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Where You’ll Find Dining, Accommodations, Entertainment and More

FALL 2006

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From The Publisher Is Fall our time to reflect?

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Can you believe it? Summer is over! Where did it go? It seems like such a blur! When I think about it, I did a lot this summer. I was always busy, or was I? We spend so much time being busy. An event here, a party there…Before we know it three months have passed and we’re left wondering what happened to summer. Fall is the most beautiful time of year. I think that we are given fall after summer to give us an opportunity to slow down and reflect. Think about it, fall marks the beginning of school, cooler weather, comfort foods, football, basketball and, in this issue, Fall weddings. These are all things that make us sit down for a few minutes and I’m sure after a great summer we definitely need the rest! We always say we never take enough time for ourselves, well here is your time, use it wisely. This issue provides events, locations and activities that will help you enjoy fall. As you may already know, Atlanta has a growing theatre scene. From the Center for Puppetry Arts (don’t knock it until you try it, they also have adult shows) to the Atlanta Ballet-- you should definitely add a little theatre to your calendar. Take a look at our Five Favorite Restaurants of the issue—you should try them all. Also included are some of our favorite sports bars, for all hockey, football, baseball and basketball fans, and those who just enjoy the energy of the sports bar atmosphere. Because school is back in session, information on tutoring programs has been provided in this issue. In addition, we’ve listed some small business tips for entrepreneurs and weight lifting suggestions for those of you already working toward next summer. This issue is slam-packed with information for everyone, so sit back relax--the doctor has prescribed some CONNECT R&R! Your Connection,

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CONNECTING YOU TO ATLANTA’S PREMIER SERVICES Publisher Tanjuria Anderson Managing Editor Jacinta Howard Sales Consultant Stephanie Willis-Stanley Graphic Design Tracy Stalling Photographer Richard Hardy Averi Washington 931 Monroe Drive Suite 102--498 Atlanta, GA 30308 678.476.0274 info@connectextra.com For Advertising Rates & Information 678.476.0274

2006 Advisory Board Charles DuPree— Minorities and Women in Business Magazine Kristi Eckerson—Centers for Disease Control Wanda Graves—St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Jeff Haskell— Over the Top Coaching Rosemary Jones— Turner Broadcasting Systems Terry Sanders—DeKalb County Government Cara Kass-Shelton—Hi-Tech Imaging Gwen Thomas—HR Now

CONNECT Atlanta Magazine is published four times each year by TCC Publications, a subsidiary of TCC INC. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff or writers of CONNECT Atlanta Magazine. Letters and unsolicited manuscripts sent to CONNECT Magazine will become property of TCC Publications and may be published at our discretion without compensation. All rights reserved.

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CONTENTS 32

Finding a tutor

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Atlanta Theater

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Fall Weddings

DEPARTMENTS 8 Food Five Fave Restaurants 10 12

Antipasto & Pasta Best Damn Sports Bar

14 Shopping Five Fave Shopping

22 Hotels Ansley Inn

24 Wellness

FEATURES 16

Curtain Call Atlanta theatre becomes the city’s biggest act

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Fancy Fall Autumn provides beautiful wedding backdrops

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Higher Learning Finding a tutor doesn’t have to be rocket science

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Breast Cancer Paul Mitchell School Worth the Weight

34 Entertainment Calendar of Events

39 Arts Giselle

39 Business Building Business Fall 2006

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Enat Ethiopian Café 1999 Cheshire Bridge Road 404.685.9291 Enat Ethiopian Cafe & Mart provides authentic Ethiopian entrees in an authentic Ethiopian setting. Mark your Calendar September 9 & 10—Ethiopian New Year's Eve and New Year. Celebrate with ENAT and sample all kinds of traditional Ethiopian Foods at a $12.00 Buffet! Don't forget to ask about the Sheba wine made from 100% honey! Get a 10% discount when you mention "CONNECT Magazine". Get an additional 5% discount if you can write "CONNECT" in Amharic.

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Rumi’s Kitchen 6152 Roswell Rd. 404.472.2100 Who said you have to cross the Atlantic to experience the authentic taste of Northern India? With its Middle Eastern-inspired décor, large covered patio and delicious Persian cuisine including mirza ghasemi (a blend of roasted eggplant, tomato and garlic) and mast mousir (a medley of yogurt, Persian garlic and mild spices), Rumi’s Kitchen is the place to satisfy your international food cravings.

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The Sycamore Grill 5329 Mimosa Drive 404.897.1280 If you love to dine with history, you will love The Sycamore Grill. The 150-year old Sycamore tree next to the restaurant has seen many changes including it being used as a hospital during the civil war. Keeping with that history the food makes you feel

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right at home. With items such as the Double Cut Pork Chop, Georgia Mountain Trout, Duck Breast and Free Range Chicken Breast you can’t go wrong. But make sure you save room for dessert….. Trust me! Redfish 687 Memorial Dr. 404.475.1200 Craving Creole? Head to Redfish to treat your taste buds to classic Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo, Creole ravioli stuffed with spicy shrimp and wild salmon soufflé. A joint venture between the founders of Agave Restaurant and Tiburon Grille, this eatery prides itself on health portions and diverse Creoloe-Cajun cuisine. If you’re searching for a taste of the Big Easy, head to Redfish.

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The Pecan 3725 Main Street 404.762.8444 Southern Fine Dining in the heart of College Park! The Pecan has to be added to your restaurant list. With the white tablecloths and the uniformed staff waiting to serve pecan cornbread and peach biscuits, it almost seems a crime to savor such items as Blackened Shrimp over Cajun Grits or Black Angus Beef Burger with Sweet Potato Fries….and that’s just the lunch menu. This one will have you coming back for more! By the way, don't forget to have a glass of Peach Iced Tea!

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FOOD R E C I P E

SIMPLY SEXY: Antipasto Platter and Pasta It’s time to re-think our pasta! We have Americanized Italian meals with ground round and sauce from a jar. Italians have a rich, romantic legacy. If you crave romance, then break out the candles, the music and here are a few helpful recipes for dinner. Start with an antipasto tray and then our entrÊe of sassy sauce and al dente pasta. A Caesar salad and a bottle of vino will complete this simply sexy meal. ANTIPASTO PLATTER Cured Italian meats, cheeses, Roma Tomatoes Marinated vegetables and kalamata olives, Marinated Artichokes, Provolone slices, petite bread slices Place on small tray circling the pan until it is covered. Drizzle virgin olive oil and Italian herbs.

LINGUINI AND MEAT SAUCE 1 pkg. Pork or Turkey Sausage removed from casing 1/2 pkg. Linguini 1/2 cup Sliced Mushrooms 2 tbsp Virgin Olive Oil 1 cup Red or white wine 1 jar Tomato Sauce Salt or garlic Oregano (Optional)

Cook pasta to al dente. Set aside. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil at medium heat in a pan. Roll sausage into a ball. Place in frying pan and let brown. Add mushrooms. Drain oil from pan and add one cup of your wine. Let simmer. After the wine has cooked away add the jar of tomato sauce. Reduce heat let simmer. Add chopped Roma tomatoes, cover pan turn off heat. Plate your pasta then add your great sauce. Top with Oregano.

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The Best Damn Sports Bars ENJOY THE BIG GAME AT SOME OF THE COOLEST SPORTS BARS IN THE ATL

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t doesn’t matter whether you’re cheering for Michael Vick and the Falcons, keeping your fingers crossed for Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks or gearing up with the Thrasher’s for hockey season, there’s nothing like heading to your favorite sports bar to watch the game. CONNECT has searched the city high and low for some of the best bars in Atlanta to meet your friends and cheer on your favorite team. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable atmosphere, cheap beer or good hot wings, here are some sports bars you should consider checking out.

The Bucket Shop Café 3475 Lenox Rd. 404.261.9244 All right, so technically it’s not a sports bar and it’s located in a Buckhead office building, but the large screen TVs, bar, impressive outdoor patio, great food and upbeat crowd have made this bar/restaurant a neighborhood favorite. Dantanna’s 3400 Around Lenox Dr. 404.760.TURF With an upscale décor, cigar bar and extensive menu, Dantanna’s really dresses up an ordinary night out with the fellas.

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Dugan’s 777 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404.885.1217 Supporting a diverse crowd of youngsters and old heads, Dugan’s on Ponce offers a huge patio and fun.

Fox Sports Grill 216 19th St. 404.207.1369 Huge plasma screens everywhere? Check. Nice atmosphere? Check. Yet another hot spot in Atlantic Station, Fox Sports Grill is the place for sports enthusiasts. Frankie’s 5600 Roswell Rd. 404.843.9444 With 200 TVs, 10 satellite dishes and an 80-seat heated patio, it’s obvious why Frankie’s is one of the most popular sports bars in the city.

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American Pie 5840 Roswell Rd. 404.255.7571 Lively and fun, meet up with your friends at American Pie and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere. Stool Pigeons 949 Peachtree St. 404.888.9200 A 75-foot long bar and 20 TV’s, Stool Pigeons’ spacious interior is a great place to eat delicious food and enjoy daily drink specials while watching the game.

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100 Black Men of Atlanta

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Tyson Atlanta Classic Band Jamboree | Fri. Sept. 29th @GA Dome Georgia Power Parade of Excellence | Sat. Sept. 30th @Peachtree & Ralph McGill Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic | Sat . Sept . 30th @GA Dome | Act now to get a $5.00 discount on all upper level tickets to the BACAFC | Call Ticketmaster at 800-326-4000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR WEEKEND EVENT SCHEDULE 2006 | TAKE MARTA TO THE FAMILY AFFAIR WEEKEND! Town Hall Meeting Atlanta Life Financial Group Auditorium Sponsors: Aetna, Atlanta Life Financial Group, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Thursday • September 28th 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Collegiate 100 Debate Georgia World Congress Center, Building C Sponsor: McDonald’s Friday • September 29th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Celebrate Health Celebrate Living Fair

Tyson Atlanta Classic Band “Jam" Boree

Georgia World Congress Center, Building C Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Georgia, AstraZeneca Friday • September 29th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Battle Of The Bands-Musical Entertainment Featuring the Marching 100 of Florida A&M University and The Aristocrat of Bands of Tennessee State University in a Side-By-Side Battle. Georgia Dome Sponsor: Tyson Foods Friday • September 29th 8:00 pm – 10: 00 pm Doors open at 7:00 pm Tickets on Sale at Ticketmaster

100 Black Men Of Atlanta Job Fair Georgia World Congress Center, Building C Sponsor: Georgia Department Of Labor Friday • September 29th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Verizon Wireless In-Zone Corporate Corner Georgia Dome – Orange Lot Sponsor: Verizon Wireless Saturday • September 30th Game Day • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

State Farm College Fair Georgia World Congress Center, Building C Sponsors: State Farm Insurance, The College Board Saturday • September 30th Game Day • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pre-Game Show Georgia Power Parade Of Excellence Sponsors: Georgia Power, Ford Motor Company Saturday • September 30th Game Day • 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Georgia Dome Saturday • September 30th Game Day • 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Bank Of America Atlanta Football Classic FAMU VS. TSU Georgia Dome Sponsor: Bank Of America Saturday • September 30th Game Day • 3:00 pm – Kick-Off

McDonald's Half-Time Show Georgia Dome Sponsor: McDonald's Saturday • September 30th Game Day • Half-Time

Events and times are subject to change Go to www.atlantafootballclassic.com for updates

Proceeds benefit 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s Project Success, a post secondary preparation and tuition assistance program.


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SHOPPING

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Urban Cottage 3211 Caines Hill Pl. 404.760.1334 If you’re looking to decorate your home with whimsical, but sophisticated antique items, head to the Urban Cottage. Escape the monotony of cookie-cuter home furnishings at this chic, yet authentic store, without breaking your wallet. From pots and jugs to rugs, candleholders and sketches, the Urban Cottage offers an eclectic, classy alternative to the beaten path.

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The Grape at Vinings 4300 Paces Ferry Rd. 770.803.9463 The Grape at Vinings is both a wine bar and a retail store. With over 130 wines to choose from, the broad selection is rated not by region or grape, but by taste, making this store even more unique. The Viking Store 1745 Peachtree St. 404.475.9064 If you’re looking for the finest in kitchen appliances to try out those new recipes, check out the Viking Store. Featuring sleek countertop appliances, kitchen cleanup products and the best in cookware, the Viking Store has earned a solid reputation for a being a chef’s haven. Classes are also avail-

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OUR FAVORITE SHOPPING SPOTS!

Izzy Maternity

able to take at the store (which currently is located in Atlanta, Cleveland, Nashville and St. Louis) making it all the more necessary to visit. Izzy Maternity North Point mall 770.753.0204 Whoever said being pregnant and sexy is impossible must’ve never shopped at Izzy Maternity. Featuring the latest, hottest designs, this is the perfect place for fashionconscious moms to shop. Don’t let pregnancy ruin your personal style; find it at Izzy Maternity.

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Alexis’ Suitcase 7878-G Roswell Rd. 770.390.0010 Part boutique, part consignment store, Alexis’ Suitcase is a smart alternative to mainstream department stores if you’re looking for trendy, brand name accessories and clothes. New items are put out daily and almost everything in the store is under $20— making it more enticing to rummage through Alexis’ Suitcase.

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CONNECT PUBLISHER TANJURIA ANDERSON WITH FAMILY: SISTER CHARLETTA, mother Gloria, brother-in-law Rogers, father Freddie, neice and nephew Camille and Xavier CONNECT anniversary hostesses: Julie Barrett and Lindsey

CONNECT Advisory Board: (l-r) Kristi Eckerson, Terry Sanders, Tanjuria Anderson, Gwen Thomas, Charles DuPree, Rosemary Jones

CONNECT guests Terry Caudy and Kim Henderson enjoy the view of Centennial park, catered food and live music

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CURTAIN CALL Search no more-CONNECT has you covered.

ATLANTA THEATER BECOMES THE CITY’S BIGGEST ACT

Steel Magnolias

SEPTEMBER September 7-24 Steel MagnoliasGeorgia Ensemble Theatre Roswell Cultural Arts Center Highly regarded as one of the warmest, funniest Southern comedies written in years, this show demonstrates the great bonds of friendship. 770.641.1260 www.get.org

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Beauty and the Beast Fox Theatre

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Haigwood Studios

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o one can deny the power of the arts. The most successful, celebrated cities around the globe all have a thriving arts scene. Over the years, Atlanta’s art scene has developed into one of the city’s crown jewels. Theater in particular, has made a strong impact on the city’s cultural environment. “The growth of the Atlanta theater scene has been phenomenal; it’s probably the richest growth period in the history of the city, especially in the arts,” says Christopher B. Manos, producer of Theater of the Stars. For over 40 years, Manos has played an instrumental

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role in the burgeoning arts scene—helping to found the first black theater company, Just US, and producing more than 700 works of theater, opera and ballet. “In 1960, when I first came to Atlanta there were probably a couple of community theaters,” he remembers. “Now it’s just a flourishing metropolis of art.” With numerous theater companies including Theatre of the Stars, Broadway Across America-Atlanta, the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 7 Stages Theater, Just US Theater Company and more, Atlanta is on par to compete with bigger cities in terms of the number and quality of productions offered yearly. Stephanie Parker, Vice President-Mid South Region-Theatrical Division of Broadway Across AmericaAtlanta is dedicated to ensuring that Atlanta’s theater scene continues to thrive and prosper.

OCTOBER October 10-15 The Light in the PiazzaThe Fabulous Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta Direct from Broadway and the winner of 6 Tony Awards including Best Score, this romantic musical is sure to pull on your heartstrings. foxtheatre.org 404.881.2100 October 31November 5 Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Fabulous Fox Theatre This is a hilarious comedy that follows two con artists as they take on the lifestyles of the rich and shameless.

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“We’re bringing what’s more current on Broadway,” she says of Broadway Across America-Atlanta. “We’re staying consistent with what’s being presented in New York, so I think that helps to broaden our arts community.” While the city’s arts scene, particularly theater is at an all-time high, Atlanta is still faced with challenges. Additional spaces for the city’s arts organizations are needed—the opera and ballet do not have homes (most productions are hosted at the Fabulous Fox Theater) and according to Manos, the theater companies need bigger, better spaces. “That’s the next agenda I think, for Atlanta to break through,” he reasons. “Being a young city, Atlanta hadn’t learned [when I first arrived] the importance of giving to the arts. The hardest thing over the past 50 years has been getting businesses, charities, foundations and individuals caught up with the importance of giving to the arts.” Recently, however, the city has slowly begun answering its cultural call. In the fall of 2007, the Cobb Energy w w w. c o n n e c t e x t r a . c o m

January 2-7 Twelve Angry MenThe Fabulous Fox Theatre Hailed as the greatest courtroom drama of all time, twelve jurors must work through their prejudices to unearth the shocking truth. January 4-21 The Odd CoupleGeorgia Ensemble Theatre Written by celebrated playwright, Neil Simon, this delightful comedy showcases an unlikely friendship that stands the test of time. www.get.org

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FEBRUARY February 20- March 4 Monty Python’s SPAMALOTThe Fabulous Fox Theatre Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, this hilarious comedy is ripped off from the film classic, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

MARCH March 20-25 Sweet CharityThe Fabulous Fox Theatre Charity Hope Valentine is the unluckiest romantic in New York City. The sensational Molly Ringwald stars in the dazzling new Broadwaybound production of the smash hit musical.

Performing Arts Centre will officially open its doors. The $145 million facility will include a 2,750 seat- John A. Williams Theatre and will be a premier venue for Broadway shows, ballet and opera. “I think the arts scene in Atlanta is great,” says Parker. “We’d always like to see more done, but I think that what’s here is amazing and that the Atlanta community comes out and supports so many different arts organizations is incredible.” Manos agrees, “I’m encouraged by the group of people that are now leading the arts scene here in this town.” As in all major cities, the arts, especially theater, plays a dominate role in shaping culture, ambience and even people’s perception. As Atlanta’s art and theater scene continues to evolve, it’s critical that it continue receiving community and financial support. “Not only does an art scene need to be established, it has to be integrated into the community,” Manos maintains. “Atlanta in particular has a very diverse clientele of people and the arts are crucial to making that stable, meaningful and wonderful.”

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James Donadio and Hugh Adams in "Sleuth"— Georgia Ensemble Theatre

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April 24-29 All Shook UpThe Fabulous Fox Theatre Combining all-time favorite Elvis Presley songs with a surefire rock’n’roll story, follow the romantic tale of how a young girl’s dream comes true when a guitar-playin’ roustabout rides into a square state and turns the town upside down.

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Ansley Inn OUR PICK FOR FALL

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here’s no better time of year to snuggle up in a cozy bed & breakfast than the fall, and the historic Ansley Inn is just the place to discover tranquility and loads of hospitality in a beautiful, stress free environment. An English Tudor mansion built in 1907, this inn is a landmark not only in Ansley Park, but Atlanta. Located within walking distance of the High Museum, 14th Street Playhouse, Symphony Hall and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Ansley Inn is a perfect place to unwind and experience luxurious treatment from a gracious staff. Add that to the classic, majestic décor of the Inn and you’re sure to find yourself in an entirely new mode of relaxation. Situated among other elegant homes on a quiet residential street, the Ansley Inn offers the luxury of the old south, right in the heart of Midtown. 22

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Ansley Inn 253 15th Street, Atlanta 404.872.9000

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Breast Cancer 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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hile in recent years, breast cancer awareness has arguably increased, it still remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today (excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers). According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million people will be diagnosed with the disease this year worldwide. Below are five things you should know about breast cancer. Breast cancer does not only present itself as a lump in the breast. “It can also present as a thickening, a rash, whole breast enlargement, nipple inversion or discharge or even a lump under the arm,” explains Dr. Marisa Weiss of the breast cancer awareness organization, Breastcancer.org. Maintaining a weight close to your ideal body weight is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer diagnosis and recurrence. “It’s not a just a question of what you eat, but it’s also important to recognize that portion size, total calories consumed and your resulting weight are all important factors,” says Dr. Weiss. Getting regular mammograms isn’t enough to lower your risk of getting breast cancer. You shouldn’t smoke, should 24

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limit alcohol intake to fewer than five drinks per week, exercise regularly, buy organic veggies and fruits when possible and avoid high levels of animal fat and fried foods. Don’t be fooled by common misconceptions. “Many women think that if it’s not in their family, then it’s not something they should have to worry about,” says Dr. Weiss. “Many women think that women with small breasts have a lower risk of breast cancer or that if they take care of themselves they’re not at risk.” Breast cancer is not a death sentence. In recent years there’s been exciting lifesaving treatment advancements, bringing new hope to those diagnosed. For women at high risk, there may be a role for medications and even prophylactic surgeries, depending on your situation. Women 40 and over should have annual mammograms and women with a strong family history of breast cancer or with a known breast cancer genetic abnormality should start having regular mammograms earlier. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information about breast cancer, visit breastcancer.org w w w. c o n n e c t e x t r a . c o m


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Paul Mitchell School TREAT YOURSELF TO A HOT NEW LOOK Paul Mitchell School 887 West Marietta St., NW Suite A 404.888.0070

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f you’re searching for a vibrant hairstyle to start the fall season, look no further than the Paul Mitchell School. Paul Mitchell’s name is practically synonymous with the hair care industry and with a school located right in the heart of Atlanta, you have a great opportunity to take advantage of the discounted hair services. Make an appointment and choose from Phase One or Phase Two service, the latter of which is from students closer to graduation and will cost you $5 more per service. Either way, you’ll save a pretty penny at the Paul Mitchell School, which offers virtually all hair services including coloring, relaxers, braiding and scalp treatments. Service is available TuesdaySaturday.

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very couple dreams of exchanging vows in a dazzling setting. While the summer often makes for a picturesque landscape, autumn can also provide gorgeous settings to say, “I do”—especially in Atlanta. “Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta and Stone Mountain Park, with the trees and rivers surrounding it provide beautiful backdrops when the leaves are changing,” says Stacie Francombe, founder of the resourceful television show and website, Get Married Atlanta! (getmarriedatlanta.com) and President/ CEO of Reel Creative, a full-service production company based in Atlanta. At Piedmont Park (piedmontpark.org), the intimately crafted settings at Magnolia Hall and the sce28

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nic Lake Clar Meer Dock and Visitor Center make for great wedding locations. “Vinings offers fabulous views of downtown Atlanta across a sea of red, yellow and orange trees and any area around the Chattahoochee River is perfect for a fall wedding as well,” says Francombe. Brides looking to escape the beaten path may discover that fall is the perfect season to get married. In Atlanta, where the spring and summers are typically wet, outdoor weddings are often susceptible to rain and/or bugs. “In fall the temperature is very mild and extremely conducive to an outdoor wedding, not too hot or too cold,” Francombe adds. “Another advantage is all the creative ways to tie in the beautiful fall colors with your wedding decor.” Whether you incorporate autumn colors into your bridesmaid dresses or flower arrangements, it’s a great way to ensure that your wedding is unique. Even if you don’t want an outdoor wedding, there are many places that still allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of the season. “In downtown Atlanta, a wedding that takes place on the top floor of a high rise

Whether you incorporate autumn colors into your bridesmaid dresses or flower arrangements, it’s a great way to ensure that your wedding is unique.

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The north Georgia mountains are particularly captivating in the fall as are the lakes and wineries throughout the state.

building will offer views over the entire city and allow you to see the changing colors from Stone Mountain all the way to Kennesaw Mountain,” Francombe maintains. “The many Victorian and Southern mansions throughout Atlanta offer breathtaking garden settings that will give any fall bride the perfect setting for taking advantage of the beautiful fall foliage.” Even if you’re eager to escape the hum of the city and get married in a quieter, peaceful setting, Georgia is full of wonderful locations. The north Georgia mountains are particularly captivating in the fall as are the lakes and wineries throughout the state. Francombe adds, “Plantations and farms found throughout southern Georgia again provide the landscapes and space that offer Georgia brides breathtaking settings for unforgettable weddings.”

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While a lot of people, especially women, are afraid they’ll end up looking like the Rock if they begin a regular weighttraining program, nothing could be further from the truth.

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ou don’t have to dream about being the next Lee Haney to begin a weight- training program. In recent years more people have delved head first into the fitness routine to improve stamina, heighten strength and of course, lose weight. While diet and cardio are crucial to changing your body and shedding pounds, weight lifting can play a critical role in helping you get your new look. While a lot of people, especially women, are afraid they’ll end up looking like the Rock if they begin a regular weight-training program, nothing could be further from the truth. Weight training raises your metabolism because muscle burns more calories than fat. Therefore, the more muscle you have, the more calories your burn all day long. Lifting weights also strengthens your 30

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bones, increases muscular endurance, helps you avoid injuries and improves coordination and balance. When you’re starting a weight-training program make sure that you don’t overdo it. You should be able to complete your last rep without losing your good form. Regularly increase your intensity by increasing the amount of weight lifted, increasing your sets/reps, increasing or changing the exercises you’re doing and changing your rest intervals between sets. Of course, always warm-up before lifting to help prevent injury. You should also be aware of your breathing, and lift and lower your weights slowly. In the end, lifting weights is a great muscle toner and an excellent, realistic way for you drop those extra pounds you’ve been fighting to get off. w w w. c o n n e c t e x t r a . c o m


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ith school back in session, a busy work schedule and all the intricacies involved with parenting, finding a tutor to fit your child’s diverse needs can be difficult and time consuming. Even still, if you value your child’s education, it’s a step that simply can’t be overlooked. To begin your search, you should first determine the type of tutor you want—private, online, or a tutoring center. Many tutoring centers teach children in small groups, so it’s important to understand how much attention your child needs before making a decision. Also, try to find a tutor whose personality and teaching methods mesh well with your child’s. Of course, cost is a major issue. Most tutors charge anywhere from $20-$160 per hour, however there are cheaper alterna32

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FINDING A TUTOR DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ROCKET SCIENCE tives. Ask your child’s school about special programs that may be available or ask your friends and family about trustworthy college students in the area who may be willing to volunteer or tutor at a discounted price. Here are a few things you should consider when finding a tutor. • Get recommendations from teachers, friends and other parents about great tutors in your area. • Don’t be fooled by tutors with advanced degrees; just because a person has a master’s doesn’t automatically mean that they’ll know how to teach your child. w w w. c o n n e c t e x t r a . c o m


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• Keep track of your child’s progress. Your kid’s study habits should be improving along with their test scores. • Make sure your child is comfortable with the idea of getting help. Let them know its nothing to be embarrassed about. • Consider group tutoring if private sessions are too expensive. Again, you should determine your child’s individual needs before making this decision. With just a little research and planning, you can make your child’s education a success by finding a qualified tutor to suit his or her needs. Happy hunting!

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Giselle Atlanta Ballet Oct. 26-29 Widely hailed as one of the greatest ballets every created, Giselle is sure to leave you enchanted. For more information, contact 404.873.5811 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Atlanta Area Sept.28-Oct. 31 With over 100 exhibitions, this month-long event gives art lovers a chance to experience photography at its best. For more information, visit acpinfo.org.

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Othello Georgia Shakespeare at Oglethorpe University Oct. 12-Nov. 5 Check out the classic play featuring Brandon J. Dirden as Othello. For more information, contact 404.504.3422.

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Bunnicula 7 Stages Theater Sept. 2-24 Bring the family to this engaging tale of Chester the Cat and Harold the Dog. For more information, visit Synchrotheater.com.

FOR FAMILIES 10th Annual Great Atlanta Youth Walk Atlanta Area Sept. 23 Join the community to help make a difference in the lives of children. For more information, contact 888.292.WALK. North Georgia State Fair Jim R. Miller Park Marietta, GA Sept. 21 - Oct. 1, 2006 The North Georgia State Fair features flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, farm animals, local square dancers and singers, fair foods, Brian Ruth "Master

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of the Chainsaw," Frisco Brothers Petting Zoo, David "The Bullet" Smith Human Cannon Ball and the Great James H. Drew Exposition - one of the largest carnival midways in the U.S. plus free concerts. For More Information, visit northgeorgiastatefair.com African American History at Oakland Oakland Cemetery Sept. 30 Tour the accomplishments of 19th and 20th century African Americans in Atlanta during slavery, the Civil War, reconstruction

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SCHEDULE and the Jim Crow Era. For more information, visit Oaklandcemetery.com. 17th Annual Georgia National Fair - Georgia National Fair Grounds and Agricenter Oct. 6-15 Bring the family for a great time at the fair. For more information, contact 800.987.3247. Clean & Green Piedmont Park Oct. 21 Volunteer your time to make sure one of Atlanta’s most beautiful parks remains that way. For more information, visit Piedomontpark.org. A Magic Halloween Atlanta Symphony Hall Oct. 29 See the magic of Merlin the magician! For more information, visit Atlantasymphony.org.

SPORTS 15th Annual Kell Powerade High School Football Classic Georgia Dome Sept. 2 Eight of the best teams in Georgia go head to head. For more information, visit Gadome.com.

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Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs Turner Field Sept. 8-11 For more information, visit 404.522.7630.

Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets Turner Field Sept. 26-28 For more information, contact 404.522.7630.

SSS 2006 Golf Challenge Browns Mill Golf Course Sept. 9 Join the Southern Snow Seekers Club and show off your golf skills at this exciting fundraising event. For more information, visit Southernsnowseekers.org.

Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros Turner Field Sept. 29-Oct. 1 For more information, contact 404.522.7630.

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies Turner Field Sept. 12-14 For more information, contact 404.522.7630. Atlanta Braves vs. Florida Marlins Turner Field Sept. 15-17 For more information, contact 404.522.7630. Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Bucs Georgia Dome Sept. 17 For more information, visit Gadome.com.

Bank of America Football Classic- TSU vs. FAMU Georgia Dome Sept. 30 For more information, visit Gadome.com. Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals Georgia Dome Oct. 1 For more information, visit Gadome.com. Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Giants Georgia Dome Oct. 15 For more information, visit Gadome.com.

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ENTERTAINMENT S C H E D U L E Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburg Steelers Georgia Dome Oct. 22 For more information, visit Gadome.com. Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Georgia Dome Nov. 26 For more information, visit Gadome.com.

FESTIVALS Montreux Jazz Festival in Atlanta Underground Atlanta Sept. 1-3 Ready to hear some of the best jazz musicians on the scene? If so, make sure you head to the Underground Atlanta for this exciting festival. For more information, call 404.853.4234. 38th Annual Yellow Daisy Festival Stone Mountain Park Sept. 7-10 Head to Stone Mountain for this wonderful familyoriented event! For more information, visit Stonemountainpark.com.

Taste of Kennesaw Downtown Kennesaw Sept. 16 For more information visit, cobbcountyga.gov. Taste of Smyrna/Spice of Life A Food & Cultural Celebration Sept. 16 Come enjoy this fantastic annual event, which offers an increasing array of the culture and taste of Smyrna; featuring area restaurants, loads of musical talent and much more. For more information visit, cobbcountyga.gov. 21st Annual Sandy Springs Festival Sandy Springs Area Sept. 16-17 Don’t miss this great festival. For more information, visit Sandspringsfestival.com. 40th Annual Roswell Arts Festival Roswell Town Square Sept. 16-17 Don’t miss this historic arts festival. For more informa-

tion, contact 770.640.3253. 13th Annual Ethnic and Multicultural Marketing Omnibus Omni Hotel at CNN Center Sept. 28-29 Find out how to maximize market potential at this informative event. For more information, visit Srinstitute.com. 24th Annual Duluth Fall Festival Various locations Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Come out and celebrate the fall season—don’t forget to bring the entire family!For more information, visit Duluthfallfestival.com. Atlanta Greek Festival Greek Orthodox Cathedral Oct. 5-8 Celebrate all things Greek at this culturally engaging festival. For more information, visit Atlgoc.org.

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Harvest Midtown Festival 2006 Oct. 7 5th Street- Midtown Come out for great wine, food and more! For more information, visit harvestmidtown.com. Pugfest 2006 Gwinnett County Fairgrounds Oct. 28 This popular event serves as a fundraiser for rescued pugs. For more information, visit Rescuepug.com. 7th Annual Pow Wow and Indian Festival Stone Mountain Park Nov. 2-5 Come celebrate Native American culture at this inspiring event. For more information, visit Stonemountainpark.com.

VARIOUS EVENTS 21st Annual National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend Celebration Hyatt Regency Atlanta Sept. 27-Oct. 1 Come out and celebrate HBCUs. For more information, visit Nbcahof.org. Alive After Five Roswell Town Square Sept. 21 Experience the best street party in Atlanta! w w w. c o n n e c t e x t r a . c o m

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Cocktails in the Garden Atlanta Botanical Garden Sept. 27 Come out for cocktails in a beautiful environment. For more information, visit Atlantabotanicalgarden.org. Atlanta Home Show-Fall Cobb Galleria Centre Sept. 28-Oct. 1 Interested in designing your home, or learning a few new tricks? Check out this event. For more information, visit Atlantahomeshow.com. Chili Cook-Off Stone Mountain Park Sept. 30 Yummy for your tummy! Don’t miss this event. For more information, visit Stonemountainpark.com. Castleberry Hill Loft Tour 2006 - Castleberry Hill Oct. 7-8 The Loft Tour offers two days of an intimate look at urban living in a historic neighborhood. Partake in local cuisine, peruse the fine art galleries and enjoy additional shops and businesses. For more information, visit castleberryhill.org.

Comedy Central Live Presents: Carlos Mencia Punisher Tour Nov. 11 The Roxy Theatre One of the funniest comics on the scene heats up the Roxy Theatre. Don’t miss what’s sure to be night of laughter. For more information, visit Atlantaconcerts.com.

CONCERTS Counting Crows/Goo Goo Dolls Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater Sept. 3 Hear two of the most consistent groups in rock music live! For more information, visit Hifibuys.com. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Fredrick Brown Jr. Amphitheater Sept. 8-9 Come out and jam at this concert! For more information, visit Amphitheater.org.

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ENTERTAINMENT S C H E D U L E Chris Brown Chastain Park Amphitheater Sept. 9 This 16-year-old is helping revive R&B with his impressive debut album and groovy dance moves. For more information, visit Classicchastain.com.

Barbara Streisand Philips Arena Nov. 2 Witness the legendary singer in what is sure to be a spectacular night of entertainment. For more information, visit Philipsarena.com.

DeKalb Lithonia Summer Music Series Lithonia Stewart Amphitheater Sept. 9 Jonathan Butler, Gerald Albright and Joey Sommerville will be on hand to deliver smooth tunes to jazz lovers. For more information, visit Jasonlarrypresents.com.

Britten, Mozart and Brahms Atlanta Symphony Hall Nov. 2-5 Experience the beauty of the Serenade with your loved one! For more information, visit Atlantasymphony.org.

Atlantis Music Conference & Festival Various locations Oct. 4-7 Come out to the 9th annual conference and festival to discover industry trends and emerging talent! For more information, visit Atlantismusic.com. An Evening With Randy Newman Atlanta Symphony Hall Oct. 20-21 Experience the talent of one of America’s favorite songwriters. For more information, visit Atlantasymphony.org.

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Bo Diddley & Friends Rialto Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 10 Don’t miss one of the most instrumental figures in rock n’ roll jam with friends. For more information, visit Rialtocenter.org.

ARTS EXHIBITIONS Atlanta Celebrates Photography Atlanta Area Sept. 28-Oct. 31 Discover the best in photography at this wonderfully artistic event. For more information, visit Acpinfo.org.

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CONFERENCES/ WORKSHOPS/ LECTURES Billboard Awards R&B HipHop Conference Renaissance Waverly Hotel Sept. 6-8 Touted as the premier event for the industry’s who’s who to network and discover new talent, this is an event the entertainment savvy shouldn’t miss. For more information, visit bbevents@billboard.com. How to Package a SBA Loan Proposal Workshop U.S. Small Business Administration/SBA Conference Room Sept. 9 Soak up information about the sources and uses of funds, the components of a completed business plan and more at this workshop. For more information, visit Sba.gov/ga. AAP National Conference & Exhibition Georgia World Congress Center Oct. 10 Pediatrics professionals come together for updates and reviews of pediatric practices, research and advocacy. For more information, visit Aap.org.

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hat better way to celebrate culture and the arts than at the ballet? With artistic director and chief officer, John McFall at the helm, the Atlanta Ballet has grown to serve the interest of an everexpanding audience. Make sure you head there this fall to see the captivating production of Giselle. Widely hailed as one of the greatest ballets every created, Giselle is sure to leave you enchanted. Following the life of a young girl who is driven to madness and ultimately her death after she finds out that her lover deceived her, this timeless tell of romance and heartache is both engaging and emotionally-stirring. Featuring six performances to help close out the 2006 season, Giselle is one production that you don’t want to miss. For more information, visit www.connectextra.com. C O N N E C T AT L A N TA

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Building Business DISCOVER WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SMALL COMPANY SUCCESSFUL If you’re a small business owner you know how difficult it can be to both maintain and grow your business. With a rocky economy, many small business owners have had to revamp their vision for success and come up with creative ways to cut costs while keeping their employees happy. Below are a few tips to help you manage, maintain and expand your business. Think Outside the Box. If you’re stretched for cash, there are still lots of ways to keep your employees safe and happy. Ideally suited for the selfemployed, the SEP Plan (Simplified Employee Pension) is a retirement savings plan that small companies offer to their workers. SEP allows you more deduction than an IRA (which is limited to $2,000 per year). Also, research to find ways to cut health insurance costs. Websites like entrepreneur.com offer tips for saving on insurance prices. Create Connections. Good networking can be one of the best ways for you to market your business—and it’s affordable. Join several chambers or organizations and 40

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attend meetings regularly. Once you arrive at any networking event, don’t be afraid to approach people you don’t know and introduce yourself, don’t huddle up with coworkers or friends and remember not to hard sell yourself or your company. Maximize Marketing. Marketing is essential to maintaining or growing any business. Never let a day pass without engaging in at least one marketing activity, always carry business cards with you and stay alert to trends that might impact your target demographic. You should also consider joining an association or organization related to your profession. Engage your Employees. Praise and recognition build employee loyalty. Make sure your employees find their work interesting, give them the information they need to do their jobs more effectively and allow employees to stay actively involved in decision making. There’s a plethora of information available to make your job as an employer easier. For more innovative tips and strategies, visit sba.gov. w w w. c o n n e c t e x t r a . c o m


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