Strickland House hosts first PoochFest

DULUTH - The historic Strickland House in Duluth will be the site of the first PoochFest.

The one-day event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, is a celebration of dogs.

The festival will include such groups as Duluth Animal Hospital, Shots By Dot Photography, SOS Club of Georgia, The Georgia Animal Project, Gwinnett Humane Society and several breed-specific rescue groups. The event will also feature free classes and demonstrations on pet-related topics, a children's activity tent, arts and craft vendors for holiday shopping, food, entertainment and a pet parade. Alice Ziegler, one of the founders of the Gwinnett Humane Society, will be the marshal of the 1 p.m. parade.

Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Strickland House, home to Alice Strickland, the first female mayor in Georgia. The house, located at 2956 Buford Highway, is the new home of the Duluth Historical Society and History Museum, open weekly for tours and community programs.

For more information, e-mail

Kaiser Permanente to extend hours

DULUTH - Effective Saturday, Kaiser Permanente will offer extended weekday and weekend hours at its Gwinnett medical center.

Same-day, after-hours care appointments will be available from 8:30 am. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, the medical center will offer appointments for primary care services such as physicals and routine follow-ups on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pharmacy, lab and radiology services will also be available during the expanded evening and weekend hours.

Members can call Kaiser Permanente's Health Line at 404-365-0966 and ask if they can be seen the same day. They can also log in to to schedule an appointment.

The medical center is located at 3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd. in Duluth.

Auto Show for Toys for Tots

LAWRENCEVILLE - An Auto Show will be held on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Village Shoppes at Creekside, located at 860 Duluth Highway. Admission is free, but visitors are asked to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program.

NASCAR legend Rex White will sign autographs from 1 to 3 p.m. and there will be a raffle, silent auction and food from Hooters restaurant. Registration for people wanting to show their cars begins at 9 a.m.

For more info, call Doug Reid at 770-622-9344 or e-mail