Snellville Spirit Winter 2014

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Where Everybody’s Proud to Be Somebody! Winter 2014

33rd Annual SNELLVILLE


TREE LIGHTING Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade November 29th • 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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Winter 2014 - Volume 17 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And what a wonderful year we have enjoyed! Especially during the holiday season, I enjoy being part of a community such as ours. The holidays always seem to bring out the best in us where we can set aside our differences and remember those things that are truly important in life. This is a season of reflection and tradition and celebrating with our families and our community. It is also a time of thanks and this year, I’m especially thankful for such an amazing year with Snellville Tourism and Trade. Another year of events designed to bring our community together as we celebrate EVERY season throughout the year. More than just marking the months, as a community we’ve enjoyed some incredible programs and activities that celebrate our common values. As our final 2014 event, we are bringing a lighted Christmas Parade to Snellville in addition to our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on November 29th. It will be a beautiful evening guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! I would like to invite you to keep up with us through the winter months by visiting our website for updates on events and opportunities to get involved. We rely on our volunteers to bring amazing events to Snellville. I encourage you to step forward and make a difference in the coming year by getting involved. If you are a business person, please check out the Snellville Commerce Club which meets each month to share community news, the fellowship of other business owners, and updates on those things which might affect you and your family. As always, I give thanks to Snellville Tourism and Trades insightful board of directors, our executive director, Kelly McAloon, and for all those sponsors which made it possible to bring our citizens together in 2014. I look forward to sharing 2015 with each of you! I wish you the blessings of the holidays and the happiest New Year.


Don Britt President, Snellville Tourism and Trade

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Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville. President Don Britt Vice President Gretchen Schulz Secretary Ronnie Bentley Treasurer Krish Dhokia Board Member Stephen Brust Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Sam Roper Board Member Alice Snipes Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Kelly Kautz City Council Tom Witts - Mayor Pro Tem, Barbara Bender, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel City Council Website: Magazine Design by Gail Lane Cover shot on location at the home of Greg & Barbara Bender Design by Alice Snipes and Jean Baldwin of Ross Brown Interiors Contributing Writers and Photographers: Gretchen Schulz, Kelly McAloon, Dave Emanuel, Barbara Bender Eric Van Otteran, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Gail Lane



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WINNERS 20 SCARECROW Creative, fun, and all for a good cause!



Ideas to inspire you as you prepare for the holidays!




Mr. Ewing with the Snellville Historical Society shares memories of Christmas past.













And first ever Lighted Christmas Parade

Continuing efforts to feed our community! South Gwinnett’s favorite designer has runway show. Snellville looks for your input

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& RECREATION 24 PARKS Schedules and activities for the whole family. PLAN UPDATE 29 PARK Briscoe Park upgrades ON THE GO! 30 SENIORS Lots of things going on for Snellville’s seniors. CITY SIGNAGE PLAN 32 NEW Giving Snellville an updated look! PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE 34 FALL We had a GREAT time at the festival, movies, and concerts! PROGRAMS 36 HOLIDAY Music, plays, worship, and family fun. RECIPES 38 HOLIDAY Favorite recipes with the tastes of the holidays! 5 5

SNELLVILLE WELCOMES THE HOLIDAYS! The 2014 Holiday Season is upon us. Days will be more hectic than usual with shopping, cooking, entertaining, and family gatherings that mark the joys of this season. Very few things convey the holiday experience like the welcoming decoration of a door, a mantle, or a well-thought-out table. From classic green and red, to glittering ornaments that reflect the lights of the season, the decorations that mark the season are a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of work and traffic and bring light to the shortened days of winter. Barbara and Greg Bender have opted for a beautiful and elegant welcome for visitors to their home. Silk flowers and sparkling berries provide a glittering non-traditional “wreath” that takes full advantage of a beautiful red door.

Natural elements make a beautiful backdrop for holiday decor. This festive table welcomes visitors as they walk in the door at Summit Chase Country Club. Individual pieces that sparkle with the lights of the season are combined with traditional colors and natural elements like magnolia leaves for an elegant theme.


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Mantles showcase cherished memories and collections. Gretchen and Kurt Schulz will always remember their travels to Europe and at Christmas, they share these memories with family and friends in this beautifully decorated mantle.

A collection of vintage toys displayed on the hand-made mantle brings the magic of childhood memories and Christmases past to those who visit the Schulz home.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.� ~Norman Vincent Peale 7

Traditional elements to light up the holiday! Working in natural elements like fresh magnolia leaves among a few impactful pieces like a favorite reindeer makes the fireplace in the dining room at Summit Chase Country Club a beautiful holiday focal point! Twinkling lights and sparkling accents bring a bit of seasonal “bling!”

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ―~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

Creative details make a big impact! The stockings are ready for a visit from Santa and some glittering Christmas ornaments bring the holiday to the mantle. Punches of Christmas color and a very unconventional use of the wreath welcome visitors to sit by the fire in Diane Harrell’s Snellville home.


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CHRISTMAS MEMORIES with City Historian Tom Ewing by Brian Arrington City Historian Tom Ewing remembers plenty of Christmases. Mr. Ewing recalls a time when a Christmas tree would be placed in the center of the intersection of highways 124 and 78. He said the annual tree event began when residents including O. P. Williams, Lewis Bird, Leslie “Monk” Moon, Gerald Brownlee, and others through the years, brought one to the city’s center. Apparently, the tree was a source of mischief for local teens. There is the tale of an incident when teenagers got wires caught on their car and pulled the Christmas tree down. There was also a challenge some young teenage boys could not resist that involved driving to the intersection, circling the tree making their tires squeal at which the city’s only policeman would have a chase. Snellville PD usually won. “He did this on a motorcycle by the way,” according to Mr. Ewing.

“Snow of 1940” Photo courtesy Snellville Historical Society from Carol Jane Snell Camp. Left-Right Gladys Snell, Edna Jackson, Helen Buchanan Todd, Cyril Snell and Becky Gunier pose with their snowman in front of Sawyer Store in Snellville.

But not all Christmas memories were about tree tricks, Ewing said. “Country folk here celebrated Christmas for a week,” he said. “Christmas week was from Christmas Day through Dec. 30. Families visited neighbors, friends and other family members within the community.” Serenading was a form of entertainment during the Christmas week. Adults and children would dress in costume - “somewhat like children do at Halloween today but not to that extent” - and visit other country homes nearby. They visited after dark using a lantern or flashlight, usually walking, and arrived singing Christmas songs and religious hymns. Singers would be invited in and the guessing game of who they were began. Usually they were served something like cookies, cake, parched/roasted peanuts, etc. They left in about 15 minutes. Sometimes you might receive three or more groups per night throughout the week. Serenading went out of vogue about the end of WWII and was replaced by the “citified concept of carolling,” then mostly stopped, Ewing said. Also many of the menfolk and young boys in the community got together and “went hunting” during Christmas week - mostly for rabbits and quail. “It was a chance to show off their new guns they received as a gift for Christmas,” Ewing said. “It was also part of the country process of ‘rite of passage’ from boy to man.”


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TREE LIGHTING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29th 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. On the Towne Green

Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at Wisteria Plaza and ends at the Towne Green.


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33rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade

It is the most wonderful time of the year and Snellville is celebrating with our 33rd Annual Tree lighting and this year, we are adding our very first Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade kicks off the festivities at 5:30 p.m. in the Wisteria Shopping Plaza. The route will come down Wisteria Drive turn left on North Road and a left on Oak Road ending by the Towne Green. We invite you to celebrate this holiday tradition with an evening full of family fun and activities ... and of course the lighting of our 60foot tall Christmas tree! You’ll find activity tents for the kids that will include: • • •

Cookie Decorating with Bill Rhodes Bakery Ornament Decorating with Michael’s Crafts Build-It Activity with Lowe’s

We’ll have lots of traditional holiday activities which will include S’Mores, marshmallow roasts, carolling hay rides and horse drawn carriage rides.

Local choral groups and bands will herald in the holidays with seasonal music on the main stage. Santa Claus and Mayor Kautz will throw the switch and the tree will come alive with thousands of white lights that will glow throughout the Christmas season. This year, STAT is again partnering with “Give Hunger the Boot” and will be accepting canned goods at the Christmas Tree Lighting for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. All crafts activity tents, the hay rides, S’mores and roasted marshmallows require one ticket equalling $1.00. You may bring two cans of food in exchange for one ticket for all activities except the horse drawn carriage ride.

All craft activities, S’mores, hay rides, and toasted marshmallows will require one ticket = $1.00 or two cans of food. Food vendors will be on site so you won’t go hungry!

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GIVE HUNGER THE BOOT launches new program By Dave Emanuel The temperature was 37 degrees, clouds covered the sky and the wind was brisk—not the type of weather in which you’d want to be standing outside, waiting in line. Yet as I headed toward Snellville on Highway 78, and passed the Community of Grace church, I noticed a rather long line of people in the parking lot. Some time later, I found out that they were waiting for food at the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op, which at the time was housed in a couple of business trailers in the church’s parking lot. Waiting for food in miserable weather? That seemed a little out of place in Gwinnett County, one of the most prosperous counties in the state. But Laura Drake, executive director of the Co-Op is well acquainted with the depth of the need to help people in our own community. In spite of the relative prosperity of the area, many families are literally struggling to put food on the table and keep the heat turned on. And in recent years, many families who once donated to the Co-Op have been forced to take advantage of its services. The “Give Hunger the Boot” program grew out of recognition that the Co-Op’s mission of helping people in and around Snellville who are going hungry is critical. Our initial efforts to help fill the needs of the Co-Op concentrated on collecting food donations. In conjunction with a number of local businesses, including Texas Roadhouse, O’Charleys, RiceBox, Summit Chase Country Club, United Community Bank, Snellville Public Works Department, the Snellville Community Garden and Snellville Farmers’ Market “Give Hunger the Boot” has been instrumental in generating over $8,500 in food donations. Recently, “Give Hunger the Boot” expanded its efforts to help the Co-Op with the addition of cash donation boxes placed in businesses throughout the city. Since most people don’t normally carry a can of food with them when they go shopping or out to dinner, the cash donation boxes offer a convenient alternative for anyone who wants to make a donation. Although the cash donation boxes are making their debut just prior to the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, they will be on hand long after the holidays are gone. You’ll have opportunities to donate food or cash at Snellville’s Tree Lighting on November 29th. For many people, hunger is a 24/7/365 problem, and the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op works year around to eliminate that problem. And the new cash donation boxes, will help the Co-Op be even more successful in helping to “Give Hunger the Boot”.


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American Flair IN THE SUBURBS by Kawther Berhanu Lovette Adepoju has taken the fashion world by storm with her line “Amerique et Afrique”. The line combines African and American clothing for men, women and children. She first began her business during her sophomore year at South Gwinnett High School. During this time she developed and defined her business and by March of 2013, she was blessed enough to have her clothing line featured during South Gwinnett’s annual DECA fashion show alongside a designer from New York Fashion Week. As any entrepreneur will wholeheartedly agree, no successful business is immune to obstacles. And no one knows the word “risk” better than a businessperson. However, Adepoju has been able to take the setbacks as fuel for her motivation. Businesses, along with any organized unit, must have an explicitly outlined mission, vision and value system prior to aspiring to create and further establishment. Lovette Adepoju was meticulous in pinpointing the details of her mission particularly “defining what my business truly is”. She took her love of African roots and desire to expose people to it as her guidance towards sculpting her vision of the line. Her conviction that there was “no better way than fashion” has led to her unique spin and consequently, success. While Adepoju has been immensely successful and well received in the local community she stays true to her humility, attributing her success to the support of her “family, mentor and sponsor”. She is tremendously grateful for the insight and experience she has acquired through the guidance of Scott Allen, South’s Entrepreneurship program and sponsor of local DECA chapter. Lovette Adepoju has big dreams of being a household name globally and is adamant: “I will succeed.”


MIDDLE SCHOOL SHARK TANK The next Middle School Shark Tank is December 9th & December 10th.

Teacher Rod Hames is looking for a few more judges. If interested, please give him a call at 770-982-6940. 14

Our American culture is changing drastically. Snellville wants your voice and needs your input to benefit not only those who live in our city at this time, but to create a home for future generations. The Urban Redevelopment Agency of Snellville will conduct visioning meetings in January to discuss how we will develop and improve the City of Snellville. There will be an opportunity for open-floor discussion on topics which include housing, transportation, development and recreation. Though the aim is to benefit future generations, renovation and development directly affects those who now live in Snellville. Therefore, it is important for every generation in our community – including our baby boomers - to attend and be part of this process.

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The Agency will also use social media tools such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook in order to maximize input from the community. It is said that “those who show up decide the policies.” To guarantee that your interests are represented at this meeting, please plan to attend. If not you, then who?

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE NIGHT Thursday - December 11, 2014 6:30 p.m. at Snellville City Hall An opportunity to share resources available to local businesses to help with their success. Resources present include Small Business Development Center, SBA, SCORE, Gwinnett Library, Snellville Entrpreneur Council: Peer Advisory Board, Mentoring and many others. Join the SEC to learn more about the resources available to help you succeed as an entrepreneur.

LIKE Us On Facebook The Snellville Entrepreneur Council is now on Facebook. If you are looking for a single place to learn how to do business better, or have a nagging business problem (and what what small business owner does not?) then check out the Snellville Entrepreneur Council Page.


MAKING A DIFFERENCE Creative Enterprises When researching opportunities and people who have made a difference, Creative Enterprises was a frequent suggestion. Creative Enterprises, Inc. is a not for profit, training and employment rehabilitation program currently serving around 140 people with disabilities in our community. Working through these opportunities, CEI provides jobs and places these very special people in jobs throughout the community. Participants at CEI have choices upon entering the program which include working at CEI’s cat shelter, workshop, greenhouse, or even at a thrift store. CEI is a unique resource located in Lawrenceville that has created a supervised and hands-on environment where jobs and training on campus are a true benefit not just to the participants, but also to local businesses throughout Gwinnett County. From the 6,000 square foot workshop, greenhouse and thrift store to the Creative

Enterprises Cat Shelter, training is personalized and geared towards individual abilities and interests. Beyond that, these jobs create real income and paychecks with sales of donations, contracts for assembly with local businesses, produce stands and plant sales and the adoption of rescued cats. CEI also has an Art Program, housed in its own building which allows individuals to paint, sketch, or work with ceramics and pottery. Works by CEI artists have been featured in shows and galleries throughout the Atlanta area and are for sale at the Greenhouse and Thrift Store as well as periodic art shows. Creative Enterprises will hose an Open House on December 4, 2014 from 11:00 1:00 and it is open to the public. Creative Enterprises, Inc. 701 Hi Hope Lane Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Girl Scout Silver The Bridge Between is a non-profit horse rescue on Temple Johnson Road in Snellville. Established in 2009, the focus was the need to care for horses that had been neglected and abandoned. Petal Sorocaniuc, the owner of the Bridge Between, expanded the plan to use these rescued horses as part of a therapy program for adults and children with mental, physical and emotional difficults. Their mission is to “help horses help people.”

Petal Sorocaniuc and Marisol Allen with the finished picnic table.

Local Girl Scout Marisol Allen has been a volunteer at The Bridge Between for about a year and a half. In her 4th year of Scouting, she chose to pursue the Girl Scout Silver Award, which includes a project that benefits the community in some way. Marisol chose to make and donate a picnic table for the Bridge Between. Before her contribution, volunteers took their breaks and ate their lunches on a single porch swing. Now, grateful volunteers can enjoy fellowship and meals around the picnic table. Marisol completed her project on time, meeting all the requirements to earn her Silver Award. Congratulations Marisol! And thanks for your contributions to this worthy cause!


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2015 - YEAR OF THE VOLUNTEER The City of Snellville and the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association announce 2015 is to be designated THE YEAR OF THE VOLUNTEER. Many of the successes that we celebrate as a city are the result of our dedicated volunteers. From Snellville Days and the Farmers’ Market to the many events and concerts on the Towne Green, and a list that includes art, music, and our Community Garden, our volunteers are the heart of our City. We want you to experience the excitement, the feeling of accomplishment and reward that volunteering brings. Karl Heisman, Dining Room Manager at Summit Chase Country Club, decided to get off the couch and do something. He began volunteering with Creative Enterprises, an organization that works with developmentally disabled adults. He is involved with the STRIVE program through Gwinnett County Public Schools and he was just admitted to the Board of Directors for the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. When he has extra time, you can find him setting up or cleaning up for STAT events throughout the year. “If people could see how much fun we have volunteering, they would be amazed” he said. There are many organizations – civic, religious and charitable – that can use your time and talents. Every organization has different needs but one thing they have in common is the need for volunteers. And the one thing that holds many organizations back is the lack of volunteers. Whether you have an hour a month or three days a week, there is a place for you. Volunteering is a great way to get connected to your community and make new friends.

Where do you fit in? A community is only as strong as the people who will volunteer to make it strong. It will only be successful if people care enough to come out to volunteer and participate in the community. How often have you had the thought “someone should do something about that” or “why don’t they do this”? Did you ever stop to consider who that “someone” or “they” actually are?

Why can’t it be you? When you decide to get involved, figure out what interests you and how much time you have available. Your volunteer experience will be more rewarding if it is something you enjoy.



Visit our new Facebook page dedicated to volunteering: SNELLVILLE STEPS UP. Like our page and help us make 2015 the best year yet for volunteer service in our community. If you have a question or want more information - or just want to get involved - just send us a private message. We’ll answer your questions and get you connected.

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Snellville’s 2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest raised $410.00 for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. Snellville Tourism and Trade is proud to announce that $410 was raised through the collaborative efforts of those who participated in the 2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest. Thank you to all the business owners, churches and residents who participated. This was a great community event that engaged the entire city. Snellville United Methodist Church New Depth Youth Choir won 1st Place with “OLAF” winning $100 and a trophy. The Gwinnett Animal Hospital won 2nd Place with “Dr. Straw Paws” winning $75 and a trophy; and the United Community Bank won 3rd Place winning $50 and a trophy. Prize money totalling $125 was donated back to the Southeast Gwinnett Coop. Thank you again to all who helped make this community activity so successful.

Laura Drake, Director of SE Gwinnett Food Coop; Marlene Kilburn, Assistant Director; and Ivy Hudson, Pantry Manager

1st Place - Snellville UMC New Depths Youth Choir (Olaf )

Candy Chase - Mount Zion Baptist Church

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Captain Crow - Army Navy Surplus Store

Carl Frederickson Eastside Gardens

Edward Scissorhands Supercuts

Milo World Finance

2nd Place - Gwinnett Animal Hospital (Dr. Straw Paws)

Ghouliweds Summit Chase Country Club

Olaf - Snellville UMC Depths Youth Choir

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3rd Place - United Community Bank (Anita Goodloan & Bad Debt Buck )

Treasure Joe Unique Treasures

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Snellville Valentine’s Day Card Contest It’s that time ... Start planning for the 2015 Valentine’s Day Card Contest!

All Cards will be displayed on the Towne Green from January 31st thru February 14th. All voting will be done online and winners announced on Saturday morning on February 14th at 10:00 AM on the Towne Green. For more details and applications please visit


WHAT’S HOT FOR 2014? by Gail Lane I’ve done your research for you ... you can thank me later. Tracking down the hottest gifts for kids, moms, dads, and even a few special suggestions for teens. Searching through the magazines and online resources to bring you some ideas to make your season merrier and brighter.

KIDS Every parent has been there. Running around town to find a Tickle Me Elmo, a Nintendo DS, a Wii, Playstation, Beanie Babies, Furbies, Power Rangers ... Late night trips to WalMart as they restock AFTER Black Friday because MAYBE, JUST MAYBE you can score the “pink” one! And finally, FINALLY, you grab up that most coveted gift that will secure your spot in parental history. VICTORY IS MINE!!! And then the next day, a commercial comes on during one of the many children’s shows and “THAT” is no longer the-hottestthing-I-can’t-live-without-toy. Cross referencing a few lists, here’s a few ideas that will help you achieve your Supermom status this year: Kidizoom Smart Watch by VTech - comes in green or pink for about $50. It is a small camera, video and voice recorder, touch screen, has learning games and actually keeps time! It’s splash proof and durable and incredibly cute! Leapfrog LeapTV for ages 3-8. LeapTV is an interactive educational gaming system. The system is around $150 and games and learning experiences are an additional $17-$25. Transformers Age of Extinction Chomp and Stomp Grimlock for ages 5 years and up. In one step, Grimlock transforms from a gigantic robot to a dinosaur with a chomping jaw and light up eyes. There are pop out weapons and swords and you can buy other action figures for a day - or at least 5 minutes - of play. Costs around $70. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart ($45) for ages 3-6 years. Disney’s Doc McStuffins inspires doctorsto-be with interactive light and sound EKG’s, otoscope and thermometers accompanying the siren and lights of the pull along rolling rescue! So cute. Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa for little girls 3 and up comes with a crown, a light up necklace and her very own Olaf. Raise her arm and hear “Let It Go” and her dress will shine. This doll is $35, but you can bet that for Frozen fans, most anything with Elsa or Anna will be a welcome gift this year.


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Stretch ‘N’ Shout Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - O.K. How can you pick just one? The Stretch ‘N’ Shout turtles are for ages 4-8 and cost $20 each. As you pull their arms, you’ll hear the battle cries from the film! Zoomer Dino for ages 5-7 years old has received the 2014 Innovative Toy of the Year Award. The Dino moves on two wheels and has a controller pod for programming or can be controlled with the hands. Depending on the Dino, prices are around $80-$90.

TEENS This could be the hardest of all the gift giving. Experience has proven that it is best to be guided by the requests of the teens ... with no exceptions ... but there are some opportunities for a few surprises under the tree that perhaps will not be TOO lame. Some gifts that are hot this year according to Amazon include anything personalized. Street signs, jewelry, pillows, phone accessories and art. Large monogram letters, either lit or painted, are finding their way into the decor wish-list. For the ULTIMATE in personalized gifts, check out “I Am A Stuffed Animal.” Send in a photo, the artist will create a caricature, and an individual stuffed toy will be made. Prices for IAASA are $75 - $125. Technology? iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy phones and rechargeable phone cases are pretty brilliant ideas for this year.

MOMS Most moms I know like things that are personal. Don’t EVEN come home with a vacuum cleaner or the newest, grooviest microwave! Personal means everything from “made by the kids” to a gift that would be considered an indulgence - perfume, jewelry, a day at a spa.

DADS Dads are a bit more practical and enjoy tools and technology gifts. Maybe try out the Chromecast Media Player ($35) as it streams online videos, music, Netflix, Youtube, HBO Go, Hulu, Pandora and many more apps. Whether your dad enjoys reading books, the newspaper, or just cruising the net, the price of tablets has begun to come down and can be found in the $100 to $250 range. Now go ... be armed with this knowledge and make this the merriest Christmas ever!

Small Business Saturday November 29th In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to encourage people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is November 29th. The movement encourages shoppers to stay in town, keep monies local and make a positive impact on the community. The first Small Business Saturday was on November 27, 2010 and started a holiday shopping tradition. In 2011, the day was supported by lawmakers across the United States and was officially recognized by the U.S. Senate. In 2012, business owners began to promote their businesses through a unified marketing approach with the help of American Express and in 2013, locals and organizations began making pledges to make a difference by shopping locally. This is the fifth year of the “Shop Small” movement and we encourage you to explore the stores and restaurants of our local small businesses. You’ll find that the owners of local businesses work hard to earn your business and ensure you have a positive experience when shopping, dining, or doing business in our community. Make a big difference. Shop Small. 23

Parks & Recreation Winter 2014 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

YOUTH ACTIVITIES LANGO FOREIGN LANGUAGES FOR KIDS For further info contact Agatha Stokes, (770) 899-7515; choose class locations. Scroll down to “Briscoe Park in Snellville” YOUTH SOCCER Recreational soccer for Boys and Girls ages 4 – 18 Practices are weekday evenings Games are on Saturdays For more info: (770) 466-7177 BNG Rising Star Kickers Youth Kickball Spring Registration coming soon. Age groups 10-13 and 14-18 $95 new players; $85 returning players Call (678) 472-9767 or visit UNDER 10 QUICK START TENNIS Four week programs Contact Coach Jones (404) 642-8393

Park office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on registration and classes, check out the Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website (on the left hand side, choose Departments and then Parks & Recreation) or visit our Facebook page at


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INTERNATIONAL ADULT SOCCER League Director: (678) 629-6755 or (917) 744-3461 Friday nights $650 per team: $65 per player for house team BOOT CAMP Monday-Thursday at the Park Office Five-week sessions; various hours available. Contact Alvin Hill (678) 920-4136 or

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GROUP DOG TRAINING Five-week training course, enrollment now open. Contact: Karen Garmon (770) 695-3096 ADULT KICKBALL LEAGUE Registration for Spring season begins January 2015 Contact ADULT SOFTBALL - Master Plan Phase IIB Two-Field Softball Complex Construction September 2014 to March 2015 Funded through your SPLOST pennies. COMMUNITY YARD SALES We had a successful yard sale on October 18. Please check our Facebook page for upcoming sales. CAR SHOW The Georgia Jeepers will be hosting a car show at Briscoe Park on November 15 from 11am-4pm. Contact Tommy at 678-668-6677 or for details. TENNIS & BASKETBALL COURT Available on a first come-first served basis. No lights - 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. - 7 Days a week.


Park Rentals Require 14 days notice

INDOOR RENTALS Courtland Williams Pavilion

Air conditioned; holds 35. Includes six 6-foot rectangular tables & 35 chairs; microwave, refrigerator and sink. $100 refundable deposit PLUS: Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $90 (Mon-Thur) / $100 (Fri-Sun) $120 (Mon-Thur) / $130 (Fri-Sun) $130 (Mon-Thur) / $140 (Fri-Sun)

BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $140 (Mon-Thur) / $150 (Fri-Sun) $165 (Mon-Thur) / $175 (Fri-Sun) $175 (Mon-Thur) / $185 (Fri-Sun)

NOTE: WE ARE NOW RENTING ALL FACILITIES (EXCEPT THE BETTY MCMICHAEL ROOM) ON ALL HOLIDAYS Rent any 4 hour time period from 7 am to 10 pm; all fees including deposits are due up front; deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of the rental are met.


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Air conditioned; holds 100. Includes twelve 8-foot rectangular tables and 100 chairs; microwave, refrigerator and sink. $200 refundable deposit PLUS: Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $205 (Mon-Thur) / $220 (Fri-Sun) $265 (Mon-Thur) / $280 (Fri-Sun) $275 (Mon-Thur) / $290 (Fri-Sun)

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Betty McMichael Room - Park Office

BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $340 (Mon-Thur) / $355 (Fri-Sun) $400 (Mon-Thur) / $415 (Fri-Sun) $410 (Mon-Thur) / $425 (Fri-Sun)

Rent any 4 hour time period from 7 am to 10 pm; all fees including deposits are due up front; deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of the rental are met. For room or pavilion rentals, please call the park office at (770) 985-3535. Field Rentals call Chris Madden (770) 985-3533. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC



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OUTDOOR PAVILION RENTALS Bonnie Rose Gazebo and Lakeside Pavilion

We have four outdoor open air covered pavilions holding 35 to 50 people and one gazebo holding 10. PRICING PER 2 HOUR BLOCKS Rental Times: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. INCLUDES PICNIC TABLES AND BENCHES • REQUIRE 14 DAYS NOTICE Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

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T.W. Briscoe Park Master Plan Phase IIB Snellville residents provided input for future Phase III improvements on Oct 7 and Oct 23. Currently, park officials are in the process of determining the future needs of the more than 94acre park on Lenora Church Road as part of its Master Plan. Project engineers, HDR Inc. of Atlanta, will compile input from the Mayor and Council and residents and complete a project plan which will be voted on for approval by the Mayor and Council. Currently, the park is undergoing upgrades as part of Phase IIB of the Master Plan; new softball fields, a concession stand, restroom and storage building, fitness trail resurfacing, and the creation of new parking spaces. The $2.5 million project is slated to take place through Spring of 2015.

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Spotlight on Snellville Seniors Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ (770) 985-3580

CLASSES AARP Defensive Driving $15 for AARP Members and $20 for Non-Members. This class will help y ou save money on your car insurance costs. Call center for dates.

PAINTING CLASSES $25/4 Classes Thursdays - 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25)

EXERCISE We offer a variety of exercise opportunities for our members. AEROBIC CLASSES 9:15 a.m. Light Impact and 10:15 a.m. Medium Impact every Monday & Thursday at no charge. PILATES Tuesday & Friday at 10 a.m. $3 per class ZUMBA Tuesday at 11 a.m.$5 per class. Our weight room consists of two bicycles and two arm and two leg machines. You will need to participate in one of our training classes to utilize the equipment.

BINGO First Friday of each month. Bring a snack to share and join in the fun. Who knows? You could be a winner!



2014 Senior Center Annual Memberships (January-December) Snellville City Limit Residents $15 Gwinnett County Residents $25 Join after July 1 and the cost for the remainder of the year is only $9 for City Residents and $15 for County Residents. Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount

SPANISH Mondays & Thursdays - $25/Month Beginner - 9 a.m. Advanced - 11:15 a.m. Must have some Spanish for these classes. Crochet & Knitting Tuesdays at Noon - FREE


The Senior Center welcomes members to come try out the pool table. We have pool sticks onsite for your use or you can bring your own.

MERLIN ENHANCED VIEWER This machine will magnify any small print document so that it will be easier for you to read. It is located in the billiards room.

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EVENTS & TRIPS November 11 Wreath Making Class (1:00-3:00) $20pp November 12 AARP Defensive Driving Class (9:00-4:00) $15/$20 AARP/Non-Member November 18-20 Overnight Trip to Biltmore, Asheville, NC (no vacancies) November 27-28 Closed for Thanksgiving December 1 Decorating the Senior Center – Volunteers Needed December 4 Atlanta Botanical Gardens Holiday Nights (4:00-9:00) $50.00 December 8 Christmas Card Making and Decorations Class (1:00-3:00) $15pp December 17 Senior Center Christmas Luncheon & Festivities (12:00-2:00) $10pp December 24-26 Closed for Christmas

ACTIVITIES & TRIPS The Senior Center offers day and overnight trips as well as special events. Information is updated bi-monthly in the Snellville Senior Center Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the Senior Center or found on our website at Please contact the Senior Center for more information and to register ahead for classes or trips. Senior Center Hours Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m 770-985-3580



In September, the Mayor and Council got a look at a plan to place signature signage throughout the city and another for major improvements to the Towne Green. After months of discussion, revisions and planning, the Downtown Development Authority revealed plans by Atlanta-based designers Sky Design for a variety of signage to be placed at entranceways to the city, to differentiate districts and to be used for promotion.

Signage incorporates the elements found in the Towne Center Masterplan: the dark red brick and natural tones found at City Hall, the dome at City Hall and the elements found in the new Veterans Memorial. The designers worked to show that Snellville is traditional, progressive, established, friendly and safe among other traits when designing the signage. “The design unifies the variety of aspects and districts found in the city,” said Economic Development Manager Eric Van Otteren. “It also lets people know they have arrived somewhere and that they are leaving somewhere. It helps give the city an image. The committee wanted to advance the city but keep it rooted in tradition.” At the September 18 DDA meeting, timelines were set. Key locations for the new signs have already been pinpointed, the

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first being near the intersection of Highway 124 and Ronald Reagan Parkway; another is at Oak Road and Highway 78. The signs will take on a variety of shapes, uses and materials. Lights will be affixed to the top of some, a dome will be incorporated into others and drape-like materials will be on others. The Towne Green plan, by Root Design of Tucker, calls for a more than 2-foot-tall brick wall around its perimeter, defined entrance ways for pedestrians and vehicles, a raised table crosswalk for those crossing Oak Road, signage at the corner of Oak Road and Highway 78 and new foliage. The design creates a sealed-off area which promotes safety and leisure on the Green while also providing functionality. The project should begin in the winter and be completed by the time the Snellville Farmers’ Market opens next May.

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2014 Fall Festival

Hay Ride Fun

Home Depot Workshop

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Snellville Holiday Happenings Where to go ... what to do! It’s the holiday season ... a time for making memories and celebrating with our community!

GRACE FELLOWSHIP SNELLVILLE Beginning on November 30th and leading up to Christmas Eve, Grace will celebrate Advent during our Sunday worship gatherings. Sunday worship times are 9am, 10:45am and 5:15pm Sunday, December 14 at 5:15pm - A GraceKidz Christmas WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN Sunday, November 30th - Advent Festival Potluck Dinner and “Hanging of the Greens” Sunday, December 7th - Fun Ambassadors Annual Craft & Bake Sale 9am to 1:30pm in the Youth Center Mark your calendar for the best CRAFT SHOW in Snellville Sunday December 7th Family Worship & Children’s Musical Performance Combined Service 11:15am in the Sanctuary Friday, December 12th FUNfastic Friday: Parent’s Nite Out/Olympics Games 6:30pm to 9pm in Kidz Theatre and Fellowship Center Sunday, December 14th Advent Cantata 7pm in the Sanctuary - The Chancel Choir presents “Arise, Your Light Has Come! - A European Christmas Celebration” December 24th Christmas Eve Services Please visit our website at for more information. ST. OLIVER CATHOLIC CHURCH December 24, 2014 Christmas Liturgies 4:00 pm 5:30 pm 8:00 pm 12:00 Midnight December 25, 2014 10:00 am and 11:30 am (Hispanic) Friday, December 19th “All is Well” - 7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy this year’s Christmas Musical and listen to how one tiny child’s birth brought hope to so many! 36

Sunday, December 21 at 9am, 10:45am and 5:15pm Student led Christmas Services Christmas Eve services: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 11pm Free tickets available at SNELLVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH November 23rd Hanging of the Greens – 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary – A time of decorating the church for Christmas – followed by hot apple cider and cookies. November 30th Service of Hope and Healing – 7:00 pm in the Chapel – A special service of quiet respite through scripture, song and prayer as we find encouragement and hope for the season ahead December 6th Breakfast with Santa – 9:00 am to 11:00 am in Celebration Hall – breakfast will be served from 9:00 to 10:30. Cost is $1 per person – children 3 and under are free. Bring a canned good with you to share with the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op. December 6th - 8th Journey to Bethlehem – 6:00 to 8:30 each evening – Experience the night Christmas began in this indoor/outdoor production. Step back in time as you follow your guide through ancient Bethlehem bustling with merchants, an inn, tannery, and blacksmiths to find Mary, Joseph and a baby in a manger. December 14th Festival of Music – 7:00 pm in the Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

Sanctuary – Join us for a service of lessons and carols as scripture passages are laced together with carol-based songs celebrating the coming of Christ. These carols, hymns and anthems will be led by our Adult, Youth, Children and Handbell Choirs accompanied by a chamber instrumental ensemble.

Carol – An adaptation of a Dickens’ A Christmas Carol taking place under the big top. Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets available through website www.

December 19th Latino Ministry Christmas Dinner – 6:00 pm in Wesley Hall

GWINNETT BALLET THEATRE December 5th - 21st The Nutcracker St the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. This annual production follows the traditional story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Showtimes are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Ticket prices are $28 - $35 and can be found online at www.

December 24th Christmas Eve Services: 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary – Traditional Candlelight Service 7:00 pm in Celebration Hall – Contemporary Candlelight Service 11:00 pm in the Sanctuary – Traditional Candlelight Service with Communion For more details, please visit our website at NEW JERUSALEM December 24th Christmas Eve communion and Christmas play starting at 6pm.

FIRST BAPTIST SNELLVILLE December 7 - 9:30am and 11:00am - Christmas Worship - featuring the Worship Ministry Choirs and Orchestra. Everyone invited! December 24 - 5:00pm - Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. Everyone welcome. GRAYSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday, December 7th - 6:00pm - 7th Annual Coming Home for Christmas Sunday, December 14th - 7:00pm - Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata Thursday, December 18th - 7:00pm Longest Night Service December 24th - Christmas Eve Services 12:00 Noon Communion Service 5:00 pm Candle Light Services 7:00 pm Candle Light Services 11:00 pm Candle Light Communion Services FIRST BAPTIST GRAYSON Sunday, December 14th - 11am - God Speaking NEW LONDON THEATRE – November 28th - December 21st A Big Top Christmas

AURORA THEATRE November 29th - December 20th A repertory that includes A Christmas Carol and The 12 Dates of Christmas Tickets are $20. Check dates and times at A Christmas Carol Anthony P. Rodriguez brings back the 8th year with his solo performance of this holiday classic. The 12 Dates of Christmas Jaclyn Hoffman brings this one woman show to the Aurora Theatre. November 20th - December 21st - Christmas Canteen The 19th Season of this holiday tradition, Christmas Canteen is a nostalgic musical revue combined with their Festival of Trees. For tickets and information, www. SNELLVILLE ARTS COMMISSION December 7th - 7:00 pm - A Christmas Carol presented by the “Snellville Players” Drinks at 6:00; dinner at 7:00; show at 8:00. There is also a Silent Auction, and the entire evening is a fundraiser for the Arts Commission. Tickets are $30 for the dinner and show and can be purchased through Summit Chase Country Club. For information

Holiday Favorites From some of our favorite cooks!



• Bake sweet potato in oven at 450° for 35 to 45 minutes, until tender. • Remove at once and prick with a fork to let steam out – be careful, steam will be very hot. • Cut a 1 1/2-inch cross in the center of each potato. • Using oven mitts open the potato by pushing the ends toward the center until filling starts to push through the cut. • Place 1/2 the marshmallows into the sweet potato • Pour 2 oz of your favorite store brand caramel sauce over the marshmallows; or make your own sauce using the recipe below. • Place the rest of the marshmallows over the caramel sauce. • Put potato bake on an oven safe pan and put back in the oven on Broil. • Let cook for just a minute or two, keeping careful watch. • Remove from oven when marshmallows start to brown. • Serve as soon as possible.

1 medium or 2 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup finely chopped onion 1 egg, lightly beaten

HONEY CARAMEL SAUCE • 4 tablespoons butter • 1/4 cup light brown sugar • 1/4 cup honey In a saucepan add butter and whisk in brown sugar; do not boil. Add honey and continue stirring for approximately 4-5 minutes.

1 teaspoon brown sugar salt and pepper to taste ¼ cup crushed saltine crackers 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon butter, melted

In a large pot, place squash in water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender; drain. While squash is cooking, preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mash cooked squash. Add mayonnaise, onion, egg, brown sugar, salt and pepper; mix well. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish. Mix saltine crackers, Parmesan cheese and melted butter. Sprinkle over squash mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 45 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Serves 6. Ricki Tobin Snellville Farmers’ Market Committee

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Snellville Tourism & Trade would like to say thanks to all of our event sponsors for 2014. Their support, whether financially or through in-kind contributions, makes it possible for us to put on so many quality events for our community.




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