GWINNETT GAB: Charter trading movies for food

Charter trading movies for food

DULUTH — Charter is running a nationwide promotion to encourage people to donate items to food banks and help restock empty food pantry shelves.

Through the program, Movies for Food, customers who donate four nonperishable food items will receive an On Demand movie coupon (cable channel 1 with a Charter digital receiver). Customers donating eight or more items will receive two On Demand movie coupons.

Residents and Charter customers may visit any of Charter’s offices throughout Georgia to drop off the food items.

Charter is accepting donations through Dec. 31. For more information, visit charter.com/moviesforfood.

JROTC visits Space Center

SUWANEE — The North Gwinnett High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit recently returned from a field trip to Kennedy Space Center.

There were 52 cadets on the four-day trip to Cape Canaveral, Orlando and the Patrick Air Force Base.

While in Florida, the students enjoyed other attractions such as Island of Adventure and Medieval Times.

Angel Tree program kicks off at malls

LAWRENCEVILLE — For the 21st year, The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program will ease the pain and provide hope for the holidays for less fortunate children.

Now through Saturday, metro Atlanta shoppers can visit any Simon Mall location, including the Mall of Georgia, Gwinnett Place Mall and Discover Mills, to “adopt an angel” and provide new toys, clothing and other gift items for more than 10,000 children.

Anyone who wishes to help can visit an Angel Tree at the mall and select an Angel Tag. Each Angel Tag features the first name, age, gender, clothing sizes and a gift-wish list of a child under 12 years of age from a low-to-no income household.

“Many local families are choosing between heat and light, or getting their groceries at food pantries such as ours, and their hearts are breaking when they hear their small children talk with excitement about what Santa might bring,” said Maj. James Seiler, The Salvation Army metro Atlanta area commander.

For more information or to make a Christmas donation online, visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.

Dressbarn partners with Toys for Tots

LAWRENCEVILLE — Dressbarn stores in the Lawrenceville area are asking customers and employees to donate new, unwrapped toys now through Dec. 14 for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Each person who donates a toy will receive a coupon for 15 percent off the purchase of a regular-priced item.

Nationwide, Dressbarn hopes to collect more than 20,000 toys to contribute to the program, topping its 2009 total of over 12,000 toys.

For more information, visit www.dressbarn.com.

Duluth museum celebrates holiday

DULUTH — Duluth History Museum has planned a busy month.

The museum’s second Christmas Store is open until Dec. 18. Items are new and gently used. Hot cider and hot chocolate are available for purchase while you shop.

From 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11, the museum will host the Breakfast with the Elves Pancake Breakfast. The cost is $5 per person.

History Museum hours are noon to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Other times are available for group tours. The entrance fee is $3 for adults and $1 for children. The museum is located in the Strickland House at 2956 Buford Highway in Duluth.

Dacula Paint Horse wins championship

DACULA — American Paint Horse, Jazzelle, owned by Pattie Szanti of Dacula captured a World Championship title recently at the 2010 Fall World Championship Paint Horse Show.

Jazzelle, a 2003 mare, was shown in the Broodmares class by Will Shumake of Gainesville. In this class, horses are shown in-hand and judged on their physical qualities.

Open competitors may be youth, amateurs, or professional trainers, and they can compete with their own horses or those owned by another individual.

Parks and Rec staff honored

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation staff has been recognized by Georgia Recreation & Park Association District 7.

The prestigious Distinguished Professional Award was given to Grant Guess, division director for project administration, for his accomplishments and dedication to Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. Guess has overseen the development of the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation since its inception as a countywide department in 1987.

Marci Diaz, greenspace planner with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, was awarded the Outdoor Section Professional of the Year by GRPA District 7. Diaz has been instrumental in the development of the Greenway Comprehensive Master Plan for Gwinnett County.

Stacy Fowler won the GRPA District 7 Programmer Section Professional. Fowler was recognized for his dedication and hard work, which has resulted in the increase in participation in GCPR’s Adult Athletics program, through collaboration and partnerships that he has formed.

In addition, Jason Duncan was named GRPA District 7 Facilities and Grounds Professional of the Year for 2010.

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