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SNELLVILLE DAYS One of the oldest traditions your family won’t want to miss!

Spring 2012


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Spring 2012 - Volume 6 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association P.O. Box 669 Snellville, GA 30078 Website: www.snellvillepride.com Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the city of Snellville.

President Don Britt

Vice-President Kelly McAloon

Secretary Aysha Cooper

Treasurer Paul Slifko

Board Member Gretchen Schulz

Board Member Brian Pendley

Board Member Susan Chappelear

Board Member Sam Roper

Board Member Barbara Bender

Executive Director Joe Burnett

Mayor of Snellville Kelly Kautz

City Council Tom Witts - Mayor Pro Tem, Mike Sabbagh, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel Snellville City Website: www.snellville.org Magazine Design by Accent South Media, Inc.

Contributing Writers Emily Hill Kathy Emanuel

Dear Snellville Supporter: We are excited to bring you the first issue of the Snellville Spirit magazine for 2012. This is our second year of producing the Snellville Spirit and this is our 6th edition. The Snellville Spirit is produced quarterly by the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association, Inc. (STAT) to celebrate and highlight the diversity of activities, people and accomplishments taking place in the City of Snellville that we enjoy every day. This Spring/Summer edition showcases the 39th Annual edition of the highly popular Snellville Days Festival taking place on the weekend of May 5th and 6th. The Festival kicks off with the Snellville Days Parade in the Towne Center with over 70 entries. Many new additions to the Festival following the Parade at Briscoe Park are featured in this magazine along with exciting photos from last year’s event. The third annual, award-winning Snellville Farmers Market is slated to begin on June 2nd in addition to the ground-breaking for the new Community Garden on April 22nd. Over 50 vendors will provide a wide variety of fresh produce each Saturday from 8 am to noon on the beautiful Towne Green. Our newest event, the Snellville Beach Blast, will take place on Saturday, May 19th with great food, games, rides, and music plus 60 tons of beach sand. This will be an exciting way to bring the beach to Snellville and get your family’s summer off to a great start. Your support of STAT through your membership in the Snellville Commerce Club and support of our great events through your sponsorships are gratefully sought and appreciated. Please check out our website at www. snellvillepride.com or contact us at justdowntown@ mindspring.com for sponsorship or advertising information. See you at Snellville Days,

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Cover Photo by Chris Martin Photography

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Table of

CONTENTS

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NEWS IN BRIEF COMMUNITY NEWS SNELLVILLE DAYS HISTORY The Snellville Commerce Club

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THE SNELLVILLE BEACH BLAST RUN

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SNELLVILLE FARMER’S MARKET

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2012 SNELLVILLE EVENTS

PARKS & RECREATION SENIOR CENTER

Photos courtesy of Chris Martin Photography

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Hello

News in Brief

Breaking

GROUND Snellville Community Garden becomes a reality this month

Get INVOLVED! Contact the Community Garden Committee for volunteer and sponsorship opportunities. Gretchen and Kurt Schulz 770-972-0518 kgschulz@bellsouth.net

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The official ground breaking ceremony for Snellville’s first ever community garden is scheduled for April 22. The project, spearheaded by longtime Snellville residents Kurt and Gretchen Shultz, was created to encourage community pride while providing nutritious food, recreation, and education. The groundbreaking festivities coincide with Arbor Day and volunteers will be planting trees in the designated community orchard to commemorate both the national holiday and the garden’s inauguration. In an official press release committee member Kathy Emanuel wrote, “The community garden will add a new dimension to Snellville’s sense of community. Its design will make it suitable as a school field trip destination, and also includes an amphitheater that can be used for both youth and adult seminars. Master gardeners will be hosting informal instructional classes in the near future, and as the master plan shows, when completed, The Garden [section] will also be ideal as a site for special events.” Located at the intersection of Marigold Road and Sawyer Parkway in Briscoe Park, the first stage of the garden will include 20 to 30 raised beds, with future phases to expand the planting area and build a playground from repurposed materials. “When completed,” Emanuel wrote, “the site will feature a greenhouse, compost area, two small barns and a main pavilion and several smaller pavilions.” “I’d like to see it bring together Snellville. I’m not so much interested in producing these prized tomatoes or anything. Just a neat place to be able to go and get together with friends, neighbors -- meet more people. Get your hands dirty,” Kurt Schultz told the Snellville Patch. The groundbreaking ceremony is open to all ages and family members. The committee is currently looking for volunteers and sponsors to help dig, build, or lend materials. Please contact the committee members for more information about ways to get involved.


RELOCATION

News In Brief

New London Theatre On the eve of closing their doors to the public, New London Theatre received a lifeline. After arranging discharge from their lease, chairman of the board Dawn Berlo had already drafted a heart-wrenching letter to Snellville citizens and theatre patrons announcing the theatre’s final performance. New London is Snellville’s only community theatre group. In the final hours, Berlo describes in a press release, the Margins Charity Thrift and Variety Mall donated a new theatre space to the organization rent free. Located at 2338 Henry Clower Boulevard, the raw space is over 60,000 square feet large. After undergoing a flurry of renovation installing seats, mounting drywall, and moving stage equipment, the theatre held its first performance in the new location on March 30, Nunsense 2: The Second Coming. Berlo wrote, “We are thrilled to still be the only community theatre in Snellville and we cherish you, our patrons. I hope that you are as excited as we are in our adventures in our new home.”

Brookwood Students’

DOUBLE WIN at County-Wide Art Competition Brookwood High School art students Georgia Bland and Sharon Pak took home the top prizes at the 2011 Pursuit of Excellence Gwinnett County Art competition held at Cobble Creek Studios. Bland’s charcoal portrait won Grand Prize and Pak’s watercolor abstract was awarded Best of Show. Two North Gwinnett students, Anna Archer and Debi West placed third, and Eyoel Tewdros, also of North Gwinnett, received honorable mentions. The awards were judged by Hatidza Mulic of the Lamar Dodd Art School of the University of Georgia, and the winners are now on exhibit at Cobble Creek Studios in Snellville.

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News in Brief Bring Your Business

IDEA TO LIFE! Calling all small, high-growth, and start-up business owners! Snellville economic development team has big news about innovative new business tools created just for you. Join the Snellville Entrepreneur Council and local business owners on June 9th for the big unveiling of a new collection of invaluable resources that will make starting and owning a business in Snellville more efficient and streamlined. Learn about local job growth, join in Q&As with fellow entrepreneurs, participate in the Business Round Table, among many other special events planned. Waylee George, chair of the Snellville Entrepreneur Council said, “Imagine a connected community--one that connects citizens, businesses, and community-based organizations by combining technology with new processes to improve service effectiveness and stimulate economic development. Our goal is to create a connected community that provides assistance, education, capital formation and networking opportunities for all.” Stay tuned to the city website for further details. Contact Eric Van Otteren for more information at evanotteren@ snellville.org.

Start-up, Entrepreneur, and Business Growth Special Event

SNELLVILLE ENTREPRENEUR DAY Saturday June 9 8am – 12pm

Shop on

SCENIC The Shop on Scenic Group is a partnership between the community, businesses, and governance focused on increasing the value of the scenic highway corridor for customers, and businesses. Seeking to mobilize the creativity, the energies and focused actions of all three partners, the coalition will develop the corridor into a dynamic example of business and government working together in a successful business model.

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ARTS @ SNELLVILLE

The Southern Gwinnett Community Arts initiative is an innovative new movement to facilitate the development and promotion of the arts in Snellville. The organization aims to bolster arts participation and programming through the stewardship and coordination of opportunities that enrich, inspire, educate, and entertain the community. SGCA has tirelessly researched the socioeconomic benefits of arts and culture and its advantages inside our communities. The organization mission statement cites University of Pennsylvania researchers who found that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates. SGCA Steering Committee Member Kirk Buis said, “With a coordinated effort between businesses and the city government, SGCA plans to help STAT with the Fall Festival as well as other civic events while planning to host a variety of other events on our own. Ideas we’re considering include artwork in local businesses, sculptures in the community garden as well as cultural events for seniors.” Others heading up the organization are Jonathan Cates, John Duke, Kathi Mardis, and Leslie Raab. For more information about upcoming events or how to get involved, please contact Kirk Buis at 678-472-3097 or visit www.southerngwinnettcommunityarts.org

News In Brief

Southern Gwinnett Community

SNELLVILLE Entrepreneur

COUNCIL The new Snellville Entrepreneur Council is targeting start-up, self-employed, small, and medium sized businesses to help start, fund, and grow local entrepreneurship in the community. Backed by some of Snellville’s most experienced and prominent business leaders, the Council will provide advisory tools and mentoring expertise from start-up through profitability and growth stages. The Council offers competitive advantages such as strategic networking partners, confidential peer advisory boards, and tangible business solutions. The SEC Chair, Waylee George, said “We are working together to make Snellville the entrepreneur capital of the world.” The council meets on the third Friday of each month at 12 p.m. For information, contact Eric Van Otteren at evanotteren@snellville.org or call 770-985-3502.

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News in Brief Economic Development

Meetings: the first Thursday morning of each month Next meeting: May 3 8 a.m. at Atlanta Bread Company, Scenic Highway

WORK GROUP

The economic development work group was formed to grow the awareness and value of the Scenic Hwy corridor as the place to shop in the south Gwinnett area! Focus areas currently under review: t4ZODISPOJ[FEPSUJNFEUSBÄ? DMJHIUTPO4DFOJD)XZ ti8BZ'JOEJOHwJOGPSNBUJPOBMTJHOBHFUPIFMQEJSFDU USBÄ? DÄ&#x2DC;PXBOEJEFOUJGZBMUFSOBUFESJWFQBUUFSOTUP customers. t$JUZBOECVTJOFTTDPPSEJOBUJPOPO4IPQ4DFOJD  promotional events. t.BQTEFWFMPQFEUPIJHIMJHIUCVTJOFTTFTUIBUIBWF partnered with the group. t4NBSUQIPOFBQQUPQSPWJEFEJSFDUJPOBMJOGPSNBUJPO  specials, discounts, and events. For our corridor to be the place to shop, we need you to be a part of the group. While we are moving ahead on the above focus areas, we want to know your own ideas as well! No materials or preparation required, just bring your thoughts to TIBSF1MFBTFDIFDLUIF$JUZDBMFOEBSPSFNBJMFWBOPUUFSFO! snellville.org to confirm specific meeting opportunities or for information.

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BUSINESS Snellville Business Directory Snellville Tourism & Trade has created a new version of its website, snellvillepride.com, to include a directory of area businesses, event listings, classified ads, and much more. We are encouraging Snellville businesses to add or update their listings. Your initial listing is free. The searchable, categorized directory offers four levels of listings.

How to Participate: Log into the site at http://www.snellvillepride.com See if your business is already listed: type the name of your business in the keyword box and click search. If your business is listed, click the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is this your business?â&#x20AC;? link, and follow the instructions to set up an account and fill in the details on your business.

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If your business is not already listed, click Listings in the UPQ NFOV  BOE UIFO DMJDL $SFBUF :PVS -JTUJOH )FSF $MJDL the Sign Up button for your desired level, then create your account and provide the information on your business. When you create your listing, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to choose up to five subcategories for your business (You cannot select a topâ&#x20AC;?level category). If you do not see the subcategory you want, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be glad to add it for you, and BTTJHOJUUPZPVSCVTJOFTT+VTUTFOEBOFNBJMUPEJSFDUPSZ! snellvillepride.com with your desired subcategory. You will receive an email message once your listing is approved. You can modify and update your listing at any time. Go to the website, and use the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sign Inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; link at the top of any page. Once you are signed in, you can edit your listing by clicking on the listing name. 'PS RVFTUJPOT PS GFFECBDL FNBJM EJSFDUPSZ! snellvillepride.com or call Jon Richards at 770-978-0225.


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INVITED! The Gwinnett County Police Chief ’s Association Invitational Golf Tournament

Date: April 23

Deadline for entry: April 19

The Gwinnett County Police Chief ’s Association, Inc. proudly presents the 31st Annual Golf Classic to be held at Country Club of Gwinnett in Snellville on April 23, 2012. The purpose of this tournament is to generate funds to assist law enforcement employees and their families in times of need. Additionally, a scholarship fund for the children of law enforcement employees was established in 1991. Individual golfers may play for an entry fee of $100, which includes all fees and lunch. More importantly, as a sponsor or player, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that in a partnership with local law enforcement employees, you are assisting in a very worthwhile cause. The members of GCPCA invite you to assist us in helping the men and women who serve the community by becoming a sponsor of this event. For any questions or additional information, please contact Chief Deputy Mike Boyd of the Gwinnett County Sheriff ’s Office at 770-8223105 or Jody Jones at 770-822-3120.

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Saturday, May 19 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This May, you won’t have to drive hours to the coast to dig your toes in the sand. The Snellville Tourism and Trade Association presents the first annual Beach Blast. Over 60 tons of clean white sand will transform the Towne Green into Snellville’s own gold coast. “Each year, I always made it a point to enjoy the beach with my family. There is nothing like a picnic, sand castles, and family enjoying a lazy day. While campaigning for City Council, I thought, why not bring the beach to Snellville?” said City Council member and Event Committee Chair Diane Krause.“Gather up your sunscreen, flip flops, bikini, your wildest Hawaiian flowery shirt, that comfy chaise lounge, and your sand pails - the beach is coming to you!” Taking cues from classic beach parties from Hawaii to Cape Cod, there will be hula dancing, limbo competitions, watermelon eating contests, water slides, badminton, sand castle building, and a full line up of live music entertainment. A great day on the beach is complete with an array delicious food from a variety of vendors grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and more. Enjoy family friendly entertainment all day with inflatables, trampoline bungee jumps, and cookie walks for the kids, and great sports, dancing, and live music for all ages. See you on the sand!

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Snellville Days So Many Ways to Celebrate

SNELLVILLE DAYS 39th Annual Festival is Bigger Than Ever One of the longest running traditions in Snellville is gearing up for its 39th year. Each spring since 1974, citizens flood the streets for a full weekend in May to celebrate community, fellowship, and our special brand of Southern neighborliness. The perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the summer season, the popularity of Snellville Days has grown tremendously each year. Welcoming artisans, live music acts, food vendors, performers, and dance troupes from all over the Southeast, Snellville Days is now one of the largest weekend festivals in the county. This year’s offerings are more diverse and surprising than ever, with nationally acclaimed musical guests and eye-popping live art performances. It all begins with the iconic Snellville Days parade around Wisteria Dr. to City Hall on Saturday morning. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. the parade will include handmade floats, local high school marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns and circus acts, and free giveaways. Several mascots including Maximus, the pink pig, Chopper, and the Chick-fil-a cows will be waltzing down the route entertaining spectators and handing out prizes. Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz said, “This year’s parade will be fun for all ages, so bring your family and show your Snellville pride before heading to the park for the festival.” Stroll through over 150 food, craft, and sponsor booths and let the children loose on the Kid’s Field of rides, inflatables, and games. It’s the perfect season to mingle with neighbors, support local merchants and artisans, and enjoy beautiful Georgia weather.

STRUT YOUR STUFF: There’s Still Time! Snellville Parade Registration Still Open It’s not too late to have an entry in the parade or to have your business be a sponsor. A $600 grand prize will be awarded to the best float.

Photos courtesy of Chris Martin Photography

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Contact the Mayor’s office for more details: kkautz@snellville.org


Snellville Days

Live Music

SPOTLIGHTS Jordan Rager Performing Saturday at 12 p.m. This seventeen-year-old hometown sensation has gained national recognition with his performances on this season of NBC’s “The Voice.” Touted as “real genuine country singer” by The Voice judge and country music giant Blake Shelton, Jordan is a super star in the making. This will be Rager’s third year at the Snellville Days Festival. The Loganville High School senior has been writing songs and honing his craft since he was 14. Watch the audition that earned him a spot on “Team Blake” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz32MR224Pc

The Soul Purpose Band Performing Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Snellville Days favorite from the 1990s is back! The Soul Purpose Band is steeped in a true Soul/R&B tradition that offers the audience a combination of dance hits and soulful sounds from the 60s to the 80s, with an occasional tune from recent current pop charts. The Soul Purpose Band is an 11-piece band consisting of a 5-piece rhythm section, a four-piece horn section, and both a male and a female singer. thesoulpurposeband.com

The Neons Performing Sunday at 3 p.m. Voted for six consecutive years as Best Entertainment in the Best of Atlanta Awards, The Neons have also appeared with Kool and the Gang, The Gap Band, The Temptations, and many others. Putting on a reliably fun, energetic, and interactive show, their song list is extremely diverse, including the latest in disco, funk, Motown, R&B, rock, and jazz. theneons.com


Festival

HIGHLIGHTS Masters of the Chainsaw Three performances each day A group of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top professional chainsaw sculptors, dedicated to promoting and preserving the integrity of the art form and its performance, perform a thrilling livesculpting performance. During a forty five-minute show, from behind protective netting, onlookers can experience chain saw roaring and chips flying, as the carversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; precision and skill quickly transform a three-foot tall log into a true work of art. Every show produces a start-to-finish live production chainsaw carving. The art will be displayed and available for auction at the end of the performance.

Wildlife Wendy and her tropical birds Three performances each day Get an up-close and personal encounter with the most entertaining species of the bird world. Audiences are instantly intrigued by the majestic macaws as they showcase their incredible physical abilities and vivacious personalities. Prepare for the laugh-out-loud antics of the talking, free-flight parrots, while the rarely seen African Turaco captivates all! Parrot emcee Wendy utilizes the traditional favorites of trick-performing, mimicking and free-flight combined with fascinating facts to educate and entertain audiences of all ages.

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Snellville Days

STAY ALL DAY Free and open to the public. Snellville Days Itinerary:

Saturday May 5 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10:30 – 11 11 – 11:30 12 – 12:25 12:25 – 1:05 1:05 – 1:35 1:35 – 2:05 2:05 – 2:20 2:20 – 4 4p – 4:15 4:15 – 5:15 5:15 – 5:30 5:30 – 6

Southern Stompers Step Ahead dance troupe Singer Jordan Rager Velvet City Mercy Band Clogging Connection Southern Influence Singer Thad Clark Soul Purpose Band Singer David Leon Metro Jazz Band Wood carving auction Southern Classic Cloggers

Wildlife Wendy 11:15 -2 2 – 2:45 5 – 5:45

Masters of the Chainsaw 10:30 -11:15a 1 – 1:45p 4:15 – 5p

Sunday May 6 Noon – 5 p.m. 12:30 – 1p 1 – 1:15p 1:15 – 1:45p 1:45 – 2:15p 2:15 – 2:30p 2:30p – 4p 4 – 4:30p 4:30 – 4:45p

Aerobics, Yoga, & More Dancers Singer Cheyane Osora Shiloh Elem Dancers Martial Arts Singer Madison Shae The Neons Clogging Connection Wood carving auction

Wildlife Wendy 12:30 – 1:15p 2:15 – 3p 4 – 4:45p

Masters of the Chainsaw 12 – 1p 2 - 3p 4 – 5p

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The Commerce Club Welcomes You! For more information please visit: www.snellvillecommerceclub.org or email info@snellvillecommerceclub.org

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Philanthropy and Fun

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BEACH BLAST

RUN by: Kathy Emanuel

Right before the Snellville Beach Blast starts rocking and rolling on the Snellville Towne Green, runners will blast off on 5K and 10K runs through Briscoe Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Sponsored by the Snellville Rotary Club and the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, these runs will be in addition to a 1-mile Fitness Fun Run for kids â&#x20AC;&#x201C; complete with bulging goodie bags, kid-friendly characters, and a fun fitness warm up. All proceeds from the races will benefit the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (SCPAAA) and the Snellville Rotary Club. The SCPAAA supports the Police Department by providing volunteers and purchasing needed equipment. Past items purchased by the association included laptops for the Criminal Investigation Division, a fully trained dog for the K-9 unit, spotlights for police cars, push bumpers for patrol cars, and special uniforms for the bicycle officers. The Rotary Club of Gwinnett Sunrise focuses its efforts on the needs in our community. Last summer the Rotary Club partnered with the SE Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries food co-op to deliver free sack lunches to children who participate in the free and reduced-cost lunch programs during the school year. Many parents of these children cannot afford to provide that meal during the summer so the Rotary Club stepped in to help. A main fundraiser for these organizations will be the raffle. Even if you are not participating in the run, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the opportunity to win a five night Caribbean cruise for two on Carnival Cruise Lines,

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taxes and gratuities included. The $10 raffle tickets can be purchased through any member of the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni or Snellville Rotary Club, at the run event, or at the Beach Blast on the Snellville Towne Green from 1:00 pm until just before the drawing at 5:30 pm. Run registration and check-in will begin at 7:00 am just inside the Briscoe Park main gate. The 10K begins at 8:00 am and the 5K starts at 9:00 am. A Fun Run Fun warm-up begins at 9:45 am and the Fun Run itself begins at 10:00 am. All entrants must be registered and checked in at least 30 minutes before the start of their event. Event sponsorships are available. There will also be opportunities to help less fortunate area residents: Give Hunger the Boot will be collecting food and gift cards to be donated to the South Gwinnett Food Co-op at both the run and the Beach Blast.


Pre-registration open through May 12. For more information email beachblastruninfo@gmail.com Registrations forms may be downloaded at www.snellvillepride.com.

BEACH BLAST RUN Saturday, May 19th

Or register online with a credit card at www.regonline.com/beachblastrun

10K Start: 8 a.m.

5K Start: 9 a.m.

FUN RUN (AGES 7-12) Warm Up: 9:45 a.m. Start: 10 a.m.

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Parks & Recreation Spring 2012 Activities T. W. Briscoe Park, 250 Sawyer Pkwy., Park Office (770) 985-3535

RENTALS (Require 14 days notice)

OUTDOORS We have 4 outdoor, open air, covered pavilions that accommodate from 35 to 50 people and 1 gazebo that will accommodate up to 10. Rental times: 8:00am – 10:00am, 10:30am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Non-profit or Individual Snellville City Limit residents - $35 / 2 hours Gwinnett County residents - $50 / 2 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $60 / 2 hours Business/For Profit Snellville City Limit residents - $70 / 2 hours Gwinnett County residents - $85 / 2 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $95 / 2 hours

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Rental times: Any 4-hour time period between 7:00am and 10:00pm. Air-Conditioned Pavilion (Up to 35 people) $100 refundable deposit and:

Youth Soccer

Non-profit or Individual Snellville City Limit residents - $85 / 4 hours Gwinnett County residents - $115 / 4 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $125 / 4 hours

Youth Flag Football

Business/For Profit Snellville City Limit residents - $135 / 4 hours Gwinnett County residents - $160 / 3 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $170 / 3 hours Meeting Room / Office Park (Up to 100 people) $200 refundable deposit and: Non-profit or Individual Snellville City Limit residents - $200 / 4 hours Gwinnett County residents - $260 / 4 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $270 / 4 hours Business/For Profit Snellville City Limit residents - $335 / 4 hours Gwinnett County residents - $395 / 4 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $405 / 4 hours For field or athletic facility rentals, contact Matt Wright at 770-985-3533.

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For boys and girls ages 4-19 For registration and information please visit www. SnellvilleSoccer.com or call 770-466.7177.

Boys and girls ages 4 – 14 Practices and games on Sunday For further details and registration call 404-551-2036 or go to i9sports.com and select Dunwoody, N. Dekalb & S. Gwinnett

YouthQuick Start Tennis by USTA 8 Under, 10 U, 12 U, 14 U, 16 U Please call 404-642-8393 or email QuickStartTennis@yahoo.com for more information.

Camp Canaan Land at Briscoe For more information call 770-979-4610 or email camp@canaanlandchurch.org.


Tap & Ballet Class Combines tap and ballet for 45 minutes. Ages 3 and up Tuesdays 4:10pm – 4:55pm

Hip-Hop Dance Class

Parks & Recreation

DANCE

Learn to dance hip-hop style! 1st Grade and up Thursdays 4:00pm – 4:45pm Contact Robyn Donaldson at 770-934-8848 to register or go to creativemovementand dance.com. NO REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT PARK OFFICE.

ADULT ACTIVITIES Basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts are available on a first come, first served basis without lights during park hours. Tennis lessons are available. Contact USPTR Certified Instructor Jean Hagan at 770-469-5966.

Gimmie Some Sports presents… Snellville Adult Flag Football League at Briscoe For detailed information contact Alvin Hill at 678-920-4236, hill.alvin45@yahoo.com or visit www.gimmiesomesports.com.

PUBLIC POOL The pool reopens Saturday, May 26. Admission for ages 4 to 49 is $4; all others $1. Swimming lessons will start June 4. Saturday registration will be at the park office on May 12 and May 19, 9am to noon; otherwise registration is Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm, starting May 8. Lessons range from $45 to $70 depending on residency. Proof of residency required. Please visit www.snellville.org for further details.

2012 Adult Softball Please contact 404-570-7422 or sgaasports.com for dates, prices and registration.

International Adult Soccer League(8v8) Divisions: Over 30 & co-ed League Director: 678-629-6755 Register online at www.iasl.info

Tennis courts are available on a first come, first served basis without lights. For tennis lesson, please contact certified instructor Jean Hagan at 770-469-5966.

Please visit our website at www.snellville.org and choose Departments > Parks and Recreation on the left side of the page. T.W. Briscoe Park 2500 Sawyer Pkwy Snellville, GA 30078 Park Office (770) 985-3535 Park Fax (770) 985-3582

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Senior Center Activities Call the Snellville Senior Center for more information on these and other programs (770) 985-3580 Zumba Gold Tuesdays 11:00am - $5.00/class

Weight Room Training Please sign up at the front desk to participate in one of the following weight training classes to utilize the training equipment. Training begins at 12:00pm. Training Classes Wednesday, April 18 Our weight room consists of 2 bicycles, 2 arm and 2 leg machines. You must participate in one of our training classes in order to utilize this equipment.

SOCIAL & EDUCATIONAL CLASSES Canasta Mondays 12:00pm Volunteer Coordinator: Louise Howell, (678)225-0560

EXERCISE CLASSES Zumba Gold Classes We offer a variety of weekly exercise opportunities for our members. There are two aerobic classes on Mondays and Tuesdays at no extra charge. You may also choose to participate in Pilates, which is $3.00 per class or Zumba, which is $5.00 per class. These additional fees are paid directly to the instructors.

Aerobics - Low Impact Mondays/Thursdays 9:15am

Aerobics - Medium Impact Mondays/Thursdays 10:15am

Pilates Tuesdays/Fridays 10:00am - $3.00/class

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Bridge Thursdays 12:00pm - 4:00pm Volunteer Coordinator: Vicki Williams, (770) 972-1124

Bingo 1st Friday of Each Month 1:00pm - 3:30pm Participants are asked to bring a snack to share.

Crochet/Knitting Tuesdays 12:00pm Volunteer Coordinator: Delrose Johnson Free

Spanish Mondays & Thursdays 9:00AM - Beginner 2 11:00AM - Advanced 12:15PM - Beginner 1 Classes are progressive Instructor: Jane Moore $25/ month


Emory Eastside Auxiliary Card Club

Basic Computer 10:30am - 12:00pm Topics include surfing internet, Windows features, drive and file concepts, basic email, word processing, etc. Intermediate Computer 1:00pm - 2:30pm Word, Excel, advanced email, file backups to flash drives, photo storage. Pre-Requisite: Students should have email addresses and be able to send and receive emails. March 20 - April 6 Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday $40.00

1:30pm - 4:00pm Upcoming meetings: April 27, May 18, August 17, September 14 Contact: Dee Wells (770)985-8511

H2U - Health to You

Painting Classes

Wednesdays 10:00am - 3:00pm Brenda Smiley (770) 979-2511

Thursdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm $40.00/ 4 classes supplies included OR $20.00/ 4 classes bring your own supplies Instructor: Lynne Ulmer

SENIORS IN THE COMMUNITY There are several groups that join the center as private meeting groups. These groups have their own coordinator & pay a group membership to utilize our facility. Contact information is listed in this newletter so you can contact them if you are interested in joining one of these groups.

Designing Grandmothers A non-profit organization whose national charity supports CURE for Childhood cancer. You DO NOT need to be a grandmother to join. 2nd Monday of each month 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;1:00pm Marlene Buchanan (770) 972-5595 Barbara Rowlins (770) 972-9481

Senior Center

Computer Classes

Programs & Entertainment 4th Wednesday 2:00pm-3:30pm

Quilting

Bellsouth Telephone Pioneers 3rd Tuesday 10:00am - 1:00pm Tom McDugald (770) 938-6075 mcdugald@bellsouth.net

Eastside Medical Center Auxiliary Upcoming Meetings: May 11, July 13, August 1 General Meeting - 9:00am Awards Luncheon - 12:00pm General Meeting - 12:00pm Planning Meeting - 9:00am Install Officers - 12:00pm Holiday Luncheon - 12:00pm Contact Scott Hawes (678) 344-2971

Newsletter Volunteers Tuesday, April 24 9:30am Conference Room upstairs

SE Gwinnett Co-Op & 5-2 Ministry (Food Bank) Donate your unused/unclipped coupons to purchase food for the Co-Op. Keep coupons together in flyers.

Snellville Patch Visit snellville.patch.com to view articles written about our wonderful Seniors and programs we offer.

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Senior Center Activities Small Town Trip: Norcross Come join us as we visit the shops and historical sites of Norcross. We will eat lunch at the Norcross Station Cafe which used to be the old train station. Thursday, April 19 9:30am - 3:00pm $5.00 + lunch

MORE EVENTS Senior Dance April 22 7:30pm - 10:30pm $12.00 per person Featuring Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best New Band: Laigh Langley Includes: food and drink. Wholesome family atmosphere. No smoking , drinking or dirty dancing.

Senior Center MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION 2012 Snellville Senior Center Annual Memberships Snellville City Limit Residents - $15 Gwinnett County Residents - $25 Additional persons from the same household receive a $5.00 discount. Memberships are active January - December.

LOCAL MEETING GROUPS Keenagers We welcome new members to join this group. For more information, contact Joanne Fuller at (770) 962-2567. Contact Louise Howlington for bowling (770) 466-4535. Mondays - Bowling, 9:00am Tuesdays - Breakfast Club at Krystal, 8:00am 1st Wednesday - Business Meeting, 10:00am 2nd Wednesday - Luncheon, 12:00pm

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Snellville Senior Center Snellville Parks & Recreation 2350 Oak Road Snellville, GA 30078 (770) 985-3580 Kathi Clotfelter - Programs Director Leslie Pender - Programs Assistant Wayne Sanders - Programs Assistant Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm


SWIM

GOLF

TENNIS

DINING

Keeping Families Connected Since 1973 3197 Classic Drive, Snellville, GA 30078 www.summitchasecc.com

WEDDINGS


Snellville Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market committee and volunteer staff have been busy behind the scenes gearing up for the market’s third year starting this June. Since its inception in 2010, the Snellville Farmer’s Market has become a weekly community ritual. Full of colorful vegetables, fresh baked breads, and handmade crafts the Towne Green comes alive with neighbors, strollers, and shopping baskets. After only two short years, the Snellville Farmer’s Market was voted #1 Best Farmer’s Market in Georgia, and #2 in the country by the American Farmland Trust. With over 40 vendors already registered, this year the market promises to be bigger and better than ever. The committee personally visits each vendor booth to assure their stringent standards are always met. In addition to great fresh produce, vendors offer pasta, locally made honeys, spices, cooking rubs, fresh breads, fresh flowers, cakes, cookies, and biscotti. Gretchen Schulz, chairman of the Farmers’ Market Committee credits the volunteers for much of the success: “We are determined to maintain the high quality standards that were set the first year, and have been assisted in this by the great vendors who have joined our market,” she says. The Farmers’ Market, opening on the first Saturday in June, will open every Saturday morning on the Snellville Towne Green lawn from 8 a.m. to noon in hopes to continue fulfilling its goal of encouraging community pride and spirit in Snellville. As you’re preparing for your grocery list this season, the Farmer’s Market has a special tool to help you plan your delicious summer meals: the Snellville Farmer’s Market Cookbook. The perfect tool kit to inspire mouth-watering meal ideas using the freshest, in-season produce available from your local farmers and vendors. Here’s an exclusive excerpt for Snellville Spirit readers:

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COOKBOOK on sale now!

BBQ DEVILED EGGS 12 hard-cooked eggs 2 ounces cream cheese 1 tablespoon yellow mustard 1 tablespoon barbeque sauce 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill 1 tablespoon minced gherkin pickles (dill only) 1 tablespoon minced sweet onion Salt and pepper to taste Additional barbeque sauce for garnish, if desired

Snellville Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market

Peel eggs, cut in half and remove yolks. Rinse and pat dry egg whites. Place egg yolks in a bowl. Mash yolks and stir in all remaining ingredients. Using a teaspoon, spoon yolk filling into eggwhites. If desired, drizzle with a little additional barbeque sauce for garnish. refrigerate until served.

Stefanie Weathers The mission of the award-winning Snellville Farmers’ Market, “to nourish our community by providing fresh, local and seasonal produce and encouraging community pride” seems custom made for a cookbook. As they were collected, care was taken to include recipes that live up to the high standards set by the Snellville Farmers’ Market, emphasizing produce and products available at the market. Recipes were collected throughout the 2011 market season from committee members and vendors, market customers, community leaders, and local chefs. Presented in a hardbound 3-ring format, The Snellville Farmers’ Market Cookbook has 250 delicious local recipes. Most recipes rely on products found for sale at the market, but the collection also includes delicious desserts, breads and cookies. The cookbook also contains numerous pages of great reference material that will be useful to new and experienced chefs alike. Available for purchase from members of the committee, you can also find the cookbook on sale at Snellville Days and every week at the Snellville Farmers’ Market. Price: $20

BUFFALO LICK FARM SNELLVILLE FARMERS MARKET VENDOR

BRANDON’S SUCCOTASH 1 clove garlic, sliced 1 ounce shallots, minced 1/4 pound corn and green peas, mixed 1/2 pound okra, stems removed, then cut in half 1/4 pound Sungold cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup white wine 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 ounces (1/2 stick) butter In a large skillet over medium heat, saute garlic, shallots, corn and peas for 3 minutes. Add okra and tomatoes and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add wine and lemon juice and cook for a few minutes or until liquid is reduced. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Serves 4.

Brandon Sandy, Chef

SNELLVILLE FARMERS MARKET VENDOR

-Kathy Emanuel

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2012 Snellville Events

2012 EVENTS Events Subject to Change. For updates, visit www.snellvillepride.com

May 19th Towne Center Green 1:00 - 8:00pm Snellville’s newest family event kicks off your summer with 60 tons of sand, food, games and music for a great day at the beach!

Grill’n on the

GREEN RUNof the‘VILLE

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June 15th Towne Center Green 5:00 - 9:00pm

June 16th Towne Center Green 1:00 - 9:00pm

June 16th Briscoe Park 7:00 - 10:00am

Featuring Banks & Shane Great food & activities to benefit “Dream House”

Great food, games, rides & music! Register to enter the “Grill’n” competition at usaentertainment.net

2nd annual half marathon & 5K run & fun walk. Registration: 404-448-4801


Movies will be presented by B98.5FM & feature their giant screen plus lots of games, inflatables & food before the movie.

2012 Snellville Events

Free Outdoor Movies June 9th, July 21st & August 19th Briscoe Park 5:00 - 10:30pm

July 4th Towne Center Green 3:00 - 10:00pm Enjoy food, rides, games and a spectacular fireworks show. The Gwinnett County Orchestra will perform at 8:00pm.

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September 29th Briscoe Park 1:00 - 7:00pm Snellvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second newest event will be an international festival featuring exhibits of music, art, dance & food from cultures around the world that live in the Snellville area.

October 20th Towne Center Green 10:00am - 8:00pm The 3rd annual Fall Festival will feature an expanded line up of craft vendors, food, music, rides, games, the 2nd annual Car Show and the popular hay wagon rides.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

November 24th Towne Center Green 3:00 - 8:00pm This great beginning of the Christmas season will feature great crafts for the kids, food, games, rides and, of course, Santa!

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