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hat better way to show Mom how much you love her on Mother’s Day than with a delectable French pastry? While you are at it, treat her to lunch as well at a delightful new spot in downtown Alpharetta, Collet French Pastry and Café. Getting to the café can be a bit tricky. Located next to the Sabri Guven jewelry store, it faces Haynes Bridge Road, but the only 8 entrance is off Old Milton Parkway. Finding it is worth the effort, however, as you will discover not only authentic French fare, but will enjoy making the acquaintance of a charming new neighbor – owner Catherine Taylor. An elegant woman with a thick French accent, Taylor’s warm, welcoming manner makes the small café feel like home. Collet French Pastry and Café is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Customers begin arriving as the sun rises to grab a warm chocolate croissant for breakfast. Then comes the lunch rush. Later in the afternoon, businessmen, students or groups of mothers with young children arrive to chat over pastries and coffee. Others stop in for a bite after work or to pick up a cake for an evening party. Though the hours are long, Taylor can be found behind the counter all day every day, greeting her regulars by name and getting to know new customers. She loves children and babies, and enjoys speaking with high school students who wish to practice their French. Don’t expect service in a rush. Remember, in France, people like to linger over their meals, talking and savoring 6 | northsidewoman.com | may2014

the atmosphere. That’s just how Taylor likes it. “I want this to be a place where people feel at home and linger for hours. Some people bring their kids here every Sunday afternoon. My customers may be American or from Europe, Japan or Argentina, but they all come to this café because they have some connection to or fond memories of France,” said Taylor. Those who have visited a boulangerie-patisserie in France will recognize many specialties including the croque-monsieur, a grilled ham and Swiss cheese sandwich with béchamel (white sauce). Or the delicious pate en croute, a meat pie with a mixture of pork and veal marinated in white wine and herbs and baked inside puff pastry. Taylor says this recipe hails from the Champagne area of France where her grew up. 9 grandmother Other lunch items include soups, salads, a variety of Panini, light and flaky ham and cheese croissants and quiches containing spinach and goat cheese, chicken and mushroom or ham and cheese, all under $10. Make sure to save room for desserts from the mouthwatering pastry case. Fruit or mousse tarts, chocolate éclairs, macaroons and Viennoiserie (puff pastries) all beckon – almost too pretty to eat. Especially stunning is the beautiful Matignon flourless chocolate cake, which also comes in an individual serving size. Which is Taylor’s favorite? “Pastry goes with your mood, so it changes daily,” she admitted. “But I tend to go for anything with chocolate.” Taylor grew up in northern France, and it was there she opened her first pastry shop with then-husband Francois Collet. After their divorce, Taylor moved with her son to the United States in 1985 to work for worldfamous chef Gaston Lenôtre at a pastry shop in the French

pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. Lenôtre, incidentally, was reportedly the inspiration for the character Gusteau in the 2007 animated film “Ratatouille.” A photo of Lenôtre hangs on the wall in the café. Taylor’s culinary career took her all over the United States, including time spent as an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minnesota and in Georgia. Francois Collet also moved to America and founded a successful wholesale business in the Atlanta area, supplying French pastries to high-end hotels and restaurants. Now, Taylor and Collet have teamed up once more to open Collet French Pastry and Café. Collet supplies the pastries, while Taylor has the fun of finally running her “own little place.” “When I opened my doors in November of 2013, customers were thanking me for bringing a French café to Alpharetta, but I felt like I should be thanking them instead,” she said. “This is a dream come true for me.” ■ Collet French Pastry and Café 2225 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 100 Alpharetta, Ga. 30009 678-770-6066

1. Tempting treats beckon. 2. The café’s interior is small, but cozy. 3. The cafe is next to Sabri Guven jewelry store. 4. From left, chocolate “Marvelous,” Royal silky chocolate cake, white chocolate mousse. 5. Delicious flaky croissants. 6. Croque-monsieur. 7. Spinach and goat cheese quiche 8. Lemon meringue tart. 9. Matignon flourless chocolate cake. ALL PHOTOS BY KATIE VANBRACKLE

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Bringing Fantasy to Life Talented moms create costumes for Milton High’s Cirque shows

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fter taking my family to see Milton High School’s “Cirque Dreyma” last spring, I was blown away by the caliber of the performance. From the technical complexity of the sets to the astounding acrobatic skills, it was every bit as entertaining and creative as professional Cirque shows. Even more impressive is the fact that the staff and students in Milton’s Cirque program (the only public high school Cirque program in the nation) create each show from the ground up – envisioning

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a story and bringing it to life with music, acrobatic routines and fascinating costumes. This year’s “Cirque Razstava,” ending on May 4, features imaginary 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. Working behind the scenes to help make the magic happen is MASK (Milton Actors Support Krew), a talented team of

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Helen Palacio, left, and Sarah Millham work on costumes for “Cirque Razstava.” Sarah Millham’s feathered crows zoomed around the stage on wheeled shoes during “Cirque Dreyma.”

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▼ CIRQUE, Continued from Page 8 parents who donate countless volunteer hours to not only Cirque, but each Milton Theatre show. “Milton Theatre is blessed to have so many folks willing to help out with our productions,” said Director Larry Smith. “Among our team is a group of ladies who work tirelessly to dress the performers in creative costumes. There are hundreds of costumes that have to be gathered, made and decorated – a huge undertaking. They make us look professional.” Three moms from the MASK costuming team shared their thoughts on the unique challenges of designing costumes for Cirque’s high-flying apparatus and surreal fantasy themes.

Melody Oliver I have helped with most Milton Theatre productions for the past five years in one way or another, but this is the first time that I have coordinated all of the costumes for a particular show. “Cirque Razstava” has 20 acts and 50 characters, with around 300 costumes, some quite simple and others more elaborate. We are very fortunate to have some extremely talented designers, and many other moms help with the process by cutting out embellishments, ironing, cleaning, sorting and labeling. Our Cirque shows are unique in that the director writes a script each year, creating a new story based on the equipment he wants to use and the abilities of his students. Each act is analyzed to determine the best type of costume suitable – based on safety and ability to perform the skills in the act, the story line, color variety and availability of materials. Many things are purchased and then embellished as we have very few volunteers who sew. One of our parents sews leotards as part of her business, so she is able to make some custom items for us. One of the biggest challenges is finding a “base” costume for the students. We are fortunate to have several football players and really strong boys, but many ready-made costumes are not suitable or available for boys in such a range of sizes. Also, the intense action that the students are performing might require something specific. In many acts, loose clothing can be dangerous. For me, the best part about being involved with the Cirque program is getting to know the students with whom my child is spending a majority of her time. I feel a real connection to the show because I know each one of the students.

costuming process. Those are the ones I enjoy the most. Sometimes the director has a predetermined vision, and sometimes I can do what I want. Which were my favorites? The crows for “Cirque Dreyma” were really fun to make. I am a biologist by training, so I love to bring some parts of the biological world to the stage. The Fickling creatures created for “Cirque Kuwa” were sort of a cross between a moose and a preying mantis up on stilts. I’m also fond of Blub, the giant orange blob who became a main character in “Cirque Kuwa.” My son Crawford helps me with the creative process; he has a good eye and sense of how costumes need to move in order to both work well on the actor and convey the idea from the script. I do my designing in my basement – with the net off the Ping-Pong table. It makes a great place to spread out. In terms of time, there is never enough. The high school drama schedule is extremely tight and the casts are very large, so it is always a scramble. It takes several people working basically full-time to get the job done from the fall one-act plays through Cirque in the spring. But we have a lot of laughs while working on things. I have made some very good friends working on costumes.

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legs had to be cut off with a sword for every show. It was fun coming up with a way for that to happen, even though I had to make repairs after every show. Nothing like gorilla tape and hot glue to do the job! Working with this team of parents and teachers has been very rewarding. It takes a team of creative people bouncing ideas off of each other to come up with the amazing shows that Milton does. I never thought that crafting Halloween costumes and painting backdrops for the church VBS would have led me to such an exciting experience. ■

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trigger an attack. Aaron’s asthma led to pneumonia six times during the past eight months, landing him in the hospital at least once a month between November and March. Aaron also has Asperger syndrome, making hospital stays even more challenging as he does not like to be touched. The strain is felt on the whole family. While Aaron may have the asthma, Beth said Alex is also dramatically affected. “He feels for his twin and is always worried if and when Aaron will have a flare and if he does, will he stay in the hospital,” she said. After watching Aaron suffer from a particularly bad bout of asthma last November, Alex decided he was tired of feeling helpless. He came to his mother with a determined look on his face. “I want to do something to help Aaron,” he said. “What can we do?” With Beth’s help, Alex researched options online and settled on the Fight for Air Climb, a “vertical road race” sponsored in 65 cities across the country by the American Lung Association (ALA) in which teams and individual climbers raise awareness and funds for important lung disease research and ALA programs. This is the eighth year the vertical challenge has been held in downtown Atlanta, attracting hundreds of participants from across the state. The race is separated into two categories – a general participation event focused on healthy lifestyles and fitness; and teams of firefighters and police officers who make the climb in full gear. Ready to take on the challenge, Beth and Alex formed a team – recruiting Beth’s husband, a cousin and a friend – then began fundraising and physical training. With no 50-story buildings in Alpharetta in which to practice, Beth climbed the steps at Newtown Park 50 times, used the stair master at the gym and did squats at home to strengthen her legs.

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Alex worked on the elliptical machine at home, and climbed up and down on the curb with his buddies in the cul-de-sac. Aaron followed along, taking breaks as needed. The training paid off on the day of the climb, when Beth and Alex both made it all the way to the top of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower – all 1,200 steps – in less than 25 minutes. “We could have been faster, but we stopped for water twice, for bathroom breaks twice, and once to help a woman on the 14th floor who seemed a bit dizzy,” said Beth. “Alex didn’t even seem tired afterward and was running around that night, playing. “Both of my boys are brave fighters in their own way,” she continued. “We always try to maintain a positive outlook with Aaron, such as ‘You have asthma, it doesn’t have you.’ When we need to stay in the hospital, I always tell him at least we get to go home. And Alex has a big heart and has always been good about giving back to others. I spend a lot of time with Aaron due to his health issues, so the climb was something I could do with just Alex – it was our thing.” ■

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Birmingham Falls Elementary moms take proactive stance on food safety By KATIE VANBRACKLE

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ast summer, Megan Bowman and her family were enjoying a picnic at the beach when her middle daughter, Brooke, then nearly 6 years old, took a bite of a cookie containing trace amounts of walnuts. In less than 15 minutes, Brooke’s entire face was swollen shut and she began projectile vomiting. Horrified, Bowman rushed Brooke to the emergency room. Later, the family learned that Brooke, who had been exposed to peanuts her entire life with no adverse effects, was severely allergic to basically all tree nuts. “It’s unsettling because food allergies can be so unpredictable, and every reaction is different,” said Bowman. “And once a child has been diagnosed, subsequent reactions can be much more severe.” The discovery of Brooke’s food allergy came about 10 days before she was due to start kindergarten at Birmingham Falls Elementary (BFE) in Milton. With a heavy heart, Bowman headed for the school nurse’s office at BFE’s open house, only to discover a long line of other parents waiting to deliver EpiPens, insulin medications or 504 papers for pre-approved nurse visits. Comforted to discover that she was not alone, Bowman is now a member of FAST (Food Awareness Safety Team), a newly formed parent committee seeking to educate the school community and support students who deal with food-related medical issues on a daily basis. FAST was the brainchild of three mothers: Meghan Holgerson, Michelle O’Riordan and Adowa Sweet, BFE’s curriculum support teacher, all of whom have children with moderate to severe food allergies. Sweet said that there are currently around 30

FAST committee members, from left, Michelle O’Riordan, Adowa Sweet, Megan Wood, Meghan Holgerson and Megan Bowman.

Birmingham Falls students reporting food allergies, a number that rises each year. “We felt there was a need to be more proactive about school procedures related to food safety,” she said. Principal Wendy Bottoms was supportive of FAST from the start. Bottoms had already instituted changes in the school’s cafeteria, such as training janitors to use new, clean rags when wiping tables between each group of kids and setting up separate tables for students with severe food allergies. Those children are able to invite friends to eat with them, as long as the friends’ lunches are safe. “It’s important to consider the emotional needs of each child in addition to their physical needs,” said O’Riordan. “No child wants to feel isolated or excluded.” One of the first new ideas implemented by FAST was a way to provide safe allergy-free treats for kids on birthdays or school party days. Careful to not add to the workload of BFE staffers, Holgerson organized a ticket system allowing children with allergies to exchange a ticket for a safe cupcake or other treat, provided by FAST and stored in an allergy-free bin in the school cafeteria. “It’s no fun for kids with allergies to have to eat pretzels when everyone else in the classroom is having cupcakes,” said O’Riordan. “Our ticket system allows the kids to take responsibility and advocate for themselves, without feeling ostracized.” FAST also works with the school’s PTA to provide each room parent with a list of safe snacks for classroom treats. By raising awareness of food safety, FAST hopes the road will be a little easier to travel for kids with foodrelated medical issues. Sweet came up with the idea to form a FAST Junior

We don’t want kids to be embarrassed by their food allergies. We want them to own it, rock it – to learn to have confidence and speak up for themselves. Megan Bowman

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committee, made up of students, to allow the children to get to know and support each other. “We don’t want kids to be embarrassed by their food allergies. We want them to own it, rock it – to learn to have confidence and speak up for themselves,” said Bowman. FAST Junior is planning a food drive to collect allergy and diabetes-friendly foods for needy families serviced by North Fulton Community Charities. O’Riordan understands all too well the additional strain felt by families raising kids with food sensitivities. “It’s second nature to me now, but I remember crying all the way home from the allergist’s office when my daughter was first diagnosed. You cope by becoming well educated and finding resources,” she said, adding that FAST’s goal is to be a source of both for BFE kids and parents. “The way you approach things like this is key,” said O’Riordan. “It’s not realistic to expect everyone to ban certain foods. We want to be positive and supportive of teachers and other parents, in the spirit of education.” To learn more about FAST, contact O’Riordan at morior5@bellsouth.net. ■

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here’s something special about hometown friends. Those who have known you since you were “knee-high.” In today’s transient society, it can be a challenge to stay in touch with former neighbors, classmates or BFFs. Facebook and phone calls are fine, but every now and then, a girls’ trip is in order – a weekend retreat with plenty of time to relax and unwind together, catching up on what’s new and revisiting old times. This spring, I headed to the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., for a girls’ weekend with two longtime friends, Linda Gay and Meg Evans, a mother-daughter duo whom I had not seen face-to-face in far too long. They drove west from Augusta, while I headed south from North Fulton. We arrived at the Lodge within minutes of each other and a noisy greeting commenced, with lots of hugs, whoops, grins and more hugs. A lady unloading luggage from the car behind us called out, “I don’t know who y’all are, but you’re making me happy just watching you.” Meg and I had visited Callaway Gardens before, but it was Linda’s first trip to this west Georgia treasure – a 2,500-acre public garden opened in 1952 by Cason J. Callaway and his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway, who envisioned their public garden as “a place where man and nature could abide together for the good of both.” Spring is, in my opinion, the prettiest time to visit Callaway Gardens, when more than 20,000 native and cultivated azaleas are in full bloom, adding stunning displays of color to every walkway and trail. Years ago, I brought my two young sons to Callaway during their spring break. We spent hours

on the 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail, only stopping for ice cream breaks. But Linda, Meg and I had no intention of breaking a sweat on this girls’ trip – unless it was in a hot tub or sauna. Luckily, the Lodge and Spa had both. After staying up late into the night, laughing and swapping stories in our jammies, it was tempting to sleep in, but we opted to get an early start with a visit to Spa Prunifolia, one of the reasons the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens was added to Marriott’s exclusive Autograph Collection of hotels. Designed to reflect the Lodge’s beautiful woodland setting, Spa Prunifolia’s décor is all about nature – wood, stone, water and soothing earth tones. Everything was thoughtfully prepared to ensure a relaxing, comfortable visit. Peaceful music, soft white robes, carafes of lemon-lime-infused water and a fireside lounge set the mood. Spa therapist Michelle Pierce worked magic during my 50-minute Swedish massage, using an aromatherapy oil made from natural herbs to help loosen up the perpetual knots in my shoulders. Although it was tempting to stay in the spa all day, we decided to head out and explore the gardens. The Lodge and Spa allows you to order picnics to go, which are delivered to your room at a time of your choosing. Our basket included grilled, free range chicken sandwiches, black-eyed pea hummus and pita crisps, fresh sliced fruit and a keepsake picnic blanket bearing the Lodge and Spa logo. After a delicious picnic on the grass, we pulled out our brochures to plan the afternoon. Callaway Gardens offers something for all ages and interests, making it a great spot for multi-generational family gatherings. Adventurous types can enjoy golf, zip lines and water sports while others enjoy scenic nature trails or classes and workshops centered on art or gardening.

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5) Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. 6) John A. Sibley Horticultural Center. 7) Orchids thrive in a Callaway Gardens greenhouse. 8) Juniper, a great-horned owl. 9) Linda Gay and Meg Evans meet Tilden and his keeper during an afternoon Hawk Walk.

8 Special events are held throughout the year, with May bringing the annual Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament on Robin Lake, as well as the kickoff of a summer concert series and the FSU Flying High Circus. Other popular events include the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival in late August, the Steeplechase in November and December’s famous Fantasy in Lights, named one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler. With no kids or husbands in tow, Linda, Meg and I could take our time and do as we pleased. For us, that meant indulging in our favorite hobby of photography. Zoom lenses in hand, we had a wide array of scenic spots from which to choose, such as the Day Butterfly Center and the beautiful Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl. In the afternoon, we joined a Hawk Walk led by staff naturalists and featuring Tilden, a gorgeous red-tailed hawk. Tilden, who came to Callaway after sustaining a gunshot wound, is one of many birds – all unable to be released into the wild for various reasons

– that are used in educational Birds of Prey programs at Callaway, helping educate visitors about man’s impact on raptors and other forms of wildlife. Tilden freely soared overhead through the tree canopy along Rhododendron Trail, returning frequently to his keeper’s glove. It was fascinating to closely observe his steep vertical dive, natural camouflage and maneuverability, all in his natural habitat. Later, during a Birds of Prey show, we were treated to more up close and personal fly-bys from some of Tilden’s friends – Rohmann, a Harris hawk, Vinnie the black vulture, Willow the barred owl and Juniper, a great horned owl. And when I say close, I mean very close. It was both thrilling and unnerving to see Juniper’s widespread wings and unblinking yellow eyes coming at me full speed, before silently swooping up at the very last second to brush my head with her tail feathers. The rest of our wildlife encounters that day were of a less dramatic nature, but still delightful. On the peaceful nature trails, the only sounds were birdsong and the wind blowing through the tall pines. Until

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If mama ain’t happy… Small daily changes to keep busy mothers healthy and smiling

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et’s face it; being a mother is no walk in the park. Mothers are designed to nurture and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But in doing that, we often push our needs aside, and ultimately, that’s not good for anyone. As the saying goes, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” And there is a lot of truth to that. The stress of being a mother takes its toll on women emotionally and physically. We use all of our emotions on our families, leaving us drained and exhausted only to collapse into bed at night so we can repeat

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it all again the very next day. The American Heart Association states that more than eight million women in the U.S. have heart disease and for those under the age of 50, heart attacks are twice as likely to be fatal. Mothers hold the weight of our personal worlds on our shoulders and if we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, those worlds can come crashing down. Yes, we have that monumental burden of that kind of power, too. But how we feel truly does impact everyone around us, so don’t we actually have an obligation to our families to take care of ourselves, too? Yes, we do. A few simple adjustments can do us a world of good emotionally and physically and can literally add years to our lives – giving us more time with the people we love. But how do we find a balance between caring for our families and caring for ourselves? We make small changes daily. We take a few minutes to relax. We fix ourselves something healthy to eat while we feed our kids peanut butter

and jelly, and if necessary, bring our meal with us while we taxi our kids all over town. We turn off the computer, the TV or the iPad and instead get on the treadmill or the elliptical, or go outside for a run. Instead of hitting the park twice a week with the kids, we swap a day to take them for a bike ride or a hike in the woods. We trade that mocha frappe for a nonfat, sugar free latte. We walk the field during our kid’s practices. We sleep because the laundry can wait another day. We journal. We talk to friends. We constantly remind ourselves that

we are the glue that keeps our families together and we want to be around to reap the rewards of seeing our grandchildren. We tell our kids, our husbands, our family and our friends that we need some time alone and let them know that ultimately, it’s better for everyone – because it is. ■

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The Color of Water A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother By James McBride As a dark-skinned boy in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his light-skinned mother was different. When he asked if he was black or white, she replied, “You’re a human being. Educate yourself or you’ll be a nobody!” And when James asked what color God was, she said simply, “God is the color of water.” This novel is James’ tribute to his spirited, remarkable mother, a rabbi’s daughter born in Poland and raised in the South who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church and put 12 children through college.

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Letter to My Daughter By Maya Angelou “I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters,” says Angelou, who uses this collection of poems, essays and musings to inspire women everywhere with hard-learned lessons and valuable insights from her long life. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them,” she says, while frankly recounting difficult episodes from her past. “Be certain that you do not die without doing something wonderful for humanity.” Fans of We wa Share nt to hear fro Angelou’s lyrical voice will appreciate this favorite your group’s s m you! to bo collection of life lessons from one of the great through oks with fellowry and N voices of contemporary literature. ■ She Rea orthside Womreaders d a

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Alpharetta and has been pursuing her goals on gender perspective ever since. Part of those goals includes Almstrom’s collaboration with the Computer Museum of America (COMA) in Roswell. With a master’s degree in ethnology, Almstrom has accomplished the coordination of the Apple Pop Up Museum in Roswell, which has led to her next exhibit, LINK: Personal Computing from Switches to Pockets. Working with the masterful artifacts from the Agneta and Lonnie Mimms collection, Almstrom strives to display the fact that women are, and young girls can be, just as successful in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as men. When the most recent Apple Pop Up Museum went on display, Almstrom saw a gap among women in technology. “Not one single woman was able to speak on women in technology,” she said. “The response I got was that there were no women who stood out in technology.” On May 3 and 4, however, this fact will change, as the LINK exhibit will employ exactly 50 percent female and 50 percent male employees to engage museum attendees. “I think the most important thing for young girls to see is [female] role models, to see that accomplishing groundbreaking things is attainable, along with highlighting women in the technological field,” Almstrom said.

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Technology is a male-dominated field, and Almstrom endeavors to discover why. “So few women graduate in computer engineering or technological fields,” Almstrom said. “It’s a tragic loss.” In her hometown in Sweden, Almstrom taught about the importance of gender perspective and how it is a concept that shapes our entire lives. “Observing in classes helps us see gender stereotypes,” she said. As a mother, Almstrom strives to set an example for her own children through the goals she accomplishes. “You work so hard to empower [your children]. You have to understand that the community raises them as well,” Almstrom said. As a result, Almstrom hopes that her newest exhibit will become a powerful source of perspective and knowledge on technology and how it shapes our lives; moreover, that the exhibit will display the stronghold North Fulton has carved into the technological field. In fact, thanks to the efforts of Roswell Next and COMA, North Fulton has an even bigger and brighter future in the world of technology. “[North Fulton] is an area of history for tech companies,” Almstrom said. “A lot of interesting inventions and creations have been born here.” The efforts with COMA will lead to the North Fulton Technology Center, which will focus on education, training, interaction and many other endeavors. “With the Technology Center, we want to create a space where Maker Labs will be available, seminars will be held and innovations can be created,” she said. “And most important of all, we want to create a place for curiosity to awaken where our collection will be

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displayed.” Ultimately, North Fulton’s technological destiny falls to its children – but young minds do not mold themselves. “There are a lot of great educators in North Fulton who are passionate about coding, programming, engineering and graphic design, and we want the Technology Center Thereze Almstrom’s daughter Olivia works on a new computer to be a hub for them and their exhibit. students,” said Almstrom. With the Technology Center, the children of springboard into careers they may have never North Fulton will have a location that can help them imagined. ■

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o all moms-to-be out there, congratulations! During this time, your skin is glowing, your hair is lush and shiny and your body is blossoming. Even if you look wonderful, however, you may not feel wonderful. Never fear – it is still possible to dress your best and “on trend” in maternity clothes. Because it has been a while since I wore maternity clothes (think stirrup pants and swing coats), I asked my picture-perfect pregnant friend Lisa Calloway for her tips and tricks for looking her personal best while pregnant. She is expecting her third child (finally, a girl!), works part-time in a doctor’s office and has seen styles come and go in the six years since she and her husband started their family.

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check out www.isabellaoliver.com. They mix and match items in neutral colors for maximum use.

Did you know H&M, J. Crew and Loft all have maternity wear? Some of your favorite brands of jeans also have a maternity line: Big Star, Joe’s, Citizens for Humanity and Hudson to name a few. Please remember that when investing in a pair of expensive designer maternity jeans, choose a classic cut. Boot cut is out, so if you wore these during your last pregnancy, it’s time to update with a pair of skinny ankle-length jeans.

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Firm foundations: Your body will start to change in other areas before your bump starts to show. Time to buy a new bra that will fit and support your bust. Your overall silhouette is improved and your back will thank you.

Must-have: The most important item every pregnant woman should have is a go-to dark colored stretchy dress with short sleeves. You can wear it during your winter pregnancy with boots and a jacket or with a pair of sandals during your summer pregnancy. It will grow with you and will effortlessly cover your post-pregnancy bod.

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Final note: Even when you don’t feel like shopping for your bump, accessories always fit and are a great way to add new life to your maternity wear basics. It’s amazing how great a new pair of earrings can make you feel. ■

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In an effort to keep our dogs happy, owners give them anything from rawhides and rubber toys to antlers and Nyla bones. Many dogs love to chew on any, or all, of the above, but many of these products are not always good, or safe, for them. Dogs enjoy chewing different textures. For them, it’s a therapeutic activity that makes them happy. Dogs with access to chew toys will be more likely to stay away from other things not meant to be chew toys, such as shoes. Just as important, the right chew toy and/or rawhide will help maintain cleaner teeth. So the big question is…which are the safest materials for my dog to chew on? It comes down to “if it’s harder than a tooth, it can fracture a tooth.” Many dogs eat antlers and bones, but the fact is, these hard materials have the

potential of fracturing teeth. A few good options that most dogs enjoy chewing on are Kongs, certain types of rawhides and tartar control chews. The Kong is a hollow, rubber toy that is shaped like a beehive. Kongs are available in different sizes and colors. These toys are safe because they are made out of rubber. In addition, they are a good tool to use for those dogs that suffer from separation anxiety. When you place a treat inside the Kong or fill it with peanut butter, your dog becomes distracted. This gives you the opportunity to leave home without your pet becoming as stressed about your absence. Rawhides come in many different shapes and sizes. Not all raw hides are well tolerated by all dogs. Some dogs may develop gastric upset from eating certain raw hides. C.E.T. chew is a brand of rawhide made with enzymes that help clean their teeth. C.E.T. stands for Clean Every Tooth and is available through your veterinarian. Tartar control treats are another good option for dogs to chew on

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history,” said Hukle, who has found more than 400 of her own ancestors. Hukle thinks about her ancestors every day and how they coped with life. “Early this season, a critter got into my garden and ate my early spring plants. I was sad, but not devastated because I knew I could go to the grocery store and buy the vegetables. I wondered how my ancestors had coped in similar situations,” she said. The knowledge of where she comes from grounds her. “My vacuum cleaner died,” she said. “Instead of replacing it with a new one, I decided to do what I knew my ancestors did. Now, I take my rugs outside and beat the dust out of them.” A native New Yorker who attended North Georgia College and married a

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Genealogy is a free hobby that blesses you. You don’t know where you’re going if you don’t knowwhere you came from. Kathleen Hukle Southern boy (she has researched his ancestors too), Hukle now volunteers at the local Family History Library at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 500 Norcross St. in Roswell. The library is open to the public and has access to billions of records from different databases. Fold3.com, geni.com, treeseek.com, findmyheritage.com, ancestry.com and Familysearch.org are just a few. Hukle says most of these websites have free access that you can enjoy from your laptop at home, but at the Family History Library, you can access the paid membership side of these websites free of charge, giving you more in-depth information about your family records. Hukle remembers ordering microfiche and waiting for it to arrive at the public library, or spending time driving to different courthouses in search of marriage certificates of deceased family members. Now with the ease of the Internet and the extensive databases at the Family History Library, researching family history has become much easier. You can keep family records online to share with other family members. She loves the ability to share what she has found with her extended family. “If you had one precious photograph of an ancestor, how would you share it with others?” she asked. “Who gets to keep it or inherit it? Now, you can post precious pictures and stories of your ancestors for your far-away cousins to

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Where will your car take you this summer? Not only is it part of your daily routine (work, shopping, soccer games, ballet, etc….) but it will probably take you out to dinner, the mountains or maybe even the beach for the weekend. All of those miles in the summer heat will take a toll on your car. The best way to make sure your car is ready for trouble free driving for all of your summer fun is a complete inspection and a little preventative maintenance. The inspection should include the following:

Battery:

Verify the battery still has enough reserve power to start on a hot day. The battery terminals should also be checked for signs of corrosion and cleaned/ treated or replaced as necessary.

Belts and Hoses:

All belts and hoses should be checked for cracking, splitting, brittle areas, soft spots or leaking. Hoses typically fail from the inside, so it is critical that a qualified technician performs the inspection. You can’t always tell the internal condition of a hose by just looking. If a belt or hose fails while you’re driving it could leave you stranded, or even worse, cause expensive engine damage.

Brakes:

Sure it’s important that your car runs down the road, but it’s even more important that it stops properly. A complete brake inspection would start with a test drive while listening and feeling for any unusual sounds or pulsations or pulling to one side while braking. Once in the shop, the technician will remove the wheels

to verify the condition of the brake pads and/or shoes as well as all of the other brake components and hardware. The drums and/or rotors should also be measured and compared to the specification for your car.

Fluids:

The fluids are the lifeblood of your car. Fluids should be replaced based on the manufacturer’s schedule, or when proper testing methods determine that the fluid is at the end of it’s useful life. The typical fluids in your car to be checked may be: Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Differential Fluid and Coolant.

Filters:

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Lights/Wiperblades:

Be ready for that “Dark and Stormy” night by making sure all lights are working properly, and you have a fresh set of wiperblades.

Tires:

Tires need to be inspected for punctures and abrasions as well as the amount of tread remaining and any abnormal wear patterns. Always keep tires inflated to the recommended PSI.

Shocks/Struts:

The shocks and struts have two main jobs. The first is to provide a smooth comfortable ride on all types of roads. The second is to keep the tires firmly on the road for proper braking and handling.

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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

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Atlanta Author Series in Roswell: Kevin Horgan 5 p.m. Friends of the Roswell Library are hosting Atlanta author series presenter Kevin Horgan, author of “The March of the 18th,” the true story of an invalid regiment serving behind the lines during the Civil War and the difference they made. The author donates 50 percent of royalties to charities for wounded veterans. Free and open to the public. Community room at Roswell Public Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell. www.forl.net

MAY Roswell Women’s Club Political Forum 7 p.m. The Roswell Women’s Club political forum will feature four candidates running for the Roswell municipal judge seat, along with candidates running for the new Fulton County Commission District 2 and District 7 (countywide). These candidates will be on the ballot for the May 20 Fulton County general primary and special election. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St. For more information and to submit questions for the political forum, visit

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Shakespeare on the Lawn at Barrington Hall 8 p.m. Shows continue Friday and Saturday nights through May 17 with a Mother’s Day show at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. The North Fulton Drama Club presents William Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” General admission is free with a suggested donation of $5. Reserve table seating or bring a picnic and lawn chairs. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. www.northfultondramaclub.org

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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 of North Main Street and Milton Avenue. www.alpharettafarmersmarket.com

Mother’s Day Tea for ages 6-10 at Harry’s Whole Foods Market 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kids work together to prepare a festive menu for Mom, including traditional afternoon tea items. Mothers are invited to come for tea at 4 p.m. to be treated to an assortment of savory and sweet fare along with hot tea. One guest per student only. $39. Harry’s Whole Foods Market Salud! Cooking School, 1180 Upper Hembree Road, Alpharetta. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ events?store+6462 Mother’s Day Open House in Historic Roswell Homes Bring a canned food donation to benefit the North Fulton Food Bank and enjoy free admission to the Southern Trilogy historic sites in Roswell: Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation House. www.southerntrilogy.com 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 Alive After Five in Roswell 5 – 9 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. Held the third Thursday each month, April through October. Canton Street, downtown Roswell. www.aliveafterfiveroswell.com

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Stand-up paddle boarding Chattahoochee Nature Center 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.; 2 – 3 p.m., or 4 – 5 p.m. CNC is offering stand-up paddle boarding through Walk on Water Adventures. This exciting class is perfect for those curious to try paddle boarding for the first time and for those with experience. Paddle board, paddle and PDF provided. Ages 12 to adult; $20 general public/$15 CNC members. Advance registration required. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. www.chattnaturecenter.org

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Roswell Remembers: Memorial Day 11 a.m. Pay tribute to America’s fallen heroes at a Memorial Day ceremony held in the Memorial Gardens at Roswell City Hall, complete with honor guard, color guard, guest speakers, military tributes and patriotic music. Afterward, picnic on the grounds or enjoy barbecue available on site. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St. www.roswellmemorialday.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 Birds On a Wire Moms/Atlanta Braves Golf Tournament 7 a.m. Birds On a Wire Moms Ministry will partner with the Atlanta Braves to host its first golf tournament at Bear’s Best Golf Course in Suwanee. Each foursome will be paired with a current or retired Braves player. The tournament will be followed up with a dinner and auction to benefit the ministry. Bear’s Best Golf Course, 5342 Aldeburgh Drive, Suwanee. www.birdsonawiremoms.com

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GaMoviesInThePark Alpharetta Art in the Park 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. On the last full weekend each month from April to October, look for artists at work creating masterpieces right before your eyes at an outdoor market in Old Milton Park, 35 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. Combine this event with the Alpharetta Farmers Market to create a fun-filled day. www.gallery35.com

7 Colors Festival of Arts in Roswell 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Also on Sunday, May 11. Celebrate the arts and find a special gift for your mom on Mother’s Day at the Colors Festival of Arts, presented by the Roswell Junior Women’s Club. Artists from the Southeast present a dazzling and colorful array of fine arts and original crafts. Also children’s activities, music and performing arts and a selection of food vendors. Historic Town Square, Roswell. www.visitroswellga.com

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Free movie at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre: “Frozen” 8:30 p.m. Sing along to “Let it Go” and other songs from the popular animated movie “Frozen” at Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park event at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Free admission. Concessions will be open and face painters will be on hand when doors open at 7 p.m. More info: www.Facebook.com

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Forsyth Master Gardeners Garden Tour 9 am. – 5 p.m. The Forsyth Master Gardeners present a Garden Tour every other year, showcasing private grounds with a variety of garden designs and plants. Seven gardens will be featured in this year’s tour, including the gardens at Cumming Elementary. Tickets can be purchased in advance and are $15 if purchased before June 5, and $20 on tour day. For information, call 770-887-2418 or visit http://fcmg.sharepoint.com Alpharetta Brew Moon Summerfest 6:30 – 11 p.m. Gather your friends and celebrate summer with beer, wine and delicious food from some of Alpharetta’s best restaurants. Part of downtown will open for one big street party. Table of eight is $130 and individual tickets are $10. Tickets available in advance and at the event. 35 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. www.awesomealpharetta.com

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