Tree champions needed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Aug. 1 is deadline for citizens to nominate new national champions in the hunt for the biggest trees.

The largest trees in the nation are being sought for the National Register of Big Trees, a biennial listing of the largest known of 826 species in the United States.

The national nonprofit American Forests is accepting nominations for the Register until Aug. 1. American Forests, the nation's oldest conservation organization, has maintained the register since 1940.

Public participation is key to finding these champion trees, which are crowned based on a simple formula of height, circumference, and canopy spread. Directions for measuring trees, photos and a list of species with and without titleholders are available at www.americanforests.org.

There is also contact information for state coordinators, who verify the stats of potential champs.

There are currently champion trees in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Garden looking for scarecrows

ATLANTA - More than 50 original scarecrow "masterpieces" are showcased from Oct. 1-31 in the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Local businesses, organizations, nonprofits, clubs, families and individuals are invited to enter a scarecrow. Each scarecrow will display a small sign listing the name of the scarecrow and that of its creator throughout the month to garden visitors.

To enter, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org/events and download the registration form. Completed entries along with the $25 registration fee must be received on or before Aug. 17 by faxing to 404-876-7472 or mailing to Scarecrows, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Registration will not be considered complete until payment has been received.

First prize winners in each of two categories - professional design and non-professional - receive airfare for two, compliments of Delta Airlines. The jury consists of independent children, staff and volunteers.

This year the scarecrows will be located throughout the Garden and Children's Garden.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. between 14th St. and Monroe Drive, in the heart of Midtown. For more information about Scarecrows in the Garden, call 404-876-5859.

Opening show to be held at theater

WINDER - The opening show at the Colleen Theater will be "Plaza Suite" by Neil Simon at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11 and at 3 p.m. Aug. 12.

Tickets are on sale at Pam Veader's State Farm Insurance Office at 41 S. Center Street in Winder. Adults are $12 and seniors/students/teachers are $10. Prices are higher at the door.

Large crowds are expected because of the opening of the theater so tickets might not be available at the door for all shows.

Theater to host 'Bye Bye Birdie'

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville Community Theatre presents "Bye Bye Birdie" next month.

The play will be at the Lawrenceville Church of God Student Center in Building G at 329 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville Aug. 3-5.

The show stars Steve Miller as Albert and is directed by Grayson High School drama teacher Emily McClain.

Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for adults for shows at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and 5 and 2 p.m. Aug. 4.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 4, dinner theatre tickets are $30.

For more information, see www.LawrencevilleOnStage.com or call 770-855-7005.

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