Community to discuss development

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance is holding an informative session Sunday on quality of life challenges that affect communities.

Denise Brinson, Suwanee's economic development division director, will talk about economic and community development and ways to meet quality of life challenges.

The meeting will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lawrenceville's old City Hall at 18 S. Clayton St., a block from the new City Hall.

The Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance is organized to enhance the quality of life in Lawrenceville and to strengthen and enhance neighborhoods and the livability of the city.

For more information, visit the Alliance's Web site at or e-mail

Sorority provides entrepreneur training for free

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Upsilon Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is sponsoring a workshop to provide free entrepreneur training to women.

The event, scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the 1818 Club, will target minority women who aspire to be entrepreneurs.

People interested in becoming entrepreneurs or current entrepreneurs in need of additional training are invited to join chapter members for an evening designed to educate and empower.

Training will be provided by the Small Business Development Council. Fifteen guests will be presented with a scholarship to use toward additional training with the SBDC.

Class size is limited, and a delectable dessert buffet will be served. For more information or to register for the event, e-mail Bettina Benoit Durant, the Green T.I.E. (Training Inspires Entrepreneurship) Affair chairwoman, at

Girl Scout Council to hold meetings for local troops

SNELLVILLE - The Rocky Brook Service Unit of the Girl Scout Council of Greater Atlanta will hold troop organizational meetings for new and existing troops in Lawrenceville, Lilburn and Snellville.

The scouts are looking for new leaders as well as girls. Girl Scouts have a goal of building girls of courage, confidence and character.

A meeting for interested home-schoolers, Craig and Brookwood elementary schools students will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the fellowship hall of Cannon United Methodist Church located at 2424 Webb Gin House Road in Snellville.

For more information, call Adrienne Alverson at 770-982-8869 or e-mail, or call Robyn Hawes at 678-344-5604 or e-mail

Mall of Georgia to hold holiday fundraiser

BUFORD - The Mall of Georgia invites local charities and nonprofit organizations to participate in its annual holiday fundraising event, Simon Evening of Giving, which takes place this year from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 23.

On the evening of the event, the Mall of Georgia will be open exclusively to shoppers who have purchased Simon Evening of Giving tickets at $10 each from participating charities. The private holiday event will feature exclusive store discounts throughout the mall, family entertainment and more.

Local organizations will have the opportunity to sell tickets to this event, with $7 from each ticket directly benefiting the organization and the remaining $3 benefiting the Simon Youth Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fosters educational and career development for at-risk youth.

Participating charities also will have the opportunity to display information about their respective organizations for shoppers during the event, further raising awareness about their causes.

To participate in Simon Evening of Giving or to receive more information about the event, call Mallory Green at 770-271-9458.

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