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tour through a variety of homes featuring the best in kitchen, bath, and whole-home remodeling. Plus, speak with the designers and remodelers who make the magic happen. AtlantaRemodelingTour.com

Peruse new and old movies at Videodrome, which according to owner, Matt Booth, is the only video rental store left in Atlanta. Then, pop over to Paolo’s Gelato and pick up a sweet treat to share while watching your flick. 617 N. Highland Ave., VideodromeAtl.com 1025 Virginia Ave. NE., PaolosGelato.com You might see spirits with your soul mate while on the Decatur Ghost Tour. This

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nonprofit stepped in to help an Intown resident repair the deteriorating house he, his daughter, and grandchildren call home. RTA restored the residence’s bathroom and kitchen to ideal conditions. RebuildingTogether-Atlanta.org

Looking for a hidden home décor gem? You’ll probably find it amid the mixture of new and antique goods at The Collective. Inside this restored shotgun house that’s a part of Krog Street Market, find glassware,

vases, candles, crystal and more. 723 Lake Ave. NE. TheCollectiveAtl.com

Create an outdoor haven like Plants Creative Landscapes did with this Intown house. The serene area has a wood-burning fire pit, which provides accent lighting, and custom steel planters with willow oaks that will grow to create a natural canopy for shade and privacy. 425 E. College Ave. PlantsCreative.com

As Founder Jason Shadix likes to say, Found Co. Decatur is a “shop of collected objects.” Among other home accessory discoveries, expect to find

everything from calming abstract paintings by Kim Buckelew to whimsical ceramics by Julie Watson of Lucky Raven Pottery. 335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Facebook.com/FoundCoDecatur

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3. For small plates filled with rich flavors, visit The Brasserie, located on the main level inside Parish. In search of a warm dish for fall? Try the ricotta dumplings sprinkled with Parmesan and bread crumbs. 240 N. Highland Ave. NE. ParishAtl.com 4. Head to Kimball House to sample a variety of oysters from its raw bar. Craving salty oysters? Go with Island Creek from Massachusetts. Prefer mild bivalve mollusks? Hama Hama from Washington will satiate your needs. 303 E. Howard Ave. Kimball-House.com 5. At its first Atlanta location, CO encourages patrons to open their palates to the world of Vietnamese cooking. Try the Curry Laksa with shrimp, shredded chicken, shaved cucumber, rice noodles, Thai basil, and baby bok choy mixed in a spicy coconut broth for a filling feast. 675 N. Highland Ave. NE. EatAtCo.com my

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1. Award-winning chef Todd Richards lets you pick the level of spice in the batter your fried chicken will be coated with at Richards’ Southern Fried. If you can handle it, go for his favorite, Richards’ Hot: That’s a Spicy Bird! For more on his tasty fare, pick up a copy of his debut cookbook, which will be released next year. 99 Krog St. NE., Ste. T. RichardsSouthernFried.com

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Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park Fri. 5-11pm, Sat. Noon-11pm Free, beer festival prices vary On Friday night, stop by the Old Fourth Ward Beer Fest to hear live music and more. For lantern fun, see right. OldFourthWardFallFest.com

Irwin Street entrance of the Eastside Trail 8:15pm Free Bring your own lantern and celebrate the beginning of this year’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition. Art.BeltLine.org/Lantern-Parade

Locations vary Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1-5pm $15 in advance, $20 day-of tour See seven homes in this neighborhood rich with architectural beauties. EastLake.org/Tour-Of-Homes/

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Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest (O4WFF)

Lizz Wright Variety Playhouse 7pm $40 Local singer Lizz Wright takes concertgoers on a musical journey with her soulful jazz-inspired vocals. Variety-Playhouse.com

SEPT. 30-OCT. 1 Fall Fest in Candler Park Candler Park Times vary Free This popular festival returns for the 17th year and will feature a tour of homes, an artist market, a 5K, and other fun noncompetitive races. FallFest.CandlerPark.org

The Cheese Fest Atlanta Historic Fourth Ward Park 1-8pm $35 general admission, $55 VIP Cheesemongers can feast on unlimited samples of over 500 artisan cheeses and specialty products. TheCheeseFest.com/Events/Atlanta

CT. OOCT. 7 Walking Past the Dead Tree Tour Historic Decatur Cemetery 4-7pm Free Women Arborists of the Southeast host an informative tour about various tree species. Facebook.com/ WomenArboristsOfTheSoutheast

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Taste of Atlanta Historic Fourth Ward Park Times and prices vary Treat your taste buds to food and libations from some of Atlanta’s hottest restaurants. TasteOfAtlanta.com

OCT. 11 Songhoy Blues City Winery 6pm $20-$26 This band made up of refugees from Mali will share songs inspired by hip-hop, R&B, and classic rock. CityWinery.com/Atlanta

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OCT. 24-29 “The Color Purple” Fox Theatre Times and prices vary Based on the novel by Alice Walker, see how Celie, an African-American woman, handles bigotry and abuse in this moving play about the rural South. FoxTheatre.org/Events/The-Color-Purple

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Locations vary Times and prices vary Get the lowdown on a minimalist lifestyle and find out if living tiny is for you. TinyHouseAtlanta.com

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Druid Hills Middle School 11am $25 in advance, $35 day-of race Experience cross-country running at this European circuit-style race featuring a shorter loop through wooded trails. Active.com

Decatur Courtyard Marriott 6:30-10pm $50 City Schools of Decatur employees $75 general public Support the Decatur Education Foundation and enjoy a live auction, craft beer and wine, and Southern-inspired dishes by some of the city’s top chefs. DEFSupper.com

Dining for a Cause Chai Pani Decatur 406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. 5:30-8:30pm Free event entry (food and drink prices vary) Grab dinner and 15 percent of your bill will support free legal representation provided by the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. ChaiPaniDecatur.com

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Piedmont Park Noon-11pm Prices vary This popular outdoor music festival returns with a star-studded lineup featuring Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, and more. MusicMidtown.com

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Did You Know? The Varsity restaurant makes two miles of hot dogs every day!

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433 Bishop St. NW. 7-11pm Prices vary Enter the enchanted forest for an action-packed night of poker, food, and a live auction—all in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Facebook.com/StarsAndCigars

435 Oakview Rd. 7-9pm $55 Wylde Center members, $65 nonmembers (both groups, adults only) Get in the holiday spirit while decorating a Balsam Fir wreath with berries, herbs, flowers, pine cones and more. WyldeCenter.org

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Sometimes the small moments in life have the most dramatic impact. Jocelyn Gragg recalls the moment when she hit a fork in the road at the start of culinary school. “The first two classes for the culinary degree were Meat Identification and Fabrication and Seafood Identification and Fabrication—essentially breaking down cows and cutting up massive fish. Or I could choose the baking degree,” she laughs. “For me, it was a no-brainer.” And now, as the owner of the decadent JARDÍ chocolates, she’s sure she made the right decision. Jocelyn graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in New York, becoming a pastry chef and making extraordinary desserts in some of the best restaurants in the South. But her transformation to a chocolate wunderkind started when she would come in before her shifts at The Ocean Room inside The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. “My manager was their chocolatier. She let me hang out with her in the chocolate room,” she remembers. “I realized then that this was my passion. Making chocolate gave me a crazy, emotional rush. I get chills just thinking about it.”

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Jocelyn has made a habit of pursuing unlikely interests—she learned to scuba dive and received her certification when she was just 11 years old. And she and Jacob are parents to two rescued rabbits named Deli and Fernet Branca (the couple volunteer and raise funds for the Georgia House Rabbit Society). Plus, they have two dogs, a rescue mutt named Margaux, and Hermie, a 7-month-old corgi, which also bring life to their Ormewood Park home. When she takes a rare day away from JARDÍ chocolates, she and Jacob stop in at The Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points. “They have a pull-apart pretzel that’s one of the greatest things on the planet.” Other favorite Intown spots are inside Ponce City Market. “I always find really cute gift ideas at Sugarboo & Co. and Posman Books has a great selection of cookbooks.” JardiChocolates.com

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“I figured it was two hours a week—how hard could it be?” Richard Goldsmith laughs when he tells of his first involvement with the student-mentoring Discovery Program he created 27 years ago. “A friend of mine started the Hands On Atlanta volunteer program at that time and I wanted to help out somehow. We contacted Fulton County Schools and they matched us with Parklane Elementary, which had no homeworkassistance partner.” Little did he know, his involvement with the kids and volunteers at Parklane and other schools—the program was at 10 elementary schools in metro Atlanta last school year and it has been replicated across the country—would become a lifelong source of satisfaction.

“Our goal is to run a classic bait-and-switch strategy,” he says. “We ask volunteers—who I credit the success of the program to along with many others—to commit to help just one time. If we can make it really enjoyable, they’ll be hooked and keep coming back.” That strategy also worked when he met his future wife, Debbie, a senior project manager at CNN. “When I volunteered at Parklane, Richard and I went shopping for supplies and enjoyed being together. I didn’t know I was going to volunteer with him for the rest of my life, but I love it.” “There are some kids we refer to as ‘royalty,’” Debbie explains. “They began in the pre-K program and go through high school, then come back to tutor the littler ones.” Richard says he often wonders who gets the most out of the experience—the students or the mentors. “We’ve had a number of marriages as a result of people meeting here,” he says. “It’s a good group.” When the two are done cracking the books with the kids, they love going for a run in Morningside. “We enjoy Alon’s Bakery and La Tavola Trattoria when we’re in the mood to get out,” Debbie says. “Intown is like a wonderful little town in a big city.” HandsOnAtlanta.org/Discovery_Schools

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Ron Clark owes his successful teaching career to a raging case of food poisoning when he was just out of college. “I had saved enough money to travel to Romania to try to find the grave of the original Dracula—Vlad the Impaler—when I had a horrible case of food poisoning,” he explains. “I flew home to North Carolina and was hospitalized. That week, a teacher at the local school passed away unexpectedly. Aurora is so far from anything (it’s 20 minutes from a stoplight) that it’s hard to attract teachers. My mom begged me to take the job and, to appease her, I visited the school. The students were rowdy, with a ton of academic challenges. I looked into a classroom and it was complete chaos. This kid looked at me and said, ‘Is you gon’ be our new teacher?’ I said, ‘Uh … yes.’ I just felt it. And 23 years later, I’m still at it!”

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“It was then I envisioned a school where every teacher would be bold,” he says. He partnered with Kim Bearden (read more about her on p. 26), to open the innovative Ron Clark Academy in 2007. “A lot of people think of me as the Willy Wonka of education. The school is a magical wonderland—a cross between Hogwarts and Disney World. I’m extremely strict, though, with discipline and academic expectations. It’s hard. Kids cry. But our lessons are full of energy and magic.” To date, 43,000 educators from Australia to Japan and all of the 50 states have visited the school to learn about their novel teaching methods. When asked which kids worry him the most, he answers, “All of them. I hate when people say, ‘If you can affect one life, it will all be worth it.’ In my head, I’m like, ‘Crap! I have to drastically improve the life of every child!’” He says his favorite part of the Intown neighborhood is the beautiful, hidden communities off the main streets. “Driving through Morningside and Inman Park at night, seeing lights shining on the homes and feeling the peace of the area brings me joy.” And when it’s time to eat, you can find Ron at Mary Mac’s Tea Room with a plate of fried chicken and collard greens. RonClarkAcademy.com

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“When I first started, trying to reach the kids, I stood on desks, wore everything from cowboy to circus clown costumes, made home visits, took them on field trips—whatever I could. My principal said I ruffled other teachers’ feathers, because they wouldn’t do all that. She said it was best to close my door and not be so public with my methods.”

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n a refrigerator magnet near you: “When teachers enjoy teaching, kids just know.” Isn’t that the truth? Think back to your years in school and your mind probably stops at a handful of teachers who clearly were there because they enjoyed inspiring you to do your best—to push past your fears and try. We talked to these highly effective Intown teachers to find out how they communicate their inspiration to students. (And their students just know.)

Collins Anderson can relate to students who fall through the cracks in school. “My mother and I moved when I was 12, and I quietly fell behind in school,” she remembers.

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“But art class is what made me feel comfortable as a teenager and got me to school daily.” She strives to create a classroom atmosphere where students feel calm and comfortable— and free to collaborate with their classmates. And she wants her students to be prepared for design careers in the future. “We create projects to incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math on a daily basis. Our little problem solvers will be ready!”

Kim Bearden The Ron Clark Academy Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Middle School Language Arts Teacher Kim Bearden, inducted into The National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2016, not only teaches middle schoolers, but is a much-sought-after trainer who has taught thousands of educators how to empower students. One way she engages kids is by transforming her classroom into stimulating settings, like her Sentence Construction Zone, using borrowed scaffolding, tools, ladders, and lumber. “Students

wear construction helmets and build paragraphs using wood blocks that represent different types of clauses and sentences,” she explains. “When I look at my students, I don’t just see who they are—I believe in what they can become. I expose them to opportunities and adventures to prepare them for challenges that await.”

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Intown Community School 7th–8th Grade Science Teacher Elizabeth Stewart is proud of the work she and her colleagues do on a daily basis. “It’s so rewarding because middle schoolers grapple with some of life’s big questions— but they’re still open to outside guidance.” She is highly aware that seventh and eighth grade can be a time of intense self-doubt for kids. “Sometimes the teaching agenda has to be shelved so we can work on a particular interpersonal issue. Social–emotional learning is a key aspect of middle school.” She

enjoys seeing the “aha!” moments as her students apply classroom concepts to everyday life. “Science isn’t a class where students just sit and listen. It’s about hands-on exploration. These kids are active, curious people, so this fits them well.”

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