Basketball kickoff to be held today

•LAWRENCEVILLE - GNLI Gwinnett will offer basketball games Friday nights and Saturday mornings.

The night hoops kickoff will be held from 8 a.m. to

2 p.m. today at Meadowcreek High School.

For more information, call Gladys Harris at 770-873-9536 or e-mail gladysharris65@yahoo.com, or Shena Young at 770-616-0683 or shena_young@yahoo.com.

Battle of Sexes set to begin Monday

•WINDER - WIMO 1300 AM will host The Battle of the Sexes on The Mac and Miller Morning Show beginning Monday.

The winner each day will receive a free copy of Imagination's new board game The Battle of the Sexes and be entered in a drawing to receive a free lunch buffet at Perugino's Italian Restaurant in Winder and movie passes good at any metro Atlanta Regal Cinema.

The drawing will be held on the final day of the contest, Feb. 15.

Men must call 770-867-1300 and women must call 770-573-1245 between 8 and 8:06 a.m. weekday mornings. Men will be asked questions that every woman should know and women will be asked questions every man should know. Both will be asked a movie

question.

The winner will go home with a free board game and the pride of their sex.

For more information visit www.listen2wimo.com.

Georgians receive free trees for joining Arbor Foundation

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Every Georgian who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation this month will receive 10 free trees.

New members will receive two each of White Flowering Dogwoods, Flowering Crabapples, Washington Hawthorns, American

Redbuds and Goldenraintrees.

They will be shipped at the right time for planting between Feb. 1 and May 31 with planting instructions. If the trees do not grow, they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive the bimonthly publication Arbor Day and The Tree Book.

To become a member, send a $10 donation to Ten Free Flowering Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Jan. 31 or go to www.arborday.org.

REI will host series of hiking clinics

•ATLANTA - Recreational Equipment Inc. - REI - will host a series of clinics about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

The first will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and will focus on thru-hiking the trail. It will be held at the Atlanta store at 1800 Northeast Expressway. There is a $40 charge for members and a $60 charge for nonmembers and lunch is provided. Call 404-633-6508 for more information about the clinic or visit REI.com.

The second will be held at the Perimeter store, at 1165 Perimeter Center Way, Suite 200, on Feb. 1. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and there is no charge for the clinic, which will focus on logistics.

Call 770-901-9200 for more information.

The third clinic will focus on nutrition and will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Buford store at 1600 Mall of Georgia Blvd., building 800. There will also be no charge for this clinic.

Call 770-831-0676 for more information.

LubeFasts become oil drop points

•LAWRENCEVILLE - All American LubeFast locations are now public waste oil drop-off center.

Any consumers that have used motor oil or oil filters may drop off these items at their local American LubeFast service location. Waste oil and filters are banned from household garbage disposal and landfills in the United States.

According to the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency, more than 200 million gallons of used motor oil are improperly disposed of each year. The oil is generally dumped into sewers, on the ground, or in household trash cans and eventually becomes the largest single source of pollution in our nation's waterways.

American LubeFast service centers are located in Lawrenceville, Cumming, Norcross, Atlanta and Woodstock. To find an American LubeFast service center, visit www.lubefast.com.

Group donates to children's shelter

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Ascot Realty donated toys to the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

The group has also given bookbags full of school supplies to the organization and donated funds to replace the shelter's roof.

The shelter serves up to 500 youth a year. For more information, see www.gwinnettchildrenshelter.org.

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