March is a wonderfully green month. Winter dormancy and somber hues have created a beautiful palette that vibrantly bursts forth in an array of prism colors. Savor these warm days and cool nights as all too soon we will experience the humid, energy- sapping sauna of summer!
This month's LL provides information on spring events and workshops in and around the Lilburn area. We have also tried to compile a partial listing of summer camp information. You will continue to see voter information as there will be primary in May with contenders already announcing (Clay Cox and Patty Gabiliondo are seeking to represent House District 108).
Happy Reading - Please forward on to new neighbors and business owners.
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After Hours, Tues. March 15
AutoRama, located at 332 Luxomni Rd and 4064 Lawrenceville Hwy. will host LCP After Hours event from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Owner Tom Mitchell will be our host for the evening and State House Representative B J Pak will give us a 2016 legislative update. This event welcomes business operators and residents. Those who would like to present doorprizes should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Make plans now to come out to meet your neighbors and business operators and find out what's happening in our community. Directions.
Council Member Burchik to Speak
The Lilburn Business Association will meet Tuesday, March 15, 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Jade Dragon restaurant. Brian Burchik, Lilburn City Councilman and owner of Live Fully Scholar will speak on"Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Spirit." The location is 3230 Lawrenceville Hwy. Visitors welcome. Pay for lunch.
Thank You B J Pak.
Recently House Representative B J Pak announced that he would not seek re-election. Many in the community were saddened upon hearing the news as B Jay has been a very responsive public servant and elected official. After serving us for six years during a time when he was juggling the demands of a growing family and a successful law career, we all can certainly say thank you for your sacrifice and service, you will be missed.
Lilburn Community Partnership
The LCP is recognizes the value of individuals who come forward to make a positive difference in our community. To that end LCP is creating a community volunteer force to support events that have become annual traditions in Lilburn. The idea is to solicit and train volunteers for particular events and then call on them for the same event the next year.
Interested? Come to a meeting March 14, 5:30 pm at the Wynne-Russell House, 4684 Wynne-Russell Dr.) or email email@example.com to get more info or sign up. Click HERE for more information. Note that the times are the event times and volunteers will be needed outside and including those times.
- Taste of Lilburn, Saturday, April 23, 1 – 5 pm,
- Lilburn Relay Rally Cookout – Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
- Wynne Russell Clean-up Days – Friday, March 25, 9:30 am - noon and Saturdays, May 4, Oct. 1, Nov.19, 9:30 am – noon.
- National Night Out – Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6-8 pm
- Small Town Big World Festival – Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 am – 2 pm.
Taste of Lilburn 2016 Outdoors - Sat. April 23
After two successful sell-out seasons of Taste of Lilburn indoors at Lilburn City Hall, organizers are moving the event outdoors in order to accommodate a larger crowd. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 1 pm until 5 pm in the Nash Pavilion located in Lilburn City Park and will feature a large array of eateries. As in the past tickets will be sold in advance through www.lilburnevents.com. 1910 Public House, Bambinelli's, Matthews' Cafeteria, Messina's, Taqueria Los Hermanos, The Barn Smokehouse and Seafood, The Local No. 7 have already committed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your business is interested in participating.
Wynne-Russell Tours to Start in April
The popular free tours of the Wynne-Russell House will resume on the second Saturdays of the month beginning on Saturday, April 9,10 am - 12 pm. The April 9 tour will feature Timeless Paranormal investigators, David and Shannon Byers. For updates and more information, go to www.lilburnevents.com.
Homeowner H2O: Water Conservation Workshop - Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the Wynne-Russell House, 4684 Wynne-Russell Dr. Lilburn
Leaning how to reduce your water use means lower water bills every month. This FREE workshop will provide the knowledge and tools you need to improve the water efficiency inside and outside your home. The presentation will focus on leak detection and repair, installing water-efficient fixtures and ways to increase your family’s water-saving behaviors. Please pre-register by emailing: email@example.com and include name, address, and telephone.
Every participant will receive: a low-flow home retro fit kit that includes faucet aerators, a showerhead and other efficiency products; an outdoor watering kit that includes an auto-off hose nozzle and a rain gauge; toilet leak detection dye tablets; a step-by-step guide to performing a do-it-yourself home water audit; and information on how to apply for Gwinnett County's toilet rebate program and receive up to $200 towards the purchase of new Water Sense toilets for your home.
Photography Classes at the Wynne-Russell House
A Beginner Photography workshop taught by professional photographers Tami Chappell and John Klippel will be offered at the historic Wynne-Russell House in Lilburn.
Classes will be for 2 hours in three separate photo sessions March 19th, 26th and April 2nd. Classes will meet from 10am-12pm. $155.00 per person
Call Tami Chappell @ 404-909-9610 or go to www.tamichappell.com to register. Look under Photography classes.
Small Business Essentials
Wed. March 23, 2-4 pm, City Hall, 76 Main St. Lilburn
Whether you are an existing business owner or just starting to explore the opportunity of becoming one, “Small Business Essentials – The Experts Speak” will provide you with access to a field of experts to assist you on your journey. You'll hear from local experts about FREE education and assistance resources that are available for starting or growing your small business. Bring your questions and leave with answers!
What you’ll learn:
- Business & Marketing Plans
- Doing Business with the City of Lilburn
- Educational workshops for small businesses
- Financial & lending assistance
- Licensing & taxes
- Minority certification & disadvantaged business assistance
- Networking & growth
The event is free, but seating is limited. Go to the link below for more information and to register.
Lilburn Farmers' Market
The Lilburn Farmers Market is gearing up for its seventh season this summer of bringing you locally grown and made fresh produce, salsa, peaches, honey, tea, bath and body products and so much more. The market committee is looking for new vendors of all types. The products they sell must be made or grown by the producer. For more information about the Lilburn Farmers Market go to our website at www.lilburnfarmersmarket.org for the application and policy handbook.
The Lilburn Farmers Market is pleased to again double EBT/SNAP benefits on qualifying food items.
The Lilburn Farmers Market will open for the summer season on June 3, 2016 from 4-8 pm and will be open every Friday night until the end of August. The market is located at 1400 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn Georgia on the campus of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. There is plenty of free parking and plenty to do in addition to shopping for all your tasty treats - kids activities, live local music, food trucks and various non-profits on hand to provide information about their missions. Like our Facebook page for lots more information at Facebook.com/LilburnFarmersMarket.
Check us out on Facebook - Lilburn Farmers' Market
Follow us on Twitter - #LilburnFarmMkt
Lilburn Terrace Wins National Award
The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) recently named Lilburn Terrace a winner of its annual Communities of Quality Awards program in the category Exemplary Development for Residents with Special Needs. Entrants are judged on how they manage the physical, financial and social conditions of their properties, and on how well they convey their success in offering the highest quality of life for their residents.
The nonprofit Lilburn Terrace is an 811 Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) property designed for individuals at least 18 years old that are physically disabled/mobility impaired. The staff’s primary focus is showing love and enhancing the lives of its residents. The 40-unit, three-story high-rise has been able to update unit interiors with new blinds, closet doors, ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, flooring and color coordinated paint. Additionally, the landscaping includes seasonal flowers and benches throughout the property and the front entrance includes benches under a canopy for shade.
The residents and staff at Lilburn Terrace work together to promote a loving and caring environment to make this property an excellent place to live and work. For more information about Lilburn Terrace property, please call 770-806-8156. Hattie Whitehead, Site Manager at Lilburn Terrace.
News from the City
Council Meeting - March 14, 6:30 pm Work Session followed by 7:30 pm Meeting
Agenda Items to be Considered:
1. PUBLIC HEARING – SPECIAL USE PERMIT 2016-01 – 4060 LAWRENCEVILLE HIGHWAY – DISTRICT 6, LAND LOT 150, PARCEL 002B, AUTO TRUCK SERVICE CENTER – The applicant intends to rent the larger portion of his building to Amigo Auto Repair, who is currently operating at the adjoining property to the east. Access to the service bays would be from the rear of the building. No addition to the building or any expansion of the parking lot is proposed. The owner intends to maintain an office in the smaller part of the building.
2. PUBLIC HEARING – SPECIAL USE PERMIT 2016-02 – 4290 LAWRENCEVILLE HIGHWAY – DISTRICT 6, LAND LOT 149, PARCEL 196, AUTO & TRUCK SERVICE CENTER – The applicant intends to demolish the existing 5,671 sf building and construct a new 1,820 sf oil change facility with the option to use a bay for emissions testing.
3. APPROVAL TO ADOPT RESTATED GMA 401(A) DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN MASTER PLAN DOCUMENT AND 401(A) DC ADOPTION AGREEMENT – GMA has restated the Defined Contribution 401(a) Master Plan to incorporate provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the Heroes Earnings and Assistance and Relief Tax of 2007, the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008, the final Treasury regulations under Code Section 415 published on April 5, 2007, and model amendments provided under IRS Notice 2009-82. The 401(a) Adoption Agreement has been restated to clarify eligible employees included in the plan and sets time limits on post-severance compensation for purposes of determining Contributions to the Plan.
For a link to the meeting documents, click HERE.
Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, March 19
Visit with the Easter Bunny and find eggs hidden in Lilburn City Park! This free event begins at 10 a.m., with the egg hunt beginning promptly at 11 a.m.
The Easter Egg Hunt is for children up to 12 years of age. Children will be divided into age categories, and there will be a separate special needs area. Parents are not allowed on the field, except with the 0-3 years age group and the special needs group.
Don't forget to bring your basket!
Thanks to the Lilburn Downtown Development Authority for sponsoring this event with the City each year, and to the Lilburn Police Wives group for helping organize the event.
Register Now for the White Elephant Garage Sale
This community garage sale is a great opportunity to repurpose unwanted items and maybe find some new treasures while you're at the sale!
Advance registration for the sale is highly recommended. The advanced registration fee of $15 reserves your 9-foot parking space. After the advance registration deadline, the fee is $20 per space, while they last. Day of sale registrants are not guaranteed a space.
See registration form for rules and more information about the sale.
American Kidney Services will be onsite after the sale to accept donations. If you have any questions regarding donations, please call American Kidney Services at 770-441-2220.
The Lilburn Arts Alliance announces its 2016 Spring Exhibit
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett (UUCG), 12 Bethesda Church Rd. Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Dates:Sat. April 16 through Sat. June 18, 2016.
Fees: (submitted pieces will be juried for acceptance into this show)
- Free to members (submit up to 5 pieces)
- $10/submitted piece for non-members (submit up to 5 pieces)
- 20% commission of artwork sales price will be assessed and paid to our host (UUCG)
- Size restrictions - 11"x14" (framed) or larger.
Awards will be granted for:
- Best Spring Theme
- Best of Show
Note: Due to space limitations at the exhibit venue this show will include only 2 dimensional pieces (to be hung). No 3 dimensional pieces will be included.
Artwork submissions are due on Friday April, 8, 2016.
Submissions will be made through our online form which will be available on our website at a later date.
Draw What You See
The Arts Alliance will hold a three-hour workshop at the Wynne-Russell House (4684 Wynne-Russell Dr.) on April 16 from 9 am to noon. Jack Ricketson will be the instructor. Jack is a University of Georgia graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and Commercial Art and has been an award winning designer and illustrator in the Atlanta area for over 40 years. He has worked for advertising agencies, creative houses, studios, printers, TV stations, and consulting groups, but still claims his first love to be the pencil.
This three hour workshop is open to both absolute beginners with no prior experience, who have a desire to draw and to accomplished artists who wish to sharpen their skills and accurately transfer their visions to paper or canvas.
We will cover everything from basic fundamentals to advanced techniques in pencil, charcoal, and pastel drawing - from contour line and perspective to light and shadow studies.
The subject matter can be your own personal choice. Either bring in a photo or still life of your own or draw from a provided mannequin or subject source of ours. This workshop promises to be fun and informative for all!
- $25/Lilburn Arts Alliance Member
- Lilburn Arts Alliance Members may use their “2016 Free Workshop Credit” to attend this class
- Space is limited!
Email Andy Triemer at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
The LBA meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 11:30 am - 1:pm. In addition to a featured speaker this month, Brian Burchik, the following ballot of officers will be elected:
President: Nakia Sanford
Vice-Pres: Alan Harp
Secretary: Sandra Waldrop
Treasurer: Jim Stanhouse
Community Outreach: Patty Gabilondo
Membership: Carmela Capistran
Additionally, Business Builders Breakfast meets at Bojangels on the first Friday of the month at 8:00 am (Friday, April 1). For more information visit their Web site.
News from Lilburn Lions Club
The Lilburn Lions Club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at Berkmar Middle School at 6:00 pm. The next meeting is March 24 and visitors are welcome.
The Lions just finished a successful food drive in February and will be beginning a membership drive.
Lilburn Woman's Club
THe Lilburn Woman's Club has two great events that it would like to invite the public to:
Spring into Art student art exhibition will take place at Lilburn City Hall on Sunday, March 20 from 2 pm until 4 pm. Refreshments will be served.
The Lilburn Woman's Club would like to encourage the community to support the Lilburn Relay Rally either by sponsoring or by starting a team. The date of this year's event is Friday, April 29 beginning at 5 pm. Submit sponsorships by March 31 to Pat Swan or Gail Zarnick. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lilburnrelayrally to form a team. For more information: Contact Pat Swan at email@example.com or Gail Zarnik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)
From SafetySmart Lilburn
National Night Out provides an opportunity for local residents to get to know their law enforcement personnel in a casual atmosphere; learn about many aspects of safety and resources in Gwinnett County; reduce crime and enjoy time with friends and neighbors in the last days before school starts up. Held on the first Tuesday of August, the event is observed in all 50 states, as well as US territories, military bases and Canadian cities. Small and large events occurred in 16,000 communities reaching 38 million people in 2015.
“… a chance to bring neighborhoods together with the men & women who protect them. The safety of our communities depend on both law enforcement and the citizens they serve, and tonight’s events will enhance that cooperation.” -- Joe Biden Vice President
For the seventh year in a row, Lilburn Police Department and SafetySmart Lilburn are co-sponsoring the event in Lilburn City Park. This year’s event will have a street party theme in addition to the great exhibits and presentations of previous years.
SafetySmart Lilburn is seeking volunteers to help in planning, recruiting and implementation of the August 2nd event. For more information, contact email@example.com
News from Our Schools
Berkmar High School
The Berkmar Players would like to invite the community to their spring musical, Little Shop of Horrors to take place on March 17 and 18 at 7 pm in the Berkmar Auditorium. Tickets are $12.
Parkview High School
2nd Annual Concussion Baseline Screening Day
Concussions are a serious type of brain injury caused by a jolt, blow or just a simple bump to the head that changes the way the brain normally works. Establishing a baseline profile of how the brain functions pre-injury is imperative in diagnosing and treating concussions. Register now for the Concussion Institute provided by Gwinnett Medical Center at Parkview High School on Sat. April 23, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Screening is open to everyone ages 12 and older and is free. To register visit www.gwinnettsportsmed.com and click on Concussion Institite.
Participants will learn about concussions and baselines, complete the baseline testing and finish with an optional post-test Q&A. For more accurate results, exercise is not recommended three hours prior to the test.
Summer Camps - Commercial and County Listings
(From the Editor: - We have tried to find summer camps in the Lilburn area - below is not a complete list, let us know of others you find and we will publish in an update.)
Film production and Acting Camp - Check out The Actors Scene summer camps. A variety of camps for various age groups. Film production is featured for a one or two week session. The camp is currently only offered in Buford, check with firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in attending in Lilburn.
Music on Main Street - Fare the Well Music Camp - check here if interested in a week long band-music camp that gives youth the experience of what playing in a band entails.
Main Street School of the Arts - in Tucker - Check their website for a variety of week-long sessions of full and half-day art, music, dance, creative writing, and acting camps.
Environmental and Heritage Center summer camp registration is open. Check the website for a great variety of themed camps for youth. Detailed descriptions, camp dates and pricing is online at www.gwinnettEHC.org.
At the Norcross Human Services Center
Create It Theatre Summer Camp for ages 5 to 14
Monday through Friday: May 31 through July 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Cost: $65 per week plus a one-time $25 registration fee. Participants should eat breakfast and bring a lunch. Only a snack will be included. Youth will create a new production each week with a performance on the last day. New theme each week. Theme repeats every four weeks. Hosted by Tameka Anderson with GASP Ministries. To register, call 678.235.4333.
Girls Summer Camp for Grades K to 5
Monday through Friday: May 31 to July 1 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Free childcare for camp participants will be provided by volunteers from 8:00am to 9:00am. Cost: $65 per week. Presented by Passion Soccer Club Inc. Space is limited. Call 404.642.1345 or 404.200.3459 to register or email email@example.com more information.
Recreation and Parks Spring offerings
Leisure is for Everyone! Gwinnett L.I.F.E. is your complete program guide to exciting classes and recreational activities. If you prefer a hard copy of Gwinnett L.I.F.E. you can pick one up at any of the Walk-in Registration locations or at the following: All Gwinnett County libraries, Gwinnett Animal Control, Department of Motor Services, Gwinnett Conventions and Visitor's Bureau, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building, or Elections offices.
Check out this LINK to park and community center classes and spring break and summer camps including swimming lessons as schedules become available.
News from Gwinnett County
Public Meeting: Comprehensive Transportation Plan
March 15 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The Department of Transportation invites you to get involved in the planning process to update Gwinnett County's Comprehensive Transportation Plan, also known as the CTP. The updated plan will summarize current and future multimodal transportation needs within the County and will recommend projects for the next 25 years.
Vegetable Gardening - FREE
March 21 from noon to 1:00pm. Learn about the many vegetables that can be grown and how to care for them to produce a bountiful harvest. Registration is required by March 18 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 678.377.4011. Gwinnett County Government Annex second floor conference room, 750 South Perry Street in Lawrenceville.
Gwinnett Multicultural Festival | FREE
April 30 from from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The third annual Gwinnett Multicultural Festival is free and is intended to build collaborative relationships with the multicultural community here in the County. It also gives families the opportunity to learn about services the Police Department and Fire and Emergency Services provides to residents. Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.
Norcross Human Services Center Offerings
AARP Tax Aid • FREE
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Through April 14 beginning at 9:00am to noon. First come, first serve basis. Trained and certified volunteers will prepare your federal and state income tax return. Please bring a copy of all previous year forms indicating federal income tax paid, including W-2 forms from each employer, and all 1099 and 1095 forms. If you were paid Social Security benefits, bring your SSA-1099. If you received a pension or annuity, bring your 1099R. If applicable, unemployment compensation statements, child care provider information (name, employer ID, and SSN), mortgage interest paid, charitable contributions, and Social Security numbers for all dependents. AARP Tax Aid is administered by the AARP Foundation.
Job Readiness Workshop • FREE
Saturdays: April 9, May 14, June 11 or August 13 from 10:00am to noon. This one day, one on one mentoring workshop will cover resume building, mock interviews and commonly asked interview questions. Job search tips will also be provided. Workshop led by local top business professionals. Provided by Lift Up Atlanta Inc. Call 678.225.5400 to register. Minimum of 5 students required for class to take place.
Prostate Cancer Awareness • FREE
Wednesdays: April 6, June 1, August 3, October 5, or December 7 from 10:00am to 11:30am. Important information for men over 35 and their loved ones provided in a workshop setting. Women are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition at 404.448.3127 or visit www.georgiapcc.org. No pre-registration required.
24/7 Dad® Fathering Seminar • FREE
Wednesdays, May 4 to June 22 from 6pm to 8pm. Information provided in both English and Spanish. Sponsored by the Healthy Families Initiative. Topics will cover family history, what it means to be a man, showing/handling feelings, men’s health, communication, the Father’s role, discipline, children’s growth, getting involved, working with Mom & co-parenting. Dinner will be provided. To register, please call 1.877.814.0535.
Make Your Voice Count - Voting Opportunities
The Election season is underway, so make sure your voter registration is up to date. Please take note of the upcoming elections:
General Primary/Nonpartisan Election: May 24
General Primary/Nonpartisan Election Runoff: July 26
General Election: November 8
State General Election Runoff: December 6
Federal General Election Runoff: January 10, 2017
To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote, and at least 18 years old by Election Day.
You may not register to vote if you are currently serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony or have been judicially determined to be mentally incompetent. Visit www.gwinnettelections.com to download and complete a voter registration application.
You can now register to vote online if you have a Georgia issued personal identification card or driver's license. To register, visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
If you need to locate your polling place, visit the Secretary of State's My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. You can also get a list of candidates and their websites, view sample ballots, and get updates on your voter registration and absentee ballot requests.
Advance and absentee voting is available, so be sure to visit www.gwinnettelections.com for dates and location
Wynne-Russell Rental Info
Need a Gathering Place?
The Wynne-Russell House, a beautiful historic home, is a wonderful venue for seated meetings of 25-30 and larger groups such as family reunions, showers, and weddings of up to 50 inside and 100 on the grounds. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum. For rental info, contact email@example.com. LINK for information on the house and events.
Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Diana Preston.
If your organization or business would like to submit, send us your item in a Word document by March 25 for publishing around April10.
Thank you BJ Pak
Taste of Lilburn 2016
Wynne-Russell April Tour
Free Business Workshop
Lilburn Farmers Market
Lilburn Terrace Award
City of Lilburn News
April Meeting Agenda
Easter Egg Hunt
April Garage Sale
Lilburn Arts Alliance
Lilburn Business Assoc.
Lilburn Lions Club
Lilburn Woman's Club
Spring into Art
From Our Schools
Summer Camp Listings
CTP Survey and Meetings
Norcross Human Services
AARP Tax Aid
24/7 Dad Seminar
Mail & Package Center
Music Go Round
City of Lilburn
1910 Public House
Taqueria Los Hermanos
The Barn Smokehouse
Lilburn Farmers' Market
Gwinnett Human Relations Commission
Carothers & Mitchell
Attorneys at Law
Music on Main Street
Dr. Scott Batterton
Lilburn Woman's Club
Muslims for Peace