Snellville Spirit - Winter 2015

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Where Everybody’s Proud to Be Somebody! Winter 2015

34th Annual SNELLVILLE



Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade November 28th • 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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“I am thankful for a dedicat ed and caring staff who make our participants feel welcome and loved eve ry day at SarahCare of Snellville.” Aysha Cooper, Executive Director, SarahC are

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“It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.” Snellville Spirit Magazine would like to know why you are thankful. Please take a moment to reflect and tell us why you are thankful, and like us, on our facebook page. We look forward to hearing from our citizens.

Join the Commerce Club in the Toys for Tots toy drive this Christmas By Barbara Bender In addition to promoting businesses in the Snellville area, the Snellville Commerce Club participates in philanthropy to improve the area in which we work and live. Over the years, the Commerce Club has provided financial support to many charitable organizations, including the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op, Parkwood Farms and Relay for Life. Every December, the club supports Toys for Tots and the Marines at its annual Christmas lunch at Summit Chase Country Club. This year’s lunch will be on Dec. 1 at noon. Two Marines will be in attendance. In addition to the toys donated by club members attending the lunch, the Commerce Club is asking the community to bring an unwrapped toy to the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival and Lighted Christmas Parade on the Towne Green on Saturday, Nov. 28. We expect to have representatives from the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps ROTC at Parkview High School at the lunch to talk about Toys for Tots and accept the toys donated by club members and those attending the Christmas Tree Lighting. The Commerce Club began supporting the Toys for Tots

program more than ten years ago. Because of the club’s support for the Marines, it has been the recipient of the Commander’s Award for many years. The need for toys and funds to support Toys for Tots is still great even though there has been some improvement in the economy. Please consider this worthwhile organization by bringing one or more toys to the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. You can also drop off toys at Summit Chase Country Club between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2. The Snellville Commerce Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon at Snellville City Hall. It is a monthly event of the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association and is a benefit of the Classic or Premium membership level. To find out more information or to join, visit and click Join.


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Winter 2015 - Volume 20 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

Tis the season for reflection and family! During this time of the year we always seem to look back and give thanks for all of our blessings and we remember the good times with family and friends. This holiday season is an opportunity to look forward and envision what is possible in Snellville if we all work together. Unity in or community is what we all want to see in our hometown. To be united does not mean that we all have to think, act or look alike but rather we should all use our individual talents to work together towards making Snellville the best place it can be. With solid leadership and an engaged citizenry working in concert, the sky is the limit. Snellville Tourism and Trade is a great place to get involved. We are always looking for volunteers for all the events and activities that we produce each and every year. It is also a great place to meet people and make new friends. I hope to see everyone working together in 2016. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.


Don Britt President Snellville Tourism and Trade

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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 Gretchen Schulz Secretary Alice Snipes Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Kathy Emanuel Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Sam Roper Board Member Stephen Brust Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Tom Witts City Council Bobby Howard - Mayor Pro Tem, Barbara Bender, Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol City Website: Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Gail Lane and Perry Cox Magazine Cover Photo by Kelly McAloon and Gail Lane Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Eric Van Otteren, Don Britt, Barbara Bender, Brian Arrington, Gail Lane, Perry Cox







The popular Christmas Tree Lighting event is back.



































Food donation organization making strides.

Economic Development offers tips to new businesses Crews Middle School students get economic lesson. South Gwinnett High School’s budding economics program. Christmas shopping ideas.

A look at local Holiday church services. Snellville’s Kriss Johnson is a senior pageant winner. Upcoming events at Briscoe Park.

What’s happening at the Snellville Senior Center? Brookwood High School Marching Band is off to London. Winners of the annual Scarecrow Contest named. New developments in Snellville. Construction has begun on the Towne Green improvements. Historic items on display in City Hall. Snellville Police Department offers safe shopping tips. What to do with your tree when Christmas is over. Gratitude for those who have supported STAT in 2015. 5 5

Second Annual Lighted Christmas Parade!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year sharing good times with family and friends. Experience the joy and laughter as Snellville celebrates our 34th Annual Tree Lighting event and Lighted Christmas Parade. Join us for the 2nd Annual Lighted Christmas parade which will kick off the festivities for the event. Thousands of people lined the streets last year to watch the many lighted floats and trucks that passed by. The route will come down Wisteria Drive, turn left on North and take another left on Oak Road ending by the Towne Green. We invite you to celebrate this holiday tradition with an evening full of family fun and activities ... and of course, the lighting of our 60-foot tall Christmas tree! Many activity tents for the kids will include: •Cookie decorating for the first 600 people •Ornament decorating for the first 600 people •Roasted S’mores for the first 1,200 people •Build-It Activity for the first 500 people Attendees will be treated to lots of traditional holiday activities such as caroling, hay rides and

horse drawn carriage rides. Local choral groups and the Salvation Army band will herald in the holidays with seasonal music on the stage next to the tree. Santa Claus and Mayor Witts will throw the switch and the tree will come alive with thousands of white lights that will glow throughout Christmas season. Snellvillle Tourism and Trade is proud to once again partner with “Give Hunger the Boot” and will be accepting canned goods at the Christmas tree lighting for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. All craft activity tents, roasted S’mores, hay rides, and the Radio Flyer wagon pulled by the Tonka truck will require one ticket equaling $1 or two cans of food. You may bring two cans of food in exchange for one ticket for each activity except the carriage ride.

All craft activities, S’mores, hay rides, and toasted marshmallows will require one ticket = $1.00 or two cans of food. Food vendors will be on site so you won’t go hungry!

We hope to see you on November 28th!

34th Annual SNELLVILLE


TREE LIGHTING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. On the Towne Green

Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at Wisteria Plaza and ends at the Towne Green. Thank You to Our Sponsors! Bronze Sponsors: Walton EMC, Gwinnett Citizen and 12 Stone Church Friend of Snellville Sponsors: Hill Top Pawn, Southeast Urgent Care, Summit Chase Country Club, Wild Wing Cafe, Wages Funeral Services, Bill Rhodes Bakery, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Michaels and 7 Securlock Storage


Give Hunger the Boot It was a cold, nasty day in March. The wind was blowing and the sky was a gloomy gray that signaled rain was on the way. And yet, there was a group of people standing in line, waiting for the doors of an office trailer to open. Open for what? As it turned out, they were waiting for food. The office trailer was the home of the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry which is more commonly known as the Food Co-Op ( The people waiting outside in the cold were there to pick up food they needed to feed their families. As I did more research into the Co-Op, I found the need to be much greater than I ever imagined.If you’re like most people living in the Grayson/ Snellville/Loganville area, you or your children were probably never forced to miss a meal because you had no food and no money to buy any. You may not even know of anyone who faces hunger on a regular basis. Yet, many families are in that unfortunate situation. In fact, even though the economy has improved since the depths of the recession, more families thanever are in need of the bare essentials of nutrition. In fact, according to Laura Drake, director of the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Op, during the past few years, some people who used to donate are now receiving assistance from the Co-Op. (The good news is that as the economy has improved, some people who were once dependent on the Co-Op have found new jobs and are now able to make donations.)Nothing brings the message of need home with more impact than seeing people waiting in line at a food co-op. They’re not waiting for designer drinks or premium quality meats, but for basic foods that will keep them and their family from going hungry. And the Co-Op isn’t in the position of supplying a bottomless bowl of food- each family receives a specific quantity of food per month. The Co-Op’s mission is to serve as a bridge over a financial gap, not to build a dependency lifestyle. Fortunately, since that cold March day, the Co-Op has moved to a permanent building in Grayson, so people no longer have to wait outside. Better and larger facilities also enables the Co-Op to handle and store fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products in addition to canned and packaged foods. The sight of people standing in line, waiting for food made a definite impression. It wasn’t long after that nasty March day that my wife and I created the Give Hunger the Boot program to raise food and financial donations for the Co-Op, and to raise awareness of the need to help people in our own communities. As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, awareness of people in need typically increases as does the level of donations. But the need doesn’t end when the holidays are over. For many people, fighting hunger is a 24/7/365 proposition. And although the Co-Op 8

serves the community all year long, it often has a problem securing enough food to meet the demand. One of the worst times of the year is right after Christmas. To help the Co-Op weather the donation drought that typically occurs in January, the cities of Grayson and Snellville joined in a Give Hunger the Boot challenge to see which city could raise the most donations. (There will be another Give Hunger the Boot challenge in January, 2016) To put the need in perspective, that challenge brought 22,000 items to the Co-Op. That represents about 75 percent of the food and financial assistance the Co-Op delivers every month. Consequently, the need to help the Co-Op Give Hunger the Boot is an ongoing effort. If you’d like to help, you can drop off food donations at Grayson City Hall, Snellville City Hall and a number of other locations in both cities. You can also stop by the Grayson Coffee House, Legacy Beverage Center in Loganville, Gwinnett Animal Hospital in Snellville, United Community Bank in Snellville, or Mellow Mushroom in Snellville and make a financial donation. All of these locations have Give Hunger the Boot donation boxes. The Southeast Gwinnett Food CoOp is located at 55 Grayson Industrial Parkway in Grayson (behind the Fire Station on Highway 20). Stop by and see how you can help Give Hunger the Boot. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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SOUTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL Building Tomorrow’s Business Leaders Today With the help of the city’s Entrepreneur Alliance, students at South Gwinnett High School are able to take an entrepreneurship class which allows them to create their own businesses. Here’s a look inside the program using the words of two SGHS students themselves. Corey Farrow I am in the entrepreneurship class at South Gwinnett. My business is a Disc Golf Recovery Center. I will be providing a service that will help my clients locate and return a lost disc. People that play disc golf at any local park will report any lost discs to our website. The report will include details about the disc and the details of approximate location. After the report, my team will go out and search for the disc and return it to our clients. I am an avid disc golf player and I know how expensive losing a disc is, so this is what inspired me to create this business. My current entrepreneurship class has helped me to understand what it is like to introduce a new business to the market. It is helping me to understand what it will be like when I finally open up my business. My name is Franchesca Thompson and I started teaching 10 years ago in Atlanta. My mission was to provide a platform for kids to learn by doing. I wanted my students to design a new world of possibilities by taking business and entrepreneurship classes. This would allow them to make their dreams a reality. I was brought on to teach a class called THOMPSON Youth Entrepreneurs of Georgia. This class inspired me to provide more opportunities for kids with big dreams, but who lacked the resources and support. Also, I realized at that time, the earlier we reach kids exposing them to opportunities in business they were more likely to pursue business careers after high school. Some of the classes I have had the privilege to teach are as follows: Business Essentials, MYP Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Information Business Technology. I hold a Bachelors degree from Georgia State University in Business and I received my Masters degree in Education from the University of Georgia. The list below is programs and projects I have spearheaded or assisted with over the years: • Junior Achievement 2010-2014


Richard Persaud My name is Richard Persaud, my company’s name is “Washed Up,” where we take our powerful cleaning solution and make your washed up car look ravishing. My company is revolutionizing the way we wash cars. Our cleaning solution is designed to keep your vehicle’s paint looking vibrant and new. We started off in my garage and we had customers come to us for service , but we realized we could increase our customer base if we became mobile. Now, we are designed to go where you request our service. Our cleaning solution which we use to clean the majority of the vehicle is very unique, we make it in house and our customers say it works really well. “If there’s pollution we’ll use the solution” that’s our motto. We offer promotions for customers who recommended us, as well as friend and family discounts, and multi-car discounts, as well as holiday discounts. I have a small team of four people, all members of my team are family members. Our main goal is to consistently provide high performance solutions our customers demand.

• Virtual Team Challenge • Co-Advisor Future Business Leaders of America 20102014 • Middle Years Program: Technology • Industry Certification for High School • Code Day 2013 • Youth Entrepreneurs of Georgia • Webchallenge 2013, 2014 • Global Cardboard Day • First Lego League My philosophy of teaching encompasses many areas, such as student involvement, essential concepts, vigorous instruction, and hands-on learning. I believe it is important to transform complex theories into practical and relevant demonstrations for each student. I have a goal to awaken curiosity and stretch the mind through real world experiences in education. Hands-on learning is imperative for future leaders. At all times, I will inspire, cultivate enthusiasm, and set positive examples for our kids. I am currently working at South Gwinnett High School, doing what I love, teaching entrepreneurship. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

From left, Crews Middle School eighth-grade business students Ryan Tullos and Cameron Thorburn get advice on a pitch they made for an automatic T-ball tee business from Brookwood Principal Bo Ford, CMS Principal Dr. Stacey Schepens and Discovery High School teacher Scott Allen.

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CREWS MIDDLE SCHOOL Creating Business Minds Early

Crews Middle School students Ryan Tullos and Cameron Thorburn spent hours preparing for this moment. Now that moment has come. Clutching a sketch of something they called the Auto T-Machine 2000, the eighth graders sat down at a table of two principals and a business teacher - for this exercise, a virtual Shark Tank. It was up to the students to get these adults to bite on their proposal - an automatic baseball tee so batters don’t have to bend over to pick up baseballs. The exercise was all part of a mock business pitch modeled after the popular Shark Tank television show during which entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to business moguls. In conjunction with the city’s Entrepreneur Alliance, the event, which took place Nov. 3, is designed to get Crews Middle School students accustomed to business methods and planning in an effort to prepare them for high school business classes and ultimately the real world.

A sketch of a proposed baseball tee by two Crews Middle School students.

Brookwood High School Principal Bo Ford, CMS Principal Dr. Stacey Schepens and Discovery High School teacher Scott Allen, were happy to offer the duo guidance. “I haven’t really seen anything like this before, it just popped into my head,” Tullos said. “It kind of inspires me to see people come up with projects like this and work on it.” The event is the brainchild of CMS teacher Rod Hames who praised local business leaders for taking part in the program. “You’re giving a chance for them to hear things that happen in business in real life,” he told the mentors. Crews Middle School teacher Rod Hames started the Shark Tank program at the school.

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Economic Development Winter 2015

WELCOME TO SNELLVILLE Information for New Residents, Businesses

By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development director To new residents and/or new business – Welcome to Snellville: If you are a new resident or business to Snellville or thinking about becoming a resident or locating in Snellville, the good, volunteer-minded people already here would like to extend a warm welcome. In the space below are several pieces of information that you may find helpful. We strongly encourage you to shop local. You can find just about anything you may want on Scenic Highway or in the surrounding city. If you do not know where Scenic Highway is and would like a paper map, please come to City Hall [2342 Oak Road, Snellville, GA 30078] and we will give you a map. Contact information you may need: City of Snellville 770-985-3500 Public Works 770-985-3540 Parks & Recreation 770-985-3535 Senior Center 770-985-3580 Police Department 770-985-3570 There is a wonderful variety of places to exercise your volunteer muscles. A few of the opportunities include: Snellville Tourism and Trade [STAT] www.snellvilletourism. com Downtown Development Authority Urban Redevelopment Agency (contact the city) Planning Commission (contact the city) Parks and Recreation Commission (contact the city) 12

If you are interesting in volunteering, please call 770-9853500 or download the Volunteer Application [www.snellville. org]. Complete and return the application to City Hall or via Send an email to STAT Director Kelly McAloon at to volunteer with STAT. Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce The Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce (GECC) is the recognized voice of the business community in the cities of Snellville, Loganville and Grayson. It is the premiere source of business information, networking and education in the area. The Chamber is also a powerful force in working alongside other local organizations to bolster the efforts of community outreach and charitable causes. The Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce is the forum “Where Business and Community Meet.” Commerce Club The Snellville Commerce Club is established to promote programs that strengthen the ties among members, their respective businesses, and the community. The Snellville Commerce Club has been successful in supporting its membership through informed speakers and social gatherings in pursuit of excellence in business and civic education. The Snellville Commerce Club is involved in philanthropy with non-profit organizations to improve the area where we work and live. The luncheon meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month from 12 to 1 p.m. at Snellville City Hall unless otherwise notified. We have a speaker from the community at each meeting. Membership is through Snellville Tourism and Trade Association. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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A UNITED SNELLVILLE Tom Witts is the new mayor of Snellville after winning election Nov. 3, by getting 54 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Councilman Dave Emanuel was re-elected and Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol also won seats on the Council. They join Barbara Bender and Mayor Pro Tem Bobby Howard on Council. Congratulations to a United Snellville! From left, Dave Emanuel, Bobby Howard, Cristy Lenski, Tom Witts, Barbara Bender, Roger Marmol and City Manager Butch Sanders.

LIVABLE CENTERS INITIATIVE At a ceremony celebrating the completion of the Livable Centers Initiative in late September, city officials chose a green ribbon for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Why the color of money? “We expect to attract investment dollars,” said City Manager Butch Sanders. “This is another piece in the city of Snellville.” Gone are the power lines and wooden poles which lined Oak Road, Wisteria Drive and Clower Street. In their places are expanded sidewalks, steel lamp posts, benches and parking spots. It’s all part of an effort to increase walkability downtown and to provide a clean and attractive canvas for investors to develop. Work began on the $3 million project in the summer of 2014 and is designed to be the focal point of the Towne Center, a walking-friendly business district which represents the future economic hub of the city. Improvements in the central business district include more than 5,000 feet of new sidewalks, a 5-foot-wide planting strip for new street trees and flowers/shrubbery, brick paver crosswalks to slow traffic and encourage walking, new lighting fixtures carrying on the same theme as those around the Towne Green


From left, Snellville police Chief Roy Whitehead, City Manager Butch Sanders, Councilwoman Diane Krause, Mayor Pro Tem Bobby Howard, Larry Kaiser, president of Collaborative Infrastructure Services, Inc., Councilwoman Barbara Bender, Councilman Dave Emanuel and Tony Adibe, president of SD&C Construction.

and the placement of benches, bike racks and other pedestrian amenities to encourage people to enjoy the area. “It has been one of those (difficult) projects because it was local, state and federal,” said Councilwoman Barbara Bender. “But all the agencies came together. It was up to the council and Butch to finally get us there.” Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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Fitness for Christmas By Gail Lane Studies indicate that more and more, we are a Vitamin D deficient society with high thresholds of stress. It’s not just Millennials; these have become consequences of “inside jobs” and “indoor play” that are the hallmarks of technology that spans all generations. Admit it; this isn’t really a surprise. We are all guilty of spending just a little too much time looking at our computer screens and checking text messages. We live our lives as if we are all trying to make the scene cut in a reality TV show that is dependent upon staying plugged in to the whole world at every moment of every day. We rush to answer the phone on the first ring; reply to social media debates with a snappy comeback; find satisfaction in a well-thought-out “send.” I was astonished when I was recently congratulated for my quick replies to comments on those social media pages that I manage. Yay, me! Oh wait. Really? I’m that attached to my devices that I can claim good service with a six minute – or less – response? Sooooo. Is that good? I mean, good for me, but, gee, not really. I suppose it is time to reclaim a bit of life that is beyond my office window and maybe an uncomfortably bit further from my Macbook than our current screen-captured-relationship. Time to get out. Get some sun. Get some oxygen. Jumpstart that Vitamin D. And let’s not wait until the New Year. This year, my shopping list consists of gifts that make it a“get fit Christmas.” WHERE TO START. Take a walk - or at least keep up with how much you walk – with a Fitbit. Worn around your arm like a watch, or as a pendant in your belt loop or around your neck, this nifty little piece of technology works as an encouragement by keeping up with what you HAVE done, rather than nagging you for what you haven’t. You can even sync up with friends and encourage each other throughout the day or reward yourself for taking more steps than your friends with that last glass of water before bedtime – or a cupcake if you’re so inclined. Fitbits are just about everywhere this year. You can find them locally at Walmart, Academy Sports, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Walgreens or even Bed, Bath and Beyond. They run from around $59 (Fitbit

Zip), $100 (Fitbit Flex) to $150 (Fitbit Charge). In addition to the Fitbit, you’re going to need some shoes. Whether you are running or walking, your feet need the comfort of the right support in order to remain healthy. Seriously, if your feet hurt because you have invested unwisely in the this simple gear, you’re going to give up right away and let’s face it, a rousing game of MineCraft will become as close as you get to exercise. Shoes can be found all over Snellville, but decide what you need before you go shopping. If you’re looking for athletic wear for walking and running, you can find some great deals and large selections at Shoe Carnival, Academy Sports and Rackroom as well as local department stores. If you’re looking for hiking shoes, check out Gander Mountain’s selection. For some, membership is the best motivation. Memberships to fitness centers and spas are great gifts for Christmas. Let’s face it, some days it is just too cold to make that trip around the lake at Briscoe Park, but some time spent on an elliptical or treadmill with some supervision - and maybe a friend - is the perfect gift for that someone who wants to get in shape and needs that social interaction. Snellville is blessed with several fitness centers with hours, equipment, services, and pricing to fit every budget. LA Fitness, Ladies Workout, Planet Fitness, and Just Fitness 4U are right on the way home! Let’s talk about just letting everything “go” and recentering yourself with some Yoga! More than just stretching, this is a discipline that helps you to more healthful living and core strengthening. Release the stress of the office or the joys of motherhood by spending some time at the Yoga Source Studio, About Mind & Body, or even Pure Barre for something a bit more intense. You might never forget how to ride a bike, but have you stepped away from the elliptical to ride a REAL bike lately? There are few Christmases more memorable than those including a bike under the tree! From social rides to off-roading, bicycling is a

great activity for moms and dads as well as the kids. You can find some good starter bikes at Target and Walmart. Target practice! Since the day that “Brave” opened in the theaters, archery has made a large comeback and Snellville has the Archery Learning Center at Fountain Square on Highway 78. You can find equipment at their ProShop and also at Gander Mountain for beginners and for those with maybe a bit more experience. Frisbee golf? Who knew? There are active leagues and recreational players who take to the courses at Alexander Park and Lenora Park. Special discs of sizes and weights make this a challenging sport and a different sort of walk through the parks (and you can mark those steps on your Fitbit). You can find all the supplies you need at Academy Sports and at Play It Again Sports. Invest in some family time; buy some camping gear! Tents, backpacks, hiking shoes, sleeping bags, Coleman lanterns, and cast iron skillets will make the campfires and stories told with s’mores a memorable weekend or summer away from the technology that seems to rule our lives. Bring out the phones and enjoy the laughter that comes with taking selfies or take those movies that you can share on social media. You can find everything you need without leaving town at Snellville’s department stores, Target, Walmart, Gander Mountain, Ollies, or Sports Authority. So this Christmas, let’s look at skates for the kids – and maybe for us. Let’s use our technology to help us achieve a healthier lifestyle and encourage each other with the spoken rewards of “good job” and maybe a smaller pant size come spring! We wish you a happy and healthy holiday and a year of fit, family fun!

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GRACE SNELLVILLE Christmas Advent Each Sunday at all worship gatherings beginning November 29 - worship times 9 AM, 10:45 AM & 5:15 PM A GraceKidz Christmas “The Big, BIG Story” Sunday, December 13 at 5:15 PM and Sunday, December 20 at 9 AM, 10:45 AM & 5:15 PM in the Main Auditorium. Worship gatherings led by Grace Student Ministry Family Christmas Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 Times: 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM, 8 PM, 11 PM in the Main Auditorium. Free ticketing available at

SNELLVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Hanging of the Greens Sunday, November 22 at 4 PM in the Sanctuary. All ages welcome! Service of Hope & Healing Sunday, November 29 at 7 PM in the Chapel Childcare available for infants thru 4 years. Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 5 9 AM - 10:30 AM in the Christian Life Center. Pancake Breakfast, Crafts, Cookie Decorating FAMily Event! $1 per person Journey to Bethlehem Production Saturday, December 5 – Monday, December 7 from 6 PM – 8:30PM FREE Indoor/Outdoor Journeys depart throughout the evening. All ages welcome! Festival of Music Sunday, December 13 7 PM in the Sanctuary Childcare available for infants thru 4 years.

AURORA THEATRE A Christmas Carol and The 12 Dates of Christmas November 27–December 20, 2015 Performances Dates and times vary. Tickets $20–$30. for tickets and information 36

Christmas Eve Services Thursday, December 24 4 PM Traditional Candlelight in the Chapel 5:30 PM Traditional Candlelight in the Sanctuary 7 PM Contemporary Candlelight in the Christian Life Center 11 PM Traditional Candlelight with Communion in the Sanctuary *Childcare available for infants thru 4 years except during the 4PM & 11PM services. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

FIRST BAPTIST SNELLVILLE He’s Here! Christmas Worship Presentation featuring the FBCS Choirs & Orchestra Sunday December 6 - 5 PM – 7:30 PM This night we celebrate changed everything. Let us join the angels and shout “Glory to God in the highest!” Where the Heart Is Home for Christmas - Women’s Christmas Celebration Thursday, December 10, 6 PM – 9 PM Set aside this evening to celebrate what Christmas truly means regardless of your current surroundings. Special guest Tara Ellis will share practical truths from her own Christmas journey. $15 Includes Dinner

NEW LONDON THEATRE The Velveteen Rabbit November 20 - December 6, 2015 TIMES: Friday at 8 PM.; Saturday 1 PM & 8 PM; Sunday 2:30 PM Tickets available at www.NewLondonTheatre. org Ticket prices are $12 in advance; $15 day of show. Seniors 55+ and children 3-19 are $10. This enchanting version of the classic children’s story will touch your heart. Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life as the Rabbit Spirit learns about love when he gains the affection of the young boy.

WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN ADVENT & CHRISTMAS 2015 Advent Communion Services November 29 at 9 AM and 11:15 AM Advent Festival and “Hanging of the Greens” - November 29 - 4 PM-7 PM The Jesus Gift: God’s Gift to the World December 6 Combined service Christmas Cantata 11:15 AM. Experience the greatest gift ever given with the Chancel and Handbell Choirs and guests explore what it means to receive Jesus in the world from the perspectives of Mary, the shepherds, and the world - both then and now. Christmas Eve Service Candles and Communion - December 24 at 7 PM “Song of the Angels” ST. OLIVER PLUNKETT CATHOLIC CHURCH Christmas Ensemble – Psalm 149 “Celebrate God in Song” December 18, 7PM in Sanctuary Christmas liturgies Thursday, December 24 – 4PM, 6PM, 8PM and Midnight Mass Friday, December 25 – 10:30AM in English, 11:30AM Mass in Spanish

GWINNETT BALLET THEATRE Gwinnett Ballet Theatre presents THE NUTCRACKER from December 4-20 on weekends at the Infinite Energy Theater in Duluth. All of the beauty and wonder of this family favorite Holiday event will be present in a traditionally told production. The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Orchestra will accompany the dancers each show for the last two weekends. Tickets range from $18$35, and our annual Scout Show is 12/4 at 7:30 with $9 tickets (Promo code scout2.) All tickets can be bought by going to the web site, by visiting the Arena Box office at Infinite Energy Center, or by calling 770-626-2464. School shows are 12/4 at 10, 12/11 at 10 and 11:45 AM and our special Sensory Friendly show is12/4 at 11:45 AM. These tickets are $6 and can be purchased by calling 770-237-0046. For more information call 770-237-0046 or visit

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Q&A with Ms. Senior Georgia, Snellville’s Kriss Johnson By Brian Arrington At age 63, Kristine Johnson is not your average beauty queen. Kriss, as she goes by, is married to husband John – the couple has four boys between them and four grandchildren. The national sales and project coordinator for a bridge construction and repair company was crowned Ms. Senior Georgia earlier this year, a title she takes very seriously. Just as seriously, she is proud to represent Snellville. The Snellville Spirit recently sat down with the pageant winner and Snellville Days volunteer to find out what makes her tick. What is the role of Ms. Senior Georgia? The role of Ms. Senior Georgia is to present a positive image of aging. Ms. Senior Georgia visits senior centers throughout the state entertaining with the Dazzlin’ Dames which is a group of entertainers made up of former contestants and queens from past pageants. She also is asked to speak at special events throughout the state speaking to seniors and others about her platform pertaining to positive aging and the age of elegance. What has the pageant enabled you to do since you’ve won – you seem to enjoy traveling and spreading the word about Snellville? My year has just begun since I was crowned in August and it has been a whirlwind. I have traveled a total of 1,615 miles so far visiting senior centers, singing and speaking to seniors, encouraging them to always think young and how to do it. At each stop it allows me to talk about the city I come from and I love that. I get so thrilled meeting the people and seeing their smiles when we talk. At one location in Roswell I met this marvelous lady who proudly told me she was 100 years old. My mouth dropped. I asked her secret and she said, “ I have Bailey’s for Breakfast, a beer for lunch and a glass of wine for dinner.” With the biggest smile on her face. I swear this lady didn’t look a day over 70. She was as precious as could be. People like her make my day and I can’t get them out of my mind or heart. I also love it when people tell me how much they love my singing voice. For my pageant talent I sang Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time” and I usually sing that each time I perform. The reactions I get are fantastic. On occasion a Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

standing ovation. Since I sing to older audiences I usually sing songs from the 50s and 60s and get great reactions. When my audiences start clapping and dancing in their chairs I know I have done my job. Do you have any more pageant aspirations? No, I don’t think so. I was surprised I did this one. I was surprised I put myself out there. There is only one other level I might attempt when I turn 65, but I am not sure I will go there. It remains to be seen. The point is, I will always be Ms. Senior Georgia 2015, so what else do I need? You have heard the old saying, Once a Queen, always a Queen? Well, I will always be a queen. I have attained that wonderful goal. What do you love most about Snellville? The community of Snellville cares. Even through adversity the community cares. The motto “Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody” is so true. I used that motto when I introduced myself at the pageant along with the fact that Snellville is the home of the Veteran’s Memorial Eternal Flame. Snellville has a lot to be proud of. As it grows each year I see more and more of that pride. The volunteerism in this city is phenomenal. Our police force is beyond button popping pride. They have such a hard job, but yet they always have time to smile and say hello when you pass them on the street Anything else you’d like to add? I would be remiss if I did not close by saying to all seniors and those close to senior hood…never stop growing up! Try to remove the word old from your vocabulary. Did your family ever refer to growing up and growing old when you were young? No. It was always “when you grow up.” Well guess what? You are still growing up and as long as you continue to think along those terms you can grow up for as long as you want to. You decide when you are done growing up. Just remember to watch your nutrition, keep on exercising, remain social and keep on learning. You hold the key to staying young. You could be that 100 year old lady I met not long ago. Youth is the New Senior and I am proud to be able to represent that theory throughout the state for the next 10 months and beyond. I am having the time of my life, one moment at a time. 21


Parks & Recreation Winter 2015 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

PARK RENTALS PARK RENTALS (REQUIRE 14 DAYS NOTICE) We now rent facilities, except the Betty McMichael Room, on all holidays. OUTDOOR PAVILION RENTALS (Includes picnic tables and benches) We have four outdoor open air covered pavilions holding 35 to 50 people & one gazebo holding 10. Rental times: 8 to 10 a.m.,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Price per two-hour block: NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $40 (M to T) / $45 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $55 (M to T) / $60 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $65 (M to T) / $70 (F to S) BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $75 (M to T) / $80 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $90 (M to T) / $95 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $100 (M to T) / $105 (F to S) INDOOR RENTALS (air conditioned and heated) Rent any four-hour time period from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; all fees including deposits are due up front. Deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of the rental are met. COURTLAND WILLIAMS PAVILION - HOLDS 35 PRICES PER FOUR-HOUR BLOCK, $100 refundable deposit plus: NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $90 (M to T) / $100 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $120 (M to T) / $130 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $130 (M to T) / $140 (F to S) BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $140 (M to T) / $150 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $165 (M to T) / $175 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $175 (M to T) / $185 (F to S) Includes six 6-foot rectangular tables and 35 chairs; microwave; refrigerator and sink

BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $340 (M to T) / $355 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $400 (M to T) / $415 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $410 (M to T) / $425 (F to S) Includes 12 8-foot rectangular tables and 100 chairs; microwave; refrigerator and sink

BETTY MCMICHAEL ROOM/ PARK OFFICE-HOLDS 100 NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $205 (M to T) / $220 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $265 (M to T) / $280 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $275 (M to T) / $290 (F to S)

For room/pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-9853535; field rentals Jillian Bouchard 770-985-3533. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC;

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Parks & Recreation Winter 2015 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535 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 (on the left hand side, choose Departments and then Parks & Recreation) or visit our Facebook page at

Briscoe Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (770) 985-3535 (on the left hand side choose Departments, then Parks & Recreation)

YOUTH ACTIVITIES YOUTH SOCCER Recreational soccer for Boys and Girls ages 3 – 17 Games Saturdays, practices weeknights For more info: or 770-466-7177 UNDER 10 QUICK START TENNIS Contact Coach Jones 404-642-8393 Little Tots Sports Intro Introduction for young kids 3-6 to T-ball, tennis, soccer, basketball and golf Parent interaction One night per week for six weeks Call 770-985-3535

ADULT ACTIVITIES BOOT CAMP Monday-Thursday and Saturday at the Park Office Five week sessions, various hours available. Contact Alvin Hill, 678-920-4136 or gimmiesomesports@ OUTDOOR TENNIS & BASKETBALL COURTS Available on a first come-first served basis without lights (daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Tennis courts can be reserved with lights, call the office or see our website. ADULT KICKBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUES Currently in Fall Season. Spring registration starts mid-January: Tuesday - Men’s Softball Wednesday - Kickball Thursday - Co-ed softball Friday - Co-ed softball 24 24

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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 open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CLASSES AEROBICS – FREE with Membership Mondays & Thursdays 9:15 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. PILATES – $3 per class Tuesdays & Fridays 10:00 a.m. ZUMBA - $5 per class Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. PAINTING CLASSES $25/4 Classes Thursdays - 1 - 3 p.m. (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25) CROCHET & KNITTING GROUP Tuesdays at Noon – FREE with Membership SPANISH Mondays and Thursdays - $25/Month Intermediate - 9 a.m.; Advanced - 11:15 a.m. Must have some Spanish for these classes.


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The Senior Center offers Day and Overnight Trips as well as special events. Information is updated bi-monthly in our Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the Center, found on our website at or mailed to your home once you join. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

Brookwood Band London Bound The award-winning Brookwood High School Marching Band has been invited to participate in the 2017 London’s New Year’s Day Parade. On Oct. 22, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and Representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Roger Bramble, formally presented the band with the official invitation at the Brookwood Community Stadium. On Jan. 1, 2017, Brookwood’s marching band students will perform in the 2.2-mile prestigious parade, the largest event of its kind with more than 10,000 performers from around the world. The parade attracts a street audience of around 500,000 and a global television audience of tens of millions and is a major entry in the United Kingdom’s calendar of events. “I am thrilled for the students, parents, school and community,” said Dr. Laura Stanley, Brookwood’s Director of Bands. “I believe continuing our long tradition of excellence has been key in receiving an invitation to perform in the 2017 LNYDP. We have so many people to thank for that, but most importantly past and current students. We are excited to represent Brookwood High School and Gwinnett County Public Schools on an international level! Go Broncos!” The band will be raising funds for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through community donations, business sponsorships, and fundraisers. For more information on how to donate or become a sponsor, visit the Brookwood Marching band website at: or call Stanley at 678-344-9366. The Brookwood Band Booster Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

SCARECROW CONTEST WINNERS Snellville Tourism and Trade (STAT) is proud to announce that $360 was received through the collaborative efforts of those who participated in the 3rd Annual Scarecrow contest. Thank you to all who participated. This is always a fun community event that engages the entire city. Carolyn’s Communications won 1st Place with “Patches” winning $100 and a trophy. Fitness 4 U won 2nd Place with “Just Fit” winning $75 and a trophy; and Summit Chase Country Club won 3rd Place winning $50 and a trophy. Thank you again to all who helped make this community activity so successful. We have some really big plans in the making for 2016. Be sure to stay tuned....

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Snellville is bustling with new construction on the Scenic Highway corridor and on Highway 78. It seems everywhere you look a bulldozer is clearing ground for new developments. The Park Place development at Pharrs Road and Highway 124 is one of those sites. Clearing and grading has begun for development in the first quarter of next year. Possible suitors include Zaxby’s, Freddy’s, Cracker Barrel, Outback and a new Aspen Dental Surgical Center. At Highway 124 and Dogwood Road, a new development dubbed Dogwood Station is the possible site for a Taco Bell and Cookout Restaurant. Pollo Tropical has plans to be open by Christmas in the spot of the Cabana Grill near Lowe’s on 124. Cabana Grill is the sister company of Pollo Tropical. The Promenade, on Highway 124 north of Pharrs Road, features the new Best Buy and could be the home of a Fresh Market and Home Goods. The At Home store will open in the first quarter of 2016 in the former Kmart space next to the new Planet Fitness and Ollie’s on Wisteria Drive and Highway 78. A proposed Kroger development, one of the largest such grocery stores in the state, is currently in the annexation and rezoning process at Highway 78 and Rosebud Road. The store would offer non-traditional grocery store goods such as jewelry, clothing and books. On the residential side, work has commenced on Shadowbrooke, a 120plus lot neighborhood being constructed behind Eastside Medical Center. 30

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TOWNE GREEN UPDATE Come spring, the Towne Green on Oak Road in front of City Hall will look very different as a construction project to make the Green more user friendly is under way. The existing Green will be lined with new landscaping, utilities and a protective wall. On the other side of Oak Road, Veterans Memorial Park will incorporate the Veterans Memorial with a more relaxing atmosphere for moments of reflection with the addition of a meditative labyrinth. The Snellville Arts Commission has been working on the labyrinth which is also slated to open in the spring.

Have you seen the mud? And the silt fence? Work has started on Veterans Memorial Park including a meditative labyrinth. There may also be a sculpture. Stay tuned. The Snellville Arts Council is paying for the labyrinth and the public art that may eventually locate in the park. The contractor, JHC, started work on Veterans Memorial Park Oct. 7. The park will be a great complement to the Towne Green improvements slated to begin around Dec. 1. The new sidewalk connects the historic cemetery with the sidewalk on Oak Road. One person I talked to said, “ we will finally have a safe way to walk from Wisteria and Main Street to Oak Road [as long as you do not mind walking through a cemetery]. The project includes significant landscaping along Main Street. An entry wall is to be constructed on the corner to mirror a larger wall that will be built on the opposite corner of the Green. The park will contain two benches and connections for iPad kiosks that will be located near the benches once funds are available to purchase the iPads. I do not mind telling you that I am excited. Memorial Park is going to be a great complement to the Memorial and The Towne Green. If you would like to see the plans or have any questions, feel free to contact me at 770-985-3502. - Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Manager Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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HISTORY ON DISPLAY City Hall brings Snellville’s past to light Task Force Patriot and the Atlanta Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, placed the Georgia Sacred Battle Soils display in Snellville City Hall on Oct. 21. It is now located in its permanent home. This is a rare creation of researchers David Nobles and Tom Marsh and only two such displays are in existence and no others will be constructed. The display visualizes all 25 American Revolution battles fought in the state of Georgia, showing earth samples from each of those sites. The work represents over 400 hours of research. It will be the only display of its type anywhere in the Atlanta Metro area. Mayor Tom Witts, a Vietnam U.S. Navy veteran, provided the opportunity for our placement of the display in this location. Witts was the recent speaker at a Task Force Patriot meeting. Citizens are encouraged to visit the display anytime during regular business hours. It is conveniently located in the foyer, as you enter the Administration Building. If you are involved in any ancestry search, you will have a special interest in viewing the display. The Snellville Historical Society recently put out a display of bricks made by, or for, James Sawyer, a founder of Snellville. Those bricks can be found to the right of the stairs as you enter City Hall. Snellville City Hall is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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HOLIDAY SAFETY: Snellville’s Finest Offer Tips to Stay Safe While Shopping With the holidays approaching, please be mindful of your personal safety, safety of your business and your property. The following are examples of what you can do to protect yourself and your family: 1. When banking or making withdrawals from ATMs, be observant to see who may be watching you. Don’t leave cash in your vehicle. Pay attention to vehicles around and behind you to be sure you are not being followed. Don’t “flash your cash.” 2. When shopping, protect your purses, wallets and identification information. Keep them under your control. When swiping cards, check to be sure skimmers are not attached to the devices. 3. When you purchase “big ticket” items and take them to your car, be mindful that others are watching. People inside will call or text out the information to people in the parking lot. If you just secure the items and go back in, opportunists will break into your car and take them. If you leave the area, check to be sure you’re not being followed. Going to the next shopping center or store makes you vulnerable to theft. 4. Prior to arriving at shopping centers, parks or other events, secure all valuable items and leave nothing in the car visible from the outside. If you secure the items at the location, opportunists will see you and break into your car when you enter the location. 5. Business owners should ensure cash is regularly removed from registers. When it’s time to make deposits, vary the people making the deposits, the vehicles used to make the deposits as well as the time of day. Do not bring your deposits home and leave them in the car. Anytime you have cash with

you, be observant of your surroundings, of vehicles following you and never leave deposits in your car. It’s best to go into the bank during business hours, but if you choose to use night deposit drops, be sure there is no one around and make the drop quickly. 6. Always acknowledge customers and try to have at least two employees present at all times. Do not open back doors at or near closing and never open the door to a knock. Never hesitate to call police if you think something or someone is suspicious. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. 7. If you can, put video cameras up inside and outside your business with video streamed to your home or other off-site location. Post signs letting people know you are audio and video recording. 8. Make sure all lighting is appropriate and operational. Activate all alarm systems. 9. After presents are opened, don’t put the boxes out for trash pickup without dismantling them so it is not obvious to passersby what new and expensive items you might have in your home. 10. There will be many party opportunities between now and the new year. Please be responsible and don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver. Make a good choice. Never text and drive or become distracted by other activities in your vehicle. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy your families throughout the holidays. - Snellville Police Department

Holiday Fun with the SPD

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CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING How to dispose of your tree properly It looked so beautiful by the light of the fire, tinsel glistening in the glow of a string of lights. But now that Christmas is over, the once-beloved tree looks as attractive as a floor full of present wrappings. So what to do? How do you get rid of this tree? Bring one for the Chipper! The annual Christmas Tree recycling program – “Bring One for the Chipper” sponsored by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful begins Dec. 26 and runs through Jan 16. The two locations labeled Snellville are Fire Station 12, 2815 Lenora Church Road and Fire Station 6, 3890 Johnson Drive. The Snellville Recycling Center will accept the trees even after Jan. 16 in the yard debris drop off area on Magnolia Drive. And what about all that those Christmas bows and wrapping paper? The Christmas Trash Schedule is as follows: If your pick up day falls on Christmas Day Friday, Dec. 25 and New Years Day Friday, Jan. 1, your garbage and recycling will be picked up on Monday, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 along with the Monday customers. This refers to residential customers and commercial routes. All residents should remember to place your cart and bins at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your pick up day. We want to encourage everyone to be especially timely due to two routes being ran on the same day. As a reminder make sure you have a box of “City of Snellville Blue Bags” for any extra garbage outside your cart. You may purchase these bags at City Hall, Public Works Department, Publix or Kroger on Scenic Highway in Snellville. The grocery stores have these bags at the Courtesy Counter. Public Works Department Christmas hours: Closed-December 23rd thru December 27, 2015 and New Year’s Closed Thursday December 31 thru January 3, 2016 Snellville Recycling Center: Closed-December 24 thru December 27, 2015 and New Year’s Day Closed- January 1, 2016 Public Works officials also encourage everyone to bring their Christmas boxes to the recycling center. Regular Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you purchase live trees consider purchasing the trees with roots that can be planted on your property once the holiday is over. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

The annual Christmas Tree recycling program – “Bring One for the Chipper” sponsored by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful begins Dec. 26 and runs through Jan 16.

General Tips for Keeping Your Christmas Clean and Beautiful Send your Christmas cards via email (E-card), buy cards made of eco-friendly stock, or use a holiday photo card which may be used as a keepsake instead of thrown away. If you get a lot of Christmas cards in the mail, use them the next year for kids’ Christmas activities or crafts such as homemade gift tags. Re-use ribbons, bows, gift bags, and boxes whenever you can. Reusing ribbon may seem like a small step, but if every family in the US re-used just 2 feet of holiday ribbon, it would save 38,000 miles of ribbon and tie a bow around the planet! Purchase wrapping paper made of recycled material whenever possible or have kids draw or paint their own designs on paper shopping bags for a fun Christmas activity. Other green wrapping paper substitutes include the Sunday comics or the Sports section of your newspaper. Most Christmas wrapping papers are not recyclable, especially if they are made of foil or metallic materials.

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Presented by Snellville Tourism and Trade, Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce and Heart of Gwinnett Pledge of Allegiance.

to Lincoln Fill Station which sponsored the 1st Annual Veterans TRUNKCheers OR TREAT Memorial Craft Beer Garden.


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Radio Flyer Wagon Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody




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Alif Institute

Atkinsons handing out passports

Ionie’s Carribbean Kitchen

Dancing Lions

Demonstrating ‘Bamboo Pole Dancing’

Canned goods for Give Hunger the Boot.


Walton EMC

Air Vac Lifeteam


Thank you to our presenting sponsor Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


From some of our favorite cooks!

Winter Favorites

BUTTERFINGER CRISPIES Preheat oven - 375 degrees

CABBAGE ROLL CASSEROLE 1 Head Cabbage (shredded) 2 pounds ground beef 1/3 cup cooked minute rice 1 raw egg 2 15 oz. cans Tomato sauce 8 oz. of beef stock

2 sticks butter (1 cup) 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda Dash of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 bag Butterfinger bits

Combine ground beef, egg and rice Place ½ cabbage in 9-by-13-inch pan and cover with combined meat mixture. Pour 1 can of tomato sauce over meat/cabbage

Combine flour, baking soda and salt - set aside Cream to butter and sugars til light and fluffy

Add remaining cabbage, mix beef broth and 2nd can of tomato sauce and pour over casserole Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake in a 325 degree oven for 2 ½ hours.

Add eggs and beat well Add flour mixture and beat until combined Add vanilla and Butterfinger bits and mix til combined

- Tom Witts, Mayor of Snellville

Lightly spray cookies sheets with Pam Using a teaspoon drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet Bake 7 - 8 minutes Allow to cool before removing from cookie sheet Store in an airtight container - Susan Chappelear

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Eastside Medical Center Fratelli’s Securlock Storage Storage Tom Wages Funeral Services Georgia Sand & Stone Gwinnett’s Greenest Lawns SarahCare Brushy Forks Nurseries Snell’s Pharmacy Texas Roadhouse Country Financial 10 Key Solutions Family Tree Garden Center Eastside - Spine Eastside - Gynecology Brand & Britt Insurance Agency

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Snellville Tourism & Trade would like to say thanks to all of our event sponsors for 2015. Their support, whether financially or through in-kind contributions, makes it possible for us to put on so many quality events for our community.



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