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2. Much like cosmopolitan Atlanta, Fox Bros. Barbeque brings together the best from all over. Known for the sweet flavors of the South and the heat of Texas, this barbeque menu appeals to all. They are the official BBQ of the Atlanta Falcons, making this a must-taste place. 1238 DeKalb Ave. NE. FoxBrosBBQ.com 3. The freshly ground burgers and handmade onion rings at Grindhouse Killer Burgers will become your new guilty pleasure. You won’t spend much more than $10 on your meal, making it a great option for sticking to your budget (even if you aren’t exactly sticking to your diet). 209 Edgewood Ave. GrindhouseBurgers.com

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4. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, situated directly off the BeltLine, offers “campfire cuisine”— comfort food perfect for sharing. The locally sourced menu always has something new to taste. 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE. LadyBirdAtlanta.com 5. For one of the best brunches in Atlanta, head over to the eclectic and intimate One Eared Stag, tucked away in Inman Park. This true farm-to-table restaurant offers a chef’s platter featuring a sampling of five brunch specialities and a beer in the middle. 1029 Edgewood Ave. NE. OneEaredStag.com

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1. New to Druid Hills in Sept. 2016, Double Zero offers modern Italian-American fare with heart. They focus on communal dining and plate sharing—enjoy their expertly crafted pasta, pizza or small bites made by chefs who take their inspiration from “the tenacity, originality and hustle of their ancestors.” 1577 N. Decatur Rd. DoubleZeroAtl.com

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DEC. 10–31 The Santaland Diaries

The first Atlanta streetcars were built near Little Five Points in the 1890s. The area where the trolley lines converged became one of the earliest major regional shopping centers.

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Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. Times vary General admission $25 (not recommended for children), reserved seat and drink $40 Play about a rebel Macy’s Department Store elf. HorizonTheatre.com

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DEC. 17

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

Highland Santa Stumble Begins at Neighbors Pub, 752 North Highland Ave. NE 6–11pm Adults $13 Walk or stumble to local bars in holiday or Santa attire. Bring a wrapped toy for Toys for Tots drive. AtlantaBarTours.com

501 Grant St. 6–10pm $20 (childcare is available) Tour historic Grant Park homes by candlelight. CandlelightTourOfHomes.com

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JAN. 20–22

JAN. 28, FEB. 11 & 25

Decatur MLK Jr. Service Project

Callanwolde Arts Festival

Hands on Atlanta Discovery Program

Free Volunteer to provide free house maintenance and repair work for senior Decatur residents. MLKServiceProject.com

980 Briarcliff Rd. NE. Ticket prices TBA Indoor festival for artists by artists. CallanwoldeFestival.com

Perkerson Elementary School 2040 Brewer Blvd SW. Volunteer to help struggling elementary-school students reach their reading or math milestones. 8–noon HandsOnAtlanta.com

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Valentine’s Day Improv Show

Life Interrupted at 7 Stages Theatre

ART PAPERS 18th Annual Art Auction

Dad’s Garage, 569 Ezzard St. 8pm $25 online, $27.50 phone & door Two teams take audience suggestions to create scenes about amore! DadsGarage.com

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1105 Euclid Ave. NE 8pm $22.50 online, $25 at door CORE Dance presents a story about Japanese Americans who endured WWII internment camps. 7Stages.org

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE VIP preview, 6–8pm, auction and party 8–11pm $50 advance, $75 at door Art auction features works by more than 200 established and emerging U.S. artists. Open bar and live music. ArtPapers.org

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DEC. 13

Madeline’s Christmas

Callanwolde Teddy Bear Tea

1083 Austin Ave. Times vary Adult $15, children $12 Madeline and her friends try to make it home for Christmas. HorizonTheatre.com

980 Briarcliff Rd. NE. 2pm Kids and adults $25 Fashionable holiday tea with Santa and teddy bears at the historic Callanwolde Estate. Callanwolde.org

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Typing “Peachtree” into your GPS doesn’t narrow things down much. There are over 55 streets in Atlanta with that name.

DEC. 31 New Beers Eve 351 Moreland Ave. 9pm–1am $70 advance, $80 after Dec. 23, $95 day of event Live music and buffet in an allinclusive party with 40+ beers. AtlantaBeerFestivals.com

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JAN. 7, 14, 21, 28 Finders Keepers Organization Speaker 84 N. Avondale Rd. (Call for times); Free Start your New Year off right by decluttering your home. Hear tips and tricks on how to get clutter free. FKConsign.com

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2017 Honda Battle of the Bands

Big Band Night Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Emerson Concert Hall 1700 North Decatur Rd. 8pm; Free The Gary Motley Trio, featuring Rodney Whitaker and Carl Allen Arts.Emory.edu

Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Dr. Ticket prices TBA 9am–5pm Performances by eight historically black college and university marching bands. HondaBattleOfTheBands.com

Callanwolde was home to Charles Howard Candler, whose father, Asa Griggs Candler, purchased the rights in 1851 to the formula for Coca-Cola, originally developed as a tonic for most common ailments.

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increased flexibility and muscular strength, boosts to immunity and an overall increased sense of well-being—she began to notice something unexpected in her students that set her off on a new adventure. Cheryl explains that her own start in the practice of yoga began with some typical aches and pains associated with being a new mother. “My shoulders hunched up and my spine was in terrible shape after caring for triplets. I started yoga a few months after I gave birth and I loved feeling so calm and with much more strength.” She laughs, “It’s virtually impossible to breathe deeply and be uptight at the same time!”

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Not long after she began to teach yoga herself, Fernbank Elementary Principal Jason Marshall asked Cheryl to start a yoga program for the kids at his school. She began by teaching yoga to the teachers and staff, who received the training with a little skepticism at first, but warmed to it whole-heartedly after they experienced its effects. Soon, she developed a program to teach yoga to children at the school. “Amy Haysman, who teaches with me, also saw that the kids were very eager to learn about yoga.” She and Amy found that the students were so enthused that several of them asked if they could teach yoga to their peers at school. “They asked me to teach them how to ‘get grounded,’ and that’s how the name for our program—Go Grounded— came to be.” “Go Grounded is the methodology,” Cheryl explains. “It’s how we teach kids to feel at home in their body.” Cheryl says that kids need to know what to do with feelings of anxiety that are, unfortunately, a normal part of a child’s life.

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“WHEN MY YOGA TEACHERS AND I COME INTO THE CLASSROOM, WE’RE OFTEN MET WITH CHEERING AND A CHORUS OF ‘HI, YOGA LADY!’ THE KIDS LOOK SO FORWARD TO THE CLASSES; IT’S REALLY MOTIVATING.”

“Go Grounded teaches kids to funnel negative habitual patterns, such as anger, frustration, worry and sadness, and transform them into higher energies of creativity, courage, compassion, strength and connection.” “Schools come to me if they feel we can help them,” says Cheryl. “I ask them, ‘What do you need? Who wants help?’ I explain, ‘These are things I’ve learned from other schools that I think can help you.’ Then we analyze how to help the teachers, as well as the students, in the school. I tell each student, ‘You have to feel all your feelings. You don’t have to be happy all the time. It’s normal to feel stressed—and there’s something you can do about it.’ They need to know what to do with their feelings.” Go Grounded gives kids tools to help them reflect before engaging in disruptive behavior in the classroom or choosing to act out negatively. And her program provides tools to help teachers become more responsive and aware, and less reactive and shame-oriented when kids do act out. Cheryl says laughter is what fuels all of her classes and helps her connect with children’s joyful nature. “Kids learn techniques that help them focus on gaining and holding energy so it can be used for the cool things they want to do—not to get sent to the suspension room,” Cheryl observes. “I ask the kids what they need. Kids will say how they actually feel and what they want. There’s a lot of conversation during the class, so we get to know them and keep them interacted.” Day to day, Cheryl likes to keep her life simple—with a lot of giggles. “I make time to goof around,” Cheryl muses. “I make sure I move and meditate daily. I love to walk my dog at Lullwater. I go out with friends and family to Farm Burger, the local farmer’s market and juice bars. I go places that uplift and inspire me.”

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Go Grounded This program, created to train and certify adults to teach children’s yoga, offers a step-by-step approach toward certification. The four-step training fulfills the required 95 hours of study for a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) designation with the Yoga Alliance. DecaturHotYoga.com

Atlanta Yoga Movement’s Certification for Children This nonprofit foundation, with sponsors like Kroger and United Way, certifies children ages 7 to 17 to act as mentors by teaching yoga to their peers and teachers in school. Applications coming soon at ATLYogaMovement.org

Adopt a Classroom/Adopt a School This nonprofit program finds donors willing to sponsor children’s yoga programs in local schools. ATLYogaMovement.org

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF ATLANTA YOGA MOVEMENT, PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOYALL HART PHOTOGRAPHY.

Cheryl brings the calming effects of yoga to adults and children in her community.

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Honor Cosentino Vess and Nicole Cosentino are often asked how they do it. As the fourth generation of their family business, these sisters not only work with each other daily, but also with their parents, Ralph and Holly Berry Cosentino, in Berry Real Estate Design Build. “People either think that we’re crazy or they’re jealous,” Honor muses. She says the secret to making it work is keeping communication open. “That way, we still like each other at the end of the day!”

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They also have a deep, shared appreciation for their company, founded by their great-grandfather, Frank Berry, in 1932. Initially an Intown real-estate firm, the company has evolved over the years, adding property management and, most recently, design-build services to their roster. Originally, Honor and Nicole never intended to work for the family business, except during summers when they would help with filing and other office-related tasks. “Our parents encouraged us to do what we love,” Honor notes. “We never even discussed having to work here.” Ultimately, Honor received a degree in architecture and Nicole studied fashion and interior design. But something drew the sisters back to work with their family. “We grew up in it,” Honor continues. “This business is in our DNA.” And now, she serves as lead project manager, design director and licensed contractor, while Nicole works as project coordinator and selections overseer. When they’re not fulfilling clients’ dreams, the sisters enjoy grabbing a bite at one of Decatur’s many fine restaurants, like The Square Pub, BeetleCat or Sushi Avenue Decatur. For them, it’s just one of the benefits of working and living in a community that has meant so much to their family for so many years.

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Kyle Waide

O R G A N I Z E R • V I S I O N A RY • S P O RT S FA N By Lia Picard

A father of three, Kyle Waide and his wife, Christina, have lived in Atlanta for over a decade. He calls Decatur home and loves his close-knit Belvedere Park neighborhood. Fifteen months ago he stepped into his most important professional role yet— serving as CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB).

While his job is time consuming, he and Christina manage to carve out family time and, he says, “We are both passionate about Atlanta’s sports teams. It was bittersweet attending the Atlanta Braves’ last game at The Ted.” Now, he’s looking forward to Atlanta United’s soccer team joining the fold of Atlanta sports teams. On date nights, the couple loves Kevin Rathbun’s Steak (followed by a walk on the BeltLine).

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Somehow, in between donor meetings, trips to playgrounds and work at the office, Kyle finds time in his schedule to spiritually recharge. “We visit a couple of inspirational places that mean a lot to us. One is the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which speaks not only to our local Civil Rights Movement, but on a broader scale, too. I also love going to Old Ebenezer Church.”” He says he looks forward to quiet reflection there, so he can leave energized and ready to face the challenges ahead. A country boy from Mississippi at heart, he has a “deep appreciation and love for common folk” and relates to the struggles others face. But he is rooted here in Atlanta and is determined to help make our community a better place.

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The mission of the Food Bank is to fight food insecurity in the metro Atlanta area. It’s one of the Southeast’s largest food banks, serving as a central procurement point for food distribution among 600 partner agencies in 29 counties. Kyle’s face isn’t new around the office—he has already spent three years leading the food bank’s operations. Now, in his new role, Kyle has seen a 14 percent growth in the number of meals provided by the ACFB to those in need. He knows there’s more work to do, though, to fight hunger-related issues in Atlanta. “Hunger is not a problem in isolation—it’s connected to other problems. It reflects the absence of opportunities for many families in Atlanta.”

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Set off on the ultimate scavenger hunt in search of Decatur’s secret doors. Hidden around Decatur are 32 “fairy doors” crafted by local artists who hope to inspire imagination. In search of a clue about where to start? Secret Doors Decatur lists all 32 doors and locations on their website. SecretDoorsDecatur.com

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Cozy up in your pajamas and head out for a read with friends. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, Little Shop of Stories hosts story time, where kids can come

listen to a great book and play with friends.

On Thursday night they serve free milk and cookies! 133 E. Court Sq. LittleShopOfStories.com

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Pick up local veggies for a family dinner at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. “The curb market” is ranked the 16th best food market in the world by USA Today and is home to several fresh-food vendors and 11 local restaurants. 209 Edgewood Ave. SE. TheCurbMarket.com

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Strap yourself in and climb to new heights at the Wall Crawler Rock Club, which provides 8,800 square feet of indoor space where you can climb and play during chilly winter months. Join a team or climb with your family—Wall Crawler has something for every age and skill level to enjoy. 1522 DeKalb Ave NE. WallCrawlerClimbing.com my

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The historic Callanwolde Estate plays host Dec. 13 to a special tea for your little tyke and their teddy bear. Tour the festively decorated house and enjoy tea, hot cocoa and finger sandwiches while participating in a holiday sing-along. Santa may even make a surprise visit with his bag of goodies. 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE. Callanwolde.org

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The Barking Hound Village Lofts is a newly renovated urban doggie daycare adjacent to Ponce City Market and the BeltLine. Find out how you can help with their dog-rescue program. “We believe every dog is special and have a tender place in our hearts for less-fortunate dogs,” says Director Scott Powers. 765 North Avenue NE. BHVFRescue.org

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Use your literacy skills to help struggling elementaryschool readers hone their

skills. Twenty-five volunteers are needed for the Hands On Atlanta Discovery Program at Perkerson Elementary School on January 28, February 11 and February 25. Volunteers work with small groups of up to five 3rd- to 5th-graders. 2040 Brewer Blvd. SW. HandsOnAtlanta.com

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Mentoring can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Just

two easy, enjoyable outings a month can make a huge impact on any of the 597 children currently waitlisted for mentors with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. BBBSATL.org

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy January 14–16 during the Decatur MLK Jr. Service Project. Each year, volunteers help

provide free house maintenance and repair work for senior Decatur residents

so they can live more safely, comfortably and affordably in their houses throughout the year. MLKServiceProject.com

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