Drive trades toys for autographs

DULUTH - Venture Sports Shows in Duluth is holding its annual Toys For Tots toy drive this weekend at Santa Fe Mall. In return for donations, Venture Sports Shows offers autographs of professional athletes, who donate their time for the event, which runs noon to 5 p.m. Friday though Sunday.

There will be various autograph signers each day, including former Atlanta Falcons Terence Mathis, William Andrews and Bobby Butler, former Atlanta Braves star Marquis Grissom, former major leaguers Delino DeShields, Ron Blomberg and Tom Paciorek, and former local standout Nick Green, a Duluth High graduate who has played for the Braves, Yankees and Mariners.

Fans get one autograph per toy donated. For more information, call Doug Reid at 770-622-9344.

Recreation Authority meeting canceled

LAWRENCEVILLE - The December Recreation Authority meeting has been canceled in observance of the holiday season.

The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 10. For more information on Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation's public meetings, call 770-822-8840.

Bank donates money to The Impact Group

DULUTH - Washington Mutual is donating money to The Impact Group.

The bank is giving $10,000 to the HomeOwnership Center. This will help with home ownership education and counseling programs.

For more information on the foreclosure resource, see

Tag renewal Web site to be down for maintenance

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Georgia Department of Revenue will shut down the vehicle registration system from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday while computer system maintenance is performed.

During this time period, customers will not be able to renew their tags over the Internet.

For more information, call the Tax Commissioner's Motor Vehicles Customer Service line at 770-822-8818, e-mail or visit

Drop kids off at park while you shop

NORCROSS - Gwinnett Parks will host Shop Till You Drop Friday.

Shop for your family ... while you drop your kids off for a fun day of crafts, pizza and games. All ages are welcome, and the cost is $12 per person from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call 770-417-2200 for more information. The Pinckneyville Park Community Center is at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Norcross.

Bogan park to hold kids fair

BUFORD - There will be themed crafts, snacks and cookie decorating at a Kid's Christmas Craft Fair on Friday.

Parents are asked to stay and assist their children from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration is required for the $8 event, for children 3 to 10 years old.

Call 770-614-2060 for more information. The Bogan Park Community Center is at 2723 N. Bogan Road in Buford.