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From the Publisher


School is out! Where did this year go? It seems like we just wrote the Back-to-school articles but now it’s summer again. I hope summer moves slowly. However, with all that’s going on in Alpharetta and Milton, there’s a slim chance of slow. Our cover story this issue features one of our favorite topics: local business. We live, work, shop, eat, play and pray locally; and we do business with local owners every chance we get. These four local ladies are growing businesses and families and having a ball. Check out their stories on page 10. Don’t miss events this Summer include The Old Soldiers Day Parade (p26), Summer Solstice Soiree (p38), The 16th annual HomeStretch Golf Tournament on August 1st at the Manor (p35), Food Truck Thursdays every week, and the Steve Miller Band coming to Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre on July 16. The highlight of the season, however is of course the annual Fourth of July Celebration at Wills Park with children’s activities, food and a spectacular Fireworks Display at dusk (p 18). Alpha/Milton Magazine is published quarterly—please continue to send us your events, updates, articles and images which showcase the best of Alpharetta and Milton. The next issue “Fall” will publish in late August 2017. Live locally! Warm Regards,

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A l p h a / M i l t o n S U M M E R Publisher’s Letter, p6 Mompreneurs {Cover Story}, p10 Enhance Your Landscape, p16 4th of July, p18 Real Estate Market Update, p20 Canteen 360 Mobile Bar, p21 Mondo Italian Kitchen, p22 Pool Care Q & A, p23 Mini Horse Ambassador to CHOA, p24


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Restaurant Guide, p36 The Avalon Experience, p38 Growing a Business, p40 Food Truck Alley Music, p43 Calendar of Events, p44 Summer Music Scene, p45 Advertiser Index, p46 Worship, p46

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Between teens, toddlers and trade shows, four metro-Atlanta mothers work double time — balancing motherhood with business. Although much more difficult than it sounds, it is equally, if not more, rewarding. Passion is essential when it comes to your startup career, especially when it runs tangent to the responsibilities of parenthood. With everything from restaurants to Raisin the Pony, these women operate businesses for goods and/or services they enjoy creating. Their dynamic lifestyles embody the phrase — “never a dull moment.” Meet (L to R) Susan Vojnovic, Robbin Riordan, Mikka Orrick and Jackie Zurinaga. Photos by Ashley Blencoe, Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts


{mompreneurs} MIKKA ORRICK

The District Salon and Events/ Ceviche Taqueria One business is difficult enough, but Mikka Orrick, a wife and mother of three, co-owns two restaurants and a salon. Having always been the creative and artistic type, Orrick knew she wanted to find a career where she could use her talents everyday. She wanted to fuse her passions for working and creativity. She started working at age 15 in the fast paced restaurant industry at Alpha Soda in downtown Alpharetta, then decided to go into the hair industry after realizing college wasn’t for her. “I had only been a hair stylist for 5 years when the opportunity came about for me in 2007 to open a restaurant in downtown Roswell with my older brother called Ceviche Taqueria. I knew I would one day go back to doing hair.” Several years later she decided it was time for her next adventure, so in 2014 she opened The District Salon and Events in Roswell, with her best friend and partner. One year after opening The District, she and her brother decided to expand Ceviche into downtown Alpharetta, then they moved the District there as well. “The opportunities to grow in Alpharetta were undeniable,” she says, adding, “I wouldn’t have it any other way. This community has made me who I am today. I am so lucky to see Milton and Alpharetta grow from what it originally was to what it is becoming.”



Freeze Sleeve Robbin Riordan is a wife and mother of four athletic children. She co-founded Freeze Sleeve, a revolutionary cold therapy compression sleeve invented to help their kids recover after minor injuries and tough daily practices. The Freeze Sleeve was born from a need to replace the cold, leaky ice bags typically used to treat aches, pains and sore muscles. “My husband started his first business from scratch, so we knew how difficult it was to build a successful company… but neither of us could have imagined how much work launching a new product would be.” After starting the business in their home and shipping orders out of their garage for more than a year, Freeze Sleeve is making a national marketing push into CrossFit, as well as the post-operative recovery market. The headquarters are located right in the heart of the business district in Roswell and the sleeves are packed and shipped from a fulfillment center in Duluth. Robbin heads up the social media and marketing for Freeze Sleeve and does her best to try and balance both her “home” team and her Freeze Sleeve team with equal energy. She loves that their children have been able to be a part of the whole process and are so proud of it and says it makes the all the hard times worth it. “As the Freeze Sleeve brand grows, so do my duties,” she says, “but I love seeing something we created literally making people lives better and more comfortable!” summer 2017•


Raisin’s Ranch Pony Parties • 770.617.1521 Susan Vojnovic, a wife and busy mom of three, has always had a love of animals and a flair for creative party planning. She began a small endeavor called Raisin’s Ranch Pony Parties in 2011 when she and her daughter purchased a miniature horse named Raisin, who they started bringing to children’s birthday parties. Today, Raisin’s Ranch Pony Parties calls a beautiful property/farm its home, located in the heart of horse country on Birmingham Highway in Milton/Alpharetta. The farm hosts birthday parties, summer camps, preschool groups, photography sessions and any event you can conceive of that includes tiny ponies, adorable animals, and a rustic new barn as a backdrop. “Raisin’s Ranch is a magical setting for any event, but especially for a child’s birthday. We are in the business of creating memories. We treat everyone like family, and we want our guests to feel right at home.” In addition to the parties, Susan invites photographers onto the property to use the location as a backdrop and her animals and wonderful 1949 Chevy pick-up truck as props. “I love being a part of the creative process with the photographers, and it is a lot of fun to see the beautiful images that are created using our animals or our vintage truck.” The 1949 Chevy pick-up truck is also rented out for weddings as decoration or to carry the bride and groom away. “Being a part of someone’s very special day, whether it be the truck at your wedding, or your child’s first pony ride at our farm, is an honor that we don’t take lightly. I thank God every day for letting me have this amazingly fun lifestyle that has created a business where I get to meet wonderful people and spread joy, one pony at a time.” 17955 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta.

JACKIE ZURINAGA The Town Gossip Marketing

The Town Gossip Marketing is the brain-child of Jackie Zurinaga, a wife and mother of two young adults. Her company provides web design, content writing, photography, videography, and events planning -- all with small businesses in mind. She specializes in North Fulton County because she knows the market well, and she has lived and worked in Roswell for the past 17 years. Zurinaga is also an advocate for entrepreneurs, encouraging others to “get off the corporate hamster wheel” and start a business they’re passionate about. With the current economy, she believes there is no better time to start a business. The most valuable thing that she has learned as an owner of two businesses is to reach out for help. “You can’t master everything. Focus on what you do best and let someone else handle the rest.” She adds, “starting your own business can be really scary, not just from a financial standpoint but also the fear of failing at your dream.” But she tries to envision herself in her elderly years, sitting on the front porch and instead of, “I wish I would have,” her elderly self says, “I’m so glad I went for it.”


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ENHANCING THE LANDSCAPE around your home is an enjoyable hobby that can be done gradually as your time permits. First, assess your landscape by walking around deciding what you like or don’t like about your existing property. This will help you plan what plants to remove or add. If the existing shrubs require a lot of pruning every year and now look like green meatballs, consider replacing them with plants that are more size appropriate and require less or no pruning to keep them attractive. Often landscapes have too many green plants so if you prefer a more unique landscape, consider using plants with different color leaves and contrasting textures to add interest. A beautiful landscape includes complimentary plant groupings blooming multiple


seasons to create beauty all year. There are even plants that will bloom in the winter or add interesting stem color. While selecting plants for your landscape may seem to be a daunting task, it need not be. Stroll through your favorite garden center and look for plants that catch your eye. Then decide where on your property the various plants will go. Read the signs in front of the plants for insight on how large the plants grow, what color they bloom, and if they like full sun or shadier conditions, if they are fragrant and whether they are deer resistant and drought tolerant. Your garden center plant professional can help you in this selection process or have a staff landscape designer visit you at your home. Having a beautiful and colorful landscape is gratifying. You and your children may enjoy preparing dinner with herbs that you grow in your garden. Snip a few flowers out of your landscape and place them in a vase to enjoy while you dine. Even in this age of cell phones and computers, it’s still fun to get our hands dirty in the garden! summer 2017•

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Celebrate the 4th on the 1st!

Crabapple Community Association’s annual 4th of July Walking Parade will be held again this year on Saturday, July 1st in downtown Crabapple at Broadwell Pavilion, 10:30am. Dogs, wheelchairs, strollers, bikes, trikes, family and friends young and old --- everybody come out to celebrate the red, white and blue. For more information and to register, visit the CCA Facebook page.

Then celebrate the 4th on the 4th

Come out to play on Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park on July 4! Alpharetta Recreation and Parks will host an evening of entertainment and children’s activities on the lawn and field behind Alpharetta Community Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a spectacular fireworks display to begin at dusk! Enjoy inflatables, face painting, balloon animals and more fun in the children’s area, sponsored by Alpharetta Golden Age Club, with wristbands available for nominal fees. Food vendors located throughout the park will serve festive fare from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., including barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, Mediterranean-style dishes, woodfired pizza, tacos, grilled cheese, kettle corn, tapas, old fashioned lemonade, Italian ice, snow balls, ice cream and shaved ice delights!


Alpharetta City Band is set to perform patriotic tunes starting at 6 p.m., followed by local band, Serious Business, playing classic rock and new country favorites. Red, white and blue glow sticks sold by Alpharetta’s Police Explorers will be a fundraiser for new uniforms and training materials. Top off the night relaxing in your lawn chair as we kick off a spectacular July 4th fireworks show! Here is important information to keep in mind for your July 4th event plans at Wills Park: • Alcohol and tobacco are prohibited in the park. • Pets must be on leashes or in a crate. • Charcoal grills are strictly prohibited. • Food vendors will accept cash only. • The fireworks will be rain or shine!


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REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE Alpharetta & Milton (Spring Sales) 5 Tips For The Perfect Summer PARTY! By Tracy Coles – Hernandez Group Homebuyer Specialist • 678-824-4112

It’s summer entertaining time, and some of the best events and gatherings happen outside. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite tips to throw the perfect summer party. 5 TIPS FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER PARTY: 1.) Bring the indoors out

Consider bringing your dining room table or chairs outside. Set the table with bright, fresh flowers, pretty placemats and colorful dishes. Create a space that invites your guests to linger and laugh all night. According to Hernandez Group staging guru Melissa Albertson, “I love using indoor-outdoor pillows, poufs and rugs as ways to make the outdoors feel homey. For al fresco dining, I like to drape soft throws on the backs of the chairs – that way everyone can cuddle up if they get cold!”

2.) Whip up some pitchers of sangria!

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3.) Consider the lighting

Lighting plays such a major role for backyard entertaining. When the sun starts to set, simple bulb lights create a glowing ambiance that is perfect for a relaxing social environment. Strings of lights in trees, lanterns along a pathway or sidewalk, and candles in glass hurricanes all set an evening party aglow and add an element of festivity and romance.

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You can make more on the grill than burgers, chicken, and steak. Make the grill a gathering spot for your guests and think about grilling pineapple, watermelon, vegetables, flatbread pizzas, Kabobs, and bacon wrapped jalapenos. Make a lot – these are crowd pleasers!

5.) Stay within budget by thinking outside of the box Don’t be afraid to use a variety of inexpensive and unexpected items. Incorporate a watermelon as a punch bowl and frozen fresh berries as ice cubes. Bring Mother Nature-inspired items to the table as decoration and conversation pieces like driftwood, moss, and fieldstones. Summer entertaining is all about casual, easy, and fun!


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Mondo Italian Kitchen


Mondo Italian Kitchen offers fresh, made-from-scratch Italian dishes, boutique wines and craft beers in the restaurant’s warm, inviting atmosphere and Osteria-style tavern. A casual, family restaurant in Milton, Mondo serves their spin on Italian classics along with artisan New York-style pizza. The chef adapts the menu to fit the seasons, with fresh, local ingredients as the focal point to every dish. Bar guests in the “Osteria” can relax in a comfortable setting – at a communal table with friends, while watching a game or listening to live music. An “Osteria” is a “simple, Italian restaurant or public house.” The bar and restaurant space at Mondo’s is just that. Stop in for their special Mondo Mule or Elderflower Prosecco, as well as a selection of Italian and domestic


wines, local craft beers and your favorite spirits. Mondo’s goal is to utilize local sourcing where possible, extending to the beer selection which includes local brewers. They offer catering from 10 to 200 and have a separate catering menu for party planners. They provide the food for pick up or delivery in boxes or large trays, perfect for family-style dinners, neighborhood gatherings, dinner parties or large events. They also have a party room that can be reserved for up to 20 guests, perfect for a birthday, anniversary or bridal shower. The locals say their favorite items on Mondo’s menu are the Bruschetta, Calamari, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Gluten-free Pasta and Chicken Parmigiano or Marsala. Their New York-style artisan pizza is a major draw, which brings families back every week. And we haven’t tasted a better Cannoli! 14155 Highway 9, Suite 500, Milton, GA 30004-3213 Located next to RISPA • 770-680-4452 • summer 2017•

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Milton Mini Horse Named Equine Ambassador to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta


Meet Raisin. Raisin is a miniature horse. A miniature horse is just like a regular horse, only a very cute, tiny, scaled down version. Miniature horses were first bred in England to pull coal carts up from the mines because of their strength and tiny stature. These days they are more of a novelty, used as show horses, pets, and now more commonly as therapy animals. It takes a very special mini horse to become a therapy animal, and Raisin is just such a creature.

families", said Katherine Crowe, director of patient activities at CHOA’s The Zone. "The smiles and laughter that Raisin brings to patients here is unforgettable. Many of our patients ride horses or have spent time on farms, so having Raisin visit brings a little piece of home to the hospital. Others have never met a horse, but with Raisin's calm demeanor, they can interact with horses in a safe environment." Patients are allowed to pet Raisin as much or as little as they like. They can brush & dress Raisin, or just sit and observe. Interaction with Raisin helps many forget about any upcoming procedures. Most are quite surprised to see a horse walk through the door!

Raisin, who makes her home at Raisin’s Ranch Pony Parties in Milton/Alpharetta, has just been named as the official Equine Ambassador to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). She gets bathed, groomed, dressed and loaded on the trailer for her regular visits to CHOA at Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta. Patients there get to brush her, pet her, and put flowers in her mane and tail. They even dress her up in a tutu and take her for a walk if they are able. "Raisin is always well-groomed and well-behaved. She interacts perfectly with our patients and

Raisin has been wonderfully trained and loved by Susan Vojnovic and her daughter, Ava. Thirteen-year-old Ava saved money when she was just 7 years old, to help rescue Raisin and give her a good home. Mom and daughter really enjoy sharing Raisin with others. Raisin keeps busy doing children's therapy, visiting schools, entertaining at parties and spreading her magic and joy. You can meet Raisin & more miniature animals at Raisin's Ranch Pony Parties at 17955 Birmingham Hwy. in Milton/ Alpharetta.


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HONOR OUR SOLDIERS Alpharetta City Hall • Sat, August 5 9:15 a.m. Band /Program /Parade Downtown Alpharetta on Roswell Street The City of Alpharetta and American Legion Post 201 hosts the Annual Old Soldiers Day Parade. The parade honors our country’s war veterans and recognizes their service to our country. The City band will begin on Roswell St at 9:15 a.m., the Memorial service at 10:00 a.m. and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade ends at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road where there will be free Varsity hotdogs, drinks and lots of activities. VIEWING FOR THE PARADE To view the parade, the Grandstand will be on Roswell Street. You may also bring a chair or a blanket and head south on Roswell Street for the parade; or take a right onto Old Milton Parkway from Roswell Street. The parade will continue to the American Legion Post 201, so come and enjoy the post parade festivities! HISTORY OF THE PARADE The Old Soldiers Day Parade began years ago as a tribute

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Old Soldiers Day Parade Alpharetta High School Students Courtesy Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

to veterans of the war between the states, but was discontinued.. Twenty-eight years later, in 1952, a small group of men in Alpharetta re-dedicated Old Soldiers Day Parade in Alpharetta and started having a parade through downtown Alpharetta. Thanks to these few men and their belief in keeping this memorable tradition alive, this parade has become an annual celebration to all veterans of all wars. Along with the program and parade, this celebration will also feature floats, High School bands, entertainment, children’s activities, and prizes. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be available at the American Legion at 201 Wills Road, at the conclusion of the parade. With so much to celebrate, take this day to recognize the living memory of all veterans of war. Rain or shine. ANNUAL OLD SOLDIERS'S DAY RACE Celebrate Old Soldiers Day in Alpharetta with the annual Old Soldiers Day Race! This event will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Wills Park. An 8k, chip timed race will begin at 7 a.m. Early race fee is $24 per person and includes a keepsake race t-shirt. Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m. in the parking lot behind the City Pool at Wills Park. Race day registration is $30 per person. Email .


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Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton July 16 @ Verizon Wireless Amp.


Coming off an extraordinary 63 shows in 2016, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is excited to announce his 2017 summer tour campaign with Peter Frampton.. Steve and his band look forward to delving into their deep catalogue of hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The tour kicks off in the metro New York area at PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach Theatre (June 15th & 17th) and then makes its way across the country before wrapping August 14th on the west coast. On Sunday, July 16, this classic show performs in Alpharetta at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at 2200 Encore Parkway. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $39 to $115 and can be purchased from the venue’s web site at or from Ticketmaster. Verizon Amphitheatre is a premier concert venue in a park-like setting and is the first of its kind north of Atlanta. We invite you to experience this state-of-the-art facility that is set on 45 acres of beautifully landscaped wooded land for yourself, if you have not already. Whether you sit in one of the 7,000 covered seats, on the Superior Lawn or in a box suite, you will enjoy world-class entertainment surrounded by large heritage trees, plants and flowers that are native to the area. summer 2017•

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AHS Student Wins Banking Scholarship



Megha Desai, a senior at Alpharetta High School, was recently selected as a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship for the Julian and Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship which is sponsored by the Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA), and funded by CBA and its membership. CBA awarded five $1,000 scholarships to this year's winning candidates for the Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship. Applications were submitted to the Association through a CBA member community bank. Ms. Desai was sponsored by Brad Serff, CEO and President of Providence Bank.

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The scholarship is named for the late Jan Hester, daughter of Lalia and the late Julian Hester, long-time CEO of the CBA. The scholarship program began in 1991 and is based on merit. To compete, students must write a short essay on the characteristics of a community bank, and the continuing benefits they offer to their home communities. “We’re so proud of Megha and all the student winners and wish them well as they continue to further their education,” stated Brad Serff. “Each winner demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement and community service. This was a really an impressive group of high school seniors. We congratulate Megha on all her achievements!” Ms. Desai will attend Georgia Tech in the fall. Providence Bank is the only community bank locally chartered in the Alpharetta/Milton community. Established in 2006, Providence Bank holds assets of $110 million and offers a wide array of banking solutions.

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offers the unique take on this ancient practice:

Introducing Yoga with Goats (GOGA)


Atlantis Dream Farm is just that - a DREAM Farm! What started out as a home for Cathi’s beloved Bronx has become a joyful oasis for her family and herself. The farm has quickly grown from one amazing thoroughbred (Bronx) to 3 miniature horses, 5 adorable goats, 2 sweet bunnies, 2 lovely cats, 1 handsome pup and lots of funny chickens. Cathi quickly learned that Atlantis Dream Farm was not only her oasis of happiness but a place that friends would come to every week to feel peaceful and happy. She knew that she wanted to share this with others and wanted to incorporate her health coaching and love of nature into something that others could enjoy and benefit from. So in January of 2017 she began dreaming and doing. Her husband, Van, came up with the name and after creating her brand, building her website, building her team of GOGA instructors and getting the farm GOGA ready, she held her first class on April 10th. 30

While goat yoga is growing in popularity across the country, GOGA is the only one in the Milton/Alpharetta area and it has quickly become the place for beginners and seasoned yogis alike. Spending an hour in the beautiful peace and calm of Atlantis Dream Farm while connecting your mind/body/spirit with yoga and enjoying the fun and happiness of baby goats is something that this area was missing. Once you experience a GOGA session, you’ll be hooked! However, if you are more serious about your yoga practice and wont appreciate distractions during your session, this may not be for you. The goats love to join in and “help” you with your moves. Whether you are a first timer or have been practicing for years, you will walk away from your GOGA session relaxed, refreshed and happy. The certified yoga instructors will take you through an hour of zen-ful yoga to ensure you are relaxed and refreshed and the Goat Girls will ensure you are happy. Along with the weekly GOGA sessions, Atlanta Dream Farm also holds special events for birthdays, book clubs, Girls Night Out and many others. summer 2017•


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IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART that we announce the passing of Milton #K9 Officer DaSilva, a loyal German Shepherd who loved his Milton residents. He passed away earlier this year, after battling heart failure. DaSilva joined Milton in November 2007, just a few months after the department’s official rollout of the K9 Program, working with his handler Brian Kiel. Da Silva medically retired in 2012, after 5 years patrolling in Milton.



Alpharetta Student Ranked 8th


Holden Watson Ranked as Eighth Finalist and Countdown Round Qualifier in 2017 MATHCOUNTS® National Competition

Holden Watson, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Fulton Science Academy Private School in Alpharetta, GA, ranked as the eighth finalist and Countdown Round Qualifier at the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition. The event, which brought together more than 200 of the nation’s brightest middle school math minds, took place May 13-16 at the Hilton Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Watson was invited to the elite Countdown Round of the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition, during which the 12 Mathletes® with the highest written test scores competed in head-to-head matchups for the title of 2017 National Champion. The live round was webcast by ESPN, with viewers tuning in from all over the world. “I went into this competition hopeful that I could secure a spot in the top 12 and participate in the live, Countdown Round. That goal was reached. It felt amazing to be on such a huge stage among so many tough competitors. I’m so happy!” said Watson. Georgia’s impressive fourth place finish grabbed attention and 32

accolades at the event. For the second year in a row, Georgia won the “Most Improved Team” award for their impressive trajectory. FSA Math Department Chair and Team Coach Sema Duzyol said, “I cannot put my feelings into words, except to say that I couldn’t be more proud of these four exceptional students.” Eighth graders William Shi (River Trail Middle School, Johns Creek); Holden Watson (Fulton Science Academy Private School, Alpharetta); Aaron Yu (Westminster Schools, Atlanta); and Lawrence Zhou (Trickum Middle School, Lilburn) made history together representing Georgia as one cohesive team at the 2017 National MATHCOUNTS® Competition. Holden Watson was among 224 competitors from all 50 states, who traveled to Orlando after earning a spot in the national competition. More than 100,000 students participated in the local and state competitions that led to this weekend's event. This year's competition was the 34th in the MATHCOUNTS Foundation's history."The Mathletes who competed this year have demonstrated exceptional skill and perseverance,” said Lou DiGioia, executive director of MATHCOUNTS®. "The Georgia team proves how much students can accomplish with hard work, passion and dedicated teachers who support them." summer 2017•

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The Crooked Creek Club is an extremely affordable private golf club with a variety of membership options available to fit your lifestyle. And, for a very limited time, receive your first month dues FREE with any golfing membership. For more information, pleasae contact our Membership Director at 770.475.2300 ext. 119 or visit 3430 Highway Nine, North • Milton, Georgia 30004

WHERE TO GOLF GOLF CLUB OF GEORGIA • 1 Golf Club Dr., 30005 Two Arthur Hills-designed courses, Lakeside and Creekside are distinctly different from each other offering the golfer enormous architectural, aesthetic and strategic variety. In 1999, Golf Digest honored Lakeside’s par-5, 607 yard 11th hole as one of “America’s Best 99 Golf Holes.” CROOKED CREEK GOLF CLUB• 3430 Highway 9 N, 30004• Crooked Creek’s Course offers a par 72 Michael Riley design that plays nearly 7000 yards from the back tee. Featuring undulating greens, demanding tee shots, and challenging approach shots, it is regarded by many to be the premier Championship golf course in Greater Atlanta. TROPHY CLUB OF ATLANTA• 15135 Hopewell Rd., 30004 Carved out of heavily wooded terrain in order to create a challenging yet playable course, they now offer Champion Bermuda greens. Nominated as Golf Digest’s “Best New Public Course” when opened in 1992, it was designed by DJ DeVictor and ABC-TV Golf Analyst Steve Melnyk. MILTON COUNTRY CLUB• 1785 Dinsmore Rd, 30004•Although the par 70 Willard Byrd design tips out at 6100 yards, this course will test the patience of any golfer. This risk-reward course gives you the choice to shape a fairway wood to a narrow fairway or go for the gusto and let it rip. It boasts narrow tee shots and pure rolling stamp sized greens. ECHELON GOLF CLUB• 501 Founders Dr., 30004 A broad-shouldered beautiful and formidable test designed by famed golf course architect Rees Jones, this course wanders over 600 acres of rolling hills, providing striking elevation changes and panoramic views, most notably on the back nine. This semi-private course also features a 32-acre practice facility. WHITE COLUMNS COUNTRY CLUB • 300 Clubhouse Dr., 30004 This Tom Fazio designed golf course has consistently been rated one of the area’s top courses, guarded by towering pine trees and featuring large greens. Golfers will find deep bunkers and countless elevation changes as the course layout gradually increases in challenge and splendor building to a crescendo over the last final five holes. ATLANTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB• 350 Tournament Players Dr., 30004 Building on a legacy of greatness, this course was crafted by renowned father and son team Pete and P.B. Dye. The 6942 yard, par-72 course meanders across 240 acres of natural hardwoods, babbling brooks and rolling hills, perfect for the golfers who demand challenge, playability, beauty and fairness. MANOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB• 15951 Manor Club Dr., 30004 Home to the only Tom Watson championship golf course in Georgia with 18 masterfully designed and memorable holes winding throughout hardwoods and towering pines, quiet lakes and streams. Seeped in the tradition of golf’s birthplace, Scotland, this course is extraordinary, boasting impeccable course conditioning and breathtaking vistas.


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On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, The Manor Golf & Country Club (15951 Manor Club Drive, Alpharetta) will host the 16th annual HomeStretch Charity Golf Tournament. Individual Players- $225; Foursome - $860 The format is a four-person best ball scramble. They award longest drive, closest to the pin, contests on several holes, a poker hand, and spectacular raffle prizes. First place winners get their picture taken in a classic GREEN jacket! Tournament Includes: • Best Ball Scramble. Prizes for Lowest Gross & Lowest Net • Longest Drive (Men's and Women's). • Closest to the Pin • Exciting Raffle Prizes • Victory Package (sold separately) includes Golf Poker Hand, 2 Mulligans and 2 Putter's Raffle tickets Hole in One Contest: $25,000 Cash Prize What are they playing for? HomeStretch. The need for affordable housing has grown since it was identified in 1991 as a gap in the services by North Fulton Community Charities. In 1993, HomeStretch was founded to address the fundamental issues contributing to family homelessness in North Fulton and to assist rent burdened families facing housing crises. HomeStretch is working to end homelessness one family at a time. They offer working homeless parents and their children a safe place to live and the tools they need to return to stability and permanent housing. They’ve been serving North Fulton for 27 years. 35

Restaurant Guide

100+ Alpharetta & Milton Restaurants RESTAURANT ADDRESS TEL. NUM WEBSITE FOOD 1920 Tavern 948 Canton Street (770)998-3114 American, $$ 5 Seasons North 3655 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 521-5551 American, $$ 850 F BarPizza 12635 Crabapple Road (678) 585-4628 Italian/Pizza, $ Abhiruchi Indian Cuisine 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 393-1110 Indian, $$ AJ’s Country Cooking 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 754-0530 Southern, $ Alpha Soda 11760 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 442-3102 American, $ Alpine Bakery & Trattoria 12315 Crabapple Road (770) 410-9883 French Amma Kitchen 390 Cumming Street (770) 475-7776 Indian, $ Annabelle’s Table 5530 Windward Pkwy (470) 719-9993 American, $$ Antico Pizza Avalon 3185 Avalon Blvd (770) 674-8811 Pizza, $$ Another Broken Egg Cafe 4075 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 837-3440 Breakfast, $ Atlantic Seafood Company 2345 Mansell Rd (770) 640-0488 Seafood, $$ Aunty’s Kitchen 11775 Northfall Ln (678) 691-1432 Indian, $ Bantam + Biddy 4195 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5159 Brunch,$$ Bella Luna 15639 Birmingham Hwy (770) 777-5875 American, $ Benihana 2365 Mansell Road (678) 461-8440 Japanese,$$$ Blue Agave Grill 12050 Etris Rd. (770) 559-1223 Mexican, $$ Bocado Burger 2820 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 248-5223 Burgers,$$ Bombay Brasserie 900 Mansell Road (770) 299-1634 Indian, $$ BoneHeads 5815 Windward Pkwy (770) 407-1747 Seafood,$$ Branch & Barrel 4100 Avalon Blvd (678) 436-5655 Craft Bar,$$ Breadtime 235 S Main St (678) 691-6723 German, $ Brooklyn Joe’s 13065 Hwy 9 N (770) 754-0202 American Bucca di Peppo 2335 Mansell Road (770) 643-9463 Italian, $$ Buffalo Wild Wings 2375 Mansell Road (678) 352-4599 American, $ BURGERFI 5475 Windward Parkway West (770) 817-4656 American $$ Butcher & Brew 3 South Main Street (678) 585-3344 American, $$ Cabernet 5575 Windward Pkwy (770) 777-5955 Steakhouse Cafe at Pharr 3050 Windward Plaza (678) 691-4375 Cafe, $$ Cafe Efendi 488 N Main St (770) 360-8014 Mediterranean Campania Pizzeria Napoletana 800 N Main St (770) 559-4674 Pizza, $$ CANS Taqueria 12635 Crabapple Road (770) 663-0908 Mexican Carribean Fiesta 4000 North Point Pkwy (770) 521-0390 Carribbean, $$ Ceviche 42 Milton Avenue (770) 777-0230 Tex-Mex, $$ Collet French Pastry & Cafe 225 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 770-6066 Facebook French, $$ Colletta 900 3rd Street (678) 722-8335 American, $$ Cookout 11475 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 754-4157 Burgers, $ Corner Bakery 10920 Haynes Bridge Rd (678) 317-0224 Cafe, $ Corner Deli 10 Roswell Street (678) 566-0576 Facebook Deli, $ Crabapple Tavern 12350 Arnold Mill Rd (770) 667-7456 American CRU Food & Wine Bar 2200 Avalon Blvd. (678) 248-5181 Wine Bar Crust Pasta & Pizzeria 131 S Main St (770) 777-6789 Italian, Pizza Cuzi Fresh Cafe 4160 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 867-9854 Bistro, $ Davinci’s Donuts 131 South Main Street (678) 392-2523 Donuts, $ Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 3070 Windward Plaza (678) 867-0777 BBQ Diner at North Point 2355 Mansell Rd (770) 650-6400 American, $$ Dos Margarita’s Crabapple Kroger Shopping Center Mexican Eggs Up Grill 270 Rucker Rd (678) 878-2251 Breakfast, $ EM Bop 800 North Main Street (678) 395-6226 Korean, $ El Azteca 13800 Hwy 9 N (678) 867-9950 Mexican El Don Bar & Grill 6320 Atlanta Hwy (678) 404-5473 Mexican,$ El Felix 1130 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5239 Tex-Mex, $$ El Porton 4902 Atlanta Hwy (678) 393-8888 Mexican Firebirds 2665 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 225-8611 Steak, $$$ First Watch 3450 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 566-3447 Breakfst/Lunch


RESTAURANT ADDRESS TEL. NUM WEBSITE FOOD Grand Champion BBQ 12635 Crabapple Road (770)993-4227 BBQ Hop Alley Brew Pub 25 S Main St (770) 696-2097 American, $$ Hudson Grille 865 N Main St (770) 777-4127 American, $$ Humble Pie Pizza Company 869 N Main St (678) 867-6773 Pizza, $$ Indigo 12635 Crabapple Road (770) 616-4142 Italian Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant 12850 State Hwy 9 (678) 624-1900 Italian, $$ J Christophers 3070 Windward Plaza (770) 360-0907 Breakfast, $ Kickshaw Tavern 800 N Main St (770) 475-0444 Sushi, $$ Kona Grill 5100 Avalon blvd (470) 226-1540 American, $$ La Casa Italian Grill Rest. 37 Old Roswell St (470) 258-4135 Italian, $$ La Parilla 865 North Main St (678) 339-3888 Mexican, $$ Lime Juice Thai Bistro 670 North Main St (678) 242-2991 Thai, $$ Locos Deli & Pub 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 751-9898 American, $$ Made kitchen & Cocktails 45 B Roswell St (770) 452-6233 Spanish, $$$ Mambo’s Café 4915 Windward Pkwy (770) 753-4354 Cuban, $$ Marlow’s Tavern 3900 1st Street (678) 248-5230 American, $$ Mellow Mushroom 3070 Windward Pkwy (678) 566-7888 Pizza, $$ Midway Meal House 5150 Atlanta Hwy (770) 442-3738 American Miller’s Alpharetta Ale House 10750 Davis Dr (678) 277-2581 American, $$ Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails 800 Mayfield Rd (770) 817-0161 American, $$$ Mittie’s Cafe on Main 62 N Main St (770) 772-0850 American,$$ Nahm Thai Cuisine 5310 Windward Pkwy (678) 762-1818 Thai,$$ Nothing Bundt Cakes 5230 Windward Pkwy (678) 366-1445 Dessert Olde Blind Dog 12650 Crabapple Road (678) 624-1090 Irish Oak Steakhouse 950 Third St (678) 722-8333 Steakhouse, $$$ On The Border Mexican Grill 10575 Davis Dr. (404) 991-2660 Tex-Mex, $$ PF Changs 7925 North Point Pkwy (770) 992-3070 Chinese,$$$ Papoulis Mediterranean Cafe 3070 Windward Plz (770) 442-8884 Greek, $ Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 10795 Davis Dr (770) 992-5566 Seafood, $$ Pure Taqueria 103 Roswell St (678) 240-0023 Tex/Mexican,$$ Ray’s On the Creek 1700 Mansell Rd (770) 649-0064 Steakhouse,$$$ Rio Balsas Taqueria 235 South Main St (770) 475-7890 Facebook Spanish, $$ Roasters 12850 Hwy 9 (770) 753-0055 American,$$ Romano’s Macaroni Grill 5045 Windward Pkwy (770) 360-6302 Italian, $$ Ru Sans 13085 Alpharetta Hwy (770) 346-9020 Thai Ruth’s Chris Steak House 11655 Haynes Bridge Road (770) 777-1500 Steakhse,$$$$ Sage Woodfire Tavern 11405 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 569-9199 American, $$$ Salt Factory 102 S Main St (770) 752-1888 Pub, $$ Satay House 281 S Main St (770) 663-8666 Thai, $$ Secreto 6195 Windward Pkwy (770) 752-0922 Comfort, $$ Smashburger 5530 Windward Pkwy (770) 410-7611 Burgers, $$ Smokejack BBQ 29 S Main St (770) 410-7611 BBQ, $$ South Main Kitchen 9 S Main St (678) 691-4622 American, $$ Spice Brick Oven Kitchen 10800 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 777-0778 Tapas, $$ Sushi Nami 5316 Windward Pkwy (678) 566-3889 Japanese, $$ Taco Mac 875 N Main St (770) 346-9119 American, $$ Tara Humata Mexican Grill 6195 Windward Pkwy (770) 772-4540 Mexican, $$ Taste of India 3070 Windward Pkwy (678) 242-0155 Indian, $ Ted’s Montana Grill 6100 Avalon Blvd (678) 710-9025 Steakhse, $$ Thai Thai 11525 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 777-1306 Thai, $$ Tin Roof Kitchen 52 N Main St (770) 360-9395 Gluten-free $$ Tokyo Sushi 980 Birmingham Road (678) 240-0602 Thai, $ Tokyo Bay Buffet 925 Holcomb Bridge Road (678) 352-9937 Sushi, $$ Tom + Chee - Alpharetta 970 Northpoint Dr (470) 375-5871 Sandwich, $$ Tuscany Cafe & Bistro 28017 Mill Creek Ave (678) 624-9532 American, $$ Twisted Taco 5815 Windward Parkway (770) 777-9199 Mexican, $$ Union 14275 Providence Road (770) 569-7767 American Vinny’s on Windward 5355 Windward Pkwy (770) 772-4644 Italian, $$$ Vito’s Italian Bistro 980 Birmingham Road (770) 442-9119 Italian Volcano Asian Bistro 5316 Windward Pkwy (678) 366-9668 Sushi, $$ Wildflour 5815 Windward Pkwy (678) 822-9453 Sandwich, $$ Wild Wing Cafe 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 990-9464 American, $ Zola’s Italian Bistro 2955 Bethany Bend (770) 360-5777 Italian Zoe’s Kitchen 10920 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 772-5632 Fresh Deli, $$



The Avalon Experience


In the heart of Alpharetta, this sustainably designed, 86-acre development with more than 500,000 square feet of retail, a 12-screen all premium theater, a full-service hotel (coming in Phase II), Class A office, single-family residences and luxury rental homes infuses resort-level hospitality throughout a walkable, seamlessly connected community of shopping, dining, entertainment, living and working. It’s more than just another place to go, it’s a place to be—a hub of local art and activity that delivers the luxury of the modern South.

6 and under, with an area to let their imaginations soar while promoting fitness and fun exercise.

This is a place where memories are made, new traditions emerge, families gather and community happens. Take a stroll down the Boulevard, make a wish at the fountain, catch a concert, play some lawn games with the family, and drink in the beauty of every season while you experience the ultimate in shopping, dining, and just enjoying.


AMENITIES At Avalon, everything you want is at your fingertips, with amenities designed to help you create experiences to remember. These include: Avalon’s Living Room: Features a bocce court, swings, a fire pit and water fountain. Children’s Play Area: Located next to Regal Cinemas, the indoor/ outdoor Play Area presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta gives parents a chance to relax while children enjoy the custom play area complete with soft play squirrels. At 1300+ square feet, the squirrel-themed interactive play area provides children, ages 38

Club Avalon is their unique approach to concierge—a way of infusing resort-inspired services throughout the entire Avalon experience. Dog Park: Avalon understands that pets are family too! Dog clean-up bags can be found throughout the property, and our dog park is located on the residential portion of the property, near building 1000 and 3rd Street. The Dog Park is sponsored by Pet Lodge Pet Resort, Atlanta’s premier dog day care, boarding and full-service grooming facility.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Attire: summer white; Celebrate the longest days of summer at The Summer Solstice Soiree at Avalon! Dance in your summer white attire to live music performed by 120 East, sample bites from Avalon’s renowned restaurants, and enjoy a live auction - all tickets and proceeds benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Come see for yourself. Avalon is more than just a place to shop, see a movie and eat. It’s the place to be. This upscale destination feels more like a town hang-out, with streetlights, sidewalks, fountains and a central park space that can house musicians or convert to a picturesque skating rink during the holiday season. It’s home to residents, rental houses and a full-service hotel (coming in Phase II). Avalon is a hub of local culture and activity that delivers the luxury of the modern South.

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Growing a Business


in Alpharetta & Milton By CLAIRE MURPHY

Exciting things are happening in Alpharetta and Milton, Georgia. New development is underway, new residents are moving in, new businesses are opening up, and the whole area seems to move with renewed energy. New businesses choose Alpharetta and Milton for many reasons. They see the promise of growth and a cooperative community spirit second to none. Businesses we’ve enjoyed for years are refreshing and reinventing to be ready for all the growth. The most efficient way for all local businesses to start or grow their enterprises in this area is to become involved in our


local business associations: Alpharetta Business Association (ABA) and Milton Business Alliance (MBA). Membership in both associations affords members exciting monthly programs and events. Networking provides monthly opportunities for members to present information about their businesses to members, as well as learn about new initiatives which may benefit them. Key speakers from local government, marketing, sales or finance offer uniquely local solutions to typical business challenges. The ABA host an annual Business Expo, a Par 3 Golf Toursummer 2017•


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nament, a Spring and Fall Brew Moon Fest, and the Alpharetta Farmers Market. The annual State of the City Breakfast with Mayor David Belle Isle is held each February, and monthly membership meetings will continue to be held the last Thursday of each month, providing social networking opportunities and informative programming. Join the MBA and develop lasting relationships with your peers as you help foster a positive environment for business growth. Build your business with new partnerships, fresh strategies and a strong business community. MBA members have exclusive access to our thriving community. Share business news and increase visibility with member spotlights, e-blasts and community events. As a local business owner, I choose to belong to both the ABA and the MBA and find unique benefits to both partnerships. Learn a lot more at their web sites:


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Food Truck Alley Live Music

Revel in Romance at Food Truck Alley on June 29th


Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music Thursdays through the summer from 5pm to 9pm at Old Roswell Street. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off each weekend a little early! Live music for Food Truck Alley the last Thursdays of the month is sponsored by the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau. This summer offers us two great, local live performances by local musicians: June 29, 2017 – Revel in Romance July 27, 2017 Cody Marlowe REVEL IN ROMANCE – June 29 With a blitz of tight, rhythmic instrumentation, wall-of-sound punk allusions, and ethereal, 3-dimensional synths, Revel in Romance, (a 5-piece Alt. Pop Rock Band out of Atlanta, GA.), has achieved a soundscape as in-depth as it is relatable. Their lead vocalist, Saxony Raine, is the 2016 GA Music Awards Winner - Best Female Rock Artist. They have been featured at several prominent festivals and conferences across the U.S. including Warped Tour, SXSW, and Sweetwater 420. They've been an Atlanta Braves Band of the Year, were recently filmed for Mississippi's PBS special series "Amped & Wired" and have won a Balcony TV Global People’s Choice Award. Revel in Romance's Debut EP "Right and Wrong" released June 2016 has had 2 songs reach number one on radio stations in the U.S. and England and their debut " ECHOES" music video is currently airing on MUCH TV channels and MUSIC PLUS TV channels across Canada.

Band Members: Saxony Raine – Vocals; Parker Rehklau - Guitar & Vocals; Devin Maier - Guitar & Vocals; Mark Robinson – Drums; Remington Rehklau - Bass CODY MARLOWE – July 27 Georgia born singer-songwriter and roots-rock artist Cody Marlowe found his inspiration at an early age in the soulful sounds of B.B. King, Merle Haggard, and the Allman Brothers. Marlowe’s songs explore the polarities of good and evil in an intriguing blend of lyrics featuring lost loves and hopeful musings. His 2013 album, “Silver and Gold,” is his third release since his first EP, “Where You Are,” released in 2010 and his first full length, “Eighty Nine,” released in 2011. For "Silver and Gold," Marlowe teamed up with brothers, producer/drummer Kevin Sellors and bass player Ryan Sellors, to form his new back-up band the Dead Flowers. During the recording process, Marlowe recruited Joey Huffman on organ (Hank Jr., Matchbox 20) and Nathan Bedingfield on electric guitar (Aaron Shust). “Silver and Gold” is a return to the roots of rock n roll, country, blues, and honest songwriting; reminiscent of Tom Petty and the Black Crowes but with a modern edge inspired by childhood in the 90’s. Cody's side project, "Foxhollow," is a folk rock band hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Founded by the songwriting duo, Cody Marlowe and Joel Hoffman, Foxhollow have toured regionally over the past 2 years with shows at Eddies Attic, Vinyl, and an opening slot for Eddie Money at 37 Main. Foxhollow has one self-titled album featuring fan favorites such as "Hello" and "Crazy." 43



CALENDAR Don’t leave town this summer or you’ll MISS OUT on all these fabulous things to do and special events in June and July.

Ongoing Events This Summer FOOD TRUCK ALLEY Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 13 thru October 19, Weekly gathering will take place on Old Roswell Street with a variety of rotating food trucks, music, and fun children's activities. Approximately six to eight food trucks will roll out some amazing eats with seating available on the street. ALPHARETTA FARMERS MARKET At the downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, soaps. The vegetables sold at the market are local and Southern grown. Experience what it is like to buy local food! ALPHARETTA ART IN THE PARK One Saturday every month from May through September, outdoor artists market at Main Street and Milton Avenue, downtown Alpharetta, May 20, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 23; OPEN MIC JAM On Thursday nights in the comfort of The Velvet Note living room you’ll meet the best, most passionate local area musicians, make essential connections and relax and enjoy the scene. THE ONLY Thursday night jam on the north side of town. Only $8 to get in and no reservations are necessary (although you can reserve seats below if you’d like). Doors open at 6:30pm. Music begins at 8:00pm and goes until Midnight. Admission: $8.


June 3 Youth Fishing Derby @Brookside Office Park, 3625 Brookside Pkwy, Alpharetta, 8am to 11am. 44

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest downtown Alpharetta at Milton Ave., 6:30pm to 11pm. June 4 Chic Occasions Bridal Show @Alpharetta Marriott Hotel, Noon to 4pm, June 11 Save The Horses is teaming up with Brownwood Farms and Rolling Hills Saddle Club for our first charity horse show. Wills Park Equestrian Center, 9am to 5pm, June 17 Summer Solstice Soiree at Avalon benefiting CHOA, 7:30pm to 10:30pm, Father’s Day Celebration at American Girl at Northpoint Mall, 10am to 11am, 1202 North Point Cr; Father’s Day-Dad’s Date Night: Man Food at Salud Cooking School, $130 per couple, 6pm to 9pm, salud-cooking-school June 19-22 Photo workshop for high schoolers at Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts, July 1 Crabapple Community Association presents 4th of July walking parade (pets included!) at 10:30am, Broadwell Pavilion, July 4 Fireworks and celebrate Independence Day at Wills Park, childrens activities, family fun, fireworks at dusk; July 14-15 ACT I Theatre presents Jesus Christ Superstar at 180 Academy Street, 8pm to 9pm; July 30 Senior Swank Party: 2018 Senior Portrait Planner at Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts,


Take Uber to your favorite local music venue and enjoy an eclectic mix this summer.


Alpharetta might not be known first for her music scene; but that’s just because we like keep it hushed. We prefer to keep our local music to ourselves. But fame is sneaking up on us as regional and national media take notice of the eclectic selection of musical talent and unique venues within our borders. Chukkar Farm Concert Series 1140 Liberty Grove Rd., Alpharetta/Milton, 30004 Chukkar Farm is over 100 acres of rolling landscapes and breathtaking views of the polo field. Concerts are coordinated by Home By Dark featuring James Casto. From Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe to the clubs of New York City to the airwaves across the globe, James Casto’s percussive-piano-pop, keyboards and soulful pop vocals have created a loyal following of fans. These concerts are the first Saturday evening of each month from May (yes, we’re starting a month early this year!) to November. Come enjoy an incredible night of acoustic music with some of the best performing songwriters in the country at one of the most scenic venues in Georgia. Special reserved seating in the Pavilion. June 2nd and 3rd: Emily Shackelton, Jonathan Kingham June 30th and July 1st: Kyshona Armstrong, Sarah Darling July 28th: Nathan Angelo, Marcia Ramirez August 4th and 5th: Michael Logan, Beth Wood

The Velvet Note 4075 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, 30005 Designed by musicians for musicians, The Velvet Note’s listening room has been meticulously crafted by acoustic design engineer George Seldon (a protégée of the great George Lucas) to provide the purest vocal and instrumental reception available to a live audience. Open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Velvet Note (full restaurant and bar) is quickly gaining visibility as one of the most unique things to do in Atlanta. The Velvet Note was named one of the best jazz clubs in America and Atlanta’s best jazz club! Guest attire ranges from smart casual to polished. They never charge a food or drink minimum. Open Mic Jam Thursdays. June 2nd Morgan Guerin’s CD Release of The Saga II June 3rd The Velvet Note 5th Anniversary Celebration June 9th CD Release: The Christian Sands Trio June 11th Jazz Performer Ola Onabule June 17th Joe Alterman Trio July 7th and 8th Noah Preminger Quartet

Matilda’s Under the Pines

377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 30009 Matilda’s has always been a hub where artists and musicians come together with those who appreciate their talents. In May of 2016 Matilda’s opened a boutique cottage market to compliment the popular music venue. The Market is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10am-4pm. Most shows start at 8:30pm. June 3rd Cody Marlow June 10th Caleb Warren June 24th Breeze Kings July 1st Rachel Baiman Band July 4th Packway Handle Band July 8th Cumberland Collective July 22nd BJ Wilbanks & Donna Hopkins July 29th Jennifer Daniels 45


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Churches & Worship

Alpharetta Church of God• Alpharetta First United Methodist• Alpharetta Presbyterian Church • Atlanta Chinese Christian Church North • Bethany Baptist Church • Big Creek Church • Birmingham United Methodist• Bridgeway Baptist Church• Calvary Chapel• Chabad Of North Fulton• Child Evangelism Fellowshi Christ The Shepherd Lutheran Church LCMS• Clear Springs Baptist Church• Community Of ChrisT Congregation Dor Tamid.• Congregation Gesher L’Torah• Countyline Baptist Church• Crabapple First Baptist Church• Elam Ministries• Faith Life Ministries• First Baptist Church of Alpharetta• Grace North Atlanta • Habakkuk Christian Mins• Hanuman Mandir• Hopewell Baptist Church• Islamic Center Of North Fulton• Johns Creek Baptist Church• Kingdom Ambassadors International Center Living Truth Church• Messiah Lutheran Church• Methodist Hour International• Midway Community Church• Midway United Methodist Church• Morning Star Chapel• Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church• Mt Pisgah Christian School•experiencepisgah.or New Millennium Church • North Gate Church Of Atlanta• North Point Community Church• Olive Branch Tabernacle Of Faith• Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church• Restoration Church of God• Spirit Of God Christian Church• St Aidan’s Episcopal Church• St Brigid Catholic Church• St James United Methodist Church• St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church• Stonecreek Church• Temple Emanu-el.• summer 2017•




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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Reserve rooms for your guests with one call to the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Room rates are collected from Alpharetta’s 23 hotels and provided to you as a comprehensive list of options. Every hotel has free parking. Many offer complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast and local shuttle service. VISITOR INFORMATION We offer information about shopping and dining, attractions, events, maps, local coupons and more. Visit our Alpharetta Welcome Center located at 178 South Main Street for more details!

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