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I’m just not sure where the time goes but it’s flying by. I joined the Atlanta Best Media team a little over 2 years ago and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. The team here has been busy producing eight of Atlanta’s top lifestyle magazines, which include our flagships, My Home Improvement (formerly Atlanta Home Improvement) and Best Self Atlanta. We also have six hyperlocal publications underneath our ever-growing umbrella—My Vinings/Smyrna, My Alpharetta, My East Cobb, My Intown, My Sandy Springs, and My Buckhead. Each My Neighborhood magazine is community driven and area-specific. You will find key advice provided by home service pros regarding everything from lighting and roofing to flooring and foundation repair (p. 22). You will also find our three-month calendar of events filled with fun happenings for you and your family to enjoy.

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Smyrna 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fest Smyrna Market Village 11am on Saturday, Noon on Sunday $8 for one day, $12 at the door, $15 for the weekend Celebrate with live music, food, and see Mayor Max Bacon dye the Village fountain green. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training! SmyrnaStPatricksDayFest.com

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MARCH 17-18 Atlanta Braves Home Opener vs. Chicago Cubs See APRIL 1 for details

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Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival

Arthur Bacon Golf Tournament

Smyrna Community Center 4-6:30pm Free Learn more about local businesses by visiting booths and networking with professionals. SmyrnaBusiness.org

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Fox Creek Golf Club 9am $125, free to spectate A Smyrna tradition since 1986, this event honors the former mayor and gives back to the community with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Smyrna Arts Council. LegacyFoxCreek.com

Evening with the Easter Bunny

Nuna’s Health & Wellness Event

Village Green 10am-6pm on Saturday, Noon-5pm on Sunday Free entry Browse 100-plus arts and crafts booths for one-of-a-kind finds. Afterward, grab a bite to eat or watch a show on the entertainment stage. TravelCobb.org/Event/ Smyrna-Spring-JonquilFestival

Face & Body Southeast Spa Expo & Conference Georgia World Congress Center Times and prices vary Professionals are invited to attend educational workshops and hear from leaders in the spa, skin care, and wellness industries. Southeast.FaceAndBody.com

MARCH 22-24 41st Annual Atlanta Home Show Cobb Galleria Centre 10am-6pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday $10 at the box office, $8 online, free for seniors over 65 and children 12 and under Get help from the pros for your next home improvement project. AtlantaHomeShow.com

Smyrna Community Center 5pm Free movie, activities cost $5 for residents, $8 for nonresidents Tots can play carnival games and jump on inflatables before the evening concludes with a movie on the lawn. SmyrnaGa.gov

APRIL 13 Rev Fest: The Spring Edition Rev Coffee 10am Free entry Smyrna artists, musicians, and businesses bring their best to this family-friendly festival. Shop for new home accessories, purchase snacks from local restaurants, and much more. RevCoffee.com

APRIL 13 Smyrna Earth Day Festival Tolleson Park 10am-3pm Free Discover how you can help protect the environment by listening to expert speakers at this event organized by the Campbell High School Earth Club. While there, sign up for contests and raffles. Sites.Google.com/View/SmyrnaEarth-Day-Festival

2780 Windy Ridge Pkwy. SE. 2-6pm Free entry At this holistic health gathering, gain knowledge about different approaches to healing, see neighborhood vendors, and sign up for a free cancer screening. NunaEssentialOils.com

APRIL 27 Smyrna Jonquil City Jog 5K, 1K and Tot Trot Smyrna City Hall 8am Prices vary Run as fast as you can! If you’re the winner of your age group, you’ll go home with a famous Key lime pie by Kenny’s Great Pies, Inc. All proceeds will benefit the Campbell High School Educational Foundation, Inc. SmyrnaGa.gov

MAY MAY 3 Relay for Life of Cobb County Jim Miller Park 6pm Free, donations are encouraged Support the efforts of the American Cancer Society during this team fundraising event where community members take turns walking around a designated path till 11pm. Register to join a team or stop by to show some love. Relay.ACSEvents.org

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MAY 11 Over the Edge for Special Olympics Georgia 2859 Paces Ferry Rd. SE. 9am Must raise at least $1,000 Raise some serious cash for Special Olympics Georgia and get the chance to join 74 others in rappelling off the side of a 22-story building. OverTheEdgeAtlanta.org

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival See APRIL 27-28 for details

Yoga Presented by Kaiser Permanente The Plaza at The Battery Atlanta 6:30pm Free Relax and breathe in the fresh spring air during this yoga session just outside the gates of SunTrust Park. Classes will not be held on game days. BatteryAtl.com/Events

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C NTENTS Meet Your Neighbors Crusader For A Cure

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is on a mission. At the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, the Smyrna resident works to educate women about the deadly disease. p. 19

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can’t live without a power drill. Locals turn to her longtime family-owned business, Vickery Hardware, for top tools and more. p. 20

Humanitarian

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DATE NIGHT IN VININGS/SMYRNA Keeping date night casual doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. Grab a dog at The Original Hot Dog Factory. Afterward, head to the Atlanta Braves Home Opener vs. Chicago Cubs on April 1. 1529 Spring Rd. SE. TheOriginalHotDogFactory.com

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Sip a chai latte at Rev Coffee and then stay for yoga with your sweetie. The $15 class fee (per person) includes a beverage. BYOM (bring your own mat)! 1680 Spring Rd. SE. RevCoffee.com The Vinings location of Mellow Mushroom has all the same great food and service as its other locales, but this particular pizza spot comes with a freshly remodeled atmosphere. Enjoy

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Prep for your next project by consulting with experts at the 41st Annual Atlanta Home Show (March 22-24). Along with the pros, highlights of the event also include a 3,500-square-foot Tiny Home Village and presentations by HGTV “Fixer Upper” carpenter, Clint Harp. The woodworker, a native Atlantan, will give guests an inside peek at his life—both on- and off-camera—on Friday and Saturday. Cobb Galleria Centre. AtlantaHomeShow.com

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Interior designers Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of FORBES+MASTERS enhanced this 225-square-foot Smyrna dining room by placing curtains featuring the room’s intriguing print right under the crown molding. This subtle shift creates the illusion of a larger space. FORBESMASTERS.com

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ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL CLASSES, such as Salt Stone Massage and Designing The Male Facial, product-focused education, and expert Q&As round out this informative conference. Georgia World Congress Center. Southeast.FaceAndBody.com

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From exciting group fitness classes to amenity-filled athletic clubs, the Vinings/Smyrna fitness scene is bursting with choices. Throughout January 2019, the Best Self Atlanta team (L TO R): participated in a variety CAROLINE SIMPSON, GIVING TREE YOGA of exercise activities OWNER MELISSA LOPEZ, AND and blogged about their ALEX MCCRAY experiences. The 30 Days of Fitness series breaks down what you need to know about THE WORKOUTS

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4875 Floyd Rd. SW. 8am Prices vary Run your best time along this picturesque trail during the last official qualifying event for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. SilverCometRaces.com

MARCH 16-17 Smyrna 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fest

Silver Comet 10K See MARCH 9 for details

Smyrna Market Village 11am on Saturday, Noon on Sunday $8 for one day, $12 at the door, $15 for the weekend Celebrate with live music, food, and see Mayor Max Bacon dye the Village fountain green. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training! SmyrnaStPatricksDayFest.com

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MARCH 17-18 Atlanta Braves Home Opener vs. Chicago Cubs See APRIL 1 for details

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Face & Body Southeast Spa Expo & Conference Georgia World Congress Center Times and prices vary Professionals are invited to attend educational workshops and hear from leaders in the spa, skin care, and wellness industries. Southeast.FaceAndBody.com

MARCH 22-24 41st Annual Atlanta Home Show Cobb Galleria Centre 10am-6pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday $10 at the box office, $8 online, free for seniors over 65 and children 12 and under Get help from the pros for your next home improvement project. AtlantaHomeShow.com

SunTrust Park 7:10pm Prices vary Start baseball season out with a home run by attending opening day! MLB.com/Braves

APRIL 13 Evening with the Easter Bunny Smyrna Community Center 5pm Free movie, activities cost $5 for residents, $8 for nonresidents Tots can play carnival games and jump on inflatables before the evening concludes with a movie on the lawn. SmyrnaGa.gov

APRIL 13 Rev Fest: The Spring Edition Rev Coffee 10am Free entry Smyrna artists, musicians, and businesses bring their best to this family-friendly festival. Shop for new home accessories, purchase snacks from local restaurants, and much more. RevCoffee.com

APRIL 13 Smyrna Earth Day Festival Tolleson Park 10am-3pm Free Discover how you can help protect the environment by listening to expert speakers at this event organized by the Campbell High School Earth Club. While there, sign up for contests and raffles. Sites.Google.com/View/SmyrnaEarth-Day-Festival

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Smyrna Community Center 4-6:30pm Free Learn more about local businesses by visiting booths and networking with professionals. SmyrnaBusiness.org

Village Green 10am-6pm on Saturday, Noon-5pm on Sunday Free entry Browse 100-plus arts and crafts booths for one-of-a-kind finds. Afterward, grab a bite to eat or watch a show on the entertainment stage. TravelCobb.org/Event/ Smyrna-Spring-JonquilFestival

Fox Creek Golf Club 9am $125, free to spectate A Smyrna tradition since 1986, this event honors the former mayor and gives back to the community with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Smyrna Arts Council. LegacyFoxCreek.com

Nuna’s Health & Wellness Event 2780 Windy Ridge Pkwy. SE. 2-6pm Free entry At this holistic health gathering, gain knowledge about different approaches to healing, see neighborhood vendors, and sign up for a free cancer screening. NunaEssentialOils.com

APRIL 27 Smyrna Jonquil City Jog 5K, 1K and Tot Trot Smyrna City Hall 8am Prices vary Run as fast as you can! If you’re the winner of your age group, you’ll go home with a famous Key lime pie by Kenny’s Great Pies, Inc. All proceeds will benefit the Campbell High School Educational Foundation, Inc. SmyrnaGa.gov

MAY MAY 3 Relay for Life of Cobb County Jim Miller Park 6pm Free, donations are encouraged Support the efforts of the American Cancer Society during this team fundraising event where community members take turns walking around a designated path till 11pm. Register to join a team or stop by to show some love. Relay.ACSEvents.org

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MAY 11 Over the Edge for Special Olympics Georgia 2859 Paces Ferry Rd. SE. 9am Must raise at least $1,000 Raise some serious cash for Special Olympics Georgia and get the chance to join 74 others in rappelling off the side of a 22-story building. OverTheEdgeAtlanta.org

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival See APRIL 27-28 for details

RECURRING MONDAYS Yoga Presented by Kaiser Permanente The Plaza at The Battery Atlanta 6:30pm Free Relax and breathe in the fresh spring air during this yoga session just outside the gates of SunTrust Park. Classes will not be held on game days. BatteryAtl.com/Events

Over the Edge for Special Olympics Georgia See MAY 11 for details

The Old Pavilion is one of the oldest buildings in Vinings. The structure was originally built as an open-air gathering place in 1874.

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in many local (Smyrna Jonquil Festival) and national events, making friends and winning awards for their performances. 4500 W. Village Pl. LotusPerformingArts.com

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2. Celebrate spring with a lavender latte and then grab a book before cozying up on a couch. Read Shop offers expresso, tea, and pastries from Holeman and Finch, too. Vinings Jubilee. ReadShopAtl.com 3. The El Felix, a popular Tex-Mex eatery, opens its garage door on Braves game days to serve nachos, tacos and to-go margaritas from a food truck. Feast up before walking over to SunTrust Park for some baseball. The Battery Atlanta. TheElFelix.com 4. Café at Pharr, a family-owned spot, is known for its walnut chicken salad, what owner Johnny Liu calls his “Pharr Road favorite.” The delicious salads and sandwiches here attract a steady health-conscious crowd. Vinings Jubilee. CafeAtPharr.com 5. Don’t just stop in for the superb Buffalo chicken wings, make plans to visit Laseter’s Tavern at Vinings (a neighborhood staple for 30 years) for the pub’s fun activities too. Live music and theme nights like trivia, Texas Hold ’em, bingo and poker keep things hopping. 4355 Cobb Pkwy. LasetersTavern.com

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1. Orient Express fuses bold flavors of the East and West. For the past 19 years, the iconic restaurant, which is located in an old train car, has served Chinese, sushi, and hibachi dishes. Try General Tso’s chicken and the mildly battered walnut coconut shrimp. 2921 Paces Ferry Rd. SE. OrientExpressAtl.com

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Losing his mother-in-law, Wendy, to ovarian cancer changed Smyrna resident Doug Barron’s life. Following her death in 2007, Doug began volunteering for the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Today, he is the nonprofit’s executive director and works to spread awareness about the deadly disease, which the American Cancer Society estimates 22,240 people were diagnosed with and 14,070 people died as a result of in 2018.

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What does your role entail?

The Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance is an educational nonprofit that informs people about the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer and that’s pretty much my job in a nutshell. We reach 2.5 million people a year through a variety of unique education awareness programs, including seminars and health fairs. We want women to understand the symptoms. A lot of times, they get overlooked and pushed off by doctors. If I knew then what I know now, my mother-in-law would still be alive and that is my biggest motivator.

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What are some of the nonprofit’s highlights?

Another popular initiative is our Bags of Hope program. Duffel bags with items like a hat and journal are given to women who have recently been diagnosed and are going through chemotherapy.

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What are some of your favorite places to frequent in Smyrna?

I love going to Atkins Park Tavern (the Park Burger is my go-to). My wife, Heidi, and I also go to Wade’s Fine Eatery and Good Time Emporium on Concord Road. They have such a diverse menu and unique spins on classic items. Smyrna is a great place to live. It has everything you need but still has a hometown feel to it. GaOvarianCancer.org

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We host the largest ovarian cancer event in the state, our annual Teal Trot 5K in September. In 2018, 1,100 people participated and it raised $120,000. Our annual black-tie Shaken, Not Stirred Gala on Feb. 9 featured a plated dinner prepared by women of the Les Dames d’Escoffier International organization. This tie-in was great for us since we are also a women’s empowerment organization.

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Susan Harlan

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Susan Harlan grew up in a hardware store. The tools and trappings of home fix-it projects are at the heart of her business at Vickery Hardware in Smyrna. “I grew up in this store,” she says. “Do-it-yourself projects are kind of in my DNA.” She fondly recalls roaming the aisles of the store after school and during the summer when she was a kid. “There was one gentleman who would give me a quarter every time he came in,” she recalls. “Back then, a quarter would buy five Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. As soon as he left, I’d run to the drugstore next door and buy some.” Vickery Hardware has been in her family for more than four decades, weathering good and bad economic times over the years. Susan says she’s grateful for her affiliation with the Ace Hardware dealer cooperative, where hardware vendors band together to buy merchandise at wholesale prices affordable enough to compete with the likes of The Home Depot and Lowe’s.

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When asked what tool she couldn’t do without, she doesn’t hesitate to recommend a cordless power drill. “So many times, I see that ladies are intimidated by a power drill, but once you get one, it’s life changing,” she chuckles. Susan’s husband passed away in 2003 and she’s been on her own ever since. Recently, though, she joined the online dating site eHarmony and met her fiancé, Mike Mosley. “I’d been alone for a long time and decided to give it a try!”

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The hardware store has been given a face-lift recently, but Susan says she’s worked hard to keep the store’s vintage feel. “We have tools from a bygone era hanging on display in the aisles,” she says. “People clean out their garages and bring me really old tools they find. I hang them up and they say they’re glad because they can come visit them whenever they want. They can’t bear to part with them.” You can find Susan every Tuesday night playing trivia at The Corner Taqueria. She’s a huge Atlanta Braves baseball fan, too, occasionally giving away tickets to a lucky customer who isn’t afraid to come in and purchase a cordless drill. VickeryHardware.net

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Craig Michael Logan, M.D. RADIOLOGIST • HUMANITARIAN • BOURBON CONNOISSEUR By Victoria Trutie

Dr. Craig Logan, 47, demonstrates his altruistic nature and persistence both in his personal life and his profession. As the Chief of Radiology for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente, he exemplifies how one can achieve professional success while still finding time to help others, evident by his participation in various organizations.

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To date, what is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself?

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I have packaged medical supplies for MedShare with my Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. brothers for eight years. We have assisted in packing tens of thousands of pounds of surplus medical equipment destined for multiple underdeveloped countries. And I am currently the My Brother’s Keeper chairman for the Eta Lambda chapter of my fraternity, which means I am responsible for facilitating home visitations, car rides, and grocery shopping excursions to support our senior citizens. I communicate with other members, give advice on medical issues, and ensure that they are getting the help they need.

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What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work?

My life experiences taught me compassion for others. We moved a lot while I was growing up. I went to three different elementary schools, three junior high schools and three high schools, each in different parts of the state of California. I learned how valuable kindness is to someone who feels lost and alone.

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Where are some of your favorite places to go in Vinings/Smyrna?

Cielo Blue Mexican Grill & Cantina is an excellent restaurant in Smyrna. They have courteous staff, tasty food and prompt service. My favorite place for breakfast is First Watch. They only use seasonal produce from local growers so their food is always fresh. Thinking about it makes me hungry. The speakeasy inside Muss & Turner’s is a nice, dimly lit and romantic spot to have a drink after work. They have a huge selection of spirits, with many Southern bourbons like Bulleit. TSPMG.com

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Why is it important to waterproof my basement for the winter?

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Homeowners should know that winter is the best time of year to waterproof their basement because here in Georgia the spring rains start in February. By being proactive and not reactive, you will be handling your foundation issue before the spring rains occur saving you the hassle of having to deal with Derek Ritchie your basement flooding and water damage to your personal property. Engineering Solutions of Georgia is a state-licensed engineering firm with two licensed structural engineers on staff.

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People often look for things that will catch the eye, with either texture or variation. Adding flooring to a wall space is great for highlighting a fireplace or breakfast nook. While you can use just about any flooring as wall décor, they make laminate and luxury vinyl lines for wall applications. These thinner, less heavy-duty versions of high-traffic Elisabeth Stubbs flooring are typically cheaper and easier to install vertically.

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Aside from the benefit of moderating the temperature in surrounding rooms, (especially above the garage), insulation also quiets the operation sound of the door and increases durability. If you have a noninsulated steel door, there are insulation panels you can install but most models come with insulation John Nale in them. It’s usually a better investment to purchase a door with insulation than to go back and add it.

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Vinyl windows are made of plastic material and do not withstand changes in temperature as well as fiberglass windows. Integrity windows from Marvin Windows and Doors are comprised of Ultrex® pultruded fiberglass, which outperforms vinyl and vinyl/wood composites in virtually every measurable category. Plus, the production of vinyl windows requires more energy and Peter Morrison resource consumption than the production of Ultrex®.

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Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman and Charlie Culberson and their families recently visited the Best Friends Smyrna Animal Shelter to help out. They played with the animals and walked the dogs. Want to help too? Donate your time or money and

consider adopting from the shelter.

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Local recycling bins, which will be used during community events, received a new painted look thanks

to a collaboration between the Smyrna Arts Council and the City of Smyrna Parks & Recreation department. Kim Nubel, a Smyrna Arts Council board member and owner of Abrakadoodle, says, “It draws attention to things we can do to keep Smyrna beautiful and the importance of caring for the environment.” Facebook.com/SmyrnaArtsCouncil

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Leah Barnes, a board member of the Smyrna Arts Council, started SmyrnaGA Rocks—a program

MARCH – MAY 2019

encouraging residents to paint a rock and leave it in a public place as a symbol of good cheer. For more information on how you can get in on the painting action, email: SmyrnaGARocks@gmail.com. And to see more rockin’ stones, visit: Facebook.com/Groups/ SmyrnaGARocks

(L TO R): FREDDIE, CHARLIE AND CHELSEA FREEMAN WITH SARAH AND CHARLIE CULBERSON

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WellStar Vinings Health Park seeks

volunteers to help out at the front desk, work at the gift shop, or assist the nursing staff. To get involved,

call 770-732-3605. 4441 Atlanta Rd. SE. WellStar.org/About-Us/Volunteers

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Aim high with Over the Edge for Special Olympics Georgia by raising at least $1,000 for competing athletes. When you meet this goal, the adventure experience company will give you and 74 other people the opportunity to rappel off a 22-story building in Vinings on May 11.

Funds raised go to support year-round training and competition for more than 26,460 Special Olympics Georgia contenders. OverTheEdgeAtlanta.org

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF (TOP RIGHT) ATLANTA BRAVES; (MIDDLE LEFT) KIM NUBEL; (BOTTOM LEFT) LEAH BARNES.

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