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Gwinnett county animal welfare hosts inaugural adopt-a-sweetheart valentine’s event

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Gwinnett Pet Adoption

Forget the traditional gifts of candy and roses; Gwinnett County Animal Welfare is hosting an Adopt-A-Sweetheart special Feb. 11 through Feb. 16 with the discounted price of $2.14 for each dog and cat.

On Feb. 16, the sweetheart special will include vendors as well as gifts for new adoptions and a photo backdrop to capture joyful Valentine moments of these pets as they depart to their forever homes.

Alan Davis, manager of the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division, suggests that Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give a gift that will bring a lifetime of smiles and happiness to the whole family.

“Adopting is a gift for both the pet and your Valentine,” Davis said. “Giving a home to a shelter pet is a memorable gift from the heart.”

Pet adoption fees are normally $45 for dogs and $20 for cats. Adopters can usually take their new pet home on the same day upon completion of paperwork and adoption counseling. All pets adopted from Gwinnett County Animal Welfare are spayed or neutered, have a microchip and are vaccinated.

Volunteer opportunities are available for this event as well as several others. Interested individuals are asked to visit www.volunteergwinnett.net to sign up to volunteer for Gwinnett Animal Welfare’s events.

Gwinnett Animal Welfare is located at 844 Winder Highway, Lawrenceville.  Adoption hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Up-to-date information, including available pets and activities, can be found at www.gwinnettanimalwelfare.com.

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CinéBistro set to open in March

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Cinebistro Peachtree Corners

This second Georgia location will offer a dinner-and-a-movie experience, plus guests must be 21 and over after 6 p.m.

CMX CinéBistro Peachtree Corners is set to open in early March 2019. Located at 5180 Town Center Boulevard in Peachtree Corners Town Center, the prominent concept will offer in-theater dining and “luxurious reclining love seats” – all within a distinctively intimate setting.

“As our company continues expansion throughout the United States, the new Peachtree Corners Town Center development was an ideal fit, as its offerings align with our mission of bringing an innovative, upscale experience to the community,” said Jose Leonardo Marti, CEO of CMX Cinemas. “CMX CinéBistro Peachtree Corners will be the preferred entertainment destination in the area, offering a luxurious dinner-and-a-movie experience that will take the guesswork out of any night out and with premier dining options, the latest projection technology and comfortable seating.”

The 35,132 square-foot theater will feature six screens, as well as an immersive bar for moviegoers to relax and enjoy before or after their show. Each auditorium will range from 90 to 100 lush oversized reclining leather love seats and footrests; provide the latest projection technology on curved high-gain screens with Barco 4K laser projectors, RealD XL 3D on silver screens and a digital 7.1 sound system.   

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A Tweeted image from the Brookhaven location

CMX CinéBistro Peachtree Corners visitors will be able to enjoy upscale, chef-driven American Bistro cuisine prepared in the scratch kitchen by in-house chefs, fine wines and signature cocktails made with fresh ingredients by top mixologists. Moviegoers can opt to experience in-seat, full-service dining in a relaxing cinema environment or in the chic bar and lounge.

The multi-functional theater features a private dining room and is also available to rent for VIP movie screenings, corporate events, celebrations, and special occasions.

CMX CinéBistro Peachtree Corners will be a 21 and over theater for all shows beginning after 6 p.m. Guests three and above will be welcome for all shows 6 p.m. or earlier and must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Proper ID will be required. To enjoy in-theater dining, guests must arrive 30 minutes before showtime.

For more information about CMX Cinemas, visit cmxcinemas.com or follow along on social media @cmxcinemas.

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Eagle Scout Project Focuses on Peachtree Corner’s Veterans Monument

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Veterans Monument Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout candidate Troy McGharen organized a “paver organization” event, with the help of Bob Ballagh and the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association.

This is the second phase of his Eagle Project. His task was to have groups of volunteers mark engraved pavers and place them in an order specified by the contractor.

The contractor then will be able to install the pavers efficiently and correctly on the monument. This critical task will also provide data for interactive kiosk and future apps, allowing visitors to easily find their pavers.

The project was staged at KLF Hardscapes, 4575 S Berkeley Lake Rd, Norcross, GA

To find out more about the engraved paver stones or to support the monument and purchase your own, please visit https://www.ptcvets.net

Photography by Ludwig Keck  
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Don’t Wait to Plan Summer Camp Fun

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We’re coming up to those lazy days of summer more quickly than you might realize. It’s just a few calendar page flips until the last day of the school year will be here.

For Gwinnett County Public Schools and Cornerstone Christian Academy, the last school day is May 22. For Greater Atlanta Christian School, it’s May 23 and Wesleyan School’s last day is May 24.

That means weeks of students with time away from school. While they claim they can’t wait to get a break, we’re all too familiar with the “I’m bored…” whine that often starts within the first week. Or we notice the reddened, glazed eyes from too much screen time and think ‘There’s got to be something better for them to do.’ Of course, there is.

The summer camp solution

Summer camps are a time-honored solution for filling weeks of school break. Camps not only keep kids busy, they also keep them active — physically and mentally.

Traditional summer camps focus on sports and warm weather activities. These days, however, there are a wide variety of camps to choose from that feature topics like art, theatre and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Whatever camps are the best fit for your kid’s summertime, start researching and registering now. Summer camps fill up quickly!

Activity and nature camps

The classic concept of summer camp is a day spent outdoors, swimming and playing sports with the guidance of counselors. While many camps follow that pattern, they often add more.

The goal at Camp All-American is to build strong character in the lives of young people. The full-day camps they offer are available for kids aged 5 through 17 and include Bible study, physical activity, and specialty camps. Campers can also choose from a wide range of specialties like art, cheerleading, photography, and soccer.

Camp All-American runs for 10 weeks and is held at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek. Day camps for 1st to 6th grade students are also held at Dunwoody Baptist Church. Registration opens Superbowl Sunday; campallamerican.com is the place to get details.

Christ the King Lutheran Church offers Preschool Summer Camps that are designed for children aged 2 to rising kindergartners. Three sessions are available, June 24-28; July 22-26; and August 12-16. Go to ctklutheran.org/preschool or call 770-449-7217 for more information.

The 10 sessions of summer camp programs at Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA run from May 28 through August 2. There’s a lot to choose from, too: traditional camps, sports camps, specialty camps, teen camps and half-day preschool camps. Sports include baseball, flag football and volleyball, and specialty camps offer STEM, film, cartooning, dance and more. Go to ymcaatlanta.org/program-locations/summer-camp/norcross.php for more.

The summer camps at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center in Johns Creek emphasize reconnecting kids with nature and history, allowing them a break from technology and competition. Campers are kept engaged with activities and learning opportunities, but they’re also given plenty of time to explore and imagine.

Autrey Mill has several options of full-day summer camps for campers aged 5 to 14 years, and half-day camps are available for 4-year-olds. Visit autreymill.org for camp themes, schedules and more.

Summer camps are not summer school

Several area schools offer camps during the summer months. Though many keep a focus on learning, they bring in a strong element of fun.

Wesleyan School has a long list of camps for kids aged 4 through 8th grade. There’s Summer Art Fun; Cooking and Forensic Science. Students interested in science and technology may especially enjoy camps like Movie Makers and Game Designers, Coding and Lego Robotics, Project Invention, STEAM for Middle School or Xtreme STEAM for Lower School.

Camps are offered over six weeks in the summer in a safe, nurturing environment. Registration began January 21, and you can get details at wesleyanschool/camps.

At Greater Atlanta Christian School, more than 30 summer programs in academics, arts, and athletics are offered through the seven weeks of camp, June 3 through July 26. Campers enjoy making new friends and exploring new talents in a secure, Christian setting.

Some of the camps have opportunities for field trips that take students to various locations in metro Atlanta for fun learning experiences. Visit gac.growcamps.org for the 2019 schedule and details.

The Primrose School of Peachtree Corners offers a Summer Adventure Club for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The kids become artists, explorers and scientists as they’re guided through experiments, engineering design challenges and other themed activities. Call the school at 770-409-8732 or visit their website, PrimrosePeachtreeCorners.com, to learn more.

Pinecrest Academy in Cumming welcomes all children 5 and older to their summer camps, which begin in late May and run through late July. The school typically hosts over 25 camps each summer. A favorite, Camp Altius, features fun activities like scavenger hunts, team games, splash time and crazy crafts.

There are also many special interest camps with a focus on subjects like the arts, Spanish, science and athletics. For the budding techies and scientists, there are camps on Coding + STEM, Robotics, Rocketry & Aeronautics and Introduction to Engineering. Visit pinecrestacademy.org/page/campus-life/summer-camps for details and information on registering.

University summer camps

The University of Georgia holds its Summer Academy Camps a little further away, in Athens, Ga., for middle and high school students. Camp choices range from STEM and the arts to college and career preparation camps. Some of the STEM camps choices are Robotics, Engineering, Video Game Design, and even a Mini Medical School.

Kids interested in the arts can choose from Fashion Design, Photography, Screen Writing and more. The Career Preparation and Specialized Camps have focuses that include culinary skills and law. A residential option is available for students to stay in a college dorm during the week. Registration opens February 6; go to ugasummer.com to sign up.

Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology both offer summer tech camps through iDTech, focusing on STEM education including coding, game development and robotics. At Emory, the week-long camps and two-week academies are for ages 7 to 18 and run May 27 to July 26. Georgia Tech’s week-long iDTech camps, scheduled June 10 to July 19, are for girls only, aged 10 to 15. Get more info at idtech.com.

Tech summer camps

Summer camps with a technology bent is the perfect way to add some productivity to your kids’ screen time. Prototype Prime is introducing the Kids 4 Coding camps this year, and there are also more tech camps in the area.

Kids 4 Coding Summer Camps will be held at both Gwinnett Technical College locations. In Lawrenceville, the camp runs from June 3 to July 19, and in Alpharetta, from July 15 to 26. There’s a variety of tech-based camp themes, such as Microbit & Swift Programming, Mobile Apps + Augmented Reality and Game Design. Full and half day sessions are available. To sign up and see the full list of choices, visit kids4coding.com.

Club SciKidz has summer camp locations throughout the area, including Duluth First United Methodist Church. Children from ages 7 to 15 have 60 STEM and STEAM camp choices, including Young Scientist, F/X Zombie, Veterinary Medicine and Manga Maker. Details are at ClubSciKidz.com.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is offering a beginner’s Tech 101 camp for 1st and 2nd graders, Whiz Learning Kids, that runs from June 24-28. Campers will learn to use different design elements — images, text, color, and backdrops — to create digital scrapbook pages. They’ll even have the opportunity to design their own animations using basic programming techniques. See the full range of camps at mjccadaycamps.org.

At Fernbank Science Center, 4th to 8th grade students can sign up for a week-long Lego Robotics Camp that covers areas like programming and motors for Lego Mindstorm robotics. Find out more at fernbank.edu/roboticscamp.html. ■

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