Wednesday - September 26, 2018
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8:00 AM-5:00 PM Hispanic Heritage Month

Free! Brief description: The annual Hispanic Heritage Countries display will feature countries in the Latin Americas and will run from September 15-October 16. This year’s exhibit will also pay homage to the local Hispanic Community in Gwinnett and their contributions to our rich history. Cost: Free.

Location: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Human Trafficking Education Forum

Free Event! Open to all community members. Join the Gwinnett County Human Relations Commission as Survivors, healthcare professionals, and government officials provide insight on the growing human trafficking problem and what we can do as a community to assist.
8:30 AM-4:30 PM Looking Back Through the Lens: Bicentennial Traveling Art Exhibition - Bethesda Park Senior Center

Free! View this collection of photos taken at various locations in Gwinnett dating from 1904 to 1978. This exhibit will travel throughout Gwinnett in celebration of Gwinnett County’s bicentennial year. 

Exhibit locations:

July 16 – October 9 (M, 8:30am – 8:00pm; TU – F, 8:30am – 4:30pm), Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville

October 15 – December 18 (M – F, 10:00am – 4:00pm; SA, 10:00am – 2:00pm), Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

9:00 AM-4:00 PM Roots of Wisdom Exhibit: Native Knowledge. Shared Science

Students and families will learn the ways in which traditional knowledge of Native American communities and cutting–edge science are being applied to improve our world and provide solutions to the ecological and health challenges of today. Through the voices of elders and youth, hands–on interactives and clever video games, visitors gather resources, examine data, and take part in the growing movement towards sustainability and reclamation of age–old practices.This exhibit is on display at the GEHC from September 22, 2018 until January 2, 2019. Cost: $8 admission to GEHC.

This exhibit is on display at the GEHC from September 22, 2018 until January 2, 2019. Cost: $8 admission to GEHC.

Location: Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford

9:00 AM-8:00 PM Bicentennial Torch and Traveling History Display

The Bicentennial torch will on display at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center from September 25 through October 2.

The Bicentennial torch will be relayed by cross country and track teams from Gwinnett Public High School serving as torchbearers in this yearlong torch relay that will cover approximately 200 miles. Runners will carry the torch to historic sites, public facilities, and cities in Gwinnett throughout 2018, the bicentennial celebration year. A traveling Gwinnett County history exhibit will accompany the torch to many of these locations.

The Gwinnett County Bicentennial Torch Relay represents goodwill, the connection between communities, and Gwinnett County’s journey from 1818 to today, where it transformed from a largely agrarian community to one of the fastest growing, most diverse counties in the Southeast.

Gwinnett County’s bicentennial torch made its debut on December 15, 2017, at the bicentennial celebration’s first official event, A Frontier Affair: Prelude to Gwinnett’s Bicentennial, held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. On December 19, 2017, the torch made its second appearance at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center for a special presentation during a meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. The torch relay will culminate at the County’s 200th Birthday Celebration on December 15, 2018, at Gwinnett’s Infinite Energy Center.

The torch will depart from the George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center at approximately 3:00pm on October 2 on its way to the next location, Suwanee City Hall (arrival time approximately 4:00pm).

Visit www.Gwinnett200.com for more information on Gwinnett’s Bicentennial and to follow the torch route.

Location: George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee

9:00 AM-8:00 PM Bicentennial Traveling Art Exhibition: Peggy Sullens - George Pierce Park

Born and raised in Georgia, Peggy has been a Lilburn resident since 1965. While enjoying painting a variety of subjects, her true passion is painting on canvas. Peggy prefers the versatility of oils to create realistic pictures in a traditional realistic manner. Whether

capturing unique still life, landscape, flowers, or nostalgic scenes, she also seeks out historical subject matter to remind us of our heritage. With a desire to preserve beauty and accuracy in her paintings, her goal is to capture the essence of her subject in a way

that will evoke a feeling of emotion from the viewer. Peggy teaches adult and children’s art classes and has won many awards for her paintings. A series of her work entitled “A Moment in Time”, is a collection of historic and nostalgic scenes of Lilburn. One of Peggy’s portraits, Lilburn Trigg Myers, hangs in the new Lilburn City Hall.

Location: George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee    

Bicentennial Traveling Art Exhibition: Kudzu Artists (Nowak, Surowe, Fortin) - Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Kudzu Art Zone serves the artist community and promotes the importance of the visual arts to individual growth, cultural heritage, and economic growth. Kudzu Art Zone presents exhibitions by local, regional, national and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local leadership by educating artists of all ages; cultivating and growing audiences; and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities and supporters. A group of artists shared a vision of a thriving artist community and in June 2006 Kudzu Art Zone became a non-profit corporation. In late 2006, the City of Norcross donated a 3,200sq ft. building, Kudzu Art Zone’s current home at 116 Carlyle St. The building features a gallery, artist’s studios and ample space for professional and artistic development opportunities. With over 100 artist members, the Kudzu Art Zone has become a place to thrive, of community support and fellowship.

Location: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville   

Historical "Sovereign Scavenger" Hunt - Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Free! Pick up your list of historical items located throughout the Historic Courthouse property to begin your scavenger hunt and get to know the history of Gwinnett County along the way. Scavenger hunt ends at 2:00 PM Saturday. Call 770.822.5450 for more information.

Historical “Sovereign Scavenger” Hunting - Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Get involved in this fun and unique scavenger hunt! Stop by the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse front office and pick up a list specific historical items located throughout the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse and the grounds surrounding the courthouse. Using the list as your guide, spend time getting to know the history of Gwinnett County while locating all items on the list. Bring your completed list back to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse front desk to receive your bicentennial prize and have your name inscribed on a “Sovereign Scavenger” certificate to be displayed for all to see. Cost: Free.

Location: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 W. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

This event occurs daily from January 15 – December 31, 2018 on Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Event will not be held on the following dates: January 1, April 1, May 29, July 4, September 3, November 22 & 23, and December 24 & 25

One Gwinnett: Portrait of Diversity

Free! Snap and share #onegwinnett to celebrate Gwinnett’s diverse community! Add your selfie and post your Gwinnett connection on this interactive exhibit traveling throughout the County. The Coalition for Health and Human Services, Gwinnett Multicultural Advisory Committee, and the Health and Human Services division look forward to discovering and promoting your Gwinnett connection!

Location: Grayson Public Library, 700 Grayson Parkway, Grayson

10:00 AM-9:00 PM Bicentennial Traveling Art Exhibition: Charlotte Elizabeth Edwards Howerton - Pinckneyville Park

Charlotte was born January 27, 1916, in the family home on Level Creek Road (Sugar Hill, Gwinnett County). Living a full and adventurous life, she ventured from Gwinnett County in the midst of The Great Depression to Detroit, Michigan. There she found

employment and sent money home to assist her family. At the advent of World War II, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and served her country as a supply officer on several bases across the U.S. Married in 1946 in San Antonio, Texas, Charlotte and her husband were actively involved in the National Campers and Hiker’s Association for over 20 years. Here they served as state and national directors. It was during this time that Charlotte developed her skills as a painter. Her last years were devoted to creating three books about her life in “The House on Level Creek Road”, describing her life throughout the gold mining days, depression, and the war. It also describes her family life lived in the home on Level Creek Road and the family’s role in Gwinnett County.

Location: Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake 

10:30 AM-11:30 AM Toddler Treks

They're cuddly and cute, but how and where do animals spend their day? This interactive outdoor program is designed to spend some time enjoying and experiencing nature. Learn the names of the local animals and plants, sing songs that awaken their senses and enjoy being outside. Admission is $10 per child, one parent entry is free with paid child. To reserve your spot, pre-register online using activity code or call 770.904.9500.


August 14 – Flower Power
activity code: EHC34517

August 28 – Mud Pie Magic
activity code: EHC34518

September 11 – Under the Apple Tree
activity code: EHC44519

September 25 – Oh My! Opossums
activity code: EHC44520

October 9 – Going Patty!
activity code: EHC44521

November 6 – Scampering with Squirrels
activity code: EHC44523

November 20 – Scouting for Skunks
activity code: EHC44524

Swim and Learn- Water Safety - Bethesda Park Aquatic Center

Perfect for homeschool and school-age children! Our swim and learn sessions consist of a 45-minute hands-on educational session such as water chemistry, life-saving basics, nature lessons, and science experiments followed by swim time. Admission is $4 per person. Pre-registration is required. Swimsuits are required. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult in a swimsuit in the water with them. Children 7-10 must be accompanied by a paying adult in a swimsuit. All pool rules apply.

9/12 Water Safety Activity Code: BEP41900
9/26 Water Chemistry & Experiments Activity Code: BEP41901
10/10 Edible Experiments Activity Code: BEP41902
10/24 Nature Walk Activity Code: BEP41903
11/7 Magnets & Knots Activity Code: BEP41904
12/5 The Library & Reading Activity Code: BEP41905
12/19 First Aid & Your Health Activity Code: BEP41906

3:00 PM-4:00 PM Mindful Mondays - Pinckneyville Park

Celebrate National Yoga Month at Pinckneyville Community Center by participating in a free, all-level vinyasa yoga session! Take a break from it all and relax with a one-hour yoga class that will be good for both your body and mind. Space is limited, so please pre-register online to reserve your spot. Open to ages 8 and up. Bring your own yoga mat.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 911 Are You Ready? National Senior Center Month - Bethesda Park Senior Center

Free! National Senior Center Month series; celebrate with informative and entertaining events! Emergencies happen when you least expect it! Learn the three key ways to help you be prepared and have a plan through the Homeland Security Ready Campaign. Must pre-register by 9/24 online with code: BEP42906 or call 678.277.0179.