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Winter Break Camps for Kids



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Making sure your kids stay happy, safe and active during the upcoming Winter Break can be a tough task to tackle. But this list of local camps has something for every kid to keep them entertained and to shake the snow out.

United Futbol Academy Norcross — Two Youth Soccer Camps

Photo from UFA Futbol

2020 High School Tryout Prep Camp (U15-U19)
Dates: December 15, 17, 19 and 20 and January 5, 7, 9 and 10
Times: Weekdays, 6:30-8 p.m.; weekends, 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $100 for all eight sessions
Registration deadline: December 11

UFA Norcross Academy coaches invite all players born from 2006-2002 to sign up for their 2020 High School Tryout Prep Camp, perfect for players wanting to prepare for high school tryouts.

This is a high school camp for all players wanting to make their Varsity or Junior Varsity teams. These sessions will cover conditioning, speed, agility and high intensity technical training for all positions on the field. Each session will be led by full time UFA staff who know what it takes to play at a high level.
All players will need to wear or bring their own ball and shin guards, as well as plenty of water.

Winter Ball Mastery Camp (U8-U14)
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 for all eight sessions
Registration deadline: December 31

UFA Norcross Academy coaches invite all players born from 2014-2007 to sign up for their Winter’s Ball Mastery Camp. This camp is a must for players who relish taking on defenders one-on-one, as well as twisting and turning to create scoring opportunities. This camp will work towards developing the confidence to be able to perform these skills in games.

The camp is designed to develop skills such as ball mastery and foot speed, one-on-one moves to beat players, stop and start moves to create space to pass, shoot and dribbles, as well as turns and disguise to speed away from defenders.

Location: Summerour Middle School, Norcross 30071
Info and registration: Contact Sam Helliwell at sam@unitedfa.org or visit norcross.unitedfa.org.

Scouts BSA Winter Camp Bert Adams Scout Camp

Scouts BSA and Venturers can attend Winter Camp with their Troop or Crew, or as individuals.
Dates: December 27-31
Cost: $200 for youth, $100 for adults. Troops/Crews of five or more youths will receive two adults at no cost. Youth attending without their Troop or an adult are $220. Camperships are available for scouts who cannot cover the full fee.

The Atlanta Area Council is proud to offer Winter Camp at for Scouts BSA Troops and Venturing Crews. For five days and four nights in December, Scouts BSA and Venturers will have the opportunity to camp and play at one of America’s premier camps.

Their winter camp will introduce unique programs and merit badges that are not available at either of their summer camps. They pulled together the best of their summer camp staffs for an all-star leadership team. Activities include over 40 Merit Badges, games, Cracker Barrels, an epic Klondike Derby, cold weather camping activities and campfires.

Location: Bert Adams Scout Camp, Covington 30016
Info and registration: Contact Veronica Bramlett, Camping and Program Assistant, at 770-956-5687 or check out campbertadams.org/wintercamp.

Alpharetta Recreation Parks & Cultural Services Winter Camps

Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL) Camp

A fun basketball camp open to all skill levels for ages 5 to 16.

Dates: December 21-23 and December 28-31
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $125.00 for residents; $187.50 for non-residents
Location: Wills Park Recreation Center, Alpharetta 30009
Registration: bit.ly/AEBLWinterCamp

Gymnastics Camp

Explore bars, beam, trampoline and foam pit, as well as floor exercises. This camp is offered for kids ages 3 to 12.

Dates: December 21-23 and December 28-30
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: Priced per day
Location: Alpharetta Community Center, Alpharetta 30009
Registration: bit.ly/gymnasticswintercamp

Dance Camp
Campers ages 3 to 10 will enjoy learning new dances, playing games and doing crafts. Camp sessions vary in theme; see registration for details.

Dates: December 21-23 and December 28-30
Times: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $80 for residents; $120 for non-residents
Location: Alpharetta Community Center, Alpharetta 30009
Registration: bit.ly/winterdancecamp

Zoo Atlanta School’s Out Virtual Sessions

When school is out, camp is in! Zoo Atlanta intends to engage and excite young learners ages 7 to 12 through interactive virtual camp sessions. These minds-on programs transport your children to the Zoo as we visit animals on grounds, explore biofacts and observe science experiments and demonstrations — all from the comfort and safety of your home.

Camp sessions are held on the Zoom platform, with engaging post-camp activities on Seesaw, an online learning management system. Each program includes an online parent meet-and-greet prior to the program. Internet access required.

Predators on the Prowl
From big cats to small invertebrates, predators are some of the most amazing creatures on the planet. Join in as Zoo Atlanta investigates the extraordinary hunting abilities of these animals, the reasons why they are critical to their environments, and ways we can protect them in their natural homes.

Dates: December 21-23
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $25/day per family for members; $30/day per family for non-members
Info and registration: zooatlanta.org/program/schools-out-session/

To the Dismay of the Prey!
Watch out! While not always an easy job, being able to find food and avoid predators is essential for animals to survive. Young scientists will have a blast exploring the clever ways that prey animals outsmart predators.

Dates: December 28-30
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $25/day per family for members; $30/day per family for non-members
Info and registration: zooatlanta.org/program/schools-out-session/

Winter Break Day Camps at Robert D. Fowler YMCA —Members Only

Spend your holidays at the YMCA! Holiday Camp offers a variety of activities for children 5 to 13 while they are off for the holiday break. Activities will be themed and consist of arts and crafts, swimming in a heated pool, cooperative games, sports and team building activities. Each camp day is individually priced, so a camper can come on selected days. Capacity is capped at 30 campers, so be sure to register early.

Dates: December 21-30 and January 4-5
Time: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 early registration; $50 late registration.
Info and registration: ymcaatlanta.org/ymca-locations/norcross/

2020 Winter Fencing Camp with Dunwoody High School Wildcats Fencing Club

En garde! The Dunwoody Wildcats Fencing Team invites you to join in for some winter fencing fun! The camp is open to rising 6th grade to 12th grade students. Coaching is provided by Dr. Kathy Vail, Head Coach of the Dunwoody Fencing Club. No experience is necessary, and all equipment will be provided for use during camp. Experienced fencers will improve their techniques and beginning fencers will learn about an exciting, new sport.

Dates: December 28-30
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $200, includes provided equipment, t-shirt and snack
Info and registration: dhsfencing.org/2020-winter-fencing-camp/. Email questions to dunwoodyhsfencing@gmail.com.

Winter Camp Sessions at Chattahoochee Nature Center — Camp Kingfisher

Get your kids outside and unplugged! Camp Kingfisher offers an outdoor camp experience filled with hiking adventures, animal encounters and outdoor play on a 127-acre riverside campus. Campers grades K-7 learn about nature and understand the ecosystem of the Chattahoochee River area with hands-on science education.

Age groups are broken up to: current K to 2nd grade — Broad Winged Hawk; current 3rd to 4th grade — Cooper’s Hawk; and current 5th to 7th grade — Red Tailed Hawk.

Dates: Winter Session 1 runs December 21-24. Winter Session 2 runs December 28-31.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Camp ends at 2 p.m. on final day.
Cost: $248.68 for members; $292.56 for non-members. For the oldest group (Red Tailed Hawk): $301.96 for members; $355.25 for non-members.
Info and registration: chattnaturecenter.org/education/camp/seasonal/

Winter Break Camps at Tumbles Johns Creek
Prevent your little polar bears from hibernating during winter break with cool Winter Break Camps. They’ll enjoy a four-hour camp filled with exciting activities for children aged 4 to 9 years old.

They will escape the cold weather with exciting specialties — Gym, Tumble Zone and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). Campers will get to warm up in the Tumble Zone Indoor Playground, stimulate their brains with activities and experiments in our Santa STEAM room and then burn off their milk and cookies with fun exercises and obstacle courses in the gym. They’re invited to wear their best reindeer or elf ears and enjoy a magical wintertime at Tumbles.

Dates: Camp 1 — December 21-23; Camp 2 — December 28-January 1.
Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $50 for one child; $40 for each additional sibling.
Info and registration: johnscreek.tumbles.net/camp

Kelsey Asher is a proud graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Communications. She has held a variety of marketing leadership roles for several small, startup companies in a variety of industries including publishing, construction and technology.

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VyStar Credit Union Continues Growth in Georgia with the Opening of a Peachtree Corners Branch



A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for May 29, 2024

VyStar Credit Union has to announced that its Peachtree Corners location is now open at 5125 Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners. This is VyStar’s fifth full-service branch in Metro Atlanta and joins branches in Stockbridge, Suwanee, Smyrna and Marietta.

In support of its purpose to “Do Good,” VyStar partners with non-profit organizations across the communities it serves. VyStar will make a $5,000 donation to the Rainbow Village to celebrate the grand opening of the Peachtree Corners branch at the ribbon cutting event in late May.

“VyStar’s first branch in Gwinnett will provide residents and business owners with better banking options, including free checking, access to early direct deposit, great rates, financial wellness education through VyStar’s Financial Fitness initiative, and unbelievable member-centric service that only a credit union can provide,” said VyStar EVP/Chief Operations Officer Chad Meadows.

The Peachtree Corners branch features VyStar’s digital-forward design, which enhances how employees connect with members. This includes interactive touchscreen kiosks that provide financial tools and allow members to quickly explore the latest products, services and rates. 

Lobby and drive-thru hours for the Peachtree Corners branch are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

VyStar continues to work with local organizations to build up the communities it serves. In Metro Atlanta, that includes supporting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Frontline Housing Inc., H.E.R.O. For Children and many others.

“Each time VyStar opens a new branch, it is another opportunity for us to support our purpose to Do Good. With eight full-service branches now in Georgia and our first Contact Center in Metro Atlanta, VyStar is able to provide residents and area businesses with exceptional financial products along with personalized service,” said VyStar SVP/Georgia Market President Janean Armstrong.

VyStar has seven additional locations in Georgia: Marietta, Smyrna, Suwanee, Stockbridge, Brunswick, Savannah and Thomasville, with plans to open branches in Pooler, Kingsland and Peachtree City over the next year.

The credit union is also expanding its services in Florida with a third branch in Tallahassee scheduled to open in May followed by a branch opening in the Lake Nona area in August.

To celebrate the grand opening, the community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. Learn more about the Peachtree Corners branch.

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Kendra Scott Opens New Store At The Forum



Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott is celebrating the opening of its newest store in Peachtree Corners the weekend of May 10 at The Forum.

Upon opening, the 2,263 square foot store will display Kendra Scott’s current collections. The store will also showcase the brand’s unique Color Bar, offering shoppers an interactive experience to create customized jewelry in minutes and leave with it in hand.

Worn by celebrities including Hailey Bieber, Camila Cabello, Mindy Kaling, Zendaya and Kelly Clarkson, Kendra Scott’s collections are known for their custom-created stone shapes, genuine materials and design details.

This will be Kendra Scott’s first store in Gwinnett County, which joins five other retail locations in Georgia.

The brand will continue to show its support for the community through partnerships with non-profits and local businesses. For the grand opening weekend, Kendra Scott Peachtree Corners will host various non-profits for Kendra Gives Back events, donating a percentage of proceeds directly back to the causes.

Kendra Scott hosts more than 10,000 Kendra Gives Back events in retail stores annually and looks forward to establishing relationships and connecting with the Gwinnett County community.

“We’re excited to continue introducing the community to new brands, bites and events at The Forum as part of our vision to create downtown Peachtree Corners. Kendra Scott will be a welcome addition, providing our guests a top-notch experience to shop its unique offerings in person,” said Charlotte Hinton, The Forum marketing manager.

Doors will open on Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. with celebrations throughout the weekend, including giveback events, gifts with purchase and giveaways. RSVP for more details here.

Upcoming events:

  • Friday, May 10 from 10-12 p.m. – Kendra Scott Peachtree Corners is partnering with The Forum for a VIP event. Supporters who spend $100 will receive a special jewelry gift with purchase.* Guests will also enjoy refreshments from Giulia, The Italian Bakery.
  • Friday, May 10 from 5-7 p.m. – Kendra Scott Peachtree Corners is partnering with the Norcross High School Cheer Team and donating 20% of proceeds. Supporters who spend $100 will receive a special gift with purchase* Guests can also receive a custom embroidered bow from Quiet Hours Embroidery with purchase.
  • Saturday, May 11 from 4-6 p.m. – Kendra Scott Peachtree Corners is partnering with Spectrum Autism Support Group and donating 20% of proceeds. Supporters who spend $100 will receive a special gift with purchase.* Guests will also enjoy complimentary cotton candy from Wonder Soirée with every purchase.
  • Sunday, May 12 from 12-2 p.m. – Kendra Scott Peachtree Corners is celebrating the Community of Motherhood. Supporters who spend $100 will receive a special gift with purchase.* Guests will also receive a complimentary Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers from Nancy’s Flower Truck.

*One per person while supplies last.

Kendra Scott Peachtree Corners is located at 5155 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 710 in Peachtree Corners at The Forum. For companywide updates and product details, follow @kendrascott on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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BRACK: Peachtree Corners to lose Peterbrooke Chocolatier



Scottt Gottuso and Geoffrey Wilson.
Scottt Gottuso and Geoffrey Wilson. Photo provided.

Peachtree Corners will soon lose one of its most iconic, popular and tasty businesses.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier, run by Geoffrey Wilson and Scott Gottuso, has been told by Peachtree Forum landlords, North American Properties and Nuveen Real Estate, that its lease will not be renewed. The last day of business will be July 25.

Meanwhile, Peachtree Forum is getting several new stores. They include Kendra Scott, Sucre, and The NOW Massage. Previously announced were Alloy Personal Training, Cookie Fix, Gallery Anderson Smith, Giulia, Lovesac, Nando’s Peri-Peri and Stretchlab. Wilson adds: “We are not in their big picture.”

Wilson has operated Peterbrooke at the Peachtree Forum for 14 years and Gottuso has been there nine years. They have made the chocolatier profitable and doubled sales. Wilson says: “We turned it around through community involvement and made relationships. We worked with the schools, gave donations, did a lot in the community, and made a difference. We produce most everything we sell in the shop, so it’s labor intensive. We make European-style chocolate treats from scratch from the very best ingredients, package it, make gift baskets, and also sell a lot of gelato.”

Key items include truffles, hand-made caramels, cherry cordials, chocolate-covered cookies and pretzels and strawberries hand-dipped in their own blend of chocolates. (They are all good!) One of Wilson’s and Gottuso’s most iconic products is chocolate popcorn. Once you try it, regular popcorn is tasteless. “We sell a lot of it.” Wilson adds: “Gelato sales have carried us in the summertime, since there are not many chocolate holidays in the summer.”

Peterbrooke now has five employees, and would like to have 10, but it is difficult to hire people with the skills in chocolatiering. A key part of its business is corporate companies, such as Delta Air Lines and Capital Insight. The Peachtree Corners’ Peterbrooke has corporate customers as far away as Cleveland, Ohio.

The operators were surprised when the Forum owners did not renew its five year lease. “The big decisions were made in Charlotte or Cincinnati, not locally,” Wilson feels. “We were no longer in their big picture. They want new and glitzy, shiny, fancy and trendy.”

The operators plan to start their own chocolate company, to be called “Scoffrey,” and initially sell online, plus have pop-up locations during holidays, and possibly have a booth in other merchants’ stores on occasions.

“Whatever we do would look different. We might rent a space somewhere close by so that people can still have the good chocolate experience with us, but we won’t have a regular audience walking by.”

Another element: the price of chocolate futures has spiked this year, with a bad crop production year. Wilson says: “That is key to our business and a huge cost increase. That doesn’t help.”

Wilson adds that the forced closing of the Peterbrooke location “is something like the death of a friend. But you go to the funeral and to the wake, and in six months or a year, It won’t be so bad.”

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Written by Elliott Brack

This material is presented with permission from Elliott Brack’s GwinnettForum, an online site published Tuesdays and Fridays. To become better informed about Gwinnett, subscribe (at no cost) at GwinnettForum

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