Jazz event to benefit scholarship fund

DULUTH - LaJazz! A Night of Hot Laughs and Cool Jazz will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Gwinnett Center.

The night will feature jazz greats Leonard Julienne III and Dee Lucas, as well as comedians Big Kenney and Dontee Ray. Twanda Black of 104.1 will serve as mistress of ceremonies. The event is sponsored by The Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation, the nonprofit affiliate of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Microsoft.

Premium tickets are $45, and general admission tickets are $35. They can be purchased online at www.akalajazz.com.

Proceeds will benefit the Beauty P. Baldwin Scholarship Fund and other community service programs supported by the Foundation. In 2008, the chapter awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships to deserving students of Gwinnett County.

For more information, e-mail info@akalajazz.com.

Team creates gift baskets for Habitat family

LAWRENCEVILLE - Twelve members of '98 Worth Cobras, a girls fast-pitch travel softball team, gathered at Rhodes Jordan Park after practice Sept. 14 to make gift baskets for a family moving into a Habitat for Humanity house.

The team's coaches and parents want the girls not only to excel at softball but to be outstanding citizens in their community. Kelly Moreno, a player's mom, contacted Habitat for Humanity to arrange for the team to make the gift baskets.

One gift basket was made for each family member moving into the house. The gift baskets, designed with each recipient in mind, contained bath items and some toys for the youngest members of the family.

Makenzie and Courtney made the basket for the father, James Opoku. Kamryn and Tori made the basket for the mother, Comfort. Makenna and Gabby made one for son Vincent. Lexi and Jordan assembled one for son Elvis. Breeanna and Brittany made one for daughter Jennifer. Jamie and Amanda made a basket for daughter Megan.

The girls presented each family member with the baskets they made on Sept. 23, the day of the dedication for the home of the Opoku family. The team also signed a softball and presented it to Vincent, who left a few days later to serve in the Navy.

For more information about the team, visit www.eteamz.com/98WorthCobras/.

Mall seeks groups for holiday performances

DULUTH - Gwinnett Place Mall will set the 2008 holiday shopping season to music with live weekend performances and entertainment throughout the center.

Local community groups, bands, choirs, school groups and instrumentalists are invited to participate in this festive program and take advantage of the chance to showcase their talents in front of a wide audience and raise awareness for their organizations. Musical performances should be appropriate for a family-friendly environment.

Those interested in helping to serenade the mall's holiday shoppers should send relevant background information, music samples and contact information to Jelynn Almond at Gwinnett Place Mall via e-mail at jalmond@simon.com.

For more information, call 770-813-6840.

Boys and Girls Clubs name Youths of the Year

LAWRENCEVILLE - Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta named two 2008-09 Youths of the Year for Gwinnett County: Skylyn Rogers of A. Worley Brown Boys and Girls Club and Jennifer Magwood of Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club.

Youth of the Year, a year-round development program, honors Boys and Girls Club members as outstanding citizens and leaders. The recognition program begins with the selection of a winner from each of the Atlanta Boys and Girls Clubs within 12 counties. Selections are made based on leadership qualities and activities through family, community, school and Club involvement.

Rogers attends Norcross High School and is a six-year member of the Club. He wants to become an aerospace engineer and wants to be the one who stands out in a room.

Magwood returns as Lawrenceville's Youth of the Year and is now a senior at Central Gwinnett High School. She plans to pursue a career in sports medicine and she has participated in numerous volunteer and service activities in her years at the Club.

The 23 chosen Club Youths of the Year will be honored as finalists for the 2008-09 Metro Atlanta Youth of the Year, and the winner will be announced Nov. 6 during an awards ceremony and dinner held at the Marriott Marquis.

Scholarships will be awarded to the winner and three finalists. Evaluated criteria include demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles, essay writing, poise and public speaking.

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