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Celebrate Older Americans Month, with Events in Gwinnett

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5 Gwinnett Centers & Parks Offer Activities

Gwinnett County Health and Human Services and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation are celebrating Older Americans Month in May with several events that reflect the theme “Connect, Create, Contribute.”

This year’s theme encourages older adults to connect with friends and family and with services that support participation in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment. Seniors are also urged to share their time, talent and experience to benefit others.

On May 7, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will present a proclamation recognizing the positive impact and contributions older adults make to the vitality of communities and individual lives. By staying active and engaged, older Americans can remain healthy, independent and vibrantly connected in Gwinnett.

Special activities and programs will be offered throughout the month at OneStop locations and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation facilities:

Norcross Senior Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross:

  • Ribbon Cutting – May 8 from noon to 2 p.m. 
  • Ceremony includes lunch with the seniors at the newly renovated center.

Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville:

For information and to register, call 678.277.0179

  • Walk-a-Weigh – May 1 to May 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost: 
    $10 per person
  • Cutting up with Cards – May 2 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $4 per person with $2 Supply Fee
  • Movin’ & Groovin’ Line Dance – May 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: $8 per person in advance; $10 per person at the door
  • Connect, Create, Contribute – May 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $2 per person

George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee:

  • Community Health Fair – May 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by the Gwinnett Daily Post and Live Healthy Gwinnett. The fair includes fitness demos, health screenings, wellness presentations, blood drive, giveaways, and a blood drive. Cost: free
  • Hawaiian Luau Lunch – May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prime Timers Pointe. Cost: $12 per person
  • Going Once! Going Twice! Penny Auction – May 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: free

OneStop Centerville, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville:

For information and to register, call 678.277.0228

  • Chair Tai Chi each Friday – from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per person.
  • Osteoporosis Tai Chi each Thursday – from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost: $20 per person
  • Smart Driver Class – May 8 and May 9 – from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: $20 per person

OneStop Norcross, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross:
For information and to register, call 678.225.5400

  • Smart Driver Class – May 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $20 per person

Gwinnett Health and Human Services Director Regina Miller said her staff is proud to support Older Americans Month and to show appreciation and commitment for senior citizens. “Many of the County’s parks and OneStop facilities offer ongoing activities for older Americans,” said Miller. “I hope the seniors who try us out during Older Americans Month decide to become regular participants in our programs.”

For more information about programs offered by Gwinnett County Health and Human Services, visit www.GwinnettHumanServices.com.

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Memorial Day – City Hall Closed, Waste Collection Delayed One Day

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City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. City Hall will resume normal business hours, (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 28.

Memorial Day is a trash and recycling holiday for Waste Management; the collection will be delayed by one day for the entire week (i.e. Monday’s collection will be on Tuesday; Tuesday’s on Wednesday; Wednesday’s on Thursday; Thursday’s on Friday; and Friday’s on Saturday.)

Please have your trash at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.

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An Evening with Commissioner Ben Ku

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Presented by the Gwinnett County Public Library, Commissioner Ku will speak at the Peachtree Corners Branch, 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Commissioner Ben Ku was elected to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2018 and serves District 2 which includes Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Norcross, Tucker, and Lilburn. Commissioner Ku is a Georgia native and the grandson of Chinese immigrants, who moved to Atlanta to help engineer the original MARTA heavy rail system.

Join Ben Ku to hear about his vision for Gwinnett County.

For more information, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

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Councilmember Sadd Among 2019 Leadership Gwinnett Graduating Class

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Phil Sadd

Councilmember Phil Sadd, who represents Post 1, is among the 39 local leaders to graduate from the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2019.

Sadd was selected last spring for the prestigious nine-month program that began in August 2018. The class represented diverse industries including education, law, corporate, nonprofit, technology, health care, politics and government. All who graduate are more knowledgeable about the issues and challenges facing Gwinnett County and are more connected to the county’s decision makers and leaders, according to a 2018 Deloitte alumni impact survey.

“I entered into the leadership Gwinnett program already in a leadership position and feeling like I was doing the most I could,” said Sadd. “Leadership Gwinnett was the key to unlocking my additional growth. Because of the connections I’ve made and things I’ve learned, my potential has expanded.”

The Leadership Gwinnett program is designed to educate, equip and engage diverse leaders and inspire civic involvement. During the program the class participated in two major retreats, eight monthly study groups and seven learning days.The program included presentations from 150 speakers covering topics such as leadership in a world class community, infrastructure, economics, education, and health & human services.

“We are proud that Phil was selected to be part of the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2019,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “I know he benefitted immensely by participating and undoubtedly, the city will benefit as well.”

Leadership Gwinnett’s vision is to develop a thriving community sustained by an inclusive network of empowered leaders. Participants greatly understand civic and social issues and leverage their connections for Gwinnett’s greater good. From its founding in 1985, nearly 1,200 have graduated from the program.

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