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Things to Do Forsyth County This Weekend – August 17 – August 19, 2018

Happy weekend, friends! Phew, what a week. I hope I’m not the only one who is totally exhausted as this week comes to a close. I hope this weekend brings you some rest!

Today I have a round-up of the best things to do this weekend in and near Forsyth County.  We hope that our list of the weekend things to do Forsyth County makes your weekend fun & you check out a local business that you didn’t know existed!  Have a great one!

-Rachael

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No matter what you do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it & have a safe one!


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2018 Summer Camps in Forsyth County & Cumming GA

2018 Summer Camps in Forsyth County & Cumming GA

We’re compiling our list of 2018 Summer Camps in Forsyth County for kids in hopes of making your summer planning a little easier. Below you’ll find Summer Camps for local businesses & organizations. Camps are listed in DATE ORDER.  Our 2018 Summer Camp Sponsors are highlighted with an ad image – we’re very appreciative of their support so we can bring you this comprehensive list!

If you register for any of these camps – be sure to mention that you found them through Cumming Local!  If we’ve left off one of your favorites, please feel free to Submit the Summer Camp and we’ll work to get it added. Please note – we’ll continue to update the page as we find more camps or receive more information.

Be sure to check out our Featured Summer Camps:

Featured Articles Coming Soon!

Other Summer Camps to check out:

For more camp options all over Georgia, check out this article from our friends at 365 Atlanta FamilyThe Best Summer Camps in Georgia

*NOTE: Camps are listed in date order. Please click the link or call to be directed to more information. As always, we work hard to make sure the information provided is accurate and up to date, but errors can certainly happen. If you see something that’s incorrect, please accept our apologies & certainly let us know so we can update for future readers.

Week of May 28

Camp: NIKE Basketball Camp (Boys)
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: May 29th – June 1st
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages: 9-15 (4th to 9th grade)
Cost: $255
Description: This camp will focus on individual skill development with our three morning stations: Individual Skill Development, 3on3 ELITE League and Classroom/Video. Each camper will play in one 5on5 game and also participate in our national Living by Numbers contests each day. This summer camp is a perfect way to prepare for your school, church, rec or AAU season. All NIKE basketball camps maintain a player to coach ratio of 8:1 and are staffed by high school and college coaches as well as college and pro players. This camp will sell out quickly so make sure to register early. Each player will receive a NIKE camp T-shirt, NIKE skill workbook, NIKE camp certificate, and a hand written evaluation from the coaching staff.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Coding + STEM Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: May 29 – June 1
Times: 9am -4pm
Ages:  3rd to 6th grade
Cost: $150
Description: Does your child love Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, or all of the above? Join Mr. Q’s coding and STEM camp to create and run your own mini games. Throughout the week we will learn some basics of coding and create these exciting games. Campers will also compete to see who can design, build, and withstand numerous test during our STEM activities.
Click here for more information

Camp: Kids Fest -Gymnastics & Ninja
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: May 29 – June 1
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $140
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

 

Week of June 4

Camp: Coding + STEM Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am -4pm
Ages:  3rd to 6th grade
Cost: $150
Description: Does your child love Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, or all of the above? Join Mr. Q’s coding and STEM camp to create and run your own mini games. Throughout the week we will learn some basics of coding and create these exciting games. Campers will also compete to see who can design, build, and withstand numerous test during our STEM activities.
Click here for more information

Camp: Camp Altius
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 1st – 6th grade
Cost: $225 per week
Description: Camp Altius serves as a place kids can enjoy their summer while growing in virtue, their talents and in friendships old and new! The awesome activities will include scavenger hunts, crazy crafts, splash time, treasure hunts, and team games. Camp Altius Teams are led by Pinecrest Academy students, alumni and aids who serve as positive role models, while fostering the God-given talents and virtues in their campers
Click here for more information

Camp: Coach V’s Sports Performance Camps
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: K to 7th grade
Cost: $185 per week
Description:This skill development camp is designed for kids that are active in all sports or wanting to get active. We cover conditioning, agility, develop hand and eye coordination along with other motor skills. We have multiple game tournaments including ultimate dodgeball for agility, steal the bacon, capture the flag, and many more. All of our games and drills will work on running, jumping, range of motion and flexibility.
Click here for more information

Camp: Rocketry and Aeronautics Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  10 – 15 yrs old
Cost: $190
Description: Building and launching planes and rockets! Challenge your rocket design to travel higher than 1200ft!!
Click here for more information

Camp: Introduction to Engineering
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 1pm -4pm
Ages:  10 – 15 yrs old
Cost: $175
Description: An introduction to drafting, designing, and mechanical engineering by drafting and designing a self-propelled vehicle that travels one meter that uses mechanical energy only.
Click here for more information

Camp: Parent Night Out Dance Party
Location: Cumming Dance Academy North, 192 Dawson Village Way, Ste 150, Dawsonville, GA  30534
Dates: June 8th
Times: 6-10pm
Ages: 4 years old and up (must be potty trained)
Cost: $25 per child ($8 each additional sibling)
Description: Need a night out without the kids? Drop them off with us at CDA North for a Kids-Only Neon Dance Party! We’ll enjoy dancing, singing, snacks, and fun while you enjoy some much deserved adult time! Pizza dinner included!
Click here for more information 

Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Animal Week
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 4-8
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Kids Fest – Mad Science
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: June 4 – June 8
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Rock Camp, Jr.
Location: Music Authority
Dates: June 4 – 9
Ages: 10 and under
Click here for more information 

Camp: Karate Summer Camp
Location: Cumming Martial Arts – 5890 Bethelview Rd, Cumming 30040
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 8:30am – 2pm
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $175 (before May 1st) $195 (after May 1st)
Click here for more information 

Camp: Fun With Food Camp
Location: OT Bus/JCUMC 1180 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Dates: June 4 – 14
Times: 12:15-2pm
Ages: 4-6
Cost: $375 per week
Click here for more information 

Camp: Horse Play Barn Horse Camp
Location: Holtzclaw Rd, Cumming, Georgia 30041
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am-3pm
Ages: Kindergarten to 8th grade
Cost: $300 per week
Click here for more information 

Camp: Robotics VEX IQ Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 3rd – 6th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
Click here for more information 

Camp: Dojo Ninja Warrior
Location: Dojo at Sharon Springs 1595 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 104
Cumming, Georgia 30041
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am-3pm
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $200
Click here for more information 

Week of June 11

Camp: Introduction to Engineering
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 1pm -4pm
Ages:  10 – 15 yrs old
Cost: $175
Description: An introduction to drafting, designing, and mechanical engineering by drafting and designing a self-propelled vehicle that travels one meter that uses mechanical energy only.
Click here for more information

Camp: Summertime Fun Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 11 – July 15
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5-10 year old
Cost: $200 per week
Description: Please join us for a fun filled camp where your child is bound to have a blast! Some activities will include playground time, daily water games, awesome crafts, gym activities, outdoor hikes, a talent show, relay races and much more! Each afternoon we have a snack to share – popcorn, snow cones, s’mores.
Click here for more information

Camp: AA Academy of Action Drive’s Education
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am – 3:30pm
Ages: 15 – 16 yrs old
Cost: $450 per week
Description: This camp will cover all of Joshua’s Law requirements, including the 30 hours in classroom by AAA License to Learn curriculum, the latest DVD interactive educational videos in the industry, and 6 hours, one-on-one, behind the wheel instruction, which will consist of three 2-hour long driving appointments. The road test can be offered upon request.
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Camp: Learn Archery Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am – 12pm
Ages: 9 – 17 yrs old
Cost: $160 per week
Description: Learn basic skills to safely participate in archery. USA Archery certified instructors teach range safety, proper shooting form and fundamentals of the shot cycle. All equipment is provided.
Click here for more information

Camp: Pinecrest Academy School Summer Band Clinic
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages: 6th to 8th grade
Cost: $249
Description: Students will spend a week enhancing their musical skills while learning new and exciting repertoire to perform at a final concert on Friday evening.
Click here for more information

Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp “Intro to Drone Flying Missions”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  1st to 2nd grade
Cost: $350
Description: Campers will learn the basic principles of how to code drones to fly. To complement the coding aspect of the program, we teach the campers how to utilize basic flight terminology to conquer fun and interactive flight challenges. Campers will learn to pitch, yaw, and roll through self-created obstacle courses and then utilize iPads to code the drones through the obstacle courses.
Click here for more information

Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp“Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  3rd to 5th grade
Cost: $350
Description: This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Participants will also create the design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition.
Click here for more information

Camp: Frozen Dance Camp
Location:
Cumming Dance Academy North, 192 Dawson Village Way, Ste 150, Dawsonville, GA  30534
Dates:
June 11 – 15
Times:
5:30-7:30pm
Ages:
3-6 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost:
$175
Description: 
Do what snowmen do in the “summer” – they DANCE! Create a “Frozen”-inspired craft and “Let It Go” as you show your magical abilities in a performance for family and friends at the end of this super fun 5-day camp! The perfect evening camp for working parents.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: June 11-15
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Stipe Studio Camp (Elementary and Middle School week)
Location: Stipe Studio – 5930 Odell St, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 11-15
Times: 10-3pm
Ages: Elementary – Middle School
Cost: $225
Description: Spend a week with us Under the Sea! Stipe Studio presents
The Little Mermaid!
Click here for more information

Camp: Makers Gonna Make – Disney Week
Location: Pinspiration, 5806 South Vickery St, Ste J11-12
Dates: June 11-14
Times: 9am-12pm
Age: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per day or $200 for the whole week
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. Makers Gonna Make.Pinspiration is the ultimate destination for our crafty makers and shakers! Pinspiration, is a DIY art studio and is the place to be  for creative campers.  Voted “Best Of” Day Camp, campers have access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial,such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website.  In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. Wood projects such as signs and art crate totes are good main project examples.The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun. 
Click here for more information

Camp: Kids Fest – Wet & Wild
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: June 11 – June 15
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Youth Wood and Canvas Projects
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: June 11-14
Times: 9:30am-12pm
Age: 8-14 years old
Cost: $160
Click here for more information

Camp: Fun With Food Camp
Location: OT Bus/JCUMC 1180 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Dates: June 4 – 14
Times: 12:15-2pm
Ages: 4-6
Cost: $375 per week
Click here for more information 

Camp: Robotics with Lego Mindstroms EV3 Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 3rd – 6th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
Click here for more information 

Week of June 18

Camp: Camp Altius
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 1st – 6th grade
Cost: $225 per week
Description: Camp Altius serves as a place kids can enjoy their summer while growing in virtue, their talents and in friendships old and new! The awesome activities will include scavenger hunts, crazy crafts, splash time, treasure hunts, and team games. Camp Altius Teams are led by Pinecrest Academy students, alumni and aids who serve as positive role models, while fostering the God-given talents and virtues in their campers
Click here for more information

Camp: Spanish Camp – “Pirates & Mermaids”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5 -10 year old
Cost: $215 per week
Description: Our great learning environment offers lots of fun to those children that want to learn Spanish during the summer. The camp is hands-on and totally immersed in the Latin American Culture. The children will learn the basic vocabulary and expressions related to the theme of the camp. They will do activities such as dances, songs, fun games, and craft. On Thursday the kids will water Day then on Friday the children will enjoy braking our traditional piñata created by the students, and pizza for lunch.
Click here for more information

Camp: Girl’s Art & Science Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages: 1st to 5th grade
Cost: $160
Description: Girls will have a blast while their creativity gets a big boost at this science and art camp. Girls will engage in different art forms and learn about famous artists from history. They will also conduct science experiments in teams and with partners.
Click here for more information

Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp “Intro to Drone Coding Games”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  1st to 2nd grade
Cost: $350
Description: Campers become young Drobots’ pilots and will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more.
Click here for more information

Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp“Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  6th to 8th grade
Cost: $350
Description: Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying, but then quickly progress through various skill challenges, learning how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Participants help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day final activities and competition.
Click here for more information

Camp: Robotics Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: First Session 9am – 12pm or Second Session 1pm -4pm
Ages:  10 – 15 yrs old
Cost: $225
Description: Design, build, and program a robot to complete challenging courses.
Click here for more information

Camp: Moana Dance Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: June 18th – 22nd
Times: 2 yrs old: 9am-10:30am, 3 yrs old: 10:30am-12pm, or 4 years old: 9am-12pm 
Ages: 2-4 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: 1 1/2 hour camp $150 or 3 hour camp $200
Description: Come move your feet to the island beat at our Moana-inspired luau dance camp! Crafts, Snacks, & Dancing! The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family & friends.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Trolls Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates:
June 18th – 22nd
Times: 1-4pm
Ages: 5-7 years old
Cost: $200
Description: Put your hair in the air like you just don’t care! Sing, dance and be happy in our Trolls-inspired dance camp! The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family & friends.
Click here for more information 

Camp: “Descendants” Musical Theater Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 9-11am
Ages: 6+ years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: $185
Description: Purple hair, don’t care? Join us for the camp that is sure to be a summertime hit. From “Rotton to the Core” to “Did I Mention?” the students will have a blast as they dance and sing to music from the musical. Students will work on improvisation technique, voice projection, and stage presence. They will create related crafts, costumes, and props. The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family and friends.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: June 18-22
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Learn The Miss Niki 8-Count
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: June 21
Times: 1-2:30pm
Ages: 7-11 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: $40
Description: Join Owner/Artistic Director, Miss Niki Watkins, for a  semi-private JAZZ intensive where she will teach the “Miss Niki 8-Count” along with other jazz essentials.  The perfect workshop for any aspiring Performance Class or Company member!  Don’t miss this rare 1-day workshop opportunity to learn from Miss Niki!
Click here for more information 

Camp: Etiquette Class With Miss Niki
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: June 21
Times: 2:3o-4:30pm
Ages: 7-10 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: $50
Description: Proper etiquette, table & dining manners, social & communication skills and more!  Miss Niki will walk your child through the most important manners needed and how to be a well-mannered child who will impress all those around.
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Camp: Parent Night Out Dance Party
Location: Cumming Dance Academy North, 192 Dawson Village Way, Ste 150, Dawsonville, GA  30534
Dates: June 22nd
Times: 6-10pm
Ages: 4 years old and up (must be potty trained)
Cost: $25 per child ($8 each additional sibling)
Description: Need a night out without the kids? Drop them off with us at CDA North for a Kids-Only Neon Dance Party! We’ll enjoy dancing, singing, snacks, and fun while you enjoy some much deserved adult time! Pizza dinner included!
Click here for more information 

Camp: Stipe Studio Camp (Elementary and Middle School week)
Location: Stipe Studio – 5930 Odell St, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 10-3pm
Ages: Elementary – Middle School
Cost: $225
Description: Spend a week with us Under the Sea! Stipe Studio presents
The Little Mermaid!
Click here for more information

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Sizzling Summer Sampler
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  2-6 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week!
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Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Discover Dance I
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 12pm – 3pm
Ages:  7-18 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: This is the PERFECT camp for dancers looking to fall in love with dance! This camp will include dynamic devotions and techniques training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theater! This is a wonderful opportunity to decide what style of dance you love the mos! t! Please pack a snack and a lunch everyday!
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Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Books Come Alive Week
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Kids Fest – Nerf Wars
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: June 18 – June 22
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Youth Wood and Canvas Projects
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: June 18-21
Times: 1:30-4pm
Age: 8-14 years old
Cost: $160
Click here for more information

Camp: Jae Bird’s Craft Camp
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: June 18-21
Times: 9am-12pm
Age: 7-15 years old
Cost: $150
Click here for more information

Camp: Jae Bird’s Craft Camp
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: June 18-21
Times: 1pm-4pm
Age: 7-15 years old
Cost: $150
Click here for more information

Camp: Karate Summer Camp
Location: Cumming Martial Arts – 5890 Bethelview Rd, Cumming 30040
Dates: June 18– 22
Times: 8:30am – 2pm
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $175 (before May 1st) $195 (after May 1st)
Click here for more information 

Camp: Still Pointe’s Summer Superhero Camp
Location: Still Pointe Dance – 1675 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, 30041
Dates: June 18– 22
Ages: 4-8
Cost: $145
Click here for more information 

Camp: Raspberry Pi Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 4th – 7th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
Click here for more information 

Camp: Nerf Wars WWII
Location: Dojo at Sharon Springs 1595 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 104
Cumming, Georgia 30041
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am-3pm
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $200
Click here for more information 

Week of June 25

Camp: Spanish Camp – “Beach Fun”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5 -10 year old
Cost: $215 per week
Description: Our great learning environment offers lots of fun to those children that want to learn Spanish during the summer. The camp is hands-on and totally immersed in the Latin American Culture. The children will learn the basic vocabulary and expressions related to the theme of the camp. They will do activities such as dances, songs, fun games, and craft. On Thursday the kids will water Day then on Friday the children will enjoy braking our traditional piñata created by the students, and pizza for lunch.
Click here for more information

Camp: Coach V’s Sports Performance Camps
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: K to 7th grade
Cost: $185 per week
Description: This skill development camp is designed for kids that are active in all sports or wanting to get active. We cover conditioning, agility, develop hand and eye coordination along with other motor skills. We have multiple game tournaments including ultimate dodgeball for agility, steal the bacon, capture the flag, and many more. All of our games and drills will work on running, jumping, range of motion and flexibility.
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Camp: Pinecrest Soccer Academy
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am – 12pm
Ages: 9 – 17 yrs old
Cost: $120 per week
Description: Coach Kane’s camp will work on the fundamentals of soccer. Players will work on ball skills, shooting techniques, and small-sided games. Every day will end with a competition or a match. Campers will be learning new skills and improving their current skills.
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Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp“Drone Superhero Missions”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  3rd to 5th grade
Cost: $350
Description: Our instructors will open the creative minds of participants as campers attack and defend against Superheroes and Villains. Students will begin the week learning basic maneuvers before using their “Spidey-Sense” to conquer missions such as: Batman’s Drone-Mobile Escape, The Breakout of Iron Man and more. Participants will storyboard their own escape missions while other students attempt to outsmart them using the drone to locate and capture.
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Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp “Drone Mission Mania”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  6th to 8th grade
Cost: $350
Description: It’s all about drone missions as campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air to fly and code the drones through an abundance of missions. Throughout the week, Instructors will pose various challenges that the campers must solve using drones. Missions include: Connect 4, Drone Basketball, King Kong, International Space Station Drone Docking, and more. The week ends with the Ultimate Drone Games, where students collaborate, strategize, and create their own drone missions and then compete against one another. Participants will use the SWIFT™ programming language to accomplish many of these missions.
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Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: June 25-29
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Mickey, Minnie & Me
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 25-29
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  2-6 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week!
Click here for more information

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Discover Dance II
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 25-29
Times: 12pm – 3pm
Ages:  7-18 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: This is the PERFECT camp for dancers looking to fall in love with dance! This camp will include dynamic devotions and techniques training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theater! This is a wonderful opportunity to decide what style of dance you love the mos! t! Please pack a snack and a lunch everyday!
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Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Under the Sea Theme
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 25-29
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Kids Fest – Extreme Water Sports
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: June 25 – June 29
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Raspberry Pi Coding Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 4th – 7th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
Click here for more information 

Week of July 2

Camp: Kids Fest – Adventure Island
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: July 2-3 and 5-6
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Week of July 9

Camp: Coding + STEM Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am -4pm
Ages:  3rd to 6th grade
Cost: $150
Description: Does your child love Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, or all of the above? Join Mr. Q’s coding and STEM camp to create and run your own mini games. Throughout the week we will learn some basics of coding and create these exciting games. Campers will also compete to see who can design, build, and withstand numerous test during our STEM activities.
Click here for more information

Camp: Summertime Fun Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5-10 year old
Cost: $200 per week
Description: Please join us for a fun filled camp where your child is bound to have a blast! Some activities will include playground time, daily water games, awesome crafts, gym activities, outdoor hikes, a talent show, relay races and much more! Each afternoon we have a snack to share – popcorn, snow cones, s’mores.
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Camp: Learn Archery Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am – 12pm
Ages: 9 – 17 yrs old
Cost: $160 per week
Description: Learn basic skills to safely participate in archery. USA Archery certified instructors teach range safety, proper shooting form and fundamentals of the shot cycle. All equipment is provided.
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Camp: Pinecrest Paladin Basketball Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 1st – 8th grade
Cost: $185 per week
Description: The Pinecrest Academy varsity boys basketball coaching staff and varsity boys and girls players are hosting our Pinecrest Academy Basketball camp. Each day includes an emphasis on footwork, ball handling, shooting and fun. We will have daily skills contests and live 3on3 and 5on5 game experience. Players will be grouped by age and ability. This will be a great place for players looking to develop skills to participate in competitive games, and will be an environment where kids can come and have fun with new friends.
Click here for more information

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Pretty Pretty Princess
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 9-15
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  2-6 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week!
Click here for more information

Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Around the World Theme
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: July 9-13th
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Kids Fest – Ninja Warrior
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $165
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Robotics with Lego Mindstroms EV3
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 3rd – 6th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
Click here for more information 

Week of July 16

Camp: Coding + STEM Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am -4pm
Ages:  3rd to 6th grade
Cost: $150
Description: Does your child love Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, or all of the above? Join Mr. Q’s coding and STEM camp to create and run your own mini games. Throughout the week we will learn some basics of coding and create these exciting games. Campers will also compete to see who can design, build, and withstand numerous test during our STEM activities.
Click here for more information

Camp: Spanish Camp – “Around the World”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5 -10 year old
Cost: $215 per week
Description: Our great learning environment offers lots of fun to those children that want to learn Spanish during the summer. The camp is hands-on and totally immersed in the Latin American Culture. The children will learn the basic vocabulary and expressions related to the theme of the camp. They will do activities such as dances, songs, fun games, and craft. On Thursday the kids will water Day then on Friday the children will enjoy braking our traditional piñata created by the students, and pizza for lunch.
Click here for more information

Camp: Fun Kids Art Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5 -8 year old
Cost: $150
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Camp: Pinecrest Paladin Basketball Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: K – 8th grade
Cost: $185 per week
Description: The Pinecrest Academy varsity boys basketball coaching staff and varsity boys and girls players are hosting our Pinecrest Academy Basketball camp. Each day includes an emphasis on footwork, ball handling, shooting and fun. We will have daily skills contests and live 3on3 and 5on5 game experience. Players will be grouped by age and ability. This will be a great place for players looking to develop skills to participate in competitive games, and will be an environment where kids can come and have fun with new friends.
Click here for more information

Camp: Moana Dance Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: July 16th – 20th
Times: 2 yrs old: 9am-10:30am, 3 yrs old: 10:30am-12pm, or 4 years old: 9am-12pm 
Ages: 2-4 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: 1 1/2 hour camp $150 or 3 hour camp $200
Description: Come move your feet to the island beat at our Moana-inspired luau dance camp! Crafts, Snacks, & Dancing! The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family & friends.
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Camp: Trolls Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates:
July 16-20
Times: 1-4pm
Ages: 5-7 years old
Cost: $200
Description: Put your hair in the air like you just don’t care! Sing, dance and be happy in our Trolls-inspired dance camp! The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family & friends.
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Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: July 16-20
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Under the Sea
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 16-20
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  2-6 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week!
Click here for more information

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Nothing But Ballet
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 12pm – 3pm
Ages:  7-18 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Let the incredible Miss. Taylor encompass you in a fun filled and faith driven Ballet only dance camp! You will learn new technique, fine tune existing skills and learn variations! Daily devotions will also occur every day! Please pack a lunch and a snack!
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Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Winter in July
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: July 16-20
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information

Camp: Kids Fest – Spy School
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Youth Wood and Canvas Projects
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: July 16-19
Times: 9:30am-12pm
Age: 8-14 years old
Cost: $160
Click here for more information

Camp: Jae Bird’s Craft Camp
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: July 16-19
Times: 9am-12pm
Age: 7-15 years old
Cost: $150
Click here for more information

Camp: Jae Bird’s Craft Camp
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: July 16-19
Times: 1pm-4pm
Age: 7-15 years old
Cost: $150
Click here for more information

Camp: Karate Summer Camp
Location: Cumming Martial Arts – 5890 Bethelview Rd, Cumming 30040
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 8:30am – 2pm
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $175 (before May 1st) $195 (after May 1st)
Click here for more information 

Camp:  Handwriting BootCamp
Location: OT Bus/McGinnis Woods Country Day School – 5368 Faircroft Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Dates: July 16– 19
Times: 1:30-3pm
Ages: Rising First & Second Graders
Cost: $325
Click here for more information 

Camp: Robotics VEX IQ Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 6th – 8th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
Click here for more information 

Week of July 23


Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: July 23-27
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Company Intensive
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 26 – 28
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages:  7-18 years old
Cost: $300 per dancer
Description: Have you been interested in joining the Footprints Company? This is your starting point! Join BRAND NEW guest instructors and your Footprints Faculty Favorites in this intense “boot camp.” Students will be taking Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Acrobatics. This camp is REQUIRED for all students auditioning for the 2018-2019 Footprints Company. MUST BE REGISTERED BY JUNE 1st! No early bird discounts apply to this camp.
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Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Magical Creature Week
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: July 23-27
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Kids Fest – Super Hero Academy
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: July 23-27
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $170
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Youth Wood and Canvas Projects
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: July 23-26
Times: 1:30-4pm
Age: 8-14 years old
Cost: $160
Click here for more information

Week of July 30

Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Famous Artists Week
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: July 30-August 3
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

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The Five Study Skills Your Child Should Know By 5th Grade

Study Skills

The Five Study Skills Your Child Should Know By 5th Grade

This guest post was provided by Pinecrest Academy

Each school year provides us with a new beginning, another “first day” to do our best academically. In this post, you’ll find tips you can easily implement at home in order to help your child be successful this school year.

As an educator with 25 years of experience, I have observed some techniques that actually work. Any child can master them with effort, consistency, a desire to learn and with the support of their parent. We often think that learning content for quizzes and tests is often the primary focus for studying; however, forming good habits for a lifetime of learning should be the ultimate goal in studying. The process of learning is just as important as the content being learned, because it is often during the process that one makes the necessary connections for real learning.

Here are key study skills for children in kindergarten through 5th grade:

  1. Memorize. Top on the list (but not necessarily most important) is memorization. Memorization is easier to do when a child is younger, as the brain synapses are more malleable and fire more easily, making the necessary connections to remember details.  Such aids as mnemonic devices, songs, rhymes, stories, etc. help students remember the order of events, the important characters of a story, the United States and their capitals, the books of the Bible, etc. Almost anything worth remembering can be made into a song, rhyme, story or mnemonic device.
  2. Repeat. Some students don’t always understand content or concepts when first introduced to them.  They require more time to “get it.” This is where repetition comes in. When writing, doing math problems or reading something for the second and third time, the process begins to click and make sense. Very few students grasp a new concept right away. Many need ample time to work with the new material in various ways. This is the ultimate reason for homework. The goal is to practice at home what was taught (and hopefully learned) in school. Often a child has forgotten how to solve a math problem by the time he comes home and has to “relearn” it at home. This process of relearning can take more time than parents think it should, but patient repetition is the best approach when helping students learn or practice a new or difficult concept. You could ask the teacher for suggestions on how to work with your child. For example, when striving to master multiplication tables, create a game, whereby you throw your child a ball and say a problem as you throw. Your child must answer correctly before throwing the ball back.
  3. Identify Patterns. Identifying patterns helps students make connections to prior knowledge. All learners need a place, a construct, to “hook” or connect new information or concepts to understand them. Children are always learning and naturally trying to figure things out, whether it is a toddler trying to stack blocks so that they don’t fall, a third grader trying to put a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle together, or a fifth grader making an outline. Parents can help their children, according to their age and maturity, to look for patterns and connect new concepts to prior knowledge. A few examples of learning patterns: comparing a movie to the book in how the information is presented; looking at themes presented in movies or books; learning the location and shape of the 50 United States; seeing how multiplication is just repeated addition. Choose educational games which support the subject content children are learning or will be learning during the year. Some suggestions are US map, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division facts, and spelling words. If your child has access to electronics, select games which help her memorize through repetition, repeated concepts, and terms, such as spelling words, math facts, geography, and pattern games.
  4. Build good habits and routines. What is the ideal study environment you want for your child this year? A quiet place (desk, kitchen/dining room table), a distraction-free zone, (no music, TV, video games, electronics, even younger siblings.), and a set amount of time (preferably at the same time) in which to work and accomplish the task at hand. Good routines are not haphazard or spontaneous, but thought out and planned. Observe your patterns and what works best for your family’s lifestyle. As a teacher and a mother, I know that often I need to sacrifice my wants (ie, no phone calls, email, or Facebook during homework time) to allow real studying to happen. I need to be available to my child for questions.  It is a quiet time for everyone. I might be reading a book or article or even preparing dinner, but the atmosphere is free of extra noise. Even siblings can have quiet time during homework time. This time is crucial in building the habit of concentration. The human mind cannot comprehend at the greatest level possible if there are distractions.
  5. Review. One last point for improving study habits in the elementary student is to help him learn how to review the content and concepts he is learning.  Students in 4th and 5th grades often have interactive notebooks. These are great study tools. Reviewing content for 5-10 minutes a day or even 15 minutes a week would do wonders in actually learning the information. Also, teachers in these grades often give study guides two weeks prior to upcoming tests. Have your child complete the study guide, filling it out with the answers when he receives it (and create flashcards), and look at it for 5-10 minutes each night in preparation for the test. The night before will be just a basic review because he will have already learned and connected the concepts.

Study skills for elementary students are simple but vital for establishing the life-long habit of learning. Parents are key to establishing these consistent routines and fostering this positive learning environment. Learning happens all the time, but learning how to study and do your best takes hard work and discipline on the part of both students and parents.

Do you have any tried and true tips that help your child master the art of learning?

Denise Madgey is a former teacher and principal and currently serves as a tutor to students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. She is married to husband, Scott, and they have one daughter, Anne-Marie. She can be reached at denise.madgey@gmail.com.

 


Pinecrest Academy is a private, Pre-K3 through 12, college preparatory Catholic school, located in South Forsyth, just one mile from The Collection. We provide an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking while offering personalized attention in a Christ-centered environment of faith and reason. Go online to schedule a tour today!

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Five Health Reasons To Do Functional Fitness

Five Health Reasons To Do Functional Fitness

You’re driving and get stopped at a red light. You’re thirsty and remember your water bottle is in the back seat. Being careful not to take your foot off the brake, you quickly wrench your back sideways and reach for your water bottle.

Pop. Followed by searing pain. You just threw your back out…

Has this happened to you?  I think something similar has happened to all of us at some point in life. I’m here today to explain how you can keep it from happening again. It’s two words – “Functional Fitness.”

Although the term functional fitness might seem overused in the fitness industry today—ad nauseam—there’s a reason for it.

Here’s a quick explanation of what we mean by functional fitness: It’s a way of training that forces your muscles to work together, as opposed to in isolation. In other words, it mimics the way your body needs to move during day-to-day activities in life.

We’re not saying isolation strength training is a bad thing. Bodybuilding-style lifting is definitely going to help you gain strength. But that kind of strength doesn’t lead to fluid coordination in your movements, and it will likely only hinder your mobility if it’s all you’re doing.

Basically, through training functional movements, we’re trying to get you moving the way you were able to when you were a child or even a toddler.
Think about how easy it is for a baby to get down to the floor and stand up again, and to get down and stand up without using their hands. Or remember when you were a kid and going across the monkey bars was fun? But now you hang from a bar and your joints immediately ache?

That’s what we’re trying to eliminate. We’re trying to make playgrounds fun again for you, and the best way to do this is to practice in the gym what you’re going to see in life in a way that will make life feel easy, and more importantly fun, again.

#1 -Better for your joints

Training multi-joint, multi-muscle groups puts seriously less strain on your joints than isolation work. Again, this doesn’t mean you can’t also do isolation work, but isolation on its own is much harder on your joints. Functional movements, on the other hand, will help strengthen your joints. It will also help you steer clear from joint-related injuries, like arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis.

#2 – Better for bone density

Osteoporosis and low bone bass are considered a public health threat in the U.S. today. Close to 44 million men and women above the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis in the U.S. alone. Weight-bearing activities and strength training are particularly good for maintaining bone density to help fend off the dangers of losing bone mass as we age.

#3 – Better at protecting from acute injuries

The hypothetical reach for your water-bottle in the car situation is less likely to happen if your body is accustomed to moving like that on the regular. From lifting your hands over your head to pulling and pushing, to squatting, hinging and carrying, training functionally helps your body be OK with doing all of these things in the real world.

It means your back won’t be shocked when you lift a heavy suitcase onto a conveyer belt at the airport, or you reach over your head to put a heavy bowl away in the cupboard.

Like the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it…We’ll make sure you keep using it.

#4 – Better at the leisure activities

So you want to go hiking, skiing, swimming with your kids and grandkids, but you’re scared you won’t be able to keep up on the ski hill and will spend the day either feeling guilty because you’re holding them back or skiing alone.

What we do here will prepare you physically and build your confidence to not just go skiing with your grandkids, but to keep up with them!

#5 – Better at life

When you’re functionally fit, you won’t need to worry about getting too old to handle the stairs in your house. You’ll be able to help lift a couch to vacuum underneath it. Carrying groceries won’t ever be a concern. In short, we’ll help keep you out of assisted living and old age home situations.
It goes without saying, this means you’ll live a longer, and more importantly, happier and more fulfilling life.

Contact us about starting your functional fitness plan today!


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

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Healthy Back To School Habits From Dr. Marchman

The start of the school year brings many changes, one of which being a significant change to family schedules. It is not uncommon for these changes to throw us off track in terms of our healthy lifestyle habits. Here are some tips to help keep your family on track as this school year begins.

1. Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast score higher on tests, concentrate better, solve problems more easily, and have better muscle coordination. For adults, benefits include enhanced vitamin and mineral intake, weight control, increased mental clarity, and greater production at work. If you are running short on time in the morning, here are some quick options:

  • Oatmeal topped with nuts or raisins
  • Low-fat yogurt with sliced fruit or a banana
  • Whole-grain toast with almond butter

A fruit and vegetable smoothie that can be put in a to-go cup (put the ingredients in the blender the night before so all you have to do is add your frozen items and zap it in the morning)

2. Pack lunches together the night before. Allowing your child to be part of the process and decision making means they are more likely to be happy with the selections and will be more likely to eat it. It also gives you an extra set of hands to get things done, all while empowering them. It’s also one less thing you have to worry about in the morning. Pack yours while you are at it! Some ways to keep it fun:

  • Cut fruit into fun shapes
  • Have a themed lunch like certain colored foods for holidays
  • Present food differently like putting chunks of fruits, veggies, and a protein on a wooden skewer
  • Fast options: turkey and cheese roll-ups; almond butter and banana sandwiches; yogurt, fruit, and granola; leftover pasta; whole grain crackers with cheese and fruit

    3. Stay active. Running from one activity to the next leaves little time for meals as a family and homework, let alone unstructured play. Carefully consider the activities your children are involved in. Plan family time around physical activity such as bike riding, hiking, or playing soccer in the yard. Limit screen time for your children to one to two hours a day. There are all sorts of benefits that come from being active for both old and young, but a few big ones come to mind: improved energy, improved mood, enhanced learning and memory, improved concentration, better sleep, increased immune function, decrease risk for disease, and improved weight control.

4. Write everything down onto a calendar or planner. Fitting in your physical activity can be a challenge as well as finding time to prepare healthy meals. Putting all activities and obligations on a master family calendar allows you to see where you can carve out time for your own activity, as it’s so important to practice self care. Get creative. Maybe it is running around the field while your child is at soccer practice. Maybe it is taking turns as to who does drop off so you can hit the gym first thing in the morning. Maybe it is taking turns with a friend watching each other’s kids so that you can each get some physical activity in or have time to prepare dinner.

5. Get enough sleep. This goes for the entire family. Sleep is just as vital to us adults as it is to growing children. Sleep is important for learning and memory. Not getting enough sleep can lead to irritability, impatience, the inability to concentrate, and a decrease in productivity. Additionally, sleep deprivation alters immune function. Getting enough sleep leads to a happier and more efficient environment, so that your family is better able to face the challenges that a new and busy routine brings.

6. Use essential oils. From valor for those first day of school jitters to thieves for immune support to a focus roller to help your child stay on track, oils are a huge tool for back to school season. To learn more about essential oils, check out this page. You can also follow Dr. Marchman’s oily Instagram page at @dropsofhealth.

7. Get adjusted. Getting your spine aligned helps you function better, mentally and physically. And who couldn’t use a little mental and physical boost once school is back in session? Adjustments are safe and effective for the entire family and regular adjustments can make a huge difference in the overall wellness of your family.

Hopefully these tips will help you maintain your healthy lifestyle habits with the start of the school year. Here’s to a happy, healthy year for your family!


Dr. Kristin Marchman loves serving the Cumming community and assisting in educating about health and wellness.  As a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and Georgia Birth Network, Dr. Marchman is dedicated to providing optimal health to her patients through chiropractic care. She is certified in the Webster Technique for pregnant women, a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby, and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.

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5830 Clarion Street, Suite 101, Cumming, GA 30040 | 678.947.4449​

Hanna & Ozella Boutique Grand Opening

Who is Hanna & Ozella Boutique? We are a local company run by two friends, Courtney Carter and Marianna Abramson, who recognized the need for affordable clothing for the Miss and Mrs.

Our Miss Collection clothes girls as young as 2T through the tween and teen years, so your daughter will enjoy fun clothing that is sure to keep her comfortable and trendy as she grows!

Our Mrs. Collection spans from current trends to classic items to staple pieces that will carry you through all of the seasons. Each item in our store is hand chosen to meet the values of the boutique: confidence-inspiring, comfortable, and affordable.

We are proud to offer a service in which all our customers feel valued, so if we can make your shopping experience better, don’t be shy, drop us a line using the Contact Us link on our website www.HannaOzellaBoutique.com! Be sure to follow our Facebook page, Hanna & Ozella Boutique, to send us a message or to check out our deals and promos!

This store is dedicated in loving memory to our fashionable grandmothers. Hanna, who was always seen in a stylish dress or a skirt, and Ozella, who never left the house without lipstick!

Lecture Series on World Religions begins August 9 at Library

Religions of the World, a new educational series for adults, begins Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library. Dr. Pam Sezgin, Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of North Georgia, will speak on the history of Judaism from antiquity to the present day.

Admission to Religions of the World programs is free and each guest lecturer will share information about how a certain religion developed, how it changed throughout history, and common observances and practices in modern times. The lectures are expected to last 60-90 minutes, including a brief question-and-answer session moderated by the presenter and library staff.

“Many of our patrons are interested in learning about other cultures and religions, so this series was developed to provide information on different faiths from academic and historical perspectives,” says Programming Manager Tracy Walker.

The first five lectures offer a fascinating view on the history and basic principles of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Sikhism.

Dr. Sezgin is expected to explain how Judaism, the world’s oldest monotheistic religion, traces its origins to Father Abraham, circa 1950 B.C.E.

She will explain how this religion provided an abrupt break with polytheism, the worship of many gods, in the ancient world and developed the idea of one deity who was absolute and all powerful. Dr. Sezgin will also share information on how changes in more recent history resulted in the eventual division into the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist branches of Judaism.

Dr. Jonas Kauffeldt, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Georgia, will give the next presentation, Islam Around the World, at the Sharon Forks Library at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26.

Islam is the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.8 billion followers. Dr. Kauffeldt’s presentation is expected to focus on the life and ministry of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as the principles of Muslim beliefs and practices.

Levi Mentz, Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel and Co-Director at Chabad Forsyth, will explain the significance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at the Sharon Forks Library at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30.

Rabbi Mentz is expected to share information about the Hebrew calendar, as well as common practices and traditions for observing the holiday.

Heather Murray, Senior Lecturer of History at the University of North Georgia, will speak on the history and practices of Buddhism, its early link to Vedic traditions in India, and its transformation in China, Korea, and Japan on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library.

Dr. Barry Whittemore, Lecturer of History at the University of North Georgia, will discuss how Sikhism was a progressive religion well ahead of its time when it was founded over 500 years ago on the principles of monotheism, divine unity and equality of all humankind, and selfless service at the Post Road Library at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16.

“We’re already hearing from our patrons about additional topics they’d like to learn about in the Religions of the World program. We’re looking forward to continuing the series in late fall when we’ll be inviting guest lecturers to present on the history of more world religions and holidays,” explains Walker.

For more information the Religions of the World program or other library events, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Fancy Nancy-themed Disney Junior Play Date on Saturday, August 18

Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets and Town Center at Cobb invite the community to “Fancy Nancy”-themed Disney Junior Play Date events. Aimed to entertain and delight children of all ages, the events at each center will take place on Saturday, August 18.

Disney Junior’s animated family comedy “Fancy Nancy”, which debuts July 13, centers on Nancy, a high-spirited six-year-old whose zest and enthusiasm for all that is exquisite –including language, nature, art, and color – transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Excited to experience what the magnificent world has to offer, Nancy uses her ingenuity and resourcefulness to exemplify that even if life doesn’t always go as planned, it’s important to make the most of each day and encourage others to do the same. Watch the new series on Disney Junior to join the fun!

During the “Fancy Nancy”-themed Disney Junior Play Date event, families will participate in a variety of activities including photo booths, craft projects and more. The fun begins at the centers during the following dates and times:

  • Mall of Georgia: Saturday, August 18 from 2-4 p.m. in Von Maur Court
  • North Georgia Premium Outlets: Saturday, August 18 from noon-2 p.m. in Sundial Court
  • Town Center at Cobb: Saturday, August 18 from 1-3 p.m. in Center Court

    Simon has created a national collaboration with Disney Junior to launch Family at Simon with Disney Junior Play Dates in approximately 100 Simon Malls, Mills and Premium Outlets across the country. Disney Junior Play Dates will be held quarterly featuring a different Disney Junior character to coincide with key shopping periods.

    About Simon

    Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

Civil Air Patrol Squadron GA160 to Lead Aerospace Program with Forsyth Students

Cadets and other representatives from Civil Air Patrol Squadron GA160 in Gainesville will lead a 3-hour workshop on aerospace and the science of flight on Saturday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Street. The Aerospace Workshop is intended for students in kindergarten through ninth grade and admission is free.

“We first began working with the squadron when McKevor Tatum, a teen patron and volunteer, shared his experiences with the Civil Air Patrol,” explains Julie Boyd, Youth Services Supervisor at the Cumming Library.

Boyd and Tatum worked together to plan the first Aerospace Workshop at the Cumming Library earlier this year.

“Our patrons are very interested in science and technology programming, so we knew McKevor’s idea to host a workshop with the Civil Air Patrol would be well received. More than 70 students and their parents and caregivers participated in January’s workshop and we all had a great time learning about flight and then building and testing our own air-powered rockets,” explains Boyd.

Next weekend’s workshop will focus on flying kites, balloons, and gliders. Participants will learn about the scientific principles and the mechanics of flight, including hands-on experiments to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion and Bernoulli’s Principle. Then, participants can build their own flying machines and test them on the lawn behind the library at the end of the workshop.

Representatives from Squadron GA160 will also explain the purpose of their organization and answer questions from parents and students about ways to get involved. The squadron is part the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary and operates Cadet and Honor Guard programs, participates in FEMA and Search and Rescue training, and leads local aerospace education efforts.

“We are excited to learn more about aerospace and the opportunities that are open to students who have a passion for science and flight. It will be a pleasure to welcome the cadets and other squadron leaders back to the library and we know our patrons will learn so much from this workshop,” adds Boyd.

For more information about Civil Air Patrol Squadron GA160, please visit www.ga160.org. For more information about the Aerospace Workshop on August 4 or other library programs, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Music Authority Honored for Making a Difference

Music Authority Honored for Making a Difference

Music Authority in Cumming, Georgia was recently honored for making a difference in the lives of their students. Named as one of the Top 100 Music Stores worldwide, they were also given the spotlight in the area of “Music Making a Difference” at the June 29 award banquet.

The National Associated of Music Merchants (NAMM) praised Music Authority’s culture of community and inclusiveness, a music school where musicians of all ages and ability levels can work together and thrive. Specifically noting their dedication to students with special needs, Music Authority’s policy is to work with any student to find avenues to success.

Music Authority’s performance programs, opportunities for all students to grow their self-esteem, gain confidence in front of a crowd, and to push themselves beyond their comfort zone, also embraces all students.

“We rarely say no when a parent wants to sign a child up to perform,” says owner, Melisa Loggins. “We’d rather be creative and find a way to give all students the opportunity to experience the stage.”

This program frequently showcases the outstanding “veterans” alongside the first-time performers, utilizing a team and community environment to create a support system of other students for the child who’s new and nervous. Older, more experienced students remember that first time performance fear and pull together to help the newer performers.

Not all student choose to perform. Ms. Loggins continues to say, “Our goal is to challenge each student where they are. If performance isn’t in their interest right now, we’ll encourage them to think about it for a future show, and then find a better way to challenge them in their private lesson.”

Music Authority has been a Top 100 Dealer for the past four years. They have been serving students from Forsyth County and beyond since 2002. In addition to their educational programs, which see close to 600 students per week during the school year, Music Authority is a full line music retail shop and houses a busy guitar repair shop.

To learn more about Music Authority, you can find them online at www.musicauthorityinc.com, on Facebook, or by calling 770-886-9066. Music Authority is located at 123 Merchants Square, Cumming, GA, 30040.

Top 3 Photo Shoot Locations Near Cumming

Top 3 Photo Shoot Locations Near Cumming

One of the number one things clients ask when they book a session with me is, “do you have any location recommendations?”

Well of I course I do, and even better I am going to share my top 3 favorite spots to shoot around the Cumming area. These places are all great for professional portrait sessions, personal photos/taking pictures of the kiddos, as well as great spots to practice if you’re just learning to shoot!

Anderson Sunflower Farm

The Anderson family grows two large fields of sunflowers every summer on their farm at the corner of Hwy 9 and Shiloh Rd. They also set out some really cool old trucks, tractors, and other farm-esque props for everyone to use. There are even an old barn and a beautiful fence that make wonderful backgrounds as well. Not only is it an awesome photography spot, but its also a fun family outing. The farm allows you to pick and purchase your own sunflowers, they are pup friendly, and they also usually have some local honey, jams, etc available for purchase!

Fees: They charge professional photographers $35/session and $10 admission for the general public. The farm is also open for professional photography sessions in the off-season. Just give them a call to let them know you’re coming and bring the $35 session fee.

Poole’s Mill Bridge Park

Technically located in Ball Ground, GA about 15 minutes from Vickery Village, Poole’s Mill Bridge Park is a great photography spot and has tons of different options for backgrounds. There is a covered bridge, a creek, and tons of seasonal foliage and trees. This park is open to the public and there is no fee to shoot there.

Birmingham Park 

Birmingham park is somewhat of a secret gem hidden on a dirt road in the heart of Milton. This park is full of overgrown fields and beautiful abandoned barn-like buildings. This park is also open to the public and is free for photography!

Drive all the way to the dead end and park in the little gravel lot. To the right, you’ll see a dirt road off to the side. Walk down that road/trail to find the fields and old buildings. I would highly recommend bringing a pair of tennis shoes/boots for walking because the trail can get muddy if it has rained recently.

 


Sarah Trulove is a local family and senior photographer, yogi, & creative. While photography is her passion, she also loves to paint, run, read, eat & sip coffee in the morning sunshine. When she started her business, she focused mainly on weddings only to realize that families are where her heart is. She’s always loved children, holds a degree in social work and child advocacy, and volunteers with children in foster care alongside her photography business.
 
In addition, to photography, Sarah is opening Village Yoga this summer in Vickery Village! 
Connect with Sarah: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Office Phone: 678 856 6313

Flavors by Julie: Malva Pudding Happiness

Malva Pudding Happiness

A little over 18 years ago, while visiting friends in the Peachtree City area, we decided to find a unique place to dine. We found a small restaurant that featured South-African food. We all enjoyed our entrees along with the time we shared together. When it was time for dessert, which I typically don’t order, I was offered a pudding named Malva, a sweet pudding of Cape Dutch origin. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream. I was told that many South African restaurants offer it. Some restaurants add ginger, brandy, and dates. So I ordered Malva pudding and became an instant fan.

Malva pudding remained in my mind as one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. A little over three weeks ago, while having lunch with one of my closest friends, I was pleasantly surprised when the waiter listed the desserts available at an Italian restaurant I had never visited. Imagine my surprise when the first item mentioned was Malva Pudding! An Italian Restaurant in Johns Creek featured the one dessert I loved and had not found anywhere since 1997.

“Our food will bring back memories” is Rosamia Ristorante Italiano’s slogan. How true that was for me. The restaurant features homemade delicacies including a nice range of Italian plates. The ravioli is delightful, and three choices are available: Portobello mushroom in sage Panna; Butternut with Amaretto di Saronno Sage butter; and, Ricotta with Erbe; Pomodoro or Bolognese. Pasta lovers can choose from Spaghetti, Penne, Farfalle, Linguini, and Capellini. Gluten-free pasta is available and for those who enjoy a bit of spice, all pasta can be made arrabbiata (spicy).

Their menus are available online if you want to peruse their offerings. The restaurant is small, though I consider that a plus. Reservations are always suggested and can be made by calling 770-772-6456 or via email at rosamiaitalian@gmail.com. The memories that lunch at Rosamia brought back to my mind, and heart, are simple – a quiet, lovely time when my husband (now deceased) and I enjoyed the company of great friends while feasting on a fabulous meal in Peachtree City, and the best dessert I’ve ever had – Malva pudding. I would have never thought my heart would be so happy to find it again. And yes, my tummy was very happy too!

Rosamia Ristorante Italiano
11730 Jones Bridge Rd
Johns Creek, GA 30005
770-772-6456
www.rosamiaitalian.com


Julie Brennan has been publishing My Forsyth magazine since 2010. She volunteers as part of the Kick It Up and REACH programs for MentorMe North Georgia, South Forsyth High School Culinary School Program, and the Forsyth County Schools College and Career Development Program. Julie was born and raised on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. We like to refer to her as the Forsyth Foodie full of local flavor!

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    Who is Hanna & Ozella Boutique? We are a local company run by two friends, Courtney Carter and Marianna Abramson, who recognized the need for affordable clothing for the Miss and Mrs. Our Miss Collection clothes girls as young as 2T through the tween and teen years, so your daughter will enjoy fun clothing that … Continue reading “Hanna & Ozella Boutique Grand Opening”

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  • Lecture Series on World Religions begins August 9 at Library

    Religions of the World, a new educational series for adults, begins Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library. Dr. Pam Sezgin, Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of North Georgia, will speak on the history of Judaism from antiquity to the present day. Admission to Religions of the World … Continue reading “Lecture Series on World Religions begins August 9 at Library”

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  • Fancy Nancy-themed Disney Junior Play Date on Saturday, August 18

    Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets and Town Center at Cobb invite the community to “Fancy Nancy”-themed Disney Junior Play Date events. Aimed to entertain and delight children of all ages, the events at each center will take place on Saturday, August 18. Disney Junior’s animated family comedy “Fancy Nancy”, which debuts July 13, … Continue reading “Fancy Nancy-themed Disney Junior Play Date on Saturday, August 18”

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  • Civil Air Patrol Squadron GA160 to Lead Aerospace Program with Forsyth Students

    Cadets and other representatives from Civil Air Patrol Squadron GA160 in Gainesville will lead a 3-hour workshop on aerospace and the science of flight on Saturday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Street. The Aerospace Workshop is intended for students in kindergarten through ninth grade and admission is free. “We … Continue reading “Civil Air Patrol Squadron GA160 to Lead Aerospace Program with Forsyth Students”

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  • Music Authority Honored for Making a Difference

    Music Authority Honored for Making a Difference Music Authority in Cumming, Georgia was recently honored for making a difference in the lives of their students. Named as one of the Top 100 Music Stores worldwide, they were also given the spotlight in the area of “Music Making a Difference” at the June 29 award banquet. … Continue reading “Music Authority Honored for Making a Difference”

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  • Top 3 Photo Shoot Locations Near Cumming

    Top 3 Photo Shoot Locations Near Cumming One of the number one things clients ask when they book a session with me is, “do you have any location recommendations?” Well of I course I do, and even better I am going to share my top 3 favorite spots to shoot around the Cumming area. These … Continue reading “Top 3 Photo Shoot Locations Near Cumming”

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  • Flavors by Julie: Malva Pudding Happiness

    Malva Pudding Happiness A little over 18 years ago, while visiting friends in the Peachtree City area, we decided to find a unique place to dine. We found a small restaurant that featured South-African food. We all enjoyed our entrees along with the time we shared together. When it was time for dessert, which I … Continue reading “Flavors by Julie: Malva Pudding Happiness”

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