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AUGUST 2011

Class Act

Shelby Steinhauer is Fulton’s Top Teacher Page 18

ROAD TRIP

Old Sautee Store is hidden gem in Georgia mountains Page 6

The 5-Minute

FACE

Get a fabulous face in record time Page 24

Taking a Hit

The alarming rise in kids’ concussions Page 16


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Steinhauer,

a

French

teacher at Milton High School, is pictured among the school’s signature front columns during a recent photo shoot. Steinhauer was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year for the Fulton County School System, and is among the select group vying for the honor of Georgia Teacher of the Year. Her classroom is as whimsical as she is, with French mementos adding to her students’ learning experience.

Candy Waylock Katie VanBrackle editor@northsidewoman.com

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August brings with it several themes

is exactly the type of teacher you want

that signal a new beginning. While spring

in front of every classroom – energetic,

is traditionally the season of change, I’ve

enthusiastic and in love with her job as a

always looked to August to mark the

teacher. There’s a reason her peers, and

passage of time. The long, lazy days of

ultimately the school system, selected her

summer bump headlong into August, and

as the best of the best – and you’ll discover

another school year is right around the

why when you read her story. Back to school also means “the boys

corner. I’ve always wondered who it’s harder

of fall” have returned to the football field.

on – the kid who has to move his bedtime

But before your child puts on a helmet,

up several hours…or the parent who has to

every parent should be aware of the rising

face the child who has not seen the sun

risk of concussions. We’ve listed the signs of

rise since May?

concussion, and what you can look for if

I can’t help you with the sleepy kid (I’ve

DEVON MORGAN/PHOTOSYNTHESIS STUDIO

Devon Morgan opened PhotoSynthesis Studio in 2004 after graduating with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Georgia. To complement the documentary style she learned in school, Morgan studied with several local photographers to master the subtle nuances of fine art portraiture, giving her clients a cohesive blend of natural emotion and beautiful lighting. She lives in Peachtree Corners with her St. Bernard, Stella. See her work at www.PhotoSynthesisAtlanta.com.

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your child takes a hard hit.

got one of my own!), but I can help you

Also included within the pages of this

ease into the transition from summertime to

month’s Northside Woman are other helpful

school time. This is the fourth year Northside

tips including “The Five Minute Face” to get

Woman has dedicated the August edition

you out the door in record time and recipes

to education, and we’ve packed these

for school lunches and after-school snacks

pages full of helpful ideas and interesting

that are quick – and healthy! Happy reading – and we hope you’ll

features. I loved meeting Shelby Steinhauer, the

find ideas within these pages that will help

subject of our Shero feature and the Fulton

make the transition from summer to school

County Teacher of the Year for 2011. She

a bit smoother.

Are you a writer, photographer or artist, or just have something to share with us?

e-mail us at: editor@northsidewoman.com


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Photos by KATIE VANBRACKLE/STAFF

Left: Marguerite Wilder hands out free samples of creamy Swedish farmer’s cheese, a popular imported specialty at the Old Sautee Store. Right: Market manager Lisa Petkas (left) and owners Galen and Jean Greene enjoy preserving a little piece of Georgia history at the Old Sautee Store.

goodeats Old Sautee Store a hidden treat in the foothills Georgia landmark offers unique dining, shopping and historic experience not want to miss.

Sautee Store. In continuous operation

exquisite amber jewelry from the

Just a few miles southeast of

since 1872, this picturesque Georgia

Baltic Sea, both of which remain

Helen, Highway 17 twists and turns

landmark offers a unique shopping,

popular sellers today.

A day trip to the Appalachian

through the lovely pastoral valleys of

dining and historic experience.

foothills of Northeast Georgia is a

Sautee and Nacoochee, following

The front room of the general

fun way to beat the heat and enjoy

what was once the Unicoi Trail of the

store looks just as it did around the turn

grass roof, in 1968.

beautiful scenery. Tubing on the

Cherokee Nation. The road has always

of the century, when it also served as

shipped from Norway in pieces and

Chattahoochee River, hiking to Anna

been used as a trading route, and

the local post office. The shelves are

reassembled next to the Old Sautee

today it leads travelers to the Old

still lined with ointments and tonics

Store. Today, it serves as a small

(for anything that

market and eatery where fresh deli

ails you), and a

sandwiches and paninis, breakfast

1911 nickelodeon

fare and baked goods are sold along

still

with hand-dipped ice cream and

By KATIE VANBRACKLE

kvanbrackle@bellsouth.net

Ruby Falls or strolling through Alpine Helen are popular choices for tourists, but there is another

hidden

gem nearby you’ll

Old Sautee Store 2315 GA Hwy 17, Sautee, Ga. 706.878-2281 sauteestore.com

pumps

Freed also imported a charming

out

lively tunes.

The Old Sautee Store has been in continuous operation since 1872.

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The cabin was

frozen cider.

Employee

Six types of bread are baked on

Marguerite

the premises each morning along

Wilder jokes that the front room is

with croissants, bagels, cookies and

like “Antiques Roadshow on steroids”

pastries. The freshly baked loaves are

and recalls the time she discovered

sliced fresh for each sandwich and

a drawer full of one, two and three-

piled high with top-quality meats,

cent stamps and a letter outlining

fresh local produce and, of course,

postal regulations from the Postmaster

Swedish farmer’s cheese.

General, dated 1895.

KATIE VANBRACKLE/STAFF

Norwegian log cabin, complete with

On sunny days, tables full of locals

The back rooms of the store

and travelers dine on the market’s

are more modern and reflect the

shady patio, while kids play with giant

Norwegian heritage of Astrid Freed,

bubble wands and butterflies dance

a previous owner of the Old Sautee

through

Store. Forty years ago, Freed began

surrounding the property.

importing Scandinavian wares such as Swedish farmer’s cheese and

the

colorful

flowerbeds

See EATS, Page 12


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todo Home-grown art straight from the heart Take some time this month to explore the thriving southern folk art scene By KATIE VANBRACKLE

kvanbrackle@bellsouth.net What is folk art? A colorful fish with bottle-cap scales. A scowling face on the side of a glazed pottery jug. A black and white cow whimsically painted on a salvaged wooden door. To sum it up: anything and everything. Folk art is sometimes called “outsider art” because the artists are self-taught, normal folks who feel compelled

FOLK FEST August 19-21

North Atlanta Trade Center 1700 Jeurgens Court Norcross, GA 30093 slotinfolkart.com Galerie Matilda 959 Canton Street Roswell, GA 30075 galeriematilda.com Matilda’s Cottage 377 South Main Street Alpharetta, GA 30909 matildascottage.com

to

create

and

whatever’s

use

on hand

to do so. Their creative juices

flow

straight

from the heart without the rules and restraints of formal art training. Folk artists can turn the

most

materials scrap

mundane (driftwood,

metal,

good

old Georgia clay) into incredible works of art. Those

who

are

willing to step out of the and

typical

art

box

appreciate

the

unbridled creativity of simple folk will love an Part of “Love Signs” by Mike Darras

event being held in north Atlanta this month.

Folk Fest, the 18th Annual “World’s Greatest Folk Art Show and Sale” fills 85,000 square feet of the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross with a colorful wonderland of paintings, pottery and sculptures. Hundreds of artists mingle with over 12,000 visitors who come for the largest folk art show in the world. The artists themselves are often just as colorful as their art and many will gladly chat with you at Folk Fest and personally sign your chosen piece, giving you a special memory to take home with your artwork.

KATIE VANBRACKLE/STAFF

Top: Barbara Olsen, a self-taught artist from Canton, poses with her piece entitled “Designer.” Bottom Left: Mary Jane Potter, owner of Galerie Matilda and Matilda’s Cottage. Bottom Right: Galerie Matilda opened on Canton Street in Roswell in March.

Folk

Fest

organizer

Steve

Slotin

became

If you are unable to attend Folk Fest, you can still

passionate about southern folk art after meeting

enjoy and purchase original southern folk art pieces

north Georgia potter Lanier Meaders, whose face

at Matilda’s Cottage in Alpharetta and the newly

jugs are now on display in the

opened Galerie Matilda in Roswell. Both are owned

Smithsonian.

“Folk art is

made with true creative

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original.”

folk art while working as an interior decorator.

passion,” Slotin said. “It’s

“Anyone can decorate with southern folk art,”

raw, expressive, unconventional,

Potter said. “The pieces are full of charm, character

non-conforming, “Rainbow Trout” by Harry Gottleib

by Mary Jane Potter who became captivated by

genuine

and

truly

See FOLK, Page 30


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backtoschool

Ruling the school

economics, followed by a master’s degree in teaching, from Emory University. She earned her doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.

Northwestern Middle School Jasmine Kullar, Ph.D.

Female principals fill open positions at several area schools By CANDY WAYLOCK

University, where she also received her master’s

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and bachelor’s degrees in English.

With the retirements of several long-serving principals in the Fulton County School System this year, several women were elevated into the top leadership positions at many area schools. Of the 93 traditional schools in Fulton County, 56 now have women as principals. Corporate America, are you listening? Here are the most recent hires into the principal’s office.

Elkins Pointe Middle School Melinda Springman Formerly a Teacher of the Year at Elkins Pointe Middle School, Melinda Springman has returned to become the school’s new principal. She was tapped to lead Roswell High School this year.

Kersey

Springman joined the Elkins Pointe staff as a

recognizes she has not only big

teacher when it opened in 2001 and later became

shoes to fill, but often empty

chair of the language arts department. In 2005, she

ones, as well. In a school that

moved to Holcomb Bridge Middle School, where

has been open less than a

she has spent the past six years as an assistant

decade, Kersey becomes the

principal. She also taught at Northwestern Middle

fifth principal to lead the high-

School and is a graduate of the inaugural class of

Shannon

performing high school of nearly 2,000 students.

the district’s Promising Principals Program.

Last year, she was the assistant principal at the

Springman holds a bachelor’s degree in

school -- a position she held for only a year before

English, with a minor in secondary education, and a

being appointed to fill the vacancy created by the

master’s degree in education. Both were received

resignation of former principal Gene Dunn in May.

from the University of Florida.

While she may be a relative newcomer to the Fulton County School System, she and her family have lived in the community for more than 10 years. Prior to coming to Fulton Schools, Kersey held teaching and leadership positions in Clayton and Gwinnett counties, as well as in Decatur City Schools. She served as a coordinator of teacher development in Gwinnett and as a director of instructional services in the Decatur school system. “This school year, the priorities I have set for Alpharetta High School include honoring and ensuring teacher quality, cultivating a professional learning community and maintaining a focus on procedures that are consistently implemented so we can focus on instruction and increased student learning,” said Kersey. As a curriculum assistant principal at Alpharetta High, Kersey worked collaboratively with teachers to implement common assessments and make instructional adjustments to prepare students for End-of-Course Tests and other standardized tests.  Kersey is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational policy studies at Georgia State

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of

Formerly

Sandy

Middle

School. Last year, she served as an assistant principal of Birmingham Falls Elementary School. Kullar began her career in Ontario, Canada, as a YMCA youth counselor, before becoming a middle school teacher. She joined Fulton County Schools in 2005 as a math teacher at Holcomb Bridge Middle School. She later served as a graduation coach at Centennial High School and as an assistant principal at Roswell High School. Kullar said she is looking forward to returning to the middle school setting. “As a middle school teacher, I taught math, science, language arts, social studies and physical and health education. Needless to say, after having taught just about everything in middle school, I am thrilled at the opportunity to return to my roots,” said Kullar. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto as well as a bachelor’s degree in education from Medaille College in New York. She also earned a master’s degree in education

an at

doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.

Webb Bridge Middle School Susan Opferman

assistant Riverwood

Susan Opferman will be

International Charter School in

Northwestern

from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a

Hopewell Middle School Lenora Patterson, Ph.D. principal

the short trek down the street to become the new principal

succeeds Jerome Huff, who

Alpharetta High School Shannon Kersey

Jasmine Kullar will make

Springs,

only the second principal to

Lenora

lead Webb Bridge Middle

Patterson moves to Hopewell

School in the school’s 16-year

Middle School this summer as its new principal. She

history.

began her career in DeKalb County as a middle school math teacher and also has taught reading and math at the elementary level. As a curriculum assistant principal at Riverwood, Patterson oversaw instructional delivery of the math, science, career technology, visual and performing arts and physical education departments. She also developed “Riverwood PUSH,” a program that identifies and recruits high-achieving minority students for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree in

She succeeds Elizabeth Fogartie, who led the school from its opening in 1996 until her retirement in May. Webb Bridge will be Opferman’s first school in Fulton County, having spent the past 23 years in the Gwinnett County School System. She taught at elementary and middle schools in Gwinnett County before joining the administrative team at Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville as an assistant principal.

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Eats: Old Sautee Store a hidden treat in the foothills Continued from Page 6 Current owners Galen and Jean Greene moved from Marietta to Sautee after their kids left home for college and purchased the Old Sautee Store in 2003. They enjoy carrying on the proud heritage of the store and preserving a little piece of local history. “We’ll see 60-year-olds walk in the store with their grandchildren, telling them ‘I remember coming here with my grandfather when I was your age,’” said Galen. “There aren’t many places where that happens anymore.” In addition to creating the market, the Greenes added more retail space and new merchandise to the general store, making it a great place to shop for trendy gifts, regional cookbooks and stylish apparel. The

Greenes’

son and daughter joined the family business

in

September

KATIE VANBRACKLE/STAFF

Above: An imported Norwegian cottage complete with grass roof serves as the charming Old Sautee Market next to the Old Sautee Store. Left: A bakery on the premises produces six types of fresh bread daily, which are used along with local produce and Swedish farmer’s cheese for sandwiches such as this Classic Club.

with

the market cabin, the Greene House also sports a

front porch of the general store. Whether you play

the opening of the

sod roof. Bradley Greene and Erin Meadows (yes,

a game of checkers or just gaze out at the rolling

Greene

House,

that’s Greene/Meadows) sell seasonal plants and

green hills surrounding the lovely Sautee Valley,

deck

cut flowers as well as garden gifts and accessories.

you’ll soak up a charming little piece of Georgia

a

patio,

and garden shop.

After you’ve enjoyed lunch and shopping,

Located just behind

take a moment to sit in a wooden rocker on the

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herstyle Fashion transition from high school to college By MARIA WALDEN SULLIVAN

get some comfy clothes to lounge around it.

interesting if you dress differently.

When in doubt, leave it home. You’ll think

College provides the opportunity to start off

I am often asked about differences between

you need everything; however, space is limited

with a clean slate, create a new image and re-

college fashion and high school fashion trends.

(especially in the dorm). If you need it later, have it

create yourself. So what if you were a tomboy in

Recognizing the differences isn’t that difficult. In

shipped to you.

high school? If you always wanted to be more chic,

some ways, there are similarities, but in other ways,

Buy new things that represent the new you.

now is your chance. And if you were the one who

they are miles apart! Before you go shopping, let’s

No need to spend a lot of money, however, be

always wore designer duds, channel your inner

talk about how to bring your high school wardrobe

selective and buy a few new things that get you

hippie chick and let your hair down.

to college:

excited for your new adventure in life.

Know what to throw. Some of the pieces to leave behind are your high school T-shirts and sweatshirts. If you do decide to bring them, don’t wear them outside of your room. Time to move on, girls!

Now, let’s discuss the reality of college fashion‌ The main difference between fashion in high school and fashion in college is that no one is telling you what to do anymore! The freedom that comes

that are the most “you� – the clothes and accessories

with college allows you to really begin finding out

that are always a “go-to� for your uniqueness. Stand

who you are. From there, you can develop your

out in the new crowd with your own look.

own unique style.

the number one thing you wear in college.

College frees you to be yourself without judgment -- unlike in high school where girls tend

Invest in comfy dorm wear. This is especially

to be “cliquey� and trends are often set by others.

important if you’re living on campus. You spend

No one really judges you based on what you wear

tons of time in your dorm studying (we hope!), so

in college. More than likely, they’ll think you’re

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not; it’s about becoming the person you want to be and expressing yourself in a creative way.

Go through your wardrobe and find the pieces

Denim, denim, denim. You will find that denim is

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backtoschool Concussions increase as football players get bigger, stronger Parents must be aware of warning signs, say doctors

50

percent

of

in

the

rise

go

due

to

athletes with a concussion need a thorough  medical evaluation [prior

undetected, or unreported. “Concussions

primarily

concussions

sports

to the return to play].”

By CANDY WAYLOCK

injuries,

of

injuries are more common today

In Georgia, stronger guidelines

waylock5@aol.com

concussions reported among high

because of the increased strength,

have been put in place by the Georgia

school football players. These growing

speed and conditioning programs

High School Sports Association to

Come August, more than one

numbers come despite improved

of young athletes,” said Dr. Michael

take the guesswork out of whether a

million kids in 14,000 football teams

equipment, primarily in helmets that

Papciak, past chief of pediatrics at

player should be pulled from play.

across the country will take to the field.

seek to protect the brain from injury.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and

Prior to 2009, only players who lost

founder of Preston Ridge Pediatrics in

consciousness would be sidelined.

Alpharetta.

But this is not a tell-tale sign of

Today, football players run faster, hit

A concussion occurs when the

harder and play stronger than their

brain is violently rocked back and

peers of a generation ago – primarily

forth or twisted inside the skull as a

He said that he is encouraged

concussion, say doctors. In fact, just

because of conditioning programs

result of a blow to the head or body.

by what he sees with coaches,

over 3 percent of athletes diagnosed

that produce a fitter, bigger player.

Continued participation in any sport

team physicians and the medical

with concussions in 2009 ever lost

A study of high school linemen

following a concussion can lead to

community becoming more aware

consciousness.

selected to the Parade Magazine

increased risk for further injury to the

of the seriousness if players return

All-American team shows the rising

brain, and even death

to participation too early.  But that

must

doesn’t mean parents should take a

player

backseat to their child’s care.

symptoms or behaviors consistent

According

trend of bigger athletes. In 1963,

School

to

the

National

the average size of a high school

High

Sports-Related

Injury

lineman on the elite team was 6’1”,

Surveillance Study, about 9 percent

213 pounds. Just 25 years later, in

of

Now, Georgia football coaches follow who

the “who

rule

that

exhibits

any signs,

“Parents should have medical

with a concussion (such as loss of

a

follow up and testing to guide

consciousness, headache, dizziness,

1989, the bar had moved to 6’5”, 268

concussion in 2010. But that’s just

pounds…and growing each year.

the

With bigger bulk come bigger

football number

professionals

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players

received

them, especially if there is loss of

confusion

reported.

Medical

consciousness or memory because

shall be immediately removed from

estimate

about

of the injury,” said Papciak. “All

the contest and shall not return to

or

balance

problems)


backtoschool play until cleared by an appropriate healthcare professional.” In

addition,

only

a

healthcare

professional can diagnose a concussion

Concussions – a mother’s story By CANDY WAYLOCK

– not a coach or official.

waylock5@aol.com

How can I recognize a possible concussion?

Cathy Manthey knows firsthand the long-term damage inflicted by concussions. Her son, Chad, a sophomore linebacker at Blessed Trinity High School has suffered two debilitating concussions, just months apart, and his return to the gridiron this fall is uncertain. She barely recalls the details of the football game last fall that caused the first concussion. Against powerhouse Buford, Chad took a blindside hit, sending him straight back to the turf and causing his head to ricochet forward. Though he came off the field, Manthey was initially unconcerned. “Chad has been playing football since he was in kindergarten,” says Manthey, of Alpharetta. “He plays hard every play. It’s the only way he knows.” She thought she’d been through worse. During an eighth-grade game, Chad left the field in an ambulance - the recipient of a nasty gash to his forearm that cut to the bone. He was back on the field three weeks later. But this latest hit was different. On the sidelines he was dazed, unable to answer or process simple questions. A visit to the doctor confirmed the concussion. It

Signs observed by coaching staff: • Appears dazed or stunned • Is confused about assignment or position • Forgets an instruction • Is unsure of game, score or opponent • Moves clumsily • Answers questions slowly • Loses consciousness (even briefly) • Shows mood, behavior or personality changes • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall • Can’t recall events after hit or fall Symptoms reported by athlete: • Headache or “pressure” in head • Nausea or vomiting • Balance problems or dizziness • Double or blurry vision • Sensitivity to light • Sensitivity to noise • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy • Concentration or memory problems • Confusion • Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”

—Source: Centers for Disease Control

would take five weeks of low stimulus, low lights and struggles in the classroom before Chad felt himself again. But by spring, he was ready to hit the football field again for spring practice. Lightning struck twice for Chad when he came home after the first day of spring practice, tired and complaining of neck pains from a hard day of hitting. “We both just thought it was from not having played in a while and being tired after the first day,” said Manthey. But at practice the next day, the team trainer tested Chad and confirmed the worst – a second concussion, just eight months after the first one. “I was sick. I just couldn’t believe it could happen twice,” said Manthey. She keeps a file folder now, filled with everything about Chad’s situation and information on concussions. Manthey knows three concussions are the limit the body can handle without possible permanent damage. This fall, Chad will very likely be cheering for his team from the sidelines. “Chad just struggled so much in school…it was the ‘lost semester’ [last spring],” she said. “His doctor cleared him for the fall, but said if he has a third concussion the conversation will be very different.”

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DEVON MORGAN/PHOTOSYNTHESIS STUDIO

Shelby Steinhauer, a French teacher at Milton High School, relaxes in her classroom surrounded by mementos of many trips to France.

unsung‘she’ro Shelby Steinhauer inspires love of French, learning By CANDy WAyLOCK

to visit former students who were in her classroom

waylock5@aol.com

years back as exchange students.

One gets the distinct impression that French

the Year selection. Steinhauer said she’s a bit overwhelmed by

Steinhauer has taught in Georgia, New York,

the selection since she prefers the dimmer light of

Washington D.C, Nepal and India, and has lived

the background as opposed to the spotlight. In

class with Shelby Steinhauer is an experience unlike

in Europe, Asia and North America. She has

fact, when she told her

any other. The Milton High School teacher infuses

worked with the Peace

parents about the honor,

her lessons with a passion fueled by her love of

Corps,

their initial reaction was

France and all things French, collected over years

world and back, and

of travel and study.

believes deep in her

traveled

the

surprise. “When I’ve been

Stepping into her classroom at Milton is like

heart that all children

nominated

stepping into a street scene from Paris. Steinhauer

have the same desire

past,

works to make her classroom the most interesting,

to learn -- despite their

politely

inviting place it can be. Forget desks – her students

backgrounds.

said Steinhauer. “So I

She

in

the always

declined,”

named

think they were more

with French postcards and other memorabilia

Fulton County’s Teacher

surprised I’d actually

decoupaged under the glass by Steinhauer. Suits

of the Year last spring,

agreed to it. Of course,

of armor stand guard, and a street lamp provides

following her selection as

they were very proud

mood lighting.

Milton High’s top teacher

as well.”

sit at bistro tables, each one uniquely decorated

During her summer breaks, Steinhauer finds

and

the

was

I’ve

Overall

High

reasons to travel to France. She recently returned

School top teacher. She

from her umpteenth visit, taking along her beloved

will now go on to represent

niece, Lindsey, for a surprise trip as an elementary

Fulton County Schools in

school graduation gift. While in France, she took time

the Georgia Teacher of

18 | northsidewoman.com | august2011

As SPECIAL

ris Steinhauer's first trip to Pa at 14 years old

valedictorian

of her high school class in New York, the sky was the limit for Steinhauer. She


surprised more than a few people

took French (or Spanish, or German)

when she went the education route

for five years, and I don’t remember

and became a teacher.

anything,’”

“Everyone thought I’d be a French-speaking

Steinhauer,

who

or

will never say that. The ones that go

Steinhauer.

through the program leave high

“But I have incredible parents who

school highly proficient or fluent in

value education - I always say I won

French.”

something,”

brain-surgeon

said

grew up on Long Island. “My students

laughed

the parent lottery. I have also had

Whether Milton High is the end of

some amazing teachers who made

her journey, or another memorable

a difference in my life, including my

milestone to where she is headed,

high school French teacher.”

remains to be seen. At 38, one gets

Education is a family business.

the impression that Steinhauer’s cup

Her older sister, Natalie Richman, is

is only half full.

the principal of Sweet Apple

“I tend to think in

Elementary in Roswell.

minutes

“Why wouldn’t

instead

years.

I want to be there

I

of

generally

go with the flow

for kids the way

of

where

the

my family and my

universe takes

teachers

me,”

were

there for me?” she

explained.

asked as

“Everyone to

find

O

M

needs

N

careers.

VO

she considered

“Five DE

herself

she

their

RG

AN

/P

years

from

now,

might

be

I at

Milton and then HO

TO S Y

passion in life, and mine is education and helping kids realize their potential.” She was drawn to French because she felt the pull from an early age.

NT H ESIS ST U DI

again, I might be sitting

O

in a village in the Himalayas sipping tea.” She has been a teacher since she was 20. Two decades later, she still is amazed at where she finds herself.

Before she could barely walk or talk,

“Personally, I am curious to see

her parents said she insisted on the

where I will be in five years. I guess

double-cheek kiss for greetings and

you’ll just have to track me down and

goodbyes, common in Europe.

ask,” she said.

Steinhauer first studied French

One place you’ll never find

during the summer after her freshman

Steinhauer is within the comfortable

year in high school as part of a program

confines of “the box.” Her kids are

offered by the State University of New

accustomed to her unique methods

York. Within a year, she was nearly

that bring the lesson plans to life.

fluent in the language.

“One day, we might pretend to

“I think I must have been French

go on a walk through the countryside,

in another life,” she said, only half-

another we might re-enact a famous

joking.

battle, and another we might learn

Her first trip to France at 14

how to play Pétanque (French lawn

sealed the deal and paved the path

bowling),” she said, describing her

she remains on today. Steinhauer

typical class day.

received her bachelor’s degree in

But the bottom line is the kids learn,

French Literature from Georgetown

without even realizing sometimes

University, followed by a master’s

exactly how much. The true lesson

degree in Teaching Languages from

Steinhauer wishes to impart is the

SUNY Stony Brook University and an

experience of learning.

educational specialist’s degree in

“[My kids] impress me daily,” she

Leadership from Lincoln Memorial

said. “And that when it comes down

University.

to it, I know that the ‘big picture’

She works tirelessly to expose

isn’t about French. It’s about finding

her students to French in real-world,

your passion in life and treating each

memorable ways that she hopes

other with dignity and respect. Plus,

stays with them beyond high school. “I consistently hear people say, ‘I

they think I’m a little bit crazy, which is probably true, so it’s all good!”

SPECIAL

Top: Training teachers in India last summer. Center: With her niece, Lindsey, in Paris this summer. Bottom: Steinhauer's classroom at Milton High resembles a street scene in Paris, complete with bistro tables.

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backtoschool Five steps for becoming your child’s ‘bully coach’ realization helps kids stop responding

STEP THREE: When kids

that your child simply cannot confront

 

in an angry or upset way, which is the

come up with their own ideas for

the bully without help from an adult.

Believe it or not, most kids never

kind of reaction bullies thrive on, and

deflating bullies, they’re more likely

That’s why it’s important to teach your

tell their parents or their school they

gets your child to view the bullying in

to implement them. Backed up by

child the 5 W’s of reporting bullying:

are getting bullied. So what’s a parent

a dispassionate way.

strong body language, help them

who, what, when, where and most

come up with their own snappy

importantly, witnesses.

By JACKIE HUMANS, Ph.D.

to do? Take control of the situation by becoming your child’s bully coach!

STEP TWO: Body language

verify

a

that what they say isn’t anywhere

suggest as many responses as they

student’s claims of being bullied,

kids don’t report bullying is the

near as important as the way they

can, then start winnowing down the

it’s no longer a question taking your

saddest: targets of bullying almost

say it.

unsuitable ones. The ones to keep are

child’s word against the bully’s.

should make it clear that NO ONE

appearances are everything. The

deserves to be bullied --not even

statement, “You think you’re cool but

bullies themselves. Parents should

you’re just a bully!” won’t deter a bully

point out that bullies do what they do

if the speaker has hunched shoulders,

because it makes them feel good.

fails to make eye contact or is using

And anyone who takes pleasure out

a whiny tone of voice. On the other

of being mean to another person

hand, a child who stands close to

deserves pity.

the bully, with shoulders squared and

Casting the bully in the light of

strong eye contact, while saying,

someone to feel sorry for allows a

“Watch it!” makes a much stronger

child to think of the bully as the one

impression, even though their actual

with the problem, not them. This

words may not be as eloquent.

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to

can

STEP ONE: The main reason

When standing up to a bully,

them

schools

comebacks.

always blame themselves. Parents

Encourage

When

is important. Kids need to be reminded

safe to use, aren’t terribly hurtful, and are easy to recall.

STEP FOUR: Practice roleplaying with your child by taking the role of the target while your child takes the role of the bully. This provides your

Unfortunately,

bullies

don’t

disappear after their school years; they simply reappear in the workplace. By teaching children how to deal with a bully, we’re protecting them for a lifetime.

child many opportunities for learning how not to respond to a bully. When your child has “mastered” what to do, switch roles.

STEP FIVE: Sometimes a bully situation has gone on so long

Dr. Jackie Humans’ expertise on bullying is based on her own experience, her experience raising a special needs child, and her work with Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS). She is the author of “How to ZAP a Bully!” For more information, please visit www.JackieHumans.com.


backtoschool

The secrets of success from elementary kids By AMY DAWSON

Elementary School to lead a writing

Regarding teachers

are thankful for a number of things,

amymacwrites.com

exercise. I supplied the students with

(adults — substitute “bosses”):

including inspiring creativity, teaching

fill-in-the-blank sentences prompting

them to respect others and showing

As parents, we are hardwired to

them, as veterans of elementary

tender advice to our children: how

school, to impart advice to upcoming

to study, what to eat and bon mots

fifth-graders. What I unearthed in the stack

like “if someone says ‘hey, watch this,’ run for cover.” (When you’re

of

wide-ruled,

backpack-weary

young, someone’s about to land in

notebook paper, in the midst of

the principal’s office. When you’re

warnings

an adult, someone’s about to lose a

of passing gas in the classroom

limb, land in jail or both.)

(mentioned on nearly every paper),

regarding

the

hazards

Always answer a teacher’s question to show you are paying attention.

If a teacher frowns, freeze.

If a teacher tells a joke, laugh.

Choosing and keeping friends:

If someone tells you to duck, duck fast.

be summed up in one word: relax.

If someone pulls the fire alarm and there’s no fire, they won’t make a good friend.

a parenting expert. But what if the

a successful tenure in grade school,

people who have life all figured out

but also to the school of life. See if

On smart habits:

are the ones who —if left unattended

you agree.

—would substitute milk with Mountain

At lunchtime:

Work hard so you’ll make good grades.

Dew, consume a sugar-only diet and

Never eat anything with the word “surprise” on the menu.

Chicken sandwiches, tacos and macaroni and cheese are always a safe bet.

Don’t wait until the last minute to work on projects. It’s stressful and won’t be your best effort.

Be organized.

Drink water throughout the day.

Avoid unidentifiable processed meats, that is, hot dogs.

Snow’s fifth-grade class at Creek View

The kids also offered advice to their parents on how to help them

gems of advice that apply not only to

A few months ago, I visited Mrs.

more than make a difference — they

Make lots of good friends so you don’t become a hermit.

we turn to a book, a pediatrician or

Your children.

see the potential in every child do

were smart, thoughtful, heart-felt

laundry? Nope, not your husband.

Which proves excellent teachers who

are game changers.

When parents need guidance,

sleep on the floor in a mass of dirty

them they are smart. And capable. 

be successful in school, which can Which loosely translates to: have a little confidence — we’ve got this. I couldn’t have said — or written — it better myself.

As for Mrs. Snow, her students

Amy M. Dawson is a writer and public relations strategist who upheld rigid standards to avoid embarrassing her daughter while volunteering in the classroom. She blogs about work and life at amymacwrites.com.

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Rule: Female principals fill open positions at area schools from the University of Georgia. She earned a

Continued from Page 10 Like her predecessor, Opferman has been recognized for her accomplishments at the state level. In 2011, she was named the Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals, and is a recipient of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders’ President’s Professional of the Year Award. Opferman

is

pursuing

her

doctorate

in

educational leadership from Liberty University and holds specialist’s and master’s degrees in education

opened in 2004. A 20-year veteran of the Fulton County School

bachelor’s degree in elementary education from

System, Cushing has spent nearly half of her career

the University of Florida.

at the Wilson Creek, with her entire career spent

Wilson Creek Elementary School Andrea Cushing

in Fulton County schools. Prior to coming to Wilson Creek in 2004, she served as an assistant principal

Students at Wilson Creek Elementary will find a familiar face in the principal’s office when they return to school this month. Andrea Cushing was named the school’s new principal

after

serving

in the assistant principal position since the school

at Findley Oaks Elementary and was a participant in the school system’s administrative internship program. She also taught at Manning Oaks, Findley Oaks and Hapeville elementary schools. Cushing

holds

a

bachelor’s

degree

elementary education from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in education from Georgia State University and a specialist’s degree in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia.

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The Books of Summer low country boils and catching up.

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Sing you Home By Jodi Picoult

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reproductive

science

and

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her

research,

trademark family

impeccable

dynamics

and

courtroom drama. Sure to be a hit with her myriad fans and keep the book clubs buzzing!”

1943, Zamperini spent 47 days adrift

of Sullivan’s Island, located next

Farrey examines the lives of child

on a shark-encircled raft before

to Isle of Palms, so my Aunt Caye

athletes and the consequences of

being captured by the Japanese

feels compelled to read all of her

sorting the strong from the weak at

and tortured in a POW camp. His

low-country

books

ever earlier ages: fewer active kids,

defiant and unbreakable spirit is both

“because

“Folly

testier sidelines, rising obesity rates

inspiring and unforgettable.

Beach,”

Frank

pays

Dorothy

and

DuBose

Folly Beach By Dorothea Benton Frank Frank is a part-time resident

island-themed she’s

local.”

In

to

and U.S. national teams that rarely

Heyward,

win world titles. Surprising truths are

who wrote the play Porgy and Bess

uncovered as to when the very best

from

athletes enter organized play, the

their

beach

Charleston, S.C.

homage

cottage

near

In

this

eighth

installment

of

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best approach to coaching them

Pies & Prejudice By Heather Vogel Frederick The

“Mother-Daughter

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herhealth ATOPIC DERMATITIS With

the

summer

detergent and other irritants can

alleviate many of the uncomfortable

help reduce breakouts; applying

symptoms of this condition.

creams and ointment prescribed by

For your skin health concerns,

months

whole lives. It is a long-lasting chronic

your dermatologist can help relieve

contact your dermatologist for expert

soon ending and the cooler fall

condition and often accompanies

discomfort and itching. Many patients

advice and treatment.

temperatures around the corner,

diagnosis of asthma and hay fever.

notice some foods can also trigger a

many patients start to experience

The cause for eczema or atopic

flare up. It is best to avoid eggs, fish,

dry itchy skin. Atopic dermatitis,

dermatitis is unknown. Affecting the

soy products and peanuts to see if

also known as eczema, is an itchy

skin’s ability to retain water, it causes

this helps your condition.

condition of your skin resulting in red

the skin to become itchy and flaky.

Excessive scratching can cause

dry patches that can be weeping.

Common areas of flare up include

the skin to become open and weep,

More common in babies and

known ‘hot spots’ such as behind the

and open sores can become infected.

children, eczema is usually diagnosed

knees or in the crease of the arm fold,

Over time, recurring rashes can

by the age of 5. The condition is often

although eczema can be present all

cause skin thickening and scarring.

outgrown, but can continue to be

over the body.

Your dermatologist will be able to

problematic for many patients their

Avoiding

soap,

perfumed

Dr. Shereen Timani of Johns Creek Dermatology and Family Medicine.

offer treatment solutions that will help

Folk: Home-grown art straight from the heart Continued from Page 8

includes a Center for the Study of

and playfulness and they make

Southern Art.

people smile.

In addition to folk artists, Mary

It’s fun to see what

Jane Potter also is also doing her

creative people can do with things

part to promote local and regional

that you and I would throw away.”

musicians

Potter made something new from

Friday

something old herself twelve years

nights

on at

the cottage’s back yard, are smoke-

into Matilda’s Cottage, a colorful,

free, family and dog-friendly events

funky art gallery full of work from

featuring blues, jazz, bluegrass and

southern folk artists. In March she

Both locations are warm and

concerts

concerts, held “Under the Pines” in

home on Main Street in Alpharetta

Matilda on Canton Street in Roswell.

live

Saturday

Matilda’s Cottage in Alpharetta. The

ago when she converted an old

opened a second location, Galerie

with

and

KATIE VANBRACKLE/STAFF

held at Folk Fest, the largest folk art show and sale in the world, will be Trade Center on August 19-21, 2011.

the North Atlanta

folk music. See the 2011 summer schedule at www.matildascottage. com/live_music.html.

original

Barbara Olsen of Canton. Wright’s

“At first I tried to paint like everyone

Plans are in the works for painting

works by regional artists such as John

work features dairy cows, juicy pears,

else,” Olsen recalls. “I suppose we

parties in the fall where guests can

“Cornbread’

was

sheep and sassy roosters painted on

all do that in the beginning. But I

paint with the folk artists as a social

raised on a farm in Lumpkin County,

everything from salvaged window

found that my work became noticed

and educational opportunity.

Georgia.

frames to rusty, antique refrigerator

when I tried a look that was different.

doors.

Copying others never works. You

yet,” she says with a smile, admitting

have to paint what’s really you.”

that it’s something she would like to

inviting,

overflowing

with

Anderson

who

Potter calls Cornbread

“the Elvis of the folk art world” and

Is Potter an artist herself?

“Not

notes that his large, acrylic paintings

Olsen is a self-taught artist who

of black and white guinea hens and

got in trouble as a child for drawing

Two pieces of Olsen’s art were

try someday. It’s easy to be inspired

woodland creatures are some of her

on the edges of her school papers,

recently placed in the permanent

when you are surrounded by the

best sellers.

but had to wait until her own children

collection of the Morris Museum of

creative work of folk artists.

were grown before finding the time

Art in Augusta, Georgia, an affiliate

to seriously pursue her art.

of the Smithsonian Institution which

Other popular artists are Sandy Erickson

Wright

of

Roswell

and

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1. “Homogenized Milk” by Sandy Erickson Wright. 2. “Baptism” by Silas DeKind. 3. Face jugs like these are symbolic of southern folk pottery. 4. James “Cornbread” Anderson’s guinea hens are very popular in the folk art world.

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Making sure kids get balanced and nutritious school lunches and

pizza

after-school snacks doesn’t have to

cracker stack. You can make the

be hard. Here are some simple tips

experience fun and healthier by

from Boar’s Head for lunches and

cubing meats and cheeses and

munches kids will love:

putting them in a bag along with

some low-salt crackers.

If your child leaves most of his or her sandwich behind, use cookie

Roll

meats

making

and

their

cheeses

own

for

cutters to create a favorite shape

dipping into condiments – it will

such as an airplane, car, star or

make a hungry child happy

heart.

and keep them satisfied until

A colorful selection of food and

dinnertime.

different texture adds appeal –

For a quick lunch, try these easy

carrot sticks and green grapes

Turkey and Apple Roll-ups. And for

for color, whole wheat pretzels

a simple after-school snack, Turkey

and crackers for crunch.

Kabobs are fun and easy to make.

Put a surprise in your child’s

Visit www.boarshead.com for more

lunch:

kid-friendly lunch and snack ideas

a

sticker,

a

note

of

encouragement or a small toy. •

or

like these.

Children love the do-it-yourself

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Turkey Kabobs Servings: 12 Ingredients: • 2 slices Boar’s Head Turkey Breast, sliced 1/4inch thick • 2 slices Boar’s Head Yellow Cheddar Cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick • 12 grapes, white seedless • Toothpicks, long (or pretzel sticks) Instructions: Cut turkey and cheese into cubes. Place a cube of turkey on a toothpick, followed by a cube of cheese and then a grape. Repeat with remaining items. Arrange on a plate and serve.

it's time to replace those old gold fixtures and knobs

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herhealth

Nine months is not as long as you think when a baby is on the way By DEBBIE KEEL

CEO, North Fulton Hospital

me to tap her expertise three decades later. Well, it may not be “mom,” but North Fulton

begin receiving the newsletters that correlate with your specific stage of pregnancy.

Hospital has created an extraordinary program

Finally, there are Indulge Mom Packages that

for expectant mothers that can help fill that void.

family and friends and even moms themselves can

I remember calling my mom within 15 minutes

While beautiful rooms and family-centered care is

purchase. They include on-site spa services, Mom’s

of my first positive pregnancy test back in 1982 (and

important, and certainly part of the equation at our

Pamper Packs, Mom’s Snack Pack, sibling treats

yes, they did have store-bought pregnancy tests

hospital, now we have the Nine-Month Network.

and more.

way back then!). I must have asked her a hundred

We know that while an expecting mother may

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feel like those nine months will last forever, they really

about the Nine-Month Network can be found

were silly, like “Is it okay to sleep on your side when

are filled with so many questions and concerns. This

on a super easy to find and use website: www.

you’re pregnant?” Some were just naïve, “Should I

is especially true for first-time moms, who may feel

NineMonthNetwork.com. Go there today before

see my OB today?”

there’s not enough preparation time.

you choose where to have your baby. You will be

I thought since my mom had seven children, she

Among other things, access to the Nine-Month

would be the best one to answer those questions.

Network includes a mom who is on call to answer

She was – and she answered each one without

your questions; even the questions you think are too

laughing at me, and was very patient.

silly to ask your doctor.

But what if she hadn’t been around, or didn’t

The Nine-Month Network also includes a monthly

have the time, or wasn’t very patient, then what

e-newsletter that gives information pertinent to the

would I have done? I know how very lucky I was

exact time you are during your pregnancy. You

then, and continue to be, as she is still around for

simply enter the appropriate due date online and

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glad you did.

Debbie Keel is the CEO of North Fulton Hospital.


Principal Ed Spurka, Ph.D., will spend the next nine

When I handle issues with parents, I understand the emotion

months preparing to open the area’s newest high school at

involved. I always welcome parent input…it helps to build

Bethany Bend and Cogburn Road in Milton. The school opens

a community school and build trust between me and

for students in August 2012. Spurka, 41, was previously the

my parents. [But] at the end of the day, sometimes tough

principal at Roswell High, a position he held since 2003.

decisions need to be made, and it is very difficult to always make everyone happy.

What do you look most forward to as you prepare to open the new high school? I look forward to the opportunity to create a school of excellence from the ground up, just like the leaders for Milton and Roswell high schools did from the beginning.

How do you continue to motivate teachers as class sizes grow, but the pay does not? I think 90 percent of building morale is just being there. Whether it’s visiting classrooms and helping with instruction or picking up trash in

As a longtime educator, what are the most significant changes you’ve seen in education? The biggest change I’ve seen is the focus on testing

the halls, your staff needs to see you engaged. In addition, a good friend of mine always told me that “it’s the little things that make you big.”

and test scores, and the increased involvement from the

I think having an open door policy and being an

federal government with legislation like No Child Left Behind.

advocate for your staff goes a long way.

The media is always covering stories on test scores, or most recently testing scandals.

to bring to school each day? Is there ever a point where parents become too involved in their child’s education?

{

What is the most important thing a child needs It would be wonderful if every child came to school each day with a good night’s sleep

As a father of a teenager and a 10-year-old, I can relate

and a full stomach from a healthy breakfast!

to parents wanting to stay involved in their child’s education.

—By Candy Waylock

}

ED SPURKA high school principal

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Keith Urban in concert 7:30 p.m. Through Aug. 5. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth www.gwinnettcenter.com

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93rd PGA Championship Through Aug. 14. The season’s final major tournament. 156 of the best players in the world challenge the Highlands course to compete for the coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Through Aug.14. Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. www.pga.com/ pgachampionship/2011/index.cfm

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▲ Milton’s Concert in the Park 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Boogie Down at Birmingham with Mandy Gawley, a Milton mom performing cuts off her album “Life So Sweet,” including “Biscuits and Chicken” as heard on 94.9 The Bull. Birmingham Park is located behind Milton Fire Station No. 43, just west of B’ham Crossroads at 750 Hickory Flat Road. Food and beverages by Wholly Pops and The Pup Truck. Feel free to bring a picnic and blanket. No alcohol is allowed. Jackie Evancho with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m. Enjoy the extraordinary voice of 10-year-old singing sensation Jackie Evancho, discovered on “America’s Got Talent.” Atlanta Symphony Hall, $39-$60. www.atlantasymphony.org

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32nd annual Old Soldiers Day Race 7 a.m. 5K or 10K race at Alpharetta City Pool at Wills Park. $15 early or $20 on race day. athleticprograms@alpharetta.ga.us

KATIE VANBRACKLE/STAFF

▲ 59th annual Old Soldiers Day Parade 10 a.m. Featuring marching bands, military units, floats, clowns, classic cars and more. Free Varsity hot dogs, sodas and fun activities at the parade end at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road. Free. Program presented in front of Alpharetta City Hall on Main Street. www.alpharetta.ga.us

▲ Imagine: Women of Faith Philips Arena, Atlanta. Friday at 10 a.m., 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. Through Aug. 13. Thousands of women of faith take a break from the everyday to be refreshed, encouraged and inspired by engaging speakers and music by Natalie Grant and Mary Mary. $99 includes 2-day event and lunch both days. www.womenoffaith.com/ events/2011-events/atlanta/

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Movies in the Park 7 p.m. Family-friendly movie (TBD) shown at dusk in Newtown Park, Johns Creek. Preshow kids’ activities and food. www.johnscreekga.gov

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Peachtree Battle at Ansley Park Playhouse. 2 p.m. The longest running play in Atlanta theater history features wealthy Buckhead socialite Trudy Habersham’s plots to stop the marriage of her youngest son to a Hooters Girl. Laugh-out-loud fun. Shows continue from Aug.6 – Oct. 31. www.AnsleyParkPlayhouse.com

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Sushi 101 7 p.m. Aprons Cooking School, Publix on State Bridge Road, Alpharetta Learn the ancient art of sushi, including proper rice cooking and ingredient selection, as well as techniques required to roll standards such as veggie, California and basic nigiri. $50. www.publix.com/aprons/ schools/Alpharetta

ARTIST: MADISON LATIMER

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▲ 18th annual Folk Fest 2011 Through Aug. 21. World’s greatest folk art show and sale. 100 galleries and dealers representing the best in self-taught art, southern folk pottery, antique folk art and more. Meet the artists and shop for treasures to fit every budget. North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross. www.slotinfolkart. com/folk_fest Symphony on the Green 7:30 p.m. Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St., Duluth. Free concert by the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra featuring choral selections of popular and classical genres.

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A Salute to Julia! 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Learn to make classical French dishes from Julia Childs’ “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” such as Coq au Vin (chicken in red wine with onions, mushrooms and bacon). Wine from France will be served. $65. Salud! Cooking Class, Whole Foods (Harry’s) Alpharetta http://wholefoodsmarket.com/ stores/alpharetta/salud-calendar/

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Water Day Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center Celebrating everything WATER with get-wet water stations, activities and education stations. 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek. www.autreymill. org

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Concert on the lawn at the Atlanta Botanical Garden 8 p.m. Los Lobos performs with special guest The David Mayfield Parade as part of the Concerts in the Garden series, Atlanta’s most intimate outdoor music event. $39.50. www. concertsinthegarden.org

Piedmont Park Arts and Crafts Festival 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers and other artisans. Live acoustic music, children’s play area, food and beverages. Piedmont Park. www. piedmontparkartsfestival.com

Guys and Dolls 8 p.m. Gambler Sky Masterson attempts to persuade missionary sister Sarah Brown to accompany him to Cuba. Shows run Aug. 16-21. Fox Theatre, Atlanta www.foxtheatre.org Alive after Five in Historic Downtown Roswell 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Shop, dine and be entertained by live music along Canton Street in Roswell. Every third Thursday. www.roswellgov.com

appears on the grounds of Barrington Hall, Smith Plantation assumes an Italian flair by transforming into Rome and Bulloch Hall will recapture the romance of Paris. With music, food and entertainment appropriate to each theme, this sell-out event will be a hot ticket on the Northside. Price includes food samples and one drink ticket per home, trolley transportation and unlimited entertainment. $40. www.southerntrilogy.com

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▲ 7th annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ 2 p.m. Historic Roswell Town Square. Taste over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream. Also games, contests and entertainment. Benefits The Drake House, a crisis residential center for homeless women and children in the North Fulton area. Since 2006, The Drake House has served 195 families with 358 children. Individuals: $5, families $15. www. thedrakehouse.org

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▲ 3rd annual Trilogy Trolley Crawl 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Visit Europe without leaving Roswell with this popular historic home event. Old London Town

Dralion: Cirque du Soleil 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 4. Featuring Chinese acrobatics, Dralion draws inspiration from Eastern philosophy and the quest for harmony between humans and nature. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www. gwinnettcenter.com


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Introducing North Fulton’s Program for

Expecting Mothers!

The Nine-Month Network program was developed with you in mind. We are committed to assisting you with information and support before, during and after your baby’s delivery. The goal of the Nine-Month Network at North Fulton Hospital is to provide services that will make your experience even more special.

Some of our new services include: • MyAlive e-Newsletter

Scan QR-Code with your mobile phone to visit

NineMonthNetwork.com! * QR-Code will work with most smartphones.

• On-Call Mom • Find a Physician – OB/GYNs, Pediatricians & Midwives

CALL 770-751-2666 (2MOM)

• Schedule a Tour

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