Community center opens in Norcross

NORCROSS - Lucky Shoals Park will open its community center Saturday.

A ribbon cutting will be held at noon, with festivities taking place at the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The park is located at 4651 Britt Road in Norcross.

The community center has two classrooms, a dance studio with a wood floor, a community room with a catering kitchen and a game room. The changes also include a gym with two indoor basketball courts, volleyball and badminton courts, a walking track and renovated outdoor basketball courts and tennis courts.

For more information, call 770-822-8840.

Garden to host Orchid Markets

ATLANTA - Orchid Markets will be held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden the weekends this year.

The markets will be held the last weekend in January, February and March from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Orchid Market will complement the 2008 exhibition in the Fuqua Orchid Center, Orchid Daze, Gargoyles and Grace (Jan. 26 through March 30). Expert local growers will bring in a huge assortment of orchid plants, from exotic to easy to grow. Larger plants will also be available.

Growers will provide expert advice on the healthy orchid plants they are selling to insure the best choice. Art is included in Orchid Market, with the artists on site. Drawings and photographs of orchids will be for sale.

On the other side of the Garden, the Garden Gift Shop will also be full of orchid merchandise. Orchid books and how-to-grow books, scarves, stationery, vases, ceramics, glass, sun catchers, and more will be on hand to complement the exhibition. Garden statuary, playful gargoyles, garden furniture, garden planters and urns, lanterns and decorative garden scrollwork will also be on sale.

The rare and antique garden statuary and oddities in the Orchid Daze exhibition itself are also on sale. Individual arrangements may be made to purchase these beautiful garden accessories.

The Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. in Midtown between 14th Street and Monroe Drive. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and children 3-17 and free for children under 3 and Garden members. For more information, see www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org or call 404-876-5859.

Gwinnett Gab appears Thursday and Sunday.