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CYCLES Of LIFE By Gary Goettling Bicycling changed Sue Nagel’s life. She was riding with a group one day in 1987 when a fellow cyclist — “a really cute guy” — pulled up alongside her and remarked approvingly, “Nice bike.” Momentarily caught off guard, she smiled and returned the compliment: “You have a nice bike, too.” Three years later, Sue and Bob Neurath tied the matrimonial knot. The Tucker residents have been married — and riding bicycles together — for the 27 years ever since. Continued on page 4

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Left, Peter Chang at the 2017 World Masters Games in New Zealand. Right, Chang’s gold medal in singles badminton. Below, Peter Chang.

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ON THE COVER Dan Rupnow, 63, of Inman Park, says that he and his wife ride their bicycles along the BeltLine as often as they can. Photo by Phil Mosier


local masters player strikes badminton gold By John Ruch Local badminton player Peter Chang brought home a gold medal from the World Masters Games, an Olympics-style event for older athletes held in April in New Zealand. And he’s telling fellow seniors that they can play the game he loves closer to home. “It’s the all-body exercise,” said Chang, 69, about badminton’s appeal. “There’s a lot of twisting and turning and smashing … It keeps me very fit and healthy.” Chang, a real estate investment professional, has lived in Sandy Springs for almost 35 years. He was born in Malaysia, one of many Asian countries where badminton is a popular sport. He grew up playing the game, including on his college team in Hong Kong. When his career began, eventually bringing him to metro Atlanta, he “quit playing for a long time.” In the late 1990s, Chang’s children headed to college and he found himself not only returning to badminton, but getting serious about it. He began winning some competitions, including the World Morning Cup, an amateur badminton competition, in Taipei, Taiwan. This year, he headed to Auckland, New Zealand, for the Summer Masters Games, a multi-sports event generally aimed at athletes 35 and older. This year’s edition drew more than 25,000 athletes. Chang competed in both singles and doubles badminton, winning the singles gold in his age category. “Unfortunately, you pay for everything,” Chang said of the Masters Games, which has drawn some press coverage for significant entrance fees and related travel expenses. However, he said, he enjoyed the competition, the sightseeing, and the chance to meet people from around the globe. He said he met someone from the tiny island nation of Mauritius and competed against a player from Papua New Guinea. Such international competition begins with local practice. While the similar game of tennis is hugely popular in metro Atlanta, badminton is on the rise, Chang said. “Badminton is a very popular sport,” Chang said, and follows along “with the influx and growth of the international population, especially after the [1996] Olympics.” He said he has about 15 metro Atlanta badminton venues to choose from, ranging from rec centers to gyms to churches, often on restriped tennis or basketball courts. In a sign of the sport’s growing popularity, the area’s first complex of badminton-only courts is set to open this month in Suwanee, Chang said, thanks to an Indian-American fan. Chang has tried tennis, too, but the techniques are different. Badminton is more about nuanced wrist movements, while tennis is more about arm swings, he said. “I used to play tennis … but I don’t play anymore because it screws up my badminton,” Chang said. However, there’s another sport catching Chang’s eye: pickleball. A kind of tennis played on a badminton court with paddles and a plastic ball full of holes, pickleball is also growing in local popularity. A new Dunwoody park has pickleball courts included by popular demand. “I’m going to try pickleball,” Chang said. “I like it.”

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Cycles of Life: Senior Riders pedal the Road PHOTO BY PHIL MOSIER

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“We have enough commemorative T-shirts, pint They’re members of glasses and socks to decorate a bicycling’s fastest-growing theme bar,” he laughed. demographic: seniors over 50, In a group ride, where according to an article published everyone is trying to by the advocacy keep up with each group People other, older, more for Bikes, titled, experienced cyclists “Bike Use is enjoy a little bit of Rising Among an advantage over the Young, But it younger ones, noted is Skyrocketing Sue, 58, a program Among the Old.” officer for the “We ride for National Center for fun, and it’s Injury Prevention great exercise,” and Control at said Bob, 57, a the CDC’s Buford geographer with Highway campus. the Centers for “It takes a long SPECIAL Disease Control Sue and Bob Neurath time to reach your and Prevention maximum potential (CDC) at its as a cyclist, so at 50 you can beat main facility near Emory. up on some of the younger riders He rides about 100 miles a because they aren’t fully developed week, usually with a group of physiologically, and they’re not cyclists out for a leisurely weekend kicking it quite as seriously,” she ride or as a participant in one of explained, adding, “There’s a the many cycling competitions special feeling about doing that!” held around the Southeast.


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For older adults interested in renewing the love affair they experienced with bike riding as kids, the most important attributes in the equipment are comfort and fit, Nagel said. “Go to a reputable bike shop that has a staff that will help you pick one out and fit you on it,” he advised. “Getting a bike that’s designed for the terrain you’re going to be riding on is important — a mountain bike, gravel bike, road bike or dirt bike handle differently. And they’ll make sure you have a comfortable, level seat at the correct height, and handlebars that are at the right height and shape.” Added Sue, “When they’re just beginning, a lot of people don’t know what kind of riding they want to do, so I’d recommend borrowing or renting a couple different styles of bikes to find out what kind you feel most comfortable with. “If you’ll be trying to keep up with others, like in group

rides, you’ll want equipment comparable to theirs. But if you just want to enjoy a ride, you can get a basic entry-type bike and have a wonderfully good time.” Over the past five years, Dunwoody retiree Don Hall figured he has cycled more than 55,000 miles — that’s the equivalent of circling the Earth twice, plus a round trip from Atlanta to Seattle. “My typical ride is 35 milesplus,” said Hall, a Vietnam vet who served in the Marine Corps before embarking on a 50-year career in sales and sales management. “It keeps me in shape, and I enjoy the camaraderie with other riders. Many of my best friends are cyclists.” Like most everyone else, the 68-year-old Hall started riding bikes as a child to get to friends’ homes and around the neighborhood. Then in 1987, he took up cycling seriously as an adult. “I was a runner for many years and was challenged to do

a triathlon,” he recalled, “and But he does monitor his discovered I liked it much more weight closely. than running.” Hall stopped “I weigh myself once or twice running in 1991. per day to make a decision on One of his how much to eat,” favorite events is he said. “And I the Georgia Golden chart my weight, Olympics, held which has not annually for athletes varied plus or over 50. minus two pounds “I’ve been in several years. doing that for the “It drives my wife past nine years,” nuts because she said Hall, who wants three meals a participates in four day,” he laughed. cycling competitions Hall also lifts in the 65-69 age weights once group. In addition, or twice a week “every other year — “not heavy there’s a National weights, but lots Senior Games, and of repetitions” if you qualify in and makes sure to your state you can get seven hours of compete there.” sleep a night. The 2017 For anyone National Games, considering taking Hall’s third as a up cycling, Hall’s participant, took advice is simple COURTESY OF DON HALL place in early June and direct: “Just do Don Hall in Birmingham, Ala. it,” he said. “If you With regard to ride commit to consistently putting preparation, Hall said he drinks in the effort, you will develop a lot of liquids, mostly water, but fitness and learn to love cycling doesn’t follow a special diet. “I — it becomes a lifestyle, and it’s just eat when I’m hungry, but I very addictive.” don’t eat anything two or three Not all seniors enjoy Hall’s hours before a ride.” exceptional level of physical


fitness. For them, Eric Hunger offers an alternative. “About 40 percent of our customers are 50 and over,” said Hunger, owner of ElectroBike Georgia in Brookhaven. “Many of these people have hip or knee problems, so they like the fact that they can engage the pedalassist feature and not have to pull up on the pedal like you do on a traditional bike pedal, especially ones with toe guards.” With pedal-assist activated, e-bikes can cover 25-35 miles on a full charge, according to Hunger. His multi-geared bikes also can be pedaled in the usual manner, or propelled entirely by the electric motor at speeds up to 15 mph, he noted. “We have a large seat selection as well as baskets, helmets and other accessories so customers can tailor their bike to their specific needs.” Another option for physically challenged seniors is operated by the city of Decatur. Silver Spokes is an innovative year-old program designed to “get seniors back on a bike and learn how to ride again,” according to Sara Holmes, adult program supervisor for Decatur Active Living. For a nominal fee, participants, who typically have mobility issues, attend a class to re-acquaint them with the rules of cycling, then venture out for a supervised ride on adult tricycles provided by the program, along with helmets. “A lot of our seniors want to learn how to get back on two wheels,” said Holmes, “but we start with three so they can get comfortable with the idea of riding again and not have to worry so much about maintaining stability and balance.” Silver Spokes’ next round of classes are set for September and October.

If you’d like to learn more, the best place to start is your local bicycle shop. Many shops sponsor group rides and/or have info about groups in the area. Some even offer bicycle rentals. Here are some websites that will get you rolling.

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Retirees joke about every people, so taking a vacation day being a vacation, yet they is good for them as well,” continue to collect one travel said Hibbs. “Often people see brochure after another and retirement as great opportunity suddenly they’re off on to travel more.” another trip. At 70, Hibbs Maybe holidays reminds us he’s are more important in a profession in than ever? Experts which wisdom and say a vacation is not experience are of necessarily a panacea great value. Almost 11 for seniors, yet it can percent of practicing help relieve some of psychologists in that day-to-day tedium American are over 65 (even if temporarily). years old, states Hibbs. Judith L. Kanne, Stan Hibbs, PhD, Many retirees RN, BSN, BA psychologist and life will tell you, they is a registered nurse and coach in Dunwoody are “working and freelance writer who lives in Atlanta. remains in private volunteering more” in practice and enjoys his retirement than they share of travel, too. did in their previous “I think retired people can get lives. They need a rest. into a rut as easily as working Psychologist Irene S. Levine,

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well known as ‘The Friendship Doctor,’ says she agrees that traveling is important. And travel certainly agrees with her. Levine provides respected advice as a relationship columnist and contributor to recognized publications, such as Psychology Today. She explains the importance of travel. “It helps keeps us vital by expanding our world, introducing us to new people, places and things,” she said. “This marked change from daily routines (which tend to get tedious and boring) is bound

to add a hefty dose of joy and renewed energy to our lives.” It also helps older adults forget about, or at least temporarily suspend, minor pains and worries. But what if finances are somewhat tight? Not all seniors can fund their dream trip to Europe. Levine has an answer. “Travel doesn’t necessarily have to be exotic or costly,” she said. “There are always new adventures to be found closer to home. It can be walking in a park, a nearby museum or even dinner at an ethnic restaurant [nearby].”

Writer Jill L. Ferguson talks about the benefits of taking a vacation, too. In her article “Health Benefits of Taking a Vacation,” she offers information and guidance. Ferguson is the founder of Women’s Wellness Weekends, an organization created to provide an oasis of rest and recharging, according to the website. She encourages mixing work with

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See the World with Your Grandchildren By Judi Kanne

During a past shared journey, that grandson, Andy, then about 10 years old, told Barto, “Grandma, this is what I want

Retired Atlanta resident Joan Cioffi finds her “grandmother trips” one of her life’s highlights. In fact, Cioffi recently promised to have one-on-one grandma trips with each of her seven grandchildren. “A seventy-plus year old grandma traveling alone with a teenager takes planning, a relaxed attitude and plenty of flexibility,” Cioffi said. On one of those trips, Cioffi and her granddaughters Christina and Sydney visited Hawaii and stopped at the Valley of the Temples. The destination and activities are less important than just being open to being with them in a new, PHOTO COURTESY OF JOAN CIOFFI less familiar setting, she says. Joan Cioffi and granddaughters (left to right) Christina and Sydney in Hawaii at the “No parents, no Valley of the Temples, Byodo-In (a replica of television and no Japanese Buddhist Temple in East Oahu) rigid agenda helps us appreciate the to do.” Barto says she discovered person they are—and allows me three flight-related programs for to be myself,” Cioffi shared with the two of them and raves about enthusiasm. her own experience as well. Dunwoody resident Randa Andy’s first flight as a copilot Barto raves about her experiences was at the Cosmosphere and with her grandchildren on trips Space Center in Hutchinson, Kan. organized by Road Scholar, a He and Barto also took part in travel organization that offers the Intergenerational Program intergenerational trips. at Utah Valley University at the Barto also has seven Provo Airport close to Salt Lake grandchildren. Hers live in three City, Utah. different states. “I’ve taken 14 “Even Grammy got to fly a trips with grandchildren,” she plane,” Barto said. She offered said, “at last count.” to share her student pilot’s log. In fact, Barto mentions Andy graduated from the U.S. Air a couple of (now grown) Force Academy in Colorado this grandchildren that followed their past May and is in training to dreams based on Road Scholar become an Air Force pilot. experiences. She advocates With granddaughter Morgan, introducing grandchildren to Barto said they went to London career-related trips. to try Harry Potter Camp, but “I wanted them to try that was only the first trip. It was something out,” Barto said. “One so successful that they chose a grandson wanted to try flying.” Paris vacation on a subsequent


Randa Barto (left) with grandson Andy in the cockpit of a Diamond Katana at the Provo Airport, part of the Intergenerational Program at Utah Valley University

occasion. Morgan was particularly interested in fashion design—and that’s the program they found together. Today, Barto’s granddaughter is a college graduate and is working in the fashion industry. Another grandson, Jonathan, was intrigued with New York City as a young boy. And leave it to Barto, she discovered the perfect trip.

Today Jonathan is studying and playing football for Columbia University. Barto thinks that part of his comfort in choosing New York over other venues is due to exploring the city years before with his grandma. It’s clear that with the many intergenerational trips to choose from, the only fear Barto may have is running out of grandchildren.


Randa Barto (right) with her granddaughter Morgan in front of the Louvre museum in Paris

Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 29 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience The Piedmont for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.369.7523 to schedule.

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In a submarine, 100 feet under Waikiki

There are an endless number of fun activities in Hawaii that will keep your grandkids busy and phone free. But the kids will certainly have trouble getting reception if they’re 100 feet under water. Ride a passenger submarine as you dive together to an exciting marine environment with tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, reefs, sunken ships and other artifacts.

On Safari in Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s premiere Mike Zoob gameviewing areas. Take your grandchild on an unforgettable safari in the park to explore its pristine ecosystem. The only reason you may want your cellphone is to grab some selfies with one of “The Big Five” — lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos – as well as rare antelope that inhabit the region.

In the Grand Canyon

The activities that abound for you and your grandkid in the Grand Canyon are so plentiful, they won’t even be thinking about texting their friends. Entertain them with hiking adventures with geology lessons along the way and a rafting trip along the Colorado River to spot bighorn sheep, wild burros, hawks and lizards.

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Satellite signals are spotty at Machu Picchu, so you and your grandkids will just have to settle for the incredible views on your field trip to this sacred site. Enjoy the switchbacks, the view from the top of the both the ruins and the surrounding countryside and all there is to learn about the history of the ancient citadel.

Make the 10-mile roundtrip trek to the edge of the largest caldera in the Galápagos Islands. The Sierra Negra is the second largest volcanic caldera in the world, measuring over six miles across. Hike across an otherworldly landscape of lava fields and fumaroles along routes where lava flowed as recently as 2005.

While snorkeling along the Elafiti Islands in Croatia

Leave your electronics safe in your hotel room in Dubrovnik and depart for the Elafiti Islands.

In the Costa Rican Rainforest

Explore the three inhabited islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan and go swimming and snorkeling together in the crystal blue waters off one of the islands.

From a tundra buggy on Hudson’s Bay, Manitoba

Travel out into the tundra with your grandchild to view polar bears in their natural habitat. Your Tundra Buggy will take you through the Churchill Wildlife Management Area on special trails that minimize the impact on the tundra. Churchill Wildlife Management Area is the largest management area in Manitoba and the summer home for hundreds polar bears. PT0125 MECHof ATLSrLife 1-2h 4c JUL 07.pdf

Escape the internet and electronics in Arenal National Park with your grandchild and explore this exotic ecosystem on a walk through the rainforest canopy. Discover a two-mile system of natural trails and hanging bridges designed and maintained for both beauty and safety, leaving the natural environment (and your grandchild) intact. Or head to Arenal Volcano National Park to walk around the base of the volcano, keeping your eyes peeled for many of the 850 species of birds that live in Costa Rica.

On horseback in Feather River Country

Join your grandchild on horseback as you discover the beautiful Feather River Country. At Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, experienced wranglers will provide expert instruction 1 6/13/17 3:46 PM to you and your grandchild,

keeping safety top of mind for both of you. Then hit the trails to ride through the beautiful terrain of the High Sierra.

In an Aboriginal National Park in the Australian Outback The Aborigines don’t need cellphones, and neither do you in the vast, isolated and remote expanse of the Australian Outback. Sleep under the stars in the true Aussie bush tradition. Visit an Aboriginal community to learn about the challenges and rewards of cellphone-free Aboriginal life, and walk to Walpa Gorge.

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Making Connections Stitch by Stitch

Left to right, Haden Winbourne, Terry Epstein, Pam Cornutt, Anna Mershon, Cheryl Weiss and Mary Ellen Fishburn visit while working on their needlepoint projects at InStitches.


to encourage others to try it for themselves, no matter their experience level. It’s not unusual to see groups of mostly seniors working on projects On a drizzly Tuesday afternoon, a cozy Buckhead needlepoint at the shop, but Weiner says she’s pleased when younger people come shop buzzes with activity. The phone rings time and again, and in to learn needlepoint. “We try to encourage young people because we every few minutes another customer walks through the door to don’t want it to fizzle out,” she said. “We’re always happy to help.” InStitches, greeting staff members by name. While newcomers might feel intimidated or worry that their The shop’s walls are filled with embroidery designs and spools of skills aren’t good enough, the staff at InStitches says that anyone thread. Laughter and conversation can be heard from a back room, can learn how to make works of their own. where a group of older adults sit together and “You’re never too old to learn,” Weiner work on their projects. continued, “because that’s what keeps you “This isn’t work, it’s pleasure. It’s something young.” that we want to do,” explained Gail Dubler, a Needlepoint is considered a “heritage craft,” crafter who frequents the shop each Tuesday an activity which requires manual dexterity with a group of friends. and skill, as well as the understanding of The regulars chat and socialize while traditional materials and techniques, to make supporting one another in their creative useful things. In another sense, needlepoint projects. Discussions span matters ranging from becomes a heritage craft because there are technical assistance to everyday life. few resources to learn these skills. Many “We make such great friends here,” said needleworkers learned from their parents and Anna Mershon, and the room echoed with grandparents, and they share a drive to pass affirmation. along their knowledge to others. “Lifelong friends,” Cheryl Weiss concurred. The handmade pieces made by loved ones “We have a blast,” said Pam Cornutt, “It’s the often become family treasures. As Weiner puts highlight of my week.” Jeanene Weiner it, “people want to be remembered.” She notes The workspace is free for the group to use, that she has some handmade pillowcases and when not booked for a class or workshop, to get gifts from her mother that she treasures to this day. encouragement, support and technical assistance from one another “It’s something that lasts,” crafter Barbara Melich said. Along with and the shop staff. Dubler, she’s a new member to the Tuesday group. Jeanene Weiner, the owner of InStitches, bought the business in “We’re learning so much,” she said. While the two admit they have 2013. She has crafted with thread since she was a small child. The room to grow in their techniques, they also celebrate the successes of daughter of a seamstress, Weiner has extensive experience with hand finishing small projects. “When you finish something, it’s awesome,” sewing, cross stitch, embroidery and other needlework techniques. said Dubler. “It’s such a good feeling.” Weiner’s goal is to help stitchers with their needlepoint, and

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In addition to offering supplies and tools, the shop provides important social connections for needlepoint artists. Weiner recalls asking a room full of crafters if any of them had lived through cancer, and nearly all of them raised their hands. People undergoing cancer treatments often benefit from having something to keep their hands and minds busy. “They just stitched their way through it,” said Weiner with admiration. Weiner wants the shop to serve as a resource for everyone who’d like to try or already enjoys the art of needlepoint, and in a larger sense, she hopes to play a part of keeping the craft alive. “We’re thrilled that Jeanene has given us such a wonderful place to work,” said Cheryl Weiss, looking up briefly from her needlepoint project. Anna Mershon

Stitching Is Good for You It’s common knowledge among needlework enthusiasts that stitching can be very relaxing. Proof of it has been documented by Dr. Herbert Benson, a pioneer in a mind/body medicine and author of “The Relaxation Response,” published in 2000. Benson says that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state, similar to that associated with meditation. In fact, embroidery and other needlecrafts offer many health benefits. Not only do they provide an outlet for creativity, offer socialization and strengthen hand-eye coordination, they also:

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Find a home in the Mountains before you retire By Kathy Dean The mountains are a cool place to be and many metro Atlantans plan to retire there. But they’re not all waiting to claim their little spot of heaven. Some are making the move to find or build their mountain home and enjoy it now. Duane and Kim Champlin are currently overseeing construction of their Old Toccoa Farm mountain retreat. “We had a weekend cabin near Blue Ridge before we retired, and we fell in love with the area,” Kim said. Old Toccoa Farm, just 85 miles north of Atlanta, is near historic Blue Ridge, Ga., and about 15 miles from the Aska Adventure Area, which features camping, hiking and water activities like tubing, canoeing and kayaking. Buying a mountain home has become a common plan for many couples who retire near communities such as Blue Ridge. Now real estate agents say they see couples in their 50s and early



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Wercholuk, marketing director for Big Canoe Company, LLC. She says that she has seen an increase in purchase by these “pre-retirees.” Faron W. King, Broker/Owner, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty, says that while many mountain homes still are bought

by retirees, that’s not the whole story. “We’re seeing younger buyers wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta for a weekend getaway, and it turns into a part-time home if their career allows them to telecommute,” said King. He suggests that people not wait for retirement to begin looking for their dream retirement home. Good advice, considering the current rush to the hills. According to Duane, the couple wanted long-range mountain views. “We got that, plus we’re living on a golf course in a gated community,” he said. The Champlins moved to the north Georgia mountains from Gwinnett County. What they’ve found in Old Toccoa Farm is peace and quiet, golf courses, the Toccoa River, wooded trails and “the friendliness of everyone we come across,” said Kim. Continued on page 22

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Robin and Keith Sievers Continued from page 20

are the amenities they enjoy in Big Canoe, where they’ve found They note that they have the lifestyle they enjoy. Big Canoe lost a few conveniences, but boasts a unique Jeep Trail, awardsay they’ve gained much more. winning 22+ mile trail system for “We have a relaxed and friendly hiking and biking, outdoor dog environment,” said Duane, “and a parks, waterfalls, three lakes and whole lot less congestion!” scenic mountain landscapes. Kim L. Knutzen, Managing “It’s amazing to live in a Broker, Harry Norman beautiful mountain community REALTORS® Blue Ridge Office, that’s 30 minutes from the north reports that there has been Atlanta suburbs, and just 30 an influx of buyers in the new minutes from the start of the development. “Old Toccoa Farm Appalachian Trail,” said Robin. is the only fly fishing and golf “More importantly, though, are community in our area,” she said. the wonderful people who live Keith and Robin Sievers label here and the many cherished themselves “outdoor people.” friendships we’ve made.” They’ve settled into their new They admit that mountain two-story mountainside home, driving was a challenge at first, with main and terrace levels, but say that they quickly adapted. in Big Canoe, a gated private “While some driving is required community set in the rolling to get to everything we need, mountains of Jasper, Ga. the essentials are close at hand,” The climate and natural said Keith, “and we’ve learned to landscapes of north Georgia are group our errands into enjoyable perfect, the Seivers say, and so ‘urban safaris’.” When Gary and Christy Ray decided to move from a mountain/lake area in northwest Nevada to be closer to family, they wanted to locate a similar environment in Georgia. They found their mountain cabin in Love Mountain, Riverwalk Toccoa an upscale rustic


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The area offers a variety of activities, music venues and craft fairs, along with outstanding restaurants. “This is what we love about the community,” Christy said. “We attended a fabulous wine pairing dinner at a local restaurant in Blue Ridge and met some lovely people who we plan to see again.” The Rays enjoy the peace, slower pace and mild traffic. “There’s no comparison to major cities—great food, Southern hospitality and the natural beauty of the north Georgia mountains,” said Gary. “This has been PHOTO COURTESY OF GARY AND CHRISTY RAY a great choice for our Gary and Christy Ray retirement.” neighborhood that features When asked about the best wooded settings and mountain part of living in north Georgia, views, in Morganton, Ga. Christy answered, “The inner “The north Georgia mountains peace that we have when we sit are a perfect fit for us,” said Gary. on our balcony and look out at “With the beautiful mountains, the beautiful mountains. You sunsets, lakes, affordable can’t put a price on that.” living, proximity to Atlanta and She notes that there have wonderful Southern hospitality, been a few small issues, most we couldn’t have made a better notably, learning about log choice.” cabin ownership and adjusting Christy adds that everyone in to a more humid climate than Blue Ridge has welcomed them northwest Nevada, where the with open arms. “Within two annual average humidity is 10 months, we’ve made a lot of new percent. “But really, they’re no friends and already feel like a longer issues after living here for part of the community,” she said. two months,” she said.

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HealiUm Center brings community together By Isadora Pennington “The word HealiUm has a big red U, what do you think that symbolizes?” Jim Peera asked. “It signifies you; today is your day. It’s your day to be you.” Peera is the director and artist behind the local art collective HealiUm Center in Candler Park. He runs the organization with the help of his wife Donna, their children Haseena and Iman, and a team of dedicated volunteers. Originally from Tanzania in East Africa, Peera and his family fled during the Uganda-Tanzania War to France, where they lived as refugees before eventually moving to England. After his father’s death, Peera’s brother in America suggested that he relocate there to complete high school. He later attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and it was there that he met Donna, who was attending The University of Arizona. “I was a designer, so she was my model,” he explained. “We traveled together, and we’ve been halfway around the world together as a couple.” After growing tired of living in California, they moved across the country to Atlanta to escape the fog and crowd. “Little did we know…” he trailed off with a chuckle. In the 25 years that followed, they have built a family and a community here in the city. Peera’s appreciation for America and the city is what led him to come up with the HealiUm Center concept. “It’s for the community, that’s what it is for,” he said. “I’ve been in America for about 40 years now, so the


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idea comes to me at a time when things are falling apart and for me it was – how do I contribute to a country that has done so much for me and opened their hearts? How can I pay them back? How can I pay it forward? “I felt that there was a disconnect in America,” Peera continued. “People were spending a lot of effort and time with their kids, but the adults were being left out. The parents were taking care of kids, making sure they went to art classes in school, but the parents fell short.” He noticed that most adults could only really let loose at bars or sporting events, and not a lot of spaces were dedicated to creativity for people of all ages. “There needs to be a place where people can come out and express themselves freely, because at the end of the day, we are all creative beings, you know.” The HealiUm Center features an art gallery, art studio, photo studio, event room, Zen room, music and performance space, and a sanctuary. While it may look unassuming on the outside, to step inside is to be transported to another world. Colorful artwork of all types adorns the walls, rows of tables with easels await the next art class, and local musicians play in the basement of the church. The walls are painted bright colors with a specific correlation to colors of the chakra that infuse the different spaces with varying energies. For just $15, visitors can partake in weekly Open Studio sessions that occur in the evenings. There’s a fully equipped stage for musicians and the fee covers art supplies such as canvases, paints and brushes. Volunteers can also work in exchange for access to the

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Unique Party Places By Collin Kelley and Kathy Dean Whether you’re planning a family reunion, holiday gettogether, anniversary celebration or any other special event, there are several unique spots in the north Atlanta metro area that will fit the bill, and some may even surprise you.

200 Peachtree

The elegant and historic former home of Davison’s and Macy’s department stores now hosts all types of celebrations, family gettogethers and corporate events. It’s set on the city’s most famous street in the heart of downtown. Go to to get details.

for weddings, receptions and other gatherings. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it boasts Italian marble floors and the chandelier featured in the film “Gone with the Wind.” Click on academy. for more info.

ART Station

Stone Mountain’s ART Station was originally the terminus for the Atlanta Rapid Transit, and now it serves as a contemporary arts center. Gatherings can be set

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

It’s hard to imagine a more magical place than Callanwolde. Located in Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood, the magnificent Gothic-Tudor style mansion is situated on a 12.5-acre estate of landscaped gardens and wooded grounds. Info available at

Centennial Olympic Park

Academy of Science

The Academy of Science at Georgia Tech in Midtown is one of Atlanta’s premier venues

in the theatre, rehearsal space, main art gallery or any other number of spaces, depending on your needs. is the place to learn more.


This 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Olympic Games is available for fundraisers, festivals, receptions and more on the lawns and in the pavilions or amphitheater. For more info, visit

Center for Civil and Human Rights Center for Civil and Human Rights

The downtown museum provides unique spaces to accommodate your next event, with a one-of-a-kind experience in the midst of history. Available spaces include the lobby, event rooms and galleries. Visit to learn more.

College Football Hall of Fame

If you’re looking for some pigskin flavor for your event, look no further than the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. It offers 50,000 square feet of event space that can house up to 3,500 people. Information at

Fox Theatre

The Midtown icon not only hosts big concerts, Broadway shows and films, but it’s also available for private events in the elegant Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon & Terrace, Auditorium and Landmarks Lounge. For more, go to


The HealiUm Center in Candler Park transports visitors to a brightly colored, creative world. Many rooms are available for rental, including the art gallery, sanctuary, music/performance space and Spiritual Zen room. Details at


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Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

The classic revival style building has rich architectural details like a marble foyer and hardwood floors—and you and your guests will be surrounded by a celebrated collection of American fine art. Marietta Square’s Glover Park, with a central fountain and two gazebos, is only a block away. Get more info at

Michael C. Carlos Museum With floor-to-ceiling windows, chandelier lighting and the classic elegance of a Steinway grand piano, Carlos Museum’s Ackerman Hall offers an elegant atmosphere for celebrations, corporate meetings and other special events. The museum is conveniently located in Druid Hills. Go to for more information.

Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square

Just steps away from the historic Marietta Square, the museum recreates the antebellum South for a memorable backdrop to any event. Learn more at

Piedmont Park

The Midtown park has venues perfect for everything from weddings and anniversary parties to charitable events. Whether you want to be on the dock at Lake Clara Meer or inside Magnolia Hall, the park may be your setting for a unique gathering. Visit piedmontpark. org to find out more.

Southeastern Railway Museum

Set on a 35-acre site in Duluth, the Southeastern Railway Museum features about 90 items, including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. For a touch of vintage elegance, plan to set your

The renovated Cyclorama building will have an event space overlooking the savanna habitat at Zoo Atlanta.

next event in one of the Museum’s rental spaces. Two authentic railcars are available for parties, as is an outside rustic pavilion. Go to for details.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

The Kennesaw educational institution is a memorable setting that evokes the spirit of

Georgia’s bygone era. Check out for more.

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Author Talks + Signings

“Earth Angel,” “Unchained Melody,” and “The Glory of Love.” Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Best Musical Award. Tickets prices are $28, adult; $24, senior; $19, student and military. ArtStation, 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain 30083. Tickets and info at, or the box office, 770469-1105.

Sunday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. Ben Mezrich, “Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures” and Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., Daniel Silva, “House of Spies”. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) presents Jazz on the Lawn A Page from the Friday, July 14: Book Festival Joey “Papa J” of the MJCCA Sommerville; Author Talk + Friday, July 28: Signing events. VA Virginia July 9 tickets Schenck & Free are $10 for Planet Radio; and members; $15 MARCO GROB Friday, Aug. 11: Bob for community. Daniel Silva Baldwin; doors July 19 tickets open 6:30 p.m. Callanwolde’s include one copy of the book Jazz on the Lawn showcases a and are $30 for members; $36 for lineup features a mix of classic community. Talks + Signings are and contemporary jazz, swing, at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, Dunwoody 30338. For more info, in a perfect setting for summer visit concerts. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta Life Could Be a Dream 30306. Ticket prices, membership Runs July 13 through 30,, details at Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; and Weds., July 26, 10:30 a.m. Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group prepare to enter the Big Whooper Radio contest. Songs include: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaraound Sue,”

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Bicycling changed Sue Nagel’s life. She was riding with a group one day in 1987 when a fellow cyclist — “a really cute guy” — pulled up alongside her and remarked approvingly, “Nice bike.” Momentarily caught off guard, she smiled and returned the compliment: “You have a nice bike, too.” Three years later, Sue and Bob Neurath tied the matrimonial knot. The Tucker residents have been married — and riding bicycles together — for the 27 years ever since. Continued on page 4

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Sunday, July 16, 2 p.m. “The Legend Lives On: Atlanta’s Fox Theatre” & “Steamboat Willie”; Thursday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., “Casablanca”, celebrating the film’s 75th anniversary; and Sunday, July 23, 2 p.m., “Mary Poppins” Sing-a-long. The festival starts on July 16 with a FREE double-header; seats must be reserved. General admission movie tickets are $10 in advance, $12 on the day of the show. “Mary Poppins” Sing-a-long tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the show, and for Reserved Seating only. Special Movie Tours are offered prior to the films at a cost of $25 per person. Learn more and reserve seats online at or by calling 855-285-8499.

Today, Tomorrow, and Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline

Sunday, July 30, 3-5 p.m. Pandit Jasraj is a globally renowned, internationally acclaimed Indian Classical Vocalist, and an ambassador of the rich Indian culture and heritage. More than any other maestro of the Hindustani vocalists, he has appealed to the masses. Tickets range from $35 to $100. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta 30303. Info and tickets at

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Friday, July 7, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Technology is changing the way we drive. Learn how the latest vehicle technology—such as backup cameras and lane departure warnings—can make driving safer and more enjoyable. Dorothy C. Benson Multi-Purpose Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs 30328. Sign up for free at

Seniors GO! Info Seminar Saturday, July 29, 5-7 p.m. Katie Deal, daughter of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, presents her one-woman show celebrating the music of Patsy Cline. Before the show, enjoy a Southern BBQ dinner from Williamson Bros. Cost is $25 for Cobb residents, $30 for non-residents. West

Thursday, July 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Need a ride? Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County will discuss its collaboration with Common Courtesy Rides to provide door-to-door rides for seniors who have lost their mobility. Learn how to become part of this collaborative and enjoy this personal ride service.


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Free, but registration is required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta 30064. Call 770-5285355 or visit to register and get additional info.

Retirement Living: What Does It Mean for You? Monday, July 24, 2-3 p.m. As adults get closer to their senior years, the topic of housing options becomes increasingly important. Lora Causey with Winnwood Retirement Community will walk you through the differences in independent versus assisted living and how to find a community that suits your needs. Free, but registration is required. West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, 30127. Learn more and reserve your seat at cobbcounty. org or call 770-528-8200.

Classes at Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning Classes begin in August, registration now open. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning is the largest adult

Jewish education program in Atlanta. The award-winning classes are taught by some of Georgia’s most outstanding Jewish scholars, rabbis and educators, and are offered at MJCCA’s Dunwoody campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338, as well as partner locations throughout metro Atlanta. Open to MJCCA members and the community. Cost varies per class. For details, contact Talya Gorsetman, 678812-4153, talya.gorsetman@


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Bring your favorite vinyl records, and guess the artist and title when we play song snippets from them. Prizes will be awarded. Facilitated by Lisa Cleary with the Switzer Library Branch. Free, but registration is required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta 30064, 770-528-5355. Go to to register and for more info.

Saturday, July 22, race starts at 7:30 a.m.; awards at 8:30 a.m. July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than to get out into the parks. Brookhaven Parks and Recreation hosts their third annual 5K. Cost is $30 until July 23, $35 on-site. Race begins and ends at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta 30319. For more information, contact Philip Mitchell at philip.mitchell@

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Saturday, Aug. 5, race starts 8 a.m. The Run for Wounded Heroes, Inc., begun by Kennesaw resident Jonathan Borden to honor the men and women who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is in its 8th year. Race is held downtown and begins at Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main St., Kennesaw 30144. Walks and fun runs also offered. Register online at active. com or in person at Big Peach Running Co., 1625 Ridenour Blvd., Kennesaw 30152. More at

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