We are well into June and this issue will give you a taste of the the many events, classes and general happenings going on in our Lilburn world. Look for more in a mid-June Update.
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Farmer's Market Fridays
Lilburn Farmers Market continues in its eighth season at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. The market is located at 1400 Killian Hill Road and operates every Friday in June, July and August from 4 pm to 8 pm.
In addition to offering locally sourced products, favorite activities returning are food trucks, GFWC Lilburn Woman's Club's Little Free Library and children's activities, Nourish chef demos, Gwinnett Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Q & A tent, and local musicians.
Thanks to our partnership with Wholesome Wave, each EBT/SNAP dollar spent at our sustainable, producer-only market is doubled. Also the "My Market Club" customer loyalty program continues to reward frequent shoppers with incredible giveaways.he market.
Check our website at www.lilburnfarmersmarket.org for updates. Upcoming market highlights:
June 9: Lilburn Woman's Club Public Issues Bike Safety and Flag give away; Lilburn Woman's Club hosts Little Free Library; Music by Alex Porto
June 16: Lilburn Woman's Club International Outreach
Lilburn Woman's Club hosts Little Free Library; Music by David Tyberg
June 23: Booth for a Cause: Gwinnett Extension Service;
Lilburn Woman's Club hosts Little Free Library; Music by Alex Porto
June 30: Booth for a Cause: Popadoodle; Lilburn Woman's Club hosts Little Free Library; North Georgia Two Cylinder Club: Free tractor rides
Wynne-Russell Tour June 10
Come out this Saturday to see (and smell) the Wynne-Russell House's new cedar shake roof! Also, join local author Shannon Bradley Byers and David Byers of Timeless Paranormal starting at 10 am until 1 pm for updates from the April archeological dig and more on the residents of the historic home. After the history and paranormal talk with Shannon, David will demonstrate the equipment and methods used to conduct paranormal investigations. You will also have an opportunity to hear about Shannon's book "How NOT to be a Ghost Hunter". She will be signing copies for anyone that wishes to purchase one ($10). Commemorative t-shirts are also available for purchase ($15).
The tour is free to the public, although donations to the Wynne-Russell Preservation Fund are always welcome. The historic home is located at 4684 Wynne-Russell Drive in Lilburn.
Hiking and Hot Cakes Walk for Scleroderma
Please join us for the Hiking and Hotcakes Run for Research 2017 on Saturday, June 10 in Lilburn City Park. Register online or at the event at 8:00 am. Event begins at 9 am. Event Webpage
This is a great opportunity to connect with old friends, meet new friends and walk in honor or memory of loved ones affected by scleroderma. The event will raise money for research to find the cause and cure of scleroderma and provide the necessary support resources and free educational forums for patients and families.
Family Scavenger Hunt June 10 at 9:00am.
It's a fun-filled scavenger hunt in Bethesda Park! Wear comfortable clothing, and don't forget your swim suit. The hunt ends with a swim and prizes at the pool. Cost: $6 per person, ages 2-under are free. Preregister online by June 7 with code BEP35100 or call 678.277.0880. Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville
Vines Garden Railroad, Sat. June 10
The Vines Garden Railroad will operate from this Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Garden Railroad will be open to visitors monthly the second and fourth Saturdays through September 9.
Volunteer engineers will be holding information sessions on trains and the model train hobby as well as demonstrating the outdoor garden railroad at the largest garden railroad in the Southeast on display at Vines Park. The Vines Garden Railroad features a “G” scale model railroad featuring over 1,000 feet of track, 25-foot suspension bridge, tunnels and viaduct, airport, towns and villages.
Vines Park is located at 3500 Oak Grove Road in Loganville. For more information on the event, visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call 770-822-5414. For additional information on the Vines Garden Railroad, visit www.vinesgardenrailroad.com or for more details on specific amenities and hours of operation, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
News from our businesses
Plant Sale: Doug Dorough Landscape is having a huge summer sale of his plant inventory Friday thru Sunday June 9, 10, and 11; Fri/Sat: 8 am – 5 pm, Sun: 12 pm – 4 pm. 5444 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn, GA 770-921-6485.
Ruppert Run: Ruppert Landscape is sponsoring their second annual Ruppert Run 5k on Saturday June 24th in Lilburn City Park. They are soliciting sponsors for $200 which will entitle the sponsor to have their name and logo on the race shirt as well as marketing banners and materials. Donations for race bags or gift cards for top finishers will also be accepted.
This year’s race will benefit the Lilburn Police Explorers, the Lilburn Terrace Community, the Lilburn Community Partnership and Wynne Russell Historic House.
Click HERE for Race Flyer and other info. Click HERE for registration and information. Contact Steve Faber Ruppert, Branch Manager and Race Director at 770-931-9900.
The Lilburn Business Association meets Tuesday, June 20, 11:30 am - 1 pm, at the Jade Dragon restaurant located at 4230 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA 30047
Brian Abner, market strategist, economist, business planner and author will be speaking on the emergence of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and digital wallets.
Meeting Fee (includes buffet, drink and tip): $10 LBA Members, $15 Non-members.
Register and prepay
No meetings in July. Next event will be Business Builder's Breakfast at IHOP, 4018 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lilburn.
From our religious communities
BAPS Mandir Celebrates 10th Anniversary
It's hard to believe that just 10 short years ago, we welcomed the BAPS to our Lilburn Community. Now the Mandir community are planning for an awesome anniversary celebration.
From June 21 through July 7 the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a visit from His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj. During these two weeks, an estimated three to four thousand BAPS devotees will travel from different parts of the country to honor their spiritual leader and to take part in daily activities and conferences. His Holiness will be leading various spiritual events for volunteers, children, youth, and adults.
Of interest to the general community will be the 10th anniversary celebration with an awesome display of fireworks on July 1 from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm. More on the schedule of events can be found at https://events.na.baps.org/atl10.
Best wishes to the BAPS Shri Saminarayan Mandir community on the momentous occasion.
Ramadan is a special month-long Islamic observance of prayer and fasting from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk. Each evening families may get together at home or at their place of worship for sometimes very elaborate dinners (Iftars) in the evenings after their fasting and prayers. The dates when Ramadan begins vary from year to year and are based on the lunar calendar. This year the dates are May 26 until June 25. For more on Ramadan check out this LINK to Wikipedia.
Proposed budget available online
The City of Lilburn’s 2017-2018 proposed budget funds major projects such as a new police headquarters and greenway improvements.
The City of Lilburn’s fiscal year 2017-2018 budget is available for public review online at cityoflilburn.com and at City Hall, 340 Main St. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., at which time the Council will hear public comment and then vote on the budget. The budget takes effect on July 1.
The proposed budget is 9 percent less than the 2016-2017 budget. The FY2017-2018 budget for all appropriated funds totals $11,242,305, which includes $7,657,971 for operations, $1,527,228 for the Capital Projects Fund, $2,047,106 for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Fund Issue 2017, and $10,000 for the Confiscated Assets Fund.
The property tax rate is proposed to remain the same, 4.43 mills, according to City Manager Bill Johnsa.
Major expenditures in the proposed budget include
- $2,800,000 for design and construction of the police and municipal court headquarters planned for US 29
- $929,228 for bridge replacement on the Camp Creek Greenway
- $897,618 for transportation projects, including road resurfacing, sidewalks, and downtown parking
- $400,000 for patrol vehicles and equipment
For further information about the city budget, please contact Finance Director Sheila Wilber at 770-921-2210 ext. 222 or email@example.com.
Women's Defense July 13 Class Registration Open
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.
Food Truck Tuesday, June 13: Enjoy dinner in the Lilburn Park the second Tuesday from May to October. The trucks will begin serving at 6 p.m. See right sidebar for a list of food trucks. Live music from McArthur starts at 6:45 p.m. Check out: Lilburn Food Truck Tuesdays on Facebook.
Mark your calendar for Sparkle in the Park
Sparkle in the Park is Tuesday, July 4th from 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm. The fabulous fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. This annual event in Lilburn City Park will include a variety of food, children's activities, and of course, fireworks! The Breakfast Club, known as the longest running and most recognized '80's tribute band in the U.S., will perform at the band shell prior to the fireworks.
Click here if your restaurant is interested in being a food vendor at the event.
Media and Sponsorship contact: Rozalyn Schmitt, Event Coordinator, 770-638-2225, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June Lilburn Branch Library Programs
June 9, 16, 23, 30 Fridays Keep Calm and Color for Adults Drop in 12:00-5:00 p.m.
June 12, 19, 26 Mondays: Graphic Novel and Anime Club for teens 4 - 5 p.m. for ages 11 & up
June 13, 20, 27: Tues. Toddler Time for ages 1-3, 10:30 a.m.
June 13, 20, 27: Tues. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m.
June 9: Fri. LEGO We DO Robotics Workshop ages 7-10
June 10: Sat. Story time with Zax from Zaxby’s 11:00 a.m. - 12:00. pm.
June 12: Mon. Earthquakes and Engineering ages 6-10 1:00 p.m.
June 13, 20, 27 Tues: Chess Club at Lilburn Branch Ages 8-12 4:00-5:00 p.m.
June 13: Tues. Painting Crafts Teen Program ages 11 & up
June 14: Weds. Father’s Day Drop in Craft Program 2:00p.m. ages 6 & up
June 15: Thurs. LEGOS ages 5-10 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
June 19: Mon. Billy Goats and Bridges ages 6-10 1:00 p.m.
June 19: Mon. Illustrating Comics with Marcus Williams for Teens ages 11 & up 3:00 a.m.
June 20: Tues. Lilburn Seniors Blazin’ the Trail 10:30 a.m. Topic Photography
June 22: Thurs. My Reptile Guys, ages 5 & up 11:00 a.m.
June 24: Sat. Gwinnett Chapter Georgia Nature Photographers Program 2-4 p.m.
June 25: Sun. World Science Fair: Computations and Creativity Program with Questions and Answers from Scientists and Artists 1:30 p.m.
June 26: Mon. Castles and Catapults ages 6-10 1:00 p.m.
June 27: Tues. Teen Foil Art ages 11& up 3:00 p.m.
Library Reading Programs
Readers of all ages can sign up for the Gwinnett County Public Library Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is "Build a Better World."
The summer reading program will go digital with the launch of Beanstack, a customized online portal where customers can access weekly book recommendations, keep track of reading activities, earn digital badges, and more.
Kids and teens will receive a certificate and have a chance to win prizes, including a book of their choice, tickets to a Gwinnett Braves game, Laser Quest play, $75 LEGO gift card, or a Chromebook laptop computer.
Adults can sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge and enter to win a gardening gift basket with a book, garden hose, fertilizer, and garden tools. For details about the summer reading program, visit www.gwinnettpl.org/summer.
Dragon Drawing Workshop,
Sat. July 29, 9 am until noon
At the Wynne Russell House 4684 Wynne Russell Dr NW; Lilburn, GA 30047
Learn to draw dragons at this fun and informative workshop! Your instructor, Andy Triemer, will show you the basics of dragon anatomy, and share tips on how to make your dragon drawing come alive. This workshop is intended for all ages and all levels of skill. Members, member's children (and grandchildren) and the general public are encouraged to attend if they have an interest in fantasy art and learning the basics of how to draw dragons.
Cost is $25 for LAA members and $35 for non-members. Space is limited. Students should bring sketch pad, pencils, pens, salk or any drawing medium they choose, eraser, drawing board to support drawing pad if desired.
Email Andy triemer at email@example.com to register.
Andy Triemer, has been drawing dragons and mythical creatures for most of his life. In his spare time, Andy serves as the president of the Lilburn Arts Alliance
The next meeting of the LAA will be Wednesday, July 12 at 7:00 pm. Artist Diep Nguyen will show his amazing work, and also do a demonstration with pen and ink and ink and brush. Mr. Nguyen came to America from Vietnam when he was five years old. He could not speak English so, as he puts, it, “painting was his mode of communication.” He made his friends through the arts. He works in all mediums, including oil, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, and also does collage work.
Lilburn Arts Alliance is open to new members. Please check our Facebook page for updates, https://www.facebook.com/LilburnArtsAlliance. Guests are always welcome. Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at 404-542-2295 or visit our website www.lilburnartsalliance.org for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.
Lilburn Lions Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Taste of Paradise Restaurant at noon.
From G.U.I.D.E. (Gwinnett United in Drug Education)
The City of Lilburn Enforces Safe Alcohol Sales
By Molly Fraiser, LMSW, CP, Program Coordinator for GUIDE, Inc.
May 17, 2017
Last month was Alcohol Awareness Month. First sponsored and celebrated in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established under the premise of raising awareness about alcoholism and alcohol-related issues throughout the community. The month-long commemoration also aims to reduce stigmas associated with alcoholism while highlighting progress and assisting those who struggle with alcohol dependency.
Although alcohol awareness is stressed more heavily during the month of April, Gwinnett United in Drug Education (GUIDE) tries to ensure that alcohol and substance abuse prevention is addressed throughout the year. For example, the organization works with municipal and county law enforcement to support compliance checks.
In the City of Lilburn, these compliance checks typically entail sending underage decoys into places where alcohol is sold, asking the decoy to attempt to buy alcohol without an ID and monitoring whether the store policies comply with the law and the store employee does not sell alcohol to the minor. If the underage decoy is successful in purchasing alcohol, the employee will receive a citation for selling alcohol to a minor, and the store’s owner will be required to attend the Alcohol Review Board meeting for a hearing.
The City of Lilburn Police Department conducted a compliance check on April 7, 2017. During this check, all 45 alcohol-selling establishments were visited, and six sold to the underage decoy. This is a compliance rate of 87%, which is an improvement from last year’s compliance rate of 78%.
At the Alcohol Review Board meeting, the retailers whose employees sold alcohol to the minor described what happened and how they plan to address the problem of non-compliance with the law. It is apparent that these compliance checks are effective in preventing underage alcohol sales because all six owners changed and/or strengthened their policies to create extra steps to assure their employees check IDs and do not sell to minors again. In addition, the Alcohol Review Board assessed each case and assigned penalties for each store, including: suspending the store’s alcohol license for 2-5 days, requiring attendance at follow up meetings with the Board and developing and following a Supervised Action Plan. For the next several months, the Board will be working closely with each of these retailers to ensure they are creating practices and policies, along with training their employees to check IDs and ensure safe alcohol sales.
As you can see, the City of Lilburn is extremely dedicated to preventing underage alcohol sales and sets high standards for alcohol retailers. GUIDE and the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services collaborate with the City of Lilburn Police Department in these prevention activities by providing funding and support because we care about young people in our community and want to keep them safe and healthy.
We would like to take the time to recognize and show appreciation to the stores that did not sell alcohol during the City of Lilburn’s compliance check sweep in April 2017. These stores are keeping our teens and the community safe. Click HERE for a listing.
GUIDE is a substance abuse prevention agency serving Gwinnett County since 1986. To find out more about this great organization, please connect at guideinc.org.
Recommended by SafetySmart Lilburn to promote community safety Margot Ashley,President, SafetySmart Lilburn, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit "Building the Safest Community in Georgia"Check us out at www.safetysmartlilburn.org and on Facebook.
Staged Right Theatre Under the Stars
Save the Date for Staged Right's Theatre Under the Stars festival Saturday, July 15th at 5:30pm in Lilburn City Park. Come early for stage combat, set design and improv demos. Enjoy a light dinner with live music and an evening production of “Constellations.” Vendor/Exhibitor Tables available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and tickets!
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center News.
Journey through the seasons this summer as the GEHC celebrates the bounty of nature with the creative talents of Atlanta-based botanical artist Linda Fraser in an exhibit titled "Southeastern Native Plants: An Artistic Walk
"Through The Seasons."
This exhibit focuses on how native plants, and their insects and critters, evolve over the calendar year. Visitors will be entranced as they move through the seasons of the year where colorful insects scuttle by, delicate Pink Lady's slippers emerge, Ironweed stretches towards the sun, and dragonflies swoop to catch a meal.
For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org
Be sure and join the GEHC for Summer Camps 2017 for ages 2 to 13.
Camps like Little Diggers, Science in the Forest, Magical Forest, and Vikings Adventures and Highland Games offer fun for different ages.
Click below by age group for detailed descriptions, camp dates, pricing and registration information.
Click here for ages 2 to 3
Click here for age 4
Click here for ages 5 to 6
Click here for ages 7 to 9
Click here for ages 10 to 13
Before care and after care options are available.
From Gwinnett County
Gwinnett Youth Camps Info
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation camps offer a multitude of adventures, including separate junior adventure camps for ages 5 and 6, and general day camps for ages 7 to 13.
Special guests share skills and knowledge to enhance the campers' experience and enrich each week's theme. Camps include individuals with disabilities. Specialty camps feature sports, art, dance, drama, and more. All general day camps offer the opportunity to swim and explore the outdoors, while teaching personal responsibility and environmental stewardship.
Camps are $126 per week for Gwinnett County residents and $146 per week for non-residents. Camps run June 5 through July 28. For more information on summer camps or to register, visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call 770.822.8840.
June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat month and to celebrate, the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center is offering cat adoptions for only $10! Stop by the shelter, located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville, to find your PURRfect match. Dogs are also available for a reduced price of $30 this month.
Also, check out the Gwinnett Animal Shelter page on Facebook. Like the page to see adoptable pets, receive PAWsome news, learn about upcoming promotions, and read helpful tips to care for your furry, scaly, or feathery friends.
For more information, call 770.339.3200 or visit www.gwinnettanimalwelfare.com, where you can view available animals at the shelter.
Expanded Hours for Tag Offices
Effective July 1, all Gwinnett tag offices will follow a five-day, 8:00am to 5:00pm schedule. Currently, offices are open four days a week from 8:00am to 6:00pm, although the days vary.
There will also be a change in the location offering Saturday services. Beginning July 1, the Lawrenceville tag office will be open on Saturdays, and the North Gwinnett tag branch in Buford will be closed on Saturdays.
With the new schedule, the Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Snellville, and North Gwinnett branches will be open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. The Lawrenceville branch will be open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information about the new schedule, directions to the tag offices, and holiday schedules, visit www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com
Using LinkedIn - FREE!
June 21 at 6:30pm. If you are looking for a new job, your LinkedIn profile could be more important than your resume. Gregg Burkhalter, an authority on LinkedIn and personal branding, will explain what personal branding is and how to build a strong LinkedIn profile. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770.978.5154. Buford branch of Gwinnett County Public Library, 2100 Buford Highway, Buford.
Mosquito Control for Homeowners - FREE!
June 21 from noon to 1:00pm. Mosquitoes are annoying and can carry harmful diseases. Join Extension Agent Timothy Daly to learn ways to keep mosquitoes at bay. Pre-register by June 19 at email@example.com or 678.377.4011. Gwinnett County Government Annex Building, second floor, 750 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville.
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 June 25 for publishing around July 1.