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ove was in the air of Telfair Square in Savannah over Valentine’s weekend in February as over 10,000 book devotees gathered to share their love of reading with an impressive line-up of bestselling authors at the annual Savannah Book Festival. Humorist Dave Barry opened the festival on Thursday, Feb. 14, with a soldout presentation at Trustees Theater that kept everyone laughing, especially when he shared the memory of using the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile to pick up his son at junior high school. Barry was in town to promote his latest book, “Insane City” set in Miami, Fla. The fun continued on Friday when Food Network star and Savannah native Bobby Deen shared his passion for healthy eating and his inspiration for taking his meals “From Mama’s Table to Mine.” The audience enjoyed a big surprise when Jamie and Paula Deen popped in for a visit, adding a healthy dose of witty banter and family love. Paula, who is looking trim and fit herself these days, expressed pride in Bobby’s efforts to create tasty, low-calorie recipes. “I told my boys early on that they should learn to cook ‘cause girls like it,” Paula said. “After all, anyone can make a reservation, but there’s nothing sexier than a man getting in the kitchen and cooking for his woman.”

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good in the world Teri Harrison completes 50 good deeds in honor of her 50th birthday STORY & PHOTOS By KATIE VanBRACKLE


nstead of doing something big to celebrate her recent 50th birthday, Teri Harrison of Milton decided to do something good. Lots and lots of good things. Fifty to be exact. One good deed for every year of her life. The idea came from a Facebook post about a woman doing 40 good deeds in honor of a 40th birthday. Harrison had been looking for the right way to celebrate her half-century milestone, but a party or a girls’ weekend just didn’t seem like enough. Something was missing. The good deeds idea resonated with Harrison and she knew it was just the sort of celebration she wanted – both memorable and meaningful. She named the project “BElieve THEre is GOOD in the World” with emphasis on the letters “Be the Good,” and sent out emails to friends and family to see if anyone was interested in helping out. The response was immediate and enthusiastic – everyone was in, from her husband and four children to close friends and neighbors. The plan was to complete all 50 deeds within the week of Harrison’s birthday. Forty of the deeds would take place in the North Fulton/Forsyth area, and then the final 10 would be performed in her Missouri hometown. Harrison took great care in choosing her list of good deeds, viewing the project as her chance to express care, concern and gratitude to members of her local community. “You might walk around every day with kind thoughts in your head about the people around you, but rarely take the trouble to express them out loud, especially to people you don’t know well,” she said. “The ‘Be the Good’ project

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was the perfect opportunity to do so.” Some of the 50 deeds included: ► Getting up early on a rainy Monday morning to deliver hot coffee to the teachers working the carpool line at Summit Hill Elementary. ► Working in the thrift shop at North Fulton Community Charities. ► Handing out bottled water and rain ponchos to people waiting at bus stops. ► Leaving surprise gifts for the neighborhood mail carrier and trash collectors. ► Delivering homemade soup to a neighbor recovering from surgery. ► Sending Valentine flowers to a newly widowed neighbor. ► Delivering candy, balloons and positive notes to a young boy who was being bullied. ► Sharing cake and flowers with memory care patients at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Facility. ► Leaving cans of tennis balls on the courts at Wills Park, with notes asking players to use them as needed, then put them back for others to enjoy. ► Cooking a large spaghetti meal for the firemen at Station 42 in Milton. ► Giving a gift to a particularly nice employee at the Dollar Tree in Milton, and writing a complimentary note to the store manager. This particular good deed resulted in Harrison’s receiving the “tightest hug I’ve had in a long time” from the Dollar Tree employee who was so touched that someone noticed her good work. Not everyone was so quick to catch on to the good deeds. When Harrison and her “Be the Good” team attempted to hand out lottery tickets to people in line at the local post office, one lady from Russia (who had never

heard of the lottery) was very skeptical and hesitant to receive a free gift from a stranger. “But what do you get out of it?” the woman asked Harrison. When Harrison replied that she did it simply because it made her feel good, the Russian woman smiled for the first time and agreed to take the ticket. Harrison traveled to her hometown of St. Louis, Mo., to complete the final 10 deeds and enlisted the help of childhood friends and family to hand out hundreds of lollipops to people visiting the famous St. Louis Arch. Her father went with her to visit the home that once belonged to Harrison’s grandparents. After convincing the current owner that she didn’t have the wrong address, Harrison presented him with flowers and a printed sheet that included photos of her grandparents and a list of memories and history associated with the house. Harrison also visited her old elementary school where she and her sister encouraged the students to do one act of kindness that day. “For me, that’s what this whole project is about,” she said. “Sharing a bit of kindness is like tossing a stone in a lake and watching the ripples travel out further than you could ever imagine. I was inspired by the woman who shared her good deeds idea on Facebook, and now I hope that I can be the same source of inspiration for many others and start a few ripples of my own.” For a full account of Harrison’s “Be the Good” journey, read her blog at ■ Top, clockwise from left: Teri Harrison delivers hot coffee to Paul Karnowski and the other teachers on carpool duty at Summit Hill Elementary in Milton. Giving a gift to the current owner of her grandparents’ former home. The “Be the Good” team delivers a hot meal and donations to the firemen at Station 42 in Milton. From left, Dawn Cushing, Capt. Ryan James, Lisa French, Sharie Rhea, Teri Harrison, Susan Dumon, Chantal Paskins, Toni Kirkland, Tim Murray, Sally DeFelice and Richard Bushman. Above left: Teri Harrison makes 50 look good.


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Uptown steak house in downtown Roswell Little Alley Steak is third opening for successful restaurateurs on Canton Street By CANDY WAYLOCK


ompleting the trifecta of destination dining on Canton Street is Little Alley Steak, which recently celebrated its first anniversary in downtown Roswell alongside “siblings” The Salt Factory Pub and INC Street Food. With a New York butchery-inspired decor, Little Alley Steak offers the highend dining experience heavy on the steakhouse feel, complementing The Salt Factory Pub with its comfort food vibe and INC Street Food, famous for its Latininspired menu and casual food cuisine. Housed in a former antique store in the heart of restaurant row, Little Alley Steak harkens back to the feel of the 1800s, with refurbished brick, reclaimed wood, subway tiles and track lighting made from meat hooks to highlight the market environment. The dining tables and bar are all constructed from the original wood floors, as well as the paneled wood walls that mimic an antique meat locker. While the mood may evoke the past, the menu is entirely current. Owners Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac aim to set Little Alley Steak against the best steakhouses in the country, rivaling Bern’s in Tampa and Peter Luger’s in New York. “We have created an old-world-meetspresent-day eatery with an affordable and select menu,” said Azhari, the personable owner who resides in Roswell. The dozens of reviews online seem to support the comparisons, lauding the menu selections and attentive service, while offering up the cautionary tale 12 | | march2013

of high ticket prices not normally seen outside the perimeter. Prices begin at $19.95 for an 8-ounce hangar steak and progress rapidly to $49.95 for a selection of New York strip steaks. Azhari and Kovac own all three Canton Street restaurants – Salt, INC and Little Alley, all of which share executive chef Robert McDonough, who develops the menu for all three locations. While the menu at Little Alley Steak offers a wide variety of items, vegetarians and light nibblers may be a bit outmatched by the emphasis on “proteins” and heavier cuts of meat. The restaurant’s menu showcases an array of American charcuterie (cooked meat), a selection of butcher’s cut meats, oysters and shellfish, as well as regional favorites. Steaks come direct to Little Alley from Meats by Linz, a Chicago-based butcher renowned for its beef products for more than 40 years. All meats are hand selected and cut to Little Alley’s specifications, using only USDA Premium Gold Angus wet- and dry-aged steak and USDA Prime steak. Beef selections include filet mignon, New York Strip, bone-in ribeye and porterhouse, and are all served tableside in hot, cast iron skillets and finished in garlic-herb butter. Other house specialties at Little Alley Steak include shellfish parppadelle served with shrimp, scallops, mussels, saffron lemon butter and parmesan Reggiano; Creekstone Farms hanger steak sandwich with shitake mushrooms, tomatoes, chili aioli, Vermont cheddar and Belgian fries and Tandoori spiced tofu steak with wild mushroom risotto, mascarpone cheese and

Top, clockwise from left: The dining room at Little Alley Steak; Ahi Tuna; Herb-Roasted Lambchops. Above, from left: Little Alley Steak co-owner Hicham Azhari, left, and General Manager Louis Soon. Executive Chef Bob McDonough.

black truffle emulsion. Considerable attention has been paid to the beverage menu and bar area at Little Alley, with an extensive offering of 19th century cocktails, 200 unique whiskeys and several rare and small-batch bourbons. For the true wine connoisseur, “call ahead decanting” is available. Each wine will be held in the wine cooler at the precise temperature it should be served and decanted upon order for guests. Originally from Morocco, Azhari came to the United States in 1997 to study computer information systems at Georgia Tech. While attending college, he began working in the restaurant industry, and this time spent in the kitchen became his inspiration — and ultimate diversion from his computer career path. Influenced by four years at Atlanta’s renowned Brasserie Le Coze, a Phipps Plaza legend, and at Atlantic Seafood Company, Azhari struck out on his own with the opening of Salt in 2008, followed by INC Street Food in 2009 and Little

Alley Steak in February 2012. Overseeing the kitchen is McDonough, an acclaimed chef with time spent at Maxim’s in Paris, Atlanta-based C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar, Vincent in Minneapolis, Minn., and Roswell’s original Little Alley tapas restaurant. His knowledge of classic French technique is seen in the side dishes that accompany Little Alley Steak’s signature meat offerings, including triple cream mac and cheese with mascarpone cheese and black truffle oil, sweet potato casserole and creamed spinach brulée. Little Alley Steak is open for dinner seven days a week, accepts reservations and has valet parking available for diners. ■

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Ann Hanlon sees bright future ahead for North Fulton By KATIE VanBRACKLE


ave you noticed the new tripleleft-turn lane on Mansell Road at the Northpoint Parkway intersection? Or the stone walls and attractive landscaping at the Alpharetta exits on Ga. 400? Both projects were funded by the North Fulton Community Improvement District (NFCID), which stretches from Mansell Road north to McGinnis Ferry Road and is funded by a voluntary tax paid by commercial property owners within the district’s boundaries. At the helm of the NFCID is Ann Hanlon, a native of Waycross, Ga., who was recently named one of the state’s “Best and Brightest 40 Under 40” by Georgia Trend, a business magazine. Hanlon says she has always had a heart for public service. Her mother was the director of public health in Waycross and another relative served in the Georgia Legislature. “The need to give back to my community must have rubbed off on me at some point,” she said. After graduating from Notre Dame and receiving a master’s degree from Georgia State University, Hanlon’s first foray into the urban planning arena was as a program specialist for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Today, as chief operating officer of the NFCID, she oversees the organization’s daily operations 14 | | march2013

and its investment in transportation infrastructure. Hanlon feels the NFCID’s private/ public model offers the best of both worlds. “We are successful because we are funded by private property owners who expect a return on their investment,” Hanlon said. “When transportation and infrastructure improvements are made and business improves as a result, both local citizens and property owners benefit. It’s a win-win.” The NFCID is currently researching a bridge replacement project for Encore Parkway, which stretches over Ga. 400. To encourage more pedestrian traffic between the mall area

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Top: NFCID receives a $1 million grant for the Encore Bridge Project. From left, Tad Leithead, Kristin Rome, Lynn Rainey, Kerry Armstrong, Gov. Nathan Deal, Brandon Beach, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Ann Hanlon. Above: A rendering of the proposed Encore Parkway pedestrian bridge.

and Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, the new bridge would include sidewalks and planter boxes full of flowers. The project, due to begin next year, is part of a larger goal to create an interconnected network of sustainable, walkable communities in North Fulton. Hanlon says the economy has had a huge impact on land use in North Fulton lately. “The world has changed during the last eight years,” she said. “We can’t just sit back and wait for new business to arrive. We have to be more entrepreneurial. Now is the time to lay the groundwork so that when the economy does turn around, North Fulton will be poised as one of the biggest highpower markets in the whole K ri s t i n R o m e country.” Hanlon is also laying the groundwork for growth within her own family. Already the mother of one little girl, Hanlon is currently on maternity

leave after giving birth to a second daughter. Holding down the fort during her absence is Hanlon’s assistant project manager, Kristin Rome, who recently studied CIDs as a graduate research assistant for Kennesaw State University’s public administration department. Women, especially young women, are not very common among the leadership of metro Atlanta’s 14 CIDs, but Rome is not at all intimidated. “It’s really not an issue,” she said. “We gain respect by the work we do.” Rome enjoys meeting other people her age through her role as a board member of the North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals. She is also involved with the Boy Scouts of America as an advisor for the Venture Crew youth development program. Hanlon is also passionate about serving her community in a charitable role. As a longtime member of the Junior League of Atlanta, her favorite project involves running a bereavement camp for children who have lost a parent or sibling. “I’ve been so blessed in my life,” said Hanlon. “I just need to give back.” ■

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Savannah shines in thespringtime March events include famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade By KATIE VanBRACKLE


ho doesn’t love Savannah? Georgia’s oldest city is celebrating her 280th birthday this year, just one of many reasons to pay a visit to this charming coastal destination. Savannah is perhaps best known for her lovely, shady squares and parks, created when Georgia founder Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe designed the city in 1733. Live oak trees draped with Spanish moss fill the squares while stately homes laced with intricate wrought-iron balconies line the streets of the nation’s largest Landmark Historic District. Though Savannah does indeed present an elegant, genteel face, don’t let her demure image fool you. This Southern lady knows how to kick up her heels and have a good time. Proof of this fun-loving, hip side to the city can be found during various festivals and activities held each year during the month of March.

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Savannah’s population doubles each year when thousands descend upon the city for what organizers call the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. Whether of Irish descent or just Irish for the day, everyone and everything is decked out in green: green hair, green dogs, green beer and even green grits.

Bright green water sprays from every fountain within the city limits. The three-hour parade scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, will include more than 350 units, including the Irish Air Corps Pipes and Drums from Dublin, Ireland and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The fun continues all weekend long during the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on the River, featuring non-stop entertainment along Savannah’s historic River Street. St. Patty’s Day celebrations in Savannah are a mixture of high-spirited revelry and deeply religious family events focused on authentic Irish music, Celtic dances and great food. For a full schedule, visit

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Georgia’s largest musical arts event features a unique blend of genres ranging from blues and jazz to bluegrass and contemporary “Americana” styles. Throw in original programs by some of the world’s leading classical musicians and dance parties for fans of Cajun, Salsa and Zydeco dancing. A wide variety of concerts are staged throughout the daytime and evening, encouraging festival-goers to easily walk from venue to venue in the warm springtime air.

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hen novice actress Salpi Adrouny first steps onto the stage of ACT1 Theater’s production of “Every Little Crook and Nanny” this month, the recently retired Alpharetta physician might experience a few opening night jitters ...or perhaps not. A comedic tale of inept crooks and sweet nannies can scarcely compete with the doctor’s real life stories of delivering babies during snowy Milwaukee winters; flying around Alaska with a bush pilot boyfriend; climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro; or, most notably, fleeing to America as a young girl for religious freedom. Adrouny was born in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo in 1945, which had become home to millions of Christian Armenian refugees who fled Turkey’s brutal “ethnic cleansing” during World War 1. In her early years, life was comfortable for the Adrouny family within the Armenian enclave of Aleppo. Salpi Adrouny in her role as “Mrs. Sims.”

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Their modest fourth floor apartment overlooked a boulevard which led to Aleppo’s famous citadel, and from this vantage point they watched parades, weddings, funerals, and later ...the military marching. But political power shifted, and once again the Protestant Armenian community was threatened. Adrouny’s father knew his adopted country was not safe. A bio-chemist with a master’s degree from the American University in Damascus, George Adrouny applied to American universities for admission into their doctorial programs. He was given a student visa to attend Emory University; however his family would remain behind in Syria for four years until they were reunited. In 1955, George Adrouny became a member of the Emory faculty and received a permanent US visa which allowed his family to join him in Atlanta. Left behind in Syria were most of the family possessions, including the family’s beloved piano. Though she spoke no English, Salpi Adrouny was able to learn enough in two weeks to enter fifth grade at Druid Hills Elementary School. There, she was thrilled to find a music program. “Dad could not afford [another] piano, so he told me I could play his ebony flute,” recalls Adrouny. “When the day came for me to take the instrument to my fifth grade band, he opened the case and there was a brand new flute that I am sure was not easy for him to purchase.” The new flute was particularly precious to her, said Adrouny, even though it was an ordinary student flute. She knew the family’s assets had been used to bring the family to the United States. “The first time I blew into it, I hyperventilated and nearly fainted.” She said, laughing. After receiving his doctorate, Salpi’s father accepted a position at Tulane University and moved the family to New Orleans. Salpi received a scholarship to Newcomb College of Tulane University, and spent her junior year

abroad in Paris where she came to love all things French. Though her passion was music, theater and French literature, her father encouraged her to stay with the sciences. Adrouny graduated from Newcomb as a Biology major with a French minor, then earned her Master’s Degree in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Wisconsin. In 1972, Adrouny became one of the first females accepted into the Tulane University School of Medicine, and received her MD in 1976. She was accepted into the Family Practice Residency program at St. Luke’s hospital in Milwaukee and started her medical practice in Milwaukee in 1979 as a family doctor where she remained for the next 13 years. Adrouny returned to Georgia in 1980, and continued

A comedic tale of inept crooks and sweet nannies can scarcely compete with Salpi Adrouny’s real life stories of delivering babies during snowy Milwaukee winters; flying around Alaska with a bush pilot boyfriend; climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro; or, most notably, fleeing to America as a young girl for religious freedom. to practice medicine until retiring in 2010. In retirement, Adrouny has returned to her first love -music. She now performs with her flute in three groups-Sounds of Sawnee Community Band, Southern Winds Concert Band and Atlanta Flute Ensemble. She also volunteers at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Gwinnett several times a month to provide care for people who have no health insurance. At the clinic she also serves as a mentor to medical students, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. And this month she brings her can-do spirit to the stage in her acting debut role of “Mrs. Sims,” the grandmother of young Gerald, a “half-pint brat with an Al Capone do-it-yourself kit.” For Adrouny, life continues to be an adventure. ACT1 Theater’s production of “Every Little Crook and Nanny” opens March 1, and runs every Friday and Saturday through March 24 at the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street in Alpharetta, 30009. For tickets and more information visit or 770-663-8989. ■

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undreds of blushing brides-to-be screamed with excitement when David Tutera, celebrity wedding planner and host of WE TV’s “My Fair Wedding” took the stage at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta, held in February


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at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. Tutera kicked off an afternoon of fashion shows, honeymoon and wedding gown giveaways and row after row of colorful booths showcasing the newest wedding trends, table design and fashions. Donna Jakulski, who co-produced the event, said the show is dedicated to helping brides connect face-to-face with


3 experienced wedding planners. “Why drive all over the Southeast when you can see the best of the best in one afternoon and have a ton of fun?” she asked. For those who missed February’s event, the next Bridal Extravaganza will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18, also at the Atlanta Convention Center. So what’s new on the wedding scene for 2013? The following wedding professionals were at the Bridal Extravaganza and shared their opinions and predictions.

Wedding gowns Jacqueline Westney, owner of Wedding

Angels Bridal Boutique in Roswell, said that this season’s designers are working with sequins and subtle sparkle-free beadwork 4 rather than chunky glitz. Feminine flare is being created by combining classic and modern elements. More and more designers are playing with color in belts, embroidery and even the gown fabrics using peach, blush pinks and champagnes.


Flowers Christine Crowley, owner of Perfect Petals Design, is seeing shades of coral, salmon and peach trending as the most popular colors for weddings in 2013. Crowley adds that traditional Southern brides tend to also request shades of purple/lavender.

Fun trends Eliana Baucicault of ellyB Events says that hot colors for

receptions this year are actually blush, neutral tones such as cream, as well as colors that pop such as yellow, green and aqua. Umber is definitely still in. Baucicault adds that from a technology side, streaming the wedding online for loved ones who could not attend will remain huge. New ideas include full Twitter parties with feeds and integration of using Facebook to keep guests updated. She predicts that “Vine” will be huge for weddings in 2013. Vine is Twitter’s new video sharing site. An iPhone app allows users to share six-second videos. Joel Rabe, president of Lethal Rhythms Professional Mix DJ, says today’s couples are looking for DJs who can do more than just play the music. “Brides get excited when they hear we can blend various artists together in one song to create entirely new first dance or father/daughter sequences,” he said. “This is not just cutting and pasting parts of songs together. This is creating a smooth, seamless transition of beats and tracks to tell a story.” Photo booths may not be a new trend, but Bill Ewing, CWO of WOW Photo Booth, says they are still popular, especially when combined with social media, allowing photo strips to be printed and sent directly to the guests’ Facebook or email address. Ewing suggests having a table full of props such as boas, hats or dreadlock wigs to add more fun to the guests’ photo booth experience. ■ 1. Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera. 2. Flowers by 3. Portrait by Angela Wilson Photography. 4. Table design by Chuck Milne Productions. 5. Table design by 6. Mini cakes by A Legendary Event. 7. Monogram cake design by Buckhead Bakehouse. 8. Save the date cards by 9. “Divine” gown by Anya Bridal Warehouse, $1,799.


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Wedding guest fashion tips Styles for a ‘rustic chic’ theme


edding season is upon us and the invitations are arriving. Along with wondering what to give the happy couples, a guest’s thoughts turn to what to wear to the various theme weddings. Rustic chic is very popular right now. Think barns with chandeliers, Mason jar vases, burlap garland and serene pastoral views. Chukkar Farms is a rustic chic wedding venue that many Fulton County residents know. The family owned polo farm is cared for by Cara Cashin Tadsen. She schedules one wedding reception each weekend from March through November. Tadsen never tires of seeing the creativity that brides and grooms bring to their special event. She has also seen thousands of guests wear everything from flip-flops to cowboy boots. Since the thought of either aforementioned footwear as wedding attire makes me cringe, I visited Chukkar Farms to see firsthand what I would recommend wedding guests wear to give honor and sophistication to the happy occasion. With rustic outdoor venues, a wedding guest needs to be festive but practical, dressy but comfortable. There could be gravel, cool temperatures for night weddings and rough finishes on décor that may snag delicate fabrics.

Wear wedges. Stiletto heels sink into turf and ground. Choose fuller-cut skirts rather than pencil skirts since there may be walking and dancing.

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Opt for sturdier fabrics such as nubby silks, Shantung, polished cottons or vintage-inspired fabrics that have a festive sheen. Bring a wrap, fine gauge sweater or dressy jacket to wear in case the night is chilly. Avoid floor-length hems, business suits and the color black or white.

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Wear linen suits or vests and ties. Wear your lighter colored suits and a pastel colored dress shirt. A festive tie in a pastel color is wonderful wedding attire for men. Wear polished shoes, but just know that you will have to polish them again after the night is over.

I know it’s a barn, but if the bride or groom is not wearing cowboy boots, leave yours at home. Even nonhorsey people like the idea of a wedding reception in a barn. The last bit of advice to wedding guests for rustic chic weddings is to wear pastel or light colors. Avoid being the one red dress in a sea of mint, light pink, yellow and tan. The whole feel of the event is soft, ethereal, comfy and romantic. For more examples, follow me on Pinterest and check out my Pin Board entitled “Rustic Chic Wedding Attire for Guests.” ■

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ongratulations on your engagement! It’s a wonderful time in your life. There is so much to think about and so many decisions to be made including the dress, the celebration and the honeymoon. However, there is one key item to add to your wedding checklist before tying the knot: a talk about the “money thing.” By having an open and honest dialog about money before the wedding, you may curtail many potential disagreements after the wedding. It’s no surprise that XO, an online media company that recently surveyed more than 2,100 couples, found that finances are the biggest culprit in arguments between husband and wife throughout all stages of life. Marriage can bring changes in the way you make financial decisions and keep records. In fact, making a commitment to another person is an investment not only to your partner but also to the union you create. Decisions need to be made and action taken to ensure a wedding unfolds into a harmonious and financially secure marriage that withstands the storms life may throw at you. Sometime in between the engagement and the ceremony, you and your fiancé should sit down and write a net worth statement (what you own and what you owe), a monthly cash flow statement (what comes in by the way of income and what goes out, such as loan payments, utilities, housing and healthcare costs), an annual budget plan (how much of your resources will go toward bills, savings, insurance, vacations, gifts and so on) and obtain credit reports for both of you. As a commitment to your marriage, update your financial statements together each and every year. You’ll need to make some decisions, too, such as: Will you be merging your finances • or maintaining separate checking accounts? Who will be responsible for keeping •

up with and paying the bills? How much life insurance will you need? And finally, you’ll need to take action once you’re married: • Create or update your wills and healthcare proxies. • Review and update the beneficiaries on your financial assets such as IRAs, life insurance, annuities and so on. • With elegant simplicity, create and maintain a family records organizer to keep important documents — like that new marriage certificate. The coming months leading up to that big day can be filled with joy, anticipation and sometimes stress. Be proactive by addressing your needs and keep an open mind to the wants and desires of your future spouse. It’s important that your marriage begin financially faithful. ■ •

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What would Doris Day say? By ELEXIS HAYS


y favorite indulgence ever is the Doris Day movie event. Inevitably, on any given Sunday morning, there will be a Doris Day movie playing. If the day is cloudy and cold, it is almost too delicious to bear. I get that women needed to vote, I understand equality, I fully agree that women should be paid on level with men, but ladies, ladies, oh what we let slip along the way. There are 10 truths that can be gleaned from Doris Day. They are, in no particular order: 1. Gold lamé goes with everything. If you are wearing your husband’s T-shirt and boxers and whip on a gold lamé wrap, you can achieve a glamour level of 7 or above in an instant. 2. Every woman should own and wear long silk peignoir sets instead of the aforementioned T-shirt and boxers. Apparently, the sight of these render a man senseless and this, girls, is when you should ask for that kitchen remodel or a new car. 3. A rich, handsome man can always be reformed. 4. If one is angry, there is no need to swear. Crossing one’s eyes and blowing one’s bangs is enough to cause husbands, shopkeepers and milkmen to quake. I say, bring back the seething and the searing looks. 5. There just can’t be enough satin, leopard prints and kitten heels in our lives. 6. Periodically, men should be coming home with gifts artfully wrapped where we can just lift off the lid and the box will remain beautiful. There should be something really good in there. Really good.

7. Everyone needs a handsome, gay friend like Rock Hudson. 8. Women look great in hats. When and why did we give up hats? Can you imagine going shopping with your friend and getting a fabulous hat? Taking it home in a box? How fun would that be? If every woman went out today and purchased a glamorous hat and we all agreed to wear them, say, next Tuesday, we could change the world. 9. All the remaining problems in the world, once we bring back hats, can be solved while talking on the phone to our best friend while sitting in a bubble bath. 10. Sleeping with Cary Grant is the best revenge. Wait, that just slipped out. Well, I’ll let it stand because, um, CARY GRANT! Without a doubt, still the dishiest man ever. Ever. These movies give me a happy feeling all day and it makes me think that we’ve gone awry somewhere. Things just seemed lovelier back then. I am longing for a big hairdo and a pastel-colored car. My Doris has, in fact, given us many life lessons, not the least of which is why have we given up being glamorous? Today, let’s all put on our gold wraps and false eyelashes, don our heels and try out our lovely toothy smiles and see just what we can get away with. ■ Elexis Hays is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who lives on a farm in Cumming with her husband Buddy (a.k.a. The Goose), daughter Amelia (a.k.a. Cricket), son Shep and WAY too many animals. Andapossum march2013 | | 29


Don’t sweat the confusion of sports drinks By CAROYLN ASPENSON


xercising dehydrates and depletes important electrolytes necessary for the body to function and recover properly. Sports drinks contain carbohydrates, which help increase energy and improve performance while rehydrating the body and replenishing lost electrolytes. Go to any gym, the greenway or a child’s soccer game and you’ll see a plethora of empty sports drink containers, but how do we know which one is best? The answer depends on the exercise. Replenishment and rehydration depend upon a medical term called osmolality, which, in laymen’s terms means, how fast the drink impacts hydration and performance. For the casual exerciser, say a daily walker or casual bike rider, the best choice for rehydration is water. The limited exertion doesn’t require the body to replace lost electrolytes. Drinks like Powerade Zero have no carbohydrates or calories, so if you have to have something other than water, grab one of these. Other Powerades or Gatorades have calories – possibly more than what your casual walk or ride burned – and the taste might not be worth it. Intense exercising for 20 minutes

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or less depletes electrolytes quickly and requires something more than just water. With about 21 grams of carbohydrates per serving, Gatorade G Series Prime 01 Gels are an excellent option for short bursts of high-energy exercising. Most other exercises, including a

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Something old, something new… modern bridal beauty just for you! By CYNTHIA MORRISON EIKE Visage Designs by Cynthia, LLC


edding photographs will be admired for generations to come, regardless of current trends. Keeping your look relevant, yet classic, is the key to achieving timeless wedding day beauty. Here are some beauty ideas to give a modern twist to tried and true, traditional bridal looks. ► Traditional matte skin wears for hours but can look dull and outdated. Keep the long- wear but “dump the dull” by opting for modern longwear foundations like Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation ($46) or Revlon’s ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup ($14). Both formulas provide all day, healthy-looking, flexible wear without caking. Be sure to press a hydrating, non-reflective powder like bareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil ($20) onto T-zone and lightly dust the rest of the face to set makeup. (Hint: Stay away from mineral-based foundations, which do not photograph well. Tuck the compact foundation into your bag for touch-ups and use a “borrowed” cloth hankie or napkin for blotting to avoid looking cakey between touch-ups.) ► Overly shimmery makeup can “date” you and wash you out in photographs. Add a touch of photo-friendly shimmer with a highlighting cream like Smashbox’s Halo Highlighting Wand ($32) in Pearl. Applied before powder, this precise, creamy color is great for all skin tones and gives just-right shine to tops of cheekbones, bridge of nose and Cupid’s bow of upper lips. Stila’s All Over Shimmer

Duo in Kitten ($22) brushed on collarbones and tops of shoulders adds the perfect glow for a strapless gown. (Hint: Apply body shimmer – or any type of body makeup – only to areas that will not come into contact with your gown.) ► Use a lip liner color similar to your bridal lip color, but not as a traditional definer. Fill in lips with the liner but leave the edges slightly undefined. Use a moisturizing, matte lipstick formula like Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Matte Lip Color ($24) or Maybelline’s Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick to top off with your lip liner, rub lips together, blot and repeat. Add a touch of the shimmery highlighter used for your face onto the center of lips for the look of gloss without the mess – hubby will appreciate that! (Hint: Choose bright “blue”-based colors like Bobbi’s “Razzberry” and Maybelline’s Continuous Cranberry to make teeth look whiter and discreetly tuck into your bag for quick touch-ups.) ■

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▼ READS, Continued from Page 6 Later that evening, best-selling author James Patterson gave the keynote address, sharing serious and funny anecdotal stories from his many years as a writer. Patterson has written 97 novels since 1976, and his latest, “Alex Cross, Run” continues the high-energy thrill ride adventures of Washington, D.C., detective Alex Cross. Patterson encouraged aspiring writers to reach past their comfort zone, but “most important, stay faithful to your core.” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney hosted a young reader event at Trustees Theater on Saturday morning, sharing writing and drawing techniques with an enthusiastic group of elementary and tween-age fans. After the event, many headed next door to Leopold’s Ice Cream where favorite flavors were named in honor of visiting authors’ books, such as “The Last Straw-berry” for Kinney. Meanwhile, over in Telfair Square, one of historic Savannah’s many charming Spanish moss-draped squares, an all-star assortment of authors kept happy readers moving from venue to venue to capture words of wisdom, personal greetings and signatures from their favorite writers. Hoda Kotb, “Dateline NBC” correspondent and co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today Show” with Kathie Lee Gifford, charmed fans with personal stories and inspirational messages from her book, “Ten Years Later, Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives.” Kotb, who is herself a fiveyear breast cancer survivor, said that despair comes when you feel there is no road out for you. “Each of the people in my book found a road out and turned their pain into purpose,” Kotb said. “Their message of hope speaks to all of us.” Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore spoke to a standing-room-only crowd, sharing thoughts from his latest book, “The Future,” which explores political, economic and environmental change. Gore’s comments were broadcast on C-SPAN/TV, along with those of Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and author of “The Outpost,” based on his coverage of the Afghanistan War. 36 | | march2013

On a lighter note, Esquire editorat-large A.J. Jacobs entertained fans with tales of his many adventures as the writer of three bestsellers, including “Drop Dead Healthy” and “The Year of Living Biblically,” a laugh-out-loud exploration of what life would look like if one followed ancient Biblical rules as literally as possible in modern day Manhattan. “The Bible tells us not to lie, covet or gossip,” he said. “But I’m a journalist in New York City. That’s like 80 percent of my day.” Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists shared stories of researching their latest releases. Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns” describes the Great Migration of black Americans from Southern to Northern states in the years following World War I. J. R. Moehringer’s “Sutton” tells the true story of notorious bank robber Willie Sutton who stole an estimated $2 million from the late 1920s to the early ‘50s. Among the many popular fiction writers greeting fans in the authors’ signing tent were Paula McLain, whose novel “The Paris Wife” explores the volatile relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, and Karen Thompson Walker, whose “The Age of Miracles” was named one of the top novels of 2012 by Amazon and Publisher’s Weekly. Sunday’s closing address was given by David Baldacci, author of hugely successful political and legal thrillers such as “The Forgotten.” Always an entertaining speaker, Baldacci shared humorous stories from the unique life of an author, including a cellphone call he made on a crowded Amtrak train starting with, “I’m really needing to kill this guy in a way that no one will ever find his body.” Baldacci was one of 15 visiting authors who took time out of their busy schedules to discuss the creative writing process with high school and college students through Savannah Book Festival’s partnership with local schools. For more information on tickets, visit ■

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It’s a real pain in the… By DEBBIE KEEL

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es, it is. That little nagging pain in your back after you play a tough tennis match. That ache in your knees after a long walk through the park with your grandkids. Then there’s the hip pain that is starting to keep you up at night. We all have those pains and yes, indeed, they are real. Mostly, they just come and go. However, sometimes they stay and become chronic pains. They are there almost all of the time, though they may wax and wane throughout the day. A friend from Roswell Rotary caught me last year after a meeting. She asked if we had any service at North Fulton Hospital that might help her deal with lingering back pain. She’d been to her primary care physician, an orthopedic surgeon and even tried some alternative therapies. Nothing gave her any lasting relief. This was a very active woman, still working and doing lots of civic activities. I scribbled the name Pain and Spine Center on the back of my North Fulton Hospital business card. She called almost immediately and saw Dr. Ken Joel, medical director of the center, the next day. I’d forgotten about our conversation until a month or so later when, at another meeting of Roswell Rotary, she made a beeline for me across the room to tell me about her visit with Dr. Joel and the North Fulton Hospital Pain and Spine Center.

“For the first time in a year, I don’t have that back pain anymore,” she said. “For me, it’s been like a miracle.” She went on to talk about the beautiful new center in the new North Fulton Medical Plaza, on the hospital campus. She delighted in telling me about the staff and Dr. Joel and his treatment plan for her. But mostly, I could see the relief in her eyes as she praised the service and thanked me for the outcome.

For the first time in a year, I don’t have that back pain anymore.

In “the old days,” women were supposed to “live with the pain.” But those days (like those kinds of expressions) are a thing of the past. Get to this highly specialized hospital-based pain center, get an assessment and get the treatment you need. When your discomfort is so great that it keeps you from really enjoying your life, it is a real pain in the — whatever — but you have a place that wants to help you get rid of it. Tell them Debbie sent you. ■




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orthside residents have the exciting opportunity to nominate a deserving local person or organization to receive a room makeover valued at up to $20,000. Allison Havill Todd, owner of a Forsyth County design firm, created the non-profit organization Designing Dreams with the goal of bringing together a team of local and national manufacturers, vendors and artists to affect real change in the lives of people in need. Once again this year, Designing Dreams will provide a beautiful interior space for an individual or family in physical or emotional crisis or a non-profit organization serving them. Allison Havill Todd Interiors will supply all the talent to transform a room from top to bottom, with the support of generous local and national business owners. Previous Designing Dreams winners include the Bald Ridge Boys Home in Cumming where the main living area was transformed into a hip game room complete with flat screen TVs and a pool table. Jesse’s House, an emergency children’s shelter in Cumming, received a completely redesigned living room and adjacent meeting space. Michele Williams of Ball Ground, 2012’s Designing Dreams recipient, received a stylish new living room and

Allison Havill Todd (center) with staff members of Jesse’s House, an emergency children’s shelter which received the 2010 Designing Dreams room makeover. home office complete with rugs, furnishings, window treatments, wall coverings, lighting and accessories. Williams has been active in the community as a rescuer of dogs and horses for over 15 years. In 2010, Williams gave up her job to care for her husband who was incapacitated after an automobile accident. When he died in March of 2012, Williams lost not only her spouse but their combined incomes and was left with a staggering amount of bills. Through it all, Williams continued her efforts as president of Canine Adoption Network, a nonprofit organization for dog rescue. Todd felt honored to present Williams with a new

home space to enjoy. “Michele has spent her life giving to others without expecting anything in return. It was her turn to receive,” said Todd. “I believe that beautiful interiors are healing and supporting those in our community who are in crisis by making their home more comfortable brings comfort to us all. Designing Dreams is about transforming lives, one room at a time.” To make a nomination for the 2013 Designing Dreams makeover or to become a sponsor, please visit for criteria and an application. The deadline for all entries is July 1, 2013. ■

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2013 Community & Relocation Guide

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• 1,000 General Motors jobs coming to Roswell • Ernst & Young to open global $8.5M IT center in Alpharetta - Will create 400 new jobs • AirWatch to hire up to 800 new employees in Sandy Springs • Hewlett-Packard Co. will add 200 jobs at its Alpharetta campus • Avalon breaks ground on $600 million development planned at Georgia 400 and Old Milton Parkway • $29 Million bond approved for new Alpharetta downtown • Gwinnett Tech to build Alpharetta Campus “Relocation” means new customers for your local business and the ramp up time is now. Call now to reserve your ad in our Relocation Answer Book from Appen Newspapers. Since 1990 this relocation guide has successfully connected new-comers to local businesses all year long. The new residents will be buying homes, lessons, golf memberships, medical services, meals in restaurants and so much more. Make sure they meet you thru your advertising in The 2013 Relocation Answer Book. Call Appen Media at 770-442-3278 x 100 or contact your Appen representative now.

About The Relocation Answer Book: • 50,000 copies printed & distributed • Home delivered and also used by numerous local businesses ie. Realtors, Chambers, HOA’s, Welcome Services, Hotels, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Cities and more • Also online all year on (highest hit area site) • Published annually since 1990 by Appen Media • Local Maps, Comprehensive Parks and Rec. Information, Calendars, Marta info, Destinations, Schools, Faith Info. , City Guides, Clubs, Events, Venues & so much more.

Advertising Deadline is early April. Call now for best ad position. 770-442-3278 x 100 or contact your Appen advertising representative.

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Free lawn care class in Roswell and Alpharetta 7 – 8:30 p.m. This free class from the Universiy of Georgia/Fulton County Cooperative Extension and North Fulton Master Gardeners covers what lawns need. Registration required. Roswell class: Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road. Register for activity 52020-05 at Alpharetta class: Engineering/Public Works Department at 1790 Hembree Road. To register, call 678-297-6200. Roswell Historical Society program 7 p.m. National Park Service (NPS) ranger Jerry Hightower presents “History of the Chattahoochee River Corridor” at the Gardens of Great Oaks in Roswell. Hightower has been with the NPS since 1979 and provides trail walks full of startling statistics, homespun anecdotes and stories told in character. Free. Gardens of Great Oaks, 786 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell.


ACT1 Theater presents “Every Little Crook and Nanny” ▲ 7:30 p.m. A tale of a bank heist and two retired nannies with all the classic comedy and twists. A sweet retired nanny rents a boardinghouse room to Stuart, not knowing he plans to rob a nearby bank. Throw in a chief of police, a suspicious fiancé and a half-pint brat with an “Al Capone do-it-yourself tool kit” and nobody knows what will happen next. Through March 24. Alpharetta Presbyterian Church Theater, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Sherlock Holmes” 8 p.m. “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club” brings the famous detective fully alive with a tale filled with endless mystery, twists and chills. In this sharp and clever new Holmes adventure, some of Europe’s most powerful men gather in a windowless home to play a game: Murder. Performances continue through March 17. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


30th annual Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show Through March 17. The Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild presents their annual show with the theme “My Favorite Things.” Self-guided tours feature up to 200 handstitched quilts displayed throughout the former childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, mother of President Teddy Roosevelt. Times and prices vary. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. AAUW monthly meeting 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The North Fulton branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet to discuss the Roswell Reads 2013 book choice: “Sweeping Up Glass” by Carolyn Wall. The AAUW consists of local women committed to advancing equity for women and girls. For meeting location, contact Karen Leasman at 42 | | march2013

Allison Neal at Chattahoochee High School, 5230 Taylor Road, Johns Creek.


Shamrockin’ for a Cure ▲ 7 p.m. Raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis research while enjoying a high-energy 80s cover band and an enticing silent auction. About 1,200 are expected to attend this party for a great cause. $85 tickets include all food and beverages. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Alpharetta. The Pink Affair 7 p.m. The Pink Affair is a dinner and auction benefitting TurningPoint Women’s Healthcare, a nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer by providing and promoting specialized rehabilitation. The event was first organized by the Zeta Tau Alpha North Fulton Link alumnae chapter. Tickets: $85.


High Heels High Times 1 – 5 p.m. An annual shopping extravaganza with glorious shoes, jewelry, beauty products and more. This networking event raises funds for the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties’ charity programs. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross.

Water Drop Dash 5K and Festival 7:30 a.m. The first annual Water Drop Dash 5K, presented by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, is a 2013 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. The course is flat along Chattahoochee River. Children’s fun run: 7:30 a.m. Water Drop Dash 5K: 8 a.m. A festival full of prizes and activities follows. Race participants and the first 300 guests enjoy free admission to the nature center on race day. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Miss Mustard Seed workshop 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Miss Mustard Seed, celebrated blogger, author and DIY enthusiast, visits Founders Hall in Roswell to spend a day with her followers. The event includes a hands-on milk paint workshop, DIY seminar and book signing. Cost: $129. Hosted by BrushStrokes by Mary Anne. Register online. Founders Hall, 1076 Canton St., Roswell. Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Join author Carolyn Wall for a discussion of the Roswell Reads 2013 book choice, “Sweeping Up Glass.” $15 tickets include lunch. Order tickets at the Friends of the Roswell Library’s bookstore inside the Roswell Library, or by mailing in the order form found on the Friends' website. Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell.


Yoga, a Horse and You 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Save The Horses Rescue Farm teams up with SevaYoga to offer a yoga experience benefitting both humans and horses. Participants are paired with rescued horses in need of love and exercise. Interactions and grooming will be combined with basic yoga moves. $45 for the two-hour session. Classes held each Wednesday. To register, go online or call Sami Jackson at 916-214-6535.


“Spamalot” at Milton High School Through March 16. 7 p.m. The Milton Theatre Company presents Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” a musical rendition of the British comedy movie classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” More performances on March 20-22. Tickets are $10 – $15. Milton High School, 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton. “Beauty and the Beast” at Chattahoochee High School 7 p.m. The Chattahoochee High music and drama programs present the timeless classic “Beauty and the Beast” in the school auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and are available at the door or by emailing


Art in Bloom ▲ 7 – 10 p.m. Experience art and flowers in a fresh way when the Johns Creek Arts Center presents this third annual event, a celebration of timeless art interpreted by the Southeast’s most talented floral designers. Opening with an exhibition and fundraising gala at Gallery Events in Johns Creek. Tickets are $75 per person and benefit the Johns Creek Arts Center. Gallery Events, 10700 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek.


Atlanta Dance Theatre presents “Hansel and Gretel with Pairings” 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Dance Theatre’s spring performance features a fairytale classic, “Hansel and Gretel,” followed by “Pairings,” a contemporary ballet which explores how we write our own chapters in the book of life, set to live music with a local pop artist. Tickets: $15 – 25. More performances March 23. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

Roswell Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. The Smith Plantation Home in Roswell will host an Easter egg hunt for children up to age 5 and a visit with the Easter Bunny, continuing a tradition started by Lizzie Smith, oldest child of Archibald and Anne Smith. Cost: $5. Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell.


Rolling Hills Saddle Club show 8 a.m. The Rolling Hills Saddle Club presents a hunter, jumper, western and barrel horse show open to the public. Free. Wills Park Equestrian Center, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta. “Pinocchio 3.5” at Dancing Goat Theatre 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Computer magnate Gill Bates has billions of dollars and more power than he ever dreamed of, but there’s something missing from his life: children. So he builds a little robot, Pinocchio. A charming retelling of a classic about what it takes to become a real human. More performances on March 16 and 30. Tickets: $15. Contact Margarita Moldovan, 770-4024104. The Dancing Goat Theatre, 10700 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Alpharetta Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. Featuring thousands of candy- and prize-filled hidden eggs. Kids ages 3 to 10 will be divided into age groups for the hunt. Games, inflatables and exhibitors begin at 10 a.m. The hunt begins at 11 a.m. Free admission. North Park Softball Fields 1 – 4, 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta.


Farm Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center Noon – 4 p.m. Farmer Sue and her animals from the Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The barnyard ambassadors include goats, sheep, chicks and bunnies. Brushing and touching is encouraged. An afternoon of stories, crafts and animal encounters will explore the important roles animals play in our lives. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Johns Creek Easter Egg Hunt 12:30 p.m. Children can hunt for thousands of filled eggs with prize eggs for each age group. Pre-hunt activities include a petting zoo, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. The hunt begins at 1:30 p.m. Newtown Park main soccer field, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

Looking Ahead



Women in Business Luncheon 12 – 1:30 p.m. The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce announces its first annual Women in Business Luncheon, celebrating professional women and their contributions to business in North Fulton and the metro region. The event includes a CEO Roundtable at 11 a.m. where highlevel executives will network, meet the featured speaker and discuss challenges and successes in business. Tickets are $35 for members and nonmembers. Register online. The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta.

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Northside Woman March 2013  

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

Northside Woman March 2013  

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