Archives for December 2012

New Year’s Eve Events for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

There are lots of fun ways to ring in the new year with the kids! Here are a few family friendly New Year’s Eve events in Forsyth County, GA.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration at Stars & Strikes – Kids celebration and countdown to Noon. Prize Filled Balloon drop at Noon and an apple juice toast. $20 game cards for $13!

1:00 – 3:00 pm – NOON Year’s Eve Party at Sweet & Sassy at The Avenue Forsyth – Their First Time slot for the Noon Year’s Eve event is filled up, but they opened up a second slot from 1-3! Call now to book your daughter’s spot!! 770-781-0300

11:00 am – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 1:00 am – Roll into 2013 at Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center!

Also check out my Pinterest page for fun New Year’s printables!

Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Forsyth County, Georgia

Recycle Your Tree After Christmas

Forsyth County has recycled more than 78,000 Christmas trees since 1994

After ornaments are removed from the Christmas tree, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) is inviting residents to recycle their trees at numerous locations throughout the county during the “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling event from December 26 through January 26. A wood chipper at the locations processes the trees into mulch.

Forsyth County residents annually conclude the holiday season by recycling thousands of Christmas trees during the event. Last year alone, residents recycled 8,710 trees.

“We are very excited to see the number of trees recycled in Forsyth County increasing every year,” said Environmental Program Manager Tammy Wright. “It is a win-win scenario – the program provides a convenient way for residents to dispose of their tree, and recycling the trees is good for the environment.”

On the designated dates and times, Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following locations:

Home Depot – 1000 Market Place Boulevard
Accepting trees only January 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 5

Home Depot – 2635 Peachtree Parkway
Accepting trees only January 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 5

Vickery Creek Elementary School – 6280 Post Road
Accepting trees December 26 through January 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 5

Tolbert Street Recycling Convenience Center – 351 Tolbert Street
770.781.2176, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accepting trees December 26 through January 26

Old Atlanta Recycling Convenience Center – 3678 Old Atlanta Road
770.205.3010, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accepting trees December 26 through January 26

Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center – 3560 Settingdown Road
770.781.2071, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accepting trees December 26 through January 26

Please note that all three recycling convenience centers will be closed Tuesday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Free tree seedlings and vegetable seeds will be available while supplies last on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at all sites beginning at 9 a.m. on a first-come basis, while supplies last.

If you are interested in receiving mulch created by the tree recycling, visit and click on the chipper icon in the center of the page for more information. Wood chips will also be available for county residents near the Forsyth County Roads and Bridges facility on County Way. Interested residents are responsible for loading and hauling their own wood chips. 

For more information visit or call KFCB at 770.205.4573.

“Bring One for the Chipper” started in Georgia in 1991. Forsyth County residents have been participating since 1994 and have recycled more than 78,000 trees during that time.


Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 28 – December 30, 2012

The weekend after the holidays is here! I hope you all had a peaceful holiday with friends and family. There are a few things going on in and around Forsyth County, GA if you are looking for some fun family things to do! As always, please comment and share if you know of any other events.

Friday, December 28

8:00 pm – Kids Night at Glazed & Fired – Drop the kids off for three hours of G&F fun!  We’ll paint pottery and Starry Night canvas plus have pizza.  All for $35 +tax.  All G&F camps are for first graders and up!

Saturday, December 29

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble Storytime at The Avenues Forsyth. Ten on a Sled story time. We are going on an adventure as we read about ten friends as they speed down a snowy slope on their giant toboggan. How many of them will end up together at the bottom? Come join us to find out! Great for all ages!

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Petco – Humane Society of Forsyth County Pet Adoptions. We like to stop by and love on all the sweet animals. Donate, volunteer, foster – they need our help.


5:30 pm – Blink Midwinter Christmas Light Show –

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights – sign up for their newsletter and they are running a 50% off coupon for Magical Nights of Lights.


Christmas Eve Services at Cumming First United Methodist Church

christmas eve service at cumming first united methodist churchChristmas Eve Services at Cumming First United Methodist Church

12 Noon Mid-Day Service

Christmas worship with Holy Communion

Special Music from
Julie Albertson, Harpist

3 pm Children’s Service

Children come dressed as stable animals and shepherds to welcome Baby Jesus

5 pm & 7:30 pm Traditional Candlelight Communion Services

Services are identical with music from the Chancel Choir with Julie Albertson, Harpist

11 pm

Music begins at 10:45 pm

Eucharist Service

Candlelight Communion

Child care is available for children ages 6 weeks-3 years at all Christmas Eve services except 11 pm

Forsyth County Public Library Events for December 2012 and January 2013

forsyth county public libraryThe library offers a wide variety of fun activities for preschool kids, elementary aged kids, teens and adults. In addition to its regular schedule, the Forsyth County Public Library offers special events over winter break. Check the FCPL website for their full calendar of events and for weekly Little Listeners (18 mths – 3 yrs) and Wee Read (2 yrs – 5 yrs) and special Family PJ story times.

FCPL Family Cinema

We can’t disclose the titles of our movies on our website. See if you can guess, or call us at 770-781-9840 for details. Okay–how does Santa deliver all those presents in just one night? The answer, according to our movie, is Santa’s ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. What else does this holiday movie feature? There’s a family in a state of comic dysfunction, and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Rated PG; 97 minutes; 2011.

Hampton Park Library
Friday, December 21, 2012 10:15 AM
No Registration Required

Play classic board games and show off your skills on Xbox Kinect (TM). Grades 6 and up. Advance registration required. Hampton Park Library
Friday, December 21, 2012 2:00 PM

We can’t mention the titles of our film features on our website–see if you can guess.
Merida is a skilled archer and the courageous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos and fury in the kingdom. She must use all her resources, including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers, to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late and to learn the true meaning of bravery. Rated PG; 100 minutes; 2012.

Hampton Park Library
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 2:00 PM

Teen Manga Day — Grades 6 and Up Dress as your favorite character, draw your own comics, and enjoy manga-themed crafts and snacks. Win the prize for best costume!
Cumming Library
Thursday, January 3, 2013 3:30 PM
Register for Program
Family PJ Storytime–Time to Play! Use your imagination, and never be bored again! We’ll present 30 minutes of stories, songs and activities about creative fun. Especially for ages 2 to 5 years–but the whole family is welcome.
Cumming Library
Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:30 PM
We can’t disclose the titles of our movies on our website, but read these clues and see if you can guess!
Maybe he isn’t the most successful terror of the High Seas, but the Pirate Captain has boundless enthusiasm–and a great beard. With a rag-tag crew at his side, the Captain has one dream: to beat rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz and win the Pirate Of The Year Award. Rated PG; 88 minutes; 2011.
Hampton Park Library
Friday, January 4, 2013 10:15 AM
No Registration Required

Play classic board games and show off your skills on Xbox Kinect (TM). Grades 6 and up. Advance registration required.

Sharon Forks Library
Friday, January 4, 2013 2:00 PM
Register for Program

Make It Snow Teen Program No snow? No problem! Enjoy one “snow” day before going back to school. Make your own icy, glittery, artsy snow globe craft and decorate snowy snacks.
Hampton Park Library
Friday, January 4, 2013 2:00 PM
Register for Program


Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday Printables

The rush to Christmas is on! Forsyth for Families will be taking a break this weekend for the holidays.

Until we return, here are a few links to some great Christmas printables:

Christmas gift labels from Martha Stewart

A collection of Christmas art to download – tags, signs, decor and more!

Gift tags for last minute wrapping. And more here.

Christmas Bingo for the kids.

Christmas scavenger hunt, coloring pages and games.

Christmas decoder puzzles, word scrambles and much more worksheets.

Planning Christmas forms – menu, calendar, wish list and more!

And for those of you celebrating Hanukkah, here are some neat printables:

Free printable party set

Hanukkah Dreidel paper craft

Hanukkah printable placemat

And here is a huge list of 22 holiday printables! Enjoy.

Looking for more?

I have discovered Pinterest and all that I can say is wow! I suddenly have a resource to find great teacher and neighbor gift ideas, craft ideas for my Brownie troop and much more! Plus it is integrated with Facebook so I can see what my friends are pinning and sharing. Check it out!


Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 14 – December 16, 2012

The holidays are in full swing with lots of fun family events and things to do in Forsyth County this weekend. Here’s a roundup!

Friday, December 14

11:15 am – ‘Tis the Season for Stories storytime at Hampton Park Library. Enjoy seasonal stories, holiday songs and a festive puppet show.

5:30 pm – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth –  Special Event. Big Creek Elementary Holiday Musical Performance and Book Fair.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy at The Avenue Forsyth – Girls Night Out. Holiday spa day! Spa pampering, Rudolph craft, Winter makeovers, hot chocolate and marshmallows, group photo, runway show, dancing and a limo ride! Call 770-781-0300 for reservations – $25.00. Come in your favorite pajamas!

Saturday, December 15

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Storytime. Merry Christmas Splat. Fun for all ages!

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Avenue Forsyth – Complimentary Pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Avenue Forsyth.

Sunday, December 16

5:00 pm – Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Rd, Cumming, GA. Music Authority and The Forsyth Community Chorale present, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  This holiday concert will feature the music of the season as the Chorale and the Music Authority Ensembles (Jazz, Guitar, and Percussion) all strut their stuff for a family friendly evening of fun and music. Admission is free, and we are collecting canned goods to help the hungry this holiday season.


Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at South Forsyth High School.

5:30 pm – Blink Midwinter Christmas Light Show

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights

Kinsey Family Christmas Tree Farm Open for Holidays

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market– 10th Annual Antique & Gift Show. Antiques~Vintage~Art~Home Decor~Clothing~Christmas~Garden ~And the Unusual we have it all! Hours: Friday ~ 9 – 5, Saturday ~ 9-6, Sunday ~ 10-5. Admission: $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free.


Sunday 12/16 – Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Music Festival at Philips Arena. One day only!

Holiday Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

Holiday Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

From Fire Chief Danny Bowman and the Forsyth County Fire Department

“The Forsyth County Fire Department encourages everyone to take precautionary measures to help ensure safety throughout the holiday season,” Forsyth County Fire Chief Danny Bowman said. “Responsible use of items such as lights and decorations can help prevent fires and injuries.”

Heating Devices

  • Keep portable electric heaters at least three feet away from combustible materials such as drapes and upholstered furniture
  • Never place heaters on tables or furniture
  • Avoid using extension cords for heaters if possible
  • Do not use unvented gas heaters in enclosed spaces due to the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations regarding where and how to use any heating devices

Preventing Holiday Tree Fires

  • Selecting a tree for the holidays
    Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and poses a fire hazard.
  • Caring for your tree
    Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat can dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
  • Disposing of your tree
    Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. Consider disposing of your tree by taking it to a recycling center.

Holiday Lights

  • Maintain your holiday lights
    Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before using them. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets
    Never link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe to link additional ones. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into an outlet. Periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch.
  • Do not leave holiday lights on unattended

Holiday Decorations

  • Use only nonflammable decorations
    All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. If using an artificial or metallic tree, be sure it is flame retardant.
  • Do not block exits
    Be sure that trees and other holiday decorations do not block exits.
  • Never place wrapping paper in a fireplace
    Wrapping paper in the fireplace can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers that may result in a chimney fire.

Candle Care

  • Avoid using lit candles
    Consider using battery-operated flameless candles. If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked over easily. Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn and never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Never put lit candles on a tree
    Do not go near a holiday tree with an open flame (candles, lighters or matches).

Toy Safety

  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children.
  • Before purchasing a toy or allowing your child to play with a toy received as a gift, read the instructions carefully.
  • To prevent both burns and electrical shocks, do not give young children (under age ten) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, consider toys that are battery-operated.
  • Remove strings and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children.
  • Watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length. They could pose a strangulation hazard for babies.

“Be sure to always have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors installed on every level of your home,” Bowman said. “Test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries.”

Residents are also reminded to maintain and practice a home escape plan and to dial 911 in an emergency.

These tips courtesy of the Forsyth County Fire Department and the United States Fire Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for December 7 – December 9, 2012

Festive holiday events are in full swing in Forsyth County, GA this weekend! What do you have planned? If you know of any other fun things to do this weekend, please comment and share!

Friday, December 7

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Show at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy’s Girl’s Night Out at The Avenue Forsyth. Activities include: Spa Pampering, Winter Makeovers, Rudolph Craft, Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows, Group Photo, Runway Show, Dancing and a LIMO RIDE!! Only $25 per girl! Come in your favorite PJs. For reservations, call 770-781-0300.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth special event – Polar Express storytime. Join us for a heart-warming holiday tradition, our Polar Express Storytime, on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. The evening will include holiday treats and activities.

Saturday, December 8

8:00 am – 11:00 am – Breakfast with Santa. Santa Claus is coming to the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center and Forsyth County Senior Services invites families to welcome him.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow clinic. Build a gingerbread house for the holidays!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Show at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth storytime – Mousetranaut. Join us for a fun Storytime as we read Mark Kelly’s Mousetranaut. Bring a friend; it is sure to be a fun time.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas on the Farm at Warbington Farms. Live music, vendors, and regular weekend activities such as hayrides, petting zoo, and pony rides. Festival will be from 11-5, Santa will be there from 12-4. Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, Georgia 30041.

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – A Native Nativity “Cherokee Christmas” with Save the Horses. Native Stories, Flute, Crafts, Native Dance, Drumming, Singing, Face Painting, Horses, “Thunder” – The Red Nosed Buffalo, Visit the Magic Manger and meet a menagerie of animals up close and personal. 1768 Newt Green Rd, Cumming, GA.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Complimentary Pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Avenue Forsyth.


5:30 pm – Blink Midwinter Christmas Light Show

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights

Kinsey Family Christmas Tree Farm Open for Holidays

Central Park Online Registration for Spring 2013 Baseball/Softball Now Open

central park athletic associationIt’s that time to start thinking about registering for Baseball/Softball for the upcoming 2013 spring season.

Central Park Athletic Association (CPAA) is one of the few parks that offers the convenience of registering through on-line. If you register your child or children online during the month of December, you will save $5.00.

CPAA’s registration cost is $140 this spring season as well as the other County Parks. However, it is the ONLY park to offer $135 registration fee within Forsyth county during this time frame. The December price is $135 and during these tough times, every penny counts.

CPAA will still offer in-person registration in January (12th, 13th, 19th, 20th) at $140, although they highly recommend doing it online, which will save you time and again money. Parents with multiple children playing BB/SB receive an additional discount as well.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Age Group Director, which can be found by clicking on the following site,
Age Group Directors

To register now and save, click on the following link:

In-person Registration for Baseball and Softball will be held at the new wing of the Central Park Rec Center on the following dates:

*Jan 12th, In-person Registration @ Central Rec Center 9-2PM

          *Jan 13th, In-person Registration @ Central Rec Center 2-4PM
          *Jan 19th, In-person Registration @ Central Rec Center 9-2PM

*Jan 20th, In-person Registration @ Central Rec Center 2-4PM

If you are unable to make any of the dates listed above, you can still register online at

For parents interesting in coaching, please complete the Head Coach application located under the “Document” section of our website and submit to your Age Group Director.

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