Today

A community blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary and Saint Martha of Bethany, 3805 Braselton Highway in Buford. For more information, call 770-538-0500 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

Syndicated columnist and best-selling author John Rosemond will present two seminars today at Duluth First United Methodist Church, 3208 Duluth Highway 120. The first seminar, titled Bringing Out the Best in Your Child, will begin at 1:30 p.m., while the second, Parenting the Strong Willed Teenager, will start at 3:30. Tickets are $20 for a single session and $35 for both if purchased at the same time and can be purchased online at www.duluthumc.org.

Monday

The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners will welcome Jane Bath as guest speaker at 7 p.m. Monday. The meeting will be held at the Gwinnett Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. Call 770-554-9707 for more information.

Registration will open Monday for the Quinn House's annual Christmas gift program. Children and seniors from low-income families may register from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Oct. 15 by calling 770-317-5026

Wednesday

Gwinnett Health and Human Services will sponsor the Outback at Work Charity Lunch on Wednesday, with all proceeds to benefit Gwinnett County Senior Services via Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services, providing funding for Meals on Wheels and emergency assistance. For $15, order a mixed-grill meal from Outback Steakhouse in Suwanee and have it delivered to work. For more information, call 770-822-8775 or e-mail celia.moore@gwinnettcounty.com to place a minimum order of ten lunches.

Friday

The merchants of downtown Buford will host the inaugural evening of Romance in Historic Buford from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25. Attendees can experience candle-lit streets, elegant dining, horse-drawn carriage rides and live music. For more information on this event, visit www.visitbuford.com.

Saturday

A family fish-off will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Little Mulberry Park, 3855 Fence Road in Auburn. Cost is $6 per person or $10 for one adult and child under 12. Registration is required. For more information, call 770-614-2060.

Gwinnett park police, animal control staff and volunteer resource staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips on dog park safety from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ronald Reagan Park, 2777 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-822-8873.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in partnership with other community organizations, will host a Family Emergency Preparedness Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Creative Enterprises, Inc., 795 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville. Booths will include preparedness for kids, family history, education, budgeting, food storage and fire safety, as well as representatives from local colleges, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, Community Emergency Response Team, Jackson Electric and more. For more information, call 770-513-9667 or e-mail tina@maggerts.net.

The third annual Pink Streak Party to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Joanie Parker Hair Studio, 1611 Satellite Blvd., Suite 13, in Duluth. For a minimum donation of $5, a stylist will put a permanent or temporary pink streak in attendees' hair. For more information, call 770-497-8998.

The Suwanee Youth Ballet with the Suwanee Academy for the Arts will present the children's ballet "Peter and the Wolf" at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street Playhouse, 341 Main St. in Suwanee. Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. For more information, call 678-482-6333 or visit www.suwaneeacademyofthearts.com.

GwinnettAreaMommies invite families with children to participate in a nature walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway in Lawrenceville. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.gwinnettareamommies.com.

The Deloach Family and Reigns of Life Luncheon and Memorabilia Benefit Auction will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chateau Elan's Debussy Ballroom, 100 Rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton. Tickets are $50 and include lunch. Auction items will include autographed sports memorabilia. For more information, call 706-438-0977 or visit www.retracpromotions.com.

Sept. 27

The Suwanee Youth Ballet with the Suwanee Academy for the Arts will present the children's ballet "Peter and the Wolf" at 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Main Street Playhouse, 341 Main St. in Suwanee. Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. For more information, call 678-482-6333 or visit www.suwaneeacademyofthearts.com.

Sept. 28

The Major William E. Simmons Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 Perry St. in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-979-2637 or visit www.scv96.org.

Sept. 29

A community blood drive will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Bruster's at 3256 Buford Drive in Buford. For more information, call 770-538-0500 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Snellville will host the 11th annual Gwinnett Children's Shelter's golf tournament Sept. 29 at Chateau Elan's Legends golf course, 6060 Golf Course Drive in Braselton. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with the shot-gun start at noon. Lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A and dinner by Bonefish Grill. The tournament will include a live and silent auction. Fee is $200 per player. For more information, call 770-967-9247.

Sept. 30

Gwinnett Coalition Senior Issues Action Team will sponsor its forum Connecting Parenting Resources for Relatives as Parents from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. The forum is aimed at helping grandparents raising grandchildren in Gwinnett find answers to questions, connect with resources and gain support from other grandfamilies. The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. To register for the event, call 770-822-8846.

Oct. 1

The sixth annual Taste of Buford, a benefit for Hi-Hope Service Center, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 at Buford Village, 2205 Buford Village in Buford. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 770-963-8694 or visit www.hihopecenter.org.

Lilies of the Field, a live performance based on the Academy Award winning 1963 film, will be produced Oct. 1 through 4. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will be at 2:30. The performance will be held at the College Street Playhouse, 10 College Ave. in Norcross. Tickets are $15 and proceeds will benefit the Peachtree Elementary Emergency Fund, operated by the Peachtree Care team. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 678-994-5666 or visit www.maryourqueen.com.

Oct. 2

Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services will host Gwinnett's Great Days of Service on Oct. 2 and 3. For more information, e-mail Nicole Love at nicole@gwinnettcoalition.org or visit www.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org.

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation will host Blue Hawaii, the 2009 Foundation Fling, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Magnolia Hall, 2040 Sever Road in Lawrenceville. For more information on the auction, visit www.peachtreeridgefoundation.org or call Executive Director Jane Denton at 678-957-3166.

Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center will hold a family camp from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at 4651 Britt Road in Norcross. The cost is $7 per person ages 5 and older. Those who attend should bring a sleeping bag, pillow and flashlight. Registration is required by Sep. 25. Call 770-723-9516 for additional information.

Oct. 3

Animal Control, Graves Park Police and Volunteer Resource Staff will provide tips on dog park safety from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at Graves Park, 1540 Graves Road in Norcross. Call 770-822--8873 for more information.

A Line Dance-a-thon will be held for ages 13 and older from 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 3 at the Shorty Howell Park Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. Bring a snack to share and drinks will be provided. The event is $5 for early registration and $8 the week prior. Call 770-814-4914 to register.

The MOMS Club of Lilburn will hold its general meeting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 1400 Killian Hill Road in Lilburn. For more information and to RSVP, call 770-736-1426 or visit www.lilburnmomsclub.org.

Creative Enterprises will hold a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3, rain or shine, at 701 Hi Hope Lane in Lawrenceville. Proceeds will benefit services provided to adults with special needs and adults with disabilities. For more information, visit www.ceisite.com.

The city of Norcross will host its sixth annual Art Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct 3. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.NorcrossArtFest.com

Oct. 4

The first-ever A.B.C. Fall Invitational will be held Oct. 4 at the Trophy Club of Apalachee, 1008 Dacula Road in Dacula. Registration will begin at noon with the shot-gun tee-off to start at 1. Cost is $100 per player or $375 per four-person team. Register to play by calling 404-606-5457 or 678-464-9291 before Sept. 24.

The city of Norcross will host its sixth annual Art Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct 4. The event is free. For more information, visit www.NorcrossArtFest.com.

Oct. 5

Dominion Classical Christian Academy will host its third annual Fall Golf Classic at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Hamilton Mill Golf Club, 1995 Hamilton Mill Parkway in Dacula. Cost is $150 per person or $500 for a foursome. For more information, visit dominionclassical.org.

Oct. 6

Duluth Parks and Recreation will offer the Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at Bunten Road Park, 3180 Bunten Road in Duluth. Materials are $29 for a workbook and a DVD. The class is limited to 15 students. Call 770-814-6981 for more information.

Oct. 9

A Kids Day Out will be hosted on at the Shorty Howell Park Activity Building from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9, a teacher work day. Games, crafts, swimming and fun will be offered for children ages 6 to 12 at $30 per child. Kids must bring a sack lunch, drink and snacks. Pre-registration is required; call 770-814-4914.

Oct. 10

Right to Hike Inc. will host the second annual Ella's 5K and Fun Run beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford. The registration fee for the 5K is $25 and $15 for the fun run. Children 16 and younger can participate for $10. For more information, visit www.rightohikeinc.com.

Free entrepreneur training for women will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at the Small Business Develop Center at 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville. Class size is limited and light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, e-mail uaogreentie@aol.com.

The Braselton Rotary Club will host the Run the Vineyard 5K Oct. 10 at Chateau Elan in Braselton. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., followed by the fun run at 7:30 the 5K at 8. Awards will be given. Entry fee is $20 per person and $45 per family before race day and $25 the day of the event. For more information and to register, visit www.runthevineyard.com.

The seventh annual 5K Challenge Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk / Run will take place at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10. Registration, start and finish are at Hi-Hope Service Center, 882 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville. Proceeds will benefit Hi-Hope Service Center and all participants will receive completion medals. Entry fee is $17 if postmarked by Oct. 6 and $22 on the day of race. For more information and to register, call 770-963-8694 or visit www.hihopecenter.org.

The Gwinnett Senior Center at Bethesda Park will host its 2nd annual Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 for ages 50 and up at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. Reservations for sellers are required by Sept. 30. Inside spaces cost $15 and outside spaces are $10. Spaces are on a first come, first serve basis and the limit is 2 spaces per family. Call 770-564-4680 to reserve a space or for more information.

Oct. 12

New Dawn Theater Company will hold open auditions for its Christmas production of "Miracle on 34th Street." Auditions will begin at 7 p.m Oct. 12 at 3087 Main St. in Duluth. All ages are encouraged to audition. Headshots and resumes are welcome but not required. For more information, visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com, email singbritsen@yahoo.com or call the theater at 678-887-5015.

Oct. 13

New Dawn Theater Company will hold open auditions for its Christmas production of "Miracle on 34th Street." Auditions will begin at 7 p.m Oct. 13 at 3087 Main St. in Duluth. All ages are encouraged to audition. Headshots and resumes are welcome but not required. For more information, visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com, email singbritsen@yahoo.com or call the theater at 678-887-5015.

Oct. 15

National Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly meeting at noon Oct. 15 at John Boy's Restaurant, 3050 W. Main St. in Snellville. Members, spouses, prospective members and friends are invited to attend and current federal employees or anyone who has ever worked for the federal government is eligible to join. For more information, call 770-921-3816.

Oct. 16

George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center will host a mother/son Halloween dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee. Tickets are $5 per person and costumes are optional. Registration required. For more information, call 770-831-4173.

The Gwinnett History Museum will host Haunted Night at the Museum from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct 16. The museum is at 455 S. Perry St. in Lawrenceville. Cost is $5 and all ages are welcome. Registration recommended. Call 770-822-5178 for more information.

Oct. 17

The city of Sugar Hill will host a Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at E.E. Robinson Park, 850 Level Creek Road in Sugar Hill. For more information, call 770-945-6716 or visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.

The 2009 City of Sugar Hill Volkswagen and Classic Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the top parking lot of E.E. Robinson Park, 850 Level Creek Road in Sugar Hill. The entrance fee is $20 and registration will begin at 9 a.m. Awards will be given out at 3:30 p.m. For more information on the classic car show, call Steve Soucie at 770-967-2934 or e-mail ssoucie1@charter.net. For more information on the Volkswagen car show, e-mail Billy Fry at vwbugshow@gmail.com.

Solid Foundation Youth Development Inc., a Snellville-based nonprofit organization, will hold its first H.A.C.K.E.R.S. Charity Golf Tournament at 9 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Sugar Hill Golf Course, 6094 Suwanee Dam Road in Sugar Hill. Fee is $80 per golfer. For more information, call 678-691-8267 or e-mail nesbut@msn.com.

Reduced tickets for the 7:05 p.m. Gwinnett Gladiators game Oct. 17 are available through the Gwinnett Gladiators Web site. $5 (less taxes) of each $15 ticket will benefit Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services. Order online at www.gwinnettgladiators.com. Click on Special Ticket Offers and enter the code FOGS1017 to purchase a ticket at the discounted rate. All orders must be placed by Oct. 14, and tickets will be available for pick up on game night at the Gladiators Will Call. For questions, call Keith Davis at 770-497-5112 or E-mail kdavis@gwinnettgladiators.com.

Oct. 19

The Snellville Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association's will hold its fourth annual golf tournament Oct. 19 at Cedar Lake Golf Club, 5720 Sharon Church Road in Loganville. Registration will begin at 8 p.m. and play will begin at 9. For more information, call 770-985-1322 or e-mail mfergus@bellsouth.net.