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In each issue, we include a three-month calendar. Turn to pages 16-17 for details on neighborhood events like Fall Fest in Candler Park and the Cheer for Children Ball 2018. Pull out your planner and pencil in a few of these must-attend happenings.
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Echoing the feel of classic bowling alleys, while incorporating modern features, the new Bowlero will banish any notion that bowling is boring. The chain, a favorite of stars like Iggy Azalea, is expected to open its Atlanta locale in mid-2019. The venue will boast
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The 2018 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition, which runs now through November, kicks off with its beloved Lantern Parade. On Sept. 22, thousands of community members will take to the Eastside Trail with handcrafted lanterns as part of the procession filled with light and music.
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Minhnuyet Hardy, owner of Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors, specializes in men’s interiors and smart-home technology. Her signature style can be seen here, combining elegant simplicity and modern glamour—with a dash of the unexpected. 206 Rogers St. NE. MinhnuyetHardy.com The Ironside East Atlanta Village townhome project is bringing luxury living to one of Intown’s quirky areas. Residents can expect floor plans over 1,900 square feet and modern touches like concrete countertops, charred wood accent walls, and open shelving. Plus, each of the three-story townhomes (starting at $500,000) will feature a private rooftop terrace. The venture will be complete in spring 2019. 1321 Glenwood Ave. SE. IronsideAtl.com
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3. Under the eye of executive chef and partner Pasquale “Pat” Pascarella (formerly of The Optimist), flour for The White Bull’s pasta, like this squid ink spaghetti, is milled in-house. The authentic fare complements the additional farm-focused ingredients on the menu’s daily dish rotation. 123 E. Court Sq. WhiteBullAtl.com 4. Every week can’t be #ATLBurgerWeek, but meat lovers can order the Baba Burger® at Babalu anytime. The dish was ranked one of the top three burgers of the 2018 campaign, and for good reason. Its Angus beef patty topped with white cheddar cheese, Hass avocado, and chipotle aioli is mouthwatering. 33 Peachtree Pl. Atlanta.EatBabalu.com 5. Enjoy a glass of locally made lactose-free goodness from Treehouse Milk. Its hand-pressed milks, which include oat, Georgia pecan, and almond, are free of preservatives, fillers and carrageenan. Find them at Candler Park Market and beyond. 1040 Grant St. SE. TreehouseMilk.com my
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Cobb Galleria Centre Times vary $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
Indie Craft Experience Fall Market
400 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE. 11am-6pm $5 entry fee for adults (cash only), free for children 12 and under The first 100 attendees at this pop-up shop, featuring craft and vintage vendors, will receive a free swag bag. Ice-Atlanta.com/About-Fall-Market
Fox Theatre Times and prices vary Directed, designed and choreographed by Tony Award winners, “Aladdin” will be a colorful performance with glittering gold costumes and art deco-style props. FoxTheatre.org/Aladdin
Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade
The 21st Annual East Atlanta Strut Festival
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Where the Eastside Trail crosses Irwin Street/Lake Avenue 7:15pm Free entry Take part in this procession of light, which celebrates Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Art.BeltLine.org/Events/Lantern-Parade
Flat Shoals Road and Glenwood Avenue 11am-9pm Free entry Enjoy live music, games, food, beverages, and the family-friendly event’s signature parade! EastAtlantaStrut.com
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Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tours Locations vary 9am Free entry Walk the Eastside and Westside trails and learn about the surrounding greenery from a Trees Atlanta docent. BeltLine.org/Visit/Atlanta-BeltLine-Tours
Did You Know? Junkman’s Daughter, in
Little Five Points, began in 1982 when Pam Majors filled a storefront with 40 years worth of her parents’ accumulated belongings.
Fox Theatre Times and prices vary Preparatory school students embrace their inner rock stars with the help of teacher, Dewey Finn, in this musical adaptation of the 2003 hit movie comedy. FoxTheatre.org/SchoolOfRock
The Promenade at Piedmont Park 2pm Free entry This fun family festival is entirely orchestrated by youth and will feature several interactive give-back projects, a bounce house, and more. Facebook.com/CHC.Atl
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OCT. 27 Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo The Meadow at Piedmont Park 1:30-6:30pm Free entry In addition to kite flying, bring the kiddos to enjoy live music, face painting, and more. AtlantaWorldKiteFestival.com
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NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes
2018 East Lake Tour of Homes
Locations vary 10am-4pm $20 in advance, $25 on event day Join the My Home Improvement team at the NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes. Visit houses transformed by the organization’s members and chat with contractors about how to make your own design dreams come true. Best part? Proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine. AtlantaRemodelingTour.com
Presented by Rick Baldwin Homes and Black Dawg Construction Locations vary Noon-5pm, $15 in advance, $20 on event days Get a behind-the-scenes look at several homes in this historic neighborhood. You can also take a self-guided tour of the East View Cemetery. EastLake.org/Tour-Of-Homes
3rd Annual Decatur Tiny House Festival
Fall Fest in Candler Park
The Pop-Up Chalk Festival at Atlanta Streets Alive
Downtown Decatur 11am-6pm Prices vary Check out real, working tiny houses! Afterward, stick around for “tiny talks” (mini lectures from several speakers), food trucks, and fun activities for the kids. TinyHouseFestival.com
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Candler Park and McLendon Avenue Northeast 11am-7pm Free entry Browse the vast artist market and delicious food trucks or get design inspiration on the Tour of Homes. Live music will start at noon each day. FallFest.CandlerPark.org
Cheer for Children Ball 2018
Taste of Atlanta
The Foundry at Puritan Mill 7-11:30pm $200 Aid the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and its mission to end child abuse. The evening will feature culinary and cocktail creations, live music from the Maxx Band, and opportunities to bid on getaways. GeorgiaCenterForChildAdvocacy.org
Historic Fourth Ward Park 7:30-11pm on Friday, Noon-6pm on Saturday and Sunday Prices vary Sample craft beer, wine, and food from over 90 chefs and restaurants. Plus, see live cooking demonstrations. TasteOfAtlanta.com
Locations vary 1-6pm Free entry See the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild transform the Atlanta Streets Alive parade route into art. GaChalkArtists.org
Did You Know?
According to Trees Atlanta, Atlanta is recognized as “the most heavily forested urban area in the country,” by the U.S. Forest Service—covering 47.9 percent of the city.
Atlanta Galactic Heroes Super Run
Shakespeare Tavern Presents: “A Christmas Carol”
Atlanta Street Art SelfGuided Walking Tours
680 Dallas St. NE. 9am Prices vary By partnering with local and national charities, this race allows participants to promote a charity of their choice. TheSuperRun.com
499 Peachtree St. NE. 7:30pm Prices vary Get into the holiday spirit with a live adaptation of this classic novel by Charles Dickens. ShakespeareTavern.com
Various locations and times Free entry Experience the colorful street art located along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and in neighborhoods like Cabbagetown. To plan your route, view the interactive maps online. StreetArtMap.org
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he likelihood you’ve tried a meal delivery service is strong. Whether premade or cook-your-own, taking the prep work out of meal planning is the latest craze in making life more efficient. While the guarantees sound the same across the board, not all meal services are created equal. And with the options growing exponentially, how do you find the good apple?
Here’s a hint: Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine was the first—Atlanta’s original, in fact—meal prep service. The company has been around for 15 years with a team who has spent those years honing in on exactly what consumers want, and need. Inside a vast commercial kitchen that’s manned by an executive chef with a full culinary support staff (including a pastry chef, production chef, and a garde-manger chef with background experience ranging from catering companies to high-end restaurants), they develop more than 300 meals each season for consumers to indulge in.
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is unmatched in today’s industry. All of the food is prepared fresh and never frozen each week using locally sourced ingredients that are free from GMOs, antibiotics, preservatives or artificial sweeteners.
Who should order Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine? The convenience and variety of offerings make it Executive chef Micah Gower (second from far left) with his culinary team.
“People take eating clean and healthy food for granted,” says Elston Collins, president of Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine. “We’re licensed and regularly inspected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, so we are required to meet much more stringent food prep, handling and cooking requirements than your average restaurant. That’s something that you might not find with some of the smaller, less regulated companies. We’re transparent about what’s in our product and use our own refrigerated trucks and trained drivers to deliver it.” Customers can order online and pick up at more than 100 locations around Atlanta, have their meals delivered to their home and office or shipped overnight via FedEx.
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These logistics lay the foundation for customer favorites like Mongolian Beef Stir Fry with Zucchini Noodles, Miso and Maple Glazed Salmon with Sesame Broccoli or the Beer and Cheddar Chicken Breast with Scalloped Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus using organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised meats and locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. It also ensures every meal is delicious.
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Holly Hollingsworth FARMER • MARKET MASTERMIND • EDUCATOR By Annie Paschal
At 17, Holly Hollingsworth planted her first sunflower seed. Having grown up in a family that gardened regularly, you would think that made her a shoo-in to be a good farmer. However, Holly missed the memo on the importance of watering plants, so the seed never grew. She thought it might be time to learn a little more about the true art of gardening. Her pursuit of this knowledge took her from New York to Oregon getting her hands dirty learning the ins and outs of farming.
“Instead of filling the market with other items, we try to keep it FOCUSED ON FRESH INGREDIENTS.” —HOLLY HOLLINGSWORTH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LIZZY JOHNSTON.
After residing in Cabbagetown for the past 15 years, the fortysomething woman felt that something was missing. She reminisced about her days as a farmer, which made her call on other agriculturalists from Woodland Gardens Organic Farm, Riverview Farms, and Moore Farms. Together, they joined forces and set their sights on The Carter Center parking lot to start the Freedom Farmers Market. Now, every Saturday morning, as market manager, Holly pulls up to the lot towing her giant trailer. Inside? Essentials needed to facilitate the market. Freedom Farmers Market sets itself apart by maintaining its mission to help farmers make money by simply selling their crops without having to turn them into specialty products. Farmers are not obligated to turn strawberries into a sweet-selling jam. “We don’t have a lot of prepared food. So instead of filling the market with other items, we try to keep it focused on fresh ingredients and produce,” Holly says. After five years, the market has more than 25 vendors and almost all of them know Holly by name. Patrons strolling the aisles can ogle cooking demos that feature seasonal fruits and vegetables. Neighborhood shoppers aren’t the only ones that browse the nutritional offerings. Local chefs like Nick Melvin of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q enjoys using the pork from Riverview Farms in the breakfast sausage patties at the restaurant’s Que-osk near SweetWater Brewing Company on Ottley Drive. Any items that don’t make it into the bags of shoppers are generously donated to Second Helpings Atlanta to provide healthy food options to those in need. At the Oct. 20 market, don’t miss the 9am pop-up demonstration by executive chef Andrew Peterson of La Tavola Trattoria on how to utilize winter squash. And when it comes to her own plate, you can find Holly at Wrecking Bar Brewpub and BoccaLupo with her hubby, Joey. The two also enjoy walks in Cabbagetown Park. FreedomFarmersMkt.org
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Allan C. Vella TH EAT E R VISIONARY • HIS TO RY P RE S E RV E R • FATHE R By Alex McCray
Walking into the new Marquee Club Presented by Lexus at the Fox Theatre is everything you’d expect it to be and more. Amid the club’s 10,000 square feet are five bars, three rooftop sections, and multilevel main spaces to enjoy before, during, and after the show. The Moroccan and Middle Eastern influences of the theater seamlessly flow into the décor, from gold quatrefoil “walls” and plush jewel-toned couches to rich patterns. Each detail was carefully crafted to evoke the Rooftop theater’s grand sense of occasion, which is exactly what Fox Theatre, Inc. president and CEO, Allan C. Vella, envisioned for the space. Under his helm, the $10 million expansion has breathed new life into the iconic entertainment venue, which has not undergone a renovation this large since opening in 1929. “We’re always trying to create bigger and better memorable experiences for all of our guests,” Allan says.
Don’t miss a beat when faced with an unexpected phone call or fussy children. Flat-screen TVs broadcasting in the Marquee Club allow you to see every minute of the show even when you leave your seat. Accessible via an annual membership or single-event pass, visitors of the illustrious club can also sample a selection of premium hors d’oeuvres and cocktails crafted with spirits from local distilleries. The CEO’s favorite section of the new hot spot? “I love the rooftop,” Allan says. When going through old photos, his team discovered that there was once a terrace on the roof. “I love the fact that we revisited the original terrace. I think that makes it special.”
Since 2006, Allan has been responsible for the 4,665-seat theater’s overall strategic planning and execution, programming, and interaction with the community and its board of directors. His 30-plus-year career has taken him around the country and awarded him the opportunity to work with prestigious brands such as SMG, the world’s largest facility management company. Today, he couldn’t be happier to call Atlanta and the Fox Theatre home. Outside the famed venue, the Decatur resident can be spotted with his wife and three children at South City Kitchen. “We’re big fans of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and we love going there during the holiday time for its light show,” he says. FoxTheatre.org
PHOTOS COURTESY OF (TOP) FOX THEATRE; (MIDDLE AND BOTTOM) FOX THEATRE, PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALIVE COVERAGE PHOTOGRAPHY.
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ATLANTA MOON RIDE PRESENTED BY CAPTECH
Date: June 8 Location: Piedmont Park Details: Nearly 5,000 Atlantans gathered for a fun-filled evening of music and food with a costume contest and midnight bike ride. The event raised more than $50,000 for the nonprofit, Bert’s Big Adventure.
Date: July 9 Location: New Realm Brewing Details: Led by yoga professional Ashley Lorenzo, attendees of all levels stretched into the evening during this recurring 6:30pm Monday class. Yogis then enjoyed a refreshing cold one on the patio, which overlooks the Atlanta BeltLine.
1. (Clockwise from far left) Angie Forero, 5. (Clockwise from bottom left) Moe Mitchell, Kristin Klingshirn, Jason Baker, Troy Cichonski Katie Brummel, Bert Weiss 2. Courtney White, Laura Lahr 6. Teva Khounsavat, John Khounsavat 3. Lauren Ness, Krissy Stafford 4. Nicole Brinker, Nisey Woods
7. (Back row, L to R) Blake Christianson, Paul Beck, Ryan Dwiggins, Brión Fitzpatrick, (Front row) Ashley Lorenzo 8. Ryan Dwiggins, Hannah Lech, Paul Beck 9. Molly Butler, Chris Ware
10. (Clockwise from far left) Kristin Christakis, Alyssa Walz, Brión Fitzpatrick, Daniel Dobry 11. Orly Waanounou, Katie Criscuolo, Kelley Alexander 12. Brión Fitzpatrick, Brian Heinze
PHOTOS COURTESY OF (1, 2, 3, 4, 6) HAYLEY MARKOWITZ OF PREMIER, PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM DAVILA; (5) HAYLEY MARKOWITZ OF PREMIER, PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH ESTHER PHOTOGRAPHY.
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Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world. —Dr. Maria Montessori
Teaching to the Goodness in Every Child The Friends School of Atlanta, PreK3 - 8th Grade, offers an exceptional academic program with individualized instruction, instilling the knowledge and values for success in a changing world. Students come together in small, diverse classes where they gain the confidence to become their best selves as students and engaged citizens. Tour info online. 862 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 404-373-8746 . friendsschoolatlanta.org
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What's The Difference between Montessori & Traditional Education? Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely
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Top Teachers Make The Grade
Standout Educators Receive an A-Plus For Their Commitment To Our Kids
By Stacy Moser
hen you talk with teachers who are successful in their classrooms, the same concept comes up again and again. They speak about instilling a sense of
confidence and pride in their students—and they’re passionate about the process.
Their strategies and techniques may differ, but one common theme emerges: They
view students as individuals who may struggle, and even fail at times, but all kids have the potential
Dr. Tara Wyman
Charles R. Drew Charter School
Academe of the Oaks
Fernbank Elementary IB World School
5th Grade English/ Language Arts Teacher
9th-12th Grade Chemistry, Physics, and Math Teacher
Kindergarten-5th Grade Information Technology Teacher
Tara Wyman keeps her students guessing in her science classes. “I don’t give them a formula or relationship first. We do experiments to demonstrate a concept, so they come up with it themselves. We discuss what was going on in the world at the time of the discovery we’re exploring. Nothing happens in isolation,” she explains. “Teens are idealistic and motivated
As Christina Heda teaches kids computer skills, she reminds them that making mistakes is part of the process. “I
Chelsea Mitchell guides her students through some of their most important transitions. “I love working with students who
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are in progression grades. Helping
to prepare fifth-graders for middle school and eighthgraders for high school is loads of fun and a rite of passage of sorts,” she explains. “But the students I worry about most are the ones whose homes are so chaotic, with one crisis occurring after another. The best thing I can do for these students is provide them a safe space, where they feel loved and valued, while trying to impart a bit of knowledge. No matter what a child’s circumstance, they all need to feel safe and loved.”
to make change in the world. Their
openness makes it easy to share my interest in science with them.” She oversees the school’s Amnesty International Student Chapter and the Hope Education Project, which helps Syrian refugee children and their parents assimilate to American life by pairing them with students. “We’re all learning about the world from each other,” she says.
don’t want kids to be scared of codes not running or PowerPoint slides not transitioning. We troubleshoot together when anyone has a problem.” When asked about the darker side of technology, she answers, “I worry about students who already know how to use technology in wrong or unwise ways. In class, we spend time on internet safety, digital citizenship, and cyber bullying. But the news scares me every day, especially stories about what kids might experience online and how parents may not even know about it.” She says she assures kids that if they ever encounter an uncomfortable situation online, they can come to her for help.
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need positive mentors whom they can trust for support both in and out of the classroom. Just like their parents, I’m concerned about positive and negative influences that kids face every day. I celebrate and despair about their triumphs and gaffes.” He laughs, “When I tell folks what grade I teach, their responses range from ‘bless your heart’ to ‘you must be insane!’” He says that, having worked as an engineer for 25 years, he can easily address his students’ perennial question about the subject of math: “What am I going to use this for?”
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Support the Feed the Hungry program by Action Ministries by
packing food boxes (2,000 are needed each month) for families or SuperPacks for school children. A fantastic opportunity for weekend volunteers and groups, this give-back initiative can be completed at the Action Ministries warehouse or at your service group’s very own location. 2160 Hills Ave., Bldg. 2, Ste. F. ActionMinistries.net
Little Hands ... big LOVEFEST!, a hands-on service project festival hosted by its Junior Board of Directors. Families can pack CHC’s Be Well Bears with art therapy supplies for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta patients and more. The Promenade at Piedmont Park. CHCAtlanta.org
On Sept. 8, take to the streets with (or without) a furry friend during Strut Your Mutt. By participating in the event’s celebratory walk and family-friendly festival, you’ll
help raise money for shelters and animal rescue groups and welfare organizations. Atlantic Station. StrutYourMutt.org
Since 1972, the nonprofit Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta has worked to prevent kids from dropping out. By providing food, clothing, and emotional support, the program connects students and their families to educational and community-based resources to help them succeed.
Get involved by being a mentor, reading coach, lunch buddy, and more.
260 Peachtree St. NE., No. 750. CISAtlanta.org/Volunteer
In 2015, UNICEF estimated that there
were 52 million children in Africa who lost either one or both parents. By taking part in the Atlanta 4 Africa: Superheroes 4 Orphans 5K Walk/Run on Nov. 3, you can help HOPE Worldwide Africa provide care and assistance to this desperate population. 350 Ferst Dr. NW. HopeWWAfrica.org/Walk
PHOTOS COURTESY OF (TOP) ACTION MINISTRIES, PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY OLVEY; PHOTOGRAPHY BY (MIDDLE) KATHERINE DIERDORFF.
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