Coming Up: Community Events

February 10, 20175min2330
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Atlanta Mission hosts 5K race to end homelessness

The Atlanta Mission, which provides services to Atlanta’s homeless population, is hosting The Race to End Homelessness on Saturday, Feb. 18, 8:15 a.m., at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.

Thousands are expected to run in the race, in the cold, for those who sleep in the cold. According to the Atlanta Mission’s website, there are over 7,000 homeless individuals in metro Atlanta.

Registration is $30 in advance or $35 on race day. Registration fees cover one night of shelter and services for one man, woman or child facing homelessness.



DeKalb Democratic Party breakfast meeting set Feb. 25

The DeKalb County Democratic Party, which hosts its monthly Saturday breakfast on the fourth Saturday, will meet Feb. 25, 9 a.m., at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 2000 Crescent Centre Blvd., Tucker.

The organization also hosts a meeting every first Thursday at the Clark Harrison Building, 330 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Networking begins at 7 p.m. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.


Genealogy workshop offers locals opportunity to discover family roots

 Start your family tree at the upcoming genealogy workshop Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library, 952 Leon Street, Stone Mountain.

Participants will learn how to trace their family’s history using various free genealogy resources and research techniques. Free ancestral charts and laptops will be available to guests after the workshop. For more information, call 770-413-2020.




Seniors invited to Valentine’s Day brunch and bingo

Gwinnett senior citizens are invited to attend a Valentine’s Day brunch ON Tuesday, Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville. Guests will enjoy a “hearty” brunch and a game of “lucky in love” bingo. Come with your Valentine sweetheart or enjoy with a table full of new friends.

The cost to attend is $6 per person. For more information, call 678-277-0179.


Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy accepting applications

Gwinnett residents are invited to participate in the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy planned for Spring 2017. The Citizens Academy is a free 12-week program that offers a behind-the-scenes perspective of local government. Orientation is Tuesday, April 11 with regular classes on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Participants will learn things such as why fire trucks respond to medical emergencies; how tax dollars are spent; how sewage is turned into clean water and more. Participants will visit various departments for in-depth briefings and demonstrations.

Applications for the academy are available online at The deadline is March 3. Participants must be at least 18 years old and be a resident or business owner in Gwinnett or a student attending a Gwinnett college or university.

For more information, contact Nicole Love Hendrickson at 770-822-8877 or




Conyers library to host children’s pajama story time

Children and their caregivers are invited to pajama story time on Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 to 6:45 p.m. at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green Street, Conyers.

Guests will enjoy stories, interactive songs, and a simple craft before bedtime. This program is free and open to the public. Children may come in sleepwear.

Registration is required and space is limited to 15 children. Register with the Youth Services Department or call 770-388-5040 ext. 113. Children ages 0-12 years accompanied by their parent or guardian are welcome.


Chef serves up fit and fresh meals at the library

The public is invited to attend a free cooking demonstration on Friday, Feb. 17, 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green Street, Conyers.

Join Chef Carlin Breinig and learn to cook healthy and delicious dishes full of flavor. For more information, call 770-388-5040.

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