County by county news for Monday


Hospital to offer estate planning class

The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna, 3949 South Cobb Dr SE, will offer a free class on “Estate Planning 101” 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the hospital cafeteria.

Attorney Amy Yarkoni, who specializes in estate planning, probate and estate administration, will explain terminology and share tips to determine which type of planning may be right for you.

Registration required.

Information: 770-436-3162 ext. 3109 or in the classes and events section.

Arlinda Smith Broady


Emergency volunteer course is available

The Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management is offering Community Emergency Response Team training 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 28.

Participants will learn basic disaster response skills. The training consists of eight sessions concluding with a course review and disaster simulation from 8 a.m. to noon on March 15.

Information: Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Sandy Springs hosts forum Tuesday

The city of Sandy Springs is hosting a public information meeting on the development of a bicycle, pedestrian and trail plan at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the city hall council chambers, 7840 Roswell Road.

The public will have the opportunity to review a preliminary bicycling, walking and trail map. This is the second of a series of forums to gather input for the development of a safe and efficient transportation network.

Information: or 770-730-5600.Kent A. Miles for the AJC


Forsyth library will expand hours this year

The Forsyth County Public Library has expanded its operating hours after the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners provided an additional $67,000 in funding.

The changes mean the Cumming, Post Road, Hampton Park and Sharon Forks branches will be open until 8:30 p.m. one additional night weekly.

Hampton Park will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.


Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Reception set for retiring library head

A public reception has been set for 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the RT Jones Memorial Library in Canton for retiring Sequoyah Regional Library System Director Susan White. White is stepping down that day after more than 42 years with the system, and will be replaced by current Assistant Director Anita Summers. The system serves Cherokee, Pickens and Gilmer Counties. Mark Woolsey for the AJC


ART Station opensnew exhibit

ART Station will host a new exhibit of paintings by local artist Pat Fiorello entitled “Take Me Away Saturday through March 30. There will be a meet-the-artist opening reception 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 25 featuring Fiorello’s newly released book, “Bella Italia, Italy Through the Eyes of an Artist.”

Information: 770-469-1105 or

Arlinda Smith Broady