GWINNETT GAB: G-Braves to hold auditions for national anthem

G-Braves to hold auditions for national anthem

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves will hold national anthem auditions at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coolray Field.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is limited to the first 100 singers. Of the registered singers, those who are 2010 season ticket and partial plan holders for the G-Braves will have the opportunity to "cut" the line.

Singers interested in trying out will need to sing the national anthem in under 90 seconds, a cappella, and may not use a lyrics sheet while singing. Participants under 18 years old must have a guardian present to try out. Singers who are not among the first 100 fans to register are still encouraged to come and leave a recording at the audition.

The Gwinnett Braves are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The first game of the 2010 season at Coolray Field is on April 8 against the Charlotte Knights at 7:05 p.m.

All Gwinnett Braves 2010 tickets packages, starting as low as $6 per game, are available now at gwinnettbraves.com, the Coolray Field Box Office and by calling 678-277-0340.

Deadline approaching for scholarship applications

LAWRENCEVILLE — Applications are being accepted until March 26 for Gwinnett Federal Credit Union's student scholarships.

Nine $2,500 student scholarships will be given to honor past and present board members and employees who have served Gwinnett Federal for 20 years or more. Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who will be attending college to pursue a degree in education and plan to return to Georgia to teach.

Application and requirements can be found at any Gwinnett Federal location or at gwinnettfcu.org.

Students capture top film award

BUFORD — Students from Buford High School and Lakeview Academy in Gainesville were awarded top honors at the Atlanta Workshop Players 2009 Really Big, Major, Minor Film Festival held recently at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

Ben Klecan, a freshman at Buford High School, wrote, cast and directed the original film, "The Choices We Make." The three-minute film featuring Lakeview Academy students Clint Walker, Walker Adams, Tori Baptist and Alex Klecan depicts a teenager who, through a series of events, reconsiders suicide.

The 2009 Festival Theme, "Kids Changing the World One Audience at a Time," gave filmmakers between the ages 9 and 19 the opportunity to create productions that delivered important messages to the viewers. Filmmakers were encouraged to use the power of the media to deliver a life lesson or an important message, encourage positive change or address an issue that matters to them.

Each entry was judged on its originality, production value, storytelling and the delivery and impact of their message.

Judges were Amy Dean Kennedy, an accomplished film and television executive, producer and screenwriter from New York; Billy Hall, vice president of programming for TNT and TBS in Atlanta; Justin Martin, television, film and Broadway actor; and Jake Jacobson, an internationally known film critic, broadcaster and film festival director.

The 2009 film competition was sponsored by The Atlanta Workshop Players, Qwizzy's World, Jim Ellis Automotive Dealerships and Savannah College of Art & Design.

Berkmar student wins Comedy Sportz Nite

LILBURN — Berkmar High student Noelia Chapparo placed first in the 18th annual Comedy Sportz Nite, an event similar to the TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

The event took place at Parkview High, and students from Archer, Berkmar, Mill Creek, Meadowcreek, Mountain View, North Gwinnett, South Gwinnett, Central Gwinnett and Parkview participated.

Connor Hall from Mill Creek placed second, and Anjum Hussain from Parkview placed third.

Cats and dogs sought for PAWfest 2010 Logo Contest

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Humane Society is looking for a local dog and cat to feature in the PAWfest 2010 event logo.

Atlanta artist Karen Mayer Johnston will paint a custom portrait of the winning pets for the logo. The winning pets' photograph and portrait will be on display at PAWfest, which takes place May 8 at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville.

In addition to the on-site display, the new logo will be the artwork for the official festival T-shirts.

To enter your pet's photograph in the PAWfest 2010 Logo Contest, e-mail a good quality 4-by-6 digital picture to Karen at kmjart@gmail.com and include "PAWfest Logo Contest" in the subject line. Johnston will select the winning photograph(s) and create a custom portrait featuring the pets. The deadline for submission is 8 p.m. Tuesday.

A dog and cat will both be featured in the PAWfest 2010 logo, but photos submitted for the contest can feature a single dog or cat or a dog and cat pictured together. The winning photograph will be judged on the pet's expression and picture quality.

The pet portrait will be on display at PAWfest and available for purchase in the event Silent Auction.

Winning entries will receive two complimentary PAWfest 2010 T-shirts.

Suwanee to host open house

SUWANEE — The city of Suwanee will host a community open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of City Hall to share the final draft of the Buford Highway Transportation Plan.

Throughout the past eight months, the city has worked with URS Corporation to study and develop alternatives for Buford Highway, from McGinnis Ferry Road to the entrance of George Pierce Park.

The plan examined two alternatives. One alternative is to add lane capacity to Buford Highway and redesign it to serve primarily regional vehicular traffic.

The recommended multi-modal alternative envisions the roadway as a two-lane local route that is context-sensitive and pedestrian friendly. This multi-modal alternative, designed to meet both mobility and community needs, includes bike lanes, sidewalks, on-street parking, landscaped medians and additional turn lanes and signal controls.

It also enhances the connection between historic Old Town and Town Center and recommended preservation of the roadway's tree canopy and a potential roundabout at Russell Street.

The plan is scheduled for consideration by City Council at its April 27 meeting. City Hall is located at 330 Town Center Ave.

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