Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 20 – October 22, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy Fall in Cumming, GA! Here’s a roundup of fun family fall things to do this weekend in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Check out our Apple Picking in North Georgia post, Corn Mazes in North Georgia and Halloween and Trunk or Treat Events for more ideas. As always, comment and share if you know of any other activities.

Friday, October 20

No School & Fun Friday at Warbington Farms – No school means more fun at the farm! We will have all our activities going with a special gift to the parents….HALF OFF ADULT Admission 12pm-4pm 10/20/17!  *****PLUS***** between 12pm and 4pm kids (and adults) will be able to watch us plant our strawberries and even participate in the planting!  Regular admission is $12 and includes the hayride, petting zoo, corn maze, and Fun Park. ***DISCOUNTED ADULT Admission valid only during 12pm-4pm but farm is open 10am-10pm. Planting will be a first come basis (until we run out of plants) and will only be between 12pm and 4pm.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Cumming Library  Read, Build, Play

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Sawnee Power Town

1:30 PM – Post Road Library  Tween Scene: HollowTween Party and Creepy Movie

4:00 PM – Post Road Library Masterminds LEGO® Lounge

Saturday, October 21

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Music in the Garden at Sawnee Mountain Preserve – Learn about “Gardening for the Birds,” tour the Louise Mashburn Native Plant Garden and hear free, live music. Free parking. Bettis-Tribble Gap entrance.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make Vampirina friendship bracelets! 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 – 3:00 pm – Fall Family Festival at Living Faith Lutheran Church. If you’re looking for a place to spend time with your family… join us! This event is free and open to the community!

-Carnival Games
-Face Painting
-Photo Booth
-Crafts
-Bounce House
-Food

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Story time – In this previously unpublished picture book by Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved children’s book Goodnight Moon, readers will take comfort in the reassuring world of the little bunny and delight at the attention to detail and hidden surprises on every page. Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow.

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

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Flacktoberfest at Flack’s Flooring. Join us for the FLACKTOBERFEST FINALE! Lots of FREE family fun to be had with live music, games, bouncy houses, BBQ, a dunk tank, and MORE!

12:00 pm – Haunted Barn & Family Festival – TNT Dynamite Horse Stables – Last year’s Haunted Barn was such a big hit that it’s BACK! We will have a children’s festival early in the day starting at noon until 6pm. It will be complete with a bouncy house, pony rides, kid games, food and more! After we clear out the festival at 6pm, we will reopen as the haunted barn at 7pm! We will be dedicated to scaring your pants off until 10pm! Tickets can be bought in advance through EventBrite for a discount. Tickets at the door are double.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Oktoberfest at The Church of the Good Shepherd. Menu: Two types of Sausage, Homemade German potato salad, Sauerkraut, vegetable, dessert and beverages. Music: live German Oktoberfest Music. Tickets: $12.00 for Adults Advance purchase, $14.00 for Adults the Day of the Event.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Trunk or Treat at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Join us for Trunk R Treat at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Bring your scariest and most interesting costumes.

ALL WEEKEND

Cumming Greek Festival – Enjoy this 13th annual festival with lots of fun, food, music and culture!

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!

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze sponsored by the Georgia Foresty Association. This years’ design features some of Georgia’s happy wildlife neslted into their forest home! Uncle Shuck’s Maze is a 12 acre field of corn that has approximately 4 miles of trails, twisting and turning, and sometimes, coming to a deadend! Opening weekend is Sept. 9-10, 2017, come and kick off this year’s fall season. The corn maze and fall fun will be OPEN:
Saturday, 9/9 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 9/10 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Find more information on hours and pricing at: http://uncleshucks.com/uncle_shucks_rates.php

The Gibson Co. Fall Market – Come out and enjoy an event featuring all vendors from your home state. At The Gibson Co., we love showcasing hometown talent. At this festival you will find an array of artists. You will experience food, sweets, wall art, jewelry, home decor, stamped silver, quilting, vintage dime and bank bag pillows, clothing and more! Bring the family and get your Christmas shopping done early. Friday & Saturday. FREE ADMISSION!

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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!

Phase III of Sawnee Mountain Preserve Now Open

sawnee mountain preserve new playground forsyth county gaThanks to reader Lisa Dickey for sharing this picture of the new playground at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. The newest phase opened recently featuring new trails, a new playground and more!

New phase features more than six miles of trails – click here to view a map of the trails.

The newest phase of Forsyth County’s Sawnee Mountain Preserve opened Friday, January 29, with a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially welcome the newest amenity in the county’s award-winning parks system.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve Phase III is located north of downtown Cumming at 2505 Bettis Tribble Gap Road. Funded by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by voters in 2008 and by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI program, Sawnee Mountain Preserve Phase III features more than six miles of hiking trails, two picnic pavilions, a playground with a rubberized surface, restrooms and additional parking.

District 1 Commissioner and Commission Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos, in whose district Sawnee Mountain Preserve is located, thanked citizens for making the new phase of the park possible by their approval of the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond and the SPLOST sales tax program.

“I am so proud that we have been able to preserve this beautiful land and open it as a recreational amenity for the public to enjoy, and we could not have done so if it were not for the support of our citizens,” said Amos. “I would also like to thank the Dr. Dunn family for their assistance in making this phase possible.”

One of the individuals instrumental in making the Sawnee Mountain Preserve a reality – Mary Helen McGruder – noted the importance of the project.

“The completion of the third phase of the trail system is a continuation of the partnership started years ago between Forsyth County and Sawnee Mountain Foundation,” stated Sawnee Mountain Foundation President Mary Helen McGruder. “We are pleased that today our citizens can enjoy the mountain from literally one end to the other. We would particularly like to thank Natural Resources Division Manager Matt Pate for his dedication to this effort and for his work on the mountain.”

About Sawnee Mountain Preserve

The creation of Sawnee Mountain Preserve established protection of 963 acres of green space. Sawnee Mountain Preserve is Forsyth County’s largest passive park and was made possible through a collaborative effort of individuals, organizations and government. It first opened to the public as a county park in 2005, making more than three miles of trails accessible for walkers, runners and hikers, along with an amphitheater and playground. Phase II of the park, which features a 5,600-square-foot visitor center and access to Sawnee Mountain’s trails, opened in 2008.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers a number of amenities for the public to enjoy. A hike up to the Indian Seats – a natural rock formation at the top of the trail system – offers a beautiful setting for enjoying the views of the north Georgia mountains. The Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center features interactive exhibits on the natural and cultural histories of Sawnee Mountain and a resource library/lounge where visitors can relax and read. A wide variety of programs are also available at Sawnee Mountain Preserve including instruction on rock climbing and tree climbing, and educational programming focused on nature awareness and environmental science.

Park Hours:

November through February – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March through October – 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Visitor Center Hours:

Monday through Saturday – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2015 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

summer camps in cumming, gaIt’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Here is this year’s roundup of 2015 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!

March and April are good planning months as 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 camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County. Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other area high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

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

Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

brecht stables and dustin's place summer camps in cumming, gaBrecht 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!

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Camps – sports and specialty camps all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 1 – 5
VBS for special needs, June 1 – 5
Little Friends Club, June 8 – 10
Art Camp (3rd – 5th grade) June 8 – 12, June 15 – 19 (K – 2nd grade)
Day-Glo Drama Camp, June 22 – 26
Camp Extreme, June 23 – 27
Helping Hands Camp, July 6 – 8
Groove Music Camp, July 13 – 17
Science Camp, July 20 – 24
Grow Day Camp, July 20 – 24

backyard bible school at bottoms christmas tree farmJune 14 – June 17 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Backyard Bible School at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm Bible School – Backyard Bible School theme is “Come Learn about Jesus” We will be having our Bible School June 14th-June 17th at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. Our address is 5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040. We will have different classes for all ages from nursery age to young adults. They will be taught by family members and church friends of Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. The only thing we ask is children under 6 to please be accompanied by an adult. The lesson for the week are as followed: Sunday- Jesus the Creator Monday – Jesus’ Birth Tuesday- Jesus’ Life Wednesday- Jesus’ Death We will have Bible Study, crafts, games, food and music each night for every age group. Everyone is welcome, rain or shine.

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2015 – there is one session: June 1 – 5. 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 – to be announced.

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.

Endurance Academy All Skills Mini Camp part 1
Rising 3rd-6th graders
June 21. 2-5 at Old Atlanta Rec Center
Part 2
June 28
2-5
Advanced Skills camp part 1
July 21. 2-5 at old Atlanta Rec center
Part 2 July 18
2-5

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps 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

Camp Primrose at Primrose School of Alpharetta East – Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events and field trips keep your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement, enthusiasm and creativity! 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005. (678) 339-0107.

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!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 25 – April 27, 2014

sharon elementary farmers marketThe last weekend in April is here! Hopefully the cold weather is behind us and we can start planting flowers and shrubs if you haven’t already. Here is a roundup of fun things to do for families in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, April 25

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Sharon Elementary Farmers Market, 3595 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, GA.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market at Caney Creek Preserve.

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Back to Woodstock – The Reid Barn, 6844 Majors Road, Cumming, GA. We’re going back to the ’60s! Join us for a great night of live music, food, and a silent auction, all to benefit Family Haven’s victims of domestic abuse and their families. So come on, pull out your platform shoes, bell bottoms, and psychedelic shirts to celebrate PEACE, LOVE, and FAMILY HAVEN! $25.00 per person.

Saturday, April 26

9:00 am – Boulder Dash Girls on the Run 5k 10k walk run – Boulder Dash 5K/10K Fitness Run/Walk and Corporate Challenge and the Spring Fling, following the race. On behalf of Northside Hospital-Forsyth and Bluegrass Materials Company, we hope you enjoy the race course, event venues and Spring Fling post-race activities. Race starts at 9:00 am. See website for registration.

9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Hike for Hyde – Sawnee Mountain Preserve Park at 4075 Spot Road  Cumming, GA 30040. This event benefits the Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS (80%) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (20%).

8:00 and 10:00 am – Pike Nursery Beneficial Bug Class. Some bugs like the praying mantis, hoverflies, and ladybugs are good for your plants. Join us for a free class to learn what insects are beneficial to your garden.

Pike Nursery is giving away over a million free ladybugs*! Ladybugs are the most popular organic pest control for your garden. Join us for some ladybug luck. *One free packet of ladybugs per family. Supplies are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

10:00 am – 11:30 am on the half hour. Michaels Kids Club: Mother’s Day Duck Tape® Heart Frame. Create a DIY frame with heart! Join us on April 26, from 10-11:30am, for our Duck Tape® Heart Frame Event. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00 per child.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble Story Time at The Collection Forsyth. Eloise still finds plenty of things to do in the Plaza Hotel. Come hear about one of her funny adventures.

11:00 am – North Georgia Quarter Midget Kids Racing – Cumming Fairgrounds. That is what you will find at the Bill Thomas Raceway located at the Cumming Fairgrounds, home of the North Georgia Quarter Midget Racing Association (NGQMA). Saturdays between March and November, you will find boys and girls, ages 5-16, take to the track, pedal to the metal. Race on over for some wheel to wheel action!  Admisison is always free and concessions are available.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is for children aged 4-8 but bring the whole family!

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Saturday Story Time at Cumming Library. This storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.

1:00 pm – Pike Nursery – Kid’s Ladybug Make & Take Class. Bring your kids to this free class where they will learn about beneficial bugs for the garden and make a ladybug craft.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Forsyth County YMCA community event Healthy Kids Day. Free Community Event. Activities will include: Forsyth Sheriffs/Fire Department, Good Measure Meals, Humane Society, Camp Bow Wow, Playwell Technologies, Abba House, Polo Fields SNAG kids golf demo, Y Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Balloon Animals and Y Summer Day Camp information. RSVP at the Front Desk or contact Sarahp @ ymcaatlnata.org for more information.

Sunday, April 27

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm – 80s Movie Matinee at Hampton Park Library. Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t advertise the titles of our movies online. However, see if you can guess this week’s film by the following description:

Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t advertise the titles of our movies online. However, see if you can guess this week’s film by the following description: A recently deceased ghostly couple hires the afterlife’s leading bio-exorcist to frighten a family of social misfits from the couple’s former home. But when he becomes too much to handle, the ghostly pair enlists the help of a dark and brooding teenager to banish the ghoul from their home in this supernatural comedy.

ALL WEEKEND

City Produce is now open – check their FB page for the latest farm fresh goodies.

Warbington Farms Play Park – Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

April 26 – May 1 – Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consigment Event at Lakewood 400 Antique Market, 1321 ATLANTA HWY (HWY 9) in Cumming, GA. Rhea Lana’s is a semi-annual (one in spring and one in fall) children’s consignment event. We provides families the opportunity shop for and/or sell their gently used, excellent quality children’s clothing, baby equipment, furniture, shoes, toys, maternity clothes and much much more.

Saturday, April 26th 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 27th 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Monday, April 28th 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday, April 29th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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.

#1 – RECYCLE
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:
Glass
Paper
Steel
Aluminum
Plastic

#2 – COMPOST
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:
Vegetables
Fruit
Eggshells
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:
Carrots
Beans
Lettuce
Cucumber
Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

#4 – VOLUNTEER
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

 

 

 

#5 – EXPLORE
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.

2014 Summer Camps and Vacation Bible Schools for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

It’s hard to think about summer camps already, but it is just a few months away!

Here is this year’s roundup of 2014 kids summer day camps and vacation bible schools 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!

March and April are good planning months as 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.

Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

Churches in the area host vacation bible school (VBS) as well as summer camps for kids:

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County. Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other area high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

There are also specialty camps like Swim Atlanta. Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps. Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

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!

Summer camp dates:
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 3-12, June 2-5
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 3-12, June 9-12
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 12-25, June 16-19
Western beginner, June 23-27
Western intermediate, July 7-11
Adult camp beginner, July 26/27
Adult camp intermediate, Aug 2/3

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Campssports and specialty camps (PDF) all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 2 – 6
Art Camp June 9 – 13, June 16 – 20 by age level
Community Service Camp, June 17 – 19
“I Got the Music in Me” Camp, July 7 – 10
Cooking Camp, July 8 & 9
Kupcake Kamp, July 10 & 11
Science/STEM Camp June 23  – 27 & July 21 – 25

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2014 – there are two sessions June 2 – 6 and June 9 – 13. 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 FABULOUS 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 – You can now sign up online for your kids aged 8 – 12 to attend Summer Farm Camp, which will be held at the farm from June 23rd – 27th. Farm Camp hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with extended hours available for an additional fee. The cost is $275.00 per child. A deposit of $150.00 is due by June 1 with the balance due on June 10. Children should bring a healthy lunch each day.

They will prepare food from the farm produce for snacks. Cane Creek Farm is a wonderful place for children to “unplug,” experience nature, and learn where food really comes from. The week-long Farm Camp gives children the opportunity to experience life on a sustainable farm by participating in activities such as feeding chickens and gathering eggs, making compost, learning about pollinators and other beneficial insects, planting seeds, harvesting fruits and vegetables, and preparing fresh-picked produce for tasty snacks. In addition, campers will gain a sense of place by exploring creeks, fields, and forests while becoming familiar with the plants and animals that live in our area of Georgia. And of course, they will have plenty of room to run and have fun being children!

A friend recommended Camp Kerusso as her kids went there last summer (1st – 5th grade). It is located off Pilgrim Mill Road at Camp Lanier on FAA Road. Camp Kerusso dates are the weeks of June 2nd, 23rd and 30th, and July 21st and 28th!  It is from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Some sessions are sold out.

Kids and Pros Football Camp in Cumming, GA from June 9 – 11, 2014.

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
WHEN: June 9th-13th, June 23rd-27th, July 21st- July 25th, July 28th – August1st.
FULL DAY CAMP: 9am – 3pm
HALF-DAY CAMP: 9am – 12pm
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

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

The Girl Scouts have a North, Central and South Forsyth Division. The camps are held at Camp Lanier on FAA Road off Pilgrim Mill Road at Lake Lanier. They also have other day camps and sleepaway camps.

  • Central Forsyth Day Camp Camp Polly Poons – June – FULL
  • ARTrageous Girl Scout Camp July 7 – July 11 – FULL – has openings for camp aides and adult volunteers.  Contact Christine Cooper at clcooper2006 @ netscape . net for additional information regarding openings.
  • North Forsyth Day Camp – Camp 1912  – July 14 – July 18 – still has openings (as of June 1, 2014) for girls, camp aides and adult volunteers.  Please contact Nichole Hernandez efrainnichole @ yahoo . com  if you are interested in having your daughter join in all of the fun.
  • Other Camps sponsored by local Girl Scout Service Units
  • Council operated Residence Camps (overnight)
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta – see for full list

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 11th Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. $10.00 off for Registrations before March 31! www.artistic-adventures.com/summer-camps.html 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com June 4 – August 3 (Weekly)

Uniquely Inspired – sign up your child for a day or for the week! Summer camp schedule is available online. Painting pottery, canvas painting and fun crafts will bring out your child’s creative side. Camps are available the weeks of June 9, June 23, July 14 and July 28, 2014.

Camp Primrose at Primrose School of Alpharetta East – Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events and field trips keep your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement, enthusiasm and creativity! 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005. (678) 339-0107.

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.

2013 Summer Fantasy Camp
3 hour Camp per day, one craft per day, snack per day, ballet movie time, dance classes and creative movement, summer camp t-shirt. Ballet Only: 2-3 year olds, Ballet & Tap: Late 3-4 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 5-6 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 6-8 year olds

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 County Fire Camp – TBD

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Broadway Bootcamp June 9 – 13, The Mikado June 9 – 13, Middle/High School Summer Stock Theater June 16 – 27, Elementary Summer Stock Theater July 14 – 18, Forsyth Idol July 14 – 17.

Forsyth Youth Orchestra Summer Camp – June 28 – July 4, 2014 – the FYO is having its second summer camp at the Brennan-Heard house in downtown Cumming, GA. Camp will end with a celebration on July 4 with a sunset concert at Veterans Memorial Park in Cumming, GA. Open to string players (violin, viola, cello and bass) from elementary to high school students and must be able to read music. For more information, visit the FYO website or contact Corina Brito at 678-485-4665.

All Sports Camp – at Rock Creek Park off Hwy 9 on the Forsyth/Dawson line-it is offered 2 weeks-June 9-13 and June 23-27-times are 9-3 cost is $95-extended care from 8-4 is available for an extra $15

Checking local publications like Atlanta Moms and Atlanta Parent magazine might also offer some camp options. Up in Cumming magazine also has a great directory for summer camps.

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

 

 

 

Summer Camps and Vacation Bible School for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

Summer will be here in a few weeks (agh!) and it is time to start planning summer camps for the kids.

Here is this year’s roundup of 2013 kids summer day camps and vacation bible schools 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.

March and April are good planning months as 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.

Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

Churches in the area host vacation bible school (VBS) as well as summer camps for kids:

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County.

Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

There are also specialty camps like Swim Atlanta. Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

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

Camp Invention is an educator-led science and learning camp. Grades one through six in a weeklong camp. Sessions at many local schools. Check website for full listing and pricing details.

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

Cane Creek Farm: You can now sign up online for your kids aged 8 – 12 to attend Summer Farm Camp, which will be held at the farm from June 10th – 14th. Farm Camp hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with extended hours available for an additional fee. The cost is $275.00 per child. A deposit of $150.00 is due by June 1 with the balance due on June 10. Children should bring a healthy lunch each day. We will prepare food from the farm produce for snacks.

A friend recommended Camp Kerusso as her kids went there last summer (1st – 5th grade). It is located off Pilgrim Mill Road at Camp Lanier. Camp Kerusso dates are the weeks of June 3rd and 24th, and July 1st and 22nd!  It is from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Kids and Pros Football Camp in Cumming, GA from June 10 – 13, 2013.

United Futbol Academy summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

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

The Girl Scouts have a North, Central and South Forsyth Division. The camps are held at Camp Lanier on FAA Road off Pilgrim Mill Road at Lake Lanier. They also have other day camps and sleepaway camps.

  • Central Forsyth Day Camp Camp Polly Poons – Session 1:  June 10-14, 2013 – Goddess Boot Camp
  • South Forsyth Day Camp  – June 17 – 22, 2013 – The Girl Scout Games
  • Camp Polly Poons – Session 2 (New):  July 8 – 12, 2013 – Artrageous
  • North Forsyth Day Camp  – July 15 – 19, 2013 – Pirate Camp
  • Other Camps sponsored by local Girl Scout Service Units
  • Council operated Residence Camps (overnight)
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta – see for full list

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 11th Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. $10.00 off for Registrations before March 31! www.artistic-adventures.com/summer-camps.html 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com June 4 – August 3 (Weekly)

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

2013 Summer Dance Intensive
Fancy Nancy: 2nd-3rd Grade, July 8-July 12
Neverland 4th: 5th Grade, July 8-July 12
Heros vs. Villians 6th: 8th Grade, July 15-July 19
Through the Decades: 9th-12th Grade, July 15-July 19
Jr. l Sr. l Adult Conditioning Stretch, July 15-July 19

2013 Summer Fantasy Camp
3 hour Camp per day, one craft per day, oe snack per day, ballet movie time, dance classes and creative movement, summer camp t-shirt.
Camp Dates & Schedules: July 8- July 12; July 22- July 26
Ballet Only: 2-3 year olds, Ballet & Tap: Late 3-4 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 5-6 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 6-8 year olds

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com, June 10-13, June 24-28, July 8-11, July 15-19, July 22-26

Forsyth County Fire Camp

Fire Camp, which is for students entering sixth grade in August 2013, will be held Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14.   Junior Fire Academy, which is for students entering seventh and eighth grade in August 2013, will be held Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28.  Both camps are free. Both camps will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Department Headquarters at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex on Settingdown Road. Campers may be dropped off at the camp location after 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 5 p.m.  Those interested in attending Fire Camp or Junior Fire Academy must submit a completed application by May 1, 2013. Click here for the application. Space for the camp programs is limited.

Forsyth Youth Orchestra Summer Camp – June 29 – July 4, 2013 – the FYO is having its first summer camp at the Brennan-Heard house in downtown Cumming, GA. Camp will end with a celebration on July 4 with a sunset concert at Veterans Memorial Park in Cumming, GA. Open to string players (violin, viola, cello and bass) from elementary to high school students and must be able to read music. For more information, visit the FYO website or contact Corina Brito at 678-485-4665.

Checking local publications like Atlanta Moms and Atlanta Parent magazine might also offer some camp options. Up in Cumming magazine also has a great directory for summer camps.

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

Summer Camps and Vacation Bible Schools for Kids in Forsyth County, GA.

Summer will be here in a few weeks and sounds of “Mom, I’m bored!” will permeate the air.

In a panic, I set forth to find out what summer day camps there are in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

April is a good planning month as deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups.Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

Churches in the area host vacation bible school (VBS) as well as summer camps for kids:

Summer Camps

brecht stables horseback riding campThe Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long.

There are also specialty camps like Swim Atlanta. Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps.

Camp Invention is an educator-led science and learning camp. Grades one through six in a weeklong camp. Two sessions: The CREATE program at Cumming Elementary from June 18 – 22, 2012 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm and the ENVISION program at Sharon Elementary from June 25 – 29, 2012 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Cost is $215.00 per session.

Summer Enriched Technology Programs at Whitlow Elementary and Liberty Middle Schools.

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

Cane Creek Farm: You can now sign up online for your kids aged 8 – 12 to attend Summer Farm Camp, which will be held at the farm from June 11th – 15th.

A friend recommended Camp Kerusso as her kids went there last summer (1st – 5th grade). It is located off Pilgrim Mill Road at Camp Lanier. Camp Kerusso dates are the weeks of June 4th and 25th, and July 16th and 23rd!  It is from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Kids and Pros Football Camp in Cumming, GA from June 11 – 14, 2012.

United Futbol Academy summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

Pure Fashion Summer Camp 2012 at Pinecrest Academy from June 25 – 29 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The cost is $200.00 and the camp is for rising 4th through 8th grade girls. Pure Fashion models are taught the foundational skills of becoming confident, competent leaders in their schools and communities. With training sessions focusing on topics such as table manners, social etiquette and public speaking skills, Pure Fashion models will learn the basics of growing into distinguished, capable and respectful young women. Pure Fashion models will also be taught the art of makeup and hairstyling, all the while remembering that grace, decency and dignity are our greatest adornments.

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

The Girl Scouts have a North, Central and South Forsyth Division. The camps offered are:

Checking local publications like Atlanta Moms and Atlanta Parent magazine might also offer some camp options. Up in Cumming magazine also has a great directory for summer camps.

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

Take a Family Hike at Sawnee Mountain Preserve

Last weekend, my family and I went to Sawnee Mountain Preserve and hiked to the top of the mountain. The hike we took was 1.6 miles one way and the climb was gradual, which is good for children. Our daughters are 7 and 4 and they did not have any problems with the hike. At the top, the view was spectacular and we saw the “Indian Seats” or rocks that are at the top.

After the hike we had a picnic lunch and sat at a picnic table. The kids played on the playground and we checked out the facilities. It was a wonderful and clean place and we will definitely return!

Sawnee Mountain Preserve

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers 720-acres of scenic mountain space. The views of the Appalachian Mountains from the top of Sawnee are some of the most spectacular in the state. Sawnee Mountain offers plenty of activities, including rock climbing, more than 3 miles of nature trails, environmental education and picnicking.

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