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Meet the Heroes of Autism at Toys"R"Us on April 1

Meet the Heroes of Autism at Toys"R"Us on April 1

BUFORD, Ga. – (submitted by Toys“R”Us) With autism now affecting 1 in 110 children in the U.S. alone, and to kick off Autism Awareness Month, on Friday, April 1, Toys“R”Us is shining the spotlight on the true heroes of autism.

As part of our fifth annual fundraising campaign, we’re making representatives from Autism Speaks and Toys“R”Us, as well as families affected by the disorder, available at the Toys“R”Us store located at 3480 Financial Center Way in Buford to help your viewers understand the impact of autism, discuss recent advancements in research and how they can “Be A Hero For Autism.”

Autism Speaks, is the the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy agency and Toys“R”Us, the World’s Greatest Toy Store.

Glenn wins 2nd title of year at bench press meet

Glenn wins 2nd title of year at bench press meet

BUFORD, Ga. – Veteran bench-presser and Georgia IronDawg team member R. Garry Glenn of Oakwood earned his second title of the year when he took the over-50 age category at the Buford BodyPlex Bench Press meet on Sunday.

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Yoga: Harmony for Body, Mind and Soul at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center

Yoga: Harmony for Body, Mind and Soul at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center

BUFORD -- Join Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and the creator of the Yoga in Daily Life, H.H. Paramhans Swami Maheshvarananda, for an inspiring workshop and lecture series which will be held on March 5th-7th entitled, Yoga: Harmony for Body, Mind and Soul.

This program is open to pupils aged 13-up and pre-registration required for all events.

This event is $85 per person for the two day workshop and it includes lunches and lecture. The event will be held at the Bogan Park Community Recreation Center located at 2723 North Bogan Road in Buford.

Gwinnett County Hazmat Training, November 10th

Gwinnett County is conducting a Hazmat Training on Wednesday, November 10th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.at the Gwinnett County Fire Station #24. This training will serve as a hands-on refresher course to enhance hazmat, WMD, and confined space response capabilities for fire and emergency services personnel.  The program is designed to achieve maximum effectiveness for first responders.

The course will be conducted outside and is mostly a hands-on class with practical evolutions and live fire demonstrations.    

The Gwinnett County Fire Station #24 is located at 2735 Mall of Georgia Boulevard. For more information please contact Captain Tommy Rutledge, PIO at 678.300.5749 or e-mail tommy.rutledge@gwinnettcounty.com

Walk-In Flu Shots at Selected Locations

The Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments are now offering annual flu shots at their health centers (Buford, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Conyers, and Covington)  to everyone 6 months and older.  Both the nasal and injectable forms of the vaccine are available. 

The cost of a flu shot is $20. Methods of payments accepted include cash and credit.  Health Departments will bill Medicaid, Medicare Part B and some private insurance.  Appointments are not required. 

Mother Continues Her Fight Against HIV, Despite Her Son’s Death

Atlanta, GA--  Marty Mitchell’s son, Brett Lykins, was diagnosed with HIV at age seven. Premature at birth in 1980, Brett had received a blood transfusion that infected him with the disease. As he grew up, Brett proudly served as the youth spokesperson for AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run until age 18. Though he passed away in 2007, at age 27, his mother continues to tell his story and hopes that one day, the virus that cut her son’s life short, will be a thing of the past.   

After Brett was diagnosed, Marty attended a couple of support meetings at AID Atlanta, but was living in Duluth and needed a group that was closer to home. “In 1989, I read about a couple in Loganville whose son was dying of AIDS,” she recalled. “They started a support group in their gun shop with an answering machine, which later led to the creation of AID Gwinnett.”

Brett went to public school and his mom did her best to play the hand they were dealt.

Fight the Flu While You Shop

ATLANTA -- There's no need to avoid the mall for fear of getting sick this flu season -- not when you can get a flu shot while you shop.

Every weekend from Sept. 24 to Oct. 24, pop-up flu clinics will be set up in local Simon malls, where nurses and educators will be on-hand to administer flu shots and answer questions about the vaccine.

The cost for a shot is $28; cash, credit and debit cards and Simon mall gift cards are accepted. Government-issued Medicare is also accepted with no out-of-pocket costs.

To reserve a spot and avoid the line, register a time with WellCheck and pay for your shot early. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The participating Simon malls are:

Gwinnett Place (2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, 30096)
Upper Level Guest Services
Friday/Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m.