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Visit T.W. Briscoe Park Family Reunions | Swim | Soccer | Softball Basketball and Much More!
The Grove at Towne Center Updates
The Beach Blast Returns
20 Things to do in 20 Miles
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The Grove at Towne Center
Additional mixed-use properties coming to The Grove By Ryan Marie Hyde Intrepid Marketing Group
Construction on Snellville’s development, The Grove at Towne Center, is being expanded with two new mixed-use buildings on Clower Street. These two buildings will add commercial real estate and an additional 26 residential units to Snellville’s city THE GROVE MIXED center. SNELLVILLE, GA
CONCEPTUAL PROGRESS • 12-23-2021
Originally planned to be two-story mixed-use buildings, the buildings were redesigned to be three-story in order to accommodate the growing demand for living space at The Grove. These additional residential units expand the 262 units already under development for The Tomlin, a luxury apartment complex. Residents of these two new buildings will have access to The Tomlin’s amenities and will be able to fully immerse themselves in the life of The Grove. Kirk Demetrops, partner and founder of MidCity Real Estate, believes “the scale of the redesigned buildings further strengthens the town city center feel.”
Additionally, construction includes a roundabout at the intersection of Clower Street and Wisteria Drive, and the addition of Grove Promenade, a new pedestrian pathway within The Grove. These projects are currently underway and expected to be completed by the end of the year. THE GROVE MIXED USE
For more information andSNELLVILLE, updatesGAon the Grove at Towne CONCEPTUAL PROGRESS • 12-03-2021 Center project visit www.snellville.org/the-towne-center-snellville. CAS2021-08
Earlier this year, the 750-space parking deck construction was completed, and ground was broken on the Elizabeth Williams library complex as well as the The Hall at the Grove, a 19,000-square-foot dining and public space venue. 2
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The Grove at Towne Center Construction on county library well under way Press Release courtesy of Gwinnett County
Gwinnett County leaders recently joined officials from the city of Snellville and the Gwinnett County Public Library to break ground on a new library and educational space in downtown Snellville. Once complete, the new Elizabeth Williams Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library will replace the existing branch on Lenora Church Road. The two-story building will house the library on the first floor while the second floor will be operated by the City for educational uses. Gwinnett County and the city of Snellville are jointly funding the $10.2 million project using 2017 SPLOST program dollars. Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson acknowledged the importance of SPLOST funding in allowing the County to keep up with the demands of our growing population. “This building will serve as a hub for knowledge, culture, literacy and business, all in the heart of the City of Snellville,” said Hendrickson. “Because of SPLOST, we’re able to reinvest in our community and provide high-quality facilities that will become centers for learning and innovation in the future.” District 3 Commissioner Jasper Watkins celebrated the collaboration with the city of Snellville that made the facility possible. “This new facility is a great example of what can be achieved when local governments collaborate for the benefit of our residents,” said Watkins. “Downtown Snellville is undergoing transformative growth, and the new library will fit right in with a convenient location and stateof-the-art space that will entice patrons to experience the library’s world-class resources.”
Snellville Mayor Barbara Bender expressed her excitement about the facility’s contributions to Snellville’s Towne Center. “I would like to express our heartfelt thank you to the Library Board of Trustees and our Gwinnett County Commissioners for their willingness to relocate the
Snellville library branch to be an integral part of the activity here in the Towne Center,” said Bender. “This library and business center will give people of all ages a reason to come to The Grove and participate in civic life together and add to the history of our community in a modern way.” 3
Spring 2022 - Volume 50 Publisher/Editor: Kelly McAloon Editor: Brian Arrington
Spring has sprung It’s hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. With spring in the air comes the blooming of beautiful flowers that we see in and around the neighborhoods throughout Snellville. Seeing the dogwood and cherry blossom trees in bloom reminds us that spring is a time of reviving and reinvigorating from the winter months and gives us all a fresh start in a new season. With the warmer weather coming, means the Snellville events are also just around the corner. Experience Snellville events will be back in full swing this year and I know everyone is looking forward to having some fun with us on the Towne Green. Speaking of events...can’t get to the beach? No worries, get ready for the infamous Beach Blast coming back on May 14, where 70 tons of sand transform Oak Road into a beach. Great family fun for all. We also have a great concert series lined up for the summer, so get ready to move and groove with us. We are so exited to see all the development happening at The Grove at Towne Center and looking forward to the new state-of-art library that is also under construction. The Grove sign that is now lit up, is a beacon of light at night and reminds us of all the great things to come. There is also a new destination dining experience in town that offers farm to table fresh ingredients at The Kitchen at Summit Chase, that I invite you to check out. Hope to see you and your family on the Green this summer, enjoying the many events we have to offer. Don Britt,
President, Experience Snellville
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P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: www.ExperienceSnellville.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 Kurt Schulz Treasurer Lucy DeForest Secretary Kathy Emanuel Board Member Jared Eakins Board Member Melvin Everson Board Member Alice Snipes Board Member Andrew Yee Board Member Stephanie McDonald Executive Director Kelly McAloon Administrative Assistant Jessica Manis City Council Mayor Barbara Bender, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski, Gretchen Schulz, Tod Warner and Solange Destang City Website: www.snellville.org Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Kelly McAloon and pcoxcreative Magazine Cover Design by pcoxcreative Cover Photo by Kelly McAloon Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Gretchen Schulz, Barbara Bender, pcoxcreative, Lisa Sperling, Dorothy Jarrett, Jim Cofer and Meghan Meegan, Gwinnett County and Intrepid Marketing
MAYOR’S MESSAGE 6 Find out what’s on Mayor Barbara Bender’s mind.
PARK FUN 22 Check out these programs for all at Briscoe Park.
CPAAA FUNDRAISER 6 Alumni Association nets $1,500 at fundraiser.
MEMORIAL DAY 24 Remember our military’s fallen at this patriotic event.
REMEMBERING ALLAN 7 Public Works remembers friend and employee.
LIVE ON THE LAWN! 25 Which bands are coming to the Towne Green?
BEACH BLAST 8 Hit the beach - on Snellville’s Oak Road.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 26 How Gwinnett Tech is helping place students in jobs.
NEW BUSINESS 10 Check out the new businesses in Snellville.
HISTORICAL STORY 29 Take a look at Snellville’s past in this offering.
THE KITCHEN 12 Summit Chase is the home to Snellville’s newest eatery.
SCHOOL HAPPENINGS 30 The latest information from area high schools.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY 13 Hungry? Save the date and visit the Towne Green.
PUBLIC SAFETY NIGHT 33 Briscoe Park is the new location for the night of safety.
FARMERS’ MARKET 14 Find out who’s selling their wares at the popular market.
COMMUNITY GARDEN 34 Farmers’ Market is the site for Community Garden plants.
CITY NEWS 16 The latest news from the City of Snellville.
TO DO? 36 20WHAT things to do within 20 miles of Snellville.
PARKS AND REC. INTERNATIONAL FOOD 18 Programs 38 Two offered at Briscoe Park and Active Adult Center. recipes to enjoy as temperatures rise. HERE 20 AEASTER’S listing of local Easter services.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS 40 Experience Snellville shares its entertaining lineup. 5
Mayor’s Message - Mayor Barbara Bender One year ago, we had just broken ground on The Grove at Snellville Towne Center project. What a difference a year makes! The residential housing is up and the parking deck is almost complete. The new Elizabeth Williams Library has the steel erected and the concrete is poured. We have approved a design on the market building and are working on elements in the greenspace area. Road improvements, including a new roundabout at Wisteria Drive and Clower Street are also under way. All in all, we are quite pleased with the progress that has been made and look forward to some of the construction being completed later this year and early next. With the current boom of people and jobs coming to the Metro Atlanta area, developers are scouting property for new developments or redevelopment. We see the construction all around us in Gwinnett and neighboring counties. There are many facets to consider in this type of growth economy and your City Council will be working over the next few months to refine the vision incorporated in the 2020 Comprehensive Plan to help us to make good decisions for the city’s future. We are planning a special work session next month to start this discussion.
A big shout out to our own Snellville Performing Arts Center. Stephanie McDonald and her team earned six awards and 14 nominations from The BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for their 2020-2021 season. Congratulations to Stephanie and all the students learning and growing as performers! I would like to thank the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce for presenting me with the Mayor of the Year award sponsored by the Team Hamm Group. GECC presented the award at our March 28 City Council meeting and I am truly humbled by their recognition. Please remember our New Year’s resolution of kindness, patience and respect toward one another!
We see the construction all around us in Gwinnett and neighboring counties. There are many facets to consider in this type of growth economy and your City Council will be working over the next few months to refine the vision incorporated in the 2020 Comprehensive Plan to help us to make good decisions for the City’s future.
Snellville Police Department raffles to benefit the Snellville Police Department. A big thank you to Snellville Mellow Mushroom for generously giving back 10 percent of sales and to those who donated raffle prizes to help make this fundraiser so successful. Event sponsors were: Mellow Mushroom, Fratelli’s, Honey Baked Ham, Main Street Restaurant, Texas Roadhouse, Lincoln Fill Station, Mary Fergus, SPD and Wild Wing Cafe.
SPD says GDOT had changed speed limits on several roads
Citizens Police Academy fundraiser nets $1,500 to help Snellville police A recent Snellville Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association fundraiser raised about $1,500 in donations and 6
You may have noticed some speed limit changes on some of the state routes in Snellville. Based on Georgia Department of Transportation’s plan, they have decreased the speed limit in the following areas: • Highway 78 at McGee Road eastbound – changed from 45 mph to 35 mph. • Scenic Highway at Ashworth Lake Road northbound – changed from 45 mph to 35 mph. • Scenic Highway at Sam’s Club – changed from 55 mph to 45 mph. Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody
Snellville Public Works <<< REMEMBERING ALLAN SNIPES - Family,
co-workers and friends of Allan Snipes came together recently to celebrate his life as a plaque and dogwood tree were placed in front of the Public Works office were he worked until he passed away in September of last year. Public Works Director Gaye Johnson and City Manager Butch Sanders reflected on Snipes’ dedication to his work and how he will be missed. Rest in Peace Allan Snipes. You are missed.
12:00 PM -5:00 PM
By Kelly McAloon, Executive Director, Experience Snellville
Can’t make it to the beach? No worries! Snellville is bringing the beach to you on May 14th from 12 - 5 p.m. We will be giving away a surprise to the first 250 people who attend our Beach Blast on May 14th. Come to the Towne Green in front of City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, for fun in the sun and sand. Snellville’s Annual
Beach Blast is going to transform Oak Road into a beach with 70 tons of soft white sand. Bring your chairs or blankets to sit on and spend a fun-filled day with us on the Snellville Beach enjoying music and fun-filled family activities throughout the day.
Join us and make some fun family memories at the Beach Blast!
Climb the challenging Rock Wall!
Have Fun in the Sand and Sun!
Everyone loves Sack Races!
Come ride the Trackless Train!
Golf with Mini Golf Champions!
Fun, Sun and Plenty of Sand!
Join STAT the CAT and his furry mascot friends and parade around the Green, enjoy fun and games and photo opportunities. The Big Kahuna water slide, trackless train, 9-hole mini golf, rock wall and inflatable basketball will be on location for hours of fun throughout the day. DJ Lee will be looking for the fun seekers to participate in the sack races and hula hoop contests.
ALL DAY ACTIVITY BAND
Includes: Big Kahuna Water Slide, Inflatables, Trackless Train, Rock Wall, Shoot the Hoop Inflatable Basketball and 9 Hole Mini Golf.
Come stay and play in Snellville!
Participating Food Vendors: Texas Roadhouse | Atlanta Seafood Chick-fil-A | Mrs. Jay’s Funnel Cakes Fratelli’s | Berens Frozen Custard Hole in the Wall | Dolphins Ice Factory K & L Nutt House | Lemonade
*New this year, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
The Ray Howard Band l Motown Sounds and Classic R&B l 2 - 5 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your dancin’ shoes to the beach, as this group will keep you on your feet. Their timeless old school ballads and reminiscent sounds take you back in time to the “good old days” with the great sounds of Motown and Classic R&B.
DJ Lee will play from 12- 2 p.m.
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Experience Snellville officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Jurney Med Spa in January. The business, located at 2121 Fountain Drive, Suite G, specializes in facial rejuvenation, IV vitamin therapy, weight loss management and massage therapy among other services. For more information visit www.jurneymedspa.net
>>> IN THE KITCHEN - City and Experience Snellville officials helped welcome The Kitchen to the city during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Kitchen - along with The Pub at Summit Chase - is a full-service restaurant and bar located at 3197 Classic Drive. The farm-to-table and chef-driven restaurant is now open to the public and does not require a membership as was the case in the past at the country club’s dining room. For more information about The Kitchen and The Pub visit thekitchenatsummitchase.com/menus.
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The Kitchen opens at Summit Chase Introducing The Kitchen: Snellville’s newest dining destination. The Kitchen’s fresh, farm-to-table flavors are available to all. The Kitchen welcomes anyone and everyone to dine for dinner and, as of recent, Sunday Brunch! Located on the former site of the Summit Chase Country Club, The Kitchen offers true farm-to-table cuisine thanks to the efforts of award-winning chef, Alex Friedman, and his relationships with Georgia Grown farmers and local vendors. In addition to competing on Food Network’s “Chopped,” Alex has been named one of six Georgia Grown Executive Chefs by the Georgia Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association. He’s passionate about using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create the gorgeous, flavorful dishes that have already caught the attention of so many.
“The new Kitchen at Summit Chase did not disappoint! The food was great and the staff was friendly. We loved the fresh ingredients, new flavors, and beautiful upgrades,” said Theresa C.
^^^ GRAND OPENING - From left, Councilwoman Cristy Lenski and
Don Britt, owner of The Kitchen, talk at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restaurant. live entertainment, to new menu items, to weekly specials like Whiskey Wednesdays and Wine Down Thursdays, don’t miss out. For updates and event information, visit thekitchenatsummitchase.com.
There’s always something new happening at The Kitchen. From
Made From Scratch. Always Fresh. Everyone’s Welcome. TO SEE LATEST MENU, ENTERAINMENT SCHEDULE & RESERVE YOUR TABLE thekitchenatsummitchase.com Wednesday & Thursday • 5-9 PM Friday & Saturday • 5-10 PM Sunday Brunch • 11-3 PM
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2022 Snellville Food Truck Fridays • 4-8 pm facebook.com/ExperienceSnellville
Experience Snellville is serving Snellville with top notch events and is proud to showcase the 2022 Food Truck Friday line-up. Mark your calendar for future dates: AUGUST 5 • SEPTEMBER 2 • OCTOBER 7
Hotel Sponsors: Hampton Inn & Suites, LaQuinta Inn & Suites and the InTown Suites
Hole in the Wall Lobster Dogs Atlanta Seafood 6 Pack Subs Vietnamese Yaardi Eats The Patty Wagon Frozen Sweets Kona Ice
Hole in the Wall Atlanta Seafood 6 Pack Subs Vietnamese Yaardi Eats Big House BBQ Gyro Chef Mediterranean Kona Ice Miss Jay’s Funnel Cakes
Join us for a wide variety of food trucks, music and fun and games with DJ Lee
Snellville Farmer’s Market The Snellville Farmers Market will soon begin its 13th summer season! The market will be held every Saturday, June 4 through Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Towne Green, 2342 Oak Road. However, up until the opening of the summer market, we will continue to hold our “extended season” market on the first and third Saturdays of each month in the City Hall parking lot, 9 a.m. to noon. Throughout the summer season you can stay up to date on the vendors expected at each market on the Snellville Farmers Market Facebook page as well as by subscribing to our newsletter. To subscribe, send an email to SnellvilleFarmersMarket@gmail.com. Here’s a preview of the vendors who have been approved for the summer market: Here’s a preview of the vendors who have been approved for the summer market: A & H Provisions: spices, herbs and seasoning mixes Beatrice Cuisine: Guyanese cuisine Black Door Designs: handmade pottery Blooming Beauties: potted plants and cut flowers Body Treat Chef: skincare products, sea moss, lemonade Capt. Don’s Seafood: fresh shrimp from the Georgia coast Cedar Seeder Wellness Farm: microgreens, fresh produce, eggs, smoothies, salads Chang Family Farm: fresh produce, cut flowers Cinful Sweets and Treats: baked goods Cooking with Bubba: boiled peanuts, bottled water Daily Roast Club: roast coffee (bagged), hot coffee, cold brew coffee Dancin’ Salmon: smoked salmon and trout, Asian salmon cakes Deb’s Jellies: jellies, stone jewelry and crafts Dolphin’s Water Ice Factory: Italian ice Dona Rosa: cheese, empanadas, arepas El Cuate: tamales and salsa Georgia Proud Provisions: peaches, pecans, apples Grand Prix Bakery: European breads Grayson Grown Farms: tomatoes, fresh produce Great Harvest Bread Company: breads, cookies, cinnamon rolls, scones, dog treats Green Thumb Garden by Hopie: live plants Handcrafted Desserts: gourmet cupcakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries Holistic Vibes Health: essential oil blends 14
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Snellville Farmer’s Market JR and Sons BBQ: brisket, pork and chicken BBQ Legacy Bakers: baked goods Lil Pizza Truck: made-to-order, wood-fired pizza Lola’s Sugar Pie Bakery: pies, mini cobblers MJ’s Vegetables: fresh Caribbean produce Nisha’s Flavors of India: samosas, parathas, dips, naan, chutney Petersen’s Bakery: breads and other baked goods Pet Wants: all-natural pet treats and food Pie-a-Bakeshop: mini pies and quiche Presley’s Farm and Garden: grass-fed beef, pork, eggs, fresh produce Pride Road: hibiscus soda, tea, jelly and chutney Queeny’s Café: pies, banana pudding, cakes Reminis Soaps: handmade soaps, body care products, candles Shadow Wings Bath and Body: bath and body care products, cutting boards Skye Beads: handcrafted jewelry Snellville Honey: local honey, eggs Snellville Lions Club: information about the club Soap Lily Bath Co: handmade soaps and body care products Sunshine Farm: fresh produce, jelly The Traveling Yarn Yogi: yarns and knitting accessories The Woodmeister: repurposed furniture Tonora’s Sweet Tooth Delites: baked goods Treat Your Temple: bath and body care products 2 Cups of Sugar: baked goods, granola TyCo B Farms: fresh produce, eggs, jelly Wawa Sauce: hot sauce - Gretchen Schiulz Market Organizer Councilwoman
City News Snellville Days canceled indefinitely, may return in future Snellville Days, which took place annually at T.W. Briscoe Park, has been canceled indefinitely as organizers are evaluating ways to improve the event and integrate it with the ongoing plans at The Grove at Towne Center. The festival had been canceled the last two years in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the virus has led to scheduling issues related to the event.
Survey reveals wants for T.W. Briscoe Park The results of a survey designed to gauge the improvements residents want to see at T.W. Briscoe Park are in and are helping shape the future of the park for decades to come. A recreation center, upgraded basketball courts, new pickleball courts and improved walking trails topped a residents’ wish list for the park at 2500 Sawyer Parkway. More than 250 survey results were compiled over a period of months by Atlanta-based architectural firm Goodwyn Mills Carwood. Those results will be reflected in Phase III of the park’s master plan. “The Briscoe Park Master Plan has been discussed, designed, redesigned and ‘in the works’ for well over two decades,” said Parks and Recreation Director Lisa A Platt, CPRP. “Improvements are long overdue and the Snellville Parks and Recreation Department is very excited at the prospect of a new community building that will allow us to provide new youth and adult programming, room rentals, and new events to our community. With the survey results in, and hopefully the Mayor and Council’s approval to move forward, the Briscoe Park Master Plan will provide the next major addition of a Community Building that will bring all our citizens and visitors together as one.” The results of the survey helped shape a new design of half of the park revealed to Mayor and Council recently The revamped design features new walking trail entrances, more trails, the relocation of the park’s maintenance garage to a less visible area and, the biggest upgrade, a new community building. The building could offer a wide variety of options including an indoor walking track, event space and indoor sports courts. Phase I of the plan was began in 2008 and the city has slowly continued implementing the master plan in phases. Phase II saw the addition of softball fields, a new playground and restroom facilities. 16
Mayor and Council approve North Road office building project Mayor and Council approved a rezoning measure which will make way for a two-story, 20,000-square-foot office building on North Road. The building, to be located at 2165 North Road across from Eastgate Drive, was approved by a vote of 5-1 with Councilwoman Solange Destang casting the dissenting vote. Alliance Engineering and Planning and PLG Partners, LLC requested the zoning change from BG (General Business) District to OP (Office Professional) District. The development is in line with the North Road Transitional Corridor Character Area outlined in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The zoning change was approved for the currently vacant 3.3-acre site with numerous staff recommended variances and conditions including stipulations the architectural design must be approved by the director of Planning and Development, there will not be electronic signage allowed on the site, and existing trees along the rear of the property must be maintained and protected. Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody
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power in numbers july 4th-july 15th mon-fri 8am-5pm WITH MUSIC AND CHOREOGRAPHY FROM SIX, HEATHERS, AIN'T TOO PROUD, THE PRODUCERS, MEAN GIRLS, IN THE HEIGHTS, MAMA MIA, DREAMGIRLS, AND MORE!
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encanto dance & art camp (ages 4-10) june 6th-june 10th mon-fri 8am-1pm
WITH MUSIC, CHOREOGRAPHY, CRAFTS, AND MORE INSPIRED BY DISNEY'S ENCANTO!
be kind; do good art & service camp (ages 4-10)
june 13th-june 17th mon-fri 8am-1pm
A FUN CAMP THAT COMPLETES ACTS OF KINDNESS AND COMPASSION DAILY IN OUR COMMUNITY & BEYOND!
disney magic Dance & Art camp (ages 4-10) june 20th-june 24th mon-fri 8am-1pm
WITH MUSIC, CHOREOGRAPHY, CRAFTS, AND MORE INSPIRED BY YOUR FAVORITE DISNEY MOVIES!
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WITH MUSIC, CHOREOGRAPHY, CRAFTS, AND MORE INSPIRED BY DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES OF DANCE EVERY DAY!
performance camp - 101 dalmatians kids! (ages 7-12) july 11th-july 22nd mon-fri 8am-5pm
A TWO-WEEK MUSICAL PRODUCTION CAMP CULMINATING IN A PERFORMANCE OF DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS!
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Snellville Parks and Recreation Briscoe Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 770-985-3535 Oak Road Park 1925 Oak Road (Passive neighborhood park) 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 and Recreation Department on Snellville’s website at www.snellville.org/parks-recreation. Please “like” our Facebook page for more information on our upcoming events and happenings: www.facebook.com/SnellvilleParks. The pool at Briscoe Park will open May 27, Monday-Thursday 12-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday 12-7 p.m. $5 ages 4-49 and $2 for ages 50 and up and 3 and under. Swimming lessons are available starting May 31. For more information call 770-985-3535 Pool Party at Briscoe Park Pool on Friday, May 20 and Aug. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. $1 admission and $1 pizza and beverages. Family Fun Day event at Briscoe Park on May 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a DJ, food, vendors, inflatables and games! More info on page 22. Summer Camp at Briscoe Park weekly starting May 31 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $175 for the week per kid. Sports, games, pool and more! More info on page 22. GGLeagues is offering the ultimate Recreational Esports gaming experience for all ages & leagues run during all four seasons. Multiple games are offered including “Madden21,” “Rocket League,” “Fortnite,””Mario Kart,” and “Super Smash Bros.” Information: app. ggleagues.com/organization/snellville Non-profit organization the Generals Athletic Club, offers sport programs and mentorship to the Snellville and Shiloh community. Information: www.gac-sports.org All-In FC offers recreational and academy/select youth soccer programs at Briscoe Park. Information: www.allinfcsnellville.com National Youth Flag Football offers youth flag football at Briscoe Park. Practices and games will take place on Sundays. For more information visit www.falconsflagfootball.com For information about adult sports visit www.quickscores.com/snellville. For information on tennis instruction, clinics, camps, and leagues by certified tennis instructors at Briscoe Park visit www.aetennis.com or call 470-417-4547. Outdoor tennis courts are available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Not all of the courts may be available at all times if tennis Instructor or ALTA teams are utilizing the courts.
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Snellville Parks and Recreation <<< BLACK HISTORY
MONTH - The Snellville Acitve Adult Center celebrated Black History Month with a day of discussion and activities at the Oak Road facility in February.
The Active Adult Center is for adults that are 50 and older and is located next to Snellville City Hall. Membership is $25 for Gwinnett County Residents, $15 for City Limit Residents and $30 for those outside of Gwinnett County. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For class times, dates and fees, call 770-985-3580. Check out our FB page at facebook.com/snellvilleseniorcenter. Outdoor Aerobics Free with membership Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. Pilates/Yoga Temporarily Free for Members Only Tuesdays 10 a.m. Painting Group Resuming in the Fall Call Center in September for updates Crochet and knitting Free with membership 12 p.m., Tuesdays Spanish classes for members only Beginners only until Fall Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Also: Daytrips and overnight trips Pinochle Bible study Self Defense for seniors Bowling Card-making classes Piano Sewing/quilting classes
Beginning computer, smartphone and tablet classes. Billiards Bingo (First Fridays) Aerobic exercise and weight room Line dancing Zumba
Snellville Holy Week and ST. MATTHEWS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
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April 10, Palm Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
April 10, Easter Musical Cantata Lloyd Larson/Joel Raney “Amazing Love: Recalling Christ’s Sacrifice”, Chancel Choir Directed by Mr. Mark Belloto - 10:30 a.m.
April 16th, Service - 5 p.m.
April 11, Holy Monday April 14, Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist Service - 7 p.m. April 15, Good Friday Stations of the Cross - 12 Noon Passion Play Youth Enactment - 7 p.m. April 16, Saturday Easter Vigil - 7 p.m. April 17, Easter Sunday 7:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt following 1520 Oak Road, Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.4210 | stmatthewssnellville.org
April 14, Maundy Thursday In Home Potluck Dinners and Communion Worship - 6 p.m.
April 17th, Outdoor Sunrise Service - 7:15 a.m. 9 a.m., 11a.m., and 1 p.m. 1709 Scenic Hwy S, Snellville, GA 30078 678.990.9601 | 12stone.com/snellville
April 15, Good Friday Tenebrae Service Westminster Sanctuary - 7:30 p.m. April 17, Easter Sunrise Service WPC Front Yard Pancake Breakfast following in Fellowship Center - 7 a.m. April 17, Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Easter Worship Westminster Sanctuary - 10:30 a.m. 2208 Main Street East, Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.9676 l www.wpcsnellville.org www.facebook.com/WPCSnellville
CHURCH ON MAIN April 15, Good Friday - 7 p.m. April 17, Easter Sunday Services in the Worship Center - 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. 2400 Main St. E. #3361, Snellville, GA 30078 770.978.5742 | churchonmain.net
CANNON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH April 10, Palm Sunday - 11a.m. The Cannon Music Ministry Presents “Living Hope: A Musical for Easter” featuring Worship Choir, Orchestra, & Praise Band
COMMUNITY OF GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
SNELLVILLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
April 14, Maundy Thursday - 7 p.m. A Service of Darkness Remembering the Last Supper & Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
April 10, Palm Sunday - 11 a.m.
April 17, Easter Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
April 15, Good Friday , 12 Noon - 3 p.m. Cannon’s Sanctuary will be open for prayer and reflection
April 16, Saturday Easter Vigil - 7:30 p.m.
April 17 , Celebrate Easter with Us 9:30 & 11 a.m. 2424 Webb Gin House Rd., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.5463 | cannonchurch.org
April 14, Maundy Thursday - 7 p.m. April 15, Good Friday - 7 p.m. April 17, Easter Sunday - 11 a.m. For online opportunities, please visit our website www.transformlives.org 1200 Athens Highway, Grayson, GA 30017 770.972.4304 l transformlives.org
We have returned to in person services on Sunday mornings, but you can continue to watch our service every Sunday on Facebook or Youtube. 2485 Scenic Hwy S., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.0767 | snellvillechristian.net
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ST. OLIVER PLUNKETT CATHOLIC CHURCH
SNELLVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
April 9th, 12 - 2 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt with BBQ lunch
April 9/10, Palm Sunday Mass Schedule Prior to each Mass gather in the KaneBeltran Center Distribution of Palms/ Procession into Church
April 10, Palm Sunday Contemporary - 9:30 a.m. Traditional - 11 a.m. Domingo de Ramos - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday Vigil - 5 p.m. Sunday Masses - 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in English 1:30 p.m. in Spanish
April 14, Maundy Thursday In the Sanctuary - 6 p.m.
April 14, Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 p.m. - Bilingual
April 17, Easter Sunday Celebration Sunrise Service on the Lawn - 6:30 a.m. Contemporary - 9:30 a.m. Traditional - 11 a.m. Pascua - 12:30 p.m.
April 17 - Easter Sunday Class at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. • Live stream of our services available 10:00 a.m. on Facebook https://www.facebook.com /Church-of-Christ-At-Snellville -119975308019662/ • Live stream of our services available 10:00 a.m. on YouTube https://youtube.com/user/snellvillecofc 3025 Lenora Church Rd., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.6988 | snellvillecofc.org
April 15, Good Friday Seven Last Words in English - 12 Noon Stations of the Cross outdoor enactment in Spanish - 4 p.m. Good Friday Service in English - 5 p.m. Good Friday Service in Spanish - 7 p.m. April 17, Easter Vigil Mass Bilingual - 8 p.m. Easter Sunday Masses - 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11: 15 a.m. 1: 15 p.m. in Spanish No Sunday 5 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday 3200 Brooks Drive, Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.2500 | www.stolivers.com
April 15, Good Friday In the Chapel - 7 p.m.
2428 Main Street East, Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.9360 l snellvilleumc.org
GRACE SNELLVILLE CHURCH April 17, Easter Sunday Services Outside Sunrise Service & Baptism - 7 a.m. Inside Main Auditorium & Online - 9 a.m. Outside Amphitheater Lawn & Online 10:45 a.m. Childcare at 9 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. nursery - 1st grade only
MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH BEREAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH April 16th, Saturday Service - 12 Noon
April 10, Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m.
April 17th, Easter Sunday Service 10 a.m. and 12 Noon (both services will be outside)
April 15, Good Friday Service - 7 p.m.
1465 Highpoint Rd, Snellville, GA 30078 678.240.2213 l bereangwinnett.org
1525 Scenic Hwy., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.5020 | mountzionsnellville.com
April 17 - Easter Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
1400 Dogwood Rd., SW, Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.7000 | gfc.tv/snellville
Snellville Parks and Recreation “Last year the campers really enjoyed the variety of activities that were offered. Favorite activities that were mentioned were the scenic walks around the lake feeding the wildlife, swimming at the pool, learning a variety of sports ranging from tennis to soccer and indoor arts/crafts and games” said Meghan Meegan, program coordinator at Briscoe Park. Some new additions to summer camp this year will be Frozen Sweet Treats food truck visiting on Wednesdays with discounted dessert treats, Pizza Fridays, and swimming pool time before the pool opens to the public.
Advantage Evans Tennis, Parks Department team up for camp Snellville Parks and Recreation has joined forces with Advantage Evans Tennis to offer summer camp at Briscoe Park. Weekly sessions will be available starting May 31 and running through July 29 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. A weekly session is $175 per child. Summer camp will offer specific sports activities, games, swimming pool and other indoor/outdoor activities.
Snellville Parks and Recreation presents Family Fun Day Come kick off the start of the summer with Snellville Parks and Recreation for their Family Fun Day event at Briscoe Park on Saturday, May 7. The event will be located in the softball parking lot from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a live DJ, food/dessert, inflatables, face painting, games and vendors. Snellville Police Department will be there with their vehicles and their K9s as well as Public Works with their vehicles. 22
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10TH ANNUAL SNELLVILLE MEMORIAL CELEBRATION
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TO BE HELD IN FRONT OF THE VETERANS MEMORIAL
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 28th to remember those who served to protect our freedom. The SGHS JROTC colorguard will take part in the program.
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Current Prices: 4x8 Paver ........$140.00 Replica.........$60.00 8x8 Paver ........$195.00 Replica.........$85.00 6X6 Tiles (Veterans Only)........$140.00 Replica.........$60.00 Direct delivery of Replica to home............. Additional....$10.00
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Current Price: Banners will be displayed on the light posts on Oak Road and Wisteria approximately 30 days prior the Memorial Day holiday and again 30 days prior to the Veterans Day holiday. $175.00 for two years
H H H Order by April 15, 2022 to have your tile, paver or banner displayed for Memorial Day. H H H
Gwinnett Tech’s Career Service Center connects students and employers Under the umbrella of the Economic Development Division of Gwinnett Technical College, the Career Services Center fosters relationships with employers and connects students with career opportunities.
The Career Services staff values the college’s established employer relationships in the North Fulton and Lawrenceville communities. Gwinnett Technical College is committed to efforts in support of workforce development, employer recruiting needs, and student and alumni career development. The continuous improvement and enrichment of employer relationships is a primary objective of the Career Services Center. If current world events and trends teach us anything, one of the most important lessons we can learn is that we must be prepared to pivot. The ability to pivot or change direction is a valuable tool in overcoming new or unforeseen challenges. Pivoting requires the assessment of an issue, making any necessary modifications, and taking action. In the last two years practically no in-person services were provided to our constituents. Thus, virtual technology was the primary avenue utilized to conduct delivery of services. 26 26
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Economic Development The purpose of the Career Services Center at Gwinnett Technical College is to serve students, alumni and employers with the resources necessary for success. A particular triumph is the development of the Center’s Annual Career Conference. The conference includes keynote speakers, subject matter experts in the area of workforce development, workshops and breakout sessions to address topics such as salary negotiations, effective interviewing skills, job search strategies, Employer Panel Q&A, and more. Current virtual and in-person services provided to students include but are not limited to: career interest assessments, career exploration, resume critiques, labor market research, career planning, and interviewing skills preparation. Employers have access to free online job posting and campus recruitment. Another resource proven to be effective in recruiting Gwinnett Technical College students is the establishment of a direct connection between employers and faculty. Employers address students via classroom presentations to share industry specific needs and trends, and invite students to participate in their recruitment events. The Career Services Center Director’s philosophy is that connection, engagement, and “solution seeking” conversations lead to positive outcomes. Many employers report that in the last year it is harder to engage students. The Center staff also recognizes that there has been a shift in engaging student participation. Across the labor market, employers and Career Services professionals recognize that this is a workforce development issue which requires collective strategic planning to identify solutions. The Career Services Center at Gwinnett Technical College recognizes that productive partnerships between employers, students, and alumni result in positive employment outcomes. Today’s resourceful students seek employment opportunities via diverse technological paths and targeted connections which were not available or recognized a generation ago. Practical and resourceful employers realize that effective recruitment strategies may be developed via paths not utilized a generation ago. In today’s labor market the potential employer needs an effective cache of tools to engage and connect with a diverse and changing labor pool. The Career Services staff at Gwinnett Technical College continually seeks innovative resources to efficiently serve students and employers. Career Services plans to further the engagement of employers, students and staff in an advisory capacity. We invite business, employers and community partnerships as we conduct the continual assessment of technological advances, effective connections, and solution seeking conversations that will permit us to best serve the specific needs of our students, industry and employers. For more information email Ave Miller at email@example.com.
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‘We’ll get through this together’ By Jim Cofer Vice President Gwinnett Historical Society Many in the Snellville community will remember (Curtis) Brooks Tuck who grew up around Snellville on Hewatt Road in the 1940-50s, the son of Arthur and Katie Mae Tuck, and a 1956 graduate of Snellville Consolidated School. Brooks and I are distant cousins, since our grandmothers were sisters in the large Hannah family whose plantation lay at the intersection of Killian Hill Road and U.S. 78 just east of Snellville. The Hannahs moved into Gwinnett in 1840s; they owned a few slaves. Brooks was a kind-hearted and sensitive young man who accepted a call to the ministry in our home church (Bethany) in the 1950s. He prepared for this calling by studying and graduating from Mercer University; then earning M. Ed. and Ed S. degrees from UGA. He pastored several churches including Beaver Ruin Baptist and a church in Luthersville. At one church, he met and married Shirley Ann Knight, who had a small child Mike. Later, he entered the field of public education, becoming a teacher and eventually a principal. As documented below, he had tremendous impact on his students during a tumultuous time in Georgia’s history. Prior to the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Georgia’s schools were separate and usually unequal for white and black children. By 1966, Henry County had made no progress in school desegregation, so the courts ordered that one county school would be integrated that year. Brooks Tuck was a young principal at Fairview Elementary, the most rundown of Henry County’s white schools. He stepped forward and volunteered Fairview as that test school. Community reaction was very negative with his family receiving death threats, bomb scares, crank calls, obscene signs, etc. When given the opportunity to attend Fairview, only 13 black families responded positively by sending their children. As the bus carrying the 13 children arrived at Fairview, an armed and angry mob of white protesters lined the street to the school. The children were afraid. Insulted and threatened by the crowd, Brooks made his way to the bus, stepped into it, welcomed the children, and told them “we are going to get through this together.” Then he took the first little girl by the hand and escorted her into the school. He
returned to the bus 12 times escorting each child, carrying some of the smaller ones in his arms, until all 13 were safely inside. The next few weeks and months were very hard for Mr. Tuck and the 13, but things did get better gradually. Many years later, Mr. Tuck became sick and was hospitalized. He was often in and out of consciousness and not always aware of goings on around him. But one thing he did notice. An African American nurse spent a lot of time by his bedside, even after her shift was over. When he inquired who she was and why she didn’t go home to her family, she replied, “Mr. Tuck, you don’t know me, but I sure do know you. You held my hand and walked me to my first day at Fairview Elementary. You didn’t leave me on that day, and I’m not leaving you. We’re going to get through this together.” In 2010, Mercer University conferred on Brooks Tuck the Doctor of Humanities degree, in recognition of his life of service to education. In his commencement address that day, he told for the first time publicly the story of the 13 Heroes. Brooks passed away from liver cancer in 2012; his wife Shirley joined him in death in 2018. The book documenting his life and service is available from Regeneration Writers Press, LLC, or from Amazon. “Mr. Tuck and the 13 Heroes” Written By John Harris Illustrated by Sophie Harris
Prior to the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Georgia’s schools were separate and usually unequal for white and black children. By 1966, Henry County had made no progress in school desegregation, so the courts ordered that one county school would be integrated that year.
South Gwinnett High School
South Gwinnett JROTC enters national event On Feb. 22, South Gwinnett’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps leadership team and academic team both qualified to go to JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), a worldwide competition. This competition is major as units from all over the world will be competing to represent their respective schools, counties, and states. JLAB will take place on June 19-28 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. - an all expense paid trip for cadets. According to the College Options Foundation, the main purpose of JLAB is to help prepare students for high school exit exams as well as college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT. This competition will increase the interests of colleges and universities that these cadets wish to attend. Of all the JROTC units in the world, eight teams are from the state of Georgia with two of them being from South Gwinnett High School. It is also important to note that the only academic team from Gwinnett County is South Gwinnett. The academic team is made up of Alex Brookins, Macire Kebe, Winta Mamo, and Ava Sellers. These cadets will answer a variety of questions ranging from the JROTC curriculum, English, math, science, and current events. Our Comets have been working diligently with reviewing resources, taking practice tests, and working as a team to make sure they are prepared for this competition. The leadership team is made up of Achazia Adams, Afomia Giday, Grace Kouassi, and Jennyfer Kuegah. This team will be tested on the interactive aspects of JROTC where they will have to heavily rely on their communication and strategizing skills. According to Lt. Samson Sider, South’s JROTC instructor, he is confident that these cadets will win big at JLAB saying, “these Snellville kids can compete at the highest levels world wide.” As our Comet Cadets prepare to compete in June, South Gwinnett is confident they will work hard and bring home a win. 30 30
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Brookwood High School A couple of “Stella” awards at Brookwood High School Two Stellas from Brookwood High School earned recognition this spring for being stellar in academics and sports, Stella Kwon and Stella Allen, respectively. Stella Kwon, third in Brookwood’s Class of 2022 with a 4.37 GPA, was named a Coca-Cola Scholar, one of only 150 high school seniors in the country among the 68,000 who applied for the award. The scholarship rewards outstanding leadership, academics, and service and awards $20,000 toward college. Among her service commitments, Kwon has volunteered as a tutor and member of a Georgia congressman’s student advisory board. Last year she won the PERIOD Youth Champion Award in Education for her work as co-founder of the non-profit La Lune. The organization targets the issue of menstrual inequality in the United States by providing free products (35,000 to date) and educational materials about menstrual hygiene safety to seven domestic locations and one as far away as Cambodia. Kwon has allocated some of her PERIOD award money to personally equip Brookwood with menstrual product dispensers and supplies for two school restrooms. Principal William Bo Ford has matched the donation with dispensers and supplies in two more bathrooms in the school.
recipient has signed a commitment to play on Kennesaw State University’s NCAA Division I women’s soccer team this fall. She intends to major in education and become a health and PE teacher. We can only guess that Allen’s future students will learn a thing or two about kicking a soccer ball with gusto.
Kwon has held several leadership positions at Brookwood, serving as president of the school’s National Honor Society, a Brookwood Student Ambassador, and class representative. She has been a violinist in the Brookwood Chamber Orchestra, All-State Orchestra Gwinnett County Honor Orchestra, and Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra since freshman year. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholar plans to attend Harvard University in the fall to study government and/or economics. Stella Allen is one of Georgia’s top girls soccer players. She has earned all-region and all-county honors these past two years and is currently a contender for all-state. Allen is known for her “soccer IQ,” speed of the game, and ability to score. In March, the fouryear striker and midfielder for Brookwood’s varsity team broke the school’s 30-year career record of 107 goals, despite the 2020 spring season cancellation due to COVID-19. She celebrated her 108 with hugs from her teammates and pictures with little soccer players and fans in the stands. Allen started playing soccer at age 3 and is a longtime member of the Top Hat travel soccer organization. During summer and winter breaks, she has volunteered at youth camps for Top Hat and Concorde Fire travel teams. Brookwood’s Outstanding Senior Student Athlete Award
^^^ SUPER SHIRT - Did you catch the Irish Spring commercial during the Super Bowl which featured a Brookwood High School T-shirt? Turns out 1986 Brookwood High School graduate Jason Kreher worked as the creative director on the Irish Springs commercial that features a man who just got done working out and who apparently needs Irish Spring. 31 31
WE BUY GOLD!
Hill Top Pawn and Gun
At Hill Top Pawn and Gun we want everyone to know we are “Large Enough to Handle your Needs and Small Enough to Care.”
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Great New Venue at Briscoe Par k!
The Snellville Police Department Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 6:00 – 8:00 pm Briscoe Park in Snellville Rain Date Wednesday, June 15th
Members of the Snellville Police Department will be out in force hosting its annual Snellville Public Safety Night
ng See the Amazi s e SPD Canin
Speak with SPD Officers
Bring the family for some fun and get some great information on protecting yourself, your family, your pets, your home & business and your personal identity.
The event is free and all are encouraged to attend.
Area Mascots & Activities will entertain the kids Food and Ices for Sale
Social Distancing will be in effect and masks are strongly encouraged!
Police vehicles with anti-crime accessories, tactical equipment & weapons & the SRT (special response team) will be on display. County Police and Fire Equipment & personnel will be on hand. EMS and 1st responders will be available with information.
Demonstrations by the Snellville K-9 Officers will show off the talented dogs
Officers will demonstrate how to manage a traffic stop
Exhibitors will be providing information on: Personal Safety Home Security Pet Security Gun Safety and Training Financial Security Road safety for adults, teens and young children
Sponsored by the Snellville Police Department and the Snellville Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association
Community Garden @ Snellville
^^^ Greenhouse team from left to right are Maggie VanBuren, Wes Nettleton, Lucy Nettleton, Ellen Hughes, Brian Hughes and Martha Whitman.
Garden to sell plants at Farmers’ Market By Gretchen Schulz Councilwoman Garden Organizer
As the weather warms up, many local gardeners are beginning to think about planting a vegetable or herb garden as well as flowers to add a burst of color to their landscaping. The Community Garden @ Snellville will be selling plants at the Snellville Farmers Market on the following dates: April 2nd, April 16th and May 7th. The market is held in the City Hall parking lot, 2342 Oak Road, 9 am to noon. The plants the gardeners will have for sale have been carefully nurtured in the garden greenhouse throughout the winter and will include a variety of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and herbs. Annual flowers, including zinnias and marigolds, will also be available. Most plants will be priced at $2 for a 4-pack, CASH ONLY. All proceeds from the plant sales support the Community Garden, which is located in Briscoe Park and is a project of the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association. If you are unable to make it to the sales at the farmers market, the gardeners expect to also offer sales at the greenhouse. Watch the garden Facebook page (Community Garden at Snellville) for announcements about times when the greenhouse will be open. The greenhouse is located across Marigold Road from the Snellville Recycling Center. Experienced gardeners will be available at both the farmers market and greenhouse to provide tips for planting and caring for 34 34
the plants offered for sale. In other exciting garden news, the Community Garden @ Snellville has been selected to participate in an upcoming Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association garden tour, “Gardening for Beauty and the Environment,” scheduled for May 14th, 10 am to 4 pm. Six gardens have been selected for the tour, including the Community Garden, a brewery garden created by master gardeners, and some home gardens. Tour participants will provide their own transportation to the gardens. For ticket information go to www.gwinnettmastergardeners.com. Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody
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Stone Mountain Park - 8.4 mi
One of Atlanta’s favorite destinations for the entire family. Nestled in 3200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features family-friendly attractions and outdoor recreational activities. Seasonal events are offered throughout the year that will definitely delight every member of the family.
T.W. Briscoe Park - 1.6 mi Visit beautiful Briscoe Park and check out all the things it has to offer including two softball fields, two indoor rental rooms, four outdoor open-air pavilions, outdoor pool, 1.2 mile paved walking trail, 6-acre lake, tennis courts, basketball courts, and much more!
Creekwater Alpaca Farm - 5.6 mi The unique farm in Snellville, Ga. has been home to over 50 alpacas since 1993. We offer a safe, close up, hands-on experience unlike any other. Bring the family and enjoy petting the alpacas in their pen and seeing the bunnies and goats too! Guinea Fowl and Tolouse Geese also call Creekwater home. Enjoy it all with public or private tours. Visit our gift shop! Massage Envy - 1.6 mi Need a break from the daily demands on your body. Treat yourself to a massage or facial to keep your body feeling good. Our exclusive Streto Method was developed from more than 15 years of massage expertise along with the latest research on stretching techniques. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - 11 mi Welcome to our castles! It is our honor to provide you with an unforgettable experience of rivalry, feasting and fun! Epic battles of steel and steed, beyond the strength lies the power of charm.
from Snellville City Hall Lenora Park - 5.8 mi
Lenora Park offers a wide variety of amenities such as a gymnasium, seven baseball/softball fields, fishing lake, dog park area, 18-hole Disc Golf Course, 1.5 mile paved trail, pavilion, playgrounds and much more. Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary - 5 mi Explore one of Georgia’s most iconic landmarks at Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in central Gwinnett alongside Yellow River, just minutes from Snellville. We are home to the original Bison herd, peacocks, albino, babydoll sheep, bears, fallow deer, Eurasian lynx, spider monkeys, and much more.
Serenity Salt Cave - .2 mi Serenity Salt Cave is a stunning therapeutic cave, the first of its kind in the state of Georgia. The cave is constructed from natural pink Himalayan salt. The floor is comprised of several inches of pink Himalayan salt crystals. Great for special events such as birthdays, bridal parties and team building events.
Urban Air Adventure Park - 3.7 mi If you are looking for the best yearround indoor amusement park in the Snellville and Gwinnett County area, Urban Air Adventure Park is the perfect place. Come have some fun with us on the Go-Karts, Trampolines, Wipeout, Warrior Course, and zip line. An absolute must – check out the Skydiving attraction!
TOPGOLF - 15 mi There’s no pressure to have a good golf swing or score a lot of points. At TOPGOLF, we’ve made socializing a sport through a blend of technology and entertainment. No matter the occasion we believe that every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and drinks and moved by music.
Based in Snellville, we are north Georgia’s prime destination for craft beer and fine cigars. Whatever the weather, our covered patio and indoor lounge is the best place to enjoy delicious craft beers 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We have food trucks on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
Lincoln Fill Station - 0.9 mi
Niko’s Wine Corner - 0.9 mi
Dragon Queen Winery - 1 mi Veteran owned and operated. Has a large selection of wines that can be shipped to Georgia customers only. Stop in and try our new wines and the delicious wine slushies. Wine tastings end 30 minutes prior to closing.
Come visit Niko’s Wine Corner in Snellville and meet new owners Regina Koranteng and Seth Wiredu. They carry exotic beers that are not available in many package and grocery stores. In addition to the very extensive selection of great wines and craft beers, they have Gwinnett County’s first wine bar. Three Enomatic wine tasting machines provide an extensive and changing array of 32 amazing white and red wines. Weekly wine tasting events available.
Slow Pour Brewing - 7.8 mi Gwinnett County’s first brewery features the beautifully inviting tasting room and beer garden beckoning friends to sit and chat, in a family friendly atmosphere. Slow Pour offers delicious, innovative and original beers. Several nights a week there will be live music with food trucks on site. Dog friendly brewery.
Ironshield Brewing - 7.8 mi Proudly brewing authentic European ales and lagers. Come celebrate our One Year Anniversary on July 10, 2021. Live music from Nick & Mark and Coda Nova! Food truck options on site will include Azucar Cuban Food Truck and Pat’s Poutine! We will also have as part of the festivities, Axe throwing and a dunk tank to cool everyone off.
Tucker Brewing - 13 mi Proud to be named #4 Best Beer Garden in America by USA Today! Tucker Brewing Company is Georgia’s premium lager brewery, dedicated to making easy-to-drink, flavorful lager beers. This is a family owned lager brewery inspired by German brewing traditions and honors the Southern roots of its owners.
Outrun Brewing - 11 mi We are a brewer owned and operated, small scale production brewery that focuses on approachable and highly drinkable small-batch brews. We put our own spin on a variety of styles, old and new. Our beer is brewed in house and only available in our taproom. We take our beer seriously, but not ourselves, and are dedicated to brewing rarities, untasted originals and re-imagined favorites.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens - 24 mi Since the Garden opened its doors in 1976, it has become the emerald jewel in the crown of Atlanta culture. The Garden is an ever-evolving destination where the horticulturally-minded, nature-inspired and fun-seeking families come together to feel human again. Renowned plant collections, beautiful displays and spectacular exhibitions make the Atlanta Botanical Garden the loveliest place in the city to visit.
The Complex Sports & Entertainment - approx 20 mi The Complex offers over 30 different sports games and activities all under one roof. From cricket to baseball, experience numerous sports like never before and new ones for the very first time. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games - 16 mi Excitement at every turn, Andretti’s offers Karting, Andretti 7D Experience, Duckpin Bowling, Arcade, Racing Simulators, Two-level Laser Tag, Hologate and a dining bar.
Favorite Recipes with an International Flavor 1 lb. Pork Shoulder with some marbling, chopped in 1 1/2-inch pieces 1 heaping tsp, All Purpose seasoning 1 tsp, dried thyme 1/8 tsp, black pepper 1/2 tsp, onion powder ½ tsp, garlic powder 1 tsp. soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. oil
Guyanese Bora with Pork Ingredients 2 small bundles bora* (Chinese Long Beans), chopped in 1 - 2-inch pieces 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced 2-3 garlic cloves, minced 1/3 cup ketchup 1/8 cup mustard 1 large bouillon cube or 2 Maggi cubes 1 Bay Leaf 1 1/4 cups water 2 tbsp cooking oil 1 tbs browning sauce (Kitchen Bouquet or Gravy Master) •Salt to taste Parsley for garnish Seasoning for Pork
Instructions Prep Pork** 1. Wash and pat pork dry. 2. Place pork in a mixing bowl or plastic resealable bag. Add all seasonings, mix into pork and marinate for 30 minutes or overnight. Prep bora 1. Chop heads and tails off bora*. Chop into 1–2-inch sized pieces. Rinse chopped bora, set aside. Cook 1. Heat pressure cooker on medium heat, add 2-3 tbsp. oil. 2. Add onion and sauté a few minutes until onions are browned. Add minced garlic and pork. Cook 4-5 minutes until pork is browned. 3. Add ketchup, mustard, bouillon cube,
browning sauce, bay leaf, and 1 1/4 cups water. Stir into pork and seal the lid. 4. Increase to medium-high heat. Bring the cooker up to full pressure. Reduce heat to low, maintaining full pressure, and cook for 25 minutes. 5. Use the quick-release method to lower the pressure. Stir in bora, seal the lid again, and return the pressure cooker to the heat. Bring the cooker up to full pressure and cook* for an additional 5-7 minutes. Use the quick-release method again. 6. Remove Bay Leaf. 7. Add salt to taste. 8. Transfer the bora and pork stew to a serving dish. 9. Garnish with parsley. 10. Serve with rice.
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Olive oil: 4 teaspoons Salt as needed Water: ¼ cup Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon
Green Bean Indian Thoran Ingredients Cut green beans: 32 oz. Shredded carrots: 10 oz. Grated coconuts: one cup Green chili: 5 pieces Curry leaves: 4 stems. Sliced red onions: one cup 38 38
Instructions In a non-stick pan, on low flame, add the olive oil. Once it boils, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves followed by onions. Allow it boil for 3 minutes. Meanwhile mix cut beans, the shredded carrots, grated coconut, green chili in a bowl. When the red onion turns brown, add the mixed beans into the pan adding salt as needed. Add a ¼ cup of water and then cover the pan. Allow it to boil for 3 minutes, stir, and then boil it for another 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Once the beans are cooked turn the burner off. Remove the lid and allow it to sit for a while before you serve it. This Indian recipe goes very well with basmati rice.
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