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GETAWAY TO MUSIC CITY MOVING YOUR PET TO ATLANTA SERVICES FOR YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND
EDUCATION INSIGHT: TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF TESTS
Winter 2020 CONTENTS FEATURES Relocating Your Pet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Atlanta’s Biggest and Best Events in 2020 . . . . . . . 28
Finding the most reliable care for your pets is an essential part of any move. How to make the right choices for your four-legged friends.
Here is a compilation of Atlanta’s biggest and best events in 2020—a full year’s worth of great things to see and do in your new city.
Take the Stress out of Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Music City Getaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Learn the steps to take to help your child stay calm and focused before and during their tests, including talking about exam anxiety.
It’s world famous as the capital of country music, but Nashville is also home to art galleries, restaurants, family attractions and great shopping.
DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.
Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Whether you’re looking to live inside or outside the Perimeter, north, south or somewhere in between, our guide to Atlanta’s best neighborhoods will help you find your next home.
Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, offering a thriving nightlife and foodie scene, is central to Atlanta’s downtown neighborhood revival.
School Spotlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24, 26 Two unique independent schools with plenty to offer students: Ben Franklin Academy and The Suzuki School.
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Restaurant Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 The Select Restaurant + Bar offers contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in an unforgettable setting.
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 Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.
Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Looking for a different type of shopping experience? The DeKalb Farmers Market offers cheese, wine and ethnic produce that’s gathered from all around the world.
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inFOCUS NEWS BITES FROM AROUND ATLANTA
LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW
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A REAL WINTER “WONDERLAND”
Walk through giant plant sculptures that transport you to Alice’s Wonderland at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. This ninth annual holiday event also features the dazzling Nature’s Wonders display, a high-tech curtain of lights that create the illusion of such natural phenomena as a rainstorm, a tornado, snowfall and even outer space! This unique visual experience runs through Jan. 11. For tickets and other information, call 404-876-5859 or visit atlantabg.org.
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Making Middle School Fun
A Monster of a Good Time If high-energy motorcycle racing gets your motor running, you won’t want to miss the action when Monster Energy Supercross returns to Atlanta! The most exciting sport on two wheels features such elite motorcycle athletes as Cooper Webb, Dylan Ferrandis and Chase Sexton race to defend their titles from a pack of hungry contenders! It all goes down Feb. 29 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium! For tickets and other information, call 800-745-3000 or visit mercedesbenzstadium.com. 8 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
What do metalsmithing, animal science, the history of rock and roll and outdoor living skills have in common? They’re just a few of the innovative Mini-Courses offered to sixth- through eighth-graders at High Meadows School! All middle-schoolers take two mini-courses each day, cycling through 12 unique electives every year. “Our students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of options, identifying new passions and interests throughout their middle school years” says Associate Head of School Historic College Park Home and Middle School Principal Margaret Jones. For more information, call 678-507-1170 or visit highmeadows.org.
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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Look no further than Deck the Hall, which promises a real snow playground as well as a giant snow slide. Duluth’s annual holiday celebration also features a Polar Express train ride, live entertainment, crafts for children, a tree lighting, gorgeous decorations and a visit with Santa himself. The fun takes place Dec. 7, from 2 to 7 p.m. on the Duluth Town Green. duluthga.net.
inFOCUS A Fantastic Celebration
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Journey through the Fantastical Forest and the Candy Cane Vortex on your way to visit St. Nick at Santa’s Fantastical! This immersive, family-friendly indoor holiday attraction offers an interactive experience with larger-than-life installations, live performances, costumed characters, eye-popping visuals and fun activities for all ages. Through Jan. 5. santasfantastical.com.
See The Stars of Tomorrow Today! Enjoy a classic holiday tale while watching future stars in action at Madeline’s Christmas. The Horizon Theatre production features 24 talented young local girls working alongside professional actors to bring the popular children’s book to life. The show runs from Dec. 7-31. For tickets, call 404-584-7450 or visit horizontheatre.com.
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TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND FIND THEIR WAY. By Susan Flowers, Deb North and Jackson Reeves
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oving to a new city involves making a variety of decisions: finding the right neighborhood, home and schools and seeking new doctors, dentists and other essential services. If you’re a pet owner, similar tasks loom when it comes to care for your furry family members. Fortunately, Atlanta has plenty to offer in terms of pet services and many ways for you and your furry friend to enjoy your new city together.
VETERINARY CARE For routine care or treatment of serious illnesses, choosing the right veterinarian for your pet is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Dr. Michael Smith of Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital in Lilburn suggests that you start with personal referrals. “Ask a neighbor who not only has a dog but takes good care of it,” he says.
TRAINERS Once you’ve found a vet, you’ve also found a possible source for pet trainer recommendations. Certified Master Trainer Ashleigh Kinsley suggests asking friends and searching online for trainers with positive reviews. “It’s important to find a reputable, experienced trainer with good references,” says Kinsley. “They should be experienced with your breed of dog, friendly and not condemn other trainers for their methods. There’s more than one way to an end result.” Always ask about a trainer’s experience, accreditation and certifications, as well as about any sort of guarantee and if training involves the owner. If you’re trying to address behavior problems, you may wish to avoid group classes. If the trainer has a facility, he or she should be willing to let you see it.
Once you’ve settled on a potential provider or two, schedule a visit to determine your and your pet’s rapport with the staff. “Are they greeting and meeting you properly?” Smith asks. “Is the vet willing to meet with you? Most of the time, it’s better to meet with the pet’s healthcare provider, during the exam particularly.” During your visit, take note of the facility’s cleanliness and make sure it meets your needs. “Every practice doesn’t offer the same things,” Smith says. “Do they have their own X-ray machine? Also, some pet owners might require boarding, grooming, bathing, dentistry and surgery or hospitalization.” To help start your search, the American Animal Hospital Association (aaha.org) provides a listing of accredited veterinary hospitals, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (gvma.net) also has a “Find a Vet” application. Once you’ve made your choice, be sure to get your pet an overall check-up with up-to-date vaccinations.
DURING YOUR VISIT, TAKE NOTE OF THE FACILITY’S CLEANLINESS AND MAKE SURE IT MEETS YOUR NEEDS.
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GROOMING & PET SPAS For services that may require you to leave your pet behind, asking the right questions is even more important: Your pet can’t tell you about the experience they had while out of your sight. Aside from inquiring about a groomer’s experience and certification, “probably the most important thing is to ask how many dogs they
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do a day,” says Barry Bourgeois, a nationally certified master groomer and owner of Canine House of Style in Atlanta. Be wary of someone who claims to routinely groom more than seven or eight dogs per day or to have no limit. “There’s no way to be gentle and do a good job if you’re going that fast,” Bourgeois says. A high-volume groomer can also produce a noisy and stressful environment for your dog. OUR PICKS: Atlanta Dog Spa (atlantadogspa.com), Canine House of Style (caninehouseof style.com), Dogma Dog Care (dogmadogcare. com), Doguroo (doguroo.com), Glamour Paws (glamourpaws.net).
DAYCARE & BOARDING Doggie daycare can be a great way to socialize your dog and make sure he or she gets enough exercise while you’re at work. Again, it pays to know what to look for ahead of time. Kelly Marine, owner of Alpharetta's The Barker Lounge, which offers daycare, boarding, grooming and training. “Ask around to neighbors and co-workers. First-hand experience is often the best information.”
When screening potential daycare centers, start by asking about the maximum number of dogs per caregiver. The International Boarding and Pet Services Association recommends one staffer per 15 animals, although a 1:10 ratio is preferred for more active dogs. Generally, dogs should be separated by size, age and activity level: for instance, a small adult dog and a new puppy should probably be separated based on their differing levels of play. Treat the screening process much as you would when selecting a daycare center for your child. Is the staff screened and properly educated? Is there proper supervision at all times? Are there adequate security and emergency measures in place? In terms of cost, free-run facilities are more expensive than those that confine dogs to a kennel, and canine daycares are more expensive than a vet, who typically kennels the dog with handlers providing walks throughout the day. OUR PICKS: The Barker Lounge (thebarker lounge.com), Bark ATL (barkatl.com), Barking Hound Village (barkinghoundvillage.com),
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PET-FRIENDLY PLACES All major parks and many Atlanta attractions welcome leashed pets, so together, you might explore Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, hike the trails at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and cool off in the fountains at Centennial Olympic Park. Piedmont Park’s Dog Parks are among the few areas in town where dogs may run free. Also, many restaurants have pet-friendly outdoor patios where you and your pet can people-watch. OUR PICKS: Anis Bistro (anisbistro.com), Diesel (dieselatlanta.com), Lucky’s Burgers and Brew (luckysburgerandbrew.com), Marietta Pizza Co. (mariettapizza.com), Southern Bistro (south ernbistroatl.com), Le Petit Marche (lepetitmarche. net), Piedmont Dog Parks (piedmontpark.org), Park Tavern (parktavern.com).
RESOURCES FOR YOUR RELOCATION Pet owners have additional issues to consider when they relocate. Here are a few resources to help take the worry out of your move and start your new life in Atlanta: • The Humane Society of the United States offers articles related to moving pets—even how to ease the stress of moving your fish—at humanesociety.org. • If you’d rather have someone else ship your pet for you, search for a pet shipper through the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International at ipata.org. • The Georgia Department of Agriculture provides information about animal health, including what you need for your dogs and cats when bringing them into the state. Call 404-656-3600 or visit agr.georgia.gov. • Georgia Network of Professional Pet Sitters consists of over 65 individually owned pet care companies. The website gapetsitters.com allows you to search for pet sitters by zip code or by city/town.
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Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood includes picturesque Piedmont Park.
By Anna Bentley
BEST NEIGHBORHOODS By Anna Bentley
DISCOVER THE METRO AREA’S FINEST COMMUNITIES When you’re relocating to a new city, the first choice you have to make can seem
like the hardest: Which neighborhood should you call home? The good news is that Atlanta’s diverse neighborhoods and cities offer something for everyone, including quality education, affordable housing, family-friendly events and tight-knit communities. Whatever you’re looking for, Atlanta has many perfect spots to choose from. Here we present some of Atlanta’s most popular communities, located all around the metro area, to serve as a starting point for your exploration.
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HAPEVILLE This charming city boasts a small-town feel and is the home of the Dwarf House, the first Chick-fil-A restaurant. A designated Main Street city, Hapeville takes pride in its downtown that features historic sites like the Depot Museum, the Christ Church and Carriage House, a conference center and numerous businesses. There’s also a picturesque downtown park and a unique public art program that has created a number of murals to beautify the city. Hapeville has experienced significant revitalization. Porsche Cars North America opened its headquarters and the Porsche Experience Center here in 2015. hapeville.org.
Buckhead's business district is lined with high-rise offices and hotels.
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The public face of this wealthy historic district is its Peachtree Road corridor, home to its business district and lined with highrise offices and glitzy hotels, dining and shopping. Its private life stretches away from Peachtree in a sprawling area made up of 43 distinct and unique neighborhoods, stretching from I-285 to I-85 and making up a fifth of the city. Notable neighborhoods include Tuxedo Park, with palatial mansions nestling on rolling manicured lawns; Chastain Park, home to the city’s largest park, which includes a golf course, amphitheater, equestrian center, tennis courts and a pool; and Garden Hills, with its winding, tree-lined streets. buckhead.com.
Voted one of Georgia’s best affordable suburbs by Businessweek magazine, Duluth sports a small-town feel thanks to its family-friendly Town Green and historic downtown district, filled with charming specialty shops. The Town Green, with its amphitheater and fountain, hosts community events throughout the year, such as the annual Duluth Fall Festival each September. Duluth is also home to the Atlanta Gladiators (a minor league ice hockey team) and the Infinite Energy Center, which hosts major festivals, concerts and events. The Hudgens Center for the Arts presents exhibits by well-known masters and local artists, with classes in pottery, drawing, painting and more for both adults and children. duluthga.net.
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PERFECT FOR: Empty Nesters and Families.
JOHNS CREEK Just a neighborhood 13 years ago, Johns Creek officially became its own municipality in 2006—and it hasn’t stopped growing since. The young, affluent city boasts some of metro Atlanta’s top schools and the award-winning Technology Park mixed-use development, which hosts several Fortune 500 companies. And with the Chattahoochee River forming a large part of the city’s southern and eastern boundaries, Johns Creek offers plenty of options for outdoor recreation—including miles of recreational trails, including the Johns Creek Greenway, a 4-mile (and growing!) trail system; and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, which sits on 46 acres of woodlands. johnscreekga.gov. PERFECT FOR:
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DECATUR A vibrant city with a tight-knit community, Decatur is located just 15 minutes from Atlanta. The city puts a premium on walkability with its historic downtown, full of charming restaurants, pubs, boutique shops and specialty stores. Events are held downtown throughout the year, including the popular Decatur Craft Beer Festival and the Decatur Book Festival. Decatur is also on the MARTA rail line, allowing for easy access to Atlanta’s top destinations and events. decaturga.com. PERFECT FOR: Empty Nesters, Families
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The heart of Atlanta is Midtown, the city’s second largest business district and a booming live-work-play community. Its network of walkable tree-lined streets puts the area’s shopping, dining and employment just steps away, and access to the MARTA rail line, Interstates 75 and 85, and Amtrak put the rest of the city--and the world—within easy reach. It’s also home to the city’s art district, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre, the Fox Theatre and more. And at its center are the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park: “Atlanta’s back yard” and the scene of numerous events and festivals throughout the year. midtownatl.com.
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The Midtown sign is a colorful tourist attraction in Midtown Atlanta.
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PEACHTREE CITY This master-planned community has the feel of a vacation resort. Golf carts are a primary means of transportation here, zipping along 100 miles of multi-use paths that are also great for strolling and bicycling. The area’s lake, golf courses, playgrounds, nature areas and sports fields offer numerous recreational opportunities, and the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater hosts a number of outdoor concerts. The city is also a magnet for film and television productions and boasts a Southern Hollywood film tour that visits popular filming locations. peachtree-city.org. PERFECT FOR: Empty Nesters and Families.
SANDY SPRINGS Directly north of Atlanta, Sandy Springs is one of Atlanta’s biggest employment and high-end shopping destinations. Recently, Sandy Springs developed a new city center called City Springs to serve as the heart of the community. Officially completed in 2018, City Springs offers office space, greenspace, residential and retail space and a performing arts center. The city hosts the Sandy Springs Artsapalooza fine arts festival each spring, and the popular Sandy Springs Festival, with its beloved pet parade, in the fall. sandyspringsga.gov. PERFECT FOR: Empty Nesters, Families
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Attractive neighborhoods, a thriving downtown and plentiful greenspace are highlights of this Cobb County city, which in the 1980s was one of the area’s first to complete a master plan for revitalization. Its Williamsburg-style Village Green is now the scene of many annual concerts and festivals, and a vibrant town center hosting the city hall, library and community center; along with shopping, office space and residential options. Residents also have access to more than 33 additional acres of parks and greenspace, all located within one mile of downtown. With immediate access to I-75 and I-285, Smyrna is minutes away from virtually everywhere in Atlanta. smyrnaga.gov.
Just east of Midtown is the vibrant neighborhood of Virginia-Highland (or “The Highlands”), named for the intersection of Virginia and Highland avenues at its heart. This fun, funky neighborhood is filled with eclectic shopping and diverse dining and nightlife options, including some of Atlanta’s oldest bars and pubs. Its network of short blocks and residential streets lined with historic bungalows makes it one of Atlanta’s most walkable communities. It’s also right off the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile biking and walking trail, and a short walk from Piedmont Park, making it ideal for active young professionals. Its Summerfest arts and music festival is one of the largest in the Southeast. vahi.org.
PERFECT FOR: Empty Nesters and Families.
VININGS This unincorporated village is unique in bordering the city of Atlanta, but located in Cobb County. Situated northwest of Buckhead, Vinings offers walkable charm, quality schools, great shopping and dining and plentiful housing of every type. With recreational opportunities on the Chattahoochee River, Vinings provides easy access to the entire metro area. Generous property tax exemptions make it attractive to empty nesters and retirees. vinings.com. PERFECT FOR: Empty Nesters and Families.
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Families and Young Professionals.
Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock.
Woodstock calls itself “a city unexpected,” and this community of almost 32,000 offers amenities you might not imagine in a city of its size. More than 2,500 businesses are located here, and residents have a wide choice of housing options: many accessible from downtown on foot or via the free downtown trolley service and bike-share program. The city boasts hiking and biking trails, concerts, festivals and other special events. It’s easy to see why Woodstock has been steadily racking up accolades from national media outlets and was the only Georgia city to make Money magazine’s 2015 list of Top 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S. visitwoodstockga.com. PERFECT FOR: Empty Nesters, Families
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SPOTLIGHT Old Fourth Ward By Jackson Reeves
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Ebenezer Baptist Church Sanctuary
Krog Street Market
THE INSIDE TRACK Mostly developed in the years following the Civil War, the neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city. Boulevard, the central roadway of the Old Fourth Ward, has evolved repeatedly throughout its history— more than 100 years.
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Ponce City Market
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ocated on the east side of Atlanta, the Old Fourth Ward boasts Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace, a central hub for the BeltLine, along with a thriving nightlife and foodie scene. Situated just west of Inman Park, the area is at the crux of Atlanta’s booming downtown neighborhood revival. It was part of the historic Fourth Ward political area until the 1950s, when Atlanta changed to a district system.
For young professionals, Old Fourth Ward’s hip environs offer plenty of appeal—and the neighborhood’s residential choices can rival those found in more established enclaves. Thanks to a mixed-use design Studioplex (404-681-4455) provides its residents spots to grab lunch or get a haircut within a stone’s throw of their doorsteps. Located in the shadow of the neighborhood’s eponymous water tower, the Water Tower Stacks are right next to the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail and Krog Street Market. Farther up the BeltLine, AMLI Ponce Park (855-638-9972) overlooks Historic Fourth Ward Park. Camden Midtown Atlanta Apartments (404-347-9200) sit on the major thoroughfare of Ponce de Leon Avenue.
A popular hot spot for foodies, Ponce City Market (404-900-7900) features such offerings as tebasaki wings and Tori Shoyu ramen at Ton Ton, deep-fried chicken at Hop’s Chicken, and meat kebabs at Marrakesh. On the other end of the neighborhood, Krog Street Market (krogstreetmarket.com) includes such high-end restaurants as the Ticonderoga Club and Superica. For tasty dessert options, check out Jake’s Ice Cream at Irwin Street Market (678-705-7945). Lovers of homestyle Italian cooking will relish the sumptuous pasta selection at BoccaLupo (404-577-2332), while those hungering for Neapolitan pizza will appreciate Ammazza (404-835-2298) down the street.
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Nestled just south of the Civil Rights leader’s birthplace, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (404-331-5190) features an exhibit on the movement and the man, titled “Courage to Lead,” along with special exhibits in the D.R.E.A.M. Gallery. Across the street, you can visit where King delivered his first sermon at the pulpit, Ebenezer Baptist Church (404-6887300). Right off the BeltLine, Historic Fourth Ward Park (404-546-6757) includes a skate park and hosts the neighborhood’s annual arts festival.
In the mood for award-winning Atlanta improv comedy and theatrical plays? Hit up Dad’s Garage Theatre (404-523-3141). Interested in shows by less mainstream acts? Swing by Venkman’s (470-225-6162) and enjoy an eclectic live music lineup curated by Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson of the band Yacht Rock Revue. Call it a night at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium (404522-8275). It’s exactly the sort of hip dive bar that it sounds like. N Historic Fourth Ward Park
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By Larry Anderson
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Any student can tell you: Tests cause stress. That stress can come from many places. Most students want to perform well on tests, so a little anxiety is natural. On top of that, children—especially teenagers—can be subject to a swirling mass of emotions, causing them to doubt and criticize themselves. They may feel pressure to perform as well as their friends. And then they may feel pressure from their parents, especially when it comes to the SAT, which many colleges and universities use to measure a student’s readiness for college. The type of test can matter a great deal. Standardized tests can be especially stressful. They’re different from typical tests, with rigid rules and timing. The teacher may act differently on the day of a standardized test, as they’re allowed less flexibility than they might use in a normal classroom setting. Midterms and final exams also carry more
importance and expectation, and therefore more stress, than other tests. Whatever the reason, tests—and the stress they can cause—are a reality in school environments and at every grade level. A little stress can play a positive role in test-taking, when it motivates a child to push toward a positive outcome. But too much stress can negatively affect a student’s performance, not to mention the effect it can have on their health. So what can parents do to help children deal with testrelated stress?
TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM The first thing to remember is that stress is contagious. As the parent of a child facing a test, try not to stress out about that test yourself. Children take cues from their parents all the time, and sensing your stress and anxiety can add to their own. Instead, talk to your child about the pressure they may be facing. Ask them how they’re dealing with it, and ask follow-up questions. Do they know what specifically is making them anxious about this test? Is it a lack of preparation and planning that caused a bad outcome on the test? Does the student feel extra stress because of the high expectation of others?
Is the student trying too hard to compete with their peers? The more a child understands the source of their anxiety, the easier it is for them to put those fears in perspective and work to overcome them. Talking about stress with parents or others can help. Stress-related anxiety does the most harm when kept bottled up inside. Encourage your child to share their feelings about stress. It’s also important to make sure you know what tests your child has coming up and when. This can help you help your child prepare for upcoming tests, of course. But it can also help the child to know that you’re aware of what they’re dealing with.
WAYS TO WORK THROUGH STRESS It’s possible to help your child work through some of their stress. But first, you need to recognize the signs. Do they quickly change the subject or grow irritated when you ask about upcoming tests? Do they display a loss or lack of appetite? Headaches? Stomach issues? If your child is dealing with stress while studying, allow them to pause, relax, take
TALKING ABOUT STRESS WITH PARENTS OR OTHERS CAN HELP. STRESS-RELATED ANXIETY DOES THE MOST HARM WHEN KEPT BOTTLED UP INSIDE. some deep breaths and then push on with the job at hand. A variety of activities can help to push stress to the side, whether listening to classical music, taking a walk or even petting the family dog or cat. And believe it or not, dark chocolate has been shown to fight the stress hormone cortisol, to release endorphins and to have an overall relaxing effect.
BE PREPARED No matter what test your child is preparing to take, there are some things he or she can do to make the experience easier and less intimidating. It may sound obvious, but preparation is key. Keeping up with schoolwork and homework in the days and weeks leading up to a test can help reduce a child’s fear that they’re not ready. “Cramming,” or trying to catch up on a ton of information immediately before a test, can be ineffective, and only cause more stress. Help your child maintain good study habits, which can strip away the stress of newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 21
testing and replace it with confidence. Encourage them to manage their study time effectively, review their basic skills and work on improving their vocabulary. Avoid distractions and donâ€™t try to multitask: Think of the brain as a spotlight that can only focus on one thing at a time. Determine what will be covered on the test. The more a student knows about what to expect from a test, the less anxiety he or she is likely to feel. Always go to review sessions, and try not to miss class the last day before the test. Try to determine the test format in advance. How long will it be? Will there be an essay portion? Whatâ€™s allowed and whatâ€™s not? Will they lose points for a wrong answer? If your child is facing a standardized test, the student should take one or more practice tests if possible, reading each question carefully and identifying key words so that they understand exactly what the question is asking. Encourage your child to evaluate multiple-choice questions, eliminating each answer until only the correct one remains.
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TRY TO DETERMINE THE TEST FORMAT IN ADVANCE. HOW LONG WILL IT BE? WILL THERE BE AN ESSAY PORTION? WHAT’S ALLOWED AND WHAT’S NOT? WILL THEY LOSE POINTS FOR A WRONG ANSWER? DURING THE TEST
On the day of a test, make sure your child keeps these tips in mind. • Come prepared. Bring the prov-erbial No. 2 pencil (or better yet, two!), and a calculator or whatever else they’ll need.
• Use all the time. Don’t compete to finish first or worry about when others finish. Don’t rush but pace yourself. If you have extra time at the end, use it to check over your work to avoid careless mistakes.
• Stay relaxed. Don’t panic. Take deep breaths to relax and maintain a positive attitude. • Have a plan and execute it. Go through and answer the easiest questions first, or the ones that have the highest point value. Then come back to the rest as time permits. Read questions carefully and pay attention to details.
• Above all, make sure your child maintains a positive attitude, gets enough sleep and has a proper breakfast on the day of the test.
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Ben Franklin Academy
Tailoring the Education Experience By Donna Neale
hirty-two years ago, the founders of Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) chose to name their school after the well-known historical figure because they felt Ben Franklin’s legacy reflected important life goals: love of learning, meaningful work, innovation, community and the American Dream. Those founders then set about creating a learning environment designed to provide the opportunity for high school students to successfully pursue those same goals with enthusiasm and vigor. BFA teaches a rigorous college preparatory curriculum while tailoring academics to each student’s unique combination of goals, learning styles and special interests. Head of School Martha Burdette, Ph.D., explains, “We partner with our families to address individual needs for students who want to accelerate and finish high school early, who want to be jointly enrolled in a college or university, who want to receive accommodations and appropriate instruction for learning challenges and/or who want to move at a normally achieving pace in a caring community of learners.” Individualized instruction, paired with a mastery learning approach, is the cornerstone of BFA’s educational methodology. Students have the flexibility to set their own pace for working through the challenging curriculum: they can take their time to conquer the tougher material, and move forward at a quicker rate through the subjects they grasp easily. The school’s strict mastery requirements ensure a high standard of proficiency along the way. And with a low student-to-teacher ratio, students build meaningful relationships with the staff members who mentor and guide them to achieve their academic goals. BFA’s commitment to individualized instruction also includes planning for the future beyond high school, taking into account a student’s needs, interests and talents. From exploring career goals and adminis-
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tering placement tests to college selection and applications, BFA staff members partner with each family to develop a plan for their student’s graduation and college placement. BFA recognizes that students who have the freedom to follow their passions will put in their best performances. Students are guided to craft a schedule that allows them to maintain their academic goals while honoring extracurricular career-related commitments. Additionally, the state of Georgia has authorized BFA to shorten the traditional school day to accommodate students who choose to be involved in the work-study program. Though the enrollment numbers are small by design, they don’t prevent BFA from offering a wide range of academic, artistic and athletic opportunities. The school offers nine foreign languages, 24 Advanced Placement courses, 25 honors classes and several lunchtime clubs and activities and after-school activities and sports. The educational strategies of BFA reflect the desire for the school to emulate its namesake’s example. In a message posted to the school’s website, Burdette wrote, “We welcome and nurture the intellectual curiosity, the creativity and the talents of each student while helping each one develop their skills, increase their knowledge and engage with the community. We want our students to experience the joy that learning can bring and become lifelong learners.” N
THE SPECIFICS Grades: 9-12 Student/Teacher Ratio: 4 to 1 Tuition: $27,000-$34,250 Location: Atlanta
Contact: 1585 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta GA 30329, 404-633-7404 Web: benfranklinacademy.org
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The Suzuki School
Teaching Tender Hearts and Tenacious Spirits By Donna Neale
or more than 30 years, The Suzuki School has endeavored to provide the best in infant and early childhood education for children ages 3 months through 6 years. Following the educational approach of educator and physician Maria Montessori, Suzuki is dedicated to teaching the whole child: physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. Young children are encouraged to discover concepts through hands-on, active experiences in a thoughtfully prepared, skill-appropriate environment. Of utmost importance is family involvement. “The Suzuki School partners with its families every step of the way,” explains Patrick Stephens, Suzuki’s communications director. “Starting from the moment a parent submits an application to helping guide them on to their child’s next educational adventure, each member of our faculty is there to be a guiding light and leader in education. As the child grows, so does our relationship.” The Suzuki School employs professionals who are passionate about infant and early childhood education. In addition to highly trained Montessori teachers and associates, the staff includes musical experts, physical education teachers, dual-language instructors, an onsite nurse, and a child developmental specialist. Suzuki’s strict student-to-teacher ratio allows for multiple instructors in each room. Teachers constantly analyze and prepare the learning environment to provide the greatest benefit to each individual student. In the infant classroom, children 3 to18 months old learn to experience the wonders of the world through the development of core physical skills and movement, and by engaging in activities that develop their senses. As they grow, they are drawn into lessons designed to stimulate their natural curiosity. The learning environment of the toddler classroom is purposefully
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designed to take advantage of the innate need for order, independence and security in children ages 18 to 36 months. Under the careful guidance of their instructors, primary student’s ages 3 to 5 years old are empowered to learn independently and put lessons into action. The Montessori environment offers a multitude of opportunities to explore their interests and challenge their skills, through activities such as food prep, music, science and sewing. The kindergarten classroom is designed to nurture confidence and leadership skills, as well as to continue the academic development of each child. Kindergarten students have the opportunity to reinforce what they’ve learned as they become mentors to younger learners. When they graduate from Suzuki, they are equipped to enter their elementary years with a firm foundation for future success. There are three Suzuki School campuses in the Atlanta area: Buckhead, Northside and Ponce City Market. From the outside in, each of these facilities reflects the school’s mission. Hallways, offices, and classrooms are designed with serenity and exploration in mind. Stephens sees this as the greatest advantage for children attending The Suzuki School. “Suzuki addresses the entirety of education. We give the child an opportunity to truly love discovering new things, and develop in them a lifelong pursuit of learning.” N
THE SPECIFICS Grades: 3 months to 5 or 6 years of age Student/Teacher Ratio: Infants and toddlers, 4 to 1; pre-primary, 7 to 1; primary: 8 to 1 Tuition: Contact school
Location: Buckhead, Northside and Ponce City Market campuses in Atlanta. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-841-3939 Web: suzukischool.com
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A YEAR’S WORTH OF THINGS TO SEE AND DO By Amanda Adams
From unique Atlanta events to cultural celebrations, from sports to holiday happenings and neighborhood festivals, 2020 will truly offer something for everyone. Anyone new to the area may be unfamiliar with the long list of happenings in and around Atlanta. Looking ahead to 2020, here is a compilation of Atlanta’s biggest and best events—a full year’s worth of great things to see and do in your new hometown. Please note that several dates have not yet been finalized. Be sure to check on specific dates closer to the event.
Unique Atlanta Events POLAR PLUNGE Ring in the new year with a dip in the icecold waters of Lake Acworth. An annual tradition, this event serves as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia. Featuring live music, food and prizes, the Polar Plunge will be held at Acworth Beach. specialolympicsga.org/ letr-polar-plunge.
CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW
In 2020 the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival will celebrate its 10-year anniversary.
Featuring antiques, art, and floral and interior design, this festival is held annually to raise money for a designated charity. Sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip, the festival will run Jan. 22-26. cathedralantiques.org.
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ATLANTA FRINGE FESTIVAL Focusing on original works by performers in all genres of theater, the Atlanta Fringe Festival is an annual event held in June. The festival spotlights local, national and international performers. atlantafringe.org.
ATLANTA ICE CREAM FESTIVAL Now in its 10th year, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival both celebrates America’s Favorite Dessert and offers many health and wellness engagement activities. Each July the festival teams up with a local nonprofit health agency to promote their health and wellness initiatives. atlantaicecreamfestival.com.
COOL DADS ROCK SOAPBOX DERBY Cool Dads Rock is an organization intended to build meaningful and memorable relationships with fathers and their children, no matter what the age. Its annual Soapbox Derby, typically held in August, gives father-andchild duos the chance to create their own car and compete against other teams. cooldadsrock.com.
DRAGON CON PARADE One of the highlights of the convention, the Dragon Con Parade encourages attendees to dress as favorite characters from genres such as fantasy, comic books and science fiction. The parade typically takes place on the first Saturday in September. dragoncon.org.
EAST ATLANTA STRUT With a colorful parade and large Artists Market, the East Atlanta Strut happens on the fourth Saturday in September. The festival features a rolling car show, great food, live music and other events. eastatlantastrut.com.
STONE MOUNTAIN HIGHLAND GAMES Celebrating Scots and people of Scottish descent, the Stone Mountain Highland Games take place the third weekend of October. Competitive events such as Highland Dance and Weight Toss are popular, as well as live music and a selection of Celtic vendors and artisans. smhg.org.
1. The Dragon Con Parade is one of the highlights of the convention. 2. Participants in the Cool Dads Rock SoapBox Derby can be creative with their entries. 3. Two men put the pedal to the metal at the East Atlanta Strut.
PHOTOS: 1. Courtesy of Dragon Con Photography; 2. Courtesy of CoolDadsRock.com
4. The Stone Mountain Highland Games are held each October at Stone Mountain Park. 5. The Cathedral Antiques Show is a festival that includes floral design.
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LITTLE 5 POINTS HALLOWEEN PARADE Typically held on a Saturday leading up to Halloween, this event is billed as the signature Halloween festival in the Southeast and one of the top 10 Halloween events in the country. The Little 5 Points Halloween Parade draws crowds of over 35,000 to the interesting and diverse neighborhood. L5phalloween.com.
Arts, Music, and Culture Celebrations ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL Now in its fifth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival welcomes an audience of over 30,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary and short films. Widely recognized among the best film festivals in the country, the 2020 festival will take place April 30-May 10. atlantafilmfestival.com.
ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL
The Atlanta music scene is strong, with a variety of festivals and music performances.
Spanning the weekend of April 17-19, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival will be held in Piedmont Park. In addition to beautiful, in-bloom dogwood trees, this annual event boasts food, live music, a 5K and hundreds of artists exhibiting and selling their work. dogwood.org.
GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Now in its 35th season, the Georgia Renaissance Festival transports visitors to 16th-century England. A 32-acre village is equipped with over 150 artisan craft shops, 10 entertainment stages, several pubs and taverns and food galore. This year’s festival runs from April 18 to June 7. garenfest.com.
SHAKY KNEES FESTIVAL Featuring up to five stages and more than 60 bands each year, Shaky Knees is a music lover’s dream. Created in 2013, the festival has featured diverse lineups ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming artists. Shaky Knees 2020 takes place May 1-3 in Central Park. shakykneesfestival.com. 30 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the Atlanta Jazz Festival features concerts throughout the month of May, culminating with a free three-day festival over Memorial Day weekend. atlantafestivals.com.
NATIONAL BLACK ARTS Offering multidisciplinary programs that educate, enrich and entertain, the National Black Arts events span the summer and fall months and showcase the contributions of local, national and international artists of African descent. nbaf.org.
DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL The largest independent book festival in the country and among the five largest overall, the Atlanta JournalConstitution Decatur Book Festival typically takes place during Labor Day weekend. Featuring book signings, author discussions, readings and a host of food and book vendors, the event has something for the whole family. decaturbookfestival.com.
The Decatur Book Festival is the largest independant book festival in the country.
Sporting Events MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a storied racing venue in Hampton, the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 will be on March 15. This event boasts one of the biggest races of the starting stretch of the 2020 NASCAR season. atlantamotorspeedway.com.
PEACHTREE ROAD RACE
Hosting a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across four stages, Music Midtown has been Atlanta’s premier music festival since 1994. It is typically held in Piedmont Park during September. musicmidtown.com.
Organized by the Atlanta Track Club and a beloved Independence Day tradition since 1970, the Peachtree Road Race is one of the largest 10K races in the world. The race winds from Buckhead near Lenox Square mall and ends in Piedmont Park. atlantatrackclub.org/peachtree
ATLANTA GREEK FESTIVAL Well into its fifth decade, the Atlanta Greek Festival brings the sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Offering traditional foods and events, the festival takes place in late September at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation on Clairmont Road. atlantagreekfestival.org.
ATLANTA PRIDE This year marks the 50th anniversary of Atlanta Pride, held in Piedmont Park during October. Hosted by the Atlanta Pride Committee, the parade seeks to advance unity, visibility and self-esteem among the local and national LGBTQ community. atlantapride.org.
MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT One of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, The Masters is held at the Augusta National Golf Club, less than three hours from Atlanta. The 2020 competition will be held April 9-12. masters.com.
PETIT LE MANS AT ROAD ATLANTA A sports car endurance race held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, the Motul Petit Le Mans promises excitement for attendees. Just an hour north of Atlanta, Road Atlanta is a stateof-the-art road course. Festivities for 2020 run Oct. 7-10.roadatlanta.com/ petit-le-mans-road-atlanta.
1. The Peachtree Road Race is one of the world's largest 10K events in the world. 2. The Little 5 Points Halloween Parade is one of the top 10 Halloween events in the nation. 3. Jousting is one of the activities to watch at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. 4. The Atlanta Pride event aims to bring together the LGBTQ community.
PHOTOS: 3. Courtesy of Georgia Renaissance Festival.
5. The Masters golf tournament comes to Augusta each April.
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CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
1. The Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade is Atlanta's longest running event, dating back to 1858. 2. The Sandy Springs Festival includes two days of fine art, music, a Chalk Walk Art Competition and much more.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl brings postseason college football to MercedesBenz Stadium at the end of the year. chick-fil-apeachbowl.com.
Holiday Happenings NYE LIVE! AT BATTERY Live! at The Battery Atlanta is ringing in the new year in the “roaring 20s” with flair! Admission packages include exclusive access to two sports bars, live music and a variety of beverage and buffet options. The midnight champagne toast will feature confetti cannons and footage of the Times Square Ball Drop on a 32-foot screen. nye-live.com/Atlanta.
ATLANTA’S NY ELECTRIC 2020 Light up your New Year’s Eve in high style! Top Atlanta DJs will be spinning a blend of house music and Top 40 hits while guests enjoy dancing, exclusive party favors, and an open bar. This upscale event fills two ballrooms in the towering Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta. Room packages available.
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ATLANTA ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Atlanta’s longest running event, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade dates back to 1858. Attendees are treated to a procession of clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe and Drum Corps, dancers, drill teams and more. The 2020 parade will take place on March 14. atlantastpats.com.
CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA CHRISTMAS PARADE Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hosts the Children’s Christmas Parade, which steps off at Peachtree and 16th streets and ends at Peachtree and 5th Street. Midtown Atlanta will be transformed into Santa Claus Lane, complete with the sights and sounds of the season. choa.org/parade.
MENORAH LIGHTING AT DECATUR SQUARE Celebrate Hanukkah in December with the annual Menorah Lighting at Decatur Square. Live music, delicious food and Mr. Dreidel photo ops will be available. chabadintown.org/chanukah.
Neighborhood Festivals VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND SUMMERFEST Ushering in summer each June, The Virginia-Highland Summerfest is a twoday celebration jam-packed with art, food music, children’s activities and a 5K run. vahi.org/summerfest/events.
GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL An annual tradition for more than a decade, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will welcome music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for two days on Aug. 29 and 30. Presented by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the festival is open to all ages. A diverse selection of local food trucks offers all tastes, and there are craft beers, a Kids Zone, a 5K run and an artists market. summershadefestival.org.
SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL Taking place each September, the Sandy Springs Festival offers attendees two days of fine art, music, a pet parade, 5K and 10K races, delicious food, classic rides and much more. This event is the largest fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a nonprofit organization that operates Heritage Green, a four-acre city park. heritagesandysprings.org. newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 33
Neon signs light the strip along Broadway.
BEST THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MUSIC CITY By Michelle Bourg As the home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Music Row, Nashville more than lives up to its worldfamous moniker of “The Music City.” But this thriving metropolis offers so much else to see and do that it could just as easily be known by at least a half-dozen other nicknames. Expand your focus beyond the iconic music venues (but definitely pay them a visit), and you may come away remembering it as a different city entirely. Whether your style is upscale elegance or rustic chic, Nashville has accommodations that will suit you perfectly. A downtown Beaux 34 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
Arts treasure dating to 1910, The Hermitage is Tennessee’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond hotel and offers the ultimate in luxury, with complimentary fresh-baked sweets, marble vanities, cashmere and cotton mattresses and twice-daily housekeeping. 21C Museum Hotel combines a boutique hotel with a restaurant and exhibition space presenting curated exhibitions of the best in contemporary art. More art fills the airy rooms, which also feature high-end bedding and plush robes for relaxing. Gray & Dudley serves a thoughtful menu of locally sourced comfort food and craft drinks, perfect for brunch or a low-key evening. For luxury on an intimate scale, try
one of Nashville’s bed and breakfasts. Just minutes from downtown, Thistletop Inn is a French-style chateau boasting a two-story rock fireplace and romantic spiral staircases, overlooking 11 acres of woods and meadows. Unique guest rooms include features like floorto-ceiling windows, beam ceilings and private decks. A private cabin and carriage house, each with kitchens, offer privacy and style. Amenities include luxury linens and toiletries, baths with walk-in showers and WiFi. Mornings start with a sumptuous breakfast in the main house kitchen, served by the B&B’s gracious owners. For the sheer jaw-dropping factor, there’s Gaylord Opryland, a 47-acre resort with nine acres of gardens, 16 restaurants, and an indoor
The view from the estates garden of the Hermitage.
riverboat ride. Over the holidays, the resort is decked out in millions of lights and a 48-foothigh Christmas tree. Before starting your day, you’ll want a hearty breakfast, and Nashville does breakfast right. Biscuit Love, with locations in the Gulch and Hillsboro Village neighborhoods, has something for everyone. Among the choices are biscuit French toast with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote, a French omelet with Boursin cheese, and Bananas Foster oatmeal. The Loveless Café has been a Nashville landmark for over 65 years, serving Southern favorites like ham and eggs with redeye gravy and fried chicken to more than a half million visitors every year. Duly fueled up, you’re ready to explore. If you have kids in tow, make your first stop the Adventure Science Center, a 44,000square-foot space housing more than 175 interactive exhibits. Here the entire family can meet an animated Tyrannosaurus Rex, fly aerobatic maneuvers in the Blue Max flight simulator and view the mysteries of the stars at the Sude-
kum Planetarium. Cap the visit with a climb up the Adventure Tower, four ascending levels of interactive exhibits culminating in a breathtaking view from the giant globe at the top. Animal lovers will gravitate to the Nashville Zoo, home to more than 2,700 animals and 365 species. History buffs will want to visit Belle Meade Plantation, a museum and winery located on the site of an antebellum estate and Thoroughbred horse farm, dedicated to the preservation of Tennessee’s history and horseracing legacy. A much older period of history is represented at The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Greek original, built for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition and inspired by Nashville’s nickname of “The Athens of the South.” The Parthenon is now an art museum showcasing a collection by 19thand 20th-century American artists. Art lovers will find much to enjoy in Nashville. The Carl Van
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Ryman Auditorium is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
Vechten Gallery at Fisk University hosts touring exhibitions and temporary installations from the college’s permanent collections, including biennial showings of The Alfred Stieglitz Collection, featuring works by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, O’Keeffe and other masters. The Art Deco-style Frist Center for the Visual Arts showcases an ever-changing selection of exhibits; visitors can also try their hand at creating their own masterpieces. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is a 55-acre art museum, sculpture trail and botanical garden set against the backdrop of the rolling Tennessee hills. If your idea of art is a hat trick or a 50-yard field goal, you’ll be right at home. The NFL’s Tennessee Titans make their home downtown at Nissan Stadium, and the Nashville Predators of the NHL take the ice just one mile away at Bridgestone Arena.
Of course, Nashville is Music City, and while country is king, you’ll hear all kinds of music here. The Bluebird Café is a legendary venue for acoustic performances by both famous and up-andcoming singer-songwriters. In the Music Row neighborhood, you can visit historic RCA Studio B, where records by Elvis, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers and others were recorded. On Broadway you’ll find the city’s famed “Honky Tonk Highway,” with dozens of venues showcasing every genre of music, day and night. Also downtown you’ll find Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry and still a major concert venue hosting marquee talent nightly.
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Not far away is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to 350,000 square feet of state-of-theart galleries, theaters and archives, as well as the Hall of Fame rotunda, where the names country music’s legends are enshrined. You can catch some of those legends as well as rising stars at the Grand Ole Opry, located in East Nashville. While you’re downtown, stop by some of the many shops and boutiques located in the area’s renovated homes and browse for artisan gifts, home décor items, jewelry and sophisticated fashions. You’ll find plenty of authentic Western wear and boots, too. Nashville is home to some of the best dining in the South, and as with the city itself, there’s something for every taste. On Broadway you’ll find Jack’s Bar-B-Que, famous for smoked classics and award-winning sauces. Fort Louise serves comfort food with a twist, including curry fried chicken, saffron-glazed trout with picholine olives and Thai chili wings. At The Treehouse, an unassuming converted cottage (there’s a genuine tree house out back) belies a menu of creative small plates accompanied by a carefully chosen wine list and complex craft cocktails. Comfort food and simply prepared steaks are given a refined treatment at 5th & Taylor. Whether you experience Nashville as a city for art, history, great food, shopping, or yes, even music, it’s a place you’ll want to go back to again and again, and odds are good you’ll see it as a different city every time.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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The Select Restaurant + Bar Upscale Dining in a 1920s Setting by Derek Prall
175 guests and is also available for private and semi-private events. f you feel as if you’ve been transported to another era while The Select is located adjacent to the Sandy Springs Performing Arts dining at The Select Restaurant + Bar, that’s by design. It’s named Center, making it an ideal place to grab dinner before a show, or to enjoy after Le Select, a famous Parisian brasserie frequented by artists drinks afterward in the handsome bar. and literary figures like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Parking is plentiful in City Springs’ underground parking deck. The Pablo Picasso during its heyday. first two hours are free, and staff can validate your ticket for up to four But The Select, which opened its doors in May in the City Springs hours for free. Above-ground parking is free, with a two-hour time limit. mixed-use development in Sandy Springs, isn’t stuck in the past. While it consciously brings to mind a 1920s French café, the décor and fine dining menu give this charming spot a decidedly modern twist. The restaurant, from Dave Green and David Lester—the men behind the popular Vinings restaurant Paces & Vine—serves a contemporary menu featuring a mixture of Mediterranean and American influences. Begin your evening with a starter of raw oysters, steak tartare, duck meatballs or a jumbo lump crab cake. The butcher’s block charcuterie plate features an appetizing assortment of cured and aged meats along with artisanal cheese and other accompaniments. For an entrée, choose from selections including Faroe Island salmon with roasted fennel, kalamata olives, goat cheese citrus emulsion and petite greens; rabbit ravioli, with mushrooms, tomato confit, carrots, olives and pecorino; and miso sea bass with charred bok choy, pickled shiitake mushrooms, orange miso and a scallion salad. Other options include steak frites featuring filet mignon in a bearnaise sauce with jumbo housemade fries; a black Angus burger with blue cheese and tomato jam; and a 40-day, dry-aged 22-ounce bone-in ribeye. Pair your entree with a seasonal craft cocktail or a local beer on tap, Above: The Select’s casual and elegant bar is open daily until midnight. or choose from a robust wine list including about 60 bottles and more Left: The Select’s ahi tuna appetizer. than 30 by-the-glass options originating from France, Italy, Spain, The Select is open for dinner nightly and brunch on the weekends. Australia and the Americas. Plans also call for live music nights beginning at the end of the dinner Chef Matthew Rainey oversees the operation from a state-of-the-art hour and stretching into the late evening. kitchen where diners can view all of the action through a giant window Guests are advised to make reservations in advance for weekend that looks out onto the main dining room. The restaurant features dining. And be prepared for prices an open, spacious floor plan completed THE DETAILS that reflect the restaurant’s comfortby an inviting interior mixing intimate Attire: Classy casual Hours: Dinner: Daily, 5-10 p.m., Brunch: ably upscale atmosphere: Most entrees seating with classic design elements. Atmosphere: Comfortable elegance Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., range from the low $20s to the high If you’re looking for something a little Recommendations: Faroe Island Bar: Daily, 5 p.m.-Close $30s, and the bone-in ribeye goes for less traditional, the expansive indoor/outsalmon, rabbit ravioli Location: 6405 Blue Stone Road, $65. But it won’t take more than a few door patio enclosed by glass with a terrace Reservations: Recommended Sandy Springs, GA 30328 Contact: 770-637-2240, theselectatl.com bites for most diners to decide that the overlooking City Springs’ park and fountains Parking: Validated experience is well worth the price. N is also available. The dining room seats 38 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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Vehicles that are 24 model years old and later (except the three years prior to the current year) must be checked yearly for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit cleanairforce.com.
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 $2.50 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 itsmarta.com.
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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) 877694-2511, by dialing 511, or by visiting dot.ga.gov.
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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871 cherokee.k12.ga.us
Cherokee County QUICK INFO
Elementary Schools 23 Middle Schools 7 High Schools 6 Centers 6 Per-pupil expenditures $8,704 School & bus information 770-720-2112
County cherokeega.com Neighborhoods canton-georgia.com woodstockga.gov cityofballground.com hollyspringsga.us cityofwaleska.com
Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1122 Georgia 1054 National 1049
Median household income: $75,477 Median age of residents: 38 Population: 235,896 Sales tax: 6%
PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, cherokeechamber.com
UTILITIES & CONTACTS
Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $28.75; Incorporated Cherokee County, $29.11. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400
ELECTRICITY 706-253-5200 Amicalola EMC 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 newcomeratlanta.com.
TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV att.com AT&T: Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com directv.com Direct TV dish.com Dish Network ETC Communications etcnow.com Spectrum spectrum.com TDS Telecom tdstelecom.com Windstream windstream.com
WATER Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska City of Woodstock
770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912 770-592-6006
HOSPITALS Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-224-1000 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000
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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 $220,200. 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
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Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is prime location for development.
to live, 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 Ridge
Located twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is one of Georgia's top ten fastest-growing cities and a community recently named one of the "Top 50 Cities Places to Live in the U.S." by Money Magazine. Residents also 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 con-sidered 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 Website at newcomeratlanta.com
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 cobb.k12.ga.us Elementary Schools 69 Middle Schools 25 High Schools 17 Magnet 6 Charter 2 Per-pupil expenditures $8,893 School and bus information 678-594-8000
Cobb County QUICK INFO
Cobb County came into being in 1832 when the state County cobbcountyga.gov redistributed land once part Neighborhoods austellga.org of the Cherokee Nation. mariettaga.gov Named after Thomas Welch smyrnaga.gov Cobb, the county experi kennesaw-ga.gov enced a devastating setback cityofpowdersprings.org during the Civil War when smyrnacity.com most of it was destroyed Median household income: $75,654 during the famous Battle at Median age of residents: 36.6 Kennesaw Mountain. Population: 755,754 Today, Cobb County, Sales tax: 6% located north of Fulton Chamber of Commerce County, is one of the state's Cobb County most thriving counties. With 770-980-2000, cobbchamber.org a diverse economic base Property Taxes that includes jobs in the The property tax is $30.35 per $1,000 of assessed service, retail, aerospace and value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 technology sectors, Cobb County offers a quality of life unsurpassed in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been Cumberland Mall, secluded subspent on transportation improvements in recent years, allowing divisions in East Cobb and horse residents easy access to Atlanta and ranches in the northwest corner the commercial districts of Vinings of the county. The small towns Overlook, Cumberland Parkway and of Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and the prestigious “Platinum Triangle” Austell still retain their Southern in the Galleria area. charm amidst urban settings. AcA variety of housing options cording to the Census Bureau, the exist in Cobb County, including median value of homes in 2017 was luxury apartments and condos near $254,300.
Kennesaw One of Family Circle magazine’s “Ten Best Towns for Families,” Kennesaw takes pride in its small-town atmosphere and boasts abundant parks and green space, exceptional recreational programs and top-notch schools, including Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw’s historic downtown features shopping, dining and attractions such as the Smithsonian-affiliated Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum and nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Smyrna Rapidly defining what’s new and progressive in quality of life and citizen services, Smyrna delivers an amazing sense of style and love of life. The Market Village district, home to fabulous restaurants, bars and upscale shops and services, is the final piece of a master plan for success. Call it “Main Street USA” or “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its charm and ability to offer the best in fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Website at newcomeratlanta.com
Marietta City Schools Board of Education 770-422-3500 marietta-city-org Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,110 School and bus information 770-429-3110 Avg. SAT Scores
Cobb Co. 1107 Marietta City 1072 Georgia 1054 National 1049 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-917-8903 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 888-660-5890 Georgia Power GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power/ 770-794-5150 Columbia Energy GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com Spectrum spectrum.com WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water
770-944-4300 770-419-6200 770-794-5100 770-943-8000 678-631-5338
HOSPITALS 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 dekalbschoolsga.org
DeKalb County Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 753,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an “inter-national city” with its businesses and residences representing more than 30 different countries and 120 languages. DeKalb County prospers in
Elementary Schools 118 Middle Schools 33 High Schools 37 Per-pupil expenditures $9,862 School & bus information 678-676-1305 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education
Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 6 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,306 School & bus information 404-371-6677
Decatur The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating
Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. 998 City of Decatur 1067 Georgia 1054 National 1049 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS 888-660-5890
Snapping Shoals EMC
GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com WATER DeKalb County Water System 404-371-2000
HOSPITALS Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
DeKalb Medical Center
Emory University Hospital
Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center
ELECTRICITY Georgia Power
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 worldrenowned Emory University is just outside the city limits. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community as well as the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters
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In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among both established professionals and young, upwardly mobile ones raising their 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.
part due to its excellent Neighborhoods brookhavenga.gov transportation system. decaturga.com Five major road arter druidhills.org ies traverse the county: dunwoodyga.gov Interstates 20, 85, 285, candlerpark.org stonemountaincity.org 675 and US Highway 78. Hartsfield-Jackson InterMedian household income: $61,827 national Airport is only Median age of residents: 35.9 One of Atlanta’s newest six miles from DeKalb’s Population: 753,253 cities, Brookhaven incorporatsouthern border and the Sales tax: 8% ed in 2012. Its 12 square miles DeKalb Peachtree AirChamber of Commerce are a diverse mix of residents port, a general aviation DeKalb County and amenities. In Brookhaven, field, is reported to be 404-378-8000, dekalbchamber.org there are pre-war estates; the second busiest airProperty Taxes newer, thriving mixed-use port in Georgia. DeKalb The property tax rate is $43.99 per $1,000 of assessed value for unincorporated DeKalb County. developments; a country club; County is also a leader in Tax Commissioner: 404-298-4000 plenty of parks; and Buford the biomedical commuHighway, Atlanta’s most culturnity with The Centers for ally diverse corridor, famed for its heart is the Courthouse Square, Disease Control and Prevention variety of ethnic cuisine. N which features an eclectic mix of headquartered there. The median value of homes storefront boutiques and shops, For more counties and neighborhood in 2017, according to the Census restaurants and entertainment information, visit our Website at newcomeratlanta.com Bureau, was $199,800. options. The square is also home to
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Fulton County 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 one million 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 $306,200. 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.
historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With luxury hotels, shops, bars and more than 250 restaurants, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals. The neighborhood also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at both Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 470-254-3600 fultonschools.org Elementary Schools 59 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 18 Charter 10 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $10,609 School & Bus Information North 470-254-2970 South 470-254-6060 Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education 404-802-3500 atlantapublicschools.us
Piedmont Park, Midtown Atlanta
Buckhead 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 filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, the
County co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods alpharetta.ga.us buckhead.net cityofmiltonga.us virginiahighland.com collegeparkga.com eastpointcity.org hapeville.org johnscreekga.gov roswellgov.com sandyspringsga.org
home to approximately 64,000 residents, drawn to its affordable housing, parks, shopping at North Point Mall and concerts at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. The city's historic downtown boasts an appealing town square, called Alpharetta City Center, it features locally owned shops and restaurants, and hosts events year round.
Median household income: $65,037 Median age of residents: 35.5 Population: 1,041,000 Sales tax: 7.75%, Atlanta City: 8.9% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, gnfcc.com Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, metroatlantachamber.com South Fulton 770-964-1984, southfultonchamber.com Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: $43.55 for the City of Atlanta; $29.18 for incorporated Fulton County; $40.76 for unincorporated Fulton County; $33.54 for Johns Creek; $33.91 for Sandy Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100
Alpharetta One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta is
Johns Creek Incorporated in 2012, this thriving community of 83,000 was ranked third among “50 Best U.S. Cities to Live In” by USA Today. It boasts a diverse economic base, coupled with a peaceful environment: the city contains over 200 acres of parkland and nature reserves and contains five access points to the Chattahoochee River.
Milton Also incorporated in 2006, Milton combines a pastoral setting with forward-thinking city planning that offers what’s been called “The best quality of life in Georgia.” N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Website at newcomeratlanta.com
Elementary Schools Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Charter Alternative Per-pupil expenditures School & bus information
52 52 10 9 17 4 $10,609 404-802-5500
Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1170 Atlanta Public Schools 961 Georgia 1054 National 1049 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com
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for a list of private schools in this county. ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV att.com AT&T Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com Fulton County
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 404-686-4411 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 Emory St. Joseph's Hospital 678-843-7001
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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 gwinnett.k12.ga.us Elementary Schools 82 Middle Schools 32 High Schools 25 Per-pupil expenditures $8,538
City Schools of Buford Board of Education 770-945-5035 bufordcityschools.org Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Per-pupil expenditures
2 1 1 $10,604
Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1160 City of Buford 1142 Georgia 1054 National 1049 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of Buford 678-889-4600 770-963-9834 City of Lawrenceville City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 800-462-3691 Jackson EMC Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 770-267-2505 Walton EMC GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.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 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Eastside Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4790 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 678-442-5858
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 City Hall and the Town Green in downtown Duluth
Originally part of Georgia’s Native American territory, Gwinnett County was created by the State Legislature in 1818 and named after Button Gwinnett, the third signer of the Declaration of Independence and a former state governor. While the county was once largely rural with small towns, country stores, farms and forests, today it is home to more than 600 international companies and 450 high-tech firms. With an average of 21 new professional and industrial companies relocating to the county each year, attracting almost 21,000 new jobs, Gwinnett County remains in the top 10 ranking for growth nationwide. The county supports many cultural events, restaurants and shopping opportunities, including the Mall of Georgia in Buford. Gwinnett County remains affordable for renters and first-time home buyers, many of whom find homes in the communities of Doraville, Lawrenceville and Snellville. The median value of homes in 2006, according to the Census Bureau, was $220,000.
Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here in the latter part of the 18th century. Following the official founding of the city in 1837, Suwanee became a railroad stop along the Southern Railroad route. It remained a small country town well into the ’70s when construction of I-85 and U.S. 23 brought easy access to the region. Since then, Suwanee has experienced tremendous growth, from 2,000 County gwinnettcounty.com residents in 1990 to more Neighborhoods cityofbuford.com than 18,000 today. To duluthga.net help manage growth, snellville.org suwanee.com the city has developed a comprehensive developMedian household income: $68,914 ment plan that promotes Median age of residents: 35.3 pedestr ian-oriented Population: 920,260 development and mixedSales tax: 6% use zoning. The city was Chamber of Commerce designated a Tree City Gwinnett County 770-232-3000, gwinnettchamber.org USA for 20 straight years for its commitment to Property Taxes preserving 27 percent of The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett County is $35.07 per $1,000 of assessed value. its land as green space. Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. Such foresight has allowed Suwanee to retain its old-fashioned charm neighborhoods in metro Atlanta while providing contemporary and is home to some of the best convenience. Only 35 miles from golf courses and private tennis downtown Atlanta, Suwanee is clubs. There are numerous parks close to big-city attractions, busifor recreation and participatory ness districts and shopping. Many sports, including Bunten Road antique shops and historic strucPark and Shorty Howell Park. tures, including several Victorian Northpoint Mall, a major shopand regional farm-style homes, ping center, is are located near are located near downtown Duluth. The Southeastern Railway Suwanee. N Museum, which preserves and operates old railroad equipment, For more counties and neighborhood is a must-see for any railroad information, visit our Website at aficionado. newcomeratlanta.com
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discovered the secret to immortality in this production based on the popular children’s book. Feb. 5-8, 770-448-7640, wesleyanschool.org/arts.
The Eagles, State Farm Arena The rock supergroup performs its classic “Hotel California” album from beginning to end, along with a set of greatest hits. Feb. 7 & 11, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Fox Theatre Broadway in Atlanta presents the touring production of the hit Tony Award-winning musical about a headstrong matchmaker. Feb. 11-16, 855-285-8499, broadwayinatlanta.com.
‘The Swan Princess,’ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Cookies and Cocoa With Santa, Duluth Festival Center
Theater & Concerts
Celine Dion, State Farm Arena
An Evening of Conversation With Julie Andrews, Cobb Energy Centre
The actress known for “Mary Poppins,” “The Sound of Music” and many more roles discusses her career. Dec. 4, 800-745-3000, cobbenergycentre.com.
A Magical Cirque Christmas, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The pop music powerhouse brings her Courage World Tour to Atlanta. Jan. 11,
‘Romeo & Juliet,’ Fox Theatre The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs its production based on the Shakespeare classic. Jan. 12, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
‘The Band’s Visit,’ Fox Theatre
Thrill to the exploits of spellbinding athletes and acrobats from all over the world. Dec. 5,
The award-winning musical comes to the Fox courtesy of Broadway in Atlanta. Jan. 21-26,
The Atlanta Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker,’ Fox Theatre
‘Salome,‘ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
This lavish production of the holiday classic features dazzling choreography, beautiful costumes, scenic backdrops and live music performed by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. This is the production’s final year at the Fox, so don’t miss it. Dec. 7-24, 855-285-8499,
The Atlanta Opera stages a spellbinding production of the tale of a tyrant, his bewitching daughter and her infatuation with John the Baptist. Performed in German with English supertitles. Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 404-881-8885,
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Infinite Energy Center The progressive-rock ensemble performs. Dec. 8, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
Jingle Ball, State Farm Arena The Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Niall Horan and more perform at this holiday event hosted by local radio station Power 96.1. Dec. 20, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com. 48 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
‘Tuck Everlasting,’ Wesleyan School
This world premiere from Atlanta Ballet 2 features all of the mystery and magic of “Swan Lake,” condensed into a one-hour production for children 12 and under that serves as a perfect introduction to ballet. Feb. 13-16, 800-745-3000, cobbenergycentre.com.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fox Theatre The world-renowned dance company returns to Atlanta with stunning performances including Ailey’s classic “Revelations.” Feb. 20-23, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
2020 Monster Jam, Mercedes-Benz Stadium Be there as Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Stone Crusher and other 12,000-pound monster vehicles engage in fierce battle—and vote for the winner in the skills challenge and freestyle competitions on your smartphone! Feb. 22-23, 800-745-3000, mercedesbenzstadium.com.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!, Fox Theatre The Peabody Award-winning TV show featuring comedic commentary on bad movies comes to Atlanta on its Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour. Feb. 26, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
A 10-year-old girl meets a family who have Bodies…The Exhibition
Exhibits & Events Bricktacular, Legoland Discovery Center Meet Lego Santa and snap a selfie with him, check out the Winter Wonderland and build a take-home Lego snowflake at this monthlong winter celebration. Dec. 1-31, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.
Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art
Cookies and Cocoa With Santa, Duluth Festival Center Join Santa and his elves and get a free professional photo taken with Santa. Free crafts while supplies last. 10 a.m. to noon. Dec. 14, duluthga.net.
Noon Year’s Eve, Legoland Discovery Center Ring in 2020 with a balloon drop and countdown displayed on screens throughout the attraction at noon. Dec. 31, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.
‘Curious George: Let’s Get Curious,’ Children’s Museum of Atlanta This interactive exhibit allows kids to explore science, math and engineering concepts as they play mini-golf, visit a farm and a produce stand, design a building and more. Through
Parent Preview Day, Wesleyan School Parents of prospective students are invited to visit classes and observe students and teachers at work. Jan.28, 770-448-7640, wesleyanschool.org.
‘Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings,’ High Museum of Art This exhibition presents more than 100 of the Southern photographer’s hauntingly beautiful photographs, exploring themes of memory, desire, death and the bonds of family. Through
Prospective families are invited to tour the campus and speak to faculty members at this Montessori school. Jan. 9 & 26, 404-252-3910, springmont.com.
Wesleyan School, Family Open House Tour the Wesleyan campus with student ambassadors, talk to teachers and coaches and get an in-depth look at what life is like at this independent Christian school. Jan. 11, 770-448-7640, wesleyanschool.org.
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer,’ Children’s Museum of Atlanta Kids learn to work together as a team as they take on the villains of New York City in this action-packed exhibit. Jan. 18-May 10, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Keeping alive children’s inborn sense of wonder
Feb. 2, 404-733-5000, high.org.
‘Bodies…The Exhibition’ This fascinating exhibit celebrates the inner beauty of the human body with more than 200 real human bodies and specimens, allowing you to see the body’s different systems in detail. Ongoing, 404-496-4274, bodiesatlanta.com.
Infants - Pre K Small Classes
Jan. 5, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Springmont School, Family Open House
A Short Drive Away Apollo: When We Went to the Moon, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. This world-premiere exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 spaceflight that landed the first two men on the moon on July 20, 1969. Enjoy an Apollo 11 launch experience and explore artifacts and memorabilia. Through Dec. 31, 800-637-7223,
Child-directed learning Afterschool and summer camp Located in Morningside Canterbury School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy.
Call 404-522-5659 For more information canterburyschoolga.com
Space Craze: A Space Age Journey Through Pop Culture, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. This exhibit explores the public fascination with all things space-related as seen in everyday household items, toys, games and popular entertainment. Through Dec. 31, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.
Harlem Globetrotters, State Farm Arena
Holiday Skating & Winter Wonderland, Hendersonville, N.C.
The beloved basketball team returns to Atlanta with an energetic show featuring the ball-handling wizardry and entertaining antics fans of all ages have come to expect. Jan. 19, 800-745-
As part of Hendersonville’s Home for the Holidays celebration, the Visitor Center’s parking lot transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with an iceless skating rink. Dec.18-Jan. 1,
2020, 800-828-4244, visithendersonvillenc.org.
Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus, State Farm Arena
Skating in the Upcountry, South Carolina
Spend the day with Oprah Winfrey and a lineup of special guests for a day of inspiring stories and conversations designed to help you develop your own 2020 action plan. Jan. 25,
Lace up your skates and have a grand old time at one of three different seasonal, outdoor skating rinks: Ice on Main in Greenville, Skating on the Square in Spartanburg and Holiday Ice in Anderson. Dates vary by location.
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DeKalb Farmers Market BRINGING THE WORLD TO YOUR TABLE
THE DETAILS LOCATION: 3000 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030 HOURS: Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. PHONE NUMBER: 404-377-6400 WEBSITE: dekalbfarmersmarket.com
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By Melanie Gibbs
y now you’ve probably already heard about many of the things that make the metro area great, but did you know Decatur is home to the largest fresh food retail store in the nation? If you’d like a different kind of shopping experience, and you’d enjoy rubbing shoulders with the diverse citizenry of Atlanta while you do it, give the DeKalb Farmers Market a try. Founded in 1977, the family-owned market has over 140,000 square feet of domestic and imported foods. What a selection it is! Artisan breads and pastries, lasagnas, pastas and pizzas are hand made from scratch daily on site. Many of the meat and dairy products come from small family farms. The market has the largest selection of cheeses from around the world, as well as over 700 varieties of wines and beers. Coffees are roasted daily on-site, and fine teas are imported from China, Kenya and Sri Lanka. With over 450 varieties, the organic and ethnic produce department is one of the region’s greatest. Overwhelmed? Take a break in the restaurant, where you can try many international dishes and an extensive variety of salads. Or attempt to select just one treat from the well-appointed case in the pastry bar. The market’s a wonderful site for people-watching, too. At least 40 nations and 50 languages are represented by the market’s employees. About 100,000 visitors pass through each week.
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