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Don’t let an orchid intimidate you. Take the “Growing and Repotting Orchids” class to find out how to care for one. Bonus—class members save 15% on select items in the nursery. 9am. Free. 5795 State Bridge Rd. PikeNursery.com

AUG. 27

Play ball with the mayor! Major League Baseball “Play Ball” lets the youth show off their baseball skills. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker hosts this event featuring various baseball activities. Free. 10–11am. Ocee Park, 10900 Buice Rd. PlayBall.org

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Get crafty at the Handmade Market, a one-day event with local craft and food vendors, make-n-takes throughout the day and even a swag bag for the first 100 attendees. Free. 11am–6pm. Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Bldg. 300. TheHudgens.org

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Bring blankets and relax at Movies at Newtown Park, a summer outdoor series of family-friendly movies presented at dusk on a huge inflatable screen. Preshow activities include a moonwalk, face painting and giveaways. Free. 3150 Old Alabama Rd. JohnsCreekGA.gov

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The Summer Concert Series outdoor concerts is a newly established tradition in Johns Creek. This one features Savannah Jack, a native Nashville band. Free. Newtown Park Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. JohnsCreekGA.gov

SEPT. 24

Bid summer adieu at Johns Creek Summer Concert Series last concert for the season. This one features The Shadowboxers, a local Atlanta pop band. Free. Newtown Park Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. JohnsCreekGA.gov

It’s a good time to buy a home in Johns Creek. Home appreciation is up 16.4% in the last 12 months.

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The safety of the community and its residents is a top priority for the City of Johns Creek. Community Safety Day provides an opportunity for you to learn more about basic safety issues that may affect your family. Free. 9am–noon. State Bridge Crossing Shopping Center, 5950 State Bridge Rd. JohnsCreekGA.gov

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The Fall Family Festival features music, games, carnival activities, crafts, food and fun for the entire family. Free. 10am–2pm. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. Go to the Special Events page on JohnsCreekGA.gov

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Do some good in your ’hood. The City of Johns Creek and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful are offering free document shredding and recycling of cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG), fluorescent bulbs and gently used clothes and shoes. Free. 9am–1pm. 11715 Medlock Bridge Rd. For more info, check the events page on JohnsCreekGA.gov.

AUG. 27

The Maker’s Rally one-day event gathers entrepreneurs who sell handmade products (makers) for a day of inspiration. Learn from networking sessions and hear speakers, including Indie Craft Experience founders. $55/person. 9am–5pm. Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Bldg. 300. MakersRally.com

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It’s back for its fifth year! The Johns Creek Arts Festival, taking place in the green space across from The Atlanta Athletic Club, is full of artisans showing off their best crafts. Free. 10am–6pm. 1930 Bobby Jones Dr. JohnsCreekArtsFestival. SplashFestivals.com

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For a limited time, the Johns Creek Municipal Court is offering amnesty to individuals with past-due traffic citations and/or active bench warrants for failing to appear in court. 8:30am–4:30pm. Thru October 31. Johns Creek Municipal Court, 11445 Johns Creek Pkwy. Go to the 2016 News Page on JohnsCreekGA.gov

AUG. 27

Novice gardeners are invited to join in the “Gardening for Beginners” class. Bonus—class members save 15% on select items in the nursery. 9am. Free. 5795 State Bridge Rd. PikeNursery.com

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For a howling good time, bring your fur babies to the Pup-A-Palooza. Get a caricature sketch of your four-legged friends, enter contests and enjoy free food while pets splurge on doggie treats. Pet-care vendors will demonstrate new products and educate owners on pet care. Free. 11–1pm. Newtown Park Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. JohnsCreekGA.gov

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Get out of your rut and try a new restaurant! Here’s your incentive: The second annual Johns Creek Restaurant Week is coming to town. Participating restaurants offer specials for diners who tell servers that they are “visiting for Restaurant Week.” JohnsCreekAdvantage.org

You’ve got no excuse now! Autrey Mill Nature Preserve offers a onehour free outdoor fitness series featuring bar-less Barre classes taught by certified fitness instructors. No registration needed, so bring a yoga mat, water and an energetic attitude! Free. 8:30–9:30am. 9770 Autrey Mill Rd. Go to the Recreation and Parks Page on JohnsCreekGA. gov

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out a bunch of emails to everyone he knew and when Chip saw it, he thought it might be fun to try out. He thought it was just a one-time thing to be the carpenter on the show,” says Pauli Wade, Chip’s wife. “When they asked him to send a ‘headshot,’ he didn’t know what they were talking about, so he sent our wedding picture—it seemed to do the trick!” Chip acknowledges that he was “oblivious to how I looked on camera” at first. Fast forward to today and Chip’s successful track record as a home-improvement guru on

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Chip and Pauli take time out from their busy schedules to give back in their community. Here are a few of their favorite charitable organizations.

Chip’s 4 Go-To Charities

Along with raising their three children, Mac, Mara and J.T. (all under the age of seven), Pauli and Chip also run their business, Wade Works, together. Pauli, who manages the real-estate side of Wade Works, acknowledges that it can take some strategizing to run a business and grow a family all in the same household. “We decided that we should assign both times and places to have different conversations,” she explains. “The kitchen is kind of sacred to me, so we try only to have ‘relationship conversations’ during dinner time with the kids. Then, we only have work-related conversations when we are in our home office. We try to leave emotions outside that room and just focus on the business.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CHIP WADE, PHOTO BY PETER CAMPBELL.

TV proves his staying power. He’s appeared on hit shows such as “Curb Appeal,” “Showdown Design Star,” and Ellen Degeneres’ “Design Challenge.” His current show, “Elbow Room” won an Emmy in 2014 for best lifestyle program. Yet, he’s found a way to balance his own career screentime with crucial family facetime in an environment that nurtures both priorities.

Chip says they chose Johns Creek four years ago as the best place to raise their family because it’s ideal for growing both a family and a business. “We love the greenways that run through this area. We pop the kids on their bikes and go for a run all the time. It’s perfect because the paths are shaded and we can get everybody outside almost every day of the year,” Chip enthuses. Pauli says of Chip, “He’s the creative talent in our business. He’s a natural-born salesperson; people are drawn to him.” One thing is for sure, the Wades take full advantage of everything Johns Creek has to offer. Chip praises the area, saying, “We’re setting down roots. We love it here.”

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Habitat for Humanity “Obviously our skill sets are a great match for Habitat’s volunteer program,” Chip says. This organization’s mission is simply to make sure folks who are down on their luck have a decent place to live. Habitat.org

Sunshine on a Ranney Day Volunteers, usually in the design/build industry, get together to design and create rooms that will bring joy (and better function!) to children with long-term illnesses. SunshineOnARanneyDay.com

No Longer Bound No Longer Bound creates organized opportunities for hurting families to recover from the damage of addiction by creating a residential refuge for addicted individuals to detoxify from chemicals, chaos and catastrophe. NoLongerBound.comnned food items. CHCAtlanta.org

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Kate’s Club This organization helps children who are grieving the loss of a loved one find ways to deal effectively with this tragedy in their lives. KatesClub.org

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I was bitten by the restaurant bug, but Rhode Island at the time (1996) was going through an economic crisis. Businesses were leaving the state by the hundreds. I knew I had to leave and start over somewhere. We moved to Atlanta as much for the better, more diverse business climate as for the warm weather! I am so proud of my kids (Federico III, Stephanie and John) who run the entire company and do an amazing job.

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3. Cool things down or heat them up with a refreshing margarita from Maverick’s So-Cal Mexican Cantina. Their Maverick Margarita is shaken with tequila, triple sec and lime; but if that’s too basic for you, try their Hot and Skinny, fired up with jalapeño tequila, agave and lime. 11030 Medlock Bridge Rd., Ste. 160. MavericksCantina.com 4. They’re just a baby! Pub Ten Craft Kitchen has been in Johns Creek only five months and they’re already making a lasting impression. Their best-selling dish, Upside Down Wonton Nachos with Korean BBQ Brisket is a Mexican–Asian fusion you won’t be able to resist. 5270 Peachtree Pkwy. Pub10.com 5. Are you bold enough to visit a new restaurant without reading a review first? If not, check out the Johns Creek Police Department Facebook page, where they report their undercover restaurant reviews on local eateries, from Greek to Mexican—even the stereotypical donuts. Facebook.com/JohnsCreekPD

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1. Sugo’s most popular dish, by far, is the Meatball al Sugo. A true family recipe, it’s made with a blend of roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and dates, served with a tomato–basil sauce. 10305 Medlock Bridge Rd. SugoRestaurant.com

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Halloween comes to life at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center. Don your best costumes, grab

the kids and see how many treats you can collect. At the Heritage Village, put your bravery to the

test at the haunted house and enjoy festive fall treats and games. 9770 Autrey Mill Rd. AutreyMill.org

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The Johns Creek Fall Family Festival makes a return to Newtown Park on October 29. Parents can browse the arts and crafts from local vendors while kids enjoy festival favorites including live music, carnival activities games. 3150 Old Alabama Rd. JohnsCreekGA.gov

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Take a break from the sun and let laser lights guide you through the Black Voyage pirate ship at Laser Voyage Café. Once you’ve conquered the ship and mastered the laser maze challenge, hit the arcade with games like NASCAR racing, basketball or skeeball. 1866 Buford Hwy. LaserVoyage.com my

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Trot your troop down to the Johns Creek Arts Center so they can design and decorate their very own art badges. Scouts can get creative and earn a “Painting,” “Playing the Past” or “Jeweler” badge with supplied materials and workshop instruction. 6290 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Bldg. 700. JohnsCreekArts.org

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Covering Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell and more, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) offers GED tutoring classes throughout the fall. These provide adults 18 and older a chance to further their education. With the help of volunteers in 2015, NFCC served 1,137 adults in their education center. NFCCHelp.org

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paints, fertilizer or pesticides, at their annual Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event on October 22. KeepNorthFultonBeautiful.org

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Looking to earn some extra volunteer hours for the National Honor Society, Beta and Junior Beta Clubs

or other organizations? The City of Johns Creek is always looking for helpful hands to assist with organizing its free events for the community. JohnsCreekGA.gov

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