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Summer Reads recommended by Weber School Media Specialist Tiffany Zonneveld: Where’d You Go Bernadette (for adults)—author Maria Semple paints a hilarious portrait of elite “helicopter parents” wrapped in a mystery. Dead End in Norvelt (for middleschoolers), by Jack Gantos, follows a boy who learns from his spunky neighbor about history’s strangest (and truest) episodes.

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performances, held one Sunday each month from May through September. HeritageSandySprings.org If you’re in the mood to share tapas on the patio, let Under the Corktree restaurant do the cooking. CorkTreeRestaurant.com Music lovers will appreciate a perfect setting for live jazz at Cafe 290, an intimate venue where smooth jazz tunes play all night. Cafe290Atlanta.com

Sandy Springs artist Susan

Westmoreland has been appointed by Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul to curate pop-up art shows in the new Sandy Springs Center for Performing Arts, to be completed in 2017. She also participated in Dancing Stars of Atlanta, which raised funds for Alzheimer’s research. AtlantaArtistCollective.org and SusanWestmoreland.com

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Commercial insect repellents can contain up to 25% of the chemical DEET. Those concerned about its potential toxic effects, especially on children, can

ward off mosquitoes by planting Lemongrass or Citrosa Geranium,

Tour their beautiful display gardens and find unusual plants and outdoor accessories in their shop. Host a gathering there and plant experts can teach your guests about any gardening topic you like. 300 Hammond Dr. NE. GrammaBs.com

Sandy Springs is home to the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, with 32 organic and pesticide-free community garden plots— tour them for lots of inspirational ideas for your own garden. It’s also a great place to walk the trails and bird watch. 4055 Roswell Rd. NE. BHNP.org

The remodel of this Sandy Springs kitchen focused on creating a unique sun-filled room featuring Founders cabinets, Messina Grey Honed Limestone countertops by Walker Zanger/Stonecrafters and a Shift Grey mosaic backsplash from WalkerZanger. Stainless-steel appliances are from KitchenAid. GlazerConstruction.com.

Searching for new furniture or antiques to update your home decor? Check out Kudzu and Company’s 24,000-square-foot showroom to find that perfect treasure. You’ll find a blend of antiques, repurposed furniture, mid-century modern pieces, rugs, lighting, outdoor furniture and even new furniture with custom upholstery. 6450 Roswell Rd. KudzuAndCompany.com

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF (MIDDLE LEFT) GLAZER DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION, PHOTOGRAPHY BY NELSON SALIVIA, FOTOGRAPHIK ARTS; (BOTTOM RIGHT) BLUE OCEAN TRADERS, ROWE FINE FURNITURE.

both of which produce an insect-repelling scent when their leaves are rubbed or crushed. 4020 Roswell Rd. PikeNursery.com

Take plant shopping to the next level with a visit to Gramma B’s Home & Garden in Sandy Springs.

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Stand-up paddlboarding is a surprisingly tough workout for your core. But you can’t beat it for a peaceful, outdoor experience. GET YOUR

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Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s native plant and seed sale features a bake sale and artist market. 10–noon. Free. 4055 Roswell Rd. BHNP.org

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The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/ Walk offers a 5K run/walk, 1-mile walk, Kids Superhero Dash4Dad and Snooze for Dudes virtual fundraiser for those who can’t attend in person. 7am registration, races begin at 8am. $30 for 5K, $15 for 1-mile and kids’ race. Home Depot/Costco Parking Lot. 6400 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. ZeroCancer.org

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The Concerts by the Springs outdoor concert series is a celebrated community tradition each summer. This concert features Electric Avenue, an 80s pop tribute band. 7–8:30pm, gates open at 5. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Rd NE, Sandy Springs. HeritageSandySprings.org

Did You Know?

The developer of Sandy Springs’ Wieuca Road (pronounced WHY-yoo-cuh) named it after his three daughters: Wilma, Eugenia and Catherine.

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JUNE 5

Stand Up for the Hooch! StandUp Paddleboard Race has men’s, women’s and kids’ categories. 7–8am start; 11:30am lunch and award party at HCO’s Buckhead location. 2-mile race $60; 6-mile race $75; kids’ race is free. Morgan Falls Overlook Park, 200 Morgan Falls Rd. HighCountryOutfitters.com

JUNE 18

Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism presents the Take It to the River Lantern Parade. Make a lantern at home or attend a workshop to learn how. 8pm–midnight. Free. Parade begins at North Springs United Methodist Church (7770 Roswell Rd, Atlanta 30350) and ends at Morgan Falls Park. ChantelleRytter.com

Did You Know? The Chastain Park Amphitheater, opened in 1944, and was named after the City of Atlanta’s supervisor of public buildings, Troy Chastain.

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The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market is where friends and neighbors gather each Saturday morning from mid-April to November. Nearly 50 vendors offer fresh, local and organic produce. June 25, 8:30–noon. Century Springs East, 6100 Lake Forrest Drive. HeritageSandySprings.org

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The grounds of the Nature Center stay open late for Sunset Sips, a laid-back, family-friendly event. Bring a picnic and enjoy the tunes of singer/guitarist Garrett Douglas. 6:30–9:30pm. Included in price of admission; members free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. ChattNatureCenter.org

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The Concerts by the Springs outdoor concert series has become a celebrated community tradition each summer. This concert features A1A, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. 7–8:30pm, gates open at 5. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Rd NE, Sandy Springs. HeritageSandySprings.org

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ts Calendar The Concerts by the Springs outdoor concert series is a celebrated community tradition each summer. This concert features Convoy, a classic country/rock tribute band. 7–8:30pm, gates open at 5. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Rd NE. HeritageSandySprings.org

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The Emory Saint Joseph’s Run for Mercy 1K and 5K is a familyfriendly Peachtree qualifier event beginning and ending at the Perimeter Place Shopping Center. $30 (registration ends June 10). 8am. 100 Perimeter Center Place. EmoryHealthcare.org

The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fashion Show benefits The Drake House, which helps local homeless women and kids get back on their feet. Appetizers and wine will be served. 5:30–9pm. $35; members $25. UPS Corporate Headquarters, 55 Glenlake Pkwy. NE, Atlanta, 30328. TheDrakeHouse.org

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Lenox Square Mall hosts the largest fireworks display in the Southeast. This year’s event includes food concessions and music by Sons of Sailors and Party on the Moon. Music begins at 6pm, fireworks at about 9:40pm. Free. 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta GA 30326. Atlanta.net/events

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The Georgia Ensemble Theatre hosts “Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America.” Bring a picnic—there is a cash bar, so don’t pack alcohol or glassware. 8pm. $15/lawn seating, $30/table seating. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. GET.org

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FARMCHASTAIN is an urban farm used for teaching and growing food to donate to Good Samaritans in Atlanta. North Fulton Master Gardeners present a class on container gardening at the farm. 10am. Free. Chastain Park Conservancy, 4001 Powers Ferry Rd. NFMG.net

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Sundays on the River Concert features Bob Bakert and Friends with tunes from the 60s and 70s. Table and lawn seating available. Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm. $17.50/person general lawn seating. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. ChattNatureCenter.org

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FARMCHASTAIN is an urban farm used for teaching and growing food to donate to Good Samaritans in Atlanta. North Fulton Master Gardeners present a class called “Using Produce” at the farm at 10am. Free. Chastain Park Conservancy, 4001 Powers Ferry Rd. NFMG.net

Today is National Watermelon Day! Head to your local farmer’s market to pick one up.

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Sundays on the River Concert features The Bonaventure Quartet. Table and lawn seating available. Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm. $17.50/person general lawn seating. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. ChattNatureCenter.org

The grounds of the Nature Center stay open late for Sunset Sips, a laid-back, family-friendly event. Bring a picnic and enjoy the tunes of folk band City Mouse. 6:30–9:30pm. Included in price of admission; members free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. ChattNatureCenter.org

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Chefs on Bikes & Chefs Cycle “For the Chefs on Bikes event, we have cycled 300 miles up the East Coast. My chef buddies and I do dinners in donors’ homes to raise funds. I email, call, beg, wheedle, cajole to get donations. I’m not above bribing people with food to raise money! This year, in the Chefs Cycle race, nearly 200 chefs will ride from Carmel to Santa Barbara, California, from June 27 to 29. Riding for three days takes me out of my comfort zone. It’s a rush riding in a group, all raising awareness for the cause.” NoKidHungry.org

Taste of the Nation “Pano is the chairperson for Atlanta’s Share Our Strength and we’ve participated in this since it started. I love rubbing elbows with the other chefs, the enthusiasm is electric! It was fun to participate on behalf of il Giallo this year.” ce.strength.org/atlanta

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They picked this location because it had everything they wanted. “We love Sandy Springs—it’s a small community and our location is easy for everyone to get to. We completely remodeled the interior, so it’s laid out just the way we liked. We are right down the street from Whole Foods—I know they do their homework. If this location is good enough for them, that’s saying something.” The restaurant opened in November 2015 and has enjoyed a warm reception from the Sandy Springs community.

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Dining in Spirit “My sister founded Moving in the Spirit, a nonprofit dance company where kids find discipline in dance, helping them become responsible leaders. Dining in Spirit is a fundraising dinner I do to help her raise money.” MovingInTheSpirit.org

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Fast-forward to 2015: Karatassos closed Veni Vidi Vici and Adams and general manager Leonardo Moura threw themselves into a new project— il Giallo. Adams chose the name as a nod to the art of making pasta. “It means ‘yellow,’ the color of egg yolks and pasta. It also means ‘mystery,’ and I think there’s just a little bit of mystery behind cooking.” He asked interior designer Vivien Leigh, who also had travelled to and fallen in love with Italy, to design the interior. “She’s got an extensive knowledge of ‘The Boot,’ and she really did a great job,” he reflects.

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Wolf was ready to spread the word about her health enlightenment. “I decided to gather a team of the best exercise and nutrition experts I could find and open BLAST Fitness Studio.” She opened her first studio in 2008 and has been off and running (literally) ever since.

When asked why she chose Sandy Springs for her newest location, she responds that she knows the area well—she grew up here; this is where her target clientele lives, works and plays. “My clients are busy people who really value time,” she says. “Our workouts are about being effective and efficient, so finding a location that’s convenient for clients was a big deal.” She is acutely aware that, sometimes in life, even a dynamo like her has to lean on others for support. “One of my daughters is battling addiction,” she acknowledges. “She’s doing great, but it’s changed my life 100 percent. We’ve learned to let go and ask for help. It reinforces for me why it’s so important to support people who reach out for resources they need to have a better life.” Wolf and her team encourage clients to worry only about themselves when they walk in the studio door. “Our focus is for them to find balance in their lives,” she says. “I just want them to get moving and get motivated to take care of themselves.”

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This year’s Camp Can-I-Cook 2016 explores local, international and seasonal cuisine in newly renovated kitchens at the Young Chefs Academy of Sandy Springs. Kids receive culinary training with a pinch of math, a dash of geography, an abundance of science and a dose of nutrition this summer. YoungChefsAcademy.com/SandySprings

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