Lambert grad earns ADHD scholarship
Andrew Hawkins, a Suwanee resident and Lambert High graduate, recently earned a scholarship from Shire, a biopharmaceutical company. The scholarship includes $2,000, and a prepaid year of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder coaching services. Hawkins was selected based on community service, volunteer and extra-curricular activities. Hawkins also wrote a personal essay that explained how ADHD has impacted his life. Hawkins was one of 50 recipients selected out of 1,437 applicants from around the country.
Hawkins plans to attend Georgia Southern University this fall.
City YouTube video competition deadline Friday
The city of Suwanee has put on a video competition for producers to describe the joys of living in Suwanee. More than one video may be selected, and up to $2,500 may be awarded through the competition with up to $1,000 being awarded for individual videos. The deadline to submit is Friday. Original videos should be no longer than three minutes. Winning videos will be uploaded to the city's YouTube channel and made available on suwanee.com. The preferred format for videos is .WMV or .MOV provided via DVD. City officials remind submitters to comply with copyright regulations.
SPA to put on 'Little Mermaid' production
Suwanee Perfoming Arts will put on a Broadway in the Park production of "Little Mermaid Jr." on July 27 and 28. To open the event, Filligan's Island, a take on the television series "Gilligan's Island," will begin at 7 p.m.
Broadway in the Park is free, but donations are encouraged for the annual fundraiser for the SPA.
More than 75 cast and crew, many of them middle school and high school performers, put on the show.
Children are invited to an "Under the Sea" tea party and meet-and-greet with Ariel and friends at 10:30 a.m. both days. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Call 770-821-7654 to purchase tickets.
Suwanee author to join writing event Aug. 8
Suwanee author Scott Thompson will be part of a moderated writing event at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Boulder Creek Coffee in Buford. The event is for writers who want to learn more about the writing process. Zack Mason, author of several books including the novel "Shift," and Brannon Sirmon, author of the non-fiction book "That's War," will also be a part of the event, which will be moderated by Gainesville State College professor Leverett Butts.
North Middle paving project prompts detour
The front entrance and parking lot at North Gwinnett Middle School will be closed through Tuesday for a paving project that began on Friday. Motorists are encouraged to use the entrance from West Price Road and park in the lower lot. The best entrance to the building is the outside stairway and doors closest to the steps to enter the building on the main floor.
Vertical Horizon to perform Aug. 11
An Aug. 11 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" is to be released in September.
Blimpie Fit Fest to be held Aug. 18
The sixth annual Skylar's Run 5K and 10K Peachtree Qualifier will be one of the events at this years BLIMPIE Fit Fest on Aug. 18 at Town Center. Runners can also take the Blimpie Challenge and run both the 5K and 10K. There will also be a fun run and a special needs buddy run.
The BLIMPIE Fit Fest will also feature the BLIMPIE Fit Fest Expo, the Title IX Crossfit Challenge and the Bodyplex Zumba for special-needs kids.
-- From staff reports