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Give-Back Guide Charity events and volunteer opportunities

Best Fun Our ideas for getting out and enjoying life

Real Beauty Answers to your beauty questions

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Atlanta doctors answer your health questions

Best Bulletin The scoop on what’s new around town


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Reader Resources A complete guide to our advertisers by business category

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from the publisher Celebrating Two Years! Best Self Atlanta magazine is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary! We are so thrilled to be at this amazing milestone and so far it has been quite an exciting ride. We have grown in so many different ways. We launched our website last July and loaded it with informative articles, hundreds of events, volunteer opportunities and advice from the city’s health and beauty professionals on just about every selfimprovement topic you can think of. We are connecting with you through social media in the form of our daily blogs, Facebook and Twitter and finally, we have added our event series which allows you the opportunity to connect face-to-face in a fun, relaxed setting to meet the experts in the know. We‘re also distributing the magazine at 1,500 locations around the city and have added direct mail to over 1,200 medical offices. Even though we’ve been busy bringing you all the resources, tools, and inspiration you need to live your best life…we have also enjoyed the journey! And the journey continues with our exciting upcoming May/Two Year Anniversary issue. We will celebrate Mother’s Day and feature unique gift ideas for Atlanta’s moms. And as a special surprise, there will also be a profile on a local mom and New York Times bestselling author. Continuing our mission to promote good health, we will recognize National Stroke Awareness Month by bringing you information on the causes and treatments for stroke. We continue to celebrate our readers within the Best Self Atlanta community, so make sure to head over to today to nominate your unique and special candidate for our Over 40 and Fabulous contest. All the best

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What makes Parc Communities so different from other retirement living options? It’s Parc’s people! While Parc Communities is certainly proud of its beautiful communities, fully-appointed apartment homes and fine dining, it is the people that distinguish Parc from other communities.

ACT ONE It’s a time in her life that she would just as soon forget. But true to character, Jane Fonda is sharing with Atlanta one of the lowest points of her career as an actress. View a rare screening of the 1962 documentary “Jane.” This 53-minute film, by renowned “direct cinema” filmmaker, D. A. Pennebaker, tells the very intimate story of Fonda’s ill-fated Broadway play, “The Fun Couple.” The show opened on Broadway and closed two days later after being written off as a flop. Pennebaker follows a then 25-year-old Fonda and chronicles, boldly, the ups and downs, the disappointment and disenchantment, Fonda’s whole traumatic experience, from start to finish.

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U Beautiful surroundings

Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, best known for her Academy Award nominated performance in the film “Precious,” and currently seen in Showtime’s “The Big C,” joins Jane Fonda onstage for an in-depth discussion of the obstacles faced in pursuit of success, the perseverance required to hone one’s craft and the personal triumphs made possible through involvement in the arts. Moderated by Susan Booth, Alliance Theatre Artistic Director, the inspirational dialogue will include perspectives from the young acting students of the Alliance as well as insight from surprise celebrity guests.

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G-CAPP is proud to partner with the Alliance Theatre to bring you this extraordinary evening to benefit GCAPP’s statewide focus on empowering our youth. Committed to enriching the lives of adolescents and helping them achieve a healthy, productive future free of early pregnancy, G-CAPP relies on your support to fund its vital work in Georgia. Tickets for The Power of the Arts are $50 for general admission and $125 for VIP admission. VIP ticketholders will receive priority seating and access to a reception with the actors.

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U Higher quality of life U Comfort and security U Laughter and fun

Contact a Parc community today. We are here to help and would be pleased to explore retirement lifestyle options with your family.


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Celebrating 10 Years as Atlanta’s Premier Senior Living Option! Parc Communities are about service, style, friendships and fun. Located in Atlanta’s finest neighborhoods, Parc Communities are the definitive lifestyle choice of active seniors and their families. An entry-fee is never required at Parc Communities, where residents appreciate the security of our exclusive ParcCare service, and the satisfaction of a carefree Parc lifestyle.

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Flower of Youth If your skin is in need of a serious pick me up, Kiehl’s has just the thing. The new Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream is a powerhouse of fresh ingredients all designed to increase skin cell activity and give your skin that extra boost. Formulated with a rare, hand-harvested Resurrection Flower, Rosa Arctica, this face cream promises to improve the overall firmness and appearance of skin. Price: $60. Details: Kiehl’s store at Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326,

Wheeler High School student Carden Wyckoff has been nominated for the Tommy Nobis Center’s Galaxy of Stars Luminary Award for Volunteer Advocacy, which honors individuals who have campaigned for the needs and rights of individuals with disabilities. All nominees will be honored at the Galaxy of Stars Awards luncheon to take place April 13, 2011, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Category award winners will receive the coveted Tommy Award. Details:

Not only do the Braves care about beating the St. Louis Cardinals, but they also care about the health of their fans. On May 1, the Atlanta Braves will join the SCAN (Skin Cancer Awareness Network) Foundation in the fight against skin cancer. As part of “Skin Cancer Awareness Day” at Turner Field, there will be free skin spot checks given by certified dermatologists before the game.

Show your support for the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center and Sexual Assault Awareness Month by participating in this event to be held April 23. The race begins and ends at Agnes Scott College and winds through the Oakhurst and East Lake communities. The one mile run/walk begins at 5 p.m. and the 5K begins at 5:30 p.m. Stay after the race for refreshments, festivities and awards.

Details: Purchase tickets online at, and a portion of all proceeds benefit the SCAN Foundation.

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This year marks the 75th anniversaries of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone With the Wind. In celebration of these milestones, the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House united with the Atlanta Dogwood Festival to provide festival attendees with free admission to the Margaret Mitchell house during the festival weekend, which will take place April 15 – 17.

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Check out Best Self’s blog and hear from our staff as we bring you our fun experiences, advice on new products and exciting events around the city. Details: Here is one of our favorites: Blogger Simply Sara talks about her healthly journey. Details:

Photos courtesy of: Kiehl’s, (top left), beecology (top right), DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (middle right), SCAN Foundation (middle left),

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Race Like A Spartan If you love a physical challenge, then the Spartan Race series may just be the place to test your endurance! Not for the faint of heart, the challenge includes a sprint of several miles and an obstacle course. $100,000 goes to the Spartan who can win the entire 2011 Spartan Race series. Join the ranks at the Georgia International Horse Park on April 30. Details:

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Shop For A Cause New luxe boutique ReMixx loves bringing its customers an exciting mix of designer clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts and more while supporting great causes as well. In addition to donating a percentage of their proceeds to local charities, the boutique also hosts fundraising events for ReMixx Heroes (featured charitable organizations and causes). Do some good for your closet and a local charity when you shop here.

A Culinary Experience Foodies will enjoy the return of the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show on April 30 – May 1 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. See cooking demonstrations featuring Food Network and Cooking Channel stars and renowned chefs, product sampling and sales from more than 200 exhibitors, celebrity book signings and more. Headliners include Paula Deen and Giada De Laurentis. Details: (888) 695-0888,, general admission tickets are $22 in advance and $25 onsite.

Your Skincare Guide Find expert tips for beautiful skin as well as an inside look at skincare products when you delve into the new book, Your Guide to Beautiful Skin at Any Age from Master licensed Esthetician and Esthetic Educator Lyn Ross. Founder of Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare, Ross says there is something in her book for everyone of all skin types and ages. Details: Institut’ DERMed Spa Buckhead, (404) 261-5199,

Food & Philanthropy

Details: 1145 Woodstock Road #605, Roswell, GA 30075, (770) 645-7888,

Finely Filtered Quench your thirst for delicious tasting H20 with the stainless steel filtered water bottles from WaterGeeks. Not only do these sleek bottles look good, they are also good for your drinking water as they effectively filter out any harmful contaminants, bad odors, lead and other potential tap water contaminants. The materials of the bottles themselves even ensure a healthy lifestyle considering they are made of BPA-Free plastic and the lowest nickel grade content for the stainless steel. Details: Available at your local Target, GNC, Neiman Marcus or online at $24.99 for a 24oz bottle

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Twist Executive Chef Peter Kaiser and Jackie Yeaney, President of the Board of Directors for Open Hand.

Grab some friends and head out on April 27 to one of 100 Atlanta restaurants participating in the 19th Annual Dining Out for Life event benefitting Open Hand. For those that enjoy a meal at participating restaurants, 20% or more of the total check will go towards supporting the community nutrition programs of Open Hand. Details:, (404) 419-3333.


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Shape up with high-tech gear Protect your skin while you work out with ASIC’s exercise clothing with built-in sun protection. The Favorite Short Sleeve Shirt is ideal for running or walking in the park and is made with permanent 50+UPF protection and quick-drying, odoreliminating Hydrology® fabric. $40 Details: Dick’s Sporting Goods, 3535 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 267-0200,


Stay cool this summer while shaping up at the same time. Cool Shapes™ Contouring Shorts aim to trim your stomach and thigh area using gel inserts that are cooled and slipped into the shorts’ pockets. According to, these packs will diminish the appearance of fat deposits, while contouring problem areas. $99.95 Details:


SPANX is no longer just for ladies! The SPANX for men line includes a variety of stylish and shapeholding undershirts and comfortable cotton boxer briefs. The Zoned Performance V-Neck is perfect under gym clothes or formalwear for a seamless look. This undershirt is also designed with cooling features and compression zones that transform the torso and chest. $78 Details:


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Experience comfort, ease and high-tech fabric with workout wear from Lucy. Hit the gym with your Rapid Track Pants and Training Tee, both made from the quick-drying, waterresistant Lucy tech fabric, and feel comfortable and confident during your workout. This fabric allows your skin to breathe and contains absorption properties to help keep you cool. Pants, $78, Tee $32 Details: Lucy Activewear, The Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA, (770) 578-2698,


This fitness wear shapes your body while helping you tone up! Cirqulate Active line uses a variety of design elements to allow for stretching along with shaping elements as you work out. The Keen top is ideal for the summer and comes with features including Breezy Top Lining (ventilation and moisture control), Power Mesh (special engineered fabric that compresses and contours certain areas) and Rolls Control (strategic paneling to help enhance target areas). This line is made to accentuate your best assets! Keen tee, $68, pants, $78 Details:

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Dr. Giesler graduated in 1991 from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and completed her postgraduate internship in Hospital Dentistry at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center with extensive training at the Oklahoma’s Children’s Hospital. She also served in the Public Health Service prior to private practice in 1993. After selling her practice in Houston, Giesler made the move to Atlanta in 1998 and opened here at Post Riverside in Buckhead. In 2000, she received her Fellowship and in 2006, The Prestigious Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and is fully committed to continuing dental education. Also in 2006, Dr. Giesler founded the Atlanta Smiles Foundation. Receiving the 2004 & 2009 Top Dentist Award, Dr. Giesler is a sophisticated, conservative dentist with an artistic eye, who combines non-aggressive treatments to give you and your family general health and wellness. PHOTO COURTESY OF PARISH KOHANIM

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Perfect for men and women, Marena Body Shaping Activewear’s Sports Shorts are designed with Coolmax, a moisture management system and antimicrobial protection that keeps you cool even during a strenuous workout. The compression of the fabric will also limit muscle vibration which will help make your muscles feel less fatigued and sore.


Inspired by barefoot-footwear, New Balance Buckhead introduces the NB Minimus collection. This shoe is lightweight and versatile and good for almost any terrain. The collection includes NB Minimus Trail, NB Minimus Road, and the NB Minimus Life. The style of the shoe positions the foot into a more neutral stance and promotes a more natural stride. The shoes are available for both men and women. Details: New Balance Buckhead 3255 Peachtree Road, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30305, (404) 467-1312,


Hit the trail with Run Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Top from lululemon athletica! Made with mesh venting in strategically placed areas, this top is made for comfort while you break a sweat. It also contains knitted fabric with Silverescent™ for anti-stink and anti-static properties, wicking to keep you dry and chafe-resistant flat seams. Details: Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 816-7678,


Runners looking to ramp up their routine are in luck. Mizuno’s new sneaker the Wave Prophecy not only looks cool, but also incorporates their award-winning Wave Technology which combines stability and cushioning for your feet. The specific Infinity Wave moldings on the shoe allow for more spring in your step. Details: Big Peach Running Company, (404) 316-3135,

Assets by Sara Blakely When it comes to shape wear, my choice is Assets by Sara Blakely. Similar to sister brand Spanx, Assets are much more affordable and in my opinion, much more comfortable! The material is made of different yarns and fabrics, so you are still getting great compression for the fraction of the cost, leaving you more room to breathe and live it up with confidence. They have classic bikini shorts, body shapers, camisoles and my favorite, patterned tights and stockings. The new spring collection launched at Target on March 27. “Chic Peek” features really cute, sexy shape wear with lace detail.“Cool Control” is a light-as-air shaper that is perfect for summer. The best part? They are oh-so conveniently located at Target with pieces starting at just $12. Assets are the best way to leave your body shaping to the experts, but your savings in the bank! Jessica Dauler For more info go to


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You’ve survived the winter and now that the warmer weather is here, you may have emerged with some extra baggage. Whether you need to have some grooming, to shed some extra weight or just an overall health check up, feeling good about yourself is one of the first steps to having fun in the great outdoors. Here are a few steps to get you going in the right direction.

STEP ONE: Get Your Head-to-Toe Check-Up No matter what your age, your health is important and staying informed is the best way to keep yourself healthy and happy. Whether you are a fitness fanatic or a couch potato, you should continue to be up-to-date on all the latest news and information involving your well-being.

Heart You want to enjoy yourself whether it’s on land or by sea this summer, so first thing to check on is your heart. One of the most important organs in your body, your heart is responsible for carrying out a variety of life maintaining functions. So why aren’t we taking better care of it? According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 81,100,000 American adults (more than one in three) have one or more types of cardiovascular disease. The good news is that unlike other diseases that progress regardless of what action is taken, heart disease can be slowed and even stopped over time, which makes prevention and early detection so important. “Optimal blood pressure is 120/80,” says Scott M. Leibowitz, MD, with The Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians group, “Beginning at age 30, men should have their blood pressure and cholesterol checked annually to ensure both are well managed.” Everything from your age, medical history and family history can all be factors in how healthy your heart is. The first thing to be aware of is your numbers. Make an appointment with your family doctor and get a complete physical done so you can become familiar with your blood pressure, BMI (Body Mass Index), cholesterol, triglycerides and fasting blood sugar. Another test to have done is Cardiac CRP, recommends Edward Espinosa MD, with Buckhead Concierge Internal Medicine. This is one of several blood tests that measures the level of inflammatory process that may be taking place within the vessels supplying blood to the heart muscle. “We now know that inflammation in these vessels plays a key role in the development of coronary artery disease, explains Espinosa, “Recent studies suggest that when Cardiac CRP is elevated, cholesterol-lowering medications may protect patients from developing coronary artery disease even if their cholesterol levels are within normal range.”

Prostate The prostate is a kiwi-sized gland that surrounds a man’s urethra, just below the bladder. There are three main disorders that can affect the prostate: inflammation of the prostate, enlargement of the prostate and prostate cancer. Enlargement of the prostate is a benign condition that often occurs in older men. This enlargement pushes on the bladder, making urination difficult. Inflammation of the prostate, prostatitis, can be a result of general systemic inflammation due to poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, or it can be the result of a bacterial infection. Prostatitis is a painful but treatable condition, and roughly 8% of visits to urologists are due to this condition. Prostate cancer is the condition many medical professionals are concerned about because there may be no obvious symptoms, and as many as 1 in 6 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. “Screening men for prostate cancer saves lives," says James Benton, MD with the Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia. "A recent study from Europe demonstrated a 20% decline in deaths from prostate cancer as a result of screening.” Men over the age of 40 who have a history of prostate cancer in the family or who are of African descent should get their prostate checked annually. All men over the age of 50 should go in for annual checkups. “Over 200,000 men were diagnosed (with prostate cancer) in the United States in 2010,” explains Rajesh G. Laungani, MD chairman of the Prostate Cancer Center


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at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, “However, prostate cancer survival rates in the US are strongly influenced by widespread screening with Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test.” One test offered by Lifetest of Atlanta is called Virtual Colonography, which involves shorter examination time, is less invasive and requires no anesthesia. While there are many advantages to this test, make sure to consult with your doctor to find out if it's right for you.

Hormones/HGH Hormones are the chemical messengers secreted by our glands into our bloodstream. Whether these chemical signals are high or low will cause different things to happen in a man’s body. The hormones that are of particular interest to men are testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH). Testosterone is the male sexual hormone. Human growth hormone is the hormone that helps the body to build bones and muscles. Low levels of testosterone often leave a man feeling tired, devoid of interest in sex, and is a risk factor for depression and heart disease. HGH production peaks relatively early in a man’s life, around age 30, and then drops over time. As a man ages, both HGH and testosterone drop, which correlates with loss of bone and muscle mass, decreased sexual activity, and increased body fat.

In addition to eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, some doctors and patients have turned to supplementation of these hormones to get back to optimum levels. “Ask your physician to check your testosterone level if you are experiencing lower than normal mood, sex drive, or energy,” recommends Laura Beaty, MD of Alliance Primary Care. Testosterone can be supplemented “by using a gel, patch, injections, or implantable pellets,” according to Dr. Beaty. Human growth hormone therapies can be obtained at specialized clinics like Atlanta Wellness and Aesthetics. HGH therapy is usually in the form of an injection, which the patient can be trained to do at home. Take Action: Make an appointment with your family physician and get that physical done that you’ve been putting off. Knowing your numbers is half the battle.

recommended for all ages. Rigorous exercise means breaking a sweat and breathing heavily.” There are plenty of options out there from team sports to a variety of gyms and personal trainers to choose from. First figure out your fitness level and then pick something you know you’ll enjoy. “One of the most effective and time efficient ways to exercise is through interval training,” recommends Darren Triplett, MS, Senior Health Partner at Emory/Georgia Tech Center for Health Discovery and Well Being. “Several studies have investigated one interval training method in particular and found it to be very effective across a wide variety of groups, ranging from healthy adults to those with heart disease, in improving cardiovascular fitness. In addition, by raising the exercise intensity several times over the course of a workout, an individual will burn more calories, which can help in losing or maintaining current weight.”

STEP TWO: Getting Active & Staying Active

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Once you get your tests done, it’s time to get moving. “The rule of thumb with exercise is that some is better than none, and more is better than some,” says Scott Leibowitz, MD of The Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians group. “Ideally, rigorous exercise four to five times per week for 30 to 60 minutes is

Many active men play sports. Sports like basketball, softball, skiing, mountain biking, and football are a great way to get some exercise, relieve stress, and have lots of fun alone or with friends. Nothing can derail your mission to get in shape like a painful, nagging sports injury. Whether it's the result of

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WORKOUT #1 10-Count Cooker Perform the following exercises with little/no rest in between Squats 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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WORKOUT #2 Hit The Deck! Grab a deck of playing cards and a workout partner! Instructions: 1. Shuffle the cards 2. Take turns flipping a card over 3. The card number = Reps of each exercise listed below 4. Do not stop until your 26-set journey is complete!

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Cards / Exercises Red Black Face Total reps completed (card #) (card #) (10) 55 55 100 75 150 75 150 Push-ups Squats “Burpees” Increase the intensity to any of these workouts by adding dumbbells, wearing a weighted vest, decreasing rest between sets, or adding a cardiovascular element between sets such as:

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years of sports play or a new injury, it is critical to properly care for the injury to avoid making it worse. According to a study done by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, baby boomers suffering from sports injuries increased by 33% from 1991 to 1998. In 2006, over a half-million people were treated just for basketball-related injuries as reported by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. One of the most common injuries are stress fractures and are seen in almost any sport and any skill level and are caused by repetitive stress and strain on a particular bone that results in the breakdown of the bony architecture explains Jeffrey Kovacic, MD at the Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Center. “Prevention is an athlete’s best defense against stress fractures. Training errors are a common cause of these injuries,” says Kovacic. “Pain that seems to come on “unprovoked” and persists should alert the athlete that overuse may be taking place and more rest may be needed. If symptoms fail to resolve with activity modification, a visit to a medical doctor would be in order.”

Adequate nutrition and a balanced diet are the cornerstones to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For some, losing weight may just mean a slight adjustment to their diet while others may want a faster approach. Start by assessing how much weight you want to shed and taking a serious look at what you eat every day. “Consuming foods that have a minimal impact on your blood glucose level is beneficial,” says Dr. Espinosa. “We use the term low glycemic index to refer to foods that do not cause a surge of sugar to your system.

The treatment for sports injuries varies widely depending on what kind of injury you suffer. Broken bones need to be set properly and put into a cast. A sprained ankle should be treated with the RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Some of the most difficult to treat injuries involve the soft tissues around joints. One of the newer treatments for this type of injury is laser therapy. “Laser therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth,” explains Gary S. Martin, DC. “The laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation.” Laser therapy has the advantage that it is both non-invasive and non-addictive. Take Action: Get out there and get active. Find an activity that matches your personal level of fitness – whether it’s walking in the park or training with a boot camp.

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During a time when Americans work 40 to 50 hours a week, social networking has become the new phone call, and texting makes an individual accessible at all hours, it is easy to become wrapped up in the daily grind. However, there is a growing movement of individuals who see the light at the end of the tunnel, and strive to create more out of their work week than just collecting a paycheck. The images of power suits and a corner office no longer define our working world. Some individuals are opting for creative stimulation, a flexible work schedule and a job that makes them happy, as opposed to substantial financial or promotional gain. And the numbers don’t lie. A 2006 study by the Department of Labor revealed workers between ages 18 and 35 change jobs an average of 10 times. The 2010 U.S. Census revealed that 10.3 million of us work as independent contractors, 10.1 million individuals are self-employed, and 5.9 million people work from the comfort of their homes, as compared to the 1990 Census, where 4.1 million worked from home and 8.7 million were self-employed. It seems as though the daily grind is making a transition from cubicledriven to something that resembles professional freedom: creating your own success.

Why Make a Change? Christopher Bennett, owner and creator of Ignite Your Life, notes if you’re not doing something you love, you begin to die internally. “I really think a lot of depression we hear about is not so much because we are depressed psychologically, we are depressed spiritually,” he says. “If one is not true to themselves, they begin to lose themselves.” Bennett, who incorporated Ignite Your Life last year and has been coaching people to find their true passion for the last 10 years, knows what it is like to make a drastic career change. “I used to feel energized, engaged and excited about my corporate position, and as that energy began to fade, it became very clear that my inner happiness was definitely more important than continuing on the corporate path, regardless of financial gain or stability.” Through Ignite Your Life, Bennett now provides one-on-one coaching to individuals and provides key note speaking and workshops on the integration of one’s personal journey as it relates to how they are expressing themselves in life. Bennett


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Creating Your Own Success For many people out there, they began their career in one direction but life changes have led them on a very different path. “Some people just want more satisfaction in their everyday lives,” Allen says. “Listen to one’s calling. We’re all here for a certain reason, and if you listen, you can get in touch with what that is. Formulate that. Design your business around that. Incorporate that into your everyday walk of life. Once you come to own that, once you start to express that in the world, one starts to experience fulfillment inside. That’s priceless.”

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A RELAXING RETREAT Tetia McMichael lives and works in a location where many would love to visit, and others would covet to reside: the Smoky Mountains. As the creator and owner of Lakeview at Fontana, a resort and spa right outside Bryson City, N.C., McMichael handles all program details, from yoga to an afternoon wine and cheese tradition and works hands-on with the staff and guests. Her flexible schedule also allows McMichael to spend “as much time outside as possible.” “I live on the property, so it’s only a short walk down a wooded drive to the resort,” McMichael says. “Everyday I’m checking in with our staff, getting to know our guests over an afternoon glass of wine, finding new ways for making Lakeview even more of a paradise than it already is…that’s the best workday I can possibly imagine.” McMichael stumbled on the 1950’s resort more than 15 years ago, and what started out as a renovation project, turned into a fulltime resort spa. “The property was falling apart, but there was this magic to it.” Before making the jump into a full-time resort owner, McMichael worked at an advertising agency in Missouri as a graphic designer, but says she knew a desk job did not suit her well. “I was disappointed by everyone’s dissatisfaction in their jobs,” she says. “I felt suffocated being inside all day, with little time to take a walk outside or even move around the office. Here, our doors and windows are wide open…and I get to spend a lot of time outside every day, drinking in this truly gorgeous location.” And McMichael, who has never had a doubt that owning the resort was the right path for her, says that she is now in her element when hosting guests, maintaining the resort and just being on the property. To others looking to make a change, she offers this advice: “Life’s too short to be unhappy,” she says. “Knowing that you’re unhappy and wanting your life to be different is just the beginning. The idea of actually making the change can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to make this radical shift and uproot your life all at once. I’m a firm believer in posting intentions and making them known. It’s worked very well for me. Jump in and don’t look back!”


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The former mortgage banker and Wall Street executive hit the road for fifteen months, taking off for three or four days at a time, with Andrew by his side. Lore’s wife, Mandy, would join the crew on longer trips.“I learned in 15 months the joy of making time,” Lore says.“We rode the rails, we went to the ocean. We went to the top of mountains. It was all pretty inexpensive.The very simple things in life are so wonderful.” Lore was contacted about his journey by Les Hewitt, who coauthored The Power of Focus with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup for the Soul. After a review of his journal, Lore was told he was “a good editor away from a good book.” A year of searching for a publisher resulted in the publication of Lore’s book Roll the Windows Down, It’s Raining, and is now in its third printing.

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The now-author, who is nine years in remission, says every time he thinks the hype is over, someone calls for him to be a group speaker or do a signing.“On a weekly basis, locally, people come up to me and say they are changing their life because of this book,” Lore says. As for the business world, Lore still holds a positive view of corporations.“I got cancer because I worked 70 hours a week, I didn’t exercise, I didn’t get enough rest. My exercise was running through airports,” he says.“That wasn’t my company’s fault, that was my fault. I have slowed down, but I only know I’m old when I look in the mirror. Old is relative.” Lore now works a non-profit he started called “Here’s Help”, an entity that assists individuals who are having trouble keeping their mortgages. He also runs a consulting business for banks. “It’s so important that people evaluate what is their God-given talent. Don’t worry about money, the money will come,” Lore says.“Find what you have a passion for. Find what you are good at…Find what suits you to work.Then contentment will follow.” A total career change is not the only way to incorporate your passions into your work life. Do what is best for you.




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New Successes During his nearly 20-year acting career, Anderson appeared on popular TV shows such as Party of Five, Doogie Howser M.D. and films such as Jaws: The Revenge and SpaceCamp (just to name a few). When he decided to leave Los Angeles and make Atlanta his home, he also decided to leave acting behind for a while and concentrate on his new passion: cooking. Anderson found himself under the tutelage of Chef Jennifer Levison, and after a stint in her kitchen, he decided to strike out on his own and make the dream of owning his own restaurant a reality. Soon Anderson’s venture really took off and he found himself as busy as ever. “I love (owning a restaurant), and part of my desire to change careers was to have something to do every day. Be careful what you wish for!”

The Green Beginning At first glance you might not see how a restaurant and a garden could have similar aims. However, when you hear it from Anderson, you start to see it unfold. “Getting this opportunity to partner with the garden exactly fits what MetroFresh’s mission is,” he explains. “We said, ‘let us be a permanent exhibit.’ We’ll be the part of your day where you get to taste what’s in the garden.” When you come down to it, both establishments aim to create a healthy experience for patrons through all five senses with MetroFresh being the taste portion of your visit. “We want to not just be a place to get some food, but also a place to interact and really be part of your whole experience at the garden.” In addition to the fresh, ever-changing menu that is part of the allure of the restaurant, the new location will also have an interactive element for kids. Challenged with creating a prepackaged snack, a requirement made by the health department, Anderson looked

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bringing people together.” And come together they do. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is always a sizable crowd at MetroFresh all waiting to try whatever new dishes may be on the menu. Anderson credits his mentor Chef Jenny Levison for helping him learn more about the restaurant business. “Souper Jenny taught me to treat the business as you would your home. You invite people in and want them to feel welcome,” he explains, “She also taught me to keep it local and personal – and to have a sense of humor.”

This kind of attention to detail is just part of the reason why MetroFresh has enjoyed a successful five-year run and is still going strong. Another important factor is the passion that Anderson brings to everything he does and a vision to continuously create a healthy oasis for his patrons. “(MetroFresh) is a very communitydriven restaurant,” says Anderson, “We have people that come to eat at MetroFresh five days a week, and they are part of our family. I always loved food and what food does – namely

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From the Kitchen to the Home Staying healthy in both his professional life and his personal life is something that Anderson strives for. “When I was acting, I worked out five days a week, because I had a lot of free time between auditions,” explains Anderson, whose exercise regime today doesn’t really consist of rigorous time spent at the gym, but instead around the kitchen lifting heavy pots of soup and crates of fresh vegetables and running around the city to find the freshest ingredients for his dishes. Anderson credits eating a healthy diet as part of his secret for staying fit. “I eat right and stay active. I am not able to go to the gym but I am active every day. I also think positivity is key to a healthy life,” he says. One of the ways Anderson stays active is involving himself in charity work. Last year he participated in the Celebrity Dance Challenge Dance for Self-Esteem with EDIN (The Eating Disorders Information Network). “One of my resolutions is to make the time to do something non-work related,” he explains. “But I still love what I do! My favorite part of my job is definitely the people who walk through the door. We are lucky to have great energy coming our way every single day.”

Mitchell Anderson dishes on healthy living Have you always been a healthy eater and conscious of your diet?

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

I have always enjoyed good food. Even as a child we ate really great fresh food – much of which literally came from farm stands on the side of the road.

I think my business for sure, but more than that, I am most proud that I have created a loving home with my partner of 14 years. I always say that if I were to die today, my friends and family can rest assured that during my life I knew love, joy, and kindness.

How long have you lived in Atlanta and what is your opinion on its restaurant scene?

What is your favorite dish to cook?

I’ve lived in Atlanta officially for 10 years and unofficially for almost 15. I think the restaurants here are great. There’s always something new and exciting, and the old favorites are great.

I love cooking Thai foods. Last night I made my favorite seared salmon with a great stir fry, Thai Chili sauce with coconut! I even put a little avocado in it.

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What do you do on your days off?

Basically, I don’t! And I wish I could. The restaurant keeps me very busy and it always seems like there’s one more thing to do. I love it, and part of my desire to change careers was to have something to do every day. Be careful what you wish for!

What is your recipe for staying active, involved and energetic? I really do have a lot of energy for someone of my advanced age (49). I think I’m just lucky in a way, but I try to get enough sleep, eat right, and worry about only the things I can control. I do get overwhelmed and stressed, but I try as hard as I can to work step by step. My first business advisor, Allen Jones, told me to do one task, then another, then another, and surprise, suddenly you’re done.

I usually go to Lake Hartwell with Richie and our dog Schotzi. Or I read the New York Times and lie on the couch.

Are you officially done with acting or are there any projects you can see yourself doing in the future? I won’t audition ever again. If something came up and I could work it into my schedule I would consider it. I love acting and I don’t think you ever really lose the love of it. I get excited when I see something really good – that’s the only time I miss it.

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Gwinnett Medical Center announced its first PCI procedure was performed on March 1st in its cardiac catheterization lab. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is the formal name for coronary angioplasty and stenting. 7:43:32 AM The ability to perform PCI is one component of what will be a full suite of advanced cardiovascular services at Gwinnett Medical Center. Approval to provide the service was granted by the Georgia Department of Community Health, complementing the approval to offer open heart surgical services. The hospital is currently constructing its Heart & Vascular Center at GMCLawrenceville, but is able to perform PCI services within its existing cardiac catheterization labs. The Heart & Vascular Center is scheduled to open in early 2012. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna selected Chakell Hill as Employee Of The Quarter. Chakell joined EAH in March 2010 and is a Phlebotomist in the hospital laboratory. The Employee of the Quarter program encourages employees to nominate a co-worker who exemplifies the hospital’s SHARE principals of sensing people’s needs, helping each other out, acknowledging people’s feelings, respecting the dignity and pride of others and explaining what’s happening, as well as the hospital’s mission.

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An event for a great cause including golf, prizes, breakfast, lunch and a silent auction. Cost is $125. Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition. Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell, 30076. 8 am. Frank Catroneo, (770) 619-0710

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A fun-filled day where you can learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes! American Diabetes Association. Georgia World Congress Center, Building C Hall C-4, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta, 30313. 9 am. SICKLE CELL ROAD RACE RUN/WALK

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. Welcome All Park Recreation Center, 4255 Will Lee Road, College Park, 30349. 9 am.


Help raise money for Life Connection Ministries and the support of the Zulu and Xhosa people in South Africa. Life Connection Ministries and Big Peach Outreach. Dunwoody Village, 5515 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, 30338. 8 am. GREAT URBAN RACE St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sidebar, 79 Poplar St. NW, Atlanta, 30303. 11 am.


A community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future. Come join the movement and together, we can find a cure! Georgia Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 10 am.


Join Special Olympics Young Leaders for an exciting afternoon filled with bocce, delicious food, live music and more! See why bocce ball is catching on in Atlanta. Special Olympics Young Leaders.



The Atlanta Steeplechase is celebrating their 46th year in 2011! A day filled with thrilling horse races, hat contests, tent décor contests, a foxhound parade, skydivers, children’s activities, terrier races, frisbee dogs, shopping, people watching and so much more! Held on 400 acres of beautiful countryside on the banks of the Etowah River. $30 general admission and children under 12 are free. The Atlanta Steeplechase benefits Camp Southern Ground, Inc. (pending 501c3 status) and The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, visit:

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Entry fee includes hors d’ouevres, wine, water, raffle and 1st and 2nd place winning teams receive medals. Bocce is easy to learn and fun for all ages! Special Olympics of Georgia. Brio Tuscan Grille, 700 Ashwood Pkwy., Atlanta, 30338. 2 pm.

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Enjoy elegant food samplings from Atlanta’s top chefs, live, silent and wine auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment to help end childhood hunger in America. Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign. The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., Atlanta, 30313. 7:30 pm.

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A full-featured fair and craft show with rides, games, petting zoo, face painting and more! A Dunwoody tradition and perfect for families. Dunwoody Preservation Trust. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 30338. Times vary by day.

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Multiple environmental charity organizations. Candler Park, Intersection of Page Ave. & McClendon, Atlanta, 30307. Times vary by day.


The 75th Annual Dogwood Festival celebrates spring in Atlanta with a full weekend of fine art, live entertainment and fun! The Friends of Dogwood. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30309. Times vary by day.

April 16


Help raise much-needed funds for Huntington’s disease research and sing your heart out, or just come to be entertained! Georgia Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth, 30096. 7 pm. Event/voicesforhopekaraoke BRING THE SPRING 5K

The Embry Hills United Methodist Church Youth Ministry. Embry Hills United Methodist Church, 3304 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, 30341. 8 am. (404)2452149,


A family, children and pet-friendly event with a fun filled post race party with music, food, prizes and MEE MEE the Clown. Homestretch. St. Andrew Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell, 30075. 7:30 am.


Healthcare Association of Forsyth County. Northside Hospital Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, 30041. 8 am.


Horse races, hat contests, disc dog tournaments, food, drink and more to benefit several great charitable organizations. Starlight Children’s Foundation of Georgia, The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Kingston Downs, Highway 20 at mile marker 1, Kingston, 30145. 9 am.


A family and pet-friendly 5K/10K for walkers and runners of abilities with post-race fun including great food, fun activities for kids and live music! Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Perimeter Place Shopping Center, 100 Perimeter Center Place NE, Atlanta, 30346. 8 am. CHEERIOS CHALLENGE 10K/5K ROAD RACE Covington Family YMCA. Covington Family YMCA, 2140 Newton Drive, Covington, 30014. Times Vary.

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The event is filled with vendors, fitness demonstrations, challenges and more from all of the leading health and fitness company’s in the industry. Average Joe’s Racing and Skylar’s Run. Suwanee Town Center, 370 Buford Hwy. NE, Suwanee, 30024. 8 am.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, May 7, 6:45 am, Atlantic Station, 171 17th St. NW, Atlanta The 21st Annual Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure 5K run/walk and 1 mile walk raises money to save lives and end breast cancer forever. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This year, an expected 18,000 Atlantans will help raise $2 million. Seventy-five percent of all funds raised are awarded to Atlantaarea breast health screening and education programs. Twenty-five percent is given to the national Komen Research Grant Program to find a cure. Race Day Registration begins at 6:45 am followed by the 1 Mile Walk at 7:45 am, 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 am and the Survivor Ceremony at 9:40 am. Whose life are you running for? Registration is open until May 3 and donations are accepted until May 31. For more information and to register online, visit:

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Walk Now For Autism Speaks Sunday, May 22, 9:30 am, International Plaza at Georgia World of Congress Center, 103 Magnum St., Atlanta

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Inaugural 5K run/walk through the beautiful Virginia-Highland neighborhood benefits the Magic of Life Foundation whose mission is to celebrate, educate and support cancer survivors. Post-race festivities in John Howell Park. The Magic of Life Foundation. Corner of Virginia and Greencove Avenues, Atlanta, 30306. 9 am.

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One of Children’s largest fundraising events featuring two of college baseball’s top programs and state rivals. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, Atlanta, 30315. 7 pm.

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A fabulous evening of great wine, extraordinary food and terrific live and silent auctions with tons of fantastic items up for grabs! AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta. The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 913 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, 30318. 6 pm.,

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A family-friendly 5K that is USATF sanctioned with vendors, food, music and great awards and prizes given out. Don’t miss the Goody Happy Hair Station! The Atlanta Council of Girls on the Run. WestStride, 3517 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta, 30327. 8 am.


A community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future. Come join the movement and together, we can find a cure! Georgia Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St., Marietta, 30060. 10 am.

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Raising awareness about leukemia, cancer and bone marrow transplants as well as funding cancer research projects and providing support to cancer patients and their families. The Jacquie Hirsch for A.L.L. Foundation. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 30338. 8 am.

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A 1.5 mile walk to fight lupus and ensure the Georgia Chapter continues to provide and expand programs for the 55,000 lupus patients in Georgia. Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 4 pm.

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A fun-filled 5K that offers survivors, family, friends and corporate teams an opportunity to walk in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by lymphoma. Lymphoma Research Foundation. Wesleyan School, 5404 Spalding Drive, Norcross, 30092. 10 am.


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Free skin spot checks by board certified dermatologists at the Braves vs. Cardinals game. Tickets purchased through SCAN will benefit the foundation and its efforts to raise awareness about skin cancer. Skin Cancer Awareness Network Foundation. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, Atlanta, 30315. 11 am.


A fun-filled afternoon of delicious food, an African band, interactive zoo exhibits, orangutan feeding, cotton candy, snow cones, face painting, crafts, rides on the zoo train and carousel and more! Visiting Nurse-Hospice

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A favorite festival of the community with live entertainment, kids activities, over 80 restaurants and caterers offering tastes of their culinary specialties and more! MUST Ministries Food Drive. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St., Marietta, 30060. 11 am.

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7TH ANNUAL AUTISM-GA GOLF TOURNAMENT Autism Society of America. Chateau Elan - Legends Golf Course, 6060 Golf Club Drive, Braselton, 30517.

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Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties. Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., #300, Duluth, 30097. 7 pm.


The first designer showcase to coordinate the interior design of the house ‘around’ the art. Reveal Preview Party May 6th and open to the public May 7th-22nd. Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. 21 Whitlock Drive, Marietta, 30064. 7 pm.

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Emory ALS Center. The Avenue Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming, 30041. 8 am.


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, 30022. 4 pm.


Sheperd Center. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy., Conyers, 30013. 2 pm.


It may be your mother or sister, a coworker or neighbor. Now is the time to run for their lives! Whose life are you running for? Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Atlanta. Atlantic Station, 171 17th St.NW, Atlanta, 30363. 7:45 am. 2ND ANNUAL MONASTERY 5K Monastery Food Bank. Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, 30094. 8 am.

May 14


Come out to support public awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of diability. Includes a 3-mile and 1-mile course follwed by activities for the entire family! Arthritis Foundation. Concourse Office Park, Concourse Pkwy., Atlanta, 30328. 9 am.


Clark Caskey LLC, Attorneys presents the 4th annual 5K race to raise money for Ashford

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May 21


Support Kate’s Club and Senior Citizens Services as we run and raise funds for two deserving groups in our community. Kate’s Club and Senior Citizen Services. Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30315. 8:15 am.


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A fun, inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. National Kidney Foundation. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, Atlanta, 30315. 9:30 am.

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A fun-filled, family friendly event that is the single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead to much needed answers for autism. Autism Speaks. International Plaza at Georgia World Congress Center, 103 Magnum St., Atlanta, 30313. 9:30 am. www. georgia

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The National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Golf Classic is the nation’s premier amateur golf event for charity. The National Kidney Foundation. The Golf Club of Georgia, 1 Golf Club Drive, Alpharetta, 30005. 9 am.

June 18


Fundraising event comprised of 10 local celebrity dancers paired with 10 professional dancers, all raising funds by gaining votes in a one night gala dance competition. Alzheimer’s Association. Loews Atlanta Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 7 pm. www.


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Family and pet-friendly 5K that also offers skin spot checks pre and post-race. Postrace area will have beverages, snacks and great raffle prizes! Skin Cancer Awareness Network Foundation.Perimeter Place, 4500 Olde Perimeter Way, Atlanta, 30346. 8 am.


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This month Best Self Atlanta focuses on Men’s Health by providing a summer action plan to aid men on their journey of looking good and livin...

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This month Best Self Atlanta focuses on Men’s Health by providing a summer action plan to aid men on their journey of looking good and livin...