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Friday, August 01 2014
Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership                                 August 2014
Dog Days of August...

Sounds a little like we are lazing around, but with school starting so early, there's no way to sit around trying to beat the heat.  

As always, Lilburn has a lot going on. Progress, progress, progress ... can be a little inconvient with road work and right of way work slowing us down or creating temporarily ugly spaces.  In the end it will be worth it and the green will return. 

Take care and remember to slow down in the school zones and neighborhoods as children walk home from school.  

National Night - Tuesday, Aug. 5th

The Lilburn Police Department will celebrate the fifth annual National Night Out in Lilburn City Park on Aug. 5, 2014.

National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. On the second Tuesday in August each year, more than 16,000 communities around the U.S. and Canada come together to celebrate this event. Lilburn’s National Night Out has grown to be one of the largest in the state of Georgia, with the help of volunteers from non-profit SafetySmart Lilburn, Inc.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and will wrap up with police canine demonstrations at 8 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet staff from local police, fire, and other public safety agencies, who will share personal and community safety tips. Various types of cars, trucks, and equipment will be on display. More than 50 participating vendors will bring knowledge, information, food, activities, and entertainment to the public.

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Food Truck Tuesdays: Aug. 12

The City of Lilburn is excited to announce Food Truck Tuesdays in Lilburn City Park. On the second Tuesday of the month through October, a variety of food trucks will be featured in the park.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m., rain or shine. Live music will be performed on the bandshell. Bounce houses and other kids’ activities will be available. Everyone is welcome to bring a picnic blanket or sit under the pavilion.

Each month, Redbird Events will deliver a new lineup of food trucks. Visit the event Facebook page: Lilburn Food Truck Tuesdays on Facebook

Progress on Main St.

Starting this month, Church Street in Lilburn will be closed for about 90 days. Motorists are advised to use Lawrenceville Highway (U.S. 29) or Poplar Street to access Main Street.

The closure is part of the Main Street Realignment Project that kicked off in February and will be finished by the end of the year. The reconfigured Main Street will create a safer, more traditional intersection at Lawrenceville Highway and set the stage for future development. Utilities are being relocated, the roadbed cleared, and the detention pond completed. Church Street will be lowered 8 feet to improve sight distance and safety.

The $3.5-million project is supported by the City of Lilburn, Gwinnett County, the State Road and Tollway Authority, and the Lilburn Community Improvement District. The contractor for the project is E.R. Snell.

Thanks to E. R. Snell for these bird's eye views.

Senior Issues Workshop - Aug. 16

The Lilburn Woman’s Club and Mountain Park United Methodist Church are hosting a free workshop on Senior Issues at Mountain Park UMC Family Life Center on August 16 from 9 am till 1 pm.  The workshop will draw attention to urgent issues that seniors and families must communicate about and make preparations for.   Our expert panel of speakers will be address mental health concerns, social needs, legal concerns, senior housing options, safety issues and state legislation affecting older adults.

Speakers include:

·        Pat Baker, Director Gwinnett County Health & Human Services

·         Anresa Davis, Senior Residency Counselor, Park Springs

·         Ann Wilder, Director of Behavioral Health, Eastside Medical South Campus

·        Kevin Martinez, Gwinnett Police

·        Wally Kellerman, Elder Care Attorney

·        State Senator Renee Unterman , Chairman of the Health & Human Services Committee

Please Register Online at or by calling 770-921-8512


Food Swap - August 17th

Calling all Foodies: The Gwinnett Food Swap will have its first Swap at the Wynne-Russell house on Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 3p - 4:30p.  

What is a food swap?  The easiest definition comes from the Food Swap Network ( and says that "a food swap is a recurring event where members of a community share homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods with each other. Swaps allow direct trades to take place between attendees, e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs. Swap events often include a potluck as an immediate food-sharing (and sometimes item-sampling) component. These events are a delicious way to diversify the homemade foods in your own pantry while getting to know members of your local food community."

The Gwinnett Swaps will be led by local Chef and Community Organizer Leslie Edwin, following the example of the Atlanta Food Swap, which is well into its second year of monthly meets at the Goat Farm Arts Center in downtown Atlanta on the second Sunday of each month.

Contact Leslie at for more info, or visit the LCP booth at NNO to chat in person.  More details to come soon.

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International Festival - Save the date Sept. 13

Come and be a part of our Small Town, Big World: Lilburn International Festival!

The Lilburn Community Partnership, SafetySmart Lilburn and the City of Lilburn are hosting Small Town, Big World: Lilburn International Festival in Lilburn City Park on Saturday, September 13, from 10 am until 2 pm.  This is the first year for the festival and free to attendees. 

The event celebrates the cultural diversity of the greater Lilburn community and promises a welcoming venue with entertainment, food, music, exhibits and demonstrations representative of cultural heritage from around the world.  

The morning will begin with Opening Ceremonies featuring the Parkview High School Marine ROTC cadets presenting the colors, followed by the Berkmar High School Patriot Band and Chorus leading the National Anthem and background music for the Parade of International Flags hosted by First Baptist Church in Lilburn.

Entertainment will follow provided by schools in the Meadowcreek Cluster, Sts. Helena and Constantine Romanian Orthodox Church, Simply Dance Studio, Korean Drum and Coconut Dance, musician Susan Clearman, and others still to be confirmed.  Attendees will enjoy demonstrations by a semi-pro soccer team and a karate school.  Food representative of world cuisine will be available for purchase. A children’s play area with inflatables will be also be provided.  

The event will accommodate a crowd of 4500, and shuttle points will be from First Baptist Lilburn and International Farmers’ Market parking lot.  Event organizers are inviting food vendors, businesses, faith organizations, schools, youth organizations, consulates, social agencies and non-profits to promote their products or services to attendees. Volunteers are also needed.  Booth space is free for civic, faith, and non-profit groups.  The fee for spaces for for-profit businesses and food vendors is $50. Sponsorships are also welcomed. The deadline for booth space and sponsorship is August 15.  Go to to download forms and information.

The Festival’s Presenting Sponsors are Nam Dae Mun International Farmers’ Market, Vida Radio Station, and All State Insurance.  Other major sponsors that have stepped up to make this festival possible are Explore Gwinnett, Lilburn Downtown Development Authority, Centre at Lilburn, Lilburn Community Improvement District, and Gwinnett Family Dentistry. 

Questions?  Contact event coordinators Diana Preston: 678-230-9058 or Margot Ashley: 770-364-9731. 

A Taste of Paradise - A Winner!

In my stops around Lilburn visiting businesses and soliciting support for the International Festival, I happened on a delightful new eatery - A Taste of Paradise in Market Place Shopping Center at Indian Trail and Hwy. 29.  It happened to be around lunch time one Saturday and a host of people were coming and going, and one couple said, "This is the best Jamaican food you can get." This piqued my interest because I have never been to Jamaica or even tried Jamaican food, and I certainly didn't want to miss out on a great food experience.  So I stopped in and happened to meet the owners and gathered a little info.  The restaurant is owned by sisters Nicola McIntyre and Cordell Rowe.  Their hours are 11 am-6 pm Monday through Thursday, and 10 am until 9 pm on Friday.  In addition to the café, they have a really nice event room suitable for meetings, showers, parties, etc.  The décor is sunny and bright and really has that island atmosphere – since it was dinner time and I had nothing really planned, I bought two of their beef pies – one mild and one spicy and made a light supper out of them by adding a salad.  Delicious!   -- submitted by Diana Preston

August Schedule for Lilburn Farmers' Market

4th Annual Dog Days of Summer - bring your dog to the market is on August 8th. Atlanta Obedience Club will have a dog training display with a training Q&A session. Lilburn Woman's Club Conservation will be giving out 'doggie goodie bags' to all 4 footed attendees. Chef Stacy Maple will be hosting a chef demo at 6 PM. Alex Porto, principal at St John Neuman Regional Catholic School, will be playing.
August 15 will find the Leukemia and Lymphona Society's Team in Training at the market raising funds and awareness about this cause. Gwinnett Cooperative Extension's master gardeners will be on hand to answer landscape and gardening questions. Chef Lynn Ware will show us how to make watermelon salsa at 6 PM. The Ukulele Society of Decatur will have us dancing in the streets.
On August 22, Clicks & Sticks Knitting Guild will be at the market with information about their organization that provides education and communication to knitters in our area. LifeSouth blood mobile will be accepting blood donations - do something awesome and save someone's life by making a donation. Chef Carlin Breinig will be hosting a chef demo at 6 PM.
The final market of the 2014 season is on August 29th. Come by and pick up information about AARP Smart Driving classes. Enjoy Chef Stacy Maple's chef demo at 6 PM. Make lots of purchases to hold you until the next market on June 5, 2015.
The Lilburn Farmers Market is a co-sponsored event with Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. Come every Friday night and bring your family and friends. More information about the market can be found at The Lilburn Farmers Market is a tasty way to start your weekend.



Lilburn Community Partnership
4155 Lawrenceville Hwy. #8101
Lilburn, Georgia 30047

Phone: 678-230-9058

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