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GWINNETT GAB: Music Go Round hosting food drive for Lilburn Co-op

Music Go Round hosting food drive for Lilburn Co-op

LILBURN — Ann Wood and Jeff Perkins, the owners of Music Go Round Lilburn, are hosting a food drive in April to collect food for the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry food bank.

Those who visit Music Go Round with a fresh can or box of food will receive 10 percent off any "can" clearance merchandise. In addition, musicians who bring in a can of food on April 24 can get a free string change on one guitar.

Music Go Round Lilburn, located at 4153 Lawrenceville Highway, is a local retailer of used musical instruments and equipment. For more information, call Wood at 770-931-9190.

Mortgage loan officer joins Lawrenceville SunTrust office

LAWRENCEVILLE — Jonathan B. Harris has joined SunTrust Mortgage Inc.'s Lawrenceville office as a senior mortgage loan officer.

Harris has more than 10 years of experience in the mortgage lending industry and experience with all types of loan programs. He most recently worked at Hometown Community Bank.

During his time in the mortgage industry, Harris has participated with the Rotary Club of Braselton and has earned the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia Gold Award from 2004 to 2007.

Harris can be reached at 1745 N. Brown Road, Suite 300, in Lawrenceville, by phone at 770-277-2327 or by e-mail at jonathan.b.harris@suntrust.com.

Aviation Institute awards scholarship

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Aviation Institute of Maintenance Atlanta Campus recently announced Crystal Lewis and Clifford Geraci as the recipients of the Brian Bennett Scholarship Award.

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) Foundation Scholarship Program was created to recognize and reward qualified students who have selected aviation maintenance as a career.

Louis and Geraci were named the recipients of the scholarship based on their enthusiasm and commitment to pursue a career in the aviation industry.

Louis hails from Baton Rouge, La., and plans to graduate in January. Geraci is from Santa Fe, Texas, and plans to graduate in March 2011.

The Brian Bennett Scholarship was named after the late son of Richard and Susan Bennett. Brian Bennett was one of the original founders of the PAMA Foundation.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance is located at 500 Briscoe Blvd., Suite 201, in Lawrenceville.

Allstate honors agency owners for performance

LAWRENCEVILLE — Allstate Insurance Co. has recognizes Gwinnett County Allstate exclusive agency owners Adam Blackwell (Suwanee) and Suong Ho (Norcross) with the Chairman's Inner Circle Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth.

The Blackwell Agency and the Suong Ho Agency are among only 2 percent of insurance agencies and personal financial representatives for Allstate nationally to reach this level of achievement, based on sales for auto, property, commercial, power sports insurance and financial services in the country.

With their teams, Blackwell and Ho are dedicated to helping customers meet their protection and retirement needs while managing a successful small business.

The Blackwell Agency is located at 669 Main St. in Suwanee and can be reached at 770-932-5097 or via e-mail at adamblackwell@allstate.com.

The Suong Ho Agency is located at 6030 Dawson Blvd, Suite A, in Norcross and can be reached at 770-0447-5717 or via e-mail at suongho@allstate.com.

Land Trust sponsors gardening sessions

SNELLVILLE — The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust will sponsor "Grow Your Garden Beautifully With Native Plants," a two-part session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 at the Mary Kistner Nature Center near Snellville.

The morning session, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will feature Monarchs Across Georgia volunteers, who will demonstrate how to build a pollinator garden and make a Butterfly Garden in a pot. Participants will help and create their own container garden to take home.

The afternoon session, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., includes lunch and presentations by Walter Reeves, the Georgia Gardener and host of WSB Radio's Saturday morning gardening program; Tara Dillard, landscape designer and garden writer; and Laurie Fisher, CEO of Buck Jones Nurseries.

The cost for the full-day event, including lunch from Whole Foods Market, is $55. The cost for the morning session only is $30, and the cost for the afternoon session only is $25.

Registration is required by April 7. For more information or to register, visit http://kistnercenter.org/Grow_Your_Garden_Beautifully.html.

Woman's Club accepting scholarship applications

BRASELTON — The Braselton Woman's Club is accepting applications for a $1,000 Cookie Scholarship, available to seniors of Mill Creek High School and Jackson County Comprehensive High School, as well as home-schooled seniors.

Applications can be obtained from the Jackson County Comprehensive High counseling office or the Mill Creek career specialist or by contacting B. Gordy at 678-516-1137 or bgordy_ret@windstream.net.

Students have until April 16 to turn in the application to their school counselor or the Woman's Club.

The Braselton Woman's Club is an active community organization that meets at the Braselton-Stover House at 2:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month from September through June. The club's objective is foster mutual counsel and helpfulness and to unite the influence and service of women in promoting education, civic, social and moral advancement in the community.

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