Litter mascot needs name

ATLANTA - Based on the official state bird, The Brown Trasher is a colorful new mascot that represents Georgia's comprehensive litter prevention and abatement campaign, "Litter. It Costs You."

The Brown Trasher is calling on Georgia children in grades K-5 to apply their creativity by hatching ideas to give him a new name. The contest ends Oct. 27.

All entries must be postmarked by Oct. 27, and the winner will be notified by Nov. 10. The winning child and teacher/guardian will be invited to attend a special recognition ceremony with The Brown Trasher. The winner will also be featured on the "Litter. It Costs You Web" site. For more information, visit litteritcostsyou.org.

Movie comes to Braselton Park

BRASELTON - Beethoven the St. Bernard dog becomes a father, but his girlfriend Missy is dognapped and his puppies are in danger of the same fate.

The town of Braselton and the Braselton Business Association present a free movie in the park on Saturday featuring the family comedy "Beethoven's 2nd."

Starring Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt, the 90-minute feature begins at dusk, about 7:45 p.m., at Braselton Park. Moviegoers are asked to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the free event.

Airplane program to be held

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Friday, Sallyann Wagoner will present a program on the B-29 super fortress and the crew members who flew them in the Pacific.

Wagoner runs an extensive Web site, http://b-29.org, that honors veterans who flew and maintained B-29s in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

The meeting and program will be held in the EAA Sport Aviation Building located at Gwinnett County Airport, in Lawrenceville, and is open to all. The program begins at 8 p.m. with people gathering for some "hangar flying" about 7:30. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information, call John Reitz at 770-476-2920 or e-mail jreitz@bigfoot.com.

Playhouses

to be auctioned

ATLANTA - The Project Playhouse live auction will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 21. All proceeds, including ticket sales, raffle and auction, will benefit HomeAid Atlanta to further its mission of providing shelter facilities to the communities' temporarily homeless.

Project Playhouse, HomeAid Atlanta's signature fundraiser, features five state-of-the-art mini-mansions built by Atlanta's premier home builders. This year's intricately designed and one-of-a-kind playhouses were built by Northstar Builders and Developers, Country Classic Builders, Dovetail Homes, Harcrest Homes and Lanier Resort Homes. One dream playhouse will be won by a lucky raffle ticket holder, and the auction of the four remaining playhouses will follow the raffle playhouse drawing.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at Mall of Georgia Guest Services at the Playhouse Village. Tickets for the live auction can be purchased on the weekends at the Playhouse Village or by calling HomeAid Atlanta at 678-775-1401. The last chance to purchase raffle tickets will be on Oct. 21 at the Playhouse Village. Raffle ticket sales will end promptly at 7 p.m.

HomeAid Atlanta's third annual Project Playhouse Village will be open for tours at Mall of Georgia from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 21.

The HomeAid mission is to build dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives.

Mall of Georgia is located at 3333 Buford Drive.

School hosts

parenting program WINDER - The Barrow County Schools are hosting their third parenting program, "Choosing the Best - Parents, Teens and Sex: The BIG Talk" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Haymon-Morris Middle School in the Media Center.

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