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GAB: Former Lawrenceville city council member publishes book

Former Lawrenceville council member publishes book

Katie Hart Smith, former council member for the city of Lawrenceville, recently published her latest book, titled “Couch Time with Carolyn.” A memoir set in Georgia, the book tells stories about Smith’s group of friends, called the Dunwoody Girls, as well as life lessons from a mother of one of the girls, the Carolyn named in the title.

“When I decided to write about Carolyn’s life lessons,” said Smith, “I realized I had to tell real stories, most of which involve the Dunwoody Girls. The five of us have been dear friends since elementary school, so as one might imagine, we’ve had our share of hilarious and heartbreaking episodes. Interestingly, both male and female readers relate to the Dunwoody Girls’ bond, and they keep telling me that they laughed and cried throughout the book. That was my intention. After all, real friendship is all about experiencing the highs and lows in life together.”

“Couch Time with Carolyn” was released on Aug. 1 and can be purchased for $15 for a paperback copy or $8.99 for an e-book edition. For more information or to purchase the book, visit www.katiehartsmith.com.

Georgia SPCA offers low-cost pet vaccination clinic

The Georgia SPCA will offer a public low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, August 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Vaccines offered will include rabies, canine bordatella, distemper and parvo, as well as feline distemper and combo tests. Services offered will include microchipping, heartworm tests, deworming and nail trimming. Prices range from $10 to $25.

The clinic will operate on a first come, first served basis. The SPCA asks that all dogs be leashed and all cats be in carriers. All proceeds from the clinic will benefit the homeless pets of the Georgia SPCA.

The clinic will take place at 1175 Buford Highway in Suwanee. For more information, call Jane Stewart at 678-765-2726 or visit www.georgiaspca.org.

Gwinnett Braves award $1,000 grant

The Gwinnett Braves awarded their $1,000 grant for the month of June, the “Summer Safety”-themed grant, to Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring. June’s grant was aimed toward assisting organizations that fund or run safety programs for children.

Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring was started in 2005 to serve students in Jackson County under the direction of Jackson County Family Connection. The organization branched out in March 2013 to become a a youth-serving nonprofit dedicated to mentoring throughout Jackson County. Its goal is to guide children and youth to personal and academic success through mentoring and friendship.

Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring will use the grant money to train mentors, make informational brochures and purchase activity supplies to grow the program. For more information about the organization, contact Executive Director Lisa Stephens at lisa@lindsaylegacymentoring.org.

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