City by city briefs: May 18


City accepting vendor applications for upcoming event

The city of Auburn is accepting applications for vendors for its 2014 Independence Day Celebration. The deadline for early application is June 20, and a $25 late fee will apply after that date. The event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 4. For more information, call Auburn City Hall at 770-963-4002.


Firefighters undergo hazardous materials training

Firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services recently participated in hazardous materials training.

The training, officials said, took place at the Solvay plant on Bankhead Highway in Winder and “involved firefighters putting on Level A hazmat suits and controlling leaks of different types.”

“This type of training is valuable for firefighters to keep their skills up,” Capt. Bryan Bullock said. “We want to thank Solvay for this training opportunity.”


After-school orchestra registration underway

Registration for the fall is underway for the after-school orchestra club at Berkeley Lake Elementary and several other elementary schools in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties to learn to play the violin, viola, cello or bass. The two-hour class meets once a week after school on the school’s campus. The curriculum is designed for second grade through fifth grade. Class size is about 15 students. Students in this class learn musicianship and proper playing technique. At the end of each semester, students perform in a concert. Classes for the 2014-15 school year begin the week of Aug. 18th. Registration is $30. To register, visit www.crescendostringsacademy.com/Elementary_Orchestra.html.


Braselton Farmers Market now open each Friday

The Braselton Farmers Market is now open for the summer.

Open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 10, the farmers market currently consists of 10 vendors. Their goods range from tomatoes, green beans and chicken to jams, jellies, honey and perennials.

The market is held on Harrison Street between Davis Street and Frances Street. For more information or to become a vendor, contact Amy Pinnell at 706-684-0369 or apinnell@braselton.net.


Environmental center to host ‘meteor madness’

On Saturday, May 24, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will offer a “night trek” through nature during a meteor shower.

“Join us for a night trek between the green trees, through the blossoming springtime forest floors, and under an evening sky that is alive with the Comet 209P/Linear meteor shower!” GEHC officials said on their website.

The hike will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and registration is required. Program fees are $6 for a child, $8 for an adult and $20 for a family.

For more information or to register, visit gwinnettehc.org. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.


Dacula to see traffic delays

The city of Dacula asks that residents remember traffic in the Dacula area will be disrupted and delayed most of the day on May 26, as residents and visitors celebrate Memorial Day 2014 with the annual parade stepping off at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Courage — Sacrifice — Freedom” and the grand marshal for the parade is World War II veteran Roy Wallis, who served in the U.S. Army. For more information, visit www.daculamemorialday.com.


Duluth High hosts Writer’s Week

Duluth High last week focused on writing with a weeklong event supported by a Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation fund grant. Nationally known and award-winning young adult author Neal Shusterman spoke to several hundred students about the writing process, gave students tips and strategies for improving individual writing styles. Additional activities featured student writers from the Duluth High literary magazine and language arts classes.


City Council to meet Monday

The Grayson City Council is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Grayson Senior Center, which is located behind Grayson City Hall at 475 Grayson Parkway in Grayson.

City council members are Trenton Arnold, Laurie Anderson, James Gillespie and Linda Jenkins.

Council members are expected to hold a public hearing on a sign variance, approve expenditures for playground mulch and no parking signs, set dates for millage rate public hearings, discuss or possibly approve a clock tower and make presentations from Grayson Day and the Make a Wish campaign.

For more information on the Grayson City Council and the upcoming meeting, call City Call at 770-963-8017.


Beatles tribute band to play free concert

The music of the Beatles will fill the downtown Lawrenceville square as the band Abbey Road LIVE! performs during the city’s Moonlight and Music Concert Series on May 30.

Held the last Friday of the month, attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the free concert from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Lawn at 185 W. Crogan St. Picnic dinners and coolers are allowed but no alcohol is permitted.

Reserved tables for six are available for $65 per concert. Call 678-226-2639 for more information on tables.

For more information on the overall event, call 678-407-6598.


Council considering fee to fund public art

Lilburn’s City Council is considering a charge on building permits to help raise money for the city’s public art fund.

After tabling the matter earlier this month, the council will consider at its June meeting a 2 percent charge on all building permits to supplement a permit fee for any new commercial developments with improvements in excess of $750,000.

The new fee will “provide a mechanism for obtaining funds from a broad range of city agencies and departments … and provide an opportunity to work with and introduce art to many city agencies, in many different types of projects and in many locations citywide,” staffers said.


Grayson High Tech program celebrates decade

The Grayson Technical Education Program celebrated 10 years of Innovation in Education last week during a ceremony in the Grayson High Technical Building and a presentation in the Black Box theater. The school’s industry certified culinary arts program students provided refreshments.


New gallery features kids’ art

A new art gallery has opened in Norcross, which will feature work of artists under the age of 18.

The Cotton Seed Gallery was established as part of the Lionheart Performing Arts Centre and is housed at the historic Summerour Cotton Gin at 125 Lawrenceville Street. Its opening exhibit features work by the Summerour Middle School Art Club, including a five-foot tall sculpture inspired by famous glass artist Dale Chihouly.

“We have some great teachers in our Norcross schools and they tie art in with other classes like social studies and physical science,” Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson said. “This holistic approach to teaching helps kids develop creative problem-solving skills and to think innovatively, skills that are required of a successful 21st century workforce.


Library to host 3-D printer camp

Children can learn about the history and function of 3-D printing through a camp at the Peachtree Corners library branch this summer.

The new “MakerCamp,” allows students to use computer-aided design software and a MakerBot3D printer. The camp will be held June 9 through 12, with a public reception set for June 23, where the participants will unveil their creations.

To learn more about 3-D printing and the library’s printer, visit http://lib.gwinnettpl.org/makerbot.


Veterans Memorial dedication set

Snellville’s new Veterans Memorial will be unveiled at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, with performances scheduled before the 7:30 p.m. dedication.

The memorial, funded through donations and the sale of bricks, features a “Wall of Veterans,” an eternal flame and a waterfall.

“This days has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts, who lead the effort to build the memorial. “It was a lot of work, donations and contributions.”

Officials plan to sell Christmas ornaments to commemorate the event, and will reveal details of another ceremony to be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.


Golf tournament to benefit Lanier High football team coming up

Sugar Hill Golf Club will host a tournament to benefit the Lanier High School football team on Friday, June 13.

Sponsors and golfers are being sought for the annual Longhorn TD Club Golf Tournament, which will raise funds for “necessary equipment and related expenses for the players.” For more information or to sign up, visit lanierfootball.com/fundraising/golf-tournament/.

Sugar Hill Golf Club is located at 6094 Suwanee Dam Road.


Atlanta Braves Game on the Green

Town Center Park will play host to the Game on the Green at 3 p.m. on May 31 when the Atlanta Braves at Miami game will be broadcast live on a big screen. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m., and the Braves’ Heavy Hitters drum line team and Tomahawk Team will be on hand as will the team mascot, Homer. Inflatables and other activities will be available.

Bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and your foam tomahawks, but no alcohol may be brought into the park. Food and beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase from Game on the Green vendors and Town Center merchants.

Admission is free.