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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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.
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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
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.
Terry Porter Environmental programs coordinator City of Alpharetta
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
“[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
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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Be nice to bunnies when you shop! By KATIE VANBRACKLE
Trader Joe’s are cruelty-free, and
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.
◄Home cleaning & laundry Method Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner (Target, $2.99); Method Glass + Surface Ammonia-free Cleaner (Target, $2.99); Seventh Generation Natural 2X Concentrated Laundry Detergent, 100 fl. oz. (Target, $13.99); Seventh Generation Natural Fabric Softener (Publix, $3.99)
In the kitchen►
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)
Yes to Carrots Nourishing Hand Cream (Target, $8.99); Trader Joe’s Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer (Trader Joes, $2.98); Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner (Trader Joe’s, $3.99 each); Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm (Publix, $ 2.99); Nature’s Gate Aloe Vera Velvet Moisture Body Wash (Target, $7.49); Kiss My Face Peaches and Crème Ultra Moisturizing Body Lotion (Natural Foods Warehouse, $7.18)
Kiss My Face Hot Spots SPF 30 (Publix, $7.99); Ocean Potion Water Sport Instant Dry Mist SPF 30 (Walmart, $6.47); Ocean Potion Clear Zinc Oxide Face Potion SPF 45 (Target, $2.97); Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Monoi Oil Sunscreen Lotion SPF 25 (B&BW, $15); Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Cooling Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 (B&BW, $12)
◄There’s an app for that
To make compassionate choices in-store, check out these apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. 1. Be Nice to Bunnies: $2.99. Search for animal-friendly products by type. Also contains lists of companies that do and don’t test on animals. 2. Cruelty-Free: Free. Published by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny program. Lists 200 companies that do not test on animals.
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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
STORY & PHOTOS
culinary experience to guide him,
By KATIE VANBRACKLE
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
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
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
By KATIE VANBRACKLE
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
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
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
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.
11060 Alpharetta Highway, Suite 140 Roswell, Ga. 30076 770-594-2939 www.treasuresresale.com
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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
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.
By KATIE VANBRACKLE
“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
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 http://lisasglassstudio.com.
“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
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
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
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
rewarded. “I was truly surprised,” said Kim Hammer. “I liked it much more than I
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“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
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 –
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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 www.angelsamonguspetrescue.org.
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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,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Girl Scouts from across the area gathered at the Teaching Museum North in Roswell on March 12 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in America. Gathered around the figure of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low on the front row from left are Chandler Rodgers, Rachel Walser, Ashley Bond, Lauren Foster, McKenna Johnston and Gracie Waylock. In the middle row are Claire O’Neill and Cara Meitin. In back are Madelyn Puckett, Jillian Dimarco, Kamryn Tucker and Katie Watson. The 100th anniversary is especially significant to Georgia Scouts as Low founded the Girl Scouts organization in Savannah.
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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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Gel eyeliner with the look and feel of liquid? I’m a huge fan of liquid eyeliner, going for a look somewhere between Audrey Hepburn
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
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
The Test I used the gel eyeliner in brown (it comes in four shades of black,
brown, green and a reddish-brown) every morning for several weeks,
The Product Gel Cosmetics,
applying in the morning and
removing in the evenings. There
product is cruelty-free and free
other than to clean the brush
of harmful substances, including
after each use with makeup
petrochemicals. This product is part
of a full line of makeup and body
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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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Milton Grows Green
By KATIE VANBRACKLE
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
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
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
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 TangledInKudzu.com and muses about parenting teens on EyeRollDiaries.com. 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
By CYNTHIA MORRISON EIKE
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”
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
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
multitasks as a skin-hydrating, skin tone-perfecting,
Vitamins A, C and E, and is oil-free.
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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
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 EdibleLiving.com, 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,
nearby cuts down on the number of miles between
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
local farmers and agricultural businesses. There are
impact on the environment.
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herhealth Birth plans should consider all options for delivery metropolitan Atlanta area at 20.5%.
By DEBBIE KEEL
“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
in Ohio, which caught fire in 1969,
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Resources, which put her in contact with
professionals. After four years of
“I get to play a lot for my job, which
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
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.
“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
different species interact with each
city offers…and [they are] invested
And family is something Culbreth
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
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
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
of environmental sustainability
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todo transports visitors along Canton Street. Every third Thursday from April until October. www.aliveafterfiveroswell.com
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. www.cummingfair.net 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. www.visitroswellga.com
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. www.get.org
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. www.friendsofspruilloaks.org
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. http://alpharettafarmersmarket.com
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. http://chattnaturecenter.org
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. www.awesomealpharetta.com
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. www.forl.net
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. www.mosingers.com
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. showtix4u.com. Milton High School Auditorium, 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton. www.miltondrama.com
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. http://main.acsevents.org
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. www.dogwood.org
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. www.walk4paws.net 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. http://cityofmiltonga.us
“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. www.northfultondramaclub.org
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. www.alpharetta.ga.us 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. www.archibaldsmithplantation.org
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. www.roswellcriterium.com
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. www.rumc.com
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. www.roswellgardenclub.com
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. www.roswellwomansclub.org
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