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Publisher Hello Milton and Alpharetta! Big news here at LLP! We have combined Alpharetta and Milton magazines; and you’ve got the premier combined issue in your hands. Even though we are very separate and distinct cities, we still do overlap a lot. We share readers; and local businesses continue to ask to distribute both publications to their customers because of the overlap. So, here you go. This issue is packed with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday celebrations across zips 30004 and 30009. Dive in and read about what to do with your friends and families over the next three months. We have a special feature this issue about the Fulton Science Academy, a private school located here in Alpharetta which has been making local and regional headlines with their award-winning programs and academic teams. Read more about them on page 20. Additionally, choose local Italian restaurants for that warm, comfort food as the days cool---on page 26. Attend local Veterans Day ceremonies --- info on page 29. And check out our areas amazing list of restaurants on page 34. There is SO MUCH to do this time of year, so be sure to refer to our calendar and get out there and enjoy. Excited to hear the latest news that both Milton and Alpharetta were recognized as two of the best cities to raise a family in Georgia! Wallethub ( Milton is #2 and Alpharetta is #3. Criteria used to determine the winners were affordability, education, health, safety, socioeconomics, family life and fun! Live locally! Warm Regards,

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ENJOY A WALKING TOUR of downtown Alpharetta and Resthaven Cemetery. You’ll meet

costumed characters from Alpharetta’s past as they stroll along Milton Avenue and rise from their gravesites at Resthaven Cemetery. Learn how Alpharetta grew from a farming community to the Technology City of the South. Live music and a soundtrack enhance the experience. The interactive tours will begin at Smokejack BBQ at 29 S. Main St. and continue through downtown Alpharetta to the cemetery.

Each tour attendee receives a ticket for one free Southern style appetizer, courtesy of Smokejack BBQ. Pre-show entertainment with Miffy Grayson playing the violin. During the tour, enjoy buck dancing, singing, and even a little flute playing along with dramatic story telling. Tour Times: 5-6p.m.; 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-9p.m. Cost: $10.50 per ticket, $31 per Group (4 or more) tickets. $15 per Individual walk-ups. Children under 6 are free, must be accompanied by an adult. WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR? 1. Astounding explanation of how Alpharetta got its name. You probably never heard this one before! 2. Two new characters join old favorites. Meet Viet Nam hero Egbert Royce Vaughan and Doctor Walter Phillips, who delivered more than 3,000 Alpharetta babies after attending medical school for two years. 3. Performance scene at Food Truck Alley events Thursdays, October 6 and 13. SPECIAL TREATS 1.Each tour attendee receives a ticket for one free Southern style appetizer, courtesy of Smokejack BBQ. 2.Pre-show entertainment with Miffy Grayson playing the violin. During the tour, enjoy buck dancing, singing, and even a little flute playing along with dramatic story telling. Historic Figures You’ll Meet Addie DeVore; Doc Walter Phillips, Roy “Smokie” Manning, George D. Rucker, Egbert Royce Vaughan, Thomas Jackson Crisler, Amanda Crisler, Isham Oliver Teasley, Jr Atlanta Theatre-To-Go has been named a finalist in Atlanta Magazine’s 2016 Groundbreaker Awards for their work in arts outreach in the metro Atlanta area. This is their fourth year bringing historical street theatre to Alpharetta in their production of Restless in Resthaven, originally developed by the company in 2013.



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YEAH, BABY! Halloween in Alpharetta and Milton rocks!

for the whole family! Tiny goblins will Trick or Treat and visit participating retailers who will be handing our candy and treats to children.

CARVIN’ IN CRABAPPLE Oct 22, 2016•2:00pm - 5:00pm Broadwell Pavilion, Milton BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) and meet us at Broadwell Pavilion (12615 Broadwell Road) for Carvin’ in Crabapple on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 2-5 p.m. We’ll have carving kits and painting supplies to create spooky or silly jack o’ lanterns for Halloween, pumpkin bowling, storytelling and more! Presented by the Crabapple Community Association and the City of Milton. For more info, contact Courtney Spriggs, public outreach coordinator

Visit Concierge to pick up your Trick or Treat map and visit participating retailers who will be handing out candy and treats to children. Each location will be denoted with a window decal and also placed on the Trick-or-Treating map. Once you’ve collected all of your candy, drop your completed map off at Concierge to be entered to win an Avalon family fun prize pack! Participating Retailers and Restaurants: Dental Town, Destination Maternity, Dry Bar, The El Felix, Exhale, Flywheel Sports, Gap, Kinnucan’s, J. Crew, J. McLaughlin, Lenscrafters, Madewell, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Peter Millar, Parisian Nail Salon, Pottery Barn Kids, Sage, Tommy Bahama, Van Michael Salon, Whole Foods

MONSTER BASH DANCE PARTY Oct 30, 2016•4:00pm - 6:00pm ED ISAKSON/ALPHARETTA FAMILY YMCA 3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta All of our little ghosts and goblins can come dressed in their Halloween costumes to the Y and party to some fun music, play a few games and eat some yummy snacks. TRICK OR TREATING AT AVALON Oct 29, 2016•10:00am - Noon Avalon•2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta Join us for a Spooktacular Halloween filled with Tricks and Treats

KIDZONE HALLOWEEN PARTY 9-11am•October 29th Join us for Topgolf’s Annual KidZone Halloween Party- Tricks, Treats & Targets. Costumes encouraged! Halloween event just for kids – no registration required. Topgolf’s fourth annual KidZone Halloween party, Tricks, Treats & Targets is taking place at all Topgolf Alpharetta. Available for the first 200 kids playing Topgolf. Plus, don’t forget to dress up the kiddos in spooktacular fashion! There will be a costume contest. Valid for kids ages 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.



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FALL IS UPON US and with it comes the seasonal shopping, creative costumes, cozy company, and family festivities. Alpharetta residents enjoy annual fall festivals and activities throughout the city. Whether it’s tasty treats or family fun that you’re searching for, Alpharetta festivals guarantee hours of fun that can lead to years of unforgettable memories. One seasonal festival that looks forward to another phenomenal day full of activities is the Second Annual Fall Festival and Side Walk Sale. North Point Parkway may be one of your classic holiday stops when gearing up for your parties, dinners and gatherings, so the Fall Festival in the North Point Village Shopping Center seems to be a guaranteed destination! By offering a family-friendly-fun-filled block party event on October 22, 2016 from 11:30am to 2:30pm, the tenants and staff of North Point Village look forward to another year of live entertainment, impressive prizes and sales. The food trucks Ice, Ice Lady and The Blaxican Mexican Soulfood will be serving yummy bites for guests while a live DJ plays tunes enjoyable for anyone in attendance. Alpharetta Fire Trucks will sound their alarms and offer friendly photo-ops while Peppa the Pig will entice everyone to gather round. Children who bring a basket will be able to gather treats around the property, and Learning Express will be painting faces to cheerful guests, too. Raffles and all-inclusive gifts are available until noon on the day of the event. Submissions for tickets have already begun, so be sure to enter prior to the festival, as winners will be announced every half hour

the day of. Prizes for the day include the following: DOOR PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS: $200 gift basket from Vitamin Shoppe $100 gift basket from INK Stationery & Gifts $100 gift card from Versona $50 gift card from Chico’s 2 -$50 gift cards from Talbots (incl. personal shopper appt.) 2 -$25 gift cards from the LOFT 2 -SOMA Bras (up to $50 value each,) 2 -pair mens/ladies shoes-New Balance (up to $150 value each,) Swurfer $129.99 value at Learning Express $100 gift cards from Lane Bryant Jos. A Bank, Visionworks, and Learning Express 10- $100 giftcards -bridal gowns at Treasures Formal & Bridals; and various relaxation and treatment gifts from Relax the Back. The Festival showcases not only current shops but also future shops and tenants, with Georgia Spa Company, Visionworks, INK Stationery and Gifts, Vitamin Shoppe, Treasures Formals & Bridals, and iNails and Spa being among new or upcoming stores. The festival also features Vitamin Shoppe Customer Appreciation Day, so be sure to stop by for free samples of products, a smoothie bar, a powerlifting event with Lifetime Fitness, manufacturer reps on site for sports nutrition, and 20% coupons. It may be a perfect time to stop in, whether you’re a returning customer or new visitor. Last year’s large turnout only brings this year’s Festival to greater heights with new gifts, better offers, and new entertainment. By celebrating the season and gearing up for the holidays, North Point Village provides a prime opportunity for families to enjoy all that the changing of seasons has to offer, without the stress or rush for last-minute gifts.


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BY LUCA GIANTURCO, Owner-Scottsdale Farms Garden Center

THE HOLIDAY SEASON is gearing up in Milton. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas provide many opportunities for families and friends to get together and enjoy these festive three months. Your local garden center offers activities and events geared towards celebrating each holiday with pumpkins, hay rides, farm animals, Christmas trees and wreaths, as well as late fall and winter plantings. Selecting your pumpkin and family Christmas tree together is a fun and bonding experience. Families often enjoy lingering at their favorite garden center to enjoy hay rides, Santa Claus visits, face-painting, viewing farm animals and enjoying a latte or hot chocolate, while roasting marshmallows around a roaring outdoor fire. What a great way to create family memories and establish wonderful traditions! While choosing a pumpkin is a simple matter; the owners at Scottsdale Farms would like to share a few tips when selecting your Christmas tree and wreaths. Freshness is important to help assure your tree looks good in your home throughout the Christmas season. Ideally, trees should be harvested throughout the season instead of all at once to assure the tree you select is as fresh as possible. Instead of trees being displayed in a sunny parking lot, you should be able to select one displayed outside in a wooded or shady area. After selecting

your tree, ask the garden center to give it a fresh cut and place the tree into a stand with a large water capacity, as soon as you can. Snow flocked trees are beautiful and resemble a powdery white, freshly fallen snowfall. Or, you may prefer your tree to be flocked light blue, which resembles a mountain tree covered with snow on a clear moonlit night. Flocked trees actually help needles adhere to the tree better and they should also be displayed in a water stand. Many varieties of Christmas trees are available at garden centers: Fraser fir, Noble fir, Nordmann fir and white pines. Each variety has a different appearance, but Fraser fir is the most aromatic. Most garden centers will carry sizes ranging from table top to specimens over 13’ tall. If you select a giant, consider having your garden center deliver and set up the tree in your home for you. When selecting your wreath, consider one that is made on site. While most wreaths are assembled with Fraser fir boughs as their base, many other local varieties of boughs can be added when your wreath is made for you on site such as: blue ice cypress, red berried nandina, vintage gold cypress, magnolia and cones. And almost any wreath is enhanced with a beautiful bow. At home you can mist your wreath daily with a spray bottle to help preserve freshness. So gather your family and come create some memories over the next three months! LUCA GIANTURCO Owner, Scottsdale Farms Garden Center Milton, Georgia



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In Alpharetta and Milton, we celebrate so many diverse religious and cultural traditions and faiths. Faith is a big part of who we are at Alpharetta/Milton Magazine. This time of year, we take the time to honor all of our neighbors’ special holiday celebrations!

ALPHARETTA/MILTON JEWS celebrate Hanukkah later than usual this year! Hanukkah 2016 begins December 24 and ends in the evening of Sunday, January 1st. The first candle of the menorah is lit at nightfall of December 24th. Hanukkah is an eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of the Jewish month of Kislev and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality. More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by Syrian-Greeks. A small band of Jews defeated them and reclaimed their Temple. When they sought to light the Temple’s menorah (seven branched candelabrum) they found only a single cruse of olive oil. Miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity. Local Jews and their families celebrate for eight days, giving gifts each day. Children get excited and Jews celebrate many activities around town. THE ISLAMIC NEW YEAR- also known as Hijri New Year, is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year and is the day on which the year count is incremented. The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month of the calendar. The first Islamic year begins in 622 AD, with the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra. All religious duties such as prayer, fasting in the month of Ramadan, and pilgrimage---and the dates of significant events such as celebration of holy nights and festivals--are calculated according to the lunar calendar. A day in the Islamic calendar begins at sunset. This year, the Islamic

New Year began October 3rd. Happy New Year! In Alpharetta and Milton, many of our Muslim neighbors worship at the Islamic Center of North Fulton located at 1265 Rucker Road.

HINDUS CELEBRATE a religious holiday in December

called Pancha Ganapati, which is a five-day holiday that honors Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed lord of culture and new beginnings. The celebration begins Dec. 21 and includes outings, picnics, feasts and gift giving. Pancha Ganapati includes traditions that are similar to Christmas traditions. Families put up a statue of Ganesha and decorate their homes with pine boughs, or durva grass, tinsel, blinking lights and ornaments. Children dress the statue in different-colored clothes for each day of the celebration. Each color, including yellow, blue, red, green and orange, represents a different aspect of the holiday. Many Hindu families in Alpharetta also join in Christmas festivities, including parties and gift-giving so that children do not feel left out of the most-celebrated national holiday in the US. And, in India, which has the largest population of Hindus in the world, Christmas is actually a national holiday, celebrated as a festival by many Hindus around the world. In Alpharetta and Milton, many of our Hindu neighbors worship at Hanuman Mandir, located at 390 Cumming Street.

CHRISTIANS celebrate Christmas for one day, on December

25th, which is the birth of Christ. Jesus Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem to the virgin Mary and her betrothed Joseph, as prophesied by the archangel Gabriel. Jesus is the savior of all of humanity, not just Christians. His life and miraculous works are documented in the Bible and through Church tradition passed down over 2000 years. American culture celebrates Christmas in a big way----it’s the biggest holiday of the year in the US. Much of Christmas has been commercialized but many devout Christians maintain the holiness of the birth of Christ by simplifying the gift-giving, attending Mass and worship services, and by passing down family traditions and the story of the life of Christ to their children. Alpharetta and Milton Christians worship at numerous Catholic, Methodist, Protestant, Baptist and other churches throughout the area. See page 46 for a full list of local churches.




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claps of thunder and lightening begin and this is usually when the pet hits panic mode. Some experts say that a pets coat may actually pick up the static from the electrical storm and create shocking sensations. Many pets that are scared in a storm are also afraid of backfiring cars, gun shots and fireworks, which lead many to think it is just more of a fear of loud noises. It is very difficult to find a remedy when you have a pet that panics during a storm. First of all, a well trained pet that listens to your command is a benefit. Babying the pet during this kind of behavior may only encourage the same behavior next time a storm rolls around. Having a special place for your dog, such as a crate that you can cover with a blanket may be helpful in making your pet feel more secure. Many clients have to resort to medications that will sedate the pet or use Benadryl in a higher dosage to create a drowsy affect so the dog is not so panicky. Always consult your veterinarian for proper dosing of any medication. Several years ago a product known as the thunder coat came out for pets. Many clients use them and like the affect they get when there pet is in panic mode during a storm. The best way to possibly remedy this problem is slow methodical conditioning. Starting at a very young age and remaining consistent. Using a hair dryer starting on low and working your way up so your dog gets used to the sound. Walking your dog near an area where there is car noise. Getting your pet as used to as many sounds and loud noises as possible may help condition your pet away from this behavior. There is no perfect explanation or solution but Thunder phobia is not pleasant for the pets or their owner.



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THERE IS NO MAJIC FORMULA that predicts who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and no one is absolutely not at risk for breast cancer.

Breast cancer is typically most treatable when it is detected at earlier stages, so breast screening is a very important part of a woman’s health care plan. Most people don’t know that about 80 percent of people diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a relative who had the disease. That’s why it’s so important to get yearly check-ups and mammograms for anyone over the age of 40. Two easy ways to reduce your risk for breast cancer •Eat healthy •Stay fit Because breast cancer has been associated with obesity, watching your diet and exercising are great lifestyle changes anyone can make (and they have benefits for other aspects of women’s health as well!) Family History If a woman does have a family history of breast cancer, her risk may be increased so she has several options to learn more. Genetic counseling and testing can help women understand how their family history impacts their odds of developing breast cancer and learn about options for increased screening or even surgery to reduce their risk. A simple blood or saliva test can determine if a person carries a mutation in a gene that increases the chance of developing breast, or other cancers.

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FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY Serving Advanced and Gifted Students PreK - High School



Brake lights illuminate Alpharetta on a brisk fall morning as commuters head into work. But many cars are making a stop before they reach their final destination at a location that more and more people are learning about every day. Fulton Science Academy Private School. Since becoming a private school five years ago, Fulton Science Academy is blazing an impressive path. From moving into a beautiful new campus last fall, to sending five academic teams to represent the state of Georgia in national and international competitions in 2016, FSAPS serves advanced and gifted children and was just named the Best Private School (K-12) in North Fulton/South Forsyth Counties by Appen Media. With so much attention recently, we wanted to learn more about Fulton Science Academy. I took a moment to speak with the school’s principal, Kenan Sener, to discuss just a few reasons why this is quickly becoming a standout school in North Fulton. Alpharetta/Milton Magazine:

First, I’d like to congratulate you on recently being named “The Best Private K-12 School” in North Fulton by Appen Media. Were you surprised by this honor? Sener: We were! I’ve learned many valuable lessons throughout my educational career, the most important being the value of hard work and listening to those around me. As such, our administrative team focuses daily on creating a culture where our teachers enjoy coming to work and have the support they need to be successful and innovative in the classroom. We’ve found that when teachers are enthusiastic about their jobs and feel valued and supported, this creates a very positive trickle-down effect; students love coming to school as well! To peek into a classroom, a visitor would see that students here perceive learning to be a privilege, not a punishment. Add into that equation our incredible parent volunteers, and we feel so fortunate. The Appen Media Award, while not expected, is certainly appreciated. It has put a spring in everyone’s step! Alpharetta/Milton Magazine: Wonderful! I also heard that you were a finalist for two presti-


gious STEM Education Awards this fall. Care to discuss? Sener: Sure. The Technology Association of Georgia hosts a statewide competition annually to recognize excellence in STEM education. This year, our school was chosen as a finalist in the middle school and extracurricular program categories. With more than 130 outstanding nominations, this is a huge honor for FSA because it speaks to the value of the education we offer. We want to set the standard for STEAM education nationally and internationally and this recognition is one step towards achieving that. For a school of our size and our scale, this may seem like an ambitious vision, but this is what we teach our students and what we practice in our lives as well. Alpharetta/Milton Magazine: FSA appears to be very committed to giving back to the community. I just saw a news segment on 11Alive about your students’ efforts to raise money for pediatric cancer research in September. Please explain. Sener: September was an amazing month! To support Childhood

Cancer Awareness Month, our school decided to do a fundraiser to support pediatric cancer research. By the end of the month, students had exceeded their goal by more than 700%, raising more than $8K for local nonprofit, CURE. The children’s giving spirit is contagious here at FSA. Our students love helping others, and it warms our hearts. Alpharetta/Milton Magazine: Your enrollment is rising and I hear you have blueprints in the works to expand the campus and include a high school. What are your ingredients for success? What makes your school different from other private schools? Sener: There is certainly no shortage of wonderful private schools in Atlanta that we respect greatly. We follow a STEAM curriculum with emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in a setting that serves advanced and gifted students. Yes, our students have access to lots of innovative technology. But they also embrace classes in art and music and relish outdoor time through PE and daily recess. They work hard, but they play hard, too. We believe that success starts with personal happiness and we love to see that many students often CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE...



don’t even want to leave the school at the end of the day. Alpharetta/Milton Magazine: Anything else? Sener: I think our school is special because of the value we place on relationships and the sense of community we enjoy here. Everyone longs to be part of a group where they feel comfortable and accepted. At FSA, there is no, “one size fits all” mentality. Each child is different. Each teacher is different. Each subject is different. We ask ourselves daily how we can combine these forces to provide the best educational experience for each individual child. If something works well, we model it for others. If something doesn’t, we take immediate action to remedy it. In other words, we call ourselves a small school with a big heart. Alpharetta/Milton Magazine: Are you concerned you’ll lose this focus and flexibility if your school continues to grow as it has in the past few years? Sener: No. FSA will always remain a small school with a family atmosphere. With only 455 students, we really get to know and enjoy one another. As we expand, we will carefully manage that growth. We will always have a small elementary school, a small middle school and a small high school. The personal attention we are able to provide in our small school setting plays a big role in our students’ success and we will continue to keep it that way. Alpharetta/Milton Magazine: Do all of your students plan to go into STEM-related careers? Sener: No…we have a very diverse student body and we love every child’s uniqueness. We know that our students will be leaders of the future taking important roles in society. Some may choose to work in STEM fields, but we realize that many others will be wonderful journalists, lawyers, economists, professors, and will choose other careers to lead the way for others. We’ve always told our students that if you love what you do, work never feels like work. We encourage students to follow their passion and look for careers to fulfill them. From that vision, with hard work and personal discipline, success will follow. The past has proven this to be true; I believe the future will prove it truer, still. More: Fulton Science Academy Private School (FSAPS) has fostered a “yearn to learn” culture where students embrace an innovative, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) curriculum. Our extracurricular programs are widely recognized; FSAPS proudly represented the state of Georgia in five national and international academic competitions in 2016. Currently, FSAPS has 450 students in Pre-K through high school. The study body is diverse and reflects award-winning academic teams, competitive athletes, personal entrepreneurs, professional working actors, and award-winning critical thinkers. Built upon core values of excellence, innovation, and character, FSAPS has engineered a school of the future today. For more information, please visit


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The numbers are out on the effectiveness of last year’s flu vaccine, which is touted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health organizations as “the best way to prevent the flu.”

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According to a February 2015 CDC report, the effectiveness of the flu shot was just 18 percent overall, 15 percent among children ages two to eight, and nine percent for seniors ages 65 and older. The nasal spray flu vaccine showed almost no benefit for children ages two to eight. Last year’s flu season was said to be one of the worst in years, and by January 2015, the CDC had warned that the flu vaccine was a poor match to the influenza A strain, which caused most cases of the flu, because it had mutated early in the season. Yet, health officials still urged everyone to get a flu shot, saying it would make symptoms less severe, without providing evidence to support this claim. In addition to questions regarding the flu vaccine’s effectiveness are concerns about its safety. Side effects range from numbness and tingling of the skin, chest pain, shortness of breath, laryngitis and convulsions, to spinal cord inflammation (myelitis), optic nerve inflammation (optic neuritis), facial palsy and paralysis. Though recommended for pregnant women, the flu vaccine is categorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Pregnancy Category B or C Biological. The best way to prevent the flu is to maintain a strong immune system through optimal lifestyle and nutrition. Avoid sugar and processed food (sugar immediately decreases immune system function), get seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and optimize your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is important for proper immune function and is also an effective antimicrobial. Studies show that children who take just 1,200 IUs of vitamin D3 daily are 42 percent less likely to get the flu. Adults can supplement with 5,000 to 8,000 IUs daily during the winter months.


Other ways to support optimal immune health include proper hydration, regular exercise, stress-reduction techniques, hand washing and daily probiotic supplementation, as 80 percent of the immune system resides in the gut. Take homeopathic preparations and herbs for respiratory health, including sambucus, myrrh and echinacea. Also, supplement with oil of oregano, garlic, olive leaf and monolaurin, which are immune-system builders that provide potent antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial support, without the side effects associated with pharmaceutical antibiotics and vaccinations.


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Dinnertime? Go Italian! courtesy: Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

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These Italian restaurants, found only in Alpharetta, will have your taste buds thinking you’ve been transported to Italy after one bite! CAMPANIA 800 North Main Street• Go back in time to old Napoli, the birthplace of pizza with Campania’s authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. Co-owners Jennifer and Stewart Muller follow a 120-year-old cooking method. Each pie is made using traditional double zero flour, natural yeast and sea salt, and imported Italian tomatoes, meats and cheeses. Then, it’s baked in a volcanic brick oven at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit for one minute before guests can indulge. CRUST 131 South Main Street• Crust serves modern Italian cuisine with a local twist. Savor classic pasta, flatbreads and specialty fusion pizzas at a quaint

COLLETTA 900 3rd Street• At this upscale Italian eatery in Alpharetta’s Avalon, Executive Chef Michael Perez combines familiar favorites with unexpected ingredients. The cheese and pasta are made fresh in-house, daily. Colletta earned “Best Bite” in 2015 by Taste of Atlanta and “Best Meatball” in 2015 by the Atlanta Meatball Festival. Raise a glass to genuine Italian dishes in the family-style dining room, or pick up a cocktail from the bar window to sip while shopping Avalon’s premium stores. LA CASA ITALIAN GRILL 37 Old Roswell Street• La Casa Italian Grill embodies the foundation of Italian culture: love for family and food. The restaurant serves authentic Italian recipes passed down over three generations, alongside a heaping helping of memories. Owner and native of Naples, Italy, Pasquale Cardamuro, attended culinary school in his home country to learn the ins and outs of Italian cuisine. Savor specialties like veal marsala, pollo parmigiano, and shrimp scampi and sip a shared bottle of red wine with loved ones al fresco on the heated and covered deck.


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MAMA’S PIZZA 5950 North Point Parkway• Mama’s has been serving fabulous pizza since 1979. Choose a small (12 inches), large (16 inches) pizza pie or opt for a slice.

VINNY’S ON WINDWARD 5355 Windward Parkway• Diners can’t help but exclaim, “Mama Mia!” when sinking their teeth into dishes at Vinny’s on Windward. Vinny’s boasts, “the best pizza in town.” Taste your way through Italy with favorites like chicken scaloppini, jumbo lump crab cakes and tiramisu. Order from Vinny’s Wine Spectator award-winning wine list or try a lemon drop martini from the bar. Vinny’s is the perfect place for a business lunch or a romantic date night. Pull up a chair in the bustling open kitchen or savor a quiet meal on the beautiful patio. VITO’S PIZZA & RISTORANTE 3665 Old Milton Parkway• This family owned restaurant was thoughtfully designed to please everyone who loves Italian food, especially those who are looking to eat healthy. The pizzeria proudly offers vegan, organic, and gluten-free products options.

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PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR veterans who have served our country by attending the Alpharetta Veterans Memorial ceremony and the City of Milton coffees for veterans. ALPHARETTA 6:00 Alpharetta City Hall’s Brooke Street Park 2 Park Plaza, rain or shine Schedule of Events •6:00 p.m. Alpharetta High School Quartet •Mayor David Belle Isle •Invocation •Armed Forces Medley •Posting of Colors •National Anthem •Pledge of Allegiance •Keynote Speaker •Laying of the Wreath •21-Gun Salute •“Taps” WALK OF MEMORIES American Legion Post 201, 201 Wills Rd. The only one of its kind in Georgia, this memorial pays tribute to U.S. veterans, family and friends through a walkway of nearly 8,000 bricks inscribed with the names of Georgians who have served our country. Monuments along the walkway spotlight several conflicts, including WWII, Korea and Vietnam. A WWII M60 tank, a Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopter and a 40mm Mark 1 twin gun mount removed from the USS Polk County are all on display, adding to this moving experience. MILTON Veteran's Day Coffee•Nov 11, 2016•7:00am - 9:00am JOIN THE CITY OF MILTON to say “thank you” this Veterans Day. All veterans are invited for a cup of coffee in the City of Milton, Wednesday, November 11, from 7 to 9 a.m. at three local coffee shops: Mugs on Milton, Wilbur & Rudy’s Farmtable, Scratch Fresh and Whitetail Bicycles & Coffee. Meet your neighbors and start a conversation by thanking those who have served the cause of freedom for us all.

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If you’re looking for a few tips on preparing the perfect Thanksgiving Feast, be sure to check out the area’s cooking schools this November! INA GARTEN’S ULTIMATE THANKSGIVING Nov 20, 2016•5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sur la table•1000 North Point Circle Suite 1082 Want to impress family and friends with a traditional Thanksgiving feast but don’t know where to begin? Sur la Table has partnered with Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, to create this hands-on class just for you! Their chef instructor will walk you through Ina’s easy techniques for everything from perfectly roasting turkey to creating creamy homemade gravy. You’ll enjoy working alongside classmates as you practice braising root veggies and making garlic mashed potatoes. Plus, they’ll round out the feast with Ina’s ultimate pumpkin pie featuring a from-scratch crust and accented with boozy whipped cream. Join them as they celebrate the much-anticipated release of Ina’s 10th cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey, with this very special 3-hour cooking class. After mastering a few fundamentals,

you’ll be ready to wow guests with a spectacular holiday spread. THANKSGIVING WORKSHOP 101 Nov 18, 2016•6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market Avalon 2800 Old Milton Pkwy. With Chef Jessica Ray•Forget any holiday stress and immerse yourself in all things Thanksgiving! This class is designed to make your Thanksgiving effortless with great recipes and a cornucopia of culinary knowledge from Chef Jessica Ray. You’ll leave with a plan, delicious recipes, and the confidence to pull the holiday meal off without a hitch. Students will learn to make their own brine too! More information THE FLAVORS OF FALL Nov 19, 2016•7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Publix Apron’s Cooking School•4305 State Bridge Rd The Autumn season conjures memories of taste and sweet aromas coming from the kitchen. Sit back, relax and let us guide you through the Flavors of Fall.


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Restaurant Guide RESTAURANT ADDRESS TEL. NUM WEBSITE FOOD 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 Frenchl 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,$$ Aunty’s Kitchen 11775 Northfall Ln (678) 691-1432 Indian, $ Bagel Boys Cafe 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 569-1009 Deli,$ Bantam + Biddy 4195 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5159 Brunch,$$ Bella Luna 15639 Birmingham Hwy (770) 777-5875 American Benihana 2365 Mansell Road (678) 461-8440 Japanese,$$$ Bite 11500 Webb Bridge Rd (770) 754-5500 American,$$ 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,$$ The Bowl 4000 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 674-1969 American, $ Branch & Barrel 4100 Avalon Blvd (678) 436-5655 Craft Bar,$$ 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 California Pizza Kitchen 6301 North Point Pkwy (770) 664-8246 Pizza, $$ Campania Pizzeria Napoletana 800 N Main St (770) 559-4674 Pizza, $$ Carmine’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 4055 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 772-3644 Italian, $$ CANS Taqueria 12635 Crabapple Road (770) 663-0908 Mexican Carribean Fiesta 4000 North Point Pkwy (770) 521-0390 Carribbean, $$ Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant 5670 Hwy 9 N (770) 475-9100 Italian Ceviche 42 Milton Avenue (770) 777-0230 Tex-Mex, $$ Cheesecake Factory 2075 North Point Circle (770) 751-7011 American, $$ Chicken Salad Chick 970 North Point Drive (770) 667-5459 Deli, $ Chili’s Grill & Bar 7800 N Point Pkwy (770) 594-9063 American Coisas do Brasil 4055 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 867-2115 Brazillian, $$ Collet French Pastry & Cafe 225 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 770-6066 Facebook French, $$ Colletta 900 3rd Street (678) 722-8335 American, $$ Cookout 11475 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 754-4157 Burgers, $ Corner Bakery 10920 Haynes Bridge Rd (678) 317-0224 Cafe, $ Corner Deli 10 Roswell Street (678) 566-0576 Facebook Deli, $ Crabapple Tavern 12350 Arnold Mill Rd (770) 667-7456 American Cracker Barrel 5580 Windward Pkwy (770) 521-9597 Southern CRU Food & Wine Bar 2200 Avalon Blvd. (678) 248-5181 Wine Bar Crust Pasta & Pizzeria 131 S Main St (770) 777-6789 Italian, Pizza Cuzi Fresh Cafe 4160 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 867-9854 Bistro, $ Davinci’s Donuts 131 South Main Street (678) 392-2523 Donuts, $ Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 3070 Windward Plaza (678) 867-0777 BBQ Diner at North Point 2355 Mansell Rd (770) 650-6400 American, $$ Donut Theory 11550 Webb Bridge Way (470) 275-5530 Donuts, $ Dos Margarita’s Crabapple Kroger Shopping Center Mexican



RESTAURANT ADDRESS TEL. NUM WEBSITE FOOD Eggs Up Grill Einstein Brothers Bakery EM Bop El Azteca El Don Bar & Grill El Felix El Porton Firebirds Firefly Kitchen First Watch Fry Me 2 The Moon Grand Champion BBQ Haiku Sushi & Steakhouse Honeybaked Ham Hop Alley Brew Pub Hudson Grille Humble Pie Pizza Company Indigo Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant J Christophers Kickshaw Tavern Kona Grill La Casa Italian Grill Rest. La Parilla Lin’s Chinese Lime Juice Thai Bistro Lobster House Sushi & Hibachi Locos Deli & Pub Made kitchen & Cocktails Mambo’s Café Marlow’s Tavern Mellow Mushroom Midway Meal House Miller’s Alpharetta Ale House Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Mittie’s Cafe on Main My Friends Place Nahm Thai Cuisine Nothing Bundt Cakes Olde Blind Dog Oak Steakhouse On The Border Mexican Grill

270 Rucker Rd 5530 Windward Pkwy 800 North Main Street 13800 Hwy 9 N 6320 Atlanta Hwy 1130 Avalon Blvd 4902 Atlanta Hwy 2665 Old Milton Pkwy 3070 Windward Plaza 3450 Old Milton Pkwy 5155 Atlanta Hwy 12635 Crabapple Road 5966 N Point Pkwy 7601 North Point Pkwy 25 S Main St 865 N Main St 869 N Main St 12635 Crabapple Road 12850 State Hwy 9 3070 Windward Plaza 800 N Main St 5100 Avalon blvd 37 Old Roswell St 865 North Main St 12850 Hwy 9 N 670 North Main St 10890 Haynes Bridge Rd 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd 45 B Roswell St 4915 Windward Pkwy 3900 1st Street 3070 Windward Pkwy 5150 Atlanta Hwy 10750 Davis Dr 800 Mayfield Rd 62 N Main St 696 North Main St 5310 Windward Pkwy 5230 Windward Pkwy 12650 Crabapple Road 950 Third St 10575 Davis Dr.

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RESTAURANT ADDRESS TEL. NUM WEBSITE FOOD 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, $$ Ruby Tuesday 6055 North Point Pkwy (770) 667-5776 American, $$ 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 $$ Tokyo Sushi 980 Birmingham Road (678) 240-0602 Thai Tom + Chee - Alpharetta 970 Northpoint Dr (470) 375-5871 Sandwich, $$ 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, $$ Wild Wing Cafe 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 990-9464 American, $ Z Pizza 5315 Windward Pkwy (678) 205- 4471 Pizza Zola’s Italian Bistro 2955 Bethany Bend (770) 360-5777 Italian Zoe’s Kitchen 10920 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 772-5632 Fresh Deli, $$



La Casa Authentic Italian Grill

Alpharetta’s “BEST Italian Restaurant” LOCATED IN A QUAINT HISTORIC HOME

•Extensive Wine List •Corporate & Social Events •Private Dining •Seafood Specialties

•Intimate Dining Space •Full-Service Catering •New Daily Specials •Heated Outdoor Patio

L AC A S A I TA L I A N G R I L L . C O M La Casa offers a taste and experience of Italy in a wonderful historic house that has been transformed into three intimate comfortable dining rooms with a heated outdoor patio. Pasquale, a native of Naples, Italy serves the finest and freshest foods. He has created the prefect combination of Authentic Italian recipes and artfully prepared seafood meals with passion.






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Alpharetta Chamber's 2nd Annual

Golf Tournament

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.


It's golf season! The Chamber is thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament which will be held on November 14th, 2016 at Crooked Creek Club! The Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce Golf Networking League program involves 9 holes of golf at both Milton Country Club and Crooked Creek courses every other week, for 16 weeks. After participants play 9 holes, they join together in the clubhouse for fun, food, drinks, and networking. The 2nd annual tournament finishes out the program for the League. Don’t miss this tournament! Chamber staff is lining up all sorts of events, giveaways, and prizes for day of. It is sure to be the highlight of 'tournament season'. Crooked Creek Club 3430 Highway Nine N•Alpharetta, GA 30004 Monday, November 14th, 2016 8:00am - Player Check-In/Breakfast/Warm-Up 10:00am - Shotgun Start - Scramble Format Post Tournament - Reception, Awards & Prizes, Raffle Drawings Sponsorships still available with levels ranging from $250 to $5000. Sponsors include Choices To You, Appen Media, City of Alpharetta, Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Insperity, Burger FI, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Steele Dermatology. Contact Hans Appen for more information at

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.


BECAUSE SOMETIMES IT IS DIFFICULT TO COMMIT We want to make it easy for you to try our Club. $185 per month! •Golf access at the Creek after 1pm on Weekdays, Weekends, Holidays •Unlimited use of driving range and practice facility •Invitation to all Crooked Creek Club dining events and social activities PLUS •Golf access at Milton Country Club anytime Weekdays, Weekends and Holidays •Access to dining, tennis, pool and fitness at Milton Country Club •Invitation to all Milton Country Club dining and social events Membership is for six months and is limited to new prospective members of Crooked Creek Club only! Membership may be converted anytime during the six month trial. Or, upon completion of the trial period the member may resign or elect to become a full member of Crooked Creek Club. Initiation fee at time of conversion.

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3430 Highway 9 North, Milton GA 30004


MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Merry Christmas Alpharetta and Milton!!! What to do this holiday season? THE LIGHTING OF AVALON November 20, 2016•1 – 8 p.m. Avalon•2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and free activities for the whole family. From holiday show tunes to the annual opening of Avalon On Ice, there will be fun had by all. Events will include our not to miss Tree Lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. for our Christmas tree with the arrival of Santa Claus and a spectacular fireworks display. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 1PM to 5PM: Enjoy activities, crafts, and fun for the entire family at the Activity Row 1PM to 9PM: Avalon on Ice will open with a dazzling figure skating performance from 1-2PM. The rink will be open for all guests to enjoy from 2-9PM. 1PM to 5PM: Holiday performances will take place on the main stage throughout the day from community groups and local artists. 4PM to 7PM: Street performers will entertain along the boulevard including holiday stilt walkers, Christmas carolers, and more. 5PM to 6PM: Bogey and the Viceroys will take the stage to headline the night as they play holiday tunes that will have everyone on their feet. 6PM to 6:55PM: Enjoy a Holiday Spectacular Variety Show as you await Santa’s arrival! Special celebrities and guests will wow

the crowd to put everyone in the Holiday Spirit. 6:55PM: Don’t miss Santa Claus as he arrives to Avalon. 7PM: Join Santa as he lights the tree and celebrate the official start to The Perfect Holiday at Avalon with a live fireworks show! CHRISTMAS IN CRABAPPLE Dec 3, 2016•2:00pm - 5:00pm Saturday, Dec. 3, is sure to have heaps of holiday cheer in Milton as the city, in partnership with the CCA, hosts the ninth annual Christmas in Crabapple from 2 to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Crabapple at Broadwell Pavilion located at 12615 Broadwell Road. This quaint holiday tradition has become a Milton staple including Santa photos from Blencoe and Co. Photographic Arts, caroling, s’mores, bonfire/firepit, hot cocoa and fun! AVALON ON ICE Tis’ the season to lace up your skates and glide into the holiday spirit at Avalon on Ice. The monumental Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink is back starting November 20 through January 22. Hours: Monday: 3PM to 10PM•Tuesday: 3PM to 10PM Wednesday: 3PM to 10PM•Thursday: 3PM to 10PM Friday: 3PM to 10PM •Saturday: 10AM to 10PM Sunday: 12PM to 7PM•School Holidays: 10AM to 10PM General Admission: $18/person includes skates Children (under 10 years old): $14/child includes skates Group Rate (10 or more people): $15/person includes skates Season Pass: $175/person includes skates Disco Skate - Saturday, January 14th from 5 to 10PM:


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IT IS PRETTY SIMPLE, ACTUALLY. We are Whitetail Bicycles, your neighborhood boutique bicycle shop and cyclery cafe. Bringing cycling and caffeine to Milton.

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WE SERVE Stumptown Coffee! Complimentary Coffee for Veterans on Nov. 11th!

Get ready to hit the ice in your very best 70’s inspired style! Skate the night away to throwback disco tunes and all skaters dressed in their disco wear will receive $2 off an Avalon on Ice Ticket. Be sure to come in your grooviest outfit because best dressed will win a prize! Costume Contest will take place at 7PM. Participants must be present at or around the ice rink in order to qualify. FREE PICTURES WITH SANTA December 3, 2016•10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Alpharetta Welcome Center•178 South Main Street Get your holiday photos taken for free at the Alpharetta Welcome Center on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa. Have the photo printed and emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. No pets please. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so it is recommended that attendees not wear green clothing. One photo print per family, maximum two photo poses per family. City of Alpharetta CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING December 3, 2016•5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Downtown Alpharetta All the magic of Christmas glistens at the annual lighting of the 45’ live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights! The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. Holiday Activity Lineup •Visits and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus •Christmas Farmers Market •Community Stagewith Holiday Performances •Downtown Restaurants and Food Trucks

•Christmas Farmers Market •Have fun in the Snow Playground •Roast Marshmallows around a warm fire •Performances by North Point Community Church •Twas the Night Before Christmas read along with Mayor Belle Isle and family In case of inclement weather, please visit for event updates. Visitors are encouraged to park at Milton Center & Alpharetta City Hall. Alpharetta YMCA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Dec 08, 2016•6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ED ISAKSON/ALPHARETTA FAMILY YMCA 3655 Preston Ridge Road Join us for some quality family time as we celebrate the season with our annual tree lighting. Come sing Christmas carols, enjoy hot chocolate and a visit with Santa. Milton Fire Department PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Dec 10, 2016•8:00am - 10:00am Fire trucks, Santa and pancakes! If any of these three things interest you, don’t miss the Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus hosted by the Milton Fire Department on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Fire Station 43, located at 750 Hickory Flat Rd. This free event will feature Santa, pancakes cooked and served by City of Milton firemen and fire station tours. Unwrapped toys for North Fulton Community Charities’ Santa Toy Drive will be accepted.




events calendar

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Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM through 1:00 PM Saturday mornings through October 29. Alphapalooza, 10 AM - 2 PM. Alpharetta First United Methodist,


Alpharetta High School Presents A Night Of One Act Plays, 7PM - 9:30 PM, Cold Heart Canyon With Caleb And The Perfect Gentlemen, 8-10 PM.


Restless in Resthaven Tours, 5-6 PM, 6:30-7:30 PM, 8-9 PM. Begins at Smokejack BBQ,


Alpharetta Food Truck Alley, 5-9 PM. Every Thursday through October. Old Roswell Street, Alpharetta’ Night Out, 5-8 PM. 2200 Avalon Blvd.,


Phish, 7:30 PM. Verizon Amphitheatre,


Carvin’ in Crabapple, 2-5 PM, Broadwell Pavillian, Rivers Alive Fall Cleanup, 9 AM - 1 PM, Bailey Farm & Gardens, Breeze Kings, 8 - 10 PM. matildasmusicvenue. Fall Festival & Sidewalk Sale, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, North Point Village Shopping Center,


Q100’s Moon Shine Grind, 7 - 11 PM. Verizon Amphitheatre,


Carter Rude & Band, 6-8 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Halloween Bash With Dead Affect, 7:30 - 10 PM. Van Thornton & Friends, 7:30 - 9:30 PM. The Velvet Note,


Topgolf’s Annual Kidzone Halloween Party, 9 AM - Noon.

Fall in Love with American Football, 3:30 PM 6 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Jazz Drummer Dave Potter, 7:30 - 11 PM, The Velvet Note,


Monster Bash Dance Party, 4-6 PM, Ed Isakson / Alpharetta Family YMCA. Jenn Cornell: A Dance of Instrument and Body, 7-9 PM, The Velvet Note,


Market at Matilda’s, 10AM-4PM, Market at Matilda’s,


Car Seat Safety Check, 10 AM - 4 PM, Milton City Hall,


Horse Show Ventures Year End Finals Hunter / Jumper Horse Show, 8AM - 5PM. Wills Park Equestrian Center,


Market at Matilda’s, 10 AM - 4 PM.

City Hotel, 8-10 PM.


Fall Festival @ Camp Big Creek Pavilion, Noon-2PM, Ed Isakson / Alpharetta Family YMCA.

Chinua Hawk, 7:30 PM - 11 PM, The Velvet Note,

Halloween On The Farm, 10 AM Noon, Whole Kids foundation Educational Farm,


Atlanta Dance Party, 8PM - 10PM, Chukkar Farm T.G.I.F. Concerts.

Trick or Treating at Avalon, 10 AM Noon, 2200 Avalon Blvd.,



Bach to Rock Grand Opening, 11 AM 4 PM,


Parks. Trails. Greenspace Bond, Vote. Gear Up Give Back, 6-8 PM, Columbia at Avalon, Veteran’s day Coffee, 7-9 AM, At 3 City


CALENDAR of Milton Coffee Shops, Alpharetta Veterans Day Tribute, 6-8 PM, Alpharetta City Hall’s Brooke Street Park,

Santa at Avalon, 10 AM - 8 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Through December 24,






Bulky Trash Amnesty day, 8 AM - Noon, City of Milton at Roswell Public Works, Milton Literary Festival, 10 AM - 4 PM,


Market at Matilda’s, 10 AM-4 PM, Market at Matilda’s,


Adventure to Santa at North Point Mall, 10AM 9 9PM, Through December 24.



Santa at Avalon, 10 AM - 8 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Through December 24, Avalon on Ice, Noon - 7 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Ice Skating through Jan. 22, 2017.


Christmas in Crabapple, 2PM - 5PM, Broadwell Pavilion,

Alpharetta Y Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, Ed Isakson / Alpharetta Family YMCA. Milton Fire Department Pancake Breakfast with Santa, 8AM 10AM,

15 - 17

Market at Matilda’s, 10 AM-4 PM, Market at Matilda’s,


Gingerbread Jubilee Teen Center Lobby, Noon - 2PM, Ed Isakson / Alpharetta Family YMCA. January 2017

Free Pictures With Santa, 10AM-Noon, Alpharetta Welcome Center,

Avalon on Ice, Noon - 7 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Ice Skating through Jan. 22, 2017.

Christmas Tree Lighting, 5-9 PM, Downtown Alpharetta,

The Lighting of Avalon, 1-8 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd.,

Guitar Legend Larry Carlton, 7:30-11 PM, The Velvet Note,


Avalon on Ice, Noon - 7 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Ice Skating through Jan. 22, 2017.


Disco Skate at Avalon on Ice, 5-10 PM. Avalon on Ice,

JOIN US FOR HOLIDAY FUN! Visit SANTA at Christmas in Crabapple Saturday, Dec. 3rd•2pm - 5pm

Santa Brunch at Milton’s Cuisine Sunday, December 4th and 11th•10am - 1pm Santa Minis in Studio Sunday, Nov. 27th

All info & sign-ups online at Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts Studio located in Braeburn Village in Crabapple






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I tried to explain to my grandson about why the Parmesan cheese on his pizza smells so bad and tastes so good. My five-year-old food critic said, “This pizza stinks because it is rotten.” He absolutely trusts his nose when making culinary decisions which makes him not much of a cheese connoisseur, but well equipped to choose fish. He has spent a lot of his five years in my seafood markets and he knows that fish (and fish stores) should smell like the ocean, not the dead fish lying on the dock in the sun. Here’s what he would tell you about buying fresh fish: Don’t buy it if you can smell the fish counter from the grocery store parking lot. (Really you shouldn’t be able to smell the fish from across the fish counter.) If your house stinks to high heaven the morning after you cooked fish, the fish wasn’t fresh. (Cooking fresh fish won’t stink up your house.) If you hold the fish to your nose and suddenly remember that time at the lake when the dog rolled around on a dead fish and stunk up the car on the way home, you probably don’t have fresh fish. (If you are uncertain, you can always ask the fishmonger to hold it up so that you can smell it.) People often tell me that my stores smell like the ocean and my fish has a clean, briny smell like seawater. Don’t accept anything less than perfect fish. Keep it at 40 degrees or below and eat it in two days or less. And one final note on noses, did you know that it appears that salmon find their way back to their birth rivers by smelling? They also, like us, use their sense of smell to find food! Recognized as one of the Southeast’s most inflluential women entrepreneurs, Kathleen Hulsey is the proprietor of Kathleen’s Catch, with two locations: Johns Creek and Milton.


Art of Living Studios 1600 Howell Bridge Road Ball Ground, GA 30107 {770} 735-3639 BRINGING “SOUL FO�D THROUGH THE ARTS” TO NURSING HOMES AND SPECIAL NE�DS GROUPS IN CHEROKE� COUNTY. ART HEALS! The ART OF LIVING COALITION {} is a 501-c3 non-profit organization. We are an army of local artists — musicians, stained glass, fine arts, photographers — who serve in our community where needs arise. Our motto is, “ART HEALS!” Our mobile therapeutic art service (Vango!) has been bringing the arts to those in need of healing in Cherokee County since 1994 to area drug and alcohol rehab centers, nursing homes, senior centers, special needs groups and local charities. Our home base – The Community of Hope {}– is located in the beautiful hills of North Georgia in Ball Ground on 250 acres of nature and hiking trails. COH serves as a retreat venue, community center and art gallery for recovery group meetings, local artists, classes/workshops and various ministries. We are non-denominational, faith-based and our mission is to serve soul food through the arts. Please join us, volunteer and support our mission by becoming a sponsor or volunteer, making a donation or by simply offering us your prayers!

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ALPHAPALOOZA! The Alphapalooza festival took place October 15th at the Alpharetta United Methodist Church. Food. Fun. Faith and Community!


Everyone had a blast. Everyone made a difference. Downtown Alpharetta experienced Alphapalooza 2016 on October 15th! This new fall festival took place outside of the host’s doors, at the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church located at 69 North Main Street. Mission booths featured hands-on activities and games, where attendees learned simple ways to serve others in our community, across the country and around the world. The hands-on, interactive missions booths represented that day were: North Fulton Commu-

nity Charities, Operation Christmas Child, 2017 Operation Oreo & ROTC, Backpacks of Love, Buddy Bags, Blanket Ministry, Disaster Response Team, DreamWeavers, Honduras Mission, enable, Homestretch, Drake House and Dunamis The food trucks which participated were: Café at Pharr, Ceviché, Chay J’s New Orleans Candies, Chick-fil-A, Grubbin’ It, Gotta Have It, King of Pops, Philly Connection The festival entertainment included a car show, live Bluegrass music, live college football, balloon twisters, pony rides, Reid’s Premier Martial Arts, Batman, Star Wars & Frozen characters, carnival games, a giant slide and selfie stations.

WHERE TO WORSHIP IN ALPHARETTA AND MILTON? 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 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• Inner Quest • Islamic Center Of North Fulton• Johns Creek Baptist Church• Keepin’ it Real• 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• Saehan English Ministry• Spirit Of God Christian Church• St Aidan’s Episcopal Church•


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Alpharetta Milton Magazine (Winter 2016-17)  

Alpharetta Milton Magazine is a local lifestyle magazine covering the good people of Alpharetta and Milton Georgia in zip codes 30004 and 30...

Alpharetta Milton Magazine (Winter 2016-17)  

Alpharetta Milton Magazine is a local lifestyle magazine covering the good people of Alpharetta and Milton Georgia in zip codes 30004 and 30...