Seminar to be Thursday

STONE MOUNTAIN - Stone Mountain Toastmasters will host a Parliamentary Procedure seminar at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Participants in the seminar will learn how to conduct more productive and less time consuming meetings using Roberts Rules of Order. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 5801 Hugh Howell Road.

Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational group helping people throughout the world improve their communication and leadership skills. At Stone Mountain Toastmasters, members learn public speaking, impromptu speaking and leadership skills.

For more information, call 404-294-7488 or see www.stonemtntoastmasters.freeservers.com.

Homestead exemptions due by March 1

LAWRENCEVILLE - Property owners must apply for a regular homestead or a Gwinnett County value offset exemption by March 1 to receive an exemption for the 2008 tax year.

Several types of homestead exemptions can reduce the burden of ad valorem taxation for eligible homeowners. These exemptions apply to property that is owned and occupied by a taxpayer at their legal residence as of Jan. 1 of the tax year.

Also, vehicles owned by Gwinnett County homeowners must be registered in Gwinnett County at the time a homestead application is made.

Owners may apply for exemptions online or by e-mail. Visit www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com to download and print an application form or send an e-mail requesting an application to tax@gwinnettcounty.com

Applications can also be requested by visiting the Tax Commissioner's Property Tax Department Customer Service office in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by calling 770-822-8800 or by writing to the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner, Attention - Property Tax Department, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Ga., 30045.

Regular homestead exemptions are automatically renewed each year unless there is a change in ownership, a name or spelling correction on the deed, the taxpayer seeks to qualify for a different type of exemption or if the eligibility requirements can no longer be met by the homeowner. Only one person needs to apply if more than one name appears on the deed.

In addition to the regular homestead exemption, several special homestead exemptions exist for eligible seniors, certain disabled persons including veterans and others.

When applying for special homestead exemptions, owners may be required to provide prior year income tax returns, as many special exemptions require income verification.

To view all exemptions and their requirements or to find more information, visit www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com, e-mail tax@gwinnettcounty.com or call 770-822-8800.

Portion of play tickets goes to charity

WINDER - "The Man Who Came to Dinner" by Moss Hart and George Kaufman will be presented by the Winder-Barrow Community Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. March 2 at the Colleen Williams Theater in Winder.

This play is being presented in part with a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts. This Grassroots Arts Program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.

The Council is a partner agency with The National Endowment for the Arts. The Grassroots Arts Program for Region 8 is administered by The Arts Council Inc., Gainesville Region 8 Grassroots Agency.

A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Winder. This organization provides many activities for children after school hours and strives to keep costs to a minimum for the children.

For more information see www.winderbarrowtheatre.org.

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