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december 2016 • Vol. 1 No. 3



Cathedral Thrift House: good deals & good works

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We’ve Got This

This election cycle was so vicious that some people are worried the country may not be able come together again. As older adults, we’ve seen other conflicts that tore our country apart, and our nation always came back as one, each time a bit more tolerant, a bit more inclusive. What we need to heal and balance our country today is wisdom. And that’s exactly where seniors have the edge. Having lived through the 1960s, we’ve experienced the tremendous progress that’s possible when upheaval seems to be the order of the day. Now we have the opportunity to meet the challenge head on once more. This time, we have energy and talents honed by years of service, and we’ve developed the patience



and insight to apply them more judiciously. We know how to put our differences aside and work together. We have a clear vision of what’s right and we know Kathy Dean how to get it Contributing Editor done. This is the season for connecting in family and community circles, sharing food and joy. Let’s also use this holiday to heal any rifts left over from the previous months of division. We wish you Peace on Earth and the wisdom to achieve it.

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Christmas Music from the Choral Guild of Atlanta By Joe Earle Dale Patterson was recruited for Choral Guild of Atlanta while shopping. She was browsing in a Buckhead silver shop about five years ago when she heard a tune she liked in the store’s background music and she started to sing along. Sheila Pater, a member of the guild, worked in the shop. She heard Patterson singing to herself and took notice. “I said, “You have such a beautiful voice. You should come sing with the Choral Guild,’” Pater remembered. It worked. Soon Patterson joined fellow soprano Pater as a singer with the guild, an amateur ensemble that performs classical and contemporary choral works, and is now in its 77th season. Patterson said the guild was started in 1939 by the Atlanta Music Club as the Music Club Chorus, and is one of the oldest metro Atlanta groups still performing. “It started, I believe, as

a community singing group,” she said. The group was renamed the Choral Guild of Atlanta in 1947, according to the guild’s webpage. In the 1960s, the group sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the chorus has traveled to Australia and Europe to perform. In 1980, the guild played Carnegie Hall in New York City. Current guild members come “from every walk of life,” Pater explained, and from across metro Atlanta. Pater lives in Sandy Springs. Patterson lives in Buckhead. “There are really no professional musicians per se,” Pater said, “just people who love to sing. There’s lots of what I would call ‘church-choir-type singers’ who enjoy singing.” Patterson says she’s been singing throughout her life. “I think there’s an inexplicable, unattainable thing that kind of speaks to your soul,” she said. “There’s something about music, and singing in particular, that connects to my soul.”

Christmas with the Choral Guild Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” and other seasonal classics, including an audience carol singalong. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 30305 Preview Concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3480 East Main St., College Park, 30337 Tickets are $15; discounted student and senior tickets are available at the door at each concert. For information or tickets, visit

more Sounds of holiday Music Concerts and carolers add to the seasonal celebration. Here are a few of the musical treats to enjoy this holiday.

Anchor for FOX 5 Atlanta, all under the baton of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman. There will also be a very special performance with the restored Trinity Wall Street Church Pipe Organ. Tickets are $32 for adults, $27 for seniors CLEVE HARRY PHOTOGRAPHY 55 and up, Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra photos and $16 for students and children. The concert is presented in Christmas Gala the sanctuary of Johns Creek Holiday Pops Concert United Methodist Church, Join the Johns Creek Symphony 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Orchestra (JCSO) for festive music Creek, 30097. 678-748-5802; on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. The performance includes the entire JCSO and features the Christmas Christmas with the Atlanta Gala Chorus, Johns Creek Chorale, Symphony Orchestra Jeremy Rush, Organist, and Guest Host Russ Spencer, TV News A tradition for Atlanta families,

the concert includes favorite Christmas carols and hymns sung by the Chorus and special guests, the Gwinnett Young Singers. The Morehouse College Glee Club perform their holiday signature piece, “Betelehemu”. Concerts scheduled on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $20. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 404-733-4900;

Christmas Festival Concerts & Messiah Sing-Along The spirit of the Christmas season comes to life on Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. at Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC). The 100-voice RUMC Sanctuary Choir under the direction of Dr. Michael O’Neal, Celebration Ringers under the direction of Lisa Stover,

Organist Tom Alderman, and the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra perform your favorite holiday music. Tickets are complimentary, but necessary to reserve seats. On Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m., you have a unique opportunity to join hundreds of singers and perform the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Bring your own score or buy one at the event. General admission is $10; Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, 30075. 770-594-0512;

Atlanta Boy Choir Holiday Spectacular Sounds of the season fill the air on Friday, Dec. 16, starting at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30308. 404-378-0064;





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Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

Christmas at Callanwolde Light Show

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown transforms into a glowing wonderland every night with millions of lights now through Jan. 7, from 5 to 10 p.m. Explore the new Walk of Flames and an expanded Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Ticket prices vary; discounts available for Botanical Garden Members. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 404-876-5859;

the decorated gardens and grounds on during Candlelight Nights, held on two successive Fridays, Dec. 9 & 16, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Guests enjoy a lively Christmas Market, then visit historic homes where they can experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas in three eras—pioneer days at the Wood Family Cabin, the Civil War era at Smith Family Farm, and the Jazz Age at Swan House. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members and $8 for children. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30305. 404-814-4000;, click on Programs.

Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park

Now until Dec. 29, the grounds and gardens of the historic Candler Estate are a spectacular festival of lights from 6 to 10 p.m., thanks to Callanwolde Center’s partnering with Illuminating Design Inc. Marvel at the 23-foot tall LED tree with 37 billion color combinations choreographed to holiday music. This year’s Christmas at Callanwolde tour’s final day is Dec. 13, so hurry. The 27,000-square-foot, Candler Mansion is professionally decorated by interior and floral designers. Light show and tour tickets are $20, adults and children, for each event. Combination Tour Tickets of $35 are available for both events. Callanwolde Fine Art Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30306. 404-872-5338;

Fernbank Winter Wonderland

Candlelight Nights The Atlanta History Center invites visitors to stroll through


Throughout December, the Downtown Park is lit with thousands of lights. Bring your skates and take a whirl on the 115-by-64foot ice rink. Along with carnival foods like funnel cakes, hot chocolate and apple cider will be available for purchase. The rink is open afternoon to evening Monday-Thursday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Check the website for specific hours. Tickets are $12 per person and group rates are available. The new Chinese Lantern Festival features colorful lanterns, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. It’s ongoing from Dec. 9 to Jan. 15, with evening hours through the week. Centennial Olympic Park,


decorate the plantations 10 rooms and outside areas for the holiday, now through Jan. 2. The downstairs evokes memories of the mid-1800s to 1940s, and upstairs represents the 1950s to current times. Smith Plantation is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children (6-18). Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell, 30075. 770-641-3978; smithplantation.

Winter Wonderland, Ice Skating & New Year’s Eve Celebration Marietta Square presents a Winter Wonderland, featuring a huge Christmas tree, Santa’s Workshop and an open-air ice skating rink, now until Mar. 5. New Year’s Eve festivities include live music on the bandstand in Glover Park, ice sculpting and a one-of-a-kind Surprise Midnite Drop. Skating rink admission and skate rental is $12. Marietta Square, 50 N Park Square, Marietta, 30060.

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More than 30 twinkling, decorated Christmas trees create a Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum of Natural History until Jan. 8. The trees each display the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. Museum admission is $18 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and up, $16 for children 3-12, and free for Fernbank members. There are additional costs for IMAX theater shows and special exhibits. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, 30307. 404-929-6300;

Images of Christmas at Smith Plantation Exquisite floral displays by the Roswell Garden Club

Through December to Jan. 22, Alpharetta’s ice-skating rink reappears with holiday lights, thanks to Northside Hospital. Hours are Monday through Friday, 3-10 p.m., Saturday & holidays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 12-7 p.m. The cost is $18 for adults, $14 for children, and that includes skate rental. There is a seasonal pass for $175 and lessons are available. The rink is at 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, 30009. 770-765-2000;

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Fantasy in Lights Callaway Gardens’ magical holiday light-and-sound show, open now through Jan. 7, has been named one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler. Eight million lights and 15 dazzling scenes make it unforgettable. It’s a drive, 80 miles down I-85 from Atlanta, but well worth it. Tickets range from $21-$28 for adults and $10.50-$14 for children 6-12. No ticket is required to visit the Christmas Village, featuring shops and boutiques dedicated to the holiday. Various overnight stay packages are available, which include Fantasy in Lights tickets. Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain, 31822. 1-800852-3810;

More than two million lights light up Stone Mountain Park on select dates in December to Jan. 4. Live performances, holiday characters and music add to the magical experience. Don’t miss the Skylights Spectacular or Wonderland Walkway, a light-filled tunnel that leads to the Snow Angel® Palace. The evening wraps up with a snowfall and fireworks display. Tickets vary in price, package deals are available and advance reservations are required. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, 30083. 1-800-4012407;

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hanuKkah Celebrations MENORAH LIGHTINGS Celebrate Hanukkah at several locations in Atlanta. There’ll be music, doughnut decorating, raffles, games and prizes, as well as hot drinks, sufganiyot (deep-fried jelly doughnuts) and latkes (potato pancakes). Sunday, Dec. 25, 3:30 p.m. in Virginia Highlands, 1017 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, 30306, at the corner of Virginia and Highland Avenues. There will also be celebrations and menorah lightings Monday, Dec. 26, 6 p.m. on the square in Decatur and Tuesday, Dec. 27, time to be determined (TBD) on the Green at Atlantic Station. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 6 p.m. the celebration continues

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hanukkah Candle Lighting in Marietta Every evening from Sunday, Dec. 25 through to Sunday, Jan. 1, from 7-7:15 p.m., Hanukkah candles will be lit in the parking lot of Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta, 30062. Get additional info at Continued on page 22

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In the middle of December, The appreciation month.” It’s also Question is on everyone’s lips: Are become national “bake your best you done yet? cookie month,” “light up your As if Christmas is a chore. yard month,” “spruce up your Are you done yet? house month,” “send cards to your How should a person respond friends month” and “visit your to that? “Yes, I’m done! I’ve washed relatives month.” It makes for a two loads of clothes, cleaned daunting list of tasks. the bathroom, made dinner and But I decided that it was time besides all that, I’m done to take the reindeer with Christmas!” by the antlers and do Is that any way to something about it. It treat the most wonderful occurred to me that if time of the year? I was going to take the The thing is, the chore out of Christmas, question is gender I needed to extend the specific—it’s the deadline. question that we women I got permission are asking each other. for the extension from When we’re chatting a song. You know it, at the class party, when too—it’s the annoyingly we pass each other in Robin’s Nest redundant “The Twelve the aisles of Publix, Days of Christmas”— Robin Conte sleep-deprived and the one that starts Robin Conte is a writer overwhelmed, we give with a partridge in a who lives in Dunwoody. each other a knowing pear tree and ends up She can be contacted at look and then ask…are sounding like “100 of you done, yet? Beer on the Wall.” After all, we are the purveyors They’re not singing about of Christmas Magic. a race through the malls from The veritable winter December 14 to Christmas Day. wonderland that springs up each The Twelve Days of Christmas December—of decorations, gifts, start with Christmas and keep parties, treats and greeting cards— on going past the New Year and is the product of wild-eyed women clear into January. They’re bonus running ragged. It’s as if we are days. These are the actual days all swabbies on the U.S.S. Make It of the Christmas season, and so I Happen and Captain Christmas use these days to give gifts to the is in charge, barking orders and neighbors and the mailman. sending us to the poop deck. I entertain after Christmas Day, Somewhere along the line, when the house is still decorated Christmas Cheer got replaced and the holiday food is half-price. with Christmas Chore, and that’s I give New Year’s Day gifts. I figure a rotten, Grinchly thing. I looked that friends can get our greeting for the root of the fa-la-la-frenzy, cards around the time that the and I discovered that it really isn’t Wise Men made it to the manger. growing in my home. Rather, it’s Why not? out there with all the dashing It’s not a perfect solution, through the malls and showing but it does help. It allows me a our love to all of our friends, grace period, if you will—time relatives and service providers. to take a breath, tone down the The Christmas spirit has become trappings and do a bit of spiritual a goblin that chases us around preparation for this holy season. department stores and bakeries, It’s not only a traditional thing to haunting us with guilt if we don’t do, it’s a sane thing to do. spread a little joy to everyone So put down that mop, you we know, in the form of a loaf of scurvy swabs, and take a load off. homemade banana bread. Stop with the chore and have a December has become cup of cheer. the designated “show your And make mine a double.

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Cathedral Thrift House in Buckhead Has Offered Deals and community care for 70 Years By Mary Bondurant The Cathedral of St. Philip Thrift House, which began in 1947 in a church basement, has grown into a 6,600-squarefoot warehouse, but its mission to serve the community by selling quality goods at affordable prices remains the same. So does giving 100 percent of the profits back to local charities. Clothing is among the wide range of Most of the inventory available at the shop. donations to the Cathedral Thrift House come from Kitchen items and glassware of all kinds are plentiful at the Cathedral Thrift House. parishioners of the church on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. As a result, the Thrift House and its customers see a wide range of high-quality inventory, from Baccarat crystal and collectible tea sets to Brooks Brothers suits, Cole Hahn shoes and the occasional Prada handbag, as well as more standard thrift store items. All of the items are sold well below retail price. Their larger quarters on Piedmont Road now allow them to offer more furniture, rugs and artwork. “We are fortunate to A beautiful setting. Premium have so many wonderful Your finest choice amenities. A focus on lifelong customers from Morningside, wellness. All new, all the best is right here. Call Midtown and Buckhead,” in easy living with the highest says Thrift House manager Nellie Holleman. “Not only do level of personal attention: our for a personal tour. they buy from us, but their Club Level Assisted Living, and generous donations support our Club Level Memory Care— us. We take great pride in having an extremely talented featuring the nationally recognized group of antique dealers who Heartfelt Connections—A work in the area and visit us Memory Care Program®—are daily. Yes, they also buy from us, but always take the time to designed to inspire each resident give advice on pricing, history to live a longer, healthier life. and wonderful little tidbits which help to enhance our merchandise.” The Cathedral Thrift House NP/ReporterNews/11-16

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Sweet Holiday Memories By Joe Earle This is the time of year that food turns personal. Many families have favorite recipes they prepare each year that define the holidays by tying us to our pasts, reminding us of our youths and linking us to family members who came before. Without them, the season just wouldn’t be the same. We asked a few local cooks to share their special holiday treats.

Amy and Beth Arogeti JOE EARLE Sisters-in-law Beth and Amy Volunteers (left to right) Tillie Tennenbaum, Corrine Rousso, Beth Arogeti and Grace Benator Arogeti associate fried treats known as prepare food for Congregation Or VeShalom’s Hanukkah Bazaar last year. burmuelos with Hanukkah. “We never had them any other time,” Beth said. Now they share the honey-dipped goodies with “Christmas cookies were a specialty. She would bake large quantities, their families and at Congregation Or VeShalom’s Hanukkah Bazaar. in a dozen or more varieties, and give them to friends and neighbors. “We remember our grandmothers making them and want to pass the These very pretty shortbread cookies were a favorite with her family and recipe on,” Amy said. everyone lucky enough to get one of her trays of cookies. My copy of the recipe has this note on it: Aristocrats (without which it isn’t Christmas.)” Hanukkah Burmuelos (Fritters) 1 tsp. yeast Aristocrats 1 tsp. sugar 1-3/4 sticks butter (14 tablespoons) at room temperature pinch salt 2/3 cup granulated sugar 2 c. warm water 2 large eggs 3 c. plain 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour White Lily flour 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 egg, beaten 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped

Syrup: 1/2 c. honey 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 c. water

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Amy and Beth Arogeti live in Sandy Springs.

Soften yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add yeast mixture, egg and the rest of the warm water; mix well. Allow to rise in covered bowl in warm place for 2 hours. Fill a 2-quart pot with 3 inches of cooking oil. Allow to get very hot. Take a teaspoonful of soft dough and drop into hot oil. Remove with slotted spoon when golden brown. For syrup: mix all ingredients together in pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly sticky. Pour over Burmuelos while hot. From “The Sephardic Cooks Comé Con Gana,” compiled and published by Congregation Or VeShalom. Or Vashalom Hanukkah Bazaar | Sunday, December 11, 11am-5pm 1681 N. Druid Hills Rd, 30319 |

Donna Lorenz “When my parents married, my mother couldn’t cook. Dad loved to tell a story from early in their marriage that involved dinner guests and stuffed peppers and ended with dinner in a restaurant. But Mom practiced and was good enough by her 50s that she was teaching cooking classes in her kitchen.



In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar, add one egg and beat. Add flour and mix just until well combined. Divide the dough in half. Wrap one half in waxed paper and refrigerate it. Divide remaining dough in half again. Knead the chopped chocolate into one half and nuts into the other half. Roll each half into a 10-inch cylinder, wrap in waxed paper and chill. Remove the reserved, chilled dough from the refrigerator and roll into a 9 x 11 inch rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise, to make two 11 inch by 4-1/2 inch rectangles. In a small bowl, beat the other egg lightly and brush one half of rectangle with the beaten egg. Place the chilled chocolate dough cylinder along the long edge of the rectangle and roll the dough tightly around the cylinder, so that it’s totally encased. Smooth the seam and press the dough firmly around the cylinder. Trim the ends. Repeat with the walnut cylinder and the other half rectangle of dough. Brush each roll with Donna Lorenz of egg and roll in coarse sugar crystals. Rewrap the Buckhead bakes at home. cylinders and chill 4 hours or more. When ready to bake, heat oven to 400 degrees. Remove one chilled cylinder from refrigerator and slice it into 1/3 inch disks. Repeat with the other cylinder. Bake about 10 minutes, until cookies just begin to brown around the edges. Remove to a rack to cool. Note: If coarse sugar crystals aren’t available, the cookies will be very good without them, just not as pretty.

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During the Annual Period, stop by one of GE AEnrollment NT A V D A the five convenient centers and we’ll be glad to show RE ICA D you around. You might even meet your next doctor! ME E Some services are not covered under all plans. Check your plan documents for details and service availability at each individual center. Due to space and time limitations, some services are not available at all centers. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. You may attend with no further obligation. DECEMBER 2016 |


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Ensuring Safe Meals this Holiday Season The holiday season is already in full swing and that calls for preparing delicious homecooked meals to be shared with loved ones. UGA Extension provides four steps to help you prepare a safe and delicious holiday dinner.

By Kristen Sumpter

Clean kitchen surfaces and wash your hands. Also, be sure to rinse fruits and vegetables under running water and dry with a clean paper towel. For those firm-skinned produce items such as sweet potatoes or apples that go in your famous pies, scrub with a clean produce brush to get even more bacteria off the surface.

Kristen Sumpter is the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Fulton County. She provides programming on food safety, health and nutrition, financial literacy and the home.


Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs from produce and ready-to eat foods. To prevent crosscontamination, store raw meat, poultry and seafood on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator so juices don’t drip onto other foods. When it’s time to start making the recipes, use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate cutting board to cut the raw meats.





Chill foods no more than 2 hours after dinner is served in a refrigerator that is consistently 40⁰F or below. Divide those tasty leftovers into small containers for quicker cooling in the fridge.


Cook foods to a high enough internal temperature to kill bacteria that could make you sick. Poking with a fork or looking at the color isn’t good enough; always use a food thermometer! Beef, pork, veal and lamb should be cooked to 145⁰F while poultry must be cooked to 165⁰F. For the day after meal, leftovers should also reach an internal temperature of 165⁰F.


It’s safe to say no one wants to be the source of an upset stomach during the holiday season, so use these easy tips to safely enjoy a delicious meal!

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This side dish is healthier than most mashed potato recipes because all heavy cream, whole milk and sour cream ingredients are omitted, reducing the total amount of saturated fat in your meal. This is also a great chance to use local sweet potatoes and turnips. •1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced •8 ounces turnips (about 2 medium), peeled and diced •3 large cloves garlic •15 fresh sage leaves, divided (6 left whole, the rest cut into strips) •2 tablespoons butter •1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt •1/2 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper 1. Place potatoes, turnips, garlic and 6 sage leaves in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are fork-tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain. Return the vegetables to the pan and keep covered. 2. Heat butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. As it melts and turns lightly brown, add the strips of sage and allow them to crackle and flavor the butter, about 1 minute. 3. Pour the sage and butter over the vegetables and smash with a potato masher. Stir in salt and pepper and serve. Recipe from Eating Well Magazine and adapted by Kristen Sumpter, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, UGA Extension Fulton County




DAR Plants Legacy Tree The Philadelphia Winn Chapter (PW) of the Daughters of the American Republic (DAR) planted a Legacy Sugar Maple at the Elisha Winn Plantation in Dacula, Georgia. They dedicated it to the Gwinnett Historical Society (GHS) in honor of their chapter’s namesake, Mrs. Philadelphia Winn Maltbie, daughter of Elisha Winn and Judith Cochran. When full grown, the tree is estimated to achieve a height of 40-60 feet—not in our lifetime, but as a ‘Legacy’ for our children and grandchildren.



Left to right: PW Daughter & GHS Volunteer Miriam Machida, CoPresident GHS Betty Warbington, Treasurer GHS Ed Williams, CoPresident Beverly Paff with the Sugar Maple and the marker that will be permanently displayed with the tree.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) honored veterans on the morning of November 11, paying tribute to their service and the sacrifices each of them has made to ensure our freedom here in the United States. In a touching ceremony, the MJCCA’s Weinstein School preschoolers presented each veteran with an American flag and sang songs to commemorate Veterans’ Day.

Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 28 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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Thursday, Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Howie Marmer, aka Howie the Great, has performed his magic at comedy clubs, NBA halftime shows, major illusion shows, and has appeared on “America’s Funniest People” and the Nashville network. Howie will mesmerize you with his magical illusions, and make you laugh! Coffee and treats provided by Huntcliff Summit. Sponsors include Peachtree Hearing, Sunrise Senior Living, and JFGA. Cost is $5 for Community and SilverSneakers, $5, free for MJCCA members. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. More info at 678-312-3861 or email

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Dec. 15-29. Relive the drama of a live broadcast of The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. Songs include “Strike Up the Band” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Tickets from $30. Theatre on the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta, 30064. Check www.theatreinthesquare. net for show times and tickets.

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Thursday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. In his exciting 42-year career as a renowned sports broadcaster, Larry Conley has covered roughly 1800 basketball games and 400 baseball games for networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC ESPN, FOX SPORTS and served as radio basketball analyst for two Olympics. He has a terrific story to share re: “Collegiate Sports and the Future.” Coffee and treats provided by Huntcliff Summit. Sponsors include Peachtree Hearing, Sunrise Senior Living, and JFGA. Cost is $5 for Community and SilverSneakers, $5, free for MJCCA members. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. More info at 678-3123861 or email

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Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast on Decatur Square The community gathers in Decatur on Thursday, Dec. 15, 7-8 p.m., to roast marshmallows around a 10-foot by 20-foot bonfire that blazes on the square. Holiday music and choral groups add to the festivities. The event is free, but reservations are recommended to be sure there are enough marshmallows and roasting sticks. Go to

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Light Up Brookhaven Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. Brookhaven celebrates the holiday with a Christmas tree lighting, Hanukkah display, musical performances and refreshments. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, 30319. Call 404-6370508 or visit to get more information.

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“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” MARATHON Thursday, Dec. 22, 12-9 p.m. Take a break from the holiday frenzy to remember the importance of family and friends with the classic Jimmy Stewart film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Shows start at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Get there a half hour early for a holiday preshow and Christmas carol singalong. Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, students and military. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060. For details and tickets, call 770-293-0080 or go to

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Covenant Presbyterian Church Has Served the Community for 90 Years By Julie Herron Carson

as an outreach church of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church The year was 1926. Calvin in Tennessee. Over the next 30 Coolidge was president of the years, the new congregation met United States. Harriet High in borrowed space, disbanded and donated her home and the re-formed, and built a church at surrounding land to be used as an the corner of Harris and Spring art museum in Atlanta. A.A. Milne streets in 1904. Harris Street published his beloved children’s Presbyterian Church was known classic “Winnie-the-Pooh.” And for its open door policy, and a Presbyterian congregation left strengthened that reputation its original home in downtown during World War I by inviting Atlanta and moved to a new soldiers of all faiths to the church facility “just north of Peachtree for services and social events. Creek” in what would later In 1924, the decision was made become Buckhead. to move the church’s location That was the to a “quieter area,” beginning of Covenant and Harris Street Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian became this year celebrating one of the first of the 90 years of service downtown churches from its sanctuary at to move north. 2461 Peachtree Road. “Our church started “In our 90 years a trend of downtown on Peachtree Road, congregations SPECIAL we’ve weathered a lot moving north,” says Charlotte Cook has of changes, especially Charlotte Cook, who been a member of in geography, has been a member of Covenant Presbyterian demographics, culture Covenant Presbyterian Church since 1939. and politics,” said Church since 1939. interim pastor Rev. Dr. Richard “Everybody thought we were crazy Hill. “Throughout it all, we have to relocate outside the city limits, sought out opportunities to do beyond Peachtree Creek, but our God’s work, and I am confident congregation has never failed to we will continue to do so for the step out in faith and do what we next 90 years and beyond.” believe is right.” Covenant Presbyterian had Choosing a location at the its early beginnings in 1874 corner of Peachtree Road and

Terrace Drive, the congregation commissioned architect Charles Henry Hopson to design the structure that has served the church for 90 years. Hopson, who was known for designing in Gothic Revival style using a combination of building materials, chose stone and brick for the new church building. In a nod to the past, the cornerstone of the old Harris Street church was placed at the base of the sign at the sanctuary entrance on Peachtree Road. The first service in the new building was held May 2, 1926, and the new church and manse were dedicated as Covenant Presbyterian Church on Nov. 7, 1926. The current building retains much of the original design, although a new educational wing and chapel were added in 1955. One of the church’s most notable and forward-thinking pastors was Rev. Dr. Herman L. Turner, who served the church for over three decades, beginning in 1930. He guided his congregation through the Great Depression and

garnered national recognition for his support of the Civil Rights movement. In 1957, he was the principal author of the “Ministers Manifesto: A Declaration of Equality,” a statement calling for peaceful debates about school integration, which he and 80 other Atlanta ministers signed. Under Turner’s guidance, Covenant Presbyterian became the first north Atlanta church to welcome African-American members. Throughout the ensuing decades, Covenant’s members have remained focused on their mission of serving others, despite demographic shifts and other challenges. In the 1960s, the church established a kindergarten for minority and immigrant children. Currently, Covenant hosts the daily preschool, kindergarten and Mothers’ Morning Out programs of The Spanish Academy. Today, under the leadership of interim pastor Hill and associate pastor Dr. Jill Ulrici, Covenant Presbyterian Church continues

to welcome new members and serve the city of Atlanta through its mission of “Equipping the people of God to serve Christ in the world.” The church boasts a lively youth group, hands-on mission work, a women’s spirituality ministry and a strong music

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Atlanta Police Officer Ralph Woolfolk suggests shoppers travel in groups and keep their car keys in hand when walking through parking lots.

Cops Share Holiday Safety Tips Law enforcement officials are spreading the word to help keep shoppers safe this holiday, offering several tips to keep the season bright. Sandy Springs Officer Forrest Bohannon reminded everyone to “stay alert and be aware of everybody around you.” Dunwoody Traffic Enforcement Officer Christopher Irwin said people should think ahead and place valuables in their car trunk before getting to the mall or even throughout the year when heading to the gym. “People go shopping and they’ll come out and put stuff in their trunk, but what people don’t realize is that the criminals are actually out in the parking lots watching,” Irwin said. Brookhaven’s Officer Carlos Nino said remembering to lock up valuables is one part of staying safe. Remembering to alert police and “say something” is paramount, he said.

To stay safe during the holidays, local police departments recommend that you: • Put all shopping bags in the trunk of your vehicle. • Park in a well-lit area. • Be alert and pay attention. Thieves will always target the people who look distracted. • Check around your car and look in the backseat before getting behind the wheel. • Lock your doors and windows at home, even if you step out for a few minutes. • Leave a light or a TV on so potential burglars will think you are home. • Never hesitate to call 911 if you think something doesn’t look right. • Shop in groups of two or more people. • Don’t put your purse in your shopping cart. Thieves will try to distract you so they can lift your wallet or your purse when you’re not looking. • Don’t hang your purse on the back of your chair at restaurants. The best place to keep your purse is your lap, police say. • Place purchases beneath the table, near your feet.




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Shows & Plays Everyone’s favorite holiday stories are being told all around the Atlanta area this season.

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The faithful recreation of the classic animated TV special returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts through the month of December, excluding holidays. Ticket prices vary according to the date, but are generally $20 to $25. The Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, 30309. 404-873-3391; visit

A Christmas Carol Several area theaters are staging the classic tale by Charles Dickens. The Alliance Theatre stages it through Dec. 24. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $14 for children. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 404-733-5000; Elm Street Arts’ production of A Christmas Carol runs from Dec. 9 to Dec. 24. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Elm Street Cultural Arts

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A Christmas Tradition From Dec. 9 to Dec. 18, Marietta’s Earl Smith Strand presents “A Christmas Tradition,” a song and dance review that spotlights Christmas and holiday classics. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors, students and military. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060. 770-293-0080;

Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical A Christmas classic, this time with music, is offered by Act 1 Theater on weekends through Dec. 18. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and children. Special “Dinner & a Show” and “Lunch & a Show” tickets are available. Act 1 Theatre’s stage is at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, 30004. 770-6638989;

A Charlie Brown Christmas Lionheart Theatre’s “Live on Stage” version of the beloved Christmas special includes cookies and punch with the cast. The show runs Dec. 8 to Dec. 18, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. All seats are $10. Lionheart Theatre, 10 College St. NW, Norcross, 30071. Go to

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Matthew’s Handy Services Specialty: Small / Large Jobs and Chores • Carpentry • Drywall • Painting • Shelving • Electric / Plumbing • Towel Bars • Door Knobs Serving the North Fulton, Gwinnett & DeKalb Area 7am Appointments • 404-547-2079

We are a skilled nursing center. We provide 24 hour nursing services. We offer excellent Rehab service specializing in Physical, Speech, and Occupational therapies. We also offer hospice services. Pruitt Health - Austell accepts Medicare, Medicaid, private-pay, and most commercial insurance. Please contact: Priscilla Briley, Admissions Director.

(770) 941-5750 • 1700 Mulkey Road, Austell, GA 30106 •

A Serving metro Atlanta and surrounding counties with caring and responsible certified nursing assistants to provide your loved one with safety, comfort, personal assistance, and companionship.

Family Owned & Operated • Call for a FREE Assessment •

Park Trace Apartments

High-Rise for Seniors 62 & older

All Utilities Included Rent Base on Income • Laundry Center Community Room • Pet Friendly Service Coordinator • Non-Smoking Environment

ONLINE CAB ORDERING App a Cab • Hybrid Vehicles Pay-by-Card • Accessible Taxi All Drivers are Independent Contractors

Nestled in the Heart of Downtown Decatur

404-371-0887 | 700 Atlanta Avenue | Decatur, GA 30030


Active Independent Living • NOW LEASING

Baptist Towers • All Utilities Included • Rent Based on Income • No Application Fee • Service Coordinator On-Site


Senior Retirement Community • Controlled Access Building • FREE Shuttle • Emergency Call System • Planned Activities

For a Limited Time Now Accepting Age 62 & older! Professionally Managed by National Church Residences

404-758-4562 | 1881 Myrtle Drive, SW | Atlanta, GA 30311 |

CarePlan USA Where Passion... Meets Compassion

888-501-8676 |

Personalizing Home Care Needs Managing healthcare and personal care from the privacy of your home is our passion. Call or visit our website today for a full list of our private services.

CarePlan USA is a Licensed and Bonded VetAssist Program Partner of Veterans Home Care



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