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2013 Summer Day Camps with Forsyth County Parks & Recreation

2013 Summer Day Camps with Forsyth County Parks & Recreation
Summer Day Camps with Forsyth County Parks & Recreation

As of Mar. 1, the online registration for Summer Day Camps with Forsyth County Parks & Recreation is open for registration.  As usual, the list of available camps and opportunities is extensive!

Available Camps:

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2013 Easter Egg Hunts in Forsyth County

2013 Easter Egg Hunts in Forsyth County
Easter Egg Hunts in Forsyth County

It’s March and that means it’s officially the month of Easter!!  So we’re rounding up all the 2013 Easter Egg Hunts in Forsyth County & some fun spring-time activities to enjoy in Cumming, GA as well. We’ll continue to add to the list as events are submitted.

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St. Patrick's Day in Forsyth County

St. Patrick's Day in Forsyth County
St. Patrick’s Day in Forsyth County

It’s about time for St. Patrick’s Day in Forsyth County!  Grab your GREEN & get your Irish Grub on this weekend!

We’re sharing a round-up of events, activities and dining specials offered for St. Patrick’s Day in Cumming GA & Forsyth County.  As always, call ahead or confirm information as things may change without us knowing.

Either way, have a fun and safe St. Patty’s Day!

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The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

ATLANTA -- Monday is the birthday of Monkey Joe, namesake of the popular indoor bounce house venues.

To celebrate, Monkey Joe's is offering plenty of family fun, including reduced admission prices, all day.

On Feb. 18, entry into every Monkey Joe's location is only $5. The first 100 children at each facility will be treated to a free pizza party, and the first 75 children will be given birthday party goodie bags.

"Monkey Joe's birthday party provides us an opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support of Monkey Joe's locations across the country," Monkey Joe's brand manager Sonny Crumpton said in a statement. "As a way to honor the families that visit Monkey Joe's time and again, we wanted to show our appreciation with discounted admission and special treats and events, which we believe both children and their parents will enjoy."

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

Teens who text too much are losing speaking skills

Teens who text too much are losing speaking skills

ATLANTA -- When it comes to teens and texting, how much is too much?

"I text my friends, I text my family, as I'm riding passenger in a car, I text street signs," said Austin Wierschke, a junior from Rhinelander, Wis. and winner of the 2012 U.S. National Texting Championship.

"I've walked into walls, people, a door, lockers, just like not paying attention," said Mary Richard Weiss, a junior at Walton High School in Marietta. 

Mary Richard Weiss admits she texts constantly while in school.

"Probably most of the class periods, like all day basically," she said.

Her mother admits she doesn't like how much time her daughter spends texting.

"It is hard to hear (about her daughter texting in class). The e-mails and calls from her teachers. It is upsetting," said Jenny Long, Mary Richard's mother.