Help United Way of Forsyth County Stuff the Bus

HELP US STUFF THE BUS!

Join United Way of Forsyth County as we “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for students in need during the months of June and July. Donations will go to Forsyth County Schools and other local organizations serving our students.

In 2009, United Way of Forsyth County brought the Stuff the Bus initiative to our community in an effort to supply low income and at-risk Forsyth County students with the school supplies they needed to begin the school year. At the time, it had become increasingly difficult for families to afford the most basic supplies for their students.

In its first year, a modest 3,000 school supplies were collected and distributed through Forsyth County School social workers and The Place of Forsyth County.

Since then, approximately 230,000 school supply items have been collected and distributed to Forsyth County students giving them the supplies they needed to start the school year off on the right track.

In 2016, companies and civic organizations along with many individuals collected over 49,000 school supply items for distribution to children through Forsyth County School social workers and/or teachers. Other local organizations also received school supplies for the children and youth they serve.

For more information or if you, your business or organization would like to participate by collecting supplies during the months of June and/or July, contact the United Way office at 770-781-4110 or melissa@unitedwayforsyth.com. School supplies may be dropped off at the United Way Office located at 240 Elm Street, Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm.

More information about United Way:

United Way of Forsyth County works to advance the common good by focusing on Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic Needs. These are the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. It takes everyone working together. Because underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all connected, interdependent, united. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a family becomes financially stable, when people have good health. We all LIVE UNITED.

New Farmers Market Opening This Saturday: Lambert Farmers Market

Lambert High School rising seniors Julia Ciaccia and Alex Ruano saw a need in Forsyth County, and decided to do something about it.

“Since the Brookwood Farmers Market at Caney Park ended in 2015, I feel like we really missed that event in our community. Considering the access to local goods, opportunity for area small businesses, and the community building, I thought it was worth trying to bring something back to our area.”

Working under the auspices of the Lambert High School Beta Club, Julia and Alex have reached out and secured local vendors to be part of the Lambert Farmers Market Grand Opening on Saturday May 27th. Twenty or more local artisans and businesses will have their food and products for sale.

“We’ll have a nice array of products available, from Forsyth County favorite Shane’s Rib Shack, to local honey and award-winning hand-made sauces and much more. It’s a little early in the season for Georgia produce, but we’ll be adding more and more as we go through the summer. We’re still adding vendors at the 11th hour and have a little more vendor space available, so I’m sure we’ll have some good surprises.”

The Lambert Farmers Market will take place on the grounds of Lambert High School, at 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee GA 30024. The event will take place from 4pm to 8pm every Saturday, through October 28. More information, including vendor sign-up, is available on the website.

Connect Online with Lambert Farmers Market: Website | Facebook | Instagram

The Lambert Farmers Market is on of our list of farmer markets in Forsyth County. To see the full list, click here

New Varsity Football Coach at Pinecrest Academy Announced

Former Atlanta Falcon Terance Mathis Named Varsity Football Head Coach at Pinecrest Academy

Pinecrest Academy Athletic Director, Chris Kane, officially announced on Friday, May 5, 2017, at a press conference, held at the school, that former NFL receiver Terance Mathis has been named as Pinecrest’s new Varsity Football Head Coach. The private PreK3-12 Catholic school is located in Cumming, GA, in South Forsyth County. The Paladins were the 2015 Class A Region 6 champions, and during the 2016 season, the team placed 13 players on the All Region team, six on the All County team, and one on the All State team. The Paladins finished 11th in Class A Private in the Final Composite Rankings in 2016. Mathis replaces Todd Winter, who recently was named as Head Coach at Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Atlanta.

Mathis was a standout quarterback at Redan High School in DeKalb County, Georgia, where he took the team to the playoffs in his junior year. He went on to play at the University of New Mexico, where he caught 263 passes for 4,254 yards and 36 touchdowns. He was named an All-American in the 1989 season.

Mathis spent most of his 1990 to 2002 NFL career as a receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. He was instrumental in the Falcons’ victory over the Vikings in the 1998 NFC Championship Game, catching two touchdown passes, including a game tying score that sent the contest into overtime. He was named All-Pro for the 1994 season. During his tenure with the Falcons, Mathis caught 573 passes for 7,349 yards and 57 touchdowns, second only to Roddy White in all three of those categories.

Since leaving the NFL at the end of the 2002 season, Mathis has worked in marketing for a NASCAR race team and most recently as a personal trainer for athletes of all levels of experience.

Mathis has coached for Savannah State University, Nike Football Camps, Gridiron King 7-on-7 National Tournaments, Shrine Bowl Games (2008 and 2016), and Lambert High School.

“We are really excited to have someone of Terance’s caliber join us and lead our football program,” said Chris Kane, Pinecrest Academy Director of Athletics. “His football pedigree speaks for itself. But his humility and his philosophy is something our boys and community will benefit from greatly!”

“It’s truly a blessing to be a part of the Pinecrest family,” commented Terance Mathis. “I’m excited to get started with continuing the growth of the football program. I’m here to say that God is still in the blessing business!”

Mathis lives in Suwanee, GA, with his wife, Arnedia, and their children, daughter Terae and son Terance, Jr.

Piney Grove Middle School Sends Care Packages to the Troops!

Students from Piney Grove Middle School teamed up with Treat the Troops and Alpharetta-based online retailer Christmas Lights, Etc today to assemble care packages for troops stationed overseas. The event was part of Piney Grove’s “Grizzly Great Day of Giving,” or “G3,” an annual event in which students fan out into the community to perform acts of service.

Christmas Lights, Etc opened up its 100,000-square-foot headquarters and distribution facility to the students and parent volunteers. Treat the Troops provided home-baked cookies, candy, magazines and other goodies for the students to pack, complete with handwritten notes, cards and letters. Christmas Lights, Etc then delivered the packages to the post office and shipped them off to the troops.

“We appreciate Christmas Lights, Etc making their space available, and the opportunity for our kids to engage with the Treat the Troops program,” said Pam Pajerski, Principal of Piney Grove. “This is a critical lesson for our kids, that we should remember the troops who defend our safety.”

Treat the Troops has sent more than 5.3 million cookies to U.S. soldiers stationed abroad since 1990. The “Southern Style” (Georgia) chapter of Treat the Troops, headquartered in Cumming, Ga., is the third largest chapter in the United States, sending more than 600,000 cookies overseas.

“Boxes we pack today will go to places as scattered abroad as Afghanistan, South Africa, Syria, South Korea, Japan, Italy, two aircraft carriers and two destroyers at sea,” said Linda Jones of Treat the Troops Southern Style. “And ninety percent of the letters I get from the soldiers mention the personal notes from the kids. I think it’s amazing. We’re so appreciative that Christmas Lights, Etc does this.”

Christmas Lights, Etc began partnering with Treat the Troops in 2013. The company plans to continue its support and encourages other local businesses to get involved. Volunteers are always needed to help with baking, packing, and financial contributions.

“We have thousands of military personnel stationed abroad at great distances from their families and loved ones,” said Chris Miller, Co-Owner of Christmas Lights, Etc. “We greatly appreciate the sacrifice these men and women make, and we’re proud to participate with Treat the Troops and Piney Grove Middle School to create these care packages.”

About Treat The Troops
Treat The Troops (http://www.treatthetroops.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to letting deployed American military personnel know that people at home are remembering them. Treat the Troops sends home-baked cookies and other comfort items, along with a note of thanks, to the troops via the U.S. Postal Service.

About Christmas Lights, Etc
Christmas Lights, Etc (https://www.christmaslightsetc.com) is the most shopped online Christmas lights store in America. Founded in 2000, Christmas Lights, Etc features thousands of quality lights, trees, greenery and decor. Christmas Lights, Etc is a three-time INC. 5000 company, an ENERGY STAR partner, and a supplier of residential and commercial Christmas lighting, Christmas decor and Christmas trees.

PHOTO CAPTION: Chris Miller, co-owner of Christmas Lights, Etc.; Linda Jones of Treat the Troops Southern Style; Pam Pajerski, principal of Piney Grove Middle School; and Michel Satterfield, assistant principal of Forsyth Central High School; spearheaded the Treat the Troops pack at Christmas Lights, Etc, part of Piney Grove’s “Grizzly Great Day of Giving.”

3rd Annual Rise and Drive Family Festival

rise and drive family festival

Stepping Stone Montessori School supports Access Life America & Atlanta Children’s Shelter with Family Festival

Hosted with support from the City of Sugar Hill on The Plaza

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Where: 5039 West Broad Street, Sugar Hill, GA
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Stepping Stone Montessori School (SSMS), which provides a Montessori education for children ages birth – 6 yrs in both Sugar Hill and Cumming, today announces its 3rd Annual RISE & DRIVE Family Festival.

The Family Festival, with the City of Sugar Hill acting as Venue Sponsor by hosting the event on the City’s Town Green, marks the third year that SSMS has organized this fundraising event, in support of Access Life America and Atlanta Children’s Shelter. We will be closing off the streets for this occasion and all are welcome to join. Here are some of the highlights to expect this year:

  • A variety of Vendors
  • Larger Venue – the beautiful Sugar Hill Town Plaza
  • Local talent along with local children’s performance’s
  • Activities for both adults and children (inflatables, craft booths, games, musical performances by local artists)
  • Food vendors
  • Huge raffle with items for the entire family (theater tickets, dinners, jewelry & more!)

For more information, please call SSMS at 770-205-0317 (Cumming) or 770-614-4310 (Sugar Hill).


About Stepping Stone Montessori School

Stepping Stone Montessori School offers programs of early childhood education, from birth through age six, in partnership with a thriving community of families. From its founding in 2014 SSMS faculty and parents have worked together for the benefit of the child. SSMS offers high quality, authentic Montessori programs and adheres to Montessori standards and curriculum – the organization founded by Dr. Maria Montessori. The founders of SSMS hold childhood cancer research dear to their hearts, having lost a sibling to cancer. For more information about SSMS and the Montessori philosophy, history, and pedagogy, please visit www.steppingstonemontessori.com

Easter Eggs for Charity

Easter Eggs for Charity

Music Authority, a retail shop and music school in Cumming, Georgia, spent the last week filling plastic eggs with candy.

The activity, part of Music Authority’s Easter Egg Challenge, is the brainchild of parent Rachele Lahr. The stuffed eggs will be delivered to Meals by Grace on Saturday for their Easter food delivery. Rachele estimates each of the children in the program will receive 25 Easter eggs.
Seven of Music Authority’s musical groups took part in the challenge. The six bands and adult choir filled over 4,000 eggs. As part of the challenge, they posted photos of their efforts on social media with a shout out to Meal by Grace.

Meals by Grace is a non-profit ministry with a goal of helping children and families provide food for themselves while they work to better their situation. You can learn more about Meals by Grace at their website, www.mealsbygrace.org.

“One of the best parts of watching my son in a band is seeing him be part of something bigger than himself. It’s watching this group of teens and middle schoolers come together not only to play music but also to give back to the community. Watching them sit around my kitchen table, laughing and stuffing eggs for others in need, brought a smile to my face as a parent,” says Mary Ellen Strandquist, mother of Eclipse drummer, Christian Strandquist.

Giving back to the community is an important part of the learning experience at Music Authority. Bands, musical groups, and private students are encouraged to participate in a variety of charitable activities throughout the year.

For more information on Music Authority, visit their website at www.musicauthorityinc.com, or call 770-886-9066.

You can also find Music Authority’s popular Rock Summer Camps on our Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County.

Sawnee Ballet Announces New Artistic Director After 25 Years

Sawnee Ballet Theatre (SBT) is proud to announce Courtney Bromwich, owner and director of Sawnee School of Ballet, will join the company as its second Artistic Director.

The announcement comes just 3 months after the 25th anniversary of the company’s annual Nutcracker production. Joan Kall Stewart, the Theatre’s current Artistic Director, will officially end her tenure May 1, but will continue to work with Bromwich and the Board to provide choreography for both the Nutcracker and Spring Concert productions under the title of Director Emeritus.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been invited to be the new artistic director of Sawnee Ballet Theatre,” Bromwich said. “Looking forward, my goal is to continue to build on the rich legacies of classical ballet established by Joan Kall Stewart. I plan to draw on my vast experience and network of choreographers to develop and enhance the company’s unique identity while expanding the presence of the company in Forsyth county and beyond.”

“We are excited to welcome Courtney as the new artistic director,” said John McKinnis, President of the SBT board . “This is a pivotal time for our organization, and we are confident that Courtney can build on the wonderful foundation and reputation Sawnee Ballet Theatre has already established in addition to carving out her own legacy within our organization.”

Courtney began dancing at 4 years old in St. Louis, MO and has been involved in the Atlanta dance community for 30 years. Her strengths in ballet as well as tap, jazz, and modern have earned her several choreography awards, honors, and placements throughout the years. Having already graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Business Management, Courtney later returned to KSU to further her dance education. She was the first dance major to graduate from the program in May 2010. In November 2012, she was honored to take over as the new owner and director of Sawnee School of Ballet. Over the last four years, Courtney worked along side Joan Kall Stewart to continue the same spirit and core principals that had been driving the school since its inception. She has also implemented new ideas to educate, energize, and inspire the dancers while growing their passion for dance.

Founded in 1991, Sawnee Ballet Theatre is a non-profit company housed out of Sawnee School of Ballet. The purpose of the company is to provide young people extensive dance experience and the opportunity to perform in a professional setting while simultaneously providing cultural awareness and education to the Forsyth community. Sawnee Ballet Theatre will hold open auditions for the 2017/2018 season on Saturday, May 20, 2017. For information, visit www.sawneeballettheatre.com, follow us on Instagram @sawneeballettheatre, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SawneeBalletTheatre/

In Home Sports Physicals and Sick Visits

If you have ever tried to get into your doctor’s office for a much needed sick visit or have tried to get your child a sports or camp physical at their pediatrician’s office, then you know how it difficult it can be. The long waits, the lack of available appointments when you need them, the need to leave work to get an appointment during operating hours, and the exposure to sick patients in the waiting room. We have all been there and frankly, with the rest of the healthcare world becoming more convenient; why is it still so difficult to get into the doctors when you need to.

Well-beings, A Home Health Limited Company has worked hard to tackle these problems. We believe in returning health care back to the way it used to be many years ago; convenient, family oriented, and best of all, in the comfort of your home. Although we may not show up at your home on a horse carrying our black medicine bag, we will come to you. . . whether it is at your home or where you work. If you need a physical, a sick visit, a vaccine, or a cholesterol check stat, Well-beings makes this experience quick and easy. With after work hours, weekend hours, and an easy online scheduling system; it is easy to make an appointment when it works for you. If you or your loved ones are sick, there is no need to get out of bed and go anywhere! Best of all, our visits are very affordable.

We do not accept insurance, but not to worry! Our services rarely exceed the cost of a simple co-pay that you would pay at your doctor’s office or an urgent care. Our strep test visits are $30, UTI visits $30, Yeast Infections $25. . . you get the point. At an affordable cost, family centered care, and convenient time and location; there is no need to go through the hassle of making an appointment, driving to your doctors, and enduring the long waits.

You can find out more about Well-Beings at www.well-beingsGA.com

Launch Trampoline Park Opening in Cumming Georgia

Launch Trampoline Park

Launch Franchising, LLC. is pleased to announce a Launch Trampoline Park will be opening in Cumming, Georgia!

Launch Trampoline Park was founded in 2012 by Rhode Island entrepreneur Robert Arnold and retired New England Patriot cornerback and three-time Super Bowl Champion Ty Law. Arnold embarked on the vision for Launch in 2011 after he visited his first trampoline park with his wife and kids. Seeing the combination of family, fun and fitness and using his knack for entrepreneurship, Launch came to life.

All of the Launch Trampoline Park locations provide kids of all ages with endless fun of whether it is bouncing on trampolines, playing dodgeball in mid-air or falling into a massive foam pit. Launch Cumming will be available for birthday parties, fundraisers, fitness classes, toddler time, teen nights, private events and more! The park has a full-redemption arcade, Launch Restaurant and private party rooms. Additionally, Launch Trampoline Park has its own mascot – “Joey,” a 7-foot tall green kangaroo mascot – who is in charge of fun at the park, assisting with birthdays and special events.

“The Launch Cumming franchisees are excited to bring family fun to the area and are ecstatic to be a part of the Launch team. We can’t wait for the community to enjoy all the fun and action that Launch has to offer,” stated Robert Arnold, president and co-owner of Launch Franchising, LLC.

More About Launch Franchising:

Ty Law and Robert Arnold are co-owners of Launch Franchising, LLC, with two corporate locations in Warwick, RI and Hartford, CT, and franchise locations along the East Coast. The company is expanding its franchise nationwide and utilizing the strength of positive branding, turn-key operational systems and proven marketing programs as attractive benefits to potential franchisees.

For additional information, please visit www.launchtrampolinepark.com.

Quiet the Wars: Overwhelming Co-Parenting Battles

Does Any Of The Following Resonate With You, A Friend, Or Family Member?

  • Has your low self-esteem or your confidence has taken a hit
  • Do you feel disconnected or unfulfilled with your relationships or remain in unhealthy ones
  • Are you having parenting issues regarding your children or with co-parenting
  • Are you struggling with negative messages that you keep tell yourself
  • Do you have difficulty with change, making decisions, control, and life transitions

The mission of Lotus Therapies is to be a place of help, hope, and healing. Here at Lotus Therapies you can start becoming a better parent, being a better decision maker, gaining a better relationships, gaining your own voice, feeling more balanced, being mindful or self and choices, feeling in control of things you can control, and loving yourself fully.

Lotus Therapies is presently Offering Group and Individual Therapy and Coaching
for Women, Men, Parents, Couples, Teen Girls in Forsyth and Gwinnett County

Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs anyone ever takes on. Our connection with our children and how we choose to raise them will impact their lives forever. Lotus Therapies offers access to volunteer and mandated parenting and co-parenting classes. These are good for clients needing child rearing skills to be completed for social services, court-ordered parenting classes, probation, or just for personal growth to create and maintain a good, healthy relationship with your child.

Lotus Therapies is currently offering a co-parenting group for parents that are facing special challenges as a parent with his/her ex, within their relationship or during their separation, divorce or when creating a blended family.  The co-parenting group is a beneficial option for individuals because it is cost-effective, helps you relate to others and yourself in healthier ways, give and receive support from fellow group members while finding your voice. This group allows parents an opportunity to talk about the challenges with adjusting to co-parenting, the best interests of their children in a neutral environment, work through issues that are causing conflict in their co-parenting relationship, finding stability for themselves and their children, and parental self-care. If you’re ready to allow your kids to have a loving connection with both parents and to create a healthy co-parenting relationship please click the link for more information. www.lotusctr.net/coparenting