Students across Georgia are invited to celebrate Georgia’s wildlife by participating in the 24th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster contest. The contest is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Nongame Conservation Section, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network.

This year’s theme, “Plug into Nature,” emphasizes the importance of connecting with plants and animals through firsthand experiences and encourages students to share their plant and animal encounters. The contest is open to students in kindergarten through fifth-grade in public schools, private schools and homeschool groups.

Entries must be received by April 16. For more information, visit or

Officer Harkleroad completes GPSTC course

Officer Joe Harkleroad of the Norcross Police Department completed a DUI Detction and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course taught by Georgia Police Academy Division of Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC). This training program includes the observation techniques involved in recognizing when a driver may be operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

Emphasis is placed on the proper manner in which to administer field sobriety tests, and the field sobriety tests taught meet the standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Funding for this program has been provided by the State of Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Fallen Heroes of Ga. to hold 5K, 10K races

The Fallen Heroes of Georgia 5K and 10K races will be on March 15 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The race is hosted by Run for the Fallen Inc. and Hamilton Mill Christian Church of Buford, and all race proceeds go to benefit charities created in memory of a fallen Georgia soldier.

The race will be chip timed from start to finish and is a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier Course. For more information or to register, visit

GEHC to host Bridal Expo

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host a Bridal Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 16. More than 50 exhibitors will be onsite to share ideas and designs for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

One lucky bride at the expo will walk away with a grand prize of a full center room rental valued at $5,000, and any bride and groom that sign a contract with GEHC on the day of the Expo will receive a 10 percent discount on the room rental fee.

Tickets for the GEHC Bridal Expo are $6.50 for brides/grooms and $7.50 for the general public. Children ages 3-12 are $5.50 and children under 2 years and GEHC members are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit