GWINNETT GAB: Habitat ReStore opens today

LAWRENCEVILLE — Habitat for Humanity’s Gwinnett County ReStore retail store is opening today.

The ReStore is located in the River Exchange Shopping Center at the intersection of Riverside Parkway and Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville. The ReStore is an outlet that collects donated new and gently used items and sells them to the public at a significant discount over traditional retail prices.

Items that will be at the store include appliances, furniture (indoor, outdoor and office), cabinetry and countertops, building materials, flooring, plumbing, paint and wallpaper, lighting, hardware tools, electrical, housewares and home decor, architectural items, electronics, books and antiques.

Profits earned at the ReStore help build affordable homes for those in need and contribute to the organization’s mission to help build affordable homes in Gwinnett County.

A formal grand opening is planned Aug. 14, with festivities starting at 9 a.m. and a ribbon cutting between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettrestore.org.

Radio host presents ‘No Junk Expo’

DULUTH — India Hines, the host of “Food 4 Your Soul” radio show airing on WIGO-AM 1570, is presenting the “No Junk Expo 2010” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Winfield Hall, 3890 Satellite Blvd., Duluth.

Hines, the president of No Junk Productions, organized the expo to give hope and encouragement to people struggling every day to make ends meet.

The event will feature free health screenings, business and career networking, book signings, live entertainment and shopping with Pretty Pieces of Atlanta and other businesses on site.

Attendees can also register to win a one-night weekend stay with breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn-Gwinnett Sugarloaf or win tickets to see “Twist.”

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.nojunkproductions.com.

Golf tourney to raise money for injured troops

DULUTH — A birdie or eagle can definitely help your golf score, but did you know it can also help U.S. troops injured in combat?

TPC Sugarloaf and Atlanta Classic Cars are joining forces Monday to present the Mercedes-Benz Championship to benefit Birdies for the Brave, the PGA Tour’s primary vehicle for supporting the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

With each birdie or eagle made during the tournament, $100 or $500 respectively will be donated to Homes For Our Troops and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation with the goal of donating $12,000.

Atlanta Classic Cars is offering two par-3, hole-in-one contests; each member of the two-man team will have a chance to win a 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe (base model).

Applebee’s offers free meals to people turning 30

LAWRENCEVILLE — Just 30 years ago, the largest casual-dining chain opened the doors of its first restaurant on Memorial Drive in Atlanta.

In celebration of its milestone, Applebee’s 40 restaurants in the greater Atlanta area are doing something special for their local patrons turning 30 this year.

Any guest who comes in on his or her 30th birthday for lunch with coworkers or dinner with friends and family will receive a free entrée of choice by simply showing the server his or her photo ID with full name and birth date. The offer is only valid for guests born in 1980 and on their actual birthday.

Additionally, the local franchisee launched a Facebook page this month in honor of its 30th anniversary. The page, located at www.facebook.com/ApplebeesAtlanta, will feature 1980 flashbacks, updates on birthday activities and special offers exclusive to fans.

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