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Forsyth County News


Looking for something to do?

There will be no shortage of activities in Forsyth County this weekend.

Maybe it's because last weekend was spring break and next weekend is Easter, but the calendar is full of options.

From fishing and hiking to shopping, numerous family-friendly events abound through Sunday. And most will be raising funds for good causes to boot.

Among the festivities:

American Proteins Bass Tournament

Fishermen can put their skills to good use during this event, benefiting the Hightower Baptist Food Bank.

The food bank is supported by more than 60 churches in northeast Georgia and distributes more than $7,000 worth of food each month to families in need.

The fishing tournament begins at safe light, or about 6:30 a.m., Saturday at Little Hall Park. Registration starts at 5 a.m. and cost to participate is $140 per boat.

Weigh-in is at 3:30 p.m., featuring $1 raffles, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. All proceeds go to the food bank.

Belk Charity Sale

Belk in Cumming's Lakeland Plaza will hold the company's Spring Charity Sale from 6-10 a.m. Saturday.

About 35 nonprofits from Forsyth and surrounding counties will receive funding from the event.

Admission is $5, with 100 percent of ticket costs going to the charities.

Numerous items will be on sale, and Belk card holders will receive special points values throughout the event.

Boulder Dash 5K

Sponsored by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, Boulder Dash features a 5K run through the Lafarge rock quarry.

Registration for the run will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Northside Hospital-Forsyth Women's Center. The run begins at 9 a.m.

The Lafarge Spring Fling Festival will follow the race.

Cost is $40 per runner. Online:

Freedom Tabernacle Giving Day

This eighth annual event offers those in need a variety of services, including hair cuts, free clothing, shoes and manicures.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Tabernacle church, 2160 Freedom Pkwy.

There will also be face painting for children and a free hot dog lunch. No R.S.V.P. is required.

Hike 4 Hyde

Named in honor of Hyde Talbot, a local 4-year-old boy with Atypical Hus, a rare genetic auto-immune disease, this event will feature a wide range of family fun.

It will be "come and go" type event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sawnee Mountain Preserve.

Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger, or $70 for a family pack.

All proceeds go to the Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS, which receives 80 percent of the proceeds, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.


Keep Forsyth County Beautiful Electronics Recycling

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful is holding its semi-annual electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds, parking lot 3, on Castleberry Road.

Minimum cost per carload is $5, with an additional charge of $10 for TVs.

A full list of items accepted can be found at

Rucker Jump Into Summer DockDogs competition

This free event, which begins today and continues through Sunday, will feature Dixie DockDogs leaping and swimming to earn top scores in their divisions.

The canines will be competing in three different competitions, including big air, extreme vertical and speed retrieve.

The Jump Into Summer competition will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Rucker Horse & Pet, 5456 Bethelview Road.


Scrappin' Good Time 4Joe

This 13-hour scrapbooking event will benefit the Joseph R. Grimaldi Endowed Scholarship Fund at Pinecrest Academy.

The fund was established in memory of Joseph Grimaldi, a 2008 Pinecrest senior who died of cancer.

Set for 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday in the school's gym, it's the primary vehicle for financial aid and scholarships for students who couldn't otherwise afford tuition.

Cost is $50 per person or $180 per table of four, and includes scrap space, meals, drinks, mini classes and a swap meet.

Pinecrest, a private Catholic school, is at 955 Peachtree Pkwy. in south Forsyth.

Contact: Andy Grimaldi, (770) 570-8877 or