GWINNETT GAB: JCPenney to 'round up' for Y

LAWRENCEVILLE — Through Aug. 17, shoppers at JCPenney at the Mall of Georgia are invited to round up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to JM Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA to support quality after-school programs in their community.

The JM Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA has partnered with JCPenney to provide children in need with access to life-enriching after-school programs that foster their academic, physical and social development.

“The availability of quality, affordable after-school programs continues to be an important community objective to meet the needs of working families,” says Greg Stewart, YMCA executive director. “The support of JCPenney customers will make it possible for more local youth to participate in the YMCA’s licensed after-school programs, which includes students from Benefield, Cooper, Lovin, Grayson, Mulberry, Cedar Hill, Craig, Holt, Pharr and Simonton elementary schools.”

According to America After 3PM, a 2009 Afterschool Alliance report commissioned by JCPenney Afterschool, more than a quarter of America’s school children are on their own between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. each day.

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ plays in Winder

WINDER — “Bye Bye Birdie” is opening this weekend at the Winder-Barrow Community Theatre.

Shows will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Aug. 13 and 14 and at 3 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 15.

Tickets purchased in advance are $12.50 for adults and $10 for teachers, students and seniors aged 55 and older. The price for tickets at the door is $15 for adults and $13 for teachers, students and seniors. Tickets are sold at the door only if seats are available.

Tickets can be purchased by credit card at Winder City Hall. A $3 convenience fee will be charged. They can be purchased with cash or a check at Pam Veader’s State Farm Insurance Office at 41 S. Center St. in Winder.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Piedmont Regional Library.

For more information, visit www.winderbarrowtheatre.org.

Suwanee Sonic marks anniversary

SUWANEE — Sonic Drive-In on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwanee will be celebrating its eighth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday with 50 percent discounts.

In addition to the half-price menu, Sonic will have music, games, prizes and more.

John Laurent is the restaurant’s general manager. Lance Burns owns the drive-in.

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