In the spirit of getting people back together and updating the community, the Lake Lanier Association’s Member Appreciation event is taking place on Saturday, April 17, at Gainesville Marina.

The event, slated for 4 to 7 p.m., will include a vendor fair, food from Skogie’s, music by the Fly Betty Band and a cash bar.

Admission is free to members, but the organization requests registration for the event at to save time at the door. Non-members can join at the door for $50.

Program updates

In 2021, the association is expanding its community outreach and educational programs. LLA will host a kayak and paddleboard safety course on April 24. For details and to register, visit the association’s event page; registration will be open in early April; space is limited.

“We will soon be seeking donations of life jackets to expand on our life-jacket loaner program introduced at Mary Alice Park in Forsyth County last year,” said Jennifer Flowers, executive director of the group. “Forsyth County is identifying parks where we can install two or stations this season.”

At this time, the association is accepting calls from people willing to donate life jackets for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults. “However, until we can secure inventory storage and finalize our agreement with Forsyth County, we are asking people to contact us about donating. We will follow up with them once the details are worked out.”

Volunteers are needed to assist with cleaning and tracking inventory and helping keep the stations stocked from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The plan is to have the new locations operational by Memorial Day.

The association is also continuing its island rip-rap installation initiative, the solar light monitoring and the removal of abandoned docks and boats.

For more information about the group, visit