Issue 14.78 | Jan. 6, 2015
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SNELLVILLE, Ga., Jan. 6, 2015 -- Welcome to 2015 as New London Theatre (NLT) begins its 16th calendar year. Our 2014-2015 season has been a huge hit so far and we can't wait to show you the rest.
Throughout the holiday season, our young actors have been rehearsing and studying their lines for our Broadway Bound Children's Theatre production of Aladdin, coming up this month. Also busy at work have been the women of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.
Every once-in-awhile, a show comes to our attention which we feel absolutely must be on our stage. This year we have one of them. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf is considered one of the most poignant and powerful shows of our time. We believe that everyone, no matter sex or color, owes it themselves to see this powerful performance.
For Colored Girls is directed by Dawn Berlo. Shows are performed on Friday nights and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. This show should be considered "PG" due to the graphic nature of some of the dialogue.
This groundbreaking "choreopoem" is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by black women. Capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls... offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry.
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Want to be part of the "New London Theatre Family"? Then consider auditioning for our shows! Don't want to be on stage? No problem! We would love to have you as part of our crew. Come share your talents and possibly learn a new skill (we love to teach)! Send us an email or just come talk to us at one of the shows.
They say that the children are our future, and what a better way to start off the new year than by watching our future stars shine. Opening January 9 is our Broadway Bound Children's Theatre production of Aladdin.
With this production, not only do we have many new faces on stage, but Aladdin also brings some new faces behind the stage. Education is a big part of NLT's mission, so we took this opportunity to allow two of our young stars to take the reigns as directors. Both Saraya Haynes and Alicia Owens are no strangers to the stage.
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Season tickets are available through the online store and prices adjusted to cover the remainder of the season. Guarantee yourself a seat for all of our shows. Season ticket holders also get assigned seating, free popcorn, and a bottle of water at every show. This year season ticket holders will also get a free ticket to each of our Broadway Bound Children's Theatre shows (a great value since the next show on stage would then be free!).
Our schedule through July on Friday, Saturday and Sunday includes:
Our children's schedule shows:
London Theatre is located at 2338 Henry Clower Boulevard in Snellville,
in New London Plaza inside Hello Again Variety Mall.
JAN. 6, 2015 -- Here at the beginning of year 2015, let's review and update GwinnettForum's Continuing Objectives for Gwinnett County. You may find the list printed in each edition of GwinnettForum on the right column.
We look forward to the community achieving these goals.
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thing: GwinnettForum readers are often presenting novel ideas to
the community. Now we urge these forward-thinkers to consider other objectives
that could make our county even better. So submit your ideas, and let
others know about them. We'll also consider adding them to our list of
Continuing Objectives for Gwinnett County.
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Editor, the Forum:
Just how much money are low-wage businesses draining from local, state and federal coffers? A study released in April by Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of more than 400 organizations that advocate progressive tax reform, estimated that "Wal-Mart alone costs taxpayers $6.2 billion annually in public assistance."
Furthermore, even banks are not immune. An estimated 25 percent of all bank tellers would qualify for government assistance because of low wages.
as conceived, the "bad business fee" legislation would require
companies to disclose how many of their employees are receiving public
assistance from the state or federal government. Companies would then
pay a fine based on the de facto subsidies they receive by externalizing
Those taxpayer dollars come in the form of joint federal-state programs such as Medicaid and the School Breakfast Program, as well as federal ones such as the National School Lunch Program, the Section 8 Housing Program, the Earned Income Tax, Low Income Home Energy Assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps).
Finally, to promote economic and racial justice in the state of Georgia, we need to make this fee a reality. We need to develop the framework for a bill that we hope will be introduced in 2015 by state legislators who have worked for progressive change in Georgia. An easier way would be to increase wages, especially the minimum wage which can be done at the state level.
You can be a part of history in 2015. Georgia Fitness, and the City of Suwanee are teaming together to host the first-ever Suwanee Gateway Half Marathon on Saturday, January 31.
Georgia Fitness Manager Jason Vance believes that the Suwanee Half is scheduled so that it will make a good training run for those preparing for a spring marathon.
The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Town Center Park. From there, the Peachtree Road Race-certified, 13.1-mile course will meander through Old Town, along Eva Kennedy to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, to Tench Road and eventually George Pierce Park and the Suwanee Creek Greenway to McGinnis Ferry Road, up and back along Northolt, and back along the Greenway to the finish at City Hall.
Registration is available at active.com. The registration fee is $75. Runners will receive a finisher's medal and long-sleeved T-shirt. Race news, including a course map, is available at runsuwanee.com. Race volunteers are needed as well. Email here to volunteer.
Authority on quilting comes to Cannon Methodist Church Jan. 20
County Public Library, in partnership with the Gwinnett Quilters' Guild,
will welcome New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall on January
20 at 10 a.m. for a book signing and discussion at Cannon United Methodist
Church in Snellville.
named one of the top three Amish fiction writers by the Wall Street
Journal in 2013, has been featured on ABC's Nightline and worked with
National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. Known best
for her "Sisters of the Quilt" trilogy, Woodsmall's latest work
is A Love Undone: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing
be a $5 charge for non-guild members. Books will be available for purchase
and signing courtesy of Books for Less of Buford.
Cannon United Methodist Church is located at 2424 Webb Ginn House Road in Snellville.
The walls of the City Hall Art Gallery will feature the works of Marcella Hayes Muhammad and Leroy Banks beginning January 8.
Muhammad focuses on African-American themes through the styles of abstract and realism. She says: "As a retired teacher, I am more of a narrative painter using my skills with realism to capture history and culture from the African-American perspective. I consider this style of work as a form of visual Jazz. The uniting elements of my work is in the use of a warm pallet, vibrant colors with two, three or even as many as four colors in action at the same time. I use a multi-dominant rhythmic style with the movement of different designs and harmonizing colors."
This is the first time Banks' art will be exhibited.
The gallery, located in the Community Room of City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Muhammad and Banks' art will be on display until February 26. There will be a reception for this exhibit from 2 to 6 p.m. January 17.
The diversity and profitability of Georgia horticulture continues as many crops are emerging that promise to bring sustainable incomes to the state's farmers.
For example, the blueberry industry was almost nonexistent in the 1970s, but since the discovery of sandy, acidic soils in south Georgia, it has become a multimillion-dollar endeavor. Carrots are emerging as an important crop in southeastern Georgia, where the soils are perfect for production of high-quality specialty carrots. Vidalia onions are a good example of how farmers were able to capitalize on the unusually low sulfur content of some southeastern Georgia soils to produce and market a mild onion that does not bring tears to the eyes. New crops such as wine grapes, Christmas trees, and native plants for landscape use are also appearing in north Georgia.
As in any agriculture-based industry, challenges face the growers who produce these plants. Finding people willing to work in hot fields is now difficult, and the resulting labor shortage is seriously affecting this industry. The low cost of food in the United States, which allows very slim profits, prevents the producers from paying larger wages to attract workers. Recurring droughts in Georgia have raised concerns about the use and availability of consistent water sources, on which horticulture depends.
New federal requirements and a nationwide effort to minimize the use of pesticides have made controlling insects and diseases a challenge as well. Horticulturists would like to avoid pesticides altogether, but most consumers expect blemish-free fruits and insect-free vegetables and flowers. The standard of perfect produce may not be sustainable, given the rapid removal of many pesticides from the market. Growers will have to be innovative to meet market expectations.
These challenges are being met by the combined efforts of several institutions. The Georgia Department of Agriculture as well as the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science at the University of Georgia are actively working with the industry to address these issues. There is a great need for more professionals, however, because horticulture's reach is vast and complex. The University of Georgia has formal college programs in horticulture that range from greenhouse production to molecular transformation of vegetable hybrids. The Georgia Department of Education has developed a strong program for high school students who wish to gain experience in commercial horticulture. Homeowners and gardeners can learn more about horticulture through the Georgia Master Gardener Program, which offers horticultural training to volunteer gardeners. Master gardeners aid local county extension agents by educating local communities about such gardening practices as composting, environmental gardening, and community gardens.
Geneticists are needed to breed new cultivars. More trained growers are needed. Agricultural economists are needed to help growers estimate control costs and manage profits. Agricultural engineers are needed to help automate production to relieve the labor shortage. Skilled business and management graduates are needed to help growers market new products. Plant pathologists and entomologists are key contributors to developing environmentally sound ways to control pests. As the population in Georgia continues to increase, the field of horticulture will continue to expand for many decades to come.
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