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GWINNETT GAB: Bestselling author makes stop in Norcross

Bestselling author makes stop in Norcross

NORCROSS — New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah will sign her new release, “Night Road,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross, 475 Technology Parkway, Norcross.

The event is free and open to the public. Guests who want to have their books signed must purchase the new book from Eagle Eye Book Shop as the signing portion is a ticketed event.

The tour stop is hosted by Eagle Eye Book Shop and the Gwinnett County Public Library.

Monkey Joe’s hosts Japan relief fundraiser

LAWRENCEVILLE — Monkey Joe’s in Lawrenceville will be hosting a “Jump for Japan” Relief Fundraiser to raise money for the American Red Cross to benefit all victims affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Half of the proceeds raised during this time will go directly to the American Red Cross. Assistance provided by the Red Cross may include deploying personnel, sending relief supplies and providing financial resources.

Monkey Joe’s in Lawrenceville is located at 665 Duluth Highway, near the intersection of Hurricane Shoals Road.

For more information, call 770-338-7529.

The Next Stop plans expansion

SUWANEE — For more than three years, The Next Stop has sought to enhance the lives of adults with mild intellectual disabilities by providing social, recreational and learning programs.

The program has grown from 10 charter members to 69 registered members who meet from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in two rooms in the Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee. Due to space limitations, the program can only serve 24 members each afternoon, and a waiting list has been in place for more than a year.

Recently, the board of directors of The Next Stop contracted with Joel Wilson of Gwinnett Remodeling to expand facilities. A third room has been rented, and construction will remove a wall to join two rooms and build a residential kitchen.

This expansion project will meet the goals of increasing membership and also providing a more home-like cooking environment for the members.

Five Forks hosts concert for Music in Our Schools

LAWRENCEVILLE — Five Forks Middle School will celebrate national Music in Our Schools Month with a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school gym.

Students in jazz band, rock band, chorus club and honor orchestra will join with faculty members to perform jazz, rock, pop and classical selections ending with a combined finale.

The National Association for Music Education’s Music in Our Schools Month began as a single statewide celebration in 1973. The purpose of the month is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children and to remind residents that school is where all children should have access to music.

Admission to the event is free. Five Forks Middle School is located at 3250 River Drive, Lawrenceville.

Mr. Collins Hill fundraiser planned

SUWANEE — The Collins Hill football program will host a Mr. Collins Hill competition at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school theater.

Tickets for the fundraiser are on sale at the front office or through any Eagle football player. Tickets cost $10.

Collins Hill is located at 50 Taylor Road in Suwanee.

Health plan rates highest in satisfaction

ATLANTA — For the second consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia members rated the organization’s health plan highest in member satisfaction in the South Atlantic Region, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Member Health Insurance Plan Study. The South Atlantic Region comprises North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Earning a total of 747 points on a 1,000 point scale, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia scored 47 points above the South Atlantic Region’s average. Kaiser Permanente ranked highest in the Coverage and Benefits, Information and Communication, Statements, and Customer Service factors.

Dance Academy offers class for students with disabilities

BUFORD — A Buford dance academy holds weekly dance classes for children and teens with special needs.

The 5-6-7-8 Dance Academy of Performing Arts is located at 4264 Sudderth Road, Suite F, in Buford.

Classes include an elementary special-needs jazz class at 7 p.m. Thursday and a teen special needs jazz/hip hop class at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information, call 770-932-5653.

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