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Harlem Globetrotters coming to Gwinnett Center

Harlem Globetrotters coming to Gwinnett Center

DULUTH, Ga. -- Smiles and laughter are sure to abound when the Harlem Globetrotters drop into the Gwinnett Center in 2013.

The world famous exhibition basketball team will bring its You Write the Rules tour to metro Atlanta on Saturday, Mar. 16.

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The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Attending families will also have the opportunity to participate in a special pre-show, where they can shoot, try out tricks and take pictures with the Globetrotters.

Visit harlemglobetrotters.com for more information about the group.

Eric Clapton tickets go on sale Nov. 30

Eric Clapton tickets go on sale Nov. 30

DULUTH, Ga. -- Legendary musician Eric Clapton will perform at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in 2013, the venue announced Tuesday.

Clapton and special guest The Wallflowers will stop at the Duluth arena on Wednesday, Mar. 27. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. They can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

A native of Surrey, U.K., Clapton is the only musician to be inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- once as a solo artist and once each as a member of Cream and The Yardbirds. His biggest hits include "Wonderful Tonight," "Tears in Heaven," "Cocaine" and a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff."

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

Swimming class to host tribute to veterans

Swimming class to host tribute to veterans

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The young synchronized swimmers at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center are getting ready to host their fourth annual performance for veterans and military families.

The patriotic show will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The synchronized swimming group is made up of girls ages 8-14 who love to swim and are interested in honing their water skills in a creative way. Their Nov. 3 show is free and will be followed by a short reception.

For more information, visit gwinnettparks.com. Collins Hill Park is located at 2200 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

JapanFest announces headliner! This weekend: September 15-16

JapanFest announces headliner! This weekend: September 15-16

DULUTH, Ga. -- JapanFest Weekend will be held on September 15-16, 2012, from 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) and 10am to 5pm (Sunday) at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center (located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097). They have introduced their headlining act, Yoshi Amao from New York City who will be performing authentic Japanese Samurai sword fighting. He will be performing on Saturday at 12:30 and 4:00 and on Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30 (Click here for a complete event schedule).

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

ATLANTA -- Several Sam's Club Pharmacy locations throughout metro Atlanta will offer free diabetes and vision screenings this weekend.

The screenings will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are valued at more than $150. They include glucose, A1C, vision, blood pressure and BMI tests.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage or even prevent diabetes," Sam's Club Health and Wellness senior VP Jill Turner-Mitchael said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year. If this trend continues, one out of every three U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness in U.S. adults, according to the CDC.

Participating Sam's Club locations include:

Alpharetta
10600 Davis Drive

Atlanta
2901 Clairmont Road