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Relocation, Relocation,Lifestyle Lifestyle& &Living Livingin inAtlanta Atlanta

December/January August/September2009 2011

Arts & Entertainment

Scene Exploring Atlanta’s Best Cultural Hot Spots PLUS:

Discovering Atlanta’s Education Options Go Wild at Georgia’s Animal Parks Retaining your Home’s Value Family Fun for Any Budget

August/September CONTENTS FEATURES Family Fun in Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Atlanta’ Education Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

No matter what your budget, there’s something to keep everyone in your crew entertained this summer, and you can get to know your new town at the same time.

So many choices, but which ones are important? As you buy a new home, the decision-making is easier if you know the factors that affect your home’s value. Here’s insight to help your home value hold strong.

Choosing a new school for your child is an important milestone, and Atlanta offers plenty of choices. Be prepared to make an informed decision with our rundown of school options.

Retaining Your Home Value . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Our Annual Arts & Entertainment Guide . . . . . . 28 Atlanta is a happening town! From highbrow performances to popular blockbusters, and family-friendly museums to rock concerts, the metro area offers something for everyone. We’ll help you find your bliss.





In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

Neighborhood Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips and much more.

Boasting impressive property values, established neighborhoods and outstanding schools, Dunwoody is one of Atlanta’s most affluent addresses.

Outside Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

School Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Georgia hosts a wide range of exotic species at its wild animal parks. You don’t have to travel very far to take a walk on the wild side.

Bright Horizons provides innovative programs that help children, families, and employers work together to be their very best..

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

Restaurant Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

Summer is winding down, but there’s still time for great exhibitions, theater productions and live music around the metro area.

Enjoy a seriously authentic taste of southern Italy without leaving home, at Double Zero Napoletana.

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 See a true slice of history at Stone Mountain’s Confederate Memorial Carving.

COVER IMAGE: Atlanta Ballet dancer Kristine Necessary, in Vivaldi’s The

Four Seasons, on stage October 21 – 23 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. PHOTO: Charlie McCullers

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The Four Seasons

Atlanta Ballet’s 2011-2012 season opens with James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, a rich interpretation of the journey of life set to Vivaldi’s set of four violin concertos. This is coupled with Wayne McGregor’s avant-garde Eden/Eden, Oct. 21-23 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. For tickets and information, call 404-873-5811 or see

PHOTO: Kenneth G. Rogers Photographs, VIS 82.30.05, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Sandy Springs Festival

Atlanta’s Book Atlanta’s Book: The Lost Gone With the Wind Manuscript, on display at the Atlanta History Center until Sept. 5, features the last four chapters of Margaret Mitchell’s book—some pages with handwritten changes by the author—as well as foreign and first edition copies of Gone With the Wind, the actual desk she used while writing her novel, and select images. This exhibit is included with general admission. For more information, call 404-814-4000 or visit 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

A celebration of community, heritage, and tradition, the Sandy Springs Festival includes something for people of all ages, races, customs and interests. The annual extravaganza involves more than 600 artists, crafters, entertainers and vendors from all over Georgia and the Southeast at Heritage Green, Sept. 17 & 18. Visit for more information.

PHOTO: Kim Kenney, Courtesy of Atlanta Ballet


There’s something new in Suwanee’s Town Center. Fifteen sculptures have been installed as part of the inaugural Suwanee SculpTour, a walkable exhibit of original outdoor sculptures on display through March 2012. Citizens and others are invited to vote for their favorite sculpture, and the one with the most votes at the end of the exhibit will be purchased as part of the city’s permanent art collection. To learn more or cast your vote, visit

infocus Blue Star Museum Program The Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum is joining museums across the country to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer. The Blue Star Museum program offers free admission at more than 1,300 museums across America to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. The complete list of participating museums is available at For more information about the Carter Museum call 404-865-7100.

The third annual Trilogy Trolley Crawl will be going international. On Aug. 20, visitors can experience London (Barrington Hall), Paris (Bulloch Hall) and Rome (Smith Plantation) all without leaving the surroundings of Roswell. Each one of the historic homes will be transformed for the evening and will offer the corresponding regional cuisine, libations and entertainment from each marvelous international destination. Trolleys will shuttle guests from estate to estate. Tickets are $40 for the event. For more information, call 770-641-3727 or visit

PHOTO: Joan Marcus

Trilogy Trolley Crawl

Wicked at the Fox Something Wicked is coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Audiences will learn that so much happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy dropped in, when Broadway Across America brings the Grammy速 and Tony速 award-winning musical to Atlanta, Sept. 14-Oct. 9. Call 1-800-745-3000 or visit or for information. | Newcomer Magazine | 9



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Summer’s here, leaving parents frantically trying to fill the days with activities to drown out the plaintive cries of “I’m bored!” If you’ve recently moved to the area, you may still be having a hard enough time locating the box with your wedding photos, never mind finding ways to entertain your family in a new city. Even if you are fortunate enough to belong to one of Atlanta’s countless swim clubs, there are only so many days you—or your kids—can spend poolside. by Dawn Sloan Downes 10 | Newcomer Magazine |

Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Piedmont Park Aquatic Center.


o save you and your family from that fate worse than almost anything, i.e., boredom, we have compiled a list of some of Atlanta’s best summer activities for families. Any of them would be a great way to explore a little of the town you now call home. We’ve even separated them by price point to help you budget for those big days out.

Relaxing at Stone Mountain Park.

PHOTO: (Top left) Courtesy of Piedmont Park Conservancy

Free Centennial Olympic Park—Marietta Street— Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s tourist district, this historic spot is a great place to meet friends, people watch, picnic, and let the kids splash in the Olympic Rings fountains. Synchronized water shows are held daily at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. to a variety of family friendly music including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke, Twist and Shout by the Beatles, and Circle of Life from The Lion King soundtrack. The Park at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport— Clairmont Road—This hidden gem of a park combines two of childhood’s passions: watching planes take off and land while happily running about a playground that features swings, a climbing tower and slide, monkey bars, and cute airplane bouncers. A covered picnic pavilion provides a shady spot for lunch and a viewing stand provides kids and parents a great view of the runway. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park—Marietta —Enjoy Mother Nature while learning about this battlefield where the Atlanta Campaign, one of the fiercest battles of the Civil War, began. You can take a self-guided cell phone tour of the battlefield and see cannon emplacements and other relics of the battle

Who says you have to spend an arm and a leg to have a good time? that raged from June 19 to July 2, 1864. The park also offers hiking on 18 miles of trails as well as ample opportunities for bird and wildlife watching and photography. A museum also houses relics of the war and offers an opportunity to learn more about this key physical barrier that stood between the Federal army and its destruction of Atlanta.

$10 and under per person Cochran Mill Nature Center —Palmetto— Fifty heavily-wooded private acres of adventure await you and your family just 20 minutes south of Atlanta. For just $3 per adult and $2 per child over 2 years of age, families can hike

and explore along forest trails, catching glimpses of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. A trip around the pond or into the bog garden will offer fish, turtle, and frog sightings as well as a chance to see carnivorous plants up close in the bog garden. The center is also a rehabilitation facility for wounded wildlife and features a Birds of Prey center where you can see hawks, owls, and vultures. The center’s reptile exhibit is one of the largest in Georgia. Piedmont Park Aquatic Center —Piedmont Road—Keep cool on the cheap and enjoy a splish-splashing day of fun and giggles. The newly renovated swimming pool and aquatic center at Piedmont Park features a beach entry pool with a current channel for floating, spray fountains, lap lanes for serious swimmers, plus a concession stand. $1 for children under 6; $2 for children 6 to 16; $4 for adults 17 and up; $2 for senior citizens over 55. Stone Mountain Park—Stone Mountain—Bring your kids and their friends to Stone Mountain for a day of hiking and exploring on | Newcomer Magazine | 11

wooded trails, identifying local species in the songbird habitat, bicycling around Robert E. Lee Drive, wading in cool, clear creeks, fishing in Stone Mountain Lake, and bouts of laughter and exhausting fun on the fenced in playground and giant sandbox. $10 per vehicle; note that additional attractions and events may cost extra.

Imagine it! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Centennial Olympic Park Center for Puppetry Arts

$20 and under

Cochran Mill Nature Center DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Imagine It! Children’s Museum

Atlanta Botanical Garden—1345 Piedmont Avenue—Explore elegant formal gardens, learn about native plant species, discover surprising art installations, and frolic in the children’s garden after a trip through the Fuqua Orchid Center to see exotic flora from around the world. Before you leave, take a break for lunch in the Sun in My Belly Garden Café. Free for 2 and under; ages 3 to 12, $12.95; 12 and up, $18.95.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Imagine It! Children’s Museum—Centennial Olympic Park Drive —Let your little one’s imagination run wild as he learns how the world around him works, learns where our food comes from, finds out what distinguishes our culture from other world cultures, and has such a great time he never even realizes he’s having an educational experience. $12.50 per person over 2 years. Center for Puppetry Arts—1404 Spring Street—Introduce your children to the magical art of puppetry! Enjoy engaging performances that delight both children and adults. Then visit the Center’s puppetry museum to view its permanent collection, which holds over 1,000 puppets as well as special exhibits celebrating a variety of puppetry styles, puppets from other cultures, and more. $16 per person.


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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Piedmont Park Aquatic Center Stone Mountain Park





HOME VALUE Smart Choices Now Pay Dividends Later by Dawn Sloane Downs

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ou’re about to buy a new home in Atlanta and hundreds, if not thousands, of dazzling possibilities dance in your head like the quintessential sugarplum on Christmas Eve— Granite countertops. Hardwood floors. Berber carpeting. Sunken tubs. Many of the choices you make, like upgraded carpet or antique bronze plumbing fixtures, will simply add to your comfort and pleasure with no impact on your home’s value. That’s okay. Our homes are meant to reflect our personal style and serve as havens of comfort and joy. However, some crucial choices you make may determine how well your home retains its value in the years to come.

Location “Location! Location! Location!” It’s the apocryphal motto of real estate agents as far back as anyone can remember, and for good reason. Aside from the size and style of your home, few choices affect the value of your home more than location. When looking for a home, consider locations that are a close commute to major business corridors where many jobs are located. In the metro Atlanta area there are lots of options. A study by the National Association of Realtors shows that home buyers increasingly prefer homes in walk-able neighborhoods and mixeduse developments as they attempt to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce time spent away from their families commuting, and create lives

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PERIMETER @ THE CENTER OF REGIONAL GROWTH Q: How do businesses benefit by relocating to Perimeter? A: The old real estate adage “Location, Location, Location” is true for Perimeter. It is at the center of regional growth in Metro Atlanta and boasts the largest office market in Metro Atlanta and one of the largest in the Southeast. The world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies are located in Perimeter, but the area is home to many small businesses as well. Perimeter offers direct access to I-285 and Georgia 400 through six gateways; three MARTA stations providing convenient travel to employment and the Atlanta airport; a wealth of amenities from fine dining to outdoor cafes and shopping at Perimeter Mall, Georgia’s second largest and a regional destination that attracts 18 million visitors a year; and the largest concentration of medical facilities in Metro Atlanta. Perimeter’s 100,000 employees and an affluent residential base in the surrounding area help fuel demand for retail and other amenities and services. Q: What advantage does the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) offer the area? A: The PCIDs have contributed $25 million in the past 11 years from extra taxes voluntarily paid by commercial property owners to leverage $105 million more for a total of $130 million in infrastructure improvements for Perimeter. By adding pedestrian and bike-friendly amenities such as miles of tree-lined sidewalks and bike lanes, increasing access to major interstates, providing multiple transportation choices and encouraging multi-use developments, Perimeter has become an award-winning live-work-walk-play environment.

For more information contact the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts at 770-390-1780 or visit

centered around family and community. Close proximity to mass transit can also have a beneficial impact on your home’s value. Naturally, you’ll also want to consider the quality and reputation of the school district in which you purchase your new home. “Even if a buyer doesn’t currently have or plan to have a schoolage child, school district continues to be one of the strongest indicators of home values,” says Joan Kaplan, a Realtor with Drake Realty in Decatur. Kaki Colvin, a Realtor at Harry Norman Realtors, agrees. “The better school districts tend to sell faster, but even those areas still have their short sells and foreclosures right now, which means prices are still dropping, and there are some real bargains to be found that will regain much of their value due to their location in one of the better school districts.”

is through the referrals of family and friends. If they’re happy with their home and have had no major problems, you can probably depend on the quality of other homes in their neighborhood or built by their builder. Also, look to builders who can show a proven track record of quality builds. If you’re looking in a new development, don’t make your decision to buy based solely on a visit to a model home. Insist on seeing a finished house or unit that is still vacant. Also, visit older developments built by your builder and see how well the homes have held up over time.

The Devil is in the Details Many of the choices you make in choosing a home and neighborhood will pay for themselves in years of cozy contentment. Others will continue paying dividends when you put your house on the market years later. Learning about which options have the biggest financial impact on your home’s value can make your choices a little easier. So, is finding a neighborhood with a pool worth it? Probably so, says Colvin. “A wellmaintained neighborhood pool can definitely add to the value of your home, though it’s hard to put a figure on the actual impact.” Both Realtors also point out that any ame-

The better school districts tend to sell faster.

A Quality Build Whether you’re choosing an older home in an established neighborhood or want to work with a builder in a new development to personalize your dream home, look for the highest quality in your price range. “Homes made of quality materials by quality craftsmen are far more likely to hold their value,” says Kaplan. One of the best ways to find a quality home 16 | Newcomer Magazine | | Newcomer Magazine | 17

Benchmark Homes are known for their quality builds and their attention to detail.

nities like pools, tennis courts, parks and playgrounds, or neighborhood clubhouses can increase the value of your home but come with the added cost of HOA dues. What about your home’s interior? Is the high-end custom kitchen worth the extra cost? Kaplan says no. “Kitchens and master bathrooms are very important to future buyers. You want them to be nice, but don’t over improve them! For instance, upgrading to mid-range cabinetry will give you more value and retain

it better than upgrading to superior cabinetry since most buyers can’t tell the difference.” One splurge she does recommend? Hardwood floors. Lisa Justus, Vice President of Benchmark Homes, agrees. “Hardwood flooring and ceramic tile are always worth the cost of the upgrade in return on investment because they will last for decades and never go out of style,” Justus says. “They are second in value only to adding granite countertops. Builders can upgrade your countertops from laminate to

Hardwood flooring and ceramic tile are always worth the cost of the upgrade in return on investment.

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granite relatively inexpensively.”

Where to Look in Atlanta Fortunately, as you start your search for a new home here in Atlanta, you’ll find developments by builders with solid reputations offering many value-holding features and amenities. For example, The Highlands at Inverness Ridge by Benchmark Homes features a community pool and playground. These Smyrna/ Vinings-area homes start in the $200s and offer front porches, 9 ft. ceilings, and whirlpool tubs. The Lofts @ 5300 by Charter Development Co. may be Atlanta’s best kept secret. Condos range from $63,900 for a studio to $130,900 for a three-bedroom unit. This mixed-use development located adjacent to the Chamblee MARTA station features a pool, gardens, rooftop tennis courts and is within an easy walk from a park and Chamblee’s new walking trails. Wyndham Falls Estates by Wilson Parker

of DeKalb County offer master suites with sitting rooms, plus stainless steel kitchens. The Estate at Walden Park by Traton Homes—a gated, master planned community in South Fulton County—offers homes starting at $270,000. The community features a pool, walking trails, lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and an amphitheater. The ultimate value of any home is the love and laughter shared inside its walls. Practically speaking, our homes remain the largest financial investment most of us will ever make. That’s why it is so important we make smart choices when buying them. Choosing wisely when it comes to the core decisions that will help our homes hold their value, we can enjoy the fruits of our thoughtful decision-making regarding location, quality and a few choice amenities long after our new home dreams have settled into a beautiful reality.

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spotlight Dunwoody


oasting impressive property values, established neighborhoods and outstanding schools, Dunwoody has long been recognized as one of Atlanta’s most affluent addresses and offers attractions for kids and families. Beyond being just a great place to live, Dunwoody may be best recognized as a shopping and dining Mecca.

PHOTO: Joseph Aczell

Culinary Treats

Brook Run Park

For a fun night out with live Latin music and tasty tapas, Eclipse di Luna (678-205-5862) is the place to go. Com Dunwoody (770-512-7410), a Best of Atlanta 2010 pick, offers exceptional authentic French-influenced Vietnamese cuisine. Those looking for pub fare and a quick pint will enjoy a stop at The Royal Oak Pub (770-3900859), while those looking for something more sophisticated find inspiration at d’Vine Wine Bar (770-350-9463) with its extensive selection of wines, tasting club, and live music.

Arts & Entertainment

The Preserve at Fischer Mansion

This spring saw the city’s first ever Dunwoody Arts Festival, and the Dunwoody Music Festival returns for its second year at Brook Run Park, Oct. 22-23. Brook Run Park features play equipment for toddlers and older children. Water features, natural areas for exploring, and a fort with rope ladders add to the fun. Little artists can get their art fix at Purple Hippo Studios (770-730-0605) with classes, camps, and art-themed birthday parties. The Dunwoody Nature Center (770-3943322) holds all the fun for little naturalists, giving them space to splash in the creek, take classes, and enjoy a plethora of family activities.

PHOTO: Joseph Aczell

Housing Well-established neighborhoods like Georgetown, Dunwoody Club Forest, and Kingsley offer traditional homes starting in the $200s.

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The Inside Track The Ashford-Dunwoody / Hammond Drive corridor is the largest employment district in the region, including employers UPS, Newell-Rubbermaid, Cox Enterprises, and Northside Hospital, among others.

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Serrano (404-645-7999) offers hip, urban condominiums in 13 floor plans starting in the high $100s. The Preserve at Fischer Mansion (404957-9693) mixes the old and new in 54 elegant townhomes and estate homes ranging from the $240s to $370s, while John Wieland Homes presents a selection of custom built homes at The Enclave at Jett Ferry (770-668-9577) starting at $1.1 million.

Local Treasures Over 18 million visitors a year come from across the Southeast to shop and dine at Perimeter Mall (770-394-4270), home to over 200 retailers and six specialty restaurants. Beyond the mall, shoppers love Lola’s Boutique (770-698-1400) offering fashions and jewelry by Joe’s Jeans, Macn-Jac, Lucky, and Ali & Bird. For a unique take on home furnishings, Dunwoody natives swear by Southern Comforts (770-901-5001), featuring new and consignment furniture and accessories. Through the efforts of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), representing both the Central (DeKalb) and Fulton Perimeter CIDs, the city’s Ashford-Dunwoody and Hammond Drive corridor has blossomed into a walk-able district mixing housing, shopping, dining, and corporate employers. The PCIDs are leading the charge to implement vital transportation enhancements coupled with land use and zoning strategies that will enhance mobility and improve access to the Perimeter activity center. n — Dawn Sloan-Downes | Newcomer Magazine | 21




Education Options

Choosing the education that’s right for your child by Carrie Whitney

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ndeed, there are numerous ways in which schools differ from one another—educational philosophy, curriculum and teaching methods, to name just a few. In order to navigate your way through Atlanta’s educational landscape to find the best school for your child, you must first understand the distinctions that exist, particularly how they relate to your child’s day-to-day educational experience. For schools in Atlanta, a one-size-fits-all mentality does not apply, and many students benefit from nonstandard and innovative educational approaches. For practical reasons, all of the education options in Atlanta could not be included here, so the following are just some of the choices the area has to offer.

Charter and Magnet Two terms that seem to arise more frequently in Georgia’s educational landscape are charter schools and magnet schools. Both charter schools and magnet schools are public programs and appear in school systems throughout the Metro area. For example, Imagine Schools, which operates charter schools around the country, has three locations in Metro Atlanta. According to the Georgia Department of Edu-

In Atlanta, a one-size-fits-all mentality does not apply. cation, a charter school operates according to the terms of a charter, or contract, that has been approved by the local and state boards of education. A school community will seek charter status if it feels its students and parents would benefit from greater autonomy. Students, parents and the school enjoy more decision-making freedom, but the school is still held accountable by the state for meeting the performance-based objectives laid out in the charter, as well as state curriculum standards. The only requirement for attending a charter school is to live within the designated area—a charter school cannot have admission criteria or charge tuition. A magnet school or theme school often does feature admission criteria because it focuses on a particular instructional strategy that may not be suited to all students. For example, some mag-

net schools feature a curriculum with a heavy focus on one particular discipline, such as performing arts, technology or math and science. A variety of magnet programs is available in Metro Atlanta—visit the Georgia Department of Education Web site ( to search for particular programs.

Montessori Many children, particularly young ones, learn best through experience. With this in mind, many parents choose a Montessori program for their children. Following the ideas of Dr. Maria Montessori, Montessori schools have sprung up around the country—there are dozens in the Metro Atlanta area alone. Mostly private, these schools have strong academics but are also concerned with the development of the | Newcomer Magazine | 23

whole child, and the curriculum often includes practical and community-based components. Montessori schools provide multi-age classes, and schools include preschool through middle school education. Some also have infant and toddler rooms, and a very few extend the Montessori philosophy through high school.

Religious Schools with a religious affiliation typically operate according to the belief that a faith-based foundation of moral values and principles prepares students to be productive citizens in society. These values are generally considered to be just as important as the subjects that are studied. Students seeking a school with a religious affiliation should certainly find what they are looking for in Metro Atlanta. Indeed, a variety of religious schools exist in the area, including Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, Jewish and Baptist. There are also non-denominational Christian schools, as well as those with a general Christian affiliation.

International Baccalaureate As the world becomes increasingly globalized, many parents hope to prepare their children with an international education, so many turn

to schools that offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which encourages students to not only be engaged learners, but to also be interested and involved “world citizens.” The Primary Years Programme focuses on the total growth of the child, while the Middle Years

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Children with learning differences can also find a school that meets their needs.

learning is one-to-one, and students attend few, if any, classes. Students are able to work at their own pace. However, self-discipline and a desire to attend the school are essential to succeeding in a tutorial-based environment because, for individualized schooling to work, a student must be an active participant in his or her own education.


people from other cultures. At the Atlanta International School, students take external exams during the last year, which can grant them college credit, and all students take a second modern language beginning with their first year in the school.

Special Needs Children with learning differences can also find a school that meets their needs. If your child has difficulty in school because of problems with concentration, learning, language or behavior, he or she may benefit from attending a special needs school. Most special needs schools have fewer students in each class and a student-toteacher ratio that allows for more one-on-one instruction. For example, at the Bedford School

in Fairburn, a private school for students with learning disabilities, there are 12 or fewer students in each class.

Tutorial For students who excel with individualized instruction, a school that implements a tutorial approach may be best. In these schools, most

Many students find that single-gender schools help them stay focused on their studies and foster confidence. Research has shown that attending single-gender schools can improve academic achievement for some students. There has been much debate about whether boys and girls learn differently, and many advocate that single-gender schools break down gender stereotypes. One single-gender school in Atlanta, the Atlanta Girls’ School, welcomes girls in grades six through 12 and strives to develop them into well-educated, self-reliant and successful young women. The all-girl environment encourages students to develop intellectual, leadership and service skills, as well as creative and athletic capabilities, free from some of the social concerns that many students face in their formative middle and high school years. | Newcomer Magazine | 25


Bright Horizons

The World at Your Child’s Fingertips by Melanie F. Gibbs


etro Atlanta families looking for world-class child care don’t need to look very far—just look for Bright Horizons. With a mission to provide innovative programs that help children, families, and employers work together to be their very best, Bright Horizons Family Solutions® is the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, early education, and work/life solutions, managing child care centers for many of the world’s top corporations, hospitals, universities, and government agencies. In the Atlanta area, these include NCR, the Saint Joseph’s Health System, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech, and LIFE University. You don’t have to work for one of these to take advantage of Bright Horizons’ services, though. Seven of its metro Atlanta centers are designated as “community welcoming” and are open to residents in the area, as well. (These are listed on the Bright Horizons web site.) Although Bright Horizons’ core program is for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, camp sessions are offered for children up to 12 years. Some programs also offer intersession care and have transportation to pick up school-agers after school. Most of the centers in the Atlanta area meet the standards of excellence set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and four more are undergoing accreditation. What’s so special about Bright Horizons? Besides the fact that the company has been named one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” 12 times, one of the things that differentiates Bright Horizons is its curriculum. The World at Their Fingertips curriculum is implemented as early as infancy and creates developmentally appropriate educational environments that empower children to be confident, successful, lifelong learners. “The curriculum is specific to the needs of each child, not prepackaged,” notes Melony Gibson, Regional Manager. The World cur-

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riculum places a strong emphasis on the development of language, math, science, and social skills and incorporates the key elements that contribute to a child’s readiness for school and academic success. Also setting Bright Horizons apart, it was the first child care and early education organization to sign up to the Partnership for a Healthier America and the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign, which reaffirms Bright Horizons’ commitment to the health of the children in its care and showcases its best practices around nutrition and physical activity as a model for child care organizations nationwide. Even before making this commitment, Bright Horizons’ curriculum included the Well Aware component, which fosters positive attitudes toward healthy living, physical activity, and nutrition through appropriate experiences that incorporate healthful habits into daily routines. “Well Aware educates families in ways to be healthy,” Gibson says. For example, families will notice the menu is different from other care centers. “They will see a menu that meets or exceeds health standards,” she adds. “Bright Horizons offers a lot of organics and caters to diverse needs.” For families seeking an innovative solution to help prepare their children for academic success and a healthier future, Bright Horizons are at hand. n

The Specifics Ages: Core program 6 weeks - 5 years old; camp Tuition: Varies and is center specific. sessions up to 12 years; some offer school-age after-school care. Locations: 7 Metro Atlanta locations (Atlanta, Alpharetta, Duluth, Marietta). Curriculum: World at Their Fingertips: Designed to prepare children for success in school and in life. Contact: 678-489-3942,

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Arts & Entertainment


Exploring Atlanta’s Cultural Hot Spots by Cynthia Turner

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Memphis arrives at The Fox Theatre in January.

Metro Atlanta boasts a thriving arts and entertainment scene. Exciting exhibitions and state-of-the-art performance facilities attract both national and international attention. Here is a look at where you can find some of the best and brightest shows, exhibits, museums and culture—those that make the city’s arts and entertainment scene a show-stopping success. CONCERT & THEATER VENUES

Ferst Center for the Arts 404-894-9600, At the Ferst Center for the Arts, located in Georgia Tech’s downtown campus, audiences have been dazzled by national and international performers for 19 years. The 2011-2012 season includes Bill Cosby, Herb Alpert and the Imperial Acrobats among the Center’s music, dance and comedy performances.

Alliance Theatre

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404-733-4650, Located at Woodruff Arts Center, the Alliance Theatre continues to bring new works, celebrated directors and shows that range from musical comedies to classic dramas. The 201112 season boasts favorites, like The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol, as well as the world premier of a new musical written by John Mellencamp and Stephen King.

The Fox Theatre 404-881-2100, The Fabulous Fox Theatre was originally built as an outlandish, opulent, grandiose monument in the Roaring 20s, and since continues to run a series of movies, plays, musicals, dance performances and concerts. Both Theater of the Stars and Broadway Across America bring world-class shows to the Fox, as well as a number of concerts and performances each year.

The Center for Puppetry Arts 404-873-3391, A unique cultural treasure, the Center for Puppetry Arts offers year-round performances for all ages including original adaptations of classic stories, new works and innovative shows. The Center also is known for its creative workshops and hands-on museum where visitors can experience the wonder of puppetry through permanent and special exhibits. Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer will return this holiday season after last year’s wildly successful debut.

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre 770-528-8490, Cobb County’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre is a 606-seat performing arts theatre at the Cobb County Civic Center that hosts concerts, plays, recitals and other events. Its Encore Series each year brings in some of the top performing acts in the nation.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 770-916-2800, The first major performing arts facility to be built in Metro Atlanta in four decades, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre includes a 2,750-seat theater and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, making it an ideal venue for ballet performances and corporate meetings alike. The centre features performances by the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet, the Gas South Broadway Series, and popular concerts.

Rialto Center for the Arts

TOP: Bill Cosby appears at Ferst Center BOTTOM: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at Center for Puppetry Arts.

404-413-9849, The world is at your fingertips at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, where international performers introduce Atlantans to art in all of its cultural manifestations. The venue is home to the Rialto Series presenting the | Newcomer Magazine | 29

TOP: (Left to right): How the Grinch Stole Christmas arrives in November, Spivey Hall’s 4,412-pipe organ, Wicked returns to The Fox Theatre in September. BELOW: Imperial acrobats of China at Ferst Center.

best of national and international jazz, world music, and dance; School of Music performances; the Atlanta Film Festival and many others.

Spivey Hall

PERFORMING ARTS Atlanta Ballet 404-873-5811, Atlanta is home to the oldest professional dance company in America, the Atlanta Ballet, which has been applauded for classics such as Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. This will be Atlanta Ballet’s 82nd season, highlighted by a world premiere full-length fairytale ballet by dance legend Twyla Tharp. Anchoring the season will be Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, the treasured holiday tradition that has continued to thrill Atlanta audiences for more than 50 years. A holiday event to enjoy with the entire family.

ebration” Concert with world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and John Adams’ A Flowering Tree.

Broadway Across America

Atlanta Opera 404-881-8885, Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation, drawing audiences from metropolitan Atlanta as well as from the Southeast. The 20112012 season treats audiences to performances of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; The Golden Ticket, based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”; and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

800-278-4447, The national production company known as Broadway Across America offers the hottest tickets in town. For more than 25 years, Broadway Across America has brought blockbuster shows direct from the Great White Way to Atlanta. This year’s lineup includes Wicked, Mama Mia and more.

Georgia Shakespeare 404-264-0020, Oglethorpe University’s permanent 509-seat theater is home to Georgia Shakespeare, the professional theater company of Atlanta’s finest artists who have been showcasing the works of the master dramatist since its founding in 1985.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Theater of the Stars

404-733-4900, The 2011-2012 season of the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be the Orchestra’s 67th. Highlights include “A King Cel-

404-252-8960, Founded more than 50 years ago to produce and present the Broadway musicals to regional theaters, the best of Broadway calls the Fox home

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678-466-4200, Located at Clayton State University, Spivey Hall presents jazz and classical music in one of the best acoustical settings in Atlanta. The hall’s chandeliers, balcony and luxuriously appointed setting have a European feel and lends to the concert settings’ beauty. And the stunning 4,412-pipe organ is well worth the visit. Look for performances by the likes of pianist Paul Lewis, Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

TOP: (Left to right): Don Giovanni at the Atlanta Opera, Theater of a Concert at ASO, Native American Dancing at the Booth Western Art Museum.

with Theater of the Stars. Productions of Guys and Dolls and Annie highlight the year ahead.

Theatrical Outfit 404-577-5257, For 35 years, the Theatrical Outfit has been producing classic and contemporary theater with an emphasis on work indigenous to the culture of the American South. This season includes Freud’s Last Session, Red, and A Wrinkle in Time.


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You won’t want to miss these shows and events!

ATLANTA BALLET Twyla Tharp’s “The Princess and The Goblin” Twyla Tharp sets her sights on a full-length, world premiere at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. February 10-19, 2012 404-892-3303



Atlanta History Center 404-814-4000, With its permanent and temporary exhibitions; hands-on activities, lectures and workshops; and 33 acres of gardens, the opulent Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm, the Atlanta History Center offers more than enough to keep visitors engaged and happy. The Center also oversees the Margaret Mitchell House

where celebrated author Margaret Mitchell penned the classic Southern tale Gone With the Wind.

Booth Western Art Museum 770-387-1300, The state’s second-largest art museum, Cartersville’s Booth Western Art Museum is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Permanent galleries American West Gallery, Cowboy

SPECIAL EVENTS PROMOTION THE ATLANTA OPERA Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti’s masterpiece features the most spectacular mad scene in opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. November 12, 15, 18, 20 404-881-8885 ATLANTA BALLET CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION Open House Visit the Cobb and Buckhead studios to register for the new year. August 13, 2011 404-873-5811

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA MEMPHIS A hot new Broadway musical at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. January 31-February 5, 2012 800-278-4447 FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Bill Cosby Don’t miss one of America’s most beloved comedians. October 23, 2011 404-894-9600

SPIVEY HALL Paul Lewis, piano Spivey Hall’s season opening celebration features works by Franz Schubert. October 9, 2011 678-466-4200 TELLUS SCIENCE MUSEUM Night at the Museum 3 Tellus comes to life with the biggest names in science and science fiction! August 6, 2011 770-606-5700 | Newcomer Magazine | 31

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Gallery, Faces of the West, Heading West, The Modern West, Sagebrush Ranch, James and Carolyn Millar Presidential Gallery, War is Hell, and a Sculpture Court are joined by special exhibits and an annual Festival & Symposium.

Fernbank 404-929-6300, The city’s two renowned science museums, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and Fernbank Science Center (678-874-7102, fsc.fernbank. edu), make children of all ages “ooh” and “aah” through the museums’ corridors. From large-scale dinosaur fossils to the five-story-high, 72-footwide IMAX movie screen to the planetarium and observatory, science reigns supreme at Fernbank.

Gone With the Wind Museum 770-794-5576, Visit “Scarlett on the Square” in a Marietta museum dedicated to the beloved Southern classic. The Gone With the Wind Museum features an extensive collection of memorabilia, including the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie, promotional pieces and collectibles, foreign copies of the novel, as well as Margaret Mitchell’s personal volumes.

High Museum of Art 404-733-5000, The High Museum of Art has long attracted attention as the leading Southeastern art museum. Patrons can look forward to exhibits such as The Sculpture of Grainger McKoy, Embracing Elegance, 1885-1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection; and Picasso to Warhol: Twelve Modern Masters.

Michael C. Carlos Museum 404-727-4282, Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum is one of the Southeast’s premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

Tellus Science Museum 770-606-5700, One of the newest museums to Georgia is the Tellus Science Museum in

The Fossil Dig at Tellus Science Museum is fun for all ages.

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Cartersville, which brings the past, present and future to life in unique galleries. Kids will cower beneath the Tyrannosaurus Rex, become mad scientists in The Collins Family My Big Backyard, get up close and personal with sparkling gems and minerals, and explore 100 years of transportation technology.

CULTURE FOR KIDS Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education 404-873-5811, Since its founding in 1996, the Centre has become one of the top ten dance education facilities in the country. Classes for two-year-olds up to pre-professionals and adults are offered. A relationship with Kennesaw State University provides a venue for collaborative dance education between the two institutions.

Imagine It! Children’s Museum 404-659-5437, A place for toddlers and young children to discover through play, Imagine It! has consistently been ranked by national parenting magazines as one of the best children’s museums in the country. All hands will be engaged in the museum’s art centers, crawl spaces, water discovery, dress up areas, a play grocery store and other exhibits aimed at letting children discover and explore.

Sophie Hirsh Srochi Jewish Discovery Museum 678-812-4171, An interactive museum for children, the Sophie Hirsh Srochi Discovery Museum is part museum, part theatre, and all hands-on. Children will explore Jewish values, traditions, holidays and heritage.

The Wren’s Nest 404-753-7735, By preserving the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris—19th century associate editor of the Atlanta Constitution and author of the Uncle Remus stories—and the heritage of African American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing, the Wren’s Nest serves as an educational resource. Adults will enjoy the storytelling as much as children do!

OUTDOOR CONCERT VENUES tChastain Park Amphitheatre is not only a place to enjoy music under the stars in-town, but allows guests to bring in picnics for shows by both the Delta Classic Chastain Concert series (404-733-5012, and Live Nation productions (800-745-3000, t5IFOFXTVNNFSIPNFUPUIF"UMBOUB4ZNQIPOZ0SDIFTUSB (404-733-4900,, Alpharetta’s 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless at Encore Park (404-7335010, has become one of the premiere concert facilities outside Atlanta. t5IFFrederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre, “The Fred,” (770631-0630, brings acts like Kool & The Gang, Bryan Adams and comedians Ryan Stiles and Greg Poops to Peachtree City. tAaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (404-443-5090, holds nearly 20,000 people to watch big names like Motley Crue, Journey, Kid Rock, and Toby Keith. | Newcomer Magazine | 33


Double Zero Napoletana A Taste of Italy Without Leaving Town by Katie Kelly Bell

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trip to Italy might not be in your budget this year, but that doesn’t prepared sous vide, laced with a tomato basil jam and topped with fresh mean you have to be deprived. Just north of 1-285 on Roswell mozzarella. It’s easy to be seduced by the myriad starters, pizzas pastas and Road, the team at Double Zero Napoletana serves up one seriously such, but if you have room for an entrée you’ll have to make the call between the Delmonico rib-eye or seared scallops with fennel and orange salad authentic southern Italian experience. Atlanta-based Castellucci Hospitality Group (Iberian Pig and Sugo) own- … oh and did I mention the osso buco? ers Federico Castellucci III and Stephanie Castellucci, together with Execu- This is probably not the place to come for a quiet, serious meal. Painted tive Chef John Coley, have assembled a star-studded cast of premium Italian concrete floors, wood and natural tones, and lots of helpful ceiling acousingredients. Consider the pizza: mind you this is not your typical average everyday ‘za. The double zero rated superfine flour comes from Italy, as do the Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and the yeast starter. Throw in the two gorgeous Stefano ovens, also imported from Italy, and one can appreciate the special taste experience of this pizza. Our Funghi ‘pizze’ arrived with an aromatic blend of seasonal mushrooms, ruby red grape tomatoes, caramelized onions and black truffle shavings. The crust, blistered from the searing 1,000 degree heat, is simultaneously chewy and crisp—a magical texture only such a wood-burning oven can create. You might easily be satisfied with a pizza accompanied by a glass of any of the southern Italian wines. The list is thorough and brimming with all manner of unique varietals for American palates, Aglianico, Negroamaro, and Malvasia to name a few. However, if you stop, you’ll miss other temptations. Bring a crowd with you, as most everything on the menu is served in portions suitable for sharing: pizza, antipasti, pasta, meats and cheeses, and entrees. A daily ravioli takes advantage of seasonal offerings. Ours came stuffed with mascarpone cheese and a drift of morels on top finished with vivid green dots of basil oil: in a word, sumptuous. The fresh-from-scratch ravioli and premium ingredients are testimony to the painstaking care the kitchen takes with reproducing an authentic Italian taste experience. A bowl of calamari a granchi comes ABOVE: The large open space lends itself to a sharing atmosphere. LEFT: The Giardino with crab stuffed calamari and squid ink linguini. Tossed with capers and salad features watermelon radish, heirloom carrots, baby turnips, and edible flowers. taggiasca olives, its saline freshness tastes of the sea. L’Arrosto, the roast, is a full-on table share with heaps of house made specialties served on the side. tics to mute the clamor give this place a nice, gentle buzz. Divided into The one-and-half pound roasted pork shoulder comes with pizza nuvole, three sections you can order a to-go meal in the café, grab a stool at the pickled vegetables, grilled radicchio salad, pepper jelly, roasted garlic puree, pizza bar and watch the ovens in action or take a seat in the dining room. Communal tables in the center of the Calabrian chilies and apple almond mustard. The DETAILS dining room are ideal for large groups to If you’re saving room for an entrée, skip gather round. If it’s just the two of you, the roast and go for the cast iron polenta. A Hours: Sun. - Thurs., 5 - 10 p.m.; Atmosphere: Fine Italian cuisine in a relaxed Fri. – Sat., 5 - 11 p.m. convivial atmosphere. ask for a seat up along the wall where bewitching blend of ricotta salata, sausages Reservations: Yes Recommendations: Affettati pizza (lots of you can spread out on the long leather and chick peas gets a spike of heat from a bit Phone: 404-991-3666 Italian meats), market fish, cast iron polenta with Parking: Valet soft egg, lamb polpettine. banquette. Whatever you decide, you’ll of Calabrian pepper jelly. Location: 5825 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30328 taste southern Italy at its finest without We also polished off our lamb polpettine. Attire: Casually hip Web: leaving town. n A fetching set of three crispy lamb meatballs

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Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $2.00 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the Breeze limited-use and extendeduse cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates. For fares, schedule and route information call 404848-5000 or visit


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Driver’s License

Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $20 fee (in cash) for a five-year license, or a $35 fee for a 10-year license. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit

Car Tag

You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In January 2006, the state began charging sales tax on vehicles. Your tag office will


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Making a Phone Call All phone numbers in the Metro Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a phone call, dial one of the three area codes (404, 770, 678) and the seven-digit number. In general, the 404 area code is designated for intown areas, the 770 area code for suburbs, and the 678 area code is normally used for cell phones, fax numbers and some suburbs.


Registering for School By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need to provide the child’s social security number; a vision, hearing, and dental screening from a family practitioner or local health clinic; and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3231. | Newcomer Magazine | 37

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION public schools Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

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Elementary Schools 22 Middle Schools 7 Intermediate Schools 1 High Schools 6 Alternative 1 Evening 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,578 School & bus information: 770-720-2112 Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. Georgia National

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 Electricity Amicalola EMC 706-276-2362 770-429-2100 Cobb EMC Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-887-2363

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Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $26.80; Incorporated Cherokee County, $24.06. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

Cagle Dairy Farm, Canton

Located northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The county seat, then called Etowah, was established in 1833 and renamed Canton in 1834. Today, the city is enjoying its greatest economic boom in its history since more than $60 million was invested in residential and commercial development in 1998. Despite developing its own industrial base, Cherokee County remains idyllic and serene. Farming, especially poultry processing, remains a leading industry. Canton and the neighboring community of Woodstock have seen tremendous growth as subdivisions crop up to accommodate newcomers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the county’s population are commuters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $194,900. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farms, Bridge Mill and Town Lake Hills. Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92 traverse the county, affording residents easy access to Atlanta and the nearby attractions of Town Center Mall, Lake Allatoona and the North Georgia Mountains. Other great places to live,

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Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is prime location for development.


work and play in Cherokee County include the cities of Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska.


Canton Canton was incorporated in 1833 and renamed in 1834 at the request of two founding fathers who had visions that the town might become a silk center similar to what existed in Canton, China. Canton did become famous for its “Canton Denim,” known worldwide for the high-quality denim produced by Canton Cotton Mills. Today, Canton is attracting new industry and residents. As a result, the city is re-investing in its downtown. As part of its “Streetscapes” program, downtown Canton will be restored to its historic look and features a newly designed theater on Main Street. Located at the foothills of the Blue

Twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County. With a growth rate of 70 percent over the past 10 years, the city has doubled in size. Residents enjoy easy access to Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92, allowing short commutes to Cobb and Fulton counties. While affording convenience to big-city attractions, Woodstock still maintains its small-town appeal. Buildings dating back to 1879 characterize the downtown, where antique and other specialty shops are located. Various golf courses are located in Woodstock, including Arnold Palmer’s Eagle Watch, a course with wooded countryside views that is considered to be one of the top places to play in Atlanta. The 11,860-acre Lake Allatoona provides additional recreation. Woodstock is also convenient to more than 13 state parks. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


Clayton County

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Life in Clayton County revolves around transportation, much like it did when the Central Railroad passed through the county seat of Jonesboro carrying goods and people. Today, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport employs more than 35,000 people, one-third of whom


Jonesboro Clayton County is steeped in history, especially Jonesboro, the fictional setting for Margaret Mitchell’s legendary Civil War

novel, Gone With the Wind. In truth, the farming community of Jonesboro was all but destroyed in the decisive Battle of Jonesboro. Today, this community of more than 4,000 residents maintains its small-town atmosphere despite its proximity to Atlanta and major freeways. Jonesboro’s Main Street buildings, some dating back to the mid-1800s, have been renovated and now house antique shops, gift shops and government offices. Many residential homes have also been restored, including the historic Ashley Oaks Mansion (1879) and Stately Oaks (1939). Open to the public, these antebellum gems transport visitors to the Gone With the Wind era.

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live in Clayton County. Many of the county’s almost 267,000 County residents have lived in the area Neighborhoods for generations. Unlike in other Metro Atlanta counties, nearly Schools half of them also work in the county. Median household income: $43,674 Just 15 miles south of Median age of residents: 32 Population: 273,718 downtown Atlanta, Clayton Sales Tax: 7% County, one of the smallest counties in Georgia, offers Chamber of Commerce residents many natural reClayton County treats, including the Reyn678-610-4021, olds Nature Preserve, the Property Taxes Newman Wetlands Center, The property tax rate is $32.52 per $1,000 of Lake Blalock and Lake Shamassessed value. Tax Commissioner: 770-477-3311 rock. The county also boasts several private and public golf courses. World-renowned Spivey Hall, located on the campus of Clayton State University, attracts acclaimed performers and is one of the world’s foremost acoustical facilities. The 2006 median value of homes, according to the Census Bureau, was $133,700. Milliondollar homes can be found in the Lake Spivey area.

A passenger traveling north from Jonesboro to Atlanta in the mid-1800s would have invariably passed through a small farming community known as Morrow Station. Once depicted as “the whistle stop” south of Atlanta, today Morrow is a booming city of more than 5,000 residents with a thriving industrial, commercial and retail base that includes Morrow Industrial Park and Southlake Mall. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


public schools Clayton County Schools Board of Education 770-473-2700 Elementary Schools 36 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 10 Charter 3 Alternative 2 Per-pupil expenditures $8,146 School & bus information 770-473-2835 Avg. SAT Scores Clayton Co. Georgia National

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Georgia Power Company


Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 Ultimate Security of America, Inc. 770-460-5722 Water Clayton County Water Authority 770-961-2130 Cable TV Comcast

800-266-2278 Hospitals

Southern Crescent Hospital for Specialty Care 770-897-7600 Southern Regional Medical Center


South Fulton Medical Center

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Magnet Charter Special Per-pupil expenditures


Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores

Cobb Co. Marietta City Georgia National

1534 1514 1460 1509

pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-974-5233 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 Comcast 404-266-2278 MCI Worldcom 770-541-7235 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-423-1000 770-794-5100 770-943-8000 770-319-5338

CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000

White Water

Cobb County



One of Family Circle magaCobb County came zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famiinto being in 1832 when lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its the state redistributed land small-town atmosphere and boasts County once part of the Cherokee abundant parks and green space, Neighborhoods Nation. Named after Thomas exceptional recreational programs Welch Cobb, the county and top-notch schools, includ experienced a devastating ing Kennesaw State University. setback during the Civil Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown War when most of it was features shopping, dining and atSchools destroyed during the Battle tractions such as the Smithsonian at Kennesaw Mountain. affiliated Southern Museum of Median household income: $65,123 Today, Cobb County, Civil War and Locomotive History, Median age of residents: 35 located north of Fulton the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum and Population: 698,158 County, is one of the fastnearby Kennesaw Mountain NaSales tax: 6% est-growing counties in the tional Battlefield Park. Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, Rapidly defining what’s new jobs in the service, retail, Property Taxes and progressive in quality of life aerospace and technology The property tax is $28.75 per $1,000 of assessed and citizen services, Smyrna sectors, Cobb County offers value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 delivers an amazing sense of style a quality of life unsurpassed and love of life. The new Market in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been spent on apartments and condos near Cum- Village, home to fabulous restaurants, transportation improvements in re- berland Mall, secluded subdivisions bars and upscale shops and services, cent years, allowing residents easy in East Cobb and horse ranches in is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- the northwest corner of the county. success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, The small towns of Marietta, Vin- “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- ings, Smyrna and Austell still retain charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the their Southern charm amidst urban fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N Galleria area. settings. According to the Census For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options ex- Bureau, the median value of homes information, visit our Web site at ist in Cobb County, including luxury in 2006 was $205,200.

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Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Marietta City Schools Board of Education

71 25 16 6 6 4 $8,816


DeKalb County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 705,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an “ international city” with its businesses and residences representing more than 30 different countries and 120 languages.


Decatur As the county seat, Decatur revolves around the Courthouse Square. In recent years, the square has undergone a renaissance as small storefront mo-

shed and Supper Club. The square also plays host to numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood parties. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families and retirees. With Agnes Scott College, a prestigious women’s college, and just outside the city limits, Emory University, Decatur is a college town amidst a big city. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.


Emory University


DeKalb County prosNeighborhoods pers in part due to its ex- cellent transportation sys- tem. Five major road ar- teries traverse the county: Interstates 20, 85, 285, Schools 675 and US Highway 78. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is only six Median household income: $51,753 miles from DeKalb’s south- Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 ern border and the DeKalb Sales tax: 7% Peachtree Airport, a general aviation field, is report- Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County ed to be the second busiest 404-378-8000, airport in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes the biomedical commu- The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for unincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headquartifs have been preserved, attracting tered there. The median value of homes in unique shopping, entertainment and 2006, according to the Census Bu- dining that includes By Hand South, Square Roots, Eddie’s Attic, Waterreau, was $190,100.

In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among established professionals and young, upwardly mobile professionals raising families. It is often referred to as the “tennis set” neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Lynwood Park and Recreation Center, as well as Blackburn Park and Tennis Center. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Center and the Spruill Gallery. A variety of housing is available in Dunwoody, including apartments, townhomes, ranch-style homes, bungalows and mini-mansions with manicured lawns. Nearby Perimeter Mall provides shopping, dining and family entertainment. With its proximity to all major expressways and North Fulton’s booming business opportunities, Dunwoody is a hot-spot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at

EDUCATION pUBLIC schools DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200 Elementary Schools 83 Middle Schools 20 High Schools 20 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 School & bus information 678-676-1300 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education


Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737 Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. City of Decatur Georgia National

1334 1577 1460 1509

pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Georgia Power


Snapping Shoals EMC


Walton EMC


Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T



404-780-2355 Water

DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 Cable TV Charter Communication


Comcast Cablevision


Hospitals Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


DeKalb Medical Center


Emory University Hospital


Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center

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pUBLIC schools Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Charter Per-pupil expenditures

58 19 16 6 $9,746 404-802-3500

Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Charter Non-Traditional Per-pupil expenditures: School & bus information:

55 16 22 7 2 $13,710 404-753-9815

Avg. SAT Scores Atlanta (City) 1285 Fulton Co. 1584 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 Electricity City of College Park 404-669-3772 City of East Point 404-270-7093 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3377 Georgia Power Company 404-395-7611 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 800-356-3094 Outside Georgia Water Fulton County


Cable TV Charter Communications 877-728-3121 Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory Crawford Long Hospital 404-686-2513 Fulton County Health Dept. 404-730-1211 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-616-4307 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 South Fulton Medical Center 404-466-1170 404-851-7001 St. Joseph’s Hospital

At the center of the Metro Atlanta area is Fulton County. Bordered on the west by the Chattahoochee River and encompassing Interstates 85, 75, 285 and Ga. 400, Fulton County is at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. Most Fortune 500 corporations maintain national or regional facilities in the area; many are headquartered here, including Coca-Cola, Equifax, United Parcel Service, Home Depot, Delta Airlines and Turner Broadcasting System. More than 3 million live and work in Fulton County. Older, innercity neighborhoods, such as Inman Park, Candler Park and trendy Virginia-Highland offer eclectic living amidst unique boutiques and restaurants. Midtown is at the heart of the city’s cultural life, home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre and the historic Fox Theatre. Many outdoor festivals are held at Piedmont Park. According to the Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $270,000. Homes in the millions can be found in such affluent neighborhoods as Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Alpharetta.

Buckhead is also the epicenter for the city’s entertainment and dining industries. With more than 200 restaurants, luxury hotels and nightspots, it has long been a young professional’s paradise. The area also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.

Downtown Atlanta skyline




Considered Atlanta’s “silk stocking district,” Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its one-of-a-kind Georgian and Neoclassical mansions and uniquely styled homes from the 1950s and 1960s, Buckhead is a favorite locale among architecture and history buffs. It is home to the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center.

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Median household income: $57,586 Median age of residents: 35 Population: 963,676 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, South Fulton 770-964-1984, Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 is: $30.49 for the City of Atlanta; $28.03 for incorporated Fulton County; $33.69 for unincorporated South Fulton and $31.90 for unincorporated North Fulton County County. Tax Commissioner: 404-730-6100

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development.

Atlanta City Schools

Fulton County

lanta’s most affluent neighborhoods. Homes range from elegant subdivisions to those with acreage. The Country Club of the South is a planned community home to several sports stars, high profile executives and celebrities. A successful combination of old and new, Alpharetta has become a haven for singles, families and professionals wanting a bit of country living with all the amenities that city dwelling offers. While many residents shop at nearby Northpoint Mall and Gwinnett Mall, many still enjoy the old stores on Main Street— a visit to the Alpharetta Soda Shoppe is a special treat. N


Once a small farming community, Alpharetta has boomed within the last 20 years to become one of At-

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Gwinnett County

COUNTY INFORMATION Some of Duluth’s neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation, and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small-town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.


Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here Mall of Georgia in the latter part of the 18th century. Following the official founding of Originally part of Georgia’s the city in 1837, Suwanee became Native American territory, Gwinnett a railroad stop along the Southern County was created by the State Railroad route. It remained a small Legislature in 1818 and named after country town well into the ’70s when Button Gwinnett, the third signer of construction of I-85 and U.S. 23 the Declaration of Independence and brought easy access to the region. a former state governor. Since then, Suwanee has exWhile the county was perienced tremendous once largely rural with small growth, from 2,000 resiCounty towns, country stores, farms dents in 1990 to more Neighborhoods and forests, today it is home to than 10,000 today. To more than 245 international help manage growth, companies and 450 high-tech the city has developed firms. With an average of 260 a comprehensive developSchools new professional and industrial ment plan that promotes companies relocating to the pedestrian-oriented deMedian household income: $64,005 county each year, attracting more velopment and mixedMedian age of residents: 33 than 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett use zoning. Designated Population: 789,499 County remains in the top 10 a Tree City USA for more Sales tax: 6% ranking for growth nationwide. than 10 years, the city Chamber of Commerce The county supports many is committed to preserving Gwinnett County cultural events, restaurants 27 percent of its land as 770-232-3000, and shopping opportunities, green space. Property Taxes including the Mall of Georgia. Such foresight has The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett Gwinnett County remains allowed Suwanee to retain County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. affordable for renters and first-time its old-fashioned charm Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. home buyers, many of whom find while providing contemhomes in the communities of Doraville, in Metro Atlanta and is home to porary convenience. Only 35 miles Lawrenceville and Snellville. The median some of the best golf courses and from downtown Atlanta, Suwanee is value of homes in 2006, according to private tennis clubs. There are close to big-city attractions, business numerous parks for recreation and districts and shopping. Many anthe Census Bureau, was $193,100. participatory sports, including tique shops and historic structures, Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” including several Victorian and reHowell Park. Two major malls, gional farm-style homes, are located Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, near downtown Suwanee. N are located near Duluth. The Southeastern Railway Museum, Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old For more counties and neighborhood Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see information, visit our Web site at of the most exclusive neighborhoods for any railroad aficionado.




EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education: 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Alternative Open Campus Per-pupil expenditures: City Schools of Buford Board of Education:

72 24 20 6 1 $8,338 770-945-5035

Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Academy Per-pupil expenditures

1 1 1 1 $10,198

Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. City of Buford Georgia National

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity City of Buford 770-945-6761 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-972-2917 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit


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Emory Eastside Medical Center


Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center


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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Henry County Schools Board of Education 770-957-6601 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Alternative Per-pupil expenditures School & bus information


29 12 10 1 $7,910 770-957-2025

Avg. SAT Score Henry Co. Georgia National


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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Central Georgia EMC 770-775-7857 Georgia Power


Snapping Shoals EMC


Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit

McDonough’s town square

Henry County

Incorporated in 1823, McDonough was named after Commodore McDonough of the War of 1812 and is the county seat. Many historic structures with architecture dating back to the 1800s can be seen in and around McDonough’s town square. McDonough, in an effort to bring its residents a sense of community, created its Main Street Program, which revitalized its Main Street. Today, the street is not only home to intimate boutiques and family-friendly restaurants, it is also home to a variety of free community events throughout the year on the town square, including Music on the Square summer concerts, Santa on the Square at Christmas, classic car shows and chili cook-offs.

Named after Patrick Henry, orator from the Revolutionary War, Henry County is one of 17 County counties created from the Creek Neighborhoods Indian land secessions. The Schools county is known as the “Mother Median household income: $63,395 Host of the LPGA of Counties” because much of Median age of residents: 32 Chick-fil-A Charity Chamits land was taken to develop Population: 191,502 pionship each year in April, surrounding counties, including Sales tax: 7% Stockbridge is a golfer’s parFulton, DeKalb and Clayton. Chamber of Commerce adise. Eagle’s Landing, the Today Henry County is Henry County community surrounding made up of the cities of 770-957-5786, the 18-hole Eagle’s LandMcDonough, Stockbridge, ing golf course, is home to Locust Grove and Hampton. Property Taxes some of the most beautiful It is one of the fastest-growing The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is $37.51 for unincorporated Henry County. and exclusive neighborcounties in Metro Atlanta with Tax Commissioner: 770-288-8180 hoods south of Atlanta. The more than 198,000 residents. 51,000-square-foot, plantaThe county continues to flourish as a major industrial and retail hosts the LPGA Chick-fil-A Char- tion-style clubhouse on the property exemplifies Georgian charm. Home center. Tanger Outlet Center in ity Championship. Locust Grove is a favorite attraction With the county’s rich resources prices range from the hundredamong Atlanta’s shoppers. and convenience to I-75, housing thousands to the millions. Incorporated in 1920, StockHenry County is known best, has continued at a steady growth however, as the home of Atlanta Mo- with such planned developments bridge began as a settlement in tor Speedway and Eagle’s Landing as Heron Bay Golf & Country 1829 and celebrates its heriCountry Club. Located in the county Club and Crown Ridge cropping tage each May with Ole’ Stocksince 1959, the speedway attracts up everywhere. The median value bridge Days. N people from all over the state for of homes in 2008 was $150,189, For more counties and neighborhood its two annual NASCAR races. making Henry County a very information, visit our Web site at Eagle’s Landing in Stockbridge affordable place to live.




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Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.




Georgia’s Wild Animal Adventures

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Play in the Park One of Georgia’s best kept secrets, Chehaw in Albany, boasts more than 700 acres available for recreation, education and conservation. Located deep in Chehaw, the Wild Animal Park features native and exotic animals, many of which are considered endangered species, including the red wolf, black rhinoceros and giant antelopes known as bongos. Guests can stroll along the scenic boardwalks, through the cypress swamps and see many of the animals in their natural habits, and kids will love the Children’s Farm, which features miniature horses, alpacas and pigs. Other exhibits include the reptile house, home to an impressively large Burmese python, and the alligator outpost where more than two dozen American alligators reside.

PHOTO: Wild Adventures Theme Park

Looking to take a walk on the wild side? Then look no further than Georgia’s wild animal parks and preserves. You and your family can get up close and personal with all kinds of animals, from wolves to wallabees. Whether you are looking for a day trip or a weekend excursion, here are some great options to consider.

LEFT: North Georgia Zoo. RIGHT: Wild Adventures Theme Park. CENTER: Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

What you need to know: A park and zoo pass is $8.25 for adults, $7.25 for seniors and $5.25 for children; 229-430-5275,

PHOTO: (Top right) Wild Adventures Theme Park

A Walk on the Wild Side Just a short drive away from Atlanta is a place where you can see, touch and feed hundreds of exotic animals—Pine Mountain’s Wild Animal Safari. Spread over 200 acres, the Wild Animal Safari boasts nearly twice as many animals as the Atlanta Zoo, including ligers (half tiger/half lion). Visitors can drive in their own car, or ride in one of the Safari’s Zebra Vans, on a 3.5-mile paved road that brings you face-to-face with 500-600 free-roaming animals. Unlike other animal parks, visitors can feed many of the animals—animals will walk right up to cars in search of a snack. In addition, the park’s WalkAbout zoo environment is home to primates, alligators and other animals. What you need to know: Tickets for adults are $17.95. Children and seniors are $14.95; see Web site for seasonal hours; 800-367-2751,

A Most Excellent Adventure Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta is really two parks in one—a theme park and a water park.

See Bengal tigers, giraffes and elephants up close via the Safari Train, the best way to view the park’s animal population, which winds through the park as the conductor informs guests about the animals they are viewing. The 7,000 sq. ft. Lorikeet Landing aviary houses colorful lorikeets and parakeets as well as tortoises, large ground birds and Koi fish. Tigers of India highlight the agility of the big cats and the Creature Feature exotic animal show features live animals, comedy and crowd participation. What you need to know: A two-day pass is $45.99 for adults and $40.99 for children and seniors and covers admission to both parks;

Coastal Creatures The Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah is a wildlife experience occupying over 100 acres of maritime forest and exhibiting more than 50 species of animals. Beyond a zoo, Oatland is an educational center that showcases Georgia’s local animals in their own habitats along approximately two

miles of trails. Wolf Wilderness, allows visitors to have a “nose-to-nose” experience with a pack of wild gray wolves, separated by glass, of course! Guests also can have a “hands-on” experience at the Georgia Farm, where they can interact with animals such as goats, pigs and donkeys. What you need to know: Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors; 912-3951212,

A Wild Wonder Home of Wildlife Wonders and Paradise Valley Farm, North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland hosts over 80 different species of exotic animals, some of whom have even been featured on TV shows like Rachael Ray, Vampire Diaries and Dirty Jobs. What once was strictly a “visit you” zoo, now has opened its doors to visitors on 30 acres in the Appalachian foothills. A Wildlife Walk provides a tour of exotic animals, from alligators to zebras. The Camel Encounter trailer ride visits camels, water buffalo and yaks. Paradise Valley Farm houses over 30 breeds of livestock, including the rare miniature zebu cow. What you need to know: Wildlife Package (Petting Zoo, Camel Encounter and Wildlife Walk) is $25 for adults and $23 for children. 706-348-7279, | Newcomer Magazine | 47


ASO Opening Night, Atlanta Symphony Hall Atlanta Symphony Orchestra opens its 20112012 season with selections from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen and the Atlanta Symphony premiere of Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Sept. 22, 23 & 25, 404-733-4800,

Better Than Ezra, Town Center Park Known for putting on a high-energy live show every time they hit the stage, alternative rock band Better Than Ezra will headline Suwanee’s free summer concert. Suwanee Town Center Park,

ASO Opening Night, Atlanta Symphony Hall

Theater & Concerts Concerts by the Springs, Heritage Green The 15th annual Concerts by the Springs outdoor summer concert series continues with The Breakfast Club, Aug. 7, and The Return, Sept. 11. Arrive early and bring a picnic. Free admission. Heritage Green on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, Aug. 7 & Sept. 11,

The Ugly Duckling, Center for Puppetry Arts The Ugly Duckling brings to the stage Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a rare bird that simply doesn’t fit in. The Create-A-Puppet Workshop lets you make your own Ugly Duckling marionette. Center for Puppetry Arts, Aug. 18-Sept. 18, 404-873-3391,

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, Fox Theatre The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival is a unique experience, anyway, but the chance to see the 1920 silent film The Mark Of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks, on the big screen is rare, indeed. Live accompaniment on the Mighty Mo Organ. Aug. 25, 404-881-2100,

Michael Ian Black, Ferst Center Comedian Michael Ian Black rings his humor to the Ferst Center. Performance is recommended for adult audiences only. Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, Sept. 8, 404-894-9600,

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You Ju Lee & Anthony Newton, Spivey Hall The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Music Division, presents piano duo You Ju Lee & Anthony Newton onstage in beautiful Spivey Hall. Admission is free. Spivey Hall, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., 678-466-4200,

Project Trio, Ferst Center The Ferst Center welcomes Project Trio, a passionate, high-energy music ensemble that starts with a classical base and incorporates rock, jazz, hip-hop and Americana. Weather permitting, the concerts will be held in the outdoor amphitheater. Free concert. Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, Sept. 30, noon & 5 p.m., 404-894-9600,

Les Misérables, Fox Theatre

PHOTO: Jeff Roffman

Aug. 13, 770-945-8996,

Paul Lewis, Spivey Hall Acclaimed British pianist Paul Lewis makes a welcome return to Spivey Hall for its Season Opening Celebration with popular works by Viennese master, Franz Schubert, as part of his international two-year project, Schubert and the Piano: 1822-1828. Spivey Hall, Oct. 9, 678-4664200,

MAMMA MIA, Fox Theatre The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Over 45 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. The Fox Theatre, Nov. 2-6, 800-745-3000, www.mammamianorthamerica. com or

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Fox Theatre Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! features hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” The Fox Theatre, Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 800-745-3000,

Memphis, Fox Theatre From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. The Fox Theatre, Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2012 800-745-3000, or

Billy Elliot The Musical, Fox Theatre Billy Elliot The Musical is the celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true.

Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class. The Fox Theatre, March 14-25, 2012, 800745-3000, or

Les Misérables, Fox Theatre A brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables has a glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The Fox Theatre, April 24-29, 2012, 800-745-3000,

Jersey Boys, Fox Theatre The 2006 Tony® Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons is coming to Atlanta. Jersey Boys is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The Fox Theatre, May 22-June 10, 2012, 800-745-3000, or

Exhibits & Events Open House, Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education The Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Cobb Centre is celebrating its five-year anniversary. Visit the Cobb or the Buckhead Centre studios’ grand reopening to register for the new enrollment year. Classes for the 11/12 season begin Aug. 15. Aug. 13, 404-873-5811,

Mort Künstler’s Civil War Art, Booth Western Art Museum Take an artistic look at the Civil War. Mort Künstler’s Civil War Art: For Us the Living features more than 40 of Künstler’s major paintings— plus dozens of sketches—that serve as a visual history of some of the nation’s darkest times. Booth Western Art Museum, through Sept. 4, 770-387-1300,

TEAM Up!, Imagine It!

Alfred Stieglitz and His Circle, The High Museum “Alfred Stieglitz and His Circle: American Moderns from Atlanta Collections” features approximately 60 works―watercolors, prints, paintings and photographs―drawn from the High’s permanent collection, as well as loans from private collections located in Atlanta. Through Sept. 11, 404-733-4444,

Night at the Museum III, Tellus Science Museum Cartersville’s Tellus museum comes alive with the biggest names in science history and science fiction during Night at the Museum III. This year’s theme is science fiction coming to life. Tellus Science Museum, Aug. 8, 6-10 p.m., 770-6065700,

Turtle Tours, Heritage Sandy Springs Museum Sandy the chipmunk and Spring the turtle will introduce children ages 2-5 to history through stories, hands-on exhibits, and crafts. These Turtle Tours are based on the Smithsonian Institute’s Early Enrichment program. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, Aug. 13 & Sept. 10,

Suwanee Day, Town Center Park The Suwanee Day community celebration begins with a kick-off parade and ends with a bang during the fireworks display. Featuring nearly 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, rides for children and teens, festival food and all-day entertainment, headlined by The Lovin’ Spoonful. Suwanee’s Town Center Park, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 770945-8996,

Western Art South of the Sweet Tea Line III, Booth Western Art Museum The third offering in the Booth’s signature triennial exhibition series, Western Art South of the Sweet Tea Line III features seldom seen great works of art from public and private Southern collections. Booth Western Art Museum, Sept. 24-Feb. 12, 770-387-1300,

TEAM Up! Explore Science & Sports exercises both body and mind. By slinging fastballs, perfecting bounce passes and keeping balance on pommel horses and balance beams, kids will learn how the principles of geometry, physics, friction and force affect how they play their favorite sports. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, through Sept. 11, 404-659-KIDS, www.chil-

Foxfire/Mountaineer Heritage Festival, Rabun County Civic Center


The seventeenth annual Foxfire Fall Heritage Festival will feature old-fashioned fun, food, crafts, and music. Partnering again this year with The Mountaineer Festival, festival-goers will see over 35 exhibits and demonstrations. Rabun County Civic Center, Oct. 1, | Newcomer Magazine | 49


Honoring the L Southern Greats

ocated just minutes from Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park, home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, is widely acclaimed as a must-see attraction. However, amid the famed laser light shows, paddlewheel riverboat cruises and other entertaining shows and activities is a true slice of history—the Confederate Memorial Carving. Visitors who take the sky lift 825 feet to the top of Stone Mountain get a bird’s-eye view of the carving, which is the largest high-relief sculpture in the world. It depicts Confederate Civil War heroes President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and by Nathan Turner General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. From this vantage point, the carving is certainly impressive, but it still doesn’t manage to appear as large as its specifics indicate. The entire carved surface constitutes three acres, which is larger than a football field. Towering 400 feet above the ground, the carving of the three men measures 90 by 190 feet and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. In fact, during its creation, workers were able to stand inside the mouth of one of the horses in the carving in order to avoid inclement weather. The history of the carving is one fraught with drama. Conceived in 1912, the project endured through funding problems, quarrels, a change of hands for the mountain, and two sculptor changes, until the Confederate Memorial Carving was finally finished by 1972. With a small thermo-jet torch, sculptors Walker Hancock and Roy Faulkner were able to fine-carve eyebrows, buckles, fingers and strands of hair, completing the figures with the detail of a fine painting. It took more than 50 years for the idea to become concept, and many may be surprised to learn that it’s actually larger than Mount Rushmore. Of course, the carving is only one part of Stone Mountain Park, and it does have ties to other attractions. In Memorial Hall, visitors can experience true-to-scale replicas of the Memorial Carving. In addition, the laser light show is projected onto the mountain and, at one point during the show, the lasers actually outline the carving, making it seem as if the horses are moving—the carving, in a sense, comes to life. For more information about the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Carving, call 770-4985690 or visit

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The Stone Mountain Carving

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