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NORTHSIDE WOMAN Covering North Fulton and South Forsyth

Collection of Confections I Canita Cake bakery concocts sweet treats in Roswell

Glitz and Glamour ’Tis the season for gold, glitter makeup

Unique, local gifts abound at Alpharetta’s The Red Hound


Stylish Living, Thoughtful Gifting

Tis the Season

FIND US IN DOWNTOWN ALPHARETTA at Alpharetta City Center 211 Market St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

@theredhoundgifts (678) 624-7733

Houston Llew | Sid Dickens | Nora Fleming | Southern Jubilee | Cappai Designs | Thymes and other favorites


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The Red Hound’s locally made goods make unique gifts 6 | northsidewoman.com | december2019

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ecember is the peak season for giftgiving, and many will spend the weeks leading up to Christmas or Hanukah scrambling from shop to shop, searching for that perfect gift. Vanessa Schepis, owner of Alpharetta’s The Red Hound, understands that people are looking to give their loved ones a unique present — something they can’t find in big box stores or online — and stocks her shop with gifts you won’t find anywhere else. The Red Hound’s inventory of home décor and gifts, from candles and bath goods, stemware to artwork and more, includes the work of more than 30 local artists and collections, like Houston Llew’s “Spiritiles.” And when you find that perfect gift, The Red Hound offers complementary gift wrapping. While The Red Hound recently celebrated its first year in its new location, 211 Market St.

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It warms my heart when I think about how many gifts we wrap and how much joy we bring to people during the season... So many gifts come from our small store.�

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in Alpharetta City Center, the shop has been around for nearly two decades and Schepis has been the owner since 2013. The prime new location is helping Schepis reach new heights. “When I bought the store, I could envision what I wanted it to look like,” Schepis said. “I could imagine everything from the flooring to the light fixtures, and I could envision people wandering in. Now, that has come true.” Surrounded by restaurants, bars and other shops, The Red Hound has attracted more foot traffic and new customers. It’s one of the things Schepis loves about being in Alpharetta City Center. Another is that everything is owned locally, giving the downtown a friendly hometown feel, something the big box stores don't. All the big chain stores feel the same, nothing special to their decor or product lines. With the big chains, when you’re in one of their stores, you often can't tell if you’re in Alpharetta, Atlanta or Texas, Schepis said. “Here, everything has a unique feel,” she said. “When you come in, you’ll usually see me. I have kids that go to your schools, I've served on local PTA's, I’m a part of this community. By shopping at the City Center, you’re not just supporting local businesses, you’re also supporting many female-owned businesses. The Red Hound, Hemline, Never Enough Thyme, Core 57, Dress Up, Exquisite Living and Anna Bella are just a few of the many women-led businesses at Alpharetta’s core. “What used to be a small percentage of women in business, it now seems like everywhere I turn, there’s more and more,” Schepis said. The high percentage of women-led businesses makes for a supportive business community. Women tend to be better listeners, empathizers, consensus builders, she said. In practice, she said this means the Alpharetta City Center business owners are often looking out for one another and finding ways they can partner on events and share ideas. They share what shoppers are saying. “The better everyone else does, the better we do,” Schepis said. “The more people who visit the City Center, the more people who will stumble into our store. It’s a totally different feel from my old location. I'm really happy to be here!” For its part, Alpharetta offers a never-ending parade of events to attract shoppers to City Center. Just this month, the city will host its official holiday kickoff Dec. 6, with live music, photos with Santa and a tree lighting. The following week, the Alpharetta Chamber will host Sip, Shop and Stroll on Dec. 12. With all the holiday cheer, Schepis said it’s a special time to own a gift shop. “It warms my heart when I think about how many gifts we wrap and how much joy we bring to people during the season,” Schepis said. “So many gifts come from our small store.” ■ 8 | northsidewoman.com | december2019

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GOOD EATS

Local bakery fills a niche in Roswell I Canita Cake

1294 Alpharetta St. Roswell, GA 30075 470-300-9518 www.icanitacake.com

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Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Drop in or call to place a custom cake or cookie order for a special occasion, or to order a signature bakery box for teacher appreciation, a holiday office party or a tailgating event. 10 | northsidewoman.com | december2019

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oswell just got a little sweeter, thanks to a new bakery that bears the name of its owner and cookie decorator, Canita Allen. Located near the Roswell historic district, I Canita Cake is more than just a clever name – it’s a confection destination. With its fan base well-established prior to opening in May, I Canita Cake’s assortment of delicious treats satisfies a sweet tooth and always offers something unique to discover. If you’re in the mood for savory, a warm

ham and gouda or chorizo and pepper jack scone will hit the spot. A sweet craving calls for the maple-bacon cinnamon rolls or whoopie pies, Happy Sprinkle cookie sandwiches, gooey praline blondies, Majestic brownies made with Ghirardelli’s finest cocoa, or their newest menu item – cake bites in delectable flavors like Funfetti, dark pumpkin spice, coffee with espresso cream and red velvet. (Scones and cinnamon rolls are only available on Fridays and Saturdays). By far, their most popular confection is the signature chocolate chip cookie, which a


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follower and fan described in a recent Facebook comment as, “The best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had.” The bakery’s second most popular treat is its pie bar, which comes in seasonal flavors like strawberry rhubarb, apple pie, sweet potato praline and pecan. For the holiday season, you can expect to find cookie cake Christmas trees and the signature baker’s choice decorated Christmas cookie assortment – available for $35/dozen, beginning the first week of December. Customers can see the latest weekly and monthly menu items or check out new

recipes they’re serving up in the bakery by following I Canita Cake on Facebook. Allen has a restaurant and catering background, but she inherited the baking gene from her mom and grandma. As child, she shared the kitchen and the mixing bowl with the family matriarch. When a friend asked her to make a Barbie Island Princess cake for a party 14 years ago, she posted the finished product on Facebook. It was the beginning of a successful and fulfilling custom cake and cookie baking career. By opening the retail space, Allen now has the opportunity to expand her menu and her business, showcase favored staple items and unique, seasonal products and test new recipe varieties with the public. The freedom to incorporate unique ingredients and play with flavor combinations with her lead baker Josie Spain, who also happens to have a background chemistry, is both fun and rewarding. “We have a ton of fun coming up with unique recipes that you just can’t get anywhere,” Allen said. The busy wife and mom has a staff of 11 that includes her husband Howard, who despite

having his own career, jumps in to make the dough for the bakers and helps run the retail section. Her oldest daughter, whom Allen describes as her “right hand,” mixes colors and makes icings for the cakes and cookies, and her youngest daughter, a Milton High School senior, also helps prep, bake, and helps decorate cakes when needed.. Allen admits that customer reactions to the final product keep her smiling these days. “One of my favorite things is when a kid brings in a picture that they’ve drawn for a custom cake or cookie cake that they want me to make and their reaction when the final product looks like their picture,” she said. The new year looks even sweeter for I Canita Cake. With plans to begin mini-cake and cookie decorating classes, the bakery is filling a niche in Roswell. “A customer made me feel so good when she came into the bakery recently and said, ‘Roswell has needed a bakery like this for so long – a bakery that offers unique baked goods that are consistently good,’” Allen said. “It makes me feel like we’re doing something right.” ■ december2019 | northsidewoman.com | 11


GOOD BOOKS

Put a bow on it

Local authors write the book(s) on home-grown gifts this season By KATHY DES JARDINS CIOFFI Contributing Writer

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ift-givers in the market for literature and hoping to keep it local this holiday season are in luck. With recently published titles in a range of genres — some naughty, some nice — these seven Atlanta-area authors help make shopping a breeze for nearby book lovers.

Historical fiction

Jessica Handler’s new novel, “The Magnetic Girl,” takes place in rural North Georgia two decades after the Civil War. Based on a true story, Handler’s latest book is “a unique portrait of a forgotten period in history, seen through the story of one young woman’s power over her family, her community and, ultimately, herself.” Connect with Handler, a lecturer in English at Oglethorpe University, at jessicahandler.com. “High Cotton and Magnolias” completes Katie Hart Smith’s Sacred Heart trilogy. Set in the maze of mounting social strain and growing pains that was early 20th century Atlanta, Smith’s new book “is an immensely satisfying finale to ‘Aspirations of the Heart’ and ‘Hope Never Rests,’ novels that have received a place of honor in Georgia's Governor's Mansion library.” Smith, a Lawrenceville resident originally from Dunwoody, is available to speak to groups. Contact her at katiehartsmith.com.

Suspense thriller

“Watch What You Say” is the latest award-winning novel from Roswell’s George Weinstein. Weinstein, president of the Atlanta Writers Club, weaves the plot of his fifth book around a colorful phenomenon called chromesthesia, experienced by web-radio personality Bo Riccardi. Bo is pushed beyond her mental and physical limits when her husband, Oscar, is kidnapped by a man from her dark past who demands a live interview on her show. “Bo’s secret asset is chromesthesia, seeing colorful shapes that reveal the intentions behind anyone’s speech,”

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Weinstein said. “She can literally watch what they say. But relying too much on this gift renders her vulnerable to the madman’s purpose, making her even less likely to rescue Oscar — and escape the guilt and shame that binds her to the kidnapper.” For a list of Weinstein’s December book signings, go to georgeweinstein.com.

Narrative nonfiction

"King of the Southern Diamond" by Bradsher Hayes spotlights Arthur Bradsher, nicknamed the “King of the Southern Diamond” by the legendary John Heisman after he started the 1904 Trinity College baseball season hurling 25 consecutive no-hit innings. “Bradsher had pinpoint control, movie-star looks and cum laude intelligence,” Hayes said. “One newspaper reported, ‘Every woman in the South wanted to marry him, and every baseball boss in the country wanted to own him.’” The creative nonfiction work depicts Bradsher’s escapades on the field and his romance with fellow Trinity student Lizzie Muse, written by a grandson about the grandfather he never met. Go to arthurbradsher.com for more information.

Memoir

“Coffee Hour in Flensburg: Stories of War and Peace, of Adventure and Love” by Erika Passantino, a retired art historian, is “a memoir, a love story and a tale of adventure, written by the only child of a German-American couple.” Detailing wars, migration and loss played out over three continents by a family who survives through strength and love, the Canton resident’s book “explores the questions and reasons surrounding a return to Germany in the early 1930s. This decision exacted a toll and now demands reflection, including the painful question of what it means to be German. The tale is a warning from the past.” Go to erikapassantino.com for more details.


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Children’s

“Beau’s Bayou Treasure” is the latest title from motherdaughter writing duo Rosalind and Maggie Bunn. Rosalind, a teacher at Marietta’s East Side Elementary School, is the author of seven children’s books. The title is the second for Maggie, 30. In their new release, Beau receives a treasure map from his grandfather to explore the bayou. He meets and talks with animals along the way, who tell him "There is treasure to be found” and “Keep rowing, Beau. Look all around.” At the end of the day, Beau returns home and realizes that just maybe what he has found on his adventure is more valuable than gold. For a list of December events, go to RosalindBunnauthor.com. “The Adventures of PhilAnThropy,” written by Linda Wise McNay, Del Martin and Ailena Parramore, may be “the first-ever children’s book on philanthropy,” McNay said. The trio, all metro-area fundraisers for nonprofits by trade, decided to pen the story “because there was not a kid’s book on the topic,” McNay said. “I observed this when I was helping my niece raise money for her school. I taught her to raise money in about five minutes. It made me think we could do that with other kids as well.” The result, McNay said, is a book about young friends Phil, An and Thropy as they embark on an adventure in philanthropy after realizing their new friend needs a special chairlift to enjoy the neighborhood pool. “During their journey, the friends learn that, while each may only be able to contribute a little, they can make a big impact when combining their time, talents and treasure.” For more information, go to ourfundraisingsearch.com. ■

Contributing journalist Kathy Des Jardins Cioffi, owner of Johns Creek’s KRC Communications. Connect with her at krccom.com. december2019 | northsidewoman.com | 13


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Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

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HER GUIDE

Shop local holiday markets and online for Georgia products By CHARMAINE JACKSON Contributing Writer

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he holidays are near, and shopping is in full swing, both online and at major retailers, malls and shops. But if you’re still looking for unique holiday gift ideas for the special people in your life, try shopping at local holiday markets. It’s a fun, relaxed shopping experience, where you can find handcrafted unique gifts from local artisans you won’t find anywhere else.

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Alpharetta Artists’ Holiday Market — Dec. 6 - 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. Original artwork makes a wonderful gift. Enjoy a “cash and carry” only opportunity to purchase original artwork. Alpharetta Art Center 238 Canton St. Alpharetta, GA 30009 Phone: 678-297-6165 www.awesomealpharetta.com Admission: Free — bring cash for purchases Alpharetta Christmas Market — Dec. 20 22, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This pop-up Christmas market is back by popular demand. The market offers a wide variety of gifts, including arts, crafts, food, children’s gifts and specialty items. North Point Mall 1000 North Point Circle Alpharetta, GA 30022 Phone: 770-740-9273 www.northpointmall.com Admission: Free Roswell Back to Nature Holiday Market – Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handmade and/or eco-friendly nature gifts, children’s gifts and more are offered in this beautiful nature environment. Enjoy a “cash and carry” only opportunity. Food is available for purchase.

Roswell Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road Roswell, GA 30075 Phone: 770-992-2055 www.chattnaturecenter.org Admission: Free — bring cash for purchases Dahlonega Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane – Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artisans offer a wide variety of arts, crafts and homemade bakery goods. All proceeds and donations will support Lumpkin County children in need. Take time to enjoy all of the holiday festivities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a parade, the Festival of Trees, movies, concert holiday music and extended shopping hours. The Community House 111 North Park St. Dahlonega, GA 30533 Phone: 912-571-2162 www.DahlonegaChristmas.com (Check calendar for all the holiday festivities) Admission: Free

Online Georgia products

If you’re still looking for holiday gifts at the last minute, why not order online from these Georgia-based food companies and local farms? How about chocolates, cheeses, pecans, pies, cakes, cookies, jams and jellies, honey and beauty products? The products are made in Georgia, and the online stores make it easy to order a wide array of gift boxes, baskets and kits filled with delicious products. Cacao www.cacaoatlanta.com Cacao is a world-class gourmet chocolate shop offering decadent handcrafted chocolates, made right here in Atlanta by the first female chocolatier in the United States, Kristen Hard. Products include every type of chocolate and flavor combination imaginable, and unique items such as drinking and health chocolates.

Sweet Grass Dairy www.sweetgrassdairy.com Sweet Grass dairy farm in Thomasville is one of the finest cheesemakers in the South and offers heavenly cheeses from grass-fed cows. The cheeses include Green Hill, Asher Blue, Thomasville Tomme, Lil’ Mo, Pimento, Griffin and many more in amazing gourmet gift boxes. Pearson Farm www.pearsonfarm.com Pearson Farm has been in Fort Valley since 1885, growing some of the best peaches and pecans in the country. Pecans are fresh in season now and are a perfect gift for the holidays. You can order pecans, chocolate pecans, pies, cakes, cookies, jams, jellies and more. There are also fabulous recipes to try. Savannah Bee Company www.savannahbee.com Savannah Bee Company has some of the most delectable honey in Georgia. You can order specialty, raw, whipped and gold reserve honeys from all over the world with a wide range of flavors and colors to try. The website also offers wonderful bath and body beauty products and more. ■ As a tour operator and owner of GA Farm & Garden Tours, Inc., Charmaine Jackson creates unique and captivating tour experiences for your group. Connect with her at Charmaine@gafarmtours.com december2019 | northsidewoman.com | 15


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Smart tips to save money on Christmas By ALLISON BAINES Contributing Writer

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t’s very easy to overspend going into the holiday season, when our spirits and attention focus on things like gift-giving and giving back to charity. To keep your budget happy, consider these tips before you shop. It will help to save money on your gifts this season. • Stick to a gift budget. I am a huge fan of establishing dollar limits for family members. The benefits are twofold; it’s easier to pick gifts if you must stay under a certain dollar amount, and it keeps all family members on a level playing field, no matter their income. Drawing names can aid in this as well. That way, you only have one family member on which to spend a lot of money, while the rest get smaller gifts. • Budget charitable giving. During the height of the giving season, it’s tempting to pay it forward to each and every charity you come across. This is not a bad thing at all, but before you know it, you could spend more money on charities than you do on gifts for your family. Set a budget at the outset of the holiday season to determine exactly how much you want to give to each 16 | northsidewoman.com | december2019

charity. Use rewards points. If it comes down to taking on 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. • Go with a theme or product area. One of the ways we get into trouble is by wandering the whole store and frantically grabbing items off the shelves because it’s Christmas Eve and you haven’t bought enough gifts. Sound familiar? Consider sticking with a theme or product area. For example, some of my family members gave everyone kitchen-themed gifts a few years ago. It will be easier and cheaper to shop one area of the store at the last minute than aimlessly wandering. • Don’t buy for yourself. Do you ever walk into a store to Christmas shop and leave only with gifts for yourself? Me too. Make a deal this year to only buy gifts for others, and save the personal gifts for after Christmas. Here’s to wishing all Northside Women a happy and prosperous holiday season! ■ •

Allison Baines, wealth plan design specialist at oXYGen Financial. Co-host of “They Don’t Teach You This” podcast.


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Festive holiday makeup trends

By LORI WYNNE Contributing Writer

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winkling lights, flickering candles and festive metallic decorations create feelings of celebration, and remind us of fond memories of past holidays. Be a part of the shine and shimmer. This holiday season, makeup is all about glamour and glitter. Local beauty experts agree that gold glittery eye shadow and false eyelashes are a must this season. “The holidays are a perfect time to step out of your comfort zone,” said makeup artist Deborah Fawaz, chief executive officer of DD Faces at www.ddfacesbydeborah.com. “Do not wear your everyday look to holiday parties. Take a risk. Be memorable!” Fawaz advises highlighting your face’s best feature. If you want your eyes to be dazzling this season, she suggests a smoky eye with glitter eyeshadow. If you have enjoyed decades of holiday cheer, use a navy or plum eye color instead of black for a softer effect. Always pair this look with a minimal lip. Red eyeliner on the upper lash line is also trending this holiday season. Look for colors such as burnt orange, cherry red or burgundy. The winged eyeliner is still popular. For a new twist, try royal blue liquid eyeliner instead of black. To highlight your lips this holiday season, Fawaz said matte lip colors in deep berry or red wine are very popular. For darker skin tones, use a matte cocoa lip color. For more seasoned celebrants, she suggests a waterproof lip liner for staying power, and applying lip gloss on the “kisser” for a juicier look. This season, Alexandra Gault, makeup

artist and esthetician at Aura Hair and Makeup in Sandy Springs, emphasizes a good skincare routine. “Makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath,” said Gault, who suggests using a heavier moisturizer in the winter. To achieve the look of glowing skin in the winter, she incorporates beauty oil into liquid foundation. The makeup goes on easier and looks smoother, she said Gault’s favorite holiday makeup product is the dark red glitter lip by Lip Kandy, a threestep kit. “I rock it every holiday season,” she said. “It looks festive and lasts all night. The glitter doesn’t transfer when I kiss someone. It doesn’t bleed into the creases above the lip. Every time I wear it, everyone from 17- to 70-year-olds ask me about my glittery red lips. “Do subtle eye makeup if you are rockin’ the red glitter lip,” she said. As a makeup artist for photoshoots, Gault also applies a bit of white or light-colored eye shadow in the inner corner of the eyes. For darker skin tones, she suggests using a bit of yellow eye shadow. This creates the illusion of more open-looking eyes in photographs. She also suggests adding a little more blush to your cheeks for holiday pictures. “It’s not so much for contour,” she said. “It’s to add color to cheeks that may seem paler in the winter.” Cumming resident Jocelyn Langford is a freelance makeup artist who specializes in special occasion makeup and is the owner of PrimroseHMUA.com. “Let yourself be a little more glamorous during the holiday,” Langford said. “Apply a bold eye or bold lip, not both. Pair shimmery gold eyeshadow with a smoky eye and nude

lip.”

A nude lip doesn’t mean a naked lip, she said. Use a color similar to your own natural lip color, not the color of your skin. Matte or shiny lipstick is up to you. “Warm up your face with blush,” she said. “For darker skin tones, gold shimmer looks incredible as a highlighter across cheeks and brow bone.” And don’t forget your eyebrows, she said. “Everyone should be filling in their eyebrows,” she said. “Most women have a few sparse areas in their eyebrows. Fill in these areas using an eyebrow product with a fine tip. Use small flicks of the wrist, creating little strokes that look like eyebrow hairs.” False eyelashes are key to completing the glamorous holiday look. Langford suggests demi-lashes placed on the outer corner of the upper lash line to add a little drama. Her tip for easier lash application is to wait 30 seconds after applying the glue to the lashes. It makes the lash glue tackier and stick more readily to the lash line. Remember to use mascara, even when using false eyelashes. Final tip Never sleep in your makeup. If you are too tired to do your nighttime routine after an extra-long night of holiday festivities, keep pre-moistened facial cleansing cloths in the nightstand and use them to cleanse your face. ■

As a personal wardrobe consultant and owner of Alpharetta based Fashion With Flair, Lori Wynne helps people look their best. Connect with her at fashionwithflair.com. december2019 | northsidewoman.com | 17


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

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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. www.williams-sonoma.com 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. nestfragrances.com 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.  www.nordstrom.com 4. Mikata cheese knives: With their combination of gold and rattan, these cute knives add the touch of pizazz to any cheese board. www.anthropologie.com 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. www.westelm.com 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 www.jgraydesign.com. 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.  www.westelm.com 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. williams-sonoma.com 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. www.markandgraham.com ■ As an Interior Designer and Owner of j. gray design & interiors, Inc., Tracy Harkness creates spaces that are chic, timeless, and comfortable. Every space should be functional and livable with attention to detail. december2019 | northsidewoman.com | 19


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ustomer satisfaction has always been our first priority at Tuscany Fine Furnishings, since we opened our doors in 2004. In May of 2017, we opened our New, State-of-the-Art 18,000 sq. ft., Showroom and Design Center, in Roswell, focusing entirely on enhancing our customers shopping experience. In January of 2019, we launched an Industry First! New Age Website for Design & Interiors, BOOKMARK… TuscanyFineFurnishings.com. Tuscany became the first brick and mortar store front to seamlessly integrate social media, combining Facebook, Instagram, Google Business with integrated Maps and Search and YouTube,… offering the best Website shopping experience for Design & Interiors. In October of this year, Tuscany Fine Furnishings was honored by both FACEBOOK and our National Home Furnishings Association, (representing 7,000 furniture Retailers, nationwide), for being successful, “Industry Technology Pioneers”, in Social Media Marketing! BOOKMARK… Facebook.com/Tuscanyfinefurnishings/… We recently received an email testimonial from our longtime Tuscany’s, cherished customer, Jessica Stamps of Roswell, GA. We felt her words captured the essence of a customer satisfaction, so we asked Ms. Stamps if we might share it with you…

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t a recent meeting of the National Association of Home Builders a developer shared that the fastest growing rental market in the country right now is the 55+ Baby Boomer market. People no longer feel the need to “keep up with the Joneses” with many deciding to downsize their homes to upsize their freedom to start checking things off their bucket list now that the kids are out of the house. What developers have recently realized is the 55+ market needs an overhaul as it is often perceived as “assisted living” which could not be further from the truth. The new 55+ renter is

still working, has discretionary income and has reached a point in life where they no longer want the mortgage or maintenance, rather they want to travel, volunteer or pursue their passions which often time might have been put on the back burner to raise their family. Evoq Town Flats in Johns Creek was conceived as a luxury rental option unlike anything currently on the market. The goal was to provide condominium-quality rentals with a boutique feel and resort-level amenities, including a self-serve Tap Room with beer & wine selections, heated saltwater pool, concierge services, 2 Guest Suites for

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A card from Bethlehem

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Because of its Biblical name and Christian significance, Bethlehem is always the scene of special activity around Christmas time. A live nativity scene is held each year in the town square.

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hat do you want for Christmas?” That’s the question that’ll soon be asked far and wide. Answers will likely include all the usual things — TV sets, cellphones, new sweaters, microwave ovens. Ho hum. But what if you could give something really unique — and really, really tied to Christmas? What if you could give a gift from Bethlehem itself? Well, thanks to the post office in a little Georgia town between Lawrenceville and Athens, you can do just that. You can give a postmark from Bethlehem. Located in Barrow County, the town of Bethlehem, Ga., (population 650, plus or minus) was incorporated in 1902. Historians note that the town was named for Bethlehem Methodist Church, established there in 1796. With a name like Bethlehem, it’s no surprise that this is one town that’s big on Christmas. The town’s website describes it as “The little town under the star,” a reference to the large star that stays up over the town square all year long. Many of the town’s street names reflect the Bethlehem theme too. You’ll find Joseph Street and Mary Avenue, for instance, and Angel Street and Shepherd Street and Wise Men Lane and more. City Hall is located on Manger Avenue, not to be confused with Manger Circle. That’s where Mayor Sandy McNab and other city leaders work to keep things running smoothly. I decided to go straight to the top and called the mayor to learn more about the town. After three rings, the phone was answered with a cheerful “Hello!” and for the next little while, I enjoyed talking with a mayor who

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answers his own phone. Sandy has a been part of his community’s government for a good while now, having first served for 24 years on the city council before becoming mayor. He’s been in the mayor’s chair now for eight years. “We’re a little different than everybody else,” Sandy said. A few minutes later he added, “We try and take care of people.” We discussed various things, including the state of barbecue in the Bethlehem area. On that particular subject, by the way, Mayor Sandy mentioned Poor Boys Barbecue in Winder and Eddie’s Barbecue in Statham. Mayors tend to know these things, and it’s always good to have the inside story where barbecue is concerned. We talked about the town’s live nativity, too, held under the big star on on the town square on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. “The big star stays up all the time,” he said, providing a focal point for the live nativity, sponsored each year by the First United Methodist Church of Bethlehem. The town sets up the nativity scene, and the church provides the people. Afterwards, according to the town’s website, “refreshments are enjoyed in City Hall.” Soon, though, we were talking about what may be Bethlehem’s biggest claim to fame — that coveted Bethlehem postmark on Christmas cards. “Yes, our post office is a busy place from about Thanksgiving on,” Sandy said. How busy? Bethlehem postmaster Calvin Mansfield is the expert on that one. The number of Bethlehem postmarks each Christmas is huge, he said. Last year, in 2018, his post office postmarked more than 120,000 pieces of Christmas mail. Calvin has been with the U.S. Postal Service for 27


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Hundreds of people bring their Christmas cards to the Bethlehem Post Office in order to get the Bethlehem cancellation. Inked stamps stating "Greetings from Bethlehem" may also be used for those sending cards.

years and has been postmaster at Bethlehem for three years — and that Bethlehem postmark has grown more popular each year. “We start the week after Thanksgiving,” he said, explaining that people bring their Christmas cards to the post office to get the special mark. In addition to the postmark, Calvin explained, “We have a stamp that says ‘Season’s Greetings from Bethlehem.’” In the background is a nativity scene. Post office patrons can use that stamp to further decorate their mailings. “We have people coming in from all over the state,” Calvin said. “Folks come from neighboring states too.” What if you can’t make it to Bethlehem? In that case, Calvin added, “we will do it for them.” He explained that some folks who can’t get to the post office in person will bundle up their stamped Christmas cards and send them to the Bethlehem post office for that special holiday postmark. (“Address the box to ‘Postmaster,’” he said.) Yes, it’s extra work, Calvin added. But you can tell from his voice that he doesn’t mind at all. “We get them done!” he said. So if you’re looking for something truly unique this holiday season, consider making the drive to Bethlehem to mail your Christmas cards. You’ll find the post office at 820 Christmas Avenue in this great little Georgia town where, in some sense or other, it really is Christmas all year long. ■

You can contact the Bethlehem Post Office at 770-867-7620.

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A practical gift guide for your fashionista By LORI WYNNE Contributing Writer

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eceiving chocolate as a gift during the holidays is both a blessing and a curse. As much as I love chocolate, I know that within just a few days, I will regret every decadent holiday treat that passed my lips. I can’t be the only one who feels this way. As a practical girl by nature and a fashionista in my heart and by trade, I love useful gifts. When they are well-made, look and feel luxurious, I love them even more. Consider this list of holiday gifts under $100 for your fashionista who has everything. Even if you’re on a tight budget, these gifts will appeal to her practical side and help her take care of herself and her stylish things.

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beauty routine. It blasts her favorite tunes or podcasts, and acts as a speakerphone for hands-free calling. She can ask Siri questions through it, and it also features dimmable full-spectrum color lighting around the mirror. Depending on the style and vendor, prices run between $40-$200.

Subscription wardrobe

For the person who still feels like she has nothing to wear, consider a monthly subscription to Infinite Style by Ann Taylor. Your fashionista can rent, return and repeat. She will receive three pieces of fresh work attire for just $95 a month. If she loves a particular piece, she can purchase it for 40 percent off.

A pretty hat box

For the fashionista who wears cowboy hats, wide-brimmed straw hats, sun visors or ball caps. Instead of displaying her wide collection of chapeaus as interior decor, where they can collect dust, give her a variety of pretty hat boxes that will keep everything neat and tidy. Pick up one box or a set at Hobby Lobby, Container Store, Amazon or similar stores. Prices are well under $100.

A fresh set of cosmetic bags for travel

If your fashionista is a heavy traveler, she should probably refresh these every year. Cosmetic bags are an affordable, fresh and oh-so thoughtful gift. She will think of you every time she uses them. A wide selection can be found on Amazon. Look for waterproof finishes. The color and pattern is up you. Because she should replace them every year, feel free to choose a fun color or whimsical pattern. Price is less than $20.

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This is a classic staple that every seasoned fashionista or budding fashionista should have in their collection. The finishes and shapes are endless; just make sure it is tiny. A cross-body bag is essential for any traveler, shopper or adventurer who doesn’t want to be burdened by a purse. Get her keys, cash and phone out of her pockets and into a small cross-body bag. Price varies on materials and brand.

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Clip this article and send it to your Santa Baby this year for easy gift-giving ideas. Consider these gifts for the loved ones in your life who deserve a little stylish practicality. If you need my personalized shopping services this season, check out my services at www.fashionwithflair.com. ■ As a personal wardrobe consultant and owner of Alpharettabased Fashion With Flair, Lori Wynne helps people look their best. Connect with her at fashionwithflair.com.

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’Tis the season to be … stressed

By ELAINE WILCO Contributing Writer

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he holiday season is known for many things: cheerful décor, music, holiday fun, religious observances and family gatherings, just to name a few. But this special time of year doesn’t only bring “Joy to the World.” For many of us, it also brings stress. Shopping, cooking, entertaining and juggling conflicting obligations can push anyone into the stress zone. In her wonderful book on sexuality, “Come as You Are,” Emily Nagoski identifies two kinds of people based on their sexual reactions to stress: red-liners and flat-liners. Nagoski says red-liners are people who want more sex in times of stress, as a stress-reliever, while flat-liners are people whose interest in sex disappears completely when they are stressed. Not surprisingly, these two types of people are often married to each other.

So, how to maintain a sexual relationship and avoid sparking conflict during the holidays? First, acknowledge that although flatliners are more common than red-liners (especially among women), wanting sex or not wanting sex are both perfectly normal and reasonable responses to stressful situations. There’s no reason to fight about different natural responses. Second, realize that it’s healthy for everyone to find a way to relax in times of stress, so be sure to build in some healthy relaxation into your holiday plans. If you can find a way to do that, both red-liners and flat-liners might find they are in the mood for some sexy times, too. ■

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 facebook.com/IntimacyAtlanta. december2019 | northsidewoman.com | 27


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one of my poultry patients are ever likely to require a presidential pardon to avoid ending up on the holiday table. Most are kept for eggs and truly become pets. I see a lot of chickens and ducks, with a smattering of turkeys and guinea fowl. Many are aging hens with names like Fiona and Reese, who haven’t laid eggs in years. Chickens are entertaining, cute, have remarkably individual personalities and definitely have pet appeal. If a small backyard flock appeals to you, be certain to buy chicks from a reputable source that vaccinates for Marek’s disease, and be sure you comply with all laws and covenants in your area. According to world-renowned poultry expert David Bland, 70-80 percent of all chicken health problems are related to husbandry and management. Chickens require space to prevent crowding stress and disease concentration and transmission. Coops, which can be purchased anywhere from Walmart to Williams and Sonoma, should allow two to three square feet per bird. They should be well-ventilated to prevent build-up of ammonia gases from droppings, bacteria and viruses. Windows should be screened to prevent access of diseasecarrying rodents and wild birds. Shavings, straw, sawdust or rice hulls are soft absorbent beddings that provide insulation and cushioning to help prevent foot problems. Chickens have a hierarchy (pecking order), and sufficient feeding and watering stations, nest boxes and perches should be provided to allow the lowest status hen to have a place. Thorough cleaning and disinfection should be done frequently. Outdoor runs should be made predator-safe and prevent digging in or out. This can be accomplished by burying wire on both sides of a fence. In North Atlanta, wire or net may need to be placed over the run to discourage hawks and owls. Adequate watering stations should also be present in the yard. The appropriate feed for chicks from birth to six weeks old is a starter diet. From six weeks until they begin to lay eggs, hens should be fed a grower or pullet diet. During laying, they should be transitioned to a layer diet. Layer diets can be toxic to younger chickens due to very high levels of calcium and energy. Scratch feeds and corn, which chickens love, are imbalanced diets and should be fed sparingly. Chickens are avid foragers and will consume plants and insects in the run. They will also eat household scraps eagerly as a part of the diet. A source of roughage, such as alfalfa or rolled oats, should be provided to promote a healthy gut. Egg production is influenced by multiple factors. If they are gaining weight and the length of daylight is increasing, hens will begin to lay at 17 to 24 weeks. In commercial settings, they can

produce up to 300 eggs per year. Longer hours of light exposure promotes egg production. Artificial light in the coop (14-16 hours per day) can be used to stimulate egg production. Hens should be allowed time each year during which the period of light is shortened and they can rest from making eggs and molt. Eggs should be collected frequently enough that they are still warm. They should be washed immediately to prevent contaminants on the shell from entering the egg’s interior. This helps decrease the possibility of transmitting diseases like listeria, mycobacterium, salmonella and campylobacter to humans. Chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs; those with brown earlobes lay brown eggs. Easter Eggers (Americana, Araucana and hybrids) lay blue to green eggs. In a May 2019 report, the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation examined causes of death in backyard chickens and found that 42 percent of chickens died of cancer. Of these, 63 percent had infection with cancercausing viruses (Marek’s disease or leukosis/ sarcoma virus). Another 42 percent had bacterial disease generally of the respiratory or gastrointestinal systems. Parasites, both gastrointestinal and skin, were the cause of 28 percent mortality. Viruses, other than Marek’s and leukosis, were involved in 7 percent of death losses. Of the chickens with parasitic bacterial and viral disease, 69 percent had infection with two or more organisms. These co-infections cause challenges in both diagnostics and treatment. Most commonly, I treat poultry for reproductive issues (egg yolk peritonitis, cancer and ovarian cysts), respiratory infections, diarrhea and parasites. Diagnostic testing and treatment are definitely possible. Sadly, many chickens come to the veterinarian late in disease, when options may be limited. All procedures and tests in live chickens, even those done at the Georgia Diagnostic Lab, are attendant with cost. If a chicken dies and owners are willing to take the body themselves to the state lab, a necropsy (animal autopsy) and all further testing are typically free of charge. This is often the most beneficial course of action for your flock’s health. Poultry, even when kept as pets, are regarded by the federal government as food animals. This limits drugs that can be used legally and imposes mandatory medication withdrawal times. The doctors at Loving Hands Animal Clinic are available to see all of your poultry pets. Other great sources of information include agricultural extension veterinarians and references like “Basics for Raising Backyard Chickens,” by David Frame, Utah State University; “Domestic Poultry” by Mark Bland, Oregon State University; “Poultry Basics I and II” by Ali Hudson and Laura Tensa, Oregon State University Poultry Science Club; and “Small Flock Poultry Health” by the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture. ■


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Pinecrest sophomore releases her debut album By JULIA GROCHOWSKI

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inecrest Academy sophomore Kate O’Rourke knew from age 3 that she wanted to be a singer, and with her recent original debut album release, this teenager is on her way to fulfilling that dream. In 2017, O’Rourke’s vocal talents had already taken her to an Atlanta Braves game, where she sang the national anthem before the crowd. It was so well received that she was invited back last summer to sing the anthem again. Then in October, O’Rourke released her first extended play album, “I’m Good with Me,” at The Vinyl at Center Stage Theater in Atlanta. “My album release is the most exciting thing that is happening in my life at the moment,” O’Rourke said. “I never imagined that my dream would become a reality. This experience has helped me mature and realize the possibilities in life if you persevere and give 100 percent in everything you do.” Produced by BSE Productions, O’Rourke’s album contains four songs and was released with a music video featuring her parents and brother Patrick, along with Pinecrest teachers Denise Jordan and Katherine Tropea, and Pinecrest parent Margaret Boudreaux. One of the songs on the album, “Just Don’t,” features vocals by Pinecrest students and alumni, including sophomores Natalie Jennings and Aryn Spain, and alumni Anne Marie Doxtader and Maddie Ettmueller. “Music is the food for the soul,” O’Rourke said. “It can be so moving and emotional. I like the fact that I have the ability to either make

someone cry or make someone smile… All four of my songs have to do with what I was going through in my life at the time. They mainly resonate with teenagers.” But anyone of any age can still enjoy her music, O’Rourke said. “I made my music personal for me,” she said. “However, I also made it so that anyone can somehow relate to some part of the songs. I wanted my songs to be raw and true. I wanted to pull at heartstrings. I wanted to put a smile on someone’s face. I wanted to make someone dance for joy.” O’Rourke has trained with Erin McGraw, musical theater teacher at Pinecrest Academy, and currently trains with Amy Little of United Music Studios. “Working with an emerging young artist like Kate O’Rourke is a thrill for our team,” Little said. “Kate has an incredible natural gift as a vocalist, and she’s always willing to grow, stretch and collaborate… From the beginning, she had a clear focus in direction of style, topic and vibe for her music. Kate’s debut EP is fun, sassy, personal and powerful. We are so excited for the world to hear her voice and her message.” O’Rourke said that while she would love to continue making albums, she knows it can be a difficult career path. She is currently planning to go to college to study nursing and minor in music. “It all depends on where life takes me,” O’Rourke said. “I can be certain, however, that music will always be a part of my life.” O’Rourke’s album is out now on all platforms. She can be found on Instagram at @kate.orourke_ or on Facebook at Kate ORourke. ■ december2019 | northsidewoman.com | 29


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Your pap smear is abnormal…now what? By DR. ANNIE KIM, MD, FACOG

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ervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up. There are currently two screening tests that can help prevent cervical cancer or detect it early. The Pap smear looks for precancerous changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if not treated appropriately. The HPV test detects the human papillomavirus that can cause these cellular changes. The Pap smear is recommended for all women between the ages of 21 and 65 years old, and this test can be done in your doctor’s office. If your Pap smear is normal, then routine follow-up is recommended as recommended by your doctor. An abnormal Pap smear is one in which the laboratory interprets the cellular changes to be different from those normally seen on a healthy cervix. Although an abnormal test result can be worrisome, it does not necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. Of the 3 million women who receive an abnormal result from a Pap smear each year, only about 10,000 are actually cases of cervical cancer. There are a few conditions that might cause an abnormal Pap smear result, including HPV, which is the most common cause. HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection, and most sexually active individuals have been exposed to at last one of the more than 100 known strains of HPV. Other sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea and chlamydia, as well as vaginal inflammation from bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection can also cause changes on your Pap smear. If you have an abnormal Pap smear, your doctor will probably ask you to come back for a follow-up appointment for a procedure called a colposcopy. Colposcopy is an outpatient procedure where your doctor takes a closer look at the cervix using a special instrument called a colposcope, which combines a bright light and magnifying lens. If abnormal cells are seen, then a biopsy is performed and sent to the lab to determine whether these cells are cancerous or precancerous. The type of cells that are found on biopsy will dictate the treatment. Moderate to severe precancerous cells need to be removed by procedures such as conization or loop excision, but if the biopsy is completely normal, then more frequent Pap smears would be recommended. The most important thing to know about an abnormal Pap smear is that as long as you follow-up with all of the recommended testing, you are not likely to develop cervical cancer. Therefore, it is crucial to be proactive about your health and schedule well-woman visits with your gynecologist every year. Modern OBGYN has three convenient office locations. Visit our newest office at Avalon in Alpharetta located at 2710 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30009. To schedule an appointment call 404-446-2496 or visit us online at www.reyesobgyn.com. ■

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Roswell Dance Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Through Dec. 8, times vary. With an extensive cast, 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. Byres Theater,1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. Tickets start at $25. www.tysod.com 40 | northsidewoman.com | december2019

‘Elf the Musical’ Shows Dec. 4 and 5 at 6:30 p.m. Based on the beloved holiday film, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Come dressed in Christmas best for a costume contest. Presented by Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Upper School. Tickets are $10 – $40. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. www.mbcaelftickets.eventbrite.com ‘A Christmas Carol’ Through Dec. 15, times vary. MGBaker Productions presents in conjunction with the Sherouse/Riley team, the original producers of the Christmas play, the classic tale of “A Christmas Carol.” Tam’s School Street Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. www.schoolstreetplayhouse.com

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Christmas Tree and Dreidel Lighting 6 – 8 p.m. Enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree and dreidel in Johns Creek with traditional holiday music by local elementary school choruses and a special early appearance by Santa. A Toys for Tots drop-off will be available. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. www.johnscreekga.gov RUMC Christmas Gift and Craft Show Through Dec. 7, times vary. Shop more than 70 vendors showcasing unique merchandise from artisan jewelry, trendy women’s and children’s apparel, sports memorabilia, handmade men’s bowties, artisan foods, children’s toys, books and art. Participate in the new Giving Tree with all proceeds benefitting Roswell Student Ministries Youth Missions. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. www.rumc.com/christmasgcs

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Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting 6 – 9 p.m. To kick off the holiday season, downtown Alpharetta will light the night for the annual tree lighting. Celebration will fill the downtown streets with the annual tree lighting,

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


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community bonfire and enjoying the seasonal celebrations of local merchants. www.roswellgov.com

DECEMBER 12

Atlanta Dance Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Through Dec. 15, times vary. Join for the 38th season of this holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Presented by Atlanta Dance Theatre. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Tickets start at $20. www.AtlantaDanceTheatre.org

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, Milton. www.cityofmiltonga.us Atlanta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Through Dec. 24, times vary. After a triumphant premiere last year and an engagement at the Kennedy Center in November, Atlanta Ballet’s reimagined production of “The Nutcracker” returns to the Fox Theatre this holiday season. Join for a journey through space and time, where everyday objects grow in extraordinary size and the pages of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story come alive before your very eyes. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. www.atlantaballet.com

DECEMBER 8

Santa’s Secret Gift Shop 1 – 4 p.m. Children ages 12 and under will enjoy shopping for relatives, making arts and crafts and face painting. Pictures with Santa are available. Gifts are priced affordably, and proceeds benefit the Roswell Ramblers senior club. Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. www.roswellgov.com ‘The Sounds of Christmastime’ 3 – 5 p.m. The Atlanta Vocal Project presents “The Sounds of Christmastime,” featuring the Atlanta Vocal Project and with special guest Song of Atlanta, a premier women's four-part a cappella harmony show chorus. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Tickets start at $15. www.roswellgov.com Caroling on Canton 5 – 7 p.m. Residents and visitors are invited to stroll up and down Canton Street in Roswell, listening to their favorite holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate, warming up by the

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 $25. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. www.varietyofgeorgia.org

DECEMBER 14

Annual Christmas Cookie Sale 9 a.m. – noon. A large variety of homemade cookies and other goodies sold by the pound. There are also some special categories such as no nuts, sugar-free 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. www.ctklutheran.com Open-Hearth Gingerbread Christmas 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Each workshop will be presented by Clarissa Clifton on preparing and decorating gingerbread cookies for baking over the open hearth. In addition, children will also have the opportunity to make a holiday craft ornament. Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. www.roswellgov.com

DECEMBER 19

Mittie Bulloch Wedding Re-enactment 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 $18. Bulloch Hall, 535 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. www.roswellgov.com

DECEMBER 20

‘The Nutcracker’ Through Dec. 22, times vary. Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” will treat the community to a full-length ballet performance. Forsyth Central High School Performing Arts Center, 131 Almon C. Hill Drive, Cumming. www.sawneeballettheatre.org

DECEMBER 21

Cookies with Mrs. Claus Dec. 21 and 23, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. 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. www.roswellgov.com Nature’s Treats and Trinkets 2 – 4 p.m. Drop the kids off for some holiday fun, then go do some holiday shopping or get some downtime before the big night. Treats and Trinkets participants will make nature-themed crafts and gifts, treats for the birds and trinkets for friends or family. Ages 6 – 11. Cost is $7 for members, $10 for non-members. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek. www.autreymill.org Christmas Gala 7:30 p.m. The Johns Creek Chorale and Johns Creek soprano Bevin Hill will join the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in a hometown holiday spectacular. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. www.johnscreeksymphony.org

DECEMBER 31

Rocking New Year’s Eve 8 – 9:30 p.m. Celebrate the New Year with Banks and Shane. Known as “Atlanta’s Entertainment Tradition,” Banks and Shane combines exceptional talent, consummate showmanship and professionalism, and more than 40 years of experience. Tam’s School Street Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. www.schoolstreetplayhouse.com

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