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Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog

Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog
Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to announce New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year veteran and former U.S. Army captain, as the featured author for the 2014 One Book, One Community countywide reading program.
 
Montalván will be joined by his beloved service dog, Tuesday, for events on September 20 and 21.
 
Montalván and Tuesday will kick off the 2014 Suwanee Fest on Saturday, September 20 at 9 am as grand marshals for the Suwanee Fest Parade.
 
At 11:30 am on the Town Center Stage, Montalván will read from his children’s book, “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog,” which details a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire as narrated by Tuesday.

Aviation school to hold open house

Aviation school to hold open house

DULUTH, Ga. -- Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) in Gwinnett County will hold a free open house next week.

The event will be Friday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to visit the campus, take a tour, learn about training and watch an aircraft engine start-up. Visitors will also be entered to win a hot air balloon ride. Lunch and snacks will be served.

Call AIM at 678-377-5600 or visit aviationmaintenance.edu for more information.

The campus is located at 2025 Satellite Pointe in Duluth.

Summer Stage Concert to kick off in Duluth

Summer Stage Concert to kick off in Duluth

Georgia SPCA announces 5th annual fall gala

Georgia SPCA announces 5th annual fall gala

On September 6, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Georgia SPCA celebrates “An Evening in Paris” at the Gwinnett Center Ballroom, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

The evening includes a silent auction, with music and dancing courtesy of DJ Mr. Christopher of Audiocake, and catering by Proof of the Pudding, but the climax of the evening might just be the dogs who will walk the catwalk to model designer fashions created by Linda Higgins of Classy Doggie Designs.

Linda shows her couture canine fashions at fashion week events all over the country and is excited to be participating in “An Evening in Paris.” Linda’s fashions have been featured on the front cover of Chihuahua Connection and Pet Style magazines, in the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and can be found in boutiques all over the world. Linda’s design won the Best Dressed in Show award at the 2013 New York Pet Fashion Show.

Race this weekend: Get PHIT 5K

Race this weekend: Get PHIT 5K

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Titan Team Sports in Duluth is holding a first annual 5K this weekend.

Get PHIT 5K will be Saturday, May 17 at Lambert High School in Suwanee. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m., and the race will start at 8:30 a.m.

The overall male and female winners, and male and female masters winners will all receive new running shoes from race sponsor Mizuno. Everyone else will have a chance to win raffle prizes.

Registration is $25 and can be completed at titanteamsports.com. Proceeds from the race will benefit Phit America and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, two groups that are dedicated to battling childhood obesity.

Lambert High is located at 805 Nichols Road.

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

Race this weekend: Run for the Orphans

Race this weekend: Run for the Orphans

DULUTH, Ga. -- Help the Catholic Church of St. Monica fund its mission trip to Nicaragua by participating in a 5K this weekend.

Run for the Orphans will be held Saturday, Apr. 26 at Bunten Road Park in Duluth. The 5K will start at 8 a.m., while a 1-mile fun run will take place at 9 a.m.

Registration is $28 in advance and $30 on race day. It costs $12 to participate in the fun run.

The top male and female finishers and masters finishers will go home with trophies, while medals will be given to the first three male and female runners in each age group.

Learn more and sign up at fundracers.org.

Bunten Road Park is located at 3180 Bunten Road.