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Come to Gwinnett County's 23rd Annual Lighting of the Tree

Atlanta, GA--  The Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation and the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association host the 23rd Annual Lighting of the Tree on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville.   Enjoy a variety of holiday entertainment beginning at 5 p.m., including live musical entertainment from The Class Act Band, face painting, dance performances, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus in a vintage fire truck on loan from the Winder Fire Department.

The annual lighting of the tree ceremony, begins at 6 p.m., and the much awaited arrival of Santa is at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The holiday fun continues throughout December at Holiday on the Square at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse as the Santa Trolley once again rolls into the square on December 3, 4 and 5 from 5:00-8:00 pm, where children can ride along with the jolly ole elf.

Chanukah candles to Light up Historic Downtown Norcross this Holiday Season

Atlanta, GA--  On December 1st, 2010, Chabad of Gwinnett will light the sky of Norcross with a public 10-foot Grand Menorah erected in Historic Downtown Norcross.  Rabbi Yossi Lerman, director of Chabad of Gwinnett, will light the Chanukah candles.  The menorah lighting ceremony will be followed by a celebration with dancing, singing and eating the traditional Chanukah treats of hot latkes and doughnuts. The eight-day Jewish festival of Chanukah begins on Wednesday, December 1 this year, and this event kicks off the community-wide observance. 

Immediately following the Grand Menorah lighting is a Chanukah party at the Iron Horse Tavern in Norcross. This party is for adults in the community.

Historic Norcross' Lionheart Theatre Presents "Strange Snow". Proceeds Benefitting Veterans

Atlanta, GA--  Norcross’ award-winning community theatre group, “Lionheart Theatre” opens November 5th with, “Strange Snow”. The play addresses the emotional issues faced by a Vietnam veteran attempting to return to “normal life” after his war-time experiences. A portion of all the show’s proceeds will benefit the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance and active duty military and veterans receive discounted admission to all performances in celebration of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.

Popular Play about Muslim American Families to Re-Show during Eid Weekend at Georgia State

Atlanta, GA--  Come and be the proverbial “fly-on-the-wall” as four Muslim couples use love, laughter, and faith to choose their next path in marriage.  The young newly-weds face outside temptation in the work place; while, another couple decide how to conceive a child when the wife is barren.  Have you ever wondered how polygamy works in Islam?  Meet two families who are trying to make it work. 

Local playwright and producer Yvette Suhailah West uses life experiences to show us “more than one” way to live and love in the name of marriage.  The play is energetic, emotional, and informative!

This drama-comedy will be held on November 20, 2010 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm in Georgia State University’s Speakers Auditorium, 44 Courtland St, Atlanta, GA  30303.  Tickets are now on sale for $20 general admission ($15 for students and senior citizens).  Discounted p

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit and "Imagine Norcross" Open During October at Norcross Welcome Center

Atlanta, GA--  Two terrific and quite diverse exhibits are open now through October 29th at the Norcross Welcome Center.

“Imagine Norcross” - Explore Historic Norcross through the eyes and camera lens of a resident journalist, Charles Harbin, whose photo essay captures a beautiful and unexpected perspective of the community.

"The Tuskegee Airmen: The Segregated Skies of World War II" is a traveling exhibit on loan from Kennesaw University. It explores the history and heroism of the first African-American pilots to fly in combat during World War II. They were known as “Tuskegee Airmen” because they trained to fly at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama; however, members of the American fighter group came from as far away as Spain and Haiti, and others from as close to home as Buford, Clarksville and Atlanta.

Free Entrance to The High Museum of Art this Saturday, Sept. 25th. See Salvador Dali for Free!

Atlanta, GA--  On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the High will participate in the sixth annual Smithsonian Museum Day, presented by Toyota on behalf of the redesigned 2011 Avalon. The High will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from www.smithsonian.com.

Visitors to the High can view “Salvador Dali: The Late Work,” “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer” and the museum’s permanent collection.

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.