County by county news for Thursday


Recycled Christmas trees become mulch

Suwanee is once again participating in the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Bring One for the Chipper program to transform Christmas trees into mulch for parks. Last year, Suwanee mulched 1,419 Christmas trees with all mulch used in Suwanee parks. Undecorated, unadorned real Christmas trees may be dropped in a designated area at Sims Lake Park December 26 through January 18. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with tree disposal and to provide free seed packets 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, January 4.

Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Kudos and support available for veterans

Hearts for Veterans meets to support the achievement of veterans, answer questions and assist with filling out VA claims 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday at the Buford Human Services Center, 2755 Sawnee Ave., Buford. Information: 404-834-9784. Karen Huppertz for the AJC


State of county business focus of event

Tickets are on sale for the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s annual state of county business event in January.

The lunch will be held Jan. 23 at the Emory Conference Center on Clifton Road. Tickets are $40.

Information/tickets: 404-378-8000 or

April Hunt


Registration open for babysitting course

Piedmont Fayette Hospital will offer a babysitting training course from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at its Medical Building at 1279 Hwy. 54 West in Fayetteville. The registered program is for teens age 11 and up, offering instruction in CPR, first aid, child safety and more. The $45 fee includes materials; call 770-719-5815 or email

Jill Howard Church for the AJC

Zoning appeals board has opening

The Fayette County Zoning Board of Appeals has an open position for a volunteer member. Members of the board serve three-year terms and meet monthly to hear and decide challenges to decisions made by the county zoning administrator. Applications, available from Floyd Jones at or by calling 770-305-5102, are due Jan. 10. Jill Howard Church


McDonough hosts 2014 Geranium Drop

McDonough Hospitality and Tourism will host their annual Geranium Drop on 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and ending at 1 a.m. New Year’s Day on the McDonough Square.

There will be vendors, great entertainment by The Wheels and others, dancing, food, deals at local restaurants, and of course, the Geranium Drop as the countdown to midnight begins.

Attendees may bring chairs and blankets to this family-friendly event. Arlinda Smith Broady


Roswell cultural and arts guide released

The city of Roswell’s 2013-2014 Arts and Cultural Organizations Directory has been released.

The resource guide contains information about 21 organizations in the city which offer arts and cultural programming.

Residents can download the guide at Mark Woolsey for the AJC