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Company to donate thousands to groups

LILBURN - Jackson EMC will give two grants worth $25,000 to local organizations.

The company will give $10,000 to the Dream House for Medically Fragile Children at a ceremony at 2 p.m. today. The grant will help fund the Family for Keeps program, which provides support and education for foster parents caring for children who depend on life support, medication, therapies or equipment to live.

That ceremony will take place at 615 Beaver Ruin Road, Suite B, in Lilburn.

At 3 p.m., Jackson EMC will give the Single Parent Alliance and Resource Center $15,000 to develop and print their Frontline Parenting Series. That program, for single parents, is designed to increase communication and decrease the stress that can lead to violence. It will be held at 2211 Beaver Ruin Road, Suite 160, in Norcross.

The grants are funded by Jackson EMC members who participate in the Operation Round Up program, which rounds up monthly electric bills to the next dollar amount.

Car registration Web site to shut down temporarily

LAWRENCEVILLE - Internet vehicle registration renewals will be unavailable Friday and Saturday.

The Georgia Department of Revenue will be performing a computer system transition those days, so the state's online registration renewals will be unavailable. It should be available again Sunday morning.

Gwinnett County residents may still renew vehicle registrations by visiting a tag office, using the U.S. mail or calling 770-822-8818 and following the prompts to renew registrations by telephone.

For more information, call the Tax Commissioner's Motor Vehicles Customer Service line at 770-822-8818 or e-mail Tag@gwinnettcounty.com.

High school hosts tasting

SUWANEE - Collins Hill High School will hold A Taste of Collins Hill to benefit the Screamin' Eagles Band.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Collins Hill High School, 50 Taylor Road in Suwanee.

For $10, patrons will be able to sample foods from 24 local restaurants, including PF Chang's China Bistro, Durango Steakhouse, Wild Wing Cafe, Ippolito's Italian Restaurant, Moe's Southwest Grill and Ninja Steak & Sushi. There will also be a silent auction and live entertainment.

For information, call Kim Everhart at 404-401-8522 or visit www.chhsband.org.

Pilot speaks on Lewis and Clark expeditions

LAWRENCEVILLE - Photographer, pilot and explorer Ron Lowery will speak Saturday about retracing the Lewis and Clark expeditions.

Lowery will address Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 690 at the Gwinnett County Airport in Lawrenceville. He will also sign copies of the book "Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America," which chronicles his journey.

Lowery, with writer and fellow pilot Mary Walker, cast shadows on the explorers' route in his home-built lightweight airplane, Cloud Chaser.

The presentation takes place in the EAA Sport Aviation Center, Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field. The free program will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Breakfast is available beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Joel Levine, 770-394-5466 or jlevine@bellsouth.net.

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