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Feeding Hungry Children in Southwest Gwinnett County

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Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals to area children in need on Friday, July 12th.

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will work side by side with the organizers of PROJECT KIDS EAT to deliver meals in the Southwest Gwinnett area to children who often go without regular meals when school is not in session. Studies show that hunger and drug/sex trafficking are linked as predators lure children into activities with simple offers of food. Summer is an especially vulnerable time.

Mayors, Council members, and other SWGC members will make sandwiches, pack and deliver meals to over 100 children, located mostly in the extended stay hotels, on Friday, July 12th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SWGC Chair (and Peachtree Corners Mayor Pro Tem), Weare Gratwick, explained that volunteering in areas of need were a central part of the chamber’s charter. “We are all in close proximity to kids who need our support. It is something that needs daily attention, and we were glad to participate with the folks who do this work throughout the summer and other times when school is out. Our community is made better because of the efforts of organizations like Project Kids Eat.” Membership Director, Beth Coffey also commented “the SWGC members are typically small to medium sized organizations in the SW corridor of Gwinnett County. They truly understand the specific needs of our community and are active in filling in gaps through our volunteer programs. It is one of the reasons Gwinnett County is such a tremendous place to live.”

Project Kids Eat is an outreach of Campus Church, located at 1525 Indian Trail Road.  They utilize volunteers every weekday to help with the outreach to over 100 children who rely on them for consistent and reliable meals during the summer. For more information about PKE, contact Julie@campuschurch.org or https://campuschurch.org/PKE

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people, both profit and not-for-profit, working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in Berkeley Lake, Norcross, and Peachtree Corners. For more information about Chamber, contact Beth Coffey at 678-906-4078 or bcoffey@southwestgwinnettchamber.org.

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Stay Cool This Summer

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Jones Bridges Park. Photos by Isadora Pennington.

As the days grow longer and the temperatures start to soar into the 90s, many of us here in Georgia are wondering how and where we can get outside without turning into a pile of ash under the hot summer sun. Never fear! Peachtree Corners has some great options for enjoying nature, allowing your kids to play and staying cool while doing so.

Jones Bridge Park offers 30 acres of serene nature along the Chattahoochee River. You can enjoy the peaceful sounds of the river from the Jones Bridge Trail which winds through a beautiful riverside forest to the remnants of a turn-of-the-century bridge, stop to take in the sights and sounds from various overlooks, cast a line and catch yourself a fish or two and enjoy a meal at the picnic tables spread throughout the property. Also at the park are a sand volleyball court, huge playground, three soccer fields, grill, meadow and pavilions.

The water pad at Town Center is a great spot for little ones to enjoy some watery fun. Perfect for kids to play while adults relax under the shade of nearby pergolas, the splash pad fountains offer a safe way for your kids to let loose and cool down on warm summer evenings. The Town Green is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and features a 2+-acre open lawn surrounded by a paved path (perfect for kids learning to ride their bikes!), slides and climbing areas, covered pavilions, veteran’s monument and event stage.

Other noteworthy parks include:
Holcomb Bridge Park which offers a footpath, playground and amphitheater on 2+ acres.
Simpsonwood Park, a 223-acre park with trails, campground, BBQ grills and a small chapel.
Pickneyville Park, where you can find a dog run, pond, ball fields, roller hockey rink and free skate area.
Triangle Park, a quaint and quiet neighborhood park featuring shady woodland.

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Gwinnett County Celebrates Freedom During Juneteenth Family Day Event

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Gwinnett County and the United Ebony Society are teaming up for a national event right here in Gwinnett County.

The family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration will be held at Rhodes Jordan Park tomorrow, June 19 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The fun event will include historical presentations, performances, music, vendors, games and food trucks.

“We’re excited to partner with the United Ebony Society for this celebration of our vibrantly connected community,” said Gwinnett Community Outreach Director Shaunieka Taylor. “Together, we can commemorate Juneteenth, not just for its impact on the lives of African Americans, but for its indelible mark on American history.”

Juneteenth’s legacy dates back to June 19, 1865. On that day, Union troops marched into Galveston Bay, Texas to announce an executive decree that all those enslaved in Texas were now free.
Rhodes Jordan Park is located at 100 E. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

The Juneteenth Celebration follows a soil collection ceremony hosted by the County, city of Lawrenceville, the Gwinnett Historical Restoration and Preservation Board and the Gwinnett Remembrance Coalition near the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. The ceremony will honor the life of Charles Hale — a black man who in 1911 was kidnapped and lynched by a white mob in downtown Lawrenceville.

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Attend a virtual lawn care and pest management workshop

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Learn to identify causes of common lawn and garden problems along with tactics to address these problems in an environmentally friendly way. A virtual Lawn Care and Pest Management workshop is being held on July 15 at 6 p.m. Register at Gwinnetth2o.com by sending an email with your name, address, and phone number to DWRWorkshops@GwinnettCounty.com; or by calling 678.376.7193

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