Boat regatta

to be held

BERKELEY LAKE - The Berkeley Lake Homeowner Association and the city of Berkeley Lake are presenting a boat regatta Aug. 26.

Years ago, residents from the city elaborately decorated their boats for a shoreline parade or boat regatta. In honor of the 50 year celebration, the city and the Homeowners Association are sponsoring a reenactment of this festive event.

Highly coveted prizes will be awarded for Most Imagination, Best Use of Materials, Most Outrageous, Best Theme, etc. with categories for Kids and Non-Motorized.

The regatta is only open to Berkeley Lake residents.

City celebrates

anniversary

BERKELEY LAKE - The City of Berkeley Lake is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Several special citywide activities have highlighted the city's unique lifestyle. The next event that is open and free to the public will be an art show featuring over a dozen of the city's talented people.

Visitors may view and purchase paintings in acrylic, watercolor, oils and mixed media, pottery, sculpture, photographs and jewelry. Most of the works will be displayed in the Berkeley Lake chapel and grounds while a couple of nearby artists' studios will be open for the public to see more art."

Art supplies needed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Art supplies for the smART honors program offered by the Gwinnett Council for the Arts will be underwritten by a grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation.

Each year, 30 at-risk students who excel in art are chosen by Gwinnett County School System art teachers to participate in smART. Those students receive advanced art instruction at the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts each Saturday morning for two hours throughout the school year.

Since creating art is a highly cognitive process, the smART honors program enhances the students' problem solving, critical thinking and creative skills. Participation also allows them to develop attitudes, characteristics and intellectual skills required to function in today's society, as well as develop self-discipline, work ethic, self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.

The $5,000 grant will be used to purchase supplies for classes in 3-D mixed media, painting and drawing, ceramics and independent study for the smART scholarship recipients.

Currently, more than 90 percent of Jackson EMC's nearly 185,000 individual accounts participate in Operation Round Up.

Each month their electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar amount and the "spare change" used to fund grants through the Foundation. Funds are administered by a volunteer board of directors that reviews applications and awards grants. Since the beginning of the program in October 2005, the Foundation has awarded more than $609,000 to 53 organizations and 15 individuals.

For additional information or a downloadable grant

application, go to www.jacksonemc.com/roundup/

index.html.

Salvation Army

awarded money

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Salvation Army's family emergency assistance and transitional housing programs in Athens, Gainesville and Lawrenceville have been awarded $15,000 each by the Jackson EMC Foundation to continue their work. Through the three Salvation Army locations, the organization serves all of the counties served by Jackson EMC.

Designed as a homeless prevention program, the family emergency services program helps families in need of financial resources to pay rent, utilities, food, clothing, shelter or prescription costs. Financial counseling, referral resources and networking with other agencies are also provided.

For those who have been evicted, the Salvation Army provides shelter, three meals a day, job location assistance and a savings program for a deposit and rent when clients can move into an apartment.

Grant funds from the Jackson EMC Foundation will be added to funds from United Way, FEMA, Project Share and Salvation Army donors to ensure the services continue.

Currently, more than 90 percent of Jackson EMC's nearly 185,000 individual accounts participate in Operation Round Up. Each month their electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar amount and the "spare change" used to fund grants through the Foundation. Funds are administered by a volunteer board of directors that reviews applications and awards grants.

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