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Barn manager Heather Grubbs, right, and DeBorah Loomis, floral and boutique manager, help turn Scottsdale Farms in Milton into a winter wonderland every Christmas. Read more on page 6. Special Focus Next Month...


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More than just a 'nursery’ Scottsdale Farms shines at Christmas...and year round


“Scottsdale Farms is special. It’s more than a nursery – it’s a small gem within the Milton area,” said Grubb. he remnants of spider webs and She said people driving past the scarecrows may still be lingering 65-acre location on Birmingham Highway outside, but at Scottsdale Farms may not even realize it’s much more than in Milton, the end of October marks the just the place you buy your flowers and start of the Christmas holidays. shrubs. “Usually, we have a little over two Step inside the barn, said Grubb, weeks to get the inside of the barn and you’ll find beautiful displays of home looking perfect for Christmas after the interior décor, unique floral arrangements, fall pumpkin patch,” fashion and jewelry items, explained Heather SCOTTSDALE FARMS custom services and a Grubb, barn manager café where you can get 15639 Birmingham Hwy., for Scottsdale Farms. lunch or a latte. Milton, GA 30004 But planning for Scottsdale Farms Monday through Saturday: the holiday season is traces its humble 8 a.m. –9 p.m. nearly a year-round beginning to Sandy Sunday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. project at the busy Springs, where founder 770-777-5875 nursery and garden Luca Gianturco opened center. a Christmas tree lot “Keep in mind, we to help pay for college have been planning the expenses. Although that Christmas season since [last] January,” original location still sells Christmas trees laughed Grubb. “[We start] buying for during the holiday season, construction Christmas in January, product starts of Scottsdale Farms in its present location arriving in July and then at the end began in 1999. of October, we start installation. It is a “We began construction of our process!” garden center in what was a bit of a And it’s a process that has been remote location here in Milton,” said fine-tuned over the years since Scottsdale Grubb, marveling on how much Milton Farms opened in Milton in 2000. has grown. But Scottsdale Farms is more But while the area grew up around than just the “go to” place to kick your the site – and demand for the products holiday spirit into high gear. It’s one-stop increased – Grubb said Scottsdale Farms shopping year round for everything on kept to its business model of planned your list, and perhaps items you never even knew you needed.


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From left to right, Heather Grubb, barn manager, Damon Bartraw, head visual merchandiser and DeBorah Loomis, floral and boutique manager.



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growth. “Over the years, our philosophy has been to grow the business methodically so that we can control quality,” she said. “Growing beautiful plants for our homeowners is our focus, but over the years, landscape design/ installation, interior home products and interior design have become [equally] important to our customers.” Grubbs said community events, such as the Pumpkin Patch and Enchanted Christmas Tree Forest, and fundraising events for special causes have also been well received. Grubb has deep roots in the agriculture business, having grown up in Illinois on a family farm. She, her husband and two children first moved to Atlanta in 1996, before relocating overseas for a decade with her husband’s job. In 2012, they returned to Georgia, settling in Milton. It was then that Grubb discovered Scottsdale Farms, when she used the company for landscaping and other home renovation needs. “After a year of going in to the nursery and store, Dan Kaminski, the manager, asked me if I wanted to work part-time in the nursery during peak seasons,” said Grubb. “He knew I was new to the area and liked to work with plants – and it was an opportunity for me to get out of the house.” She eventually moved to full-time, taking on the role of barn manager where she manages all aspects from buying, receiving, merchandising and sales. Her team includes floral and boutique manager DeBorah Loomis, who has a background in design, and head visual merchandiser Damon Bartraw, who has more than two decades in the design business working for retailers like Von Maur, Saks Fifth Avenue, Expo Design Center and numerous luxury boutiques. Grubb said the family atmosphere at Scottsdale Farms is what draws customers from all across the region, and keeps them coming back. Every season brings with it new events and offerings. “Our fall season is amazing with the pumpkin patch, hayrides and animals here on the farm,” she said. “And right after fall season comes Christmas, [with] fresh cut trees, custom garland made by our employees, wreaths and beautiful décor items inside the barn.” While every season brings its own unique offerings, Grubb admits Christmas is her team’s favorite time of the year. The entire staff works together on all the festivities and activities going on at Scottsdale Farms. The season kicks off with the Christmas open house in November, which Grubb says is the busiest day of the year. “The night before [the open house], we close our business as usual, and then have all of the staff help decorate the trees and the barn,” she said. “When our customers arrive on our opening day, they are always mesmerized and delighted at the transformation. It is truly a Christmas wonderland.” ■

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It’s a wrap! Simplify holiday shopping with new titles, topics from Georgia writers



ift giving is an age-old challenge with fabulously fresh options, thanks to a host of new releases from area authors. With subjects sure to please men, women and children on any list, holiday shopping can be local and literary, online or in person.

Women’s fiction

“When I sat down to write a Christmas story, I couldn't help but use the original Christmas story as a sort of inspiration,” said Marietta’s Sally Kilpatrick, 2018 Georgia Author of the Year for romance. “‘Oh My Stars’ takes place in a small-town drive-through nativity with an unlikely Mary and Joseph, as well as an unexpected mystery baby,” Kilpatrick said. “That mystery baby brings two families together and helps a bunch of world-weary, jaded adults find some hope in the Christmas season.” Kilpatrick is available to speak or conduct writing workshops. Email her at Another holidaythemed title, “A Daddy Sent by Santa,” is the latest release by Cartersville resident Susan Carlisle, author of more than 20 Harlequin novels. The story of a smalltown mom falling for a big-city doctor, Carlisle’s romance features nurse Lauren Wilson and prestigious Boston 10 | | december2018

physician Paxton Samuels, whose attraction heats up once they’re snowed in together. “But knowing Paxton is due to leave after the festive season,” Carlisle said, “can Lauren risk giving him her heart and her little boy a daddy for Christmas?” Carlisle is available to speak — and donate novels — to book clubs or other groups. Connect with her at www.


“With Honor We Served: War Stories from the Veterans of Mt. Bethel UMC,” features 93 stories compiled by Bob Babcock, chief executive officer and founder of Deeds Publishing in Athens. The book includes accounts from more than 60 members of the veterans ministry that Babcock formed in 2006 at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. Their stories stretch from World War II to the War on Terror and “range from funny to sad to many other emotions in between,” Babcock said. Fittingly launched on Armistice Day — the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — half of the book’s profits will benefit the Atlanta Airport USO. Babcock, who served as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, has one new story in the collection. Also included are three tales from his previously published, “What Now, Lieutenant?” an Amazon bestseller Kindle book and one of the 38 military titles on Babcock will be signing all his military books at Marietta’s Casabella Dec. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Another Deeds title is “Dear Dad” by Kathy Williams, the daughter of Gen. Judson F. Miller, who fought across Europe as a platoon leader in World War II and, later, was Babcock’s brigade commander in Vietnam.

Williams chronicled her father’s WWII experiences with the help of more than 60 letters he wrote home to his parents and brothers. He shared the letters with her six decades later, just before he died at 85. “I promised him that I would get them published,” the Blue Ridge resident said. As she was transcribing her father’s 1940s war dispatches, however, she “felt the need to talk to him, so I began to write to him to finish


STILL CHECKING YOUR LIST? For more gift-giving ideas, consider these additional titles from Georgia authors: Memoir/nonfiction/mindfulness “All the Light Inside of You” by Keryl J. Oliver, Roswell. “Readers journey through a riveting series of events that twist and turn, comprising the seasons of the author’s life, and reminding us we are so much more than physical beings and we are never alone.” Oliver will sign books at the Milton Library Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

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our conversation that we had begun while he was still alive.” The result is a touching blend of yesterday and today that Williams will sign at Ellijay’s Walls of Books Dec. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Young nonfiction

“Strong Is the New Pretty: A Guided Journal for Girls,” by Kate T. Parker, is the follow-up to the professional photographer’s 2017 image-packed bestseller. That book, “Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves,” became an international sensation. It features more than 175 of the Roswell resident’s photos celebrating girls from 8 to 12 simply being their capable, captivating selves. Released in October, Parker’s “Guided Journal for Girls” is illustrated with favorite shots from “Strong Is the New Pretty,” as well as about 20 new images. Its interactive prompts encourage creative self-expression to turn each journal into a keepsake. For her next portrait collection, Parker aimed her camera at the opposite sex. “The Heart of a Boy: Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Boyhood,” will be published in April. Meet Parker at Avid Bookshop in Athens, Dec. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. ■

Contributing journalist, Kathy Des Jardins Cioffi. Owner of Johns Creek’s KRC Communications. Connect with her at

“Images from World War II: The Art of Jack Smith” narrative by Rona Simmons, Cumming. “Drawings in brush and ink by WWII veteran and commercial artist Jack Smith, who saw duty in the Pacific Theater during the war aboard the USS Hopping. Includes narrative and black and white reproductions of 36 artworks, providing context to the events in the Pacific.”

Romance “Megan’s Christmas Knight” by Beth Warstadt, Forsyth County. “Megan is running away from her life because she has committed an unforgivable sin that has ruined the lives of everyone she loves. She is rescued from her despair by a mysterious man on a white horse.” “Emma Lawson Will Ruin Christmas,” by Erica Gerald Mason, Acworth. “When your family won’t stop pressuring you to meet someone special, hire me and I’ll show up and make them sorry they ever believed in happily ever after.” “Mary’s Christmas Surprise” by Carol James, Lilburn. “Mary Sherman’s Christmas is nothing like she’s planned. Her fiancé has called off the engagement just days before Christmas, and her parents have gone on an anniversary cruise around the world. Returning to the comfort of her childhood home to spend Christmas in her parents’ empty house, Mary discovers her parents have taken in a boarder, a handsome carpenter named Jake Wolesky.”

Near historical fiction “Dorothy May” by Janet Hogan Chapman, McDonough. “Who is Dorothy May? No one really knows, but she is a fascinating mystery. Given to an Atlanta woman during the Great Depression, she was raised never knowing her real parents. She was a real person and this novel is based on true events that took place as Dorothy grew from girl to woman, always searching for who she really was. Some women will do whatever it takes to survive, and Dorothy was no exception, setting the stage for a life of passion, crime and madness.”

Young adult science fiction/fantasy “Between the Nightmare and the Light” is the second novel by Sarah Carroll, a sophomore at Cambridge High School, Milton. “Over a century ago, two god-like beings were released from an eternal prison called The Endless Void. These two beings, later known as Light and the Nightmare, become locked in a bloody conflict. Their hatred leads to the largest war in the history of the known universe, throwing countless people into battles they know cannot be won.”

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Create your own family traditions at a local Christmas tree farm By CHARMAINE JACKSON Contributing Writer

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hat could be more fun than creating your own family holiday tradition at a local Christmas tree farm? More than just rows of trees, today’s farms offer all kinds of fun things to do. You can roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, explore the barns, take a wagon ride into the fields to choose and cut your own Christmas tree, shop for decorations and holiday food items, visit with Santa and more. In Gainesville, the Kinsey Family Farm has more than 4,000 trees from which to choose. You have the option to cut your own, buy a pre-cut tree or select a living tree in a container that you can then plant in your backyard. They even sell Charlie Brown Christmas trees for a small table or for children to put in their rooms. At the Kinsey farm, you can also roast marshmallows on an open fire, drink hot chocolate and peruse barns filled with pre-cut trees, fresh wreaths, decorations and delicious holiday treats like honey, salsa, jams, jellies and preserves. Customers receive a special 2018 pewter ornament with the purchase of every Christmas tree. The Kinsey Family Farm participates in the Trees for Troops program, which collects donations to provide real trees to military families at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega and other bases throughout the state of Georgia. Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm in Milton has been sharing the holiday tradition of cutting your own Christmas tree for more than 20 years. After you select your tree, enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies, feed the geese and ducks and take a photo on “Homer” the red tractor. Santa visits the farm on opening weekend (beginning the day after Thanksgiving) and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Hunter’s farm also participates in the Trees for Troops program, and conducts a holiday assistance program where visitors can bring a toy or canned goods to the farm to be donated to

North Fulton Community Charities. At Thompson’s Tree Farm in Lawrenceville, you can select and cut your own tree, drink cider and hot chocolate and feed the pet goats and cows. Santa will make a special appearance on Dec. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children can share their holiday list and get a free photo with the jolly old elf. From Nov. 20 through Dec. 15, families can take a Christmas field tour, where kids will enjoy a Christmas story, go on a hayride, feed the goats and receive a candy cane. Bring a snack or lunch to relax and enjoy under the covered pavilion. Cost is $4 each for children and adults. Teachers and paraprofessionals are free. ■


The Kinsey Family Farm

Open for Christmas trees starting Nov. 17 from noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Black Friday and the weekends, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at, 7170 Jot Em Down Road, Gainesville, GA 30506. For more information, call 770-887-6028. Admission is free; pay for Christmas trees selected.

Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm


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Open for Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to dusk. Hours Monday through Friday are from 4 p.m. to dusk, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to dusk, The farm is closed on Sundays. Located at, 14680 Wood Road, Milton, GA 30004. Call 770-475-0713 for more information. Admission is free; pay for Christmas trees selected. Bring a toy or canned goods for North Fulton Community Charities.

Thompson’s Tree Farm

Open for Christmas trees starting Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. and will remain open until Sunday, Dec. 16, or until all trees are sold. Hours Monday through Friday are from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving hours are 2 - 4 p.m, and the Friday after Thanksgiving is 9:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Located at, 1829 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, Call 770-513-2552 for information. Admission is free; pay for Christmas trees selected.

Don’t let intimacy take a holiday By ELAINE WILCO, MA, LPC Contributing Writer


he holidays are such a special time of year, but for many of us, family time means stress time. Most families find they have the same stress points every year. Whether you are the host or the guest, you can probably predict where the problems are going to come from, based on experiences from years past. So this winter, make an early New Year’s resolution to take a good look at holiday plans and re-align priorities to focus on what really matters. Think like a greeting card. If it doesn’t bring joy, peace and good will toward all, it doesn’t need to be part of your holiday celebration. To keep irritation with others from turning into irritation with your significant other, make a plan ahead of time. The biggest complaint couples have with each other during the holidays is that they don’t feel their partner is sensitive to their feelings and needs when members of the extended family are around. So, set up a signal for when you need help with an uncooperative family member, or when it’s time to pack it in for the day. And check in with each other often to remind yourselves that you are still “on the same team.” Most of all, be sure to reserve some personal couple time. Holidays are a great time for a stroll together along decorated streets, or to curl up in front of a cozy fire. Not only will this lead to a more relaxing holiday, but most of all, it will keep that couple’s bond strong! ■ Elaine Wilco is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience. She maintains a private practice in Alpharetta focused on helping those with intimacy issues. Follow her at december2018 | | 13


Daily eating habits for success this holiday season By KAREN ESCOBAR Contributing Writer


o become the best version of yourself, diet is as important as exercise. You need to make the right choices to get the best results. Here are five quick tips for good eating habits that will set you up for success.

Start your day right

When you jump out of bed, start your day with a glass of not-too-cold water, and add a squeeze of lemon juice. This is effective for a few reasons. • First, lemon is a refreshing way to kick-start your morning. • You’re also hydrating yourself first thing, instead of reaching for dehydrating coffee. • Some experts also recommend lemon juice as a way to improve digestion. • You’re getting a morning dose of vitamin C. • The water fills your stomach, which makes you less likely to overeat at breakfast. If you are able, wait another half an hour before you eat a (healthy) breakfast. This will help you get out the door with a full stomach.

Plan ahead

Often, eating poorly happens when you’re not prepared. We’ve all been there. It is the end of the day, you’re starving and you know for a fact there is nothing in the fridge, so you head to the drive-through or to your favorite Thai takeout. Prevent this by getting organized and stocking your fridge for the week ahead. If you hate the thought of the grocery store, set up an online account and order items for delivery. 14 | | december2018

Most supermarkets allow you to save lists, so come up with a few simple, healthy meal ideas and add all the ingredients to the list for a quicker shopping experience. Cooking not your thing? While they’re not ideal, there are many pre-made food services out there with ready meals that are a better alternative to junk food like McDonald’s and pizza. Keep a few in the freezer for when you need a night off from kitchen duties.

Pack your lunch

This advice never goes out of style! In addition to saving money, packing your lunch helps you stay on top of calorie consumption. It can also steer you away from impulse-buying a muffin or extra soft-drink from the cafe near work. Wraps, sandwiches, salads and soup are all simple, easy-to-prepare lunch ideas.

Find ‘treat’ alternatives •

A hot chocolate made with raw cacao powder can stave off the chocolate craving, while giving you a boost of antioxidants and magnesium. • A handful of nuts offers a nutrient and protein boost, which is far better than candy. • Stir vanilla protein powder into a small tub of Greek yogurt to satisfy your sweet tooth. • A simple piece of fruit can ward off a sudden sugar craving. • Carbonated water can be a great substitute for a soft drink. Look around for easy ways to swap ‘bad’ with ‘good,’ and make sure you have the treats you like on hand.

Find your mantra

Sometimes going over a saying or

question in your head can help support your good eating goals. • “One is need, two is greed.” • “A minute on the lips… a lifetime on the hips.” • “My cravings don’t control me.” • “Am I really hungry?” • “Food is fuel.” • “What’s the healthiest choice I can make?” It can help to tape this to your fridge as a reminder to do the right thing by your body.

Carry a snack

If you have friends who are vegan or celiac, you may notice they happily pull a snack out of their bag when there is nothing appropriate for them to munch on. There’s nothing to stop you from forming the same habit. Grabbing an apple before you head out the door can insure you against a snack attack that would normally have you heading for the treat section at the gas station. It could also give you an alternative to that cake being passed around the office. With a little forward thinking and planning, you will be able to stay on top of your good eating intentions and work toward your weight-loss or fitness goals. ■

Karen Escobar is the co-owner/cofounder of CrossFit Zanshin. Karen's passion for fitness developed several years ago and has developed a bulletproof system for bringing new people up to speed quickly and on their way to achieving their goals.


Sweaters you need this holiday season Are these on your holiday wish list? By LORI WYNNE Contributing Writer


t’s finally sweater season, so how is your sweater collection looking this year? Are you prepared to snuggle down in front of the fire? Do you look your personal best in your winter work attire? Do you have the perfectly feminine holiday sweater that shines like a child’s eyes when she looks at a twinkling tree? What is your strategy for the upcoming ugly Christmas sweater contest this year? Here are my tips to help you keep warm and fashionable at your many winter appearances.

Snuggle-down sweater

When was the last time you updated your favorite go-to homebody sweater? This type of sweater has two important criteria. First, it must be washable, especially if you spill hot chocolate down the front while watching your favorite holiday movie. Second, it must be cozily soft and snuggly, especially for snuggling with your sweetheart, kids or grandkids. Choose boucle, chenille, velour, fleece or velvet yarn. A cowl tunic, long duster cardigan or hooded poncho is up to you. It’s also perfect for flu wear.

Work appropriate sweater

For a professional look during the winter

months, choose a fine gauge sweater. A smaller weave is more professional looking than a chunky cable knit. Choose classic styles such a V-neck pullover, cardigan or turtleneck. Sweater fabrics appropriate for winter professional attire include cashmere, merino wool and fine gauge acrylics. Choose bright rich tones or creamy winter white to keep the winter doldrums away.

Holiday sweater

Every woman should own at least one go-to shimmery holiday sweater; something that can be worn to a holiday party with velveteen jeans or to a performance of “The Nutcracker” paired with a sateen skirt. Color is up to you. Flowing or sleek is your choice. Consider a bateau neck and fun sleeve detail for a festive chic look. Sweaters laced with velvet ribbons around the neck and tied with a bow are very on trend this season.

Ugly Christmas sweater

It seems like everyone has

gotten on the ‘ugly sweater’ bandwagon. In the past, we would run to Goodwill to see if we could find a used, ugly Christmas sweater, but it is slim pickings these days. Several online retailers have popped up that focus specifically on the sale of ugly and profane holiday sweaters. For this article, a tame visual from Nordstrom is shown as an example. For extreme and tasteless ugly Christmas sweaters, check out I see an ugly sweater contest winner in your holiday future!

Final tip

Take care of your natural fiber sweaters by cleaning and then storing them in a cedar chest, or a tight-lidded container with pieces of cedar wood. You can also store your sweaters in a plastic Ziploc bag in the freezer. Nothing is more disheartening than to find last year’s cashmere sweater has been enjoyed by moth larvae. While one small hole may be repaired, many holes cannot. You will never feel fully confident in that sweater knowing it has been eaten by bugs. Treat yourself to a new sweater! You deserve it. Happy Holidays! ■

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What to put under the tree for pets?



beautiful, offer multiple places to rest and climb, can have toys and ropes and are safe places for your kitties to scratch. Smaller offerings to put under the kitty tree include ledges, hammocks, perches and beds that can be attached at juicy food treat may be windows. Bird feeders nearby can offer visual entertainment something your pet might without putting the birds or your cat at risk. These can even enjoy for the holidays, but be found with safe warming units for our senior kittens. Most it has the potential to wreak havoc. cats would enjoy their own climbing wall as a present. This The aftermath of too many treats, can easily be constructed by mounting pre-made cat shelves, or treats that are simply too rich, bridges and furniture to a wall. Igloo tents, cave cubes, could be a trip to the veterinarian for tunnels and mod pods all offer less permanent options for vomiting, diarrhea or worse. kitties to rest. Because 50 to 60 percent of For dogs, unique furniture and bedding offerings can pets in the United States are obese also make a good gift. Dog couches are available in styles or overweight, consider gifts that are Dr. Joanne Roesner, to complement any decor and in both indoor and outdoor DVM, DABVP with not only mentally stimulating, but versions. With dog beds, I found canopy, four-poster, Charlie and Kurt. that help slow food consumption and hammock and Murphy beds among the many designs I promote activity. encountered. Coffee tables, hall racks and ottomans with dog has perfect gifts for our feline beds incorporated can complement your decor. For those with family. Your kitty can bat tubes, chase a ball or work a puzzle less lavish needs, Costco has fabulous dog beds in multiple to get his or her next meal. The website has sections for styles. Dogs are often messier than cats, so remember to rolling, stationary, wet food and canned food puzzles. There look for easily cleaned coverings and beds with waterproof is even a section on homemade puzzles. I never thought cushion liners. For older doggies, an orthopedic mattress can gluing toilet paper rolls to a piece of cardboard could make help to make sleeping more comfortable. my cats so happy. Puzzles are rated by difficulty — one star for Because so many of us work and are not with our pets easy to three stars for difficult — so you won’t make feeding for long hours, gifts that interact with them while we are too challenging at the start. Videos on away make sense. There are a multitude of, as well as those video products for both dogs and cats to PET CARE found on YouTube (search “cat food view while we are absent. If your dog needs UNIVERSITY SESSION puzzles”), offer great entertainment for a Zen moment, the Paws-itively Peaceful humans and kitties alike. Pooch relaxation video helps with calming. ON JAN. 19, 2019 YouTube has many entertaining Dog and cat music, available from iCalm, Dr. Stephanie Hall will discuss videos for dog food puzzles as well, some couples music with massage and training integrative medicine. This is free to of which show you how to make your own exercises for when you are home, and can the public and details are available food puzzles. Every major pet retail source be utilized as music alone when you are through Appen News publications also has a variety of different items. In my not. If your dogs have access to a yard while and on Loving Hands Animal Clinic’s own household, who knew a muffin tin you’re out, iFetch will throw tennis balls for Facebook and social media pages. and tennis balls could send my Golden them. There is also a mini-version that can Retriever into bliss while slowing down his be used in the house. When I was given rapid eating? In addition to slowing eating, a puppy shower for Harvey (my current all of these food puzzles offer mental stimulation and play. Golden), my staff gave me essentially a dog nanny cam that I In some situations, after learning to use the puzzle, non-food can talk through and tell to give him a treat. treats like balls (or for kitties, catnip) can be used to increase Motion toys are available for both dogs and cats. A activity without adding calories. popular one is Panic Mouse or Panic Mouse Undercover. Cats can never have too many perches, hideaways or These toys are programmed to actually move like a mouse. lounging platforms; it’s just a fact. So cat trees are a great gift The Friends Forever interactive laser toy or PetDroid hanging for any kitty (even an elderly cat can use the lower levels). laser can be programmed to let your dog or cat chase a They are available virtually anywhere, but my favorites come laser light while you’re out. For less active cats, an animated from Furwood Forest, a local entity. Their cat trees are rustic, butterfly in a jar offers interest. ■

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1 bunch fresh rosemary 1 1/2 c. cubed cheddar 15 slices salami 4 oz. block blue cheese 1 small bunch grapes 8 oz. prosciutto, rolled into bunches 1 small round goat cheese 1/2 c. cured olives Toast baguette or crackers, for serving


On a serving platter, arrange rosemary around the edge like a wreath. Inside, leaving room for another ring and bread or crackers in the middle, arrange cheddar, salami, grapes, prosciutto, goat cheese, and olives. 2. Form more rosemary in a smaller wreath inside and place crostini or crackers in the center for serving.


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Detoxing your body with a juice cleanse can have positive health impacts By CANDY WAYLOCK


all juiced up



elcome to December - the month of indulgence and overload, followed immediately by the month of regret and renewal. For many women, a detox and cleanse is just what the body ordered post holidays, with a growing number of people turning to juice cleanses to kick start their healthy habits. “I consider juicing a gateway to good health,” said Leslie Graham, owner of 3:8 Juice and Eatery ( in Milton. “It’s for the novice and experienced. It slowly changes your taste buds to start craving healthy food.” Her preferred method for someone new to juicing is a modified approach to a full juice cleanse. Start with three days of juice, soups and smoothies, followed by three days of juice only. “If this is your first cleanse, this helps to reset your taste buds… [and allows] your body to slowly wean itself off processed sugar, caffeine, salt, and oil,” said Graham. While juices can be made at home with a good juicer, a growing number of juice bars are opening across the nation to meet the growing demand for high quality juices. Marina Verbeke recently opened the first Clean Juice location in Georgia (www.cleanjuice. com), located near Avalon in Alpharetta. The store focuses primarily on juices, alongside smoothies and bowls, with all items 100 percent certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Laken Hill, a juice "ambassador" for Clean Juice, displays a variety of the company's fresh-pressed juices.

2 green apples, halved 4 stalks celery, leaves removed 1 cucumber 6 leaves kale ½ lemon, peeled 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger Process all ingredients in a juicer and drink within one day. Find more juice recipes at

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I consider juicing a gateway to good health...It’s for the novice and experienced. It slowly changes your taste buds to start craving healthy food.” LESLIE GRAHAM, OWNER OF 3:8 JUICE AND EATERY IN MILTON

“The main goal of a juice cleanse is to flood the body with vitamins and minerals, allowing the body to rid itself of toxin buildup from our usual foods and environment,” said Verbeke, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where the fast-growing company was founded. If a juice adds something “unnatural”, said Verbeke, the full benefits of the juice are compromised. “You want your cleanse to be all organic to avoid pesticides and chemicals from entering your body,” said Verbeke. For optimal benefits from a juice cleanse, avoid conventional juices, and aim for fruits and vegetables that have been fresh-pressed, preferably cold-pressed. Cold-pressed juice is the industry standard for extracting juice without the use of heat-fueled machines, which can destroy many enzymes and nutrients, like Vitamin C. Verbeke said Clean Juice uses only a cold-press process, allowing nutrients to stay intact for up to a week. Proponents of juice cleanses point to numerous health benefits, including weight loss, mental clarity, better sleep, and just a

A juice cleanse can include nearly any fruit or vegetable that can be “juiced” and has nutritional value, but here are the most popular: • Leafy greens including kale and spinach • Apples and oranges (remove seeds) • Apricots, peaches, cherries (pits removed) • Beets • Cabbage • Carrots • Celery • Cucumber • Kiwi, pineapple, mango, lemons and limes (outer skin removed) Spices and herbs – for an added kick, as well as nutritional value and flavor, add some spice to your juice. As with the vegetables and fruits that form the base, use the freshest version of spices and herbs. The most popular additives include cayenne pepper, ginger, and turmeric, but experiment with chili, basil, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and other spices to find what you like.

general shift to making better nutritional choices. While the medical jury may still be out on proven benefits, anecdotal evidence is strong -- based on the growing number of consumers incorporating juicing into their lifestyles. The fresh-pressed juice market tops $3 billion in sales annually, and has seen a nearly 60 percent growth in the past decade. Not surprisingly, Millennials drive the market in this industry, but the reach is expanding as more people make a healthier lifestyle their priority. For Graham, juice cleanses led to weight loss, as well as the end of chronic health issues for both she and her husband. “He was able to go off all of his medications for high blood pressure, gout, acid reflux medicine,” said Graham, who was considered “morbidly obese” before she began juicing. As with any drastic diet or exercise change, women are advised to proceed with caution before embarking on a juice cleanse. Karen Stein, a certified health coach and owner of Go Healthy with Karen (, said juicing is an efficient way of delivering vitamins, minerals, and nutrients directly into the bloodstream.

However, “quality is king”, she noted. “You want to make sure the produce being juiced is fresh, and [adheres] to the guidelines put out every year by the Environmental Working Group to address pesticides on produce,” she advised. Otherwise, she noted, those pesticides will be absorbed directly into the body. “For a woman looking to ‘clean out’ her body, I would stress a balanced nutritional program substituting whole healthy foods over packaged and processed foods, as much as possible,” said Stein. With a good juicer you can make fresh juices at home, or opt for the convenience of a juice bar and plan on spending anywhere from $7 to $13 for a bottle of fresh pressed juice. “Cleansing can be expensive because organic produce is more expensive. But keep in mind the cleanse is the cost of your entire food consumption,” said Verbeke. “And you really can't put a price on your health…it’s your most important asset to protect.” ■

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Pooles Mill Bridge

Revisit days past by exploring Georgia’s remaining covered bridges By STEVE HUDSON Contributing Writer


ate fall is a great time to get outside and reconnect with history – especially history of the covered bridge sort. Yes, we’re going to visit some covered bridges! At this point, you probably expect me to write emotively about historical ambience and days gone by and all that. But I’m in a practical mood today, so let’s cut right to the chase and ask the key question: Why were these bridges covered? My friend the farmer says it was because horses and mules didn’t like crossing open 20 | | december2018

bridges. My dad the civil engineer says it was to protect the bridges’ structural elements from the weather. Or maybe — and this is my favorite — it’s like my wife’s grandmother once said. I remember her words, spoken decades ago at her kitchen table while we ate fresh-from-theoven peach cobbler. “They’re covered because a covered bridge provides…well…a little privacy,” she said. Yeah, they’re not known as “kissin’ bridges” for nothing. I can affirm that myself, possibly from personal experience. Not surprisingly, covered bridges often seem to surround themselves with legend and lore. You’ll hear that if a young woman makes a chain of clover and strings it across the entrance to the bridge, the first person to break the chain will be her one true love. You’ll also hear that if you drop a penny through the gaps between the deck planks and make

a wish before it hits the water, then your wish will come true. These days, only a few historic covered bridges remain in Georgia. Fortunately, some of them are close by. To get started, here’s a look at three nearby historic covered bridges that I particularly enjoy. I think you’ll enjoy them too. There’s something a little bit magical about each of them, and that’s all it takes to capture the imagination of an incurable romantic like me. Poole’s Mill Covered Bridge

Forsyth County

The Poole’s Mill covered bridge in Forsyth County is on land where, in the early 1820s, Cherokee Chief George Welch operated a grist mill. In subsequent years, the land went through several owners and was eventually acquired by Dr. M. L. Pool. The first bridge at the site was an uncovered bridge that washed away in 1899. In

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trails and picnic tables (with grills) near the creek. There’s also a large covered picnic pavilion (with restroom facilities) that can be reserved. It’s popular year round – and when warmer weather returns, you’ll see kids of all ages enjoying the well-known sliding rocks located just downstream from the bridge. Poole’s Mill Park is at 7725 Poole’s Mill Road. From Ga. 400, take Georgia 20 west to Heardsville Road. Go right (north) on Heardsville Road for about 4 miles to Poole’s Mill Road, on your right. The park is at the corner of Poole’s Mill and Heardsville roads.

Cobb County

its place came a new structure – a 96-foot-long covered bridge – constructed in 1901. That new bridge was held together with wooden pegs called trunnels. The holes for the pegs were drilled on-site, but the builders soon discovered that many of the holes were in the wrong places. Rumor has it that the man who mis-drilled all those holes quickly left the area…taking with him a gallon of corn whiskey! That’s a great story. It may even be true. In any case, the holes were soon redrilled (under the watchful eye of a new and presumably more sober supervisor) and the bridge was finally finished. But you can still see the misplaced holes. Like many covered bridges, this one eventually began to show its age. It might have disappeared altogether but for a restoration effort in the 1990s, which not only saved the bridge but also set the stage for what’s now Poole’s Mill Park. This park features a children’s playground, swings, short walking

Concord Covered Bridge Is it still possible to drive through an historic covered bridge? Yes, and the closest opportunity is on Concord Road, which crosses Nickajack Creek via the singlelane Concord Covered Bridge near Smyrna. Though the nearby East-West Connector has reduced the number of vehicles crossing the bridge, estimates are that from 7,000 to 10,000 motorists still use this bridge each week as they travel between Mableton and Smyrna. The Concord Bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the centerpiece of the Concord Covered Bridge Historic District. Historians say that there has been some sort of bridge there since the 1840s. The present bridge was constructed in 1891 and has carried traffic ever since. A number of renovations over the years have helped it survive, though its low overhead clearance makes it prone to damage from over-height trucks. Warning signs alerted motorists to the low clearance, and in 2009, steel “headache beams” were installed at each end of the bridge in an effort to stop tootall vehicles before they hit the bridge. But Concord Bridge still suffered impacts about once a month, on average. Those impacts took a toll on the venerable old structure, and by 2016, it was clear that significant rehabilitation was needed if the bridge was to be saved. The most recent round of rehab work began in summer 2017 and was completed late last year. Today, following completion of that award-winning rehab project, the bridge has a new lease on life (as well as a better overheight warning system). Unfortunately, there’s no parking at the bridge. The land around it is private. However, there’s parking about a quarter-mile away off Concord Road at the entrance to the Silver Comet Trail. ►

Stovall Mill Covered Bridge.

The Concord Covered Bridge, which crosses Nickajack Creek, is on Concord Road SW in Cobb County near the East-West Connector and the Silver Comet Trail. Note that the surrounding land is private and there is no public parking at the bridge.

White County

Stovall Mill Bridge I’m sometimes asked, “What’s your favorite covered bridge?” It’s hard to pick just one, but the short list would definitely include Stovall Mill Bridge across Chickamauga Creek in White County, near the town of Helen. With a length of just 33 feet, the Stovall Mill Bridge is the shortest covered bridge in Georgia. It was constructed in 1895 and is named for Fred Stovall, who owned the waterpowered mill complex nearby. It’s actually the second covered bridge at the site; the first one, built in the late 1800s, washed away in a flood. Now open only to foot traffic, Stovall Mill Bridge has several claims to fame. Film buffs, for instance, point out that it was featured in the 1951 movie “I’d Climb the Highest Mountain,” starring Susan Hayward and William Lundigan. The thing you hear most often, though, is that the bridge is haunted. “You cross that bridge after dark,” one area resident said to me, “and you’ll hear babies crying. And horse-drawn buggies, too, creaking while they cross over. You ever heard ‘em?” I have not – but then I’ve only been there during the light of day. Decades ago, when I first saw this bridge, it was shaded by an enormous

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You’ve probably passed right by it without even knowing it’s there Though I’ve lived in this area for a very long time, I stumble now and then across something completely new – something like the remains of the old covered bridge that once crossed the Chattahoochee at Holcomb Bridge Road. Known as McAfee’s Bridge, this particular covered bridge was built in 1834 by one Robert McAfee, who figured that a bridge would be a lot more convenient than the ferry that was in use at the time. One of the first steps in building the bridge was to construct columns to support it. Modern bridges use concrete or steel, but the supports for McAfee’s bridge were built simply by stacking large flat rocks together until the supports reached the desired elevation For many years, McAfee’s 220-foot-long covered bridge was the only structure (except for a Western and Atlantic railroad bridge) that crossed the river in the area. It was an important crossing, and it’s no surprise that the bridge was burned twice during the Civil War – once in July 1864 by retreating Confederate troops and once again, just before Atlanta fell, by Sherman. After the war, the bridge was not immediately rebuilt. Ferry service resumed for a while, and in the early 1900s, a single-lane steel truss bridge was constructed at the site — still on those original stackedstone columns. Later still, in the 1960s, a modern two-lane concrete bridge was built just upstream. Do traces of the old covered bridge remain? Yes. One of the original stone columns still stands in the river near the west bank, a little ways downstream from Holcomb Bridge Road. It’s adjacent to Garrard Landing, a city of Roswell park located next to the Johns Creek Environmental Campus. Between the Garrard Landing parking area and the Johns Creek Environmental Campus, look for a short walking trail that features (among other things) a modern-day reconstruction of a very short covered bridge built in the style of McAfee’s original. Walking through it, it’s not hard to imagine what it might have been like to cross the river on the original covered bridge. But imagine is all we can do. Except for a few historic photos, that one stone pillar is all that remains of the original McAfee covered bridge.

▼ OUTDOOR WOMAN Continued from Page 21 tree. I remember taking a few pictures. How I wish I could find those negatives!. Nowadays, the tree is gone…and the bridge’s interior has morphed into a gallery of graffiti. Why do some folks feel a compulsion to write things on old historic structures? Beats me. Somebody once called it part of the “new urban ecosystem,” whatever that means. But I like the old graffiti-free ecosystem just fine. Still, it’s intriguing to read what graffiti writers write. You learn things when you do. On a recent visit to this bridge, for example, I learned that John C. loves Susan M., or at least he did once upon a time. I wonder if they made it? Did their affection survive? Maybe. Maybe not. And yet the bridge that immortalizes them is doing okay even after all these years, missing trees (and unfettered graffiti) notwithstanding. The Stovall Mill Covered Bridge crosses Chickamauga Creek in White County near the town of Helen. It’s the centerpiece of a small roadside park and lies just south of the modern Ga. 255 bridge over the creek, 2.7 miles from the intersection of Ga. 255 and Ga. 17. ■ 22 | | december2018


Making Spirits Bright: A designer’s guide to the perfect gift By TRACY HARKNESS

Contributing Writer


ith the holidays upon us, ’tis the season for gift giving. If you’re still searching for that special present for someone on your list, these amazing gifts are useful and/or decorative for

any home. 1. Solid cashmere throw: A perfect gift for someone who has everything. Not only is a throw a gorgeous addition to any chair or sofa, but it’s also the ideal weight to cuddle up with for family movie night. 2. Nest scented candle: Give the gift of fragrance. The aroma from a Nest candle really does make your home smell wonderful, and these candles make a great hostess gift. www. 3. Treasure and Bond long acacia wood serving board: Who doesn’t love cheese and crackers? These are the perfect go-to cheese board, but they’re also beautiful enough to keep on display. 4. Mikata cheese knives: With their combination of gold and rattan, these cute knives add the touch of pizazz to any cheese board. 5. Leather band vase: The leather band on this vase offers rustic sophistication for any home. Fresh flowers are always a must, and this vase is great for everyday use! www.markandgraham.

com 6. Pure white ceramic centerpiece bowl: This elegant bowl is a favorite to use as a catch-all in an entryway, or as a dining table centerpiece. So many uses for one bowl. 7. Wooden link centerpiece:  Such a unique, decorative piece for a coffee table or just to hang on a wall. This designer piece is available through 8. Lacquer tray: These versatile trays can be placed in a butler’s pantry for serving, an office for organization or on a coffee table to hold a stack of books. 9. Faux shagreen storage boxes: These stylish boxes are great for coffee tables to hide remotes, as a filler for builtin bookshelves or as decorative accent on any chest. www. 10. Acrylic coasters: These personalized coasters come in array of colors, and are the ideal hostess gift. I love the uniqueness of these, and they work well as an accessory for any side table. ■

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Saving money at Christmas By ALLISON NYE Contributing Writer


t’s very easy to overspend going into the holidays, and I’m here to keep your budget happy. Below are tips to consider before you shop that will help you save money on your gifts this season:

Stick to a budget

I am a huge fan of setting dollar limits for family members. The benefits are twofold; it’s easier to pick gifts if you have to stay under a certain dollar amount, and it keeps all family members on a level playing field, no matter their income.

Use rewards points

If it comes down to going into credit card debt versus using rewards points you already have built up, use the points! It will make more sense in the long run and can act as a Christmas savings account you didn’t realize you had.

Don’t buy unnecessary gifts

Think of the phrase “quality, not quantity.” Buying a lot of small gifts just to fluff the tree can end up costing more than buying two or three more expensive items.

Buy experiences

I’m also a huge fan of experiences and creating memories together. Purchasing a concert or sporting event ticket is the gift that keeps on giving and will provide memories to last a lifetime.

Don’t buy for yourself

Have you ever walked into a store to Christmas shop only to leave with gifts for yourself? Me too. Make a deal this year to only buy gifts for others and save the personal treats for after Christmas. Here’s to wishing all the Northside Women a happy and prosperous holiday season! ■ Allison Nye, CFP®, Wealth Plan Design Specialist at oXYGen Financial Co-Host of “They Don’t Teach You This” Podcast 24 | | december2018


Garden gifts worth giving yourself By ABRA LEE


Contributing Writer 018 has been a (fill in the blank) kind of year. The fact that you survived all the crazy thrown your way the past 12 months means you fully deserve a gift worth having. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or you observe my favorite holiday called “Because I Felt Like It” — this is the season to treat yourself! The CobraHead Long Handle Weeder and Cultivator is billed as “a tool that helps you stand up straight while you garden or weed.” Let the church say amen for any time we can save our back while working outdoors — garden prayers have been answered! Gardeners even claim it makes weeding fun. Say no more. Just hurry up and get one already. $59.95 - $62.95 Who wears rose gold-trimmed Chelsea boots to work in the garden? You, of course. Because, why not? It isn’t a crime to dress up in the garden; though if we are honest, most people’s garden attire is an absolute crime. Joules Rose Gold Chelsea Boots guarantee you a spot on the best-dressed gardeners’ list. $179.95 https://www.joulesusa. com/Women/Shoes-Boots/Westbourne/Leather-Chelsea-Boots/RoseGold?id=X_WESTBOURNE|ROSEGLD Ripped straight from their website’s headline is the question, “What the heck is a Hoedag?” Well, part pickaxe and part hoe, the Hoedag Culti-Hoe is a garden super tool that weighs less than 2 pounds! The ultra-thin carbon steel blade is so strong you’ll be able to slice through roots, soil, bamboo or anything else in the dirt. $31. http://www. Want to give ‘em a not-so-subtle nudge to put a ring on it? Or, maybe you just need some additional bling? The Diamond Bird Feeder from Garden Glory looks like a large diamond ring floating among the tree leaves and is the luxury garden accessory that you need in your life. Money may not grow on trees, but this beauty made of brass and acrylic glass sure makes it look like it. $199. https://www. ■ Abra Lee is a horticulturist extraordinaire and unapologetically passionate about all things gardening. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @conquerthesoil

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MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS 800 Mayfield Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009


orthside Woman had the pleasure of sampling Milton’s new fall menu recently, and I would highly recommend you checking it out. Chef Derek Dollar always does an amazing job and has a great talent for creating the most innovative dishes. In a true farm-to-table experience, Milton’s new menu features some of the freshest ingredients from the restaurant’s kitchen garden. I had the pleasure of trying the soup of the day, a butternut squash soup that was simply to die for. That was followed by pan-seared diver scallops with butternut squash risotto, leeks, hen of the woods mushrooms, Parmesan, shaved speck, Tuscan kale and sage brown butter. It was a divine culinary journey into the earthy tastes of autumn. My husband enjoyed the blackened salmon with pimiento cheese grits, garlic spinach and citrus-basil beurre blanc. Needless to say, both dishes were amazing! To top it off, the service was excellent, even on a very busy Friday night. I highly recommend taking the time to check out Milton’s. It’s such a great place located in historic Crabapple, and I always run into old friends there enjoying a taste of haute cuisine in our quaint corner of the county. ■ — Suzanne Pacey, Publisher



Meet North West



orth West is all dressed up and ready to be home for the holidays with her forever family. This one-year old Labrador retriever mix is the perfect combination of playful and sweet, with a real zest for life! She plays well with everyone from small puppies to grumpy old dogs, and with humans of any age. North West has been surprisingly quick at picking up new tricks. She loves curling up on the couch, car rides, all manner of dog toys, and looking thoughtfully out of windows; she’s a true dog’s dog. If you want to know more about North West, please visit application. ■

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STAR House guides, coaches students to success KATHLEEN STURGEON

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or the past 25 years, STAR House in Roswell has been working with students who need a little extra guidance inside and outside of the classroom. STAR House Foundation is a nonprofit based in Roswell that provides after-school tutoring and mentoring for at-risk children throughout north Fulton County. Currently, it serves more than 270 children within four North Fulton schools, with a growing wait list. Additionally, the group’s summer camp is an extension of its after school program, bridging the gap for elementary students by focusing on academic retention to combat summer learning loss. Executive Director Stephanie Christiansen said for the past 25 years, they have remained committed to ensuring the community’s most vulnerable students have access to the resources, academic support and encouragement they need to make their dreams a reality. “STAR House programs provide a safe and productive place for students during after school and summer hours, promoting academic excellence and positive peer interactions, helping close existing achievement gaps among our student population,” she said. “We currently serve over 300 students across four Title I schools in Roswell and are thrilled to open our fifth site this summer.” While North Fulton is one of the most affluent areas in Georgia, more than 3,500 kids live in poverty in the community. A large majority of those students are unsupervised after they get out of school, which is the peak time for juvenile crime. That’s where STAR House comes in, by providing coaching with homework and test preparation, giving the students a safe place to build relationships with educators and peers

and offering guidance on key skills they will need to make positive life choices later. Alejandra Barrientos is a first-generation Mexican American who was raised in Roswell. She was in the second grade when she came to STAR House. At that time, STAR House was operating out of an apartment, and students were bused there to and from school. STAR House changed the path of Barrientos’ life because it gave her more than an after-school program, but also a family, said Natasha Cary, a partner for Flavor EXP which does marketing for STAR House. “While she spent the majority of her time working on school projects and homework, there were times spent playing outside, rolling down the hill on top of cardboard boxes and playing kickball,” Cary said. “She made some of her best friends in the program, and through it, she grew the self-confidence she needed to succeed in her school work.” In 2017, Barrientos graduated with her master’s degree in biology. She is currently pursuing her dream of earning a degree in

dental medicine. “STAR House changed the path of Alejandra’s life,” Cary said. “The program helped her establish an educational foundation that stayed with Alejandra throughout high school and college and now onto dental school.” Nourishment is another key part, with STAR House providing more than 37,000 snacks to students annually. A large supporter of helping the students get proper nutrition is the Ippolito’s family, which hosts an annual Thanksgiving event that took place Nov. 13 this year. “The Ippolito's family has been a generous supporter of STAR House over the past 20 years,” Christiansen said. “Each year, Ippolito's donates over 450 meals to our elementary students and their families in celebration of Thanksgiving. Our families look forward to this event each and every year. We are forever grateful for their dedication.” To learn more about STAR House, visit ■




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t is hard to believe that the holiday season is here! This time of the year often becomes stressful and overwhelming for those who strive for perfection! Allow me to make a few suggestions that may prove helpful in celebrating this festive season. Let’s start with making a list and checking it twice! Begin your list by consulting your calendar, noting those events you plan to attend and those you’ll be hosting. Setting deadlines for tasks that will need to be accomplished to accommodate your calendar allows you to begin your action strategy. Take a visual inventory of your home, creating a minds eye image of how you envision your holiday decorations. Homes often become cluttered at this time of the year, an easy way to avoid this is to enhance your space with holiday decor rather than just adding it to the existing embellishments. This may be the year to freshen up those sentimental adornments or replace them, keeping in mind that those treasures tucked away in the attic may have long served there purpose. It is often better to temporarily remove and store furnishings allowing for the placement of the Christmas tree and larger holiday accessories. If you are thinking of adding new furniture to your home for the holidays realize that there are many options available for immediate delivery off showroom floors, but custom special orders require weeks

for fabrication and may not meet your holiday deadline. This, however, is often the best time of the year to place custom orders for furnishings. You’ll pack away your holiday decorations and be ready to install your furniture for the new year. “ ‘Tis the season for giving” Why not consolidate your gift giving? Perhaps consider redecorating your gathering room, gifting the entire family. Donating the furniture you are replacing to charitable organizations is always generous and appreciated. Enjoy the holidays, making your list and checking it twice will keep you organized. Most importantly do the things that bring you joy. ■ Peter Benedetto, an accomplished, award winning Interior Designer, with Tuscany Fine Furnishings, Offering Life Style Fine Furnishings, Decorative Accessories and Design Services for Every Room in Your Home, 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Suite 315, in Roswell, 770-993-0640 ext. 2, Showroom Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m… See why…15,013 Families Follow and Shop Tuscany on FACEBOOK Today!


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Walls are a simple yet high impact way to transform any room


ith shimmering metallic and elegant wallpapers, shiplap-style cladding and even simple paint effects, walls can create a dramatic focal point in a space. If you’re considering an update, remember that color is a powerful design tool. It can make a room feel peaceful, happy, comfortable or dramatic. The paint colors you choose, as well as the color of the furniture and accessories, all create a mood. A neutral paint scheme may go with everything, but a lot of beige and gray can really get you down. We love creating lively living spaces with vibrant pops of color. But choosing the right shade can be an overwhelming task. Even paint cards can be misleading – you’ll quite often find that a color looks more or less pigmented when applied to a large surface area, and the exact shade will be affected by the light fall, size and even the contents of the room. The good news is, if it doesn't work, you can simply start again. If you’re considering a makeover for you home’s walls, here are five tips to get you on the right track. • Consider the amount of natural light you get in the space. Sure, a dark shade will make for a dramatic feature wall, but without natural light, it’ll just end up looking grim and depressing. • Be wary of eye-popping brights. That eye-popping hue may have caught your attention in the glossy magazine, but consider the size of the space you’re working with. If it’s not big enough to carry it, bright shades can overwhelm and create visual clashes. Remember, you can always introduce vibrant

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hues through cushions, throws and artwork. Avoid going too matchy-matchy. Furniture, floor coverings, paintings and rugs can serve as solid inspiration for which color to choose, but avoid matching everything exactly. Choosing a shade much lighter or darker than the pre-existing elements of a room works much more effectively. Don’t rely on sample swatches. Always test the color directly on the wall to get a true sense of how it will really look. Leave it on the wall for a day or two, and observe how the light plays with it, creating shadows at different times. For example, black paint has a reputation for looking dramatically different in certain lights – from green to blue to gray. Colors tend to come out darker on walls than they appear on paint chips, so if in doubt, err on the lighter side. Don’t get caught up in trends. Shudder at the thought of that splotchy sponge-painted wall trend popular in the 1990s? Don’t get caught up in the fads. Be daring, but follow your instincts and not the trends. ■





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Keeping the house clean during the holidays By MARY WARREN


eeping your house clean over the Holidays is certainly a challenge! Food will abound. Whether it’s the 5 layer dip at your party or the family enjoying those fresh baked cookies, the spills and crumbs can build up. Your beautiful area rugs can take a beating! MARY WARREN At Cristomar, we specialize in cleaning all types of Oriental rugs. Area rugs are usually made of natural fiber like wool, cotton or silk. They need special handling when it comes to keeping them beautiful. Vacuuming your area rugs always helps pick up all those things the head toward the floor! With parties and extra family visiting this time of year, keeping rugs clean needs attention. Those cookie or food crumbs can get ground into your rugs. If you have a fresh Christmas tree, pine needles with its pine sap can be tracked throughout the house. A quick daily cleanup keeps the house ready for enjoying all the festivities. If you have liquid spills on your area rugs – red wine is a popular one! Drink spills need immediate attention to keep the natural fiber from absorbing colors and becoming stained. Blot up liquid spills with towels! A folded towel under your area rug and one on top will allow you to stand on the spill to draw liquids out. Always blot, do not rub to protect the fiber from fuzzing which will change the fiber appearance. Add fresh water as many times as needed and use clean towels to keep drawing out the spilled drink. Food spots can be best removed with fresh water with a drop of liquid dish detergent. This can help lift out spots without changing the dye colors in the rug’s fiber. Retail spot cleaners can be too strong for your natural fibers rugs and remove dye color or damage the fiber. Please call me with any questions. May your Holidays be filled with joy! ■ 36 | | december2018


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Lori Wynne's Caramel Corn Ingredients • • • • • •

8 cups popped popcorn 2 cups butter, plus enough to butter a large bowl 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white granulated sugar

Directions •

Butter a large bowl on all sides. Add 8 cups of popped popcorn, and set aside. • Melt 2 cups of butter and add to another large microwaveable bowl. Then add sweetened condensed milk, light corn syrup, brown sugar and white granulated sugar. Mix with a hand mixer, and microwave for 6 to 7 minutes, until bubbly. • After microwaving, fold first to make sure caramel is thoroughly mixed, and then pour over popped popcorn. Mix with large spoon until popcorn is thoroughly covered. This recipe will stay soft and gooey. Store in airtight container. *Extra topping may be refrigerated and microwaved until hot for future use.

Grandma Pacey's Hashbrown Potato Casserole

potatoes. • Top with crushed cornflakes, and drizzle melted butter over all. • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 to 1.5 hours.

Kathy Cioffi’s Cornbread Dressing Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

Directions •

Ingredients • • • • • • • • • •

1 32-ounce package frozen hashbrown squares ½ cup melted butter 1 can cream of chicken soup (diluted) 8-12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese 1 small onion, chopped (light on onion) 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 8-ounce container sour cream For the topping: 2 cups crushed corn flakes 5 tablespoons melted butter

Directions •

Place potatoes in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Mix together next six ingredients, and spread over

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Cornbread (recipe below), cooked, cooled and crumbled 4 slices bread (white or whole wheat), diced 2 cups chopped celery 1 onion, chopped 2 tablespoons bacon drippings Chicken or turkey broth (homemade preferred) 1-2 tablespoons dried sage, to taste Salt and pepper, to taste 2 eggs, beaten Saute onions and celery in bacon drippings until tender. In large mixing bowl, combine crumbled cornbread, diced slices of bread, celery, onions, sage, beaten eggs and enough broth so mixture is moist, but not soupy. Season with salt, pepper and additional sage to taste. Pour into 2-quart casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Doubles easily. Freezes well.

*Cornbread recipe

(Adapted from River Road Recipes)

Ingredients • • • • • • • •

1/3 cup oil or bacon drippings 1 egg 1 ¼ cups milk 1 cup yellow corn meal 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon salt

Directions •

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray or lightly grease a cast-iron skillet or

9-inch round cake pan. • In large bowl, combine oil or bacon drippings and eggs, beating until foamy. Add milk. • In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients; stir into egg mixture until well combined. • Pour batter into heated cast-iron skillet or prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Tracy Harkness's Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 cup crushed mini pretzels 3/4 cup sugar, divided ¼ cup butter, melted Vegetable cooking spray 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 8-ounce carton Cool Whip, thawed 1 6-ounce package strawberry flavored gelatin 2 cups boiling water 2 10-ounce packages frozen strawberries in light syrup, thawed 1 16-ounce carton sour cream ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted

Combine crushed pretzels, 3 tablespoons of sugar and melted butter. Press mixture into bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan coated with cooking spray. (Mixture will be crumbly.) Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes; cool completely. Beat cream cheese, 5 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla at low speed with mixer until sugar dissolves. Fold in whipped topping; spread over pretzel layer. Stir together gelatin and 2 cups boiling water until dissolved; add strawberries. Chill 1 hour, or until partially set. Spread gelatin mixture over cream cheese layer; cover and chill 8 hours, or until set. Stir together sour cream and remaining ¼ cup sugar; spread over strawberry layer and sprinkle with toasted pecans.

Holiday Recipes! Elaine Wilco's Two-Cheese Squash Casserole Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

4 pounds yellow squash, sliced 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 ½ cups soft breadcrumbs, divided 1 ¼ cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup chopped fresh chives ½ cup minced fresh parsley 1 8-ounce container sour cream 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 large eggs, lightly beaten ¼ teaspoon garlic salt


Cook squash in boiling water to cover in a large skillet for 8 to 10 minutes, or just until tender. Drain well; gently press between paper towels. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic, and sauté 5 to 6 minutes, or until tender. Remove skillet from heat; stir in squash, 1 cup breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and next seven ingredients. Spoon into a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir together melted butter, remaining 1 ½ cups soft breadcrumbs, ½ cup Parmesan cheese and garlic salt. Sprinkle mixture evenly over top of casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until set.

Candy Waylock's Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin Perfect "non-sugar" alternative to traditional sweet potato casserole!


1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground white pepper 1 Tbsp. butter, softened 1 pound sweet potatoes, thinly sliced* 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions: •

In ramekin or small bowl, combine salt, nutmeg and white pepper. Rub butter along sides and bottom of a baking dish. Layer sweet potatoes to cover bottom, sprinkle lightly with spices, and drizzle a small amount of heavy cream over the potatoes. Repeat layers until sweet potatoes are gone. Pour any unused cream


over top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden brown and a knife goes easily through the potatoes. * A mandolin works best to get uniform slices of potatoes.

Kathleen Sturgeon's Ambrosia Salad My family loves to make 5-cup Ambrosia Salad for Thanksgiving. It’s super easy because all you need is a bowl, measuring cup and five ingredients.

Ingredients • • • • •

1 cup of mini marshmallows 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut 1 cup of sour cream 1 can of mandarin oranges, drained 1 can of pineapple chunks, drained


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Peachtree Park Prep, Owner


e’ve all done it….bargaining for every bite our child takes…. every meal a power struggle. As parents it’s difficult to follow the advice of countless pediatricians, psychologists, and nutritionists that tell us to present a variety of foods to our children, in small quantities, and leave it up to them to either eat or not eat…they will not starve. By coaxing, negotiating, bargaining, and threatening day after day, a young child quickly recognizes the immense power they have and the brain of a young child is always searching for ways to control and exhibit independence ~ which is a healthy and necessary developmental stage and accomplishment. So, as parents what we are wanting to accomplish~healthy and robust eating habits~turns into just the opposite, a picky and dissatisfied eater. They know we can’t MAKE them eat and this power of manipulation unfortunately can be more attractive to a young child than eating, as some of us unfortunately can attest to. So here are just a few tips (that you may have heard before from the experts): • Establish eating times so a child learns when to expect nourishment. • Don’t bargain for bites with a dessert as the reward. This sends the message that “junk food” is more valuable than the nutritious habits you are trying to establish. • (This is the hard one….) Don’t “rescue” their hunger outside the established meal or snack time. The cycle will just continue since they will again not be hungry for the meal and the power struggle (and their control) continues. • Allow children to feed themselves, which should begin around 9 months of age. Assisting when necessary is obvious; however a child needs to start practicing feeding themselves as well as establishing important internal cues that they are full or that they are not hungry at this time. Force feeding a child or controlling the spoon does not allow this phase of development and can establish unhealthy eating patterns. So, bottom line, leading a child to the table in a positive way with healthy and appealing food choices and the power to control if and how much they eat is the best way to get what we want – a healthy eater…… bon appétit! ■ Kay Paschal is the proud owner of Peachtree Park Prep​ founded in 1995. Enjoying the students' achievements & successes, past and present, is her favorite past time! 40 | | december2018



Pinecrest Academy raises funds to fight hunger JILLIAN DIMARCO


inecrest Academy hosted two Empty Bowls dinners Nov. 8 and Nov. 10 to raise money for the St. Francis Table at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen in Atlanta. Part of the international Empty Bowls initiative to fight hunger, the Pinecrest events were a collaboration of the local community, as many hands went into the making of the bowls. At the event, guests contributed between $10 and $25 to select among the Pinecrest students glazing their bowls.  (Left) Cate Donhandcrafted stoneware bowls made by nelly, Camille Lueder, Aryn Spain, Mandy Luong, Sarah Brown, Vanessa Pausa, Annie Frain. students, parents and faculty of Pinecrest Academy. The bowls were sold and distributed for the dinner on a first-come, first-served basis. Pinecrest Academy art teacher Alison The attendees then gathered to enjoy Stone has been helping this initiative for years. homemade soups and chili in their bowls, with “Fellow art teachers, like Mr. Albie the proceeds of the sale used to help alleviate McCann at Forsyth Central High School and hunger in the community. Mrs. Natalie Hudson at Cambridge High "Being able to make bowls and meals that School helped me fire more than 200 bowls will go toward helping others is one of the made for this event,” Stone said. ways that artists in the Pinecrest community Both Empty Bowls dinners preceded are able to put a bit of themselves into the Pinecrest Academy's production of “Seussical, gifts they're giving to others," National Art Jr.,” and dinner guests were invited to stay for Honor Society President and Pinecrest senior the performance. Claire Rivard said. In all, the money raised for St. Francis

Nicolas Martelli combining his passions for soccer and art by making his bowl with a soccer net for texture and soccer ball for the form.

Table from both nights of the event was $3,113. St. Francis Table was founded 36 years ago to fill the need to feed the hungry in Atlanta on Saturdays, and now feeds as many as 500 people each Saturday. ■ december2018 | | 41


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t’s that time again, time for the well woman exam. The anticipation of this event may not always make our hearts flutter with glee, but this doctor’s visit can be one of the most important days of the year. In truth, well woman exams are vital to our health because they help detect problems that can become larger, perhaps dangerous burdens if they go unchecked. A well woman exam, at its least, helps us maintain healthy, vibrant lives, and at its most, can be life-saving. A well woman exam generally consists of pelvic and clinical breast exams in addition to discussing lifestyle habits, safe sexual practices, contraception options, and recommended screening exams and vaccinations that vary based on age, lifestyle habits, and genetic risk factors. Here, I’ll touch on the recommended screening exams you may encounter at your well woman exam. For sexually active women under the age of 25, yearly STI testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis is recommended. This protects future fertility, protects against ectopic pregnancy, and prevents the spread of dangerous diseases. Testing in ages over 25 is certainly recommended if there are symptoms of infection or high-risk sexual practices. Between the ages of 21-65 (with some exceptions after 65), regular pap smears are recommended. Roughly 80% of women have been exposed to high risk HPV by the age of 50. Importantly, virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the high risk HPV. Pap smears check for the presence of high risk HPV, and to see if cervical cells exhibit abnormalities caused by this virus. If there are advanced cervical cell abnormalities, outpatient procedures can be performed to remove the portion of affected tissue at risk for morphing into cancer. Without first having a pap smear, these cell changes would be missed, and a patient could be at risk for cervical cancer, a deadly disease. The HPV vaccines are strongly recommended in hopes of alleviating the burden this virus creates. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is either the most common or second most common cause of death from cancer among women of most races. Screening recommendations vary based on which guidelines are followed. The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology recommends yearly clinical breast exams and mammograms between the ages of 40-74. The frequency of screening tests can be increased depending on a patient’s risk factors. Referrals for mammograms and breast imaging can be made at the annual well woman exam. Even if we as patients feel anxious or burdened by the idea of visiting the gynecologist for our well woman exam, let us remember that ultimately it enables us to enjoy vibrant lives by keeping our bodies safe. As gynecologists, it is our commitment to help you achieve that. ■








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Sejal Tamakuwala joins Emory Women’s Center


he truth is, very few people like to go to their OB/GYN. Conversations about your reproductive health and annual exams, like a pelvic exam, can be uncomfortable. It is my mission to help all of my patients feel comfortable telling me about any problems that they are experiencing because I know that this is the only way I can help them. My name is Sejal Tamakuwala, DO, and I am excited to be joining the Emory Women’s Center SEJAL TAMAKUWALA, DO practice at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. As your gynecologist or obstetrician, you can expect your appointments with me to be both comfortable and stress-free. I am committed to explaining every step of your visit as we go along and with an assistant in the room to provide additional support, exams run smoothly for everyone. As an OB/GYN, I often see patients throughout most of their adolescent and adult lives, beginning with the start of menstruation to contraception counseling, pregnancy and delivery, and menopause and beyond. I also specialize in providing OB/GYN care for those who have a history of anxiety or sexual trauma. Whether performing gynecologic surgeries such as hysterectomies and complicated deliveries to your

annual well-woman exam, I genuinely enjoy the full spectrum of both obstetrics and gynecology. If you need minimally invasive surgery, which uses special technologies to limit the size of surgical incisions and reduce the need for opioid pain medications, please know that I can meet that need for you as well. I am looking forward to bringing my expertise to the Johns Creek community, where I will both take care of patients and finally get to have some real southern comfort food! If you are interested in making an appointment with me, call 404-778-3401 and ask for Dr. Tamakuwala. About Sejal Tamakuwala, DO: Sejal Tamakuwala, DO is an Assistant Professor in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Tamakuwala attended New York Institute of Technology- College of Osteopathic Medicine and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hutzel Women’s Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center in Michigan, which boasts the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health, a world-renowned research center in obstetrics, and it was here that she had the opportunity to work with some of the most brilliant minds in highrisk obstetrics. If you are interested in making an appointment with Dr. tamakuwala, call 404-778-3401. ■

Dos and don’ts for managing high blood pressure during cold and flu season


olds and flu bring special considerations for people with high blood pressure, especially those on blood pressure medication. Here’s how to keep your blood pressure stable: DO: Keep track of medication. The American Heart Association’s online tools at include a downloadable chart to manage medications and a tracker that lets people set up text message reminders, text in their readings, track their blood pressure and connect with providers. DON’T: Miss your flu shot. People who get a flu shot may reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke. Stay away from people who are sick and wash your hands regularly. DO: Read labels on over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu medicines. Look for warnings to those with high blood pressure and who take blood pressure medications. Some ingredients in cold and flu medicines can affect blood pressure. Decongestants, used for a stuffy nose or congestion, and some pain relievers, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are known to raise blood pressure. Decongestants include: • Oxymetazoline • Phenylephrine • Pseudoephedrine. NSAIDs include: • ibuprofen • naproxen sodium • celecoxib. Check with your doctor before taking these medicines. A decongestant should be used for only the shortest amount of time possible-and never by someone with severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure. DON’T: Try to replace your prescriptions with supplements. There are no special pills, vitamins or drinks that can substitute for prescription medications and lifestyle modifications. Talk to your health care provider 44 | | december2018

People with high blood pressure should consult a doctor before taking any cold medicine.

before taking any over-the-counter drug or supplement that claims to lower blood pressure. “Your doctor and other health care providers should know which over-the-counter medicines or supplements you are taking,” said Willie E. Lawrence, M.D., chief of cardiology at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. “If something claims to be ‘natural’ or you don’t need a prescription, it’s not necessarily benign. It’s still a substance that has an effect on your body.” DO: Work with your health care practitioner. “If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to know that some medicines, even supplements, will affect you differently,” Dr. Lawrence adds. “If you’re struggling to keep your pressure controlled, review your routines—including over-the-counter medicines and supplements—and talk with your doctor about changes you can make. You should never be too busy to manage your blood pressure.” Learn more at ■


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possible to prevent CVD before it’s too late. CVD includes heart and blood related conditions. Heart disease is responsible for 1 in 3 deaths making it the top killer among Americans. However, strokes are just as serious. Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a stroke and almost one-quarter of the attacks are recurrent. Genetics, lifestyle and environment can play a key role in determining your cardiovascular health. However, even those who live healthy lives can still be at risk for CVD. About half of American adults have at least one of three major risk factors and a majority do not realize until a heart attack or stroke strikes. These factors include uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled high LDL cholesterol, and current smoking. Controlling these factors can decrease the chance for heart attack or stroke by 80%. Luckily, all of the risks can be easily screened for to help patients prevent CVD. Age is another factor in a person’s life when it comes to CVD. By the time an adult reaches 45, their risk for deadly heart and blood conditions has more than doubled. From there it nearly doubles again once a person hits 80. This is one of the reasons that the AHA claims early prevention to be so important. Those who are aware of their own risk factors at an early age and work to control them through a healthy lifestyle can reduce their chances of suffering from CVD later in life. Despite the cost on sufferer’s lives, CVD can become expensive when left untreated. In 2013 heart attacks and Coronary Heart Disease accounted for over $21 billion worth of hospital treatments making them the most expensive conditions in the U.S., and they aren’t getting any cheaper. The AHA projects these medical costs to double by 2030. “Rather than treating illness when it is far advanced,” Says the American Heart Association in its Projections through 2035, “ [We] advocate for heart-healthy habits and wellness throughout a person’s life – and the earlier the better. Those who follow a lifestyle of regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet and regular screenings… can dramatically reduce their risk of developing CVD.” At Emsite LLC, we believe preventing CVD is arguably an easier, more painless, and less costly way of living. Strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure can wreak havoc on any person at any time in their life. Women especially are at risk as rates of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and coronary heart disease begin to catch up to men. By screening for risk factors, an individual can address their lifestyle and prevent unknown symptoms from rising and causing irreparable harm. ■


Winter skin care By DR. BRENT TAYLOR

Premier Dermatology and MOHS surgery of Atlanta


s the weather in Atlanta plummets from summer straight into winter, we are most often plagued with chapped lips and overly dry skin and often forget about our broader skin concerns. With months to go before spring’s warmth and summer sun, I encourage my patients to take a good look at their long term skin concerns and to act now as opposed to the warmer months, when we are more likely to be out in the sun and unable to get the DR. TAYLOR full effects of the treatments below. So what should you be doing for your skin now instead of in the spring and summer months? • Treating your precancers, shallow cancers and sun damaged skin with photodynamic therapy –Photodynamic therapy (PDT), sometimes called blue light therapy, is one of the best things a person can do to effectively treat precancerous actinic keratosis (AK), mild shallow skin cancers such as superficial or nodular basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma in situ and even some types of acne and sun damage. Many of the cancers I treat on the face and scalp via Mohs surgery could have been prevented if the patient had undergone PDT while the cancer was still in its early stages. Most commonly, PDT is used to treat AKs or skin cancers on the face or scalp but is also frequently used on the arms, hands, neck or chest. • What can a patient expect during a PDT procedure? After having a topical medicine called ALA soak into the skin for one to four hours, the PDT treatment takes only 15 minutes during which a patient lies underneath a blue light, that ultimately causes damaged tissue to be replaced with healthy tissue. 48 | | december2018

Treat your pigmentation problems! – Pigmentation concerns such as melasma and “age spots” are best treated in the winter months when the skin is not getting exposed to as much UV light. • Melasma is a disorder marked by dark patches on the skin, often on the cheeks and upper lip. Topical medicines and chemical peels can help. During a melasma-specific peel, patients can expect to have a red, sensitive face that peels for one to several weeks depending on the strength of the peel and the sensitivity of the patient’s skin. During this time the patient cannot get any sun on the new skin. And afterwards sun protection is key to preventing melasma’s return. Unfortunately melasma is stubborn, and retreatment approximately once per year is often beneficial. • Other pigmentation concerns such as freckles or “liver spots” are best treated via laser therapy. Again, as these treatments involve damaging the skin with heat and light energy, the best results will come from avoidance of the sun after treatment until the area heals. Use of pants and long sleeve shirts and pursuit of indoor activities help maximize treatment effect. • Treat your legs now: not in the spring when you want to show them off • Patients often present with vascular complaints in early spring and request a quick and immediate fix. Common complaints such as varicose veins, spider veins and telangiectasias can be effectively treated but may require multiple treatment modalities and sessions. Also, insurance companies often require that patients try 3 months of “conservative therapy” consisting of exercise, leg elevation, medical grade compression stockings and over the counter pain medicine before insurance companies will cover vein treatments, so if you want legs to be ready for summer, it’s best to see a physician in late fall or early winter. At Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta, it is our pleasure to meet your skin care needs. Board certified and fellowshiptrained, Dr. Brent Taylor is a skin cancer, vein and aesthetic expert honored to be of service. ■


Smile makeover: Reinvent your smile


smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as: • Dental Veneers • Ceramic Bonding • Tooth Implants • Teeth Whitening Some of the components taken into consideration include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations. What is it that you like or dislike about your smile or your teeth? Some aspects of your smile that your cosmetic dentist will review with you and that could be improved include the following: Tooth Color: Silver or amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-colored composite restorations, while teeth whitening can improve the color of stained or dulled teeth. Alignment and Spacing: Teeth that are crooked, overlapping or have gaps between them can be straightened and aligned when necessary through orthodontics or Invisalign and improved with veneers. Missing Teeth: One or more missing teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your smile – as well as affect your bite and increase your risk for tooth decay – making replacement an integral part of oral health and facial esthetics. Missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants, bridges or partial dentures. Harmony and Balance: Uneven, chipped and cracked teeth can be cosmetically bonded for an improved appearance, and a gummy smile can be re-contoured to help improve the overall look of the smile. Fuller Lips, Smile and Cheeks: An unshapely or aging face can be improved or rejuvenated with certain procedures in the smile makeover category, including orthodontics and/or oral maxillofacial surgery.

Aesthetic Components of a Smile Makeover

In addition to the color, alignment and balance of your teeth in the aesthetic zone of your smile (the section of upper and lower teeth that show when you smile), there are several attributes of your teeth and smile that your cosmetic dentist will evaluate with you when planning your makeover. These include: Tooth Length: Long teeth lend a youthful appearance. Aging produces wear and tear that often results in shorter teeth, and a gummy smile also can make teeth appear shorter. Teeth lengthening may also impact your overall facial appearance. For example, shapely, long, square teeth on a round-faced individual can provide a slimming effect. Smile Line: The smile line is an imaginary line that follows the edges of your upper teeth from side to side, which ideally should be the same as the curve of your lower lip when you smile. Tooth Proportions: As a cosmetic dentist we will examine your teeth to determine if they are in correct proportion with each other.

Maintaining Your Results

Cosmetic dentistry procedures require regular oral hygiene care and may require maintenance over time. Roswell Dental Care was recently designated for the 4th year as the ”BEST OF THE BEST” Dental Practice in North Atlanta by Appen Newspaper for 2018. Dr. Remaley has been serving and treating patients in Roswell and the North Atlanta area for over 30 years. 50 | | december2018


As your cosmetic dentist, Dr Remaley will make your comfort and peace of mind a top priority. He offers a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services designed to meet the needs of the entire family He will thoroughly explain all your options during your private consultation. He will assure that you feel confident in the

solution you choose before beginning any treatment. For enhanced comfort during treatment, and we offer FREE nitrous oxide for anxious patients. You can rest assured that your experience will be positive, relaxing, and rewarding on all levels. Give our office a call at (470) 3759244 to discuss the smile you have always wanted. ■

It is fall and time for fall prevention


alls can be a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in persons over the age of 65 years. That is why it is recommend that all adults older than 65 years of age be screened annually for a history of falls or balance impairment. Fall injuries result in millions of emergency department visits annually. Approximately 25% of all falls can cause serious injuries, such as fractures or traumatic brain injury. The risk of falls that can result in serious injury increases with age. Injuries, such as hip fracture, and falls are can be risk factors for placement in a nursing home, where the fall risk is nearly three times that of persons living at home.


All persons older than 65 years should be assessed by their physician annually about whether they have fallen. Documenting the number of falls they have had and if they caused injury, and whether they have difficulty with walking or balance. Non-injury falls are an indication of potentially life-threatening events and are an opportunity for your physician to intervene.

Potential Risk Factors for Falls: • • • •

Balance impairment Gait impairment Muscle weakness Medication use

Interventions to Help Eliminate Falls:

• Exercise or Physical Therapy • Vitamin D • Medication Review • Home Safety Evaluation • Vision Correction • Foot Care With early intervention listed above you and your doctor can effectively decrease the potential for falls. Fall prevention is reimbursed as part of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. You can schedule an appointment at Alpha Family Medicine for your evaluation and assessment. Checklists for home safety and risk factors for falling (Stay Independent brochure) are available at: http:// patient.html ■ december2018 | | 51


Does your facial match your unique skin?


id you know that there are as many as 16 facial skin types? At first, there were only 3 skin types (normal, oily, & dry), then it became 5 skin types (add in sensitive & combo). Now research indicates there are as many as 16 skin types. If you’ve ever tried skincare products that just didn’t seem to give you the results you wanted, maybe it’s because the product didn’t match your skin type. So many of today’s facials and products force your unique skin type into just 3 or 5 categories that just aren’t right for you. Did you know that many facials are designed to address only 5 skin types? The facial protocols and products used are limited to these categories. The skin care therapist will discuss with you your main concerns. She will then address the majority of your concerns within the limited range of facials and products that is available to her. Some of the products will address your concerns but can be counterproductive to other concerns if the product doesn’t match your skin type. Therefore it is important that your skincare therapist choose wisely. Unfortunately, if she doesn’t have a large enough selection of products to choose from, her hands are tied. The result is a facial that will be only adequate for your concerns but not wholly beneficial. How do you know if your preferred spa/doctor’s office has the facial protocol and product availability to address all 16 skin types? Check their service menu. Look at the products on the shelf. If there are only a few select facials or product lines, then it is probable that your skin

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is getting boxed into only 3 or 5 skin types. If your skin type is one of these 3 or 5 categories, then you are fine. If not, then you are probably receiving some gain from your facial and products, but not getting your money’s worth nor all the benefits you could. Facial protocols should include a minimum of 10 steps. Better protocols can include 15+ steps. These steps include but are not limited to an initial cleanse, second cleanse, steam, extractions, exfoliation, serum, booster, treatment mask, eye treatment, lip treatment, moisturizer, sunscreen. A facial massage, upper body massage, and scalp massage are important to relax the muscles that connect to the face and to aid in circulation and lymphatic drainage. Did you know that your unique skin is constantly changing and reacting to weather, environment, and emotions? Therefore, your facial protocol and products will need to adjust accordingly too. It is highly recommended to periodically vary your facials. An easy guideline is to change your facial each season. It’s an easy fix if your skincare therapist has the product and facial availability to do so. To reap the most benefit from your facials and products, choose a spa or doctor’s office that offers a minimum of 3 different vendor lines and 16 facials. This should give your skincare therapist enough variability to adjust facial protocols to match your true skin type. Finally, remember that the most important part of your facial is to relax and enjoy. Benefit from a skincare therapist’s expertise, correct product for your skin type, and smile. You are in good hands. ■




s the holiday season approaches, we all struggle with trying to find just the right thing for those we love. There are two recipients on your list, an older loved one and a family caregiver, where a gift can be life changing – the gift of care. Watching a favorite holiday movie, creating a photo memory book or putting together a hobby basket are all thoughtful ideas. The perfect gift for your older loved one, however, may be the one that lets them maintain their independence and age in place in the comfort and security of their own home. For the first time in history, there are over 50 million seniors in the United States. A third of those over age 65 live alone, and half of those beyond age 85 are on their own. Beyond physical support needs, seniors often experience loneliness and isolation. For your older loved one, other family members may want to contribute to a group gift of companionship and skilled caregiving that can be rewarding for all. Just a few days a week can make a beautiful difference in our clients’ lives. Home Helpers of Alpharetta knows that despite the passing years, each of our clients has a youthful spirit. Engaging that lets us share in the richness of their lives, both past and present. Our carefully matched and talented caregivers not only bring skills, but a heart centered approach and positive spirit that boosts confidence and provides the best quality of life for our clients and their families. Caregivers can assist with all personal care, help around the house, 54 | | december2018

accompany them on doctor’s visits or social outings and provide specialized care for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc. If your loved one is just getting home from a rehabilitation center or recovering from surgery, we can help safely speed up recovery. You may have a family Hilary and Greg Eldridge, owners of caregiver on your list. Four Home Helpers Home Care of Alpharetta. in ten adults now care for a sick or elderly loved one, and family caregivers are “the new normal”. The typical family caregiver is female and between the ages of 45 and 64. They find portions of the experience very rewarding but are often overwhelmed and pulled in many different directions by the challenges of family and work - life balance. Family caregivers who have a higher burden of hands-on care often have increased stress, health and financial problems. Everyone needs support, and the gift of care can show how much other family members appreciate their efforts. A skilled Home Helpers caregiver helps provide some private time, lends balance and relieves some of the stress a family caregiver feels. They help provide peace of mind and ensure the family caregiver and older loved one in your family can enjoy life to its fullest. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we’re here to help. Call us at (678) 430-8511 for a free in-home consultation. Together we can develop a customized plan to create the ideal gift of care. ■


Ways to look younger without surgery


his is a question our patients ask frequently: “I’m not ready for surgery, what do you recommend to make me look younger?” Patients want to know how to look younger without the complications and risks accompanied with major surgeries such as facelifts. Read below for our favorite results-proven treatments for the aging face. 1. LASER RESURFACING Lasers are a wonderful treatment modality for DR. PAYMAN people who want to improve sun damage, age spots, dark spots, and acne scars. Energy from the laser targets damaged skin and allows the formation of brighter, clearer skin. Our office uses the latest technology when it comes to fractional laser resurfacing. Our lasers provide the latest technology and are customized to skin type, therefore maximizing results and minimizing complications. 2. DERMAL FILLERS There are various hyaluronic acid fillers on the market which are a great choice for people who want to fill in lines and wrinkles and restore lost volume to areas such as the cheeks and chin. The fillers are each indicated for a specific part of the face and are chosen carefully by your physician based on your cosmetic needs. Fillers are fantastic because they produce immediate results and erase the wrinkles and lines instantaneously. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the human body. It is gradually metabolized by the body, and is not permanent. Fillers are a minimally painful, IMMEDIATE cosmetic fix for deep or shallow wrinkles.

Our new favorite filler is Restylane Lyft—this filler is requested most by our patients and for good reason—its results are dramatic and can be described as an instant ‘liquid facelift’. 3. INJECTABLES: Botox has been around for over 20 years. It is a fantastic way to soften lines and prevent wrinkles from deepening with time. The results can be seen in 3-5 days and injections are minimally painful. Injections of Botox can be targeted by your experienced physician to help soften and minimize lines in most places on the face, such as the forehead, between the brows, around the eyes, neck, and chin. 4. DAILY SKINCARE with the RIGHT products. Ask us for our highly effective PRESCRIPTIVE strength products, which are tested and FDA regulated for true results when it comes to battling the signs of aging. Often, over the counter products are not as effective, and have not been tested by the FDA or a regulatory organization to prove they work. If you’re spending money on skincare products, those from department stores are not going to produce guaranteed results, whereas prescriptive strength products are FDA tested and regulated for years to ensure they produce the results you expect from anti-aging products. NOTE: Always look for a board-certified physician’s office when seeking anti-aging treatments. Our office has a board-certified physician as the injector and administrator of ALL cosmetic services. Our boardcertified physician specializes in rejuvenating the aging face nonsurgically. We provide multiple levels of anti-aging treatment modalities, which are fast, minimally painful, and effective. ■


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December Events ALL MONTH Avalon on Ice Throughout December. Ice skate at Avalon on the Rockefeller Center-sized ice rink in the Plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm, tasty treats rink-side. Open during school holidays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission $18 per person; Children 9 and under $14. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. Spotlight artist: Jane Turner Haessler Throughout December. Spotlight artist Jane Turner Haessler returns to the Roswell Cultural Arts Center lobby with her People on Canton exhibit. Her acrylic and ink renderings depict the people and businesses on Roswell's Canton Street. Her images portray the vibrancy of the city’s quaint village streets. The exhibit is open all day at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Santa’s Toy Factory Through Dec. 24, times vary. Experience the magic of the holidays by entering Santa’s workshop and becoming an official toy tester. Find the magic at North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta.


‘Christmas in Dixie, The Musical’ Through Dec. 16, times vary. A snowstorm has stranded Ashley and Savannah, two pageant queens, at the Birmingham airport. Having missed the Miss Toyland pageant in Atlanta, they will now have to enter Miss Chicken Plucker in order to win enough money to pay for the rest of nursing school. Two Marines, home on leave, are also stranded and the last available lodging anywhere near Birmingham is a bed and breakfast in Bug Tussle, Alabama. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Tickets start at $25. 56 | | november2018 december2018

Roswell Dance Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Through Dec. 3, times vary. With more than 350 cast members, this holiday tradition will have sugarplums dancing in your head. Special meet and greet opportunities with characters. Presented by the Roswell Dance Theatre and Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Tickets start at $20.


‘The Nutcracker’ Additional shows Dec. 8, 9, 14 and 16, times vary. Celebrate the season with Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's performance of “The Nutcracker.” A Gwinnett County holiday tradition brought to life by the artists of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre accompanied by the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Infinite Energy Theater, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. ‘A Christmas Carol’ Dec. 7–9, 13–16 and 20–23, times vary. Presented at Bulloch Hall by Kudzu Playhouse. In this holiday favorite, Charles Dickens shows us Ebenezer Scrooge as he falls asleep in his dingy, cold quarters on Christmas Eve and is later visited by three ghosts. Tickets are $20. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell.


Variety Santa Fun Run 9 a.m. This fundraising event embraces the holiday spirit to help raise money for children with special needs and disadvantages. Run it, walk it, roll it, skip it or hop it. Santa will be there and happy to take photos with the participants. Cost is $35. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Atlanta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Through Dec. 24, times vary. Atlanta Ballet's first new “Nutcracker” in 20 years marks a milestone in dance history – with choreography by Yuri Possokhov, set designs by Tony Award nominee Tom Pye, projection design by Tony Award winner Finn Ross, costume design by Sandra Woodall and lighting design by David Finn. Tickets start at $20. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Annual Christmas cookie sale A large variety of homemade cookies and other goodies sold by the pound. There are also special categories, such as no nuts, sugarfree and egg/gluten-free. Cookies are gift boxed with colorful ribbons at no additional

cost. Proceeds benefit programs and missions of the women of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. Pancake breakfast with Santa 8 – 10 a.m. This free event will feature Santa, pancakes cooked and served by city of Milton firefighters and fire station tours. Unwrapped toys for North Fulton Community Charities’ Santa Shop toy drive will be accepted. No reservations are required. Join the fun at Fire Station 43, 750 Hickory Flat Road. Breakfast with Santa 10:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa gives our special guests time with the Big Elf himself, lots of delectable goodies, music and holiday crafts. $20 per child. Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. ‘Alleluia Rejoice’ 5 p.m. Come and listen to the Johns Creek Chorale as they present a fun and festive evening of modern and traditional Christmas carols. Wesleyan School Chapel, 5405 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners. The North Atlanta Christmas Festival 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Additional show Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m. A full-scale tribute to the Christmas season, incorporating an all-volunteer cast and including the Mount Pisgah worship choir and Mount Pisgah orchestra. Stunning special effects ring in the season with theater, Broadway-style music, Christmas songs and a dramatic presentation of the birth of Jesus. Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Open-hearth gingerbread Christmas 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Each workshop on preparing and decorating gingerbread cookies for baking over the open hearth will be presented by Clarissa Clifton. In addition, children will also have the opportunity to make a holiday craft ornament. Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell.


Home for the Holidays 5 p.m. The Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums will open their doors after hours for twinkling lights, greenery of the season and sounds of the 19th century drifting throughout the rooms. Carols and refreshments provided. $15 per person. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. Bulloch Hall, 180

Bulloch Ave., Roswell. Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell.


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NFCC Santa Shop toy drive Through Dec. 14. North Fulton Community Charities’ annual holiday program provides toys and gifts to low-income children in the North Fulton area. Donate toys and gifts, volunteer and/or sponsor a family in need. Roswell Town Center, 610 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 260, Roswell.

Alpharetta City Center retailers. Grand Opening Celebration DEC 6 - Alpharetta City Center Retailers invite you to Sip, Shop & Stroll with us from 5-8pm. We are happy to be your new neighbors and we can't wait to get to know you. DEC 8 -Magical Winter Village, enjoy a shopping and giving event featuring falling snow, strolling entertainment, complimentary gift wrapping stations, kids activities and photos with Santa on the Village Green.


‘Santa’s Missing Mail’ Through Dec. 15, times vary. Ominous Crook and his sidekick Skellmutt are two dastardly bad guys who are out to stop Christmas by stealing Santa Claus' mail. The audience will also help write a letter to St. Nick. Part of the Roswell Winter Puppets series. Tickets are $5. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Through Dec. 16, times vary. The classic animated television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation being presented by Roswell Youth Theatre. Tickets start at $12. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


Orchestra and Christmas Gala Chorus with traditional Christmas music. Tickets are $32 for adults, $27 for seniors, $16 for students. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek.


North Georgia Barbershop Singers 2018 8 p.m. The North Georgia Barbershop Singers have been entertaining sellout audiences at the Cumming Playhouse for many years. Don’t miss this year’s Christmas performance. Tickets start at $15. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

‘The Nutcracker’ Through Dec. 16, times vary. Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” will treat the community to a full-length ballet performance. Tickets start at $10. Group rates available. South Forsyth High School Performing Arts Center, 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming.

Mittie Bulloch wedding reenactment Shows every half hour from 6 – 9 p.m. Step back in time to the 1853 wedding of Mittie Bulloch to Theodore Roosevelt Sr. The memorable evening concludes with storytelling and a special frozen desert. Tickets are $15. Bulloch Hall, 535 Bulloch Ave., Roswell.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus Dec. 15 and 17, 10 a.m. and noon. Join Mrs. Claus in Barrington Hall's barn activity room for this special children's holiday event. Children begin by writing letters to Santa, while Mrs. Claus shares some holiday stories. Then, with assistance from Mrs. Claus and her helpers, the children will decorate the cookies with seasonal icings and sugars. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. $10 per child.


Christmas gala and holiday pops concert 7:30 p.m. Enjoy this anniversary celebration featuring the full Johns Creek Symphony


and French immigrant Albert Coleman. Tickets are $32.50. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. ■

Happy New Year!

‘Trouble in Toyland’ Through Dec. 22, times vary. It's Christmas Eve – but the toys aren't finished, the elves are on strike, Santa has lost his laugh and Rudolph has a runny nose. Presented by Lee Bryan (“That Puppet Guy”) as part of the Roswell Winter Puppets series. Tickets are $5. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


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Northside Woman, December 2018  

Northside Woman is a woman's work and play publication and companion website that covers news information for the northern Atlanta suburban...

Northside Woman, December 2018  

Northside Woman is a woman's work and play publication and companion website that covers news information for the northern Atlanta suburban...