Earth Day program to be held Saturday

•BUFORD - The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is hosting an Earth Day program Saturday.

The Green Scene will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include information about organic farming, solar energy, rain barrels, composting and other activities. A hybrid car and educational resources will be there.

Hands-on activities will teach kids about the impact they have on the environment and they will receive environmental passport stamps for completing activities.

For more information on the event, visit www.gwinnett tech.com, call 770-904-3500 or e-mail environmentalheritage @gwinnettcounty.com.

Tickets sold for

dinner-dance

to benefit nature

•ATLANTA - The Nature Conservancy is holding its 13th annual Hoochie on the Coochie dinner-dance Friday.

It will feature musical entertainment by the Swinging Richards, a birds or prey flight show and a silent auction that includes a weeklong trip to Italy.

Tickets to the event are $100 and dress is blue jeans chic. For more information, call Mimi Bittick at 404-253-7208 or

e-mail mbittick@tnc.org.

High school cheer team wins award

•DULUTH - The Duluth High School Varsity Competition Cheerleading Team, "C.L.A.W. (Cats Live As Winners) Squad," was named the 2007-08 National Competition Cheerleading Team of the Year by Cheer Ltd., Inc.

The team is coached by Kelly Halcomb and Lindsay Martin, both former Duluth High cheerleaders.

Preliminary evaluation for this award is based on an application process, which includes a comprehensive portfolio of accomplishments, team unity, academic achievement and community endorsements.

Members of the team are active in Student Government, school-sponsored clubs and several other sports. The C.L.A.W. Squad went undefeated in their regular competition and went on to win Co-Ed Sectionals in October.

The C.L.A.W. Squad will be accepting their award at the National Cheer Conference May 17 to 20, at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. At the conference, the team will have the opportunity to attend classes taught by top cheerleading experts and the chance to interact with other cheerleaders from across the country.

Earth Day event

collects bottles

•ATLANTA - Grant Park will host the Arms Around Atlanta Earth Day Celebration on Saturday and Sunday.

People are asked to bring 20-ounce, one liter, two liter and gallon-sized plastic bottles with them to the event. For every bottle collected TerraCycle Inc. will donate money to Inspiring Futures.

TerraCycle will donate 5 cents for the bottles and 10 cents for the jugs, so bring as many as you can carry.

Inspiring Futures is an Atlanta based nonprofit supporting the development and success of action networks, local economies and responsible businesses in the greater Atlanta metro area. At the event, Inspiring Futures will host an interactive learning marketplace themed "Waste = Wealth." Come find out what local leaders are doing to take trash and turn it into a valuable product and be part of the solution.

TerraCycle is an all-natural plant food company. The bottles collected at the Earth Day celebration will be directly reused to package TerraCycle's products.

To get involved locally, visit www.inspiringfutures.com.

Senior Golden Olympics open

•LAWRENCEVILLE - This year's Gwinnett Senior Golden Olympics games, which opens Friday, will mark the seventh annual event,

with 350 people, the largest participation the event has seen.

The purpose of the Golden Olympics is to provide seniors ages 50 and older with the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, meet new people, learn new leisure skills and become more aware of the recreational opportunities available to senior citizens in Gwinnett.

Seniors will participate in an array of sporting events over the next month, including shuffleboard, swimming, cycling and archery, until the closing ceremonies May 19.

The only requirement for participation in the Golden Olympics is a minimum age of 50. Currently, competitors do not even have to be Gwinnett citizens, a rule that may change in the future due to the overwhelming response for participation that organizers experienced this year.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Gwinnett Senior Center at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville.

For more information, call the Gwinnett Senior Center at 770-564-4680 or visit www.gwinnettseniorgoldenolympics.org.

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