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Celebrate Black History Month in Gwinnett!
In honor of Black History Month, Gwinnett Community Outreach is partnering with local organizations to host programs and events throughout the month of February. Please join us as we commemorate our history and celebrate the path forward.
For a listing of Black History Month Events with Gwinnett County Public Schools, click here.
11th annual Black History Month exhibit: The African Diaspora at Centerville Community Center
Monday through Friday, until February 28
9:00am to 5:00pm (except February 20; the center is closed). Enjoy a self-guided exhibit. Evening and Saturday hours vary. Call the community center at 770.985.4713 to confirm schedule and to inquire about special events. Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.
Black History Month Exhibit at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center
Monday through Friday, until February 28
8:00am to 5:00pm (except February 20; GJAC is closed). Enjoy a self-guided exhibit featuring local artists, student drawings, and a monument of local heroes. Guided tours of the exhibit available on Thursday, February 16th at 3:00pm and on Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00pm. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Rising from the Rails: A Black History Month Art Exhibition
Thursdays through Saturdays only, until February 28
10:00am to 5:00pm. The Southeastern Railway Museum, in partnership with the United Ebony Society will host an exhibit that highlights the achievements, contributions, and experience of African-Americans in railroad history. For hours and admission information, visit www.train-museum.org. 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth.
Trace Your Roots: An African-American Genealogy
11:00am. Genealogy interest has exploded with the ease and availability of online research. Learn how to get started in this fun hobby and explore free genealogy databases, including the library edition of Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest. For more information, call 770.978.5154, text 770.450.5305, or visit www.gwinnettpl.org. Centerville Branch Public Library, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.
Black History Month Reception and Celebration
5:00pm. This reception and celebration will recap the month-long celebration featuring performances, speakers, and a special presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Register for this event here. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
From Gwinnett Sports Commission
Free Concussion Baseline Testing Day Sat. Feb. 25th
On Saturday, February 25, Gwinnett Medical Center’s Concussion Institute will host the third annual Concussion Baseline Testing Day at various locations across Gwinnett County. This year’s event, held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will include testing opportunities for children, youth, and adults.
Concussions can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Having a baseline of how your brain functions on a normal day, helps doctors better diagnose and treat you if you are ever concussed. It’s a simple, computer-based test that only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Informational Q&A sessions will also be offered to help families learn more about concussion signs and symptoms and what to do when an injury occurs.
Through its partnership with Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett YMCA locations and the Gwinnett County Public Library, GMC welcomes anyone ages five and up to visit the following locations to receive a free baseline:
Discovery High School - Mountain View High School - North Gwinnett High School - Peachtree Ridge High School - Shiloh High School - JM Tull Gwinnett Family YMCA - Robert D. Fowler YMCA - Hamilton Mill Library (Pediatric Testing Site)
Registration is required and space is limited. To register testers ages 12 and up, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/baselineday. Call 678-312-7880 to register testers ages 5-11.
Relay for Life/Lilburn Relay Rally is back this year!
The Lilburn Relay Rally is coming back to Lilburn City Park on April 21, 2017 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.
Form a Team, be a sponsor, be a supporter! Come meet with us and help us Paint our Town Purple!!
Participant registration for the event is free. Survivors will be honored at a reception at 5pm. Come to Lilburn City Park and join in the fun! There will be food, games, music, prizes and more!!
Special thanks go out to our friends at Music on Main Street who will be providing the entertainment.
This year the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge masons will be back with us, cooking up some delicious burgers, hotdogs and barbecue.
You can be a part of this event! Go to www.relayforlife.org/ lilburnrelayrallyga. For more information: Contact Pat Swan at firstname.lastname@example.org, Gail Zarnik at email@example.com , or Mandy McManus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.
The 20th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2017. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources. Go to this web site for more information: www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count
Mayor's Town Hall Meeting Recap
On Monday, Feb. 6, Mayor Crist held a Town Hall meeting on goals and initiatives for the coming year. What follows are some of the major topics he covered. Go to this LINK for the full text of the notes taken by Margot Ashley, President of SafetySmart Lilburn.
- Property around City Hall/Library complex
- Future City Needs
- 2017-2026 Special Local Option Sales Tax
- Greenway Renovation
- Sidewalk Projects
- Police Station Construction
- Park Renovation
- Lowe's Property Redevelopment
- Town Center Development
- Killian Hill Rd. Widening
Check us out at www.safetysmartlilburn.org and on Facebook.
From Margot Ashley,President, SafetySmart Lilburn, Inc a 501(c)(3) nonprofit "Building the Safest Community in Georgia"
Lilburn Library February Activities
- Flipped Classroom; Preparation for Citizenship Exam Weds 22, 2017 6:30-7:30pm
- Let’s Talk; Practice English Conversation Mondays, Feb. 20, 27 at 6:30p.m.
- Toddler Time: Tues. Feb. 21, 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
- Preschool Story Time Tues: Feb. 21, 28 2017 at 11:30a.m.
- Hello/Hola Practice Spanish Conversation; Tues. Feb. 21, 28 at 6:30-7:30
- Music and Movement ages 3 & up Monday Feb. 20 at 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
- Happy Birthday Author! Jane Yolen ages 4-10 Feb 20 at 3:30p.m.
Agavero Mexican Restaurant will be closed for a kitchen remodel 9 pm on Monday, Feb. 20 until Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 am.
Actors Scene - The Actors' Scene acting school is opening a satellite location inside the All Star Karate studio at 850 Dogwood Road, Suite A500, Lawrenceville GA 30044. (Near Oak Rd. and Five Forks Trickum intersection) This well known school has its main campus in Buford and incorporates film and stage acting techniques in its classes. See MORE for information on an Intro Acting class that will be starting February 21. Check website www.the actorsscene.com or phone 770-904-6646 for more information.
Lilburn Farmers Market - Lilburn Farmers Market is busy planning for its eighth season. Applications are now available for produce, food, and food related vendors, food trucks, and local not-for-profit organizations at www.lilburnfarmersmarket.org. The market would also like to showcase local musicians and chefs. The market is located at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church 1400 Killian Hill Road and operates every Friday in June, July and August from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Small Business Workshop
The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is offering a small business workshop entitled: The 5 W's of Marketing (Where, Who, What, When, Wow!) on Wednesday, March 22, Noon - 2 p.m. in the Gwinnett Chamber Education Room located at 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Duluth 30097. Cost is $15 for non-members. Lunch is included. See below for description and registration link.
News from the City
February Council Meeting Notes
The City Council for the City of Lilburn meets every 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Below are meeting highlights of the Feb. 13 meeting.
Google Fiber welcome in Lilburn
The City of Lilburn received a request from Google Fiber to establish a franchise fee resolution, which would pave the way for Google Fiber to locate in the city limits. City Council approved a franchise fee agreement in the amount of 5 percent, which is standard for all cable providers. Google Fiber has not made a specific location request at this time. Vote: 4-0.
Extension approved for package store
The Branded Barrel package store under construction on Pleasant Hill Road will not be able to open within three months of receiving a city alcohol license, as is stipulated in the ordinance. The owners are in litigation that has prevented them from completing construction and opening for business. Council approved an extension through June. Vote: 4-0.
Development authority contract amended
Clarification was needed to amend the intergovernmental contract between the Lilburn Downtown Development Authority and the City of Lilburn. The city guarantees loans for the DDA, but the contract was not clear as to the responsibility for repayment of the loan. The amendment states that "the City of Lilburn does not make payments under the contract unless the DDA does not have sufficient funds to make timely payments." The DDA makes timely payments on its debt; the change was a housekeeping item requested by the city auditor. Council approved the amendment. Vote: 4-0.
March 4 - Tree Planting and Maintenance Lunch & Learn
March 25 - White Elephant Sale
Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 15
Visit with the Easter Bunny and find eggs hidden in Lilburn City Park! This free event begins at 10 a.m., with the egg hunt beginning promptly at 11 a.m., rain or shine.
The Easter Egg Hunt is for children up to 12 years of age. Children will be divided into age categories, and there will be a separate special needs area. Parents are not allowed on the field, except with the 0-3 years age group and the special needs group.
Don't forget to bring your basket!
Lilburn Community Partnership News
Taste of Lilburn and More
The fourth annual Taste of Lilburn will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 1 - 4 pm in the Nash Pavilion at Lilburn City Park. Restaurants are being solicited and tickets will go on sale soon. This has been a sellout event since 2014. The Deadline for restaurant applications is March 1. More info will be posted on www.lilburnevents.com. This is a fundraiser for the Wynne-Russell Historic Home.
The LCP Board, which meets four to six times, per year is currently looking for board members and volunteers to assist with events and the monthly Lovin'Lilburn newsletter. The next board meeting is Wednesday, April 19 at 8:30 am at the Wynne-Russell House. Contact Diana Preston at email@example.com for more information.
Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee
The committee meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Wynne-Russell House. The next meeting is March 8 at 5:00 pm. Visitors and new members are welcome.
Some of the events for the coming year include:
- Auditions for "Act Like a Lady" Thur. Feb. 23, 6:30 - 9:30 pm; Sat. Feb. 25, 1:00-5:00 pm and call backs on Sun. Feb. 26, 1:00-5:00 pm.
- Staged Right Community Theatre production of "A Doll's House" March 10-26
- Lilburn Arts Alliance Portrait Workshop Sat. March 25, 9:00 am until noon.
- Archeological Dig open to the public on April 8
- Paranormal Work Shop on April 22
- Saturday House tours beginning in May
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. LINK for information on the house and events.
The Art Alliance invites area residents to join their organization. Meetings and most workshops are held at the Wynne Russell House (4684 Wynne Russell Drive, NW, Lilburn, GA 30047). Guests are always welcome.
Meetings and Events include:
- Saturday, Feb. 25: Field trip to Booth Western Art Museum. Please contact Peggy Sullens by Feb. 24th (call 770-921-9440 or email email@example.com) if you plan to attend.
- Wednesday, March 8, 7 pm. Meeting presenter is Gwinnett Public Schools Art Teacher, Shawn Mazzatta.
- Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 12noon, at the Wynne-Russell House, Jack Ricketson will guide us in a Portraits Workshop. Details are forthcoming, check our Facebook page.
- Sunday, March 26, from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. in the Event Hall of Paradise Restaurant (4805 L'ville Hwy.) Ann Anzini will lead a Pysanky Egg workshop. All supplies are included with your class fee (Including two empty eggs). Everyone gets to make two eggs during the four hour session. Students can work from set designs or from photos and books which the instructor will provide.
Cost of workshops is $35 for non-members. Class size is limited for both workshops. Contact Andy Triemer, President, at 404-542-2295. Check our Facebook page updates, https://www.facebook.com/LilburnArtsAlliance. Visit our website www.lilburnartsalliance.org for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance. Online Form
February Business Luncheon
David Will & Cara Sullivan
Topic: Parkview Cluster Foundation
Where: Jade Dragon, 4230 Lawrenceville HWY, Lilburn, GA 30047
When: 11:30 am - 1 pm, Tuesday February 21, 2017
Register and PrePay now: Meeting fee includes buffet lunch, drink and tip ($10 - LBA members; $15 - nonmembers.)
Business Builders Breakfast: Friday, March 3, 8:00 am - 9:00 am at IHOP, 4018 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA 30047.No extra charge for this meeting. You may order and pay IHOP for food. Preregister so we know you are coming.
Lilburn Lions Club
February Food Drive
The Lilburn Lions are in the middle of their second annual February Food Drive. Needed items are: Canned Fruit and Vegetables, Dry Rice and Beans, Healthy Snacks, Granola Bars, Cooking Oil, Powdered Milk, Water and Toilet Paper. These items may be dropped off at House of Payne, Gwinnett College, and Mail and Package Center. Contact Rachel Payne, cell: 678.641.9188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lilburn Lions Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at noon at Taste of Paradise restaurant. The next meeting is March 9 and visitors are welcome. Contact President Derrick Weaver at 770-377-9523 or Danny Taylor at 770-925-0300 for contact information.
Lilburn Woman's Club
Current Legislative Discussion
The Lilburn community is invited to "Wine About The Issues" organized by the Lilburn Woman's Club and hosted by Senator PK Martin and State Representative Clay Cox. Please join your neighbors on Tuesday, February 21 at 7-9 pm at the 1910 Public House private event room located at 107 Main Street Lilburn Georgia. Enjoy a complimentary beverage and light hors d'oeuvres while listening to discussion about the current legislation in Georgia. Seating is first come, first served.
Side by Side Fundraiser
The Lilburn Woman's Club proudly supports Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse who will be having its 6th Annual Jawbones (Lawyers) vs. Sawbones (Doctors) Basketball Benefit Game Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6:30 pm at Mercer University gymnasium.
Details: Tickets are $10 each with one child under12 admited free with each paying adult. Check www.sidebysideclubhouse.org for more information.
Behind the Garden Gate Garden Tour
The Lilburn Woman's Club is pleased to announce the date of their 4th annual Behind the Garden Gate Garden Tour on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets, which are $15 if purchased in advance, can be purchased online through Paypal by logging onto www.lilburnwomansclub.org and clicking on the "Behind the Garden Gate" window from the navigator bar. Follow the directions and bring your receipt to the Will Call desk the day of the tour at Garden #1 located at 818 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, to pick up your ticket and tour map. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event for $20 at the Will Call desk. We hope you will come and discover the beauty that surrounds us in Lilburn!
Staged Right Community Theatre
Staged Right Theatre, Lilburn’s new community theatre, arrives at the midpoint of their debut season with “A Doll’s House,” the once highly controversial classic by Henrik Ibsen. Penned in 1879 and premiering that same year, A Doll’s House immediately became the subject of vehement debate. While some critics applauded the play’s “ethical gravity”, others groused that the ending was “revolting” and “crass”. In fact, Ibsen was forced to write an alternate ending for many theatres who refused to produce the play as written.
Staged in the Historic Wynne-Russell House in Lilburn, also a 19th century classic, “A Doll’s House” will be a uniquely immersive experience. Set designer Spencer Estes places the audience right in the Torvald’s living room, and director Brian Jones weaves the action around and through the audience.
The production stars Ilene Miller in the pivotal role of Nora, with Spencer Estes opposite her in the role of Torvald. The show opens March 10, 2017 and runs for three weekends, with performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. More information about show dates and times, as well as tickets, (prices start at $10) can be found at www.stagedrighttheatre.org
Performances will be held at the Historic Wynne-Russell House: 4684 Wynne Russell Dr. Lilburn, GA 30047
Gwinnett County Meetings and Events
County Offices Closed on Monday, Feb. 20.
All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Monday, February 20, for the Presidents Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours Tuesday, February 21. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Presidents Day is not a trash and recycling holiday for solid waste providers in unincorporated Gwinnett County.
Avoid Falling for a Jerk/Jerkette - FREE!
Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Develop a healthy relationship and learn five characteristics about a partner that accurately predicts what they will be like in a long-term relationship. Dinner will be provided. To register, please call 1.877.814.0535. Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross.
Senior homestead exemptions available
In Gwinnett there are several special homestead exemptions available for seniors to save money on property taxes. To learn more about the exemptions and their requirements, visit www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com, email email@example.com, or call 770.822.8800. Apply online or request an application in person, by email, or by phone. The deadline for all applications is April 1.
Gwinnett 101 Registration Opens
Gwinnett 101 is a free program that seeks to develop and nurture informed and engaged residents, students, and business owners in Gwinnett.
Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm beginning with an orientation on Tuesday, April 11 and ending with a graduation and recognition by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 27.Applications are available online and must be received by March 3, 2017. For more information about Gwinnett 101, visit www.gwinnett101.com.
Extension Plant Sale
The Gwinnett Extension is offering varieties of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pomegranate, goji berry, native azaleas, and other landscape plants as part of its annual sale. Pecan trees and Titan blueberries, which produce blueberries the size of quarters, have also been added to the list of pre-order options. Orders will be taken through March 7.
or call 678.377.4010 to request an order form. All orders must be prepaid by cash or check and prepaid orders must be picked up on March 16 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2406 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. Additional plants will also be available for purchase on pickup day.
Check out this LINK to park and community center classes.
Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Diana Preston.
If your organization or business would like to submit, send us your item in a Word document by February 20 for publishing around March 3.
Black History Events
Backyard Bird Count
Town Hall Recap
Lilburn Library Events
Lilburn Farmers Market
Small Business Seminar
Council Meeting Notes
Easter Egg Hunt
Taste of Lilburn
Lilburn Arts Alliance
Pysanky Egg Workshop
Lilburn Business Assoc.
Lions Food Drive
Brain Injury Fundraiser
Garden Gate Tour
A Doll's House
Gwinnett County Events
Senior Tax Exemption
Staged Right Theatre
Gwinnett County News
EHC Exhibit Review
Mail & Package Center
City of Lilburn
1910 Public House
Taqueria Los Hermanos
The Barn Smokehouse
Taste of Paradise Cafe
Carothers and Mitchell
Attorneys at Law
Hackney Real Estate
Tucker Home Depot
Lilburn Woman's Club
Music Go Round