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Mental Health Awareness Month

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October is Mental Health Awareness month. We are so blessed to have our contributing writer, Morgan, shed light on this subject.

According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health refers to the emotional, physiological, and social well-being of an adult, teenager, or child, and because mental health awareness month is quickly approaching, I deemed it necessary to shed light on this vital but somehow ignored subject. As a 17-year-old girl, I can’t say that this issue has never affected me. I can’t say that I’ve never stayed up all night, tossing, turning, and hoping that maybe, when the first ray of sun strikes the Earth’s surface the next morning, these statistics will improve. I can’t say that these issues that are deemed unimportant by society are not a part of my story. I think that whether we’ve personally experienced it or watched a loved one fight the battle to recovery, mental health issues and awareness have meaning in everyone’s lives. Whether we all want to admit it or not, this issue is more relevant now than ever before.

In a recent study on mental health, The National Alliance on Mental Illness found that approximately 43.8 million adults in the US experience illness every year. Approximately 1 and 5 adolescents 13-18 experience this at some point in their lives, and 13% of children are likely to have undergone some type of mental problem as well. In 2015, NAMI found that 8% of teenagers live with anxiety, 11% with a mood disorder, and 10% with a conduct disorder. Additionally, a shocking 20% of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood, and finally, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among my generation, with a young person taking his or her life every 100 minutes.

Mental health is not something to be ignored. Among this generation alone, the population of those who have struggled with this detrimental issue has grown exponentially, and the numbers continue to climb. However, there is something you can do to help.

Spread awareness. Let victims know that they are not alone, and help them seek the appropriate help. Most mental illnesses are treatable, and with the proper help from doctors and therapists, victims can be completely cured. For more information about the importance of this topic, please visit www.mentalhealth.gov.


Morgan Champion is an ambitious North Forsyth High School senior who believes in the power of serving others, reaching for her dreams, and having a positive attitude—no matter her circumstances. Besides writing for “Cumming Local,” Morgan enjoys volunteering at her church, at the Forsyth County Peer Court, and at various clubs and organizations throughout her school.

To read more about Morgan and our other contributing writers, click here

Libraries Hosting Diwali And Star Wars Events Sunday

Libraries Hosting Diwali And Star Wars Events Sunday

Sunday, October 15 will be a busy day at two Forsyth County Public Library branches. The Post Road Library will host a Diwali Celebration from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Cumming Library will host Star Wars Reads Day from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“This is the fourth year we’ve hosted a Diwali program and our patrons seem to really enjoy learning about Hindu culture and customs through dance demonstrations, sampling traditional cuisine, and creating artwork and crafts,” says Cleo Joyce, Youth Services Supervisor at the Sharon Forks Library and the program’s organizer.

This Diwali Celebration is part of the library’s One World Forsyth series that highlights geography, cultural traditions and celebrations from around the world. The series is sponsored by the FCPL Friends & Advocates.

Participants can expect to immerse themselves in the customs and traditions of Diwali at this year’s celebration, says Joyce.

“We’ll have crafts, samples of Indian foods, and henna tattoos set up in the library. In the meeting room, we’ve planned dance performances from Atlanta Nritya Academy at 2:00 p.m., Darshini Natyalaya School of Indian Classical Dance at 3:00 p.m., and Maya Dance at 4:00 p.m.”

Admission to the program is free and all ages and cultures are welcome.

Later in the afternoon, Star Wars fans are invited to dress up as their favorite characters and meet members of the Georgia 501st Legion at Star Wars Reads Day at the Cumming Library.

“Star Wars Reads is a month-long celebration of epic stories and galactic adventures,” says Julie Boyd, Youth Services Supervisor at the Cumming Library.

Children, teens, and adults can get in on the fun by dressing in costume, joining in Star Wars-themed games, crafts, and Sphero droid races, checking out Star Wars books or graphic novels, and jumping into a photo with costumed characters from the Georgia 501st Legion.

“The 501st Legion is a group of volunteers who participate in public events dressed in amazingly realistic costumes. Their participation in this program is exciting for our patrons and we are so pleased to welcome them back to the library this year. This is the program you’re looking for!” adds Boyd.

Admission to Star Wars Reads Day is free and all ages are welcome to attend.

For more information on these or other upcoming events at Forsyth County Public Library, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

i9 Sports Winter League Registration Deadline: Oct 31st

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i9 Sports Winter League Line Up

i9 Sports has just opened up registration for their Winter League. Their winter line up is including: Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, and Basketball.

Registration will be open until October 31st.

The winter season is a great time to play flag football, basketball, or indoor soccer. This season is only 5-7 weeks long. There will be no games or practices from December 23rd to January 7th.

To learn more about i9 Sports, check this out – An Experience with i9 Sports.

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Below are all the details on the i9 Sports Winter League Line Up:

Flag Football (Ages 4 – 14 Boys & Girls)

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When: Sunday
Where: South Forsyth High School – 585 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, Ga. 30041
What: 7-week league starting December 3rd

 

Click HERE to Register

Indoor Soccer (Ages 3-6 Boys & Girls)

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When
: Sunday
Where: Friendship Christian School – 3160 Old Atlanta Rd. Suwanee, Ga. 30024
What: 5-week league starting January 14th

 

Click HERE to Register

Indoor Basketball (Ages 5-14 Girls & Boys)

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When: Saturday
Where: Friendship Christian School – 3160 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, Ga
What: 7-week league starting December 2nd

 

Click HERE to Register

Learn More About i9 Sports:

i9 Sportsi9 Sports offers an alternative to the hyper-competitive, win-at-all-cost culture that pervades most kids sports leagues today.

Through the i9 Sports Experience, we offer families an experience that focuses on fun, safety and convenience. Our mission is to help kids succeed in life through sports.

Connect Online with i9 Sports: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Four Authors Help Aspiring Writers At Cumming Library

 

 

Four Authors Help Aspiring Writers At Cumming Library

Local writers aspiring to publish their work can get free advice from four authors at free Forsyth Writes Together events this fall at the Cumming Library.

On Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m., author and naturalist Mark Warren will speak and sign copies of his book Secrets of the Forest Vol. 1: The Magic and Mystery of Plants and the Lore of Survival.

“Local writers will want to hear about the time Warren spent with the Cherokee people researching lore, gathering source material, and learning survival skills that add realistic detail to the Secrets of the Forest series and to his memoir, Two Winters in a Tipi,” explains Branch Manager Denise Leeson.

Warren also wrote the forthcoming Adobe Moon, the first in the Wyatt Earp, an American Odyssey trilogy of historical fiction published by Five Star, an imprint of Gale.

On Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m., authors Susan Jimison, Ray Chandler, and Daniel Lovelace will gather to share their experiences researching, writing, and publishing soldier stories.

Jimison is a supporter of organizations for veterans and author of Through the Eyes of a Tiger: The John Donovan Story, a work of WWII military non-fiction released in 2015 by Deeds Publishing.

Chandler is a journalist and Scripps News correspondent, as well as the author of The Last Days of the Confederacy in Northeast Georgia, a non-fiction account of the last days of the Civil War in northeast Georgia published by The History Press, an imprint of Arcadia Publishing.

Lovelace is a former political science professor and senior intelligence analyst, as well as the author of Tory Spy: A New York Frontier Family’s War Against the American Revolution, an account events leading to the capture and execution of Loyalist Thomas Loveless published by Heritage Books.

Following their presentations, the panel of authors will take questions from the audience. Participants may also purchase autographed books directly from the authors at the event.

“Each of these authors’ books capture the sense of uncertainty faced by both soldiers and ordinary citizens during three different wars,” says Leeson. “Aspiring writers can take their advice, research tips, and writing processes and adapt them to improve the settings, imagery, and dialogue to make their own stories come alive for readers.”

The Forsyth Writes Together series is designed to connect experienced authors with local writers and, like other services provided by Forsyth County Public Library, participation in these writing workshops is free.

“Libraries offer so much support for writers. We provide free resources like online writing tutorials, research databases and reference materials, and we even host groups for writers to share their ideas or work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback from their peers,” explains Leeson.

In addition to the Forsyth Writes Together series for adults and the Teen Writers Club at the Cumming Library, the Post Road Library also hosts a semi-monthly writing group for adults and a monthly group for teens moderated by The Last Monster author Ginger Garrett.

For more information on the Forsyth Writes Together series or other writing groups at the library, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

 

Why Do Some People Stick To A Fitness Routine While Others Fail?

Why Do Some People Stick To A Fitness Routine While Others Fail?

Today I’m sharing a post from Jill Thornton, co-owner of Cumming Strength & Fitness. She is sharing her passion with us about fitness and encouraging us all to have a healthy lifestyle. Anyone can do it!

This question has long intrigued me.

As a coach, as much as I like to think I can predict who will end up sticking around and committing to fitness, the truth is I can’t. Sometimes the least likely people get hooked, and people I expect to last years fall off the wagon.

In the last six months, I have come across a number of health transformation stories that have helped me develop a theory as to why some people commit to fitness for life while others fail.

I met a man who used to weigh 340 lb. He drank a dozen sodas a day and a pint of ice cream every night. And it wasn’t uncommon for him to eat an entire brick of processed American cheese in one sitting. Then one day in 2015, he decided to make a change. Today, he’s 205 lb. and hasn’t had a single soda or a bite of American cheese since that day two years ago when he took his health into his hands.

And I met a woman who, at the age of 69, weighed 220 lb. and could barely get off the floor. She, too, made the decision to get healthy and hasn’t looked back. A year-and-a-half-later, she’s down 50 lb., has been taken off a host of medications she was on, and can get up and down off the floor with ease.

When you hear people tell their stories of massive, long-lasting change, it’s impossible not to become inspired.

Unfortunately though, those stories aren’t the norm. They’re kind of the exception. Truth is, most people have good intentions to take real action in their lives and change but don’t ever do it. They think about wanting to change, they verbalize the need for change, and maybe they try the gym for a couple weeks or months, but it ultimately feels too hard or too overwhelming, so they fall back into their own patterns and continue to live their mediocre lives.

The question becomes: What was it that both the American-cheese addicted man and the 69-year-old woman did to be able to create lasting change in their lives?

They both told me, independent of one another, that for them to decide to commit to health and fitness, they needed to throw away the tapes in their head that told them change wasn’t possible. The tapes that told them they couldn’t do it. The tapes that told them they would fail.

Once they were able to beat the voice in their head, they were able to develop a sense of certainty, and more importantly, come to terms with the fact that their pasts were not their futures.

I have come to believe this is the difference between people who commit to fitness for life and people who don’t: Empowering versus self-limiting beliefs.

What exactly is a belief?

A belief is essentially something you feel certain about. Often, there are no solid facts or rationality behind the belief.

Most people don’t realize it’s up to us what we believe. Instead, we blindly believe our beliefs as truths and we let them limit us.

Usually, our beliefs come down to our past experiences. We assume that just because the last job interview didn’t go well, neither will this one. Or that we failed in our New Year’s resolution attempt to go to the gym three days a week in 2010, that we will fail today. This is not the case.

The former soda guzzler and the 220-lb. woman are real people. In fact, you can read about his very real story here. They’re not superhuman, made with more willpower than you. They just chose to say screw you to their unfounded beliefs and choose a new, better, path for themselves.


Jill Thornton is a mother of two, wife, and gym owner. Her passion for helping others is infectious!  She channels her passion for fitness from her athletic background as the co-owner at Cumming Strength and Fitness located just west of downtown Cumming. To learn more about Jill, click here.

Connect with Jill and Cumming Strength & Fitness: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

Top Ten Locations For Wine Tasting In North Georgia

Top Ten Locations for Wine Tasting in North Georgia

From Rose to Chardonnay to Merlot and everything in between – it’s true…I really love WINE! I really didn’t get into loving all types of wine until I was in my late twenties. But once I started learning about it, I became an even bigger fan.

I have been to countless places to taste all types of wine – red, white, etc. I have my own favorite places to go for wine tasting in North Georgia. So I thought I’d share them with you. If you have any to add – be sure to email and let me know!

{These are listed in no particular order.}

Talk of the Table

Address: 410 Peachtree Parkway #218, Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: 678-965-4003
Website: www.facebook.com/TalkOfTheTable/

Jax Fine Wine & Spirits

Address: 928 Market Pl Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: 770-888-8036
Website: www.jaxspirits.com

Johns Creek Wine & Crystal

Address: 9810 Medlock Bridge Rd #700, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Phone: 770-680-2380
Website: www.johnscreekwineandcrystal.com

Cru Food & Wine Bar

Address:  2200 1st St, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Phone: 678-248-5181
Website: www.cruawinebar.com

Canvas & Cork Wine Tasting Room and Art Gallery

Address: 90 N Meaders St, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: 706-525-1563
Website: www.canvasandcorkdahlonega.com

Three Sisters Vineyard

Address: 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: 706-865-9463
Website: www.threesistersvineyards.com

Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Address: 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: 706-867-9862
Website: www.wolfmountainvineyards.com

Frogtown Cellars

Address: 700 Ridge Point Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: 706-865-0687
Website: www.frogtown.us

Cavender Creek Vineyards

Address: 3610 Cavender Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: 706-867-7700
Website: http://cavendercreekvineyards.com

Cartecay Vineyards

Address: 5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
Phone: 706-698-9463
Website: http://www.cartecayvineyards.com

Kaya Vineyard & Winery

Address: 5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: 706-219-3514
Website: www.kayavineyards.com

Do you have a favorite place to go for wine tasting in North Georgia?


Rachael Walkup has lived in North Georgia all her life. Since 2006 – The Walkup family has made Forsyth County their home. Along with being a wife and mom, Rachael is an avid blogger, social media expert, and owner of CummingLocal.com. Her time is spent promoting local events and small businesses in North Georgia.  With a background in Marketing and Sales, coupled with her experience in Project Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Rachael offers consultations and classes to help clients reach their fullest potential.

Premier Doula Service in Cumming GA

Premier Doula Service in Cumming GA

We are a new premier Doula Service in Cumming GA, servicing the Forsyth County and North GA area. We are a group of independent women who have come together to pool our resources and experience to better serve each other and our community. We are all highly trained and experienced women who are united by a common philosophy of wanting to educate women on their options for their birth experience.

Jessica is a certified birth and postpartum Doula, trained through Doula Trainings International and teaches evidence based child birth classes. She has served mothers in the North Georgia & Atlanta area for many years and will be attending midwifery school to further her career in the future.

Ashley is an experienced Doula who has served in North GA, and is certified through The International Doula Institute as a Labor and Birth Doula. Ashley is currently training in postpartum Doula work, and will be attending UNG in the Spring to obtain her RN Degree. Ashley also offers Placenta Encapsulation and Cloth Diaper 101 classes, in addition Ashley runs a Cotton Babies: Share the love host site and takes cloth diaper donations and process applications to create kits to loan out to families in need in our area.

Jessica and Ashley are attending Birth Behind Bars training through the county to assist incarcerated mothers in childbirth and after through a special program.

Together we believe:

  • every family deserves physical and emotional support during birth and the early postpartum period.

  • our support is non-judgmental and every family has the privilege of making decisions for themselves.

  • our role is to offer evidence based information so that the family can make an informed decision.

  • supporting families in whatever infant feeding method they choose.

  • we are privileged to empower parents with the skills and tools necessary so that they may confidently raise their baby. 

Connect online with Dou{it}la: Website | Facebook 

National Service Dog Awareness Month

National Service Dog Awareness Month

As the month of September begins, everyone in our community can’t help but get a little giddy at the thought of pumpkin-spice lattes, beautifully-colored leaves withering and falling from the trees, cozy sweaters, and the proximity of Halloween. However, to me, September has a much deeper meaning than just the beginning of autumn. September is service dog awareness month. Sure, all the hype surrounding the coming of this time of year is great, but last Friday, I couldn’t help but spend some time reflecting about one of the most amazing blessings I’ve ever received. I was born with a physical disability called Cerebral Palsy, which hinders my ability to walk and do some basic tasks around the house and in life. I use a wheelchair with a power-assist motor attached to it, a walker, and canes. However, in the midst of all of my doctor’s appointments and physical therapy visits, my parents and I began to realize that something was missing—a best friend. As a result of this realization, I met my service dog, Gara, when I was about eight-years-old, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

Gara has been the addition to my life and my family that I never could have imagined. Besides performing her basic service dog duties(picking things up from the floor, opening and closing doors, etc.), she has quickly become the companion that I so desperately needed. She is instantly able to cheer me up when I’m upset, encourage me when I’m tired, bring out some spontaneous energy when I’m happy, and be my number one fan and supporter in whatever I choose to do. For me and so many others around the world, service dogs have been life changing—not just in a physical way, but also in an emotional one. These animals are unlike any other. They are able to use their intelligence to know when their handler needs them, but also use their loving and caring nature to be a lifelong best friend.

However, the magic of these amazing dogs doesn’t begin and end with handlers. The magic of service dogs begins with you. There are dozens nonprofit training organizations locally, nationally, and around the world that could use volunteers who are ready and willing to invest in this cause. Believe it or not, training any type of service animal costs thousands of dollars, and because of this, millions of people who would benefit from one of these incredible dogs don’t get one because they can’t afford it. With a donation of just a few dollars, you could play a part in changing someone’s world.

If you are a dog-lover who would be interested in basic-training young puppies, Canine Companions for Independence offers a puppy raiser program in which families are able to pour into a young puppy until they are transferred into an official training facility. This donation of time and knowledge could not only help future handlers, but also the dogs that will go on to shape lives.

If you are interested in learning more about service dogs and/or want to get involved with an organization, be sure to visit the links below.

For more information about how service dogs impact the lives of handlers, I would highly recommend reading The Thing With Feathers by Mccall Hoyle, a novel surrounding a girl with epilepsy and her service dog and best friend, Hitch. Happy September!

 


Morgan Champion is an ambitious North Forsyth High School senior who believes in the power of serving others, reaching for her dreams, and having a positive attitude—no matter her circumstances. Besides writing for “Cumming Local,” Morgan enjoys volunteering at her church, at the Forsyth County Peer Court, and at various clubs and organizations throughout her school.

To read more about Morgan and our other contributing writers, click here

New Kindermusik Studio Opens in Cumming, Georgia

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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.”

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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.

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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

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