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Young women honor and serve military veterans through the American Legion Junior Auxiliary By KATIE VANBRACKLE


3 1. Members of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary, from left, Faith Wagner, Meghan Deehan, Tara Deehan, Alex Roll-Mitchell, Lindsey Laubenstein, Anna Ezrine, Chandler Moore, Christana Wagner. 2. Lindsey Burr and Chandler Moore help someone locate the name of a loved one on the Traveling Vietnam Wall in Canton. 3. Anna Ezrine, Chandler Moore, Christana Wagner and Kim Oliver load up Christmas gift donations for the Junior Auxiliary’s Adopt-A-Vet family. 6 | | july2014




he American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), founded in 1919, is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, with a mission to honor the sacrifice of those who serve in the United States armed forces by enhancing the lives of veterans, military and their families, both at home and abroad. The ALA encourages young women to get involved as well, with a Junior Auxiliary program available to girls through age 17. Junior members volunteer with other girls in their age group, planning community service projects and conducting their own meetings. In 2011, local resident Tana Wagner helped re-energize the Junior Auxiliary at Alpharetta’s Post 201 by bringing in a group of young freshmen from Milton High School. “To be eligible for membership, you must be a daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter or sister of a member of the American Legion or someone who served in the armed forces of the United States during certain wartime periods,” Wagner explained, adding that the group is actively recruiting new members. “Our motto is Service Before Self,” said Kim Oliver, who serves as president of Post 201’s Auxiliary. “The Juniors are involved in a wide variety of activities, including handing out poppies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day to local residents in exchange for donations to the Auxiliary, and collecting toiletry and comfort items for an annual Stand Down event through the Atlanta V.A. Hospital, where homeless veterans are provided with services such as food, shelter, clothing and health screenings.” Last fall, several young women volunteered at the American Heroes Air Show in Canton, where the Traveling Vietnam Wall was set up – a three-fifths scale replica of the actual memorial located in Washington, D.C. Christana Wagner used a laptop to help visitors search a computer database for the location of names of the deceased on the wall. “Visitors came to us with very little information on the person, but we were able to find the location of the name by narrowing down the hometown, branch, etc.,” she said. “You could see the real joy and sometimes pain on some people’s face once we gave them the panel and line

number of a loved one’s name. “This service to our veterans was really special to be a part of,” she said. “We’ve been able to help active soldiers and retired veterans, so it’s been neat to see how we can affect these people at different points in their military life. Seeing how much they appreciate it makes every effort beyond worth it.” Wagner’s experience was made all the more poignant as she hopes to soon join the U.S. military herself. Wagner, who graduated from Milton High School in May, was one of two North Fulton students who received a coveted appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Junior Auxiliary member Chandler Moore’s most memorable service project was the Adopt-A-Veteran Christmas program held in December 2013. The Juniors adopted a family of eight – an older couple with six grandchildren in their care – and solicited donations of bikes, coats, boots and toys for each child. “Our group learned about a struggling military family in the Atlanta area, and it meant the world to us to be able to give back to them by providing a ‘miracle Christmas,’” said Moore. “More than anything else, my involvement with the American Legion has opened my eyes to the extreme dedication and courage that we have backing our great nation. Having the opportunity to serve those who have defended the country that I love has been a privilege, and we’ve certainly had a lot of fun along the way.” Moore, who was recently named valedictorian of Milton High School’s class of 2014, listed her work with the American Legion as some of the “proudest moments” of her years in high school. The graduating members of the Junior Auxiliary were honored in June at a special meeting at Post 201. When each young woman turns 18, she will become a full member of the American Legion Auxiliary. At the meeting, Anna Ezrine reflected on her four years of service. “Volunteering through the American Legion, with some of my best friends, has been such an incredible experience,” said Ezrine. “I love knowing that I have made even the smallest positive impact in my community. The fact that we get to give back to the incredible men and women who have done, and still do, so much for us and our country is an amazing feeling. I know that I will continue volunteering in the future because it is near and dear to my heart.” ■


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Honoring a courageous spirit Alpharetta mother creates cancer foundation in memory of her son Jacqueline Holland with her son Ryan Holland in 2010.

By ADELE BAKER Editor’s note: In response to our request for readers to share their “Favorite Northside Woman,” Johns Creek resident Adele Baker contacted us to share her admiration for Jacqueline Holland of Alpharetta. Baker met Holland through the website Volunteer Spot when Baker was searching for more ways to volunteer in her community. Baker was inspired by Holland’s courage and generosity in creating a foundation to support cancer patients and their families after losing her own 25-year-old son to the disease. Here, Baker tells Holland’s story.


acqueline Holland, who lives in Alpharetta with her husband and daughter, started a nonprofit organization, the Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation, in 2011 to honor her son who ended his battle with colon cancer at the age of 25. Ryan Lee Holland was a promising college graduate who was employed at the Walgreens pharmacy on Kimball

Bridge Road in Alpharetta when he was diagnosed. Throughout his treatment at Emory Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas, Jacqueline was present in her son’s life. While Ryan underwent treatment at MD Anderson, he had to travel back and forth to Houston on several occasions. During this time, Jacqueline realized the hardships a family goes through due to the burden of unpaid medical expenses, and saw how this burden impacts an individual’s treatment. Only four weeks after Ryan’s death, Jacqueline’s husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, his second bout with the disease, having originally been diagnosed in 1991. Fortunately, right now he is doing well. Many people would want to crawl into a corner after this. Not Jacqueline. She was inspired to create a foundation so that Ryan’s courageous spirit would live on through it. Her vision was to help cancer patients

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in active treatment with unpaid medical expenses, no matter their diagnosis. She fully understood the hardships that cancer patients and their families go through because she had lived their struggle. While many cancer organizations raise money to go to research for a cure, which is certainly important, the Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation gives money directly to cancer patients to help with medical expenses, doctor’s visit copayments and travel and parking expenses at hospitals, helping ease their financial burden so they can focus on getting better. In 2011, the foundation gave funds to 70 individuals. In 2012, it was 144, and in 2013 it was 153, including patients from Georgia Cancer Specialists, Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Erlanger Cancer Center, Stemmer Clinic and DeKalb Medical Center. Jacqueline was also able to provide assistance for patients through an affiliation with the American Cancer

Center and the Patient Advocate Foundation. The Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation relies upon private donations, grants and fundraisers, such as a 5K run planned for the fall of 2014 in Roswell. Jacqueline was born in Liberia and came to the United States in the 1970s with her mother and brothers. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and currently she works as executive vice president of operations for Urey Companies, a construction business in Alpharetta. But she feels her greatest accomplishment was raising her two children, Ryan and Courtney, into Christian individuals and outstanding members of their community. Courtney is also active in the foundation her mother created, helping with fundraising and social media. To learn more about the Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation, visit www. ■

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hen Stephanie Brewer’s youngest child moved away from home, leaving behind an empty nest, she felt the same sense of displacement many women feel when entering a new phase of life. “I felt sort of lost and wondered, ‘What now?’” she said. “I prayed constantly that my husband and I would find something new to do together, allowing us to stay connected.” Much to her surprise, the answer to her prayers took the form of a 550-pound Harley Davidson Sportster named Ruby. She remembers thinking, “Well, this is not at all what I expected, but yes! Let’s do it!” Brewer and her husband began riding motorcycles with friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When the couple moved to Milton a year ago, they immediately looked for ways to continue pursuing their newfound hobby. “Only a few days after we moved to Georgia, we drove halfway back to North Carolina to join our friends for a weekend ride, but we knew that couldn’t last,” said Brewer. “On our second weekend, we hooked up with the Alpharetta Road Runners and met a whole new group of friends.” The Alpharetta Road Runners is a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts who meet up regularly for both long and short rides. The group was founded by Annette and Joe Sanchez, who rode with a similar group in Portland, Oregon, before moving to Johns Creek in 2008. Annette Sanchez’s story is similar to Brewer’s. After becoming an empty nester,

Sanchez was looking for new interests, but she refused to even look at her husband’s motorcycle. However, after seeing the beautiful photographs he took on his rides through the Pacific Northwest landscape, she decided she wanted to see those scenes for herself. Swallowing her fear, she donned a helmet and hopped on the back of his motorcycle for her first ride. “It’s been huge for us,” she said. “Such a positive thing for our marriage.” Sanchez laughs at the memory of her daughter returning home from college and commenting, “Well, I never thought I’d see my mother dressed in black leather.” Now on her fourth solo bike, an 830-pound Harley Davidson Street Glide named Gypsy Rose, Sanchez not only organizes local rides with the Alpharetta Road Runners, but also has a leadership role with the national Motor Maids, an allfemale biker group with 1,200 members in the United States and Canada. “Life changing” is how she describes her first major road trip with the Motor Maids. “We drove over 2,600 miles on a twoday ride to Michigan,” she recalled. “It was my first ride without Joe and I was terrified before I left, constantly worrying about all the ‘what ifs.’ But going through that experience left me with such a huge sense of selfconfidence. I’m not exaggerating – it was life changing.” For Kelly Vandever of Milton, riding her Honda Rebel Black Betty, is “almost a religious experience.” “It’s just you and the bike out there,” she said. “You leave all of your stress and worry behind and don’t think about anything but the feel of the road and being in the moment.” Vandever, who began riding on the

There is a stereotype of bikers as really tough characters, but most of the Alpharetta Road Runners are executives and professionals. And three of us are grandmothers.” ANNETTE SANCHEZ

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Alpharetta Road Runners, from left, are Susan Froman, Annette Sanchez, Stephanie Brewer and Kelly Vandever.

back of her husband Rich’s bike, says she was “scared to death at first, but my need to be rebellious kept me on.” She attended a Motorcycle Safety Foundation training course in Alpharetta and walked away with her very own license to ride. “I think Rich is grateful that I enjoy motorcycles so much, because he doesn’t have to feel guilty about leaving me to go on long rides. Now, we go together,” she said. Most members of the Alpharetta Road Runners are roughly the same age and at a similar point in life, something Sanchez said adds to the chemistry between the riders. “The group is open to anyone, but by coincidence or not, we all seem to be on the same page,” she said. Susan Froman of Dawsonville is one of the Road Runner’s earliest members. Divorced, she finds riding with the group to be a safe way for a single woman to enjoy motorcycle road trips. “When I first started riding, I thought I’d be snubbed for being a woman,” she said. “But that wasn’t the case at all. Everyone I’ve met has been so friendly and welcoming.” Sanchez added, “People really

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1 ▼ INTERVIEW, Continued from Page 10 get a kick out of lady riders. There is a stereotype of bikers as really tough characters, but most of the Alpharetta Road Runners are executives and professionals. And three of us are grandmothers.” Brewer, who works as a nanny, must explain to her employers that she might occasionally arrive for work on her Harley Davidson. It’s not exactly the Mary Poppins look, but Brewer says after the initial surprise, most people find it “really cool.” The Road Runners recently took a four-day trip to North Carolina where Brewer rented a large mountain cabin for the 11-member group. Half of the riders

on that trip were women. Taking turns cooking meals and roasting s’mores in the evenings, the riders enjoyed day trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway and to the Biltmore Estate. “The final destination isn’t really the point,” said Brewer. “It’s all about the riding.” Brewer’s adult daughter is not a big fan of her mother’s “need for speed” and often gives her mom lectures on the need to stay safe on the road. Sanchez admits that she would never have felt comfortable riding motorcycles when her own children were young. But now, in middle age, the timing is right. Apparently there are a few perks to that empty nest after all. To learn more about the Alpharetta Road Runners, visit alpharettamotorcycleroadrunners/. ■


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Q: How were you able to write so well about the world of football? Are you a big football fan yourself? A: This is my first time writing a novel with the backdrop being the world of athletics. My publishers were a bit unsure – is this really your core demographic? I told them yes, here in the South, women love sports – including myself. I was the men’s basketball manager at Wake Forest during the Tim Duncan era. But I didn’t have as much experience with football, or with the state of Texas, so I traveled to Dallas to do a bit of research. I checked into a hotel, sampled a lot of guacamole and tequila and attended spring practice at SMU [Southern Methodist University], where the coaches let me observe and follow the team around, picking up lots of little details. I also sent the book to some sports friends, including Coach Dye of Auburn University, asking for feedback. Coach Dye said it rang true, and that I nailed the bit about superstitions. He asked me, ‘How can a Yankee from Chicago know so much about football?’ Q: Were you happy with the movie version


in 2011, starring Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. Giffin now lives in Buckhead with her husband and three young children. At the time of her Woodstock visit, she was finishing up a nationwide book tour for her seventh novel. “Well isn’t this the cutest book store ever?” Giffin exclaimed as she entered FoxTale, looking around at the indie bookstore’s cozy décor. “My mom is a retired librarian and she came here with her book group and told me I just had to do an event here.” After working the crowd for a bit, she got down to business, introducing “The One and Only,” which tells the story of a woman from a small college town in Texas where residents live and die by football. After an unexpected tragedy, the woman must decide if the life she has always envisioned for herself is really enough. Giffin admitted that reactions have been strong to this latest novel – in part, she feels, because the central relationships are harder to predict than in her previous books. “As an author,” Giffin said, “I’m fascinated by relationships, because that’s what makes us who we are. I am a daughter, mother, wife, friend – but it’s not always easy living out those roles. I like writing about those layers.” Giffin then answered a few questions from her fans:

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of your first book, “Something Borrowed?” A: I was. My camp warned me to go in with low expectations, saying the author always hates the movie, especially when it comes to romantic comedies. But later, one of the movie producers admitted that she, too, had been warned about working with authors – they are all psychos, etc. [Laughs]. In reality, I was very involved, but tried to be very respectful of their process. I did let my true colors show a bit when the movie poster came out, though. I didn’t like it at all! We are working now on the movie for “Something Blue,” and I’m writing this one. The fans will be happy because the casting is all the same – yes, John Krasinski still plays Ethan. Q: What is your writing process? Do you hammer out a little bit each day? A: My ultimate deadline is always looming in my head. I publish a book every two years. It takes about 14 to 15 months to write it, then three to four months for

revisions; then there’s the machinery that goes into getting ready for a book tour. My books all start with a premise, some little seed that gets planted in my mind. The characters follow, and I name them and create their world. I usually start with a general sense of a beginning, middle and end, but as the characters emerge and develop, things might change. It’s like meeting a new friend. You aren’t quite sure at first how she will react in certain situations. As you get to know the characters, revelations come out and drive the plot. I always say I will outline my next book properly, but I really can’t write that way. I have three or four main ideas already for my next novel, and they could possibly merge together, but at the moment I’m focused on finishing this book tour. I go to Canada next week, then I’ll come home and do nothing for a while. Just hang out with my kids and not worry about blowouts and makeup for another nine months. ■


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ne could always go to the gym for a good workout, but where is the fun in that? On May 31, I discovered my new favorite method of exercise at Philips Arena in Atlanta: The Walking Dead Escape. Many of you are familiar with “The Walking Dead,” a popular television program on AMC that stars some of my closest zombie friends. My fellow zombie Americans, whether you’ve been bitten or not, people across the nation are infected with Zombie Mania. For a zombie like myself, this is spectacular news. For too long, I’ve pursued citizens through the streets, only to be judged by my rotting appearance; too long, I’ve been feared for my hungry snarls. But now, people are finally beginning to open their minds and accept the loving bite of Zombie Mania. This movement culminated in The Walking Dead Escape when hundreds of citizens from all over the Southeast came to play at the massive obstacle course littered with bodies, blood and zombies. Naturally, such a morbid obstacle course cannot be categorized as typical exercise, but it makes for quite the adrenaline rush. Upon arrival at The Walking Dead Escape, I was herded to makeup alongside my fellow zombies, bringing along my photographer Jonathan Copsey, who quickly became irritated

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with my attempts to chomp on his fingers. It is not often that one dresses up to exercise, but we did just that. Participants from all walk[ers] of life arrived in endless combinations of fashion, from fatigues to formal wedding dress, giving detail and life to their undead characters. Several zombies wore contacts to intensify their eyes and give them a postmortem glare; others donned torn scrubs or street clothes, even exchanged stories of how they became contaminated. The real fun began when the obstacle course opened. If I still had a pulse, my heart would have pounded once we were released to wreak havoc upon the survivors. “People are running, driving and climbing through the obstacle course,” said David Isaacs, co-founder of the UFC and The Walking Dead Escape. “It’s a full-on immersion experience.” Women shrieked, men shouted and everyone ran as we gave stumbling, snarling chase through the different obstacles of the arena. Some survivors were brave enough to video their journeys through our hunger games, though few of them caught my good side. Many had the gall to laugh as I growled and snapped, attempting to tear the flesh from their bones, but only some survivors truly made it out of the obstacle course alive. Alas, my poor photographer was disposed of once he arrived at the Decontamination Zone; any survivors touched or “contaminated” by zombies were put down in order to prevent their transformation. Despite this unhappy ending, I got my undead muscles moving in a fun, exciting and air-conditioned environment. It’s either exercise or decomposition, but either way, I’m going to fit into that summer bikini. ■



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Caleb. I placed his initials on the back of my white T-shirt and completed the race in his honor. Some “Color Runners” participate as a celebration of their healthy living, while others participate for reasons unique to them, just as I did. The Color Run brings the community together by celebrating their three values: health, happiness and individuality. This is further supported through their social media slogan, “What are you #runningfor?” The race is an un-timed, no winners, 3.1-mile event in which Color Runners can complete it at their own pace. It’s perfect for all fitness levels, ages and backgrounds. Throughout the race, participants will begin to transform as “certified” color throwers douse them with paint at the four “Color Zones.” The paint used by the Color Run is not a liquid paint; it is glutenfree cornstarch powder. Each color zone represents a solid color. Once you reach the finish line, the four colors you visited along the way are tossed all at once to create a cloud of vivid color combinations. The fun and celebrations continue after participants complete the race with a party equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws of your own. While you may find everyone starting the race in white attire and end looking like a rainbow, the fun does not stop there. You will find many people in neon leggings, colorful tutus, creative team outfits, face paint, colorful wigs and much more! So, what will you run for? For more information on the Color Run, visit the website at and join their VIP list to learn when they will be returning to Atlanta. ■

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here are two simple rules to the Color Run: 1) wear white at the starting line, and 2) finish covered in color! Nicknamed, “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” for many reasons, the Color Run supports having the time of your life rather than running for time. In addition to all the fun, the Color Run is a for-profit management company that loves the opportunity to partner with charities. Since their founding in 2012, they have raised donations for more than 80 local and national charities and have donated more than $3 million. The Color Run now hosts more than 170 events in more than 30 countries. You can expect the Color Run to visit Atlanta each year on the first Saturday in April at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. When preparing for my first Color Run in 2013, I focused on training well in advance. After I completed the race, I came home to learn that my friend, Caleb Mills, had passed away earlier that day. As the year went by, my friends discussed participating in the 2014 Color Run. Rather than putting my energy into training for a race, I decided to focus on turning something negative into a positive. This year, my Color Run was in dedication to



1. Jade Rodgers, bottom, and fellow zombies reach out for BRAINS! 2. Varsity zombies. Whad’ya have? 3. Laughing runners enter Philips Arena. 4. Zombies lurk and lurch around every corner. 5. Part of the ‘Herd Highway’ obstacle course. 6. Color Runners are wearing white and prepared to be doused with paint. 7. From left Kat Golden and Abby Breaux finish The Color Run. 8. In memory of her friend, Abby Breaux wears Caleb Zachary Mills' initials on the back of her Color Run t-shirt. 9. Abby Breaux and David Byrd join the after race celebrations.

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From left: Kathy and Kelle McConnell, celebrate their 10th anniversary with Tuscany Fine Furnishings along with William O'Connor, economic development manager for City of Milton; Samir Abdullahi, economic development manager for city of Alpharetta; Steve Stroud, executive director for Roswell Inc. and Courtney Barnardi, chief executive officer for Johns Creek Advantage.

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he managers of community development from Johns Creek, Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton gathered recently at Tuscany Fine Furnishings to talk about business development for North Fulton. In keeping with celebrating Tuscany’s 10th anniversary, owners Kelle and Kathy McDonnell wanted to celebrate their success, but also position themselves for the future. “It’s exciting to see a store that’s been a part of the community for so long, make it through the tough times and come out a success,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc, the economic development arm of the city of Roswell. “It says great things not only about the store but the commitment of the McConnell’s to the North Fulton community.” Stroud was one of four community 22 | | july2014

development leaders invited to Tuscany Fine Furnishings to discuss economic and community development in North Fulton. Courtney Bernardi, CEO of Johns Creek Advantage, attended the meeting along with Milton and Alpharetta Economic Development Managers, William O’Connor and Samir Abdullahi, respectively. “We had some rough times,” Kelle McConnell said. “But we made a commitment to the community and worked hard to keep moving forward.” Their efforts worked and the store, a fine furnishings and interior design center located at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell , is going stronger than ever. The shop is located in the Connection Holcomb Bridge, which Hawthorne Retail Partners took ownership of in 2011. Hawthorne has been key to the renovation and redevelopment of the entire center that is nearly 30 years old,” McConnell said. “They have beautified the center with a new face lift and the center landscaping has

Ultimately it’s about the people. Alpharetta is a player in the office market so we work deliberately to attract those employees to live here instead of drive here from other cities every day.” Samir Abdullahi, Economic development manager for Alpharetta never looked better in an effort to revitalize the area,” she said. The Tuscany Fine Furnishings store offers a wide assortment of furniture and accessories for every room along with interior design services from professional designers. Kathy McConnell is a designer herself and makes the purchases for the

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Their commitment to their customer base is working: Tuscany Fine Furnishings has received the best furniture store in Roswell award for the past four years. “We are certainly pleased with our success,” Kelle McConnell said, “especially during the tough economic times. Now we feel like we are well positioned for the next 10 years.” “Retail follows rooftops,” William O’Connor, economic development manager for the City of Milton, said. “Businesses are much like parks, they’re an amenity and we all must work together to encourage businesses to the area.” “We like to think of ourselves as a team, working together for the betterment of the North Fulton area,” Bernardi said. “Without one of the cities, the process is just not complete.” The process, she said, is a collective effort to encourage businesses and Tuscany Fine Furnishings has many elegant pieces that have garnered them best furniture store residents to move to the North Fulton area. in Roswell award for the past four years. “Each city has its niche market,” Stroud said. “For example, Roswell’s core industry is restaurants and retail.” Stroud said Roswell’s economic team works to for Alpharetta, said. “Alpharetta is a player in the office market so we work deliberately to target restaurants because the city attracts them. attract those employees to live here instead of drive here from other cities every day.” “Our community expects Roswell to have good dining,” he said. “And that good He said about 90 percent of the city’s residents leave the city daily for jobs elsewhere. dining attracts customers from all over the area, which in turn, is good for the community.” Conversely, of the 100,000 people in Alpharetta every day, 70 percent of them live Though each city has a niche, they all expressed an important element of community elsewhere. development: The people. “Therefore it is our goal to provide a community and lifestyle beneficial not only to “Ultimately it’s about the people,” Samir Abdullahi, economic development manager the people who live here but the people who work here, too,” he said. 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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” When: July 10 – 12. Thursday, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Where: Johns Creek High School, 5575 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek Who: The Johns Creek Players Story: In Disney’s tale as old as time, bookish Belle becomes the prisoner of a horrible beast only to discover a prince in disguise. Tickets: www.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” When: July 18 – Aug. 10. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta Who: ACT1 Theater Story: Joseph’s brothers, jealous of his coat of many colors, sell him as a slave to Egypt, where his ability to interpret dreams wins favor with the Pharaoh. Tickets:

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” When: July 25 – Aug. 2. Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m., one Sunday matinee on July 27 at 3 p.m. Where: The Dancing Goat Theatre, 10700 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek Who: Performing Arts North Story: Young lovers and amateur actors frolic with magical woodland creatures in Shakespeare’s popular comedy, only to learn that falling in love can make fools of us all. Tickets: www.

“Driving Miss Daisy” When: July 10 – 27. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Where: Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford Who: Gypsy Theatre Story: In the Deep South of 1948, 72-year-old, sharp-tongued Jewish widow Daisy Wertham is forced to rely on the services of Hoke, a dignified, unemployed black man. Despite their differences, the two grow closer to, and more dependent on, each other. Tickets: www.buford or 770-945-6762. ■



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Meeting the gynecologic needs of older women By DEBBIE KEEL

North Fulton Hospital CEO About 10 years ago, I heard a speaker at a conference of health care professionals refer to the baby boomer generation’s impact on hospitals as “a herd of elephants about to run through the zoo.” While I don’t like being referred to as an elephant (did I really eat that chocolate ice cream last night?), I am right at the end of that herd, and the speaker was correct. This year, 64 percent of the female population in the United States will be women in their non-reproductive years. North Fulton is no exception: the biggest female growth in the area is in women over 50. As we try to serve this community’s needs, we have procured the services of two outstanding physicians, most of whose

patients will be in that group. First, meet Dr. Curt Misko. Dr. Misko specializes in gynecologic urology and focuses his practice on improving women’s pelvic health. This includes hysterectomies and other pelvic surgeries, bladder health, which encompasses irritation, leaks and overactive bladder, and pelvic reconstructive surgeries like vaginal rejuvenation. Next, we are fortunate to have another shining young star in gynecological services now serving our patients, Dr. Margaret Ellison. Dr. Ellison is a gynecologic oncologist, specializing in gynecologic cancer diagnosis and treatment, particularly non-invasive da Vinci robotic surgery. As most everyone knows, we already have many other excellent physicians here caring for problems, illnesses and diseases

commonly associated with women over 50. The addition of Dr. Misko and Dr. Ellison to that group, and continuation of our well-established women’s services like our Breast Center, the only Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in Atlanta, North Fulton Hospital is well positioned to greet the baby boomer women. I’d prefer, however, to think of us less as elephants and more like a beautiful swarm of birds looking for a place to choose to land. I think NFH is that place

for all your health care needs. One more thing, I’d like to shout out a big thanks to all of our veterans this Independence Day (both Dr. Misko and Dr. Ellison are among them) for their service to our country. Debbie Keel ►

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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.

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e believe that an experienced design team can make all the difference in the world for any home furnishings project. Teamwork within the Tuscany staff as well as our partner vendors is our key to successful installations for you. When we opened Tuscany Fine Furnishings 10 years ago, we understood that there were more than 50 top drawer furniture manufacturers and 50+ second tier & specialty suppliers. We knew that banking the product knowledge of this vast variety of supplier collections and price points would be key to providing our customers with interior design services at the highest level. That’s why we designed our website homepage as a platform for both the novice and the knowledgeable. With over 100 supplier links to their latest furniture collections, customers can educate themselves online before ever stepping foot into our store. Of course, our design team was built to jump start any project by directing, navigating and targeting each customer requirement and/or budget. ■ Kathy McConnell is an Interior Designer and Owner of the full service design center, Tuscany Fine Furnishings 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd. in Roswell,, 770-993-0640 open Mon-Sat 10-6 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m.

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n the 1990s, it was the decade of a “sofa and a matching loveseat.” In the 2000s, 2 facing sofas were all the rage. Now, in the decade of the “teens,” it is “all-about-the-sectional.” Fabric sectionals. Leather sectionals. Both are featured in a BIG WAY from all the major furniture manufacturers. Sometimes sectionals are “equilateral,” meaning the left side facing is the same distance as the right side facing. Back in “the old days......pre-1998,” you had to buy 3 pieces: a left side, a corner unit,.....usually curved, and a right side. NOW, the manufacturers are offering 2- piece sectionals (a left side facing loveseat attached to a right side facing corner unit, ...for instance) saving the customer hundreds of dollars by not-having-to-buy 3 separate pieces of furniture. Many sectionals are longer on one side,.....sometimes with a CHAISE that is ideal for families with children. Most manufacturers offer more than 10-12 pieces that can be custom-configured to the clients’ room. Small, medium, or quite-large, the Furniture Industry offers LOTS ‘O CHOICES for today’s comfort-driven customer! ■

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structure that may be encountered on the way. Strollers are not meant to take the place of walks, as exercising is very important for all pets. Exercise is necessary to maintain a healthy weight. Dogs not only enjoy walks because they get to be out in the fresh air, but many of them thoroughly enjoy the social aspect of it, greeting humans and other dogs. Dogs that are confined to a stroller miss out on these activities, but they can still enjoy the world from the safety of their stroller or carrier. Dogs that are more suited for these modes of transportation are probably timid dogs, or dogs who prefer not to interact with other dogs. They would rather be riding in a stroller than walking on a leash. It is important to remember that above everything, safety first. If your pet does not seem to enjoy a stroller or seems nervous when carried in a carrier, it is best to stick with the good old traditional leash walk. ■

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JULY including steam engines, antique tractors, cars and floats. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road.


Patriotic Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds July 3 – 4. Bring your lawn blanket to the Cumming Fairgrounds on July 3 at 6 p.m. for a dance contest, food vendors and children’s activities. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. On July 4, enjoy the famous Steam Engine Parade at 10 a.m. on the downtown square


Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Each Saturday through summer. Browse a large selection of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, mushrooms, breads, pastries, cheese, grass-fed meats, eggs, salads, drinks, jams, jellies, cookies, artisan bath products and more. A typical Saturday includes live music, miniworkshops, children’s programs and chef demonstrations. A bistro area allows shoppers to relax, eat and enjoy. 38 Hill Street, Roswell (behind Roswell City Hall). Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert Series 7 – 9 p.m. The annual Roswell Riverside Sounds concert series is back with North Carolina’s “BIG Something Band,” featuring elements of pop, rock and jazz. Food trucks will be on hand from 6 – 9 p.m. and the Kona Ice truck will also be on location. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell.


Crabapple Fourth of July Parade 10 - 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to decorate their bikes, wagons and pets for a stroll through downtown Crabapple during the 4th Annual 4th of July Parade sponsored by the Crabapple Community Association. The parade route begins at the corner of McFarlin Lane and Parkstead Lane and ends behind Olde Blind Dog. Register online at CrabappleCommunityAssociation

High School, 5575 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek.


“Oklahoma!” at Cumming Playhouse 8 p.m. Shows continue through August 3. Sing along to “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” and other classic songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical “Oklahoma!” Tickets may be purchased online at www. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School Street, Cumming.


Johns Creek Farmers Market 8:30 a.m. to 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


Food Truck Alley in Alpharetta 5 to 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. “Beauty & the Beast” in Johns Creek 7 p.m. More shows: July 11 at 7 p.m., July 12 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Johns Creek Players present Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast,” telling the story of bookish Belle who befriends a horrible beast only to discover a Prince in disguise. $20 reserved tickets are available online at $17 adult tickets and $14 student/senior general admission tickets are available through any cast member. Johns Creek

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Fireworks and Festivities at Wills Park 5:30 – 10 p.m. Alpharetta celebrates the 4th of July with a Presentation of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem at 5:30 p.m., followed by a City Band concert from 6:15 – 7 p.m., Bueller’s Day Off” will be shown at dusk, around 9 p.m. Friendship Park, 12785 Birmingham Highway.


Aliive After Five in Roswell 5 to 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.



Caffeine & Octane Car Show 8 – 11 a.m. Get your engines going early at this monthly car show displaying vehicles both new and old, foreign and domestic, bone stock and wildly modified. Free to the public. 12600 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta.

Steam Engine Parade in Cumming 10 a.m. Enjoy the famous Steam Engine Parade on Cumming’s downtown square, including steam engines, antique tractors, cars and floats.

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

“Ferris Bueller” and Food Trucks in Milton 7 p.m. The city of Milton presents the second event in their Family, Fun, Flicks and Food Trucks summer series at Friendship Park in Crabapple. Food trucks, including Happy Belly, Tex’s Tacos and Viet Nomi, will be on hand for food beginning at 7 p.m., and the movie, “Ferris

Ticket to Ride Benefit Horse Show 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Through July 20. Over 170 horses will compete in this Georgia Hunter Jumper Association and Southern Hunter Jumper of Georgia rated show which raises funds for domestic abuse shelters in Hall, Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin Counties. The event features live music, vendors, a silent auction, carnival for children, 50/50 raffle and more. Wills Park Equestrian Center, 1925 Wills Road, Alpharetta. “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in Alpharetta 8 p.m. Shows continue through August 10. ACT1 Theater presents the musical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors from the Bible’s Book of Genesis, brought to the Broadway stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Adult, child and senior tickets may be purchased online at or by phone, 770-663-8989. A matinee lunch and show special is offered for every Sunday show, in conjunction with Mittie’s Tea Room. Shows held in the theater of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta.


Story SLAM in Roswell 6:30 – 9 p.m. Ten lucky storytellers receive the opportunity to dazzle the audience with their truths in five minutes or less. Each event in the series has a theme and a bar. $10 at the door. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950

and the band Serious Business from 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. A spectacular fireworks display begins at dusk, no matter the weather. Children’s activities will include inflatables, face painting and more. Cashonly food vendors will be on-site. Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Roswell’s Fireworks Extravaganza 9:30 p.m. Roswell’s Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza has been moved to Sweet Apple Elementary School, 12025 Etris Road, due to renovations at Roswell High School. Fireworks will begin when the skies get dark, around 9:30 p.m.

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American Idol Live! in Alpharetta 8 p.m. American Idol Live! gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with Season 13 finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, M.K. Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Dancing Goat Theatre 8 p.m. The Dancing Goat Theatre in Johns Creek presents Shakespeare’s popular, fanciful tale of a group of young lovers and amateur actors, and their adventures with magical woodland creatures. As the mischievous Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all. Shows on July 25, 26 at 8 p.m., July 27 at 3 p.m., and Aug. 1, 2 at 8 p.m. Buy tickets online at Dancing Goat Theatre, 10700 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. The Avett Brothers in Alpharetta 8 p.m. Their songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and energy with which they are sung is really why people are talking about the Avett Brothers, who will perform two nights in Alpharetta, on July 25 with Emmylou Harris and on July 26 with Gov’t Mule. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.


A Celebration of the music of Andrea Bocelli 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The music of celebrated opera/pop star Andrea Bocelli is performed under the stars by opera tenor Dr. Adam Kirkpatrick. $24. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta.

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