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It’s a happy day, like medicine for my soul, when my friends Robin and Duane Marcus invite me over for dinner. They’re some of my favorite people and they grow everything right there on The Funny Farm, where they also teach classes on organic garden and sustainable living. At dinner last month, everything was fresh from their garden. It was all loaded with flavor, texture and colors. Really large figs were topped with goat cheese and roasted. After multiple courses, we finished with a chilled, creamy dessert of blueberries and peaches mixed with Greek yogurt, cinnamon and cardamom and topped with walnuts. Since I’m in a cancerpreventing state of mind, I also knew most of these ingredients are immune boosting. To drink, Robin made shrub (you’ve heard of the plant, but have you heard of the drink?). Shrub is made from pickling liquids and, in this case, it was the syrupy liquid from pickled peaches. To make: pour 1 part pickling juice and 2 parts seltzer, (add a jigger of rum or vodka for a kick). The sugar, spices and vinegar from the pickled peaches give the drink a lovely earthy taste. You may know Robin and Duane from the Decatur Farmers Market where every Wednesday and Saturday they’re wielding yellow squash, heirloom zucchini, arugula, green beans, dandelion greens, beets, dill, basil, mint flowers, fresh batches of peach jam, pickled peaches and such. You can also find them online with their blog (happyfood-funnyfarm.blogspot.com) and on Facebook. If you’re dreaming of making your own farm-fresh meal, there are plenty of recipes in this issue. With peaches plentiful, there’s a recipe from the Abattoir executive chef on page 34. And, in honor of healthy cooking and produce from our local farmers markets, Chef Nancy Waldeck offers recipes on page 31. And, don’t miss the summer wine picks from 3 Parks on page 35. Time to dig in!

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IN the Neighborhood Letter from the Editor Transit Vote Tax referendum set for July 31 FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

Collin Kelley

I spent 13 days in London last month and, except for two occasions, used public transportation every single day. The Underground subway, city bus service and rail networks go everywhere and, for the most part, are fast and efficient. The majority of my friends in England do not own cars – there’s no need for them because of good transport links. Atlanta and the metro region could learn so much from how London operates its transit systems. At this writing, the July 31 vote on the 1-cent sales tax referendum hangs in the balance. While support for the initiative is strong in the city, the outlying counties are signaling they will vote against any

additional taxation. That’s a shame. MARTA’s rail and bus system needs to be expanded, the city desperately needs a train system that runs from the core to the burbs and there is also a need for fast rail links to other parts of the state and the region. I know, I know – America is obsessed with their cars, but you don’t realize how unnecessary they are until you visit an urban area that has made them obsolete. Coming home from London and having to get back in my car felt like a step backwards. You can read an overview of the transportation referendum written by Han Vance that begins on this page. Many, many thanks to publisher Wendy Binns who stepped in while I was away to make the July edition of INtown happen. And thanks to our contributors who got their stories and photos in early to accommodate my trip abroad. Have a great July 4th! collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

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At the time of the primary vote on July 31, the citizens of the 10-county greater metro Atlanta region will vote on whether or not to approve a 1-cent per dollar sales tax to fund transportation projects. If approved by voters, more than $7 billion would be allocated over a 10-year period to a project list that includes road improvements and new transit options. The referendum would monetarily surpass any recent transportation investment in the region. Formerly identified as the T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax), the referendum was rebranded as the Transportation Initiative or Transportation Investment Act (TIA). A multi-million dollar marketing campaign entrusted to

Republican governor election strategy specialist Paul Bennecke was implemented and is still underway, as the day of the big vote approaches. A collection of leaders, including prominent members of both predominant political parties, had worked together to create an initial proposed project list. That original project list was then whittled down over a sometimes contentious period of political give-and-take that saw plans for suburban rail scrapped in favor of additional road funding. Primarily in the name of economic progress and in a concerted effort to somewhat rebuke the existing national reputation that Georgia’s leadership always opposes Atlanta’s leadership, compromises were reached on the final project list. Pragmatism toward common progress seemed to be the order of the day.

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Critics of the referendum had already loudly voiced objections to any new funding for transportation projects, especially in the form of a tax. When the final project list was released, new critics immediately emerged. Neither the pro-transit people nor the no transit funding people got exactly what they wanted, as a near even split of funding for roads and transit was eventually agreed upon. Among the projects that would be in the transit realm is $600 million for transit projects along the Atlanta BeltLine, with a modern streetcar running down North Avenue that would tie the east and west sides of the BeltLine together. An additional $600 million would go to repairs of MARTA: the largest transit system in America that does not receive any state funding. Research leader Emory University would be linked to the transit oriented development at Lindbergh City Center via newly constructed rail line.

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Independence Day activities abound around Intown encouraged to take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day. Many restaurants and bars will be open along the route to watch the race, so check with your favorite watering hole. The Atlanta Symphony July 4th All-American Celebration will be held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park at 8 p.m. The evening will include Tony Award-winning Broadway vocalist Debbie Gravitte, the US Army Chorus, and post-concert fireworks. Tickets are $35 for a table, $25 for a reserved seat or $15 for lawn seating. atlantasymphony.org

By Debra Bryant The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, which might be a bummer for those who like long holiday weekends. But if you have the day off and are looking to celebrate America’s 236 birthday, there will be plenty of parades, fireworks and other events. The Peachtree Road Race officially kicks off the holiday early in the morning. The race starts at Lenox Square and makes its ways down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:45 a.m. and the foot race at 7:30 a.m. Spectators are strongly

Lenox Square Mall’s 4th of July Celebration will kick off festivities at 6 p.m. with musical entertainment and wrap up with the giant fireworks display around 9:40 p.m. Activities are planned for the entire family, including games for children, musical entertainment, and food concession. Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors take the stage at 6 p.m. followed by Party on the Moon at 7:30 p.m. Because the parking lot at Lenox is utilized for the event, organizers are encouraging attendees to take MARTA. Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration

begins at 6 p.m. with a free concert, food vendors and a huge fireworks display synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music at 9:30 p.m. MARTA transportation is strongly recommended. Festivities are planned rain or shine. centennialpark.com Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks winds through downtown Decatur with neighborhoods and organizations participating by pulling decorated wagons, riding their bikes, or skating in the procession. The parade line up is at the First Baptist Church of Decatur at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 6 p.m., and end at the Community Bandstand on the square with a concert featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m. visitdecaturgeorgia.com If you’d prefer to spend your holiday watching baseball, the Atlanta Braves will play the Chicago Cubs, followed by the 4th of July All-American Fireworks Spectacular at Turner Field. The game begins at 7:10 p.m. braves.com The Georgia Aquarium – Red White and Brew, A July

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4th Beer Fest begins at 7 p.m. with beer, food, and live music on the Aquarium’s massive parking deck rooftop with the city’s best views of the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks show. This event is for ages 21 and up only. Tickets are $45 and benefit the Aquarium’s education initiative. georgiaaquarium.org

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MARKET Buckhead and W Buckhead will host the second annual Fourth Fest with music, food and fireworks on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4. The two-day celebration will also support Operation Homefront Georgia, as $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of military members and wounded warriors and their families. Tickets range from $20-40. marketbuckhead.com

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Stone Mountain’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration marks 45 years with the Lasershow Spectacular and fireworks on the Memorial Lawn on July 3-4 starting at 9:30 p.m. There will also be live entertainment and visitors are encouraged to come early to experience the new Geyser Towers and Sky Hike attractions. Park attractions will open at 10:30 a.m. both days, but keep in mind that Fourth of July crowds are usually big and gates may be closed early once parking capacity is reached. Vehicle entry: $10. stonemountainpark.com.

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KEEP IT INTOWN {OAKHURST} We asked local lawyer and Oakhurst resident R. Kyle Williams to talk about his favorite restaurants, places to shop and upcoming events in Oakhurst. Here’s what he told us.

Why I Love Oakhurst

Oakhurst (oakhurstga.org) in south Decatur is a walkable close-knit neighborhood of friendly front porch visits, playgrounds and dog parks, thriving local businesses, and some of the best festivals and events in Decatur. Oakhurst is a diverse community of past and present, shaded streets and sidewalks, and neighborhood churches and schools. Our neighborhood is home to amazing community organizations such as the Wylde Center at the Oakhurst Community Garden (oakhurstgarden. org) and the Community Center of South Decatur (thesolarium.com). My Oakhurst neighborhood is an invitingly warm, fun, and thriving community to call home.

Where to Eat

You will never starve or go thirsty in Oakhurst. You can enjoy a great slice of pizza at Avellino’s (avellinospizzeria.com), a burger at Universal Joint (ujointbar. com), hand-rolled tamales at Mezcalito’s Cantina (mezcalitoscantina.com), a pint at Steinbeck’s (steinbecksbar.com), and end with a donut at Revolution Doughnuts (facebook.com/RevolutionDoughnuts) or a yummy cupcake from Sugar Moon Bake Shop (sugarmoonbakeshop.com).

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Jazz Nights at Scottish Rite (oakhurstjazznights.com) kicks off in September with live music on the grounds of The Solarium at Old Scottish Rite (thesolarium.com). Oakhurst hosts the 12th annual BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival (decaturbbqfestival.com) on Aug. 28 from 4 to 10 p.m. in Harmony Park offering great barbecue, cold beer, Avellino’s and live music. Harmony Park will also host the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival (oakhurstartsandmusicfestival.com) on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. offering a 5K run, artist market, and live music.

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Bohemian Playground Paris on Ponce brings French whimsy to Midtown By Alana Adams When I discovered Paris on Ponce a few years ago, it was love at first sight. There aren’t many antique and thrift stores where I come from in Maryland, and when I do find them they certainly don’t look like this. Located in a sprawling 46,000 square foot space on a hill just off Ponce de Leon Avenue, this unique complex has become a destination for antique lovers, artists and performers since it opened 15 years ago. The first time I walked into Paris on Ponce I felt like I was walking into the Moulin Rouge or what co-owner Nicolette Valdespino likes to call a “bohemian playground.” The stairs creaked as I stepped

down into the front room with its dark red walls lined with antiques and knickknacks. I found jewelry, old cameras, arcade machines, a 1960’s baby stroller and stoves. I felt like I’d been transported to a quaint old shop on the Left Bank. As I continued to explore, I came across Le Maison, their Paris-themed event space. The tourist inside of me jumped out as I posed for pictures with a cheesy grin and a thumb up next to the mannequins dressed in a showgirl costume. Beyond these front rooms is Paris on Ponce POP Marché, which features almost 30 separate vendors with their own aesthetic and wares to sell. For example, Bash Modern is a trip back to the Mad Men era with typewriters, mustard colored couches,

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chairs with a sense of minimalism, lamps and photographs. Another boutique at POP Marché is Terrarium, which makes unique jewelry featuring miniature terrariums inside. I made sure to take home a terrarium necklace with me. Among the vendors is a Delta flight attendant, who brings back her items from the different places she visits on a regular basis. POP Marché also has a lighting design center where you can have a customized chandelier made out of any dining set you have. Valdespino said more changes are in store for Paris on Ponce, including the opening of a café and the much-anticipated opening of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, which runs directly behind the shop. “Paris on Ponce is all about fostering a community and a good time,” says Valdespino. “Come by and see what we have to offer.” Paris on Ponce is located at 716 Ponce

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A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell

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July 1, 1929: Chief William “Bill” Cody celebrated his golden aniversary with the Atlanta Fire Department. He joined the Mechanic Fire Company No. 2, as a volunteer shortly after his 1876 arrival. Elected Chief Engineer of the Atlanta Fire Department on July 15, 1915, he continued to serve until his 1929 death. Cody strongly favored an anti-shingle ordinance several years before Atlanta’s Great Fire, which occurred on May 21, 1917. As early as 1913, he supported two city council members when they proposed an ordinance against the wooden-shingles and revealed 34 percent of the city’s fires were caused by sparks from shingled roofs. Cody invited New York’s fire prevention expert, former Deputy Fire Chief William Guerin to a meeting of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He showed findings on Atlanta’s inadequate anti-wooden shingle ordinance and said, “It’s not strong enough.” Atlanta’s Great Fire resulted in the burning of 300 acres – 72 blocks – and destroyed a total of 1,938 structures. Records showed that 1,682 structures were covered with wood shingle roofs. When Cody died in November of 1929 thousands mourned the loss at the North Avenue Presbyterian Church and his burial site at Westview Cemetery. July 6, 1931: The will of Fanny Rebecca Haralson Gordon, left, was probated in Atlanta. She was the widow of former Georgia Governor and Confederate General John Brown Gordon. Her heirs included her two living children, a sister and grandson. The LaGrange native, born on Sept. 18, 1837, was the daughter of Caroline Lewis and U.S. Senator Hugh Anderson Haralson. On her 17th birthday in 1854, she married John; he was 22. Fanny accompanied her soldier boy throughout the Civil War. He credited his recovery from wounds received at

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Sharpsburg/Antietam to her being at his bedside. In 1868, as president of Atlanta’s Ladies Memorial Association (ALMA) she fundraised for a Confederate memorial monument. Fanny was off to Washington, D.C. in 1873, when John Gordon became a United States Senator. The family, which had six children, lived at Sutherland in what was then agrarian Kirkwood. As wife of Georgia’s Governor – 1886 to 1889 – she welcomed President Grover and First Lady Frances Cleveland to the Peachtree executive mansion during the 1887 Exposition at Piedmont Park. Her last official appearance was the dedication of the new State Capital on July 4, 1889. Fanny’s energy also focused on the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church’s mission school created to instruct African American children in the factory district. After John’s 1904 demise, Sutherland sold at auction to Sutherland Terrace developers. Fanny died April 20, 1931. The couple’s burial site –a 1904 gift from ALMA – is in Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. July 18, 1895: Ivy Hall, left, on Ponce De Leon Avenue was the site of the first meeting of the Atlanta Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was the new home of Helen Wimberly and Edward Conyngham Peters. The organization’s first president was Caroline Helen Jemison Plane, a resident of Atlanta since 1874 and the aunt of Mrs. Peters. Today the Savannah College of Art and Design owns the award winning Ivy Hall at 179 Ponce de Leon Avenue. July 20, 1944: While many young Atlantan men and women were involved in Europe and in the Pacific during World War II, the city paused to honor the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Peachtree Creek. Atlanta Historical Society President Henry A. Alexander unveiled the handsome white marble monument in Buckhead in front of Piedmont Hospital that still marks the memory of 1,710 Union and 4,796 Confederate soldiers who died in Atlanta on this Wednesday in 1864.

Buckhead to get new signs Visitors navigating the city will get a little help from new signs similar to Midtown and Downtown’s wayfinding signage. About 10 years ago, Central Atlanta Progress started the initiative of unifying and standardizing visitor directional signs. with the goal of a cohesive look and to unify the Atlanta markets. The Buckhead Community Improvement District will undertake the extension of the program into its community with the first nine signs paid for with a partnership grant of $55,000 from the Buckhead Coalition. The first nine signs will include directions to the Atlanta History Center, the Governor’s Mansion, the AMTRAK Station, Piedmont Hospital, Buckhead and Lenox MARTA Stations, Midtown and Downtown.

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July 21, 1988: Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis accepted the presidential nomination at the Democratic Party’s National Convention in Atlanta’s Omni Coliseum. July 26, 1872: Atlanta dentist Arthur C. Ford posted a notice in the Atlanta Constitution that Dr. John H. Holliday would be on call at 26 Whitehall St. while he was in Richmond, Va., attending the Southern Dental Association meeting. Dr. John later becomes the legendary Doc Holliday.

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Outdoor classroom puts students in touch with nature and community

Clare S. Richie

I’ve driven by the Grace United Methodist Church on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown a million times, but recently learned about the educational oasis located there called The Orion School. The school has big plans to expand their garden into a self-sustaining, multi-center outdoor classroom – complete with chickens, bats, fruit trees, vegetables, composting, worm farms, a geology area and more. My visit starts with a warm welcome from Director Laura Markson, Operations Manager Christina Warburton and Charlie “the comfort dog.” They explain that this nonprofit school creates a space for students ages 5 to 13 with neurobehavioral conditions (like ADHD) to be self-confident, engage in positive social interactions and experience success within an academic setting. That’s why classes are small – four students or less – so the teachers can provide more adaptive, student-centered learning.

Making connections to the world through hands-on learning is a driving force behind the school’s educational philosophy and the outdoor classroom. We make our way outside to see what’s here today and what lies ahead. Even with the expansion, there will still be a large recess field and a playground. Along one fence there are trees with painted gourds transformed into birdhouses. These gourds were grown in the vegetable garden further down the fence. Students were involved in every step. I see a teacher working with two older children, tending to the vegetables and herbs. There’s also a peach and pear trees with plans for adding an apple and fig tree. Long-term, the fruit and eggs from the hens will be incorporated into the school snack, sold to parents in a mini farmer’s market, and shared with the food pantry at Grace church. Today’s snack was watermelon. Even though it wasn’t grown here – it’s part of the garden now. Five-year old Jax is cutting up the rind to provide food for the worm farm. Some worms are fed to “Caroline,” a rescued box turtle who has an outdoor play space in the garden. Jax is quick to point out that the worms also “make good soil”

for the garden. Jax understands how the remains of his food will sustain animals in the garden and help grow vegetables. The Orion School is also making connections with local experts who are pitching in sboth to the infrastructure and the instruction of the outdoor classroom. For example, when grown chickens became part of the master plan, Amy Foster from Garden*Hood donated and refurbished a chicken tractor,

which is like a mobile home for chickens. Using her education background and experience with school gardens, Amy plans to work with the teachers to incorporate caring for chickens into their curriculum. Any bat-keepers out there eager to share your expertise? For more information, visit theorionschool.org.

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Run Like a Nerd Bearded and bespectacled Cabbagetown resident Bill Phillips lives with his wiener dog, Chauncey, and his hairless sphinx cat, Tiger. He works at a company called The Big Nerd Ranch, and he makes his own sandal-like running shoes. And in those shoes, he is covering lots of ground and clipping off some major races. How old are you now and when did you take up running? Why? I’m 30, and I took it up in earnest two years ago. I had stints previously where I would get on a kick for a few months and then drop it, but two years ago I decided it would be a habit. And it hooked you enough to train for and complete both the Chicago marathon and Publix Half Marathon in the same year. How did they go? My dad and my sister were planning to run Chicago and asked me to join them. I didn’t push it too hard, but I finished it in 5:15 so I decided to do the Publix half as well. That was great, and I increased my pace significantly. We all plan to do the NYC marathon next. What advice would you give someone who wanted to take up running in earnest well into adulthood? It’s all about not worrying about your pace or killing yourself. If you are running 9 to 12 miles a week, you are already at week one of marathon training, so it is within reach. It is always You vs. You no

Cabbagetown resident works at The Big Nerd Ranch and runs major races.

matter where you are in the pack. I was never athletic in high school, but I love the community feeling of lining up for a big race. What exactly goes on at the Big Nerd Ranch? We do consulting; we write codes. We write for Mac and Android, and we teach. We write books to teach people programming, and we hold week-long seminars in the woods for more intense training. Right now I’m writing a book on Android. Don’t ever bring me to this programming place in the woods. Everyone involved will regret it deeply. That being said, when I was a kid, one of the worst things you could be called was a nerd but now it is all the rage. Nerds make and do all the cool stuff and the rest of us just aspire to nerd-dom. How’d that happen? In high school if you were a little antisocial and could operate a slide projector, you might be deemed a nerd but I think if you occupied any defined niche in high school, then it probably sucked for you. Yet having a niche as an adult is interesting and cool. Plus, as you get older, being nerdy is a way to make money. Oh great. Are you telling me the nerds are making all of the money too? If only I understood more of what you were talking about two questions ago! But I

also see a direct link between being nerdy and running. Nerds are running all over the place, testing new gear, keeping stats, tracking elevations. My dad and I talk about it a lot. He’s been running for 40 years, and the things you tweak to improve your own experience or performance never cease. You push yourself and your connective tissues. But not many nerds or runners can claim to make their own running shoes like you can. Can you describe them? I tried the Vibram five finger shoes in response to some plantar fasciitis I was having but they gave me blisters plus, they stink to high heaven! Also, I have a weird stride. My left shoes wear out much faster than my right shoes, so I would need a new pair every month. So then I ordered a pair of sandals, liked them, and realized I could make them myself. They are called Huaraches or some refer to them as Gladiator sandals. I order the material from a cobbler supply store, cut them to

size, punch holes in them and lace them up. Have you tried barefoot running? I have and I’ve enjoyed it, but I just don’t feel comfortable running through the Krog Tunnel barefoot! The sandals offer basically no support which is the point. While I haven’t been totally injury free, the plantar fasciitis has not come back. Who’s faster, Chauncey the Weiner dog or Tiger the hairless Sphinx cat? Well, it’s hard to get them to race. Chauncey used to be faster but he’s nine years old now so probably Tiger even though he’s very fat. He is not a very dignified looking cat.

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Health & Wellness Briefs The Atlanta BeltLine Southwest 5K through the historic West End and Westview neighborhoods will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 a.m. The route will showcase Art on the BeltLine, indoor post-race activities at Space Atlanta, music by Wild 105.7, food by EVOS and more. Runing.BeltLine.org

Lululemon Athletica on the Westside, 1168 Howell Mill Road, is now open. Check their website and Facebook page for events, like yoga and the Wednesday Running Club. lululemon.com/georgia/howellmill

The Georgia Chapter of JDRF held its 17th Annual Hope for a Cure Gala, themed “A Gift of Time” at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel. The evening was co-chaired by Donna and Andrew Cash and Abigail and William Propst, who were joined by nearly 700 Atlantans and JDRF supporters. The event was the most successful Gala in the history of the Georgia Chapter raising over $1.6 million dollars to fund research for better treatments and ultimately a cure for type 1 diabetes. jdrf.org.

choosing a Personal Trainer By Valorie Ness Catalyst Fitness Midtown Hiring a personal trainer to help you start a fitness regimen is a good investment in your health. Few other investments generate the guaranteed return of improved health and greater quality of life. Among other benefits, trainers can teach you the correct way to use exercise equipment, design individualized training programs for losing excess weight, adding lean muscle or meeting other health and fitness goals, and help motivate you to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule. However, uneducated and unqualified trainers can incite trouble. If they have limited knowledge of human anatomy and exercise physiology, their clients may experience a variety of problems; these problems range from the annoyance of unattained fitness goals to potential injury or other health complications from unsafe workout programs.

KnoWing The FaCTs When you begin searching for a qualified personal trainer, don’t be fooled by the numerous officialsounding certifications. Most certifying organizations are represented by acronyms, so for those who are unfamiliar

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with the industry, finding a qualified trainer can be a confusing task. “The world of fitness professional certification is an alphabet soup,” says Bill Howland, director of research at the International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association (IHRSA), a trade group that represents nearly 4,000 health clubs around the nation. “Not all certifications are created equal,” he notes. Howland says many of his group’s members have complained that with so many certification programs, it’s difficult to know which trainers are truly qualified and which aren’t, who can safely work with members and who poses a big liability risk. In response, IHRSA is working with the five preeminent certifying groups to develop a system for verifying that certification standards are up to par. Those groups are the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Personal Trainer Academy Global (PTA Global). Only trainers who possess one of these certifications have the necessary foundation to work as knowledgeable fitness professionals.

Choosing a Trainer The leaders of the fitness industry are confident that these measures will lead

to higher qualified trainers and enable consumers to make more knowledgeable decisions about who they’re hiring to help them stay in shape. “The shift toward a more educated body of fitness professionals is underway,” says 2007 IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year, Bill Sonnemaker, founder of Catalyst Fitness, “but unfortunately the majority of today’s consumers cannot distinguish between qualified and unqualified personal trainers.” Bill is helping to pioneer this movement in Atlanta by providing educational courses to trainers who desire greater knowledge and expertise. Bill requires all trainers at Catalyst Fitness to possess a college degree and maintain at least two certifications from the five organizations mentioned above and requires them to complete an extensive internship with him to ensure proficiency. If you are currently shopping for a personal trainer, Bill suggests adhering to the following criteria: • Ask if the trainer is certified by a medically recognized and accredited organization (NASM, NSCA, ACE, ACSM, PTA Global). Good credentials and a solid educational background indicate a knowledgeable trainer. • Ask about the trainer’s experience. Passing an exam is only the beginning; a good trainer has experience working with clients. Has the trainer completed an Internship? Have they worked with other

people with goals or issues similar to yours (i.e. high blood pressure, diabetes, back pain, or injuries)? • Ask when and where the trainer last completed their continuing education; this ensures they are abreast of advancements in exercise methods. Trainers should complete at least 20 contact hours of continuing education every two years. • Check references to verify that other clients were satisfied. • Ask yourself if the trainer seems sincere. A good trainer will attend to your individual needs and goals, rather than using a cookie-cutter approach; trainers should conduct a thorough assessment (including both Static and Dynamic Postural evaluations), ask about your medical history, including past injuries, and then develop a program designed specifically for you. • Consider the trainer’s personality; does it complement or clash with your personality. • Ask what the trainer charges. Rates vary from $60 to $125 or more an hour based on location and the trainer’s level of experience. • Don’t automatically judge a book by its cover. It is more important to speak with trainers to determine their knowledge and ability rather than focusing on physical appearance. For more about Catalyst Fitness, visit catalystfitness.com.

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Pet Brief

Urban Pet Project Project, a nonprofit pet adoption and education center created by Barking Hound Village Foundation, is now open at 720 14th Street in Midtown. urbanpetproject.com

The 8th annual Bark for Art to benefit Atlanta Lab Rescue will be held Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art. Enjoy an evening of refreshments and libations and a silent auction featuring pet-centric art, trips and other surprises. Admission is $45 at the door or $40 in advance online at barkforart.org until July 13. The deadline to enter your pet’s photo for the Atlanta Humane Society’s 2013 All Pets Allowed Calendar is Aug. 31. To see the guidelines and get an entry form, visit atlantahumane.org and click on featured events.

cuTe PeT PhoTos wanTed! We’ll be featuring a gallery of Intown’s cutest pets in our August edition, so round up a high-res photo and email it to editor Collin Kelley at collin@ atlantaintownpaper.com by Wednesday, July 11. We want to see photos of your dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, fish and any other cute pet you want to share with our readers. Go on, brag!

Pet Pick Galaxy is a fluffy and fun-loving baby and a 5 month-old Collie mix. He is always eager to meet new people and pets. In true puppy form, Galaxy cannot get enough of your attention, praise, treats, and toys. He will be the perfect addition to any family. Galaxy can be adopted at PAWS Atlanta, 5287 Covington Highway. For more about PAWS, visit pawsatlanta.org.

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Creative composting for the kitchen or garden By Alana Adams A vermiculture bin can be a great addition to a kitchen or garden if you want a creative way to compost. A vermiculture bin is designed to break down vegetation using live worms to do the work. It is fun and easy to make and it does not require a lot of materials. You might already have some in your home. So whip out your gardening gloves and get into gear – it’s time to make a vermiculture bin. What you will need • A glass of water • Red Wiggler Worms, which you can find at a bait store, a Wal-Mart with a fishing section, or in the ground • Tools to cut a small hole in the plastic bins – a power drill or a sharp knife will work the best • Shredded paper – newspaper works best • 1 plastic bin (I used a 6 inch deep bin from Wal-Mart) • 2 plastic bin tops – the matching tops for the bin will work the best • Soil from a local gardening store Step 1 Create small holes across the top of the bin, as well as holes in each corner of the bottom. Step 2 Toss the shredded paper into the bin. Step 3 Moisten the paper, but do not too soak it. The worms, which you will add later, like a moist environment.

Step 4 Mix up the paper to make sure it all gets some saturation from the water. Step 5 Add the soil gradually and mix it up as you go along. Step 6 Add the worms into the mix. Maintenance Notes Your next step is to include any vegetation that you might have lying around. Clippings from a garden or vegetable scraps will do. Only put vegetation into your compost bin, remember the worms have to be able to break it down. This can be any leafy vegetable or scraps from your garden. Make sure to break it up before you put it in the bin. In order to maintain your bin, stir it using a stick or something similar once a month and add new moist, shredded paper. Worm compost bins usually do not have an odor because the worms break down the compost at a fast pace so you can leave your bin in the kitchen. In the event that your bin does start to smell take it outside and stir it.

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Composting at Home Why it makes sense – and cents! By Mary Harrington The City of Atlanta collects over 30,000 tons of yard and garden debris (such as leaves, grass, and branches) each year from residential curbside customers. Yard debris collected by city trucks is taken to a central site where a private contractor chips it. Once the material is chipped it becomes the property of the contractor who then sends it to either be burned for energy recovery or to a commercial composting operation. KeepitINtown.com

Keeping this valuable resource at home by leaving grass cuttings on the lawn or turning leaves and grass into compost or mulch is better for your property, your bank account, and the environment. Recent research has shown that leaving grass clippings on the lawn is beneficial for the roots. If you prefer to collect the grass clippings, consider turning them into compost or mulch by mixing the grass cuttings with leaves in a home composting pile.

Composting grass and leaves at home is an easy and inexpensive way to add nutrients to home gardens, bushes, and trees. By keeping this valuable resource at home, you’ll save money by not having to purchase lawn disposal bags and lawn treatment programs and your water bill will be lower as you don’t have to water so much. If you don’t want to wait for leaves and grass to turn into compost, use the

blend as mulch around trees and bushes and as a topical dressing on flowerbeds. This will keep the roots cool, improve soil moisture retention, and as the mulch breaks down it will slowly provide nutrients for the plants, bushes and trees. Follow these links to find out more about composting and mulching techniques: georgiaorganics.com or southface.org.

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green Cleaning: A DIY GUIDE

GETTING STARTED As you start to run out of commercial cleaning products, save the empty containers and spray bottles to re-fill with homemade solutions. Don’t forget to label them and write measurement lines on the sides. Designate a rag-bag to keep old t-shirts and socks to use as cleaning cloths. You might also want to try reusable, biodegradable, microfiber cloths instead of paper towels. Brands such as Skoy and Mu make biodegradable cloths that that will last for years, reducing paper and water waste with their super-absorbent qualities. You can begin making some basic nontoxic cleaners by using a few ingredients that you already have. The elemental compounds of salt, vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and olive oil can be combined in a variety of useful ways around the house. ______________ BASIC EQUATIONS FOR EVERYDAY CHORES Furniture Polish = 1 cup of olive oil + 1/2 cup of lemon juice Glass Cleaner = 2 tbsp white vinegar + 1 gallon of water Floor Cleaner = 1 cup white Vinegar + 1 gallon of water ______________

STAIN REMOVAL For tough stains on carpet or clothing combine water, vinegar and baking soda until it turns into a paste. Brush the paste into the stain. You can also combine natural salt with baking soda for whitening or bleaching. ______________ REMOVE RED WINE SPILLS Blot the spill and sprinkle the area with salt. Let set for 15 minutes to absorb the wine. Then clean with a mixture of 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water. ______________ POLISH METAL Combining equal parts salt and lemon juice to make a paste.

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By Priscilla Alarcon With the array of eco-friendly products that are now on the market, you may be wondering what you should do to lead a greener lifestyle. Making the switch to green cleaning in your home does not mean purchasing expensive specialty products. For about one-tenth of the cost of commercial products, you can make you own eco-friendly home cleaning kit and improve the environmental health of your home. It’s easy to get started by making cleaning solvent recipes from things that you already have around the house. ______________

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______________ FRUIT AND VEGETABLE WASH To remove pesticides from produce, put a few tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl of cool water and soak vegetables for five minutes. ______________ USES FOR DETERGENT, VODKA AND ESSENTIAL OILS As you grocery shop, you may want to purchase more ingredients to expand the potential of your cleaning kit. Liquid detergent, vodka and essential oils have many uses. For liquid detergent, I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castille Soaps. The ecological formulas are available in eight scents and can be used as laundry detergent or added as a boost to your glass-cleaning recipe. If you’re going to use vodka, leave the good stuff in your liquor cabinet, and buy a small bottle of an inexpensive brand for your cleaning kit. Spot treat stains by blotting the area with pure vodka. Diluted vodka is an ideal disinfectant for bathroom surfaces and effective at removing mold and mildew. A vodka spray can also deodorize air and fabrics, if you can wait for the smell of alcohol to evaporate. To make a natural air freshener, add your favorite essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Lemon, lavender and tea tree oils are natural antiseptics and a few drops can enhance your liquid detergent, floor or glass cleaner. If you opt to buy pre-made commercial green-products, be sure to examine the list of ingredients first. Because there are no regulatory definitions for advertisement word such “natural” and “eco-friendly”, many so-called “green products” actually contain petrochemical ingredients. ______________ MORE RESOURCES Reuseit.com: On-line retailer of re-usable products for every part of life. TheDailyGreen.com: A consumers guide green from Good Housekeeping. Eco-me.com: Family and pet safe products, and DIY cleaning kits at affordable prices. This article is part of Atlanta INtown’s partnership with the freelance writing class at SCAD-Atlanta. Students are contributing articles, video and photos for our website and social media portals.

When parents think about summertime in Atlanta, we like to picture relaxed evenings at the ball field and neighborhood swimming pool. However, summertime also signals ozone season, when intense sunlight and heat converts a mixture of tailpipe and power plant emissions and other chemicals into unhealthy smog. Many parents are aware that smog is bad for kids with asthma, but not as many know that it can slow lung development and cause other serious health problems in ALL kids. This is because children take in more air per body weight, their lungs are still developing and they tend to spend more time being active outdoors. And, given the growing awareness of childhood obesity, we want more outdoor activity for our kids, which not only can increase the activity level of children, but also can enhance cognitive development. So what is an Atlanta parent to do on a “code orange” smog alert day? Does air pollution mean more screen time for Atlanta’s kids? Thankfully, the answer is – no. Simple changes in scheduling and location can ensure kids get the outdoor activity they need while also reducing harmful exposure to smog. Parents, camp counselors, teachers and coaches simply need to know how to monitor and respond to changes in outdoor air quality. Widely used throughout the United States, the Air Quality Index (AQI) rates air pollution levels as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA uses a color-coded scale for reporting daily air quality: green is good; yellow means moderate; orange means unhealthy for sensitive groups, including all children and youth; and red is unhealthy for everyone. Parents also should know that 2012 smog alerts for ozone are not as conservative as the EPA’s scientific advisory panel recommends. Therefore, caregivers of children with asthma should respond to “high yellow” days as well as orange and red days. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) posts daily air quality predictions on its web site, georgiaair.org/smogforecast. The forecast includes information about which pollutant is predicted to be of greater concern – ozone (the usual trigger code orange days) or fine particulate pollution. In addition to monitoring this web site and signing up for email alerts, a growing number of schools and childcare centers also

are taking advantage of the Mothers & Others for Clean Air AQI flag program. Through this program, color-coded flags and door cards easily and visually alert children, teachers, coaches, administrators and parents about Atlanta’s air quality each day. Posters explain the AQI colors and help staff and parents remember how to respond appropriately. Ozone tends to peak between 2 and 7 p.m., so plan outdoor activities for the morning or late evening on high ozone days. Fine particle pollution is different, with peaks right around morning and evening rush hour, and it may stay high all day. So, if particle pollution is predicted to reach orange or red levels, it is best to find an indoor, air-conditioned space that day. When moving inside just doesn’t work, caregivers should then try to reduce the intensity of the outdoor activities. Running around and breathing hard increases the amount of pollution taken in, so introducing less intense play – such as gardening and craft activities, in addition to lessening the amount of outdoor time, reduces exposure to air pollution. Expert guidelines for caregivers are available through the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (choa.org) and Mothers & Others for Clean Air (mothersandothersforcleanair.org) web sites. By paying attention to the alerts and the kind of pollutant that is high and by adjusting activities accordingly, child caregivers can ensure that kids get plenty of exercise while also avoiding air pollution that poses serious health risks. For more tips and information, visit LauraSeydel.com.

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Groups adopt the BeltLine and educate about the July 31 vote Business and community groups have spent the last year maintaining portions of the BeltLine as part of the Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program, a partnership between Park Pride, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Last month, there was a networking event to update participants on the program and give them information on upcoming events, like the July 14 Southwest 5K (see page 16). Participants adopting portions of the BeltLine have a one-year, renewable commitment, in which they pick-up litter, weed, clean benches and fixtures, report concerns and vandalism and stay involved in BeltLine projects. Tools are donated by Atlanta Community ToolBank to use for the work. INtown offices lie directly on the BeltLine in the Inman Alley Building, which is part of the team signed-up to manage the corridor from Irwin Street to Highland Avenue. Most of this segment has been under construction this past year, and a large portion is now paved from Irwin Street to Parish Market. Another segment on the Eastside Trail behind Two.urban licks is paved as well. Also located on the Eastside Trail is Ponce City Market, which has been conducting TIA (Transportation Investment Act) Tours in preparation for the vote on July 31 (see page 4). These free, informational sessions include a tour of Ponce City Market. The vote impacts businesses such as Ponce City Market, which plans to host more tours in July. If the TIA passes, $602 million would be

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Ponce City Market gives informational tours in July. Watch their Facebook page or poncecitymarket.com for details.

allocated to the BeltLine allowing them to create light rail to be integrated with the Atlanta Streetcar “to create a one seat ride from Downtown to Piedmont Park,” says Jenny Pittman, communications coordinator for Atlanta BeltLine. For information about Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program, visit beltline.org.

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Business & Retail Briefs

Businesses with Bucks Throughout the summer “Bucks on the Street” is on display at various locations in Buckhead. These eight-foottall stylized sculptures by Jack Davis are personalized by local artists. They are made possible through sponsorships from Buckhead businesses, such as these Peachtree Level sponsors: Buckhead Business Association, Buckhead Community Improvement District, Entertainment Design Group and Young Bucks. Marking 25 years of public service, the Buckhead Coalition dedicated a colorful “Buckhead Boy” statue outside its headquarters Tower Place on Peachtree Road (above). All money raised from this project goes to Livable Buckhead, a 501(c)3 organization.

Cousins Properties has signed three new retailers and a sixth restaurant at Emory Point, the $100 million mixed-use project being developed with Gables Residential in northeast Atlanta. The new leases include three locally-owned women’s boutiques – fab’rik, Lizard Thicket and American Threads – and a Jewish-style deli called The General Muir from the creators of West Egg Café. Cousins previously announced retailers including CVS, f2o, Jazmin Spa, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, La Tagliatella, Marlow’s Tavern, Tin Lizzy’s and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches. Emory Point opens in the Fall. StudioWed Atlanta, a one-stop shop for upscale wedding planning recently moved into a brand-new space at 1000 Marietta St., Suite 216. The 2,400 square feet space has inspirations for the big day, consultations and a library featuring more than 40 of the city’s top event and wedding professionals available to help all aspects of a wedding. studiowed.net/atlanta The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has appointed Kenneth Dobson as its new Director of Economic Development. Dobson will oversee the County’s efforts to establish a platform for sustainable growth of the tax base for Fulton County. The North Carolina native has more than 30 years of experience in urban and regional economic development and comes to Fulton County from Toledo, Ohio where he engaged in a professional economic development consulting practice where he focused on developing economic strategies to help increase sustainable tax bases in cities across the country.

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Rite at Home has opened its first showroom and interior design studio in the Cascade Retail District at 3460 Cascade Road. Milton Miller and LaMont Bynum, finalists on HGTV’s Design Star, have partnered to open the store. Fifth Third Bank has teamed with NCR Corporation and Phoenix Interactive, to become the first super-regional bank in the country to offer “mixed-media deposit functionality” to its ATMs. Customers can now mix up to 50 combined checks and bills in a single, envelope-free ATM deposit. 53.com

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Sea Change by Karen White The New York Times-bestselling author returns with her latest book about a disenchanted young newlywed who finds mystery and family intrigue on St. Simons Island. ($15, New American Library) Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook The author of the popular Must Love Dogs (which was turned into the film starring Diane Lane) is back with this tale of an adrift woman who uses her brother’s fame as a self-help guru to catapult herself onto Dancing With the Stars. ($24.99, Touchstone) The Storms of Deliverance by Larry Higdon A man passes out while watching a NASCAR race in Buffalo, NY in 1981 and awakens in 2008 on the side of an Atlanta highway in this psychological drama. ($13.99, Tate Publishing)

the Studio Past Due Notices: Poems by Mike James A R T S & C U L T U R E The beauty and sadness of nature and life is explored in this collection of poetry. James’ poetry has appeared in literary journals around the country. ($15, Main Street Rag Publishing)

Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy The Decatur young adult novelist is back with her latest story about a teen, who prefers the friendship of her male friends (and writes the lyrics for the guy’s band), until a new boy enters her life. ($16.99, Simon Pulse)

The Parting by Alice Bliss The author’s latest novella takes place in Atlanta in 1919 as a formerly independent woman is forced to live with strangers as she becomes old and infirm. ($10.50, Bozart Press)

Buried in the Heart by M.E. Harrington A mysterious ring leads a journalist on globe-trotting trek to find the source of its power to suspend time and space. ($19.95, Balboa Press)

Purity by Jackson Pearce A teenager questions her decision to lose her virginity before marriage in this young adult novel by the author of Sisters Red and As You Wish. ($17.99, Little Brown)

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Saturday, July 21, 1 p.m. acappellabooks.com

Iris & Roy Johansen: The writing duo signs their new suspense novel, Close Your Eyes, about a once-blind woman with a knack for tracking serial killers at Eagle Eye Books in Decatur on Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m. eagleeyebooks.com

A Very Vouched Birthday: The reading series celebrates its first anniversary on Wednesday, July 18, 7 p.m. at The Goat Farm with a mixture of fiction and poetry. Readers include: Blake Butler, Jamie Iredell, Jessie Matheson, Jayne O’Connor, Nicholas Tecosky, Amelia Lerner, Lain Shakespeare, Jamie Allen, Randy Osborne, Myke Johns, Katy Black, Johnny Drago, Laura Carter, Davy Minor, Gina Myers, Matt DeBenedictis, Terra Elan McVoy, Jenny SadreOrafai and Amy McDaniel.

Benjamin Busch: The decorated US Marine Corps infantry officer and actor on The Wire reads from and signs his memoir, Dust to Dust, at A Cappella Books on

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Sweet Auburn Desserts by Chef Sonya Jones Sonya Jones shares her best baking secrets from the Sweet Auburn Baking Company shop in Atlanta. ($24.95, Pelican Publishing)

Poetry Atlanta Presents: Atlanta poets Amy Pence (Amour, Amour) and Jenny Sadre-Orafai (Dressing the Throat Plate) will read from their new collections at the Decatur Library Auditorium on Wednesday, July 25, 7:15 p.m. as part of Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book’s ongoing series. georgiacenterforthebook.org.

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Sharon Foster Jones development to the area proved more difficult. It was important for Jones to find the origin of the springs because as she says in the book, “as civilization found the springs, so did civilization find and form the avenue.” It had been widely accepted that the springs were under the old Sears building. It wasn’t until she saw a presentday photograph of the building’s basement that she realized it couldn’t be the location of the spring’s source. All that was a there was a pump and no concrete documentation that it was the source of the springs. So Jones plunged into researching precisely where the source was. She knew that it existed somewhere nearby but uncovering its exact location was tricky. She used topographical maps, old photographs and sewage blueprints to discover the likely location of the spring source, which, as she predicted, is not underneath the Sears building. She goes further than any other historian has in pinpointing the exact location of the springs and reveals it in the book. It frustrates her that there is no historical marker to denote the location of the spring and to explain its importance to the history of the area. Perhaps Jones’ book will act as a catalyst.

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The inaugural Sandy Springs Artsapalooza will be held July 7 – 8 in the heart of the community at 174 Johnson Ferry Road. The two-day outdoor fair will celebrate the city’s “Founders Day” and include a carnival for children, local musicians, information on the history of the city, plus 150 arts and crafts vendors and exhibitors. affps.com

The Shepherd Center Society will host Summer in the City on Wednesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Piedmont Park’s Greystone, benefiting the Shepherd Center’s S.H.A.R.E Military Initiative. Ticket prices include food from the best restaurants in the city, including Rathbun’s, Aria, Bistro Niko, Davio’s, Tuk Tuk, and more. Fine wines will be served and mixologists will be on hand to serve up tasty cocktails. Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased online at shepherdcentersociety.com.

July 11

Emory University’s Office of UniversityCommunity Partnerships will offer eight different reading skills programs for 4 year olds through adults. Tuition and materials fees vary by program level. Late summer session begins the week of July 11. Reading programs for younger students build comprehension and students learn the phonics and fluency skills they need to become strong readers. Programs for older students and adults are geared toward improving comprehension and study skills, vocabulary, and speed-reading. For more information about the reading programs or to register, call (888) 201-2448.

July 14

Take the blue pill and transport yourself into the world Neo, Trinity and Morpheus as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra live scores The Matrix on July 14, 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall. Guest Conductor Donald Davis will lead the ASO in the score from the movie, which, will be shown on a giant screen. Tickets are $29 to $49. atlantasymphony.org.

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The BB&T Atlanta Open, the first men’s event in the Emirates Airline US Open Series, will be held July

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Award-winning actress and singer Sally Kellerman (the original Hot Lips Houlihan in MASH) will perform her cabaret act at Jerry Farber’s Side Door, 3652 Roswell Rd. adjacent to the Landmark Diner. Show times are Friday, July 27, 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. with second show at 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all shows are $100 and will benefit three local philanthropies: Fix Georgia Pets, Kids’ Chance of Georgia and Atlanta Community Food Bank. For tickets, visit jerryfarberssidedoor.squarespace.com or call (404) 502-8821. 100 tickets are available for each show! 14-22 at Atlantic Station. Several of the world’s top players have committed to play in the tournament, including Andy Roddick, John Isner, Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson, and reigning US Open mixed doubles champ Jack Sock. Tickets are available for purchase in each of the 11 sessions from qualifying weekend July 14-15 through the two finals on Sunday, July 22. For tickets, bbtatlantaopen.com.

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High Museum of Art Curator Led Tour: Clark Atlanta University’s African Collections will be held Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. The High is host to the culmination of a two-year collaboration with Talladega College in Alabama to restore, research, and exhibit Hale Woodruff ’s renowned Talladega murals. Tickets are $5 for art partners members and $10 for non-members. Purchase tickets at high.org or by calling (404) 733-5287. cau.edu

July 28

The Fund for Southern Communities will present Sweet Honey In The Rock on Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Horizon Sanctuary. Sweet Honey In The Rock, the Grammy-Award winning cappella ensemble, is known for its inspiring performances featuring blues, gospel, reggae and traditional African music. For ticket purchasing, sponsorship opportunities or more information, please visit fundforsouth.org or call (404) 371-8404.

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The Beaufort Water Festival is July 13-July 22 featuring water shows, kids day, concerts, lowcountry supper, handmade arts and crafts market. This year’s theme is Sandbar Summers – Southern Nights and will continue the tradition of all the water and air events, athletic events, children’s day, and nightly entertainment. bftwaterfestival.com The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are set for July 12-15 at Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC. The Scottish games and gathering of Scottish clans features traditional dancing, piping, drumming, athletic achievement, music and Gaelic culture.Festivities include a Celtic Music Jam, professional competition, Celtic Rock Concert, sheep herding, and children’s activities. Food concessions will be available. Ticket prices are $55 for a four-day adult advance ticket, $20 for children. gmhg.org KeepitINtown.com

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Chastain Park Summer Movie Series begins July 5 The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, which produces the Chastain Park Arts Festival and Festival on Ponce, among others, will host the Chastain Park Summer Movie series every Thursday night in July. The movies will be screened at sunset on the hilltop meadow just off Park Drive in historic Chastain Park. Local food trucks will be on had to provide food and beer and wine will be available. The film line up includes: The Artist: This homage to the silent film era won Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. (July 5)

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Mirror Mirror: Julia Roberts stars as the evil queen in this live-action version of the telling of Snow White. (July 12) Letters from Juliet: A young woman dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Verona, Italy for some Shakespearian inspiration. The film stars Amanda Seyfried, Gael Garcia Bernal and Vanessa Redgrave. (July 19) Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Audrey Hepburn stars in this classic film based on Truman Capote’s novella about the free-spirited socialite Holly Golightly. (July 26) Blankets are welcome, but no lawn chairs allowed. For more information, like the festival’s Facebook page.

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Live demonstrations: Talented artists, including Aaron El Amino, bring art to life with on-site demonstrations. Patrons are invited to channel their inner artist and produce their own masterpiece as a take home souvenir. Visitors can also browse through three levels of indoor and outdoor shopping, or grab a bite from any of the 13 food options. Parking is available at Underground Atlanta on the property, but patrons are strongly encouraged to take MARTA. The closest stop is Five Points, and the Braves Shuttle is a free transfer with a Breeze Card.

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Resurrected: Abi Wright, Patrick Toups, Derek Hensel and Michael Sink reclaim, renovate, reassemble and repurpose traditional materials and, in the process, give the theme of old vs. new a fresh look at One Twelve Gallery. Closes July 22. Admission is free. onetwelvegallery.com

Concerts in the Garden

Camaleón Cromático: Atlantabased Latin American artists take inspiration from everchanging chameleons and use color to communicate and visually connect with viewers at this Blue Mark Studios exhibit. Closes July 22. Admission is free. bluemarkstudios.com James Dean - A Retrospective: Explore the career works of James Dean, best known for his paintings and illustrations of Pete the Cat in The New York Times Best Selling children’s books, at The Seen Gallery. Closes July 26. Admission is free. theseengallery.com

Visual Arts & Museums St. Francis: David Hale merges Christian, Native American and pagan mythologies to illuminate the teachings’ fundamental similarities in his

recent drawings at ABV Gallery. Closes July 6. Admission is free. jacksonfineart.com Deliverance: Four artists confront fears and fantasies, construct personas, and risk

their bodies in uncontrollable situations in this Atlanta Contemporary Art Center exhibit that features videos, photographs and live events. Opens July 13. $3 to $5. thecontemporary.org

Radcliffe Roye: J’ouvert - At the Devil’s Playground: Brooklyn-based documentary photographer Radcliffe Roye documents the raw and gritty lives of grassroots people from Jamaica in this exhibit at the Chastain Arts Center as part of the National Black Arts Festival. Closes July 28. Admission is free. ocaatlanta.com/chastainarts-center

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Living Color Redux: Artists transform traditional landscapes into vibrant color images that exist almost entirely without form at this Poem 88 exhibit. Closes July 28. Admission is free. poem88.net

July 4th All-American Celebration: Tony Awardwinning Broadway vocalist Debbie Gravitte joins the U.S. Army Chorus to perform patriotic favorites with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra followed by post-concert fireworks at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. July 4. $15 to $35. atlantasymphony.org

shakespearetavern.com Evelyn in Purgatory: Topher Payne’s world premiere play in Essential Theatre’s annual festival at King Plow Arts Center follows five public school teachers who are caught in limbo, waiting for their cases to be heard and their fates to be decided. Opens July 5. $10 to $23. essentialtheatre.com The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: A crusading TV personality from Houston whips up public outrage and forces the Chicken Ranch, one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas, to shut its doors forever in this rip roarin’, foot stompin’ musical comedy at OnStage Atlanta. Opens July 6. $10 to $20. onstageatlanta.com I’m a Groucho Marxist: Anya Liftig attempts her most challenging piece of performance art to date as she draws from literal and

social barriers of Atlanta’s past to address the difficulty of crossing boundaries at this Flux Projects performance on Airline Street by the Edgewood Avenue overpass. July 7. Free! fluxprojects.org Klimchak in Concert: Electroacoustic musician Klimchak performs his unique brand of music with Marimba Lumina, a theremin, home-built percussion instruments and “all sorts of surprises” at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. July 7. $10. theatricaloutfit.org Sheddin’: This raucous comedy at Horizon Theatre Company follows Atlanta empty nesters Walt and Ruthie as they hatch a plan to ride their son’s musical success and recapture their own musical dreams. Opens July 10. $15 to $30. horizontheatre.com Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Phylicia Rashad and Tory Kittles star in this world

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premiere True Colors Theatre Company stage production at Rialto Center for the Arts based on the 1967 film starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. July 10 through July 29. $20 to $75. truecolorstheatre.org The Red Herring: Detective Stainless Steel and his assistant Watley Holm set out to retrieve the coveted Red Herring but can’t help but feel it’s just a distraction from a much greater ordeal in this film noir parody by The Collective Project, Inc. at The Goat Farm Arts Center. July 12 through July 29. thecollectiveprojectinc.com Everclear: 1990s band Everclear hits the road with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground this summer for a Chastain Park Amphitheatre concert of the grunge-punk “us against them” lyrics loved by bored Gen-X teens. July 13. $25 to $69. classicchastain.com Jazz on the Lawn: Avant-garde jazz band Bernard Linnette Interactive and eclectic band Faith perform in this month’s outdoor concerts at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. July 13 and July 27. $15 to $20. callanwolde.org The Emperor and the Nightingale: Travel back in time to ancient China, where the Nightingale’s beautiful song transforms a troubled Emperor into the land’s wisest ruler and the Nightingale into his most treasured companion at this Georgia Shakespeare family musical. Opens July 14. $13. gashakespeare.org The Wiggles: The original Fab Four from Down Under are back together for the first time in five years for this tour featuring the popular Australian children’s music group. July 15. $15 to $75.50. foxtheatre.org Concerts in the Garden: Singer-songwriter Neko Case and Atlanta native Kelly Hogan fill the garden air with their signature music during this concert during the 10th Annual Atlanta Botanical Garden series. July 20. $36.50 to $49.50. atlantabotanicalgarden.org On the Lightside: The Music of Lerner & Loewe: Bring an indoor picnic and celebrate the Broadway music composers of “Brigadoon,” “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot” at this Capitol City Opera Company performance at the Church of the Atonement. July 29. $35. ccityopera.org The Dinosaur Show: Center for Puppetry Arts digs into the past to bring dinosaurs to life in this prehistoric tale of two daring paleontologists and their adventure to recover bones deep in a desert canyon. July 17 through July 29. $16.50. puppet.org Super WHY: From Storybrook Village to a town near you, preschoolers have “the power” to experience Super WHY as never before at this first-ever live show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre based on the top-rated PBS KIDS TV series. July 27. $20.50 to $38.50. cobbenergycentre.com Youth Creates: Teens collaborate, create and communicate their dreams in this performance of their original work, the final product of 7 Stages’ diverse summer training program. July 27 and July 28. $10. 7stages.org.

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The Beautiful Struggle I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… Maybe once or twice in a lifetime does one get the chance to meet an original, inspiring artist whose work has a fresh voice. It makes me wonder how they dreamed up their idea and what motivated them to create. Inevitably it’s a unique story. This month, I would like to introduce you to one such artist whose sculptural work transcends the mundane. Wood and steel undulate with waves of meaning, inexplicably shaped with tenderness and strength. The artist is Evan Leutzinger, a recent transplant to Atlanta from New York City who arrived with wide eyes and a skill set rarely seen. His work is on display at the Decatur Gallery now. Here’s my interview with Evan. Evan, I’ve been lucky enough to meet several artists in my lifetime whose work stopped me in my tracks and made me want to know more about them. Meeting you was really serendipitous at the Druid Hills show this spring, where you told me you had just arrived and wanted to show your work in public. Tell me where you are from and a little about your personal life. I was born and raised in New York City, son of a schoolteacher. I considered Baltimore the south, so Atlanta has been a real learning experience. People are so nice here! Plus it’s the first time I’ve ever lived in a real house, had a garage and a yard. My wife Kandis and I moved to Atlanta so that she could attend Morehouse School of Medicine. When I saw your art on display, I was amazed that you were so low-key because your work is so powerful while being subtle. Can you describe it for us? I work in steel and wood. I start with small sketches but I move away from those drawings as the work becomes what it wants to be. Often I leave a piece unfinished and come back to it later and start negotiating between myself, the materials, time and the piece as an entity of its own. It’s a little like a drawn out break up. That’s an unusual analogy and sounds almost painful. I hope you ‘make up’ when you finish the piece. And since we’re talking about a relationship with your art, what inspires you? Music. I try to capture and interpret the textures and rhythms that I hear in jazz, hip-hop, even classical music. I’m a terrible dancer and worse singer but I like to think that sculpture is my way of exploring these art forms that I can’t do in real life. That explains why your sculptures in metal and wood are full of movement, like waves of a song. They really don’t even look like you used your hands or tools,

more like you used your mind to bend and shape the materials. Do you have a favorite piece that you feel represents what you’re trying to convey? In 2005 I was in a very difficult place of transition. It was exciting but painful. A friend of mine invited me to come to his barn and hammer on steel, which I hadn’t done for several years and really missed. I started working on a 14-gauge sheet, spending 6 hours each day battling and bonding with it in a big grassy field listening to “A Love Supreme,” Pete Rock and the wind. The finished piece is “Struggle,” and I think it’s the most-raw and honest work I’ve ever done. Clearly you benefited from the challenges in your life and had an amazing opportunity to express it. Did anyone ever give you a direction, advice or encouragement specifically for your artwork or did you just invent your style on your own? I took a few sculpture classes during my junior year of college from a professor Allyn Massey who opened doors for me. She pushed me out of my comfort zone of drawing into three- dimensional work. Our conversations continue to this day. Well, everyone will want to know if you’re truly the humble, talented isolated artist you appear to be or if you’re destined for fame and fortune. Do you ever think about what the future of your art holds for you? I really don’t have grand ambitions other than to make a good honest living, have a few strong pieces in public and be included in a prestigious collection or two

Upcoming Atlanta Art Events July 2 “Putting Lipstick on a Sculpture” by Kelly O’Brien 7 - 9 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center An exploration of the fragile and grotesque. callanwolde.org July 7-8 Sandy Springs Artsapalooza 174 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Sandy Springs, GA 30328 Free to attend. Watch for self-taught artists and lots of activity. sandyspringsartsapalooza.com August 18-19 Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival Free to attend. You know something crazy will happen. piedmontparkartsfestival.com

(laughing). I really want to form a community arts center one day to inspire and impact teens and young adults as a teacher. It would be The Beautiful Struggle Art Studio. The Beautiful Struggle. Now that is what I call a well thought out description of what breathes life into an artist. I appreciate your words and explanation and most importantly appreciate that your art and approach speak brilliantly on their own. Thank you and welcome to Atlanta! I know you’ll like it here. Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and president of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email: Patrick@affps.com.

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The National Black Arts Festival, July 6-15 The National Black Arts Festival returns for a 24th year with 10 days of art, dance, film, theatre, literature and music July 6-15. Events will be held at various metro Atlanta venues, including the Fox Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum, Clark Atlanta University Galleries, Centennial Olympic Park, Auburn Avenue Research Library and Greenbriar Mall. Events include the NBAF Gala, the Coretta Scott King Awards Book Fair, a Children’s Education Village, and a International Marketplace at Centennial Olympic Park. Tickets, which vary in price, to many of the events are available online, over the phone, or available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office. Visit nbaf.org to see the full line-up of events. – Debra Bryant

Bastille Day with Fine Art Vive la France! Bastille Day is a national holiday in France and celebrated around the world signifying a day of celebration of French culture. Atlanta’s Huff Harrington Fine Art Gallery will be celebrating all things French – especially art – at its annual Bastille Day exhibit starting with an opening reception Saturday, July 14, from 6 - 8 p.m. The opening reception will feature light bites, plenty of red and white wine (French Art by Monique Chretien of course!) and music. The gallery will A new addition to this year’s exhibit is a showcase work from a group show for everyone who participated number of emerging and mid-career in one of Huff Harrinton’s Painting in French painters, including Pascal Bouterin, Provence trips, led by Bill Davidson and Andree Thobaty, Georges Nasri and Christian Nepo. Paintings from the gallery’s Nancy Franke. Many of these budding artists will have their work featured in a French artists will hang side-by-side with formal gallery setting for the first time. The work by American painters inspired by the Bastille Day Exhibit will continue through Frnch joie d’esprit. As only the French can Saturday, July 28. do, it’s a perfect mix of styles – abstract, Huff Harrington Fine Art 4240 representational and impressionist with Rickenbacker Drive. For additional subjects varying from landscapes, still lifes information, visit huffharrington.com. and florals to edgy portraits of waiters caught unawares or a trio enjoying a glass of wine at a quintessential French cafe. – Debra Bryant

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reCipes for tHe Best summer eating Chef Nancy Waldeck offers-up healthy ideas

By Wendy Binns Perhaps you could use a little inspiration on how to slice, dice, mix and toss all of those fragrant herbs and gorgeous vegetables you’ve been buying at your local farmers market. Go ahead and fill your basket with produce because Chef Nancy Waldeck has come to the rescue with ideas.

Meet Chef Nancy

Nancy was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2008 “and all of a sudden I had all kinds of people, drugs and treatment in my world. Eating better, learning more about what makes me feel good and then sharing that knowledge made me feel more proactive about my health,” she says Nancy describes herself as a “Healthy Chef Partyologist” and a “flexitarian,” who eats primarily a plant-based diet with a small portion of it being meat based. Nancy mostly cooks at home, but when eating out “I love Double Zero Pizza Napoletana for their interesting pizzas, Bocado for their fabulous Veggie Sandwich, Crawfish Shack for takeout spicy steamed shrimp, Com for Vietnamese food, Starfish for Sushi and Pura Vida for wonderful tapas.” As a fan of the Buford Highway Farmers

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Market, where she buys most of the supplies for her cooking classes and where she also gives tours, she loves the chilies and peppers section and claims they have the best sundried tomatoes in town. She goes on to describe the market’s “big fat healthy herbs, herbs and more herbs, Asian greens and lettuces, and the organic fruits and veggies. Where else in town can you buy juicy organic apples for $1.49 a pound?” She recommends the seafood department for fresh fish they filet to order. She explains that you make a selection and carry a beeper while you continue to shop. Then, “swing by to pick up a package of gorgeous filets.” Nancy has an extensive background in the food industry, but she says that she loves how her students’ cooking changes as a result of her teaching. “When someone stops me and says, ‘I would never have tried that before’ or ‘I made your recipe and my whole family loved it,’ is the moment that I know that I am following the right path.”

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2 Lbs Zucchini or *Summer Squash, Halved and Sliced into 1/2” Pieces 1 TB Kosher Salt 3 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Cup Finely Chopped Onion 2 Garlic Cloves, Chopped Zest and Juice of a Lemon 2 Cups Quartered Grape Tomatoes 1/4 Cup Chopped Mint Leaves 1 TB Red Wine Vinegar 1/2 Cup Chopped Calamata Olives 1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese Chopped Fresh Mint and Oregano to Garnish 1 Pkg Whole Wheat Pasta cooked and drained per box directions Kosher Salt and Fresh Black Pepper ______________

Taste & Savor Delicious Healthy Recipes & Tasty Wine Tips By Nancy Waldeck

The cookbook is available at all 4 Cooks Warehouse locations, Buford Highway Farmers Market, BEE in Buckhead, Eagle Eye Books in Decatur, Cancer Wellness at Piedmont West, through the Taste and Savor website and on Amazon.com. Nancy says the cookbook offers “easy, delicious food that tastes so good you don’t even know that it’s better eating.”

Step One: Place the squash in a colander and sprinkle with salt*. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. Remove from colander and pat dry. Step Two: In a large skillet, over high heat; cook the squash in 1 TB oil until brown around the edges, about 7 minutes. Remove from the pan. Step Three: Add the onion and sauté in 1 TB oil until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, lemon zest and juice, 1 TB oil, tomatoes, mint, vinegar and olives to the pan and cook until warm. Add the squash back in and taste for salt and pepper. Serve over the whole-wheat pasta, sprinkled with feta and garnished with fresh oregano and mint. *When cooking with summer squash, always salt and allow them to drain off any excess liquid. This will ensure your finished dish is not watery. Mediterranean Pasta tastes great hot or at room temperature. It makes a fun potluck dish, too! To make it dinner, serve the Pasta with White Bean Toasts and Balsamic Strawberries for dessert.

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Now Open for Nosh

An update on newly-opened Intown restaurants By Collin Kelley Editor Back in February, we did an extensive preview of restaurants there opening Intown in the coming months. Here’s an update of what’s open for your noshing delight. The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist Located on the Westside, the restaurant’s name was inspired by owner Ford Fry’s father and his love for sailing and fishing. Executive Chef Adam Evans is cooking up “sustainable seafood” on wood-burning ovens and grills. Oyster Bar at The Optimist is adjacent to the restaurant and is a more casual “fish camp” style venue featuring a raw bar and an outdoor patio with a twohole putt-putt golf course. 914 Howell Mill Road. theoptimistrestaurant.com   Seven Hens The new Decatur eatery is giving fried chicken fans something to cluck about. Michael Gurevich, an Israeli residing in Atlanta, has devised a brand new concept that marries an age-old European cooking method with international cuisine in the form of a chicken cutlet. The upscale, fastcasual eatery opened last month serving an array of schnitzel-style chicken dishes with flavors from around the world for lunch and dinner. 2140 North Decatur Plaza. 7hens.com Proof & Provision Located underneath Livingston in the historic Georgia Terrace Hotel, the “community bar” featured craft beers and

barrel-aged cocktails along with small plates such as deviled eggs, chicken liver mousse, hot pretzels with mustard and cheese sauce, grilled cheese and more. 659 Peachtree St. Watershed Watershed has been reborn from its former home in location at The Brookwood condo building on Peachtree Street. The new 175-seat space – owned by Ross Jones, Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers and Chef Joe Truex – offers private dining space, a patio and plenty of parking for diners to enjoy the Southern-inspired menu. Fried Chicken Night is still on the menu, now happening on Wednesdays. 1820 Peachtree Road. watershedrestaurant. com Pinewood Tippling Room The Pinewood Tippling Room, a restaurant serving “inventive, southerninflected victuals” opened in May in downtown Decatur. Julia LeRoy is the consulting chef on the menu, which includes classics like fried green tomatoes, pork belly and fried bologna sandwiches. Cocktails will be made with locally sourced fruits and vegetables and house-made syrups, tinctures, infusions and sodas. 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. pinewoodtr.com Yard House The California-based Yard House opened in Atlantic Station in April with a large selection of draft beers, American fare and classic-rock wafting from the sound system. 19th Street. yardhouse.com.

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Roasted Ancho Potato Salad - I created it to pair with a bison burger for a charity event - I was paired with Ted’s Montana Grill and I wanted to get some veggies in folks - and be super colorful. This was a big hit, I put it in the Friday Four and it made its way to the cookbook, too! ______________ Ancho Dressing: 3 TB Orange Juice 2 Tsp Dijon Mustard 2 Tsp Ground Cumin 2 TB Orange Zest 1 TB Honey 1/2 Tsp Ancho Chile Powder* 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sea Salt and Black Pepper In a jar, shake the orange juice, mustard, cumin, zest, honey, and chile powder together, add in the oil and taste for salt and pepper. ______________ Roasted Potato Salad: 3 TB Dijon Mustard 2 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 TB Italian Seasoning* 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced 4 LB Red Potatoes, in Eighths 12 oz. Broccoli Spears, Lightly Steamed 3 Roasted Red Peppers, in Strips 4 Carrots, Shredded 3 oz. Calamata Olives, Chopped 1/8 Cup Cilantro, Chopped 1/8 Cup Parsley, Chopped Kosher Salt and Black Pepper Step One: Preheat oven to 425F. In a bowl, whisk together mustard, oil, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Add potatoes and toss until coated. Step Two: Spread potatoes in one layer on sheet pan. Roast 20 min. Lower heat to 350F, roast, about 10 min. or until browned and cooked through. Cool. Step Three: In large bowl, toss potatoes, broccoli, peppers, carrots, olives, cilantro, and parsley with the dressing until well coated. Season with salt and pepper. *Ancho Chiles are a dried, reddish brown, heart shaped and wrinkled pepper with a wonderful sweet hot flavor. (Almost fruity flavor.) If they are fresh they are called poblanos. Try experimenting with different kinds of chile powders - your food will develop lots of new zip!

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The Salad: 15-20 Kale Leaves, (about one small bunch – de-stemmed) 1 Tsp Sea Salt 1 Large Tomato, Chopped Coarsely, (salt lightly and let drain in colander for a few minutes while shredding the carrots) ¼ Head of Napa Cabbage, Shredded 3 Carrots, Grated Toasted Sesame Seeds for Garnish ______________ The Dressing: 2 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 TB Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 1/2 Tsp Low Salt Soy Sauce 1 Tsp Agave Nectar or Honey 1 Clove Garlic, Grated 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard Salt and Pepper to Taste Step One : To chiffonade the kale, stack the leaves and roll them into cylinders. Cut ¼ slices off the cylinders – resulting in thin ribbons of kale. Place the kale into a salad bowl and massage a Tsp of salt into the kale. Set aside while you make the dressing. Step Two: Add the dressing ingredients to a jar and shake well. TASTE for salt and pepper - or more lemon juice. Step Three : Add the tomato, cabbage and carrots to the bowl with the kale, toss with the dressing and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.

Fresh Berry Parfait ______________ 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts 1 Cup Regular Oatmeal 2 Cups Nonfat Greek Yogurt 1 Cup Chopped Strawberries and/or Cherries 1 Cup Blueberries 1 Cup Blackberries or Raspberries Fresh Mint for Garnish Step One: Spread walnuts and oatmeal out on a sheet pan. Bake in a 400F oven for about 6-8 minutes, or until the mixture is golden and toasty. Remove from oven and let cool. Step Two: Combine the fruit in a bowl. With a fork, lightly press the berries together to allow the juices to combine. Step Three: In a narrow parfait glass, layer the yogurt, then the berries and finally the oatmeal topping. Repeat and end with the topping, garnishing with a fresh berry and a sprig of mint. KeepitINtown.com

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Food photos by Thom Volorath in and around town.

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Thai beef salad at Thai Spice.

Strawberry & Cream Macaroons at The Bakery at Cakes & Ale.

Curry chicken salad sandwich at Highland Bakery.

Lobster Risotto special at Barcelona Wine Bar.

Carrot Cake at The Bakery at Cakes & Ale.

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Abattoir’s Executive Chef Tyler Williams shares recipe By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com Editor’s Note: The author Pamela Berger is a reality television producer, which is how she landed in the Abattoir kitchen learning from the executive chef. I recently shot a show for Bravo where we had a dinner scene at the Atlanta restaurant, Abattoir. It’s another incredibly inventive and delicious restaurant by chefs and owners, Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. At the end of my shift, Executive ChefTyler Williams,served me this amazing pork belly dish. After such

a long and tiring day, I was so overjoyed to receive such an amazing meal, I think I even told Tyler that I loved him. So in gratitude to Tyler, I wanted to feature one

of his dishes on Sweet Peach. And since this month we’re celebrating Sweet Peach’s oneyear anniversary, he created a recipe he calls, Peaches and ‘Cream.’

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Pickled peaches: • Quarter 6 doughnut peaches. These peaches offer a nice contrast to the sweet peach as they are a bit firmer, plus as Tyler says, “They’re small and pretty.” • Combine 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar in a pan with 2t sugar and 1t salt. • Heat until the salt and sugar are dissolved. • Cool liquid, then cover peaches. Let sit overnight.  After tasting Tyler’s stewed peaches, I want to try these at home myself. They’re amazingly delicious- just be sure you don’t cook them too long. They just need a light touch.  Stewed peaches: • Quarter four Georgia or South Carolina peaches. Tyler recommends Ruby Prince peaches for their nice balance of sweetness and acidity. • Combine with 1T of butter in a pan. • Cook for a minute or two over medium heat. • Add 1T honey, pinch of saffron, 1T rice wine vinegar and a pinch of salt. • Reduce until glazed.  • Tyler warns against over-sweetening this dish as the peaches need very little to bring out their natural flavor.  Assembly: • Spoon stewed peaches onto plate. • Add the pickled and fresh peaches on top

in a pretty way... Tyler is the master at this.  • Cut fresh Buffalo mozzarella into bite size pieces.  • Scatter with micro basil and almonds. Tyler used toasted, blanched and sliced almonds which plays off the natural almond flavor of the pit. • Drizzle lemon infused olive oil on top. And there you have it, Peaches and ‘Cream.’ A beautiful, seasonal dish you’ll love to eat and share with friends and family.  Thank you, Tyler. You’re an amazing chef, and I appreciate you making me both the pork belly dish and this wonderful dish celebrating the Southern peach. As Tyler shared, “When you get the perfect peach, it’s probably the best thing in the world. You just gotta dig into a peach to really enjoy it. You have to eat it in private and not worry about good manners.” I couldn’t agree more. Tyler believes this is a great appetizer for a barbecue dish. “Serve something grilled with it like a nice grilled pork.” It’s a dish that takes a little time to prepare but is well worth the effort. And if you’re in Atlanta, go visit Tyler at Abattoir...and try the pork belly!  For more information, visit starprovisions.com.

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2. Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc: This exceptional white from Hawkes Bay New Zealand has everything going for it, like rich citrus and fig flavors with a hint of honey and melon. Customers love the truly unique label design and “bottle cap” closure. Winemaker Gabrielle Simmers makes her wine on a family-owned, organic farm, which is what makes it Supernatural. It’s a 3 Parks Wine best seller. $22.99 TRY OUT OUR

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By Wendy Binns Whether toasting a birthday or barefoot on the beach, sipping wine often adds to the character of these moments. I have so many nice memories of sharing a glass or two with Bob Conquest over the years, so it’s fitting that he opened a charming and inviting wine shop, 3 Parks Wine. Bob and wine go well together in my book. After 25 years in the advertising world, Bob has made a second career out of one of his favorite things and enjoys greeting neighbors and talking about their favorite wines. The shop opened this summer and is located in the ecofriendly Enso building rsmack dab in the middle of the shop’s three namesake parks: Glenwood, Grant and Ormewood. Devoted to personal attention and neighborhood tastes, he looks for opportunities to involve his customers. When a distributor drops off a bottle of wine to try, he invites his customers in to decide if it’s something “we want to carry,” he says. Since the shop’s culture revolves around what the customers like, there is also a rating system in which Bob tracks the popularity of wines from customer feedback and the buying history. “Wine can be intimidating. It can be more comfortable choosing from your peer group’s recommendations,” he explains. The tracking system is noted on cards beside the bottles and takes price into consideration. Even less intimidating, Bob doesn’t claim to know everything about wine saying, “I learn something new everyday.” Bob’s already taken orders for many cases – apparently enthusiasts are stocking-up. And, he’s planning some soirees with a few private wine clubs and groups this summer. He lives in the neighborhood and on Sundays his rescue dog, Bass, is by his side in the shop. This is a new lifestyle for Bob and it’s evident in the relaxed atmosphere. I’d like to make a toast to Bob and our readers - cheers to following your passion. For more information, visit 3parkswine. KeepitINtown.com

5. Wine by Joe Pinot Noir: At first glance you might think this is a Trader Joes label, but it’s actually produced by Joe Dobbes, a well-respected wine maker with a vineyard in Oregon. This Pinot has delicious aromas of blackberry and spice, followed by a juicy palate and silky texture thanks to the soft, ripe tannins. This is a certified organic wine, and the vineyard’s employees get to decide which charitable organizations they want to support with a portion of the company’s profits each year. $19.30.

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Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2012 is set for July 21-29 with pariticapting eateries offering a specially-created prix fixe menu featuring an appetizer, entrée and dessert offered for $25 or $35 (excluding beverages, gratuity and tax). Participating restaurants include: Alma Cocina, Atlanta Grill, BLT Steak, Café Circa, Der Biergarten, Glenn’s Kitchen, Legal Sea Foods, Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, No Mas! Cantina, Paschal’s Restaurant, Ray’s In the City, Room at Twelve, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, STATS, Sway, Thrive, Trader Vic’s and Truva. Reservations can be made at OpenTable.com

News & Happenings Woodfire Grill is hosting its annual BBQ & Beer celebration on Tuesday, July 3, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy Executive Chef Kevin Gillespie’s three-course, allAmerican dinner for $38 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The menu includes an appetizer course; an entrée course featuring a barbecue plate, Brunswick stew and two traditional sides; and banana pudding for dessert. There will also be freshly baked cornbread and Southern-style white bread on every table. The restaurant will be creating its own Independence Day cask of beer at the SweetWater Brewery that will only be served during the event. Reservations are required and seating is limited, so call (404) 347-9055. For more information, visit woodfiregrill.com. The team behind Westide’s popular West Egg Café will open a Jewish-style deli called The General Muir at Emory Point on Clifton Road later this year. The restaurant is a partnership between Jennifer and Ben Johnson, who originally opened West Egg in 2004, and Shelley Sweet, West Egg’s current General Manager who was formerly with

Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South and Concentrics Restaurants. A chef will be announced this fall. The General Muir will serve traditional deli classics, from pastrami and corned beef to chopped liver, smoked fish, and hand-rolled kettle-boiled bagels. Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub in Brookhaven is now offering chef ’s counter seating for four guests to experience Chef Joey Riley’s work station up close and personal the last Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. The four-course menu is $50 per person. Alcohol pairings are not included but are optional for the additional cost of $20 per person for beer pairings and $25 per person for wine pairings. Guests are also welcome to bring their own alcohol for a $15 corkage fee. The menu for the chef ’s counter dinners will change each month and feature a theme. For more information, visit k-pub.com.   Yumbii, known for its ubiquitous food

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes returns Sunday, July 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at JCT. Kitchen & Bar to benefit Georgia Organics. Tickets are now on sale and cost $70 per person. A total of 1,400 tickets will be available for attendees. Last year’s festival raised close to $40,000 for Georgia Organics. The festival will once again be held at JCT. Kitchen and will spread out over the pedestrian bridge that connects Westside Provisions District with White Provision to feature 37 chef participants. 12 mixologist participants, and more than 30 farmers. jctkitchen.com truck presence around Intown, has partnered with Café at Pharr to open a “pop-up” restaurant at the former Grape space in Atlantic Station. At press time, the restaurant would be open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner and providing food for evening comedy and open mic events in the space from Relapse Theatre. yumbii.com or cafeatpharr.com Jenny Levinson, owner of Souper Jenny and Café Jonah in Buckhead, has released her latest cookbook, Souper Jenny Does Salads, which is available at both eateries. Modern-Italian restaurant La Tagliatella’s will open in the old Silk space at The Metroplis building in Midtown later this year. The 5,200 square foot space will house an authentic brick oven pizza kitchen, wine and coffee bar at the corner of Peachtree and 8th Streets in Midtown.  

Restaurateurs and brothers Hugh and Jason Connerty and co-owners were scheduled to open a new Italian restaurant, Ammazza in the Old Fourth Ward early this month at 591 Edgewood Ave. The 5,000 square foot space will feature a menu of “bona fide Neapolitan-style pizzas” and an array of Italian street food-inspired dishes, including fried spaghetti and pizzas. Ammazza will also have a full service bar that features red and white wines, cocktails and craft and local beers and a line of house-made The beverage program also offers a line of house-made limoncellos and sodas. ammazza.com Osteria 832 in Virgina Highland raised $4,000 for the new Highland Park and VaHi Firestation during its 9th anniversary celebration in May. osteria832.com

Shifting Chefs Deborah Craig, left, is the new executive pastry chef at Parish in Inman Park. She was formerly with Buckhead Bottle Bar and Bakeshop. TAP in Midtown has named Nick McCormick, right, its new executive chef. The award-winning chef was formerly with TWO.urban licks.

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Food Truck Festival Food Fight! Inaugural event brings rolling restaurants to Piedmont Park

Atlanta’s favorite food trucks will roll into Piedmont Park on Saturday, July 14, to participate in the inaugural Atlanta Street Food Festival presented by MARTA from noon to 8:30 p.m. Along with enjoying the impressive variety of the city’s street food cuisine, there will also be local merchants, artisans and live music. A portion of the proceeds from the day’s event will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “The hottest food trend in Atlanta is the street food movement and we wanted to celebrate the success of these entrepreneurs by showcasing their premier cuisine in one fun-filled day,” Atlanta Street Food Festival founders Alisha Nesbitt and Cheryl Hasting said. Participating food trucks and caterers scheduled to take part include: Yumbii, Munch, Banged Up and Mashed, Just

Loaf ’n, Yoli’s Street Food, Mix’d Up, Hail Caesar, The Fry Guy, Pup Truck, Happy Belly, Yum Yum Cupcake, Nana G’s Chik-nWaffles, Buon Provecho, Black Tie Catering, King of Pops, Honeysuckle Gelato, Dr. Sweet’s Cake Emporium and Cake Café Atlanta. Guests will enjoy SweetWater’s signature brews for purchase at the event and Vitamin Water will serve as the official water for festival guests and vendors. Schedule music performers include Dwight Raby, The Stephen Lee Band, Josh Bias & the 630 Band, Southland Romeo and Timothy J. Wilson. Entry tickets are available for purchase online at atlantastreetfoodfestival.com for $10.50. Food truck vendors will be selling items ranging in price from $2 to $10.

Camp Twin Lakes celebrates 20 years There’s a bit more decorum and positive results from this summer-time food fight. The Food Fight for Camp Twin Lakes features local chefs competing with campinspired menu items. 19 restaurants, such as HD1, FLIP Burger, Dantanna’s, Local Three and Parish Foods & Goods, are in the competition with camp-inspired menu items. Think milkshakes and short ribs. June through August, patrons can visit any of the participating restaurants to order the Camp Twin Lakes Food Fight

menu item. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Camp Twin Lakes, which provides camp experiences for more than 9,000 of Georgia’s children facing serious illness, disabilities and life challenges. After dining, patrons can cast their votes by rating the food items with one, two or three s’mores at ßcamptwinlakes.org/vote. The restaurant with the most s’mores will be crowned the Food Fight champion.

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Mountain Mecca North Georgia sees uptick in vacationers and investors By Kathy Vogeltanz Atlantans who dream of a home in the mountains, take heed: this may be the time to get serious about buying property in north Georgia. What’s the draw of the north Georgia mountains? For a start, there’s the Chattahoochee National Forest, covering close to 750,000 acres. In addition to breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings, there are plenty of family-friendly recreational opportunities, like rafting, boating and fishing. The Aska Adventure Trail Area, a 17-mile trail system designed for hikers and mountain bikers, is in Blue Ridge, and the Appalachian Trail begins at Springer Mountain in Fannin County. These days, there are investment opportunities as well, something that homebuyers are beginning to realize – and act on. “Our area is increasingly in high demand, and we don’t expect prices to go any lower or interest rates to stay at this level for long,” said June Slusser, President of Coldwell Banker High Country Realty, covering Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Hiawassee and Murphy, NC. The market began a gradual improvement in 2010, Slusser said, and 2011 was a significantly stronger year for her company, with sold listings up 49 percent over the previous year. This year,

she’s seeing sales increases over 2011. “It seems that the improvement in the Atlanta and Florida markets has had an impact here. Our available inventory is the lowest it’s been in over five years and we’ve also seen more new construction. In addition to units sold increasing, we’re seeing an increase in prices.” She added that in many cases, buyers have recently sold properties elsewhere and are now either cash buyers, or buyers with significant down payments. She’s also working with investors who are anticipating a vastly improved real estate market in the next few years. Nathan Fitts of Nathan Fitts & Team with Century 21 In the Mountains has seen the same pattern. “Things are insanely busy right now,” he said, “busier than the height of the market in 2007. The driving force for the surge is a decrease in the property values. Homeowners who once couldn’t afford Blue Ridge are finding that it’s coming more into their price range.” According to Fitts, some people are taking money from other investments, like poorly performing 401Ks, and putting the capital into real estate because they feel it’s a safe time to invest in property. Gary Kaupman, Buyers Agent with Atlanta Intown Real Estate Services who lives part time in the mountains and part time in Atlanta, echoed the observation. He said that what appears to have kept the north Georgia mountain real estate market flat for the past couple of years, rather than declining, is that folks who bought stocks on the way down in 2008-9 have gotten

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Continued from page 39 some excellent returns and moved part of that money into real estate. “So far this year, at least 37.5 percent of the sales here have been cash, and there is still no better negotiating tool (at least for non-foreclosures) than an offer of cash with no appraisal contingency.” But he cautioned that things are not completely rosy yet. “When the Atlanta market was booming, people often used the increased equity in their primary residences to buy a second home. Even with a recovering market in Atlanta, we’re a long way from seeing that happen again.” Kaupman pointed out that the percentage of foreclosed home sales so far this year is just 63 percent of what it was in the same period last year. It’s a significant

number and, combined with the rest of the data, suggests that the market has bottomed out. He calculated a median sales price this year (so far) of $159,000, and said that most lookers want $100-150,000 cabins, though compared to last year, many buyers are prepared to pay more. “Why? Because many of them thought they could buy a nice home in the mountains for 30 cents on the dollar like they could in Florida,” Kaupman explained. “And while there’s still plenty of looking in this price range, buyers tend to have more realistic expectations now.” What’s changed the most in this market, he continued, is the number of people looking for a house that they can use for vacations and then retire to in five

to 15 years. It’s a tough search, he warned, because they want the mountain cabin style architecture, and most cabins were not designed as full-time homes. The hot properties, not surprisingly, are those with long-range mountain views or situated on water, and Fannin, Union and Gilmer counties show the strongest unit sales. As far as subdivisions, Coosawattee River Resort in Ellijay is extremely popular; it boasts lots of amenities, plenty of homes for sale and moderate prices. Lot and land sales remain stalled, offering exceptional opportunities for people who want to build now or in the future. Fitts said that, in his experience, the sweet spot is $200-300,000 but there are also some great deals in the $750,000-$1.2

million range. Buyers come mostly from Atlanta, but there’s a good showing from Florida as well, and they range from single professionals and families with young children to retirees who want to escape the bustle of the city. In several cases, friends have pooled their money together to buy a mountain vacation home. Things are only looking better for the real estate market in the north Georgia mountains. Slusser summed up the mood of many of her clients. “Boomers feel they’ve lost five to six years of their lives waiting for the market to rebound. The demand for our resort market never diminished, it was just put on hold during the economic downturn. Most believe the worst is behind us and they’re tired of waiting!”

Mountain Home Shopping Made Simple Looking for the perfect weekend getaway or retirement cottage doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Tips from the experts make the search easier. June Slusser suggested that potential buyers plan a trip and experience everything the area has to offer. “Once you have an opportunity to explore and enjoy the north Georgia mountains, be ready to look for specific areas and home styles that interest you.” She added that while the Internet is a wonderful place to start, it doesn’t replace the experience and knowledge of a local real estate professional. Nathan Fitts advised buyers to decide what amenities, like a golf course or lake access, are important, and then work with their realtors to find the right area to fit the lifestyle they want. “In Blue Ridge, many of the homes are

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secondary homes, while in Blairsville, many are primary residences,” he said. “Some neighborhoods are all about socializing – visiting and cookouts – while others tend to be more solitary.” Gary Kaupman noted that every buyer is very different from every other one, but offered four points that should apply to most people considering buying a home in the north Georgia mountains. 1. Be realistic about what you can comfortably afford. Putting less than 20 percent down on a second home is certainly possible, but don’t assume that you can do so without paying for the privilege one way or another. 2. Be realistic about what you can get for what you can afford. That perfect house that was just listed at $350,000, and has

comparable sale prices to support the price, cannot be bought for $250,000. On average, homes here sell for about 16 percent less than the original listing price – but that’s an average. About one-quarter of our sales are for 95 percent or more, and eight percent sell for asking price or higher. 3. The median days on market for a home in the north Georgia mountains is just shy of four months, so it’s important to decide how serious you are about buying in the next three to four months. If the answer is “very much,” then I recommend a completely different approach than if you see mountain home hunting as weekend entertainment. And yet another if you’re waiting for Great Aunt Bessie to pass and leave you a bundle before you buy.

requirements, especially when it comes to looking. For example: Do you really need three bedrooms and three bathrooms? If you’ll use the third bedroom on every visit, then obviously the answer is “Yes.” But if you’ll only use it twice a year, then we may be able to find a great home for less money. How important are granite countertops and/or stainless appliances? You can easily add those later, and if we only look at cabins that already have them, we may never see an otherwise perfect home. Only looking at foreclosures and/ or short sales because you’re sure they’re the best deals, or refusing to look at them because you’ve heard they’re a hassle, is not a sound strategy. Every buyer, home and transaction is unique.

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From left, standing, Harry Norman, Realtors Dottie Lee, Listing and Closing Coordinator; Rob Owen, Senior Vice President; Angie Hinson, Office Manager; CEO and president Dan Parmer; Ashley Jennings, Marketing Coordinator and (l-r seated) agent Kyle Hinson, with her daughter Fannie Bradley Hinson.

The Buckhead North Office of Harry Norman, Realtors has established its Outreach Program benefiting the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine. According to Rob Owen, Senior Vice President, “The inspiration for our Outreach Program’s contributions to the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine is 3-year-old Fannie Bradley Hinson, daughter of agent Kyle Hinson and granddaughter of Angie Hinson, Office Manager and Marketing Coordinator.” Two million Americans suffer from mitochondrial disease, an energy production dysfunction, with the power plants in cells not functioning properly. Agents and staff at the Buckhead North Office are currently raising funds for the Foundation, with all contributions tax-deductible. Donations, payable to the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine, may be sent to Ashley Jennings, Marketing Coordinator, at Harry Norman, Realtors Buckhead North Office, 3405 Piedmont Road, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information on mitochondrial disease and the Foundation, please visit foundmm.org.

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innovative spaces, beautiful features and rich history. A visit inside certain landmarks, such as the Biltmore House in Ashville, North Carolina, can leave people breathless with their splendor, yet speechless with their expensive entrance fees. Fortunately, more affordable tour options are available for the public. The Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta) sponsors free monthly tours on Saturdays of newly constructed and renovated projects in metropolitan Atlanta. Participants can

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wear a comfortable pair of shoes, and be prepared for free and fabulous exploration of local architecture. Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, a local architect, promotes the power of architecture and design as a board member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Principal of Harclerode Architects (harc-arch.com).

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Moonflower I’m excited about the vine called Moon Vine or Moonflower. It’s a night blooming morning glory, which you’ll find quite a bit in Florida and South Georgia. If offers up large, fragrant white or pink flowers but only in spurts. As stated on Wikipedia, “The flowers open quickly in the evening and last through the night, remaining open until touched by the morning sun.”

By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com I’ve desperately needed some pretty flowers and plants in my front yard for quite some time, so I was happy when my friend Susan recommended Terrestrial Landscape and Design to do the job. They’re based in the Grant Park section of Atlanta and made up of husband and wife team, Adam and Kara Ziegler. I had two requests for them – use as many native plants as possible and incorporate plants that work well for clippings. Inspired by Poncey-Highland resident, Wendy Binns, who has an incredible yard full of textured plants and gorgeous greenery, I wanted leaves and flowers I could easily cut and add to vases year round (see next page). Adam described my new front garden as Southern subtropical. He then quickly amended the description to old fashioned subtropical. I like both descriptions. The great part is that I can slowly add more plants to the garden as I decide on what works best. For now, thanks to Adam and Kara, I finally have some luscious greens and fragrant blooms to grow and change with the seasons.

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By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com After finally delving into the world of landscaping, I want to redo my entire yard. My friend Wendy Binns has been my constant inspiration, for every time I visit her home, I find new vases with unique, freshly cut leaves that leave me wishing my home was more like her home. Above is her grouping of fresh herbs in vintage vases; rosemary, mint, parsley and thyme. I think I have plant envy. I always love the idea of utilizing the nontraditional vase. Whether it’s a vintage bottle or an old, glass flask, there are so many inventive ways to showcase your stems. Wendy’s advice is to “just walk in the yard, clip what catches your eye and then experiment.” Various textures and contrast are important as well as realizing stems aren’t meant to live in our vases only when they bloom. Many plants offer their prettiest silhouettes in their ‘off ’ season. Featured from top are pieris, toad lily, and copper penny sedum, cut in mid May. As Wendy shares, “look for architectural shapes and various colors of foliage, blooms and scents.” The silvery green leaves of artemisia powis castle, as featured in yesterday’s post, is one of my favorites. And hosta leaves offer beautiful, bright green stems that strike quite the pose when allowed to shine by themselves.

I’ve been happy to smell lots of gardenia on my neighborhood walks lately. They grow in large bushes and make for easy, beautifully fragrant cuttings. Below are a gardenia, hosta leaves and a trumpet vine. I think my new favorite plant is the painted fern. Purplish and green with the prettiest structure, the leaves are another wonder of mother nature. All you need is one in a small bedside vase to make you smile.

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In every room of Wendy’s home, new stems and blooms await. In her living room I found hydrangeas, gardenias and painted ferns. And every single one of these plants in today’s post came just steps from her front door. I may have plant envy, but I’m also incredibly inspired. Pretty yard clippings is something we can all make happen with a little effort. (or a landscaper! Try Terrestrial if you live in Atlanta). I hope you’re inspired too. Thanks for sharing, Wendy!

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