BEAUTIF S BEACHE H C AND MU! MORE
Make a Splash!
DIVE INTO THE CITY'S COOLEST POOLS
s g n i h T l o 20 Co e and Do to Se anta in A t l
5 FAVE BRUNCH SPOTS
WHERE TO WIND DOWN ON THE WEEKEND
+ EXPLORING ATLANTA'S FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS
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Summer 2018 CONTENTS FEATURES Dive In to Atlanta’s Top Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..10 Summer Fun Countdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Summer temps are on their way. Find out where to cool off this summer with our list of the city’s top pools and aquatic centers.
Start planning your summer fun now with our list of 20 awesome things to see and do around metro Atlanta.
Helping Your Child Adjust to a New School . . . . . . . 20 Escape to Hilton Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Starting a new school is stressful for the entire family. Here’s how to make the transition easier for everyone.
Hilton Head is more than just a fabulous beach destination. Plan a visit and experience everything the island has to offer.
PHOTO: Nantahala Outdoor Center
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DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta. Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Our guide to Atlanta’s top family-friendly communities will help you find a neighborhood you’ll all love.
Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 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.
Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.
Woodstock is a thriving community northwest of Atlanta that offers amenities you might not expect in a city of its size.
Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
School Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Skyline Park Atlanta is an old-fashioned carnival midway with a few twists, including a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Parents are at the core of Bridgeway Christian Academy, giving students a strong education with a Christian worldview.
Dining Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Lingering over good food with friends and family is a southern tradition. Create one of your own at one of these Atlanta brunch spots.
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inFOCUS NEWS BITES FROM AROUND ATLANTA
GONE…TO A NEW After 15 years on the Marietta Square, the Gone With the Wind Museum has a new home! Fans of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prizewinning novel and its Academy Award-winning film adaptation can now find the popular tourist destination at Brumby Hall, a historic two-story home adjacent to the Hilton Marietta Conference Center, where it still houses such memorabilia as the honeymoon gown worn by actress Vivien Leigh in the film. For more information, call 770-794-5576 or visit gwtwmarietta.com.
WORLDS OF WONDER
PHOTO: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Wander among awe-inspiring gigantic camels, a beautiful peacock and even a mermaid as the “living sculptures” of Imaginary Worlds return to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. These magnificent plant sculptures, ranging up to 26 feet tall and 21 feet wide, are guaranteed to capture the imagination of children and adults alike. The show features 11 installations throughout the Midtown Atlanta location, and three at the Gainesville location. Imaginary Worlds runs through Oct. 28. For more information, visit atlantabg.org.
Students Doing Good Work Students at Holy Spirit Preparatory School are traveling far and wide this summer—to Kentucky and Mexico, specifically, to take part in service projects that include working with retirement communities and area children and helping to construct affordable housing. Meanwhile, more than 30 Woodward Academy Upper School students recently received French language proficiency diplomas after taking the DELF (Diplôme d’Etude en Langue Française) exam, an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education. These kids get high marks in our book! 8 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
The Chattahoochee Nature Center isn’t just a great place to enjoy beautiful gardens and wildlife; each year it also teaches students from more than 400 schools across Atlanta how nature works. To help it continue that important work, the 3M Company recently awarded the Center a $25,000 STEM Exploration in the Natural World grant. The money will go toward the Center’s ongoing education opportunities for 1,200 seventh-grade STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Historic College Park Home students from Fulton County Schools. For more information, visit chattnaturecenter.org.
PHOTO: Chattahoochee Nature Center
PHOTO: Holy Spirit Preparatory School
Teaching Kids How Nature Works
inFOCUS The Walker School’s New Program
PHOTO: Minnesota Children’s Museum
Some scientists estimate that between 5 and 12% of children in the U.S. struggle with the learning disability dyslexia. To help combat the issue, The Walker School has added an Immersive Dyslexia Program for the 2018-2019 school year. The program serves children in grades 2-4 with dyslexia who have above-average academic aptitude, with the aim of helping them achieve their learning potential. For more information, please visit thewalkerschool.org.
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Fantastic Journey This summer, transport your young wizards and warriors to a fantasy world of imagination and learning! The Amazing Castle takes young travelers inside the walls of an ancient castle, where every citizen has a job to do. Watch as your kids don costumes, engage in role-playing, pick vegetables in the garden, cook up a royal meal in the Great Hall and even visit the tower to wake a sleeping dragon! The exhibit runs June 9 through Sept. 9 at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. For more information, please call 404-659-5437 or visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
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h s a l Sp By Michelle Bourg
Welcome to Atlanta!
You may still be getting your bearings, but arriving at this time of year, you’ve likely already figured out just where that “Hotlanta” nickname comes from. Here in the South, we rely on some pretty good strategies for coping with the heat (lots of A/C and plenty of lemonade and sweet tea), but summertime here was made for taking a dip—or several—in the pool. You won’t be surprised to learn that there are a number of excellent pools and aquatic centers in the metro area, as well as swim classes and competitive teams for kids and adults, so that everyone in the family can enjoy a wet and wild summer. Come on in, the water’s fine!
Greystone bathhouse is a 9,000-squarefoot LEED-certified facility that includes event space as well as lockers, showers and concessions. The picturesque ADA-accessible pool features a beach entry, a current channel for floating, four lap lanes and a landscaped deck with lounge chairs. The center is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Adult swim periods take place for
15 minutes every hour. Admission is $5 per person; season passes are available for individuals, seniors and families that grant discounted prices and extended hours. This is one of the city’s busiest pools, so be prepared for crowds at peak times. The Legacy Fountain splash pad near the north end of the park features more than 70 dancing jets and LED lighting; admission is free and restrooms and tables and chairs are located nearby. (piedmontpark.org)
Roswell Area Park Pool
MIDTOWN ATLANTA Piedmont Park Aquatic Center
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POOLS AND AQUATIC CENTERS Originally built in 1911, the current aquatic center was built in 2009 as part of a $41 million park renovation project. The
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Piedmont Park Aquatic Center
The Roswell Area Park Pool offers something for everyone in the family, with an eight-lane 50-meter Olympic-size pool, a diving well with two springboards and a separate children’s wading pool with a waterfall. Special programs include aquatic exercise camps, paddleboard yoga and pool parties. In June, guests are invited to watch
PHOTOS: (Top) Bobbie Daniels; (Left) Piedmont Park Conservancy
A GUIDE TO ATLANTA’S POOLS AND AQUATIC CENTERS
Here in the South, we rely on some pretty good strategies for coping with the heat (lots of A/C and plenty of lemonade and sweet tea), but summertime here was made for taking a dip—or several—in the pool.
a “dive in” movie from their pool floats; this year’s feature is “Leap,” screening on June 19 at 7:30 p.m. and free with paid pool admission. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day with reduced hours beginning August 6; daily pool rates are $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents with children under age 2 admitted free of charge.
Adult Aquatics Center Open for seniors since 2016 at the city’s Adult Recreation Center, the Adult Aquatics Center recently opened to all adults age 25 and older. The indoor facility offers a five-lane warm-water therapeutic pool with zero-depth entry, a therapeutic whirlpool and shower and locker facilities. The center is open Monday through Saturday year round; fees are $6 for residents, $9 for non-residents with discount memberships and passes for both classes and open swim sessions. (roswellgov.com)
ALPHARETTA Wills Park Pool The aquatic center at Wills Park reopened in late May after a multi-million dollar renovation, with two pools and a dazzling array of new amenities. The leisure pool features zero-depth entry, interactive play stations, a water slide and plunge area and space for open play and swim classes. The 10-lane competitive pool ranges from four to 12.5 feet deep and has both one-meter and three-meter diving boards. In addition, there is a remodeled aquatic center with updated locker rooms, as well as a splash park, www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 11
Mountain Park Aquat ic Center Splash Pool
Mountain Park Lap Pool Aquatic Center
expanded deck space with picnic areas and a shade pavilion. General admission is $5 per person and $1 for seniors 50 and over; children age 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Discounted individual and family passes are also available. The pool is open daily from May 26 to August 11 and on weekends only from August 11 to September 29. (willspark.com/swimming)
CUMMING Cumming Aquatic Center A state-of-the-art facility, the Cumming Aquatic Center opened in 2011. In addition to its indoor competition pool with three springboards, the center hosts an outdoor water park with a play zone, water slide and a current channel. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors; children under two are admitted free of charge. Separate admission is required for each outdoor pool session. The indoor pool is open year round; the outdoor pool opened in early May for weekends and is open daily
from Memorial Day to Labor Day with a reduced-hour schedule beginning after August 4. (cummingaquaticcenter.com)
GWINNETT Mountain Park Aquatic Center Located in Stone Mountain, the Mountain Park Aquatic Center boasts features normally found in major waterparks, with zero-depth entry; towering, winding water slides; a play zone; bubble bench and the Lazy River, a meandering current channel. There are also indoor lap and instructional pools. Daily individual admission fees are $5.50 for Gwinnett residents age 11-49, $4.25 for ages 4-10 and $3.25 for ages 3 and under and 50 and above. Higher rates apply for non-residents. Discounted rates for all aquatic facilities in Gwinnett County are available with the purchase of an individual or family FUNCARD. The indoor pools are open daily year round; the leisure pool is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day with reduced hours starting August 5. (gwinnettparks.com)
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PEACHTREE CITY Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center The aquatic center at the multipurpose Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center facility offers a heated instructional pool and a 25-yard competitive pool. Both are covered in winter months to allow for year-round swimming. Admission is $5 with child and senior citizen discounts available; a number of different season passes are available with discounted rates. The center maintains a schedule of open and senior citizen swim times; it’s best to check the schedule posted at peachtree-city.org/openswim or call 770631-2525 for current hours. Whether you’re looking for some competitive racing and diving or just a splash on a hot day, you’re sure to enjoy the many opportunities for swimming that Atlanta has to offer. With the wide array of facilities available, we’ve definitely gone the old swimming hole one better.
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A Place to Call Home ATLANTA’S FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS By Susan Flowers
elocating is always challenging. For families with children, that holds especially true. The process involves much more than finding a home close to your new place of employment. Schools, the makeup of the neighborhood, leisure activities and many other factors need to be taken into account when choosing a place to call home.
You really have to have a game plan,” says real estate agent Rhonda Duffy, who runs Duffy Realty of Atlanta and has been hailed as one of the top agents in the country by Realtor.com. That plan begins with identifying specific areas of interest to families with children. If you already know you want to live within the Atlanta city limits, you’ve narrowed your
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search considerably. Atlanta's intown neighborhoods have much to offer, like VirginiaHighland’s leafy, tree-lined streets, Midtown’s Piedmont Park and Woodruff Arts Center (which includes the High Museum of Art), and Grant Park’s historic homes, expansive park and Zoo Atlanta.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON SCHOOLS Neighborhood schools are, of course, a critical factor to consider. The Atlanta School Guide, Atlanta’s leading education resource for parents and educators, is a great place to start (atlantaschoolguide.com). Available for free at more than 850 locations across the metro area, this semiannual publication offers features on educational trends as well as important dates; helpful tips and terminology; and detailed, up-to-date information on public and private schools, summer camps, early education centers and other educational resources.
SUBURBS AND MIXED-USE COMMUNITIES If you’re not tied to a particular section of town, your options increase dramatically. Many of Atlanta’s suburbs boast features of interest to families with children. Cities like Alpharetta, Marietta, Decatur, Duluth and Lawrenceville abound with green space, walkable downtown centers and other amenities. Alpharetta, located in north Fulton County, is home to a historic downtown district, several parks, a weekly farmer’s market and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, which hosts summer concerts by the Atlanta Symphony and others. In addition to a beautiful city square, Marietta’s attractions include the Gone With the Wind Museum and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, a Civil War site with 16 miles of hiking trails. Decatur likewise radiates a cozy, small-town charm, especially around its historic courthouse and townsquare. Public transportation is easily accessible, and recreational activities are plentiful in its many parks, nature reserves and playing fields. u
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Just northeast of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville features such attractions as the Aurora Theatre, the Gwinnett Stripers minor league baseball team and numerous parks offering playgrounds, sports facilities and trails. Nearby Duluth boasts the 35-acre Southeastern Railway Museum, the Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning and the Arena at Gwinnett Center, which is home of the Gwinnett Gladiators hockey team. Both cities are served by Gwinnett County Public Schools, consistently recognized as one of the best school systems in the state. One of metro Atlanta’s newest municipalities (incorporated in 2006), Johns Creek earns rave reviews from residents and national media alike for its quiet, safe atmosphere; excellent schools; and exceptional recreation opportunities, such as the Johns Creek Greenway. Its proximity to both Atlanta and to the North Georgia mountains gives residents the best of both worlds. Other family-friendly suburbs worth considering include East Point, home to the Georgia Soccer Park and the Dick Lane Velodrome, one of the leading bicycle racing facilities in the country; Roswell, which features the Roswell Cultural Arts Center and the Chat-
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tahoochee Nature Center; and Sandy Springs, which boasts Heritage Green, a four-acre park that hosts free concerts and events. Mixed-use neighborhoods, which allow residents to live, work and play within the same area, are also worth considering, especially for families used to living in larger metropolitan areas. “A lot of mixed-use developments are attractive to younger families,” says Robin Lemon, a sales agent with Keller Williams Realty Consultants. “They want their children to experience more of a neighborhood feeling.” Atlantic Station, in Atlanta’s Midtown area, is a 138-acre development offering an array of condos, lofts, townhomes, apartments and single-family homes, as well as a two-acre lake and plenty of green space, in addition to a mix of restaurants and shops. In Suwanee, located in Gwinnett, the Town Center development features single-family homes, townhomes and condos, as well as retail and office space and the 10-acre Town Center Park. With abundant green space, an interactive fountain and a 1,000-seat amphitheater, Town Center Park is referred to as Suwanee’s front yard. Northwest of the city in Cobb County, Smyrna’s pedestrian-friendly Market Village
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Scouts celebrating at Town Center Park in Suwanee
sports an airy, open feel, with plentiful green space, a public square and fountain, charming townhomes, restaurants, and retail and office space. There are many, many more suburbs and communities worth a look as well. A good place to start is with a visit to Newcomer’s website (newcomeratlanta.com) to read about the cities and areas profiled in our “Neighborhood Spotlight” and “Homes and Communities” sections to get a sense of what communities you’d like to explore further.
ASK QUESTIONS AND INVESTIGATE Once you’ve settled on a neighborhood, ask your potential new neighbors about the area. Duffy recommends seeking out three
PHOTO: (Right) Courtesy City of Suwanee
PHOTO: Courtesy City of Marietta
A shop on the Square in Marietta
sets of neighbors and asking them all the same questions. For families with children, those include: How social is the neighborhood? Are there many parties or events? How many kids live in the area, versus how many adults? It’s important to establish whether a particular neighborhood provides sufficient opportunities to make friends with children of similar age. It’s also a good idea to visit local shopping areas to ensure that there are child-friendly establishments and other retail outlets that fit your family’s lifestyle. A distance of only two or three miles can make a difference. And be sure to investigate any family-friendly amenities in the neighborhood. The fact that a subdivision has a pool, for example, doesn’t mean that the facility has room for all the residents to enjoy it on a regular basis, that there’s adequate seating around the pool or that sufficient safety measures are in place. Your search should also be guided in part by the needs and interests of the children in your family. “Are they a computer family? What kind of sports do they play?” asks Lemon. “If the kids are really involved in certain things, I can start gearing a search toward the family’s needs. There are some families that will come in and say, ‘My children are very interested in volleyball, or very into karate.’” Most importantly, when scouting a new neighborhood and a new home, remember to take your time. “The key to buying a house is to ask a lot of questions and slow down the process,” Duffy advises. By having a detailed strategy, asking questions and placing special emphasis on neighborhoods and the amenities they offer, you’re most likely to settle on the perfect home for yourself and your children. www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 17
SPOTLIGHT Woodstock By Michelle Bourg
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Light-filled living area at 28 and Mill
PHOTO: Freight Kitchen & Tap
oodstock calls itself “a city unexpected,” and this community, located 30 miles northwest of Atlanta along I-575, certainly offers amenities you might not imagine in a city of 32,000. Home to more than 2500 businesses, the city also offers abundant recreation, cultural, shopping and dining options. There’s plentiful housing as well, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. It’s easy to see why Woodstock was the only Georgia city to make Money Magazine’s 2015 list of “Top 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S.”
Housing Close to both Main Street and I-575, 28 and Mill is a pedestrian-friendly community priced from the mid $300s to low $400s, featuring luxury townhomes with decks, granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless appliances. Oakhurst features three- to five-bedroom Craftsman homes with inviting front porches facing tree-lined streets, with prices from the high $400s to mid $500s. At Claremore Manor, wooded greenspace and a playground area with pool are the setting for designer homes with spacious floor plans and unique details such as extensive interior brickwork and contemporary fireplaces, customizable for an owner’s vision. Prices range from the high $300s to mid $400s.
Culinary Treats Recipients of numerous accolades including a James Beard Foundation for Excellence award, Vingenzo’s serves Southern Italian fare with simple elegance. A 124-year-old house in historic downtown Woodstock is home to the Century House Tavern, which offers both small plates and special entrees. The Freight Blue Frog Imports, downtown Woodstock
Cyclists on the Greenprints Trail
THE INSIDE TRACK Woodstock offers a convenient community bike share program for on-demand local trips for $3 per hour with the first hour free. There’s also a free downtown trolley service that connects downtown points of interest every 30 minutes.
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Kitchen & Tap, housed in a former railroad freight building, offers an upscale casual menu built around seasonal farm-to-table ingredients and innovative craft cocktails.
Arts and Entertainment Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is a vibrant community arts program that provides an opportunity to both participate in and enjoy live theatre, music and the visual arts. It also offers classes and summer youth drama and art camps. Music lovers can enjoy concerts in Woodstock year-round, including the city’s Summer Concert Series and the Music Mondays in May lunchtime series, taking place downtown at the Park at City Center.
Local Treasures The Greenprints Trail System offers miles of paved and natural trails, with sections for mountain bikers of all skill levels. The Park at City Center is the city’s old-fashioned downtown square, with a gazebo, benches, fountains and shade trees. For a getaway that’s close at hand, Olde Rope Mill Park offers picnic areas, trails and fishing and canoeing on the Little River. N
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SCHOOLS HOW TO MAKE A SMOOTH TRANSITION By Michelle Bourg
s the old saying goes, “Nothing is constant except change.” All change requires some adjustment, and a move is right up at the top of the list. This can be difficult for adults, let alone for children, who thrive on routine and have fewer coping skills. From preschool to college, starting or changing schools is a dramatic—potentially traumatic— milestone. School is where children establish an identity and relationships outside the family; changing schools means establishing them all over again. When you combine this with a move, the stress levels can increase exponentially. However, there are simple strategies you can follow to ease your family’s transition to both a new home and a new school.
BE PRESENT One of the most important things you can do to help your children—and yourself—negotiate any life change is to maintain a calm presence. Children pick up on your feelings, so it’s important to communicate a positive attitude. If you’re anxious, young children especially may interpret this to mean that change is bad. Don’t overhype it, but convey the feeling that this is an adventure and your enthusiasm will be infectious. Spend extra time with your child, even if it’s just watching TV together. Encourage, but don’t push, him to talk about any concerns he may have. When you can’t be 20 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN (AND ALSO YOURSELF) NEGOTIATE ANY LIFE CHANGE IS TO MAINTAIN A CALM PRESENCE.
physically present, take a moment to check in with a call or text. A good way to help kids feel positive about the situation is to give them a voice in decisions whenever appropriate. Whether it’s about selecting a school or selecting the day’s outfit, asking their opinion on things that affect them directly lets them feel that they’re part of the process and not just pawns in the game. School changes during junior high or high school are times when this presence is especially needed, but it’s tricky to pull off unobtrusively. The situation is particularly fraught: bigger schools, new classmates, shifting social
expectations, and dating dynamics can all make kids and parents alike feel like they’re on a new planet. There’s also increased pressure to excel academically, with students getting ready to make decisions about their futures and contend with college admissions. With all this going on, it’s not surprising that one in four high school freshmen reports feeling extreme stress. Ironically, this is also the age at which your child is less likely to admit to feeling vulnerable or to confide in you. It’s crucial to “hold on loosely” while watching for warning signs such as changes in behavior, eating habits
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or grades before major problems develop. It’s a tough balancing act, but teens do appreciate knowing that their parents are available and paying attention.
BE PREPARED The key to making any change successfully is preparation. Particularly if you’re changing school systems, the curriculum and culture are likely to be slightly different. Find out what’s been covered, and if there are areas that your child is unfamiliar with, arrange for extra study or tutoring so he won’t be behind. Read over the materials you receive from the school, such as parent and student handbooks, to familiarize yourself with policies and deadlines. The best source of inside information is someone who’s been there, so reach out to other parents: They’ll have useful insights to share, and talking about kids and schools is a surefire icebreaker when you’re new in the neighborhood. As the big day looms, go over the logistics. Have a dress rehearsal: Take your child to the bus stop or drive them to school. Attend an
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orientation or arrange a tour so you can both see where the classrooms, cafeteria, restrooms and other facilities are. Meet the teachers together and encourage your child to ask questions. Will your child have a locker for the first time? Get a combination lock and let him practice so he’s not frantically twirling the dial during the first homeroom bell. The day before, go over the supplies list twice and make sure you have everything. Get outfits, backpacks, and other necessities put together so you’re not frazzled looking for shoes and ponytail holders in the morning. Preparation is especially critical for children with ADHD, ASD issues, anxiety or learning disabilities, who especially need routine and structure. You may want to do multiple “dry runs” of a new routine. Many such children are visual learners and respond better to having information presented in picture form. Another tool is the Social Story™, a short description of an activity or situation that gives specific information about what to expect (continued on page 24)
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in that situation and why. Special education teachers can assist with creating these stories; resources are also available online. While your child is adjusting to changes at school, try to maintain a home routine as similar as possible to the one you’re used to. When other areas of life are in flux, a familiar routine is reassuring for everyone and shifts the focus to the things that often need to be relearned. Maintaining a set bedtime is especially important; tired kids (and adults) deal less well with stress.
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As in any period of adjustment, patience is essential. Just like adults, kids can get cranky or sad when stressed. Some moodiness is normal and developmental regression in younger children, such as a bed-wetting incident, may occur. You may see a temporary decline in your child’s grades. Recognize that the adjustment will take time, but if things don’t improve after a few weeks, consult with a teacher or counselor about your child’s classroom behavior and if necessary, get advice about seeking professional help. Lastly, don’t neglect yourself; the tension can rub off on you. You’re experiencing a life change too, and you can weather it better— and better help your child—if you take care of yourself. So go ahead and have that morning latte or take a relaxing walk. It’s hard to predict how children will respond to changes in their routine, and their reactions may differ on different occasions. Being flexible, prepared and staying attentive to your child will help both of you adapt to a new school, and your new home, successfully.
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Infants - Pre K Grades K- 8th Afterschool and summer camp Located in Morningside, convenient to Downtown, Midtown, Druid Hills, Buckhead, Decatur, L5P Canterbury School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy.
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Bridgeway Christian Academy Helping Children “Know, Grow and Go” By Michelle Bourg
n 1998, a school was founded in Alpharetta with the vision of creating an environment in which children can grow, as the Bible says of Jesus, “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” That school, Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA), is now a thriving institution, providing excellence in Christian-centered education for children in preschool through 8th grade. While BCA does not represent a specific denomination, its families represent more than 40 evangelical churches in North Fulton, North Forsyth, Cherokee, and Gwinnett counties. As a covenant school, Bridgeway Christian Academy requires all staff members and at least one parent or guardian to be of the Christian faith and members of a local church. At BCA, parents actively partner with faculty and staff to provide a Christ-centered educational foundation that applies Biblical principles across all programs. Accredited by AdvancED and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), BCA is designed as a challenging blend of Biblical principles and critical thinking. Core subjects include mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, and Bible. Additionally, weekly classes are held in music, art, Spanish, P.E., media center, and technology, with weekly chapel for all grade levels. Electives include band, chorus, and drama. Students ready for higher-level challenges are invited to join the enrichment program in creative writing and mathematics starting in third grade. BCA students are also encouraged to take an in-depth approach to learning through enrichment programs. The Friday Finale program lets lower school students explore new topics or improve their skills in areas such as guitar, karate, dance, video game creation, and more. An exciting development at Bridgeway Christian Academy is its partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a leading provider of STEM
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(science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs. Through the arrangement, BCA offers units on a design and modeling course and automation and robotics. BCA is also one of only two schools in the area offering the Arrowsmith program for students with learning disabilities, an innovative curriculum that uses specific cognitive exercises to strengthen the capacities underlying their learning struggles. Outside the classroom, BCA students excel in an active student life that includes the running club, chess club and puppetry. The strong athletic program includes basketball, track and field, soccer, swimming, and golf. The Lion’s Den afterschool program provides educational, recreational and social opportunities for students from grades K-8, and the school hosts many summer camps including the Highland Day Camp as well as theater, basketball, and science day camps. As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, Bridgeway Christian Academy is justifiably proud of both its academic success and its strong sense of community. “For 20 years, Bridgeway Christian Academy has partnered with parents to build a strong Christian foundation for its students,” says George Dempsey, head of school. “It is our goal to create environments where students know they are loved, and in turn can grow spiritually, academically, and socially.” N
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SUMMER FUN GUIDE
BEAT THE HEAT WITH ATLANTA’S COOLEST HAPPENING S AN
Things are—literally and figuratively— heating up, and now that you’re an Atlantan you’re ready to get out, have some fun and explore the city. We’ve put together a TOP 20 LIST of the city’s “greatest hits” of summer: the fun things to do, exciting places to go, and sensations to taste. Start now, and when Labor Day finally rolls around you can look back on a summer to remember.
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Now in its 35th year, the Virginia-Highland SummerFest (June 9-10) enlivens one of the city’s prettiest neighborhoods with an art show, road race, a kids’ fun area and of course plenty of food and live music (vahi.org). Atlanta’s packed summer festival season fills almost every weekend on the calendar and includes favorites like the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival on July 22 (atlantaicecreamfestival.com) in July, the Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival on August 11 (decaturbbqfestival.com) and the Piedmont Park Arts Festival on August 18-19 (piedmontparkartsfestival.com).
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Movies in the park in Canton
TAKE IN A MOVIE
Skip the megaplex and take in a free blockbuster by starlight, like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Coco, Jumanji and Black Panther at one of the metro’s outdoor movie screenings. Flicks on the Bricks takes place on the first Fridays of June through September at Duluth Town Green (duluthga.net). Hapeville’s Movie Nights Under the Stars happen June 15 and July 20 at Jess Lucas Park (hapeville.org). Northside Hospital’s Georgia Movies in the Park™ (georgiamoviesinthepark.com) play in Canton, Cumming, Woodstock and Dawsonville; films and dates vary by city.
PHOTOS: (Top) Courtesy of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces; (Bottom) Southern Outdoor Cinema
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TAKE TO THE STREETS
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
PHOTO: Aysha Siddique
EXPLORE THE BELTLINE
CATCH AN OUTDOOR CONCERT
Whatever your taste in music, you’ll love Atlanta’s live music scene, filled with major acts, up-and-comers, local artists and our own Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Major venues include Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park and State Bank Chastain Park Amphitheatre (livenation.com), Southern Ground Amphitheater in Fayetteville (southerngroundamp.com) and the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City (amphitheater.org).
Connecting 45 different intown neighborhoods, the Atlanta Beltline is a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, streetcar lines and parks, lined with shopping, dining, cultural and recreation options. Check out a map at beltline.org and set out for your adventure, and then jump off the trail for a yoga class at Old Fourth Ward Park or an iced coffee from Dancing Goats Coffee Bar.
TALK TO THE ANIMALS
Spend a sunny day getting to know the hundreds of animals making their home at Zoo Atlanta, including the world-famous giant pandas. For an even more personal experience, try a Wild Encounter with a lemur, the pandas or the zoo’s pride of lions. Kids ages 4-14 will love getting an up-close look at the wild kingdom with the Safari Camp summer sessions (zooatlanta.org).
PHOTO: James Reynolds
Atlanta is one of the most active running cities in the country: on any given weekend there are dozens of races going on all around the metro area, from tot trots and one-mile fun runs to marathons. Enjoy a run or stroll and then bond with new friends over sports drink and a banana. It’s a great way to check out your new city, meet people, get exercise and often, support a great cause. All this and a T-shirt too! For an event calendar, see atlantatrackclub.org.
FEAST ON THE STREET
In summer, everything just tastes better outside. Fix up a picnic and head to the park, or let the grub come to you—everything from hot dogs to lobster—via food truck. Lilburn Food Truck Tuesdays are the second Tuesdays of May to October (cityoflilburn.com), Alpharetta Food Truck Alley runs Thursdays from April to October (alpharetta.ga.us) and Duluth Food Truck Fridays are May to September alongside its Flicks on the Bricks outdoor movies that begin in June (duluthga.net). Baby Orang the Atlanta utan at Zoo
The ferris wheel at Skyview Atlanta
TAKE FUN TO NEW HEIGHTS
For a whole new perspective, head to Skyview Atlanta and climb aboard a 20-story Ferris wheel for a ride in one of its 42 climate-controlled gondolas. For an even better view, take a spin in the VIP gondola with its glass floor and Ferrari-style seats (skyviewatlanta.com).
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SALUTE THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE
Everywhere in the Atlanta area on July 4th, there’s sure to be a celebration. Marietta’s Fourth in the Park lasts all day and into the evening, with a parade, festival, concerts, and of course, fireworks (mariettaga.gov). The Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza is a city tradition, with a kids’ zone, food trucks and live music before the pyrotechnics get underway (roswellgov.com). And at Stone Mountain Park, the Fantastic Fourth Celebration caps a week of festivities with a special edition of its famous laser show right before one of the city’s biggest fireworks displays, with colossal Stone Mountain as a backdrop (stonemountainpark.com).
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Atlanta may be a land-locked city, but you can still hit the beach without leaving the metro. Put on your suit, throw a trashy novel in your tote bag and head to Paradise Beach at Lake Lanier in Buford for a day of relaxing, beach volleyball or splashing at the LanierWorld water park (lakelanierislands.com). Sometimes you don’t even need water: At the 4th Annual Beach Bash on July 6, 100 tons of sand turns the Gainesville Town Square into a summer paradise, complete with hula hoop and limbo contests, live music and more (gainesville.org).
ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
With SunTrust Park’s superb sight lines, you’ll feel like part of the action as the Atlanta Braves take the field. Arrive before first pitch to take in The Battery Atlanta, a dining, shopping and entertainment complex surrounding the park (atlantabraves.com). Scout the game’s future stars in Lawrenceville with the Braves’ AAA farm team, the Gwinnett Stripers (gostripers.com).
SAVOR SUMMER’S BOUNTY
It’s the season for goodness from the garden, and at Atlanta’s many farmers markets, you’ll find locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers, artisan breads, cheeses, bath products, jewelry and art. The Green Market at Piedmont Park is open Saturday mornings from March to November and features live music, chef’s demonstrations and a children’s play area (piedmontpark.org).
GET YOUR SCREAM ON
The Twisted Cyclone at Six
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Add some crazy to a lazy hazy summer by heading to Six Flags over Georgia and its newest ride, the Twisted Cyclone, with a 10-story, 75-degree drop. For tamer thrills, the Dahlonega Mine Train and the old-fashioned Riverview Carousel are family favorites, and Hurricane Harbor offers wet fun for the whole family. And of course, there are games, live shows and carnival food galore (sixflags.com/overgeorgia).
PHOTOS: (Top Left)) Lake Lanier Islands Resort; (Top Right) Stone Mountain Park (Bottom) © 2012, Kevin C. Rose/AtlantaPhotos.com
HIT THE BEACH
PUT THE FUN ON ICE
GET OUT OF THE SUN
“There’s nothing cooler than being ice cold,” and on the ice at The Alpharetta Family Skate Center, aka The Cooler (coolerathletics.com) or the ICE Center in Cumming (theice.info), all ages can lace up their skates for public skating, hockey and lessons.
If days in the Atlanta sun have you feeling a little crispy, head inside for some climatecontrolled family fun. Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta will thrill fans of the famous building blocks with rides, interactive play areas and building opportunities for all ages (legolanddiscoverycenter.com). At the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, kids will have so much fun launching rockets, modeling in the Build-It Lab and painting in the art studio that they won’t realize they’re learning (childrensmuseumatlanta.org).
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SHOOT THE HOOCH
Floating down the Chattahoochee River on a sultry summer day is an Atlanta tradition. Bring your own tube (and a cooler) and drop in at one of the designated areas in the Chattahoochee River Recreation Area (nps.gov), or rent gear at an area outfitter, such as Nantahala Outdoor Center inside the Recreation Area in Sandy Springs (noc.com).
Take a break from your quest for summer fun and unwind with a cold treat. And not just plain old orange or cherry—Atlanta’s very own palette-pleasing popsicles, King of Pops, are made with fresh local ingredients and come in flavors like blackberry ginger lemon, grapefruit mint, salted caramel, and this being the South, iced tea lemonade and peaches and cream (kingofpops.com).
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PLAY IN THE SPRINKLERS
Remember playing in the sprinklers as a kid? Bring the kids and relive those times at Lilburn Sprinkler Days (cityof lilburn.com), Wednesdays between June 6-27 and July 11-25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lilburn City Park. After you’ve dried off, wander into the city’s picturesque downtown to enjoy the shops and eateries. Or, head downtown and dance in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park (gwcca.org)—perhaps after a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.
VENTURE BENEATH THE WAVES
Kids getting cold treats from King of Pops
The puffins have landed—say hello to these fascinating seabirds, along with more than 700 other species of aquatic life at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. For an experience your family won’t forget, sign up for a “Sleep Under the Sea” sleepover experience and enjoy a magical night under the star(fish) (georgiaaquarium.org).
PLAN A FUN-FILLED FINALE
End your Atlanta summer with a bang: Head downtown on September 1 and check out the stormtroopers, zombies and monsters in the annual Dragon Con parade, a highlight of one of the country’s biggest pop culture celebrations. (dragoncon.org). Meet notable authors and characters from your childrens' favorite books at the Decatur Book Festival, taking place August 31 through September 2 (decaturbookfestival.com). And kick off the college football season as the Auburn Tigers take on the Washington Huskies at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game September 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (chick-fil-akickoffgame.com). www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 31
PHOTOS: (Left) Carl Newton Photography; (Center) Katie Setzer, (Right) Courtesy Dragon Con Photography
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Chicken and biscuits from Buttermilk Kitchen
Best Brunches WHERE TO WIND DOWN ON THE WEEKEND
menu or surroundings, it always brings a touch of the festive. Americans from coast to coast love this quintessential weekend meal in a big way, but there’s something about Southern living and brunch that just go together. Our made-for-patio weather, our tradition of lingering over good food and drink with friends, and especially here in Atlanta, our hectic weekdays that make unwinding on the weekend a special pleasure—it all combines to make brunches here taste that much better. Check out our list of Atlanta brunch eateries and create your own Southern tradition.
The General Muir Every city needs a classic Jewish deli, and in Atlanta, that’s The General Muir, where deli cuisine both honors tradition and updates it with contemporary fresh ingredients and preparations. Located near Emory University, its white tile, brass fittings and painted window signage evoke vintage New York style. Here you can nosh on a latke with applesauce and sour cream or a bowl of matzoh ball soup, or grab an Avenue D, an open-faced bagel topped with lox, cream cheese, salmon roe, cucumber and chives. Offerings range from the traditional smoked salmon over latkes with sour cream to the southern-accented poached eggs with Gruyere grits. Of course, there’s plenty of pastrami (cured and smoked in house) and a selection of bagels—don’t forget the schmear! After your meal, stop by the deli counter for rugelach, black and white cookies or chocolate babka, all baked in house, and enjoy a cup of coffee or an espresso brewed from an exclusive Batdorf and Bronson house blend. thegeneralmuir.com
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PHOTOS: (Top) Angie Moser; (Bottom) Andrew Thomas Lee
Brunch: no matter how simple the
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PHOTOS:(Top) Jeff Moore; (Bottom Left) B. Johnson; (Bottom Right) Jeff Moore
Hugo’s Oyster Bar
Southern country style is the vibe at Buttermilk Kitchen, a Chastain Park-area breakfast and lunch spot created by Chef Suzanne Vizethann, a winner on Food Network’s “Chopped.” Family favorites like buttermilk pancakes and French toast are hearty follow-ups to a house-baked biscuit basket or pimento cheese toast, served with a choice of sides including sliced organic tomatoes, truffled potatoes, sausage or berries and extras such as pimento cheese grits and truffled potatoes. Omelets are something special, with smoked bacon, red pepper jelly and signature pimento cheese, or lobster with pepper jack cheese and chives. But the biscuits are the stars, with fried chicken and red pepper jelly, smothered in sawmill gravy or simply served with jam. Beverage options include hot and cold brew coffees, freshly squeezed juices, lemonade and both dairy and almond milk. And since it’s the weekend, go ahead and splurge on banana pudding with vanilla cream, pastry flakes and homemade vanilla wafers. buttermilkkitchen.com
Shrimp and Parmesan Truffle Grits
For a taste of New Orleans, you’ll want to head to Hugo’s Oyster Bar in Roswell. Here, you can “pass a good time” with an order of breakfast beignets with praline caramel or Étouffée Benedict with crawfish and Andouille sausage. Other delightfully decadent entrees to consider are the crab omelet with white cheddar and the shrimp and Parmesan truffle grits. An Oyster Shot is the perfect libation to accompany the menu, blending Old Bay seasoned vodka with an oyster, Charleston Bloody Mary mix and a shot of lemon. hugosoysterbar.com
West Egg Café
C&S Chowder House
As the name suggests, breakfast is the specialty at West Egg Café, located in industrial-style digs in west Midtown at the southern end of the Westside Provisions district—Atlanta’s “Food Central.” Weekend brunch is an all-day affair, including salmon cake and country ham versions of eggs Benedict served with garlic grits, and French toast made with challah or banana bread. For those in the mood for lunch, there are a fried green tomato BLT, smoked salmon avocado toast and a hearty English muffin brunch burger. Everything pairs perfectly with a bottomless cup of locally roasted Batdorf and Bronson coffee, a tequila-spiked Spicy Maria or a grapefruit and sage mimosa. Kids will delight in a fruit smoothie or an Italian soda. No one will be able to pass up West Egg’s in-house bakery, whether it’s for a scone, muffin or coffee cake to go with the meal, or a tempting treat to go—cheesecake, a giant butterscotch oatmeal cookie or an award-winning Coca-Cola cupcake. westeggcafe.com
Seafood lovers will savor C&S Chowder House in Roswell, offering upscale cuisine in a setting inspired by owner Jon Schwenk’s New England roots. The Casco Bay omelet is a rich entrée with lobster, tomato, spinach, goat cheese and hollandaise with home fries on the side. Eggs Benedict gets three unique nautical takes with smoked salmon, fried oysters and lobster thermidor. Non-seafood items include crispy beignets with powdered sugar and a “lobsterman’s breakfast” of eggs, bacon, French toast and home fries. Toast the weekend with bottomless mimosas. candschowderhouse.com
Caramel Corn Latte
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A BEACH ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER FOR A LIFETIME By Michelle Bourg
Hilton Head's beaches are perfect for leisurely sunset strolls.
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Harbour Town is a beautiful setting for a day of shopping for treasures.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT ANY OF THE ISLAND'S LAVISH RESORTS, YOU'RE ALREADY A WORLD AWAY.
PHOTOS (Left and above): Courtesy of Hilton Head Island Tourism
emps are heating up, the last school bell of the year has sounded, and your family is dreaming of a summer beach getaway. But you’re looking for more than just sand and surf: you want an adventure to remember for a lifetime. You’re looking for a trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Readers of Travel & Leisure magazine have voted it the top continental U.S. island destination for two straight years, for its 12 miles of perfect beaches, championship golf courses, tennis, hundreds of restaurants and much more. And it’s only four and a half hours from Atlanta by car. When you arrive at any of Hilton Head’s lavish resorts, you’re already a world away. Encompassing more than 5000 acres on the southern tip of the island, Sea Pines Resort has been synonymous with Lowcountry luxury for more than 50 years. Its boutique hotel, The Inn and Club at Harbour Town, features rooms and suites made for relaxing, with luxury linens, walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads and Nespresso machines. Condo, villa and home rentals are also available to suit every taste. Stop by the Ocean Lounge one evening
and take in an Jazz by the Sea concert, sipping a cocktail or a glass of wine from an award-winning wine list. The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island takes relaxation to the next level, with 340 rooms that feature private balconies or patios overlooking the ocean or the picturesque Shipyard Plantation district. Amenities include a zero-entry lagoon pool, a heated shade pool and hot tub and children’s play area. The Just Us Kids supervised play program for youngsters age 3-12 lets parents indulge in some private time with a hot stone massage at the Arum Spa or a drink at Bayley’s Bar and Terrace. At Holiday Inn Resort Beach House, it’s just steps to Coligny Beach, and attractions like the Savannah Riverfront and Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge are also nearby. Kids 19 and under stay free in their parents’ room, which includes plenty of comforts, including a mini fridge, flat screen TV and Wifi. Grab a Southern breakfast at The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar before heading out for the day. With all this luxury, you might be tempted not to leave, but you don’t want to miss all the excitement that Hilton Head has to offer. First up, of course, are the island’s 12 miles of
beaches, tailor-made for swimming, kayaking, parasailing, or just sunbathing with a good book. (For adventure gear, lessons and tours, stop by H2O Sports in Harbour Town). The most popular is Coligny Beach, centrally located with free parking and a drop-off point at Coligny Circle. Restrooms, benches and swings, gazebos and sand showers are available, and the beach is adjacent to shops and restaurants—after a day of sand castles and swimming, hit Skillets Café & Grill for peel-and-eat shrimp on the porch or the Island Fudge Shoppe for something sweet. Farther up the eastern shore is Islander’s Beach, perfect for biking and containing a park with a playground and picnic area, with trees for a welcome respite from the summer sun. More secluded is Fish Haul Beach, located on the island’s northern side and home to seemingly countless birds and fiddler crabs that make their home in the marshes. But there’s more to Hilton Head Island than beaches. Lying inland is the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can take a walk or bike ride over 14 miles of maintained trails and take in the salt marshes, freshwater ponds and maritime forests,
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A luxurious stay awaits at the Sea Pines Resort.
looking out for deer, bobcats, alligators, foxes and more than 250 species of birds—see if you can spot the flash of a red, blue and green painted bunting flitting through the trees. There's plentiful saltwater fishing to be had in the adjacent estuary waters as well.
One of Hilton Head’s most unique destinations is the Coastal Discovery Museum, where you can explore the Lowcountry region’s natural and cultural history on 68 scenic acres that include trails, gardens and some of the area’s oldest buildings, dating back some 300 years.
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PHOTO: The Sea Pines Resort / Rob Tipton
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Kids especially will be enchanted by the horses and the butterfly habitat. The museum also offers talks and guided tours, including a dolphin tour and a look at the area’s Civil War-era forts, that bring another side of the region to life. No trip to Hilton Head would be complete without a visit to Harbour Town, the picturesque area around the island’s semicircular yacht basin. While you’re here, browse the many shops for apparel, artisan jewelry, home décor, fine art and custom gifts and crafts. Be sure to pick up a genuine sweetgrass basket, a signature item of the region handcrafted by Gullah artisans who are descendants of Lowcountry plantation workers. While you’re in the area, stop by the Harbour Town Light House and Museum and take in the stunning views of the island and beyond from the top of its 93-foot-high candy-striped tower. The lighthouse frames the 18th hole of the Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage presented by Boeing. Hilton Head is a golfer’s paradise, with 24 championship courses.
The Harbour Town Lighthouse is the backdrop to the stunning golf course at Sea Pines.
PHOTO: Courtesy of Hilton Head Island Tourism
Several resorts offer attractive golf packages, including Atlantic Dunes and Heron Point, both also located at Sea Pines. Tennis players will definitely want to pack their racquets; Hilton Head offers numerous facilities for every level of play. The Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center is one of the highest-ranked tennis centers in the world, with 23 clay courts. The Port Royal Golf & Raquet Club has hosted the likes of Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf on its clay and hard courts, and and the Smith-Stearns Tennis Academy, hosted by the Sea Pines Racquet Club, offers instruction with Stan Smith and other top-level coaches for those who want to hone their game with the best. A day of adventure in the sea air is sure to fire up your appetite, and that’s a good thing, because Hilton Head has some of the Southeast’s finest dining. Don’t miss the seafood and steaks served in an airy beach atmosphere at Alexander’s, with a kid’s menu to please the younger ones. Red Fish features an awardwinning wine list and serves an eclectic menu blending Lowcountry, American, Asian and Latin accents and featuring homegrown produce from the restaurant’s Bear Island Farms. For a fun evening, stop by for cocktails and live music at The Tiki Hut, a favorite with locals as well as visitors. When your trip to Sea Island is over, not only will you have memories to last a lifetime, but you’ll also be ready to come back again and again to create even more.
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Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $20 fee (in cash) for a five-year license, or a $35 fee for a 10-year license. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit www.dds.ga.gov.
One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $2.00 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the Breeze limited-use and extendeduse cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates. For fares, schedule and route information call 404848-5000 or visit www.itsmarta.com.
MARTA Rail Service
You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In January 2006, the state began charging sales
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GETTING STARTED tax on vehicles. Your tag office will provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the appropriate county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.
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.
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.georgia-navigator.com.
NEED TO KNOW Voter Registration
Registration applies to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. You have up to 30 days before an election to register. Register at your local Voter Registration Office and most public libraries. Refer to the AT&T directory for locations, or download a registration form at www.sos.georgia.gov.
Making a Phone Call All phone numbers in the metro Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a phone call, dial one of the four area codes (404, 770, 678 and 470) and the seven-digit number. In general, 404 is designated for intown areas and 770 for suburbs; the 678 and 470 area codes overlay both areas. Cell phone subscribers can choose from any area code when signing up for service.
Registering for School By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need to provide the child’s social security number; a vision, hearing, and dental screening from a family practitioner or local health clinic; and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3231.
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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 Amicalola EMC 706-276-2362 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 Sawnee EMC
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 Ball Ground 770-735-2000 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
COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 71 Middle Schools 25 High Schools 16 Magnet 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures $8,816
Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Families,” Kennesaw takes pride in its being in 1832 when the state County www.cobbcountyga.gov small-town atmosphere and boasts redistributed land once part Neighborhoods www.austellga.org abundant parks and green space, of the Cherokee Nation. www.mariettaga.gov exceptional recreational programs Named after Thomas www.ci.smyrna.ga.us and top-notch schools, includWelch Cobb, the county www.kennesaw-ga.gov ing Kennesaw State University. experienced a devastating www.cityofpowdersprings.org Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown setback during the Civil features shopping, dining and atWar when most of it was Schools www.cobb.k12.ga.us tractions such as the Smithsoniandestroyed during the Battle www.marietta-city.org affiliated Southern Museum of at Kennesaw Mountain. Median household income: $65,123 Civil War and Locomotive History, Today, Cobb County, 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 fers a quality of life unsurdelivers an amazing sense of style passed in the Southeast. More and love of life. The new Market 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.
Marietta City Schools Board of Education
Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores
Cobb Co. 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 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit 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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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200
DeKalb County 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.
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
Decatur The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating heart
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
Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. 1334 City of Decatur 1577 Georgia 1460 National 1509
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 www.stonemountaincity.org Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and US Highway 78. Schools www.dekalb.k12.ga.us 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 Population: 739,956 DeKalb Peachtree AirSales 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 property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for the biomedical commuunincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headquartered there. is the Courthouse Square, which The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaureau, was $190,100. rants and entertainment options.
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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
Fulton County 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.
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
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
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.
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 riety of parks and outdoor 770-993-8806, www.gnfcc.com 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
Elementary Schools 52 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures $13,069 School & bus information 404-802-5500
Downtown Atlanta skyline
Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education
Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development.
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.
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
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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 City of Buford 770-945-6761 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-972-2917 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com.
WATER Buford 770-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Norcross 770-448-2122 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 for Behavorial Health 770-822-2200
Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
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 While the county was easy access 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 dous growth, from 2,000 and forests, today it is home to www.duluthga.net residents in 1990 to more than 245 international www.snellville.org more than 10,000 today. companies and 450 high-tech www.suwanee.com firms. With an average of 260 Schools www.bufordcityschools.org To help manage growth, the city has developed new professional and industrial www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us a comprehensive developcompanies relocating to the Median household income: $64,005 ment plan that promotes county each year, attracting more Median age of residents: 33 pedestrian-oriented dethan 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett Population: 789,499 velopment and mixedCounty remains in the top 10 Sales tax: 6% use zoning. Designated ranking for growth nationwide. Chamber of Commerce a Tree City USA for more The county supports many Gwinnett County than 10 years, the city cultural events, restaurants 770-232-3000, www.gwinnettchamber.org is committed to preserving and shopping opportunities, Property Taxes 27 percent of its land as including the Mall of Georgia. The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett green space. Gwinnett County remains County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. Such foresight has affordable for renters and firstTax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. allowed Suwanee to retain time home buyers, many of whom 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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Paw Patrol Live!, Fox Theatre Everyone’s favorite search and rescue dogs star in all-new action-packed, music-filled production, “The Great Pirate Adventure.” June 30-July 1, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
Sistine Chapel Choir, Fox Theatre The oldest choir in the world—and Pope Francis’s personal choir—performs in this rare appearance. July 3, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
Hamilton, Fox Theatre
Theater & Concerts Fretting the Foothills Music Festival, Braselton Town Green Enjoy homegrown music from area musicians at this showcase for local singer-songwriters. June 2, braseltonevents.com.
Winnie-the-Pooh, Rich Theatre The Alliance Theatre presents a musical based on the beloved children’s stories by A.A. Milne, featuring everyone’s favorite residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. June 7-July 8, 404-733-4650, alliancetheatre.org.
Sweeney Todd, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Opera performs this classic tale of the “demon barber of Fleet Street.” June 9-17,
part of the free Concerts By the Springs series. June 10, 404-851-9111, heritagesandysprings.org.
Harry Styles, Infinite Energy Center The pop star and actor (and former member of One Direction) performs. Country singer Kacey Musgraves opens. June 11, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, Infinite Energy Center The legendary pop/R&B duo performs along with the popular group Train. Kandace Springs opens. June 20, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Infinite Energy Center
The married country music superstars perform as part of their Soul2 Soul The World Tour. Caitlyn Smith also appears. June 23,
Mamma Mia!, Ferst Center for the Arts
The hits of the Swedish pop group ABBA come alive in this production of the blockbuster musical. June 9-24, 404-894-9600, arts.gatech.edu.
Thriller Thursdays!, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Hamilton, Fox Theatre The award-winning smash hit musical continues its first-ever Atlanta run, presented by Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta. Through June 10, 855-285-8499, broadwayinatlanta.com.
PHOTO: Joan Marcus
Gwen Hughes & the Katz, Heritage Green Hughes and her ensemble perform a unique mix of jazz and pop favorites, from John Coltrane to Motown to Taylor Swift. The group performs as part of the free Concerts By the Springs series. July 8, 404-851-9111, heritagesandysprings.org.
Sam Smith, Infinite Energy Center The Academy Award and American Music Award-winning British singer performs. July 10, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
The Book of Mormon, Fox Theatre Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta presents the national touring production of the hilarious Broadway musical about two Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa. July 17-22, 855-285-8499, broadwayinatlanta.com.
Sugarland, Infinite Energy Center Atlanta’s own country music superstars perform in support of their new album, “Bigger.” Aug. 3, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
Electric Avenue, Heritage Green This electrifying ‘80s pop tribute delivers spot-on renditions of Tears for Fears, Wham!, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Prince, INXS, David Bowie and more. The group performs as part of the free Concerts By the Springs series. Aug. 12, 404-851-9111, heritagesandysprings.org.
Exhibits & Events Braselton Farmers Market, Downtown Braselton
Browse goods directly from Georgia farmers and local food producers at this weekly event held every Friday on the lower patio of the Braselton Brothers building. June 1-Aug. 17, braseltonevents.com.
The Swingin’ Medallions, Heritage Green
Flying Colors Butterfly Festival, Chattahoochee Nature Center
The beach music group known for the hit “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love” performs as
“Monarchs and Milkweed” is the theme for this 19th annual event where the air fills with
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Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art
beautiful butterflies in the natural oasis of the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Enjoy face painting, crafts, live musical interludes, yoga, festival food and live butterfly releases. June 2-3, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, High Museum of Art This exhibit explores the origins, creation and ongoing legacy of A.A. Milne’s classic stories with more than 200 works spanning 90+ years of Pooh history. June 3-Sept. 2, 404-733-4400, high.org.
Thriller Thursdays!, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., visit with storytellers, costumed characters, magicians and more! Thursdays, June 7-July
can also enjoy food, take part in a hayride, and take a ride on the museum’s restored antique handcar. Aug. 3-5, 770-476-2013, train-museum.org.
Sherlock Gnomes, Braselton Town Green This family-friendly sequel to the children’s film “Gnomeo & Juliet” as part of the free monthly Movies Under the Stars on the Green series. Aug. 18, braseltonevents.com.
A Short Drive Away
Summer Concert Series, Henderson, N.C. The Visitor Center on Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville hosts three weekly music series: Music on Main showcases musical talents
from rock to beach music; Monday Night live features a diverse lineup of folk, country and blues, and the Street Dance, celebrating 100 years in 2018, celebrates Hendersonville’s heritage with square dancing to the downhome sound of fiddles and banjos. June 8-Aug. 17, visithendersonvillenc.org.
Rocket City Summer Fest, Huntsville, Ala. This annual celebration brings together Space Camp alumni and their families for three days of food, fun, a simulated lunar mission, the Underwater Astronaut Trainer Experience, a ropes course and a concert by Party of the Year, all held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. July 12-14, rocketcenter.com/summerfest.
HAPPENINGS IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
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Take a Weekend Getaway to These Family-Friendly Events in Charming Chattanooga
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this family-friendly film as part of the Movies Under the Stars on the Green event series. June 16, braseltonevents.com.
Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki, High Museum of Art This installation features colorful sculptures that modify and transmit sound in unusual, engaging and playful ways. June 24-Oct. 7, 404733-4400, high.org.
Celebrate the 4th, Downtown Braselton Enjoy live music, food, fireworks and a parade through the historic downtown district. Fireworks begin after dark, usually around 9:30 p.m. July 4, braseltonevents.com.
American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart, Booth Western Art Museum This exhibit showcases the country music legend’s photography documenting American culture through country and rockabilly performers and the Lakota Tribe of North Dakota. July 7-Nov. 18, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Braselton Town Green Enjoy this action-packed thrill ride on a lawn chair or blanket as part of the free monthly Movies Under the Stars on the Green series. July 14, braseltonevents.com.
Trains, Trucks & Tractors, Southeastern Railway Museum View more than three dozen antique tractors and vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Guests
PHOTO: Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau
Peter Rabbit, Braselton Town Green
EPB Strawberry Festival, First Tennessee Pavilion
Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series, Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Enjoy hand-picked strawberries and such treats as strawberry salsa, strawberry cake, chocolate-dipped strawberries—even strawberry candles! June 3, chattanoogamarket.com/strawberry-festival.
Presented by Jazzanooga, this free 10-week series returns for its second year, showcasing the city’s important musical heritage with a lineup of local, regional and national jazz performers in the heart of the Martin Luther King district. Local food vendors and children’s activities are also included. Thursdays, Aug. 23 through Oct. 25, concerts.levittamp.org/chattanooga.
Riverbend 8-Day Music Festival, Ross’s Landing This festival has been one of Chattanooga’s signature events for more than 30 years, showcasing more than 100 acts on five stages. Headline performers are featured on the Coca-Cola Stage, a barge floating just offshore from a hillside amphitheater at the water’s edge. June 8-16, riverbendfestival.com.
Nightfall Concert Series, Miller Plaza Celebrating its 31st season, this free, familyfriendly event draws nearly 3,000 people every week with great food and drinks and regional, national and international acts. Past performers have included Barenaked Ladies, Alison Krauss, Howard Jones and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Fridays (except June 8 and 15) through Aug. 31, nightfallchattanooga.com.
Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion This weekly open-air market features live music, food trucks, arts and crafts, and local vendors selling fresh produce, meats, artisan cheeses and more. Sundays through Nov. 18, publicmarkets.us/chattanooga.
Ruby Falls Lantern Tours, Ruby Falls Get a rarely seen view deep within Lookout Mountain with an elevator ride that takes you 260 feet below the surface in this exciting, lights-out adventure. Space is limited and reservations are required. Fridays through Nov. 30, rubyfalls.com/special-events/lanterntours. www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 49
SKYLINE PARK Carnival Fun Above the City By Michelle Bourg
ith a location more than 250 miles from the coast, Atlanta can’t claim an oceanfront boardwalk. But you can still enjoy oldfashioned boardwalk fun on a carnival midway with stunning views of the city, open every day at Skyline Park in Midtown, on the roof of Ponce City Market. After you’ve bought your tickets, anticipation mounts as you take the open elevator to roof level. Once there, it’ll be hard to decide what to do first. Get your bearings with a walk around, taking the opportunity to drink in the views that stretch from downtown all the way to Buckhead and are even more dazzling at night.
As you finish your stroll, the scent of hot mixed nuts or soft pretzels will be tempting you, so get a snack and also a libation to keep your thirst at bay: sodas for the kids and a frozen mojito, Skyline Mule or Pemberton’s frozen julep for you. Fueled up for fun, get things started with a challenging round of 18 holes on the minigolf course, followed by a zip down the Skyline Slide or a turn on the Heege tower—pulling your seat up to the top for an even better view of the skyline before floating gently back down to terra firma. By now you’re likely hungry again—it’s just a few steps to the concession area for a
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short rib sandwich, walking taco or a hot dog, but if you’re craving more sophisticated fare, head to Nine Mile Station beer garden for sandwiches, pasta, ribs or steak, along with artisan cocktails and, of course, craft beers. Daily admission includes in-and-out privileges, so you can head downstairs to check out the many shops and eateries inside the Market before ending the day by trying your skill at Skee-ball, ring toss or Derby Racer. Admission to Skyline Park is $10 for adults over 12, $7 for ages 12 and under; admission is 21 and over only after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Individual attractions range from $1-$3; height restrictions apply to the Skyline Slide and Heege tower. Admission ends 30 minutes before closing. The park or certain attractions may close in inclement weather or for private events, so check the website or call before your visit.
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