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Tuesday, June 21, Lilburn Business Association meeting at Jade Dragon from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. No charge to attend, but please register. More.
Tuesday, June 21, Food Truck Tuesday from 6:00 pm until 9 pm in Lilburn City Park. More
Wednesday, June 22, Sprinkler Day from 10 am until noon in Lilburn City Park. More
Thursday, June 23, Deadline for suggesting a name for Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership Mascot. More
Thursday, June 23, Alcohol Review Board Meeting 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Lilburn City Hall Conference Room.
Friday, June 24, from 4 pm until 8 pm Lilburn Farmer's Market at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church located at 1400 Killian Hill Rd. More.
Saturday, June 25, beginning at 9 am, children's Saturdays at the Mill art classes. Hummingbird Mill located at 79 Main St. Lilburn. More
Saturday, June 25, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Grand Opening for Stone Ridge Event Center, 1750 Stone Ridge Dr. Suite Q, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.
Saturday, June 25, 7 pm Concert at Music on Main Street featuring Col. Bruce Hampton. More
Register Now/ Plan Ahead
Ruppert Landscape's 10K/5K Reject Run - No qualification required. Independence Weekend Event will be held on Saturday, July 2 on a USATF registered course on the Camp Creek Greenway. More.
Eagles Leadership Institute - Teen Camp July 5 thru July 28. Call 770-7714707 for more information.
Staged Right Theatre's Fundraiser "Theater Under the Stars" to be held on Saturday, July 16 is inviting artists, musicians, exhibitors to be part of their arts festival. The fun begins at 5:30 pm and at dusk Staged Right performers present "Jerry Finnegan's Sister." For info: email@example.com and Facebook/StagedRightTheatre
National Night Out to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6 pm - 8:30 pm is looking for exhibitors and sponsors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The White Elephant Garage Sale is taking registrations for Saturday, August 27. The sale is from 9 am until 1 pm in the Overflow Parking Lot across Main Street from City Hall. More
Small Town Big World Festival invites community organizations and businesses to consider sponsoring and/or participating as exhibitors in this year's event to be held Saturday, September 10 from 10 am until 2 pm in Lilburn City Park. www.lilburnevents.com
Agavero - Come out to Agavero in Lilburn and listen to great Jazz on Sundays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Grand Opening for Stone Ridge Event Center Saturday, June 25, 2016 3:00 pm – 8:00 –pm 1750 Stone Ridge Dr. Suite A, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Come tour the facility and grounds; Enjoy entertainment and refreshments.
Amazing Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition is underway. The contest is sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Check the website for full details, cash prizes and free workshops for winners!
News from the City
Council Meeting -- The next City Council Meeting is Monday, July 11, 6:30 pm Work Session followed by 7:30 pm Meeting Check WEBSITE for meeting agenda.
Food Truck Tuesdays are back the second Tuesday of the month through October, 6 pm - 9 pm with local bands supplying entertainment. This week's event will feature the Highbeams performing at the band shell. Georgia Baskets and Gifts will be at the event selling Lilburn t-shirts, license plate holders, and other items.
Thanks to Easy Events Rental in Lilburn for providing tables at Food Truck Tuesdays! In addition to the parking lots near City Hall, guests may also park in the lower parking lot at Killian Hill Road and Poplar Street. The park is approximately a 1/2 mile walk using either Poplar Street or Camp Creek Greenway.
For a list of food trucks and other info check: Lilburn Food Truck Tuesdays on Facebook
Sprinkler Wednesdays: The City is turning on the sprinklers in Lilburn City Park for the
kids to enjoy! Come play from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday mornings, June 15 - July 27. Sprinklers will be turned on in a section of the field. Children must be supervised by an adult.
Independence Weekend in Lilburn!
Saturday, July 2: Ruppert Landscape Reject Run
Absolutely no qualifications necessary! Sponsored by Ruppert Landscape. Ruppert Landscape's Reject 10K/5K is a USATF certified course on the Camp Creek Greenway.
This race caters to the non-competitive runner who enjoys the festive atmosphere of an Independence Day race. Rejects will enjoy doughnuts at the finish line, an appropriate award for top finishers, and a party in Lilburn City Park. Though "Absolutely no qualifications necessary" is the race tagline, the courses are U.S. Track and Field certified to appeal to serious runners.
As the title sponsor for the event, Ruppert Landscape will return proceeds from race entries back to the community. Registration fees will benefit Lilburn Terrace Apartments, which is an award-winning “independent living” facility for mobility-challenged adults, and Lilburn Community Partnership, which works to unite and strengthen the diverse Lilburn community.
Race day check-in and registration will open on-site at 7 am. 10K starts at 8 am and the 5K starts at 8:15 am. See website for registration information.
Monday, July 4th: Sparkle in the Park
The GLOW Band will be entertaining the crowd in Lilburn City Park! The fabulous fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Join the City of Lilburn as we celebrate July 4th with Sparkle in the Park. This annual event in Lilburn City Park will include live music with GLOW, a variety of food, children's activities, and of course, fireworks!
Event Schedule (subject to change):
•5:30 p.m. Event begins. Balloon artists and family photos will be available at no cost, while supplies last, until 9:30 p.m. Food trucks/vendors and bounce house tickets will be available for purchase.
•7:30 p.m. GLOW will take the stage with their high-energy, family-friendly concert.
•9:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin with patriotic musical accompaniment.
•10:00 p.m. Event ends and park closes.
•Air-conditioned shuttles will transport attendees from parking lots at the Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market, Lilburn Middle School, the lot at Young and Church Streets, and the lot at Poplar Street and Killian Hill.
•Park pick-up/drop-off point is one block from Lilburn City Park.
•Accessible parking will be reserved at City Hall.
•Main Street will be closed from 9 - 10:30 p.m. to allow for safe passage of pedestrians from Lilburn City Park following the fireworks. Those parked around City Hall will be routed down Poplar Street to Killian Hill Road or down Camp Creek Road to Arcado Road.
What to bring:
•Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. Tents not allowed.
•Coolers are allowed and are subject to search. No outside alcohol allowed. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the event and in the Old Town hospitality zone.
•Due to the large crowd and fireworks, it is recommended that pets not be brought to the event.
•No outside fireworks.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the July 2 Reject Race and July 4 Sparkle in the Park. Contact Roz Schmitt at 770-638-2225.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 13 at 7PM, when the Lilburn Arts Alliance will present Beth Arnold, who will demonstrate her work and painting style. Beth, a member of the Kudzu Art Zone, regularly donates a painting to raise mission funds for her local church. The meeting and program will take place at the Wynne Russell House located at 4684 Wynne Russell Drive, NW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
On Saturday, July 23, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, Jack Ricketson will lead a workshop on Cartooning. Jack, an accomplished artist and graphic designer who recently led the popular workshop Draw What You See, is back to show how to draw cartoons. This promises to be a very fun time!
Please check our website www.lilburnartsalliance.org for sign-up details and more information. Space is very limited, so please sign up early.
On Saturday, August 20, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, Pat Shaver will lead a workshop “So You Think You Can Paint”. The subject will be a view of the yellow daisies and granite outcrop on Stone Mountain. Canvas and all acrylic paint and brushes provided. Pat is an accomplished self-taught artist, having attended workshops with Don Andrews and Lian Zhen. She works mainly in watercolor and acrylic. Pat has taught this workshop five times for the Lilburn Woman's Club art scholarship fundraisers and once for a fundraiser for the Tucker Methodist pre-school.
Workshops and meetings are held at the Wynne Russell House (4684 Wynne Russell Drive, NW, Lilburn, GA 30047). Please check our Facebook page for updates,https://www.facebook.com/LilburnArtsAlliance. Guests are always welcome.
Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit our website
www.lilburnartsalliance.org for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.
The LBA meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 11:30 am - 1:pm.
This month's meeting features David Turney speaking on "Digital Marketing and Analytics for Small Businesses."
There is no meeting fee; attendees are welcome to order from the menu/buffet and pay for lunch. For more information and to register visit their Web site.
Additionally, Business Builders Breakfast which normally meets at Bojangels on the first Friday of the month at 8:00 am will not meet in July, but will resume in August.
Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership (LCPAP)
Canine Vest Fundraiser Kick-off
I’m the newest member of LCPAP and I am going to help raise $1200 this year to “Cover Lilburn’s K9” with a bullet proof vest. Look at mine, isn’t it snazzy? But I have a dilemma. You see, I don’t have a name….Can you help me?
We are kicking off the fundraiser by holding a naming contest for me! All you have to do is post your suggested name on LCPAP’s Facebook page under my handsome picture. The link to the LCPAP Facebook page is posted below. And parents, I hope you will ask your kids to give you suggestions for my name!
The winner will receive a $30.00 VISA gift card and me, once I am done helping out! Members of LCPAP will select my name and the winner, along with my new name, will be posted to LCPAP’s Facebook page June 27th. The contest starts, Tuesday, June 15th and ends, Thursday, June 23rd.*
You can visit me and other members of LCPAP at Lilburn’s “Sparkle in the Park” on July 4th. We will be handing out activity books w/crayons for the kids**, and accepting donations to “Cover Lilburn’s K9”. In addition, anyone who makes a donation will receive an “I covered Lilburn’s K9” wristband**.
I look forward to seeing you there! Oh boy, I just can’t wait to have a name!
* The winner will be contacted via Facebook and asked to respond back via LCPAP’s email address with their information. The contest is open to everyone. Duplicated names will not be eligible to win, only the first posted.
** We have a limited number of activity books, crayons, and wristbands. So only until supplies last.
Lilburn Community Partnership
Wynne-Russell Tour Sat. July 9
Free tours of the Wynne-Russell House take place on the second Saturday of the month. The next tour is Saturday, July 9, beginning at 10 am and ending around noon. The tour will feature Timeless Paranormal investigators, David and Shannon Byers.
The WR Historic Preservation Committee meets Wed. July 13 at 5:00 pm at the Wynne-Russell House. Visitors are welcome.
Small Town, Big World Festival
This year's Small Town Big World Festival will take place on Saturday, September 10, from 10 am until 2 pm in Lilburn City Park. Last year's festival attracted attracted a crowd of more 5,000 and we expect an even bigger crowd this year. The event provides free booth space to schools and non-profit organizations. For-profit businesses can register now for booth space for $75. We are also soliciting food vendors and sponsors. Information and forms can be found on www.lilburnevents.com or contact email@example.com.
We have had a number of people respond to Volunteer Lilburn. Some events that are looking for volunteers are: National Night Out and Small Town Big World Festival. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in volunteering.
Lilburn Farmer's Market
The Market is open from 4 pm until 8 pm every Friday from June to August. This Friday, June 24, in addition to vendors selling a variety of produce and other items, Booth for a Cause will feature Thornwell Home for Children: Building Families; Lisa Lowe of Cooking for Caregivers, LLC; Music will be performed by Alex Porto, Lilburn Woman's Club will host their Little Free Library and North Georgia Two Cylinder Club will provide free tractor rides. More Info
News from Lilburn Lions Club
The Lilburn Lions Club will meet on Thursday, July 14, 12:00 pm, at the Taste of Paradise restaurant at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. Suite 300.
Future meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of the month at noon at the Taste of Paradise.
Lilburn Woman's Club
The Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is now accepting vendor applications and sponsorships. This year’s event will be held on October 8 at Lilburn City Park and will mark the festival’s 43nd year tradition with over 200 arts and crafts vendors, a variety of food vendors and kid zone featuring free art activities, a train ride, pony rides and lots of other fun for children. With an estimated 12,000 attendees, this family friendly festival is one of the most popular in the area. Hosted by the GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club and co-sponsored by the City of Lilburn. Visit www.lilburndaze.org for more information
(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
Staged Right Theatre
STAGED RIGHT IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE OFFICIALLY NON-PROFIT! AND THAT’S NOT ALL THAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE PAST YEAR! STAGED RIGHT THEATRE HAS BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE LILBURN COMMUNITY. WE HAVE ENGAGED IN MULTIPLE LILBURN EVENTS, WE HAVE DEVELOPED AN EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH A LILBURN HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH OTHER LILBURN NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND OUR BOARD MEMBERS HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEDGE TO PRESENT OUR BUSINESS PLAN TO LILBURN’S DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
WE ARE ALSO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR FIRST SEASON THIS FALL! BY ATTENDING THIS FUNDRAISER ON JULY 16, 5:30 PM. (RAIN DATE IS JULY 30.) YOU CAN HELP STAGED RIGHT PROVIDE LILBURN WITH AN UNFORGETTABLE FIRST SEASON! WITH YOUR ADMISSION, YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO:
- VIEW THEATRE DEMONSTRATIONS, INCLUDING STAGED COMBAT AND SET BUILDING!
- EXPERIENCE LOCAL ART, AND MEET THE ARTISTS WHO CREATE IT!
- HEAR MUSIC FROM A LOCAL BAND!
- ENJOY ACTIVITIES SUCH AS FACE PAINTING AND PASSPORT TRIVIA!
- NOURISH YOURSELF WITH PIZZA, CHIPS AND COLD DRINKS!
FINALLY, AS THE SUN BEGINS TO SET, SETTLE IN WITH YOUR BLANKETS AND LAWN CHAIRS AND ENJOY A PRODUCTION OF “JERRY FINNEGAN’S SISTER” DIRECTED BY STARSHINE STANFIELD!
$20 ADULT (13 AND OLDER)
$10 CHILDREN (12 AND UNDER)
CONTACT FOR GROUP RATES
Summer Camps - Commercial and County Listings
The Hummingbird Mill, located at 79 A-Main Street in Lilburn, is a creative haven for all things artistic. 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. Space may be limited.
Environmental and Heritage Center summer camp registration still has some openings. Check the website for a great variety of themed camps for youth. Detailed descriptions, camp dates and pricing is online at www.gwinnettEHC.org.
News from Gwinnett County
June 28 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Kick off the first day of summer with a luau and enjoy live steel drum entertainment, games, a hot dog dinner, hula hoop contests, limbo contests, and traditional Hawaiian leis. Open to all ages; Cost: $8/person. For more information, call 678.277.0870. All pool rules apply; twilight rates and annual/seasonal passes not valid. Mountain Park Aquatic Center, 1063 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain.
(From the editor: We have reprinted (AJC, June 17, 2016) an informative article by Soumaya Kalifa on observing Ramadan which started June 6 and ends July 5. )
Courages Needed for Ramadan This Year
Ramadan is here, and I am so excited about the opportunities that it brings. I am also keenly aware of the personal challenges that some might face and the courage needed to successfully complete the fast.
Before I address the challenge part, I will talk about the excitement. As Ramadan approaches, many childhood memories come back to me. They remind me of what a special time Ramadan is. How the whole family prepares for it in anticipation. How we condition ourselves to fast from dawn to sunset without food and drink.
It sounds so hard before one actually gets into it, but once Ramadan starts, I always feel that it ended too soon. You see, it is a training camp where I always felt I have overcome myself; I am able not to eat that chocolate or drink my favorite soft drink during fasting hours.
As my dad always told me growing up, that is a time when one reflects on all the gifts one is given by our Creator. It is a time to be more compassionate to those who are hungry. It is a time to feel the pain of others that one does not normally feel. It is a time for generosity, as Muslims believe that during this month, God multiplies every good deed.
As children, our parents guided us to give one third of our allowance to the poor. This is a tradition that my husband and I passed on to our children. One Ramadan as we were visiting a refugee family, our daughter decided to take off her coat and give it to one of the children in the refugee family.
Ramadan is a time to strengthen the social bond with neighbors as friends as we most days do not break our fast alone – we invite others and others invite us. It is a time for family, as the two meals a day that we eat, we eat them together. This is a very serious commitment, as one of the meals is pre-dawn and we are talking 4:30 a.m.
It is a time of high spirituality, as every night through the years, my husband and I pray a special prayer at night where 1/30th of the Quran is read.
It is time where my kitchen is always in use as family members have special requests for what they want to eat. Needless to say, my culinary skills come in handy. It is time that we reach out and invite our friends and neighbors of other faith traditions — as well as non-believers — as they are curious and want to experience Ramadan. Some of them try to fast at least part of the day to experience Ramadan at a different level.
Let me now address the courage needed. Ramadan will require courage from those who are fasting in Atlanta and in North America. The courage is needed on personal and external fronts.
Personal courage is needed to be able to make the commitment to fast from dawn to sunset every day for the month, which can be 29 or 30 days, based on the cycle of the moon. The days will be long, where dawn will be before 5 a.m. and sunset will be close to 9 p.m. every day. This is a 16-hour fast in hot weather. Of course, there are provisions for those who might be sick and unable to fast, for travelers, for nursing mothers and for those whose health will suffer from fasting.
To many people it seems that the fasting is the hardest part of the month, but many who observe Ramadan would argue that it is actually the lack of sleep.
The external courage is to be a Muslim and explain what the fasting is to neighbors, friends and colleagues at work. This year, it is expected to be more difficult, given the climate. We have seen where individuals have been taken off planes for saying “inshAllah,” or God willing. It is a time in this nation where it is not cool to be a Muslim, but there are many allies out there. It would mean a lot to wish your Muslim neighbor, colleague, or even a complete stranger a blessed Ramadan or a Ramadan Kareem.
Soumaya Khalifa is executive director and founder of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. She is also president of her own intercultural consulting firm. She is a longtime metro Atlanta resident.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. LINK for information on the house and events.
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If your organization or business would like to submit, send us your item in a Word document by July 25 for publishing around August 15
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Mail & Package Center
Music Go Round
City of Lilburn
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