Mellow Mushroom at The Avenue

Mellow Mushroom is coming to The Avenue in Forsyth County!

Here are some dates to make note of:

Thursday, September 8th from 4pm to 8pm – Hiring Event at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Cumming
Monday, October 3, 2011 – Soft Opening
Saturday, October 8, 2011 – Grand Opening

Mellow Mushroom is excited to have two great artists commissioned to produce two large murals for their store. One is Gabriel Shaffer, a multi-media folk artist from Asheville, NC and John Stommel, a muralist and painter from Ohio.

Gabriel is completeing a very aggressive project for the interior and will be 6’x37′ long! Feel as if you’re at an outdoor venue, taking in a show and eating delicious Mellow Mushroom pizza, calzones, and sandwiches!

John is completing an exterior mural that will be the first of its kind in a Cousins development. His concept really captures the excitement and fun atmosphere!  Check out the mural here!

“It is all very “Mellow”!”

More Information:

Mellow Mushroom Cumming on Facebook
Mellow Mushroom Cumming online

10th Annual Day of Caring


August 23, 2011

United Way of Forsyth County

2011 Day of Caring & Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast

Join us, fellow volunteers and donors for United Way’s Day of Caring & Campaign Kick-off on Friday, September 9, 2011!  The day will begin with hundreds of United Way supporters gathering at the Forsyth Conference Center to celebrate the start of the 2012 Campaign.  Breakfast will be served followed by an exciting event and Team Photos and then volunteers are off to participate in the 10th Annual Day of Caring!

The Day of Caring event provides volunteers from local businesses, schools, civic organizations and churches the opportunity to lend a helping hand to nonprofit organizations throughout Forsyth County.  In 2010, almost 500 volunteers participated in Day of Caring projects at 37 different locations throughout Forsyth County.  Volunteers spent time doing yard work, painting, sorting food donations, reading to children and many other activities.  This day is a collective effort by a variety of people to make a difference in the community.

For more event information, visit, call 770.781.4110 or email

United Way of Forsyth County works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health.  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.


Cumming Resident Awarded 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award

Cumming Chick-fil-A Restaurant Team Member Selected by 90-Year-Old Chick-fil-A Founder to Win Chain’s Top Scholarship

Cumming resident, one of only 25 winners nationwide, honored with award

McKenzie Reeves

CUMMING, Ga.  (Aug. 3, 2011) – Chick-fil-A® Founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy selects Cumming resident McKenzie Reeves from more than 1,500 candidates to receive the 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award which is given to only 25 restaurant team members each year.

Gene Reeves, franchised Operator of The Avenue Forsyth Chick-fil-A restaurant at 430 Peachtree Pkwy.,  presented the award to his daughter McKenzie.

Started in 1997, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award each year singles out 25 restaurant team members from among the recipients of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship the previous year, which amounted to more than 1,500 in 2010, to receive a second $1,000 scholarship. Cathy, along with a blue-ribbon panel of Atlanta community leaders, selected Reeves for the chain’s top scholarship based on her personal excellence in academics, community service and leadership.

We’re thrilled to be able to invest in the future of our team members by helping them continue their education,” said Cathy, who celebrated 90 this year. “It has long been my goal to encourage youth such as McKenzie to strive for excellence and to lead by example. She truly exemplifies the work ethic, dedication and customer service that we believe sets the high standard for our more than 50,000 restaurant team members across the country.”

Reeves has worked for Chick-fil-A for nearly three years at The Avenue Forsyth location. She is studying Journalism at Berry College, Mount Berry. A 2010 graduate of South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Reeves was active in Beta Club, Nation Honor Society and school newspaper. She also volunteered with many community service projects sponsored by Creekside United Methodist Church.

McKenzie is an exceptional team member with strong leadership skills, great customer service and a winning attitude,” said Reeves. “It’s a pleasure to reward those efforts with this prestigious scholarship and to recognize her as a valuable asset not only to our restaurant, but also to our community.

Chick-fil-A’s franchised Operators, many who are former Leadership Scholarship and S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award recipients, continue this legacy of excellence by mentoring the dozens of restaurant team members they employ at the more than 1,560 Chick-fil-A locations nationwide. By setting the example in their restaurants, Chick-fil-A Operators strive to create an environment that promotes the development of key character traits such as a strong work ethic, goal-setting, integrity, service and leadership.

Since its creation to celebrate Chick-fil-A’s 25 years of awarding scholarships, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award has awarded $375,000 in scholarship funds to previous Leadership Scholarship recipients. Founded in 1973,  Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Scholarship program has awarded more than $27.3 million in $1,000 scholarships. It is projected that Chick-fil-A scholarship recipients have attended one of more than 2,400 institutions across the country.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Truett Cathy developed the original Chick-fil-A boneless breast of chicken sandwich in his 24-hour Dwarf House® diner near Atlanta in the early 1960s, and he opened his first Chick-fil-A® restaurant in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall in 1967. Since then, the chain has grown to include more than 1,560 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A, Inc. reached more than $3.5 billion in sales in 2010 — resulting in its 43rd consecutive year of growth. The chain plans to add 90 locations this year, including 75 stand-alone and retail outlets and 15 licensed outlets in non-traditional locations such as college campuses. More information about Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s websites, located at , or through Facebook at or Twitter at


Marlow’s Tavern Celebrates Grand Opening


Cumming Location Hosts a Week of Exciting Events

ATLANTA (August 2, 2011) –Marlow’s Tavern in Cumming is officially celebrating its grand opening with a week of nightly dining deals and exciting events.  The neighborhood eatery, which opened in The Avenue ® Forsyth on Tuesday, July 26, is inviting local residents to join in its week-long celebration from Monday, August 22 through Sunday, August 28.

The grand opening festivities include:

  • Monday, August 22: Insider Day– All Marlow’s Tavern Insiders will receive 20% off their check.  Anyone can become an Insider by signing up at  Marlow’s is also giving the first 100 guests a free t-shirt.
  • Tuesday, August 23: Tavern Burger Tuesday Marlow’s is offering its famous Tavern Burger for just $5 all day.
  • Wednesday, August 24: Ladies Night– Marlow’s is offering ladies an array of $5 appetizers and drink deals from 5 p.m. until close.
  • Thursday, August 25: South Forsyth School Night– Marlow’s is giving a 20% discount to guests who wear their school South Forsyth spirit apparel to the restaurant.
  • Friday, August 26: Friday Happy Hour– Marlow’s is offering all guests free appetizers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  There will also be live music beginning at 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 27: Movie Night– Marlow’s is offering a free appetizer to guests who bring in their ticket stub from the AMC Avenue Forsyth.   Ticket stub must be from that day (August 27).
  • Sunday, August 28: $7 Sunday-Marlow’s is offering its crab cake Benedict dish for $7 along with $7 BLT Bloody Marys and bottomless Mimosas.

Like the other seven locations, Marlow’s Tavern in Cumming is committed to the community and truly values the input they receive from loyal patrons.  From its opening-week fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia to the upcoming South Forsyth School Night, Marlow’s Tavern strives to serve its guests through neighborhood involvement, as well as top-notch service and high-quality food.

Marlow’s Tavern in Cumming is located at 410 Peachtree Parkway, across from the AMC movie theater.  The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.  For more information, call the restaurant at 770-886-3666 or visit

United Way of Forsyth County Announces Grant Opportunities


July, 28, 2011

United Way of Forsyth County Announces Grant Opportunities

United Way of Forsyth County announces grant opportunities are available through the 2011 Community Grant Program to nonprofit organizations, schools or other governmental entities serving the citizens of Forsyth County. United Way Partner Agencies are not eligible to apply. Grants are generally awarded in amounts of $1,000 to $5,000 for programs or projects that are consistent with United Way’s areas of emphases: assisting the elderly, promoting self-sufficiency, helping to meet basic needs, supporting health services, providing crisis and emergency services, helping children and youth develop into productive adults or providing services to citizens with special needs.

Completed applications must be received in the United Way office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2011.

For more information or to request an application, please contact the United Way office at (770) 781-4110 or


United Way of Forsyth County works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. 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.

Back to School 2011 – 2012

It is hard to believe there is just one more full week of summer!

Make sure your calendar is marked with these important dates:

Monday, August 8th – Middle School Open House from 4pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 9th – Elementary School Open House from 4pm to 6:30pm (times vary – see notes below)
Thursday, August 11th – First Day of School

A few things to note:

1.  Parents of a rising Kindergarten Student (like myself!!), be sure to check the Open House times for your individual school.  There will be special times (outside of the hours listed above for your student).

2.  Parent of High Schoolers (not like me!), I have no idea when your open house is!  Why aren’t those listed on the FCS calendar.  Surely they have them, yes?

3.  All FCS offer a Kindergarten Bus Round Up day.  This is a great opportunity to ride the bus WITH your child, follow the bus route, and let your child get comfortable with only a few kids on board.  The dates vary by school so either visit your school’s website or contact them by phone.  If you are registered you should be contacted by the bus driver, but if this is important to you, you may want to get ahead of the game just in case!

4.  Parents of Elementary School Students – be sure to check the FCS Website for your specific Open House time.  A link can be found here.

Important Links:

Forsyth County Schools

Forsyth County Schools 2011 – 2012 Calendar

Details of Elementary School Open House

Here’s to a great year for you & your family!

IMAX Grand Opening

IMAX Screen 2 at AMC Avenue Forsyth

One week ago today, the new IMAX theater officially opened with at the AMC Avenue Forsyth.  The ceremony included an official “Ticket Tearing” by Cinta Berella, General Manager of AMC Avenue Forsyth, Mr. James McCoy, Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce President, and Mr. Brian Tam, County Commissioner Chairman.

"Ticket Tearing" Ceremony

Have you had a chance to experience it? Walking into Screen 2, it will feel like any other theater, but very soon you’ll notice the size of the screen.  From floor to ceiling and wall to wall, the screen can only be described as huge!  The sound is intense and the experience is made for the movies!

Now, I have heard (from some of you), that there have been some technical difficulties with some of the showings.  I did reach out in an attempt to get an update and I received the following statement from AMC:

AMC strives to provide our guests with the best possible moviegoing experience, and we’re excited our AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 guests can now enjoy the outstanding IMAX presentation. Unfortunately, there are rare occasions where things occur outside of the control of our theatre crew. This past weekend there was an issue with the digital print and projector that caused the cancellation of one show. This isolated incident was addressed immediately and resolved quickly to ensure no other showtimes or guests were affected.

My experience?  I haven’t seen a full feature on the IMAX yet, but I did experience and view a series of trailers.  And I loved it!  I’m excited for Cumming, GA!  Not every city is lucky enough to have an IMAX in their town, so I think it’s definitely a great thing!  But I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Are you looking forward to the next IMAX showing?

Right now you can catch Harry Potter in IMAX.  And then make note of the other upcoming films to be released in IMAX format:


Experience Harry at IMAX



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience Opens July 15

Cumming, GA (July 6, 2011) AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announced today that guests visiting AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 can now enjoy The IMAX Experience from IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX), when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience opens July 15.

The IMAX Experience combines crystal-clear images, powerful digital sound and customized theatre geometry to create a uniquely immersive movie experience. The IMAX® theatre at this location has been custom-designed for use in a multiplex theatre. To maximize the field of view in the modified auditorium, the screen was replaced with a larger, slightly curved and specially treated IMAX screen positioned closer to the audience.

IMAX’s digital projection system combines two digital projectors with IMAX’s proprietary image enhancer and custom lenses to create an image with greater clarity, brightness and contrast. The images on screen are complemented by IMAX’s latest sound system, which features its proprietary loudspeaker technology and uncompressed digital sound. This sound system has ten times more dynamic range, cuts down on distortion and provides a sound quality that feels more immersive, especially with the added acoustic paneling that absorbs sound and removes echo.

The addition of IMAX at AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 builds upon decades of AMC offering the best and broadest menu of entertainment choices for guests seeking an unparalleled experience. Guests at AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 will take in the world’s most immersive cinematic experience when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience opens on July 15. The movie has been digitally re-mastered into IMAX’s format exclusively for presentation in the IMAX auditorium. In addition to IMAX-formatted movies, AMC delivers other types of entertainment to guests, including live and pre-recorded alternative content events.

The IMAX theatre at AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 will feature Hollywood’s biggest movies that have been digitally re-mastered into IMAX’s format.

Other upcoming Hollywood movies to be released in IMAX format include: REEL STEEL (Oct. 07), PUSS and BOOTS (Nov. 04), HAPPY FEET 2 (Nov. 18), MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (Dec. 16) and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (Dec. 28).

Combining IMAX’s revolutionary digital projection system, customized theatre geometry, specially designed screen and powerful digital audio system with AMC’s guest service and innovative products and amenities will make AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 a premier destination for entertainment. The new IMAX theatre maximizes the experience for guests so they feel as if they are IN the movie they are watching.

The opening of the IMAX theatre at AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 is part of a joint-venture agreement by AMC and IMAX to install more than 115 IMAX digital projection systems at AMC locations in major U.S. markets and Canada.

About AMC Entertainment Inc.

AMC Entertainment Inc. delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences in 360 theatres with 5,128 screens across the United States and Canada.

The company operates 24 of the 50 highest grossing theatres in the country, including the top three. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world’s leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry’s top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company’s new digital projection and sound systems – combined with a growing blockbuster film slate – are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX theaters deliver the world’s best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX 3D, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo and Shanghai. As of March 31, 2011, there were 528 IMAX theatres (408 commercial, 120 institutional) operating in 46 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (, Twitter ( and YouTube (

Marlow’s Tavern to Open in July

Update:  After this Release, we’ve been informed that Marlow’s is now scheduled to open July 26th


Popular Neighborhood Tavern Opens New Location This Summer

ATLANTA (June 27, 2011) – Marlow’s Tavern, the neighborhood restaurant known for serving fresh tavern fare in a fun setting, is opening its eighth location on Tuesday, July 19, on Peachtree Parkway in The Avenue ® Forsyth. The new restaurant will give Cumming residents a great spot to gather with friends and family for a delicious meal or cocktail made with high-quality ingredients.

Marlow’s Tavern evokes a sense of community not only through its partnerships with non-profit organizations like Special Olympics Georgia and the Atlanta Community Food Bank, but by providing a go-to neighborhood gathering spot for all area residents to enjoy.  The new Cumming location seats up to 170 and was specifically designed with guests’ comfort in mind.  The restaurant’s warm and inviting atmosphere features exposed brick walls, dark wood accents, large leather booths and communal tables.

The Marlow’s Tavern menu, created by Executive Chef and Co-Owner John C. Metz Jr., is broken down into the following convenient components: Start, Snack, Share; Crisp, Cool Salads; Tavern Favorites; Classic Tavern Burgers; Big Bar Sandwiches; Kid’s Fun Foods; and Sweet Stuff. The fresh selection is filled with delicious plates that change seasonally depending on the availability of fresh ingredients.  From newly added items like the Mongolian “BBQ Style” Steak and Ahi Tuna Poke to Marlow’s classic offerings like the shrimp and crab nacho plate and the grilled chicken Panini (made with Prestige Farms chicken), the neighborhood tavern gives guests delicious menu options with a Marlow’s Tavern twist.

Marlow’s beverage program provides guests with a wide variety of wines from around the world, hand crafted cocktails and simple, but varied list of beers.  The restaurant’s vast wine list includes traditional and boutique wines in both red and white selections by the glass and by the bottle at various price points.  The creative cocktail list consists of several handcrafted concoctions made with the freshest fruit juices, herbs, simple syrups and small batch liquors.  The restaurant also offers a wide variety of bottled beers including local favorites such as Sweetwater 420 and Terrapin Rye Pale Ale.

Marlow’s Tavern has an all-star team of restaurant talent behind its concept.  John Metz earned his degree at the Culinary Institute of America and began his long-standing career at some of the finest restaurants in New York such as The 21 Club, Tribeca Grill and Montrachet.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association and is also the immediate past chairman for Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA).  Designer and Co-Founder Tom DiGiorgio is both a powerhouse in the development of commercial and residential real estate projects as well as an influential member of the Georgia restaurant scene.  Partner and Co-Founder Richard E. Rivera is president of Rubicon Enterprises LLC, a restaurant development company based in Sarasota, Florida, and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.  He is chairman of the National Restaurant Association and has received numerous industry awards including the Silver Plate award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.  Market Partner Hank Clark is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of Marlow’s Tavern and has partnered with Metz since 2001 after working for Darden Restaurants and Brinker International.  General Manager Brian Longacre spent three years as the general manager at Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar before taking the position at Marlow’s, and coaches his employees with a “hospitality first” mentality to consistently give guests top-notch service.

About Marlow’s Tavern

Marlow’s Tavern was established in November of 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Georgia.  The neighborhood restaurant concept now has eight locations that are open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist.   Marlow’s Tavern in Cumming will be located at 410 Peachtree Parkway; 770-886-3666.  Marlow’s Tavern in East Cobb is located at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208; 770-977-7747.  Marlow’s Tavern in Duluth is located at 1950 Satellite Boulevard; 770-622-2033.  Marlow’s Tavern in Vinings is located at 2355 Cumberland Parkway, Ste.10; 770-432-2526.  Marlow’s Tavern in Alpharetta is located at 3719 Old Alabama Road, Bldg. 200, Suite H-I; 770-475-1800.  Marlow’s Tavern in Midtown is located at 950 West Peachtree Street; 404-815-0323.  Marlow’s Tavern in Kennesaw is located at 745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160; 770-425-8777.  Marlow’s Tavern in Tucker is located at 4156 LaVista Road; 678-987-1197.  For more information, visit

For More Information:

410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming 30041
Phone:  770.886.3666
Marlow’s Tavern Cumming on Facebook
Grand Opening Date:  July 19, 2011

Reaping Nature Productions brings Recycling Program to Libraries

Press Release – Forsyth County Public Library “Likel”s to Recycle

The Forsyth County Public Library is offering great programs this summer for children, teens and adults.  One of the many programs they’re offering is an educational and entertaining program for children from Reaping Nature Products, I “Likel” to Recycle.

“Reaping Nature presented their recycling program in April at our Sharon Forks location,” said Vanessa Cowie, Youth Services Coordinator, Forsyth County Public Library.  “I was impressed by the information their program contained and their ability to hold the attention of a wide age range.  Our patrons seemed to enjoy their high-energy approach!”

Reaping Nature Productions founded by Forsyth County residents, Denise Carleton and Mary Nix a/k/a Petunia Garner provides on-site environmental education programs for children ages preschool through fifth grade on a variety of environmental topics, including recycling, water, energy and literacy/graffiti.

The Forsyth County Public Library is offering more than 500 programs this year to residents.  All of their programs are free to the public and are supported by the Forsyth County Public Library, Literacy Forsyth and the Forsyth County Public Library Friends & Advocates.

Reaping Nature’s programs are scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at 10:30am at the Hampton Park Library and at 2:00 at the Sharon Forks Library.  Listeners will learn that recycling is not only good for our environment, but for our local economy and provides jobs.  At the conclusion of the program, listeners will join Reaping Nature’s live character, Petunia Garner, in singing her original song, Another Recycling Rap.

“Teaching recycling to children at an early age is an important step if we want to increase recycling habits in adults,” said Denise Carleton of Reaping Nature.  “As environmental stewards in the communities where we work and live, we’re excited to promote our educational programs whenever possible.”

For more information:

Forsyth County Library online | phone:  770.781.9840

Reaping Nature online | phone:  770.490.1083