Outback teams with Operation Sandbox to honor troops

SUWANEE - Yanis Latsis, the owner of Outback Steakhouse in Suwanee, recently partnered with Operation Sandbox to treat members of the Georgia National Guard, Alpha Co., 1/121st to a luncheon in their honor.

The soldiers in the Alpha Co. will be deploying to Afghanistan next year.

Operation Sandbox Georgia is dedicated to supporting U.S. troops by sending care packages to those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Volunteers meet once a week to pack boxes to send to the troops. Because of the growth of the organization, Operation Sandbox has moved to a new location, incorporated and become a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

To help or make a donation, contact Operation Sandbox at P.O. Box 1003, Oxford, GA 30054 or call 770-784-9155.

Boys & Girls Club to host carnival event

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club is hosting a carnival-style event, "Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play - Worldwide Day of Play," from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Club at 382 Stone Mountain St. in Lawrenceville.

The event, open to the public, will feature moonwalks, slides, games and concessions. Admission is free, but there will be a charge for concessions. Proceeds will benefit the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.

Partners include Papa John's Pizza, Sam's Club and Kidz in Motion.

320 participate in Walton EMC Charity Ride

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 300 motorcycle riders from across north Georgia on Saturday participated in the sixth-annual Walton EMC Charity Ride.

This year's ride benefited Camp Twin Lakes, a facility where children with special needs and life challenges can attend camp and "just be normal kids," said Stacy Hodges, the camp's director of special events. Medical professionals volunteer to attend camp with campers, relieving parents' worries about missing treatments or other health care concerns.

Walton EMC, a customer-owned electric company, operates by cooperative principles, which is why the company holds charity events, said Greg Brooks, ride emcee and Walton EMC employee.

After the scenic ride and a rest stop, the 320 motorcyclists returned to Walton EMC headquarters for a barbecue lunch and drawings for more than 100 door prizes. Participants also received a ride T-shirt with a commemorative logo.

Walton EMC serves 118,000 accounts over its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens.

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