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Tuesday, March 17 2015
Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership                                 March 16, 2015

Spring is here...enjoy while you can!

OK we are tired of cold, wet and rainy!! It's hard to imagine that in another six weeks, we may be sweltering in heat and praying for rain!  That's our Georgia weather, from winter to a few mild spring weeks and then the heat! 

So let's take some time during these pleasant days to do what we can to beautify our Lilburn footprint - it might be our own yard or the some of the highways and by-ways that need a little love. Where ever, cleaning-up is a great way to get fresh air and excercise and the satisfaction of knowing that we have done our part to show our pride in the environs which we call home.

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. or read it later.)


From the Lilburn Community Partnership
Taste of Lilburn Saturday, March 21, 2:30-5:30 p
at Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street. Lilburn Community Partnership organizers have secured a great lineup of Lilburn's favorite restaurants: 1910 Public House, Bambinelli's, The Barn Brew House, Rivals on Five, Taqueria Los Hermanos and Taste of Paradise.  Additionally there will be entertainment 
provided by the Nicks Brothers, a guitar-singing duo who have a vast repertoire of favorite classics. Last year's first event was immensely popular and sold out early.

Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25 (invite a friend.) Tickets may be purchased on line  or by mail with check made out to Lilburn Community Partnership, 4155 Lawrenceville Hwy. #8101, Lilburn, GA 30047 and must be received by Friday, March 20. Some tickets will be available at the door on event day. A portion of your  ticket may be considered a tax exempt donation. Proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the Wynne-Russell House. LCP is a 501c3 corporation.

Wynne-Russell Clean-up
Despite Saturday's rain, Lilburn Lions Club members and LCP board members showed up to make the Wynne Russell House shine inside and out. Outside grounds clean-up and pansy plantings were completed, and inside cleaning of windows, fireplaces, woodwork and floor were the major tasks completed. Contact if you or your group is interested in helping to maintain this treasure.  
LCP After Hours Postponed Until May 19
With so many events going on in March, LCP is cancelling its LCP After Hours originally scheduled for March 17.  Be sure to mark your calendar for future events:  May 19, August 18, and October 20.  Contact Michael Taylor at if you are interested in hosting a future event or would like more information.  
Relay Rally to Fight Cancer

At their last board meeting the Lilburn Community Partnership voted to register a team for the Lilburn Relay Rally to be held on Friday evening, April 24 from 5 to 10 pm in Lilburn City Park.  We are looking for team members from the community and/donations to help win the fight against cancer. Please consider forming a team, donating or joining the Lilburn Community Partnership Relay Rally Team by clicking on this LINK.

Small Town Big World Festival:  Sponsors and Exhibitors Needed

The second annual Small Town, Big World Festival will take place on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am until 2 pm. Last year's festival exceeded expectations with over 5,000 attendees.  

The Festival Committee invites community sponsors to come forward and help present the best ever festival for 2015.  We are also looking for exhibitors.  Contact or Diana Preston at 678-230-9058.   

Passion for Our Veterans deadline, March 31.

Between now and March 31 Trickum Middle School students Sydney Trammell and Kaitlin Berry are collecting toiletries, gently used clothing, coffee, cocoa, telephone cards and donations to provide some needed items for the veterans at the Atlanta VA Hospital in Decatur.

Drop off locations for items are: Tickum Middle School,  Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville, Antiques in Old Town. You may also contact these students at passionprojectØØ

Good Shepherd to Host Easter Egg Hunt

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 29 from 12:15-2:00pm.  for children 12 years and under. The church is located at 1400 Killian Hill Rd. Lilburn GA 20047

House of Payne Offers March Free Friday Classes 

Free Fitness Fridays are being held at House of Payne Personal Training located at 4565 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn, GA throughout the month of March to promote a healthy and strong community. Rachel Payne, co-owner of the facility says, "studies show that obesity is an problem and only one in five Americans get the exercise they need – we want to change that by offering an opportunity for people to come and visit our facility. No pressure to join, just come to use the facility. Obviously, everyone will have to sign a liability waiver, but otherwise we encourage people to come visit, exercise – and bring a friend!" For more information - 678.641 9188.

From Gwinnett Village CID

Jimmy Carter I-85 Crossover Weekend Schedule: Bridge Closure

Friday, March 20- At 9 p.m. the bridge will close for the weekend as crews change the traffic pattern.

Monday, March 23- The bridge will reopen at 5 a.m. with the diverging diamond traffic pattern.

This closure is dependent on weather conditions. An inclement weather construction date is scheduled for March 27-30.

During the weekend, the bridge WILL BE CLOSED to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Cars will still be able to turn right onto and off of the interstate. 

Construction will continue on the interchange through the Spring.

Project Information

The Diverging Diamond design works with the existing bridge footprint, but improves efficiency by rerouting traffic on the bridge and eliminating left turn signals. In the two previously completed diverging diamonds, traffic at the interchange was significantly reduced as a result of the improved efficiency. 

We understand that this is a movement with which many drivers are unaccustomed. Additional signage and police officers will be onsite for the initial period while drivers familiarize themselves with the new traffic pattern.

                For more information (and a bigger image) please visit 

News from the City

Just a Few Days for Community Input on Planning Our Park.

The City of Lilburn has begun a master planning process for Lilburn City Park and the Camp Creek Greenway. The Department of Planning and Economic Development is created an online survey to gather public input regarding past usage and future amenities. The P.O.P. quiz will be available at  through March 23.


Easter Egg Hunt:  Saturday, March 28

The City of Lilburn is partnering with the Downtown Development Authority once again for the annual Easter Egg Hunt 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. Parents are not allowed on the field, except with the 0-3 years age group. A special needs area will be available and parents are welcome to participate in this area. The Easter Bunny will be at the band shell before the egg hunt.  Don't forget to bring your camera!

If you're interested in being an event sponsor, see event sponsor form.

Lilburn CID News
Design29 Update
The Lilburn CID recently had a community input session February 23.  Now the Stakeholders Committee will be reviewing the input and will soon make recommendation to the Lilburn CID Board.
The Lilburn Community Improvement District Monthly Board Meetings are held the 2nd Friday of each month at 8:30am at the Providence Christian Academy 4575 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn, GA 30047 (High School Building).

Spring Art Exhibit

March 28th marks the date of our Spring Art Exhibit, at the Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street, from 11AM to 4PM (after the Easter Egg Hunt). Stop by to see and buy original art by our creative artists. Works include paintings, photography, mixed media and 3-Dimensional art. 

Calling all Artists -We are asking artists to submit Spring themed works of art in 2D, 3D and photography for our March 28 show (due March 23). Flowers, Birds, Spring Colors - whatever inspires you about the beauty of Spring. Create something new or submit pieces from your inventory. Two awards will be presented at this show. Both will be selected by vote from Alliance members in attendance. Even if you aren't planning to present, support your fellow members by coming out to vote:

  • Member's Choice Award
  • Best Spring Theme Award

In addition to the Art Show, the Spring Fling will include these features:

  • Exhibiting artists will have the opportunity to sell reproductions of their artwork. This will include items such as:

  • Calendars
  • Notecards
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Magnets
  • Prints - (Unframed only. Maximum size - 16" x 20" unmatted or 16" x 20" including mat. Prints will be displayed in a rack)
  • See guidelines in the prospectus for additional details.

(Note that you must be exhibiting original artwork in the show to participate in this activity.)

  • As an Arts Outreach project a section of the Spring Fling will be dedicated to a exhibition of original Children's Book Artwork. This presentation will include original pieces along with the publications in which they appeared and information about the artists who created them.
  • The "Spring Fling" Art Exhibit will be promoted on the City of Lilburn's sign on Highway 29, on street signage, on facebook, on twitter, on the LAA website and in other printed media.

This event is open to all artists, you do not have to be a member of the Lilburn Arts Alliance to exhibit your work (although it is encouraged). Please visit our website for more information about how to enter, deadline and fees.

Lilburn Arts Alliance April 8th Meeting

The Lilburn Arts Alliance will hold an open discussion meeting on Wednesday, April 8th, 7PM, including our popular Show and Tell segment featuring one or more of our talented members who participated in the Women’s Club Garden Tour Plein Air painting last year.

Guests are always welcome. Meetings are held at the Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street. 

Lilburn Business Association

On March Tuesday, March 17, (11:30 - 1: 00 pm) the LBA meeting and luncheon will feature Stephanie Sokenis, Director of Small Business Development for the Gwinnett Chamber.  She will discuss the Chamber's Small Business Coalition.    

Register and Pay Online (members: $12, non-members: $15)Registration is not required but is encouraged. You do not need to be a member to attend.

Lilburn Lions Club Still Accepting Charter Members

Next Meeting:  March. 26, 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School 

The Lilburn Lions Club while only a few months old, is already planning to make its mark on the greater Lilburn community.  The Lions will started out Saturday, March 14 with a clean-up at the Wynne - Russell House.  Saturday, March 28 will be the club's chartering dinner to be held at 6:30 pm in the Media Center at Berkmar Middle School.  The Club also has committed to starting an Adopt a Road Clean-up on Rockbridge Rd. on Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am and will have a Relay Rally Team to fight Cancer at Lilburn City Park, Friday, April 24.

The Lilburn Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend meetings the second Thursday of the at noon at the Taste of Paradise Restaurant located in the Market Place Shopping Center at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. in Lilburn (intersection of Indian Trail Rd. and US 29) and the second meeting the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School, located opposite the Post Office on Hwy. 29 at the traffic light at Postal Way. Anyone who joins prior to the chartering will be considered a charter member.

For more information on joining the Lilburn Lions, contact Diana Preston, Membership Chair, at  For information on Lion's Club International, please follow this LINK.

Lilburn Woman's Club News


The Lilburn Relay Rally Wants YOU

The Lilburn Relay Rally takes place on April 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Sponsored by the Lilburn Woman's Club, this event is a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society's Gwinnett Realy for Life.  Survivors will be honored at a reception in the City Hall.  

You can be part of this event. Participant registration is free. Go to this LINK to participate as an individual, join a team, form a team or donate. Simply click "Sign up" and then "Start a Team" or "Donate." 

If you would like to be a Sponsor and be on the event banner, on the t-shirt and in event publicity, contact Pat Swan at or Gail Zarnik at

Garden Tour Date Set
The Lilburn Woman's Club 'Behind the Garden Gate' tour of Lilburn area gardens will take place on Saturday, May 9th from 9am - 3pm. This year's tour will offer several inspiring destination spots including a Secret Garden, a Japanese-style maple garden and the historic Lanford Farmhouse built in the early 1900's.  Other exciting destinations will include a Memorial Rock Garden and the Shady Retreat which is also home to an extensive international Orchid collection.  Local musicians and artists will be sprinkled throughout the various locations for a truly magical experience.  

Follow updates on Facebook at 'Behind the Garden Gate' for sneak peeks into this year's tour. 

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online in advance through the LWC website.

Proceeds from this event fund local scholarships, beautification projects, health and safety projects, local libraries, after-school educational events, veterans needs, women's and children's shelters and so much more!  Visit our website at to learn more about the Lilburn Woman's Club.

The GFWC Lilburn Woman's Club is a qualified 501(c)3 non-profit organization.   



From SafetySmart Lilburn 

Many thanks to Detective Marco Silva for taking time to share from his vast knowledge of gangs with the 88 people in attendance on March 2. It was truly educational and eye-opening.  Go to the links for flyers provided by Detective Silva gang awareness in both English and Spanish.

The next Community Education program will be held on the first Monday of May (5/4/15 at 7 PM) and will relate to Park Safety. More details will be available in the near future.  Please plan to join us.  

School/Youth News

District  IV and V Area Board Meetings 

Beginning in March 2015, the Gwinnett County Board of Education will go on the road, as it does each year, meeting once in each Board member's district. The meetings are a time for the School Board to share information with the public. They also are an opportunity to hear CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks' annual address on the state of the school district, focusing on the district's strategic direction, recent successes and new initiatives, and current budget challenges.

District V Area Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 24 at Meadowcreek High School with refreshments at 6:30 pm and meeting to follow at 7:00 pm in the theater.  Louise Radloff is District V Board Member.

District IV Area Board Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 26 at Berkmar High School with refreshments at 6:30 pm and meeting at 7:00 pm in the theater. Dr. Robert McClure is District IV Board Member.

Berkmar High School Brings African-American History to Life at Benefield Elementary

Students at Benefield Elementary School were able to see 13 historical African-American figures come to life as they viewed Berkmar High School's Black History Month Living Museum on February 20th. The younger students entered their gymnasium and found it transformed into a museum where they could watch history unfold with the touch of a button. They enjoyed the accounts of many notable figures such as poet Maya Angelou, writer Dr. Carter G. Woodson, baseball legend Hank Aaron, and pioneering rap group, Run DMC. A mixture of 24 Berkmar HS juniors and freshmen were dressed as the figure they represented and simultaneously entertained and educated the elementary students. Berkmar High teachers Lisa Adams-Harris, Alison Lino, Naderia Wade, and Simone Forbes orchestrated the interactive museum and the students did an amazing job! It proved to be a wonderful connection between the two schools and was sponsored by Assistant Principals Dr. Linda Clark and Mr. Marcus Knight.

Parkview Counselors Win Prestigious Award

Congratulations to the Parkview Counseling Department for recently winning the 21st Century Comprehensive Counseling Program Award.

As part of National School Counseling Week, celebrated this year Feb 2nd - 6th, Gwinnett County Public Schools highlighted the key role school counselors play in the academic success and overall well-being of all Gwinnett children.  In doing so, the school district named the top counseling professionals of the year.  In addition, the district recognized outstanding innovative programs that show evidence of counseling program advocacy and goals that use data to guide program design, delivery and evaluation.  Parkview's Counseling Department is one of only four schools in the county to be the proud recipient of this award.

(Pictured left to right) Dianne Thompson, Director of Advisement and Counseling, Leigh Wilkinson, Principal -David Smith, Brenda LaManque, Kim Salo, Dr. Samela Reid, Dr. Judy Days Dee, Dr. Kevin Tashlein, Associate Superintendent.  Not pictured - Dr. Mark Manning

Gwinnett County News

Atlanta Regional Commission online survey ends March 31

The Atlanta Regional Commission recently announced Phase II of its online survey. This survey is an influential step in the development of the region's plan. The survey focuses on new technologies and innovations that may impact where and how residents travel and live over the next quarter century. The survey is available until March 31 and takes five minutes to complete. It gives you a chance to tell the ARC how to respond to upcoming trends in technology and remain economically competitive. Click here to submit your answers.

Commission Hosts Town Hall Meetings

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners wants to hear from you! Join them this spring for four Town Hall Meetings that will be held in locations around the coun­ty. Beginning at 6:15pm, representatives from County de­partments will hold an open house to answer your ques­tions and talk about the different services they provide. At 7:00pm, the commissioners invite you to share your thoughts and ideas about County government services. The meetings will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, March 26
Dacula Park Activity Building
2735 Old Auburn Avenue, Dacula

Thursday, April 23
Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center
4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake

Tuesday, May 12
Hudgens Center for the Arts
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth

Residents may come to any or all of the meetings, so please select the best date and location for you to attend.

Bridal Expo

March 22 at noon. Are you newly engaged? Now is the time to start planning for your dream wedding. Join the area's most creative and talented wedding professionals at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Bridal Expo. Bride and groom tickets are $6.50. General admission is $7.50. Children are admitted for $3.50. EHC members are admitted for free. Register online here. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.


News from Lilburn Farmers Market

Lilburn Farmers Market is set to open June 5th for its 6 season. The market is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jam and ready to eat food. The market is also looking for non-profit organizations that would like to inform residents in Lilburn about their organization.

The Lilburn Farmers Market does not accept arts and crafts, non-licensed products, or produce re-sold from other markets. Applications can be found at

The Lilburn Farmers Market is open 4 pm to 8 pm every Friday in June, July and August. 

The Lilburn Farmers Market is a tasty way to start your weekend. More information is available at

Please submit story ideas,comments or suggestions to, attention Diana Preston.

Lilburn Community Partnership
Taste of Lilburn
Wynne Russell Clean-up
LCP After Hours
Relay Rally Team
Small Town, Big World Festival
Veteran Porject Deadline
Good Shepherd Egg Hunt
House of Payne Free Classes
I-85 Bridge Closure
City of Lilburn News
Help Plan Our Park
Easter Egg Hunt
Lilburn CID News
Lilburn Art Alliance
Spring Art Exhibit
April Meeting
Lilburn Business Assoc.
Lilburn Lions Club News
Lilburn Woman's Club
Lilburn Relay Rally
Garden Tour 
SafetySmart Lilburn 
School/Youth News
District IV/V Area Meetings
Berkmar HS Creates Live History
Parkview Counselors Win Award
Gwinnett County News
ARC Survey
Commission Town Hall Meetings
Bridal Expo
Lilburn Farmers Market Info
Upcoming Meetings
(not mentioned in articles)
  • Mon. April 13, 7:30 pm. Lilburn City Council,  City Hall 76 Main St.Check City Web Site for other meetings and events.
  • Tues. April 14, 8:15 am. Lilburn Community Partnership Board Meeting, 4685 Wynne-Russell Drive.  Visitors welcome
  • Gwinnett County Meeting Calendar



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1910 Public House

Oyster Barn

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Taqueria Los Hermanos

Three Blind Mice

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Small Town 
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First Baptist Lilburn 


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Bill Head Funeral Services

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