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Hylarana picturata frog from Ecuador, see page 3

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Table of Contents: IN the Neighborhood 4 Save the Frogs! .................................. 4-6 Intown Notebook................................ 8-9 Letter From the Editor ..........................10 Charity in the City .................................10 Morehouse School of Medicine ...........12 Allergy Season Arrives .........................15 Health Briefs .........................................15 Explorations with Jennifer Campbell ...16 Pets ......................................................16 A Look Back ........................................16 Scene & Heard .....................................18

IN Business 19 Consignment Chic ...............................19 Business & Retail Briefs .......................21 Local Technology .................................22 NetWeaving Week ................................22

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This month’s cover frog was photographed by Brad Wilson in Ecuador. Brad is an Atlanta native who grew up in Marietta, where he developed a very strong interest in natural history from an early age. As a research associate and consulting veterinarian, he has been working with Amphibian Ark and the Atlanta Botanical Garden for over a decade, involved in plant and amphibian conservation projects in Georgia, Panama, Ecuador and Peru. Brad spends time in the field photographing wild flowers and fauna and has been gracious in supplying his work to many organizations for educational use. His efforts have rewarded him with numerous local and regional photography awards in the Southeastern Flower Show and Audubon Society Photo contests along with work featured in many scientific journals. Brad can be reached at snakedr@pipeline.com.

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Go Green 24 Earth Day Events & Festivals ......... 24-25 Laura Turner Seydel .............................25 BeltLine Bike Tour ................................26 Eco-Briefs .............................................26

The Studio 27 Inman Park Festival Guide ............. 27-29 Dogwood & SweetWater Fests ............29 Books by Local Authors .......................30 Flying Mystics ......................................31 Atlanta PlanIt Listings ..................... 32-33

News You Can Eat 34 Local Farmers Markets Open ..............34 Quick Bites ...........................................36 What’s Good ........................................37 Progressive Dinner Bike Tour ..............38

Real Estate 39 Eco-Friendly Homes ............................39 Green Home Incentives .......................40 Real Estate Briefs .................................41

IN Your Home 42 Spring Home Tours ........................ 42-45 Designing A Good Garden ..................46 Renovation Coach ...............................46

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IN The Neighborhood Save the Frogs! FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

E. Mysteriosus from Peru

Amphibian Ark works to save green friends around the world Why should we care? By Ron Gagliardo The global amphibian crisis made frontpage news during the Amphibian Ark 2008 Year of the Frog campaign. Locally, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Zoo Atlanta both participated in activities to mark the occasion and raise awareness about the troubles facing our green friends. Did you know? • More than one-third of the 6,000 species are threatened. • There are more endangered amphibians (frogs, salamanders and caecilians) than birds, fishes or mammals, making amphibians the most threatened class of vertebrates. • Habitat loss, pollution, climate change and disease all threaten amphibians by themselves and together.

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We all can relate to amphibians, especially frogs. As kids, who didn’t chase frogs in the backyard, collect tadpoles or kiss a frog in hopes for that special prince? Amphibians are an important part of the food web, consuming millions of insects and becoming prey for other creatures. The thin skin through which amphibians drink and breathe, makes them particularly sensitive to their environment and in some ways, our environmental barometers. Speaking of skin, amphibian skin is a pharmaceutical treasure chest, from antibiotics and analgesics to compounds that block the transmission of HIV. Unfortunately, many species (and their skins) are going extinct before we have a chance to investigate. As if these facts are not enough, let’s face it, amphibians are cool, fun and irresistibly beautiful, depending on who you ask!

What is being done? Amphibian Ark (AArk) is a global organization dedicated to saving these important and beautiful creatures. AArk is tasked with implementing the captive breeding aspects of the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP), a proposed $400 million bail out for amphibians. The AArk vision is simple: amphibians safe in nature. The mission is ensuring the global survival of amphibians, focusing on those that cannot currently be safeguarded in nature. This is accomplished via breeding programs, preferably temporary and within range country, conducted while the threats in nature can be mitigated. AArk does not keep frogs itself but helps facilitate programs through its members, which include everyone from zoos and gardens to private citizens. Amphibians are more than cultural icons or things we grew up with as kids. They

represent an important component of the ecosystem, act as indicators of condition of the environment and contribute to human health. They survived on this planet for millions of years, but are now threatened with extinction. Surely we can’t let them hop away so easily! For more information about the work of Amphibian Ark and to join for free, visit www.amphibianArk.org. Ron Gagliardo is an Intown resident and training officer for Amphibian Ark.

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Red Eye Tree Frog from Panama

Amphibians are closely tied to their environment, so helping amphibians can be as simple as helping the planet. Help out the environment. As our environmental indicators, amphibians are telling us that we are doing damage to health of the planet. Clearly, promoting overall environmental stewardship will benefit our thin-skinned friends but also our own species.

P. Tarsius from Peru

Organize a group to clean up a local stream or pond or, better yet, join Georgia Adopt-a-Stream. In the South, the use of herbicides is one of the leading causes of the loss of biodiversity. In your own yard, pull weeds instead of spraying. Support local organizations such at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Zoo Atlanta that are taking action to help amphibians and their habitats. Join Amphibian Ark to receive the latest news and how to help. Boarding the Ark does not require that you work at a zoo, hold a PhD or bring in a six-figure income. Anyone can be a part! www.amphibianark.org

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Metro Frogs ... and more!

By Ron Gagliardo & Robert Hill Did you know that Georgia is home to over 80 species of amphibians? Did you know that the global center for salamander diversity is in the southern Appalachian mountains and only North Carolina comes close to our 58 species here in Georgia? However, you don’t have to go to the mountains to cross paths with our home state’s cool amphibians. Here in the metro Atlanta area, we can find a couple of dozen frog, toad and salamander species.

A few of the most common ones include: Green Frog: This frog’s call sounds like someone plucking loosely on a banjo string. Pickerel Frog: To protect itself from predators, this frog secretes a bad-tasting solution from its skin. Fowler’s Toad: Don’t worry, if you happen to pick up this very common toad, you won’t get warts. Spotted Salamander: This gorgeous salamander may be seen migrating in large numbers across roads on warm wet nights in the early spring. Spring Peeper: Although not often seen, the loud PEEP PEEP call of this frog is hard to miss. Southern Two-lined Salamander: These pretty little salamanders are commonly seen on the edges of small streams. Bull Frog: The familiar “jug-o-rum” call can be heard in wetlands and even backyard ponds throughout the spring and summer months. Green Tree Frog: This beautiful tree frog is Georgia’s official state amphibian. Grey Tree Frog: The loud trill of this frog can be heard throughout the spring and summer. Slimy Salamander: This salamander gets its name from a glue-like substance it secretes when bothered by a predator. How do we know which species are here in our own backyards? Here in Georgia, we are lucky to have an active Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife Management authority with a strong commitment to wildlife and nature. Our state herpetologist, John Jensen, is largely responsible for the attention given to our native amphibians and reptiles. Jensen works to engage volunteers in the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program that scouts for amphibians in our state, literally driving down roads and listening for frog calls. How does one learn to recognize these calls? Simply obtain the compact disk from the DNR and take a test on the NAAMP Web site. Another organization working closely

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with the DNR and others is the Georgia Adopt-a-Stream program, which has incorporated amphibian surveys into its program of monitoring streams and wetlands all over the state. For more information, visit www.georgiaadoptastream.org. Robert Hill is the Amphibian Specialist in the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Conservation and Research department and works closely with biologists from the GADNR, the University of Georgia, the Jones Ecological Research Center, and the Nature Conservancy to protect the Gopher Frog, our state’s most endangered frog. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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The 45th running of the Atlanta Steeplechase is Saturday, April 24, at Kingston Downs with a full day of events. Besides the main event with the horses, there will also be the Disc Dog Southern Nationals, hay rides, shopping on the infield, racing pigs, a hat contest, air show and skydiving demonstration, bagpipers and much more. Admission is $30 and tickets can be purchased in advance at ticketmaster.com. For a full details, directions and more, visit www.atlantasteeplechase.org. The Ansley Park Civic Association will present Artists of Ansley on Sunday, April 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. The open house will feature both amateur and professional artists including painters, photographers and jewelry designers who will exhibit and sell their work. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Visit www.ansleypark.org for a list of participating artists and location details Oakhurst Elementary PTA is selling tickets for its annual Spring into Summer Raffle. The big prizes: Buddy International Scooter provided by ScooterSuperstore in Midtown, worth $2,200, and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription provided by Riverview Farms, allowing people to pick up fresh organic produce weekly at the Oakhurst Community Garden, worth $760. Tickets are $5 each and proceeds benefit Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur. The raffle drawing will be held at the Live Auction on Friday, April 23, but you do not need to be present to win. Oakhurst Elementary School will also host the Oakhurst PTA Online Auction, open April 12 - 16. To view the catalog, visit www. oakhurstauction.com, click on “catalog” and enter the code: Oakhurst2010. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History will host the Dinosaur Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three age-appropriate egg hunts will highlight the event, which also features music, games and prizes. Details at www.fernbankmuseum.org. The seventh annual Ovarian Cycle, a fitness event whose proceeds fund ovarian cancer research, will be held on Saturday, April 24. Participants bike 100 virtual miles on indoor cycling equipment. Registration fee is $40; riders must raise $400 as an individual, or $200 per person for a team of 6 in pledges to participate. To register, visit www.ovariancycle.org. Morningside Presbyterian Preschool will hold its Spring Fling on Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1411 N. Morningside Dr. The family festival will have pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables and a train to ride. The Grill, Crepe Masters and Jake’s Ice Cream will provide food. Admission is free, but you must purchase tickets onsite for food and activities. More information at (404) 685-8758.

On Sunday, April 25, enjoy an evening of family fun at The Big-To-Do at Zoo Atlanta and help support the Children’s Program of Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta. There will be activities for children of all ages including animal exhibits, a rock climbing wall, train, carousel, treasure hunt, inflatables and dinner from Low Country Barbecue. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. Individual tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for children and can be purchased online at www.vnhs.org.

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groups: newborns to age 2; ages 3 to 5; and ages 6 and up. Tickets are $10 for kids, and adults are free. There are a limited number of tickets, so buy them now at www.callanwolde.org.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will hold its annual Eggstravaganza on Sunday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. Eggstravaganza features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find (including three golden “prize” eggs), Atlanta Braves prizes, crafts, baked goods, petting zoo and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Enzo the Clown will perform “The Wow Show” with magic and laughs at 10:15 a.m. The egg hunts will begin promptly at 11:15 a.m., and will be set up for three age

On April 3, the Avondale Arts Alliance visits the Rail Art District’ for the first of three Art in the Afternoon events. The April art walk features an exciting group of artists including Mohamed el-Ganoby, Jody McFerren and Dawn Kinney Martin. Galleries involved are Little Tree Gallery, Bart Webb Studio and 151 Locust. Visit www.avondalearts.org to see a full line-up of the day’s events. Garden Hills Elementary School will host its annual fundraiser, An Evening in the Garden, on Saturday, April 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Peachtree Park, 3126 Peachtree Dr. There will be wine, a buffet dinner and silent auction. Tickets are $25 each. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Scout on the Town Liza Dunning THE GREAT URBAN RACE What: Teams of two solve 12 clues, go on a wild city adventure and complete the challenges just like they do on the TV. It’s like exploring your city in a whole new way. When: Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. Why: Because your application to ‘Amazing Race’ always gets rejected. And because it’s a fun chance at $300. And if you don’t win that, don’t worry – you still get a free tee. How: By signing up at www.greaturbanrace. com. Tickets range from $45-$70. Where: East Andrews Cafe, 56 East Andrews Ste. #13. INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY What: The title is pretty self-explanatory. Bring your soft pillow and meet in Freedom Park for some good ol’ fashion play fight. When: Saturday, April 3, 3 p.m. Why: What do you mean why? This pretty much sounds like the most fun event ever, that’s why. How: By showing up, armed with a soft pillow, ready to have some fun with others. Of course, there are some light safety rules: soft pillows only, no swinging at the unarmed or those with cameras, glasses off before you play, and you have to wait for the signal to begin. And the fight will be followed by a clean up, so bring your trashbags and vinyl gloves. Where: Freedom Park, corner of North Avenue and Moreland Avenue. (404) 875-7284 or www.atlanta. stladventures.com/calendar. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

www.eveninginthegarden.com. Academe of the Oaks in Decatur will participate in an organized workday to clean Little Creek Farm, a facility in the park system of DeKalb County. Academe of the Oaks students will lead the innovative fundraising effort by seeking $25 sponsorships to support school programs. The annual Community Support Fund Drive will culminate with the Little Creek Farm Community Work Day in which students, families and school faculty will pick up trash, clean debris and clear walking trails. To learn more about Academe of the Oaks, or more information about this event, contact Eva Handschin at (404) 405-2173 or visit www.academeatlanta.org. HomeAid Atlanta is hosting its ninth annual Essentials for Young Lives Drive, April 26 through May 3 in honor of Mother’s Day. The drive is a community-wide effort to collect essentials such as diapers, baby

Architecture for Humanity. When: Sunday, April 18, 2 to 5p.m. Why: Sustainable living is not only good for the environment, it tastes good too. How: Tickets are $100 or $150 at the door. Where: The Liotta Residence, 140 Barksdale Drive.

wipes, baby food and formula for homeless infants and toddlers in metro Atlanta. Companies, organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate by donating essential baby items. All donated items will be distributed to local shelters that serve homeless mothers and their children. For a complete list of items needed, drop-off locations and more information, visit www. homeaidatlanta.org or call (678) 775-1401. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) will hold its annual MOCA GALA Art Auction & Sale on Saturday, April 10, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at its exhibition galleries on Bennett Street. Honorees for the gala are longtime supporters of the Atlanta arts community, Lucinda W. Bunnen and Dr. Robert L. Bunnen. There will be a market with items for sale, buffet dinner with cocktails and silent auction. Tickets for the event are $100 per person in advance or $125 per person at the door. www.mocaga.org.

Liza Dunning is a native Atlantan, musiclover, food-eater, and full-time culturejunkie. She scouts the city for local deals with Scoutmob.com. Email her at Liza@scoutmob. com or follow on Twitter: @LizaDunning

COCHON 555 What: A culinary event featuring five chefs, five pigs, and five wine makers competing for a cause. Chefs are challenged to use a whole pig in a series of dishes in front of a foodie audience and judges. When: Sunday, April 18, 5 p.m. Who: Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s Restaurants, Mike Lata of Fig Restaurant (Charleston), Sean Brock of McCrady’s Restaurant (Charleston), Kelly English of Restaurant Iris (Memphis), and Todd Mussman of Muss & Turner’s. Special guest Nick Melvin (Parish). Where: W Hotel Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. Why: Because you love pork, pork belly, ribs, bacon... or any kind of food that started as a pig. How: Fork over $125-$175 for some delicious admission or find out more on www.cochon555.com or by calling (404) 582-5800. FOOD + SHELTER: EAT WELL, LIVE WELL What: Local architectural firm Dencity and Chef Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill (and Top Chef fame) gather for an afternoon of sustainable food and shelter. Tour a LEED registered residence, learn how to be more energy efficient and eat Kevin’s delicious foods. Proceeds go to Atlanta Chapter of

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Letter from the Editor

Charity in the City

Collin Kelley, Editor

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The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is April 22, and you’ll see that this month’s issue is chockablock with articles on people, places, events and organizations that are spreading the message to “go green.” Atlanta INtown strives to be as green as a newspaper can be: we print on recycled paper and use soy-based ink. We’re also mindful of how the 40,000-plus copies are distributed each month, making sure not to overstock racks and boxes and recycling “leftovers.” We recognize that many INtown fans read our stories online rather than pick up or receive a print edition in their mailbox every month. This month, we’re launching our new e-Edition, which is the best of both worlds. The e-Edition allows you to read the paper “virtually,” replicating the print edition in its entirety. You can flip through the paper by using your cursor, read all the features, and see our advertisers. You’ll be able to zoom to more easily read articles, bookmark and share them with friends via social network or email. If you’re reading an article about an organization, arts group or business, you’ll be able to click the URL embedded in the e-Edition and open a new window to visit

their sites. The same goes for our advertisers, who continue to support our mission to provide hyper-local news and features that matter to Intown. You can access the e-Edition anytime on our homepage at www.AtlantaINtownPaper. com, and if you miss an issue, just check our Archive. Along with Twitter and Facebook, we’re your destination for the best of Intown. Just in time for Earth Day and the arrival of Spring, we’re also welcoming back a familiar face to INtown – gardening expert David McMullin. Longtime readers will remember David’s columns, and we’re thrilled he’s back for a series that will continue through the summer on how you can start and maintain your own garden (Page 46). He’s just opened a new shop, Garden*Hood, in Grant Park you’ll want to visit, too. We’re also excited to have Ken Edelstein, former editor of Creative Loafing, writing green-related content for us, starting with an article on green home incentives (Page 40). Be sure to check out his website www. MyGreenAtl.com. - collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

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Celebrating Hope One Village at a Time Editor’s Note: Miranda Lynch was featured in our January 2010’s 20 Under 20. Visit www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com for more. I first met Miranda Lynch at Everybody’s Pizza in the Highlands after she e-mailed me asking to have lunch to talk about her start-up nonprofit called Isipho.  While the intention of the lunch was for her to ask me about my experience starting a nonprofit organization, it quickly became more about her experience than mine.  How often do you sit across from a 14-year-old who is telling you about a lifechanging volunteer trip in a far-away land and how all she wants to do is be able to make the world a little better? Anyone in my shoes would have been in awe. It all started at a school auction at which Miranda’s family won a trip to South Africa. It was ultimately a bid that would change Miranda and her entire family’s life. Isipho is today a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that carries a mission to empower the people of Nzinga to break the cycle of poverty and dependence by giving them skills to improve their own nutrition, health, education, and the long-term viability of their community.  Isipho provides the training and tools needed so that villagers in Nzinga can begin to grow their own vegetables, reducing the stunting, birth defects, learning disabilities and illnesses brought on by severe and chronic malnutrition. Isipho also supports education programs by providing the schools with materials and teacher training, so that literacy, school attendance and graduation rates improve. The Lynch family could have taken the trip over to South Africa, felt empathy

for the people of Nzinga and left without acting further. They could have even come home and felt some compassion and simply sent money or goods to their new friends. But, instead, they decided to dedicate more time and more energy to go beyond charity and participate in what I like to call philanthropic sustainability. They are providing skills and tools to a small community that would otherwise continue a cycle of poverty and malnutrition. And because they are doing it on a scale that fits their own lifestyle, they as the providers will get to see and feel the impact first-hand, which will only allow them to sustain their philanthropic efforts over more time.  This is such a great testament to how families can come together to help other families around the world, just one small village at a time.  If you’d like to be inspired, join me, Miranda and others on May 2 for the first annual “Celebrating Hope” dinner at the Trolley Barn in Inman Park. Nonjabulo Zuma, a villager from Nzinga, will travel from her native province for the first time in her life to come to Atlanta to speak at this event.  For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please visit www.isipho.org.  Correction: In last month’s column, we put the wrong Web address for the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. The correct address is www.cfgreateratlanta.org.

Kate Atwood is the founder of Kate’s Club, an organization that provides support to youth who have lost a parent or sibling. www.katesclub.org.

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Morehouse School of Medicine Medical students teach nutrition in local schools By Kathy Vogeltanz

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The Morehouse School of Medicine continues to expand its excellent educational program by putting students in the community to teach kids about exercise and healthy eating. “Our med students learn more nutrition this way than if I or a nutritionist were to lecture them on the topic,” said Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal, Professor of Community Health & Preventive Medicine and Associate Dean for Community Health at Morehouse School of Medicine. “They also reach out to communities in ways that I hope they’ll continue after they graduate.”  The elementary school nutrition program is part of Morehouse School of Medicine’s Community Health Course for all first-year medical students. In the first semester, they identify a community’s health problems. In the second semester, they undertake a health project that addresses one or more of those problems.  Dr. Blumenthal reports that several years ago, his group was assigned to the Tull Waters Elementary School that served the Jonesboro North and South public housing projects, located in southeast Atlanta on

were overweight or obese! Very few were underweight. This was before the problem of childhood obesity was generally known.” Successive classes of medical students taught nutrition and physical activity to the children; one year, they even opened a fruit and vegetable market in the projects. Eventually, the Jonesboro Projects were torn

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Morehouse School of Medicine medical students went out into the communitty to visit elementary schools to identify community health issues and then find ways to solve them. down by the Atlanta Housing Authority and the Tull Waters school was closed. Two years ago, Dr. Marilyn Hughes, the Atlanta Public Schools Nutritionist, directed Dr. Blumenthal to the Thomasville Heights Elementary School, which served the Thomasville Heights public housing project and Forest Cove, a private, low-income apartment complex.  The Morehouse School of Medicine students were warmly welcomed, and they conducted a similar project. The housing project was torn down by AHA this year, but the school still serves Forest Cove. The new principal, Charles Penn, remains very supportive of the Morehouse School of Medicine students and their project.   Dr. Blumenthal pointed out that, in addition to the nutrition project, the 14 med students tutor about 25 of the elementary school students every Wednesday afternoon for an hour after school. “The children seem delighted by the whole project, as is the staff of Thomasville Heights Elementary School. I’m hopeful that the children are learning not only about nutrition and exercise, but are also viewing the med students as role models.”  He said that almost all the children come from single-parent low-income households and see few adults, other than their teachers, who’ve achieved what most people see as success. The med students, he hopes, represent to the children what they could be if they apply themselves. Following this line of thought, the med students are teaching sessions on careers to help the children

think about their own futures and develop plans. “Our med students really seem to thrive in the program,” Dr. Blumenthal said. “I think that ‘typical’ med students at many med schools might view this as a waste of time, but Morehouse students are a little different. Most of our graduates practice in underserved communities that really need this kind of support.” For more information, visit www.msm.edu.

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Clearing the Air

How to combat the start of spring allergy season

Health Briefs (the organization responsible for Grammy Awards), to provide vocal health services for musicians in need. The Emory Voice Center will offer consultations and treatments to MusiCares clients with vocal problems. www.musicares.com.

By Helen Grebe With the onset of spring, those sensitive to tree pollen and other spring allergens are at risk for becoming miserable, with stuffy noses, watery eyes, and sinus congestion; the latter can often lead to a secondary sinus infection, requiring antibiotic therapy.  According to Dr. John A. Drummond, Infectious Disease Specialist, “the sinus passages may be likened to rivers as opposed to ponds.  If a river is flowing smoothly, the water stays clean; build a dam and the water stagnates and becomes filthy.”  Sinuses are similar: if air flow is unimpaired, congestion does not develop. But if one is sensitive to tree pollen in the spring (autumn allergies are more likely due to ragweed and goldenrod pollen), the pink mucous membranes lining the nose and sinus passages become red, angry and swollen, shutting off air flow inwardly and drainage of secretions outwardly, creating the “stuffy head” discomfort. Drummond recommends a few tips for relief: •Over-the-Counter: Relief may be found with the use of over-the-counter, oncedaily, non-sedating anti-histamines, such as generic Claritin or Zyrtec, easily found in your local drugstore •Nasal Sprays: Utilize saline nasal sprays to help keep sinus passages open and moist. These include the popular “Ocean” spray and a neti-pot or Neilmed saline wash. Cortisone-based nasal sprays are also very helpful, but require a prescription.  •Decongestants: Sudafed or its generic equivalents are available without prescription but require your signature at the pharmacy. Contrary to popular belief, they do not cause drowsiness, but may induce insomnia if taken close to bedtime, and in high doses may raise blood pressure. 

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•Masks: For allergy sufferers who enjoy gardening or springtime yard work, a simple surgical mask worn while outdoors (available at low cost from a hardware store or drug store) may help to prevent onset of symptoms.    •Fluids & Rest: With any type of weakening of the immune system, including an allergy attack, drink plenty of fluids and get adequate rest.  If you believe your allergy has turned into a full-blown infection (signs may include discolored nasal discharge, a fever or extreme pressure in the head and sinus cavities), visit your doctor who may confirm a diagnosis of bacterial sinus infection and prescribe an appropriate antibiotic.    If you suffer from seasonal allergy attacks several times a year, consider allergy testing and immune therapy, which may include allergy shots.  According to Dr. David Redding, yearround allergens can be as problematic: “Some of the biggest offenders include cat and dog dander, dust mites, mold and even cockroach allergens.” Specialists like Redding Allergy & Asthma Center (www. reddingallergyatl.com) on Howell Mill Road offer customized plans for diagnosing and treating allergic diseases.  In addition, consider changing your home air filtration system.  Allergens located within the home can be just as problematic as allergens outside. Chris Adolph at Empire Heating and Air (www.empirehvac.com), recommends that a standard 1-inch filter be changed every 30 days, at minimum (versus every 90 days as labeled on packages). If possible, Adolph recommends using the upgraded 4-inch pleated media filter which catches some of the smallest particles in the air. Adolph attributes 20 to 30 percent of Empire’s service calls in the winter and summer to using a dirty filter.  For severe allergy sufferers, Adolph suggests upgrading to a HEPA filter (the technology utilized in most hospitals). General upgrades for air filtration like HEPA can range from $500 to a couple thousand dollars, based on the systems and specifications you chose for your home. Keeping your indoor air clean will offer more relief during allergy season.

Atlanta Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in the state to achieve gold status on all three levels of the American Heart Association’s 2009 Scientific Sessions Recognition Awards. The awards were presented to hospitals that realized quality improvements by using the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines initiative in treating heart failure and stroke. AMC is the first hospital in Georgia to receive the prestigious Gold-Plus Award for hospitals that have demonstrated an established level of compliance for a specific group of quality measures. The awards from the American Heart Association came on the heels of another significant achievement, as U.S. News & World Report named AMC one of America’s best hospitals. The Emory Voice Center is partnering with MusiCares, the nonprofit foundation established by The Recording Academy

The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust recently announced a gift award to Piedmont Hospital to purchase a flow cytometer, a highly sophisticated piece of equipment used to help match organ transplant donors and recipients and improve transplantation outcomes. www.piedmonthospital.org It’s the Journey, Inc., has named Robin Cohen as its new executive director. The organization’s mission is to strengthen Atlanta’s breast cancer community by raising funds for local Atlanta organizations. Cohen served as the chief operating officer for Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta and has previously worked for Perspectives On Performance, Inc. RS Medical and the American Heart Association.    Spa Week returns to Atlanta April 12 – 18 featuring $50 spa treatments to consumers. A full list of participating spas can be found at www.spaweek.com.

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Pet Picks

Explorations ... with Jennifer Campbell All-inclusives to Spain For years, all-inclusive hotels had a stigma attached to them. Travelers who enjoy highly rated hotels with exceptional service and unique offerings often associated the all-inclusive with overindulgence (“All you can eat/drink!”) and cost cutting (“Is there rum in this pina colada?”). In other words, not for the discriminating traveler. This is no longer the case. With a few well-researched recommendations, we can usher you into the new age of all-inclusives: five-star accommodations, true gourmet dining options, first-rate wines and spirits, world-class spas, and a wide range of included activities. Today’s all-inclusive offers traveling couples, families or friends a way to pay for a vacation upfront with no unexpected costs while traveling … and still hold onto the coveted title of “discerning traveler.” The five-diamond, all-suites Grand Velas in the Riviera Maya offers 1,000plus square-feet of living space, whirlpool bathtubs, 42-inch plasma screen TVs, wireless Internet access, and 24-hour room service. With eight restaurants, variety is top of mind with this all-inclusive. 

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The brand-new Verandah in the Turks and Caicos sits on the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach. Architecturally resembling a Nantucket village, the studio and one-tofour-bedroom residences range from 500 square-feet to 2,500 square-feet – plenty of room to provide privacy and comfort in a luxurious getaway. Steeped in tradition, Curtain Bluff in Antigua has long been the epitome of casual elegance. Sporting a laid-back Caribbean feel, the hotel is known for breathtaking beaches, a multitude of water activities, dining fit for the epicurean and a wine cellar that is, well, stellar!    At a time when it seems that civility is waning in many of our travel experiences, being greeted with a smile, a cool towel and a bottle of water still rate very high with well-seasoned and new travelers alike. Today’s all-inclusives might surprise you in their effort to prove that in travel, the maxim “all things are possible” still rings true.    Wherever you decide to go – enjoy, relax and experience!  Jennifer Campbell is a partner and travel consultant with Explorations. Contact her at Jennifer@explorationsltd.com.

Scooter is a unique-looking 2 1/2 old Chihuahua Terrier mix, who weighs 7 1/2 pounds. This sweet boy came to Atlanta Pet Rescue from an outlying animal control facility where he had been surrendered by his former owner without any proof of previous vaccinations. This was a death sentence for poor Scooter, so he put in a request to be transferred to Atlanta Pet Rescue where he could find his perfect forever home. Scooter is a happy and outgoing little gremlin. He gets along well with other dogs and loves most every human he meets. He will be a wonderful lifetime companion, but due to his tiny size, will probably do best in a home without small children. Atlanta Pet Rescue is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.. For more information about Atlanta Pet Rescue or how to adopt Scooter or any of APR’s 80-plus dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org.

Pet Briefs

The Atlanta Humane Society’s fundraiser, No Ball At All, will be held Friday, April 16, at the home of Pamela and Neville Isdell. This event is open to all donors who make a No Ball gift of at least $350 per person. Once again, Knox Jewelers is donating a custom-designed pin, OwenLawrence is providing a gift certificate that will be given away at the party, Johnny Cain of Southern Style Studio has agreed to photograph the event, and Atlanta Flower Market is providing centerpieces. If you’d like to receive an invitation or need more information, call (404) 9742877. East Atlanta Thai & Sushi is also hosting a Dine Out for AHS on Thursday, April 29, from 5 to 11 p.m. Twenty percent of all proceeds will be benefit the society. More details at www. atlantahumane.org. BarkWorld Expo is coming to Atlanta Aug. 20-22 at a location to be announced. The event will have a social networking agenda, with lectures, events and opportunities petrelated businesses, nonprofits and associations. There will also be charity pet fashion show. Check the website at www.barkworldexpo.com and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ BarkWorldExpo.

A Look Back

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Ann Boutwell April 2, 2009: Starlight Six Drive-In Theatres celebrated its 60th birthday. The drive-in, which opened in 1949 at 2000 Moreland Ave., is still open seven days a week, 364 days a year. Check out what’s now playing at www.starlightdrivein.com. April 3, 1997: City leaders unveiled the new street signs for Hank Aaron Drive, changing a stretch of Capitol Avenue from Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard to McDonough Boulevard to honor the baseball legend and Turner Field. April 4, 1943: The Atlanta Historical Society opened its new headquarters at 579 Peachtree St. in the Erlanger Theatre building (demolished in 1995). The opening exhibit was a chronological display of historic city pictures. Ruth Blair, the society’s executive secretary, said the collection comprised 250 historical pictures, many from the noted work of Horace Bradley (1862-1896) one of Atlanta’s first artists to attain international recognition in Harpers Weekly magazine. April 10, 1914: Automobile owners faced a higher gasoline price of 40 cents per gallon.

April 24, 1927: South Carolina native Joseph Francis Burke died at his home at 80 Peachtree Place at the corner of Crescent Avenue. The 81-year-old city pioneer was the distinguished commander of Atlanta’s Old Guard of the Gate City Guard. In 1910, the Old Guard planned the erection of Piedmont Park’s Confederate Peace monument at Burke’s mansion, demolished in 1950 to make way for the new red-brick Fulton National Bank Building, which stands vacant on the site. Burke is buried in Oakland Cemetery.  April 25, 1926: Eighteen years after his death, the family of Joel Chandler Harris gave his original writings to Emory University. Uncle Remus and many of his other tales first appeared in The Atlanta Constitution, where Harris was an editor. The popularity of his stories of African-American folklore quickly spread through the United States as well as other countries. Harris’ great-great-great grandson, Lain Shakespeare, is now executive director of the writer’s beloved home, The Wren’s Nest. April 29, 1990: Culinary diva Julia Child warbled “bon appétit” as she signed her book The Way to Cook at the Hyatt Ravinia Hotel, now Crowne Plaza Ravinia. The American Institute of Wine & Food, of which Child was a founding member, hosted the cheese-tasting event. Child captured America’s fancy in the early 1960s with her cooking show, The French Chef, and two cookbooks, Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1 and 2. The book and film, Julie & Julia, has reignited interest in Child, who died in 2004. Contact Ann at annboutwell@bellsouth.net.

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Scene and Heard Wendy Binns, Publisher

2010 Gala Raises over $80,000 for Olmsted Linear Park

(L-R) Dr. Donald Reitzes, Lois Reitzes, Susan Stine and Glen Stine

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Proceeds from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream in Greenâ&#x20AC;? event support the maintenance and revitalization of the historic Olmsted Linear Park along Ponce de Leon Avenue. The live and silent auctions included vacation getaways, art, photography, wines, airline tickets. www.atlantaolmstedpark.org

(L-R) Stephan Wells, OLPA board member Quigg Fletcher and Atlanta City Council member Alex Wan

Environment Furniture Hosts Eco-Fashion & Accessories Show by Kathleen Plate. Pictured at the April opening are Kathleen (right) with actress Katerina Graham from the Vampire Diaries television show. This show will be at the Environment showroom until May 1. www.kathleenplate.com

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designed by Kathleen Plate! To celebrate our Green Issue, Atlanta INtown is giving a prize each week in April to one lucky Facebook fan, Twitter follower or E-news subscriber. Not signed-up? Visit www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com No purchase necessary. Names will be drawn each week at random. See page 3 for more details.

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IN Business RETAIL | MONEY & FINANCE | DEVELOPMENT

Clothing for babies and children are popular at Sweet Repeats consignment shop on Miami Circle in Buckhead. By Martha Barksdale When Bonnie Kallenberg needed a little white shirt for her baby girl, she headed to Rich’s, as Atlanta shoppers did 26 years ago. The prices shocked her. “A shirt was $23; there was no way I was going to pay $23 for a baby’s shirt,” she recalled. “On the way home, I stopped by a consignment shop and found exactly what I was looking for – for $6. From that moment on, I was hooked.” Hooked, indeed. Later, Kallenberg, who holds a business degree from Georgia State University, began working part-time at the Finders Keepers in Avondale Estates. She purchased the business in 1990. The Finders Keepers empire has now grown to three stores – the original Finders Keepers Fashions, along with Finders Keepers Boutique and Finders Keepers Furnishings, both in Decatur. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Linda Morado’s epiphany came while she was sitting on a beach in Costa Rica in 2008. As one of the city’s top real estate agents, it was tough to get away from work, so she logged into her e-mail and discovered the world was crashing down around her. The e-mail detailed many types of loans she would no longer be able to offer her clients. Morado said she knew it was time for another career. She kept returning to a scheme she had often thought of before, when getting ready for the many industry galas and events she attended. Why not open a consignment shop and sell some of these dresses that she and her colleagues would wear only once? Morado asked her friends what they thought, and Le Dress Boutique was born. In the months since, the Buckhead shop has become the place to go for weddings, proms and formal occasions, selling new

and gently used designer gowns for between 30 and 60 percent of their original price. At 15, Melissa Baxter had to find a job for her summer break – mother’s orders. So she began working for Kallenberg at Finders Keepers. She had found her calling. Throughout high school and then into college, Baxter stayed in the consignment industry, and when Back By Popular Demand in Lilburn came up for sale, Kallenberg encouraged Baxter to buy it, even though she was only 20. Baxter did, and eight years later, she’s still in the business of helping women find and sell previously owned clothing and accessories. Just what is consignment shopping? A consignment shop accepts merchandise from owners, and pays them a percentage of the price when the items are sold. Don’t confuse consignment with thrift stores. Consignment items must be in new or likenew condition. They can’t be old – usually two years is the cut-off point. Store owners carefully screen what they will accept. “We don’t have space to take things that won’t sell,” Morado said. But, oh the bargains to be had! A $3,600 evening dress may sell for $700 at Le Dress. Designer shoes and purses go for a fraction of their original cost at Back By Popular Demand. “Once you get a taste of the bargain, you’ll never go back to retail,” Morado proclaimed. Baxter, Kallenberg and Morado, along with 40 or so other members of metro’s consignment community, have a new mission. They are utilizing the power of numbers through Atlanta Consignment

Designer bags, shoes and accessories have made LeDress a popular destination. Stores (www.atlantaconsignmentstores. com), an alliance of consignment store owners throughout the metro Atlanta area. ACS is Baxter’s brainchild (Kallenberg called her a Web and marketing “genius”), but Kallenberg and others have been heavily involved as well.

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Consignment shop Back by Popular Demand always has a great array of accessories, including plenty of bags and purses.

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Business & Retail Briefs Design firm Schuon Kitchens & Baths has opened a new showroom in Studioplex in the Old Fourth Ward. It will be the second Schuon Kitchens and Baths showroom in the Atlanta area for the company’s founder Hans Schuon. The Studioplex location will be managed by Emily Robbins, www.skbi.com.

Finders Keepers, which has three shops in the metro, has a dizzying array of clothing and accessories. Baxter said she was discouraged when her shop didn’t show up on Google searches for Atlanta consignment stores. She realized that by uniting under one name, her store and other Atlanta area consignment businesses could pop up high on a search. ACS officially organized in September and has been growing ever since. Members are as far flung as Woodstock, Lake Oconee and Stockbridge. The ACS Web site includes a listing of member stores, profiles of the owners and tips on consignment selling and shopping. Baxter is working on a new map with all the members and their locations. Also in the works are bus tours this spring. Shoppers will pay $25 to $30 for lunch and transportation, allowing them to park their cars and visit six or seven stores. The ACS members see themselves more as community than competition, Baxter said. They plan to gather for meetings on a regular basis, and already refer customers to each other if they don’t have what the customer is seeking. “It’s a very niche market,” Kallenberg said. “Each store has its own flavor.” Kallenberg knows the power of community. She has long been a member of the National Association of Retail and Thrift Stores and is the group’s vice president. She said the current economy hasn’t hurt the resale industry as badly as some industries, but it has had an effect. “We’re weathering it pretty well, but we’ve lost that middle layer,” Kallenberg said. “Maybe some people who used to shop retail are now shopping with us, but we’ve lost some of the people who used to shop here. They’ve had to move down a notch or not buy at all.”

Consignment Shopping 101 • Look for quality of workmanship and materials. A quality item might cost more at resale than an inferior item does new, but the workmanship, style, and value of any well-made item, from a sofa to a designer outfit, provides more value at resale. • Know the retail prices of items you are shopping for to appreciate how much money you will save by shopping resale. • Explore a variety of resale shops to find several that will become your favorites. Each NARTS shop is unique, and so is its merchandise. • Get to know the staff and sign the mailing list to receive sale notices, customer-only premiums and valuable information sent out in their fliers or newsletters. • Check all items carefully and know the store’s return policies before purchasing. – National Association of Resale and Thrift Stores w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Savannah College of Art & Design fashion and marketing major Shae Anthony isn’t waiting for graduation to begin her career. She’s already launched her own brand of chic, functional handbags, ts.saks. Check them out at tssaks.com. Jac’s Boutique in Inman Park might have closed but its online store remains open with clothing for women, men, babies, accessories and housewares. dearjac.com. Through its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), the Atlanta Regional Commission is awarding five local governments a total of $440,000 in grants. These grants will help each community create quality growth plans in specific locations that will enhance the livability of these areas. Once plans are completed, these communities are eligible for a larger pot of federal funding to implement their projects. The five recipients: Doraville, which will receive $100,000 to study the redevelopment of the now shuttered General Motors Assembly Plant; Dunwoody will receive $80,000 on the development of historic Dunwoody Village; Hampton will receive $80,000 to study mixed-used development; Morrow will receive $100,000 towards re-imagining the Southlake Mall area; and DeKalb County gets $80,000 for the Wesley Chapel Activity Center to redevelop the once thriving commercial and residential development. Phipps Plaza welcomes two new shops to its roster of upscale offerings, including Mezlan, a luxury men’s footwear and accessories retailer, and the unique Cynthia Rowley Shop on Wheels. Rowley’s store is actually a shipping truck converted into a store featuring hardwood floors, a fitting room, printed-fabric wall coverings and Lucite fixtures. The store carries the entire range of items in the Cynthia Rowley collection—clothing, shoes, bags, eyewear, jewelry, leg-wear and more. For more details, follow the Cynthia Rowley Shop on Wheels on Twitter @ CRowleyonwheels or through the blog www.cynthiarowley. com.

Congress For New Urbanism Bill Eisenhauer and G. Edward Van Giesen look over plans at a preCNU gathering in Atlanta in January.

The 18th annual Congress for New Urbanism (CNU 18) is coming to Hilton Atlanta May 19 to 22. Each year the gathering draws a broad diversity of attendees, but this year’s link with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes the 2010 Congress to an allnew level. Why Atlanta? Because CNU considers Atlanta an excellent backdrop and learning lab for the conference theme, New Urbanism:

A free Small Business Association workshop on starting a home-based business will be held Monday, April 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m at the agency’s Georgia District Office, 233 Peachtree St, Suite 1900, in Harris Tower. The two-hour workshop will provide information on the required laws and regulations dealing with a home-based business. Preregistration is required for the workshop. To register online, go to www.sba.gov/ga and cursor down to Spotlight-Public Training and Seminars-Register Now! Select seminar date from the drop down list. Complete relevant information and click “Register.” Creative Circus graduate Peter Kehr has received top honors in the Atlanta Advertising Federation ADDY Awards competition. The ADDY awards are peer-reviewed awards based on best creative execution and determined by leading industry professionals. www.creativecircus.com. Barrons magazine has recognized Buckhead resident Kay R. Shirley as the sole female among the top 25 independent financial advisors in the State of Georgia. Atlanta-based law firms Womble Carlyle and Townsend Lockett & Milfort have announced a new alliance. Townsend Lockett and Milfort was established to provide legal representation to startup and emerging businesses.The firms are expected to exchange ideas, expertise and resources as well as educational and networking opportunities. www.townsendlockett.com. Enyiaanise Beauty Bar at 842 N. Highland Ave., Suite 3, in Virginia Highland is celebrating its one year anniversary this month. www.enyiaanise.com Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services has opened a new location in Buckhead, offering one-on-one tutoring services by qualified teachers in the home. Evening and weekend sessions are available in math, reading, science, computers, language arts, SAT and ACT prep and more. (404) 639-9999 or www.clubztutoring.com/buckhead. Swimmerman Swim School is opening a branch at Highland Athletic Club on April 1 for all ages – babies to seniors and those with special needs. Small class sizes and private lessons are available. For more information, call (770) 210-0136 or email info@swimmerman.com. Rx for Healthy Places. “Despite its reputation for sprawl,” said CNU President and CEO John Norquist, “Atlanta is fast becoming known for its universities and research facilities and doing ground breaking work on retrofitting communities to make them healthier and more economically and environmentally suitable.”  Atlanta-based policy-makers and health professionals are addressing new research and innovative techniques that will replace sprawl with walkable neighborhoods, healthy lives, healthy environments and even healthy wallets. “Atlanta also has a rich network of local organizations committed to making communities more healthy and livable,” Norquist said. “I can’t think of a better place to bring together 1,200 or more people around a conference with this theme.” For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.cnu18.org. – Ann Boutwell

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NetWeaving Week

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Helping businesses ‘pay it forward’ By Bob Littell and Brownell Landrum Do you ever say “I’ve just got to introduce you to…” and then promptly go about setting up a meeting between two friends, colleagues or business associates? If so, you’re what’s called a natural “Netweaver” and there’s a week dedicated to people like you. NetWeaving is the business version of Pay It Forward, where people host meetings to introduce others. The idea is simple, powerful and exponential. Think of two people who would benefit by an introduction and schedule a meeting to introduce them. Now, all they have to do is netweave others together and it becomes a powerful force for building the economy in Atlanta exponentially. NetWeaving is all about being a “connector” of others and building trusted relationships, doing so because you genuinely believe what goes around, does come back. “When I think of how I got where I am,” said Chuck Merino, CEO of the Round Table of Success, “I owe so much of it to the connections which others made on my behalf. Now, I get real enjoyment by paying it forward and introducing others.” Business executives, owners and entrepreneurs who have experienced the power of NetWeaving have joined forces to launch the first ever NetWeaving Week. Scheduled for April 26-30, thousands of Atlantans will fill up restaurants, coffee shops, business clubs and other locations with NetWeaving “hosting” meetings. During the week, NetWeavers will “host” meetings to introduce two persons whom he or she believes would benefit

meeting each other for business purposes or just as a new friendship, and then ask each of them to “pay it forward” and do the same for two other people – creating a financial ripple effect for our area and a real economic stimulus. The Society of Human Resource Management is promoting a similar project in which companies will encourage employees to host internal meetings (across department or across-functions) to introduce two people within the company who don’t know each other, but who would benefit meeting and learning more about the person and what she or he does. This is how NetWeaving can help tear down walls and silos -- just getting people to know each other as human beings and gaining more of an appreciation for the role they play within the company. Corporate sponsors and other donations will raise money and benefit both Junior Achievement, whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, and the Pay It Forward Foundation (PIFF), whose mission is to inspire and celebrate ”random acts of kindness” around the world. In conjunction with this mission, the PIFF makes ”minigrants” (up to $500) to school-age children who come up with ideas and projects consistent with the “pay it forward” concept.   How to Get Involved: Make a list of people you know and whom you can introduce to others. Then, schedule an in-person meeting with you and the two people. For more details and how to become a NetWeaving Ambassador, visit ww.netweaving-pif-week.com.

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David Payne

Get back to the Basics – Email Over the past few years, I’ve gotten more excited about good ol’ email. Huh? Yes, I realize in our mobile, real-time lives, this might sound surprising. And it was to me, too. But there’s something about this ubiquitous technology that has real power in reaching a large audience in ways that are even more powerful than social media.  And, like social media, email is a great tool to strengthen the bonds of a small business and its best customers.  If you’ve been considering ways to market – especially in ways that are free – stay with me here. If I owned a small neighborhood business (say, a restaurant), I would think about email in three ways.  First, you need a method to regularly gather email addresses from your customers.  Second, you need to put some thought into what your emails are saying, how they are worthy of your customers’ precious time, and how often you want this email news to go out.  And finally, like all free things online, someone has to actually create the email, so you’ll need a person who is willing and able to put the time into a worthwhile piece of information.  To begin, your email doesn’t have much value and won’t have much momentum if you don’t have a day-to-day system to collect email addresses of your customers.  In the beginning, there’s no reason to overthink this part.  Make it a part of your staff ’s customer interaction to ask for an email address.  For example, have them mention it after the customer pays and give the customer a slip of paper for them to write it on.  Also, be sure to include a link on your site to collect email addresses, so you’re getting the virtual crowd as well.  But don’t stop there – continue to think of creative ways to gather email addresses and keep it going.  Just like Twitter or Facebook, each person that gives you their email addresses is now a “follower.”

Next, you have to consider what the email will say and how often you should send one. Content mainly depends on your industry, but one thing is universal – make sure the content matters to your customers. If you are a small accounting office, you’ll be tempted to write only about best practices in accounting.  While this should be included, this isn’t going to excite your fans to open an email only about accounting – include fun facts, community activities, etc.  And as far as frequency of the email goes, unless you are an event space with weekly events, you should only be sending something out either monthly or quarterly.  The final big consideration around your email is actually creating it and sending it out.  Luckily, a robust industry has grown up around providing the tools to easily create emails, make sure they get through spam filters and are able to be viewed correctly in all types of mail clients.  The two that most quickly come to mind for me are MailChimp (a local Atlanta company!) and Constant Contact.  Both are worth investigating and much better than not using an email provider (a bad idea).  Both have free packages if your email list is small.  Also, email should be given to a reliable employee, so that it goes out consistently. Like all things, this is a reflection of your business and overall brand.  Who would’ve thought email would be a hot topic in 2010? But it’s still one of the best way to use technology to consistently put your best business foot forward in front of the largest cross-section of your customer base – even if they are probably viewing it via mobile device!  David Payne, a local entrepreneur, began www.scoutmob.com & www.skyblox.com to help local businesses utilize new media. You can contact him at dave@scoutmob.com or @ davempayne on Twitter.

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Go Green A GUIDE TO AN ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE

EARTH DAY at 40                                            By Collin Kelley and Britt Buttrill

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and events are planned on and around April 22 to raise global awareness about the environment. Here’s a round-up of some of the events taking place in Atlanta. Be sure to check in at www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com throughout April for more.

Atlantic Station The Midtown live/work/play destination will hold a daylong celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park. Green vendors will help families learn simple ways to reduce their impact on the planet with product and lifestyle choices, children’s activities, entertainment and much more. Please visit www.AtlanticStation.com.

Arbor Jam This benefit for the Georgia Urban Forest Council and the Georgia Arborist Association will be held Tuesday, April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sweetwater Brewing Company, 195 Ottley Dr. There will be low-country barbecue, live music and, of course, beer. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $45 at the door. Buy tickets online at www.gufc.org.

Captain Planet Earth Day Kids Fest

BeltLine Earth Day Clean-Up

The eighth annual event at Chattahoochee Nature Center will be held Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can meet and take pictures with Captain Planet, work in the learning gardening, see live animals, take part in the recycle relay, paddle a canoe and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids. www.captainplanetfoundation.org.

Work on the Atlanta BeltLine – a 22-mile elliptical around Intown that will have walking/paths and eventually a train system – continues and a communit clean-up day will be held Saturday, April 17, 8 a.m. to noon in Ansley Park and from 9 a.m. to noon in the Old Fourth Ward. Other neighborhoods are also encouraged to get involved with their own clean-ups. Neighborhood groups or individuals can register online at www.keepatlantabeautiful.org.

The Dow Live Earth Run for Water This series of 6k run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to get water) will be held on Sunday, April 18, culminating with a water education village and live musical performances by Rob Thomas, Pete Wentz and Angelique Kidjo. The Atlanta event is one of 80 taking place in cities across 40 countries to raise awareness and funds that will help solve the global water crisis. The events will be held in Pemberton Place, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Funds raised from the events will benefit Global Water Challenge, a coalition of non profit organizations – including Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper – working to bring clean, safe drinking water to millions of people worldwide. www.liveearth.org.

Corporate Green Day Challenge Atlanta This annual event sponsored by EarthShare of Georgia sees companies and their employees volunteering to help clean up a park or greenspace in the city. This year’s event is Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. to noon. All participating employee volunteers will receive a volunteer bag, T-shirt and a variety of eco-giveaways from our Earth Day sponsors. The Corporate Green Day Challenge winning team with the greatest number of participating employees will be recognized at the eighth annual Earth Day Leadership Breakfast on Friday, April 23, at the Georgia Aquarium. For a downloadable Earth Day Sponsorship Packet please visit the main Earth Day page or call 404-873-3173 for sponsorship information.

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Electronic Recycling at Turner Field If you live in Atlanta, there’s a way for you to rid your home and garage of these and other unwanted electronic items without harming the environment. The city will hold its annual Electronic Waste Recycling Day in the Blue Lot of Turner Field on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If it plugs in, most likely it will be accepted – computers to cell phones and microwaves to VCRs. Please note that there is a $10 fee for televisions and these items will not be accepted: consoles, projection televisions, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, de-humidifiers or humidifiers, gas-powered equipment, tires, household trash and non-electronic equipment.

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re of Georgia’s 14th annual party is Wednesday, 7 to 10 p.m. at Opera in Midtown. Join a diverse environmentalists, philanthropists, business nals and the community at large on the eve of y, and help promote sustainable practices and wherever we work, live and play. Enjoy music, food by Whole Foods Market, and an Eco-silent tocked with deals on unique eco-getaways, gear, and environmentally friendly products. for the evening benefit EarthShare of Georgia, only dedicated environmental fund. thsharega.org.

Earth Day 2010 Leadership Breakfast Business and nonprofit leaders of Georgia and beyond will gather to celebrate their sustainable business practices at the Earth Day Leadership Breakfast at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, April 23, 8 to 10 a.m. Now in its eighth year, the breakfast will feature keynote speaker Seth Goldman, cofounder, president and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, makers of organic bottled tea. Whole Foods Market will contribute organic food for the Leadership Breakfast, prepared and served to guests by the Georgia Aquarium’s exclusive caterer, Wolfgang Puck Catering.

to 4 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Garden, 435 Oakview urself and march in the parade. There will also be a cake nd the Earth Day T-shirt design contest winner will be named. ng Plant Sale on April 9, 10 and 11 with over 100 varieties of the sale. www.oakhurstgarden.org

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Earth Day Turns 40 On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans celebrated the first Earth Day, marking the beginning of the modern environmental movement. The brainchild of Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day was a grassroots effort to bring environmentally conscious groups from across the country together – whether fighting against oil spills, extinction of wildlife or polluting factories – and unify their protests against the deterioration of the environment. The first Earth Day was such a success that one of the original coordinators, Dennis Hayes, began the Earth Day Network (EDN) to create a platform for environmental issues and continue spreading its influence through year-round events, including the annual Earth Day celebrations. Since its conception, the network reaches over 19,000 organizations in 192 countries and engages 10,000 groups and over 100,000 educators, all committed to environmental protection. This year, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the EDN observes the milestone with many global initiatives including a Global Day of Conservation with mayors worldwide, the Athletes for the Earth Campaign to bring together Olympic athletes against climate change, the Billion Acts of Green Campaign and the Artists for the Earth campaign, which calls to action art institutions and artists to create environmental awareness. This year alone, the EDN expects over 1 billion people to participate in the Earth Day celebration, events and programs. Locally there are many ways for you to get involved and celebrate Earth Day. From Earth Day Kids Fest at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (captainplanetfoundation.org) to EarthShare of Georgia’s Earth Day Party on the Land at Opera night club (earthsharega.org), the month of April is full of parties and events to celebrate our precious planet. As we toast to Earth Day and its 40th birthday, remember the foundation on which the movement was founded. Remember that it’s the little things you do each and every day and through the collective effort that we can continue to build awareness for the betterment of our precious planet. This year, on April 22, pledge to personally take on one new environmental initiative, no matter how big or small, and share your pledge with a friend. Perhaps you’ll inspire them to make a positive change, too. For more information about how you can go green this Earth Day, visit: www.lauraseydel.com.

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BeltLine Bike Tour

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The third annual BeltLine Bike Tour hosted by the Atlanta Bicycle Coaltion will be held Sunday, April 25, 1 to 6 p.m. Routes for the tour follow completed and proposed sections of the BeltLine, primarily on adjacent neighborhood streets, and offers three route options catering to all abilities. Riders will gather at the start location at Grady High School (8th St. parking lot) beginning at noon and leave at 1 p.m. All route options loop back to Grady, and an after party is in the works.

Route Options: The Short & Sweet: A three-mile ride perfect for families or anyone who enjoys a leisurely pace. Off-Road, On-BeltLine: A seven-mile off-road spur south to Inman Park on the physical BeltLine corridor (mountain or hybrid bikes recommended; includes option to connect to the Half BeltLine) The Half BeltLine: A 12-mile ride great for riding with friends that offers exposure to Atlanta and BeltLine history. The Full BeltLine: A 28 mile route providing a real workout and a chance to see

and experience the most of the BeltLine. Each route is punctuated with educational stops where participants will learn about BeltLine developments and local history and the project’s potential impact on the city. The tour is supported with healthy snacks provided at the start and water refills along the way. All routes are led by skilled cyclists and each route will have one SAG vehicle to pick up riders if needed. Additionally, members of the Atlanta Police Department’s motorcycle unit will provide a rolling road closure for the ride start, the Short & Sweet, and the Half BeltLine options. This ride is a fundraiser to support the programs and activities of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The cost is $20 for each adult, and two kids may ride free with each paying adult. Helmets are required for all participants. For more information and to register, visit, www.beltlinebiketour.com.

Eco-Briefs The Ellis Hotel in Downtown Atlanta was recently recognized with the Good Earthkeeping - Division One Award at the Stars of the Lodging Industry Award Ceremony. The Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association gives the Good Earthkeeping award to hotels annually for developing eco-friendly practices and experiences for guests. www.ellishotel.com. A second Urban Farming Training Class is being offered by Truly Living Well Urban Farms on Saturday mornings from 9 to11 a.m. for six weeks beginning April 3. The classes include an introduction and overview of urban farming, soil preparation, garden design and more. The cost of the classes is $250 for the entire series. Individual classes may be attended at a cost of $50 each. For information, call (404) 520-8331 or e-mail admin@trulylivingwell. com. The Ben Massell Dental Clinic, a program of Jewish Family & Career Services, has been awarded LEED Gold certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The only resource for comprehensive, quality dental care available to indigent individuals and the working poor in metro Atlanta, the BMDC was founded in 1911. It moved into its current location, a 7,900-square-foot state-of-the-art facility at 700 14th Street in August 2008. www.YourToolsForLiving.org.  
  Green Irene LLC, a national consulting firm that promotes eco-friendly homes and offices, has just announced Bert McDert as its newest Eco-Consultant with the opening of his green consulting practice in Atlanta. Eco-Consultants like McDert perform 90-minute Green Home Makeovers by walking through the client’s home to develop a set of customized recommendations. For more information about Green Irene consulting services in Atlanta, contact McDert at (678) 428-6178 or Bert.ATL@greenirene.com. You can also find additional information at www.greenirene.com/BertATL.  Mint Julep, Atlanta’s exclusive Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop, has introduced Lilly Loves Green to Atlanta. The year-long Lilly Loves Green campaign creates awareness for the vast amount of discarded clothing that clogs landfills and how this can be alleviated by recycling. In Atlanta, Mint Julep will carry an extensive selection of the Lilly Loves Green collections, including men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and swimsuits, as well as shoes, accessories and more. Mint Julep is at 326 Pharr Rd. in Buckhead. www.mintjulepga.com.

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The 39TH ANNUAL INMAN PARK SPRING FESTIVAL is set for Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be food, music, fun, a street market, outrageous parade and the annual home tour (See Page 42 for the details). The event is sponsored by the Inman Park Neighborhood Association to raise funds for local schools and theaters, and to contribute to the development of Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freedom Park, along with neighborhood improvement and beautification projects. Admission to all festival events is FREE. Parking is extremely limited, so festival-goers are encouraged to take MARTA to the Inman Park station or catch the shuttle from City Hall East. NO PETS are allowed at the festival.

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•Atlanta’s largest Street Market, offering 200 booths of antique furniture to handcrafted wares. •A juried arts and crafts show, including more than 100 of the Southeast’s finest artists displaying a wide variety of sculpture, photos, paintings, and mixed-media. •The city’s quirkiest and most colorful parade, led by the Inman Park Butterfly, followed by floats, bands, art cars, politicians, drill teams, Kelly’s Seed and Feed Marching Abominables, clowns, jugglers, and many more. The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday. •Live entertainment, including rock-n-roll, blues, swing, jazz, folk, bluegrass, world music. Featured acts will include Webb Wilder, Ike Stubblefield, Tinsley Ellis, Delta Moon, and the Charlie Wooten Project. Includes a stage sponsored by WONDERroot, an Atlanta-based non-profit arts organization committed to uniting artists and community to inspire positive social change. •Inman Park Dance Festival featuring classical and contemporary dance at the Trolley Barn •Children’s Activities Area returns to Springfield Park with inflatables, face-painting and more. •A wide variety of food, beverages and beer on sale throughout the festival.

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Join Ms. Sylvia and friends at 120 Sycamore place in Decatur. Draw, Paint, Collage, Build and Create your own Shadow Journeys Boxes and Books. Wear old clothes and bring water for walks! Camp is 9am-noon for 95-/3days. Extended lunch offered for 15-extra daily. April 5-7.Children divided into 2 groups, ages 3-9 and ages 9-12. For information and registration call 404-377-7747 and leave a name and number or e:sycsyl@yahoo.com w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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EUCLID AVENUE TENT STAGE 11:45am–12:45pm – Pan People Steel Drum Band (Caribbean steel drum) 1:00–2:00pm – Deji Coker (Jazz sax) 3:00–4:00pm – The Holland Dutch (alternative rock) 4:15–5:45pm – The Mystery Trip (Beatles tribute band)

EUCLID AVENUE TENT STAGE 11:45–12:45pm – Squirrelheads (Americana/New Orleans funk) 1:00–2:00pm – Deja Bluegrass Band (Americana/bluegrass) 2:15–3:15pm – Today the Sun, Tomorrow the Moon (alt–rock) 3:30–4:30pm – Webb Wilder (Americana/country/humorist) 4:45–5:45pm – Gwen Hughes (jazz diva)

DELTA PARK STAGE 11:00–11:30pm – The Back Pockets (alternative pop) 11:45–12:45pm – Kodac Harrison (Americana poet) 1:00–2:00pm – The Bradford Rogers Band (jazz) 3:00–4:00pm – Cup ‘a Joe (modern pop/rock) 4:15–5:15 – Deep Blue Sun (blues/rock) 5:30–6:30 – Delta Moon (blues/rock) 6:45–7:45 – Oliver Wood and friends 8:00–9:00pm – Charlie Wooton Project (Bass–driven funk/Latin/Caribbean/West African) WONDERROOT STAGE 11:45–12:45pm – Italian Socks (hot, sweaty fun) 1:00–2:00pm – Book of Colors (lyrical, psychedelic folk) 3:30–4:30pm – This Piano Plays Itself 4:45–5:45pm – The Back Pockets (like a rainbow trippin’ on shoelaces) 6:00–7:30pm – Indyana Jonze (hip–hop from Mars)

DELTA PARK STAGE 11:45–12:45pm – Geri X 1:00–2:00pm – 10 degrees Off (blues & classic rock) 2:15–3:15pm – Slim Chance and the Convicts (Americana/Rockabilly) 3:30–4:30pm – Ike Stubblefield and friends (jazz) 4:15–5:15pm – Yon Rico Scott Band (Blues/rock/jazz) 5:30–7:00pm – Tinsley Ellis (Blues) WONDERROOT STAGE 11:45–12:45pm – The Cel–Ray Moxies 1:00–2:00pm – GRLPRTY (girly animals) 2:15–3:15pm – Darling Trees (experimental psychoelectric rock) 3:30–4:30pm – The Brotherland (classic and full of heart) 4:45–5:45pm – Jack Carter (folk)

More Festival Favorites ... Atlanta Dogwood Festival The 74th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival returns to Piedmont Park April 16-18, where attendees will enjoy fine art, live entertainment ranging from music to comedy, a variety of food offerings and more. Hundreds of artists from around the southeast will have their wares for sale and exhibit, ranging from painting and sculpture to jewelry and accessories. The High School Art Exhibit, which presents the best works created by high school art students, is back this year and the festival will be awarding scholarships. Last year, the festival raised and awarded students from more than 50 Georgia schools nearly $30,000 in scholarships and supplies. There will be musical entertainment all weekend, a children’s activity, a Friday night comedy show area and the Dog Disc Exhibition, where owners and their fourlegged friends amaze with Frisbee tricks. Foodies aren’t forgotten with the “Friends of Dogwood Pavilion,” a ticketed event on Saturday and Sunday that pairs fare from top local restaurants with wines and beers to show the upscale side of the city’s longestrunning outdoor festival. Tickets to Friends of Dogwood can be purchased in advance at www.dogwood.org or at the door. Hours for this year’s festival are Friday, w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is limited and there will be strict “no festival parking” enforcement in the surrounding neighborhoods. Organizers are encouraging visitors to take MARTA.

SweetWater 420 Fest The sixth annual festival is set for Saturday, April 17, from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 to 8 p.m. in Candler Park. Admission is free and there will be live music, activities for kids, food and education about protecting the environment. Festivalgoers who are 21 and up with a valid ID can purchase a $5 wristband to responsibly enjoy beer. Portion of Proceeds from wristband sales are donated to Candler Park Neighborhood Organization. The music line up this year includes George Porter, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Stanton Moore Trio featuring Anders Osborne, The Pimps of Joytime, The Packway Handle Band, The Sundogs, Deep Blue Sun featuring Yonrico Scott and many more. The annual 5K Race/Walk is on Saturday at 11 a.m. Registration is $25, with all proceeds benefiting the Candler Park Neighborhood Association. Sign up online at www.cprunningclub.com.For more information and a full listing of events, visit www.sweetwater420fest.com.

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Books by Local Authors The World’s Last Bone: Poems by Tania Rochelle ($12, Snake Nation Press) The Atlanta poet returns with a searing new collection that confronts abuse, alcoholism and the affects both can have on children.

The Highs and Lows of Little Five: A History of Little Five Points by Robert Hartle Jr. ($19.99, The History Press) Photos and first-hand accounts from business owners and residents tell the story of Intown’s quirky L5P from its beginning, to its threatened destruction, and becoming a destination for artists and shoppers.

The Atlanta Exposition by Sharon Foster Jones ($21.99, Arcadia Publishing) Another volume in the Images of America series, this book chronicles the 1895 Atlanta Exposition in what is now Piedmont Park. A forerunner of the World’s Fair, this exhibition of the world’s cultural, agricultural and manufacturing products also promoted civil liberties for women and African Americans before those movements had gained a foothold in the U.S. The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief & Healing edited by Kevin Young ($24, Bloomsbury) Atlanta poet and Emory professor Young edited this collection of poems with contributions by Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Natasha Trethewey, Ted Hughes, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Anne Sexton and many more. Hold Up the Sky by Patricia Sprinkle ($15, NAL Accent) Four women in rural Georgia are trying to hold on to family secrets while divorce, destitution and death dance around them in the summer air. Sprinkle, best known for her mysteries, moves into fiction with this melodramatic and feisty beach read. Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA by Maryn McKenna ($26, Simon & Schuster) The prize-winning former science writer for the Atlanta JournalConstitution, who won awards for her coverage of the CDC, details the pathogen that is evolving faster than the medical community can develop antibiotics to stop its spread beyond hospitals. A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White ($15, Simon & Schuster) The author of Bound South returns with a new novel about two sisters reeling from the death of their parents in a plane crash and the provisions left behind in their will. The story spans two decades as the sisters grow from childhood to adulthood with bitterness and resentments following them. Atlanta Kitchens: Recipes from Atlanta’s Best Restaurants by Krista Reese ($30, Gibbs Smith). From Mary Mac’s and Manuel’s Tavern to Rathbun’s and Restaurant Eugene, Reese compiles recipes and weaves in the story of Atlanta’s rich history with food. The book has contributions from 56 of the city’s eateries.

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The Art of Being Spontaneous

Flying Mystics’ debut album, Begin Within, inspires healing and peace through music By Elizabeth P. Holmes There isn’t a name for the music yet, but the Flying Mystics are looking to change that. “We can’t classify our music because it’s hard to find anyone doing exactly what we do,” says Zepi Morelli. It’s improvisational, spontaneous and healing - qualities all three men exude in life and lifestyle on a daily basis and now through their music together. It’s been labeled Neo-Shamanic by some – a mix of the ancient and modern. Inspired by different disciplines but entwined with visual backgrounds, Morelli,

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Flying Mystics (l-r); Todd Roderick, Zepi Morelli and Flournoy Holmes

Flournoy Holmes and Todd Roderick create a fluid sound and energy that only they together can produce. “When I hear Zepi hit a chord,” Holmes says, “it makes me want to play something and then we feed off each other - we work together from that point. Something happens when we get together –it all fits.” Spontaneous is also appropriate to describe how they became the Flying Mystics. Morelli and Holmes met up years ago through the Tibetan Buddhist Center, collaborating on design projects, each having no idea the other played music. Roderick was Holmes’ Ashtanga Yoga instructor and he asked him to join them on drums. Their name is inspired by the artwork and images from the book The Flying Mystics of Tibetan Buddhism by Glenn H. Mullin. With a shared love of Buddhism and healing between them, the Flying Mystics ‘of Atlanta’ were born. Morelli, guitar, born in Lima, Peru, has lived in Atlanta for over 20 years. His inspirations come from his musical family, a lineage dating back to the Incas of Peru and has passion for many genres; from Bach to King Crimson. Holmes, flutes, drums, percussion and vibes, also comes from a musical family and remains a focal point of the Atlanta arts

and music scene since the ‘70s, emerging as a prominent southern rock album cover artist. He’s driven by Morelli’s energy and is constantly inspired by him. Roderick, drums and percussion, is a natural artist and feels he is a wanderer. He’s a dedicated yoga practitioner and lives in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur. “Playing the first time together, we had no idea how good it sounded until we listened back,” Roderick says, “Flournoy would go back through recordings and find what may have potential, and every so often a song would exist within the recording.” “All of the music is spontaneous, the second song on the album, Mount Kailash, came together right then and there, it never existed before,” Morelli says. In fact, 75 percent of the songs on Begin Within are taken from the first three weeks the Mystics played together - with minimal overdub. It worked from the beginning. “It only works for the music to flow through us, then go back and learn it.” Roderick says. “That’s our challenge now, but it has been surprisingly easy for us to do.” The Mystics have hardly been together for a full year and already have enough material for their second album. For now, however, they’re focused on playing live and searching for a booking agent.

They practice in Holmes’ Va-Hi home and, as Morelli points out, “What started out as fun, I am quickly realizing, has become something special. It’s now become more than music.” Their timing, vision, passion and talent combine to create sounds that soothe and even heal. Holmes quips, “We don’t put it out there, but people come up to us and say, ‘Wow, you guys are healers through music,’ or ‘I had a healing experience and visions.’” Kids especially love it- moving and grooving to the sounds. With that feedback, they are looking to offer their healing energies to groups that need it. “To give and receive, influence and inspire,” Holmes added. It’s a message of healing we hope continues to resonate. To learn more , contact them at info@flyingmystics.com. Listen & purchase the album at www.flyingmystics.com and www.myspace. com/flyingmystics.

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visitors to embark on new journeys of discovery. Closed Monday. $3 to $5. www.thecontemporary.org LoveNests: Photographs and Objects: This

A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Photographer’s Choice 2010: This annual

Visual Arts Kyle Carpenter Exhibit: See more than 100

new ceramic works that record the past years of Kyle Carpenter’s career and look ahead to what may come in his next decade at MudFire Pottery Center. Closes April 10. Open Thursday through Monday. Admission is free. www. mudfire.com

exhibit offers visitors a chance to view and collect images from 62 artists who have personally selected works for inclusion in this show at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery. Closes April 23. Open Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.apgphoto.org

exhibit at Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) delves into the personalities and histories of popular Atlantans and uses three-dimensional representations to highlight what objects define, inspire and capture the essence of their individuality. Closed Sunday and Monday. $5 to $10. www.museumofdesign.org

adventures of science through this museum, classroom and woodland complex. Closed Sunday. Free! www.fernbank.edu

Theatre & Dance Clash Titan Clash!: Dad’s Garage presents this

puppeted production that follows the story of Perseus’ journey to save princess Andromeda. Closes April 3. $13 to $20. www.dadsgarage.com

Bad Boys of Dance at Ferst Center, April 22

Three Voices: Visit Snapdragon Photography

Dreaming Between Worlds: This exhibit at

Hammonds House Museum features artwork by Tunde Odunlade, who is one of the leading figures in the resurgence of traditional African art from Nigeria. Closes April 11. Daily. $2 to $4. www.hammondshouse.org Make Your Mark, Too: During the course of

to see photographs by Atlanta artists John Bohannon, Pam Moxley and Ansley West that depict intimate scenes and objects capturing each artist’s unique voice. Open Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free. www. snapdragonphoto.com Andrew Moore and Simon Chaput Exhibits:

this VSA Arts of Georgia exhibit, aspiring and emerging artists are paired with more experienced artists to collaboratively create an original work of art on location at Arts for All Gallery. Closes April 23. Open weekdays. Admission is free. http://vsaartsga.org

Come to Jackson Fine Art to view photography from Andrew Moore’s “Detroit” collection and photos that focus on waterfalls by Simon Chaput. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. www.jacksonfineart.com

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Substitute Teacher: In this exhibit at Atlanta

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Henri Matisse: A Celebration of French Poets and Poetry: This exhibit at the Oglethorpe

University Museum of Art showcases the work of Henri Matisse, including etchings and lithographs illustrating the poetry of Ronsard and Mallarme. Closed Monday. $5. http:// museum.oglethorpe.edu

Museums The Breman Jewish Museum: View exhibits

about creating a Jewish community in Atlanta, the absence of humanity during the Holocaust years, and the legacy of survivors of the Holocaust. Closed Saturday. $3 to $10. www.thebreman.org Sense and Sustainability - Tim Frank: This FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY!

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Fernbank Science Center: Come explore the

exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) examines how architecture is capable of revealing to its inhabitants the hidden sensibilities of place. Closed Sunday and Monday. $5 to $10. www.museumofdesign.org VD: Values, Rights, Public Health: This exhibit

at the Global Health Odyssey Museum chronicles the social and cultural history of venereal diseases in the United States beginning in the 20th century. Open weekdays. Free! www.cdc.gov/gcc/exhibit Voices Across the Color Line: The Atlanta

Student Movement 50th Anniversary: Through photographs, documents and contemporary oral history interviews with Atlanta student leaders, this exhibit at the Atlanta History Center commemorates the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Atlanta Student Movement. Open Wednesday through Saturday. $10 to $15. www.atlantahistorycenter.com

King Lear: Atlanta Shakespeare Company

presents this tragedy about the relationship between parents and their offspring that shows how quickly people can become blinded by fear and killed with love. Closes April 4. $12 to $32. www.shakespearetavern.com Barry Brandon: In My Own Words: This

melting pot of talent, humor and emotion by Barry Brandon puts the artist’s unique perspective on his life so far on center stage at Onstage Atlanta. Closes April 8. $20. www. onstageatlanta.com Trey McIntyre Dance Project: This performance

by the Trey McIntyre Dance Project at the Rialto Center for the Arts features accomplished professional dancers in a fresh take on ballet. April 10. $35 to $59. www.rialtocenter.org The Sunset Limited: A startling encounter

on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a life or death decision that begs the existential question: Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Don’t miss this Theatrical Outfit production at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. Closes April 11. $15 to $35. www.theatricaloutfit.org The Last Cargo Cult: Through Mike Daisey’s

searing comic lens, the source of America’s financial crisis and the faith of a group of islanders in the Vanuatu Islands doesn’t look as different as you’d think on the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage. Closes April 11. $25 to $30. www.alliancetheatre.org  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: Find out

what really happened on the fateful day that those three little pigs claim their houses were blown down at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Closes April 11. $16. www.puppet.org

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South Pacific: The hit Rodgers & Hammerstein

musical arrives in Atlanta at The Fabulous Fox with all the beloved songs, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali Ha’i” and “A Wonderful Guy.” April 6 through April 11. $49 to $221. www.foxtheatre.org Battle Acts: Laughing Matters, the longest

running improv comedy troupe in Atlanta, brings together individual improvisers to compete head-to-head for laughs in an elimination tournament at the Academy Theatre. April 17. $15. www.laughingmatters.com

100 Saints You Should Know: The lives of five

people collide in this drama about unraveling faith and the redemptive power of human connection at Actor’s Express. Closes April 17. $15 to $40. www.actors-express.com Bad Boys of Dance: Using physical prowess,

raw masculinity and technical perfection, dance superstar Rasta Thomas and his stunningly talented Bad Boys give their Atlanta premiere performance at the Ferst Center for the Arts. April 22. $32 to $42. www. ferstcenter.gatech.edu Black Pearl Sings: A Musical Journey: Music

unites strangers in this powerful, honest and wryly funny musical at Horizon Theatre about a woman named Pearl in a Texas prison, who possesses dozens of musical treasures rooted in the African tradition. Closes April 25. $15 to $25. www.horizontheatre.com The Best of Ballethnic: Ballethnic Dance

Company performs some of the favorite pieces from its repertoire and the second half of “The Leopard Tale” ballet at Southwest Fulton Arts Center. April 22 through April 25. $25 to $52. www.ballethnic.org The Day of Murders in the History of Hamlet: 7

Stages’ production of Bernard Marie Koltes’ revisioning of “Hamlet” creates a younger, faster, more urgent exploration of the family dynamic, sexuality, ambition and murder. April 1 through April 25. $5 to $25. www.7stages.org Scandal! W.T.Fridays: There’s a little diner

in Little Five Points, and the only thing on its menu is ... scandal! The Dad’s Garage ensemble is serving up another season of Atlanta’s only improvised soap opera. Closes April 30. $10 to $12. www.dadsgarage.com Lookingglass Alice: Defy logic and gravity in

a topsy-turvy, timeless tale of a little girl who journeys through the looking glass to become a queen on a radically reconfigured stage at the Alliance Theatre. Closes May 2. $35 to $50. www.alliancetheatre.org Christina Darling: This Process Theatre

production of Topher Payne’s play at Onstage Atlanta follows the story of Christina Crawford, the daughter of Joan Crawford and the writer of the infamous memoir Mommie Dearest. Opens April 16. $14 to $20. www.theprocesstheatre.org The Taming of the Shrew: Atlanta Shakespeare

“battle of the sexes” at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. Opens April 8. $12 to $32. www.shakespearetavern.com Dead Man’s Cell Phone: When Jean answers

a deceased stranger’s phone, she is whisked into a new life of romance, infidelity and international intrigue in this Synchronicity Theatre show at 7 Stages. Opens April 9. $18 to $80. www.synchrotheatre.com

Out & About What’s New in Poetry Reading Series:

Don’t miss these free, on-campus readings by talented local poets hosted by Emory University’s Poetry Council. April 1 and April 22. Free! www.arts.emory.edu First Thursday Open Improv: Join host Robert

Cheatham at Eyedrum for an evening of vocal and instrumental performers who share the stage for a completely improvised set. April 1. Free! www.pd.org/~eyedrum Poetry Atlanta Presents: Poetry Atlanta and

Georgia Center for the Book present a special evening of poetry featuring January Gill O’Neil and James May at Decatur Library. April 1. Free! www.poetryatlanta.blogspot.com First Thursdays Downtown Arts Walk: It’s the

perfect opportunity to experience Atlanta’s art scene! Take a self-guided tour of galleries and move at your own pace as you soak up some fabulous contemporary Southern art on the first Thursday of the month. April 1. Free! www.atlantadowntown.com  Bearing Witness Survivor Speaker Series: Bring your friends and family to hear the unforgettable stories of Atlanta Holocaust survivors at this monthly series at The Breman Jewish Museum. April 11. $2 to $10. www.thebreman.org Family Day: Cars, Cars, Cars!: A fun-filled

day for the whole family with performances, demonstrations and hands-on art activities inspired by the High Museum’s “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibit. April 11. $11 to $18. www.high.org Orchid Daze: Towers of Flowers!: The Atlanta

Botanical Garden showcases the largest collection of species orchids in the United States – featuring towering columns and vertical walls spilling with vibrantly colorful and fragrant exotic orchids. Closes April 11. Open Tuesday through Sunday. $12 to $15. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org Poetry Night at Callanwolde: Join amazing

poets to celebrate the art and performance of poetry with readings in the unique setting of the Callanwolde Library. April 14. $3 to $5. www.callanwolde.org Antonya Nelson Reading: Nelson, author of six

short story collections and three novels, will read from her works at Emory University’s Cannon Chapel. April 14. Free! www.arts.emory.edu

Susan Rebecca White Reading: White reads

from her new novel A Soft Place to Land at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum. April 14. Free! www.jimmycarterlibrary.org

Lookingglass Alice at Alliance Theatre

Avant Garden: This arts salon on the third

Thursday of each month features social activities for art and film professionals and enthusiasts at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. April 15. Free! www.thecontemporary.org Lunchtime in the Studio & Several Dancers Core Salon: Re-envision your lunch break with

dance by CORE Performance Company on Thursday afternoons, or enjoy a chance to be involved in the creative process of CORE at an intimate, informal evening performance. April 15. Free! www.severaldancerscore.org Zoo Atlanta: Founded in 1889, it’s one of the

10 oldest zoos in continuous operation in the United States. Bring your family today to enjoy this historical site and the Zoo’s family-friendly activities. Daily. $13.99 to $18.99. www.zooatlanta.org Fountain Show: Experience the beauty of the

Fountain of Rings with a dancing water show synchronized to popular music, sound effects and lights in Centennial Olympic Park. Daily. Free! www.centennialpark.com Toddler Thursdays: Bring your child to this

popular pre-school art education program at the High Museum to look at works of art and create a masterpiece to take home. Every Thursday. $11 to $18. www.high.org A World Mapped By Stories: The Salman

Rushdie Archive: For the first time, the celebrated writer’s computer files, private journals, notebooks, photographs and manuscripts will be on display to the public at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. Closed Sunday. Free! www.arts.emory.edu

Classical Music Simone Dinnerstein and Kristjan Järvi: This

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert features guest artists Simone Dinnerstein and Kristjan Järvi performings renditions of the Stravinsky ballets “Pulcinella” and “Firebird.” April 1 through April 3. $20 to $75. www.atlantasymphony.org Pink Floyd Tribute: The Machine and the ASO:

GSU Jazz Combos: Georgia State University’s

School of Music presents this free recital of various jazz works at the Kopleff Recital Hall. April 12. Free! www.music.gsu.edu

Symphonic Wind Ensemble: This Georgia State

University School of Music concert at the Rialto Center for the Arts will feature Björk’s “Overture,” Varèse’s “Ionisation, Hyperprism and Dance for Burgess,” and Weill’s “Little Three Penny.” April 15. Free! www.music.gsu.edu

Midori Performs Shostakovich: The wondrously

talented Midori plays a Shostakovich concerto from the 1940s, and German-born Maestro Zagrosek concludes with Beethoven’s resounding symphonic salute to all things heroic in this Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert. April 15 through April 17. $25 to $80. www.atlantasymphony.org Jerry Bergonzi: The tenor saxophonist, with

assistance from the Georgia State University Band, will perform various jazz classics at the Rialto Center for the Arts. April 16. $22 to $48. www.rialtocenter.org

Pink Floyd cover band The Machine partners with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a night of spectacle and homage to the great ‘70s band. April 2. $21.60 to $59.40. www.atlantasymphony.org

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All Tchaikovsky, All Powerful: The Atlanta

Bizet’s Carmen: Georgia State University’s

Symphony Orchestra brings Maestro Petrenko of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to Symphony Hall for a fascinating Tchaikovsky program, the picturesque “Manfred Symphony.” April 8 through April 10. $20 to $75. www.atlantasymphony.org

Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra featuring Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” at the Congregation Shearith Israel. April 18. Free! www.acsorch.org Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra presents the world’s most popular opera at the Rialto Center for the Arts. April 22 through April 25. $22 to $48. www.music.gsu.edu  To find out more information about any of these events or to purchase tickets, visit www.AtlantaPlanit.com.

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Market Watch Local farmers markets open for the season

By Collin Kelley Editor

Morningside Farmers’ Market

If you’re looking for the freshest fruits, vegetables and flowers from local growers, then this guide to Intown’s local farmers markets is definitely something you’ll want to clip and save (or bookmark if you’re reading us online). While some of the farmers markets – such as the giant state market in Forest Park and Decatur – are open year-round, many are gearing up for the season this month and next.

Open year-round, this neighborhood market has become a Saturday ritual for many. The market is open from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and cooking demos will begin again this month at 9:30 a.m. featuring chefs from local restaurants using market goods. You’ll find fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and much more. 1393 North Highland Ave., across from Alon’s Bakery. (404) 313-5784 or www.morningsidemarket.com.

Studioplex Green Market

Atlanta State Farmers’ Market Open year-round, the state market in Forest Park has been in operation since 1958 and is a major retail and distribution point for not only Georgia but the southeast. If it’s grown in the state, chances are you can find it in one of the stalls, including fruits and vegetables (in season), nuts, flowers and more. Open daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 16 Forest Pkwy. (404) 675-1782 or www.agr.georgia. gov.

Decatur Farmers’ Market The Decatur Farmer’s Market is expanding this year and will now be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon starting May 15 in a new location at the corner of Trinity and McDonough. Opening day will feature live music, chidlren’s area and breakfast goodies. The original Wednesday market is open on from 4 to 7 p.m. 163 Clairmont Ave. (404) 377-0894 or www.decaturfarmersmarket. com.

East Atlanta Village The EAV Farmers Market opens May 6 and will be open every Thursday from 4 p.m. until dusk at 1231 Glenwood Ave. (Village Hardware). You can find organic fruits, veggies, meat and dairy products at the market, along with chef demos and other special events. www.farmeav.com.

Green Market at Piedmont Park The Piedmont Park Conservancy opens the popular market every Saturday starting May 1 and continuing through Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 12th Street gate. You’ll find locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, fresh flowers and more. www.piedmontpark. org.

Peachtree Road Farmers’ Market The market opens April 10 and will be open on Saturdays through Dec. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with special events, chef demonstrations and more. For opening day, there will be a special yoga class and a demo from the E. Rivers Elementary School Culinary Club. The market is at 2744 Peachtree Road in the St. Philip’s Cathedral parking lot. www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com.

The market is set to open in May (a date had not been announced at press time) and will be open every Saturday from Spring through Fall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the historic loft complex at the corner of Irwin Street and Auburn Avenue. www.studioplexlofts. com.

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Sweet Auburn Curb Market This indoor market is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 209 Edgewood Ave. You’ll find produce, meats, seafood, baked goods and more. The market has also become a dining destination thanks to several high profile eateries on premise, including Grindhouse Burgers. www.sweetauburncurbmarket.com or (404) 659-1665.

CHASTAIN PARK GREEN MARKET The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces has joined forces with Horseradish Grill for this new weekly market for local growers and crafters. The market, which debuts on April 3, will be held in the restaurant’s parking lot at 4320 Powers Ferry Road every Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. You’ll find produce, baked goods, natural products and art. www.affps.com.

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Quick Bites News & Events

Taqueria del Sol is celebrating its 10th anniversary by opening one of its four restaurants on Sundays in April with special menus. Taqueria’s Westside location will open April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. serving shrimp, beef or chicken fajitas. The Decatur location will open from noon to 3 p.m. on April 11 for breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros. The Athens location will open on April 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. with green chile cheeseburgers, and the Cheshire Bridge Road spot on April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. with turnip green tamales. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Northeast Georgia Foodbank. www.taqueriadelsol. com. Saskatoon is now serving dinner daily at 360 Pharr Rd., serving a menu of wild game, steak and seafood. Owner Yash Patel said he wanted to bring a touch of the Northwest to Buckhead. www.saskatoonatlanta.com

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different sizes. www.stkhouse.com. Thirsty Dog Tavern, with a sportsthemed menu and atmosphere, is now open in the former Vita space (which was formerly Mick’s) at the corner of Peachtree and Bennett Street in Buckhead. www. thirstydogtavern.com

Farm Burger is expected to open “soon” in the former Voila Café space on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur. The restaurant will feature 100 percent grass-fed, Georgia beef and a menu full of organically grown side items. www.farmburger.net.

A new location of Meehan’s Public House has opened on the ground floor of the old Macy’s building Downtown. Like its sister locations, the pub offers a traditional Irish menu of food and spirits. www.101concepts. com.

Marlow’s Tavern at 950 West Peachtree St. in Midtown is now offering online ordering and payment for pick-up orders, allowing diners to customize their meals and save their favorites for easy re-order. Marlow’s plans to roll the service out to its five other Atlanta locations in the near future. www. marlowstavern.com. Goodfellas Pizza and Wings is set to open its third Atlanta location this month Downtown next to Hooters on Peachtree in the former McDonald’s space. www.goodfellaspizzawings.com. Boston-based Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is scheduled to open its fourth restaurant in Phipp’s Plaza this summer. www.davios.com. New York-based STK has opened its fourth American restaurant in the 12th and Midtown building. STK’s menu, designed by Executive Chef Todd Mark Miller, will feature creative salads, seafood and signature steaks, which are served a la carte in three

Breakfast favorite J. Christopher’s has opened its 22nd restaurant in metro Atlanta at Village Place Brookhaven development on Dresden Drive. www.jchristophers.com. The owners of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch are rumored to be opening H&F Bottle Shop in Peachtree Battle Shopping center later this year featuring wine, beer and spirits. Brunch House has opened at 1465 Chattahoochee Ave. featuring Southernstyle breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. (404) 350-9665.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine will kick off this year’s Toast of the Town events in Atlanta on Thursday, April 8, at the Georgia Aquarium. The wine and restaurant tasting event will feature more than 500 wines and spirits from around the world and culinary creations from more than 30 top-rated restaurants. Atlanta’s event will be the first of a series of five Toast of the Town events taking place around the country. www. wineenthusiast.com/toast.

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Open Hand will host its annul fundraising event Dining Out for Life on Wednesday, April 21. More than 150 restaurants are expected to participate. You can dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the participating eateries and 20 percent of your meal will be donated to Open Hand. Restaurants signed on at press time included MetroFresh, South City Kitchen Vinings, Watershed, Pizzeria Venti, No Mas! Cantina, Everybody’s Pizza in Virginia-Highland, Apres Diem, Agave, Woodfire Grill, Tierra, Eclipse di Luna, Babbett’s Café, Vortex Midtown, Alfredo’s, ecco and La Grotta. For the full list visit www.diningoutforoh.org. Open Hand provides freshly prepared, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, coaching and counseling to homebound seniors and individuals who are struggling with chronic, critical or terminal disease in 17 Georgia counties.

Food Reviews at AtlantaINtownPaper.com Read the full reviews and check our News You Can Eat blog every week to see where the What’s Good team will eat next. Be sure to leave your feedback after each review and suggest your favorites. Elijah Andrews

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Hankook Taqueria I am loving Hankook Taqueria, the latest addition to the West Side. The simple menu has three categories: Tacos, Burritos, and Street Snacks. Tacos are pretty selfexplanatory. It’s meat, with sauce and veggies. What makes theirs different, are the Korean spices and flavors. Reader Comment: Can’t wait to try this place. Thanks INtown for starting to review restaurants! - Sarah

Gato Bizco Cafe The bacon here is fabulous. Crunchy enough but very juicy, you will smell like it when you leave. They will also make any one of their omelets in to a “omelette-adilla” which is the ingredients of the omelet stuffed in a quesadilla. They’ve really perfected the art of egg-cooking here. Reader Comment: Definitely agree that gato bizco is a treasure. great article. - Ben

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Candi’s There are two things that make me love a breakfast spot: a solid command of the basics and a cheap price. Candi’s has both. The staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is fun. The price for two of us was just under $15 – a good deal anywhere, but especially good given the quality of the food. Reader Comment: Great to see a write up about Candi’s and Irwin Street! It’s nice to see a magazine paying more attention to the small hidden gems rather than the touristy, big name chef restaurants. - Susan K w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Streatery I tried Streatery for the first time the other day at Woodruff Park. I ordered the big, plump, and delicious all-beef frank for $3.50. The toppings were generous enough that I spilled mustard and tomatoes all over my jeans. If that isn’t a successful hot dog, I do not know what is. Reader Comment: This is the best hot dog in Atlanta. Sorry, Varsity. – Dave S.

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Two-Wheeled Treats

Dinner bike tours showcase communities, restaurants

If you love to ride your bike through Atlanta and eat, then the Progressive Dinner Bicycle Tours from Bicycle Tours of Atlanta will be right up your alley. By Britton Buttrill     Beginning April 3, fans of good food and exercise should get their tastebuds ready for the Progressive Dinner Bicycle Tours – leisurely two-wheel visits to some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants. Sponsored by Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, each dinner tour will showcase three restaurants serving “top picks” from their menus. Each tour will be five to six miles, giving riders plenty of time to work up an appetite for the next course. Robyn Elliott, owner of Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, said she “wanted to come up with something that would appeal to the local market, and give them a reason to get on a bicycle. I want to inspire people to get back on their bikes, to fall back in love with their bikes in order to be healthier, save gas money, and help the environment.” The restaurants partnered with the tour include Serpas, Livingston, Parish, Tap, Max Lagers, Murphy’s, Wisteria, Fresh To Order (F2O), Engine #11 and Bakeshop. More restaurants are being added each week. Elliott, who originally worked in the construction industry, founded Bicycle Tours of Atlanta in 2008 after making the decision to “reinvent” herself. “I was entertaining some outof-town guests and I did what I typically did when friends came to visit – I took them down to Piedmont Park to rent bikes,” Elliot said. It was during that ride that she decided to create a bike touring company for the city, which also showcases Intown’s “beautiful and livable” neighborhoods. Progressive Dinner Bicycle Tours will be offered Saturday and Sunday nights the first and third weekends of the month through October. Tours are on sale now for $70. Group pricing is available for eight or more people, and restaurant selections can be customized for private groups. Call (404) 273-2558, visit www.biketoursatl.com or e-mail Robyn Elliott at robyn@bikeedatl. com for more information.   

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Real Estate

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Is Green Becoming Mainstream? Why eco-friendly real estate practices matter By Carly Felton The term LEED signifies green, as does EnergyStar and EnergyCraft; then there’s also VOC and low-flush. Most people have heard these terms in connection with ecofriendly measures, but do you know what they really mean? Or better yet, why they matter and how to get them “With the amount of press that green has gotten, the majority of the population understands the connection between energy efficiency and affordability but may not fully understand how to go about it,” said Tyler Jones, EarthCraft program manager at Southface, an organization that educates people about – and promotes – environmentally friendly practices for homes, offices and communities throughout the Southeast. Green indicates a number of things: energy savings, quality, durability, sustainability, healthy, environmentally friendly and trendy. “Green products have a long lifecycle,” said Peter Michelson, CEO of Renewal Design-Build Inc., a company that focuses on green design, construction and renovations. “Healthy indoor air is green, but people don’t think of it that way;

the same goes for lower utility bills. The environmental impact is just a side benefit to many people.” Instead of gravitating toward a green buzzword like Energy Star, start by thinking of your house as a whole system – not just the pieces that make it up, Michelson said. Otherwise, problems can result. One example Michelson shared is an issue called “Sick House Syndrome” in which consumers have their homes “tightened up” in order to prevent airconditioned or heated air from escaping outside. This is energyefficient, but if the home doesn’t have proper ventilation (like bathroom fans and a hooded stovetop), too much moisture may be trapped in the house and result in mold in the walls. To prevent this from happening, start all green renovation projects by having a professional evaluate the house in its entirety. Then assess your budget and goals. “Air sealing and insulation are two of the least sexy things you can do to your house, but also two of the best,” Michelson said. You can start simple by caulking around areas that leak air and switching to CFL bulbs, which give off a brighter light and use less electricity. Other popular green actions include using rain barrels to harvest rain water for plants, adding insulation to attics and replacing old appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances, said Randal Lautzenheiser, managing broker and an EcoBroker with Atlanta Intown Real Estate Services. Low VOC paints contain less potentially harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, making it safer for the environment and your lungs. Changing the air filters in your home is another way to purify the air and save on energy costs. Green homes are not limited to those undergoing renovations. “Homebuyers are becoming more and more interested in energy efficiency,” Lautzenheiser said. “Buyers for new construction are seeking out EarthCraft and other energy-efficient designations. Condo buildings that are LEED certified are outperforming the market. It’s an unconscious decision for

Healthy indoor air is green, but people don’t think of it that way. The environmental impact is just a side benefit.

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most buyers. They find a property that they like and realize they like it because of its energy-efficient features.” For new construction, there are several levels of green, ranging from Energy Star and EarthCraft up to LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Green certified properties must be verified be a thirdparty rater and meet certain criteria including using sustainable building materials such as bamboo floors, lowflow fixtures and dual-flush toilets. “The housing market is in decline, but interest in green building is on the rise,” Jones said. “There’s more demand because [green products and construction] are of higher quality, and as green building becomes more accepted, it’s going to move from the exception to the expected.” The FHA EEM (energy-efficient mortgage) is available to help buyers purchase an inefficient home and then add things like insulation, HVAC units and Energy Star appliances to the loan amount without increasing the down payment. This increases the property value while decreasing the monthly operating costs. But since so many companies are hopping on the green bandwagon, how can you tell the truth from the marketing ploys? “Use common sense and ask questions,” Jones said. “A paint that claims it can save energy is not legitimate. Ask product manufacturers and home builders what makes them green and go from there.”

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The bad news? Climate change is more of a sure thing than ever, yet politicians still are arguing about whether to do anything about it. The good news? It’s easier – and less expensive – than ever to do something about it on your own. Between improved technology, state tax credits and federal stimulus money, the cost of making the average Georgia family’s biggest energy guzzler – your home – less of a polluter has dropped dramatically. Atlanta’s long been a hothouse for green housing, thanks to the Southface Energy Institute, which pushed efficiency and clean energy since the 1970s. For more than a decade, Southface has been administering the popular Earthcraft Home certification program. But a more recent program has changed the game for Georgians who want to reduce their home energy use. In 2008, the Legislature approved property tax credit for homeowners who add solar water heating, solar electricity or geothermal power systems (the program covers even more projects for businesses). Last year, the state’s $2.5 million tax credit fund didn’t even get used up. This year, it’s so popular that almost half of it’s been spent already. “I think it’s a combination of some of the popularity of doing renewables and efficiency, and the economy getting better,” says Ben Taube, executive director of the Southeast Ben taube Energy Alliance. At the federal level, it didn’t hurt that the president’s stimulus plan converted a 30 percent income tax credit for homeowners’ clean energy projects into a straight grant. Is it time then to install a clean energy project in your home? Maybe. Then, again it looks as it the government may make clean energy projects even more attractive: Congress is now discussing the administration proposal for a “HomeStar” program that would offer even more incentives to do the right thing. Find out more online at www.mygreenatl.com/green-your-home. And check out MyGreenATL.com for up-to-the-minute environmental news and information about Atlanta.

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Real Estate Briefs Renewal Design Build of Decatur was named one of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor’s of the Year for 2010 work on a green project in the $250-$500,000 range. Mark Buelow, owner of Distinctive Remodeling Solutions in Roswell, was named president of NARI for a second term during February’s award ceremony. NARI also announced that it plans to hold its first annual Tour of Remodeled Homes in Atlanta on Oct. 2-3. More details about the tour – including homes, developers and vendors involved – will be announced over the summer. Realogy Corporation, has launched a campaign to raise funds through the Realogy Charitable Foundation, to support victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. The foundation will distribute all funds raised by employees, sales associates, vendors, partners, friends of Realogy and the general public directly to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. You can make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund through the Realogy Charitable Foundation. Your secure online donation can be made with a credit card/debit card or electronic check. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, visit www. coldwellbankeratlanta.com. Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty saw a remarkable 29

percent increase last year in closed business, reflecting the number of homes sold and significant growth of the firm. Co-founders Jenny Pruitt, CEO, and David Boehmig, President, are expanding their Buckhead office and corporate headquarters within the Piazza on Paces complex on Northside Parkway. www.atlantafinehomes.com. Harry Norman, Realtors has earned the Website Quality Certification presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World to member companies that have demonstrated excellence in website design, functionality and execution. Every aspect of HarryNorman.com was reviewed to ensure standards were met in eight key areas, ranging from design and content to human interactivity to search engine optimization. Atlanta real estate, despite the economy and many misleading news reports, still had a very active year in 2009. Prudential Georgia Realty, for instance, sold 6,800 homes in metro Atlanta in 2009 for a gross residential sales volume of more than $1.5 billion. According to data collected by Trendgraphix, Prudential was number one in listings for 2009, with 3,025 listings. For more information, visit www.atlrealestatescoop.com. Hawthorn Inc. Design & Construction is celebrating its 15th anniversary on April 1. For more about their work in Atlanta, visit www.hawthorninc.com.

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IN Your Home

HOME IMPROVEMENT | RENOVATION TIPS| HOME DECOR | BEFORE & AFTERS

Peek Inside These Luxury Homes Inman Park, Druid Hills, Buckhead, Midtown & more host spring tours By Collin Kelley and Britton Buttrill  A sure sign of Spring is when neighborhoods open the doors to some of their finest and most unique homes. These days, home tours are more than just wandering through a house: there are chefs giving cooking demos, artists markets or they might be attached to a festival. Here’s a round up of this season’s offerings, both Intown and one OTP that is worth the drive.

Inman Park Tour of Homes

This annual home tour is held each year in conjunction with the Inman Park Spring Festival (see Page 27 for all the details) and features Victorian-era treasures, Craftsman Bungalows, contemporary gems and stunning renovations. Tour hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Friday,

April 23, and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25. This year will feature nine homes, two gardens, and a church and includes one of the neighborhood’s most unique houses, the former Woodruff family residence. Tour of Homes tickets are available in advance for $15, and onsite for $20. Tickets can be purchased online at www.inmanparkfestival.org.

Midtown Tour of Homes

The annual tour of some of Midtown’s most unique residences – from historic homes to lofts and condos – is Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 18, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20 at Outwrite Books, Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast, Atlantic Station Market and 1010 Midtown condos. This year, the tour will add

The Midtown Tour of Homes (above and right) will feature spaces in modern high rises and more traditional homes. entertainment, with venues hosting after-parties, kitchen tours, art, food and beverages. Organizer Marcus Jackson said this year’s tour is tagged as “Luxury Midtown in the Sky,” and the focus will be on the condos that fill the skyline. While homes were still be determined at press time, condos in 1010 Midtown, Viewpoint and Luxe are on the line-up this year. Since the tour coincides with the Atlanta Dogwood Arts Festival, Jackson said he was expecting as many as 2,000 people to attend this year’s home tour. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Midtown Neigbors’ Association, which uses the funds for beautification projects, recycling, Sidewalk Grant program and safety through the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance. Visit www.midtowntourofhomes.com for the latest information.

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Buford Lanier Woman’s Club Tour of Homes

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon outside the perimeter, this tour might be just the ticket. The 12th annual tour is Sunday, April 18, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. featuring three homes and a luxury houseboat on Lake Lanier. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the tour. Group discounts are available to parties of 10 or more, advance purchase only. Visit www.bufordlanierwomansclub. com for tour details and directions, and information about Buford Lanier Woman’s Club. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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The Atlanta Preservation Center’s annual tour of homes, Buckhead in Bloom, will be presented from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. This year the tour will feature beautiful and architecturally significant homes dating from the early 20th century. The tour takes place in the Buckhead neighborhoods of Peachtree Heights West and Tuxedo Park. Tickets to the tour are available at The Cathedral of St. Philip Book Store, Boxwoods Gardens and Gifts and The Swan Coach House. Tickets are $40 for non-APC members, $30 for APC current members. In connection with the tour, a lecture will be given at 8 p.m. on April 9 in the Gould Room of The Cathedral of St. Philip. Stephen McLeod, Assistant to the Director of Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, will discuss 150 years of preservation at Mount Vernon. Tickets to the lecture are $10 and can be purchased in advance from www.PreserveAtlanta.com. Please turn to page 45

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ASO Decorator’s Showhouse

Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour & Artist Market

What do U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, Atlanta architect Walter Dowling, cookbook author Henrietta Stanley Dull and Chicago gangster Al Capone have in common? They all share connections to Oakdale Road in historic Druid Hills. You can learn about them and more famous residents of Oakdale at the 2010 Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour & Artist Market. This year’s tour welcomes guests inside six elegant home and garden jewels on Oakdale Road, presenting a slice of the street’s storied history. Only on Oakdale will be held Friday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 18, 1 to 5 p.m. along with a native plant sale, an artist’s market, luncheons and live entertainment. The annual home and garden tour, run by volunteers of the Druid Hills Civic Association, benefits historic preservation and green space restoration in the neighborhood. The 2010 featured tour homes range from large estates to cozy bungalows and maintain original historical details that blend with modern touches and thoughtful renovations. The Artist Market at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Oakdale Road and Ponce de Leon Avenue, will feature a juried group of more than 45 artists from across Georgia and neighboring states. Lunch will be available at the Artist Mark, where diners will be entertained under a tent with live music and dance. Menus and a schedule for music and dance performances will be available at all the tour homes and market. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance, $25 day of tour, $10 single house, $18 for group of 6 or more For tickets, visit www.druidhillstour.org, or call (404) 524-8687.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 40th Annual Dectorator’s Showhouse opens on Saturday, April 17, and continues through, Sunday, May 9. The home selected as this year’s Showhouse is located at 3639 Tuxedo Road in Buckhead and features four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens riminiscent of Claude Monet’s “Giverny,” which is this year’s theme. Twenty-eight of Atlanta’s top interior and landscape designers transformed 29 spaces in and outside the home. Hours for the tour will be 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday. Thursday hours are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 through April 16 and $25 afterwards. A season pass for unlimited visits is available for $55. Tickets are available by phone at (404) 733-5000 or www. decoratorsshowhouse.org.

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Gardening

Renovation Coach Jesse Morado

David McMullin

Designing a good garden: Part 1

Foam Insulation vs. Batts in attics

Editor’s Note: This is gardening designer David McMullen’s first in a series that will continue through the summer or designing, planting, maintaing and harvesting your very own garden.

There has been a lot of awareness raised with the new foam insulation products over the last 10 years, but I still have homeowners ask me from time to time, “is foam really worth the money?” A few things come into play when insulating your attic. Since we are in Atlanta, we all know how hot an attic can be on 90-degree day in August – it’s like a steam room. The cost with cooling our homes in Atlanta typically exceeds the cost of heating our homes (this winter was a little unusual), so a very hot attic can affect the number of times your cooling system cycles to keep your home cool if the attic is not well insulated. This of course consumes more energy. If you have an air handler (furnace) and ducts in the attic, the high level of heat reduces the effectiveness of the system putting more stress on the system. When you install batts or blown insulation over the ceiling area of your home to the standard R-30 level (R=insulation’s ability to resist the flow of heat), the insulation acts as a barrier between the hot attic air and the cooled area below the ceiling. Batts, when installed properly and expanded, provide a little more R value than loose insulation due to the inconsistent levels that is experienced with blown. Blown does work well at filling hard to reach areas or voids that are usually a little more difficult with batts. As fiberglass and cellulose is less expensive than spray, I recommend that you insulate to at least an R-40 to R-49 level if you want to see some cost savings in cooling. Remember that

In working with clients and in conversations with friends over the past 20 years, I realize that people don’t consider designing a garden the complicated process that it really is. Creating a good garden requires a solid understanding of design. In part one of this design series, I will help you develop the foundation for your home garden plan. Assess the site for what is and is not possible. Creativity is best exercised under some limitations. The least effective gardens are often the ones where there is plenty of money, excess of land and lack of vision. When assessing your site observe the light, check for water, consider traffic flow, and yes, examine your checking account. Avoid expectations before you are realistic about the possibilities. Apply scale, symmetry and balance to your garden design. The most common mistake is an improper use of scale. Think broad strokes - the smaller the garden, the bigger the features. A symmetrical approach (an English style) is not as strict and rigid as many believe. Study garden styles (English, French, Italian and others). Figure out a good fit for your space and personality. Most artistic expression is within an easy to understand and tolerant framework. A simple structural form allows for more mileage out of the fun stuff. The hard elements – the paths, walls, floor and ceiling – should make sense, connecting and guiding the experience with minimal confusion. Materials used in your garden should be closely aligned to each other, the architecture of your home and the natural landscape. Next month, we’ll delve a little deeper into the gratifying (and more difficult) part of designing your garden. David McMullin has owned New Moon Gardens design firm for 20 years. His gardens have been featured on tours, in magazines and on television. He recently opened Garden*Hood in Grant Park. For more information on David’s design services, contact him at newmoongardens@gmail.com or (404) 593-0996.

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walking on your insulation or allowing it to get wet reduces its R-value. When spray foam insulation, which typically has twice the R value of batt insulation, is directly applied to the bottom of your roof decking, filling the voids between the rafters and overhangs, you increase the size of the envelope to include the attic. Even though the attic is not mechanically conditioned (that is open ducts dumping warm or cool air into this area), the attic will be substantially cooler than one that is insulated with batts or blown. This product reduces the radiant heat moving through it and since all eaves and openings are sealed it also reduces the convection heat. The 35 to 40 degree cooler attic temperatures above your drywall ceilings keeps the living areas below cooler longer. Also, if your heating and cooling system is in the attic, the system will not experience the high levels of heat thus will perform better. When using foam insulations ensure that you use an open cell product when applying to surfaces that may experience water intrusion. A leaking roof may not manifest itself with a closed cell material. Closed cell products are great in floor joist cavities in crawlspaces or vertical wall areas. If you are planning on remaining in your home for any length of time, you may want to consider increasing the insulation in your attic, insulating floor cavities over any unheated basements or crawlspaces, and if replacing siding, upgrading the insulation in wall cavities. I recommend that homeowners have an energy audit or home performance assessment done to better understand how insulating your attic or crawspace affects other systems or components in your home. The energy you save will put a smile on your face and reduce carbon footprint which is good for everyone, so weatherize! Jesse Morado is a Certified Remodeler and CEO of Renovation Coach, Inc. a construction consulting firm dedicated to enhancing contractor business practices and providing guidance and advisory services for homeowners engaged in remodeling. the NARI Atlanta Chapter. (404)729-4969 or jesse@renovationcoach.com

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