6:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – Divergent Page to Screen Party. Enjoy faction drinks in our Cafe. (Will you be divergent?) Free Tris or Four character posters. Trivia Contest (with prizes) at 6:15.

Saturday, March 22

10:00 am – 12:00 pm on the half hour – Michaels KIDS CLUB®: Framed with Creativity. Framed with creativity! Kids, decorate a picture frame with felt stickers. Join us on Saturday, March 22nd,  for our Felt Sticker Frame Event. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth storytime – Come find out why the Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great featuring the story by Bob Shea.

11:15 am – 1:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is for children aged 4-8 but bring the whole family!

11:15 am – 11:45 am - Saturday Story Time at Cumming Library. This storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – St. Baldrick’s Event at Good Shepherd Catholic Church to raise money for research for a cure for children’s cancer. St Baldrick’s Foundation event. We’ll have head shaving, jump houses, jousting, hot dogs & music!

Sunday, March 23

  – 5:00 pm - Raise a Barn Charity CarnivalRucker Horse and Pet @ 3540 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, GA 30041. CHARITY CARNIVAL – SPONSORED BY BETTER MOONWALKS OF GEORGIA!
For kids and adults, we will have Moonwalks, Slides, Obstacle Courses and the Joust! Plus, our new Sports Cage to measure your pitching speed!  FOOD will include:  Hot Dog or Hamburger, with chips and drink $5 donation
Also, Cotton Candy and Popcorn $2 donation. MASSAGE THERAPIST will be on hand to give chair massages for $1/minute. RAFFLE ITEMS:  A Party Package from Tents Tents Tents, valued at $500. A Party Package from Better Moonwalks of Georgia, Valued at $350 + Gift Certificates from Pull Water Sports and Mestizo Mexican Grill, and a special Gift Certificate for a 1 hour massage by Jessie Eaton, LMT, CMT, NMT ($60 Value). Raffle Tickets will be on sale for $10 Each. Arm Bands to play on inflatables and games will be $10 donation for the first kid; discounted for families of multiple kids.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – 80′s Movie Matinee at Hampton Park Library. Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t advertise the titles of our movies online. However, see if you can guess this week’s film by the following description: Suburban scientist Wayne Szalinski’s colleagues wouldn’t be laughing now if they could see his kids. Zapped by their dad’s electronic magnetic shrinking invention, the children suddenly find themselves at eye-level with the ants. Swept up and put out with the trash, the tiny troupe must begin a thrill-filled adventure of “size”-mic proportions as they try to keep from being stepped on by their parents, eaten by the family dog, or shredded by a menacing lawnmower.

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm - Divergent Premier Party at Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Cumming GA 30040.
One choice defines you. What will you choose? The Post Road library will be hosting a Divergent Choosing Ceremony along with games, themed food, trivia, and crafts related to the five factions. For middle and high school students only. Registration required.
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm - Horse Wedding – Beauty & Patch (Save The Horses) Save The Horses, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA. Beauty and Patch (two rescue horses in love) would like to invite you to share in their wedding. They have a special day planned so bring your boots and spend the day. Have a great time and bring your camera. This is a wedding like no other! (One of our rescued miniature horses will be the ring bearer!) The happy couple have a Registry at GoFundMe.  There will be a cash bar, commemorative t-shirt sales and pony rides. Rides begin at 1:30PM. Admission is free! Very casual attire, wear closed-toe shoes. Please invite your friends and family. Let’s help the Rescue continue to do its great work rehabilitating and re-homing these beautiful animals.
Save the Horses is committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines suffering from abuse, as well as the successful retirement of working equines. We are an all-volunteer organization, operating solely the on donations given through the generosity of compassionate and caring people. The Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund is a 501C3 all donations are tax deductible.

ALL WEEKEND

The Little Mermaid – First Redeemer Church - March 20-21 at 7pm, March 22 at 11am & 5pm. Tickets by phone: 678-513-9435. Admission is $10 for Adults, $7 for Children 12 & Under. Or you can order tickets online.

3 DAYS OF HOPE is a three day service project to our community. North Lanier Baptist Church: 829 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, Ga 30040. The vision of 3 DAYS OF HOPE is to reflect the heart of Christ by meeting needs and developing relationships within our community. We desire to serve all who are in need, but particularly single parent families and the elderly. When is 3 DAYS OF HOPE? 3 DAYS OF HOPE will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22 of 2014.

West Forsyth High School’s Award Winning Studio West Productions Presents “A Tale of Two Cities.” A Broadway Musical everyone must see! Everything is here to stir the soul—young love, purity, vengeance, villainy, valor—all played out against that historic revolution. Performances Thursday, March 20 at 7:00 PM Friday, March 21 at 7:00 PM Saturday, March 22 at 7:00 PM, Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 PM. Tickets May be Purchased at the Door. Adults: $12.00; Students: $8.00 Performances at West Forsyth High School Auditorium, 4155 Drew Rd., Cumming, GA 30040.

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