Citizen Fire Academy taking applications

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is accepting applications for the next Citizen Fire Academy.

Classes will begin at 6 p.m. April 15 at Fire Headquarters in Lawrenceville. The Citizen Fire Academy is a 12-week program that meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Participants must be 18 or older and must live or work in Gwinnett County.

The program offers participants the opportunity to meet the people who work in the fire stations and learn how the Fire Department accomplishes its mission to serve and protect the community. Participants are also given an opportunity to ride with fire crews on actual emergencies.

For more information or to apply for the program, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com, call the Department's Community Education Section at 678-518-4850 or e-mail fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com.

Car dealership to donate money to Peachtree Ridge

DULUTH — Ford Motor Co. and Gwinnett Place Ford will be partnering to help raise money in support of Peachtree Ridge High School as part of Ford's Drive One 4 UR School program.

Community members will have the opportunity to participate and help raise up to $6,000 for Peachtree Ridge by test driving a Ford vehicle at the high school. Gwinnett Place Ford is working with the high school to host the one-day event between 2 and 6 p.m. Friday.

For every person from a unique household who test drives a 2010 Taurus, Fusion Hybrid or other Ford vehicle, Ford Motor Co. and Gwinnett Place Ford will donate $20 to Peachtree Ridge. Gwinnett Place Ford participated in Ford's Drive One 4 UR School program in 2009 and raised $6,000 for Peachtree Ridge's football program.

Lilburn resident wins $5,000 scholarship

LILBURN — The 2010 Alex Busick Scholarship has been awarded to Courtney Kelly of Lilburn, who attends Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. The scholarship is worth $5,000.

The Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising Marketing Executives Scholarship Foundation was formed in 1977 and provides financial assistance to qualified students majoring in advertising, with an expressed interest in newspaper advertising, at a recognized college or university in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising Marketing Executives named the scholarship award after Busick, an honorary life member of the association and advertising manager for Lowe's who passed away in 1997.

At the beginning of the school year, the Scholarship Foundation committee mails information to each of the colleges and universities in the six states which the association membership represents. Students must complete an application, write a 200- to 500-word statement telling judges about themselves and why they are interested in an advertising career, and then create a newspaper advertisement or campaign for that year's assignment to meet a client's objective.

This year's creative assignment centered on educating college students on the dangerous overconsumption of alcohol, or binge drinking.

Stone Mountain hosts Gospel Fest

STONE MOUNTAIN — The city of Stone Mountain will be alive with the sounds of gospel music Saturday.

Main Street Stone Mountain will host its first Gospel Fest on the pavilion lawn just behind Main Street in downtown Stone Mountain Village. The event will start at 3 p.m.

Six acts will perform a selection of gospel music, including some classic songs and some original work. Acts include soloists Michael Harden and Q Coleman, Voices of Faith choir from Pillars of Faith Church, the New Day Trio, the For Eternity Adult Choir from For Eternity Christian Church and the Shermantown Community Choir.

The event is free. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for April 10 at the same time and location.

For more information, call Main Street Stone Mountain at 770-498-7334 or e-mail mainstreetstone@bellsouth.net. Main Street Stone Mountain is a private, nonprofit organization devoted to the revitalization of Stone Mountain Village.

Education center hosts open house

DULUTH — Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, an internationally recognized leader in literacy research, remediation, and professional development, will host an informational Open House at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett Learning Center, located at 3400 McClure Bridge Road, Suite C301, in Duluth.

This free event is open to the public and will include a presentation about Lindamood-Bell programs at 6:15 p.m., refreshments and activities for children. Lindamood-Bell staff will be available to answer individual questions.

Attendees can register for summer sessions, take a tour of the Learning Center, and enjoy refreshments while learning more about research-based instruction that develops language and literacy skills for reading, spelling, comprehension, critical thinking, and math.

Individuals interested in attending can RSVP by calling 770-476-7066 or e-mailing gwinnettcounty.center@lindamoodbell.com.

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