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14 48 HIDDEN HOMETOWN GEMS: BACK TO SCHOOL MARIETTA

On a mission to uncover a number of fabulous gems in the Marietta community this month, we found everything from gifts and home decor in West Cobb to delicious Southern fare in East Cobb and plenty more reasons to stop in between here and there, thanks to the Marietta Square.

22 HOSPITAL GUIDE Atlanta’s Northside is home to a variety of hospitals that offer superior care and services to the communities they serve. From groundbreaking technologies to specialized treatments, patients can rest assured that their health is in good hands. Read on for a list of hospital specialties, news, awards and events.

S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N 58 | Last-Minute Summer Getaways

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As summer draws to a close, we’re looking ahead to the days of backpacks and big yellow buses. With suggestions for getting involved in your child’s school, a peek at private schools for special needs, and a few tips and tidbits for your trapper keeper, use our handy guide to make sure your brood is ready to go back to school.

32 Parental Involvement 38 Cumberland Academy 44 Back-to-School Advisor

48 TRAVEL: CHATTANOOGA It’s only a short, 2-hour drive from Atlanta, but as it turns out, proximity isn’t the only factor that makes Chattanooga the perfect cure for your family’s wanderlust. This urban hub at the center of recreational activities offers just the right blend of family-friendly fun and adult-approved sophistication.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KATHLEEN STEVENS MOORE; CHATTANOOGA CVB; ALPHARETTA CVB

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we’ve yet to explore this year. This month, flip to page 14 to read about gems in historic Marietta and beyond, and please continue to send tips for upcoming editions to myturn@pointsnorthatlanta.com: Woodstock and Canton (August), Johns Creek (September), Cumming, Dawsonville and Dahlonega (October), Alpharetta and Milton (November) and Suwanee and Duluth (December). We’ve got a few more exciting items of business on the horizon, as well. This month, we launch the search for our 2nd Annual Savvy & Successful Women of the Northside (see page 61 for details). And if you or someone you know is saying “I Do” this year, keep your eyes peeled as Points North presents the inaugural edition of our custom wedding issue, The Northside Bride, in August!

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2013 behind us (where does the time go?), we’ve reached the mid-point of our first Hidden Hometown Gems series. I say “first” not because we initially envisioned subsequent editions, but because it has been such a success that I cannot imagine saying goodbye at the end of this year. Personally, I’ve had so much fun exploring the nooks and crannies of the Northside. I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone, met some incredible people, feasted on fantastic food, purchased a thing or two, and discovered an inspirational sense of community among the small businesses in each area. I’ve received some great feedback from readers, as well, including a few suggestions that clued us in to gems we wouldn’t have found otherwise. I hope that you, too, have taken this opportunity to branch out, and I fully intend to bring the series back in some form in 2014. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s resume our search in the communities

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“THE SPORTING LIFE” AT CASA DE CAMPO RESORT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC If turquoise Caribbean waters

sound like paradise on earth, then a trip to Casa de Campo resort might be the perfect retreat. Often referred to as the “Country Club of the Caribbean,” these 7,000 luscious acres across the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic entice guests looking for world-class accommodations and countless opportunities for outdoor adventures. The luxurious resort offers multi-bedroom villa-style accommodations, five-star dining at Beach Club by Le Cirque, The Casa de Campo Spa, and its own cultural city, Altos de Chavon, an artisan village modeled after a 16th-century Italian city with boutiques, restaurants, museums and a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater inaugurated by Frank Sinatra. Many activities await including golf at one of the three Pete Dye-designed courses, exhilarating rounds of tennis at 13 impeccable fast-dry Har-Tru tennis courts, horseback riding or a game of polo at the Polo & Equestrian Center, the comprehensive 245-acre Shooting Center, a day of kayaking along the Chavon River, and sailing from the private Minitas Beach. casadecampo.com.do

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the PRIZE One lucky Points North Atlanta reader and a guest will win a three-night stay in an Elite Patio guestroom at Casa de Campo resort. The prize includes two rounds of golf on any of the Pete Dyedesigned courses, and a horseback-riding excursion through tropical trails at the Polo & Equestrian Club. Valued at $1,800, this prize is good for one year after the acceptance date. This trip is subject to availability and cannot be redeemed during black-out dates or major holidays. Register to win online at pointsnorthatlanta.com.

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IT’S A WINE WHITE OUT!

And best of all, you’re invited! Dress in white and drink white wine with us on July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marietta Wine Market. Shop owners Randall and Karen Heard proudly carry more than 500 wines and 40 craft beers from around the world, including 70 Georgia wines — the largest collection in the state — as well as cheeses, meats, a complete line of picnic baskets, gift baskets and accessories. They opened Marietta Wine Market a block off the square in Historic Downtown Marietta on May 5, 2005, better known as Cinco De Wino, and it has been a celebrated stop for wine enthusiasts ever since! In addition to regular wine tastings every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., Marietta Wine Market also offers private tastings that cost about $20 per person. Twice a year, the couple arranges wine tours to North Georgia on a 55-passenger coach bus. The adventure starts at the shop with mimosas before heading to Wolf Mountain Winery for Sunday Brunch, followed by either a visit to Three Sisters, Cavender Creek or Frogtown Cellars. Recent international wine trips have included Italy, South Africa, Portugal, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Coming this fall is a beer and whiskey tour — a slight detour from the typical stops out west like Napa Valley, Santa Barbara or Willamette Valley. Swing by to sip, swirl, chat or meet Bentley, the Springer Spaniel that likes to welcome everyone. 770-919-1574, mariettawinemarket.com

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aFORsummer treat YOUR SKIN Luxuriously smooth with delicious scents, Kudzu Soap Company’s products are a delectable treat for your skin. Located in Cumming, this recently developed company offers a line of handcrafted products for all your bath and body needs. With goods ranging from soaps and body mousses to lip balms and sugar scrubs, Kudzu Soap Company’s wide array of merchandise is crafted without industrialized methods. Focused on quality and using local suppliers, the line is created with simple ingredients including lavish oils, butters (shea and cocoa), essential oils and exfoliating additives. Scents include Clean Breeze, Cranberry & Clove, and Kudzu & Grits, featuring the fragrance of their namesake kudzu blossom — a customer favorite. Visit kudzusoapcompany.com. — Nicole Hohman

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Adult bowling lovers have reason to rejoice with the opening of Brunswick’s, a new upscale bowling and entertainment center equipped with Tavern ’45 restaurant. The first location on Delk Road in Marietta opened in mid-June and a second on Spalding Drive in Norcross is scheduled to open this month. Catering to adults, these centers will feature innovative culinary offerings, local craft beer and warm décor. Chipman Design Architecture helped Brunswick’s create the next evolution in bowling, with plush furnishings, mood lighting and even a lofted bar area in the middle of the lanes at the Norcross location. Tavern ’45 will serve up American pub fare with unique ingredients, such as the arugula and goat cheese salad and Vietnamese pork belly tacos. Their full bar will offer local craft beers like Sweetwater and Terrapin. brunswicks.com — Kristin Hiller 10

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WELLNESS With summer and swimsuit season upon us, we must face our biggest nightmare — the dreaded diet. But with so many diet options, which do you choose? “Wellness 100: 100 Carbs/100 Recipes.” by Dahlonega residents Dr. Amber French and Chef Kari Morris, is focused on lifestyle changes rather than trendy, quick fixes. The collaborative pair, friends and food lovers created the plan to encourage enjoyable and sensible life choices. Rather than making unnecessary calorie cuts or avoiding bread at all costs, the Wellness 100 plan offers a reasonable way to alter your current diet. The best part — the diet promotes a healthy routine, without cutting out the carbs. Not only does the book contain delicious recipes and sound nutritional advice, but it also includes a helpful shopping list. A key component of the plan, the shopping list provides readers with the best options to purchase at the supermarket. Purchase online at amazon.com, and visit pointsnorthatlanta.com for one of Wellness 100's summer salad recipes! — Nicole Hohman

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WHAT BETTER WAY TO ENJOY A SUMMER evening than with an outdoor movie and dinner? Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails is hosting their summer series of Fork & Screen on the Green. Boxed chef dinners are $25 per person and a cash bar on the lawn features Vixen Vodka cocktails. Bring your own chairs or blankets and enjoy popular movies such as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on July 17 and “City Slickers” on Aug. 14. No outside food or drinks are allowed, as the movies are complimentary. Call for menu selections and monthly show times. 770-817-0161, miltonscuisine.com — Kristin Hiller

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Recently opened V’s Barbershop brings back the nostalgic experience of an old-time haircut to Sandy Springs. Located at 5975 Roswell Road, this shop seeks to recreate the ritual where men gathered to discuss the news of the day while getting their haircut. Relax in the fully refurbished 1950’sera Koken barber chairs and enjoy a hot lather neck shave, a shoulder massage and sports games on your own flat screen TV. 678-819-7826, vbarbershop.com — Kristin Hiller


ECO-CAMPS Allow your little nature-lovers to explore the Great Outdoors at Forsyth County's Sawnee Mountain Preserve’s summer camps. Upcoming themes include Animal Olympics (ages 4 – 6, July 8 – 12), Water Adventures (ages 10 – 12, July 15 – 19), and Outdoor Survival (ages 7 – 9, July 22 – 26). sawneemountain.org

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This spring marked the opening of Ivy Lane, a gift shop and clothing boutique in Marietta’s Highland Plaza Shopping Center. Julie Turner, owner and long-time Cobb resident, offers selections for every gift-giving occasion, such as jewelry, collegiate items and Vera Bradley handbags. Complimentary custom gift-wrap with every purchase ensures your gift looks the part. More than just gifts, about a third of the store intrigues shoppers with the most popular clothing and accessories of the season. Turner also hopes to get involved with the community by partnering with local schools and offering teachers a shopping discount. 770-578-0506, ivylanemarietta.com — Kristin Hiller

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Seed Kitchen & Bar As fa r as neighbor hood

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restaurants go, Seed Kitchen & Bar, though not necessarily hidden, certainly qualifies as a gem. Anchoring the end of a row of shops in East Cobb’s Merchant Walk Shopping Center, Seed could be missed, but it isn’t likely. The outside patio is itself a draw to passersby, and when it comes to approachable American cuisine in a stylish but laid-back setting, Seed can’t help but shine. The menu, in the talented hands of owner and Executive Chef Doug Turbush, changes frequently but you can always expect locally grown ingredients and simple creativity. Try the pimento crostinis served with Benton’s country ham, apples and micro celery ... you can thank us later for the recommendation. When deciding

what to drink, the options are equally enticing as you’ll fi nd craft beer as well as vintage and modern cocktails, but it’s the wine program at Seed, led by General Manager and Sommelier Jason Raymond, that has garnered its own attention among wine enthusiasts. So much so, Turbush and his team behind Seed’s success are opening Stem Wine Bar, where the wine list will be focused on North American, Spanish, Italian and French wines. Complementing the meticulously curated wine list is a menu of European-inspired small plates, charcuterie, artisan cheeses and casual fare. Basically, you can’t go wrong either way — as long as you make a reservation. 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, 678-214-6888, eatatseed.com


Smallcakes Cupcakery I confess that my kiddos and I have been legally stalking this new addition to our side of town. Rarely does a franchise that brings so much icing and joy to our faces open its doors so close — one without willpower might even say dangerously close — to home. At long last, we spotted the chalkboard announcing the day’s specials at Smallcakes Cupcakery. A counter greets sweet-toothed guests with 15 cupcakes baked fresh daily then deliciously displayed with specials that rotate weekly. Thoughts of splitting each of our three cupcakes lasted about as long as the walk from the counter to our seats. My son dove into a Birthday Cake cupcake while a Pink Vanilla cupcake kept a hue of cotton candy frosting smeared across my daughter’s face. With a Red Velvet cupcake in one hand and a frequent flyer card boasting three holes already punched in the other, I decided my answer to their slogan “Maybe a cupcake will help?” should be found in an empty cupcake wrapper. 3718 Dallas Highway, 770-421-9720, smallcakescupcakery.com

White Rabbit Cottage Newcomers to West Cobb might mistakenly believe residents on this side of Marietta have few, if any, best kept secrets when it comes to shopping, but those of us who have passed White Rabbit Cottage and given in to the irresistible urge to stop and check it out know better. As a matter of fact, this gem has been attracting locals since the early 1920s when it humbly began as a general store set up in the front room of a temporary house facing a dirt thoroughfare called Due West. Times have changed, of course, and while The Cantrell-Huggins House no longer sells commodities ranging from flour and cold remedies to chicken feed and farm equipment, the walls within the wildly popular White Rabbit Cottage and the Gallery building that opened in 2007 continue to

provide for a community that wouldn’t be the same without it. Inside the cozy cottage awaits a wonderland of incredible home furnishings and the best gifts you’d ever want to give and — who are we kidding — receive. Among the many eye-catching categories to peruse are options from kitchen and gourmet goodies to jewelry, candles, furniture, garden and decorative accessories. Some of us have been known to go in religiously every season to discover a new find that will enhance an already growing collection that most likely needs little encouragement but sufficiently benefits nonetheless. Each of the two buildings provides plenty of excuses to savor one of West Cobb’s most unique shopping experiences. 3760 Due West Road, 770-919-1100, whiterabbitcottage.net

LEFT TO RIGHT: PHOTOS COURTESY OF SEED KITCHEN & BAR; JEFF MARTIN; WHITE RABBIT COTTAGE

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Coggins Shoes for Kids

Kiosco Restaurant

Not long after my neighbor found out I was only a few months into expecting our first child, she started raving about where to buy shoes for children. New to the area, I had no idea where the Big Chicken was, much less the best shoe store for my child who had yet to arrive. That was seven years ago and I’ve been a loyal customer of Coggins Shoes for Kids ever since. Originally opened on the square in Marietta in 1925, Coggins is now owned by David Coppedge, a third generation children’s shoe retailer, who bought the store from the Coggins family in 1955 and moved it to Eastlake Shopping Center in the late ‘80s. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion footwear from trendy names like Morgan & Milo, Livie and Luca and See Kai Run or household names like Crocs, Stride Rite and New Balance, you’ll SERIES SPONSORED find it here. 2207 Upper BY VIXEN Roswell Road, 770-973VODKA 5335, shoesforkids.com

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dk Gallery Tucked among the restaurants, shops and services found in Marietta Square, dk Gallery not only brings a breath of artistic air to the mix, it’s considered by many to be the premier art gallery outside the perimeter. Providing seasoned as well as first-time collectors access to a world of contemporary fine art at the hands of both emerging and established Southern painters and sculptors, dk Gallery has become a local favorite. Set your sights on original landscapes, abstracts and figures, especially now through October during the popular First Friday Art Walks. 25 W Park Square NE, 770-427-5377, dkgallery.us

seats at the bar is what you’ll find inside Kiosco. And while you’re looking over the menu thinking of how cozy this Colombian restaurant is and whether the food will be as good as the reviews, a waiter will dart out of the kitchen to serve someone sitting at the next table with an entrée that quickly quiets your mind and suddenly stirs your appetite. It could be an appetizer of empanadas — one beef and one chicken, served with an in-house habanero ahi sauce (it’s worth noting this has nothing to do with tuna). Or main dishes most likely to turn heads such as the paella marinera (seafood paella packed with copious ocean delights) and the medio pollo al horno (half-roasted chicken with raspberry sauce). It’s culture on a plate ... unless you get the paella, then it’s in an aluminum pot. 48 Powder Springs St., 678-337-7999.

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Moondog Growlers If you happen to howl for hops and you prefer your draft to be craft, then head over to Moondog Growlers and prepare to stare. I say this because with more than 30 options to tap into, well, deciding which beer will fill the growler can be the toughest part. Luckily, the self-professed beer fans who founded Moondog knew this could be the case and offer both 2- and 4-pint growlers. Take home, let’s say, Mother Earth Weeping Willow Wit in one size and a growler of Coffee Ale by Boulevard Brewing in another. And in the spirit of being green, not to mention enthusiastic about good beer, just rinse out your growler and bring it back, ready to refill with the wide variety of brews awaiting you. The biggest thing to remember about growlers is that they have a shelf life in the fridge for 7 to 10 days before opening. Once you’ve popped the top, experts say to enjoy within 36 hours. 688 Whitlock Ave., Suite 3B, 678-354-6268, moondoggrowlers.com PHOTO COURTESY OF MOONDOG GROWLERS

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F I R S T F R I DAY A R T WA LK Enjoy free, selfguided tours of the Marietta Square’s art scene as galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. artwalkmarietta. com

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Cool Beans Coffee Roasters If the heavenly aroma doesn’t make you a believer in good coffee, the menu at Cool Beans Coffee Roasters, an independently owned and operated microroaster located just off Marietta Square, certainly will. A visual feast for those in search of perhaps the best caffeine fix in all of Marietta as well as hot-but-not-coffee drinks and smoothies, the menu features house specials like the T-Man — three shots of espresso, chocolate flavor, plus one flavor, steamed milk and whipped cream — and the Ponch Via, which kickstarts pretty much anything with a whopping four shots of espresso and a flavor in the coffee of the day. Coffee beans are roasted to perfection in a 12 kilo Sasa Samiac roaster better known as “Big Red.” The result is a flavor that doesn’t taste burnt, bitter or sour like the drive-thru coffee stops, where sugar, flavoring and a drenching of dairy are oftentimes required. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to ... well, maybe I am. 31 Mill St., Suite 100, 770-422-9866, coolbeanscoffeeroasters.com PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN O’CONNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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ONE TEAM TOWARD HEALING AT EMORY-ADVENTIST C H I LD R E N’ S H E A LTH C A R E O F ATL A NTA Locations across metro Atlanta; choa.org Children’s Healthcare is dedicated to each patient through teamwork with the family. From emergency services and urgent care to sports medicine and specialty services, Children’s has achieved excellence in pediatric care. It is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology and blood and marrow transplant programs. Children’s Healthcare has become one of the largest pediatric systems in the country. Areas of Expertise: Orthopedic Services; Radiology; Surgery Points of Interest t 3FDFOUMZCSPLFHSPVOEPOBOFXQFEJBUSJDJNBH ing facility at their Town Center location, scheduled to open in November 2013 t %S .BUU 0TUFS  B QFEJBUSJD DBSEJPMPHJTU BU $IJM dren’s, created the innovative Pulse Ox Tool — an app for smart phones that automates the Pulse Oximetry Screening test and increases the accuracy of detecting children with possible critical congenital heart defects t $BSFB5IPO UBLFT QMBDF +VMZ  o  UP SBJTF money to support services, research and the fellowship program at Children’s

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SHIRLEY COWART was overwhelmed after X-rays, scans and tests showed that her husband, John, had fractured his hip and needed surgery. “I wasn’t sure where to begin the process of getting medical clearance for his surgery since he had so many medical issues and so many doctors,â€? Cowart said. To make the situation even more complicated, her husband suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. But after learning about Emory-Adventist’s Geriatric Fracture Program — the ďŹ rst of its kind in Georgia — Cowart breathed a sigh of relief. The program offers a team approach designed to get patients into surgery faster, minimize complications, and reduce the patient’s or family’s burden of planning and

coordinating necessary procedures and surgeries with other entities. The ultimate goal is getting patients back to their pre-injury level of activity quickly. “The geriatric fracture coordinator took care of everything for us, including getting all of the required clearances and scheduling John’s surgery,� she said. “She even went into the operating room and gave me and my family regular reports of his progress.� After John’s surgery, the geriatric fracture coordinator arranged his discharge from the hospital and his transfer to a rehab center. “We felt that Dad was well protected,� said Cowart’s daughter, Sally. “The atmosphere at Emory-Adventist Hospital is one of team building toward healing.�

THE CARING, CALMING ATMOSPHERE OF CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA TWO YEARS AGO, after returning home from a family vacation at the beach, Katie Reeder put her then eightmonth-old son, Bennett, down for a nap. “He got sick so fast,â€? Reeder remembered. “When he woke up, he had a 103 degree fever, and we noticed a bump on his groin.â€? At the emergency room at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a pediatric doctor examined Bennett and delivered the diagnosis — an aggressive staph infection. Bennett spent four days at Children’s and underwent a minor procedure requiring general anesthesia. “We were truly terrified, but everything worked out ďŹ ne,â€? she said. “We could not have been more impressed with the

attention given to our child, their care for him, and even the care given to me and my husband during those long days and nights. They took care of our every need.â€? The staff held, rocked and comforted Reeder’s son. And since she was a breastfeeding mother, the hospital provided Reeder’s meals, too, to ensure she stayed healthy during the ordeal. As baby Bennett recovered, he participated in many of the hospital’s activities and programs designed to speciďŹ cally entertain young patients during their stays. “We feel fortunate to live in close proximity to such a highly-rated pediatric care hospital,â€? she said. “We are forever grateful to Children’s!â€?

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CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA 600 Parkway North, Newnan, cancercenter.com/southeastern-hospital.cfm The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) facilities at Southeastern Regional Medical Center offer patients comprehensive, considerate cancer treatments. Here, dedicated cancer experts work together in one location, sharing knowledge to aggressively combat all types of cancer. They pride themselves in combining typical chemotherapy, radiation and surgical treatments with supportive therapy. Moreover, they believe in treating the whole person, not just the cancer. Depending on a patient’s situation, nutrition, physical therapy and mind-body rehabilitation may be integrated into the treatment plan to promote healing on all levels. Because the CTCA philosophy is to renew each patient’s body, mind and spirit, various activities and classes let patients, caregivers and family members relax and unwind in the midst of taxing treatments. Mark Barnes, the Patients Activities Coordinator at Southeastern, designs activities that appeal to everyone such as patient appreciation dinners, ice cream socials, movie nights and game nights. Atlanta is just a 30-minute drive away, so numerous outings to attractions like Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium and Six Flags will be available in conjunction with the Transportation Department. By paying close attention to all of a patient’s needs, even their need for fun, CTCA at Southeastern has achieved 99 percent overall patient satisfaction.

SHEPHERD CENTER 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, shepherd.org Located in the Buckhead community, Shepherd Center specializes in treating brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and multiple trauma. Since its opening in 1975, the hospital has grown to become one of the ďŹ nest medical hubs in the Southeast and one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the nation. Its neuroscience specialization and the concentrated expertise of its staff sets it apart from more general rehabilitation facilities. Because they have a speciďŹ c focus, Shepherd Center doctors and medical professionals get more experience with atypical cases. Their treatments combine family education, personal counseling and cutting-edge technology to assist patients in both immediate healing and long-term recovery. The elite staff at Shepherd Center takes a team approach to patient care. Physicians and specialists collaborate to come up with individualized treatment plans. They follow a complete continuum of care, meaning they’ll remain involved with a case from initial evaluation to post-discharge management and lifelong support. With rehabilitation, Shepherd Center utilizes unique methods like therapeutic recreation to achieve enduring results. Their goal is to maximize patient independence. Comprehensive backto-school and back-to-work programs ease the transition back into day-to-day life. In fact, Shepherd’s return-to-work rates are some of the best in the country.

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THE CONTINUUM OF CARE AT GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER DURING A SOCCER game in November 2011, Paige Havens’ 14-year-old daughter, Rachel, collided with another player and hit the ground. Before Havens could get concerned, her daughter jumped to her feet and signaled to her that she was okay. “But at halftime, I realized that something was terribly wrong,� she said. “She sat down on the bench. She was lethargic and said her head was pounding. She looked at me and didn’t know who I was.� The Havens scooped their daughter up and took her to Gwinnett Medical Center, where she was thoroughly assessed. “They kicked into high gear and quickly determined that

Rachel had a concussion, but thankfully, the scans showed that there was no bleeding of the brain.â€? The doctors gave the family tons of information and instruction and referred Rachel to a sports medicine doctor who specializes in concussions. Rachel’s injury proved to be very serious and required a ďŹ vemonth recovery period. “Along the way, the doctors were simply phenomenal,â€? she said. “We always felt conďŹ dent that Rachel was getting the best care available. It was Gwinnett Medical’s continuum of care that helped us get Rachel healthy again and back on the ďŹ eld.â€?

SAVING LIVES AT NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL AN ORDINARY DAY became horrific when a thunderstorm blew a tree down on Raquel Smith’s car while she was driving through Alpharetta eight years ago. Paramedics responded to the accident and rushed Smith, then eight months pregnant, to North Fulton Hospital. “It was like an episode of ER,� she said. “Nurses and doctors were waiting on me when I arrived and immediately started assessing my condition and the baby’s condition.� After tests showed some abnormal readings, the doctors chose to admit her to labor and delivery for a few days to continue monitoring her. Two days later, Smith’s uterus

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ruptured without warning, and she lost 80 percent of her blood. “They delivered my daughter, Caroline, immediately,� she said. “I actually coded on the table, and they brought me back to life.� After spending two days in a coma, she woke and found herself surrounded by photos of her baby that nurses had taped around her bed. She was discharged three weeks later. Baby Caroline stayed at North Fulton for a month before the Smith’s joyously took her home. “I believe I received high-priority attention and care while I was at North Fulton,� she said. “No doubt — they saved our lives, and I will always be grateful.�

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HOSPI ALGUIDE NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER — A LEADER IN CARDIOLOGY WHEN SHE WAS a young girl, Beth Stephens was diagnosed with mitral regurgitation, a condition caused when the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close tightly enough, allowing blood to ow backward into the heart. She knew that she would eventually need to have it surgically repaired, but traditional openheart surgery terrified her. But then she learned that Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers advanced minimally invasive mitral and aortic valve reconstruction. “The new procedure wasn’t near as frightening — to know that I would have a couple of small incisions instead of the bone [sternum] having to be cut,â€? she said. Stephens

went to Healthgrades and learned that Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville was ranked ďŹ rst in Georgia for cardiology and rated among the top one percent of all hospitals across the country. She scheduled the procedure and couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. “I was oored at the [small] size of my scars,â€? she said. Indeed, less scarring is just one of the procedure’s benefits, along with reduced pain, reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and faster recoveries. “I have a great conďŹ dence in Dr. Wolfe and the surgery,â€? she said. “It’s been amazing how well I’ve healed, how good I feel, and how good it looks.â€?

BE THEIR GUEST—WELLSTAR KENNESTONE HOSPITAL IN 2011, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford received a failing grade during a routine heart screening. After a follow-up EKG and stress test conďŹ rmed problems, a doctor at WellStar Kennestone Hospital told Bodiford that he needed a heart catheterization. “I wasn’t too concerned about the procedure,â€? Bodiford remembered. “I just wanted to get out of there so my wife and I could go to Florida on vacation. But after the catheterization, the doctors told me I needed open-heart surgery, and that was a shock.â€? He had quadruple bypass surgery just a few days later and started his journey to recovery. After changing his lifestyle to include healthier meals and exercise, Bodiford feels ďŹ t and strong.

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Today, he describes himself as a “very young 63-year-old man.â€? “My wife and I were very pleased with WellStar Kennestone and their team of knowledgable, caring health care professionals,â€? he said. “They always kept me well informed, and their focus was on me and my wellbeing.â€? At one point during his stay, Bodiford was having trouble resting, so nurses went to another section of the hospital and got a different style of hospital bed for him. “And that gesture spoke volumes to us,â€? he said. “My wife and I are thrilled to know that a world-class hospital is just ďŹ ve miles from our house. I hope we don’t need it for a while, but if we do, it’s a comfort to know that WellStar Kennestone will be there for us.â€?

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A+ for Creativity PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT SETS THE BAR FOR SUCCESS IN SCHOOLS { W R IT T E N BY K AT H L E E N ST EV EN S M O O R E}

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slapped a Norman Rockwell painting on its cover portraying an idealistic parent-educator relationship. In the image, published 78 years ago, a bespeckled schoolmarm exchanges a warm handshake and a smile with an 1800s fashionista mom clad in pink ruffles, quite literally up to her neck. A little boy stands clutching her other hand. His wide eyes riveted on that handshake: two adult parties joined in respectful union with one collective goal. And who’s to benefit the alliance? He will. The child. A report released from the Center for Public Education states that two-thirds of teachers surveyed (Public Agenda, 2003) believed their students would perform better in school if their parents were more involved in their child’s education. The flip side being that 72 percent of parents say children of uninvolved parents sometimes “fall through the cracks” (Johnson & Duffett, 2003). To this thought, we all mouth a collective, “duh.” We know we need to be involved. Here we shed light on a few ways to do so in the coming school year.

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Watch D.O.G.S. We already know the why, but the question is how? Well let’s see, there’s the PTA. And the helping-out-in-the-classroom route. Moms by the gazillions already do it. But around Atlanta’s Northside, several local schools and parent groups are getting especially creative with their programming. One noteworthy endeavor aimed at fathers is Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). Now active in 46 states, the program helps dads plug-in. They assist with

The Watch D.O.G.S. program helps dads plug in at schools like Milton’s Crabapple Crossing.

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At Crabapple Crossing, one dad per day comes on campus. After assisting with car pool, he’s introduced over the loudspeaker, then proceeds to his child’s classroom and helps until lunch.

Parents and students from Cumming’s Piney Grove Middle School unite for a “Grizzly Great Day of Giving.”

classroom support, work car pool and bus duty, even reduce bullying in schools, the latter of which has earned the moniker “Heroes of the Hallways.” One elementary school happy with its Watch D.O.G.S. is Crabapple Crossing in Milton. They implemented the initiative in fall of 2012, and report it has gone gangbusters. How complicated was it to get the ball rolling? “I found it extremely easy,” super mom Tara Spolan told me. It was Spolan, encouraged by a green light from Principal George Freiberger, who led the charge. One phone call had her connected with the Watch D.O.G.S. powers that be. Painlessly, they outfitted her with a play-byplay marketing program: flyers, CD and instruction book. The flexibility of the program particularly struck Spolan. For example, at Crabapple Crossing, one dad per day comes on campus. After assisting with car pool, he’s introduced over the loudspeaker, then proceeds to his child’s classroom and helps until lunch. Other schools do it differently. At Haw Creek Elementary in Cumming, you’ll see an entire battalion of Watch D.O.G.S working Friday morning car pool. Their en masse presence conveys a poignant message: we’re here, we care. It seems the program only insists on one thing: T-shirts. “That’s the uniform,” Spolan said with a laugh. “When a Watch D.O.G.S. dad comes to school, he’s got to be wearing that shirt.” Easy enough. Perhaps the most compelling testimony comes from a man behind the cotton.

“Seeing how proud my son was of me serving as the Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer confirmed how special it is for dads to get involved with their children’s lives,” said Crabapple’s Josh Cahill. “I would highly recommend the program for all schools and dads.” Grizzly Great Day of Giving Another guy in a unique position to tell the tale of parental involvement is Todd McClellan. With spring in his step, he strides down the halls of Cumming’s Piney Grove Middle School not only as a father, but assistant principal. Piney Grove: Home of the Grizzlies. And quite a bit more. McClellan pointed out that altruistic endeavors have been part of the school’s fabric since the beginning. Principal Terri North has hit a home run by cooking up the idea for a philanthropic initiative called Grizzly Great Day of Giving. Or, G3 for short.

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Students and parents tackle approximately 62 local service projects during the “Grizzly Great Day of Giving.”

One morning each spring, 1,130 teenagers are unleashed into the community. Yikes ... and yea! The students, along with 100 school staff members and a boatload of parents, create a small army of dogooders who tackle approximately 62 local services projects. The kids lay pine straw, visit nursing homes, wash school buses and bag roadside trash. At home, they can’t even keep their rooms clean, but on G3 something magical happens. A philanthropic spirit rips through the school like a Nimbus 2000. McClelland told me, “One girl last year kept gushing, ‘This is so cool!’” When I asked what she was doing, McClelland leaned forward, paused as if delivering a joke and said, “Folding clothes for a thrift store.” Her mother would be so proud! In fact, her mother was probably there. Currently, it takes around 170 parent volunteers to make this power-day of giving go. “Every aspect of coordination is done by parents,” Principal North revealed. “We simply could not do it without them.” Moms and dads handle fundraising, contact and chaperone service sights, lug snacks and supplies, and play clean-up crew. Asked what PHOTO COURTESY OF CHESTNUT CHARTER SCHOOL

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advice she’d give fellow schools looking to launch similar programs, North didn’t hesitate. “You’ve got to have sponsors. We learned that right away. When our students show up to a hospital or food pantry, we tote supplies. If they’re doing planting, we bring the flowers.” Other key elements per North: handing over the reins to like-minded parents, and making sure a strong foundation is in place from day one. No winging it. Wellness Team Down the road, a parent-led initiative of a different color is the wellness programming over at Chesnut Charter Elementary in Dunwoody. Green would be their hue of choice, as they educate both students and parents on farm-to-school practices. Passionate parent leaders like Angela Renals have been heavily involved initiating an ecology club and Wellness Team. The 20-member plus Wellness Team is cooperative, comprised of parent volunteers, administration, teachers, the cafeteria manager and even the school nurse.

During a past student lesson titled “Tasting a Rainbow of Plants,” the team’s efforts were more than validated. “There were children who didn’t recognize a piece of celery,” Parent Angela Renals stated. “It was shocking.”

A wellness program at Dunwoody’s Chestnut Charter Elementary educates students and parents on farm-to-table practices.


Together, they corral students in the gym for nutrition lessons funded by a Georgia SHAPE grant. For extra credit, the team hosts evening seminars aimed at parents, educating those who are filling, pushing and paying for that grocery cart. But really, is this necessary? Surely we’ve got the basics: to flee refined sugar and avoid partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, better known as the spawn of Satan. According to Renals, you’d be surprised. During a past student lesson titled “Tasting a Rainbow of Plants,” the team’s efforts were more than validated. “There were children who didn’t recognize a piece of celery,” Renals stated. “It was shocking.” Another lesson focused on food labels and sugar content. Sugar cubes were brought in as stark visual aids. Students read product labels then created sugar cube towers to match. One little white square stacked on another until the exact height of unhealthiness found in a pack of Dora the Explorer fruit snacks was revealed. How do you get additional parents involved so that a few key people aren’t doing the lion’s share of work? Renals said emails and flyers are a good start. “But nothing beats one-on-one networking,” she admitted. “I try to create a relationship with every parent I meet.” Renals also recommends asking parents how they’d like to help, not just assigning tasks. “You’ve got to remember, people’s lives are extremely full.” Farmers’ Market Maybe not too full for a farmer’s market ... everyone loves those. That’s exactly what the Brookwood Farmers’ Market in Forsyth County is banking on as they move into their fourth season of operation. Kelly Walczak, a Brookwood Elementary School parent, conceived the unique endeavor. Tapping pointsnorthatlanta.com | July 2013 | Points North

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her school’s PTA, she discovered a group of equal-minded parents up for the task. In 2010, they gathered to learn as much as possible about organizing and running a farmers’ market. Apparently, they’re a quick study. Due to rapid growth, the market has moved from the Brookwood Elementary parking lot to new digs. Now every Friday evening through September, you can stop by Caney Creek Preserve to pick up produce, sweets and gourmet olive oil. Kiddos make merry on a fantastic playground, while adults peruse the market’s additional offerings: handcrafted jewelry, Kudzu Soap and whimsical hand-sewn goodies. Peppy live music flits over the scene, vocals and guitar by Bob Carr, another Brookwood parent. “We wanted to teach our students how and why locally grown and produced

foods are important to both our health and the environment,” Walczak explained. The market has proven a remarkable venue for connecting families, neighbors, visitors, local businesses and the school. It’s very “kumbaya.” The secret of its success? A team of driven and focused volunteers dedicated to making a difference. Now self-sustaining, all profits from vendor fees channel back into the PTA to help fund student enrichment. True, not every parent is up for whipping together an al fresco marketplace. But the point Walczak and her team demonstrate is well taken. When children witness their parents involved with programming that ties into their school, a priceless message is communicated: education is a family affair. A priority. Across Atlanta’s Northside, it’s exciting to see the opportunities and creative ideas taking place. Of course, the importance of parental involvement is as old as time. A truth no one had to point out to Pa Ingalls. He served on his daughters’ school board. How did his kid turn out? Flip through any of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Perhaps you’ve heard of her. PN

Every Friday evening through September, parents from Cumming’s Brookwood Elementary School organize a farmers’ market with local goods and live music at Caney Creek Preserve.

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inding the perfect school for a child is a battle for any parent. There is so much to consider: Public or private? Big or small? Is it worth it to drive out of the county? For Debbi Scarborough, this process wasn’t just a challenge, it was an impossibility. Her son Steven was born with Asperger’s Syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum that is characterized by significant difficulties with social interaction. Steven went to public school for years, where he seemed to get by. But in 2006, when Steven was in the fifth grade, his principal asked Scarborough what she thought about a special school for him. Scarborough pointed out that he was getting good grades, and the principal responded, “Don’t you want him to have friends? Don’t you want him to thrive? Don’t you want him to be a leader?” “Instead of ‘he can be a typical kid,’ because that’s not my son, this was really the first time I thought, ‘he needs a place where he can thrive and blend, instead of stick out,’” Scarborough said. Unfortunately, fi nding a special needs school willing

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to accept Steven was easier said than done. “We’d get turned down, because there wasn’t as much awareness about Asperger’s back then. People didn’t realize that these are really great kids, they just need a smaller environment,” she said. W hen ever y school t hat t hey approached turned Steven away, Scarborough didn’t let it get her down — instead, she decided to start her own school that would be the perfect fit for her son.

Cumberland Academy founder Debbi Scarborough and her son Steven


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Every teacher at Cumberland is certified in Special Education, every counselor is a licensed therapist and the studentteacher ratio is about 8 to 1.

A Leap of Faith Scarborough left her executive search firm to found Cumberland Academy in 2007, which she began with no educational background whatsoever. She did have experience finding good people to work for her, and she quickly hired the very best staff she could find. Every teacher at Cumberland is certified in Special Education, every counselor is a licensed therapist and the student-teacher ratio is about 8 to 1. The school focuses on the needs of children with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, high-functioning autism, PDD-NOS and some other learning disabilities. W hen Cu mberla nd opened i n December 2007, Scarborough said it took “a big leap of faith.” Her fi rst task was finding a great location, and she found it in the building behind the First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs. At the beginning of that first semester, there were only three students, but she didn’t worry too much. “One of [Cumberland’s] board members said, ‘Macy’s didn’t have any customers when they opened. They had to open their doors to get customers,’” Scarborough recalled. That’s exactly what Cumberland did. By making connections and spreading the

word through every channel Scarborough could think of, the number of students rose to about 10 by the end of the school’s first year. Since then, their growth has been steady. There is certainly a need for Cumberland, as it’s estimated 1 in 88 children are born with some form of autism. “Really, what our school is about is teaching social skills,” Scarborough said. “[Our students are] typically academically strong, but they’re quirky and awkward. They may hyper-focus on things, and they know everything about what they know.” Mornings begin with a half-hour of socialization in the gym, when the kids are free to mill around and mingle with their fellow classmates — and Haley, of course. Haley is Scarborough’s yellow lab, the school’s therapy dog and a big part of the students’ day-to-day lives. From growing up with Steven, Haley has learned to quickly spot when a child could use a little extra attention, and her cheering-up skills are second to none. When students become overwhelmed with a class lesson or social situation, they have the unique option to hit tennis balls to Haley or give her a good belly rub. Students attend six classes a day for 50 minutes each, including five core classes and one “enrichment” period of their choice, like drama or art. “We think transition is hard, and we like that,” Scarborough

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own.” The school’s curriculum is also fairly rigorous, which means that many students are actually studying at grade levels higher than their own. In other words, a student who is 12 years old won’t necessarily selfidentify as a sixth-grader. In addition to studying core subjects like math and English, Cumberland focuses on teaching social skills. On Fridays, a small group of students eats lunch at a local restaurant to practice ordering from a menu, paying their bill, leaving a tip and having “appropriate” conversations. Another group goes to the Young Chef’s Academy to learn basic cooking skills and how to follow recipes, and a third group volunteers at Sandy Springs’ Food Bank. Once a year, the kids go on a three-day trip; this year, the younger students went to Space Camp and the older ones went to Nashville. Scarborough said that parents often worry that their child won’t know how to dress or act so far away from home, but she tells them, “Don’t worry about it. They need to learn this independence.” But in other ways, Cumberland is exactly like a regular school. Everyone

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says the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning, and when the weather is nice, the younger students go outside for recess. They can join after-school clubs like Robotics or Rock Band, join one of the sports teams or be in a play that they’ll help write themselves. The school holds dances a few times per year for the older students, and they always invite another special needs school in Atlanta to join the festivities. Scarborough explained that because 80 percent of autistic children are male, Cumberland’s student population is “very boy-heavy” and it’s necessary to bring in more girls to even their numbers. Development Coordinator Shari Wright sees the same passion in the school’s teachers that she remembers from her former public school job, but it takes a different type of passion to teach at Cumberland, where lesson plans are tailored to fit each student’s individual needs. “When these teachers go home, I would bet my last dollar that they’re thinking about what they can do for each of their students the following day,” Wright said. Cumberland’s entire staff is composed of about 25 people, so each team member must be willing and able to wear a lot of hats. “If the P.E. teacher is busy, Scarborough is happy to go in there in her heels and have the kids run some laps and do some jumping jacks,” Wright added. Seeing the Benefit Cumberland gained its accreditation after only two years, an enormous victory considering that similar schools have had to wait 50. Scarborough is excited to have just purchased their building from the church, and now plans to launch a capital


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drive to fund a few much-needed renovations. Currently about 80 students are enrolled, and this year, four students graduated — their biggest class ever! Once a student enrolls, it doesn’t take long to start seeing results. Scarborough remembers one boy who refused to play basketball in P.E. because he was, as he put it, “a loser.” “About five minutes later, I look up and he’s in the game,” Scarborough said. “His mom is in the audience, and after the game, he goes running to his mom and says, ‘I did it!’ Things like that get me through the day. And we have those ‘a-ha’ moments just about every day.” Her son, Steven, a rising senior at Cumberland, is finally thriving like Scarborough always knew he could. He works part time as a car salesman, and his mom smiles when she talks about how good he is at it. She says he plans to attend college after he graduates, and eventually hopes to find a job in the automobile industry. Another student, Andrew Sheehan, tried seven different schools before one of his principals referred him to Cumberland, where he was surprised to finally find an accepting environment where he can be himself. “The reason I like Cumberland is you get more one-on-one time than other schools,” Andrew said. “At this school, every teacher cares.” Andrew graduated in May and is already accepted to Kennesaw State University, which he will be attending this fall. “I feel very confident,” he said. “I feel ready to go out into the world, whereas before, I probably would not have felt as confident with the abilities and traits I have. I’m really excited to be able to go and live on-campus.” The school has given students like Steven and Andrew a great education, self-confidence and lots of fond memories, but F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N that’s not all. It’s also given them Cumberland Academy something they’ve wanted all their 650 Mt. Vernon Hwy., lives, but never dreamed of having Sandy Springs before enrolling in Cumberland: 404-835-9000 cumberlandacademy.org true friends. PN 42

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These local schools take a variety of different approaches to teaching their students, and they witness the payoff every day. The Cottage School in Roswell is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life by teaching them essential work skills. The Cottage School’s mission assists in forming a sense of individuality and confidence in students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming. cottageschool.org The Lionheart School in Alpharetta is a non-profit educational organization devoted to developing a collaborative learning environment for those unable to locate a facility to fit the needs of their children. Lionheart’s teaching methods are used as a national prototype and educational model for children with autism as well as in other areas of communicating. thelionheartschool.com The Swift School in Roswell serves children in grades 1 – 7 with needs such as dyslexia and related languagebased learning difficulties in hopes to prepare them for success in their future endeavors. Their educational philosophy consists of many factors including addressing each child on a personal level and reflecting on the child’s unique learning capabilities. theswiftschool.org Porter Academy in Roswell is a fully accredited school focused on taking an individualized “whole child” approach. The faculty understands that each child’s needs vary, and they tend to each need base to form an effective intervention, whether academic, social or developmental. This tactic allows students to improve their self-esteem and gives them facilitated access to learn around their particular needs. porteracademy.org Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta strives to develop student’s untapped potential. Using a value-based educational community and multi-faceted learning programs, Mill Springs Academy focuses on growth in students,

whether physical, academic or social. millsprings.org Eaton Academy in Roswell, an accredited SACS/CASI institution, has a particularly small student-to-teacher ratio, allowing students a tailored learning approach. With a customized model of education for each student, Eaton Academy students are challenged based on individual learning styles and modified material. eatonacademy.org Ivy Gate School in Marietta is studentcentered, complete with visual, auditory, kinesthetic and experiential methods of teaching to reinforce learning for those with learning disabilities. Ivy Gate School’s focus on real-world application of learning techniques gives students the opportunity for extensive growth and preparation for their adult lives. ivygateschool.com Special Needs School of Gwinnett’s goal is to provide special needs students with advanced education and therapeutic programming. This school challenges students to learn value, grow personally and develop knowledge based on personal objectives. specialneedsschools.org Sophia Academy in Atlanta is a private, Christian school concentrated on an individualized education per student needs encompassed in a faithbased environment. The school encourages those with learning difficulties by tailoring programs to each student’s specific needs. sophiaacademy.org Brandon Hall School in Dunwoody is a college preparatory school that embraces students who learn at different rates and in a variety of ways. Twenty percent of their students are multinational, and combined with their faculty, there are a total of 13 languages spoken at Brandon Hall. Their curriculum centers on learning to embrace technology and develop critical thinking skills. brandonhall.org

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Innovative Online Study Sites for Students The beloved yellow highlighter may not be as helpful as we thought. New research in studying methods such as “distributed practice” and “practice testing” by Annie Murphy Paul of “The Brilliant Blog” makes the highlighter seem very old-school. Cumming resident and mother of two, Julie Wilson, has been working to implement Paul’s advice of frequent practicing into free study resources for students. Her online sites, “Qwizzy’s World” (for pre-K – 8th grade) and “Cram Stoppers” (for high school and college) work to alleviate student’s test-taking anxiety. Both sites emphasize repetitive testing, preparedness, comprehensive learning and retention. Students create their own quizzes, which can be shared with other students and teachers. Other tools include flash cards, an instant feedback quizzing system, and a basic writing program. With the success of these sites, Wilson is planning the launch of another site for the 2013-2014 school year titled “iStudyforSuccess,” which teaches students how to free themselves of the many electronic distractions of today. qwizzysworld.com, cramstoppers.com

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Educational Opportunities at Navarre Beach Parents of homeschooled children and those wishing to keep up learning over the summer can explore the educational opportunities that Navarre Beach and Milton, Fla., have to offer. Learn through immersion by exploring a variety of attractions. Observe a variety of fish and even some dolphins at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, then catch a close-up view at the local fish market. Explore the undeveloped forest along Blackwater River and observe the animals in their natural habitat. Take a trip to the Gulf Breeze Zoo and identify the characteristics that make each animal unique. Parents can engage their children by asking discussionbased questions about their experiences. The county of Santa Rosa has an entire home-school curriculum available equipped with activity ideas for grades K-5 in a wide variety of subjects such as art, language arts, math and science. Each attraction has a list of corresponding educational projects for children to complete. floridabeachestorivers.com

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perfect cure. Chattanooga offers just the right blend of family-friendly fun and adult-approved sophistication, plus it’s easy to navigate with kids in tow. Situated amidst the mountains of Southeast Tennessee along the Tennessee River, the “Scenic City” is an urban hub at the center of recreational activities. Adventure seekers can go kayaking, paddleboarding and whitewater rafting on the river, biking along the Riverwalk, picnicking in local parks, and rock climbing and hang gliding on nearby Lookout Mountain. Chattanooga’s outdoor offerings go hand-in-hand with a sincere sense of environmental awareness in everything from transportation to dining. A free electric shuttle provides transportation throughout the city, and a bicycle transit program allows locals and visitors alike to rent bikes for temporary usage at 31 different stations around town. Restaurants


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FRIDAY 10 a.m. – Start your journey early enough to beat the mid-day heat at Rock City Gardens. Located six miles from Downtown Chattanooga atop Lookout Mountain, the iconic natural playground boasts 14 acres of centuries-old rock formations and hundreds of plant species along its wooded paths. The self-guided Enchanted Trail, the main attraction, is not strollerfriendly, so take a carrier along for little tykes who can’t walk on their own (we recommend Kelty’s backpack-style carriers). You can stow your stroller at the Gardens Gateway Gift Shop before setting out, or opt for the stroller-friendly shortcut path, which skips some of the sights on a direct route to Lover’s Leap and a panoramic view of seven surrounding states.

From left to right: Chattanooga Choo Choo Rose Garden; Lover’s Leap at Rock City Gardens; Rembrandt’s Coffeehouse in the Bluff View Art District; the Chattanooga waterfront during Riverbend Music Festival

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3 p.m. – Check in to comfortable room or suite accommodations at The Chattanoogan, a well-appointed hotel in the heart of Chattanooga’s historic Southside. Once you’re settled, enjoy

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an easy half-mile walk to the famed Chattanooga Choo Choo, where kids in particular will enjoy colorful gardens, a ride around the complex on an authentic New Orleans trolley, a self-guided tour through the Model Railroad Museum, and a hand-dipped ice cream cone at the Sweet Stop. If shopping is more your style, spend some time pursuing the one-of-a-kind shops at nearby Warehouse Row. The former Civil War fort and later textile warehouse district now houses upscale boutiques, galleries, restaurants and more.


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6 p.m. – Continue on foot to dinner at Urban Stack, located halfway between the Choo Choo and The Chattanoogan. The hip burger and bourbon bar declares a commitment to local ingredients on the exposed brick walls of its LEED-certified building; choose from “killer burgers” like the Hamburgeusa Mamacita (crumbled chorizo, pickled red onion, avocado, jalapeño, chipotle aioli and Fiesta cheese) alongside steakhouse-worthy sides like gouda creamed corn and a selection of bourbon-based cocktails. After dinner, return to The Chattanoogan’s Foundry Lounge for live music entertainment beginning at 8 p.m.

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sensational citrus sour cream and coffee from Chattanooga’s own Stone Cup Roasting Co. After fueling up, cross the street to the Tennessee Aquarium. Even if you’ve been to Georgia Aquarium, this one is worth a visit. Affordable admission grants access to both the Ocean Journey and River Journey buildings, the latter of which won over our little guy in particular with paths

that made us feel as if we were immersed in the wetlands. A highlight in the Ocean Journey building is the “Jellies: Living Art” exhibit, a joint effort with Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum of American Art that features six different species of jellyfish alongside jelly-inspired studio glass sculptures. Plan about two hours for a self-guided tour through both

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Alternate afternoon activity – Take the kids to play at North Shore’s Coolidge Park, where a 100-year-old restored carousel and interactive fountain make for a fun-filled afternoon. While you’re there, seek refreshment at nearby Pure Sodaworks, which handcrafts its soda in-house using organic herbs, fruits, berries and unprocessed cane sugar in flavors like strawberry jalapeño and hibiscus lemon. 6 p.m. – Leave the urban setting behind without leaving the city in the Bluff View Art District, which feels more like a small European village than a city center. 54

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Perched atop stone cliffs on the Chattanooga riverfront, the historic neighborhood emphasizes visual, horticultural and culinary arts. The district is home to the Hunter Museum of American Art and The River Gallery (art aficionados will want to head here earlier in the day, as both close at 5 p.m.), as well as restaurants and a B&B. Spend some time strolling the cobbled streets, delighting in impeccably manicured gardens and peeking into hidden courtyards before dinner at Back Inn Café, where a patio provides breathtaking views of the river over fresh fish, steak or sushi. After dinner, peek in on a wedding party at the Bocce Court Terrace, then finish the evening with a cup of coffee and a pastry from the Bluff View Bakery at Rembrandt’s Coffee House.

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SUNDAY 11 a.m. – Sleep late, then enjoy brunch at The Chattanoogan’s Broad Street Grille, with classics like eggs Benedict and horseradish garlic-crusted beef top round, plus unlimited Champagne, mimosas and a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar with more than 27 toppings. 1 p.m. – Before heading home, stock up on fresh produce, locally baked goods and unique art at The Chattanooga Market across from Finley Stadium. Themes include a peach festival on July 7, ice cream social on July 14, bluegrass on July 21 and a tomato festival on July 28. PN pointsnorthatlanta.com | July 2013 | Points North

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ROSWELL WOMAN’S CLUB presented the Rockin’ Roswell CHAIRity Event on June 1, 2013 auctioning off over 75 beautifully painted, handmade Adirondack rocking chairs with all proceeds going to educational opportunities and charitable organizations in North Fulton. The event was held at Nalley Toyota of Roswell with delicious food provided by Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events. Auctioneer Gordon Shiflett held the evening’s live auction while the silent auction of chairs came to an end after two weeks of online bidding. Roswell Woman’s Club thanks the participating artists as well as all the sponsors and the entire community for their generosity and partnership. In addition to presenting sponsors Nalley Toyota, Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events, Founders Hall and Points North Atlanta, other sponsors included Roswell Neighbor, Atlanta Magazine, My Community Monthly, Publix Super Markets Charities, Home Depot/Windward Parkway, Summer Classics, Jim & Buff Van Epps, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, Brown & Co. Jewelers, Pearle Vision & the offices of Dr. Howard H. Oifer and Salon 124. Providing Sponsors included Jim & Sherry Broadway, Judith P. Perkins, Mr. Bob Hagan/Sterling Healthcare, Inc., Abita Brewing Company, Allgood Wine & Spirits, Stroud’s Printing & Design and Vixen Vodka.

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Summer Getaways

Mark your calendar for these destination events and attractions before summer fades away!

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SOUTHERN COMFORT CABIN RENTALS [Through September]

Find comfort and relaxation an hour north of Atlanta in an upscale cabin in the North Georgia Mountains. Whether you choose a cabin with a mountain view like “Above it All” or a spot on Lake Blue Ridge, your family will have the perfect base camp for all types of mountain adventures, and summer is the perfect time to explore. The best part is that you can have all the amenities at a price you can afford! Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals is currently providing a special offer exclusively for Points North readers. Use offer code “PN13” through September to save on your mountain getaway. Blue Ridge, Ga., 706-258-3737, southerncomfortcabinrentals.com

ALL-AMERICAN WEEKEND AT BARNSLEY RESORT [July 4 – 7]

A nostalgic small town-style celebration is big on fun with activities planned for a weekend-long party in honor of Independence Day. Resort guests enjoy a “Red, White & Brew” craft beer tasting, a whimsical parade for children, family field day and an all-day Tribute to Freedom on Saturday with live music throughout the afternoon, culminating in a classic Southern barbecue and summer concert on the Tenth Tee featuring the Peachtree Station and the Athens Horn Connection. Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, Ga., barnsleyresort.com

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BBQ & BREWS DINNER TRAIN [July 6, 13]

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad invites you to climb aboard their first ever BBQ & Brews Dinner Train. Enjoy a pulled pork dinner along with an informational beer tasting featuring local craft brews from Nantahala Brewery and Heinzelmannchen Brewery. Leaving Bryson City, N.C., at 7 p.m. and arriving at the Fontana Trestle right as the sun is setting, this train ride makes for an evening that’s as scenic as the BBQ sauce is succulent. Admission starts at $69 and includes one roundtrip train ticket, dinner, drinks and a souvenir beer tasting glass. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, 800-872-4681, gsmr.com

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FIREFLY NIGHT [July 20]

Spend an evening in Barnsley Resort’s historic ruins with live music, cocktails and dancing at Firefly Night. Signature cocktails and a night under the stars make for a romantic date night or evening out with friends. Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, Ga., barnsleyresort.com


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95TH ANNUAL STREET DANCES [Through Aug. 12]

Every Friday throughout the summer, enjoy mountain bluegrass music, clogging and square dancing on Main Street. Historic Hendersonville, N.C., historichendersonville.org

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JACK’S BUTTERFLY BONANZA

[Aug. 2 – 3]

The second annual Jack’s Butterfly Bonanza benefits the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children.   Fun for the entire family, the event combines an 18-hole golf tournament on Friday, a two-mile fun walk Saturday morning, a benefit auction and an incredible concert on the lawn Saturday night featuring music from Ken & Drew from Sister Hazel, Emerson Hart of Tonic, Shawn Mullins, Stephen Kellogg, Yacht Rock Revue and Jay Brown. Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, Ga., jacksevent.com

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[Aug. 10]

Enjoy craft beers from around the world along with beer seminars such as Cooking with Beer and Home Brewing 101. The event will also feature a Cask Beer Garden with

firkins of limited edition, unfiltered beer, plus games, food and live music. The Wharf, Orange Beach, Ala., topofthehopsbeerfest.com

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SEC BEACHFEST

[Aug. 15 – 18]

Before your favorite college team takes the field, take the entire family to the white, sandy beaches of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Ala. for the 2nd SEC BeachFest, a championship celebration featuring legendary football coaches a golf scramble, 5K run and more. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Ala., secbeachfest.com

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[Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 ]

On Saturday, enter to compete in the Barnsley Battle of the Burger for the chance to have the winning entry featured on that evening’s menu. A movie night under the stars is planned on the tenth tee. The Summer Concert Series continues on Sunday along with an outdoor “End of Summer Block Party” dinner buffet. Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, Ga., barnsleyresort.com

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[Aug. 30 – Sept. 2]

Say goodbye to summer with a street fair, arts & crafts, entertainment, children’s activities, parade, food and more. Hendersonville, N.C., ncapplefestival.org

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POINTS NORTH’S SECOND ANNUAL SAVVY & SUCCESSFUL WOMEN OF THE NORTHSIDE LAST YEAR, WE WERE HONORED TO INTRODUCE a phenomenal group of passionate, ambitious and purpose-driven women in our inaugural Savvy & Successful tribute. To celebrate even more of the remarkable women in our communities, Points North Atlanta is partnering once again with Ming Wang clothing to shine a spotlight on their efforts and achievements, and our search is on. We’re looking for Savvy & Successful women who live or work in the northern suburbs of Metro Atlanta, and we want your nominations. Tell us about the Savvy & Successful woman in your life, and she could be selected for a special honorary event and profile in our November 2013 issue. These women may be leaders in business, philanthropy, education, healthcare, their communities or the arts; regardless of her expertise, each one is an inspiration to those around her. Since its founding in 1986, Ming Wang has always been inspired by real women like this, from busy mothers to savvy business women, making the stylish fashion brand the perfect partner for Savvy & Successful. Balancing style and functionality, every piece is designed with real women’s needs in mind; regardless of age or size, Ming Wang strives to create collections that redefine women’s relationships with their wardrobes, so that looking beautiful and feeling confident can be an effortless task in a busy day. Ming Wang clothing is available at Von Maur at North Point and Perimeter malls. mingwangknits.com To nominate a woman for this special honor, please download the Savvy & Successful nomination form at pointsnorthatlanta.com and send it in by July 31.


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PERFORMING ARTS

B U D DY: TH E B U D DY H O LLY S TO RY

[Through July 24] Learn about true love conquering all with this Disney Princess classic. City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

[July 9 – 14] This musical celebration of the legendary singer-songwriter Buddy Holly features hits such as “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.” Fox Theatre, 404-252-8960, theaterofthestars.com

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[J ULY 9 – 14] Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Fox Theatre

DR. SEUSS’S TH E C AT I N TH E H AT [Through July 28] Join Sally, her brother, their pet Fish, Thing 1, Thing 2 and the Cat for some zany fun and adventures on the puppet stage. Center for Puppetry Arts, 404-873-3391, puppet.org

TH E M OTOW N S O U N D

[July 23 – 28] This version of America’s most loved family musical will feature many local Atlanta children as “Kittens.” Fox Theatre, 404-252-8960, theaterofthestars.com

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G I R L W ITH A P E A R L EARRING [Through Sept. 29] This exhibit includes Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece and more than 30 exceptional works from the Golden

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[July 4 – 14] This returning show whisks audiences back to the 1960s with the feel-good hits of Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and more. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

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P I N - U P S H OW [July 12 – 26] This non-curated show will feature artists of all ages. Drop-off dates for artwork are July 8 – 12. Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, 404-613-6172, fultonarts.org

X Y Z : A LTE R N ATI V E VO I C E S I N G A M E D E S I G N [July 14 – Sept. 1] This exhibition is the first to highlight the work of women as video game designers and artists. Museum of Design Atlanta, 404-979-6455, museumofdesign.org

A LP H A R E T TA A R T I N TH E PA R K [July 27 – 28] On the last full weekend of each month, enjoy this artist market featuring handcrafted work by local artists. Alpharetta, awesomealpharetta.com

CONCERTS | COMEDY H O M E BY DA R K CONCERT SERIES

[July 5] This outdoor show is hosted by Georgia-based singer-songwriter James Casto, along with Jesse Terry and Beth Wood. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 678-665-0040, homebydark.com

M O U NTA I N S T Y LE M U S I C [July 6] Join The Nearly Normal String Band for an evening of Appalachian, bluegrass and folk music. Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia, 706-356-4362

S E R E N ATA [July 6] This eight-piece Latin band hits the stage for July’s Riverside Sounds concert series. Roswell Riverside Park, 770-641-3705, roswellriversidesounds.com

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CONCERTS IN TH E G A R D E N [July 12, 19 & 26] The eleventh season of this series is in full swing with July performers including The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Boz Scaggs and Lyle Lovett. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859, atlantabotanicalgarden.org

PHISH [July 16 & 17] Rock on with this ‘80s band. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, vzwamp.com

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TH E S E N S ATI O N A L S PAC E S H I F TE R S [July 19] Come hear the Led Zeppelin singer with his new band. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, vzwamp.com

TH E B L AC K C R OW E S [July 20] Enjoy a night of Southern rock with this native Atlanta band. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, vzwamp.com

TH E S TR A N D TH E ATR E SUMMER MUSIC SERIES [July 20] This month features The Sock Hops, a band specializing in four-part harmonies. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

BARENAKED LADIES [July 26] Take advantage of this appearance of the Canadian rock band. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, vzwamp.com

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CHARITY EVENTS W I N E TA S TI N G

[July 6] This wine tasting benefits the American Parkinson Disease Association Georgia Chapter. Come enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, live music, socializing and door prizes. Vino 100, Alpharetta, 404-3252020, info@adpageorgia.org

S U M M E R W I N E AU C TI O N [July 16] Support EnAble of GA, Inc, a foundation helping local teens and adults with developmental disabilities, on this evening of live music, hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer. Dal Coure Italian Restaurant, Johns Creek, 770-664-4347 ext. 121, enablega.org Established 2002 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

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GERMAN & EUROPEAN CUISINE Chef Reinhold Weger has been creating German & European specialties in downtown Cumming since 1995. Our customers rave about our Weiner Schnitzel, Jager Schnitzel, Rouladen, other timeless specialties and exceptional desserts from Weger’s Roswell bakery – The Cake Shoppe. Introducing our New Four-Course Tasting Menu TuesdayThursday!

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holiday decorations to help benefit the restoration of the Hembree Farm Historic Site. Hembree Family Home, Roswell, roswellhistoricalsociety.org

TE N N I S N I G HT O N TH E TOW N [July 20] This event will kick off the 2013 BB&T Atlanta Open tennis tournament. This night features the official Player Party and Draw Ceremony, a chance to meet ATP World Tour pros and more. The YMCA of Metro Atlanta has been selected as the primary charity beneficiary. Twelve Hotel Ballroom, Atlantic Station, atlantaymcatennis.org

B AC K TO S C H O O L C O M M U N IT Y F E S TI VA L [July 27] Come enjoy children performers, live entertainment, carnival food and games, prizes and a silent auction at this festival. Bring school supplies plus a $5 admission fee to support needy children. Unity North Church, Marietta, liftupatlanta.org

C H R I S TM A S I N J U LY [July 27] Come purchase new and gently used

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 S T F R I DAYS I N H I S TO R I C D U LUTH

[July 4, Aug. 1] These special evenings feature art and music on the street, drawings and giveaways, food and drink specials and food trucks. Participating merchants include Trish Land Goods for the Home and Garden, Sassy Girl Design, Crave Pie Studio and many more. Historic Downtown Duluth, facebook.com/downtownduluthga

C E LE B R ATI O N O N TH E S Q UA R E [July 4] Celebrate Independence Day in Marietta with a morning parade, free live concerts, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks. Marietta, 770-423-1330, mariettaga.gov

FA B U LO U S F O U R TH AT M A LL O F G E O R G I A [July 4] Celebrate Independence Day with family-friendly festivities, music and the largest fireworks display in the county. A free post-fireworks movie screening features “Playing for Keeps.” Mall of Georgia, Buford, 678-482-8788, simon.com

J U LY 4TH F I R E WO R K S A N D F E S TI V ITI E S [July 4] Celebrate Independence Day at Wills Park with family and friends. Wills Park, Alpharetta, wprcprograms@alpharetta.ga.us

H O LI DAY G O R G E F LO O R H I K E [July 6 & 7] This 3.5-mile strenuous trek features hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing and climbing boulders. Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls, 706-754-7981

SUMMER COOKING CLASSES [July 9 & 23] A monthly series of cooking classes will be taught by Roswell’s own Chef


John Wilson. Learn how to prepare a full meal from American and international recipes. Barrington Hall, Roswell, 770-640-3855

S TR A N D TH E ATR E M OV I E S [July 11] This month, enjoy “Mamma Mia.” Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

C R IT TE R C A LL [July 13] Bring the kids and learn about wildlife with naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Terry Manis. Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia, 706-356-4362

GW I N E T T C O U NT Y M A S TE R G A R D E N E R S [July 15] Dr. Matthew Chappell, an assistant professor and statewide extension horticulturist in the University of Georgia’s Department of Horticulture, presents “Native Plants You Should Know.” Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville, 678-277-0179, gwinettmastergardeners.com

N ATI O N A L TR A I N S H OW [July 19 – 21] Atlanta hosts this 23rd annual model train show and trade exposition, the most respected show in the industry. Cobb Galleria Centre, 602-5699072, nationaltrainshow.com

S U M M E R S AT B O OT C A M P [July 19 – Aug. 2] Prepare for the October 2013 SATs with Applerouth Tutoring Services. These classes feature small group instruction, three mock tests and cutting-edge educational materials. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 678-812-3972

N I G HT H I K E [July 20] Join a naturalist on this hike to explore the woodlands and wetlands, and enjoy marshmallow roasting at a campfire. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, chattnaturecenter.org

YO UTH F I S H I N G DAYS AT B U C K S H OA L S [July 20] Fish for catfish, bass and bream with

your child. Fish can be kept, but bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is held at Buck Shoals, a future state park near Smithgall Woods. Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen, 706-878-3087

F U LL M O O N SUSPENSION BRIDGE HIKE [July 21 & 22] Enjoy this 1.5-mile hike under the full moon. Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls, 706-754-7981

SUMMER DRIVER’S ED [July 22 – 26 & July 29 – Aug. 2] Driver’s Ed classes give students 30 hours of classroom training as well as six hours of private behind-the-wheel training. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 678-812-3972

G E O LO GY I N G E O R G I A [July 25] This meeting of the Chattahoochee Nature Center Club features a virtual trip to visit Georgia’s geological wonders by geology teachers Bill Witherspoon and Dr. Pamela Gore. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, chattnaturecenter.org

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F O LK LI F E F E S TI VA L [July 26 & 27] See some mountain-skill demonstrations of spinning, candle dipping and blacksmithing, and participate in oldfashioned games and dancing. Unicoi State Park and Lodge, Helen, 800-573-9659 ext. 305, gastateparks.org

B AC K-TO - S C H O O L C O M M U N IT Y C E LE B R ATI O N [July 27] In addition to fulfilling all your back-toschool shopping needs at retailers like Gymboree, American Eagle, and DSW shoes, enjoy kids activities, live music, a fashion show, a magic show and more at this family-friendly event. The Collection at Forsyth, Cumming, collectionforsyth.com

D OW NTOW N ATL A NTA R E S TAU R A NT W E E K [July 27 – Aug. 4] More than 30 restaurants will participate in this eleventh annual event. Central Atlanta Progress, atlanta downtown.com/fun/restaurant-week

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Belt it Out. Grab your ‘50s garb, break out your poodle skirt and get ready to do the jive! The Fox Theatre presents its first ever sing-along “Grease” movie on July 27 at 7:30 p.m. This is your chance to be a Pink Lady or T-bird for the evening and participate in a costume competition, all while belting out classic tunes in this interactive movie experience. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. 855-ATL-TIXX, foxatltix.com Move Your Feet. Join the latest fitness craze, and get ready to dance your heart out! With Studio 13 Fitness, you can host your own Zumba fitness party while getting in shape on your own schedule. As a mobile studio, Studio 13 Fitness brings Zumba to you. Whether you want to plan a class or a party, the Studio 13 Fitness team is prepared to cater a routine sure to fit your needs. Visit studio13fit.com or call 404-388-1256. Feast on the Street. Join the latest dining craze and feed your cravings every Thursday evening from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Alpharetta Food Truck Alley. Complete with live music and six to eight rotating food trucks, this weekly event is sure to satisfy your appetite. Enjoy mouth-watering creations from local chefs on wheels, including Yumbii and King of Pops. Prepare to dig your forks into a variety of cuisine for a night with an innovative meal! For weekly updates and more information, visit facebook.com/foodtruckalley. Experience Nature. Join the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s 14th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival to experience the thrilling sight of hundreds of butterflies as they fill the sky upon their release during the event on July 13 – 14. Prepare for a day filled with live music, photography and entomology, arts and crafts and, of course, beautiful butterflies. If you are unable to attend the festival, don’t fret! Launching the same day and open until July 31, the live butterfly exhibit offers an array of educational and interactive experiences. chattnaturecenter.org


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