Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 14 – November 16, 2014

christmascummingIt feels like winter this weekend but that can’t stop families from enjoying all of the fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend! Check out what’s happening!

Friday, November 14

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday, November 15

Five Points Challenge 5K – Benefitting childhood cancer & environmental awareness brought to you by Reaping Nature and Friends of Tony – Windermere Golf Club, Cumming, GA. See website for parking information.

11/14/2014 – Online registration closes at 7pm.
11/14/2014 – Race packet pickup and late registration at Windermere Golf Club, 5000 Davis Love, Drive, Cumming, GA (5pm to 8pm).
6:30am – Race day packet pickup and late registration
7:15am – 5K registration closes
8:00am – 5K Start  (Arrive early to allow time for parking!)*
9:30am – Awards Ceremony

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:30 am – 5:30 pm – St. Benedict Holiday Bazaar – shop with over 40 vendors and gift ideas. Lunch and baked goods for sale. Raffles and lots of gifts for the holidays. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA   30097-1769, (770) 442-5903
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. This family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, crafts from over 90 vendors and local entertainment.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Reindeer painted 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!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. The Great Thanksgiving Escape story time event. Join us November 15 for Thanksgiving Storytime featuring The Great Thanksgiving Escape. The title is a hilarious, kid-friendly take on Thanksgiving – full of family, food and lots of fun! Join us for Storytime and activities.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tree Lighting Celebration at The Collection Forsyth. Enjoy complimentary children’s activities, holiday music and welcome Santa as he lights their new 50 ft. Christmas Tree. Browse holiday gift displays provided by The Collection Forsyth retailers. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00 pm.

Sunday, November 16

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. This family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, crafts from over 90 vendors and local entertainment.

2:00 pm – Hampton Park Library. “Peace Pipes and Talking Leaves: Cherokee Leaders and Lore” Celebrate Native American Heritage Month featuring storyteller Barry Stewart Mann.

Help us celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a special visit from acclaimed storyteller, Barry Stewart Mann.  Through the voices of three historical figures — Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee syllabary; Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman; and Dragging Canoe, brave warrior — Barry will Cherokee folklore, customs, and history. Highlights include the creation myth cycle and the tale of the Healing Lake, the challenges posed by European settlement, and details of Cherokee Stickball, the Seven Clans, and the Green Corn ceremony. It’s an engaging, entertaining, and educational portrayal of a fascinating and noble nation. All ages are welcome! No registration required.


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!

Five For Five Earth Day Activities for Families

Guest Post By Denise Carleton, Reaping Nature Education Outreach Foundation 

Founded back in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide by more than 190 countries.

But what if every day could be Earth Day?

Here are 5 family friendly ways you can show your support for the environment and have fun doing it – together.

Recycling saves trees, conserves energy, curbs water pollution, reduces landfills, and creates prosperity.

Paper Recycling Bins at Coal Mountain Convenience CenterForsyth County earned $60,000 in revenue from the recycling of plastics at convenience centers in 2012.

Annually Georgians bury raw materials worth nearly $300 million to manufacturers based right here in Georgia.

5 recyclable items used every day:

Composting diverts waste from landfills, improves soil, is a free fertilizer, a superior alternative to chemical fertilizers, and is the best gift you can give your garden.

Composting at Haw Creek ES (640x478)

Composting at Haw Creek ES

Composting requires very little work and can be done in apartments to roof tops. There are over 80 things that can be composted!

5 compostable items:
Coffee Grounds
Tea Bags



#3 – GROW
Growing your own vegetables is inexpensive, improves your health, connects family and friends, saves money, and is very rewarding.

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Cumming Elementary Dig in the Dirt Day… Shannon Archer, teacher, with her son, Patrick,
working on her classroom raised bed.

It’s also a great way to show yours kids where food comes from using the compost you make to fertilize your garden, and April just happens to be the best month to start a garden.

5 vegetables that can be grown easily:





Volunteering helps you live longer, establishes strong relationships, is good for your career, is good for society, and gives you a sense of purpose.

Adopt A Road - SWC

Adopt A Road – SWC

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful holds many events, workshops, and programs yearlong. Consider making volunteering part of your life.

5 upcoming events and programs:
Mobile Trash Unit – April 24
Adopt-A-Road – All Year Long
Shore Sweeps – September 27
Recycle Electronics – May 3
AAS Workshops – April 26*
*Adopt-A-Stream Amphibian Workshop, Central Park




Exploring the great outdoors can turn a frown upside down, makes children and families happier, makes you healthier, is educational, and is very relaxing.

Exploring at Sawnee Mountain

Exploring at Sawnee Mountain

There are many great places to get outside in Forsyth County. Many are free and provide an opportunity for you and your family to unplug, unwind, and explore nature together.

5 places to visit:
Lake Lanier
Sawnee Mountain
Cedar Hill Enrichment Center
Big Creek Greenway
Local Forsyth County Parks


This Earth Day make a commitment to being healthier and happier by picking 5 actions that you and your family can commit to.

You’ll reap the rewards this Earth Day and every day.

About Denise Carleton

Denise Carleton lives in Cumming with her husband two daughters. She is the founder of Reaping Nature Productions and Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation. She is also the Conservation Department Chair for Sawnee Woman’s Club and Race Director for the Five Points Challenge 5K. She has received awards for her environmental efforts from Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Keep Georgia Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. To learn more about Denise and Reaping Nature visit www.reapingnature.org and www.reapingnature.com. You can contact Denise by emailing her at info @ reapingnature. com.

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for February 15 – February 17, 2013.

cupids and canines at camp bow wowThe kids have a long four day weekend in Forsyth County, GA starting tomorrow! The rain has cleared out so hopefully we can spend most of it outside. Here’s a roundup of things to do in Cumming, GA.

Friday, February 15

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Lakewood 400 Antiques Market. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free.

10:15 am – 12:15 pm – Hampton Park Library – Special Movie Presentation. We’re not allowed to tell you the titles of our movie features, but we can give you hints. Lady is the never-a-hair-out-of-place cocker spaniel. Tramp’s a wrong-side-of-the-tracks mongrel. Follow the star-crossed canines’ love story in one of Walt Disney’s most beloved animated movies. It’s the day after Valentine’s, but so what? Watch it with someone you love. Rated G; 75 minutes; 1955.

Saturday, February 16

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Lakewood 400 Antiques Market.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Forsyth Senior Expo. Now in its eleventh year, the event will be held this year at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. The Forsyth Senior Expo is an opportunity for senior citizens as well as their families and friends to learn about planning for the future. The free event provides a venue for information regarding a variety of topics including health care, housing, finance, safety and security, recreation, and travel. The Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College is located at 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming. To receive more information regarding the Forsyth Senior Expo, contact Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178.

10:00 am – 11:30 am – Michaels Kids Club – PETS & ANIMALS. On the half hour. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10AM – 11:30AM. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Storytime.

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Camp Bow Wow Alpharetta is hosting our 4th annual Cupids and Canines celebration at Camp Saturday, February 16th from 12 pm – 4 pm. This loving event doubles as an adopt – a – thon for animals in need of fur-ever homes and as a fundraiser for The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Humane Society of Forsyth County, Angels Among Us, Furkids small Dog Rescue, and You Lucky Dog Rescue.
Faithful Friends Mobile Vet will be providing a Vaccine Clinic. And $20 Micro-chipping with also be provided!!!

Plant a tree in Forsyth this Arbor Day. Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day by planting a free red bud or red cedar seedling from Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, a limited number of free tree seedlings will be available while supplies last at the three Forsyth County Convenience Centers:

  • Coal Mountain Convenience Center, 3560 Settingdown Road
  • Old Atlanta Convenience Center, 3678 Old Atlanta Road
  • Tolbert Street Convenience Center, 351 Tolbert Street

Forsyth County Master Gardeners will also be at the sites to answer questions and provide planting information. If you pick up a free tree seedling on Feb. 16, you’ll be asked to provide a brief description of the planned location of the tree. See also Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Inc.

Sunday, February 17

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Lakewood 400 Antiques Market.



Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 9 – November 11, 2012.

girls on the run 5kThe weekend is here! There are lots of fun events in Forsyth County, GA including honoring our Veterans going on this weekend. If you are in the mood for a short trip, check out Parents Palooza also this weekend.

Friday, November 9

10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition – Cumming Fairgrounds. The Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition has steadily grown since we started it in 2001. Come and join us for a weekend of fun and step
back in time. We have working exhibits such as a cotton gin, saw mill, shingle mill, baker fan and many others. The Cumming Fairgrounds is one of the finest show grounds in the south. Come take a walk back in time. Vendors and exhibitors get in free and we have campsites available with full hook ups. Admission – $5.00 for ages 13 and up, kids 12 and under free.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Girls Night Out 1960s style fun! $35.00 per girl, call for reservations.

Saturday, November 10

8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition – Cumming Fairgrounds. The Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition has steadily grown since we started it in 2001. Come and join us for a weekend of fun and step
back in time. We have working exhibits such as a cotton gin, saw mill, shingle mill, baker fan and many others. The Cumming Fairgrounds is one of the finest show grounds in the south. Come take a walk back in time. Vendors and exhibitors get in free and we have campsites available with full hook ups. Admission – $5.00 for ages 13 and up, kids 12 and under free.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Girls on the Run 5K Event – Lambert High School – Girls on the Run 5k will start promptly at 10:00am. We invite you to stick around and celebrate with us after the 5k! The music, fun, and good times will carry on long after everyone has crossed the finish line!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Join us as we welcome Author Danielle Reese Allenback to our store. She will be reading her book The NighPlane. It’s sure to be a awesome Storytime!

Sunday, November 11

Veterans Day!

Reaping Nature’s next community recycling event will take place at The Ice at 1345 Atlanta Highway in Cumming, on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Event items being accepted for recycling and reuse:
  • New & gently used coats and blankets (Meals by Grace);
  • Clean & empty laundry detergent bottles, egg cartons, and “Tupperware” like containers, with sealable lids (ex. cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream) (Meals by Grace);
  • Household items & clothing (Family Haven);
  • Cellphones (Feed the Hungry Forsyth);
  • New and gently used shoes (ShoeBox Recycling);
  • Electronics (TVs $15 to recycle, secure hard drive shredding provided) (Premier Surplus);
  • Loose change (benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta).
 For more information, visit Reaping Nature’s website at www.reapingnature.org or emailinfo@reapingnature.com.

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA from 4/30 – 5/1/11

The weekend is almost here and welcome after these terrible storms. I am thankful Atlanta was spared and sad for those families affected by the awful weather.

There is a lot scheduled this weekend in addition to kids sports and activities! Please comment if you hear of anything that I might miss.

Saturday April 30

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Forsyth YMCA Camp festival – learn about the summer camps that the Forsyth YMCA offers and there will be free events for kids showcasing each camp.

10:00 am – Michaels – The Knack Make-it Take-it Mother’s Day Event – with purchase – decorate a t-shirt or apron for mom!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenues Forsyth story time – hear about America’s favorite pastime – baseball!

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Forsyth Mommies Spring Fling at Fowler Park – bring potluck dish and let the kids play! Join this wonderful group of families and enjoy the new park.


11:00 am  – 3:00 pm – Free Car show Saturday 4/30 at Forsyth Central High School. Between 40 and 60 vehicles are typically shown. The show will also feature barbecue, door prizes and music.

The eighth annual Jay Cullen/Share the Road 5K will be April 30 at First Baptist Church in Cumming. Entry fees are $15 by April 17 and $20 after. Group rates for 10 or more are $10. Race day registration begins at 7:15 a.m., race at 8:30 a.m. For more information, go online atwww.jaycullen5K.com.

The Humble Heroes organization presents “Guns – N- Hoses” – a Police vs. Firemen Hockey Game.
Saturday, April 30th at The Ice in Cumming GA. 1345 Atlanta Hwy, 30040. The puck drops at 5:00pm.
Tickets sold at the door:
5 and Under – Free, 6 to 12 – $5, 12 and up – $10
All funds raised goes to assist seriously ill Police Officers & Firefighters in the Metro Atlanta Area. For more information about Humble Heroes or this event, please visit their Facebook Page.

Midway United Methodist Church will have its spring barbecue sale April 29-30. Please place business orders before April 22 by calling the church office at (770) 475-5230 or by e-mailingoffice@midwayumc.org.

Pine Crest Baptist Church will have a singing at 7 p.m. April 30, featuring Wilburn and Wilburn. Everyone is invited.

Midway United Methodist Church will have a tomato plant sale to benefit missions through April 30. For sale are heirloom and hybrid tomato plants as well as peppers and eggplants. For more information call Daryl at (770) 475-2493 or e-mail freerangeeggs@comcast.net.

Midway United Methodist Church will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at the church at 5025 Alpharetta Hwy.

Dog adoptions at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter are free through Saturday, April 30. For more information, call the shelter at 770-888-2500. The Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 1904 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, GA.

Sunday 5/1

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Reaping Nature – Go Green event – Windermere
Activities Include:
  • Paint Recycling – $1 per gallon
  • Paper Shredding – Donations gratefully accepted.
  • Electronics Recycling
Vendors On Site:
Keep Forysth County Beautiful – learn about recycling centers & more
Sanitation Solutions – Windermere’s preferred provider
Thirty One – reusable bags & more
Shaklee- keep you & your home healthy
Forsyth County Beekeepers – learn why bees matter
White Tail Farm – farm fresh eggs, chicken & pork
The Cumming Harvest – tomato plans & more
Lambert High School Basketball – sign up for summer camps
S&J’s Woodfired Pizza – bring your appetite


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