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Snellville gearing up for birthday bash

SNELLVILLE — Bring your birthday hat and get ready to help blow out some candles because the city of Snellville is celebrating its 90th birthday with a bash on Saturday.

From 6 to 9 p.m., Metro Jazz Club is playing throughout the evening. The band is led by jazz sax player Gary Dalton with Jason Joines and Amanda Richards belting out the tunes.

The 17-piece group’s song list includes “After the Loving,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”

During the breaks, Snellville has a few extra festivities planned. Here’s a hint: The surprises happen at 7 and 8 p.m.

On Aug. 12, the city started its birthday celebrations. At a city council meeting, several former councilmembers, a former city clerk and even a former mayor joined the festivities. Mayor Kelly Kautz proclaimed Aug. 20, 2013, to be Snellville’s birthday, giving the proclamation to Tom Ewing of the city’s Historical Preservation Society.

A copy of the original charter naming Snellville an official city, and handwritten in 1923, was on display during the Aug. 12 city council meeting. Wayne Odum, the longest-serving council member to ever serve in Snellville, presented the birthday cake that was served in honor of the event.

For more information about Saturday, visit www.snellvillepride.com.