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As I prepare to move into 2020, I want to continue being mindful of others. If I can surprise my favorite grocery store clerk with a gift card to her favorite restaurant, I will. And if I can do my part to mentor budding journalists, I will. Each act of kindness—no matter how small or large—helps. Join me in doing our part to make Vinings/Smyrna and the world a better place!

for Date Nights, Food Faves, Health & Happiness, and lots more

NOV. 25-DEC. 25 Holiday Lights The Battery Atlanta Times vary Free entry Bask in an immersive sound and light display throughout the property as you shop and dine during the evenings. batteryatl.com  

DEC. 18 Coffee & Networking Café Lucia Smyrna 7:45-9am Free entry Join the Smyrna Business Association and make connections with fellow professionals in the area during this breakfast gathering.  smyrnabusiness.org

DEC. 31 New Year’s Eve Bash

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The Annual Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting 4300 Paces Ferry Rd. SE. 6-8pm Free entry ’Tis the season for family fun during one of the oldest traditions in Vinings. Gather for can’t-miss activities including photos with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, train rides, and more. viningsjubilee.com

DEC. 13-15 “Black Nativity” Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Times and prices vary Gather the family to experience a theatrical telling of Mary and Joseph’s journey and the birth of Jesus from an African-American perspective. cobbenergycentre.com

The Battery Atlanta 6-8pm Free entry Ring in the new year during this family-friendly celebration with an inflatable ball drop, photos with Blooper, a performance by live painter David Garibaldi, and more. batteryatl.com

JANUARY JAN. 13 Movie Monday Windy Hill Library 11am-1pm Free Wrangle the kiddos and head here for a free screening of a family-friendly film every Monday (excluding Jan. 20). All movies are presented in the Windy Hill Community Center ballroom. cobbcat.org

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Daddy Daughter Dance

Muss & Turner’s 7-9:30pm $15 Expand your palate during this weekly tasting. Visitors will have the chance to sample five off-the-beaten-path vinos based on a region or theme. Seats fill up quickly, so be sure to make a reservation.  facebook.com/mussandturners

Smyrna Community Center 7-9pm Prices vary Take a trip “Under the Sea” with your own little princess. Inspired by “The Little Mermaid,” this noteworthy night out will include crafts, a photo booth, snacks, and more. smyrnaga.gov

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Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun places with family and friends. The Battery Atlanta 7:30am Prices vary Put on your holiday garb and lace up your tennis shoes for this jolly 5K jog. Proceeds go toward finding a cure for arthritis. jbr.org/atlanta

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David Green has been in the business since he was 20 years old. As managing owner of Vinings staple, Paces & Vine, he talks about the eatery’s secret to success, his new business venture, and much more. p. 17

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Philanthropic Family (L TO R): EMILIE, STEPHANIE, AND LAUREN SCALISE

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Chow down on barbecue with your babe at Heirloom Market BBQ. The Food Network recently featured the restaurant, which is known for its classic Southern barbecue with a Korean twist, in “The Best Places to Try Every Style of Barbecue from Coast to Coast” list. 2243 Akers Mill Rd. SE. heirloommarketbbq.com

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Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun pla NOVEMBER NOV. 21-DEC. 24 Santa Photos The Battery Atlanta Times vary Free Your little one will enjoy spending time with Santa Claus at the onUp Experience. Families will receive complimentary digital and print copies of the photos taken during the visit.  batteryatl.com 

NOV. 25-DEC. 25 Holiday Lights The Battery Atlanta Times vary Free entry Bask in an immersive sound and light display throughout the property as you shop and dine during the evenings. batteryatl.com  

DEC. 14 2019 Jingle Bell Run - Atlanta The Battery Atlanta 7:30am Prices vary Put on your holiday garb and lace up your tennis shoes for this jolly 5K jog. Proceeds go toward finding a cure for arthritis. jbr.org/atlanta

DEC. 18 Coffee & Networking Café Lucia Smyrna 7:45-9am Free entry Join the Smyrna Business Association and make connections with fellow professionals in the area during this breakfast gathering.  smyrnabusiness.org

DEC. 31 New Year’s Eve Bash

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The Annual Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting 4300 Paces Ferry Rd. SE. 6-8pm Free entry ’Tis the season for family fun during one of the oldest traditions in Vinings. Gather for can’t-miss activities including photos with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, train rides, and more. viningsjubilee.com

DEC. 13-15 “Black Nativity” Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Times and prices vary Gather the family to experience a theatrical telling of Mary and Joseph’s journey and the birth of Jesus from an African-American perspective. cobbenergycentre.com

The Battery Atlanta 6-8pm Free entry Ring in the new year during this family-friendly celebration with an inflatable ball drop, photos with Blooper, a performance by live painter David Garibaldi, and more. batteryatl.com

JANUARY JAN. 13 Movie Monday Windy Hill Library 11am-1pm Free Wrangle the kiddos and head here for a free screening of a family-friendly film every Monday (excluding Jan. 20). All movies are presented in the Windy Hill Community Center ballroom. cobbcat.org

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Smyrna Community Center 7-9pm Prices vary Take a trip “Under the Sea” with your own little princess. Inspired by “The Little Mermaid,” this noteworthy night out will include crafts, a photo booth, snacks, and more. smyrnaga.gov

Team Trivia at Wing Factory in Smyrna 2997 Cumberland Blvd. SE. 7:30-9:30pm Free entry Grab your smartest group of friends and answer questions for the chance to win awesome prizes. facebook.com/wingfactorysmyrna

FEBRUARY FEB. 6 Battle for the Brain Coca-Cola Roxy 6pm $50 general admission, $250 VIP See representatives from some of Atlanta’s top companies and organizations take part in a high-energy lip sync competition. Hosted by Daughters Against Alzheimer’s, judged by Andruw Jones and Barbara Dooley, and emceed by Tribble Reese, since 2017 this phenomenal event has raised over $700,000 to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s. battleforthebrain.org

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FEB. 14 Black History Month Book Discussion Smyrna Public Library Noon-1pm Free Gather with fellow literary lovers as you discuss “Barracoon” by Zora Neale Hurston, author of the American classic, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” “Barracoon” tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade. Be sure to bring a packed lunch to enjoy during the discussion. Drinks and dessert will be provided. library.smyrnaga.gov

LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH Monthly Board Game Day Titan Games & Comics Smyrna Noon-6pm Free Get gaming with friends and family. Feel free to bring your own from home or explore the shop’s demo game shelf. Outside food and drinks are also welcome, just be sure to avoid spillage! facebook. com/titangamesandcomicssmyrna

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3. Step up to the plate at Murph’s. This baseball-inspired eatery hits it out of the park when it comes to its premium selection of burgers, wings, and salads. A must-try is the Chicken Artichoke sandwich with grilled chicken (and artichokes, obviously!) in a creamy pesto sauce accompanied by lettuce, and a slice of tomato and pickle on the side. 1 Galleria Pkwy. eatatmurphs.com

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4. The team behind Muss & Turner’s has launched its latest venture. MTH Pizza serves 16-inch pies featuring seasonal ingredients. Diners can expect five staple pizzas such as the Funghi with ricotta, pecorino, roasted mushrooms and crispy thyme. Those craving something new can choose from five seasonally rotating pizzas and a pie of the week. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Ste. 415. mthpizza.com 5. Brimming with apples coated in caramel, crunchy chocolate bear claws, over-the-top Rice Krispies Treats™ and more, River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is a sugar-lover’s paradise. Opening in The Battery Atlanta in 2020, guests will be able to watch its World Famous Pralines® be prepared and dipped on-site before taking home goodies of their choosing. 800 Battery Ave. SE. riverstreetsweets.com

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2. Be reminded of warmer weather with the Papaya Salad at Pho Dakao. Anything but ordinary, this entrée includes a flavor medley comprised of papaya, mint, sweet and sour sauce, and crushed peanuts. Add your choice of grilled pork and shrimp and your taste buds are in for a Vietnamese treat. 2411 Cobb Pkwy. phodakaorestaurant.com

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You’re never too young to learn to love literature. During the 2nd Annual Family Literacy Night hosted by Griffin Middle School on Oct. 30, pupils and their parents got the chance to meet local children’s novelist Laurel Snyder, play reading-based games, browse a book fair and more. Star students were even honored with literacy awards. 4010 King Springs Rd. SE. cobbk12.org/griffin

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David Green has the restaurant business in his blood. Immersed in the culinary industry since he was 20 years old, he’s now one of the faces behind the successful Paces & Vine, managing owner of the charming eatery in Vinings Jubilee. There are a number of reasons that Paces & Vine is such a hit with locals in the Vinings neighborhood. “Our secret to success is that we’re a local gathering place for people to come out and eat great food, drink and meet other locals. We know almost everybody who comes in very well,” David explains enthusiastically. “Even more important is our restaurant’s culture. We’re a family and we care about each other.”

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Now, along with several of his partners in Paces & Vine, David took the show on the road. They recently launched a new project—The Select, a restaurant located in the freshly minted City Springs development in Downtown Sandy Springs. The restaurant’s name pays homage to Paris’s famous Le Select, where Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso would gather to exchange their visions for post-WWI social change in the worlds of art and literature. “Basically, they would share camaraderie over great food and wine,” David says. “That’s the inspiration for this new restaurant.” “The thing most people don’t know about restaurants here is that we all support each other,” he shares. “Vinings is actually a really small town and we all know each other well. Sometimes we have to borrow things from each other, or we’ll talk about what’s going on in the marketplace. We see each other at fundraisers. We work hard almost every day of the week; when everybody else is off—that’s our peak time. We’re in it together.” David enjoys swimming for exercise, preparation for his favorite vacation activity—surfing. On a rare evening off, he takes his girlfriend, Dani Geisinger, to 101 Steak, Canoe, or SOHO American Bistro for date night. He proudly shares that she has two daughters, Hannah, who plays viola with a full-ride scholarship to Juilliard, and Kaila, who attends Vanderbilt University, also on a full-ride, playing the harp. “They are the sweetest people I’ve ever met,” he says. “I’m a really lucky guy.” pacesandvine.com

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As the owner of Global Grace LLC, a lifestyle business that empowers women, Kwavi Agbeyegbe is passionate about spreading the message that the second half of a woman’s life can be the best half—physically and mentally. The 12-year Smyrna resident is also the creator of the Kwavithon 5K, which benefits the Mirabel Centre, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre based in Lagos, Nigeria. In addition, she was recently named a 2019 Over 40 & Fabulous! Fab 5 winner by Best Self Atlanta.

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Today, I’m also the founder of The Simply Vibrant Life, which offers international wellness retreats to destinations like Thailand and Marrakesh. These trips have been curated to delight, surprise, and inspire women in more ways than one. The core principle of these retreats was founded on the notion by Brené Brown [a New York Times bestselling author] that we all want to be seen, heard, and valued. The experiences are created to celebrate each woman and her unique skills and to give her permission to shine on her own terms.

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KA: Goodness Grocery and Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market are my go-to stores for nutritious kitchen staples. Family Healthcare of Smyrna PC, helps me and my hubby, Kingsley, stay well, while Avril Beckford, M.D., of the WellStar Medical Group has kept our boys, Weyimi, 16, and Timeyin, 13, healthy and strong. And I’ve been going to the Vinings location of Surgarcoat nail salon since it opened! kwavi.com

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Most girls go through a lot during adolescence. Samantha, Lauren and Emilie Scalise are no exception. When their mother, Stephanie, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2015, the Smyrna-based sisters— then, ages 11, 13 and 15—were crushed. But they rebounded in a big way after her recovery, teaming up to launch Strides for Survivors, a 2.7-mile benefit walk for TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. To date, the event has raised $26,000 and nabbed a finalist spot at this year’s Nonprofit Trinity Awards, honoring volunteerism in the local area. The fourth annual walk is set for Feb. 1, 2020.

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Indeed, the community fundraiser has enabled TurningPoint to reach even more women with such offerings as Pilates classes, physical therapy, and nutritional counseling. And it doesn’t just benefit the patients.

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“TurningPoint helped my mom with her physical pain, but it was also a support system for my whole family during the emotional pain,” says Samantha, a 19-year-old sophomore at The University of Tennessee. “Knowing that we are helping other families have this same experience means the world to me.” The philanthropic endeavor has strengthened their sisterhood as well, says Lauren, a 17-year-old senior at The Galloway School. “The three of us have gotten much closer as a result of the walk. Instead of staying in our heads, we have opened up to each other and supported each other.” They have every intention of continuing Strides for Survivors, which hits full gear in January, with Lauren handling graphics, Emilie fielding raffle items, and Samantha and Stephanie taking care of the paperwork. Meanwhile, when they get a little downtime, they can be found around town at Paces & Vine, Rev Coffee Roasters, and on Chattahoochee River hiking trails. stridesforsurvivors.org

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The most common indicators that it is time to replace your siding is swelling of your masonite particle siding (a mixture of wood fibers and other materials) and wet or dry rot on wooden Charlie Dallavalle siding. This is caused by excessive humid conditions or exposure to liquids.

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Extension springs are mounted on each side of a door, stretch out when the door is closed, and work independently of one another. Torsion springs are mounted on a shaft above the door and lift the door with a smoother motion than the extension springs, making a torsion spring system the better system. Also, torsion John Nale springs have an average lifespan of 15,000 to 20,000 lifts opposed to the 5,000 to 10,000 lifts of extension springs.

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Though ice on the surface of your driveway can be dangerous, do not use salt. This causes spalling, where the surface crumbles. Instead, use more effective chemical ice melt like calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. Another way to maintain the look Michael Cangemi of your driveway is to pressure wash it. Last but not least, be sure to caulk cracks and joints to prevent water erosion.

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As a part of its “85 Acts of Kindness” campaign, Georgia’s Own Credit Union partnered with Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson to treat more than 200 students at Green Acres Elementary School in Smyrna to a pizza party they’d never forget. The sports hero made a surprise appearance at the school and

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