Need we say more - all of a sudden Spring Break is upon us and we are up to our ears in places to go and things to do.
With summer coming, this issue has attempted to list options to keep our youth constructively occupied. We are also including some great events that our civic organizations are either organizing or participating in.
Happy Reading - Please forward on to new neighbors and business owners.
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Friday, April 8 - Deadline for submission of art for Spring Exhibit. (See more under organization news.)
Friday, April 8, 9, & 16 -8:am until 2:pm - First day of Gigantic Yard Sale at First Baptist Lilburn Church. (More under organization news)
Lilburn Community Partnership News
Wynne-Russell Tour Sat. April 9
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.
The Wynne-Russell House was built in 1826 and is a pristine example of plantation plain architecure. The structure was continuously occupied by the Wynne-Russell families until 1971. For updates and more information, go to www.lilburnevents.com.
WR Historic Preservation Committee meets Wed. April 13 at 5:00 pm. Visitors are welcome.
Purchase Tickets Now for Taste of Lilburn 2016 Outdoors - Sat. April 23
Taste of Lilburn 2016 has a great line-up of eateries from in and around Lilburn: 1910 Public House, The Barn Smokehouse and Seafood, The Local #7, Matthews Cafeteria, Messina's, Taste of Paradise, Taqueria Los Hermanos, and Berkmar Culinary Arts. The event will take place on Saturday, April 23 at the Gartrell Nash Pavilion in Lilburn City Park beginning at 1:00 pm and will last until 5 pm or until sold out. Once again the Nicks Brothers will be our featured entertainment.
Advance tickets are on sale for $10 now at www.lilburnevents.com. One ticket will be give 10 food coupons which will be redeemed with the participating eateries for food samples. Go to the event website and the Lilburn Community Facebook page for updates and info.
Water Conservation Workshop Follow-up
The Water Conservation Workshop held in March was very informative and participants not only got some great information from Gwinnnett County Water Resources staffer Heather Moody, but also got a conservation kit for making adjustments and tests around the home that will save water. While we can't give you the kit, click below for a Heather's presentation that includes a detailed look at your water bill and how you can use it to reduce your water usage. (Did you know that you can use your water meter to detect small leaks?) Just installing the low flow fixtures plus low flow toilets could save a family of four $708 per year on water usage. For more on water conservation, click on PRESENTATION.
Also note that additional workshops are offered by Gwinnett Water Resources that may qualify residents who attend to get a deduction on next year's stormwater fee.
Smokemaster's Ribs and Pollo (Restaurant Review)
Like many in Lilburn, as much as possible I try to support our local eateries and am very proud of the options we have in Lilburn. While I don't consider myself a foodie, I do enjoy eating out especially when I find something I simply cannot recreate at home.
Recently I stopped by Ribmaster’s Ribs ‘n Pollo restaurant in the Market Place Shopping Center at Indian Trail and Hwy. 29 (just down from Nam Dae Mun Farmer’s Market). Displayed in the window was a photo copy of an AJC write-up that complimented the eatery on their Peruvian- style chicken and beef tips. I made a mental note to return for lunch to see what Peruvian chicken was all about.
Returning later with my husband for lunch, we ordered the Peruvian chicken. I expected to find the breast meat dry as it usually is when you smoke it slowly for hours to get it tender and smoke-flavored. Wow, it was tender, flavorful and juicy. The owner Percy Square explained somewhat the process, and I thought to myself, that it would be much easier to simply stop by and pick up a whole chicken to make a great dinner rather than try to duplicate what I would consider a perfectly smoked chicken. Mr. Square also gave us a sample of the beef brisket, which was also tender, juicy and flavorful. The sides that we chose, black beans and rice, fries and the coleslaw were fresh and well-prepared. We will certainly go back to try the ribs, but it truly is the chicken that is special.
Click HERE for the AJC review
We have had a number of people respond to Volunteer Lilburn. Some events that are looking for volunteers are: Taste of Lilburn, Wynne Russell Clean-ups, National Night Out and Small Town Big World Festival. Please respond to email@example.com if interested in volunteering.
Dorough Landscape Co. Spring Plant Sale: April 8th, 9th and 10th. Huge Plant Sale Fri/Sat: 8 am – 5 pm, Sun: 12 pm – 4 pm. Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding design, landscape, lawn maintenance or our nursery. We can be reached at 770-921-6485. www.doroughlandscape.com.
Agavero - Come out to Agavero in Lilburn and listen to great Jazz on Sundays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Event for Potential Vendors
The Gwinnett County Purchasing Division will host the 10th annual Supplier Symposium on April 21, 2016, at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Potential vendors may drop in between 8:30am and 11:30am to meet Gwinnett County buyers, contracting officers, and department representatives, along with representatives from other metro Atlanta agencies and the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.
The annual symposium provides vendors with an opportunity to meet buyers and contracting officers. Large and small vendors will be able to network with buyers to establish relationships as well as obtain information on current and upcoming projects.
To register for this free event, please visit the Purchasing Symposium registration page. For more information about current projects open for bidding and explanations of bidding procedures in Gwinnett County, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.
News from the City
Council Meeting -- 6:30 pm Work Session followed by 7:30 pm Meeting Check WEBSITE for meeting agenda.
Bicycle rental available on the Greenway
Beginning April 2, Ride Lilburn will offer $5 bicycle rentals on the Camp Creek Greenway Trail on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. (weather permitting). The bike trailer is located in the Greenway parking lot across the street from Lilburn City Park, 76 Main Street, Lilburn, GA.
This is the second year the City of Lilburn has contracted with Ride Lilburn to provide this activity for residents and visitors on the Greenway. The 4.2-mile paved trail begins at Lilburn City Park and stretches east to Killian Hill Road and west to Lions Club Park.
Printable trail map
Ride Lilburn on Facebook
Register Now for the White Elephant Garage Sale
This community garage sale to be held on Saturday, April 16 is a great opportunity to re-purpose 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.
Go Green and Clean Saturday, April 23, 8:am - noon at the overflow parking lot
The following items will be accepted at the event.
•Free secure paper shredding (limit of 5 boxes per person)
•Free electronics recycling with the exception of TVs & CRT monitors. There is a $15 cash fee per TV or CRT monitor.
•Bulk trash (limited space)
•Cell phones (for donation to Zoo Atlanta's "Call4Gorillas Partner Program")
Contact these companies with questions about what items will be accepted:
Bulk Trash: Advanced Disposal
Some of the items not accepted in the bulk trash dumpster include; yard waste, batteries, paint/chemicals, construction materials, concrete, oil, tires, & florescent bulbs.
Shredding: A1 Shredding and Recycling, Inc.
Electronics: E Recycle USA
Click here for a complete list of electronic items that will be accepted.
Paint recycling -- Please see fees below.
Parkview Christian School will be accepting latex and oil paint for recycling during the event. The paint collected will be reconditioned to be used again. There is a fee for this portion of the event based on the quantity and type of paint. Paint can not be mixed with anything, including other paint.
1 Gallon Can - $3 for latex and $4 for oil
1 Quart Can - $1.50 for latex and $2 for oil
Spray can - $1.50 for oil
A portion of the proceeds will support the school. For more information on paint collection, fees, and paint can sizes accepted, call 404-317-7637.
The SMILE 5K Race returns to Lilburn City Park April 30, 2016, 7:30 am – 11:30 am
The SMILE 5K Race will begin and end near the band shell in Lilburn City Park. Runners and walkers will travel through Lilburn City Park and along Camp Creek Greenway Trail.
For more information about SMILE and this event, please visit www.smile4.info.
First Baptist Lilburn
Gigantic Mission Trip Yard Sale, April 8, 9, and 16, 8 am – 2 pm, Lilburn First Baptist Church, 285 Main St. Lilburn. Toys, Children’s Clothes, Furniture, Sports Equipment, Home Décor and more. Come Hungry! BBQ, Snacks, & Drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds go to send students on a mission trip to Reno, Nevada this summer.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month Alcohol Awareness Month and has been sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. since 1987. It encourages local communities to focus on the prevention and treatment of alcohol-related issues. In honor of this important awareness month, our partners at Gwinnett United In Drug Education, Inc. (GUIDE) will be receiving a proclamation from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on April 12, 2016, designating April as Alcohol Awareness Month in Gwinnett County. During the month of April, GUIDE staff, Youth Advisory Board members and local Youth Action Teams look forward to conducting campaigns and participating in many events to share the impact of alcohol on the adolescent brain and encourage teens to be alcohol free. We are calling on all citizens of Gwinnett County to strive for a healthier and safer lifestyle and encourage others to do the same. We are grateful for all the individuals and organizations that already show their support and commitment to raising awareness for underage drinking prevention.
Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest annual community improvement program. For three months (March through May) during the spring, more than 4 million volunteers and concerned citizens across the nation work together to beautify neighborhoods, reduce waste, initiate recycling programs, and plant trees.
The Great American Cleanup Gwinnett Challenge is hosted locally by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. It is open to businesses, local governments, school and church groups, civic groups, athletic teams, and individuals. Visit Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful's website to learn more about taking the pledge to be an environmental steward.
The Lilburn Arts Alliance has several things going on this month - a drawing class, an art exhibit, a membership drive, request for volunteers and next month a May meeting. Read below for more details:
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 11 at the Wynne Russell House (4684 Wynn-Russell Dr., Lilburn, GA 30047). Program details are forthcoming. See the map link: Wynne-Russell House Map
LAA is in need of volunteers to help with exhibits, pleing-air outings, refreshments for meetings and exhibits - contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lilburn Arts Alliance will hold its 2016 Spring Exhibit from Sat. April 16 through Sat. June 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett at 12 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrencevile, GA 30044.
Artwork submission deadline is Friday, April 8. 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.
Go to the WEBSITE for more info
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. Cost is $25 for LAA members and $35 for non-members.
Email Andy Triemer at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
The LBA meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 11:30 am - 1:pm.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 19 at the Jade Dragon restaurant, 4230 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lilburn, GA 30047. Emory Morsberger, Lilburn CID Executive Director and owner of The Morseberger Group will be the featured speaker.
There is no meeting fee; attendees are welcome to order from the menu/buffet and pay for lunch.
Additionally, Business Builders Breakfast meets at Bojangels on the first Friday of the month at 8:00 am. For more information visit their Web site.
News from Lilburn Lions Club
The Lilburn Lions Club will meet on Thursday, April 14, 12:00 pm, at the Taste of Paradise restaurant at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. Suite 300. The Lions will be making plans to participate in the upcoming Lilburn Relay Rally. Visitors are welcome.
Future meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of the month at noon at the Taste of Paradise.
Lilburn Woman's Club
Lilburn Post Office Clean-up
Come out to the Lilburn Post office on Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 am -1:00 pm until noon and join the Conservation Department of the Lilburn Woman's Club for a morning of cleaning-up and planting.
Lilburn Relay Rally
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.
We will have a team leader and sponsor meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:30pm at the Wynne Russell House, 4684 Wynne-Russell Drive in Lilburn.
We will have check in and booth information, and try to answer any questions you might have. Please RSVP to Gail Zarnik at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Lilburn Woman's Club is pleased to announce the date of their 3rd annual Behind the Garden Gate Garden Tour on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets, which are $20 each, can be purchased online through Paypal by logging onto www.lilburnwomansclub.org and clicking on the "Behind the Garden Gate" window from the navigator bar. Follow the directions and bring your receipt to the Will Call desk the day of the tour at Garden #1 located at 818 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn to pick up your ticket and tour map. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour at the Will Call desk. We hope you will come and discover the beauty that surrounds us in Lilburn!
(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)
From SafetySmart Lilburn
National Night Out: Call for Sponsors & Volunteers
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 sponsors and volunteers to help in planning, recruiting and implementation of the August 2nd event. For more information, contact email@example.com
News from Our Schools
Who: Rising kindergartners - children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2016 - and their parents or guardians.
What: Register for the 2016-17 school year.
When: Check the school website or call your school for registration times. For a list of phone numbers, go to "2016 Kindergarten Registration" or GCPS' website under the Parent tab (www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us).
Where: Visit the school website to register online, beginning April 4, and then complete the registration process at your local school on May 5. If you're not sure which school your child will attend, call the Planning Department at (678) 301-7085.
Why: So you and your child will be ready for the first day of school - Monday, August 8, 2016. (Look online for other important calendar dates for the 2016-17 school year).
How: Come to your local school during registration hours with the important documents listed below. Your child's registration will be delayed if you do not bring the needed paperwork. Allow plenty of time to fill out forms.
What to Bring for Registration
An official document showing proof of birth date
Proof of residency
A Georgia certificate of immunization
Evidence of Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition Screening obtained in the past year
A photo ID
Proof of custody/guardianship
The child's social security number
A copy of the Pre-K progress report
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.)
The Hummingbird Mill, located at 79 A-Main Street in Lilburn, is a creative haven for all things artistic and handmade. The Owner and Creative Designer, Mandisa Surpris creates handmade gifts ranging from scarves to gilded vases as well as custom portrait paintings and Fine Art. She also offers youth art class for elementary school children ages 7-10. To stay in the loop for upcoming youth art workshops such as “Saturdays at The Mill” and summer camps like “Visionary Makers Summer Camp” visit www.hummingbirdmill.com.
Gwinnett County Youth Camp Info - Click on this LINK for some great information on Gwinnett County youth camps. (Many are 7:30 am - 6:00 pm which is great for working parents.)
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.
News from Gwinnett County
Public Meeting: Comprehensive Transportation Plan
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.
Spring Cleaning and Household Hazardous Waste Management Workshop FREE
April 14 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Learn tips for identifying and managing household hazardous waste and find out about options for recycling and proper disposal. Attendees from unincorporated Gwinnett County, city of Lilburn, or city of Peachtree Corners may qualify for a maximum 5 percent credit toward their stormwater utility fee for the following year. For more information and to register, email the Stormwater Management Division with your name, address, and phone number at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678.376.7193 and press 5. Gwinnett County Public Library - Five Forks Branch, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville.
Paperless Property Tax Billing
Tax Commissioner Richard Steele announces that paperless billing is now available for property tax.
“It’s quick and easy to sign up. You’ll receive your property tax bill securely by email in August, rather than receiving a paper bill through the mail,” said Steele.
A link is on the homepage at GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com. Upon arrival at the ‘Property Search’ page, find the property and click the ‘Parcel Number’ button, then the blue ‘Enroll in Paperless Billing’ button.
Paperless billing is now an option for taxpayers due to state legislation that passed in 2015.
Email tax@GwinnettCounty.com or call 770-822-8800 for more information.
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.
General Primary/Nonpartisan Election: May 24
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
Norcross Human Services Center Offerings
(located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court, off Indian Trail Rd. in Norcross)
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.
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.
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 April 25 for publishing around May 7.
Lilburn Comm. Partnership
Wynne Russell Ghost Tour
Taste of Lilburn
H2O Workshop Follow-up
Ribs 'n Pollo Review
Dorough Plant Sale
Agavero Jazz Sundays
Potential Vendor Event
City of Lilburn News
May Meeting Agenda
Earth Day Recycling
Youth Garage Sale
Great American Clean-up
Lilburn Arts Alliance
May 11 Meeting
Call for Volunteers
Lilburn Business Assoc.
April 19 Meeting
May 6 Breakfast
Lilburn Lions Club
April 14 Meeting
Lilburn Woman's Club
Post Office Clean-up
Call for Sponsors and Volunteers
From Our Schools
Summer Camp Listings
The Hummingbird Mill
Parks and Recs
Music on Main Street
Main St. School of Art
Norcross Human Ser. Ctr
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