Archives for September 2011

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for September 30 – October 2, 2011

It has been a long week in our household. I am looking forward to the weekend! The weather is supposed to drop tomorrow with gusty winds, so be sure to get out those jackets and jeans!

Here is what’s happening in the area this weekend. If you know of anything fun going on in and around Forsyth County, GA, please comment and share with us!

Friday, September 30

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market  – lots of fun activities for the kids, fresh produce, unique crafts, musical entertainment and more!

6:30 pm – Catch Air – Autism Service Dog Fundraiser for Luceas Forester at Catch Air. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and 30 percent of admission and pizza sales are being donated to “A Boy and His Dog.” In addition, there will be a silent auction to support the cause. Follow them on facebook or visit their Web site for additional information.

Saturday, October 1

8:00 am – 7:00 pm – Pony rides, petting zoo, hayrides, pumpkins, inflatable slide, FAMILY FUN…… All available at Warbington Farms.

9:00 am – Atlanta Food Allergy Walk at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. Although this event is in Dunwoody, it is close to my heart. My daughter has food allergies and I wanted to share with other families in Forsyth County who may want to meet other families facing the same challenges. There will also be allergy-friendly vendors, inflatables, face painting and more. The FAAN Walk for Food Allergy brings together families and caring individuals who are dedicated to raising funds for food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research programs. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition afflicting 12 million Americans, including three million children. FAAN’s programs are vital to help others understand the severity of food allergy, and to provide families with strategies for food allergy management.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – build a fire rescue helicopter! These workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Forsyth County offering free electronics recycling Oct. 1st. Forsyth County residents are invited to recycle electronics this Saturday, October 1. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) will hold an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 1, at the Cumming Fairgrounds’ parking lot 3 off of Castleberry Road.  Accepted items for recycling include computers, stereos, CD players, cell phones, microwaves, cameras and more. The minimum donation per carload for drop-off is $5 while an additional $10 fee will apply for all televisions.  Some items, such as large wooden console televisions, toaster ovens and refrigerators, will not be accepted during the event. For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, visit www.forsythco.com or call KFCB at 770.205.4573 for more details.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Market 334 Fall Festival– 334 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA – local artisans, food, gifts, music and much more. Check out our new local market and celebrate fall! Over 70 Vendors! ONE DAY ONLY!! Live Music, Great food, Unique Gifts, Fashion, Jewelry, Art, Home Decor, Pottery, Wood Turning, Pumpkins Galore and so much more!! Free Prizes all day long.

11:00 am – Barnes and Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth – Join Barnes & Noble as they read a brand-new book by Shel Silverstein. We will have lots of fun activities and giveaways.

1:00 pm – Barnes and Noble special event! Join Barnes & Noble for a special American Girl event! They will have lots of fun activities. Come in and register to win Cecile and Marie-Grace. Winner will be announced October 6.

The Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announces the North Metro Light The Night Walk (LTN) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Registration and festivities begin at 5 p.m. and the walk starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 2

2:00 pm FCPL Family Cinema movie at Hampton Park Library – Harriet is a sixth-grade spy who sneaks peeks on her neighbors, parents, and friends and then candidly details their lives in her spy book. Based on the book by Louise Fitzhugh. Rated PG; 101 minutes; 1996.

APPLE ORCHARDS/CORN MAZES/FARM FUN

It is the start of apple season and the orchards are opening!  Here is a directory of apple orchards and festivals in North Georgia. There are also corn mazes opening from Buford to Uncle Shuck’s to the North Georgia corn maze! Cagle’s Family Farm is also a fun-filled place to visit.

 

 

Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta is Set for October 1, 2011

Join us for the Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta on October 1. Money raised will help research food allergies and anaphylaxis of which there is currently no cure. There is also a blog about the walk. There will be lots of free fun family festivities after the walk in Dunwoody, GA as well. My four year old daughter has egg and peanut allergies. She has taught me about grace and compassion through our journey with food allergies. Through this walk and future walks, I hope that one day no child should ever have to worry about food being safe again.

Check-in for the Atlanta walk is at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. It’s a two-mile walk, and baby strollers and wagons are welcome. A DJ, moonwalk, games, sponsor exhibits, and more will be onsite.

If you can’t participate, you can support a walker (me), give directly to the walk site, or volunteer on Walk Day. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register online. Please note: All walk participants, including children and infants in strollers/wagons, must be registered.

Also, welcome Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. FA Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

We are parents of food allergic children and advocates in our community, raising awareness on the importance of food allergy prevention and the seriousness in food allergy reactions.

Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:

Rash or hives
Nausea
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
Itchy skin
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)

Over 12 million Americans have food allergies (that’s 1 in 25), and many experts insist that number is increasing. Just as an example: the incidence of a peanut allergy in children doubled in a five-year period (1997-2002).

Food allergies are most common in kids under three, where the occurrence is now one in 17 children. (My child falls into that category.) Food allergies are life-altering for everyone involved — not just the kids (I know this from experience!).

Only eight foods account for 90% of the food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. And for those who may be unaware, even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction; there are no cures for food allergies.

Paint Your Own Pottery – A Fun Indoor Family Activity

This summer my daughters and I visited the new paint your own pottery store Glazed & Fired in Cumming, GA. We had bought a coupon and ventured to Glazed & Fired to make daddy his Father’s Day gift.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly woman who showed us what we needed to do to paint our pottery. First, we picked out what we wanted to paint – there were many items to choose from – from ceramic animals and picture frames to trays and larger items like vases. My four year old picked out a rabbit and my 8 year old picked out a coffee mug.

Then we had to put on an apron and pick out the colors of paint. The girls picked from a colorwheel and then got a tray of about four colors. Then the painting began! After a few coats and colors, the girls decided they were finished. We turned in our aprons and washed up. We gave our painted pottery to the Glazed & Fired people. They explained that they would have to put a glaze on it and then fire it in the oven so it would be available to pick up in a few days. Please be sure to plan ahead if you are going to paint something for a special occasion and remember to give yourself about an extra week.

Glazed and Fired is also offering lots of fun classes for adults and kids. They have canvas painting classes, children story times, adult paint nights, host parties and much more! Check out their calendar for events and details. We will definitely be back!

Clean House and Support a Good Cause – Forsyth Freecycle

Now that Fall is here, it is time to pull out the warmer clothes and do a little shuffling of summer clothes and other items in closet. One group that I have supported for a few years is Forsyth Freecycle.

If you have any items that you can’t or don’t want to sell, but want to get rid of, think about joining this group and posting your message. I have donated everything from a stationary bicycle to printers to kids clothes and shoes. There is a wonderful community out there willing to share with you and keep things out of the dump at the same time.

One man’s junk really is another’s treasure! I have just finally received some items for my girls after years of giving, and it truly is a rewarding experience.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for 9/23 – 9/25, 2011

Fowler Park Festival.

A little rain won’t hurt a chance to get outside and enjoy your weekend! Fall is a busy time of year with school, sports and festivals. Here is what’s happening in and around Forsyth County, GA this weekend.

Friday, September 23

7:00 am – 5:00 pm – Blood Drive at the Northside Hospital Forsyth Bennett Education Center. From 7 am to 5 pm, you can join others who have made a commitment to share the gift of life by donating blood. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Your support is appreciated.

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Haagen Dazs – The Avenues Forsyth – Free Cone Day – Donate $1.00 to Bert’s Big Adventure and get a scoop of ice cream.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market  – lots of fun activities for the kids, fresh produce, unique crafts, musical entertainment and more!

Saturday, September 24

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – support local farmers of Forsyth and surrounding counties, swap recipes and meet your neighbors! Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot.

8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Lake Lanier Shore Sweep, Bald Ridge Marina. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful and the Lake Lanier Association are working together. Forsyth County locations participating in the event include Bald Ridge MarinaHabersham Marina, and Port Royale Marina. The event will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers report to a participating location to pick up trash bags and a shore line area assignment for trash collection. All volunteers turning in at least one full bag of trash receive a t-shirt. Advance registration for the event is NOT required, but it does help us in scheduling shoreline coverage. If you would like to notify us of your plans to participate, please send an email to lakeinfo@lakelanier.org. For more information regarding the event, see www.lakelanier.org.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels– American Girl Doll Event – Bring your doll and cook up some fun! FREE Make-It Take-It Breakfast Plate and Chef Hat. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – Your kids will love this Fire Truck! The kit comes complete with stickers and a working siren!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth – Hear the adventures of Llama Llama!

Sunday, September 25

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Fowler Park – Play at the park… A family fun Festival! FREE ADMISSION! Fun for all ages! There will be Face painting, Games, Music, Inflatables, Food, Arts and Crafts and Community!

APPLE ORCHARDS/CORN MAZES/FARM FUN

It is the start of apple season and the orchards are opening!  Here is a directory of apple orchards and festivals in North Georgia. There are also corn mazes opening from Buford to Uncle Shuck’s to the North Georgia corn maze! Cagle’s Family Farm is also a fun-filled place to visit.

Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards Through October 2011

Trip to Hillcrest Orchards

One of our family’s favorite things to do is to go to North Georgia and pick apples. The weather has finally cooled off and the apple orchards are open for business! Pack up a picnic basket and take your family to Ellijay, GA for the day!

Hillcrest Orchards debuts their apple pickin’ jubilee this weekend and it runs through October. This is the only time that you can pick your own apples at this orchard. Pick your fun at the annual “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee” where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and watch live bands and cloggers on the Hillcrest Stage. Visit the playground, fly on a zip line and ride our giant slide down the mountain. There is a new kids play area for extra fun. You can even get your picture made on one of their live steers.

Visit the bakery and ice cream parlor for homemade fried apple pies, apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters, homemade ice cream and fudge. Wash it all down with some fresh cold apple cider. They will have the grill fired up outside in the festival area for hamburgers, hotdogs and barbecue along with Billy Bob;’s famous boiled peanuts, turkey legs and roasted corn. Hillcrest Orchards is open Daily: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Sep. & Oct.) Admission is $6.00 per person. Click here for directionsand more information. Apple varieties in now: Golden & Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pinata, Ambrosia, Gala & Honey Crisp with more coming in.


Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for 9/16 – 9/18, 2011

Disney Dream cruise.

The weekend is finally here! There are lots of fun family events this weekend and with the cooler temperatures coming, it is a wonderful way to be outside. Apologies for no post last week – our family went to Disney World and on the Disney Dream cruise! It was a blast and I highly recommend both trips. If your family has food allergies, Disney was very accommodating.

Friday, September 16

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market  – lots of fun activities for the kids, fresh produce, unique crafts, musical entertainment and more!

Saturday, September 17

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – support local farmers of Forsyth and surrounding counties, swap recipes and meet your neighbors! Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels – Birthday card event. Make a handcrafted card and wish someone you love happy birthday with this free make-it take-it event.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth – Hear about Splat the Cat!

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Barks & Bubbles at Rucker Pet and Wild Bird. The Bulldogs are coming back to Rucker Pet And Wild Bird on September 17th from 11:00 to 3:00. If your pet needs a bath bring them out and let the people at Georgia English Bulldog Rescue wash them for you. All baths will be $10.00 going directly to Georgia English Bulldog Rescue.

11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Tutor Fest – The Columns of Pilgrim Mill, Freedom Parkway – Brain Surge offers free tutoring tips, a moonwalk for the kids, concession stands, games, a balloon artist, and more!  Come check it out and sign up for the raffle to win a portable DVD player!  The festival is free for parents and only $4 per child.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Family Fun Fall Festival – The Learning Experience, 450 Brannon Road, Cumming, GA – Kids will enjoy a bouncy house, crafts, pony rides and a petting zoo. A professional photographer will be on hand to take family photos. We will also have pottery painting, a martial arts demonstration, fresh produce, lots of food vendors, ice cream, cotton candy and numerous business vendors. There will something for everyone!

APPLE ORCHARDS/CORN MAZES/FARM FUN

It is the start of apple season and the orchards are opening!  Here is a directory of apple orchards and festivals in North Georgia. There are also corn mazes opening from Buford to Uncle Shuck’s to the North Georgia corn maze! Cagle’s Family Farm is also a fun-filled place to visit. I will write a detailed post about all of the fun fall activities in the next few days.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for 9/2 – 9/4, 2011

Hillcrest Orchards

Happy September! I am ready for some fall temperatures, football and fun. Here is what’s happening this weekend. Have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, September 2

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market  – lots of fun activities for the kids, fresh produce, unique crafts, musical entertainment and more!

Saturday, September 3

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – support local farmers of Forsyth and surrounding counties, swap recipes and meet your neighbors! Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot kids workshop. Make an ESPN Game Day Message Board! Are you ready for some football?

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels – Create a Grandparents Day card. Free make-it take-it.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth – It’s a surprise storytime!

Barnes & Noble Storytime

Sunday, September 4

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels – Create a frame for Grandma and Grandpa. Make-it take-it with purchase of frame.

OPENING WEEKEND FOR HILLCREST ORCHARDS! Take a trip up to Ellijay and celebrate the start of the apple season at the orchard. Enjoy the petting zoo, ride the giant slide down the mountain, fly on the zip line and much more. Here is a directory of apple orchardsand festivals in North Georgia.

The rodeo is coming to Cumming, GA! IPRA World Championship Rodeo at the Cumming Fairgrounds Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 7:00 pm. Children under 4 are free, children ages 5-12 are $10 and adult admission is $15. Seniors 65 and up are $12. This rodeo is a 7 event rodeo that includes: Bull Riding, Bare Back Riding, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Saddle Bronc Riding. To find out more about the IPRA click here.


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