CITY BY CITY: CITY BY CITY: A weekly look at the happenings in the places you call home


Community yard sale set for July 26

Local residents are invited to buy, shop or sell at a community yard sale in downtown Auburn on Saturday, July 26.

The cost to participate for sellers is $10 and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Setup begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is not required.

The all-day event will be held at R.H. Burel Park located at 1369 Auburn Ave. in downtown Auburn.


Winder police offering bicycle registry program

The Winder Police Department has launched a bicycle registration program “to assist in the recovery and return of bicycles to their owners in the event of a theft.”

All city bike owners are encouraged to register their bicycles by contacting Officer Missy Towe at 770-867-2156, extension 6598. To register, you must have specific details about the bike, including type, model, wheel size, color and serial number. The latter can typically be found under the seat, near the handlebars or on the pedal crank.

Owners are also encouraged to provide a photo of their bike.


City officials to collaborate on signage efforts

In hopes of improving signage around the city, Ordinance Enforcement Officer Gene Rogers recently invited his counterparts from surrounding cities to City Hall to discuss and collaborate on joint efforts. The ordinance enforcement officers from Norcross, Duluth and Peachtree Corners joined Rogers.

“I’m hopeful that some cooperation among them will be beneficial to all of us in this part of the county,” Mayor Lois Salter said in a city newsletter.


Braselton Gallery to host ladies’ tea

The Braselton Gallery will close early on Aug. 17 to host a 3 p.m. “Ladies’ Tea.”

The event will include cold and hot tea, sandwiches and pastries. Folk artist Joyce Royer will also be present and working on her latest painting.

Space is limited to 20 guests and admission is $12 per person. For more information, visit BraseltonGallery.com.

To register, call 678-960-8977 or email debra@braseltongallery.com.


Community center to host band Sol Driven Train

The Buford Community Center will host Charleston, S.C.-based band Sol Driven Train in concert on Aug. 22.

Sol Driven Train is described as a band that “absorbs American influences like Jon Prine and Paul Simon, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms into honest songs about life, love, loss and long johns.” Their eighth independent release, “Believe,” has gotten national airplay, city official said.

For tickets or for more information, visit BufordCommunityCenter.com.


Princes and princesses invited to ‘Read with a Queen’

Crowned representatives from the Miss Buford pageant organization will be at the Dacula Library on Monday, July 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a special event.

Boys and girls are encouraged to don their best royal attire and enjoy an hour reading a “royal” story and doing crafts with the Miss Buford pageant queens.

The Dacula Library is located at 265 Dacula Road, Dacula.


‘Outdoor Blast’ coming to Gwinnett Center

The Georgia Outdoor News “Outdoor Blast” is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at the Gwinnett Center. The event has $8 admission and is expected to draw hundreds of outdoor businesses from across the Southeast it’s the place to gear up for hunting season. The “Chevrolet Ride & Drive” event is new for 2014 where you can come see and drive 2015 Chevys on the road. Also new for 2014 is the “Gun-An-Hour-Giveaway” where 21 guns will be given away during the show. Attendees 18 years and older can register for free to be included. There’s also the Georgia State Duck Calling Championships which will get one waterfowler to the national championship in Stuggart, Ark, as well as GON’s Truck-Buck Shootout where 42 hunters square off in a pellet-riffle contest and ultimately one hunter wins a new Chevy Silverado.


Farmers’ market continues this week

The Grayson Farmers’ Market will be open on Wednesday, July 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The year-round market features fresh fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, local honey, baked goods, cheeses and more. The market is held at Grayson Community Park.

Parking is available at 475 Grayson Parkway.


City set to host Golden Hammer awards

Lawrenceville will host the Golden Hammer Awards on Aug. 14 at 550 Trackside. The Golden Hammer awards are an annual recognition program for individuals and businesses engaged in renovations, remodels and build projects within the City of Lawrenceville.

The Golden Hammer Awards call attention to the progress being made each year in revitalizing downtown Lawrenceville and and are put on by the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association. Fore more info, email Jenny Savoy at Jenny.Savoy@LawrencevilleGa.org.


Mayor to host town hall meeting

The city of Lilburn is inviting residents to join Mayor Johnny Crist for a town hall meeting July 28.

The mayor will take questions from residents and hear any concerns they may have.

Crist will also fill the folks in on recent and upcoming happenings in the city.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at City Hall, located at 76 Main St.


City schedules sixth annual Heritage Festival

More than 150 vendors are expected on Saturday, Oct. 18 in downtown Loganville for an all-day event as friends and neighbors shop, eat, visit and setup lawn chairs and blankets on the Town Green. Live music is scheduled for the Ray Nunley Pavilion, and goods and crafts will be on sale.

The festival is designed to give friends and families a chance to reconnect and catch up with one another.

Parking is available in downtown with shuttled parking at Loganville Elementary, First United Methodist Church and Loganville Baptist Church, all on Main Street.


City police to host a ‘night out’

The next big block party in Norcross isn’t likely in danger of getting shut down by the police. In fact, they’re hosting it.

The Norcross Police Department is encouraging residents to enjoy music, inflatables, “cool freebies” and “dramatic exhibitions,” during its National Night Out event on Aug. 5. The event is being held at Lillian Webb Park from 5 to 9 p.m.

Photo-ops with McGruff the crime-fighting dog are also encouraged, as are “selfies” with the department’s miniature smart car and formidable Humvee.

Sponsored by Target, the event is similar to others held around the country and is aimed to foster cooperation and good relationships between residents and police. Lillian Webb Park, 5 to 9 p.m.

Residents will also be able to learn about the department’s child safety seat program and pro-active crime prevention measures.


City gets grant for entrance sign

Peachtree Corners’ signature entrance way is getting up to $50,000 of new landscaping, thanks to a grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The city was recently tapped as one of 43 cities around the state to receive the “GATEway” grant, which it plans to use to spruce up the area around the entrance sign located at Peachtree Parkway and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

“We are delighted to hear the city has been awarded funds to help enhance the Peachtree Corners sign,” said Mayor Mike Mason in a news release. “The additional landscaping will create a greater visual awareness to help identify our city.”

GDOT received more than 80 applications from cities around Georgia.

The sign, built and paid for by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association in 2008, is a stone monument, now surrounded by pine trees and crape myrtles. That makes it easy to miss for northbound traffic.

The city plans to add flowering trees and roses.


City to host free movie in park

Snellville Tourism and Trade is inviting residents to enjoy family film “Rio 2” for free during a “Popcorn in the Park” event at Briscoe Park.

The event, one of a series, will take place Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m., with games before the movie and a meet-and-greet with Snellville Tourism and Trade’s new mascot STAT the Cat.

The film, released in April, follows characters Blu and Jewel, a couple of birds, who have three kids and have moved to the wilds of the Amazon. Jewel attempts to show the children how to live off the land, but Blu goes on living like he had in America. Then, a logger who attempts to stop their plans to have their habitat declared a wildlife preserve.

Join us for our free Outdoor Movies at Briscoe Park. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with games prior to the movie and don’t forget to come out and meet our new mascot STAT the Cat.

The park is located at 2500 Sawyer Parkway.


‘Music mayhem’ coming to Sugar Hill

The city of Sugar Hill is looking for local musicians to join in its upcoming Music Mayhem Series.

During the initial round on Aug. 7, local artists will perform at the city’s amphitheater. The participants with the most votes tallied through the city’s Facebook page will then move on to Sugar Hill’s first-ever Battle of the Bands.

For more information or to sign your band up, contact Scott Andrews at sandrews@cityofsugarhill.com or 770-945-6716.


Cemetery improvement project underway

The city of Suwanee has contracted to have maintenance and improvement work completed at the Jackson Street Cemetery and later at the Shadowbrook Cemetery. The projects will include leveling graves, establishing and improving turf, repairing monuments and setting grave markers.

There are at least 74 people buried there, many in graves designated only by handmade markers. Several World War I and II veterans are buried there, as well as Suwanee’s first and only black planning commissioner. There are at least four unknown graves.

This work is part of an ongoing plan to protect and improve maintenance of Suwanee’s historic cemeteries. Questions and concerns may be directed to Bill Barnes, 770-945-8996.

— From staff reports