New Kindermusik Studio Opens in Cumming, Georgia

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

New Kindermusik Studio Opens in Cumming, Georgia

Kindermusik uses award-winning, research-based curricula and world-class educators to provide engaging musical learning experiences during the years most critical to brain development.

After completing a comprehensive training program that incorporates education in child development and music concepts from Kindermusik International, Erica Culbertson has received her Kindermusik license and has opened a studio named Growing Musicians LLC in Cumming. (Classes are held at Cumming First United Methodist Church.) Now trained to tap into the different developmental stages and learning styles of children, Culbertson is poised to bring the power and joy of music-based learning to the children and families of Forsyth County, and make available the long-lasting and far-reaching benefits to all areas of development – physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Culbertson says, “In addition to the full-brain benefits Kindermusik offers, classes are playful and fun — allowing children and their parents or caregivers to socialize and make friends.”

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

Since 1978, more than two million families in over 70 countries have enjoyed Kindermusik music and movement classes, beginning as early as their first infant months. Classes involve a mixture of singing, instrument play, dancing and movement, storytime, and other activities that help young children and their families discover how music can enrich their lives and build a strong foundation for a lifetime love of learning.

Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik’s curriculum is built on this research.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

A few key benefits to the classes:
• Activities are designed to develop and strengthen a child’s physical and neural functions, social-emotional skills, early literacy, early math, and much more.
• The style of the class allows for parent/child bonding moments. This bonding boosts learning. Music and movement classes can spark learning in young children, and when done in conjunction with a parent, can help build bonds between parent and child.
• Parents are granted access to Kindermusik Online to continue the musical play and learning at home or on-the-go, as well as provide valuable resources for great parenting.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

“Kindermusik classes give parents the opportunity to engage in safe, fun and developmentally appropriate music-and-movement experiences with children ages newborn to seven,” said Scott Kinsey, President of Kindermusik International. “Our educators are our most vital asset to the success of Kindermusik, and we welcome Erica to our Kindermusik community.”

According to a 2005 Harris Interactive poll, 99 percent of Kindermusik parents would recommend the program to other parents. Parents are encouraged to enroll or try a preview class at the new Kindermusik.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

About Kindermusik International:

Kindermusik International is the world’s leading provider of music, movement and literacy programs for young children, enjoyed by more than two million families in over 70 countries. For more than 35 years, Kindermusik has helped children and their families discover how music can enrich their lives and lay the foundation for a lifetime love of learning. Kindermusik offers developmentally-specific educational programs for children ages newborn to seven. Kindermusik curricula is taught by the best educators in the best schools and studios world-wide. Visit Kindermusik.com to learn more about Kindermusik early childhood programs and music classes for kids.

Connect with Kindermusik at Growing Musicians LLC:
Website: www.GrowingMusicians.Kindermusik.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GrowingMusiciansLLC
Instagram: www.instagram.com/growingmusicians

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

10 Things to do this Fall in Forsyth County

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

Hands down – Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the pumpkin flavored everything, football snacks, and much more! And as we thought about it there are a lot of fun things to do in Forsyth county this Fall. So we have put together a list of 10 Things to Do in Forsyth County this Fall.

Here is our list in no particular order:

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1. Go to a High School Football Game:  These games are full of energy and a really fun evening to support our local teams. The tickets are fairly inexpensive and the kids think they’re at a big game. For updated schedules, click here.

 

2. The Cumming Fair:  Oh how much fun the Fair is! The annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival will be in town in for 11 days. This is a MUST DO! Click here for information on the 2017 Cumming Country Fair!

Kinsey Family Farm

3. Kinsey Family Farm:  The Kinsey Farm is opens September 30th for its Fall & Pumpkin Season.  They’ll be open for all their Fall Activities until October 31st.  This is one of our family favorites every Fall season.  Click here for more information.

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4. Warbington Farms:  Don’t make the mistake of associating Warbington Farms with strawberry fields only.  They have lots of fun pumpkin activities and this year they’re offering a CORN MAZE too!  Plus fall activities like Pumpkins, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Farm Fun, and so much more!  Click here for more information.

5. Fall Festivals:  This season is FULL of festivals at churches, schools, and businesses through Forsyth County.  Our calendar is already packed with lots of events going on but as we get closer, more and more will be added.  Click here to view the Calendar of Events.

And if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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6. Drive around: This sounds silly but it’s so much fun to simply drive around and check out the leaves. The leaves so beautiful this time of year. This was an idea from our high school student intern and contributing writer, Christina. Read more of her ideas by clicking here. 

7. Haunted Fun:  As we get closer to Halloween there will be plenty of fun Haunted Houses to visit here in Forsyth County. We’ll definitely have a list ready to go as it gets closer.  And again, if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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8. Pumpkin Picking:  Sure you can pick up a pumpkin almost anywhere, but make it special – try one of the local “pumpkin patches” & help support a local organization, ministry or business.   As the season comes into full swing, pumpkins can be purchased at Kinsey Family Farm, Warbington Farms, and also Cumming First United Methodist Church and Midway United Methodist Church have “patches” in their yards too.

9. Forsyth County Playgrounds:  Personally, I feel that Fall is the best time to be outside. Nice cool breeze, sun shining, it’s not too hot but not too cold.  This fall we would love for you to enjoy this weather at some of the Forsyth County Parks.  Click here for a listing and for some personal thoughts on some of them too.

10. Fall Fun at Your House: There are plenty of super fun things to do at home this Fall. Rake up the leaves to jump in & play, bake fall treats, make some fun fall crafts with the kids, decorate some pumpkins, camp in your back yard or make a fun fort in the living room.  Just spend time together and enjoy one another! Check out our All Things Autumn Pinterest Board by clicking here. Need snack ideas for days spent watching football? Here’s some for you!

BONUS IDEA: Travel just a little further north for some great Apple Picking or get lost in a Corn Maze!  Apple Picking | Corn Mazes

ANOTHER BONUS IDEA: Find 40+ things to do this Fall all over Georgia from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family. Click here

What would you add to this list?

Disclaimer: We do our best to provide accurate, useful information about events, activities and small business within Cumming & Forsyth County. Information (including times and locations) is gathered from various sources. We always attempt to confirm details before published. It is possible that details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our articles to the source and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. Cumming Local is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site or for any errors & omissions.

Photo sources: Leaves, Bench at park

Apple Picking Near Cumming GA

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Apple Picking Near Cumming GA

It’s apple u-pick season in Ellijay and North GA!!   We have a list of a few places to pick your own apples near Cumming, GA. Maybe a day trip and hitting all of them is the best plan?

Note:  U-pick is typically on the weekend (although the orchard may be open every day) and always weather permitting.  Activities and offerings at each farm vary.  We link directly to the orchard so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

  1. Mercier Orchards
    Scheduled Opening: Open now
    Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge GA 30513
    Click here for more information
  2. BJ Reece Orchards:
    Scheduled Opening:  Open now through October 29th
    Address:  9131 Highway 52 East, Ellijay GA 30536
    Click here for more information
  3. Hillcrest Orchards:
    Scheduled Opening:  Open now through October 29h
    Address:  9696 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay GA 30536
    Click here for more information
  4. Red Apple Barn:
    Scheduled Opening: Open now through October 29th
    Address:  3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay GA 30540
    Click here for more information
  5. Panorama Orchards: (Note: you can’t pick them here but you can buy delicious fresh apples and other goodies)
    Scheduled Opening: Open now
    Address: Hwy 515 South, 63 Talona Spur, Ellijay, GA 30540
    Click here for more information

Don’t Miss Out On These Apple-Themed Events:

Georgia Apple Festival
Dates: October 14th – 15th, October 21st – 22nd
Address: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
Click here for more information 

Apple Festival Parade
Dates: October 21st – 10am
Address: Downtown Ellijay
Click here for more information 

Apple Arts – Arts & Crafts
Dates: October 14th/15th & 21st/22nd – 9am-5pm
Address: Downtown Ellijay
Click here for more information 

There are LOTS more Apple-Themed events in Ellijay. Click here to see all of them.

Last but not least, be sure to check out the 10 Best Places for Apple Picking  in Georgia from 365 Atlanta Family.

2017 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

2017 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

It’s that time of year once again for the Cumming Fair & Festival which begins on Thursday, October 5th and ends on Sunday, October 15th. This year marks the 23rd year for the fair that began as a 5-day fair and now has grown to an 11-day event!

Just thinking about the fair makes my mouth water for all the delicious fair food – cotton candy, fresh popcorn, funnel cakes, giant turkey legs, and don’t forget about the deep fried Snickers or Oreos. The calories eaten at the Fair don’t count, right?

We can’t forget about the rides and games! The famous James H. Drew Exposition returns with the world’s most progressive midway. The Cumming Fair & Festival brings over 40 rides and numerous games. It really is fun for all!

Don’t miss out on the 11 days of family fun!

 

Dates: October 5-15, 2017
Times: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 10pm
Friday, 4pm – Midnight
Saturday, 10am – Midnight
Sunday, 12:30pm – 9pm
Location: The Cumming Fairgrounds

*No Alcohol, Pets, or Coolers Allowed

Admission Prices:

10 Years Old and Under: FREE
11 Years Old and Up: $7
All Parking: $5

Learn more about the rides (and ticket prices), local entertainment, Heritage Village, ground acts & concerts on the Cumming Fair Facebook page.

Once again, a great line up & some great specials are being offered:

*subject to change – accurate at time of publishing – verify all information here*

Thursday, October 5th:

  • FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
  • $20 Pay One-Price Rides (unlimited rides – $20/ person)
  • School Scarecrow & Giant Pumpkin Competition Awards Ceremony 7pm

Friday, October 6th:

  • Concert: Kellie Pickler in Concert at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Saturday, October 7th:

  • FREE Admission & rides from 10am to 11am (all ages)
  • $30 per person for unlimited rides. All Ages. 11am to 3pm (must purchase 11am to 3pm – valid all day)
  • 2017 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant, 10am-1pm.

Sunday, October 8th:

  • Senior Citizen Day – FREE Admission for ages 55 & up.
  • Free Admission & Rides for Students (18 & under) with coupon – 12:30pm to 2pm
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)

Monday, October 9th:

  • Student Night – FREE Admission 18 & under.
  • $15 Unlimited Rides (all ages)

Tuesday, October 10th:

  • Unlimited rides for $20 (all ages)
  • Concert: Gene Watson at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Wednesday, October 11th:

  • FREE Admission Compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (all ages)
  • $20 Unlimited Rides (all ages)
  • Marvel Superheros Shows – 5pm & 7:30pm
  • CHOA Parade at 6pm

Thursday, October 12th:

  • Concert: Thompson Square at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Friday, October 13th:

  • FREE Admission after 9pm with a valid High School Football Ticket Stub (Please note: The ticket stub must be for 10/13/17)

Saturday, October 14th:

  • FREE Admission AND Rides (all ages). 10am – 11am
  • Unlimited rides for $30 per person. Must purchase b/n 11am – 3pm but valid all day.
  • Chainsaw Carving Auction: 7pm Show
  • American Bull Riding Tour: 8pm Show

Sunday, October 15th – Last Chance to Visit the Fair!

  • FREE Students Admission (18 & Under) and Rides with school coupon. 12:30 – 2pm.
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)
  • American Bullriders Tour: 6pm
  • Heroes Day: All Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders and All Active, Reserved or Retired Military are admitted FREE with Valid ID.

All information believed to be accurate at time of posting. For official information, please visit The Cumming Fair online.

Kinsey Family Farm: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

 

Kinsey Family Farm: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

Fall in Forsyth County means it’s time to make a stop at Kinsey Family Farm! This year’s opening is Saturday, September 30th!

Make a morning or an afternoon out of the fun on the farm – not only can you pick out the perfect pumpkin, but you can also enjoy a hayride, feed the catfish or farm animals, shop in the Fall Harvest Shop, and definitely get some great “pumpkin” photos with the family!

You’ll find all sorts of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes! Kinsey Farm has delicious “pie” pumpkins and gourds too.

Fall activities include:

  • Hay Rides: $3 per person (children 2 & under are free). Hours vary. Check their fall activity page for information.
  • Barn Animals & Fish Feeding: These are HUGE and my kids have always loved feeding them in the past! You’ll also find an animal pavilion to feed the farm animals as well.
  • Picnic Area: There is no charge to use this area, so bring your own lunch or purchase some snacks and drinks in the concession area and enjoy a meal or snack on the farm. We always enjoy the caramel apples and boiled peanuts! (Note – they are nut-free until October 1st)

And don’t forget to stop in the Fall Harvest Shop before you leave. You will find apples, honey, salsa, jams, preserves, fall decor & MUCH more!

Fall Hours From September 30th – October 31st:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Visit the Kinsey Family Farm Fall Activity Page for More Information.

{Tip: Kinsey Family Farm is one of our favorite places to take pictures. It’s absolutely gorgeous there! See pictures below for an example…} 

More Information:

Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

770.887.6028
Kinsey Family Farm Online
Kinsey Family Farm on Facebook

Warbington Farms: Open for 2017 Fall Season

Warbington Farms: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

Did you know that Warbington Farms is a three generation farm? It is! Over the last 7 years, the farm has changed quite a bit. They used to mainly be an egg operation. But now it’s a great place for the whole family!

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017  Warbington Farms will open for the Fall & Pumpkin Season. You can plan to go get pumpkins but also enjoy tons of fall activities. They also have lots of special events through the fall season. You can check those events out by clicking here.

Fall Activities Include:

  • Corn maze
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Hay rides to feed the cows
  • Petting Zoo
  • Corn Crib
  • And much more!

Activity Fees:

  • No Cost for Pumpkin Patch Entrance (pumpkin prices vary)
  • Farm Fun Park Pricing: 
    $10 Per Person
    Under 3 are FREE
    Senior Citizen discounts available

*Pricing, Dates & Time may change – follow Warbington on Facebook for updates

Fall Hours From September 16th through November 4th:

Monday – Thursday: Closed to Public
Friday & Saturday:  10am-10pm
Sunday:  10am-5pm

Warbington Farms

Warbington Farms has TONS of Fall Themed Special Events. Click here to read about all of them!

 More Information on Warbington Farms:

warbington farms fall season cumming ga

 

Warbington Farms
5555 Crow Road
Cumming, GA

770.889-1515
Warbington Farms Online
Warbington Farms on Facebook

Cumming Recreation & Parks: Fall/Winter Program Registration {2017-2018}

Cumming Recreation & Parks

Cumming Recreation & Parks:  Fall/Winter Program Registration {2017-2018}

The new Fall/ Winter Registration guide for the Cumming Recreation & Parks 2017-2018 Year is currently available.

Please Note: registration opens August 21st!

This guide is filled with opportunities for youth & adults to participate in activities such as:

  • Aerobics & Fitness
  • Art
  • Youth Basketball
  • Self-Defense
  • Tennis
  • Guitar
  • Gymnastics & Tumbling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • & SO MUCH MORE!

You can register by mail, online, or walk-in at the Pilgrim Mill location for any of the Cumming Recreation & Parks activities.

Birthday Parties

Cumming Recreation & Parks

*Also, did you know that you can have a birthday party at many of the City of Cumming Recreation & Parks locations. We recently attended a gymnastic themed birthday party at Dobbs Creek. It was super cute, easy for the parents hosting, and fun for the kids!*

Find out more about birthday party places by clicking here

Cumming Recreation & Parks

Multipurpose Room

Meeting Rooms are available in to rent in 2-hour blocks for 1- and 2-room reservations; 3- and 4-room reservations are available in half-day (4 hours) and full-day (8 hours) blocks only; Pavilions are available in 2-hour blocks; maximum booking of 8 hours daily. The meeting rooms can be opened up to provide one 70’x70’ room or divided by partitions into 4 35’x35’ rooms. The price ranges from $175 and up depending on size and the time needed.

More Information on Renting the Multipurpose Room by Clicking Here

Cumming Recreation And Parks Department

Address: P.O. Box 34 (mail) or 410 Pilgrim Mill Road Cumming, GA 30028
Phone (770) 781-2030
Connect Online: Website | Facebook

Monday through Friday (Hours: 8:30am — 4:30pm)

Cumming Recreation & Parks

Press Release – Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for A Matter of Motivation

 

“It’s All Connected Expo” and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Cumming, GA. A Matter of Motivation LLC is hosting an Expo to celebrate their recent expansion.

The free 4-hour business expo will feature vendors, motivational training, a fashion show, headshots, door prizes, food and much more!
For twenty years, A Matter of Motivation Founder Jackie Martin has been training, coaching, and speaking to business owners and their teams on how to better communicate and connect with themselves and each other. As the number of disengaged employees in the US continues to rise, Martin is more passionate than ever about helping leaders build a more connected, productive and fulfilling workplace.

To meet that need, Martin is expanding both her team and her training offerings. Now with five skilled trainers, Martin rolls out new workshops and seminars that serve to create more engaged working environments. It’s all under her signature series called “Connected U” and is relevant for individuals, entrepreneurs, civic and non-profit boards, small businesses and corporate teams. Some of the transformational training will be demonstrated at the It’s All Connected Expo.

At the Expo guests can also expect a fashion show, more than twenty local vendors, door prizes, headshot opportunities, food, and mini-training. The A Matter of Motivation team will also be available to do free personal coaching and training moments throughout the event.
“We know sometimes you need a dose of motivation to get through your next task. We will all be available throughout the event to give you the motivation you need. Talk to any of the team about a challenge you need clarity on, we love to assist in growth – after all, we are all connected!” said Agenna Mathley, trainer and coach.

The Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce will kick off the event with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30. Please let us know you will be joining us, RSVP here.

It’s All Connected Expo and Ribbon Cutting
August 16, 2017
Fowler Park Community Center
4-8p

Atlanta Bread & Bar Grand Opening in Cumming GA

 

Grand Opening Event for New Atlanta Bread & Bar, New Prototype with Event Featuring Food, Giveaways and Live Music

Atlanta Bread & Bar, featuring Atlanta Bread’s new fast casual café prototype and design, announces its Grand Opening celebration, taking place Saturday, July 29. The new Atlanta Bread & Bar, located at The Collection at Forsyth in Cumming, Ga., will host an all-day event, including free sandwiches to the first 50 guests starting at 11 a.m.; face painting, raffles, food, giveaways throughout the afternoon, and live music starting at 6:30 p.m. The one-of-a-kind location features a modern, rustic design, presentation-ready conference room, beer and wine bar, art wall featuring local high school student’s work, patio dining and more.

WHAT: Grand Opening Celebration, which includes:
– 6:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Buy one get one free breakfast sandwich (limit 3 per guest)
– 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Free cookies to all kids under 12
– 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Face painting
– 11:00 – First 50 customers receive free chicken salad sandwich
– 12:00 p.m.: Raffle drawing
– 2:00 p.m.: Raffle drawing
– 4:00 p.m.: Raffle drawing
– 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Live music

WHEN: Saturday, July 29 from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Atlanta Bread at The Collection
410 Peachtree Pkwy. Suite 116
Cumming, GA 30041

WHO: The new Atlanta Bread & Bar is owned and operated by local Cumming residents Dean and Kelly Ditmar. The Ditmars also recently acquired Atlanta Bread locations in Dunwoody, Roswell, and an additional Cumming location.


About Atlanta Bread:
In 1993, Atlanta Bread began as a small sandwich café in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga. Known for its fine ingredients and exceptional sandwiches, salads, soups and pastries, it quickly became a fast-growing concept that satisfied appetites with fresh, quality food in a casual, friendly setting. Building on its 23-year heritage, the company recently launched a major brand revitalization designed to honor its customers and community crafting delicious food and offering it in home-like surroundings through its local owners. Customers who treasure Atlanta Bread can enjoy the items they’ve always known, while exploring new additions to the menu that are fresh, flavorful and filled with ingredients that can be eaten every day.

Kid Care Expo – Free Community Event – August 19 2017

Kid Care Expo

Register Today For The Kid Care Expo

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could interview multiple pediatric practices and specialists in one place? Or understand what a pediatric therapist does? Are there any trusted, reputable daycare facilities near you?

Kid Care Expo is a community outreach program designed to help parents in the North Atlanta region meet and greet healthcare providers and other child specific community resources face to face. This event is perfect for picking a pediatrician, dentist, or pediatric specialist for your child.

This event is FREE and VIP bags are going fast. Reserve yours today!

  • First 100 Registrants will receive a FREE VIP bag with healthcare products and prizes
  • FREE Raffle for all attendees! You could win prizes for new parents, babies, toddlers, children, and teens.
  • Visit The Education Stage for a talk about special healthcare concerns from area specialists
This is a sneak peek into the VIP bag goodies!

This event is for ALL families from pregnant first time parents to parents of teens and young adults. And it’s completely FREE.

When: Saturday, August 19th 9am-1pm

Where: Lanier Technical Institute -3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Cumming, GA 30041

INSIDER INFORMATION: There will be a TOUCH-A TRUCK there for the kids to experience the ins and outs of a police car, a fire truck & an ambulance

Get your FREE Ticket by clicking here!

Hosted by Pediatrician Hiral Lavania, MD of One Family Pediatrics

Dr. Lavania has launched this health service campaign to help parents find pediatric healthcare providers across specialties. The Kid Care Expo is the first event of its kind in Forsyth County. Both primary care physicians and specialists will be at this event to meet with parents about the healthcare needs of their children. Special therapist such as speech-language pathologists, nutritionists, lactation consultants, physical therapists, and occupational therapists are also included at this event.

“Parents want health care services but find it difficult to research, meet, and interview every healthcare provider their child may need. The Kid Care Expo will provide them a chance to do all these things at once,” Lavania says. The event is also an opportunity to learn about health challenges from head lice and ear infections to health issues facing special needs children and learning differences. The Kid Care Expo will have a variety of experts speaking on the Education Stage throughout the event.

Some of the healthcare providers and facilities that will be represented include Northside Hospital, One Family Pediatrics, Oasis Lactation Services, Pediatric ENT of Atlanta, Building Bridges Therapy, ReClif Academy, The Marcus Autism Center, Dare 2 Care Pediatrics, and Sharon Springs Dental.