Snellville Spirit Spring 2018

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Where Everybody is Proud to Be Somebody SPRING 2018

Come Celebrate Snellville Days in Briscoe Park Saturday, May 5, 10 am - 6 pm Sunday, May 6, 12 pm - 5 pm

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ORTHOPAEDICS We would like to welcome the more than 30 orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians, surgeons and advanced practice providers formerly of Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta family. Remember, if you don’t see Hope and Will, it’s not the Children’s expert orthopaedic care.


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Spring 2018 - Volume 30 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

Let’s all celebrate the spring in Snellville After a cold and wet winter, I know we are all ready for the spring. I don’t care what the groundhog said, bring on the warm weather. As we move into the spring we are preparing for a great year of activities and events for everyone to enjoy. It is time to turn off your TVs and put down your electronic devices and enjoy the fresh air and the sunshine. It is so easy to get caught up in the negativity and divisiveness of the news and social media and forget about what is positive and good in one another. Most of us want the same things. We want safety and security for our families, we want less stress in our lives, and we want to spend time with friends and loved ones. We just want life to slow down and to relax. Whether it is chilling at a concert in the Live on the Lawn series, having a meal at Food Truck Friday or attending one of the many special events, come relax and have a good time with your neighbors. Snellville is a great place. Let’s make it a place that we come together and enjoy getting to know one another and celebrate life and what we have in common.

Don Don Britt, President, Snellville Tourism and Trade

“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.” – Unknown Connecting our Community to Celebrate Snellville 4

Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville. President Don Britt Vice President Tom Morris Secretary Kathy Emanuel Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Regina Hart Board Member Billy Franklin Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Kurt Schulz Board Member Alice Snipes Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Tom Witts City Council Barbara Bender - Mayor Pro Tem, Gretchen Schulz, Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol City Website: Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Perry Cox Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Austin Shelton, Barbara Bender, Eric Van Otteren, Gretchen Schulz and Perry Cox





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Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender gives updates on the city.


Latest news from the Snellville Police Department.


The city’s premier event is set for May 5 and 6.




















The city unveils its new Tactical Urbanism Program.


A Comprehensive Plan revision is now under way.


There are plenty of services planned for Easter Sunday.


Several city authorities are joining together to better the city.


It’s almost time for the Snellville Farmers’ Market to open.


Event and concert to mark Memorial Day.


Heavy construction is set to begin at Highway 124 and 78.


A new initiative solves problems of the day over dinner.


There’s plenty on tap for spring events at Snellville parks.


The Snellville Senior Center is bubbling with activity.


This year’s Towne Green concert lineups.


Celebrating some of the city’s longest-running businesses.


SGHS benefits from Community Garden @Snellville effort.


New businesses flocking to Snellville.


Two recipes to tantalize your taste buds.


MAYOR PRO TEM’S MESSAGE Spring is in the air after a very cold winter and I am incredibly excited about what is happening in our great city. Your City Council had an engaging and discussionfilled planning retreat in January that set us on a course for development of our Towne Center. This was followed up by a joint meeting of our City Council, Planning Commission, Downtown Development and Urban Renewal Authorities, Development Authority of Snellville, Snellville Tourism & Trade and the Snellville Historical Society. The purpose of this joint meeting was for everyone involved in the preservation, growth and development of the city to hear firsthand what the City has accomplished and is currently doing so they may better engage to create a city that we all can appreciate and be proud of. As this magazine goes to print, the city is reviewing proposals for design of the new library and public market building. Please be watching for information from the library folks about ways to participate in creating unique spaces in the library through donations and sponsorships. As a side note, the Gwinnett Public Library system is so much more than books and computer access. If you have not checked them out recently, go online and see all the incredible services they offer to anyone with a library card.

We are also embarking on an update to our 2040 Comprehensive Plan. For you, non-government readers, this plan becomes the city’s guidebook for future development and planning. This plan update is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to provide your thoughts and ideas for the future of our city. It doesn’t matter if you have lived here for six months or 60 years, we would love to have your ideas Mayor Pro Tem to incorporate into this guide. We will host Barbara Bender public meetings, provide surveys and other opportunities to get your input. Please contact me if you would like to have us come to your book club, homeowner’s association or other group meeting to discuss. Our City Planner, Austin Shelton, has introduced a Tactical Urbanism Program. The city’s hope is that this program will allow applicants to showcase how small changes to the built environment can have a big effect on the health, safety and beauty of their community. Please go to tactical-urbanism to find out more on this initiative and to submit an application.


Explorers make mark at annual competition The Snellville Police Department Explorers were excellent at a recent competition in Tennessee. Explorers attended Gatlinburg regional explorer competition from Feb. 9-11. Approximately 120 police agencies participated from as far away as Texas. This year the Explorers competed in six competitions and placed: Second place - Physical Fitness - Explorer Sgt. Elias Nino Third place - Crisis Negotiations – team event Third place - Red Man Competition – team event 6

Third place - Officer Safety – team event The teams were led by Explorer Capt. Will Stephenson who was on all teams and is the post commander. This is his last year in the program as he is aging out and wants to start his career in law enforcement. He is hoping to be hired on by SPD. This year a lot of veteran Explorers aged out and most of the kids that competed have only been in the program about a year. Other Explorers are Explorer Lt. Brittany Soto, Explorer Sgt. Jassy Singh, Keith Richard, Corbin Cartwright, Zachary Ibraheem, Kojo Amoo, Mat Golebiewski, Omari McEachin and Gevonne Wilson. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

SPD Awards

Chief Roy Whitehead named the Snellville Police Department’s annual award winners at the Feb. 26 council meeting. The Snellville Police Department is truly one of the best agencies in the state and we are proud SPD officers serve and protect our city.

Lt. R. Pendleton was honored for his work on Citizen’s Police Academy.

Sgt. P. Poole was honored for his work with the youth Explorer Post.

Lt. D. Matson was honored for his work on the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Governor’s Challenge.

Officer A. York was Officer B. Chism honored for his was named Officer traffic safety and DUI of the Year. enforcement.

Lt. Z. Spahr was named Supervisor of the Year.

The SPD Reserve Unit was honored for volunteering its time to the citizens of Snellville. Tina Chisolm (not pictured) was named Civilian Employee of the Year. Investigator A. Saunders (not pictured) was named Detective of the Year.

SCPAAA Golf Tournament is April 23

The Snellville Citizens Police Academy Golf Tournament - to benefit the Snellville Police Department - will take place with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. April 23 at the Summit Chase Country Club. Registration is at 8 a.m. For more information contact Mary Fergus at

Public Safety Night is June 5

The Snellville Police Department and the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will host Public Safety Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 5 on the Towne Green. The event will feature local first responders, equipment, demonstrations and information.

Mellow Mushroom Fundraiser

The Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association had a fundraiser supporting the Snellville Police Department at Mellow Mushroom Feb. 13. The fundraiser featured raffle prizes from area businesses and raised more than $1,200 for the SPD. “The pizza and the service were excellent,” SCPAAA officials said. “Thank you to the sponsors who gave items for the raffles. It was a wonderful day and night of raising money for our SPD. Most of all, we appreciate the public for their support and coming out to Mellow Mushroom today. You guys were showing the love! Thank you!”


Snellville Days May 5, 2018 • 10 am to 6 pm May 6, 2018 • Noon to 5 pm

Join us at Briscoe Park for over 200 craft, food, sponsor and civic vendors. There will be a kids’ activities and continuous live entertainment both days. 45th Annual Snellville Days Festival Schedule

Saturday, May 5

Sunday, May 6

10a-6p FREE Arts and Crafts Festival

12p-5p FREE Arts and Crafts Festival

10a-6p Kid’s field

12p-5p Kid’s Field

Emcee: Kriss Johnson

Walking Robots and Cars

Wolves of the World

Community Stage 10:30 Mustang Drummers—RD Head Elem 10:50 Norton Elem Cheerleaders 11:10 Confuzzled (Rock Band) 11:50 Grace Snell Middle Dancing Comets 12:15 S. Gwinnett HS Orchestra 12:50 Kingdom Now Church 1:20 KymBerli Dee & RTP Band 2:00 Britt Elem Chorus 2:20 Grace Snell Middle Percussion 2:40 Britt Elem Recorders 3:05 JC Magill Comet Chorus 3:30 The Pogies Band (Classic Rock) 4:10 Crews Middle Singers 4:30 Strange Truth (Rock Band) 5:10 Canaan Land Church Entertainment Wildlife Wendy's Tropical Bird Show Wolves of the World Wildlife Wendy's Tropical Bird Show Wolves of the World Wildlife Wendy's Tropical Bird Show Wolves of the World

Wildlife Wendy

10:30a Noon 1:00 2:30 4;00 5:00

Emcee: Kriss Johnson Community Stage 12:00 McArthur Band (60’s, 70’s, 80’s Rock) 12:35 JC Magill Elite Comet Steppers 1:05 Maddy’s Ghost (Rock / Blues) 1:45 Alma Mexicana (Traditional Mexican Dance) 2:15 Arc Angels (Country Rock Band) 2:45 Momentum Arts Dance 3:10 The So-Called Arthur Kings (60’s, 70’s Rock) 3:50 Horseplay Band 4:30 Identikit (Progressive jazz Band) Entertainment Wildlife Wendy’s Tropical Bird Show Wolves of the World Wildlife Wendy’s Tropical Bird Show Wolves of the World Wildlife Wendy’s Tropical Bird Show Wolves of the World

Noon 12:30 2:00 2:30 4:00 4:30

Stilt walker Todd Key will be roaming the festival as Tree man and Cowboy Woody!! Catch the Herd of Cows if you can (Chic-fil-A) Watch for the Medieval Knights roaming the festival


•10 local elementary, middle and high schools are participating on the Community Stage throughout the festival. •Performances will include chorus groups, drummers and dance groups. •New layout to enhance the patrons’ experience at the festival. •New Farmers’ Market area with local vendors. •Classes by the Master Gardeners of the Community Garden @Snellville.

FREE Admission, Parking Shuttle and Live (Saturday only) Entertainment

SNELLVILLE DAYS 2018 Volunteer Spotlight: Alice Snipes, vice chair of the Snellville Days Committee

My husband Duggan,and I have two children, Allan and Eric. Both grew up in Snellville and graduated from South Gwinnett High School and attended many Snellville Days Festivals. I am honored to be on the planning committee because Snellville Days has always meant a lot to me. What a tradition, 45 years worth of tradition and still going. My favorite memory of Snellville Days? There was the year that my youngest son and a group of his friends were part of the entertainment at the park doing bicycle stunts. I cannot believe I allowed Alice Snipes him to jump those ramps, but I did.

Sapphire Anniversary: Snellville Days celebrates 45 years

It’s been 45 years since the first Snellville Days, and organizers are hoping this year’s event will be one remembered for years to come. Originally a one-day event, the festival has changed into a two-day affair which features entertainment, food and arts and craft vendors. The festival once had a parade which drew celebrities. Some of the Grand Marshals have been Vince Dooley in 1978; the Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) in 1980; Boss Hogg in 1982; and Steve Lundquist, a gold metal Olympic swimmer in 1985. When Sorrell “Boss Hogg” of “The Dukes of Hazzard” was the marshal, it was the largest crowd ever for the festival. The parade went down Highway 78 and the crowd was 10 deep, according to Gwinnett Forum. U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn led the parade in 1977; Jerry Clower led it in 1980; Jerry Reed of “Smokey and the Bandit” fame in 1992; Gov. Zell Miller in 1993; Kim Hardee who served as Miss Georgia in 1992; and University of Georgia quarterback David Greene in 2003. The event after the parade was at T.W. Briscoe Park, the site of many concerts. Some of the largest were the Charlie Daniels Band in 1988, B.J. Thomas in 1984 and Ricky Scaggs in 1994.

On Saturday, event organizers strongly recommend using the free shuttle from First Baptist Church of Snellville. It will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shuttle will let visitors off and pick them up from the main gate at Briscoe Park. (No hill to climb when you leave.) There is no shuttle on Sunday.

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An example of a Tactical Urbanism project in West Palm Beach, Fla. A new program in Snellville will allow residents to create a similar project if it is approved by the Snellville Planning and Zoning Department.

By Austin Shelton, City Planner At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Mayor and City Council on Feb. 26, Mayor Pro-Tem Barbara Bender announced the creation of the City of Snellville Tactical Urbanism Program. The goal of this program is to give Snellville residents and business owners a way to get more involved and take initiative with the planning of their city. So what exactly is tactical urbanism? In one sense, tactical urbanism has been happening as long as there have been cities and towns. Any time you see someone making a small improvement to the built environment it is likely an example of tactical urbanism. Tactical urbanism projects are low-cost, small-scale and temporary changes to the built environment. They are often demonstrative, meaning that they are meant to demonstrate how a small change or addition to the built environment can help improve the safety, health and visual appeal of a place or community. Tactical urbanism is a growing phenomenon in cities all across the US and the globe, and many municipalities are starting to create their own programs to encourage and guide the process. The kind of projects one can create is largely only limited by creativity, but they often fall into a few broad categories. Public art, bike lanes, crosswalks and street furniture are common examples of tactical urbanism in many cities. Snellville’s program is modeled off a similar one created by the city of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The hope is that it will be community-led, with residents and business owners in the city coming forward to propose projects that they feel are necessary and important to their community. The city and Planning Department are ready and willing to advise and guide the process, but the initiative to create and follow through on an idea will hopefully be from the ground up. In addition, anyone wishing to create their own project can also apply for a small grant from the city to help pay for the materials for their project. There is no guarantee of a grant, but the low-cost ideal of the projects will hopefully make them easily attainable for most applicants.

So how do you get involved? The first thing to do is to head to the Tactical Urbanism page on the City of Snellville website, under Planning & Development, because there’s some reading to do. Peruse the Project Guide provided by the city, which is meant to provide inspiration as well as outline what you can and cannot do in a tactical urbanism project. There is also a copy of the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials & Design Version 1.0 available for download. This free guide, provided by Street Plans Collaborative, is a great way to figure out what kind of materials will work best for your project and how much they are likely to cost. It is also filled with a plethora of examples of tactical urbanism showcasing the materials at work.

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Tactical Urbanism Program launches in Snellville

After reading, the next step is to apply! Fill out the application and property owner consent letter showing that you have the consent of the property owner (or that you are the owner) for your project. Both of these documents can also be found on the city’s website. Once your project is approved, you have the option to apply for a grant to fund your project. The City of Snellville is very excited about getting this program off the ground. The city’s hope is that this program will allow applicants to showcase how small changes to the built environment can have a big impact on the health, safety and beauty of their community. If you have any questions, or want to set up a meeting to discuss your project idea, please contact Austin Shelton, Snellville City Planner or Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development manager. Residents work on a community project similar to one that could fall under the Snellville Tactical Urbanism Program.


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Comprehensive Plan seeks ‘flexible’ Snellville By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development director

in a way that meets the needs of all of its residents, and sets the city up for decades of prosperity and high quality of life.

The city of Snellville is seeking to create a flexible Comprehensive Plan to guide its decision-making in the coming years. Every ten years municipalities are required by the State of Georgia to complete a comprehensive planning process that looks into the future of the city.

To this end, the leadership of the city asks all residents to watch for invitations to input sessions and to participate. This plan will only be as good as the ideas and information collected. The city’s local high schools are looking to participate in and contribute to the comprehensive plan process as these are our future residents.

One major addition to the City of Snellville’s Comprehensive Plan will be the translation of the Towne Center Master Plan into a format that will satisfy the Atlanta Regional Commission requirements of a Livable Centers Initiative five-year update.

The backbone of the Comprehensive Plan will be a dynamic public engagement process, and a technical framework rooted in the city’s existing planning documents.

The timing of this plan is important: the city has started to undergo a transformation from a traditional suburb to a more urbanized, walkable city. This plan must not only reflect the changes that are afoot, but guide the city in making this transition

This process will validate existing plans and adjust where necessary, focusing on “filling the gaps” in areas—both geographically and topically—that still require additional thought and attention.

Say it: ‘The Towne Center is going to get real’ By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development director As the city’s Economic Development representative, I have been asked on many occasions, “when is The Towne Center @ Snellville going to get real?” Well, I can finally say, “NOW!” City leaders have been hard at work building a partnership with representatives from Gwinnett County to relocate the Elizabeth Williams Library to The Towne Center. They have also been hard at work bringing to life an idea hatched out of many conversations. That is the idea of building a municipal market in Snellville. Following on the heels of an agreement with Gwinnett County to build a new library and the release of a Request for Proposals,

on Feb. 21, the city received nine proposals for architectural and design firms vying to be selected as the creative team that will design the first building to be built in The Towne Center, the library/municipal market building. The selected team will be charged with designing a new library and municipal market building for The Towne Center. A joint group of city and county representatives spent much time evaluating the proposals and culling the list of nine down to five who will make presentations to a selection team. Once the presentations are made and the team’s evaluations are compiled an announcement will be made of the selected design team. The city hopes to sign a contract with the selected team and start the design process in early April. The Towne Center is getting real!


Snellville Holy Week Schedules & Easter Services

BEREAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH Easter Saturday – March 31, 12 pm An Easter egg hunt will take place for all children in attendance at the service. Easter Sunday Worship – April 1 6 am, 7:30 am, 9:30 am & 12 pm

CANNON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Egg Hunt at Cannon Saturday, March 24 – 2 pm Palm Sunday Worship Sunday, March 25 – 8, 9:30 & 11 am Maundy Thursday Worship March 29 – 7pm In partnership with Snellville UMC (held at Cannon) Good Friday Worship March 30 – 7 pm

KINGDOM NOW CHURCH Kingdom Now Church will host our first Worship Service at South Gwinnett High School, April 1st, 2018. We will celebrate Resurrection Sunday at 10 am in the Auditorium.

Easter Sunday Worship April 1 – 8 am, 9:30 am & 11 am Children’s Worship – 9:30 am & 11am 2424 Webb Gin House Rd., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.5463 |

Please join Bishop Jerry Hutchins and First Lady Sheila Hutchins of Kingdom Now Church for Sunday Morning praise and worship.



March 30 Good Friday service at 7 pm in the amphitheater on our front lawn.


April 1 Easter Services 7 am, 9 am & 10:45 am in the amphitheater on our front lawn. 5:15 pm inside.

Saturday March 31 at 5 pm

1400 Dogwood Rd., SW, Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.7000 |

1709 Scenic Highway S., Snellville, GA 30078 678.990.9601 |

Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm Easter Sunday Services April 1 - 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

Sunday Worship Times Sunday Bible Class - 9 am Morning Worship - 10 am Evening Worship - 5 pm Wednesday Bible Class - 7 pm 3025 Lenora Church Rd., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.6988 |




Easter Sunday Worship April 1 – 10:30 am

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 25 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 11 am. Beginning of the 8:30 am & 11 am services, we will walk & pray.

Holy Thursday – March 29 Bilingual Holy Thursday Mass, 7 pm

Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt March 24, 4 – 6 pm 2485 Scenic Hwy S., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.0767 |

FREE Easter Family Event, 3 pm - 5 pm Easter Egg Hunt, Magic Show, Face Painting, Easter Bunny Maundy Thursday, March 29 7 pm, Cannon UMC Good Friday, March 30, 12 pm, Sanctuary

MOUNT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH Easter Sunday Services, April 1 9:30 am – Blended Service 11 pm – Contemporary Service 1525 Scenic Hwy., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.5020 |

Easter Sunday Celebration, April 1 Please join us for an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 am on the Snellville Towne Green sponsored by Snellville United Methodist Church and several other churches in the Snellville area. In the event of rain, we’ll walk across the street to Snellville United Methodist Church. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Good Friday – March 30 Seven Last Words, 3 pm Hispanic Good Friday Service, 5 pm Hispanic Seven Last Words FC, 6 pm Good Friday Service, 7 pm Easter Liturgies, Holy Saturday, March 31 Easter Vigil – Bilingual Liturgy , 8 pm Easter Saturday – March 31 Church Decorating – 9 am Easter Egg Hunt – 10 am Blessing of Easter Food – 11 am

8:30 am & 11am, Traditional Service, Sanctuary 9:30 am, Contemporary Service, Christian Life Center 12:30 pm, Hispanic/Latino Easter Service, Chapel

Easter Sunday Services – April 1 Sunrise Service (In Church), 7 am Easter Liturgy – Ch (Family Liturgy), 9 am Easter Liturgy – PFC 9:00 am Easter Liturgy – Ch 10:30 am Easter Liturgy – PFC 10:30 am Easter Liturgy – Ch (Life Teen Liturgy) 12 pm Easter Hispanic Liturgy – 1:30PM

2428 Main Street East., Snellville, GA 30078 678.430.6002 |

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ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Palm Sunday, March 25 - 8 am & 10:30 am Maundy Thursday, March 29 - 7:30 pm - Hand & foot washing, stripping of the Altar, followed by the Vigil from 9 pm on Thursday - 11:30 am on Friday. Good Friday - March 30 Stations of the Cross, 11:30 am Good Friday Service, 12 pm Stations of the Cross, 6:45 pm Good Friday Service with Music, 7:30 pm Easter Vigil with Incense, Saturday, March 31, 7:30 pm Easter Sunday Service, April 1, 8 am & 10:30 am The Sunday of the Resurrection with incense 10:30 am & the flowering of the Cross at both services. 1520 Oak Road, Snellville GA 30078 770.979.4210 |

WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SNELLVILLE Good Friday Service March 30 at 7 pm Easter Sunday Worship Services April 1 at 9:30 am and 11 am Helicopter Egg Drop Celebration Sunday March 25th 2 - 5:30 pm Inflatables, Food Trucks, Special Needs Hunt

March 25 – Palm Sunday Service, 10:30 am featuring Children’s Palm Processional March 29 – Maundy Thursday Service, 7 pm Potluck Dinners & In-Home Communion Worship Services March 30 – Good Friday Tenebrae Service of Darkness, 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary April 1 – Community Sunrise Service 7 am on the Towne Green In Snellville

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Celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Worship Service at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary

2400 Main St., E., Snellville, GA 30078 770.978.7000 |

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By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development director

Realizing that the future of the city is at hand, Mayor Pro Tem Bender encouraged expanding an already planned joint Snellville authority retreat to include members from all of the City’s commissions and boards. The joint planning session was held on January 25th at the Walton EMC building on Lenora Church Road. A representative from Walton EMC facilitated the retreat session. The planning session was found to be engaging by all who attended. “Thank you for including us,” said Marlene Ratledge Buchanan of the Snellville Historical Society. “We do appreciate it.”

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Working together is a wonderful thing

Many of the attendees left with a more informed idea of the progress of The Towne Center and the plans of city leadership. Board members and representatives from the Downtown Development Authority, Development Authority of Snellville, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Historical Society, Parks and Recreation Department, Planning and Development Department, Snellville Tourism and Trade, and city council members all participated. Each organization was asked to brainstorm and prioritize action items that their organization could undertake to move Snellville and The Towne Center project forward. One recommendation from the meeting was to develop a Tactical Urbanism program to encourage city residents to undertake projects that demonstrate how small improvements or changes to the built environment can help improve the safety, health and visual appeal of a neighborhood, place or the city. The planning department and city leaders acted quickly on the recommendation. In another article in this issue, the Tactical Urbanism program is discussed.

Mayor Pro Tem Bender encouraged expanding an already planned joint Snellville authority retreat to include members from all of the City’s commissions and boards. Stay tuned for more actions from this coordinated effort to engage all of the City’s leadership in moving The Towne Center and the city forward in a positive manner. The next joint meeting is being scheduled. Stay tuned.

S.M.I.L.E. teaches law to SGHS students Gwinnett County Public Schools in partnership with the State Court of Gwinnett County are gearing up for another summer of learning through the third annual S.M.I.L.E. Program. Last year, approximately 28 students participated in the S.M.I.L.E. Program, 12 of which attend South Gwinnett. The mentoring program allows students who are interested in law to participate in learning sessions held at the courthouse on Friday afternoons throughout the summer. Students learn about the justice system, the trial process, and the Constitution through encounters with lawyers and judges. Contact Rebecca Streetman at Rebecca_Streetman@gwinnett. or visit the S.M.I.L.E. website at www.gwinnettcounty. com/portal/gwinnett/Departments/Courts/SMILEGwinnett for more information and an application packet. 17

SNELLVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET Season Begins June 2 By Gretchen Schulz, Councilwoman Are you starting to get hungry for juicy, sweet Georgia peaches? How about plump, fresh berries grown right here in Snellville? Honey from a source that is truly local? Beef and pork from “just up the road” in Maysville? The Snellville Farmers’ Market will soon open for its 9th season! Since the market closed at the end of September, the SFM volunteers have been actively preparing for a new season, which will begin June 2nd. The market will be held every Saturday through September 29th, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on the Towne Green. We held a debriefing meeting in October to discuss any issues we felt need to be addressed during our next season. We updated our policies and application for the next season and placed them on our website in January. Since the day the 2018 application was available we’ve been approving vendors. We still have some booth spaces available. Vendors interested in applying will find an application on our website: The Snellville Farmers’ Market is an “authentic” or “genuine” farmers’ market, which means we bring the actual farmers and community together. At our market you are buying directly from the farmers and other vendors as opposed to a middleman who may ship produce and other food products from hundreds—or even thousands—of miles away. You are helping our farmers and other vendors pay farm expenses, pay athletic fees for their children who play sports, pay tuition to put a child through college, or, in some cases, supplement their income when needed to meet the everyday

living expenses of their family. The money you spend at our market supports our local economy. Because we bring the vendors and community together, you have the opportunity to talk directly with those selling at the market. You can ask the farmers questions about farming techniques, the effect of weather on the crops, and suggested preparation instructions. Our vendors who prepare baked goods and other food products are always eager to discuss ingredients and suggested uses for their products.

We’re including a list of our vendors approved thus far. Please note that every vendor does not attend the market every week. Believe Handmade Jewelry Hand-stamped jewelry and key chains Black Door Designs Handmade pottery Blooming Beauties Plants, cut flowers, handmade aprons, decorative pumpkins Bread of Life Bakery Newton County’s only small-batch organic bakery offering baked goods made from grains she grinds herself, jams and jellies, cut flowers and herbs Cari’s Corner Italian Bakery Breads and Italian treats Cooking with Bubba Boiled peanuts, roasted peanuts, Carolina Low Country barbecue sauce Deb’s Jams and Jellies Jellies and jams, produce, cut herbs, silver crafts, mason jar crafts; Formaggio Local artisan cheeses, cream-top milk, cream, Greek yogurt, butter Gralan Farms (Greg Earle) Fresh produce Great Harvest Bread Co. Freshly baked breads

Pie-a-Bakeshop Pies and other baked goods Presley’s Farm and Garden Fresh produce, garden plants, beef, pork, eggs Shadow Wings Farm Bath and body care products, bug spray, healing salve, magnesium cream Shawnee’s Goodies Baked goods Snellville Honey Honey, eggs, soap made with honey

Green Bean Organics Drip coffee, lattes, iced coffee and packaged coffee

Southern Butterflies Body care products, jams and jellies, crocheted hats and scarves;

Kettleworks Kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade

Sunshine Farm Fresh produce, jams

Letters by Lynn Architectural and sports photographs

The Woodmeister Re-purposed furniture

MJ’s Vegetables Fresh produce

Twisted Natural Foods Gluten-free seasonings, salad dressings, flour and baked goods

Old Mariner Treasures Re-purposed furniture Pearson Farm Peaches, pecans and pecan meal

TyCo B Farms Fresh produce, jams and jellies UGA Extension Service, Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Horticultural consultation and publications

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Join us at the Snellville Veterans Memorial for a patriotic fun-filled day to celebrate our veterans from across the region featuring a Reenactment by Georgia Sons of American Revolution Militia and DEPARTURE - the Journey Tribute Band! 4:30 PM – Reenactment by Georgia Sons of American Revolution Militia (on lawn in front of City Hall & the Senior Center) 4:30 PM – Display of Relics from Colonial America 4:45 PM – Gwinnett Community Band 5:00 PM – Veterans Program Begins 5:00 PM – Button Gwinnett character will take part in the program (signer of the Declaration of Independence)

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Fratelli’s Restaurant will be on site selling domestic beer (Bud Light, Yuengling, etc.) Lincoln Fill Station will be on site selling specialty craft beer and wine. H H H H H H H H H H H HHH A wide variety of Food Vendors will be on site so bring your appetite! All beer, wine & food will be available from 4:30-9 PM


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morial CelebrationHH Memorial Day was created to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom and to remind us of the sacrifice that men and women who have valiantly and selflessly devoted themselves to defending and protecting our freedom that so many Americans take for granted. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. We hope you will take the opportunity and join us on May 26th to remember those who served to protect our freedom. All American Hero banner holders will be recognized at the Memorial Day program.

Historic Relics will be on display

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Thank you to Wild Wings for sponsoring the Memorial wreath for the Snellville Veterans Memorial.

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Highway 124/78 intersection detour route

Pittman Construction is reminding all motorists that pass through the intersection of Scenic Highway (State Route 124) and Highway 78 to expect short delays.

It is advised drivers find alternate routes for travel while the construction is on-going. It is expected that construction will start in earnest in April. The primary alternate route that is being created is to divert all east and west bound traffic on Highway 78 to Henry Clower Boulevard. This is particularly of interest to those motorists that intend to make a left turn from Highway 78 onto north or south Scenic Highway. Left turns will not be allowed in the construction area. You will

have to use Henry Clower Boulevard to make a left turn onto Scenic Highway in either direction.

City leaders ask that you not use Oak Road and Wisteria Drive to avoid the construction as these roads already carry an increased traffic load. If you are eastbound on Highway 78 please consider using Hewatt, Parkwood and Highpoint roads as alternate routes. If you are westbound on Highway 78 consider using an alternate route. - Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development director

Family set to open new business A new family business is coming to Snellville.

The mission of Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park is to provide family-focused entertainment that includes exceptional service for the community, while creating a fun and safe experience for everyone! When you step into Gravity you step into a different experience! From our 7 trampoline attractions, our arcade and our Parent Lounge, Gravity is guaranteed to satisfy the entire family! Come Jump, Play, and Party at Gravity where we’re “Always Up For More!” Twitter : @JumpIntoGravity • Instagram: @JumpIntoGravity Facebook: Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park 2135 East Main St. Suite 100B


City News Spring 2018

Civic Dinners tackling issues one meal at a time Recent Civic Dinner attendees. From left are: Marilyn Meacham, real estate agent; Randy Meacham, director Gwinnett Municipal Association; Chuck Ross, attorney; Melvin Everson, director of Economic Development at Gwinnett Tech; Joe Wilson, political activist; Dave Emanuel, Snellville councilman; Debra Poirot, district director; Rob Woodall, congressman; Tiffany Steward Stanley, Douglas County director of External Affairs; Tracie Cason, assistant district attorney and Kathy Emanuel, board member Snellville Tourism and Trade. Not pictured Annette Davis Jackson.

By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer SNELLVILLE – There has been a group of residents and politicos meeting in City Hall periodically for discussion about issues facing the region. The dinners, an initiative of the Atlanta Regional Commission, have brought policy discussion off the floors of congress, the statehouse and council chambers, and into a casual environment where talk is less formal – though it is summarized and sent to the ARC for review and to use to refine future plans. It’s the type of environment where you’ll find congressmen, passing the salt to a probation clerk. Free from the confines of bureaucracy, the group tackles issues of the day, such as the recent discussion of transportation in Metro Atlanta. Among those in attendance at the last dinner was Congressman Rob Woodall, Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez and Councilman Dave Emanuel, the dinner’s host.

“With traffic and road congestion in and around Atlanta being on the minds of anyone who has to travel in the area, it’s no surprise that mobility is one of the hottest topics discussed at Civic Dinners,” Emanuel said. “The conversation was lively. It was also very productive, as attendees discussed not only a variety of mobility problems and challenges, but potential solutions.” Dinner guests agreed that dealing with myriad federal, state and county agencies is the most challenging aspect of implementing improvements in infrastructure, Emanuel said. “Congressman Woodall cited the reconstruction of the I-85 overpass as an example of how quickly projects can be completed when a sense of urgency cuts through the typical red tape that causes seemingly endless delays,” Emanuel said. There are more Civic Dinners planned in the near future. If you’d like to be a part of future Civic Dinners, email Emanuel at

Bicentennial torch to visit Snellville May 30 - June 7 The Bicentennial Torch Run has completed its first legs and Gwinnett County has released the link to the Torch Run map and schedule. Snellville will receive the torch at 2 p.m. May 30 at City Hall. It will leave at 1 p.m. June 7.

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The Gwinnett Bicentennial will be a one-year celebration of 200 years of our county’s history. The state of Georgia created Gwinnett County on Dec. 15, 1818, naming it for Button

Gwinnett, one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence. Snellville will celebrate Gwinnett’s 200 years at numerous events this spring and summer. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. For more information on Gwinnett 200, visit www. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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Park office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on registration and classes, check out the Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website

Briscoe Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (770) 985-3535 Oak Road Park 1925 Oak Road

Kids. Do you want to play Recreational Soccer? You can have if you are ages 4-19. Please check or call 678-517-4789 for more information. Youth Flag Football for boys and girls ages 4 – 14 is coming to T.W. Briscoe Park. Practices one hour before game time. Registration fee includes NFL jersey & flag belts. Contact National Football League 678-210-3253 or www. for more information. Join a Youth Kickball League if you’re aged 8–17. For more information go to or 678-4729767. For the adults, T.W. Briscoe Park also has plenty of activities. Boot Camp takes place Monday through Thursday and Saturday at the Park Office. The course consists of five-week sessions, morning and evening available. For more information call instructor Alvin Hill at 678-920-4136 or email Outdoor basketball courts are available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tennis courts are first-come-first-served, but can be reserved during day or at night with lights for a fee. To do so, call the office at 770-985-3535. In the daytime the cost is $5 per hour (city limit resident); $10 per hour (non-resident) Evening (with lights): $10 per hour (city limit resident); and $20 per hour (non-resident).

T.W. Briscoe Park hosts Community Yard Sales near the pool in the spring & fall. If you would like to sell items, spaces are $10 for one or $15 for 2 (9’x18’ parking spots). Register at the Park Office, 2500 Sawyer Parkway in Snellville. Contact Tracey Glass at tglass@snellville. org or call the Park Office for info.

Adult Spring Softball Leagues are currently playing, but there may still be time to put in a team. There are Men’s and Co-ed A and B leagues. For more information contact Meghan Purvis at or visit the Recreation Department website at www.

Snellville Parks and Recreation will be hosting Co-ed & Women’s Adult Kickball tournaments. Check back for these one-day tournaments to be held in the next few months! For more information contact Meghan Purvis at


Facilities at the park can be rented with 14 days notice. There are outdoor pavilion rentals and large rooms for rent. For room/ pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-985-3535. For field rentals, call Todd Mayfield at 770-985-3532. The park accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, MC or debit card. For a list of property for rental visit 26

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Spotlight on Snellville Seniors

Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ (770) 985-3580 The Snellville Senior Center is the place to be for those 55 and over. Located next to Snellville City Hall, the Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are numerous classes for seniors to take part in. Aerobics are free with membership and take place Mondays and Thursdays at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Pilates are also available for $3 per class at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Painting classes are offered Thursdays and a package of four classes is $28. The classes run from 1 to 3 p.m. A group of crafters meets Tuesday at noon for crocheting and knitting. The meeting is free with membership. Spanish classes are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers throughout the week. Call the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 for class times. There are also card-making classes and courses in understanding computers, tablets and smartphones. Billiards, Bingo and an exercise and weight room are also available and free to members.

The Senior Center offers other classes in conjunction with our regular ongoing scheduled classes.

Please stop by our center or visit our website at to view our bimonthly newsletter located under Parks and Recreation for additional classes and events.


2017 Senior Center Annual Memberships: Snellville City Limit Residents $15, Gwinnett County Residents $25; Out-of-County $30. If you join after July 1, the cost for the remainder of the year is $9 for City Residents; $15 for County Residents; and $18 for Out ofcounty Residents. Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount.


The Senior Center offers day and overnight trips as well as special events. Information is updated bimonthly in our Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the center, found on our website at www. or mailed to your home once you join. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information. 28

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DECADES OF BUSINESS It is said you can tell the strength of a community by the success of its businesses. Snellville has a strong tradition of long-running businesses. The Snellville Spirit would like to celebrate just a few of them. Business name: Eastside Medical Center Business owners’ names: Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) CEO: Trent Lind Years in business: 38 years Address: Main Campus: 1700 Medical Way South Campus: 2160 Fountain Drive Website: Business statement: Eastside Medical Center, originally named the Gwinnett Community Hospital, first opened its doors on Jan. 3, 1980 and housed over 100 patient beds. Today, Eastside is a 310-bed, multi-campus system of care offering comprehensive medical and surgical programs including cardiovascular, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, maternity with neonatal intensive care, behavioral health, bariatric, and 24-hour emergency care. Their medical staff of 500 board certified physicians, 1,200 employees and 400 volunteers is committed to providing the community a healthcare system of excellence. Eastside has earned full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval” for quality and safety in disease-specific joint replacement care, the Blue Distinction Centers Program for Spine Surgery and Gold

Plus status for stroke care, and the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for superior performance in patient safety. The Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Center is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the FDA.

Business name: Heritage Chiropractic Clinic Owner: Dr. Geoff Sandels Established: 1983 Address: 2407 Lenora Church Road Website: Business statement: Dr. Sandels moved to Snellville after graduating from Life Chiropractic in 1982 and started a solo Chiropractic practice in Snellville. At that time there were only two chiropractic offices in Snellville. While the main focus of chiropractic care is concentrated on the spine & making sure the vertebrae are aligned properly, we also specialize in spinal & nerve rehabilitation and therapy. We are a full-service office that is dedicated to ensuring optimal health for our patients and devoted to giving our patients the best care possible. We are proud to be serving the people in Snellville and surrounding areas for the last 35 years and hope to continue to doing so. Business name: Fantasia Travel Owner: Mary Fergus Years in business: 32 years Address: 2138 East Main St. Business statement: Mary opened Fantasia Travel in April, 1986. It was and still is a full-service travel agency with emphasis on vacation packages. Mary has spent her entire working life in some form of the travel business. Having a business in Snellville has been great because of the wonderful people around here. 32 32

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Business name: Summit Chase Country Club Business owner name: Don Britt, General Manager Established: 1973 Address: 3197 Classic Drive Website: Business statement: Family owned and operated since 1973, Summit Chase Country Club continues to provide its members with quality service, recreation and entertainment while offering a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, twelve lighted tennis courts, year round team play and participation in ALTA and USTA. Amenities also include two pools for recreation and competitive youth swim programs. With a true focus on the family, we proudly offer junior golf, tennis and aquatics programs, group lessons and private instruction to members and non-members. Our comfortable environment allows you to enjoy fine dining at its best and as host for your weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners, or that important business luncheon. Our staff delights in providing the excellent personal service and special attention to detail that will help make your event a memorable one. With so much to offer; in just one visit you will see why “you belong here.” Business name: State Farm Insurance Agency: Ronnie Cail, agent Owner: Ronnie Cail Years in business: 41 years - 33 Years at 2850 Main St. West Website: Business statement: My wife and I moved to Snellville with our 4-yearold daughter 36 years ago! My business was five years old. We moved from Stone Mountain. South Gwinnett was starting to develop and I was fortunate to be here to watch Snellville grow to what it is today! We had a second daughter and they both attended Britt Elementary, Snellville Middle School and South Gwinnett High School. We have always been involved with the city and supported the local businesses. The people of Snellville welcomed us and we have been very fortunate to help many families in times of trouble. Our goal was to help others. It is my privilege to compare what families have now and to make sure they have the best rates out there. It’s simple, just call we’re here for you. Business name: Mazzawi Family Dentistry Owners: Matt Mazzawi, Megan Mazzawi and Jeremy Mazzawi Eastablished: September 1967 Address: 2268 East Main St. Website: Business statement: Snellville’s first dentist, Dr. Hugh, joined two years later by Snellville’s second dentist, wife Dr. Anne, founded Mazzawi Family Dentistry in 1967. Their love and dedication to dentistry and people were evident to all. They put the needs of others above their own and felt the overwhelming desire to give back to the community in which Anne grew up. Their practice flourished and over the years, their children along with their cousin, Dr. Darin Wasileski have carried on their legacy through their family based dentistry. Last year, we welcomed Dr. Nicole Ochoa to our team to help as we continue to serve and grow—seeing multiple family generations. Good things continue to happen at Mazzawi Family Dentistry! In 2016, The Gwinnett Chamber named Dr. Matt, “Physician of the YearDentist”, for his outstanding work in the community. And just recently our Dentists were named Top Dentists 2018 by Atlanta Magazine!


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COMMUNITY GARDEN @SNELLVILLE SGHS gets help from master gardener Community Garden. The harvested vegetables are being used in the school’s culinary lab. “Students are able to see how growing your own food can be a cost effective way to feed themselves or their family,” Ms. Kosar said. “Another take-away lesson this project provides is that it teaches the students the importance of community by working with the Snellville Community Garden. Having thoughtful, dedicated and knowledgeable neighbors lend a hand makes a better environment for all of us. We are grateful for the partnership.” Another piece of exciting Community Garden news is that for the third consecutive year we have received a $500 grant for greenhouse operations from the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association. The money will be dedicated to the purchase of greenhouse supplies, including potting soil, fertilizer, flats, vegetable and flower seeds and rooting hormone.

From left, master gardener Wes Nettleton and Karla Kosar, who teaches the Nutrition Pathway at South Gwinnett High School worked to build a organic garden at the school as part of a Learning Based Project. By Gretchen Schulz, Councilwoman The cold winter months were challenging for gardeners, but that does not mean we were in hibernation at the Community Garden @ Snellville.

Other bits of garden news: •We expect to have some raised beds available for rental for the 2018 garden year, which begins April 1. For an application, go to our website: •Master gardeners Martha Whitman and Wes Nettleton will teach a gardening class at the Snellville Senior Center on March 26 at 1 p.m. Call the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 for further information. •The Community Garden will have a booth at Snellville Days, May 5-6 at Briscoe Park. Vegetables and flowers grown in the garden’s greenhouse will be available and proceeds will benefit the garden.

One of our most exciting activities has been a partnership established with South Gwinnett High School. Karla Kosar, who teaches the Nutrition Pathway at the school, has worked with her students on a Project Based Learning project. The goal was to build and maintain a small organic garden at the school. To begin, students researched a variety of topics, including plant selection for Georgia, the cost of garden supplies, organic pest control, composting, as well as local companies willing to donate items for the construction of a garden bed at the school. Engineering students then researched building techniques and determined a location for the 4-foot-by-8-foot structure at the school. They presented their ideas to Principal Monique Lee for approval. Last fall Kosar contacted the Community Garden for assistance with the project and master gardeners Wes Nettleton and Ileen Meggison were eager to help. Wes and Ileen gave of their time to teach 28 juniors and seniors in the Food Science class about gardening and to help with planting cool-season vegetables in the garden bed, including kale, cabbage, mustard, lettuce, broccoli and carrots. Most of the plants came from the greenhouse at the


NEW BUSINESSES IN SNELLVILLE City officials joined members of the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Serenity Salt Cave and Healing Center, located at 2415 Heritage Village, Suite 3. For more information visit www. City officials and members of the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce welcomed Lamber Accounting & Tax Services LLC, 2356 Main Street E. to the city at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information on the new business, visit City officials and members of the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce gathered at Sam’s Club - 1520 Scenic Highway for the re-grand opening of the store. Renovations include a new produce refrigeration and snack bar. City leaders and hospital officials had a ribbon-cutting of the new Eastside Medical Group’s Eastside Heart and Vascular offices, located on the Eastside Medical Center campus at 1700 Tree Lane, Suite 190. For more information visit New Business Licenses December 4Ever Young Fitness - 2415 Heritage Village Asie Hair Salon – 1711 Athens Highway Blue Cove Massage – 2151 Fountain Drive Brushstrokes and Corks – 1977 Scenic Highway Carlson’s Auto Sales – 2140 McGee Road Extraordinary Nurses – 2388 Scenic Highway I Get Juiced Co. – 1987 Scenic Highway I Love Pho – 2059 Scenic Highway IntellectPeople Technologies – 2330 Scenic Highway Mana By Mumbi – 2151 Fountain Drive Serenity Salt Cave and Healing – 2415 Highway 78 The Aikens Firm – 2417 Lenora Church Road The Love Connection – 2330 Scenic Highway 36

We would like to welcome Fratelli’s to the city of Snellville - now in Crestview Plaza!

January Advantage Tax Solutions – 2140 McGee Road All N 1 Driving School – 2330 Scenic Highway Arthritis Relief, Inc. – 2140 McGee Road Cimplicity is Moore – 1630 Scenic Highway Earth School Yoga and Meditation – 2415 Heritage Village GBC Salon Partners – 1630 Scenic Highway Henley Financial – 1711 Athens Highway Interactive Business Tech – 2300 Scenic Highway IZ Tech Inc. – 2118 Scenic Highway Quality Auto Place – 3222 Lenora Church Road Senay Events – 2308 Henry Clower Boulevard USA Nails and Spa – 2242 Main St. East Wings and Seafood Mania – 1977 Scenic Highway Youl’s Tires – 2320 Ronald Reagan Parkway All Angel Care – 2398 Lenora Church Road De One Roti Shop – 2189 Scenic Highway Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody




6 - 9 pm • Beer, Wine, and Food Available on Site. May 26 - DEPARTURE Journey Tribute Band



May 26 - Memorial Program - 4:30 - 6 pm In Front of the Veterans Memorial DEPARTURE - Journey Tribute Band on the Towne Green 6 - 9 pm

July 14 - QUEEN NATION Queen Tribute Band August 18 - DOOBIE BROTHERS EXPERIENCE - Doobie Brothers Tribute Band September 22 - BENNIE & THE JETS Elton John Tribute Band October 20 - Noon - 6 pm Over 75 Craft Vendors TRUNK or TREAT at FBCS 4 - 6 pm Costume Contest • Scarecrow Contest BANKS & SHANE - 4 - 6 pm

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Saturdays - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

SEPTEMBER 15 - 4 - 8 pm Over 20 Restaurants GRAINS OF SAND BAND - 5 - 8 pm

July 4th - 4 - 10 pm CONTAGIOUS BAND - 5 - 7 pm RHYTHM NATION BAND 7:30 - 9:30 pm FIREWORKS! 9:30 pm

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY First Friday of the month - May - October Variety of Food Trucks • Fun & Games May 4 • June 1 July 6 • August 3 September 7 • October 5 4 - 8 p.m.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING NOVEMBER 24 - 5 - 8 pm Parade Starts at 5:30 pm Tree Lighting at 7 pm

Events Subject To Change

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3 large cans of crushed tomatoes 2 cloves minced garlic 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup red wine 2 bay leaves 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. sugar dash of red pepper flakes

8 cups of milk 1 stick of butter 1 cup raw rice 1 cup sugar Pinch of salt 1 egg 1 tsp. Vanilla extract ½ pint heavy cream Cinnamon for dusting

Sauté garlic in about a tablespoon of olive oil, add remaining ingredients simmer low for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before serving with your favorite pasta! - Regina Hart, STAT Board Member, City of Snellville Receptionist

In separate bowl mix together egg, vanilla and heavy cream. In large pot combine rice, milk, butter, sugar and salt. Bring to boil on medium heat and simmer for approximately 1 hour to 1 ¼ hour stirring constantly (until rice is soft and mixture is thick like pudding). Then add egg, heavy cream and vanilla mixture stir and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into 9x13 glass dish, large bowl or individual bowls and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm or let cool before refrigerating. Enjoy! - Charlene Adams, Real Estate Professional, Realty Associates of Atlanta

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