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Lawrenceville to Host Halloween Spooktacular on the Square
Family-Friendly Activities around the Downtown Square on October 28th
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – October 13, 2016
With Halloween quickly approaching, the City of Lawrenceville invites the local community and visitors to its inaugural “Spooktacular on the Square” event, Friday October 28, from 6-8 p.m. The City welcomes guests of all ages who dare to walk the square to enjoy and evening of Halloween fun in Downtown Lawrenceville.
“We prioritize hosting events in Lawrenceville that can serve as an opportunity for local families to come out and enjoy their entire community,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Family-friendly Spooktacular on the Square will feature trick-or-treating and fun costumes as well as Lawrenceville’s Historic Ghost Tours hosted by the Aurora Theatre.”
Guests who are interested in experiencing Lawrenceville’s Historic Ghost Tours while learning about the City’s rich history and strong culture can register for the tour at www.ScaryStroll.com. Available through the Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville’s Historic Ghost Tours feature tales based on local legends handed down over the decades and recent paranormal findings. Spooktacular guests are encouraged to register today for one of the popular 90-minute tours of some of Lawrenceville’s most haunted locations and the stories behind its most bizarre events – each narrated with the charm of an authentic Southern storyteller.
City officials ensure that visitors will receive complete the Halloween experience in the Downtown area as local businesses participating in the Spooktacular festivities will be sporting costumes, handing out Halloween treats, and offering special Halloween deals.
From one celebration to another, following the Halloween amusement, the City of Lawrenceville will host a Hometown Christmas Parade on Friday, December 2nd, at 7 pm. The parade will feature an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales, as well as Santa Clause, who will both be available for photo opportunities. For those groups interested in participating in the parade, please click here for the Parade Application.
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Budweiser Clydesdales Come To Lawrenceville
Inaugural Christmas Parade on December 2nd to feature Iconic Carriage & Horses
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – October 5, 2016
In partnership with Eagle Rock Distributing Company, the City of Lawrenceville’s inaugural Christmas Parade will feature the Budweiser Carriage and Clydesdales. The Clydesdales, renowned for their appearance in the national chain’s marketing campaign, are scheduled to stroll into Downtown Lawrenceville on Friday, December 2nd, adding the finishing touch to the City’s first-ever Hometown Christmas event.
“Our events and programs support community engagement and further drive economic impact for our downtown business district,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager of Lawrenceville. “Being able to launch our Christmas Parade program with a nationally recognized brand only serves to further those goals and bring heightened awareness and exposure of Lawrenceville to the Metro Atlanta region. We are grateful to Eagle Rock for this opportunity!”
The Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 7pm on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 and will originate in the Downtown area. City officials encourage guests to arrive with their cameras ready as the Clydesdales will be available for a brief time post-parade to allow for general photo ops with the crowd.
“The community support that fills Lawrenceville is undeniable and the City has been a great partner to work with during past events so we were thrilled to provide them with the opportunity to add the Budweiser Clydesdales to their Christmas Parade,” said Andrew Lorimer, Director of Marketing at Eagle Rock Distributing Company.
Along with the parade, Lawrenceville’s Hometown Christmas event will also feature Santa Claus, community floats, Christmas activities and more. For those groups interested in participating in the parade, please complete and submit the Participant Application.
Following the Christmas Parade, the City will gear up for the 2017 event season and a new calendar will be posted prior to the end of the year. For more information on the City of Lawrenceville, please visit www.lawrencevillega.org.
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EXPLORE GWINNETT ANNOUNCES ARTOBER GWINNETT
Month-long initiative will promote and support local arts
September 29, 2016 (Duluth, GA) – The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCVB, doing business as Explore Gwinnett) today announced the beginning of a month-long arts initiative, Artober Gwinnett. This celebration of arts and culture, taking place the entire month of October, aims to inform and inspire our resident’s and visitor’s awareness of, and participation in, the arts.
In its inaugural year, Artober Gwinnett will focus on educating the community about the depth and breadth of arts activities and events that take place countywide. Explore Gwinnett will work to highlight at least one artistic event every day during the month of October through the Artober website, various social media channels, blog posts and e-newsletters.
“Through Artober Gwinnett we hope to engage people in local arts and culture,” said Lisa Anders, executive director of Explore Gwinnett. “The arts are an integral part of our community, and we want this campaign to bolster our arts partners, as well as encourage locals and visitors to participate in various artistic experiences.”
Explore Gwinnett has partnered with several local organizations to drive the campaign. Lionheart Theatre has donated tickets for promotional giveaways to support Artober. Other organizations will be hosting featured Artober Gwinnett events in conjunction with Explore Gwinnett, including:
- Eddie Owen Presents Songwriter’s Open Mic Night Pre-Reception, October 9 & 23
- Hot Art & Cool Jazz with Painting with a Twist and Riley’s on the Square, October 15
- Suwanee Walk & Wine Sculptour with North Gwinnett Arts Association, October 16
- Spirits & Spirits: Ghost Stories & Cocktails with Aurora Theatre, October 17
- Intaglio Demo for Hudgens Center Family Day, October 22
“As the largest arts organization in Gwinnett, to be successful, Aurora Theatre needs to be a destination for travelers and also our region,” explains Al Stilo, director of sales and marketing for Aurora Theatre. “Artober Gwinnett will showcase the arts in a very meaningful way to residents and visitors form near and far, highlighting a winning quality of life asset in our great county. With 141 October events, Aurora Theatre continues our great partnership with Explore Gwinnett.”
Artober Gwinnett includes events in visual and performing arts, music, craft, film and more. In addition to the featured events listed above, arts events that are happening throughout the county are highlighted on the Artober Gwinnett calendar.
Artober Gwinnett coincides with National Arts & Humanities Month, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
To learn more, visit artober.org and sign up for news about Artober Gwinnett.
About Explore Gwinnett The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCVB, doing business as Explore Gwinnett) is Gwinnett County’s official tourism organization and is dedicated to strengthening Gwinnett County’s economy by marketing the county as a destination for conventions, sporting events, meetings, trade shows and leisure travel through sales, marketing and promotion. Explore Gwinnett is also the home of the Gwinnett Sports Commission, the county’s official sports marketing division.
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The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources will be hosting the following Stormwater Quality workshops at the Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center throughout the remainder of the year.
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Lawrenceville Earns National Recognition by American Public Gas Association
Gas Utilities Department Awarded for Operational Excellence
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 16, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville’s Gas Utilities Department has earned System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) at the SILVER level from the American Public Gas Association (AGPA). SOAR is designed to recognize those public gas systems that have achieved excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility. With SILVER level honorees earning 90-96% of possible points, the program is judged based on four categories: system integrity, system improvement, employee safety, and workforce development.
“We are so thrilled that the SOAR program is in place to recognize a hardworking group of individuals who strive daily to ensure that our community and environment are both protected and preserved,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “By enforcing specific policies and procedures, our gas utilities team works diligently to provide excellent customer service to the community all while providing safe and top level utility services.”
The AGPA will host their annual conference on July 26th in Newport, Rhode Island, where honorees will be presented with a plaque signifying the recognition for excellence in gas utility operations. Lawrenceville’s Gas Department Director, Mike Hutchins will be on-hand to accept the award on behalf of the City.
“It’s certainly an honor to receive this recognition from the American Public Gas Association,” said Mike Hutchins, Director, Gas Department. “To my knowledge, we are the only municipal gas department in the state of Georgia that has achieved this level.”
The team recently scored exceptionally well on a routine audit verifying operator qualification rules and procedures and aspires to continue to provide exceptional services to the community while raising public awareness about safety laws and procedures.
For more information about the City of Lawrenceville and the Gas Utilities Department, visit www.LawrencevilleGa.org.
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#LoveLawrenceville Campaign Launches on Social Media
County Seat Seeks Community Engagement Through Online Contest
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 2, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville has launched a new campaign online known simply as #LoveLawrenceville. Residents, business owners, visitors and fellow Gwinnettians are encouraged to Capture their favorite things about Lawrenceville, Share why they love those things on social media using the #LoveLawrenceville hashtag and enter the contest to win a plethora of Lawrenceville-related swag and prizes!
“We want the people of Lawrenceville to enjoy where they live,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “The goal with this simple campaign is to increase Lawrenceville’s awareness and enhance the community’s pride. When you’re having fun and enjoying where you live, that naturally happens.”
Lawrenceville residents and guests are encouraged to participate in the campaign by capturing their memories and moments around the City and sharing the images on social media with the hashtag #LoveLawrenceville. By sharing these moments on social media, participants will have a chance to win swag and freebies gathered from a variety of local Lawrenceville businesses and restaurants and one lucky winner will be selected from the pool of submissions.
City officials hope to inspire two-way communication between the community at-large and local government. By visiting the City’s various social media outlets to participate in the #LoveLawrenceville discussions, residents and visitors will ultimately have access to pertinent City news and current information.
Lawrenceville Kicks Off Annual Summer Concert Series
Country music star and popular tribute bands debut on Lawrenceville Lawn
LAWRENCEVILLE (GWINNETT/METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 24, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville officially kicks off the Summer Concert Series this Friday at 7pm with a live performance from country music artist, Josh Dorr, and special guest Samantha Stroh. Dorr, named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, is best known for his radio hit singles “Save Your Breath” and “All or Nothing.” His latest single “Rocket” is currently available for download on iTunes and can also be streamed on Spotify.
Presented by US Auto Sales and partnering with Kicks 101.5 and Rock 100.5, Lawrenceville will continue its summertime tradition of bringing the annual Summer Concert Series to downtown Lawrenceville the last Friday of each month through September. Welcoming thousands of residents, visitors, and community influencers to enjoy a variety of musical genres under the stars on the Lawrenceville Lawn and a variety of local food truck cuisines to satisfy every member of the family.
“The Georgia tourism industry recently announced 2016 as the ‘Year of Georgia Music’ and Lawrenceville is actively participating in this movement,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Music effortlessly brings the community together so we have scheduled a variety of exciting musicians for our Summer Concert Series.”
Concert times are listed below and there is plenty of free parking throughout the Downtown District. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets but please note that no grills or open flames will be allowed in the park. And we love your pets, but please leave them at home. Rain or shine, you won’t want to miss the amazing hits from your favorite local artists and famous cover bands.
Come early, bring a picnic dinner, discover a new favorite food truck meal, or have dinner at one of the incredible restaurants on the Square. Then, enjoy the short 1-block walk down to the Lawn before the music begins!
While the outdoor concerts are FREE events, VIP tables for $65 and sponsorships starting at $500 are available by calling the Visitor’s Center at 678.226.2639.
2016 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES LINEUP
- May 27 – Josh Dorr, with special guest Samantha Stroh @ 7pm
- Country Artists
- Sponsored by Kicks 101.5
- June 24 – The Return @ 8pm
- The Beatles Tribute Band
- July 29 – R&B, @ 8pm
- R&B and Soul Band
- August 26 – Departure @ 8pm
- Journey Tribute Band
- September 30 – Dream Police, with Wild Honey opening @ 7pm
- Cheap Trick Tribute Band, Indie Rock
- Sponsored by ROCK 100.5
210 Luckie Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
For more information about the Summer Concert Series and other events happening in Lawrenceville, call 678.226.2639 or visit us at LawrencevilleGa.org or on Facebook.com/CityofLawrenceville for the latest updates.
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Lawrenceville Police Department Hosts Pizza with the Police
Local Law Enforcement Connects with the Community
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 20, 2016
The Lawrenceville Police Department hosted Pizza with the Police on the Lawrenceville Lawn Thursday, May 19th, with several community groups in attendance. Pizza with the Police brought together local law enforcement, residents and community members in an informal setting to foster relationships over a slice of pizza and desserts.
Sponsored by local businesses – Jet’s Pizza and Blue Rooster Bake Shop and Eatery, the event was marked by a variety of hands-on activities as guests also had the opportunity to tour the Mobile Command Center and view police demos while over 700 slices of pizza and 400 cupcakes were distributed.
“Effective policing strongly supports economic growth by developing an environment residents, tourists and business owners can trust,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Lawrenceville believes in community policing as a tool for establishing confidence and a working relationship between the community and our local law enforcement.”
According to City officials, Pizza with the Police was intended to reaffirm the nature of interactions between law enforcement and the public. The informal nature of the event allowed for several residents and community members to establish relationships with the men and women who protect and serve Lawrenceville residents.
“We were encouraged by community turn-out of our Pizza with the Police event,” said Chief Randy Johnson, Lawrenceville Police Department. “I oversee a team of hard-working officers who are passionate about the community we serve and were excited to host this event for our citizens.”
The Lawrenceville Police Department will be partnering once again with the City this fall to host Rock’n Ribville on September 17, 2016.
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Lawrenceville Congratulates Local Organizations on Regional Impact
Georgia Gwinnett College and Hi-Hope Center receive Gwinnett Chamber IMPACT Awards
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 19, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville congratulates locally based Georgia Gwinnett College and Hi-Hope Service Center on being recognized for their economic impact in the local community. This week, both organizations were awarded with the Gwinnett Chamber Regional IMPACT Award for the significant role each one plays in Lawrenceville and Greater Gwinnett’s growth and development.
The awards are designed to reflect Gwinnett County and Metro Atlanta organizations in top industries that are driving economic development and job creation while enhancing local quality of life.
Georgia Gwinnett College was recognized as the 2016 Education Award winner as the institution now leads the University System of Georgia in growth with nearly 12,000 enrolled students. A recent annual study conducted annually by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of business reported that Georgia Gwinnett College contributed more than $416 million to the local economy during the past fiscal year.
The Hi-Hope Service Center was recognized as the 2016 Non-profit Award winner. The 501 (C)(3) organization supports adults with developmental disabilities in Gwinnett county by providing opportunities for steady employment and social/recreational activities and opportunities to acquire, retain, or improve skills required for active community participation and independent functioning. Founded in 1960, Hi-Hope services now reach 120 individuals across their three unique programs.
“Lawrenceville congratulates these organizations on their recognition and is grateful for their influence in our community,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “They are true impact generators and serve as a true testament of our mission to provide citizens with a strong community and economic base.”
On Wednesday morning, representatives from both organizations were on-hand to receive the awards at a ceremony held at the Gwinnett Center.
According to college officials, as of May 12, Georgia Gwinnett College has surpassed 3,600 graduates and alumni contributions have a significant role in the college’s successes. The Hi-Hope Services Center continues to host a variety of community events to raise funds and raise awareness about its mission and goals.
For more information on the City of Lawrenceville and its plans to support economic growth, please visit www.lawrencevillega.org and click on our business section.