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


Donate blood to

reduce library fees

The Auburn Public Library has a deal for patrons who have incurred late fees: Donate blood on Tuesday, and the library will waive up to $10 on your account.

The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the library from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The library is located at 24 5th St. in downtown Auburn.

Patrons who donate blood or attempt to donate blood at the event may receive up to $10 in fines removed from their library account. The waiver does not apply to fines levied for damaged or lost materials.

For more information, call the library at 770-513-2925.


Winder firefighters to conduct fundraiser for burn victims

The Winder Fire Department will conduct the annual Give Burns the Boot fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters will be collecting donations for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, which provides support for families with burn victims. One of the foundation’s projects is a summer camp, Camp Oo-U-La at Camp Twin Lakes in Fort Yargo State Park, for children who have been injured by fire.

Since 1990, fire departments throughout Georgia have collected more than $14 million on behalf of the Georgia Firefights Burn Foundation. For more information, visit


Pinckneyville Recreation Center to host Father’s Day craft

Celebrate Father’s Day by creating wooden keepsakes at the Father-Son Woodworking Night on June 14 at Pinckneyville Community Recreation Center.

The event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., costs $14. Register online at with code PVP31407.

The Recreation Center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Berkeley Lake.


Summer Farmers Market

to open each Friday

The Braselton Summer Farmers Market will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday between June 1 and Aug. 17.

Local farmers, growers, bakers and makers will set up their tents on the patio of the historic Braselton Bros. Department Store building at 9924 Davis St. in downtown Braselton.

Market visitors will receive a free slice of watermelon on June 1 to celebrate the opening of the Weekly Farmers Market.

The Braselton Farmers Market maintains a list of vendors on its Facebook page at


Buford Business Alliance, Southern Barter Club plan expo

Want to learn more about the businesses of Buford?

The Buford Business Alliance and the Southern Barter Club are teaming up for a 2018 Business Expo from 2 to 7 p.m. June 12 at the Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway N.E.

Attendees can learn more about the businesses that make up the commercial personality of Buford. The event will feature giveaways, promotions and products.

For more information, visit the Buford Business Alliance’s Facebook page at


Annual Memorial Day 5K

planned in Dacula

The 24th annual Memorial Day 5K run will begin at 7:30 a.m. May 28 in front of the Dacula library, 265 Dacula Road.

Race day registration is $25 and will take place from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. For the safety of participants, Dacula Road, Second Avenue and Hebron Church Road will be closed for the 5K from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The roads will close again at 9:40 a.m. for the annual Memorial Day parade.

Runners who plan to leave after the 5K should not park in Dacula Park, as vehicles will not be allowed to leave the park until the conclusion of the parade.

For more information about the event, visit


Golf Classic raises $62K

for Rainbow Village

The Rainbow Village Golf Classic raised $62,000 for the nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

About 90 golfers played in the fundraiser at the Legends Course at Chateau Elan in Braselton, according to a news release. The proceeds from the event will go directly to the care of the families that Rainbow Village serves.

The Wilmington Trust Team, comprised of Mike Morgan, Beth Barrett, Fred Beilstein and Andrew Kosko, won first place in the Golf Classic. The Siemens team, comprised of Jeff Broomfield, David Hicks, Steve Korb and Kevin Yates, came in second.

“Although we ended that beautiful day with the announcement of a couple of deserving winners, I truly believe that the true victors of the day were Rainbow Village and the families we so faithfully serve,” Rainbow Village CEO Melanie Conner said. “The (money) we raised will help us continue to provide housing, youth programs, life skills training, and so much more to the families who have recently experienced homelessness.”


Grayson Farmers’ Market

to open for season

The Grayson Farmers’ Market will open for the season from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 6.

The market will be open on Wednesdays from June 6 to Aug. 29 in Grayson Community Park, 475 Grayson Parkway.

For more information, email


Bicentennial Speaker Series to discuss early government

Gwinnett Historical Society Co-President Beverly Paff and Historian Mary Long will discuss the origins of Gwinnett County government at the Gwinnett Historical Society Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Monday.

The event will follow a brief GHS business meeting at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 W. Crogan St. in downtown Lawrenceville.

Paff and Long will talk about the first years of the county government at the home of Elisha Winn and the subsequent relocation of the county seat to Lawrenceville.

The event is one of many taking place this year to celebrate Gwinnett’s bicentennial. For more information, visit


Lilburn replacing

Greenway boardwalk

The city of Lilburn is replacing a 988-foot wooden boardwalk on Camp Creek Greenway.

The original greenway was constructed in 2007 along Camp Creek in Lilburn City Park. The trail now extends 4.2 miles, and walkers, runners and cyclists can travel from Lions Club Park on Rockbridge Road through Lilburn City Park to Killian Hill Road. Due to the topography of the land, the greenway includes several wooden boardwalks.

Construction to replace the deteriorating boardwalk, located between Velva Court and Rockbridge Road, is scheduled to be completed in August.

The existing boardwalk is being replaced with a pre-cast concrete boardwalk product, called PermaTrak. Once complete, Lilburn’s boardwalk will be the largest installation of PermaTrak in the southeast.

The new boardwalk is being funded by the special purpose local option sales tax.


Applications available for Independence Day Parade

The Loganville Independence Day Parade is accepting applications for the 2018 event.

The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. June 30. Applications for parade participants — including marching bands, specialty groups, clubs, businesses and floats — are due by June 18.

The application is available online at For more information, contact Events and Marketing Director Kristy Peters at 770-466-1165 or email


City to roll out digital system for plan review, permitting

Norcross is implementing a digital system for the city’s plan review and permitting needs.

The Norcross Department of Community Development is rolling out ePlan Solution to reduce the number of paper project submissions to the city, which will, in turn, reduce the number of vehicle trips and hours put into delivering paper plans for the city to review, according to a news release.

Through the electronic system, a developer or resident can upload plans for review to ePlan Solution and receive comments, feedback or plan approval from staff. The services will be available to anyone who will require a permit to perform work in the city, including developers, engineers, architects contractors and residents who wish to act as their own contractor.

The program, which had a “soft opening,” will officially launch June 1, the news release states. The city will accept plats, development plans and site plans online at


Councilman Christ graduates from Leadership Atlanta

Peachtree Corners Councilman Eric Christ is among the 83 community leaders to graduate from the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2018.

Christ, who represents Post 2, was selected for the program in June. During the program, participants learned about the region by participating in retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours.

“Through this professional development program, I’ve met a diverse set of metro leaders and been exposed to the issues shaping our region,” Christ said in a news release. “I look forward to leveraging those connections and knowledge as the City Council addresses the opportunities facing Peachtree Corners.”

Leadership Atlanta is the oldest continuously running training program of its type in the country. Formed in the early 1970s, it quickly addressed the growing need for a trained cadre of leaders to move metro Atlanta toward unity and shared prosperity.


Fishing Derby scheduled

at OneStop Centerville

Reel in some intergenerational fun as seniors guide new anglers on fishing techniques.

A bicentennial fishing derby will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the first day of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ summer break. The derby will take place at OneStop Centerville, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

Participants can attempt to catch Big Herman, the pond’s 30-pound catfish. The fishing competition will end at 11:15 a.m., and winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.

Children who are 15 or younger do not need a fishing license, but parents must be present to sign a waiver for children to participate. Fishers should bring a pole; bait and prizes will be provided.

Those who are interested in volunteering at the event can sign up online at


Sugar Hill History mural

celebration planned

Celebrate the fusion of art and history in downtown Sugar Hill’s new mural.

The History Mural celebration will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. June 9 at The Suite Spot, 4988 W. Broad St.

Mural artist Chris Walker will be present, along with several volunteer firefighters who are painted on the mural. A 1953 firetruck will be available for photos.

For more information, visit


Summer Porch Jam

part of Make Music Day

The Suwanee Summer Porch Jam will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. June 21 in Old Town Suwanee.

The event is part of Make Music Day, an international celebration of music. Launched in 1982 in France, it is held on the summer solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

The first Make Music Day event in Georgia, Summer Porch Jam will have the feel of an old-fashioned summer block party.

Musicians will be playing outdoors at multiple venues, including Everett’s Music Barn, Huthmaker Violins, the Burnette-Rogers Pavilion and Mayor Jimmy Burnett’s front porch.

For more information, visit

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