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Liz Burns ...............................................4 Health Briefs ...........................................9 Choosing A Doctor ................................9 Intown Notebook..................................10 Letter from the Editor ...........................10 A Look Back .........................................12 Fight Childhood Obesity with Dance ...13 Scene & Heard .....................................14 Charity in the City .................................15 Pets ......................................................16 Explorations with Jennifer Campbelll ..16
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IN The Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS
Chocolate for the Cure Liz Burns has raised more than a half-million for cystic fibrosis Collin Kelley Editor Atlanta resident Liz Burns doesn’t have cystic fibrosis, nor do any members of her family or close friends, yet she’s raised more than $600,000 to help find a cure. Burns, a senior national sales executive for Coca-Cola, said she was asked to take part in a fundraising event for CF nearly a decade ago. Always interested in giving back to the community, Burns knew little about the disease and its impact. Flashforward to this summer and Burns is now the incoming president of the Georgia chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and chairing the 10th annual Chocolate! fundraiser on June 17. “I had no affiliation with CF, but it’s become personal now because of all the amazing people I’ve met,” Burns said. Her dedication to the cause led her to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver earlier this year, where Coca-Cola selected her to be a U.S. Torchbearer because of her passion for living positively and for affecting meaningful, enduring change in the community. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation doesn’t receive government money, so volunteers raise 94 percent of the funding needed for research and clinical trials. Burns said a
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new drug that should help patients with CF – an inherited disease that causes a build-up of thick mucus in the lungs and digestive tract – live a longer life has just come on the market and three others are being tested. “The average life expectancy for someone with cystic fibrosis has been age 37, but this new drug should help them live to old age,” Burns said. In just the last few years, pre-natal testing has become standard practice for pregnant mothers to see if they carry the gene for CF. Burns said there are 10 million carriers of the genetic defect that causes CF, and most don’t know they have it until they marry and get pregnant. Chocolate! 2010, presented by FUZE, will be held Thursday, June 17, at Villa Christina in Dunwoody from 6 to 10 p.m. The evening features two live bands, a specialty drink tasting, a chocolate lager and a chocolate cappuccino tasting, full dinner buffet and silent auction. Atlanta’s top bakers, chefs, vintners and caterers will provide hundreds of chocolate delicacies for attendees to enjoy. “It’s just a fun, decadent evening of food and drink,” Burns said, noting that Canoe, Rathbun’s and Bacchanalia are just three of the local restaurants participating this year. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Burns said they are expecting 800 to 1,000 guests this year.
Liz Burns, center, holds the Olympic Torch before her leg of the run during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Burns met with Calgary Cystic Fibrosis Foundation vicepresident Chris Archibald, left, her son Ben, who has CF, and his sister Charley. For more information about the event, visit www. chocolateforCF.org and find out my about cystic fibrosis, visit www.Georgia.cff.org. You can visit Burns’ Facebook page (Olympic Liz) to see photos of her trip to Vancouver and find out more about helping CF.
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Choosing a Doctor
Health & Wellness Briefs
A primary care physician can save you time and money
The Men’s Health & Wellness Center is pleased to announce the third annual Men’s Health EXPO on Saturday, June 12, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. The free community event is in recognition of National Men’s Health Week, a movement to heighten awareness of preventable health problems. This year’s EXPO is designed to motivate and encourage men, and their partners, to focus more on their overall health and well-being. Complimentary screenings including blood pressure and stroke assessment, blood sugar, cholesterol, prostate cancer including PSA and prostate exam, weight and body mass index and vision will be available. A series of optional health screenings are available for $25 and include: skin cancer, lipid profile, bone density, balance and nerve response, and pulmonary function testing. There will also be informational seminars and showcase products and services of benefit to men. Registration and complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. A box lunch will be provided to those who request one during registration. Free parking is available in the west garage at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. While the EXPO is free to participants, there is a $10 fee required to hold a reservation. Participants may choose to have their $10 appointment fee refunded at the event or to donate it to the Men’s Health & Wellness Center, a nonprofit organization. Participants are encouraged to register by June 1 to ensure their space. www.menshealthandwellness.org.
By Ed Brewer Everyone should have a doctor to contact when you get the sniffles or to simply get a physical exam once a year. Having an established relationship with a primary care physician opens the door to appointments, instead of having a doctor ‘s office say they do not have any openings at this time. In addition, some doctors provide email services for patients to submit questions or send reminders of upcoming appointments. Choosing a doctor is a personal preference, however, the best way to find a doctor is to ask friends and family who they use and discuss their experiences. There are also websites that provide information about a physician’s education, specialty, and some have actual patient comments available. Most healthcare plans provide a cost savings when you see an in-network provider. They can provide a list of physicians and from the list the first question to ask is “are they in your network?” If so, ask if they are taking new patients. If not, move on down the list. For those taking new patients, make a list of questions that are important to you before you call. For example, how does the doctor interact with patients? Are appointments usually on time? Are there other doctors in the practice? How do they manage off-hour emergencies? Do they prescribe generic medicines? Do they have evening or Saturday hours available? Another avenue is to visit your health insurance company’s website. Most have options to help you select a physician. The tool provides you with choices to select a desired gender, location, specialty, and if available, they provide a link to check out the physician’s website. To get the maximum benefit from your health care provider, register on their website. Once registered, review your personal plan and if you do have questions, or before an emergency happens, call your customer service rep to get the answers. Keep contact numbers for your doctor, hospitals, or medical referral procedures available. Know if you have a co-pay or an annual deductible for medical visits and or emergency room visits. Most health care plan websites provide information about staying healthy, have diagnostic tools to help determine what your symptoms may be, and in addition, provide your personal claims activities. Use these sites to become an informed consumer. Being an informed consumer gives you the advantage – whether you’re just going in for your annual physical or resolving any health issues that may have been unnoticed.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation has announced that Atlanta Medical Center has been named to the company’s 2010 Circle of Excellence. The Circle of Excellence honors Tenet hospitals that have achieved the highest levels of quality, service and operational performance. Key metrics used to evaluate the hospitals were patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores, clinical quality and financial performance. Atlanta Medical Center has been serving the medical needs of the community and region since its founding in 1901. www.tenethealth.com. Resurgens Orthopaedics continues to grow and expand its services with the addition of Dr. Phani K. Dantuluri to its Emory Midtown and Decatur locations. Dantuluri’s areas of expertise include sports medicine, shoulder and elbow surgery, hand and wrist surgery, and arthroscopic, reconstructive, and joint replacement surgery. Resurgens Orthopaedics, has 20 offices and six surgery centers throughout metro Atlanta. www.resurgens.com. Northside Hospital is among 14 new sites chosen by the National Cancer Institute to join a national network of community cancer centers offering expanded research opportunities and state-of-the-art cancer care. Northside was the only new hospital added in the Southeastern United States. The NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) is using $40 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand its number of community hospital-based sites from 16 to 30. NCCCP is designed to create new research opportunities across the cancer continuum from screening and treatment to follow-up care, with an emphasis on minority and underserved populations. Expanding the NCCCP network will provide access to more patients in community cancer centers to support these research efforts. www.northside.com. In January, in partnership with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TSA), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta opened the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Clinic. The first of its kind in Georgia, this virtual clinic coordinates annual visits with up to seven different physicians to ensure patients with TSC have access to pediatric specialists. www.choa.org.
Ed Brewer is an account executive with Peachtree Benefit Group, a locally owned and operated full-service employee benefits firm, in business for more than 25 years with over 200 domestic and international client groups. www.peachtreebenefitgroup.com.
Checklist: Questions to Ask a Doctor In the process of selecting a family physician, you should draw up a list of basic questions to ask the doctor and consider the following: The answers to these questions, along with the recommendations of friends and neighbors, will help you select the right doctor for you and your family. – Courtesy of HowStuffWorks.com
• Will the doctor treat all family members? • Is the doctor covered by your insurance plan? • Does the doctor provide care during pregnancy and perform deliveries? • Does the doctor have staff privileges at a nearby accredited hospital? • Does the doctor perform surgery? If so, what kind? • Does the doctor encourage preventive medicine, such as routine checkups, immunizations and follow-up tests? w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
• Does the doctor make emergency house calls for bedridden family members? • Does the doctor have office hours that are convenient for your family, especially for those who work or attend school? • What arrangement does the doctor have for a substitute when he or she is unavailable? • What are the fees for the various services? • Is the doctor certified by the American Board of Family Practice?
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On Saturday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m., the Mary Lin Foundation will host the 5k Rocket Run in Candler Park. All proceeds will benefit Mary Lin Elementary School. The race starts the school, 586 Candler Park Drive, and is open to all ages. Registration fees are $20 if postmarked or registered online by June 1. After June 1, the cost of the event is $25. For more information and to register visit www. active.com or www.marylinfoundation.org.
The Flicks on 5th summer film series kicks off in mid June with a screening of a free movie on Wednesday nights on the 5th Street Bridge in the heart of Georgia Tech’s Technology Square at Spring Street at 5th Street. The lineup includes Sherlock Holmes (June 9), The Hangover (June 16), The Blind Side (June 23), The Hurt Locker (July 7), Fantastic Mr. Fox (July 14) and Hot Tub Time Machine (July 21). Patrons are invited to come at 7 p.m. to enjoy food from Tech Square’s restaurants, many of which will be offering movie night specials. Movies begin at 9 p.m. (rain or shine) and you’re welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs. flickson5th.gatech.edu.
Join the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 12, when the Artemis guild of young professionals hosts Lost Oasis 2010: A Museum Masquerade, a benefit for family and children’s programming at Fernbank Museum. A Museum Masquerade begins at 8 p.m. and will feature live music by Kingsized, entertainment by “The Dames Aflame,” an auction, prize drawing, specialty cocktails and delicious cuisine. Attendees are invited to wear a mask and cocktail attire, and there will be a prize awarded for the guest with the evening’s best mask. Last year’s Lost Oasis event netted $100,000 for children and family enrichment programs. Individual tickets are $100 per person. fernbankmuseum.org. The Diamond Awards will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, by the Not Alone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance and resources for chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease patients and their families. The Diamond Awards were established to honor individuals in the entertainment and business worlds who, through their perseverance and success, have left a footprint on their industries. Special guests for the awards ceremony include music legend Chaka Khan, entertainment law mogul Joel A. Katz, actress Terri J. Vaughn, actress and host of “The View” Sherri Shepherd and athlete Brian Jordan. Tickets are $150 per person and proceeds from the inaugural event will benefit the Not Alone Foundation. The event will be held at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center, 80 Forsyth St. www.thenotalonefoundation.org. The annual Rock the Cure fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is June 19, 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Sweetwater Brewing Company. Featured bands will include Mama’s Love and Lost City. There will also be food, beer and raffle prizes. Tickets range from $30 to $50. www.jdrfrockthecure.org.
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The Fox Theatre kicks off the 2010 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival with a mix of contemporary and classic hits beginnging with Sandra Bullock’s Oscar-winning role in The Blind Side on Thursday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, June 4, there will be a tribute to late director John Hughes with a double feature of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at 7:30 p.m. followed by The Breakfast Club at 9:30 p.m. The Wizard of Oz at 2 p.m. and Jaws (the 35th anniversary screening at 7:30 p.m.) are set for Saturday, June 5. Additional films for July and August will be announced later in the summer. As always, there will be pre-show with a sing-along on the Mighty Mo organ and a classic cartoon. Tickets are $8 and are on sale at the Fox Theatre Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.
Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley, Editor
Celebrate the beginning of summer at the annual Decatur Beach Party Friday, June 18, from 5 p.m. until midnight. Decatur brings in 60 tons of sand and turns the courthouse square into a beach complete with a kid’s boardwalk, live music, dancing, food court and more. On the Community Bandstand, The Reputations will play beach music and more from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by Terry Lee and the G.T.’s on the main stage at the MARTA Plaza. The food court will be set up on East Court Square between the beach/boardwalk area and the main stage. Enjoy a variety of beach fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, beer, wine and soft drinks. No outside food or beverages are allowed into the festival area. Tickets are $6.50 in advance at www.decaturdba.com or $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free, limit 2 per paying adult. Kid’s Boardwalk tickets will be for sale inside the event. For more information visit www.decaturdba.com or call (678) 553-6573.
Health and sustainability are INtown’s main focus this month. GreenPlate’s Polly Sattler pitched the idea of profiling local restaurants committed to eco-friendly practices, and it evolved into our cover story for June (Page 32). I’ve long been a fan of Radial Café on DeKalb Avenue, and since they are the sustainability pioneers, it was only right that we feature them prominently on our cover. GreenPlate’s main mission is to educate restaurants on getting single use plastic (straws, forks, wrapping, etc.) off the menu. We encourage you to support the restaurants featured in this month’s issue. Insurance expert Ed Brewer’s article on choosing a doctor offers practical tips on questions to ask and how having a primary care physician can save you money, not to mention helping you maintain your health (Page 9). We were excited to hear that home sales are picking up again, which is a sure sign the recession is finally lifting. This month, we look at trends in real estate including downsizing to a smaller space, working from home and making your living space more eco-friendly. We believe these trends will continue as the housing market bounces back Intown and nationwide (Page 37). If you’re looking for some arts and culture this summer, we’ve got a preview of upcoming plays and concerts that will give you both indoor and outdoor entertainment options (Page 18). Finally, a content note: Liza Dunning’s Scout on the Town column and David Payne’s Local Technology column are on hiatus as both turn their attention to building and expanding Scoutmob.com. We’ve enjoyed having their voices each month and wish them all the best. Enjoy June! – firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Look Back Ann Boutwell June 3, 1930: Regenstein’s Department Store opened in the old Peters Land Company Building on the southeast corner of Peachtree and Cain, now Andrew Young International Boulevard. Established in 1872 by brothers Julius and Gabriel Regenstein, the store was the first in the city to employ a woman sales clerk, Martha Owens. The building located at 209 Peachtree is where Hooters stands today. June 4, 1967: The 80-foot-long steel framework of the walkway between the twenty-second floors of the Gas Light Tower and the Merchandise Mart at Peachtree and Harris streets was lifted into position. June 8, 1994: A bronze statue memorializing the presidency of Jimmy Carter is unveiled on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol. The sculptor is Frederick Hart, whose best-known works are in Washington. He created the three bronze soldiers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The seven-ton, 11-foothigh slab of Georgia granite is a slightly larger than real life depiction of Carter with rolled up shirtsleeves and khakis. Barbara
Faga of director of Atlanta’s architecture firm EDAW landscaped the site. June 12, 2000: Atlanta native Alfred Urhy’s musical Parade, about the murder of Mary Phagan and trial of Leo Frank, opened at the Fox Theatre. June 15, 1918: The Hanson Motor Company on Murphy Avenue near Oakland City began production of its high-class Hanson “Six.” The first two Hansons designed by Don M. Ferguson were first seen at the1917 Southeastern Fair. According to Atlanta History Center’s Don Rooney, only two Hanson motorcars are known to exist today. A black Hanson is displayed in the Atlanta History Center’s permanent collection. June 21, 1989: The Crescent Apartments where Margaret Mitchell began writing Gone With the Wind in 1926 is placed on National Register of Historic Places. Often referred to as “The Dump” by Mitchell, the building is now the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. June 30, 1996: City officials, family and friends gathered at Dobbs Plaza on Auburn Avenue for the unveiling of sculptor Ralph Helmick’s seven-foot-tall bronze mask of John Wesley Dobbs’ face entitled “Through His Eyes.” The mask’s open eyes allow viewers metaphorically to see Auburn Avenue as Dobbs, a civil rights pioneer and unofficial “Mayor of Auburn Avenue” once did. Contact Ann Boutwell at annboutwell@ bellsouth.net.
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Dance for Life
Combat childhood obesity with fun physical activity By Keri Stoltz Primrose School of Midtown With the invention of computers, video games and electronic toys children have become increasingly less active. Childhood obesity and the need for more physical activity are increasingly critical issues in America. One way you can encourage your children to become more physically active is by dancing. The American Heart Association recommends that children ages 2 and older participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Dance is a simple activity that doesn’t require complicated equipment and can be done just about anywhere. “I recommend dance as a fun physical activity for the whole family because it doesn’t require a lot of time, money or resources,” said Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education for Primrose Schools. “Dancing is a creative form of selfexpression that helps build self-confidence. Plus, it provides time well spent with your family.” Dr. Zurn and Dr. Steve Sanders, a fitness expert and Director of the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science at the University of South Florida as well as a member of the Primrose Education Advisory Board, recommend these tips to encourage your family to start dancing: Step 1: Select appropriate music. You aren’t just looking for age-appropriate lyrics. It is also important to find music with an
eight-count beat that isn’t too fast or too slow, so children can successfully develop movements in time with the music. Step 2: Create a dance routine with your child. Together, decide how your dance will begin, what movements will go in the middle and how it will end. Children naturally respond to music with movement, which they can then turn into a dance. They love to pretend and don’t have any difficulty responding if they are asked to “be” the wind moving in the trees or even a dog searching for a place to bury a bone. Their imaginations don’t need much encouragement to get moving. Step 3: Focus on developing your child’s key motor skills. Freestyle dancing is great for getting the heart rate up, but dancing can also be beneficial to your child’s motor and coordination development. Dancing will enable them to practice fundamental skills like jumping, landing, leaping, sliding, galloping, moving forward and backwards, and learning how to imitate moves. Step 4: Check your child’s heart rate. Teach your child to connect physical activity with maintaining a healthy heart by measuring his or her heart rate. Show your child how to feel and count his or her heart beats.
Following Atlanta INtown’s May story on The Top 20 things kids should do in Atlanta this summer, publisher Wendy Binns and designer Elizabeth P. Holmes spoke to students on career day and asked: “What activities do YOU recommend for summer?” Here is a sampling from 3 of the classrooms:
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For more tips from Dr. Z and a variety of activity suggestions, visit www.DrZandMe. com. For more about Primrose School of Midtown at Colony Square, visit www.PrimroseMidtown.com.
Career Day at Springdale Park Elementary Ms. ReA’s CLAss: katya: Go to the beach; Jack: Play with family; Aiden: Atlanta Kick & Play Dodgeball; Noel: Keep Atlanta Clean; Aran: Ride bikes; Annie: Swim at the Venetian Pool; Drew: Visit Family; Cole: Travel around with family to art shows; Quint: Go to Fernbank; Jeremy: Have sleepovers; Teniah: Play hide & seek; iasac: Eat Rocky Road ice cream; Avery: Go to Sydney Marcus Park with friends; Vivian: Stone Mountain; Bennett: Coloring.
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10-year-old Atlanta Gymnastics’ Park Li competed in the Georgia AAU State Level II meet and scored three perfect 10.0 on balance beam, uneven bars and ﬂoor exercise. Coupled with a 9.45 on vault, Park took 1st place all around with an amazing 39.45. Park’s coaches are Stacy Scobel and Blair Youmans. She is the daughter of George and Mary Gay Li of Decatur. Photos courtesy of Shelley Photography, Inc. www.shelleyphotographyinc.com
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DAVE FM’s Mara Davis Fit Night at Intimacy Benefits Kate’s Club (read Kate Club founder’s monthly INtown column below)
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The Tidwell Family of Brookhaven participated in the Treasure Hunt, guided by Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta Volunteer Zac Foster Guests got the proper fit and, at the same time, supported a good cause! Above, the Intimacy girls pictured with Mara, helped guests this evening get personal bra fittings while sipping on Bacardi Torched Cherry “Bratini” cocktails and Twist appetizers. Left is Kate Atwood, founder of Kate’s Club, with Mara. Shopping this night meant giving back – a portion of the proceeds from the event will help Kate’s Club. www.myintimacy.com
The Atlanta Beat Athletes Amanda Cinalli [left to right], Sophia Mundy, and Katie Larkin [bottom] with [left to right] Drew, Danielle, and Nick Detukowski [bottom].
Driskell Prize for African-American Art and Art History Presented to Renée Stout at High Museum Celebratory Dinner Honoree Renée Stout creates mixed media works examining the impact of the African Diaspora and the tradition of her African heritage. At right, Michael Shapiro, the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director of the High Museum, congratulates Stout, 2010 winner of the David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art and Art History.
Charity in the City Kate Atwood The Hudson Family Foundation June means it’s time for a few of my favorite things: summertime, family time and baseball! You can imagine my excitement when I found a way to include giving back into all of these elements. When I heard what Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Tim Hudson and his wife Kim were doing this summer to help the community of Atlanta, I wanted to share it with all of you. Let’s put it this way, in my world, it’s a homerun. One year ago, Tim and Kim launched the Hudson Family Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance to children with physical, financial or emotional needs in Georgia and Alabama. In its first year, the foundation has raised more than $150,000 for children and families in need. It’s been a fantastic start for the Hudson Family, culminating with Tim himself being honored by the Atlanta Sports Council as Atlanta’s Sports Person of the Year. However, more than the awards and accolades, one thing remains most important to the Hudson Family: their own success is best rewarded by giving back to help others in need. That’s why the Hudson Family Foundation is launching a unique opportunity for you to join them in their giving this month. To celebrate its first anniversary, the foundation is launching a fundraising initiative called Club One Five w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
presented by STATS Atlanta. Individuals and families are encouraged to join by pledging to contribute a specific amount of money for every win Tim records, every batter he strikes out, every start he makes, and the number of innings he pitches during the regular season. Kim said moms can use the fundraiser as an opportunity to engage children in the importance of philanthropy and helping others. “Club One Five is a fun way to follow Tim and his success, while raising funds for the foundation,” Kim said. “We would love to get more people signed up and be able to celebrate as a community at the end of the season.” That’s right, those club members who hold up their pledge until the end of the season, get to celebrate with Tim and Kim at an exclusive party to be held in late October at STATS in downtown Atlanta. The next time you head out to the ballpark or tune in to a game on television, remember you have an opportunity to help the community at the same time. For more information, visit www. hudsonfamilyfoundation.com and download the Clue One Five pledge form.
Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and his wife Kim created The Hudson Family Foundation to help children with emotional, physical and financial needs in Georgia and Alabama.
For more about Kate Atwood and her nonprofit, Kate’s Club, visit www.katesclub.org.
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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 LaLa or any of APR’s 80-plus dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org.
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Last month’s Pet Cotillion raised more than $13,000 for Pets Are Loving Support (PALS), the nonprofit that provides ongoing care for pets belonging to persons living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Twenty-one animals (19 dogs and two cats) entered as contestants, there were nearly 200 people in attendance to watch them strut their stuff. Pictured is the winner Braxton getting a hug from John Flynn. Barking Hound Village Foundation Rescue recently joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder.com, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has over 294,500 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously. More than 13,100 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the Zip code entered. Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is housed, and each group has its own policies. The first annual BarkWorld Expo will be held Aug. 20 – 22 at Atlantic Station and will feature a weekend full of activities. including a charity pet fashion show and opportunity for social networkers to interact in person and online. There will be a special focus on Twitter, which has more than 69,000 profiles maintained by pet owners. There will be workshops and seminars to educate entrepreneurs, organized businesses and nonprofits on how to successfully brand, market and manage their businesses on Twitter, Facebook and other social media applications. The highlight of the exhibit hall includes PetTech, a technology pavilion showcasing pet-related iPhone apps and other tech products and toys. For more information, visit www.barkworldexpo.com or follow on Twitter www.twitter.com/barkworldexpo.
LaLa is an 11-pound, 5-month old-female Rat Terrier mix, but looks a bit like a Chihuahua. She’s a courtesy Lessia Teh Photography charmer and a clown who will bring a smile to your face when you watch her antics. LaLa will probably weigh less than 15 pounds when full grown, and will have short, shiny fur. LaLa has mastered the art of using a doggie door and is going outside to do her business and also to play in the yard with her buddies at the Atlanta Pet Rescue adoption center.
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At the Atlanta Humane Society’s “No Ball at All” Patron Party, AHS President Carl Leveridge said that “Dollars raised that would have been allocated to fund a ball will instead directly benefit the loving animals awaiting new families at the Atlanta Humane Society, some of whom are here tonight as special guests.” Hosted by “No Ball at All” Chairman Pamela Isdell and her husband Neville, as well as “ChairDog” Miss Daisy, at the Isdell Family Pavilion. Pictured are guest Bill Torres, event Chair and party hostess Pamela Isdell, and Atlanta Humane Society Board member Jack Sawyer holding adoptable pets.
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renowned Spoleto Festival USA, a 17-day art festival that brings thousands to Charleston each year. The city’s wide appeal makes it an excellent destination for families, couples, or friends traveling together. Well-known for its streets lined with live oaks draped with Spanish moss, such attractions as Rainbow Row, the Old Slave Mart Museum, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon and Charleston Museum offer glimpses into a complex Southern heritage … and a respite from the summer heat. Charleston’s range of accommodations is as colorful as the houses lining the Battery. Charleston Place Hotel is perfectly located on King Street, only steps from the finest shopping and dining. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, is ideal for a family desiring a beach location and access to great golf. If being a short drive from the city doesn’t deter you, Woodlands Inn, in Summersville, offers a beautifully restored classic revival mansion as its centerpiece. The Charleston restaurant scene continues to garner national attention, as well. The city boasts three James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs in the past
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Summer is usually the time when arts groups take a break, but many of the city’s theaters and venues will bringing plays, music and more throughout the warm months. Here’s a rundown of some of the events happening the next three months. As always, visit www.AtlantaINtown.com to find out about the latest events.
The summer festival returns July 8 through Aug. 8 with three premieres: Qualities of Starlight, a comedy about a young astronomer who brings his wife home to visit his methaddicted parents; Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove’s Darker Face of the Earth, which reimagines Oedipus as a slave in the American South; and Sally and Glen at the Palace, about the friendship between two college students working at a1970s movie theatre in a southern university town. The plays will be staged at Actor’s Express. www.essentialtheatre.com.
Callanwolde Jazz on the Lawn Callanwolde’s summer series presents special outdoor concerts featuring many of the area’s best musicians with a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, blues and R&B. Make sure to bring a blanket and a picnic. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The line-up includes Kodac Harrison (June 18), Jim Pearce Band (June 25), Marsha DuPree (July 9), Modoca & Company (July 30) and Gwen Hughes (Aug. 13). Tickets are sold at the door for $15 or $2 for students, seniors and Callanwolde members. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Callanwolde’s indoor courtyard. 980 Briarcliff Road. www.callanwolde.org
The annual series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden kicks off with Emmylou Harris on June 25. Other shows include She & Him (July 9), John Hiatt (July 25), Joan Baez, pictured left, (July 30), Delbert McClinton (Aug. 20) and Johnny Lang (Aug. 27). Tickets are available at www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
New American shakespeare Tavern The Bard’s classics come to life at the Midtown venue all summer long, including Coriolanus (June 5-27) and the irreverent Hamlet! The Musical! (July 9-Aug. 8). 499 Peachtree St. www.shakspearetavern.com.
Slasher at Actor’s express The theater company closes its 22nd season with Alison Moore’s comedy about a young woman cast in a slasher flick filming in her tiny Texas town and her mother’s pill-induced hostility that leads to violence on the set. Continues through June 19. 887 W. Marietta St. www.actors-express.com.
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The 2010 season continues with True Love Lies (through June 20), a snappy comedy about a content suburban housewife and mother whose world is rocked when a lover from her past reappears, and a revival of Shay Youngblood’s Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery, about a girl’s passage into womanhood. 1983 Austin Ave. www.horizontheatre.com.
Loot at Onstage Atlanta This saucy comedy by famed British playwright Joe Orton follows a wannabe hood who robs a bank on the eve of his mother’s funeral, while the nurse who took care of her plots marriage to the woman’s husband. June 4-26. 2597 North Decatur Road. www.onstageatlanta.com
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Summerfest Returns Virginia highland event promises food, music and more. The 27 annual Virginia Highland Summerfest is set for Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6. Activities include a 5k race on Saturday morning, food, live music and an artists’ market. A KidsFest will be held in John Howell Park at the corner of Virginia and Arcadia avenues with artistic activities, music and more. Organized by the Virginia Highland Civic Association and sponsored by Dave FM radio, other highlights of the weekend will include a kickoff event on Friday, June 4, with a parade at 7 p.m., a screening of the Disney cartoon The Tale of Despereaux at dusk and acoustic music from 8 to 11 p.m. The music stage will feature a variety of renowned local musicians throughout the weekend including the Lindsay Rakers Band, Bob Schneider, Tonic with Michael Tolcher and Mike Doughty and Francisco Vidal & Friends including Stevie Monce, Critty Upchurch, Thomas Tillman, Scotty Cram, Eric Dodd, Jay Stewart, Todd Wells, and Tyler Henin. The juried artist market features work and exhibits from more than 220 of the best artists in the southeast and beyond, in a variety of media including painting, clay, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, fiber, wood metal and mixed media. th
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Arts Grants Awarded Ten arts groups get much-needed funding
The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund continues its commitment to increasing the resources available to small and midsized arts organizations by giving a total of $500,000 in general operating support to 10 local organizations. This is the second year of increased grants supported through the Atlanta Arts Recovery initiative, a $2.5 million, multi-year program launched last year to keep Atlanta arts organizations stable as they face unprecedented financial challenges. A second 2010 deadline on July 9 will provide another $500,000 to arts organizations. The Spring 2010 Arts Fund grant recipients are: Actor’s Express, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta Chamber Players, Dad’s Garage, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Theatre in the Square, Theatrical Outfit and True Colors Theatre Company. For more information, visit www.cfgreateratlanta.org & www.MetroAtlantaArtsFund.org.
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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts
Anno exhibit: This show at Marcia Wood Gallery features new works by Kim Anno, who paints in translucent oil on shimmering aluminum, layering thin washes of intensely glowing color onto the hard metallic surface. Closes June 10. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.marciawoodgallery.com
Lucinda Bunnen: From hatcher’s Pond: The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA) presents this exhibit of 12 new photographs by Lucinda Bunnen. Closed Sunday and Monday. $5. www.mocaga.org
The southern Pot: This exhibit at The Signature Shop & Gallery features functional work by contemporary potters from the South who are inﬂuenced by the rich history and traditions of Southern pottery making. Closes June 12. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.thesignatureshop.com The Price is Right: Come peruse everything from paintings and drawings to photography, prints and sculptural objects in a multitude of expressions and styles all on sale for less than $1,000 at the Swan Coach House Gallery. Closes June 19. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.swancoachhouse.com/ gallery.html LATinGA: This group exhibition at Spruill Gallery and Gift Shop celebrates Latin culture in art and explores its inﬂuences in Georgia. Closes June 19. Open Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.spruillarts.org southern Vernacular: The subjects of the artwork in this exhibit at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery are humble business and social buildings found on the back roads of America as photographed by Steve Gross and Susan Daley. Closes June 24. Open Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. www. hagedornfoundationgallery.org kindred: Visit Jennifer Schwartz Gallery to see photographs by Kisa Kavass and Lori Vrba that are much like visual poems, evoking desire, memory and loss. Closes June 26. Open Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.jenniferschwartzgallery.com Re-purposed: The Use of everyday Materials in Contemporary Art: This show at Emily Amy Gallery exhibits works by artists who explore media such as coffee, tar, sawdust and rust to create seemingly traditional work with non-traditional materials. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Theatre & Dance Laughing Matters: The longest running improv comedy troupe in Atlanta performs a tasteful brand of hilarious improv at Manual’s Tavern. June 5. $12. www.laughingmatters.com Buddy: The Buddy holly story: This rock ‘n’ roll musical presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre at the 14th Street Playhouse tells the story of the man, the music, the legend: Buddy Holly. Closes June 6. $32 to $38. www.get.org stellaluna: This Center for Puppetry Arts show explores the desire to fit in and the importance to truly be yourself as it follows the efforts of Stellaluna to fit in with a nest full of baby birds. Closes June 6. $16. www.puppet.org Nickelodeon Presents storytime Live!: This show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre is the first-ever live family theatrical tour featuring characters from the current top-rated preschool shows “Dora the Explorer,” “The Backyardigans,” “The Wonder Pets!” and “Ni Hao, Kai-lan.” June 11 through June 13. $12 to $39. www.broadwayacrossamerica.com The Wonders of the World: Recite: Twinhead Theatre is proud to present the Southeastern premiere of this sweetly bizarre and darkly funny play at Eyedrum about a boy and his grandmother who live in a lighthouse at the end of the world. June 11 through June 13. $7 to $12. http://twinhead.wordpress.com Conan O’Brien: Enjoy the comedic stylings of the former “Tonight Show” host as part of his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television tour. June 14. $54.55 to $98.75. www.foxtheatre.org The shOW!: This late-night freak show carnival presented by Out of Hand Theater at the Horizon Theatre is a wildly fun audience-run event that is funny, full of heart, and never the same twice. Closes June 18. $10. www.outofhandtheater.com
Battle Acts: At this show at Academy Theatre, Laughing Matters improvisers compete head-to-head for laughs in an elimination tournament. Eight improvisors begin, but only one will remain, and the audience gets to decide! June 19. $15. www.laughingmatters.com The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical: This musical comedy at Dad’s Garage is not your typical story of teenage transformation as Mikey faces dark family secrets and battles his own murderous instincts, all while becoming a werewolf! Closes June 19. $15 to $22. www.dadsgarage. com True Love Lies: Kane and Carolyn have the typical American family including all the trials and tribulations of living with teenage children - in this not-so-typical play at Horizon Theatre rife with wild and wisecracking comedy. Closes June 20. $10 to $30. www.horizontheatre.com The Lion, the Mouse and Other Aesop’s Fables: With colorful tabletop puppets and delightful music, the Center for Puppetry Arts brings to life these classic tales about ingenuity, friendship, patience and more. June 8 through June 20. $16. www.puppet. org Little house on the Prairie: The Musical: The inspirational stories from the books take on a brand new frontier in an uplifting new musical at the Fabulous Fox. Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura for 10 years in the much-loved television series, continues her legacy by playing Ma. June 15 through June 20. $27.85 to $77.35. www.theaterofthestars.com Coriolanus: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents this tale of extreme betrayal, one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most political tragedies, at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. June 3 through June 27. $12 to $32. www.shakespearetavern.com Jitney: True Colors Theatre Company presents this play about a gypsy cab station that offers a look into the vitality of life in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1977 at the Alliance Theatre. June 5 through June 27. $20 to $35. www.truecolorstheatre.org Libby’s at the express: The incomparable Libby Whittemore continues her highly acclaimed cabaret on the Actor’s Express stage.
Dr. seuss Goes to War ... and More! Remarkable World War ii editorial Cartoons By Theodor seuss Geisel through August 31, 2010. Adults $10, Children $5. www.thebreman.org June 24 through June 27. $40. www.actorsexpress.com Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of korea: Visit the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to see this show of delightful traditional Korean dances, songs and theatrical sketches. June 29. $20 to $70. www.kw60project.com shrew: The Musical: This musical adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew” presented by Georgia Shakespeare at Conant Performing Arts Center is set in 1930s Palm Beach, with Petruchio and Kate singing, dancing and matching wits like Fred and Ginger. Opens June 9. $15 to $50. www.gashakespeare.org hansel & Gretel: Hand-crafted string puppets and the melodies of Englebert Humperdinck’s 1893 opera create an unforgettable retelling of the classic story by the Brothers Grimm at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Opens June 22. $16. www.puppet.org Love’s Labour’s Lost: Shakespeare perfects what every modern sitcom has strived to achieve weaving comedic shenanigans with poetic words all in the name of love in this play, presented by Georgia Shakespeare at the Conant Performing Arts Center. Opens June 24. $15 to $45. www.gashakespeare.org The Phantom of the Opera: This show at the Fabulous Fox will be the final overture in the Southeast of this musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber with some of the most lavish sets, costumes and special effects ever to have been created for the stage. Opens June 30. $24.25 to $73.75. www.broadwayacrossamerica.com
20/4: A Murder Mystery in Real Time: Join Agent Jack Sour and his friends at Agatha’s – A Taste of Mystery as they all try to save the one thing that everyone cares about … dinner! Tuesday through Sunday. $60 to $62.50. www.agathas.com Down in the Basement improv: Prepare for an hour-long, short-form improv show in which the performers take multiple suggestions from the audience, create scenes and play games every Friday and Saturday night at The Basement Theatre. $5 to $10. www.thebasementtheatre.com Richard kickers: Starting with a suggestion from the audience, the cast of this show rips ideas from current events, movies, TV and trivia to tell stories of passion, absurdity and surprising connections every Tuesday night at Relapse Theatre. $5 to $10. www.relapsecomedy.com Longform steakhouse: Every Wednesday you can get two of the Village Theatre’s long-form improv teams in one exciting show. Seriously smart, always hilarious. $7 to $10. http://villagecomedy.com Whole World Theatre Company improv: Come out and watch them do it live on stage as the magic of improv comedy is unveiled before your very own eyes at Whole World Theatre. Thursday through Saturday. $10 to $21. www.wholeworldtheatre.com
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Underground Atlanta. June 3. $3 or 5 donated canned goods. www.underground-atlanta.com First Thursday Buckhead: Explore all that Buckhead’s art community has to offer in this monthly stroll through a variety of galleries. June 3. Admission is free. www.alanaveryartcompany.com First Thursdays Downtown Arts Walk: 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. June 3. Free! www.atlantadowntown.com Art in the Afternoon: An Artful spring: Discover emerging artists and affordable works of art while enjoying light appetizers, refreshments and music in the Rail Arts District of Avondale Estates. June 5. Admission is free. www.avondalearts.org Artlantis 2010: This second annual arts and music festival presented by Beep Beep Gallery at Druid Hills Baptist Church features affordable art by local emerging artists and music by some of Atlanta’s most compelling musical acts. June 5. Admission is free. www.beepbeepgallery.com Zoo NightCrawler: After the sun sets and Zoo Atlanta closes its gates for the evening, you and your family can go behind-the-scenes to see what really happens in the Zoo after hours! June 5 and June 19. $80. www.zooatlanta.org 2nd Friday Art stroll: Enjoy the beautiful Atlanta nights and the city’s most popular art district on the second Friday of each month. June 11. Admission is free. www.castleberryhill.org Lost Oasis 2010: A Museum Masquerade: Join Fernbank for the hottest event of the summer at this benefit for family and children’s programming at Fernbank with live music, a spectacular auction and
delicious cuisine. June 12. $100. www.fernbankmuseum.org Georgia Aquarium Family sleepovers: Explore the Georgia Aquarium after hours and sleep beside one of the world-class exhibits! June 12. $100. www. georgiaaquarium.org second sunday Fundays: Enjoy art-filled fun for the whole family at the High Museum as you delight in a dynamic artist demonstration and connect to different cultures through magical live performances. June 13. $11 to $18. www.high.org Diana: A Celebration: This exhibition at The Civic Center includes a series of 150 stunning objects that chronicle Princess Diana’s life and invite the visitor to share the milestones of her many roles. Closes June 13. $12 to $18.50. www.atlantaciviccenter.com Feed Your senses: This lunchtime learning series is held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Rialto Center at GSU. Each program features different artists or speakers, providing a casual and fun insider’s look at their craft. June 16. Free! Box lunches are available for $5. www. rialtocenter.org Westside Artwalk: Enjoy the burgeoning Westside Atlanta art district as you view exhibitions, attend lectures and tour art spaces every third Saturday of the month. June 19. Free! http://wadatlanta.org studioplex Fourth Fridays Artwalk: During this unique art stroll, you are invited to meet the many resident artists, as well as SCAD students and faculty, who live and work at Studioplex. June 25. Free! www. studioplexlofts.com The slavery Chronicles: Wood Is Wonderful Gallery and Plainbrown present a monthly series of slave narratives, drama, spoken word, visual art, dance and music. June 25. $10. www.woodiswonderfulgallery. com
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Fourth saturday Family Fun Days: Enjoy an afternoon of free, themed family fun at Centennial Olympic Park full of interactive, entertaining and educational activities for children. June 26. Free! www.centennialpark.com screen on the Green: This series returns to Piedmont Park every Thursday night with free movies on the lawn. Movies begin at dark. Free! www.piedmontpark.org Cocktails in the Garden: Enjoy light bites and relaxing music as you sip cocktails in the gorgeous setting of the Atlanta Botanical Garden every Thursday evening. $15. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org Martinis & iMAX: Shake things up with Atlanta’s perfect mix of culture and cocktails! It’s the recipe for a sophisticated night out with a splash of culture, a dash of haute cuisine, a touch of spectacular atmosphere, and a garnish of IMAX® film screenings. Every Friday. $7 to $12. www.fernbankmuseum.org The Rocky horror Picture show: The awesomely twisted tale of Brad and Janet and their mistaken trek to the home of Dr. Frankenfurter comes alive on the screen and on stage at the Plaza Theatre. Every Friday. $7.50 to $9. www.plazaatlanta.com Music at Noon: Bring your friends, coworkers and lunch to enjoy a midday break filled with sunny skies and a variety of live music in Centennial Olympic Park. Every Tuesday and Thursday. Free! www.centennialpark. com Arabia: A land steeped in mystery and myth is revealed in stunning dimensions in this thought-provoking new IMAX® film at Fernbank. Daily. $7 to $13. www.fernbankmuseum.org Druid hills Walking Tour: Enjoy the gracious ambiance of Druid Hills and view elegant homes of diverse architectural styles on this weekly walk. Every Saturday. $5 to $10. www.preserveatlanta.com Grant Park Walking Tour: Walk through Atlanta’s history from the antebellum Grant Mansion and Confederate fortifications to the Victorian era and present day in Grant Park. Every Sunday. $5 to $10. www. preserveatlanta.com inman Park Walking Tour: Visit Atlanta’s first trolley suburb and see the elegant Victorian homes built by Coca-Cola magnates Asa Candler and Ernest Woodruff. Every Sunday. $5 to $10. www.preserveatlanta.com A World Mapped By stories: The salman Rushdie Archive: For the first time, the celebrated writer’s private
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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 The Art of Losing: This exhibition at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library features books and unique items that include poems reprinted in Professor of English and Creative Writing Kevin Young’s latest anthology of elegies. Closed Sunday. Free! www.arts.emory.edu Jazz Journeys: Back for its fourth consecutive year, this series is sure to lighten your mood with the sounds of upbeat, cool tempos and smooth melodic jazz tunes as you take in the sights of some of nature’s most alluring aquatic animals every Friday night at the Georgia Aquarium. $19.50 to $26. www.georgiaaquarium.org Wednesdays in Woodruff: Grab lunch from one of downtown’s eateries and head towards the open-air pavilion at the south end of Woodruff Park to enjoy a wide variety of local musicians every Wednesday afternoon. Free! www. atlantadowntown.com Blown Organics: Discover a bounty of sparkling glass apples, pears and peaches among the new plantings in the Edible Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Closed Monday. $12 to $15. www. atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Classical Music spano Leads New Works by higdon and Gandolfi: Enjoy two highly anticipated premieres at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra courtesy of Robert Spano and Atlanta School of Composers stalwarts Michael Gandolfi (“The Garden of Cosmic Speculation”) and Jennifer Higdon (“blue cathedral”). June 3 through June 6. $20 to $75. www. atlantasymphony.org Callanwolde summer Pops Concert: This concert at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, part of the Callanwolde Concert Band’s Summer Pops series, will feature various pieces of music pertaining to that theme. June 6. Free! www.calcb.org kelley O’Connor: The melodic spark of Mozart’s “40th” and “Jupiter” symphonies highlights the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s season finale with Kelley O’Connor, an ASO favorite in “Ainadamar” and other works. June 10 through June 12. $20 to $75. www.atlantasymphony.org DsO summer Community Concert with Joseph Conyers: Conyers performs the double bass with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra at the
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Pop Music Backstreet Boys hit it big with ﬂashy outfits, slick dance moves, and a mixture of bubblegum pop and hearttugging ballads. June 3 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $33.50 to $48.50. Badfish - A Tribute to sublime have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. June 3 at Variety Playhouse. $18. The Reverend horton heat is perhaps the most popular psychobilly artist of all time, his recognition rivaled only by the esteem generated by the genre’s founders, The Cramps. June 4 at The Masquerade. $23. Jethro Tull was originally a bluesbased rock band with a few dollops of British folk in their sound, but they evolved into one of the most popular progressive rock bands of the 70s. June 6 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $38 to $50. Cobra starship has cemented its status as a key player in the popsavvy, radio-ready branch of emorock. June 7 at The Tabernacle. $25. styx combine prog-rock characteristics with hard-rock hooks and pop accessibility. June 6 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $38.50 to $68.50. Blitzen Trapper makes music that plays like an experimental collage of alternative rock. June 9 at Variety Playhouse. $15. Passion Pit draws from a variety of inﬂuences, from the classic pop of Randy Newman to the synth work of Giorgio Moroder. June 9 at The Tabernacle. $25. Maxwell is a neo-traditionalist R&B singer who looks back to the aesthetics of ‘70s soul for inspiration. June 11 at Philips Arena. $22 to $191. The New Pornographers are indie rockers with a sound that pays homage to classic power pop and New Wave. June 26 at Variety Playhouse. $30. Tony! Toni! Tone! have proven themselves durable guardians of the soul and funk tradition while also infusing their music with enough contemporary devices to remain popular. June 26 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. $19.50 to $69. For more information and tickets about any of these shows, visit www. AtlantaPlanit.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
Out of Focus By Patrick Dennis I am an artist and I’ve been thinking. This is usually not a good thing when I have a paintbrush in my hand. In my studio I began applying broad colors to the canvas to dedicate space for big clouds when I started thinking that they looked more like cotton candy and that made me think of county fairs and festivals and the smell of deep fried funnel cake with powdered sugar on top which (even though I don’t eat that stuff) made me very hungry and start thinking more about food like caramel apples and French fries but then I snapped out of it because my stomach was churning and I realized I had painted trees and bushes that looked just like food at a county fair and had to start over. Without really thinking about it, I stumbled across an important axiom for artists: focus! Most artists are distracted. Perhaps not so much as I am but then they are not usually running a company, a gallery, festivals, lobbying for better laws and taking care of two St. Bernards. I figure if I can just keep myself focused on my artwork I can be successful. Oh sure, I make it sound so easy. I know I have a lot of energy. In fact my own daughters tend to avoid me sometimes because I wear them out. (My guess is they’re waiting to spend more time with me when my body batteries start slowing down and they don’t have to trot along to keep up.) But I know I can focus on my art and be successful with a little effort. It’s like working out or eating well; it just takes a little discipline and time management even though your business, friends and family all try to exhaust you with their ridiculous needs like a ride to the hospital or fixing their plumbing or paying for tuition. Oh yes, on focus. If an artist really wants to succeed, they need to follow these five easy steps: 1. Get good at what you do. Yes, stop experimenting already and do what you do best even if it’s boring! 2. Don’t listen to your family and friends. They always give you terrible advice anyway and are probably just a little bit jealous of your unbelievable talent. 3. Finish what you start. That’s the only way you will be successful. Once you’re finished with your artwork, then you can show it off and of course get some reimbursement for it at a reasonable rate until you’re so famous that you have the luxury of ignoring all those people who said they’d buy if only they could afford it. 4. Find a reliable home for your artwork. No, not in your basement where I know it’s probably nice and secure but most likely damp and nobody wants to go down there really. I mean a venue like an open air w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
market or local festival. Once you’ve gotten good response (hey, no one can help you if your artwork is just awful), you’ll get the courage to approach a gallery. But more on that later. 5. A regular routine. Not just for creating, but for show-and-sell. It’s not expensive and you can participate at a local venue regularly so that it’s the next best thing to having a store and building clientele, only without the overhead. In the meantime, you build your resume, mailing list and shop for a gallery that will appreciate you. I met a truly talented artist recently. I couldn’t understand him because he is from Egypt and they speak Arabic or Latin or something, but I didn’t need to converse a lot because I was busy staring at his artwork and contemplating his genius. In fact, I told him not to try to talk because it was distracting. And as I’ve said, I lose focus easily. So I thought, where can this guy go from here, meaning me staring at his artwork? The answer came to me that with a little focus, and maybe some help he could be famous. He uses wax and pigment and covers wood using an ancient encaustic technique that is really difficult. The finished pieces are huge, powerful and even smell good from the beeswax. So I asked him if he wanted to be famous or just eat better and he said he lived for his art but his wife is having a baby, his car isn’t running well and something that sounded like he had a fever. So instead of talking we made a list of all the places he could showand-sell. We started with local favorite shows like the Inman Park Festival, which even though it’s messy, everybody likes to go to. Then we worked our way through a list of clubs like Eddie’s Attic in Decatur that always hangs work in their music hall from local artists, and on to weekend markets like the one in Virginia Highland. He got all excited and started talking about comic books and how he always knew he would be a famous cartoonist one day but who knew that he had this talent with wax and paint? I pretended to understand as my mind wandered on to other things like dry cleaning, dog grooming and yard work, but when he was finished talking we agreed to meet again for lunch. Hopefully next time we meet he will talk less, and I can look at his artwork more or at the very least have a good meal, unless it’s Egyptian food which I am not sure about. His name is Ganoby, so watch out. If he follows my five easy steps to focus, he could be famous. Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta.
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In-room recycling, energy efficiency mark new trend By Jenn Ballentine Given the huge impact the economic downturn has had on the hospitality industry, one would think that hotels and inns across Atlanta would be looking for ways to cut costs and scaling back unnecessary spending where possible. Yet a number of hotels have recently made significant investments in their properties, adding green features and implementing green practices such as recycling and linen reuse programs. Here’s a closer look at Atlanta’s green hotels.
The Emory Conference Center Hotel The Emory Conference Center Hotel (ECCH) attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification in March of 2010 for its new five-story addition completed in 2009. It’s currently the only hotel in Atlanta to be
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LEED certified. The addition connects to the existing building by a bridge and includes 127 new guest rooms, 6,000 square feet of additional meeting space, a six-lane bowling alley with retro décor that includes a full bar and game room, and a parking garage. The added guest rooms and meeting space will result in ECCH offering a total of 325 guest rooms with six suites and 32,000 square feet of meeting space. The ECCH addition is the 13th building to achieve LEED certification at Emory University. When Emory University determined that ECCH needed additional space, they decided to continue their efforts to build green and installed a number of green features such as the use of low VOC paints and carpets and green cleaning products, single stream recycling and food digesting where all leftover food is recycled and turned into graywater for use in maintaining the landscaping. Additionally, the waste oils from the Center’s kitchen are taken to a recycling center and turned into bio-diesel fuel, which is used to operate the Cliff buses, Emory’s free campus shuttles. These efforts have led to the following reductions in energy and water use and costs with a 50 percent reduction in irrigation for landscaping, 31 percent reduction in water usage and 18 percent reduction in over all energy consumption. According to John Hill, Director of Sales and Marketing at ECCH, Emory has always been on the front edge of the green movement and the ECCH has been implementing green practices such as recycling, using low VOC paints and installing Energy Star appliances and low flush toilets for several years now. While going green required an increased financial investment, it has benefited the Conference Center in a number of ways. According to Hill, the Center “has been able to do more business with organizations that share the same view,” he said. ECCH is a member of the Green Hotels Association and as mentioned, is one of two hotels in Atlanta to be certified by Green Seal, Inc. The hotel is located at 1615 Clifton Road across from Emory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.emoryconferencecenter.com.
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Hotel Palomar Atlanta Midtown Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel located on West Peachtree Street between 6th and 7th streets, believes that luxury and sustainability go hand in hand. According to the hotel’s General Manager Mark Fischer, the Kimpton Hotel company based in San Francisco has been on the forefront of the “earth care” movement for many years now. “We believe in protecting our community and giving back to the community. We took our time in developing the green practices we wanted to embrace because we know we have guests who want to participate in the green movement,” he said. Some of the eco-friendly features that Hotel Palomar offers include in-room recycling bins, towel and linen reuse program, which helps to reduce water and energy use, efficient lighting fixtures that reduce energy consumption throughout the hotel, low- flow toilets, showers and faucets, paperless check in and much more. Additionally, each department in the hotel has a Green Team and a leader who is responsible for ensuring that his or her department is instituting green practices. Hotel Palomar recently received the Green Seal certification for its efforts. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.hotelpalomar-atlantamidtown.com.
Like the Hotel Palomar, the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia equates sustainability with comfort and beauty. Nestled in a lush setting minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Perimter Mall and the surrounding businesses, the Crowne Plaza offers guests an environmentallyfriendly and serene oasis in the middle of the city. Sustainable features include green meeting rooms, a linen reuse program, low-flow showerheads and sink faucets in all guestrooms, energy efficient lighting in public spaces throughout the hotel and biodegradable cleaning chemicals. The hotel also donates partially used guestroom amenities, discarded linen and furniture to local charity organizations. Because the Crowne Plaza is better known outside the United States, the hotel sought green certification through Green Globe, the premier international brand for sustainable travel, tourism and related green businesses. An affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Green Globe employs a certification process that verifies achievements against international sustainability standards. For Craig Hillyard, the General Manager of The Crowne Plaza, the certification process was intense. “It’s more than just conservation and recycling. They expect you to involve the community and it requires a lot of good will. We have been working on green initiatives for a long time and we have staff that are passionate about going green so we had a solid basis in place,” he said. Following the lead of their management company, Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza has been employing practices
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such as recycling and composting, energy and water conservation and environmentally friendly purchasing policies that proactively impact the hotel, its’ guests and the community since last year. For more information or reservations, visit www.cpravinia.com.
Stonehurst Place Built in 1896 and listed on the National Historic Register, the former Hinman House was extensively renovated and restored in 2008 and became the Stonehurst Place, a bed and breakfast located in the heart of Midtown. This historic preservation, which used EarthCraft House standards (like those of LEED) employs a number of sustainable features in a highly personal and unique setting. Some of the features include separately zoned heating and air conditioning, solar panels for heating and hot water usage, low-flow toilets and faucets, greywater for landscape irrigation, eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products, in-room recycling and much more. These eco-friendly features have led to significant reductions in operating costs, according to owner and interior designer Barb Shadomy, who said the decision to “go green” was made “not by analyzing costs and return on investment, but by deciding it was the way we wanted to live and the environment we wanted to provide for guests.” Stonehurst was recently awarded the “Most Green Conscious of 2010” by Lanier’s Bed and Breakfast, one of the largest international bed and breakfast innkeeper organizations and travel guides. The Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast is located at 923 Piedmont Avenue. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www. stonehurstplace.com. Other Atlanta-area hotels that have or are currently beginning to implement green initiatives include the W Hotel at Perimeter, the Sheraton Downtown Atlanta and the Ellis Hotel on Peachtree. In August of 2010, the Atlanta Airport Marriot Gateway, a LEEDcertified hotel is expected to open. For more information on green hotels, visit www.environmentallyfriendlyhotels.com.
Green Insider Laura Turner Seydel
Summer Fun Ideas Summer is here and now is the perfect time to get out and experience all of Atlanta’s amazing outdoor adventures. It’s so easy for our kids to get stuck inside in front of the TV, but thanks to our many attractions and wonderful landscape there are plenty of activities to make them forget all about the video games. Our Chattahoochee River is a great spot to beat the heat this summer. Each summer the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) hosts the River Discovery Series, a series of five paddle trips totaling 37 miles. Each paddle trip is led by a National Park Service Ranger who educates the paddlers on the river and its environment. It’s easy to fall in love with our river, so for those who become inspired to protect it, UCR has many Paddle Cleanup volunteer opportunities. Paddle the river and clean it up – a great way to enjoy the day and give back to our community. www. chattahoochee.org. Zoo Atlanta has many activities perfect for families to discover and learn about
our planet’s many animal species. Their Mommy and Me classes cater to 2-3 year old children while their Keeper For The Day invites teenagers and adults to work alongside with the zoo keepers and the animals. Fun for the entire family, Zoo Atlanta’s Night Crawler series gives families the exciting adventure of going behind the scenes to experience what happens at night! www.zooatlanta.org. For those wanting to learn about our underwater friends, the Georgia Aquarium invites 5 to 11 year olds to participate in their H2O Summer Camp. This weeklong camp (running through Aug. 6) provides campers the unique experience to explore the aquatic realm through animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours and opportunities to meet the husbandry teams. www.georgiaaquarium.org. So this summer encourage your children to get outside and join them in exploring the outdoors and rediscovering just how awesome nature can be. For more earth-friendly living tips, visit: www.lauraseydel.com.
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Why it’s important step to eco-friendly living Compost is organic matter, like leaves and grass, garden waste, kitchen scraps and manure that have broken down and decomposed. Compost can be used to help create better soils, reduce erosion, keep moisture in the soil, filter polluted water running off of streets and parking lots, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and it can help reestablish natural biological systems. When food and yard “waste” are diverted to make compost instead of going to local landfills, it extends the life of a landfill and reduces greenhouse gases. By composting your grass and food waste, you can create a great resource for your yard or garden. Composters can be bought at local hardware stores and make it easy to get started. They can also be built pretty inexpensively. For active composting, it is important to make sure there is the right mix of carbon (leaves), nitrogen (food waste and grass), water and aeration. The more your turn your compost, the quicker it will decompose and the quicker it can be used. With all of the benefits, compost is sort of the environmental miracle drug! – Polly Sattler To learn more about composting and how it can help “Get Plastic Out of Your Diet” check out www.GreenPlate.org.
Trees Atlanta Turns 25 Trees Atlanta will celebrate 25 years of planting and conserving trees in the city on Friday, June 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is open to the public and citizens who have supported Trees Atlanta over the years as well as those who are new to the non-profit organization are invited to attend. Trees Atlanta will direct a portion of the evening’s proceeds toward tree planting and education efforts. Tickets are $75 per person for the event, which will be held at Trees Atlanta’s headquarters 225 Chester Ave. Trees Atlanta was founded in 1985 by Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Commissioner of Parks and The Junior League of Atlanta in order to address In-town Atlanta’s lack of trees. Though it began as an urban beautification program, Trees Atlanta’s work is now considered essential for the continued vitality of Metro Atlanta. Trees not only make our city more attractive, but they also provide innumerable environmental, human health, social, and economic benefits. “Whenever I ask someone what they think of when they think of Atlanta, the answer is always ‘trees’,” said Trees Atlanta Founding Executive Director, Marcia Bansley. “We have accomplished much in the past two and a half decades. We look forward to coming together with new and old friends, native Atlantans and newly-planted Atlantans as Trees Atlanta celebrates 25 years.” The event is being organized and executed by a committee of volunteers from across Metro Atlanta. Committee members include: Angel Anbari, Debbie Armstrong, Sylvia Attkisson, Pam Breen, Gina Buntin, Regina Clifton, Michelle Edwards Crosland, Ann Dalia, Mot Dinos, Elly Dobbs, Eleanor Edmondson, Julia Emmons, Martha Eskew, Anita Finkelstein, Paige Harvey, Kelly Haywood, Davar Irvani, Alison Womack Jowers, Kayo Makita, Marge McDonald, Maria Mixson, Selene Morgan, Barb Myers, Birney Robert, Danny Roberts, Vera Smith, Susan Soper, Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel, Erin Steele, Charlotte Ros Terrell and Lucinda Whitehead. The evening will include chef-attended stations serving a scrumptious summer supper provided by Three Sisters Catering as well as a green rooftop bar with Atlanta’s sparkling skyline as its backdrop. Individuals wishing to support Trees Atlanta at a deeper level may bid on silent and live auction items including a beach stay in St. Croix, a Costa Rican getaway, a landscape design package and a weekend at Ritz-Carlton. For more information about Trees Atlanta or to buy tickets, call (404) 522-4097 or visit www.treesatlanta.org.
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Eco-Briefs To support environmental projects across the country, Roswell-based Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched the Green Patrol, a program that brings employees and other volunteers to communities throughout the United States to help plant trees, aid in cleanup and recycling projects and other environmental efforts. The effort was launched on Earth Day events in Atlanta and Philadelphia. In Atlanta, more than 60 Kimberly-Clark employees, as well as groups from the Boys and Girls Club and a local high school volunteered to clean up the Proctor Creek, one of the most environmentally impaired creeks in metro Atlanta. The effort was undertaken as part of EarthShare of Georgia’s Corporate Green Day Challenge. KimberlyClark Professional is one of the largest manufacturers of washroom products in the world. www.kcpreducetoday.com/us.
Jamestown and Cousins Properties are celebrating 999 Peachtree’s certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Silver building. 999 Peachtree truly distinguished itself as a sustainable leader in Midtown Atlanta when it received the prestigious certification, joining the small class of only 500 buildings in the U.S. to earn the designation
Decatur-based Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) has announced that its new residence hall has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Atlanta architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed the project, and are also working The Leadership Center on the CTS campus. The $7.2 million renovation turned the former Simons-Law Residence Hall into a state-of-the-art facility with classrooms, large lecture halls, a bookstore, a mailroom, offices and ample study spaces. GreenBusiness WORKS has announced the sustainability rankings of 280 publiclyheld companies throughout the Southeast, indexed on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and policies by Boston-based KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. Ten Atlanta companies made the list: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Earthlink, Global Payments, IntercontinentalExchange, Interface Global, InterNAP Network Services Corporation, MedAssets, RPC, Suntrust Banks and UPS. The full rankings can be found at www.SoutheasternCorporateSustainabilityRankings.net.
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Business & Retail Briefs The Intown Academy, Atlanta’s newest true community-based public charter school, has named Dr. Ron Boykins as principal. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Arizona, Boykins was named headmaster of the Greenforest Christian Academy in Decatur. Under his leadership, the school was named the National Institute of Independent Education “School of the Year.” He was also principal of E. W. Oliver Elementary School in Clayton County for more than a decade. The Intown Academy will be located at the C.W. Hill Building, 386 Pine St. in Atlanta. School opens on August 9, and parents can call (404) 270-9788 for enrollment information, or visit the web site at www.intownacademy.org. Brahmin, the luxury New England handbag company, has opened its first retail store outside the Northeast on the ground floor of Lenox Square in Buckhead. Check out the company’s Facebook fan page for more information. Beehive Boutique has moved from Buckhead to its new home at 1250 Caroline
Street in the Edgewood Retail District. The 2,600 square foot space has a new look, new designers and four new owners – Malene Davis, Brandi Barnes, Preeti Ayyangar and Kanani Whack. Like its former location, the boutique will feature handmade and designer clothing, accessories and more. www.beehiveco-op.com/Atlanta. Following a year of research and development, Atlanta-based parents Amy and Todd Cameron along with Jennifer and Tony Tiberia have released their first children’s safety product called arm.ID.illo bandz. The product named for the small animal born wearing a natural suit of armor and known as a symbol of safety, is a bright orange
silicone bracelet perforated with holes down the center which comes packaged with a series of numbered “pupz,” or buttons. The pupz are easily popped into place to display a phone number to reunite a child with parents or a caregiver in the unfortunate event he or she becomes lost. Parents are able to easily switch out the numbered pupz at any time based on who the child is with, so the child can be located in a matter of minutes with just one quick phone call. Unlike other child identification products on the market, arm. ID.illo bandz are waterproof, reusable and, most importantly, easily identifiable. www. armidillobandz.com. Mayors by Birks, a leading luxury brand and retailer of fine jewelry, timepieces and gifts, has moved from Two Buckhead Plaza to its new home in the Saks Fifth Avenue wing of Phipps Plaza. www.mayors.com. Atlanta Heights Charter School, a new tuition-free public charter school, will open to students in grades K-5. The school will be housed in a brand new facility, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at Adamsville Place. The 44,620-squarefoot, one-story building will feature 31 classrooms, including those for art and music, a full gym/cafeteria, well-equipped media center and a designated parent room. The surrounding campus will feature a
large outdoor recreation area, adjoining playground, a paved play area, a spacious parking lot and attractive landscaping. The school will open with capacity to serve approximately 400 K-5 students and will add one grade per year through the 8th grade, eventually serving more than 700 students Student applications are being accepted on a first come, first serve basis. www.AtlantaHeightsCharterSchool.org. Southeast Mortgage announces the hiring of Georgia Association of Mortgage Professionals President J.D. Crowe as vice president. As one of the highest producing mortgage loan originators in Georgia and the chief executive of its leading trade organization, Crowe is well respected as an industry advocate. PrimeLending, a national mortgage lender with over 168 branches in 32 states, has opened its new Atlanta branch. The office is located in the Vinings Jubilee Shopping Center at 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Suite 333. Angeline M. Butler is the new branch manager, and brings 14 years of experience in the mortgage lending business. www.PrimeLending.com.
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If you need something a little more fast paced and competitive for your online auction habit, check out Wavee.com – the creation of six Emory University graduates that launched last fall. In November 2009, Emory grads Jacky Lai, Terence Poon, Jeff Chan, Paul Tsyrlin, Daniel Yang, and David Chan launched the auction site, which allows consumers to maximize their dollars, while competing with other shoppers for massive discounts on electronics. That means, if you bid correctly, you could get a MacBook or that flat screen TV you’ve always wanted for a few hundred bucks rather than thousands. Wavee.com has a special relationship with drop shippers and other electronic retailers, which allow them to acquire various products. The concept is simple: a customer joins the Wavee community and buys credits for 60 cents each, then ready to start bidding. Using the credits, the customer bids against other shoppers for the item of his or her choice at an incredibly low price (typically 70 to 90 percent off retail). However, if the customer doesn’t win the new item, he or she can reinvest the money spent bidding to buy the item
at retail cost. Co-founder Lai got the idea to start Wavee in 2008 through a series of phone conversations with his future business partners. “I started thinking about auctions and how we can make money through this model,” Lai said, noting that profitability came within just a few months. It also brought competitors, who have set up similar auction sites. Lai also believes that Wavee is a good alternative to other online shopping sites such as eBay and Amazon. “The whole thing about Wavee is the fact that a shopper has nothing to lose, Laid said. “If you come on and bid, you can apply everything you bid towards the item. The worst-case scenario on Wavee is the best case anywhere else. If you start bidding, and you don’t win, you simply pay retail.” In March, the company added even more value by launching a rewards store, which allows customers to earn points that can later be redeemed for products in the store. Wavee is also offering a special promotion for Atlanta INtown readers. Log onto www.wavee.com and enter the code ATLNTOWN25 for 20 free credits. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Companies That Care: SoulShine By Wendy Binns, Publisher Driving by nearby streets or having dinner at a neighborhood restaurant, you may never have realized that a peaceful acre of property is settled right in Candler Park hosting many smiles each day. The property is the home of SoulShine, a children’s studio, which provides an inclusive environment for children to learn, play and be creative. They are also a company that cares by giving back to the community and incorporating that message in working with children. Shannon Smith is the soul behind SoulShine and passionately told me about its inception and the help and support she received from local parents to establish the business. They now offer summer camps, after school care and a venue for performances and events. Last year, SoulShine extended over $20,000 in financial aid to underprivileged children. Just last month they hosted a fundraiser for Springdale Elementary School and often have other fundraisers in the building. The resident chickens lay eggs, which are often sold to raise money to purchase farm animals for third world countries. The children help pack sack lunches for homeless people. Campers are taught about composting, recycling and gardening. Each week, the children go to the Lang Carson Center to play sports and get involved with special needs children. Shannon says that this weekly activity is about “accepting every person in the universe.” When I arrived at SoulShine to meet Shannon and take a tour, a friendly dog met me by the fence and faithfully followed us around the property. Freshly washed organic apples were waiting for the children after their walk. There was plenty of hand-
Shannon Smith painted art filling the main house and decorating the gardens outside and colorful flags waiving by the pond. An emu lives near this pond and cats, rabbits, ducks and chickens are also about the property. It’s a free-spirited environment and, as Shannon explains, “The children have choice and freedom at SoulShine. I believe that choice builds leaders.” SoulShine’s summer camp is open to full-time campers ($230/week) and parttime campers ($170/three days per week). Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. There are five campers to each instructor with a host of nature-based activities, including art projects, regular swimming in the Candler Park Pool, plenty of field trips taken on the 48 passenger bus, and frequent community service projects - the one thing Shannon explains that the children are required to do. To get involved, take a tour, or register for camp, visit www.makeyoursoulshine. com. To send a nomination for Companies That Care, email email@example.com.
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Eco-Friendly Eating GreenPlate helps restaurants become sustainable By Polly Sattler Executive Director, GreenPlate, Inc. Local nonprofit GreenPlate, Inc. works to raise awareness about and reduce single use plastic. Each month, our newsletter highlights local restaurants who are either well on their way or working to become more environmentally friendly (and less plastic dependent). The restaurants then give a GreenPlate special for our readers. Of course we had to start with Atlanta’s only Certified Green Restaurant, Radial Café. Owner Phil Palmer has been leading the way in reducing his environmental footprint for more than 10 years by finding bio-based take out products, using local foods and even using a tree bark cleaner. According to the National Restaurant Association, 62 percent of consumers say they would prefer to eat at an eco-friendly restaurant. It’s a positive trend that while
people have always gone for quality, great service and good value; they are now also searching out locally grown and organic food as well as businesses who care about their impact on the environment. Here are profiles of Intown restaurants that are taking the GreenPlate challenge and how they are getting plastic off their menus.
RADIAL CAFÉ Owner of award-winning Radial Café on DeKalb Ave., Phil Palmer has long been a strong proponent of eco-friendly living at work and at home. From avoiding plastics to installing water-conserving toilets, Palmer carefully considers every purchase and is always forward thinking in his efforts. Why say “No” to plastics? Plastics from every angle are just a really bad idea – beginning with the fact that plastic is made from petroleum. If we are going to war for access to oil, when it comes to using it to wrap our food, there are simply better choices.
How do you fight plastics? I actively look for ways to not bring plastic into my restaurant. I buy products based on packaging. For example, I’ll choose the jar of pickles that comes in glass instead of plastic. And I take those decisions home, too. What’s a dirty plastic secret? At Radial we are stuck with an inventory of plastic bags. Aaargh! They only came in lots of 12,000, and that was five years ago! GP: What’s your tip to readers? Do something...anything! Start wherever you can.
JAVAVINO Steve Franklin and Heddy Kuhl, owners of JavaVino: Coffee and Wine House, in Poncey-Highland are committed to sustainability. Franklin talked about how the neighborhood favorite has taken plastic off the menu. How are you sustainable? At JavaVino, we sell coffee from Selva Negra in Nicaragua. It is recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable coffee farms, and it is Heddy’s family farm. What about plastics? From the very first, we decided not to use plastic stir sticks and we always offer mugs for people having their coffee here. Right now, we are wrapping our to go orders in paper and cardboard boxes. We’d like to find even more biodegradable alternatives. While the top of the to go coffee cups are plastic, we are going to start educating our customers and letting them decide whether they need the lids. What is the next step? We want to extend the network of local and sustainable coffee growers in Nicaragua. By providing better wages, and buying from additional growers, we will be able to help them set their own sustainability goals to grow coffee in ways that support their families and communities and the environment and make better coffee. How does the farm inspire you? Every action they take on the farm is taken with a framework of sustainability. They collect old plastic bottles from ditches and waterways and turn them into “Broca Traps” as a means to organically remove the Coffee Berry Borer, a damaging pest to the beans. Got a dirty plastic secret? Right now, we are selling bottled water but are looking to sell the water bottles made from cornstarch.
NONI’S ITALIAN DELI & BAR Matt Rupert opened Noni’s on Edgewood Avenue in 2008. With its great food and
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fabulous patio, it’s been a favorite spot for the food service industry and people in the neighborhood ever since. What kind of food does Noni’s specialize in? I wanted to prepare Italian comfort food in an elegant way. I named the restaurant Noni in honor of my Italian grandmother. Some of my recipes come directly from her so we are serving some traditional Italian dishes. What about local and organic food? We are committed to providing good quality, fresh foods. We don’t have a freezer so we get our foods on an almost daily basis. We buy from as many local sources as possible. We get our sausage from Patak Meat Products in Austell, our milk from Johnston Family Farms, and some of our produce comes from Greenleaf Farms in Barnesville. Recently, you have been working with GreenPlate to reduce your environmental impact. How would describe that process? What I liked about working with GreenPlate is that they wanted to help us save money and reduce our environmental footprint. It has been sort of a learning process in how to incorporate some of the recommendations. I am now seeing the benefits financially as well as knowing that I am doing something positive by making these changes. What are the changes that you have made so far? Well one of the first was switching from Styrofoam to-go containers to sugar cane. That’s one that I know my customers appreciate. GreenPlate helped me find solutions that weren’t cost prohibitive. We are also switching to more efficient water fixtures that are estimated to save us about $3,000 and reduce our water use by 100,000 gallons of water over two years. I’m also excited that these options and the energy efficiency changers are helping me reduce my carbon footprint. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
MILLTOWN ARMS TAVERN Milltown Arms Tavern is a neighborhood meeting place with healthy, great food and fun games in the Cabbagetown community. Owner Barb Kenney talked abut how the local pub is going green. What’s your ‘green’ mission? From day one, we have been committed to providing great quality food while looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact. What steps have you taken? We have started recycling cardboard and have made the cardboard bin available to other community businesses. We also recycle our liquor and wine bottles. We started changing to biodegradable take out options. What step have you taken that you really felt made and impact? We hosted the Milltown Olympics and made it a green event. We used silverware and compostable plates and cups and then partnered with GreenCo Environmental. Georgia’s only permitted food waste composter to compost all of the food and paper waste. What’s your dirty little plastic secret? Well, we are still using the plastic bags, but we are working on that!
zone caterer in Georgia! They provide 100 percent compostable box lunches to their clients. How do you incorporate the social side of sustainability into what you do? We engage everyone with our “community empowerment” program to be proactive about the community. One program that has gone well is our trading with a number of homeless people. In exchange for cleaning the parking lot, we give them a meal. Everybody wins. What’s a motto that you live by? Invoke, inspire and involve your community.
THE SHED AT GLENWOOD Owner Cindy Shera opened The Shed just last year. It’s already a favorite local eatery.
BAB’S Randy Adler of Bab’s on Juniper Street had a simple goal when opening his Midtown restaurant – to create a place in the neighborhood for people to gather for casual food.
What are some of the initiatives you have taken to make Bab’s more environmentally friendly? We do not have bottled water, Styrofoam or plastic stirrers - only bamboo. We recycle and we also encourage our clients to use a silver service when doing catering instead of disposable items. You are a full time consultant for Affairs to Remember. Why manage Bab’s and work for Affairs? Affairs to Remember is a great company to work with. They were the first zero waste w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
and he is committed to sustainability and great food.
Why did you open the Shed? Well, after 15 years in the business, I wanted a place where I could do things right. I wanted to reduce restaurant waste, produce great food, and make a difference. Consumers today feel better when they learn a restaurant serves biodynamic and organic foods. Why Glenwood Park? It’s my neighborhood, and I wanted to get more involved. Glenwood Park is attractive because it incorporated sustainability into the development. How is The Shed green? We grow herbs and vegetables. We buy direct from local, organic farmers. Our chef has a composting system we use to process the prep food, coffee grounds, filters and paper from old menus. We grind the compost to accelerate its breakdown. We have just found a local drop-off for glass bottles. And your take-out? Our to-go boxes are recyclable paperboard. We ask if customers need cutlery, and most say no. Our to-go bags are paper and not dyed. What’s your dirty little plastic secret? We still use plastic straws and stir straws! But our olive skewers are now wood.
MILLER UNION Chef Steven Sanderson opened Miller Union on the Westside of Midtown six months ago
We buy as much organically and locally grown produce as we can find. It helps us provide the quality we believe. We use a tankless hot water heater now and plan to switch to solar. We partner with the Oakhurst Community Garden, to turn smoothie waste into compost. What about plastics? Actually, we are using PET [Plastic Number 1] for our smoothies now. We started with corn-based PLA cups (made of corn-based resin) but have decided not to use those until the kinks of composting/recycling get worked out. We use mostly paper for our take out. Got a dirty plastic secret? We use plastic straws.
What inspired you to open Miller Union? I really wanted a restaurant that creates great, fresh, local foods and that is equally environmentally responsible. It really bugged me to see all sort of resources thrown away instead of being recycled and seen as a resource. What are you most proud of? We set our standards in place for what we wanted to achieve and we have achieved all our goals but we aren’t complacent because we can always be better. We recycled everything, we compost, we buy locally, we grown our own lettuces on the patio and we even offer organic and biodynamic wines. Was setting up composting difficult? No, it was really easy, and it has really helped us reduce our trash output. Fortunately, GreenCo is able to pick up our compost a couple of times a week. We just separate out any food materials and put it in the GreenCo containers every day. Last month we diverted 7,150 lbs of food waste from the landfill. In addition, we only throw away one 15 gallon container of waste a day. GP: How do you incorporate local foods into your menu? Local foods are our focus. We work directly with local farmers as much as possible and we build our menus around what is available. One thing we are committed to is only offering sustainable fish. We look at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch to determine what fish we will serve. It can be a bit of a challenge to find fish that people like. For instance we will prepare Wreck, which is an alternative to grouper. We offer Atlantic tile fish but not tilefish from the Florida coast. It can get complicated!
SWEET NECTAR Husband and wife team Gaurav Malhotra and Naruna Rangel just opened Nectar, a juice bar in the Oakhurst community. Malhotra said from day one Nectar has been committed to reducing its environmental impact. What steps have you taken to go green?
Marc Sommers, owner, and Scott Sutton, chef of Parsley’s Catering and The Gardens at Kennesaw have created two of the most green food service organizations in the state. Sommers talked about their practices.
How are you making a difference? As a catering company, we were sending all of our products out in plastic. Now however, we rarely use it and only if a customer asks for it. If they do ask for it, we use it as an opportunity to talk about the issues. What made you get greener? I lived in Asheville and Oregon and saw how committed the towns were to sustainability. It helped me realize there was a lot we could do and that there were actually financial benefits to making the changes. What’s the biggest impact you’re making? We are moving into a low impact special events facility. People will be able to rent a facility that has energy and water efficient components including solar panels. We are also really excited about the chef ’s garden that we are growing on site. Got a dirty plastic secret? It’s the platters! We still use reusable but disposable platters.
PARISH Brodie Lang, Director of Purchasing with Concentrics Restaurants, is helping pilot the group’s green goals at Parish, a flavorful nod to New Orleans right in Inman Park. Why start with Parish? When opening Parish’s market and coffee PLEASE TURN TO NEXT PAGE
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bar we decided to be as green as possible. Our first priority was to avoid large amounts of plastic waste. We chose take-out materials made from corn, sugar cane and paper that are either recycled or biodegradable and compostable. What’s the response? It’s great! Our staff has been really excited about our commitment to these products. They can talk about the alternatives, and they are the ones telling the story. Noticed any barriers? Plastic alternatives are a little more expensive and can require a lot of legwork to find the right products, materials, and sizes. We have two great suppliers that are working hard to get us what we need. Also, some of the corn products melt when heated. Any green plans? We are very excited about starting to use two local organic farmers. We can offer fresher foods and reduce our greenhouse gas impact, while supporting Georgia’s economy. We are also starting recycling and looking at composting options. Got a dirty plastic secret? Yes, we are still selling plastic bottled water in the market, but are looking for alternative
of our brick and flooring is reclaimed and we use a geothermal heating and cooling system. Is all of your food locally grown? When in season, we get about 90 percent of our food from Farmer Paige at our local farm here in Serenbe. Out of season, we have to go through restaurant suppliers, but we’re very careful in selecting our products to make sure they have very little environmental impact. What kind of dine-in and take out containers do you use? We’re currently using biodegradable takeout plates and corn-based cups, but we’re encouraging our customers to dine-in so we can move more toward washable/reusable dishes. What’s your dirty little plastic secret? We’re still using individually packaged condiments, even for dine-in guests. Within the coming days we’ll be transitioning to large pump bottles to reduce waste. To donate, volunteer, become a member, sign-up for the newsletter or find out more information, visit www.greenplate.org.
BLUE-EYED DAISY Kara Nygren and Raina Newell are cooperators of the Blue-Eyed Daisy Bakeshop at Serenbe, the sustainable community in South Fulton County. Nygren talked about the green efforts at Blue-Eyed Daisy. What are some of your green initiatives? We’re actually the smallest LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] certified building in the country. All
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Quick Bites News & Events Good news for lovers of ice cream and southern food! INtown reported last month that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop at 800 N. Highland Ave. in Virginia Highland was to close, due to a miscommunication about another location outside the Perimeter. We are thrilled to report that Ben & Jerry’s is still open and scooping cones and taking catering orders at www.benjerry. com/highland. Last month, we also heard that Bobby & June’s Kountry Kitchen – the iconic meat-and-three restaurant at 375 14th Street – was closing after 30 years. Customer response was so great that the owners decided not to close after all. IHOP is returning to Midtown at the space formerly occupied by a Krystal and, more recently, Louise’s at 428 Ponce de Leon Avenue. IHOP formerly had a location on North Avenue at Courtland Street. The new IHOP is expected to open in late June. Garlic Thai & Sushi is now open in the former Little Azio space at 340 West Ponce de Leon in Decatur. TeaFuse (www.teafuse.com) has opened in Vinings Jubilee shopping center. The contemporary tea house has a menu of more than 50 teas, coffees and light bites, according to owner Kendall Harper. Also in Vinings Jubilee, The Grape (www. yourgrape.com) has re-opened after renovations, featuring a new bistro dining room and full bar along with the extensive wine list. Chef Nick Oltarash has returned to Lobby Bar and Bistro at TWELEVE Atlantic Station to revamp the menu, including new breakfast items. www.lobbyattwelve.com. Diners at the landmark Cheshire Bridge Road restaurant The Colonnade might have noticed the brand new, gleaming neon sign. Owner Jodi Stallings said many diners did not realize the restaurant has been dishing up Southern food for more than 80 years until the “Since 1927” became prominent on the new marquee. www.colonnadeatl.com. Sammiches n’ Stuff is now open at 515 McDonough St. on the courthouse square in Decatur. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a “build your own sammich” option. www.sammichesnstuff.com.
The Sandy Springs Farmers Market is now open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 235 Sandy Springs Circle. You’ll find fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, artisan cheeses, pastries, jams and jellies, plants, flowers, handcrafted soaps and much more. See a full list of vendors at www.sandyspringsfarmersmarket.com. Au Pied de Cochon, located in the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, has begun a new “Passport to France” series, which will be held the third week of each month and feature cuisine from a different French region. This month, it’s southwest France from June 21 to 27. www. aupieddecochonatlanta.com. Morton’s The Steakhouse in Buckhead is holding Philanthropy Week June 14 to 18. Each day will see proceeds from the $75 prix fixe menu go to a different local charity: Operation Homefront (June 14); Give a Lift Foundation (June 15); Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (June 16); Ovarian Cancer Institute (June 17); and Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia (June 18). www. mortons.com. Real Men Cook on Father’s Day The fundraising event returns on Sunday, June 20, at the Georgia Railway Depot at 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (adjacent to Underground Atlanta). Local dads and celebrities will be cooking to benefit Communities in Schools, Real Men Charities and Choices. Guests will be able to taste the dads’ creations as well as enjoy music from American Idol winner Ruben Studdard (who will also put on his chef ’s hat during the event. If you’re a dad, there’s still time to register to cook or volunteer. More information and tickets at www.realmencook.com/Atlanta. Hobnob Tavern will be World Cup central in June and July, with four new flatscreen televisions installed on the three outdoor patios. World Cup matches begin on Friday, June 11, with South Africa vs. Mexico and Uruguay vs. France. Matches will be shown Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with Sunday games at 10 a.m. The World Cup continues through July 11. Hobnob is at 1151 Piedmont Ave. (corner of Piedmont and Monroe). www.hobnobatlanta.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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What is the main thing you want to get out of the site? This has been a labor of love from the concept to the launch in February of this year. I love to cook, and I love to share and help other people. But it’s also turned into an opportunity to build connections and community, plus a learning experience for me and the rest of the team. Of course, if anyone offers, I wouldn’t argue with fame, fortune, my own line of cookbooks, and a show on the Food Network!
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One of the original goals of Foodwhirl was to bring together different cooks, with different lives and family types – from a newlywed, to a single health guru, to a busy mom of three who’s going back to school. Everyone is encouraged to write in their own voice and I think that adds a great deal of value. If you want to just go find a recipe on the internet, there are plenty of sites for that. But we are trying to give a glimpse into “real” cooks with real lives, and I think our readers appreciate that. None of our original writers knew each other (except for me) prior to this, so it’s been fun to see friendships evolve out of this.
What feedback have you received from the site? The feedback has been great so far. Everyone seems to really like idea of real cooks sharing their version of “What’s For Dinner?” We have readers who are new to cooking, and those who are very comfortable in the kitchen, and we try to serve both. We do many recipes with step-by-step pictures, which can be a great help to a novice cook. We also have a techniques section where we cover the basic and more advanced techniques, like how to slice an onion or make homemade yogurt. We love the feedback we get on our Facebook page, where our readers will share what they are cooking for dinner, too!
What are the top five most visited recipes so far? 1) Irish Car Bomb Ice Cream Sundae: This has been our most read recipe despite the somewhat politically incorrect name. It’s based on the drink of the same name; an adult version of the ice-cream sundae. And it’s way yummy. 2) Overnight roast pork: I’ve used this recipe myself several times now, and I can vouch for its greatness. Who doesn’t want to be able to cook while sleeping!? 3) Corned beef and cabbage: Published for St. Patrick’s Day, this three-part series is on corning your own corned beef. I never would have thought to do it, but I’m going to try it next year. 4) Cheesecake cookie cupcakes: Some of our recipes are complex, but this one is one of those recipes where no one will ever guess how fast and easy it was to create a delicious dessert or partysnack. 5) Ginger and white chocolate granola bars: This is a great twist on your standard granola bar. And making your own granola bars is easy, and healthier than the store bought versions. To find what’s for your dinner tonight, visit www.foodwhirl.com and also join their facebook page, Foodwhirl. Irish Car Bomb Ice Cream Sundae
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CITY LIVING | NEIGHBORHOODS | DEVELOPMENT
From Luxury to Practicality Emerging Trends in Real Estate By Carly Felton In the past couple of years, real estate in Atlanta – and all over the country – has undergone a tremendous change. Sure, prices fell and properties became harder and harder to sell; however, there are a number of other significant, though often overlooked trends in the market. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NABH) online magazine, homes are getting smaller and greener and multi-generational homes are on the rise. According to local real estate professionals, home offices have skyrocketed in demand, as well. Below, Atlanta INtown explores these powerful trends. Shrinking Size The U.S. Census shows that the average size of a new single-family home in the South is starting to shrink for the first time in 10 years. Additionally, nine out of 10 builders surveyed by the NABH last year said they’re building, or planning to build, smaller, lower-priced homes than in the past. “People are recognizing that they can’t afford to overbuy anymore,” says Dennis Creech, co-founder and executive director of Southface. Principal and Vice President of Business Development at Sanctuary Real Estate Heyward Young agrees. “McMansions are out!” he says. “The hottest segment of the market seems to be the starter or bungalow-style home.” Jeffrey Dufresne, executive director of Urban Land Institute Atlanta believes this is because the Heyward Young household size itself is shrinking, as more people live alone, delay marriage and/or childbirth and have fewer children. Plus, people want convenience and that often comes in the form of smaller, Intown homes closer to work.
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Going Green Smaller homes are usually more eco-friendly, as well – one of the many reasons green homes are on the rise. “How many people do Dennis Creech you think want higher energy and water bills?” Creech asks, rhetorically speaking. “Everyone realizes the days of cheap water and land are over. People are looking for greater value.” Though the cost of a green home is generally 3 to 6 percent higher than a conventional home, the extra money is quickly repaid in energy savings and reduced transportation costs (for those who move closer to work and work-liveplay centers). “Would you rather spend the money on your mortgage – which will get a return on your investment – or give it to the utility company and never see it again?” Creech says. The green building market was valued at $10 billion in 2005 and grew to $36 billion in 2009. It may grow to $96 billion by 2013, according to a study by McGrawHill Construction last year. “Almost all new homes have green elements,” Young says. “It’s what the consumer wants.” One example of this trend is 898 North Highland, a single-family home that has been converted into four green condos with rooftop solar panels, radiant floor heat, VOC-free paint, bamboo flooring, double insulated energy-efficient windows and a parking lot made from recycled tires. Anne Miller, associate broker with Prudential Georgia Realty, says that even when buyers don’t specifically seek out green homes, when they look at a home and find out it has eco-friendly features, they may choose that home over others that aren’t green. Talking ‘Bout My Generation According to a survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, from 2009 to 2010, 37 percent of real estate sales professionals surveyed noted an increase in homebuyers looking for spaces to accommodate more than one generation of their family. Seventy percent of these real estate agents believe the economic conditions may cause an even greater demand for multi-generational
homes this year. Both Miller and Young say they see a lot of buyers looking for an in-law suite or a separate space for grown children to live. This can include elderly parents who can’t afford to retire on their own and are forced to move in with their children all the way down to college graduates who have been unable to secure a job. Areas like Glenwood Park have in-law/young adult suites on the property but separate from the main house, thus ensuring some privacy.
Many employers have been downsizing and asking their employees to telecommute rather than come into a central office, and employees often receive tax breaks for working from home. Miller finds that when people work from home, they often want to keep their work environment separate from their home environment. “Almost 100 percent of my buyers are looking for a home office or an extra bedroom to turn into a home office,” Young says.
Working From Home The NABH also suggests that many Baby Boomers are coming up with new ways of using their homes. Dufresne believes this is primarily true in regard to home offices. “As family sizes shrink, more home owners and buyers are converting extra bedrooms into offices, particularly since the ‘breadwinners’ may be in between full-time jobs and are working out of their homes on AIRES generic AIN 1-4 page ad v2:Layout 1 5/10/10 10:23 AM Page 1 contract engagements,” he says.
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Real Estate Briefs The Georgian Terrace Hotel continues to improve after an $11 million renovation. Fremont Realty Capital recently unveiled six fully renovated penthouses and nine premier suites at The Georgian Terrace Hotel. These come on the heels of last year’s opening of Livingston Restaurant, complete renovation of the hotel lobby and three ballrooms. The renovation also included brand new beds and flat panel TVs in all of the rooms, new complimentary high speed Wi-Fi internet throughout the property and upgrades to the hotel’s conference center and common areas. www.thegeorgianterrace.com. Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club Hosts a Women’s Advisory Event, left to right, Martha Jo Katz, InterContinental Buckhead Hotel, Foxhall visionary Harrison Merrill, Sr., Ginny Izydore, Foxhall Director of Business Development, and Lauren Fisher, Philips Arena. Ginny Izydore and Harrison Merrill co-hosted this advisory group to get suggestions from women in the development of Foxhall, a residential and resort community. www.foxhallsportingclub.com
Atlanta Board of REALTORS and Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS’ Centennial Celebration. Seven hundred of the city’s REALTORS commemorated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Atlanta Real Estate Board at an elaborate Centennial Celebration. Special guest of honor at the Centennial Celebration was former Executive Vice President Tommie Jackson, who has given 53 years of service to the organization. The Atlanta REALTORS Center is named in her honor.
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Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty has been named the exclusive sales and marketing team for the St. Regis Residences in Buckhead. Chloe Rector, a top producing Multimillion Dollar Club agent, and Jay Jacob, a development team member who has been instrumental in the St. Regis Residences since 2005, are principal contacts for the development. (404) 261-3820, or visit www.88westpacesferry.com
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Local real estate agent Winter Baserva of ERA the Good Broker was the number one selling agent of the year, in addition to winning number one sales associate company-wide for ERA the Good Broker. Her skills as a broker were recently featured on HGTV’s House Hunters while selling a home to her buyers in Brookhaven. Recently, the offices of Harry Norman, Realtors celebrated the company’s annual Volunteer Week by taking a day off from normal business to work in service to the community. The Buckhead Chastain office assisted the Sardis United Methodist Church with the cleaning of Sardis Cemetery located at 3725 Powers Ferry Road. Sales associates and staff donned their work clothes and grabbed rakes, hoes, clippers and anything they had handy to freshen up this beautiful historical cemetery. The Intown office sponsored “The Green Dash,” Atlanta’s Earth Day 5K benefitting the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Sales associates and staff attended the event and assisted with checking in and assigning numbers to runners and handing out T-shirts. The East Cobb office held a blood drive for Life South, pictured, a community blood center committed to providing a safe blood supply that benefits residents of Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
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CANDLER PARK Totally Renovated Historical 1900 Home Huge Amounts of Practical Living Space! Walk to Mary Lin Elementary. 4BR/4BA Two Story with Full Carriage House Apt
Vicki Crawford (404) 591-6527 Dorsey Alston, Realtors® (404) 352-2010
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LORING HEIGHTS 1470 Kenwood Ave. NW, Atlanta 30309 Enjoy the Midtown view from your rocking chair front porch in this charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home.
GARDEN HILLS A Real Surprise Inside!! Sophisticated Elegance! 3 Bedrooms / 2 Baths, Screen Porch Ofﬁce & Garage!
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Julie Sadlier, Sandy D’Aprile and Peter Bade have joined the office of RE/Max Metro Atlanta in their Cityside location. Along with this move, the three agents have also combined forces and created a merger now known as The Intowners. After years of working independently, and often competing with one another in this highly complex market; the three friends decided to pool their talents. Each of them brings more than 25 years of successful seller and buyer representation, as evidenced by the number of For Sale signs they have going up, and more importantly coming down, in our neighborhoods. The trio has a long history of personal involvement in fundraising for local parks, supporting the schools and working with neighborhood associations. The Intowners have a fresh approach to real estate: “We’re a network concept,” said Sadlier. “Together we will provide our clients with the best possible advice and service.” With the re-bounding real estate market on the horizon, Bade thinks this kind of personal attention will deliver positive results for everyone. And, D’Aprile remarked, “It’s all in the mix. When you put the right group of people together you wind up with a synergy that allows everything to work smoothly.” w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
SANDY SPRINGS 490 Franklin Road, Atlanta 30342 Beautiful custom-built home on a deep wooded lot has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and 2 half baths. Fabulous!
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BeltLine Update Trails open, skate park gets grant By Collin Kelley Editor Work continues on clearing and upgrading trails and paths along the BeltLine, the 22-acre “emerald necklace” that circles Atlanta. While some type of train system will
eventually be built on the BeltLine, parallel paths, parks and trails for the public to use are full steam ahead. In April there was a ribbon cutting for a portion of the Northside trail in Buckhead and, at press time, grading and clearing on a portion of trail from DeKalb Avenue to 10th Street at Monroe Drive is under way.
Crews are are also working on building the Historic Fourth Ward Park, a 35-acre green space that will be behind the old City Hall East off North Avenue. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for the new Boulevard Park (at Englewood Avenue). More good news came in May when the Fourth Ward Skatepark was given a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directorsto help complete the 15,000-square-foot project. “This is an endorsement of the amazing collaboration between the City, Atlanta BeltLine, and our incredible local skateboard community,” said Brian Leary, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “The inspiration came from the vision,
will, and determination of the community. Combined with the City’s strong support, and now this outstanding gift, the new park – Atlanta’s first fully designed skate park –will be one of the best skate facilities in the U.S.” During the month of June, regular BeltLine 101 meetings will be taking place for different quadrants of the project and there will be quarterly briefing on the BeltLine on Thursday, June 17, from 6-8 p.m. at 130 Trinity Ave. in Downtown. For a complete list of events, meetings and how you can volunteer to help with the BeltLine, visit www.BeltLine.org.
Historic Old Fourth Ward Park Future site of Old Fourth Ward Skate Park
Northside Beltline Trail
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HOME IMPROVEMENT | RENOVATION TIPS| HOME DECOR | BEFORE & AFTERS
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Because these homeowners enjoy entertaining their grandchildren and hosting church gatherings, they wanted a space in their home that could accommodate a fairly large number of people, yet be cozy enough for smaller, more intimate parties. It was important for the porch to feel like an extension of the interior living space. Renewal created 300 square feet of outdoor living space, most of which is screened in. And because the homeowners are avid grillers, there’s an area where they can cook out, even in the rain. The design incorporated a covered grilling deck with a vent hood, located under the same roof as the porch and adjacent to the kitchen for easy access. And as an added bonus, additional parking space was created for the homeowner’s guests. The new deck was made high enough so that covered parking for two was made available. And, there’s even storage room underneath. www.renewaldesignbuild.com
You would never guess that this setting is actually the terrace of a high rise in Midtown. The arbor and surrounding flowers and greenery so perfectly screen the balcony that it appears this outdoor room is in a garden in a backyard. While most of the work here is in the plantings from Habersham Gardens, the simple, but elegant wooden chairs and neutral fabrics make for a casual oasis from the big city. www.habershamgardens.com.
This private terrace sits in the heart of Midtown at one of Atlanta’s premier addresses, 905 Juniper Street. The homeowners created this beautiful garden with the help of DRTC Studio, using a mixture of the company’s furniture and items from Crate & Barrel. The garden features colorful flowers as well as heirloom tomatoes and herbs for cooking. www.drtcstudio.com or www.williswatts.com.
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OUTSIDE IS IN! Turning a lawn, patio or porch into livable space is hot home trend
While the real estate market is, thankfully, on the upswing, many homeowners have decided that they way to add usable square-footage is not by buying a new home or building an addition to an existing one. INSTEAD, THEY ARE GOING OUTSIDE. Turning a patch of backyard, a patio or porch into another room – whether it’s for cooking, dining or enjoying sports on TV with friends – is a hot new trend Intown. And if you don’t have a yard, don’t worry. The balcony of a high rise works, too. Here are some projects by local builders and designers that might give you inspiration for your outdoor room. Continued on next page.
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This outdoor terrace was recently added to a 1928 Druid Hills home. The view is looking out from the kitchen – the limestone arch on the left is part of the original construction. The new post-and-beam structure has a flatlock copper cat-slide roof and coursed limestone flooring. The windows were changed to metal French doors and there is an underground wine cellar below. The mantel is custom made from Indiana limestone, with inlaid terracotta roof tiles as an accent. There is a built-in wood storage bin to the left, with a limestone buffet above. Tall curtains on a continuous rod provide added protection from sun and rain. A Wolf grill with side burners and a bar sink is in the space just beyond the covered room. www.hammersmith.net
This Morningside project has won three awards, including a 2009 Contractor of the Year Award and two 2010 Chrysalis Awards. This luxurious, yet laid back space overlooks a sparkling swimming pool and has become prime entertaining space for the homeowner. The outdoor kitchen with grill connects seamlessly with the dining and living area located under a decorative trellis. It’s the perfect spot for a summer party or just lounging around after a dinner. www.homerebuilders.com.
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Gardening: Herbs David McMullin
A Secret Weapon Growing in My Garden It’s unfortunate, but I like food and in great quantities. It is a problem. Though, I am determined not to deprive myself of good food and go on yet another bad diet. This time I have a secret weapon… herbs. Not a powdered, exotic sounding herb in capsule form meant to give one a slimmer waist before swimsuit weather. I’m talking about the old standbys – rosemary, thyme, basil and fennel et al. My garden provides an abundant supply of herbs for my cooking pleasure. Basil and rosemary grow near the kitchen door for grab-a-handful convenience. Herbs used less often such as fennel are scattered throughout the garden where their ornamental value is appreciated, their abundant beauty, texture and flowers. Herbs can grow in your vegetable patch, in a collection of pots on the patio or in a small, traditional English knot garden. But, like all plants, each herb may have different needs. Herbs with stiff, woody branches and silver, gray, felty foliage have problems in the wet, humid South. Since they need rocky, well-drained soil and lower humidity, I recommend growing favorites like lavender, santolina and thyme in large pots so growing conditions may be manipulated. Other herbs grow well here with no manipulation. Basil, my favorite, is a native of climates similar to ours. Depending on the variety, this annual may reach heights of three feet in a single season. It appreciates full sun, average garden soil and regular
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watering. Rosemary, another beloved herb is a workhorse in the garden. Growing to five feet with an even wider spread, rosemary is tough and dependable for hot, sunny locations, poor soil and full sun. Its versatility allows it to be left to its own pleasure, pruned into submission, contained in a fabulous pot or as a topiary subject. I use it as a foundation shrub in difficult areas. An easy to grow herb is garlic chives. This tough bulblet reseeds itself all over my garden. Its soft grassy leaves weave in and out of other plants. They’re even better on baked potatoes than the store-bought ones. To me, more ornamental than edible is fennel. I grow both the green and the delightful bronze varieties in my garden. The feathery foliage form airy clumps in the spring and eventually bolt upright in summer to produce sulphur-yellow flowers. To boot, fennel is a host plant to the tiger swallowtail butterfly. Caterpillars munch it to the ground every year and then come August, I enjoy the flittering about. In the kitchen, make a gourmet meal out of fresh fish, marinated in butter and smothered with chopped onions, peppers and fennel. Yum! All of this talk of food is making me hungry. I’m heading out to the garden to harvest my diet’s secret weapon and drown my dinner in something saucy.
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Certified Professional Contractors or Not? How important is it for you to work with a professional who holds a certification, accreditation, degree, or professional designation? Does this ever enter your mind when you are considering hiring any service professional? I often wonder how many consumers really pay attention to the letters that follow someone’s name on the shingle hanging from the office door or on their business card. There are definitely times when I rely on those post-nominal initials MD, DDS, CPA, MCP, or ASE before I elect to pay for BEFORE services. Often these post-nominal initials or acronyms can be helpful in identifying a particular service professional whose services we need. There is a certain degree of comfort in knowing that the guy working on the brakes of my car (which could mean life or death) has been certified. I guess I could hire my friend’s uncle who has been working on cars out of a shed in his backyard since I was in diapers, but a little voice in the back of my head says, “Don’t do it, you will regret it.” Just because he’s been doing it since I was knee high to a grasshopper does it really mean he knows what he’s doing? That little voice should be going go off in the back of your head anytime you are getting ready to hand the keys over to your house to a contractor who holds no certifications, credentials, or has no formal construction education. I mean think about
it, just because someone can brush paint on your house does that make him or her a painter? Does he or she know the difference between pigment, vehicle and catalyst; understand how to deal with surfactant leaching, or where to use an elastomeric product? Just like the guy working on your car, furnace or water heater, you should consider asking the contractor you are preparing to hire what certifications, credentials or degrees he or she holds relating to the design, construction or systems of your home. There are many new trends, products and regulations that have impacted the home building industry over the last ten years and a contractor who is not keeping up could cost you dearly. The recent EPA Lead Paint Rule, which went into effect in April, will impact owners of any home built pre-1978. There are a host of contractors out there today that are completely unaware that this rule is in place and are violating the law. It’s unfortunate for them and their customers. The customers who have small children may be exposing their families to lead dust and the contractors violating this rule will incur huge fines when caught or subject their businesses to litigation. Another trend is the movement toward green building practices that has affected how contractors will be required to meet new energy codes to increase energy efficiency and performance
in a home. This knowledge and training only comes through education and industry involvement. The value in working with a certified or credentialed professional is that you can feel much more comfortable knowing that the contractor who has elected to invest in him or herself and the industry they represent through acquiring credentials and certifications is really doing it for your benefit. The commitment to securing a certification or trade accreditation helps the contractor keep you better informed, provide you more options, deliver real solutions and increase his or her ability to sustain their business. Jesse Morado is CEO of Renovation Coach, Inc. a consulting firm providing preconstruction guidance and risk management for homeowners and business coaching of best practices for contractors. He is a Certified Remodeler and Certified Aging in Place Specialist and currently serves as NARI Nationals Education Committee Vice Chair. You may reach him at (404) 729-4969 or at www.renovationcoach.com.
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