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3. Build your own bowl of nutritious deliciousness at Clean Eatz. Start with a base like quinoa, then add protein and fresh veggies topped with specialty spices (think Swole N Spicy) and sauces. For those on the go, the café even offers a weekly meal plan. 5815 Windward Pkwy., Ste. 202. CleanEatz.com 4. The name Viande Rouge (meaning “red meat” in French) could not be more fitting for this upscale steakhouse. Sip on an Old-Fashioned made with barrel-aged whiskey and enjoy the Steak Au Poivre, a 10-ounce New York strip cooked generously with peppercorn seasoning. 9810 Medlock Bridge Rd. VRSteakhouse.com 5. Belux Coffee is not your average grab-and-go caffeine shop. Beans are roasted in house for optimum freshness and can be purchased to brew at home. Try the Geisha collection, grown in Panama in altitudes of up to 6,000 feet, which makes for hearty beans with a distinct flavor. 5430 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Ste. 101B. BeluxCoffee.com

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THE RIVER CLUB ESTATE HOMES ARE NESTLED IN THE PRIVACY OF LARGE, EXPANSIVE LOTS SIZED UP TO 3 ACRES—A MAJORITY LIE WITHIN THE COVETED CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER CORRIDOR.

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Andrea Mia Coccia CONCIERGE • MOTHER • GO-TO GAL By Wyndi Kappes

Amid the hustle and bustle of a summer evening at Avalon, you might not even notice the chic black- and white-striped pedicab whisking a happy couple to a romantic dinner. The fairy godmother behind the magic of this bellman-drawn carriage is Andrea Coccia (aka Mia), the only full-time concierge at The Hotel at Avalon. You can find the petite hostess perusing stores along the Boulevard. A natural people person, Andrea greets each store manager by name on her routine drop-ins. It’s these 15-minute encounters that enable her to add a personal touch to every guest request.

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When it comes down to the smallest details Andrea has you covered. “I had a woman come in and say she was having a Sweet 16 birthday for her daughter. As soon as she told me, I got busy creating several colorful balloon flowers and I also placed a cookie bouquet in the room. We had fruit brought up in the mornings and Café Intermezzo reserved a special table for them. Our services allowed her to focus on the girls rather than the decorating and party prep.”

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Alpharetta Food Truck Alley Old Roswell St. 5-9pm Free entry, food prices vary Taste a variety of sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s most popular food trucks. Alpharetta.Ga.us

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Jekyll Brewing Beer Tasting

Curing Kids Cancer Gala

2800 Old Milton Pkwy. 6:30-7:30pm $25 Award-winning brewmaster, Josh Rachel, creates a special selection of beers for guests to sample including the Cooter Brown. WholeFoodsMarket.com

Metropolitan Club 6-11:30pm Prices vary Help raise funds for childhood cancer research when you purchase a ticket to this annual event. While there, enjoy food, cocktails, and a live and silent auction. CuringKidsCancer.org/Gala

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Alpharetta Mayor’s Corporate Challenge 5K Race

SEPT. 1-3 Freedom Bowl

Fall Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo

2 Park Plz. 5-9pm $35 Get your coworkers, friends, and family to join you for this run that starts at City Hall. AwesomeAlpharetta.com

Milton High School Times vary $10 Students will enhance their leadership and teamwork skills while competing during this new series of six football games. The event will also support veterans. Airo7v7.com/Freedom-Bowl

Cobb Galleria Centre 10am-6pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under, and free for senior citizens Browse more than 300 home improvement businesses and speak with experts. AtlantaHomeShow.com

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Milton Avenue, between Main Street and Roswell/Canton streets 10am-6pm on Saturday 11am-5pm on Sunday Free entry Peruse home furnishings, art, handmade jewelry, clothing, and more while snacking on artisan food and produce. AwesomeAlpharetta.com

Wills Park Pool Times and prices vary Get the kids active with this competition, which includes running, biking, and swimming. Distances vary upon age group. EnduranceCUI.Active.com

Alpharetta Wedding Showcase

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Book Sale Saturday

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10 Park Plz. 10am-4pm Free entry Purchase books from Friends of the Alpharetta Library to support student scholarships and more. FOTAL.org

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11th Annual Polo for Parkinson’s 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. 1-4pm $50 for adults, $5 for kids Chow down on ’Cue Barbecue while watching a lively game of polo. Don’t forget to wear your favorite fascinator! PoloForParkinsons.com

9000 Avalon Blvd. 1-3:30pm Free entry Plan for your big day when chatting with more than 40 vendors specializing in photography, floral arrangements, formal wear and more. AwesomeAlpharetta.com

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alendar AUG. 18 Since its inception in 2009, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. has rescued over 14,500 cats and dogs.

Wills Park 10am-2pm Free entry Future firemen and women will experience a real-life fire truck and other vehicles including dump trucks, motorcycles, and more. AwesomeAlpharetta.com

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SEPT. 15

Noon to Night: Fall Fashion Benefit at Avalon

NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes

Avalon Boulevard 6-10pm $50 general admission, $150 VIP Children with chronic and terminal illnesses supported by Bert’s Big Adventure will participate in a fashionable runway show to benefit the nonprofit. ExperienceAvalon.com

Locations vary 10am-4pm $20 in advance, $25 day-of event Find design inspiration on this self-guided tour featuring the best in kitchen, bath, and whole-home remodeling. AtlantaRemodelingTour.com

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Scarecrow Harvest

Alpharetta Brew Moon Octoberfest

Milton Avenue 10am-2pm Free entry Fall is here! Check out over 100 scarecrows at this family-friendly festival. Alpharetta.Ga.us

OCT. OCT. 5-7 International Night Market

Milton Avenue 6:30-11pm $10 Bring a chair and savor craft beer, wine, and tasty treats from some of the city’s top restaurants. AwesomeAlpharetta.com

Northpoint Mall 5-11pm Prices vary Enjoy exciting cultural performances and cooking demonstrations. While here, shop for unique goods from all over the world. AtlNightMarket.org

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Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival

Family Reunion Workshop

Miscellany: An Open-Air Gallery

Downtown Alpharetta 5-10:30pm Free entry Hear tunes from local artists such as Alex Guthrie. Plus, browse five shopping districts and more than 200 eateries. WireAndWoodAlpharetta.com

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12655 Deerfield Pkwy. 10am-1pm Free entry Learn how to plan the best family reunion ever with this workshop. AwesomeAlpharetta.com

Brooke Street Park All day Free entry Enjoy viewing a rotation of sculptures from various artists at Alpharetta’s first open-air sculpture gallery. ArtsAlpharetta.org

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OPEN HOUSE Sunday, Nov. 11 details available at woodward.edu Woodward North is the Johns Creek campus of Woodward Academy. Enrolling Pre-K to sixth grade students and located on 33 beautifully wooded acres, it combines the intimacy of home with the resources of our Pre-K to 12th grade Main Campus. With an average student-teacher ratio of 6:1, everyone from our principal to our school nurse to our beloved teachers is dedicated to caring for our kids every step of the way, while guiding them through a challenging college-preparatory curriculum. Expertise in science, math, reading, and writing is just the tip of the iceberg at Woodward. We incorporate STEM programs—like robotics, coding, and engineering—throughout the curriculum, preparing students for success amidst a rapidly changing world. Educating the whole child means cocurricular programs, athletics, and the arts are also a vital part of every student’s educational journey. And all this happens within a truly diverse, global, service-oriented community that cultivates strong character and a deep respect for difference.

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Top Teachers Make The Grade

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10th-12th Grade Geometry and Advanced Math Decision-Making Teacher

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Marisa Wesker works to ensure that her students leave her classroom feeling like the strongest version of

Each day, Lisa Silverman reminds herself why she became a teacher. “My ‘whys’ over my years of teaching have been numerous,” she says. “Their faces, names and stories stay with me long after they

Anna Holub-Standish comes to Atlanta all the way from her native Poland—so she’s keenly aware of how important it is that kids be able to adapt to the rapidly changing world around them. She shares that many teens question the everyday usefulness of math, asking, “Why learn this? When will we ever use it?” The answer she gives them is simple: math education helps to wire their minds for the future. “This age group is fascinating,” she says, “so full of passion. But many of them are convinced there is something wrong with their ability.” She assures them that their

persistence, effort and critical-thinking skills ultimately will be the most important reward for their efforts to master math.

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kid needs to know that I care about them personally—not their grade, not their ability level—but just as a person. Until they

know I care, I won’t see their full effort or achievement. I approach every child as if they were my own, because that’s what I would want a teacher to do for my children.” She explains that leading by example in the classroom is incredibly important to her. “No doubt, some days are hard; but in those tough moments, I do exactly what I came to do—show my students how to rise above, push through and succeed anyway.”

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had students who never thought they would graduate, students who were suicidal, students who had a parent dying of cancer, students

who lost siblings, homeless students, students who thought they were stupid because they failed tests, and students who have just needed a little nudge in the right direction. I’m grateful I could share in all of their ultimate achievements. I want them to know we all fail sometimes, but our success is found in not giving up.”

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It’s also nice when they stop by to see me after going off to college to tell me how much spotting

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Great Destinations in the Southeast to Rejuvenate, Relax and Have Fun! By Jennifer Colosimo

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nce the temperatures dip, the allure of indoor fun intensifies, and a short drive from the city opens up countless opportunities to avoid cabin fever and keep the entire family loving life and each other while staying adequately entertained. Here’s your guide for where to go in the Southeast and what to do when you get there.

Start by checking off the state’s best museums with a stroll through the High Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. You’ll also want to tour the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville or experience the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum in St. Marys. You often don’t have to go far to include these educational stops on your vacation itinerary.

Celebrate on the Lake Lake Lanier (and its surrounding towns) includes numerous family-friendly farms with pumpkins, hayrides and u-pick crops along with petting zoos and craft tables and plenty of rentable cabins to cozy up in during seasonal festivals. Plus, the entire family can enjoy holiday highlights during Magical Nights of Lights at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Find a bevy of fall fun around Lake Allatoona, with costume contests, parades, avid bird watching and more surrounding its 12,000 acres of lake. Nearby Barnsley Resort provides a season full of fun such as signature holiday dining, lights and wreath-making workshops in December, as well as horseback riding through the changing leaves, toasting s’mores over an open fire, enjoying football, lawn games and craft brews in the outdoor Beer Garden or joining in on a Saturday Artisan’s Workshop, featuring a different local artisan every weekend.

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In North Georgia, revel in picturesque fall-hued vistas, don coats and grab hot chocolate mugs when strolling through the holiday lights festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee or indulge in the holiday buffets and craft shows at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa.

Cooler on the Coast Just because the swimsuits are packed away doesn’t mean the beach is out. In fact, much of the drivable coastline for Georgians offers plenty of cool-weather calendar choices. Alabama’s beaches serve up small-town charm with ample entertainment. From Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to Perdido Key, soak up a vivid arts scene, maritime history, adventure parks and one of the most adorable zoos you’ll ever visit. End any day at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge

for cocktails and five stages of live music and fun. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee Along Florida’s 30A, you’ll find some of the most soughtafter residences in spots like Destin and Sandestin, Panama City Beach and Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, Seagrove and Seaside. Attend one of the food, wine or holiday festivals, or take advantage of an area where the golf season never really ends.

Often the holiday season inspires a sense of giving, and several resorts have answered the call for a growing voluntourism trend. Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Fla. offers Disneyfaring families a way to give back during their trip, helping in a storybook resort created for sick children and their own families.

Escape to The Mountains Snow or shine, valleys and peaks, day hikes or the Appalachian Trail, the mountains provide bucket-list-worthy stops to schedule any vacation around.

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Just outside of Athens, Georgia in historic Greene County, Lake Oconee offers cozy campgrounds, golfing, nature walks, a renowned food and wine festival, a fall Rhythm & Brews concert and more. Christmas at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee includes breakfast with Santa Claus, holiday lights on the lake and a life-sized gingerbread house.

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Small-town vibes draw travelers to cities like Blairsville, Helen, and Hiawassee in Georgia, North Carolina’s Hayesville, Franklin and more. Apple picking runs into the early part of the fall in North Georgia, with stops like Mercier Orchards or B.J. Reece Orchards. Ski, board and tube throughout North Carolina at Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Appalachian Ski Mtn., or venture farther north into West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain. Trade equipment for hiking boots to explore picturesque hikes, such as North Georgia’s easy uphill Brasstown Bald trek. Off the hiking path, Asheville invites you to fill your itinerary with eclectic eats, brewery tours and the Biltmore Estate. Nearby, Chattanooga is a classic destination with stops like Lookout Mountain, Rock City and more. If do-it-yourself is the key to holiday happiness, start your Christmas tree trimming from scratch and visit Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm in Milton or take a trip to North Carolina to cut down your own.

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Rosemary Beach, Florida ThePearlRB.com | (855) 969-3303 This award-winning boutique hotel boasts private balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico, contemporary décor, upscale spa products, and amenities including complimentary beach setups, in addition to a menu comprised of locally sourced food.

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On Sept. 8, join local nonprofit Children Helping Children as it celebrates 10 years of giving back with Cocktails in the Clouds. The fundraiser will benefit the organization’s signature event, Little Hands ... big LOVEFEST!,

a service-oriented festival hosted entirely by teens. Expect creative libations, funky music, and comedians. 887 W. Marietta St. NW., Ste. S109. Facebook.com/CHC.Atl

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on deployment. You can get involved by making a donation or by writing an uplifting letter to be included in an outgoing package. 10 Park Plz. FOTAL.org

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