Pizza Box Art Contest

Mia’s Pizza and Eats Sponsors a Pizza Box Art Contest

Mia's Pizza Box Art Contest
Mia's Pizza Box Art Contest

Mia’s Pizza and Eats of Cumming, Georgia is sponsoring a Pizza Box Art Contest.  Entries are due by 4pm on October 24.

October is National Pizza Month, and Mia’s wants to start the festivities by sponsoring a Pizza Box Art Contest.

There are two age groups: Elementary, 6-11; Middle/High, 12-17.  The elementary winner will receive a pizza party consisting of four pizzas and two, 2-litter sodas. The middle/high winner will receive a free large pizza of choice each month for a year. Winners will be announced October 30.

Entries must recycle a used pizza box by turning the top into a canvas for the artwork.  All mediums are accepted.  Sides should be painted black, and no logos should show through the art.  Any pizza box can be used.  Entries become the property of Mia’s Pizza and Eats.  The entries will be displayed in a gallery at the restaurant.

More Information: or email at

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State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off


National BBQ Cookoff in Cumming GA

The National BBQ Cup Announces a State Championship Barbeque Cook-off Benefitting Local Cumming and Forsyth County Charities

Cumming, GA, September 14, 2011 – The National BBQ Cup, Inc. officially announces its State Championship Barbeque Cook-off set for November 18-19, 2011, at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the event will benefit local Cumming and Forsyth County charities including Bald Ridge Lodge, Jesse’s House and Forsyth County Community Connection.

This competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and will have 85 professional BBQ teams along with 50 amateur cooks. Teams will come from as far as California and Puerto Rico for the competition, and the local community is invited to attend and join in the festivities.

“The City of Cumming Fairgrounds is a world-class facility for a barbeque cook-off. We are excited to bring this event to our community and showcase it to the Barbeque Circuit,” said Randall Bowman, Chairman of The National BBQ Cup. “We anticipate a very successful event and look forward to supporting our local charities as a result.”

This family-friendly event is open to the public with gates opening Friday, November 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free for children under 12. There will also be a Peoples’ Choice contest for guests to taste and judge their favorite barbeque. In addition to the professional and amateur cook-offs, and Peoples’ Choice contest, there will be a variety of food and craft vendors, raffles, product demonstrations, live entertainment, and a fun Kids’ Zone.

For additional information about The National BBQ Cup, contact Randall Bowman or visit

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Local Children’s Charity Offers Incentives for Good Grades

children's charity in forsyth countyIncentives for Good Grades

Alpharetta-based children’s charity Act Together Ministries kicked off I CAN, a new initiative offering incentives to elementary school students for earning good grades. The program, which launched on July 31 at Act Together’s Tools for School event and is funded by Kroger and Roswell Rotary, already has 125 participants who will be rewarded with movie tickets, toys, and more for their scholastic success. Students can earn prizes for straight A’s, making the Honor Roll, Improvement, and Perfect Attendance.

How does it work?

Children can register for the program and redeem their prize by bringing their report cards to an Act Together event.

For more information, contact:

I CAN Registration Page
Heather Clark
Phone:  678-200-9125  |

More About Act Together

Act Together is a 501(c) 3 children’s charity located in South Forsyth.  Programs and services are offered to foster children, children in low income families, and other groups of distressed children throughout the North Metro Atlanta area.  Programs include educational incentives for school achievement, mentoring, sports and enrichment scholarships, Christmas and birthday sponsorships & more.

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: