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Hello, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. A

ttending a festive annual business luncheon recently in Atlanta, I was a polka dot in a sea of dark suits. I elbowed my way into conversations and met some of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs’ most faithful champions. The dynamic Ted Turner accepted the invitation of the equally dynamic Sam Massell and the two leaders exchanged quips for members and guests of the Buckhead Coalition. Atlanta’s former mayor shot questions about the career and character of media mogul-turned-environmentalist and we were all shamed into promising to pick up trash around our neighborhoods, as Turner does as he walks the blocks downtown where he lives when he is camping out in Atlanta. SM: You are a defender of environmental sustainability and the installation of solar

panels. Why do solar panels have to be so ugly? TT: I don’t think they are ugly at all. Soon, our parking lots and roofs will be covered with them. When I look at a solar panel, I sure don’t see fumes of disgusting exhaust billowing out from them.

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In our Healthy Self/Healthy World issue, we are pleased to bring you stories about products (Thinking Inside The Box, page 22), inspiring leaders (Seasoned, and Savoring in the Spices of Life, page 18) and community efforts (Municipal Responsibility, page 20). And, pardon if we are a little giddy this month because we are celebrating three years publishing Perimeter North’s sister mag, Buckhaven Lifestyle. We celebrated two years publishing this magazine, too. I pity the fool who says print journalism is dead. We are so proud to be a mouthpiece for the community and hope you will speak up if you have a story for us!

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Departments 8

Good Times


Around Town


Page Turners


Hot Spot


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Lifestyle Calendar


Parting Thoughts

18 Seasoned, and Savoring in the Spices of Life

Who says life doesn’t get better with age?

20 Municipal Responsibility

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10th Annual “Odyssey Celebrates”

Nearly 500 Atlantans attended the brunch event at Buckhead’s St. Regis Hotel featuring keynote speaker Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent. Odyssey is a comprehensive Atlanta Public School’s academic summer program for students with unmet potential.

1st Annual GCCA Works of HeART Benefit

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy fundraiser at Wimbish House will help physically and sexually abused children heal. More than 250 guests enjoyed the event, featuring unique art, delicious refreshments and jazz music by Neal Starkey and Linda Fraser.

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After 20 years in the remodeling business, Artisans of Atlanta has weathered the economic downturn and is excited about their steady growth in recent years. They now offer design services as well as complete design-build services to the Atlanta area, having gained new staff, training and certifications in the remodeling industry. Their goal is to always provide a better renovation experience, offering high standards of excellence, listening to the needs of clients, providing quality crews/trade partners and providing cost effective solutions.

Staff of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, friends and staff of Your Pie Pizza Dunwoody and members of the greater Dunwoody community cut the ribbon on their new location. Located at 123 Perimeter Center West, Your Pie Pizza Dunwoody is a local, family owned franchise operation -- a small business with big dreams for meaningfully impacting the Dunwoody community. Your Pie Pizza Dunwoody looks forward to serving residents by making handcrafted pizzas, chopped salads and paninis to enjoy with delicious craft beer. The store is set up with space to grab a quick bite, sit at the bar to watch a game or enjoy a meal with co-workers or the whole family. This is store owner Morgan Maclellan’s first venture into the restaurant business.  

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PERIMETER MALL FACELIFT Perimeter Mall is getting a facelift just as the Central Perimeter area is set to welcome major corporations including Mercedes-Benz and State Farm. Phase one of a multi-million-dollar renovation will focus on improving the interior of Perimeter Mall in the wing that includes Nordstrom and Von Maur department stores. Upgrades will include new ceramic flooring, new lighting, modern seating areas, updated restrooms and new signage. Phase two of the renovation should kick off in January 2016 and will focus on interior improvements in the wing of the mall that includes Dillard’s and Macy’s. The last renovation at Perimeter was a major overhaul of its food court in 2013. In 2014, the mall welcomed new stores and restaurants including Panera Bread, The Pub, Microsoft and H&M. This spring, travel accessories store TUMI and Atlanta-based restaurant Varasano’s Pizzeria are set to open new locations there.

MOUNTAIN HIGH OUTFITTERS NEW SCHEDULE Mountain High Outfitters, on West Paces Ferry Road, have a new Rock Climbing Schedule including Climbing Basics thru Advanced, Gear Nights and Guided Climb Trips. They believe some of the most rewarding climbs are those that challenge the limits of your ability and comfort zones. Choosing this type of objective and then planning and preparing and then successfully executing the climb can be a life changing experience. Rappel clinics discuss how to reduce the risk and rappel accidents, along with a discussion of equipment and techniques.

ADAC BEHIND THE WINDOWS The highly anticipated DESIGN ADAC, an exclusive glimpse into the minds of the industry’s most elite and innovative, will be held April 27– 30. During this annual series of events, absorb the rich aesthetic of ADAC and develop your own definition of luxury. Along with DESIGN ADAC, celebrate the opening of the latest installment of ADAC: Behind the Windows. Now in its sixth season, this installment showcases the talents of past winners of ADAC’s Southeast Designer and Architect of the year honors, as well as the diverse offerings of luxury home furnishings found at ADAC. Registration open. #DESIGNADAC

16TH ANNUAL LEMONADE DAYS Hosted by Dunwoody Preservation Trust, the 16th annual Lemonade Days festival is April 15-19, 2015 at Brook Run Park. All proceeds are used within the community to continue the historic preservation and education of Dunwoody; education through the History Alive! program; and the preservation and upkeep of several historic cemeteries and homes. A partnership with Peachtree Rides brings new and exciting carnival rides. A special “Kiddie 10 | April 2015

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JAMES BEARD AWARD SEMIFINALISTS The 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists have been announced. Chefs and restaurants from our neck of the woods include Lusca in the Best New Restaurant category and Ford Fry of The Optimist, King + Duke, JCT. Kitchen & Bar fame for Outstanding Restaurateur. The final nominees will be announced March 24 and the gala will be May 4 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Congrats and good luck to both!

HIGH UNVEILS LOS TROMPOS The High will unveil the second large-scale, interactive design installation by contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena on the Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. The site-specific work, titled “Los Trompos” (“The Spinning Tops”), continues a multi-year initiative to activate the outdoor space and engage visitors in a meaningful art experience upon entering the campus of the Woodruff Arts Center (of which the Museum is a partner). The installation builds on the success of 2014’s “Mi Casa, Your Casa” commission, for which Esrawe and Cadena dotted the piazza with three-dimensional open frames shaped like houses that invited visitor interaction. Originally planned as a two-year project, the Piazza activation program is extended for three more years with funding from a recent grant courtesy the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation. On view April 24 through November 29, 2015.


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et in the small, Southern town of Simpsonville, Alabama in the 1950s, Secrets Of The Ladies Mission Society, will appeal to lovers of The Help and Fried Green Tomatoes. When the town doctor, Lester Seabrook, passes away, many in the community mourn but none pay much attention to his grieving widow, Adie. The ladies in town have never invited her into their close circle despite the fact that she stood by their beloved doctor’s side as his nurse for decades, seeing them each through many joys and heartaches. As a poor farm girl, Adie snagged up one of the most eligible bachelors in their small town, and the ladies have never forgotten it. But when word gets out that Miss Adie is writing a book about the history of the town and its people, members of the local Ladies Mission Society begin clutching their pearls. Determined to find out what exactly Adie plans to include in her book, the ladies begin to descend on her home with their mostprized casseroles and cakes. Miss Adie’s caretaker, Eula, escorts each of the ladies to Miss Adie’s bedside and then fills their re-

frigerator with the guests’ offerings, (while the women try to peak in kitchen to see who has already visited based on their signature dishes.) Determined to keep their secrets safe, the ladies each assess Adie’s health and question whether she will expose their secrets as revenge for never being invited into the Ladies Mission Society. On a good day, Adie recognizes each woman and makes round-about acknowledgements regarding their pasts. On a bad day, she simply looks out the window at the barren land that was once her and Doc’s thriving garden. While each woman relives their darkest secrets, they come to their own realizations after their visits. They know that if not for the prospect of a published account of their buried secret, they never would not have faced their pasts and continued to carry their burdens alone. As each of the women’s stories of abuse, teen pregnancy, affairs, and suicide unravel, so does their perception of Adie, and in turn others in their close circle and community. They learn that they can change their own and the town’s future and unite in an effort to show Adie Doc’s love as well as respect Doc’s wishes for the future. This southern story touches on the darkest secrets in every community but focuses on the love and forgiveness that makes it thrive. Laurie Rothrock Dick is a former magazine editor, public relations/marketing manager, newspaper feature writer and copywriter. At various points in her career, she was the Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide, Southern Banker, a reporter for The Gwinnett Daily News, among other publications. Secrets Of The Ladies Mission Society is her first novel.

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aya Steaks & Seafood, opened recently in Sandy Springs, took the place of Seabass Kitchen. The restaurant is completely revamped with the bright blue tile replaced by reclaimed wood. The dark and cozy atmosphere lends itself to intimate date nights or catching up with a few close friends over a bottle of wine. You really can’t talk about Maya without mentioning the chef and owner behind the concept, Mimmo Alboumeh. He’s owner of Red Pepper Taqueria restaurants with several locations around the city, known for their locally sourced organic ingredients. However, he wanted to open a restaurant that reflected his time spent in both Spain and Italy. Named after his youngest daughter, Maya reveals the passion he has for his restaurants. Mimmo’s gregarious personality will make you fall in love with him. I dare you not to. There are two standouts on the starters: The Crispy Lobster Tail and Beef Carpaccio. A very light batter covers the perfectly succulent lobster. And the Aji remoulade with a slight spice and tanginess is the perfect dipper. Even if you’re planning on getting a steak, I’d urge you to try the Beef Carpaccio, sliced fresh daily. 16 | April 2015

If you love wine, that’s reason enough to visit Maya. Mimmo himself chooses the selections, and they offer more than 40 wines by the glass. A Tempranillo, suggested by our server, was light bodied and went well with seafood appetizers. A spicy Zinfandel was the perfect match for my ribeye. Steaks are the star of the menu with choices of filet, veal porterhouse, ribeye and NY strip supplied from Braveheart Black Angus Beef Purveyors. My ribeye was juicy and oh so f lavorful. Although there are over 10 “steak addictions” (toppings), I chose the simple, M’ sauce, not too overpowering with a slight kick. Seafood fans should not miss the Chilean Seabass bathed in a lobster cream sauce. Although I loved my comfy booth with a view of the entire restaurant, Mimmo’s favorite spot is the high top in the front of the restaurant that overlooks the kitchen. He calls it the Gangster booth. Maya Steaks is a lovely addition to the Sandy Springs neighborhood. Pop in soon and find out for yourself. Just don’t take the Gangster booth, I’m planning on being perched there for many a future visit.






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family of three generations: mother, daughter and granddaughter, and the son-in-law joins us as well. Continuing on my quest, and having a desire to learn as much as I could about the environment and conservation, I became a community partner with REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), and the Georgia Conservancy. I was able to expand my involvement. I participated in overnight camping, canoeing, service projects and other outdoor activities. Later, I started a Meetup group to bolster my outdoor activities. Now, I am an active participant in bicycle riding, kayaking, white water rafting, tree climbing, spelunking, zip lining, and more. For my 64th birthday, I led a group on an obstacle course at Treetop Quest at the Gwinnett Heritage Center, where I completed all nine levels of challenges. For my 65th birthday, a group joined me for a 5-day sailing experience

in Belize on a 46-foot catamaran. That same year, still celebrating my coming of age, I led a group to the Grand Canyon where among our adventures, we hiked the Bright Angel trail to more than 1,000 feet below the rim, which we were told, less than 10 percent of the 5 million annual visitors ever accomplish, and we were among the less that 1 percent of African Americans to do so…all of us were over age 50, with the oldest being a 75 year old great-grandmother. One of my groups, OPALs, the acronym for Older People with Active Lifestyles, was featured on the CNN AccentHealth Network, for the entire month of January 2015. I was selected by the Huffington Post/TODAY Show as one of their 50 Over 50 who reinvented themselves. Whoever says life doesn’t get better with age, needs to speak with me! ABOUT THE WRITER:

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he Perimeter area has always faced the yin and yang of balancing growth with the environment, traffic, sustainability and creating pedestrian-friendly, green initiatives. But the good news is that as the area braces for another round of explosive growth, the determination on the part of business, government and civic organizations to respect the environment and create a welcoming spaces for workers, visitors and residents is as widespread as the construction. “The market is ramping up and we are working with all the employers and businesses in the area to again remind them or tell them about the opportunities to start utilizing the four MARTA stations, car pools, and we’re working to get GRETA to expand their bus routes,” says Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCID). To further coordinate environmental issues in the area, the PCID will assume the transportation issues that were previously handled by the Perimeter Transportation & Sustainability Coalition. Over the past 15 years, the PCID has funded more than $146 million in area transportation, commuting, transit and alternative transportation improvements. “We have a lot of big construction coming in 2016, which means a lot of traffic and disruption,” says Williams. “But we are all working together to create [office] campuses with better connectivity to each other and MARTA. We are working on bike lanes and working on a lot of different options for both businesses and workers.”

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In fact, the PCID was recently recognized for its ongoing efforts by the PED Golden Shoe Award, a regional advocacy group for pedestrians. They received the award for its pedestrian-friendly streetscape along Perimeter Summit, Parkway, Lake Hearn Drive and Parkside Place. Several large companies, such as Cox Communications, IHG and Hines, are leaders in the green and sustainability movements. Cox, in particular, focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption as well as conserving water. At its Perimeter-area headquarters, Cox has recycled more than 900 tons of materials since 2007 and its e-waste recycling program has diverted more than 1.8 million pounds of e-waste from landfills each year. Throughout the Perimeter area, recycling programs as well as overall conservation efforts are in full swing. Quiet outdoor areas are prevalent throughout the office parks and an increasing number boast electric charging stations for cars. Developers not only seek LEED Certification, but use it as a competitive advantage. Randall F. Holmes, a principal in Seven Oaks Co., whose projects include Perimeter Summit, the Hyatt Villa Christina Hotel, restaurant and conference center, says they are firmly behind the “green” movement. Perimeter Summit, not only includes the hotel but also 1.5 million square feet of Class A office space but 425 residential condominiums. Among Seven Oaks’ green initiatives is having LEED certifications on two buildings and a US Energy Star rating on three. In addition, 101 Summit Boulevard has a

spring water reclamation project. There also is an organic vegetable garden as well as a 23-acre conservation (no build) area and the company is investigating installing nature and fitness trails. In addition to these corporate efforts, much is happening as the area continues to “go green.”


In an effort to create a more sustainable arts campus, the Woodruff Arts Center created a Sustainability Team comprised of 12 members in July 2014. The goals of the Sustainability Team are to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; recycle, reduce and reuse the “stuff” used daily during the work day; conserve water; mitigate the impact on the environment; and, educate employees and stakeholders regarding sustainability. The Sustainability Team successfully executed the following initiatives campus-wide: • Replaced more then 1,500 75-watt lamps with 12watt LED lamps; • Uses rain water from the High’s expansion roofs in a cistern that is used to irrigate the arts campus; • Replaced chillers and boilers in the energy plant with new energy-efficient units; and, • Implemented an aggressive recycling program.

Other area initiatives include: • Unclogging the roads. Funding has been approved to make improvements on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, which Gov. Nathan Deal calls “a project of statewide significance.” • Synchronizing traffic lights: The PCID recently received a grant for PTOP, a traffic signaling project that will make it easier to drive around the Perimeter without getting stuck at red lights. Three counties and two cities are working together to ensure the lights are in sync so that cars keep flowing. So far, only the traffic signals on Ashford Dunwoody and Perimeter Center West have been aligned, but there’s more to come. • Walking lanes: Sidewalks have been added or widened, benches and better lighting installed and flowering trees planted, all of which are designed to provide a beautiful environment for workers and visitors. • Controlling excessive speed: Two raised intersections will help control excessive speed along Lake Hearn Drive. As part of this pedestrian-friendly initiative, ramps, signs and crosswalks will be installed. • Save money, commute: The Georgia Commute Options offers incentives for using public transportation, but you can also save money by paying for some transportations expenses, such as transit passes and van pool fares using pre-taxed dollars. Qualifying bicycle commuting ex-penses are also included, such as repair and storage. How much can you save with this tax ben-efit program? How about 40 percent? Williams says that these, as well as many others, will benefit the entire Perimeter area. “We will have more people living — and working — in the area, which will also reduce traffic as people can walk to work, shops and restaurants. We are balancing growth with being environmentally responsible.”

Also, the High completed the installation of a GreenGrid® Green Roof System atop the Frances Bunzl Center, which serves as the administrative building for the Museum. The installation by Weston Solutions, Inc. (WESTON®) is the largest modular system installed to date in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The 6,680-square-foot vegetated green roof helps clean and reduce storm-water runoff, reduce the urban-heat-island effect, reduce energy consumption, extend the roof life and improve air quality. This particular green roof also has the ability to retain about 62,000 gallons of storm water per year. For the High’s modular system, vegetation and engineered growth media were pre-planted in lightweight modules made of 100 percent post-industrial recycled plastic. Low-growing vegeta-tion and hearty, drought-resistant plants such as Sedum ‘Murale,’ Sedum ‘ Weihenstephaner Gold,’ Sedum ‘Sexangular’ and Sedum ‘John Creech’ were then installed in four inches of soil. The modules were then placed on the administrative center’s roof. The plant leaves turn colors in the cold months of winter, and bloom in the spring. As a result of these efforts the Woodruff Arts Center was named a “Top Performer” in the Atlanta Better Building Challenge in 2014.


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n the booming beauty subscription services sector, there is a blue ribbon winner…or should we say green? Bare Bliss Box delivers 4-6 organic, vegan and non-toxic beauty samples plus a bonus organic lifestyle product right to your door every month. CEO and co-founder Shelli Price’s life-long interest in natural remedies progressed in 2006 when she became a vegetarian and really started reading food, beauty and skincare product labels. She learned that many beauty products are actually hazardous, and that after their immediate absorption into the skin and bloodstream through topical applications, they can cause multiple negative repercussions. Her label obsession intensified after she had her son in 2010. “My mom thought I was crazy because I wouldn’t let her rub baby oil on my newborn because it is petroleum based. I also forbid the use of products with talc and parabens, as they are known to cause cancer.” Price started making organic oils in her home after hours of research and turned her guest bedroom into an organic skincare laboratory. She then created a list of almost 500 brands that were making nontoxic beauty and skincare products. “I was amazed by how many companies were making radical changes and creating healthy skincare. That’s when I knew the demand was growing.” In 2012, the idea of Bare Bliss Box was born and in 2013, the company began offering monthly, 3-month or 6-month subscription boxes containing beauty and skincare products. Each month subscribers receive their surprise products, and after trying each item, they return to the site to shop the special deals. The interactive website also provides tips, guides, and articles to keep subscribers informed and up-to-date on the latest

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conscious beauty trends. How many times have you purchased a beauty product only to find out that it irritates your skin, feels strange, or just doesn’t suit you? By allowing subscribers to sample several brands and then return to purchase on the site, Bare Bliss Box takes the risk out of investing in new beauty products. Plus, each month’s brands offer additional discounts or free items with your order. When deciding which brands to include in the boxes, Price emails select brands with her business concept to see if there is an interest. She has also had companies reach out to her by completing the brand application on the website. Bare Bliss Box is more than just a sampling service, the company also functions as an outlet for green beauty brands to promote their products to a targeted audience of health conscious and environmentally-friendly women across the nation. She has also found success with social media, as it has been a big influencer for attracting both subscribers and brand partners. The team at Bare Bliss Box hand selects and guarantees safe, nourishing products free of at least 20 different potentially harmful ingredients and held the company’s high standards. Some previous box inclusions were: La Mav BB cream, Naked Bar Soap Co. deodorant, Pure Natural Diva radical organic facial serum, Weleda pomegranate regenerating body lotion, The Coye Candle Co. luxury soy candles, Kosmatology solid lotion bar, and Adorn vegan nail paint. Price also has plans to introduce some of her own formulas into a Bliss Box box this year. Bare Bliss Box’s mission is to educate women on the dangers of toxic beauty products and introduce them to the wonders of a health conscious organic approach by providing safer and healthier beauty products that deliver pure bliss. Price believes that building an organic, vegan, and non-toxic beauty and skincare marketplace, shoppers will be able to buy amazing products from our featured vendors, making us a one-stop-shop for organic lifestyle needs. Due to high demand, Bare Bliss opens their list for subscriptions every month for a limited number of new subscribers. Join their email list or follow them on social media to know when the boxes go on sale. Once boxes sell out you’ll have to wait for the next sale date to purchase your box for the next month. So don’t delay and order your curated box packed with organic beauty products delivered right to your door or send a gift subscription to someone special. Shipping is free for all subscription orders shipped in the United States and as a special gift to Perimeter North Lifestyle readers, when you enter Buckhavenbliss in the promo code box, you will receive 20 percent off! For more information or to start your subscription visit You can also visit the company Facebook page or follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @BareBlissBox.

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Sleek, solid and fun to drive, this Jetta shines. Volkswagen continues to surge forward with their solid lines of automobiles they have been wowing drivers especially in the U.S. Their fun commercials boasting long drives without stopping at the pump prove to be legitimate claims thanks to the 2015 Jetta TDI. Using diesel fuel (minus the traditional loud engine noise many have grown accustomed to in the past), its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine provides a combined 36 miles to the gallon (31 city/45 highway). Add that to this sedan’s long list of amenities including numerous mind-easing safety features (Intelligent Crash Response System); heated front seats; Titan Black Leatherette interior; Premium VIII touchscreen; 16-inch alloy wheels; and connectivity featuring Bluetooth for a mere $24,896 makes the Jetta a steal. 2015 HYUNDAI SONATA LIMITED

A classy ride from an automaker that continues to impress. My, how times have changed. Once seen as a company for strictly the penny pincher, the Hyundai brand has flourished in the last five years thanks to their significant upgrades in mechanics, luxurious packages, generous warranties, and eye-popping styling to name a few. The Sonata Limited further solidifies this company’s growth. Drivers will enjoy the plush leather seats, LED taillights, hands-free trunk opener, Bluetooth connectivity, five-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, blindspot detection, and a 2.4 liter heart pushing out 185 horsepower while still maintaining an impressive combined 28 miles per gallon (24 city/35 highway). These, along with a lengthy roster of other standard features, justify this model’s Best-In-Class Total Interior Volume accolades for only $26,525. Add the highly recommended Tech Package featuring navigation, panoramic sunroof and Xenon lights ($3,500), and advanced safety features such as the Smart Cruise Control in the Ultimate Package ($1,550) and buyers will be in driving bliss for a very reasonable $32,510. 24 | April 2015

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An exhibition exploring the iconic design and creative legacy of the Coca-Cola bottle will feature more than 100 objects, including more than 15 works of art by Andy Warhol and more than 40 photographs inspired by or featuring the bottle. On view through Oct. 4, 2015, the exhibition will provide visitors the opportunity to view original design illustrations, historical artifacts and a century of experimentation with the Coca-Cola bottle, which has become one of the world’s most recognized icons since its inception in 1915.

First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal will host the annual Easter egg hunt with Easter Bunny photos, cupcake and egg decorating, face painting, a storybook station, the Easter egg roll, a moonwalk and more. RSVP required by emailing linda.


Spring means summer isn’t far away and summer means it’s time for camp where kids learn to design cool stuff while improving their science, technology, engineering and math skills and having tons of fun! For 2015, campMODA includes sessions in LEGO Robotics, Building Quest: Design through Minecraft, Gadgets and Devices: Innovating with the Great Inventors, littleBits Circuitry and Design Academy for Middle Schoolers. This year, MODA is thrilled to offer these full- and half-day camps at three locations: MODA’s Midtown home, Georgia Tech and The Lovett School in Buckhead.


Each March, Macon becomes a pink, cotton-spun paradise as over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in all their glory. Festival-lovers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of springtime color in the nation as they visit the town referred to by Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

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The Disc Dog Southern Nationals Qualifier tournament began at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival more than 24 years ago with only 10 competitors as a one-day event. This annual competition has become one of the most prestigious canine sporting events in the South. This year, competitors will once again vie for four invitations in two divisions to the Disc Dog World Finals, which is held in Cartersville, Georgia, in October.


Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing in Atlanta: the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back! The Dogwoods are in full bloom, and hundreds of artists from around the country will set up their tents for the 79th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Virtually every kind of art imaginable will be represented, with a nationally renowned-juried Fine Artist Market that includes sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more. In addition there will be a Kids Village featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts and face painting for all ages, as well as the ever-popular 24-foot rock-climbing wall.

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Which way is port? What’s a “J” stroke? Prepare for your summer vacation. Canoe guides will get you and your friends and family in ship shape for the summer months with an introduction to canoeing on our Beaver Pond. $15 General Public; Ages 5 – Adult; $10 CNC Members; Register by April 9 (limited spaces).


Experience “Château Soleil,” a French-style estate at 4701 Northside Drive in Atlanta, just minutes from the heart of Buckhead. Named for its sunny, golden façade, Château Soleil was designed by renowned architect William T. Baker and displayed in his book “New Classicists: American Architecture.” Built in 1998 on two lushly landscaped acres, this 14,000-square-foot grand estate is one of the finest examples of European-style craftsmanship in Atlanta. Don’t miss your chance to experience this one of a kind piece of architecture.


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Presenting the work of artists from throughout the U.S., the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest is a yearly celebration of the arts. The streets will be closed and filled with original high-quality art. This colorful festival features live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities and festival cuisine.


Junior League of DeKalb County’s 3rd annual Tour of Kitchens will feature several recently renovated, sophisticated, and meticulousy planned kitchens on a self-guided tour. The Tour of Kitchens will showvase several of the best residential kithcens with eye-catching, yet functional designs. Chef demonstration will take place throughout the tour.

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o wrap up our April healthy bod/healthy earth issue with a green red bow, we asked the thoughtful chefs at Epicurean Events to plan a gorgeous menu for (at least) one day of healthy eating. Photograph yourself prepping and enjoying these dishes on our Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win something tasty. You’ll find the deets there. Have fun this month.


Parmesan Egg, Tomato & Avocado on Whole Wheat Toast or English Muffin Prepare your eggs any way you like and add or top with Parmesan cheese. Next place the eggs on top of your toasted wheat bread or English muffin. Then add freshly sliced tomato and sliced avocado. Season with Kosher salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.


Roasted Chicken Mixed Grain Salad Yields 4 servings

1 c cooked bulgur 1 c cooked quinoa (any variety) 4 T olive oil 2 T white balsamic vinegar 1 T chopped Italian parsley 2 T chopped mint 1/2 c. chopped dried fruit mix (apricot, golden raisin, cranberry) 1/4 c. toasted pecan 1 T lemon zest 1 lb shredded roasted chicken kosher salt to season pepper to season In a medium size bowl combine the bulgur and quinoa, toss together gently. Next add the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, parsley, mint, dried fruits, pecans and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Mix gently until all the ingredients are incorporated. Finish by adding in the lemon zest, taste one final time and adjust seasoning as needed.

Morning Blast Blueberry Ginger Smoothie Yields 2 servings


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Spice Rubbed Mahi 1 lb Mahi filet 1 t chili powder 1 t chipotle powder

1 t kosher salt 1/4 t white pepper 2 T lime juice 3 T olive oil Corn tortillas In a bowl combine the chili powder, chipotle powder, salt, pepper, lime juice and olive oil. Mix together until smooth. Next, rub the mixture all over the fish and let sit for 10 -15 minutes. Re-move the fish from the marinade and grill or broil until the fish reaches a medium well tempera-ture. Once the fish is cooked pull the meat apart into smaller pieces that will fit into a corn tortil-la. Top with the marinated cucumber and pineapple relish. Marinated Cucumber 1 English cucumber, julienne 2 t salt 1 T sugar 2 t cracked black pepper 1/2 c white wine vinegar Using a small to medium size bowl combine the salt, sugar, white wine vinegar and cracked black pepper. Next, add the cucumber and toss gently to coat Pineapple Relish 1 c. diced pineapple 2 T diced red pepper 1 T diced jalapeño 1 green onion, chopped 1 T chopped cilantro 3 T lime juice Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. DESSERT

Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse Yields 4 servings

6 oz dark chocolate 1 12oz package silken tofu 3 T agave nectar 1 t vanilla extract 2 T vanilla soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk Melt the chocolate until smooth, using either a double boiler or in the microwave on low power. Next using either a food processor or blender, combine tofu, melted chocolate, agave, vanilla and soy milk. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. The mousse can be eaten immediately or re-frigerated for later.

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