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Everett Music Barn to hold Sunday benefit

Everett Music Barn to hold benefit concert

The Everett Music Barn will have a benefit concert for its Barn Repair Fund at 2 p.m. today. Alan Bibey, a familiar face at the barn, and his band Grasstowne, will play during the event. Grasstowne is a well-known bluegrass band based in North Carolina that has had albums and singles move up the top 40 charts.

Suwanee Day counts 55,000

City events coordinator Amy Doherty said 55,000 people attended Suwanee Day on Sept. 15, and added that the Flash Mob after the parade was a success. Doherty said the Royal Dance Academy planned the Flash Mob, and more than 600 people participated. About 250 volunteers worked the event, and Doherty also applauded police and public works staff.

“Our public works staff and police do such an outstanding job,” Doherty said. “They really make the day happen.”

The Iwo Jima re-enactment float and Mitsubishi Electric float were overall “Best of Show” winners in the Suwanee Day parade.

Movies Under the Stars series on Saturday

The city of Suwanee will show “We Bought a Zoo” on Saturday as part of its Movies Under the Stars series where movies are shown on a screen at Town Center Park. “We Bought a Zoo” is rated PG. The city had originally scheduled the “Avengers” for Saturday, but it was replaced by “We Bought a Zoo” because of a distribution rights issue. The city showed the “Hunger Games” during the series in August. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and snacks.

Safe disposal for medication on Saturday

The city of Suwanee will participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Take-Back Initiative by accepting prescription medications for safe and appropriate disposal on Saturday.

Medications will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Suwanee Police Station, 373 Buford Highway. Medications may be dropped at the Suwanee Police Department anonymously. Intravenous solutions, injected medications, other liquid prescriptions and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances, such as marijuana and methamphetamine, also are not part of this initiative. Last fall, the Suwanee Police Department collected about 60 pounds of medications for disposal.

North to hold pink out Oct. 5

North Gwinnett High School will have its annual pink out football game on Oct. 5 to celebrate and honor friends and loved ones who have battled cancer.

The football team will play Duluth that night and there will be extras like crazy hair, face painting, survivor recognition at halftime and a survivor reception in the third quarter. If you know of a survivor to be recognized, email Carol Martin at Carol_S_Martin@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. Send the names and contact information of the survivors and she will send back more details about the event.

Pink out T-shirts are available for $12 and all proceeds go to the school’s Relay for Life chapter. Email Kirsten Baker at kirsten_baker@gwinnett.k12.ga.us to guarantee a size by Monday.

City to receive 911 payment

At Tuesday’s Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners voted to approve payments that total $1.4 million to cities as part of a settlement to a service delivery dispute that was settled in February.

Suwanee will receive $199,377 from money that came from e-911 dollars paid as part of phone charges. About $1.5 million has already been distributed among the cities, although Lilburn officials chose to allow county 911 staffers to dispatch calls directly to the city officers. The other cities that will receive payments are Duluth, Lawrenceville, Norcross and Snellville.

Cyber Safety Summitt to be held at GJAC

The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office will put on a “Cyber Safety Summit” on Oct. 4 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. Registration begins at 6 p.m. on the night of the event. The goal of the event is to explain how to protect Gwinnett’s youth in today’s technological world. To RSVP, email victimwitnessevents@gwinnettcounty.com.

School to honor grandparents

Suwanee Elementary students and staff have invited grandparents to join them for lunch on

Wednesday in celebration of Grandparents Day. If you would like to attend, fill out a reservation form and return it to your child’s teacher by Wednesday.

North Gwinnett counseling hosts Parent Night

The counseling office at North Gwinnett High will host a Parent Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Parents should report to the NGHS Theater for a short meeting and then to a breakout session. The breakout session topics include the college application process, financial aid and social media.

Shadowbrook to host marriage conference

Shadowbrook Baptist Church will host “The Art of Marriage Conference” on Friday and Saturday. The conference is put on by Stan and Patty Stokes, and is a six-session DVD series that the couple hopes to “portray both the challenges and beauty of God’s design for marriage.” For more information, visit www.passionatespouse.com.

Applications for 2013 garden now available

Applications for plots in Suwanee’s Harvest Farm Community Garden for next year will be accepted from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at White Street Park, where the community garden is located. The garden’s 76 plots are available first to city of Suwanee residents. The annual fee for a plot ranges from $50 to $100, depending upon the size of the plot requested. City residents receive a 25 percent discount.

Citizens Police Academy to begin Oct. 2

The Suwanee Police Department is once again offering its popular Citizens Police Academy. Over the past eight years, more than 300 individuals have participated in this hands-on, eight-week program. Classes for this session will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 2 at the Suwanee Police Department’s new training facility/substation at 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. (Class during the second week will be held on Oct. 8.) Those who wish to participate must provide notarized applications by 5 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call 770-945-8995.

Lovin’ Spoonful to play Oct. 6

The Amigos for Christ music festival on Oct. 6 will feature The Lovin’ Spoonful as its headline band at Town Center Park. The festival will also have a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m., a co-ed soccer tournament, cupcake challenge, bike and learn family bike ride, cornhole tournament and frisbee tournament. Amigos for Christ is a nonprofit organization that works in Atlanta and Nicaragua to promote rural development in water and sanitation, health care, education and nutrition, small business and community development. For more information, call 770-614-9250.

— From Staff Reports