Archives for December 2015

Recycle Your Christmas Tree 2015 in Cumming, GA

bring one for the chipper christmas tree recycling cumming, gaIf 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 and pick up a new seedling and plant a new tree. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful offers a wonderful recycling program right here in Forsyth County, GA.

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) invites residents to continue their annual tradition of recycling thousands of Christmas trees during the “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling event through January 30.

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

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

Bring One For the Chipper! 2016 Christmas Tree Recycling Times and Locations

Free Dogwood Seedlings and Ferry-Morse Seeds will be available at all sites on Saturday, January 2nd while supplies last.

• Home Depot – 1000 Market Place Boulevard

   Accepting trees only January 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

   Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 2

• Home Depot – 2635 Peachtree Parkway

   Accepting trees only January 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

   Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 2

• Vickery Creek Elementary School – 6280 Post Road

   Accepting trees December 26 through January 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

   Please, no trees at this site after 4 p.m. on January 2

• 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 30

• 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 30

• Coal Mountain Recycling 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 30

Please note that all three recycling convenience centers will be closed Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Wood chips made from the recycled trees will be available for county residents inside of Coal Mountain Park at 3560 Settingdown Rd. Residents are responsible for loading and hauling their own wood chips.

For more information, call Keep Forsyth County Beautiful 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 98,000 trees during that time.

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

new years events for kids in forsyth county, 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 2016.

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 $20 game cards for $10!

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Noon Year’s Eve Party at The Collection Forsyth. $35 per girl.
Sparkly Makeovers, Rockin’ Updo’s, Fashion Runway Show (come runway ready), Dancing, Yummy Treats & Drinks, LIMO RIDE & a Countdown to Noon Celebration! 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.

11:15 AM – Sharon Forks Library New Year’s Movie: Frozen Sing-a-Long – Brrrr!!! Warm up your voice and head down to the library for a special showing of Frozen, Sing-a-Long edition. We’ll be belting out all your Frozen favorites with Elsa and Anna as we watch the film on our big screen. Frozen Sign-a-Long is rated PG. This program is for all ages. No registration required.

1:15 PM – Post Road Library New Year’s Eve Dance Party! – It’s time to put on your dancing shoes and come celebrate New Year’s Eve with a fun dance party! We will shimmy and shake to our favorite dances and have a special countdown to our very own balloon-drop! This is a family event for all ages! No registration required.

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – The Final Countdown: A Teen’s New Year’s Eve Party hosted by Music Authority and The Warehouse. Ages 18 and under. $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 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! Doors open at 5:30 pm for teens ages 18 and under and the music will play until 10:00 pm.

The Warehouse
5095 Post Road
Cumming, GA 30040

7:00 pm – 1:00 am – New Years Eve Skate at Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center. COST: $10 ADMISSION * SKATE RENTAL $3 (If Needed.) COME OUT AND CELE-SKATE THE NEW YEAR IN WITH US!

NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION – December 31st Skate with us as we count down to the 2016 NEW YEAR!
Session 7:00 – 1:00 am
Admission is $10 and Skate rental is $3
First 50 people get New Year Party Favors!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 18 – December 20, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaIt’s the last weekend before Christmas! Are you ready? I am not! Here is a round up of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, December 18

10:00 am – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

Saturday, December 19

11:00 AM – Sharon Forks Library  Sensitive SantaChildren will sign up for 10-minute Santa sessions. 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. Please let us know if your child will need a longer time or special consideration. Registration is required to attend.  To register, please email joycec@forsythpl.org to schedule a visit.

11:00 AM – Sharon Forks Library  Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs – A story time for children with special needs. No registration required.

11:00 AM – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth –  Join us for Storytime and activities featuring How to Catch Santa.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Complimentary Photos with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth. Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday and photos with Santa every Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Hampton Park Library Saturday Santa. HO HO HO! Head on over to the library for an opportunity to take your picture with the one, the only, Santa Claus!! Join us for a special storytime, make crafts, and play games while you wait.
This program is for children of all ages. Registration is not required — drop in anytime!

Sunday, December 20

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Complimentary Photos with Santa at The Collection Forsyth. Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa every Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.

1:30 PM – Post Road Library  You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch! Holiday Program  – Stink!  Stank!  Stunk!  Are you as cuddly as a cactus or as charming as an eel?  If so then head to the library and get in the holiday spirit. We’ll celebrate the beloved classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Don’t forget to wear your PJs, too!  We’ll watch the 1966 animated movie and then enjoy Grinch-themed treats and crafts. And who knows? Maybe we’ll even have a special visitor! This program is for Grinches of all ages!

2:45 PM – Post Road Library  You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch! Holiday Program 

4:00 PM – Post Road Library You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch! Holiday Program 

Here are some other holiday happenings:

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 2015

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

Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa Events in Forsyth County, GA

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 11 – December 13, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaDecember brings lots of festive and fun events for families in Forsyth County, GA. Check out some neat things to do this holiday season.

Friday, December 11

8:00 am – 3:00 pm – American Girl Yard Sale – 7510 Fields Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. This is a friend’s garage sale and it is one of the best that I have ever seen! Huge garage sale with a lot of American Girl items to sell! Almost all of the American Girl items are new in boxes. Literally hundreds of items to sell including clothing, books, furniture, and accessories that were purchased new at an American Girl warehouse sale. We also have a number of American Girl Dolls that were purchased at the Children’s Museum Benefit Sale. These dolls are like new, but have a small “x” (the size of a small ant) on their bottom (see pictures of one of the dolls). They are a great deal and awesome for children to play with, but I wouldn’t recommend them for doll collectors. We should have hundreds of items for sale, but limited quantities!!! We will also have a limited number of Ivy dolls available (again, with the small “x”, but they also have a small green stain on one of their legs from the dye of her green pants . . . most cloths and tights cover this blemish). We also have lots of children’s clothes, toys and books. We’re also selling many designer brands of clothing and shoes for children and adults.

10:00 am – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

4:00 pm – 9:00 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 Events
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 11th at 4 PM – 9 PM. Saturday, Dec. 12th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 11th at 6 PM – 9 PM, Saturday, Dec. 12th at 12 PM – 3 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. 11th at 7 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, December 12

8:00 am – 3:00 pm – American Girl Yard Sale – 7510 Fields Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. This is a friend’s garage sale and it is one of the best that I have ever seen! Huge garage sale with a lot of American Girl items to sell! Almost all of the American Girl items are new in boxes. Literally hundreds of items to sell including clothing, books, furniture, and accessories that were purchased new at an American Girl warehouse sale. We also have a number of American Girl Dolls that were purchased at the Children’s Museum Benefit Sale. These dolls are like new, but have a small “x” (the size of a small ant) on their bottom (see pictures of one of the dolls). They are a great deal and awesome for children to play with, but I wouldn’t recommend them for doll collectors. We should have hundreds of items for sale, but limited quantities!!! We will also have a limited number of Ivy dolls available (again, with the small “x”, but they also have a small green stain on one of their legs from the dye of her green pants . . . most cloths and tights cover this blemish). We also have lots of children’s clothes, toys and books. We’re also selling many designer brands of clothing and shoes for children and adults.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: KIDS CLUB® Perler® Santa Belt Coaster. 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 – Lowe’s Build and Grow. The holidays are right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this festive Train Engine!

10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Olde Atlanta Club 2015 Holiday Shop. We have a show with approximately 20 booths on December 12th in our clubhouse from 10AM-6pm. 5750 Olde Atlanta Parkway.

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 Events
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 11th at 4 PM – 9 PM. Saturday, Dec. 12th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 11th at 6 PM – 9 PM, Saturday, Dec. 12th at 12 PM – 3 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. 11th at 7 PM – 9 PM

11:00 AM Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Waiting Is Not Easy!

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Complimentary Photos with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth. Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday and photos with Santa every Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.

2:00 pm – Hampton Park Library – Sensitive Santa – These special Santa visits are designed specifically for children with sensory or other special needs and their families.  Registration is required to attend.  To register, please contact our library branches directly using the contact information below.

Sunday, December 13

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Complimentary Photos with Santa at The Collection Forsyth. Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa every Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.

7:00 pm – Ashebrooke Night of Lights – Looking for some local light displays? Come to Ashebrooke Night of Lights Sunday evening. Beautiful lights, live nativity, hot chocolate… you will not be disappointed! Proceeds benefit CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.. Bethelview Road between Kelly Mill and Hwy 20.

Here are some other holiday happenings:

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 2015

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

Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa Events in Forsyth County, GA

Giveaway Alert! Win a $25 Gift Card to Earth Fare in Cumming, GA

earth fare in cumming, gaUPDATE: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Denise who won the gift card!!!! Happy shopping!

The new Earth Fare opens on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 and is located at 3140 Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Cumming, GA. The Earth Fare is at The Collection Forsyth next to Jim & Nick’s.

Grand opening events begin with a ribbon cutting at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday and continue through the weekend with family friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, food samples, live music and more. The first 100 people in line will receive a gift card. There will be giveaways, demonstrations and much more.

Regular store hours are Mondays – Sundays from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

I went on a preview tour of the new store on Monday night and I am very impressed with this natural and organic grocery store.

Earth Fare’s grocery items are free from high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and sweeteners, and more. Their meat and poultry is free from growth hormones and antibiotics. They support sustainable and traceable seafood. They carry items for special diets such as food allergies.  Local products are marked with signage promoting the importance of community. They are Earth-conscious about everything in the store from the natural light panels in the ceiling to the recycled containers . They carry bulk items for nuts, cereal, coffee, liquids such as olive oil and even herbs. (If you bring your own container, have it weighed at customer service. Then fill it up, get the 5 digit number and take it to checkout.)

There are daily specials such as $ .99 baguettes and $5.00 sushi on Wednesdays. There are $6 daily meal deals and they offer pizzas that you can pick up or even order ahead for pick up as well.

We are giving away one (1) Earth Fare $25 gift card for one of our lucky readers!

Forsyth for Families Earth Fare Giveaway

To enter to win our Earth Fare $25 gift card giveaway, simply comment on this post with a grocery item that you are looking forward to buying at Earth Fare.

To enter, comment by midnight on Sunday, December 13, 2015. The winner will be selected by random.org. I will announce the lucky winner on Monday, December 14, 2015! (Entrants must be residents of Georgia.)

Get Earth Fare Coupons and the Tomato Bank Loyalty Program

There are many ways to receive deals. Be sure to sign up for their E-mail offers and deals at www.earthfare.com/cumming. You can also text the word “eat” to 71700 to receive specials. Sign up online for their Tomato Bank Rewards and earn rewards through the purchases of certain products.

Like their Facebook Page for promotions and new menu items.

“At Earth Fare, our food is free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. That means you don’t need to worry about Red #40 or Yellow #6 contaminating your kids’ food. We read the labels so you don’t have to!” Learn more about our Quality Standards here: https://www.earthfare.com/food/quality-standards

About Earth Fare

Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is the authentic organic and natural healthy grocery store with 39 locations across the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and a superior customer experience.

What really sets Earth Fare apart from other stores is the list of things our foods are free from
Free From high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners.
Free From synthetic growth hormones and added antibiotics in fresh meat and dairy.

Welcome to a world of fresh, organic and healthy foods, delicious ready-to-go meals and an amazing selection of wellness products. Healthy grocery shopping has never been so easy or affordable. Earth Fare. Healthy food for everyone.

The Cumming, GA location is the 40th location in 40 years! Earth Fare is also found in these Georgia locations: Peachtree Corners, GA and Decatur, GA.

Earth Fare offers a variety of local and organic fruits and vegetables, a full-service meat, poultry and seafood department with antibiotic-free options, a cheese department and a bakery featuring made from scratch items. They also offer prepared food items including a hot food bar, sandwich counter, a salad bar, food to go, coffee, juice & smoothie bar and a health & wellness section.

Disclosure: I was given a gift card for my family and one to give away on this website. My review is my honest opinion of my experience. 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 4 – December 6, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe first weekend of December brings lots of festive and fun events for families in Forsyth County. Check out some neat things to do this holiday season.

Friday, December 4

10:00 am – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – 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. Northside Hospital – Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, GA 30041.

7:00 PM – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Polar Express story time. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Polar Express, we will be hosting a pajama party. There will be games, crafts and tons of fun!

Saturday, December 5

7:30 am registration, 8:30 race starts – MarketPlace Christmas – Jingle Jog 5K –  On 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. 2056 Market Place Blvd.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – Holiday Stacking Blocks

  • Join our hands-on workshop and build fun holiday stacking blocks. Then, decorate your project with fun stickers and different paint colors.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Clothespin characters! 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!

10:30 AM – Cumming Library Sensitive Santa – These special Santa visits are designed specifically for children with sensory or other special needs and their families.  Registration is required to attend.  To register, please contact our library branches directly using the contact information below.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Complimentary Photos with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth. Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday and photos with Santa every Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm –  Little Mill Middle School’s Annual Holiday Market featuring over 50 local vendors to shop from, including locally handcrafted items, pottery, jewelry, candles, food, home décor, skincare, and many more!  Enter our raffles for great prizes from over 50 vendor items, large gift baskets from local area business partners.  Event details: Saturday, December 5th from 1pm-5pm at Little Mill Middle School, 6800 Little Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30041. Free Admission!

Cumming Library Saturday, December 5 starting at 10:30 a.m. Please call (770) 781-9840 ext. 9919 to schedule a visit.

11:00 AM Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. How the Grinch Stole Christmas story time. Join us for a coloring and activities Storytime as we celebrate all things Grinch with a special event featuring the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Sunday, December 6

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Complimentary Photos with Santa at The Collection Forsyth. Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa every Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.

2:00 PM – Cumming Library One World Forsyth – Scotland – Dancing, treats and crafts await while the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society performs traditional Scottish dance! No registration required.

2:15 PM – Post Road Library Sensitive Santa – These special Santa visits are designed specifically for children with sensory or other special needs and their families.  Registration is required to attend.  To register, please contact our library branches directly using the contact information below.

Post Road Library Sunday, December 6 starting at 2:15 p.m. Please email echolsl@forsythpl.org to schedule a visit.
ALL WEEKEND

South Forsyth Performing Arts presents
Elf Jr., the Musical

Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm
Friday, December 4th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 5th at 3:00 pm
Sautrday, December 5th at 7:00 pm

Here are some other holiday happenings:

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 2015

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

Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa Events in Forsyth County, GA


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