Friday, August 28, 2009

2009 Temporary Property Tax Bills Have Been Mailed

Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner Katherine Meyer announced that property tax bills for 2009 have been mailed. Payment installment dates are October 15 and November 15.

These are temporary bills. The temporary tax bills were required because a final millage rate had not been set by the County Board of Commissioners. Property owners must pay their temporary tax bills in full by November 15 to avoid interest and penalty charges. Once the final millage rate has been set, a re-billing may occur. Any difference in the temporary and the final millage rate may result in additional charges or refunds to property owners.

Homeowners across Georgia may see in an increase in their 2009 tax bills unrelated to the County millage rate. Since 1999, the Georgia General Assembly and the Governor have provided a credit on property tax bills called the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant (HTRG). In recent years, that credit resulted in an $84 - $272 reduction to your property tax bill. Due to financial strains on the state budget, the Georgia General Assembly and the Governor did not fund this credit for 2009 property tax bills. While the HTRG credit may some day be reinstated by the General Assembly, it is not expected to be considered again until state revenues increase significantly. As a result, your tax bill may increase accordingly.

You can determine the exact amount you saved in 2008 by locating the 'Tax Relief Credit' amount displayed on your 2008 tax bill. If your taxes are paid from an escrow account through your mortgage lender, you may want to notify them so the escrow payment amount can be adjusted.
In some cases, the fair market value of your property may have changed which impacted your assessment and the amount you owe.

“At a time when everyone is carefully watching their spending, an increase in property taxes is not good news,” said Katherine Meyer, Gwinnett Tax Commissioner. “Since much of that increase is coming from an action that was taken at the state level, not the county, we want people to have the facts.”

For more information on the 2009 temporary tax bills and the HTRG credit, visit the Tax Commissioner’s website at www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com. Follow the link to the Property Tax page.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Gwinnett Checking Businesses for Immigration Status

More than 26,000 Gwinnett-based businesses soon will get a letter from the County’s license and revenue office asking for compliance with a new state immigration law. The County is required to check the immigration status of all applicants for a business/occupation tax certificate, commonly called a business license.

Board Chairman Charles Bannister said the law requires all applicants to be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, qualified alien or a nonimmigrant as defined in the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act. Bannister explained, “We are making sure that Gwinnett County is in compliance with the law.”

All businesses, corporations, LLCs and partnerships registered in Gwinnett will receive the letter over the next few weeks. Applicants are required to return a signed, notarized affidavit before they can renew online or receive a 2010 business/occupation tax certificate. Those who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents must also submit a copy of certain paperwork to establish their status, which the County will verify through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program operated by the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Since 2007, Gwinnett has been verifying the immigration status of applicants for jobs at the County and its primary contractors and subcontractors. The verification program also applies to other public benefits such as housing assistance, certain work permits and adult education.
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Stimulus, Other Grants Impact Gwinnett

Just over $4.5 million in federal stimulus and state funds is headed to Gwinnett after commissioners voted to accept five different grants on Tuesday.

Almost $3.3 million is designated for energy audits, weatherization and appliance repairs to make an estimated 461 homes of elderly, low income and handicapped residents more efficient and affordable. The stimulus funds will come from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and the work will be done by the non-profit organization Partnership for Community Action.

Another $1.1 million will help build a new Senior Services Center at 567 Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville. A year of construction will begin this month on the new “green building” that will centralize various programs that serve Gwinnett seniors. Deputy Secretary Ron Sims of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development came to Gwinnett on July 22 to announce the Community Development Block Grant award. Neither of these grants requires matching funds.

Commissioners also accepted a $69,411 grant to provide home-delivered and congregate meals to frail and homebound seniors provided through the Atlanta Regional Commission. The grant requires a 15 percent local match that the County is unable to provide, but the non-profit Friends of Gwinnett County Seniors group has offered to supply the needed $12,248. Friends President Pam Tokarz said, “We don’t want to lose any opportunity to feed needy seniors in our community, so we’re happy to provide these matching funds.” Gwinnett provides more than 135,000 such meals annually but still has a wait list of more than 200 eligible seniors.

Fire and Emergency Services will receive two state grants through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. A grant of $61,430 will pay for new hazardous materials suits and reference books for the Lawrenceville-based HazMat team that handles incidents like natural gas line breaks, significant gasoline spills, victim retrieval, site decontamination and contaminated victim transport.

Another $25,000 state grant will pay to replace equipment on the department’s Buford-based Search and Rescue truck. Fire personnel use the equipment to extricate victims from traffic collisions, caved-in trenches, confined spaces, machinery entanglements, or collapsed structures using precision cutting, spreading, disassembly, rigging or heavy lifting techniques.

Board Chairman Charles Bannister said, “We’re grateful for all these stimulus funds and state grants, especially at a time when we’re cutting our expenses to the bone. This money will allow us to continue meeting the needs of seniors and families in our community as well as helping keep our fire department well-equipped for emergencies.”

Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) earlier this year to jump start the national economy after the recession hit last fall.
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A few happenings in Gwinnett...

Age Well, Take Control - Managing Weight & Diabetes Risks

George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center; 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee; Wednesday, September 9; 9:30am - 2:00pm; Health fair focusing on seniors - but open to the public! This is a free event. Learn valuable information about programs and resources for aging well and increasing your overall health. Come join us to discover important ways to enhance your diet, manage diabetes, and feel better every day! Fitness demonstrations will be held all day, skit performance by Kaiser Educational Theater Program at 10:00am, presentation of Carbohydrates and Fiber - Friend or Foe? at 11:00am, and much more. This event is a partnership of Gwinnett Coalition Senior Issues Action Team and Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation. For more information, please call Pat Milhous or Cindi Iacono at 770.822.5180.

Outback at Work Charity Lunch

Wednesday, September 23; Help local seniors by ordering a delicious mixed-grill meal from Outback Steakhouse in Suwanee and have it delivered to your work! Cost is $15. All proceeds will benefit Gwinnett County Senior Services via Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services (a nonprofit organization) and provide funding for programs such as Meals on Wheels and emergency assistance. Call Celia Moore at 770.822.8775 or e-mail her at celia.moore@gwinnettcounty.com to place a minimum order of ten lunches in your area. Meals are limited!

C.P.R. for R.A.P.

Connecting Parenting Resources for Relatives As Parents; The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center; 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford; Wednesday, September 30; 8:30am - 2:00pm; Over 5,000 grandparents are raising their grandchildren in Gwinnett County. You may be one of the hundreds who have put plans aside to help your family in a time of crisis. This forum will help Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Gwinnett find answers to questions, connect with resources, and gain support from other grandfamilies. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Sponsored by Gwinnett Coalition Senior Issues Action Team. To register for the event, please call Shawn Valadez at 770.822.8846.

See Gwinnett Gladiators with Friends

The Arena at Gwinnett Center; Saturday, October 17; 7:05pm; Be a spectator and cheer on the Gwinnett Gladiators. Get tickets for the game on Saturday, October 17 at a reduced price of $15 each and $5 (less taxes) from each ticket sold goes to Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services. Funds collected will be used to help support selected Gwinnett County Senior Services programs. Order online at www.gwinnettgladiators.com, click on Special Ticket Offers and enter the code FOGS1017 to get your discounted ticket. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, October 14, 2009. Tickets will be available for pick up on game night at the Gladiators Will Call window in the Box Office at the Arena. You may also order tickets by fax. For questions, call Keith Davis at 770.497.5112 or e-mail kdavis@gwinnettgladiators.com.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Crawfish Charity Boil – Steaming Results to Feed Seniors

Recently, The Hail Mary Sports Pub in Grayson raised more than $2,500 to benefit Gwinnett County Senior Services’ non-profit partner, Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services (Friends).

Even though they have supported other local worthwhile causes in the past, this was their first fundraising effort to help the older population. The Crawfish Boil for Charity was a great success and monies will help support meals service for Gwinnett seniors.

Hail Mary General Manager Blake Hawkins proudly stated, “We are in the restaurant business, so we wanted to do something to help homebound seniors who might not be able to come in and dine. We could not have made this happen without Master Chef Ray Sessions and some of our vendors. We are honored to help our ‘greatest generation’.”

This year, Friends contributed more than $33,000 to supplement senior meals costs. Friends President Pam Tokarz said, “We do not want to lose any opportunity to feed our needy or frail seniors.”

For more information on Friends’ fundraising efforts or to make a donation to help feed a senior, please make a tax deductible donation to Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services, P.O. Box 390025, Snellville, GA 30039 or contact Celia Moore at 770.822.8775 or celia.moore@gwinnettcounty.com.
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

County Seeks to Bill Taxes

Gwinnett County’s 2009 millage rate and tax billing have been tangled in the ongoing Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) dispute with Gwinnett cities and as a result, Gwinnett County filed a petition for a Temporary Collection Order (TCO) last month. The TCO hearing will be held on Aug. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Gwinnett Superior Court. The TCO is a remedy of law for local governments that allows the billing of property taxes to occur without an approved tax digest from the State Revenue Commissioner. The State Revenue Commissioner has not certified Gwinnett’s tax digest, due primarily to the fact that the government has not set a formal millage rate. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners denied a proposed millage rate in June after holding three public hearings on a proposed tax increase.

“The delay in tax billing negatively impacts the County, the school system and the cities – primarily from the lack of available resources to pay the expense of operations,” said Commission Chairman Charles Bannister. “We (the Board of Commissioners) were prepared to move forward in July with a millage rate adoption that would have been revenue neutral to the County.” This contemplated rate would have produced the same amount of tax revenue as the County received in 2008. In addition, the rate structure also would have been compliant with state law in regard to the Georgia insurance premium tax statute. However, the cities stated they would file an injunction if the Board proceeded to adopt the millage rate. Therefore, the County felt the best alternative was to seek a TCO in order to move forward temporarily with 2009 tax collections.

The TCO only allows the billing of 2009 taxes based on a temporary millage rate. Ultimately, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the final millage rate publicly, and the tax digest must be approved by the State Revenue Commissioner. The millage rate contemplated in the TCO maintains the revenue neutral status previously contemplated by the Board of Commissioners, meaning taxes collected in 2009 will yield the same revenue as the County received in 2008. Once a final millage rate is set by the Board, the 2009 property taxes will be reconciled and taxpayers will receive an adjustment.

The 2009 temporary millage rate proposed in the TCO is 10.94 for taxpayers in unincorporated Gwinnett County and 12.00 for taxpayers in incorporated Gwinnett. By comparison, the 2008 adopted county rate was 10.97. In accordance with state law, the unincorporated taxpayers are due a rollback for insurance premium taxes, which equates to 1.06 mills. More than 80 percent of county citizens live in unincorporated Gwinnett.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Puttin’ on the Ritz for Gwinnett Seniors

On July 30, 2009, Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services (Friends) raised over $33,000 at their seventh annual silent auction in Lawrenceville to benefit Gwinnett seniors.

The event was hosted by Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett, a skilled nursing center and retirement facility where it was transformed into the 1920’s era complete with food and refreshments. Friends Past-President and Delmar Executive Director Jennifer Thilo commented, “Every year this charity event gets even better. This could be our best ever and with all the economic uncertainty, we are so appreciative of such great community support. Every penny goes directly to helping seniors.”

Friends is a private volunteer governed nonprofit organization. The organization’s fundraising efforts have resulted in emergency assistance, home repair, food baskets, dental, medical health and wellness screenings to benefit the senior citizens of Gwinnett.

Currently, there are over 200 seniors on the monthly meals waiting list and more than 100 on the monthly transportation waiting list. Friends has made a significant impact on the senior community as they have met budget shortfalls by supporting 133,825 meals and nutritional dietary supplement drinks for the older population.

To contribute in allowing Gwinnett seniors to remain independent in their homes, please visit the Friends website at http://www.fogcss.com/ or send a check to P.O. Box 390025, Snellville, GA 30039. You may also contact Celia Moore at 770.822.8775 or celia.moore@gwinnettcounty.com
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Monday, August 3, 2009

Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation Calendar of Events

Going on now through August 31 - Two Free Art Exhibits in Suwanee!
Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation’s George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center is sponsoring an exhibit of paintings and photography featuring artist Builquis Samadi and photographer Frank Sharp.Both exhibits are currently on display through Aug. 31. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-9pm, Fri. 9am-6pm, and Sat. 10am-6pm. Admission is free. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center is located at 55 Buford Hwy. in Suwanee. For more information call 770.831.4173.

August 5 thru October 27 - Art Exhibits
Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is sponsoring a free exhibit of two-dimensional work of the Johns Creek Fine Art group titled “TAPROOTS” and three-dimensional work of David Gentry titled “Gone To Pot.” An opening reception will be held Thurs., Aug. 6 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Both exhibits will be on display Aug. 5 through Oct. 27. Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross. For more information call 770.417.2200.

August 3, 6:30-8:30pm - Family Game Night
Games, puzzles, and food with your friends and family! Call your friends and bring them along! All ages; $3/person, pre-register by 7/30, call 770.723.9516. Code: LSCC14235 Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Rd, Norcross.

August 6, 1:00pm – Senior Billiards Tournament
Bring your ‘A’ game to score the best at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center’s first Billiards Tournament! Show off your talent and meet new friends that share billiards as their hobby. $10/person; pre-registration required, call 770.831.4173. Code: GPCC14251 Ages 50-up. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center.

August 7, 11:00am-1:00pm - Brown Bag Concert Series
Free! Bugaboos will rock the lawn with a fun and colorful collection of songs! Grab a blanket, lunch, and the kids and enjoy the music, crafts, and face painting! Kids will fill the sky with a rainbow of color in the craft area—come find out what that’s all about! For details on sponsor booths call 770.822.5450. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville.

August 8, 10:00am-3:00pm - Cheerleading Clinic
Ready-OK! Learn 3 chants, 2 cheers, and a short dance routine plus lunch and cheer-related crafts and games. Age 6-12; $20/person; pre-registration required, call 770.723.9516. Code: LSCC02066 Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Rd, Norcross.

August 8, 5:00-8:00pm - Family Fiesta
It’s a fiesta! Fun Mexican music, food, games and crafts! All ages, $10/person; 3-under free; must pre-register by 8/1, call 770.831.4173. Code: GPCC14210 George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Hwy, Suwanee.

August 13, 2:00pm – Senior Cinema
Free! Do you remember your favorite movie from the 50’s? Enjoy a relaxing movie, bring a friend or make new ones! Movie selections are based on popular movies from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Ages 50-up. No pre-registration required; call 770.831.4173 for more information.

August 15, 1:00-3:00pm - Teddy Bear Picnic
Free! Bring your teddy bear buddy, lunch, and blanket for a special picnic and dessert! Great for tots and teddy bear lovers. Age 3-5; space is limited; pre-registration required, call 770.822.5414. Code: RJCC14205 Dacula Park Activity Building, 2735 Old Auburn Ave, Dacula.

August 17, 12:30pm – Senior Day Trip to Gwinnett Braves
Watch a Gwinnett Braves baseball game at the new Gwinnett Stadium. $20/person plus money for lunch; call 770.831.4173 for reservations. Code: GPCC14207 Ages 50-up. Pick up at Gwinnett Senior Center at Bethesda Park 12:30pm; George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center 1:00pm

August 20, 1:00pm – Senior Team Trivia Tournament
Come test your knowledge of history, current events, pop culture and more! Sign up as individuals or as teams (no more than 4/team). $2/person; pre-registration required. Ages 50-up. Call 770.564.4680 for more information. Code: GCSC04267 Gwinnett Senior Center at Bethesda Park, 225 Bethesda Church Rd, Lawrenceville.

August 21, 6:00pm-8:00am - Scout Camp Out
Flashlight tag, outdoor cooking, star gazing, tent pitching and more! Eagle Scouts and REI staff will assist Cub, Brownie and Weblo Scouts in setting up a campsite and getting back to nature for the night. Supply list will be provided prior to camp out. $24/1 adult & 1child; $10/additional person; pre-registration required by 8/15, call 770.822.8873. Code: RJGY143220 Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Pkwy, Lawrenceville.

August 22, 6:00pm-midnight - Line Dance-a-thon
Two-Step your way into an evening of nothing but Line Dancing! Bring a snack to share, drinks are provided. Age 13-up; $5/person for early registration; $8/person the week prior to the event. To register, call 770.814.4914. Code: RJGY143220 Shorty Howell Park Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth.

August 28, 6:00-9:30pm – Back-to-School Bash
Back to school doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Join us for swimming, Karaoke, dinner and a movie! Age 10-14; $10/person; pre-registration required, call 770.614.2060. Code: BPCC14205 Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 North Bogan Rd, Buford.

August 28, 8:00-10:00pm - Moonlight & Music Concert
Free! An evening of live music with Sons of Sailors, a tribute to Jimmy Buffet. This alcohol free event is in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation and the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association. Advanced reservations $60/table of 6; Lawn seating is free; call 770.822.5450 for table reservations. Code: GHCH14204 Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville.

August 29, 10:00am-3:00pm - Pinckneyville EXPO
Free! Meet instructors and see class demos including ballet, pottery, karate, painting and more! Kids ages 4-18 can enter the Awesome Artist Contest in three-dimensional art or drawing/painting! One entry per person; entry deadline is 8/26; call 770.417.2200. Code: PPCC04213 Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross.

August 29, noon-5:00pm - Museum Mania
Discover a behind-the-scenes look at the Gwinnett History Museum, with living history demonstrations, family activities, and information sessions. Fun for all ages; $6/person; pre-registration required, call 770.822.5178. Code: FSHM10296 Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 South Perry St, Lawrenceville.

Calendar of Events-September 2009
September 10, 6:30-9:00pm - Murder Mystery Theater
Are you ready to roll the dice and join us in uncovering the mystery? You’re invited to a VIP night at the Lady Luck Casino, where high rollers don’t just gamble for big money…but for their lives. Casino doors will swing open promptly at 6:30pm and you don’t want to miss any action. Ages 18-up; $30/person including a buffet dinner in the high rollers lounge. Pre-registration required by 9/7, call 770.822.5450. Code: GHCH14300. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville.

September 11, 6:30-9:00pm - Murder Mystery Theater
Are you ready to roll the dice and join us in uncovering the mystery? You’re invited to a VIP night at the Lady Luck Casino, where high rollers don’t just gamble for big money…but for their lives. Casino doors will swing open promptly at 6:30pm and you don’t want to miss any action. Ages 18-up; $30/person including a buffet dinner in the high rollers lounge. Pre-registration required by 9/7, call 770.822.5450. Code: GHCH14301. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville.

September 12, 10:00am-2:00pm - Yard Sale
Free admission! Come to our first yard sale and recycle your kids’ school clothes, find bargains and have fun too! Reservation required for sellers, call 770.831.4173; $20/space; must provide your own table. Event held outdoors, rain or shine. Concessions for sale. GCPR reserves the right to disallow items deemed inappropriate during this event. Code: GPCC14322 George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Hwy., Suwanee.

September 17, 6:30-9:00pm - Murder Mystery Theater
Are you ready to roll the dice and join us in uncovering the mystery? You’re invited to a VIP night at the Lady Luck Casino, where high rollers don’t just gamble for big money…but for their lives. Casino doors will swing open promptly at 6:30pm and you don’t want to miss any action. Ages 18-up; $30/person including a buffet dinner in the high rollers lounge. Pre-registration required by 9/7, call 770.822.5450. Code: GHCH14302. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville.

September 18, 10:00am-2:00pm - Fun Day Picnic
Enjoy a low country boil with fun, fellowship and lots of activities and games! Come ready to have fun and meet our fabulous recreation club members! Age 50-up. $2/person; purchase tickets at the Gwinnett Senior Center or at your club meetings. Code: GCSC16365. Gwinnett Senior Center at Bethesda Park, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville.

September 18, 5:30-9:00pm - Kids’ Night Out
Splash the night away! Bring a swimsuit and towel! Ages 6-10; $10/person; pre-registration required, call 770-614-2060. Code: BPCC14397. Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 North Bogan Rd., Buford.

September 18, 6:30-9:00pm - Murder Mystery Theater
Are you ready to roll the dice and join us in uncovering the mystery? You’re invited to a VIP night at the Lady Luck Casino, where high rollers don’t just gamble for big money…but for their lives. Casino doors will swing open promptly at 6:30pm and you don’t want to miss any action. Ages 18-up; $30/person including a buffet dinner in the high rollers lounge. Pre-registration required by 9/7, call 770.822.5450. Code: GHCH14303. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville.

September 19, 9:00am-4:00pm - Yard Sale
Free admission! Bargains galore! Reservation required for sellers, call 770.814.4914; $20/space must provide your own table. Event held outdoors, rain or shine. Concessions for sale. GCPR reserves the right to disallow items deemed inappropriate during this event. Code: SHAB14300. Shorty Howell Park Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth.

September 26, 9:00am-1:00pm - Fish Off
Bring the whole family for Georgia’s last day in 2009 of fishing with no fishing license required! Fishing competitions, games and scout badge tables. Hosted by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Department of Natural Resources, Publix, Bass Pro Shops and more. All ages; $6/person or $10/adult with one child under 12; pre-registration required, call 770.614.2060. Code: BPCC14322. Little Mulberry Park, 3855 Fence Rd., Auburn.

September 26, 10:00am-1:00pm - Dog Park Safety
Free! Off leash areas for your favorite pooch and his pals! Park Police, Animal Control and Volunteer Resource Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide valuable tips on how to “stay and play safe” in our dog parks. Call 770.822.8873 for more information. Ronald Reagan Park, 2777 Five Forks Trickum Rd.,Lawrenceville.

Calendar of Events-October 2009
Weekends in October, Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays noon-4:00pm - Pumpkin Patch!
Free admission! Grab your camera and get some great fall shots of your family on the farm picking a pumpkin! Tour the farm and enjoy 3 miles of walking trails through the beautiful fall leaves. McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Rd, Duluth, call 770-814-4920 for more information.

October 2 & 3, 7:00pm-9:00am - Family Camp In
Come join us for an old fashioned cookout, ghost stories, games and crafts! Bring your sleeping bag, pillow and flashlight and spend the night with us! Ages 5-up; $7/person; pre-register required by 9/25, call 770.723.9516. Code: LSCC14341. Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Rd, Norcross.

October 3, 10:00am-1:00pm - Dog Park Safety
Free! It’s a pooch party in our off leash areas for your favorite dog! Park Police, Animal Control and Volunteer Resource Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide valuable tips on how to “stay and play safe” in our dog parks.
Call 770.822.8873 for more information. Graves Park 1540 Graves Rd, Norcross.

October 3, 6:00pm-midnight - Line Dance-a-thon
Can you boot-scoot your boogie? Join us for nothing but line dancing! Bring a snack to share, drinks will be provided. Ages 13-up; $5/person early registration; $8/person the week prior to the event. To pre-register, call 770.814.4914.
Code: SHAB14301. Shorty Howell Park Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth.

October 9, 8:00am-6:00pm - Kids Day Out
Schools out for a teacher work day so drop you kids off at the park and we’ll entertain them! Games, crafts, swimming and fun! Bring a sack lunch, drink and snacks. Age 6-12; $30/child; pre-registration required, call 770.814.4914.
Code: SHAB14303. Shorty Howell Park Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth.

October 10, 9:00am-2:00pm - 2nd Annual Yard Sale
It's time to clean out your closets and garages and bring your unwanted items! Reservations for sellers required by 9/30, call 770.564.4680; Age 50-up. $15/inside space-Code: GCSC16301; $10/outside space-Code: GCSC16302. Spaces are on a first come first serve basis; limit 2 spaces per family; event is rain or shine. Gwinnett Senior Center at Bethesda Park, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville.

October 16, 7:00-9:00pm - Mother/Son Halloween Dance
Superheros, princesses, pirates and other cute critters are all invited to dress up and enjoy this spooktacular event! (Costumes optional) Age 4-12; $5/person including light refreshments; pre-registration required, call 770.831.4173.
Code: GPCC14300. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee.

October 16, 7:00-10:00pm - Haunted Night at the Museum
Gwinnett County’s ghosts come alive at the Gwinnett History Museum! Enjoy fun kid’s crafts, face painting, storytelling, and more! All ages ; $5/person; space is limited, pre-registration recommended, call 770.822.5178. Code: FSHM10310. Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 South Perry St, Lawrenceville.

October 16, 7:30-9:00pm - Murder Mystery Theater
When tempers flare at the opening of a new art exhibit, the remaining guests are left to uncover the truth behind “The ART of Murder”. Age 18-up $20/person including hors d'oeuvres and dessert/coffee bar; pre-registration required by 10/9; Call 770.417.2200. Code: PPCC14316. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross.

October 17, 9:00am-noon - Parknership Volunteer Day
Free! Join the Gwinnett Parks Foundation in the “people in parks” event! There’s no better way to give back to your community than volunteering for a park beautification project! Bring garden gloves and hand tools and join your friends, family and neighbors in projects throughout the park. Bring a picnic and enjoy the rest of the day in the park. All ages welcome. Call 770.822.8873 for more information. Harbins Park, 2995 Luke Edwards Rd, Dacula. Holcomb Bridge Park, 4300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross. McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Rd, Duluth.

October 17, 10:00am-5:00pm - Croptoberfest
Have fun scrapbooking, networking and getting your photos in order! Learn new and fun ways to display your family memories. Age 50-up. $35/person including lunch; Pre-registration required, call 770.831.4173. Code: GPCC15375. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Hwy., Suwanee.

October 17, 6:00pm - Murder Mystery Dinner
Enjoy an evening out with an entertaining tale and figure out who done it! Buffet dinner, drinks and dessert served. Age 10-up; $15/person; pre-register early, call 770.723.9516. Code: MPAB14361. Mountain Park Activity Building, 1063 Rockbridge Rd, Stone Mountain.

October 17, 7:00-10:00pm - Haunted Night at the Museum
Gwinnett County’s ghosts come alive at the Gwinnett History Museum! Enjoy fun kid’s crafts, face painting, storytelling, and more! All ages ; $5/person; space is limited, pre-registration recommended, call 770.822.5178. Code FSHM10311. Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 South Perry St, Lawrenceville.

October 17, 7:30-9:00pm - Murder Mystery Theater
When tempers flare at the opening of a new art exhibit, the remaining guests are left to uncover the truth behind “The ART of Murder”. Age 18-up $20/person including hors d'oeuvres and dessert/coffee bar; pre-registration required by 10/9; Call 770.417.2200. Code: PPCC14317. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross.

October 21, 5:00am - Meteor Madness
See the Orionids meteor shower before you start your day. Continental breakfast will be served. All ages; $5/person; pre-registration required, call 770-614-2060. Code:BPCC14320. Little Mulberry Park, 3855 Fence Rd, Auburn.

October 23, 5:30-9:00pm - Kids’ Night Out
Splash the night away! Bring a swimsuit and towel! Ages 6-10; $10/person; pre-registration required, call 770-614-2060. Code: BPCC14398. Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 North Bogan Rd, Buford.

October 23, 7:00-9:00pm - Halloween Costume Party
Fun Halloween party with games, candy, and costume contest--prizes for the best family costume, the funniest, the scariest and more! All ages; $3/person (2-under free); pre-registration required by 10/16; call 770.417.2200. Code: PPCC14308. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross.

October 23, 7:00-9:00pm - Halloween Dance
Moms...grab your sons and a costume and join us for this 4th annual spooky dance! Dancing, games, prizes, snacks, and a commemorative keepsake photo are all a part of this fun event! Costumes are required to enter the dance! Age 3-up; pre-registration required by 10/9, call 770.822.5414 for more information. Fee is $10 per person. Code RJCC14307. Dacula Park Activity Building, 2735 Old Auburn Ave, Dacula.

October 24, 10:00am-2:00pm – Pumpkin Patch Family Fun Day
Enjoy this special celebration of our Pumpkin Patch with hayrides, petting zoo, games and more! Admission is free, small fee for some activities. McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Rd, Duluth, call 770-814-4920 for more information.

October 30, 9:00am-noon - Senior Health Fair
Health screenings, demonstrations, fun activities, educational information, door prizes, goodie bags, and refreshments. Vendor spaces are $25/each, call 770.564.4680. Age 50-up. Code: GCSC16355. Gwinnett Senior Center at Bethesda Park, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville.
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