Top Gwinnett recyclers honored

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful on Saturday celebrated America Recycles Day by awarding the top individual and group aluminum recycler and newspaper recycler at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett with $100 cash prizes.

America Recycles Day is an annual event celebrated by communities throughout the nation to educate and encourage individuals to recycle and buy recycled products year round.

On Saturday, Gwinnett residents dropped off a total of 1,545 pounds of aluminum and 6,389 pounds of newspaper.

In the individual category, David Lankford was the top recycler of aluminum for the second year in a row with 168 pounds, and Hazel Westfall was the top recycler of newspaper with 1,545 pounds.

In the group category, Camp Creek Elementary recycled the most aluminum with 138 pounds and the most newspaper with 1,220 pounds.

"Recycling is a great way to save water and conserve energy while also saving precious landfill space through the reuse of materials," said Connie Wiggins, executive director of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. "We are thrilled to see the level (of) participation in this event and encourage this level of recycling to continue across Gwinnett."

Father/daughter dance held

LAWRENCEVILLE - Dancing, games and a keepsake photo are all part of a Father/Daughter Winter Wonderland Dance to be held Nov. 30.

Register for the event by Nov. 26. It is open to people age three and up and costs $10 per person. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served.

Call 770-822-5414 for more information. Rhodes Jordan Park Community Center is located at 100 E. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.

Volunteers deliver food

SUWANEE - Volunteers and members of The Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services delivered meals consisting of beef, flame-grilled chicken and spicy jumbo shrimp with seasoned green beans and vanilla bean mashed sweet potatoes to companies across Gwinnett County last month.

The annual event has generated more than $50,000 in the past seven years.

Suwanee Outback Proprietor Yanis Latsis has come up through the ranks and is quick to emphasize that his staff are "people who can make a difference."

Community involvement activities such as this are part of the grassroots marketing effort of the company. In addition to the restaurant donating all the food, Outbackers volunteering their time contribute $20,000 more per given location.

Botanical Garden has holiday activities

ATLANTA - Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden this holiday season and enjoy a variety of activities and the peaceful beauty of the season.

Traditional displays of twinkling lights and greenery complement the landscape of seasonal blooms and berries, including Christmas rose, Witch Hazel and Holly.

Inside the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center, see beautiful drifts of white poinsettias, white cyclamen, white caladium, white moth orchids and red Reiger begonia topiaries, along with wreaths composed of living orchids and bromeliads. Seasonal displays and attractions run Thanksgiving weekend through the end of December. A sparkling display of Fräbel Crystal Snowflakes will twinkle in the Fuqua Conservatory Lobby and are available for purchase through the Garden Gift Shop.

The Garden will also feature a train weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Nov. 23, for $2 a ride. Botanical St. Nick will be at the Garden from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. between 14th Street and Monroe Drive in the heart of Midtown. The Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults. Seniors 65 and older and children ages 3 to 17 are $9. Garden members and children under 3 are free. For more information, visit

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