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Many students are stressed out and falling apart. Milton’s Jeannine Jannot helps them find balance and success Read more on page 6.


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Balancing act: Working to keep today’s stressed students from falling apart By KIMBERLY TYSON


hen Milton resident Dr. Jeannine Jannot began her career working with young children and teens more than two decades ago, the then school psychologist never imagined the number of bright students struggling to meet life and academic challenges would reach an all-time high. Alarmed by the metro area’s increasing suicide rate, the mother of three had a bird’seye view of the growing problem. In her work as a school psychologist, student coach and college instructor, Jannot could see the children and adults with whom she interacted each day were wrestling with fast-paced, high academic expectations, sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety and social media dependency — all of which are key components, she said, that contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle. “I had an elementary school, middle school and high school kid at home, and I was teaching college; so I had the full spectrum view of what was happening [emotionally and academically] with each age group — and these kids were struggling. The increasing number of suicides, just in our area, was troubling,” she said. Jannot believes the reason for the mental and emotional strain placed on today’s youth is due, in part, to the cultural shift in expectations. There is an extreme pressure to perform, she said. “They are being raised in an achievement culture that values data. It matters what your grade is, what your score is, what your ranking is, what your GPA is; and that was not the case 20 years ago,” she said. In response to what she was seeing, Jannot launched her coaching business and website, The Balanced Student LLC, in 2014 to help students manage stress, improve time management, develop effective study skills and increase productivity, while maintaining healthy mental and physical wellness. Her workshops and customized coaching highlight individual strengths, pinpoint areas of improvement and offer families timesaving tips and strategies for success.

Because a balanced student requires parental support and guidance, she said she also coaches parents. Her coaching provides an opportunity for parents to improve their relationships with their children through calm, effective, honest communication and learn the customary adolescent behavior of a generation that thinks they must give 100 percent all of the time. Parental coaching also involves creating healthy habits and structure and encouraging parents to provide reassurance that their child’s value is not based on personal data. “As parents, we have to communicate to our children that we value them as people, and not because of the grades or scores that they get or what college they get into,” Jannot said. “We have to let them know that we value their gifts, their creativity, their resilience and their willingness to try and to fail.” Jannot’s 2019 debut book, “The Disintegrating Student: Super Smart and Falling Apart,” provides a roadmap for parents on the journey to understanding today’s adolescent pressures and lays out strategies to help parents strengthen their children’s success and well-being. The book details why students are “hitting a wall,” and offers tips and ways to get back on track. By addressing behavioral and cultural influences that ultimately cause kids to feel overwhelmed, Jannot furnishes parents with tools to spotlight attributes and identify problem areas that are hindering their children. Included in the book are her 77 tips to be productive and well. From identifying procrastination triggers and keeping a master calendar to picking the right place to study and adopting a bedtime routine, Jannot’s tips are helping families communicate better, listen to one another, set reasonable goals, improve time management and productivity, discover non-numerical successes and, ultimately, persevere and maintain balance. To learn more about The Balanced Student and Jannot’s student and parent coaching and workshops, visit or TheBalancedU. com. ■

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Fresh Georgia-grown apples make delicious apple desserts for Thanksgiving By CHARMAINE JACKSON Contributing Writer


all is apple season in Georgia, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to enjoy fresh Georgia-grown apples and delicious apple desserts. Most of Georgia’s apples are grown in the northern part of the state, near the town of Ellijay, known as the Apple Capital of the state. Georgia devotes more than 600 acres to growing apple trees and produces more than 26 million pounds of apples a year. Apple production generates in excess of $6 million to Georgia’s economy annually. More than 20 apple varieties are grown in the state, with the Red and Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Mutzu Crispin, Arkansas Black, Fuji, Granny Smith, Winesap and Yates varieties available until December. In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, three apple orchards within 90 minutes of Atlanta make it easy to shop for fresh apples, delicious apple products, desserts and more at their markets and bakeries.

B.J. Reece Orchards

Family-owned and operated apple, peach, nectarine and Asian pear orchard. The bakery makes fresh world famous fried apple pies, as well as peach, strawberry, cream cheese and coconut fried pies. There’s apple cider doughnuts, apple breads, hot apple cider and 8 | | november2019

more to taste at the market. Website: Phone: 706-276-3048 Address: 9131 Ga. 52, Ellijay, GA 30536 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. — 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 — 6 p.m.

Mercier Orchards

Mercier’s is the state’s largest apple orchard and grows more than 50 apple varieties, as well as peaches, nectarines, blueberries, cherries, strawberries and blackberries. The orchard offers you-pick apple events through November, a bakery deli, market store and farm winery with hard apple cider. Mercier’s is the only apple orchard in Georgia that grows, presses, ferments and bottles its own hard apple cider.

sauces, dressings, salsas and more. The pie kitchen sells fresh fried apple pies, homemade cakes and ice cream. You can also shop for art, crafts and furniture. Check out you-pick apple and family events on the website schedule. Website: Phone: 770-869-3999 Address: 5340 Cornelia Highway, Alto, GA 30510 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. — 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. — 6 p.m.

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Website: Phone: 706-632-3411 Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. — 6 p.m.

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Family-owned and operated since 1912, Jaemor Farms is one of the largest roadside markets in the country. The market offers fresh apples, a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, cider jelly and jams, barbecue

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Inaugural Giving Tables event raises money for nonprofits By JULIA GROCHOWSKI


uring this month of gratitude and thanksgiving, one local charity group is drawing people to the table in the spirit of giving back to their community. On Friday, Nov. 8, the Country Club of the South Charity Guild will showcase about 30 professionally decorated tablescapes as part of its first The Giving Tables event, which will raise money for Atlanta-area charities. The gourmet luncheon fundraiser will continue the guild’s mission of supporting nonprofits by raising funds and awarding grants. The five benefiting charities will be the Charity Guild’s 2019 grant recipients: • Hire Heroes USA, which provides free job search assistance to U.S. military members, veterans and spouses. • North Fulton Community Charities, which helps prevent homelessness and build self-sufficiency. • Senior Services North Fulton, which gives services and support for seniors to enhance their quality of life and independence. • Wellspring Living, which supports those at risk or victimized by sexual exploitation. • Year Up Greater Atlanta, which provides an intensive training program for under-served young adults to develop skills for careers and higher education. Each table will be decorated by national and Atlanta-area designers and artists, including Beth Kooby, BOLD Events, Ballard Designs, Lilly Pulitzer, Macy’s, Swoozie’s at the Forum and Arhaus at Avalon. Attendees will be seated at the decorated tables during the luncheon. In addition to the tablescapes and luncheon,

guests will be treated to a keynote speech by interior designer and author James Farmer, who will give personal anecdotes and designing tips. Farmer’s bestselling books include “A Time to Plant,” “Sip and Savor,” “Porch Living,” “Wreaths For All Seasons,” “A Time To Cook,” “Dinner on the Grounds,” “A Time to Celebrate” and “A Place to Call Home.” “His most recent publication, ‘A Place to Call Home,’ is his first interior design book, featuring 11 homes from Sea Island to Atlanta to St. Louis,” said Charity Guild executive board member Megan Ross. “As a frequent speaker and guest on television, James’ natural Southern grace and warm personality light up any room.” In addition, The Giving Tables event will feature local vendors offering jewelry, serving trays, apparel, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, candles and home and pet accessories. Raffles will be provided, and at the end of the event, the hosts will announce the most popular tablescapes. The Charity Guild modeled its The Giving Tables event after hearing of a similar fundraiser hosted by The League Club in Naples, Fla. “We thought our local community would enjoy a new event that brings friends together around their love of unique interior design, entertaining and being charitable,” Ross said. “Our goals are to raise funds for our grant recipients through event proceeds, increase membership participation in the Charity Guild, and inform guests about the incredible work our grant recipients do in our community and greater Atlanta.” Tickets for The Giving Tables are $100 per person. Seats can be chosen by designer or table location. The Giving Tables will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek. For more information, a full list of participating designers and tickets, visit ■ november2019 | | 11


Visions of Sugar Plums Holiday spirit fills White’s latest Tradd Street paranormal mystery By KATHY DES JARDINS CIOFFI Contributing Writer


ans of Karen White’s Tradd Street books have something else to celebrate this holiday season. “The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street,” the sixth title in White’s series and her first Noel-themed novel, has just been published. A few weeks ahead of the book’s roll out, White was hardly resting on her holly-filled laurels. In fact, she was busy putting finishing touches on her upcoming standalone novel — due out in 2021 — while planning a host of author appearances stretching from Indiana and Florida to Texas and many points in between. “I’m supposed to be at the beach right now,” she sighed and said. But there would be no rest for this weary writer anytime soon. With nearly two million books in print in 15 languages, White has been thrilling readers with Southern women’s fiction since 2000. At the time, she was living in Alpharetta, had just read Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series and had such a “book hangover” that she couldn’t imagine reading anything else. So she began writing. Two decades and 24 novels later, she and her family now live in Milton. In the process of producing a steady stream of New York Times bestselling “grit lit,” White’s life has been flooded with responsibilities in ark-like pairs. In addition to caring for two elderly parents, there are two dogs, two adult children, 12 | | november2019

two houses, two authors with whom she occasionally collaborates and one husband whom she joked might as well be two, given all the other demands on her time. “The distractions in my house are legion,” she said, laughing. “I need a vacation, but really, I just need to be locked in a white, padded room where I can just stare at the wall for a week. Without a phone or a computer. But with my dogs.” While White playfully insisted she’s “on a merry-go-round, and I don’t know where the off switch is,” there is no doubt she knows just what literary buttons to push to keep fans clamoring for more. When it comes to her Tradd Street titles, the appeal is downright otherworldly. A contemporary paranormal mystery series set in Charleston, the sixth installment “takes off exactly where book [No.] 5 left off,” she said. Melanie and Jack Trenholm are living in the house on Tradd Street, White explained, and anticipating Christmas with their 18-month-old twins. Melanie is having trust issues, Jack is having career issues, and finances are strained. The trying situation is only exacerbated by the excavation of a centuries-old cistern in the garden of the historic house. Rumors of long-buried Revolutionary War treasures lure the living and the dead, including an old adversary in search of riches and a dark spirit Melanie senses peering out from her stepdaughter’s bedroom. “Melanie’s inability to trust will come back and bite her in the rear end, and it will

put her relationship with Jack in a crisis,” White said. “There’s lots of stress and tension in this one, but lots of funny bits, too. And, of course, Christmas.” That combination of playfulness amid pressure sounds something like the author herself, which might be one reason White is often asked if Melanie is her fictional doppelgänger. “I will neither confirm, nor deny those rumors,” she said, though she laughed and admitted Melanie “is like an exaggerated version of me, except I don’t see dead people.” The fact that plenty other “reputable people” are on record as having had ghostly encounters — including, she said, Winston Churchill, who claimed he saw Abraham Lincoln’s apparition in the White House — is enough to keep White populating her Tradd Street tales with spirits. “People just respond to it, whether you believe or not,” she said. Hollywood has likewise responded. TV serial rights to the six-book set have been optioned, though nothing concrete has yet been proposed. “I think the Tradd Street series would make an excellent series,” White said. “But I’m not holding my breath.” That is good advice for readers, whom White wants to forewarn: Her new book ends on a cliffhanger. “So don’t be surprised,” she said. “But no worries. There will be a book No. 7, where I promise to wrap everything up.” In other words, the next Tradd Street installment will be the last. “You can’t just go on and on and on,” White said. She doesn’t have a plot outlined. All she knows is the Tradd Street saga will end in 2021 or 2022. “I don’t know anything about it yet,” she said. “It’s not even a twinkle in my eye. I’m trying to finish my 2021 book first.” After that, she promises more standalone novels catering to readers who have come to rely on her for “a Karen White Southern fiction book featuring a female character and her journey.” White will be appearing nearby at Gwinnett Public Library’s Nov. 2 “Books and Bites” in Norcross, as well as Nov. 14 at Marietta’s Book Exchange. For more information, go to ■ Contributing journalist Kathy Des Jardins Cioffi, owner of Johns Creek’s KRC Communications. Connect with her at

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An affinity for aprons

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he first time I met my future mother-inlaw, she was wearing an apron. Having recently left the riding arena, it covered her boots and breeches as she bustled around the kitchen preparing dinner. I took in all the sights and smells of her kitchen, not sure what to do. Then she handed me one of her aprons. Suddenly, I was a part of the preparations and felt part of the family. Everyone should wear an apron — your favorite grill-master, newlyweds (picture Mr. and Mrs. aprons), little ones helping in the kitchen and anyone who brings home 14 | | november2019

the bacon and fries it up in a pan. An apron protects clothing from those nasty grease stains. Depending on the cut, an apron can also discreetly act as a bib while eating at home. As we head into the holiday season, feel free to break out your favorite apron or consider giving one as a perfect hostess or family gift.

An apron makes you look like the hostess with the mostest When Ethel Merman sang “The Hostess with the Mostess’ on the Ball,” in the Broadway musical “Call Me Madam,” about an American woman appointed ambassador of a fictional

country, she described how she juggles hosting parties for various political characters from different cultures and countries. Her job was to make the groups gel, and she sang of seating arrangements for presidential hopefuls, priests, inebriates and a dignitary whose mistress leaves her panties in the hall. Does this sound like your upcoming Thanksgiving party? Never fear. By donning a beautiful apron over your holiday attire, you can have the confidence and air of a consummate hostess. Wearing a fresh holiday apron shows your guests you are happy to host and enjoy the art of helping them feel appreciated and comfortable.



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Aprons make a great hostess gift

JoAnna Hunsucker is a professional quilter and seamstress. The Cumming resident’s speciality is one-of-a-kind reversible aprons with scalloped edges. She chooses coordinating fabrics that alternate in gores, tapered for a flattering fit. She believes presentation is everything. Hunsucker packages each of her one-of-kind creations in a pie box, with the apron peeking through the plastic-covered opening. She wraps each one with ribbon, tying a whisk to it for a bit of practical panache. A practically perfect hostess gift. Contact her at for a unique and versatile apron.

Aprons handmade with love

Urban Farm Girl, a Cumming boutique, sells simple cotton aprons in holiday motifs created by Gayle Sumrell, a Cumming resident. Sumrell uses a pattern that was given to her by her grandmother. “I started quilting with my grandmother when I was 6 years old. I don’t know how many hundreds of aprons I have made,” she laughed. “I make aprons for family members near and far. I also make ‘mini-me’ aprons for parents and children.” Sumrell creates aprons in an assembly-line fashion. Her trick for replicating her grandmother’s pattern so many times? “I use parchment paper or gift wrap to make the patterns last longer,” she said.

Let your apron state your personal motto

Consider wearing or sharing an apron that states a personal motto, or a joke shared between friends. Three generations of Georgia gals modeled their latest statement apron inventory at their new shop near downtown Cumming. 20 Degrees South has many last-minute hostess gifts to share your appreciation for any upcoming holiday parties you may be attending. Need a little confidence in the kitchen? Consider donning a new apron emblazoned with a statement that speaks to you.

Practical tip: Aprons make great souvenirs

Instead of collecting sweatshirts with the names of travel destinations on them, choose an apron embroidered with the name of your favorite town or village from your latest adventure. While traveling abroad, I frequently pick up a souvenir apron to remember the location. Aprons are inexpensive, pack easily into your suitcase and are something that you will use on a daily basis. ■ As a personal wardrobe consultant and owner of Alpharetta-based Fashion With Flair, Lori Wynne helps people look their best. Connect with her at

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Making interior spaces functional, safe and beautiful


ith the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it is time to plan for visitors and all the entertaining that will take place. Planning for guests can be overwhelming, but creating a welcoming Thanksgiving environment doesn’t have to be. At Thanksgiving, the focus is on the feast and the table where everyone will gather. By following these tips, creating the perfect tablescape for your dining room can be fun. • Start with a tablecloth, table runner or both. Linens always warm up your first layer, and keeping your textiles neutral will make it easier to add color with florals and décor. If you don’t have the perfect tablecloth, visit your local fabric store and purchase enough fabric to cover your table. • Candles are the perfect addition to create a festive environment. Whether you prefer gold, iron, crystal or even wood, the options for captivating candlesticks are endless. Just make sure you use a mixture of different height candlesticks for interest. I love using moody black candles for an unexpected element. Votives are a nice touch for added ambiance. • Greenery is a must for every table. Layer in fresh eucalyptus or fresh

greens from your own yard. Floral arrangements are another way to add color and to keep the table looking fresh. Succulents can also be used to make your table décor feel special and organic. Do you have fine china tucked away that you rarely use? Try mixing plates that coordinate with your china to make your place settings more interesting. For a festive look, add gold or vintage flatware. Layer a linen napkin between plates for a more updated trend. Pumpkins are a must for Thanksgiving décor. I prefer white pumpkins over the traditional orange ones, as they add some dimension,

while also acting as a neutral accent. Using small pumpkins as place card holders is a unique alternative to traditional place cards. Finally, remember to shake things up by mixing and matching dishware. Incorporate some color with your florals, greenery and candles. Your table doesn’t have to be elaborate. Better yet, keep it simple. Cheers! ■

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aving ample light in a room is so important. Natural light is the best. Keeping window treatments to a minimum is preferred, allowing as much sunlight in as possible. Good lighting affects the ambiance and mood of a room. Knowing the right size, scale and placement of a fixture is key. Consider wall sconces and floor lamps when a table lamp isn’t an option. Uplighting produces a soft, calm atmosphere. One quick way to update the style of your home is by replacing your light fixtures. Select something bold and unexpected, giving your room a dramatic new element.

It’s amazing what a little paint can do. I’m loving the return of white walls. It’s classic and clean and will never completely go out of style. Choose a shade of white that is soft rather than stark. It will create a fresh, crisp background for different finishes and textures. Add various wood tones for extra warmth and pops of color with fabrics and rugs. Adding mirrors in a room can also lighten and brighten a space, reflecting natural light. Mirrors can make a small space seem larger and provide both form and function. There are many wonderful ways to use them. Group small ones together to give shine and sparkle to your

room without the expensive of a large mirror. Many people place mirrors over their mantels. This is not always the best choice. Don’t forget, mirrors reflect. Placed incorrectly, all one might see is a blank ceiling. Use smoked or antique mirrors to create a moody space without being overly reflective. I think every room should have a mirror. And, without a doubt, every entryway should. We have a beautiful selection of mirrors in our showroom and would love for you to stop by to find just the right one for your home. ■

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Try winter trout stocking By STEVE HUDSON Contributing Writer


rout fishing is usually defined as the process of getting trout out of the water. But every fall, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources gives you (yes, you) an opportunity to turn that definition on its head by volunteering to tote a 5-gallon bucket filled with cold water and splashy fish. Your assignment: put some trout into the water. It can be wet work. But it is, as one enthusiastic volunteer put it last winter, “very much fun!” Volunteer trout stocking is an important part of Georgia’s great “delayed harvest” winter trout management program. But what exactly is delayed harvest?

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Delayed harvest (DH) is an approach to fisheries management that manages streams differently, depending on the time of year. Say you have a section of a creek or river where water temperatures are too high for trout during the summertime. You might manage that stream for warm-water fish, such as bass, during spring and summer. But come fall, water temperatures will drop, and those same streams become cool enough to support trout. Those streams are then stocked with trout, and the result can be some incredible fall and winter trout fishing. Georgia has five designated delayed harvest waters. The closest to us are a stretch of the Chattahoochee River (from Sope Creek down to U.S. 41) and a portion of Smith Creek (in Unicoi State Park, downstream from the dam that forms the park’s lake). Others include part of Amicalola Creek, a stretch of the Toccoa River and a section of the Chattooga River. These DH waters are managed under special regulations that call for catchand-release fishing during the DH season, which runs from Nov. 1 through May 14. Other special regulations, including the use of single-hook artificial lures or flies



only, also apply. In some areas, DNR stocks DH waters directly from the hatchery truck. On the remote waters of the Chattooga River DH, they even call in helicopters to help stock the fish. But on other waters, you and I get to volunteer to help. Our assignment is simple: be a part of a Bucket Brigade Day that transports trout from the hatchery truck to the water. Who participates in these volunteerassisted stockings? You may see members of area fishing organizations, such as Trout Unlimited, North Georgia Trout Online and Georgia Women Flyfishers. You’ll see Scout groups and school classes. You’ll see plenty of families, too, with moms and dads and kids enjoying the adventure together. DNR’s John Lee Thomson said this season’s first volunteer-assisted stockings will take place Nov. 1 on three of Georgia’s DH

streams. On that day, volunteers will gather at Smith Creek in Unicoi State Park, at Amicalola Creek near the Highway 53 bridge and at the Toccoa River at the Sandy Bottom canoe launch area to carry the trout to their new winter homes. “Stocking typically happens in the morning, around 10 a.m.,” Thomson said, adding that volunteers will stock about 2,000 trout in each of those streams on that day. “We will also have volunteer stocking days on the Chattahoochee in Atlanta, too,” he said, where events are “typically scheduled around school holidays so kids and families can participate.” The Chattahoochee stockings, he added, take place at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Whitewater parking area. The first of those stockings usually occurs (conditions permitting) during the week of Thanksgiving. What can you expect at one of these Bucket Brigade Days? Typically, the stocking truck arrives shortly after 10 a.m., so you’ll want to arrive before that to sign a waiver form, get your boots or waders on and put some water in your bucket. Sometimes, there’s hot coffee and doughnuts, and there’s always lots of excited talk about the trout and the prospects for that year’s DH fishing. When the truck arrives, it pulls into position near the water. Everybody lines up, and their buckets are loaded with trout. The volunteers carry them to the river – and with great pomp and circumstance, the buckets are tipped to release the trout into the river. It really is a brigade of buckets, and when all is said and done, several thousand trout will have new homes. There are lots of reasons for being part of a bucket brigade. For one thing, it’s a great way to give back to the resource. Giving back is important, especially these days. For another, it’s just plain fun — especially if you have a kid or two in tow. Believe it: kids totally enjoy this kind of thing. Cold water and splashy trout are a sure recipe for fun that’s not soon forgotten. What’s not to love? “It’s become something we look forward to every year,” said one mother of two young girls. I’ve had the opportunity to visit with her and her kids at several volunteer stocking events over the last couple of years. “The kids love it, and I do too,” she told me one day last winter. “Will we keep coming back? You bet we will!” “And when we’re done, we’re going to go fishing too,” squealed the youngest of the daughters, barely able to contain her excitement. Yes, after the stocking work is done, it’s fine to stay and fish. In fact, that’s where I last saw them: standing knee-deep in a Georgia

stream, two young anglers in pink rubber boots enjoying the outdoors – and having a blast with their mom. ■

For more info on how you and your family can be a part of a volunteer trout stocking event this fall or winter, email John Lee Thomson at, or contact the Wildlife Resources Division’s Gainesville region office at 770-535-5700.

Learn about the hiking trails of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Steve Hudson’s book "Hiking the Hooch". november2019 | | 23


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ocated in Atlanta’s premier Avalon development, Oak Steakhouse serves up a cool, yet sophisticated vibe, offering live music nightly. The contemporary steakhouse is rich in leather and dark wood, making it a perfect date night location. Known for its fresh take on the classic steakhouse, Oak regularly changes its menus to feature local seasonal produce. Recently, Northside Woman was invited to sample executive chef Travis Kirkley’s fall menu updates. As promised, the new additions were excellent. For our first round, we sampled the 36-hour Pork Belly appetizer, served with pickled okra, local peaches and fried egg emulsion. The Ahi Tuna app also piqued our interest, with its cucumber, smoked hazelnuts, avocado purée, compressed watermelon and charred asparagus. Both were filled with robust flavors, but my favorite was the Ahi Tuna. It was amazing — there’s no other word for it. For our main course, I selected the duck entree, one of the chef’s new fall additions. The pan-seared duck breast was prepared with barley, pumpkin puree, trumpet mushrooms and beet jam. My husband selected an Oak signature filet mignon. Both were succulent and cooked to perfection. In addition, we sampled the the chef’s new Creamed swiss chard, with white cheddar, panko and parmesan and a side of the restaurant’s classic Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower, which features red onions, cilantro, sweet Thai chili and lime juice. The multitude of flavors in each side were delicious and complemented our savory entree selections perfectly. Kenneth, our server, recommended a great wine that paired well with each of our dinners. We topped off our meal with the Donut Holes, capped with vanilla bean sugar and featuring a choclate dipping sauce and lavender crème anglaise. From start to finish, our experience at the restaurant was exceptional. If you’re looking to sample the sublime tastes of autumn or simply want a superb steak, I highly recommend you check out Oak Steakhouse. ■ — Suzanne Pacey, Publisher

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Should you purchase health insurance for your pet? By DR. JOANNE ROESNER Loving Hands Animal Clinic


et health insurance is a complex topic with many variables. With the cost of optimal care and advanced diagnostics, it is definitely something to consider. The first question to answer is, should you insure your pet at all? This decision is best answered by considering the worst case scenario, and deciding if that is something you could easily fund. One insurer reports the maximum claim for a cat with kidney disease was in excess of $40,000. When my beloved Charlie was stricken with the effects of a rare congenital brain defect, I incurred in excess of $10,000 in costs in less than 72 hours. Ninety percent of this was covered by insurance. If these are situations you can easily fund, then pet health insurance may not be critical. Insurance policies for pets offer different

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features. In some situations, the cost of the monthly premium may be controlled by manipulating these variables. Higher deductibles, higher copays and lower maximum limits will lower your premiums. For example, does the policy pay 90 percent, 80 percent or 70 percent of costs? Some policies have a single yearly deductible and some have a yearly deductible for each body system. Maximum policy limits are particularly important to compare between policies in light of the dollar amounts of worst case scenarios. Policies also vary in waiting periods; this is the time between the purchase of a policy and when coverage begins. Some companies exclude certain breed-related conditions. A critical issue is whether chronic issues are covered for the lifetime of the pet or for just the first year after diagnosis. Coverage may also vary according to where you live, so it is important if moving is a possibility that your insurance covers you in all locations. For adult pets, who may have exclusions of coverage for pre-existing issues, each policy has different periods of time that they scrutinize medical records. The ideal time to insure is in youth, before pre-existing conditions exist. Your pet health insurance policy should cover accident, illness, injury, cancer, chronic disease and acute disease. So how do you sort through this conundrum? Several useful websites include, www. and These sites have articles, worksheets, reviews and other tools to help you research insurance choices.

Insurance companies themselves offer sample policies on request. It is important to read these carefully, including terms and conditions, exclusions and requirements. These are areas where policies are often very different. It is important to do thorough research prior to the purchase of any coverage. After you purchase a policy, if you have an adult dog, request the company to review your pet’s medical records and put in writing any exclusions they will impose. Most companies will allow cancellation of a policy if you find this unfavorable. So how do I use insurance in my own family? I do not use insurance to even try to pay for any wellness care. This is not financially sensible with good carriers. Instead, I recommend a wellness plan through the clinic that discounts and bundles wellness costs. To keep premiums modest, I have a yearly $1,000 deductible for each major body system. My maximum benefit is unlimited. I have to pay additionally for a rider to cover acupuncture and chiropractic care. My total monthly insurance premium is about $38 per month for a 3-year-old Golden Retriever. I really have my policy to help cover costs of catastrophic and chronic medical issues. My policy covers accident, chronic illness for the life of the pet, cancer and injury. In my previous Golden, it would have covered 90 percent of costs above $1,000 for total hip replacement surgery for hip dysplasia. If you have questions about pet health insurance or wellness plans, please feel free to discuss these with our medical team at Loving Hands Animal Clinic. â–


Couples benefit from working off the same financial page By ALLISON BAINES Contributing Writer


inancial discussions with your spouse or partner can be a heavy subject, especially for those couples who don’t share the same financial habits. Whether you’re newly married or have been married for a number of years, it’s important for both partners to be on the same page when it comes to the family budget and how the household money will be handled. After experiencing this myself earlier this year, I have listed a few things I’ve learned about combining finances in marriage. • Be on the same page: Regardless of what you come up with as a family, it’s extremely important for both partners to be of the same understanding about the budget, how the money is spent and the goals you are both working toward. Just as with everything else in marriage, you have to work as a team toward a common goal for your family. • Make bank account decisions: My husband and I decided to fully

combine finances, meaning we have total visibility on each other’s bank accounts and credit cards. This may not be for everyone, and that’s OK. First, you must decide whether you are going to have a joint bank account or if you will each have your own accounts and one joint account for household expenses. Set rules: Joining finances doesn’t mean that you should lose your privacy or have to ask before you make a purchase. One good rule is to set a dollar limit and if one person wants to make a large purchase over that dollar amount, they must talk to their spouse about it. This could even be as small as purchases over $100, but it reinforces the idea that the money is household money; and large purchases affect everyone in the household. 50/20/30: The 50/20/30 rule is the rule we follow in our household, and I believe it’s one of the easiest ways to set a budget. Fifty percent

of your income goes to needs like the mortgage and groceries. Twenty percent goes to savings, and 30 percent goes to your wants. This is an easy way to keep the household spending under control without having to stress about each and every dollar you and your partner spend. At first, combining finances can seem scary and it can be hard to feel like you have to answer to someone else, if that wasn’t your norm before marriage. If you and your partner can get on the same page spending-wise, it will create household harmony and a happy marriage. ■ Visit with any questions about your 401K or how to make the most of your retirement!

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Don’t waste your fall By ABRA LEE

Contributing Writer


ecently, my friend Mae Lin roasted a chicken for dinner and graciously shared the meal with me. A few nights later, she took bones left over from the chicken and used them as stock seasoning to make soup, which she also shared. If you think the point of the story is, I have generous friends, you are right — I do! However, the real point is Mae Lin did not let anything go to waste. And neither should you, when it comes to the fall garden. Mother Nature is a generous giver come fall and will provide much of the seasoning you need to create healthy plant beds. It comes in the form of fall leaves. Bagging leaves and leaving them for waste disposal to collect is equivalent to throwing out the secret sauce for a recipe. Instead, gather leaves and let them sit in a pile left to deteriorate through fall and winter. When you turn that pile come spring, you will find a decayed leaf mix to work into your soil. Another waste-free fall tip; save fallen limbs and tree branches. Use them as edging for paths and beds versus leaving them curbside to spend their last days in a landfill. Fall is also an opportunity to get the most out of flowers. Leftover blooms may appear a bit scraggily at first glance. But, that’s just a meal in the making for birds. Instead of deadheading blooms that have gone to seed, leave them to feed a migrating murmuration. Furthermore, limbs, leaves and any other debris lying around provide shelter for beneficial insects. Every season is an opportunity to recycle as much debris as you can back onto your property, and there is no time like the present to start. Waste not in fall means want not come spring! ■ Abra Lee is a horticulturist extraordinaire and unapologetically passionate about all things gardening. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @conquerthesoil. 28 | | november2019


The emotional affair... is it cheating? By ELAINE WILCO Contributing Writer


idden text messages, a phone that is always locked, a password changed – are these signs of an affair? If you are the one surreptitiously communicating with an attractive friend, does your partner have any grounds to object? In a monogamous relationship, a romantic or emotionally intimate bond with someone other than the partner, without the knowledge or consent of the partner, is considered an emotional affair. Affair partners often protest to others (and sometimes themselves) that they are “just friends,” and in fact, these relationships usually start off as friendships. But shared confidences, playful flirting or a sense of meaningful connection can all move a relationship into

dangerous territory. Consider these tell-tale signs that a relationship has left the “friend zone.” • Is there an attempt to hide the relationship? • Does the “friend” know more about the partner than the partner knows about the friend? • When meeting the “friend,” is there special care or attention paid to appearance? • Have feelings about the friend become intense, romantic or sexual? Even without physical contact, emotional affairs create distance and amplify minor dissatisfactions in the primary relationship. The bottom line is, if you are giving something to someone else that you promised to reserve only for your partner, that’s infidelity. And that is cheating! ■

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Bonding with baby at birth and postpartum: A midwife’s perspective By EMILY DIXON, C.N.M., F.N.P.


elcoming a new baby into the world is an exciting time for parents. Often times, new parents may feel uncertain on how to best bond with their baby. The tips given in this article are applicable both in the hospital and at home. As midwives, we are strong advocates for early mother and baby bonding. This includes immediate skin to skin after delivery, if medically safe. Skin to skin means placing the baby directly onto the mother’s bare chest in an upright position, with the baby’s head turned to the side for easy breathing, and blankets placed over the baby’s body. This helps promote breastfeeding while also keeping baby’s temperature, heart rate, and breathing regulated. Additionally skin to skin lowers the level of stress hormones, soothing both mother and baby. Other family members and parents can use skin to skin to bond with the baby as well. Rooming-in is another way to bond with your baby. Rooming-in allows the family and newborn to become familiar with one another. Additionally, when mother and baby are sharing a room, the baby will often cry less, be soothed easily, and breastfeed more frequently. To practice rooming-in safely, baby should have their own crib or bassinet to sleep in and be within arm’s reach of the mother. Rooming-in reduces the risk of SIDS and actually allows both mother and baby to sleep better. Finally, encouraging breastfeeding as often and for as long as possible is another way for mothers to bond with their babies. Exclusively breastfeeding is recommended until baby is six months old. Breastfeeding has many benefits such as strengthening the baby’s immune system and reducing the baby’s risk of obesity, asthma, allergies, and diabetes. Breastfeeding also has benefits to mom as well, including reducing the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. There are so many wonderful ways to bond with your baby. As Midwives, one of our greatest roles is helping new moms with this transition and supporting them with whatever they need. Modern OBGYN has three convenient office locations. Visit our newest office at Avalon in Alpharetta located at 2710 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30009. To schedule an appointment call 404-446-2496 or visit us online at ■

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Vampires, werewolves and PDT By BRENT TAYLOR


n a certain day in autumn, your front stoop may be besieged by children dressed as super heroes, vampires or werewolves. This trick or treating tradition dates back to the early 1920’s. The legend of DR. TAYLOR vampires and werewolves, however, are much older: having been mentioned throughout the Middle Ages and possibly even in the Epic of Gilgamesh from around 1800BCE. But what brought about these terrifying tales? Medicine allows for some intriguing hypotheses about how the vampire and werewolf legends arose. And, interestingly, if you or a loved one has severe sun damage or skin cancer, this information may be pertinent to your health. A class of disease called “porphyria” (pronounced poor-fear-ee-uh) may be the source of vampire and werewolf legends. Porphyrias are diseases in which someone’s body has problems making “heme,” which is the pigment that makes our blood red. Heme is a complex molecule. It contains an iron atom and a protein called a “porphyrin” (pronounced poor-for-in). Heme holds onto oxygen and allows our blood to take oxygen where it needs to go. Porphyrins are made by our bodies in eight steps. Your body starts by making a chemical called ALA (aminolevulinic acid). Then, seven enzymes make changes to ALA to ultimately create heme. Each change creates a different porphyrin. If a single enzyme is defective, then the ALA or porphyrins that the enzyme was supposed to work on start to build up. Similar to the I Love Lucy episode in which Lucille Ball cannot keep up at the chocolate factory, porphyrins start to build up on the assembly line and create a mess. Depending on which enzyme goes bad, different porphyrins will build up and cause different diseases. For the most part, these excess porphyrins cause disease in two organ systems: the nervous system and the skin. The nervous system can be damaged leading to chronic pain and even seizures. But it is particularly porphyria’s effect on the skin, hair 32 | | november2019

and teeth that may form the origin of a few of folklore’s legendary creatures. Certain porphyrias can make someone’s skin so sensitive to sun light that the person’s skin is excruciatingly painful as soon as they walk out of the shade. The skin can literally blister after a few minutes in the sun. In some types of porphyria, even small amounts of sun can, over time, lead to thickening and scarring of the skin and thick dark excess hair growth over the affected areas. Even without sun exposure, the teeth can turn red (called “erythrodontia”). Psychosis is sometimes an additional neurologic effect. Taken together, it is easy to see how conditions that can make the teeth turn red, make someone nocturnal due to pain in sunlight, and occasional excess hair growth and scarring could have led to vampire or werewolf legends. Medical literature debates whether these diseases can completely explain the legends. However, legends are often a synthesis of different fears and observations. Even if no specific individual had all the signs and symptoms in combination to perfectly mimic a vampire or werewolf, it is certainly plausible that this family of diseases in combination contributed to the development of the vampire and werewolf myths. While it may not sound appealing to be a vampire for a day, one of modern

dermatology’s treatments for precancers called actinic keratoses takes advantage of the porphyrin metabolic pathways to achieve lower rates of skin cancer. Photodynamic therapy (also known as PDT and blue light therapy) works because the physician essentially causes unhealthy cells to develop porphyria for a day. Aminolevulanic acid (the ALA mentioned above) is painted on sundamaged areas. Unhealthy cells absorb the ALA and become exquisitely sun-sensitive. Healthy cells absorb little medicine. After painting ALA on the skin, the physician exposes the skin to blue light, which activates the ALA in the unhealthy cells causing the unhealthy cells to be hurt and killed. PDT and other therapies such as 5-fluorouracil and imiquimod are important tools in the dermatologist’s armamentarium for combatting pre-cancers and preventing skin cancer. We hope you enjoyed this excursion into an intriguing realm where science and legend intersect. If you are interested, there is a lot more to read on this topic, simply start Google-ing. And if you or a loved one has skin cancer, pre-cancers, vein problems or other skin care needs, consider making an appointment at Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta. Dr. Brent Taylor is a board certified dermatologist and is fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery and varicose vein treatment. ■

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ommercials and advertisements for CoolSculpting seem to be everywhere lately! Medical spas across the globe introduce CoolSculpting to their collections of body contouring treatments. You may find yourself wondering if CoolSculpting is the solution to your love handles or bulging tummy. But does CoolSculpting really work? What exactly is CoolSculpting®? CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment that uses controlled cooling to reduce body fat. It is NOT designed to be used as a weight-loss treatment. Rather, CoolSculpting is intended to help people get rid of stubborn body fat that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise. Treatments can take as little as 35 minutes to administer. The procedures can be performed at your favorite local med spa. While pricing may vary, you can expect to pay $750 to $1,000 per treatment. Does CoolSculpting Work & produce noticeable results? “In an analysis of data from more than 1,000 people who underwent cryolipolysis. Fat in the treated areas was reduced by about 25%, on average, and side effects were limited to temporary redness, bruising, soreness, and numbness.” – Hope Ricciotti, M.D., and Hye-Chun Hur, M.D., M.P.H., Editors in Chief, Harvard Women’s Health Watch First-time patients are always a little hesitant when they come in for their consultations. Most of women have seen 36 | | november2019

friends’ great results. But their first question is still – “Does CoolSculpting really work?” and more importantly “Will it work for me?”. While treatment results may vary, CoolSculpting is known for producing visible results within 1-3 months. Peer-reviewed clinical papers both confirm the effectiveness of the procedure when administered as indicated. Our Patient testimonials also confirm these findings. However, it is important to note, that multiple treatments may be required to produce your desired results. Which areas of the body does CoolSculpting® target? You may be wondering, does CoolSculpting® work for all areas of the body? CoolSculpting is designed to reduce fat in specific areas of the body that are particularly prone to be resistant to exercise and diet. The procedure is especially effective for fat bulges in these body parts: • Abdomen • Upper arms • Area under the buttocks • Thighs • Area under the chin • Middle and lower back • Area under the jawline Who should administer CoolSculpting procedures? “Most states have found with proper training, education and supervision, most medical spa professionals (including

professionals who are not licensed as RNs or doctors) can perform CoolSculpting at this time…As with all medical treatments, prior to your initial treatment, the medical spa should conduct an in-person exam by either a doctor, a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.” – American Med Spa Association Before scheduling a CoolSculpting® appointment, make sure the procedure will be administered by a trained medical spa professional. You can confirm this during your initial consultation regarding the treatment. In general, CoolSculpting is typically performed by one of the following medical spa professionals: • Medical Doctor (MD) • Physician Assistant (PA) • Registered Nurse (RN) Other medical professionals who have been trained by CoolSculpting to administer treatments Does CoolSculpting work and is it a safe treatment? After wondering “Does CoolSculpting work”, the next question usually is… “Is it safe?” Yes. When CoolSculpting is administered as intended by a trained medical professional, it is a very safe procedure. The manufacturers of the Zeltiq CoolSculpting System, designed their equipment with patient safety in mind and the CoolSculpting device is FDA approved. In fact, you can easily access the FDA approval documents for the system on the

HER HEALTH SPONSORED SECTION Clinical Information section of the CoolSculpting website. While CoolSculpting is a safe treatment, it is always a good idea to discuss the procedure’s safety indications. Youthtopia’s CoolSculpting specialist will be sure to fully inform prior to moving forward with the procedure. For example, you may not be a good candidate for CoolSculpting if you suffer from cold agglutinin disease or cryoglobulinemia. You should also talk to your doctor if you recently had surgery or if you have a preexisting hernia. Are there any possible side effects? As you know, with virtually any procedure, there are some possible side effects associated with CoolSculpting. However, they are generally mild and tend to emerge after the procedure is completed. You may experience skin sensitivity, tingling, stinging, firmness, cramping, or swelling in the area that was treated. You may also notice temporary redness, bruising, or swelling. More serious side effects are very rare and include noticeable enlargement of the area that was treated. This side effect typically does not become visible until several months after the procedure was completed. This enlargement may require surgical treatment. If you would like to know more about the prevalence of these side effects, be sure to ask your doctor or CoolSculpting specialist for additional information. What factors contribute to how CoolSculpting works? Many patients do not realize that they play a key role in maximizing their experience with the CoolSculpting procedure. Here are three important factors that can help you achieve the results you are looking for with CoolSculpting: Realistic Expectations: Patients who are considering the procedure should remember that CoolSculpting is not designed to produce weight loss. Additionally, results often take 1-3 months to become visible. Choice of Provider: Choosing an award-winning med spa with a highly skilled specialist is the key to great results and experience with CoolSculpting. Be sure to check out video testimonials and references to ensure you will be treated by a properly trained provider. A Commitment to Improving Your Health: Maintaining your focus on exercise and a healthful diet is important and can help you maximize your satisfaction with your CoolSculpting results. What is the best way to determine whether CoolSculpting is right for you? As outlined above, CoolSculpting® is a safe, FDA-approved treatment for fat reduction that is proven to eliminate stubborn body fat. In spite of CoolSculpting’s impressive track record of results, you may still have some questions or wonder if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Book an appointment to determine Coolscuplting is right for you! If you’re still wondering does CoolScuplting work, schedule your noobligation consultation with a YouthTopia CoolSculpting specialist now. So… does CoolSculpting work? YES, but during your consultation, you will learn whether or not you, personally, are a good candidate. This is your opportunity to share your questions and concerns about the procedure. You can also take a tour of our Med Spa and discover why we are Atlanta’s most trusted CoolSculpting provider. We look forward to helping you finally eliminate your stubborn body fat!

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Spotlight Artist: Kate T. Parker Through November, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Awardwinning photographer Kate T. Parker will be showcasing photographs from her “Strong is the New Pretty” and “The Heart of a Boy” books in an exhibit entitled "StrongHearted.” See the exhibit at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


Warbington Farms Corn Maze Open through Nov. 2. The Forsyth County Corn Maze includes hayrides, bonfires, petting zoos, a fun park and more. Journey through three different mazes, suited for all ages, during the day or at night. Fall hours are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the corn maze. 5555 Crow Road, Cumming. ‘Night Must Fall’ Through Nov. 10, times vary. Thrills, chills, twists and turns in a Halloween-perfect tale of suspense. Can ineffable charm exist with true evil? The dark can be very seductive. Tickets start at $24. Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


Johns Creek Poetry Festival for teens and adults 10:15 a.m. The annual Johns Creek Poetry Festival for teens and adults will be held at Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Veteran poets will lead discussions and workshops for all ages in this family-friendly festival.


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array of cooking classes based on classic European and American cuisine. After preparing the meal, participants will dine on their creations in the home’s spacious modern kitchen. Complimentary wine is served with dinner, and a free mini-tour of Barrington Hall is included. $65 per person. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


‘Remember Broadway at Christmas’ Through Nov. 10, times vary. Age Well Forsyth, a nonprofit organization serving senior citizens in Forsyth County, will present a variety show “Remember Broadway at Christmas.” The show is a trip down memory lane, featuring some of the most famous Broadway shows with a bit of Christmas added to kick off the holiday season.


Veterans Day Breakfast 8 – 9:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton to enjoy a complimentary breakfast with local veterans. ‘Casimir Pulaski’ 10 a.m. – noon. Barrington Hall hosts lectures on the Civil War and other areas of interest to local residents. Complimentary brunch-style food will be available. This month’s lecture is on “Casimir Pulaski: Polish Hero of the American Revolution,” by Robert C. Jones. There is a $5 suggested donation. Thanksgiving open hearth cook and crafts 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Clarissa Clifton will discuss the history of Thanksgiving food and cook on the open hearth in Smith Plantation’s historic cookhouse. There will also be an opportunity for children and adults to make Thanksgiving crafts they can use on their table. Free. Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell.


Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival in Cumming 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Featuring a wide variety of artisans and craftsmen with handcrafted merchandise, the Sawnee Artists’ Association festival includes photos with Santa and kid-friendly activities. Food trucks and kettle corn will be available outside. Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd., Cumming.


Johns Creek poetry group for teens and adults 10:15 a.m. The group for teens and adults will be held at the Alpharetta Library, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. Share poems and poetry-writing skills in a comfortable setting with gentle building-up and suggestions of learning and mastering this art. Veteran poets will lead discussions.


Pie-making cooking class 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Barrington Hall hosts a full array of cooking classes based on classic European and American cuisine. After preparing the meal, participants will dine on their creations in the home’s spacious modern kitchen. Complimentary wine is served with dinner, and a free mini-tour of Barrington Hall is included. $65 per person. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


Titan Tidings Christmas Gift Show 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday. Shop for holiday gifts from more than 110 vendors with jewelry, holiday and home décor, accessories, pottery, glassware, monogrammed and children’s items, fine art and more. A bake sale keeps your shopping energy up and running. Blessed Trinity Catholic


Saint Nick in his cozy cottage at Avalon for a dose of Christmas magic this holiday season. Santa will be around for the holiday season to spread Christmas cheer, take photos with children and families, share magical moments with those who visit him and more. There will also be special events throughout the week, including story time, pet photos and breakfast with Santa.


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‘The Knights Templar’ 7 – 9 p.m. Barrington Hall hosts lectures on the Civil War and other areas of interest to local residents. This week’s lecture is on “The Knights Templar,” by Robert C. Jones. There is a $5 suggested donation. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


Johns Creek Arts Center holiday sale Through Dec. 23. Johns Creek Arts Center’s annual holiday sale features original handcrafted, fine art gifts at affordable prices. Choose from handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and prints by instructors, as well as youth and adult students. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek.


The Lighting of Avalon Starts at 1 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and free activities for the whole family. Enjoy an appearance from jolly old Saint Nick and live music, culminating with the tree lighting at 7 p.m. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. Avalon on Ice Times vary. Through Jan. 20, 2020. Ice skate at Avalon on its Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink in the plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm, tasty treats rink-side. Enjoy special events throughout the season and sign up for ice skating lessons. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. General admission starts at $18.


Santa at Avalon Times vary. Through Dec. 24. Join jolly old

French Christmas cooking class 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Barrington Hall hosts a full array of cooking classes based on classic European and American cuisine. After preparing the meal, participants will dine on their creations in the home’s spacious modern kitchen. Complimentary wine is served with dinner, and a free mini-tour of Barrington Hall is included. $65 per person. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


Five Star Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in Johns Creek 8 a.m. Join for a road race Thanksgiving morning with 5K, 10K, 15K and half-marathon options, with proceeds benefitting The Place of Forsyth and the Atlanta Multiple Sclerosis Center. The race begins at 3835 Johns Creek Parkway in Johns Creek. Registration is $17. Tryptophan Half-Marathon in Cumming 7:30 a.m. All distances will start and finish at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, winding along the Big Creek Greenway. Early registration and carpooling are recommended. No dogs, baby strollers or skates. All proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. TryptophanHalfMarathon10k5k


‘A Christmas Carol’ Through Dec. 15, times vary. MGBaker Productions presents in conjunction with the Sherouse/Riley team, the original producers of the Christmas play, the classic tale of “A Christmas Carol.”


Christmas in Crabapple and Milton Tree Lighting 2 – 6 p.m. This year, Milton has combined two events to usher in the holiday season. This holiday tradition has become a Milton staple, including Santa photos, caroling, s’mores, crafts, hot cocoa and fun. See the tree lighting and more at the Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton.

December Events


Christmas Tree and Dreidel Lighting 6 – 8 p.m. Enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree and dreidel in Johns Creek with traditional holiday music by local elementary school choruses and a special early appearance by Santa. A Toys for Tots drop-off will be available. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.


Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting 6 – 9 p.m. To kick off the holiday season, Downtown Alpharetta will light the night for the annual tree lighting. Celebration will fill the downtown streets with the annual tree lighting, musical performances, snow, photos with Santa, restaurants and food trucks, roasting marshmallows, a holiday market and more. Downtown Alpharetta, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta.


Roswell Holiday Celebration 5 p.m. This family event includes carolers from local schools, the lighting of Town Square, a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” by the mayor, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Pictures with Santa are available. Holiday shuttle buses are available to Santa’s Secret Gift Shop at the Adult Recreation Center. Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell.

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