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BRIEFS: George Pierce to hold mother-son Halloween dance

George Pierce to hold Mother-son Halloween dance

A mother-son dance, featuring superheroes, pirates and other critters is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. The cost is $10 per person and for ages 4 and up to do the “Monster Mash” and other Halloween favorites, plus light refreshments. Register by Monday by calling 678-277-0910.

Property taxes due Monday

Single installment payments of Gwinnett County property taxes are due by Monday. The city of Suwanee will mail its property taxes separately, and city taxes are due by Dec. 20. In August, the city’s millage rate was set at 4.93 or $426 for a home owner of a median-priced home of $216,200 in the city.

Terror on the Trail held at local park

Aurora Theatre will put on Terror on the Trail at Sims Lake Park beginning the remaining weekends in October. The first tour will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, and the last tour starts at 9:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 75 minutes around the 1.1 mile loop. For more information, call 678-226-6222.

Scarecrow competition to be held this fall

The Harvest Farm Community Garden Managing Board is hosting its third annual scarecrow competition. Gardeners, residents, schools and clubs are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: scariest, funniest, most creative, best scarecrow made by a child and best scarecrow created from recycled materials. Place the scarecrows in your plot or inside the perimeter of the fence if you don’t have a plot at the garden. Judging will take place Oct. 31, and winners will be contacted on Nov. 1. Attach the following information to your scarecrow: your name, email address and phone number. Scarecrows will remain on display in the garden until Nov. 30 when they may be picked up; otherwise, they will be disposed of.

For more information, email Kim Thompson at kimdthompson@bellsouth.net or call 678-644-5793.

National citizen survey will be mailed in Nov.

Suwanee is preparing to participate in its third National Citizen Survey, which is a scientific survey conducted by a partnership with the International City Managers Association and the National Research Center. The surveys will be mailed to recipients in early November.

Shadowbrook golf tourney Oct. 19 and 20

Shadowbrook Baptist Church will have a golf tournament and conference on Friday and Saturday. The golf tournament, which is $35 per person, will tee off at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Sugar Hill Golf Club. A steak cookout following golf and the conference will be $40. The keynote speaker at the conference is Danny Akin, the president of the Southeast Baptist Theological Seminary. To make reservations, call the church at 770-945-1524.

Virtual Travel Club held on Tuesday

Prime Timers Pointe at George Pierce Park will host a Virtual Travel Club at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Attendees ages 50 and up will share their own travel experiencs, and hear a presentation from an experienced traveler. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to the free event. Call 678-277-0910 to register.

Trip for seniors heading to Helen

A senior trip put on by Gwinnett Parks and Recreation to Helen will leave from Bethesda Park Senior Center at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, and from the George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center at 8:45 a.m. The trip is for seniors to enjoy colorful scenery on the way to Helen and enjoy shopping and lunch. The trip will include a stop at Jaemor Farms for juicy apples and more. The cost of the trip is $10 plus money for lunch and shopping. For more information, call 678-277-0890.

Workshop for costumes held on Oct. 20

An award-winning costume maker will put on a costume workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. Attendees ages 14 and up will learn tips and tricks for building original costumes. Cost is $10 per person and supplies may be needed. For more information, call 678-277-0910.

Howl-O-Ween event on Oct. 28

The Georgia SPCA will have a Howl-O-Ween pet parade and costume contest at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 28. Prizes will be given away to pets and pets and owners in categories such as best overall, scariest and most original. Parking will be available at neighboring businesses north and south of the Georgia SPCA Adoption Center on Buford Highway.

— From staff reports