Archives for May 2011

Music in the Park at The Avenues Forsyth

Enjoy Music in the Park at The Avenues Forsyth near Coldwater Creek every other Wednesday night from 6:00PM – 9:00PM through August 10. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of complimentary live music, trivia and giveaways! What a fun way to enjoy a free concert with the family.
Guests who present same day receipts from any Avenue restaurant or retailer totaling $75 or more will receive a free gift while supplies last.
June 1       Dean Balkwill Band
June 15     Nick Longo
June 29     Last Three Standing
July 13       Nick Longo
July 27       Dean Balkwill Band
August 10  Last Three Standing

Summer Reading Programs in Cumming, GA – Earn a Free Book!

Barnes & Noble has a summer reading program for children. Download the journal, read any 8 books and track them in your journal, and earn a free book! There is also a parent activity kit to download with fun activities and teaching tips.

The Forsyth County Public Library has a summer reading program. Sign up online or at the library. Kids set a reading goal and record their reading times on a spreadsheet and earn a book at the end of summer.

From the FCPS library website:
Travel around the world as you read what you love best this summer. Sign up for “One World, Many Stories.” Set a goal and, when you meet it, earn a prize book of your choice. You can register until July 31. You can record books and pick up prizes (while supplies last) until August 22.
To register:
1. Click the “Sign Up” box and then fill in your library card number and PIN. If you don’t have a full-service library card, you can find out how to get one here. If you don’t remember your PIN, you can emailit to yourself. Or, you can ask library staff to assist you. Remember your PIN–you’ll need it each time you log in to this program.
2. Enter your name, school, and grade in Fall 2011. The library will send Forsyth County public K-12 schools a list of all its students who sign up for Summer Reading. Your teachers will be glad you read this summer!
3. Set your personal reading goal. You can ask a grown-up to do this with you.
4. If you’re using your parent’s card to sign up, put your own name in the  “Alternate Name” box. That way, your name will appear on certificates and on the report the library sends to your school.
Questions? Click here for Summer Reading Fun FAQ.
Summer Reading Fun

Kids and teens, set a goal for Summer Reading Fun! Register at any FCPL library or online by selecting the grade you’ll enter this fall from the drop-down menus below (for preschoolers, choose age on August 31). New this year is Novel Destinations Reading Bingo, our Summer Reading program for grown-ups. Visit a library to learn how to participate.

Events in and around Cumming, GA for Memorial Day Weekend 2011

The holiday weekend is near. Hopefully the rain that comes tonight will leave us will cooler temperatures and lots of beautiful weather for the holiday. Fire up the grill and check out these events around town!

Friday, May 27

Lake Lanier

11:00 am – Cumming Memorial Day Ceremony at the Cumming Veterans War Memorial.

6:00 pm – Adventure Kids – Join Forsyth Mommies for “It is almost Summer Celebration” at Adventure Kids on Friday May 27th at 6pm. 4335 Bethelview Rd in Cumming. Cost is $5 per child (babies and mommies free). They have drinks/snacks but feel free to bring your own in. Plasma cars, bounce house, wii, 40 ton sandbox with play structure.

9:00 pm – Dive-In Family Movie at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Watch Happy Feet from the wave pool!

Saturday, May 28

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – build a biplane in the free kids workshop at Lowe’s!

10:00 am – LanierWorld water park and beach grand opening at Lake Lanier Islands.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – In memory of all those who serve or have served our country, we will have a special storytime about America. Great for kids 8 and under.

9:00 pm – Dive-In Family Movie at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Watch Shark Tale from the wave pool!

Summer Storytime on the Farm in Cumming, GA

Warbington Farms is proud to present its summer storytime on the farm programs. Come out and bring the children to a “day on the farm” and enjoy farm themed stories, songs and crafts.

We will board the “hey”ride and tell stories and sing songs in the pasture. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lunch in the country. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot today. Price includes “hey”ride, stories, craft, and petting zoo.

Contact Delana at 404-983-6945 or for more information and for reservations. The “hey” wagon will depart at 11 am on each day. Please arrive ten minutes before to register and board the wagon.

•       Price: $4 per ticket (book two dates and get a $1 off each ticket)

•       Dates:
o       Monday June 6th
o       Friday June 10th
o       Monday June 13th
o       Monday June 27th

*There will be different stories, songs, and crafts on each date

Free Summer Movies at Movies 400 in Cumming, GA


Summer is almost here! Here is the calendar from Movies 400 Family Film Festival in case you need to escape the summer heat for awhile. Unfortunately, AMC is not offering their free summer movies this year due to a lack of interest. If you would like to drive to Alpharetta or Buford, check out Regal Cinema’s summer movie schedule as well.

Join us May 31st through August 11th 2011 for FREE movies. Shows start at 10:00am every Tuesday and Thursday!
Bring a can of food or school supply to support your community and receive a free popcorn. Limit one per person.

Tuesday & Thursday Movie Title
5/31 & 6/02 Ramona & Nanny McPhee Returns
6/07 & 6/09 How to Train Your Dragon
6/14 & 6/16 Megamind
6/21 & 6/23 Narnia: Dawn Treader
6/28 & 6/30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid
7/05 & 7/07 Despicable Me
7/12 & 7/14 Marmaduke
7/19 & 7/21 Alpha & Omega
7/26 & 7/28 Rango
8/02 & 8/04 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2
8/09 & 8/11 Hop

All movies rated PG or G. Movie titles shown are subject to change without notice. Limit one free popcorn per person. Expired cans, glass containers, or boxed food will not be accepted. School supplies must be valued over $0.50. Please exchange canned food and school supplies for a coupon at entrance.

Thank you for enjoying the Free Family Film Festival!

Regal Family Film Festival at North Point Mall

6/7-6/8 (10am)
6/14-6/15 (10am)
6/21-6/22 (10am)
6/28-6/29 (10am)
7/5-7/6 (10am)
7/12-7/13 (10am)
7/19-7/20 (10am)
7/26-7/27 (10am)
8/2-8/3 (10am)


Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for 5/20 – 5/22, 2011

The weekend is almost here! Here is a lineup of some activities going on around Forsyth County, GA. We are wrapping up sports season with a tournament and an end of year school show! Enjoy.

Friday, May 20

Lakewood Antiques Market is open all weekend! $3.00 admission for 12 and older. See web site for times and details.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmer’s Market – Grand Opening – support local farmers while enjoying entertainment at the grand opening event!

Saturday, May 21

10:00 – 11:00 am – Pike Nursery on Bethelview Road – Roses 101 – learn all about roses and how to plant and care for them in this free class.

10:00 am – 8:00 pm – Warbington FarmsStrawberry Country/Bluegrass Festival. Hay rides, music, a petting zoo, tasty strawberries, sounds decadent!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble Story Time at The Avenues Forsyth – In recognition of National Bike Month, we will have a special storytime reading of Mike and the Bike by Michael Ward. Great for kids 8 and under.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Lanier United Methodist Church, 1979 Buford Hwy., will have its May-Fest. There will be a bake sale, a craft sale, music, food, and more.

7:00 – VFW Post 9143 – Bingo! Come play bingo with our local heroes. Open to the public. Game cards start at $10.00. Children age 6 and up welcome with adult. Concessions, cash prizes.

Sunday, May 22

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at The Avenues Forsyth – Open House – See Us Before You Need Us! Moonwalk and face painting for the kids, meet and greet, tours, wellness screenings.

3:00 pm – CFUMC – The Cumming Playhouse singers will present “The Music of America,” directed by Van McCollum and accompanied by pianist Patricia Wester, at 3 p.m. May 22 at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy. The concert features Americana, Broadway, and patriotic choral music, with hits by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and more. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from a Cumming Playhouse Singer or at the door;  there will be free admission for children 12 and under.

3:30 pm – The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Col. Hiram Parks Bell Chapter 2641, will have a tea party fundraiser at 3:30 p.m. May 22 at the Foster House in Cumming. Tickets are $18. There will be ladies in 1860s period clothing sharing history of the South during that era. Contact Elaine Norton at (770) 476-4906 or (678) 640-3995 or e-mail at

Thursday Tots and Summer Events at Glazed and Fired in Cumming, GA

There is a new paint your own pottery and art studio, Glazed & Fired, in Cumming, GA! Keep an eye out for coupons as they have run in Plum District among other deal sites.

They offer parties and classes such as girls night out, Terrific Tuesdays, and Thursday Tots. They also have summer camps and a calendar that shows their schedule.

I am taking my girls with our coupon to make a gift for Father’s Day! Can’t wait.

Thursday Tots

Join us at Glazed & Fired for Thursday Tots.  Children listen to a story and then paint a ceramic character from the book.  Parents or caretaker must stay with the child throughout the class.

Fee: $10 +tax per child
Time: 10-11:30, Thursday mornings
Age: three and up

Check our calendar to see what we’re reading this week!
Space is limited.  Reservations suggested.  Payment in full at registration.


Flavors of Forsyth on May 19 at The Avenues Forsyth

Join Forsyth’s finest restaurants for a good cause this Thursday May 19, 2011 at the Flavors of Forsyth. Featuring a kids zone, live entertainment from Last Five Standing, artists market and samples from over 30 local restaurants, Flavors of Forsyth is a festival of food to benefit the United Way of Forsyth County. The fun starts at 5:00 pm and ends at 10:00 pm.

The kids zone will be expanded this year and in addition to bounce houses and kids activities there will be a Georgia Aquarium 75′ x 45′ interactive exhibit.

Food and drinks will range from $.50 – $3.00 per sample and tickets may be purchased on site the evening of the event. Admission is free.

Local chefs will participate in contests for best entrees and there is a People’s Choice award that the attendees will vote on.

Summer Field Trips in Forsyth County, GA

Scientist birthday party from Imagine That

I just learned about two groups of moms that plan field trip outings for summer in and around Forsyth County, GA. What a great idea! Here is a list of the groups if you need ideas for some outings for your kids – age ranges about 6 and under. Also don’t forget to check the Forsyth Mommies calendar for summer fun!

Tots About Town plans local outings in the mornings so you have time to run errands and hit the pool or let the little ones have nap time. They have a printable calendar so you can plan your day.

KidVentures Atlanta plans field trips that are about 2 hours in length for kids ages 2 – 12. The neat thing on their web site is that you can sign up for and purchase a field trip on the web site. Some field trips fill up so you will want to be sure to sign up if you know you will be able to go.

Both require parental supervision for your children.

Do you know of any similar groups? If so, please share!

Also, we just attended a friend’s birthday party at her house – it was a science theme and Imagine That came out to the house and showed a group of 7-8 year old girls science experiments. They loved it!


Weekend Events in Cumming, GA from 5/13 – 5/15

The weekend is almost here! I don’t know about you, but this month has been crazy busy with end of school year activities, girl scouts, sports, you name it! Soon everything will slow down to a summer pace. I hope your weekend is full of fun – here’s what’s going on in and around Forsyth County, GA. If you know of something else, please comment and share with all of us!

Friday May 13

12:00 PM – CFUMC Arts Festival Lunch and Music – John Richardson, Concert Organist. 30 minutes followed by lunch in the Art Cafe. Concert is free, lunch is $5.00.

5:00PM – 7:00PM – Sweet & Sassy at The Avenues Forsyth – Enjoy the Dolly & Me Event including party updos, polish, runway show, limo ride and pizza. Don’t forget your dolly! Call 770.781.0300 to reserve your spot.

The Post Office and United Way are sponsoring a food drive. Leave a bag of canned goods at your mailbox on Friday or Saturday, or drop off at the Cumming Post Office.

VFW Post 9143 is having a yard sale this Friday and Saturday! Bingo nights are alsoon Tuesday at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 pm. Open to the public. Game cards start at $10.00. Children age 6 and up welcome with adult.

CFUMC Arts Festival this week – enjoy the arts and music festival with activities every day this week!

Saturday, May 14
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM St. Matthew’s Car Show – Cumming Fairgrounds


11:00AM- Barnes & Noble at The Avenues Forsyth – All aboard the storytime express as we read stories about a longtime favorite, Thomas the Tank Engine, and a new favorite, Chuggington. Great for kids 8 and under.

11:00 am – 8:00 pm – Lake Lanier Islands – Taste at the Lake – Drive up on your boat or in your car to eat, eat, and eat some more, we expect folks to enjoy the fun and fare. The show hours are 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., so plan to visit the Islands and taste what is good!!
Sunday, May 15

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Make it Take it – Princess gift tag event.

“M*A*S*H,” a production of the Gypsy Theatre company, will be through May 22. Times are 8 p.m. evenings and 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. For more information, go online at

The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band, conducted by Alice Bryan, will perform a patriotic concert at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 3740 Holtzclaw Road. The concert will honor veterans. Tickets are $10. For more information, go online atwww.soundsofsawnee,com.

Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church will have its annual “Blessing of the Dogs” event from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14. Free blessings will be at 9:45 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Dog contests for a small entrance fee will be throughout the day. For more information, call Lisa Voss at (770) 889-0146. The church is at 7620 Lanier Drive in Cumming.

First Christian Church will host the Silver City Band, a local Christian country music group, at 5 p.m. May 15. Admission is free. Childcare will be provided. For more information, visit

Antioch Baptist Church will have a Southern gospel singing at 6 p.m. May 15, featuring Southern Sound of Nashville, Tenn., and local group the Bridgemans. A love offering will be received. For more information, call (770) 887-6900 or go online at


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