Kids' concert Friday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation hosts its second Brown Bag Concert on the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Friday at 11 a.m.

This family-friendly performance is free and open to all ages.

The performance features The Bugaboos. The Atlanta-based musical group performs original and popular songs for children. Led by singer/songwriters Gerard McHugh and Melanie Hammett, the band combines entertainment with education in songs about the world.

In addition to musical entertainment, the event will also feature children's activities including face painting and giveaways.

The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 W. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville. For more information call 770-822-5450 or visit

Winder play Saturday

WINDER - Winder-Barrow Community Theatre's Children's PLAYhouse Division will present "Get Up and Go" Saturday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Barrow County Leisure Services Center on Second Street in Winder.

This play is designed for children and will last about an hour. After the show, audience members will be asked to move to an area where they will be able to make a small craft and enjoy refreshments.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Pam Veader's State Farm Insurance office at 41 S. Center St. in Winder. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. The cost of a ticket is $6 per person.

Property tax bills mailed this weekend

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner will mail 2007 property tax bills this weekend. Also, more property tax payment locations are available to taxpayers.

As in the past, only one bill will be mailed. It includes payment coupons and reply envelopes for both installment payments. First installment amounts shown on tax bills must be paid by Sept. 15, or taxpayers may pay the entire amount by this date.

The second installment will be due Nov. 15. Installments not paid by the stated due dates will incur a 5 percent penalty. In addition, interest will begin to accrue at the rate of 1 percent per month beginning Nov. 16.

Gwinnett taxpayers will have the option of making 2007 property tax payments in person at two tax commissioner locations: the property tax office in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville and at the tax commissioner's North Gwinnett tag office, located on Mall of Georgia Boulevard in Buford.

Both of these locations will process property tax payments and provide receipts to taxpayers. Also, each tag office location has a payment drop-off location that can be used any time.

Tax payments may be made over the telephone using banking information on the Tax Commissioner's TaxTalk 24 line. Also, taxpayers may pay by credit card over the Internet (fees apply).

For customer assistance or to make payments by telephone, call 770-822-8800.