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Saturday, January 16 2016

Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          January 13, 2016

Welcome Winter!  A little cold, but isn't it nice to curl up by a fire for a change? Don't get too comfortable.  We have a lot going on in our community and beyond and now is the time to start planning 2016.

Two meetings you might consider this week if you are interested in getting involved in our community:  Tonight, Lilburn Arts Alliance meets at the Wynne Russell House at 7 PM and tomorrow evening the Lilburn Lions Club meets at 7 Pm at Berkmar Middle School. On January 27th the Lilburn Woman's Club is holding a meeting for team captains for The Lilburn Relay Rally to fight cancer.  More on these meetings below.

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

Lilburn Community Partnership News

Board Meeting

The LCP Board of Directors met at the Wynne-Russell House on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 8:30 am.

The Board voted to submit an application to hold Small Town Big World Festival on Sept. 10, 2016 and Taste of Lilburn on April 30, 2016.  The Board also voted to solicit adult volunteers for these two events as well as some City events such as the Christmas Parade, Sparkle in the Park and other regular community events.  Look for more to come on this.

The LCP also voted to formally recognize the Wynne Russell Committee as a Corporation Committee and fund the committee with $500 for projects for the coming year.

Wynne-Russell Preservation Committee News

Next Meeting: The Preservation Committee will hold its next meeting on Feb. 3 at 5 pm at the Wynne-Russell House. Committee members will scheduling future WR events and clean-up days for the coming year.

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 info@lilburncp.comLINK for information on the house and events.

News from the City


January City Council Notes

New Councilman Takes Office

Brian Burchik was sworn in on Monday night to Post 1 City Council. Mayor Johnny Crist and Councilman Scott Batterton also took the oath of office to begin their new terms.

Easy Permitting

Council voted 4-0 to streamline the permitting fees, making it easier to do business with the city. Instead of calculating the 2 percent public art fee with each permit, the permits now have a flat fee that includes the art fee. The fee amounts overall did not change. A boarding-up permit was added, to encourage proper enclosure of vacant properties.

Police Recognized

GUIDE recognized the Lilburn Police Department for its efforts to stop underage drinking in the city. The department was also commended by SafetySmart Lilburn Inc. for its achievement in receiving 27th place among its peers nationwide for its annual National Night Out event.

2016 Citizens Police Academy

(The deadline has passed, but call to see if there is still space.)

When:  Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, every Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Where:  Lilburn Police Department, 76 Main St., Lilburn, GA.

Business Donates to LPD
Podber Limited Partnership, owner of Lilburn Square Shopping Center, presented the Lilburn Police Department with a donation of $250. The Council voted unanimously to accept the donation.

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Training:  Thursday, January 21

Learn how to react when faced with an active shooter.

Date: January 21, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Providence Christian Academy

Address: 4575 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn, GA 30047

Contact: 770-921-2210

Email: RSVP

The Lilburn Police Department aims to enhance preparedness throughout the community by providing training and information. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event course is modeled after the "Alert, Deny, Defend" strategy. It provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. 

The class will be taught by Lilburn Police Capt. Thom Bardugon, Lt. Chris Dusik, and Sgt. Tim Allen. 

Please RSVP to police department volunteer Carmen Stewart at

Business Info

Thanks to Connie Georges and Simply Special Cleaning Services for donating monthly cleaning of the Wynne-Russell House.  Check out their website for gift certificate ideas.


Lilburn Community News

Join the Lilburn Arts Alliance in 2016

Reasons to join/benefits of membership

    • Support the Arts in your community
    • Networking/Fellowship
    • Participation in shows
    • Arts activities
    • Education (bi-monthly programs and classes)
    • Artist webpage or link on the Arts Alliance site
      (new this year!)

Membership Types

  • Individual $40
  • Family $70
  • Student $30 (<18years)
  • Patron $100

INTERESTED??? - Come join us for our our 2016 kickoff meeting on Wednesday, January 13 at 7pm at the Wynne Russell House. Artist Judith Surowiec will be our guest speaker. 
Wynne Russell House Map

Joining or renewing your membership is now easier than ever with our online form:

Online Form

Check the Facebook page for updates and future meeting info Guests are always welcome.

Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit their website for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.

News from Lilburn Lions Club

The Club will start the new year by changing their meeting time to once a month, the second Tuesday, from 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School.  The next meeting is Jan. 14 and visitors are welcome.

Lilburn Woman's Club

The Lilburn Woman's Club is beginning the new year with a new Co-president.  Barbara Brooks was installed an the Club's January meeting last week.  The Club is also making plans sponsoring the Lilburn Relay Rally in April and Behind the Garden Gate Tour in May as well Lilburn Daze and other great events.

New members are welcome and the next meeting is at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday, February 4 at 7 pm.

Lilburn Relay Rally Meeting, Jan. 27
The Lilburn Relay Rally is coming back to Lilburn City Park on April 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Lilburn Woman’s Club, this event is a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society’s Gwinnett Relay for Life.
Last year, together we raised just under $25,000 to FIGHT CANCER!
Many of you expressed an interest in helping with the organization of the 2016 event. And we welcome your input!!
We will have a kick off meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00PM at the Wynne Russell House, 4685 Wynne-Russell Drive in Lilburn.
Form a Team, be a sponsor, be a supporter! Come meet with us and help us Paint our Town Purple!!
You can register your team NOW!  Go to
For more information: Contact Pat Swan at or Gail Zarnik at  .
We sincerely hope to see you on January 27th!!
Pat Swan, Gail Zarnik, Mandy McManus, event co-chairs

From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

From Lilburn-Mtn Park Patch:

Freezing temps will turn standing water into ice on area roadways, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Originally posted on the Douglasville, GA Patch

By GREG HAMBRICK (Patch Staff)

 January 5, 2016

6 Winter Driving Tips as Temperatures Drop

It’s getting cold in the region and the Georgia Department of Transportation is warning drivers of the threat of black ice, particularly during overnight hours when the temperatures are at their lowest.

1. Black ice is a thin, often invisible sheet of ice that forms on the roadway, especially on bridges and overpasses and low lying areas. It can form at any time when temperatures drop below freezing and there is any form of moisture, from sprinklers, run-off or precipitation on the roadway.

2. With the winter season upon us, Georgia DOT reminds everyone to remain vigilant with these key steps:

3. The threat of black ice on roadways is possible whenever there is a winter weather event. Beware of black ice (especially on bridges and overpasses) and watch for fallen trees or power lines.

4. Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary; postpone travel until daylight hours when road conditions such as black ice are more visible.

5. Do not pass a Georgia DOT dump truck spreading the salt/gravel mixture, as gravel may kick up and could break car windshields. Follow at least 100 feet behind Department vehicles.

6. Be aware of Georgia DOT crews working to clear the snow and ice from interstates and state routes.

7. SLOW DOWN at least half your normal speed and use a low gear as you drive.

8. Treat a non-working traffic signal as a four-way stop.

Environmental and Heritage Center

Get out of your house and into the trees at the EHC's newest exhibit, opening January 18th.

Families can spend some quality time hanging out in the trees with a visit to the Environmental and Heritage Center's newest exhibit, TreeHouses: Look Who's Living In The Trees.

The focus of this exhibit moves up, in, around and even underneath trees. TreeHouses includes fun, hands-on ways to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild things (including people!). Incorporating all of the senses, this popular exhibit engages forest explorers of all ages in nature explorations and the ecology of sustainable harvesting of this important natural resource.

In this exhibit, families can:

  • Look for signs of animal tree dwellers as they walk through an indoor tree house and across a wobbly connecting bridge
  • Play a computerized forest game where they can harvest trees without harming wildlife
  • Watch how a forest becomes a house
  • View the tree houses people have built around the world- even design and build their own
  • See stereoscopic 3-D images of some of the smaller animals we can find living in trees
  • Listen for animals inside the tree house and try to guess their sounds on an "animal dance floor"
  • Peer down from inside a "crow's nest"
  • Revisit favorite fictional tree dwellers, from the Ewoks of Star Wars to Winnie the Pooh
  • Wander through a "kitchen" to discover not-so-obvious tree connections in our own houses

TreeHouses will open to the public on January 18, 2016. The exhibit was produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EcoTarium, Worcester, Massachusetts; ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont; and the Children's Museum of Maine, Portland, Maine) with major support from Jane's Trust. Additional support was provided by Cabot Family Charitable Trust and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. It is sponsored locally by the EHC Foundation and will be on the campus through May 7, 2016.

The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) plans to explore STEM (science - technology - engineering - math) with a special event that highlights the field of forestry as well as the unique "green" features of the EHC.

Out On A Limb: STEM Forestry Fun will take place at the EHC on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The program fee for the event is $8 per person. Children two and younger and EHC members are free.

The EHC was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building in Gwinnett County.  Its green features include one of the largest, sloped vegetated roofs in the country.

Activities for the Out On A Limb: STEM Forestry Fun event will feature LEGO EV3 robotics as students help a "roly poly" run a risky maze in search of food and shelter and learn about the role these armored arthropods play in the forest community.  Participants will also learn about the relationship between architecture and ecosystems and understand how green building methods benefit the forest.

The event will coincide with the opening of the EHC's newest traveling exhibit called TreeHouses:  Look Who's Living in the Trees. 

Click here to register.

Join us for a brisk night trek through the EHC's winter woodland! Dare to discover the dormant denizens of the dusk hours as we look for signs of creatures above and below ground that are adapted to survive the winter. You will also look up through the bare trees into the night sky to look for planets and constellations of the northern hemisphere.

EHC Night Treks are quarterly events. The next one will take place on April 8, 2016

Pre-registration required.

$8 per person

EHC members are free

Ages 8 and above

Click here to register.

Ever wonder what happens at the museum after hours? Join us for

a special drop-in festival titled Night @ the Museum and see how the EHC exhibits come to life after dark.

  • Investigate The Mystery Museum Tour
  • Listen To Historic Stories Around A Campfire
  • Participate In A Glow In The Dark Green Building Scavenger Hunt
  • Observe The Blue Planet Sensory Theater
  • Experience The Discovery Dome
  • Explore The TreeHouses Exhibit

$8 Program Fee per person. Free for members and children 2 and under.

Pre-Order Family Pizza Package served at 6:30pm.

Pizza deal is pre-registration only. To order Pizza click here.

January 29, 2016, 5pm-10pm

Click here to register.

Adults, are you looking for a fun and unique night out?

Join the Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation for Lab Coats and Libations on Friday, February 12, 2016, as we explore the exciting properties of chocolate. Examine the cultural history of one of humanity's most celebrated foods while experimenting with the science behind the delicious taste!

This program promises to be a fun, adult evening and will surely satisfy your taste buds. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate chocolate and enjoy a relaxing glass of wine.

This program is for ages 21 and older.

Program Fee $15

EHC Members $10

Click here to register.

Join the Environmental and Heritage Center in the Great Backyard Bird Count Learn about birds through crafts and activities inside the Center, then take a hike and count birds with us. There will be a special early morning bird walk as well.

For information on pricing and activities visit

February 27 from 11am until 2pm

Celebrate cultures around the world with the Girl Scouts. Join the EHC for an international learning opportunity as each participating troop will have information to share about a specific country, a sample of that country's cuisine and a "swap" that you can purchase.

There will be a special program fee of $2.00 per person. EHC members are admitted free.(There will be a separate Girl Scout charge of a dime per beverage/food item and swap.) This program is open to everyone!

Join the EHC for a program honoring the diversity found in the Caribbean area of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the United States. Learn about the Garifuna culture and discover this rich history that blends traditions from Carib Indians with those of West African slaves. Examine their unique history, language and culture and participate in hands-on activities for kids.

Program included with Center admission.

1pm - 5pm

Registration Deadline for Spring Semester Home School Classes Is Approaching Fast!

 Be sure and sign up today for some great enrichment classes connected to both science and social studies!

For more information and to register click here. 

Summer Camp 2016 Registration Info

It may be cold outside right now but summer is right around the corner! Be sure and join the EGC for Summer Camp 2016. There are multiple camps offered at both the McDaniel Farm and Yellow River Post Office for ages 2 to 13!

Beat the rusha and register early by becoing an EHC Member.  Summer camp registration opens for EGC Members on FEb. 1, 2016.  For the general public registration opens on Feb. 15, 2016.

Detailed descriptions, camp dates and pricing will be available online at on Jan. 25, 2016.

News from Gwinnett County

Christmas Tree Recycling

Once the holidays are over, don't forget to recycle your Christmas tree. From December 26 through January 16 residents can drop off their live, undecorated trees at one of the  convenient locations  in Gwinnett County. The trees will be chipped during Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful's Bring One for the Chipper event on Saturday, January 23 from 9:00am to noon at Bethesda Park, located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville, near the soccer fields. The mulch from the trees will be used for County parks, roadway landscaping, facilities, etc.
 Please note that unless you have a yard waste contract with your hauler, trees will not be collected curbside.

Art on the Chattahoochee LOGO DESIGN CONTEST 

(Peachtree Corners, GA., Jan. 12, 2016) – Your graphic design could be the fashion statement at the fifth annual Art on the Chattahoochee and win you $250 in cash. Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) is calling all designers to help promote the 2016 Art on the Chattahoochee Festival with a visual that that builds excitement for the event.

First Prize winners will receive special recognition and prominent placement of logo on all promotional material, including t-shirts, flyers, posters and website. There will also be a cash prize of $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third place winners generously awarded by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation. Submission is free and deadline is 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2016.

In 2016, Art on the Chattahoochee will have a new location at Simpsonwood Park and a 3K Fun Run to kick off the event.  The winning design will be featured on the runners’ t-shirts and all promotional material. Art on the Chattahoochee will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring unique work of local artists, live performances, artist demonstrations, food trucks and a Budding Artist Kids’ Zone.

The logo design contest is open to all ages, for design criteria and submission rules, or Art on the Chattahoochee call 678-277-0920 or visit Simpsonwood Park is located at 4511 Jones Bridge Circle in Peachtree Corners.

Gwinnett County Operating Budget Adopted

Gwinnett commissioners adopted a $1.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 during their meeting on January 5, 2016. The adopted budget holds the line on property tax rates while funding services cut during the recession, addressing concerns about workforce recruitment and retention, and investing in essential infrastructure and critical community needs.

Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, "This budget invests in the big picture, focusing on what's really important for our community. It also is in line with our history of sustainable, conservative financial management by looking at future implications of today's decisions."

The operating budget totals $1.1 billion. It includes an additional $7.2 million to cover election expenses and expand hours and locations for advance voting. It also unfreezes 25 police positions and restores staff at the animal shelter and in parks maintenance. There will be additions to a special victims unit in the District Attorney's office, 30 new police officers, nine new firefighter/paramedics, 12 new part-time sheriff deputies, three new Juvenile Court positions and another magistrate judge.

The capital budget of $363 million funds design for a new state patrol building, a courthouse expansion, construction of a new medical examiner/morgue building, senior center renovations and body cameras for police officers and sheriff's deputies.

Read more about the 2016 budget or click here to view the adopted 2016 budget resolution.

The Gwinnett County Extension is offering varieties of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pomegranate, native azaleas, and other landscape plants as part of their annual plant sale.Orders will be taken now through March 17, 2016. Visit or call 678.377.4010 to request an order form.

Offices Closed Monday, January 18

All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of the residents of the County, will be closed Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 19. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not a trash and recycling holiday for solid waste service 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. Residents can search for their solid waste hauler to find their hauler's contact information. Residents who live in a city should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collections will be delayed due to the holiday

The Gwinnett United Ebony Society will host a parade that will begin on Langley Drive in Lawrenceville at 10:00am and end at Moore Middle School, which is located at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Johnson Road. TVgwinnett will be at the event so you can catch highlights on demand on the county's website.

Martin Luther King Jr. Great Day of Service

In the spirit of the MLK Day holiday, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, together with Volunteer Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, will host the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Great Day of Service event. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or groups at

The Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Division needs dedicated citizens to serve as paid poll officials for the busy 2016 election year. Successful poll officials demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, take direction well, possess basic computer skills, and are detail-oriented. If you are interested in applying, please visit and select the Elections Poll Official position

Be prepared for extreme temperatures

While most Georgians enjoy relatively mild winters, the state has experienced significant snow and ice events in the past. Snow and ice can disrupt transportation and cause power outages, making it important for Gwinnett County residents to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you prepare for potentially disastrous weather emergencies this winter:

  • Be informed: Listen to a NOAA weather radio and monitor other media outlets for weather-related information.Learn about the terms used to describe winter hazards.
  • Make a plan: Create an emergency plan for your family and be sure to prepare for your senior and disabled family members as well as your pets.
  • Build a kit: Build an emergency kit for both your home and car. Include food, water, adequate clothing, and blankets for at least three days.

Learn more at

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

If your organization or business would like to submit, send us your item in a Word document by Jan.31 for publishing around Feb. 10.

Board Meeting
WR Preservation Com.
WR Rental Info.
January Council Notes
Police Recognized
Citizens Police Academy
Donation to LPD
Active Shooter Training
Lilburn Arts Alliance
Meeting tonight
Lilburn Woman's Club
New Co-Pres.
Lilburn Relay Rally
SafetySmart Lilburn
6 Winter Driving Tips
Environmental Center
New Exhibit
Forestry Fun
Night Trek
Night at Museum
Lab Coats & Libations
Thinking Day
Celebrate Black History
Home School Classes
Summer Camp 2016
Christmas Tree Drop-offs
Logo Contest
Budget Adopted
Extension Plant Sale
MLK Parade
MLK Great Day of Service
Poll Officials Needed
Be Prepared



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