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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.

Pike Nurseries to host pumpkin planter class

Pike Nurseries to host pumpkin planter class

ATLANTA -- Let Pike Nurseries help you add some fall décor to your home.

This weekend, all Atlanta-area Pike locations will host a make-and-take pumpkin planter seminar. The class will teach participants how to create a perfect autumn centerpiece using pumpkins, soil and a variety of plants.

The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The cost is $30 per person, which includes a pumpkin planter to take home.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information.

Celebrate Women's Health with Paint The Mall Pink Events

Celebrate Women's Health with Paint The Mall Pink Events

Atlanta-area women of all ages are invited to Paint the Mall Pink at Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb, October 4-7. A cost-free, full weekend of activities focusing on the importance of women’s health will feature health-focused activities, keynote addresses from local medical professionals, musical performances, giveaways and more!

The festivities kick off with Girl’s Night Out on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Mall of Georgia and 5:30 p.m. at Town Center at Cobb. The first 300 attendees to arrive at each mall will receive event swag bags filled with samples from stores and themed goodies. Girl’s Night Out is sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Magazine, FundRacers at Mall of Georgia and by WellStar, Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon Magazine and Run For It! Productions at Town Center at Cobb.

Pike Nurseries to host gardening classes, sale

Pike Nurseries to host gardening classes, sale

ATLANTA -- Fall, the prime planting season, is right around the corner, and Pike Nurseries has everything homeowners need to beautify their yards.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, all Pike locations in metro Atlanta will host a free fall gardening class. Nursery experts will take attendees through the process of picking out fall plants and caring for them.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is free to attend.

Pike's Gardenfest event, where customers can enjoy complimentary refreshments while surveying a variety of plants and yard decorations, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Much of the merchandise will be on sale during Gardenfest.

Visit pikenursery.com to find your neighborhood Pike and to learn more about the upcoming fall events.

Gwinnett abuzz for Honeybee Festival

Gwinnett abuzz for Honeybee Festival

BUFORD, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) is gearing up for its third annual celebration of one of the most important creatures in food production: the honeybee.

The Honeybee Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

It will feature numerous activities for everyone in the family to enjoy, including games, crafts, cooking demonstrations and, of course, honey samples. Beekeepers will be on hand to discuss what it takes to handle a hive.

The festival will also have a children's parade and costume contest, which will begin at 2 p.m.

"The GEHC staff always looks forward to this event. It is a great opportunity to enjoy time as a family and learn about one of our favorite and most valuable insects," GEHC programming and development director Jason West said in a statement.

Japan Fest 2012 Planning Committee Underway!

Japan Fest 2012 Planning Committee Underway!

ATLANTA -- 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). Pictured above is the planning committee consisting on Marilyn Pearlman, Mariko Masui, Yoko Harrison, Sachi Koto, Yoshi Domoto, Maki Murahashi and Kaori McEwen. 

JapanFest, now in its 26th year, typically draws crowds exceeding 19,000. Organized by JapanFest, Inc., JapanFest is designed to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans in the Southeast.

Tickets are $8. Children age 6 or younger free. Teachers can bring their students to JapanFest for free by applying online at www.japanfest.org. Larger organizations can save money by purchasing advanced ticket packages online.

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

ATLANTA -- From the mountains to the metro and beyond, customers flooded Chick-fil-A restaurants to show their support on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday.

Check out the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day photo gallery to see pictures of the crowds at your hometown Chick-fil-A.

Send any Appreciation Day photos to photos@11alive.com.