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GWINNETT GAB: LDS Church hosts Running from Hunger

LDS Church hosts Running from Hunger

LAWRENCEVILLE — With hunger problems in the United States at a 14-year high, the Lilburn Georgia Stake, a group of 13 congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties, has planned an event to help restock the shelves of local food pantries.

The LDS church is partnering with other community organizations to host Running from Hunger, a 5K family fun run/walk and food drive, on April 24 at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville. Before the race, local church units will also hold community food drives.

In lieu of an entry free, individual participants are asked to donate 10 cans of nonperishable food items and families are asked to donate 40 cans. About 600 participants are expected for the event. All food collected will be given to local food banks for distribution directly to families in the communities who need it most.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a 1-mile kid's fun run, and the 5K run/walk will start at 8:30 a.m. To register for the event, visit

www.dayofservice.org/georgia/area/Lawrenceville_-_Grayson.

This event is part of the second annual Day of Service in Georgia, which is the largest statewide outreach of community service to date. Georgia is one of 12 Southeastern states involved in this year's Day of Service. The efforts are being spearheaded by local LDS congregations from Texas to Georgia and from Virginia to Florida.

Jackson EMC awards grants

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Jackson EMC Foundation recently awarded grants to The Southern Ballet Theatre and Interlocking Communities, both located in Lawrenceville.

The Southern Ballet Theatre will use its $5,000 grant to provide underprivileged children in Gwinnett County with free tickets to a performance of "Cinderella." Grant funds will provide 500 students with free tickets.

Interlocking Communities will use its $10,000 grant to upgrade the educational software to provide English as a second language classes. In 2008, Interlocking Communities enrolled more than 125 students. The organization enrolled more than 135 as of September.

Jackson EMC members fund Foundation grants by having their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount. Since October 2005, this "spare change" has funded 395 grants to organizations and 157 grants to individuals, putting more than $4.2 million back into local communities.

Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at www.jacksonemc.com/Guidelines-for-Funding.106.0.html or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.

Coldwell Banker's South Gwinnett office wins award

LAWRENCEVILLE — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Atlanta recently announced its South Gwinnett office has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the real estate category by the Small Business Commerce Association.

This office was chosen for the award from among the top 5 percent of small businesses throughout the country. The SBCA uses statistical research and consumer feedback and identifies companies that they believe demonstrate what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy.

The selection committee chooses award winners from nominees based off statistical research and also information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings and other consumer reports.

The South Gwinnett office operates under the leadership of branch manager Gloria Bailey.

Gainesville State art gallery hours change

GAINESVILLE — Gainesville State College's Roy C. Moore Gallery hours have changed.

Effective immediately, the gallery will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for the duration of the exhibit, "Graduating Art Students: Chaos Theory," which closes on April 28.

For more information about the gallery, which is free and open to the public, call gallery director Beth Sale at 678-717-3707 or e-mail gallery@gsc.edu.

WWI historian to speak to group

LAWRENCEVILLE — EAA Chapter 690's guest speaker Friday evening is noted historian Narayan Sengupta, who will talk about the U.S. Air Service in World War I.

Sengupta is the vice chairman of the National Aviation Museum, a past president of the Smyrna Rotary Club and author of "American Eagles: The Illustrated History of World War I."

The program will begin at 8 p.m. in the EAA Sport Aviation hangar located on the north side of the Gwinnett County Airport, 690 Airport Road in Lawrenceville. For more information, call Herb Rusk at 770-678-1051 or e-mail herbrusk@bellsouth.net.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.