Archives for August 2010

Hampton Park Library, Forsyth County’s Newest Library

I recently visited the Hampton Park Library with my girls for the first time and I was impressed. It is a beautiful new facility with a wonderful children’s area. It is warm and open, well marked to find any section of the library. There is plenty of comfortable seating and everything – books, movies, music – is brand new. I recommend visiting it with your family! They recently announced some new programs – I signed up for the newsletter to keep informed.

Hampton ParkThe Hampton Park Library, located at 5345 Settingdown Road, is now open. The 23,000 square foot facility features 60,000 items for checkout, computer stations, children’s programs, and more.


Group Coupon Sites for Extra Deals in Atlanta, GA

I am just learning of these neat sites that offer group coupon deals. Some are in Atlanta, but some reach North Atlanta so I wanted to share. Any time we can save extra money, I’m there!

Here are a few to check out: Groupon, Scoutmob, Half Off Depot and Living Social. Coupsicle is a great local coupon site that targets North Atlanta. Great news for all of us in this area including Forsyth County, Cherokee County, Cobb County and more! North Georgia Deals is also worth checking out.

The Dealmap has an iPhone app and web site where you can search for local deals. Plum District is also a great deal seeking web site.

Sue Rodman from Field Trips with Sue recently posted about a new family deals site Juice in the City. What a great concept. All of these sites will help us save money! FamGrab is a new one that popped up recently. And go here to track all of the Atlanta Deal Sites.

Here is an article about group coupon sites and how they are growing in cities in the US. Happy shopping!


Cumming Farmers Market at the Cumming, GA Fairgrounds

I visited the Cumming Farmers Market today at the Cumming, GA fairgrounds. It is running Wednesday and Saturday mornings in the parking lot through October 2. I met some really nice people and bought sunflowers, tomatoes, new potatoes, squash, Japanese BBQ sauce and banana bread. I sampled roasted pumpkin seeds and there were lots of other tasty goods available. The food was fresh and the people were very friendly and I will definitely go back!


Music for Megan – Free Family Fest Benefit in Alpharetta, GA on September 25, 2010

My friend’s daughter has been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. She is a vivacious, sweet girl and is full of life. I have learned so much from her grace, patience and faith while battling this disease. There is currently no cure for this awful disease and raising money for research can help give hope to everyone afflicted with the disease.

I wanted to share a free family event on September 25 at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA at 5:00 pm that benefits the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Among the many free activities are pony rides, games, a climbing wall, inflatables and much more. There will be a Beatles cover band playing at 7:00 pm.

September, 25th, 2010 5:00 pm Festival 7:00 pm Concert ADMISSION is FREE (donations always appreciated) The concert & festival activities..ALL FREE!!

The band this year: The Return! “The best Beatles tribute band around!!”
New this year: Chick-Fil-A (in addition to The Varsity, Bruster’s, & Funnel Cakes), cotton candy, The Ga Bubble man, more inflatables!! (Of course we still have pony rides, games, climbing wall, and all the activities we have year after year!)

Don’t want to miss out on our Fabulous raffle and silent auction. Over 25 items! Brighton accessories, Braves Tickets, Get-a-Ways, Date night packages, Themed baskets, jewelry, Restaurant gift cards …just to name a few!

We greatly appreciate any help to get the word out!! Look forward to seeing you all there!!


Forsyth County Public Library Announces August Storytime Schedule

The Forsyth County, GA Public Library announced its August storytime schedule. It is a favorite for local families and a nice way to beat the heat.

“Welcome Back to Books” Storytime Programs
Preschoolers can enjoy stories, songs, and activities at the Forsyth County Public Library this August.  Library preschool programs connect children with books through reading, storytelling, music, puppets, and movement.

Little Listeners Storytime is a 20-minute program for children ages 18 months to 3 years, with an adult. Each program features short, colorful books and several activities, such as counting, flannelboard stories, songs, and rhythmic movement.

Cumming Library – Mondays at 10:15 a.m.
Sharon Forks Library – Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.
Hampton Park Library – Fridays at 10:15 a.m.

Wee Read Storytime, for ages 2 to 5 years, with an adult, presents four to five books and two to four activities, such as word games, counting, songs, and rhythmic movement.  Wee Read lasts about 25 minutes.

Cumming Library-Mondays at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Thursdays at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Sharon Forks Library-Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.
Hampton Park Library-Fridays at 11:15 a.m.

Ready, Set, Read! Storytime is for ages 4 to 6 years, with an adult. It presents longer, more complex books and activities, such as counting by twos, word guessing games, songs and movement.  Ready, Set, Read! lasts 30 minutes.

Cumming Library – Tuesdays at 1:15 p.m.
Sharon Forks Library-Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:15 p.m.
Hampton Park Library – Fridays at 1:15 p. m.

The “Welcome Back to Books” Storytime programs begin Wednesday, August 11 and continue through Friday, August 27. Registration is not necessary for these free programs.  Early arrival is suggested for best seating. For more information, call FCPL at 770-781-9840, or visit our website:

I also recommend signing up for their email newsletters so you can learn about all of their other programs for adults and children. Movies, book discussions, a book sale and more are also scheduled in September!

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