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Kimberly Brock of Milton was named Georgia Author of the Year in 2013 for her first novel, “The River Witch.” As a stay-at-home mother of three and a Pilates instructor, Brock has a busy schedule, yet can’t resist the pull of a good story. Learn more in The Interview on page 12.

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GOOD EATS Bon Appétit! Alpharetta’s lunch bunch

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Bon Appétit! Alpharetta lunch club blends good food with good friends The Bon Appétit ladies. In front, from left are Marlene Burns, Suzanne Devoe, Lynn Adams and Judy Bredahl. In back, from left, are Kim Roden, Kay Hammond, Donna Henderson and Carol Ballin. Not pictured: Carol Faust, Jean Kimmerle, Kathy Ryan and Shirley Griffin.

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ood food mixed with lively conversation is the perfect recipe for a fun time. Nobody knows this better than the ladies of the Bon Appétit lunch club in Alpharetta. The 12 women met years ago through the Alpharetta Roswell Newcomer’s Club (ARNC), a gathering place for those new to the area who are seeking friends with similar interests and hobbies. Hailing from Connecticut to Texas and everywhere in-between, the women soon discovered a common interest in the culinary arts and participated in a cooking group through the ARNC. In 2006, the friends split off to form their own Bon Appétit group, meeting monthly in each other’s homes. Lynn Adams hosted the group at her Milton home in March. As hostess, she chose the menu and prepared the main entrée. She then assigned gourmet recipes to other group members who prepared appetizers, bread, salad, veggies, dessert and a specialty cocktail. The one rule in Bon Appétit is that each recipe must be new and un-tried. “We are fearless women,” said Kim Roden. “We are constantly searching through cookbooks and food magazines for challenging recipes to try.” Most Bon Appétit members are seasoned cooks, but Donna Henderson joined the group hoping to gain experience. “I’ve learned a lot,” she admitted, recalling the time Roden asked her to prepare a difficult blood orange chocolate cake recipe. “It took me three days to prepare and was very labor intensive, but it was rich and delicious, and so worth it.” “I knew she could do it – she is a wonderful baker,” said Roden. Sometimes a hostess will create a menu centered around a specific type of food such as Italian, French or Southern fare. For April’s gathering, Judy Bredahl is planning a New Orleans-style feast. Sometimes the recipes are more personal, such as when Kay Hammond featured all of her mother’s cherished dishes. Adams’ March menu was inspired by the memory of enjoying slow-cooked, savory Veal Osso Bucco at a friend’s home. She found a similar recipe in a Barefoot Contessa cookbook but chose to use beef instead, due to the steep price tag on 12 pieces of veal. She paired the dish with 6 | northsidewoman.com | april2014

Hostess Lynn Adams prepares a Bon Appétit luncheon.

Suzanne Devoe, Carol Ballin and Kay Hammond enjoy appetizers before their meal.

white truffle mashed potatoes. She asked Roden to prepare a shredded beet dish, using dried cherries and balsamic vinegar. “I’ve never made beets in my life,” confessed Roden. “I turned on two vent fans to get rid of the smell and my fingers were bright red when I finished, but it’s all part of the Bon Appétit adventure.” Suzanne Devoe prepared green beans with a roasted onion vinaigrette. “It wasn’t difficult and I only deviated from the recipe a little bit. It smells so good and I’m looking forward to tasting it,” she said. Kay Hammond had a bit of trouble preparing a tomato and cannellini bean dip appetizer when her blender burned out on the morning of the luncheon. “I knew there was trouble when my husband spotted smoke,” she said with a laugh. Undeterred, she headed to Adams’ home a bit early to borrow a blender and finish the job. After enjoying their meal, the friends always receive

a printed menu and copies of each recipe, and then spend time sharing opinions and suggestions for modifications or improvements. On the bottom of the March menu, Adams included a classic quote from renowned chef Julia Child: “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a ‘what the hell’ attitude!” Through the years, there have been a few recipes that the ladies deemed too difficult, or not worth the effort (like the blueberry chicken that tasted good, but turned a ghastly shade of blue), but overall, there have been very few outright failures and many delicious successes. “We love to experiment with food – to try something different and take risks,” said Adams. “But at the end of the day, what we enjoy most about Bon Appétit is sitting around the table with good friends, enjoying our time together.”

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▼ GOOD EATS, Continued from Page 6

Recipes from Bon Appétit’s March menu: Pink BELLINI COCKTAIL 1 cup sugar ½ cup water 2 (16-oz) bags frozen peaches, thawed 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 2 bottles Prosecco wine, chilled Raspberry liqueur Thaw frozen peaches. Stir sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, about five minutes. Cool completely. Puree peaches and orange peel in large blender with the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed strainer and into a clear glass bowl or pitcher. For each serving, pour three tablespoons of peach puree into a champagne flute. Place a few drops of raspberry liqueur over, then slowly pour enough Prosecco into flute to fill. Gently stir to blend, and garnish with orange peel twist, if wanted.

Lemon CHILI SHRIMP Sticks 2 garlic cloves, crushed ½ inch piece fresh ginger, grated 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro ½ tablespoon Chinese hot chili sauce 1 tablespoon light soy sauce 1 tablespoon honey 3 tablespoons lemon juice 20 raw medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined 20 6-inch wooden skewers, presoaked in water

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mpowerment can take many forms, especially when it comes to improving and enriching communities. In honor of International Women’s Day, Habitat for Humanity is taking empowerment to a whole new level with the Women Build initiative. On March 7, Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia commenced registration for individuals and groups of women to team together in an effort to raise funds to purchase building materials for a new Habitat home for the Kalombo family. Typically, construction is a male-dominated occupation, but with the Women Build initiative, Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia is enabling and encouraging women to learn new skills and accomplish a major goal together. Colleen Fogarty, resource development director, began her career with Habitat for Humanity in 2006 and has since spearheaded the movement to expand the Women Build project. Habitat for Humanity is split into separate affiliates and chapters throughout the nation. Habitat for Humanity –North Central Georgia covers North Fulton, Dawson, Cherokee and Forsyth counties. Originally, Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia participated in Women Build for one week each year, but Fogarty decided to grow the idea by taking on an entire Women Build project for her Habitat chapter. Women Build not only empowers women to help families in need, but also to learn skills that they may otherwise never acquire. Having only women on site is unorthodox, but helpful to the learning process within the volunteer work. “Because it’s all women working alongside you, it’s a less intimidating prospect,” Fogarty said. “The women will learn how to frame the house, handle the trimming and hang the doors, along with other tasks that they might not be familiar with.” Despite the heavy male influence in the construction field, Fogarty said, “I love doing the drywall and hanging siding. Those are some of my favorite days.” This particular Women Build project is geared to create a new home for Bijoux Kalombo and her two sets of twin sons, ages 5 and 7. At the tender age of 13, Kalombo came to the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo. After overcoming the obstacle of an abusive marriage, she now lives as a single mother and has made terrific leaps and bounds in her life. She works as a daycare teacher and currently resides with her mother in order to 10 | northsidewoman.com | april2014

All-female crew to build new Habitat for Humanity house

Women Build not only empowers women to help families in need, but also to learn skills that they may otherwise never acquire. provide for her sons. Now, with the help of Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, Kalombo will be able to live with her sons in a beautiful new home that will afford her and her family the space and stability they need to be happy and thrive. Homeownership does not just change an applicant’s living situation, but also their mindset, instilling a sense of pride and solidity. Furthermore, Habitat houses contribute to a more successful community overall. Residents who live in a relatively empty neighborhood will have new neighbors they can bond with, while Kalombo’s children will have the opportunity to play and make friends with neighborhood children. This opportunity is not easily won. After applying for a Habitat home, applicants must endure a rigorous process of reviews in order to be rewarded their new home, and then must take education courses that teach them to be prepared and responsible homeowners. The courses cover everything from home maintenance skills to neighbor friendliness. Ultimately, the Habitat house and subsequent homeowner classes help to create more permanent, stable environments for families who may have felt that homeownership was a dream that was simply out of reach. It takes great resilience, patience and moral consistency to build such wonderful havens for families in need. Thanks to people like Fogarty and the priceless volunteers of Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, those families in need are becoming empowered, productive citizens of Georgia and beyond. Learn more about the Women Build project at www.habitat-ncg.org/ womenbuild. ■

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Living the Literary Life Milton author Kimberly Brock named 2013 Georgia Author of the Year

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imberly Brock is a busy suburban mom. Running a household, raising three kids and teaching private Pilates lessons in her Milton home keeps her on the go. Yet she still finds time to listen to her creative muse – that persistent inner voice that compels her to drop everything from time to time and lose herself in a compelling story of her own making. Brock is a born storyteller. She remembers convincing elementary school classmates that her great-great grandfather was a Cherokee chief whose ghost haunted the mounds of dirt bordering the school playground, which in her story, was the cursed site of a long-forgotten Cherokee burial ground. Brock’s principal eventually made her fess up and apologize when the other children

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▼ INTERVIEW, Continued from Page 12 became too scared to go out to recess. The imaginative young Brock went on to major in theater, never dreaming that she would one day write and publish a real novel. Yet in 2013, Brock found herself accepting the distinguished Georgia Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association for her first novel, “The River Witch.” “It still surprises me,” she admitted, referring to her early literary success. “But my kids are so impressed.” Brock wrote “The River Witch” over the course of five years, in bits and pieces during stolen moments of her busy life – scribbling away in notebooks while standing at the kitchen counter, soaking in the bathtub, waiting in the carpool line or sitting on an airplane. She says story ideas are always simmering around in her “crockpot of a head.” Her first novel, described as Southern mystical fiction, tells the tale of Roslyn Byrne, who seeks refuge on a remote Georgia coastal isle after a series of personal tragedies leaves her lost and broken. Soon, her life becomes entwined with that of young Damascus Trezevant, a local girl who brings alligators, pumpkin seeds and hoodoo into Roslyn’s world. “I’ve always loved the Georgia coast and its history,” said Brock, who, true to Southern literary tradition, used the haunting beauty of the island’s landscape to reflect her characters’ inner struggles. “There’s just something about women and water,” she mused, referring to the dark, flowing river that flows by Roslyn’s old, wooden cabin. Creatures within that murky water play an important role in the story. While researching the book, Roslyn discovered that male alligators roar to attract other females during the mating season. She spent “way too many hours” listening to deep, rumbling gator bellows on the computer and incorporated the sound into her story. “I was intrigued by the idea of an ancient creature that continues to survive,” she said. “Its island habitat continues to shift and change, yet here’s this dinosaur, still doing its thing. The roar is a terrifying sound, yet it is a cry of love. “I love that about writing,” she said. “Finding a little-known piece of history or science and introducing it to readers through a memorable story.” Her second novel, set in North Georgia at the end of World War II, will also feature a little-known bit of local history, but Brock is coy about sharing more details. “It’s something I discovered about 13 years ago, and it has taken me this long to figure out how to write about it,” she said. How soon can we expect her new novel? “Well, sometime between now and when I die,” Brock said with a sly smile, adding that she does not intend to start cranking out books for commercial gain. “That’s not why I write,” she said. “I write so that one day my kids and their kids can pick up my book and say, ‘That’s what she thought.’ “I have my grandfather’s Bible, which is well worn and full of his scribbles and 14 | northsidewoman.com | april2014

I write so that one day my kids and their kids can pick up my book and say, ‘That’s what she thought.’ Kimberly Brock notes, and when I see an underlined passage, I wonder, ‘Why did that catch his eye? What was he feeling that day?’” Believing in the power of books to speak to the soul, Brock discovered a new way to use her literary influence to help others. Through her volunteer work with She Reads, a national online book club featuring women’s fiction authors, Brock works with publishers to send free copies of She Reads’ featured novel each month to charity groups such as a book club for homeless women in Denver, Colo. “These women show up every month for a meal and a book discussion, sometimes bringing their kids along. Talking about the book leads to real conversations, and soon, relationships are formed and they start to support one another,” said Brock. In an online interview, Brock said, “I love the power of books to connect people through conversations that might otherwise never be possible. I’ve seen it over and over… how stories reach people. That’s what I’m passionate about – the connections, the assurance that we are not alone in our experiences.” Brock enjoys visiting with local book clubs and meeting fellow readers. To learn more, visit kimberlybrockbooks.com. ■

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FUN, flirty FASHIONS Step into the latest looks for spring 2014

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katie@northsidewoman.com Spring has finally sprung, and after such a long winter, we are especially excited to ditch the boots and coats and browse our favorite stores for the latest spring looks. Bring on the sandals! Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction, says spring 2014 trends are all about making a statement – wearing things that have impact, with bold silhouettes to attract the attention of passersby. Goldstein specializes in converting the latest fashion trends into wearable looks for everyday women – what she calls “runway to real way.” We can’t buy everything we see, however, so Goldstein advises us to carefully choose a few new, trendy pieces that will make the most impact when combined with our existing wardrobe staples. Here, Goldstein shares some of her favorite looks for this spring, all available at Belk (www. belk.com). Don’t wait until Memorial Day to wear your pure whites! (‘Vivian’ by BCBG, $268)

We see the return of pearls this season, but not “your mama’s pearls.” These pearls are meant to be mixed with metals. Express your own personality by blending real and faux. (Kate Spade necklace, $178; studs, $58)

▲ The floral motif is very important for spring 2014. You’ll see floral detailing on everything from dresses to jewelry, handbags and hosiery. Dressmaker details, like this bateau neckline, celebrate the feminine form. (Adriana Papell, $220) Shoes take on a new personality this spring, with the return of single sole pumps and sandals, although platforms will not disappear. A chunky, substantial heel is making a re-appearance. (‘Olyvia’ by Steven, $99)

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▲ As for color trends, look for the family of pinks, from the palest blush to deepest fuschia, to continue to gain momentum and carry over into 2015. (Jessica Simpson ‘Carlyle’ satchel, $108)

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▲ White lace is reinvented in modern designs featuring both eyelet and laser cutting. (French Connection, $148)

▲ Digital technology reinvents the tropical print with a watercolor look. (‘Evie’ tote by Kate Spade, $178) The digital era is reflected in fashion this spring, with bold, blocky color and architectural lines used in shift dresses that hang away from the body. (Rachel Roy, $355)

▲ Tribal patterns are hot this season, and leather carries over from fall, used here in a faux leather laser-cut top. (Karen Kane top, $88; pencil skirt, $92)

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Members of the Potterstone Book Club, from left, are Sharon Heideck, Jenny Fettes, Jill Smith, Denise Theriault, Donna Johnson, Valerie Sherman, Cherie Gill, Stefanie McClain and Lynda Empoliti. Not pictured: Brenda Homrich, Maureen Tinetti.

FromBus StoptoBook Club

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s a former librarian, Lynda Empoliti facilitated several book clubs in New Jersey. When she moved to Georgia in 2006, she was surprised to discover that her new neighborhood was without one. Families in Potterstone, a small Milton subdivision, were very social, enjoying tennis games, progressive dinners and a monthly Keeno group, but no book club. One day at the bus stop, Empoliti announced to her group of mom friends, “So, I really want to start a book club. Who’s in?”

Fourteen women quickly signed up. After all, said Cherie Gill, “We couldn’t have Lynda thinking that her Southern neighbors weren’t well-read.” The group meets every six weeks instead of monthly, to allow a bit more time to read the books. As with any group of busy women, there are always a few who don’t finish the novel, but come anyway for wine and good conversation. The group’s February meeting landed right in the middle of “Snowpocalypse, part deux.” Fellow Milton resident Kimberly Brock (see ‘The Interview,’ page 12) was scheduled to join the ladies as a guest author, but icy roads kept her homebound. Whether from pure book club

Potterstone neighbors read and relax together devotion, or a case of snowed-in cabin fever, eight women decided to pull on boots and trudge through icy yards to Donna Johnson’s home to discuss Brock’s book anyway. Those who have read “The River Witch” know that pumpkins play a prominent role in the story, and Johnson, a talented baker, had a spread of freshly baked treats on hand. With warm pumpkin cream-cheese muffins in hand, the neighbors settled down for a fireside chat. “We have fun together at Keeno,” said Sharon Heideck, “but book club is a smaller group, which gives us a chance to have deeper conversations. We learn about

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▼ SHE READS, Continued from Page 20 each other.” “Like childhood memories,” said Denise Theriault. “Something in each book relates to real life.” After reading “What We Keep,” a novel about old memories, everyone came to book club with their high school yearbooks and laughed over prom photos. “Book discussions bring up topics you’d normally never talk about,” said Jill Smith. “And we feel safe within our group, knowing that we are immune from judgment on our opinions.” Such a comfort level comes naturally in a neighborhood group, said Jenny Fettes.

“These women see me at the bus stop every day, walking my dog in my sweatpants,” she said. “I can totally be myself and feel at ease.” Brenda Homrich said she loves the way other people’s perspectives open her eyes to something about the story or a character that she had not considered. Stefanie McClain remembered the time Maureen Tinetti’s husband came down to the basement during book club, expecting to find the usual boisterous, noisy Keeno scene. Instead, he found a group of women talking quietly. “He was like, ‘Wow! You guys really ARE discussing the book,’” she laughed. “We’re always very good about discussing the book first,” said Gill. “Then we tend to veer wildly off topic.” “Which makes it fun,” added Valerie Sherman.

The group will take on any topic, any genre, but tends to avoid really long books. “Some of us have time We wa management issues, Share yont to hear from you! ur group okay people?” joked favorite ’s sto bo through oks with fellowry and Empoliti. N She Rea orthside Womreaders “Poor editor K ds. Please contaan’s Maureen has been katie@n atie VanBrack ct orthside le woman.c at trying to get us to read om. ‘Team of Rivals’ for years, but it’s thick. It’s a doorstop. It’s not gonna happen.”

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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon PBC says: A story within a story. This is one of those books with so many layers, you can’t read it just once. The year is 1945. As Barcelona slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, an antiquarian book dealer’s son finds solace in a mysterious book entitled “The Shadow of the Wind.” When he tries to find the author’s other books, he opens the door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets – an epic story of murder, madness and doomed love.

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How do you blend being a stay-at-home mom and an artist? We converted one of the bedrooms in our Atlanta home into a jewelry studio. It’s spacious, with plenty of window light. My two daughters (ages 2 and 6) inspire me daily, and my husband, Dan, also an artist and a photographer, is extremely supportive. He has always been a midcentury design enthusiast and has

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Going Green: the smoothie way Adding extra veggies to your diet

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et’s face it, you still hear your mother’s voice taunting you from that serving of okra on your plate. “Eat your vegetables.” While vegetables are good for us, they can be time consuming, hard to cook, not readily available or expensive, so instead of forcing them down, we often avoid them and make excuses. But guess what? There is a different way to get our two and a half cups of veggies daily. Smoothies. Understand first that smoothies and juicing are very different. Juicing extracts the juice from the vegetable and leaves the fiber intact. Smoothies are made with pureed vegetables and keep the fiber intact. Fiber is one of the most important parts of the vegetable. Fiber lowers your risk of heart disease and diabetes, helps clear your body of waste and keeps the weight off. But ‘pureed vegetables’ sounds yucky and the truth is, they can be. Even babies don’t always want to eat their pureed vegetables and I completely get it. There are literally thousands of recipes for vegetable smoothies online. Some suggest simply pureeing the

vegetable, throw a cup of water into the blender and choke it down with their nose plugged, but that doesn’t work for everyone. If you aren’t getting your suggested servings of veggies a day and want to give green smoothies a try, there are a few things you can do to make them easier to swallow. It’s all about the extras. First, use vegetables that are in season, and mix them up to avoid build up of alkaloids which can cause some mildly uncomfortable issues (stomach cramping and gas). Spinach and kale are always great choices as well as carrots and parsley. Once you’ve got your vegetables picked, puree them with a green apple, kiwi or peach to add a touch of sweetness but remember, fruits are high in sugar. The base liquid is key for flavor so I suggest coconut or almond milk. Adding a touch of agave can add flavor without kicking your blood sugar levels into high gear, too. I don’t suggest adding a protein powder to veggie smoothies because it tends to clump and has a grainy consistency and for texture sensitive eaters, that’s a deal breaker. Keep in mind that certain health conditions like diabetes or kidney stones require a reduced amount of

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Gesundheit! Finding relief for seasonal allergies By DEBBIE KEEL

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esundheit! It’s the most frequently used phrase anywhere in the metro Atlanta area this time of year. That’s because everybody’s doing it…sneezing, that is. When I relocated to Atlanta in 2009, I just didn’t get it that first spring. Sure, I saw that layer of pollen sitting on my car roof. But I wasn’t sneezing and don’t know why everyone around me was. Then I was told, “If you don’t have allergies and you stay here a few years, you will.” At that time, all I saw was a beautiful blooming tree or flower everywhere I looked. I saw neighborhood lawns that rivaled the beauty of the Augusta National

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Country Club, as seen on the Masters – another rite of spring in these parts. But they were right. Now, I’m sneezing right along with everyone else. My friend, Dr. Thomas Chacko, the extraordinary allergist who works at Northside ENT in Roswell and Cumming, tells me this area can have some of the highest pollen counts in the nation. With the strong winter we just had, he says pollen counts will likely only rise later in the spring and may persist longer. And if you have outdoor pets, they usually bring in a significant amount of pollen from the outdoors inside, leading to symptoms indoors. What can you do? Assuming your case of the sneezes and itchy eyes is not too severe, over the counter allergy medications should give you some relief. If it’s more severe, says Dr. Chacko, you can receive allergy immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots, one of the most

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ccessorizing your home is what adds the finishing touches and personalizes your space. It is the perfect way to display cherished memorabilia, add trendy pieces and pops of color, texture and pattern. The key to creating a chic space is to choose pieces that coordinate without creating clutter. Select items that make an impact and consider rotating seasonally for a fresh new look. While designing bookshelves or groupings, always remember to execute balance and scale. Varying sizes and heights add interest. Consider using multiples for high impact and place collections together for a larger statement. Remember to look up, down and all around. Artwork, lighting, rugs and pillows are excellent ways to update your existing case goods and upholstered pieces. It is the combination of accessories and how you display them that will make your home unique and reflect your family’s interests, lifestyle and personalities.

Jill Awbrey is an interior designer for the full-service design center Tuscany Fine Furnishings. Located at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell, Tuscany Fine Furnishings is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit TuscanyFineFurnishings.com or call 770-993-0640. april2014 | northsidewoman.com | 33

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APRIL Park softball fields, 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta. www.awesomealpharetta.com

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Spring Native Plant Sale 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Also on April 5, 11 and 12. The Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts their annual fundraising plant sale featuring native plants for every garden and master gardeners on hand to answer questions. Includes blooming trees, groundcovers, herb and veggie seedlings, butterfly-attracting flowers and more. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. www.chattnaturecenter.org

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Chastain Chase 6K 8 a.m. A 6K race, 1-mile walk/run and Tot Trot through Chastain Park all benefit the Cancer Support Community Atlanta. Race begins and ends at Road Runner Sports, Powers Ferry Square, 3756 Roswell Road, Atlanta. A DJ and post-run treats will follow the race. www.cscatlanta.org

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Smith Plantation’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt 10 – 11 a.m. Children ages 8 and under can bring their own baskets to hunt for candy-filled eggs on the grounds of historic Smith Plantation in Roswell, following a tradition started by young Lizzie Smith more than a century ago. $5 per child. Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. www.archibaldsmithplantation.org “Camelot” at Roswell Cultural Arts Center 8 p.m. Shows continue through April 27. Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents the wildly popular Tony-award winning Broadway musical, “Camelot.” King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table are on their mythic quest for honor and justice, finding love, broken hearts, intrigue and betrayal along the way. Tickets are in the $30 range and can be purchased online at www.get.org. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell.

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Easter Eggstravaganza in Alpharetta 10 a.m. – noon. Bring the whole family to Alpharetta for inflatables, photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera), face painting and fun food vendors. Children’s egg hunts in two age groups: 3 to 6, or 7 and older. North 34 | northsidewoman.com | april2014

Easter Egg Hunt in Johns Creek 10 a.m. Children ages 1-10 hunt for thousands of filled eggs “hidden” on Newtown Park’s athletic fields. Special prize eggs in each age group are part of the fun. Pre-hunt activities include face painting, moonwalk, children’s activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Free. Bring your own basket and camera. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. www.JohnsCreekGA.gov Earth Day Kids Fest 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The whole family can connect with nature in honor of Earth Day through arts and crafts, exhibits and vendors, live music, animal encounters, food truck edibles and canoeing on Beaver Pond. $10 adults, $6 children over 2. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. www.chattnaturecenter.org

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Alive After Five in Roswell 5 – 10 p.m. Come to the best street party in metro Atlanta for live music, outside vendors and extended retail hours, face painting, free trolley and more. Canton Street, downtown Roswell. www.aliveafterfiveroswell.com “Oliver!” at the Cumming Playhouse 8 p.m. Shows continue through April 19. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, this British musical follows young orphan, Oliver Twist, through the dirty back alleys of London, falling in with a tough crowd of pick pockets, before finally finding a loving home. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School Street, Cumming. www.playhousecumming.com

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Alpharetta Farmers Market 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each Saturday through mid-October. Browse homegrown fruits and vegetables from local farms as well as all natural meats, fresh flowers and plants, desserts, raw honey, homemade soaps, sauces and jellies. Downtown Alpharetta, intersection

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5th Annual Milton Earth Day Festival 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. This fun-filled and educational family event will showcase environmental vendors and businesses along with fun crafts, rides, entertainment and food. Free. Friendship Community Park in Crabapple, 12785 Birmingham Highway, Milton.

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“Cirque Razstava” at Milton High School 7:30 p.m. Also April 25-27; May 1-3. Milton Theatre’s incredible Cirque program returns, bringing to life animatronic characters collected for a 1910 traveling exhibition. New acts and apparatus are guaranteed to “wow” guests, taking them into a new-fangled realm somewhere between real and unreal. Shows sell out early! Buy $10 tickets online at www.miltontheatrecompany.com

26 Alpharetta Food Truck Alley 5 – 9 p.m. Every Thursday. Feast on the street every Thursday evening with a variety of six to eight rotating food trucks and live music each week. Old Roswell Street (behind SmokeJack) in downtown Alpharetta. www.awesomealpharetta.com

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Alpharetta Arts StreetFest 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., also on Sunday, April 27. The streets of downtown Alpharetta will be closed as nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. are showcased. Stroll through outdoor galleries filled with fine art, create children’s art and experience live jazz, roots rock, Celtic music, cultural dancing and more. Admission and parking are free. Intersection of Milton Avenue and Main Street. www.awesomealpharetta.com

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5th Annual Drake Walk 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This rain or shine family event follows walking routes of various distances through historic Roswell, followed by a finish line festival with refreshments and family fun, all in support of the Drake House, an emergency housing facility for women and children in crisis. The walk begins in the Roswell United Methodist Church parking lot at the corner of Mimosa Boulevard and Magnolia Street. $15 registration fee, discounts for families and groups. To register, go to www.thedrakewalk.org Down Home Derby in Alpharetta 5 p.m. Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with live horses, Bluegrass music, a blue ribbon hat parade, fabulous food and mint juleps and live and silent auctions at In Your Dreams Farm in Alpharetta during the Down Home Derby, the annual fundraiser for the Children’s Development Association of Georgia, headquartered in Roswell. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at www.cdakids.org/ tickets. In Your Dreams Farm, 17875 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta

Ludwig Symphony Orchestra 7:30 p.m. The 80-piece Ludwig Symphony Orchestra closes out its season with a spectacular concert featuring violinist Hye-Jin-Kim, sensational Syrian/ American pianist Malek Jandali in the premiere of his Theme and Variations, and Olga and Jacob Yampolsky in the Bruch duo for violin/viola. Tickets are $12 - $22. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gwinnettcenter.com

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Bicycle Rides and Races in Roswell 8 a.m. The Roswell Mayor’s Ride, featuring 6-, 20-, 40- and 62-mile options, is suitable for all ages and the perfect way to begin a day of bicycling fun. The routes travel rolling hills and flat sections along the Chattahoochee River and through the city of Roswell. All rides start and finish at Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road. At 10 a.m., the Historic Roswell Criterium, an amateur and professional bicycle race, will take over the streets of Roswell’s historic district. www.bikeroswell.com “Alabama: All American Tour” in Alpharetta 7:30 p.m. The country music and Southern rock band Alabama reeled off 21 straight No. 1 singles — a record that will probably never be equaled in any genre. See the group perform live at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. www.vzamp.com

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Taste of Alpharetta 5 – 10 p.m. The Southeast’s premiere dining festival celebrates its 23rd year with over 50 restaurants serving samples to 50,000 families, foodies and festival-goers. Experience a culinary competition, cooking demos and exhibits at the culinary arts and music stage. Play at the fun zone and party with metro radio stations. Free admission, parking and shuttles. Downtown Alpharetta, 2 South Main St. www.awesomealpharetta.com

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O U R S TA F F

Welcome to

North Fulton Women’s Specialists

Sowmya Reddy, MD Board-Certified OB/GYN

The specialized care you want. The personal attention you deserve.

Sheila V. Garnica, MD Board Certified OB/GYN Certified Menopause Practitioner

OB/GYN SERVICES

IN-OFFICE PROCEDURES

• Preventive Exams and Pap Smears

• Birth Control

• Preconception, Family Planning and Contraception Consults • Prenatal Care and Delivery

(IUD, Nexplanon, Depo Provera) • Treatment for Heavy or Frequent Periods

• Teenage and Adolescent Care

• Investigation of Incontinence

• Menopause/Peri-Menopause Management

• Colposcopy and LEEP

• Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery • Waterbirths

(treatment for abnormal paps) • Ultrasonography

Alexandre K. Eaccarino, DO

To learn more about the services and physicians at North Fulton Women’s Specialists, visit NorthFultonWomensSpecialists.com. Now accepting new patients and most major insurance plans. Same-day appointments available; call (770) 410-4388.

Michele P. Clark, MSN, CNM Certified Nurse-Midwife

www.NorthFultonWomensSpecialists.com

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