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GWINNETT GAB: Books For Less hosts program on stopping human trafficking

BUFORD — Books For Less in Buford is hosting a program at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 about an organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking overseas.

Curt Bobbit, director of operations for Operation Liberate, will be conducting a multimedia presentation explaining the current status of the fight and how people can help rescue young women and girls from slavery.

The event will feature complimentary pastries and coffee, music, door prizes and interactive activities.

If you plan to attend “A Night of Freedom,” RSVP by calling 770-945-9288 so the store can plan appropriately. A warning: Subject matter to be discussed at the event is probably not appropriate for younger children.

Books For Less is located at 2815 Buford Drive N.E. in Buford.

Stevi B’s holds Free Pizza Day in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE — Stevi B’s Pizza, a national pizza buffet restaurant, recently announced its second annual Free Pizza Day will be held Thursday.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Stevi B’s will give the first 100 customers a surprise specialty pizza to go at each of its locations. Customers will not know what they are getting until they are in line, but specialty pizzas include Macaroni and Cheese, Loaded Baked Potato, Cheeseburger, Chicken Fajita and the Philly Cheesesteak.

Restaurants are located at 665 Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville, 1500 Pleasant Hill Road N.W. in Duluth, 1950 Buford Mill Drive in Buford and 1977 Scenic Highway in Snellville.

For more information, visit Stevi B’s website at www.stevibs.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/stevibspizza or Twitter at www.twitter.com/stevibs.

Suwanee author honored by Mom’s Choice

SUWANEE — Suwanee resident Pat Montgomery, an award-winning author and radio show host, has been awarded the Mom’s Choice Award for her book, “Now You Know What I Know: Parenting Wisdom of a Grandmother.”

The book is written in a conversational manner to her children and discusses her parental decisions — both good and bad. She said her hope is that her children — and anyone who reads the book — will learn from her mistakes and improve parenting with the next generation.

The Mom’s Choice Awards is a program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

Suwanee dentist wins award for work in missions

SUWANEE — The Christian Dental Society recently announced that Suwanee dentist Dr. David Hayward received the 2010 Dr. Ron Lamb Mission Service Award.

This award recognizes an outstanding member of the Christian Dental Society for his or her commitment to the dentally under-served. Hayward and his wife, Barbara, have taken more than 30 dental mission trips and are making plans for 2011.

Hayward will be honored at the Christian Dental Society’s annual conference this month in Tennessee. He will be presented with a placard recognizing his mission work to third-world countries and receive a $500 gift certificate from Dr. Ron Lamb’s Dental Mission Warehouse for supplies for future mission trips.

Hayward works at Suwanee Dental Care at 4355 Suwanee Dam Road in Suwanee.

Olive Garden manager awarded by Diamond Club

DULUTH — Bethlehem resident Julie Knowles, the general manager of the Olive Garden in Duluth, has been presented with Darden Restaurants’ top honor, the Diamond Club Award.

The award, now in its 13th year, is presented annually to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by giving guests a good dining experience and achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year.

This is the second time Knowles has received this recognition.

Knowles joins a group of 37 general managers selected from more than 700 Olive Garden restaurants in North America.

The Duluth Olive Garden is located at 3565 Mall Blvd.

Heraeus Tenevo celebrates 25 years in Buford

BUFORD — Heraeus Tenevo is celebrating its 25th anniversary of operations at the plant located in Buford.

At the plant, employees manufacture fiber optic products for worldwide markets. The products have allowed growth in Internet broadband transmission, as well as wired and wireless communications.

Heraeus Tenevo is part of the Heraeus Group, a multibillion dollar company headquartered in Germany and specializing in the production of precious metals and advanced materials.

Educational organization pleads for more host families

LAWRENCEVILLE — Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more host families.

According to Pacific International Exchange President John Doty, the students are all between the ages of 15 and 18, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with their new American families.

PIE area representatives match students with host families by finding common interests and lifestyles through an informal in-home meeting. Prospective host families are able to review student applications and select the perfect match.

Families who host for PIE are eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.

PIE is a nonprofit educational organization that has sponsored more than 25,000 students from 45 countries since its founding in 975. The organization is designated by the U.S. Department of State and is listed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel, certifying that the organization complies with its standards.

Potential host families are urged to contact PIE immediately, as it will allow the proper time for the students and hosts to get to know one another before they actually meet for the first time.

Families interested in learning more about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community representative can call PIE toll-free at 866-546-1402.

The agency also has travel and study program opportunities available for American high school students, as well as possibilities for community volunteers to assist and work with area host families, students and schools.

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