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Volume 17• Number 1• ©2011

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Table of Contents: IN the Neighborhood 4 20 Under 20 ..................................... 4-15 Scene & Heard .....................................16 Farokhi Leads Galloway ......................16 How Students Can Give Back .............16 Pets ......................................................17 Intown Datebook ..................................18 Letter from the Editor ...........................18 A Look Back .........................................19 Charity In the CIty ................................20 Lean & Green for New Year .................20 Hula-Hoop to Health ............................22 Intown Runaround ...............................22 Health Briefs .........................................25

The Studio 26 Winter Arts Preview ..............................26 Thimblerig Circus .................................27 Atlanta PlanIt ........................................28 Street Fashion ......................................29 Patrick Dennis ......................................30 High Partners With Schools .................31

Go Green 32 Atlanta’s Sustainable Goals .................32

x302 Laura Turner Seydel .............................33 g in 2001,404-586-0002 Environs Residential Design & Construction has been classifieds@atlantaintownpaper.com

Eco-Briefs .............................................33 nta Intown Newspaper. Often, we arrive at consultation INTERN

our future clients holding a photo ad of ours and wondering if Gregory Wallace

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Brandon Stephens for their home. Before Environs, we had other Atlanta

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Atlanta BeltLine Update .......................34

Ann Boutwell, Tina Chadwick, orhood oriented publication. We C. love our Atlanta neighborhoods Business & Retail Briefs .......................34 Cleo Creech, Patrick Dennis, Natlie

ends, neighbors and fellow business Keng, Jesse Morado, Annie Nichols, owners read the ads in the Laura Turner Seydel, Shandra Hill

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Hot Pots 101.........................................36 Quick Bites ...........................................38 Sister Louisa’s Church .........................39 New Wine Shops .................................39

Real Estate 40 OBIE Award Winners ...........................40 Real Estate Briefs .................................42 Commercial Real Estate Briefs ............42

IN Your Home 43 8 Simple Remodeling Tips ...................43 Cathedral Antiques Show ....................45 Before & After .......................................46

Dear Atlanta INtown reader,



January 1 marked my first year as the new owner of Atlanta INtown. I’m a believer in community news, and I’m doing what I love surrounded by incredible people who’ve helped the paper succeed. INtown is our community information source, and many of its residents rallied around us last year because they believe in the mission of our publication. Their names are listed at left in the staff box, and you’ll see their bylines and headshots on the following pages. They are talented, creative, curious people who tell stories about our community, get to know the local businesses, bring fresh perspectives and contribute in so many ways. Their contributions have been invaluable. In 2010 I also gained an even stronger appreciation for small business owners. We have a mutual understanding of what it’s like to be passionate for what we do and the challenges that come with ownership. Many of them are friends, mentors and partners with us and you can see them on almost every page. These businesses are the fabric of our community providing services, food, arts, shopping … all of the things that make our city a great place to live. Please introduce yourself to the business owners, get to know them, support them, and tell them you saw their advertising in our pages. INtown exists through advertising support. Local businesses work with us as marketing partners. And, it’s gratifying to hear how it benefits them. Just before the holidays, I received a note from Meike Babel about her advertisement for Mostly Mutts – she simply said, “It works!” You can see Mostly Mutts, a rescue and adoption organization, on page 17. Contact INtown and let us help you promote your business in 2011. INtown is direct mailed to almost 20,000 residents through the US Postal Service. It’s a costly expense, but an investment that adds quality and makes us unique. Another 20,000 are distributed to boxes and racks around the city, including coffee houses, restaurants and retail shops. We feature local stories in a monthly format on newsprint (100% recycled, by the way), but our online presence continues to grow, with 21,000 monthly unique readers at AtlantaINtownPaper.com. We’re also active on Facebook and approaching 10,000 followers on our Twitter feed (@ATLINtownPaper). We interact daily online with our readers, offering events, reviews, contests and promotions. The media environment is constantly changing and evolving – I think that’s exciting. We want to hear from you on how we can make INtown a better service to the community. We’re open-minded, nimble and always looking for good ideas. We love hearing from our readers! One consistent is that we are a platform for people and organizations doing good things. This month, community activist Angel Poventud gives us an update on the BeltLine on page 34 (congratulations to Angel for the Cox Conserves Hero Award!). Kate Atwood, founder of Kate’s Club, gives us tools in her monthly column for giving back on page 20. INtown’s Green Insider, Laura Turner Seydel, keeps us informed on sustainable living on page 30. And, one of my annual favorites, 20 philanthropic-minded students are featured on pages 4-15. Lots of other articles - from funny to practical - are sprinkled in between. As the new year begins, we continue in the spirit of informing and inspiring. Enjoy this issue. And, cheers to our community!

Wendy G. Binns, Publisher Wendy@AtlantaINtownPaper.com


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Saihari Shekar Dukkipati, 19 Emory University Meet our third annual 20 Under 20 honorees. Once again, we asked

schools and service organizations to submit nominees for students who have gone above and beyond to give back to the community. We think you’ll agree that this group of kids and teens is worthy of our list. With so much negativity in the world, these young people are the polar opposite – full of positive energy and drive to make their community a better place. This year’s honorees found inspiration and courage while giving their time. You’ll meet a young man who lost his father to Lou Gehrig’s disease and has since raised more than $10,000 to find a cure. You’ll meet a young woman who convinced her parents to sell their home and move into smaller quarters to help the hungry. And you’ll meet an Emory student who is on his way to completing 600 hours of helping children with their education while completing his own. These are just three of the uplifting stories, and we encourage you to read all 20 short profiles and see how you’re never too young to give back to the community. The Weber School will hold a reception for the 20 Under 20 honorees this month. In our February edition we’ll have photos from this event. If you would like to become a sponsor or nominate a student for 2012, email wendy@atlantaintownpaper. com. Thank you to the businesses and schools whose advertising support makes this section possible. – Collin Kelley, Editor

Shekar, the son of Sairam and Padmaja Dukkipati, serves on the staff for Volunteer Emory, the campus-wide service organization. As a staff member, he leads a biweekly service trip to the Atlanta Community Food Bank with other students where they volunteer in the Product Rescue Center. Shekar is also an organizer of Emory Care Day, where students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families all serve in local and international community projects. He’s also led a successful canned food drive for veterans and mentored elementary school students, refugees, and children in special education classes. “I am most proud of the fact that my work in serving the community also allows me to expand and energize people, both at Emory and elsewhere, to go out and serve as well,” he said. “I feel as though it is a duty and a challenge to find a way to give back to this great city.” For more information about Volunteer Emory, visit volunteer.emory.edu.

Hannah Salwen, 18 Atlanta Girls’ School Because the goodwill of those I serve is the foundation of my success, it’s my pleasure to say “Thank You” and wish you a coming year of prosperity and contentment.

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Hannah convinced her parents, Joan and Kevin Salwen, to make an “ultimate” selfless decision by selling the family home, moving into one half its size and donating half of the sale price to The Hunger Project. Hannah and her father co-authored the book The Power of Half on how teenagers have the power to make global changes. They now travel around the country speaking to schools, churches and community groups to encourage others to give back. Hannah has also been working in Ghana helping to build a new kindergarten and recently returned from Australia, where she represented America at a congress of international girls’ schools sharing her leadership skills and passion. She was recognized in the New York Times and by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for her charitable spirit. “Giving back to your community means finding something that you have more than enough of and putting it to good use in the world,” Hannah said. “If you spend six hours a week online, maybe you cut that down to three and spend your extra three hours visiting sick kids at a cancer clinic. Find your passions, figure out your “half” and start a community project.” To learn more about her family’s work, visit thepowerofhalf.com.

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Sam Halpern, 10 The Children’s School

Three years ago, Sam lost his father to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. With the help of his mom, Betsy, Sam channeled his grief into working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise money to find a cure for ALS. For the last four years, he has been team captain for the MDA’s Walk of Hope and presented checks for the money he raised during the local segments of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. He’s raised more than $10,000 so far. Last May, Sam was invited to the governor’s office when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation declaring May as ALS month in Georgia. He also volunteers with his class at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and participates in various community service events through The Children’s School. “This is my way of honoring 133425 my dad and making Nolen & Assoc. a positive impact in the community,” Sam said. “Through my work I have Woodward Atlanta Intown become friendly with several people who have ALS, and I want to try to 4/c 10” x 5.4” help them, too.” To learn more about ALS and the 133425a MDA, visit als-mda. org. To donate to Sam’s ALS fundraising campaign, make checks payable to MDA-ALS and mail them to Sam Halpern, 2187 Northlake Parkway, #116, Tucker, GA 30084.

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Catherine “Kaki� Weston Bennett, 18

Carlton Steven Clack, 17

The daughter of Catherine and David Bennett, Kaki is the founder of the Holy Innocents’ walk team for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. She also serves as the chair of the JDRF Teen Board, which supports teenagers with diabetes, and serves on the organization’s Governmental Relations Committee, which is responsible for ensuring legislative awareness for diabetes-related issues. “I am most proud of the fact that my school team has raised over $144,000 to support diabetes research since the team’s inception in 2005,� she said. “As a person living with diabetes, it is important to me to work to improve my own life and the lives of other persons living with diabetes.� To find out more information about JDRF, visit jdrf.org. To make a donation to her school team, visit walk.jdrf.org.

Carlton is very active at his church, Peachtree United Methodist, where he has been on mission trips abroad, worked on Habitat for Humanity builds and volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club. The son of Leigh and Danny Clack, Carlton was on a mission trip to Nicaragua when he noticed there was a great need for shoes for adults and children in the country. Upon his return, he created SecondChanceShoes. org, which has already donated more than 700 pairs of shoes to the needy in Nicaragua. He is trying to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes by May 1 as well as monetary donations to help ship the footwear. “It means a lot to me,� Carlton said of Second Chance Shoes. “I felt motivated and have been able to accomplish a lot.�

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Ashley Summers Dalton, 17 The Lovett School

Ashley founded the Sustainable Farming and Agriculture Program Ecuador after spending time in the country in 2009 as part of a CARE International trip. She felt unsatisfied by the visit and wanted to do more, so she set about creating a more hands-on service project. Last summer she and three other Lovett students traveled back to Ecuador with a chaperone where they spent weeks helping build a community garden in Pucara and teaching the natives how to provide a means of income without losing any land or culture. She also helped build a greenhouse at Siempre Verde, Lovett’s 825-acre cloud forest in Eucador. The daughter of Drs. Booker and Gail Dalton, Ashley said “giving is essential to understanding the abundance of life.�

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Ravon Symone Williams, 18 Spelman College

Ravon is involved with AmeriCorps’ Jumpstart teaching literacy and social skills to children in pre-K. “I try my best to give the Jumpstart children the support and encouragement that is so strongly needed in the community,” Ravon said. The daughter of Deanna Newton and Gerald Williams, Ravon is a child development major, so she plans to dedicate her life to education. Born in an impoverished area of Pontiac, Michigan, Ravon said her upbringing gave a great deal of knowledge about choices. “Some people choose to drop out of school, and some decide to make changes for themselves and the community,” she said. “I am humbly grateful for the opportunity to touch the lives of children who are just like me with an eagerness and excitement to learn. For more about the Jumpstart program, visit readfortherecord.org.

Rebecca S. McMahon, 18 Paideia School

Last summer, Rebecca volunteered at The Global Village School, a school for teenage girls misplaced from their homelands due to wars and other hardships. “It was the perfect place for me because I was able to help the girls with their English, as well as assist with various office projects before their school started,” Rebecca said. One of her main projects was setting up a library based on reading level for the students and teachers. The daughter of Teri and Kevin McMahon, Rebecca is volunteering at the school again this winter and encouraged several classmates to join her. “It means a lot to be able to give back to the community, especially by doing something I enjoy like mentoring younger girls,” she said. “It’s a good feeling knowing you helped out and made a difference.” For more information about The Global Village School visit globalvillage.typepad.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

David Heyer, 17 The Lovett School

A varsity tennis player, David founded the Summer Tennis Camp at Lovett for students from Agape Community Center. Twenty students from Agape’s GoGirlGo! program took part in last year’s camp. The son of Meg and Steve Heyer, David said he wanted to “provide an active and meaningful summer experience to children and continue to do something I love.” David said he hopes the camp will be continued by future Lovett tennis players. “None of the girls had ever been on a tennis court,” Davis said. “Through our racquet drive, we were able to provide each girl with a racquet for the camp. It felt good to introduce the girls to a new sport and they showed real enthusiasm for it. It made me feel happy to see the girls smile every day and I realized that even small things can make a difference in our community.“

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Alison â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aliâ&#x20AC;? Kight, 16

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal Wanliss, 18

The daughter of Pete and Terri Kight, Ali has volunteered with many service organizations, but the Boys and Girls Club is her true passion. She attended an awards banquet for the organization and was so inspired by the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories, she was moved to get more deeply involved. She joined Jessie Draper Boys and Girls Club board and became the liaison with Woodward Academy. She helped steer the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising efforts and co-created the Field Day event for students. After the Jessie Draper board dissolved into the larger general board, Ali decided to select five representatives from other Atlanta private and public schools that would help provide events, activities and education for the Boys and Girls Club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been blessed with a wonderful family and the capability to attend a great school like Woodward, but the opportunity to give back to others is the real blessing. For more information about volunteering with Ali, email BGCVolunteer@gmail.com for more information.

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal might be best known for his prowess as a star track and field athlete, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also committed to the environment. The son of Ena and Dean Wanliss, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal helped launch the Green Team, a student-lead environmental group, and established Holy Innocentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; school-wide recycling program. As part of the program, he worked to get recycling bins distributed around the school and obtained a permanent dumpster for the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am extremely proud of being a catalyst in evolving Holy Innocentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; into a more eco-friendly school environment,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I strongly believe it is important to give back to the community for it plays a strong role in who you are. For me it means being actively engaged and helping to identify the problem and to come up with innovative ways to solve the problem.â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal is in the process of launching an initiative as part of his Global Citizenship senior year capstone project, Spikes for Tykes. This project will focus on raising running spikes for underprivileged children in the Caribbean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the Spring track and field season I will have a Spike Drive where I will be collecting new or gently used running spikes,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal said

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Kathryn Crewdson, 17

Holy Innocentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Episcopal School The daughter of Robert and Tami Crewdson, Kathryn is a teacher, an intern and a board member for English for Successful Living, which provides low-cost English classes to individuals who are having trouble learning the language. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the philanthropy chair for the drama club, which raises money for BroadwayCares/Equity Fights AIDS, she helps raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the Starfish Project, which builds schools in Haiti. Kathryn said she is most proud of her work with English for Successful Living. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teaching classes was out of my comfort zone, but now I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give it up for anything. I love my students,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are they most hardworking people I know, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a privilege to teach them.â&#x20AC;? For more information about the program, visit www.eslgeorgia.net.

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Haley McKee, 13 The Galloway School

In 2009, Haley organized the Galloway Animal Alliance, which now has 30 members working to raise money and awareness about animal abuse, neglect and overpopulation. Over the course of her 6th grade school year, Haley and her peers held a morning carpool donut sale and worked with pre-k Galloway classes in an effort to educate young children about being kind to animals. “I am so blessed to have experienced the amazing feeling of volunteering and helping those around you – be it animals or people,” Haley said. “I want to expose as many people as possible to the problems our world faces so that individuals will feel a need and desire to get up and do something about them. The Animal Alliance helped me start doing this.” The daughter of Allison and David McKee, Haley encourages readers to use resources like petfinder.com, humanesociety.org and angelrescue.org to find out how you can help animals in need.

Sophia Hutton, 17 Atlanta Girls’ School

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Sophia volunteers the Center for the Visually Impaired helping young people learn how to cope with their ocular disabilities. She serves as a sighted guide and helps in classes that focus on social skills, cane and mobility orientation, and basic activities of daily life that teach things such as how to use public transportation and tie shoes. “The students inspire me daily to be fearless and not let the doubt of others deter me from anything I dare to endeavor,” Sophia said. Because of her work with CVI, Sophia, who lives with her grandparents Nancelou and Peter Radulovic, has decided to make special education her career and plans to work with teens suffering from physical and cognitive disabilities. To find out more about CVI, visit cviga.org.

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Eduardo Garcia, 19 Emory University

Eduardo has volunteered more than 300 hours as a student leader in Jumpstart, an organization that works with young, underprivileged children to help them succeed in kindergarten. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also well on his way to giving another 300 hours to AmeriCorps, mentoring and coaching fellow students at Emory on how to work with children in need. The son of Valentin and Maria Garcia, Eduardo said the instant gratification of working with kids in the Jumpstart program encourages him to continue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; learning increases, I am constantly reminded that I have helped them get there and the growth is visible,â&#x20AC;? Eduardo said. Giving back to the community is about being selfless and devoting my time to help others so that I can share the resources that I have been given.â&#x20AC;? To learn more about Jumpstart and ways to help out, log on to jstart.org and become an educational partner.

Hallie Alpern, 16 The Weber School

The daughter of Amy and Woody Alpern, Hallie created a chapter of Girl Talk at Weber. The national nonprofit mentoring program engages high school girls to mentor girls in middle school. There are now 40 girls involved in the program at Weber. Hallie is also involved in The Friendship Circle, a program which benefits the mentally disabled. She is also a lead dancer for an Israeli cultural dance group called Nitzanim, which performs at senior centers, preschools and festivals. Other activities include raising money to end hunger at GlobalFast.org, raising money for earthquake victims in Haiti and volunteering at Open Hand Atlanta, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelters and homeless shelters. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actively fundraising for United Hatzalah of Israel, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that responds to medical emergencies in Israel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am always doing community service whenever an opportunity is available to me,â&#x20AC;? Hallie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I know that I have made a difference in even one personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.â&#x20AC;? For more information about Girl Talk, visit www.desiretoinspire.org. For more about United Hatzalah, visit unitedhatzalah.org.

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Diamond Luster, 17 The Lovett School

Zane Hellmann, 16 The Weber School

With parents from Canada The summer after her freshand Holland, Zane has been men year, Diamond traveled to brought up with an eye for Ghana with AFS Intercultural Prothings international, so it’s grams, one of the world’s largno surprise his interests are est community-based volunteer varied. He participated in organizations. She volunteered the Morehouse Leadership at two different orphanages, Program and is now using teaching sanitation habits at one his love of music – he’s an and literacy skills and writing accomplished jazz pianist – to at the other. Diamond was one help found a nonprofit webof 12 high school students from site called v-Tunesters.org Atlanta chosen for the Discover where students can easily Program, a joint collaborasign up to volunteer to play tion between Emory School of music at local senior living Medicine and Grady Hospital. facilities. “The happiness the This seven-week program for music I played brought to aspiring doctors allowed Diamond to do shifts at the Grady emergency the elderly was something I room and rotations between different areas of medicine. She’s also tutored wanted to share with other students at the Agape Community Center, worked with the homeless and students,” Zane said. “You teaches Sunday School. The daughter of Merry Herron and George Luster, don’t have to be an amazDiamond said “Giving back to the community means doing what you would ing performer, because the want others to do for you if you were in a bad situation. People make comseniors appreciate the music munity service so complicated, but helping people is as simple as smiling at no matter your skill level.” Zane is also a member of Peace by Piece, an a person and asking how their day is going.” Diamond suggests the Agape interfaith initiative at Weber, which provides a forum for dialogue among Community Center as a great place to start giving back. agapecc.org. Jewish students at Weber, Christian students at Marist and Muslim students at the Muhammed School.

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Clifford “Henley” Kibler, 18

The daughter of Todd and Wendy Silliman created the Basic Bags project, collecting travel size unused toiletry items into kits to distribute to the homeless in Atlanta. In the last two-and-a-half years, she has distributed more than 4,500 kits. “It’s a great feeling to know I am handing a person something he can really use,” Margaret said. “I am also proud of the fact that many businesses and people have been so generous donating items to Basic Bags.” Margaret was recognized by the Kohl’s Kids Care program for her efforts with a $1,000 scholarship. “The most important thing in life is helping and caring about others,” she said. “We have so much that it is easy to get distracted from the less fortunate’s needs. We can all make that up by helping others.” To make a donation to Margaret’s Basic Bags project, send an email to BasicBags@bellsouth.net.

Henley is a youth elder at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and has completed an astonishing 15 mission trips around America and the world. The son of Sal and Brad Kibler, Henley has a passion for construction, so his mission trips have involved building and rebuilding. He’s been to the Gulf Coast four times to help in rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, including demo work at the infamous Lindy Boggs Medical Center in Mid-City New Orleans where patients and medical staff were trapped in the flood. Last summer he went to the tiny island of Roatan in Honduras to help build homes for need families. “I believe that our work at First Presbyterian represents Christian beliefs in action,” Henley said. “We can worship, study and discuss, but a group activity of service not only helps others, it helps us grow spiritually.” Henley said service has never been a choice he had to make, but it part of the culture at Woodward, his church and in his own family. “I know how to hang siding, replace roofs, and do painting. I can do wicked things with a power saw!” For more information, visit firstpresatl.org.

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Small Hands Can Have Big Impact By Keri Stoltz Primrose School Many parents find it more important than ever to raise compassionate children. But some may find it difficult to know where to begin. Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education for Primrose Schools, suggests introducing volunteerism at an early age. “Giving back is an important yearround habit to establish with young children,” said Dr. Zurn. “Volunteering plays an important role in the development of character. It teaches children that they can do things that positively impact the world around them. Even young children can learn to become active participants in their communities.” Here are four key steps for parents to teach their children the value of volunteering in a meaningful way: First, clarify your personal goals and motives for wanting to include your child in volunteer activities. Volunteering is a wonderful way to a share your values with your child. Pick a cause that is meaningful to you and your family rather than one that is simply convenient. Next, explain the importance of volunteerism and the contribution volunteers can make. A child’s favorite question is “why?” Keep your answers simple and concrete. Third, choose volunteer activities to do with your children that are age-appropriate.

Children as young as three can begin volunteering. At this age they begin to enjoy participation in group activities and are better able to follow directions. Remember that a preschooler’s concept of the world is not very large and is usually limited primarily to their home, neighborhood and school; therefore, it is important to keep the activity within the realm of what they can imagine. Finally, find a child-friendly not-forprofit. Ask the following questions to help you select the volunteer opportunity that is right for your family: Does the organization have experience with and a history of successfully working with children and families? Will the organization staff welcome my child’s participation? Is there a specific job that my child can do successfully? Can the organization provide a concrete example that will help your child understand how his or her efforts benefit others? Ultimately, we know a compassionate child is more likely to grow to become a compassionate adult. Volunteering is a positive way to encourage this behavior by getting your child involved in your community at an early age. So with these steps in mind, sit down with your family and make a plan to lend a helping hand. For more information about Primrose School of Midtown at Colony Square, visit PrimroseMidtown.com or call (404) 745-9797

Beth Farokhi named interim head of The Galloway School By Gregory Wallace Dr. Beth Farokhi has been selected as the new interim head of the Galloway School in Buckhead. She has more than 30 years experience in education and has been a leader in her work with Georgia State University and the Georgia education system. Farokhi began as a classroom teacher in the Cobb County public schools. After receiving her masters from Emory University and doctorate from the University of Georgia, Farokhi served a 24-year tenure as an administrator in the College of Education at Georgia State University. During that time she served as director of curriculum development and of the faculty evaluation process. She also served as liaison from the Office of the Dean to Georgia Professional Standards Commission and Board of Regents. Farokhi designed a faculty development plan for the University System of Georgia and created the 2004 Georgia State University Leadership Academy for Women. She also served as co-principal investigator for the Integrating Gender Equity and Reform grant, a National Science

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Foundation collaborative with five Georgia higher education campuses. After leaving Georgia State in 2005, she pursued a variety of avenues, including running for political office, and recently, for the position of state school superintendent. Mere days after being defeated in the primary, Farokhi received the call to step in as head of the Galloway School. Farokhi is excited about the opportunities to apply her wide range of skills that the position provides her. “I’m a former parent of the Galloway School,” she said. “I had two sons that came through the program, from pre-school all the way through high school. I understand the school from multiple perspectives: one being a parent, but also as an educator, understanding the dynamics that go on each and every day here.” Farokhi also knew the school’s founder, Elliott Galloway, for many years and learned to “live and breathe the philosophy of his vision for the school that values learning in a joyful environment that stretches our kids to the best that they can be as individuals.” For more information about the Galloway School, visit gallowayschool.org.

Scene and Heard Wendy Binns, Publisher

My friend Frank Bragg emailed to say that the 8th annual Toy Party & Silent Auction last month netted 4,500 toys and raised $37,000. Way to go! forthekid.org The Fine Family Art Gallery, located in the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, presents a photo exhibition, The Last Album: Cherished Photographs from the Past, on display Jan. 4 – March 13. This exhibition features 72 images from Eastern Europe, which are part of a collection of photographs brought as keepsakes by the Jewish deportees to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Photojournalist and Holocaust scholar Ann Weiss will be the featured speaker for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. at the MJCCA. The Buckhead Coalition has arranged a gift of 298 children’s books to elementary students at E. Rivers School. Coalition president Sam Massell displays a book for principal David White, while first quarter perfect attendance students, Olie Benjamin, Virginia Echols, Jacob Bodiford and Leonardo Reyes, look on. The pro bono program was made possible by Gifts In Kind International of Alexandria, VA. thebuckheadcoalition.org The Westminster Elementary Band/Chorus/Orchestra traveled to The Capitol last month and met with House of Representatives (District 53) representative Elly Dobbs. William Turton (4th grade), foreground, and Jack McDonald (3rd grade), background, performed. westminster.net

Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall (left) with the new 43 feet wide and 13 feet tall outdoor mural at the Wells Fargo office by Georgia Tech. It honors the first three African-American students to attend Tech in 1961. They were (above) Ford Green, Ralph Long Jr. and Lawrence Williams.

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Benji is a sweet 1-and-a-half-yearold Schnauzer mix who weighs 17 pounds. He has a little bit of hair loss due to fleas on his legs and rear end. Benji is friendly, lovable and playful. He gets along well with other dogs and loves getting attention from his person. Benji can run fast, so he will need to go to a home that will give him regular exercise and a chance to kick up his heels and run.

Atlanta Pet Rescue is open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information about Atlanta Pet Rescue or how to adopt Pablo, Benji or any of the 80plus dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit atlantapetrescue.org.

Pet Briefs Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital is celebrating its fifth anniversary by partnering with Park Pride and Peachtree Hills Civic Association to fund the installation of fountains with dog watering stations to the popular off-leash dog park area of Peachtree Hills Park. The project will be completed this spring. Dr. Duffy Jones opened Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital at 2909 Peachtree Road with the goal was to provide high quality medicine in a relaxed, friendly setting in Buckhead. “Thanks to gracious referrals by our loyal clients, our community has steadily grown,” Jones said. “We are pleased to be able to give back to the community with this gift to Peachtree Hills Park, where many of our clients take their dogs.”



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The 49th annual Atlanta Boat Show cruises into the Georgia World Congress Center from Jan. 13 to 16. Visitors compare boat options side-by-side with bargains from the region’s top dealers, and take advantage of show specials on the latest marine accessories and electronics. The show also provides plenty of fun attractions for the entire family, along with boating, fishing and sailing courses for novices and experienced captains looking to hone their skills. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, AtlantaBoatShow.com.


Peter Pan flies into Downtown’s Pemberton JAN Place, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola, for a special stage production in a state-of-the-art theater tent. Performances start Friday, Jan. 21. The production features 23 actors, puppets, music, dazzling flying sequences, and the world’s first 360-degree CGI theater set. This will be the East Coast premiere of the following productions in London, San Francisco and Orange County, California. The 1,300 seat tent will have visitors sitting “in the round” while massive high resolution screens (three times the size of IMAX screens) immerse the audience in Neverland. Tickets are $35 to $75 and can be purchased online at peterpantheshow.com or by calling 1-888-772-6849. Huff Harrington Fine Art kicks off 2011 with A Grand Affair, featuring new works from gallery artists, all JAN priced $1,000 or less. Participating artists include: Nancy Franke, Noah Desmond, Melissa Payne Baker, Angie Renfro, Susan Spies, and Liz Barber. A Grand Affair opens with a cocktail reception featuring live music and small bites, Friday, Jan, 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. and will run through Saturday, Feb. 5. Huff Harrington Fine Art is located at 4240 Rickenbacker Drive. Call (404) 257-0511 or huffharrington.com.



Hope On A Rope, the nonprofit organization that collects JAN unusued toiletries from hotels to give to local charities, is hosting its second annual Drop the Soap event on Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m. at Red Light Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave. Tickets are $9 and a bag of toiletries that will be collected at the door and donated to Hosea Feed the Hungry. Musical performers will include singer/songwriter Steed Kettles and local manstay James Kelly. For more information about the organization, visit givehopeonarope.blogspot.com or follow them on Twitter at @Hope_On_A_Rope.

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Celebrating Dr. King


The King Center The 2011 King Holiday Observance JAN will mark the 82nd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 43rd Annual Program of the King Center, and the 25th anniversary of the National Holiday in his honor, which is celebrated in all 50 states and over 100 countries around the world. There will be a week of programs, including events for youth, a community forum, a concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, book signings, and more, leading up to the annual MLK, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. on Monday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. The service is free and open to the public, but seating inside the sanctuary is limited. For a complete list of activities and events. visit thekingcenter.org. Emory University will also host a week-long celebration of Dr. King starting on Jan. 17 with Rembering Martin Luther King Through Service from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will plant trees in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District in conjunction with Trees Atlanta. To volunteer for this project, preregistration is required. Call Harold McNaron, Office of Volunteer Emory (404) 727-6268 or email hmcnar2@emory.edu. That evening, there will be a panel discussion, Open Doors and Open Minds: The Intersection of Race and Gender in Service, at 7 p.m. at Glenn Church on campus. The moderator will be Doug Shipman, executive director for the Center for Civil and Human Rights Partnership. For a complete list of all the activities happening to mark the MLK holiday at Emory, emory.edu/MLK WonderRoot, Atlanta’s award-winning community arts organization, will host a Community Clean-up Day on Jan. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service. Volunteers from Emory University, GreenPlate Inc., Revive Atlanta, Home Grown, Pebble Tossers, Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League and WonderRoot will turn an overgrown lot on Memorial Drive into a sculpture garden and fruit tree orchard. The participants will also collect trash and recyclables in Reynoldstown. To volunteer email chris@wonderroot.org.

Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley, Editor Happy New Year to our readers, both in print and online, and welcome to the January issue. If you haven’t read the profiles of our third annual 20 Under 20 honorees, flip back and do so now (Page 4-15). I guarantee you’ll be inspired by their community spirit and drive to give back to those less fortunate. We’re excited to showcase their stories in our pages. While you’re reading January, we’re already looking ahead to the rest of 2011, including a special collaboration with the Savannah College of Art & Design. Writing students at the Atlanta campus will create our entire July issue. We’ll be working with

the students through the spring as they conduct interviews, write stories and take photos. It will be a unique issue of INtown and an education for everyone involved. Our “Green Issue” to coincide with Earth Day will publish in April and we’re also planning another big music edition in the spring featuring up and coming local musicians. We’re excited about 2011 (did you read Publisher Wendy Binns’ letter on page 3?) and we hope you’ll continue to read, support our advertisers and discover more about the Intown community with us.

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A Look Back Ann Boutwell Jan. 2, 1970: A Japanese audience cheered Scarlett at Tokyo’s Imperial Theater. It was a new four-hour musical in Japanese based on Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel, Gone With the Wind. Sakura Jinguji, known to local audiences for years, received an ovation for the title role. In the audience was noted actress Ingrid Bergman and Yukio Mishima, renowned Japanese poet, playwright and actor. The musical was adapted and produced by Kazuo Kikuta of the Toho Company. Mitchell’s book is one of Japan’s all time best sellers and was especially popular during the bleak years of reconstruction immediately after World War II. Jan. 3, 1937: Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket football player turned movie star Randolph Scott (1898-1987) stars opposite Mae West in Go West Young Man. Scott was born George Randolph Scott in Orange County, Virginia. He came from a wealthy family and was educated at private schools, where he excelled at sports, particularly football, baseball and swimming. After service in World War I, he enrolled in Georgia Tech on Sept. 17, 1919, and was a member of the school’s 1919 football team coached by John Heisman. Howard Hughes, a family friend, helped Scott take his next career step into the movies. Jan. 8, 1979: Marianna, the home of Blanche Lieberman and Victor Hugo Kriegshaber, earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Blanche Kriegshaber bought the property in Moreland Park in April 1901, on the eastern edge of Inman Park from Asbury Fletcher Moreland. Later that year architect Willis Franklin Denny II, a soon to be neighbor, designed the creamy-yellow one and a half story, eight room structure that sat on a foundation of rough-hewn granite. In 1970, Wilma Stone adapted the Kriegshaber home at 292 Moreland Avenue into the Wrecking Bar, a business that salvaged woodcarvings, mantels, doors and other restoration treasures from older homes. The new owner, Bob Sandage, bought the site in March 2010 from Inman Park Properties and plans to open the Wrecking Bar Brew Pub in March 2011.

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Jan. 10, 1870: In Atlanta, the 1870 session of Georgia General Assembly convened in the Kimball Opera House on Marietta Street. The building served as Georgia’s state capitol from 1869-1889. The Assembly reseated the black legislators expelled in September 1868. The Kimball burned in 1894. Jan. 21, 1896: Three weeks after the Cotton States and International Exhibition closed on Dec. 31, 1895, Piedmont Park was a dreary place. The debris surrounding the demolished buildings marred the memory of the landscape’s grandeur. Only a Ferris wheel remained – the Phoenix Wheel. The exhibition’s favorite attraction was a must ride, standing 165 feet above Lake Clara Meer. Built by Philadelphia’s Phoenix Iron and Bridge Company, the Phoenix Wheel was dismantled during the winter of 1896 and shipped to Celoron Amusement Park in Chautauqua Lake, New York. It opened Memorial Day, 1896 as the Big Wheel. Fifty-six-years later it was again packed up, shipped to the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, and renamed the Skyride. On May 28, 1981, after 86 years of continuous operation, the Phoenix Wheel was demolished and sold for scrap. Home Depot and Georgia Aquarium founder Bernie Marcus has suggested erecting a new Ferris wheel in Downtown. Jan. 27, 1965: Atlanta’s first bi-racial formal dinner honoring 1964 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Martin Luther king, Jr. took place at the Dinkler Plaza Hotel. The city leaders who organized the event were Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., Rabbi Jacob Rothschild of the Temple, Roman Catholic Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan, Ralph McGill, publisher of the Atlanta Constitution, and Dr. Benjamin Mays, president of Morehouse College.

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& Green Charity in the City Lean Personal trainers offer tips for getting in shape for the new year Kate Atwood

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New Year, New Giving Tools Even if making New Year’s resolutions aren’t your thing, I “... Atlanta INtown’s think it’s good to take a moment and prioritize areas of your life you wish 20 under 20 to improve upon or strengthen at the honorees: you all start of the year. My hope is that somewhere on are living by giving your list, or just on your mind, is a desire to get more involved in the rock stars!” community. While we ended 2010 with more people giving to charity than in recent years, it’s time to focus on how that can continue all year. The great news is that more tools are emerging to help make donations of time, mind, money and spirit more impactful and more rewarding. Whether seeking to be a volunteer, an activist or a philanthropist, here are three new tools to keep an eye on in 2011: • MyImpact.org: Already an active volunteer? Check out MyImpact.org and start to track, share and measure your good works. This Twitter-based tool makes it easy to log your volunteer hours right on your phone and then follow your impact over time through a tracking timeline available online. This is especially useful for students who have to complete and report a certain amount of community service hours. • Jumo.org: Created by one of the co-founders of Facebook, this new online tool helps individuals connect to causes, follow the latest news and discover ways to offer support. If you want to be a part of a movement, this is your site. You can also see the causes that your friends are following and join the movement with them. • GiveBack.org: Another great tool that helps you become a better philanthropist is GiveBack.org. Being a philanthropist is no longer just for the super-wealthy; it’s for everyone. Start your giving power with just a few dollars, add money to your account online, and then give to your favorite charities as you wish. Plus, if you start your foundation now, tennis all-star Serena Williams will give you $5. Most importantly, 100 percent of your funds go to charity. And I’ll close by congratulating all of Atlanta INtown’s 20 Under 20 honorees; you all are living by giving rock stars! If you are looking for more ways get involved, be sure to follow Kate on Facebook and on Twitter at @KateAtwood.

By Helen Grebe The new year’s hottest trend is lean and green. No, we don’t mean the economy, although that certainly has given us inspiration to trim everything in our lives. Enter the New York Times touted personal trainer Dan McGrath, a nine-year veteran of the fitness industry and owner of Body Solutions Personal Training and Fitness studio in Buckhead, and renowned Urban Body Fitness & Urban Body Studios Midtown owner Rad Slough to talk New Year’s resolutions.

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What are the top resolutions you see each year? Dan: Weight loss is the big one. Everyone wants to lose a little weight, which is natural since we accumulate weight as we age. It can be as little as five pounds to an overall goal to be healthier and lose substantial weight. And then there is a distinct group that comes in with a goal such as running a marathon or fixing an enduring back problem. Rad: While weight loss is by far the number one resolution we see, folks resolve to be healthier in general, whether it is doctor-mandated or a personal goal, they vow to have a healthier lifestyle.

Regarding resolutions, where do people go wrong? Rad: People lose their dedication when life gets in the way. You have to set realistic expectations. If you set your expectations too high you’re going to be disappointed or discouraged. For instance, if you’re just starting to workout don’t vow to be in the gym five days a week. Start with two and work your way up. Take it slow when you start out. And remember, you’re going to be sore. Dan: It’s easy to set a resolution and throw it out there, but you have to set up a plan. A plan is what makes a resolution a goal you can stick by. Write your plan down, make it real. By planning steps in between like adding cardio in, changing diet, taking fitness classes or utilizing weight training, you can chart a path to help you actually realize your goal. Be accountable: Have a workout buddy, trainer or partner that will hold you to your goals. That way a bad day doesn’t turn into a bad week and eventually a failed resolution. So weight loss is the big benefit to adding more exercise to your life, but what are other benefits? Dan: You named the big one, but most people overlook the fact that the healthier you are the more able you are to enjoy life. Quality of life is huge; if we enjoy life, everything runs smoother. Plus healthier individuals use less medication and we’re choosing patterns and examples our children will follow. When kids see you exercise, they realize it is a way of life. Your lifestyle affects the whole family. Rad: Confidence is a key benefit. When you like the way you look and the way your clothes fit that’s a win.I tell individuals don’t let the scale be your gauge, let the way you look in the mirror and the way your

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On the subject of lean, it’s a tough economy. What are your suggestions for getting fit while watching the wallet? Rad: You don’t have to work out in a gym. Only 13 percent of the population owns a gym membership. You can get fit by walking in a park or on the street or pick up an athletic hobby like tennis. Dan: Classes are a great way to defer cost but get the benefits of personal training and cardio and in the Atlanta market classes cost as little as $15 per class. Having a room full of folks to cheer each other on means you will finish the workout versus going it alone on the treadmill. There are great free groups out there such as running groups. Body Solutions offers group classes and also has a cardio club that meets once a week which is a good way to exercise while meeting likeminded individuals. Visit www.urbanbodyfitness.com or www.bodysolutionsatlanta.com for more information.



What’s hot in fitness trends this year? Rad: TRX (suspension training) is huge for 2011. Military personnel are using TRX in Iraq because there are no gyms readily available. You can strap on the system anywhere and get a workout. Urban Body is adding TRX to our workout this year. Dan: Classes are big for 2011. You’re going to see more small classes because small fitness classes focus on the individual versus what’s good for 50 people. This is a win for those people who choose to exercise because it means quicker results and less chance of injury.

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INtown Runaround Staying fit with hula-hooping

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Team Awesome Her name is Cassi Niemann. She is a 31-year-old architect who lives in East Lake and you can call her Ms. Awesome. Along with friends Anne-Marie DeBacker and Shelly Holdren, she founded Team Awesome in 2007. Here she debriefs me on the adjectively named group. What are the origins of Team Awesome? Team Awesome began as a name for weekly trivia or the title we gave ourselves when doing human pyramids.

By Wendy Binns Publisher I am drinking red wine and eating popcorn in my kitchen with one of my best friends, Julie. She’s telling me about an increasingly popular exercise in disguise – hula-hooping. What? Get fit and have fun? Can I believe what I’m hearing? To give you some background, I’m an Urban Body Fitness boot camp and group class devotee and also generally looking to try new things to shake-up my routine. My friend/co-worker Elizabeth Holmes swears by pilates and yoga classes. And, if you know Liz, she is always up for something fun. She and I are intrigued by some of the different fitness classes surfacing in our neighborhoods. We heard about classes involving poles, hoops and other instruments, so we decided to explore. I’ll tell you about hula-hooping this month and, in February, Elizabeth will report back on pole dancing. Keep an open mind. This is a new year and a new you. So, back to Julie … we’re in my kitchen and she’s raving about hula-hooping (or “hooping,” as the regulars say). She has been doing this for months now in Rebecca DeShon’s Hoopessence classes at Pera Dance Studio (PeraDance.com) on Collier Road. With inches lost around her waist and a clearer mind, she can even now show-off with tricks, like swirling the hoop around her arms and shoulders (demonstrated in my living room). Julie told me, “you feel like you are doing something artistic instead of plain exercise.” Julie’s instructor, Rebecca, started hooping when some friends gave her some hula hoops and she began practicing in the yard and then learned more from DVDs and

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YouTube. Eventually, the California-based hooping company, Hoopnotica, certified her to teach. Her curriculum and style are all her own, though, and has developed her own brand. Rebecca says, “I love Atlanta. I knew Atlanta could use something like this. It’s progressive. It’s so good for you physically, but also mentally.” Let’s talk about the hoop itself. Do you remember the hula-hoop you had as a kid? Mine was thin plastic and rattled as I shimmied. Flash-forward to 2011 and there is a modern version, more weighted and sized to your proportion and skill level. They are in really great stripes and colors that glitter and shine like your newest, most favorite accessory. Once you get hooked on hooping, you probably will purchase your own and there are options to have one custom made. Here’s how this works. Find a class at HoopEssence.com. Put on some comfy clothes. Get situated in the classroom and shimmy to the music. Give it about 10 minutes to get into a groove (Julie says don’t give up!) and you’ll probably be excited with your progress. I know this because I tested Julie’s out at home. Hoop Essence offers Hula-Hooping and Hoop Dance classes. The benefits are mood enhancing and stress reducing. And, the classes are low impact, strengthen the core, build-up a sweat and tone muscles – all to music. As Rebecca says, “Get in touch with your inner child, give yourself permission to come out and play.” Do you have a class to tell us about? Email wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com.

But the reason you are being featured in this particular column is the sporty component of Team Awesome. Discuss. In 2007, we entered a team of 20 in the Atlanta Pride 5k. We made t-shirts with Sharpies. The team really took off in 2009 when we entered the Atlanta Women’s 5k and now we’ve entered over 15 races together! We have a website, 100 (real) t-shirts sold and 150 people receiving an official newsletter. What events are you and your cohorts eyeing for 2011? 2011 will bring a new t-shirt design, happy hours, charity events, road races, jumping and trivia. If you have an idea for an event, we’ll promote the crap out of it. I love that at each event you snap an ensemble photo of the team mid-air. Maybe you could get Leroy Nieman to paint the scene? At the Atlanta Women’s 5k, a photographer shot us as we jumped in the air. We vowed to do the same thing after every event. I can only imagine how many times we’d have to jump in order to get a painting. But I really do admire his use of colors... I’m sure he could incorporate many rainbows into our scene. We like rainbows.

There are branches of Team Awesome in five different major cities. Is this the Starbucks of Friendship Teams in the making? Ha! My friend Jill coined the term “friendship teams’ when trying to explain it. But it’s true. Some Atlanta members just moved out to Seattle and they have already run a race with our branch out there. Boston has over 15 members who run half marathons and bike all over the city. Everyone should have a team of friends. I’m not so confident about asking my team of friends to do a human pyramid with me if you know what I’m saying. Is there a developmental league for Team Awesome? One of the membership obligations is to not only be awesome, but to participate in activities that prove your awesomeness. The perspective you have on yourself will influence your performance in awesomeness. If you believe you are awesome, then you will be. How many consecutive pull-ups can you do? Don’t worry, I ask most women I meet the same question. That’s funny, I ask the same question. I can do 30. An Oregon man named Douglas Smith has legally changed his name to ‘Captain Awesome’ – any copyright infringement at play here? I’m a little jealous of this man. I’ve actually researched the trademark for Team Awesome and it has been taken, so I may need to change the name. For now though you can find news, upcoming events, photos and all things awesome at www.teamawesome.org. Tim Sullivan heads up the Cabbagetown Running Club and is a Buckhead business owner. Look for his column every month and visit his blog at www.timmydaddy.com.

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Winter Arts Preview It might be cold outside, but the art scene is hot

By Collin Kelley, Editor While weather forecasters have predicted a mild winter, it’s been a rollercoaster of temperatures, but regardless of the atmospheric conditions, Atlanta’s art scene is set to boil. The next three months will showcase world premiere theater productions, musicals, art exhibitions, music and more. We offer just a taste of some of the upcoming events, and we also asked three of Intown’s art leaders to talk about what they’re excited to see this winter. On with the show! Onstage Atlanta The Decatur-based company is preparing for two shows The Dead Guy (Jan. 7-29) about a TV reality show following a man given seven days to spend $1 million dollars. Sounds like fun, but at the end of the week, the TV audience gets to decide how he dies. Then there’s Love Song (Feb. 25 to March 12), about a man exiled from his family who falls in love with a cat burglar. onstageatanta.com

Alliance Theatre The year beings with the world premiere of Bring it On, a comedy musical based on the hit film about two competing squads vying to claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. The high-stakes world of competitive cheerleading meets the cutthroat rivalries of high school politics and romance, which features an original book by Tony Awardwinner Jeff Whitty, who wrote Avenue Q and music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights fame. Jan. 15 to Feb. 20. alliancetheatre.org Fox Theatre Dance will be a big component of the winter season at the fabulous Fox with the Broadway touring production of classic West Side Story (Jan. 2530), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Feb. 10-13, pictured) and Burn the Floor (March 22-27). foxtheatre.org.

Synchronicity Theatre Exit, Pursued by a Bear by award-winning local playwright Lauren Gunderson is a play based on one violent stage direction (Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale). Part I Love Lucy, part Jacobean revenge tragedy, part beautiful ballet, part nature special, and part feminist power ballad set in the North Georgia mountains. Exit is not over till the bears are in pursuit. March 3-2 at 7Stages in Little Five Points. synchrotheatre.com True Colors Theatre Company Kenny Leon returns to direct the regional premiere of Nathan Louis Jackson’s Broke-ology. In accordance with Broke-ology – the science of being broke – the King family has learned to balance sacrifice and let love keep them together. Dad remains in his home even as his health and his neighborhood are deteriorating. When the question is raised of how to take care of their ailing father, the two brothers find themselves strangely at odds. Jan. 25 to Feb. 20. truecolorstheatre.com

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Center for Puppetry Arts I’m especially excited to see Buried Child at Theater Emory (theater.emory.edu) in February. It’s a great play and I love to see what different people make of it. I’ve also got my eye on Michael Haverty’s The Colour of Her Dreams at 7Stages in March (havertymarionettes.org). His work with objects is progressive and forward thinking. I’m also interested to see what comes out of Jonah Bokaer’s ARTech residency – a program of the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech (ferstcenter.gatech.edu). The culminating performance, FILTER, is on April 2 and is based on his work in their motion capture studio. I’m also excited about adapting and directing the classic French film The Red Balloon for the stage at Theatre du Reve (theatredureve.com). It opens in February.

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Director, Rialto Center for the Arts I am looking forward to Theatrical Outfit’s (theatricaloutfit.org) production of Horton Foote’s The Young Man from Atlanta in January and February. I know they’ll do a wonderful job with this sensitive drama that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (ajff.org) is one of my favorite events – this year it’s going to run for 20 days (Feb. 8 - 27) in six different venues! That makes it hard to see everything but it shows that the popularity of this great festival continues to grow.   I absolutely cannot wait to see the Atlanta Opera’s (atlantaopera.org) production of Porgy and Bess in February and March. I have never seen it live and I know this will be a not-to-miss event.  Here at the Rialto (rialtocenter.org), I have to name the two nights of performance by Brazil’s Bale Folclorico da Bahia on Feb. 18 and 19. Musicians, singers, and dancers perform a very high-energy repertory showcasing the influences of Africa on the traditions of the region. The evening will include capoira, samba, and lots of surprises. It’s hard to keep your seat during this show and we encourage dancing in the aisles! w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Atlanta Symphony Upcoming highlights at Symphony Hall include Robert Spano conducting Mozart and Bruckner (Jan. 27-29); All You Need Is Love: The Music of Paul McCartney (Feb. 11-12); Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (Feb. 22). atlantasymphony.org. High Museum of Art Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century gets you up close to one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Cartier-Bresson’s photographs captured people and events that changed the world and this retrospective spans more than 30 years of his career. The exhibition includes early surrealist work, crowd psychology, famous portraits of icons like Coco Chanel, pictured, and events like Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral. Feb. 19 to May 29. high.org Ferst Center The Georgia Tech-based performance space has a busy calender for early 2011 with performances from State Ballet Theatre of Russia: Swan Lake (Jan. 13), Step Afrika (Jan. 29), Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra (Feb. 12), Cirque Mechanics Boom Town (Feb. 18) and comedy from Margaret Cho (Feb. 19). ferstcenter. gatech.edu

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Editor-in-Chief, AtlantaPlanIt.com Within State Lines II, the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (mocaga.org), closes Jan. 8, so I encourage everyone to see it. Supporting local artists is important and the curation of this show allows you to see work from across the state. Plus, MOCA GA is a beautiful gallery and I always end up wandering down Bennett Street to see what the other galleries in that area are exhibiting. The premiere of Broadsword at Actors Express (actorsexpress.com) from Jan. 13 to Feb. 12 about a heavy metal band reuniting for a funeral sounds fantastic. Plot twists? Yes, please. One of my favorite local actors, Chris Kayser? Yes, please. Wry humor? Yes, please. Air guitar on the drive home?  Yes, please. If you haven’t been on a second Friday Art Stroll in Castleberry Hill (castleberryhill.org), there’s no time like the present. I try and hit this walk up once a year and I like to go when the weather is still chilly – I warm up with wine, see a variety of work and peruse one of Atlanta’s most interesting and diverse neighborhoods. Margaritas at No Mas Cantina are always a great way to start!

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Juggling! Fire-Eating! Good Times! Atlanta’s Thimblerig Circus Performs

By Tina Chadwick Thimblerig is the old fancy name for the cup and ball magic trick that’s disguised as a game of skill. It’s also the name of one of the most interesting stage acts in Atlanta. Started as a comedy show two years ago by Jason Munger, Adam Lowe and Jenifer Doran, Thimblerig has perfected classic sideshow acts such as juggling, fire eating and putting nails where nails shouldn’t go. The trio portrays the last three surviving members of the famed Moldavia circus in Russia. When on stage, their names change to Zolopht (Jason), Molotov (Adam) and Kizka (Jenifer). They adopt these identities to add to the lore and, admittedly, to hide their vaguely Russian accents. Asked for the motivation for this less traveled path of performance, Jenifer says, “We were looking for a creative outlet and an excuse to perform.  Also, we have a thing for moustaches and jaunty hats.” She continues, “We’ve been very lucky to have had an overwhelmingly positive reaction. We love a playful crowd! The crazier they get, the crazier we feel we’re allowed to be.” A unique trait of Thimblerig is its originality. Not only in the performance itself, but also from show to show. “We tailor each of our shows to fit the audience, sometimes rewriting parts of the show seconds before we go on stage,” Jenifer says. Thimblerig has become a favorite at regional renaissance fairs and as openers for theatre, including shows at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates, and music productions. So, what is the motivation that would make three adults don feathers, fake moustaches and silly hats to perform in front of an audience? “In a world that often believes big budgets and outrageous effects are the only thing that constitutes real entertainment, we know that entertainment can be a much more personal and intimate experience,” Jenifer says.  “We want to involve those that have come out to see us, to tell stories and show that going to a festival or to local theatre is worth the effort. No explosions and back up dancers necessary.”

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts & Museums New Worlds to Conquer: This highly anticipated solo exhibit at Saltworks Gallery marks the Atlanta debut of artist Brian Dettmer, who takes traditional hardcover books and sculpts them into works of intricate beauty. Closes January 15. Admission is free. saltworksgallery.com Seamless: This exhibit at One Twelve Gallery features textile works by four artists that transcend the boundary between craft and fine art. Closes January 16. Admission is free. onetwelvegallery.com No Crystal Stair: This exhibit at Hammonds House Museum presents a retrospective of the art career of Charlotte RileyWebb, whose multifaceted interest in poetry, theater and music are the underlining themes for the exhibition. Closes January 30. $2 to $4. hammondshouse.org The Working White House: Two Centuries of Traditions and Memories: This Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum tells the stories of the men and women who work in The White House through historical images, documents, oral histories and objects. Open daily. $6 to $8. jimmycarterlibrary.org

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Drumline Live: With the stirring sound of trumpets, explosive choreography and incredible feats of athleticism, this show brings marching bands to the theatrical stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. January 12. $13 to $63. cobbenergycentre.com Beauty and the Beast: The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in this lush, romantic Broadway musical filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers. January 12 through January 16. $10 to $55. theatreofthestars.com A King Celebration Concert: In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the glee clubs of Spelman College and Morehouse College present this concert highlighting the musical contributions of African-American artists. January 13. $25. atlantasymphony.org

The Dead Guy: In this show at OnStage Atlanta, hard-luck Eldon Phelps strikes a deal to be followed by a reality show camera crew as he spends one million dollars in seven days, at the end of which he’ll die. Can America handle this much reality? $12 to $20. January 7 through January 29. onstageatlanta.com

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Lunchtime in the Studio: Re-envision your lunch break with dance by CORE Performance Company and free lunch from a Decatur area restaurant. January 27. Free! coredance.org Mozart & Bruckner: This concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra features the creative partnership of Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles at its best, with performances of a prized Mozart concerto and Bruckner’s “Eighth Symphony.” January 27 through January 29. $20 to $78. atlantasymphony.org

Broadsword: Former members of the heavy metal band Broadsword reunite for the funeral of their former guitarist in this show at Actor’s Express. Will the band rock on? Find out in this devilishly entertaining new play. Opens January 13. $15 to $42. actors-express.com Bring It On: The Musical: The high-stakes world of competitive cheerleading meets the cutthroat rivalries of high school politics and romance in this bold and explosive World Premiere musical comedy at the Alliace Theatre. Opens January 15. $25 to $65. alliancetheatre.org

The Body Detective: This show at Center for Puppetry Arts follows Detective Sam Flat Foot as he sleuths his way through Bodytown, hustling with the local muscle and boning up on his knowledge of the skeletal system. Opens January 18. $8 to $16. puppet.org

Peach Seed Youth Storytelling Festival: Celebrate the power of storytelling at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center with storytelling performances and fun, creative, hands-on storytelling workshops for children. January 8. $20. Must register by January 5. callanwolde.org

Broke-ology: The King family has learned to balance sacrifice and let love keep them together in this comic drama presented by True Colors Theatre Company at Southwest Fulton Arts Center. Opens January 25. $18 to $45. truecolorstheatre.org

Swan Lake: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings the world’s most beloved ballet to glorious life on stage at the Ferst Center for the Arts. January 13. $28 to $38. ferstcenter.gatech.edu

Rapido! National Finals: In this exciting finale of the 2010 TriRegional “Rapido! A 14-Day Composition Contest!!” at the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Chamber Players will perform each regional-winning composition, and the judges will choose the national winner. January 16. $10 to $20. atlantachamberplayers.com

Twelfth Night: A shipwreck, separated fraternal twins, mistaken identities and romance … Welcome to Orsino’s court and the zany world of this Shakespeare classic at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. January 1 through January 30. $12 to $32. shakespearetavern.com

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The Capitol Steps: Performing at the Rialto Center for the Arts, this hilarious troupe of bipartisan pranksters began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and institutions that employed them. January 29. $41 to $67. rialtocenter.org Step Afrika! This professional dance company is the first dedicated to stepping, celebrating the percussive dance with intricate movement and high-energy rhythms in this show at the Ferst Center for the Arts. January 29. $20 to $38. ferstcenter.gatech.edu Emory Arts Showcase: This third annual competition featuring music performance, music composition and visual arts highlights unexpected artists and performers from Emory University at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. January 29. Free! arts.emory.edu

Walking on My Grave and Other Dances: This show at 7 Stages Theatre features the physically integrated modern dance company Full Radius Dance, featuring dancers with and without disabilities, in the premieres of two works by Douglas Scott and one by Paulo Manso. January 21 and January 22. $12 to $15. fullradiusdance.org Peter Pan: Featuring 23 actors, stunning puppets, epic music, dazzling flying sequences, and the world’s first 360-degree theater set, this part live theatre, part film show is presented at Pemberton Place adjacent to The World of Coca-Cola. Opens January 21. $20 to $125. peterpantheshow.com Urban Bush Women - African American Contemporary Dance: Now in its 25th year, Urban Bush Women weaves contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of African Americans in this show at the Rialto Center for the Arts. January 22. $34 to $58. rialtocenter.org Peter and the Wolf: Don’t miss this special children’s concert w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Life is a Banquet Patrick Dennis remember in the book (okay, or movie), the rich Beauregard was the one who fell off the mountain. Mame survived to tell the tale I’m old, and that means I have a and boy did she! Nothing slowed her down. “different” frame of reference plus some No obstacle she couldn’t befuddle, no prank disturbing physical idiosyncrasies. So too rude, no ethnicity she couldn’t offend, before you read another word, please go no… (okay, you get the point). She made rent the classic 1959 movie Auntie Mame or the most of life every day. you won’t know what I’m talking about. I I asked my two daughters, who I promise you’ll love it. Everyone does. And suspect are just slightly bloated from this is not just old people talking here! eggnog or perhaps their metabolism slows Even though he was doomed, down when temperatures fall, whether sometimes I wish that I was the “real” they were prepared to strike out into the Patrick Dennis who wrote the sideunknown in 2011 and exercise their talents splittingly funny Auntie Mame in 1955 then and ambitions? Their glazed expressions went on to live with the fame, fortune and were all I needed to know they were still inevitable excess and decline that came with reliving their lively trip to Montana and the the success of the play, book and movie. (I company of some very rugged natives there won’t mention the hideous remake because who most likely it’s slander to do not get cable speak against or have a library Lucille Ball, but Auntie Mame of movies from let’s just say she the 1950’s. So, looked like a man rather than try to in that movie.) rummage through Rosalind my basement Russell was looking for a defib Mame, and unit, I turned to the line, “Life my artist friends. is a banquet, This is what I and most poor heard. suckers are “I lost my job starving to two years ago. If death!” was a I wasn’t doing classic. Can you art every day I see her wearing would lose my mind.” a Chinese dressing gown and wielding a “I traded with a friend for some wool 3 foot cigarette holder to make the point? Even though I was still in fancy cloth diapers and made scarves for my family. They said it was the best gift they’d ever gotten.” at the time this book was introduced, I can “I chose my best painting from the year still embrace that sentiment and call upon and gave it to an artist friend that I knew its effect to jolt my daughters out of their loved it. Now I know where it is and that post holiday stupor and urge them onward someone will appreciate it every day.” and upward to at least try and grab life by So next time you answer the door in the ankles and go for the ride. Don’t mind a kimono while having an impromptu the turbulence. It will pass, like a fanfare of cocktail party where you may or may not flatulence on the Burnside veranda. I watch that movie every year during the know who is swinging from the chandelier, don’t be surprised if it’s me, the “other” holidays like a refresher course on how to Patrick Dennis looking to bring my art and live. Sure it’s nice to have a Rolls Royce and the art of my friends to you. We want to be who wouldn’t like to have a Beekman Place at the banquet, too. Because we know the apartment, but the “moral” lesson is best secret: without art, your home would look learned from the words Mame gave to an just like Agnes Gooch. extraordinarily mousy Agnes Gooch: “Live, live, live!” And so with that, dear readers Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and adorable daughters I give you my New and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Years Resolution: live! Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta. Email: Sure, it was a tough 2010 and you Patrick@affps.com. probably didn’t have a rich suitor whisk you off to a quick trip around the world, but I am an artist and I’ve been thinking ...


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Arts Partners: The High, Lovett and Westminster


By Gregory Wallace The High Museum of Art recently established a new academic affiliation with The Lovett School and The Westminster Schools. The three-year collaboration allows for the sharing of resources between the High and the schools to further integrate the visual arts into their educational curricula by drawing on the High’s special exhibitions, collections, programs and museum staff expertise. “We are delighted to collaborate with Lovett and Westminster to establish our first affiliate agreement,” said Patricia Rodewald, Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education at the High. “Building on our mutual commitment to the integration of the arts into education, this affiliation will deepen our relationship with the school and engage their communities with great art and programming.” Lovett and Westminster students and chaperones will receive free admission to the High’s special exhibitions and permanent collection for school-sponsored field trips during this collaboration, and discounted memberships for the museum will be made available to both schools. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in informal discussions or career workshops and have access to each of the High’s special exhibition and collection catalogues in their school’s media center.


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Benefits of the Lovett partnership include free admissions to lectures and internship opportunities, as well as special Lovett Family Nights at the High. Students had the chance to meet noted artist Jeff Koons in October at the High where he talked about Salvador Dali’s influence on his work. “A key thing for us is the educational piece of the relationship,” said Sandra Curtis, Visual Arts Department Chair at The Westminster Schools. The High recently invited the Westminster orchestra to play in the lobby, as part of a reciprocal project based around the Titian exhibit. Faculty members of both schools will receive annual updates on the High’s long-term plans for special exhibitions and programs, and teachers will have the opportunity to participate in various professional development programs designed to further integrate resources from relevant exhibitions into the schools’ curricula. “We are very excited to start this partnership with the High Museum of Art,” said Jay Freer, Lovett Director of Fine Arts. “The unparalleled access provided to our students and faculty will not only enrich the learning experiences for us all, but also create a crucial connection for the future.” For more information on the partnership visit www.high.org.

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One of the plan’s key goals is to increase the operating efficiency of the city while at the same time expanding and creating green jobs. “The city has a lot of opportunity for reducing electricity and natural gas and water use in our facilities,” Mahoney said. Job growth in the green sector is also a goal of the plan. Mahoney said the city would soon put out a call for energy service contracts, including the airport and watershed, worth more than $50 million. Mahoney said, “By creating the economic opportunity and demand, that naturally is a green jobs program. The city has one of the leading minority small business requirements of all contracts in the country. We’re very proud of that and we’re always looked at by cities all over as to how, that’s a really strong program for that. We are working to ensure that the green jobs component continues to be a part of the energy service contract that will roll out.” To ensure that continues to happen, the city is partnering with Emerald Cities, which is the leading national group for workforce development for green jobs. Atlanta holds the distinction of being the only southeastern city in the partnership. The mayor’s own Green Jobs Taskforce, which was also rolled out in October, is devoted to developing a strategic plan around green jobs for the city. Private-public partnerships are central to the sustainability plan. Partnerships with Southface, Sustainable Atlanta, Atlanta

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Last October, Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled Power to Change, a plan that will guide the City of Atlanta’s sustainability efforts for the next several years. As part of the plan, Reed set the aggressive goal of making Atlanta a top 10 city for sustainability. The mayor’s plan includes a combination of new projects and policy initiatives, as well as the continuation of several successful, well-established programs. The plan sets sustainability benchmarks for all city departments, such as the reduction of petroleum fuel usage and water system leakage. Spearheading the effort is Mandy Mahoney, Director of Sustainability for the Mayor’s Office for the City of Atlanta. “We started this work under Mayor Franklin because she was one of the first signatories to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement,” Mahoney said. “ We actually

did the first sustainability plan in 2007.” Mahoney and her five-person staff branded their work the Power to Change campaign and focused on empowering city employees to take action in their daily lives, both at home as well as at work. Power to Change stuck, and it’s now the branding for the whole sustainability plan, Mahoney said. Reed charged Mahoney’s office with making recommendations for what needed to be done to lead by example internally and also what strides needed to be made to catapult Atlanta into being a top 10 city. Mahoney’s office looked at the plans of other cities, both in the U.S., as well as Europe, Canada, and Asia, and then did an inventory of what the city of Atlanta is doing in comparison. As evidence of progress the city has already made, SustainLane.com has ranked Atlanta number one in the southeast and number 19 overall in the country, up from number 38 in 2006. “We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we think we’re poised well to achieve the top 10 status,” Mahoney said. Because of this progress, the city has been able to secure four federal and state grants totaling $28 million that will be leveraged up to $164 million in improvements and at least 25 new projects. Mahoney cites the Sustainable Home Initiative in the New Economy (SHINE) residential energy efficient rebate program as a prime example. The city is offering up to $2,000 in partnership with Georgia Power and Energy Star for single-family homeowners to weatherize their homes.


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CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Bicycle Campaign, Georgia Standup and Georgia Tradeup, the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, Atlanta Local Food Initiative, Georgia Organics, local colleges, as well as many private sector groups are all part of reaching the top 10 sustainable cities in America. The city already has several projects planned over the next year, including the ground breaking this month of the R.M. Clayton Wastewater Treatment Plan. By capturing the methane off of the sewer sludge, cleaning it, and running it through

turbines, R.M. Clayton will be able to generate 30 percent of the electricity needed at the station. The city will also be rolling out a major anti-idling campaign and launch an as yet unnamed local food taskforce to fight childhood obesity. Mahoney said residents could take action right now to help the city reach its goal. She suggested thinking of them as “new year’s resolutions” to help ring in a new green year (see box on previous page). Mahoney also encouraged residents

In its first year, Sprouts childcare center in Norcross was named a leader in teaching eco lessons by Kiwi Magazine and other publications. Located in a renovated residence, everything from the front door to the dining area has the cozy feeling of home. Sprouts’ founders, Lisa Johnson and Laura Laszlo, work with locally owned Natures Garden Delivered to provide fresh, local and organic snacks and meals to their children. Information about local business and events is given to parents on a regular basis, and employees are encouraged to utilized local shops and restaurants.   SproutsOrganicCare.com Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, the downtown facility of the pediatric health care system, recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, making it the first hospital in the state of Georgia to earn the distinction. Children’s at Hughes Spalding received considerably high marks in the sustainable w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

reasons for doing this is to create sustainable economy.” For more information on the Power to Change, visit atlanta.gov.

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Eco-Briefs The Open Door Community on Ponce de Leon Avenue served approximately 500 homeless men and women a full Thanksgiving meal, but with no garbage left over at the end. One of Open Door’s missions is to ensure that zero waste is sent to the landfill. The organization used reusable plates, cups and cutlery and certified compostable products. All of the plastic, aluminum, glass and paper were recycled and leftovers, even the turkey carcasses, were hauled away and composted (at least those not used the next day to make soup). Aside from the holidays, Open Door composts their fruit and vegetable scraps to make compost for their garden, which in turn provides fresh vegetables for their soup kitchen; recycles all of their cardboard, plastics, glass, metal and paper; and has a clothing closet where men and women can trade soiled for clean clothing. In recognition for their efforts, the Open Door received a grant from Southface Institute to complete an energy audit and was then awarded an implementation grant to switch out all their lights to CFLs. opendoorcommunity.org

to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and to shop at the city’s local farmers markets. She also suggested that residents consider using a commute alternative one or two days a week, such as carpooling or taking MARTA. When asked if the sustainability goal would bring real, tangible benefits to the lives of Atlanta’s citizen’s, Mahoney said, “That is my dream. We do all these things because we want our quality of life improved and we want a more secure system. And so what we hold as the ultimate

sites, indoor environment and innovation categories. Find out more at choa.org. Emory Conference Center Hotel, Atlanta’s first LEED Silver certified conference center hotel, is redoubling its recycling efforts by finding interesting ways to recycle partially used soap and shampoo. The center has partnered with Clean the World, a nonprofit group that promotes improved hygiene around the world, takes partially used soaps, clean and sanitize them, then process them for re-use. Recently nearly 8,000 pounds of soap were distributed in Haiti as part of the ongoing relief efforts. The hotel also donates partially used shampoo and conditioner to an area church for use in its outreach to the homeless. Wine, beer and liquor store Green’s has installed a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its Buford Highway location, offsetting energy use by 20 percent. Empower Energy Technology, one of Georgia’s leading commercial solar PV integrators, designed, engineered and installed the 57 kilowatt Solyndra PV system, which produces approximately 86,000-kilowatt hours per year. Downtown’s Ellis Hotel has earned the Green Seal Silver Recognition for its efforts to go green and promote enviromental awareness. The Ellis is only one of four hotels in the state to earn the designation. Green Seal is a nonprofit that promotes and represents environmental responsibility throughout the country. A free Community Shred-fest, sponsored by Joan Kaplan of Drake Realty will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marshall Berch & Associates office of Drake Realty in Toco Hills Shopping Center. Gather up old documents and files to be shredded and destroyed on site by Eco Shredding. The event is to celebrate January as Get Organized Month. Toco Hills Shopping Center is at the corner of North Druid Hills and Lavista. For more information, call (404) 281-4106 or email joan@joankaplan.com.

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Take Action Against Asthma and Obesity In Atlanta, parents are no strangers to smog. When our skyline disappears behind dense, gray fumes, we know it’s time to keep our kids inside to protect their impressionable lungs. We do so to keep our kids from the coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath associated with asthma, which, according to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta is the number one reason children miss school and are admitted to Atlanta hospitals. This is not only a health burden, but a financial burden for parents as they have to miss work to care for sick children and pay costly medical bills. In addition to all the stresses and worries from the city’s sub-par air quality, parents are now challenged with yet another alarming statistic; Just this year it was announced that Atlanta has the second-highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation. It seems like the odds are stacked against us parents, but there are opportunities to keep our kids eating healthy and staying active, two important factors in combating both asthma and obesity. Making huge strides for the cause, last month the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy announced the adoption of the new Air Quality Index Flag Program (AQI), in partnership with EPA administrator Lisa Jackson (www.epa. gov), Mayor Kasim Reed and Dr. Bernice King. This new initiative, developed by Mothers and Others for Clean Air (www. mocleanair.org) will create a visual announcement of current air quality standards by placing colored flags (green means good, yellow means moderate, orange means unhealthy and red is very unhealthy) throughout the school campus. These flags will alert teachers, coaches and parents about Atlanta’s smog concerns and dictate the day’s schedule accordingly. When the green flag is waving, teachers and coaches are encouraged to get kids

out of the classroom and moving, whether participating in an outside game or interactive learning activity. Conversely, when the warning flags are up, PE teachers will know to plan indoor activates to reduce exposure and risk to their student’s developing lungs. Going one step further, thanks to a grant from the Captain Planet Foundation and a helping green thumb from Farmer D Organics, the school also established their first edible garden to promote healthy eating and the benefits of eating chemical-free, locally grown food. The students will be involved in the planting, maintenance and harvesting of the garden, which serves triple duty: the kids stay active, eat healthy and learn about the environment. The lessons learned, through exciting curriculums based around the garden, instill upon students the importance and balance between personal health and the environment and motivate them to become environmental stewards in their own right. With the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy paving the way, we hope to see programs and initiatives like these established at other area schools in hopes of reversing the statistics of asthma and obesity. It’s also important to adopt healthy habits at home and encourage our kids to play outside when the weather is good. The more we all get off couch and take action, the better the chance for a healthy and happy future. For more information about childhood asthma, visit Emory University’s Department of Pediatrics at www. pediactrics.emory.edu or Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at www.choa.org. And for more eco-living tips, visit www.lauraseydel. com. For more eco-living tips, visit lauraseydel.com.

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BeltLine Update Eastside Trail and parks on track

By Angel Poventud A new year begins and work on the 22mile loop known as the Atlanta BeltLine continues. Here’s an update on the various projects. Last month, work began on the Eastside Trail with vertical infrastructure of walls and support structures going in until April. Come Spring, a 14-foot-wide concrete trail will be installed and should be complete over the summer. Once completed, the trail will connect Piedmont Park to DeKalb Avenue for a flat, car-less, amazing way to get around the city. While on the Eastside Trail, you’ll pass by the completed first phase of Historic Fourth Ward Park, and construction of the north and south parcels leading phase two is

well underway for a spring completion. Further down the trail, the Foundation Skate Park is under construction and expected to be complete by early spring, too. This will be the city’s first official skate park and will be at grade, so you can skate of the trail and directly into the park. On the south side of the BeltLine, one of two parks is already open. Boulevard Crossing Park has two large multi-use fields as part of phase one of the future 22-acre park. Stanton Park is also underway and will be the first BeltLine park with a little league baseball field. Stanton Park is also Atlanta’s first energy cost neutral park built with solar panels returning power back to the energy grid.

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Business & Retail Briefs Yoga-inspired athletic apparel company lululemon has re-opened at the Shops Around Lenox in Buckhead. Originally located on Roswell Road, lululemon partners with yoga studios and fitness clubs around the city to offer classes, demos and training clinics to guests. For more information, visit lululemon.com. Cox Enterprises donated the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s former downtown headquarters to the City of Atlanta. The building, located at 72 Marietta St., sits on a six-acre parcel of land in the heart of downtown, which is valued at approximately $50 million. The downtown land is a strategic site for the city and state’s longterm transportation plan. In the meantime, the city plans to use the building for storage, offices and events. Earlier this year, the AJC moved to Perimeter Center Parkway.

Egg’s Nest, a seller of organic clothing for infants and children, earth-friendly toys and baby gifts, has opened its doors at Village Place Brookhaven. The store is owned and operated by Atlanta native Katherine Kinney, an interior designer and Brookhaven resident. Egg’s Nest is located between Verde Taqueria and The Little

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House of Art on Dresden. vpbrookhaven.com. Bridal Extravaganza will take place on Sunday, Jan. 30, from noon to 5 p.m. at 200 Peachtree St. More than 100 of Atlanta’s wedding professionals will be on hand. Tickets range in price from $10 to $25. For more information visit, BridalExtravaganzaofAtlanta.com. The Buckhead Coalition is one of the first communities in the nation to employ text messaging coupled with mobile web marketing technology. Text BUCKHEADINFO to 99699 to receive a text message containing a link information about tourism, shopping, dining, transportation, recreation and history. For more information, mobilezen.com/BuckheadCoalition. The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Bank of America and the U.S. Small Business Administration has selected two Atlanta-based companies for the annual Inner City Capital Connections program. The companies selected are Boulevard Group. a consulting firm focused on urban housing development, and Concise, Inc, a

telecommunications firm. ICCC provides web-based training workshops, information sessions on equity and other forms of growth financing and an innovative oneday event that directly connects inner city business leaders with investors to make pitches and discuss potential opportunities. For more information, visit icic.org.

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Named after the classic tune “Whatever Lola Wants – Lola Gets,” the new Lola’s boutique caters to women of all ages Lola’s has many items in the under $100 price range. Lola’s is located at 5519 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. For more information, visit lolasboutique.org or call (770) 698-1400. Kutti Avatar, which means “little manifestations” in Tamil, is a new retail design company featuring eco-friendly interpretations of Indian gods and goddesses on super-soft t-shirts. Each shirt w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Traditional Asian meal celebrates new year, family By Natalie Keng, Chinese Southern Belle Imagine a simmering pot of broth in the center of the dining table and a heaping variety of healthy, fresh ingredients – sliced meat, whole shrimp, a pile of leafy Asian greens, three-way tofu, a mound of enoki mushrooms, taro root, fish balls, rice or bean thread noodles – plus spicy sauces with fresh cilantro, garlic, Chinese barbeque sauce. The Chinese hot pot, also known as Mongolian hot pot, Japanese shabu-shabu or Chinese fondue, is a popular thousand year-old tradition across Asia that embodies food, comfort, family and community – all in one pot! Since some homes in semitropical Asian countries do not have central heat, hot pots bring family and friends together to warm the appetite, spirit and home during cold months and play a special role in Lunar New Year (late January to March). To fully appreciate the Chinese hot pot

(and many ethnic culinary traditions) is to know the people, the land, culture and history. From ancient, imperial times, food has long been interwoven with art, politics and business in China. These days, multimillion dollar business deals are just as likely to be sealed over dim sum courses as they are on the golf course.

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Chinese Lunar New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) is one of the most significant of Asian holidays and a time for feasting, reflection and renewal. Traditionally celebrated over fifteen days, many shops are closed, so you better get your shopping or business done! New Year’s Eve dinner, traditionally a hot pot meal, is the most important family ritual of the year, representing a night of unity, reunion, harmony. The name of the New Year’s Eve meal means “gathering ‘round the stove” in Chinese. Red envelopes

(hong bao), fresh flowers and new outfits abound. Kids stay up late and seniors do the “longevity vigil” as a positive sign of their vitality. Popular dishes include anything whole (complete) or long (longevity), plus fresh and candied fruit that represent good health, happiness, prosperity and blessings. Traditional favorites include: whole chicken or fish (don’t flip the fish over when eating; akin to an old fisherman’s tale of flipping a boat); long noodles, long leafy greens, long string beans, kumquats and oranges. Lion dancing is another tradition during this time to chase away demons and bring good luck to businesses and communities.


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My parents moved to Atlanta for graduate school in the 1960’s – preOlympics, pre-Super Bowl, pre-Asian markets, pre-pretty-much-anything. Believe it or not, I was the only Asian kid in school. Grocery stores didn’t sell soy sauce and if you wanted a wok or cleaver, you had to bring it over from Asia. My mother, Margaret Keng, was the original Panda Express. Margaret told friends, “I worked full-time as a school teacher, had

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three kids, and ran a restaurant. Who has time to make dumplings?” Edward Keng, my father, lived in Little Five Points back in 1961 and was one of the early Chinese graduates from Georgia Tech. “You could fit all the Asian students in a single classroom,” he said. Edward liked Johnny Cash tunes and hamburgers. My childhood years were marked by a constant juxtaposition of cultures and customs, from eggrolls and sweet tea to Taoism and Dow Jones. Amazingly, my parents navigated and helped us find balance between these worlds and in ourselves. CONTINUED ON PAGE 39


Natalie Keng with her mother, Margaret, and father, Edward, at his graduation from Georgia Tech.

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San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. has reopened its PonceyHighland location at a new address, 676 N. Highland Ave. (404) 607-8082 or MySFCoffee.com. Tickets are now on sale for Taste of Inman! 2011, which will be held Feb. 10, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Inman Middle School on Virginia Avenue. There will be an array of tasty menu samplings donated by 20 neighborhood restaurants to raise funds for the school and PTA. Pre-sale tickets are $7 for students, $17 for adults. inmanmiddleschool.org

New York restaurant chain 5 Napkin Burger is rumored to be taking over the old Nickiemoto’s spot at the corner of 10th and Piedmont in Midtown. We’re curious as to just how many burger joints Atlanta can sustain? The second location of The Real Chow Baby is now open at 782 Ponce de Leon Ave. Just like its Westside location, you can create your own stir-fry using a variety of fresh ingredients. therealchowbaby.com

Highland Bakery is expected to open a third location at the end of this month in the former Starbucks in the Atlanta Financial Center in Buckhead. Highland Bakery’s original location in the Old Fourth Ward has long been a local dining favorite and the second location opened last year in the SunTrust Building in Midtown. Decatur’s Watershed is now offering Southern Afternoon Tea Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Tea time includes organic loose tea and a variety of savory and sweet snacks. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at (404) 378-4900 or visiting visit watershedrestaurant.com.

Houqua TeaRoom will open in Emory Village ounderneath Saba restaurant serving fine teas – but not a drop of coffee – from around the world. An opening date had not been announced at press time. The owners of Muss & Turner’s have opened Local Three Kitchen & Bar in the Piazza on Paces complex at Northside Parkway and I-75. Chef Chris Hall, formerly with 4th & Swift and Canoe, is making homemade pimento cheese, duck confit quesadillas, braised lamb shoulder, chicken

Village, 1271 Glenwood Ave. Lunch, dinner and brunch is served at the restaurant, which shares space with My Sister’s Room.

Ohio-based Ocean Prime, an upscale seafood-and-steak chain, is rumored to be opening an Atlanta location later this year on Piedmont Road in Buckhead. N’awlins, serving up Cajun, Creole and Italian cuisine, is now open in East Atlanta

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Under the same ownership as the River Room, SIP @ Riverside is now offering a full lunch and dinner menu, daily tapas menu, extensive bar and self-service wine machines. Guests can enjoy over 50 wines that may be ordered by the 1 ounce sip, the half glass, full glass or bottle. SIP @ Riverside is located at 4403 Northside Parkway. siprestaurant.com. Piece of Cake recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and has now opened its third location in Roswell at 3215 Crabapple Road. The company has been making gourmet cakes from fresh, all-natural ingredients and shipping them across the country. There are also locations in Buckhead and Decatur. pieceofcakeinc.com. Ale Yeah, a craft beer market, has opened at 906 W. College Ave. in Decatur and stocks more than 100 different craft beers from America and around the world. See a complete list of beers and find out about store events at aleyeahbeer.com.

Genki Sushi will take over the old Everybody’s Pizza spot at 1040 N. Highland Ave. in Virginia Highland. This will be the sushi restaurant’s third location in the city. WASABi in Castleberry Hill is now called Bottle Rocket and features a new menu and new interior, but owner Nhan Le is still at the helm. Bottle Rocket, 180 Walker St., will still serve sushi, but diversify its menu to include steaks, burgers and more. Gourmet Retailer has named The Cook’s Warehouse one the Top 50 retailers in its most recent edition, noting its community events and involvement along with its range of classes and merchandise. cookswarehouse.com Sophie’s Uptown is now open at 54 Pharr Road with a mission to help unwanted pets, while giving Atlantans a variety of tasty baked goods. Twenty-five percent of the bakery’s proceeds benefit local pet rescue organizations. Pastry chefs Patrick Dineen and Annemarie Pizzi are making homemade desserts such as the signature apple “dumplins”; lemon, chocolate and coconut meringue pies; red velvet, Italian cream and German chocolate scratch cakes; and cupcake sculptures. There’s also a selection of salads, sandwiches, soups and more. sophiesuptown.com Billy Jack’s Barbeque & Shrimp is now open at 857 Collier Road in the lower level of the Publix shopping center. The restaurant serves traditional pork and chicken barbecue, pork and beef ribs, beef brisket, fried shrip and an array of sides. billyjacksatlanta.com or (404) 351-7979.

Restaurant RIP Nickiemoto’s, Vickery’s-Midtown (but Glenwood is still open), Bobby and June’s Kountry Kitchen and Chocolate Pink Pastry Café in Midtown; Il Mulino in Downtownl; Dynamic Dish in East Atlanta; Toulouse in Buckhead.



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 Growing up as the only Asian kid in school was a mixed bag. Back in the 80s, looking Asian was not desirable or trendy. Eating rice, tofu and drinking green tea were not common – it was “weird.” In public, we endured stares and name-calling, such as “chinks.” After hearing I was from Atlanta, people would respond, “Where are you really from?” To try to fit in, I stopped speaking Chinese, wore eyeliner to make my eyes look bigger and permed my straight-as-an arrow hair. I didn’t succeed at being all-American; I did end up looking like a Chinese cocker spaniel! Now, I am excited that “who we are” – the new Asian American Southerner – is not only socially acceptable but fashion forward. Oh, I wish I hadn’t given away those Chinese tops from grandma. Writing and teaching about food has opened the door to my multicultural, Eastern, Western and Southern heritage. Instead of being embarrassed, now I speak Chinese as much as possible and enjoy sharing my background and learning about more cultures. My looks or interests haven’t changed much since high school. What changed was inside – more confidence, more passion and acceptance of who I am. As for my mom, don’t be surprised to

New bar, eatery, ping-pong emporium in 4th Ward

By Annie Kinnett Nichols

see Margaret fishing off her condo deck in a dress suit and high heels. “I like to catchand-eat and I’m too hungry to change clothes,” she said. She also prefers a cast iron skillet to a wok and eschews high-end kitchen appliances. “Leave it to cleaver,” she joked. Besides being my favorite chef, she was Teacher of the Year in Cobb County, taught the first Chinese cooking class in the area and co-owned the first Chinese restaurant in a mall. My favorite “country Asian” dishes include Pepper Steak ‘n’ Rice-a-Roni, Scrambled Eggs and Preserved Radish, Five Spice Rutabaga and Hot Hunan Catfish. Mom can whip out a five-course meal no problem, but don’t ask her to bake: “I use my oven for storage.”

Shout hallelujah! A new bar, eatery and gallery called Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium – or Church for short – has opened at the corner Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward. Owner Grant Henry, also known as the artist Sister Louisa and one of the city’s best known bartenders, moved his art space from the Telephone Factory and it’s quite unlike any other joint in the city. Church’s two floors are filled to the brim with Sister Louisa’s art and religious tchotchkes, including a confessional from Yugoslavia that sets the stage for the long wooden green bar and seating area. There are many reasons for the Intown folk to celebrate, including a line-up of food and events sure to give you a dose of the spirit. Not to mention all of Grant’s awesome friends and fellow artists will be hanging out there. He’s serving Home Grown’s all-beef hot dogs with toppings like pimento cheese, white bean chicken chili, cheese grits and bacon as well as broccoli cheese casserole. Drinks are affordable, too, starting at $3 and ending at $8. Wednesday nights will feature Hollis Gillespie’s Bleachy-Haired Honky Bingo and Sunday’s will feature TT Mahoney’s Church Organ Community Karaoke. Grant sees Church as an extension of himself. He is creating a place where he plans to spend the next 20 years or so. It’s a community filled with open, arty, diverse

friends and folk. “Free – I want people who are free and open, my favorite kind,” Grant said. “Church is a natural progression of my art, my life and my world.” The building of Church has completely been a community effort, with friends chipping in to help concept and build out elements of the space. Criminal Records in Little Five Points stocked the jukebox. “There’s so many more people to thank – this place wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for my friends,” he said. A holdover from the building’s days at Danneman’s Coffee will be the ATL Collective, a local group of musicians who collaborate on a regular basis, will still be playing upstairs on a regular basis. “This is my life and I am only interested in spending my time with people I love,” Grant said. Amen to that!

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Peachtree Hills and Avondale Estates Get New Wine Shops By Wendy Binns I have two tips on local wine shops, which have recently opened in our neighorhoods: PH Wine Merchant and The Little Wine Shop. Driving through Peachtree Hills in late December, I saw a grand opening sign for a wine shop, PH Wine Merchant, next to the Tree House. That evening while at the Buckhead Business Association’s holiday party, Buzz McComber told me about “a great new wine shop” I should visit. Bingo! I had just seen the sign. Buzz says to ask for Anthony. Next, INtown contributor Tina Chadwick suggested I head over after work to The Little Wine Shop in Avondale Estates last month for a tasting by her friend Steven Lynch of Worthwhile Wine Company, which imports South African wines. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

The Little Wine Shop hosted the tasting set-up in the upper level with cheese and cracker to accompany. I felt right at home with other guests hearing from Lynch about the wines. The general manager, Marty Shaver, explains that they are thrilled to be in Avondale Estates and that the neighbors have really embraced their offerings, like fresh bread on Saturdays, free tastings and a monthly wine club (no membership required). The owner, Rebecca Hadj Taieb, is warm and friendly, too, inviting me to come back. Of course, I will! You can read more about Worthwhile Wine Company, wines and other tastings in INtown in upcoming months. If you have a suggestion, you can email INtown’s editor, collin@atlantaintownpaper.com or leave a comment online.

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And the Winners are ...

Silver and gold awards for local developers

Shandra Hill Smith Some of the best in real estate have plenty to celebrate – as each recently walked away with what may be considered the premier awards in Atlanta’s residential building industry. The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association presented its OBIE Awards in December in more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. Professionals from around the nation traveled to Atlanta to judge the awards. During the 30th anniversary ceremony, winners took home 56 Gold awards and 28 Silver awards in such categories as Rookie Sales Person of the Year, Marketing Director of the Year and Community of the Year. Honorees are included on the Web site, www.AtlantaRealEstateForum.com/obies. Here, Atlanta INtown spotlights some of the winners.

With Epic Precision One of the biggest winners was With Epic Precision, which took five OBIE Awards. These include: Gold OBIE in the Single Family detached Urban Redevelopment/Revitalization $299,999 and under category for an East Atlanta Mid-Century Modern Home Gold OBIE in the Remodeling category for Whole-House Renovation under $250,000 Gold OBIE in the Remodeling category for Whole-House Renovation $250,000 to $500,000 Silver OBIE in the Single Family Builder detached – Urban Redevelopment/Revitalization $299,999 and under category for a Decatur Custom Home Silver OBIE in the Single Family Builder detached – Urban Redevelopment/Revitalization $300,000 to $449,999 category for an East Lake Bungalow. “Our company was overwhelmed to receive five awards,” says Jim LaVallee of With Epic Precision, now Epic Development (www.EpicDevelopment.com). “As we move forward [this new] year, it re-energizes us to strive for award-winning quality every day.” One of Epic’s attention-getting properties was for a foreclosed home minutes from downtown Decatur. “We redesigned the first floor and incorporated the second-floor space to create a four-bedroom, three-bath home,” LaVallee says. “The design features included hardwood floors, high-end crown and baseboard molding, two panel doors, oil-rubbed door locks and a gas fireplace in the living room. A large screened porch was added to the rear of the house to take advantage of the private rear yard and mature trees.”

With Epic Precision’s award-winning kitchen in East Atlanta.

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Hearthstone Group The winning entry for Hearthstone Group (hearthstonegroup.com) is one of 23 units in the Candler Grove townhome development, located on Church Street, four blocks from the historic square in downtown Decatur. Hearthstone garnered a Gold OBIE in the Single Family Attached – Urban Redevelopment Revitalization $450,000 to $549,999 category. The townhome is a three-story, brick dwelling with private garage parking in this walkable community. “Each of the 23 units is finished on the outside with different brick, mortar, stucco and paint colors to make them distinctive,” says Kenny King of Hearthstone. “The historic architectural details provide a sense of place and permanence while the interiors are comprised of the highest quality features and modern conveniences.”

Candler Grove townhomes on Church Street in Decatur.

Sullivan Homes

Gold and Silver went to Sullivan Homes of Decatur (404-378-7030). Started in 1995 by Eric Sullivan, the company received a Gold OBIE for the Single Family Detached $900,000 to $999,999 detached category for its Decatur ultimate bungalow. It also won a Silver OBIE in the Remodeling category for Whole House Renovation $250,000 to $500,000. Of the bungalow, Sullivan says, “Every element of this design and functionality, from circa 1940s A stylish new bathroom architectural aesthetics to exceptional details and modern from Sullivan Homes. amenities, creates a classic American home for young professionals with a family. The entrance features Green in Greene-inspired rose trellis doors, creating a warm welcoming that is featured throughout. The natural oak trim, stone and other natural materials add to bringing the outdoors in. A front porch, enclosed patio and bedroom deck add to this ultimate bungalow.” Sullivan Homes is building a name for developing new homes in Decatur that “look as if they’ve been in place since the streets were first named,” says Sullivan. “In fact, without a double-take, one of [our] just-built Craftsman-style homes could easily be mistaken for one of Decatur’s charming older homes. By paying close attention to the architectural details of surrounding houses, [the company] has learned the art of blending new houses into established neighborhoods.”

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Environs Residential Design and Construction

Led by Owner/Designer Dawn Landau, Environs Residential Design & Construction (www. environsresidential.com) is the winner of a Gold OBIE for Residential Remodeling – Bathroom. Hired by Atlanta homeowners, Environs took on a home built in 1995 and in need of improvements to the kitchen and master bath. For the master bath, Landau says the couple requested a double shower. One main goal for the bath was to work within the existing space, avoid moving windows and modernize that space with warmer tones, better lighting and a larger shower. But “the existing location just didn’t accommodate it,” she adds. “The tub location was larger than necessary,” she says. “We kept working to figure out how to use some of that floor space for the Environs modernized a master bathroom shower. The ah-ha came while I with a bigger shower and warmer tones. was sketching in one evening and realized I could shrink the tub Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta,” says alcove to the edges of the window and use Hobday, who handles marketing and design the tub deck as the bench in the shower. for the company. “Their unique floor plans This added more than a foot to the shower have not been built anywhere else and they size, while keeping the existing window.” are designed to fit in with the fabric of the The result: happy clients and a winning neighborhood, drawing from the Craftsman project that gave Environs an opportunity influence of the early 1900s. Both homes for its first submission for an OBIE Award feature historically inspired craftsmanship and the first award to date for the company that set them apart from other new started in 2001.    construction homes: hardwood floors Landau believes cost (i.e., meeting the throughout, large-scale rooms, central client’s budget) played a factor in their hallways, 10-foot ceilings, custom cabinetry winning. “We managed to keep costs down and built-ins, salvaged materials and and still produce a luxurious-end product,” oversized windows with historically accurate says Landau who owns Environs with her mullion patterns.”  husband, Terry Kitts. Modern touches that Thrive includes On the award, she says, “We’re very when building, says Hobday, include large excited to be amongst such accomplished screened porches, double-sided fireplaces, professionals.” open living areas, master suites, and high-end kitchens. Thrive Homes – with Thrive Homes Christopher Rudd as owner and builder Thrive Homes (ThriveHomesAtlanta. – focuses on building EarthCraft and Energy com) won two Gold OBIE Awards: in the Star homes. Single-Family Builder detached $290,000 to $349,999 category for a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home (a CraftsmanOne of Thrive’s award-winning homes in Kirkwood. style bungalow in Kirkwood); and in the Single-Family Detached – Urban Redevelopment Revitalization $700,000 and above category for a Kirkwood infill home. One thing that sets the homes apart, according to Kristin Hobday with Thrive, is their location. “Both homes are in the w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Real Estate Briefs Broker Susan Fessler, previously with Morris & Raper Realtors, now owns Atlanta real estate firm Morris & Raper Intown. In addition to serving traditional clients, Fessler plans to continue working with foreclosure and short-sale clients as well as with vulture funds and capital groups who wish to sell their investments. Fessler joined Morris & Raper Realtors as the Director of Business Development in January 2010 after a

successful 14 years as an agent and broker in Tennessee. morrisandraper.com. The Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America will hold the 5th annual Shutze Awards on Feb. 12 recognizing the accomplishments of architects, interior and landscape designers and construction specialists. Shutze Awards Co-chairs Atlanta architect and AIA member Laura DePree and Judy Talley, Director of Marketing for Marmi Natural Stone, have chosen the Piedmont Driving Club, one of Philip Shutzeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most masterfully designed projects, as the venue for the ceremony. More information at classicist-se.org. WalkScore.com has ranked Atlanta number 22 on its list of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Walkable Neighborhoods, singling out Five Points, Poncey-Highlands and the Sweet Auburn District as the top 3 most walkable areas of the city.


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The DeKalb County Public Library held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Scott Candler Library last month at 1917 Candler Road. The 12,000-square foot facility, which was designed by the Sizemore Group architectural firm, will be part of a mixed use development that will also include a new senior center and senior housing. The library will be completed this spring. dekalblibrary.org. A grand re-opening ceremony was held last month for Baptist Towers, a 300-unit, 11story affordable senior housing community located at 1881 Myrtle Drive. Constructed in 1972, the building underwent an $8.7 million interior and exterior renovation, which is comprised of 90 studio-style apartments and 210 one-bedroom units. USAA and Military.com ranked Atlanta number 8 in its top 10 list of Best Places for Military Retirement. The ranking is based on proximity to military bases, Veterans Administration hospitals, employment and education opportunities, affordable housing and other criteria. Okalahoma City

Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates, an Atlanta-based planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm, has received awards from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The awards recognized work the firm has done in historic redevelopment, community planning and community revitalization and design. TSWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was recognized for its work on White Provision, the mixed-use redevelopment on the Westside; as lead planner for the City of Hapevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Livable Centers Initiative; and creating a master plan for the McDaniel Glenn home development in Mechanicsville. tunspan.com. Post Properties is now closing on properties at The RitzCarlton Residences in Buckhead. Post Properties opened the on-site sales office at The Residences at the end of September and Karen Rodriguez of Dorsey Alston Realtors is leading sales. The building opened in November, and the first owners have taken up residence. The 129 residences comprise the top 17 floors of the 34-story, mixed-use 3630 Peachtree development in Buckhead. TheResidencesAtlanta.com .

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The Westin Peachtree Plaza recently had its windows replaced following the 2008 tornado, and now the construction firm that completed ths project, Skanska, is about to replace the iconic buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conditioning Reach localairwith a and heating units at a cost of $13 million. local brand. The trusted hotel will remain open during this renovation project. The Cushman Wakefield team of Kirk Williams, Dean McNaughton, Erika Schanke, Peter Glover and Lynn Smith will be leasing space at the Peachtree Center Mall. The Downtown space has 124,947 square feet for retail, restaurant and shops. Olmstead Realty and Cousins Properties have announced the 33,437 square foot renewal and expansion of the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healthcare of Atlanta Surgery Center at Meridian Mark Plaza. .

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Jesse Morado Sprucing up the old homestead will get 2011 off to a good start. One way to make the home feel new again is by making some simple cosmetic improvements. These projects are usually quite easy to accomplish and more importantly, quite cost effective. Most of these updates can be accomplished over a weekend or two and can make your home feel new while adding some interest to a room or two. Here are eight simple projects you can tackle: 1. Swap out old doors and hardware: Old flat slab doors or old doors with multiple layers of paint with tarnished hardware can easily be replaced with new six panel hollow core or solid core door slabs. Replace old hinges and doorknobs to give a room a fresh look and feel. 2. Add decorative moldings: Add crown molding in living rooms and dining rooms. Pay attention to the size of the molding you use based on ceiling heights in your home. Taller ceilings are better suited for larger moldings. 3. Apply bead board to a bathroom, mudroom or kitchen: Consider a composite when installing bead board in bathrooms. You can create some arts and crafts style paneling using simple 1 x 4 or 1 x 6 materials applied to the walls in a dining room or kitchen to add some interest. Change out the baseboard to complete the look in the room. 4. Replace outdated electrical fixtures: New light fixtures can make a difference. Replace light fixtures in common areas and bathrooms with new decorative fixtures. Hire a licensed electrician if you choose to add recessed lighting, new wiring or switches. 5. Plumbing Fixtures: Update faucets in bathrooms and in the kitchen. Many of the w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m



major faucet suppliers make replacement kits that will take your shower fixture from brass to oiled bronze, chrome or satin nickel without tearing out the valves. Replacing old toilets and faucets with water saving fixtures will make your bathroom feel new and save water and money. 6. Counter top replacement: Tired of your old counters? Install new solid surface, quartz or granite counter tops in your kitchen for a new look. Granite prices have become very competitive and you can have new tops in a matter of days. Install a new undermount sink for a clean look. 7. Install a tile backsplash: Add a tile backsplash or replace an old backsplash with a new tile, stone or glass one. A new backsplash can add some interest and color to your kitchen. Integrated with your new counter tops can really make your kitchen feel new again. If you are removing an old backsplash you may have some drywall repairs to make before you add the new tile.

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Cathedral Antique Show marks 40 years of tasteful treasures By Collin Kelley Editor The Cathedral Antique Show & Tour of Homes is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The tour is Jan. 30-31 and the show is set for Feb. 2-5 at the Cathedral of St. Philips. With more than $3 million raised for charities around the city over the last four decades, this year’s show is expected to be bigger and better than ever. This year’s beneficiary is H.E.R.O. for Children, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The show will feature 35 exhibitors offering 18th and 19th century antiques consisting of furniture, paintings, textiles, porcelain, jewelry, silver and other fine pieces. There will also be lectures – including former University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley and his wife Barbara – appraisals and a daily luncheon for attendees. Hours are Thursday, Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at door for daily admission. Daily ticket includes admission to the show, learning lectures for the day and a visit to the Inspiration House. There is also three-day “Run of the Show” pass for $50, which includes admission to all three days of the how, all learning lectures (except Vince Dooley) and the Inspiration House. The Inspiration House at 2799 Andrews Drive is filled with antiques and unique design ideas and will remain open through Feb. 12. It’s also part of the Tour of Homes, which features four of Buckhead’s gorgeous mansions. Tickets for the tour are $30. The special lecture with Vince Dooley is

set for Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. He’ll be talking about “Georgia Football, Then and Now” and his new book, Vince Dooley’s Garden, the Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception with food from Five and Ten and Empire State South. The daily learning lectures include talks by porcelain expert Pamela Tidwell on Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m.; furniture restorer Mickey Gullia on Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m.; interior designer Suzanne Kasler on Feb. 4, 2 p.m.; and Barbara Dooley will dsicuss renovating her home on Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. Experts will be giving verbal appraisals on Feb. 3-4 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per item, third item $5 with a maximum of three items. No firearms, coins, stamps or fine jewelry. If you get hungry, there will be a daily luncheon served and complimentary afternoon tea from St. Anne’s Guild and Bigelow Tea Company from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. An opening night gala and preview party is Feb. 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with food, wine and a special performance by Francine Reed. Tickets are $150 and include a “Run of the Show” pass. For a complete schedule of the show and more details about special events and lectures, visit www.cathedralantiques.org.

(TOP RIGHT) A check for $180,00 was presented to last year’s show beneficiary, Cool Girls Inc. (L to R) Sandy Welfare-Executive Director, Cool Girls’ Inc.; Sonnet Edmonds-Board Chair, Cool Girls’ Inc.; Mary Mercer-2010 Cathedral Antiques Show Chairman; Jan & Bill Bomar-2010 Honorary Show Chairmen. (RIGHT) is the 2011 Inspiration House on Andrews Drive, which will be filled with antiques and decorating ideas.


One of the homes on the 2011 Cathedral Antiques Home Tour.

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Before & After Home ReBuilders Design/Build tackled this big renovation project in Morningside. The project included renovating the attic into livable space, plus adding an addition in the rear of the home and new windows in the front. The transformation to the front of the home is subtle, but the real change is scene at the back of the home (shown here) were additional space was added on to the attic to create a second floor.



For more information about Home ReBuilders, visit www.homerebuilders. com or call (404) 876-3000.


Send before & after project photos to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com




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