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I’ve been enjoying all things Sandy Springs lately. Most recently, I took a cheesemaking class at CalyRoad Handmade Cheese & Provisions. The three-hour session, which was hosted by owner Robin Schick, included a tour of the microcreamery, sampling all kinds of goodies like the location’s Heritage Cheddar and Bit O Blue, and working alongside Robin as she explained the art of making feta cheese. My friend Jackie loved it just as much as I did and I’m sure you and your friends will too. If you haven’t taken a class at CalyRoad, you should! You’ll be well on your way to being the next neighborhood cheesemaker.

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1. Sandy Springs will soon have its own 1,700-square-foot “micro food hall” called Crafthall Kitchen. Founder Jennifer Rotondo helps to curate the ever-evolving but always fresh and fast menus of its four small restaurants, which focus on chicken, vegetables, brunch, and sandwiches. 237 Johnson Ferry Rd. CrafthallKitchen.com

3. Catch all the zzz’s you want and still have time to devour your favorite morning meals at Egg Harbor Café. Serving breakfast until 2pm, try its location’s namesake, the Roswell Scrambler. Made with bacon, avocado, tomato, and Swiss cheese, this dish is served with an English muffin and housemade jam. 5920 Roswell Rd. NE. EggHarborCafe.com 4. Treat your taste buds to a smoothie from Frutta Bowls. Opening in the Fountain Oaks Shopping Center this May, try the creamy and crunchy signature Frutta Bowl packed with açaí berries and blended with banana and the South American fruit, guarana. 4920 Roswell Rd. Facebook.com/ FruttaBowlsChastainParkAtl 5. When Life Time CEO Bahram Akradi asked executive chef Ryan Dodge to whip up lunch, Ryan had no idea his mix of chicken and veggies would become a menu mainstay. Head here for the Chef Dodge Bowl— still found on LifeCafe’s newly revamped menu. 5580 Roswell Rd. LifeTime.Life

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2. There’s a new chef at the helm of Meehan’s Public House. Allysa Storms, who crafted the current menu at the upscale American eatery, Simon’s, introduced Chilaquiles to the Irish watering hole. Eggs, cheese, avocado, and sour cream top off the tasty corn tortillas in this traditional Mexican meal. 227 Sandy Springs Pl. NE. MeehansPublicHouse.com

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Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn 1-7pm $25 presale for adults 21 and over, $35 day-of event, $15 for ages 13 to 20, free for children under 12 Enjoy this open-air concert series that features Georgia beers and bands. HeritageSandySprings.org

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Opening Day Heritage Farmers Market

Bachata & Salsa Sundays

6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE. 8:30am-Noon Free entry Purchase items from 50 local vendors selling homemade crafts, produce and treats. HeritageSandySprings.org

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“Take it to the River” Lantern Parade

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

Morgan Falls Overlook Park 8pm Free entry Light up the night as you stroll down to the waterside with colorful lanterns. VisitSandySprings.org/LanternParade

6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE. 10am-5pm on Saturday 11am-5pm on Sunday Free entry Equal parts art show, music festival, and street party. SandySpringsArtsapalooza.com

8610 Roswell Rd. 3-6pm $15 Learn how to salsa or work on your moves for the Dominican dance, bachata, at this weekly class at PASOFino. PasoFinoDance.com

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6110 Blue Stone Rd. NE. 6:30-7:30pm Free entry Hosted by Heritage Sandy Springs, join this community book club as they discuss Emmy award-winning author Steven Cooper’s latest work, “Desert Remains: A Gus Parker and Alex Mills Novel.” HeritageSandySprings.org

MAY 25 Coffee & Contacts 1131 Hammond Dr. NE. 7:30-9am $25 for walk-ins, $20 for non-members, $10 for members Grab your business cards and join the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs Perimeter chambers at this joint networking event. Business. SandySpringsPerimeterChamber.com

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Chastain Park 10am-5pm on Saturday 11am-5pm on Sunday Free entry Grab the kiddos and your pup and head to the park to peruse tons of paintings, metalwork, jewelry, and art. ChastainParkArtsFestival.com

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JUNE 16 Country Wine Making Class 220 Sandy Springs Cir. 10:30am-1pm $35 Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making your own wine. This fun class will walk you through the entire process. BeerAndWineCraft.biz

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Calendar APRIL 21 Higher education graduates love Sandy Springs. Roughly 60 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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8200 Roberts Dr. 4-7pm Prices vary Feast your eyes on 120-plus stellar cars, enjoy bites from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, craft brews, a silent auction, and live music—all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. CarsNQ.com

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Lauren’s Run & Cure Annual Picnic

180 Bulloch Ave. 9am-4pm Free entry The North Fulton Master Gardeners, who host demonstrations in Sandy Springs, bring garden lovers this epic plant sale. NFMG.net/Garden-Faire.html

4 Concourse Pkwy. NE. 8am Prices vary Enjoy an afternoon of family fun and help fund cancer research by supporting CURE Childhood Cancer. LaurensRun.com

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Bend & Beer Brunch

Over 40 & Fabulous! Winner Reveal Party

185 Cliftwood Dr. NE. 3-4pm Free entry Join Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce members at the opening of The Cliftwood, a luxury apartment complex in The Plaza at City Springs. Business. SandySpringsPerimeterChamber.com

7455 Trowbridge Rd. NE. Noon-2pm Free entry Chat with the experts at Sewell Appliance and see the brand’s chefs prepare scrumptious appetizers and desserts using KitchenAid products. Facebook.com/SewellAppliance

5600 Roswell Rd. NE. Noon-3pm Prices vary Join Kelsey Reed Armbruster of Innercise Yoga, LLC as she leads a group yoga class. Afterward, savor beer and bites from 5 Seasons Brewing. IYSocialBendAndBeer.Eventbrite.com

Free entry (invite-only affair) Join us for delicious food and drinks as we celebrate the reveal of our 2018 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winner. For additional party details, follow us on Facebook (@BestSelfAtlanta) and sign up for our newsletter at BestSelfAtlanta.com

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LEGA Tabletop Gaming

State of the City Address

Yoga for Young Athletes

350 Carpenter Dr. NE. 9:30am-11pm $3 Bring your own games or choose from the ones provided such as Uno. Here, the whole family is sure to have a blast. MeetUp.com/GamesWellPlayed

237 Johnson Ferry Rd. 11:30am-1pm $45 for non-members, $40 for members At the first event to be held inside the new Performing Arts Center at City Springs, Mayor Rusty Paul will share community updates and more. Business. SandySpringsPerimeterChamber.com

4920 Roswell Rd. 5:30pm $16 for drop-ins, class packages vary Get moving with Sarah Bristow. In this flow class, youngsters (ages 10 and up) will learn all about everything from stretching and balance to movement and more. No experience necessary. SpringsYoga.com

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Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bahar Nia is one to watch. As the owner of the state-of-the-art Buckhead Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, patients come first with her personalized philosophy of care. By Katherine Michalak

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While nurturing her relationships with other seasoned dentists, Bahar is poised to lead the way in creating beautiful smiles through modern cosmetic dentistry. This approach is sure to attract not only families but also the likes of sports superstars and local celebrities. For Bahar, creating long-term personal relationships with her patients helps her bring them the best possible care. “I have a holistic approach. Treating the whole patient gives insight into a variety of problems with symptoms that show up in the mouth and teeth—grinding, sleep apnea, and nutrition,” Bahar says. She feels honored by the trust her patients have in her and respects the challenges that might lead them to her office door. “For me, cosmetic dentistry really isn’t just ‘cosmetic’ at all. These are life-changing improvements, which bring new confidence to people. That’s extremely important.” It was key for Bahar’s office to be close to her house, the schools her two daughters attend, as well as to be central to the community. “We love this area. We spend a lot of time with the girls at Chastain Park, at the tennis center or amphitheater for concerts and festivals. We are huge fans of Bartaco, Superica, and Rumi’s Kitchen.”

When to choose expert care… So what does a top cosmetic dentist recommend for everyday care? Turns out, many of the drugstore items work quite well. “I am pro over-the-counter products such as Sensodyne® ProNamel® and I love Philips Sonicare,” Dr. Bahar Nia reveals. However, she warns over-the-counter whitening products won’t measure up to professional because the formulations are too different and cannot give “the wow factor as most patients wish.” She feels the same about night and sports guards, noting “the overthe-counter products are of a one-size-fits-all mentality … not comparable to one that is custom made by taking a mold of the teeth.” For serious problems, such

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With one daughter at Da Vinci International School and one at Atlanta International School (AIS), Buckhead Cosmetic & Family Dentistry’s location also gives her the flexibility to continue actively volunteering at the schools. “The annual gala at AIS is something we really enjoy; every year focuses on a theme from a different country and this year, it’s Morocco.” BuckheadDentistry.com, 316 Pharr Rd. NE., 404-400-0400. The content for this article is brought to you by Buckhead Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.

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After the original location of Hal’s Kitchen, named after her father, closed its doors a year after opening in May 2011, she turned the setback into an opportunity to take her talents citywide. “I licked my wounds and took a step back. But the phone kept ringing,” Cyndi says. The freedom to teach cooking classes anywhere and everywhere allowed her to host events at prominent showrooms and partner with brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, and Wells Fargo. Having worked in the food industry since she was 15 years old, Cyndi’s decades of experience was evident in her classes. “Like a lot of culinary professionals, my education comes from working in restaurants and with other chefs,” she says.

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Cyndi is always coming up with ways to take the school to new heights. This summer, Hal’s Kitchen will host a kid’s cooking camp. And for the more grown-up clientele, chefcentered courses and classes with themes like meal prepping are continuously being added. When Cyndi hangs up her apron, Café Posh is a go-to for a bite and Veronica’s Attic is a must to pick up the perfect outfit. HalsKitchen.com

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Good-For-You Getaways •Mountains •Lakes •Rivers •Coast

Great Destinations in the Southeast to Rejuvenate, Relax and Have Fun! By Jennifer Colosimo

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Live The Lake Life Perhaps most well visited by Atlantans is the massive Lake Lanier with lake life classics like high-end residences, rentable water sports and wide channels for larger-than-life boats. Find a bevy of marinas and boat rentals with plenty of parking at Lake Allatoona. Its 12,000 acres of lake offers lots of water fun. For more entertainment, enjoy 14 parks for day trips and camping, family-friendly cabin rentals and restaurants to refuel for more fun in the sun.

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ife’s busy calendar keeps us occupied, so it’s no surprise the vacation bug hits more than once a year. A little time away from everyday life does wonders for the soul. It refreshes you, relaxes you, and helps you refocus on what’s important—your health, family and friends. The Southeast offers plenty of ways to escape within a half-day’s drive from Atlanta. Whether unwinding for the weekend or seeking a week of adventure, here’s your road map for where to go and what to do when you get there.

Sharing borders with South Carolina, Lake Hartwell has plenty of swimming, fishing and recreation, rivaling perhaps Georgia’s best-kept lake secret all the LAKE LANIER

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Choose from an expansive collection of luxury waterfront cabin rentals in Blue Ridge just steps from pristine rivers and creeks.

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On the mainstream Chattahoochee River, find canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and fly fishing. In fact, there are several fly fishing schools that offer courses–quite literally–on the fly. Rent cabins on the river or pitch tents in one of the campgrounds along the banks to experience nature as intimately as your party wants.

way at the other end of the map. Built in 1925, Lake Blackshear sparkles near the Florida line as a water sport lover’s paradise and a freshwater fishing destination.

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Whether jumping off the roof of a boathouse on private, pristine Lake Burton, water skiing between North Carolina and Georgia on blue-green Lake Chatuge, or taking a dip in Lake Rabun, these northern lakes offer postcard-worthy snapshots, and plenty of fun things to do. Perhaps most picturesque is the crystal clear aquamarine waters of Lake Blue Ridge. This family-friendly area offers access to picnic and campsite accommodations, plus a home base for bike rides, easy shoreline hikes, fishing, kayaking, paddleboards and more. Spend a day hiking, antiquing, visiting wineries and popping into unique eateries.

Take (Us) to The River The 93-mile Toccoa/Ocoee River runs from Tennessee into North Georgia and boasts roadside rafting headquarters every few miles for experienced (or more adventurous) rafters. The river also provides plenty of can’t-miss stops like the swinging bridge along The Benton MacKaye Trail. The rapids of the 25-mile-long Chattooga River begin near the tristate area where Georgia meets both North and South Carolina, and is considered to be one of the best whitewater runs in the world. Another worldly nod is the Niagara of the South, or as locals know it, Tallulah Falls. North Carolina’s Nantahala River offers rafters of all ages and experience levels 8 miles of sparkling water and varying rapids to tackle, as well as exhilarating Jeep tours, hiking, mountain biking and more.

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Toes in the Sand

Head to Georgia and Alabama’s southern beaches, Florida’s panhandle and northeast coastline or the South Carolina coast. Alabama’s beaches offer small-town charm with entertainment. From Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to Perdido Key, soak up the arts scene, history, adventure parks and white sand beaches. Try stand-up paddleboarding or windsurfing. End your day at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge for beachside cocktails, live music and fun. Along Florida’s 30A, you’ll find some of the most sought-after residences for blue-green water and white sand beaches. Spots like Destin and Sandestin, Panama City Beach and Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, Seagrove and Seaside are packed with all kinds of family-friendly adventure. Spend your days parasailing, jet skiing and shell collecting on the beach or shopping, golfing and seafood sampling in town, and at night, pack the itinerary with Putt-Putt, amusement park thrill rides and dinner by sunset along the water. Go east for Florida’s Forgotten Coast. From retro beaches like Carabelle and

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Just outside of Athens, Georgia and located in historic Greene County, visitors of Lake Oconee can choose to stay in adorable accommodations in town to explore the history still preserved, or book a suite at an upscale resort. The region offers cozy campgrounds, access to plenty of on-the-water activities, a renowned food and wine festival, outdoor concerts and more.

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Across the state, South Georgia meets Florida’s northeast coastline to offer classic beach destinations with fun, quirky towns like St. Simons and Jekyll Island in Georgia or Fernandina and St. Augustine below the state line. St. Augustine is ripe with history and small town Fernandina serves to-die-for seafood. In St. Simons, rent bikes for hours of exploring before dinner by the pier. On South Carolina’s coastline, play a round of golf on the gorgeous Kiawah Island or take an easy walk across the beach on quiet, wildlife-rich Fripp Island. Opt for adventure and take a banana boat ride or go parasailing at Myrtle Beach. Or take a sunset dolphin river cruise around Hilton Head Island.

Escape to The Mountains In this region, bed and breakfasts abound, as do quiet, secluded cabins, family campsites, a handful of luxury resorts and even a casino. You can choose super, small-town vibes in cities like Blairsville, Helen, which has Tray Mountain, and Hiawassee in Georgia, North Carolina’s Hayesville, Franklin and more. Larger map dots, like Blue Ridge boast a bevy of breweries, walkable shops and eateries, plus a drive-in theater and access to plenty of river activities or day hikes. Chattanooga is a classic destination with traditional stops like Lookout Mountain, the Choo Choo, the Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City and more. Or visit the tiny Tennessee town of Roan Mountain and walk through its beautiful hardwood forest. In Asheville, fill your itinerary with art museums, eclectic eats, chocolate shops and countless brewery tours before or after your day spent at nearby Biltmore Estate.

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Lake Lanier and Lake Oconee FreedomBoatClub.com (770) 831-6082 For an unforgettable day on the water, pick up your own keys to water activities, scenic cruising and pull-up dining options all across the lake. Choose from over 40 boats from the nation’s oldest and most trusted boat rental company, with multiple locations on Lake Lanier and Lake Oconee.

Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals

From countless waterfalls to day hikes on the Appalachian Trail, the mountains provide bucket-list-worthy stops to schedule any vacation around.

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Blue Ridge SouthernComfortCabinRentals.com (706) 258-3737 For the perfect mountain getaway, choose all the comforts of home with spectacular views of properties skimming the Blue Ridge Mountains’ ridgeline, or just steps away from the hustle and bustle of a charming downtown scene.

Tennessee Valley Railroad

Chattanooga, Tennessee TVRail.com (423) 894-8028 The only regularly scheduled, fully operating train ride in the state, this railroad museum offers a standout day of interactive history to entertain and educate people of all ages. All aboard!

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

St. Simons Island   KingAndPrince.com (912) 638-3631 Enjoy upscale poolside rooms, spectacular villas with ocean-view balconies and more, providing the entire family with a comfortable home away from home, just steps away from plentiful beach recreation, rich history and natural beauty on the island.

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St. George Island to remote stays on Alligator Point, St. Theresa and more, there’s an address to book a stay on what may seem like your own private beach. Nearby Apalachicola—aka the land of friendly people—is world-famous for fresh oysters served any way you can dream up, plus the charm of local shops, galleries and rich maritime history make the ambience as good as the freshly shucked delicacies.

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wheelchair ramps on playsets) that allow all children regardless of ability to play and engage. At the Walk to Cure Arthritis event on May 5, hand out brochures to help educate and encourage others to fund additional playgrounds. 5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. ResurgensFoundation.com

featuring 120-plus stellar cars, craft brews, bites from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, a silent auction, and live music—all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 8200 Roberts Dr. CarsNQ.com

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Every Woman Works empowers women in need to be selfsufficient with a five-week personal- and career-development training course. Help individuals grow stronger during this process by teaching computer

skills, assisting with creating vision boards, conducting mock interviews, or organizing

the outfit closet for the interviewee. 1215 Hightower Trl. EveryWomanWorks.org

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LaAmistad’s mission is to prepare Latino students and their families for success through academic and life enrichment programs. In 2017, volunteers enabled the organization to serve over 1,500 individuals. Get involved

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preparing and serving meals. You can also help by answering phones and reviewing résumés. 8995 Roswell Rd.

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