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Monday, November 21 2016

Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          November 19, 2016

It's mid-November and it already looks more like Christmas than Thanksgiving! Oh, well... Everyone's planning ahead and leaving us traditionalists in the dust - Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving as you think Merry Christmas.

Seriously, we have so much to be thankful for in this great country of ours. Still there are those who need our help, and so during this very busy time of year, please support those food, toy, and coat drives that are out there and help our volunteers help our community.

While you are out there shopping, please consider supporting our local businesses. This is a great way to help keep our local economy healthy. Also several organizations have events going on that give you an opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors.

Read on and Happy Thanksgiving  as you hum Jingle Bells.

Please forward on to new neighbors and business owners.

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



This Weekend

Antiques in Old Town Open House

"Over the River and Through the Woods"

Saturday, November 19, 9 am - 6 pm.

93 Main Street NW, Lilburn 30047

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Hay Ride & Hot Dogs at Shorty Howell Park

Saturday, November 19 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. An evening out designed for individuals with disabilities and their families. Enjoy a fun family night in a welcoming environment. Have dinner and take a hay ride around Shorty Howell Park. Cost: $7/person, pre-register here (use code SHP43401) by November 17 or call 678.277.0906

Lilburn Lions Kick off Coat Drive
Beginning Nov. 7- Dec 9 the nine schools in the Meadowcreek School Cluster along with businesses in the Lilburn community will have boxes available to collect coats. The Coat Drive will benefit the Gwinnett Children's Shelter; sizes needed range from toddler to adult. You can donate a coat include the following locations:
Beginning Nov. 7- Dec 9 the 9 schools in the Meadowcreek School Cluster along with businesses in the Lilburn community will have boxes available to collect coats. The Coat Drive will benefit the Gwinnett Children's Shelter; sizes needed range from toddler to adult. You can donate a coat include the following locations:
  • Lilburn Middle School
  • Radloff Middle School
  • Graves Elementary School
  • Rockbridge Elementary School
  • Lilburn Elementary School
  • Nesbitt Elementary School
  • Meadowcreek Elementary School
  • Ferguson Elementary School
  • House of Payne Personal Training - 4656 Lawrenceville Hwy. NW, Lilburn, GA 30047, 678.641.9188
  • Mail & Package Center - 4155 Lawrenceville Hwy. #8, Lilburn, GA 30047, 770.925.0300
  • Main Street Gun Shop - 405, Killian Hill Rd NW Lilburn, GA 30047, 770.923.9810 
  • Lilburn Eyecare Center - 4319 LawrencevilleHwy,Lilburn,GA30047, 770.921.4707
  • Mr. Transmission - 4450 Lawrenceville Hwy E, Lilburn, GA 30047, 770.381.8008
  • National Insurance, 4379 Hugh Howell Road, Tucker, GA 30084, 770.723.3930 Market Search Insurance/ Nationwide Insurance, 971-7 N. Hairston Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, 700.413.8110

Register Now for Annual WR Cookie Swap

Want to add to your variety of holiday cookies and have fun at the same time?  Join our community cookie swap that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 am-10 am. Bring one dozen (or more) of your favorite made-scratch-cooking recipe (must be baked) and swap for the amount that you bring. No entry fee, but bring an extra six cookies for tasting and copies of your recipe(s). Register by sending an email to with your name and type of cookie. Go to for more info. 

News from the City


Tree Lighting: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7-9 pm

Be part of this annual tradition, as the City of Lilburn lights the tree on Main Street. The program begins at 7 p.m. in front of the Calvin Fitchett Municipal Complex at 76 Main Street in Old Town. The tree will be lit following a holiday musical performance by the Lilburn Middle School Chorus. Hot chocolate will be served. 

Winners of the city's holiday coloring contest, presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, will be announced. 

Christmas Parade: Sat. Dec. 3, 10:am-1:pm

Celebrate the season with this longtime annual tradition in Lilburn. This classic Christmas parade will include marching bands, antique cars, local celebrities, and, of course, Santa Claus!

Join your friends and neighbors as the City of Lilburn proudly presents the annual Lilburn Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The parade travels down Main Street and ends at the Calvin Fitchett Municipal Complex, with free Santa photos in the auditorium.

The city is honored to have four former City of Lilburn mayors serving as Parade Grand Marshals this year!

Council Meeting - Dec. 12, 6:30 pm Work Session followed by 7:30 pm Meeting  Click HERE for agenda and minutes of meetings.

Check the City Website for other regularly scheduled meetings.

Holidays Shine at Wynne-Russell House Dec. 10

The Lilburn Community Partnership and the Wynne-Russell Preservation Committee would like to invite the community to come out to its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Historic Wynne-Russell House will be decorated and various activities will be taking place from 9:am until 2:pm:  Cookie Swap is from 9-10 am (please register in advance through, Ornament Crafts for all ages with materials included (free) will be from 9:am-2:pm. Bake Sale, Scented Ornament Sale and "Lilburn" gifts sale will take place from 10:am -2:pm. Check your closets for gently used coats and bring them to the Open House!

Last but not least Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 11:am to hand out cookies and toys. They will have to leave at 1:pm. Bring your cameras! The Wynne-Russell House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 4684 Wynne-Russell Dr. in Lilburn. More info at

Lilburn Business Association

Business Builders Breakfast meets at IHop on the first Friday of the month at 8:00 am (Friday, Dec.2).Topic to be announced. For more information visit their Web site.


Staged Right Production of "Almost, Maine"

“On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruisesheal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.” (From the Publisher's Website)Directed by Staged Right's founder, robbie Summerour, "Almost Maine" is the perfect holiday treat! 
Come out to see what the excitement is about Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. For ticket information, visit or e-mail


News from Lilburn Lions Club

The Lions have been busy serving the Lilburn Community. In addition to the Coat Drive, they have a Pecan Fundraiser, vision screening at Sweetwater Middle, and Peace Poster Contest going on this month.

At their November 10 meeting they welcomed two new members Dominique and Deshaun Cooper.  Pictured above shows members in attendance at the meeting. 

The Lilburn Lions Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at noon at Taste of Paradise restaurant. The next meeeting is . The next meeting is Dec. 8 and visitors are welcome. Contact President Derrick Weaver at 770-377-9523 or Danny Taylor at 770-925-0300 for contact information.

Lilburn Woman's Club

The Conservation Department of the Lilburn Woman's Club recently had a plant swap at the Wynne-Russell House. A nice turnout of plant lovers swapped plants such as day lilies, irises, bugle plant, plumeria, spider wort, and gardening books.  A big thank you to members of the Ladybug Garden Club who also came out. Conservation members have also been busy sprucing up the Healing Garden in Lilburn Park as well as the Herb Garden at the Community Garden.

From SafetySmart Lilburn

Temporary Ban on Outdoor Burning

All outdoor burning is banned due to ongoing drought conditions and severe fire danger, according to the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The ban on outdoor burning includes the burning of all yard waste and debris (leaves, branches, twigs, and pine straw), commercial land clearing, and pit burns as well as the discontinuance of permits for all bonfires.

At this time the ban on outdoor burning does not include commercially available fire bowls, fire pits, chimineas, or masonry outdoor fireplaces. Only clean, untreated wood should be used in these devices. The ban on outdoor burning is temporary and will be rescinded when significant rainfall has occurred and the drought conditions have improved substantially. 

More information is available on the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal's website at You may also contact their office at 678.518.4980, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm. 

Smoking, use of outdoor grills, and building campfires are banned in all Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation facilities. The temporary ban will remain in place as long as the risk of wildfire due to prolonged drought conditions remains high.

Gwinnett residents and visitors enjoy 10,000 acres of tranquil parkland, natural greenspace and athletic venues for social and recreational activities, making it extremely important to protect our parks and keep patrons safe from the potential threat of wildfires. The ban was put in place in response to grass fire incidents at County parks in recent weeks. The fires have not damaged any structures, but the threat of flames burning close to park buildings, athletic fields, and private property puts people and resources at risk.

During the ban, park patrons will not be allowed to use grills without a permit and should refrain from smoking or building campfires while visiting park properties. Anyone caught violating the temporary ban could face substantial fines imposed by the County and may be held responsible for restitution based on damage or personal injury caused by the fire.

Public safety officials and parks and recreation staff urge residents to act safely and responsibly while visiting County parks and other outdoor areas. A small spark from an unintentional fire could quickly get out of control due to dry  groundcover, low humidity, and increased winds.

Outdoor Water Restrictions 

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 2 drought response for 52 Georgia counties, including Gwinnett. In response, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources reminds residents of current watering restrictions.

For planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, or shrubs, watering with an irrigation or sprinkler system is allowed on the following schedule:

  • Even numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) may only water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, before 10:00am and after 4:00pm
  • Odd numbered addresses (those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) may only water on Thursdays and Sundays, before 10:00am and after 4:00pm

 For washing vehicles, homes, driveways and other structures:

  • Personal use of water to wash vehicles or pressure wash structures is not allowed.
  • Commercial car washes and pressure washing businesses are allowed to operate as usual.

You can use water outdoors any time for:

  • Drip or soaker hose irrigation
  • Watering personal food gardens
  • Hand watering with a hose that has an automatic cut-off, or with a handheld container
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas
  • Hydro seeding
  • Water from a private well
  • Commercial agricultural operations
  • Irrigation of plants held for sale, resale, or installation
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems
  • Alternative sources of water (grey water, rainwater, condensate, etc.)

Visit the Department of Water Resources Water Conservation webpage for information to help you conserve water. 

Wynne Russell Historic Preservation Committee

The WRHPC will have a grounds clean-up on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 9 am until 2 pm. The community is invited to participate; bring rakes, clippers, and gloves. The committee meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Wynne-Russell House. The next meeting is Jan. 11 at 5:00 pm. New members welcomed.

Also, many thanks to one of the committee member's mother who painted the beautiful donation jar that you can view in the photo gallery sidebar.

Need a Gathering Place?

The Wynne-Russell House, a beautiful historic home, is a wonderful venue for seated meetings of 25-30 and larger groups such as family reunions, showers, and weddings of up to 50 inside and 100 on the grounds. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For rental info, contact  LINK for information on the house and events.

Lilburn Library November-December Activities
  • November 21:     Music and Movement 11:00a.m.   ages 3 and up
  • November 28:   Happy Birthday, Author/Illustrator ages 4-10
  • November 30:   Hello/Hola: Spanish/English Conversation Group 6:30-7:30p.m.   Practice your Spanish or English in a comfortable setting

                    December Programs at Lilburn Branch

  • December 3:  Family Storytime & Craft fun, ages 2-8 10:30a.m.December 5:  Career Resources   11:00a.m-5p.m. Learn all about library resources for job searches
  • December 6, 13, 20, 27: Preschool Story time ages: 3-5 10:30a.m.
  • December 7: LEGO Play @your library Drop in 6-7p.m.
  • December 10:  Meet Pete the Cat! Character Visit ages 3-up 3:30p.m.
  • December 14: Bilingual Storytime English/Hindi ages 3-up 6p.m.
  • December 21:  Cubelets Robotics Fun! Ages 6-10 6-7p.m.
  • December 22:  Drop in Craft Fun! Ages 3-8 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

News from Gwinnett Coalition

Holidays 4 Seniors

Every year, when the air turns chilly, thoughts turn to the holidays. Here at the Gwinnett Coalition, we have learned that there are many seniors living in extended stays, alone and in need. We want to put together some holiday cheer and you can help!
Donations of the following items will provide help
and comfort to our seniors:

  • Slippers & Socks
  • Small fleece blanket
  • Gloves & hats
  • Microwave bowls/cups
  • Single servings cereals
  • Personal care items
  • Foot & body lotion
  • Small fleece blankets
  • Bath Towels
  • Book of stamps
  • Tissues & toilet paper
  • Pop cans of soup
  • Tuna/Chicken
  • Fruit cups
  • Shampoo/Soap
  • Plastic storage Bags

For more information on how you can help, 
or give her a call at 770-995-3339.
Thank you!

News from Gwinnett County

November 21 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Join the Environmental and Heritage Center for its annual Green Your Holiday Festival as it gets ready for the yuletide season. Guests can make a wildlife-inspired ornament, create upcycled-recycled holiday crafts, conduct Holly Jolly Science with lab experiments, and much more. A special Holiday Arts and Crafts Market will be held in the gift shop and feature jewelry, organic bath products, and more made by local artists. Cost: $8; free for Environmental and Heritage Center members. Visit  for more information. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.

County offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 28. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Thursday, November 24 is a trash and recycling holiday for residents living in unincorporated Gwinnett County, so Thursday and Friday collections will be delayed by one day. If you live within city limits, please contact your city hall for your trash and recycling schedule.

Annual Lighting of the Tree FREE

November 24 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. After your Thanksgiving feast join Parks and Recreation for the annual lighting of the Great Tree. Enjoy live music in the gazebo, kids' activities, and local food vendors in anticipation of the main event and arrival of Santa Claus. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn, 185 West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. For more information, visit or call 770.822.5450.

Breakfast with Santa

November 26 from 8:30am to 10:00am. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with Santa Claus in the beautifully decorated Superior Court Ballroom. Kids will enjoy a sing-a-long, crafts, and a keepsake photo! All ages welcome. Cost: $13/person. Register now; this event sells out quickly. Pre-register online here (use code GHC11501) by November 23. For more information, call 770.822.5450. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville.

Senior Holiday Luncheon

December 2 from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Enjoy great entertainment and a delicious catered lunch to start off your holiday season. Cost: $10 per person. Pre-register here (use code BEP42907) by November 17 or call 678.277.0179. Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville.

Pet Pictures with Santa

December 3 from noon to 2:00pm. Bring your friendly pets for visits and photos with Santa. Parents are welcome to join their pets in the picture. Cost: $6/pet; register online here (use code LSP31489) or call 678.277.0860. Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road in Norcross.

Holiday Train Display FREE

December 3 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Get your holiday season on the right track. Kids of all ages will enjoy the O-scale model train chugging through a winter setting. Light refreshments will be served. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee.

Recreation and Parks Fall offerings

Leisure is for Everyone! Gwinnett L.I.F.E. is your complete program guide to exciting classes and recreational activities. If you prefer a hard copy of Gwinnett L.I.F.E. you can pick one up at any of the Walk-in Registration locations or at the following: All Gwinnett County libraries, Gwinnett Animal Control, Department of Motor Services, Gwinnett Conventions and Visitor's Bureau, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building, or Elections offices.

 Check out this LINK to park and community center classes. 

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

If your organization or business would like to submit, send us your item in a Word document by Dec. 30 for publishing around Jan.15.

Antiques in Old Town
Hay Ride @ Shorty Howell Park
Lions Club Coat Drive
WR Cookie Swap
Lilburn Tree Lighting
Christmas Parade
WR Open House
Lilburn Business Assoc.
Staged Right Theatre
Lions Club Meeting
LWC Conservation
Safety Smart
WR Clean-up
Lilburn Library Activities
Gwinnett Coalition 
Gwinnett County Gov.
Newsletter Sponsors

Mail & Package Center

Legacy Station

City of Lilburn

Sign Creations

1910 Public House

Taqueria Los Hermanos

The Barn Smokehouse

Small Town 
Big World




Carothers and Mitchell

Attorneys at Law

Hackney Real Estate 

Tucker Home Depot


Eddie's Automotive

Lilburn Woman's Club

Music Go Round

Info Links
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