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Thursday, September 03 2015
Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership                               August 31, 2015

Welcoming the Routine

Why is it that we always seem to breathe a sigh of relief when school starts back?  Truly we should regret the signaling of the end of a time that has given us the freedom to accomplish so many things that we had been delaying: "just wait until school's out ...  or "when summer comes, we'll..." and "when we go on vacation ...."

Naturally we dream about what we would do if we only had more time-- isn't that the idea of bucket lists?  But then when we start the check-off process, we fall into the trap of trying to do it all. No doubt this explains why when something like the restrictive scheduling of school happens, we actually look forward to another force taking over our lives. Amazingly, we actually welcome mindless routine into our lives ... for a time.

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Lilburn Qualifying Starts Aug.31

Qualifying for Mayor, Council seats begins Aug. 31 and ends Sept. 4

A general election for the City of Lilburn will be held on Nov. 3, 2015, for the offices of Mayor and two Council Members (Posts 1 and 2). Qualifying will begin on Aug. 31 at 8:30 a.m. and end Sept. 4 at 4:30 p.m. The qualifying fees are $150 for Mayor and $105 for Council Member. The seats are held by Mayor Johnny Crist, and Council Members Teresa Czyz and Scott Batterton.

Only registered voters who reside in the city limits may vote in this election. The last day to register and be eligible to vote in this election will be Oct. 5. The polls will be open on Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main St.

Town Hall Meeting

Join Mayor Johnny Crist for an open forum on Monday, Aug. 31, 7:00 - 8:00 pm for an open forum on topics that interest Lilburn residents.

Display of 1895 Luxomni Sept. 5 

Ever wonder what the Lilburn area looked like before all the subdivisions, highways and commercial centers were built?

Come out to the Wynne-Russell House on Saturday, September 5 between 10:00 am and noon to view an 1895 three-dimensional display of the Luxomni-Lilburn area.  Longtime resident and descendant Gail McGinnis painstakingly created the diorama of the 1800's farms and homeplaces from old photos and land records.  She and Elmer Nash, another longtime resident, will give commentary and answer questions regarding the area’s history.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase a booklet showing the photos that Mrs. McGinnis used to construct the miniature buildings. There is no charge for the diorama presentation nor the tour of the Wynne-Russell House.

 The Wynne-Russell House is located at 4685 Wynne-Russell Drive in Lilburn.

Lilburn Community Partnership News

Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12

Small Town, Big World: Lilburn International Festival 2015 on September 12 will be bigger and better than ever.  Lilburn City Park will be transformed into a mini global venue.  Beginning at 10 am with the Parade of Flags, attendees will celebrate our world of cultures while carrying 80+ international flags around the festival field. Following Opening Ceremonies entertainers will wow and energize you with dance and music. A variety of food vendors will tantalize your taste buds with international and traditional foods.

Exhibitors from community youth organizations, churches, nonprofits, businesses, and schools will provide information, crafts, games and demonstrations. A free children's play area and "make-it, take-it" by Home Depot will entertain the youngsters. Presenting Sponsor Nam Dae Mum will be back with samples of fruits and vegetables from around the world.

Shuttles will be provided to the park from First Baptist Lilburn Church on Hwy. 29. Once again Vida Radio 95 fm will broadcast remotely from the event.

Make plans now to be a part of this unique festival.  ​The festival is collaborative effort of the City of Lilburn and the Lilburn Community Partnership. More Festival information at:


Interested in Film Acting and Life Skills?
The LCP is partnering with The Actor's Scene Studio to offer an 8 week introductory course in the fall.  The course, in addition to teaching basic acting skills, will focus on building confidence and self esteem and skills in problem solving, communication and team work.
Classes will be offered for three age groups: 4-7 years, 8-11 years, and 12-17 years. Class times are approximately one hour on Tuesday evenings and will begin September 8 and finish in Oct. 27.
The Actor's Scene is an award winning performing arts studio for children, teens and adults serving the Atlanta Metro Gwinnett county area providing exceptional on-camera training & acting classes for movies, TV and commercials while focusing on improving confidence and self-esteem. The studio also provides programs and events for talent agency placement.The Actor's Scene is a well known school whose main campus is in Buford. Check their web site for more information: call 770- 904-6646 or check the website
LCP Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
October Ghost Tour and Ticketed Investigation

On Saturday, October 3, 10 am - noon,  come out for a free Ghost Tour conducted by Timeless Paranormal investigators Shannon and David Byers. The Byers will give a guided tour (10:00 am) of the Wynne-Russell House with details about the residents of the house since it was built in 1826.  Afterwards they will give a demonstration of the equipment that they use when investigating structures and areas.

Booklets containing a paranormal investigation of the house, history and geneology of the residents and Civil War records of Private James Wynne will be on sale for $10.  All proceeds benefit the Wynne Russell House.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Byers will be hosting four evening investigations for small groups.  This is a ticketed event with all proceeds benefitting the Wynne-Russell House.  Times are 5, 7, 8, and 9 pm.  Go to for ticket reservations and email Shannon Byers: to secure your spot in the small groups sessions.

Clean-up at the Wynne-Russell House

Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee members and volunteers from Miriam Vega Insurance combined efforts on Saturday morning, August 29 to give the Wynn-Russell House grounds a major clean-up.

Since the spring clean-up, wisteria and ivy vines, tree saplings and weeds had really obscured the rustic beauty of the site.  After three hours, the group was quite pleased with their efforts.  Now the house is ready for several upcoming fall events.

The WR Historict Preservation Committee's next meeting will be Oct. 13 at 5 pm at the Wynne-Russell House.  Visitors are welcome.

The Wynne-Russell House, built in 1826, is on the Registry of Historic Places and is a pristine example of “Plantation Plain” architectural style of the upper Piedmont region.  The interior floors, walls and fireplaces are original and largely untouched by modern finishing. The site also includes a family cemetery.  Go to this LINK for information on the house and events.

News from the City


City Offices Closed for Labor Day

City Offices will be closed on Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.

Register Now for White Elephant Sale

Sept. 19 Community Garage Sale, 9:00 am until 1:00 pm Seller spaces are available. This community garage sale is a great opportunity to repurpose unwanted items and maybe find some new treasures while you're at the sale! 

Advance registration for the sale is highly recommended. The advanced registration fee of $15 reserves your 9-foot parking space. After the advance registration deadline, the fee is $20 per space, while they last.  Day of sale registrants are not guaranteed a space.

Please see the registration form for rules and more information about the sale. 

Food Truck Tuesday, Sept. 15

Don't miss the next "Food Truck Tuesday" on Sept. 15 from 5 pm until 8 pm. (Note the earlier hours.)  Check the Facebook Page for updates. Food Truck Tuesdays will end after Tuesday, Oct. 13.

2nd Annual Classic Cars in the Park, Saturday, September 26

The City of Lilburn is hosting an open car and bike show inside Lilburn City Park! Come see a wide variety of collector cars, motorcycles, and trucks.

More than 100 cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all makes and models will be parked on the lawn in the beautiful Lilburn City Park. Enjoy live music, concessions, and a variety of vendors. Free admission for spectators. 
Saturday, Sept. 26
8-10 a.m. - Car/bike set-up
10 a.m. - Event begins
2 p.m. - Top twenty trophies will be announced. 

Awards will include Best Bike, Best Truck, Best Car, and Best in Show. 

Vehicle registration fees are $10 for pre-registration or $15 day of the event. All years, makes, and models are welcome.
To register your classic vehicle, visit
Car Show Contact: Mike Thies, 770-883-0160

Vendor/Sponsor Contact: Rozalyn Schmitt, 770-638-2225
Sponsorship information
Product vendor application 

Costume Swap, Oct. 17 

Recycle and reuse!  Join the City of Lilburn’s Halloween Costume Swap on Saturday, October 17 from 12-3 p.m.

Bring your clean, gently used children’s costume to Music on Main Street during their Fall Festival on October 17 and swap it out for a new-to-you costume!  There’s no cost to participate.  Simply bring a children's Halloween costume you’re no longer using & pick a costume from the rack to take home. 

Just have a gently used children's costume you’d like to donate for the event?  That’s fine too! For information about the Costume Swap or to donate a costume, please call 770-638-2225. 

If you'd like more information about the Fall Festival, please contact Music on Main Street at 770-609-6393. Music on Main Street is located at 113 Main Street in Lilburn.

Lilburn Community News

Senior Fair at Salem Sept. 19 


Salem Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting a senior information resource fair on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. All seniors, family members, and caregivers are welcome.  Salem is located at 4722 Church Street in Lilburn.

The Lilburn Arts Alliance will hold its next meeting Wednesday, September 9th at 7PM, featuring Michael Klapthor as our guest speaker. Michael will demonstrate his techniques on altering and reassembling wheel thrown vessels to create sculptures of robots and rayguns, as well as interesting forms for functional ceramic ware. His finished pieces will also be displayed to show the final product and the surface treatments such as glazes, stains, and engobes. Please visit Michael Klapthor's website to see his unique and awesome work:

We are meeting at the Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street, Lilburn. Check our Facebook page for updates, Guests are always welcome.

Mark your calendars for Saturday October 10, when the Arts Alliance will be showcasing member’s work at Lilburn Daze.

Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit our website for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.

Lilburn Business Association

The Lilburn Business Association will feature Dawn Poplawski of PCC Innovative Solutions for its Friday, Sept. 4 Business Builders Breakfast meeting.  Ms. Poplawski will be speaking on the topic of "Collection Options for Small Businesses."  Business Builders meets the first Friday of the month from 8:00 am - 9:00 am at Killian Hall located at 908 Killian Hill Rd. Lilburn, 30047.

The LBA generally has its lunch meetings the third Tuesday of the month 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at A Taste of Paradise restaurant located near Harbor Freight in the Market Place Shopping center,  4805 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, Ga 30047. Be sure to check the LBA website and newsletter for meeting details.

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

September Meetings:  Thursday, September10, noon at Taste of Paradise Restaurant

Thursday, September 24, 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School

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

Lilburn Daze Sponsorhips & Booth Info

The Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is now accepting vendor applications and sponsorships. This year's event will be held on Oct. 10 at Lilburn City Park.

A Lilburn tradition for more than 40 years, Lilburn Daze features 200 arts and crafts vendors and a variety of food vendors. The kid zone features free art activities, a train ride, pony rides, and lots of other fun. With an estimated 12,000 attendees, this family-friendly festival is one of the most popular in the area.

The festival is hosted by the Lilburn Woman's Club and co-sponsored by the City of Lilburn. Visit for more information

LWC September General Meeting

The Lilburn Woman's Club will have their first meeting after a summer break on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm, at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 5255 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lilburn. Visitors are welcome. Visit the club website at:


From SafetySmart Lilburn 

Recap of National Night Out

The sixth annual National Night Out was an event not to be missed.  With thousands in attendance and hundreds of exhibits and demonstration to view and wow, not to mention the restaurants chipping in with free food samples, it was the best ever! See Richard Ferris' pictures recapping the event in the Picture Gallery.

Signs of Medical Identity Theft

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President of SafetySmart Lilburn) Reprinted from Gwinnett Forum

Medical identity theft can be one of the most devastating forms of identity theft.  This type of identity theft significantly impacts people because victims find it difficult to undo the damage caused by inaccurate medical records or fraudulent bills. The Metro Atlanta Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to carefully check all health-related documentation from doctors, drug stores and insurance providers.

A thief may use your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care. If the thief’s health information is mixed with yours, your treatment, insurance and payment records, and credit report may be affected.

Read your medical and insurance statements regularly and completely. They can show warning signs of identity theft. Read the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statement or Medicare Summary Notice that your health plan sends after treatment. Check the name of the provider, the date of service, and the service provided. Do the claims paid match the care you received? If you see a mistake, contact your health plan and report the problem.

Other signs of medical identity theft include:

  • a bill for medical services you didn’t receive;
  • a call from a debt collector about a medical debt you don’t owe;
  • medical collection notices on your credit report that you don’t recognize;
  • a notice from your health plan saying you reached your benefit limit; or
  • a denial of insurance because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.

If you know a thief used your medical information, get copies of your records. Federal law gives you the right to know what’s in your medical files. Check them for errors. Contact each doctor, clinic, hospital, pharmacy, laboratory, health plan, and location where a thief may have used your information. For example, if a thief got a prescription in your name, ask for records from the health care provider who wrote the prescription and the pharmacy that filled it.

You may need to pay for copies of your records. If you know when the thief used your information, ask for records from just that time. Keep copies of your postal and email correspondence, and a record of your phone calls, conversations and activities with your health plan and medical providers.

Gwinnett County News

News from Schools

 GCPS Seeks Mentors for QUEST Interns

From Kristen Drake, Instructional Coach for Accerlerated Programs and Gifted Education

The Accelerated Programs and Gifted Education department is seeking community members in Gwinnett County, Georgia to serve as mentors to unpaid high school interns for Fall and Winter. The Accelerated Programs and Gifted Education Department offers the QUEST Internship in Gwinnett County Public Schools.

 We place gifted juniors and seniors in unpaid internships in fields of their interest. Students have a variety of interests including, but not limited to, medical, education, engineering, accounting, sports management and computer science. We strive to place students in locations that are meaningful and beneficial to both the mentor and student. The program has grown significantly with 270+ applicants across Gwinnett County.

Students are released from school around 1:15 p.m. each day and typically work two or three days a week for a total of five to six hours each week. The internship can be one or two semesters. I am always looking for potential mentors. For the fall 2015 semester, students may interview the week of August 16 and begin working the week of August 23. Winter Semester dates are to be determined.

If you are in or near Gwinnett County and are interested in serving as a mentor or learning more about the program, please contact Kristen Drake at, 678-301-7042 or her Linked In page at

E-SPLOST Information

On November 3, 2015, Gwinnett voters will be asked to consider continuing the E-SPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax). Over the years, Gwinnett students and school communities have benefited from the E-SPLOST which has provided thousands of needed classrooms in nearly 60 new schools and nearly 80 school additions, as well as technology improvements that are essential to teaching and learning.  More information at the GCPS Website.

Gwinnett County Department

Volunteer Emergency Courses

The Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management is offering free Community Emergency Response Team training to Gwinnett County residents beginning Tuesday,September 8. These courses will educate county residents on disaster preparedness for emergencies that may impact their community. Residents will be trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue,team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Courses are open to all Gwinnett County residents 18 years and older who pass a background check provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department. The training consists of eight sessions that take place from 6:30pm to 9:00pm on Tuesdays.

A course review and disaster simulation will take place on Saturday, October 24 from 8:00am to noon. For more information or to sign up for the courses, please email Sign up soon; class size is limited to 25 participants.

Basic Lawn Care - FREE

September 8 from noon to 1:00pm.Learn how to care for your lawn during the fall to keep it healthy and attractive. Registration is required by September 4. To register, contact Timothy Daly at 678.337.4010 or The class will be held in the second floor conference room of the Gwinnett County Government Annex Building, 750 South Perry Street, Suite 400 in Lawrenceville.

Basic Money Management - FREE

September 14 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Where does my money go? Who do I pay first? How do I decide what is the right management plan for me? How do I track my spending? Join us for a basic money management class sponsored by Associated Credit Union. Minimum of eight participants required to hold class. Event is free but must pre-register by September 10. To pre-register, call 770.985.4713. Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

Please submit story ideas,comments or suggestions to, attention Diana Preston.

This Week
Lilburn Qualifying Begins
Town Hall Meeting
1895 Luxomni Diorama
Lilburn Community Partnership
International Festival
Film Acting Classes
Wynne-Russell News
October Events
City of Lilburn
City Offices Closed for Holiday
White Elephant Sale Reg.
Food Truck Tuesday
Classic Cars in the Park
Halloween Costume Swap
Salem Seniors Fair
Lilburn Art Alliance
Lilburn Business Assoc.
Lilburn Lions Club
Lilburn Woman's Club
Lilburn Daze
General Meeting
SafetySmart Lilburn
National Night Out
Signs of Medical Theft
Gwinnett County News
School News
Quest Interns
County Department News
Volunteer  Courses
Lawn Care
Money Management

Gwinnett County Meeting Calendar



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Gwinnett Human Relations Commission

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Photo Gallery 
National Night Out -The Best
Photos by Richard Ferris
Clean-up at Wynne Russell

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