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Pike Nurseries announces April gardening classes

Pike Nurseries announces April gardening classes

ATLANTA -- To help customers welcome springtime with bright blooms, pretty perennials and fresh fruits and veggies, the experts at Pike Nurseries are hosting a variety of free gardening classes all month long.

With on-hand advice from planting professionals, guests of all gardening levels can transition their stark winter landscapes into cheerful crops of spring blossoms galore.

Growing Great Tomatoes Class
Wednesday, April 8 at 1 p.m. at all Pike Nurseries store locations
A juicy, vine-ripened tomato adds the perfect burst of flavor to spring and summer recipes! Better yet, homegrown tomatoes are a safe, economical food source and taste better than store-bought edibles. Customers can take their pick from two offered classes to learn more about these delicious, nutrient-packed plants. With fresh advice from Pike Nurseries, these ruby-red favorites will be ripe for the picking!

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

 With spring comes the start of strawberry planting season!Pike Nurseries is gearing up to host its annual Super Strawberry Saturday event at all store locations on March 14 to celebrate this famed fruit. During the devoted day, customers can enjoy complimentary strawberry lemonade and samples of McCutcheon's Jalapeno Strawberry BBQ Sauce while supplies last. Guests will even receive a FREE bareroot strawberry plant of their own to take home and harvest!

Race this weekend: Shamrock Run

Race this weekend: Shamrock Run

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The Suwanee Kiwanis will hold a 5K fundraiser at Town Center Park this weekend.

The Shamrock Run has a St. Patrick's Day theme and is one of the final AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifiers before public race registration opens on Mar. 15.

The race will be Saturday, Mar. 14 at 8 a.m.; packet pick-up opens at 7 a.m. Registration is $30.

All runners will receive performance T-shirts with an Irish flare. Awards will be given to the top overall finishers and top finishers in each age group.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up for the race.

Suwanee Town Center Park is located at 330 Town Center Avenue.

Pike Nurseries hiring for spring

Pike Nurseries hiring for spring

(WXIA) -- Pike Nurseries plans to hire about 300 employees for the upcoming spring planting season.

The nursery chain will hold a career fair Wednesday, Mar. 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all its Georgia locations.

Open positions include manager trainees, department heads, sales associates, operations personnel and cashiers. Planting enthusiasts of all skill levels are encouraged to apply.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information.

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Braves will hold auditions for performers and groups to sing the National Anthem at 2015 home games.

Auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coolray Field. Those who cannot attend can schedule an alternate time by calling 678-277-0312.

Singers who have performed the National Anthem at past Gwinnett Braves games still must audition this weekend.

Visit milb.com for more information and to register for an audition time.

Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive NE in Lawrenceville.

Ga. SPCA to hold vaccination clinic this weekend

Ga. SPCA to hold vaccination clinic this weekend

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The Georgia SPCA will hold a low-cost vaccination clinic this weekend.

Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs and cats to the event on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The SPCA will offer $12 rabies, parvo, Bordatella and distemper vaccines, $25 heartworm and feline combo tests, $25 microchipping and $10 deworming.

Pets will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Dogs must be leashed, and cats should be in carriers.

The Georgia SPCA is located at 1175 Highway 23 in Suwanee.

Upcoming Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

Upcoming Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race opens Sunday, Mar. 15 (Sunday, Mar. 1 for Atlanta Track Club members).

Most runners will undoubtedly want to be placed in the highest possible time group. The best way to do this is to enter a finish time from a USATF-certified race (5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, 10-miler or half marathon).

A number of official Peachtree qualifiers will be held in the coming weeks. Here are a few of them:

Saturday, Feb. 14
Mardi Gras (5K), Marietta
Location: Marietta Square
Cost: $30
Supports: Junior League of Cobb-Marietta
More information: marietta5krun.com