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fashionfocus Hot styles for warm weather page 22

treasures for the home Furniture ďƒžnds beneďƒžt local charities page 12


Italian fare in Alpharetta page 10

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STAFF Candy Waylock editorial

Katie VanBrackle editorial Katie VanBrackle inherited a strong creative itch from her artist mother. Too impatient to paint, she chooses instead to capture the human spirit on the page with words. Using her journalism degree from UGA, she enjoys exploring the amazing, brave, funny, generous things people do. Katie lives in Milton with her husband and two sons. She dashes between schools, church and sports fields as a volunteer and depends on her sense of humor and girls’ nights out to stay sane.


Looking perfectly put together, this month's cover model Heidi Kloster of Johns Creek wears the latest looks for spring. A new graduate of Penn State with a degree in theatre and broadcast journalism, Heidi polishes up her performance skills on a rather "quiet" reader at

Kelly Brooks production manager Raised in New Jersey and Tennessee, the product of a Northern mother and a Southern father, Kelly Brooks can’t help but explore every side of the story. In 2006, she earned a bachelor ’s degree in telecommunication arts from the University of Georgia. After working as a reporter, she attended the University of Maryland, where she earned a master ’s in multimedia journalism and took a liking to graphic design. She has been a production artist for Appen since 2010.

and styled by Laura Mynatt. For more spring fashion styles, turn to page 22.

publisher’snote Ahhhhh….Springtime in Atlanta. If only the stock market could soar like the pollen counts! But the yellow glow that covered North Fulton is only a reminder that warm weather is here to stay….no more teasing like the weeks we had in March where we huddled under blankets one day, only to kick on the air conditioner the next. assess our own personal relationship with conservation and the footprints we leave behind. For Northside Woman, we’ve always devoted much of our editorial content in April to the environment, and this month’s edition continues that tradition.

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

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The Avenue Forsyth. Clothing for the cover shoot is from Straw Dog at The Avenue Forsyth,

In April, the focus is on the environment as we celebrate Earth Day, and hopefully

Devon Morgan cover photographer





Candy Waylock began working for Appen Newspapers in 1997, primarily as a reporter covering education issues for the weekly publications. She earned her degree in Journalism from Bradley University in 1987 and has been a member of the media ever since. In 2007, Candy helped launch Northside Woman magazine and continues to be a part of each monthly publication. She lives in Alpharetta with her husband, three children and a houseful of rescued pets!

We’ve interviewed three Northside women who are the point people for environmental stewardship for three local cities: Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell. All three may have arrived at their destinations in different ways, but they all share a commitment to their communities to protect and preserve the natural resources. We also visit Treasures, a consignment furniture store in Roswell, which donates its proceeds to area non-profits – fulfilling the tenets of associate publisher

Ray Appen

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animals. Our Pet of the Month column continues to find homes for rescued animals, and this month we look at We also added a healthy splash of color in our center spread, pulling together the “must have” fashions that are in the stores today...and may soon be hanging in your own closets. From wedge heels, to flirty dresses, to the color of the season (mandarin orange), we’ve got you covered in this month’s edition of Northside Woman.

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The Green Team Environmental coordinators help cities conserve, protect and educate By CANDY WAYLOCK

in to the environmental field, saying

a childhood spent outdoors infused in her the need to protect and preserve

It’s said that behind every great idea is an equally great person who can take the concept and make it a reality. As the environmental point people for their cities, Terry Porter (Alpharetta), Cindy Eade (Milton) and Vicki Culbreth (Roswell) are instrumental in raising and promoting awareness of the simple steps that cities and their residents can do for the environment. Although their work continues year-round, it is even more relevant as Earth Day is celebrated this month.

natural resources. For more than 30 years, she’s held a variety of jobs in environmental


as a field investigator for the Virginia Water Control Board, looking into fish kills, contaminated areas and other aspects of water quality. Eight years ago, she became the

Vicki Culbreth teaches campers at Northview Church about freshwater macro invertebrates during a summer camp session.

environmental programs coordinator

of items at the curbside, Porter also

for the city of Alpharetta, where she

coordinates citywide collection days

helps educate the public about

to collect and recycle household

environmental issues and works to

hazardous wastes, paint, computer

develop volunteer resources within

and electronics, bulky items and

schools, scouting, individuals and

Christmas trees. “The

groups. “Creating




[hazardous may


substances the


and leveraging community resources

appreciated collection we offer,”

and participation instills pride and

said Porter, who said Alpharetta held

ownership in the community,” said

the first one in 2004, and now offers


the collection regularly. the

As far as the future, Porter

same for Porter, who is part of the

said Alpharetta is evaluating the

Stormwater Group of the Public

current needs of the community

Works Department. While much of

and deciding if it should modify

her time is spent on conservation

environmental programs to meet



the changing world of recycling.


One goal, said Porter, is to increase


recycling by Alpharetta residents and

festivals, school programs, Adopt-

businesses by 20 percent over the


next five years.





responsible recycling

Terry Porter Environmental programs coordinator City of Alpharetta










Adopt-A-Stream community



If she could wave the “magic environmental wand” to change


Terry Porter can’t remember a

It is the school program that

time in her life when being outside

excites Porter the most. Through

and enjoying nature didn’t play a


pivotal role. A native Virginian, Porter


spent weekends on the Chesapeake


attitudes and behaviors, Porter said she would do three things:


End the idea that somebody else


will take care of problems, and instill


a sense of personal responsibility and

Bay, spending every waking moment

education into the classroom. Porter

a willingness to help others toward

outside with her three brothers.

provides the training, resources and

good causes;

EverGreen schools

Schools are


“[My family] all loved to fish, crab,

materials for the schools, and offers

Instill a sense of understanding

ski and explore,” said Porter, who has

classroom programs in schools or at

about the world around us and

been with the city of Alpharetta for

local parks.




preservation; and

eight years. “The Chesapeake Bay

Porter also praises Alpharetta’s

and Chickahominy Swamp were our

recycling efforts, which have grown

Change the “my glass is half

playgrounds. The ocean is still very

over the past decade into a model

empty” attitude to the “half full”

much a part of our everyday lives.”

program throughout the area. While

attitude as people look at their lives

residents can recycle the vast majority

and their purpose.

As an adult, Porter naturally went

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Vicki Culbreth Environmental education coordinator & water conservation coordinator City of Roswell After graduating with a degree in wildlife biology from the University of





her career sights on becoming a research scientist. But a summer spent





environmental camp in the North Georgia mountains provided a new direction for the Atlanta native. “I









children. “It was really great to work with kids who were bored by science and find that interest and spark. There’s nothing better than seeing the confidence a 7-year-old has after hiking to the top of a mountain, or the fascination when they see what’s living under a rock in a stream.” Following




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all products from Bath and Body




lover? Are you also the kind of shopper who likes to put your money Then you’ll be happy to


e id h fi v e n o r t

where your heart is?



know that finding products

by companies that don’t test




as well. Natural Foods




a large selection of cruelty-free cleaning products




a si d s & t e w ips for o men

Here is a sample of animal-friendly


that work well, are affordable

their products on animals is easier

and easy to pick up in stores you

than ever. Use the iPhone apps listed below

probably frequent each week. Many

to search local stores for animal-

of the personal care items can be

friendly products by companies that

found in the natural foods sections of

never use animal-tested ingredients,

stores like Target or Publix. Be nice to bunnies and make

nor test their final product on animals. All




your weekly shopping list cruelty-free.

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Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Orange Clove Countertop Spray (Natural Foods Warehouse, $2.99); Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Concentrated Packs (Publix, $4.39); Bath and Body Works Kitchen Lemon Anti-bacterial Hand Soap (Bath and Body Works, $5); Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Liquid Dish Soap (Trader Joe’s, $2.99)

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Top: La Casa Italian Grill is located in an historic home in downtown Alpharetta. Dishes, from left to right: Fresco Panini - Sliced mozzarella and tomato with fresh basil sauce served on Italian bread, baked in-house. $8.95. Salmon Salad - Butter bean salad with roasted peppers, topped with grilled salmon. $11.95. Arancini - Crispy rice balls stuffed with goat cheese, Italian sausage and marinara sauce. $5.95.

the lunch crowd while deck heaters

La Casa owner Pasquale Cardamuro grew up in Naples, Italy.

presented in a champagne glass.

keep evening diners comfortable

The lunch menu offers a wide

under the stars year round. Inside,

selection of pastas and salads like

three separate dining areas feature

the popular smoked salmon salad

eclectic, colorful décor.

served with butter beans and roasted the

peppers, hand-tossed pizzas and

atmosphere that reminds me of a

panini made with freshly baked

real neighborhood trattoria in Italy,”

Italian bread. A Sunday brunch is also

A taste of Naples in downtown Alpharetta

said Cardamuro. “I love the small



culinary experience to guide him,




my culture,” said Cardamuro. “My

features authentic Italian recipes

pleasure comes from sharing the



taste of my family’s home cooking




Pasquale Cardamuro entered




rooms and the wood floors which

La Casa offers a full bar and

are original to the house. I want my

carefully chosen Italian wines to

customers to feel like they are coming

complement the menu. Traditional

home each time they dine here.”

Italian espressos or cappuccinos are












offered at meal’s end. “Italian food is my passion and

with customers and making their

the restaurant business at age 7,

with homemade meat sauce, and

washing dishes and polishing silver in

Radiotori, which is fresh spiral rotini,

Many happy customers posted

his grandfather’s restaurant in Naples,

chicken, tomatoes, capers, kalamata

favorable online reviews after their

Italy. Eventually, he graduated to

olives, fresh mozzarella and arugula in

own dining experiences at La Casa.

busboy, and then worked his way

a white wine garlic sauce.

The restaurant was named a 2012

Does Cardamuro have a favorite

to the kitchen where he learned to

menu item?

cook. As a teenager, Cardamuro to join his father and uncle at the fish market before helping them prepare

Cozy dining areas inside La Casa offer an intimate dining experience.

the restaurant’s daily menu.

Diners Choice winner by OpenTable. com, receiving awards for Best Food

“I grew up on the coast of Italy,

would wake up early each morning

dining experience memorable.”

so I am a seafood lover,” he said. “I

and Best Service as well as being dubbed a Neighborhood Gem.

would have to say my favorite dish

Cardamuro has called Georgia

is the Seafood Marechiaro, which is

home for the past 30 years, but his


new restaurant in Alpharetta, naming

combination of shrimp, mussels and

childhood memories of the flavors of

restaurant was an extension of his

it La Casa, which in Italian means

calamari with fresh herbs in a cherry

Italy are alive and well in a little yellow

home, a place where customers were

“the home.”

tomato sauce.”

house in downtown Alpharetta.




greeted by name and welcomed

La Casa Italian Grill lives up to

All dishes are crafted from scratch

with warm hospitality. It was this

its cozy name, located in an historic

and all sauces, breads and desserts

atmosphere he longed to recreate

yellow brick home on Old Roswell


when he moved to Georgia at age

Street a block away from Alpharetta’s

imports additional specialty desserts

21, following the American dream of

downtown park. Shady patios lined

directly from Italy such as chocolate

owning his own business.

with flower boxes surround the home,

truffles and refreshing lemon gelato

offering tempting dining spots for


Cardamuro recently opened a

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Treasures for the home and heart Alison White turns bargains for the home into blessings for the needy STORY & PHOTOS

furnishings for their homes at very


low prices. The community at large

benefits when Treasures’ net profits are used to support local charities.









consignment shop on Hilton Head

the unique opportunity to shop for

Island, S.C. for 20 years. When she

furniture or accessories with the

moved to Atlanta, she swore “never

additional satisfaction of knowing

again!” Yet, there she stands behind

that their bargain finds will help

the counter of Treasures, an upscale

influence others’ lives,” said White.

home furnishings resale store on

“When you invest in a quality piece

Alpharetta Highway in Roswell.

of furniture from Treasures, you are

The difference lies in the mission behind





owned by a nonprofit organization,

also making an investment in your community. We’re the only store around who does this.”

Treasures Ministry, comprised of local

The Drake House in Roswell,

business people. The ministry was the

which provides emergency housing

brainchild of White and she serves as

for single mothers and children in the

executive director.

North Fulton area, was the first local

Each year, 100 percent of the net profits from the store are donated

charity to benefit when Treasures opened in 2006.

to local charities, fulfilling the mission

Each month, a different local

of “turning earthly treasures into

nonprofit is selected such as Foster

heavenly treasures.”

Care Support Foundation or Just

So instead of working for her

People, Inc., a Roswell-based support

own profit, White now employs her

group for adults with developmental

business skills toward earning money


to help those in need.

autism or Asperger’s.




“Knowing that I’m working for the

In December 2011, White says she

good of others makes each day a

had the most fun yet when Treasures

pleasure,” said White. “I’m a happy

was able to give $3,000 to six area

camper because I believe in what

churches. “The money was for the churches

I’m doing.” Treasures is a win-win proposition all the way around, White explains. Furniture consigners are happy






were out of work, just in time for the holidays,” she said. “The churches’

because they receive half of the


selling price of their items and feel

depleted and they were so surprised

good knowing the other half goes


to a good cause. The customers are

financial help.”

happy because they find beautiful


How you can help

• Donate your furnishings and receive a tax receipt. • Consign with Treasures and receive 50 percent of the selling price. • Volunteer to assist customers in the store.



for at

were the





Treasures Resale

11060 Alpharetta Highway, Suite 140 Roswell, Ga. 30076 770-594-2939

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Top: Alison White serves as executive director of Treasures Ministry. Bottom: Donated or consigned home furnishings are sold at Treasures to raise money for local charities.

priced to sell. No item remains in the

help keep the showroom organized

store more than four months, after

and attractive and offer design

which the consignor may choose

advice to customers. Several former

to retrieve their item or donate it to


Treasures Ministry.

much they later became Treasures

Much of the inventory is donated






from the start by those who wish to

Whatever their position, all who

support the ministry without receiving

work at Treasures agree that one of

money in return.

the best parts of their job is spending

“Just this month, we received our 40,000


item,” said White. “New

furnishings arrive almost daily.”

time with the customers. “Often we have people who come in and only pretend to shop,”

Many donated furniture pieces

admitted White. “What they are

are updated by talented Treasures

really looking for is someone to talk to,

employees who turn ordinary pieces

someone who will listen with a smile.

into extraordinary one-of-a-kind finds

Everyone wants to feel special.”

with stylish decorative paint finishes,

When speaking of her own role at

new knobs or hand-painted detailing.

Treasures, White puts it this way. “God

Volunteers come in weekly to

owns the business. I just work here.”

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Glass artist balances passion and practicality Lisa Mote featured at Alpharetta Arts StreetFest

Diane Adams, an art consultant, discovered Mote’s work at a craft show and now a large part of Mote’s business is from private art collectors and corporate clients including Coca-Cola.


“Coca-Cola just shipped a crate of glass Coke bottles to me today,” said

“Fireworks” by Lisa Mote.

Lisa Mote is an award-winning glass fusion artist whose bold, three-dimensional glass creations hang in banks, hospitals, corporate boardrooms and private living rooms all over the country. Mote is one of nearly 100 artists who will display their talents at the Alpharetta Arts StreetFest, to be

Mote. “I’m going to break them into pieces and fuse them back together in a metal frame, rippling and suspending them with coiled wire.” For Mote, inspiration for her art rarely arrives on command. dragged all

“Inspiration comes in waves. Waves that keep

For Mote, creating art has been a lifelong

over the Southeast

me up all night and then suddenly I’ll have the

passion. Majoring in painting and commercial

to craft shows. I’d just set up the playpens

clarity that pulls together all my fragmented ideas.

held April 14-15 in downtown Alpharetta.

design in college, she worked as a gymnastics coach before making art a full-time career. “I began with paintings, but soon realized they were entirely too personal,” said Mote. “I painted

and strollers right next to my booth,” she said.

And a new body of work will follow,” she said.

Mote’s family lived in metro Atlanta for years

Just as Mote fuses together bright pieces of

but moved to Newborn, about an hour east of

glass, she works continually to blend together her

Atlanta, six years ago.

roles as artist, wife, friend and mother. Her youngest

“We are in the country now with plenty of

two children are now in high school and she’s

“I’ve had this ongoing debate in my mind for

elbow room, which has freed me up in many ways,”

already looking ahead to what new directions she

years over which direction to pursue as an artist,”

she said. “Now, I have the space to think larger and

might take artistically with the freedom of an empty

she said. “My right brain tells me to be wildly

bigger about my art.”


what I felt, but quite frankly, they weren’t selling.

creative, non-functional and larger than life. My

Mote’s husband Rusty designed a new solar

“Being successful in the art world takes

left brain is a little more concerned with practical

glass studio for her large kilns and work areas.

years of paying your dues and a lot of stubborn

matters like paying the bills, even if it means staying

Photovoltaic panels connect to the local power


in a rut artistically. Finally, I realized the solution is to

grid, allowing Mote to sell power back to Georgia

fortunate to have found a way to do

find the right balance between the two.”

Power, reducing her electricity bills to less than $50

what I love while still being flexible

Mote began making stained glass pieces as





with my time and completely

per month.

a hobby and quickly became obsessed with the

Rusty also designed a big trailer customized

medium. Then she discovered glass fusion, which

with padded slots for transporting Lisa’s fragile

allows even more creativity.


art pieces to craft shows.

available to my kids.” View Lisa Mote’s work online at

“Stained glass works with cold glass, but in


glass fusion, the sheets of glass are cut, stacked,







layered and heated until they melt together,” she

one of Lisa Mote’s unique

explained. “You can control the color, shape and

suspended glass panels

texture of the piece by the amount of heat you apply.” Mote took a welding class to learn how to use plasma cutters and bending tools. Adding metal supports to the glass pieces allowed her to create larger, more dramatic glass art. While exploring the world of glass fusion, Mote was also raising a family including five children. “From the time they were babies, my kids were Lisa Mote is an award-winning glass fusion artist. Right: “Spring Garden” by Lisa Mote. Below: “Spring Garden” bowl by Lisa Mote.

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Never judge a book by its cover Nettlebrook Farms readers step outside the box and discover great stories STORY & PHOTOS By KATIE VANBRACKLE

the-box reading experiences, the Nettlebrook ladies decided to take

Even though “The Hunger Games”

it easy in April, reading Kate Morton’s

by Suzanne Collins was generating a

“The Forgotten Garden,” well within

lot of buzz, Diane McNamee hesitated

their historical fiction safety zone.

before suggesting the novel to her


book club in the Nettlebrook Farms neighborhood in Milton. The




had read

previously Cormac

Front, from left: Christine Judge, Diane McNamee, Chris Barron and Jessica Baker. Back, from left: Kim Hammer, Michelle Weston, Patti Ventura, Michele Bryan, Pat Check, Monica Vella and Gloria Kiely.

McCarthy’s “The Road,” which most members




thought I would.” McNamee

“Turns out, the dancers are the first prepares

two children King kills in the book ‘It.’

ways to that story, featuring starving

discussion questions for book club

Kind of creepy, but only diehard King

characters struggling to survive in a

meetings, but found no readers’

fans would put that together.”

futuristic post-apocalyptic America.

guide on Stephen King’s website

The biggest surprise revealed

Curiosity got the better of them,

– not surprising, considering King’s

by the fan websites was that the

however. Several moms in the group

famously reclusive nature. McNamee

ending of “11/22/63” was not the

had middle and high school students

did discover multiple blogs and

original version envisioned by King.

who were raving about the series.

websites from King’s many devoted


To McNamee’s relief, not only did

fans that revealed secrets within the

strongly felt that a different resolution

everyone enjoy “The Hunger Games,”

book that the casual reader would

was needed for two of the main

they immediately wanted to read

never notice.

characters. King took his advice and

Hunger Games” is similar in some





Games” trilogy and Stephen King’s










books to fellow readers.

“The Book Thief” By Markus Zusak An unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. Living in World War II Germany, young Liesel Meminger learns to read and shares stolen books with neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

“Those Who Save Us” By Jenna Blum

the rest of the trilogy and organized

For instance, the town of Derry,

a book club outing to see the movie

Maine is mentioned somewhere in

version that opened in March.

each of King’s many novels and



characters from previous stories often

Alpharetta in December 2011 when

heartbreaking truth of her mother’s

venture outside their reading comfort

make small appearances in later

he signed books for fans at a Walmart

life in Germany during World War II.

zone, the Nettlebrook ladies set


on Highway 9. The event was not

Combining a passionate, doomed




re-wrote the ending.

“11/22/63,” the Nettlebrook book


Nettlebrook Stephen






Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy




their sites on another out-of-the-

“In ‘11/22/63,’ the lead character

publicized, yet still attracted 600

love story, a vivid evocation of life

box choice: Stephen King’s latest

travels back in time and comes

fans from as far away as Hawaii and

during the war and a poignant

novel, “11/22/63,” a tale about an

across two dancers,” said McNamee.



American English teacher who goes back in time to prevent Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating President

▼ The Nettlebrook Farms book club recommends these titles to fellow readers.



King chose the Alpharetta

Who Save Us” explores what we

location so he could also

endure to survive and the legacy of

publicize his new musical,


“Ghost Brothers of Darkland

John F. Kennedy. McNamee assured the group

County,” which opens this

that this King book was “not just

month at the Alliance Theater

another bloody story” and was

in Atlanta. King teamed up

Giovanna Costa, reeling from

more in line with the historical fiction

with popular musician John

personal tragedies, leaves Italy for a

genre the group enjoys. Still, it was a



new life in America in the early 1900s.

daunting 849-page novel.

gothic ghost story set in 1967

After finding companionship and

Once readers’





the was

rewarded. “I was truly surprised,” said Kim Hammer. “I liked it much more than I

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Mississippi. Another

“Elizabeth Street” By Laurie Fabiano

taking pride in a growing business, book

she is threatened by a gang of brutal

club outing is in the works to travel


extortionists and struggles to save

downtown for the show.

what is important above all else:

After two successful out-of-


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WELCOME to our

pet feature

woman'sbestfriend PET of the MONTH Oatmeal: Smart and beautiful – now that is a combination that sums up Oatmeal. This 1-year old Golden Retriever/Collie mix earned top marks in her “puppy school” for obedience, temperament and behavior. It’s an amazing journey for sweet Oatmeal, who was dumped in a high-kill shelter by previous owners, only to be saved just hours away from death by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. After months of care and love from her foster mom, Oatmeal is healthy, happy and ready for his forever home. He loves everyone…dogs,




fact, his foster would prefer a home with another canine companion and children. The bonus for Oatmeal’s new family is “built in” boarding care –

Please send us your news about rescue groups and vet questions. We will try to answer them and publicize your group!


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Oatmeal’s foster mom will care for him anytime his family needs to go away. Oatmeal has been neutered and is up to date on all vaccines. To inquire about Oatmeal, call his foster mom at 678-556-9710 or visit

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Adding some "green" to your daily routine By MARLA PRINCE

But this is only the first step. We wouldn’t


have as much to recycle if we would



mainstream and should be done

reduce and reuse in the first place.

in every household, office and

expected to be house managers, executive chefs,

In other words, go on a garbage

school. It’s time to ramp up our

chauffeurs, financial planners and now, we are

diet. Learn to live a little more

efforts and do more than just

expected to be environmentalists as well? Who

like our grandparents lived when

schlepping reusable shopping

has time to make sure the aluminum cans are

things were scarce and money

bags to the grocery store. Make

separated from the plastic bottles? Who has time to

was tighter than it is today.

As 21st century women and mothers, we are

rinse out the mayonnaise jars? Are your days filled

a difference, even if you start

If all this trash talk makes you a

with endless duties with no time left over to “think

little green around the gills, it’s time to

green,” let alone “go green?”

make a change. Since April is Earth Month,

small. Who cares if the Starbucks barista looks at you funny when you bring your own cup? No one is asking you

If you are like many Americans, you take your

it’s a perfect time to start making a difference. The

to go out and purchase solar panels for your house,

trash to the curbside and forget about it. You

tenants of one local commercial office decided to

but recycling and responsible behavior is not the

probably don’t even consider the consequences

go green and do their part in reducing workplace

flavor of the month. It is here to stay.

of your actions. You are not alone. Each year, the

trash. They went from throwing all their garbage in

So, instead of dumpster diving for coupons, try

U.S. population discards 16 billion diapers, 1.6 billion

the office away to recycling 8.5 tons of material

dumpster diving for recyclables and reduce the

pens, 220 million car tires and enough office paper

in just five months. This is equivalent to saving 144

five pounds of trash you send to the landfill every

to build a wall 12 feet high, stretching from Los

trees, over 59,000 gallons of water and 3,000 gallons


Angeles to New York City. Our husbands, children,

of oil.

what does he know?

teachers, co-workers, you and I can generate up to five pounds of trash, per day. For the average American household, this equates to 20 pounds of garbage daily!

Did you know… … turning the water off while brushing your teeth saves one gallon of water? … recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees,

The Three R’s The obvious way to reduce those astonishing pounds of trash we create every day is to recycle.

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As Kermit says, it isn’t easy being green, but

6,953 gallons of water and 463 gallons of oil? … recycling 10,000 tons of waste can create over 36 new jobs?

Marla Prince has worked in the environmental industry for over 20 years. She was green before green was cool. Her goal is to recruit everyone to join her on her journey to protect and enhance the environment in which we live. Marla resides in Alpharetta with her husband and two sons.

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pants, blouses, etc.

◄ Blouse by Aryn K. $75. Flare jeans by Hudson. $165. Both at Straw Dog in The Avenue Forsyth.

► Accessories from the Eden Collection. $29$59 at Chicos in The Avenue Forsyth.

shoes / accessories

◄ Silk dress by Glam. $132. Clutch purse by Hobo. $110-$128. Both at Straw Dog in The Avenue Forsyth.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time to stash the bulky sweaters and coats in the back of the closet and break out the spring fashions. Here are a few items sure to help you make the transition in style. Many thanks to the stores at The Avenue Forsyth and Belk for helping us pull together the season’s top trends.

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► Dress by Suzi Chin. $184 at Belk.

► Dres $98 at in The Forsyth

▲ Jewelry by Vince Camuto. $88 - $98 at Belk.

◄ Dress by Vince Camuto. $178 at Belk. ► Dress by Calvin Klein. $99 at Belk.

ss by BCBG. Straw Dog Avenue h.

All Straw Dog items photographed by DEVON MORGAN/ PHOTOSYNTHESIS STUDIO

► Clutch purses by Hobo. $110$128 at Straw Dog in The Avenue Forsyth.

► Floral shoes by Toms. $54 at American Threads in The Avenue Forsyth.

◄ Lucky macramé fringe hobo purse, $229, and “Ridgeview” espadrille shoes in buff, $79. Both at Belk.

◄ Eyelet tank. $65. Flare jeans by Hudson. $165. Both at Straw Dog in The Avenue Forsyth.

► Skinny jeans by Miss Me. $99. Crochet top by Willow & Clay. $98. Both at Belk.

► $179 gold ring at Straw Dog in The Avenue Forsyth. ► Handle bag by Melie Bianco. $90 at Sage in The Avenue Forsyth.

about the stylist

Laura Mynatt is an Atlanta-based fashion stylist who pulled together the looks worn by Northside Woman cover model Heidi Kloster. An internship at Dente and Cristina in New York City, several stints in the retail world and two years at the Atlanta Apparel Mart aided Laura in gaining experience and insight into styling. Her love of the 1920’s Art Deco period, travel, bohemianism, Native American jewelry and impressionist art influence her personal style. Laura strives for each venture to reflect her passion and dedication to her craft and clients. Email:

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Public invited to Healthy Kids Day at Alpharetta YMCA The Ed Isakson Alpharetta YMCA will host Healthy Kids Day on April 28 with a variety of activities promoting a healthy lifestyle for kids and parents. Beginning at 10 a.m., the event will be held indoors and outdoors, and is open to the community at large, including non-members of the facility. The activities will last until 2 p.m., and include rock climbing, XBOX Kinnect, exercise classes, arts and crafts, hula hoops and other events designed to keep kids moving. In preparation for the Healthy Kids Day, a vegetable and herbal garden

Each patient will be throughly evaluated to make certain that no medical conditions exist that may inhibit ability to participate.

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the event on April 28. “The garden will be donated to the YMCA to honor Healthy Kids Day and will be maintained by the YMCA staff and volunteers,” said Charmaine Jackson






coordinating the project. The purpose of the community garden is two-fold, she said: to provide food and health/wellness education for Y members, and to provide vegetable donations to local charities.


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products available from the LA-based cosmetics company, which caters to spas and salons.

I love the packaging, which includes the brush

and Cleopatra. I remember watching my mom using the little pot of black liquid in the ‘70s and

The Results attached directly to the lid of the gel pot. How

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convenient – especially since I have recently lost

Cailyn Gel Eyeliner promises to “achieve the

two (very expensive) eyeliner brushes. When the

than sultry cat eyes. Several years ago,

perfect eyeline with the bold look of

makers claim waterproof, they mean it. I generally

a makeup artist directed me to gel

a liquid eyeliner [and] the ease of

do not have to use a separate makeup remover,

eyeliners, and it’s become a part of my

application and staying power of a gel.”

but this stuff had serious staying power. It didn’t

standard makeup routine ever since – I

Once dry, the makers promise the gel

budge in the shower; however it came off very

seriously don’t leave home without it.

will stay smudge-proof and waterproof

simply when I used the makeup remover provided

While I generally use a common brand

for 24 hours.

by Cailyn. It also came off with my regular makeup

thinking nothing could be more fabulous

available everywhere, I was eager to try a new product from a Californiabased company with a very unique

cleaner. I liked the brush, but honestly would have

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brown, green and a reddish-brown) every morning for several weeks,

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applying in the morning and




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preferred something a bit more tapered for a thinner line. My one concern with gel eyeliners is how quickly they can dry out – even when you take care to close the lid tightly. But after more than a month of use, I can say this product still remains soft and useable.

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LINDON co-chair

Milton Grows Green


will be demonstrations on rainwater




electric cars and green building Jack



practices in addition to displays of

volunteer co-chair of Milton Grows

eco-friendly consumer products. We’ll

Green (MGG), a citizen’s committee

have live music by local performers



and high school groups and horse-

beautification programs in the city

drawn carriage rides. For the kids,

of Milton. Lindon is also in charge of

there will be pony rides, a rock wall,

logistics for the third annual Milton

monkey bridge, giant hamster balls

Earth Day Festival to be held April 21

and hiking trails.





at Birmingham Park.

Also, all of the food is free from

With a doctorate in biophysics

fantastic vendors such as Milton’s

from the Massachusetts Institute of

Cuisine and Cocktails, Shane’s Rib

Technology, Lindon spent his career

Shack, Olde Blind Dog and Boga

in the medical field, first researching

Taqueria. Word is spreading about

blood chemistry at Harvard Medical

what a fun event this is for the whole

School and later moving to Georgia

family. We anticipate up to 1,400

to develop medical devices for

people this year.

Kimberly Clark in Roswell. Now semiretired, Lindon spends most of his time

NSW: How can people become

doing volunteer environmental work,

involved with the Milton Grows Green

which he describes as his favorite

committee? JL: MGG has a dedicated group

extracurricular activity.

of about 12 volunteers with specific Northside Woman: What sort of

expertise in the environmental field,

programs does Milton Grows Green

but membership on the committee


is open to anyone. Our meetings are

Jack Lindon: About half of our

held on the second Tuesday of each

programs are affiliated with Keep

month. On April 10, we will meet at

America Beautiful, such as Adopt-

6:30 p.m. at the Hickory Flat Fire

a-Road and the Rivers Alive stream-

Station in Milton. We are particularly

cleaning effort. We also assist with


recycling programs, air and water

green building practices to join our

quality initiatives and land use and

committee. Learn more at http://

building standards. Currently, we are





working on a new ordinance to help balance development and green

NSW: Do you have any personal environmental projects?

space in downtown Crabapple.

JL: I already drive a hybrid car, NSW: What about the Milton Earth Day Festival? JL: families spring

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It’s to day

and my wife and I want to build a small retirement home that is


chance enjoy





completely energy efficient. If you use


the right construction methods and


build to LEEDS platinum standards, it’s

while learning about eco-friendly


possible run a home for $0 per month.

choices in our community. There

That sounds pretty good to me!

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Spring brings annual ‘Dandelion Debacle’ By DIANE SIMMERING






husband spent the entire morning yanking them out of the ground my

and hurling them into the nearby

favorite time of year. The trees and

woods. As he annihilated each one, I

flowers have awakened from their

heard him mutter, “That’ll show ‘em.”

winter nap and are sporting their

Unfortunately, hubby underestimated

finest attire. The birds are happily

the dandelion’s tenacity and within

singing, and the sound of children’s

a matter of hours, reinforcements

laughter fills the air. It is also the time

arrived for another round of combat.

of year when a humorous battle

After a second day of battle,

between man and nature is taking

hubby retreated to his war





room (a.k.a. his office)

place right in my own front yard;


the man – my husband, the nature – dandelions. My loves and

husband our








better of

felt certain he would defeat them. I’m afraid it will

and works until our grass

be a tough battle to win

is pristine. It’s a job he

as the dandelion is a powerful

truly enjoys and is very good at, so

adversary proficient and hardy in

it is with a mixture of commiseration

design, allowing them to survive

and amusement that I’ve watched

and reproduce in often inhospitable

him declare war on the pretty yellow

conditions. They are also devious

dandelions covering our yard.

in their ability to transform from a





pretty yellow flower to a fluffy white

springtime foe, the initial plan of






attack was to mow them all down in a





“show no mercy” approach as each


dandelion was decapitated and

As the battle between man and

flung in tiny pieces from underneath

nature rages on, I’m going to soak

the mower blades. My husband was

up some sun while sipping sweet tea

very satisfied with the initial assault as

and enjoy the fight. It’s really tough

no yellow soldiers were left standing.

to choose sides in this war, as I love

It appeared the battle had ended

my husband and our beautiful lawn,

swiftly, but had it really?

but I also love aiding the enemy by






stepped outside to discover the

sending their parachutists sailing over the battlefield.

Diane Simmering lives in Northeast Georgia with her husband, two teenage sons and dog Gus. She writes about her highly caffeinated life as a part-time drama queen and Southern mama of four on and muses about parenting teens on Diane is passionate about her family, friends, adoption and advocacy. She is a lover of coffee, sweet tea and belly laughs.

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Face spring with a fresh look drawer by throwing out mascaras older than three


months and foundations or cream-based makeup Freshen up for spring by shedding dull winter

over 18 months old — especially if you use your

skin and lightening up your look with clean skin and

fingers to apply. These products harbor bacteria

sheer makeup. Here are quick ways to make the

transferred from your fingers that degrades their

makeup transition from cold to warm.

stability and freshness. Eye and lip pencils can be

SPF-protecting complexion enhancer while giving

► Start by exfoliating dead cells with a gentle

kept for up to three years if sharpened regularly,

sheer, buildable coverage. Neutrogena’s Healthy

facial scrub made of equal parts of baking soda

while lipsticks and glosses can last up to four years.

Skin Glow Sheers ($12) is a lightweight makeup with

and cleansing gel. After removing makeup, apply

The best way to determine if you should keep it is a

a hint of shimmer to give your skin a healthy radiant

all over to moist skin using gentle, circular motions

quick sniff. If it smells rancid, toss it.

look. This SPF 30 makeup is infused with Antioxidant

(use a creamy cleanser if you have drier skin) and

► Don’t forget to clean your makeup brushes!

rinse off. Use this combination to exfoliate all over

Brushes should be cleaned at least twice a month

► Finish your spring look with sheer, luminous

with body shampoo in the shower to reveal fresh

with a gentle, foaming cleanser, like Bare Minerals

colors for eyes and cheeks like Stila’s “in the light”

new skin.



eye palette ($38) and Physician’s Formula Happy

► Replace your heavier, winter moisturizer

Shampoo for Makeup Brushes ($14), and warm

Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush ($12) in

with a lightweight, multi-purpose formula like

water. Rinse well and squeeze out excess water

Natural. This lightweight formula gives eyes and

Estee Lauder’s Day Wear B.B Anti-Oxidant Benefit

and dry by allowing the bristle ends of the brush to

cheeks just the right amount of color for a fresh,

Crème SPF 35 ($38) that perfects and protects

hang off the edge of the counter so all sides are

spring look.

while enhancing skin with brightening optics,

exposed to air. Another great option is Johnson’s

hydrating lipids and a sheer tint of color. Another

Baby Shampoo ($4). This gentle cleanser is perfect

option is Olay’s Complete Ageless Skin Renewing

for the delicate bristles in makeup brushes.




UV Lotion SPF 20 ($15), which combines hydrating

► Lighten up your spring look by choosing

and exfoliating ingredients to renew and refresh

a sheer foundation like Stila Sheer Color Tinted

skin while protecting it from damaging UV rays.

Moisturizer SPF 20 ($34). This oil-free, tinted moisturizer

► Do some “spring cleaning” in your makeup

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Living the good life, naturally Everyone has the power to make a positive impact on the world around them, whether it’s choosing locally made products, making environmentally friendly home solutions or helping those in need. These actions can be beneficial to your family, your neighborhood and your local

several ways to find locally sourced food: Shopping at farmers markets. You can find fresh local produce, flowers, honey, breads and more. Eating at restaurants that source ingredients from local farms. Joining







Supported between

Do good for your ’hood Food





community. It’s the simple things that make a



community members and local growers. Through a

throughout the year. Find a local food bank and

Eco-expert and author Sarah Copeland blogs

CSA, you can buy what are essentially “shares” in

see what will best fill its shelves. Other organizations

about her everyday food and lifestyle experiences

the harvest each week. Pick up your goods from the

take unwanted furniture, clothes and household

on, a website that helps readers

farm or another pickup location, such as a grocery

goods — and many will come pick them up from

discover easy and innovative ways to live in

store, and enjoy fresh, seasonal ingredients.

your home. There’s always a way to repurpose what you no longer want or need.

harmony with the environment. “For me, good, natural living starts with the

Go au natural

Volunteering is a great way to create good

little things,” notes Copeland. “No matter how big

Go green — literally — by growing your own

in your community, and you’ll feel great doing

or small the action, every one of us can take steps

herbs and vegetables. There’s no better way

it. Look for volunteer opportunities that fit your

toward making the world a better place.”

to enhance your meal than by adding freshly

abilities, passions and schedule. Enjoy gardening?

chopped chives, parsley or mint to your plate. Plant

Get involved by planting and maintaining your

a windowsill herb garden so you can snip and serve

local community garden. They always need help

up a bit of green in every meal you create.

weeding and seeding.

Copeland offers simple tips on how you can live naturally, starting today.

Products made with sustainable practices give

Support local charities and organizations with

Buying food that is grown and produced

Mother Nature a bit of a break. Research, then

monetary donations. Financial support, big or small,

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select brands and products that are continually

helps them provide services to others and keeps

the food and your plate. It also means supporting

improving their operations to help minimize their

organizations running.

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impact on the environment.

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herhealth Birth plans should consider all options for delivery metropolitan Atlanta area at 20.5%.


“While we do not completely understand why For the woman pregnant with her first baby,

C-Section rate vary, I do think that the low C-Section

there are hundreds of questions to ask her physician

rate at North Fulton speaks volumes to the nursing

and her hospital. An important one is “what is the

staff and the attitude toward vaginal deliveries,”

C-Section rate at the hospital where I will deliver?”

says Dr. Frederick. “We still encourage women to VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) and I think that

It’s an important question simply because

is one reason why our C-Section rate is low.”

over the last several years, that rate has risen across the country to all time highs. Recent data

An ongoing conversation about your birth

from the National Center for Healthcare Statistics

plan is important to begin during your first visit with

(NCHS) show a national cesarean section rate of 24

your provider. However, it is just a plan. If the plan

percent; while the American College of Obstetrics

changes and calls for a C-Section, it is important

and Gynecology estimates one of every three

that you trust your provider.

babies delivered is delivered surgically by Cesarean section. In Georgia, studies indicate a 34 percent C-section rate, and rising.

far as delivering a baby,” says Dr. Hughan Frederick,

For more information about North Fulton

chief of Women’s Services at North Fulton Hospital.

Hospital’s Women’s Services, particularly birthing

“It is one of those ways that we use to essentially

options, water births and midwife services, call 770-

deflect risk from the fetus onto the mother.


Possible reasons for the increasing C-section

With all that being said, most obstetricians

rate include delayed childbearing, the rising

and most expectant moms would like to deliver

obesity rate in expectant mothers and an increase

vaginally if it’s safe for mother and child.

in multiple birth deliveries. Recent analyses also

But now for the good news. According to

found that longer labor times and an increase in

Georgia Hospital Price Check, from April 2008

induced labors are also factors.

through March 2009, North Fulton Hospital in Roswell

“Cesarean sections are a very important tool as

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had the lowest C-section rate of any hospital in the

Debbie Keel is the CEO of North Fulton Hospital.

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classrooms to talk about pollution,

said there is room for improvement.



She would love to change the “out

Culbreth volunteered and worked

soil and land use and a variety of

of sight, out of mind” attitude some

at nature centers in Atlanta and

other topics aimed at increasing

people have when it comes to

interned at Zoo Atlanta and the


understanding that small choices can

environmental “spark” moment to



have big impacts on their community

an incident on the Cuyahoga River

and environment.

in Ohio, which caught fire in 1969,

Continued from Page 6




Resources, which put her in contact with



professionals. After four years of







“I get to play a lot for my job, which





Culbreth, laughing.

For instance, she says people think drinking bottled water is fine, as

Cindy Eade Sustainability coordinator City of Milton Cindy




fueled by toxic sludge dumped into the water. “That image [of the burning

working in public outreach for the

She coordinates the Adopt-A-

Cobb County Water System, she

Stream/Road volunteer programs in

“Unfortunately, they might not be

river] kept coming back to me, and

was hired as the environmental

Roswell, helps organize city events

aware of the other impacts bottled

I wanted to do something to change

education coordinator for the city of

such as the Rivers Alive cleanup,


it,” said Eade, who grew up in Ohio.

Roswell last April. In addition, Culbreth

Big Creek Wetlands Workday and



She recalls her father as being

coordinates the water conservation

Drinking Water Week festivities, and

consequences of privately owned

environmentally aware long before

program for the city.

is currently working to get Roswell

sources to the production of the

it was fashionable or encouraged to

It was a roundabout journey

certified as a Community Wildlife

plastic to the impacts of shipping

do so.

that landed her back to her roots,

Habitat through the National Wildlife

water all over the country,” Culbreth

surrounded by the creatures and



living things that inhabit the great outdoors. “I’ve always been attracted to

Culbreth enjoys working for a

long as you recycle the bottle.

has the








“My dad didn’t use pesticides or herbicides on the lawn because




of the impact it might have on the

community that is environmentally



water,” said Eade. “My parents were

aware and active.

conservation and protection, the

also the first family on their street to


the natural world since I was very

“The citizens who choose to live

better prepared they are to make

engage in ‘xeriscaping’... no grass —

young,” said Culbreth, who grew up

here do so in part because they really

the best decisions for themselves and

just lots of shrubs and pinestraw.”

in Duluth. “I just find ecology and how

value the parks and natural areas the

their families.

different species interact with each

city offers…and [they are] invested

And family is something Culbreth

other fascinating.”

in protecting it,” said Culbreth. “It’s

will soon know well. She and her


easy to do my job when I get so

husband will welcome their first child

her to Atlanta in 1978 where her

much support.”

next month.

environmental focus took root. Today,

She spends the day developing environmental education programs for schools and civic groups, visiting

But with all communities, Culbreth

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A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, she took a job with a company



Eade’s environmental footprints can

be found in a number of programs

saw the need to set up recycling

the Fulton County Commission on the

and being sensitive to the needs of

throughout North Fulton.

programs in her children’s schools


business and personal lifestyles.”

She began with volunteer work,

and to help educate kids about how


When asked about her success

which honed her knowledge and

their actions have community-wide

high school, Eade went to work for




stories, Eade points to a program at

passion to make a difference in the


Keep North Fulton Beautiful as the

Centennial High School in Roswell,



community. She is very involved

“I think working in the paper

with the Johns Creek Chamber of

industry and seeing the volume of

schools in Sandy Springs, Milton and

program with a local waste hauler



natural resources used made me

Johns Creek.

that has resulted in daily pickups of

Leadership Johns Creek and Student

aware of the magnitude of the

Leadership Johns Creek.

usage and waste we have in our



As she looks to the future, she

country,” said Eade, who serves on

coordinator for the city of Milton.

would like Milton to become a Keep

Within this capacity, Eade works

America Beautiful affiliate, increase

closely with the Milton Grows Green

its sustainability efforts in building

program, and helps plan and execute


programs such as Adopt-A-Road,

continue to educate the community

Earth Day festivities, Rivers Alive, rain

on best practices in environmental

barrel workshops and working with




Through her two children, she Cindy Eade, left, presents Julie Burroughs of Centennial High School with the “Keep Georgia Beautiful” award in recognition of Centennial’s efforts to reduce school waste.




Last January, she filled the newly position


local schools. The





paper, cardboard and aluminum.




But conservation begins primarily of


resources in Milton draws residents

within the individual and the home, where the most impact is made.

who, for the most part, seek to

“I would like to change the ‘it’s

conserve and protect it; and

too much trouble’ attitude when it

Eade helps in these efforts. “When you are immersed in

comes to helping the environment, whether it’s recycling, using a rain

environmental programs, you





always are on the lookout for

“People need to get out of their

better and more creative ways

comfort zones a bit and try new

to be sustainable,” said Eade. “I

things, which hopefully will establish

think Milton has a great balance

new habits.”

of environmental sustainability

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todo transports visitors along Canton Street. Every third Thursday from April until October.


Taste of Forsyth ▲ 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sample over 25 local restaurants from the Cumming and Forsyth County area. The event includes music, puppet show, Kids Zone, touch-a-truck, egg hunt and more! Admission and parking are free; food samples range from $1 to $4. City of Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. Tea with Beatrix Potter 1 – 3 p.m. Annual “Tea with Bea” celebration in the gardens at Barrington Hall. Meet the beloved author as she brings Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten and other childhood friends to life with captivating storytelling and puppet mastery. $10 per person; reservations required. 770-640-3855. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Ring of Fire” 8 p.m. Through April 29. This barn-burner of a musical will raise the roof in Roswell with songs celebrating the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell.


Big Book Sale Through April 15. Sponsored by Friends of the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library. Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 2 – 4 p.m. Open to the public.


Alpharetta Farmers Market▲ 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Shop for fresh fruits, veggies, natural meats, flowers and herbs and all sorts of edible home goods from desserts and breads to raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies and soaps. Open to the public, free admission. Held each Saturday through October 6. City Hall parking lot, downtown Alpharetta.

Ninth annual Earth Day Kids’ Fest ▲ 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Youth are encouraged by Captain Planet to take the first steps in becoming environmental stewards through exciting, hands-on educational experiences. $8 adults, $5 children. Children 2 and under FREE. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest ▲ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through April 15. The streets of downtown Alpharetta will be closed as nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers are showcased. Features fine art, children’s art, live jazz, roots rock, music, dancing and more. Admission and parking are free. Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Avenue and Main Street.

Atlanta Authors series featuring Jennifer Arnold ▲ 2 p.m. Jennifer Arnold, author of “Through a Dog’s Eyes” and founder of Canine Assistants will speak as part of Friends of the Roswell Library’s Atlanta Authors series. Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell.


Fourth annual High School Music Festival 3 p.m. “Hear the Future” at this invitational High School Music Festival presented by the Michael O’Neal Singers. Tickets $10. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell.


Alive After Five in Roswell 5 p.m. Join friends and neighbors on the streets of Roswell for live music, shopping, dining and galleries. Free trolley

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Milton High School presents “Cirque” April 19 - 28. 7 – 10 p.m. Milton High School’s drama department presents its annual sell-out Cirque program. Book now! Tickets available at www. Milton High School Auditorium, 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton.


Alpharetta Relay for Life 6 p.m. Walkers honor cancer survivors and raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Milton Center Stadium, 86 School Drive, Alpharetta.

76th Atlanta Dogwood Festival ▲ Through April 22. The festival is one of the largest and most diverse juried arts festivals in the country. More than 250 artists exhibit in 12 categories including painting, glass, clay and wood. Friday: Noon – 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Piedmont Park, Atlanta.


Third annual Alpharetta – UGA Walk4Paws dog walk and jog 9 a.m. Join other dog lovers on the two-mile paved course to benefit the canine pathology and oncology departments at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Wills Park Equestrian Center, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta. Third annual Milton Earth Day Festival 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Birmingham Park, Milton. Presented by Milton Grows Green and the city of Milton. 750 Hickory Flat Road behind Fire Station No. 43. Music, food and entertainment plus lessons about eco-friendly choices in Milton.


“The Tempest” at Barrington Hall ▲ 7:30 p.m. through May 12. Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by the North Fulton Drama Club on the lawn of beautiful Barrington Hall in Roswell. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the show. “Bard in the Yard” shows run Friday and Saturday evenings April 27 – May 12 at 7:30 p.m., with one Sunday matinee on May 6 at 4 p.m. Admission is free, donations very much appreciated. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


14th annual Touch-A-Truck 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wills Park will host Alpharetta’s annual Touch-A-Truck event including dozens of unique vehicles for children to see and explore. Also moonwalks, face painting, balloons and concessions. Free and open to the public. Parking at the Alpharetta Community Center. Wills Park behind the city pool, near 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Antique Appraisal at Smith Plantation House Certified Antique Appraiser Richard Williams will tell participants if they have a treasure and inform them of the historic value of their item. $10. Limit two items. For more information, call 770-641-3978.


Roswell Criterium Bicycle Race A full day of bicycle fun and activities including the Mayor’s Bicycle Ride, Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo, the thrilling Criterium through Roswell’s Historic District and more.


Sounds of the Spirit Concert at Roswell UMC 4 p.m. Musical concert featuring the Atlanta Chamber Players, a mixed ensemble of strings, winds and piano. Tickets not required. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell.


Roswell Garden Club program 10 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the Roswell Garden Club’s program on growing dahlias. Free. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell.

Roswell Women’s Club Showcase Home Tour ▲ April 29 – May 20. Retired Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Mark Wohlers and his wife Kimberly invite you to Home Plate, the 2012 Showcase Home in Milton. Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 online, $20 at the door. No parking at show home. Shuttle service provided from Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton.

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