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Summer’s in full swing, and what better way is there to enjoy the warmer temperatures—and squeeze in a workout—than riding a bike? Cruise along Big Creek Greenway Trail, spanning 13.5 miles through Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County. The Alpharetta portion extends from Marconi Drive to just south of Mansell Road. BigCreekGreenway.com

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Pack a picnic basket and head to Matilda’s for “Music Under the Pines.” Take in the talents of Jennifer Daniels, who once beat Zac Brown in an open-mic contest. 8:30–10:30pm. Tickets start at $15. 377 South Main St. MatildasMusicVenue.com

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Drop the little ones off at Topgolf’s Kids’ Summer Academy for the chance to master their swing, chip and putt. With plenty of hands-on instruction you’ll have a Danny Willett on your hands before you know it. 9am–noon. $199. 10900 Westside Pkwy. TopGolf.com

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It’s been 10 long years since the Dixie Chicks dominated stages across America on tour. See the rule-breaking trio belt out hits at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. 7pm. Tickets start at $30. 2200 Encore Pkwy. VZWAmp.com

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The 18th Annual Touch-A-Truck event revs up your child’s imagination while he or she explores and climbs aboard vehicles of all shapes and sizes. 10am–2pm. Free. Wills Park, 11925 Wills Rd. WillsPark.com

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Get a taste of European style at the European Market. From vintage jewelry to shabby chic home furnishings, this outdoor market is laden with one-of-a-kind finds. Sat. 10am–6pm, Sun. 11am–5pm. Free. Under the tent on Milton Ave. between Roswell/Canton Rd. and Main St. EuropeanMarketOnMilton.Weebly.com

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Head to the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA for Family Skate Night. The gymnasium will be transformed into a roller-skating rink so you can show off your best skate moves. 6–8pm. Members $8, non-members $13. 3655 Preston Ridge Rd. YMCAAtlanta.org

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Cheer on Team USA at the Alpharetta City Pool’s Olympics Pool Party—swim and watch the 2016 opening ceremonies on a giant LED screen. Groups are welcome. 4:30–9pm; $3 per person, free for pass-holders. 1815 Old Milton Pkwy. WillsPark.com

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Lace up your running shoes for the 20th Annual Mayor’s Corporate Challenge 5K Run, Kids Fun Run and Block Party in the heart of downtown Alpharetta and stick around for Food Truck Alley, live music and drinks. Race check-in at 5:30pm, 6–10pm. $30 advance registration, $35 on race day. 2 Park Plaza. Alpharetta.GA.us  

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Explore the grounds of Milton’s Acre before settling in for a delectable four-course Garden Dinner at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. Using produce and herbs grown on their private farm, just steps from the back door, Chef Derek Dollar serves up “seed-to-fork” Southern cuisine. 6pm. $135/person. 800 Mayfield Rd. MiltonsCuisine.com

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Bite Bistro & Bar offers an intimate wine-pairing dinner prepared by Executive Chef Leif Johnson. Enjoy five courses with carefully chosen Pinot noirs from around the world. 6:30pm. $95 per person. 11500 Webb Bridge Way, Ste. A9. BiteATL.com/Events

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Take in the acoustic tunes of singer-songwriter James Casto and guests Danny Mitchell and Sally Barris as part of the Chukkar Farm Polo Club’s summer concert series. $22. 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com

Creativity sparks in charming downtown Alpharetta’s Art in the Park. This outdoor artists’ market features handcrafted work by local artists who create masterpieces like pottery, jewelry, watercolors and soaps right before your eyes. Free. 9am–4pm. Main St. and Milton Ave. Facebook.com/AlpharettaArtInThePark

Show your support of those who serve our country at the 38th Annual Old Soldiers Day Race–an 8K with chip timing and finish-line surprises! 7am. $24 by July 29, $30 on race day. Wills Park, 11925 Wills Rd. WillsPark.com

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Dance the night away with former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer turned country-music crooner Darius Rucker. His “Good for a Good Time” tour makes it way to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 7:30pm. Tickets start at $25. 2200 Encore Pkwy. VZWAmp.com

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Trot over to Chukkar Farm and Polo Club for Tomorrow’s Luminaries Foundation’s seventh annual charity polo match. Enjoy culinary delights, fine wine and a live band while helping underprivileged children foster their leadership abilities. Noon–4. Tickets start at $150. 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. TomorrowsLuminaries.org

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Prewett lives in Alpharetta with his two boys, Nate, 12, and Daniel, 9. “Alpharetta is an upbeat, affluent, family-focused community that provides an amazing place to live and work,” he enthuses. “I love the focus on parks and recreation, intelligently planned infrastructure and community services with an emphasis on active lifestyles. I’m looking forward to raising my family and working here for years to come. And I hope my sons choose to follow in my footsteps and make this a fourthgeneration closet company!” The residential growth and booming realestate market of northern Fulton County and South Forsyth reflects the desirability of that area.

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When out of the office, Prewett can be found browsing the merchandise at Alpharetta Outfitters or REI and dining with friends at Avalon. Summertime means trips up to Lake Lanier or mountain biking. He and his boys explore the Big Creek Greenway with their chocolate Labrador (and his company’s mascot), Sampson. “This is the perfect place to live, work and play that I can imagine,” he proclaims. “It’s a good place to call home.”

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Matt’s Go-To SpaceSaving Tips 1  Make use of wasted space. Use corner shelves in a walk-in closet for a great way to take advantage of “dead” space and store out-of-season items, like blankets or boots.

Now you see it, now you don’t. Find a place to install a pullout mirror. Wall space won’t be lost by hanging a full-length mirror—just pull out the mirror and push it away when you’re done. Make a case for baskets. “Many times, you don’t need a drawer for storage; items like folded clothing and linens can benefit from the breathing space and fresh air provided by storage in wire baskets.” They’re also great for keeping smaller items up off the floor.

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Matt Prewett considers himself a problem-solver: “I love working with clients—that daily interaction with people is so rewarding. But I think I’m best at problem-solving. Taking a small space and making it work in all sorts of ways is a lot of fun.”

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and agility coaching, youth conditioning and indoor cycling at Flywheel Avalon. She guides others on the path to finding the fitness activities that inspire them to keep moving. Molly assures all newcomers that there’s no prior experience necessary to try her Mojo Active Adventures trips—just the strong desire to try something new. She’s organized trips from Puerto Rico to Iceland and more ideas for new adventures spark her creativity daily.

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Like most Alpharetta residents, Molly and her family are thrilled with all the changes happening around them. “We’ve been in the area for close to 25 years. We initially moved here for our careers;

however, the combination of affordability, great schools and a wonderful quality of life led us to settle in. In just the past few years, this area has exploded on the cultural, culinary and lifestyle scene, and more is on the horizon,” Molly says. ”It’s all happening in our backyard, which is so exciting!” As a Flywheel Avalon instructor, Molly spends most of her time in the Avalon area, shopping at Lululemon and Athleta or enjoying the local restaurants. “It’s the best thing to happen to Alpharetta—they truly have it all!” Elsewhere around Alpharetta, Molly can be found at Lift Yoga or “enjoying a glass of wine on the deck with family and friends.”  And, of course, recharging her mojo.

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Molly wasn’t always an adventurer. Not by a long shot. Years ago, Molly had a thriving career as an advertising executive and scaled back to start a family. When it came time to lose her stubborn postpregnancy weight, she committed to working with a trainer and discovered a new passion, “It eventually inspired me to get my training certification.” Now, Molly specializes in boot-camp instruction, speed

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What led you to practice yoga and then make it your career?

My Alpharetta is flexible, healthy and vibrant, just like the people who come to Lift!

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Lift is where “strength meets serenity.” I believe that our bodies need to be strong, yet flexible; and with our super-busy lives, we also need to learn to take time out to exhale, to unwind our nervous system. Some of our classes are super-calming, so you can recharge your batteries and nurture your spirit. But some will kick your butt, too!

What kind of future do you envision for Alpharetta?

I’d love to see even more focus on the vibrancy of both our city and our citizens—with continued growth toward establishing parks, walkways, greenways, farmers’ markets, healthy restaurants and community events. When I first moved here from San Diego, I could not believe how unbelievably green it is—experiencing the four seasons was new for me. That may sound funny to someone who grew up here, but I still am in awe of how green and lush it is here, and I love to spend time outside.

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Can’t miss Avalon, for sure! And I love South Main Kitchen, Salt, Pure and Made as well. Heck, there are too many great restaurants to list them all here. The horse farms are always a conversation piece, and a day drive to the mountains is a breath of fresh air, too.

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Yoga and nature are what I love! My family loves to go

to the North Georgia mountains and Lake Chatuge as often as we can. The wineries in North Georgia are also a lot of fun and several of my favorites are Montaluce, The Cottage and Yonah Mountain Vineyard.

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incorporated a mind–body approach to wellness. I began learning yoga when I was 13 years old but didn’t make it my career until I was in my 30s. By then, I had “retired” from the corporate world and had also become a licensed counselor. I love combining these healthy aspects to help people feel great about themselves and give them renewed energy and enthusiasm for life.

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3. Downtown Alpharetta’s South Main Kitchen creates dishes that are ingredient-driven. Their top-selling sea scallop dish is a shining example of their food artistry—the scallops are served in a tarragon and miso broth alongside red potatoes, snap peas and pickled mushrooms, all garnished with watercress and basil oil. 9 S. Main St. SouthMainKitchen.com 4. After dinner and a stroll in downtown Alpharetta, satisfy your sweet tooth at Da Vinci’s Donuts. Customize your own masterpiece or choose one of their gourmet donuts, like the trendy Maple Bacon. With all the drizzles, icings and toppings available, it’s going to be hard to choose. 131 S. Main St., Ste. F. DaVincisDonuts.com 5. The Peach & The Porkshop offers wine tastings every other Wednesday from 5–7pm starting July 13. $15 buys you five different wines along with appetizers (the Fried Green Tomatoes with Herbed Chevre and Bacon Marmalade are divine). 12040 Etris Rd., Roswell. PeachAndThePorkchop.com

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Let go of the leash at Waggy World Paw Park. This spacious dog park features three separate grass play areas—one just for small dogs, one for large dogs and one for all dogs. Plus, there are plenty of benches in shady areas so humans can relax while Fido tuckers himself out. 175 Roswell St. Alpharetta.GA.US

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Alpharetta resident Mackenzie Bearup, who suffers from complex regional pain syndrome, reads a good book to get her mind off of her troubles. When she was 13 years old, she and her brothers, Alex and Benjamin, created Sheltering Books, a charity that collects donated books and sends them to homeless shelters. ShelteringBooks.org

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adults with disabilities to live active, healthy, joy-filled lives within their own communities. Its 2016 Beautification Project restores and rejuvenates group homes and day-service facilities inside and out. Pack a snack and lots of enthusiasm and join the organization at its Alpharetta volunteer event on July 16. EnableGA.org—sign up at HandsOnAtlanta.org

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the guesswork out of parenting. The organization’s support groups, run by trained volunteers, help parents navigate issues from pregnancy, childbirth and sleep to discipline and parental life-balance issues. To volunteer or find out more about Alpharetta’s support groups, visit API’s website. AttachmentParenting.org

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