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When we introduced the Community Impact Awards last August, we realized just how much good is going on in the Northside. This second round honors even more individuals who are making a difference in our little piece of the world – and beyond.

22 ORANGETHEORY FITNESS With heart rate monitor fastened, you walk into a workout space equipped with state-of-the-art treadmills, rower machines and resistance-training toys you’ve never even seen before. Welcome to a class at Orangetheory Fitness. New Year, new you … new workout!

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28 HEALTHY RECIPES After an indulgent holiday season, we asked local chefs for recipes that would put our eating habits back on track. Their selections feature all-star ingredients that pack a nutritious punch for a healthy — and tasty — New Year.

42 THE BUCKET LIST Looking for a little excitement now that the holidays are behind us? We’ve got a list of 10 entertainment venues and attractions you simply must check out in 2014!

50 MOBILE BAY With sandy shores, wildlife and really good eatin’, the Delta’s hidden haven provides fun for any kind of vacation.





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& Attractions , page 42), and follow it up with a quarterly series that covers additional topics like shopping, cultural arts and dining. It’s a bit of a reinvention of last year’s Hidden Hometown Gems series. We had so much fun exploring the nooks and crannies of our communities that we wanted to continue while giving ourselves the opportunity to include hotspots that aren’t necessarily hidden, but certainly worthy of gem status. You were all so helpful with sending us leads last year, so we hope you’ll take this task with equal vigor. If you know of a local business that simply must make our Bucket List, please email Happy New Year!

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Year’s resolutions. Sure, I’ve made plenty of them, but I’ve always found them ineffective (I have journals with entries through February and barely used workout DVDs to prove it). And apparently I’m not alone. According to an article last year on Forbes. com, only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I don’t believe in setting goals and making plans, but there seems to be a stigma associated with the making of resolutions that leads us to expect failure. So this year, I’m proposing a new spin to the tired ritual. Rather than making resolutions, why not join us in creating a Bucket List for the year? Forget that one, lofty aspiration — let’s dream up a whole host of places we’d like to go and things we’d like to do in 2014. And let’s carry it out all year long. We’ll start this month with our first edition (see The Bucket List: Entertainment

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Welcome When we have news, we like to make sure it’s as irresistible as say … Jim Thompson, the celebrated Thai silk source, opening their first North American stand-alone showroom at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC). Founded in 1950 as The Thai Silk Company and renamed for its founder, Jim Thompson continues to be the largest producer of hand-woven fabrics in the world. With its soaring 12-foot ceilings and vibrant, colorful surroundings, the 7,000-square-foot “onestop” shop will be filled with captivating furnishings upholstered in Jim Thompson fabrics. As if you’d need more of a wow factor, suspended above the entry is a custom wooden canopy with a cutout foliage pattern reflective of Jim Thompson’s heritage, and lighting above projects a graphic pattern on the floor. While the entry walls are covered in Jim Thompson wallpaper and the materials and design of the entire showroom are inspired by traditional Thai wood paneling found in Thompson’s Bangkok home, the entire open and airy space pops with color and is a unifying backdrop that allows for boutique showroom spaces for each of the partners. These partners, all exceptional in the luxury marketplace, are Holly Hunt, Pierre Frey, Phillip Jeffries, the Caperton Collection and Remains Lighting. Nancy Caperton of the Caperton Collection said, “Jim Thompson Atlanta provides the perfect palette to showcase the finest furnishings and fabrics whether it is from traditional favorites and transitional classics to comfortable contemporary or bespoke.”

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MORE MOO-HOO MINT, PLEASE! Give the craft beer lovers in your life a few “cold ones” they really can’t refuse: Frozen Pints. We don’t mean frozen pints of just anything … we’re talking the real deal. Launched just over a year ago, Frozen Pints craft beer ice cream, the first product to market of its kind, can be found in more than 130 retail spots and restaurants in metro Atlanta. Combining the finest craft beers and freshest local ingredients, Frozen Pints creates five distinct flavors: Peach Lambic, Honey IPA, Brown Ale Chip, Malted Milk Chocolate Stout and Vanilla Bock. If you love Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout, one of Terrapin Brewing Company’s most popular brews, you won’t want to miss Frozen Pints’ Moo-Hoo Mint. The first in a series of limited edition flavors, Moo-Hoo Mint is 2.6 percent ABV and just might be gone by the time we even get this issue published. Find flavor descriptions and retail partners or order online at


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north STEP INTO SEDGWICK GALLERY Located in historic downtown Alpharetta in the Skelton Teasley House, one of the city’s oldest homes, Sedgwick Gallery is a fine art gallery that offers classic, timeless pieces for those enthusiasts who enjoy art that transcends time. Providing the perfect backdrop to showcase the highest quality art available, Sedgwick Gallery features the works of 20th-century masters including Peter Max, whose pop art has inspired Americans for decades; early French modernist Marc Chagall, whose work can be found on the ceiling of the Paris Opera House; American expressionist painter LeRoy Neiman, renowned for his brilliantly colored paintings and inspired screen prints of musicians and athletes; and Salvador Dalí, the world famous Spanish surrealist. The gallery also includes the work of Thomas Kinkade; Tarkay, the Austrian-born Israeli painter and watercolorist; and fellow Israeli master printer Amram Ebgi. The gallery features custom commissioned and framed oil paintings ideal for decorating any home as well as rotating features with established local artists. — Tynisha Ferguson


Firefly Kitchen & Bar If you’ve been to Firefly Kitchen & Bar once, then go back. If you haven’t been, now is the time. Under new ownership and with Executive Chef Shawn Spence at the helm, Firefly is the ideal gathering place for family, friends and colleagues to enjoy comfort food in a relaxed environment. Located in Alpharetta off GA 400 and Windward Parkway, Firefly has become a happening place for happy hours as well as those in search of a quiet table for two by the cozy fireplace. Inspired by his grandparents who shared homemade Southern comfort cuisine using the freshest ingredients, Chef Shawn started cooking 27 years ago as a child in the Deep South. From Southern-inspired cuisine to the finest restaurants, he grew to love, appreciate and blend the flavors of his younger years with amazingly fresh and unique local ingredients. After traveling to experience more culinary environments, Chef Shawn is back — and with him comes a chef’s interpretation to fresh original American cuisine,


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Pastry Chef Santiago Echavarria (left) and Executive Chef Shawn Spence PHOTO COURTESY OF WITT BECKMAN

infusing it with a unique Southern flavor and inspired combinations. Specialty entrées include shrimp & grits, jambalaya, whiskey-glazed salmon and smoked rib-eye. Pastry Chef Santiago Echavarria, formerly from the Ritz-Carlton, expresses his sweet treat creativity with spectacular desserts such as New York cheesecake, key lime pie and chocolate torte. 770-609-8523,

BYE-BYE BIG BOX DRUG STORE, Hello Neighborhood Pharmacy When Johns Creek residents Jennifer and Michael Shannon set out to open their own pharmacy, the couple knew they wanted to offer something unique so they took a cue from the old fashioned values of the “mom and pop” pharmacies of yesteryear, blended them with some of the latest technological advances, and mixed in Jennifer’s wealth of experience as a clinical pharmacist with Michael’s head for business. With another talented clinical pharmacist named Jenna Ferrara on board, Lily’s Pharmacy officially opened its doors last October. Unlike the big box pharmacies scattered here and there, Lily’s Pharmacy offers a number of tailored services designed to fit the needs of its growing customer base: A free monthly supply of vitamins for children of patients who order or transfer their prescriptions to Lily’s Pharmacy, free delivery within the pharmacy’s service area, 24/7 emergency contact line, a private consulting room and personalized medications through compounding. “We are committed to providing an unparalleled level of care. Illnesses do not adhere to a 9 to 5 time frame, so we encourage our patients to call when they need us – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will endeavor to know them by name each time they walk through our doors,” said Jennifer Shannon, Pharm.D. | January 2014 | Points North







This January, nationally produced, award-winning Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer’s new production, “The Geller Girls” is premiering at the Alliance Theatre. According to Susan V. Booth, Alliance artistic director, “Welcoming Janece Shaffer home is always a gift for the Alliance Theatre and our audiences. With ‘The Geller Girls,’ she is bringing us all a joyous and deeply human look at a particularly vivid Atlanta moment.” As an observer of human relationships and a chronicler of Atlanta life, Shaffer has created a piece that explores the rich history of Atlanta during the Cotton States Exposition of 1895 and its effects on one Atlanta family. Some of Shaffer’s other works include “Broke,” “Bluish,” “Managing Maxine,” and “He Looks Good in a Hat.” Shaffer’s play “Broke,” which premiered at the Alliance Theatre in 2011, was awarded the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for Best World Premiere by an Atlanta playwright and earned actress Tess Malis Kincaid a Suzi Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play. “The Geller Girls” will run on the Alliance Stage from Jan. 15 through Feb. 9 and tells the story of young sisters Rosalee and Louisa Geller. 404-733-4650, — Tynisha Ferguson


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Baby’s it’s cold outside, so you might as well stay in the kitchen! Whether you are a nervous Nelly with a lack of knife skills or a seasoned chef in search of sharpening your culinary acumen, look no further than The Cook’s Warehouse. The Winter 2014 class schedule has been released with a wide variety of classes — nearly 200 this quarter from which to choose — as well as opportunities to mix and mingle with several visiting and local chefs. Also on tap this month is cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo, in town on Jan. 28 at Midtown/Ansley Mall and Jan. 29 at East Cobb, to talk about his book “Hiroko’s American Kitchen: Cooking with Japanese Flavors.” And for all of you Italian foodies out there, Chef Gino Noci of Trattoria l’ Cchè c’é c’é in Florence, Italy will be the featured traveling instructor at the East Cobb location on Jan. 31. Still not sold? How about this: Although most classes include wine after cooking demonstrations, there are strictly “Wine” and “Wine and Food Pairings” classes as well. This quarter’s offerings include wine classes by country or region with Don Hackett, who is both a certified sommelier and a certified specialist of wine, and several wine classes with Francophile Jennifer Pounds. We’ll see you there.


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he best editorial features or series are those that truly inspire us. This is one such series. PN introduced our Community Impact Awards last August to honor individuals in our communities who are going out of their way to make a difference in our little piece of the world. There’s a lot of good going on in Atlanta’s Northside, and we consider it a privilege to publicize those efforts, so we’re at it again. This round of awards represents just a few of the individuals who are worthy of the honor, and we hope that you will continue to clue us in to others by sending your suggestions to For now, we hope that the stories in the following pages will inspire you to make a difference of your own. | January 2014 | Points North



James Casto


or James Casto, music is not just about putting on concerts and entertaining people; music is about connecting people, creating shared

experiences, and developing a sense of community. It


is out of this vision that Home By Dark Productions was created. Home By Dark produces unique concert experiences in a songwriter-in-the-round format. The company


began with a series of six small concerts at Scottsdale Farms in Milton in 2007. They now hold regular seasonal outdoor performances at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta and Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. They held their first indoor concert at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in September, with more performances scheduled in January and April. “What we do is really different,” Casto said. “We want you to be involved. We want you to engage with us. There’s storytelling, there’s music; there’s an informality to it that lends itself to a sense of community.” Casto and his team brought the outdoor feel to the indoor arena at Gwinnett by trucking in 18-foot maple trees and hay bales to recreate the atmosphere they love, and seated some audience members onstage. Casto said that a lot of people who attend their shows have built relationships with each other. Casto and his fellow singers, songwriters and musicians have also built relationships with the community. “We pick a local charity for each show and drive a portion of the proceeds back to them, and give them some attention during the show. They’re the ones doing great work,” Casto said. “We’re not just musicians coming in to do a show. We’re trying to bridge that gap and make an impact, locally, from day one. I don’t see us ever changing that.” Recent beneficiaries of Home By Dark productions include Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta and Canine Assistants in Alpharetta. The Gwinnett Center concerts benefit organizations like Duluth-based Right To Hike, Inc. and Rainbow Village.


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Jennifer & Jeff Cole JUMP IN TO GIVE, Roswell & Suwanee { W RI TTEN BY C HERYL MIL L S }



ennifer and Jeff Cole moved to Georgia with their three

who have made charitable giving their mission. Aidan Hornaday,

children two years ago to open Sky Zone locations in Ro-

Jump in to Give’s First Ambassador, is featured there, as well as

swell and Suwanee. The indoor trampoline parks have

Roopsha Bandopadhyay, who earned the President’s Volunteer

proven to be very popular, offering fitness classes on wall-to-wall

Service Award for the hundreds of hours she has logged serving

(and up-the-wall) trampolines, as well as dodge ball courts and

North Fulton Community Charities and Georgia’s Adopt a Stream

open jump areas for all ages.

program. Also featured is Aaliyah Rucker, young founder of A Touch

“We’ve been so well received by the communities in Geor-

of Warmth Foundation, which distributes blankets to those in need

gia, it’s just time to give back,” Jeff said, sitting in his office while

of warmth, and David Gephart, who collected 333 pairs of shoes for

the delighted shouts of jumping children sounded from the sea of

people in Haiti.

trampolines outside his door. “We’re not only supporting charities.

The Coles have also partnered up with Pebble Tossers, Inc.,

We do a lot of fundraising events also, and wanted to take it a step

which matches children looking for service-oriented giving with or-

further and get the kids involved, just to encourage them to give,

ganizations in the area that need volunteers. Sky Zone sees 20,000

and to acknowledge the ones who are already giving in the com-

to 30,000 children at each of their locations, and the Coles felt that


by raising awareness of and giving acknowledgement to the youth

As soon as you enter the Roswell location, you’re greeted by the immense Jump in to Give mural, featuring area children

in our communities who give selflessly, more children would grow up to be generous spirits, as well. | January 2014 | Points North





hen Aidan Hornaday was 8 years old, he was bored at a restaurant with a bunch of grown-ups

The goal of Aidan Cares is to help people of all ages find their

and decided to take out his harmonica and play.

passion in giving, no matter the cause. Aidan travels frequently to

He tossed aside his signature sporting cap, and other patrons took

spread his philanthropic message and play his blues harp. In October,

that as a sign he wanted to collect money for his music. By the end

he played at Sky Ball, a benefit concert in Dallas for charities serving

of the evening, Aidan had collected $80. Before he arrived home,

our military and veterans, and up next he will join Steve Wozniak, one

he’d decided to donate the funds to buy medication to fight intestinal

of the founders of Apple, for an event in Johannesburg.

parasites in African children, a cause he had recently read about. Soon after, someone heard about his act of charity and asked



simply serves as a catalyst to raise those funds.

Currently, Aiden is working on a series of videos called “Giving 101” in conjunction with Jump in to Give. The videos will instruct

young Aidan to tell his story at a medical conference, and Aidan Cares

parents and their children how to get involved in giving, and highlight

was born. Aidan raised thousands of dollars at that conference for

young givers in the community. He is also writing a book.

his cause, and now, at age 13, has been a part of raising millions of

His mother, Toren Anderson, said that when Aidan was 4, he

dollars worldwide for more than 200 charities, including Children’s

told her he wanted to make a difference before he was 18. We think

Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Children’s Shelter, World Vision and

it’s safe to say that’s a goal he’s achieved.

more. All money raised goes directly to the charities; Aidan Cares

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few years ago, you could catch Corey Cutter

arguing cases in court. These days, the place to find her is Cre8fit.

“I was getting burned out on litigation, and I’d

always loved working out,” said Cutter, who had practiced law for 15 years. “It was a call from my mom that inspired me to take this plunge.” For Cutter, exercise has always been a passion. She grew up admiring her mother, who was an aerobics instructor and personal trainer. “I remember being inspired by the fun in her classes,” she said. “Sure, you’d hear moans and groans — but you could always count on hearing laughter, too. Like my mom, the idea of making sure my clients are having fun while working out is always something I strive to achieve.” It took a year to open Cre8fit, a boutique fitness studio that opened in Vinings last March, so Cutter took time to broaden her own fitness education. When it comes to the classes at Cre8fit, her goal is to offer options that you won’t find in every gym or fitness studio. For example, the RealRyder cycling classes, which use stationary cycles that move like road bikes, are only offered at a handful of locations in the Atlanta area. Other class options include CrossCore, barre, and BOSU. And class sizes are kept small to ensure that every participant gets personalized attention from the instructor. “I’ve already had several clients tell me that the studio was a great help to them,” Cutter said. “It brings me such joy and satisfaction to hear that this studio has contributed to bettering someone’s life.” As Cre8fit grows, Cutter has her eye out for additional cutting-edge class formats to add to the schedule and looks forward to becoming known as a business that actively partners with the Vinings community and beyond. “After getting that call from my mom, I remember asking myself, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’” Cutter said. “You only live once, and if there is something you want to do, don’t wait. I have to admit that I’m still PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN E. MCDONALD PHOTOGRAPHY

afraid — but at least I’m living my dream and empowering others every day.” PN | January 2014 | Points North





After strapping on a heart rate monitor, you walk into a PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ORANGETHEORY FITNESS


workout space equipped with state-of-the-art treadmills, rower machines and resistancetraining toys you’ve never even seen before. The motivating “thump, thump” of the music’s bass kicks in as the whir of the treadmills and rowers fills the air. You have one goal in mind — achieving orange.

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Welcometo a class at Orangetheory

Fitness, a franchise with locations from California to Florida that arrived in the Atlanta area last fall. “There are many benefits to this type of group personal training class,” said Kim Fishman, co-owner of the Sandy Springs location. “For example, you get a full-body workout at every class, which eliminates plateaus in training. And the guesswork is completely eliminated from your workout.” Classes are designed around the concept of heart rate monitor training. Every participant wears a monitor during class, and their heart rate maximum percents are displayed on large TV screens in the workout space. This enables both participants and the fitness instructor to determine if they are working too hard (the red zone) — or not hard enough (green, blue, or white). “The goal is to have members obtain a heart rate maximum of 85 percent for 12 to 20 minutes during the class, reaching the ‘orange effect,’” Fishman said. “At this point, your body is working harder for the effort you just put in, therefore increasing the fat calories burned, up to nine times the amount you typically burn in a normal day.” Classes are 60 minutes, which allows participants to get in a full-body strength training session, cardio session and stretching, said Pavel Stuchlik, Orangetheory Fitness Atlanta area developer. And there are no more than 24 participants in any class, which ensures that people receive personalized attention from the instructor. “Almost anyone is a good fit for this workout, ranging from brand-new exercisers to the elite athlete,” said Julie Stewart, coowner of the Sandy Springs location. “And the workout can be modified for those with physical restrictions or past injuries.” Each workout begins on either a water rower machine or a treadmill. Those on the rowers complete a three- to fourminute warm-up. Next, they head over to the strength training area where the instructor leads participants through blocks of exercises using free weights, as well as cutting-edge tools such as BOSUs and ab rollers. Those who start on the treadmills complete a warm-up and then begin interval training that includes various inclines and speeds, depending on whether the participant is a walker, jogger or runner.


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Halfway through the workout, the people on the treadmill head to the rowers, and those in the strength training area get onto the treadmills, Stewart added. “One of the things I think sets us apart is that we take accountability seriously,” Fishman said. “Our studios are small, and we love reaching out to our members and encouraging them to come back and work out if they haven’t been for awhile. We’re here to help you reach your fitness goals.” To be as accessible to members as possible, Orangetheory locations are open 364 days each year, only closing for Christmas Day. Locations are now open on Howell Mill Road in Midtown, in East Cobb and in Sandy Springs, with Buckhead at Piedmont and Midtown at Metropolis locations coming soon. Everyone’s first class at Orangetheory is free. Month-to-month memberships are also available for four and eight sessions per month, and for unlimited sessions. PN

A FEW TIPS FOR T H E F I R S T-T I M E R Before you head to your first Orangetheory Fitness class, Kim Fishman, co-owner of the Sandy Springs location, has the following tips for you: • Listen. Listen to your body first — and the instructor second. Go at the pace that is doable for you. • Learn the lingo. There are certain terms used during an Orangetheory workout, and it takes a few classes to really get the hang of them. But don’t worry. Your instructor will walk you through these terms. • Be patient. Don’t expect to see results overnight. If you stick to the workout and a healthy eating plan, they will come over time. • Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask — instructors are there to help!


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WHOLESOME Healthy Recipes with All-Star Ingredients for a


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Nutritious New Year

After an indulgent holiday season,

we’re ready to get back on track with our eating. Rather than vowing to stick to a restrictive diet, we turned to local chefs to provide recipes that will allow us to be health-conscious while still satisfying our desire for delicious food. Their selections feature all-star ingredients that deliver big nutritional value. Bon appÊtit! | January 2014 | Points North


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POMEGRANATE AHI TUNA Serves 2 Recipe courtesy of Marlow’s Tavern, multiple metro-Atlanta locations A seasonal superfood, pomegranates pack a powerful antioxidant punch, boasting even more of the diseasereducing substance than cranberry juice or green tea. There is also evidence that the juice of pomegranates may improve blood flow to the heart, reduce plaque build-up in blood vessels, and slow the growth of prostate cancer. Ingredients: 2 tuna filets 1 pinch salt and pepper mix 1 quart salad mix blend 1/4 cup red onion, sliced 2 tablespoons toasted almonds 1/4 cup red beets, roasted 1/4 cup yellow beets, roasted 2 ounces dressing (recipe follows) 1/2 ounce pomegranate syrup (recipe follows) 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeding Sear tuna in a sauté pan in hot oil for approximately 35 seconds or until the meat reaches 350 degrees for rare. Drain the tuna from the oil and season with salt and pepper mix. Combine the salad blend, red onion, slivered almonds, roasted beets, salt and pepper and dressing and toss. Pile the mixture high into the center of the large round plate. Slice the seared tuna on a cutting board into 1/2-inch slices. You should get 10 or more slices per portion. Fan the tuna out in front of the salad, inverting the last end piece so the red side is showing for the presentation. Drizzle the pomegranate syrup and dressing over the tuna and then sprinkle the tuna and top of the salad with the pomegranate seeds.



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Seared Salmon with Sautéed Pea Shoots and Ginger-Soy Vinaigrette

Pomegranate syrup: 2 quarts pomegranate juice 1 cup granulated sugar Combine the pomegranate juice and sugar together in a saucepan and place over medium high heat. Allow it to reduce to about 2 cups or until it is viscous like a syrup. Remember it will thicken slightly when it cools to room temperature. Cool to room temperature. Do not store refrigerated. Dressing: 3 parts olive oil 1 part Champagne vinegar

SEARED SALMON WITH SAUTÉED PEA SHOOTS AND GINGER-SOY VINAIGRETTE Serves 4 Recipe courtesy of Jon Schwenk, Chef/ Partner, Hugo’s Oyster Bar in Roswell and C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar in Smyrna The only bad thing we can say about garlic in a recipe like this is bad breath, but hey, it lowers total and low-density LDL, reduces blood clotting which reduces heart disease, stimulates the immune system, protects the organs from damage inflicted by synthetic

drugs, chemical pollutants and radiation, and it has strong antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Ingredients: ¼ cup olive oil 3 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon minced ginger ½ teaspoon minced garlic Salt and pepper to taste Mix all ingredients together for the vinaigrette. 1 tablespoon canola oil 8 cups pea shoots | January 2014 | Points North



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Tuna Tartine Niçoise

Partner, Hugo’s Oyster Bar in Roswell and C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar in Smyrna Sautéed Chard & Kale – Vermont Style

¼ cup shelled and blanched edamame 2 teaspoons minced ginger 1 teaspoon minced garlic Salt and pepper to taste Heat the canola oil in a sauté pan and sweat the ginger and garlic for 1 – 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook until pea shoots have just wilted and place on the center of four serving plates. 4 each 8-ounce salmon filets 2 tablespoons canola oil Salt and pepper to taste Season salmon filets on both sides and get oil very hot in a sauté pan; sear salmon on both sides 2 – 3 minutes each for medium rare. Place salmon on top of pea shoots and spoon vinaigrette around plate and on top of fish.

TUNA TARTINE NIÇOISE Serves 6 Recipe courtesy of Jon Schwenk, Chef/


Red meat and eggs aren’t the only excellent sources of protein; tuna is, too. It’s also a great source of B vitamins, which are shown to build and maintain red blood cells, increase energy, increase the rate of metabolism, strengthen the immune system, and help keep skin healthy. Ingredients: 24 ounces oil-packed tuna 6 1-inch thick slices country bread 6 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons lemon juice 18 haricot verts 8 ounces #1 ahi tuna, sliced into 18 1/8-inch thick slices 3 hard cooked eggs, peeled and thinly sliced 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion ¼ cup fresh basil leaves ¼ cup niçoise olives, pitted and halved 1 tablespoon capers Mix the drained oil packed tuna with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Brush both sides of bread with

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olive oil and grill to brown and crusty, about 3 minutes each side. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil, add the haricot verts and cook for 1 minute, remove and place in ice water. Spread the tuna mixture evenly over one side of all the grilled bread. Season each raw tuna slice with salt and pepper. Alternating the slices of tuna, egg and tomato, layer each ingredient over the tuna and bread. Scatter the haricot vert, red onion, olives, capers and basil over the tartines. Drizzle a little olive oil and lemon juice over tartines and enjoy.

SAUTÉED CHARD AND KALE – VERMONT STYLE Serves 8 Recipe courtesy of Chef Shane McIntosh of Ocean Catering Company, Atlanta Touted to be an excellent antioxidant and anti-cancer veggie packed with vitamin A, a good source of vitamin C plus calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium, we love our kale. A few things we’ve learned: Buy it bright green and crisp, then store unwashed in a vented plastic bag in the crisper drawer — away from fruits. | January 2014 | Points North


Arugula and D’Anjou Pear Salad, Lemon and Shallot Vinaigrette

Ingredients: 2 pounds bunch Swiss chard 2 pounds bunch kale 1/2 red onion, julienned 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned 1/2 tablespoon fresh, chopped garlic Zest from 1 lemon 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup apple juice Juice from 1 lemon


1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Soak and rinse each bunch of greens to clear dirt. Separate leaves from stems for both kale and chard. Cut stems in 2-inch pieces; cut leaves crosswise into approximately 1-inch strips. In a very large sauté pan or medium stock pot, add oil and then stems from the greens. Sauté on medium, stirring occasionally for

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about 4 – 5 minutes or until the stems start to soften. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and stir around pot. Sauté for about 2 minutes and then add leaves from greens. Stir well. Add apple juice and lemon juice. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by 3/4. Add salt and pepper, lemon zest – toss and move to serving dish. Enjoy!


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Let’s See That Smile! ARUGULA AND D’ANJOU PEAR SALAD, LEMON AND SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE Serves 4 – 6 Recipe courtesy of Chef Mel Toledo of Foundation Social Eatery, coming soon to Roswell Listen up, ladies: In addition to being high in fiber, a nutrient linked to reduced breast cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, pears also contain folate (great for expecting or nursing moms) and boron, which helps our bodies retain calcium, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Be sure to leave the skins on — a pear’s skin contains three to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh, which means more antioxidants, antiinflammatory, and cancer-fighting properties. Ingredients: 12 ounces fresh young arugula, washed and dried 1 D’Anjou Pear, thinly sliced 1/2 cup at leaf parsley, picked, washed and dried 1/2 cup hazelnuts, lightly toasted, roughly chopped Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 2 ounces shaved Parmesan cheese

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Toast nuts in a small pan over medium heat until fragrant. Cool and roughly chop. Combine arugula, parsley and pear in a salad bowl, add hazelnuts, then dress the salad with the vinaigrette, salt and pepper. Top with shaved Parmesan.

CRISPY ASIAN SALAD WITH GENERAL CHANE’S GRILLED CHICKEN Serves 4 Recipe courtesy of Chef Shane McIntosh of Ocean Catering Company, Atlanta Everyone knows broccoli is good for you, but did you know that asparagus is one of only four vegetables high in vitamin E? It’s also a source of vitamins A and C, potassium, niacin and iron. Among its benefits are antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-cataracts. Now that’s a benefit you can see! Marinade for chicken: 4 large chicken breasts (6 – 8 ounces each) 1 cup fresh pineapple, medium diced 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons pepper 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 lemon, squeezed 1 lime, squeezed 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard 5 whole cardamom pods Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a little oil or water to thin if marinade becomes too thick. Pour marinade over chicken; toss to coat evenly. Let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. Grill, let rest and then slice. While chicken is marinating, prep the remaining ingredients.


Salad: 1/2 medium red onion, julienned 1 red bell pepper, julienned 2 large carrots, peeled and then julienned 1/2 bunch green onions cut about 1/2-inch on the bias 1 medium head fresh broccoli spears and 1 pound asparagus tips, cut on the bias (both of these veggies need to be quickly blanched in boiling water for about 10 seconds and then placed in an ice bath to shock them cold.) 4 ounces sliced pickled ginger 4 ounces fresh mixed greens 1 head\heart of romaine chopped Asian Vinaigrette 2 ounces olive oil 2 ounces sesame oil 4 ounces rice wine vinegar 3 ounces soy sauce 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard Place everything in blender except for olive oil. Blend on high while slowly streaming in oil. Set to the side while you assemble salad. To assemble salad: In a large bowl, toss cut vegetables (except green onions), ginger and salad greens in the vinaigrette. Place in the center of the plate in a high pile. Add sliced chicken and garnish with cut green onions.

CHICKPEA AND QUINOA CAKE WITH LEMON CUCUMBER TZATZIKI Serves 12 – 14 Recipe provided by Chef Christina Wai, Melia Hotel Atlanta Usually prepared like whole grains, quinoa is actually a seed, which makes it a great ingredient for gluten-free diets. It also has more protein than whole grains and provides all nine essential

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amino acids. Plus, it’s cholesterol-free and almost always organic. Chickpea Quinoa Cake 10 ounces of chickpeas (canned) 1 ½ cup cooked quinoa ½ cup small diced onion ¼ cup small chopped carrot ¼ cup chopped parsley 2 tablespoons Tahini (sesame paste) 1 teaspoon paprika 2 tablespoons olive oil Breading Station: 1 cup flour 3 eggs beaten with 2 tablespoons water 1 cup crushed panko (to make a finer consistency, pulse in food processor) Lemon wedges to garnish Lemon Cucumber Tzatziki 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 cup seeded English cucumber, small diced 1 lemon, zested and juiced 1 garlic clove, minced ¼ cup chopped parsley Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients for the lemon cucumber tzatziki. Refrigerate. In a medium heated skillet, sauté the onion and carrot until soft. Set aside to let cool. In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas until course. Place into mixing bowl. To the chopped chickpeas, fold in the cooked quinoa, sautéed vegetables, parsley and tahini. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form the chickpea and quinoa mixture into 2-ounce cakes. Set up the breading station with a bowl of flour, a bowl of egg wash and a bowl of the fine panko crumbs. Take the cake and first dust it lightly in the flour, shaking off excess. Then submerge in the egg wash and then panko. Set on a lined baking tray. Once all are breaded, drizzle with the olive oil to help it brown in the oven. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with the tzatziki and fresh lemon wedges. PN | January 2014 | Points North



Shape UP { } Vowing to improve your health and body image this New Year? Turn to these Points North partners to help you achieve your goals.

Screenings for Every Adult over Fifty

There is nothing more important than finding a problem in its early stages. Early recognition will lead to successful treatments and cures.

o you feel overwhelmed with the numerous health screenings offered? Does it feel like you can’t decide what screenings are most essential to ensure a healthy body and mind? WellStar Health System believes getting the right screenings and treatments are key steps to living a longer, healthier life. WellStar offers essential screenings that all adults over fifty should have. The comprehensive examinations and screenings range from basic physicals to cancer screenings. As we get older, disease risk factors increase, so annual screenings are of vital importance. There is nothing more important than finding a problem in its early stages. Early recognition will lead to successful treatments and cures. Basic physicals, which include height, weight and BMI, are imperative for tracking health changes and maintaining your physical health. To ensure a healthy heart, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings should be conducted at every physician visit. Discovering high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels is difficult without screenings because these diseases do not have signs or symptoms. Three out of 10 adults aged 65 and older have diabetes and millions of adults have pre-diabetes. WellStar’s diabetes screenings are essential in recognizing this disease in the beginning stages. WellStar strives to leave patients with a sense of calmness after they receive a cancer screening. The Zero Sleepless Nights program ensures that patients never wait more than a day or two for their test results. Consequently, women who receive mammograms and cervical cancer screenings will be able to sleep soundly knowing that dedicated physicians are working hard to get their results. Another important screening applicable for both men and women is the colorectal cancer screening. This screening will help adults over fifty reduce their chances of cancer or catch the disease early.


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A Solution for Smooth, Sculpted Bodies ometimes the smooth, sculpted body you want may not be achievable through diet and exercise alone. The reality is that as we age, our bodies go through natural changes and we develop pockets of fat in our mid-section, thighs and buttocks, fat that may be resistant to exercise routines and healthier eating. If this is your situation, liposuction may be the answer. The reality is that Modern liposuction procedures are safe and effective, utilizing specially-designed surgical instruments to break up and as we age, our remove excess pockets of fat. Because the instruments are so bodies go through small, they require only very small incisions, minimizing swellnatural changes ing, bruising and scarring during recovery. Liposuction is not for everyone. It is not meant to treat obesity or be a substitute and we develop for weight control. The ideal patient should already be close pockets of fat in to their target weight. Liposuction is designed to target those our mid-section, stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to lifestyle changthighs and butes. Dr. Marcia Byrd and Dr. Paul McCluskey of Roswell’s Byrd Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center have more than 40 years of tocks, fat that may combined experience in aesthetic enhancement procedures. They realize that every individual is be resistant to exunique and requires a personalized approach and customized treatment plan. If you would like ercise routines and additional information about liposuction, and how you can have the smooth, sculpted body you want, contact Byrd Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center today. healthier eating.


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Healthy Smiles dd a healthier smile and improved dental health to your New Year’s resolutions. These simple tips can give you big results: Quit smoking. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth and have increased risk of tooth discoloration, throat and oral discoloration, throat and oral cancer, gum disease and cavities. Eat healthy. Carrots, apples and nuts can boost your immune system and clean plaque from your teeth. Brush and floss daily. See your dentist twice a year to monitor your dental health.


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Transformative Treatments eaty Facial Plastic Surgery celebrates New Year’s resolutions every day. Patients achieve their goals through an array of services, including non-surgical options. When used in combination, these treatments can transform your life. Want to be more mobile with your children and more confident with your spouse? CoolSculpting permanently eliminates areas of fat with no downtime. Would you benefit from less get-ready time and more familytime? Ultherapy is an FDA approved treatment that lifts and tightens loose skin on your face and neck. Let 2014 be the year you gift yourself, celebrate yourself, and reclaim yourself. Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery will help you take the first step with a free consultation; mention Points North to redeem yours today!


Beaty Plastic Surgery, 770-753-0053, | January 2014 | Points North



Keep Your Resolution Relevant ach year, millions of Americans make resolutions to lose weight and fit into their skinny jeans. The following tips can help you stay on track and achieve your fitness goals this New Year: Mix it up. Doing the same workout everyday can get boring … fast. Mix up your time on the treadmill by adding intervals of intensity to blast more fat and incorporating different activities such as jump roping, hiking and yoga. Working out is a lot easier when you do activities you actually like. Don’t be afraid of eating (some) fats. By eating By eating more more healthy fats – unsaturated, mono, poly and omega 3s, healthy fats – unfound in fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil – you actually absorb PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL more nutrients and feel more satisfied. saturated, mono, Plan for snack attacks. Keep healthy, satisfying snacks such as whole wheat crackers and poly and omega peanut butter, apple slices and string cheese, or dried fruit and mixed nuts on you at all times. 3s, found in fish, Planning ahead helps you make better choices and avoid hunger pitfalls. Get more sleep. Getting enough shuteye helps control the hormones that regulate appetite, nuts, seeds and which can help you make better food choices. olive oil – you acNorthside Hospital Healthcasts tually absorb more Watch videos and learn more about healthy ways to lose weight with Northside Healthcasts, nutrients and feel your online resource about healthcare topics you care about. Visit


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Traditional Cosmetic Surgery Alternatives n today’s demanding work environment, men and women may not have the time needed for invasive cosmetic surgery. Instead, consider a comprehensive and personalized minimally invasive aesthetic maintenance program as an alternative to traditional cosmetic surgery. Atlanta Aesthetics in South Forsyth and Atlanta offers a spectrum of cosmetic services from minimally invasive therapy, aesthetic laser and spa services, as well as traditional plastic surgery of the face, breast and body. Atlanta Aesthetics uses an array of treatment modalities and technology to help clients achieve their best self. Dr. Killingsworth is a fully trained plastic surgeon who provides a comprehensive evaluation and tailors each treatment plan based on your needs. Relax in a warm, friendly environment and enjoy your boutique aesthetic experience.


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Premier Primary Care nsure a healthy new year by seeking primary care that combines the latest in modern medical research with evidencebased alternative and complementary medicine programs. Whether your goal is to reduce medications, reverse a particular disease (such as diabetes), lose weight, increase your energy, or stay healthy as you age, make primary care a priority in order to reach your health goals.


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Treat Yourself By improving your apuring the holidays, we find enjoyment in treating our friends and family; why not celebrate you and ring in the New Year by taking the time to pearance through body treat yourself as well? contouring or facial re By improving your appearance through body contouring or facial rejuvenajuvenation procedures, tion procedures, you can take a positive step towards a healthier body image and you can take a positive kickstart a powerful motivational force to treat your body well.  Many women and men who have had cosmetic surgery often find that they step towards a healthier are more motivated to engage in a healthier lifestyle through balanced eating body image and kickstart and regular fitness activities as a result of their increased self confidence. a powerful motivational The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical self-improvement procedures designed to accentuate your natural beauty force to treat your body and revitalize your appearance. Each person that walks through our doors has well. a personal reason as to why they have chosen now to move forward with their self-improvement. If you find yourself frustrated with certain aspects of your appearance, now may be your perfect time to look into cosmetic surgery. Even small physical enhancements have the power to restore confidence and build a positive total body image.   Call today and schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons; there’s no time like the present to take the first step in achieving your personal health goals for 2014.


Sw an C e n te r f or P lastic S u rger y, 770-667-0904, swancenteratlant a. c o m

Weight Loss bnormal fat storage resulting from a suppressed metabolism is a disease of deficience and coexistent toxicity. The only way to create and sustain a slender body is through a program that simultaneously addresses both nutritional rebalancing and systemic detoxification. When combining Vitalita’s weight loss product with a metabolic stimulator, the physiological ability to eliminate excessive amounts of belly fat and subcutaneous fat (located beneath the skin), are simultaneously maximized. Vitalita’s products are manufactured to GMP, FDA and OTC standards. They are clinically proven to have no side affects and no contraindications with other medications.


Vitalita Chiropractic & Wellness Center 404-384-2583

Vanquish he Vanquish non-invasive RF  body treatment device is a new addition to the fat removal techniques available at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center. The Vanquish is an ideal option for those patients who are about 15 – 20 pounds overweight and do not want the downtime associated with  liposuction  surgery. After undergoing treatment, you can reduce your waist, hip or thigh circumference by 3 – 4 inches in four 30 minute treatment sessions. The Vanquish is a groundbreaking treatment option because it kills or destroys fat cells for permanent results. The Vanquish also  has the largest treatment area of any device in the industry, and is capable of treating larger areas of fat with each session. There is no anesthesia required, and patients do not come into contact with the Vanquish machine.


Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center 678-417-6900 (Duluth), 770-416-0000 (Norcross) | January 2014 | Points North


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s the premier lifestyle resource for Atlanta’s Northside since 2000, we’ve got 14 years worth of tips tucked into our back pocket. We’ve got a wealth of information on the best places to go and things to do in our communities, and we’re eager to share. This new series, The Bucket List, is our “best of the best,” if you will. It’s full of things you simply must do this year, including some of our personal favorite hotspots, and a few places we’re dying to try ourselves. This month, we kick off with Entertainment & Attractions, followed by Shopping & Retail (April), Cultural Arts (July) and Dining (October). As always, we’re welcoming reader suggestions. If you know a business that simply must make a subsequent Bucket List, please email

Smith 3 Earl Strand Theatre First opened in 1935, this majestic art deco cinema in Marietta is four years older than Ponce de Leon’s beloved Plaza Theatre. In its heyday, it hosted the premieres of film noir features, Fred and Ginger musicals and Technicolor classics, but in 1976, it closed the curtains on its silver screen. And so it sat uninterestingly for more than three decades until reopening for movies, concerts and plays in 2009. The venue itself is a must-see attraction for movie buffs and nostalgia enthusiasts alike. Plus, the entertainment selections beat the heck out of whatever half-baked family flick is dominating the box office this week. 117 N. Park Square, Marietta, 770-293-0080,



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3 Crimson Moon Café The Crimson Moon Café is




Turn your “play an open mic night” dream into a “play an open mic night in a 260-seat, award-winning venue” reality at Eddie Owen’s new Red Clay Theatre outlet in Duluth. The Eddie behind Decatur’s Eddie’s Attic has taken his love of songcraft to Duluth, quietly ushering in a live music renaissance for Atlanta’s suburbs. Every Monday, open mic performers have 10 minutes each to make the stage their own. A panel of judges chooses three finalists to return to the stage at the end of the night to play one more song, thereby bringing their total minutes of fame to a nice healthy 15. One final winner receives $100 in cash and an invitation to the Bi-Annual Songwriters Open Mic Shootout. This could be your chance to overcome stage fright, captivate a crowd or make it big without the help of reality TV. Prefer to listen than to perform? Eddie Owens Presents also brings in some of the most talented singer-songwriters for intimate concerts in a listening room setting. 3116 Main St., Duluth, 404-478-2749 (tickets), 678-892-6373 (venue),

located in a 155-year-old building on Dahlonega’s historic town square — the Parker-Nix Storehouse to be exact — just a stone’s throw from the Dahlonega Gold Museum. Atmospherewise, the Moon has it all. If you’ve ever wanted to imbibe in an antique saloon, belly up to a huge hand-carved bar or dine on a New Orleans-style porch, look no further than this two-story, crimson-trimmed temple of old-timey character. But the real appeal of this humble watering hole is its musical performances. Everything from bluegrass and jazz to rockabilly and Celtic worldfolk can be heard at the Crimson Moon Café where supporting, promoting and rewarding ambassadors of creativity is a core objective. Visit on a Sunday to witness the Moon’s weekly revitalization of a nearly 100-year-old storehouse tradition at their Traditional Music Jam. All pickers, grinners, stompers and clappers welcome. 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega, 706-864-3982, | January 2014 | Points North


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3 WhirlyBall



Does the smell of oil and rubber make your pulse quicken? Does the purr of an engine put a smile on your face? That’s the little Evel Knievel inside you, telling you there’s no thrill quite like the one you’d get on the back of a motorbike. One training campus inside the American Honda Complex in Alpharetta provides its patrons with everything they need to become motorcycling mavericks, on road or off, short of the star-spangled jumpsuits. For those that have never ridden a motorcycle, their courses may be bucket list-worthy on their own. For others, they can lead to future crossings off. After one PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALPHARETTA CVB two-hour session, you’ll be miles closer to motoring up a mountain, (safely) popping a wheelie or biking across the country. A trip to the MSF training facility is like a crash course in bucket list conquering! Or should we call it an anti-crash course? 1450 Morrison Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770442-2459,


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Until you’ve heard of it, chances are there’s nothing like WhirlyBall on your bucket list. Of course, once you’ve found out this noble sport exists, there’s no way of stopping it from taking a premier spot. That’s because WhirlyBall is an athletic experience unlike any other, right here in Roswell. It’s the kind of game where strength, speed and stamina don’t mean much … Burliness does not equate to whirliness. A great sense of humor, however, is certainly useful. Bucket lists are all about oneof-a-kind, unforgettable activities and WhirlyBall is one. It’s also just ridiculously fun. If you had to compare it to some lesser pastime, WhirlyBall is most like a combination of basketball, lacrosse and good, ol’ fashioned bumper cars. Players use Jai-Alai scoops to launch whiffle balls into plexiglass goal holes, all while piloting an electric chariot called a WhirlyBug. A WhirlyBug is a bumper car built for speed. During a typical five-on-five game, red and yellow WhirlyBugs whiz to and fro with more grace and more precision than their state fair frequenting counterparts. Points are scored, bonds are strengthened and glory is found in the front seat of a vehicle not much bigger than a Cozy Coupe. 5130 Commerce Pkwy., Roswell, 770-998-6161,


Southeastern 3 Railway Museum Train lovers need not make pilgrimages to the Chattanooga Choo Choo to revel in all things locomotive. The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth is a mechanic mecca of diesel, steam and steel. Climb aboard one of their restored trains and imagine yourself as a conductor, a fi reman or a glamorous passenger. And we aren’t just telling you to “climb aboard” to incorporate cute train lingo. Almost all of the exhibit trains (of which there are 90 and counting) are fully accessible to the public. Stepping onto one of these virulent, elegant machines is like stepping back in time. A lap around the adjacent Duluth Depot might even have you believing you’re living in a pre-traffic jam era. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth, 770-476-2013,

MOUNTAIN 3 KENNESAW NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK Around these parts, there are few national parks as steeped in history as Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. This Civil War battlefield is replete with historical markers and hiker-friendly wooded trails that carve up, around and down both Big Kennesaw and Little Kennesaw mountains, making the 3,000-acre park a popular spot for many. On his way to Atlanta, General William T. Sherman came up against Confederate forces in Little Kennesaw, the fields and forests surrounding the mountain. For nearly a fortnight, a battle raged but the rebels succeeded in the end. In one of his early reports to the White House, Sherman said, “Kennesaw … is the key to the whole country.” At the time, he was right. A union victory at the foot of Kennesaw Mountain would’ve made that whole “March to Sea” thing a walk in the park. The synecdoche stays true today, not because of Kennesaw’s tactical significance, but because of its distinctly American blend of nature and history. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, 770-427-4686, | January 2014 | Points North


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Before you tackle hiking the Appalachian Trail, you’ve gotta see Amicalola. By far the tallest waterfall in the Southeast, the falls lie mere yards away from the Appalachian Approach Trail in a crest of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Dawsonville. A meandering staircase lets you take in the waterfall from all angles. It’s especially striking this time of year, with more visibility than in the summer. Should you find yourself in need of diversion after a thorough observation of the natural wonders, the surrounding area allows visitors to partake in whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding and more. Consider it your training for when you finally take on Appalachia. 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville, 706-344-1500,



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a Smile is worth

a Thousand Words

… so Make Sure You and Your Family’s Smile is Priceless! Specializing in General, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. David Mastro is the right choice! Since graduating number one from Emory Dental School, Dr. Mastro has performed over 51,000 Cosmetic Dental Procedures!


We would love to meet you. Come in and ask us about our New Patient Special! Dr. David Mastro



Lake Lanier Canopy Tours

Sometimes just hanging out can feel like a bucket list moment. Especially if you happen to be hanging from a wire among the upper branches of lakeside pine and oak. If you’re going to go on a zip line tour at some point, you might as well do so in the picturesque woodlands around Lake Lanier. This particular company offers daytime as well as nighttime tours. You may have been zip lining before, but have you ever zoomed around a placid moonlit lake? After the sun has gone down, the boats have been docked and the fisherman have all gone to bed, you could be combating the chilly night air by getting your blood pumping on a highflying network of zip lines. 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford, 678-622-3990, | January 2014 | Points North


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Break out Your Bucket List (And a Calendar) for These Upcoming Events! Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Ends Feb. 17 Show ‘em how Southerners play in the snow and tube down a slope of fresh powder with pristine views of the mountain.

Athens Wine Weekend Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 Get gourmet at UGA with a weekend of sipping, swirling and savoring.

General Beau Lee’s Groundhog Day Appearance in Lilburn Feb. 2 You don’t need to go to Punxsutawney to see a fuzzy meteorologist in action! Fingers crossed for an early spring.  

Polar Plunge Feb. 15 Brave the (almost) icy depths of Lake Lanier to benefit the Special Olympics of Georgia. That’s freezin’ for a reason.

Shamrockin’ for a Cure March 8 Savannah residents can keep their St. Patty’s shenanigans to themselves this year. We’ll be shamrockin’ for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Festival March 1 – April 15 Amsterdam has tulips. Ball Ground has daffodils. About 200,000 of them. Ring in the spring with these gorgeous blooms at Gibbs Gardens.


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3 Tallulah Gorge One of the most impressive canyons this side of the Mississippi, Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. In winter months, visitors hike rim trails to several overlooks including to a suspension bridge swaying 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of Tallulah Falls. Six separate cascades with Shakespeareansounding names like Tempesta, Oceana, Bridal Veil and Lovers’ Leap flow together to form the falls. There are plenty of adventures in store for the more extreme among us, too. Biking, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, archery and more let you answer the call of the wild in this sportsman’s paradise. For a fun and utterly peculiar pit stop on the drive up, check out Goats on the Roof in Tiger, Ga., a gift shop where, due to either a severe case of Christmas reindeer envy or some other cause, the goats rule the roost. 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Road, Tallulah Falls, 706-754-7981, tallulahgorge PN



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With a cold, inevitably

rainy season hitting the Southeast, we can double down on the fact that you’re already combing the web for Spring Break ideas — heck, maybe just weekend ideas that get you out of the mist, out of the house and into something exciting. And the possibility of heading somewhere that doesn’t boast earmuffs on its packing list sounds like a trip that needs to get booked right away. So, pack the car and head south for the winter, hitting up an underrated oasis of nature, beach, wildlife and some really, really good eatin’ in Mobile Bay, Ala.


If You’re Bringing the Whole Family Spring Break usually means a week out of school with kids in your hair, so why not stimulate those brain cells while they’re off, letting them discover the natural history still happening on a daily basis in the Five Rivers Delta Safaris. From a pontoon boat ride through the marsh, trailing gators through the grass and trolling for Alabama’s vast array of birds to a hands-on wildlife center that gets the kids up close and personal with the Delta and its inhabitants, there’s a full day of educational fun without a video game (or, for their sake, a schoolbook) in sight. Be one of the fi rst to take a tour through The GulfQuest National Maritime Museum, which opens this spring. Explore more than 36,000 square feet of exhibits targeted to engage and fascinate both you and your pre-teens, all built to resemble a container ship. Trivia for the day — Mobile is actually the birthplace of containerization, making this regional attraction the only maritime museum of its kind on the entire coast. The $60-million project is built atop 856 concrete pilings, all 40 feet deep into the river and provides a 500-year long history on maritime exploration and what’s happening today. For you and your crew, this means an interactive wonderland of maps, weather patterns, ship blueprints and more. Even the bathrooms are tiled in shipping signals. And, once you’ve made it to the top and your little one takes his turn | January 2014 | Points North


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“steering” the ship into port, you can get a glimpse (i.e. family vacation photo op) on the bow, overseeing the entire Mobile Bay. The perfect place to grab a bite after a day of fun? On your way back across the bridge, stop in at The Original Oyster House for the city’s best fried shrimp and seafood gumbo and a view of Mobile Bay. For Empty Nesters Ready to Really Vacation Vacations are the spice of life, now that you don’t have a carload of kiddies in tow. Keep it coming with a tour for your sophisticated taste buds. Not only does the Gulf coast stake claim in the best of seafood and shellfish, but the way they cook it, and their secretfamily-recipes of the classics just might make you feel like a kid again. Start the day in the square and stock up on snacks, like the fresh roasted nuts from the A&M Peanut Shop, and a meal that’ll make you want to fast for weeks at Wintzell’s Oyster House. My personal favorite (recommended by a heart-and-soul kind of server, Miss Pinky) is the “Bowl of Love,” which is basically all of your favorite seafood tossed in the most comforting of creamy sauces and dappled with just the right spices THIS PAGE: PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENNIFER SMITH WILLIAMS; GULFQUEST MUSEUM: FACING PAGE: PHOTO COURTESY OF MOBILE BAY CVB


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to make you want to hug yourself and your neighbor. They’ve also got a hearty beer selection, and the best biddies on the half shell in town. Once the sun sets, grab a casual seat at Callighan’s Irish Social Club in the adorable Oakleigh Garden District. It’s a step outside the seafood realm but serves the city’s best burger and its most treasured small-town sounds from local rock riots to eclectic Irish bands. Need a reason to eat? Don’t hesitate on another dozen, because the eatin’ isn’t just good, it’s doing good. The Oyster Trail supports these little guys as essential playmakers for the water quality of Mobile Bay. The oyster beds filter water, remove excessive nutrients, protect shorelines from erosion and provide habitats for more than 300 species. The industry not only provides jobs for the oystermen who harvest them, but for the companies that prepare and ship them throughout the country. Follow the downtown treasure hunt finding over a dozen large fiberglass oysters that have been painted by local artists and contain educational information on the importance of oysters to the Mobile Bay Area. For Adventure Seekers A small-town siesta doesn’t necessarily mean quiet time and overeating. In fact, with its buzzing local ecotourism industry, there are so many things to do in Mobile Bay, and so many ways to see the city. A personal favorite for us was learning how to ride a bike again (no, it’s not like they say) through the gorgeous squares sprawling from historic downtown Mobile Bay. Two-Wheel Tours pairs your group up with an adorable, energetic husband and wife team who knows this city like the back of their hand brake. Transplants from right here on the Northside, they’ve got a literal handle on what newcomers want to see and hear. It also doesn’t hurt that you’ll be burning off the calories you consumed the night before. If you’re looking to sweat less and see more, hit up the Airboat Rides that take you on an intimate trip through the delta. The captain is like someone who grew up wading through these swamps and learning the hard way where the biggest gators hold court. But now that he’s behind the wheel, he gives tourists the absolute coolest tour of the waterways, complete with baby gator pools sightings if you’re there in late spring, PHOTOS COURTESY OF MOBILE BAY CVB


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acres of archaic Cypress knees and over an hour of geography and botany that you really just can’t get in school. Take your camera, but hold on tight! Take it inland for a stroll through the beautiful and bountiful Bellingrath Gardens. An estate built in 1935, the greenthumbed family opened its doors to the public shortly after, launching a flora-filled sight-seeing stop for tourists and locals alike. From rich eco-tourism to delicious savorings, nature-inspired activities and more history than you can squeeze into a weekend, no wonder the city’s motto is, “secretly awesome.” PN

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in Biloxi, stays in Biloxi” exists, well …, I blew it. The best part is I didn’t even think twice about it. The very second someone asked how my trip to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi went, I whipped out pictures of the candy-apple red Fender guitar delivered to my room. And the pictures of me learning how to DJ set off a surprising stream of memorable monikers that ended with one that finally struck a chord: DJ Trail Mix. After all, what better place to channel my inner rock star than one of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos? A short flight from Atlanta, Biloxi is the ideal hotspot for a quick getaway, and just far enough that trying something new suddenly becomes an unexpected adventure. Take room service, for instance. Anywhere else, the call is for average food and drinks. Not here. Thanks to The Sound of Your Stay, an amenity program offered brand-wide at Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, guests in Biloxi get an authentic experience unavailable elsewhere. Checking out the walls covered in 58

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legendary music paraphernalia that spans generations and genres alike, I already felt like a kid in a candy store, but soon discovered the real fun begins at checkin. In addition to a warm welcome and key to my room, I also received a code to download my choice of three themed playlists assembled by celebrities and music professionals exclusively for Hard Rock. The complimentary music download program included “City,” cutting-edge rock and electronic sounds, “Players,” which reflects the classic side of Hard Rock, and “Resort,” more recognizable pop-rock hits and up-and-coming bands about to break. With the beats bouncing off walls in my posh room, I couldn’t help but get inspired — and I confess, albeit reluctantly, that I had visions of sliding across the floor in my socks while jamming on my guitar, Risky Business-style. Without further ado, I called the front desk for Fender guitar room service. If picking from a menu of 20 Fender guitars, including Stratocasters, Telecasters and bass guitars doesn’t make

you feel like a true rock star, wait until it gets delivered to your room, along with a Mustang Floor Amplifier and a pair of SOUL by Ludacris High Def headphones. The latest addition to The Sound of Your Stay — and my absolute favorite element — lets guests match beats and remix music like a professional DJ, complete with more room service, of course. The pictures of me hovering over a Traktor Kontrol S2 mixer, a laptop loaded with Traktor PRO 2 digital mixing software and a pair of hip headphones continue to garner comments and have already sent several friends to Biloxi in search of their own memorable moments. If rock star status isn’t in your wheelhouse, don’t worry. This 12-story hotel also features a Hard Rock Casino, where you can try your hand against Lady Luck at the home of the largest jackpot in Mississippi gaming history. More than 1,200 slot machines, 56 table games and a poker room await. I held my own for a while at the blackjack table but my good luck charm is a keen sense of knowing when

to say when, especially when a property also has an in-house spa. That’s my kind of table and unwinding at The Rock Spa is a gamble I’m willing to make over and over again. The Aveda Concept Spa features services such as facials, massages, body wraps and a salon, while more relaxation can be found at the über cool pool with swim-up bar and cabanas. Once the sun sets behind the sand along Biloxi’s coast, the night shines with plenty of places to appease the palate. Definitely don’t miss diving into the sushi menu at Vibe for incredible Asian-inspired surf, turf and roll. I recommend at least two nights so you can enjoy several of the five onsite restaurants including Ruth’s Chris Steak House and catch a concert at Hard Rock Live. Regardless of how long you stay or what you do at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, you’ll leave with the same thought: Who needs Vegas, baby? For more information, visit PN | January 2014 | Points North





Take time to unwind after a busy holiday season with a getaway to beautiful Blue Ridge, Ga.






ocated 90 miles north of Atlanta via I-575, Blue Ridge has become a popular destination for people who want to get away for a weekend or a week in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This charming Georgia town has more than 100,000 acres nearby in the Chattahoochee National Forest, 600 miles of hiking trails and more than 1,000 mountain cabins and vacation homes for a great escape.





he quiet season of winter is the perfect time to explore the authentic mountain towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville, and shop in surprisingly upscale specialty shops and galleries that line Blue Ridge’s Main Street. Hike to a local waterfall or the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail; winter views are endless. At the end of the day, chill out by the Àreplace or enjoy a fabulous dinner at one of Blue Ridge’s wonderful restaurants; the choices of dining spots are simply amazing.

Mountain Top Cabin Rentals provides the perfect winter getaway just an hour and half away in Blue Ridge! Head to the mountains to stay in a well-appointed luxury cabin complete with hot tub, pool table, WIFI, flat panel satellite TV and more. This is the time of year to regroup and get ready for the new year ahead. Reconnect in front of a crackling fire, recharge in a bubbling hot tub, and enjoy wonderful candlelit dinners at the cabin or at one of the fantastic restaurants in town. A mountain getaway may only be for a few days, but the memories will last a lifetime. In January and February only, pay for two nights and get one free! 706-258-6220, 60

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coming-of-age play about a boy growing up during the Great Depression in Hoboken, N.J. Set along a street of row houses with the New York skyline just across the river, Johnny’s neighborhood is filled with colorful characters, humorous situations and tragic events. The story is loosely based on the life of John P. Casey, the playwright’s father. Lionheart Theatre Company, Norcross, 770-885-0425,


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[Through Jan. 18] Bring children 18 months to 5 years to this brand-new Theatre for the Very Young production. The whimsical and imaginative journey through an anything-but-normal day, with original music by the Japanese ‘pajama-pop’ band Lullatone, is an artistic expression for children that nurtures creative thinking, allowing the very young to experience art and culture on their terms. Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, 404-733-4702, little-raindrop-songs



[Jan. 28 – Feb.9] Sure to be a hit, this production features book, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez, award-winning co-creator of hit musical comedy “Avenue Q” along with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park,” and choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (“Monty Python’s Spamalot,” “The Drowsy Chaperone”). Fox Theatre Atlanta, 855-285-8499,

R OA LD DA H L’ S W I LLY WO N K A J U N I O R [Jan. 31 – Feb. 1] Enter a world of pure imagination in this fanciful musical for children of all ages, featuring such favorites as “The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination,” “I Want It Now” and more. Presented by the Roswell Showstoppers. Roswell Cultural Center, Roswell, 770-641-3987,




[Jan. 9 – 26] Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents this new production from Atlanta playwright Topher Payne, the hilarious story of when Hollywood came to The Biggest Little City in the World in August of 1960. Filming “The Misfits” is hopelessly behind schedule, with no end in sight, and to make matters worse, it is 106 degrees outside. The Sierra Mountains are on fire, and Reno is in total blackout. Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift are playing board games with an accused murderess, and Marilyn Monroe is locked in the bathroom. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 770-641-1260,

[Jan. 23 – Feb. 2] Act3 Productions presents this production by Neil Simon, a classic coming-of-age comedy that introduces audiences to the witty Eugene Jerome, a 15-year-old boy growing up in Brooklyn in the heart of the Great Depression. Said to be Simon’s most autobiographical work, the play follows Eugene’s misadventures as he goes through puberty in an overcrowded house. Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs, 770-241-1905,

[Through Jan. 23] Roswell Cultural Arts Center presents an art exhibit from Jane Haessler and Mark Mckain featuring the lives of the people of Roswell captured. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, 770-594-6232,

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2 0 1 4 N O R TH F U LTO N HIGH SCHOOL JURIED A R T S H OW [Jan. 24] Roswell Fine Arts Alliance (RFAA) with the Roswell Visual Arts Center is sponsoring the 2014 North Fulton High School Student Juried Art Show. Student works are displayed at the

Roswell Visual Arts Center complete with an awards reception for the students and their guests. The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance will award $2,000 that will be applied to furthering a student’s studies of the arts. Additionally, numerous and very generous donations from community businesses are awarded to the winners. Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell, 770-594-6122

A R T PA P E R S A R T AU C TI O N [Jan. 31 – Feb. 1] The 15th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction will feature an impressive showcase of work by famed and emerging artists from around the world benefitting ART PAPERS’ awardwinning programs. Each day of this see-and-be-seen event features live music or DJ, fabulous people watching, collection-worthy art, high-end cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants. Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, 404-588-1837,

S O UTH E A S TE R N S TA M P E X P O [Jan. 31 – Feb. 2] Come view this exhibition of rare stamps with youth activities and collection appraisals. Atlanta Hilton Northeast, Norcross,


[Jan. 18] Songwriters Victoria Banks (Sara Evan’s “Saints & Angels”) and Ernie

Halter, whose music has appeared on a number of television shows, join Georgia’s own James Casto for this special show. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth,

H E R ITAG E W I NTE R CLASSICS SERIES [Jan. 19] End the holiday season with some tunes from the “Bonaventure Quartet,” a gypsy jazz ensemble fronted by the sultry vocals of Amy Pike. During the Heritage Winter Classics Series, the “Bonaventure Quartet” will perform classic standards, western swing, gypsy jazz and original compositions all under the spell of the Reinhardt influence. Presented by Heritage Sandy Springs. Heritage Hall, Sandy Springs, 404-851-9111, ext. 4

M A S TE R S O F S O U L [Feb. 7] Roswell Presents the Doubletree by Hilton-Roswell LIVE in Roswell Series! Featuring music made famous by record labels including Motown and Stax, Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined soul music. The 90-minute show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. The audience will take the ultimate stroll down memory lane as they re-live the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts of all-time. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, 770-594-6232,

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[Feb. 8] Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents “A Romantic Valentine’s Day Concert,” featuring legendary saxophonist James Houlik from Chicago performing the Atlanta premiere of the Russell Peck “Upward Stream” tenor saxophone concerto. John Lemley of WABE will host this concert that also marks the debut of Mexican guest conductor Jose Luis Hernandez Estrada in Tschaikovsky’s romantic-Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. Maestro Ludwig conducts the rest of the program that features Brahms-Symphony No. 4 and local soprano-Megan Mashburn of the Atlanta Opera. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, 770-623-8623,


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[Jan. 3 – Apr. 3] Come view this new breathtaking film that explores the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek into the Darkness,” PBS’s “Sherlock”), “Jerusalem” gives audiences a rare glimpse of the storied city, as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada. Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX® Theatre, Atlanta, 404-929-6300,

TH R E E K I N G S DAY, D I A D E L LO S R E Y E S [Jan. 5] Kick off the New Year with the Three Kings Day Festival held in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and the Instituto de Mexico. This program is free to the public, but space is limited and does not include museum admission. Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, 404-814-4000,

ATL A NTA B OAT S H OW [Jan. 9 – 12] The 2014 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show, Georgia’s biggest boating event, returns this month.

Visitors to the show can shop deals on hundreds of the latest boats, from luxury yachts to fishing vessels and family cruisers, plus the newest gear and gadgets. The show also offers nautical fun for all ages, including daily boating and fishing clinics and, new for 2014, the Swampmaster Gator Show. Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, 954-441-3227,

N ATU R E ’ S H E A LE R S : M E D I C I N A L P L A NT S & A R O M ATH E R A PY F O R WO M E N [Jan. 11] Get a holistic start to the New Year with a fun and interactive look at what Mother Nature has to offer your health regiment. Join CNC Horticulturalist Lisa Cole for this introduction into the amazing world of healing plants. This beginners’ class focuses on herbs and oils used since antiquity to treat a variety of ailments, with an emphasis on women’s needs and particular energizing blends that help to chase the winter blues away. Class includes a hands-on presentation and crafting of floral water and teas for participants to take home. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055,

M AG I C M O N DAYS : O N C E U P O N A TI M E [Jan. 13] This monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers (18 months to 5 years) engages young visitors in activities that introduce them to history in creative ways. Each Magic Monday has a unique theme and includes a guided exploration of one of the exhibitions, historic houses, or award-winning gardens, as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, and story time. This month, become part of some beloved fairytales, fables and nursery rhymes. Kids create costumes of their favorite characters and help act out stories that teach important lessons. Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, 404-814-4110,

R E P TI LE DAY [Jan. 18] Enjoy a day of reptile fun at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. At 1 and 3 p.m. visitors can watch the Southeastern Snake Encounter Show performed by Jason Clark, star of the Animal

Planet series “SnakesKin.” Get an up-close view of live, native reptiles in this exciting traveling exhibit from the Southeastern Reptile Rescue, “The Reptile Wagon,” from 12 to 4 p.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055,

N I G HT H I K E [Jan. 18] What goes bump in the night? Night hikers at the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Come on a guided hike through a woodland trail or river boardwalk, all by the light of the moon. Have you got the skills of a nocturnal animal living in the forest? Test your night vision with just one of the fun activities you’ll enjoy on CNC’s exciting Night Hike. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055,

S TO M P E D [Jan. 18] The L.I.G.H.T (Life In God Healing thru Testimony) is a Christian ministry for pre-teen/tween girls ages 8 – 12. “Quarterlie” and “Monthlie” events focus on one of five principles: evangelism, fellowship, worship, discipleship or ministry. Perimeter Center Place, Dunwoody, 404-913-9163,

C N C S E RV I C E DAY [Jan. 20] Come help CNC clear trails, pull privet, mulch trails and other projects that are needed around the grounds. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 ext. 236,

O R I G I N A L B O UTI Q U E WA R E H O U S E S A LE [Jan 24 – 25] Save up to 70 percent off on designer brands from your favorite local boutiques like Sandpiper, Meringue, Hemline, Tulipano, Emly Benham, Bilthouse and more! A DJ will entertain while you shop. 3126 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, 770-433-2989,

C R E ATI V E P H OTO G R A P H Y W ITH A D I G ITA L S LR C A M E R A [Jan. 25] This workshop is designed to help students feel comfortable with using the many features of their digital SLR

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S I M P LY S TE R LI N G 2 5TH A N N I V E R S A RY [Jan. 25] Guests are invited to unite with the Sandy Springs Society for their Simply Sterling — 25th Anniversary Gala, celebrating 25 years of working for a better community. The gala will feature a live and silent auction with special items such as the Atlanta Hawks sky box, three nights on a private island in Belize, and tickets to the U.S. Tennis Open. Other highlights are a miniature canvas sale of local well-known artists and art students, elegant décor incorporating candelabras and hydrangeas, fine food and wine, “sterling” entertainment and dancing, fun times, and reminiscing of 25 years of service to the Sandy Springs community. Cobb Energy Center, Atlanta, 404-256-3949,


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[Jan. 26] The South’s most beautiful bridal event, the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta is back for a fourth show at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. The Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta gives brides the opportunity to meet Atlanta’s best wedding professionals, see the latest trends, designs and ideas, as well as a couture fashion show. The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Atlanta,

LU M I N O C IT Y [Jan. 30 – Feb. 17] Big Apple Circus presents Luminocity, the all-new show that celebrates the vitality of life at the city epicenter, the Crossroads of the World. Catch all the verve, the high-spirits and racingpulse thrills of the circus artists in one ring under an intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, 888-541-3750,

Executive chef, CHRISTOPHER ALAN HOPE, has worked and trained in the most famous and best hotels in London, Hamburg, Zurich, Hong Kong and Atlanta. He has received awards and medals at culinary competitions being recognized for his creativity and high standards by the most highly regarded food critics. Now celebrating his 10th year in business in historic downtown Buford, Sperata’s regular lunch and dinner menu along with daily chef’s specials, provide guests with the opportunity to explore Chef’s past and revel in the present. • • 678.765.7911 | January 2014 | Points North







Roll Out Those Old Suitcases. Approximately 7,500 children are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many carry their belongings from home to home in garbage bags. For the 12th year running, Georgia Cancer Specialists and DFCS are doing something about it. Since Totes 2 Tots was launched, the event has collected and distributed more than 33,000 backpacks, suitcases and diaper bags, and on Jan. 17, you’re invited to add your donation to the growing count. totes2tots







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Throw Beads. New Orleans may have the parades, but the talent showcased at this Northside gala and the mission it benefits are unparalleled. Age Well Forsyth, a non-profit committed to engaging and empowering Forsyth County’s mature adults, is hosting their 4th Annual Mardi Gras Show at the Cumming Playhouse Jan. 24 – 26. This year’s production, “Jukebox Journey,” features dancers, comedy, Rett Waller’s “Gone with the Wind” jazz band and fabulous impersonators including Dolly Parton and the king of rock and roll. Go Rooftop. If Hollywood is to be believed, there’s nothing more romantic than a rooftop rendezvous. Here’s your chance to test that assertion at an enchanting, award-winning Atlanta restaurant. The iconic Nikolai’s Roof is reopening this month with a brand new look, and Chef Stephanie Alderete’s menu is getting a facelift, too. The reinvigorated menu will showcase modern American dishes with fresh, vibrant ingredients and Russian influences in signature dishes such as piroshkies and borscht.







Support Our Local Music Scene. Georgia girl Amy Ray, half of Grammy-winning duo Indigo Girls, has always been a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. “Goodnight Tender,” available on Jan. 28, is Ray’s first solo album, but will be a career first for a second reason — it’s old-time country, through and through. On Jan. 26 at the Variety Playhouse, Ray will be playing her honest, stripped-down melodies that will take you back to the bittersweet tunes that haunted the honkytonks of yesteryear.

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Hit the Newsstands. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — wedding season! We know nuptial planning can be daunting. That’s why we’ve packed The Northside Bride, on stands Jan. 10, with the hottest national trends and idea-inspiring photography. Snag your tickets to Celebrate!, our very own bridal showcase at Villa Christina on Feb. 23. We’re gathering Atlanta’s top bridal and special occasion experts for an afternoon of white dresses, bouquets and surprises. the-northside-bride

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