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Two blood drives this week in Suwanee

Two blood drives this week in SuwaneeThe American Red Cross is encouraged by a boost in donations since the organization issued an emergency appeal for blood donors. However, additional donations are needed to ensure an adequate supply is available through the end of the summer.

"We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors in Suwanee who responded to our appeal, helping to save lives," said Randy Edwards, CEO of the Southern Blood Services Region. "The Red Cross is so appreciative for each and every selfless act of giving. Our blood donors truly do this out of the goodness of their hearts."

Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

The Red Cross will have two blood drives this week. On Thursday, a blood drive will be from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Richland Community Clubhouse, 2074 Quinton Place in Suwanee. The St. Columba Episcopal Church blood drive is on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 939 James Burgess Road in Suwanee.Peachtree Ridge's Sanchez to play at MercerRobert Sanchez, a 2012 Peachtree Ridge grad, will continue his baseball career at Mercer. He is the son of Robert and Miluska Sanchez.

A catcher, Sanchez hit .304 with 11 RBIs as a senior, and was second on the team with a .433 on-base percentage. He also played in the inaugural Gwinnett County Senior All-Star Game.Miss Georgia to grand marshal Suwanee paradeThis year's Miss Georgia, Suwanee resident Leighton Jordan will be the grand marshal of the Suwanee Day parade, which has a theme of "Catch a Dream." The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will follow the same route as in previous years, from Russell Street up Buford Highway by Town Center, and down Main Street to Scales Road.Suwanee Day volunteers neededVolunteers are needed for Suwanee Day, as city officials have said more than 200 volunteers are needed. Volunteers can sign up at suwaneeday.com, and click on "volunteers" at the top of the home page.George Pierce hosts senior classes this fallGeorge Pierce Park's Prime Timers Pointe will be the host of computer-oriented classes for seniors this fall. The Gwinnett Senior Learning Center will offer single and multi-session workshops that will cover word processing, digital imaging, PowerPoint, genealogy and meet your camera. Volunteers to teach the classes can be any age, but registrants must be 50 or older. Email Tommy Lee Brightwell for more information at tlbrightwell@charter.net.St. Columba's Episcopal holds work dayA fall workday at St. Columba Episcopal Church will be Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Parishioners will gather to spruce up buildings and grounds around the property. Lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, gas edgers, trimmers and sprayers to apply Round-up. For more information, call Gordon Ralph at 404-668-3360.City honored for performance managementFor the fourth consecutive year, the city of Suwanee was honored with a Certificate of Distinction from the International City/County Management Association. Suwanee was one of 15 jurisdictions in the country this year to receive the award. To earn the award, a jurisdiction must report performance data to the public through budgets and newsletters, undertake data verification efforts, provide staff training, use performance data in strategic planning and operational decision-making and share performance measurement knowledge with other local governments.CodeRED system launchedCity staff has received training on the CodeRED emergency notification system that the city council approved earlier this summer for circumstances that range from crime to severe weather. City officials expect to launch the program at the end of September. The launch will include an "all call to residents' land lines.Sock Hop Dance held on Sept. 14George Pierce Park and Prime Timers Pointe will hold a Sock Hop Dance from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. Tickets are $10 per person. Registration is required. To register, call 678-277-0910.'Hunger Games' in Town Center on SaturdayTown Center Park will host another installment of the city's Movies Under the Stars series on Saturday when it shows "The Hunger Games." The movie will begin at dusk. The city also plans to show the Avengers movie on Sept. 29.City adds four staff membersThe city of Suwanee recently added or promoted four new staff members. Lawrenceville resident Paul Bara is a part-time communications specialist who has a degree in economics and marketing from the University of Babes-Balyai in Romania. Ophelia Boyd, a Buford resident, is an accounting analyst who has a degree in accounting from Gwinnett Technical College. The public works department added seasonal event staff members Nick Elton and Jeremy Wilson. Both are Sugar Hill residents. Elton will attend Gwinnett Technical College in the spring, while Wilson studies engineering at Gainesville State College.Yard sale to be held Sept. 15 at George PierceGeorge Pierce Park will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 22, rain or shine. Registration deadline is Sept. 15, and the cost per space is $15. For more information, call 770-831-4173.City asks for 9-11 artifact proposalsThe city of Suwanee is looking for proposals from artists and architects to design, fabricate and install a display for the city's World Trade Center artifact, "Remembrance," which was unveiled in September. City officials are in discussions about the most appropriate location. Proposals are due in September.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 noncompetitive 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.-- From staff reports