Annandale to hold disaster preparedness symposium

Annandale holds preparedness symposiumAnnandale Village will host a day-long disaster preparedness educational symposium on Sept. 15. The event will help people who have physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities prepare for natural disasters and their consequences. The event is called "Get Ready Gwinnett."

"The American Red Cross and local government agencies will respond when a disaster threatens and after a disaster strikes. However, they can't be everywhere at once", Keith Fenton, Annandale Village's Chief Development Officer said in a press release.SBA to meet WednesdayThe Suwanee Business Alliance will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Atlanta Flooring Design Centers at 3665 Swiftwater Park Drive in Suwanee. The SBA typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month at a member's business to network and promote local businesses.Vertical Horizon to play Town Center SaturdayA Saturday concert at Town Center Park will be headlined by the band Vertical Horizon. The concert will start at 6 p.m., and Vertical Horizon is expected to play at about 8 p.m. The alternative rock band, which was formed at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1991, is known for hits like "Everything You Want," "Best I Ever Had" and "You're a God" that were all released in 1999. The band's newest album, "Burning the Days" will be released in September.Rotary Club completes service projectAs part of an annual community service project that supports literacy, Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary members recently put together Littlest Reader packets, which include baby board books, for families of newborns who arrive at Gwinnett Medical Center. Members put the packets together at the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library late last month. The club also installed new officers for the 2012-13 Rotary year, which began July 1. They are President Leo Lawrenson, Secretary Tim Brookshaw and Treasurer Mark Gibs.Valedictorian wins national scholarshipNorth Gwinnett High School 2012 valedictorian Ho Lim Lee recently won a $1,000 scholarship from the National Latin Exam Scholarship Committee. Lee plans to attend Emory University this fall. She was judged on an original essay and overall academic standing. The National Latin Exam is sponsored by the American Classical League.Movies Under the Stars to show 'Hunger Games'Town Center Park will host another installment of the city's Movies Under the Stars series on Aug. 25 when it shows the 'Hunger Games.' The movie will begin at dusk. The city also plans to show the Avengers movie on Sept. 29.Substation ribbon cutting set for Sept. 10City officials will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new police substation and training facility near Interstate 85 on Sept. 10. The one-story facility will be 7,100 square feet and cost about $1.99 million. Groundbreaking and construction began in January.Suwanee Day Classic expandsThe Suwanee Day Classic event will include more than the traditional 5K and 10K runs this year. Participants in the Sept. 8 event may also take part in a non-competitive 25-mile bike ride and 1K kids' fun run. To register, visit active.com or suwaneeday.com. Participants are encouraged to register by Sept. 1. An additional $10 per event will be charged for entries received after Sept. 1. The bike ride begins at 7 a.m. and is $25 to enter, the 5K is at 8 a.m. and is $25, the 10K begins at 9 a.m. and is $30. And the 1K fun run begins at 9:05 a.m. and is $25. A combination of 5K/10K or bike ride/10K is $40.Smithereens to play concert at Suwanee DayThe headline band at Suwanee Day on Sept. 15 will be New Jersey-based Smithereens. The band was formed in the early 1980s and has a classic rock feel. This is the 28th year the city has put on the event, which features arts and crafts exhibitors, children's activities, a parade, food vendors and free entertainment. About 40,000 people are expected to attend.-- From staff reports