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


Vendor spaces available at Whistlestop Market Days

Interested in selling your art, crafts or promoting your business? Become a vendor at Whistlestop Market Days.

Whistlestop Market Days are scheduled for April 6, June 1, Sept. 28 and Nov. 2 at the Whistlestop Shops, located at 1369 4th Ave. in Auburn. Vendor spaces are available for $40 per event date.

In addition to vendors, the event is also seeking musicians.

For more information, call Joy Erwin at 770-654-0573 or email


Bethlehem First UMC

readies for 2nd Spring Craft Fair

The Bethlehem First United Methodist Church will host its second annual Spring Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 on its front lawn.

Last year, the event featured about 100 craft and food vendors.

The church is located at 709 Christmas Ave. in Bethlehem. For more information, call 770-867-3727.


Berkeley Lake plans

Earth Day cleanup

If Marie Kondo’s approach to tidying up has inspired you to clean out your home, put Berkeley Lake’s Earth Day event on your calendar.

The city’s annual event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. A shredder truck has been booked for the event, which will allow residents to get rid of their unwanted stuff.

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22, is designed to demonstrate support for environmental protection.


Winter Market pops up at Historical Gymnasium

Antiques dealers, artists and crafters from throughout metro Atlanta are coming to Braselton for the annual Art-Tiques Winter Market, scheduled for Friday to Feb. 24 at the Braselton Historical Gymnasium.

The pop-up market will be open noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Historical Gym, located at 4825 Ga. Highway 53 in Braselton. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit


Heritage Center hosts World Thinking Day

Join local Girl Scouts as you sample culture and cuisine from across the globe during World Thinking Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day each year. The event calls for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better.

Admission to the event is $2. There is a separate Girl Scout charge of a dime per beverage or food item and SWAPS — Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.


Youth Spring Job Fair planned at Dacula library

Have a teen who is looking for a job? Encourage them to update or create a resume in preparation for the Goodwill Youth Spring Job Fair at the Dacula library.

The Gwinnett County Public Library and Goodwill of North Georgia will host a job and education fair from 2 to 5 p.m. March 27 at the Dacula branch, located at 265 Dacula Road.

Job fair attendees can meet employers from local businesses and get information on how to become a student at local colleges.

For more information, visit


Annual crawfish festival returns for third year

Get ready to pinch and suck some heads.

MuddBuggs and Music returns to Duluth for the third consecutive year on March 30. The event will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on the Duluth Town Green.

Each general admission ticket receives a 5-ounce sample of crawfish. A 1.25-pound serving of Crawfish and Fixin’s can be purchased for about $20.

VIP tickets are also available, which will include all-you-can-eat crawfish and “fixin’s plus” from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, Trey Dahl and the Jugtime Ragband, and Grit and Grace are scheduled to perform at the festival.

To purchase tickets, visit


City announces lineup for summer concerts

With the completion of its “ampavilion” in Grayson Community Park, the city is getting ready for summer.

Grayson has announced its lineup of free summer concerts, which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the pavilion.

Lanier Jazz will perform on June 22. Young Elvis and the Blue Suedes Rockabilly Tribute Show will take the stage July 13. Fly Betty Band is scheduled for Aug. 3.

Additionally, a Back to School Movie Night Under the Stars will begin at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

Additional information and updates will be announced on the Get Into Grayson Facebook page.


Master Gardeners meeting features seed library info

A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers, including UGA’s Gwinnett Extension office.

Seed saving is something people have done for more than 10,000 years, and on Monday, Cherokee County Extension Agent Josh Fuder will help gardeners rejoin the ritual with a presentation on how to start saving seeds and sharing the abundance in the community.

At the next Gwinnett County Master Gardeners meeting, Fuder will discuss strategies for successfully collecting and storing a variety of seeds and share tips for starting a seed library in your own community or garden club.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch. The program will begin at noon at the Bethesda Senior Center, located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville.


Camp Creek clean-up needs volunteers, waders

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to help remove litter and invasive plant species at the Lilburn Camp Creek Clean-up and Beautification event.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Gartrell Nash Pavilion in Lilburn City Park, located at 76 Main St. Wear closed-toe shoes or boots and long pants. Long sleeves are also recommended.

The event is in need of experienced storm cleanup volunteers who have their own waders. Those who meet this requirement can email Jordan Girard at

For more information or to register, visit and search for “Lilburn Camp Creek Cleanup and Beautification.”


Monthly Bike Nights return in April

Monthly Bike Nights will resume at the American Legion Post 233 in Loganville in April.

The first Bike Night of the year will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. April 5 at the post, located at U.S. Highway 78 in Loganville.

The event is hosted in partnership with the Legion Riders and Juggernaut Cycles.

For more information, visit


Italian Car Day returns with new spring date

After rain in October and November caused the 2018 Atlanta Italian Car Day to be canceled, the event will return to Norcross on March 2.

Atlanta Italian Car Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Lillian Webb Park in Norcross.

The show will feature an exhibition of Italian cars, including Ferraris, Fiats, Lamborghinis and Maseratis.

Registration is $25 per car or $20 per motorcycle at the gate.

For more information, visit


City challenges residents to locate biggest tree

The Peachtree Corners Green Committee has extended a challenge to residents to identify the biggest tree in the city.

Not limited to specific varieties of trees, the contest is aimed at identifying the largest trees and is part of the city’s celebration of Arbor Day. Winners will receive a free dinner for two at the new Town Center, at a restaurant to be determined.

To submit a tree for consideration, measure the diameter of the tree 4 feet off the ground and send a photo of yourself with the tree to Include the diameter of the tree and the words “Big Tree Hunter” in the subject area.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. March 29.

A winner will be announced at the annual Arbor Day event at 11 a.m. April 26 at Paul Duke STEM High School, where there will be a tree planting event.


City receives safety grants from Municipal Association

The Georgia Municipal Association awarded a Safety Grant for $4,553 and a Liability Grant for $8,926.07 to Snellville for the purchase of a defibrillator and accessories, a Strike Alert Lightning Detector and playground safety netting at T.W. Briscoe Park.

The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services.

“This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees,” said Eileen Thomas, GMA marketing field manager.

Since the inception of the program, more than 130 cities have received grant money through the program. More than 500 grants have been approved, totaling nearly $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear and police department in-vehicle video systems.

The Safety and Liability Management Grant program is made available to members of GMA’s property and liability insurance program (the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency) and GMA’s workers’ compensation insurance.


City manager receives Certificate of Achievement

Sugar Hill City Manager Paul Radford received the Certificate of Achievement from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Mayors’ Day Conference in January.

The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for city officials.

To receive a Certificate of Achievement, a city official must complete a minimum of 72 units of credit, including at least 36 hours from a list of required classes. The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses.

“This is an outstanding achievement,” GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson said. “We commend Paul for this accomplishment and for the dedication he’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”


Suwanee Fest Planning Committee looking for vendors, performers

The Suwanee Fest Planning Committee is looking for artists, craftsmen, vendors, food trucks and performers of all kinds for Suwanee Fest 2019 on Sept. 21 and 22 in Town Center Park.

The fall festival kick-off to the holiday shopping season, Suwanee Fest is a two-day juried art show for handcrafted and handmade items only. Non-profits and food vendors are also encouraged to apply for a booth, and festival sponsorship opportunities are available.

“Suwanee Fest is searching for creative vendors who make such life-changing items that attendees can’t leave the park without them,” City of Suwanee Events and Outreach Manager Amy Doherty said.

The Planning Committee is also looking for dance groups, acrobats, solo artists, bands and other exhibition groups with diverse backgrounds. Because Suwanee Fest does not charge admission, entertainers are generally not paid to perform at the event.

“Up-and-coming performers as well as established favorites entertain and delight audiences of all ages during this two-day event,” Planning Committee Entertainment Chair Michelle Budd said.

The application deadline for artisans, nonprofits and food vendors is March 31. Entertainer applications are due May 1. Applications and guidelines can be found at