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February/March CONTENTS FEATURES Planning Your Big Move . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Moving Your Pet to Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Experts offer helpful tips to take the stress out of your big move, from organizing to packing and what to do before you arrive.
Planning your move to Atlanta? We offer some helpful tips and services to help ease the transition of your four-legged friend.
Summer Camp Guide 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Escape to Chattanooga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
From learning new skills to exploring nature and building self-esteem, there are many good reasons to send your child to summer camp.
Located just two hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga is surrounded by majestic mountains, scenic views and outdoor adventures.
DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.
Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to metro Atlanta and much more.
From Suwanee to Gainesville, these Georgia cities are getting national attention for their quality of life and other amenities.
Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.
A great spot for restaurants and family entertainment, Grant Park is also overflowing with Victorian-era homes and historic attractions.
Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Special Advertising Section: Summer Camp Directory 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Metro Atlanta offers many excellent summer camps. Learn more about some of the exceptional options available to Atlanta campers.
School Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Brandon Hall School’s small class size and innovative learning inspires its students to achieve their full potential.
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If you’re looking for a different type of shopping experience, visit Decatur’s DeKalb Farmers Market.
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inFOCUS news bites from around ATLANTA
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE …
Be part of the crowd as the fabulous Fox Theatre comes alive with The Sound of Music, March 1-6. Based on the stage musical that inspired the hit film, this production follows young Maria as she becomes governess of the singing von Trapp family in Austria, and features such Rodgers and Hammerstein classics as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things” and more. 800-278-4447, foxtheatre.org.
A Class Act Learning is serious business, but it should also be fun. That’s the message that Kevin Carroll (second from left) brought to High Meadows School (highmeadows.org) recently. The renowned speaker and author discussed the importance of embracing a spirit of play and creativity in children’s development. Mr. Carroll also donated 400 red rubber balls to the school, and challenged students and faculty to figure out how to use them. Talk about having a ball in the classroom!
Make Your House a Home Now that you’ve settled into your new Atlanta digs, it’s time to start making the place feel like yours. The 38th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show brings together more than 350 experts, speakers, vendors and more to help you with ideas for remodeling, landscaping, replacing or repairing systems or just finding top-of-the-line appliances. March 18-20 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. For tickets and other information, visit atlantahomeshow.com. 8 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
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PHOTO: Museum of Discovery
Uncover a sense of wonder as your young ones unravel The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Budding archaeologists will have fun learning about ancient Maya while searching for a priceless medallion at this interactive exhibit, which opens Feb. 5 and runs through May 31. For more information, call 404-659-5437or visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
infocus Daddy’s Little Girl Your little girl may not be a Disney princess, but you can show her she’s the center of your universe by escorting her to Peachtree City’s annual Father/Daughter Dance on Feb. 20. This funfilled evening for girls ages 6 through 12 (and their dads or other father figures) features a red carpet entrance, light refreshments, a professional photo, music and dancing. The dance takes place at 202 Fieldhouse Drive. For more information or to register online visit peachtree-city.org/recreation.
Guess Who’s Coming to Suwanee? Don your best black-and-white ensemble and prepare to rub elbows with some mystery guests at Guess Who’s Coming to Cocktails. This black-tie-optional gala offers the chance to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing while supporting Suwanee’s popular public art initiative. And who knows? You might just run into a well-known artist, author, athlete or other luminary. The event takes place March 5 at Town Center. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit suwaneeguesswhoscoming.com.
Tips to Help Reduce the Hassle By Laura Raines
Moving is frequently listed as one of the top 10 most stressful events in a personâ€™s life. After all, you have to deal with a seemingly neverending pile of details, decisions and costs, not to mention the sheer physical exertion of packing up your life and rearranging it in a new place. Fortunately, there are things you can do to significantly reduce your anxiety. Here are some ways to take the hassle out of moving to a new city.
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GET ORGANIZED One of the most important things you can do is to start writing things down. “Even if you don’t live by a planner, this is one time in your life when it pays to be organized,” says professional organizer and time-management expert Leslie Walden, owner of the productivity training company It’s Time to Get Organized. “Buy yourself a notebook that you will enjoy using,” she says, “and begin compiling lists of things you need to do in your old home, and things to set up in your new one. You will save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you have the moving company documents and numbers for Realtors, new schools, utility companies, etc., at your fingertips. And when you think of a detail, write it down. Otherwise, it floats around in your head or gets forgotten.” Other handy organization tools include sticky notes, new address labels, and change of address forms. Plastic baggies or zipper envelopes can come in handy for a variety of small things such as keys and mirror screws, moving receipts and so on. And while you’re in the planning stages, it’s never too soon to start the process of finding a moving company. “The summer, the end of
know exactly what services you are getting. You can save money by packing boxes yourself.” As the big day approaches, “arrange for the utilities to be turned off the day after your move, and turned on the day before you move in,” says Walden. If you need to buy appliances, shop early and have them delivered the day you move in. Call several weeks ahead to schedule appointments. If possible, Walden adds, “take measurements and make a layout of your new space in advance, so that you can plan where your furniture will go ahead of time and have movers put pieces where they belong.”
“If you haven’t worn it or used it in several years, let it go.”
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
the month and weekends are all prime moving times, so you want to nail down your mover early,” says Kathy Householder, chief executive organizer of On the Move Organizing, which provides relocation services for individuals and corporations. “Always get three quotes, and
Another way to help minimize the pain, time and labor of moving is to downsize. “Having less to move saves both time and money,” says Walden. “If you haven’t worn it or used it in several years, let it go. If you have time, hold a garage sale. Arrange for a charity organization to come and pick up anything that doesn’t sell afterwards.” “Get your kids involved in de-cluttering,” says Householder. “You may be surprised by what they are willing to donate to others or sell
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and move them with you in your car. And as you’re packing away your kitchen or bathroom items, be sure to stash some away for an essentials survival kit. “These are the things you’ll need before everything is unpacked,” says Householder, “such as antibacterial wipes, cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, cups and utensils, a can opener, scissors, a hammer and screwdriver.” Either put this on the truck last or pack it in your car. With a little forethought and preparation, you can take a lot of the drama out of moving to your new city, allowing yourself to concentrate on the excitement and happiness of your adventure. Happy moving!
in the garage sale as they begin to plan their new rooms. This is also the time to begin using up frozen food, cleaning supplies and lawn-care chemicals, which movers won’t put on a truck.” This is also a good time to attend to important paperwork—closing out bank accounts, making appropriate changes to insurance policies, emptying your safe deposit box. Put all important documents such as birth certificates, stock certificates and tax records in one safe place (you may want to purchase a fireproof lockbox). Refer to your moving notebook for a list of people and publications you need to notify of your address change.
PACK WISELY Starting early can also help make the process of packing less daunting, says Walden. “If you pack a few boxes a day, you won’t be so overwhelmed at the end.” Pack on a room-by-room basis, labeling the general contents of each box with a permanent marker. Clearly mark bedding boxes for each bedroom—you’ll need these first. “Try to use real moving company boxes, which are sturdier and aren’t as likely to get crushed,” says Householder. “Color-code your boxes by taping sticky notes to several sides.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Moving Scam movingscam.com Before you unload, tape the appropriate color sticky note to the door of each room, so that everyone knows where to put things.” When packing electronics, label the wires and plug-in points with colored stickers, or take a picture to help you reassemble things later. Make sure to back up your computer files to a hard drive or external service. Pack valuable jewelry and other irreplaceable items yourself,
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Communities Five Metro Atlanta Cities Receiving National Recognition By H.M. Cauley
As a major metropolitan area, Atlanta encompasses much more than the city itself. The region includes surrounding counties where small towns and neighborhoods offer an alternative to living in the urban zone. In fact, five of those cities have been recognized by national organizations and media for their quality of life and the amenities they offer. Hereâ€™s a look at the regional award-winners. 14 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
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spotlight Grant Park by Muriel Vega
stablished in 1895, Grant Park is housed in the heart of Atlanta and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Named after Lemuel P. Grant, who helped bring the railroad to Atlanta, it houses some of Atlanta’s most beloved landmarks, and its craftsman cottages and Victorian architecture are sought out by both families and young professionals.
Housing Grant Park is home to many Victorian-era homes, with prices ranging from the $200,000s to the high $400,000s. Oakland Park (404688-0300) boasts energy-efficient condos from the $190s to the $360s. The Jane at Grant Park development (404-537-2766) features more than 33,000 square feet of commercial space and eight bi-level lofts. The Mattress Factory Lofts (404-659-7988) offer affordable, spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom homes with breathtaking city views. The one- and twobedroom apartments at the Burnett at Grant Park (404-635-1234) feature washer-dryers and stainless steel appliances.
The Inside Track Gifted to Atlanta by Lemuel P. Grant in 1883, Grant Park hosts more than 1 million visitors each year.
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PHOTOS: (Bottom) Dinny Addison; (Middle) Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta.
Oakland Cemetery (404-688-2107) is filled with beautiful mausoleums and sculptures, winding paths and an oasis of green space. Turner Field (404-522-7630), the home of the Atlanta Braves, features the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame.
Culinary Treats Doc Chey’s (404-688-4238) serves appetizing noodle bowls and stir-frys. Ria’s Bluebird (404521-3737), which was headed by the late Ria Pell, is a character-filled breakfast joint famous for its fluffy pancakes and very delicious omelets.
Arts and Entertainment Grant Park (404-521-0938), from which the area takes its name, is the city’s oldest surviving park. Zoo Atlanta (404-624-5600) is home to the country’s largest zoological collection of orangutans and western lowland gorillas, and one of only a handful of zoos displaying giant pandas. There are more than 1,500 species on the 40-acre grounds. The zoo is expanding, planning to use the former site of the Atlanta Cyclorama next door as an event space and increasing space for larger animals like giraffes and elephants. Each August, the Summer Shade Festival (404-521-0938) features food vendors, live music, art vendors, a 5K run and a fine food and wine event. N
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If you’re looking for a jolt, visit Octane Coffee at the Jane (404-815-9886) for fresh French press coffee and sweets from Little Tart Bakeshop. Tin Lizzy’s (404-554-8220) dishes out tasty soups, salads, tacos and quesadillas along with frosty margaritas. Locals flock to the Republic Social House (404-577-3997) for salads, sandwiches, wings and an impressive rooftop deck. Six Feet Under (404-523-6664) boasts breathtaking views from its rooftop bar. Grant Central Pizza (404-523-8900) is the preferred spot for pies and pasta. Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt (404-2220206) serves huge portions of savory barbecue.
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Summer Camp Guide
How to Find the Best Fit for Your Child By Daniel Beauregard and Anna Bentley
Summer is still months away. But for parents who want to turn those lazy summer days into exciting opportunities for learning and adventure for their children, itâ€™s not too early to begin searching for a summer camp. 20 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
The Bedford School’s Squirrel Hollow summer camp.
High Meadows Camp
BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO: Courtesy High Meadows Camp
ummer camps across metro Atlanta pair educational activities with recreational favorites, keeping kids active, engaged and learning all the way through August. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in a summer camp, the time to begin planning is now, since spots fill up well before the start of summer. Here are a few of the different types of camps available, along with tips for picking the right one for your child. Your first choice is to decide between day camp and overnight camp. The difference boils down to much more than whether your child comes home at the end of the day. “Overnight camps are great for kids who are comfortable being away from home and family, who make friends easily, adapt well and are excited about new situations and adventures,” says John Dovic, camp director for High Mead-
ows Camp. These camps teach children independence and how to rely on themselves away from the comforts of home. Day camps, meanwhile, “are a good choice for children and parents who are not completely comfortable being apart for an extended amount of time, and for kids who might have other evening or weekend obligations,” he says. Once you’ve decided which type of camp is best for your child’s age and development, there are a great many options to choose from—many of them specializing in a particular pursuit, such as academics, dance, science or even circus arts.
Traditional Summer Camps When most of us think of summer camp, we envision a strong focus on outdoor activities such as swimming, archery or canoeing. High Meadows Camp offers a traditional camp set-
ting focused on the outdoors and experiential learning, in which campers learn about subjects through direct, hands-on experience. High Meadows, which accepts children ages 4 through 14, offers a range of activities including arts and crafts, Native American lore, pony rides, swimming and more. Over a three-week session, campers explore new activities, grow and achieve success. “If they’ve never shot a bow and arrow before, by the end of three weeks they’ll certainly have picked up some skill,” Dovic says. Traditional camps give children time to explore their hidden talents and broaden their horizons. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s important to learn that there’s more to life than staring at a computer screen. “We really want the kids to disconnect from a lot of the electronic things that they’re learning in their typical day,” he says. u
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Specialized Studies Other educational camps combine classroom learning with outdoor recreational activities to help students improve educationally—while still having plenty of fun in the process. Squirrel Hollow Camp at The Bedford School, a school for children with learning disabilities, pairs mornings of small-group tutoring with afternoon exploration of the school’s 45-acre Fairburn campus, including swimming, soccer and conquering the school’s challenge course. “Squirrel Hollow is designed to provide academic tutoring in a recreational setting,” says Betsy Box, director of The Bedford School. “Students who attend all four weeks make average gains of six to eight months in reading, math and written expression.” At McGinnis Woods Country Day School in Alpharetta, campers enjoy physical and educational activities. Academic camps offer students the ability to focus on one subject for the entire week. The camp also features a new sport court, a turf field, multiple playground areas, and a minirock climbing volcano. Campers also take an
educational field trip each week; past camps have visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Center for Puppetry Arts and Cagle’s Family Farm.
Pursuing Your Passion Other camps afford children the opportunity to pursue a particular interest or passion. The Atlanta Young Writers Institute (AYWI), a nonprofit organization that fosters and develops the skills of adolescent writers, hosts a week-long writing workshop for seventh- and eighth-grad-
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ers and a two-week intensive writing course for students in high school. Students, who must apply to the program, work on creative writing projects and attend field trips. “We also have professional writers visit the classes and do teambuilding because we want to build a sense of real community among students,” says founder Leslie Quigless. For pint-sized scientists, there are plenty of specialized science camps covering topics like video game development, computer programming, veterinary medicine, forensics, robotics and biology. Other science-based specialty camps include those offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), and Camp H2O at the Georgia Aquarium. Georgia Tech’s programs are mostly for middle- and high-school students and focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) topics such as robotics, computer programming and modeling. Camp H2O, meanwhile, is geared toward students in grades 1-5, giving them a behind-the-
scenes look at the aquarium and its residents through animal encounters and lessons from caregivers. The Young Chefs Academy (YCA) hosts Camp I-Can-Cook Mini Camps during which children will make dishes from various cuisines with a twist. Campers won’t know what to expect, whether it’s making food from Italy or France, or creating chocolate confections. “Even at the age of 4 and 5, a lot of kids love to participate in the kitchen in some way, shape or form,” says YCA’s Jennifer Fox.
Making Your Selection So how do you go about finding a camp? The
American Camp Association’s website (www. acacamps.org) is a great resource, with more than 2,300 accredited camps. “After researching the different kinds of educational options available, it’s time to narrow down your options. But that’s only half of the equation,” says Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association. Smith recommends taking a collaborative approach to choosing the right summer camp for your child. Talk with your child about his interests and expectations for summer camp, match them to your own, and then do your homework to select the best option. How are counselors selected and trained? What is the camp’s counselor-to-camper ratio? How does the camp approach communication with parents? What are its emergency procedures? How well-maintained are its facilities? These are all questions parents should ask their top choices. Also, ask if the camp is accredited, and if not, why not. “Accreditation is an entirely voluntary process that shows a commitment to your child’s safety and well-being,” Smith says. Lastly, get excited about camp—and make sure to share that excitement with your child. Talk about all the fun things he will do and the things he will learn, especially if it’s his first time at camp or if he seems hesitant to branch out on his own. “The greatest gift you can give your child is helping them become independent,” says Smith. “The camp experience is a great way to do that. It’s a good way to grow that resilience and that independence, as well as provide them with enrichment opportunities.”
CAMPS OUTSIDE GEORGIA Looking for an overnight camp a little farther away? There are a variety of fun and educational summer camps in the states surrounding Georgia. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN 615-244-3340 | fristcenter.org Calling all budding artists – the Frist Center for Visual Arts is just for you! At this camp in Nashville, Tenn., children ages 5-10 can experience one-of-a-kind art classes, such as 2D and 3D design; science, technology, engineering, and math art experiments and projects; and learning photographic and filmmaking techniques. Need-based scholarships are available for these programs. Space Camp, Huntsville, Ala. 800-637-7223 | spacecamp.com Kids can train like astronauts at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. The camps, for children ages 9-18, include space robotics, single student flight simulators, head-to-head simulations with other squadrons, a ropes course and scuba diving in the camp’s Underwater Astronaut Trainer. Seacamp, Big Pine Key, Fla. 305-872-2331 | seacamp.org Seacamp offers budding marine biologists courses in science and scuba as well as other fun activities like kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and arts & crafts. Students can also study more than 400 varieties of fish, coral and algae found in the Keys.
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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
There are many excellent summer camps available to metro Atlanta campers. The following profiles represent just a few of the exciting and inspiring options open to your child this summer. For additional information on these camps, turn to the “Beyond the Basics” chart on page 27. HIGH MEADOWS CAMP High Meadows campers are arranged in groups by age level. Each group generally consists of 12-15 campers and two counselors. As campers’ age levels increase, so do their opportunities to exercise responsibility and decisionmaking skills. Ants (preschoolers) participate in a halfday program that includes pony rides, nature, crafts, introductory swim and playground time. Grasshoppers (rising kindergarteners) enjoy a full day of camp featuring a variety of age- and skill-appropriate activities. Juniors (rising first- and second-graders) spend the majority of their day outdoors, while Super Seniors (rising third- and fourth-graders) make their home in rustic, outdoor shelters and participate in additional activities including archery and woodworking. Senior campers (rising fifth- through ninth-graders) develop and follow their own schedule of classes and events. They may participate in classes mentioned above plus many others such as darkroom photography, pioneering, animal care, canoeing, performing arts and many more. Seniors may choose to take part in the Knighthood program, which features challenges and activities that hone their skills as they work to attain the elusive level of Knight. High Meadows Camp offers an exciting and challenging experience that will stay with your child for a lifetime. For more information, call 770-993-7975 or visit highmeadowscamp.org. 24 | Newcomer Magazine
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Summer adventures await at the all-new Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The Museum offers two remarkable summer camp adventures for kids 5-9, with endless opportunities for fun on the exhibit floor and in Atlanta’s own Centennial Olympic Park. Perfect for younger children and first-time campers, ADVENTURE CAMP is designed for children to explore the Museum’s learning zones in-depth while having exciting new experiences. Decorating a camp T-shirt, creating unique crafts, learning yoga, and cooking together are just some of the adventurous activities campers will experience. Adventure Campers will also have time for outdoor play in the Museum’s backyard at Centennial Olympic Park. Have a young scientist in your life? They will go crazy for MAD SCIENCE CAMP! Campers engineer new machines, participate in the Robot Olympics, unlock the power of chemical reactions, build their own roller coasters, and unleash the awesomeness of the scientific method with lessons in rocketry and more. Campers develop their own hypotheses and explore the world around them with this jam-packed week of fun. ADVENTURE CAMP and MAD SCIENCE CAMP each take place over one week with a session each in June and July. All Children’s Museum of Atlanta Summer Camp sessions are led by professionals and certified teachers whose goals are to guide your children to use their imaginations to the greatest potential. A brand new summer adventure is waiting for your child at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. For more information, call 404-527-3693 or visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER ATLANTA, SUMMER PROGRAMS
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta and LEGO® Education work in partnership to deliver high quality educational experiences that will prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world. Now educators can discover the learning philosophy of LEGO Education in the thrilling atmosphere of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, offering a wonderful balance of learning and fun. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta and LEGO Education have joined forces to bring an allnew line up of curriculum-relevant, educational workshops to local teachers. With 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof, the sky’s the limit at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. The addition of LEGO Education’s tried and true learning resources offers you the ideal place to let your class experience a world of fun and creativity while developing important 21st Century skills. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta offers teachers well-designed, age appropriate, school trips that meet current education standards, bringing math, science, engineering and language arts to life. For more information or details, visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.
SMART GIRLS SUMMER CAMP, ATLANTA GIRLS’ SCHOOL
Girls enrolled in SMART Girls Camp (grades 3-9) learn to be curious and confident young mathematicians, scientists, and artists. Students learn important math, science, technology, and/or creative writing skills through eyeopening experiments and hands-on research. Campers also participate in art, drama, and/or puppetry workshops, designed to inspire creative thinking and build confidence. SMARTER Girls Camp (grades 7-9) crosses the bridge from simple talk about STEAM programs to actual steps toward pre-engineering fun! Campers will truly turn their minds on through interactive work, and will also learn leadership skills. SMART START Girls Camp (grades 1-2) is an introductory camp to basic STEAM concepts through this year’s theme “Smart Girls Around the World.” For more information or to register, call 404-845-0900 or visit atlantagirlsschool.org/summercamp.
MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CAMPS Come enjoy the weeks of summer at Midtown International School’s robotics, science, international studies, fine arts and performing arts camps. Weekly camps offered include Rocketry and Propulsion, Robotics, Egyptology, International Adventures, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics, Elements of Art using Multi Media, Children’s Theatre, Film/Video Production Software, Photography, Comedy Theatre, and Stage/Magic Show. Class sizes are limited to 12 students per class and are grouped by camper ages: K/1, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th, 6th-8th. Highly qualified MIS Faculty members, who are content experts in their subject area, teach summer camps. Additionally, MIS camp teachers are trained in gifted and talented education and provide authentic meaningful learning experiences with the depth and complexity required for today’s innovative learners. The Midtown International School campus is conveniently located near North Druid Hills and I-85. The campus contains nature paths and a beautiful stream for outdoor explorations and observations. For more information or to register for a weekly camp, call 404-542-7003 or visit midtowninternationalschool.com. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available. Information can be found on the MIS website camp page. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
SQUIRREL HOLLOW CAMP Squirrel Hollow Camp, a remedial summer program of The Bedford School, serves children with academic needs due to learning differences, or any students who need an academic boost. Between 40 and 50 students, ages 6 to 15, attend the two two-week day camps, held on The Bedford School’s beautiful 46-acre campus in Fairburn, Ga. Campers participate in an individualized academic program as well as recreational activities. Students receive instruction in reading, reading comprehension, writing skills and math through a variety of structured, multisensory techniques and materials. Tuition is $1,300 for one week and $2,500 for two, with a $100 discount per week if registered by April 15. For more information, call 770-774-8001 or visit thebedfordschool.org. u Newcomer Magazine | 25
If you hear the words Space Camp , you may think it’s just an adventure for children and would-be astronauts. While the flagship program is for children ages nine to 18, many people don’t realize that there are Space Camp programs for everyone, from adults who always dreamed of going as a child to families wanting to share an out-of-this world experience together. Space Camp is located at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Ala., less than four hours from Atlanta. The Rocket Center is a Smithsonian affiliate museum and also the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center, showcasing America’s space program and the city’s role in it. On display are the National Historic Landmark Saturn V moon rocket and hundreds of other historic artifacts as well as exhibits that provide a look into the present and future of space exploration. While the Center serves to celebrate and inform, Space Camp strives to immerse participants in their own space adventure. Initiated in 1982, the program now has more than 700,000 alumni, including five astronauts, two of which have flown in space, and a third is scheduled for a mission to the International Space Station in May 2016. Families with children ages seven and up can take part in the Family Space Camp program, building rockets and creating memories of testing out what it feels like to walk on the moon or to take a space walk. You don’t have to be a parent and child to visit Family Space Camp. ®
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Grandparents can share this experience with their grandchildren, and aunts and uncles can bring their nieces or nephews as well. Whatever the combination, Space Camp helps families bond and strengthen communication as they learn how each person on a team contributes, from the scientists conducting experiments on the International Space Station to the flight director in mission control. Success comes only when every member of the team works together, a good lesson for life. Along with Space Camp, the Rocket Center is also home to Aviation Challenge®, where families can train like fighter pilots in F-18 simulators and compete for the Top Gun award. Every Aviation Challenge trainee gets a call sign, just as real pilots do, and families take part in land- and water-survival training, including shelter design and fire building. Family Camp experiences are offered as three-day camps on many weekends throughout the year. Family Space Camp is offered as an extended four-day program on select holiday weekends and includes an additional mission to the International Space Station. Lodging is onsite in the Space Camp Habitat or Aviation Challenge Habitat and all meals are included and are served in the Space Camp Crew Galley. For more information on Family Space Camp and other programs, visit spacecamp.com or call 800-637-7223.
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PHOTOS: Courtesy of Space Camp®.
Beyond The Basics Summer Camp
Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Adventure Camp
Downtown, Fulton County
$300 ($250 for Children’s Museum of Atlanta Members)
Session 1: June 13-17; Session 2: July 11-15
Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Mad Science Camp
Downtown, Fulton County
$300 ($250 for Children’s Museum of Atlanta Members)
Session 1: June 20-24; Session 2: July 18 -22
High Meadows Camp
Roswell, Fulton County
$930 (ants camp); $1,185 (day camp)
May 31- June 17; June 20-July 8; July 11-July 29
Preschool- rising 9th grade
Late fee after Apr. 15
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, Summer Programs
404-848-9252 x 4001 legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ atlanta
Buckhead, Fulton County
Tickets $12.00 each, workshops $3 per student (One free ticket for every 5 children booked)
June 1-July 31
Pre-K through 5th
Midtown International School
Midtown/ Brookhaven, Fulton County
June 6-17; July 18-29
Rising kindergarten through rising 8th grade
Smart Girls Summer Camp, Atlanta Girls’ School
404-845-0900 atlantagirlsschool.org/ summercamp
Buckhead, Fulton County
$375-$400 per week
June 6-10; June 13-17; June 20-24
Girls entering grades 1-9
Squirrel Hollow Camp
Fairburn, Fulton County
$1,300 for one week, $2,500 for two after April 15
June 13-June 24; June 27-July 8
Varies according to program
Varies according to program
Varies according to program
Yes, with Aviation Challenge camp programs
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Brandon Hall School
Where Students Achieve Their Full Potential By Jackson Reeves
hile most schools emphasize the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math), Brandon Hall School thinks that only having four areas of expertise is not enough. So it added a fifth—art, the discipline of creativity. By putting imagination on equal standing with the traditionally rigorous realms of knowledge, Brandon Hall encourages innovation from its students. Adding that “A” to STEM demonstrates the type of outside-the-box curricular reevaluation required from an administration to push its school to one of A-plus caliber. Further demonstrating Brandon Hall’s unique educational philosophy, the school chooses a new country each year for students to analyze from all disciplinary perspectives in order to better understand its history and culture. At the end of each year, they visit the country studied to refine this international approach to their studies. Perhaps more importantly, Brandon Hall’s mission statement encourages students to reject the notion that any preset limits can hold them back from achieving their goals. Though subtle, this message of empowerment goes a long way to guiding their students to discover their strengths and weaknesses. “At Brandon Hall, students, faculty and staff live each day to the maximum, in an honest effort to embrace learning as a life-long process,” explains interim head of school Johnny Graham, “knowing that this pursuit will make them better persons, leaders, innovators, citizens, actors, artists and athletes.” Founded in 1959 by Theodore and Shirley Hecht, Brandon Hall’s iconic stone buildings sit on 27 pristine wooded acres in Sandy Springs overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The boarding and day school currently enrolls 170 students from 20 different states and 15 foreign countries. The school offers AP classes for the overachieving student searching
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for a college-level challenge along with an ESL program for those hindered by linguistic barriers. It also offers Chinese dual diploma programs for the globally savvy. Brandon Hall hopes to maximize its students’ potentials by providing an educational environment immersed in technology. This past academic year, the school opened its state-of-the-art Design Studio to support its digital curriculum. The studio features 3D printing, robotics, videography, computer assisted design (CAD) and programmable drone technology. “We provide a sophisticated learning environment, offering a unique world-class education in an Apple in Education platform where a competent IT team and educators who are genuinely involved in all aspects of the school support students,” Graham explains. At the end of the day, Brandon Hall stresses five types of intelligence: STEAM, global, environmental, wellness and giving. To develop these areas as much as possible, the school encourages its teachers to be more than lecturers—to be co-learners and curators of the learning experience. “We are more than a place for a child to receive a great education,” says Graham. “Brandon Hall is an extended part of your family where parents, teachers, staff and administrators come together and work in concert to educate the 21st-century learner—an institution that believes every child is gifted.” N
The Specifics Grades: 6-12 Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1 Tuition: $31,940-$69,354 Location: Sandy Springs
Contact: 1701 Brandon Hall Drive Atlanta, GA 30350 770-394-8177 Web: www.brandonhall.org
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PET to Atlanta Our Guide to Services for Your Four-Legged Friend By Susan Flowers, Deb North, and Jackson Reeves
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oving to a new city involves making a variety of decisions such as finding the right neighborhood, buying a home, looking for a school, seeking new doctors, dentists and other essential services. If you’re a pet owner, similar tasks loom when it comes to your furry family members and making the move as easy on them as possible—and you want to make sure that you’re getting the most reliable and ethical care for your animal companions. Fortunately, you’ve chosen to make your home in a very pet-friendly city! The metro area has plenty to offer in terms of housing, healthcare, grooming, daycare and training, for cats, dogs, small animals and pets of all distinctions—not to mention many ways for you and your furry friend to get out and enjoy your new city together.
VETERINARY CARE Whether for routine care or treatment of serious illnesses, choosing the right medical services for your pet can be one of the most important decisions you make. Dr. Michael Smith of Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital in Lilburn suggests that you start with personal referrals. But be choosy about whom you ask. “Ask a neighbor who not only has a dog, but takes good care of their dog, playing with it, interacting with it, walking it,” he says. Once you’ve settled on a potential provider or two, schedule a visit to determine your rapport with the vet and his or her staff—and your pet’s rapport as well. Beaver Crossing tells potential new clients that they’re welcome to schedule a meet-and-greet appointment to assess the client’s level of comfort with the operation. “Are they greeting and meeting you properly?” Smith asks. “Is the vet willing to meet with you? Some folks do everything out of sight, and the technicians act as the liaison between the client and the vet. In certain instances, the pets do better when the owner is out of the room, but most of the time, it’s better to meet with the pet’s healthcare provider. The client and the vet need to be able to meet during the exam particularly.” During your visit, make sure the facility meets your needs. “Every practice doesn’t offer the same things,” Smith says. “Some pet owners
might require boarding, grooming, bathing, dentistry and surgery or hospitalization. Do they have their own x-ray machine?” And take note of the cleanliness of the facility. “Extreme odor is not a good thing,” Smith says. If you’re at a loss for a place to start your search, the American Animal Hospital Association Web site (www.aaha. org) provides a listing of accredited veterinary hospitals in the area. The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Web site (www.gvma.net) also has a “Find a Vet” application. Once you’ve made your choice, be sure to get your pet an overall health check-up, including getting up-to-date vaccinations. u OUR PICKS: Ansley Animal Clinic (404-873-1786), Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital (770-921-4981), Briarcliff Animal Clinic (404-874-6393), Chateau Animalia (404-941-2780), Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital (404812-9880), Sit ’n Paws (678-5212541), Treehouse Animal Clinic (404355-7387), Trusted Friend Animal Clinic (404-907-1404), The Village Vets (404-371-0111).
TRAINERS Once you’ve found that new vet, you’ve also found a possible source for pet trainer recommendations. Certified Master Trainer Ashleigh Kinsley suggests asking friends and searching the Internet for trainers with positive reviews. “When looking for a new trainer, it’s important to find a reputable, experienced trainer with good references,” says Kinsley, who works with Georgia K-9 Academy. “They should be experienced with your breed of dog, friendly and they don’t condemn other trainers for their methods of training. There’s more than one way to an end result.” Always ask about a trainer’s experience, accreditation and certifications, as well as whether the trainer offers any sort of guarantee. Ask whether training includes the owner as well as the dog. If you’re trying to address your pet’s behavior problems, you may wish to stay away from group classes. If the trainer has a facility, he or she should be willing to let you see it. Other warning signs include lack of certification, lack of references or bad references. u www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 31
u OUR PICKS: Atlanta Dog Trainer (770-754-9178), Atlanta Dog Wizard (404-234-2205), Georgia K-9 Academy (678-984-5735), K-9 Coach (404-603-9744), Jabula Dog Academy (404-499-9340).
GROOMING AND PET SPAS For services that may require you to leave your pet behind, asking the right questions is even more important. After all, it’s not as if your dog or cat can tell you whether he or she had a good or bad experience while out of your sight. If your pet requires grooming on a regular basis, your search can be made easier with a few simple questions. Aside from inquiring about a groomer’s experience and their certification, “probably the most important thing is to ask how many dogs they work with in a day,” says Barry Bourgeois, a nationally certified Master Groomer and owner of Canine House of Style in Atlanta. Be wary of someone who claims to routinely groom more than seven or eight dogs in a day—especially if they claim to groom 15 or 20 dogs a day, or that they have no limit. “There’s no way to be gentle and do a good job if you’re going that fast,” Bourgeois says. A high-volume groomer can also produce a stressful environment for your dog, as too many animals in one space make so much noise that other dogs become nervous, he adds. u OUR PICKS: Atlanta Dog Spa (404-879-1600), Canine House of Style (404-320-4222), Dogma Dog Care (770-436-4346), Doguroo (404350-7877), Glamour Paws (404-885-9285).
DAYCARE AND BOARDING Doggie daycare can be a great way to socialize your dog and make sure he or she gets plenty of exercise while you’re at work. And many vets and other providers offer boarding for different occasions, as well. As with any other service, it pays to know what to look for ahead of time. When screening potential daycare centers, start by asking about the 32 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
maximum number of dogs per caregiver. The International Boarding and Pet Services Association recommends one staffer per each 15 dogs, although a 1:10 ratio is preferred when dealing with more active dogs. Mixing large and small dogs is also generally not a good idea. In addition, make sure the provider separates dogs by age, activity level and other traits; for instance, a small adult dog and a new puppy should probably be separated based on the small adult’s level of play. With a daycare or boarding facility, treat the screening process much as you would when selecting a daycare center or school for your child. Is the staff screened and properly educated? Is there proper supervision at all times? Are there adequate security and emergency measures in place? Daycare options include facilities that offer dogs free run of the house or more confined quarters in a kennel. There is service value in allowing the dog to run freely outside for many hours of the day, but it comes with a price. Boarding at a dog daycare will naturally be more expensive than the local vet, who typically kennels the dog and handlers provide various walks throughout the day. In Marietta, Kathy Baker used her love of dogs to build a 9,000-squarefoot facility called Must Love Dogs, which lets dogs interact and play freely, but always supervised, for 10 hours (or until they run out of steam). In Alpharetta, Kelly Marine launched The Barker Lounge as a way to mix her corporate know-how and background in volunteering to help her create a daycare program designed to enrich its clients’ lives mentally, physically and socially. When it comes to picking the right daycare facility, Marine recommends, “Ask around to neighbors and co-workers. First-hand experience is often the best information.” u OUR PICKS: The Barker Lounge (770-410-1364), Bark ATL (404688-2275), Barking Hound Village (404-897-3422), Central Bark (404248-2275), Dog Days (404-266-8668), Must Love Dogs (770-928-4355), PawPlex (678-765-0981), Piedmont Bark (404-873-5400), Puppy Haven (404-869-2494), Wag-A-Lot (404-522-2230).
PET-FRIENDLY PLACES When you’re settled in and ready to see the city, many restaurants, like Marietta Pizza Co. on the Marietta Square and Anis Bistro in Buckhead, have pet-friendly outdoor patios where you and your pet can peoplewatch. Named after the owners’ cherished golden retriever, Lucky’s Burgers and Brew in Roswell (with other locations across the metro) thinks nothing better accentuates their restaurant’s atmosphere than a dog playing in their patio. At Sophie’s Uptown, you can get pastries at a bakery that supports animal rescue groups. Of course, all major parks and many attractions in the Atlanta area are happy to see your pet as long as he’s on a leash. Together, you might explore the grounds of historic Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, hike the trails of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and cool off in the fountains at Centennial Olympic Park. Stone Mountain Park also welcomes leashed dogs and cats, but know that the areas you may roam together there are limited. Not to be missed, Piedmont Park is a wonderful place to get out and walk with your dog, and Piedmont Dog Park is one of the few areas in town where dogs may run free. u OUR PICKS: Anis Bistro (404-233-9889), Diesel (404-815-1820), Lucky’s Burgers and Brew (770-518-5695), Marietta Pizza Co. (770-4190900), Nancy G’s Cafe (404-705-8444), Le Petit Marche (404-371-9888), Piedmont Dog Park (404-875-7275), Sophie’s Uptown (404-812-0477).
RESOURCES FOR YOUR RELOCATION Pet-owners have additional issues to consider when they relocate. Here are a few resources to help take the worry out of your move and start your new life in Atlanta: • The Humane Society of the United States offers articles related to moving pets—even how to ease the stress of moving your fish— at humanesociety.org. • If you’d rather have someone else ship your pet for you, search for a pet-shipper through the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International at ipata.com. • The Georgia Department of Agriculture provides information about animal health, including what you need for your dogs and cats when bringing them into the state. Call 404-656-3600 or visit agr.georgia.gov. • For directories of apartments, hotels, attractions, stores and restaurants that accept pets, as well as links to pet-related services and products, visit peoplewithpets.com and dogfriendly.com. • Georgia Network of Professional Pet Sitters consists of over 75 individually owned pet care companies. The website gapetsitters.com allows you to search for pet sitters by zip code or by city or town.
A Fun Day of Play for your Dog
ooking for an alternative to leaving your dog home alone while you’re gone all day? Doggy daycare offers a clean, safe and fun environment for your pet to play with other dogs. This can also lead to more confident interactions with other pets and people outside of the daycare environment. The Barker Lounge in Alpharetta, a doggie daycare facility, features inside and outside play areas for its furry guests. Dogs are separated into small groups based on size, play style and age. This enables staff members to get to know each dog and to quickly recognize abnormal behavior. Staff members ensure each pet safely enjoys the play areas and their individual playgroups. The scents, games and interaction with other people and pooches can really help exercise a pet’s brain. Doggy daycare is also a great source of physical exercise. When dogs don’t get enough exercise, they find their own ways to entertain themselves. Rather than spending hours alone and possibly finding mischief, a quality daycare experience can give your pet a healthy way to release pent-up energy. Want to find out if The Barker Lounge is a good fit for you and your pet? Stop by the Alpharetta facility to look around and see how the dogs interact. Plus, every dog receives one free day of daycare to ensure your dog will enjoy the environment. For more information, call 770-410-1364 or visit thebarkerlounge. com/alpharetta-ga.html. www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 33
Chattanooga ESCAPE TO
Explore Art, History and the Outdoors in Tennessee’s “Scenic City” By Jackson Reeves
ocated just two hours from Atlanta, the city of Chattanooga, Tenn., is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled along the Tennessee River, it’s known as the Scenic City for its gorgeous nature views and plentiful outdoor activities. But this thriving city has something for everyone, from captivating museums to first-class restaurants and beautiful, historic hotels. Whether you’re looking for a weekend road trip or an extended excursion, this popular travel destination is the perfect choice for a spring break getaway.
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Fans of Atlanta’s BeltLine will enjoy the Tennessee Riverpark (423-8420177), a 10-mile path that stretches from downtown Chattanooga to the Chickamauga Dam, with stops at different parks throughout. Along the way, enjoy the public art, fishing piers, wildlife and picnic facilities. The Riverpark is perfect for walkers, cyclists and anyone interested in stunning views of the river. From March 12 through April 19, Spring Break Safari (423-756-
PHOTO: Courtesy Chattanooga CVB
Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
Hunter Museum of American Art, Bluff View From North Shore.
The legendary See 7 States view at Rock City, high above Lookout Mountain.
open throughout the month to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Listen to Celtic music, watch an Irish jig, and pan for gold.
TOP PHOTO: Courtesy Chattanooga CVB
Rock City’s Lover’s Leap high atop Lookout Mountain.
8687) transforms Chattanooga into a wonderland of fun and imagination, where kids can become high-tech animal trackers, rock climbers, trolley engineers or even pirates! Located just south of Chattanooga right below Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls (423-821-2544) is the nation’s tallest underground waterfall (145-feet), featuring the deepest cave accessible to the public. While at the waterfall guests experience a brilliant light display which takes place in the large vaulted dome room known as Solomon’s Temple. Turn one way while visiting Rock City (706-820-2531) and see the 90-foot aboveground waterfall, along with the Lover’s Leap ledge, named after a Cherokee legend about star-crossed lovers. You can also take in a panoramic view of seven states. If hiking along the mountain leaves you hungry, stop by Cafe 7, which serves Southern cuisine with a modern twist. If you visit during March, make sure to explore Shamrock City,
At the Tennessee Aquarium (423-265-0695), you can spend hours checking out more than 12,000 animals, from river and ocean creatures to penguins and alligators. Expand your child’s intellectual horizons through the art lessons, science demonstrations and storytelling activities at Creative Discovery Museum (423-756-2738), where your little ones can learn all about how a river works at the Riverplay exhibit, create sculptures in a multimedia visual arts gallery, visit a simulation of a doctor’s office and much more. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Hunter Museum of American Art (423-267-0968). Housed in an early twentieth-century mansion joined to a contemporary structure of steel and glass, the museum boasts a diverse collection with works by everyone from Thomas Cole and Mary Cassatt to Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. The River Gallery (423-265-5033), located in a turn-of-the-century home in the city’s Bluff View Art District, showcases paintings, jewelry, sculpture and other fine art. The gallery is also known for its picturesque sculpture garden, featuring a collection of sculptures throughout a 2-acre outdoor space overlooking the Tennessee River.
WHERE TO GRAB A BITE Uncle Larry’s Restaurant (423-757-5894) is the perfect spot to enjoy down-home seafood, hush puppies and fried green tomatoes. 212 Market www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 35
The Chattanooga Market
(423-265-1212) offers such casual brunch options as shrimp and grits and bread pudding. Opened in 1989 by sisters Sally and Susan Moses and their mother Maggie, this laid-back restaurant is a local mainstay. For a night of exquisite fine dining, reserve a table at St. John’s Restaurant (423-266-4400), and indulge yourself with four-star regional cuisine and a deep wine list. Finish off your trip with a cup of Counter Culture coffee at The Camp House (423-702-8081). Order one of the restaurant’s famed Belgian waffles before heading back to Atlanta, and you won’t need to take any snack stops on the way home.
Chattanooga features a plethora of lodging options from which to choose—and some of them offer a glimpse into the city’s history, as well. Children will love the Historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (423266-5000), where you can let down your hair in a refurbished train car. Older history buffs, meanwhile, will likely find downtown’s Read House Historic Inn and Suites (423-266-4121) of interest. This hotel originally opened in 1872 and has played host to such celebrities as Winston Churchill, Gary Cooper and even Al Capone. Looking for a romantic weekend? Leave the kids at home and enjoy scenic river views at the Bluff View Inn (423-265-5033), a romantic bedand-breakfast located in three turn-of-the-century homes once owned by Chattanooga’s elite. Just 10 minutes away from downtown, the Garden Walk Bed and Breakfast Inn (706-820-4127) on Lookout Mountain offers a lovely oasis, surrounded by 100-year-old pine trees and lush gardens. For something a little more modern, The Chattanoogan (423-7563400) offers an elegant, upscale hotel experience in the heart of the city’s downtown district, just a short walk from great restaurants, museums, shops and attractions. Still not sure where to lay your head? Make contact with the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau (423-756-8687), which can point you in the direction of all-inclusive packages to meet your needs and personal interests. From its wide variety of recreational activities to its stimulating arts museums and family-friendly attractions, Chattanooga has plenty to offer those in the mood for a fantastic vacation. 36 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
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PLACES TO STAY
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Vehicle Emission Inspection Vehicles dating from 1985 through 2006 model year must be checked each year for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit www.cleanairforce.com.
One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the cityâ€™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 www.itsmarta.com.
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MARTA Rail Service
The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 1-877-694-2511, by dialing 511, or by visiting www.georgianavigator.com.
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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION public schools Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871
Cherokee County QUICK INFO
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
County www.cherokeega.com Neighborhoods www.canton-georgia.com www.woodstockga.gov www.cityofballground.com www.hollyspringsga.us www.cityofwaleska.com Schools www.cherokee.k12.ga.us
pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com 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 706-276-2362 Amicalola EMC Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-887-2363
Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson 770-735-2000 Ball Ground Windstream 800-501-1754 Water Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska
770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912
City of Woodstock
Cable TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 ETC Communications
Hospitals Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000
Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1560 Georgia 1460 National 1509
Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, www.cherokeechamber.com 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 www.newcomeratlanta.com
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pUBLIC schools Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 71 25 Middle Schools High Schools 16 Magnet 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures $8,816 770-422-3500
Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 1 High Schools Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores
Cobb Co. 1534 Marietta City 1514 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com 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 770-429-2100 Cobb EMC Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-942-6576 GreyStone Power Corp. Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. 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
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Marietta City Schools Board of Education
One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famibeing in 1832 when the state lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its redistributed land once part small-town atmosphere and boasts County www.cobbcountyga.gov of the Cherokee Nation. abundant parks and green space, Neighborhoods www.austellga.org Named after Thomas exceptional recreational programs www.mariettaga.gov Welch Cobb, the county and top-notch schools, includ www.ci.smyrna.ga.us experienced a devastating ing Kennesaw State University. www.kennesaw-ga.gov setback during the Civil www.cityofpowdersprings.org Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown War when most of it was features shopping, dining and atSchools www.cobb.k12.ga.us destroyed during the Battle tractions such as the Smithsonian www.marietta-city.org 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, www.cobbchamber.org 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 ofvalue. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 delivers an amazing sense of style fers a quality of life unsurand love of life. The new Market passed in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been spent luxury apartments and condos near Village, home to fabulous restaurants, on transportation improvements in Cumberland Mall, secluded sub- bars and upscale shops and services, recent years, allowing residents easy divisions in East Cobb and horse is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- ranches in the northwest corner success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, of the county. The small towns of “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Aus- charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the tell still retain their Southern charm fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N Galleria area. amidst urban settings. According to For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options the Census Bureau, the median valinformation, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com exist in Cobb County, including ue of homes in 2006 was $205,200.
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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 The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating heart
The square is also home to some beautiful public art, and hosts numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood events. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families, retirees and bright young college students— the city is home to the prestigious women’s university Agnes Scott College, and world-renowned Emory University is just outside the city limits. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.
DeKalb County prosCounty www.co.dekalb.ga.us pers in part due to its exNeighborhoods www.decaturga.com cellent transportation sys www.druidhills.org tem. Five major road ar- www.dunwoodyga.org teries traverse the county: www.candlerpark.org Interstates 20, 85, 285, www.stonemountaincity.org 675 and US Highway 78. www.dekalb.k12.ga.us Schools Hartsfield-Jackson Inter www.csdecatur.net national Airport is only six miles from DeKalb’s Median household income: $51,753 southern border and the Median age of residents: 35 DeKalb Peachtree Air- Population: 739,956 Sales tax: 7% port, a general aviation field, is reported to be Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County the second busiest air404-378-8000, www.dekalbchamber.org port 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 headis the Courthouse Square, which quartered there. The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaurants and entertainment options. reau, 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 hotspot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com
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. 1334 City of Decatur 1577 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Georgia Power
Snapping Shoals EMC
Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. Telephone AT&T
DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 Cable TV Charter Communication
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 58 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 17 Charter 8 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,561 404-802-3500
Elementary Schools 52 14 Middle Schools High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures: $13,069 School & bus information: 404-802-5500 Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1567 Georgia 1452 National 1498 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. Telephone AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278
Cable TV Charter Communications 887-906-9121 Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Atlanta VA Medical Center 404-321-6111 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 University Hospital Midtown 404-778-2000 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-606-1000 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 St. Joseph’s Hospital 678-843-7001
Fulton County serves as the center of the metro Atlanta area. With 90 percent of the city of Atlanta, including the state’s capital building, located within its borders, it sits at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS, are headquartered here. More than 970,000 people live in Fulton County, drawn by its convenience to Interstates 75, 85 and 285 and Georgia State Route 400. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in the county is $246,200. Fulton is home to many of Atlanta’s signature neighborhoods, including its bustling downtown district. Older neighborhoods like Inman Park, Grant Park, Candler Park and Virginia-Highland offer affordable housing, pedestrianfriendly layouts and plentiful parks and recreational options. Midtown Atlanta is the heart of Atlanta’s cultural scene, with the Woodruff Arts Center (home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art) and the historic Fox Theatre, as well as a host of art galleries. Midtown’s Piedmont Park, the city’s most popular green space, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.
filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With more than 200 restaurants, bars shops and luxury hotels, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.
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Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education
Downtown Atlanta skyline
Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its mixture of mansions and uniquely styled homes, Buckhead is a favorite among architecture and history buffs. Convenient to Georgia 400, Interstate 85 and MARTA, it’s
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One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta is home to approximately 62,000 residents, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. They're drawn to its mix of big-city vitality and small-town charm, as well as its many amenities and affordable housing options. Homes range Median household income: $57,664 from large apartment comMedian age of residents: 34 munities to elegant subPopulation: 977,773 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% divisions, with a median value of $324,300. Chamber of Commerce Alpharetta offers a vaGreater North Fulton 770-993-8806, www.gnfcc.com riety of parks and outdoor Metro Atlanta attractions, including the 404-880-9000, www.metroatlantachamber.com Big Creek Greenway trail. South Fulton Shoppers flock to North 770-964-1984, www.southfultonchamber.com Point Mall for a multiProperty Taxes tude of retail options. The The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: city’s historic downtown $44.12 for the City of Atlanta; $29.13 for incorporated area boasts an appealing Fulton County; $41.60 for unincorporated Fulton town square surrounded County; $33.75 for Johns Creek; $33.86 for Sandy by restaurants and shops. Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100 The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre hosts big-name The neighborhood also offers numerconcerts each summer. N ous antique stores, art galleries and For more counties and neighborhood mall shopping at Lenox Square and information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com Phipps Plaza..
County www.co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods www.alpharetta.ga.us www.buckhead.net www.virginiahighland.com www.eastpointcity.org www.collegeparkga.com www.hapeville.org www.roswellgov.com www.sandyspringsga.org Schools www.fultonschools.org www.atlanta.k12.ga.us
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COUNTY INFORMATION pUBLIC schools Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education: 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools 72 Middle Schools 24 High Schools 20 Alternative 6 Open Campus 1 Per-pupil expenditures: $8,338 City Schools of Buford Board of Education:
Elementary Schools 1 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Academy 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,198 Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1526 City of Buford 1455 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity 770-945-6761 City of Buford City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 770-448-2122 City of Norcross Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 770-887-2363 Sawnee EMC 770-972-2917 Walton EMC Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com.
Water Buford 770-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 678-376-6800 Gwinnett City Water Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 770-448-2122 Norcross Cable TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications
Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals Emory Eastside Medical Center
Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 Summit Ridge Center 770-822-2200 for Behavorial Health
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for any railroad aficionado. 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 in the latter part of the 18th Originally part of Georgia’s century. Following the official Native American territory, Gwinnett founding of the city in 1837, County was created by the State Suwanee became a railroad stop Legislature in 1818 and named after along the Southern Railroad route. It Button Gwinnett, the third signer of remained a small country town well the Declaration of Independence and into the ’70s when construction of a former state governor. I-85 and U.S. 23 brought easy access While the county was to the region. once largely rural with small Since then, Suwanee County www.co.gwinnett.ga.us towns, country stores, farms has experienced tremenNeighborhoods www.cityofbuford.com and forests, today it is home to dous growth, from 2,000 www.duluthga.net more than 245 international residents in 1990 to www.snellville.org companies and 450 high-tech more than 10,000 today. www.suwanee.com firms. With an average of 260 To help manage growth, Schools www.bufordcityschools.org new professional and industrial the city has developed www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us companies relocating to the a comprehensive developMedian household income: $64,005 county each year, attracting more ment plan that promotes Median age of residents: 33 than 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett pedestrian-oriented dePopulation: 789,499 County remains in the top 10 velopment and mixedSales tax: 6% ranking for growth nationwide. use zoning. Designated Chamber of Commerce The county supports many a Tree City USA for more Gwinnett County cultural events, restaurants than 10 years, the city 770-232-3000, www.gwinnettchamber.org and shopping opportunities, is committed to preserving Property Taxes including the Mall of Georgia. 27 percent of its land as The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett Gwinnett County remains green space. County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. affordable for renters and firstSuch foresight has Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. time home buyers, many of whom allowed Suwanee to retain find homes in the communities of of the most exclusive neighborhoods its old-fashioned charm while proDoraville, Lawrenceville and Snellville. in Metro Atlanta and is home to viding contemporary convenience. The median value of homes in 2006, some of the best golf courses and Only 35 miles from downtown Ataccording to the Census Bureau, was private tennis clubs. There are lanta, Suwanee is close to big-city numerous parks for recreation and attractions, business districts and $193,100. participatory sports, including shopping. Many antique shops and Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” historic structures, including severHowell Park. Two major malls, al Victorian and regional farm-style Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, homes, are located near downtown are located near Duluth. The Suwanee. N Southeastern Railway Museum, For more counties and neighborhood Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old information, visit our Web site at Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see www.newcomeratlanta.com
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Karla Harris and the Ted Howe Trio, Heritage Sandy Springs Singer Karla Harris sings the Dave and Iola Brubeck songbook, performing vocal versions of Dave Brubeck’s famous instrumentals. Feb. 21, 404-851-9111, www.heritagesandysprings.org.
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Game, Philips Arena Choreographer and dancer Michael Flatley, creator of such famous dance shows as “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance,” presents a new production. Feb. 21, 800-733-5000,
Kinky Boots, Fox Theatre
Theater & Concerts Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fox Theatre Broadway in Atlanta presents a gorgeous production of the beloved classic about beautiful young Belle and the Beast, a handsome prince transformed by an evil spell. Feb. 2-7, 800-278-4447, www.foxtheatre.org.
Graham Nash, Buckhead Theatre
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Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, Fox Theatre National Public Radio’s popular news quiz show returns to Atlanta for a live taping. Feb. 25, 855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.
Best of Atlanta Showcase, Laughing Skull Lounge See 10 of the city’s finest standup comics, from touring professionals to rising up-and-comers, at this hilarious event. Feb. 25-28, 877-523-3288,
Disgraced, Alliance Theatre A successful lawyer trying to distance himself from his Muslim roots finds himself facing difficult truths when he and his wife host a dinner party. Through Feb. 14. 404-733-5000,
Janet Jackson, Philips Arena
The Grammy Award-winning performer returns to Atlanta as part of her Unbreakable Tour. March 3, 800-733-5000, www.philipsarena.com.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Philips Arena The Grammy Award-winning singer and his band perform as part of a tour commemorating The Ties That Bind, a new collection looking back at the group’s 1980 album The River.
The Pirates of Penzance, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Feb. 18, 800-733-5000, www.philipsarena.com.
8, 11 & 13, 800-745-3000, www.opera.org.
Moulin Rouge, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
An Evening With Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
AC/DC, Philips Arena
The Atlanta Ballet takes you to the most famous cabaret in history for a story of young love and rising stardom set against a glamorous Parisian backdrop. Feb. 5-13, 800-745-3000, atlantaballet.com.
Beloved country singer Gill and wry singer-songwriter Lovett join forces for an evening of solo and duo performances. Feb. 20,
The legendary singer-songwriter, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), performs. Feb. 5, 404-843-2825, buckheadtheatre.com.
The Atlanta Opera presents a lush mounting of the riotous Gilbert and Sullivan classic. March 5,
The Australian hard rock behemoth returns to Atlanta promoting its latest album, Rock or Bust. March 8, 800-733-5000, www.philipsarena.com.
Rihanna, Philips Arena
The world-famous pop singer and songwriter performs. March 9, 800-733-5000, philipsarena.com.
Sleeping Beauty, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The Harlem Globetrotters, Philips Arena
The Atlanta Ballet presents a world premiere retelling of the classic fairy tale, perfect for children 12 and younger. Feb. 10-11, 800-745-3000,
The beloved basketball team celebrates its 90th anniversary with a world tour featuring all of the ball-handling wizardry and entertaining antics fans of all ages have come to expect. March
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fox Theatre The world’s most popular modern dance company is returning to metro Atlanta, performing favorites including the acclaimed “Revelations.” Feb. 10-14, 855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.
Mutts on Main, Downtown Gainesville
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12-13, 800-733-5000, www.philipsarena.com.
20/20, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Created just for the Atlanta Ballet, this show features three stylistically diverse performances
Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art
that showcase the company at its most cuttingedge. March 18-20, 800-745-3000,
Junior League Healthy Habits Expo, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
This free interactive event features lots of fun activities to help teach kids and their families healthy habits they can use at home. March 20,
Kinky Boots, Fox Theatre The son of a shoemaker hits upon a unique idea to help save the family business in this touring production of the musical sensation that won a Tony Award for Best Musical. Presented by Broadway in Atlanta. March 29-April 3, 800-278-4447, www.foxtheatre.org.
Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, Alliance Theatre This world premiere production follows BeBe and CeCe Winans, youngest siblings of the Winans gospel and R&B family dynasty, who experience a culture shock when they’re invited to join televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on their famous television show. April 13-May 15. 404-733-5000, www.alliancetheatre.org.
Mutts on Main, Downtown Gainesville This third annual event features a pet talent show, costume content, agility training, pet artists, pet adoptions from Hall County Animal Shelter and more. March 26, www.gainesville.org.
A Short Drive Away 352walls, Gainesville, Fla. Watch as the city’s electrical boxes are transformed into beautiful works of mosaic art courtesy of Portuguese artist Add Fuel as part of this public art project. Feb. 12-24, www.visitgainesville.com.
Exhibits & Events Each Kindness, Center for Civil and Human Rights
Romance at Ruby, Ruby Falls Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic cave and waterfall tour while learning about the love story that gave Ruby Falls its name.
Bring your family for story time. This fun and informative event includes a story reading, discussion and an activity with a fun take-home souvenir. Feb. 6, 678-999-8990,
Feb. 13-15, www.rubyfalls.com.
Regional authors including Cory MacLauchlin, Jeremy B. Jones and Cindy Henry McMahon discuss their work at this one-day event.
Valentine’s Day Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Make your valentine a special craft all week! Feb. 8-14, 770-536-1900, www.inkfun.org.
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, High Museum of Art This rare exhibition features rare notebooks created by the late contemporary artist JeanMichel Basquiat, along with paintings, drawings and mixed-media works. Feb. 28-May 29,
GONE WITH THE WIND COLLECTION
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Closed Sunday
GONE WITH THE WIND M u s E u M
Scarlett on the Square Original Gone With the Wind memorabilia on display from the private collection of Dr. Christopher Sullivan. Gift Shop, facility RentalS annual eventS
Rose Glen Literary Festival, Sevierville, Tenn.
Feb. 27, www.roseglenfestival.com.
Spring Break Safari, Chattanooga, Tenn. The city of Chattanooga is transformed into a place where kids rule and imagination is everywhere. Take your kids exploring with many fun hands-on activities and go on a 13-site scavenger hunt! March 12-April 19, www.chattanoogafun.com/spring.
Fairytale Nights, Rock City
Spring Is Here Craft Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Help usher in the spring season with fun crafts!
Journey to a faraway kingdom and make magical memories as you help Little Red Riding Hood avoid the Big Bad Wolf, follow Jack as he ventures into the giant’s lair, and more.
March 7-13, 770-536-1900, www.inkfun.org.
March 27-April 19, www.seerockcity.com.
Ansel Adams: Before & After, Booth Western Art Museum
Garden Jubilee, Hendersonville, N.C.
This exhibit provides a look at the work of famed photographer Ansel Adams and examines his influence on contemporary photographers. Through March 20, 770-387-1300,
Selected by the Southeast Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event,” this lawn and garden show with more than 200 vendors selling plants, lawn furniture, garden tools, yard art, jewelry and much more. May 28-29,
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Shop with the World B
y now you’ve probably already heard about many of the things that make the metro area great, but did you know Decatur is home to the largest fresh food retail store in the nation? If you’d like a different kind of shopping experience, and you’d enjoy rubbing shoulders with the diverse citizenry of Atlanta while you do it, give the DeKalb Farmers by Melanie F Gibbs Market a try. Founded in 1977, the family-owned market is the largest fresh food retail store in the nation, with over 140,000 sq. ft. of domestic and imported foods. What a selection it is! Artisan breads and pastries, lasagnas, pastas and pizzas are hand made from scratch daily on site. Many of the meat and dairy products come from small family farms. The market has the largest selection of cheeses from around the world, as well as over 700 varieties of wines and beers. Coffees are roasted daily onsite, and fine teas are imported from China, Kenya and Sri Lanka. The spice selection draws many cultures with hundreds of spices and condiments for almost any cuisine. With over 450 varieties, the organic and ethnic produce department is one of the region’s greatest. Overwhelmed? Take a break in the restaurant, where you can try many international dishes and an extensive variety of salads. Or attempt to select just one treat from the well-appointed case in the pastry bar. The market’s a wonderful site for people-watching, too. At least 40 nations and 50 languages are represented by the market’s employees. Over 75,000 visitors pass through each week, but even on the busiest days, parking spaces always are available and checkout lines are usually less than three or four shoppers long. Weekends are busiest, so weekday shoppers generally won’t have to contend with crowds, especially in the restaurant and seafood departments. Come early, and you might find markdowns on products like the previous day’s breads and pastries. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., every single day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bring your debit cards and cash; checks may be accepted with approved ID, but credit cards are not. Two ATMs in the building are useful for the restaurant and pastry bar, which only accept cash. DeKalb Farmer’s Market is located at 3000 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. For more information, call 404-377-6400 or visit www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com.
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DeKalb Farmers Market
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