2014 News Releases
March 7, 2014
It's fitting that in March, which is National Kidney month, the next film in Suwanee's Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers features a kidney donor and recipient. Perfect Strangers, which explores what motivates donors to act with such compassion, will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Suwanee Movie Tavern, 2855 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
The $6 admission ticket also allows filmgoers to meet and interact with the filmmaker.
Perfect Strangers tells the story of two unique, engaging characters: Ellie is determined to give away one of her kidneys. Kathy, who lives 500 miles away, endures nightly dialysis and is losing hope of receiving a transplant. Both women face unexpected challenges as their parallel stories twist and turn over the course of four years.
Filmmaker Jan Krawitz has independently produced documentary films for 35 years, exhibiting at film festivals and museums throughout the United States and abroad. She is director of the graduate program in documentary film and video in the department of art and art history at Stanford University.
Tickets are available at the theater or online at movietavern.com.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
February 25, 2014
SUPER. INCREDIBLE. FUN!
On your mark, get ready, get set for some super incredible fun! The City of Suwanee will rev up its event season on Saturday, April 19, with a Super Incredible Day.
The really, really fun day will begin at 3 p.m. with Suwanee's Super Incredible Race, a high-energy, clue-sleuthing, team race featuring mental and physical challenges. Think Amazing Race meets small-town America. Following the race, the City will host an incredibly fun spring concert at 7 p.m. with Eagles tribute band On the Border headlining. The concert is free and open to the public.
Pre-registration for the race is required by April 4; sign up at suwanee.com. The registration fee is $25 per two-person team plus $10 per additional participant for family teams. All registrants will receive a 2014 Super Incredible Race dri-fit t-shirt.
The Super Incredible Race tasks team members with solving about a dozen clues that require them to race to locations throughout downtown Suwanee where they will complete a variety of challenges.
"It's a great way to exercise your mind and body while discovering places you never knew existed right in your own backyard," wrote two-time participant Donna Whalen in an email to the City after last year's race.
In addition to signing up by April 4 at suwanee.com, here's what you need to do to get in on the fun:
- Recruit a team member for the two-person category or sign up your spouse, children, siblings, or grandparents for a family team.
- Come up with a creative name for your team.
- Think about what costumes you can wear to match your team theme/name.
- Plan to bring a camera, smart phone or other means of Internet access, and one canned good per team member.
Prizes will be awarded to winning teams in pedestrian and bike categories as well as for best costume. No cars or other motorized vehicles are permitted. Participants should expect that they will walk (or run) or bike up to five miles. Completion of the race course is expected to take one to three hours.
February 11, 2014
CITY HALL, MUNICIPAL COURT CLOSED FEBRUARY 12
Due to the likelihood of inclement weather, Suwanee City Hall and Suwanee Municipal Court will be closed tomorrow, February 12. Normal operations will continue through the remainder of today, and the City plans to re-open Thursday, February 13.
Municipal court cases scheduled for tomorrow will be continued (rescheduled) to Monday, February 24. The court will contact defendants via postal mail to reschedule. However, defendants whose address is incorrect on their citations, should email the court at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide an accurate address and ensure that they receive the continuance notification.
For additional questions, please contact the court during regular business hours at 770/945-6962, select option #6.
February 10, 2014
SUWANEE'S INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES RETURNS
WITH A LOOK AT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
Suwanee's 2013-14 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers returns over the next couple of months with three new screenings. Civil disobedience, the altruism behind voluntary organ donation, and a gut-wrenching decision are topics covered in the upcoming films, each of which will be screened at 7 p.m. on scheduled dates at Movie Tavern. The $6 ticket includes an opportunity to meet and interact with filmmakers.
Bidder 70, a film that looks at Tim DeChristopher's act of civil disobedience, will kick off the 2014 screenings on Monday, February 24. In 2008, DeChristopher, then a college student, bid $1.8 million for 22,000 acres surrounding Utah's national parks through a government oil and gas lease auction. In protest of plans to drill on the land, DeChristopher had no intention of covering his bid.
A couple of months later, a new federal administration invalidated the auction because of the land's proximity to "landscapes of national significance," but DeChristopher still was indicted on two felonies and faced up to 10 years in prison.
Bidder 70 filmmakers George and Beth Gage create compelling, personal films that empower viewers, initiate dialogue, and prompt action on provocative issues. Their films have won dozens of awards at national and international film festivals.
Film tickets are $6 each and are available at Movie Tavern, 2855 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, or online at movietavern.com.
The two remaining films to be shown this spring are Perfect Strangers on March 18 and The Retrieval on April 8.
February 6, 2014
SEASON OF 'FRESH' RETURNS WITH SUWANEE FARMERS MARKET
The season of fresh crops and locally produced honey, jams, salsas, baked goods, and more is nearing. And one of the best places to access all that good stuff is the Suwanee Farmers Market, which will return to Town Center on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings beginning in May.
Applications from those interested in selling their produce or other products at the market are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 24, and new vendors must attend the annual market meeting at 7 p.m. that evening at City Hall. Applications are available at suwanee.com.
In addition to produce, herbs, and flowers, other items that may be sold at the market include jams, jellies, cakes, cookies, breads, pies, and honey as well as appropriately licensed meat, dairy, and organic products; eggs; and plants. No re-selling is permitted; products sold at the Suwanee Farmers Market must be grown or made by the vendor. Arts and crafts are not permitted at the market.
"We're excited and amazed that the Suwanee Farmers Market is already in its 10th season," says Suwanee Events Manager Amy Doherty. "We've been fortunate to have a loyal group of farmers and other vendors as well as a lot of regular customers. The market has really become not only a great place to find fresh, delicious items but also a place for old friends to gather."
The 2014 Suwanee Farmers Market opens Saturday, May 3. Saturday markets are from 8 a.m.-noon through October 4. Tuesday markets are from 4-7 p.m. through August 5.
February 4, 2014
GET A GLIMPSE BEHIND THE BADGE –
AND MAYBE KNOCK OUT A RESOLUTION, TOO
Did you promise yourself to try something new, something different in 2014? Here's a great opportunity to do just that. The next session of Suwanee's Citizens Police Academy begins February 18. The once-weekly classes, often hands-on or scenario-based, will conclude April 15.
Through the Citizens Police Academy, participants gain a better understanding of police practices as well as the risks and responsibilities that officers face on a daily basis. Classes will generally be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Police Training Center at 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
Notarized applications are due Wednesday, February 12. Applicants must be at least 19 years old; those who live or work in the City of Suwanee receive priority placement. Applications are available at suwanee.com.
Topics covered include crime scene processing, traffic stops, building searches, crime prevention, credit card fraud, and narcotics identification.
The Suwanee Police Department hosts the academy at least once each year in order to build a productive partnership between officers and residents. This class will be the 25th offered since the program was begun in 2002.
January 30, 2014
SNOW-CANCELED COURT DATE RESCHEDULED
Suwanee Municipal Court cases that were canceled January 29 due to the region's winter storm emergency have been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 17. All defendants whose cases were originally scheduled for January 29 should come to Suwanee Municipal Court, at 323 Buford Highway, on February 17. For more information or to request another date, contact the court at email@example.com or 770/945-6962 and select option #6.
January 25, 2014
Green is a really good color for the City of Suwanee. So says the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), which recertified Suwanee this week as a Green Community. Suwanee first earned certification as a Green Community in 2009.
In order to be certified by the ARC as a Green Community, the City had to earn a certain level of points for environmentally friendly policies and practices. Suwanee was certified at a bronze level.
"We view ourselves as a leader in smart growth in metro Atlanta," says Senior Planner Daniel Robinson. "We put a lot of value in open spaces and parks. The ARC green certification fits with our efforts to be environmentally conscious and friendly."
Since its first certification four years ago, Suwanee earned green points through several large initiatives, including obtaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for City Hall, reducing paper usage annually by some 30,000 sheets by transitioning to a paperless court and City Council, and saving nearly 50,000 miles over two years by fueling City vehicles at a local retailer rather than at a county facility in Buford. Additional points were scored, Robinson notes, by having sidewalks and bike paths along many streets, recycling at City Hall, and installing bike racks at all City facilities.
January 14, 2014
PUT YOUR ART ON SUWANEE'S LIMBS
The City of Suwanee is seeking proposals and samples from artists willing to go out on a limb to commemorate the 10th year of the City's finders-keepers, art-in-nature program. Since 2005 through its Art on a Limb program, the City of Suwanee has hidden two pieces of original artwork daily throughout the month of May along the Suwanee Creek Greenway and at other parks.
Artistic proposals for this year's program will be accepted through February 24. Guidelines and an application are available at suwanee.com.
Art on a Limb is an award-winning, month-long program designed to celebrate and bring attention to the arts as well as the natural beauty of the Suwanee Creek Greenway and parks. Past Art on a Limb pieces have included clay birds and orbs, small paintings on canvas as well as pieces of the City's old water tower, magnets, gourds painted to look like birds, the Suwanee S shaped from metal, and pottery pieces that include leaves found along the Greenway.
January 3, 2014
SUWANEE'S OLD TOWN AREA MAKES THE LIST,
THAT IS, THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Approximately 40 properties within a 67-acre area of Suwanee's historic Old Town district have now been officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service approved the designation on December 24.
Suwanee's historic district is centered on Main Street, Stonecypher Road, Russell Street, and the railroad corridor. Contributing properties within the district will now be eligible for federal and state tax incentives for improvements that help preserve the property's historic value.
"This is undoubtedly a win for Suwanee," says City Councilmember Beth Hilscher, who is also a member of Suwanee's Downtown Development Authority, which nominated the area for inclusion in the National Register. "The registry designation is a step toward honoring Suwanee's heritage while providing tax incentives for those property owners willing to invest in the preservation of our historic properties. While I am personally looking forward to seeing the progress that that will come about from renovations to Pierce's Corner, the district designation is great for other eligible property owners who may be able to avail themselves of the tax incentives."
According to a press release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources: "National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property."
Suwanee's historic district was deemed important for its small, representative collection of commercial buildings commonly found in Georgia small towns and especially for its variety of residential types and styles popular from the 1870s to the 1950s, including shotgun houses, central hallway, New South cottage, gabled wing cottage, Queen Anne cottage, pyramidal cottage, Georgian cottage, American Small House, ranch house, and I-house.