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Lifestyle Letter

Hello, Alpharetta

JUNE 2016

M

eet our hard-working marketing manager, Karyn Slovin. She has lived in Alpharetta/Johns Creek for 24 years. She loves working in her hometown and helps our advertisers build their businesses through collaborations and marketing with this magazine. We are so fortunate to have her! Karyn has two children and a dog (a Jack Russell terrier/beagle mix). She loves art, music, theater and dining out around Alpharetta with friends and family. Karyn has a design degree and helped launch Alpharetta Lifestyle's sister publication, BuckHaven Lifestyle more than four years ago. If you or someone you know has a message for our readers, give Karyn a shout!

Enjoy this issue, honoring the guys in our lives. Meet Ray's Killer Creek's chef and his son who cook together in Chef 's "spare time!" Need ideas for last-minute Father's Day gifts? How about foldable, pocket-size Ray-Bans or an x-large bullhide leather briefcase from Orvis at Avalon?  Happy Father's Day from Karyn, Jim, me and everyone here at Lifestyle Publications. 

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June 2016

Departments

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Open House

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Sold Properties

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Faith Reflections

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

16 Top Chef Makes Family a Priority

Meet the Ray’s Killer Creek chef.

20 Making a Gentleman

Our picks for the summer's hottest accessories for our guys.

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Good Times

Steeplechase + Lifestyle

Atlanta Steeplechase welcomed Lifestyle Publications to the trackside party, with sponsors JR Revelry Distillery, Champion Security, Sub Zero, Aesthetic Specialty Centre and Atlanta Face and Body sponsoring, with Golsen Dentistry supporting the lively fundraiser for Bert's Big Adventure. PHOTOS BY SCOTT AREMAN

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THERE’S ONE THING WORSE THAN KNOWING YOU HAVE LUNG CANCER. NOT KNOWING.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death because often there are no symptoms until it has spread. The good news is a lung cancer screening can help detect it early when there are more treatment options. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute offers a low dose CT screening if you’re 55 – 80 years old and a current or previous smoker. It’s quick and easy and could save your life.

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HOME GROWN HELP

HOME MAKE-OVER An easy way to bring a little excitement to a room that just needs a make-over  is by changing the color of the walls. Or, for a kitchen, changing the color of the cabinets may be just what you need to make your kitchen feel new again! Martin Soto, the owner of Alpharettabased and family owned Dream House Painting, says that grays and whites are the trends in painting and are VERY hot right now -yes,

SwatchPop! is a start-up tech company founded by high school class-

white kitchen cabinets are back! Soto is finding that light to medium

mates Jessica McRae and Kristen Yonson, from Alpharetta. It’s the first-

gray hues very popular on interior walls and in the kitchen. Another very

and-only website in the interior design industry that allows consumers to

popular trend is painting the home’s exterior brick. During the sum-

collaborate with professional interior designers for home decorating proj-

mer months, Dream House Painting is offering readers of Alpharetta

ects big and small, quickly, affordably, and 100% online. Clients create a

Lifestyle 10% off all interior jobs and $350 off full exterior painting jobs,

virtual design profile that matches them with the ideal interior designer for

excluding decks. Should your walls have out-of-date wallpaper, the team

their personal style and budget. In just three business days, SwatchPop!

at Dream House can take care of that as well. They provide personal

will deliver a custom plan including detailed instructions and a clickable

consultation with their team of experienced decorators that will help you

shopping list straight to the user’s inbox. It is interior design on demand!

make the best color selections to update and makeover your rooms.

Since launching in 2014, more than 2,000 users have already registered on

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the site and 750+ projects have been completed. It’s the ideal website to

solve your interior design woes. SwatchPop! has also been named Startup of the Year, by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and was listed on the Top 40 most Innovative Technology Companies by the Technology Association of Georgia. In February, SwatchPop! won the TechCrunch Atlanta Pitch-Off competition beating out hundreds of other startups in the southeast region to earn a spot at NYC’s TechCrunch Disrupt this May. SwatchPop! is revolutionizing the interior design industry and changing the way you decorate your home! 

BIKINI READY Are you just realizing that it’s time to put on your bikini and you’re not quite ready? Winter is over and beach season is in full swing!  Thank goodness the owners of New Body Dimensions in Alpharetta are here to help you work on those pesky areas of your body that just won’t respond to diet and exercise, no matter how hard you try. They offer Lipo Laser treatments that are non-invasive and painless, performed in a spa-like setting that is caring and relaxing. LED and Invisa-red light are used to emulsify fat which is then eliminated by the body or burned as energy. Their clients enjoy their sessions on the Whole Body Vibration machine that follows almost as much as the Lipo Laser treatments themselves. Your first session is complimentary and almost everyone loses at least an inch that first visit! Best of all, the prices are much lower than those of other types of treatments with better results. Come by and check them out and get to know the owners, Dreama, and Harriet and find out how their personalized programs can help you reach your goals for 2016. Call for an appointSwatchPop Founders Jessica McRae and Kristen Yonson, 10

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

to inspire a spirit of serving and caring for others is the “Ignite” initiative,

Providence Bank is celebrating a decade of serving the Alpharetta/

a program of Christian service designed specifically for Pinecrest high

Milton community! Ten years ago, local leaders established a

school students, to help them develop servant leadership through

community bank in the Alpharetta/Milton area that has stood the test

projects focused on corporal and spiritual works of mercy. One of

of tough economic times. Today, Providence Bank is celebrating its

Pinecrest’s junior girls Ignite teams launched a local chapter of Becca’s

10th anniversary and is proud to remain a strong community partner.

Closet, BeccasCloset.org, a national organization that provides formal

President and CEO of Providence Bank Brad Serff explains, “The last

dresses to those who may not be able to afford them. For several weeks,

decade was devastating to many in the banking industry and our

beginning in February, under the leadership of Becca’s Closet Ignite

community has had its share of financial ups and downs as well. Now,

team president, Mary Patota, prom dress donations were accepted

we’re pleased to have that behind us and look forward to serving and

in the school’s high school building. Young ladies in the local area

growing with the Alpharetta and Milton communities.” Providence

seeking dresses were invited to visit the Pinecrest campus to select

Bank is the only community bank locally chartered in the Alpharetta/

a dress from about 150 dresses generously donated by members

Milton community. Established in 2006, Providence Bank holds

of Pinecrest and the local community. “I am very proud of these

assets of $120 million and offers a wide array of banking solutions

young ladies and all they accomplished in a short amount of time,”

that include personal and business loan and deposit products as well

comments Allison Berry, Ignite team advisor. “I watched them learn

as the latest in mobile and online banking products. Congratulations

how to develop a communications plan, motivate their classmates and

and cheers to the next 10!

their parish communities to donate dresses, work with another high

FIREBIRDS WOOD FIRED GRILL NOW OPEN

school, and coordinate a large event entirely based on donations.”After giving prom dresses to the young ladies at the City of Refuge, the

Opening in early May, Firebirds in Alpharetta marks the pol-

girls donated 66 dresses to Goodwill and 60 to Foster Care Support

ished-casual brand’s 39th restaurant (the first in GA!). Firebirds Wood

and Prom-A-Palooza. They are keeping 44 dresses for next year, as

Fired Grill is known for its bold flavors, warm hospitality and inviting

they hope to maintain this chapter of Becca’s closet going forward by

atmosphere. Specializing in classic American cuisine grilled over an

passing the project on to the next class of juniors for the 2016-2017

authentic wood-fired grill, Firebirds heightens the guests’ experience

school year, and then beyond.  PinecrestAcademy.org

with unexpected delights such as chilled salad plates, meticulous table manicuring and refreshed frozen martini glasses. Unique features, including stacked stone entryways, exclusive artwork, and the award-winning FIREBAR® provide a full-spectrum dining experience. With its mission to “Serve, Enrich and Exceed,” Firebirds prides itself on providing real value to its guests. Consistent community involvement and partnerships with organizations such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, with over a half million dollars donated to ALSF through the sales of fresh-squeezed lemonade, are also a large part of how Firebirds weaves itself into the fabric of the local communities it serves., visit FireBirdsRestaurants.com.

PINECREST JUNIOR GIRLS “IGNITE” PROM SEASON One of the goals of Pinecrest Academy is to develop a heart of service in each and every student. One of the many vehicles designed

Left to right: Lauren Cobak, Dalila Martinez , Mary Patota, Mariana Bohn, Kayla Kiernan, Lily Starnes, Lizzy Welsko, Danielle Madda, Vanessa Mendez, Allison Berry June 2016 | AlpharettaLifestylePubs.com

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Open House

GOING GREEN MEE T L AUR A GREEN

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON

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arbed in running shoes, fashionable jeans, and a track jacket branded with her company logo, the always industrious Laura Green—the owner of Green Basements and Remodeling—is conversing in both Spanish and English with a cleaning crew at her newly purchased home nestled in the cul-de-sac of a community in Woodstock, GA. With more than 7,000-square-feet of space to perfect for a photo shoot, Green’s meticulous attention to detail explains why she is one of the most revered entrepreneurs in the South. Born in Pensacola, FL, Green, 38, always had a passion to improve interiors of homes and businesses, and once graduating from the University of West Florida majoring in Computer Science, Atlanta-based Home Depot recruited her to join their corporate team in 1999. While thriving during her new opportunity, Green earned a masters of business degree from Georgia State, leading to her first entrepreneurial venture co-owning the Castle Painting company. Its success, her invaluable customer service, and natural eye to detail led to a General Contractor’s license and the launch of Green Basements and Remodeling. Besides her candor and vocal leadership, Green’s company’s website further demonstrates her willingness to teach consumers the newest trends in remodeling innovation. From listing the seven outstanding reasons to work with Green Basements and Remodeling including design services, a stellar reputation, and possessing two local showrooms, there is an extensive photo gallery displaying the work they are capable of, and—perhaps most impressively—numerous videos featuring Green. One of them shows her explaining their showroom’s color-coded “sticker system” on various cabinet options representing budget upgrades, if they were made in the U.S., or her logical favorite— the green sticker—meaning sustainable and recyclable. Then again, Green is no stranger to the camera; she has made several appearances on television, including HGTV’s Elbow Room, the do-it-yourself-themed Super Great Rooms, and Home Free on Fox. In fact, she seemed like a seasoned show host giving a tour of her home.  12

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Green’s multi-row theater room equipped with tray tables at every reclining Palliser leather seat, a large “zero-entry” pool with waterslides, an elevator, the indoor use of a polished sliding farm door, and fully equipped workout room were very impressive, but her bathrooms might be the most noteworthy reflections of her innovation. They featured single-level floors instead of the traditional shower partitions to step over for easy wheelchair access; touch-free toilets; televisions projected through mirrors; heated floors and towel holders; a urinal to accommodate gents including her husband and five boys; and the jaw-dropping demonstration of water pouring from the ceiling to fill her master tub. Thriving with her company being a “one-stop shop,” Green has evolved with expertise in numerous fields including space utilization; making everyday appliances practical for everyone (such as a hip-level microwave); using energy-efficient lighting and heating; sustainability; soundproofing; home security activations from mobile devices; and producing optimum air quality such as her kitchen’s paint which absorbs and neutralizes pollutants with a lifespan exceeding 75 years to name a few.  Ultimately, Green makes her customer the top priority. Be it be remodeling a kitchen, a bathroom, lining countertops with granite she independently resources, customizing concrete floors in garages, finishing hardwood floors, laying out decks, installing a wine cellar, or virtually any other home improvement one can demand, she will make it happen. There is nothing during her stellar career that suggests otherwise.  GreenRemodeling.com

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Chef makes FAMILY, Main Course Ray's Killer Creek Chef at Home ARTICLE LIA PICARD PHOTOGRAPHY NICOLE STEPHENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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lpharetta residents know that the place to go for a classic night out is Ray’s at Killer Creek. However, what they may not know is that the chef behind the delicious offerings at the high-end restaurant is also a father. Like many chefs in the industry, Mike Fuller works grueling days with long hours that can extend into the wee hours of the morning. He wears many different hats, though, and outside of work is the father to his 15-year-old son, Michael. Growing up in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Fuller started working in restaurants in high school. He became so fond of cooking, that he pursued CONTINUED > it as a career and has been doing it for over 20 years.

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Before landing in Atlanta he worked at restaurants in Charleston and Nashville and gained experience in sleek restaurants like McKendrick’s and Del Frisco’s. After serving as chef de cuisine at the other Ray’s outposts, he was promoted to executive chef at Ray’s at Killer Creek. With such long days it can be hard to find a compromise between being a chef and a dad. So how does Fuller do it? He credits the well-run business at Ray's for making the dual role of "chef dad" a bit easier. Fuller once opened a brand new restaurant that was wrought with challenges and even longer-thanusual hours. “It’s more stable being at Ray’s. It takes a long time to get a crew trained,” Fuller explains. Ray’s crew was incredibly well trained when he came on board, making it easier for him to step into his new role. Having such a great staff gives him some flexibility with his schedule he may not otherwise have, allowing for more time with his son than he had in previous roles. He takes advantage of the free time he gets, because as a chef dad, he says, “Time is the biggest challenge.” One of his priorities when he has free time is cheering Michael on at baseball games. “I spend every weekend at his baseball games.”  You can also find him chaperoning one of Michael’s field trips, with recent excursions to Camp Highlands and the science museum. Having such limited time together means Fuller makes the most of the time they do spend. Activities that may be mundane for more traditional households take on more meaning for them, like watching television. “We watch the Walking Dead; it’s a big to-do for us.” So, does Michael want to be a chef like his dad when he grows up? Laughing, Fuller says, “No, he’s too smart for that.” While it may not be Michael’s career path, the two do share a mutual love of food. Michael loves to visit Fuller at work for a ribeye with macaroni and cheese. They are at a bit of an impasse when it comes to meals on Fuller’s days off, though. “I always want to try a new place, but he usually just wants a home-cooked meal.” Being a chef and a father isn’t easy. Spending so much time away from his son, though, allows Fuller to treasure the moments they are together. Striking a work life and father life balance makes him a successful chef dad. 18

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ho is the modern man? He is prepared, pleasant and principled. He is compassionate yet resilient. Tech-savvy but not ignorant of the classics.  I asked some friends and readers for their laundry list of what exactly makes a modern man. Here's what they said. Add yours to our Facebook page! Owns a bow tie and knows how to tie it.  Owns a pair of Happy Socks.  Knows how to make a pink martini. Owns a pair of slim fit pants. Works hard and finds ways to release the stress outside the home.  Leaves a generous tip for his server.  Tosses out his PJ pants and t-shirts when they get unsightly. Makes the bed if he's the last one up. Never says he is "babysitting" his own offspring, Can navigate any grocery store solo: from nursing pads and Anbesol to shallots and chia seeds. Can help sew on merit badges on a Scout sash. Can play poker til the wee hours and still drive a morning carpool. Can change a tire without calling AAA.  Appreciates a beautiful yard and is able to plant and maintain one.  Can hang his own flat screen TV on the wall. Opens the door for women. And anyone following behind him.

Top right: El Mestizo, which means the Euro-Latin mixed man. The drink blends Sherry with Tequila (hence the Euro and Latin reference) with hints of lemon, agave and nutmeg. The recipe is simple, but the flavors are very complex. At Barcelona. Bottom right: Barcelona Wine Bar, Westside Ironworks

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Clockwise from left: Orvis pure cotton wrinkle pinpoint oxford left and right. Plaid washed shirt from Scoop NYC in middle. Clocks with solid mango wood with cast nickel details from Harp & Finial, rustic handled magnifying glasses with chrome details, V2 exclusive candles, glass cylinders from Villa Savannah. Cotton wrinkle-free shirt, bullhide x-tra capacity briefcase from Orvis. Foldable Ray-Bans, pocket square, knit tie from Brunello Cucinelli. Bourbon flavored toothpicks, Astier de Villattee arrow platter, vintage carpet piillows, books, antique gymnasium. Short sleeve Johnny collar pique polo, AG Graduate Landers tailored leg jeans from Scoop NYC. Shotshell belt, blue dial watch and reading glasses from Orvis. Vintage indigo Nankeen textiles, grey ebru marble dinnerware, slip-cast porcelain scoops from Dixon Rye. CONTINUED >

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Genuine Panama hat, leather key ring from Orvis at Avalon, Walter Falken watch from Scoop NYC, cowhide wallet from Brunello Cucinelli. Slip-cast decorative porcelain tools, handmade moroccan pottery, books, from Dixon Rye.

Shot on location at Westside Ironworks. We wanted to introduce Alpharetta Lifestyle to another cool shopping area ITP.  Go Explore! In July 2013, Westside Ironworks, LLC was formed to acquire the old site of Ironworks International, Inc. Principals Frank Buonanotte and Jeff Stein wield decades of commercial real

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Ironworks redevelopment transforms the former site of Iron-Works International, Inc. into the newest collection of retailers and restaurants for this magnet neighborhood that attracts foodies, fashionistas and local residents seeking authentic shopping and dining. Until 2014, Iron-Works International operated a foundry in these buildings.  Still in place are the 45-foot-high, exposed wood roofs with industrial wood and steel trusses and massive entrance doors and windows.    The urbanism of Westside Atlanta (West Midtown) came about because of its accessibility to a large customer base. For Buckhead residents west of Peachtree Street, Westside Atlanta is quicker and easier to access than the Lenox Mall/Phipps Plaza. A few blocks east, I-75 expands the district’s reach to our communities north of Atlanta. Visit Tom + Chee, O-Ku, Dixon Rye, Villa Savannah, Barcelona, Toni & Guy.

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Sold Properties

RecentlySOLD SOLDAlpharetta AlpharettaProperties Properties Recently SUBDIVISION SUBDIVISION Windward Milton

LIST PRICE SOLD % LIST/SOLD DOM* BEDS FB LIST PRICE SOLD DOM* %LIST/SOLD BEDS FB HB $3,998,000 $3,195,000 80% 221 6 7 $420,790 $430,159 29 102% 5 4 0

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Swaziland ARTICLE NEHA NEGANDHI | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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orced by desperation, an ailing mother puts her sleeping baby in the river hoping the downward current will take him to a better, safer home. It was not rainy season in Swaziland – the landlocked nation in southern Africa – so rivers lay stagnant, filled with flesh-biting animals. Riddled with crab bites, Baby River (as he was later named by workers) was found lying in a river bed close to Heart of Africa’s complex called Project Canaan. Roswell-based Heart of Africa is a nonprofit that provides care and hope to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Swaziland. They partner with many organizations but one of their more generous supporters is the Rotary Club of North Fulton. “When I arrived in Swaziland, it was not feeling the heat or adjusting to seeing when electricity was not available but hearing the sweet sound of the babies and toddlers playing and singing because they were fed and being taken care of, that I remember most,” says Natalie Matthews, president-elect, Rotary Club of North Fulton. It’s estimated that more than half of the Swazi 1.25 million population (about the size of Dallas) are orphaned and vulnerable children. Heart of Africa bought Project Canaan – 2,500 acres of private land to eventually become a self-sustainable community – to house the orphans including a baby home, toddler home and young children home with schools, hospitals and farming/ dairy production.  Heart of Africa, started by Ian and Janine Maxwell, is a faith-based, charitable foundation that works with local churches to care for Swaziland’s orphans (HeartOfAfrica.org). After visiting Africa and seeing the thousands of homeless children, often abandoned by teenage mothers infected with AIDS, Janine Maxwell knew she had to do more. She chose Swaziland due to its ignominious title of being the No. 1 AIDS-infected country in the world for the past 10 years. She closed the doors on her lucrative marketing agency and she and her family moved to Swaziland in 2012 to expand the orphanage for children. Heart of Africa’s Project Canaan now provides 104 orphans with shelter, food, clothing and education.

Rotary Club of North Fulton has worked with Heart of Africa on several projects. John Bach, Rotarian for 25 years and past president of Rotary Club of North Fulton, says, “The joy on the staff faces when we arrived for our first trip to Swaziland in 2010 is unforgettable.” The staff received extra help because of the Club’s gift of a new John Deere tractor to help with the project’s farmland. “We got to see the staff planting vegetables that will feed the beautiful children living and growing in Project Canaan." The Club’s return to Swaziland in 2014 made an impact on the club. "It was a humbling and eye-opening experience because you get to see how small things mean so much,” says James Marosek, president, Rotary Club of North Fulton. “Shoes and batteries are some of the biggest asks from the locals. So we opted to pack personal suitcases and take extra luggage just for new clothing, shoes and stuff that’s locally expensive.” A large grant made possible by Rotary Club of North Fulton was gifted for the construction of the Living Water Dam. “Watching the look of relief on the workers faces was remarkable because they explained that the dam, which allows water to be stored during the dry season, would allow farming to be done year-round."  Four members (plus one member’s spouse) of the Rotary Club of North Fulton visited Swaziland earlier this year to commemorate the construction and installation of the Club’s current gift: a 132k liter water tank in Project Canaan. The tank will provide sustainable clean water for drinking, farm irrigation for growing food and increase dairy production. The Canaan project employs over 240 locals affecting positive economic ripples through the area.  Past President of the North Fulton Club, Kristi Crockett, says, “It is heartwarming to see how Project Canaan is giving hope to Swaziland’s children. With so many orphans because of the country’s AIDS pandemic, the Rotary project grants are causing a wave of good not only for the children but also the whole community.”

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JUNE 12

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June 12 at Perimeter Place shopping center. Proceeds benefit Mercy

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Hottest Hounds Atlanta is a beautiful coffee table book that features

IV-OlOGY will be on-site at the following events around Alpharet-

photographs of local dogs at area hot spots; 30% of the sale of each

ta, helping to keep our community hydrated and healthy: June

book will benefit FURKIDS, Georgia's largest no-kill animal shelter. The

2, 9, 16, 30 Alpharetta Food Truck Alley. June 12- Hotlanta Half

professional photographer does an amazing job of capturing each dog's

Marathon in Atlanta. June 19- PeachKids Triathlon at Windward

unique personality. Photo shoots will be scheduled mid-June. One Page

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the station and get hydrated!

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JUNE 18 DOUGHNUTS WITH DAD

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The annual Youth Fishing Derby is a free program for children 4-12

juice, doughnuts and entertainment. This event is free of charge,

years. Space is extremely limited around the lake so pre-registration

pre-registration is required as space is limited. Info: 678.297.6130 or

is required. A waiting list will be formed once the program fills. The

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lake will be stocked with catfish so bring your night crawlers or worms to catch lots of fish!   For  information, call 678.297.6130 or WprcPrograms@alpharetta.ga   Photo Courtesy of Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

JUNE 4 ALPHARETTA BREW MOON COUNTRYFEST MILTON AVENUE Gather your friends and celebrate summer with beer, wine and delicious food from some of Alpharetta’s best restaurants. Table of eight is $130, table of six is $100 and individu-

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ure, brunch and bow ties are grand, but this year, why not grab your favorite man and head outside? Father's Day shares the month of June with National Trails Day and the 85th anniversary of Georgia’s State Park System. Park rangers are saying “hike with us on Father's Day” as a way to honor our country’s largest public trail event. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June and highlights 200,000 miles of trails that crisscross America. Programs included ranger-led hikes, kayak tours, caving, geocaching and even the kickoff of a new dog walking club. While most are set for Saturday, June 4, a few will happen throughout the month.  A partial listing of National Trails Day events is below and more can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org.  To make reservations for camping, cottages or yurts, visitors can go online or call 800.864.7275.  Georgia’s state parks and historic sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources. To learn more about the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, visit AmericanHiking.org. NORTHERN GEORGIA WILD CAVE TOURS

Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required. $30-$60. $5 parking. 800.979.3370. A WALK THROUGH THE MINING INDUSTRY

Saturday, June 4, 1 – 3 p.m. James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA The hills of northwest Georgia use to be rich with mining operations in the 1960s and 1970s. Join a ranger-led hike to the old Marble Mine and discover the history that lies in these hills. $5 parking. 706.857.0826.

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NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE TO HEMLOCK FALLS

Saturday, June 4, 9 – 11 a.m. Moccasin Creek State Park - Clarkesville, GA Take a ranger-led, 2.2-mile hike to Hemlock Falls. Please bring water and be prepared to walk on uneven and sometimes muddy terrain. Park and meet at the Hemlock Falls Trail Head. 706.947.3194. METRO ATLANTA AREA TAILS ON TRAILS -- NATIONAL TRAILS DAY DOG HIKE

Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs, GA Bring your four-legged hiking companion and join a ranger on our 4-mile Red Trail. Dogs must be leashed at all times. We’ll explore areas of whitewater rapids (up to class IV) and see the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill, as seen in Hunger Games. Two people per dog max. Register in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770.732.5871. NEW MOON KAYAK TOUR

Friday, June 3, 8:30 p.m. Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the nighttime paddle. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or lightly drizzling. Register in advance. Meet at the lake beach. $15 plus $5 parking. 706.557.3001.

CIVIL WAR BATTLE COMMEMORATION AND NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE

Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site - Dallas, GA The Battle of Pickett’s Mill was one of the few Confederate victories during the Civil War. Witness artillery and musket firing demonstrations. Learn what it was like to be a soldier at this battle, and see how civilians were affected by this battle. Finish the afternoon with a guided hike on the actual battlefield. $3.00 - $5.50. 770.443.7850.


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