GWINNETT GAB: Locals urged to take part in annual cleanup

Locals urged to take part in annual cleanup

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program. From Tuesday through May 15, Gwinnett residents are encouraged to participate in the event.

Groups can select an activity from the Great American Activity List or create their own project in one of the seven categories: tree planting and care, beautification, litter cleanups, dumpsite cleanups, graffiti eradication, recycling roundup and neighborhood cleanups. Eligible groups include neighborhood or tenant associations, schools, civic associations, Scout troops, athletic teams and churches.

Projects must be conducted by May 15. A post-project summary with five to 10 digital before and after pictures should be submitted to Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful by May 25.

Seven $500 cash prizes will be awarded — one in each of the seven categories. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee, and prizes will be awarded based on the biggest transformation and impact on the community.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettcb.org.

Walton EMC’s Operation Round Up donates $307K in 2010

MONROE — Some may consider the number 13 to be unlucky. But for the groups and individuals who received part of the more than $307,000 distributed in 2010 during the 13th year of Walton EMC’s Operation Round Up, 13 has turned out to be a good thing.

Since 1997, many of the co-op’s customer-owners have allowed their electric bill to be rounded up to the next dollar with the resulting change going to a fund administered by Walton Electric Trust. All funds are used within the co-op’s 10-county service area.

The Trust is now beginning its 14th year of donations on behalf of Walton EMC’s Operation Round Up. Here are the first disbursements of 2011, totaling $36,500, to local organizations:

• Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry: $15,000 for its emergency assistance program

• Communities in Schools of Walton County: $3,000 to use in high school dropout prevention

• Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club: $2,500 for a homework help and tutoring program

• Dream House for Medically Fragile Children: $5,000 for its transition care home

• Cedar Shoals High School Choral Department: $1,000 for its musical theater production

• Creative Enterprises: $5,000 toward transportation for special needs job training

• Partnership Against Domestic Violence: $5,000 for the Gwinnett Safe House children and youth program

Additionally, three families received various amounts of assistance.

Residents asked to take part in Senior Follies

CUMMING — The Georgia Senior Follies, based on the Palm Spring Senior Follies in California, is a variety show with singers, dancers and showgirls. All talent must be at least 55 years old, and a number of people in the cast live in Gwinnett County.

The theme for this year’s third annual show is “A Salute to the Birth of Rock and Roll.”

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. April 7-9, 14-16 and 3 p.m. April 10 and 17. Tickets are $25. The show is at the Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., in downtown Cumming.

For more information about the Follies, visit www.georgiaseniorfollies.com. To purchase tickets, call the Cumming Playhouse Box Office at 770-781-9178 or visit www.playhousecumming.com.

Catholic school celebrates 25th anniversary

LILBURN — St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School will celebrate its 25th anniversary at a special gala on March 26 at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth.

The gala will include dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction to benefit the school. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations are required.

Call 770-381-0557 to RSVP.

St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School, located at 791 Tom Smith Road in Lilburn and has an enrollment of 517 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Academy plans open house

BRASELTON — Heritage Academy, a university model school, will host a drop-in community open house from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday for anyone interested in learning more about the school as an option for Christian education.

The school program offers academics for grades 1 to 12 and includes arts and sports opportunities.

School ambassadors will offer tours and refreshments during the open house hours. A parent admissions meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Heritage Academy is located at Zion Baptist Church at 2001 Cherry Drive in Braselton.

For more information, call Sherry Reed at 706-658-3020 or e-mail sreed@heritagea.org.

Blood drive generates 59 pints

SUWANEE — A blood drive recently hosted at the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine brought in 69 donors and collected 59 productive pints of blood for the American Red Cross.

This broke the previous school record of 47 pints set in December 2006 for one-day collections.

Restaurants create diabetes-friendly dishes

ATLANTA — Some restaurants in Atlanta have created diabetes-friendly menu items for Diabetes Restaurant Month.

More than one-third of Americans’ daily calorie intake comes from food eaten outside the home, including sit-down restaurants and fast-food establishments. The nearly 26 million people in the U.S. who have type 2 diabetes not only have a lot to learn about how to shop for and prepare foods that are diabetes-friendly, but also are faced with the challenge of identifying healthy meal options when dining out.

Diabetes Restaurant Month is a program that strives to educate people with diabetes about the importance of making more informed dietary choices when eating out.

Participating restaurants in Atlanta include Agave Restaurant, Anis Bistro, The Highlander and Top Flr.

The program’s website is www.MerckDiabetes.com. It includes tips on eating healthy and getting active, as well as 100 diabetes-friendly, heart-healthy recipes to cook at home.

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