Snellville Spirit Winter 2013

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Where Everybody’s Proud to Be Somebody! Winter 2013


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Winter 2013 - Volume 13 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association Dear Snellville Supporter: The holiday season is upon us again. Where does the time go? In recent months, we have been inundated with the things that divide us - whether nationally, regionally or locally, we are bombarded with negativity claiming everything that is wrong and who is to blame – but the holidays tend to bring out the best in all of us. We tend to lay down our differences and remember what is truly important in life. I believe we all have more in common than we realize and this should be a lesson that we carry throughout the year. We all want to build a community in which our children can grow and thrive. Building a better community starts with each and every one of us and it has to begin locally by coming together and celebrating our common values … and not dwelling on our individual flaws. The holidays are a season for reflection on our traditions and the things that make our country and our community a great place to live; to remember and celebrate our family and friends and the values that we share. It is also a time to reach out to others with a kind word or helping hand and to be servant leaders in our community.

P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: Everybody’s Somebody in Snellville Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville.

President Don Britt Secretary Ronnie Bentley Treasurer Krish Dhokia Board Member Gretchen Schulz Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear

‘Tis the season to give thanks and celebrate the holidays. If we all accept the responsibility to work together and serve one another, we can keep the Thanksgiving and Holiday spirit in Snellville 365 days a year.

Board Member Sam Roper

It is hard to believe that this is the thirteenth issue of the Snellville Spirit magazine and Snellville Tourism and Trade is completing its fourth year of serving our hometown. I would like to thank all the sponsors that made it possible to bring our citizens together in 2013. Additionally, I would like to thank the entire board of directors and our executive director, Kelly McAloon, for their continued efforts to insure that STAT produces high quality activities and programs for everyone in Snellville.

Executive Director Kelly McAloon

On behalf of the board of Snellville Tourism and Trade, we would like to thank you for all your support in helping us make Snellville a great place to live.


Don Britt, President

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Board Member Alice Snipes

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 Contributing Writers and Photographers: Gretchen Schulz, Mike Strahle, Jon Richards, Kelly McAloon, Juan Hernandez, Mike Stock, Scott Allen, Gail Lane Cover Photography by Gail Lane Cookies & Cakes Courtesy Bill Rhodes Bakery




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18 SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL Small Business Saturday gets us out of the mall and into those special shops for extraordinary gifts!


Mark your calendars! December 6th from 5-8 pm!




- VICE PRESIDENT STYLE! 18 DECORATING CCS Art students take part in decorating the Bidens’ home.


SNELLVILLE FARMERS MARKET Preparing for another award winning season!

PIKE MUSEUM OPENS 22 PETE Family Tree honors Pete Pike in Snellville





OF FREEDOM 29 EYES A traveling memorial reminding us of the cost of freedom.



ON THE GO! 30 SENIORS Lots of things going on for Snellville’s seniors.



FALL FUN! 32 SNELLVILLE The Fall season in Snellville will be remembered for



TIME FAVORITES 34 ALL Summit Chase Country Club shares some of their most

The Fall Festival brought some good news for Gwinnett Co-Op Food Ministry! A season of family fun and special events. Art to be experienced by all of our senses! From both sides of the lesson!

Snellville’s City Council looks forward to moving forward.


Schedules and activities for the whole family.

festivals, concerts on the green and movies in the park!

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FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL AND UNIQUE ... SHOP LOCAL! Gail Lane Since moving to Snellville, our intentions to find our way to the mall for a dose of Christmas cheer seem to be consistently thwarted as we “start here”. We find most everything on our list amidst the retail mecca located in Snellville. In our family, Thanksgiving tradition includes turkey, pumpkin pie and plans for an early morning “out the door” on the Friday morning after as we made our way to the mall for the contact sport known as Black Friday Sales. My mom, my sister and I took turns with my Aunt Dale who, like many shoppers, trains for and plans the expedition with the precision of a General facing a formidable foe. The shopping season begins in earnest during that weekend with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and then Cyber Monday. In Snellville, we’re blessed with some quality national chains to fulfill much of mainstream wish lists: Old Navy, Kohl’s, Belk’s, Target, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross, Best Buy, WalMart and Sams. But shopping local, supporting the entrepreneurs among the large retail franchises has rewards beyond helping out a business in our community. It is the treasures found in these little retail jewels that are the big reward for consumers. Finding truly unique SOMETHING for that really special SOMEBODY ... that truly special gift for those people in our lives that who deserve something just a bit more thoughtful. WHERE TO START? How about Play It Again Sports on Highway 78? Hottest gifts for Christmas include a full line of exercise equipment to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions as well as high-tech shoes to make getting in shape more colorful and comfortable. Skates for the kids? An air hockey table? A special skateboard and the safety gear to go with it that will ease mom’s worries. A full line of college wear - heavy on UGA - makes this the perfect place to pick up something that might otherwise be a bit of a stretch on the budget. The Army/Navy Store in the same center has some pretty interesting gift possibilities! From weaponry to a full line of camo for every occasion and everything you need to keep warm if you’re apt to spend time at hunting camp.

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Around the side of that center facing Highway 124 is Snellville Framing & Fine Art. Owner Eric Bachman is an artist of note with offerings throughout the shop. He showcases other local artists and has an eye for creating art from special pieces of our lives that we would like to preserve. Think about pulling together all the bits and pieces of memories for a shadow box for mom or frame those milestone diplomas, decrees, or achievements. Uniquely personal and crafted to last a liftetime.

Right across the street is Cobble Creek Studios where you can encourage a budding artist of any age with a gift certificate for classes, or pick up some truly beautiful, original art by local artists. If the original is out of your budget, there are Giclee prints which are vibrant and worthy of any gallery or special place in your home. One of my favorite places to shop is Niko’s Wine Corner. Tucked in along Highway 124, Niko’s has an impressive selection of wines from around the world; he will help you select the right one for the enthusiast in your life. Shelves and tables full of wine glasses and paraphernalia provide an array of practical as well as totally indulgent gift options. To make a special entrance or finish any meal, think about the very tasty treats you can find at Bill Rhodes Bakery in Snellville. Cakes, petit fours, cookies ... truly spectacular hostess gifts or topping off your celebration in style! Jewelry. You just can’t go wrong wtih jewelry. Our thanks to Van Adams Jewelry for sharing their forecasts for this holiday season. Beautiful necklaces with lacy heirloom settings, rose gold and champagne diamonds, large clear stones ... such a beautiful surprise to share as a gift! Christmas is the second most popular day for engagements each year; engagement rings are still one of the most popular Christmas gifts! Take an opportunity to find something as truly unique as your relationship as you start your lives together. Check out the beautiful settings at Van Adams, Baron’s, or even at Hill Top Pawn. Looking for a different kind of bling? Horsetown has it. Really! And among the rhinestones and glitter are some of this year’s hottest gifts ... boots! Kids boots are much in demand this year and the line of clothing with just the right amound of sparkle is on the list for teens and adults. Oh sure, there are hats and boots for the menfolk, too, and you’ll love their boot selection with collegiate logos! Whether you are looking to decorate your own home or pick up a seasonal remembrance for a friend, Family Tree Garden Center has Christmas décor and mementos for every collector and occasion. Living gifts of flowers and plants make a memorable legacy, and there are spectacular gift ideas found in their gift shop. You don’t have to wait until Small Business Saturday to spend some time in of these locally owned enterprises. There are bargains to be found and some exceptional oneof-a-kind gifts that will make you proud to put underneath the tree. We invite you to shop Snellville, where everybody is proud to be somebody and during this season, proud to share Christmas with you!


32nd Annual Snellville Christmas Tree Lighting Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at the 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Snellville on Friday, December 6th from 5 – 8 PM Snellville residents and visitors will gather to celebrate a holiday tradition when the lights on the City’s 60-foot tall Christmas tree are switched on. To make the evening even more enjoyable, Snellville Tourism and Trade (STAT) has activities planned for children and adults on the Towne Green in front of City Hall. Santa and his elves will be in his tent taking wishes from children and posing for pictures. Andrew Watson Photography will be on site capturing that special moment with Santa. Snow will fill the air as Christmas carols are sung throughout the evening. You’ll be able to get warm around the fire pits, toast some s’mores, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and even take a caroling hay ride. Activity tents will be available for children. The don’t-miss activities include craft build-it kits from Lowe’s, ornament decorating from Michael’s, and cookie decorating from Bill Rhodes Bakery. The main stage next to the tree will come alive with music from local choirs and just before the tree is illuminated at 7 PM, the crowd will light candles and sing Silent Night. Then Santa and Mayor Kelly Kautz will throw the switch and the tree will come alive with thousands of lights. STAT will be accepting canned goods at the Christmas Tree Lighting for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. Each craft activity, s’mores and hay ride requires one ticket equaling $1.00. You may bring two cans of food in exchange for one ticket for all activities. Food vendors will be on hand so don’t worry about going hungry. Tis the season for giving! Help others have a wonderful holiday!

Giving Hunger the Boot We are also having a “Give Hunger the Boot SHOE BOX DRIVE” this year. Since there are so many people in need, we are asking for your help in our community. The Southeast Gwinnett Co-op needs the following items that can fit neatly in a shoebox. Please fill a shoe box, shopping bag or other container with some of the necessities on the list and bring it with you to the Christmas Tree Lighting. The following items are needed: Toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, shampoo and conditioner, feminine products, band-aids, bars of soap, body wash, baby wipes. Other items needed that may not fit in the shoe box are: diapers for children size 1-6, pull-ups, disposable briefs for adults and depends, laundry, dish soap, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels. When you drop off your donation, include a business card or a slip of paper with your name and phone number on it and you’ll be entered in the “Give Hunger the Boot” drawing for a dinner for two, free appetizers or other great prizes. Tis the Season for giving, please help others have a wonderful holiday!


Making a difference at the SOUTHEAST GWINNETT COOPERATIVE MINISTRY Snellville Tourism and Trade had their first annual city wide Scarecrow contest benefiting the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries. This was a great community event that engaged the entire city. Many families enjoyed driving around town with their children to vote on their favorite Scarecrow, which decorated the city during the month of October then enjoyed by all the visitors at the Snellville Fall Festival.

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

1st Place - “Flossy” Mazzawi Family Dentistry

“Hamilton” Hamilton Financial

“Dusty” Ally’s Attic

Mazzawi Family Dentistry with Scarecrow “Flossy” took 1st Place winning $100.00 and a trophy; Ladies Workout with Scarecrows “Strong, Heart and Soul” took 2nd Place winning $75.00 plus a trophy; and About Face Skin Care with Scarecrow “Miss Bootox 2013” won 3rd Place winning $50.00 plus a trophy. All winners donated their prize money back to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op.

2nd Place - “Strong, Heart & Soul” Ladies Workout

“Bogey” Summit Chase

“Lovey” Summit Chase

3rd Place - “Miss Bootox 2013” About Face Skin Care

“Dr. Roxi” “Anita Goodloan” Snell’s Pharmacy United Community Bank

“Cocoa” A Better Sign

“Garden Minions” Family Tree

“Homer” Home Depot

“Bill” Bill Rhodes Bakery

“Sprinkles” Brusters

“10 Key” 10 Key Solutions

“Arby” Arby’s

“Scary Poppins” Community of Grace

“Betty Boufant” Begum’s

“Bovine Betsy” Chick-Fil-A (124)

“Scare Cow” Chick-Fil-A (78)

“Harvest Moon” Office Depot

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“Scary Sarah” SarahCare

“Niko’s Wine Crow” Niko’s Wine Corner

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HOLIDAY PLANNER FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SNELLVILLE Music Ministry Christmas Concert with the Nativity Symphony December 8th - 5:00 pm Instrumental Christmas Concert with the Celebration Orchestra December 15th - 5:00 pm Christmas Eve Communion Service - December 24th at 5:00 pm.

SNELLVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Hanging of the Greens and a Moravian Love Feast - November 24th 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary (we will be decorating the church and then heading to our fellowship hall for sweet buns and hot apple cider) Service of Hope and Healing – December 1st 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary Breakfast with Santa – December 7th 8:30 am in Wesley Hall Journey to Bethlehem - December 7 – 9 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm nightly – a guided journey back in time where you will encounter live animals, shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers and magi as you make your way to Bethlehem Festival of Music – December 15th 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary Christmas Eve Services - December 24th: 4:00 pm – Children’s Worship – Christian Life Center 5:30 pm – Traditional Candlelight – Sanctuary 7:00 pm – Contemporary Candlelight – Christian Life Center 11:00 pm – Traditional Candlelight with Communion – Sanctuary


Christmas Canteen - November 29th - December 22nd (returns for 18th season ) A Christmas Carol - December 5th - 22nd The 12 Dates of Christmas - December 6th - 21st Aurora’s Children’s Playhouse Dec. 7th - Santa’s Missing Mail Dec. 14th - ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Dec. 21st - Trouble with Toyland Shows are Saturday at 10:00 am & 11:00 am


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CITY OF LAWRENCEVILLE Ring in the New Year on the SQUARE! Join us for the 10th Annual NYE celebration! The event begins at 7:30 PM and the fun doesn’t stop until 12:30 am! Inflatables -- Dancing – Downtown Shopping – Fireworks at Midnight

ST. OLIVER’S CHURCH Guadalupe Celebration - December 11th 7:00 PM The Christmas Show - December 13th 7:30 PM “Deck the Stage!” - A Christmas One-Act Comedy - St. Oliver’s drama ministry and music ministry are combining for this year’s Christmas show on December 13th at 7:30 p.m. Come for an evening of fun, laughter, and music!

GWINNETT BALLET THEATRE THE NUTCRACKER 2013 - December 6th - 22nd. Clara and her Nutcracker Prince will return to the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center this holiday season for the 32nd annual production of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker. Tickets are priced from $30-$16 and are available through or by calling 1-888-9AXS-TIX.

CITY OF GRAYSON Christmas in Grayson - December 8th 2:00 - 6:30 pm. Tree lighting, photos with Santa, trackless train, and lots of family fun in Grayson City Park.

NEW LONDON THEATRE A Christmas Carol - December 6th - 22nd Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. This interpretation of the Dickens classic takes place in modern day New York City and follows the transformation of Scrooge as the ghosts of Marley, Past, Present and Future make their visits.


Christmas Concert - Westminster Chancel Choir - December 15th 6:30 pm Advent Festival - Crafts, food, music and fun for all ages - December 1st 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm Family Candlelight Service - December 24th 5:30 pm Candlelight Communion Service - December 24th 11:00 pm

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Kirk Buis Snellville Arts Commission Chairman The Snellville Arts Commission (SAC), in coalition with Artworks! Gwinnett and Habitat for Humanity, sponsored an exhibit on the lawn in front of City Hall during the month of October. It was called ‘Doors to Homes and Hope’ and featured doors that have been painted by local artists which were then auctioned to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. “It was an opportunity to help with a worthy cause as well as bring another art form to Snellville,” SAC Chairman Kirk Buis said. “We had a lot of help from Jon Davis and the Snellville Public Works Department, which made it a very interesting project.” The next project the Arts Commission is working on is a fundraiser to raise money for public sculptures in Snellville. With the help of Mayor Kelly Kautz and the entire City Council, the Commission is sponsoring a performance of A Christmas Carol at Summit Chase Country Club. All of the politicians have agreed to a cameo performance, and City Councilman Dave Emanuel has even taken a major role in the performance. There will also be a silent auction at the event The one-night only performance is Sunday, December 1st at Summit Chase. There will be a cash bar from 5:00-6:00 p.m., dinner from 6:00-7:00 p.m., results of the silent auction, and then the performance. Tickets are $35 for the dinner and show, and they must be reserved by calling Summit Chase Country Club at 770-979-9000.


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As we progress through the third year of our entrepreneurial adventure in The Entrepreneurship Academy at South Gwinnett, we’re excited with the growth of the program, and the successes achieved by many of our students. The creativity of the students, in combination with the new entrance policies into 1 our program are generating more opportunities, more focus, and more excitement as our students dive into the world of entrepreneurship. This year for the first time, we have had the chance to interview most of the students who 1 were signing up for our Entrepreneurship I class. Students entered the class knowledgeable in the elective they had chosen and eager to learn. Our classroom business, a custom labeled bottled water company, has been kick started with good creative executed in both Microsoft 2 2 and Adobe softwares. These focused students, in combination with a group of incoming freshman have stocked our classroom with 2 young entrepreneurs aplenty. We are looking forward to the declaration of their business ventures scheduled for November 11th. Our second year students are proven in their concepts through a year of business plan development and presentation to the Snellville Entrepreneurship Alliance Shark Tank. With venture capital earned and in hand, these young business owners are developing websites to capture that online presence. The business concepts they brought into their second year of study, are being fine tuned. Unique selling propositions are being defined and designed, too. We look forward to the year continuing as these young students learn the world of Wix, Weebli, and other online Website development programs, Quickbooks Pro for financial management, and the Adobe Creative Suite to provide the tools they need to merchandise, advertise and promote their products. A third year program is being offered this year as well to teach what it takes to grow a business once it is established. Suppliers and alternates are being defined, selected, and competitively quoted. Market position is being studied. Manufacturing processes are being looked at to determine efficiencies of production. Establishment of our third year program as a Work Based Learning opportunity for senior students is establishing the rule of responsibility towards business ownership as well. As our program ages, it matures and defines itself with the lessons both the students and the program are learning. We aim to continue the growth of the program, so that we can continue the growth of the students. Special thanks continue to be due to the City of Snellville, it’s Economic Development Department, and the people in the city government and in the Gwinnett County Public Schools Administration that support our program. Opportunities, businesses and students are all growing, as is the strength and health of The Entrepreneurship Academy at South Gwinnett High School.




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Juan Hernandez, Student Throughout my years in the Entrepreneurship Program at South Gwinnett High School, I have learned the many challenges and tasks that not only occur when operating your own business, but the same adversity that occurs in daily life. The various factors and risks involved in entrepreneurship and managing your own business train an individual to learn how to adapt to situations, be flexible with the situations you face, and most importantly, network yourself within your peers and your community to create the best opportunities for yourself, rather than wait for them to happen. I’ve always been concerned about my future and where I will go to college or what I really want to focus with as a career, however with the skills I have learned in entrepreneurship over the last 3 years, I have learned that I can create my own future around the things and aspects of my life I want most. This is the key factor of the program that captivated me. As a creative individual, being in control of the way I learn and grow through managing my own business has provided me with tools necessary to walk through life confident that I can control and handle the most adverse and complex situations to always create the best possible outcome.

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Creating Opportunities The Entrepreneur Alliance includes South Gwinnett High School (opposite page), Brookwood High School (top left), and this year, we welcome Grayson High School and Central Gwinnett High School (bottom left). More than 200 students in seven classes are participating in the Alliance. Within the four schools, these young entrepreneurs are working to start their own businesses which will create their own summer job by May, 2014.


The next Entrepreneur Summit is scheduled for Tuesday evening, January, 14, 2014 with networking beginning at 6:30 p.m. Everybody’s Somebody in Snellville


SNELLVILLE CITY COUNCIL Congratulations to the new Snellville City Council! On November 11th, Snellville welcomed the return of Councilmember Barbara Bender to the Council as she was sworn in with Tom Witts and Bobby Howard after their victories in the 2013 election. Tom, Barbara and Bobby join Mayor Kautz on the dais along with council members Dave Emanuel and Diane Krause. Kautz, Emanuel and Krause serve the citizens of Snellville with terms that will expire in 2015.

Mayor Kelly Kautz Initiative: Economic Development; Walkable Community with artwork & sidewalks 678-898-0224

Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts Initiative: Veterans Memorial, Oak Rd Park and Sidewalks 770-891-1612

Councilmember Diane Krause Initiative: Code Red, Disaster Relief & Economic Development 770-712-3515

Councilmember Dave Emanuel Initiative: Give Hunger the Boot 770-262-2115

Councilmember Bobby Howard Initiative: Shop Local and Public Safety 404-583-1099

Councilmember Barbara Bender Initiative: Towne Center Project & Economic Development 770-235-9006

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LOCAL ARTISTS TAKE PART IN VICE PRESIDENTIAL CHRISTMAS In June, Deborah Kepes, Owner & Director of Cobble Creek Studios received a call from Mr. Carlos Elizondo, the Social Secretary of Vice President Biden asking the students to create the ornaments for the Biden residence Christmas tree. The historic opportunity encompassed painting each of the 44 Presidents and a few American Icons on 4� x 5� canvases, framed in gold, and adorned with red, white and blue ribbon for hanging. The project was accomplished by the Cobble Creek Academy throughout the summer and fall at the CCS Academy Art Camp by 25 art students ranging in age from 7-17. They shipped during the week of November 10th, The project, themed Presidents & Vice Presidents, Future Past, will be showcased on the White House Christmas Special which will air on HGTV. CCS Artist Christion Rollin with his painting of Millard Fillmore.

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SNELLVILLE’S AWARD WINNING FARMERS’ MARKET PREPARES FOR 2014 SEASON The 2013 Snellville Farmers’ Market season has officially ended, but behind the scenes, the administrative work for the market is a year-round task. “We’re now updating our policies and application for the 2014 season,” said Gretchen Schulz, a member of the Snellville Farmers’ Market committee. “Every season we seem to encounter new issues that require some tweaking of our policies. And 2013 was no exception. We continue to learn as we go how to better administer the market.” The policies and application for the 2014 season are expected to be available on the market’s website (www. in mid January. Potential vendors are encouraged to apply early to secure a booth at the popular market. “Last year we were placing vendors on a waiting list by February,” Gretchen said, explaining that the market does not place a limit on produce vendors who meet the market requirements as long as space is available. “First and foremost, we are a farmers’ market.” However, spaces for vendors wishing to sell baked goods, soap and body care products and craft items are reserved early in the application process. “We look for a variety of baked goods so we will only approve one—or two at the most—vendors who sell cupcakes,” said Marcy Pharris, another member of the market committee. “And all craft items sold at the market must have a relationship to food or gardening.”


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The market season runs from the first Saturday in June through the last Saturday in September. Every year committee members receive requests from some vendors and customers to keep the market open longer. During the market’s second season the committee tried staying open through October, but found that competition from college football, kids’ sports and local fall festivals resulted in a limited number of vendors participating and a greatly reduced customer attendance. And it was very cold for the market volunteers who begin arriving at the Towne Green at 6:00 am to start the market set-up process.


First and foremost, we are a farmers’ market.

Market volunteers are extremely proud that in this year’s American Farmland Trust competition, the Snellville market finished first in Georgia and first in the nation. The contest is based on entries received from market customers who pledge to spend $10 at their favorite farmers’ market. “We’re very proud of this recognition for our market and our community,” said Kurt Schulz, who coordinates the contest each year for the Snellville market. “This says a lot about the quality of our market, our vendors, and the enthusiasm our customers have for their hometown market.”


FAMILY TREE GARDEN CENTER OPENS PETE PIKE MUSEUM The Family Tree Garden Center Owner Dana Pike-Van Vlake’s vision to create a community and family gathering place is now expanding to include a tribute to her father’s efforts in beautifying Atlanta for more than 50 years. The Pete Pike Museum, a newly built addition to the garden center, spans the life todate of Pete Pike in photographs and historical artifacts. From his childhood on a farm, service in the Navy, working hard to make a living and introducing Pike Family Nursery to Atlanta, the museum’s storyline emphasizes the importance Pike places on building relationships, hard work and integrity. “The reason I wanted to build this museum is to inspire people, especially young people,” says Pete Pike. “There were a lot of times I was completely down, lost everything, I had nothing! But I never gave up. I had friends that helped me, a wife and family that believed in me and I worked hard with honesty and integrity. I want people to see that just because you are down, you don’t have to stay down, you can make your dream happen.” Pike’s hard work and treating people the way he would

want to be treated, Pike Nurseries became the largest independently owned garden center in the nation.

Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz and the city of Snellville named October 28 “Pete Pike Day.” “I have always loved the city of Snellville,” says Pike. “I was so happy my daughter chose Snellville to open her nursery. Our customers are the best and we will do everything we can to continue to bring quality plants, products and service to this great city.”

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Parks & Recreation Fall 2013 Activities 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 or Scroll down to Briscoe Park in Snellville


Martial Arts for the Whole Family! For details, Master Cathy Brown, (770) 401-1525 or


Boys and Girls ages 4 – 19 Practices are weekday evenings Games are on Saturdays Registrations in Briscoe Park Office on Jan 25, 2014 & Feb 1, 2014, 10am to 2pm For more info: 770-466-7177

UNDER 10 QUICK START TENNIS 4 week programs Contact Coach Jones 404-642-8393


Boys & Girls, ages 4-14 For more info: (404) 551-2036, , enter zip “30078” and select “Briscoe Park” Online registration is now open through 1/13/2014, fees are lower the earlier you register. Program starts February 16, 2014 (Sundays)

ROBOTICS AND TECHNOLOGY CLASS Robotics, programming, and designer graphics For info call (770) 895-4916 or visit us at


December 7-8, 2013 at Briscoe Park Soccer competition for U9-U19 age groups


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Contact: Tim Gaines (404) 570-7422 or for dates, times, and registration


League Director: (678) 629-6755 or (917) 744-3461 Friday and Sunday nights $650 per team: $65 per player for house team

OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURTS Available on a first: come-first served basis 6am to 10pm daily; no lights


Available on a first come-first served basis no lights-6am to 10pm-7 days a week Briscoe Park is open daily 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Park Office is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (770) 985-3535 (on the left hand side choose Departments, then Parks & Recreation)

For more information on registration and classes, check out the Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website:

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Park Rentals Require 14 days notice

INDOOR RENTALS Rent any four hour time period from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; all fees including deposits are due up front; deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of rental are met. Rentals include tables & chairs.

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)

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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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 Matt Wright (770) 985-3533. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC


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OUTDOOR PAVILION RENTALS Lakeside Pavilion and Bonnie Rose Gazebo

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The City of Snellville, Snellville Veterans Memorial and Snellville Community Foundation hosted the Eyes of Freedom traveling art exhibit on November 4-6 at the Snellville Police Department. The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial was created by Anita Miller, an Ohio artist who had a vision in which she saw the finished memorial and felt she was being asked to create it. With the help of the families of the fallen and the returned Marines of L3/25, the work was created and unveiled in the Ohio State House Rotunda in 2008, as the vision foretold. Although the paintings in this Memorial specifically depict the 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25, it has become much more; The Eyes of Freedom is for all who have answered the call to service. Behind each portrait we feel the honor and sacrifice of the thousands of men and women who have served our country, in every branch of the armed forces. Director of The Eyes of Freedom and a retired member of the Lima Company. Mike Strahle, a retired member of the Lima Company and Director of The Eyes of Freedom, saw the memorial unveiled in 2008. “We are very excited to bring a wonderful experience to Snellville,” said Strahle. For him, this mission is personal: he too was badly injured in the explosion that took six of his squad members; two more fell to enemy fire just days prior. The Memorial is meant to remember the Marines of L3/25, but also to honor all branches of service, past, present and future.It is delivered by by R+L Carriers. For more information, check out the website:

MAKE A CHRISTMAS MEMORY! What better way to show your respect and create a living memory for a special veteran than with an honorary tile on Snellville’s Veterans’ Memorial. This project on the grounds of City Hall in Snellville, Georgia, features an eternal flame, waterfall, and tiles honoring veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces. You can participate in the project by purchasing a tile honoring a veteran for the fountain wall or a walkway paver personalized with your name or message etched on it. Donations to fund the memorial are also accepted and appreciated. THERE IS STILL SPACE TO BE PART OF OUR MEMORIAL WALL 4”x 8” Pavers are $120 Each 8”x 8” Pavers are $175 Each Veteran wall tiles are $120 Each

For more pricing or information, please see our website or call Tom Witts at (770) 891-1612

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

CLASSES COMPUTER CLASSES January 21 - February 7 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday BASIC COMPUTER - 10:30 a.m. - Noon Topics Include: Surfing the Internet, Windows Features, Drive & File Concepts, Basic E-Mail, Word Processing, etc. INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Microsoft Word and Excel, Advanced E-Mail, File backups to Flash Drives, photo storage. Prerequisite: Students should have an e-mail address and be able to send and receive e-mails.

Classes are for 3 weeks; 9 classes

EXERCISE We offer a variety of exercise opportunities for our members. There are two aerobic classes (9:15 a.m. & 10:15 a.m.) every Monday & Thursday at no charge. You may also choose to participate in Pilates (Tuesday & Friday) which is $3 per class or Zumba on Tuesday which is $5 per class. Our weight room consists of 2 bicycles and 2 arm and 2 leg machines. You will need to participate in one of our training classes to utilize the equipment.

PAINTING CLASSES Thursdays - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm $25/4 Classes (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25) SPANISH Mondays & Thursdays - $25/Month Beginner II - 9:00 a.m. Advanced - 11:00 a.m. Must have some Spanish for these classes. Crochet & Knitting Tuesdays at Noon - FREE


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.


2014 Senior Center Annual Memberships (January-December) Snellville City Limit Residents $15 Gwinnett County Residents $25 Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount Memberships can be renewed every January for the full annual fee. After July 1st, memberships may be purchased at the following prorated amounts: Snellville City Limit Residents $9 Gwinnett County Residents $15 Please call the Senior Center to register ahead for classes or trips. Senior Center Hours - Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m


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SENIOR TRIPS More Up-To-Date information can be obtained from our bi-monthly newsletter regarding trips and other activities at Click on Departments/Parks and Recreation/ Senior Center to obtain newsletter. You may also call the senior center at 770-985-3580 to obtain current information.

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

Special Recognition We want to thank our recent sponsors: Aaron’s Rental Atlanta Healthcare Staffin D & D Printing Laurel Grove Retirement Community Neuro Studies, LLC Senior Helpers Good Measure Meals Wages Funeral Home

The Senior Center is

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G-Braves Chopper greeting the kids

Clogging Connection@City Center Dance

1st Fall Festival for these adorable babies!

Picture Perfect!


Babies costume contest

Todd Lawson with Big Daddy Que Yummy BBQ and Ribs!

Canine costume contest

Brian Alben from Snellville Middle School 2013 Music Awards Nominee

Flash Mob “ Thriller” by Ladies Workout! Awesome job!

Spaceball fun!

Adult Costume Contest

Everyone enjoying the entertainment

Line dancing

Having fun with the Scarecrows from Ladies Workout!

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The opening of the Pete Pike Museum at Family Tree in Snellville.

Marilyn Swinney, Marcy Pharris, Gretchen Schulz, Dave and Kathy Emanuel at Farmers Market vendor luncheon.

B.E.S.T. Club at SGHS Homecoming Parade

Farmers Market presented a check to the Veterans Memorial in the amount of $10,000.

SG Army JROTC at SGHS Homecoming Parade

Snellville Public Safety Night

Snellville Farmers Market gives a big thanks to the vendors who make each Saturday an award-winning one.

SGHS Raiders Homecoming Parade

SGHS Cheerleaders Homecoming Parade

STAT Meet & Greet at Summit Chase Country Club


All-Time Favorites From Summit Chase Country Club

BAKED BEANS BANANA PUDDING 2 cups Heavy Cream 2 Cup of Half & Half 1 Cup Granulated Sugar 1-½ TSP Vanilla 4 ripe bananas sliced 8 Egg Yolks (separate whites and reserve)

2 Cups of Confectioner Sugar 3 TBSP Cornstarch ½ Cup Cold Water 1-½ TBSP Cream of Tartar

Combine heavy cream, half & half, granulated sugar and vanilla and bring to a boil. Reduce heat after reaching a boil.

1 #10 can of pork and beans ¼ cup of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce 2 TBSP Dijon Mustard ¼ Cup of Brown Sugar 1 TBSP of Black Pepper

1 TSP of Granulated Garlic 1 Cup of Cooked Bacon (Chopped) 1 Cup of Yellow Onion (Diced) 1/8 TSP of Liquid Smoke

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Pour into a 13 x 9 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Chef Steven Chandler Summit Chase Country Club

Whip egg yolks. Slowly add hot cream mixture (1 cup) to yolks while whisking. Slowly add yolk mixture into main cream mixture while whisking. Make a slurry mixture with cornstarch and water. Mix into hot cream. Cook over medium heat until it thickens. Meringue – Whip egg whites until stiff. Add confectioner sugar and cream of tartar and whip until it forms peaks Layer Vanilla Wafers, bananas and top with cream mixture. Top with Meringue. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown Summit Chase Country Club

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Thanks to our

2013 SPONSORS Snellville Tourism & Trade would like to say thanks to all of our event sponsors for 2013. Their support, whether financialy or through in-kind contributions, makes it possible for us to put on so many high quality events for our community. City of Snellville LaQuinta Inn & Suites Crestwood Suites About Face Skin Care Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta E.R Snell Gwinnett Braves Sam’s Club Hamilton Financial Walton EMC Wal-Mart Bill Rhodes Bakery Michael’s Lowe’s Home Depot A Better Sign S.E. Urgent Care Summit Chase Country Club Hill Top Pawn Wild Wing Café The Gwinnett Citizen

Securlock Storage Tom Wages Funeral Services B98.5 Arrow Exterminators Georgia Sand and Stone Gwinnett’s Greenest Lawns Nash Construction SarahCare Brushy Fork Nurseries Sunbelt Snell’s Pharmacy Texas Roadhouse New London School of Driving Georgia Property Restoration Daisy A Day Ashworth and Associates Odd Job Bob Country Financial 1st Chance Mortgage Random Technology

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On sale now for $10 at City Hall and at our Christmas Tree Lighting on December 6th.



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