Disney on Ice comes to Altanta {Discount Code Available}

Disney on Ice comes to Atlanta

My family is a huge fan of the Disney on Ice programs.  Our all time favorite is when Toy Story 3 came to life on the ice!!  But we also love the current programs that bring a variety of characters and storylines.

We’re really looking forward to the newest production coming to Atlanta – Rockin’ Ever After!

Rockin’ Ever After will feature some of my favorite characters – BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid AND Beauty & the Beast!

Feld Entertainment, producer, released these Highlights:

  • A Scottish jig as royal contenders from BRAVE compete to win the heart of Merida.
  • Sebastian will break out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel.
  • Harmless hooligans from Tangled unleash musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy & spirited Rapunzel!
  • The Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage will take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle!

I can hardly wait!!   And we don’t have to much longer!

Performance Information

Philips Arena in Atlanta
October 10th & 11th:  7:30pm
October 12th:  10:30am & 7:30pm
October 13th:  11:00am, 2:30pm & 6:30pm
October 14th:  Noon & 4:00pm

Ticket & Ticket Discount Information

Tickets can be purchased three way:

  1. At the Philips Arena Box Office
  2. Via Ticketmaster by phone at 1.800.745.3000.
  3. Log on to Ticketmaster.com/gassouth

Use offer Code GASSOUTH and save 20% on tickets*

*SAVE 20% on the face price of ticket, excluding fees. Good for all performances. Excludes Rinkside, VIP and Club seats. No double discounts.


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Simply submit your event by completing Calendar Submission Form online.  All event submissions are subject to approval of Cumming Local. Events should take place in Forsyth County and or benefit a business, non-profit or family (fundraising event) in Forsyth County.

Events may include the following: Non Profit & Fundraising, Business Sales & Promotions, Sporting Events, School Events, Church Events, Fairs/ Festivals … and More!

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Creekside Mops: Fall/Winter Consignment Sale

Creekside_MOPS Consignment

Creekside MOPS Prepares for Huge Fall Consignment Sale

Organizers Expect 200 Consignors Selling over 25,000 Items!

On Thursday, Aug. 23, through Saturday, Aug. 25, Creekside’s Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group will host its 8th consignment sale at Creekside United Methodist Church, located at 673 Peachtree Parkway next to South Forsyth High School. The popular sale will feature gently used children’s and maternity clothing, toys, nursery equipment and more. Proceeds from the sale benefit MOPS and Teen MOPS ministries. This is one of Forsyth County’s largest consignment sales and is eagerly anticipated by sellers and bargain shoppers.

New and previous consignors are encouraged to sign up now for the sale at www.creekside.net using My Consignment Manager. There is a flat fee of $10 payable by Paypal, cash or check to consign items. Consignors earn 70 percent of the selling price up to $100 for their items. For items priced above $100, sellers earn 80 percent of the selling price of a single item.

Items that will be accepted include gently used fall, winter and seasonal clothing items, shoes, baby and kids furniture, rugs, bedroom and playroom decorations, outdoor toys, toys in great condition with all applicable parts, working electronic games and toys, strollers, highchairs, bouncy seats, jumpies, swings, ride-on toys, books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, games, children’s accessories, maternity clothing, Halloween costumes and children’s holiday items. Stuffed animals and VHS videos will not be accepted.

Consign at the Sale:
Click here to start the Registration Process

Shop the Sale:
Thursday, August 23rd – Preview night open to the public on from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a $5 donation.
Friday, August 24th – 9am to 1pm
Saturday, August 25th – 8am to 1pm (many items will be marked down to half price).

Volunteer at the Sale:
Folks who wish to shop early for the best bargains are encouraged to sign up as a volunteer. Volunteers are needed to help take tags off of items, sort and hang clothing on racks and greet shoppers at the door. Volunteers will be allowed to shop two hours earlier than the public at the pre-sale on Thursday for free and one half-hour earlier than the public at the half-price sale on Saturday.

More Information:
For more information about MOPS or the sale, email Mendy Moore at mops@creekside.net.

New Forsyth County Green Space & Parks Opening

Update: Caney Creek Preserve opening today, June 22nd at 1pm.

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department

New Parks Open

New parks total approximately 282 acres

Forsyth County residents will soon have four new green space passive use parks to explore and enjoy. The county plans to officially open the new Caney Creek Preserve, Haw Creek Park, Chattahoochee Pointe and Old Atlanta Park with ribbon cutting ceremonies scheduled for the coming weeks.

The new parks feature trails for walking and mountain biking, a dog park, canoe launch, playgrounds and more and together total approximately 282 acres.

“Our parks and recreation system is one of Forsyth County’s greatest assets and these four new parks will no doubt be a great addition to it,” Commission Chairman Jim Boff said. “We are thrilled to be opening these new parks for residents to enjoy.”

Caney Creek Preserve
(2755 Caney Road)

Scheduled to open Friday, June 22 at 1 p.m.
The approximately 63-acre Caney Creek Preserve features 1.2 miles of walking trails, a dog park, two pavilions, natural amphitheater and a one-of-a-kind playground with an archeological dig site and water play area. The park is located off of Caney Road, west of the intersection of Caney Road and Brookwood Road.

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Haw Creek Park
(2205 Echols Road)

Scheduled to open Thursday, June 28 at 10 a.m.
Haw Creek Park, located off of Echols Road and spanning approximately 85 acres, includes an approximately 3.3-mile multi-use trail for both foot travel and mountain bikes. Pavilions and a multi-pod playground with a woodlands theme are also among the park’s features.

Chattahoochee Pointe
(5790 Chattahoochee Pointe Drive)

Scheduled to open Thursday, June 28 at 2 p.m.
This approximately 100-acre park borders the Chattahoochee River and features a canoe launch. Two pavilions, more than two miles of walking trails and a river-themed nature-inspired playground are also included at Chattahoochee Pointe. The entrance to the park is off of Old Atlanta Road, approximately 0.4 miles south of the entrance to Olde Atlanta Club.

Old Atlanta Park
(810 Nichols Road)

Scheduled to open Friday, June 29 at 2 p.m.
Old Atlanta Park is located at the intersection of Nichols Road and Old Atlanta Road across from Lambert High School. The park consists of a total of approximately 39 acres, 34 of which are passive use space. The passive portion of the park features a natural playground, a tot-lot for children age six and under, two pavilions, a 1-mile walking trail and a spray pad. Once opened, the spray pad is slated to remain open for the season through September 3. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. On Mondays, the spray pad will be closed for maintenance and private rentals. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person (one year old and up); annual individual passes ($30) and annual family passes ($50) will also be available.

The park’s remaining five acres house the new 40,000-square foot Old Atlanta Park Recreation Center, which opened in February.

About the New Parks

Acquisition of the land for these four new parks was funded by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by Forsyth County voters in February 2008. Construction of the parks was funded by a combination of the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees.

“Forsyth County residents have consistently invested in safeguarding our community’s reputation as one of the best places to live, work, play and visit in the nation,” District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam said. “While other communities have faced devastating challenges, Forsyth County has continued to thrive as a result of our citizens and their desire to guarantee access to green space, parks and recreational facilities. Together, we have protected property values, increased amenities and kept property taxes among the lowest in metro Atlanta.”

Public input played a key role in determining the plans for these parks. A public information meeting was held to discuss master planning and to gain community input.

“We received a lot of feedback from the public to do something different with these spaces,” Director of Parks and Recreation Jerry Kinsey said. “That feedback was then incorporated into the park plans. Each of these new parks has its own look and feel.”

When planning for the playgrounds at these new parks, Parks and Recreation Department staff looked to provide long-lasting, creative, imaginative, natural and inter-generational play spaces. These natural play areas were developed using materials that will be long-lasting and will help reduce maintenance costs. The playgrounds include such features as a large sand pit serving as an archeological dig site, life-size animals and plants, and boulder and rope climbing.

“The playgrounds at these new parks are especially noteworthy,” Outdoor Program Manager Matthew Pate said. “There is nothing like them in the state or the southeast.”

For information on these new green space passive use parks or the many programs and activities offered by the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department, call 770.781.2215 or visit www.forsythco.com.

Send the Titanic 2 Atlantic Station

Help send Mr.Walkup’s Class’ Titanic 2 the Titanic exhibit @ Atlantic Station!

Mr.Walkup’s class, at Vickery Creek Elementary, just finished a culminating project where they built the Titanic!
Made up mostly out of materials and scraps from the school cafeteria and their classroom, the class has created the Titanic!

And now they’re on a mission!

The goal is to get the project displayed at the Titanic exhibit at Atlantic Station!

Help Mr. Walkup’s 3rd grade students get their project to Atlantic Station.

Here’s how you can help:

1.  Like the class Facebook Page Send Titanic to Atlantic Station.

2.  Post your support to “Send the Titanic to Atlantic Station” by reaching out to the Titanic Exhibit:

To learn more about their project & see additional photos, click here.

Camping in Forsyth County

From Forsyth County Parks & Rec …

Campers can soon set up their campsites in Forsyth County when Shady Grove Campground opens for use on March 26. The campground will remain open until November 4, 2012.

“It is exciting to open Shady Grove Campground for campers and to officially start the 2012 camping season in Forsyth County,” said Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Kinsey. “Shady Grove Campground remains a popular destination for Lake Lanier campers.”

The 109-acre campground has more than 110 campsites for campers to enjoy. Amenities include a beach and swim area, boat ramp with courtesy dock, group campsites with picnic shelters, playground, tent camping areas and campsites with water and 30 and 50 amp power hookups.

Daily fees for campground use
30 amp electric site with water  $26
50 amp electric site with water  $28
Tent camping site with no hookups  $18
Group camping (north)  $155
Group camping (south)  $135
Visitor fee  $2
Dump station  $15

“Shady Grove Campground continues to be a fantastic amenity for Forsyth County,” Assistant Director of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Tommy Bruce said. “We are very proud to be able to offer such a high quality campground for our residents and visitors alike.”

This will be just the second camping season since the county made a variety of improvements at Shady Grove Campground. Projects, which were completed during the off-season prior to the 2011 camping season, included expanded camping pads for larger recreational vehicles, a grassy play area and a shoreline restoration. These improvements were made possible by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by voters in February 2008.

Shady Grove Campground is located at 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road in Cumming on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Click here for more information

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Early Voting in Forsyth County

Early Voting for March 6 Presidential Preference Primary/Special Election Starts Monday

Early Voting for the March 6 Presidential Preference Primary/Special Election will begin Monday, February 13, and will run through Saturday, February 25. Forsyth County registered voters may cast their ballot during Early Voting at the Forsyth County Administration Building, located at 110 E. Main Street in Cumming.

Early Voting will be open to all Forsyth County registered voters from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note there is no Absentee, Early or Advance Voting the Monday prior to any election.

The Forsyth County Administration Building at 110 E. Main Street will be open for voting on one Saturday for each election in 2012 in which there is a state or federal candidate on the ballot. This location will be open for voting during Early Voting for the March 6  Presidential Preference Primary/Special Election on Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The March 6 election includes the statewide Presidential Preference Primary, a countywide Special Election to vote on the Sunday Sales of Package Alcohol Referendum within the county, and a citywide Special Election to vote on the Sunday Sales of Package Alcohol Referendum within the city. All Forsyth County registered voters are eligible to vote in the countywide Special Election, but only those voters who live within the city limits of Cumming are eligible to vote in the citywide Special Election.

More Information:

To receive additional election information, visit www.forsythco.com or call 770.781.2118, ext. 9.

More Information on Forsyth County Voter Registration & Elections

Young Residents Make a Difference this Christmas

The Gift of Giving Back

Each year, Act Together Ministries takes on a great challenge – collecting enough donations to make sure that at-risk children in Forsyth County and surrounding areas have presents to open on Christmas morning.  This year, they were working to collect approximately 300 children and families.

And while they were working hard, two young Cumming Residents were also working hard. Natalie Kandul (10), daughter of Ned & Robyn Kandul, and Kaitlyn Lauria (9), daughter of Kristin & Shawn Lauria, both pictured below, organized their own toy drive this season to benefit Act Together Ministries.  Through their efforts, they collected over 50 toys during the month of December.

We live in an awesome community, where even the youngest of residents understand the importance of giving back!  On behalf of Cumming Local, thank you Natalie & Kaitlyn for caring about our community!

To get a better sense of what these gifts & others meant to the community, be sure to read the Christmas 2011 Thank You Notes that Act Together has received.

More about Act Together Ministries:

Act Together is a children’s charity in Forsyth County that serves foster children & children with low income families.

Act Together Ministries OnlineAct Together Ministries on Facebook

Christmas in Cumming GA

Six years in the making and still growing. The Christmas in Cumming Light Show will once again thrill thousands and help Forsyth County Family Haven in the process.

With 6 houses this year and about a quarter million lights dancing to 20 delightful Christmas songs, this years show promises to be stunning. Drive through and experience the show from inside. Houses light up and dance with the music while you listen on your car radios.  Help Forsyth County Family Haven while you visit with your donations of cash or shelter supplies. The shelter is in need of the following items, and greatly appreciates the community’s assistance:

Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Cleaning Supplies
Trash Bags
All Size Diapers
Twin Sheet Sets
Copy Paper
Baby Wipes
Laundry Detergent
Swiffer Wet Jet Refills
Pasta Dinners

The light and music show kicks off Thanksgiving night at 5:30 p.m. and runs every night through New Year’s day.  The show runs until 9:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and until 10:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday.  Visitors are asked to tune their radios in their cars to 88.1 FM to enjoy the music and spectacular lightshow.  The display is located on Bryn Ridge Court in the Haley Farms subdivision in northwest Forsyth County (Cumming, GA  30028.)

Additional information is available at www.christmasincumming.org or on facebook at www.facebook.com/ChristmasInCumming