LARSON: A look at what L.I.F.E has to offer

Susan Larson

Susan Larson

I always look forward to Gwinnett Parks and Recreation’s newest L.I.F.E. (Leisure is for Everyone) catalog. I love seeing what’s new and what has become a tradition over the years.

First exciting item on their 2014 agenda is a whole new theatrical venue at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center. “A Heart Divided” a play by Cheri Bennett and Jeff Gottfried, tells a fish out of water story about a New York City gal moving to small town Tennessee. Presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, the play will run Jan. 24, 25, 26, 31 and Feb. 1, 2. Then in late March, Pinckneyville will present “Biloxi Blues,” a semi-autobiographical play by Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon set during WWII.

ARTopia, on March 29 is another Pinckneyville first. This new event allows everyone to get involved with hands on activities including art, music, theater and dance while enjoying complimentary food and drink. And best of all, it’s all free.

As if that isn’t enough is the way of new offerings, on March 19, Pinckneyville is planning a bus trip to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. The $21 fee includes lunch and the luxury of not having to drive and find a place to park.

Back by popular demand events include Daddy-Daughter Dances at George Pierce, Lucky Shoals Parks and the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. And not surprising, a new Royal Father-Daughter Dance at — you guessed it — Pinckneyville, where the daddy’s girls can create their own jeweled tiara.

The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse will once again be the scene for the ever romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, Tickets for this Feb. 14 event are $61/couple and you must register online by Feb.7. Tickets go fast, so you might want to sign up as soon as you finish reading this column! Speaking of deadlines, submissions for Art Thru the Lens, the fifth annual photo contest, are due on Feb. 17. Winners will be displayed from March 3 — May 27 at George Pierce Park.

Looking ahead to Easter, Lucky Shoals Park is sponsoring a Bunny Bash Breakfast on March 22, George Pierce Park, an Egg-Extravaganza on April 12 and Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 19. Making a big splash with a brand new event, Bogan Park Aquatic Center invites kids to dive in to their Underwater Egg Hunt and Bunny Bonanza on April 12. Reservations are needed and spots are limited.

Coming up on Feb. 1 at Rhodes Jordan Park is the Youth Sports Expo with keynote speaker Brian Jordan, former Braves and Falcons player. This expo, presented in collaboration with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is the biggest of its kind in Georgia and the day will be packed with educational sessions and fun activities.

For more information on these and other Gwinnett Parks activities, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com or pick up a catalog at your Gwinnett library to see what all L.I.F.E has to offer.

Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email her at susanlarson79@gmail.com.