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Chips Tips: People love their Pets

They’re great companions, lots of fun, and can be good for our health! By Chip Wade WebMD says a life loving pets can lead to a healthier heart, soothe your stress, lighten your mood – and can even boost a baby’s immune system. Many of the families I’ve worked with over the years have at least one pet as a beloved family member. Most often, the family pet is a dog, but over the years on HGTV, I met a few exceptions. As I consider a design plan, it is important to include the role our animal friends play in our [...]

9 Kid-Friendly Things to do at Biltmore Estate

By Sarah Jihnson   Most people think of Biltmore as a romantic retreat, which it is, but did you know it's also an ideal spot for a weekend getaway with the kids? Biltmore Estate is less than 200 miles from Forsyth County and is packed with activities for the entire family. Splash in the pool at Village Hotel. This new hotel on Biltmore’s property is the perfect place for families to spend a weekend getaway while being in the middle of Antler Hill Village’s family-friendly activities. Relax on the grass for Live After Five. On the weekends, dine at Cedric's [...]

Play Under Patriotism

Have some all-American fun in Forsyth County throughout July with these patriotic summer ideas. By Sarah Johnson   Sweet Land of Liberty On the Fourth of July, get your sugar fix at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts and stay for the 8th Annual Independence Day Doughnut Eating Competition. The event is free, but funds col-lected at the event will be donated to the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Specials are posted every morning on their Instagram page and they even have a drive-thru window so you can pick up made from scratch doughnuts on hectic weekday mornings. We love coming inside [...]

When is the right time to consider Cataract Surgery?

By Dr. Samir Vira, Milan Eye Center As you get older, your natural lens in the eye can turn into a cloudy cataract. This process slowly worsens as you ..age. During the early stages, cataracts may not impact your vision or have only a minimal effect on the quality of your vision, but as they become denser, you may notice a general blurring or fogginess of your vision. This can interfere with your ability to read, requiring extra light. Others may notice difficulty seeing road signs or glare from oncoming headlights, especially when driving at night.  Colors become faded and dimmer and objects can often appear [...]


The most PIN-TERESTING place you will ever see. We hope you have your Pinterest boards ready! Pinspiration® has arrived in Cumming and is the world’s first DIY Pinterest-inspired makerspace. The muse and owner of Pin-spiration; Brooke Roe, developed the art studio and wine bar as a solution to a real-life problem after spending countless hours on Do-It-Yourself (DIY) craft-focused websites such as Pinterest with few finished projects to show for her time. Pinspiration makes use of Pinterest as a tool to select the most popular arts and crafts projects. Customers create crafts in studio using pre-assembled project kits and they follow [...]

411 Community News

Cumming July 4th Festivities Cumming Fairgrounds July 3, 6pm-11pm Free admission and parking! Come celebrate Independence Day with us and your friends and family. We will have food vendors, children’s activities, music and fireworks! Dance contest starts at 8:30pm and fireworks begin at 9:30pm, bring the family and enjoy all the fun! For more information, please visit   Annual Steam Engine Parade City of Cumming Square July 4, 10am-12pm Join in on the celebration with the Annual Steam Engine Parade.  The parade will include steam engines, antique tractors and cars as well as decorated floats.  For more information, please [...]

Tips for Summer Travel with Your Pet (Family Features)

The warm summer months call for some fun traveling with loved ones, however, trips can be less fun if four-legged family members aren’t able to come along. Pet parents already know not to leave pets in the car on a hot day, but there are other factors to consider when your pets are tagging along for the ride. “Your pet’s safety and comfort while traveling are extremely important to help reduce stress for both the pet and owner,” said Jam Stewart, director of corporate communications at Mars Petcare. “Creating a safe space for your pet to travel not only shows [...]

Swimming in the Deep

A Cumming Family’s fight against childhood cancer. By Lucy Crosswell Mary Ellen Warta is no stranger to notoriety and accolades. A championship swimmer and former American Record holder in the 100- and 200-yard breastroke, she still blankets the Georgia Swimming record books under her maiden name Blanchard. Her swimming success started at Dynamo, and by age 15, she captured the nation’s attention at the national championships setting multiple records at the short course, and hence a champion was born: three American records, a US Open record, eight-time National Champion, member of the 1989 Pan Pacific team, 1990 Goodwill Games team, [...]

411 Community News

Shop Small Shop Local June 17, 11am-2pm Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Shop Located inside The Warehouse on Post Road Shop with small local businesses on June 17th. There will be clothes, jewelry, make up, hand made arts and crafts and pet accessories. For more information contact Tricia Meeker at 770-256-9467   6th Annual Stand Up for Stand Down Toiletry Drive Toiletry drive supports homeless Vets across Georgia May 29-August 11 The sixth annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless Veterans kicks off May 29 (Memorial Day) through August 11. Sponsored by the Georgia District [...]

Your Guide to Summer Fun

Themed Itineraries for Family Fun All Summer Long. By Sarah Johnson   With a public relations background in Atlanta tourism and years of developing customized itineraries for top travel writers, I love a good agenda. Here are some summer adventures in and around Cumming, broken out by theme, to pull from when creating your ultimate summer bucket list.   Splash into Summer   If you only have a few hours to spare and are looking for cheap fun, look no further than the Spray Pad at Old Atlanta Park. After cooling off with overhead water buckets and water cannons, break [...]