GWINNETT GAB: Lawrenceville seeking volunteers for cleanup

Lawrenceville seeking volunteers for cleanup

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville City Council member Katie Hart Smith is seeking volunteers to help with the Great American Clean-up at two sites.

The event, which begins at 9 a.m. April 24, will be held in conjunction with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Georgia Gwinnett College.

For more information, call Smith at 678-407-6586 or e-mail katie.smith@lawrencevillega.org.

Duluth Rotary Club raising money for Rainbow Village kids

DULUTH — The Rotary Club of Duluth is hosting two fundraising events this month to ensure that children from Rainbow Village enjoy the experience of summer day camp.

Rainbow Village, a one- to two-year transitional program for homeless families with children, provides safe, furnished housing along with mandatory supportive services — such as life skills classes and after-school programs — that facilitate self-sufficiency.

This summer, the Rotary Club will send about 25 Rainbow Village children to 10 weeks of summer day camp at Bunten Road Park.

The public is first invited to a Texas Hold'em and Bingo Player Party from 6 to 9 p.m. April 22 at The 1818 Club on the third floor of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, along with prizes for winners.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 per person until Friday from Duluth Rotary members or by e-mailing Tommy Terrell at thtaub@yahoo.com.

Individuals, partners and foursomes are also welcome to Duluth Rotary's Out of the Rough 2010 Golf Tournament, which starts at 9 a.m. April 29 at the Chateau Elan Golf Club, 6060 Golf Club Drive, Braselton. The cost per player is $75.

To reserve lunch as well as to ensure receipt of a goodie bag, golfers should register in advance by calling Rick Baxter at 770-682-0000 or e-mailing rickbaxter@AmsTax.net.

Corporate and individual sponsors are also welcome. Any additional proceeds beyond those collected for the Rainbow Village Summer Day Camp initiative will be applied directly to other charitable causes.

For more information, visit www.clubrunner.ca/duluth or call Terrell at 678-376-4614.

Free Lexile seminars offered at Barnes & Noble

NORCROSS — Barnes & Noble recently announced that MetaMetrics will present free seminars on The Lexile Framework for Reading in select stores as part of Spring Educator Appreciation Week.

The seminars will explore how educators can use Lexile measures to recommend books that best match a student's individual reading level and goals.

The Lexile seminars will demonstrate the in-store and online search options educators have to find books by Lexile measure, as well as MetaMetrics' "Find a Book" on the Lexile Web site, www.lexile.com.

A seminar will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Barnes & Noble at The Forum, 5141 Peachtree Parkway, in Norcross.

Habitat For Humanity plans ReStore opening

LAWRENCEVILLE — Habitat for Humanity is planning a June opening of its first ReStore in Gwinnett County.

In preparation for the opening, the Gwinnett ReStore is seeking donations of new and gently used furniture, appliances, building materials, home accessories and similar items to establish the new store in Lawrenceville.

All donations are tax-deductible and help build affordable homes for those in need and help meet the organization's mission to eliminate substandard housing in Gwinnett.

Anyone, including individuals, construction companies and appliance stores, can donate items. Items may be donated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5574 Peachtree Parkway, in Norcross or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1826 Killian Hill Road, in Lilburn.

Pick-up service is also available by calling the Donation Hotline at 770-962-4200 or sending an e-mail to donate@gwinnettrestore.org.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettrestore.org.

Lilburn Woman's Club sponsoring Relay Rally

LILBURN — The Lilburn Woman's Club, the city of Lilburn and other community businesses and groups are sponsoring the sixth annual Lilburn Relay Rally on April 30 at Lilburn City Park.

All proceeds will be forwarded to the Gwinnett County Relay For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life will take place May 7 and 8 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

The Lilburn Woman's Club will host a Survivor's Reception in City Hall before the Relay Rally begins to honor residents who have fought and survived cancer. The Relay Rally begins at 5:30 p.m. with the opening ceremonies, followed by cancer survivors leading the first lap. There will entertainment on stage until 10:30 p.m.

Join the Lilburn Woman's Club's Women in Action team by registering online at www.lilburnrelayrally.org.

WOAMTEC to launch new chapter in Buford

BUFORD — Women on a Mission to Earn Commission (WOAMTEC), a networking organization geared toward women, will launch of its newest chapter in Buford at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Dominick's of Buford.

Terri Flynn, owner and broker of Promised Land Realtors based in northeastern Gwinnett, is the chapter director.

"WOAMTEC was created in 2007 to provide a supportive environment for women who are committed to faith, family and career," founder Kathleen Hawkins said. "We employ a ‘no rules' philosophy aimed at supporting each other and building strong relationships and have found that to be beneficial to our members, whether they are small business owners or work for someone else."

WOAMTEC is headquartered in Longwood, Fla., with chapters in Florida, Georgia and several other states.

For more information, visit www.woamtec.com or call 866-757-2611.

Field day to provide training to farmers

LOGANVILLE — An educational field day will provide training to small and beginning farmers about growing fresh fruits and vegetables and the latest varieties and growing techniques.

Presenters for the event include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University Extension Services, and others.

Topics include organic farming, soil tests, wildlife management, beneficial insects, fruit and vegetable production, greenhouse management, marketing and more.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 22 at Dillwood Farms, 4000 Brushy Fork Road, in Loganville. The deadline to register is April 19.

For more information, call the Upper Ocmulgee River Resource Conservation and Development Council at 770-339-6071 or e-mail jerome.brown@ga.usda.gov.

Suwanee newcomer welcomed with $192,000 prize

SUWANEE — A man who recently moved to Georgia has struck a Fantasy 5 jackpot prize. Michael Kelley moved to Suwanee a month ago and is one of two players each to win a $192,349 Fantasy 5 prize from the April 2 drawing.

Winning numbers from the April 2 drawing were 2-8-15-22-35. Publix Super Market, 1000 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Suwanee sold the winning Quik Pik ticket. The second jackpot winning ticket was sold in Dacula.

Kelley, 58, said he bought the ticket and folded it up. A store clerk shared the good news when he returned to check the winning numbers.

"I was jumping around. It was a big surprise," he said. "I was stunned for an hour."

Feeling good about his lottery win, Kelley anticipates purchasing a new home.

Braselton aids area students taking CRCT

BRASELTON — When elementary school students return from spring break and begin final preparations for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, they will find a surprise courtesy of the town of Braselton.

The town donated pencils to students at West Jackson Primary, Spout Springs Elementary, Bramlett Elementary and Duncan Creek Elementary schools for the nationally mandated tests. The pencils bear the town's logo, "It's Better in Braselton."

Lilburn Co-op receives $10K grant

LILBURN — The Lilburn Cooperative Ministry recently received a $10,000 grant from Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation. Peggy Harris, president emeritus of the Lilburn Co-op, accepted the check.

Harris was one of 51 grant recipients from among 107 applicants chosen to receive financial assistance from the Foundation operated by the Georgia Baptist Convention.

The funds will be used to help provide emergency prescription needs in the community.

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