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Auditions for “Gypsy the Musical”are July 19-20 at the Brannon Heard House, 111 Pilgrim Mill Road. BK Productions is looking for actors, singers and dancers ages 8-80. The show will be held at the Cumming Playhouse Oct. 17-Nov. 9. For more information, call Kathy at (678) 455-6110.



Sawnee Artists Association announces the call for entries for the Through the Lens and Colors of Fall Exhibit and Sale which will be Sept. 6-13. The juried exhibit will feature all original photography, paintings, drawings, mixed media, pottery, woodworking, glass and jewelry and entry is open to all artists. Please visit for all submission guideline information and entry forms. Entry deadline is July 26. For more information, call



The North Georgia Barbershop Singers, a 30-plus man chorus, is inviting all men who like music to come visit. The group will teach new members how to sing. The chorus meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday night at at  Cumming Baptist Church, 115 Church St, Cumming. For more information, call Duane Hunter at (770) 609-9853.






The Kiwanis Club of Cumming meets at noon each Wednesday at Golden Corral on Market Place Boulevard. For more information, go online at or call Mike Burns at (404) 771-6582.




The Cumming Civitan Club meets at 11:45 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Golden Corral on Market Place Boulevard. For more information, call Susie Wortham at (678) 771-8909.



The Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club meets at 7 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Bennett Training Room, 1400 Building. Breakfast is served and each time the group has a speaker. For more information, go online at


The Forsyth County Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Golden Corral on Market Place Boulevard. For more information, call (770) 887-1609 or go online at



The Rotary Club of Johns Creek meets at 12:15 p.m. every Monday at Johns Creek Baptist Church, 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road.



North Forsyth 400 Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday at Coal Mountain Park Community Center, 3560 Setting Down Road. For more information, contact Clayton Rhoads, membership chairman, at (678) 513-1864.




The Place of Forsyth County is accepting donations of school supplies for its annual back-to-school event.  It provides the area’s needy children with a backpack and grade appropriate school supplies. All supplies are needed by July 26.  The backpacks will be distributed at The Place  from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 2. Parents interested in signing up their children for school supplies need to call for an appointment at (770) 887-1098.




Treat the Troops Southern Style, which provides comfort foods for our deployed soldiers, will have packing events at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and Nov. 20, at the VFW Post 9143, 1045 Dahlonega Hwy., Cumming. Please bring homemade cookies (six per twist-tie baggie), candy, individual servings of packable food, travel-size toiletries and letters or cards of appreciation. Tax-deductible postage donations are needed.  For more information, email, or go online at




The Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter is accepting silent auction donations, sponsorships and program ads for the 10thannual Bark & Boogie Ball through Aug. 6.    Individuals with artistic talent (art, photography, jewelry, pottery, etc.) are invited to donate items for the auction.  For more information, call  Debbie Booth at (404) 202-3077;





Meal sponsors are needed for specific Wednesday Noon Day Meals in 2014. If your group is interested in providing a meal for about 100 residents and serving and cleaning up, call Sandy or Ruth at The Place of Forsyth County at (770) 887-1098. To place orders, email For more information, visit



Cumming Home Ministries Thrift Store invites you to bring in donations of all kinds to its new location. Come see the expanded space in the old National Guard building, 429 Canton Road, across the street from the Ingles shopping center. CHM helps men with transitional housing.  Donations will directly help those in your community. Call  (470) 239-3423 for furniture pick-up, or stop by the store from 10-5:30 Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (678) 456-5544 or visit






Helping Hands Partners opened a second thrift store at 4230 Canton Hwy. to complement the store at 523 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Donations of household items, food, clothing and furniture are needed. The store in Cumming is open seven days a week. The Canton Highway localtion is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information or to schedule a pick up, call (404) 545-5721 or (678) 341-8075.



Cumming Elementary will have a recycle rally from 9 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at the school, 540 Dahlonega Hwy. Bring aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other recyclables.



PIER Thrift and Consignment Center is accepting lightly used items from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 5185 Browns Bridge Road. For more information, go online at






Port Royale Marina and Paradise Rental Boats on Lake Lanier will be holding free boat lessons from 6 to 8 p.m. July 15 and July 29 at the marina, 8800 Port Royale Drive, Gainesville. For more information, call Morgan Bylo at (678) 897-7357.





AARP driver safety class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19, at Pleasant Grove Church, 3140 Pleasant Grove Road, Cumming. Participants may receive an insurance discount. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee will be provided.  Registration is $20 for nonmembers and $15 for AARP members with a membership card. To register, call Pete Rodda, (470) 239-4380.



Lanier Technical College GED test is being given at the conference center. The classes are free and are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. Registration for the preparation classes is at 1:45 p.m. July 15 or 22, or 4:45 p.m. July 14 or 21. The class is at 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, Room 250. Classes are free. For more information, call (770) 781-6987, or




Northside Hospital-Forsyth will offer free skin cancer screenings from 6 to 8 p.m. July 23. Registration is required and opens June 9. Those interested should call (404) 845-5555 and press “0” to reserve an appointment.




The P.R.I.D.E. program offers a free, two-hour course designed to help parents and their future drivers ages 14-16, on learner’s permits, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time.  Classes are held at the Forsyth County Public Safety Training Center, 3520 Settingdown Road, Cumming, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 17, Sept. 18 and Nov. 20. To register, call  (770) 886-2800, Ext. 3328, or email



Northside Hospital-Forsyth will offer free stroke screenings from 9 a.m. to noon May 24 in the third flood education center, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive. The comprehensive screening will be administered by health care professionals and will include a risk assessment, blood pressure reading, total cholesterol count, glucose, a limited number of carotid ultrasounds and a one-on-one consultation. Sleep apnea screenings and smoking cessation counseling will also be offered. Appointments are required by calling (404) 845-5555 and pressing “0.”





The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI FDL, holds free support group meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  A Family Support Group meets for adult family members or friends (ages 18 and older) of a loved one living with mental illness.  A Connections Support Group meets for adults ages 18 or older  with a mental health diagnosis. Individuals with a diagnosis must be stable and dedicated to the recovery process.  Both support groups meet on Thursday evenings at the Cumming Senior Center, 595 Dahlonega Hwy., next to the Cumming library.   For information about NAMI Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin, visit or call Linda Fitzwater at 678-947-6156.





Little Mill Elementary is providing tutoring from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday for elementary and middle school students. For more information, call (678) 965-5000.







Seniors Services offers home-delivered meal gift certificate program for senior citizens. Those interested in participating may choose to provide meals for a day, week, month or year. The cost is $3.53 for one meal, $17.65 for one week, $77.66 for one month, and $917.80 for the entire year. Gifts may be tax-deductible. For more information, (770) 781-2178.




Pooches on the Patio, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Forsyth County, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Ridge Great Steaks & Seafood, 1035 Turner Road, on the following dates: Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 26. Patrons can bring their well-behaved dogs on leashes to enjoy dinner and fun activities. A $5 cover per person will be donated to the Humane Society, as well as 10 percent of food sales and $1 from each beverage sale.



Chestatee Wildlife Zoo will be holding a benefit ride and Biker Day on July 20. The ride is being held to raise funds for the new black bear enclosure and will begin at Appalachian Biker at 4320 Settendown Village Road. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The ride will have police escort to the zoo. The fee is $10 per adult and $5 for children 11 and under. Food and beverages will be provided at reasonable price. For more information, call Ron Ciccarone at (678) 316-0473 or Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is a Georgia 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation and fully licensed rescue exotic animal and wildlife preserve.





Humane Society of Forsyth County will present its fourth annual Mutts & More Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14 at Rucker Pet and Wild Bird, 3540 Keith Bridge Road. Plenty of adoptable pets will be featured, as well as dog demonstrations, vendors, games and activities for kids, food, music and more. Event is free to attend; dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, go to





Age Well Forsyth will have bingo games every third Friday night as a fundraiser for the senior centers. Dates are July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19,Oct. 17 and Nov. 21. For more information, call the Forsyth County Senior Center at (770) 781-2178.




Forsyth County High School class of 1979 will hold its 35threunion at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Embassy Suites, 5955 Northpoint Drive, Alpharetta. For more information, call Cindy Webb Hansard (770) 315-7751, Judy Bellamy Harrell (770) 633-1773 or Peggi Bullard Williams  (678) 794-8916.



Age Well Forsyth will go to New Orleans on Sept. 22-26. This trip includes a swamp airboat tour, jazz dinner cruise, two plantations and much more. Cost is $849 double occupancy per person. There is a $200 deposit, which is due as soon as possible. For more information, call (404) 245-7949. 



Sawnee Amateur Radio Association meets every second Monday at Sexton Hall, 2115 Chloe Road, Cumming. For more information, visit or email





Age Well Forsyth is going to New Orleans September 22-26, 2014.  Coach, hotel, 8 meals, swamp airboat tour, dinner cruse, and much more included in the price of $849.00 per person, double occupancy. $200 deposit can be sent to Age Well PO Box 2206, Cumming, Ga. 30028 now.  Deposits held until trips makes.  For more information call 404-245-7949.  Brochures available at seniors centers.






The Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter has a new adoption venue for dogs at Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, 1321 Atlanta Hwy. Dog and cat adoptions are also held at PetSmart and Petco, with additional cat adoption locations at Rucker Pet & Wild Bird and Pooch and Paws. To preview the animals or for adoption times, go online at




The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band is looking for musicians to join. There are no auditions and no dues. The group rehearses from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Monday at First Baptist Church of Cumming, 1597 Sawnee Drive. For more information, go online at or call Harold at (770) 889-0866.




The Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. To learn more about the guild visit The goal is educating and promoting the art of quilting. All quilters are welcome. For more information, call Jill Schneider (770) 889-0710.






The next meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will be at 10:30 a.m. July 12 in the Council House at New Echota State Historic Site near Calhoun. The speaker will be Jack T. Wynn who is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. The meetings are free and open to the public. 




Abused and neglected children in Forsyth County need your help. Please consider volunteering as a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, to help a child have a voice in court. An information meeting is scheduled for July 17 at the United Way Forsyth County building, 240 Elm Street Cumming, GA. The next training for new CASA volunteers will begin the week of Aug. 21. Visit or call (770) 886-4082 for more information.”





The Forsyth County AARP will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon  July 25, at Golden Corral on Market Place Boulevard.  Dusty Gunn with The Villas of Canterfield  will discuss senior care. For more information, contact chapter president Marjorie S. Reeves at (770) 597-8779.




The Forsyth County Women’s Club will have its monthly luncheon at 11 a.m. July 17 at Windermere Golf Club, 5000 Davis Love Drive. Luncheons are on the third Thursday of each month. Cost is $22. For more information, contact Johanna Morgan  at (678) 525-9309 or Visit the club’s Web site at





The Cumming Sunset Quilters meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the 1400 Building at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. The goal is to learn, share and meet others who have a love of quilting. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.



DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Chestatee River Chapter DAR meets the second Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Bennett Education Center, 1400 Building, Northside Forsyth Hospital, Cumming.  For more information, call (678) 513-6127.






Toastmasters of Forsyth County meets at 6:45 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Midway United Methodist Church. Guests welcome. For more information visit







Feed the Hungry Forsyth regularly needs volunteers to pickup and deliver food to community food pantries and to assist with community can good drives. For more information, call (678) 807-9120 or visit


Family Haven, a nonprofit organization supporting victims of domestic violence, has moved its thrift store from Canton Highway to City Shops, 598 Veterans Memorial Blvd. The thrift store also is in need of volunteers. For more information, call (770) 844-0842.



PIER Thrift and Consignment Center, 5185 Browns Bridge Road, is in need of volunteers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The store is a nonprofit group that trains and employs adults with disabilities. For more information, go online at


Forsyth County Senior Services is looking for volunteers for Alzheimer's disease respite care. The service is for those with the disease or other types of dementia. The Sunshine Club meets from 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday at Forsyth County Senior Services, 595 Dahlonega Hwy. Volunteers assist staff with activities including games, music, crafts and exercise. For more information, call Jim Yarbrough at (770) 781-2178.

Hands On Forsyth is seeking volunteers for its many opportunities in Forsyth County. For more information, go online at or call Kerry or Sean at (770) 205-1701.

Ongoing Events

Toastmasters of Forsyth County meets at 6:45 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Midway United Methodist Church, 5025 Atlanta Hwy. Guests are always welcome. For more information, go online at


The 82ndAirborne Division Association is looking for members who have served in the military and are airborne qualified. For more information, call Gary Weller at (678) 943-1935.


The Cumming Sunset Quilters is open to anyone interested in joining them at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Building 1400. For more information, call (770) 889-9471.


The Forsyth County Beekeepers Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve off Spot Road. Anyone is invited to attend and learn more. For more information, go online at or contact Palmer Hafner at or (678) 315-5111.


The Cumming Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Cumming Baptist Church in the fireside room, 115 Church St. For more information, call (770) 844-7061.


Navigators Toastmasters meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at St. Brendan’s Spiritual Life Center off Shiloh Road. For more information, call (404) 597-7612 or e-mail


Baby Boomers of Cumming and North Fulton is a group of married couples who enjoy social activities like dinner, theater, trivia and more. For more information, e-mail


The Toastmasters Community Voice invites guests to learn how to effectively communicate in a business, family or social environment. It meets from 6:45-8 p.m. Mondays at the Holiday Inn Express meeting room off Ga. 400’s Exit 14. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, go online at


Forsyth Pipe and Drum is a group of bagpipers and drummers looking for additional members. The group performs a number of annual shows, including a 9/11 tribute, the Christmas parade and St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah. For more information, call Tony Chapman at (770) 359-9873.


Garden of Empowerment, a nonprofit organization with the purpose of empowering separated, divorced and widowed women to move forward with their lives, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For more information, go online at


FairTax Forsyth meets the last Monday of the month at the Golden Corral in Cumming. Dinner and social time will be from 6-7 p.m., with the meeting from 7-8:15 p.m. For more information, call Dave Andrews at (404) 510-2306.

The North Georgia Barbershop Singers is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and has grown to 33 men who love to sing. The group welcomes new members to visit from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis Tribble Gap Road.

Hand-Me-Rounds Thrift Shop, 102 Buford Dam Road, is a drop-off point for the American Cancer Society Wig Drive. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call Ginny Nunnally at (770) 316-4612.

The Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter Thrift Store, 168 Tri-County Plaza, is open and accepting donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The thrift store has a variety of items for sale, often marked down over time. For more information, visit or call (770) 889-1365, Ext. 8.


The Holistic Moms Network meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffeehouse, 5095 Post Road, with informational speakers, yoga groups, and play groups for mothers interested in holistic health and green living. For more information, e-mail Ann Linke at, or visit

The Sounds of Sawnee Community Band rehearses from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Monday evening at First Baptist Church of Cumming, 1597 Sawnee Drive. All players are welcome. There are no auditions and no dues. All band instruments and all ages are welcome. In January we will be beginning rehearsals for the Celtic concert March 12-13. For more information, go online at or call Garth at (770) 205-6000.

Newborns in Need Cumming chapter meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church, 7620 Lanier Drive. Men and women who can sew, knit, crochet or just cut out and stack fabric are wanted to participate. The group makes various baby items for premature newborns and families in economic need. Donations of money or supplies are also accepted and are tax-deductible. For more information, contact Marlene Baker at (770) 781-8303.

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need. These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns available. Donated yarn for seniors also appreciated. Call (877) 985-9212 or go online at

The Piecemakers Quilt Guild has its monthly business meeting the second Tuesday of each month; the Sewcialbee is the fourth Tuesday. Both meetings are at 12:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road. Membership is open to all interested in quilting.

The Forsyth County CERT, Community Emergency Response Team, is looking for volunteers who would like to learn how they can help the community in an emergency. Classes will be held Thursday evenings. Class participants will learn how to help themselves, their families and their communities during times of crisis. For more information, call Chuck Stoudt at (404) 520-9100 or e-mail

Free community classes from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays are at North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Hwy. Classes are scheduled conveniently at the same time as our Awana Club for children. Classes include quilting, "GriefShare," "First Place weight loss," "He Speaks to Me" and "Hope & Help for the Single Mom." For more information or to register, call (770) 781-5433 or go online at

Venturing Crew 39 combines high adventure activities with character development and life skills for those ages 14 to 21. The outdoor group is sponsored by the Cumming Kiwanis Club. For more information, call Carol at (678) 575-4852.

The Cumming Kiwanis Club, a community service organization serving the needs of children in the community, meets at noon the first through third Wednesdays of each month and at 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday at the Kiwanis Building, 417 Pilgrim Mill Road. All meetings and events are open to the public. Join them for lunch or dinner and a variety of guest speakers each week. For more information, go online at or call (770) 713-0502.

Lanier Jaycees, the U.S. Junior Chamber Forsyth County Chapter, is an organization of motivated and ambitious young professionals who develop management and professional skills through community projects. All professionals ages 21-39 can join at noon the first Tuesday of each month at United Community Bank, 1015 Buford Hwy. For more information, call Bert Durand at (706) 974-8754.


Free food for those in need will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at Freedom Tabernacle, 2160 Freedom Pkwy.

The Place of Forsyth County provides a weekly Wednesday noon meal and a monthly senior luncheon in Forsyth County. (The luncheons supplement their surplus and food pantry.) Sponsors are needed. The organization's objective is to ensure that no one in the community goes hungry. Call Sandy at (770) 887-1098, Ext. 225, to reserve a luncheon date.

Angel's Closet Inc. is a free clothing boutique for women, children and young men. It has clothes in all sizes and is open Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Angel's Closet is on the second floor of the Juvenile Justice Center at 875 Lanier 400. Volunteers and donations are needed. Appointments only, no drop-offs please. For more information, call (770) 489-8000.

Hope for the Hungry distributes food through Concord Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every fourth Thursday of each month in the Family Life Center. Please call the church office at (770) 887-9482 for more information.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy is a free, nine-week course that meets from 7-10 p.m. on consecutive Mondays. The academy is open to all Forsyth County residents, employees and business owners and provides students with hands-on training and law enforcement knowledge. The course is run by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, and all instructors in this program are Forsyth County Sheriff's Office employees. Applications can be downloaded at and mailed to Deputy Courtney Spriggs, (770) 205-4547.

The Happy Knotters is a group that makes fleece blankets for newly admitted hospice patients. It meets from 9 a.m.-noon the fourth Saturday of every month. Anyone interested in fellowship, laughter and a worthy cause is invited to join. No sewing experience is necessary. Donations are also accepted to help cover expenses of materials. Contact the Rev. Kathie Stasko at (770) 887-2900, Ext. 224, or to join the group or for more information.

The Forsyth Amateur Radio Technical Society meets at noon every Thursday at Lenny's Sub shop next to PetSmart. All amateur radio operators and people interested in amateur radio are invited. For information, call Jerry Adams at W4PX at (678) 831-0110.

Atlanta Woodturners Guild meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at Woodcraft Store, 1085 Holcomb Bridge Road. Call David Martin at (770) 891-1686 or visit for more information.

The Forsyth County Rug Hookers meets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. two Fridays a month at the Sharon Forks branch of the Forsyth County Public Library. Bring a lunch. For specific dates, call Elaine Zimney at (770) 781-5255.