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My husband and I moved to Suwanee almost exactly 6 years ago. We choose Suwanee because we wanted to be fairly close to Atlanta, it had a very reasonable cost of living and because I love running and wanted to be by the Suwanee Greenway. Suwanee was an awesome place to live then and it continues to get better! We have more parks and playgrounds to enjoy (which is wonderful now that we have three kids) and Town Center Park has really developed with all of the restaurants and new businesses going in. It is no wonder that has rated Suwanee third in the nation when ranking the best communities to raise children. Read all about it on page 9. We at Suwanee Magazine are proud to produce a magazine in such a wonderful and sought after community! I urge you to follow us on facebook and check us out on for more regular updates and web-only articles about this special place we call home. I hope you enjoy reading the July/August issue and hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer! Angela Veugeler Executive Editor

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In this issue:

4 Business ■ ■ ■ ■

Suwanee Business Alliance Investment Strategies Business Spotlight: Silverbacks ranking

10 Get Fit Challenge Update 14 Home 18 Restaurant Spotlight 21 City Government 23 Beat The Heat

See how the contestants are doing... Remodeling kitchen & baths Porto Bello

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28 Health

■ Beating heartburn ■ Growing old gracefully ■ Eye-Q quiz

32 City Buzz 36 Schools 39 Arts

Suwanee happenings News from the clusters


■ Broadway in the Park: "The Little Mermaid Jr." ■ Arts in the Park

42 People & Places 46 Events Calendar On the scene

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Suwanee Business Community News & Information


Suwanee: A great place to live & work! BY: Ed Szczesniak


The business environment in Suwanee has also grown and continues to evolve. It’s not just the quantity, but the quality of the businesses that want to be part of this evolution. Businesses ’m a landscape designer, so as we enter the summer, I big and small, retail and services-based companies are moving can’t help but think about this being the time where my here or being given birth in Suwanee. In 2000 there were only 635 clients see a burst of growth in all the businesses licensed here, today there are more landscape projects we’ve installed than 1,800 and growing. over the past 10 years. As I drive Back in 1999 a small handful of business folks around Atlanta I can see how the designs formed the SBA to help promote economic we’ve installed have matured and created the growth for the businesses located within the beautiful framework we envisioned for their city. One thing that has helped immensely is the Suwanee Town Center 2002 homes. It’s personally rewarding to me to see tie the SBA has with the city leadership. Every this picture unfold and see smiles on their Suwanee mayor, most city council members, faces as they reflect on how, together, we and a significant portion of the city staff are were able to change their tired old landscapes active members of the SBA. This helps us keep into a colorful picture they’re proud to be a abreast of what’s going on in the city, and it also part of. helps city leaders understand what is important The same can be said for the city we to the business leaders in the community, and Suwanee Town Center 2012 live in. When I first visited the old Atlanta together we can better shape the future for Quite a lot of change Falcons Training Camp in Suwanee in the all of us. The 240+ businesses that now form for a city that got it's first the SBA’s core membership have found that '80s, there was the football camp, Main Street in Old Town Suwanee, a gas station, and that doing business with each other, having common traffic light in 1985! was about all there was to this sleepy little goals, and a place to develop not just business town. Fortunately for all of us who now live here, the city leaders, but personal friendships just follows the path that has helped planners, and residents designed the beautiful vision we all enjoy Suwanee become the envy of the south as a place to “Live, Work, today. And what a great place to live! and Play.” Heck – we even have our own magazine now! And Suwanee continues to grow and look even better every Although there may be limitations on the physical growth of day. Businesses along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road are growing the city, there are virtually no limitations to how we can grow the and making visual improvements to their facades; Peachtree success of our businesses, the quality of life here for our families, Industrial Blvd. is getting a median facelift as the western entryway and the beauty of our surroundings. to our city; parks continue to spring up all around town; Historic Come join the SBA and help us all grow and smile on what we Old Town is getting another boost with the planned restoration of can accomplish for the future! Pierces Corner; and Buford Highway is soon to have a new look The SBA meets the 2nd Wednesday of every and feel for both cars and pedestrian traffic, keeping the charm month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at different business locations of the old and beautifying and improving it with some new and in town. For more info: creative thinking! President, Suwanee Business Alliance Owner/Designer - Georgian Landscape Design


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There are many different strategies that will accomplish your goal. Your interest in international investing is a very important part of building a balanced investment plan. For example there are more consumers in Asia than in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa COMBINED! Additionally, it is projected that over 80 percent of all new growth will come from Asia. So how do you position yourself to take advantage of those opportunities? First, you could buy the stocks of foreign companies. For example, the components of an iPhone are sourced from several countries: processor (Samsung – South Korea), transceiver (Infineon – Germany), touchscreen (TPK – Taiwan), compass (AKM – Japan), and the accelerometer (STM – Switzerland), etc., and assembled in China. You could purchase shares of any of those companies. You could purchase shares of mutual funds that invest in those stocks, which may provide for more diversification within your portfolio. Second, and perhaps less daunting, is the strategy of purchasing stock in U.S. companies whose sales are primarily in international markets. For example, Coca Cola - 69 percent out of the US, Nike - 64 percent, Apple – 65 percent, Heinz – 56 percent, 3M – 65 percent and Avon 79 percent, etc... The majority of the profits of these “American” companies are produced in other countries. Owning any of these or other similar stocks can position you to take advantage of the international opportunities without owning “foreign stocks.” Of course, as with any investment, an investor should consider all of the risks involved. The world of investing is changing rapidly. If your investment program is not up to date, you may miss new opportunities. A portfolio check up with a competent financial advisor can assist Send us your you in deciding what would be best investment suited for you and your portfolio. questions to

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Suwanee indoor multi-sports facility offers recreational fun for young and old


BY: Tana Christian Suggs

hile parents may tell their children not to play ball in the house that is certainly not the case at the Silverbacks Suwanee Indoor facility located on Brogdon Exchange in Suwanee. In fact, at the facility that boasts two side by side indoor soccer fields and the only black field in America, the rule is just the opposite offering soccer, flag football for youth and adults and even providing facilities for Lacrosse. In Suwanee since 2002, the Silverbacks became a partner of the facility in 2005 and took over the facility about three years ago. In addition to the sports leagues, an after school program was started in January 2012 where students are picked up, receive homework help, a snack and have two and a half to three hours of physical activity, such as soccer, flag football, kick ball and dodge ball. “If you’re not associated with an organized club or league, kids don’t get enough exercise,” John Drummond, director of after school programming, said. He added that what they offer at the Suwanee Indoor facility - John Drummond, is not just one sport specific, but multiSilverbacks Suwanee Indoor sport where the children can work on different skill sets.

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After-school program will include time for the kids to do their homework. Activities including soccer, football, kickball, P.E. games, relay races, and inflatable’s will give kids an opportunity to develop their athletic abilities, while also emphasizing teamwork, sportsmanship, and most importantly, fun.

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Drummond, who is from Scotland, said he grew up playing all different sports. “For me, learning all the sports helped me with the one sport I love to play, which is soccer,” he said. “And typically the wellrounded athletes excel at more than one sport.” Drummond, who is a Suwanee resident, said the thing about the program is it’s recreational. And the emphasis is all about the fun. “We teach fundamentals with ‘fun’ being the appropriate thing,” he said. And what Drummond said he finds most rewarding about the program is when a child learns how to play soccer or how to throw a football. “We’re not here to make olympic superstars,” he said. “We’re here for the kids to have a great time. And we make it affordable as well.” Drummond has a passion for coaching with about 12 years at the Norcross Soccer Association leading a variety of age groups from under 10 through college, and he said it’s the small things like seeing a kid smile and saying ‘thank you coach’ that makes everything worthwhile and is why he loves his job. Summer camps are being held at the Suwanee Indoor facility that also provide multi-sport focus to get kids off the couch and up and moving. Camps also include one field trip per week. The Silverbacks remain community focused through events and being involved with the North Gwinnett school clusters. Awareness of the Suwanee Indoor facility, home to a number of youth and adult leagues from competitive to super-competitive, is beginning to grow. For more information, visit

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Suwanee receives Top Ranking by

Residents of Suwanee all know how great the city really is, but it’s nice for others to recognize it!

Suwanee Ranked 3rd of “Ten Great Cities to Raise Your Kids”


BY: Tana Christian Suggs

K has named Suwanee, with the average family income of approximately $104,813 and a little more than 40 percent of families with children, combined with great schools, great parks and a heap of fun all around, one of the best communities in the country to raise children. Of the "Ten great cities to raise your kids," Kiplinger rated Suwanee third with Omaha, Neb., and Richland, Wash., taking the number one and number two spots, respectively. Criteria for making the list were metropolitan areas with high household incomes relative to living costs, a large percentage of families with children under the age of 18, and low crime rates. Other considerations included education and fun.

Jimmy Burnette, Mayor of Suwanee, said the release of the report with Suwanee in the number three spot was a total surprise but certainly a good one. “It makes you feel proud to know people recognize all the efforts we have been doing to make this a great place to live,” Burnette said. “Feels like you’re doing the right thing in having a good safe community, where people want to live, work and play.” This is not the first time Suwanee has made it on a prestigious list of bests. In 2007 Suwanee was recognized as one of the "ten best small communities to live" by Money Magazine. For more information and to see the report, go to

Here’s what other area residents had to say about the recent report and Suwanee’s place on the list:

I heard about the rating through facebook. We’ve been here since '99. We have kids out of college who enjoyed growing up in Suwanee. My favorite thing about Suwanee is Town Center and the overall community feeling. - Maureen Madden

We just moved back from Tennessee in January. We love the fountain and Sims Lake Park. The kids love Catch Air. - The Williams Family

We agree. We love it here. We've seen it develop and love the walking trails. Suwanee’s like an amusement park for kids and adults because of the many things to do here. It's about getting out and doing it! - Suwanee Residents Rob, Casey, and Colton Coblentz

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BY: Angela Veugeler

e've all heard of them. We've all reached them at some point...I'm talking about the dreaded plateau. The months of May and June have proven to be tough for most of the “Get Fit Suwanee” contestants. There is something called “life” that seems to get in the way of making fitness a priority. With vacations, kids, school ending, on top of being a few months into a fitness plan, it is common to level off and even gain a few pounds. Still, everyone has managed to keep the weight off and some have lost weight. Michelle McShane led the weight loss this time around, with 12 lbs. lost. Great job Michelle! The important thing to remember is that getting healthy is a lifestyle change. It takes consistency, time and a lot of work. Even with their individual challenges, the Get Fit contestants had some great experiences the past couple of months. The contestants participated in inspirational meetings at Big Peach (the official Get Fit Weigh-in Center) where everyone shared goals and struggles. At one of these meetings, Kyle Maynard, owner of No Excuses CrossFit in Suwanee, gave a motivational speech with tips on getting fit and leading a heathy lifestyle. Maynard also gave everyone a taste of a No Excuses CrossFit workout. Who knew you could get so much out of 10 minutes of exercise!? Contestants also participated in a Skyrobics class at Skyzone, Suwanee’s indoor trampoline park, where they learned that in a one hour class, a person can burn up to 1,000 calories! Plus, it is so much fun to be bouncing on trampolines the whole time!

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TRAINER TIPS - Levi Lee Fit Forward Fit Forward trainer Levi Lee weighs in on how to overcome plateaus:

Rest Take a few days off, you'll come back feeling rejuvenated and ready to go strong again.

Eating Habits As you work out your body needs more calories. Three meals a day does not cut it anymore. Sometimes even five to seven meals are inadequate depending on the nutrients you are getting. Make sure you eat enough and that its healthy food.

Sleep Enough Working out is the catalyst, sleep is when your body evaluates the work you have put it through and compensates by creating more muscle or burning fat.

Don't Overdo it Keep workouts under an hour. In general if you work out for more than an hour, it can put your body into a catabolic state when your body uses up its preferred sources of energy: glycogen and glucose, and you want to avoid it at all cost. During this state, it can start to breakdown tissue in order to burn the protein found in muscle as energy. A similar process happens when you go without food for a long time.

Hitting a plateau in your fitness journey is very discouraging, but sticking to these helpful tips can help. Above all, keep in mind why you started the journey, lock it into your thoughts and then persevere tenaciously. Always remember that you are worth it. All too often we forget to focus on ourselves, everything in life pulls on us – family, friends and work. If you don't take the time to make yourself 100 percent, how can you be 100 percent for everyone else in your life?


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ut their journey, and here The contestants have been blogging abo ir posts: are a few excerpts from the

Michelle McShane

On June 5, Michelle wrote in her blog…


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"Let me tell you how different I feel having gone completely off of the diet for only a few days, skipping meals, as well as laying off of the exercise for a few days. Blah! Yes, I feel tired, bloated and achy. Truthfully, I feel fat! I haven’t gained any weight. Trust me, I checked! However, the difference in my overall “feeling” is different. You really are what you eat! Yes, if you put junk in, you will feel like junk. You put nutrition in and you will run as if you put real fuel into your vehicle (your body).”

Ekira Beckwith

On June 8, Erika wrote in her blog…

"I am also loving how I feel…since changing my diet (I removed all corn, gluten and sugar). I have more TOTAL energy, my skin is clear and I no longer feel bloated all L OST: the time. I have been trying to buy organic and locally and 13 lbs recently started buying the majority of my produce from Big Organic Garden. We’re only 1/4 of the way into the program and I still have a lot of weight I want to lose by the time we’re done. That means I still have a lot of work to do. Right now I feel like I’m off to a good start, just taking it one meal…and one workout at a time…always reminding myself that slow and steady wins the race."

Divya Desai On June 1, Divya wrote in her blog…

TOTAL LOST: 35 lbs

"Ok so here it is…the month of May has been my gain month – starting with husband’s birthday, medical issues, vacation, and then another birthday to top it off. I have gained a nice 4 lbs. That really does not mean I am going to throw the towel in and quit. That means it’s time to work out harder. I really am not bothered by it because it’s time to get back on the roller coaster and go down the ride. Going up the roller coaster is no fun."

TOTAL LOST: 24 lbs

Bill King

On June 20, Bill wrote… "I am stagnating. My initial loss of 25 lbs was fairly easy and rapid. Now, since I have lost a noticeable amount of weight, I feel much better and I am getting some nice ego boosts, but I am losing motivation to a degree. I have been holding steady at about 311 lbs for about six weeks. When I gain a pound or two I take it right back off. I really need to get my mind right and lose another 20. It’s just a focus thing. I see the plate of barbeque, or homemade peach ice cream or pound cake and think…”Yea, I will gain a pound today, but I can take it right back off tomorrow.” Fact is, that attitude is fine for maintenance, but I still need to lose another 60 lbs. Excuses are easy, but I KNOW it all comes down to the little decisions. Each little decision adds up. If I am focused and true to my goals and my stated objective, I know what I should do every time."

Ginny Wurttemberg On May 31, Ginny wrote in her blog…


"I really think the encouragement I’ve received from Divya and Michelle has helped a lot. Plus, the Peachtree Road Race is in a little over one month! I love this event! It’s truly one of my favorite races. I am going to be ready for it!"

Ginny Wurttemberg had a setback with an injury but is ready to get back on track!

Everyone needs encouragement now and again. Please check out the Get Fit contestant’s blogs and let them know how they are doing! If you see any of them at the gym or around town, introduce yourself and give them a high five. It helps to know you have people routing for you!

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Kitchens and master bathrooms continue to be the top two rooms for remodeling.

ecause of the current recession, it is no surprise that more and more homeowners have decided to stay in their homes and remodel. You may be in the market for new flooring or countertops. Today’s kitchen and bath showroom has so much more than just tile and carpet. Consumers today expect more than the 4x4 and 6x6 white and almond tiles or beige builder-grade carpet of years past. The big box stores are great for the basics, but if you want a truly designer-inspired home, you may want to visit your local family-owned flooring store. There you will find a team of trained designers, consultants, and installers who know all facets of flooring and can assist you with everything from selection to installation. You will also find more than just flooring. Besides a vast selection of carpet, rugs, tile, natural stone, quartz, hardwoods and laminate, you may be pleased to find everything from bathroom vanities and accessories for the DIY customer. Your local showroom will walk you through your project with detailed expertise and experience you won’t find at the big boxes. Kitchens and master bathrooms continue to be the top two rooms for remodeling. There also seems to be a trend to remodel an existing space, rather than adding on. “Green” design using sustainable materials is on the upswing these days (not just for environmentalists) with cork and bamboo readily available. A compact bathroom can be a little jewel remodel,


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countertops in sophisticated colors and edge treatments and a simple but stylish backsplash of natural stone or ceramic subway tiles. On the floor, larger porcelain tiles or wood-look tiles are all the rage. Cabinets are more transitional in design with painted finishes, clean lines, sleek details, and well-organized configurations. The overall trend is clean and simple for a timeless and classic result – functional as well as beautiful! Most consumers have already done their homework on the web before venturing out to a showroom and are looking for the best deal on quality products. Check out websites, Kudzu, and even Facebook for deals and promotions. If you are staying in your home and are thinking about remodeling, visit your local flooring showroom for ideas and inspiration. It is recommended that you align yourself with a reputable and experienced company; one that has a store front and complete warranty to protect your investment should the need arise. You can generally count on having that dream kitchen or bath within a few weeks of walking into the design center. Start by doing your homework and keep a binder of rooms you love from magazines or online. Share your wish book and ideas with the showroom designer and you are on your way to a beautiful and everlasting dream home.


The Best Culinary Experiences Suwanee Has To Offer

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BY: Tana Christian Suggs

Porto Bello

Where cooking is a


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uwanee resident Victor Garcia, a long-time chef and restaurateur opened Porto Bello restaurant serving up authentic Italian cuisine at the restaurant’s original location in Suwanee on McGinnis Ferry Road in 2007. Hugo Garcia, Victor’s son who now helps his father manage and run the business, recalled growing up and going to work with his dad at the different restaurants where his father was chef and part owner. When time came for Victor to open his own restaurant, Hugo said his father was a little nervous at first, and he gave him a little nudge. “I knew the quality of his food and his work ethic,” Hugo said. “I knew we could make it work.” Hugo called the old location on McGinnis Ferry Road “the perfect stepping stone” to the new location. “It was a good opportunity to open up and see what we could do,” Hugo said. “It gave me the opportunity to learn more about the restaurant and to learn more about the clientele.” The Garcias relocated the restaurant to the new location on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in late November 2011. With the new location came a couple of new elements for the restaurant: opening for lunch and offering a full-service bar. Hugo said it’s their passion for the food and the attention to the details that makes them different from other restaurants. Some of the menu favorites include the Porto Bello salad, clams and calamari. Popular entrées include Eggplant Rollatina stuffed with pasta ricotta and then baked in a tomato sauce and topped with parmiggiano and mozzarella, Eggplant Parmesean and Lobster Ravioli.

If you’re hungry for chicken, the Chicken Francese in a lemon butter sauce is one of the restaurant's more popular menu items, but Hugo said the Chicken Scarpariello, which is more of a Sicilian-style dish with garlic, mushrooms, pepperoncini, olives, sausage, potatoes and spices is one of his personal favorites. Menu items also include seafood, veal and beef selections. “He (Victor Garcia) just does a really good job and everything is as fresh as possible,” Hugo said talking about his father’s cooking. “The sauces are either made on a daily basis or in the moment when he is preparing your meal.” Currently it is Hugo and his parents working in the restaurant, but his brother, who has been overseas serving in the Army will be back and may offer a helping hand with the restaurant soon. Hugo said he realizes a lot of family members sometimes have a difficult time working with one another, but he said it's not like that for them. “For me it’s a dream come true,” Hugo said. “I love working with them. It’s been great.” For more information, go to the website at

“ Everything is as fresh as possible. The sauces are either made on a daily basis or in the moment when he is preparing your meal.”

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News & Notes from The City of Suwanee


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Leader follows passion for local politics Suwanee City Council Member Jace Brooks resigns after nearly 10 years of service BY: Tana Christian Suggs


n May 22, Jace Brooks walked into his last Suwanee City Council meeting as a member of the Council. Brooks, whose passion for politics began during his school years, said he really loved what he saw going on in the city and that made him want to be more involved. That involvement began with time on the city's Planning and Zoning Board and then he continued his involvement as a member of Suwanee City Council when he was elected to serve in August 2002. During his time on the council, Brooks thinks the changes in Suwanee have been for the better and cites creating an identity for the community and establishing a great gathering place, Town Center Park, among the great accomplishments. “I get so proud just driving by (Town Center Park) and seeing kids playing in the fountain, seeing people throwing Frisbees, just enjoying it,” Brooks said. “We really hit the nail on the head. I’m very proud and excited that we were able to meet that need.” But he was also quick to credit the residents, who gave city officials the support and trust to get the things accomplished. Brooks said the fact that Suwanee is seen as a regional leader and well thought of by other communities at the local, and in some cases national level, while being fiscally responsible, such as lowering taxes and receiving upgrades from bond rating agencies, was also notable. “I’m thrilled we were able to do so much, but yet do it very efficiently for the tax payers,” he said. Another key he pointed out is the staff and the fact the city runs very efficiently. “They (staff members) are very professional,” Brooks said. “They are very talented and work hard, so we have developed a lot of trust in them as well. They have a sense of excellence.” And Brooks spoke highly of his former fellow council

members. He said they all worked by a code of conduct whereby they would passionately put forth their opinions, but then once a decision is made, they all abide by that decision and move forward. “I think that has been huge and it helped that we were, in a broader sense, all on the same page,” he said. Even though Brooks has resigned from Suwanee’s City Council, his political career is far from over. In late May, Brooks qualified for the District 1 seat on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners stating a lack of leadership at the county level as the thing that compelled him to run for the position, and if elected, he hopes to bring a fresh perspective along with some of the valuable leadership qualities he obtained while serving in Suwanee to the county level. “I learned quite a bit and feel like I can bring that experience and those same types of leadership principles and conservative fiscal principles to the county level,” he said. Shirley Lasseter, who held the District 1 seat resigned after pleading guilty to bribery charges and now a special election must be held to fill Lasseters unexpired term. Brooks and Laurie McClain, a Duluth resident, both qualified as candidates for the District 1 seat. The GOP primary for the District 1 Commissioner is scheduled for July 31. The city of Suwanee will hold a special election to fill the unexpired term left vacant by Brooks’ resignation. Candidates may qualify from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. June 25 and 26 and 8:30 a.m. - noon June 27 at Suwanee City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue. The qualifying fee is $270.


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he South is known for a lot of wonderful things. Among them include southern hospitality, sweet tea, the shade of big magnolia trees, the sweet smell of honeysuckle…and then there’s the sweltering heat and humidity during the long summer days! But just because we live in the South, doesn’t mean we have to endure the heat. With a little bit of planning, Suwanee residents can still have a memorable, active and fun summer. So at Suwanee Magazine we came up with some fun ideas to help Suwanee families...


this Summer! BY: Tana Christian Suggs


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Beat the Heat in and around Suwanee: Escape the heat and catch a movie and a meal at Suwanee’s Movie Tavern located at Horizon Village. The Movie Tavern offers a premium movie-going experience that caters to adults but is also family friendly. The unique experience at Movie Tavern offers an in-theatre dining experience featuring first-run movies combined with a wide range of chef prepared menu selections. Visit a cool and quiet sanctuary of knowledge and books, your local Library. The Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library is conveniently located right on Main Street and summer events include the summer reading program for kids and teens and much more. For seniors ages 50 and older who want to learn about using a computer or keep their computer skills strong, perhaps the summer is a good time to beat the heat by taking a class at the Gwinnett Senior Learning Center located in the community center at George Pierce Park or Bethesda Park.


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While avoiding the heat, take some time to celebrate art and more at your local museum. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, located in Buford where instead of soaking up rays, visitors can “soak up science.” Described as a unique place for science and nature, the facility includes environmental education, passive recreation, and cultural exploration. Or catch the latest exhibit or view the ‘Works From the Permanent Collection’ at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. To keep young children out of the heat, head to Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, located just a short drive away in Gainesville, Ga., where role-playing and learning go hand in hand and exhibits are designed to engage young minds. Most importantly, children can have fun in the climate controlled environment. If you’re craving some physical exercise, there are a menagerie of places to run, jump, climb and play ball without being exposed to the summer heat. Jump into Sky Zone, Suwanee’s new trampoline park. Activities are fit for all ages and fitness levels, and jumpers are sure to have a ‘soaring’ good time on the wall-to-wall trampolines. You can also stop by the ultimate indoor play center, Catch Air. Or join and take an exercise class at one of Suwanee's many fitness centers. Does cabin fever have you and your family feeling like climbing the walls? You can do that in Suwanee, too. Get climbing to new heights at Adrenaline Climbing, Suwanee’s indoor rock climbing experience located on Brogdon Road. If bowling is up your alley, then Oasis Bowling in Buford may be your location to spare you of the summer heat while having loads of fun.

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Looking for organized team sports? Your game is on at Suwanee Sports Academy or at the Silverbacks Indoor Suwanee facility. Other cool ways to get moving include signing up for a dance class at one of the many dance studios in and around Suwanee, such as Suwanee Academy of the Arts. If you’re feeling artsy and creative, sign up for an art class at one of the many art studios such as Wonder Colors or Anita’s Artscool or feel some cool clay between your fingers as you create a masterpiece at Peace, Love and Pottery or the Creative ClayHouse. Or plan a fun evening of painting with friends at Masterpiece Mixers. If you must be outside, perhaps it's best to spend the day where you can cool off in the water. Take a swim in your neighborhood pool or get wet and cool down in Big Splash, the interactive fountain, located in Town Center Park. Another option for a day of water and fun is to load up the car and head to Lanier World at Lake Lanier Islands. For those who like to walk, run, or bike be sure to avoid the hottest part of the day with an early morning or late afternoon stroll, jog or ride shaded by the canopy of trees at the Suwanee Greenway. And don’t forget to take in Suwanee’s SculpTour while you’re in and around Town Center Park. Shopping Suwanee’s local retailers makes a great way to escape the heat. And for an added bonus, cool off with a cool treat from many different locations in and around Town Center. At the end of a hot day, the last thing you may want to do is heat up your kitchen by cooking dinner. Suwanee has many area restaurants from fast food to fine dining where you and your family can have a delicious meal without heating your home.


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Beat the Heat Atlanta Attractions: One of the many good things about Suwanee is its location and proximity to Atlanta and all that a big city has to offer. And perhaps it’s during the long, hot days of summer that many area residents will load up the car with family and friends and take the short drive to ATL where you can visit one of Atlanta’s many attractions. Explore the animals of the deep blue sea up close and personal with a visit to the Georgia Aquarium and then meander over to the World of Coca-Cola where you can discover the magic of the drink. Take a tour of the Fox Theater and then stay to take in a show. History buffs may want to relive the Battle of Atlanta at Cyclorama and celebrate 75 years of “Gone With the Wind” with a visit to Margaret Mitchell’s house where you can take a guided tour. With kids to entertain during the long, hot days of summer, perhaps it’s a good time to visit to Imagine it! – The Children’s Museum of Atlanta where play and learning intersect. And for all young scientists, visit the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Fernbank Science Center. The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta is the largest American organization solely dedicated to the art of puppetry and includes Puppets: The Power of Wonder that features more than 350 puppets from around the world. You can also beat the heat by heading to Six Flag White Water to stay cool during the mid-day heat. Editor’s Note: We at Suwanee Magazine strived to include as many beat the heat ideas as possible. This list is not intended to be all inclusive. *Please visit the websites of all destinations for more detailed information, directions and hours of operation before you visit.


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Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

A couple of big health concerns when it comes to hot weather are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Sweating is the body’s way of cooling itself and heat exhaustion is when sweating can’t keep up with the demands of the body. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include profuse sweating, weakness, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, headache and muscle cramps. If symptoms are not treated in a timely and appropriate manner, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, a life threatening condition that requires immediate medical care. Symptoms of heat stroke include confusion and lethargy, the skin stops sweating and the body’s temperature rises and seizures can occur. The key to preventing or overcoming heat exhaustion is to avoid strenuous, outdoor activity during the hottest times of the day. However, there are days when it is difficult to avoid being outside, so if you do have to be outdoors, take frequent breaks in a shaded area, stay hydrated and watch for and know the symptoms of heat exhaustion. The sooner the symptoms are recognized and managed, the less chance that complications will occur. (For more information about Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke go to And we all know that sun exposure can be harmful to the skin. Avoid sunburn. Stay inside during the hottest part of the day. When outdoors, apply sunscreen and if outdoors for prolonged periods, reapply sunscreen often.

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Favorite summer foods can exacerbate heartburn – the unpleasant burning sensation felt deep in your chest after eating or drinking. Tomatoes, barbecue, citrus & cocktails can make symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, feel even more uncomfortable...

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Understanding GERD

GERD occurs when the lower muscle of the esophagus doesn’t close properly, allowing stomach acid and food to flow back up. If left untreated, it can cause serious damage to the lining of the esophagus.

Symptoms include:

■ Burning pain that begins in the chest or behind the chest bone and moves up toward the throat ■ Pain that usually occurs after meals and responds to antacids ■ A feeling that food is coming back into the mouth ■ An acid or bitter taste at the back of the throat ■ Chronic coughing, wheezing or worsening asthma ■ Sore throat or hoarseness & difficulty swallowing

Making simple lifestyle adjustments usually improves heartburn symptoms, but it may not stop GERD.

You can manage your symptoms for a heartburn-free summer: 1) Keep a diet log. Identify what triggers heartburn for you & avoid those foods. 2) Limit trigger foods such as tomatoes, peppermints, chocolate, fatty & fried food, caffeinated drinks & citrus drinks. Instead of tomatoes in your salad, replace with carrots or milder veggies; grill instead of frying; and refresh dessert with sorbets instead of chocolate. 3) Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight puts more pressure on your stomach. Take advantage of the later sunsets – go on a walk after dinner. 4) Avoid tight-fitting belts and clothes that put pressure on your stomach. Summer affords more opportunities to wear lightweight fabrics such as linen or seersucker, which fit loosely on the body.

5) Avoid alcohol, which increases the chances of acid flowing from your stomach into your esophagus. 6) Eat small meals. Try six small meals a day, instead of three large ones, and eat slowly. 7) Let your food digest. Avoid exercising, lying down or bending over soon after eating. 8) Stop smoking. Smoking stimulates acid production and inhibits saliva, which protects the esophagus lining.

If symptoms persist or taking over-the-counter antacids or prescription medications do not provide relief, make time to talk with your doctor.

For more information, call the Heartburn Treatment Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth at 770-844-3675 or visit


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Looking to grow old


rowing old is a part of life, but in our day and age we are learning that perhaps we really can age gracefully. We know getting plenty of rest, exercise and eating right can certainly help, but there are also some non-invasive treatments that can help us look and feel our best. By nature, the body has the ability to heal and rejuvenate itself, but during the aging process, that ability slows down. The key is to tap into the energy that helps the body to revitalize and rejuvenate naturally. Salon Greco, the European Day Spa in Suwanee is now offering a treatment that can do just that. With the use of a highly specialized microcurrent machine, one of three specially trained staff at the salon can use six Bioelectric Energy signatures to the deliver energy to the cells and muscles that will oxygenate, erase deep and fine lines, tone, firm and lift. The treatment is called the Neurotris Facial Lift. “Those six functions are what make the machine really impressive.” Cathie Fennell, owner of Salon Greco said. “And what makes this really special, we are reaching deeper muscles.” The machine uses two probes that send current to the hard-to-reach cells and muscles giving them the much needed wake up call that rejuvenates them so they function again. Norma Nieves, 71, a Norcross resident and client

For more information about the Neurotris Facial Lift or other services offered at Salon Greco, visit the website at


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of Salon Greco, said she has always prided herself on looking her best, and when she noticed one of her eye lids starting to droop she began to feel self conscious. It eventually affected her social life, so she decided to try the treatments.

The key is to tap into energy that helps the body to revitalize and rejuvenate naturally and help us age gracefully. People noticed the positive change right away, and Neives said she has resumed her normal social schedule. Because the process increases cell energy, the best results come about 24 hours after treatment. “It takes time once you increase that cell energy for the cells to start working at peak efficiency,” Fennell said. “…And it’s those cumulative effects we are actually trying to do – retrain the muscles and retrain the cells to stay recharged for longer periods of time.” Fennell added that’s why it’s important to start out with a series of treatments. The client usually determines the length of the series. The treatment is generally pain free although some clients may feel some vibration, especially around the mouth of those clients with extensive dental work. And they may also experience a slight metallic taste from metal fillings as well. The treatment is not recommended for people with pacemakers or metal implants.


During the school year did your child complain about not being able to see the writing on the dry erase board? Does your child have difficulty reading? During the summer vacation, do you notice your child sitting close to the T.V.? These may be indicators that your child needs a vision checkup, and perhaps while kids are out of school for summer, it's a good time to visit your local eye doctor. Thanks to our friends at Suwanee Vision Center, here is a fun eye quiz to see how much you know about your eyes and the eyes of your children.

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What percentage of children under the age of 12 need vision correction? a) 3% b) 5% c) 10% d) 100%. Everyone needs glasses all the time, even while sleeping! How do you think we see dreams? An eyelash falls out after about _______________. a) 2 years b) 5 months c) 25 days d) 13,132,800 seconds Less than 1% of mothers are color defective. If one of these mothers has a son, he will be color defective ______________. a) almost 100% of the time b) less than 1% of the time c) the national average which is about 8% for boys d) Who cares? Color vision is totally overrated in our lives! The human eye is able to distinguish about _______shades of gray. a) 25 b) 100 c) 10,000 d) Zero. I can’t even tell red from green! Under the right conditions, the human eye can see the light of a candle at a distance of _____________________. a) 14 miles b) 73,920 feet c) 887,040 inches d) a,b, and c e) about the length of Lake Lanier Nearly _______ of American children between the ages of 3-16 wears a vision correction. a) 10% b) 25% c) 67% d) we wish it was 100%!

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Suwanee moves city council meetings to 6:30 p.m. The city of Suwanee has changed its monthly city council meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The public hearing will be the first item on the agenda, and once that concludes, the rest of the meeting will immediately follow. Suwanee City Council will typically meet at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next Council meeting is July 24.

The City of Suwanee will hold a special election July 31 to fill an unexpired city council term. Jace Brooks resigned his city council post after nearly 10 years of service in order to run for the District 1 seat on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. Council candidates must be registered voters and have lived within the City limits for 180 days. Candidates may qualify at City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue, from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. June 25 and 26 and 8:30 a.m.- noon June 27. The qualifying fee is $270. Voting for the City Council post will take place at city hall; those casting ballots must be registered voters living within the city of Suwanee limits. Ballots for the Transportation Investment Act and other items must be cast at voters’ Gwinnett County polling locations. Poll workers are needed for Suwanee’s special election.


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Star 94's 2012 Woofstock Festival

Pets paraded through Town Center Park for STAR 94's annual pet party in the park, Woofstock was held May 12 at Town Center Park. Pets and their owners spent the day long festival watching demonstrations and contests. There were also vendors, live music, food vendors, a beer garden, a pet spa and if you came in need of a pet, there were pet adoptions. Ultimate Air Dogs performed its dock jumping show for the crowd, and Sports USA presented a Frisbee dog exhibition and workshop. Other dog contests included smallest, biggest, and pet/owner look-a-like. Live music was performed by The Electric Sons, Glow and Mirror.

Suwanee Attorney Announces plans to run for vacant Suwanee City Council seat.

Suwanee attorney, Beth Hilscher, 41, announced she intends to run for Suwanee City Council in the July special election to fill the unexpired term of Jace Brooks who resigned to run for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. Hilscher currently is vice chair of Suwanee’s Downtown Development Authority, which she has been a member of since 2009 and she participated on the Steering Committee for the city’s 20/20 Vision Strategic Plan. She is a member of the Suwanee Main Street Merchant Association and served on the board of the Ruby Forest Homeowners’ Association. Active in numerous community and educational organizations, Hilscher recently graduated from Leadership Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Chamber’s prestigious nine-month leadership training program.


For more information or to apply, contact Elvira Rogers aterogers@ or 770-945-8996.

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Looking for Off-The-Wall YouTube Worthy Videos!

Do you see life through the lens of a video camera? Do you have what it takes to produce a fun, slightly off-the-wall video about the joys of living in Suwanee? If so, perhaps you could win up to $1,000 in the city's first-ever video competition. Winning videos will be uploaded to the city’s YouTube channel and made available via

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Original videos should be no longer than three minutes. The goal should be to promote the city to potential residents and businesses with funny but not foul content. Suggested themes include "Suwanee on the Edge" or "My Wacky, Wonderful Hometown." All applicants need to comply with copyright regulations, including any use of music. The preferred format for submissions is WMV or MOV, provided via DVD. Applications are available at and must be submitted with video entries.

Memorial Day Concert

It wouldn't be Memorial Day weekend in Suwanee if it didn't start with a performance of military marches and patriotic tunes. In what has become a firmly rooted community tradition, the Gwinnett Daily Post kicked off the Memorial Day weekend May 25 at Town Center Park with a free concert that honors those who serve and have served in the United States Military. The Gwinnett Community Band, led by Music Director Jack Randall, performed after a demonstration jump by Silver Wings, the Command Exhibition Parachute Team of the U.S. Army Infantry based at Fort Benning.

Chick-fil-A Celebrates

“Ms. AJ Day”

The phrase “It’s my pleasure” automatically evokes thoughts of Chick-fil-A, but guests dining at Suwanee’s Chick-fil-A on Moore Road enjoy hearing the familiar phrase with a special German accent. Since the store’s opening in January 2007, customers have been loved on by the beloved hostess “Ms. AJ.” Moore Road was grateful to genuinely surprise Ms. AJ on her recent birthday, creating a communitywide celebration, calling it “Ms. AJ Day.” Friends and family filled the store for five hours, bringing gifts, cards, hugs of appreciation, and expressing their appreciation for just how much eating lunch with Ms. AJ means to them! “It was an honor to celebrate someone so special to so many people!” stated General Manager Jim Woodard.

Suwanee's Great American Camp Out! Area residents were invited to spend a night under the stars at Sims Lake Park for some unplugged family fun time for the 2012 Great American Campout event June 30. See our photo gallery from the event at


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city buzz Miss Suwanee with all 42 title holders presented a check in the amount of $20,840 to Mayor Jimmy Burnette in May at Suwanee City Hall.

Miss Suwanee Sweetheart Addison Harris

Pictured is Addison Harris. She raised $800 to capture the title of Miss Suwanee Sweetheart. She also competed in her division and took home her division title of BABY Miss Suwanee!

Donations being accepted for the Laura Sanders-Neidlinger Memorial Fund Laura J. Sanders-Neidlinger passed away on March 17, 2012 at the age of 38 after a long battle with cervical cancer. In honor of her memory, donations are being collected in order to purchase a piece from the 2011 SculpTour to be placed in the community as a memorial in her honor. If you are interested in making a donation or would like more information, please visit the website, at

America's Got Talent's The Rocky Mountain Silhouettes Visit Dance Arts Centre in Suwanee

When 2011 America’s Got Talent competitors, the Rocky Mountain Silhouettes came to the Atlanta area, they stopped by Dance Arts Centre in Suwanee for practice and a few lessons. The visit came about because Jeff Boss and Jamie Wardrop, owners and artistic directors at Dance Arts Centre and Lynne Waggoner-Patton, the director for Rocky Mountain Silhouettes have all known each other for years, so when the group had a corporate event in Atlanta, Waggoner-Patton called on Boss and Wardrop for use of their studio in Suwanee. In early May the group spent a day at the studio where they spent three hours rehearsing for the performance for a corporate event in Atlanta. Boss and Wardrop also held a two hour technique workshop with the members of Silhouettes, and then WaggonerPatton held a two hour workshop with the students at the Dance Centre and Silhouette members. Boss said he thought the best part of the day was the second class led by Waggoner-Patton where students from

the Dance Arts Centre and members of the Silhouettes both attended making it a special time for the students at the Dance Arts Centre to mix and mingle with the group from Denver. Wardrop said he liked teaching the Silhouettes in class. “You see them and they are amazing on the T.V.,” Wardrop said. “And when you actually get them in class as a teacher, you still have corrections.” And another dancer seen on television will be visiting the studio this summer. Missy Morelli from "So You Think You Can Dance" will be at the Dance Arts Center giving instruction during a summer camp session. In the area for about 13 years now, Dance Arts Centre has been recognized as a top 50 dance studio in the U.S. for the past four years teaching a variety of dance disciplines to students ages 3 to 18. For more information, visit dancearts


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Operation Safety Day at Level Creek Elementary On May 12, Level Creek Elementary held their Operation Safety Day. This special event was sponsored by the United States Secret Service and provided the opportunity for a student’s picture and finger printing to be compiled in a safety document for parent/ guardian use only. Other law enforcement agencies were also present to teach the students about their roles in protecting the safety of our country, state and community. On Operation Safety Day, Level Creek ES was honored to have over 100 agents and officers make presentations to the students from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the United States Postal Service, the Gwinnett County Police Department, the Gwinnett County Public Schools Police Department, and the Suwanee Police and Fire Departments.

Career Day at North Gwinnett Middle School On May 15, Tana Suggs, writer and editor at Suwanee Magazine, along with several other professionals in and around the community, had the honor and the privilege to speak to NGMS students about their respective professions for Career Day.


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Learning Never Stops Seniors keep up with technology through computer classes

Time and time again people say you never stop learning. And in Gwinnett County, perhaps there’s no better place for area seniors to learn new and basic computer skills or help one keep up with the everchanging technological advances and keep them in tune with the younger generation than at the Gwinnett Senior Learning Center. The Gwinnett Senior Learning Center, Inc., offers beginning and advanced computer classes and workshops for adults age 50 and older at Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville and Georgia Pierce Park in Suwanee. Fall registration will be held from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. September 11 at the Bethesda Park location and 10 a.m. noon Sept. 12 at George Pierce Park Center in Suwanee. Fees range from $10 to $60 depending on number of classes. Workshops for the fall begin September 17 and classes begin September 24. Courses and workshops include fundamentals such as Microsoft Essentials and Basic Word Processing with a few advanced classes. The organization started as SeniorNet in 1995 at the Bethesda location and expanded to George Pierce Park about five years ago. April Shiver, president of the board of directors for GSRLC, said even though the lab and the classes have been available in the Suwanee area for several years, she doesn’t think the organization has reached near enough of the senior population in Suwanee and the classes aren’t filled on a consistent basis. “We want to reach more people,” Shiver said. “It’s been very positively received by the people who have actually taken a course. I just know there is more of the population out there that needs to know about us.” The organization is run solely by volunteers. Shiver said they are always looking and can use volunteers. The classes are structured for about 15 students in the Suwanee location and 12 in the Bethesda location with state-of-the-art computers, a senior instructor and coaches who help students during the class. Manuals written by volunteers in the organization are provided to

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the students and classes are taught three quarters per year, in the fall, winter and spring. “As important as exercise is to keep a senior’s body active, computer classes can help keep a senior’s mind healthy, and that’s what we strive to do,” Shiver said. She also stated there are plans to add more classes such as social media in the future. The organization also offers a personal computer users group where speakers come and speak on a relevant and specific topic on the second Friday of each month except during the summer. The GSRLC is sponsored by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. GSRLC is planning an open house celebration in August. Visit the website at for details about the open house event, registration, classes, user groups meetings, volunteering and more.

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Suwanee Performing Arts’ performance of Disney’s


With just three weeks of rehearsals, cast, crew and With volunteers work to get things ready to bring the magic onstage at the Town Center Park Amphitheater. “We won’t let anything go onstage that does not pass the critical eye of our artistic director Berneta Bock Davis,” Etherton Broadway in the Park has become perhaps one of said. Suwanee’s summer traditions. And this year, Town Center Park Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, Disney's will go “Under the Sea” July 27 and 28 for Suwanee Performing The Little Mermaid Jr., features the hit songs "Part of Your Arts' annual summer performance and fundraiser. World," "She’s in Love" and Oscar-winning "Under the Sea." In This marks the sixth year for the event and this year’s addition the show will require some audience participation performance features Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr., from the younger members as Ariel will need some a condensed version of the Broadway production. “Mermaid is help and those with a “Light up Sea Urchin” The event will also feature Filligan's Island, a one colorful, fun… (available for $5 at the event) will be asked to help act take from Gilligan's Island at 7 p.m. that was attendees will be make a whirlpool to send Ursula, the evil sea written and produced by SPA founders witch, back to the deepest part of the sea. able to sing along Berneta Bock-Davis and Patty Etherton. “The participants will never forget the making the experience Etherton said last year they heard that roar of the hometown crowd as they take the even more Mermaid was going to be available for amateur stage and the audience will never forget the memorable.” licensing, and we knew that if this was the memories created,” Etherton said. Children will case, we had our Broadway in the Park show for - Patty Etherton be captivated at an “Under the Sea” Tea and meet summer 2012. and greet with Ariel and her friends that will start the “Mermaid is colorful, fun and so many people are festivities each performance day at 10:30 a.m. at Town familiar with the show that attendees will be able to sing along Center Park. Tickets are $25 per child and should be purchased making the experience even more memorable” Etherton said. in advance by contacting SPA at 770-821-7654. Auditions for the show were held in April. “We have alot of Admission to the performance is free to the public, so arrive talent that comes in the door,” Etherton said. “We have a lot of early for best seating, to visit the Island Market featuring shipold faces, but we also have some fresh new faces that will please themed vendors and activities from 4 p.m.7 p.m. and to dine at the audience.” one of Town Center’s local restaurants. With more than 75 cast and crew members, Etherton said Corporate and patron sponsorships are available. SPA is a that most of the cast are from the Suwanee area. Ariel will nonprofit community arts organization founded on be played by Erin Caruso, who attends North Gwinnett High the principle that art is life and ignites a passion for School, and Etherton said Caruso truly embodies the spirit of excellence in community through the performing the favored Disney Princess. Prince Eric will be played by Justin arts. For more information or to donate, visit Hermosilla, a graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School.

The Little Mermaid Jr.


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Rosemary Benevides Williams

Arts In The Park Unites Area Artists And Art Lovers


rtists and art lovers gathered May 19 at Town Center Park for the annual art celebration, Arts in the Park. Area residents strolled through Town Center Park viewing artwork from many local and state artists, observing artists demonstrations, watching performers as they entertained the crowd and some Arts in the Park attendees even shared their own talent participating in sidewalk art. During the festivities, Suwanee’s 2012 SculpTour was announced and the new artwork was also unveiled. The NGAA has more than 150 members and recently celebrated its two year anniversary.

Arts in the Park is held by the North Gwinnett Arts Association in conjunction with the city of Suwanee.


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The greatest, in the art of caring, sharing, loving, creating, and living On June 4th, the North Gwinnett Arts Association lost a beloved member. Rosemary Benevides Williams died due to complications from Diabetes. Vickie Johnson, president of the NGAA, said Williams was an incredible person in so many ways. “She was highly intelligent, extremely creative, and the kind of person that lifted up all of those around her,” Johnson said. “She never stopped planning for her next art project, taking every endeavor very seriously, and she always did her very best to encourage those around her who were struggling to find their own way through the trials and tribulations we all deal with, and she felt art was an important way to cope with what might ail a person.” Williams, who Johnson called the anchor of the organization’s Open Studio, located at unit B-6 Charleston Marketplace Street in Town Center, was environmentally conscientious, always welcoming, and a spokesperson for the group full of information and encouragement. Williams was 66, and Johnson described her as a “young 66 year old” who would dress for Halloween with a streak of purple in her thinning hair because it was fun. “And laughing, laughing, laughing when my granddaughter, Gabby, would ask her for a treat, and then want to paint with her,” Johnson said. “She was just a ball of love.” Williams is survived by her husband, Richard, of 37 years.

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people & places

Jazzy Thing

Fireman 5K Charity Run

May 12th, 2012


Presented by Annandale Village

June 16th, 2012




Suwanee Business Alliance May Meeting MAY 14th, 2012 PORTO BELLO



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people & places

Night of Jazz MAY 11th, 2012



She Moves 5K June 23rd, 2012



SBA / Johns Creek June Meeting June 19th, 2012 ST MARLO



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people & places Suwanee Magazine Goes to the Movies Night Presented by Movie Tavern JUNE 7th, 2012 MOVIE TAVERN

Katherine Warren, Mary Warren from Chik-fil-A, Maureen Recchia from American Casual Living and Kristen Scott and Karen Hendrix from Planet Smoothie Dr Chip Reddy and Luke Strauchman from Suwanee Vision Scott Moretz, Angela Veugeler, Tracy and Ashley Moretz

Vickie Johnson from North Gwinnett's Arts Association and husband Chris Johnson

Elizabeth Barefoot, Hugo Garcia from Porto Bello, Lucy Szczesniak and son Timothy David Denton & Sandra Hobson from Mellow Mushroom

Mir Sabbar, D J Patel, Bhaumik Patel and Brian Futral from Marcos Pizza with Suwanee Magazine's MK Laird

Suwanee Magazine's Shay Taylor and Angela Veugeler with Cooper Draper from Summit Auto Events

Suwanee Magazine's Jon Rogers, Laura Payne, this issue's cover model April Futey, Angela and Joan Veugeler

Captain Mooney & Jessica Mooney

Byron and Erika Beckwith from Suwanee Get Fit Challenge

Brian Weiss, James Lindsay, Jessica and Michael Christie and Amanda Lindsay


Upcoming Suwanee Area Events


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August 2012

Wednesday Independence Day

Council 24 City Meeting Tuesday, July 24 @ 6:30pm City Hall


Monday 1st Day of School Gwinnett County

11 Community Concert Saturday, August 11 @ 6pm Town Center Park

at 26 Toast Town Center Thursday, July 26 @ 6pm Town Center Park

27 Broadway & in the Park 28 Friday, July 27th & Saturday, July 28th @ 8pm Town Center Park

Presented by Suwanee Performing Arts

18 Blimpie Fit Fest Saturday, August 18 @ 7:30am Town Center Park

For more information, visit or

at 23 Toast Town Center Thursday, August 23 @ 6pm Town Center Park

Farmers Market

Tuesdays 4pm-7pm Saturdays 8am-12 n & oon Town Center Park


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25 Movies Under The Stars Saturday, August 25 @ Dusk Town Center Park presented by Hiser Orthodontics

26 Family Sunday - Bark in the Park Sunday, August 26 @ 5:05pm Gwinnett Braves Coolray Field

28 City Council Meeting Tuesday, August 28 @ 6:30pm City Hall


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Suwanee Magazine July-August 2012  

The family fun magazine for Suwanee Georgia and surrounding areas.

Suwanee Magazine July-August 2012  

The family fun magazine for Suwanee Georgia and surrounding areas.