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Congressman Johnson announces 2014 winners of CBCF scholarships

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarships. The five winners hail from across the Fourth Congressional Dis


Mark Your Calendars

Fifth Annual "Be Healthy Georgia Festival" set

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Lt. Governor Casey Cagle will host the state’s Fifth Annual Be Healthy Georgia Festival on Saturday, March 7, 9:30 a.m. – noon, at the Georgia State Capitol's Liberty Plaza, 1 Martin Luther King Jr., Drive, Atlanta.

The free event includes a one-mile family fun run for attendees ages 7 and older, a one kilometer kids dash, and more than 50 organizations on hand to give away prizes for runners and door prizes for attendees.

All children who participate in the fun run and kilometer kids’ dash will receive a Kilometer Kids medal and goodie bags. 

Healthy Kids Georgia, along with Arby’s Foundation, will award the top three organizations with the most participants in the race with scholarships to maintain health and wellness programming.




Atlanta Workforce Development holding logo contest

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) is launching a citywide logo redesign competition. The contest is open to full-time college juniors and seniors and recent (2009-2014) college graduates from an accredited college or university in metropolitan Atlanta.

The AWDA serves as the workforce system for the City of Atlanta. The agency provides job seekers with resources to attain sustainable employment and collaborates with business leaders for the recruitment and development of their labor needs.

“In order to effectively communicate with residents, employers and stakeholders, the AWDA is refreshing its brand,” said Michael T. Sterling, Executive Director. “I look forward to working with our city’s college students on this important project as we work to rebuild and strengthen the workforce system in Atlanta.”

All design entries must be submitted digitally by Friday, March 6, 2 p.m. Students are allowed to submit more than one design, and must follow all entry guidelines. The top five candidates will be notified by Wednesday, March 11. The winner of the competition will be selected on Friday, March 13, and will have the opportunity to receive a $1,000 award. An announcement from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and the AWDA Executive Director will be made through social media, press material and on the homepage of the City of Atlanta’s main website.

For more information on the competition, visit Submissions and questions can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




City of Clarkston registering runners for 5K festival

The City of Clarkston, 3921 Church St., Clarkston, is registering runners and walkers for the city’s 5K festival, to be held on April 25, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Organizers say the festival will not only promote health and wellness, but also the importance of educating, appreciating, and celebrating Clarkston, one of Georgia’s most diverse communities. More than 50 countries are represented in the city.

Festival activities include a pre-race mini health fair with free screenings at Milam Park; the 5K road race from the Milam Park to the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf; and will conclude with a community festival with activities for the entire family such as Zumba, performances from local entertainers, a children’s zone, food trucks, sports activities and art vendors.

Want to run or walk in the race, contact the festival committee at or 404-717-2119. 




Free lawn care help in Lawrenceville

The Gwinnett County Extension Office will host a lawn care workshop on Thursday, March 5, 7 – 8:30 p.m., at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Attend this workshop to learn how to identify common plant problems in your yard, how to reduce the amount of pesticides used on your property, and how to identify good and bad insects. Advance registration is suggested.           For more information, call 678-376-7193 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Free "Fix a Leak" workshop offered

Gwinnett County’s Department of Water Resources will host “Fix a Leak,” on Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m,. at the Collins Hill Public Library, 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville.

High water bills are often caused by leaks inside or outside the home. At this free workshop, attendees can learn how to perform a test that will tell you if your home has a leak. Representatives from Gwinnett’s Water Resources Department will explain how to track down the leak and demonstrate simple repairs you can do yourself. A licensed plumber will be on hand to answer your questions and all attendees will receive a free low-flow home retrofit kit.

Registration is required. Pre-register by sending an email with your name and address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 678-376-6722.




Rockdale Extension Office accepting orders for spring plant sale

The Rockdale Extension Office is taking orders for its spring plant sale. The deadline for orders is March 11.

Proceeds benefit the Rockdale County Education Garden and 4-H youth programs. A variety of plants are available including blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, figs, and pomegranates. The cost for each plant is $8.  Plants will be available for pick up on March 25, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1400 Parker Road, SE, lobby A, Conyers.

To place an order or for more information, call 678-278-7373.

Nancy Guinn Library ready to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

Families are invited to the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green St., Conyers, to celebrate the 110th birthday of famed author, Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel, on Monday, March 2, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Library staff members say the event will be a celebration of reading. While some librarians read to families some Dr. Seuss stories, volunteers and library staff will lead crafts and games, with themes celebrating Dr. Seuss characters.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 and died on Sept. 24, 1991. The American writer and cartoonist was most widely-known for his children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym “Dr. Seuss.” 770-388-5040.

Newton Saddle Club to come to Conyers for big show  

The Newton County Saddle Club will come to the Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers on Saturday, March 14 – 15, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The show will be hosted at the park’s Charles Walker arena and be open for all breeds.

The event will showcase Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, Miniatures, Gaited Horses and more breeds are still registering. Classes of competitors include jumping, halter, driving, pleasure, showmanship, challenged riders, and trail riders.

Horses and their owners will compete for prizes and bragging rights.  

Tickets are not required. For more information, contact Kathy Johnson at 678-873-3019 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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