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Meghan Kotowski

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Winter bridal show to come to Lawrenceville

It is held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

An Engaging Affair Winter Bridal Show returns on Jan. 19 with wedding vendors, photographers and a fashion show.

By Venue Jan. 3

By Venue Jan. 3

Elvis birthday concert in Duluth

New Dawn Theater hosts the annual celebration for The King

Mark Pitt, a Presley impersonator, takes stage to remember the late singer.

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ReStore's funds help local communities

It is part of Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity

The money raised from the Lawrenceville shop go back to Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity.

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History Book Club open to public

Meeting held at the Five Forks library branch

January’s reading selection is Simon Winchester’s “The Men Who United the States.”

Medieval Times gearing up for New Year’s Eve parties

The venue hosts two events; one for kids, one for adults

The venue is hosting two events to ring in 2014 at the castle.

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Dacula mom blogs, writes about autism

Marnie Witters gives a parent’s perspective

Marnie Witters also review apps for children with special needs.

Cedric the Entertainer to stop in Atlanta

The comedian to host New Year’s Eve comedy show

On Dec. 31, the comedian is performing at The Fox Theatre for his New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion.

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Gwinnett rapper MattyB cleans up popular lyrics, a YouTube sensation

MattyB, a 10-year-old YouTube sensation, makes covers of radio hits without the cuss words and sexual innuendos.

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Hoschton resident's memoir to be made into film

Debbie Griffiths’ “Little Lady, Big Dream” to hit the big screen

Debbie Griffiths’ “Little Lady, Big Dream” follows her life from growing up in an unstable environment to opening her own multimillion-dollar retirement home.

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Events in Gwinnett on New Year's Eve 2013

Check out the New Year’s Eve parties around the county.

THE DISH: The Cheesecake Factory

The new Mall of Georgia addition is known for its large menu and variety of cheesecakes.

Dream House to hold inaugural Valentine’s dinner, dance

The party is held at Sonesta Gwinnett Place

The event will benefit the nonprofit’s mission while entertaining the crowd.

Nonprofits receive $200K grants

Bank of America Charitable Foundation named 2013 Neighborhood Builders award

Open Hand and Covenant House Georgia are this year’s recipients.

Last round of holiday events

There are still several holiday activities happening until Christmas Eve in the county.

THE DISH: Louie Louie's

This Snellville spot is known for its charbroiled burgers and Nathan’s 100 percent beef hot dogs.

Select Norcross stores, eateries open through Christmas Eve

There are last minute places to shop and eat before the holiday.

Lilburn church to hold service on New Year’s Eve

University of Hope Church to host “The Restoration Initiative”

University of Hope Church is hosting “The Restoration Initiative” event on Dec. 31.

Lawrenceville to ring in 2014

It’s the city’s 10th year hosting the event

New Year’s Eve celebration will have children’s activities, music, food and fireworks Dec. 31.

Christmas ideas at the Strickland House

Rooms are set with decor, entertaining ideas

Still haven’t rolled out your Christmas decorations? Need some new ideas?

Duluth creates Winter Fest

The event has live music, performances, shopping and crafts for the children.

Christmas comes to Suwanee

City hosts lighting, Dickens’ town

During the weekend, people can visit through a Charles Dickens’ themed town and welcome Santa Claus to Suwanee.

'Christmas Carol' comes to Buford

Fifth Row Center presents the classic tale at the Buford Community Center through Dec. 21.

THE DISH: Cakes by Miko's

This Suwanee bakery serves everything from light lunch plates and smoothies to custom cakes and cake pops.

Fight Night to collect, donate toys

The NFC is asking for toys at Wild Bill’s

NFC is giving free general admission to its Fight Night for those who give a new toy.

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Suwanee resident to be face of CHOA parade

Luci Newton, 6, leads Santa, Mrs. Claus

Six-year-old Luci Newton, a CHOA patient, and her family lead Santa in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s 33rd Annual Children’s Christmas Parade Dec. 7.

Several Christmas events happen this weekend

Cities are hosting tree lightings, parade and visits from Santa

Now that there is chilly weather, the cities in Gwinnett are kicking Christmas into high gear this weekend.

Dickens classic comes to Snellville

“A Christmas Carol” opens at New London Theatre for the holiday season.

New Dawn Theater opens ‘A Victorian Christmas’

It is a holiday play about hope, change

The play follows several people during Christmas time in London. The show runs through 22.

Two new holiday shows open at Aurora Theatre

‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘The 12 Dates of Christmas’ hit the stage.

The Lawrenceville venue opens a classic show and a comedy for the Christmas season.

THE DISH: Tin Lizzy's Cantina

This Buford spot serves Tex-Mex cuisine — with a twist.

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Shop local at Hudgens Center

Students, teachers have art for sale

The Duluth venue is selling handmade crafts through Dec. 21. The show features its students and teachers.

Local sorority to host fundraiser, toy drive

Flapjacks and Santa at Duluth Applebee’s

Members of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation, Inc. and the 2013-14 Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter Debutante Scholarship Program Debutantes are hosting the event.

UFC tickets to go on sale at Arena

Luke Rockhold fights Costa Philippou Jan. 15

The main event is Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Jan. 15. Tickets go on sale Dec. 6.

Funeral homes collecting toys

Tim Stewart Funeral Home participates in Operation Toy Soldier

Tim Stewart Funeral Home participates in Operation Toy Soldier

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Lawrenceville man sheds pounds on Weight Watchers

Chad Deal dropped 127 pounds on the program

Chad Deal decided to join the program when a knee injury wouldn’t heal. He is now 175 pounds and active helping other in Weight Watchers.

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Aurora Theatre to give away holiday cheer

The Lawrenceville venue is hosting a Need a Little Christmas Giveaway

People can be nominated for a night out on the town. Nominations are due by Dec. 4.

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Lawrenceville couple authors kids' series

Lem and Lakeisha Collins wrote 'The Adventures of Nicole and Mallory'

“The Adventures of Nicole and Mallory” series include the stories about the Collin’s two oldest daughters Cameron Nicole and Caidan Mallory.

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Lawrenceville lights its 30-foot tree

The annual event was held on the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on Thanksgiving.

Guns to be sold in Lawrenceville

The RK Gun Show returns to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds

The two-day event at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds features hundreds of weapons for sale.

2013 Christmas tree lightings in Gwinnett

Several cities are getting ready for the holidays

With Thanksgiving out of the way, Gwinnett’s cities are getting ready to celebrate Christmas.

Aurora kicks off holidays with 'Christmas Canteen'

This is the Lawrenceville theater’s 18th production of the show

The annual musical revue opens the day after Thanksgiving and ends Dec. 22.

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Fireplace fire blazes Lawrenceville, Snellville attics

All adults safe, but displaced

On Thanksgiving, fire crews were sent out to two calls, which were started from fireplace failures.

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Snellville resident, dog hike Appalachian Trail

It took more than seven months to complete

On Nov. 2, David Rutter and his 10-year-old Golden Retriever Copper finished the 2,176 miles to complete the entire trail.

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Brown Thursday is the new Black Friday

Some places open at early as 6 p.m. Thursday

Shoppers have a chance to get their holiday shopping starting the night of Thanksgiving throughout Gwinnett.

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Annual Norcross menorah lighting returns

Rabbi Yossi Lerman from Chabad of Gwinnett to light

The event is held in Thrasher Park from 6 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 to celebrate the start of Chanukah.

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Local pet stores host animal supply drive

Red Bandanna Pet Food stores are hosting the Angel Tree program

Beginning Black Friday, Red Bandanna Pet Food stores are hosting the Angel Tree program, a “wish list” of items local rescue pets need this season. People can start donating Nov. 29.

Medieval Times to raise money for Red Cross

Funds benefit victims in the Philippines

From each ticket sold on Thanksgiving, $10 goes back to the Red Cross.

Ga. United Credit Union asking for donations

It needs toys, clothes for DFCS

The company asks people to participate by dropping off a gift at any of the 16 Georgia United Branch locations before Dec. 13.

Snow Mountain ready for winter tubing

Stone Mountain Park opens its holiday attraction Nov. 25

The chilly winter attraction at Stone Mountain Park runs through Feb. 17 with rides, games and food.