Briefs: Howl-O-Ween event on Sunday

Applebee’s to remodel soon

The Suwanee Applebee’s, located at 125 Celebration Drive, will be closed for two days in December for a contemporary remodel. Before the remodel, the company will donate proceeds from the sale of sports and entertainment memorabilia decorating the restaurant’s walls to the Quinn House. The Quinn House is a Gwinnett outreach organization that assists the homeless, provides a 40-day drug and alcohol program, food bank and thrift store. Decor will be available for purchase Nov. 22 through Nov. 26. Memorabilia will not be specifically priced, but a good offer will be accepted.

“We’re most excited about the restaurant’s new features that celebrate the city of Suwanee, specifically the murals featuring North Gwinnett, Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge high schools on our walls,” said Geoff Ullman, general manager of the restaurant.

Howl-O-Ween event on Sunday

The Georgia SPCA will have a Howl-O-Ween pet parade and costume contest at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. 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.

Scarecrow contest 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.

Indy film tour continues Nov. 5

The next film in the series of independent films to visit Suwanee is scheduled to be shown at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Movie Tavern. This is the third film in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to be shown in the city. Individual tickets are $6 and include light refreshments

Director Joshua Weinstein will be accompany his film, “Drivers Wanted” and his short “I Beat Mike Tyson” and will have a question-and-answer session.

“Drivers Wanted” is a film that reveals the “impossibly eclectic community inhabiting NYC’s most famous taxi garage.” Located across from the United Nations, the garage is a refugee camp in the heart of New York, where drivers come for protection from human rights abuses, racism, and economic instability,” according to the film’s website. The film “takes the viewer into the taxi seat to experience accidents, blizzards, and the late-night streets of New York.”

Balfour taking orders at North Nov. 5 and 7

Balfour will be on campus on Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 during all lunches taking orders for rings, letter jackets and senior announcements. A deposit of $60 is required for ring orders and $100 for letter jacket orders. Senior announcement orders of less than $100 must be paid in full, and any order of more than $100 requires a $100 deposit. All orders may be placed online at gabalfour.com.

George Pierce to host Arts and Crafts Market

George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center in Suwanee will host an arts and crafts market from 1 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 10. Early Christmas shopping is encouraged with unique pieces from local crafters, photographers, knitters, and quilters. Vendor space is limited, and space costs $20 for a six-foot table and two chairs. Admission is free. Call 678-277-0910 for more information.

Coach to run in Atlanta Marathon

Coach Phil Daniel is running in the Atlanta Marathon on Sunday to help raise funds for the entire North Gwinnett wrestling program. Daniel is accepting donations in general, or per mile, to help the program. Wrestling practice begins on Monday and will run from after school until 4:30 p.m. This is the start of the season, so practice is mandatory and all wrestlers that are not presently in fall sports must attend all practices unless Daniel is aware of the absence.

Reflections program winners announced

The following are winners from the PTSA-sponsored Reflections Program that will represent North at the Gwinnett County competition. Literature: Margaret Light, ninth grade, Isabella Hunnicutt, 11th grade, Lamia Masud, 12th grade; Music composition: Edward Lim, 11th grade; Photography: Carson West, 9th grade, Anna Truong, 10th grade, Victoria Del Nero, 11th grade, Esther Kim, 12th grade; Visual Arts: Mary Truong, 9th grade, Timothy Kuhn, 10th grade, Hannah Harrison, 11th grade, Markie Adamczyk, 12th grade.

Duke application information is available online

Seniors who are applying to Duke University and are interested in applying for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program can locate the information at robertsonscholars.org. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1.

Georgia State Presidential Scholarship

North Gwinnett can nominate up to five students for the Presidential Scholarship at Georgia State. This is one of the most prestigious awards offered at Georgia State. Students could be awarded up to $16,000 over four years. Students should have a minimum 1390 SAT or a minimum 31 ACT and a 3.95 GPA. For more information, go to the Georgia State web site and search for Presidential Scholarship. Georgia State is also hosting an Open House for their Honors College on Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students can register for daily campus visits by visiting www.gsu.edu/campusvisits

Peachtree Ridge receives top band honors Earlier this month, the Peachtree Ridge band traveled to Blue Ridge and earned superior ratings for color guard, drum major, percussion and band. The band also won first place in Class AA. In the all-division silver division awards, Peachtree Ridge won first place in color guard, drum line, drum major and band. The percussion section also won second among all bands.

— From staff reports