Rabies vaccination clinics to be held

STATHAM - Barrow County Animal Control will sponsor two rabies clinics this weekend.

Both will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The first will be held at Fire Station #1 in Statham, at 1625 Bethlehem Road, and the second will be at Fire Station #5, at 1292

Ga. Highway 211 N.W. in Winder.

One-year rabies vaccinations are $5 each, and Home Again microchips are $20 each.

Cities honored by National Arbor Day Foundation

DULUTH - Duluth was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

It is the 17th year the city has won the honor.

Snellville was also recognized as a Tree City USA for the fifth year in a row. The city was also honored with the growth award for its progress in community forestry.

Braselton police host cookout

BRASELTON - More than 200 Braselton residents ate hot dogs and hamburgers with police officers this week.

The annual "Picnic With Police" event is hosted by the officers of the Braselton Police Department, the Mayor and Council and town staff.

Residents of the Clearwater Plantation subdivision on Friendship Road enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks.

Homecoming radio show debuts

BETHLEHEM - News-Talk 1300-AM WIMO will begin carrying The Bill Gaither Homecoming Radio program May 7.

The agreement between WIMO and Salem Media was made possible through Beth Cook Smallwood, a Winder native and former WIMO host who now works as an affiliate relations agent for Salem. The program will run during prime time 11 a.m. Sunday, for those who can't make it to a worship service.

For sponsorship information, call 770-867-1300, ext. 1, or 770-601-8191.

Red Hat group

to hold Ruckus

DULUTH - The Gadabouts, a Red Hat Society group, will present the Red Hat Ruckus II on May 6 at the Marriott, 1775 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the event lasts until 4 p.m. The Ruckus will include a rap performance by the Gadabouts, a skit about the "Red Hat Retirement Home," a talk by the Southern author group Dixie Divas, a performance by the Girls Night Out quartet, one-woman nostalgia act performer Rona Mann, a buffet lunch, Red Hat comedian Dr. Maxine, songs from performer Big Bopper, Red Hat vendors, a professional photographer and door prizes. Tickets are $60, and preregistration is required. Call 770-277-5464.

County celebrates government week

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County government will celebrate National County Government Week a little differently this year.

The annual open house will still include the information and free kids activities, but the event will be held at the Dacula Activity Building instead of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. The open house celebration will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 6th annual open house lets Gwinnett natives and newcomers alike to learn more about the services and programs offered by the local county government and courts.

Visitors to the Open House will get to explore a Crime Scene Investigation van, a police car and other emergency vehicles. Many other county offices and programs also will be represented.

The Human Resources Department will conduct a mini job fair for all employment positions as well as seasonal positions, such as summer camp staff or lifeguards.

In addition to the displays, free refreshments will be available while supplies last. Free children's activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, sand art, face painting, temporary tattoos and a moonwalk, and there will be music to entertain the crowd. The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information about the Gwinnett County Open House, call 770-822-7180 or visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.