And the Season Begins!
This month's issue gives you a sample of news, events and celebrations for the coming weeks. If your organization or business would like to add to it, send us your item in a Word document by Nov. 15 for publishing around Nov. 20.
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Thurs. Nov. 12, Lions Club Meeting
Thurs. Nov. 12, Veterans Job Fair (Tucker)
Thurs. Nov. 12, Wynne-Russell Pres. Comm.
Fri. Nov. 13, Lilburn CID Board Meeting
Fri. Nov. 13, Parade Entry & Sponsorhip Due
Sat. Nov. 14, Family Photos at Wynne Russell
Sat. Nov. 14, Diwali Fireworks
Tues. Nov 16, LCP Board Meeting
Tues. Nov. 16, Coloring Contest Entries Due
Wed. Nov. 18, Lilburn DDA Meeting
Fri.-Sat. Nov.20-21, Open House -Antiques in OT
Sat. Nov. 21, Bow Making Workshop
Sat. Nov. 21, Recylcing at Coolray Field
Tues. Dec. 1, Lilburn Treelighting
Sat. Dec. 5, Christmas Parade
Sat. Dec. 12, Cookie Swap and Craft Sale
(details on these events contained within)
Lilburn Community Partnership
Wynne-Russell House Family Photos
Plan now to have a unique family Christmas photo taken at the Wynne Russell Historic Home on Saturday, Nov. 14. Between the hours of 11:am and 2:pm, professional photographer Richard Ferris will take family photos, including pets, on the front porch of the home and post your picture on his website where you can download it without charge. Depending on the weather, the photo may be taken inside. Sitting fee is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Register your time slot through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bow Making Class at WR
Learn to make the bows that you’ve been paying big bucks for and make all of your Christmas presents really special. Jimi Taylor of Taylor Made Gift Basket Consulting will be offering a class 10-11:30 am Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Wynne-Russell House in Lilburn. Materials will be provided to make three bows and all you need to bring is a pair of sharp scissors. Class fee is $10 which includes materials for three bows and a light snack. All proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Class size is limited; please register on-line at: www.lilburnevents.com or email@example.com.
Cookie Swap and Crafters Return Dec. 12
Last year's successful Cookie Swap and Craft Sale will return on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Come with your favorite cookies to swap and then stay for browsing the crafts and baked goods ... or just come to browse the crafts. We'll have a sampling table and hot cider.
Cookie Swap guidelines: No charge. Bring 2 ½ dozen cookies, minimum of 2 inches in diameter on a tray with tongs and copies of the recipe to share with the baker's name and contact information. Cookies must be baked and contain flour. Participants may bring more in lots of 2 ½ dozen. Whatever quantity is brought will be swapped for the same amount minus the ½ dozen which will be donated to the WR House. Take-home boxes will be provided. Advance sign-up is required. We will list participant first names and type of cookie on this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the cookie swap.
Girl Scouts Gather to Swap Gross Goodies
Lilburn area Girl Scouts gathered at the Wynne-Russell House on Oct. 31 to swap home crafted gross goodies. The pictures here and in the Picture Gallery tell the story of these taste-better-than-they-look treats.
Need a Gathering Place?
The Wynne-Russell House will be decorated for Christmas this year and will be an ideal location for your holiday gathering of up to 40. 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.
Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
The Wynne-Russell Preservation Committee would like to thank the David and Shannon Byers for hosting and presenting the recent Paranormal Investigation event held at the Wynne-Russell House. The event was a sold out success and netted much needed funds for the historic structure. Thanks also for community support.
The Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:pm at the Wynne-Russell House. Visitors are welcome.
News from the City
Treelighting and Coloring Contest
Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in front of City Hall at 76 Main St.
Be part of this annual tradition, as the City of Lilburn lights the tree on Main Street. Lilburn Middle School Chorus will perform at the event.
Coloring Contest is open to children, k-5. Entries must be submitted to the City by Nov. 16. Click HERE
for this year's contest sheet.
Please click here
for sponsorship information.
Christmas Parade, Sat. Dec. 5, 10 am
Celebrate the season with this longtime annual tradition in Lilburn. This classic Christmas parade will include marching bands, antique cars, local celebrities, and, of course, Santa Claus! Free, professional photos with Santa will be available at City Hall following the parade until 1:pm.
Click here for parade entry information.
Click here for sponsorship information.
Parade entry and sponsorship deadline is Nov. 13.
Adult volunteers are needed to help at the morning of the Christmas Parade, Contact Roz Schmitt at 770-638-2225.
Nov. 3 Election Results
Brian Burchik was elected to Post 1 Council Seat.
Nov. 9 City Council Meeting Summary
Mayor Johnny Crist was absent. Mayor Pro Tem Tim Dunn did not vote. Council members Scott Batterton, Teresa Czyz, and Eddie Price were present.
- State to review speeds on Main Street
The City of Lilburn will request that the Georgia Traffic Engineering Department review the speed limit ratings on Main Street and Pleasant Hill Road, following unanimous Council approval. City staff recommends reducing the Main Street speed limit from 30 to 25 mph, because the roundabouts are designed for 25 mph speed. Staff will also ask the state to approve the use of speed detection devices to enforce the existing 45-mph speed limit on Pleasant Hill Road from the city limits to Lawrenceville Highway.
- Council reduces business license penalties
Council voted 3-0 to eliminate some fees and penalties in the Occupational Tax Ordinance. There will no longer be a $25 late filing fee and a $125 late payment penalty applied in May. Business license renewal applications are due Jan. 31, and the fee must be paid by March 31. There will continue to be a 10-percent penalty plus 1.5-percent interest charged to delinquent business owners after March 31. Learn more about business licenses.
- Alcohol license approved for CVS
Council unanimously approved an alcohol license for CVS at 5575 Lawrenceville Highway. The location has never held an alcohol license, so council approval was required. Learn more about alcoholic beverage licenses.
Lilburn DDA Wed. Nov. 18, 6:30 pm
The Downtown Development Authority is a coalition of business leaders appointed by the City Council to assist with revitalization and redevelopment of the central business district and the Lawrenceville Highway U.S. 29 Corridor Overlay District.
Town Hall Meeting Mon. Nov. 23, 7-8 pm
Join Mayor Johnny Crist at City Hall for an open forum about topics that interest Lilburn residents.
Chick-fil-A Treats Veterans
The Lilburn Chick-fil-A showed its true red, white and blue patriotic colors this evening (Nov. 11) as it treated veterans and their immediate family members to dinner. The event kicked off with the singing of the National Anthem by the youth choir of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. As veterans and their families entered the restaurant they were greeted by Brownies of Troop 3011 and Girl Scouts of Troop 3067 from Camp Creek Elementary.
Chick-fil-A staff proudly wore their red I Love the Military shirts as they ushered the Vets to their decorated tables and then brought meals on trays. And no Chick-fil-A would be complete with out one of the famous Cows showing up to love on the Vets. Thank you Lilburn Chick-Fil-A!
Open House at Antiques in Old Town
Get in the holiday spirit for a "Heavenly Christmas" at Antiques in Old Town, 83 Main St. on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6 pm - 9 pm and Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 am - 6 pm. The shop will be decorated to give you that back-in-time experience with all the sights and smells of the Christmas season.
Main Street Market Relocates
While it was sad to see the signs at 79 Main St. announcing that Main Street Market was closing, it's great to see that Bruce and Marie have relocated their business in a space in Antiques in Old Town. Note the following from their Facebook page: "We have officially relocated. Main Street Market is now located inside Antiques in Old Town, 93 Main Street, Lilburn. We are grateful to have the opportunity to remain in Old Town to serve you. We will continue to carry Honey Creek local honey and local Stone Mtn. pecans as well as our Amish line, our Main Street Market local line, pecan oil and soups (don't forget the popular Frontier line is gluten free, low sodium)."
See more on their Facebook page and stop by to see for yourself.
Shopping local is for business owers, too!
3 Reasons to Shop Small this Holiday Season
By Karen Vujnovic, Manta Staff Writer - November 10, 2015
The holidays are hovering just weeks away—and Small Business Saturday (November 28, 2015) will be here in a flash. But, according to an online Manta poll, 57% of small-business owners haven’t heard of this shopping day. And maybe even more concerning, 69% of small-business owners said they would not be supporting other small businesses this holiday season. Shocking? We thought so.
Here are just three reasons to shop small:
Mo’ money. Why let money slip out of your local area? Keep it in your community. Shopping small keeps over half of every $100 you spend right in your backyard. This positively affects schools, safety, roadways and so on. It’s a win for everyone.
Pay it forward. Every small-business owner spends money and time marketing and advertising their brand—but what better way to show others they should be shopping small than by doing it yourself? And supporting fellow small-business owners will likely bring more business to your door. You scratch their back, they’ll scratch yours.
Small Business Saturday: Why let Black Friday and Cyber Monday get all the glory? For the millions of small-business owners that participate in this high holiday of shopping, there are often great deals and offers (just like at big box stores). But shopping small gives you more. Avoid overworked salespeople, obnoxious crowds, and risking life and limb. Instead, opt for better customer service, a unique gift, investing in your community, and your sanity.
Lilburn Community News
Festival of Lights, Sat. Nov. 14, 6:00 pm
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn, Georgia, hosts the largest Diwali (Festival of Light) and Hindu New Year celebrations in the state. The fireworks display which accompanies Diwali can be seen a various viewpoints near the Mandir which is located at 460 Rockbridge Rd. in Lilburn. Map
View video of the past Diwali celebration at the Mandir: bit.ly/seethecelebration
Check their Facebook page for updates and future meeting info
https://www.facebook.com/LilburnArtsAlliance. Guests are always welcome.
Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit their website
www.lilburnartsalliance.org for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.
Lilburn Business Association
The Lilburn Business Association will have its monthly lunch meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Jeff Tweed of Big Frog will be speaking on "Branding Your Small Business Identity." The location is Bambinell's Restaurant at 4153 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, Ga 30047
Lunch will be ordered from the lunch menu ($8.99 entree, salad and drink).
Each guest will order and pay individually the restaurant. There is no other charge for this meeting.
The Lilburn CID Board of Directors will meet on Friday, Nov. 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Unless otherwise posted, the Board meets at Providence Christian Academy (high school building) - 4575 Lawrenceville Highway.
Meetings: Nov. 12 and Dec. 3
The Lilburn Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend this month's meeting on Thurs. Nov. 12 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).
On Thurs. Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm we will have a social pot luck at Berkmar Middle School, located opposite the Post Office on Hwy. 29 at the traffic light at Postal Way. Note that the December meeting date is not consistent with our normal 4th Thursday meeting time. We will resume our regualr 2nd and 4th Thursday meeting schedule in January. For information on Lion's Club International, please follow this LINK.
Lilburn Woman's Club
The Lilburn Woman's Club is getting ready for their annual Christmas Dinner and Auction on Thursday, Dec. 3. The annual event, which takes place at 6:30 pm at Mt. Carmel Christian Church, raises money for the needy in the greater Lilburn area and is always a sellout. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 23 for ticket availability or to donate items.
The Tucker Civic Association is holding its Veterans Job Fair at Rehoboth Baptist Church; 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084 on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The fair will feature information on veterans’ services as well as complementary résumé critiques and on-site printing.
there will be a host of employers attending, such as Goodwill of North Georgia, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Department of Labor and big-name companies such as Delta Air Lines and institutions of higher learning like Emory University and Georgia Perimeter College.
For more, click HERE.
County ESPLOST Passes
During the recent ESPLOST vote, 23,692 residents voted at their precincts; 317 voted absentee by mail; 1213 voted advance-in-person for a total of 25,222 total votes cast. Yes votes totaled 18,838 (74.69%) and No votes totaled 6,384 (25.31%).
America Recycles Day at Coolray Field
Celebrate America Recycles Day with the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 9:00am to noon at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves, in Lawrenceville. This free event offers paper shredding, as well as electronics, tire, toner/printer cartridge, and paint recycling. In addition, bring your old sneakers and gently used clothing to be donated to those in need or to be recycled into new products. Come for free kids' activities, including touch-a-truck, and meet your haulers.
Here are some things to remember before you come:
- Paper shredding is limited to five copier paper boxes
- Paint collection is limited to eight, one-gallon cans
- Cans must contain at least 25 percent wet, usable paint; no rusted cans, no oil-based paints, stains, spackle, thinners, or dried paint
- Tire recycling is limited to eight tires per vehicle; no dealer tires
- Electronics recycling is free with the exception of TVs, monitors, and printers
There is a $10 cash fee per TV or computer monitor and a $5 cash fee per printer
From SafetySmart Lilburn
(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)
Caregiving from a Distance
By Sarah Stevenson
“I don’t think many adult children think much about what to do when our parents can’t live alone any more until we are faced with the need to move them into a place that is secure and safe,” says Dana H., a member of the A Place for Mom community.
For family members whose loved ones live far away, caregiving decisions pose an extra challenge, from additional time and stress to financial worries. “Living out of state only compounded the logistics and shortened the time frame in which to deal with my father’s relocation,” says Sharon B.
In other words, if you live in a different city or state from your aging parents, you may not be on hand to address any sudden changes in their health or day-to-day needs. Whether it’s simply gathering information about your loved one’s care needs, or coordinating senior living and medical services, caregiving from a distance involves a substantial investment of resources.
Long-Distance Caregiving in the U.S.
According to a MetLife/National Alliance for Caregiving report, it’s estimated that about 34 million Americans are caregivers for an older parent — and of that number, 15% live one or more hours away from the care recipient. Nearly one third of adults providing care at a distance are helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, reports a 2004 MetLife study. A fourth of long-distance caregivers also reported that they were the primary or only caregiver; however, in many cases a sibling or other relative provided help. Why this surge in long-distance caregiving?
There are a number of contributing factors, but what it boils down to is an overall increase in our society’s mobility — and it’s not just students moving across the country for university or working adults moving to take on a new position or career.
Even seniors 65 and older are increasingly mobile, reports MetLife:
The number of seniors who have switched states over the last decade has increased 65%.
When those seniors experience a change in being able to care for themselves, it’s often up to the adult children living some distance away to coordinate senior care.
The Challenges of Taking Care of Aging Parents from a Distance
Researching and coordinating senior care is a challenge even at the best of times, but when you add in the factor of distance, there are additional issues that may crop up.
Some challenges include:
- Deciding on a primary caregiver. Determining who is the main caregiver in the first place can be a trial if siblings or other immediate family cannot agree on individual roles, especially if time is of the essence. “Everything happened so quickly and we were very pressed for time due to my siblings going back to their homes out of state,” says Janel G. If you are the primary caregiver, then you’ll be the one faced with much of the research and decision-making, regardless of how far away you live.
- Juggling family and career demands. A large proportion of long-distance caregivers are “sandwich caregivers,” supporting families of their own while also caring for aging parents at a distance. Also, “research has shown that employed caregivers often are required to make significant adjustments to their work in order to accommodate their caregiving responsibilities,” from missing work days to rearranging schedules (MetLife/National Alliance for Caregiving).
- Handling new sources of financial strain. Long-distance caregivers reported spending $193 per month out-of-pocket on average on their loved ones — from medications to home upkeep — and $199 per month in travel and phone expenses, reported the MetLife study.
- Assessing care needs and finding resources at a distance. It can be difficult to determine when your parent needs you, especially if they are unable or unwilling to communicate their needs. Researching resources and senior care local to your loved one can be one of the biggest challenges. “The choices for assisted living are plentiful but overwhelming in the number, variety and locations,” says Dana Holstine.
Long-Distance Caregiving Tips
Fortunately, there are strategies long-distance caregivers can follow to make the process easier. You can — and should — schedule family meetings to discuss decisions ahead of time, organize important documents and paperwork before you need them, and gather all necessary contact information for concerned parties, including friends, family, neighbors and care providers. “Advance preparation is not usually our best suit, so we find ourselves scrambling to keep everyone happy,” Dana Holstine says. Having as much in place as possible ahead of time will make things go much more smoothly in the event your loved one’s situation changes.
In particular, seeking help from knowledgeable parties can be invaluable if you face the situation of looking for senior care at a distance: community organizations in the area where your parent lives; online resources like theEldercare Locator; groups like the local area Agencies on Aging; professionals like elder law attorneys; andsenior care referral services like A Place for Mom. Any and all of these can help you determine what kind of senior care will best fit your loved one’s needs and budget.
“A Place For Mom helped me narrow the choices by focusing on the specific area we wanted to relocate my husband’s 87-year-old aunt last summer,” Dana told us. “I felt comfortable using their advice as a starting point and quickly found a perfect place for her near to us.” Don’t be afraid to ask for help, she says, because help is out there.
What resource has been most helpful to you in caring for senior loved ones at a distance? What did you wish you’d known ahead of time? Share your tips with us in the comments below.
Long-Distance Caregiving Tips by Sarah Stevenson
About the Author
Sarah J. Stevenson is a writer, artist, editor and graphic designer living in Northern California. Her visual art has been exhibited around California, and her writing has appeared in a variety of web sites and print publications. In addition to writing about older adults, she also writes for younger ones--her first novel for young adults, THE LATTE REBELLION, was published in 2011 by Flux. For more information, please visit: http://www.sarahjamilastevenson.comView Sarah's Google Profile.
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LILBURN COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
WR Family Photo Shoot
Bow Making Class
Cookie Swap &Craft Sale
WR Rental Information
Historic Preservation Com.
CITY OF LILBURN
Nov. 3 Election Results
Council Mtg Summary
Town Hall Meeting
Lilburn Chick-fil-A Honors Vets
Open House on Main St.
Shop Local for Businesses, Too
Festival of Lights
Lilburn Arts Alliance
Lilburn Business Association
Lilburn Woman's Club
Tucker Civic Assoc. Job Fair
"Aging from a Distance"
Mail & Package Center
Music Go Round
City of Lilburn
1910 Public House
Taqueria Los Hermanos
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
Lions Poster Contest
Median CID Clean-up
Girl Scout Gross Goodie Swap
Chick-fil-A Vet Fete
Fall Festival at MOMS
(Thanks to Ferris Photography)