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LARSON: Enjoying Gwinnett a real walk in the park

Susan Larson

Susan Larson

Summer is here and, as always, Gwinnett County fills up the calendar with more than enough to do. For everybody.

In addition to their ongoing story times, Doggie Tales, puppet shows, and the Summer Reading Program which kicks off tomorrow, the Gwinnett Library is offering kids the opportunity to be Super Scientists and show off their savvy with Science Bingo. Teens can partake of food for thought and physical consumption with Fruit Biology, Edible DNA and Marshmallow Engineering. To light up their lives they can produce Solar Art, Solar Robots and Glow in the Dark Slime. Real hands on fun includes making jewelry, super race cars and duct tape creations. And then there’s this Makey Makey thingy which enables you to use PlayDoh instead of a keyboard for a computer.

Adult offerings include a class on downloading e-books and a Mobile Career Lab to assist with job searches. This Wednesday at noon renowned chefs Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart will speak at Lunch and Listen at Garden Plaza. On June 12 at the Norcross Cultural Center, Steve Raichlen of Barbeque U. will share his culinary skills and secrets. Georgia author Karin Slaughter will sign her latest book, “Cop Town,” on July 5 and will donate a percentage of her sales to the Gwinnett Library.

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation packed their summer edition of L.I.F.E. (Leisure Is For Everyone) with 44 pages of reasons why they are once again finalists for a National Parks Gold Award.

Next Friday brings the kickoff for the Brown Bag Concerts at the Historic Courthouse. On Saturday, girls (well, boys, too) can dress up for the Doll and Me Tea at the Historic Courthouse. And for those who would rather go fishing that day, GCPR casts out an invitation for all little anglers to do just that at their Annual Kids’ Fishing Day at Jones Bridge Park.

To celebrate the first day of summer, on June 21 Gwinnettians can get into the aloha spirit with a Hawaiian Luau at Mountain Park Aquatic Center.

For seniors, GCPR offers not only the traditional billiards, bridge and bingo, but also educational opportunities like a CredAbility course on avoiding senior scams.

When they say Leisure Is For Everyone, they really mean everyone, including people with special needs, for whom they offer activities at various parks around the county.

And a really special activity for everyone is the new Walk the Talk program where you can walk with a doc from Eastside Medical Center and get free advice about how to stay healthy.

For more information, pick up a L.I.F.E. catalog at any Gwinnett park or library or visit www.gwinnettpl.org or www.gwinnettcounty.com . Or better yet, download the free Explore Gwinnett app on which you can build an agenda, get driving directions and even buy tickets. Now that’s virtually a real walk in the park.

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