Snellville Spirit Fall 2013

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Where Everybody’s Proud to Be Somebody! Fall 2013

Saturday, September 21st

Celebrate with us as we honor the diversity among Snellville’s residents!

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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 6 pm - 8 pm Members of the Snellville Police Department will be out in force hosting its annual Snellville Public Safety Night on the Snellville Towne Green (in front of city hall). Bring the family for some fun and get some great information on protecting yourself, your family, your pets, your home and business and your personal identity. Meet and speak with members of your police department.

The event is free and all are encouraged to attend.

Inflatables, Eddie Eagle, a drawing & a treasure hunt will keep the kids engaged & entertained. A Flag Ceremony will be presented by the Snellville Police Department Color Guard at 6:00 pm Police vehicles with anti-crime accessories, tactical equipment & weapons & the SRT (special response team) will be on display. County Fire Equipment & personnel will be on hand. Personnel from Gwinnett DFACS & the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office will be available with information.

Demonstrations will include: * Several demonstrations by the Snellville K-9 Department * Personal Self Defense * How to manage a traffic stop Exhibitors will be providing information on: * Personal Safety * Road safety for adults, teens and young children including safety seats for children * Gun Safety and Training Sponsored by the Snellville * Financial Security Police Department and * Home Security the Snellville Citizens * Pet Security - The Gwinnett County Animal Control Police Academy * Fingerprinting of kids Alumni Association * CodeRED - A free emergency notification system


Fall 2013 - Volume 12 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association Dear Snellville Supporter: Fall is my favorite season. The evenings are a bit cooler and football is in the air. It’s a season of harvest before the holidays and this year, citizens of our city enjoy the opportunity to become more involved and exercise one of our most important civic duties. In November, Snellville voters will elect three residents to serve us for four years on our City Council. Unlike voting in a Presidential election, the people asking for your vote will be your neighbors. You may see them every week in places like the grocery store, church or at a local restaurant. In the weeks leading up to the election, you’ll have a chance to meet and talk with the candidates, and I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to get to know these people who want to lead our city. Be sure you’re registered to vote; then, on November 5th, go to City Hall and cast your ballot. Whether the candidates you voted for win or not, you will have participated in the process, and made your voice heard. This is an important function of citizens; involvement in the local community that starts with the basic fundamental element - electing our local leadership. Of course, in Snellville, there’s much more going on this fall than our elections. On September 21st, come celebrate the heritage of everyone that makes us proud to be somebody in Snellville at the second annual Around the World Visits Snellville festival at Briscoe Park. It is a great opportunity to experience some of the many cultures represented in our community. I would like to invite you to attend the Fourth Annual Snellville Fall Festival on October 26th. We’re planning a fun-filled family day to enjoy this wonderful opportunity to be outside before winter surrounds us. You’ll find the festival is a great place to do some early Holiday shopping from some of the many arts and crafts vendors that line Oak Road. You’ll find more information about these and other events elsewhere in this edition of the Snellville Spirit or visit our website at Come out and enjoy Fall with us!


Don Britt, President

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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 Vice President Barbara Bender Secretary Ronnie Bentley Treasurer Krish Dhokia Board Member Gretchen Schulz 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, Mike Sabbagh, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel City Council Website: Magazine Design by Gail Lane Contributing Writers and Photographers: Gretchen Schulz, Kathy Emanuel, Jon Richards, Kelly McAloon, Barbara Bender, Mike Stock, Krish Dhokia, 5 Acre Studio, Gail Lane Cover Photography by Kelly McAloon





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Snellville’s 2nd Annual Around the World Visits Snellville celebrates the many cultures of our city.


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



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2ND ANNUAL AROUND THE WORLD VISITS SNELLVILLE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL This September, come and experience a world of culture, right here in Snellville, at the city’s only international festival. On September 21st, Snellville Tourism & Trade presents the second annual Around the World Visits Snellville. Last year’s event was a big hit, as more than a thousand people enjoyed a variety of international foods, performances and exhibits. This year, enjoy favorites like Japanese Swordmanship of Gwinnett and the sensational Heidi Hernandez of Jahara Phoenix Dance Company along with new performances by Indian dancers, Moksha, and African storyteller Akbar Imohtep. We will also feature authentic menus ranging from Greek to Mexican cuisine with a variety of cooking demonstrations and cultural exhibits.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Briscoe Park

Come out and join neighbors and friends as we celebrate Snellville’s growing international community with a dazzling array of international art, cultural displays, traditional costumes, music and an array of global flavors to entice the palate. Be sure to get your “passport” stamped from each of the countries represented to document your experiences throughout the day. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled, educational day dedicated to culture, food and family.

Photography courtesy 5 Acre Studio and Kelly McAloon

For more information, please go to the Snellville Tourism and Trade website at


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4TH ANNUAL SNELLVILLE FALL FESTIVAL As the leaves start to change to the warm colors of Fall, we are busy planning our 4th Annual Fall Festival to bring your entire family an enjoyable experience filled with great fun and lasting memories. Over 75 craft vendors will line the street in Oak Road and around the Towne Green. The smell of festival food will fill the air only to bring you flavors that will satisfy every palate. Join us for great family friendly entertainment, fun, food, music and the following activities throughout the day:

Saturday October 26, 2013 Noon - 8:00 p.m. Towne Green

Costume Contest Pumpkin Bowling Pie and Cake Baking Contest Clogging Connection@City Center Dance Home Depot Build It Activity Bungee Jump Trackless Train Spaceball Inflatables Hay Rides Please visit our website for updated information on our Fall Festival at


Snellville Offers RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES by Jon Richards Snellville area businesses of all sizes have several options for promoting and growing their companies. Here’s a look at some of the resources you can take advantage of: Snellville Tourism & Trade (STAT) is the city’s official destination marketing organization. STAT’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville. STAT produces many community events such as the Star Spangled Snellville July 4th Celebration, the Fall Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting, as well as summer concerts and free movies in the park. It publishes the quarterly Snellville Spirit magazine and hosts the monthly Snellville Commerce Club luncheon which provides an opportunity for members to meet monthly for community news, networking and a guest speaker. Event sponsorships and annual memberships are available. The Snellville Entrepreneur Council, Inc. (SEC) is a non-profit organization that supports the City of Snellville’s Office of Economic Development in its mission to create an entrepreneur friendly city. The SEC provides free one-on-one mentoring to new or established business owners and peer advisory boards to established businesses. The SEC also contributes material to the City’s website,, a onestop shop with checklists for starting up, sustaining or growing a business. The SEC also partners with the City to host quarterly entrepreneur summits where business owners seeking to start or expand their companies can share resources and learn from experts.


The Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce (GECC) serves companies in Snellville, Grayson and Loganville through continuing education, governmental interaction, economic development and networking events. GECC promotes local business by holding ribbon cuttings, grand openings and charitable events to bring residents, government and businesses together for a good cause. They host a monthly luncheon and continuing business education sessions, quarterly after-hours events, have several lead referral groups and a monthly morning networking event at a member business. The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has members throughout the county and the entire metro region. While it focuses on economic development issues on a larger scale, it also offers networking groups, monthly membership meetings and business after hours events, along with several industry-specific groups focusing on technology, human resources and more. Which organization is best for you? Each of these organizations has benefits for a business. If you are just getting started, look into the Entrepreneur Council for guidance and the Eastside Chamber for publicity. If your business wants exposure throughout the metro area, check out the Gwinnett Chamber. And if you want to become involved with and gain exposure within the Snellville community, joining or sponsoring STAT can be a good bet. All of them offer free or nearly free ways to meet some of their members and experience what they are all about. Attending a meeting or event will help you decide if your participation would be a good fit for your business.

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By Krish Dhokia When children take an interest in a sport, parents face two dilemmas: 1) Do you encourage a single sport starting at an early age, which can lead to a high skill level, competition and scholarships in the teen years? Or do you enroll your kids in several sports, exposing them to many activities and interests? 2) Do parents have the ability to run across town to accommodate the varied interests of their children? With the sporting facilities typically spread out across a city, parents often spend most afternoons transporting each child from one place to the other.

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Fortunately for the residents of Snellville, GA we have what I like to call “Sports Row.” What is Sports Row you might ask? Well, for me it is a gentrified area of Snellville that seems to have multiple sporting facilities located within walking distance of each other. McGee Road, located off West Main Street, may hold the solution for parents when their children are in need of extra curricular activities. The ultimate goal of youth participation in sports should be to promote lifelong physical activity, recreation, and skills of healthy competition that can be used in all facets of future endeavors….but unfortunately due to time constraints of the family as a whole, children and families often miss out on these wonderful opportunities. On McGee Road, you will find the popular South Gwinnett Athletic Association facility, maintained by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. It includes the most popular indoor hockey rink in the Southeast, along with outdoor fields for little league baseball, softball, and league football. Soon, SGAA will offer Box Lacrosse, volleyball and wrestling. They hope to hold a dance for teens two or three times each month. Across the street Fountain Square Shopping Center is the home of the Archery Learning Center. One of Snellville’s newest facilities, it offers lessons and practice area for archery enthusiasts of every level. Exposé is also in the Fountain Square Shopping Center holding classes and performances in theatre and dance. Further down McGee Road is the acclaimed Eastside Athletic Club which offers interested members the opportunity to swim and play tennis. Several European youth tennis players have trained at this facility in recent years, some of which have entered into the American Tennis Pro tours. Adjacent to the Eastside Athletic Club is the state-of-the art facility of Force Elite Cheerleading, the home of competitive cheerleading. It offers training and classes for different age groups and skill levels. Force Elite has been nationally recognized and has received more than 200 national titles since its debut in Snellville in 1994. The solution to curb a child’s sports participation is having options and to encourage a variety of sports that develop different skills and ultimately give parents the ability of watching their kids play and learn sports rather than having to travel up, down and all around town transporting their kids to different facilities.

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Momentum Builds for SNELLVILLE ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT October 15th has been set as the date for the fourth quarter Snellville Entrepreneur Summit, following an enthusiastic response to the July event. More than 100 community businessmen and women packed City Hall for the third-quarter summit, which featured Jonathan Wofford, owner of the internet marketing enterprise Fresko’s Media. The topic: “Marketing Your Business through Social Media.” Event coordinator Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Manager for the City of Snellville, said of the July summit, “This certainly exceeded all my expectations. I’ll be very satisfied if we continue to attract this many people. They were a high-energy, fully-engaged group.” Van Otteren was not only pleased with the overwhelming number of entrepreneurs who attended, but also with how they rated the effectiveness of the summit. At the end of the evening, attendees are asked to complete a performance evaluation rating it on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest. Both Wofford and the summit received extremely high marks. Of Wofford, one attendee wrote, “Excellent presentation. I plan to use the information.” Another said, “Great. I didn’t realize the potential of social media.” Entrepreneurs are not an easily impressed group, but about 95 percent of those who completed the performance evaluation gave the summit the highest possible ranking of 4. Three rankings, however, were literally off the chart. One attendee scored it a 5, another a 10 and still another a 10+. Even more gratifying to Van Otteren, 100 percent of those who answered the question: “Would you recommend it to others” responded “yes.” Comments About the July Summit “More than met expectations.” “Great for any level of business ownership.” “Great for the community.” “Very useful and informative.”

For more information, contact Eric Van Otteren at (770) 985-3502.

As in most Georgia cities the city officials in Snellville work hard to attract new business. But the Entrepreneur Summit takes that effort one step further. It’s a unique and innovative program that proactively aims to help entrepreneurs start, maintain and grow their business. The city’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Snellville Entrepreneur Council, has developed a powerful set of tools like, peer advisory boards and mentoring to support area businesses at every stage of development.


The next Entrepreneur Summit is scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 15, 2013


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South Gwinnett’s LaShan Coburn was the 2013 Shark Tank Winner

Snellville Businesses Invest In Our Youth During the last 3 years, members of the Snellville Commerce Club have awarded $6,000 in scholarships to area students. The Shark Tank has awarded $6,000 in gifts of capital to young entrepreneurs and their businesses. The investors of these funds are local businesses through donations to the Snellville Entrepreneur Council.

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The Making of Young People WHO WILL CHANGE THE WORLD

The Entrepreneurship Alliance has begun its third year of engaging high school students in Gwinnett County Public Schools, the City of Snellville, and entrepreneurs. On August 7th, high school students in four Gwinnett County High Schools were challenged with creating their own summer job by the end of the school year in May 2014. Approximately 225 students attending South Gwinnett, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, and Grayson high schools have accepted this challenge. The economy is experiencing a dramatic shift. Many of the employment norms from the last 100 years no longer apply to students and graduates looking for jobs today. The high-wage, middle-skilled jobs that sustained the middle class in the twentieth century are being pulled up, out or down faster than ever. Jobs today require more skill, can be done by people around the world, or are being eliminated. Many jobs available to graduates today where not envisioned just 10 years ago. The Entrepreneurship Alliance is engaged in preparing our high school students for an economic environment where someone needing a job will have to invent it. Tony Wagner, Innovative Education Fellow at Harvard University, states, “Because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate – the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life – skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge.” This is exactly the focus of Gwinnett County Public Schools, the City of Snellville and all the engaged entrepreneurs and business owners. If the process of engaging young people in starting and growing their own business inspires you or ignites your passion, contact Eric Van Otteren of the City of Snellville Economic Development Office at (770) 985-3502 or

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On July 8th, Snellville’s Mayor and Council signed Resolution 2013-16 honoring the Patriot Guard Riders of Snellville for their “dedication in support of those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.” The Patriot Guard Riders are a national organization originally organized to stand as a flag line - a physical and emotional barrier between the families of fallen soldiers from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who would protest their sacrifice at funerals. Specifically, the original intent was to stand between the families and Westboro Baptist Church. Since then, their mission has evolved to convey an unwavering respect for those men and women who risk their lives for America’s freedoms and security. Those who are served are the families of fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans. Their statement declares their intent to ensure “dignity and respect at the memorial services honoring” these heroes. Their earnest and sincere respect for the servicemen, families and communities is evident as they shield mourning families and their friends from interruptions which might be created by protestors. In Georgia, there are 5,000 members of the PGR. They work almost every day of every week, organizing the most solemn of missions of escorting the bodies of comrades home. Missions are initiated upon the request and invitation of family members. Their mission has expanded to include escorting wounded soldiers home. Snellville shared in this duty with the PGR in December, 2011, as SFC Mark Allen was escorted through the city on the way to a newly renovated home in Loganville, Georgia. True Patriots, members of the PGR can be seen attending ceremonial matters such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, or even the groundbreaking of Snellville’s Veterans Memorial. Past State Captain Jeff Goodiel explained that the PGR is proud of their mission as they seek to be available to “celebrate the life and service while honoring the uniform” of those they serve. Snellville’s resolution states recognition of the riders for their support of the City of Snellville and honoring them “for their steadfast dedication in support of those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.” For more information, to make donations, or to be part of the organization, check out their website at


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SNELLVILLE’S LITTLE FREE LIBRARY In July, Ted Sokal and Judy Leavell announced they were opening their own “Little Free Library” - registered as #6695 - in their front yard in Snellville. They built the little house-shaped box and stocked it with some of their own favorite books stamped “always a gift, never sold.” The goal was to bring neighbors together and create opportunities to share books and perhaps even a discussion of those exchanged through the library. The “Little Free Library” is a concept started in Wisconsin and has spread throughout the U.S. Judy and Ted have said that they’ve enjoyed meeting neighbors as they stop by to either see what’s available in the library, or to drop off books that they would like to share with others. You can visit the Little Free Library at 3157 Brooks Drive in Snellville. If you would like more information about the Little Free Library please check their website at

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With the feel of fall in the air, that can only mean one thing ... football season is here! There is no better place to take in a college or pro game than Wild Wing Cafe in Snellville. We will be offering 22oz Yuengling/Budlight for $3.50 on game days throughout the football season. In addition to ice cold beer Wild Wing Cafe will be rolling out its football menu. You can enjoy a Druken Brat in a special sauce, toasted on a pretzel bun with all the fixings or how about a Sweet Victory Gyro pulled pork with a bourbon molasses drizzle. If that doesn’t do it for you, try our Holy Mol-E Burger 1/2 pound 100% Angus chuck sauced in a homemade-master Mole piece with several toppings. All of these specials are served with big fat fries. Just looking for something to snack on? Try our fried Mac’n’ cheese balls with bacon and jalapeños. And while you catch all the big games enjoying Yuengling/Budlight friends of the Wing can win big with weekly chances to win a trip to the BCS Championship at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. There will be weekly scratch-off cards to win more prizes.

Does it get any better than football, Yuengling/Budlight and Wild Wing Cafe? We don’t think so! Bring in your copy of the SNELLVILLE SPIRIT MAGAZINE and get 15% off LUNCH with the purchase of a soft drink. Valid Monday - Thursday at your SNELLVILLE WILD WING CAFE only. Not valid with any other offers; expires 10/13/2013

TEXAS ROADHOUSE GIVES MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS THE BIRDIE Sam Roper and Texas Roadhouse are an integral part of Snellville; involved in the Snellville Tourism and Trade and known most recently for helping to Give Hunger the Boot. They’re active in our community and ready to lend a hand when needed. But for Sam Roper, Multiple Sclerosis is personal. Raising money for research has become more than just a philanthropic endeavor; he’s been fighting for the lives of those he loves. Sam’s dad, Mike, began to experience MS symptoms long before his 1990 diagnosis. At the age of 42, his self esteem took a blow when he was forced to leave work. Fighting fatigue, forgetfulness, pain and seizures, at the age of 50, he was moved to a nursing home because his family could no longer leave him alone. After almost 15 years in the nursing home, Mike passed away in 2012. Watching the decline while studying the research and understanding the symptoms of MS, Angela Roper, who is Sam’s younger sister, recognized the symptoms she was experiencing at the age of 29. Her diagnosis was confirmed in 2006. She is involved in treatments according to the latest protocol and studies while she maintains an active lifestyle hoping for a cure … soon. The Ropers are involved in events which promote fundraising for MS research, and in the last few years, have contributed more than $50,000 to this cause. On October 14th, they host a golf tournament “Drive for Multiple Sclerosis” in memory of Mike Roper and in honor of Angela Roper Seale. To find out how your team can be part of the tournament or how you can be part of this event, call (770) 985-1450 and ask for Sam or Amy.

THE SNELLVILLE ANTIQUE TRAIL by Gail Lane Thankfully, Snellville offers so many shopping opportunities that I rarely have to leave town to complete my list for back-to-school, special occasions, or even the holidays. I always INTEND to spend time at the mall, but I just never make it quite past the offerings found right here in town. From clothing for my teens to gifts for the many bridal showers I’ve been blessed to attend this year, you really can find everything you need in Snellville. And all of that is good … but I’m a bargain seeker. Oh, not just the “BIG SALE” or coupon using kind of seeker, I’m talking about ferreting out those bargains that secure a place on the Antiques Roadshow Wall of Fame. And again, one doesn’t even have to leave Snellville for this kind of treasure hunt. A few months ago some friends and I stumbled upon a map of The Snellville Antiques Trail. On a recent Saturday we set out armed with the map – which was created by Martin and Donna Dalziel of Once Possessed - for a bargain hunting adventure. CHEAPO’S THRIFT We started at Cheapo’s Thrift (2150 McGee Road). Maria Goodman, also known as Mrs. Cheapo, opened her thrift store on McGee Road in April of 2012. She is one of the few “name your price” stores in the U.S. Though Cheapo’s is not a non-profit, they do provide funding and materials for several non-profits in our area and she is always willing to award a shopping extravaganza to those in need. “We’re all about helping,” she said. They have rows and rows of clothing – all of which are washed before putting on the rack. Some beautiful new and used jewelry and most everything you need to equip your kitchen and decorate your home. And definitely, she’s had a few of those Antique-Roadshow-Moments as customers have come back to tell her of buying a leather bound book for 25 cents (they’re all 25 cents) and then selling it for $25 online and a most memorable frame which sold for $60 which surrounded a rare lithograph. It fetched $7,000 online. She laughed as she told me her story; I was taking additional looks at the kitchenware … was that a McCoy? UNIQUE TREASURES FLEA MARKET Leaving Cheapo’s, we took a right on Stone Mountain Freeway and made our way to Unique Treasures Flea Market (3635 Stone Mountain Hwy). It’s in the spot where Treasures for Your Home stood for years, and is operated by Debra Moon McGlamery, “DJ”, the daughter of the original furniture store. When Treasures for Your Home shut down, she had a vision of an “upper end and classy” flea market with wide aisles and not so much thrift. She pooled the talents of those vendors with spaces in the Market so that they volunteer one day each month. “It’s team-building,” she says. Unique Treasures has a charitable yard sale each month and was voted Best of Gwinnett in 2012. Among their 227 booths, we found lots and lots of beautiful collectibles and furniture. When asked about their most memorable sale, all of the vendors commented on a $2,000 bedroom set sold as soon as it came in the door. But DJ says it was her own purchase of a secretary that was her most memorable. Upon opening the drawer, she found the original bill of sale … with her mother’s signature. “It had found its way back home.” ONCE POSSESSED We took a right out of Unique Treasures and headed towards Once Possessed (3881 Stone Mountain Hwy). I know … spooky name with a clever play on words, but owners Martin and Donna Dalziel are amongst the most delightful folks you’ll ever meet. There’s no occult or witchcraft but we did experience Martin’s wicked sense of humor. Once Possessed has a sense of eclectic and unique sprinkled with antiques and retro. The


Dalziels focus on items dating from the 1950’s to the 1970’s and have vintage albums and stereo equipment. They claim to be hoarders, but with a purpose; they began stocking up their shop years ago when it was just a dream to be fulfilled upon retirement. Once Possessed is a multi-dealer mall with each of the vendors having a special eye towards reasonably priced quality merchandise. As much as I wanted to buy one of the Beatles albums, I realized I had no idea where my turntable might be and if the needle was even still viable, so I reluctantly walked away from that particular bargain. ALLY’S ATTIC We did our U-turn on Highway 78 and headed back towards Snellville for our next stop on the trail, Ally’s Attic (2794 Main Street West - Hwy 78). Originally opened in 1996, Ally’s found its way to Snellville in 1997. With 110 vendors in two buildings, Ally’s boasts several years worth of “Best of Gwinnett.” Did we say they were eclectic? Seriously, you can find almost ANYTHING here from vintage jewelry to retro furniture; from dolls to wedding dresses; and from Christmas décor to hand crafted bird feeders. Stories from their vendors most memorable moments were met with laughter as they all relived the day some two by fours were sold off the wall as decorative shelving and an old tattered accent rug was sold for $5 … the buyers left acting like they had won the lottery. I found some pretty Staffordshire pieces, the kind that my mom collects. But that’ll be our secret, right? HELLO AGAIN VARIETY MALL Leaving Ally’s, we found our way to Hello Again Variety Mall (2338 Henry Clower Blvd.). It’s a HUGE space with lots of open aisles at the corner of Henry Clower Boulevard and Highway 78. Formerly known as Margin’s Thrift and Variety Mall, Hello Again opened under new ownership and management in August. Identifying themselves as the “Neiman Marcus of flea markets,” Hello Again currently has around 85 vendors, many who have found their way back to Snellville with the new owner. You’ll find upscale furniture, items to complete your shabby chic décor, designer clothes, crafts, accessories, décor, and comic books. That’s right, comic books. There are new items amongst the vintage and antique finds throughout the mall. I found some pretty significant clip on earrings that I will now have to find just the right outfit to showcase, but hey, they were a good deal! VINTAGE VILLAGE Stowing our purchases in the trunk, we proceeded to the final destination on the Antique Trail and turned left on Highway 124 for a visit at one of my favorite places, Vintage Village (2229 Scenic Hwy), who has been part of the Snellville landscape for more than 18 years. With around 40 dealers, Vintage Village has an eclectic mix of true antiques, shabby chic and vintage items along with a few rustic, industrial and farmhouse items for contrast. And yes, they DO know how to make it all work. Each booth is a little vignette of inspirational decorating. Crystal chandeliers displayed with rustic tables set with charmingly mixed-up plates and cups. How DO they make it work? When talking about memorable moments, they speak of recent history. As the movie industry grows in Georgia, set designers are finding shops like Vintage Village particularly appealing for props. Items from the shop found their way onto the set of Hugh Jackman’s film, Prisoners, when it was filmed in Loganville. We didn’t have to fight any pirates for our treasures, but we had a very fun day following the Snellville Antique Trail and came home excited about our finds. Most of the shops are open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. but make sure you check their individual schedules.

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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 or


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


Boys and Girls ages 4 – 19 Practices are weekday evenings Games are on Saturdays 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 30078 zip code and choose “Briscoe Park”)

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


Boys & Girls ages 3 - 6 For more info: (404) 551-2036, (enter 30078 zip code and choose “Briscoe Park”)


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Parks & Recreation Summer 2013



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


League director (678) 629-6755/ (917) 744-3461 Friday night – 7, 8, 9 pm/Sunday night 6, 7, 8 pm $650 per team; $65 per player for house team


Available on a first-come/first-served basis 6 am to 10 pm daily; no lights


Available on a first-come/first-served basis; no lights; 6 am to 10 pm daily

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)


Experienced care for them . Peace of mind for you. • Professional & Caring Staff • Innovative Activities, Putting Green, Wii • Qualified Medical Assistance On-Site • Memory Enhancement, Beauty Salon, Physical Therapy

Call or visit us today. 770.685.6971

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Betty McMichael Room - Park Office

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)

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

NEW RATES EFFECTIVE 02/01/2013 • PRICES PER 4 HOUR BLOCK For room or pavilion rentals, please call the park office at (770) 985-3535. Field Rentals call Matt Wright (770) 985-3533.

Parks & Recreation Fall 2013

OUTDOOR PAVILION RENTALS Lakeside Pavilion and Bonnie Rose Gazebo

Rental Times: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We have four outdoor open-air covered pavilions to accommodate 35 to 50 people - includes 6 picnic tables, one large grill, lights, and one receptacle per pavilion. We have one gazebo which accommodates 10 people.

NEW RATES EFFECTIVE 02/01/2013 • PRICES PER 2 HOUR BLOCK • REQUIRE 14 DAYS NOTICE Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $40 (Mon-Thur) / $45 (Fri-Sun) $55 (Mon-Thur) / $60 (Fri-Sun) $65 (Mon-Thur) / $70 (Fri-Sun)

BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $75 (Mon-Thur) / $80 (Fri-Sun) $90 (Mon-Thur) / $95 (Fri-Sun) $100 (Mon-Thur) / $105 (Fri-Sun) Everybody’s Somebody in Snellville

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Breaking Ground for SNELLVILLE’S VETERANS MEMORIAL Groundbreaking for the new Veterans Memorial was held on August 31st. Dedication and Re-lighting the Memorial Flame is scheduled for Veteran’s Day, 2013. It’s not too late to order your brick, but you must act fast to guarantee that your Veteran is honored at the Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony!



Ground has been broken and the Snellville Veterans Memorial dedication is scheduled for Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2013. This project on the grounds of City Hall in Snellville, Georgia, will feature 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. Walkway pavers are now discounted through October 1st: 4”x 8” Pavers are $60 Each 8”x 8” Pavers are $100 Each Veteran wall tiles are $120 Each Order NOW to make sure that your veteran is honored during the Dedication Ceremony.

For more pricing or information, please see our website or call Tom Witts at (770) 891-1612 29

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

CLASSES COMPUTER CLASSES October 22 - November 8 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. Price: $40 payable to instructors for 9 classes over 3 weeks.

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 $40/4 Classes (Supplies Included) $25/4 Classes (Bring Your Own Supplies) Thursdays - 1:00 p.m. SPANISH Mondays & Thursdays - $25/Month Level 1 Beginners - 9:00 a.m. Advanced - 11:15 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.


2013 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 Please see our bi-monthly newsletters for more updated information regarding trips and other activities at www. Click on Departments/ Parks and Recreation/Senior Center to obtain a 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 think our recent sponsors: Aaron’s Rental Atlanta Healthcare Staffing D&D Printing Good Measure Meals Laurel Grove Retirement Community Neuro Studies, LLC Senior Helpers Wages Funeral Home

The Senior Center is

Now Collecting Candy for the front desk Canned Goods for Co-Op Coupons for Co-Op

Everybody’s Somebody in Snellville ■ Affordable nightly, weekly and monthly rates ■ Average suite features over 300 square feet of comfortable living area ■ Each room includes a separate living area, ample work space with desk, remote control cable tv with HBO or Showtime, iron and ironing board, and in-room hi-speed Internet access ■ Apartment size kitchen with refrigerator, two-burner stovetop, full size microwave, in-room coffee maker, in-room toaster, dishes, cookware & utensils, and a well-lit kitchen table/work area ■ Interior corridors with key card access for added security and always clean & friendly service

Crestwood Suites of Snellville

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1784 Presidential Circle ■ Snellville, Georgia 30078



Snellville Community Night at the Gwinnett Braves

Representing Snellville for the first pitch: Mayor Kelly Kautz, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity of the Governor’s Office Melvin Everson, SGHS Principal Eric Thigpen.

Getting ready to represent Snellville in the Gwinnett Braves Parade

Chopper and Adrienne Britt Levesque

The whole family had fun at Snellville’s Beach Blast on June 1st!

Clogging Connection@City Center Dance


Ladies Workout Express Flash Mob

Gilligan Mobile

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Live on the Lawn - Sons of Sailors

Live on the Lawn Banks & Shane

Live on the Lawn Sam & Chrissy Thomas

Flag Day, 2013

Live on the Lawn - Line Dancing

The Stephen Lee Band - Star Spangled Labor Day Celebration

At the 2013 STAT Meet & Greet, Rotary Gwinnett Sunrise presented a check to the Snellville Community Garden in the amount of $5,000.00.

Live on the Lawn Metro Jazz Club

Popcorn In the Park

Snellville’s first wedding on the Towne Green. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs. Tommy Hill

Snellville celebrates its 90th birthday with a 300 lb. cake that looked like City Hall made by Bill Rhodes Bakery.



Fall Favorites From one of Snellville’s favorite cooks!

SWEET POTATO SOUFFLÉ 4 medium sweet potatoes or 3 cups canned sweet potatoes 1 cup sugar ½ cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons flour

1 egg, well beaten ¼ cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Peel sweet potatoes and cut into chunks. Cook in boiling water until tender. While potatoes are cooking, preheat oven to 350 degres. Drain and mash potatoes. Add sugar, butter, flour, egg, milk, vanilla and cinnamon; mix thoroughly. Put into a baking dish that has been greased or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes. Spread topping over souffle. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

CHICKEN POT PIE 1 box (10 ounces) frozen peas and carrots 1/3 cup butter or margarine 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup chopped onion ½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper 1-3/4 cups chicken broth 2/3 cup milk 2-1/2 to 3 cups cooked, cut-up chicken Pastry for two-crust pie

Combine all ingredients.

Rinse frozen peas and carrots in cold water to separate; drain. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in broth and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in chicken and peas and carrots; remove from heat. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Make pastry. Roll two-thirds of the pastry into a 13-inch square. Ease into ungreased 9-inch square pan. Pour chicken mixture into pastrylined pan. Roll remaining pastry into 11-inch square. Place pastry square over chicken mixture; press edges of top and bottom pastry together and flute. Cut about four small slits on top pastry. Bake about 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Susan Chappelear Snellville Farmers’ Market Committee

Susan Chappelear Snellville Farmers’ Market Committee

Topping for Sweeet Potato Souffle 2 cups crushed corn flakes ½ cup brown sugar 1 stick butter, melted

You can get your copy of “Nourishing Our Community” at the Snellville Farmers’ Market beginning June 1. Follow us on Facebook or online at

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