Archives for December 2014

Recycle Your Tree After Christmas in Forsyth County, GA

bring one for the chipperIf you have a real Christmas tree, what will you be doing with it after the holidays?

The best thing to do is recycle your tree. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful offers a wonderful tree recycling program right here in Forsyth County, GA.

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful Recycle Your Tree After Christmas

Forsyth County has recycled more than 85,000 Christmas trees since 1994

After the ornaments are removed from the Christmas tree, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) invites residents to continue their annual tradition of recycling thousands of trees during the “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling event from December 26 through January 24. Last year, Forsyth County recycled more than 5,500 trees.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at locations conveniently located throughout the county where a wood chipper will process the trees into mulch.

“More and more Forsyth County residents recycle their trees every year,” said Environmental Program Manager Tammy Wright. “We are looking forward to another great turnout.”

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 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 3

·   Home Depot – 2635 Peachtree Parkway
Accepting trees only January 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 3

·   Vickery Creek Elementary School – 6280 Post Road Accepting trees December 26 through January 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 3

·   Tolbert Street Recycling Convenience Center – 351 Tolbert Street 770.781.2176, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accepting trees starting at 1 p.m. on December 26 through January 24

·   Old Atlanta Recycling Convenience Center – 3678 Old Atlanta Road 770.205.3010, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accepting trees starting at 1 p.m. on December 26 through January 24

·   Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center – 3560 Settingdown Road 770.781.2071, open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accepting trees starting at 1 p.m. December 26 through January 24

Please note that all three recycling convenience centers will open at 1 p.m. Friday, December 26. The centers will be closed Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and Monday, January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Wood chips made from the recycled trees will be available for county residents near the Forsyth County Roads and Bridges facility on County Way just off of GA 400. Interested residents are responsible for loading and hauling their own wood chips.

For more information visit www.keepforsythcountybeautiful.org or call KFCB at 770.205.4573.

 

Sprouts Farmers Market in Cumming, GA Set to Open January 14, 2015

sprouts farmers market opens in cumming, ga in january 2015Sprouts Farmers Market opens in Cumming, GA on January 14, 2015. This is the fifth location in Georgia. The AZ-based retailer is one of the fastest growing markets in the US.

Sprouts Farmers Market is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices.

They are holding a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on January 14, 2015 at 7:00 am at 530 Lakeland Plaza, Suite B, Cumming, GA. Special events and giveaways include the following:

  • Muffins and coffee samples will be served to folks waiting in line before the store opens.
  • The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20% off of their initial total purchase.
  • At checkout, every 15th shopper will receive a coupon book.
  • Every customer will receive an eco-friendly reusable bag with purchase.
  • Dollar deals will be found throughout the store.

The grand opening continues over the weekend of January 17 & January 18, 2015. On January 17, the first 200 shoppers to make a purchase will receive a coupon book for five free sandwiches. On January 18, every 15th customer will receive a coupon.

Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Sprouts employs more than 17,000 team members and operates more than 180 stores in ten states. For more information, visit www.sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

• Farm fresh produce
• More than 200 bins of bulk items (rices, spices, nuts, grains, etc.)
• Natural meat and seafood (delivered 6 days/week)
• Homemade sausages
• Local and organic dairy items
• More than 2,500 gluten-free products
• Tasty deli meats and cheeses
• Bakery-fresh rolls, loaves and treats
• Vitamins and supplements
• Healthy & body care products

Be sure to check Sprouts out on:
https://twitter.com/sproutsfm
http://pinterest.com/sproutsfm/
http://www.youtube.com/SproutsFarmersMarket
http://instagram.com/sproutsfm

 

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

new years eve party at the warehouse in cumming gaNew Year’s Eve has always been a time to reflect on the old and celebrate the new. There are plenty of New Year’s Eve party events for adults, so here are a few fun events for kids and teens in Forsyth County, GA as we ring in 2015.

What is your favorite New Year’s tradition?

New Year’s Events for Kids and Teens in Cumming, GA

December 31

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Noon Year’s Eve Party at Stars & Strikes. Prize filled balloon drop at noon, apple juice toast and $25 game cards for $15!

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Noon Year’s Eve Party at The Collection Forsyth. $30 per girl.
Sparkly Makeovers, Rockin’ Updo’s, Fashion Runway Show, Dancing, Snacks & Drinks, LIMO RIDE & a Countdown to Noon Celebration! *Bring a Friend & Save $5 each! Call for Reservations Today! (770) 781-0300

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Hampton Park Library Noon Year’s Party. 5…4…3…2…1…Happy NOON Year!! Join us for a rockin’ good time at our family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration. There will be dancing, crafts, and fun for everyone as we count down to noon! All ages welcome. Registration is not required.

8:30 pm – 12:30 am – The Final Countdown: A Teen’s New Year’s Eve Party hosted by Music Authority and The Warehouse. Ages 13 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, call 770-886-9066. Music Authority’s Final Countdown is a TEENS ONLY event and a safe way to spend your New Year’s Eve. Rock the night away with live music, great coffee from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee at The Warehouse, and a balloon drop at midnight right here in Forsyth County. Presented by Music Authority and The Warehouse, the coffee shop will be open, concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase, and let’s not forget that some of the best young bands in the area will be putting on a show headlined by Music Authority’s Rise. Doors open at 8:30 pm for teens age 13-18 and the music will play until midnight.

The Warehouse
5095 Post Road
Cumming, GA 30040

Tickets: $15 in Adv. $20 at Door
TEENS ONLY

8:00 pm – 1:00 am – New Years Eve Skate at Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center. COST: $10 ADMISSION * INCLUDES GLOW STICK NECKLACE, SKATE RENTAL $3 (If Needed.) COME OUT AND CELE-SKATE THE NEW YEAR IN WITH US!

Things to Do Over Holiday Break in Forsyth County, GA

Things to Do in Forsyth County Over Holiday BreakStaying in town for the holidays? There are two weeks to fill with activities for the kids before they head back to Forsyth County Schools in January!

The holidays will be festive for a few days, but what do you do the rest of the time? Here are a few ideas.

  • Take the kids to the Forsyth County Public Library. There are many story times and events in the days before Christmas and next week. Check out their calendar.
  • Learn how to skate a figure eight at The Ice. They have public skating hours and the rink offers lots of ice skating fun.
  • Shoot the duck at Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center. Their holiday hours offer a quick getaway. Get lost in the disco lights and take a trip back in time.
  • Have an Airsoft fan in the house? Visit Airsoft Depot. Check out the NEW ADDITION of Airsoft War Games on the Outdoor Airsoft Tactical War Field behind Let’s Roll!
  • Is Tony Hawk a celebrity in your house? Skate like a pro at the skate park at Fowler Park.
  • Ride your bikes on the Forsyth County Greenway. Take in the sights and go for a family bike ride.
  • Teach Fido a new trick and bring your dogs to a dog park like the one at Fowler Park.
  • Channel your inner child and play frisbee golf (disc golf) at Central Park.
  • Pack up some small trinkets and go on a geocaching adventure.
  • Jump for joy at Monkey Joe’s & Catch Air.
  • Play dodgeball on a trampoline at SkyZone in Suwanee or Roswell, GA.
  • Go sledding and ice skating at Lake Lanier Islands NEW SnowWorld.

Need ideas inside the house?

  • Take your leftover cardboard boxes, lay them flat and make a slide on the stairs!
  • Have a karaoke sing off or Just Dance off.
  • Build a fort.
  • Have a picnic on the floor and watch a movie.
  • Make a music video. We love the app Video Star!
  • Have a scavenger hunt.
  • Draw a flip book cartoon.
  • Roast marshmallows in the fireplace and make smores.
  • Read a classic book out loud and take turns reading.
  • Cook a meal together in the kitchen. Make a new recipe.
  • Create a new card game and teach your family.

Share with us your favorite things to do! I hope you have a wonderful holiday break!

 

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for December 19 – December 21, 2014

the collection forsyth santaWe are in full holiday season swing! Whether you are traveling or staying home for the holidays, I hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family.

Here is a roundup of weekend events in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, December 19

11:15 am – ‘Tis the Season Story time at Hampton Park Library. Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show! All ages.  No need to register.

1:15 pm – ‘Tis the Season Story time at Hampton Park Library. Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show! All ages.  No need to register.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special story time. Join us for a special Holiday Storytime on Friday, December 19 at 7:00 pm featuring holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas. Kids, come in your PJs for stories and fun.

Saturday, December 20

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us for a Hanukah Storytime featuring Honeyky Hanukah by Woody Guthrie. It’s Honeyky Hanukah time! A fun story celebrating Hanukah with accompanying CD.

11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1:15 p.m. – ‘Tis the Season Story time at Post Road Library. Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show! All ages.  No need to register.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Collection Forsyth’s Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage RidesBring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in The Park near Coldwater Creek from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm from November 29 – December 20, 2014. A special Santa story time in the park will be held at 1:00 pm. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com. (Santa photos are located in Santa’s HQ by Carta Bella.)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sharon Forks Library. Teen Coffee House – Are you a teen who loves to perform? Or love to listen and see original art? Bring writing, art, songs, and more to share, or just come on in to hang out with your friends. Coffee and treats will be served. All teens welcome!

Also don’t forget to check out these holiday activities:

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This Holiday Season

Sawnee Ballet Theatre Performs The Nutcracker at SFHS from December 18 – 21, 2014

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 12 – December 14, 2014

Lots of fun holiday events are on tap this weekend in Forsyth County, GA! Check out the list of festive things to do and enjoy your weekend!

Christmas in CummingFriday, December 12

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Christmas in Cumming Schedule
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 12th at 4 PM – 10 PM.
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 12th at 6 PM – 9 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00, Children 12 and under……..Free
For more information on Art & Craft Show contact JRM Management at 770-423-1330
Hay Rides  Friday, Dec. 12th at 7 PM – 10 PM

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition special story time. Join us for The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition Storytime and Elf Adoption Event. This holiday season, begin a new family tradition – We will have a special visit from Santa himself!

Saturday, December 13

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Christmas in Cumming Schedule
Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 AM – 2 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00, Children 12 and under……..Free

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Save the Horses Holiday EventSave the Grinch! We’re in a Pinch! Help Us Find The Grinch! One of our volunteers has spotted The Grinch in our barn, and we need to get him out! Join us in our search for the Grinch by dropping in anytime Saturday Dec 13 between 11am – 4pm. If you find a Grinch, you’ll be entered into our Grand Prize drawing for a weekend night at the Westin Peachtree, complete with dinner & valet parking. Runner-up receives a 2-hour trail ride w/ lunch ($100 value) at Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, GA! Come and hear the live 80’s band, The Retro Rock-its.

There is fun for the entire family!

> Grinch Scavenger Hunt
> Light buffet & music
> Pin the Heart on the Grinch (like Pin the Tail on the Donkey)
> Grinch ornament-making
> Roasting hot dogs & s’mores
> Vendors (buy unique holiday gifts)
> STH t-shirts available to purchase
> Pony rides for $3

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Cute yarn snowman canvas. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Lowe’s Build & Grow special holiday edition. Holiday train engine! The holidays are right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this festive Train Engine!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? story time. Join us as we find out what kind of mischief our favorite dinosaurs get into while preparing for Christmas.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Collection Forsyth’s Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage RidesBring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in The Park near Coldwater Creek from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm from November 29 – December 20, 2014. A special Santa story time in the park will be held at 1:00 pm. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com. (Santa photos are located in Santa’s HQ by Carta Bella.)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sensitive Santa at Hampton Park Library – registration required. Parents of children with sensory or other special needs can sign their children up to visit Santa for a 10-minute session. This gives the child time to get familiar with Santa and warm up to the idea of sitting on his lap or talking to him, rather than being rushed through the visit.

Also don’t forget to check out these holiday activities:

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2014

Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This Holiday Season

Sawnee Ballet Theatre Performs The Nutcracker at SFHS from December 18 – 21, 2014

Sawnee Ballet Theatre Performs The Nutcracker at SFHS from December 18 – 21, 2014

sawnee ballet theatreOne of our favorite things to do each year during the holidays is to see The Nutcracker.

The Sawnee Ballet Theatre puts on a wonderful performance right here in Forsyth County, Georgia.

The Nutcracker will be performed at South Forsyth High School from December 18 – 21, 2014.

Purchase tickets online and be prepared to see an amazing show!

Public Performances:
Thursday, December 18th – 7:30pm
Friday, December 19th – 8:00pm
Saturday, December 20th – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, December 21st – 1:00pm & 5:00pm

Where: South Forsyth High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, is a heartwarming holiday tradition for every member of the family.

You will be dazzled by a Christmas tree that grows larger than life, a lively battle between soldiers and mice, snow that falls and much more. Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s production of this enchanting full-length ballet brings the magical characters in Clara’s dream to life.

Each year, Artistic Director Joan Kall Stewart brings something new to the performance, and this year is no exception!

The Nutcracker will be performed at South Forsyth High School auditorium and performance dates are Thursday, December 18th through Sunday, December 21st.  Tickets for adults are $20 and admission for kids 12 and under is $15.00. For more information call (770) 887-0756.

See the 2014 Nutcracker Cast Members at upcoming community events:

Image via Sawnee Ballet Theatre.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 5 – December 7, 2014

little mill middle school holiday festivalThe weekend brings lots of fun holiday events in Forsyth County, GA! Here is a roundup of things to do this weekend. As always, please comment and share any other events that you hear about.

Friday, December 5

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Play Day. Join us for a morning of playing and learning! This program will have fun, engaging activities specifically designed to help support early literacy. This program is suggested for children 5 and under, with a caregiver. Registration recommended.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Festival of Lights at Northside Hospital Forsyth. MarketPlace Christmas – Celebration of Lights, Jingle Jog and Christmas Parade – Start the weekend off on Friday at the Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital – Forsyth with live entertainment from local schools and groups, children activities, photos with Santa and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop the hospital.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Polar Express Holiday Storytime. Join us on December 5 at 7:00 pm for our annual Polar Express Storytime. The Polar Express will be read, along with some activities. Kids can come in their PJs, too!

Saturday, December 6

7:30 am – 12:00 pm – MarketPlace Christmas – Jingle Jog and Christmas Parade. Saturday participate in a short run/walk in the Jingle Jog 5K that takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard. Then kick back and enjoy the season with your community, family and friends to cheer on the festive floats in the Cumming Christmas Parade.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Holiday Bazaar at Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs, 2830 Old Atlanta Rd. Cumming, GA 30041. We have over 25 vendors selling unique items; educational board games, hand crafted jewelry, jams, holiday decor, and much more!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – German Christmas Market at South Forsyth High School. South Forsyth High School will hold this year’s German Christmas Market on Saturday, December 6 from 9am to noon at the East Hall Cafeteria. This popular annual event has high school students teach younger kids seasonal arts and crafts. There will be about 20 arts and crafts stations where children and their families can decorate ornaments, build ginger bread houses, have their faces painted, etc. This is a free community event for families sponsored by the German program at SFHS.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Happy Holiday Elves. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us as we ready Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner. *ALSO – Educators from pre-K through 12 are invited to a special holiday shopping event on Saturday, December 6. Educators will receive 25% off classroom and personal purchases. Don’t miss out on special offers! Check your local store for more details.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Little Mill Middle School Holiday Festival. Start your holiday shopping this Saturday Dec 6th from 1-5pm and support LMMS PTSA as they hold theirr 2nd Annual Holiday Festival. Admission is FREE.  We will have over 50 vendors from you to shop from.  Our Beta Kids will offer Gift Wrapping for a Donation. Vendor raffles throughout the festival – win an iPad Mini, gift basket, gift cards and much more! 6800 Little Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30041. Call for more information: 678.965.5000.

* Face Painting
* Cake Walk
* Archery
* Bouncy House
* Holiday Ornament Craft Sponsored by 7th Grade
* Spin Art Sponsored by 8th Grade
* Food – BBQ, Hot Dogs, Chips, Soda & Cotton Candy

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Collection Forsyth’s Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage RidesBring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in The Park near Coldwater Creek from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm from November 29 – December 20, 2014. A special Santa story time in the park will be held at 1:00 pm. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com. (Santa photos are located in Santa’s HQ by Carta Bella.)

Sunday, December 7

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Hobby Share Fair at the Cumming Library. Have a hobby you love?  Want to share?  Join us for a very special holiday edition of Hobby Share Fair, featuring a wide variety of hobbies from artists, entertainers and craftsmen from the local area!

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Special holiday show. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon! Meet Santa on Sunday from Noon to 3:00 pm!

Also don’t forget to check out these holiday activities:

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2014

Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This Holiday Season


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