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Fall Fest in Candler Park, Halloween in the Highlands, 49th Annual Atlanta Pride Parade & Festival, and More p. 14-15

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Paws Up, Pooches!

For 20 years, this popular day care, boarding, and grooming empire has been the go-to playground for pampered pups. Here, founder Craig Koch dishes on dog dens and a new UPPER WESTSIDE locale. p. 12

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THANKS TO THE READERS OF MY INTOWN MAGAZINE FOR VOTING WOODWARD ACADEMY AS THE “BEST SCHOOL!” At Woodward Academy, one size doesn’t fit even two. With abundant academic, artistic, athletic, and cocurricular offerings, Woodward is about creating your own path within a truly diverse community under the guidance of caring faculty and mentors.

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Dear Intown Neighbors, I’ve been playing basketball since I was in high school. I remember coach Robert Hamilton welcoming me to the team and challenging me at our practices. He’d say, “Laurie! You can’t eat fast food and expect to move quickly up and down the court!” Of course, I’d mumble under my breath, “My name is not Laurie. It’s Laura. And I really like McDonald’s cheeseburgers!” Well, hindsight is 20/20. I’ve been playing on basketball teams ever since my days with coach Hamilton, and he was right! What you put into your body definitely shows on and off the court. Whether practicing my jump shot for hours or hitting the weight room, coach Hamilton always pushed me to be my best.

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“Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series”

Fall Fest in Candler Park

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High Museum of Art Times and prices vary See dozens of works from the artist’s original ‘Profile’ project during this hallmark exhibition that will also feature an original copy of The New Yorker article that put him in the spotlight. high.org

Candler Park Drive and McLendon Avenue Northeast 11am-7pm on Saturday, 11am-6pm on Sunday Free entry Peruse a vast artists market, devour bites from popular food trucks like Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and hear live music from local performers such as Atlanta Legends of the Blues. fallfest.candlerpark.org

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“Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY”

OCT. 10-DEC. 8

Fox Theatre Times and prices vary Join Willy Wonka for a delightful journey through his chocolate factory. Showgoers can delight in songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.” 

Atlantic Station Times and prices vary Inspired by the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show uses acrobatics to celebrate being true to oneself and embracing the differences that make each person unique.

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Taste of Atlanta

Historic Fourth Ward Park Times and prices vary This food festival will include samples from 100 of the city’s top eateries, onstage cooking demos, cooking classes, an expanded VIP experience, and a concert (on Oct. 19). tasteofatlanta.com

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Halloween in the Highlands Locations vary 6pm-2am Prices vary Have a spooktacular time hopping between popular Virginia-Highland restaurants and bars. Be sure to wear your best holiday getup for the costume contest with a $1,000 prize. bigtickets.com/events/abt/ halloweeninthehighlands

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Seventh Annual Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival

Historic Fourth Ward Park 10am-5pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday Free entry Shop a selection of paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, and other handcrafted items. oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com

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“Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars”

Museum of Design Atlanta Times and prices vary Explore the design and technology behind guitar creation and see the instruments that belonged to famed strummers like Jack White, Derek Trucks, and St. Vincent. museumofdesign.org/wire-and-wood

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49th Annual Atlanta Pride Parade & Festival

Locations and times vary Free Celebrate Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community at this gathering complete with an Official Kickoff Party on Oct. 11, a two-day festival, multiple marches, and a parade starting from the Civic Center MARTA Station at Noon on Oct. 13.

The Meadow at Piedmont Park 11am-7pm Free Sponsored by Atlanta Best Media, this fun family festival hosted by Children Helping Children (CHC) is orchestrated by youth and features interactive give-back projects for nonprofits. Children will learn about service, compassion, and celebrating diversity while also enjoying face painting, food trucks, and more. Preregistration is required. Turn to page TK to find out more about CHC.

2019 Atlanta Music Festival

First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland St. NE. 7:30pm $25 Hear performances by leading vocalists such as The Fisk Jubilee Singers®, tenor Timothy Miller, The Meridian Chorale, and Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church. The concert will benefit the Atlanta Music Festival Conservatory, which offers free music education programs.

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1509 Ponce de Leon Ave. 10am-5pm on Saturday, Noon-5pm on Sunday

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Free entry Support The Paideia School’s visual arts programs by

Eighth Annual Fall Festival on Ponce

Olmsted Linear Park 10am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-5pm on Sunday Free entry Explore 125 displays of art and crafts made by local and regional creators.

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Craig Koch is the founder of WAG-A-LOT. The easygoing entrepreneur loves spending time with Lars, one of his four adopted dogs, and all of the furry friends at his fun doggie boarding and day care destination. His new Upper Westside location, which opens in November, is sure to be a treat.

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believe in giving back. For the past 11 years, Kimmy and her children, Rider and Eavie, have volunteered with Children Helping Children, an organization that connects kids with nonprofits. p. 17

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DATE NIGHT IN INTOWN Lovebirds can take in a breezy view of the Atlanta BeltLine while sharing Asian-inspired fare at Hawkers. Named for the notable street chefs of the East, the restaurant specializes in small plates like Singapore ‘Chili’ Crab. 661 Auburn Ave. NE., Ste. 180. eathawkers.com Take your music lover to explore the new Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars exhibit. On display now through Sept. 29, the two of you can learn about the basic parts of a guitar, put together your own faux ones, and see instruments played by the likes of Kurt Cobain and others. 1315 Peachtree St. NE. museumofdesign.org Tantalize your taste buds with Mediterranean cuisine at the new Virginia-Highland location of Truva Turkish Kitchen. Amid colorful modern décor, share the braised lamb shank or vegetarian moussaka with your babe. 842 N. Highland Ave. NE. truvahighland.com

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2. For decadently dark sweets, turn to the Ecuadorian-inspired brand Condor Chocolates. Created by brothers, Nick and Peter Dale, as a tribute to the birthplace of their mother, the company offers specialty cocoa confections. Find the Rio Verde 68% Dark Chocolate Bar with peppery and pomegranate finish notes and similar vegan-friendly options at Whole Foods throughout Atlanta. 22 14th St. NW. condorchocolates.com 3. Modern Mediterranean cuisine meets a midcentury-influenced setting at Apron. At the restaurant inside the Kimpton Overland Hotel, rich flavors come to life in dishes such as the Carnaroli Rice and Shrimp with chorizo, English peas, and saffron lobster broth. 2 Porsche Dr. apronrestaurantatlanta.com 4. Satisfy your cookie dough cravings at A Haute Cookie. Devour dough by the scoop, sip a brown sugar cookie milkshake, split a brownie cookie dough bar with a friend, and more at the food-truckturned-brick-and-mortar. The luxury shop also offers vegan and gluten-free options, alongside hands-on baking classes and events. 1039 Grant St., Ste. B17. ahautecookie.com 5. Power through your next retail session with the help of Citizen Supply. Inside the store is the intimate eatery Likewise. Rest and refuel with hearty bites such as the Cheese X Charcuterie with a mixture of soft, hard and blue cheeses, three types of meat, and seasonal accoutrements. Ponce City Market, Ste. NW208. likewiseatlanta.com

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1. Crafted by the new executive chef of Loews Atlanta Hotel’s culinary program, Fabien Biraud, a can’t-miss plate of Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar’s revamped menu is the Tuna Tartare with miso aioli, gochujang, and orange zest. Combine it with an artful cocktail such as the Birdsnest Over Peatmont with scotch, rum, and fresh lemon juice for a truly palate-pleasing experience. 1065 Peachtree St. NE. saltwoodatlanta.com

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Dogs Gone Wild For the past 20 years, dogs and humans have fallen in love with WAG-A-LOT, a day care, boarding, and grooming paradise for pups. The innovative brand will soon unleash a new location on the Upper Westside.

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“WAG-A-LOT is not only the telltale sign of a happy dog but the name embodies the notion that dogs and their humans should live life to the fullest every day,” Koch says.

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After opening one of the nation’s first doggie day care concepts, two human kids, and eight rescue dogs later, Koch is humbled by the support and trust his team has received from Atlanta’s pet parent community. The company’s numerous Best of Atlanta awards from various publications are a testament to its standards of excellence.

(L TO R): LARS AND HIS DOG DAD, WAG-A-LOT FOUNDER, CRAIG KOCH TAKE A LOAD OFF.

WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE CONSTANT “UPDATES ON YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING. TOTAL TRANSPARENCY IS KEY.”

Over the decades, Koch’s commitment to providing the best experience possible for dog and human clients alike has never —CRAIG KOCH waned. “Safety is always our first priority and is followed very closely by providing a fun, clean, and caring environment for our canine customers. Communicating clearly with our human customers is paramount as well. We strive to provide constant updates on your dog’s behavior and well-being. Total transparency is key,” says Koch.

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The ever-growing popularity of WAG-A-LOT has led to the development of locations in Decatur and Downtown, and one that will soon open Nov. 1 on the Upper Westside. A seasoned staff will oversee this state-of-the-art facility, providing dog day care, boarding, and grooming services along with carefully curated retail options. Expect quaint overnight boarding dens, two spacious indoor play areas with adjoining outdoor yards for pups to roam, webcams so fur moms and dads can check in on all of the fun, and more. The Decatur and Downtown locations aren’t being left in the dust either and are both getting upgrades to the tune of $500,000. The stars of these renovations are the new overnight dog dens that will raise the bar in boarding accommodations. “We worked with Mason Company to custom design and build mini rooms for our guests that offer a heightened sense of privacy, safety, cleanliness and comfort,” says Koch. “Small touches, like a soft green plant by the room number of each den, remind our guests and staff that this is not a traditional kennel.” The brand’s current staff boasts 259 collective years of experience. Each dog who visits one of WAG-A-LOT’s facilities benefits from consistent and loving care by this expert group. Jen Hunt began her career at WAG-A-LOT 13 years ago as a WAG specialist, and today, she is the general WAG manager for all locations.  

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“I am thrilled about our expansion. Soon, our stores will stretch across the middle of WAYNE BODE, DOG BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST, metro Atlanta, from the Westside to the COMFORTS A SENIOR GOLDEN RETRIEVER Eastside of Interstate-285, allowing easy IN FRONT OF THE NEW DOG DENS AT THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION. access to one of our three locations to virtually anyone in the city,” Hunt says. “They are all locally owned and will operate seamlessly as one, so you can use any of the locations interchangeably,” Hunt says. Fun for Fido and a favorite for you, it’s easy to see why WAG-A-LOT is an Intown hot spot. “The past 20 years have been a dream come true,” Koch says. “But even more importantly, we are stoked and ready to take on the next 20 years so another generation of dogs can realize their right to WAG-A-LOT!”

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When Koch wants to do a little tail wagging of his own, he can be found unwinding with his four pups at Fetch Park & Ice House, working out with trainer Nicole Gourdet at Urban Body Fitness, and satisfying his caffeine craving with an order of The Captain at Cold Brew Bar.

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Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun pla SEPTEMBER SEPT. 14-FEB. 2, 2020 “Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series” High Museum of Art Times and prices vary See dozens of works from the artist’s original “Profile” project during this hallmark exhibition that will also feature an original copy of The New Yorker article that put him in the spotlight. high.org

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SEPT. 28-29 Seventh Annual Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival Historic Fourth Ward Park 10am-5pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday Free entry Shop a selection of paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, and other handcrafted items. oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com

NOW THROUGH SEPT. 29 “Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars” Museum of Design Atlanta Times and prices vary Explore the design and technology behind guitar creation and see instruments that belonged to famed strummers like Jack White, Derek Trucks, and St. Vincent. museumofdesign.org/wire-and-wood

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SEPT. 21 CURLFEST 1500 McLendon Ave. NE. Noon-7pm Prices vary Celebrate the beauty of natural hair, browse items from small businesses, and be inspired by speakers during this festival’s first visit to Atlanta. curlfest.com/atlanta

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“Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY” Fox Theatre Times and prices vary Join Willy Wonka for a delightful journey through his chocolate factory. Showgoers can delight in songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination.”  atlanta.broadway.com

Slow Fashion Symposium Ponce City Market Times vary Free entry During this multiday function, attend pop-up parties where you can meet designers and shop sample sales. Plus, hear a panel discussion with Elizabeth L. Cline, author of “The Conscious Closet,” on Oct. 4. slowfashionsymposium.com

OCT. 5-6 Fall Fest in Candler Park Candler Park Drive and McLendon Avenue Northeast 11am-7pm on Saturday, 11am-6pm on Sunday Free entry Peruse an artists market, devour bites from food trucks like Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and hear live music from local performers. fallfest.candlerpark.org

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Atlantic Station Times and prices vary Inspired by the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show uses acrobatics to celebrate being true to oneself. cirquedusoleil.com/volta

Historic Fourth Ward Park Times and prices vary This food festival will include samples from 100 of the city’s top eateries, onstage cooking demos, cooking classes, an expanded VIP experience, and a concert (on Oct. 19). tasteofatlanta.com

OCT. 11-13 49th Annual Atlanta Pride Parade & Festival Locations and times vary Free Celebrate Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community with an Official Kickoff Party on Oct. 11, a two-day festival, multiple marches, and a parade starting from the Civic Center MARTA Station at Noon on Oct. 13. atlantapride.org

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OCT. 20 Little Hands, Big LOVEFEST! The Meadow at Piedmont Park  11am-7pm Free Sponsored by Atlanta Best Media/ Best Self Atlanta, this fun family festival hosted by Children Helping Children (CHC) is orchestrated by youth and features interactive give-back projects for nonprofits. Children will learn about service, compassion, and celebrating diversity while also enjoying face painting, food trucks, and more. Preregistration is required. Turn to page 17 to find out more about CHC. chclovefest.com

OCT. 26 Halloween in the Highlands Locations vary 6pm-2am Prices vary Have a spooktacular time hopping between popular Virginia-Highland restaurants and bars. Be sure to wear your best holiday getup for the costume contest with a $1,000 prize. bigtickets.com/events/abt/ halloweeninthehighlands

NOVEMBER NOV. 2 2019 Atlanta Music Festival First Congregational Church 105 Courtland St. NE. 7:30pm $25 Hear performances by leading vocalists such as The Fisk Jubilee Singers® and tenor Timothy Miller. The concert will benefit the Atlanta Music Festival Conservatory, which offers free music education programs. atlantamusicfestival.org

Eighth Annual Fall Festival on Ponce See OCT. 12-13 for details

NOV. 9-10 Art Visions Artist Market 2019 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave. 10am-5pm on Saturday, Noon-5pm on Sunday Free entry Support The Paideia School’s visual arts programs by purchasing works of art across various mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and jewelry. paideiaschool.org

DECEMBER DEC. 7 Children’s Christmas Parade Presented by Arrow Exterminators Peachtree Street Northeast and 16th Street Northeast 10:20am-Noon Free Get into the holiday spirit with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Watch as Peachtree Street is transformed into Santa Claus Lane with holiday-themed floats. choa.org/parade

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Businesswoman and author of the new young adult novel “Perfekt,” Kimmy Umphenour is never too busy to lend a helping hand. Since 2008, she has served as the financial officer for Children Helping Children (CHC), an organization that connects youth with nonprofits. Kimmy volunteers alongside her kids, Rider, 12, and Eavie, 10, both recipients of the Good Citizens Award from Woodward Academy, and utilizes her position with CHC to show them the true impact charitable contributions can have on the community.

Q: How did your family get involved with CHC? Kimmy Umphenour: When Michelle [Hodgson] started CHC 11 years ago, I thought to myself, ‘There is no way we can’t get involved with this.’ Now, I oversee the end of the year financial reports. It’s amazing to see how quickly this organization has grown organically, not only through social media, but simply by people sharing their CHC experiences with others.

Q: What are your family’s favorite CHC events? KU: My family and I are active members. We’ve enjoyed helping with initiatives like stuffing the Be Well Bear backpacks [filled with activities for children in hospitals] and attending events like Cocktails in the Clouds [a fundraising soirée] and the LOVEFEST- Free Family Philanthropic Festival [an event where children can take part in service projects]. Rider and Eavie look forward to it every year. They love being with their friends, exploring the different booths, and participating in all the LOVEFEST activities. My son especially loves to run the FLY-K [an annual fun run before the festival].

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compensation arrangements can make top talent more affordable. They get paid what they’re worth, and you get most out of your investment.

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Hire family. Pay your kids to appear in advertising and make a one-time contribution to their Roth IRA as compensation. You save money on marketing, and your kids get a head start on their own savings.

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Henrietta George Druid Hills High School Athletic Director, Varsity Boys and Girls Track Coach, and Assistant Cross-Country Coach When it comes to the athletes on a team coached by Henrietta George, the message is clear. They are more than just a team—they’re family. “You

can’t look at your teammate and see them failing or see them hurting and just walk away. If one person fails, the whole family fails. I’m from Nigeria

and that’s how we think of family,” says George, who continued to coach even after being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2014. “It was like my kids lost all hope just because I was sick. I knew there was a need for me to be there, to inspire them and show them that you keep pushing forward, no matter what.”

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Woodward Academy Varsity Football and Competition Cheerleading Coach “I’ve been in love with cheerleading for over half my life at this point,” says 32-year-old Malia Raley. “I started when I was 7 and did 10 years of competitive and high school cheerleading.” Unable to continue cheering in college due to an injury, she put it aside and focused on becoming a history teacher. “But I really missed cheerleading,” Raley says. “I actually coached all through high school and I loved it. Eventually, I realized I could coach and teach history at the same time.” What she enjoys most about coaching is watching her girls grow. “It’s fun watching them become adults.

I love seeing the excitement on their faces when they gain new skills and start to become more confident. It’s not about winning. It’s about being able to say you

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Parkview High School Head Coach of Baseball Program Chan Brown has coached Parkview High School’s Varsity Baseball team to an impressive 11 regional, five state, and three national championships during his 17-year tenure, but he says winning is no longer his goal. “Now it’s all about the relationships I have with my players,” says Brown, whose list of coaching awards, including being inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame in 2018, is nearly as long as his championships.

“I believe society needs strong men and role models. I’m trying to use the game to teach these guys how to be successful leaders, husbands, and fathers, not just baseball players.”

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pioneer of black golf and the founder of the National Black Golf Hall of Fame. Jeff became a Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) member in 1993, making him and his father the first and only black father and son PGA members. And just this past May, Jeff took Drew Charter School’s Boys Varsity Golf Team to the GHSA Golf State Championship where they won first place. Quite a feat as this is the first golf team in the Atlanta Public Schools system to do so. As a seasoned expert THE DREW CHARTER SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS GOLF TEAM IS RECOGNIZED BY in the game, Jeff tries to GOV. BRIAN KEMP AS THE FIRST GROUP IN THE ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SYSTEM TO WIN A STATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP. seamlessly weave in lessons THE BOYS AND COACH JEFF DUNOVANT (SECOND FROM FAR RIGHT) ARE ALSO on key life skills when THE FIRST ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN GROUP TO CLAIM THE TITLE. teaching his kids. “If I’m giving a lesson on how to grip the club, I’ll ask, ‘How do you meet someone new? With a firm handshake.’ But, the most important characteristic I teach them is, ‘Always do your best. Always work hard.’”

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Grady High School Boys Varsity Ultimate Coach In 2006, Max Leonard co-founded the first ultimate frisbee team as a student at Grady High School. He now coaches the Boys Varsity Ultimate frisbee team at his alma mater, which won the High School National Invite tournament in 2018. “Ultimate frisbee is based on the concept of Spirit of the Game [similar

You play with respect for your opponents, yourself, and your teammates,” says Leonard, who sees

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