May is here and what better way to start this crazy event-filled month than to celebrate the victory of a Mexican general's poorly supplied, out numbered army over a daunting French army in 1862. Read on for fun things to do and places to go in the Lilburn environs. Of course, be sure to check out your favorite Lilburn area Mexican restaurant and have some fun celebrating General Zaragoza's unlikely win.
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Wynne Russell Historical Tour and Book Signing
Join local author Shannon Bradley Byers and David Byers of Timeless Paranormal at the historic Wynne-Russell House, 4684 Wynne Russell Drive on May 6th from 10 am to 1 pm for the kick off of the 2017 monthly open house/historical tour!! At 10 am you will start the tour and history/paranormal talk with Shannon. Once that is complete you will get to see David demonstrate the equipment and the methods they use to conduct paranormal investigations and for the first time you will have an opportunity to hear about Shannon's new book "How NOT to be a Ghost Hunter". She will be signing copies for anyone that wishes to purchase one ($10). The tour is free to the public, although donations to the Wynne-Russell Preservation Fund are always welcome.
Stop by to hear family friendly ghost tales and learn the history of the Wynne & Russell family along with ties to other prominent Gwinnett county and Atlanta families. Please note there is ONE tour that starts promptly at 10 am.
Berkmar Celebrates 50th with Community
The GCPS Berkmar Cluster is proud to announce the second annual Patriot Day on May 6, 2017 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Patriot Day will include a Spring Arts Festival, K-12, and a closing ceremony to Berkmar High’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. The event will be hosted at Berkmar High School with all cluster schools participating. Dance, chorus, film and band performances are scheduled along with displays of artwork from each school. Community resource representatives will be at the event to provide parents with information and to answer any questions. The students will enjoy bouncy houses, games, face painting, art swaps, and more. Please join us to celebrate the Berkmar Cluster schools!
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Community Theatre Auditions for "Constellation"
May 6, 1 -3 pm and May 7, 1 - 5 pm Staged Right Community Theatre will be holding auditions for "Constellation" to be held in Lilburn City Park on July 15. Go to the website www.stagedrighttheatre.org or click HERE.
Renovated Rose Garden Tour FREE!
May 6 from 10:00am to 11:00am. Join Master Gardener volunteers in a tour of the renovated Rose Garden at Vines Park. Learn about proper care and growing of roses. Meet at the parking lot entrance. Rain date: May 13. For more information, call 678.277.0900. Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville.
Pitch, Hit & Run FREE!
May 7 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Boys and girls ages 7 to 14 can test their baseball and softball skills batting, pitching, and fielding. Participants compete for the opportunity to advance through four levels, including a Team Championship event and at the National Finals at the Major League Baseball All-Star game. Competitions are being staged at multiple locations. Register at www.pitchhitrun.com. For more information, call 770.978.5271 or 678.277.0222. Competitions are being staged at multiple locations.
Diabetes Cooking School Series
May 8, May 15, May 22 from 10:30am to noon. Enjoy a three-part cooking demonstration and educational presentation by UGA Extension Gwinnett on planning a diet and how to prepare healthy and tasty meals for people with diabetes. Space is limited. Cost: $12 for the series or $4 per class. Participants must preregister by May 5 online with code BEP32902. For more information, call 678.277.0179. Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville
Lilburn Food Truck Tuesday, May 9
Enjoy dinner in the park! Sample a variety of food trucks while listening to local bands. Second Tuesdays, May through October.
Lilburn Food Truck Tuesday kicks off the 2017 season on May 9! Trucks scheduled to be at the event include:
Cousins Maine Lobster
Deep South Biscuit Co.
Mac the Cheese
Peace of Pita
King Of Pops
The food trucks will begin serving at 6 p.m. Live music by The Hax starts at 7 p.m.
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Lilburn Arts Alliance
Our next regular meeting will be on Wednesday May 10, 7 p.m., at the Wynne Russell House, 4684 Wynne Russell Drive, NW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Diana Thurmon will be speaking on "An Art Career- a Lifetime of Art, how does this happen?" and the twists and turns that have made hers very interesting. She will have albums that can be passed around representing these various phases. You can see her work on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Dianathurmon11/.
Diana Thurmon started in Chicago, finding the path to the south 34 years ago, living in Lilburn for 17 years, participating in Lilburn Daze many years, and moving to Grayson 17 years ago. In Chicago she specialized in wildlife painting and pet portraiture, but diversified a lot after moving south. She now teaches acrylic painting to adults, but will be moving to Gainesville this year. Her work is vibrant and colorful, full of life and energy.
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.
The Lilburn Woman’s Club has again invited us to paint in their show gardens during their Garden Tour on Saturday, May 13, from 9AM to 4PM. If you are interested in painting a wonderful outdoor scene, you get to pick your spot. For more details, visit their website https://www.lwcgardentour.org/.
Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at 404-542-2295 or visit our website
www.lilburnartsalliance.org for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.
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Staged Right Community Theatre "Act A Lady"
Friday May 12, Sat. May 13, at 8 pm. Sunday, May 14 at 2:30 pm. and May 19 -21.
Performances will be held at Berkmar Middle School
4355 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lilburn, GA 30047
Buy Tickets or go to their website for ticket ordering and info: www.stagedrighttheatre.org
Behind the Garden Gate tour tickets
Saturday, May 13, 9 am until 3 pm. $15 advance purchase and $20 day of the event. Plan now to see some of the best of Lilburn's private gardens. This is a community favorite you don't want to miss. Go to www.lilburnwomansclub.org for tickets and info.
SPRING INTO SUMMER FESTIVAL AND
1, 2, 3K GLOW & SHOW AT RHODES JORDAN PARK
The annual 1, 2, 3K Glow & Show will be held during the Spring Into Summer Festival featuring wellness exhibitors, inflatables, fitness demos, entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors. The event will be followed by a free Movie Under the Stars featuring SING! Fee for 3K walk/run includes glow in the dark T-Shirt and 2 glow bands. All 3K proceeds benefit the Gwinnett Parks Foundation Health and Wellness Scholarship fund. Pre-register at 1, 2, 3K Glow & Show by May 6 to guarantee T-shirt. For more information, visit Spring Into Summer.
Saturday, May 20, 5 p.m., walk/run starts at 8 p.m., movie starts at 9 p.m.
General public, all ages. Spring Into Summer Festival and Movie Under the Stars is free of charge. $10 per person for 3K walk/run.
Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, 770-822-8869
News from the City of Lilburn
Lilburn Police Department Course for Women
The Women’s Self Defense Program is dedicated to empowering women with knowledge to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of a crime. ONLY 2 SPACES remain for the May program. Free to women 21 years of age or older who live or work in the City of Lilburn. Space is limited. Classes will be heldd in the Calvin Fitchett Municipal Complex Auditorium, 76 Main St. Lilburn, GA 30047
The Women’s Self Defense Program is a two-day, comprehensive course that begins with classroom instruction in risk awareness, risk reduction, crime prevention strategies, and defensive concepts followed by hands-on training in physical defense techniques. Class instruction and demonstrations will allow you to decrease your vulnerability and give you a new sense of confidence and personal power. Class activities and discussions are designed to help women identify their risks, evaluate their strengths and explore their options for dealing with the threat of violence.
The program provides effective techniques and options to protect and teaches women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.
Please print the application and background consent form and submit in person or by mail to Lilburn Police Dept., 76 Main Street NW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
You will be contacted via email once your application has been reviewed.
2017 Class Schedule:
•May 18, 19
•July 13, 14
•September 14, 15
•November 9, 10
Classes are held on Thursday and Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Lilburn's Summer Concert Series
The City of Lilburn will offer three free concerts this summer in Lilburn City Park. The season kicks off on Friday, June 2 with a performance by Drivin’ N Cryin’. This 2015 Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee will be entertaining the crowd with hits such as "Honeysuckle Blue," "Fly Me Courageous" and more! Opening for DNC will be another Atlanta band, the Gasoline Bros.
The Breakfast Club will take the stage at Sparkle in the Park on July 4th. America’s favorite 1980s tribute band will be bringing all the classics you remember to Lilburn City Park!
On Saturday, Sept. 9, Tribute (a tribute to the Allman Brothers Band) will bring some of your favorite Allman Brothers Band songs to Lilburn City Park. This 8-piece group from Atlanta brings years of experience to the stage and prides themselves on their authentic sound.
Food and adult beverages may be purchased at all concerts. Attendees are advised to come early and bring a lawn chair or blanket to reserve a spot on the lawn in Lilburn City Park. Coolers are allowed, but no outside alcohol.
Parking is available at the Calvin Fitchett Municipal Complex, at the Railroad Avenue lot across from the tennis courts and at several offsite parking lots. Please check the event listings at cityoflilburn.com for detailed event information.
Other summer events in Lilburn City Park include Food Truck Tuesdays, Classic Cars in the Park, Sprinkler Days and National Night Out.
Media contact: Rozalyn Schmitt, Event Coordinator, 770-638-2225, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Springs Distillery
Lilburn Trigg Myers must be having a good laugh. Myers, the railroad superintendent from Virginia who laid out the present day Lilburn in 1890, will soon have his likeness on hundreds of bottles of vodka produced just feet away from the railroad tracks he knew so well.
Over a year ago Paul Allen and Betsey Dahlberg, husband and wife team, rented 5,000 square feet located just off Main Street in the historic area of the Lilburn. Their intent was to establish Hope Springs Distillery. Paul is a retired engineer who spent 40 years helping businesses improve their manufacturing processes, and Betsey is a retired attorney who spent years helping people navigate the legal system. Their connection to distilled spirits was their brewing and wine making hobby. Little did the couple realize how well their skills sets would serve them as they tackled one challenge after another during the months of refurbishing and equipping the warehouse space so that it would meet all the specifications required by federal, state and local laws. Throughout this process they have nothing but praise for City officials and the County fire department, which sent a group out to assess how they would deal with a distillery fire.
Now after adjusting equipment and running test batches, they see a light at the end of this winding tunnel. With all the necessary permits in place, Hope Springs is legal and can produce and sell through their distributor. However, Paul and Betsey are not quite ready to simply produce and distribute. They want to meet their customers. So before they go into full production, they will spend the summer working on a tasting room and event space so that when the Governor signs Senate Bill 85 into law, they will be able to open their doors in September to the community for tours, tastings and sales - with Lilburn Trigg Myers there raising his glass!
BAPS Walk Green 2017
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir held a 5 K walk/run to benefit The Nature Conservancy and Lilburn Elementary School in Lilburn. On Saturday, April 15 over 800 participants participated in the BAPS Walk Green raising funds to plant 1 billion trees by 2025. Funds were also raised to help education in Lilburn. Pictured is Chairman Charlotte Nash at the walk's opening ceremonies.
BAPS Charities have been holding an annual charity walk since they located in Lilburn in 2007. The BAPS Mandir community has a number of informational and inspirational events held on their grounds throughout the year that are of benefit to the general community. The Mandir is located at 460 Rockbridge Road, Lilburn, GA 30047. For more information about the Mandir, please go to this web site: http://www.baps.org/Global-Network/North-America/Atlanta/Upcoming-Events.aspx or contact: email@example.com.
Allstate Foundation Awards Grant to LWC
Congratulations to the GFWC Lilburn Woman's Club for being recognized by the Allstate Foundation as being a positive force for change in their community. The Allstate Helping Hands in the Community grant of $1,000 will go a long way to help the members of the LWC continue their mission of 'community improvement through volunteerism'. Helping Hands in the Community grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to bring out the good in their communities. Thank you to Allstate volunteer and newest LWC member Arthy White for facilitating this connection!
Pictured from l to r: Arthy White, Barbara Brooks, Patty Gabilondo, Nancy Delaney and Gloria Sill
From SafetySmart Lilburn
MAY IS NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 4, 2017) – Aquatics industry leaders aim to inspire safer water practices to prevent drowning and water-related injuries this summer. With the summer swimming season nearly here, four leading aquatics and related industry organizations are kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage safer water practices. The National Water Safety Month campaign is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association.
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) understands the vital importance of public education regarding safer practices for kids and adults in and around the water. GCPR supports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Simple Water Safety Steps Can Save Lives campaign which educates the public about pool safety. The campaign reminds citizens to:
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
- Teach children basic water safety tips
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment
- Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
All GCPR pools are accessible for people with disabilities and offer safe, supervised swimming places for patrons of all ages. For more details on specific amenities and hours of operation or information on facility rentals, visit www.gwinnettparks.com
Recommended by SafetySmart Lilburn to promote water safety. Margot Ashley,President, SafetySmart Lilburn, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit "Building the Safest Community in Georgia"
Medical Building on US 29
Ground has broken and the foundation has been laid for a new medical complex at Mimosa Drive and US 29 Highway. The $5 million project with the building just under 15,000 sq. feet, will be a plasma collection center operated by KEDPLASMA USA. KEDPLASMA is a subsidiary of Kedrion Biopharma, an international company that produces and distributes plasma-derived medicinal products for use in treating severe diseases, disorders and conditions such as hemophilia and immune system deficiencies.
KEDPLASMA USA operates 12 plasma centers in the United States located in Alabama, California, Florida, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. They have plans for two centers in the Atlanta area, one in College Park and the other in the Lilburn-Tucker area. Occupancy by Kedplasma is expected mid-summer, 2017.
The design-build-management company for the project is Stough Development Corporation based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tom Trahan, the construction supervisor for the company, indicated that in addition to plasma collection, the complex will also house a training center. He also said that KEDPLASMA USA has an excellent reputation in the biomedical industry both as an employer as well as for product quality. Company vice-president Scott Stough said, “Stough Development Corporation is excited to be investing in the Lilburn community as well as the Community Improvement District. We feel that development along this corridor will continue for years to come and add to an already thriving neighborhood.”
May Lilburn Branch Library Programs
Toddler Time, ages 1-3, Tuesdays, May 2,9,16,23,30 10:30a.m.
Preschool Storytime, ages 3-5 Tuesdays, Ages 3-5, May 2,9,16, 23, 30. 11:30a.m.
The Art of STEAM, ages 3+ Wednesday, May 3 11:30a.m.
Learn and Talk (for Spanish speakers learning to Understand English) Wednesdays, May 3,10,17, 24, and 31.
As the Page Turns* Lilburn Branch Book Club: Thursday May 4 at 6:30p.m. Discussing On the Road by Jack Kerouac (See below for description of Book Club.)
Doggie Tales, Read to a Trained Therapy Dog, ages 5-10 May 6, and May 20
Preschool Story Time at Chick fil LA; ages 3-5 Monday May 8 at 10:30a.m.
(Drop-in) Mother’s Day Craft, ages 3-8 Wednesday May 10 from 5-6p.m.
Study Break for Teens, Take Time to Enjoy a Snack and Play Quick Games Thursday May 11, at 6:30p.m.
DIY Jewelry for Teens Ages 11-18 Create a unique pair of earrings or a bracelet! Monday May 15, at 6:30p.m.
Lilburn Seniors Blazin’ the Trail Tuesday May 16, at 10:30a.m.
Bilingual Storytime (English/Hindi) ages 3-8 Wednesday May 17 at 6:00p.m.
Cyrillic Alphabet Program for Adults: Saturday May 20: at 2p.m
Music and Movement ages 3+ Monday May 22 at 11:00a.m.
(Drop-in) LEGO Play @your Library! Thursday May 25; stop by 2-3p.m.
(Drop-in) LEGO Play @your Library! Wednesday May 31; stop by 2-3p.m.
*“As the Page Turns” Lilburn Branch Library Book Discussion Group
If you enjoy reading and talking about books, join us on the first Thursday of the month when we discuss a title that we all have read! As the Page Turns, the Lilburn Branch Book Discussion Group has been meeting since January 2017 on the first Thursday of the month at the Lilburn Branch Library, 4817 Church Street, Lilburn Ga. The books selected are from all genres including mystery, southern, fantasy, general fiction and other genres. We have a great time
discussing characterizations, plots, and how we see different things in the stories.
On May 4 we will discuss On the Road by Jack Kerouac. This title is based upon Jack Kerouac’s travels with friends across America. On June 1 we will discuss The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. In The Time Keeper, the creator of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. On July 6 is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. In Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, story of a young man haunted by a great loss unfolds. His dreams and nightmares have unintended consequences for the world around all and of a journey into the past is necessary to mend the present. August 3 we discuss The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. In this story, after being hypnotized during a theatrical performance, modern yet repressed Olivia begins to take interest in the women's suffrage movement.
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 May 25 for publishing around June 3.