Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for June 30 – July 2, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe 4th of July weekend is here! Here is a roundup of summer events in Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities. See also my City of Cumming July 4th Celebration and 4th of July Events Around Forsyth County for more ideas to celebrate!

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 30

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Friday Family Movie Picnic – Eight Below (PG) 2006

Saturday, July 1

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Blueberry Gardens – Pick your own blueberries! They will open to the public with no appointment required for this Saturday, July 1 only, Please email them at : blueberrygarden@blueberrygarden.org  if you need further information
Please observe parking signs. For those of you that have been to our farm in the past the house is no longer part of the farm, so be respectful of the new owners and do not park or trespass on their property. Blueberries are $15.00 per gallon u-pick.
Paid before entering the field. We provide buckets for you to pick in, if you wish to take tbe bucket home it will be $2.00 per bucket,or if you prefer bring a bag or container to transfer your berries into after picking

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a slime jar! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – BE QUIET! story time. In this hilarious new book from acclaimed author Ryan T. Higgins, all Rupert the Mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picture book. He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his friends just won’t stop talking! Activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Saturday Family Storytime at Post

1:00 PM – Post Road Library Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, July 2

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

July 4th Celebrations, Fireworks and Activities in and around Forsyth County, GA 2017

July 4 fireworks in and around forsyth county, gaThe holiday weekend is near! Whether you want to travel near or far, there are many fun things to do to celebrate the 4th of July in and around Cumming, GA! As always with events, please check with the event organizers in the event of weather or any changes.

Saturday, July 1

9:45 pm – Ball Ground Fireworks – Ball Ground Main Street. Shop and dine and stay for the fireworks celebration!

Monday, July 3

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm – City of Cumming – Cumming Fairgrounds – July 4th Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds. July 3rd Festivities: Dance Contest, Food Vendors & Children’s Activities from 6-11 PM, Dance Contest 8:30 PM, Fireworks 9:30 PM, FREE Admission and Parking.

6:30 pm – 10:15 pm – Sparks in the Park, EE Robinson Park, Level Creek Road, Sugar Hill. Celebrate with food, drinks, music, entertainment, inflatables and a fireworks show!

Tuesday, July 4

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration – Hancock Park – Lots of events from a 5k, all american market and car show to a 4th of July Parade and much more!

10:00 am – July 4th Steam Engine Parade in Downtown Cumming. Starts in downtown Cumming and goes to the Cumming Fairgrounds.

10:00 am – 8th Annual Dutch Monkey Doughnuts Independence Day Doughnut Eating Competition. Contest starts at 11:00 am Free event, raising money for cancer research so bring $ for food and drinks.

10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Sparks in the Motorsports Park – Dawsonville, GA. Festivities : food vendors, crafts, music, activities for the family. Fireworks at 9pm. Tentative schedule: 10:00am AMP Karting is open, 3:30pm AMP general parking, 6-9:30pm Festivities: 7:30 parachuters/fly in, 9:00 Fireworks, 10:00 Exit and closure of AMP.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Foster House Annual BBQ – We will be having our annual BBQ at The Foster House on Monday July 4th from 11-2. Walk on over from the parade and sit and eat on our patio or take some home!

5:00 pm – 11:30 pm – Mall of Georgia’s 15th Annual Star Spangled Fourth – Buford, GA. Food, a concert, kid zone, movie, fireworks and much more!

ALL WEEKEND

July 4th Celebration at Lanier Islands – July 1 – July 4 – celebrate with music, food, fireworks, waterslides and fun at this annual event at Lanier Islands.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 23 – June 25, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe weekend is here! Here is a roundup of summer events in Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 23

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Animal Adventures

11:00 AM – Cumming Library  The Big Bad Little Red Pig Show

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Friday Family Movie Picnic – Despicable Me (PG) 2010

2:00 PM – Cumming Library  4th Annual Paper Airplane Olympics

2:30 PM – Hampton Park Library Tween Friday: Dragons, Dragons Everywhere

Saturday, June 24

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

10:00 AM – Cumming Library – Game Day in the Garden

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a morph sea creature! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – The Rainbow Fish story time. This modern classic is celebrating its 25th year in print! With eye-catching foil stamping glittering on every page, it offers instant child appeal. But it is the universal message at the heart of this story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting appeal. Activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Saturday Family Storytime at Post

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 25

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Slime Sunday at Michaels! Make a slime stress ball or customized slime! Free event!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 16 – June 18, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHere is a roundup for a weekend of summer fun in Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 16

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Friday Family Movie Picnic – Enchanted (PG) 2007

2:00 PM – Cumming Library  Recycled Bottle Bird Feeders

3:00 PM – Post Road Library  Magician Arthur Atsma – Magic Comedy Variety Show for Families

4:00 PM – Hampton Park Library  Tween Friday: Drawing Comics with Kyle Puttkammer

6:30 PM – Post Road Library Comic Drawing Workshop with Kyle Puttkamer

Saturday, June 17

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Blueberry picking at Blueberry Gardens – Blueberry Garden, 5475 Crow Rd, Cumming, GA 30041. BLUEBERRIES ARE READY! We will be picking on Saturday, June 17, 2017 between the hours of 7:00am – 12:00 noon.
We will open to the general public with no appointment required for this Saturday, June 17, 2017 only.
Please email us at: www.blueberrygarden@blueberrygarden.org If you need further information. Parking is limited and road side parking only. Please observe parking signage. Please be respectful of the neighbors of the farm and do not trespass on their property. Blueberries are $15.00 per gallon u-pick. We provide buckets for you to pick, but you will need to bring a bag or container to transfer your berries to after picking.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a Father’s Day frame! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – When Dads Don’t Grow Up Story time – Just in time for Father’s Day, this playful book follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap, watching cartoons and taking part in shopping cart races. These dads may look like grown-ups on the outside, but underneath they’re kids just like you! Activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Saturday Family Storytime at Post

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 18 – Happy Father’s Day!

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. 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!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 9 – June 11, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHere is a roundup for weekend two of summer fun in and around Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 9

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

10:30 AM – Post Road Library  Native American Encampment

11:00 AM – Cumming Library Keith Karnok Puppet Show

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Friday Family Movie Picnic – Cars (G) 2006

1:30 PM – Post Road Library Native American Dancing Demonstration

2:00 PM – Cumming Library  Creative Circle

2:30 PM – Hampton Park Library Tween Friday: It’s a Jungle Out There!

Saturday, June 10

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

9:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a play dough ice cream cone! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Humpus Bumpus Summer Kick-off! Humpus Bumpus will be hosting an afternoon for kids! A magician will kick off a day of carnival games and local author story times! There will also be face painting and prizes. Stay tuned for more details and an official schedule of events coming out soon!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Story time – With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech will truly inspire anyone starting out in the world! Join us at this special Storytime, with activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Saturday Family Storytime at Post

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 11

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Save the Horses First Charity Horse Show! Save The Horses is teaming up with Brownwood Farms and Rolling Hills Saddle Club on Sunday, June 11th starting at 9am, at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta, GA for our first charity horse show.

Join us as a rider (English/Western), spectator, sponsor or vendor for a fun day to help benefit Save the Horses Rescue. Click the following link for more information: http://savethehorses.org/horse-show.html

Riders and horses of all ages and abilities are welcome. See the entry form and show sheet posted. Spectator admission and parking is free. Snack bar and vendors will be available.

Save the Horses (The Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund) is a 501(c)(3). This will be an amazing event!

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 2 – June 4, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe first week of summer is officially in the books! Here is a roundup for weekend two of summer fun in and around Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 2

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 AM – Cumming Library  American Red Cross – Blood Drive

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Off Site (See Program Description for Details) Post Road and Sharon Forks Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Movies in the Park – Moana – Dawsonville, GA – War Hill Park, 4081 War Hill Park Road. Activities start at 6:00 pm, movie starts at dusk. Bounce house, vendors, games, concessions, prizes. Bring a blanket, towel or lawn chair! No pets.

Saturday, June 3

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make a flip book! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! Story time – If you see a poster that says “You Can Do Anything at the Library!,” it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn’t see any problem with setting up her own big top. She’s got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won’t fit between the bookshelves? Activities to follow.

1:00 PM – Post Road Library Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, June 4

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

Around Forsyth County

Saturday June 3 at 6:30 pm – Pete’s Dragon – Movies Under the Stars Summer Series at Mall of Georgia. As part of the summer series, local bands will take the stage at The Village Pavilion from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and the feature film will shine on a 35-foot big screen at The Village Amphitheatre starting at dusk (around 9 p.m.). Guests can also enjoy a variety of fun games, jump time in bounce houses, summer snack concessions such as shaved ice and more. As always, shoppers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to get cozy for the music and motion picture production!

North Point Mall Carnival – Come visit the carnival Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot between the Sears and JC Penney stores from 5 to 11 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 11 p.m. weekends. The carnival will have 18 to 20 rides, games, food and restroom facilities.

All Weekend

Pick strawberries at Warbington Farms! The 2017 strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberry season usually runs till second week of June. Price is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. We provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field. Please keep in mind that we do close the field for inclement weather. Berry picking is based on availability and we close the fields once the berries are picked out for the day.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Events in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2017

memorial day weekend events in forsyth county, gaThe start of summer break kicks off in style with Memorial Day weekend. If you are staying in and around Cumming, GA for the holiday weekend, there are a variety of fun events to check out. As always, please comment and share any other events you know about as well.

Friday, May 26

Friday, May 26, marks the launch of Summer Reading Fun, Forsyth County Library’s annual summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults. Carnivals start next week. Register online or in person at any library.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders

11:00 am – The City of Cumming Annual Memorial Day Ceremonies at Cumming Veterans War Memorial, located at 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Saturday, May 27

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – 8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Car Show & Heritage Days Festival in Dawsonville, GA.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make patriotic cookies! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time – Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie story time. Join us as we read a brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean where Pete the Cat is learning a new dance — the Cool Cat Boogie! Activities to follow.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Make Break – Celebrate the red, white and blue with fun family-friendly crafts! Make a crazy tulle headband or customize patriotic slime. Slime supplies are free. Buy the tulle and the rest of your headband supplies are free.

1:15 PM – Post Road Library – Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl  – Come see where the Pirates of the Caribbean saga began. Bring a snack and watch Curse of the Black Pearl on our big screen with surround sound. 2 hours and 23 minutes. For middle school students and older. No registration required.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market grand opening on Saturday afternoon, May 27th, from 4pm to 8pmLambert’s farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. They are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. ***SOME VENDOR SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!*** For more information, or to sign up as a vendor, please see our website.

Sunday, May 28

4:00 pm – First Baptist Cumming on Sawnee Drive is hosting “Brother Bob’s BBQ” at during their annual Memorial Day weekend festivities.  There will be live music, face painting, inflatables, hay rides, a dunk tank and BBQ.  There will be a short patriotic salute at the end of the afternoon honoring those who have served. Adults:  $6, Kids: $3, Guests: Free.

Monday, May 29

8:00 am – Memorial Day Run/Walk for Autism. Shiloh Point Elementary, 8145 Majors Rd, Cumming, GA. There will be a 5k, 10k and a Fun Run! This Memorial Day race supports TACA (TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM). TACA’s goal is to provide education, support, and information to parents to help their children diagnosed with autism be the very best they can be, with the hope of recovery. *The 5k race is the 2nd event in the North GA Running Co. Race Series and the 10k is the first event in the North GA Running Co. Races Series.

10:00 am – Gainesville’s Annual Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29. Green Street, Gainesville, GA.

ALL WEEKEND

Looking for family fun this Memorial Day weekend? Celebrate Memorial Day at Lanier Islands from Friday, May 26 -Monday, May 29! Enjoy live entertainment, DJ sets, food & drink specials, 3 nights of fireworks & special broadcasts on the Spectacular Screen! As a reminder, all military and first-responders have free entry to Lanier Islands. http://bit.ly/2rj60Ww

Pick strawberries at Warbington Farms! The 2017 strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberry season usually runs till second week of June. Price is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. We provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field. Please keep in mind that we do close the field for inclement weather. Berry picking is based on availability and we close the fields once the berries are picked out for the day.

The City of Alpharetta and Splash Festivals are excited to present the 13th Annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest on Memorial Day weekend- May 27, 28 and 29, 2017.  This 3 day event will host more than 90 colorful artisans from around the country will showcase their works in the Alpharetta Historic District.  This much anticipated festival will feature live music, cultural arts performances, entertaining children’s activities, and a variety festival cuisine.

2016 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

summer camp in cumming, gaIt’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Here is this year’s roundup of 2016 kids summer day camps* in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

Deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups. Forsyth County, the Forsyth County YMCA and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

*Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs.

Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer many camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are also offering camps through the City and County.

Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Brecht Stables & Dustin’s Place – Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Camps – sports and specialty camps all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 6 – 10
VBS for special needs, June 6 – 10
Little Friends Club, June 9 – 12
Art Camp (3rd – 5th grade) June 13 – 17, June 20 – 24 (K – 2nd grade)
CFUMC Bake Off Camp June 20 – 24
Groove Music Camp, June 20 – 24
Archery Camp June 22 – 24
Helping Hands Camp, June 27 – 30
Day-Glo Drama Camp, June 27 – July 1
Camp Extreme, July 12 – 14
Grow Day Camp, July 18 – 22
Science Camp, July 25 – 29

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2016 – there is one session: June 6 – 10. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm Camp – June 6 – 10 for ages 7 – 11, June 20 – 24 for ages 11 – 14

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps open to the public including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 13th Year of Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. Located at: 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Lots of fun drama bootcamps!

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy camping!

Veterans Day Events, Freebies and Deals for 2015

vetdayVeterans Day is this Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Let’s take a moment this week to thank our local veterans for their service and sacrifice.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Forsyth County, GA has over 11,000 veterans.

Here are a few local events and celebrations as well as Veterans Day freebies and deals.

Local Veterans Day Events & Celebrations

The Veterans Day and Marine Corps birthday celebration from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in the football stadium at North Forsyth High School, 3635 Coal Mountain Road. It is free and open to the public.

Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial in Cumming, GA on November 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy the music of the Flash of Crimson Band. The City of Cumming Mayor Gravitt will speak.

2015 Veterans’ Day Celebration on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Downtown Dawsonville, Presented by: Veterans Affairs of Dawson County.

Veterans Affairs of Dawson County will celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11 with lunch for Veterans at 1:00 p.m., Dawson County Middle School Cafeteria, Program at 2:00 in the school auditorium and parade through Downtown Dawsonville at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to the program and parade. For information, call Don Brown at 706-265-7613.
Veterans Eat Free at Local Restaurants!
Note: Be sure to have your military ID with you and call ahead to be sure that the location you are visiting is participating in the promotion.

Applebee’s – Free meal for Veterans and Active military personnel on Wednesday, November 11, 2014. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veteran’s Day menu. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included. You’ll need to bring in one proof of military service or ID.

Carrabba’s – If you are a veteran or active military member, you can stop by a Carrabba’s near you and get a free appetizer of your choice on Wednesday, November 11. There’s no purchase necessary or coupon required, and you’ll need to bring military ID or come in your uniform.

Chick-fil-a at The Collection Forsyth – We’re breaking out the red, white and blue for our Military Appreciation Night! If you’re active or retired military, bring your proof of service to any participating Atlanta area Chick-fil-A restaurant on November 11, 2015 from 5 pm – 8 pm to receive your choice of a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Meal (Original or Grilled), a Chick-fil-A Nuggets Meal (8-count) or a Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid’s Meal (4-count) for you and each immediate family member. It’s our way of saying thank you. One meal per person, while supplies last. Offer Valid only at Atlanta Area Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Visit Chili’s on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 7 meals. This offer is available from 11am – 5pm on Veterans Day at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Bring military ID and call to make sure the location is participating.

Golden Corral is offering a free meal on Wednesday, November 11 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. See their website for details. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Little Caesars® Pizza – On Wednesday, November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., veterans and active military members can receive their free $5 Lunch Combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free Texas Tonions and non-alcoholic beverages to veterans who stop into their local Longhorn Steakhouse on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. You’ll need to bring proof of service with you for this freebie such as wearing your uniform or showing Military ID.

Red Robin on Wednesday, November 11, 2014 to get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie. Not all locations are participating, so it’s best to call ahead to make sure your local Red Robin will be offering this free meal.

Outback Steakhouse is offering a free bloomin onion and beverage on November 11, 2015. This offer is for veterans as well as active duty and retired military as long as proof of service is shown, like wearing a uniform or showing military ID. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check November 12 to December 31, 2015.
Starbucks is offering a free tall coffee to veterans, active duty military and their spouses on Veterans Day. Please call ahead to make sure the location is participating.

There are also deals at other restaurants and retailers. For more details, check out Military Benefits Veterans Day Free Meals, Discounts, Sales and Deals.

  • Free Haircuts at Great Clips – Veterans and active/inactive/retired military members can stop into Great Clips on Wednesday, November 11 and get a free haircut or pickup a free haircut card to use before the end of the year. Anyone can stop in to get their haircut and receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran.
  • Free Admission to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta – Members of the Armed Forces (active duty and veterans) get free admission to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta when they show their valid Armed Forces ID card. Through November 15, half-price tickets can also be purchased for friends and family.
  • Lowe’s, Publix and Home Depot are offering 10% discounts on Veterans Day for military.
  • Dollar General is offering a 11% discount on November 11, 2015.
  • National Parks Free Veterans Day Admission – Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks on Veterans Day. Date this year: November 11, 2015.

Local Suit Drive for Veterans

Posted from a reader Scarlett – “We support our troops! We will be having a suit drive for our Veterans. If you have a new or gently used suit you can donate to a Veteran please stop by our office now through December 11, 2015.

Over one million soldiers will transition out of the military in the next five years, and Farmers invites you to join us in supporting them. Justin Adams, Farmers Insurance 559 Lakeland Plaza Cumming, GA 30040. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 770.549.9762. Please share!! Thank you!! God bless!!”


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