Archives for October 2012

Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken BBQ at Creekside Methodist November 2 & 3, 2012

Creekside Holiday Showcase and Kickin Chicken BBQ in Cumming, GAJoin Creekside Methodist Church and over 70 vendors at their annual holiday gift showcase and kickin’ chicken barbecue this weekend. The showcase runs Friday and Saturday November 2 and 3, and the BBQ is Saturday, November 3 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Sponsored by Creekside MOPS

Holiday Showcase

Friday, November 2, 2012 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Kickin’ Chicken BBQ

Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 11:00am – 2:00pm

Stop by the Kickin’ Chicken table on Sundays in the Atrium before and after worship services or at the event to purchase your tickets for the Annual Women’s Ministry Kickin’ Chicken. Ticket purchase will allow free admission to the MOPS Holiday Showcase. Tickets are $7 with a choice of either a succulent pulled BBQ chicken sandwich or a delicious bowl of homemade chicken chili. Both options will be served as a meal with sides and a drink.

The Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken Cookout have become a tradition at Creekside.  For two days, a Friday and Saturday in early November of each year, the church campus becomes a place for families from the community to gather to enjoy fellowship, fun, shopping, and dining.

The first Holiday Showcase began as a way to help support home base business owners who were members of the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) ministry.  Since then, the event has become the main fundraiser to support the MOPS ministry’s financial needs and has grown to include the annual Kickin’ Chicken Cookout (a fundraiser to support the Women’s Ministry), and much more!

Each year you will enjoy unique Christmas shopping – with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items.   Each year there is something new and special to enjoy.

Creekside United Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041
Church Office 770-888-8449

Christmas Bazaar and Breakfast with Santa at CFUMC on November 3, 2012

Christmas Bazaar at CFUMC in Cumming, GAJoin Cumming First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 3, 2012 for our annual Christmas Bazaar. Doors are open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Join us for breakfast and lunch at the Mountainside Cafe while you come shop early for Christmas. Enjoy our beautiful handmade crafts, gifts, and decorations, a special children’s shop (no adult allowed), select from hundreds of baked goods, and more!

Also, join CFUMC for Breakfast with Santa on November 3, 2012. Space is limited and reservations are required. Reservation seating is for 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. $10 per child includes Rudolph’s Craft Corner. Your paid reservation holds your spot.  Space is limited.  Contact the Children’s Ministry Office today to reserve space.  Call 770.887.2900!

Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy, Cumming, GA  30040.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 26 – October 28, 2012

Fall Festival in Cumming, GAFall is in full swing and there are plenty of Halloween events as well as festivals planned for this weekend in Forsyth County, GA! Here is a roundup. If you are looking for trunk or treat events, check out my listing. If you know of any other events, please comment and share with us!

Friday, October 26

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Halloween Event. $25.00 per girl, reservations required. Costume contest with prizes and much more!

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Dickey’s BBQ Pit Grand Opening Celebration – 415 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA 30041 – Across from The Avenue Forsyth. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is proud to announce its grand opening celebration on Friday, October 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where three customers will win free barbecue for an entire year. Customers will also enjoy $1 Pulled Pork Big Barbecue sandwiches. This restaurant is located in the Shops at Brannon Crossing plaza across from the Avenue Forsyth. The store phone number is 678-853-2410. Dickey’s is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Check out this store’s smokin’ hot Facebook page.

Saturday, October 27

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build & Grow – build a creepy keeper for Halloween!
10:00 am – 3:00 pm North Forsyth UMC Fall Festival  live music, food, bounce houses, petting zoo, carnival games, arts/craft vendors, face painting, giveaways, hay rides, bake sale.
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble Halloween storytime – It’s trick-or-treat time at Barnes & Noble. It’s time for our Halloween Storytime! Come dressed in your costume for this event. We will be reading fun Halloween Stories and much, much more!
11:00 am – Quarter Midget Racing – Cumming Fairgrounds -The North Georgia Quarter Midget Association welcomes you and your family to come out and watch the races. Admission is free; we have concessions and plenty of excitement for the whole family. Quarter Midget Racing is a family oriented sport for children ages 5 to 16. Children race in Quarter Midget cars that are a scaled-down (approximately 1/4 scale) version of an actual midget-racecar on oval tracks that are approximately 1/20th of a mile.
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Midway Saddle Club Memorial Horse Show – Midway Saddle Club  This is a very special show memorializing our loved ones who have passed and celebrating our memories of them.  Please come share this special day with us.  Custom, beautiful trophies awarded at this show.  Midway Saddle Club is located on Seabolt Road, just off HWY 369 West in Cumming, GA  30028.  There will be lots of wonderful food and fun for all ages.  For more information, visit our website at www.midwaysaddleclub.com or like us on Facebook.  There is a $3 per person fee to enter the grounds on show day – children under 12 are free.   If you plan on showing your horses, please bring a copy of a current COGGINS certificate.  See you there!
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Halloween Fun at Castleberry! Halloween trick or treat at the Dollar Barn shopping center. kids crafts, face painting, dj with live music and prizes and much more. 5485 BETHELVIEW ROAD, CUMMING,GA 30040, 770-781-1200
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway – Cumming, GA 30041 – 770-888-8449 – Trunk or Treat!
Drag out those old boots, don your wigs, decorate your car/trailer/bike/van etc., and bring a bucket of candy to share & come out for a time of family fun. Awards will be given for the best costumes and vehicles. (Please, no scary/inappropriate costumes/decorations.) Our Trailblazers will be selling Baked Goods, Hot Dogs & Drinks so come hungry!
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – CFUMC’s Night in the Patch – Free fall family event. Crafts, face painting, live music, pictures in the patch, food, pumpkin launch, hayride, bonfire and marshmallow roast, chili cookoff, free outdoor movie at 7:15 pm. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Monsters Inc. will be shown. (They will charge a small fee for the marshmallow roast and pumpkin launch which benefits Youth Missions.)
5:00 pm – Octoberfest at the Gasthaus! Dinner and live music from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Trail & Treat Coal Mountain Park – Bring the whole family and have fun while learning how to stay safe. The event will include fire safety, stranger danger and traffic safety information. Participants can enjoy candy, face painting and food. Kids – wear your Halloween costumes!
7:00 pm – Free Outdoor Drive-In Movie – 25 Justice Way, Dawsonville, GA 30534, behind the Dawson County Courthouse – Ice Age 4 Continental Drift – Georgia Movies in the Park – Dawsonville, GA.
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Haunted Forest – 7830 Rose Ct, Cumming, GA – This is the 3rd annual haunted forest hosted by the Calhoun family and their neighborhood friends. This year we are accepting donations to help our friends the Dunford family who just finished a serious battle with cancer. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. We do a calmer & less scary version for the younger children. High schoolers and adults; you are on your own. We will let you in – good luck getting out alive! Please come by and enjoy the fun Halloween spirit and help us help one of our neighbors.
Sunday, October 28
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church – Join us on Sunday October 28th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for loads of family fun.
It will be a safe and friendly environment. All ages welcome! Don’t forget to wear a non-scary costume and to tell your friends!
“Happy House” starts at 5:00 p.m.! Castleberry Road Baptist Church is located at: 7225 Castleberry Road Cumming, GA 30040
(770) 889-2422. CANDY PRIZES FOOD CONTESTS GAMES

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Cumming Baptist – 115 Church Street, Cumming, GA 30040 – Fall festival trunk or treat on Sunday, October 28 from 5:00 pm – on. A great night of fun for the season. Food, music, games, and inflatables will provide joy for all families. The night will end with our Trunk ‘R’ Treat – an awesome display of clever car decorations. Enjoy the costumes,the creativity and, of course, the candy!

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Freedom Tabernacle – Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 28 from 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm. Freedom Tabernacle is just off Ga. 400 North and Pilgrim Mill Road at 2160 Freedom Pkwy. in Cumming. To learn more about the ministries of Freedom Tabernacle Church, call (770) 887-4679.

NEARBY EVENTS

Hillcrest Orchards – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee begins September 8! Hillcrest Orchards is open daily: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Sept. 8 – Oct.) Admission is $6.00 per person. Click here for directions and more information. Apple varieties: Golden & Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pinata, Ambrosia, Gala & Honey Crisp with more coming in. Pig races are at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm each day of the festival.

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – 5 Burt’s Farm Rd Dawsonville, Georgia 30534. Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The hayrides will be weekends only until October then the hayrides will be 7 days a week. Hayride cost: Adults $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.

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 and Kinsey Family Farm are also fun-filled places to visit.

Mountain Moonshine Festival – Dawsonville, GA 10/27 – 10/28 – Gather round the square for a great autumn weekend of entertainment in downtown Dawsonville. There is something for everyone, from the Parade, Car Show, Cruise-In, Swap Meet, Silent Auction, live entertainment, an array of vendors, and festival food.

Boo Y’all! 2012 Trick or Treating Festivities in Cumming, GA

trunk or treat in cumming gaIt is a tricky year for families with Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year. There are a few trunk or treat and trick or treat events for the public this weekend and next week in Forsyth County, GA.

I will post as many events that I find if you promise to post any church/school/neighborhood events that are open the to public and help us all out! Have a safe and fun Halloween. And for those food allergy kids, hang in there – I have a safe snack swap bag for my child!

Saturday, October 27

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway – Cumming, GA 30041 – 770-888-8449 – Trunk or Treat!
Drag out those old boots, don your wigs, decorate your car/trailer/bike/van etc., and bring a bucket of candy to share & come out for a time of family fun. Awards will be given for the best costumes and vehicles. (Please, no scary/inappropriate costumes/decorations.) Our Trailblazers will be selling Baked Goods, Hot Dogs & Drinks so come hungry!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church – Join us on Sunday October 28th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for loads of family fun.
It will be a safe and friendly environment. All ages welcome! Don’t forget to wear a non-scary costume and to tell your friends!
“Happy House” starts at 5:00 p.m.! Castleberry Road Baptist Church is located at: 7225 Castleberry Road Cumming, GA 30040
(770) 889-2422. CANDY PRIZES FOOD CONTESTS GAMES

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Cumming Baptist – 115 Church Street, Cumming, GA 30040 – Fall festival trunk or treat on Sunday, October 28 from 5:00 pm – on. A great night of fun for the season. Food, music, games, and inflatables will provide joy for all families. The night will end with our Trunk ‘R’ Treat – an awesome display of clever car decorations. Enjoy the costumes,the creativity and, of course, the candy!

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Freedom Tabernacle – Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 28 from 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm. Freedom Tabernacle is just off Ga. 400 North and Pilgrim Mill Road at 2160 Freedom Pkwy. in Cumming. To learn more about the ministries of Freedom Tabernacle Church, call (770) 887-4679.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – North Georgia Premium Outlets – Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event. Trick-or-Treating for kids in costume ages 12 and under. Pick up a list of participating stores from the Information Center in the Food Court.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church 5210 Pisgah Rd, Cumming, GA 30040 – will have its Trunk or Treat from 6:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. Oct 31. There will be music, costume contests, games and more. For more information, go online at www.mtpisgahbaptistchurch.org or call (706) 216-6514.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Antioch Baptist Church 2465 Antioch Road, Cumming, Georgia – will have a Trunk or Treat event from 6:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be free snacks, candy and marshmallow roasting. For more information, call (678) 910-8688.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Christ Community Church – Trunk or Treat – Wednesday, October 31 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. We will have a fall celebration with a bonfire, hot dogs & s’mores. Children and youth are welcome to come in [non-scary] costumes. Children & youth will all receive a goodie bag at this trick-or-treat alternative. Free event. (Hot chocolate and cookies will be sold for our Calcutta building project.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming, GA 30040 – North Lanier Baptist Church will have Trunk or Treat from 6:30 pm – 8 pm on Oct. 31. There will be decorated vehicles, inflatables, games, candy, a hay ride , pumpkin gallergy, photo spot, free cotton candy and popcorn, food for purchase and more. Admission is free. Come dressed up and with a bag for candy. For more information, visit www.northlanier.org or call (770) 781-5433.

RESTAURANT SPECIALS – KIDS EAT FREE ON HALLOWEEN!

Mia’s Pizza – Did you know we’re giving away cheese slices on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31? The first 40 kids under the age of 12 to come into the restaurant wearing their costumes and saying the obligatory “Trick or Pizza” will get a free kids’ slice.

Beef O’Bradys – Kids in Costume Eat Free on 10/31! Kids receive one free kids meal per purchase of adult entree.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Kids in costume eat free with adult purchase.

Outback Steakhouse – Kids in costumer eat free with adult purchase.

 


The Night in the Patch Fall Festival at CFUMC on October 27, 2012.

Mark your calendar for a Night in the Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church on October 27, 2012.

Night in the Patch Saturday, October 27 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

This is NOT your ordinary Fall festival. Join us and:

  • Carve pumpkins
  • Enjoy live music
  • Eat great food
  • Enter the chili cookoff
  • Watch a movie on the lawn after dark at 7:15 pm! The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown & Monsters Inc.!
  • All activities are FREE!

There will be face painting, crafts, pictures in the patch, pumpkin launch, hayride, bonfire & marshmallow roast, chili cook-off and much more! There is a small fee for the marshmallow roast and pumpkin launch that will benefit Youth Missions.

Also check out their Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church – 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA 30040 – Open daily from 12:00 pm – dark. Pumpkins for a purpose! Pick up your pumpkins and gourds for Fall and Halloween decorating.  Proceeds go to support children’s and youth ministries at Cumming First UMC and within the local community.

Free Admission on Your Birthday to the Georgia Aquarium for Georgia Residents.

georgia aquariumI just learned of this wonderful birthday promotion from Atlanta Parent magazine. What a great way to celebrate a birthday!

Celebrate your birthday at the world’s largest aquarium!

Happy birthday, Georgia residents! Georgia Aquarium wants to help you celebrate your special day with a very special offer. Visit Georgia Aquarium on your birthday, and your Aquarium admission is FREE! Just come to any ticket window and show proof of your birthday with either a valid ID or copy of your birth certificate, and we will give you a FREE Total Ticket, which gives you access to all galleries and shows. Celebrate your birthday by having a whale of a good time at the world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium!

Looking for the perfect birthday gift? Give someone a whale of a gift! Our Beluga & Friends Interactive Program is the perfect way to celebrate your birthday, creating memories that last a lifetime. Suit up and work alongside beluga whale trainers for an exclusive, close and hands-on interaction with these charismatic animals. Learn more about the program and give someone a birthday to remember!

Ticket must be redeemed and used on the day of your birthday. No exceptions and no refunds for previously purchased tickets. Offer valid to Georgia residents only. Birthday offer can not be combined with any other offer.

Need directions, hours of operation or tips? Get them here.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 19 – October 21, 2012.

save the horsesIt’s time to plan the weekend activities in Forsyth County, GA! Whether you are picking apples and viewing the leaves in North Georgia or venturing out to a festival, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Here’s a roundup of events in the area.

Friday, October 19

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Cumming Greek Festival– Saints Raphael Nicholas Irene Greek Orthodox Church, 3074 Bethelview Road, Cumming, GA 30040. Each year in October, an entertaining Greek village appears on the 15 acre property of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene off Bethelview Road in South Forsyth County. The scent and sounds of authentic Greek food and music will fill the air, creating a festive atmosphere. The event offers visitors a unique opportunity to share in the rich history of the Greek culture and it’s beautiful traditions. Period costumed Hellenic Dancers will perform various traditional Greek dances throughout the day and night of the two day event. Curious shops with art, jewelry, and other Aegean items will compliment the culinary offerings and entertainment. Traditional village cuisine will be served at the Greek restaurant, or Taverna. Wonderful Souvlaki (soov-ly-kee), Pastitsio (past-eet-sio), Gyros (ye-rrr-ohs) and other authentic food is also on the full menu. At another shop in the village, delicious, better than donuts, Loukoumades (loo-koo-mah-dez) will be cooked in front of you, then hand dipped in honey. Festival pastries, including Baklava (honey, clarified butter, puffed pastry layers) and much more will be explained and available in one of the many outdoor shops. A very fun kids play area will also be in the park-like setting plus traditional Greek coffee and liqueurs may be found at the Kafenion (cafe-neon).

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy at The Avenue Forsyth – Girls Night Out event. $25.00 per girl, reservations required. Hair, makeup, nails, pizza, limo ride, runway show, dancing, group picture.

Saturday, October 20

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Rucker Pet Doggie Palooza – 3540 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, GA. Lots of fun – dog show, vendors and more!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Halloween T-shirt event with purchase of a t-shirt. Ages 3 and up.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Red Door Festival at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit on Pilgrim Mill Road. A fun festival with lots of food, music, inflatables, petting zoo and much more!

11:00 am – 10:00 pm – Cumming Greek Festival

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Local Author Event. Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth is hosting a Local Author Celebration and Signing Event!  Need some new books for your kids? Come meet some fun, creative, and local authors. Click here for event flyer.

11:30 am – 4:00 pm – Annual Hay Day Event – Save the Horses – 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA – Benefit for Save the Horses. Pony rides, hay rides, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, games for kids, cake walk, plate lunches, baked goods, vendors and raffle prizes.

5:00 pm – Octoberfest at the Gasthaus! Food, fun, musical entertainment.

Sunday, October 21

11:30 am – 6:00 pm – Cumming Greek Festival

Octoberfest at the Gasthaus! Open All Sundays in October!! From 2pm to 5PM for a “German Picnic” Bratwurst, Knockwurst, German Potato Salad, Spatzel, Pretzels and the like. From 5pm to 9pm our regular dinner menu. Also Sunday Entertainment by Sherri and Larry a great duet that plays traditional German Music.

-Live Music with Sherri & Larry every Sunday and Saturday Oct 20th.

-Bratwurst eating competition Sunday Oct 14th

-Spatzle (German egg noodle) eating competition Sunday Oct 28th

-Sundays open at 2pm for German Picnic and live music, 5pm-9pm Dinner and live music.

NEARBY EVENTS

Dahlonega Gold Rush Days– Gold Rush Days are held the third weekend in October (the 20th and 21st for 2012), when thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement! It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Included in the two day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food!

Hillcrest Orchards – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee begins September 8! Hillcrest Orchards is open daily: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Sept. 8 – Oct.) Admission is $6.00 per person. Click here for directions and more information. Apple varieties: Golden & Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pinata, Ambrosia, Gala & Honey Crisp with more coming in. Pig races are at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm each day of the festival.

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – 5 Burt’s Farm Rd Dawsonville, Georgia 30534. Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The hayrides will be weekends only until October then the hayrides will be 7 days a week. Hayride cost: Adults $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.

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 and Kinsey Family Farm are also fun-filled places to visit.

Recycle Electronics Event in Forsyth County, GA on October 27, 2012.

One of the hardest things to do is recycle electronics items. I never know where to go or who to call. If you have any items that you need to get rid of, this event is perfect for helping you clean house in a green way.

Recycle Electronics October 27

Accepted items include computers, stereos, cell phones and more

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful invites residents to make a positive impact on the environment by recycling their old electronics during the upcoming “E-Recycle” event. The event will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds’ parking lot 3 off of Castleberry Road.

Accepted items for recycling include laptops, stereos, CD players, cell phones, microwaves, cameras and more. The minimum donation per carload drop-off is $5 while an additional $10 fee will apply for all televisions.

“We are very proud to offer this event to the community,” Environmental Program Manager Tammy Wright said. “By recycling their old electronics, residents can remove clutter from their homes while making a difference in the environment at the same time.”

Some items, such as large wooden console televisions, toaster ovens, projector televisions 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 770.205.4573 for more details.

Electronics Recycling

Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City of Cumming Fairgrounds

(Parking Lot 3), Castleberry Road

Go north on GA 400 to Exit 15 (Bald Ridge Marina Road) and turn left. Continue straight. Take a left at the fourth light. Continue straight. The fairgrounds will be on the right. Parking lot 3 is on the left, across the street from the fairgrounds.

To receive more information, call 770.205.4573.

The minimum donation per carload drop-off is $5.

An additional $10 fee will apply for all televisions.

 

ACCEPTABLE ELECTRONICS:

Computers, Monitors, Printers, Typewriters, Stereos, CD Players, Cell Phones, Fax Machines, Copiers, Projectors, VCRs, CB Radios, Camcorders, Cameras, Telephones, Cables, Circuit Boards, Network Equipment, Radios, Record Players, UPS/Battery Backup, Computer Parts, Computer Cables, Laptops, DVDs, Keyboards, Microwaves

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED:

Wooden TVs, Projector TVs, Humidifiers, Refrigerators, Toaster Ovens, Vacuum Cleaners, Dehumidifiers, Power Equipment, Hair Dryers, Dryers, Washers, Gas-Powered Equipment

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 12 – October 14, 2012.

Here is what’s happening around Forsyth County, GA this weekend. If you hear of anything else, please comment and share with us.

Friday, October 12

4:00 pm – 12:00 pm – Cumming Country Fair & Festival – Football Friday night – FREE Admission After 9:00 p.m. with a High School Football Ticket Stub (Oct. 12, 2012 Ticket Stub Only.)

Saturday, October 13

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Country Fair & Festival – FREE Admission and Rides 10 am -11 am, 2 Ride for the Price of 1 (11 am -3 pm)

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build & Grow – Ghoul Bus – Halloween is right around the corner! Get in the spirit with this spooktacular Ghoul Bus!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Purple Palooza – Home Depot Parking Lot – Harvest & Health festival. Fun activities for all ages, including moonwalks, 22′ slide, obstacle course, pony rides, face painting, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS. Central High School Trash Cans performances! Awesome cake walks! Local business vendors, Auction, food provided by Chick-fil-A, JIM ‘N NICK’S BAR-B-Q, Lenny’s Sub Shop. Proceeds to benefit BE THE MATCH FOUNDATION. Hosted by MEDICA FORSYTH IMAGING CENTER.

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – 2nd annual Pumpkin Palooza at Warbington Farms – “Hey” rides, pony rides, face painting, slides, petting zoo, live music and so much more! Start or keep your pumpkin tradition with us!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bethelview UMC Scarecrow Festival. Food & entertainment for the whole family. Kids zone, pet world, contests, vendors, crafts, music and more. Free parking with a canned good item. Win prizes! Build a scarecrow, fresh baked cobbler, doggy fashion and talent shows. Show times: 1:00 pm fashion show, 2:30 pm talent show. Free child ID program through GACHIP.
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Little Mill Middle School Chili Cookoff and Fall Festival – Come to Little Mill Middle School for a day of chili tasting, fun, games, and activities for the entire family!
7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – Harry Potter Halloween Party – Calling all Harry Potter fans! Join us for our Harry Potter Halloween Party. Come dressed in your best Harry Potter themed costume. Will have lots of great games, prizes and much more!

Sunday, October 14

12:30 – 9 pm – Cumming Country Fair & Festival – Students 18 & under admitted FREE & RIDE FREE w/ school coupon from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. Last day! American Bullriders Tour 6:00 pm.

Octoberfest at the Gasthaus! Open All Sundays in October!! From 2pm to 5PM for a “German Picnic” Bratwurst, Knockwurst, German Potato Salad, Spatzel, Pretzels and the like. From 5pm to 9pm our regular dinner menu. Also Sunday Entertainment by Sherri and Larry a great duet that plays traditional German Music.

-Live Music with Sherri & Larry every Sunday and Saturday Oct 20th.

-Bratwurst eating competition Sunday Oct 14th

-Spatzle (German egg noodle) eating competition Sunday Oct 28th

-Sundays open at 2pm for German Picnic and live music, 5pm-9pm Dinner and live music.

NEARBY EVENTS

Hillcrest Orchards – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee begins September 8! Hillcrest Orchards is open daily: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Sept. 8 – Oct.) Admission is $6.00 per person. Click here for directions and more information. Apple varieties: Golden & Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pinata, Ambrosia, Gala & Honey Crisp with more coming in. Pig races are at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm each day of the festival.

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – 5 Burt’s Farm Rd Dawsonville, Georgia 30534. Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The hayrides will be weekends only until October then the hayrides will be 7 days a week. Hayride cost: Adults $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.

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 and Kinsey Family Farm are also fun-filled places to visit.

 

Giving Back: SAFFT Needs Forsyth County Community Help

SAFFT in Forsyth County, GAI just visited the lovely people at SAFFT, Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together. I donated a bag of stuffed animals for the foster children. They were so thankful and I know my girls will be happy that they will bring smiles to foster children in Forsyth County, GA.

My friend has adopted two children and is active with this nonprofit, so I had recently heard of them. I took a tour of SAFFT and learned more about the organization. They offer supervised visitation for foster children and their families. They have an art room, a play room and a backyard with toys.

“The SAFFT Family Visitation and Community Center is located in Cumming, Georgia. This supervised visitation center offers services such as parenting classes, case management, and supervised visitation. Our center works directly with the Juvenile Court, CASA, GALs, and the Department of Family and Children Services. All visits are video surveillanced and documentation of the visits are provided to the parties involved in the cases. Referrals are accepted directly from the Juvenile Court, Superior Court, and DFCS staff.”

I have a Junior Girl Scout troop and I asked them what kind of help and support that they needed from the community. They gave me a wish list and ideas for their upcoming open house, parents night out (they need volunteers), monthly craft sponsors, snack bag donations and more.

So, how can we as a community help?

  • You can give money.
  • You can donate items – provide diapers and wipes, paper towels, paper plates & cups, disenfectant wipes, art supplies, stuffed animals, toys, crafts, games, backyard toys and more.
  • You can volunteer – they have many events in the community and have an open house coming up soon. For more information, contact the SAFFT office.

Give them a call – they would be happy to hear from you!

Here is their story:

“In 2008, two foster parents in Forsyth County, deeply affected by a tough situation fostering a child, felt lost, burnt out, unsupported, and unsure about whether they should continue fostering or give up. They felt that they were traveling this journey called “fostering” alone. So, they decided to start a support group for foster and adoptive families. The group initially began meeting on a monthly basis at the local public library and started to support one another. Quickly, the community started to rally around our group and volunteers began providing child care for our support group meetings. This allowed everyone to participate and for the first time the foster children could begin interacting and fellowshipping with others like themselves. A monthly “Parent Night Out” program was established which enabled more contact between the children in care and provided a break for the families that care for them so often. After just a few meetings, the founders decided to form a board of directors.

SAFFT began supporting multiple programs including a child resource closet,  scholarships for foster and adoptive children to participate in extracurricular activities, a monthly “Parent Night Out”, social and support group meetings, as well as constant awareness and trainings. In June of 2010 SAFFT opened the Community & Family Visitation Center located in Cumming, GA. The vision for this center was to provide families a safe, uniquely comfortable, reassuring, and accessible homelike environment in which a structured, neutral alternative to unsupervised visitation can take place. This supervised visitation is the provision and maintenance of a safe, neutral setting in which the contact between a child (ren) and an adult (usually a parent) can be monitored by personnel able to protect the rights and safety of all involved.  The SAFFT Family Visitation & Community Center also offers an individualized, needs based parenting curriculum to enhance a caretaker’s ability to provide a nurturing and structured home environment. This parenting curriculum satisfies Juvenile Court and Department of Family & Children Services court ordered parenting requirements.

The Center now serves hundreds of people a year. SAFFT continues to launch new and unique programs with the goal to serve our families in the most need and help support those loving caregivers who provide a temporary or permanent home for children in broken families. The board of directors still includes some of the original founding board members and the original co-founders of the organization.”

The SAFFT Family Visitation & Community Center schedules supervised visitation and parenting services between the days and hours as follows:

    • Tuesday-Friday   10am-7pm
    • Saturday 9am-4pm
    • CLOSED Sundays and Mondays

Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together, Inc., 608 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Cumming, GA 30040 Office: (770) 886-9505


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