10/31: Truth’s Community Clinic; Eight Sugarloaf toll exits; Impeachment

GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.58  |  Oct. 31, 2017 

A NEW COURTS BUILDING is in the planning stage for Gwinnett County. It will consist of between 180,000 and 200,000 square feet, and be located facing Nash Street behind the Gwinnett Justice and Administrative Center. However, prior to work beginning on the facility, the county will in Phase One build a new 800 space parking deck facing Constitution Avenue to replace the existing desk, with the courts facility to be built after the original parking area is demolished. An additional 600 space parking deck will also be added in Phase Two The first phase will begin at the end of the year. Construction of he court facility will begin in late 2018, and be completed in the first quarter of 2020. The new courts facility will be on two floors, plus having another two floors to be eventually finished in the future. Architects for the project are Pieper O’Brien Herr of Alpharetta.
IN THIS EDITION
TODAY’S FOCUS: Hebron’s Clinic Renamed Truth’s Community Clinic in Lawrenceville
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Eight Exits Proposed for Sugarloaf Parkway Extension as a Toll Road
ANOTHER VIEW: Congress Should Bury Partisanship and Seek President’s Impeachment
SPOTLIGHT: MTI Baths Inc.
McLEMORE’S WORLD: Concerning the Founding Fathers and the Second Amendment
FEEDBACK: Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus Is Ray of Hope for the Future
UPCOMING: Gwinnett Seeks Input by Nov. 26 on Comprehensive Transportation Plan
NOTABLE: Peachtree Corners Seeks Trail Name; Entries Due by December 1
RECOMMENDED: George Romney, An American Life, by Patrick Foster
GEORGIA TIDBIT: Georgia Has Produced A Rich Heritage of Blues Musicians
TODAY’S QUOTE: Eleanor Roosevelt Compares Women To a Tea Bag
MYSTERY PHOTO: This Mystery Photo Might Not Be What We’ll See in Georgia
LAGNIAPPE: Volunteers from Several Groups Clean Up DeShong Park
CALENDAR: Do It Yourself Publishing Seminar To Be November 4
TODAY’S FOCUS

Hebron’s clinic renamed Truth’s Community Clinic in Lawrenceville

By Fran Worrall, Lawrenceville, Ga.  |  In 2003, a small group from Dacula’s Hebron Baptist Church saw the need for a health clinic that would serve the poorest in their community — those with little or no income, no insurance, and no hope of receiving adequate healthcare. Within a few months, Hebron Community Health Center was up and running, ministering to both the medical and spiritual needs of the underserved population of east Gwinnett County, primarily the cities of Lawrenceville, Auburn, Dacula, and Buford.

Worrall

Fourteen years later, the faith-based organization has a new name and a new and larger facility. Truth’s Community Clinic re-located to Langley Drive near downtown Lawrenceville, to serve an ever-growing population of needy patients.  It now offers both dental and medical care.

The clinic was renamed to more accurately represent those who serve and support the non-profit organization. Although its beginnings are rooted in the Baptist church, the clinic is now funded by a wide range of community groups, church denominations, and foundation grants. The volunteers who serve it come from a variety of faith backgrounds.

Truth’s Community Clinic offers non-emergency primary care, including medical, dental, and pharmaceutical services. Its practitioners treat a variety of conditions, such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, non-insulin dependent diabetes, and thyroid problems, as well as issues related to women’s health. The clinic also offers dental extractions and fillings.

Patients with insurance and Medicaid are not accepted. Healthcare services at Truth’s Community Clinic are completely free, although a $20 donation is suggested to help defray expenses. Patients diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, orthopedic conditions, and other serious medical problems are referred to appropriate facilities.

The clinic’s executive director, Scarlett Rigsby, has worked with non-profit organizations for more than 25 years, including 18 years as a YMCA program director.

Dr. Hoyt Gazaway and office volunteer Gloria Luke

Dr. Hoyt Gazaway, a family physician who has practiced in Gwinnett County for 25 years, and Mamie Outler, a registered nurse with more than 50 years’ experience, manage clinical care and oversee regulatory compliance and policy and procedure implementation.

True to its original mission, the clinic continues to provide spiritual as well as physical care to its patient population. Its unique partnership with Nothing but the Truth Ministries, a faith-based organization located in the same office complex, enables the clinic to offer non-medical support in the form of after-school programs, ESL classes, family night dinners, and Bible studies.

Rigsby says: “Physical health and spiritual health go hand in hand. We’ve found that meeting the needs of the whole person — body, mind and spirit – has made a huge difference in lives of the people we serve.”

Truth’s Clinic volunteers Ann Clinton, Mamie Outler, Carol Baker, and Gloria Luke with Executive Director Scarlett Rigsby (seated).

Outler agrees. “Being there for patients both physically and spiritually is so important. We’re seeing real and positive changes. These patients are healthier, they’re happier, and they’re taking ownership of their healthcare and their lives.”

Truth’s Community Clinic is located at 250 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. Medical services are provided on the first and third Tuesdays of each month; dental services on the first and third Thursdays of each month.

The clinic is seeking medical personnel, including physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, hygienists, and dental and medical assistants, to volunteer a few hours each month.

EEB PERSPECTIVE

Eight exits proposed for Sugarloaf Parkway Extension as a toll road

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher  |  Pay attention, if you live in North Gwinnett. You should be particularly interested in the recent announcement that the Gwinnett County Commission is considering a toll road to extend Sugarloaf Parkway and make it a full four lane divided median highway.

The accompanying plan shows proposed routing of this project.

It would essentially go from the current end of Sugarloaf Parkway, at Georgia Highway 316 near Dacula, and curve northwesterwardly to end at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard south of Sugar Hill.

The right-of-way for this interstate-like highway would be the alignment of what was once proposed as the Outer Loop.

This four-lane roadway would not have off ramps to most of the roads on its path. Note the anticipated exits from the four-lane highway. They would be at:

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  • Fence Road near Dacula, though this would not be a full interchange.
  • Old Peachtree Road: this would be a full interchange.
  • Interstate 85: This would be perhaps the most important part of this roadway, in that it would allow I-85 traffic to exit and easily move south to eastern parts of Gwinnett, or exit westwardly toward Sugar Hill, Buford and cities outside Gwinnett.
  • Mall Boulevard: another full exit would be a major benefit for Mall of Georgia shoppers.
  • Interstate 985: This would allow only a northbound off ramp from Sugarloaf, plus a southbound ramp to Sugarloaf Parkway.
  • Satellite Boulevard: the road would allow a full interchange to traffic here.
  • Buford Highway: a half interchange to allow westward traffic to exit, or eastward traffic to get onto Sugarloaf.
  • And finally, at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, also a half interchange similar to the Buford Highway exit.

While the proposed roadway would be a boom to many travelers, the roadway would also cut through areas with lots of homes. Some of these subdivisions have been built since initial talk of the Outer Loop was being proposed. We bet some developers didn’t tell the people buying homes along this way about this possibility!

The real benefit to this toll road would be for motorists recognizing the bottleneck that Georgia Highway 20 has become from Sugar Hill to I-85. Anyone west of the Chattahoochee River going northward on Interstate 85, or heading to the Athens area, would love this proposal, and we suspect would gladly pay the relatively small toll to get to this area.  Eastbound motorists crossing the Chattahoochee River would turn south on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and travel the short distance to Sugarloaf.  And truckers and other motorists on Interstate 85 would find the road appealing to get past the mall traffic when heading westward.

Of course, right now the possibility of this road being built, and as a toll road, is merely talk. Much more discussion will have to take place to see it built.

No doubt the road’s best possibility would come if the governments of Forsyth, Cherokee and Bartow counties realized the benefit it would bring motorists seeking connections between I-75 and I-85.  These governments might even recognize it as something of an economic benefit to their counties, as a certain percent of motorists traveling this route will spend monies as they stop along the way. And if these counties considered it as a toll road, the cost would be paid by the users.

It’s something that could happen down the road, so to speak.  So, pay attention.

ANOTHER VIEW

Congress should bury partisanship and seek president’s impeachment

By Jack Bernard, Peachtree City, Ga.  |  Robert Mueller is underappreciated and should be celebrated as a true American hero regardless of his findings.

Bernard

Mueller volunteered for a thankless job: investigating an international scandal that almost certainly would lead to the president of the United States and/or those closest to him. It already has…and we can expect indictments with 100 percent certainty based on what we already know.

Why did he volunteer for this painful task? A respected career law enforcement official, Mueller is obviously not a liberal with a grudge. He did not accept the position because he is out to get the president or his campaign.

He volunteered because his country needed him. In this way, he was much like many of the idealistic young men and women who volunteered after 9/11.

As opposed to President Trump, Mueller seeks no applause. He does not speak before crowded stadiums, calling his opponents demeaning names, like the person he is investigating.

Mueller seeks only the truth. The world would be a better place if more people in our Capital were like him, but they are not.

My opinion is that Mueller knows he stands a better than 50 percent chance of being fired without just cause by our president, a bully who appears to hate hearing the truth. I suspect that is one reason Mueller has so tightly controlled leaks on his end.

He will present his findings only when his work is done. If Mueller is fired, either directly or indirectly via surrogates, the evidence will speak for itself.

It will be up to Congress to bury partisanship and go after the president via impeachment. No matter what he does, it is doubtful that this will happen given the weak kneed leadership of today’s GOP. I shudder to think of what has become of the party of Lincoln and what history will say about this latest, shameful incarnation of the Republican Party.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

MTI Baths Inc.

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McLEMORE’S WORLD

Concerning the Founding Fathers and the Second Amendment

FEEDBACK

Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus is ray of hope for the future

Editor, the Forum:

Like you, I am dismayed with the seeming direction of our political discourse and landscape.

Having non-partisan bodies establish Congressional district boundaries would be an important step forward and encourage candidates and office-holders to move toward the center.

Another step in that direction is the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus. Created in January 2017 the Caucus is a bipartisan group that includes approximately 40 members equally divided between Democrats and Republicans who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. Members have agreed to vote together for any policy proposal that garners support of 75 percent of the entire caucus, as well as 51 percent of both Democrats and Republicans in the caucus.

Most recently its members unified behind a bipartisan health care fix. The caucus is a ray of hope for the future.

— John Titus, Peachtree Corners

Thinks his parakeet would have made a better president

Editor, the Forum:

As you write in recently, no one has emerged as a serious challenger to Trump for 2020 or even 2024.

That’s terrible, because I once had a parakeet that would have made a better president than The Donald. He had a bigger vocabulary, smaller ego, and never seemed to want to insult or injure anyone.

More than I can say for the current White House occupant.

Robert Hanson, Loganville

Forum editor makes error in saying Georgia 400 toll alive

Editor, the Forum:

There IS NO TOLL on 400 to I-85! It represents one of the very, very, few promises kept by “swamp-dwelling” Democrat-Liberal-Rhinos and if it weren’t for “Tea-Party-Folks,” evil, weasel-word folks like yourself would have kept us paying those tolls forever!

Just like you want to do now, in spite of us paying all sorts of “Road paying taxes” ALL FOR PAYING FOR ALL ROAD CONSTRUCTION…..and NOT for “relieving Gwinnett General fund” for paying for road construction.

Duplicitous weasels like you would be salivating over those “general funds” to be spent on some “swamp-contrived-entitlement;” all under your banner of “wonderful sounding, liberal causes, “which in reality would be from your “screw-the-Middle-Class-Taxpayer” culture.

— Dick Egan, Suwanee

Dear Reader Dick: Hard to find people with the ability to put harsh words in so many forms. I congratulate you on your vocabulary. Yep, in my dotage, I goofed on this one. And I did the unthinkable: I used the Internet as my reference:

 From Trip Savvy, Updated 05/09/17: “Currently, when driving in Georgia, you’ll only encounter one toll road in the whole state. Georgia 400, which runs from the Downtown Connector into Northwest Georgia, has one toll which will cost you 50 cents each way. The toll is between exit 1 and exit 2, just north of Downtown Atlanta and south of Buckhead/Lenox Road.”

I seldom drive that road, and thought the toll was still in place. My error, and my apology to readers. –eeb

We’re in the middle of economic boom: Keep it positive

Editor, the Forum:

My friend, I hope you can see that we are in the middle of an economic boom and we should all be encouraged by this. So many positive things have happened in this year we cannot deny growth in many sectors.

I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but he is my president now and I want to do all I can to pull this country together if that’s possible. Calling names by any of us only makes things worse……stay positive, you can be one of the sources that help this huge problem.

— Martha Snell, Snellville

Dear Martha: Thanks. –eeb

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UPCOMING

Gwinnett seeks input by Nov. 26 on Comprehensive Transportation Plan

Comprehensive Transportation Plan, or CTP, serves as a roadmap for how transportation will develop in Gwinnett County. The Destination2040 CTP was funded by Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Regional Commission and has examined the many changes that have occurred in the county’s population, employment, land use and development since the last plan update. The CTP considers all modes of transportation including: major roadways; all transit in the County; an overview of how often people walk and ride bicycles; truck routes; and the Gwinnett County Airport.

This update is important because of changes made in the county since the last CTP was completed in 2008. With these changes in mind, the county has worked to re-evaluate the vision, goals, objectives, and investment strategies set forth in the 2008 plan. The final plan provides a direction for transportation in Gwinnett County going forward, with a horizon year of 2040.

To complete the recommendations document, the planning team needs your input! The plan is open for a 30-day public comment period to receive input before the plan is finalized and put to the Board of Commissioners for adoption. The public comment period closes on Nov. 26, 2017.

Duluth’s 3rd annual Festival of Trees has bicentennial theme

Duluth’s third annual Festival of Trees will be at the Southeastern Railway Museum again. The Christmas-time celebration this year will be even more special as we include the 200-year celebration of Gwinnett County’s history. It is sponsored by the Duluth Historical Society.

For six weeks plus, the Festival spotlights businesses and the Museum’s facilities, just south of downtown Duluth. It brings a unique holiday touch to this local landmark in your backyard.

For a $100 donation, businesses can sponsor a tree for the full season and decorate it as they wish.  Guests from Gwinnett, across Georgia and around the region will enjoy your tree and identify your business as a supporter of our organization and our partner (the Southeastern Railway Museum).

Guests will be encouraged to vote for their favorite tree by placing donations in a box by the tree.  The tree that attracts the most donations will win “People’s Choice” award.  Officials of both organizations will vote for “Best of Show.”

All voting donations for trees will be given to Village of Hope, Lawrenceville, the chosen non-profit beneficiary this year.  Their mission is “restoring HOPE to the homeless and to those in need in Lawrenceville,” and the  neighboring community in Gwinnett.  Village of Hope meets the basic human needs including food and shelter. Visit them at villageofhopelawrenceville.org.

  • To participate in the Festival of Trees, email or call to receive a vendor package of information.
  • Call  Candace Morgan at 770-403-1795 or Nancy Sturgis at 678-365-1641 or email president@duluthhistoricalsociety.org.

County seeking state grant to pave 169 miles of roadway in 2018

Gwinnett County Commissioners recently voted to apply for $6,389,307.27 in Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant, or LMIG, funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation. If approved, this grant will help fund the County’s 2018 resurfacing contract. The state funds will be coupled with about $18 million in 2017 SPLOST funds to address 2018 resurfacing needs.

This state grant will be used to resurface arterials and other major roads within the county. The 2017 resurfacing contract addresses about 170 miles of roadway, which includes residential streets.

NOTABLE

Peachtree Corners seeks trail name; Entries due Dec. 1

Peachtree Corners has cut the ribbon and  plans are underway for the 11.5-mile, multi-use trail system that will crisscross the city linking office parks, restaurants, retail centers, the new town center and surrounding neighborhoods. Winding its way through Technology Park, the first section of the multi-use trail will link to the city’s town center to the north and south to Peachtree Parkway.

Now it’s time to name the trail system and give it a unique identity for our innovative and remarkable city. Those who have an idea for the trail name should go by the rules below to enter the contest. The winning entry will receive a restaurant gift certificate and bragging rights in perpetuity.

How to enter 

  1. Entry must be submitted by email to info@peachtreecornersga.gov or by mail to City Hall at 147 Technology Parkway, Suite 200, Peachtree Corners, Ga. 30092 by Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
  2. Entries must not duplicate part or all of another named trail or road
  3. Must not be more than two words, excluding the word “trail”
  4. Must not be the name of a person

All submissions must contain all of the following:

  1. Suggested trail name
  2. Date of submission
  3. Name, address, and telephone number of the entrant

Parkview Cluster Foundation awards grants to 11 teachers

The Parkview Cluster Foundation celebrated their Grant Delivery Day by delivering checks totaling nearly $6,000 to 11 different teachers at each of the six cluster schools.  The Parkview Cluster Foundation raises funds to enrich the lives of students through such purchases as new science microscopes, Breakout Boxes, Spanish online subscriptions, Aquaponics gardens, online Social Studies curriculum, guest speakers for middle school health classes and ukuleles.

Members of the Foundation board visited each school with balloons and a giant check to give the students the opportunity to learn what the Foundation does and how it affects them in their classroom.  In this photo, from left are Lori Reeves of Camp Creek Elementary, who won one of the grants; Foundation President David Will, Grant Selection Committee Member Wendy Smith; and Camp Creek Principal Valerie Robinett.

Others getting grant include Treva Bibbs-Bugg and Kate Heler, Parkview; Jeff Schaefer and Susan Moody, Trickum;  Anna Daniel and Jennifer Trice Haynes, Camp Creek; Christine Christopher and Jennifer Brown, Knight; Kathy Herrin, Mountain Park; and Angela Curtis-Wolf, Arcado.

Gwinnett Parks and Recreation employees win district awards

From left are Program Coordinator Josh Harris; Grounds Maintenance Associate II Bobby Chavis; Program Coordinator, Pam Hoffman’ Gwinnett Senior Learning Volunteer Jane Montgomery’ Aquatic Program Supervisor, Kristin Munroe; and Division Director, John Gentry.

The Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA), District 7 held its annual banquet on Oct. 25, in Forsyth County to recognize the many talented and hardworking members in the parks and recreation industry.

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) was presented with awards in three categories. From the District 7 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA).  The Volunteer Award was presented to Jane Montgomery for volunteering more than 7,000 hours in the past seven years with Gwinnett Senior Learning Center, a volunteer-led organization dedicated to teaching computer skills to active adults ages 50 and up.

GRPA also presented its Professional Award to Bobby Chavis for his commitment to excellence and steadfast work ethic. The District Programmer of the Year award was presented to Kristin Munroe for producing aquatic programming that exceeds her areas of responsibility to include other aquatic centers, park space around her centers, recreation centers, and outside agencies all together.

RECOMMENDED

George Romney, An American Life, by Patrick Foster

Reviewed by Steve Rausch, Peachtree Corners: Two of my passions are old cars and politics.  This book brings both together in a delightful way. The author takes you inside the days of George Romney’s career at the helm of American Motors and how he moved within and throughout the Detroit auto industry. There’s plenty of history about the ‘Big Names’ of the automotive industry, such as Packard, Hudson, Nash, Kaiser-Frazer, Willy-Overland and Studebaker, all battling to join the ‘Big Three’ of that time. Only the last few chapters discuss Romney’s move into politics, first as governor of Michigan (Romney is still known as that state’s most popular governor) and then his attempt to join the national stage. It is interesting to read how a devout Mormon conservative maneuvered so successfully in such a democratically controlled state. This book is more than a mere list of accomplishments, it also enlightens you on a romantic, and heroic life.

  • An invitation: what books, restaurants, movies or web sites have you enjoyed recently? Send us your recent selection, along with a short paragraph (100 words) as to why you liked this, plus what you plan to visit or read next. –eeb
GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA TIDBIT

Georgia has produced a rich heritage of blues musicians

The blues is a blending of African and European traditional music characterized by its melancholy (or blue) notes expressing suffering and deprivation. Songs are typically structured in three-line verses, with the third line summing up, or rephrasing, the sentiment expressed in the first two.

Beginning in the 19th century, blues music developed throughout the southern United States from slave work songs and field hollers. Later, southern prisoners in jail and on chain gangs added songs of murder, death row, and their treatment at the hands of the wardens. In 1839 one of the earliest known references to slave music that would evolve into the blues was documented on a Georgia rice plantation by an English traveler.

Ray Charles

Georgia has produced a rich blues heritage that showcases a variety of performance styles, from such popular commercial recording artists as Ray Charles from Albany, Little Richard from Macon, and Robert Cray of Columbus to more obscure players like Blind Simmie Dooley from Hartwell and Dolphus “Gus” Gibson from Fort Valley.

Little is known about the earliest forms of the music, but Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, a native of Columbus, claims to have sung blues in front of live vaudeville audiences at the age of 16 (around 1900), which may make her the first professional female blues performer. Before relocating to Chicago, Rainey performed at the 81 Theater in Atlanta, where she influenced the teenaged Bessie Smith.

Also in the early years of the century, Atlanta’s Decatur Street had a thriving music scene populated by barrelhouse blues pianists like Thomas Andrew “Georgia Tom” Dorsey from Villa Rica, Big Maceo Merriweather from Atlanta, and Willie Lee “Piano Red” Perryman from Hampton. (The term barrelhouse was used to describe a loud percussive type of blues piano suitable for noisy bars or taverns.)

When white listeners became interested in blues music in the late 1950s and early 1960s, many of the country blues musicians had ceased playing music or lived in obscurity until blues revivalists searched them out.

By the time the blues began to have an overt influence on white musicians like the Allman Brothers of Macon in the late 1960s and early 1970s, white performers had overtaken their black peers in popularity, and increasing numbers of white musicians, like Tinsley Ellis of Atlanta, began playing the blues.

Luther Johnson of Davisboro, who played extensively with Muddy Waters, and other important blues musicians of the 1970s were often overshadowed by white contemporaries, a trend that continues to this day. Georgia still produces blues by performers like Neal Pattman from Madison County and Robert “Chick” Willis of Cabiness, but blues tourism and the record industry continues to homogenize the genre, and the distinctive traditions of the early blues records and the Atlanta style no longer remain.

MYSTERY PHOTO

This Mystery Photo might not be what we’ll see in Georgia

Georgia weather is never like this, though the cooler season has arrived. So, this is obviously not a Georgia photograph. Now you figure out where it is and send your answer to elliott@brack.net, and be sure to include the town where you get your mail.

Last week’s logo was recognized only by George Graf of Palmyra, Va. The photo came from Molly Titus of Peachtree Corners.

George writes:  “This is Expedition: Bigfoot at The Sasquatch Museum located on Georgia Route 515 at the town of Cherry Log near Blue Ridge in Georgia. This Sasquatch museum is owned and operated by David and Malinda Bakara. David tells me that they moved to Georgia two and half years ago from Florida for the peace and solitude of the Georgia mountains. David became a fan of Bigfoot at an early age after seeing the 1974 movie The Legend of Boggy Creek and then later became an investigator for Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. With that in mind, David and Malinda decided to open a museum dedicated to the big hair cryptid.  They were lucky enough to find a closed down restaurant which was situated in the ideal location to attract visitors and big enough to accommodate David’s collection of Bigfoot items.”

LAGNIAPPE

Volunteers from several groups cleaning up DeShong Park

Forty-seven volunteers worked for 147 hours to clean up DeShong Park in Stone Mountain recently, spreading four tons of mulch to beautify the area. Volunteers cleared underbrush along the paved trail to provide a safer experience for the park patrons. The event was in partnership with Gwinnett Great Days of Service and featured volunteers with TeenHop of Grayson, Baha’i Community of South Gwinnett, Cub Scout Pack 251, H.O.O.K.E.D Teen club and residents from the community. Park’nership offers a rewarding opportunity for the community to come together and serve with other volunteers to enhance Gwinnett’s beautiful parks. To find out more information on volunteer possibilities, visit www.gwinnettparksfoundation.org.

CALENDAR

Fourth Annual Shine a Light event will be November 2 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historical Courthouse. At the event, the community can learn about the latest treatments for lung cancer, meet caregivers and listen to patients share their stories of survival. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Extra Mile 5K Walk/Run will be held November 4 at Suwanee Town Center Park starting at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The Extra Mile 5K benefits Annandale Village at Suwanee, to bring awareness to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries. To register visit www.Extramileclub.com.

(NEW) DIY publishing workshop will be Saturday, November 4, a 1 p.m. at the Five Forks Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. This workshop will give you the tools you need to break into the highly accessible indie publishing world.  Taught by Sally Apokedak, this class will focus on the novel writer with tips for the picture book writer, too. It is presented by Gwinnett County Public Library, in partnership with the Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

(NEW) As part of North Georgia Reads, Sharyn McCrumb will appear on Sunday, November 5, at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center at 3 p.m. She is best known for her Appalachian “ballad” novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Ballad of Tom Dooley.  Her new novel, The Unquiet Grave, is based on the true story the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. North Georgia Reads was created to promote collaboration between neighboring library systems and to bring bestselling authors to 46 libraries in the region. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

(NEW) Fraud Prevention Workshop: On Saturday, November 11, the Lilburn Woman’s Club Domestic Violence Program and Lilburn Police Department will host a Fraud Prevention Workshop for seniors to be held from 10 a.m. in the meeting room in the new Lilburn City Hall on the bottom level across from the library.  The presentation is free and open to the community.  Mike Johnson, Lilburn Police Community Outreach Liaison, will be the speaker and will be accepting questions at the end of his presentation.  Come and learn how to take protective measures against fraud.

Holiday Craft Market: Saturday, Nov.11, at 10 a.m. at Pinckneyville Park. Free Admission! Do some early holiday shopping for unique pieces that make fun gifts for everyone! Enter the cookie recipe swap for a chance to win a prize. Kid’s activities will make it fun for the whole family! Artists, food vendors, and crafters, call 678-277-0920.

Veteran’s Day, November 11 at 11 a.m., will be observed by Gwinnett County at the Fallen Heroes Memorial, in front of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building.

Trafficking Forum (rescheduled): The Fall Community Forum on Domestic Minor Human Trafficking has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2140 Beaver Ruin Road, in Norcross. For more details, contact Muriam.Nafees@gwinnettcounty.com.

Ribbon Cutting of a fire training tower at Maxwell School of Technology will be at noon, November 14, at the school located at 990 McElvaney Lane, Lawrenceville. For more information, all 770 822 7180.

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