Spring Events a Bloomin'
Isn't spring wonderful and unpredictable as ever? The rainy days can be really dreary, and then when we least expect it, the sun breaks through and teases us with a taste of summer. Yes, spring really is a wonderful time of year, and we find a sense of invigoration arising from nature's bursts of colors and sounds that we thought might have been lost forever in the mud and the muck of winter.
So you think you might be following Persephone's lead and want to break out dancing down the halls at work? Save your energy for later - groups in our community have been busy planning ways to get you out and about.
Just read through Lovin'Lilburn a bit and you'll find events and things to do that are popping up all over town like Johnny Jump-ups.
(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. www.lilburncp.com or read it later.)
Two Community Events This Week:
Community "Cookout for a Cause"
The Lilburn Community Partnership invites everyone to come out this Wednesday, April 22 for a cookout lunch in the Nash Pavilion in Lilburn City Park (76 Main St.) from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. For a suggested donation of $7 you will get hamburger slider, hot dog, sides, dessert, drink and help the LCP Relay Rally team raise money for cancer research.
You can pay by cash, check payable to American Cancer Society or on-line (print your receipt) at this link: TEAM WebPage
Lilburn Relay Rally
The Lilburn Woman's Club invites the greater Lilburn community to come out Friday evening to Lilburn City Park to help end cancer. From 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm, teams and attendees will walk the track, raise funds and enjoy local entertainment. The event kicks off at 5 PM with cancer survivors and their caregivers walking the first lap. Afterwards, there will be a reception for survivors and their caregivers in City Hall while Rally participants continue walking laps in support of winning the fight to end cancer. The evening ends with a moving luminary ceremonial lap led by bagpipers in honor of those fighting cancer and in memory those who remind us there is still more to be done.
The weather is predicted to be great. So go to the web site where you will find teams looking for members and donations. Follow this LINK to get involved.
April 23rd Main Street Celebration Postponed
The Main Street Realignment ribbon cutting and block party scheduled for Thursday, April 23, have been postponed. Due to weather delays, the project will not be at a stage of completion as of the originally planned date. The City will reschedule at a time when the project is 100 percent complete.
In the meantime, much of Main Street has been paved. Be sure to check out the progress and stop in to support the businesses in the town center who have been weathering the challenges of decreased traffic due to road construction. (LINK to City Web site.)
From The Lilburn Community Partnership
The Future of the Lilburn Library
While there has been considerable information distributed regarding the new Lilburn City Hall/County Library complex, which may start construction as early as next month, there has been little discussion about the future use of the current library building on Hillcrest Road.
The Lilburn Library has served a growing population since 1988, when the library was built as part of the County's first Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Over the last 27 years, with the explosive growth in Lilburn, the once-roomy, highly admired 10,000 square foot building has become outdated and inadequate for today's patrons. So as the community welcomes a brand new library with the state-of-the art "bells and whistles" that are standard in new libraries, the obvious question is what will happen to the old building? Is there another purpose for it?
The Lilburn Community Partnership (LCP) board has done some research on this matter to find out that the County has no plans to provide staff or programming for the building. This is understandable as the new library is a replacement building. The City of Lilburn also has no plans proposed for the current building since the new city hall will have more than adequate space for administrative services.
The LCP has proposed to the City, and received approval, to explore uses for the building. If a sustainable community is identified, the City will petition the County to make the property available for the proposed use.
The LCP's task at hand is to develop a strategy to gather data and identify stakeholder community leaders who will work together to help determine sustainable options for the vacated library building. This group needs to come together soon to determine the the possible uses desired by community for this building.
At this point, the LCP would like to hear from interested residents regarding this issue. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org
by May 15th, 2015.
Wynne-Russell House - Open for Business
The Wynne-Russell House is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is open to small events such as showers, family reunions, weddings, and meetings. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. Daily rate is $200 on the weekends and $150 for a weekday.
Recently the Lilburn Woman's Club International Outreach Department held its quarterly meeting at the historical home. It was the ideal for a covered-dish meeting, and members also enjoyed a tour of the 1826 home as part of their evening out.
Small Town Big World Festival: Sponsors and Exhibitors Needed
The second annual Small Town, Big World Festival will take place on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am until 2 pm. Last year's festival exceeded expectations with over 5,000 attendees. The Festival Committee invites community sponsors to come forward and help present the best ever festival for 2015. We are also looking for exhibitors. Non-profits, school, faith and civic organizations are given free exhibit space. For-profit businesses pay a moderate fee. Contact email@example.com or Diana Preston at 678-230-9058.
LCP After Hours May 19
Save the date of May 19, for LCP After Hours. The event will be held at Ruppert Landscaping from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The speaker is to be confirmed and more details will be in the next newsletter. Two dates remain for LCP After Hours: August 18 and October 20. Contact Michael Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in providing a door prize, hosting a future event or would like more information.
Taste of Lilburn - Awesome
Taste of Lilburn 2015 was certainly a successful event with over 130 patrons who came to City Hall to enjoy entertainment by the Nicks Brothers and food samples from 1910 Public House, Bambinelli's, The Barn Brew House, Rivals on Five, Taqueria Los Hermanos and Taste of Paradise.
Pictures tell the story (see Gallery), and while every one had a great time, it was somewhat bittersweet as this will be the last time the event will be held inside City Hall. However, organizers are hoping that there will be support to have a larger event outdoors next year.
Funds raised at the event will help pay for the installation of air-conditioning in the Wynne Russell House later this month.
News from Our Businesses
Remember the ugly unfinished building that sat for so long on the corner of Pleasant Hill and Highway 29? Last week that
ended when Aldi held their grand opening. The store is another grocery option in the Lilburn area that appeals to those who like no-frills shopping, and there were lots of folks stopping by to learn more about the Aldi business model. Some things to know before you go: cash or debit only, bring a quarter to secure your cart (you get it back when you return the cart) and bring your own bags and bag items yourself. Aldi is German based and carries some German specialty items along with other standard items. Nice selection of organic, prepared foods, produce and meat. Check it out.
Music on Main Street: Concerts and Classes
Go to the MOMS website for a complete listing of concerts, workshops, music camps for teens, children and toddlers. Some highlights:
Concerts - LINK
- Freddy’s Finest with JT3– April 25
- Jason Kenney – May 2
- Geoff Achison – May 16
- Ralph Roddenbery – July 11
Camps - Go to MOMS
- Summer Music Camp Ages 8-18 June 8 – 13 see details at web site. Register before May 2 and save.
- Music for Toddlers – 8 week program begins May 1st.
Rockbridge Rd X-ing to Be Fixed
CSX will be closing Rockbridge Road at the RR X-ing for repairs Monday April 27th thru Friday May 1st. The detour route will be US 29 to Harmony Grove Road to Rockbridge Road and reverse.
Great American Cleanup
Join us on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the overflow parking lot (76 Main St., Lilburn) for our annual Great American Cleanup!
The following items will be accepted at the event at no cost.
- Secure paper shredding (limit of 5 boxes per person)
- Electronics recycling
- Bulk trash (limited space, no construction materials, no batteries)
- Cell phones (for donation to Zoo Atlanta's "Call4Gorillas Partner Program")
- Tires (no businesses)
Contact these companies with questions about what items will be accepted:
Bulk Trash: Advanced Disposal
Shredding: A1 Shredding and Recycling, Inc.
Tires: Liberty Tire Recycling
Electronics: CompuPoint USA, LLC
Paint recycling -- Please see fees below.
Parkview Christian School will be accepting latex and oil paint for recycling during the event. The paint collected will be reconditioned to be used again. There is a fee for this portion of the event based on the quantity and type of paint. Paint can not be mixed with anything, including other paint.
1 Gallon Can - $3 for latex and $4 for oil
1 Quart Can - $1.50 for latex and $2 for oil
Spray can - $1.50 for oil
A portion of the proceeds will support the school. For more information on paint collection fees, and paint can sizes accepted, call 404-317-7637.
Bench Dedication for Helen Morris
April 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Gartrell Nash Pavilion
The Lilburn Downtown Development Authority will honor former Councilwoman Helen Morriss with a memorial bench in Lilburn City Park. There will be a ceremony at 3 p.m. at the Gartrell Nash Pavilion in City Park. The public is welcome to attend.
Mrs. Morriss passed away in November 2013. A native of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Morriss was born and raised in Norcross and moved to Lilburn in 1976. She served on the Lilburn City Council from 1989 to 1994. She represented Lilburn on the Gwinnett County Planning Commission and helped form the Lilburn Planning Commission, for which she wrote the original ordinances and served as chairman. She also served on the Lilburn Merit Board, the Alcohol Review Board, and the Downtown Development Authority. She and her husband, George, had four children and four grandchildren.
The SMILE 5K Race Returns to Lilburn City Park
On May 2, the SMILE 5K Race will begin and end near the band shell in Lilburn City Park. Runners and walkers will travel through Lilburn City Park and along Camp Creek Greenway Trail.
For more information about SMILE and this event, please visit www.smile4.info.
Food Truck Tuesdays - May 12, 6 pm-9 pm
Enjoy dinner and music in Lilburn City Park! Sample a variety of food trucks and local bands. Second Tuesdays, May-August and the third Tuesday in September.
June 2, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Camp Creek Greenway Parking Lot
The Lilburn City Market on Main sells fresh produce on Tuesday evenings from 4-7 p.m. in June, July, and August in the Greenway parking lot on Main Street.
June 5, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ City Park
The Return brings your favorite Beatles tunes to Lilburn City Park! Known as one of the best Beatles tribute bands in the country, The Return will play hits spanning two decades of music history. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free concert under the stars. Food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) available for purchase.
Spring Art Exhibit Was Exquisite
The Spring Art Exhibit displayed the best of so many different media - pottery, photography, oils, pastel, etc. What talented artists we have! If you missed it, check out the Lilburn Alliance website for details for next year
Lilburn Arts Alliance May Meeting
The Lilburn Arts Alliance will meet on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm at Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street. Guests are always welcome.
Lilburn Business Association
Dawn Poplawski, Owner of PCC Innovative Solutions, will speak on "Collections for Small Businesses"
Learn about debt collection options for small businesses and smaller debts.
NOTE VENUE CHANGE - Our meeting will be at the restaurant A Taste of Paradise located at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, 30047. They are next door to Harbor Freight in the strip mall behind Chick Fil A.
Register and Pay Online (members: $12, non-members: $15). Registration is not required but is encouraged. You do not need to be a member to attend.
Lilburn Lions Club Official
Next Meeting: April 30, 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School
The Lilburn Lions became an officiall chartered International Club on Saturday, March 28. Judge Haynes Townsend of Whitfield County and Past International Lions Clubs Director was the keynote speaker. Members of several Lions Clubs from Gwinnett and Georgia were present to celebrate the Lilburn club's chartering which included inducting 30 members. The Snellville Lions Club is the sponsoring Club for Lilburn.
The Lilburn Lions Club is already taking steps to be an active service organization with several members training to use vision screening equipment, participating in the upcoming Relay Rally and joining the Adopt a Road Clean-up program.
It is not too late to get involved. The Lilburn Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend meetings the second Thursday of the at noon at the Taste of Paradise Restaurant located in the Market Place Shopping Center at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. in Lilburn (intersection of Indian Trail Rd. and US 29) and the second meeting the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School, located opposite the Post Office on Hwy. 29 at the traffic light at Postal Way. For information on Lion's Club International, please follow this LINK.
Lilburn Woman's Club News
Behind the Garden Gate Returns
'Behind the Garden Gate' tour of Lilburn area gardens is returning again this year on Saturday, May 9th from 9am - 3pm.
This year's tour, presented by the GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club, offers you a chance to visit several unique and inspiring destination spots including a the River House high on a bluff over-looking the Yellow River designed and landscaped by Shady Grove Landscape Company, a magnificent Japanese-style garden featuring black bamboo, a cozy Bistro retreat, and the historic Lanford Farmhouse built in the early 1900's. Another don’t miss destination is Aaron’s Memorial Rock Garden, built by his Mother Marcia, in honor of her son Aaron Kincaid who was the first U.S. military casualty in Iraq. Local musicians and artists from the Lilburn Arts Alliance will be sprinkled throughout the various locations for a truly magical experience. Master Gardeners will be on hand at several gardens to answer your gardening questions. You won't want to miss this fantastic community event!
Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online in advance through our website at www.lilburnwomansclub.org or at Antiques in Old Town on Main Street, or the day of the tour at 818 Tom Smith Rd. Each ticket purchased comes with one free drawing for a quality garden art item. Additional doorprize tickets are available for purchase the day of the tour.
Proceeds from this event help fund local scholarships, beautification projects, health and safety projects, local libraries, after-school educational events, veteran’s needs, women’s and children’s shelters and so much more! Visit our website to learn more about the incredible things that LWC members do for the community.
Follow us on Facebook at 'Behind the Garden Gate' for sneak peeks into this year's tour.
Top Honors for LWC
The dedicated volunteers of the GFWC Lilburn Woman's Club (LWC) brought home top honors in a clean sweep across the six areas of focus recognized by the GFWC Georgia Ninth District. The club has grown to 75+ members and now stands at the forefront as one of the largest and most active grassroots women's volunteer organizations in the state providing crucial support to women, children and families in the greater Lilburn and Gwinnett communities.
2014 was another milestone year for our club and it has been an honor to serve as President for this amazing group of women" states Patty Gabilondo. (LWC Past President 2012-2014)
Recognized by the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs as
Best Overall Club in the GFWC Georgia 9th District for 2014 including Best in Leadership and Best in Membership
1stPlace – Home Life Community Service Program
1st Place – Education Community Service Program
1stPlace – Conservation Community Service Program
1st Place – Arts Community Service Program
1st Place – International Outreach Community Service Program
1st Place – Public Issues Community Service Program
· increased our annual scholarship awards portfolio by several thousand dollars
· welcomed six new members
· presented the inaugural “Behind the Garden Gate” tour of Lilburn area gardens
· achieved our 501(c)3 tax-exempt status
· unveiled our new Lilburn Cooks Fresh cookbook
· helped raise over $50k for the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse
· added Domestic Violence Awareness as our 7th Program
· hosted a BBQ lunch for over 150 soldiers and their families passing through the Atlanta Airport USO
· fed hundreds of local Lilburn children in need during the summer
· organized a community Post Office Beautification effort
· hosted a public candidate forum for Lilburn City Council election
· collected over 100 pounds of rice and beans for the Lilburn Co-Op
· created a new herb garden inside the Lilburn Community Garden
· hosted a free Elder Care Seminar and luncheon for 100+ attendees
· Collaborated with Lilburn International Festival, Lilburn Community Partnership, Lilburn Arts Alliance and National Night Out to name just a few
· organized and hosted our annual Hi-Hope dinner and dance for disabled adults
· reaffirmed the value of the LWC in the greater Lilburn community with another successful Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
· and so much more!
From SafetySmart Lilburn
(For immediate release from the City of Lilburn)
April 16, 2015
Scammers are reportedly going door-to-door in Lilburn and the surrounding
area posing as persons authorized by the City of Lilburn to conduct in-home
carbon monoxide checks. Once inside, these people charge money for a service
that they did not actually perform. This is a scam, warns the Lilburn Police
The City of Lilburn has authorized no one to inspect any residence for
carbon monoxide or for anything else, nor is any City employee conducting
this or any other inspection. Anyone who does work for the City of Lilburn
has an official ID card with their name and photograph on it, drives a City
of Lilburn vehicle, and does not ask to enter a private residence.
"I would like to remind all of our residents to be vigilant, should any of
these people come to your home," Police Chief Bruce Hedley said. If an
unknown person comes to your door, acknowledge them and then quickly but
forcefully tell them to leave. Immediately call Lilburn Police by dialing
9-1-1. Without placing yourself in danger, try to get a good description of
the person(s) who came to your home and any vehicle that they may be using.
Media Contact: Capt. Thom Bardugon, Office 770.638.2218, mobile
SafetySmart to Offer Park Safety Program
The community education meeting presented by SafetySmart Lilburn will be presented by members of Parks and Recreation: Park Smart & Be Active
May 4th at 7 PM at Lilburn City Hall Auditorium.
NextDoor.com - Worth Checking Out
(From Margot Ashley, President, SafetySmart)
A not-so-new method of communicating with your neighbors, NextDoor provides a means of posting messages appropriate just to your own neighborhood or to all the neighborhoods in your area. (One of the choices before posting a message is to select to which group to send the message). Currently, sixteen neighborhoods have communication in the Lilburn area, reaching over 650 participants. Recent postings have included information about Recalled Blue Bell Ice Cream, a loose Chihuahua, Georgia Move Over Law, Free items, Irrigation System Installation and Repair, Black Infiniti Crime Spree: stealing cell phones, Pine straw for Sale, Barking dogs and what to do about them and Sprucing up the Lilburn Post Office.
The site can also be used to share documents with neighbors, such as bylaws, meeting notes, permits and notices. Other sections provide recommendations for services (lawn care, car service, lessons, etc.), an events calendar, and a list of neighbors in the group. Personal messages can be exchanged with selected members.
Visiting nextdoor.com will allow you to either join an existing neighborhood or to set up a new group for your subdivision/area. Each group is allowed a maximum of 3000 houses, and new groups can be mapped for selection. To get started, click on “Start a New Group” on the far left column, enter your street address and follow the directions. You will be given the opportunity to invite your neighbors to participate.
This is an excellent way of being in touch with neighbors without the sprawl of Facebook, or the issue of sending to too many recipients on an email.
Citizens Police Academy 2015 Graduates
Lilburn Middle Needs Career Day Volunteers
Monday, May 4, 2015, is Lilburn Middle School's annual Career Day. During this event, professionals and business operators from the community volunteer to speak about their career and career path to groups of about 30 students each.
The speaking times are 10 AM to 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM to 2 PM. Volunteer speakers may sign up for either or both time slots.
This event gives students the opportunity to learn from professionals with real world experience about the career choices that are available and more about career paths.
Professionals and business operators offer a work experience perspective that supplements and validates what students learn in the classroom. Middle school years are a critical time for students to learn more about what they want to do in their future; it helps motivate them to choose a career path and work hard to achieve their goals.
Please consider being a Career Day Volunteer by contacting:
Elementary Spring Into Art Show
On Sunday, April 19, Lilburn Woman's Club Art Department sponsored their annual Spring Into Art Show for local elementary schools, grades K-5. Hundreds of entries were displayed in City Hall and hundreds of proud grandparents, parents and students came to view their artwork.
View the Photo Gallery for a sampling of the student's work.
Bridging the Gap Between Youth and Local Police
Gwinnett County, in partnership with the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and law enforcement officials from the Gwinnett County Police Department and Sheriff's Office are hosting a teen forum to bridge the gap between youth and local police on April 25 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center, 100 East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.
The forum is open to youth ages 11 to 18 and uses open dialogue to create better understanding and improved interaction between youth and law enforcement. The forum will familiarize students with law enforcement officers as real people, reasons for police stops, appropriate and inappropriate behavior during police stops, citizens' rights, filing complaints, and students' responsibility and accountability for behaviors that may result in police contact. Click here for registration and more information.
New Volunteer Driver Program
(Maria Beabout, Transportation Volunteer
Specialist with Gwinnett County Senior Services.)
Imagine being no longer allowed to drive:
Imagine a life filled with a sense of purpose found through your career, your social life, or being a parent. Now imagine the things that define you are a thing of your past-your career is over, your children are grown, and you find yourself alone far too often. Now imagine this more difficult time in your life without the ability to get where you need to go when you need
to get there-no way to go grocery shopping, no way to get to the doctor or pharmacy, no way to get your hair done or make it out to a senior center.
Be the light at the end of this tunnel.
But there is light at the end of this tunnel. This bright and beautiful light is you!! You can change the life of an older adult in our community by
becoming a volunteer driver with Gwinnett County Senior Services. As a volunteer, you will get to choose where and when you are available to assist an older adult. Gwinnett Senior Services will work to match you with the client that is close to your area and one that you can best serve. If you
want to change the lives of older adults in our community, please contact
Maria Beabout, Transportation Volunteer Specialist with Gwinnett County
Senior Services (678-377-6742; email@example.com).
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I become a volunteer driver?
All you will need to do is complete a short application (online at
www.gwinnettseniorservices.com or call 678-377-6742 for further assistance).
Be sure to include a copy of your driver's license and proof of car insurance in your application.
2. I am not familiar with the Gwinnett County area. What if I get lost?
As a volunteer driver, you are able to identify the area(s) that you would like to service. The program coordinator is available to assist with maps and directions if needed. Don't forget to use your GPS/Navigation devices if you have them!
3. I have a busy schedule and sometimes travel out of town. How will I have time to volunteer?
Volunteers indicate their preferred availability on the application and can
volunteer as much or as little time as they would like. Because you are
volunteering your time, you tell the program coordinator the area you want
to service, how often you want to provide rides, and whether the rider is a good "match" for you and your schedule.
4. I would like to help seniors but I am afraid of getting sued if I were to get into a car accident with someone I do not know in the car with me. Is there any kind of liability protection?
Georgia Code 51-1-42 protects volunteer drivers who are providing rides to
senior citizens. The code states that "any person who provides volunteer transportation for senior citizens shall not be liable for any civil damages
for any injury to such senior citizens arising out of or resulting from such transportation if such person was acting in good faith within the scope of his or her official actions and duties and unless the conduct of such person amounts to willful and wanton misconduct." As a registered Gwinnett Senior Services Volunteer, you also are covered by Supplemental Volunteer Liability Coverage for bodily injury or property damage that is not covered by your individual insurance policies.
5. I am a senior citizen who is in need of some transportation assistance. How can I receive volunteer driver services?
To receive a ride through Gwinnett Senior Services Volunteer Driver Program,
you must be a Gwinnett County resident age 60+ who has a need for
transportation. Please be aware that the program is volunteer-based only and
that the services are only available when volunteers are able, willing, and
available in your area. Please call 678-377-6742 or 678-377-4150 to process
6. I am in need of court-ordered community service hours. Can I volunteer with the Volunteer Driver Program?
The volunteer driver program is not suitable for individuals looking to complete community service hours. Please contact Gwinnett Senior Services
directly at 678-377-4150 to inquire about volunteer opportunities to help you meet your service hour requirements.
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