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You ain't nothin' but a pound dog . . .

You ain't nothin' but a pound dog . . .

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Last year, over 100,000 adoptable pets were euthanized in Metro Atlanta.

The Georgia SPCA is determined to make sure that shelter animals do not see the same fate in 2011.

In order to raise money for pets that need homes, the Suwanee-based Georgia SPCA will hold "You Ain't Nothin' but a Pound Dog," its second annual 50s-themed benefit bash, on Saturday, June 11.

Tickets are $75 each and promise a fun-filled evening featuring live entertainment from Elvis impersonator Cliff-E, a silent auction, a vintage car show and great food from Proof of the Pudding.

The fun begins at 7 p.m. in the Gwinnett Center Ballroom (6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, 30097). Guests are asked to dress in "smart casual" attire, although those who are feeling daring are welcome to wear classic 1950s clothes.

Tonight's GTC commencement to honor 930 graduates

Tonight's GTC commencement to honor 930 graduates

DULUTH, Ga. -- Tonight is the big night for 930 students at Gwinnett Technical College.

This record number of graduates will receive their diplomas at 7:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Arena (6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth).

The 930 students represent more than 1,740 awards conferred, as many GTC students earn multiple graduate awards. The number of associate's degree graduates is up 48 percent from last year; diplomas are up 52 percent.

Among this year's grads are 31 students comprising GTC's first class of associate's degree nurses.

In recent years, GTC has conferred the largest number of graduate awards in the Technical College System of Georgia. The final number of graduates and graduate awards will be determined by early July, as additional students may qualify with spring term results.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Festivals, Art Walks and a Farmers' Market

WEEKEND EVENTS: Festivals, Art Walks and a Farmers' Market

LAWRENCEVILLE-- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Aurora Theatre is hosting a play called, “Over the River and Through the Woods” about Hoboken, New Jersey, an Italian-American neighborhood with a tradition of eating dinner at the Gianelli’s house. It continues through June 5.  

The Mutts & More Festival boats entertainment for families and their pets and is being presented by the Humane Society of Forsyth County. The Humane Society in conjunction with Petco Foundation and Rucker Pet will also host a Bark After Dark event, complete with music and dining. The event takes place at the Cumming Fairgrounds and starts at 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Check out the Duluth Art Walk on June 3. The walk offers more than 30 pieces of original art that will be given away.

Bring on the birds with Pike Nurseries

Bring on the birds with Pike Nurseries

DULUTH, Ga. -- Feeling caged in with a boring landscape?

Break free with expert advice from Pike Nurseries.

On Saturday, June 4, fledgling birdwatchers and experienced gardeners alike are invited to flock to any Metro Atlanta Pike Nurseries location for a free class on attracting birds to yards.

From 10 a.m.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, 5K's and Parades

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, 5K's and Parades

BUFORD, Ga. -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Gwinnett Daily Post will host their annual “Gwinnett Daily Post Memorial Day Concert” at the Suwanee Town Center Park. The concert is a family event and the military band will provide the tunes.  

Basketball teams from across the state will compete in the Bobby Hussey Memorial Day Classic at the Suwanee Sports Academy. The classic is one of the premier summer basketball tournaments in the nation.

Visit the Athens Farmers Market and partake in the celebration and showcase of local foods. The Athens Farmers Market offers local and artisan products from local famers.

Summit to make case for transit to northern suburbs

Summit to make case for transit to northern suburbs

ATLANTA -- Three locals chambers of commerce have planned a summit to make a business case for transit into the suburbs.

The Metro Atlanta Northern Crescent Transit Summit will be from 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 8 at the Cobb Galleria Centre (2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339).

The event, presented by Jacobs and Siemens, features national elected and technical experts from North Carolina and New Mexico, as well as representatives from the Chambers of Commerce of Cobb, Gwinnett and North Fulton.

Attendees will learn about potential game-changing, high-capacity transit lines that will significantly reduce traffic congestion while strengthening economic development assets in the northern suburbs.

For more information about the summit, call 770-859-2322 or visit www.cobbchamber.org/transit.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Georgia Force, Motorcycle Ride and Beach Bash Festival

WEEKEND EVENTS: Georgia Force, Motorcycle Ride and Beach Bash Festival

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Go see the “We Are Folk: Exploring Traditions in Southern Folk Art” at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. This exhibit is being curated by Steve Slotin of the Slotin Auction House which specializes in folk and outsider art. The Hudgens is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

Downtown Auburn will host an Armed Forces Day and Amvets Motorcycle Ride in Downtown Auburn on Saturday, May 21.