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Volume 17• Number 10•©2011

OCTOBER 2011

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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Graphic Intervention .................................4 Keep It INtown: Brookhaven ....................6 Atlanta Pride Festival ................................8 Out on Film ..............................................8 Intown Runaround ..................................10 Quilt Stories ............................................12 AIDS Walk ...............................................12 Living By Giving......................................15 Health & Wellness Briefs ........................17 Walk for Diabetes ...................................17 Ride the City ...........................................18 Street Fashion ........................................20 Gold Parties ............................................21 Pets.........................................................23 Poverty Is Real ........................................24 A Look Back ...........................................24

THE STUDIO Fall Books ........................................ 25-27 The Knitterati ..........................................28 Intown Datebook ....................................30 Halloween Events ...................................31 October Festivals ...................................31

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IN BUSINESS The Hub ..................................................38 Making Sense of Social..........................39 Same-Sex Family Disputes ....................39 Retail & Business Briefs .........................40

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I’m a silver lining type of girl, which is why I want to be straightforward and share that I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I hope the silver lining in my story might be that it will encourage you to have a check-up. My diagnosis comes at the heels of my sweet mom’s year battling cancer, which I wrote about last October. Now, I’m 36 years old with a new ‘young survivors’ coalition notebook on my coffee table next to the latest issue of In Style magazine. My wine club is coming over this week for dinner and I have a tennis match on Sunday. And, I have Atlanta INtown to keep me occupied (you know I love it!). So, with my mom, my family, faith, friends and community, I’m feeling strong and ready to roll. Atlanta is a big city, but I hope that by reading INtown each month or regularly online you feel a sense of community and get to know the people working and living in it. There are so many good stories and good people. I went to the grand opening of NuVo Gallery & Custom Framing on a pretty September afternoon. Jazz music floated out of the shop and I was so proud to see my friend Oscar Sheppard, whom I’ve known for 15 years, welcoming people into his new gallery. I smiled even bigger when Oscar “the smooth one” had the microphone and sang with the musicians. My favorite was Midnight Train to Georgia. I hope you’ll visit INtown’s singing framer (see ad on page 28). Ask about his CD!

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I spoke to another advertiser, Dawn Landau, on a Saturday afternoon and she told me that she had just finished cycling 68 miles for the Cox MS ride at Calloway Gardens. She and her husband, Terry Kitts, own and operate Environs Residential (see ad on page 52) and are an example of local business people who care about the Oscar community and give back to it. It’s people like Oscar, Dawn and Terry who inspired the KEEP IT INtown campaign. You’ll see reminders throughout this issue and future issues to support local. It’s these local stories, contributions to the community and their talents that add to the quality of life Intown. And, please remember the silver lining. I hope my story can help raise awareness. In good health,

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IN the Neighborhood Letter from the Editor Graphic Intervention MODA exhibitions dedicated to AIDS motivate and FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

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Having lost my uncle, Terry Graves, and one of my good friends, Christopher Jason Siddons, to AIDS-related illnesses, this month’s cover is very personal. I lived through the ‘80s when President Reagan refused to even say the word AIDS until it was already at epidemic proportions, directed the surgeon general not to address the issue and provided scant funding for research. This wasn’t just an American problem, but the entire world stumbling to comprehend the pervasive nature of HIV/ AIDS, that it was more than just a “gay disease,” but that men, women and children were susceptible. Grassroots organizations and public health services around the globe were left to spread the message that HIV/ AIDS was preventable with education and protection. MODA’s new exhibition Graphic Intervention documents 25 years of artists and organizations collaborating to dispel fear and ignorance. One of the moments of true grace was the creation of The AIDS Memorial Quilt,

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housed here in Atlanta, a colorful tribute to those we have lost. But there are also sobering figures attached: the panels contain 91,000 names and it would take 33 days to see the entire quilt. Sections of the quilt will also be on display at MODA. If you’ve never seen it, this is a great opportunity. You’ll notice in this issue that we’re also devoting pages to the AIDS Walk, Atlanta Pride Festival (INtown is a media sponsor) and the Out On Film festival. While we can’t equal the coverage of LGBT news and issues provided by our compatriots at Georgia Voice and Project Q, the convergence of exhibitions, events, festivals and the 30th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic was impossible to ignore. There is still no cure for AIDS, and while it’s no longer front page news, the number of new cases (2.7 million per year) and the number of people living with HIV/AIDS (35 million at last count) means that education must continue so that we never return to the days of “Silence=Death.”

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By Collin Kelley, Editor Thirty years ago, AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since then, an estimated 30 million worldwide have died in the pandemic. There are an estimated 33 million living with HIV/AIDS and 2.7 million new infections each year, according to the World Health Organization. For the past 25 years, public health agencies, activists and grassroots organizations around the world have joined with artists to spread the word that infection from HIV/AIDS is still deadly and avoidable. The Museum of Design Atlanta’s new exhibition will showcase just how arresting some of those messages can be. Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters, 19852010, which opens Oct. 1, draws from an extensive archive of international public health announcements.  From Papua New Guinea to Denmark, the posters demonstrate the different approaches used for discussion of a socially complex subject.  Some of the posters are not for the faint of heart: a woman with a safety pin through her lips (offering visual context to the original AIDS message “silence = death”), a silhouette of a crow sitting atop an erect penis, a tangle of naked bodies in the shape of a skull. Others feature images of children with HIV/AIDS asking to be hugged and cartoon-style tips for the use of condoms and prevention. With more than 150 posters on display, the exhibition is sure to “provoke conversation,” said MODA Associate Director Laura Flusche. “The different approaches taken by the artists and organizations is wildly fascinating,” Flusche said, noting the posters will be grouped by continent to show how regions and cultures used various tactics. Flusche said the exhibition was important to Atlanta historically because of the anniversary of the official AIDS classification and the years of activism and education that have followed. She also said the exhibition shows how graphic design started to play a role in HIV/AIDS awareness. “It shows how graphic design became a powerful tool to combat this large issue,”

Flusche said. Graphic Intervention was curated and organized by Elizabeth Resnick, professor and chair of graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design along with Javier Cortes of Korn Design. Flusche said MODA had worked with Resnick before on the Graphic Imperative exhibition in 2009, which featured posters that explored human rights, environmental issues, literacy. “When we saw what Elizabeth and Javier had pulled together for Graphic Intervention, we absolutely had to have it at MODA,” Flusche said. MODA has partnered with The NAMES Project, which is based in Atlanta, to display panels from The AIDS Memorial Quilt as a concurrent exhibition. The handmade panels will be rotated each month of the exhibition and will feature panels made for Atlantans who lost their lives to AIDS. “We felt it was important to have panels of the quilt here, because it doesn’t get exhibited very often and this is an opportunity for those to see a small part of it,” Flusche said. A third concurrent exhibition will be The Opulent Object in Wood, Metal, and Fiber: Richard Mafong, Mike Harrison and Please turn to page 12 KeepitINtown.com


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KEEP IT INtown {Brookhaven} {What to Do}

Gretchen Roberts We asked Gretchen Roberts, executive director of the Brookhaven Arts Alliance, to share the best of her community with our readers.

{Why I Love Brookhaven}

I have lived in Brookhaven for 15 years but many people were raised here or have returned to begin their careers and families. I was originally attracted to its beautiful neighborhoods, massive oak trees and its proximity to all things convenient. What I would find through growing the Brookhaven Arts Alliance (BAA) is how beautiful the people are in Brookhaven. Over the last eight years, the BAA has hosted 16 events and we still have the same volunteers. It’s just amazing to me the amount of time people are willing to give of themselves in such a busy world. Besides supporting our locally owned businesses, Brookhaven has united on behalf of our schools, parks and are committed to growing our community in a smart way. Our community is creative, smart, GIFT philanthropic and flat out friendly.

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Oglethorpe University Museum Atlanta Celebrates Photography (acpinfo.org) exhibit On Edge – Beyond Editorial at the Brookhaven Gallery Sept. 23 – Oct. 28 and, of course, the 8th annual Brookhaven Arts Festival (brookhavenartsalliance.com) on Oct. 15-16.

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Atlanta Pride Festival returns to Piedmont Park on Oct. 8-9, which coincides with National Coming Out Day. The weekend will feature live music performances, art, exhibitions, food and the annual parade on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m.

along Peachtree Street to Piedmont Park. Rather than pick one or two grand marshals for the parade, the Atlanta Pride Committee accepted nominations from the community and picked a group of activists and personalities including Lynn Barfield, Dee Dee Chamblee, Duchess Claud, Paulina Hernandez, Topher Payne and Rick Westbrook. The official kick-off party will be held at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, Oct. 7, with guest djs and a performance by JujuBee from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring the Community Health Expo, which will gather

community health and service organizations in one central location in Piedmont Park during the weekend. Whether you need a hepatitis vaccine, information on preventing breast cancer, an HIV test or general information on staying healthy, these organizations can help. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be two stages featuring a variety of entertainment including Hannah Thomas, Michelle Malone, Gurufish, Michael Jon, Justin Utley, Ari Gold, Wynter Gordon, Alexis Jordan and this year’s headliner, dance diva Deborah Cox. There’s also a slew of marches, parties

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Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, has announced its programming for the 24th annual event, which will take place Sept. 29 to Oct. 6 at Midtown Art Cinema, Ansley Park Playhouse and the Phillip Rush Center. One of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the country, Out On Film has expanded to eight days after one of its most successful years ever in 2010. In addition to more than 50 films from countries all over the world, Out On Film has films with such recognizable talent as Margaret Cho (Cho Dependent), Cheyenne Jackson, Julia Ormond and Ileana Douglas (The Green), Morgan Fairchild (eCupid), Dolly Parton (From Hollywood to Dollywood) singer Chely Wright (Wish Me Away), and Charlie David and Sean-Paul Lockhart/Brent Corrigan (Judas Kiss). Director Eytan Fox (The Bubble, Walk on Water and Yossi & Jagger) is represented with his award-winning Mary Lou. Among the other highlights of the festival are a world premiere of former

Atlantan Christopher Hines’ Man 2 Man: A Gay Man’s Guide to Finding Love, a world premiere of Michael Aker’s Morgan, about a young gay man whose spirit and drive prevents him from accepting his new life as a paraplegic, as well as the East Coast premiere of Eating Out: Open Weekend, the fifth installment in the gay comedy franchise. Hines’ Legalize Gay will also premiere at the festival. “We are thrilled at what we consider to be one of the strongest line-ups in Out On Film history, with award-winning films, lots of premieres, guests and plenty of local flavor,” says festival director Jim Farmer. A number of programs will honor the 30th anniversary of the AIDS Crisis. Besides Through the Eyes of the AIDS Storm: Jesse Peel, Out on Film will team with Atlanta Pride to screen the award-winning We Were Here. Out On Film will also show the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence documentary That’s My Nun! Festival passes are $115 and on sale through outonfilm.com, where you can also find a complete line-up of the films. Individual tickets will be available at the screening venues.

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INtown Runaround Tim Sullivan

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swimmers and when I did they would always compete in the same event – 50 yard freestyle. No one believed that AfricanAmericans could swim anything longer than 50 yards. When you were 13 you made a huge decision to move to Philadelphia from Long Island to train under a pretty special coach named Jim Ellis. At age 12 I made the Metro Zone Team and I competed with other regions. I met Coach Ellis of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation (PDR). His swimmers were competing in 200 yard backstroke, 400IM. I had never seen African-Americans swimming anything more than a 50 free! Later that summer, our family made a decision to train with him for one summer. So was it Trotman’s loss and Ellis’ gain? I dropped a ton of time and I wanted to train in Philly year-round, but my parents were reluctant to send me away. At the same time they didn’t want to stifle my dream of one day swimming in the Olympics. I told Coach Trotman that I wanted to make

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Jr. Nationals and he laughed at me. So we decided I would permanently train in Philly. Soon after, I qualified for Jr. Nationals in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. There was a movie called Pride made about Coach Ellis in 2007 starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac. How accurate was it? It speaks to the magnitude of Jim’s and PDR’s accomplishments, but I wish they would have told the actual story. Some of his first swimmer’s were gang members and he actually saw some of the gang battles from outside of the Rec center. The movie could have shown how dominant a team PDR was and covered our national titles. And they could have done more to portray the racism in the sport. Still, it’s amazing that a movie was even made. I read an editorial comment that said if Mike Norment had made the Olympics in 1996 or 2000 the movie would have been made about you. Was there a great deal of disappointment in coming so close and falling just short?

It was extremely difficult and after 2000 I left the sport for five years. I defined myself through my career, so it was as if someone close to me had died. I would have been fine if I had swam my best time, but I did not. That was the most disappointing thing. My parents and wife encouraged me to get back into the sport in some way. I think I need to point out that you could certainly do a little bragging because you don’t seem the type… You’re right, I don’t brag much and all my awards are packed away. But I’ll brag a little for you. ‘94 SEC Champion, 8-time AllAmerican, US Men’s National Team in 1997 and1999, Ranked fourth in the world in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1998,12th in the world 200-meter breaststroke. You are a big guy. Did the football staff at UGA ever try to persuade you to get out of the pool and put on some pads? On my recruiting trip to Georgia, I met head Coach Ray Goff. He whispered to me that if I ever got tired of swimming I could always try playing safety.

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Swimmer Mike Norment is a UGA All-American and US National Team Member living in Lake Claire (I’d have claw marks on my neck), but then he worked with you and now it’s “Watch this, Daddy!” We are successful because we are compassionate. Going underwater in a huge pool with a stranger can be scary. So we always tell the truth to our swimmers – no tricks. We’re calm, gentle and patient. We have to be the rock. We challenge and support them. Do you and Coach Nate ever line up for a race between the two of you to see who still has it? Yes, we do. I normally destroy him. Occasionally, I let him win to make him feel good. Do you have any eligibility left? They could use you right now! You and Nathan Jones (All-American at University of Miami) now teach swimming (swimwithapurpose-atlanta.com). How gratifying is it to pass along your skills and knowledge to youngsters? I love teaching people of all ages how to swim. We bring out the confidence our swimmers have within themselves. It amazes me to see what people, especially children, are capable of.

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 timmydaddy.com

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Jon Riis. The Atlanta artists explore myths, beliefs, and ideals of past cultures and examine issues of identity, life, and the human condition. Every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., MODA will host special Drink & Design events in conjunction with the exhibitions, including a collaboration with the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival spearheaded by local designer and activist, C. Cleo Creech. He has organized an evening of poets on Oct. 20 who have written work in response to posters and is also working with the poster artists and poets to create an anthology. On Dec. 1, which is World AIDS Day, MODA will be open for a 24-hour event featuring entertainment, education, food and drink and a special cabaret performance featuring music from Gershwin to Gaga. An opening reception is planned for Oct. 2 at the Woodruff Arts Center (the MODA gallery is just across the street at 1315 Peachtree), featuring comments by the curators and a tour of the show. For tickets to the reception and more information, visit museumofdesign.org.  

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21st annual event is Oct. 16 in Piedmont Park AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, the largest AIDS related fundraising event in the Southeastern United States, will be held at Piedmont Park on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1p.m. Now commemorating 21 years, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run continues to raise the much needed funds for organizations throughout the metro-Atlanta area that provide essential programs and services to men, women and children who are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. With the support and dedication of teams and corporate sponsors, the event raised $920,000 during its 2010 campaign To take part in the event, register at aidswalkatlanta.com (individuals, families and teams welcome). Runners are then encouraged to raise money online to support their run The cost to register is $25 per runner through Oct. 15 at noon online. After that registration will be on-site from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $40. Participants are encouraged to take MARTA and no pets, strollers, or inline skates will be allowed due to city ordinances.

Quilt Stories

Students create multi-media for AIDS Quilt By Collin Kelley, Editor With more than 91,000 names on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, there are an abundance of stories to tell. Students at the Savannah College of Art & Design Atlanta are telling some of them with a new multi-media project. Quilt Stories is the name of a podcast and mobile app available at iTunes that features stories about who lost their battle with AIDS and had quilt panels made for them by friends and loved ones. Professor Darby Sanders said The NAMES Project Foundation, which maintains the quilt and is headquartered in Atlanta, approached SCAD’s writing program about creating the project. Sanders said visiting the NAMES Project offices and seeing all the stored panels there was an eyeopening and moving experience. “To be honest, I didn’t even know the AIDS Quilt was in Atlanta, Sanders said. “The last time I’d heard about the quilt was in the 90s, so this project will help raise the profile.” Sanders said students spent two to three hours researching and selecting the people they wanted to profile. Many returned on their own time for further research, then tried to talk to those who created the panel for that person. “We see this as a long term, ongoing project,” Sanders said. “We want to produce as many stories for as long as we can. These are stories that need to be told and heard.”

Parts of the AIDS Quilt are exhibited around the country as in the case with the partnership with the MODA Graphic Intervention show (See Page 4). Darby, who helped design the app, said the NAMES Project will also use some of the podcasts as part of those exhibitions. Quilt Stories can be listened to in iTunes or downloaded as a mobile app for the iPad, iPhone or iPod. To find out more about the AIDS Quilt, visit aidsquilt.org.

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Sue Payne, Executive Director, Girls on the Run By Kate Atwood Run, Sue, run! Sue Payne runs a lot in her life. She runs a household, she runs for a hobby, and she runs a unique program for young girls in Atlanta called Girls on the Run. She shares with Living by Giving about her passion for a healthy planet and healthy young lives. She also wants to make sure you understand that Girls on the Run is about much more than running. Can you share a little about the mission of Girls on the Run? It really isn’t about “running” is it? Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. It is much more than a running program. We use exercise, positive reinforcement, and encouraging role models to help girls discover the confidence they need in those critical pre-teen years and beyond.

What led you to be the Executive Director of this organization? I first heard about Girls on the Run through running friends and then again when a teacher started a team at my kids’ school. I became a volunteer coach in 2006 and later joined the staff as the program director. I have been in my current role as executive director for the Atlanta council for three and half years. What do you love most about your job? I feel very fortunate to be a part of Girls on the Run. I believe in the mission and value what the organization is working towards and am proud to be a part of establishing a strong program in the Atlanta community. On a personal note, I am a runner and a

mom and a highlight of my time with Girls on the Run has been the opportunity to run with my daughter and to share the program with her as her coach and as her mom. I also love working with volunteers. You’ve decided to make a difference through your career. Can you share why giving back and helping others is such an important part of your life? It was ingrained at an early age. My father was a small business owner who always worked hard to give back to the community. The Girls on the Run community is a

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Walk to cure Diabetes is oct. 15 at centennial Park Sandy Springs-based Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta, the $54 million nonprofit provider of healthcare at home, recently received a $90,000 Common Goods grant from The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The grant provides unrestricted funding to help support and maintain the 63-year-old nonprofit as it pursues its mission to provide quality healthcare at home. cfgreateratlanta.org Dr. Sheryl Gabram received an Outstanding Performance Award for serving as a Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) between the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Health System and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). As a Cancer Liaison, Dr. Gabram is serving a three-year appointment and is among a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facility’s cancer program.

million for 2010. For information about membership, hours, and amenities, see urbanactive-buckhead.com Dr. Robert Castellino from Emory University and the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been awarded a $230,000 grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. Dr. Castellino’s research focuses on medulloblastoma, the most common invasive brain tumor in children, and this extended Scholar award will fund an additional two years of his research. Find more information about St. Baldrick’s at stbaldricks.org.

Two Turner executives are lacing up their shoes to lead the fight against type 1 diabetes. John Kampfe, Executive Vice President and CFO of Turner Broadcasting System, and Jack Womack, Senior Vice President of Domestic News Operations and Administration for CNN Worldwide, have teamed up as corporate chairs of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes on Oct. 15 at Centennial Olympic Park. The mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes is a priority for Kampfe and Womack, as both men have children with the disease. “The Walk is a great way to build a spirit of camaraderie and cooperation among employees while raising money for research to find better treatments, prevention and ultimately cure this unrelenting, chronic disease,” said Kampfe, whose daughter has type 1. “As a parent, I feel a great responsibility to do whatever I can to raise awareness and support for the Walk and the fight against diabetes.” “In Atlanta alone, an average of 35 children are unexpectedly diagnosed each month with type 1 diabetes,” said Womack. “In January of 2000, my son was one of those children. He is now a young adult who benefits daily from advancements JDRF helped support.” In Georgia, the Walks to Cure Diabetes began in 1981 with just a few hundred walkers. This year, well over 10,000 walkers are expected in six cities throughout the state, raising more than $2 million for type 1 diabetes research. To find out how you can participate in the Walk or for more information on JDRF, visit jdrfgeorgia.org.

Sage clothing supports Susan G. Koman for the Cure again with their “breast cancer tees” back at all three locations – Buckhead, Forsyth, and East Cobb – as well as on-line throughout the month of October. Pick from five designs and Sage will donate a percent of the sales back to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Long sleeve tees are available for $25 and short sleeve for $20. sagecothing.com. Grady Memorial Hospital has opened its new Walk-In Center just a short distance from the ER entrance. The center’s goal is to reduce the number of non-emergency ER cases. Patients with non-emergency conditions will be encouraged to visit the Walk-In Center for timely, cost-effective care. Patient navigators will be utilized to help identify patients eligible for care in the new center and will help patients establish a medical home for follow-up visits. Located at 56 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, the Grady WalkIn Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Urban Active Fitness in Buckhead has been ranked number eleven in the country by Club Industry Magazine,. The clubs are ranked based on total corporate revenues, and Urban Active came in at $100.2 KeepitINtown.com

Northside Hospital’s Blood & Marrow Transplant Program has the best survival rates for matched related and unrelated transplants of any program in the country, according to new data from the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), the federally funded organization that facilitates most matched unrelated donor transplants in the U.S. For more information about the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital, visit northside.com.

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Oct. 15, at 8 a.m. at Emory University. Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute holds the event to raise funds for a cure research. winshipcancer.emory.edu.

Firefly Run 5K is Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. at Piedmont Park. The race benefits Operation Once in a Lifetime that provides financial and moral support U.S. Service members, their families, and veterans. fireflyrun.com

Run Like Hell 5K/Run Like Heck Fun Run is Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. in Oakland Cemetery. A Halloween costume contest and prizes will follow the race. Proceeds benefit historic Oakland Cemetery and its restoration efforts. The race is limited to 1500 participants with no race-day registration. rungeorgia.com/heckrun. html.

A Future. Not A Past 5K is Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 a.m. in Candler Park. The “7200 Steps to Stop Demand” race raises funds for disabling demand of prostituted children in Georgia. AFutureNotaPast.org. Dream Mile 5K Run/Walk is Sunday, Oct. 2, at 8:30 a.m. at Georgia Tech’s Bio Tech Quad supports the education and welfare of underprivileged children. dreammile.org/Atlanta. Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser on Oct. 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Pizzeria Venti, 2770 Lenox Road. $10 donation goes to Team 65 Roses for Lila to raise money to find a cure. Hosts are Leslie Hale, Lila’s Great Aunt, and Gerry Korzi, Cycling Team Captain. For more about the event visit cff.org. Submit your health and wellness briefs to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

Partnership Walk Atlanta 5K Walk/Run is Sunday, Oct. 23, at 11:30 a.m. in Centennial Olympic Park. The event is organized by Partnerships InAction, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation, in support for ending global poverty. The fun run will take place before the walk with registration at 7 a.m. partnershipsinaction.org/walk.

Candler Park Fall Fest 5K is Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. The race will kick off the annual Fall Festival, which will include bands art and food vendors. The festival begins at noon on Saturday and continues through Sunday. Admission to the festival is free. fallfest.candlerpark.org. Junior Achievement of Georgia’s Autumn Dash is Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 a.m. at Kaiser Permanente. georgia.ja.org. Win the Fight 5K Run/Walk is Saturday,

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A new, free resource for Atlanta cyclists launched this past July. Ride the City – Atlanta, ridethecity.com, generates bike routes based on a starting and ending location from the user. Ride the City aims to make bicycling in cities safe and easy for everyone. The website was started by Jordan Anderson and Vaidila Kungys while in graduate school at New York University. As avid bikers, Anderson and Kungys noticed the lack of information on bike routes in the city and chose to address the issue. They launched Ride the City – New York in 2008 and have been expanding ever since. In developing the website, Anderson and Kungys used Open Street Map, a Wikipedia-esque application for maps. It was at an Open Street Map convention two years ago that Anderson and Kungys first decided to start working on Ride the City – Atlanta. The developers encountered some difficulties with Atlanta’s relatively few, compared with other cities they have worked with, bike friendly streets. “The bike infrastructure data was not good for Atlanta,� says Kungys, “We needed to collaborate.� With the help of the Atlanta Bike Coalition and other Atlanta-area contributors they have been able to significantly improve the data available on bike routes in the city.

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Round up your old gold and throw a party Annie Kinnett Nichols Remember the ring that old beau gave you – the one that meant so much, but now lives at the bottom of your jewelry box? What about your high school class ring with a fake blue stone or those chunky necklaces and bangles you bought at that market in Mexico? All you have to do is open the drawer and there are a ton of mementos from your past. I decided to round up all these old memories and attend a gold party. It was an interesting experience and also quite lucrative. Gold parties are new phenomenon, made even more popular by the spike in prices. The company I have experience with is Party of Gold. Basically, you’re hanging out with your friends for an evening and

selling or not selling your gold. Listening to stories of family pieces, old lovers, motherin-laws, sisters, should you sell or not. The evening was sentimental, sweet and funny – all the things a girl loves with a cocktail or two to top it off. I laughed, I cried, I signed up to host a party. Having the party at my house was the most fun because it was just my friends. If you host a party you get a percentage of the gold sold, including your own, so that was a definite bonus. I learned a lot about gold, too. I learned how most of my gold is metal (take a strong magnet and put it next to your jewelry, the fake stuff sticks like glue to the magnet). The rest of my gold, which I assumed was all 24-carat, was actually 18 or 10 or 8. It was also very eye opening to see what turned out to be ‘junk’ from those old boyfriends. The best part about the party was listening to everyone’s memories and helping people to decide to buy or to keep. There were so many dilemmas and great advice from all my friends. A friend convinced me to keep one piece I still had heart for and I’m glad I kept it. I convinced several friends to keep stuff if they were on

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Register now for the 24th annual Atlanta Dog Jog on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Piedmont Park. Presented by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the event for dogs and their owners is a 1-mile and a 2-mile run/ walk. All athletic levels are welcome, from competitive runners to casual walkers. Strollers and wagons are permitted. All proceeds will benefit Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure disorders and other special needs. atlantadogjog.org.

Pet Briefs The 2011 BarkWorld Conference & Expo is taking place Sept. 29 – to Oct. 1 at the Loews Hotel in Midtown. The national pet social media conference will cover all facets of social media, pet education, lifestyle awareness and networking for the online pet community. Special guests will include Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog; Ted Rheingold, Founder of Dogster.com; Jelena Woehr, Community Coordinator for Yahoo, ; Duane Forrester, senior project manager at Bing; Stephanie Miles, WebMD; Toni McNulty, Red Cross Dog; Bev VanZant, IAMS; Chelsea Jones, PETCO; and Paris Permenter, DogTipper.com For more information about the event visit barkworldexpo.com.

In cooperation with Buckhead Coalition and Peachtree Hills Civic Association, Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital will donate eight pet stations interspersed throughout Peachtree Hills. The pet stations will feature bag dispensers and waste receptacles. Experience has shown that pet stations greatly improve waste compliance while benefiting the public health and appearance of the community. peachtreehillsvet.com

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MuSic For the people non-profit enlists local musicians to fight poverty By Sydia Bell Poverty Is Real, a Decatur-based non-profit, is addressing a major issue within communities with the help of local musicians and residents. The organization hosts concert fundraising event featuring primarily local musicians. Every band that plays in the concert donates a song, which is then put on compilation album. The CD’s, along with tickets and t-shirt, are sold to benefit local charities. Michael Killeen, founder of Poverty Is Real, said the initial concert raised $6,000 with the help of local band The Bitteroots

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and Rebecca Loebe from The Voice for the Decatur Cooperative Ministry. Poverty is defined as a family of four with an average yearly income of $22,000 or less. Killeen acknowledges, “one of the major issues when dealing with poverty is that people don’t acknowledge it exists.” With 1 out of every 6 Americans living in poverty, he said that raising awareness is important now more than ever. Whether a person can volunteer their time, talent or money Killeen has made it possible for communities to help themselves while enjoying the festivities. For the next Poverty Is Real concert on Dec. 6, the action moves to where the Futurebirds, who were recently named by Paste Magazine as one of the top 30 bands in Athens history, will join forces with Woodfangs and Claire Campbell (of Hope for a Golden Summer), to kick off the second concert series at the 40 Watt Club. The proceeds going to Whatever It Takes, an organization which seeks to ensure that every child in Athens-Clarke County graduates from post-secondary education. To find our more information about Poverty Is Real” or the upcoming events being held in Atlanta and Nashville, visit povertyisreal.us.

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A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell Oct. 2, 1911: The Georgian Terrace Hotel’s first official public gala was held. Musical strains from a Spanish-costumed orchestra were playing that evening when the doors opened at 8 p.m. An estimated 5,000 promenaded for three hours throughout the wondrous main lobby, grand ballroom and tropical garden. Oct. 10, 1911: A colorful military parade headed north on Peachtree Street in the rain to the 14th Street entrance of Piedmont Park. Each October since, the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard has gathered at the same site for the rededication ceremony of the Old Guard Peace Monument. In 1924, City Builder magazine described New York sculptor Allen George Newman’s work as “perhaps the city’s most beautiful.” The winged goddess of Peace announcing the South’s surrender is ordering a Confederate soldier to lay down his weapon. The Atlantan whose passion inspired the creation and erection of the Peace Monument was Colonel Joseph Francis Burke, commander of the Gate City Guard on its reconciliation tour of the north. Burke was a resident of today’s Midtown community and once lived on the corner of Peachtree Place and Crescent Avenue. On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 2 p.m., the public is invited to attend the centennial celebration of the statue in Piedmont Park. Oct. 19, 1882: A young 25-year-old, future President of the United States appeared in Atlanta before Judge George Hillyer to take his Georgia Bar exam. His name was Thomas Woodrow Wilson. Oct. 21, 1895: On the day before the Cotton States and International Exhibition opened in Piedmont Park, Dr. Henry Rutherford Butler, said in his weekly Atlanta Constitution column, “What the Negro is Doing,” that the Negro Building was in its full dress and ready for the grand opening. Butler encouraged African Americans “with a spark of pride and patriotism” to go out to the exposition grounds and “make it a day long to be remembered in Atlanta, Georgia and the entire country.” From September 1895 through August 1904, Butler updated the city on happenings in the African American community. Oakland Cemetery is the burial site of Atlanta’s successful physician, pharmacist, and prolific writer, beside his wife Selena Sloane Butler, a noted Georgia Woman of Achievement. Oct. 24, 1940: The Rialto Theater on Luckie Street presented the world premiere of Medora Field Perkerson’s (1892-1962) best-selling novel, Who Killed Aunt Maggie? The Macmillan Company published the Georgia native’s mystery story in 1939. She was an author, journalist, and assistant editor of the Atlanta Journal’s Sunday Magazine. In March 1922, she married Angus Millard Perkerson, the magazine’s editor. For many years under the name “Marie Rose,” Medora wrote a weekly sympathetic advice column. Have information about Atlanta history to share with Ann Boutwell? Email her at annboutwell@bellsouth.net

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By Collin Kelley, Editor

Local authors have new work coming in print & eBook Autumn is here and it’s the perfect time to curl up with a new book, whether in the traditional format or as an eBook. We caught up with some noted Intown authors who have new books out now. Author of the mystery, At the End of the Road Synopsis: A young woman has gone missing, and Kyle was the last one to see her alive – bruised and bleeding, but alive. There’s a policewoman at his front door. The Paralyzed Man watches him from the neighboring porch. And no matter which way Kyle turns, no place seems safe anymore. The premise of your new novel, At the End of the Road, has some basis in fact - can you talk about it? The book is based on a real incident from my childhood. In the summer of 1976, When I was ten, I was riding my bicycle in the middle of the dirt road in front of my house when a car came speeding around a curve in the road. To avoid hitting me, the woman behind the wheel had to swerve. Her car flipped and rolled, ending up on its side. The woman crawled out, bloody and battered. She asked me to help her, but I ran away. I was scared. I was just ten years old. So I ran away and never told a soul. The next day I went back and the car was gone. No sign of the accident remained. The woman and her car had just disappeared. At the End of the Road is my imagining of what might have happened to that woman. Your first novel, A Very Simple Crime, and the new one both have very dark and twisted sensibilities. What draws you to that kind of writing? As a person, a human being, I’m not particularly morose. I enjoy a good laugh and helping others when I’m able. But for whatever reason, when it comes to the fiction I write, I’m invariably drawn to the dimmer corners of our universe. It’s the people that live in those dark places that I’m most interested in meeting. Conflicted people. People who, when you flip your car in front of their house, might run away instead of helping you. For more, visit grantjerkins.com. Jerkins will read from and sign his novel on Nov. 1, 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Libarary hosted by Georgia Center for the Book.

Author of the young adult book, Bigger Than A Bread Box Synopsis: Rebecca finds a magic breadbox that will grant any wish that fits inside it: a cookie, money, pens, lipgloss, candy, or a diamond. But Rebecca comes to understand that the box won’t solve her problems; she has to do that on her own. Where did the idea for a magic breadbox come from in your latest book? Well, I like junk stores and antique malls and yard sales. Bread boxes show up at them a lot. Also, I’ve always had a weird thing for boxes. I collected them as a kid. Every closed box is a little mysterious, because anything could be inside it, right? But really, the idea came about when my husband and I were driving to Iowa. Stuck in the car for 15 hours. I was trying to come up with my next book idea, and I asked him, “What if every time a kid wished for something, they got it, but then they found out the magic was stealing it all from other people?” By the time we got to Iowa, I had an outline. You’re from Baltimore and moved to Atlanta and the main character, Rebecca, did the same? How much of yourself do you put into the characters you create? All of my other characters have been inventions, but this one is different. Rebecca is really me. This book is about a kid whose parents are splitting up. She

moves in the seventh grade, and has a really hard transition. She has a Jewish dad. She finds herself living in Atlanta, homesick for Baltimore. She’s a caretaker to her small brother. She tromps around the streets of East Atlanta and Ormewood Park. All of this is me, and it was like going back in time to a bunch of vulnerable points from my own life. You’re known for being a poet and a children’s author – how do you balance those out? Are you working on new poetry? I am! I’m always making new poems, but my novel deadlines and my limited childcare make it hard to focus fully on my poems. Honestly, I am not balancing very well, and I’m not sure how to do that. Do you have any advice? Poetry is so vital, so important to me. It’s always been my primary genre until now. I hate to feel like I’m letting it slip away. I hear you have your own writing shed now – how’s that working out? It’s amazing! For a work-from-homeparent the idea of a separate space, a “room of her own” is wild. For six years I’ve been writing on my knees, finding peanut butter smeared on my laptop, legos in my coffee cup. Now I can go out to the shed and put things down, and when I come back they’re exactly where I left them. If I’d had the money to renovate the house I never would have done this, but in the end I think the shed is better. More isolated. Thank you, recession! It made me think creatively. For more, visit LaurelSnyder.com.

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Author of the novel, Should Have Known Better Synopsis: Dawn is happily married with two children, but then her successful best friend and sorority sister, Sasha, shows up for a visit and promptly has an affair with Dawn’s husband wreaking havoc on all their lives. Tell us about the story in your latest novel, Should Have Known Better. I got the idea to write the novel from my readers. They keep asking for a sequel to my second book, His First Wife. Set in Georgia, it features a KeepitINtown.com

Spelman alum whose marriage to a Morehouse man is nearly busted up when he has an affair. The readers wanted a little more drama. They wanted the main character, Kerry, to fight back. I thought I could return to Atlanta with this novel and kick out a story of a woman who does do a little fighting when her marriage begins to unravel. Dawn is actually one of Kerry’s classmates from Spelman, so Kerry gets to make a cameo. Your novels feature strong women battling back and growing after betrayal and loss – where do you find inspiration the inspiration for your characters?

My readers. So many divorced and divorcing female readers have approached me online and at book club meetings expressing a desire to see more images of themselves. More stories about women who felt like they were about to just roll over and die after they realized their husbands were leaving or even that they’d have to leave their husbands for whatever reason, but in single spectacular moment, they decided to get up, pick up the pieces of their lives and move on. That it was even possible to fall in love with their lives again. For more, visit GraceOctavia.com.

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Author of the novel, Captain Harding’s Six-Day War Synopsis: When a loose-cannon colonel at remote Wheelus Air Base, Libya attacks an Arab warship during the run-up to the 1967 war, handsome, hard-charging Captain Joe Harding must come out to his closest, straightest buddies in order to bring the pilots and their airplanes safely home. Libya and gays in the military have been in the headlines during the past year. Did you write Captain Harding’s Six-Day War to capitalize on those news pegs? Not in the way you mean. I arrived at Wheelus Air Base, Libya, near Tripoli, in the fall of 1966. I knew almost immediately that I’d eventually write about the city, the base, the Roman ruins at Leptis Magna and the interactions of Air Force men and women overseas. Joe Harding didn’t say hello until almost four decades later. How much of yourself is in the character of Captain Harding? A lot of Joe Harding’s history is also mine; certainly not all of it. I’m from Florida with roots in Tennessee. I attended Vanderbilt University where I joined ROTC but left after freshman year. Like Joe, I roomed in McGill Hall but definitely did not have an affair with the dorm adviser. My father was a drunk but nowhere near as abusive as Joe’s dad. I grew up around horses so I know the sound of a whip hitting flesh. After three years at a Strategic Air Command base in California I arrived at Wheelus Air Base, Libya, and was almost immediately admitted to the base hospital, though with an infection, not because of food

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poisoning. The doctors were uniformly kind and helpful, nothing like the monster flight surgeon of the novel. I did have a couple of on-base affairs, the orgy scene happened, local hustlers routinely worked the Uaddan casino’s bar, though I was never tempted to indulge. That said, I’d left Libya by the run-up to the Six-Day War so I had a lot of research to do. Has your work as a journalist helped your fiction? How so? Without great editor-mentors and 20 years of filing from one to four pieces a week, there would be no Mackle novels. My grad-school professors at Emory found my writing style too chatty for academia. Cliff Bostock, then editor of Creative Loafing, helped me find and hone my voice as a readerfriendly columnist and critic. Dudley Clendinen, features editor at the AJC, instructed me to observe and report, not judge. He sent me off on wild out-of-town assignments that seemed way over my head. I not only survived, I thrived. As a creator of realistic fiction I could not have asked for better training. For more, visit elliottmackle.com

Upcoming Readings & Events Charles Frazier: The author of bestselling Civil War tale, Cold Mountain, will discuss his new book, Nightwoods, on Oct. 5, 7p.m. at Georgia Perimeter College, 555. N. Indian Creek Dr. The event is presented by the Decatur Book Festival and Eagle Eye Books. eagleeyebooks.com

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A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans Kermit

Ruffins, Soul Rebels Brass Band & More Oct 30

ASPHALTE • Salon de Danse French Contemporary Dance Nov 5

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba West African Pop Nov 19

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE: A Dance Company Dec 3 & 4

Gala Holiday Concert GSU School of Music Dec 10

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Rialto’s Inaugural Dance Event Feb 11

The Music of Johnny Mercer & Friends Joe Gransden & vocalist Maria Howell with the GSU Jazz Band Feb 18

Israel’s Yasmin Levy & Omar Faruk Tekbilek from Turkey Mediterranean Meditations Feb 25

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Holiday Jazz Vespers

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Anoushka Shankar

Flamenco’s Journey: from India to Spain Mar 31

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole/Feufollet

New Voices in Zydeco & Cajun Apr 13 – 15

Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro GSU Opera Theatre Apr 20

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Jazz Trumpet with GSU Jazz Band Apr 21

The Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré Quartet Two Cultures: Israel Meets Mali Apr 28

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William Kennedy: The Pulitzer Prize-wining novelist will read and discuss his new book, Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, on Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Library. A Cappella Books will have copies for sale. acappellabooks.com Soraya Miré: The award-winning filmmaker and activist will read and sign her memoir, Girl With Three Legs, about surviving female genital mutilation in her native Somalia and her ongoing campaign to end the barbaric ritual at Charis Books in Little 5 Poins on Oct. 12. charisbooksandmore.com (Read an interview with Miré at AtlantaINtownPaper.com) Alan Hollinghurst: The winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty will read from his latest novel Stranger’s Child on Oct. 26 at Outwrite Books in Midtown. outwritebooks.com. Poetry at Tech: Carl Dennis and Kate Johnson will share the stage on Oct. 27 at Kress Auditorium in the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum on the campus of Georgia Tech. poetry.gatech.edu. Georgia Center for the Book: The organization has a busy October full of author appearances including Patti Digh (Oct. 4), John Fowler and David Parker (Oct. 10), Alison Weir (Oct. 12), John Sanford (Oct. 13), Candice Millard (Oct. 17), poets Janisse Ray, John Lane and Thomas Rain Crowe (Oct. 18), Amy Stewart (Oct. 24), chefs Virginia Willis and Kim Severson (Oct. 26) and Marianne Walker (Oct. 27). Most events are held at the Decatur Library. Visit georgiacenterforthebook.org for more details. Book Festival of the MJCCA: Mark your calendars for the 20th annual festival, which will feature appearances by Erica Jong, Regis Philbin, Jim Lehrer, Melissa Fay Greene, Dyan Cannon and many, many more from Nov. 5-20. For tickets and a full schedule, visit atlantajcc.org. PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 27 KeepitINtown.com


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Collin Kelley’s mystery novel filled with Paris intrigue By Wendy Binns Vanilla Heart Publishing will release Collin Kelley’s new novel, Remain In Light, in eBook format on Oct. 1. Those wanting the print edition will have to wait until January, but if you own an eReader, smart phone or read books on your computer, this one is sure to keep you up late into the night as the tension and mystery builds. So what’s it about? In 1968, Irène Laureux’s husband was murdered during the Paris student and worker riots. Thirty years later, she is still on the hunt for the man who knows how and why JeanLouis died – his secret lover, Frederick Dubois. Irène is aided in her search by American expat writer Martin Paige, who discovers that JeanLouis’ disappearance is tied to stolen identities, police corruption, longhidden government secrets and a shocking connection to his own past. Kelley, who is the longtime editor of Atlanta INtown, said Vanilla Heart decided to publish the eBook first after sales of his first novel, Conquering Venus, were largely in the electronic format. “Many publishers are trying new strategies these days and releasing the eBook first – or in some cases only an eBook version – is indicative of how quickly publishing is changing,” Kelley said. “I hope those who love a good mystery, will take the plunge and download it.” To find out more about Remain In Light, read sample chapters and watch the book trailer, visit collinkelley.com. The novel will be available the first week of October at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other eBook sites. C

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Images of America: Virginia-Highland: The Intown neighborhood is the latest to be spotlighted in Arcadia Publishing’s ongoing series of community history books. The book contains historic photographs and information compiled by Karri Hobson-Pape and Lola Carlisle from the community’s origins during when Native Americans from the Cherokee and Creek nations roamed the area to modern day. The book is available at San Francisco Coffee in Virginia-Highland, Barnes & Noble at Emory, Highland Hardware, Intown Ace Hardware, Helmet in Virginia-Highland, Eagle Eye Bookstore in Decatur, A Cappella Books in Little Five Points, Atlanta History Center Gift Store Margaret Mitchell House Gift Store and at online bookstores.

Divorce Ministry: A Guidebook: A broken marriage can often leave people feeling broken and unsure of their next steps. “In the best of cases, divorce rips apart soul, spirit, home, community, and finance,” writes Dr. Charles Qualls author of Divorce Ministry: A Guidebook. Over 1,400 people looking to regain stability have participated in Dr. Qualls’ divorce support groups over the past 16 years. His experiences working with them and various insights from particular cases are part of this recently published book. The guidebook sheds light on what it is like to work with the groups and divorcees and covers topics such as self-esteem, handling grief and breaking free of patterns. Ministers, church leaders and support groups can use this as a resource for healing and comfort and as a model for their own recovery program. Kind and compassionate, Dr. Qualls is an active member of the intown community and associate pastor for Pastoral Care at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. He leads at least two divorce support groups each year. You can reach him at cqualls@spdl.org. For more information, visit spdl.org and helwys.com. KeepitINtown.com

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The knitterati Hobby turns into art on the BeltLine installation By Sandy M. Tyler The Real Housewives of Atlanta is on hiatus, leaving Brigette Flood and me with time on our hands. Besides blogging, we’ve found that idle hands are also great for . . . uh, knitting. Wanting to make a contribution to Atlanta’s most ambitious greenspace, Brigette formed the Knitterati, an eightperson group of knitters and crocheters, and received a grant to show some love to the Westside BeltLine in this year’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine project. I was thrilled to be a part of the Knitterati’s installation … and not just because we drink whenever we knit together. Brigette, how did this all come about? Was it a desire to make your grandmother proud? I was going through an infatuation with street art and started joking with my husband, David, that I was going to become a tagger. To start, I was going practice around the house – maybe tag the kitchen . . . then the bathroom. Luckily for David and the neighborhood, I discovered the work of Magda Sayeg, founder of an incredible blog called Knitta Please and mother of the yarnbombing scene, at SXSW in Austin. I saw one of her installations and was inspired to recreate the spirit of it here. The Beltline is one of my favorite things about Atlanta. What’s the intention behind the Knitterati’s installation, and why was it important to be a part of Art on the BeltLine? Our artist statement says: Handmade knit and crochet tree coverings individually crafted to showcase the beauty of the BeltLine through colors and patterns as unique as the Atlanta community. Also as important is that all eight of the Knitterati live Intown, and we were excited to share our enthusiasm for the BeltLine project. It’s a big capital improvement that underscores the progress Atlanta has to make to stay viable and to evolve as a city. What do you hope people experience as they walk through the installation? Dr. Seuss flashbacks? We hope visitors think it’s a pretty and

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unexpected surprise. There are so many different techniques, types of yarns and textures. Everything should be touched as well as looked at. Talk about the colors and patterns chosen. There was a lot of discussion in the beginning about being more uniform with our choice of colors. We wondered if everyone should work within the same palette, but we opted against uniformity. It’s much more colorful and expressive with all of the different colors. It works well in the natural environment, and everyone was free to create their own pattern and style. You created a huge, patchwork covering for a tree that has become the focal point of the installation. What was the inspiration behind it? The creative inspiration was to “go big” to help set the tone for the rest of the installation, incorporating a lot of the colors we used throughout the tree grove with a whammy of visual impact. It’s like the mama tree: big and overbearing but in a good way, full of warmth and colorful love. No matter where you are in the grove, you can see it. Just like Nene Leakes. Ha. That tree wishes it were wearing something as fabulous as NeNe does. The knitting project installation is more hot, not haute, couture. How can readers find the Knitterati’s BeltLine installation? From 75/85, take I-20 West to Exit 54 – Langhorn Street. Turn right off of the exit, and follow Langhorn as it curves to the right and meets up with Westview Drive. Turn left onto Westview Drive and then make an immediate left onto Napoleon Drive. You can access the BeltLine from the cul-desac at the end of the street; a bright orange and purple tree sleeve lets you know you’ve found it. When you get on the BeltLine, turn right. You can’t miss it.

The Knitterati took over a stretch of the Atlanta BelLine on the Westside and used its knitting and crocheting skills to wrap these trees in colorful designs. In these photos, taken by Pamela Berger, The Knitterati crew installed their creations for the exhibition, which continues through November

installations, as well as a list of BeltLine performances at beltline.org, or check out the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine page on Facebook. And of course, tune in for our Real Housewives of Atlanta recap blog, starting again late this fall when the ladies come back for Season 4.

No matter which part of the BeltLine is near you, be sure to check out the work done by an eclectic mix of Atlanta artists. You can find a map of this year’s artist

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Oct. 1 The City of Avondale Estates and The Museum School of Avondale Estates present the inaugural Kidsfest. Kidsfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Street and Franklin Street in Avondale Estates. Admission is free, and activity wristbands will be sold onsite. All proceeds benefit The Museum School and will be used for much-needed school resources. Kidsfest will kick off with a Fun Run/Walk and will feature four “Kid Zones” in visual arts, performing arts, sports and wellness, and food and nutrition. Entertainment for the festival is the performing group Laughing Pizza. kidsfestga.com.

Oct. 2 Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery reconnects with its Victorian roots with the 32nd annual Sunday in the Park. Many come dressed in Victorian finery harkening back to Oakland’s founding 161 years ago as a garden cemetery for the street festival presented by Historic Oakland Foundation. Sunday in the Park features an artists’ market, living history demonstrations, storytellers, Irish dancers and a variety of live musical entertainment. There will also be a Victorian costume contest and photography contest. Carriage tours and free walking tours with an opportunity to enter some of the magnificent mausoleums will be offered. The children’s area will feature crafts and old-fashioned games. Oakland’s traditional Teddy Bear Tea will entertain kids of all ages with storytelling. The Bubbleman will also keep the kids amused in the children’s area. Food will be provided by Six Feet Under, Pallookaville and more. Proceeds from Sunday in the Park benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation. oaklandcemetery.com

Oct. 4 Hollywood’s brightest stars are coming to Atlanta for the east coast movie premiere of Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, which will benefit the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). The “dramedy” stars Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Elizabeth Olsen and Chace Crawford. Fonda and Atlanta business legend Charlie Loudermilk chair

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My Homework Ate My Dog and local favorite Kingsized; the Kids’ Village with free, familyfriendly activities; a convoy of the finest food trucks in town, Sweetwater Beer and Barefoot Wine; the annual Fall Fest 5K Road Race (runners get a free beer!) on Saturday at 10 a.m.; the Candler Park Tour of Homes on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.; an Artists‘ Market with more than 100 booths; Halloween costume contests and the Great Leaf Monster. Free admission. candlerparkfallfest.com

Generally, the adventure takes approximately two hours to complete. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted registration fees are available online at hikeandseek.org and range from $7-12. Day-of registration is slightly higher.

Oct. 21 The Morningside-Lenox Park Association will host its fourth annual Monumental Ball from 7 p.m.

Oct. 15-16 the benefit with celebrity friends at the Woodruff Arts Center Symphony Hall. Individual tickets for the premiere start at $150 and include a cocktail reception and access to live and silent auctions. Other packages include complimentary valet parking, a red carpet premiere entrance with celebrities, access to an exclusive champagne pre-reception that includes photo opportunities with the stars, and company or name recognition on event materials. For more information visit gcapp.org/peace or call (404) 475-6046.

Oct. 5 & 6 The Cathedral of St. Philip Flower Guild presents the 2011 Cathedral Flower Festival, which carries the theme “Vested Glory: Beautiful Flowers Inspired by Sacred Spaces.” The event will feature renowned floral designer Hitomi Gilliam. More than 30 southeastern churches and garden clubs created the floral arrangements in this year’s show. Tours of the creative floral displays, floral demonstrations and flower workshops with Faith Flowers and the Cathedral of St. Philip Flower Guild will be offered during the two-day event. Additionally, the 2011 Cathedral Flower Festival will include a special evensong service sung by the Cathedral Schola Choir on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow with Hitomi Gilliam. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Emmaus House, an inner-city mission of the church serving the Peoplestown community in southeast Atlanta. stphilipscathedral.org/flowerfestival

Oct. 15-16 The Candler Park Fall Fest will feature food, fun and music for all ages in Candler Park at the corner of McLendon Avenue and Candler Park Drive. Highlights include a lineup of musicians including preteen band

The Avondale Arts Alliance’s 9th Annual AutumnFest will take place across from City Hall in Avondale Estates Oct.15-16. Enjoy browsing

the artist market featuring a variety of mediums from artists from all over the Southeast. Live music and entertainment features popular bands such as Adron, Underhill Rose and Kodac Harrison. New this year, food and drink vendors will stay open after the artist market closes Saturday night so you can enjoy the live music of The Buggs, a Beatles tribute band. This year’s children’s area includes the Reptile Wagon, a mobile “reptile zoo” displaying everything from Cobras to American Alligators. Don’t miss the Southeastern Snake Encounter on the main stage on Saturday. Admission is free. For directions, hours and detailed information on participating artists, vendors and bands, go to avondalearts.org.

Oct. 15 The National Wildlife Federation’s popular Hike & Seek Adventure is coming to Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Hike & Seek is a fundraising event that inspires children’s sense of adventure by combining a nature hike and scavenger hunt. The 1.8 mile hike has interactive “Stop & Study” nature stations with live animals, naturalists and engaging learning activities. The event is appropriate for children of all ages, especially toddlers to age 12. Every participant is given a Map & Mission Guidebook to direct their path and will receive an Honorary Junior Naturalist badge at the end of the hike. Once Hike & Seekers return to base camp, they will be greeted by exhibits, more activities, and live wildlife. Check-in and registration begins at 9 a.m.

to 11 p.m. at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park to raise awareness and funds to protect some of the area’s beloved landmarks. Proceeds raised from Monumental Ball ticket sales will benefit both the Security Patrol and the restoration and repair of the historic Ivey and Crook monuments that enhance the beauty of the Morningside-Lenox Park area. The Ball will feature a buffet prepared by Affairs to Remember. Guests can also dance the night away while enjoying the sounds of the popular, Elvis-themed band Kingized. Black tie is optional, and costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $50 until Oct. 1 and $60 thereafter and available online at monumentalball.org.

Oct. 22 On Saturday, Oct. 22, nearly 40 Decatur restaurants and retail shops will come together in support of 50 Cents Period, a Decaturbased organization providing support for girls in developing countries and for refugee women in the Atlanta area. The organization’s mission is to help further the education of girls in or from developing countries by providing sanitary products, water filtration systems, facilities and health education to young women who would otherwise miss a week of school a month during menstruation for lack of funds. Participating businesses on Oct. 22 will devote proceeds from the sale of certain items for the day or donate a percentage of the day’s profits, among other creative ideas. The businesses will be flagged with red balloons and red sidewalk chalk. The gazebo on the Decatur Square will also be staffed with volunteers answering questions. 50centsperiod.org.

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Boo at the Zoo

: One of Atlanta’s favorite family Halloween festival returns for just four days: Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30. Find your way through magical paths, sample sweet treats, meet whimsical characters, all while exploring more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume, as there will be a Boo Costume Contest. zooatlanta.org

Georgia-A-Scary-Um:

For the third year, the Georgia Aquarium is transforming for the Halloween weekend, Oct. 29-31. Not only will the Aquarium be decked out with Halloween-themed decorations, but there will be music, candy stations, craft tables and costume contests throughout the day. georgiaaquarium.org

Spiralween:

Park Tavern is hosting their original Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 29. Expect outrageous costumes, live music, DJs and dancing. Girlz Girlz Girlz will be performing live and DJ Jazzy and Wats will be lighting up the dance floor. Think you have the sexiest, most exotic, original costume idea? Put it to the test in the $1,000 costume contest. For more information, visit spiralentertainment.com

Netherworld Haunted House:

Get your fright on just outside the Perimeter at the haunted house, which has provided thrills and chills for 14 years. Last year it was ranked the #1 haunted house in America by USA Today and Fangoria. This year’s haunted house is open nightly in October and the weekend of Nov. 4-5 at the Georgia Antique & Design Center, 6624 Dawson Blvd. in Norcross. More than 100 actors and cutting-edge tech will bring to life zombies, gargoyles, vampires and Gatorzilla. Admission is $22-28. fearworld.com

Goblins in the Garden:

Get the kids to don their favorite costumes for an afternoon of treats and activities at this annual Halloween-themed event at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sunday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 to $15. While you’re there, make sure to check out the Scarecrows in the Garden on display for Halloween. atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Mummies and Milkshakes:

The seventh annual event will be held in the reception hall of the Carlos Museum on the Emory University campus. Enjoy a milkshake as you watch funny vintage mummy cartoons and films. Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5. RSVP required by Wednesday, Oct. 27 by calling (404) 727-0519. carlos.emory.edu

Pumpkin Festival:

Stone Mountain is holding the event all month long with entertainment and activities for kids of all ages. Costume contests, scavenger hunts, trick or treating, storytelling and the Laser Show are all part of the fun. stonemountainpark.com

Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade:

Nationally known for being one of the biggest Halloween celebrations, this year’s event is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 11 p.m. with live music, street entertainment, outdoor beverage vendors and restaurants and, of course the famous Halloween Parade at 4 p.m. L5Phalloween.com.

Oakland Halloween Tours:

Get a nigh time tour of famed Oakland Cemetery from Oct. 28-30. Guided tours start at 5:30 pm each night at the Bell Tower and last approximately one hour. Tickets must be purchased in advance at oaklandcemetery.org.

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat:

Enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes. Treats available while supplies last on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. fernbankmuseum.org

FeSTiValS, ParTieS & beneFiTS

Cooler weather is here, but the festival and event season is hotter than ever. Here’s three not to miss. brookhaven arts Festival

The Brookhaven Arts Festival celebrates its 8th anniversary this year on Oct. 15 and 16. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the event highlights new talents and established artists from around the Southeast. Artists will bring their art for sale and display, and many artists will also provide demonstrations. The festival will offer a children’s interactive market, food stands, and live music from Women of Rock and the Round, Gwen Hughes, and Brown and Taylor. Saturday the festival stays rolling with food and music for a block party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The festival takes place on Apple Valley Road, directly behind the Oglethorpe MARTA station. MARTA will provide free parking for festival-goers. The Brookhaven Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization, organizes the event with the help of local volunteers. The Alliance is highly appreciative to all their volunteers, especially the returnees, but is always looking for more members of KeepitINtown.com

the community to get involved. For more information, visit brookhavenartsalliance.com.

Morningside Mile & block Party

The second annual Morningside Mile race and block party benefiting Atlanta’s oldest fire station is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16. The race begins at noon in Virginia Highland and ends with a block party at Doc Chey’s Morningside Village shopping center. 1424 N. Highland Ave. Runners and non-runners alike will enjoy an afternoon of festivities from noon to 3 p.m. including live music, food and family fun provided by Atlanta firefighters, Doc Chey’s and other Morningside Village businesses. Race registration ends Oct. 10, but space is limited, so register soon before racenumbers are sold-out. Register in-store at Phidippides or online at MorningsideMile.com. The first 500 registrants will receive a technical race hat and all other registrants will receive a cotton T-shirt. Guests can celebrate Doc

Chey’s 14th anniversary by competing in the 4th annual Noodle Eating Contest at 1:30 p.m. The fastest speed-eater to conquer a heaping bowl of noodles will win a $100 gift card. At 2 p.m., attendees can watch neighborhood schools and nonprofits compete for a donation check in the Charity Sumo Tournament. Other block party festivities include a live band, pet adoptions, craft market, local merchants, bouncy house, face painter, charity dunk tank and more. Kids can enjoy fire safety activities with station 19 firefighters in celebration of October being National Fire Safety Month. Bring your well behaved leashed dog to Intown Animal Hospital for $10 nail trims benefiting a local animal shelter and other doggie fun. Food provided by Doc Chey’s and other Morningside Village restaurants. Last year’s inaugural Morningside Mile raised $6,000 for Atlanta fire station 19 in Virginia Highland.

Jazzoo benefits Zoo atlanta Zoo Atlanta and Vantage Realty Partners bring back the fundraising event, Jazzoo 2011, on Saturday, Oct. 14. Vantage, an Atlanta real estate firm which focuses

on improving the community in which it operates, has concentrated its efforts on the Jazzoo charity event, a spin-off of a Kansas City event that has been successful for 20 years. All proceeds from the fundraiser will support Zoo programs that provide free admission to underserved populations and field trips to Title 1 schools. From 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m., the Zoo will host 30 Atlanta restaurants, 20 open bars, and live music from the band Yacht Rock. Among the participating restaurants are Highland Bakery, Tin Lizzy’s, Sawicki’s, Stone Soup Kitchen, H. Harper Station, Spice Market, and many more. VIP tickets are available for $150 and include early admission with tasting samples from participating restaurants, champagne, and a Jazz trio. Once the event opens for general admission, VIP ticket holders can make use of the VIP area with a private bar and food. General admission tickets are $100 and are allinclusive. jazzooatlanta.org

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Fall is in the Air at R. Alexander Gallery

A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts & Museums

Saturday. Admission is free. masonmurer.com

Fall is in the Air: This exhibition at R. Alexander Gallery features paintings by artists Mario and Vadim and Tatyana Klevensky that demonstrate their enchanting abilities to bring calmness and tranquility to viewers. Opens October 5. Admission is free. ralexandergallery.com

Performing Arts

The Art of iPhoneography: This exhibit at Matre Gallery includes works by 10 artists featured in the book The Art of iPhoneography, which focuses on the specific techniques that define this genre of picture-taking. October 7 through October 31. Admission is free. matregallery.com Just Across the Tracks: Talking to strangers is the central theme of this exhibit at Whitespace Gallery that features photographs, sound recordings, collage works and a rotating diorama by Matt Haffner. Closes October 15. Admission is free. whitespace814.com Portrait of Spirit: One Story at a Time: This exhibit presented by VSA Arts of Georgia at Arts for All Gallery was first seen in Atlanta as part of the 1996 Paralympic Games and features photographic portraits by Billy Howard and excerpts from interviews with 25 individuals who live with disabilities. Closes October 21. Free! vsaartsga.org Monsters 2.0: Kai Lin Art presents monsterthemed artwork by Jon Arge, Matt Belfi, Maria Nela Garcia and others at this exhibit. Closes October 22. Admission is free. kailinart.com Elevate / Art Above Underground: This exhibition features innovative public art projects and live theatre, dance and music performances along the Upper Alabama Street Corridor and surrounding areas of central downtown Atlanta. Closes October 30. Free! ocaatlanta.com Real Things: Included in this exhibit at Mason Murer Fine Art is an innovative collaboration of art created from reclaimed materials alongside Coca-Cola-inspired works showcasing the transformation of The Coca-Cola Company as it moves into the future. Open Tuesday through

This Tennessee Williams play, presented by Georgia Shakespeare at Conant Performing Arts Center, paints a heart-wrenching portrait of the Wingfield family. October 6 through October 30. $12 to $45. gashakespeare.org Macbeth: Witches, prophecy, greed, desire for power, a wife’s yearning – which seals the tragic fate of Macbeth and his country? Find out at this production that’s sure to thrill and chill at New American Shakespeare Tavern. October 6 through October 30. $12 to $36. shakespearetavern.com Season Premiere: Atlanta Sacred Chorale opens their season with this concert at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts that explores the human need to express one’s self in song through cherished classics and newly penned compositions. October 8. $15 to $20. atlantasacredchorale.org Golda’s Balcony: This play based on a true story at the Alliance Theatre follows the life of Golda Meir as she adjusts from being a Russian immigrant to an American schoolteacher to the fourth prime minister of Israel. October 12 through October 30. $20 to $50. alliancetheatre.org Freud’s Last Session: Legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud and rising Oxford professor C.S. Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life just weeks before Freud ends his own in this play presented by Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. Opens October 12. $15 to $35. theatricaloutfit.org Paquito d’Rivera and Brasil Guitar Duo: Cuba meets Brazil in this special Atlanta premiere featuring clarinetist, saxophonist and Latin jazz king Paquito d’Rivera performing with João Luiz and Douglas Lora, the celebrated young guitarists Just Across the Tracks at Whitespace gallery

of Brasil Guitar Duo. October 14. $30 to $55. ferstcenter.gatech.edu Picasso at the Lapin Agile: This hysterical play at OnStage Atlanta by award-winning actor Steve Martin features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar and have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent. Opens October 14. $10 to $20. onstageatlanta.com Celtic Thunder: This group debuted in 2007 with their eclectic style of Celtic-inspired music, and they perform both solo and ensemble numbers at this concert at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. October

15. $46.50 to $65. foxtheatre.org Water Study: A Site-Specific Event: This collaborative work created by D. Patton White, Emory dance alumnus and artistic director of Beacon Dance, takes the audience on a journey through the environment of the Baker Woodlands ravine near the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. October 15 through October 19. Free! arts.emory.edu Tree: Two strong individuals must bridge the divides of race, gender and culture to weave together a common history in this play at Horizon Theatre. Closes October 16. $15 to $30. horizontheatre.com The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow: In this comedic version of the classic Washington Irving tale at Center for Puppetry Arts, schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image. October 18 through October 30. $16.50. puppet.org The Four Seasons: Presented by the Atlanta Ballet at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, this work by James Kudelka is a rich interpretation of the journey of life through dance. October 21 through October 23. $20 to $120. atlantaballet.com

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Rabbit Redux

Monsters 2.0 at Kai Lin Art

Br’er Rabbit to make his opera debut at The Wren’s Nest By Collin Kelley Editor

Mary Catholic Church features mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and guitarist Rene Izquierdo from Italy performing with the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra. October 22. $15. atlantamandolins.com

Symphony Orchestra players don costumes and scare up exciting classics at this annual laughout-loud horror show at Symphony Hall. October 30. $15 to $20. atlantasymphony.org

Commissions Then and Now: This Atlanta Chamber Players concert at the High Museum of Art features commissioned works from past and present by composers Geoffrey Bush, Ludwig van Beethoven and John Elmquist. October 23. $10 to $20. atlantachamberplayers.com

ASPHALTE: In this work by Pierre Rigal at Rialto Center for the Arts, the half-man, half-machinelike dancers write a story of love, glory, murder, war, revolution and beauty and eventually become molded into asphalt. October 30. $35. rialtocenter.org.

The Atlanta Opera will premiere Rabbit Tales, based on the Br’er Rabbit stories by Joel Chandler Harris, at The Wren’s Nest on Saturday, Oct. 29. The one-hour children’s opera is the first ever commissioned by the Atlanta Opera and will tour Georgia elementary schools during the 2011-12 season. The libretto, written by Atlanta-based librettist and playwright, Madeleine St. Romain, will be based on the antics of Br’er Rabbit using the storytelling traditions of Western, Central and Southern Africa. The score, composed by Atlanta-based flutist and composer Nicole Chamberlain, will be written for four voice types, and will incorporate melodies and rhythms from African, Native American and Cajun music, as well as the blues.   The opera is under the direction of Park Cofield, who is known for is work at The Center for Puppetry Arts and his hit adaptation of The Red Balloon for Theater du Reve.

“The challenge for this touring production was making sure it could fit in a passenger van,” Cofield said. “The sets, costumes, keyboards and actors all have to be able to travel lightly.” St. Romain spent countless hours reading the Joel Chandler Harris stories before deciding to pick one of his lesserknown characters, Teenchy-Tiny Duck, to frame the story. “I wanted to use a female character, and there aren’t that many in Harris’ stories,” St. Romain said. “Then I found Teenchy Tiny Duck and it gave me an intrepid young heroin and a place for Brér Rabbit to be helpful rather than his usual trickster self.” In Rabbit Tales, Teenchy-Tiny Duck finds a gold purse, only to have it stolen by King Lion. Enter Br’er Rabbit with a plan to get the purse back. Cofield said opera-loving parents will find plenty to like in the story, too, since the music has familiar phrases from Wagner and Mozart. St. Romain said the music is complex, but the words will be very easy for young children to understand. The four singers who will take the show on the road will greet students as storytellers and then use simple costumes like ears, tails and paws to represent the various characters. Cofield said the opera will be interactive, encouraging students to make sounds and share the journey with Br’er Rabbit and Teenchy-Tiny Duck. For more about Rabbit Tales, visit atlantaopera.or or wrensnestonline.com.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Just in time for Halloween, director Alex Greenfield brings Stephen Sondheim’s chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime to the stage at Fabrefaction Theatre. Opens October 25. $13 to $27. fabrefaction.org Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them: This funny and tender play at Actor’s Express tackles growing up, staying young and falling in love. Opens October 27. $15 to $32. actors-express.com A Storybook Halloween: Kids will delight as maestro of the macabre Jere Flint and the Atlanta KeepitINtown.com

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I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… I had a phone call this week from my gallery manager Mali Harrell (who is also my good friend/talented glass artist/insanely compulsive taskmaster and workaholic) from Cape Cod. She had just arrived for a one- week vacation on the Cape with friends and had several “urgent” things that needed attention at our Decatur Gallery. Of course, none of them were really urgent. She was just having a hard time relaxing. I considered recommending an immediate dose of alcohol as a cure but worried about how that would effect her good judgment as she romped joyously carefree on the beach. When she called the next day, I could hear that she was already slowing down because her voice was just perceptibly slurred, so apparently the cure was working. After that, no word until she was back in town. Asked how her trip was, all she said was, “You need a vacation. It does wonders.” So I started thinking… yes, I do. We all seem to work harder these days, and in this supersonic age of electronic communication we need to move at a pretty good clip to keep up. As a businessperson I often find myself working on a laptop or my iPhone until late at night, forgetting to eat. This is bad for me the artist, because all work and no paint (never mind vacations) makes me very cranky. Plus I just get skinnier and flabby, which is not an attractive combination. When my grandkids came to visit this week I found myself with a telephone headset on as I combed their hair and did their laundry and played hide and seek, plagued by guilt for enjoying a few moments of recreation. Mali was right, I need to drink. I mean, I need a vacation. We all do. So the question is, how do you take a vacation and successfully take your work with you when you go? One of the friends Mali was visiting in Cape Cod is an artist who just moved there from Atlanta. The second thing she thought after moving was to open a gallery like ours and wanted to know if I could add one more thing to my “plate.” The first thing was the obvious: brain goes to mush as one absorbs the smell of the ocean. I completely understand. So I pondered this as a potential solution: take a vacation to a desirable location (read: anywhere there is ocean) and open an art gallery for undervalued local artists. The formula goes like this: work plan + plane ride to ocean paradise = guilt free vacation. It sounds deceptively simple, but I’ve got to try it, because it simply will not do for my friend who works even more hours each week than I do to be ahead of

me in the relaxation category. I need to lead by example after all, so it’s important that I figure this out. Artists are lucky in this regard. We can take our work and literally apply our skills anywhere. Want a change of scenery? Take your paints and go. Find out where you can paint on site and you can possibly pay for your trip. Or stay home and take a mental vacation by taking off your headset. There is plenty to do. Or of course if you are a dedicated professional like me, who prefers planning over hostels, you can choose from a number of art events both local and around the country to engage your skills. But that sort of takes the vacate out of vacation if you ask me, so I’ll just keep living through my friends until I get to Cape Cod. Here are some excellent art events and opportunities for artists and art supporters this month (and I hope you appreciate that there is not a single mention of Halloween except for Youngblood Gallery which always has skeletons): Oct. 1: “Caroline Pyle” at U Space Gallery – a funky joint in the Old Fourth Ward. 439 Edgewood Ave. uspacegallery.com Oct. 3: “Bohemian Circus: An Art” – an interactive art evening at the Apache Café. 64 Third St. apachecafe.info Oct. 8: “Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival at Harmony Park – always fun and easy to enjoy. Corner of East Lake Drive and Oakview Road. oakhurstartsandmusicfestival.com Oct. 8: “Fallen” – a group exhibit and opening reception at the Decatur Gallery. 153 Ponce de Leon Place. decaturgallery.com Oct. anytime: “Bruce Brainard at Mason Murer Fine Art” – all I can say is “wow.” 199 Armour Drive. masonmurer.com Oct. anytime: “Monsters 2.0” at Kai Lin Art – welcome them to their new home! 3096 Roswell Road. kailinart.com Oct. anytime: “No Posers” at Youngblood Gallery. 636 N. Highland Ave. youngbloodgallery.com Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta. Email: Patrick@affps.com

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Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) is back for its 13th year with a citywide festival during the month of October. The event includes a wide variety of exhibitions and multiple events around Atlanta and throughout the surrounding communities. The festival’s diverse offerings bring together professional and amateur photographers, general art enthusiasts, gallery owners, critics and collectors. Literally hundreds of venues – from galleries to coffee shops – are involved, so it’s impossible to list them all here, but some highlights will include: My Atlanta Exhibition: Photographers of all kinds are encouraged to bring their

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New Clough Commons building at Tech features sustainable design By Sydia Bell The latest addition to Georgia Institute of Technology campus is the recently opened G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons. Located in the heart of the campus, the 220,000-square-foot academic facility features 41 classrooms, two 300-plus seat auditoria and more than 2,100 seats for individual studying and is rapidly becoming the go to place for undergraduates looking for tutoring, advising and resources for continuing academic success. New and returning undergraduates are also being introduced to an alternative green lifestyle in the state of the art facility that is one of the first to incorporate

sustainability design throughout. Interactive screens in the building display real time usage of the rooftop solar panels and the 1.4 million gallon cistern, which allows for a projected 89 percent of water to be reused for landscaping and in restrooms. Georgia Tech prides itself on the fact that all building material was transported within a 500-mile radius to minimize fossil fuel consumption and have incorporated numerous bicycles racks and shower system located on the first floor to promote alternative transportation. For more information about the new facility, visit clough.gatech.edu.

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Top 5 Eco Celebs It’s hard to explain our fascination with Hollywood celebrities, but there are certainly a few of environmentally minded celebs that deserve our attention. Using their popular status for the betterment of our planet, the below actors and actresses are fighting for what they believe in and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. One of the biggest champions for a sustainable future is Leonardo DiCaprio, who after spearheading green building initiatives to help rebuild New Orleans, produced, created and narrated the impactful 2007 documentary, The 11th Hour. In the film he documents the many problems facing our planet’s life systems, like global warming, deforestation and mass species extinction to convey the message that the future of humanity is in jeopardy. Ensuring our planet’s future, his namesake foundation (leonardodicaprio.org) is dedicated to supporting efforts to secure a sustainable future for our planet and all of its inhabitants. Currently, the foundation is working to save tigers, which risk extinction in the next decade if action isn’t taken. Joining the eco-crusade are Alicia Silverstone, Daryl Hannah and Gwyneth Paltrow. These three women promote a balanced and responsible lifestyle, whether it is eating a vegetarian diet (for awesome vegan recipes, check out Alicia Silverstone’s www.thekindlife.com), living on a sustainable farm, hosting an eco-wedding or embracing organic and eco-friendly products in their daily lives. Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, GOOP.com, offers readers an array of sustainable options from traveling to shopping, while Daryl Hannah’s DHlovelife.com showcases green news and short films on all aspects of sustainability, like driving a vegetable oil car, raising chickens and composting. Also getting in on the action are Ed Begley, Jr and George Clooney, both of whom are passionate about finding energy alternatives. In addition to ditching a limo in exchange for a bike as transportation to a recent awards show, Ed Begley, Jr (edbegley.com) showcases how to create and live in an ecofriendly home on his Planet Green TV show, Living with Ed. He further demonstrates how you can create your own green home in his book, Ed Begley’s Guide to Sustainable Living, and with his non-toxic home cleaning products called Begley’s Best. George Clooney, on the other hand, takes the message of energy alternatives from the TV to the silver screen with Syriana, a film that fictionalized the rampant corruption of the oil industry, to help raise awareness and decrease our nation’s dependence on oil. He is just as passionate about the environment as he is about social issues effecting nations in conflict, like Dafur, Sudan and Haiti. While it might not be possible for us to produce our own documentary or move to an organic farm, it is possible to be inspired by these celebs by reading their blogs regularly, watching their TV shows or following them through social media sites. Pledge to once a week have a vegetarian meal, swap your car for a bike or watch an eco-film. The more you immerse yourself in how others are working to preserve our planet, the more you’ll want to do your part, too.  For more eco-living tips and news, visit my blog at LauraSeydel.com.

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Eco-Briefs Atlantic Station now offers Atlanta’s first public electric vehicle charging station. The multi-outlet station is powered by overhead solar panels and is available to motorists with electric powered, zero-emissions vehicles 24 hours a day. The charging station is located on 17th Street across from the Millennium Gate. The charging station will be able to fully charge any of the currently available U.S. electric vehicles – including the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf – in three to seven hours vs. the standard charging time of 11 to 25 hours, depending on the type of electric vehicle. Motorists will not be charged to use the charging stations through the end of 2011. Beginning January 2012 motorists will be charged $3 per hour to use the station. Guests will be able to pay to use the station with apps on their smart phones or with a card swipe at the station. atlanticstation.com. Trees Atlanta presents the 12th Annual Tree Sale on Oct. 8. The sale, located at Trees Atlanta’s headquarters, 225 Chester Ave. in Reynoldstown, will feature over 1,000 native and unusual trees and plants. A few of these trees include dogwood, elms, baldcypress, crapemyrtles, yellow flowering magnolias, an American wisteria called ‘Amethyst Falls’, American hazelnut, dwarf tulip-poplar, 5

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varieties of silverbells, and 19 varieties of oaks. Trees Atlanta donors of $500 or more are invited to attend a preview shopping Friday night the evening before the Tree Sale (4 to 6 p.m. only). treesatlanta.org .

As part of a major streetscaping project in Midtown Atlanta, Tunnell-SpanglerWalsh was asked by the Midtown Alliance to improve the aesthetics and function of Juniper Street. The TSW team’s design keeps three lanes of one-way travel and incorporates a bike lane, as part of the City’s existing bike lane system to provide alternative commuting options. Off-peak parallel parking was realigned, and new trees and more spacious sidewalks will be added. Additional planters, benches, bike racks and trash receptacles will tie the street together visually and make it much more appealing and safe for cyclists and pedestrians. midtownalliance.org.

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WHAT’S ALL THE HUBBUB? The Hub Atlanta fosters local entrepreneurship By Taylor Arnold The Hub is more than your typical office space – it is where entrepreneurship meets social change. Located on Spring Street just south of the I-85/I-75 interchange, the Hub Atlanta (hubatlanta.com) is a place for meeting, working, innovating, learning and connecting. People from all professions, backgrounds and cultures are welcome to join, and members can enjoy access to meeting and workspaces as well as lectures, exhibitions, film screenings and a variety other events. “Everything we do is about supporting the entrepreneur,” says Michelle Morgan, founder of the Hub Atlanta. “We create opportunities and experiences that help people to grow their businesses. We do this through a collaborative community, workshops, and internal networking and matchmaking. We also happen to have space where people can sit and work.” The Hub Atlanta opened in April 2010, and currently has approximately

115 members. “My local impetus is about looking for a way to bring out a culture that I think exists here in Atlanta, but isn’t as connected as it could be,” she says. “We try to help people do things better, with less expense and in the brilliant company of others.” The Spring Street location can accommodate a working community of 600 people in different levels of membership, and another 1000 for events. “Our longterm goal is to have a large enough community to support five to seven locations around Atlanta,” Morgan says. “By having multiple spots, we aren’t limited by the geography of Atlanta, and we can lessen the daily commute of our members.” The concept for the Hub began in London and quickly moved through Western Europe. In the U.S., the first Hub opened in Berkley, California, and Morgan says there are plans to open locations in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Seattle, and New York in the next year. Today there are 26 Hubs in 24 cities around the world.

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The Hub has a variety of membership levels, and membership can change as a business grows. There is a Hub Connect package for people who aren’t in need of space but want to be involved in the Hub community, a Hub Unlimited package for professionals who want fulltime desk access, and multiple levels in between. Members can also purchase additional benefits like conference room time and event space, as well as moveable file storage. The core area of the Hub Atlanta includes a kitchen, two conferences rooms, and a restroom with a shower for bike commuters. Within this area, there are four meeting areas with smaller tables and chairs with a variety of spaces to read, eat, or chat. The open workspaces are equipped with furniture that will collapse for events and gatherings, and they can accommodate a gallery installation, film screenings, and training sessions of 30 to 45 people. As a part of their regular display, the Hub Atlanta has a Member Profile Wall showing the background and activities of the people who make up the Hub community. Alongside this is a Be Aware Wall filled with the goings on around town. And out back, the patio provides a nice spot to listen to the sounds of the city. “In our immediate future, we see a nice secure bike rack,” Morgan says. “And a bit further down the road, I can imagine a few spots close by that we would like to see as a small community garden if our members are inclined.” During the evening, the Hub Atlanta transforms into event spaces for lectures, debates, dinners and cultural fare, playing host to some of the most compelling speakers and facilitators from around

the U.S. and beyond. “We are launching several interactive discussions and series in sustainability and the changing face of work,” Morgan says. “We’ll look at how values-based work and a desire for it is influencing existing and new companies.” This fall, Morgan is rolling out a calendar of activities including a finance boot camp and a film community gathering that will give local filmmakers a place to showcase their films discuss their work. The Hub Atlanta also offers ongoing office hours that include free consultations with a number of professionals in the areas of strategy, legal, capital raise, pitch coaching and soft skills coaching. With a dynamic mix of corporate executives, community leaders, and freelance professionals, the mission of Hub is clear: This is a network designed to enable people to thrive … at the global level as well as the local. “That does cover a lot of ground with multiple sectors, but there is an underlying agenda about collaboration within the network,” Morgan says. “We are about entrepreneurialism and social enterprise and serving those two communities.”

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Why Can’t We All Be Friends? Facebook must have recognized – or come to terms with – some of its own negatives after the launch of Google+. It’s been adding features that seem directly influenced by functionality users have been enjoying on the new Google+ playground. Is this “me too” factor giving Facebook an out of the blue wake up call similar to the one MySpace suffered? Hard to imagine fickle winds of the end users could push its 730 million fans elsewhere, but when you’re number 1, the goals is to remain there. I’m not sure how many people are actively engaged on Google+ these days. The uptake rates were reportedly high, but I don’t hear many people outside the social media world talking about it. If nothing else, we have Google+ to thank for the improvements to Facebook. Big plus! So what are they? Recent updates to Facebook are two new list-related features

designed to make it easier to share posts with small groups of people who belong to the same family, city, workplace or school you do, and to help separate your best friends from your not-so-best friends. Although customizing your friend lists isn’t new (I always wonder who has that kind of time, and I work in social media), now Facebook creates automatic “Smart Lists”, based on your profile information. Smart Lists help people who are overwhelmed by status updates and/or cautious of posting because there are variables in that evergrowing friend list. Now you can have Close friends and Acquaintances listed separately. The difference is in the amount of postings you see. Be warned: people can see which list they’re on. Isn’t that so Facebook, to give you a tool, but then make your use of it public? To find your smart lists, look on the left side of your Facebook profile page. There’s a new section titled Lists, with auto-populated categories underneath it, including things like Close Friends, Classmates, Co-workers. The improvement was rolled out on Facebook, but we definitely have Google+ Circles to thank!

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PurSuinG TruCe in SaMe-Sex FaMilY diSPuTeS By Heather C. Wright The legal system is no place for your family disputes. It is especially true in same-sex family matters. In this state, the resolution of family matters for same-sex couples can only be described as legally oppressive. If you are heterosexual, Georgia superior courts follow a similar system for resolving family matters, like divorce, child support, child custody, and adoption, wherein all issues are resolved in the same action. Either spouse or parent can instigate these kinds of matters. There are easily obtainable forms, procedures, formulas and worksheets to accomplish these tasks. These resources help the family law system run efficiently, particularly in light of the volume of cases. So, as the statistics would make you believe; it is easy to get divorced – unless you are a same-sex couple or family. For family matters involving same-sex families, there is no real mechanism for dealing with the break-up of a same-sex household. As such, when same-sex couples break-up, there is excessive legal expense in trying to resolve the various property ownership claims and any child custody issues that may arise. KeepitINtown.com

In a same-sex break-up, there is no divorce action, because the parties are not legally “married.” Under current Georgia law, the joint ownership of any assets or property between same-sex couples must be resolved under various contract theories and property claims (including other legal theories too complicated for this article), meaning that each asset is the subject of a separate claim under a separate theory. So, a long-term same-sex couple might easily have a hundred different “claims” against one another. For each legal ownership claim, the same-sex partners must prove their intent with regard to ownership, the value of the asset, whether provision was made for disposing of ownership, and so on and so forth. This analysis must occur with each asset, account, or any other matter in dispute. While you might argue that it the same standard for a heterosexual divorce, the truth is that contract issues require more stringent standards than the type of evidence relevant to a typical “divorce.” You can imagine how hard it is to explain why or how you acquired things as a family, especially when you the family is not legally

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Business & Retail Briefs Atlanta Microenterprise Initiative (AMI) is holding a free orientation for their classes on turning an idea into a business on Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Economic Development Agency office, 1389 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 102. The orientation will cover course components, requirements and expectations, and provide a brief description of the topics and areas covered, as well as the benefits available to clients who successfully complete the series. Classes are held in the WEDA office on Saturdays from 10 a.m to 2:30 p.m. WEDA and Mayte Peck, Loan Consultant, will also host a free Access to Capital workshop on Oct 27 at the WEDA office. Attendees will learn step by step the process to obtain the funds that their business needs and what banks and micro lenders are looking for in evaluations. Workshop begins at 6 p.m. weda-atlanta.org for more information.

The Ford Motor Company Fund has given a $20,000 gift to Atlanta Mission to support educational classes offered at the women’s and children’s facility on Howell Mill Road. The funds will provide materials and resources for classes such as parenting, GED prep, personal development, financial responsibility, group and individual counseling, 12 Step Meetings, work therapy, and child development classes. For more information, visit atlantamission.org

Tiny Revolutionary, a collection of t-shirts that evoke a sense of social responsibility in children and adults, provides tees for individuals and organizations that want to make a significant change in issues ranging from animal rights to poverty. Available in infant to an adult’s XL, the tees are produced sweat-shop free, use non-toxic and waterbased inks with price points ranging from $20 to $35. For more information on prices and partnership, see tinyrevolutionary.com A dozen partners from Morris, Manning & Martin law firm have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. The full list is available online at bestlawyers.com. For additional information, visit mmmlaw.com.

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Georgia Commerce Bank has assumed the deposits and assets of CreekSide Bank and Patriot Bank of Georgia. All of the branches of CreekSide and Patriot Bank reopened at their regularly scheduled time after the Labor Day holiday as branches of Georgia Commerce Bank. All depositors of both banks will automatically become depositors of Georgia Commerce and deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC as before. gacommercebank.com The Buckhead Coalition has budgeted grant funds to partner with the Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID) and Atlanta Police Foundation, to provide incentives for neighborhood police residents and for official monitoring of private surveillance cameras in Buckhead. The residency program makes $3,000 available to each uniformed officer who moves into Buckhead in addition to whatever rent concessions can be negotiated. A police car will also be available to each of said officers to drive home. The camera initiative is an effort to tie privately owned equipment at retail outlets, office buildings, etc., to a central monitoring station operated by the Police Foundation. The CID will cover the area within its boundaries, and the Coalition will be responsible for the balance of the 28 square miles of official Buckhead. Sally Silver has been awarded the 2011 Georgia Department of Transportation’s Commissioner’s Award, which is presented each year to a Georgian deemed especially influential in promoting and implementing transportation improvements. The recognition came as part of the 2011 PACE Awards held in August at the GeorgiaPacific Auditorium, in which The Clean Air Campaign, GDOT, WABE-FM, and area transportation management associations recognized the public-and private-sector entities that have done the most to promote

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strategies for improving air quality and mitigating traffic congestion. Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta has appointed Heather S. Rocker to the position of chief executive officer. Rocker joins from the Women in Technology (WIT) Foundation. Prior to her role with WIT, Rocker was associated with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and EnerVision, Inc. girlsincatl.org Arby’s Foundation has appointed regular Atlanta INtown contributor Kate Atwood as executive director of the Arby’s Foundation, a charitable foundation created by Arby’s 25 years ago. Atwood will oversee the implementation of a new mission direction for the foundation, which was unanimously agreed upon by a strategic task force of diverse foundation stakeholders, including representatives from Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., the AFA Service Corporation, Arby’s Foundation board members and restaurant suppliers who donate to the foundation. Atwood joins from her role as executive director of Kate’s Club, a support network for children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. arbysfoundation.org. Sharian Rugs, 368 West Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur, is celebrating its 80th anniversary with an annual sale Sept. 30 to Oct. 9. sharian.com EUE/Screen Gems announced last month that it would be a new 30,000 square foot sound stage at the busy Lakewood Fairgrounds Studio Campus in southeast Atlanta. The demand for studio space in the city has exceeded expectations as more and more films and television shows are being shot here. In the spring, EUE/Screen Gems opened a 37,500 square foot sound stage at Lakewood, making it one of the largest east of Los Angeles. Send business and retail briefs to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

recognized. The lack of legal standing, as a practical matter, can force partners to prove ownership under numerous different claims; rather, than simply sorting through the pile that is a “marital estate” as is the case for heterosexual spouses. And, we haven’t even discussed any child custody issues that might be applicable or issues relating to adoption. This “process,” which is really no process, is not a workable solution for samesex families. Regardless of your political or religious beliefs, this lack of a rational process for same-sex couples or families has to make you wonder how we can better help samesex families resolve disputes without adding to the already massive burden shouldered by our courts. Frankly, without significant changes in the law, there is only one effective way to resolve same-sex family disputes – Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”). Arbitration and mediation are the only cost-effective and private methods of dispute resolution for same-sex families. Through arbitration or mediation, samesex families can work privately with an arbitrator or mediator to resolve all of their family issues without necessarily filing a single pleading. In the ADR setting, same-sex couples can privately reach an agreement that works for them and their family without public scrutiny or court control. In this respect, same-sex families may have an edge over heterosexual couples for not being required to obtain court orders on certain matters. Since the parties are not “married,” they can enter into a private contract, either by arbitration award or mediated agreement, resolving all of their property ownership without any court intervention, because there is no legal entity – the marriage – to dissolve. Fortunately, as ADR has become more popular among attorneys, the availability of private mediators has become more prevalent. Many companies now offer a wide-range of seminars and tutorials for parties interested in learning more about ADR. In almost every case, early arbitration or mediation saves the parties time and money. Consequently, while it is always true that arbitration and mediation work well in family disputes, there is simply no other choice for same-sex family disputes under the current state of Georgia law. To learn more about ADR, including the availability of educational seminars on same-sex families and other matters, go to www.onemediation.com or www. thewrightattorneys.net.

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Cooking and memories go hand and hand for my friend, Hilly. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, he is a southerner who loves to talk food, which often leads him to talking of his grandmother. An excellent cook, she had no need for recipes, relying instead on her finely tuned senses. Along the way, she taught Hilly how not just to cook, but the importance of seeing, listening, feeling, smelling and tasting food. Making Lee-Lee proud, Hilly went on to culinary school and has been in the food business ever since. His wonderful wife, Michele is featured above

as well as the inspiration for this recipe, Grandma Lee-Lee herself, who passed on just one year ago. Hilly recreated her biscuit recipe from memory. He loves these biscuits because they're light and fluffy and were a staple in Lee-Lee's kitchen every morning.

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learning his cooking lessons early from his dad, "That's perfect, we don't want to mix too much...can't mix with your hands buddy, here use this..." I bet lil' Max will be as good a chef as Hilly one day...he's already better than me, ha! Hilly introduced me to a baking musthave I had no idea existed. The Silpat baking mat can be added to any baking sheet and is a non stick surface that is ridiculously easy to use. No more greasing baking sheets and baked items slide off with ease. It's a great gift for anybody who likes to bake and I hope my mom isn't reading this. "Drop" your spoonfuls of dough onto your baking tray, about an inch apart. Bake until the biscuits are light brown, 1012 minutes. Serve immediately. These Southern Drop Biscuits are highly addictive. As soon as they came out of the oven, I had to have one and they truly are perfection, I hope you try. Thank you Hilly, Michele and Max for sharing Grandma Lee-Lee's recipe with us. Stay tuned for an upcoming recipe with Hilly that's a bit more on the sweeter side...

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Quick Bites News & Notes

Barry Mills and Richard Blais’ new hot dog restaurant HD1 is now open in the former San Francisco Coffee building in PonceyHighland. Executive Chef Jared Lee Pyles will reinterpret the American classic with house-ground meats with housemade condiments, artisan buns and plenty of sides like brisket chili, waffled fries, and a full bar. HD1 is located at 664 N. Highland Ave. hd1restaurant.com Gourmet sandwich shop, Which Wich, recently opened at Lenox Square. Offering an array of sandwiches, sides, and desserts, Which Wich’s menu also includes vegetarian and healthy sandwich options. whichwich.com The Inn at Serenbe hosts the 11th annual Afternoon in the Country on Nov. 6 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants, paired with Georgia’s top Organic Farms, and select caterers and retailers will be set up in a tasting format alongside fine wine and premium microbrews – all under festive big-top tents. The event also features live music, cake raffle, hayrides, and children’s activities. Tickets are $95 for adults, $35 for youth (13-20), and free for children 12 and under. ldeiatlanta.org

Craig Richards has been named executive chef of Ecco, while Brent Banda will replace Richards as La Tavola Trattoria’s executive chef. Both restaurants are owned by Fifth Group. fifthgroup.com Blue Moon Pizza celebrated the grand opening of their third Atlanta location last month in Buckhead. Fifth percent of the grand opening proceeds went to Buckhead Christian Ministry. bluemoonpizza.com The City of Decatur Active Living presents the first annual Food Day at the Decatur Farmers Market on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. The day promotes the benefits of eating real food with a presentation on “The Great Pumpkin—Sweet and Savory Ways to Enjoy a Delicious Fall Food” as well as healthy recipe sharing and free samples. The event is part of a nation-wide campaign to encourage Americans to “Eat Real.” foodday.org Chef Zeb Stevenson of Livingston Restaurant + Bar has rounded up Atlanta’s favorite chefs (and their finest cowboy hats) to harness the power of food at the 5th annual Crystal Boots and Silver Saddles Premier Western Gala on Oct. 14 at Mason Murer Fine Art. Guests will arrive in western chic attire and walk the red carpet to a variety of activities including a mock casino with roulette wheels, Texas hold ‘em and blackjack tables. General Admission starts at $100, with VIP and sponsor level tickets available. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Ovarian Cancer Institute. crystalbootssilversaddles.org McDonald’s restaurants in Atlanta were the first in the nation to launch the new Happy Meal that offers apple slices as a side. The meal also includes a new, smaller size French Fries (1.1 ounces), but the option of apples is only available upon request.

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Taste of Atlanta celebrates 10th anniversary Oct. 22-23

By Julia Turner Food and beverage connoisseurs brace yourselves: on Oct. 22 and 23, Taste of Atlanta is going big for its 10th anniversary. Taking place on 5th Street between Techwood Drive and West Peachtree Street again this year, the festival promises to be a weekend that cannot be missed with more than 80 restaurants offering bites. In honor of the big 1-0, Taste of Atlanta kicks off with The Big Grill event on Friday, Oct. 21. The evening will include an array of grilled bites, beer, live music and cake. Atlanta chefs Kevin Rathbun, Scott Serpas, Ford Fry and others will be present as well as Food Network’s Aarón Sánchez. The block party will support Georgia Organics. This year the festival has added live

cooking competitions, which will range from timed, secret ingredient contests to challenges to recreate the best dish the chef has ever tasted. There will also be a Top Chef Kids Cooking competition that will pair up three chefs-in-training with professional Atlanta chefs. Also new this year is the Global Flavors International Stage where Atlanta chefs will be able to showcase their signature dishes. “Atlanta has such a diverse culinary landscape,” says event director Dale DeSena, “and Taste of Atlanta chefs represent flavors from every corner of the world.” Old favorites will return for the 10th anniversary celebration as well. Both the Barcraft Competition and the Inside the Food Studio experience will be back, and the festival’s Silent Auction will take place on 5th Street Bridge. The auction will benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day-of and are available at tasteofatlanta.com.

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Tickets are on sale now for the 10th annual Decatur Wine Festival on Saturday, November 5, 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the historic Old Courthouse Square in Downtown Decatur. This year’s festival will showcase more 350 wines, domestic and international, as well as organic and sustainably produced wines. Sample fare from Decatur’s best eateries and enjoy live music from the Gwen Hughes Band and The Shadowboxers. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance, which offers the Decatur Arts Festival and other art events free to the community each year. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased in advance at ticketalternative.com. A limited number are available in advance at Decatur Package Store. Admission is limited to 2,200 people and attendees must be 21 or older. For more information please call (404) 371-9583 or visit decaturartsalliance.org or decaturwinefestival.com.

Empty Bowl Project Latin-Asian fusion restaurant Taquiera Tsunami is now open at 2293 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The menu offers a variety of fusion tacos, sides and desserts. The restaurant supports tsunami relief and local efforts. TaquieraTsunami.com The Hotel Indigo in Midtown across from The Fox Theatre has completed renovation and redesign of its lobby and launched 683 Midtown Bar & Bistro.

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Virginia Highland mainstay Murphy’s is joining the effort to support local charities and raise awareness about hunger in Atlanta by partnering with nearby Wired & Fired for the 5th annual Empty Bowl Project. Beginning on Monday, Oct. 10, guests can visit Wired & Fired to add their artistic touch to a soup bowl at the paint-your-own-pottery studio. Then on Wednesday, Nov. 16, Atlantans will have the opportunity to purchase one of these bowls filled with a delicious dish from a special bowl menu at Murphy’s from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Open Hand, an organization that provides freshly-prepared, home-delivered meals along with nutrition education, counseling and therapy to thousands of men, women and children affected by chronic or critical illness. You can decorate an unfinished soup bowl at Wired & Fired using colors, stamps and stencils for $12 to $15, depending on the size of the bowl you pick to paint. The bowls will serve as a visual reminder of the millions of people throughout the world who go hungry each day. The bowls will then be sold for $20 at a at Murphy’s. Some of the bowls will be autographed by local celebrities. To decorate and donate a bowl for the Empty Bowl Project, visit Wired & Fired at 994 Virginia Ave. across the street from Murphy’s. Wired & Fired is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call Wired & Fired visit wiredfired.com.

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stAtE OF tHE mArKEt Real estate experts look back at 2011 and ahead to 2012 Shandra Hill Smith Now is the time to buy. Now is also the time to buy to rent. That’s the word from real estate professionals as 2011 winds down – and they’re forecasting more of the same for the new year. Here’s a closer look at what’s on tap for 2012 through the eyes of Intown professionals in the know.

John Clark

Even with no professional experience, you can’t go wrong investing in rental properties, says John Clark, president, Intown Consulting Group, LLC (intownconsultinggroup.com), a real estate investment advisement firm. Foreclosure properties are up for grabs and Clark says “there’s a massive supply of buyers. The last two years have been the best times to buy rental properties,” he adds. “The rental grade property is so cheap that the returns are around 25 percent. You can pick up houses for $20,000 and $30,000 that rent for $800 to $1,000.” Clark’s company provides consulting services to first-time investors. “We’ll hold your hand in getting you the right rental house in the right area to make sure you’re successful.” In the last year or so, he says Intown Consulting also has taken advantage of flipping, buying real estate and quickly reselling at a higher price. But he advises novices to steer clear of trying their hand at flipping. “It’s extremely risky and you really have to over-improve these houses and price them better than everybody else on the street.” For those looking to buy and rent, he suggests buying “quality rental houses in good areas. Really do your homework. Maybe do one little pocket like Grant Park and breathe it, get in there; every street you should know. Study your rent values and study your values in the neighborhood.” Clark says he’s looking forward to a bright 2012. “The sun’s coming out. I think people should get in the game.” KeepitINtown.com

David Boehmig

Specializing in high-end homes in both Intown and Buckhead, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty opens its first Intown office this month. Why now in the midst of a challenging marketplace? “Over the past year, we have attracted some of the best agents in the Intown marketplace, and, accordingly, have been very well received by home buyers and sellers,” says David Boehmig, president and founder, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty (atlantafinehomes.com). “As the economy continues to improve, we feel that we will be very well positioned to help clients to buy or sell their next home.” Boehmig says his office is seeing strong sales activity for homes at high-end price points and notes increased activity in communities such as Ansley Park, Morningside, Druid Hills and Decatur. For Buckhead and Ansley Park/Morningside in particular, he finds that “both markets have seen a nice bump in the average sales price of their homes. Also, the inventory of available homes has dropped, which will ultimately lead to stabilizing, and then rising home prices.” He, too, sees buying — both as a future homeowner and an investor looking for rental properties – as a wise investment. “ ‘Smart money’ is now buying properties,” adds Boehmig. “In some cases, this applies to investors, but more and more it applies to individual homebuyers who, after four years of this real estate downturn, are ready to take advantage of the low interest rates and good supply.”

Lisa Johnson

As an office that serves all Intown neighborhoods, along with Buckhead, the Intown Office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

(coldwellbankeratlanta.com) is finding an increase in home sales in areas such as Virginia Highland and Morningside. “According to data from Trendgraphix, there’s been a 24 percent increase in homes sold in the Virginia Highland area,” says Lisa Johnson, managing broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Intown Office, “and a 30 percent increase in homes sold in the Morningside area. This increase is based on the number of homes sold from January 2010 to August 2010 versus January 2011 to August 2011.” The price range attracting the most interest in those areas: homes $600,000 and under, Johnson notes. Additionally, the number of days on market for those particular areas, she says, has decreased, “with Trendgraphix data showing average days on market from January 2011 to August 2011 at approximately 105 days versus approximately 112 days for the same time period last year.”

Ken Covers

More of the same is what Ken Covers expects for 2012. That’s more of what Covers is seeing right now in a market that he says “has really

warmed up again. I am preparing myself for a similar, very strong year [in 2012],” says Covers. Covers, a realtor with Fourteen West Realtors in Atlanta (14west.com), says spring was really hot for his office, which specializes in luxury home sales in Intown Atlanta, including communities such as Morningside and Virginia Highland. “I had my best year last year with a little over $13 million. A few weeks ago, I was at $15 million already for the year.” The Intown market is much stronger, he says, including the areas of Ansley Park, Virginia Highland, Inman Park and Morningside. A price point that saw increased activity this year is the $800,000 to $1 million range, Covers points out. For “anything above $1.5 million, sales slow down. Those sales are not nearly as frequent as they used to be. It really comes down to the new normal that we now live in. [Homebuyers’] earnings are down and people are making very safe decisions, they’re very value conscious and the buyers have checked back their own expectations of what they need.”

Susan Fessler Optimistic is the word for Susan Fessler and her team at Morris and Raper Real Estate Consultants (www. morrisandraperrec. com) in Atlanta. “Even with unemployment at consistently high levels, job concerns for those who are employed, a volatile stock market, and fears of continued price PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 48

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Brookhaven. $379,000 1403 Towne Estates Drive. 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 4220924 Carson Matthews 678.595.9286

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drops on the part of buyers, in addition to restrictive lending policies by banks,” says Fessler, “there are a number of strong reasons for capable buyers to jump into the market today.” One reason she points out is the Federal Reserve’s decision to hold interest rates at the current level through 2012. Fessler, who owns the office that handles both single-family homes and condominiums, is encouraged that home ownership will become more of a goal for those now up against rising rental rates, which she says “have dramatically escalated over the last year. Atlanta has been identified as an increasingly attractive market where

owning a home beats the cost of renting. We believe we will see some of these tenants move into the ownership position as credit policies become more lenient.” For Intown living, Fessler says while the average sales price for Intown condominiums has declined roughly 12.2 percent year to date over 2010, both her office and the Intown market as a whole have seen an increase in sales volume of at least 20.4 percent over last year. “No one knows where the bottom will be until we’re well on our way up. Buying now will give a buyer the chance to experience the appreciation that will follow with tighter inventory levels.”

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved the master plan for the reuse of Fort McPherson, a military base located halfway between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and downtown Atlanta scheduled to close this month. Upon closing, the 488-acre site will transfer from federal to city jurisdiction. Core elements of the plan include the preservation of 40 existing historic structures, the addition of 1,780 new residential units and a 30-acre event/festival space. In addition, the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, Inc. (MILRA) will begin seeking opportunities for private or joint development on the site upon reaching an agreement with the U.S. Army. The site will include 21 acres for a Veterans Affairs clinic and 153 acres for green space. The remaining 314 acres will be available for sale to private developers or to be joint-ventured. The site plan also includes the development of a science and technology center, a 127-acre district dedicated to research and innovation in the life sciences. The concept, developed in collaboration with the University System of Georgia, the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Research Alliance and others, is expected to create 3.5 million square feet of lab, office, medical

and conference space. mcphersonredevelopment.com The Marketing Directors has added Tiffany Adams as director of marketing. She will oversee and implement marketing strategies for several of the company’s developments in Atlanta, Nashville, and Jacksonville. As director of marketing, Adams will direct advertising, media, public relations, budgets and overall marketing programs for clients. themarketingdirectorsinc.com On Nov. 12, participants will return to Dearborn Park to root out invasive plants for the 4th annual Park Renewal Day competition. Each year, participants in this event – all competing for prize money sponsored by Renewal Design-Build – clear more than an acre of English ivy and Chinese privet from the park. Teams will compete for the grand prize of $1,000, while second, third, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE KeepitIntown.com


REAL ESTATE BRIEFS CONTINUED and fourth place teams will take home $500, $300, and $200, respectively. County Park experts will score each team’s assigned plot. A live band, food, and the awarding of prizes follow the competition. For more information, visit parkrenewalday.com Pinnacle Custom Builders welcomes their new office manager, Jodi LaumerGiddens to the team. Laumer-Giddons brings a variety of skills to the job including being a registered architect with a special interest in green building. pinnacle-custom-builders.com

Renewal Design-Build continues to celebrate its tenth anniversary by hosting a free seminar series at the Buckhead Library. Kitchen and Bath Design Trends on Oct. 6 will inspire you to get started on that kitchen or bathroom project, while the Renovation Solutions for a Lifetime seminar on Oct. 17 will show you how to make your home accessible for life. Seminars begin at 6:30 p.m. Reserve online at RenewalDesignBuild.com or contact (404) 378-6962.

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bridge and is a haven for baby boomers and empty nesters alike. Carolyn Auger of Blackdog Studios was brought in to create a space for a proposed “client,” an older established couple or a financially secure individual, perhaps with a career that requires frequent travel. This potential client would prefer to live in a community where the grounds are kept by someone other than themselves and have access to communal facilities such as a health club and hiking trails without

venturing too far from home. Auger left no stone unturned when designing the Chattahoochee, a 3,170-square-foot home with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, den and sunroom all on one floor. Auger gathered furnishings from many local shops including Jimmy Stanton, Bungalow, Armor & Co and Redefined Home. With her thematic background, Auger has been able to nail the feel of the home without physically meeting the client. The home itself has all the signature

pieces one would expect from an estate: Viking appliances throughout, an abundance of granite, hardwood flooring, designer carpets, tumbled stone backsplash and ample amounts of walking space. With artifacts, books, and small figurines in every room, the space does not feel staged at all. “Everything has a story, even if it is subtle,” Auger says. For more about Black Dog Studio, visit blackdog-studio.com.

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The time for sustainable landscaping is now In the mid-1990s, the southeast region including Atlanta suffered through several severe droughts. As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m writing this article, we seem to be in yet another period of little or no rain and this brings to mind the impact of drought not only on people involved in the horticultural industry but all of us who live in Atlanta and the metro area. The horticulture (green) industry in Atlanta and throughout the state is huge. Hundreds and possibly thousands of small companies are growing plants, selling plants, spraying lawns and maintaining landscapes. These companies provide thousands of jobs in Atlanta alone. Almost everyone in Atlanta has followed the water wars with Florida and Alabama. Regardless of how this plays out in the courts, water will continue to be a scarce resource and decisions that are made concerning the allocation and use of

      

   

  

this resource will dramatically impact the ability of companies in the green industry to survive and provide jobs. After all, trees, shrubs, ďŹ&#x201A;owers and grass need water just as people do. Going back twenty or so years ago, people in the green industry started looking for a way to respond to this problem. Of course, the most sensible and obvious solution was to figure out how to use less water. It was at this time that the concept of xeriscaping came into serious consideration. A concept that originated in the Rocky Mountain States and California, xeriscape basically meant landscaping with plants and materials that used very little water. Although based on some very sound principles, the term xeriscape also conjured up visions of yards filled with pebbles, boulders and cactus. Almost no one bought into it. It just did not ďŹ&#x201A;y. The concept did not fit southern lifestyles nor did anyone want to abandon our rich Southeastern horticultural heritage. The idea was soon washed away when the rains returned, but the underlying problem, the scarcity of water, remained. Lately, a new concept called sustainable

            

                    

                         

landscaping is getting a lot of attention. This concept includes many of the principles of xeriscaping but is much broader and far reaching in that it embraces the idea that landscapes can be harmonious with the environment on a number of levels, not just water use. Unlike xeriscaping, one of the main tenets of sustainable landscaping is that, with proper knowledge and careful planning, a garden or landscape can be both aesthetically pleasing and harmonious with the environment. The issues of sustainability are broad, complex and fall into two basic categories.

The first category includes the issue of sustainability such as how to limit the use of non-renewable resources, water use, energy use and more complex issues such as carbon sequestration. These are issues that are not immediate and can be resolved over time. The second category includes nonsustainable issues that have a direct and immediate degrading impact on the environment such as water pollution and soil contamination. As I looked into sustainable landscaping, I became convinced that this is a road we will eventually have to go down,

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 52 the sooner the better. The issues here are complex and the challenges will first be to understand what the goals are and then how to achieve them and incorporate these principles into the work we do. There is a lot to learn and I have only briefly touched on the concept of sustainable landscapes. Once again, I suggest you go to the internet and Google “sustainable landscaping.” Read thoroughly. I think you will realize it makes absolute sense. Given the challenges and issues we face, I do believe this is our future.

Another suggestion: when shopping at your local garden center, ask questions about the plants you are purchasing. Are they drought tolerant or do they need water? Sun or shade? Is this plant truly a perennial, easy or difficult to grow? Make a knowledgeable decision and that will make you a much better gardener. Fall is here. Time to get to work. Walt Harrison is the owner of Habersham Gardens Landscape Services & Intown Garden Center, 2067 Manchester Street. For more visit, habershamgardens.com.

4 IDEAS TO START SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING: 1. Group plants that need less water in the same area and moisture-loving plants in another area. Efficient irrigation is a must. Irrigation manufacturers have come a long way in this regard. New irrigation controllers can be programmed to water different areas in the yard at different times and different rates of water use. Some controllers even hook up to satellites which adjust water rates and times to conditions on the ground. 2. We can all use organic fertilizers which degrade and do not enter our ground water. 3. We can also minimize turf areas and use grasses that require less water, mowing, fertilizer and pesticides. 4. By the way, a fescue lawn is undoubtedly a thing of beauty most of the year, but fescue requires huge amounts of water, fertilizer, weed control chemicals and pesticides. Fescue also requires more mowing and care than any other grass. Whenever possible, replace it with Zoysia, Centipede, one of the hybrid turf grasses or even install ground cover such as liriope, pachysandra or ivy.

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