Registration open for Citizens Police Academy

Registration for Auburn’s Citizens Police Academy is now open.

The class is limited to 25 participants. The Academy starts Aug. 13 and runs for 10 weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

For an application, email Put “Application Request” in the subject line.

Drop off the completed application at the Auburn Police Department, located at 1359 4th Ave. in Auburn, or email a .PDF of the application to


Winder Live planned on First Fridays

Free live music will be featured in downtown Winder on the first Friday of the month.

Downtown Winder Live will take place at 7 p.m. July 5 and Aug. 2 on East Candler Street. Food trucks will be on site.

For more information, visit


Annual Chapel boat service today

Lake Berkeley Chapel’s annual boat service is at 8:30 a.m. today.

The service, featuring speaker Britt Collins, will be held on the lake. Breakfast after the service will be prepared by Carol Seitz and Laraine Downey.

The interdenominational chapel provides worship services and Christian fellowship in the community without interfering with regular church affiliation.

The following chapel service will be held on July 14.

The Berkeley Lake Chapel is located at 4043 S. Berkeley Lake Road. For more information, visit


Picnic with police in Braselton

Braselton residents are invited to picnic with the Braselton Police at 6 p.m. June 18 at Braselton Park.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Visitors can meet the police officers, view police vehicles and play in the park.

The Braselton Park is located at 126 Harrison St. in downtown Braselton.


Buford Amphitheater to host concert

Visit the Buford Community Center Amphitheater June 22 for a concert under the stars featuring The Gregg Allman Laid Back Legacy.

The Gregg Allman Laid Back Legacy is a 10-piece band consisting of former members of Allman’s “Laid Back” and 1974 Tour Band. The band features former Gregg Allman Band members Tommy Talton, Bill Stewart and special guest Randall Bramblett.

Kicking off the concert will be Atlanta blues artist Gitlo Lee.

Admission to the concert is free. The amphitheater is located at 2200 Buford Highway in Buford.


Great American 5K planned in Little Mulberry

Skip the crowds of the Peachtree Road Race and participate in a patriotic event July 4 at Little Mulberry Park.

The Great American 5K will start at 7:30 a.m. July 4 at Little Mulberry Park, located at 3855 Fence Road in Dacula. Registration for the event is $25.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Feeding the Valley Food Bank, one of eight regional food banks in Georgia.

For more information or to register, visit


Library offers Father’s Day crafts

Visit the Duluth library Tuesday to learn about the history of Father’s Day and create a craft for the holiday.

The event will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Duluth branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library, located at 3480 Duluth Park Lane in Duluth.

Father’s Day is June 16. The holiday is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April and June, according to the home nation’s customs.


Mobile Career Bus visits Grayson

Climb aboard the Mobile Career Bus Thursday to receive assistance from a professional human resource specialist.

Mobile Career Bus staff assist individuals seeking employment, training and education services and also provide services to businesses seeking a skilled work force, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission’s website. Businesses may use the mobile lab for recruiting, pre-employment screening, interviewing and training.

The Mobile Career Bus will be available from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday and June 27 at the Grayson branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library, located at 700 Grayson Parkway.

For more information, visit


Beekeeper to speak at Master Gardeners meeting

With declining honeybee and wild bee populations, taking care of these and other pollinators is a critical effort that must be made collectively in order to make a difference.

Jimmy Gatt, a certified beekeeper and a board member of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, will give a presentation June 17 titled “Creating a Pollinator Garden” at the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners meeting.

Gatt will talk about trees and plants that gardeners can choose to create a more insect friendly garden. He will also discuss home beekeeping and how those who wish to keep bees can create gardens that support this hobby.

The meeting will take place at the Bethesda Senior Center, located at 225 Bethesda Senior Center, located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. The public is invited to attend. Bring a covered dish for dinner at 6:30 p.m. or just come for the program at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit or email


Yoga in the Park planned

Join Kathleen Ploussard for a yoga class Saturday in Lilburn City Park, located at 76 Main St. in downtown Lilburn.

The class will take place from 9 to 10:15 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person for the class.

Ploussard is a traveling yogini instructor, according to her website. She teaches by her motto, “If you’re breathing, you can do yoga, and I will come to your location to help you practice,” her website states.

For more information,visit or email Ploussard at


Common Ground to play at Groovin’ on the Green

Groovin’ on the Green will feature local talent on June 21.

Common Ground with Tommy Taylor and Robyn Bratcher will take the stage at 7 p.m. on the Loganville Town Green, located at 235 Main St. in downtown Loganville.

It won’t be the first time the five-piece band’s classic and Southern rock will be blaring from speakers in downtown Loganville. The band has been featured at several past events, including the Master’s Car Show and Wing Fling.

Beer and wine are permitted at Groovin’ on the Green concerts, although no glass bottles are allowed. Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the show. Food vendors will be on site.


Bookfest Gwinnett celebrates diversity

The inaugural Bookfest Gwinnett will take place Saturday in Norcross.

Presented by the Atlanta Writers Club and Gwinnett County Public Libraries, the multicultural festival will celebrate diversity. Events are planned for adults, young adults and children.

Kenny Leon will give the keynote talk at 11 a.m. on the main stage. Other speakers include Soniah Kamal, the author of “Unmarriageable,” and Tayari Jones, author of “An American Marriage.”

On the children’s stage, graphic novelist Kyle Puttkammer will speak at 10:30 a.m.

Bookfest Gwinnett will take place at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, located at 10 College St. in Norcross.

For a complete schedule, visit


North Georgia Kids Read features Snyder

Author Laurel Snyder will be featured at an upcoming North Georgia Kids Read event at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Peachtree Corners.

Snyder is the author of six novels for children, including “Orphan Island,” “Bigger Than a Bread Box,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Any Which Wall” and “Seven Stories Up.” She has also written many picture books, including “Charlie and the Mouse,” “The Forever Garden” and “The King of Too Many Things.”

The author event will begin at 1 p.m. June 22 at Christ the King, located at 5575 Peachtree Parkway. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and refreshments will be served.

North Georgia Reads was created to promote collaboration between neighboring library systems and to bring bestselling authors to a community of 46 libraries in the region.


Tiny Stitches workshop planned

If you sew, quilt, knit or crochet, join your fellow crafters to make garments and bedding for disadvantaged newborns in northeast Georgia.

The workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in Room H2U of the South Campus at Eastside Hospital, located at 2160 Fountain Drive in Snellville. Stop by anytime during the workshop. All materials, patterns and instructions will be provided.

For more information about the meeting, call Karen Fulford at 770-638-4682 or email her at For more information about Tiny Stitches, visit


City creates SHINE District

The city of Sugar Hill is affectionately calling its downtown entertainment area the SHINE District.

The name, Sugar Hill’s Intersection of Neighborhoods and Entertainment, is a nod to the history of moonshining on the Chattahoochee as well as a highlight of the growing downtown focused on the arts and entertainment, according to the city’s website.

Patrons will be able to purchase alcohol from an establishment or vendor within the SHINE District in a marked to-go cup and carry the open container anywhere within the SHINE District. That means residents and visitors will be able to take drinks from E Center restaurants to the Bowl or Splash Park.

The SHINE District boundaries include the entire E Center, The Bowl and the Splash Park, For more information, including a map of the district, visit


City unveils Big Artsy event

Big, artsy things will be happening Saturday at the city of Suwanee’s newest event, Big Artsy, at Town Center Park.

The event will serve as an introduction of the 13 pieces that make up the sixth installment of the city’s popular SculpTour temporary sculpture exhibition. Since 2011, the award-winning SculpTour program has brought 79 sculptures to a walkable one-mile area of downtown Suwanee, according to the city’s website.

Big Artsy attendees can also see a full cast and orchestra performance of Disney’s “Newsies” by the Aurora Theatre on the Town Center Stage. General admission is free and seating is first come, first served.

Food trucks will open at 6 p.m. “Newsies” will begin at 8 p.m., following a 7 p.m. performance by violinist Daniel Butman.

For more information, visit