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Hello Friends This issue is all about feeling good. Our writer and expectant mom, Valerie Reed, writes about the importance of getting help and support and shares a list of neighborhood groups for families with multiples. Warm and healthy wishes to Valerie and Alan who are expecting twin Karyn Slovin, Jim Newman, Sue Collins at boys later this month. Heritage Sandy Springs
We continue our journey of Healthy Living with a story about aging gracefully, talking with Dr. Sharon Harley who supports bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and shares her forever young secrets on page 24. We highly suggest you get outside this month and breathe in some fresh air nearby at the Dunwoody Nature Center where cool classes, exploratory hikes and learning adventures abound.
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Around Town Food ‘N Fun Save the date, May 10, for the CAC’s 2nd Annual Food `n Fun Festival, a fun-filled, outdoor, event with activities and games for all ages! Join us as neighbors from all walks of life gather together to raise awareness, funds and food to combat hunger and homelessness in our community while enjoying a family-friendly afternoon at the park! The event features a community-wide Food Drive Contest, Hunger Awareness Walk, Shopping Cart Decoration Contest & Parade and a community festival. Teams will compete to collect the most food to help stock the CAC Food Pantry for the summer. Adults and kids of all ages can enjoy sports and fitness-centered events and activities. Your participation will help raise awareness of the needs in our community. Volunteer and participate at OurCAC.org.
Bows Arts Bash Art Sandy Springs’ annual fundraising event, THE BOWS ARTSS BASH, will be held May 3 at MotorCars of Georgia featuring catering by The Avenues plus more than 170 pieces of original artwork for sale. Bash proceeds fund ArtSS in the Open initiatives. New this year is an additional gallery area showcasing artworks donated by several local art collectors and patrons. “This is a tremendous opportunity for collectors to pick up original artwork or previously owned works,” says Bows ArtSS Bash Chair Terry Tomasello. “Both exhibits are curated so patrons are assured the works are of the highest quality with artistic integrity.” Tickets for the Bash are $75 per person. Artists or collectors interested in the exhibits are invited to contact Art Sandy Springs for additional information. ArtSandySprings.org
Artsy April The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is proud to announce the third Annual Sandy Springs Artsapalooza coming to Sandy Springs April 12 – 13. Equal parts art show, music festival and street party, the festival is a two-day outdoor event with an emphasis on visual arts and handcraft. This festival will feature nearly 150 local and regional artists, an amazing lineup of gourmet food trucks, live acoustic music, children’s activities, as well as free parking and free admission. The Festival benefits a scholarship fund for local artists administered by the Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces. Free. SandySpringsArtsapalooza.com
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Mother/Son Kickball Game Boys, grab your moms, step-moms, or grandmas and get ready to play ball 1 – 3 p.m., March 9 at Zaban Park at the MJCCA. The MJCCA is kickin’ it old school this year with the FIRST Annual Mother Son Kickball Day! Teams split by grade-level: K - 2nd grade, and 3rd - 5th grade. Don’t worry moms, if you have two sons of different ages, you will be able to play with both. A game of kickball, snacks, and a commemorative t-shirt for $25 per member couple, $35 community couple. $5 per additional son. 678.812.3727
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20/15 EyeCare If you are having trouble reading this, plan to stop in to Sandy Springs’ newest eye care practice, 20/15. Dr. David Lopp and Dr. Simone Lewis have created 20/15 EyeCare to help you experience your best possible vision. Led by science and the latest technology, they are at the forefront of vision care. What this means for you is sharper, clearer vision with more vibrant colors. Exams and a wide variety of eye wear. 2090 Dunwoody Club Drive, Suite 126. 770.676.7848. 2015EyeCare.com
Totes a Success Thanks to a strong outpouring of support from the community, the 12th annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive, sponsored by Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital, was a huge success. More than 3,600 backpacks, suitcases and other bags were donated at GCS offices across Georgia in January. The GCS partners with Georgia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Family and Children’s Services, which will distribute the bags to foster children who need them. Approximately 7,500 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. Since Totes 2 Tots was first launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected approximately 37,000 bags. April 2014 | PerimeterNorthLifestyle.com 11
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The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) installed its 2014 Board of Directors. Jim Brown of JWB Properties, LLC was installed as the 2014 HBA president. Other officers include Vice President— Rob Myers, Colonnade Enterprises, Inc.; Treasurer— Steve Palmer, Home South Communities; Secretary—John Cooper, Cooper Homes, Parliamentarian—Michael Turner, The Home Service Store; Builders at Large— John Beach, Paces Construction Co., LLC, Charlie Bostwick, Brightwater Homes, Steve Goodsell, S.A. Goodsell Development, Brian Canady, BBC Builders, Inc., Ro Preisinger, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, Associate at Large—Jeff Pogue, ProBuild. The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) is a 900-member, not-for-profit trade association affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Georgia and the National Association of Home Builders. The official charity of the HBA is HomeAid Atlanta, a non-profit organization that builds and renovates temporary housing for metro Atlanta homeless children, women and men.
Who Needs Walls? The Galloway School convened 750 students and 200 adults at the High Museum of Art for the Southeast’s first day of “school without walls.” Galloway held a complete curriculum of classes at the Woodruff Arts Center. Galloway’s High Energy day took experiential learning to a whole new level, proving that learning happens everywhere, not just in the confines of the classroom. The teachers were given carte blanche to craft their lessons for the day, and they found incredibly creative ways to incorporate the museum’s spaces and artwork into their teaching. Not only did the teachers work collaboratively across levels and subject areas, but on several occasions, students became teachers as well. The High’s education staff was also involved. The younger students continued themes they were exploring at school, such as shapes, weather and the solar system. The students in seventh through 12th grades chose their classes from a course guide of over 70 lessons. The students found it rewarding not only to be at the High, but also to have courses that brought Middle and Upper Learning together. GallowaySchool.org, High.org We are excited to hear your stories and triumphs. Write to SCollins@LifestylePubs.com or go to PerimeterNorthLifestyle.com.
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Spring Has Arrived Right Here at Dunwoody Nature Center Article Alan Mothner
istorically, spring is seen as a season of rebirth, revitalization, and renewal – and boy do we ever need that after the snowy winter that we’ve had to endure. Throughout Dunwoody Park, home to the Dunwoody Nature Center, signs of life are popping up throughout the trails and gardens, and at the programming office where spring programs are already underway. Here’s a peak at what you might see: On the trails throughout the Nature Center, keep your eyes open for blooming dogwoods, redbud trees, wild blueberry and azaleas in the pollinator garden, as well as yellow wood poppy and woodland phlox. And, if you’d like to have some of these beauties budding at your home, take a look at the spring plant sale for a selection of wildflowers and ephemeral plants being offered by the Nature Center (plus, all of the proceeds from the sale go towards the programs offered by the Center). Plants are available online through April 7, with pickup scheduled at the Nature Center on April 18 and 19. All of this blooming and budding wouldn’t be possible without our pollinator friends - the bees. Yes, that’s right, our friends. In this Junior Beekeeping class, children ages 7-12 can find out why bees are so important to our environment as they participate in a live beehive inspection, help with honey extraction, and participate in honey tasting. 14 PerimeterNorthLifestyle.com | April 2014
Junior Beekeepers will also receive a certificate of participation and a small jar of honey to take home. April 26. Spring means abundant sunshine and there’s nothing more important when being outside all day than to be aware of the long-term effects of sun exposure. For that reason, the Nature Center hosts their free SunPatch Sun Safety program where area Girl Scouts discover, connect and take action to help themselves and others be sun safe. Activities include using solar beads, sunprint paper, solar powered nail polish, making solar s’mores, and other fun activities to help kids understand just how powerful the sun can be. April 19th. Thinking about doing some spring cleaning? Now’s the time to find all of those old cans of latex paint lying around the house to bring in for recycling (yes, the old paint is recycled and used again!) during the Nature Center’s Earth Day Paint Recycling Event. Log onto the Nature Center’s website to find a convenient location near you to bring your old paint. April 26. If spring is here, that means that summer camp registration is already in full bloom and the Nature Center’s Concert series is just around the corner. Bring a chair, blanket, and picnic dinner and join your friends and neighbors for a night of rockin’ tunes in the beautifully restored meadow. The concert series begin on May 17 and runs every other Saturday through July.
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Nearby Gem – Osteria Mattone Article Ruksana Hussain | Photography Katelyn Hardwick Looks like: Housed in a quaint structure on Canton Street. Seating areas include the casual osteria on one side or the more formal trattoria on the other. Seating at the bar is available if that’s your thing. A little unassuming wine cellar stands witness to all the activity around – worth remembering for that impromptu wine tasting session. Patio seating in the summer will be a prized spot.
A busy, successful restaurant should. Given they were open only a few weeks at the time of this review, OM was playing host to a full house of diners even on a week night. Nothing but accolades and compliments heard from other guests all evening.
Who: The folks behind neighborhood southern tavern Table & Main.
When time came to offer another culinary experience, of course they kept it to Canton Street. Owner/Operator Ryan Pernice and Executive Chef/ Co-owner Ted Lahey have done it again. A stellar addition to downtown Roswell’s vibrant culinary roster, and the only Italian restaurant on that street, Ryan and Ted have played well on their strengths presenting a space and taste the area deserves. They’ve set the bar high alright.
USP: The team. Ryan ate his way through Italy (31 restaurants in 7 days) to distill his vision for OM. Talk about commitment. Chef Ted and sous chef Alex Chen have composed a menu to present Smells like: Fresh herbs and choice spices brought together in just time-tested dishes with a simple flair. From the traditional antithe right combinations to play with your senses. Simple ingredients, pasti and aalumi to the cichette, the variety of house-made passimple cooking. No airs and graces. The food does all the work. Be- tas to heartier main dishes from the wood burning oven, anything sides, fresh hot pasta on your plate does smell divine. you choose to savor here is a win. Sommelier Daniel Pernice has compiled an exceptional wine list showTastes like: Octopus on a bed of chickpeas casing some of Italy’s exciting varietals. cooked to perfection with a mint-lime vinThe wine cellar is ample proof. Pastry aigrette. Braised veal meatballs in tomato Chef Micki Kimberly leads the irresistible sauce. Taglioini di Mare - Seafood pasta pastry program. Citrus glazed polenta Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 5 p.m.-10 delight starring lobster, crab, shrimp in a tocake with house-made espresso gelato, p.m., Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-10.30 mato garlic seafood broth. Agnolotti di Oxo ricotta panna cotta with quince compote p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9.30 p.m. - Oxtail and short rib ravioli bursting with and pignoli rosemary brittle, and other Not open for lunch. flavor in a buttery jus. Roman fare abounds such delicious sweet treats complete the Closed Mondays. in downtown Roswell. meal. You have been warned. 1095 Canton St, Roswell
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From left are Kim McAfee, Kathryn Loua, and Dixie Brock, Tossed Out Treasures chairs for the Sandy Springs Society
Treasure Hunting at The Sandy Springs Society’s Annual Sale Article Ben Hammett Walkuski
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead
ven the remarkable Margaret Mead would be in awe of The Sandy Springs Society—a 25-year-old organization that has donated more than $2.5 million in support of local nonprofit organizations. One source of the group’s funding is its annual “Tossed Out Treasures” event, a fundraiser they promote as the ultimate flea market. This year’s Tossed Out Treasures, the group’s 23rd annual, was held late in March. We hope you caught it!
“The much-anticipated sale was touted as the ultimate guilt-free shopping experience,” according to the group’s press release, “with bargains on high end treasures including home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, art, furniture, gently-used clothing, and much more.” Members of the organization and the Sandy Springs community donate these treasures. Kate Dalba, a longtime member of The Sandy Springs Society, and the organization’s president, treasures her involvement and the impact that their efforts have made. “The Sandy Springs Society has been a big cheerleader for our city,” says Dalba. “We are proud of Sandy Springs and all the community events including ours. We gave the city its mascot, “Sandy the turtle,” with our town turtles project. Today, there is a tour of the town turtles sponsored by Heritage Sandy Springs.” With a mission “to improve the quality of life in Sandy Springs by supporting the nonprofits in our community,” the group’s membership currently stands at 300 and growing. Around Sandy Springs, you may notice the 11 parks, the gazebo, entertainment lawn and the updated garden room at Heritage Sandy Springs. These are all projects made possible through the generosity of The Sandy Springs Society, in addition to nonprofit organizations in the areas of art, education, the environment, and social services that benefit from the group’s generosity. Kim McAfee is co-chairing this year’s Tossed Out Treasures with fellow Riverchase/Sandy Springs residents Dixie Brock and Kathryn Loia. “Shoppers found upscale bargains from some of the best homes, closets and attics in town,” says McAfee. “Our volunteers work tirelessly over the year to collect, sort, mark, and display thousands of treasures in a variety of categories—even a Man’s Cave! Our event truly offers something for everyone,” SandySpringsSociety.org promises Kim. 404.396.1054
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Healthy Lifestyle • The Sometimes Smoker. People who smoke at social gatherings or sneak a few cigarettes when they are stressed out may not consider themselves “real” smokers, but they’re still putting themselves at a real risk. In fact, having just one cigarette a day can substantially increase your risk for developing lung cancer. Contrary to popular belief, cigarettes don’t make you less anxious or less stressed. Instead of smoking, try meditating or walking to relieve your stress levels. And don’t bring cigarettes to social events – you’re less likely to smoke if you have to get cigarettes from someone else.
Calculating Your Risk for Lung Cancer Article Kathleen A. Gamblin, RN, BSN, OCN
• The Second-hand Smoker. People who live with smokers subject themselves to the same carcinogens that smokers do. Studies show that second-hand smoke may cause asthma, respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome and even heart attacks. If you live with a smoker, getting him or her to quit is your best bet for improving your health—and the smoker’s health. And if that doesn’t work? Ask them to smoke outside. Not only will it keep your house smoke free, but it may also deter them from smoking. • The Former Smoker. Your risk level depends on how much and how long you smoked before as well as other lifestyle and genetic factors. Nonetheless, you’ve made a giant step toward reducing your risk for lung cancer as well as heart disease, stroke and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The single best thing you can do as a former smoker is to never pick it up again. Talk about your smoking and family history with your physician and discuss when and if lung cancer screenings are right for you.
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• The Smoker. Of the more than 7,000 known chemicals in cigarette smoke, 250 are known to be harmful and at least 69 are cancer causing. And these carcinogens don’t just lead to lung cancer– smoking is also associated with the development of head, neck, esophageal, kidney, stomach, cervical and pancreatic cancers, among others. Quitting is easier said than done, but the payoff—a long and healthy life—is worth it. In fact, your chance of developing cancer begins to diminish after just one month of quitting. If you’re thinking about quitting, talk to your doctor about possible screenings, join a support group and ask for the support of your friends and family. And don’t rule out the help of prescription pills and nicotine gum or patches, which can enhance your willpower.
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Soar with The Captain Planet Foundation Article Ruksana Hussain Photography John Amis and Laura Turner Seydel
uckhead is privileged and proud to have among its residents Laura Turner Seydel and her beautiful home, EcoManor – the first LEED-certified gold residence in the Southeast built to be a blueprint for state-of-the-art sustainability. Laura’s name is synonymous with environmental initiatives and green efforts to make the planet a better place for children today and tomorrow. An international environ-
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mental advocate and eco-living expert, she is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF), which promotes environmental education and gardens in schools. Laura is passionate about keeping toxic chemicals out of consumer products and works with Environmental Protection Agency officials and the Environmental Working Group to educate the public about the effects of these toxins. Among her favorite things in Buck-
head, Laura mentions great neighbors, magnificent old trees, parks and the walkability of the neighborhood. “We are very grateful for these blessings,” shares Laura. As chairperson of CPF, she says planting school gardens is one of the highlights of her challenging yet rewarding work. “It is fun to watch the children who are very tentative their first time because they have learned to be concerned about dirt, germs, bugs and eating vegetables. But in a very short amount of time children get over their fear and learn to love planting in a garden and they love to eat the fruit and veggies that they grow.” Another enjoyable aspect of her role is working in partnership with organizations and funders. CPF has recently undertaken a pilot project with the Georgia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, putting Learning Gardens into 10 middle schools in DeKalb County and Atlanta Public Schools. These schools will be tracking measurable scientific and environmental outcomes of their gardens. CPF supports environmental education and learning gardens in K-12 schools in metro Atlanta, all 50 U.S. states and 22 other countries. The Foundation hosts an annual Benefit Gala, a charitable evening that raises funds for its programs promoting and supporting high-quality educational projects that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate their world through hands-on environmental stewardship projects that improve the environment in their schools and communities. Each year, CPF presents awards to individuals who are recognized for their extraordinary environmental stewardship and change-making. Based on the critically-acclaimed animated series Captain Planet and The Planeteers, CPF was co-founded in 1991 by Laura’s father, media mogul Ted Turner, and is a grant-making foundation that has distributed more than $2.5 million to fund more than 1,700 hands-on environmental education projects. While continuing that work, the Foundation Board charged executive director Leesa Carter with teasing out the best practices and curriculum that have been developed so as to provide those leadership resources to educators around the globe.
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aising any child comes with challenges, but raising multiples takes those challenges to a different level and teaches parents to think outside the box when learning how to tackle the parenting for more than one child at a time. Thankfully there are many groups in the Buckhead and Brookhaven area where parents of multiples can meet other families with multiples, reach out for support and learn from each other’s experiences. Many moms meet in groups like those we have listed here, then form their own more localized groups. Sandy Springs resident Cara Kuehn did just that. “It was through that group that I met a few other moms with twins the same age,” says Kuehn. “We have been getting together bi-weekly since the babies were first sitting up...and it has been a great support network. Having the support of those who can relate to the challenges you're experiencing is a priceless resource.” Now A Mom (Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples)
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share their experiences. Members includes families with twins, triplets, quadruplets, or two sets of multiples. Meetings are held monthly at 7 p.m. and are both educational and social. Each meeting strives to address specific problems or issues pertinent to the challenge of raising multiples through guest speakers, panels, and sharing of information by club members. North Fulton Mothers of Multiples
The North Fulton Mothers of Multiples Club is a non-profit organization that promotes interest, provides education and gives support to parents and expectant parents of multiple births. The goal of the club is to provide support and assistance through monthly meetings, e-mails, newsletters, and support groups. With a meeting every month that features speakers or other activities, such as round-table discussions for idea sharing. All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held on the 4th Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. North Metro Mothers of Multiples
Meetings are held on the third Monday of each meeting at 7:15 p.m. Meeting topics vary and include guest speakers as well as round table discussions led by members. Mentoring is one of the most fundamental lifelines of the club and is available to all members.
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More of a network than a club, they have no dues, officer roles, etc. Trying to keep it simple for parents who are already busy is their goal. They communicate mainly through an online email group and also offer: hand me down clothing and equipment, informal organized playdates for the kids (the moms organize the playdates, not the club), meal drives, visits to the hospital to provide moral support for members, a strong network of moms to offer advice, support or just an ear to listen. Baby Essentials for Multiples at Northside Hospital
If you have questions, they have answers. This class is full of hands-on instruction in bathing, diapering, feeding and holding more than one. Learn how to soothe newborns, tips for safe sleeping, what gear you really need and how to recognize cues and characteristics of each baby. For every added challenge that comes with raising multiples there is an equally wonderful benefit that comes from raising multiples. Lean on and learn from others who have taken on the challenge before you, sometimes it really does take a village. Valerie Reed is a regular contributor to Perimeter North Lifestyle. She and her husband are expecting twins later this month.
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A resource for parents of multiples, the IAPMC is a great place to get advice from seasoned “veteran moms and dads” who’ve “been there, done that,” while making new friends and meeting new playmates. With a general meeting every second month and events the alternate months which are meant to include the children.
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ince I turned 50, I have been acutely aware of the rapid changes in my skin and metabolism but have always been too proud (lazy? cheap? uninformed?) to ask for help. After this conversation with Dr. Sharon Harley, a pioneer in the anti-aging field, I am feeling younger already and hope you will too! SGC: What is the most popular treatment currently at your practice that we should know about? SH: Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Due to the changing and stressful environment, along with increased awareness of the significant side effects of synthetic hormones, more men and women are seeking natural options for menopause and andropause (male menopause). The treatment in highest demand at my practice is the wild yam pellet which is used for men and women. This has increased in popularity due to its convenient delivery mechanism. One treatment can last for 3 to 8 months at a time, so it is very convenient. It gives significant relief for fatigue, hot flashes, insomnia, brain fog, anxiety, depression and the other symptoms associated with andropause/menopause. SGC: What is the most common misunderstanding about treatments at your practice? SH: The side effects of natural estrogens and testosterone are misunderstood. The data from synthetic hormones have been extrapolated to natural hormones and this deduction is not evidence based. Research from 2005 which was followed up in 2008 shows that
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there is no increased incidence of breast cancer in women on BHRT as compared to women in the general population on no hormones. SGC: What are your top 3 “forever young” secrets our readers should know about? SH: 1) Replace hormones naturally as it helps prevent the decreased metabolism, weight gain and wrinkling of skin caused by aging. 2) Exercise regularly. 3) Start skin care and anti-aging regiments early preferably in the 20s to early 30s. SGC: What are your top 3 good health secrets our readers should know about? SH: 1) Eat real unprocessed foods, minimize sugar and salt in diet, eat healthy fats. 2) Make sure foods are hormone free. 3) Maintain healthy anti-oxidant levels which can be checked easily without blood work. This is done using a light-based laser for less than $30.00. This is important to know as high anti-oxidant levels will help you fight diseases in our environment that are triggered by elevated free radicals such as cancer, heart disease and auto-immune conditions which are infection based. Dr. Sharon Harley, a board certified physician, is a pioneer in the anti-aging field with a fellowship in functional integrative medicine. She founded the Harley Anti-Aging Institute as a means of improving health care for both men and women with a focus on hormone balancing, anti-aging, weight management, non-invasive procedures and aesthetics, treating the “whole person.”
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Trout Unlimited, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and National Park Service have joined together to organize this multi-site cleanup within the 44 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. We will be tackling 27 sites with 10 trail clean-ups, five wading sites and paddling 12 river segments. Each site has a capacity and will close once we reach that capacity – so register early! email@example.com
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a cake walk, food and more. Spring Fling is the largest fundraiser for Primrose Children’s Foundation, which supports non-profits such as Reach Out and Read to make a difference in the lives of children. PrimroseDunwoody. com or 770.396.8266.
APRIL 15 SWEETWATER 420 FESTIVAL CENNTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK
SweetWater 420 Festival, Atlanta’s most dynamic and celebrated Earth Day event, will return this April to a new home in the heart of the city at Centennial Olympic Park. The weekend-long festival is celebrating 10 years and will be jam-packed with a diverse lineup of events and entertainment for the entire family including live musical performances on two stages, a comedy tent, local artist market, Planet 420 non-profit and environmental village, KidZone, EDM stage, SweetWater craft beer experience tent, food trucks and more! Sweetwater420Fest.com
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Fun for all ages! Children can explore and get hands-on with construction rigs, emergency vehicles, mail truck, race cars, hot rods, limo, motorcycles, boats and more! Visit the “kid zone” where your child can jump on inflatables and other fun interactive games and activities. Food Trucks and Concessions will be available for purchase. SSUMC.org
A nationally-recognized event which features the Southeast’s finest interior and landscape designers, is an Italian-inspired home designed for lavish entertaining. Designers will showcase their talents by taking on a different room or area within the estate and transforming it into a dazzling piece of artistry. DecoratorsShowHouse.org
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 78th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. An Atlanta staple for more than 75 years, there is something for everyone at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented at the festival, with a nationally renowned-juried Fine Artist Market that includes sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more. Dogwood.org 30 PerimeterNorthLifestyle.com | April 2014
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March 28 – April 6 THROUGHOUT ATLANTA ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL
Held every spring, The Atlanta Film Festival is an Academy Award-qualifying, international film festival and ATLFF365’s signature event. Started in 1976, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and scifi, and hosts a variety of events, workshops and parties. AtlantaFilmFestival.com
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Hotel owner Heinrich Jöst was a sergeant in the German army, stationed near Warsaw, who became curious about the corpses he had seen lying along the ghetto walls. So on his birthday, he made use of his free time and went into the ghetto with his camera. The amateur photographer shot several rolls of film in September 1941 and kept them for decades without showing them to anyone. In 1982, he gave the photographs to Stern magazine reporter Gunther Schwarberg. The Jerusalem Documentation Center Yad Vashem pronounced them a ‘’unique find" and they certainly are—Jöst’s pictures belong to the scant number of existing photographs of the Warsaw ghetto, and are critically important documentation of its history. Lovett.org
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As Healthy as a Cow Words Robin Jean Marie
think I live healthiest when I’m sick. That’s when I really take care of myself. I go to bed early, I drink lots of fluids, and I eat soup instead of sweets. I say “no,” and I delegate. When I’m operating in full gear, I pump myself up with caffeine and sugar and run around in a frenetic state, eking out the most of my “to do” list and arriving at places teeth grindingly close to appointment times. I stay at my desk, emailing till the midnight hour, as is my style. Basically, I spend my time doing things that land me in bed with a fever all over again. When will I learn? The truth is, I can exercise daily, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and snack on lettuce leaves till the cows come home, but I’m healthiest when I de-stress. When I’m sick, I lie in bed and read that book. I don’t pound my body, I pamper it. I loll around the house in my pjs with a box of Kleenex in hand, pronouncing tacit permission to be a slug. Why is it that the only time I allow myself to do that is when I’ve got a thermometer hanging out of my mouth? We hear a lot these days about what constitutes healthy living, namely diet and exercise. But the specifics keep changing. Each year ushers in a new best exercise: the StairMaster made way for kickboxing which made way for spinning. And every week we learn anew that the way we’ve been eating all of our
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lives is wrong. The food pyramid that we memorized in grammar school is now a circle; the thick layer of carbs that used to form the very foundation of our daily diet has been voted off the island. But there’s a component to healthy living that is constant, a component that can be found resting in a hammock or laughing with a friend over lunch. It’s the element of relaxation. It’s the act of stopping long enough to breathe and appreciate, of gratefully chewing your cud, as it were. We don’t often take the time to unwind, but the benefits of doing so are significant. Because poor nutrition and lethargy are not the only obstacles to good health—stress is a major adversary. W. H. Davies writes about the antidote to stress in his poem, Leisure. In it, he asks the rhyming question, “What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” We can all join in the resounding reply: “A sickly, stressed-out one!” We know that we need to exercise, to eat more veggies and less carbs. But deep inside our primal bones, we also know that in order to be truly healthy, we need, every once in a while, to go and “…stand beneath the boughs and stare as long as sheep and cows.” So go forth and be healthy. And be a cow for a day. Robin Jean Marie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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980 JOHNSON FERRy ROAd, SUITE 110 ATLANTA, GA 30342 365 EAST PACES FERRy ROAd N.E. ATLANTA, GA 30305
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