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GWINNETT GAB: Georgia SPCA plans charity run

Photo credit: Mylinda Knittel/Spring Street Studios
 Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley, center, cuts the ribbon with a samurai sword at the grand opening celebration for American Mixed Martial Arts Institute in Loganville. 

Photo credit: Mylinda Knittel/Spring Street Studios Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley, center, cuts the ribbon with a samurai sword at the grand opening celebration for American Mixed Martial Arts Institute in Loganville. 

Georgia SPCA plans charity run

SUWANEE — Strut your mutt at the Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ first Run for the Rescues 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk.

The 5K race and Fun Run/Walk are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 26 at Suwanee Town Center Park.

Participants are encouraged to bring their dogs for this run to benefit homeless pets. After the race, there will be awards, food, prizes, vendors and more.

Early registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the Fun Run/Walk. Registration after March 12 will be $25 for the 5K and $15 for the Fun Run/Walk.

Participants who register by March 12 will also receive a T-shirt. Others will receive shirts as supplies last. Bandannas will be awarded to all participating dogs.

Homeless pets from the Georgia SPCA will be available for adoption at the park and at the adoption center at 1175 Buford Highway in Suwanee. Free pet health screenings and dog training will be offered, as well as microchipping for $25.

To register, go to www.Active.com and search on Run for the Rescues. For more information, e-mail MSUSpartan19@gmail.com or visit www.GeorgiaSPCA.org.

Office plans Ladies Night of Indulgence

BUFORD — Upper Cervical Health Centers of America invites clients, friends and local residents to a night of spa luxuries meant to relax and relieve.

During Ladies Night of Indulgence, guests will be treated to an intimate evening of shopping, massages, music, appetizers, wine and more from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Guests will choose from a variety of indulgent services ranging from a trunk show and mini-facials to hair styling and nail manicures. They may also receive personal consultation from wellness providers.

The event will be held at Mall of Georgia Conference Center, 3333 Buford Drive, Suite VB03, Buford.

To register, visit www.ladiesnightgeorgia.eventbrite.com or call 770-614-9444.

Tickets cost $10. All proceeds will support Gateway Domestic Violence Center in Gainesville.

Snellville preschool collects canned goods for co-op

SNELLVILLE — The children at the Goddard School in Snellville recently collected 350 canned food items in response to a Gwinnett Daily Post article that noted the cooperative ministries’ need for food pantry items.

The collected food will go to the Salvation Army.

The class that collected the most food was rewarded with a pizza party.

Preschool hosting supply drive for GMC’s NICU

DACULA — The Goddard School in Dacula is hosting a supply drive for Gwinnett Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which runs through Monday.

Supply items such as disposable cameras, baby blankets and booties are being collected at the school at 1362 Auburn Road in Dacula.

The supply drive followed an annual Community Games event, with activities designed to flex children’s minds and bodies with fun, educational games and challenges.

The school hosted guests from Gwinnett Parks and Recreation and the Gwinnett Public Library system, as well as the Gwinnett Medical Center. Certified technicians from the hospital performed car seat safety checks for families.

For more information, call 770-682-8260.

UGA Summer Academy offers classes for teens

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Summer Academy at the University of Georgia offers fun, educational classes for middle and high school students aged 11 to 17.

Classes are held in Athens and at the Gwinnett campus in Lawrenceville. Students are taught by educators and professionals in the fields of art, aviation, crime scene investigation, medicine and web design.

Some classes begin as early as May 31, so early registration is recommended.

For full details or to register, visit www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/ppd/courses/by-subject/summer-academy-camps.

MMA Institute opens in Loganville

LOGANVILLE — American Mixed Martial Arts Institute recently opened its newest facility and MMA training center in Loganville, next to the old Ingles shopping center on U.S. Highway 78.

Justin Garner, the sensei and school owner, flew in martial arts friends, mentors and colleagues from around the country to participate in a ribbon cutting. During the ceremony, Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley cut the ribbon with a samurai sword.

American Mixed Martial Arts Institute has sponsored organizations such as Families of Autism/Asperger’s Care, Educate and Support and have sponsored the FACES Jingle Jog for Autism.

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