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Happy March M

MARCH 2017

y sweet mom used to remind us, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Growing up in Michigan, we hoped and prayed that was true. By March, we’d had it with shoveling, muddy icicles mucking up wheel wells, freezing grey days and the lack of sunshine. Here in Johns Creek, March will mostly come in like a lamb and go out like a soft fluffy chick. Our mild winter (“winter”) has left me longing for cold days made for big pots of chili I had to travel to Home Ranch in and fireside chats. Instead, we’ve grilled every weekColorado to get my snow fix! end, sipped gin and tonics right through February and spent afternoons chatting on the front porch. Not bad at all! Whatever you’re cooking this month, I hope you’ll gather your favorite people around the table and give thanks for good health and good food. We have so many places to dine right here near home (should you not feel like peeling, slicing or dicing) and hope you’ll share your favorites on our Facebook page. We like Pearl Lian for Thai and Asian fare. It's a lovely setting and the staff are all extremely sweet and welcoming. It's a hidden gem! Tell them we say hello! Cheers!

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Village Tavern Toasts

Magazine friends and partners gather.

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Tech Savvy

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Artist’s Palette

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Giving Back

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Local Limelight

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City Scene

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Realty Report

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Driver’s Notebook

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

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The Johns Creek Business Association met recently at the Country Club of the South for networking and a happy hour. Join the JCBA March 17 for a St. Patrick's Day Casino Night benefiting their scholarship fund. JohnsCreekBA.com 

Village Tavern Toasts

Friends, advertisers and staff gathered at Village Tavern in Alpharetta to celebrate the one year anniversary of Alpharetta Lifestyle and first three months of the new Johns Creek Lifestyle magazine.

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

ST PAT’S CASINO NIGHT The young people of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. The Johns Creek Business Association believes in helping to raise up the next generation of strong men and women to make the future of our community bright. The JCBA has awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to area high school students since 2008, funded in part from proceeds earned at events like the Casino Night, March 17 at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The St. Patrick’s Day party is open to everyone and tickets are $75. On board as generous sponsors are Alcon ($3,000 Scholarship Donation); Saia Trucking and Emory Johns Creek Hospital as $3k level sponsors; Andersen, Tate, & Carr Law Firm and the Bank of North Georgia as $1.5k level sponsors;  OrthoAtlanta Orthopedic Clinics, Black Dog Signs and Big Frog T-Shirts of Suwanee ad $750 level sponsors. To join the list of supporters or for tickets to go JohnsCreekBA.com

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Artist’s Palette

Tuning up for a

10th Anniversary:

"A Night at the Opera" ARTICLE LYNN COULTER

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or the first time in a decade, opera is coming to the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (JCSO)—and you won’t have to be an opera

fan, or even know the titles on the program, to enjoy the performances you’ll hear, says Executive Director Sue Haggerty, That’s because the selections, she says, are the work of some of the

program is now heard on AM 1690 WMLB, The Voice of the Arts. “He’s a very well-known radio host in the classical music world,” says Haggerty, “and we’re delighted to have him.” Haggerty says the JCSO began with Baughman, who envisioned bringing a professional symphonic orches-

most revered composers in operatic music, such as Puccini, Rossini,

tra to the area after its population began to grow in

Verde and Wagner, and many of them will be familiar to the audience.

the late 1990s and early 2000s. With the growth,

Concert-goers will hear arias, such as the famous aria from Carmen,

orchestra supporters saw an increased inter-

along with well-known choruses, duets and orchestral overture music. est in arts and culture. The concert, “A Night at the Opera,” celebrates the JCSO’s 10th

“(Baughman) held what he affec-

anniversary, and will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at Johns

tionately called a ‘trial concert’ at St.

Creek United Methodist Church. The full Johns Creek Symphony

Benedict Church in December

Orchestra will perform for this operatic-rich evening, along with The

2006. It was an incredible

Johns Creek Chorale and a quartet of guest soloists, all under the

success,

direction of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman.

thousand in attendance.”

John Lemley, the host and producer of Atlanta’s classical radio show, “City Café,” is scheduled to narrate. Formerly broadcast on 901.WABE, his 16

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nearly

The JCSO was officially incorporated

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the following April, and by the fall of

If you miss “A Night at the Opera,” you still have time to purchase tickets

2007, it received its non-profit status.

for the season finale, “Sounds of the Big Bands,' which will be presented at

Since that first year, Haggerty says,

8 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, also at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.

each season has gotten better and the

Talented trumpeter Joe Gransden and his big band will perform, along with

audience base has grown.

the Georgia State University Jazz Ensemble. Jazz singer Carmen Bradford,

“The orchestra is made up of extraordinary

formerly of the legendary Count Basie band, is the evening’s special guest.

musicians from around the metro Atlanta area, and

The symphony orchestra’s eleventh season officially begins in

many have played all over the country and the world.

December 2017, with a Christmas Gala Holiday Pops Concert. The

They continue to push the bar higher and higher.”

date, time and other details will be posted on the website, john-

Because the JCSO is a part-time professional orchestra

screeksymphony.org, as they become available.

that performs just three concerts each season, many of the

The JCSO is honored, Haggerty says, to perform for audiences who

musicians have businesses of their own, or play in other orches-

don’t have to drive downtown to enjoy an evening of music. Parking is

tras. Some perform with quartets or other groups, give lessons to

free at the orchestra’s venue, Johns Creek United Methodist Church

students, or work for schools and universities. They also participate in the JCSO’s outreach programs, and Haggerty says additional funding is needed each season for those programs.

(the JCSO is not part of the church). “Audiences can also go out to dinner in the area and keep the experience local.”

“We’re very proud of the work we’ve done with students, helping them learn about the instrument families and how they sound, the techniques needed to play the instruments, and how they work together.” She says the orchestra is also delighted to bring harpists, ensembles and other musicians into senior environments.

Johns Creek United Methodist Church is located at 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Adult tickets are $32 each, while seniors age 55 and up are $27, and students and children are $16. Group rates are available, and season tickets may be purchased for a 20% discount. For more information, to request an outreach program or to volunteer to help the JCSO, email info@johnscreeksymphony.org, call 678.748.5802. March 2017 | Johns Creek Lifestyle

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PEARL LIAN ARTICLE JORDANA KLEIN

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earl Lian ignites the standard of Asian dining in Johns Creek and invites the community to indulge in an upscale setting established

by the Fang family. Serving solely dishes prepared minutes prior to being presented to your table, this local favorite of 13 years has seen a father, son and other relatives relay their passions to this North Atlanta suburb. Pear Lian, “pretty” in Chinese, recognizes that the atmosphere, preparation and experience should be desireable, and pretty, too. Expanding to attract more than just the surrounding city, Pearl Lian’s Asian delicacies bring a fresh take to an international favorite that’s served right around the corner. And, it's a family affair with owner Andy Fang and his nephew Sam Yuan at the helm as manager. Upon entering into Pearl Lian, you’re greeted by elegant decor, spacious dining areas, and a freshly prepared cuisine. Choose between the breezy balcony, the secluded bar area, the fine din-

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Freshly prepared dishes sizzle and simmer through the viewing window from the dining room into the restaurant’s kitchen. While embracing both authenticity and individuality, Pearl Lian’s array of meals range from widely-known plates to house specialties both of which satisfy every local taste bud. Open daily for both lunch and dinner meals, Pearl Lian sees steady traffic throughout daily hours, especially for lunch meetings, corporate and evening outings, and family gatherings. Notice that walk-ins are welcome while reservations are suggested for larger parties, bringing about every environment you’d expect in Johns Creek. Sip on the Asian Pear Martini, a noted house favorite, or unwind with a taste of a refreshing pour of wine. Enjoyed by first-time visitors and regular locals, Pearl Lian’s extensive menu suits even the choosiest of eaters. CONTINUED >

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Thai Crispy Duck

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Rave about the highly-anticipated vegetable spring rolls and

Choose from Chinese, Thai and even sushi rolls, prepared from

chicken lettuce wraps prepared right before they slide across your

the main entryway bar. The newest spin on your spicy tuna roll,

table. Delve into a natural, Chinese plate that can range from sesame

the Pearl Lian roll, takes this tasty favorite and exceptionally pre-

chicken to the black pepper tenderloin - a truly delectable menu addi-

pares it with a smoked salmon topping - there are no words! You

tion served in a rich, brown black pepper sauce. Seafood Pan Fried

may benefit from the daily offering of deals, such as free soups

Noodles incorporates shrimp, scallops, squid, and lobster meat with

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vegetables and a special house sauce that’s rarely left unfinished.

busiest of seasons.

Behind the scenes of the Thai portions is an authentic Thai chef

Guaranteed freshness from the appetizers seep into the aroma of

who arranges a savory setting that absolutely distinguishes itself

the main entrees and culminate on just your initial taste. Devour all

from the standard. The Spicy Basil entree, served with either rice or

of the sauces and seasonings prepared in-house as they enhance

noodles and choice of chicken, tofu, beef or seafood, routinely sat-

the flavors of even the most basic of plates. From the management

isfies each guest. Compliments to the chef for the Phad Thai dish

to the upkeep to the foundation behind the scenes of Pearl Lian, you

with either chicken, tofu or beef - a seemingly simple portion that’s

shall take notice of the true reasons as to why this Asian ambiance

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Giving Back

GOCA FLIES HIGH FOR CANCER AWARENESS AT GALA

ARTICLE ASHLEY CAMERON CURTIS

T

he Sandy Springs-based Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance is set to host another spec-

tacular soiree at the Delta Flight Museum with its seventh annual Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, on Saturday, March 11. All proceeds from the event support the organization’s statewide education and awareness efforts and community outreach programs.  Last year’s gala drew 700 attendees and raised almost $250,000.  The GOCA team hopes to raise that bar even higher this year with a dazzling night in store including dinner created by Les Dames d'Escoffier International - Atlanta Chapter Chefs, specialty cocktails, dancing, casino games, tributes and live and silent auctions.  Attire is black tie-optional, and festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP reception starting at 6 p.m.   Christine Pullara, host of WXIA-TV’s “Atlanta & Company,” returns as emcee for the evening with entertainment provided by the Celebrity All Star Band.  Guests of honor at the gala are two very special women – Amie Moore, whose battle with ovarian cancer tragically ended at the age of 23, and Emily Coughlin, who was diagnosed at 14 years old and is now a junior at the University of Georgia studying cancer research.  

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"You can really feel spirits lifted and a sense of home and camaraderie in the air during such a magical night." Caryn Kroll Sean O'Keefe Events


Partners of the Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, which is produced by Sean O’Keefe Events and presented by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, include Deoleo, Snyder’s-Lance, Kroger, United Distributing, Tito’s, Gallo and Les Dames d’Escoffier International – Atlanta Chapter and GA Grown. “It’s a privilege to help GOCA each year with the Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, which serves as the Southeast’s premier ovarian cancer awareness event,” comments Caryn Kroll, Sandy Springs resident and Vice President of Sean O’Keefe Events. “Not only does it honor and celebrate the women in our community battling this elusive and deadly disease, such as my grandmother who passed away from ovarian cancer, it raises vital funds to support them along their journey.  You can really feel spirits lifted and a sense of hope and camaraderie in the air during such a magical night.” The community is invited to support the cause by purchasing individual tickets to attend the event at ShakenNotStirredGala.com.  Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Anyone unable to attend the gala, but still interested in contributing, can donate online or bid online in the gala’s fabulous silent auction, which includes jewelry, a British Virgin Island Sailing Charter, a Zulu Nyala African Safari and many other travel experiences.  For more information or to get involved further with GOCA, please visit GAOvarianCancer.org or call 404-255-1337.    The mission of the Georgia Ovarian

Cancer

Alliance

(GOCA), a 501c-3 non-profit, is to increase awareness and educate Georgia’s women of all ages, their families and the healthcare community about the risks and symptoms leading to early detection. GOCA serves the state of Georgia with public

outreach

education

and

programs, awareness

efforts, and fundraising events.  With no sure way of predicting ovarian cancer and no single screening test to identify it at the

earlier,

pre-symptomatic

stages, awareness and education are an urgent priority for all women in order to protect themselves

from

late-stage

ovarian cancer. March 2017 | Johns Creek Lifestyle

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Head Wrestling Coach Mark Adams at practice

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CROSS KEYS WRESTLING TEAM EMBRACING THEIR NEW SPORT

Local Limelight

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ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY JORDANA KLEIN

F

or Cross Keys High School’s wrestling team, it’s not about winning. It’s not about personal or team records. It’s not about pride.

It’s simply about being able to compete. For the first time in six years, Cross Keys produced a wrestling team to train under the direction of Head Coach Mark Adams. With extreme efforts from the school’s principal, Jason Heard, the Indians revived their program in 2016 and have yet to look back. Adams, who wrestled for Sequoyah High School, recently took over as the head football, head baseball and head wrestling coach at Cross Keys. As he wore green and white colors to compete, so do the Cross Keys Indians, who shifted their red and black school colors to accommodate the merge of the two schools. For Adams, he’s right back in familiar territory. “This is home to me,” Adams said.


The head coach recognizes the tremendous impact that wrestling had on him as a young man, and he wants to introduce the sport to his team in the same light. Now that he’s on the mat with these budding individuals, he’s able to relate his passion for the sport. Once the school confirmed the reestablishment of the program, Adams, Heard and the Cross Keys community began reaching out to students about joining the squad. With a no-cut policy and an initial 15 interested students, the team now consists of nine individuals who are already passionate about the sport and driven to achieve greatness. Upon bringing back the program for the first time since 2011, the institution realized that a community- service organization with incredible intentions seemed to have discarded of the previously utilized mat. Under the leadership of Adams, Athletic Director Horace Dunson, and the entire District Athletic Department, efforts are being made to secure a replacement mat. But, lack of a mat is in no way halting their immediate success.

Angel Martinez listens to Coach Adams during January wrestling practice

Entering the Area 5-5A Duals in late 2016, the Indians held a 0-6 record. During the tournament, they fell just short of a trip to the Class 5A State Duals - a feat that wasn’t even possible less than a year ago. Now, Adams and the entire team believe they have the talent to qualify for the state tournament next year and put some

(L-R) Team: David Velazquez, Dennis Lin, Vanesa Rubio, Cleyber Ventura, Francisco Chavez, Cesar Guzman, Angel Martinez (Not Pictured: Leo Castillo and Hau Vo)

individuals on the stands in their respective weight classes. Among the diverse group of wrestlers is an Athletic Officer enrolled in ROTC, an accomplished cross country runner, and a senior football captain. Although all of the team members have their own passions and focuses, they can now unite on the mat as an Indians wrestler. Vanesa Rubio, a junior member of the team, came into the sport knowing she would have to be very competitive with the boys she’d be training and wrestling against. “It’s something new and something that I knew most girls wouldn’t really want to do,” junior Rubio said. Lone senior David Velazquez, understands what’s expected of him and embraces being a leader. “It’s a tough role, but I’m helping to make sure everyone is on point,” Velazquez said. “Wrestling has been a crazy experience, everything from the uniforms to the techniques, but I really like it

Cesar Guzman, Vanesa Rubio, and David Velazquez

now and hope to do football and wrestling in college.” Cesar Guzman also brings a fun and competitive outlook to the team, and he said he’d love to make a career of the sport because the meets are the best part of his experience with wrestling. These three individuals and the rest of the team have been learning from the ground up, according to Adams. None of the individuals had any experience, but they’ve embraced this new sport and are bringing a fresh, new energy to Cross Keys through wrestling. So, for Vanesa, it’s now about cross country and wrestling. For David, it’s about leading both his football and wrestling teammates to be the best they can be. For Cesar, it’s about pursuing the sport he’s grown to love with his friends. For Adams, it’s about ensuring his athletes have the best possible experience through the sport. And for Cross Keys High School, it’s now back to being about wrestling. March 2017 | Johns Creek Lifestyle

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W City Scene

edged

between

awkward

the

transition

from middle to high school, underclassmen are not given as many opportunities to thrive as leaders at school

and in the community. This discourages them from exhibiting the drive and confidence, which characterize a leader in the first place; however, Student Leadership Johns Creek was that outlet for me. Eager to find an extracurricular activity to enhance my then amateur leadership skills, I applied to SLJC my freshman year hoping to expand my expertise on leadership; yet what I gained was an experience of a lifetime, aiding me in not only refining my communication and leadership skills, but also in building a professional platform, inspiring me to pursue careers otherwise unfathomable without my newfound confidence gained from SLJC. Along with the fun teambuilding activities and the informational leadership curricula taught at each program date, SLJC has provided me with several experiences preparing me to face future ambi-

Student Leadership of Johns Creek ARTICLE SHERRY LIANG – CLASS OF 2017

tions as a leader. In just our first year, we were assigned a project to teach leadership skills to our assigned elementary schools. Our group was assigned to Shakerag Elementary School, and, working closely with the counselor, we were given the privilege to mentor a group of truly exceptional children. They all carried themselves with an admirable sense of character. Their genuine interest and excitement in working with us motivated me as a team leader to ensure progress in our time working with them. I walked out of this experience learning more than I felt I had taught because of the teamwork required between 26

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the mentors and mentees and the sheer weight of having the ability to affect these students’ lives. The second year of SLJC focused more on creating a professional presence, both online and through the mentorship of professional in our respective fields of interest. High school students like myself often overlook the importance of building a professional online presence, but SLJC has taught me the importance of maintaining a reputation throughout all mediums. From something as mundane yet universally relevant as a resume, to other more technologically involved mediums such as a personal website, my professional outlook and reputation transformed under the mentorship of successful individuals accustomed to the significance of an online presence in their own respective fields. With only three months left until graduation, SLJC is still presenting me with opportunities, including a shadowing project. We were given the privilege to shadow a professional in our field of interest, which I am looking forward to greatly, since there is no better way to experience a profession than to look to those who have already undergo the process. Looking back at my past two years, without SLJC, I would have never found the confidence to pursue a career in journalism, which at one point appeared beyond my reach. However, after writing my article for the SLJC newsletter, which was also the first article I have ever written, and receiving such encouraging feedback from Mrs. Sanders, I convinced myself to join our school’s newspaper publication. With all the opportunities the program has given me to support and contribute to my future endeavors, from the bottom of my heart, I must say thank you to the team for pouring their hearts and souls into constructing a program so accepting and so encouraging of high achievement among high school students. Thank you for not only teaching me leadership, but also for giving me opportunities to lead others, and ultimately lead myself to higher accomplishments and aspirations. March 2017 | Johns Creek Lifestyle

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ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

% LIST SOLD

DOM*

BDS

FB

Spring Meadow Farm

$1,299,000

$1,250,000

96%

9

7

7.5

Country Club Of The South

$1,159,000

$960,000

83%

184

5

6

The Falls Of Autry Mill

$949,000

$945,000

99%

42

6

5.5

St Ives

$949,000

$874,000

92%

138

4

5

Seven Oaks

$719,900

$680,000

93%

14

6

4.5

Thornhill

$724,900

$673,000

94%

23

4

5.5

Greenwich Park

$649,900

$667,780

97%

11

5

4.5

St Ives

$659,900

$640,000

103%

25

4

4

Sugar Mill

$575,000

$575,000

98%

2

5

6

Doublegate

$575,000

$565,000

100%

6

6

4.5

Lake Lanier-Hall

$1,750,000

$1,515,000

87%

148

5

6

Lake Lanier-Hall

$1,199,000

$915,000

76%

315

5

6

Lake Lanier-Forsyth

$849,900

$750,000

88%

191

4

3.5

Lake Lanier-Forsyth

$800,000

$720,000

93%

126

4

4

Lake Lanier-Forsyth

$749,900

$705,000

94%

29

4

2.5

Lake Lanier-Hall

$750,000

$696,400

90%

54

5

3

Lake Lanier-Hall

$659,000

$654,000

99%

10

4

4

Lake Lanier-Hall

$650,000

$642,500

99%

69

5

4

Lake Lanier-Hall

$575,000

$542,000

94%

28

5

3.5

Lake Lanier-Hall

$675,000

$505,000

94%

140

4

4

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Driver’s Notebook

The 2017 Subaru 2.5i Premium A PERFECT VEHICLE FOR SPRING BREAK!

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ARTICLE DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON

W

ith spring break on the horizon, we made it a priority to find automobiles that would be the best to suit the travel needs

of multiple people. The 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium was one of the standouts that covered a lot of demands, whether its hitting the beach, heading for the mountains, or simply keeping passengers comfortable wherever they want to go. Subaru has garnered a tremendous following of loyalists over the years due to their automobiles’ longevity, craftsmanship, and fond understanding of practicality at reasonable prices. This year’s Outback maintains this reputation, but adds some embellishments to make it even more desirable as a Premium trim. True to the Subaru’s tradition, numerous amenities come standard including a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, all-wheel drive, seemingly countless airbags, and a user-friendly 7.0 infotainment system to name a few. On the option side, the Power Moonroof Package complete with an auto-dimming rearview compass mirror and Homelink for easy garage access; a power rear gate with memory; and a plethora of mind-easing safety features such as blind-spot detection, high beam assist, and their signature EyeSight Driver-Assist System

with

pre-collision

braking confirm the Outback’s praise in the auto industry. Up to five adults will ride contentedly thanks to the class-leading

cabin

space,

plus the 60/40 split of the backseat

provides

versatil-

ity for whatever belongings accompany them. The roof rails certainly help for additional toting such as skis, extra luggage and surfboards. Under the hood, this Outback is powered by a 2.5-liter engine based on Lineartronic CVT (continuous variable transmission) with the six-speed manual option. Vehicle Dynamics Control

Outback

(VDC) and an 8.7-inch ground clearance further confirm our recommendation to drive this in virtually any road condition. Last, gas consumption is still an efficient combined 28 miles per gallon which is also ideal for long journeys. Overall, the Outback 2.5i Premium will make any excursion a memorable one in all facets. BASE PRICE: $27,695; model reviewed with option package, $32,160.  GAS MILEAGE: 25 city/32 highway/28 combined

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Lifestyle Calendar

March FLAWLESS

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WED-SAT, ALL MONTH BOOK SALE

NORTHEAST/SPRUILL OAKS BRANCH LIBRARY In the Friends' Book Nook, you'll find a large variety of new and nearly new books, media, and other items for sale at great prices. Just put your payment inside the cart money box.

MARCH 4 LAUGHTER FOR WELLNESS NORTHEAST SPRUILL OAKS LIBRARY Laughter for Wellness, led by Debbie Ellison, will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 2-3 p.m. at the NE/Spruill Oaks Library in Johns Creek.(except July 8 and Sept. 9). Ms. Ellison is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.

QUALITY WORK | EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE PERSONALIZED & FREE COLOR CONSULTATIONS

MARCH 4 NIGHT AT THE OPERA JOHNS CREEK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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Join the JCSO for the10th Anniversary Concert

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will be the full JCSO, The Johns Creek Chorale,

Celebration, A Night at the Opera. Featured a quartet of guest soloists, and radio host John Lemely, who will serve as narrator taking us through this musical journey, all under the direction of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman

MONDAY MORNINGS, 10:30AM MONDAY MORN MOVIES ALPHARETTA BRANCH LIBRARY Movies every Monday in the library's auditorium. Children under 13 should be accom-

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panied by an adult. March 5, His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell


in Johns Creek THROUGH MARCH 19TH THE 35TH ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN COVER-UP QUILT SHOW BULLOCH HALL The Quilt Show is a tradition in North Fulton County and all across Georgia. This display of lovely quilts in an historic home provides a warmth and ambiance not found in larger venues. Join a raffle to win your own handmade quilt, and view the various different styles of quilts unique to the regions of the Southeast. BullochHall.org

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Parting Thoughts

ALAINA'S CHILI 1 lb. ground meat 1 small squash, thin sliced and quartered 1 small zucchini, thin sliced and quartered 1 medium yellow onion, large diced 2 celery stalks, sliced 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 small carrots, 1/2 inch sliced and quartered 1 Cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1lb. brown mushroom, quartered 4 oz tomato paste 1 Tbsp smoked paprika 2 Tbsp cumin 2 Tbsp onion powder 3 oz parsley, chopped 3 oz green onion, sliced Salt and pepper to taste 1 oz sour cream 2 oz shredded cheddar cheese Sliced chives In a large pot, set over medium heat, brown ground meat until it is cooked all the way through. Remove meat from pot and set aside. Pat dry.  In the same pot sauté down onions, celery, carrots, and garlic until onions are semi-translucent. Add squash, zucchini, and tomatoes and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add your dry ground meat to the pot. Cook for 3 minutes then add tomato paste and mix thoroughly.

ALAINA’S HOME RANCH CHILI ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY SUE G. COLLINS

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Once mixed add enough water so that it covers ground meat mixture by half an inch. Add all dry ingredients along with parsley and green onions. Cook over medium to low heat, with lid on, for two hours stirring every so often. Once the liquid in the pot has thickened and your carrots are close to being cooked through add in your mushrooms and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

hile visiting the enchanting luxury dude ranch, Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado last month, one of the kitchen's talented chefs served this chili during a three-

course gourmet lunch. After a morning of snow shoeing and horse back riding through

Season with salt and pepper. Top with sour cream and chives.

just a slice of the ranch's 4,000 rolling acres, we rambled into the log-hewn dining room to find a roaring fire and bowls of this tasty chili to greet us. Alaina was kind enough to share her recipe and we put it on the cover! HomeRanch.com 34

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