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A group of breast cancer survivors and supporters from all over metro Atlanta forms the crew of Dragon Boat Atlanta, a 20-person paddling team which competes in boating events each year – most recently the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival held at Lake Lanier in September. The sport offers camaraderie, great exercise and the chance to show others there can be a healthy, active life after a breast cancer diagnosis. In the photo above, Stage 4 survivor Joann Moore of Johns Creek takes part in a flower ceremony to honor those lost to or still fighting the breast cancer battle. Read more on page 18.

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A passion for gardening Master Gardener Kay Izard doesn’t let M.S. stand in the way of her hobby



n 1980, Kay Izard’s life was drastically changed when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 28. In 2004, it became necessary to use a wheelchair full time, but that setback hasn't stopped her from doing what she loves----not by a long shot. Today, Izard is president of the North Fulton Master Gardeners, and hasn’t let her disability falter her strong passion for gardening. Instead, she has embraced her situation and adapted to what life has handed her. “It upsets me when I read about somebody who feels like their life is over when they’re diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,” Izard said. “Because it’s not. I just don’t think people should ever give up.” Izard first became interested in gardening when she was in high school and living in New Jersey. She planted three tomato plants in her backyard and has been gardening ever since. But because she hasn’t always been in a wheelchair, she had some adapting to do in order to continue gardening. Izard’s husband, who passed away last September, helped her through that adjustment period. “My husband had a lot of foresight in developing the garden,” Izard said. “He built slightly raised paths and had to line 6 | | october2013

It upsets me when I read about somebody who feels like their life is over when they’re diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because it’s not.” Kay Izard them with something that I wasn’t going to slip on. With the wheelchair that I have, I can reach over the handle bar and I’m able to weed and pick up sticks and rocks.” While this works most of the time, it does come with its challenges. Izard described a time when her wheels got stuck and she had to call a neighbor for help. Yet another time, she fell out of her wheelchair while leaning over to weed.

She remembers lying on the ground, not able to get up, just waiting for someone to walk by. “I’m not going to let that stop me because I love gardening so much, and I’ve learned what I shouldn’t do and what parts of the garden I can’t go in,” she said. She also has the comfort of a trusty companion named Carlos, a Brittany Spaniel, who keeps a close watch over her. Izard said Carlos is extremely devoted to her and loves to chase chipmunks and squirrels while she gardens. While Izard has always loved gardening, she also realized she needed to get involved in the community and meet new people when she and her husband first moved to the Roswell area. The Master Gardeners allowed her to do just that. “I applied and was accepted,” she said. “Then I had four months of classes and a certain number of volunteer hours to do at each of the projects that the Master Gardeners had before becoming a member.” As president of the association, Izard works to keep meetings on time and running smoothly, in addition to working with their North Fulton extension agent. Izard said becoming a member is a great way to meet new people in the community and socialize, all while enjoying a passion for gardening. The best part is the camaraderie and sharing in one common interest, she said.

She added that all gardeners can agree that there’s a certain feeling of tranquility that comes with working in the garden. “I like listening to the birds and to the things that are going on around me — there’s something very therapeutic about it,” she said. Lately, Izard has been making Capri salads with basil and tomatoes from her garden. But with the colder weather approaching, Izard said she is preparing to plant her fall greens such as lettuce and spinach. Because Izard has grown accustomed to being in a wheelchair, she has important advice for those who may be new to situations like her own. “Get as many adaptive devices as you can, because these days there are so many,” she said. “It didn’t used to be like that. In 1980, it wasn’t like that. But now, there are catalogs full of adaptive equipment for those with a disability that will allow you to continue doing what you like to do.” And though Izard has many other hobbies such as reading and watching movies, what she likes most in the world is gardening — and she has no plans to stop any time soon. “I won’t enlarge the garden any more, and it might actually get a little smaller. But I’ll keep gardening for as long as I can,” she said. Izard will remain president of Master Gardeners until February when it comes time for the committee to slate new officers. The Master Gardeners is a nonprofit organization that works to provide education and service in horticulture throughout the North Fulton community. For more information or to learn how to become a member, visit ■









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Finding her lightthrough art Encouraging quotes provide inspiration for Johns Creek artist Janine Lancour By CANDY WAYLOCK


t starts with a blank canvas…and the need to create a vision to match the emotion. It may end with something familiar… or something completely surprising to the artist who gives it shape and meaning. For Johns Creek artist Janine Lancour, each of her mixed media pieces begins with a simple thought or idea which then takes her on a journey to see where it will end. “With most of my art, I have no idea how the piece is going to look like when it’s done,” she muses. “I will start a painting with only knowing the first layer I want to put on the canvas [and] that will inspire something else…and it goes from there.” Her artwork contains a mixture of mediums such as molding paste, tape, pan pastels, ink, paper, acrylic, colored tissue, stencils and other items she finds interesting and available, layered and arranged for depth and dimension. “I love the use of texture and I try to implement that in all of my pieces,” says Lancour. “I use lots of layering and objects I find to achieve that. The final touch is what the piece says to me, what I am trying to convey, [so] I find appropriate text or a quote to accompany it.” From an early age, Lancour was exposed to art and creativity through her parents and grandparents, and always knew it was the path she would also take. A native New Yorker, she attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she met her husband, Jason, and moved to Atlanta in the late 1990’s. Lancour took the corporate route for years, working as a graphic designer for nearly two decades, while her family grew to include two daughters, Madeline, now 8, and Riley, 6. But years of graphic design where clients set the boundaries made Lancour realize she was doing great work, but little artistic, and needed a change. Health concerns furthered her need for a change, as well. “I was struggling, and had been trying to figure out what was wrong with me until I crashed and was diagnosed with depression,” said Lancour. “I was in a dark place, but with the help of my family, friends and medication I slowly started coming out of it.” Regaining her footing included signing up for a sketchbook program through the Smithsonian where she picked a theme and created a sketchbook around the theme. Lancour chose depression. ”I poured my heart and soul into this sketchbook,” she said. “I journaled my experiences, feelings and emotions. I ended up keeping the original sketchbook and scanning it into my computer and made a copy of the sketchbook to hand in. It’s a powerful piece. When I was done with it I just couldn’t stop creating.” Her husband saw she was now in a “happy place” and rearranged the house to include a studio so that Lancour could continue to create. “The pieces were flowing out of me. It was amazing. The more I did the happier I got,” said Lancour. A year later, Lancour is using her talent for her own benefit through A Fairys Dream. Her portfolio of paintings 8 | | october2013

Janine Lancour with husband, Jason, and daughters Madeline, left, and Riley.

reflects where she is in her life, and what she is feeling at the moment. “Most of the time what the piece is saying to me is what I need to hear at that time in my life,” she explains. “For example I just finished a piece and the quote says “Trust the journey.” I have been struggling a little with my art and once I was done with this piece I felt more at peace. It was exactly what I needed to hear and believe at this point in my life.” Lancour says marketing her paintings through art shows and festivals was something she had to think long and hard about. But she knew the bottom line was getting her art in front of the public. “I wanted to sell my art. But making that plunge into the festival world was a hard decision,” said Lancour, recalling the work that goes into setting up and designing a booth. Her calendar is now full of art shows and festivals throughout

the Southeast. But in the end, she loves the customer interaction and the feedback she gets from the crowds and the questions they ask. In addition, her presence at festivals has led to gallery inclusions for her work. Meanwhile, Lancour is navigating the challenges of being a fulltime mom and wife and artist, noting that most of her studio time is juggled around the school day, homework and meals. “I have to be honest, my house is a mess, “she says, laughing. “I am still trying to figure out how to balance it all. Managing my time is not easy--once I start creating, time flies by!” ■

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German fare at Jasper's Woodbridge Inn Celebrity chef and cancer survivor Hans Rueffert dishes up culinary inspiration By KATIE VanBRACKLE


ant a taste of Oktoberfest in the North Georgia foothills without having to deal with the crowds in Helen? Head northwest about an hour to Jasper, Ga., and the Woodbridge Inn where Chef Hans Rueffert serves up authentic German fare and Southern fusion food in the same kitchen where his father taught him to cook. To fully appreciate a meal at the familyowned Woodbridge Inn, you need to first learn the story of Chef Rueffert, whose life has been as full of unexpected twists as the culinary creations emerging from his skillet. A self-described “restaurant child,” Rueffert’s early memories all revolve around food. His German father and “Elvis-loving, Georgia peach mother” purchased the historic Woodbridge Inn in 1976. The family moved into the upstairs guest rooms and set to work turning the restaurant into a North Georgia dining landmark. Rueffert remembers running to the kitchen to get math homework help from his dad in between pickups, and washing dishes and shucking oysters in his pajamas. The inn was “my playground, my boot camp, my sanctuary, my first job, my hardest job… my home,” he said. In later years, as an adult helping to run the family business, Rueffert honed his cooking skills and appeared on local cable television cooking and news shows. His easy manner in front of a camera and talent in the kitchen led to a third-place finish on “The Next Food Network Star,” a 2004 nationally televised reality show and cooking competition. But Rueffert’s culinary climb came to a screeching halt in 2005 when he was diagnosed with gastric (stomach) cancer the day before his 33rd birthday. After multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and serious infections, Rueffert’s entire stomach and 95 percent of his esophagus were removed. Now cancer-free, Rueffert is able to eat only very small meals which travel straight to his intestines. He remains very thin, but with characteristic humor, instructs his dining guests to “just forget about this ‘never trust a skinny chef’ business.” The irony of becoming a chef without a stomach is not lost on him, but as is the case with so many cancer survivors, Rueffert’s battle with the disease gave him a new appreciation for not only his life, but food and the way it makes people feel. He threw himself back into his work, eventually starring in a new television show, “Hans Cooks the South” for Georgia Public Broadcasting. That show led to a cookbook, “Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow,” – part recipe collection, part tribute to Georgia’s unique culinary resources and part personal memoir. 10 | | october2013

Want to bring a little taste of Oktoberfest to your home kitchen? Enjoy three delicious recipes from Chef Hans Rueffert’s cookbook, “Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow,” on page 30.

Many of the book’s recipes are featured daily on the menu at Woodbridge Inn, such as German specialty schnitzels, Bratwurst and Knockwurst, homemade spätzle (German mac n’ cheese) and Bavarian red cabbage. But the menu is not exclusively German. Rueffert’s Georgia roots are evident on the menu as well – like the pecan-encrusted rainbow trout or fresh heirloom tomatoes melted into a threecheese Panini. Each dish served at Woodbridge Inn is made in-house using as many local ingredients as possible. Diners enjoy their meals in a cozy room with a wall of large windows overlooking the inn’s terraced lawn. A greenhouse behind the inn yields ingredients for a delicious fresh herb dressing featured along with feta cheese and roasted pumpkin seeds in the Green Goddess Salad. After all, Rueffert points out, not all German food is heavy. “Wild mushrooms, berries, spring greens and fresh fish are common on the spiesekarte, though we rarely hear about these specialties here in the States,” he said. In addition to running the kitchen at Woodbridge Inn, Rueffert shares the importance of eating light and healthy through frequent cooking demonstrations at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground – just down the road from Jasper, sponsored by the Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. In a public class to be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Gibbs Gardens, Rueffert will introduce recipes, cooking methods and herbs that provide the most benefit for your immune system. “It’s about time we recognized that what we eat directly affects the way we feel,” he said. Rueffert may have lost his own stomach to cancer, but he is determined to help other food lovers make the most of theirs. When visiting the Woodbridge Inn, note the restaurant hours are a bit unusual – open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Reservations can be made online at The menu changes often, featuring new specials daily. To learn more about Hans Rueffert, visit ■

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fall getaway

At the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, N.C. STORY & PHOTOS By KATIE VanBRACKLE


love llamas. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s their comically cute faces, with big Bambi eyes framed by ridiculously long eyelashes and tall fur-filled ears that curve inward, ever so slightly, like horns. Maybe it’s their squeaky, high-pitched bleats, a silly sound for such a large animal, reminiscent of air leaking out of a full balloon. Or maybe it’s that in spite of their overwhelming cuteness, these animals have a very sassy attitude. Like their close relative the camel, llamas are known for having foul tempers and if you annoy them, they WILL spit on you. Whatever the reason for my fascination, it has long been a bucket list wish of mine to take a trek with a llama, so when I heard that the High Hampton Inn in 12 | | october2013

Cashiers, N.C., was offering llama hikes, I promptly packed the family up for a weekend getaway. Cashiers, (pronounced cash-urs, not cash-ears) located in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains is only three hours away from North Fulton – an easy distance and a pleasant drive with many scenic overlooks and waterfalls on the way. We visit the area often, but had never before stayed at the High Hampton Inn and I was curious. My cousin described it as “a bit like camping for grown-ups,” which seemed at odds with inn’s strict dress code – jacket and tie for dinner, white clothing preferred for games of tennis and so on. But it is just this combination of rustic and refined that keeps generations of families coming back year after year. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1,400-acre property was once owned by former South

Carolina Gov. and Civil War Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton III. In 1922, it was purchased by E.L. McKee, whose great grandson Will McKee keeps the family tradition going today. The inn itself sits high on a hill, with a commanding view of a large lake and two granite-sided mountains, all part of High Hampton’s property. Surrounding the lake and dotted about the grounds are individual cottages and guest houses – camp cabins if you will –furnished simply but stylishly with thick white duvet-covered beds and twig furniture. It’s not the Ritz, but it is scenic and peaceful, designed to help guests relax and unplug for a while. No phones, no television, no radio – sounds good. No air conditioning –whoa, what? I needn’t have worried. Temperatures in Cashiers are a good 17 degrees below those in Hot-lanta on any given day, and it can get chilly at night, even in the height of summer. We slept with the windows open in our lakeside cottage, listening to the frogs’ serenade. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the inn’s natural setting, with special activities planned daily in addition to spa treatments and a wide array of games and sports. Everything is within walking distance, and it is nice to park the car and never see it again during your stay. After our arrival, my husband and sons headed to

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variety of llama-led activities are offered during most weekends throughout the fall – you can even hire a llama caddy to carry your clubs on the 18-hole golf course. ▼ LLAMA, Continued from Page 12 the lake for fishing, paddle-boarding and kayaking while I explored a bit at my leisure, including a pleasant stroll through the inn’s dahlia garden. Dahlias are a High Hampton tradition, and guests are encouraged to pick a few to take back to their cottage. A dinner bell called us together again for a buffet lunch in the dining hall, and then, finally, it was time to meet the llamas. A variety of llama-led activities are offered during most weekends throughout the fall – you can even hire a llama caddy to carry your clubs on the 18-hole golf course. We selected the afternoon hour-long hike around the lake. As we arrived, the llamas were just finishing their lunch on a grassy hillside. We approached them somewhat timidly, hoping their full bellies would make for pleasanttempered, non-spitting llamas. My youngest son chose a gentle llama with tan and white fur named “Vision,” who, true to his name, liked to be the trailblazer and lead the way for the rest of the herd. My eldest son chose a dark brown llama named “Bordeaux,” who was almost eye-to-eye with my 6-foot teenager. These 14 | | october2013

are not small animals. Soon, after learning some basic do’s and don’ts about llama handling, we each grabbed a lead and headed off into the woods. Did I mention there were bells? Each llama wore small, tinkling bells on his collar, adding a delightful musical note to our adventure. We traveled single file through rhododendron tunnels, up and down hills, over wooden bridges and trickling streams and finally reached the inn’s front lawn for the grand finale – the Llama Olympics. Guests sipping afternoon tea watched from rocking chairs on the inn’s shady porch while the llamas and their human companions lined up for a top speed foot-and-hoof race across the grass, bells clanging, children laughing, adults cheering. My bucket list llama hike wish? Granted. With a big thumbs up. We just had time to shower and dress before the dinner bell sounded again. Even as guests traded bathing suits and golf shorts for dinner jackets and dresses, it was time for High Hampton’s own evening transformation – from rustic, outdoor playground to refined mountain

lodge. Lights from the inn glowed softly over the lake and live music drifted out across the stone patio of the Rock Mountain Tavern as guests in cocktail attire strolled across the lawn, wine glasses in hand, to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunset. So was my cousin right? Is the High Hampton “a bit like camping for grown-ups?” Yes, but in a charming way. It’s a place for extended families to gather and enjoy each other’s company in a beautiful, timeless setting. These words from the inn’s historical information say it best: “What began as the Hamptons’ retreat in the1830s continues as a haven today, over 160 years later. Guests from many different states and countries find a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The cool mountain breezes continue to blow and refresh just as they did in Wade Hampton’s time. High Hampton still boasts Southern hospitality at its finest. The kitchen continues to provide traditional High Hampton fare such as famous fried chicken, fresh mountain trout and mouth-watering desserts. In these complicated times, it is refreshing to find a place where very little changes except the seasons.” ■



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Nowhiteafter Labor Day? Depends on geography, fabric and the definition of white By LORI WYNNE


he rule of “no white after Labor Day,” raises the hackles of both true Southern women and transplants to the Northside area. Traditionalists hold true to the rule of putting away their bright white jeans, pants, skirts, shoes and accessories after Labor Day and not bringing them out until after Easter or Memorial Day. Self-proclaimed fashion rule breakers claim no one can tell them what to wear and when to wear it. To me, they sound like the toddler who insists on wearing her bathing suit, tutu and cowgirl boots to the grocery store in December. This fashionista sides with the traditionalists for reasons of practicality and for the love of fashion variety. The “no white after Labor Day,” has its roots in practicality. Historians differ in opinions, but several answers made sense to me. When wealthy vacationers returned to the dirty city at the end of summer, they put away their white clothing that kept them cooler in the hot climates and donned their darker, heavier clothing for winter. When homes were heated with coal in the winter, the soot would soil white clothing so wearing darker colors in the winter was more practical. Today, it is still practical to wear darker colors when walking in cities like New York City. With the inclement weather, dirty sidewalks and streets, it is easy to sully your pants’ hem and shoes. Traditionalists and fashion rule

breakers all agree that bright white shoes should only be used in the summer. Rainy, slushy and snowy days are the nemesis of white shoes. Dirty white shoes are never fashionable. What about the mild weather of North Atlanta? Does it give Southerners the excuse to wear white year round? The answer depends on geography, fabric and the definition of white.

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The key to wearing white appropriately in winter is to choose winter white (off-white or cream).

Atlanta is not geographically southern enough to justify wearing bright white pants or jeans year round. In the heat of south Florida, southern California, and the islands of the Caribbean, one can wear bright white, lighter fabrics in the winter months to stay cool. Summer white is definitely appropriate for Aruba in March.

An off-white wool dress coat looks fabulous with leopard print pumps. Winter white jeans pair wonderfully with navy, garnet, cocoa and black or charcoal. I have suggested to many individuals to have a winter white jacket and pair of pants in their wardrobes. Heavier fabric is best. Remember to wear nude undergarments when wearing cream or winter white. The winter season is so short here in the South. Give your summer clothes a break and embrace the richer colors of winter. Easter will be here soon enough. ■

It’s a matter of fabric Fabrics to put away in the fall and winter, especially if it is bright white: Eyelet, Linen, and Light weight denim

It’s a matter of color Bright white is definitely a summer color. Just like bright turquoise and melon, it should be saved for the hot humid days of summer. Winter white, off-white or cream is the proper color to wear with the deeper colors of winter.

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Breast cancer survivors take to the water for exercise, camaraderie By KATIE VanBRACKLE


id you know there are dragons in the water at Lake Lanier? On a recent sunny day in September, a large group of bright yellow dragons were spotted plying the waters at Lake Lanier’s former Olympic rowing and paddling venue during the 18th annual Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival. Each 39-foot racing boat featured a brightly painted, fierce dragon head at the prow and a tail at the stern. Manned by 20 paddlers, 10 on each side, the canoe-like boats also held a navigator in the back and a drummer in the front, pounding out a steady rhythm to keep the paddlers in sync. Dragon boating is an ancient Chinese cultural tradition that is quickly becoming a popular international sport, especially in the Unites States, Canada and Europe. This year, the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival drew a very diverse crowd of thousands who cheered on a wide array of boating teams such as young collegiates from the Georgia Tech Kayak Club, a group of UPS employees (dressed in brown, of course), Asian Americans from the Laotian American Society and a corporate team from AT&T – appropriately named “No Texting While Paddling.” A splash of pink amid the racing teams made it easy to spot Dragon Boat Atlanta, a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters – men and women of all ages. Team captain Linda Evans led the way to the water, a big smile on her face, a colorful dragon tattoo curling over her left arm – yes, it’s temporary, but still cool. Did I mention that Evans is 70 years old? She is one of several seniors on the team. But don’t let the white hair fool you – these women are strong survivors, wicked fast on the water and in it to win. 18 | | october2013

After climbing in their boat, several teammates attached pink pom-poms to the end of their paddles, and the boat’s drummer donned a tiara and pink feather boa before taking her place at the prow. Slowly, they paddled out into the middle of the lake, turned and positioned themselves at the starting line for the 250-meter race finals. Three other teams soon joined them: Home Depot Orange Dragons, State Farm and Pepsico Performance. A roar went up from the crowd as the signal was given and the teams leaped into action. It was a very fast and close race, with each team covering the distance in just over a minute. The Home Depot Orange Dragons crossed the line first, followed less than a second later by Dragon Boat Atlanta. Overall, Dragon Boat Atlanta placed 17th out of 40 teams. “That’s pretty darned good for a group of old women,” said one team member. Though the thrill of racing makes the long hours of practice worthwhile, the paddlers of Dragon Boat Atlanta never forget the real reason their team was formed – to raise awareness of breast cancer and prove that survivors can be fit and active long after their diagnosis. The very first breast cancer dragon boat team, “Abreast in a Boat,” was formed in 1996 in Vancouver,

Canada, by an exercise physiologist who challenged the prevailing belief at the time that breast cancer patients should avoid rigorous upper body exercise for fear of developing lymphedema – swelling and fluid retention in the lymphatic vessels. Today, thousands of survivors and supporters enjoy raising their paddles on breast cancer dragon boat teams all over the world. Dragon Boat Atlanta formed in 2004, and the teammates hail from all over the metro area and even as far away as Rabun Gap. Team captain Evans regularly makes the 140-mile round trip from her home in Smyrna to the shores of Lake Lanier for practices. “It’s a sport you either really love or don’t want to do at all,” she said. “It requires a lot of effort and practice to learn the proper technique. But the best part about dragon boats is that you must paddle in harmony, as a team.” In her favorite drill, everyone closes their eyes while paddling, forcing their other senses to take control. “That’s when you really feel the pull of the water and realize that you are no longer just a team member,” she said. “You are actually part of the boat itself. Physically, you can feel it. It’s a wonderful sensation.” Evans, who was 56 when she was diagnosed, feels a responsibility to her


Paddling is my power. It is my victory over that ugly cancer monster. When I am in a dragon boat gliding over the water, I am empowered and at peace.” Kathy Cunningham

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full member of the team,” she said. Evans says Dragon Boat Atlanta is always accepting new members and you do not have to be athletic to paddle. She remembers another newbie, a 70-year-old woman, who showed up for a practice after having just finished her last breast cancer treatment. Her doctor had advised her to wait two weeks, but she was antsy to give it a try. “She asked if she could just watch, but we had an extra seat, so she rode along with us, mimicking the paddling motion with just her arms,” Evans said. “Our coach made a special half-paddle for her so she could participate without full water resistance at first.” Supporting and encouraging each other is a big part of the Dragon Boat Atlanta experience. Kathy Cunningham of Cumming, a survivor, joined the team in 2005. She calls the discovery of dragon boating the “silver lining” to having had breast cancer. “Paddling is my power,” Cunningham said. “It is my victory over that ugly cancer monster. When I am in a dragon boat gliding over the water, I am empowered and at peace. I am visible to all who see me as a survivor.”

Joann Moore and Nancy Crawford from Dragon Boat Atlanta also paddle as members of a United States breast cancer team, “International Pink Sisters,” in regattas and dragon boat festivals all over the world. In May, they traveled to Venice, Italy for the Vogalonga, a worldfamous non-competitive rowing event. As their pink breast cancer dragon boat floated through the canals of Venice, Moore recalls the emotion on faces of people in the crowd. “People were crying and tossing flowers to us,” she said. “They recognized us as survivors. We are a symbol of hope wherever we go.” Kerstin Spalla of Alpharetta is the newest and youngest member of the Dragon Boat Atlanta team. In her 30s, she is a supporter, not a survivor, but she never fails to be inspired by her teammates. “I’ve had friends and teachers that have suffered from breast cancer, but none that I’ve interacted with on such a level as these women,” Spalla said. “I know that they’re cancer survivors, but after a while, that’s easy to forget. These are smart, strong, determined women who inspire me daily. “There have been days where I just want to curl up under my blanket and forget about everything that’s troubling me, but I’ll go to practice and be reminded that these women have endured the worst that can be thrown their way,” she said. “Not only have they endured all the pain that comes with a cancer diagnosis, but they’ve survived and continued to thrive. And I am so very proud to be a part of these women’s lives as a supporter on this team.” To learn more about Dragon Boat Atlanta, visit www.dragonboatatlanta. org or call 678-956-0062. ■


two daughters and two nieces to talk as much as possible about her battle with breast cancer and show them that there is life after a diagnosis. Joann Moore of Johns Creek feels the same responsibility. Her diagnosis came as a complete shock at age 54. In July of 2005, only six months after her most recent mammogram, Moore noticed tenderness and swelling under her left armpit. Several biopsies led to a staggering diagnosis: Stage 4 breast cancer. The cancer was aggressive and invasive and surgery was not an option. “I was stunned,” admitted Moore. “But there was no time to wait. There was already cancer in every vertebrae of my spine.” Thankfully, she responded well to chemotherapy and radiation and after nine grueling months, her cancer was under control. “I’m happy proof that Stage 4 doesn’t always mean terminal,” she said. “But looking back, I see how ignorant I was about my body and about the disease.” Moore had used hormone replacement therapy in her 40s to help with hot flashes, had assumed that no family history of the disease meant she was not at high risk and dismissed strong back pain in the months before her diagnosis as muscle cramps. She also never paid attention to a disclaimer on her mammogram letters, warning that mammograms may not reveal all signs of cancer. “It’s very important that women talk to their doctor about other ways to check for breast cancer, like sonograms and breast MRIs,” she said. Moore won her battle with cancer, but the intense radiation on her spine left her unable to run or jump or do anything jarring to her back. After discovering a flyer for Dragon Boat Atlanta, Moore thought the upper body exercise might be just the thing for her. Even so, she was very hesitant about attending her first practice. After meeting the other women and feeling their genuine welcome, she decided to give it a try. “I was very tired in the beginning, and the others had to carry my weight in the boat at first, but they assured me that this was okay and soon I became a

1) Dragon Boat Atlanta. 2) Teams compete at the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival. 3) Dragon Boat Atlanta, right, joined PANCAN, another team of cancer survivors, in a flower ceremony honoring those lost to or fighting the battle with breast cancer. 4) A team member tosses a flower into the lake. 5) The ceremonial flowers. 6) Teammates are men and women of all ages. 7) The team poses before the 250-meter finals. 8) Supporter Tim Beckman sometimes paddles on the team alongside his mother, Sharon Beckman. 9) Headed to the starting line. 10) Linda Evans, Kerstin Spalla, Joann Moore. 11) Captain Linda Evans shows off her dragon tattoo. october2013 | | 19


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Park Place at Newtown School, Johns Creek’s active adult center, hosts a variety of activities for those ages 62 and older, including yoga and art classes, bridge and monthly book discussions. Millie Neppl, who leads the Park Place Book Club, said the group started reading together in 2011, soon after Park Place opened its doors. On the fourth

shereads Tuesday of every month, at 10:30 a.m. sharp, somewhere between 10 and 20 people arrive, toting books and freshly baked coffee cakes or fruit salads. Park Place provides the coffee. Ages range from 62 to 85 or so. The current regulars are all women, but men are welcome as well. New attendees are encouraged to drop in. Each book club member takes a turn leading the discussion. Book selections are made at least six months in advance and published in Park Place’s quarterly newsletter. As a special activity during the holidays, the group organizes a potluck lunch and watches a book-related movie. This year, they will watch “The Great Gatsby.” Neppl says the group read the book before the current Baz Luhrmann movie of the same name came out, but they will watch the classic 1974 film version. For ladies of a certain age, Leonardo DiCaprio will never top Robert Redford. To learn more about the book club and Park Place’s other adult activities, call 678-512-3430 or visit www.johnscreekga. gov/community/parkplace.aspx. The club recommends the following titles:

The Mountain Between Us By Charles Martin On a stormy winter night, two strangers board a small chartered plane in Salt Lake City, both anxious to reach their destinations back east. Dr. Ben Payne is headed to Florida for a series of surgeries,

while Ashley Knox is trying to get home for her wedding. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot suffers a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness — one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States. Ben and Ashley survive, but both are seriously injured and must find their way off a mountain where temperatures hover in the teens. Ashley soon realizes that the very private Ben has emotional wounds as well, as she overhears him recording messages on a voice recorder to his wife, though the two are now separated. As days on the mountain become weeks, Ashley’s feelings for Ben deepen. As their survival becomes perilous, the two wonder if they will ever make it out of the wilderness. And if they do, how will this experience change them forever?

A Walk Across the Sun By Corban Addison When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, two teenage sisters are left orphaned and homeless. Ahalya and Sita are soon abducted and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade. Halfway across the world, Washington,

D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke, facing a personal and professional crisis, decides to pursue pro bono sabbatical working in India. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.

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An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship and Resistance in Occupied France By Caroline Moorehead In January of 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time – a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival and the power of friendship. Caroline Moorehead, a

distinguished biographer and human rights journalist, brings to life an extraordinary story that readers will find an essential addition to our retelling of the history of World War II – a riveting, rediscovered story of courageous women who sacrifice everything to combat the march of evil across the world.

The Shoemaker’s Wife

By Adriana Trigiani Enza and Ciro meet for the first time as teenagers in the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century. But when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Soon Enza’s family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father. Fate intervenes to reunite the young people, but it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza, determined to forge a life without him, begins an impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House where she enters the world of singing sensation Enrico Caruso. The star-crossed lovers continue to meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever. ■

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them on. (I’m sorry.) It whispers to some idiotic ladies, while lingering over a glass at dinner, to tell their children that one of them was conceived in their grandparents’ swimming pool. Geez. It’s possible the Goose had something there. Like the saying goes, no good story ever started with “hey y’all, want a salad?” I’m not promoting booze, and I’m not talking to folks that truly have a problem. I’m just musing about it and repeating the conversation I had with the Goose when he uttered his proclamation. I agree, it’s not for everyone. It causes beaucoup problems for many, but most of us keep it in its place and in perspective. I’m sharing with those women who call each other up right in the middle of helping with math homework and say, “Hey, wanna come over for a quick glass?” and the response is “Oh, thank the Lord in Heaven!” Speaking to those of us who have sometimes wrapped a waiter in a snuggly hug when he arrives and announces that he has La Crema by the glass. In any tee-totaling argument, I always pull out the trump card when I whip out this doozy: the first miracle was water into…what’s that? Oh, yeah, wine. ■ Elexis Hays is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who lives on a farm in Cumming with her husband Buddy (a.k.a. The Goose), daughter Amelia (a.k.a. Cricket), son Shep and WAY too many animals. Her blog: andapossumin

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through a narrow passage, it collapses and they're trapped. The group leader reveals she has taken the women into an unmapped cave system, and not the tourist trap route she’d earlier claimed would be their destination. Cue the terrifying ancient cave creatures. Place your bets on who survives and who betrays whom.

Let the Right One In (2008, Sweden) This minimalist Swedish vampire movie received tons of critical acclaim, and plans for the 2010 U.S. remake called “Let Me In” started before the original was even released. If subtitles don’t bother you, go for the original. But both are solid and the talented Chloë Grace Moretz (“Hugo”) gives a convincingly creepy performance as the young vampire in the English-language version. The plot for both entails a bullied boy befriending an otherwise unfriendly girl in his apartment complex. They grow close and he learns his new girlfriend needs blood to live. The movie slowly builds toward the inevitable confrontation with the boys’ bullies. Brace yourself.

and decisive, my parents have

The Conjuring

carried that philosophy to the

(2013, U.S.) Somehow based on a true story, this is the terrifying ‘70s tale of a married couple that works as paranormal investigators. The wife, played by the lovely Vera Farmiga from “The Departed,” is a powerful medium. The couple encounters their most challenging case yet—a family of seven being tortured by a hateful spirit. The accomplished

very end. What a blessing to know the choices were theirs.”

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actress Lili Taylor (“The Haunting,” “High Fidelity”) plays a mother who must overcome some seriously sinister forces to save herself and her five daughters.

Drag Me To Hell (2009, U.S.) Alison Lohman (“Big Fish,” “Matchstick Men”) gives a stellar showing as Christine Brown, a woman trying to climb the career ladder but currently stuck as a bank loan officer. Her boss criticizes her inability to make the tough calls and for showing a little too much compassion. So in her next move, Christine denies a third mortgage extension to a desperate elderly woman. Unfortunately, that woman turns out to be a gypsy who sends a demon after Christine’s soul. The sweet loan officer has three days to figure out how to stop the torturous curse. Filled with very original and very, very scary twists and turns.

The House of the Devil (2009, U.S.) Directed by Ti West, a talented young filmmaker quickly developing a cult following. Set in the ‘80s, the movie revolves around Samantha, a broke college student who takes a shady babysitting gig in the middle of nowhere because she needs the cash. She gets to the isolated old house and it turns out the couple doesn’t have kids; the husband actually wants Samantha to take care of his elderly mother-in-law. The town, house and family are all super creepy, but it’s not until the end when the audience finds out exactly what’s going on. Not for the faint of heart. ■

The CrossFit Craze




rossFit. It’s the current “best thing” in fitness. I’ve even signed up, but as a certified personal trainer, I’m aware of the potential issues of this highly intense exercise craze. CrossFit is a high intensity aerobic and anaerobic exercise program utilizing cardio equipment, weights and body weight. Compound exercises – those that target multiple major muscles like squats and push-ups – are intermixed with intensity building exercises like running and rowing. CrossFit is hard. Effective, but hard. If you’re considering CrossFit, get a physical. Discuss your plans with your doctor and assess any current or previous injuries. That shoulder injury from last year could likely flair up during the 200 squat thrusts exercise. There are many benefits to CrossFit. It’s good for your bones. A welldesigned CrossFit program uses multijoint movements, which have been shown to positively impact bone density, an important factor for women to consider. Because of its intensity, you’ll burn more calories during and after a CrossFit workout. You’ll also burn more fat and increase muscle tone because of the type

of exercises involved. You won’t be expected or able to do the full workout to start. Don’t worry about being competitive. It’s an “at your own pace” style workout and other participants are too busy trying to do 500 box jumps after running a mile to worry about you. When looking into a CrossFit program, make sure to review the instructor’s qualifications. Injury prevention is key and proper form is important. If the instructor doesn’t pay attention or have the knowledge to keep your form proper, it’s not worth the risk. Most CrossFit programs will let you try a class or two for free. Take advantage of

Before you sign up, know what to expect from this intense workout. that. You may find one you prefer. If you do find a program or try some out, consider the following before going. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. 1. Don’t eat just before you go. No one likes to throw up while working out. 2. Stay hydrated throughout the day before the class and you’ll be in much

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better shape during it. 3. After the workout, refuel with healthy food. The amount of energy you’ll exert will exhaust you otherwise. 4. If you don’t have a Styrofoam roller, get one. You’re going to be sore and the roller is a perfect way to roll out the kinks. Exercising is obviously hugely important to maintaining good health but it’s more important to exercise wisely. Your body will play mind games with your brain and tell you to stop sooner than you should. Consider that when exercising but also understand the physical signs of when to stop – to really stop – with any program. Good luck! Let me know if you try CrossFit and what you think! ■

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fall-flavoredrecipes Bring a little Oktoberfest flair to your home kitchen


rom the cookbook/memoir “Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow” by chef and cancer survivor Hans Rueffert whose German father and Southern mother taught him to cook in the kitchen of their family-owned Woodbridge Inn in Jasper, Ga. Read more about Rueffert on page 10. ■

Wiener Schnitzel 101 Hans Rueffert’s cookbook, “Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow,” is part personal memoir.

Apple Strudel This is an easy version of apple strudel, not one meant to rival those you’ll find in Germany or Austria. But let’s be honest, you wouldn’t make it as often if you had to go through all that trouble making the dough from scratch, right? So keep it simple and cook! • 3 Jona Gold apples • 1 Jona Gold apple, shredded and covered with lemon juice • 2 tablespoons apple butter • ½ cup pecans or sliced almonds • ½ cup prunes • ¼ cup brown sugar • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed • 1 egg • ¼ cup milk Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Beat the egg and milk together with a fork and set aside for a moment. On a lightly floured or nonstick work surface, roll the puff pastry out to about one and a half times its original size. Next, in a large bowl, mix the apples, butter, pecans, prunes and both sugars. Place the mixture in the middle of the puff pastry in an even pile stretching from left to right. Fold over one side of the pastry and brush the egg mixture on the top edge. Then gently fold the opposite edge over the first one, overlapping by at least an inch or two. Brush a little more of the egg wash over the pastry and sprinkle a little more cinnamon sugar on top, to brown in oven. Cut slits into pastry to let steam out, then bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. To serve, dust with powdered sugar and serve with ice cream or vanilla sauce and some fresh mint. For a holiday variation, omit the prunes and the apple butter and add a bag of cranberries (fresh or frozen). Good stuff!

Some folks get confused when they hear Wiener Schnitzel. They think that a Wiener is a sausage, and it can be…BUT, the word Wiener means “from Vienna,” or Wien (pronounced ‘veen’). So a Weiner Schnitzel is basically a breaded cutlet prepared the way they make it in Wien. • 3 oz. trimmed veal (per person), pounded flat • Flour • Breadcrumbs • 3 eggs, beaten • Salt/pepper Simply season the pounded cutlets with salt and pepper. Then dredge in flour, then into the beaten eggs and then into the breadcrumbs, making sure that the cutlets are completely dry. Sautee the cutlets in clarified butter until golden brown and crunchy. Blot on paper towels. Traditionally, Wiener Schnitzel is garnished with a lemon slice topped with a mixture of diced onions, tomatoes, scallions and some capers.

Bavarian Red Cabbage There’s nothing worse than going to a German restaurant and being served canned red cabbage. It’s an insult, especially when you’ve tasted the real thing. Sweet, spicy and rich with the promise of good things to come, there’s nothing like the smell of red cabbage simmering for hours on the cook top. • 6 slices bacon, diced • 2 large yellow onions, sliced • 2 red cabbage heads, sliced • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce • ½ cup cider or tarragon vinegar • ¾ cup sugar • ¼ cup salt • ¼ cup coarse ground peppercorn • Teaspoon each of ground cloves, allspice, cinnamon • 4 bay leaves • Salt/pepper In a large pot, add the ingredients in this order: bacon, onions, cabbage, spices, bay leaves, sugar, salt and pepper. Then add your vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to wash those spices down into the pot. Place the pot on medium heat for about 5 minutes, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 2 hours, stirring once or twice after the first hour.

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You’ve got mail!

Girls Love Mail charity collects and distributes letters of support to breast cancer patients


new charity called Girls Love Mail is fighting breast cancer with stationery and good penmanship. The goal of this California-based group is to give the gift of a handwritten letter to women going through breast cancer treatment at cancer centers all over the country. In 2009, Girls Love Mail founder Gina L. Mulligan was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, Gina was working on an epistolary novel, made up of all letters. While undergoing treatment and writing letters for her book, she started receiving letters and cards filled with well wishes. Gina received over 200 letters, many from people she had never met. “Letters were all around me, and I realized letters are a precious gift with the power to heal,” said Mulligan. “Letter writing is a great family and group activity,” she said. “All it takes is a little of your time and a woman in need will receive your personal words of encouragement.” The Girls Love Mail website

their love? I hope you feel it and can bask in the greatness of it all. Please know our thoughts and caring are with you, your family and friends. Our circle of love surrounds you. Peace and love, Amy T.

contains sample letters, printable stationery, tips on selecting inspirational words and party kits to make it easy for book clubs, Girl Scout troops or

others to make this simple act of kindness a group effort. One sample letter reads: Dear friend, I’m here with a table full

of new friends creating cards of supportive wishes for women like you. Isn’t it amazing to think of all the people in the world cheering for you and sending you

Those wishing to participate can send their handwritten letters to the Girls Love Mail headquarters, where they will be placed in special envelopes and shipped to partnering cancer centers in many different states. Since August of 2011, Girls Love Mail has received more than 8,000 letters, written by people of all ages from more than 900 cities across the United States, plus Canada, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and Norway. Supported by a grant from the Sacramento Valley affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the current goal of Girls Love Mail is to create a Mile of Mail by collecting 5,280 letters in one year. For more information, visit ■

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No More Excuses By DEBBIE KEEL

North Fulton Hospital CEO



espite the new advances in mammography technology in the last decade, many women still have an array of excuses for not having their annual mammogram. First, it hurts to have a mammogram. That is true and still is today to some degree. The good news is that with digital mammography, including ours at North Fulton Hospital, the discomfort, while still there (guys, you wouldn’t believe the way this feels – not good!), doesn’t seem as bad, because now the technologists get a better image the first time and seldom have to re-shoot the picture. Second, there have always been concerns about women receiving too much radiation, both from repeated images during the same test and the aggregate amount over the years. But the American College of Radiologists and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, not to mention the American Cancer Society, still maintains its recommendation that women over 40 receive an annual

Power of Pink models from left to right, Stacey Goe, Christina Smith, Linda Rundell, Melody Corbin, Janice Jenkins, Denise Eilers, Kelly Price, Cheryl Becker, Susie Cicero, Pam Shinholster and Christine Hall.

screening mammogram. Finally, busy women just can’t find the time – the same excuse we all use when it’s something we just don’t want to do (like getting a screening colonoscopy at age 50 or going to the dentist twice a year). Let’s just agree that this is about the worst excuse ever not to have a mammogram that may save your life by detecting breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage. The models in the recent Power of Pink Fashion Show, held recently at North Fulton Hospital’s annual luncheon and silent auction, trump all the above excuses. These women are breast cancer

survivors – some beyond that glorious five-year cancer-free mark and some who are newly battling the disease. The Power of Pink raised more than $30,000 for Susan G. Komen Foundation this year. Aside from the fun we shared and the courage of these brave models (and how spectacular they looked in the show), the biggest news coming out of that luncheon was North Fulton Hospital’s announcement that it would now guarantee you receive your screening mammogram results within 24 hours of the time it’s performed. No more waiting for days while the results, most of which are negative (that means no breast cancer), are called to your

doctor or you. Twenty-four hours is all that any woman should wait before hearing news that in most cases will cause a sigh of relief. Special thanks to our NFH techs and physicians who have vowed to make this happen. So no more excuses – if you need a mammogram, call us now at 770-751-2719. ■ Debbie Keel ►

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Power of Pink raises $30k for breast cancer A PHOTOS BY ABBY BREAUX AND KELLY BROOKS

swarm of pink filled Johns Creek's Country Club of the South Sept. 20 as about 350 gathered to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. Power of Pink, sponsored by North Fulton Hospital, included a luncheon, silent auction and fashion show featuring hospital breast cancer patients and survivors. The event was on track to raise at least $30,000, a new record, hospital COO Teresa Urquhart said. Proceeds support women with breast cancer and fund research to help find a cure, and about 75 percent of all funds stay in the Atlanta area. ■

From left, Don Rolader, Becky Wynn and Steve Stroud.

Stacey Goe

More than 100 items worth more than $25,000 total were donated for the silent auction.

Roswell’s Cakes by Darcy donated the showpiece cake and dessert.

Christina Smith

Christine Hall

Kelly Price

Steve Stroud, center, sporting a pink jacket, with Roswell Rotarians showing their support as the “10 guys in pink ties.”

Denise Eilers

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Crabapple Fest 10 a.m – 6 p.m. Crabapple Fest is new this year, combining two popular events, the Milton Roundup and the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival. Antiques and art from hundreds of juried vendors, a music and entertainment stage with local and touring acts, games, rides and activities for kids, and, for the first time, beer and wine on the festival grounds. Free parking. Downtown Crabapple, at the “five-points” intersection of Mayfield Road, Broadwell Road, MidBroadwell Road, Crabapple Road and Birmingham Highway in Milton. Scarecrow Harvest in Alpharetta 10 a.m. More than 100 scarecrows stand tall and proud along the streets of downtown Alpharetta, inspiring fall spirit! A family street party that continues into the night offers a farmer’s market, groovy music, free hayrides, quirky face painting, artsy activities and delicious food. Milton Avenue, downtown Alpharetta. ALPHARETTA

high heels, showing their support for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. All funds raised will support Forsyth County Family Haven. Attendance is free, walk registration is $25. Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming.


Food Truck Alley in Alpharetta 5 – 9 p.m., every Thursday in October. Feast on the street on Old Roswell Street in Alpharetta featuring 6-8 rotating food trucks and live music. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early.


Kick it for the Cure at Johns Creek High 7 p.m. The Johns Creek High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders are sponsoring Kick it for the Cure during the JCHS football game to raise money for the Northside Hospital Breast Cancer Center. All game attendees wearing pink will receive a Chick Fil-A coupon and the cheerleaders will be collecting change and donations as well as selling raffle tickets for some great items. Johns Creek High School, 5575 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek.

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest ▲ 6:30 – 11 p.m. The Alpharetta Business Association hosts this event featuring brew, wine and delicious food from some of Alpharetta’s best restaurants as the city comes together for one big street party. Milton Avenue, downtown Alpharetta.

“Hallelujah Girls” at Cumming Playhouse 8 p.m. Performances continue through Oct. 13. Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action takes place in the Spa-Dee-Dah, an abandoned church turned day spa where the friends gather every Friday afternoon. All seats $20. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

Shakespeare on the Lawn at Barrington Hall 4 p.m. Evening performances 8 p.m. Oct. 11-12. “Henry V,” presented by North Fulton Drama Club on the grounds of Barrington Hall, is set in war-embittered England when King Henry IV has died and his son must live down his wild adolescent past before ascending the throne. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Reserve seats or bring a blanket and lawn chairs. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.

17th annual Historic Roswell 5K Road Race and Frances McGahee Youth Day Parade 9:45 a.m. For runners and walkers, the race begins on Mimosa Boulevard in downtown Roswell prior to the Youth Day Parade. Race course goes through the beautiful historic district and ends in Roswell Area Park. Register online. The Youth Day Parade, honoring and supporting the youth of Roswell, begins 10 a.m. at Roswell Baptist Church and ends at Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell.

Atlanta Eats Live: a Salute to Chefs 5 – 10 p.m. Join Linton Hopkins, Kevin Rathbun, the Atlanta Eats crew and 30 of the city’s best restaurants for an unforgettable night of food, great music, a live stage show, chef karaoke and more. The 21-and-up event includes food, beverages and live entertainment. $100. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.

World’s Hoppiest 5K Road Race and After Party in Crabapple 6 p.m. Part of the Run and See Georgia Grand Prix Series, the World’s Hoppiest 5K Race begins at 8 p.m. and ends at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Crabapple. The party begins at 6 p.m. and includes live music and plenty of food and drink. Proceeds benefit Canine Assistants of Milton. $30 registration online.


Harvest on the Hooch: A Unity Garden Spectacular 3 – 6 p.m. Raise funds for the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Unity Garden while watching local chefs prepare fresh tapas-style farm-to-table food. Local wine and beer and delicious, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Whole Foods Market will be served in the garden. The event also includes a raffle, live music, live farm animals and garden games. $30 for adults, $15 for kids 6-12. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

street dance • brew

& shenanigans


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Forsyth ▲ 2 p.m. Enjoy food and activities while watching men walk a half-mile in

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Forsyth Newcomers and Womens Club Luncheon 11 a.m. All women in Forsyth County and surrounding counties are invited to join the Forsyth County Newcomers and Women’s Club which hosts luncheons on the third Thursday of each month. Contact 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.


Beasties at Barrington Hall 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Take a haunted tour of Barrington Hall, inside and out. $5 admission benefits the North Fulton Drama Club. For more information, call 678-561-BARD or email nfdramaclub@ 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


Race to Rally Hope 8:30 a.m. This Peachtree Road Race qualifying event includes a Kid’s Fun Run, 5K and 10K runs. Benefits Kiddo’s Clubhouse Foundation which provides scholarships for children in need of therapy services. North Point Village Shopping Center (by Learning Express), Northpoint Parkway, Alpharetta.


House on Horror Hill in Alpharetta The house opens after dark, Oct. 24-29 and Oct. 31 – Nov. 2. The North Fulton Jaycees are ready to scare you with the most intense haunted house in the area. Sight and sound combine to send shivers down your spine! $12. 1650 Alpharetta Highway. For more information, call 404-786-2665. “Talley’s Folly” at the Cumming Playhouse 8 p.m. Shows continue through Nov. 3. In 1944, Matt Friedman, a Jewish accountant from St. Lewis who has done his best to lose his European accent arrives in Lebanon, Missouri to court Salley Talley whose marriage prospects have dimmed as she tends to wounded war vets. Two lonely people in a lonely place. “Talley’s Folley” is a no holds-barred romance, a valentine to the idea that there is someone for everyone. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

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Johns Creek Arts Festival ▲ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Ready, set and shop on the green space across from the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. Talented artisans will exhibit paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art and more! Continuous live entertainment will include von Grey and Banks and Shane beginning at 7p.m. on Saturday, followed by fireworks. 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek.

Restless in Resthaven Cemetery Tours 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. The spirits of Alpharetta’s past will come to life on Saturday and Sunday during this 90-minute, 2-mile round trip tour of Resthaven Cemetery in downtown Alpharetta. Hear about the city’s early history from the people who lived there “back in the day.” $10 includes tour and a souvenir cup. Make reservations online or at the Alpharetta Community Center. Downtown Alpharetta, 29 South Main St.

Looking Ahead


Rivers Alive Cleanup in Milton 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Volunteers will gather at Bailey Farms and Gardens, 255 Hickory Flat Road in Milton, to clean up identified streams, roadways and school sites to help keep the community and waterways pure and beautiful. To register or for more information, contact Milton Grows Green, or call Cindy Eade, 678-242-2509. FALLfest at Alpharetta Methodist Church 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This family fun event includes more than 60 arts and crafts exhibitors, free children’s games and pony rides, a flea market, health fair, live music, delicious food and more. Alpharetta Methodist Church, 69 North Main St., Alpharetta. Great Pumpkin Carve 11 a.m. Save the mess of carving a pumpkin at home and come to East Roswell Park. They supply the pumpkins, carving kits, patterns and even refreshments. All ages welcome. $16. 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell.


An International Festival Concert ▲ 4 p.m. The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents “An International Festival Concert” featuring Korean violinist Janet Sung, Peruvian baritone Jose Sacin and local wunderkind pianist Joshua Shue. Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for seniors over 65 and $12 for students under 21. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.

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Welcome to

North Fulton Women’s Specialists

Sowmya Reddy, MD Board-Certified OB/GYN

The specialized care you want. The personal attention you deserve.

Sheila V. Garnica, MD Board Certified OB/GYN Certified Menopause Practitioner



• Preventive Exams and Pap Smears

• Birth Control

• Preconception, Family Planning and Contraception Consults • Prenatal Care and Delivery

(IUD, Nexplanon, Depo Provera) • Treatment for Heavy or Frequent Periods

• Teenage and Adolescent Care

• Investigation of Incontinence

• Menopause/Peri-Menopause Management

• Colposcopy and LEEP

• Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery • Waterbirths

(treatment for abnormal paps) • Ultrasonography

Alexandre K. Eaccarino, DO

To learn more about the services and physicians at North Fulton Women’s Specialists, visit Now accepting new patients and most major insurance plans. Same-day appointments available; call (770) 410-4388.

Michele P. Clark, MSN, CNM Certified Nurse-Midwife

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