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t is 125 feet from the cliff’s edge to the riverbank below, down an unforgiving rocky face that quickly disappears from view. But the gathered group of women sees only the challenge, not the equivalent of plunging nearly 13 stories straight down, attached only to a harness and rope. Leading the way is Molly Mathis, founder and owner of Mojo Active Adventures, who is redefining the concept of a “girls’ getaway.” “I’m a big believer in ‘if nothing changes, nothing changes,’” said Mathis of Alpharetta, who started Mojo to challenge the conventional ideas of exercise. “When it comes to working out, I’m always mixing things up to keep it fun and get the best results.” Over the past two years, she has taken groups to Colorado to hike Pikes Peak and raft the Arkansas River, and to Puerto Rico to paddleboard on the ocean, explore the caves that dot the island and zip line through rainforests. Her events are local as well, including a rappelling adventure in May to a little-explored area along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell. Here, her group of eight included six women who had never rappelled, but faced 6 | | june2014

their fears and plunged right in – or down in this case. While the idea is to push the limits of physical activity, Mathis believes in the whole package of health including mind and body. So for the “margaritas and manicures” mindset of a weekend away with the ladies, the excursions include a little pampering as well. “In between [personal fitness], we treat ourselves to nice accommodations, great meals, good wine, restorative yoga and most of all, amazing company,” said Mathis, noting the rappelling adventure ended with a wine tasting in downtown Roswell. Many of her clients include the core members of a group she has worked with for years as a personal trainer. As word got out about the home and away adventures, Mojo attracted a whole new group of women looking to break out of the gym. “With each Mojo trip I’ve taken, I’ve come home with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and peace,” said Trina Grogan of Alpharetta, who traveled with Mojo to Colorado two years ago. “There is such a positive focus on travel, fitness and ‘out of the box’ adventures that I might not try on my own.” Mathis, a graduate of the University of Florida and a native Midwesterner, has lived in Atlanta for nearly two decades. Like many mothers (she has two young sons), she was anxious to get back into shape after the kids were born, and started working with a personal trainer. After a few years, she earned a training certification and formed a core group of clients who have remained together for years. Two years ago, the group decided to take their show on the road, with Mathis organizing a trip and itinerary to Colorado – one of her favorite locales. “I put together a trip that offered a unique blend of physical and mental challenges with bonus rewards built in. With this first group, we hiked a 14,000-foot mountain, zip lined over canyons and tackled whitewater rapids,” said Mathis. Traveling with a group of women who serve as each


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Mojo founder Molly Mathis. Top, River rafting on the Arkansas River. COURTESY OF MOJO ACTIVE ADVENTURES

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▼ GETAWAY, Continued from Page 6 other’s support crew has its benefits when facing a 14,000-foot descent down a mountain side. “Peer pressure has redefined itself,” laughed Mojo adventurer Katherine Versteeg. “Friends that ‘make’ friends fall backwards off a cliff, or race down a river, or fly down a mountain on a bike. It is exhilarating, challenging and a great substitute for doing lunch.” After that first trip, Mojo Active Adventures was born. A trip to Puerto Rico soon followed, along with many local adventure outings, with even more planned for the coming months. The groups are small so that personal attention and camaraderie are built in. “The idea behind Mojo Active Adventures is for everyone to have a personalized experience – no big tour buses or guides with megaphones. We never exceed 14 guests on any adventure,” said Mathis. Her typical client is a woman with a basic level of fitness looking to “get off the treadmill” and try something new. But the novice exerciser will certainly find a place in Mojo, Mathis quickly added. 8 | | june2014

“No prior experience is needed with any of the activities we offer…in fact, most of our guests tend to be newbies,” she said. “We take the intimidation factor out of the equation.” Mojo is still in its infancy, but ultimately, the plan is to add new destinations to the mix, with trips designed by difficulty level. “We’ll have the ability to offer everything from our current weekend warrior ‘sampler’ trip to more advanced, in-depth, customizable adventures,” she explained. But one element that will likely not change is the focus on women-only adventures. While couples adventure trips abound, Mojo is, for the foreseeable future, a ladies-only club. “For now, I’m sticking with a formula that’s working,” said Mathis. “I see a real need for more opportunities for women to break away from the grind, support and champion one another.” For more information on Mojo Active Adventures, visit the website at ■

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arolyn Bell pulled up to Fortitude Farm North in Milton and opened her car door to release two bounding bundles of fluffy fur. Yapping happily, Bell’s two Sheltie pups, Biscotti and Cannoli, took off running toward the large sunshine-yellow barn that faces Hopewell Road, a familiar landmark to local residents. Curious horses stuck their heads out of stall windows to see what all the fuss was about. Milton is full of horse barns, but this is one of the largest. Nicknamed "Taj Ma Stalls,” the state-of-the-art facility includes a covered arena complete with viewing lounge. Bell leases the property for her business, Fortitude Farm. It’s a nice, full-circle kind of story – local woman fulfills her dream of becoming a horse trainer and runs her business in the same pastures where she learned to ride as a girl. When Bell was 3 years old, her parents moved into a home on Birmingham Highway, not far from the Birmingham crossroads. Her father was a Fulton County judge and her mother was a media center specialist in the 1. Carolyn Bell, owner of Fortitude Farm. 2. Carolyn Bell shows Confidere at the International Horse Park in Conyers. 3. Assistant trainer Lauren Britton Kamber visits with Houdini.

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“I was never afraid of horses and knew from an early age that I wanted to be a trainer when I grew up. I truly am living my dream,” she said. By age 12, Bell was seriously showing horses. To help offset the expense of her passion, she once worked for her trainer on the very same property where Fortitude Farm North now operates. “The yellow barn was not there then. A different, smaller barn was there and behind that barn were these cute little shed row stalls and a back paddock,” Bell said. “I cleaned those stalls, brought in horses, turned out horses, fed horses, whatever I could do to help out. Those stalls still exist, and that’s where I keep my lesson horses today. It’s pretty amazing.” Bell keeps seven lesson horses and 38 boarding horses at Fortitude Farm North, the second of her two properties. Fortitude Farm Premier is located on Wood Road, also in Milton. Most of her 40 students fall into the 8 to 18 age range, but Bell enjoys seeing adult riders in the ring as well. “We have a few older women who rode horses as kids, then became busy with their family and career and now that things have slowed down for them again, they are reconnecting with their childhood hobby. Isn’t that fantastic?” said Bell. Assistant trainer Lauren Britton Kamber, whom Bell calls “my right arm,” coordinates the lessons program, giving

The yellow barn at Fortitude Farm North.

Bell’s alma mater. She says high school teams are a good way for kids to “get their big toe wet” in the world of equestrian competition. Students can lease a horse and gain experience without taking on the heavy financial burden of owning a horse. Bell occasionally travels to Europe to buy horses for investors. Specializing in warmblood breeds such as Hanoverian and Holsteiner, Bell’s scouting trips

take her to Germany, Amsterdam and the Netherlands where she spends days driving from farm to farm, sifting through countless unproven horses, hoping to find that one diamond in the rough. Back in the U.S., Bell trains the horses and builds up their competition record by traveling to shows and events all over the country. In May, she showed Confidere, a horse she recently imported from Germany, at the RMI Horse show at the International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia. Confidere, which means “trustworthy,” was named champion of his Pregreen 3’ division. Confidere also turned out to be a handsome and very patient cover model during this month’s Northside Woman cover shoot at Fortitude Farm North, posing regally amidst the yellow barn’s plush surroundings. “This facility really does have such an over-the-top awe factor with the polished wood and stone arches,” admitted Bell as she walked beside a row of immaculate stalls, Biscotti and Cannoli trotting at her heels. “But I think what really sets us apart at Fortitude is the relaxed atmosphere. There is not one ounce of snootiness here. Our trainers are friendly and welcoming and we teach with only positive reinforcement – never yelling and screaming. We always keep in mind that we ride because we love it. And we want our students to learn to enjoy riding as much as we do.” Fortitude will host a summer horse camp in late June and early July. To learn more visit ■

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Memorial tournament pairs LPGA legends with female college golfers By JADE RODGERS


t takes a special kind of person to make lemonade out of lemons. In 2010, that’s exactly what Jackie Cannizzo, PGA professional and golf pro at Country Club of Roswell, did when she partnered with Lauren Judson. In 2010, Lauren’s parents, Beth and Jim Judson, passed away in a tragic plane accident. Having spent her life playing golf with her father, Lauren and her brother Dean requested Cannizzo’s help to create a golf tournament as a memorial to their parents. Cannizzo took this mission to heart and approached her fellow professional golfers and contacts to set up what would become the annual Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge. As tournament director for the Judson Challenge, Cannizzo spends her time enriching the lives of young girls and collegiate women seeking to reach their goals not only in the golfing profession, but also in life. Encouraging the dreams of young women is a mission very close to Cannizzo’s heart. “I started playing [golf] back in the ’70s. I started with my mom. I can tell you the exact day and time that I first played. The sky was beautiful,” Cannizzo said. She grew up watching greats like Nancy Lopez. “I was just enamored with her. Her influence helped put women’s golf on the map,” Cannizzo said. Cannizzo’s career with the Country Club of Roswell began with a job search. Upon arriving in Georgia, Cannizzo found that, as with many other golfing communities, the Roswell Country Club was dominated by males. Cannizzo was looking forward to becoming a part of a community; upon perceiving a good ol’ boy environment, Cannizzo dug her heels in all the more. “I loved the game more than chasing the tournaments,” she said, so she pushed to encourage local and collegiate women to participate in her programs. “Now,” Cannizzo said, “I have 14 | | june2014

three women on staff coaching the tournaments.” Her career with the Roswell Country Club is hardly the starting point of empowering young women. Cannizzo named her pet project, the Esther Cannizzo Junior Golf Foundation, after her mother. “My mom was my support person,” Cannizzo said. The foundation’s mission is to support and influence the lives of young people through the game of golf with financial assistance for coaching, tournament play, golf programs and equipment. “We recognized an interest in golf from kids who lacked the finances to play,” she said. Golf is a sport different from any other. Given that high finance happens so often on the golf course, teaching girls the sport from an early age can give them an advantage later in life. “I think [golf] teaches patience, perseverance and networking,” Cannizzo observed. “Teaching a girl to play golf before age 10 seems to result in a bigger chance of her sticking with the sport.” Cannizzo’s efforts with her foundation coincide closely with the inception of the Judson Challenge. “Lauren wanted to honor her parents through their shared love for golf. We wanted to have a prestigious event,” Cannizzo said. “College golf has great events, but no stroke play events. We proposed, ‘What if we hosted an invitational?’” And that’s exactly what they did. Cannizzo and Judson sent invitations throughout the country to college-



► See SHE'RO, Page 16 1. The Judson Challenge pairs collegiate players with professional golfers such as Rosie Jones (right). 2. Rosie Jones takes a swing during the Judson Challenge. 3. Esther Cannizzo (right) introduced her daughter Jackie to the game of golf and encouraged her to pursue her dream of becoming a pro.



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unsung‘she’ro ▼ SHE'RO, Continued from Page 14 aged female golfers and received great response. Prestige became a realistic aspect when Rosie Jones, friend of Cannizzo and fellow professional golfer, wanted to bring the Legends Tour to Atlanta. Upon speaking with Cannizzo, Jones suggested combining the events, and the Judson Challenge was born.

“It was Rosie’s idea to pair the collegiate girls with professional players in the tournament,” Cannizzo explained. As a result, “one of the things that happened organically was mentor relationships. We heard about young players exchanging emails and phone calls with the professionals. The Legend Tour players are really good people,” Cannizzo said. “We now have a waiting list of collegiates.” The mentorships between the professional and younger players has sparked the Women’s Leadership Program, where college-aged women golfers can

attend seminars with keynote speakers such as Kathy Whitworth, author of “Kathy Whitworth’s Little Book of Golf Wisdom.” These seminars further honor Lauren’s late mother, Beth Judson, whose passion was enriching women’s education and studies. “With this program, we are looking to expand from women’s golf and into the community,” Cannizzo said. Such initiatives have inspired corporate sponsorships from AT&T and Coca Cola, building momentum for the Judson Challenge and its community-based goals. “Venturing into the corporate world has taught me many things from

a business and networking perspective,” Cannizzo said, and she has passed those lessons on to Lauren. “I feel like I’ve been a good mentor to her. I try to lead by example.” The Judson Challenge has reached its third year and continues to grow. “We are a very fluid organization that’s ever-changing,” Cannizzo said. “I just try to make a difference in my little corner of the world.” The Judson Challenge will take place at the Roswell Country Club June 28-30. For more information about tickets, visit ■

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Summer’s Best Beach Reads Tempting titles to toss in your tote BY KATIE VANBRACKLE


wimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. That new book you’ve been wanting to read for weeks? Check. No summer suitcase or tote is complete without a bit of fine fiction – the perfect complement to the ocean’s soothing wind and waves. On the hunt for the best beach reads for 2014, we asked Ellen Ward, Jackie Tanase and Karen Schwettman, owners of FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, to share their recommendations. These book-lovin’ ladies know their stuff and are a whole lot of fun to boot – part of the reason FoxTale was named “Best Bookstore in Atlanta 2013” by Atlanta Magazine.

Fallen Beauty

By Erica Roebuck FoxTale hosted a jazz party last spring for Roebuck’s “Call Me Zelda,” and Schwettman says that “Fallen Beauty” is another winner. “The woman can’t write a bad book.” In upstate New York, 1928, Laura Kelly and the man she loves sneak away from their judgmental town to attend a performance of the scandalous Ziegfeld Follies. But the dark consequences of their night of daring and delight reach far into the future. That same evening, Bohemian poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and her indulgent husband hold a wild party in their remote mountain estate, hoping to inspire her muse. Millay declares her wish for a new lover who will take her to unparalleled heights of passion and poetry, but for the first time, the man who responds will not bend completely to her will. Two years later, Laura, an unwed seamstress struggling to support her daughter, and Millay, a woman fighting the passage of time, work together secretly to create costumes for Millay’s next grand tour. As their complex, often uneasy friendship develops amid growing local condemnation, each woman is forced to confront what it means to be a fallen woman—and to decide for herself what price she is willing to pay to live a full life.

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Natchez Burning

By Greg Iles “What a prince!” says Schwettman of author Greg Iles, who visited FoxTale in April. “He’s such a nice, regular guy. We are excited about ‘Natchez Burning,’ his first book in five years. Growing up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage learned everything he knows about honor and duty from his father, Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community is accused of murdering Violet Turner, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. And Tom, stubbornly evoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to speak up in his own defense. The quest for answers sends Penn deep into the past – into the heart of a conspiracy of greed and murder involving a vicious KKK crew headed by one of the most powerful men in the state. With everything on the line, including his own life, Penn must decide how far he will go to protect those he loves. This is the first installment in a trilogy of Penn Cage thrillers.

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By Wendy Webb Schwettman says: “I haven’t talked to a single person who doesn’t love this book. It’s a gothic page-turner and a mystery that nobody can figure out.” Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzischeming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired – and whom the world believes is dead. When she arrives at the Sinclair’s enormous estate on Lake Superior, Julia begins to suspect there may be sinister undercurrents to her “too good to be true” position. As Julia delves into the reasons why Amaris chose to abandon her successful writing career and withdraw from the public eye, her search leads to unsettling connections to her own family tree, making her wonder why she was really invited to Havenwood in the first place, and what monstrous secrets are still held prisoner within its walls.

Looking for Me

By Beth Hoffman The bestselling author of “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” again proves her flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities. Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky, It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family – and to find herself at last. But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

The Girl You Left Behind

by Jojo Moyes Schwettman says: “Whatever Jojo writes, you just can’t put it down. She’s an English writer – we love her.” In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When their small town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything – her family, her reputation and her life – to see her husband again. Nearly a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened. Two young on the We want to hear from women, separated by a century, are united in Share your group’s stor you! their determination to fight for the thing they favorite books with fell y and ow through Northside Wo readers love most – whatever the cost. man’s

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Recipes for ceramic grill enthusiasts By KATIE VANBRACKLE


n honor of Father’s Day this month, our Good Eats column pays homage to ceramic grills, a favorite cooking “toy” of backyard heroes everywhere. The round shape and insulating abilities of ceramic grills like Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe and Primo require less heat to cook and produce moister meats than a typical gas grill. In case you haven’t noticed, ceramic grill loyalists have a tendency to become a bit obsessive about their weekend

1 Grilled Island Chicken with Tropical Salsa Lee Ann Whippen BIG GREEN EGG, Courtesy of www.Big Serves 6 Marinade: • 1 (14 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 to 2 limes) • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Tropical Salsa: • ¼ cup chopped red onion • ½ cup seeded and chopped tomato • ½ cup chopped mango • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper • ¼ cup chopped yellow bell pepper • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • ½ teaspoon chili powder • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 to 2 limes) • 1 tablespoon honey • Lime wedges for garnish • Cilantro sprigs for garnish 1. Set the Egg for direct cooking at 350°F/177°C. 2. To make the marinade, using a whisk, mix the coconut milk, cilantro, cinnamon, lime juice and jalapeno in a small bow. Place the chicken breasts in a large shallow dish and pour the marinade over the chicken to cover. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours. 3. To make the salsa, toss the onion, tomato, mango, green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, jalapeno, salt, chili powder, lime juice and honey in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. 4. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and discard the marinade. Place the chicken on the grid and close the lid of the Egg. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes per side, until the thermometer reads 160°F/71°C. 5. Place the chicken breasts on plates and top with the salsa. Garnish each plate with lime wedges and a sprig of cilantro.

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hobby. Case in point: Big Green Egg’s EGGtoberfest held each fall at Stone Mountain Park, where grill owners gather to cook, compare and share. But the ceramic craze is about more than just meat. From pizzas to peach cobbler, you might be surprised at what you can cook on a ceramic grill. For a sampling, you need only visit Pinterest. We asked several local ceramic grill dealers and backyard enthusiasts to help us compile the following mouth-watering list of recipes. Consider it our gift to all the Dear Old Dads out there – happy grilling!


BEER CAN WHITE CHICKEN CHILI Derald Schultz, PRIMO • 1 whole chicken • 1 can beer • 4 cans of great northern beans • 2 medium yellow onions (chopped) • 4 cloves garlic (minced) • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 teaspoons cumin • 2 teaspoons oregano • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne • 4 cups of chicken broth • 16 oz. diced green chiles • 2 cups sour cream • 16 oz. heavy cream • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Set up the grill for indirect cooking and heat to 350°F. Fill the Primo chicken sitter with beer, place chicken on top and place in grill. Cook until the breast is 160°F (estimated cooking time 90 minutes). When done, remove the chicken and allow to sit uncovered for 45 minutes to cool before shredding the chicken. Use the breast and thigh meat, and set the wings and drumsticks to the side. 2. Chop the onions and garlic, heat a pan with olive oil and cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent. Stir frequently. 3. Drain the beans and add to a 7-quart Dutch oven along with the chicken, onion garlic mixture, and the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly. 4. Place the Dutch oven in the grill uncovered (still set up for indirect and at 350°F). Wait 30 minutes to add smoky flavor to the chili and cover. Simmer for 90 minutes. Stir occasionally and to ensure that it is simmering. If it is boiling rapidly, reduce heat. 5. Serve in a large soup bowl, top with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips on the side.


3 Michael Kratchmer of Papa Scruff’s “Dixie BBQ with a Kick” has been cooking, catering and teaching classes on Big Green Eggs in Roswell for 10 years and says he is “happy to help with any questions my fellow barbecue brothers and sisters may have.” Reach out to Michael at papascruff@


Michael Kratchmer, Get a nice 5-8 pound Roswell Boston Butt from a butcher. BIG GREEN EGG Rub it with your favorite rub the night before and refrigerate. Take it out about one to two hours before cooking time begins and let it come to room temperature. Load your ceramic grill with “lump” charcoal and enough pre-soaked hickory/apple chunks (not chips) to smoke for two to three hours. Light the grill and bring temperature to 225 degrees and stabilize the temp. Put in the diffuser and drip pan, adding some beer and some nice herbs to the drip pan. Now place grate in grill. Put pork in, fat side up to help with basting while cooking. Let cook for about 1.5 hours per pound, or until internal temperature is around 190-200 degrees. I like to put a loose piece of aluminum foil on top at around 175 degrees. When done, let rest 15-20 minutes; then it will pull right apart.


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6 Derald Schultz, PRIMO, This coleslaw is not cooked on a grill, but it makes a great side for wings, ribs, burgers and other grilled foods. • ½ medium head cabbage, shredded • ½ large red onion, diced • 1 cup grated carrots • 2 stalks celery, chopped • 1 red bell pepper, diced • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro • ¼ cup olive oil • ½ cup white vinegar



• ½ cup apple cider vinegar • ½ cup honey • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper • Salt and pepper to taste In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrot, onion, red pepper and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Pour over vegetable mixture and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.



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Mike Cotsman, Alpharetta BIG GREEN EGG Mike scored a free Big Green Egg when his neighbor moved and gave the grill away. Once he cooked on it, he “couldn’t believe how chicken could taste so good—so smoky and juicy.” He says pulled pork is awesome on the Egg as well.

• 1 whole cut-up chicken 4-6 pounds • ½ cup kosher salt • 2-liter bottle of Coke (or Pepsi if you’re from Ohio) Dissolve the salt in the Coke, poke some holes in the chicken and marinate in the Coke overnight or several hours. After marinating, dry it off and rub it with the following mix: • ¼ cup vegetable oil • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper • 1 tablespoon dry mustard • 2 tablespoons paprika Cook it on the Egg at 275 degrees for about an hour, flipping it half way through.

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1. Prepare your marinade by mixing the whiskey and the mustard. Put the tuna steaks (thawed, not frozen) in a Ziploc bag and add the marinade. • 2 ¾ pound sashimi grade Let marinate in the center cut tuna steaks refrigerator for no more • Your favorite barbecue rub than one hour. Marinade: 2. Prepare your balsamic • ¾ to 1 cup Jack Daniels reduction by mixing the Tennessee Honey Whiskey balsamic vinegar, lemon • 1-2 tablespoons whole juice and garlic in a small grain Dijon mustard saucepan. Reduce by half over medium high heat. Balsamic reduction: Set aside and let cool. • 6 tablespoons aged 3. Fire up your grill for balsamic vinegar direct high heat cooking. • Juice of one lemon, 4. Remove your tuna steaks freshly squeezed from the marinade and • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed sprinkle on an even

coating of your favorite barbecue rub on both sides of the steaks. Sear the steaks over direct heat for one minute on each side, then sear the edges of each steak as well. 5. Remove the tuna from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steaks in pencil thin slices and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. 6. You can serve this immediately or plate it, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to serve. You can also garnish with sesame seeds.

• 3-4 large turkey legs (up to 1 pound each) Marinade: • ¼ cup orange juice • ¼ cup hot sauce • ¼ cup Dijon mustard • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Glaze: • ¼ cup orange juice • ¼ cup honey • ¼ cup Dijon mustard • ¼ cup barbecue sauce • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice


2. Prepare grill for indirect cooking at 325-350 degrees. 3. Remove the turkey legs from the marinade bag and season liberally with your favorite poultry seasoning blend. John Setzler 4. Place turkey legs on KAMADO JOE, Courtesy the grill over indirect of Ace Hardware, Crabapple heat. Baste with the glaze mixture every 15 minutes until the 1. Mix marinade ingredients turkey legs reach an and add to turkey legs internal temperature of in a sealable plastic bag. 165 degrees with a meat Marinate in the refrigerator thermometer. for two hours or overnight.


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A Private Oasis Master Gardener Jane Shoenberger shares her beautiful backyard during June’s Forsyth County Garden Tour By KATIE VANBRACKLE


ometimes to find new ideas to brighten your own garden, it helps to step into someone else’s. With this in mind, the Master Gardeners of Forsyth County open their private home grounds to the public during a bi-annual Garden Tour, showcasing a variety of the most interesting gardens and featuring Master Gardeners at each location who will answer questions and share tips on how to plant for sun, shade, drought tolerance, privacy screening, and many other challenges in the southern garden. The 2014 Garden Tour will be held June 7th, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with a rain date of June 14th. To purchase $20 tickets, and for more details, visit http://fcmg.sharepoint. com. The lovely garden of Jane and Charles Shoenberger near Lake Lanier in Cumming will be featured on this year’s tour. Jane’s enthusiasm for gardening, especially culinary herbs, is infectious, and she was pleased to answer a few questions for Northside Woman readers.

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How long have you been gardening in Georgia?

My husband Charles and I moved to Cumming from Sarasota, Florida, in 2006. We almost didn’t buy the house we live in now because the backyard was such a weedy, gnarly, brambly mess—covered in muscadine vines among other things. But my husband is a retired architect and I know a bit about garden design, so we decided to give it a go.

How did you begin your backyard transformation?

There was a serious drought in 2006, so we began by doing tons of research on drought tolerant plants which thrive in this area of the state. Then we moved a hill back, added two terraces, a series of raised planting beds, a stacked stone wall, stepping stones and pathways. My husband is into angles and I’m into curves, but we came up with a pattern that works. It’s a small lot, just ¾ of an acre, but we managed to turn it into a nice little oasis where we can sit and enjoy ourselves.

When did you first discover your love of gardening?

I was in the hair business for 40 years, so I started gardening in the early 1990’s as a means of quiet escape from my busy days. I was lousy at it at first and killed everything until I finally sought advice from my local Master Gardeners who were a big help. Then Charles and I took a trip to Seattle and visited Herbfarm, a gorgeous restaurant with it’s own small farm and kitchen garden full of fresh herbs. I took one look and said, “I want this!” I’ve been hooked on culinary herbs ever since.

What do you enjoy about growing herbs?

Everything! I could talk about herbs for hours. You

Jane Shoenberger with Maggie and Marty.

can grow them in pots, in beds, or simply blend them into your existing landscaping. Rosemary, for example, is an evergreen shrub that can grow 4-5 feet tall. Herbs are also drought resistant and deer resistant. The pungent flavors of herbs are not appealing to deer.

Which herbs are your favorites for cooking?

Basil is so, so good and quite versatile. There are so many varieties. Boxwood and Spicy Globe basil both have tight mounds of small leaves and make a good

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▼ HER GARDEN, Continued from Page 24 landscaping border. You can strip the tiny leaves and sprinkle them over a pasta dish or on a pizza. Black opal basil combined with champagne vinegar is delightful. Lavender blossoms are edible as well. Last year in Seattle, I had a lavender Cosmo cocktail that was to die for. I like to drizzle goat cheese crumbles with a little honey, then sprinkle lavender blossoms on top. After it sits for about 10-15 minutes, it makes a nice appetizer served with thin crackers. Lemon verbena is another “must-grow.” Steep a bit in your ice tea to add a nice, noticeable, but not overpowering flavor. When I lived in Cincinnatti, I dabbled a bit in gourmet products featuring herbs, such as blueberry conserve with Grand Marnier—sort of like a jam with mint and chopped walnuts. And in 2011, I was runner-up in the Flavor of Georgia

What are some easy-to-grow plants for North Georgia gardens? I love Lamb’s Ear, which is a silver-ish ground cover. Sedum, a type of succulent, comes in tons of varieties and is almost foolproof. You can grow it in rocky areas. Euphorbia, another nice succulent, comes in many colors and is water-wise, not requiring much water to thrive.

How did your garden fare during the recent harsh winter?

The winter took a bite out of our plants just like everyone else, but we are replacing as necessary which is time consuming. Of all years to have our home on the garden tour! But we have decided not to stress about it and to instead use it as an educational example on how gardeners can handle weather extremes.

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Our neighborhood was built out of a forest, so we have more trees than most. We had 25 trees taken down in March, but you barely notice, there are still so many left. It was fairly easy to turn our garden into a bird sanctuary. We added multiple feeders and a birdbath. One particular little robin, however, has figured out a different way to get fresh water. He follows me around the garden, hopping from post to post along the picket fence. When I water the ground, he jumps down for a drink, then flies back up to sit and wait. He will buzz me if I don’t give him water!

Do you have a favorite peaceful spot?

There are two benches on our second terrace which make a particularly nice place to sit, but I love it all. My goal is to see something pretty from every window in my house. ■

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orth Fulton boasts a sublime array of shopping – unique clothing and décor boutiques, nationwide “big box” stores and some wonderful women’s resale clothing stores. If you are new to resale or consignment shopping, you need not fear. Most boutiques in our area are very selective about the items they accept – if it is overly worn, outdated or not in line with today’s trends, it won’t be on the racks, making resale shops a great place for budget-conscious women to enhance their seasonal wardrobes with high quality, upscale brands without breaking the bank. Keep in mind that top brands such as Cole Haan will

not be dirt cheap, even in a resale boutique, but the price will be dramatically lower than if you purchased the item new. To illustrate my point, I recently invited Milton resident Lara Wright to join me at three local resale boutiques where we had fun putting together several “head to toe” outfits. While many consignment and thrift shops sell sample sizes (size 2 dresses and size 6 shoes) garnered from various sources, we found a plethora of items in sizes for “real” women, too. A final word from the expert: It doesn’t matter how inexpensive an item is. If it doesn’t fit you well, don’t

buy it. Secondly, before purchasing an impulse item, make sure you can create at least three outfits with it in your current wardrobe. Have fun shopping the local deals! If you see me in the local boutiques, ask me for fashion advice. I love to help! ■ As a personal wardrobe consultant and owner of Alpharetta-based Fashion With Flair, Lori Wynne helps people look their best. Contact her at

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670 North Main St., Alpharetta Owner Vicki Naso is passionate about providing good quality designer pieces from brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tory Burch, Cole Haan, and Isabella Fiore. She encourages her consigners to dry clean their items before bringing them in to sell. They look over every item very thoroughly before it ever hits the floor. Naso recommends getting your second-hand designer handbags authenticated. “If you paid an extremely low price for it, it probably isn’t real,” she said. With so many choices, we couldn’t help ourselves and created two designer outfits. Designer Consigner outfit 1: Necklace .............................. $8.49 Tory Burch top............... $69.99 Citizens of Humanity jeans $59.99 Donald Pliner handbag $79.99 Michael Kors sandals $29.49 TOTAL: $247.95

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12660 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta Manager Colby Davis advises shoppers, “Be willing to hunt. You can’t just breeze through.” She worked in couture clothing for 10 years and won’t shop anywhere else. You will find slightly used designer items for $200-$300 less than retail. Items move quickly here. “If you love it, grab it,” Davis said. “This is also a great place to shop for one-of-a-kind prom gowns and formals for college rush.” Twisted Thread semi-formal outfit: Necklace and bracelets ................ $44.99 Next Black clutch................................ $8.00 Banana Republic pumps.............. $19.99 ECI dress................................................$62.00 TOTAL: $134.98

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Going Gr k Joanna Shook prepares local women for sorority recruitment

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the National Panhellenic Conference, she has advised sororities across the Southeast, including chapters at the University of Georgia, Auburn, Furman and College of Charleston. Her knowledge of the system came in handy when her own daughter, Mattie, decided to go Greek at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. But this time, Shook experienced it all as a mother for the first time. “It was horrible!” Shook said with a laugh. “Mattie always knew she wanted to join a sorority and we were very well prepared with many sponsor forms, but it was still stressful to watch my daughter go through recruitment. We were in constant contact via texting for


oanna Shook was the first member of her family to “go Greek” when she pledged Delta Gamma at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas back in the 1980’s. SMU was a relatively small school where most social activity was centered around fraternities and sororities. Shook now calls Johns Creek home and is still heavily involved with Delta Gamma as a national advisor, counting sorority membership as one of the most enduring relationships of her life. Through her work with

most of the week, but just before the final round of invitations, the girls’ phones were taken away. It was radio silence, and I was freaking out! I had no idea which houses she would be Joanna Shook visiting for ‘prefs.’

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Alpha Delta Pi new members at UNC Chapel Hill celebrate bid day.

▼ HER VIEW, Continued from Page 30 Finally, she made it back to the dorms and Skyped me.” Mattie happily pledged Alpha Delta Pi, and after it was all over, Shook realized that she could use her experience to help other mothers and daughters going through the “fun, yet stressful” sorority recruitment process. Through her business, It’s All Greek Gifts, Shook organized a series of 90-minute workshops in Alpharetta, where mothers and daughters can ask questions and be advised on every part of the process, which has changed dramatically in the past decade. Technology now plays a key role, from online sponsor forms to a computer matching system that dictates how many girls each sorority can invite back each day. “When I went through Rush, as it was called then,” remembers Shook, “we would meet in a ballroom and be given a list of organizations that had invited us back. We would then accept or regret those invitations based on how many party slots we had to fill. And if we were disappointed, we had several hours to recuperate between accept/regret and the parties. Now, on most campuses, women and sororities list their priorities almost simultaneously. The women are given a list of the parties they are attending immediately before parties begin. If someone is disappointed, there is almost no time to regroup.”

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Many campuses are also moving to “no-frills” recruitment, meaning that the popular “skit days” are being removed from the schedule. “The thought is that the skit will be replaced with more values-based conversation, so the members and potential new members have a better chance to get to know each other and how well they fit. This will mean many minutes of conversation that will move past the small talk of ‘where are you from?’ and ‘what’s your major?’” Because each school does things somewhat differently, Shook invites a guest panel of current sorority girls to attend the workshops as advisors, sharing tips on what to wear and participating in mock conversations. “I stress the importance of going in to each house with an open mind. Pay attention to things like which philanthropies each sorority supports, and dig deeper to find the best fit,” said Shook. “Recruitment can be a nerve-wracking process, but it can also be an absolute blast. Like it or not, it is the gateway to a rewarding, lifelong membership experience. My hope is that women will leave the workshop feeling prepared, empowered and excited.” The next Sorority Recruitment Workshop will be held Sunday, July 13, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Never Enough Thyme, 5354 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta. Cost is $75. For more information, visit www. ■







orth Atlanta is a hub for trendy-yet-refined interior decor. With plenty of brick and mortar stores to choose from, the difficult part is picking which styles best reflect your personality and taste. Below, experts offer their views on the staples and fads.

Looking Back to the Future in Interior Design

T I hate my room!! Where do I start??


esigning a room can be overwhelming! You want to love your room for years to come, but where to begin? First you need something that inspires you; websites like Pinterest and are a great place to start! They are full of design ideas, look for something that makes you feel alive and happy. It can be a whole room or just a paint color, art piece, or fabric. Take that inspiration and head out to some of your favorite local shops. Look for that one piece that speaks to you. It can be as simple as a chest, rug, lamp, painting, or chair. When you find that one piece that makes you that you must have, you have found your starting point! Take a photo or purchase it; now it is time to get with a designer. From just that one inspirational piece a good designer can orchestrate an entire space to look and feel the way you dream. A room you will fall in love with. Warm and inviting yet elegant and timeless, a room you look forward to coming home to! ■

Celesa L Tuning has been in in the design business for over 21 years, working closely with clients on both new projects as well as remodels. She has had rooms featured in the Street of Dreams, Roswell Women’s Show House and Atlanta Magazine. Visit Celesa at Home Fashion Interiors in Alpharetta celesa@

uscany Fine Furnishings has just completed 10 years in the business and there have been many changes in the interior decorating fashions. Once we thought furniture should be traditional and large. Now, with many people downsizing we see furniture that is less invasive and less ornamental. Furnishings are now more streamlined and with a smaller profile. Multifunctional furniture is also in high demand. As our technology advances so will the need for our furniture. We are seeing the incorporation of pull out shelving, outlets and USB ports for charging lap tops, iPods and cell phones. Eco-friendly furnishings and fabrics are also high in demand resulting from our desire to be green. Clients are acknowledging the beauty of reclaimed wood and other recycled materials. Natural stones, such as agate, are stunning in chandeliers and other accessories. People value products that are made in the USA and are coveted as well. The return of the art deco style is trending as seen in lacquered furniture, high glosses and metallics. Gold leaf and brass are making a rapid comeback. Pieces are softer in sensibility with a more tranquil feel than the bold colors we have seen in the past. Fabrics with sheen and wood with luminous finishes create a modern opulent look without a heavy feel. Because of today’s busy lifestyles there has been a movement to create a more peaceful environment in the home. This is created by clean lines, softer, more neutral color palettes and general decluttering. Even the compositions of artwork have evolved to include more geometrics and less ornate detail. Indoor waterfalls are increasingly popular and contribute even more to the relaxing retreat we desire our homes to be. It is nice to come home to a calming, relaxing décor after a hectic day. ■

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Make your home at Marina Bay, where you can excel in the art of resort-style living every day. Where the trumpeting of Canadian geese signal dusk each day, and waves lap gently against the marina’s docks. Where the sounds of laughter invite you to the tennis village, and couples gather for evening cocktails at the fireside pavilion. Whether you are looking for a year-round home or a second home, you will find it at Marina Bay . . . where good times and good neighbors are celebrated, and life is rich in the texture of the seasons. In the heart of North Hall, just minutes from I-985, Ga. 400 and downtown Gainesville, this truly is resort living. But it’s also the community you want to come home to. Find your home at Marina Bay on Lake Lanier.

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ummer heat and humidity can wreak havoc on our hair and skin. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind while trying to tame those tresses and keep us feeling flawless all summer long.

■ Forget your flat iron and usual styling aids for the next few months. Summer begs for beachy waves and windswept hair, so let it dry naturally after applying light styling mist with a sunscreen in it like Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($26). It will keep frizz at bay while protecting it for 16 hours of summer sun. Also, if you swim in the pool or the ocean, spritz a generous amount on your locks between dips. After a long day in the surf, Aveda’s Sun Care line offers Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser ($21) that removes chlorine, salt and buildup. Then followup with Sun Care After Sun Hair Masque ($26)

■ All that sun and water dehydrates our skin and can cause uneven results with summer color enhancers. Shower in cooler water with a creamy shower wash and mix in a few tablespoons of baking soda at least twice a week for an all over exfoliation. Using a daily self-tanning body lotion with sunscreen like Jergens Natural Glow + Protect Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 ($11) replenishes, tans and protects with no self-tanning odor. Be sure to layer a lightweight waterproof sunblock over it, like Aveeno Active Naturals Hydro Sport SPF 30 ($11) when poolside. ■ A few staples to stash in your beach bag should include a moisturizing lip balm with color and SPF like Sugar Lip Balm SPF 15 by fresh ($22.50), a snappy ball cap to cover waterlogged tresses, a travel size SPF 50+ lotion for backs of hands, ears and noses and a refreshing body wipe and spray fragrance for just showered freshness. My favorites are Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 ($4), Paper Shower Fresh-12 pack wet/dry towelettes ($14) and the classic refreshing and unisex fragrance, 4711 Original Eau de Cologne in a splash or spray ($12-$30). The light, citrusy fragrance instantly improves your mood (and your odor) and can be used by even the youngest family members, just as it has been used for over 200 years. It’s a summer must-have and can be used all year long for an instant pickme-up! Happy summer to all! ■ Cynthia provides consulting and makeup application services through Visage Designs by Cynthia. Contact her at

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summer activities

Summer Fun with kids Ideas for beating the ‘I’m bored!” blues



ooking for new ways to keep the kids busy and happy during the summer break? We are fortunate to live in an area with endless possibilities for summer fun. Here are just a few to get you started.

Gwinnett Braves Baseball

Taking your kids out to “the old ballgame” is easy and fun at Minor League Gwinnett Braves games in Lawrenceville. Kids can get close to the action and visit with Chopper, the furry mascot. Parents can get a sneak peek of rising Braves stars. Games are

played at Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. For a schedule and to buy tickets, visit index.jsp?sid=t431

New water park at Six Flags Have some wet and wild fun at the all-new Hurricane Harbor water park at Six Flags over Georgia, a seven-acre water park featuring a 38,000 square foot

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summer activities screen. Pre-show activities include a moonwalk, giant slide, face painting, children’s activities, give-aways, entertainment, food and drinks. Movie starts at dusk. Preshow activities start two hours prior. Free. Movie title to be announced one week prior to the event. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road.

▼ SUMMER, Continued from Page 36 wave pool, the Bonzai Pipelines multi-slide complex, an interactive water playground for children, and the Tsunami Surge, a dual-slide complex which drops riders down an enclosed five-story drop and whirls them around a 40-footwide bowl, followed by a zero-gravity plunge out the bottom. Admission to the water park is free with general park admission or season passes. overgeorgia/attractions/hurricane-harbor

Puppet Shows in Roswell


Treat your young ones to live puppet shows at Roswell’s Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Enjoy Aesop’s Fantastic Fables by the everpopular Lee Bryan, as well as Cinderella, Jungle Book and Peter Rabbit, among others. Shows are held Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m., with additional shows Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.

Movies in the Park in Johns Creek

Enjoy outdoor family fun at Newtown Park, centered around a featured movie presented on a huge outdoor

Tellus Science Museum

If you have not yet visited the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, get ready for a delightful day trip. Go stargazing in the digital planetarium, stare into the fearsome jaws of a Tyrannosaurus rex, pan for gems, dig for fossils, and marvel at a full-size replica of the Wright brothers’ plane, just to name a few of the scientific wonders that await. An “All Aboard Train Exhibit” opens July 12, 2014, featuring HO scale model trains rolling over 100 feet of railroad track past scenes of an imaginary seaside village. To plan your visit, go to Tellus Science Museum, I-75 Exit 293, Cartersville.

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Blueberry picking at Berry Patch Farms

The blueberries should be ready for picking around July 1st at Berry Patch Farms in Woodstock. Grab a bucket and fill it to the brim with pesticide-free berries--feel free to sneak a few right off the bushes! Berry Patch Farms offers recipes on their website for blueberry muffins, pancakes and desserts. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but call before you go: 770-926-0561. Berry Patch Farms, 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. www. ■


Smallerthan a dime

Robotic surgical method greatly reduces scar size


North Fulton Hospital CEO


oday’s woman usually is well-informed about health care matters that affect her and her family. Any health care provider worth their weight knows that women still make most of the health care choices for their family members. Those choices can be as little as the best and safest over-the-counter cold medicine for little kids to nagging the husband to get the dreaded colonoscopy. The choices the women of our community make often drive what we in the health care industry call “the standard of care.” Women who are well-informed and ask a lot of questions of their physicians usually set the bar high. Over the last decade, these women in the North Fulton community served by North Fulton Hospital have set a new standard for gynecological surgery, specifically their

desire for that surgery to be done by a surgeon who is trained for and will use a daVinci robot. North Fulton Hospital is happy to announce that beginning this summer, daVinci robotic surgery for gynecological surgery patients will be available at our facility. Of course, equipment without the well-credentialed surgeon and operating room staff to use means little, so we will have that, too. The daVinci system is also used for a wide range of other specialties, including, but not limited to, urological surgery, general surgery and ENT surgery. All of these will eventually be available at North Fulton Hospital. The major reason most women choose daVinci robotic surgery is that it is a single-incision surgery through one tiny incision in the belly button smaller than a dime, making the procedure virtually scarless. Benefits may also include minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction. Indeed, the women of our community have spoken, and North Fulton Hospital is ready to answer. ■

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ou can’t tell if tires are properly inflated just by looking at them. Even though they may look fine, they may be significantly underinflated. Maintaining the correct air pressure in your tires helps your car handle and stop properly, as well as saving you money on fuel. Most people don’t think about their tires until something goes wrong. However, tires lose pressure over time. That’s why it is critical to check your tire pressure regularly. Keep in mind that some vehicles specify different pressures for the front and rear tires. Also, don’t forget to check your spare; you never know when you might need it. What is the correct pressure? One of the places to look is in your owner’s manual. Correct pressure for most cars will also be listed on the tire placard on the door edge or door post. Some cars may also have this information on the fuel door or glove box. When you check the inflation pressure, make sure the tires are cold – meaning that they have not been driven on for several hours. If you have to drive to get inflation, check and record the pressure first and add the appropriate pressure when you get to the pump. Please keep in mind that the tire pressure listed on the side of the tire is the maximum pressure for that tire, not the correct pressure for your car. If one or more of your tires are significantly underinflated, you should have the tire inspected to determine and repair the cause of the leak. For your convenience, any of the Wood and Fullerton Goodyear locations will check your tire pressure for free. It should only take a couple of minutes and will give you one less thing to worry about. ■

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etunia is an affectionate 7-year-old beauty looking for her perfect forever home. Found as a stray, she was rescued by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue and placed immediately with new parents who loved her. Unfortunately, shortly after her adoption, she was returned due to her new owner’s severe allergies. So now, Petunia is looking for a second chance to find happiness. Her foster mom says Petunia is extremely friendly, loves nothing more in the world than to be in her human’s lap and gets along with other cats and dogs, too. She has no bad habits or health problems – other than a few extra pounds! To find out more about our featured feline, or one of the other cats up for adoption through Angels Rescue, please contact the Angels Among Us Pet Rescue – Cats team by email at ■


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We have all heard the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Most often, this is said when referring to a human, as it gets increasingly difficult to change our ways as we age. For the same reason, teaching new tricks to an old dog can sometimes be challenging. However, dogs are highly motivated by food and their desire to please their owner, so you may have a better chance than you think at teaching your dog a new trick and/or modifying their behavior. Showing new tricks or desired behaviors to dogs is

generally most successful when good treats are involved. It is important to pick healthy treats that the dog is able to tolerate without getting an upset stomach. With consistency and good treats, most any dog will want to learn new tricks. Old dogs may also benefit from obedience training. For training to be successful, it is of utmost importance to ensure lots of consistency. All household members must be on the same page, commands must be given in the same manner by all and any hand signal used must always have the same meaning. These simple rules will help the speed with which the dog will learn. Like humans, dogs age and develop ailments that can hinder their ability to learn or perform new tricks. Older

dogs can suffer from hearing loss, cataracts, arthritis and cognitive dysfunction, which can limit their ability and/or desire to perform. In the case of conditions such as hearing loss, the dog may benefit from hand signals rather than from verbal commands. This is why it’s important to have dogs evaluated by a veterinarian to be sure that they are in perfect health. Dog trainers can also shed some light on how to best train your dog. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations of dog trainers in your area. ■

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CONSULTANT: Gail C. Goldberg, EdS Gail Goldberg is the founder of “Biscuit’s Books: Early Literacy Begins at Home”. Please donate new or used pre-school level books so Gail and Biscuit can get them to children in need. Drop off points: Amana Acedemy, (Alpharetta), Atlanta Metropolitan Publishers, (Roswell), International Pre-School, (Atlanta), Jeweler On The Square, (Marietta), Roswell Cultural Arts Center, (Roswell) and Dea Salon (Roswell). Biscuit is a Therapy Dog who goes to schools with the “Tail Waggin’ Reading” program through Therapy Dogs International. Contact Gail for details on therapy visits and book donation. • • 404-219-0529

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“Fore” the Love of a Horse Golf Classic 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a great day of golf at the Trophy Club while supporting For the Love of a Horse, a local, volunteerrun nonprofit dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of horses with criticalcare needs. $125 per golfer or $450 for a “Foresome.” Price includes green fees, cart fees, range balls, breakfast, buffet lunch and soft drinks. Enjoy fantastic door prizes and gift bags. The Trophy Club of Atlanta, 15135 Hopewell Road, Alpharetta. To learn more visit

JUNE celebrate summer with beer, wine and delicious food from some of Alpharetta’s best restaurants. Part of downtown will open for one big street party. Table of eight is $130 and individual tickets are $10. Tickets available in advance and at the event. 35 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta.


Johns Creek Farmers Market 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Each Saturday through Sept. 6, rain or shine. Meet local farmers and shop for organic and/or sustainable foods and produce. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road. To learn more or to sign up for the weekly newsletter, visit Alpharetta Farmers Market 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each Saturday through mid-October. Browse homegrown fruits and vegetables from local farms as well as all-natural meats, fresh flowers and plants, desserts, raw honey, homemade soaps, sauces and jellies. Downtown Alpharetta, intersection of N. Main Street and Milton Avenue. 15th annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival in Roswell 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Also Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center’s annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival enchants young and old all weekend when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies. Enjoy a temporary Butterfly Encounter Exhibit where you can hand feed hundreds of free flying, native butterfly species. The weekend also includes live music, food trucks, plant sales, exhibits, arts and crafts and face painting. Kids can wear butterfly costumes and join a daily parade. $12 admission. CNC, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

Second City comedy in Roswell 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Drawing on classic material from their archives as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, Second City’s “Happily Ever Laughter” is your chance to see comedy stars in the making during an evening of smart, cutting edge comedy. Part of the Live in Roswell series. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St,, Roswell. For tickets and information, visit


June Singing in Alpharetta 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This annual Alpharetta event has been happening for over 140 years. An informal network of people gather to sing from the Sacred Harp and other shape note books. The singers spread “dinner on the ground” and everyone brings a covered dish to share. The public is invited to come listen or sing. Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, 4490 State Bridge Way, Alpharetta. Alpharetta City Band Concert 3 p.m. Enjoy a patriotic musical performance by the Alpharetta City Band. Co-sponsored by the Golden Age Club. Alpharetta Adult Activity Center, 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta.


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


Forsyth Master Gardeners Garden Tour 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Forsyth Master Gardeners present a Garden Tour every other year, showcasing private grounds with a variety of garden designs and plants. Seven gardens will be featured in this year’s tour, including the gardens at Cumming Elementary. Tickets can be purchased in advance and are $15 if purchased before June 5, and $20 on tour day. For information, call 770-887-2418 or visit Alpharetta Brew Moon Summerfest 6:30 – 11 p.m. Gather your friends and 42 | | june2014

“Tarzan” at Cumming Playhouse 8 p.m. Based on the Disney film by the same name, “Tarzan” tells the story of a young man raised by a tribe of gorillas to manhood, when a pretty English naturalist crosses his path and teaches him about love and civilized ways. Featuring songs by Phil Collins, this show promises to be a springtime hit for young and old alike. All seats $25. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.


Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market 8 a.m. – noon. Every Saturday through the end of September. Head to the shady parking lot behind Roswell City Hall to find a producer-only market drawing from the best vendors within a 100-mile radius selling a wide variety of fruits, veggies, flowers, herbs, breads and pastries, cheeses, grass-fed meats, eggs, salsas, drinks, jams and jellies, cookies, artisan bath products and more. A typical Saturday includes live music, miniworkshops, children’s programs, henna tattoos and chef demonstrations. A bistro area allows shoppers to relax, eat and enjoy. Lavender Festival at Barrington Hall 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. From aromatherapy to shortbread cookies discover the many varieties, uses and folk remedies associated with the ancient plant, lavender. Held on the grounds of beautiful Barrington Hall, the event also features food, music, demonstrations, kids’ activities, vendors, samples of lavender recipes and more. Try lavender beer, and enjoy yoga in the Zen Zone. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.

Johns Creek Movies in the Park p.m. Enjoy outdoor family fun at Newtown Park, centered around a featured movie presented on a huge outdoor screen. Pre-show activities include a moonwalk, giant slide, face painting, children’s activities, giveaways, entertainment, food and drinks. Movie starts at dusk. Pre-show activities start two hours prior. Free. Movie title to be announced one week prior to the event. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road.


“Breeze Kings” outdoor music at Mathilda’s 8 p.m. Mathilda’s Cottage offers live outdoor music “under the pines” throughout the summer months. Bring your lawn chairs, food and drinks, even your dog on a leash for an unforgettably laid-back evening of entertainment. Purchase tickets at the door. $15. Kids 16 and under free when accompanied by a parent. Mathilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main St., Alpharetta. See the full music schedule at

the NE/Spruill Oaks Library is open to the public and features a wide variety of children’s, teen and adult fiction and nonfiction books and media. Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek.


Possum Trot 10K and 1-Mile Fun Run 6:30 a.m. Benefit the Chattahoochee River by bringing a team to this fast, fun, scenic race along the Chattahoochee River – a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. 10K run starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by a 1-mile fun run immediately after at 7:35 a.m. Register early to ensure your spot at, $35 for 10K and $15 for fun run. The first 1,000 persons to sign up receive a free T-shirt. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Craft Beer Festival and 5K Road Race 6 p.m. Part of the inaugural World’s Hoppiest Race Series, the 5K will start and stop at Corner Deli in downtown Alpharetta, beginning at 8 p.m. A coinciding Craft Beer Festival features live music and entertainment and a free beer for every runner. Festival participants receive a commemorative beer glass for sampling over 100 craft beers from all over the U.S. $35 registration on race day, beginning at 5 p.m.


Roswell Patriotic Celebration Concerts 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. The 120-voice RUMC sanctuary choir and 60-member Atlanta Wind Symphony give musical tribute to our nation and those who serve in the Armed Forces. Complimentary tickets in the church main office, 770-594-0512. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell.


Alive After Five in Roswell 5 – 9 p.m. Come to the best street party in metro Atlanta for live music, outside vendors and extended retail hours, face painting, free trolley and more. Held the third Thursday each month, April through October. Canton Street, downtown Roswell.


Library Book Sale in Johns Creek 1 – 5 p.m. Also Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The summer book sale by the Friends of


Ga. 400 Hospitality Highway Century Ride 7 a.m. Bicyclists take over all lanes on Ga. 400 from Holcomb Bridge to Northridge Road. Don’t miss the excitement! Begin on Ga. 400, then ride the select routes of your choosing.

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