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

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


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.

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.

Ashley is 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 Bliss Birth Services: Website | Facebook 

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 to learn more about Kindermusik early childhood programs and music classes for kids.

Connect with Kindermusik at Growing Musicians LLC:

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

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.

Forsyth County Fire Department Urges Fireworks Safety This Independence Day

Forsyth County Fire Department Urges Fireworks Safety This Independence Day

Fireworks are best left to professionals

Forsyth County, Georgia – The Forsyth County Fire Department urges citizens to practice safe handling of fireworks and to be alert while observing fireworks displays this Independence Day.

“Fireworks displays are a part of many Independence Day celebrations but they are also very unpredictable, and accidents can occur with little to no warning,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “The best way to avoid injury is to remain alert and to leave the fireworks displays to trained professionals.”

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 230 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around Independence Day. More than 50 percent of the injuries are burns, and the body parts most commonly injured include the hands, fingers, head, face, eyes and ears.

“One fireworks-related hazard seen often is the use of sparklers by children,” said Division Chief Jason Shivers. “Sparklers burn at temperatures of approximately 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals, so they pose a great hazard when handled by young children.”

Those who choose to use or watch fireworks are urged to proceed with caution.

Follow these safety tips provided by the Forsyth County Fire Department and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission when using or observing fireworks:

  •   Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  •   Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  •   Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  •   Do not allow anyone under the age of 12 to handle sparklers at any time.
  •   Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  •   Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  •   Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  •   Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  •   Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  •   Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  •   Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  •   After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  •   View fireworks from a safe distance.

    Be sure to make provisions to keep your pets safe as well.

  •   Keep pets indoors with a safe, secure place to hide.
  •   Turn on ambient noise, such as a radio or television, to provide some distraction from the loud sounds of fireworks.
  •   Ensure pets’ microchips and IDs are up-to-date.
  •   Resist the urge to take pets to fireworks displays and instead leave pets at home.

Always dial 911 for any emergencies.

110 E. Main Street, Suite 210 | Cumming, Georgia 30040 | (770) 886-2802 | (678) 965-7195 fax | TV Forsyth |

Help United Way of Forsyth County 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 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.