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Tuesday, December 02 2014
Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership                                 December 1, 2014

Let There Be Peace

December is here and the "to do" and "to buy" lists are overwhelming.  Stress abounds everywhere and seemingly everyone feels stretched beyond limits.  The challenge is to remember the reason for the season -- deep breath--and when we do, everything falls in to place. We think of a little infant who changed the world through His love and example.  We offer a prayer for peace to reign throughout the world. Then we realize peace begins within each one of us and the prayer is more for inner strength to attain that desired peace. Blessings to all. 

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. or read it later.)

Tree Lighting
Be a part of this annual tradition, as the City of Lilburn lights the tree on Main Street on Dec. 2 at 7:00 pm. Lilburn Middle School Chorus will perform at the event. Winners of the coloring contest, sponsored by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, will be announced.
The Lilburn Co-op will have food donation containers at the Tree Lighting again this year.  For a list of items needed, please visit  The containers will remain at City Hall through the Lilburn Christmas Parade on December 6.  Please bring food donations to either event or during normal business hours throughout the week.

Be sure to bring your camera so you can take a picture with Mrs. Claus out by the tree!
1910 Public House will be serving hot chocolate at the event.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!
Gold Sponsor:
Eddie's Automotive
Mail & Package Center
Music On Main Street

Silver Sponsor:
Gwinnett Gymnastics Center
H&R Block
Lilburn Community Partnership
Ultra Car Wash

Parade Route Update
Due to construction on Main Street, the City of Lilburn has changed the route of its annual Christmas Parade. The parade will still occur on Main Street at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6, but it will begin on Poplar Street instead of at First Baptist Church of Lilburn.

The parade will start on Poplar Street at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, turn left onto Main Street, and end at City Hall. Spectators can line up on Main Street in front of City Hall and the Shoppes in Old Town, as usual, or on Poplar Street.

Church and Poplar streets will be closed to through traffic starting at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 until the parade finishes around 11:30 a.m. Main Street from Poplar Street to Camp Creek Road will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until parade completion. This year's theme is Christmas Around the World.

Wynne-Russell News

Family Photos, Tours, and Crafts Dec. 6 & 20

After the Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 6, come out to the Wynne Russell House from noon until 4:00 pm for photos, tours, and crafts. Lilburn photographer Richard Ferris will be set up in one of the historic rooms for back-in-time family (pets included) photos.  Additionally we will have crafters featuring stained glass, UGA memorabilia, fleece blankets, jewelry and a variety of baked goods - perfect for holiday giving.  

On Saturday, Dec. 20,from noon until 4:00 pm we will again have the house open for tours and crafts.  However, this time we will feature a "cookie swap." 

Cookie Swaps are fun and here are the guidelines: No charge. Bring 2 dozen cookies, 2 inches in diameter on a tray with tongs and copies of the recipe to share with the baker's name and contact information. Cookies must be baked and contain flour. Participants may bring more in lots of 2 dozen. Whatever quantity is brought will be swapped for the same amount. Bring six cookies to donate to the sampling table. Organizers will award prizes for top three favorites.  Take-home boxes will be provided. Advance sign-up is required, but no fee. We will list participant first names and type of cookie on the event website  Contact to register for the cookie swap.

Attention Craft Vendors:  If you are interested in participating in the Dec. events, the Lilburn Community Partnership has decorated the house for the holidays and welcomes you to register for both Saturdays, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 from noon until 4 p.m. Interested vendors may register through or

The Wynne-Russell House is a Lilburn treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places and depends on the support of the community for maintenance and operation. Donations are appreciated and will benefit the repair and maintenance of the house.  As we draw near to the end of the year, please keep the house in mind that the LCP is a 501c3 and donations to the organization to benefit house are tax deductible. Contact info@lilburncp or call Diana Preston, 678-230-9058 for more information.

Lilburn Lions Club Update

The Lilburn Lions Club is about to become a chartered club with 23 registered members.  A short meeting to elect officers will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11 at noon at the Wynne-Russell House located at 4685 Wynne-Russsell Dr. in Lilburn.  At the meeting the members will also decide a meeting schedule and location.  The Thursday meeting will be open to anyone interested in joining the Lilburn Lions club. Please respond to Dick Smith Lions Club International member who is assisting with the organization of the Lilburn Club. For more information on Lions Club International, follow this LINK. Contact Dick Smith at  

Business News from the City
Small Business Essentials - Wed. Dec. 3 
The ‘On The Road’ program, hosted throughout Gwinnett by the Gwinnett Chamber, introduces the many resources available to small businesses. This portable panel of real experts includes the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, minority assistance experts, as well as local city and county representatives knowledgeable in licensing, planning, economic development and more. Attendees learn about the many no- or low-cost resources available to help them and their business succeed. Hours are 9:30 am until 11:45 am at Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street.
Lilburn Adopts Business Plan for Growth
Recently a strategic business plan was developed through a partnership between the City of Lilburn and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The strategic business plan defines clear directional goals and accountability measures as well as a shared vision for the community.

Through months of staff interviews, stakeholder work sessions and public meetings, a plan was created that draws on past experience and current economic realities.

Click the links below to view the report and action plan:

Strategic Business Plan (22 pages)   Five-Year Action Plan

Business License Renewals
If you are a business owner in the City of Lilburn, please note the information below posted on the City of Lilburn Web site.

Annual renewals are required for a City of Lilburn business license, also known as an occupational tax certificate. Renewals must be filed by January 31 every year. The administration fee is $75.

Bring your renewal application to City Hall or mail to: 
City of Lilburn
76 Main St.
Lilburn, GA 30047


Business License Renewal Application  

Application for Pain Management Clinics

Application for Pawn Shops and Precious Metals Dealers

(If you are an business owner in Gwinnett County your business license renewal is not due until April 1st. )

The Lilburn Arts Alliance starts off the New Year with a meeting on Wednesday, January 14th, 7PM. Our speaker will be Debbie Kepes, the owner of an art gallery and studio in Snellville. The meeting will be at the Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street, Lilburn.

Christmas Performances in Lilburn
The Gwinnett Choral Guild
The Gwinnett Choral Guild invites you to enjoy a fun evening of choral music celebrating the joys of Christmas led by GCG Artistic Director Renee Wilson-Wicker and accompanied by Hanna Lee.
The Guild will perform popular choral favorites including Christmas DayShepherd's Story and All My Heart This Night Rejoices along with baroque classics including Hodie Christus Natus Est and O Mangnum Mysterium.
Dates:  Saturday, Dec. 13, 7:30 pm with Resounding Joy Handbell Choir at Trinty Lutheran Church, 1826 Killian Hill Rd., Lilburn. events/
First Baptist Lilburn
Christmas Handbell Concert, Monday, Dec. 15, 7:00 pm.
Christmas Organ Concert, Sunday, Dec. 21, 3:00 pm.
Christmas Eve Service, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 5:30 pm.
Harmony Grove Baptist
The ABC Nativity (Children's Choir), Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6:00 pm.
Service of Hymns and Carols, Sunday, Dec. 21, 6:00 pm.

Festival Input Requested

Did you attend the Small Town, Big World International Festival?  Already we have had a number of exhibitors and attendees complete our surveys. Please take a few minutes and give us your feedback as we begin planning next year's event: Attendee Link     Were you a participant, performer, exhibitor or vendor?  Participant Link.             

Lilburn CID News
Design29 Update
The Lilburn Community Improvement District requests input from the community through its website: The site is a great outlet for providing feedback and accessing the latest news.  Future input meetings will be scheduled in 2015, and you can stay informed on those dates and give your opinion through the website.

Feature Article

The Artist Behind the Mural

This past year’s mural depicting a tunnel on Main St. is much more than just another public art piece.  For those who followed the project from the initial design on paper and then watched the days, weeks and months of work that transformed the rendering into a work of art have truly been amazed of the effect that the “Tunnel” has had on Lilburn. 

The detail incorporated into the mural has become so much a part of our landscape that some in the City have been concerned that someone not familiar with Lilburn might actually try to drive through it!   Residents and visitors alike have enjoyed photographing themselves in the back-in-time  scene, and one resident has even been inspired to envision the other side of the tunnel as a framework for a historical novel of old Lilburn.  Isn’t that what art does – inspire? 

So who is the artist behind Lilburn’s first public art piece?  Did the City of Lilburn pay  big bucks to retain an artist from outside the state to acquire a mural that was recently recognized as best in its class by Signs of the Times trade magazine?  No, not an artist from the outside, but one from right here in Lilburn - an artist, business owner and resident who understands the value in giving back to his community. 

Sonny Franks, owner of Sign Creations, is the artist behind the mural.  Residents for 32 years, Sonny and his wife Peggy enjoy attending live concerts and are regulars at MOMs (Music on Main Street). They also spend time together traveling the country painting murals or getting together with other artists to improve their skills.

Sonny grew up in Columbia, South Carolina where he learned to paint signs at a summer job.  Painting came naturally to him and he honed his talent by studying graphic arts at Clemson and advertising design at University of South Carolina.  He started his business, Sign Creations while attending Clemson.  A visit to his company’s website tells more about Sonny’s work and philosophy.  Quotes such as: "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."(Steve Jobs) , “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep. (Scott Adams) and lastly, the one which Sonny exemplifies, “Good art inspires; Good design motivates.” (Otl Aicher                                                                        In addition to running his business, Sonny has been an avid member of the Letterheads, a group of sign professionals who gather in different places to share techniques, ideas, and fellowship. (See photo above: Sonny is on the right in the front row, blue shirt and red hat.)  Sonny has traveled to England, Greece, Canada and Scotland.  The Letterheads are dedicated to the altruistic theory that seasoned veterans pass their knowledge on to others, elevating the quality of everyone’s work.  He feels that he has learned from the best in the business. One  Letterhead mural that he is very proud of can be seen in Suwanee on the back of their amphitheater.  It has 47 members of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame featured in a concert setting.   He is also a member of the Walldogs, who get together every summer to paint murals in a selected city.  The group leaves a legacy of as many as 20 murals in a four-day span, with about 150 artists donating their time and talent. 

Sonny’s vision for art in Lilburn is that somehow we will harness the energy and tremendous abilities of the many artists living in the city. That vision fueled his motivation to put time and energy into helping to start Lilburn Arts Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting art appreciation in our community. How fortunate for Lilburn that Sonny Franks located his family here to pursue his dream and give back to the community.  He has made an impact on our City that is both inspiring as well as motivating.  Thank you, Sonny Franks. 

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Lilburn Community Partnership
4155 Lawrenceville Hwy. #8101
Lilburn, Georgia 30047

Phone: 678-230-9058

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