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2017 Summer Camp Guide

Our annual Summer Camp Guide is filled with camps that cater to every interest. Included are camps that are sure to give your child memories that will last a lifetime!

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Over 38,000 votes were cast in this year's contest. And the winner is...

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Home Beautification Guide 2017 The area’s best home

Coolray Field: The Home of the Braves

How Gwinnett's Minor League Baseball Stadium is ensuring the ultimate fan experience

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improvement professionals for all your remodeling, repair and landscaping needs.

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35 Managing Allergies

Suwanee ENT offers a variety of effective treatment options for eliminating allergy symptoms

39 Ask Henry

Q&A with Henry the Golden Retriever at Sugar Hill Animal Hospital

40 Family Matters

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Grow Counseling explains the importance of teaching resiliency to your children

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The Diner at Sugar Hill

Wild Animal Safari

The 500 acre drive-through animal park lets you get up close and personal to over 650 wild animals.

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Night to Shine Prom

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17 Investment Strategies

Aileron Investment Advisors explain what has been driving the stock market surge.

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Veugeler Design Group shares information about managing your personal and business Facebook and Instagram pages.

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71 Restaurant Spotlight: The Diner at Sugar Hill A satisfying home-style dining experience with a side of southern hospitality.

78 Suwanee Wine Fest Preview

Beverage SuperStore previews Wine Fest favorites and new selections available to taste at Suwanee Beer Fest.

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letter

a note from our managing editor

Many Suwanee residents claim that the start of Spring is marked for them by one popular event: Suwanee Beer Fest! Suwanee Beer Fest takes place during St. Paddy’s weekend each year and returns to Suwanee Town Center Park on Saturday, March 18th. Flip to page 55 to check out the Beer Fest Guide and what to expect at the 7th annual event this year. With over 300 craft beers, ciders, wine and more – there is something to please the most novice of beer-drinkers to the most die-hard beer snobs in the area. Suwanee Beer Fest prides itself on offering local favorites along with exclusive, hard-to-find, or not-yet-released-to-public beers. But, for those that aren’t in it for the beer, this is a festival you still don’t want to miss: awesome food trucks, Irish dancers, bagpipe players, food samples, live music, cornhole, giant Jenga and a mechanical bulldog are just a few items on the agenda. When I think of Spring, I think of warmer weather, festivals and… spring cleaning (not my fave,) which is why I’m particularly excited about the brand new Home Beautification Guide on page 22. If you’re like me then you’ll be excited to find local, home improvement professionals that you can outsource your landscaping, painting, remodeling and even re-decorating jobs. Amidst the guides you’ll also find some great features, including a funny, firsthand experience at Wild Animal Safari on page 12, all about the Gwinnett Braves on page Does your mom deserve a day of 51, and of course, our annual Cutest pampering, shopping and relaxation? Pup Contest Winner on page 20! Tell us why! Putting this issue together got us very excited for Spring and all that You may submit your mother, daughter, sister, there is to look forward to this year. wife, grandmother or friend as the “Best Mother We hope you enjoy the “Guide Issue” in Suwanee.” We will be accepting entries at suwaneemagazine.com through Friday, March 31st. - we are glad to be such a useful The winner will be notified and featured in the resource to our readers. May/June issue of Suwanee Magazine!

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Managing Editor rachel@suwaneemagazine.com

THE GUIDE ISSUE ere at the office we keep jokingly calling this the “Guide Issue” - but it really is! Think of this issue as your go-to guide for everything in and around Suwanee. Back by popular demand, we have our annual Camp Guide on page 43, featuring over 25 camps throughout the area. This exclusive guide is the only list you really need when considering what type of camp to send your kids to this year. Many of the camps we feature fill up fast, so make sure to call early to secure your summer spot!

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Suwanee Magazine’s Exclusive Guide to the Best Home Improvement Professionals in the Area

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WILD ANIMAL SAFARI About two hours south of Suwanee in Pine Mountain, Georgia, Wild Animal Safari is a 500 acre drive-through animal park, that lets you get face-to-face with over 650 animals from all over the world. STORY AND PHOTOS BY: ANGELA VEUGELER

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ne Friday in February when school was closed, my family and I took the opportunity to visit Wild Animal Safari, in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Once we arrived at the 500-acre park, we opted to take one of Wild Animal Safari’s zebra minivans, available to rent for $22, rather than our own vehicle. Our three boys piled into the zebra van and we headed toward the front gate of the Serengeti Adventure, the drivethrough safari-like experience. After the two-hour drive to Pine Mountain, we were ready to see some animals!

Armed with eight bags of food, right after crossing the gate, we were greeted by several Emu. With their sharp beaks, and heeding the advice of park staff, we decided we had better not hand feed them and set a couple of pieces of food on the van window. They quickly grabbed them, and immediately afterward, Elk, Axis Deer, Fallow Deer, PotBellied Pigs and other species of animals swarmed our van. The Elk and other animals stuck their heads

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Wild Animal Safari lets you get up close and personal with aninals you can usually only see from a distance.

Get there early when the animals are hungriest.

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Five-year-old Harvey never thought he would be able to feed his favorite animal: a giraffe.

right in the windows and ate food out of our hands (luckily there were a few metal bars to prevent the animals heads from getting all the way into the vehicle). All of us were wide-eyed and laughing with excitement. We literally sat in that spot right at the entrance for a good 15 minutes, having so much fun feeding and observing all of the different animals that were coming up. We started forward and were greeted by a group of Mouflon Sheep. These animals wanted the food so badly, they were standing on their hind legs, resting their front hooves against the van. Again, all sorts of animals that had been laying in the field or grazing in the distance came over to see if they could get a hand-out.

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Mouflon sheep jumping on the side of the van, begging for food.

3 Rent a Zebra Minivan or take the bus when it’s available.

4 Bring towels or wipes and hand sanitizer.

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Nika, Wild Animal Safari's new liger (lion tiger cross) pictured at seven weeks old.

6 Take videos and photos to help remember the experience!

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The next stop was the giraffes, Rose and Too Tall. My husband pulled the van up next to where they were housed. Once they saw us, they crossed the pasture toward us. These beautiful, giant animals came right up to the van, stuck their heads in as much as they could with the bars on the windows, and reached their long tongues in to grab the food. We all had the opportunity to pet them, feed them, appreciate their beauty and get slobbered on by them. We stayed to enjoy them for a good while and eventually started forward. As we pulled away, about 30 animals trotted after us. The rest of the 3-1/2-mile ride was just as exciting, with Pot-Bellied Pigs running next to the van, American Bison, Texas Longhorn, Ostrich, Zebra, Nilgai, Gaur and more coming right up to the vehicle and letting us feed them. We were able to pet them, feed them, take lots of pictures and videos and get a lot of excitement and laughs out of the experience. After the ride, we strolled through the Walkabout, which was more like a traditional zoo. There were baboons, kangaroo, tortoises, peacocks, singing dogs (yes, they actually sing), tigers and more. One of the highlights was getting to see the parks eight-week-old Liger, Nika. A Liger is a cross between a male lion

It was incredible! Well worth the drive, and a fun family day that we will treasure forever!

General Manager, Mike Newman, cares greatly for all the animals (including endangered species) at Wild Animal Safari. Mike shown here with Eddie the squirrel monkey.

and female tiger. Nika came to Wild Animal Safari from North Carolina and will soon be a companion to Athena, a white tiger that is about six months older. She will be available for viewings on weekends in March. Wild Animal Safari was founded in 1991 by Ron Snider, who wanted to create a place where people could get up close and personal with the types of animals many folks never get to experience. One of the goals in the creation of the park was to be a reasonably priced attraction, allowing proper care of the animals and grounds and helping children to gain a lifelong love of animals and nature. Wild Animal Safari also has a café and gift shop. The park was purchased 11 years ago and the new owners have upgraded the grounds, acquired new animals and worked to enhance guests’ experience. Wild Animal Safari has consistently been rated one of the top drive-through animal parks in the country. According to General Manager, Mike Newman, “People are here to have a good time; we are here to assist them in having a good time.” With over 650 total animals and 75 different species, some threatened or endangered, there were plenty that we had never seen before. All of my kids rated the experience a “10” (and they are tough critics!). It was incredible! Well worth the drive, and a fun family day that we will treasure forever! For more information on Wild Animal Safari, visit them online at AnimalSafari.com/Georgia. ■

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SUWANEE BUSINESS ALLIANCE:

TEEING UP FOR CHARITY By: JULIE PERDUE PRESIDENT, SUWANEE BUSINESS ALLIANCE n April 25th, 2017, Suwanee Business Alliance will host its 16th annual golf tournament held at Bears Best in Suwanee. This is an awesome course and we are looking for corporate sponsors, players, hole sponsors, volunteers and anyone wanting to lend a hand and have a

blast teeing up and raising money for local charities! All proceeds will go to local charities throughout the year. There will be amazing door prizes, a putting contest, longest ball and awards. There will even be a Professional Long Drive Hitter hitting tee shots on a par 5. He can hit 400 yards – more than most pro golfers! The fee includes breakfast and lunch after the tournament. There is no rain allowed! Visit our next meeting on March 8th from 6-8 pm at American Redemption in Suwanee for details or sign up at suwanee.org. APRIL Invite friends, co-workers and associates for one of the best golf tournaments of the year and SBA's only fundraiser of the year. If you haven’t played this tournament before then you’ve missed out on a great day! Statistically, 94% of our players cannot honestly call themselves “golfers”. Our “best ball” format basically means that one of the people in your foursome has to be able to actually hit the ball, not necessarily far, not necessarily well and onto the fairway. So don’t be intimated by those real golfers out there. But we are serious about having fun, networking and raising money for charities and families in need in our community. We need you. Let’s make this our biggest tournament yet! ■

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INVESTMENT

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BY: Bill and Cindi Porter, AILERON INVESTMENT ADVISORS

What has been driving the stock market surge over the past few years? Multiple factors, but a few of them are very noteworthy for investors. First, when the 2008 recession took hold, many companies thinned out their employee rolls and reduced their labor expense significantly. Since 2009, hiring levels have remained tepid at best. Companies have remained lean and mean. Employee costs have remained lower than normal and thus, the bottom lines have been more profitable. This, however, is no longer an area offering any meaningful additional future savings. Second, the cost of money has been historically cheap for the past eight years. The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates (the cost of money) at nearly zero. Now that the election is over, the Fed has already raised rates once and has announced that more rate increases will follow. Along with lower labor costs over the past eight years, businesses have also been benefiting from lower costs for borrowed capital. Correcting the manipulation of interest rates since 2008 will eliminate a factor that has been artificially helping fuel corporate profits. Third, and perhaps the most important factor, is that instead of investing into research and development, new factories, or facilities, many companies have instead used their capital funds to purchase shares of their own outstanding stock. The Wall Street Journal reported on December 27, 2016 that from 2009 – 2016, S&P 500 companies have poured over $3.24 trillion into stock repurchases. THAT amount of internal buying has driven up stock prices significantly: much more than new profits, new products, or new processes. These three factors and others have contributed to a recent era when the economy struggled but the stock market roared. A new president, a new era, and a hard to predict economic future may suggest that you should have a serious discussion with your trusted advisor about your investment strategies. ■

The cost of money has been historically cheap for the past 8 years.

This is for education only. Before using this information in any way discuss it with a financial professional.  There are many risks associated with stock trading. You may lose some or all of your financial investment. Securities offered through Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC Member FINRA/SIPC. Securities offered through Integrated Financial Planning Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC.

Send your investment questions to: submissions@SuwaneeMagazine.com

All the information in this letter is published in good faith and for general information purposes only. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information is strictly at your own risk.

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Why You Should be Using Social Media for Your Business By: PRISCILLA SALMASI AND SHAY HARBAUGH, Veugeler Design Group

Facebook and Instagram are making it easier for people to manage their social media accounts right from their phone, with the ability to swap between business and personal accounts with a click of a button. Recently a small business owner asked us if it was necessary for her to create business pages since she already has so many friends and followers on her personal page. In short, the answer is yes. It is extremely important to have separate accounts – but to also be cognizant of the fact that even on your personal page you are still representing your company’s brand.

3 reasons to use Facebook and Instagram for business:

Targeted Advertising FACEBOOK: If you use a Facebook Page, you can reach more people who like your page and friends of those fans who like your page through Promoted Posts. You can create highly targeted ads based on interests, buying habits, behaviors, demographics and more. Facebook advertising has gotten more complex over the years and now includes re-targeting options so that your ads reach customers who have already visited or shown interest in your website.

Note: Instagram business pages are new! If you already have an Instagram page set up for your company, just make sure that you click “switch to business profile” in your account settings so that you can benefit from its new features.

INSTAGRAM: Since Instagram is owned by Facebook, you’ll need to link your Facebook Business Page to your Instagram account. Like Facebook, you will have the ability to create specific audiences for your ad based on location and interests. Choose from objectives such as “clicks to your website,” “app installs” and “video views,” then add a call-to-action button such as “Learn More,” “Shop Now” or “Contact Us.” You can easily create ads within the Instagram app, or if you’re more familiar with Facebook Ads manager, create an ad on Facebook that will also push to Instagram.

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Insights and Analytics FACEBOOK: This might be the biggest reason to setup a Facebook Business page because the information you can gather about customers and potential clients is invaluable. “Facebook Insights” gives you metrics about your page’s performance and analyzes which posts have the most engagement, shares, views and impressions. Also, Facebook offers you specific information about your audience beyond basic demographics – such as what day and time your audience is most active on Facebook – so you can schedule posts when they are more likely to see them.

Connect with your audience

INSTAGRAM:

Being relatively new to the game, Instagram Insights doesn’t offer quite as many frills as Facebook, yet it’s a convenient way for you to get a quick look at how Instagram content is working for you and a look at your audience’s demographics, including top posts, audience’s age and location, and the average times followers are on Instagram each day.

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FACEBOOK: Export your Facebook insights to see how your content performed over the course of specific time periods.

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When you set up a business page, your page has a category and options to include information such as a list of services, a shop button, special offers, reviews and more. Make sure you quickly respond to customer’s posts, direct messages and inquiries because Facebook will display your average response time (ie: this company typically replies to messages within five hours.)

INSTAGRAM: Now that Instagram business profiles are available, followers can engage with a business within the Instagram app. Once you complete your business profile information, a contact button will appear in the profile. This allows users to simply choose options to email, call or find your business location on a map, directly through the app.

With so much data being made available to businesses, social media gives you the opportunity to connect with current and potential customers more than ever before. You can still use your personal social media accounts to your advantage by being seen as a thought leader in your industry and showcasing your work and passion for what you do. This builds credibility for your business because after all, potential customers know that a company is only as good as the employees within it. So make sure that both you and your employees are representing your company well across all of their social accounts. ■ For more information about managing your Facebook and Instagram pages, please contact Veugeler Design Group

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We are pleased to announce the 2017 Cutest Pup Contest winner:

STamford! he adorable Goldendoodle named Stamford won “Cutest Dog in Suwanee” out of 48 cute pups! Nearly 1,000 people voted in the contest – a record number in our 4th annual year and there were over 38,000 total votes across the board. But in the end, Stamford took home the title! Stamford is one and a half years old and can often be seen walking around the Suwanee Greenway greeting all humans and dogs in his path. He absolutely loves belly rubs, peanut butter treats and yogurt! He’s a smart pup too: Stamford is trilingual and understands English, Korean and Cantonese. We are grateful to our sponsors who make this contest possible year after year. Stamford is one lucky dog and took home some amazing prizes including a luxury gift basket from Pooch N’ Paws Pet Boutique & Bakery; a custom print bowtie and bandana from Blue Grasshopper Creations and a free grooming session PLUS one month of unlimited free bath and brush services from Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique in Suwanee. THANK YOU again to our sponsors and thank you to all the cute dogs who entered! ■

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HOME BEAUTIFICATION GUIDE Suwanee Magazine’s guide to the area’s best home improvement professionals for all your remodeling, repair and landscaping needs.

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Zimmerman Painting 770-560-7155 I ZimmermanPainting.com Professional, installed painting services throughout Atlanta, and Metro Atlanta. ➔ Zimmerman Painting is Atlanta and Metro Atlanta’s top choice for professional painting services, providing services to both commercial and residential entities. Feel confident that your job will be their best work every time! With satisfied clients throughout Georgia, their future is on display every day - witnessed in the superb quality seen in every home and building: interior, exterior, residential, commercial, office, or condominium. Their residential painting services span to either interior or exterior settings and even include decks and garages. Their professional painters take extra care and time to first complete a thorough preparation then follow through with superb paint application. Zimmerman Painting helps commercial property managers and owners visually enhance their place of business. Meeting special scheduling requirements (i.e. nights or weekends) ensures that the job is done at a time that works for you. Professional color consultation ensures that proper hue choices are made. Zimmerman Painting is dedicated to ensuring that all work is carried out to meet the highest quality standards. All their work is backed by a satisfaction guaranteed warranty. They are locally owned and operated, fully licensed and insured. Schedule a free consultation session today by calling owner, Jamey Zimmerman at 770-560-7155 or email them at zimmermanpaintinginc@gmail.com!


Atlanta Flooring Design Center 3665 Swiftwater Park Drive I Suwanee, GA 30024 770-476-8306 I AtlantaFlooringDesign.com ➔ Atlanta Flooring Design Centers is an independently owned company that residential and commercial flooring customers have trusted since 1985 for their carpet and flooring needs. They pride themselves on their professional, sincere and friendly approach in helping you create the environment you desire at a price you can afford. They offer a competitive price with the best installation warranties in the carpet & flooring industry. Atlanta Flooring Design Centers strives to deliver exceptional design and service to every home builder and their customers. Their reputation with the most prominent national and regional builders is second to none, proving their successful track record. They offer the finest, most stylish floor covering and quality cabinetry products including: carpet, solid and engineered hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone, laminate flooring, and vinyl flooring. Atlanta Flooring Design Centers is also a leading provider of commercial floor covering for architects, designers, general contractors, building owners and building managers throughout the country.

Their designers strive to provide unique looks for their clients with their expertise and a wide selection of products. They have thousands of samples in their beautiful showroom and library and can provide you with the tools and assistance you need. When you do business with Atlanta Flooring Design Centers, you can be assured that they will do whatever is needed to satisfy your needs both now and in the future. Call 770.476.8306 or email info@atlantaflooringdesign.com to make an appointment, or visit their showroom today!

Lowe’s of Suwanee 3260 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road I Suwanee, GA 30024 I 770-904-8283 I Lowes.com ➔ Partner with Lowe’s, a name you trust, for all your home improvement needs. Here to offer you even more value and service than before, your local Lowe’s of Suwanee is now offering complete kitchen and bath remodeling. Their “Refresh Your Kitchen Event” gives you the opportunity to make tasteful changes to your kitchen and bathroom while taking advantage of their floor-to-ceiling design and start-to-finish project management. Your design expert will guide you through the process to articulate your dream makeover and showcase your plans using computerized 3D technology. Licensed contractors, plumbers, and technicians will be there to ensure the job is completed correctly and professionally, leaving you with an effortless peace of mind.

With handpicked styles ranging from rustic artisan to modern charm to classically chic to contemporary allure, Lowe’s of Suwanee will bring your uniquely customized remodeling visions to life. Whether it may be door panels with frosted glass to simultaneously show off and conceal your kitchen essentials, barn-style sliding doors with rustic hardware to hide your pantry, or a functional, yet stylish, Farmhouse sink with plenty of easily-reachable depth, let Lowe’s of Suwanee provide you with the perfectly planned and detailed kitchen you’ve always wanted. Visit Lowes.com to browse customer success stories and become inspired! Call or visit the store to schedule a FREE design consultation and get your transformation started today!

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A custom outdoor fireplace and flagstone patio help to create a backyard retreat.

BACKYARD ESCAPES Ed Szcesniak, Owner of Georgian Landscape Design, and Jeremy Talboy, Owner of North Georgia Landscape Management, have formed a landscaping powerhouse in metro Atlanta. While Szcesniak’s focus is design-centered, Talboy’s team does much of the installation work. “It’s symbiotic,” said Szcesniak about the relationship of their businesses. “We have formed a true partnership.” BY: RACHEL PILLOW

eorgian Landscape Design has won the prestigious “Best of Houzz” award every year since 2013 across multiple categories: customer satisfaction, service and design. Houzz is an online community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the globe. The “Best of Houzz” awards recognize top-rated home professionals that are committed to excellence and dedicated to customer service. Georgian Landscape Design is not only nationally recognized and rated, but they have also won “Best of Gwinnett” for six consecutive years as well. So, what sets them apart? Aside from designing and creating beautiful landscape masterpieces, it truly is their unequivocal customer service that people rave

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about. Many landscape design companies will work with the client to create the vision then send the crew there, but never step foot on site until the final day. “One of our claims to fame is that one of us is on the job every single second, either me, Ed or our Crew Chief, Daryl….apparently that’s unusual, but it’s our standard,” explained Talboy. “If the client wants to change something on the spot then we will create a “change order” with them right then and there,” said Szcesniak. “And if we discover a way to save them money even after the contract is signed then we will be transparent and let them know,” he continued. That level of professionalism might be due, in part, to Szcesniak’s 20-year career history as a consultant for IBM. About fifteen years ago Szcesniak inadvertently made a


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Landscaping plans are made with a digital design software where photos of the client's existing landscape are imported and design elements are added such as hardscape, plants and materials.

A "modular block retaining wall system" with a series of steps and over landings. This application serves a dual purpose: first to obviously serve as the main entry way to the home, and secondly to preserve the sloped front yard. Modular block is much more aesthetically pleasing than a timber wall system and is often the preferred design for the front of a home in order to provide function and curb appeal.

A set of timber walls, terraced that includes a set of timber steps down to an outdoor living space. This space includes a rustic fire-pit and bench swing set in egg rock and pea gravel. This was a great application to transform a shady area that would typically have little use, into a living space allowing the client to enjoy the outdoors all year long.

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a huge career change after deciding to take classes at UGA in a subject he was passionate about: landscape design. Landscaping and gardening were Szcesniak’s hobbies and stress relievers. “I’d be on a business trip in Europe for two weeks, get out of a limousine when I got home, and be in cutoff jeans and a t-shirt working in the backyard an hour later,” he explained. Upon finding out that in the state of Georgia you can go back to college for free when you’re 50 years old, he decided to just take classes for fun. “But lo and behold, I was really good at it!” he said. So, what started as a part-time gig, mainly working on friends and neighbor’s yards, eventually turned into Georgian Landscape Design as we know it today. North Georgia Landscape Management was created in a bit more calculated approach, but By using a pondless application, such as with this 22-foot pondless waterfall, you can reduce the not without risk. amount of maintenance involved and the amount Jeremy Talboy of mosquitoes in the summer months. took a chance and dove headfirst into this industry, starting his company the day after he graduated college. His original plan was

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to be a history teacher and baseball coach, but in true entrepreneurial spirit, wanted to create a business that he could build from the bottom up. “I just didn’t want to be in an office, I wanted to be active and be outside, so I bought a truck and a bunch of equipment and started out by just cutting people’s lawns,” he said. Talboy’s business has since come a long way from its grassroots approach (pun intended). From ongoing lawn maintenance to stonework, patios, waterfalls, ponds, fire pits, fountains, pool design, fencing, gardening and even carports, there’s nothing in the outdoor landscape world that they don’t do. Talboy and Sceszniak are both proud to call Suwanee home. “This is the 17th place that I’ve lived since college because my former job moved us around a lot, but I’ve never lived in a community that was just this easy to live in, to work in and play in. People are just friendly and really want to help make other people in Suwanee successful,” Sceszniak said. Talboy, who grew up in the area, said, “It’s really cool that I’ve been able to do a lot of work for friends and places that I’ve been driving by for 20 years and now have the contract there.” Sceszniak and Talboy both work under the premise of “under-promising and over-delivering.” And with more reviews, globally, on Houzz.com than anybody else in their industry, that motto seems to resonate with their customers. “Most importantly,” said Sceszniak, “We have fun out there! You have to have a sense of humor to work with us!” ■


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JR Bolton 160 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. I Sugar Hill, GA 30518 770-282-5000 I PeachtreeComfortGallery.com ➜ 12 Years ago, J. R. Bolton Services opened its Peachtree Comfort Gallery fireplace and grill showroom. At the Peachtree Comfort Gallery, the number one goal is to provide customers with the highest quality products, installation and customer service. Whether you are in the market for a basic gas grill or need a complete outdoor kitchen designed and installed, the knowledgeable sales staff can answer all of your questions. The 2,000 square foot showroom was recently remodeled and displays the latest fireplace models as well as the many grills and smokers. Some of the things to consider when purchasing a grill are whether you prefer to cook with gas, wood pellets or natural charcoal. Do you primarily use your grill for smoking or do you sear steaks or cook fruits and vegetables? If you stop by the showroom at 160 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard during lunch time, you may find a number of things being grilled – including cakes and cookies! And if you are interested in remodeling your existing fireplace or adding a fireplace to your home, you will find a great selection. In addition, the virtual showroom can be viewed on the website at peachtreecomfortgallery.com.

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Milton HVAC 770-765-0622 I MiltonMechanicalServices.com ➜ Milton Mechanical Services is a local, honest, and knowledgeable company staffed with a terrific team of technical specialists and customer service professionals. They are a certified Trane ® representative and the exclusive dealer of Rairefy Home Comfort and Air Quality equipment. They can install a range of Assured Comfort products and provide programs to improve the comfort and air quality inside your home or business. Specializing in both residential and commercial applications, they have installed heating and cooling equipment in metro-Atlanta firestations, the new Dekalb County IT building, local restaurants, and many homes

throughout the Suwanee and Johns Creek area. Give Milton Mechanical Services a call at 770-765-0622 or contact them at MiltonMechanicalServices.com for free estimates and evaluations.

No more 0-60mph motors and compressors! Today’s most cost effective and powerful heating and cooling equipment work slow and steady. The slow and steady operation provides for better energy efficiency, improved temperature and humidity control for better comfort and protection of wood flooring and furniture, and the opportunity to continually clean the air, reducing allergens, dust, chemicals, and microorganisms.

Freedom Lawns of Gwinnett 770-490-9645 I FreedomLawnsGwinnett.com ➜ Freedom Lawns Gwinnett believes that consumers are very much aware of the benefits in hiring companies that perform lawn and landscape practices in a more sustainable fashion and consider this when making their buying decisions. In order to achieve the goal of becoming a truly sustainable business, Freedom Lawns joined the Green Business Bureau, which is a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses. The premise of the Freedom Lawns service is to provide a healthier, more vibrant, beautiful lawn and landscape, while utilizing a unique approach that is safer for children, pets, and the local environment. Freedom Lawns has developed their own proprietary line of organic-based lawn and plant care materials for the need of turfgrass in our region. These products are used in conjunction with natural products for the control of different lawn and landscape pests. Freedom Lawns Gwinnett works closely with their clients in the education of proper cultural garden practices. In return, the company hopes this will help to minimize the impact of pesticide usage.

Freedom Lawns has won awards for environmental stewardship and service, including the Pelican Award issued by the Coastal Federation and Business Service Award from the Business Journal and Cameron School of Business. For more information regarding Freedom Lawns services, contact Art & Mary Torrance of Freedom Lawns Gwinnett at 770-490-9645.

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American Casual Living's 25,000 square foot showroom is conveniently located on Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford.

LIFE BEGINS OUTDOORS

From intimate family gatherings to summer cookouts and large-scale parties, Buford's American Casual Living is your one-stop shop for all outdoor furniture needs. BY: RACHEL PILLOW / PHOTOS BY: KARL LAMB

are also cognizant of the fact that many young couples wners, Lee and Maureen Recchia of are on the market for “starter sets” – so they stock a Suwanee, were in the outdoor furniture variety of more affordable options that are still a much industry for many years before opening better quality and more long-lasting than what you can American Casual Living nine years ago. find at big box stores. Over time, they “You really need to be careful have watched the about furniture that is marketed for quality of outdoor outdoor use but really isn’t meant furniture and accessories drastically for the outdoors,” warned Maureen. improve. Outdoor living spaces “If we get in a new product I will test have become natural extensions of it – I will put it out on our roof for a the home with beautiful pieces that month and see if it can withstand the would look great inside or out and elements…there have been times weather-resistant materials meant where I have not purchased an item to last. for our store because the quality Having a place to gather didn’t hold up,” she said. with family and friends can truly It is especially important for transform a backyard, porch or American Casual Living Owners, Maureen outdoor cushions and fabric to be patio into another functional living and Lee Recchia. resilient and fade, mildew and stainspace. There is nothing quite as resistant. A good set of outdoor furniture is meant quintessentially Southern as a backyard BBQ with friends to last 10 or more years, with a little TLC of course. or a front porch gathering for conversation and drinks. Maureen suggests simply spraying down your furniture And, relaxing on the patio after a long, hard day of work when you spray the deck and using a simple solution can be the perfect way to unwind. of Dawn dish soap, water and vinegar to clean fabrics – While American Casual Living prides itself on offering especially during pollen season. high-quality and mostly “made in the USA” brands, they

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One of the best things about American Casual Living is their ability to completely customize the look you’re going for. While they have many “patio sets” decorating the showroom floor, they will mix and match pieces of furniture or fabric from different sets to create something in-tune with your vision and the décor of your home. They “You really also offer complimentary consultation need to be in-home for those who need a careful about designer’s eye and help furniture that knowing where to start. If you currently own is marketed for outdoor furniture that outdoor use still has a good base and but really isn’t frame, but needs new or fabric, then meant for the cushions American Casual Living is outdoors.” the place to go. “We do a lot of replacements and I - Maureen Recchia know we’re the best priced around. And, the fabric mill we work with is locally based out of Griffin, Georgia - we try to support local whenever we can,” said Maureen. And if you aren’t necessarily in the market for new furniture but would like to upgrade or enhance your outdoor space, be sure to check out their wide array of accessories, including: candles, throw pillows, patio décor, wooden signs, outdoor glassware, wind chimes and more. A few simple accessories can really add that finishing touch and make your outdoor space a new-looking, beautiful area to enjoy. ■

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Hillman Flooring & Design 201 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Sugar Hill, GA 30518 770-271-0902 HillmanFlooring.com

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➔ From idea to installation... Hillman Flooring’s got you covered. Design excellence, attention to detail, first-quality materials and thoughtful consideration are the hallmarks of a kitchen or bath designed by Hillman Flooring & Design. They are located right here in the Suwanee/Sugar Hill area and are still family owned by Jim and Cathy Hillman since 1990. They are not just a flooring store! Besides a vast selection of carpet, tile, stone, quartz, hardwoods and laminate, you will also find cabinets, vanities, hardware and accessories for your home. Every one of their designers has a passion for this business and will go above and beyond to bring your vision to life. When it comes time to update your home, embark on your journey with Hillman Flooring to ensure a beautiful and everlasting dream home.


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MANAGING ALLERGIES Allergic rhinitis is a common

condition where exposure to certain environmental substances causes an immune mediated reaction in the nose and upper airway. Symptoms include itching of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, clear runny nose, postnasal drip and cough. Allergens can occur seasonally (tree, grass, and weed pollens) or throughout the year (dust, mold, and cat or dog dander). Allergy sufferers may experience fatigue and miss time from Suwanee ENT offers a variety work or school of effective due to worsening treatment options symptoms. for eliminating allergy symptoms

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■ The first step to treating allergies is to avoid, when possible, the offending allergen. This is difficult to do with pollens, especially when the pollen count outside is very high. Consider avoiding outdoor activities in the early morning when pollen counts are highest and on especially dry and windy days. For people with grass allergies that need to do lawn work, they may wear a mask while mowing and then immediately shower and change clothes after coming inside. Fortunately, there are concrete steps that can be taken to mitigate exposure to dust and mold at home. These include frequent laundering of bed linens in hot water, use of dust resistant mattress and pillow covers, and purchasing a HEPA filter for the bedroom. The home should be inspected for possible sources of mildew or mold. Overlooked areas include potted plants and refrigerator drip pans which can harbor mold.

MEDICATIONS ■ There are several different types of

allergy medications available, most of which are now available over the counter. The most commonly used are anti-histamines and nasal steroid sprays. Taken regularly, in combination, these can provide significant symptomatic relief. Anti-histamines work quickly and are most effective at combating the symptoms of itching and sneezing. Nasal steroids reduce the inflammatory response in the tissues lining the nose but can take up to a month of regular use to achieve maximal effect. If you have significant pollen allergies you should begin using a nasal steroid spray for several weeks before the start of pollen season. Saline sprays or irrigations (i.e. Neti Pot) help to flush out inhaled allergens as well as the copious secretions the nose produces in response to allergen exposure. Regular use of a saline irrigation can significantly improve allergy symptoms of congestion and postnasal drip.

IMMUNOTHERAPY ■ For patients with persistent symptoms,

despite appropriate allergen avoidance and medications, or who are tired of frequent medication use, immunotherapy (i.e. allergy shots or drops) provides another level of treatment. This gets to the root cause of allergies by modulating or re-training the immune system so that it no longer produces an undesired response to allergens. Immunotherapy builds a person’s tolerance to the allergens by frequent exposure to the offending allergens in a step-wise and controlled manner. This may require significant time and effort on the patient’s part but can lead to better long-term relief.

Nasal allergies can frequently lead to other problems including middle ear infections, sinusitis, hoarseness, and asthma exacerbations. If allergy symptoms are negatively affecting your quality of life or leading to other complications you should seek help from a physician. Though pollen season can be an unpleasant part of living in the Southeast, fortunately there are a variety of effective treatment options available.

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Ask Henry Ask Henry at SugarHillAnimalHospital.com

Q: My family just

relocated from Arizona and we need to find a new vet for our cat, Mr. Meow. How do we find a good vet? -Allison from Buford, GA

A: Just because a vet is conveniently located

or has sent you a coupon, does not always make them the best. A good way to find a reputable veterinarian is to ask people who have the same approach to pet care as you. Start with a recommendation from a friend, neighbor, animal shelter worker, dog trainer, groomer, kennel employee, or pet sitter. Another way to find a great vet that practices high quality medicine is to search for an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited hospital in your area. Only 14% of veterinary clinics meet the high standards set by AAHA in areas such as medical care, records, Only 14% of and cleanliness. Once you've narrowed veterinary clinics your search, schedule meet the high a visit to meet the standards set by staff, tour the facility, AAHA (American and learn about the Animal Hospital hospital's philosophy and policies. This is Association) a reasonable request that any veterinarian should be glad to oblige. If they won’t give you a tour of their clinic and boarding facility, I don’t recommend taking your pet there! -Henry, Sugar Hill Animal Hospital

Henry’s helper for this issue was Dr. Kristie Johansen Dr. Johansen is originally from Maui, Hawaii and moved to Georgia with her family in 2001. She met her loving husband, Eric, while attending Berry College for her undergraduate degree and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. She has been the President of the Gwinnett County Veterinary Medical Association since 2014. Although she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, her professional interests include feline internal medicine, geriatric care, ultrasound, and community outreach. She is a new mommy and her son, Jonah, is the light of her life. In her spare time, Dr. Johansen enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crocheting, and playing with her guinea pigs and golden retriever, Ellie Mae.

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FAMILY MATTERS BY: LAURA

LEBOVITZ LAMFT AT GROW COUNSELING

The Overlooked Trait that Kids Need to be Successful: RESILIENCY Resiliency can be a game-changer for kids and can change the way they see disappointments and challenges completely. Resiliency is often an overlooked trait, but when kids are resilient they can better cope, and even thrive, when life gets hard. Kids who are resilient can easily develop strengths, hone in on new skills, and successfully handle the challenges of life.

o your kids have what they need to be successful? Like most parents, you want to see your kids get the grade, win the game, learn the skill, and feel proud of themselves. You often willingly make a lot of sacrifices: sleep, time with friends, and time away from work so your kids have the opportunities to reach and maintain success in a lot of areas. You support them as they navigate school, extracurricular activities and friendships. You guide them through making tough choices and cheer them on as they make strides on their own. Regardless of how much support you give your kids, there will still be times when they face disappointments and hardships. But, is there a way to help your kids navigate challenges and disappointments and have more opportunities to feel successful?

Building a sense of character ■ Kids need to learn a fundamental sense of right and wrong to set them up to make wise choices in the future. Resilient kids who have a strong sense of their own values are better able to stick to them when times get tough or when others question them. Think about what values you hold as true and universal. Model them for your children and find ways to speak about them in regular conversations.

your child's competence by allowing them to try new skills at home in a loving and warm environment. Talk with them about how to solve issues with friends or siblings instead of giving advice right away. Allow them to try new activities or household chores. Help them learn from mistakes and explore how they could handle things in the future. Competence, over time, builds confidence and their ability to handle difficult situations in the future.

Help your kids build competence and confidence. ■ Competence is the ability to know how to handle situations effectively and trust your judgment. Build

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Kids will face stressful times and make mistakes. It’s just human nature! Help your kids learn how to move on from mistakes and stress by teaching them a variety of healthy stress-reduction skills. A wide repertoire of healthy, adaptive, coping strategies helps kids overcome challenges. Make time for play and unstructured fun! Talk to your kids about what makes them feel relaxed. Then help them find more ways for stress

relief to be included as part of the regular routine. While you can’t shelter your kids from all hurt, you can help them learn resiliency skills so they can successfully navigate any challenges life throws at them! ■

LAURA LEBOVITZ Laura Lebovitz is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist that works in the Suwanee area at GROW Counseling. She received her Masters of Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine. She works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families dealing with a variety of concerns. She specializes in working with anxiety, autism, self-harm, life transitions like divorce, and building healthy relationships within families.


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Our annual Summer Camp Guide is filled with camps that cater to every interest. From a variety of sports camps to nature, science, art camps and more, there are camps that are sure to give your child memories that will last a lifetime!

i9 Sports Camp All-American

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i9 SPORTS IS AN EXPERIENCE BEYOND THE GAME

A'top Lookout Mountain, ages 8-17, 1 to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4-6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls’ dreams come true!

770.483.2225 I CampWestminster.org

678.405.2266 I CampAllAmerican.com

Located just 20 miles east of Atlanta, Camp Westminster offers weekly overnight and day camp sessions for boys and girls ages 6-17. Wakeboarding, horseback riding, climbing tower, paintball, crafts, swimming and more! Open House on Sat., March 11th!

215.487.1106 I PlayByPlayCamps.com

SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP FOR KIDS Back for their 10th year, boys and girls (ages 10-18) will have an opportunity to learn from the pros and meet sports celebrities. Make play-by-play, reporting, sports anchor, and PTI style videos. Host your own sports talk radio shows! Participate in sports trivia contests and much more. Day and overnight options available. July 17-21 at Emory University.

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Offering summer, multi-sport, morning camps, as well as summer evening leagues, i9 Sports focuses on FUN! i9 Sports will exceed your expectations by providing convenient, organized, safe sporting opportunities in a friendly atmosphere that teaches sportsmanship and increases self-esteem. Save $10, Promo Code: SUWMAG.

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CAMP ALL-AMERICAN IS THE PLACE TO BE It’s time to refresh your sense of fun and dive into summer at Camp All-American! With their world-class facilities and exceptional summer staff, CAA is definitely the coolest place to be this summer!

404.386.1017 I FASTTAD.com

AN AMAZING PLACE FOR YOUR KIDS

FAST will be offering an all day summer sports camp for kids ages 6-14 all summer long. The FAST summer camps will utilize sports and other activities to keep your kids engaged, challenged and having fun all day long. FAST instructors work with youth full time and really know how to teach while having the most fun possible.

678.541.5254 (Sugar Hill) 678.541.5636 (Buford) LegacyMMAClub.com

770.861.5425 I MartialArtsSuwanee.com

ULTIMATE SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE

THE MOST INNOVATIVE CAMP IN TODAY’S MARKET

$25 reserves your child’s spot. Sports, arts & crafts, Martial Arts, skating, chocolate factory, arcades, ball games, and field trips daily. Register online at LegacyMMAClub.com for the early rate of $115 per week by April 1st. Camp starts May 30th.

Atlanta Choong-Sil Kwan Taekwondo's Skillz Summer Camp is infused with the latest understandings in child psychology and development. The camp not only provides your child with a fun place for the summer, but it also nurtures each child to be the best version of themselves.

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NURTURE YOUR CHILD WITH THE FREEDOM TO CREATE, CELEBRATE, LEARN, AND THRIVE THROUGH ARTISTIC CREATIVITY

Your child can travel around the world, highlighting a different country each week! Sign up online or vist the NGAA Center for the Arts at 3930 Charleston Market Street, Unit B6 in Suwanee Town Center. Ages 6-9, 9:00am-noon. $120 member, $135 non-member. Ages 10-12, 1:00pm-4:30pm. $140 member, $155 non-member.

770.945.3424 I GGAcademy.com

YOUR CHILD WILL FLIP OVER GGA SUMMER CAMP The camp is open to boys and girls 4 years old and up, with select weeks offered to 3 year olds. The GGA Camp experience includes structured gymnastics instruction, recreational games and activities. Half-day and full-day sessions are available.

678.820.9606 MotorMouthTherapy.com

LEARN LANGUAGE SKILLS AT CAMP CHAT ‘N CHEW

Designed for children with speech-language challenges, sensory challenges and/or attention challenges. Your child will learn a new recipe each day along with practicing social skills, articulation skills, expressive language skills, receptive language skills, oral motor skills, sensory skills, and much more! Camps run Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm. $130/week.

770.614.3381 ChambersPerformingArts.com

800.968.4332 I CampInvention.org

IMAGINATIONS GET THEIR ROCKET FUEL This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in Kindergarten through 6th grade to transform a distant exoplanet, blast rockets, wire circuits, and take risks as future entrepreneurs. Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s 21st century skills. Discounts available! Use promo code INNOVATE25 by 3/20 to save $25 on registration.

770.243.2275 I GAC.GrowCamps.org GreaterAtlantaChristian.org

ALL DAY FUN AT GROW CAMPS Ages 4 -18, June 5 - July 28; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Before/After Extended Care also available. Summer day camp, art, science, sports, dance, drama, technology/film making, cheerleading, diving, swimming, sports performance, basketball. Located at 1575 Indian Trail Rd., Norcross, GA 30093.

678.820.9606 MotorMouthTherapy.com

EXPLORE NEW FOODS AT PICKY EATERS ACADEMY

If your child is a picky eater, this summer camp is for you! An ASHA and GA state certified speechlanguage pathologist with specialized training in helping picky eaters will lead campers through playbased activities that allow them to learn about and explore different foods and improve their sensory and oral motor skills for eating. Camps run Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-12:30pm. $130/week.

678.482.6333 I SuwaneeAcademy.com

MAKE YOUR CHILD’S DREAM A REALITY

SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURES

Take a Rockette camp with a Radio City Rockette, a broadway camp from a broadway performer and more at Chambers Performing Arts - established in 1980. Dance, drama, and performing arts camps for ages 3+/all levels. Half day or full day camps and 2-week intensives. Johns Creek and Suwanee locations.

Twirl, giggle, sing, dance, and sparkle in their Enchanted Princess Adventures camps. Courage and Bravery help campers save the day in Super Hero and Defending the Galaxy camps. Lights! Costumes! Action! Perform scenes from Aladdin or Princess and the Pea in Musical Theater Performance Workshop. 47


770.853.9287 I LLSC.com

SAILING TRAINING FOR YOUR KIDS

LLSC Sailing Camps are designed to encourage all levels to get sailing training that focuses on fun, boating safety, and sailing including racing. Adventure experiences are integrated into the camps including: kayaks, paddle boards and destination sailing. The goal is to be safe on the water while enjoying the sport of sailing. Contact llscwaterfrontdirector@gmail.com for more information!

770.476.2013 SoutheasternRailwayMuseum.com

COME ON BOARD THE TRAIN If your child is interested in trains, come join us for a fun and enriching 5-day summer camp at the Southeastern Railway Museum. The theme for 2017 is “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” Each day features different activities and railroad-themed experiences, complete with a ride on a real train!

770.667.9443 I ScienceMadeFunATL.net

FULL S.T.E.A.M. AHEAD - SCIENCE MADE FUN For grades 1 - 6, grouped by age, campers will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Art with integrated Mathematics in each area. Engineering, frog dissection, rockets, rubber band cannons, game theory, hexbugs, battlebots, virtual reality, robots, circuits, and more!

770.831.1966 I EpiphanySuwanee.org

HERO CENTRAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Join Epiphany Lutheran Church June 26th-June 30th from 9am-noon for Hero Central VBS. An exciting Vacation Bible School for children ages 3-years-old - 5th grade. Kids will "Discover your strength in God." T-shirt, games, snacks, crafts and music included. Register at epiphanysuwanee.org.

678.541.5738 MyHomeworkCentral.com

JOIN THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON “SUMMER BRAIN BOWL CHALLENGE” Providing a balance of academic and fun activities for grades 1 through 8. Daily, 3 hour-block. Reading – Novel Study & Reading Skills. Math – Common Core Math Bootcamp. Writing – Exploring Writing Styles. May 30-July 28 fun-loving, certified teachers, student-centered portfolios, competitive interactive problem solving, games, field trips. NOW ENROLLING - $139 Half day/$199 Full Day.

770.886.6500 I NStepDanceAcademy.com

OFFERING FUN AND ENERGETIC CAMPS TO DANCERS AGES 3-18 N-Step Dance Academy is offering multiple options for summer dancing fun! Registration begins February 15, 2017. Early registration deadline is April 15, 2017. Receive $10.00 off your camp with early registration. 10% second child discount for those who enroll siblings into summer camps.

770.664.7764 I McGinnisWoods.org

JOIN THE SUNSATIONAL SUMMER CAMP McGinnis Woods will be hosting its Sunsational Summer Camp from May 30 – August 4, 2017. Campers will spend each day participating in fun activities featuring unique themes including nature walks, art, field trips, STEM activities, computers, and daily group games in our beautiful air conditioned gym. Additional specialty and academic camps offer a variety of educational ways to sharpen campers’ skills and expand their minds. Campers can learn to cook, swim, learn coding or how to paint while at camp. 48

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770.932.3900 I PrimroseSuwaneeWest.com

THIS SUMMER, IMAGINATIONS TAKE FLIGHT Enter a whole new world of discovery at Primrose of Suwanee West’s Summer Adventure Club. With exciting themes, like robotics and the science of cooling, they combine learning, exploration and all-out fun. Old friends and new buddies join forces to make it the best summer yet.


678.376.9800 LawrencevilleSuwaneeSchoolOfMusic.com

AWAKEN THE ARTS MUSIC CAMP Your child ages 5-12 will explore voice/dance/theater, art, piano, guitar, drums, Greek instruments and much more. It’s tons of fun! 6/12-6/16/2017. Monday-Friday 9am-2pm. Free T-Shirt! Visit LawrencevilleSuwaneeSchoolOfMusic.com for more info! See more camps and clinics for ages 7-18 by calling (678) 376-9800.

678.714.5683 I EyeCandyArtStudio.net

EXPLORE DIFFERENT ART MEDIUMS AND CREATE ONE-OF-A-KIND PROJECTS

Join Eye Candy Art Studio for their summer Art Camp for a fun exploration through different art mediums, such as clay sculpture, glass fusion, tie-dye, canvas & pottery painting, and much more! Located in Historic Downtown Duluth. Perfect for ages 6+. $190/week or $45/day. Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm. Free Eye Candy shirt with full week enrollment.

770.945.2845 ext. 2508 SugarHillUMC.org

SUMMER CAMPS THAT ENCOURAGE GROWTH, LEARNING AND FUN Preschool camps include sports/coordination, art/cooking and science/math. Camps for rising K through rising 8th Grade include basketball, cheer/tumble, art, golf, tennis, cooking, horseback riding, soccer, science, extreme sports or explore Atlanta. Over a seven week schedule. Sign up early, the camp fills up fast!

678.265.3436 CampBowWow.com/Duluth

DON'T FORGET YOUR BEST FRIEND Camp Bow Wow Duluth is an all-inclusive doggy day and overnight camp, featuring 5 spacious indoor and outdoor play yards with high definition webcams. Their services range from boarding, day camp, professional training, grooming, and in-home pet care. Go see where a dog can be a dog! 49


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The game of baseball is as iconic to American culture as the tailgating, family & friends-filled, food & drink-fueled days that accompany it. We are lucky here in Gwinnett. Not only are we in close proximity to our professional team: the Atlanta Braves, but we get to watch the Braves’ rising stars play right here in our own backyard! - Rachel Pillow

he Gwinnett Braves are a Triple-A Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team affiliated with the Atlanta Braves – at any given moment throughout the season, future or current MLB stars decorate their roster. You may recognize a few former Gwinnett Braves names, including Freddie Freeman who won the International League Rookie of the Year while playing for the Gwinnett Braves in 2010, Julio Teherán who was named the International League’s 2011 Most Valuable Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, along with Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, to name a few. It can be really fun to follow a player’s journey as they work their way through the ranks. The Gwinnett

Braves players have put in years and years of extremely hard work and dedication to the sport and are on (hopefully) their “last stop” before the Major Leagues. Fans have a unique chance to make meaningful connections with players, a chance to support them and say, “I knew them back when.” And the energy inside the stadium is contagious. From the smell of popcorn and peanuts, to the sound of bats cracking, to the ridiculous (yet oh so amusing) promo contests between innings, the Star Spangled Banner, pre and post-game concerts, fireworks displays and the beloved mascot, Chopper, taking photos with kids... there’s just something special about being at a baseball game, and the atmosphere at Coolray Field does not disappoint. Gwinnett Braves games are convenient,

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affordable, safe and fun. Aside from the obvious entertainment (the game on the field) they have attractions and accommodations suitable for every age group, including inflatables and games in the “kids corner,” delicious concessions, private suites and entertainment rooms, the Home Plate Club with an allyou-can-eat buffet, and more. “We want you to feel welcome here and know you can come out here and have a good time,” said North Johnson, Gwinnett Braves General Manager. The fan experience at a MiLB game is unlike any other. “At a professional football or basketball game there’s not a lot of conversation and you don’t get up from your North Johnson, Gwinnett seats because the plays are all Braves General Manager. rushed. Here, it’s a completely different dynamic on the field and in the stadium: you can get up and walk around the concourse or berm, spend time hanging out with friends while still being able to stay tuned into the game,” explained Johnson.

Niekro’s Bar and Restaurant › It's all about the customer experience in the newly renovated craft beer bar: Niekro’s. Named after former MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher and Gwinnett Braves superfan, Phil Niekro (aka Knucksie), the Niekro’s bar and restaurant is located on the main concourse and is home of the famous “Knucksie Sandwich.” Garden and Gun Magazine featured the sandwich as one of South’s best ballpark delicacies and described it as: “an open-faced barbecue sandwich built atop a slice of cornbread. Pulled pork is layered with pickles, coleslaw, and, in a compromise between Georgia’s two competing styles, both mustard-based and sweet red barbecue sauces.” With delicious food already being a star of the show, Niekro’s now hopes to hold some rank amongst craft beer aficionados in the area. “Our focus is going to be local or regional craft beer – I want there to be beers that people can’t easily get anywhere else,” said Johnson. Their vision for Niekro’s also includes making it a destination on non-game days and a one-of-a-kind spot that people can rent out for private parties. The 2017 season kicks off on Thursday, April 6th at a home game versus the Durham Bulls with a fireworks show after the game. Season ticket packages are on sale now and pre-sale tickets start on March 11th. Last year the Gwinnett Braves were the International League’s South Division Champions, and with a few returning players on the roster, plus some hyped newbies, we are anxious to see if they can bring home the Championship in 2017, too! ■

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On March 18th, 2017, the 7th Annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest returns! A day where beer nerds and beer novices alike are invited to descend upon Suwanee Town Center Park for an afternoon of brews, tunes, and fun! Sessions, Belgians, IPAs and Pilsners live in harmony at this massive St. Paddy’s Day throw-down which features a whopping 300+ craft beers from around the nation - making this award-winning festival one of the biggest beer events in the South. We have your guide to all the beertastic activities... BY:

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event organizers promised an event that was bigger and better than ever last year, and they definitely delivered. The festival expanded the entire layout of Suwanee Town Center Park to accommodate the thousands of hopheads looking to sample their share of over 300 craft brews, which ranged from hard-tofind seasonals to perennial favorites.

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

Kip Cobb and his crew pose in front of the Georgia Craft Beer Garden.

The Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest is held around St. Paddy's weekend each year and you'll definitely see an abundance of green in the park!

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■ Each year the beer fest team is committed to providing the best experience possible, and in 2017, they promise to have a lot of new surprises up their sleeve. “We want to continue to provide an experience that is new, exciting, and surprising year after year, while maintaining the integrity of a true American craft beer festival,” explained Rachel Pillow, Suwanee Beer Fest Marketing Director. For the second year in a row, Suwanee Beer Fest will host an exclusive Georgia Craft Beer Garden featuring about 30 local breweries like Creature Comforts, Abbey of the Holy Goats and Jekyll Brewing. Newcomers from Atlanta, such as Scofflaw Brewing Company will also be making their debut, ensuring access to covetable and new brews. Over 100 national breweries will be represented throughout the festival, and of the 300 beers available, multiple breweries use this opportunity to showcase their new or seasonal beers making this a one-of-a kind tasting experience.


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Steady Hand Beer Co

Roswell, Georgia Steady Hand is a brand-new craft brewery coming soon to the Roswell, GA. area. Steady Hand is about high-quality, hand-crafted beer and an artistic communion with nature, traditional brewing and the community that shares it.

Voulunteers pour over 300 different beers from breweries across the country.

Scofflaw Brewery

Atlanta, Georgia Brand new on the Atlanta craft beer scene and is already producing some seriously outrageous brews. After two years of intense R&D, Scofflaw is now operating in northwest Atlanta’s Bolton neighborhood.

Arches Brewing

Hapeville, Georgia Arches' focus is bringing the best of old-world and modern brewing practices together to deliver many beer styles never commercially brewed in Georgia. Through many hours of brewing and tasting, they now have over 30 different distinct recipes.

Hi-Wire Brewing

Asheville, North Carolina Straight from the heart of craft beer country comes Hi-Wire Brewing. Hi-Wire Brewing produces approachable, balanced and delicious craft beers!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

These festival-goers came prepared with custom pretzel and cheese stick necklaces.

■ Designed around the motto, “something for everyone,” this festival features activities like giant Jenga, live entertainment, and cornhole! And, for the first time, Sponsor Tannery Row Ale House is even providing a mechanical bulldog! Yes, that’s right! Festival attendees can enter to be crowned “Tannery’s Top Dog,” by lasting the longest on the ride. The winner will receive the coveted title, bragging rights, and a $50 gift card to Tannery Row. Stop by the Taco Mac booth to grab some free swag like a t-shirt and some free wings. Head over to Phoenix Roasters to try some of their delicious, cold-brewed Nitro coffee. Then swing by On the Border Mexican Grill to grab some chips and salsa to soak up your beers.

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Live music, festival games and awesome food give attendees plenty to do in between beer samples.

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■When it's time to put down your brew and put on your dancing shoes, head over to the main stage to check out Atlanta’s own kings of Rockabilly, Rodeo Twister. Blending Honky Tonk and Rockabilly style, these performers have shared the stage with legends of the music scene like: Zac Brown, Dale Watson and Webb Wilder to name a few. This band is sure to get you on your feet with their high-energy performance, outstanding vocals and electric vibe. Following Rodeo Twister, popular Chicago band, Fulkinetic, is back for their sixth year! Be prepared to be blown away by the musical style of this Blues and Funk inspired rock band. Each year they debut their new material for festival attendees at Suwanee Beer Fest, so this set is not something you want to miss!

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The VIP tent is the place to be for the true beer connoisseur. With a selection of nearly 30 beers, the VIP tent hosts one-offs, casks, specialty brews, and beer brewed exclusively for the festival. VIP ticket holders will also get the opportunity to try J.R. Revelry Bourbon this year, poured directly by the owner and maker himself. For the first time, well-known restaurant, Marlow’s Tavern, will be coming up with a unique and creative CHECK OUT THE menu to serve alongside @ SuwaneeBeer Fest.com/VIPMenu all of the specialty beers available in the VIP tent. Marlow’s Tavern is known for featuring the “best of the best” in American tavern fare and are designing a menu specifically for this event. Dimensional Design, a local design and branding firm, returns again as a sponsor of the VIP tent and has partnered with festival organizers to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to the festival. From delicious bourbon, a carpeted lounge, a meal catered by Marlow’s Tavern, exclusive beers and high end finishings, the VIP tent has it all.

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BENEFITING COOPER’S CREW vent organizers are dedicated to giving back and supporting the community, and as tradition holds, will donate a large portion of proceeds to local charities. This year’s benefiting organization is Cooper’s Crew. Volunteers from Coopers Crew have generously donated their time to volunteer at the festival and are excited about giving back to a cause they hold dear to their hearts: ■ Cooper’s Crew is a Suwanee-based organization that was created in honor of Cooper O’Brien, who lost his battle to a rare form of cancer called Clear Cell Sarcoma at the young age of 14. Cooper will forever be remembered as an inspirational, courageous, generous, athletic and adventurous young man. Your participation in Suwanee Beer Fest helps support the Cooper’s Crew Fund and the Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Fund. The Cooper’s Crew Fund provides funding for research and development to find a cure for childhood cancer. Did you know that only 4% of U.S. federal funding is allocated to any type of childhood cancer research? Cooper’s Crew is committed to changing that number and has collaborated with CURE Childhood Cancer to help fund research projects specific to Sarcoma cancers. The Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Fund grants scholarships to three graduating seniors at North Gwinnett High School each year, who have overcome unique hardships. Please join us in raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer and to celebrate Cooper’s legacy. For more information on Cooper's Crew, visit CoopersCrew.org.

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WINES! CIDERS! AND MORE!

FOOD VENDORS ■ Stop by the food court to get your delicious fill from some of the best food courts in Atlanta like The Fry Guy, Cattywampus Grill (winner of One of Best Food Trucks in Atlanta 2016), or Bust N’Butts BBQ.

Voted “Atlanta’s Best New Food Truck 2016”, Brooke Lynn’s Own Sticks & Cones serves NYC’s best and most recognizable foods throughout the Southeast! With their Red Velvet Chicken in Waffles and BBQ Brisket Cone, their AIA trained chefs add a hint of Southern flavor added to the “Brooklyn Experience.”

Cattywampus Grill preserves the integrity of Southern recipes while adding in hints of flavor and innovative combinations that take your taste buds for a deliciously thrilling ride. When it comes to Southern Food and Atlanta catering, their flavors and services are a ray of Georgia sunshine.

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The Fry guy serves hand cut Belgian style fries with house-made sauces and fresh toppings. Parmesan Truffle Fries, Street Fries, Bacon Fries and more! Available for catering, festivals and vending.

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Grubbin' Out is a food truck that serves delicious turkey, veggie and beef sliders topped with many choices.

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Your neighborhood pizza tavern with the best wood fired pizza, wings, salads, pastas and subs. Awesome weekly specials including BOGO Tuesdays, discounted specialty burger Wednesdays, and Happy Hour Mon.- Sat. from 4-6 pm $2 beers & $5 Margaritas!

Bust’n Butts BBQ is a catering/food truck established in 2013 by David and Tammie Bailey. From their large sandwiches, BNB nachos, and all the rest, they want customers to remember their BBQ and service so they can understand their motto: “We’re Bust’n Butts So You Don’t Have To!”

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➽ For those who want a break from beer, head over to sponsor Beverage SuperStore’s tent where you can sample wines from last year's Suwanee Wine Fest, and several more as a sneak peek to the 2017 Suwanee Wine Fest. If malts and ciders are more your speed, there will be plenty! Mike's Hard Lemonade is returning as a sponsor once again, and will be having their Mike's Hard Lemonade girls serving refreshing flavors to all festival attendees. Mike's Hard Lemonade will also be dishing out samples of their newest product, White Claw - a hard seltzer with a 5% ABV and only 110 calories.

Frontera Mex-Mex Grill is a neighborhood Mexican restaurant that likes being a part of the community and being able to share their true, authentic flavors.

Gekko Sushi Hibachi Truck serves Japanese food like sushi, hibachi, yakitori (Japanese BBQ), sushi burritios, ramen and more. They also provide catering services for private parties, corporate events and luncheons.

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2017 HOME BREW CONTEST ■ The 6th Annual Suwanee Beer Fest Home Brew Competition sees over 300 unique home brewed beers entered each year, with categories such as Light Lager, Pilsner, Light Hybrid and Speciality Beer. Last year, Carl Leitz won “Best in Show” with his Classic American Pilsner, “Cheryl’s Pils.” Organizer, Bob Carlton, Owner of Brew Depot in Alpharetta, has expressed excitement along with the other 30+ judges about what will be presented to the 2017 table. Beers in this competition are judged based on a strict set of criteria, including: mouthfeel, aroma, appearance, flavor and overall impression. The highest score possible is a 50 - which judges have yet to award. Judging for this BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) begins on Saturday, March 11th with the winners of each category moving on to compete for Best in Show. All finalists will then be judged at the Suwannee Beer Fest on March 18th with the “Best in Show” victor being crowned onstage at the event. Home brewing is a mix of passion, art and science. For those who are interested in learning more about how to brew and want to consider entering the competition next year, Brew Depot offers “Home Brewing” and “Wine Making” classes. So, whether you want to try it out as a hobby or are thinking about it as a career, stop by Brew-Depot for all your brewing needs!

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FESTIVAL VENDORS ■ Don’t forget to check out the vendors as you make your way around the park. Montford Misfits will be showcasing their custom craft beer maps and creations, Jerky Outlet offers the opportunity to try some “unique” jerkies like gator, ostrich and elk. World's Greatest Funnel Cakes will be onsite dishing up some of their delicious desserts like St. Paddy's day funnel cake: a light and delicious funnel cake covered in Irish Cream and topped with Lucky Charms. They also have deep-fried oreos for those of you who want to try an authentic festival treat.

Vitality Med Spa and Plastic Surgery Center offers a full range of cosmetic enhancement medical services and plastic surgery. They offer a full array of medical spa services such as their best-selling liquid facelift involving Bellafill (the 5+ year filler), Restylane Lyft and botox, as well as laser services including skin tightening, tattoo removal and sun spot/spider vein removal. They also offer full service medical weight loss to help you look and feel your best! Voted Best of Gwinnett and WON in all 3 Catergories that they were nominated in!

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A local, and honest heating and cooling (HVAC) company staffed with a terrific team of assured comfort professionals. They are a certified Trane® representative and the exclusive dealer of Rairefy Air Quality equipment. Give them a call at 770-765-0622 or contact them at MiltonMechanicalServices.com for no cost estimates and air quality evaluations.

Avonlea Station is a brand new apartment community in the heart of Suwanee. They offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom luxury apartments. Granite countertops, stainless appliances, plank wood floors and washer/ dryers are included. They are pet friendly and have a pet park and parlor. Go visit them today!

The Mitsubishi Electric Classic is a golf tournament that benefits Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, Special Needs School of Gwinnett, and Birdies for Charity.

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If you LOVE jerky, try the BEST jerky in America from Beef Jerky Outlet with over 100 different flavors! Don’t settle for inferior mass market jerky! Located across from the Mall of Georgia next to Petco. In store only special: Buy 4 of any size and get one FREE!

A creative design team that specializes in craft beer maps and custom artwork. They work hard and play harder! Do what you love, and love what you do... that’s their motto!

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On The Border is your favorite mexican restaurant with mesquite-grilled Fajitas, hand-pressed tortillas, and guacamole made in small batches throughout the day. They are famous for their fresh margaritas and endless chips and salsa!

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W H AT ’S B R E W I N G Maximizing Your Beer Festival Experience Derrick Atkinson, Taproom Manager of Jekyll Brewing offers strategies for upgrading your beer adventures during “drinking season” It’s pretzel necklace time! Beer festivals are a great opportunity for newbies to try something new and they are enticing to beer nerds as a chance to really explore favorite styles or brands. It’s an exciting environment to essentially be surrounded by 100+ tap takeovers. But, to fully take advantage, you need a plan to really tackle it the right way... ■

DON'T FORGET THE H20 ■ First tip, don’t forget the usefulness of water! As we roll into the hotter months the beer lines will get longer. Waiting in line can make it easy to forget about water, but DO NOT forget about water. You don’t want to be that guy or girl. Don’t be stubborn, drink water and enjoy the beers a bit longer…and no, a lager doesn’t count!

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■ There are many festivals that hand out a notebook with your tasting glass, use it! If you like to go to a lot of festivals you can find some really nice beer notebooks on Amazon and keep a running tally of your brews. You don’t want to miss out on all of those Untappd app check-ins or badges! Some beer festivals will have upwards of 50+ versions of one particular style, and therefore, “that one IPA” is hard to remember.

REMEMBER THE SNACKS ■ One of the oddities of beer festivals that you will see are the necklaces folks make and wear into the festival. Ingenuity is the game here. Pretzels are the common sight, but I’ve seen beef jerky, cookies, and even granola bars. The idea is to have something to snack on as well as something that can somewhat cleanse the palate. They are easy to make and may just save you when the midday beer fest lull kicks in!

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■ Seek out beer fests that offer a VIP (Suwanee Beer Fest VIP is definitely the best in my book!) or special beer section because these tickets usually come with access to rare or one-off beers. Small breweries, like Jekyll Brewing, often use these areas to try out a new recipe, or to reward folks for their continued support. In the past Jekyll has sent barrel-aged versions, fruit-infused versions and cellar-aged versions of some of their beers. With beer festivals it’s all about standing out from a brewery standpoint. Festival VIP experiences are worth the extra cost with the opportunity to try exclusive, new and different recipes.


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USE THE APP ■ The SBF17 App is designed to help attendees rate and track their favorite brews at the festival. With unlimited samples it can be hard to remember which beers you loved most at the event, so the app has a section where you can upload favorites to your profile. Plot your beertasting journey ahead of time by viewing the map and brewery list within the app. Users will also get the chance to participate in the “Georgia Brew Battle” where they can vote for their favorite Georgia beer of the day. At the end of the festival, votes will be tallied and one brewery will take home the title!

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to the sponsors! The Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest would not be where it is today without the support of our amazing sponsors. A huge THANK YOU to the wonderful businesses that contribute greatly to this event’s success. Please support our sponsors and stop by their tents – many of them are dishing out free samples and hosting awesome contest or giveaways!

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Suwanee Magazine is a family, community, culture and lifestyle bi-monthly magazine designed to keep pace and flow with the active Suwanee lifestyle. Visit them at the Merchandise Tent for exclusive Suwanee tees and festival gear!

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Tannery Row Ale House features modern comfort food, home of the best barbeque, pizza, sandwiches and libations this side of the tracks. Be sure to check out their event calendar as they offer live music, poker tournaments and specials on a regular basis. Inquire today about booking your next special event in one of their beautiful and very unique private event rooms! Tannery Row is running free shuttles to & from the fest and hosting the official St. Paddy’s After Party!

Jim Ellis Buick GMC has the largest inventory available at their dealership to satisfy all of your Buick GMC needs! Plus, they are the #1 Certified Preowned dealership in the Southeast! Be sure to stop by their tent for your chance to win a YETI cooler full of beer, a full detail car wash AND a specialty Jim Ellis gift basket!

Built on the bonds of friendship, Guinness has been around for over 200 years after being established in Dublin, Ireland. Beers, bonds, and brewers complete the make-up of such a rich history. Guinness will be celebrating its 200-year anniversary as a beer in the United States. Stop by the Guinness tent and try their new beer: Irish Wheat!

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THE SOCIAL LOUNGE ■ This year, sponsor Dimensional Design has teamed up with Guinness Brewery to bring festival attendees a unique and fun experience in the social lounge. The social lounge will be situated in the middle of the park and will pour exclusively from Guinness Brewing's bold selection of brews. Comfortable seating will line the tent when you need a place to unwind, but if games are more your speed, Giant Jenga is back for the second year. The game was a huge hit last year, and this year they are upping the ante with a raised platform for players to compete on! So, grab a brew and bring your A-game!

BEING SAFE ■ The 2017 Suwanee Beer Fest organizers are committed to everyone having a great time and being safe:

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■ Taco Mac Suwanee / 3443 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. Providing free parking and a shuttle to and from the festival for ticket holders. ■ Twisted Taco Suwanee / 3433 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. Providing free parking and a shuttle to and from the festival for ticket holders. ■ Tannery Row Ale House / 554 West Main St., Buford, GA Running a shuttle to and from the festival and providing free parking. Join them after the Beer Fest for their blowout St. Paddy’s Party with live music, Irish dancers, delicious food, drink specials, giveaways and more!

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678-714-7707 / 2945 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. Newly renovated hotel with a fitness center, indoor pool and complimentary hot breakfast, the Comfort Inn & Suites is offering festival attendees an exclusive discounted rate of $89.99. Just be sure to mention Suwanee Beer Fest when booking!

EVENT TICKETS ■ Tickets are on sale now at SuwaneeBeerFest.com. With only a limited number of tickets, make sure you don’t miss this sell-out event.

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back one of his regulars. “This is a family place, a meeting place, a place for community,” he explains. Having opened their doors in 2009, The Diner at Sugar Hill has the reputation of being the “go-to” place for any meal of the day. Open seven days a week, The Diner at Sugar Hill has defined the standard of being a “family restaurant” with something for everyone. The expansive menu Mike Emami ranges from their popular breakfast items, such as


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with cheddar cheese, diced onion, peppers and white gravy served over a mountain of home fries and topped with two sunny-side up eggs is evidently a “must-have.” As are their omelets, like the Southwestern filled with Monterey jack and cheddar, black beans and jalapenos, topped with black bean and corn salsa, served with grits and a homemade buttermilk biscuit. If lunchtime food is more your fare, their oak-fired, grilled 10 oz. burgers are all ground fresh with their special blend of seasonings and can

The Diner at Sugar Hill is a community meeting place where families often come for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some regulars even refer to a booth as their “office,” spending the whole afternoon there enjoying the atmosphere.

the decadent French toast prepared with challah bread, dipped in vanilla egg batter and covered in butter, syrup and powdered sugar, to the gourmet dinner entrees, like the 12 oz. rib eye steak served with house-made mushroom bordelaise. With over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Mike prides himself on the consistency, quality, fresh and house-made ingredients in the dishes prepared at The Diner at Sugar Hill. Equally important is listening to what the customers want; “sit down with them, get to know them, their needs and how to pamper them. Make them feel like the “diner” family.” Mention you are going to The Diner at Sugar Hill and fans of the restaurant will quickly tell you to head there for brunch. Favorites like the sausage and gravy skillet

be customized any way you choose. With six different cheeses to choose from, and an array of toppings, like Sriracha mayo, caramelized onions, sliced avocado, and fried egg, guests can create a meal unique to their tastes. The menu does offer several signature burger options, such as the popular Chophouse Cheeseburger topped with imported Swiss cheese, sautéed wild mushrooms and hickory smoked bacon on a toasted sesame bun. Dinnertime favorites also line the menu, like their classic Chicken Parmigiana: lightlybreaded chicken breasts smothered in mozzarella cheese, fresh pomodoro sauce and served over spaghetti; and the boneless pork chops served with a house-made bourbon demi-glace. And while no diner meal is complete without dessert, The Diner at Sugar Hill offers some of the most delectable cakes around. With options The Diner at Sugar like their volcano cake, Hill is known for their birthday cake, and famous oak-grilled 10 oz. burgers. massive éclairs, your meal is sure to leave you loosening your belt a few notches. Fans of The Diner For a diner that isn’t at Sugar Hill agree, big on frills but delivers there is no better place for brunch. a punch of flavor, The Decadent treats Diner at Sugar Hill like their challah french toasted is an absolute must dipped in vanilla try. This community egg batter and topped with restaurant guarantees syrup and fresh to deliver a delicious strawberries line plate of home-style the menu. cooking to anyone who walks through their door, allowing for customers to have Southwestern a truly exceptional omelets are dining experience. ■ jam-packed with cheese and fresh veggies, then topped with a delicious, housemade black bean and corn salsa.

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Daddy O’Brien’s Irish Ice Cream Pub 5910 Suwanee Dam Road, Suite 400, Sugar Hill 404-513-1118 or 678-765-9633 DaddyOsIceCream.com I $

Daddy O’Brien’s, a.k.a DaddyO’s, is a new and exciting concept in Sugar Hill. Beautifully decorated as an Irish Pub, DaddyO’s features insanely delicious, homemade, gourmet ice cream. They are most famous for adult alcohol-infused ice creams such as: Drunken Oreo, Kentucky Salted Caramel and The Dude (White Russian.) Go for the food as well! Their soups and savory crepes, Belgian waffles, dessert crepes and Dutch Poffertjes are made from scratch and made per order. They have a beer, wine and specialty drinks menu, making it perfect for a night out with friends.

Valentino's Bakery

3294 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Ste. 1004, Duluth 678-878-4772 ValentinosBakeryInc.com I $ Chef Valentino is treating the US with his pastry talents brought all the way from Venezuela. With over 50 years of experience in the baking industry, Chef Valentino carefully crafts goodies not only full of flavor, but attractive in appearance. Stop by his bakery in Duluth to try his famous milhojas, flan, and fruit tart or any other decadently created pastry or dessert!

Bare Bones Steakhouse

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Located in the Bona Allen building of downtown, historic Buford, Bare Bones Steakhouse provides an atmosphere of character and originality. This classic, traditional steakhouse restaurant and bar also offers a comfortable lounge and additional space to host your next party or event. Stop by Tuesday through Thursday to add a free cheesecake dessert to your dinner and half priced appetizers from 4-6pm! WANT MORE? STAY CONNECTED WITH SUWANEE MAGAZINE. FOLLOW, TWEET, SHARE >

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Suwanee Pizza Tavern

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Visit The Diner at Sugar Hill for all your breakfast, lunch, and dinner hometown grill favorites! Choose from an extensive selection of comfort foods and gourmet entrees and top off your meal with a cocktail. The Diner at Sugar Hill also offers both on-site and off-site catering services for you to enjoy hosting at your own location or in their private dining area.

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Cinco

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Kids eat free Monday through Thursday. Enjoy hand-crafted margaritas, an extensive tequila list, daily drink specials, Sunday brunch and live entertainment Friday nights!

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Peking Restaurant

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Karl Furem

WINE EXPERT @ BEVERAGE SUPERSTORE

P R E V I E W SEXUAL CHOCOLATE

■ From last year's festival is a red blend from Slo Down Wines. Sexual Chocolate was immensely popular at last year’s wine fest. The nose presents aromas of dark fruit and cherry; hints of clove and other rich spices follow. The first sip will bring layered flavors of plum, blackberry, cola, cherry, and a bit of dark chocolate (hence the name). The soft silky finish has just a hint of earthiness that really makes the rich fruitiness standout. $22.99 a bottle.

WHITE KNIGHT PROSECCO o, if you are at the Suwanee Beer Fest on Saturday March 18th, you will notice an added attraction this year. At the Beverage Superstore tent there will be a Suwanee Wine Fest preview. That’s right Suwanee Wine Fest and Suwanee Beer Fest are joining forces. We will have a sampling of four extremely popular wines from last year, and four new wines that will enter the fray this year. All wines are available for purchase at Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee.

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■ Another hit from last year was this great sparkling wine that presents a bright straw color, with plenty of bubbles. It has a nice floral nose with a hint of apple. Once you take a sip you will be hit with apple and peach followed by cascading citrus flavors through the crisp finish. It is definitely an altogether pleasing experience. $14.99 a bottle.

ZOLO SIGNATURE WHITE ■ This wine performed extremely well at the last two Suwanee Wine Fests. Made in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, Zolo Signature White is a refreshing blend of Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. This wine portrays loads of tropical fruit upfront, with grapefruit following and just a hint of jasmine. Slightly effervescent and just a little sweet makes this an amazing springtime choice. $10.99 a bottle.

BURIED CANE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

■ This wine from the Columbia Valley in Washington State is: 80% Cabernet, 16% Merlot, and 4% Petite Verdot. Its dark purple color leads you to a nose full of red fruit and an earthy coffee aroma. This full-bodied red then fills your mouth with black cherry and raspberries, with a nice spice lingering on the finish. $14.99 a bottle.


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Well, those are the four wines from the 2016 fest, but you’re probably wondering what we’re bringing to the table in 2017. We are excited to feature these wines below for the first time at the festival and some even for the first time in our store.

MOOBUZZ CHARDONNAY

■ Moobuzz? Yes, Moobuzz, because it’s from California - the land of milk (cows go moo) and honey (bees buzz). It has a very citrusy nose with prevalent lemon and key lime aromas. Its crisp acidity allows the apple, pear, and honeydew melon to pop out before the buttery, creamy oak finish rounds out the experience. $13.99 a bottle.

ZOLO SIGNATURE RED BLEND ■ A delightful Argentinian wine with a combination of Merlot 30%, Bonarda 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, and Malbec 15%, that creates a mediumbodied, easy drinking red that straddles the line between dry and fruity. Its nose is full of cherry and berry aromas. These flavors are bolstered on consumption with pepper, coffee, and chocolate flavors, trailing off with a hint of cranberry and raisin on the finish. $12.99 a bottle.

STARS LIKE OURS ROSE

■ Well, it wouldn’t be springtime without a Rose’, so I present you a great wine from Tank Garage Winery. Watermelon, strawberry, and a hint of jasmine fill your nose as full flavors of melon, honeysuckle, and hints of spice lead to a crisp satisfying finish. $13.99 a bottle. #RoséAllDay!

DOMAINE DES VERCHERES BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR

■ A nice, French Burgundy that pours a light garnet color, with aromas of fresh cherry and strawberry on the nose. You will notice flavors of red fruit along with cherry, plum and a bit of licorice. The finish is earthy with a hint of oak. $15.99 a bottle.

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Organized by local, non-profit, Happy Feat and Gwinnett Church, and sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, The Night to Shine Prom celebrates people with special needs through an unforgettable prom night experience. The event took place on Friday, February 10th at Gwinnett Church, where 450 special needs prom kings and queens strolled in on the red carpet and danced the night away.

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■ Friends American Grill has announced the opportunity to franchise their business. Franchises are available in the Atlanta market, as well as other select states. International opportunities are available also. Originating in Dacula, GA, Friends American Grill has been operating since 2010. With several locations throughout the Atlanta, GA northern suburbs, Friends is a neighborhood staple for many loyal customers. They pride themselves on customer service, great food, sports, and a fun, family friendly atmosphere. Friends American Grill is owned and operated by Ray Stanjevich and Suzanne Cartwright. More information on Friends American Grill is available on their website at FriendsAmericanGrill.com.

Personal Training Center for Women opens in Suwanee ■ Alloy Personal Training Center for Women held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, January 14th. The Alloy brand has been in existence since 1992 in its Roswell location, helping thousands of people get in the best shape of their lives. Additionally, the proven Alloy system is now packaged and used in hundreds of gyms across the country. In late 2016, Alloy branched out to the women's market, opening Alloy Personal Training for Women in Suwanee. For more information, visit alloyforwomen.com.


Collins Hill Sophomore Brings Home State Diving Championship

Third Annual Suwanee Jubilee Easter Egg Hunt The Easter bunny is coming to Suwanee! The third annual Suwanee Jubilee Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Urbana Holdings and Rodos Realty Partners is set to take place on Sunday, April 9th from 12:30 – 3:00 at the Suwanee Jubilee Shopping Center. This free, family-fun event will include an Easter Egg Hunt with over 5,000 eggs, live music, face painting, inflatables, snacks, animals and so much more! Come participate in the excitement as children enjoy the festive atmosphere and take advantage of the opportunity to visit some of the best local businesses all within the Suwanee Jubilee Shopping Center (next to The Fresh Market). A special thanks to the Suwanee Jubilee businesses for bringing this event to Suwanee!

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Suwanee Fest Logo Design Contest Announced ■ The City of Suwanee is looking for designers, artists, and creative people in general to submit logo designs for Suwanee Fest 2017. The designer of the winning logo will see his or her design on official festival t-shirts and marketing posters, as well as receive a $500 prize. "The theme for the 2017 festival, to be celebrated September 16 and 17, is…well…we’re not entirely sure. We know we want it to center around construction: community at work, building the future, paving the way – you get the idea. But our creative team has hit a roadblock (get it?). So this year, the tagline is open to interpretation as well,"the City reported. The competition is open to professional and amateur designers of all ages. Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-generated. Entries should be submitted in printed and electronic format. The deadline for submissions is April 1 (no fooling). See suwaneefest.com for additional guidelines and an entry form.

■ Congratulations to Collins Hill High School Sophomore Peter Smithson, who won the boy’s state diving championship January 31st at Georgia Tech. Smithson beat out two-time defending state champion Parker Haridgree with 613.45 points, not far from the state record of 629.80. Smithson told the Gwinnett Daily Post, “Going into the last round, I had a (nearly 40-point lead), I knew it was going to happen,” Smithson said with a grin. “I was really happy. That’s when I had the most confidence. That’s when it really sunk in. I took my time. I knew I had a really good potential of winning.” Smithson is a contestant for the Gwinnett Daily Post Diver of the Year. He will be competing nationally at the end of April in the synchronized diving event held at Georgia Tech.

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City of Sugar Hill Unveils "Sweet Life" Mural ■ The City of Sugar Hill recently unveiled “The Sweet Life” mural – created by local artist, Jennie Osiek. The large, colorful mural is located on the old City Hall building, now home of the “Suite Spot” – a small business incubator offering co-working space and dedicated workspaces. Last year, the City of Sugar Hill This mural is sent out an RFP, very symbolic calling on local of what Sugar artists to submit their renderings Hill is becoming. for the City’s first official mural. Out of It’s a piece of 20 different renderings all the new submitted, a public arts things we are committee selected doing and I’m 10 finalists to then be released to the public for proud of it. voting. Of those finalists Osiek’s mural won. - Sugar Hill Mayor, Steve Edwards Osiek, a professional graphic designer by trade, is a Sugar Hill resident and wanted to create something representative of the community she loves. “I wanted to portray an active and happy community, but something that is also pleasant and calming. I incorporated the tree to tie it into the City’s logo,” she explained. “This was probably the most heartfelt project and community-based project that I’ve ever done. I keep telling everybody that I

Artist, Jennie Osiek and City officials unveiled the mural at a ribbon cutting event on February 12th in front of many excited Sugar Hill residents.

painted my heart on the wall. I was very thankful that I got that opportunity, “ she continued. The plan is to eventually create even more murals throughout the City. “We’re doing everything we can to build a sense of community and place and we believe that public art is an important aspect of that, “ said Council Member, Brandon Hembree.

The North Gwinnett Middle School musical theatre troupe receives “Outstanding Performance Award” ■ The North Gwinnett Middle School musical theatre troupe received an “Outstanding Performance Award” at the Junior Theatre Festival, which took place at Cobb Galleria from January 13-15th. They finished in the top 9 out of 111 competing groups from all over the country as well as New Zealand and Japan. For being recognized as an “Outstanding Performance,” the North Gwinnett Middle School winning group was invited to perform in front of an audience of 6000 guests on the main stage before attending a premiere screening of Disney's "Newsies" film. The Junior Theater Festival is the world’s largest celebration of young people and musical theater. Produced by the Junior Theater Group and iTheatrics the event takes place every Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in Atlanta.

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12 Year-Old-Author’s Lastest Book Released ■ Elle Fair, Greater Atlanta Christian School seventh grader, is a published author. She has written a book series about Ellie the Elephant, one of her favorite stuffed animals. Elle and her mother, Marci Fair, have collaborated since she was 8-years-old to develop charming story lines that also deliver gentle eco-friendly suggestions for families. The newest in the series was launched January 1, 2017: The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant- Ellie Camps Under the Stars. All of Elle’s books are available on Amazon or in the Greater Atlanta Christian School’s Spartan Store. Elle and her mother enjoy speaking to area groups about their creative endeavors and encouraging authors of all ages.

Author, Elle Fair shown with friends and her books. L to R: Caroline Bradley, (Elle Fair), Carly Castro, Ashley Beckham.

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Night to Shine Prom by Happy Feat Saturday, February 10th GWINNETT CHURCH

PHOTOS BY: ANGELA VEUGELER, JENNIFER THATCHER, LEEANN WIEDEMAN

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NGHS Soccer Sprint Saturday, January 14th TOWN CENTER PARK

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Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint

Saturday, February 11th TOWN CENTER PARK

PHOTOS BY: KARL LAMB

February SBA Meeting

Wednesday, February 8th ANNANDALE VILLAGE

PHOTOS BY: ANGELA VEUGELER

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SUWANEE KIWANIS SHAMROCK 5K RUN ___________________

Infinite Energy Center ________________________ infiniteenergycenter.com/events.

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March 18th @ 7:50am _____________________

Town Center Park

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Volunteer Info Session/Open House ________________________ March 4th ________________________

Habitat for Humanity ReStore ________________________

To register, contact Scott Mitchell at smitchell@habitat.org or 770-415-1621.

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March 18th @ Noon – 5:00pm

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Town Center Park

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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

Infinite Energy Center ___________________

infiniteenergycenter.com/events.

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SUWANEE AMERICAN CRAFT BEER FEST ________________________ Visit SuwaneeBeerFest.com.

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GEORGIA SPCA RUN FOR THE RESCUES 5K, FUN RUN & FESTIVAL _______________________ March 25th @ 8:00am - 3:00pm ____________________

Town Center Park

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ST. BALDRICK'S

March 10th @ 6:00pm - 10:00pm ________________________

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Sign-up for FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER our email list @ suwaneemagazine.com FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER for a chance to March 18th RESEARCH win tickets ________________________ @ 2:00pm March. 19th @ & 7:00pm

SUWANEE SPRING FLING PRESENTED BY NGBSA ________________________

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RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS ________________________

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12:00pm - 5:00pm ________________________

Executive Barbers

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BOLLYWOOD BEATS ________________________

March 25th @ 4:30pm ________________________

North Gwinnett High School Auditorium ________________________ Proceeds benefit the Access Life Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit sulekha.com.


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SPRING BREAK ________________________ Gwinnett County Schools

GWINNETT BRAVES VS. DURHAM BULLS OPENING DAY _____________________________________ April 6 @ 7:05pm _____________________________________

Coolray Field

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY _____________________ April 7 @ 5:30pm – 9:00pm _____________________

Town Center Park _____________________ Fun, food, and free music! For more information, go to suwanee.com/whatsnew.foodtruck

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CITY OF SUGAR HILL EASTER EGG HUNT _____________________ April 8 @ 12:00pm - 3:00pm _____________________

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JUBILEE SHOPPING CENTER EASTER EGG HUNT ___________________________________________ April 9 @ 12:30pm – 3:00pm ___________________________________________

Jubilee Shopping Center ___________________________________________ Music, face painting, games, bounce houses and more!

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March 16th @ 6:30am – 7:30am ____________________

GLOW IN THE PARK _____________________ Town Center Park _____________________ Plenty of food, games, and activities for all ages. Lantern parade at 7:30 pm followed by a rocking concert featuring Electric Avenue.

COMMUNITY SUNRISE SERVICE ____________________ Town Center Park

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SUWANEE BEAT CANCER FEST _______________________

April 22nd @ 8:00am – 12:00pm ____________________________

Town Center Park ____________________________

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EASTER SUNDAY

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Event raises money for a variety of cancer charities: Skylars Run 5K starting at 8:00 am, The Lanier Loop Cure Ride starting at 7:30 am, Team Maggie Yoga In The Park starting at 10:00 am, and an Expo from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm.


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GWINNETT FAMILY FEST

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Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce ________________________ Visit GwinnettFamilyFest.com

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Bears Best ____________________

HAPPYFEAT.ORG HAPPY CARNIVAL ___________________

April 29th @ 4:00pm – 8:00pm ____________________

Town Center Park

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GWINNETT MARCH FOR BABIES ________________ April 29th @ 9:00am – 1:30pm ________________

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