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THE INTERVIEW Anitra Mecadon Host of DIY show “Mega Dens”

{ 14 } UNSUNG ‘SHE’RO Team in Training coach Kristin Cleare hosts tennis event for cancer research

the cover In this issue of Northside Woman, DIY Network television star Anitra Mecadon talks about finding inspiration in antique stores (page 6), and estate sale professional Charlene Tittle shares tips for aspiring “pickers” (page 12). To celebrate the thrill of the hunt when searching for treasures for the home, cover model Kaylie Belcik spent some time exploring the booths at Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors in Alpharetta.

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Meet D.I.Y. Designer Anitra Mecadon Host of popular show ‘Mega Dens’ calls Johns Creek home By KATIE VanBRACKLE


NORTHSIDE WOMAN: You own an interior design firm in Johns Creek--Plum Avocado. Are you still working with local clients or focusing full time on “Mega Dens”? MECADON: We just started filming the fifth season of Mega Dens and have been hitting it hard since day one with only a month off in-between seasons. So I have no time for outside projects at this point. I have given mind, body and soul to DIY and “Mega Dens.” I do the design, I shop the show, I help build the show and I host the show. It’s an all-encompassing job and we are very hands-on. You have to remember that for each show, the Scialabba brothers--my contractors--and I are tearing down walls, building furniture and doing these crazy designs in only four and a half days. That’s pretty intense! How do you find the homeowners who appear on “Mega Dens”? About 75 percent of our shows are filmed here in the Atlanta area and we are always casting. You can go to to find casting information and apply online. We include homeowners in the remodeling process, so you have to be willing to get your hands dirty! As the spokesperson for Purple Drywall Products, you are obviously not afraid to get your hands dirty by tearing down walls or refinishing furniture. When were you bitten by the DIY bug? I come from a long line of DIY-ers. My grandfather developed property up in the Poconos and I grew up hanging around construction sites, watching homes rise from the ground up. Since I was 15 I wanted to do nothing but home improvement television. I used to watch Christopher Lowell and all those older shows and I knew that’s what I was going to do. I didn’t get my first show until I was 33 so at some point my family thought I was a little crazy and maybe I should go back to school to become a doctor 6 | | august2013


nitra Mecadon is ready to rock your world. As the host of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Network television’s hit show “Mega Dens,” filmed mostly in Atlanta, Mecadon helps transform ordinary living spaces into overthe-top rec-room sanctuaries. Mecadon recently took time out from her busy filming schedule to chat with Northside Woman about her DIY roots, her sources of inspiration and the “curse of the creative person.”

like they intended me to do, but I followed my heart and it actually all worked out in my favor. When I started college I was pre-med, but then I took a theater set design class and just fell in love with tools. That was the greatest thing I ever learned--how to use tools. It changed my life. The irony is that I am a kind of doctor today, or at least a therapist (laughs). I fix people’s problems by making their home environment and their lives more functional and beautiful. I help them figure out who they are. Is it true that DIY Network developed the “Mega Dens” concept just for you? I tried out for other shows on four different networks, but I was “too this or too that” for each role. There was a time when I had purple hair---I’m a rock ‘n’ roll chick! And I could have just been too much for television at that point in time. When a friend of mine arranged a meeting at DIY, I was very lucky to have a whole lot of people sitting around the table who got me. They liked that I’m a little crazy

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You are known for being very creative with stretching the design dollar. Have you always been thrifty? You know, in college you have no money, but you have people like me who have this desire to make things pretty and want to live a certain way. Lack of funds in the early years has actually helped me in my field today because I became really creative, got hooked on furniture rescue, learned how to up-cycle and breathe new life into old things. Not having enough money is actually what triggers your creativity and ingenuity. How can I do this for less? How can I do this on my own? Do you ever get tired of designing dens? How about Mega Kitchens? (Laughs) No, I never get tired of dens because they are unique in each home, so I never do the same design twice. Maybe mom is into crafting, the kids enjoy gaming, the dad is a huge Braves fan. The trick is to find something that each family member loves, then pull all those things together in one room where a family can enjoy spending time together.

How would you describe your own Johns Creek home? Not all homes should be the same. The rooms in your home should scream “you” by being full of the things that you love, things that make you happy. And that’s different for every person. My own home is full of vintage furniture-antique pieces painted in crazy colors. When you walk in, you see exactly who I am. My mom says I was born an era too late and she’s probably right. The looks of the past inspire me today. I stay so busy with “Mega Dens” that I don’t have much time to work on my own home. My garage is full of materials for future projects. I’m getting married in October which gives me more incentive finish the house.

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I mean, I’m a DIYer and I’ve been walking around on subfloor for months. What’s wrong with this picture? What do you enjoy most about hosting “Mega Dens”? My goal for each and every show is to inspire people to tackle some home projects, to get their hands dirty and do something they normally wouldn’t do. Even if it’s just grabbing a can of spray paint and adding a fun, bright color to an old piece of furniture. Each step you take in the DIY world sets you on the path of doing more. The biggest compliments I ever receive are when people tell me, “You inspired me to try this myself.” That makes all the hard work worthwhile. ■

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New books by local authors Northside neighbors pen memoirs, mysteries and children’s tales By KATIE VanBRACKLE


aving a personal connection to a story makes the reading experience more enjoyable and, at times, more powerful. Meeting the author of a novel can provide insights you otherwise might miss.

Most authors are happy to meet with readers and fans, so don’t hesitate to contact the author of your next book club selection to ask for a personal visit or an online Skype chat. We are fortunate here on the Northside to be surrounded by a large community of writers, both experienced bestselling novelists and aspiring authors self-publishing their first books. ■

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Hardscrabble Road By GEORGE WEINSTEIN

Debbie Patrick invited longtime friend and new author George Weinstein to speak to her All About Us book club, a group of ladies from Alpharetta and Roswell who have known each other for years and combine reading with girlfriend time, hence the club’s name. She said many in her group were hesitant about reading Weinstein’s “Hardscrabble Road,” a fictional story based on true-life recollections of Weinsteins’ father-in-law who grew up “as the poorest of the poor” in Depression-era South Georgia.

“Parts of the story are gritty, but real,” said Patrick, referring to lead character “Bud” MacLeod’s sociopathic bootlegger father and amoral mother. After meeting Weinstein in person, however, the All About Us ladies were intrigued by background stories of the book’s cover art and characters and were eager to learn more about how MacLeod overcame his circumstances, a stutter and a disfiguring birthmark, all with optimism, humor and a gentle spirit. Through their visit with Weinstein, the readers discovered that in the end, “Hardscrabble Road” is a story filled with, as author Terry Kay said in his review of the book, “the tender hope of humanity.” More at:

After retiring from Atlanta television news, Joyce Oscar was walking her dog in East Roswell Park when her unruly yellow lab, Boo-boo, sniffed out someone she had interviewed years earlier: Donald Reichardt and his wellbehaved Doberman, Maggie. Reichardt reminded her of a conversation they had concerning an unsolved murder story she covered for WSB-TV. Both thought it would make an interesting novel. Meeting regularly at a Holcomb Bridge coffee shop, the duo crafted a thriller inspired by true events. They used a fictional reporter, Grace Gleason, as their main character. The co-writers have appeared at dozens of festivals and visited book clubs all over metro Atlanta and have written a sequel to “Justice on Hold” which they hope to have published soon. More at:

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Monyetta Shaw—local entrepreneur, philanthropist, fiancée to singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and mother of two—takes readers on a journey with her first children’s book, inspired by Shaw’s young daughter Madilyn. “The Adventures of Maddie: Meet Maddie” takes readers through the day-to-day interactions of a happy, playful little girl. “Meet Maddie” is the first installment of an eight-part series.Shaw says her family is her strength, teaching her the meaning of unconditional love. “This book is my way of scrapbooking their experiences, leaving a documented legacy for my children to cherish for a lifetime,” she said. More at: www.theadventures


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sellers or look for a sign about payment options before you start to shop. Most will not accept credit cards and some are cashonly. Some will accept personal checks. But cash speaks louder, especially if you intend to haggle.



veryone loves a bargain. For those willing to spend some time sorting the jewels from the junk, estate sales can be a great place to find a steal of a deal. But as any savvy “picker” knows, there are do’s and don’ts to follow to make sure you reap the most rewards from your weekend treasure hunts. For advice, we turned to Milton resident Charlene Tittle, whose company, Reinspired, professionally staffs and manages estate sales all over metro Atlanta. NORTHSIDE WOMAN: What’s the difference between a yard sale and an estate sale? TITTLE: The old-school “estate sale” was what happened when a person moved on to the great beyond and the heirs were left to parcel out what was left behind. This is still sometimes the case, but more often today, the term means the contents of an entire home are available for buyers to search for treasures in all rooms. If a room is off-limits or items are not for sale, they will be clearly marked. Downsizing or moving sales are basically held in the same manner as an estate sale. In this situation, we often use only one area of the home and contain the merchandise in a smaller space. How do shoppers find out about estate sales in their area? You can check newspaper ads in 12 | | august2013

your local paper or use online sites like which lists all of the estate sales within a certain state, city or zip code and often shows photographs of specific items for sale at each location. Do estate sales contain mostly antiques and expensive items? Today’s estate sales companies price and sell everything from fur coats and jewelry to half-empty bottles of dishwashing detergent. Nothing is offlimits if the seller chooses to run the sale that way. My clients are often surprised to see the things that are treasures to someone else. For example, “oldie” music albums have made a comeback and are really popular right now. What are some other hot ticket items that buyers look for? The current price of silver has people scooping up sterling silver, flatware and serving pieces. People are always on the hunt for vintage clothing and jewelry, and books. And thanks to inspiration from Pinterest and other DIY websites, we are

seeing a lot of younger folks hunting for classic, solid mahogany and cherry wood furniture from the ‘50s and ‘60s. They take it home and give it a shabby chic finish or paint it a fun color, putting their own spin on it. Is it okay to haggle or are prices generally fixed? Most of our sales are held Thursday through Saturday. Dealers on the lookout for specific items will get there early on the first day. Prices are rarely fixed and are typically reduced to half-off by the last day of the sale. Always feel free to offer a lower price, but don’t expect a lot of give on the first day. We also use a bidding box system. If you see a leather sofa on day one for $800 and you only want to pay $200, you can leave a bid in the box and if the sofa is still there on the last day of the sale, you’ll probably get it. But you have to be willing to take a chance. Are most estate sales cash-only? When you arrive at a sale, ask the

Will prices be higher at professionally run sales? The end goal is still to sell as many items as possible, so, no, the prices will not be inflated. For the homeowner, having a professional run your estate sale means convenience and peace of mind. Most people have no idea how to value or price their items. Also, having someone else run the sale takes all of the emotion out of it. You may not really want to sell Grandma’s Victorian clock because you have fond memories associated with it. We handle all the pricing, tagging, setup and emotional therapy! Any advice on shopping for used furniture? Look carefully at any piece you intend to buy because all sales are final. Make sure the legs are sturdy and don’t wiggle. If you like the upholstery, you can freshen it up with steam cleaning. Old leather can be restored beautifully with saddle soap. But if you don’t like the fabric, remember that re-upholstery is expensive, often as much or more than the cost of a new piece of furniture. How are large furniture items handled? If you want to bring a truck to pick up that heavy dining room table, make sure you bring along some extra muscle. Don’t expect the sellers to stop what they are doing to help you move, carry or load heavy items. Most sellers are happy to recommend a trusted service which will pick up the item and deliver it to your home. Remember that all sold items must be removed by the end of the sale. ■

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the Perfect Serve Kristin Cleare organizes tennis fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society By KATIE VanBRACKLE


hen Kristin Cleare signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., 10 years ago, it was her first endurance event. She had

just turned 40, had always enjoyed running and wanted to challenge herself. Along the 26.2-mile course, Cleare looped around the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol, ran down the National Mall past the Smithsonian Castle and sweated through the final uphill challenge alongside Arlington National Cemetery. After crossing the finish line at the Marine Corps War Memorial, she knew she was hooked. Cleare now competes in two to three endurance events a year, but it’s not all about personal glory. She walks away from each finish line knowing that she has done more than meet a fitness goal. She

has helped the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) meet their goal of finding cures for blood cancers such as leukemia, the number one disease killer of children. LLS’s Team in Training (TNT) provides coaches who train people to compete in endurance events. In return, those athletes obtain sponsors for their events and raise funds for LLS, the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Cleare joined Team in Training in 2005 as a way to meet new people and add purpose to her running. She has participated in more than 25 TNT events, including many marathons, half-

The annual Crooked Creek Ladies Round Robin tennis event raises thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

marathons, Half Ironman triathlons, and the Tahoe Sierra Century, a scenic cycling event at Lake Tahoe. In 2007, she became the North Fulton Run Coach for TNT’s Georgia Chapter, and is currently training local runners to compete in Atlanta’s Thanksgiving Half Marathon and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in New Orleans in February. Each team meets and runs for a specific honored hero, someone who suffers from a blood related cancer,

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unsung‘she’ro making participants’ athletic endeavors more inspiring. Cleare says many people are nervous about taking on a marathon or other endurance event. “They worry that it will be too difficult, that they won’t be able to finish. It helps to have an inspirational motivation behind all the hard work. To know that it’s about more than just you,” she said. When Cleare began running for TNT, she did not have a connection to anyone with blood cancer, but things soon became more personal. “During my first season, my tennis team partner was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a bloodrelated cancer,” she said. “This was someone from my neighborhood and a fellow runner. It really hit home for me.” Cleare, always a motivator with an infectious can-do attitude, decided to encourage her friends in Milton’s Crooked Creek neighborhood to support LLS by organizing a tennis fundraising event. Her slogan? “You only live once…but you get to serve twice!” Now in its ninth year, Crooked Creek’s Ladies Round Robin is a popular event including a fun morning of non-competitive tennis, a catered lunch and a silent auction. Each participant gives a $50 donation directly to LLS. Cleare credits many generous local businesses and individuals for donating food and supplies, meaning all fundraising dollars go directly to


In 2012, the Crooked Creek courts and clubhouse were filled to capacity, and the event raised $7,500 in a single day. The 2013 Ladies Round Robin will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crooked Creek Clubhouse. Those wishing to sign up with a tennis partner can contact Cleare at In addition to participating in the Ladies Round Robin each year, at least a dozen of Cleare’s Crooked Creek neighbors have been inspired to join her for a Team in Training endurance event. Stacy Swenton can’t say enough about Cleare’s selfless and contagious drive to help find a cure for cancer.

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“You won’t find another person as dedicated and happily committed to serving others as Kristin Cleare,” said Swenton. “Her annual tennis event raises thousands of crucial dollars for cancer research, but she doesn’t stop there. Year after year she volunteers to be a mentor and coach for Team in Training, encouraging others to take their passion for running and put it towards a greater cause. She is the reason I am now involved and I have been beyond blessed for accepting the invitation. I can’t thank her enough.” ■

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or the latest trends in home décor, the world comes to Atlanta. During an annual trade show held each July, the 54 floors of AmericasMart downtown are filled with buyers from stores all over the globe, browsing a mind-boggling collection of permanent and temporary showrooms filled with furniture, rugs, artwork and every type of home furnishing imaginable. Though the styles displayed are as varied as the homes they were designed for, some clear trends shine through. If you are itching to redecorate or looking to furnish a new space, here are some ideas from the 2013 Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market to get you started. ■ 16 | | august2013



COASTAL VIBE Your home should be a haven, a pleasant retreat at the end of a busy day. And what better mood to evoke in your private abode than the soothing seaside? Coastal and nautical décor is hot right now— from cool blue and turquoise hues on walls and fabrics to driftwood furniture and shell accents.

LIGHT WOODS & LINEN Light, natural woods are enjoying immense popularity right now, as are natural fabrics such as linen and burlap—setting the stage for casual, relaxed entertaining with an understated yet sophisticated style.



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A lovely trip back in time Enjoy an early morning bike ride through Cades Cove, Tenn. STORY & PHOTOS By KATIE VanBRACKLE


ou have to wake up early, but it’s worth it to take a trip back in time in Cades Cove, Tenn. You won’t be alone. While the morning mists slowly rise up from the valley floor to join the clouds covering surrounding mountain ridges, Cades Cove’s animal residents are out and about looking for breakfast. White-tailed deer graze at the forest’s edge. Wild turkeys stalk through tall grass on the valley floor. If you are lucky, you might spot a black bear, a coyote or a woodchuck. Cades Cove, a beautiful, broad valley surrounded by mountains on the western edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offers some of the best wildlifeviewing opportunities around and is one of the most visited destinations in the Smokies. Traffic is heavy in the area during summer and fall. But from early May until late September, the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to motor vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Until 10 a.m., bicyclists and pedestrians get free reign to enjoy the cove. This is when you get to experience Cades Cove at its best--quietly, slowly. In addition to beautiful pastoral scenes and wildlife sightings, Cades Cove offers a wide variety of Southern Appalachian cultural treasures. Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working gristmill, barns, log houses and many other faithfully restored 18th- and 19th-century structures. The cove has been preserved to look much the way it appeared in the 1800s, when it was home to a small mountain community. It’s interesting to walk through the buildings and imagine yourself as an early settler--felling trees to build a log cabin, growing wheat and grinding it into flour at the 18 | | august2013

mill, gathering chestnuts, marrying young and raising 10 to 12 children. During summer and fall, bicycles may be rented at the Cades Cove Campground Store. If the 11-mile loop sounds daunting, there are shortcuts that hasten the journey and circumvent most hills, but this also cuts out many points of interest. Some opt to bike the cove via the shortcuts in the morning, then visit later in the day by car. However you choose to experience Cades Cove, make sure to bring your camera and allow yourself plenty of extra time to stop and enjoy the scenery. This lovely American time capsule is meant to be savored. ■

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Mother’s memory spurs creative outlet for Roswell artist By CANDY WAYLOCK


orking with her hands was always something in which Jenny Moore found pleasure, from refinishing hardwood floors to creating unique artwork with painted wood for the holidays. But when her mother passed away four years ago, she turned to her hobby to pull herself out of the depths of sadness. “I had gone up to the mountains, was feeling so depressed, and just bought a birdhouse,” Moore said, recalling a trip some years ago. “When I got home, I looked at it and thought, ‘I can make this.’” So she did. Moore set to work to replicate the small, wooden birdhouse, capping it with a metal roof at the suggestion of her father and adding various artistic touches. She was pleased

with the results. “I’m a paraprofessional in kindergarten so I can cut anything!” she said with a laugh. From that first try in the basement of her Roswell home, Moore has since evolved her cedar bird houses into a thriving business, selling the products at craft fairs throughout Georgia. Her first customers were her fellow teachers at Lake Windward Elementary in Alpharetta. They bought her early creations and encouraged her to sell them to a wider audience. Moore’s first show was at a holiday church bazaar in Canton. “I took [what I had completed] and made $300 that weekend….I was so excited,” said Moore of her first venture as an established artist. She is a folk artist in the truest sense of the word, having had no formal training on the standard methods of art and going with her own feel for design.

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Each birdhouse takes three to five hours to complete, and each one has its own personality. But these are more than pretty mantle pieces, said Moore. The birdhouses are intended to be functional, with a cedar frame, metal roof and squirrel-proof features. After three years, she has evolved her birdhouses with a lighter emphasis on metal work, which has shaved her completion time in half. Even so, Moore says she comes home from work in mid afternoon, heads straight to the basement and works on her birdhouses till late evening. “I just love it….it’s not a job at all…it’s just something that I love to do." Her three kids are grown with kids of their own now, and her husband, Jim, is a supportive partner, but decidedly not involved in her burgeoning business. “He doesn’t have anything to do with my birdhouses,” Moore laughed. “I think he may have gone to two shows, and helps

a bit with finances. But this is definitely my thing.” Moore mostly sells her birdhouses— which range from $35 to $80—at the 24 or so craft shows she enters each year. But she recognizes the need to eventually set up a website to cut down on the travel and bring her products to a wider audience. For now, she enjoys the show circuit and meeting the people who will take her products home. Her only wish is that her mom could enjoy it with her. Moore tears up when she says she “talks” to her mom at every show and feels her constant presence. “She was a stay-at-home mom all her life, always involved in what the kids were doing, and I get my creative side from her,” Moore said. “She would have been so proud to see how she [continues] to inspire me.” For information on Moore’s birdhouses, contact her at jjennymoore@ ■ august2013 | | 21


Who says healthy breakfasts aren’t fun? Give your kids a nutritious start to their day with these fun recipes By KATIE VanBRACKLE


reakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it can also be the most challenging. We know what our children eat in the morning will directly affect their cognitive function and academic performance throughout the day, but amid the busy flurry of activity on school mornings, it’s tempting to take the easy route and grab a bowl of sugary cereal or a donut on the run. Andrea Dyson of Whole Foods Market in Johns Creek says the ideal breakfast should have lots of fiber and whole grains, some protein and healthy fat and as little added sugar as possible. But just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Dyson recommends the following recipes to get your kids excited about starting their day the healthy way. Find more nutrition tips and recipes at www.wholefoodsmarket. com.

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Berry Waffle Breakfast Sandwich ▲ Ingredients: • 2 multigrain frozen waffles, toasted • 1 tablespoon whipped cream cheese • 1 tablespoon all-fruit strawberry preserves • 3 strawberries, sliced • 4 blackberries

halved crosswise 1 (5.3 ounce) Strawberry or Blueberry & Pomegranate Nonfat Greek Yogurt ½ cup your favorite breakfast cereal ¼ cup Berry Bounty or Backcountry Bundle Trail Mix

Method: Cut banana halves lengthwise to open them like books and arrange each in a small bowl. Top with dollops of yogurt and drizzle with its fruit sauce. Scatter cereal and trail mix over the top and serve.

Method: Toast waffles, then spread one waffle with cream cheese and the other with preserves. Top cream cheese waffle with fruit slices, then combine the two waffles to make a sandwich. Wrap in parchment paper for an on-thego breakfast.

PB&J Pancakes ▲ Carrot Cake Pancakes ▲ Ingredients: • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk pancake & waffle mix • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons low-fat (1%) milk • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided • 1 (1.5-ounce) box Thompson seedless raisins • ¼ cup canned crushed pineapple, drained well • ¾ cup shredded carrots • ¼ cup toasted chopped pecans

Breakfast Banana Splits ▲ Ingredients: •

1 large Whole Trade banana, peeled and

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combined. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brush lightly with some of the remaining oil. Working in batches, form each pancake by dropping ¼ cup batter onto the skillet. Cook until golden on bottom, three to four minutes. Flip and cook two to three minutes longer. Repeat with remaining batter and oil to make eight to nine pancakes total.

Method: In a large bowl, whisk together pancake mix and cinnamon. Add milk and 1 tablespoon oil and whisk until combined. Stir in raisins, carrots and pecans until well

Ingredients: • 1 ½ cup low-fat buttermilk • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1 ½ cup red grapes • 6 tablespoons grape fruit spread • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour • ½ cup all-purpose flour • ¼ cup wheat germ • 1 tablespoon baking powder • ½ teaspoon salt • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter • 2 tablespoons honey • 2 egg whites • Nonstick cooking spray Method: In a large bowl, combine buttermilk and baking soda and set aside. Meanwhile, put grapes and fruit spread into

a food processor or blender and puree until frothy and smooth; set grape sauce aside. Put both flours, wheat germ, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine; set aside. Add peanut butter, honey and egg whites to buttermilk mixture and whisk until combined, then add flour mixture and stir until well incorporated. Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat then spray generously with cooking spray. To make each pancake, ladle about ¼ cup of the batter onto the griddle, spreading it out slightly to make a 4-inch circle (or make smaller pancakes, if you like). Cook, flipping pancakes once and using more cooking spray as needed, until golden brown and cooked through, five to

seven minutes total. Transfer pancakes to plates, spoon grape sauce over the top and serve.

Egg Muffin Sandwiches ▼ Ingredients: • 4 eggs • salt and pepper, to taste • 4 whole wheat English muffins • Olive oil spray • 4 slices nitrate-free, lean Canadian bacon or turkey bacon • 4 slices mild cheddar cheese


Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray four muffin cups with canola or olive oil spray. Crack one egg into each sprayed muffin cup. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bake for 20 minutes or until egg is set. Place English muffins in the oven with eggs until lightly toasted. Meanwhile, spray a skillet with olive oil and lightly brown bacon on both sides. When browned, lay a slice of cheese of top of each slice of bacon, allowing the cheese to melt. Remove eggs and muffins from oven. Slice muffins open. Top with bacon and melted cheese. Lay eggs on top and cover with other half of muffin. ■

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10 must-haves for teen girls' closets

Taking the drama out of back-to-school shopping By LORI WYNNE


iving your tweens and teens free reign to choose their school clothes on a small budget can result in teeny skirts, cheaply made tees and plastic shoes. Perhaps she will blow her whole budget on a pair of designerannihilated jeans in burgundy with the brand name blazoned across the back pockets in bling. Was she planning to wear just one pair of jeans every day? I would like to offer 10 items all teenage girls should have in their closet. These classic pieces work for dinner with the boyfriend’s parents, a college campus tour, intern interview or little brother’s piano concert. They can be purchased for around $250.

White T-shirt: Without logos or

cheeky sayings. Choose one that is thick enough it doesn’t need layering to keep it modest.

Khaki pants: Great for a part-time

job interview or lunch at the country club with Grandma and Grandpa. Can be worn with a sweater and boots in the winter or light blouse and sandals in the summer.

Structured jacket: Can be

worn over a dress, or with jeans or a skirt. Completes an outfit and is a great alternative to the hoodie.

Shirtwaist dress: In a solid

color. A classic omni-seasonal dress that can be worn to a funeral, church event or dinner with the boyfriend’s parents. Looks great with tall boots or summer sandals.

Dark wash jeans: Own one pair

that has no extra bling or detailing. A nondescript jean that could be worn more than once a week without being noticed.

Crisp white button-down shirt: Can be worn open over a

camisole, under a sweater or alone. Can be casual or dressy. Never goes out of style.

Black pencil knee-length skirt: Purchase it in an omni-seasonal fabric. Can be worn with a tee and ballet flats or heels and a shimmery blouse.

▲Funky sneakers: Beyond your basketball shoes and running shoes. Fun and fashionable.

Ballet flats: As comfortable

as flip-flops and much more socially acceptable. Great with pants, jeans or skirts.

Heels: The heel height is up to you. If

you are learning how to walk in high heels, I recommend a Mary Jane style with a strap to keep them on your feet. Have fun with the color. Teens are still determining their style. A brightly colored pump keeps you from being too serious. These 10 items are the foundation of a wardrobe that allows you to dress confidently and appropriately for any occasion. Choose fun accessories to make your own fashion statement. Happy shopping! ■ If clothes-shopping with your teen is a family feud waiting to happen, use Lori Wynne’s personal shopping service. She has helped teens all over the nation hone their personal style. Your teen will feel confident and look fashionable without the mall drama. Contact her at www.






Counting down to college

Advice for parents of high school seniors By CINDY LAUBENSTEIN

Aspire College and Career Consulting


s a parent of a high school senior, you may be filled with many different emotions as your child begins their final journey in high school, and takes their first step towards adulthood. You may be feeling the stress of finding the right college and the impending application process as you deal with ‘letting go.’ While some students may have followed a plan over the past three years on their path to college; others are wondering how to start the college application process and how to ultimately make the best possible decision. By now your son or daughter has likely taken the ACT or SAT one or more times and may be content with their scores. If not, there is still time to take or retake the tests in the fall to receive scores in time to submit with applications. Colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT; however it is recommended that students take each test at least once to see which test works best for them. A little test prep can go a long way towards improving scores and is worth the effort. Why? Because stronger scores can lead to more merit aid or scholarship dollars. Schools are more likely to offer stronger incentives to students who score higher on achievement tests simply because it affects their level of selectivity and, ultimately,

their rankings on reports such as U.S. News and World Report. Practice tests and study guides are offered on their websites ( and and are a good place to start to prepare. One of the most important things to put on your college to-do list is to visit college campuses. While perusing college websites is a great place to start, nothing takes the place of walking the campus to give your child a feel of the location that could become their home away from home for the next several years. While summer visits can give you an idea of the environment, size, amount of green space (or not) and any construction projects underway for the new school year, it is best to visit when students are on campus and classes are in session. It is important for your child to feel they will thrive in their college environment. Your daughter may be thrilled to see most of the girls dressed in skirts and matching shoes with designer bags; while someone else’s may say

“What was I thinking?” Talking to students and sitting in on a class can also shed light on the appeal of the school. By Sept. 1 you should have a list of at least eight schools with different levels of difficulty of acceptance. “Reach” schools are definitely worth the effort, but also make sure your list includes “fall back” schools. It’s important to know the application deadlines and the application process for each school. Decide if you prefer one school so much that you are willing to apply for early decision, which is binding if you are accepted. Otherwise, know the deadlines for early action and regular eecision and put the wheels in motion. Know which schools take the Common Application and apply through Emory University and Georgia Tech are the only schools in Georgia that currently accept the Common App. Allow plenty of time to write essays. It’s a good idea to have someone review them for content, grammar, etc. Also, allow plenty of time to request letters of recommendation from your teachers recognizing that many are inundated with these requests at this time of year. On Jan. 1 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, is available for download (www. Complete your taxes early and use factual data, or complete the form using an estimate of 2013 taxes and update later. All colleges offer a cost estimator on their website to give you an idea of the total costs for that school. From here, you can begin to figure out any additional loans, grants, etc. that may be necessary to fit the bill. Most importantly, enjoy the journey and your last months with your son or daughter at home. ■ Cindy Laubenstein is the owner of Aspire College and Career Consulting based in Alpharetta. Learn more about services offered at

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Summer-proof your beauty routine By CYNTHIA MORRISON EIKE Visage Designs by Cynthia


rom driving the kids to camp to perfecting your drive on the golf course, summer amps up our activity levels. Here are some sweat-proof beauty tips to keep you looking your best all summer long. ► Prevent breakouts and irritation by using a gentle facial cleansing cloth before and after workouts to remove sweat, dirt and oils. Olay’s Clean and Mild Makeup Remover Cloths ($5) are pre-moistened and gentle enough to use many times during a sweaty, busy day. If you’re prone to chest, back and arm breakouts after activity, use a cloth with salicylic acid like Neutrogena’s Deep Clean makeup Remover Wipes ($8) on these areas. ► We don’t always have time to shower between activities, so after working out or playing hard, freshen up and stave off odor and body breakouts with portable, disposable body wipes. Playtex Fresh and Clean Sport Wipes ($5) provide on-the-go whole body hygiene when showering isn’t an option. ► Swimming in chlorine pools or saltwater will leave dulling and damaging compounds on hair, so be sure to shampoo soon after with a clarifying shampoo like Neutrogena’s AntiResidue Shampoo ($6). Follow up with a deep conditioner like Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque ($33). For all-day protection, use a leave-in conditioner like Alterna’s Bamboo Beach

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Summer Sun Recovery Spray ($20) and tuck hair under a sporty ball cap. ► Look great while working out or poolside by wearing a waterproofing coat of mascara over your regular formula. Use Ulta’s Raincoat Waterproof Mascara Topcoat ($10) – or any waterproof formula – to add wear but still allow for easy removal. Protect and enhance lips with Softlips’ Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15 in Rose to protect and give natural-looking color throughout the day. ► Be sure to use a broad spectrum SPF on your face to stop the aging effects of the sun. Smashbox’s Camera Ready CC Cream Spot Correcting ($42) is a hybrid beauty and makeup cream that protects, perfects, primes, corrects and controls oils in one product. For color-free protection, Bobbi Brown’s SPF 50 Protective Face Base ($39) is the ideal hydrating protection that can be worn alone or under makeup. No time to work out or go to the beach? Fake a spa vacation with Supergoop’s Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Gradual Self-Tanning Sunscreen Mousse ($21). No one will ever know you didn’t really go! ■ Cynthia has been a makeup artist for more than 25 years. She provides consulting and makeup application services through Visage Designs by Cynthia. Contact her at


An apple a day keeps extra pounds away Fibrous foods key to successful weight loss By CAROLYN ASPENSON


iber is a healthy and necessary component of any weight-loss effort. It’s plant-based (though some grains are fibrous) and consists of two different types. Insoluble fibers are water absorbers, which help soften the stool and regulate the digestive system. This type of fiber is often referred to as roughage and is commonly found in vegetables like lettuce. Soluble or dietary fibers however, are the Cadillac of fibers for weight loss. They are easily digested and slow the speed at which the stomach empties along with the speed that simple sugars are absorbed from the intestines. When eating this kind we feel full longer and blood sugar levels are regulated, both key components to weight loss. Fiber successfully prevents some of the fat we eat from being stored. Let’s say you eat a cupcake with an apple. The fiber in the apple acts as a spider web to some of the fat in the cupcake, smothering it. The fat can’t escape the fiber and passes through the intestinal tract without being

absorbed into the blood stream. Does that mean you can eat all of the fat you want as long as you have a fibrous food with it? Not exactly. Fiber isn’t a miracle cure to stopping all fat absorption but it can stop a lot. Fibrous foods are also generally low in calories, thus we can eat more of them and feel full longer. Also, because they take longer to digest, the body burns more calories during the digestive process. Each gram of soluble or dietary fiber can

burn about nine calories, most of which come from fat. So increasing your fiber intake can increase your calorie burn. Women should consume about 25 grams of fiber daily. Limiting or eliminating high-sugar and processed foods along with increasing fiber intake is the best option for effective weight loss, but some people work better with baby steps. If you can’t do both, at least increase your fiber intake to combat some of the fat from the sugary, processed foods.

All fruits and vegetables are fibrous, but some will give you more bang for your buck: • Apples • Artichokes • Pears • Dried beans • Bananas • Green beans • Strawberries • Cabbage • Raisins • Lima beans • Oranges • Cauliflower • Plums • Brussels sprouts • Cherries • Peas If you can’t yet give up your morning bowl of cereal, high-fiber cereals such as oatmeal, shredded wheat (without the frosting), Grape Nuts and Raisin Bran are your best bet. Studies show many people don’t consume enough fiber. Adding an extra apple or a salad to your daily diet will both increase fiber intake and decrease fat absorption. Try adding a little extra fiber to your diet and watch the number on the scale go down. ■ Carolyn has been a fitness and nutrition enthusiast for over 15 years and holds certifications from nationally recognized organizations. Email: craspen@

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Patrick and Debbie Keel at Navarre Beach, Fl., this summer with their grandchildren (from left to right) Charlie, Jack and Elizabeth.

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting… By DEBBIE KEEL

North Fulton Hospital CEO


hat’s a grandmother to do? Daughter number two is expecting child number two (grandchild number four for me) and she’s been slowly working her way toward an induction. But her physician told her a week ago that she was three centimeters dilated, so I’ve now moved my flight reservation four times. Thank goodness for Southwest Airlines and their nopenalty policy for changing flights. Someone asked me the other day why I was so intent on flying to New Orleans and driving to Baton Rouge to be there for her delivery. That’s easy…she’s still my little girl. She wants her Mom around “just in case.” And her Mom wants to be there because every grandchild has been a new little thrill for my husband and me. We deliver a lot of those little thrills to moms, dads and grandparents every

day at North Fulton Hospital and now we’ve added two outstanding young physicians to help us do that. Dr. Sheila Garnica and Dr. Alex Eaccarino have joined Dr. Somya Reddy at North Fulton Women’s Specialists this summer. Dr. Garnica has relocated from Pennsylvania. She is fluent in English and Spanish and will be the primary physician in a new clinic the practice is building at 202 Bombay Lane. Dr. Eaccarino hails from Roswell and recently completed his fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Every time we deliver a baby at NFH, we play Brahms’ “Lullaby” overhead. It’s another little thrill being born and the brightest spot in our day when we hear it. ■

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orthside Woman sends a Girl Power shout-out to Alpharetta’s Sanjana Reddy, 12, who spent part of her summer vacation collecting 125 pairs of Crocs to send to children in Africa. Reddy was intrigued by the Open Hand Foundation’s Crocs 4 Kids program and set a goal of collecting 100 pairs of the shoes during her summer vacation, said foundation spokeswoman Jessica Onorato. Instead of simply asking friends and family for donations, Reddy channeled her artistic talent to make and sell bracelets and personalized picture frames. She then bought Crocs with her profits. She also encouraged her friends to join the program and use their time and talent to help others. Reddy soon met and exceeded

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her goal, which is not unusual for the rising seventh-grader. She goes above and beyond in all of her extracurricular projects and school assignments. She also enjoys playing basketball, reading, arts and crafts and baking birthday cakes for everyone in her family. Onorato calls Reddy “an extraordinary young girl.” She’s a role model for her peers and for parents who are teaching their children the importance of philanthropy, Onorato said. The Alpharetta-based Open Hand Foundation coordinates Crocs 4 Kids shoe drives with the understanding that for many African children, shoes are not just a luxury or a special gift. They’re a necessity and a requirement in order to receive an education. To learn more, visit ■

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woman's best friend

Fun ways to help furry friends Volunteer opportunities at Humane Society of Forsyth County By KATIE VanBRACKLE


f you are an animal lover with a bit of spare time, you can make a big difference in the life of an animal in need simply by taking a dog for a walk or playing with a kitten or two. The Humane Society of Forsyth County (HSFC) is a no-kill shelter that relies heavily on volunteers to help care for the many orphaned dogs, cats, kittens and puppies who are looking for a loving new home. At the HSFC adoption center, 4440 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming, volunteers are always needed in the following areas:

training in rescue walking techniques. This interaction encourages behavior that makes the dog more adoptable. Dogs can be walked anytime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Rescue walker opportunities are also available in Alpharetta at The Pet Lodge Pet Resort. Contact

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Dogs need to look spiffy before heading out to an offsite adoption event. Friday is the big day for bathing dogs. Join in the fun of soaping, rinsing and grooming.

Animal Care:

Breakfast (9 a.m.) and dinner (5 p.m.) are busy times. The adoption center animals patiently wait for their fresh food and water and watch for the Squeaky Clean Brigade. They love to have their living areas cleaned and tidied. If you have a little spare time at the beginning or end of your day, consider being part of this crew. There are many other ways to volunteer with HSFC. For full details, visit Thanks in advance from many furry friends. ■

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Old Soldier’s Day Parade and Road Race 5K and 10K races begin at 7 a.m. at Wills Park behind the pool. Email for details. The Old Soldier’s Day Parade begins with a program at 10 a.m., followed at 10:30 a.m. by a classic parade of floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars, clowns, music and candy. 2 South Main St., downtown Alpharetta.


National Night Out in Alpharetta ▲ 6 – 9 p.m. The public is invited to spend the evening with neighbors, firefighters and police officers and enjoy a free cookout. Firefighters will present the Fire Safety House for children and the SWAT team will display its special training and equipment. Wills Park Equestrian Center, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta.


Author Mary Kay Andrews Join bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews for a morning of stories about her writing career and her newest novel “Ladies Night.” Sponsored by Friends of the NE/Spruill Oaks Library Book Club. Registration required, call 770-360-8820 or email Karen.swenson@ Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek.

AUGUST suspense-filled debut, “The Stranger You Seek.” Williams is a 2012 Townsend Prize for Fiction finalist. Free and open to the public. Roswell Library meeting room, 115 Norcross St., Roswell. ACT1 Theater presents “Give My Regards to Broadway” 7:30 p.m. Combine great show tunes with a sparkling story and you have a toe-tapping musical in the true tradition of “42nd Street,” an audience pleaser for sure. $18 tickets may be ordered online. ACT1 Theater is located inside Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta.


Walks in the Garden at Barrington Hall ▲ 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a 20-minute tour of the gardens at Barrington Hall with information about historic plants on the property and how they have been restored. Learn garden tips, and identify heirloom and native plants. Free, with no reservations required. 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


Forsyth Newcomers and Womens Club 9:30 a.m. All women in Forsyth County are invited to attend a new member breakfast to meet and greet neighbors and learn about the many activities offered by the Forsyth County Newcomers and Women’s Club. Free to first time guests/potential members. Please RSVP by Aug. 12 to Linda Fitzwater at 678-947-6156 or Windermere Golf Club, 5000 Davis Love Drive, Cumming. Alive After Five in Roswell 5 p.m. Be part of the street party that gained Canton Street official designation as a Georgia Great Street. Enjoy live music, outside vendors and extended retail hours, face painting, free trolley and more.


Snow Tubing in Milton ▲ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. It’s Christmas in July in the City of Milton! Snow Kings’ movable mountain will allow kids and adults to slide down run after run of smooth, refreshing snow—no jacket required! Enjoy other fun activities including a bounce house, face painting and crafts. Part of Milton’s Flicks and Flurries summer fun series. Friendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Atlanta Authors Series 2 p.m. As part of the Atlanta Authors series at the Roswell Library, Amanda Kyle Williams will discuss her electrifying, 30 | | august2013


400 Antiques Market 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Through Sunday, Aug. 18. Browse for treasures from yesteryear at this monthly antiques market. $3 admission good all weekend. Children under 12 free. Lakewood 400, 1321 Atlanta Highway (Highway 9), Cumming.


Alpharetta Mayor’s Challenge 5K & Block Party ▲ 6 – 11 p.m. Bring your running

buddies, friends and family to enjoy the Annual Alpharetta Rotary Mayor’s Challenge 5K race/run/walk in downtown Alpharetta beginning at 7:30 p.m. Also bring lawn chairs for a Block Party beginning at 6 p.m., featuring food trucks, live music and family activities. Preregistration is $30; $35 on race day. All participants receive a T-shirt. Register at Big Peach Running Company or online.

Road, Roswell.

Chicago at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park 8 p.m. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, generating several hit ballads. Chicago is one of the longestrunning and most successful rock groups in history. Among American bands, they're second only to the Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success.

15th Annual Touch a Truck ▲ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free event showcases all types of vehicles including fire engines, cars, trucks, heavy duty construction equipment, military vehicles, motorcycles, buses, emergency vehicles and more. Enjoy balloons, entertainment, moonwalks and face painting. Wills Park/Wacky World, 1825 Milton Ave., Alpharetta.

“Johnny Cash: Now” in Cumming 8 p.m. Also 3 p.m. Aug. 18. A loyal cast of musicians recreates the vintage feel of the original Johnny Cash show, performing the most famous Cash tunes as well as rockabilly tunes from Carl Perkins. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students, veterans and groups of 25 or more. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.


Ladies Tennis Round Robin in Crooked Creek 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Enjoy a fun morning of non-competitive tennis, catered lunch and silent auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. $50 donation per player. Please sign up with a partner by contacting Kristin Cleare, Crooked Creek Clubhouse, Milton.

Flick and Flurries at Friendship Park in Crabapple 7 p.m. The City of Milton concludes its Family, Fun, Flicks and Flurries series with the family favorite film “The Sandlot” to be shown at sundown on a two-story inflatable movie screen. Before the film, enjoy a bounce house, face painting and crafts. Concessions will be available. Friendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Movies at Newtown Park in Johns Creek Johns Creek presents a featured movie on a huge inflatable screen, beginning at dusk with pre-show activities starting two hours prior. The movie title will be announced one week prior to the show. Pre-show activities include a moon walk, giant slide, face painting, entertainment, food and drinks. Free. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.


Movie off Main in Alpharetta 8:30 p.m. Bring your own blankets and chairs to enjoy “Oz the Great and Powerful” on a large screen in downtown Alpharetta. The movie will begin at dusk on a large inflatable screen on Old Roswell Street behind Smokejack and the Treehouse at Sis and Moon. Preshow festivities will begin one hour prior with music, kids’ activities and theaterstyle concessions.


Charter School Discussion 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. At the monthly meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Laura Stowell, charter coordinator for Fulton County Charter Schools, will discuss opportunities and challenges surrounding the different types of charter schools now in existence in Fulton. Guests are welcome. Please RSVP to Ocee Public Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek. River Canoe Trip on the Chattahoochee 6 – 8:30 p.m. Join experienced river naturalists for a serene canoeing experience on the Chattahoochee River. Experience rich wildlife as you learn about the river’s history, habitat, ecology and recent watershed issues. Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) provides all the equipment. Ages 6 to adult. Advance registration required. CNC, 9135 Willeo


Ninth Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ ▲ 2-4 p.m. Taste more than 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, dive into ice cream eating contests, enjoy live music, and let the kids work off their energy in the Kid’s Korner. Proceeds benefit the Drake House, emergency housing for women and children in crisis in North Fulton County. $6 per person or $20 per family, up to six. Rain or shine. Historic Roswell Square, 616 Atlanta St., Roswell.


World Championship Fall Rodeo 8 p.m. Watch bareback and saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding hosted by the International Professional Rodeo Association. Through Sept. 1 at the Cumming Fairgrounds’ covered arena, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. $15 adults, $10 children ages 5 – 12, free for ages 4 and under.

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Friday, September 20, 2013 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Northside Woman August 2013  

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

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