Thankful on the Fourth
Independence Day is a time when we no doubt reflect on the early sacrifices which birthed our country and pay tribute to our military who throughout history have dedicated themselves to preserving our freedoms. We also reflect on the rights our Constitution bestows on us and realize that it isn't just our military's duty to defend our freedoms, but our individual responsibility. Each of us responds to the call of our country and community to preserve our freedom in different ways. We work, pay taxes, educate ourselves and others on issues, get involved in our community, contribute time, talent and treasure to what we feel are worthy causes and vote for those individuals who we feel will represent us well.
While all is not perfect in our world, we are thankful for the many blessings we have received and continue in our quest for perfection. I, for one, am very thankful to live in this great community of Lilburn. Where else could I live and have so much nearby - great city and county services, parks, nearby churches, businesses, restaurants, entertainment, caring neighborhoods and civic organizations offering opportunities to improve what we have. Thanks to all of you out there who help make Lilburn a wonderful place to live, work and play. Keep the faith that we are working together to build a community to be proud of.
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Sparkle to Be the Best Ever!
From the humble beginnings for Lilburn's first Fourth of July celebration in 2011, Sparkle in the Park has evolved into a premier event that just keeps getting better. This year's free event is once again on July 4th, 5:30 pm until 10 pm.
Festivities start at 5:30 with free faceppainting, balloon makers and family photos. And once again AIA, Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band will perform with an awesome fireworks display to crown the evening. So what's new? Check out these food options:
3 Guys Entertainment
(Hot dogs, burgers, fries, etc.)
A Moveable Feast Food Truck
Fruit Smash GA
King of Pops
Pressed for Time
Genki Noodles and Sushi
For shuttle details and other important event information go to this LINK
July 4th Holiday Gov't Operations & Trash Pick-up
Please note that all offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of the residents of Gwinnett County, are closed Friday, July 4, 2014, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. All offices will resume regular working hours on Monday, July 7, 2014.
Independence Day is not a trash and recycling holiday for solid waste providers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, so trash and recycling collections are scheduled as normal. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recycling Call Center will be closed that day, but hauler call centers will be open.
For City of Lilburn residents, Friday, July 4 is a holiday and they should put trash and recycling containers out on Saturday.
General Primary Runoff Election: July 22
Mike Beaudreau and P.K. Martin Debate in Lilburn
On Monday, July 7 at 7 - 8:30 pm at Lilburn City Hall, State Senate Republican Candidates Mike Beaureau and P. K. Martin will square off in a debate hosted by the Gwinnett GOP.
Advance Voting for the General Primiary Details
The runoff for the 2014 General Primary will take place Tuesday, July 22 at regular voting precincts from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Voters can find their voting precinct or view a sample ballot by visiting the Georgia Secretary of State's My Voter Page.
Voters must vote within the same party chosen for the General Primary Election. If the voter did not vote in the primary election or voted nonpartisan and wishes to vote in the runoff, the voter may choose any party in the runoff.
Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by mail or cast their ballot in person from June 30 to July 18, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Gwinnett County Elections Office, located at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville.
The runoff election results will be available on the Gwinnett County homepage throughout the election night.
Paranormal Investigators to Present Findings at the Wynne-Russell Treasure Sale: July 12
On July 12, in addition to the yard sale which starts at 9: am, from 11: am until 1: pm we will be featuring David and Shannon Byers of Timeless Paramormal. The Byers recently conducted an investigation of the Wynne-Russell House and will present their findings as well as some history and geneology of the historical Wynne-Russell House residents. Elmer Nash, 5th generation Lilburn resident, will also give commentary on the architectural and history of the home which was built in 1826 and is on the National Registry of Historical Places.
Make plans to tour and browse or register as a vendor (first 20 booths are free this month). Items for sale will be: crafts, baked goods, collectibles, house wares, children's clothing (gently worn) and toys.
Kona Ice will be on hand to provide cooling relief with their shaved ice. The house, located at 4685 Wynne-Russell Dr. is on the National Historical Registry.
Booths for future dates are available for a fee. For registration and or info check: www.lilburnevents.com. Future Treasure Sale dates are: Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1. Booth fees benefit the community programs of the Lilburn Community Partnership, a 501c3. Community organizations interested in free booth space should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival Particpant Deadline Extended
Even though a number of schools, faith organizations and youth organizations made the May 20 registration deadline for Small Town, Big World: Lilburn International Festival, there is room for more, and the festival committee is extending the deadline to August 15. Registration is free for non-profits, schools, faith organizations and governmental entities. For-profit business operators registration is $50 for a 15'x15' space.
The event will be held Sept. 13, from 10 am to 2 pm in Lilburn Park. This family friendly event promises to be a time for celebrating heritage in a venue of food, music, entertainment and fellowship that is representative of the greater Lilburn community.
The event committee would like to encourage businesses and organizations in the greater Lilburn area to support this event as sponsors, food vendors, entertainers, volunteers, participants and attendees. If you would like to help make this event a community success as a participant or volunteer, save the date and contact email@example.com Check LilburnEvents.com for registration and information.
City of Lilburn News
Food Truck Tuesdays to Start July 8th
Enjoy dinner and music in the park! Sample a variety of food trucks and local bands. Second Tuesdays in July-October from 6-9 p.m. Click this LINK
for more on Food Truck Tuesdays
Combine your Lilburn City Market on Main Shopping,4-7 PM, with dinner and music! Future food truck dates are Aug. 12, Sept. 9 and Oct. 14.
For a list of participating farmers and future Market dates, click this LINK.
Information Meeting on Rezoning: July 8th
The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. regarding a developer's proposal for a mixed-use development on the north corner of Killian Hill and Arcado. The Lilburn City Council will consider the application on Monday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Lilburn City Hall. More details and zoning application documents can be found through this LINK.
City Millage Rate Approval Schedule Set
The Lilburn City Council is scheduled to adopt the 2014 millage rate on their July 14 Council meeting at 7:30 pm. The millage rate is proposed to remain the same as last year.
The City of Lilburn’s proposed millage rate is 4.45 mills, the same as 2013. However, the city expects to collect a total of $62,735 more in property taxes, about 4.18 percent more than 2013. This is because assessed property values in Gwinnett County have risen as the economy continues to improve. Because the total amount of taxes collected citywide will increase, the state considers this to be a tax increase. Three public hearings are required.
The third public hearing is scheduled for Thursday,July 10, at 6 pm at Lilburn City Hall. Check these links to the City Website for more information: Press Release, Five-Year Tax History
Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop
National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 5
Restaurant Week Features 1910 Public House
Gwinnett Restaurant Week. sponsored by Explore Gwinnett, has selected 1910 Public House as one of its participating restuarants. From July 20-24, Explore Gwinnett selects a variety of restuarants throughout Gwinnett to encourage residents to sample some of Gwinnett's best. From the Website:
"Participating restaurants, including the best of farm-to-table, steakhouses and international cuisine, have each put together a three-course menu of their favorite recipes. Enjoy the opportunity to create your own meal from pre-selected options for only $21.21, plus tax and gratuity.
In our 9th annual Gwinnett Restaurant Week, we are proud to announce some exciting new additions to our already exciting line-up: 1910 Public House, Kaets Steakhouse and The Crossing. For a full list of participating restaurants, click here."
Lilburn CID News
The Lilburn CID is continuing to forge ahead with studies and projects in collaboration with the City of Lilburn and Gwinnett County. At last month's meeting, the Board approved advertising their proposed millage rate of 5 mills for CID property owners. The Board also approved a contract iwth Stantech for an Urban Design Study. The cost of the study will be $75,000 with the City of Lilburn contributing $15,000 of the cost.
The CID Board July meeting is scheduled for July 11, at 8:30 am at Providence Christian Academy at 4575 Lawrenceville Hwy. Stantech will be giving a presentation of the Urban Design Study.
Lilburn Arts Alliance News
Using images and color to create perspective is the subject of the Lilburn Arts Alliance July meeting with speaker Christopher Sherry. His presentation will be using a simple sailboat scene and using color to create perspective. Christopher, a retired architect, enjoys portraying the figure as a landscape. He teaches art at Johns Creek Art Center, and Quinlan Visual Arts Center, along with Brenau University and Gwinnett Technical College.
The Lilburn Arts Alliance meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, at the Lilburn City Hall. Please join us and be a part of the growing arts movement in Lilburn.
Lilburn Business Association News
Barbara Bender, CPA, will speak about "The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It." The presentation focuses on issues that will defeat an entrepreneur, especially after they have had a bit of inital success. The meeting location will be at Killian Hall located at 908 Killian Hill Road near the Five Forks Road intersection. The Lilburn Business Association meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 am. Go to this LINK to prepay for the July 15 meeting.
Lilburn Woman's Club
After a very successful Garden Tour in June, LWC members continue to be active in the community and beyond. Recently members toured the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. During the summerl break, members are partnering with Harmony Grove Methodist Church to provide lunch for 29 children in Lilburn. Members are also at the Lilburn Farmers' Market every Friday at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church providing a number of community programs.
Check this LINK for more information on the Lilburn Farmers' Market. For information on Friday market activities and other community activites sponsored by the LWC, check this LWC Website LINK. Gallery pictures include the garden tour, monastery, and Farmers Market.
News from Our Neighborhoods
Hanarry Estates has been a long established neighborhood with a very active Swim and Racquet Club. This summer they are having Sunset Socials which feature some of their very talented musicians and vocalists. Recently "The Nicks Brothers" provided an evening of non-stop music through the years to the present. The brothers "back in the day" used to be featured at the Steak and Ale Restaurants. Now they play for the pure joy of it and share their talent with family and friends. More sunset socials are planned and if you are looking for a swim and racquet club for year round fun, check out the Hanarry Estates website LINK for more information.
Gwinnett County News
County Millage Rate to Remain the Same
Gwinnett Board of Commissioners will hold pulbic hearings on the proposed 2014 millage rate on July 7 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and July 14 at 6:30 p.m. The proposal calls for the millage rate to stay the same as last year, which will result in more property tax revenue than last year due to an increase in property values. Click on this LINK
for the fulll text of the press release.
Engaging Affair Summer Bridal Show
July 6 at 1:00pm. Bring your girlfriends, mom, sisters, and aunts to this fun and intimate bridal show. Meet with wedding professionals who can assist with planning your special day. Stay for the fashion shows and fun games. The event is open to guests ages 17 and up. The cost to attend is $6 if you register in advance and $7 at the door. Grooms are admitted free. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. Call 770.822.5450 to register
Civil War Event at the Yellow River Post Office
Come experience living history at the Hudson-Nash Farm as
you learn about the local skirmish that occurred at the Yellow River Bridge. Visit the post office and general store and see how women and children received news of loved ones during the Civil War. Participate in drills and rifle practice and learn how Hudson's Guards protected the community during Sherman's March to the Sea. Event takes place on Saturday,August 30th from 10 am until 4 pm. Check this LINK for more information and pre-registration.
Water Conservation Intern Program
The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources is running a new summer internship program for area college students to gain real-world experience in the water utility industry. The program’s 15 participants attend the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Georgia Gwinnett College, Southern Polytechnic State University, University of West Georgia and Duke University.
“This internship is a learning experience that will help me choose a more specialized field of environmental science that I want to pursue in college and will give me potential ideas for a future career,” said Mounika Pogula, an incoming freshman at Duke University.
Interns work full-time and are immersed in various roles such as water production and reclamation, water quality monitoring, GIS and infrastructure mapping, and engineering and construction. “I’m interested in experiencing the engineering process required to solve problems and implement designs,” said Katie Wingrove, a recent Georgia Tech environmental engineering graduate. “Gwinnett County was recommended to me by a professor as one of the best water departments in the state, so I figured an internship here would be a great learning opportunity.”
Danielle Buice, a senior biology major at Georgia Gwinnett College, said, “After starting the internship, I feel like I have already learned a tremendous amount of interesting information. I am really excited be a part of this great opportunity.”
For the upcoming school year, Gwinnett County will be launching a co-op program with Southern Polytechnic State University and Georgia Tech that will train engineering students for careers in Water Resources while they complete coursework in their major fields of study. Water Resources Director Ron Seibenhener said, “As interest in environmentally focused jobs grows, we want to make students aware that the field of water resources offers a career that makes a difference. Water industry professionals are directly involved in protecting and preserving the health of their local community and the environment.” Students who are interested in participating in the co-op program may apply through the schools’ career center.
Camps at Environmental Heritage Ctr.
There are still spaces available in several GEHC camps.
2-3 Year Old Camps
4 Year Old Camps
5-6 Year Old Camps
7-9 Year Old Camps
10-13 Year Old Camps
www.gwinnettEHC.org, 2929 Clean Water Drive, Buford, GA 30519, 770-904-3500.
Show Your Love for Parks
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is celebrating National Park and Recreation Month and you are invited to join the celebration! During the month of July, show your love for parks and recreation by visiting your local park to experience some of the many programs that inspire healthy, active lifestyles or activities that cultivate an appreciation of nature and the environment. You'll definitely want to grab a friend or family member and venture out to one of the parks that is hosting a special event this month. You can enjoy a free movie night with B98.5 FM at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville or Dog Daze of Summer at Rabbit Hill Park in Dacula, a celebration of our canine friends as well as National HOT Day and Ice Cream Day. Many other events are planned as well. For details, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
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