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Independence Day Celebration to include fireworks, concert

The city of Auburn will celebrate Independence Day with a festival from 5 to 11 p.m. June 30 in its downtown area.

The celebration will include a fireworks display, according to the city’s website. The Big Don Band will perform at the event.

Annual Summer’s End race part of Run & See Georgia

The 36th annual Summer’s End 5K and 10K will take place on Aug. 11 in Winder.

The run will begin at the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, 6 Porter St. in Winder. The 10K will begin at 7 a.m., and the 5K will start at 8:15 a.m.

The race is part of the Run & See Georgia Grand Prix, which includes about 500 races throughout the state. The Grand Prix began as a way to get Georgia’s runners to travel and race around the state to see what other areas have to offer, both in racing and tourist attractions. Points are awarded at each of the races to the top 20 finishers in each of the age groups that the series recognizes.

Registration for the Summer’s End race is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. Online registration is available at

Tickets to the concert are available online at The concert is a fundraiser for the Duluth Cluster Schools Foundation.

The decision was based on a review of the town’s 2017 work plan and nearly $2 million in private and public investments in the downtown area, according to a news release.

Braselton received the original national certification in 2016. The town’s Community Impact Report, which formed the basis of the reaccreditation application, confirmed more than 250 promotional events were held, attracting more than 72,000 attendees. Events included the Garden Party, Zombie Run, Chocolate Walk and Pooches in the Park.

“It’s exciting and rewarding to receive the national recognition again based on rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center,” said Amy Pinnell, the director of Main Street Braselton. “Our work upholds the national mission of preservation-based economic development and revitalization of commercial districts like ours in America.”

Family members and friends of the fallen heroes can request to carry their loved one’s sign by sending an email to The remaining signs will be distributed to volunteers on a first come, first served basis.

Volunteers should arrive at Hebron Baptist Church, 202 Hebron Church Road in Dacula, no later than 9 a.m. on May 28. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. To volunteer, email your name and the number of volunteers who will attend to

Craig owns a specialty nursery called Fern Ridge Farms, which offers more than 75 varieties of hardy garden fern. Her presentation will include insight into growing familiar and new garden ferns, including managing the effect of climate change, identifying needs and plant care.

For questions, contact Emily Clay with the American Red Cross Blood Services via email at or by phone at 678-227-4650.

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