COLORIFIC: Children love color, as this poster from the Hudgens Center for the Arts shows. The Center has announced its summer schedule for arts camps for students of all ages. See Today's Focus for more details.
Issue 12.14 | Friday, May 18, 2012
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DULUTH, Ga., May 18, 2012 -- Summer art camps at the Hudgens Center for the Arts are a way to keep your kids and teens busy over the long, hot summer. The Hudgens has three different camps set for this summer:
Wheel Summer Camp for younger kids meets from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
daily. Campers will rotate through three sessions each day with fine art
instruction in drawing and painting, clay, and mixed media. A strong emphasis
will be placed on technique and craftsmanship. Sessions will conclude
with a mini exhibition of the works created. Color Wheel camp weeks are
one-week sessions meeting each week in June. Cost for one week is $175
for members of the Hudgens Center or $200 for non-members.
The Teen Summer Portfolio Development Intensive is intended for any young artist thinking about applying to art school, who might be worried whether their portfolio is good enough. Students will spend time sharing their work with an experienced artist and instructor, and learning their own strengths and weaknesses. The instructor will work individually with each student to create projects to fill any gaps in their body of work. This class will help develop a strong, comprehensive portfolio. The Teen Portfolio Intensive meets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 23-27. The fee is $120 for members and $145 for non-members.
Spaces are limited for the camps, so register now to ensure a spot. Complete descriptions and online registration are available on the website under Education/Summer Art Camps at www.thehudgens.org. Registrations can also be made by phone at 770-623-6002, through the mail using the printable registration form from the Web site, or in person in the gift shop. The Hudgens is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Hudgens Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that has been focused on supporting the arts in Georgia since its establishment in 1981. The Hudgens presents fine art exhibits year round, and offers art classes for adults and children through its Fine Arts School. It supports local community-based arts organizations through its programs, exhibits and partnerships. The Hudgens' mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits.
Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300,
in Duluth, in the Gwinnett Center complex. For more information about
art exhibits, events and classes at the Hudgens, visit
the Web site or call 770-623-6002.
MAY 18, 2012 -- All of us have favorite authors. You may enjoy reading about some of mine. These are in no particular order, and often I'll list only one title, while the author may have written other good work.
ought to be enough for several weeks. Of course, order through the Internet,
and find bargains. (Go
to Fetchbooks. There I just bought a new $25 book for $4.50. Amazing
the bargains you can find.)
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Editor, the Forum:
Reading the Briscoe Field Minority Report, I was fine with it until I got to the paragraph about the poll done for Propeller Investments, who has the only proposal outstanding, showing a supposedly 84 percent approval factor.
I pointed out last year, those results were from a 'robo' poll, an automated
recording asking questions to anyone who answered their landline phone,
whether they were of voting age or residents of Gwinnett County. It consisted
of reading a number of supposedly positives about the privatization and
then asking if citizens were in favor of it. For example (and I am paraphrasing)
"If you knew privatizing Briscoe Field would save the county $1.0
million a year, would you be in favor of it?"
poll has no validity at all and violates many basic polling industry standards
and practices of sound survey research. In legal terminology, this would
be known as a "fatally flawed" survey.
Wouldn't non-partisan elections require statesmen running?
Editor, the Forum:
Don't want to be too cynical about this, but to make this Non-Partisan Election idea work, Gwinnett would have to have statesmen running for office and not "Pure Politicians."
The politicians spend a lot of their time trying hide what they really believe and replacing what they truly believe with what they think we want them to believe. If they have a party affiliation, we know what they believe...or do we? There I went and did it: I was too cynical.
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation will host Armed Forces Day Remembrance on Saturday, May 19, to pay tribute to men and women who have served or presently are a part of the United States' armed forces. The event will be held on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse grounds in downtown Lawrenceville from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Displays will feature mock military campsites, uniform clad military re-enactors, and military vehicles. There will be food concessions, music, and entertainment in the gazebo. This free family event is made possible by the sponsorships of Tom Wages Funeral Service and Conder Flags of Atlanta.
A Breakfast with the Veterans will be held at 8:30 a.m. that same day for those pre-registered. The cost for the breakfast is $9 per person and will allow participants the opportunity to meet with veterans, hear presentations by active duty and retired U.S. military, and take a guided tour of the Gwinnett Veterans Memorial Museum. Registration for the breakfast must be made in advance by calling the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 770-822-5450.
Four local seniors recognized by UGA as Promising Scholars
Four Gwinnett high school seniors are among 16 students recognized as 2012 Promising Scholars by the University of Georgia Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities. They are Dacula High's Megan Chesne, Peachtree Ridge High's Lindsay Dahora and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology's Melissa Jennings and Anjali Kumar.
a two-day visit to campus, the Promising Scholars got to attend the CURO
Symposium, where more than 190 undergraduates presented their research
projects produced under the guidance of faculty mentors.
for Undergraduate Research Opportunities was created to foster a culture
of inquiry by providing opportunities for undergraduates to be engaged
in research guided and supported by faculty mentors. For more information,
visit this site.
commissioners Tuesday accepted ownership of the historic Chesser-Williams
House and a donation of $25,000 to help move and preserve it. The house
and money came from the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation.
SPLOST sales tax funds will cover the rest of a $319,130 house-moving
contract with low bidder Peachtree Construction Services, Inc. of Decatur.
Two Gwinnett County buildings get LEED Gold certifications
County announces two LEED® Gold certifications have been gained for
government buildings. They are for the Gwinnett Senior Services Center
and the new Operations Center at the Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility.
More lanes open on Georgia Highway 20 near Grayson
Two lanes eastbound of Georgia Highway 20 from Grayson are now open from Ozora Road to Brand Road, the Georgia Department of Transportation says. Paving continues westbound along the project.
The project widens Highway 20 to a four lane divided highway from Cooper/Ozora Roads to Brand Road. The estimated construction cost is $10.9 million for this 2.7 mile long project. As of April 30, 2011 the project was 90 percent complete. Gary's Grading and Pipeline Inc. is the project's contractor.
"John Grisham is best known for weaving intrigue through the antics of attorneys. The continual arrival of such books is formulaic, with me losing interest in them. However, he has also written two distinctive books about baseball. His current, Calico Joe, approaches a subject all baseball lovers enjoy, the possible record. Though not probable, Grisham develops the subject, including merging of a parallel story, through a father-son angle. It's a good tale, spun well, which displaces the standard view of Grisham books. This is a great way to be taken to the old ball game."---eeb
(Continued from previous edition)
The area of the original Savannah city plan was included in a National Historic Landmark District designation in 1966. This district received further protection in 1973 when a Historic Review Board was established. The appointed members of the board see that the buildings surrounding the squares are visually compatible and appropriate in scale, and thus they define the plan.
As a synthesis of planning ideals that respond to social, military, environmental, and philosophical needs, the Savannah plan stands out among American colonial town plans. The plan continues to adapt favorably to contemporary needs by providing a model for new urban developments.
Savannah's plan is among the most researched and analyzed in the history of American city planning. There are several theories about the influences and sources from which its distinctive layout was derived.
John Reps sees it as a derivation of settlements established by the British in Northern Ireland in the 17th century, with which Oglethorpe was familiar. Other scholars still support the 1885 claim by Savannah historian William Harden that architect Robert Castell, a friend of Oglethorpe's who later died in a London, England, debtors' prison, provided Georgia's founder with the inspiration for his plan. In his book Villas of the Ancients Illustrated (1728), Castell cited principles of the Roman architect Vitruvius that are directly reflected in Oglethorpe's design. Other theories credit garden designs from the royal estates of George II or the new plan for London devised after the great fire of 1666 as significant influences on Savannah's design.
The first drawing of the plan, entitled "A View of Savannah as it Stood the 29th of March, 1734" is also the source of scholarly debate. There is widespread disagreement about what artist was responsible for this document and considerable speculation about the accuracy of the drawing.
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MORE COPIES AVAILABLE
Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
You can also order
books through the Internet. To do that, go to www.elliottbrack.com
to place your order. For mail orders, there is a $5 shipping and handling
fee. Purchases are also subject to the 6 percent Georgia sales tax.
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THE COMING WEEK
Beauty and the Beast Ballet, presented by Northeast Atlanta Ballet at Gwinnett Center in Duluth: 7:30 p.m., May 18, and 3 p.m., May 20.
Boat Show and Sugarloaf Leisure Living Tour: 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on May 18 and 19. Hosted by Sugarloaf Country Club Charities; among the beneficiaries will be the Duluth-based Foster Children's Foundation. The Tour will showcase the outdoor living spaces and indoor terrace levels of four homes. The boat show will be at the TPC Sugarloaf Country Club! More info online.
15th Annual Norcross Car Show: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., May 19, in downtown Norcross. Proceeds benefit medical scholarships. For more info, call Liz or Dodger DeLeon at 770-448-2664 or send email.
(NEW) Operation Good Neighbor: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 19. This event will allow Gwinnettians a chance to join a volunteer group and help clean up Gwinnett. Work is concentrated on Burns Road in Lilburn, Cruse Road in Lawrenceville, and Meadow Church Road in Duluth. Learn more and register here.
Beach Bash: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 19, Braselton. Festival
to be in downtown Park, and features many activities, including arts,
crafts and food vendors, plus musicians. Event is free. More
(NEW) Peach State Opera: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., May 19, at In the Garden at Honest Alley, 178 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. The concert is free. For more information, call 770 962-0348.
Music Recital by two seniors: 7:30 p.m., May 21, Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University. Performing will be Tenor Jeff Akana, from Suwanee, and Trumpeter Matt Scout of Flowery Branch. The program is free and open to the public. More info.
Grand opening of Cavanna Packaging USA: 2:30 p.m., May 24, 2150 Northmont Parkway, Duluth. The subsidiary of a global Italian company is moving its North American headquarters to Duluth. Program will include remarks by Riccardo Cavanna, CEO of the firm, located in Prato Sesia, Italy. Details: email@example.com, or call 770 232-1174.
SOON AND ONGOING
Book signing by former Atlanta Braves Pitcher John Smoltz: 6 p.m., May 25. CoolRay Field, Lawrenceville. This event is free for ticket holders of Friday's game. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Gwinnett Public Library, sponsor of the event. Info: www.gwinnettpl.org, call (770) 978-5154.
Memorial Day Parade in Dacula: 10 a.m., May 28. Bill Tiller, a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy, will be the Grand Marshal. Theme for the 19th annual parade is "Their Sacrifice, Our Gratitude." A one-mile Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and a 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, send email.
(NEW) Career and Job Fair at Gwinnett Village Community Alliance: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 22, Victory World Church, 50905 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross. Approximately 30 employers will be there. This is the Alliance's third Fair. Learn more by email or call 770-402-4697.
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