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{ ON THE COVER } Marcy Levinson-Brooks, one of our 10 readernominated Savvy and Successful Women of the Northside for 2012. Wardrobe provided by Ming Wang, photo courtesy of Derek Wintermute Photography

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As editors, we know the best stories involve everyday people making a world of difference, sometimes without even realizing it. This month we debut our first annual Savvy and Successful Women of the Northside, an exclusive feature designed to celebrate women in our communities who have inspired others in some fashion.

The South’s favorite season is officially here, and unleashed with that wispy change in temperature comes the urge for something to sip on. Something warm and steaming to hold between two wooly-clad hands, something piping hot that satisfies a growling tummy and something that, by cliché and simple fact, soothes the soul. You need soup and we’re dishing the scoop on neighborhood nooks that serve spoonfuls of our favorites.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE AND ENTERTAINMENT TIPS Martha Stewart makes it look so easy, but we know the holiday season is rarely stress free. That’s why we’ve scoured the shelves of local shops and can’tmiss cyberspace stops for creative gifts for her, for him, for kids and for everyone else on your nice list. We’ve even thrown in a few sure-fire entertaining tips that will leave guests wondering when you became Ms. Stewart herself.

According to estimates by the Wounded Warrior Project, 320,000 service members are believed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while on deployment since Sept. 11, 2001. Fortunately, at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a special program called SHARE is rehabilitating some of these warriors with specialized treatments.

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was not something I ever planned to do. I wanted to be the next Mia Hamm, the unassuming soccer star who played passionately and with such fierce determination that while she was busy living her dream, she inspired others to do the same. Apparently being one of the world’s greatest athletes wasn’t in my wheelhouse, but Hamm’s toughness and confidence hit home — I knew I needed to dig deep and find a goal off the field. It worked. I’ve since found my voice and swapped those dirty cleats for designer boots. These days, rather than reading about women who make a difference in the lives of others, I have the good fortune of meeting them in person like I did last month at the photo shoot for our first annual Savvy and Successful Women of the Northside feature (page 16). Collectively, they’ve overcome physical and emotional challenges, vowed to improve their communities and followed

lifelong dreams to get where they are today. While we’re excited to share their inspiring stories with you, we also invite you to go behind-the-scenes with us and see snippets of our two-day photo shoot, which at some point became as much about fashionable clothes, make-up and hair styling as about the intriguing women themselves. Visit our Facebook page for a sneak peek and while you’re there, be sure to “like” your favorite Ming Wang pieces. Even though I never became an elite athlete, after visiting with this savvy and successful group, I am more acutely aware that we are never bound by occupation, but rather by heart and spirit, where our impact is defined by those that touch us, rather than those we touch.

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One lucky Points North reader will win five-day, four-night accommodations at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa in Orlando, Fla., one $100 credit at Reflections Spa-Salon and a $40 food and beverage credit at Frankie Farrell’s Irish Pub & Grille. The total value of the prize is more than $1,000 and will be valid for one year from publication date. To register for the giveaway, visit the “Enter to Win” page at ptsnorth.com by November 30.


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MOVING ON UP What you’ve always loved about Vinings Gallery just got better. The extraordinary mix of nationally recognized and emerging artists, the incredible passion and enthusiasm for contemporary art that stirs the soul and the endearing appreciation for curious collectors, will also encompass the space formerly occupied by The Ford Smith Gallery. Vinings Gallery owner Gary Handler said, “After 13 years in business, we are making a leap to grow that was only a vision all those years ago. Vinings Gallery will now have two locations as we expand into Historic Roswell ... a market that we’ve had our eyes on for quite some time.”

Visitors to the new space at Elizabeth Way on the corner of Canton Street can expect the same rich portfolio of contemporary artists that collectors around the Southeast have come to know and love at the original location on South Atlanta Road in Smyrna. In addition to a few surprises planned for the Roswell location, both galleries will also now feature the work of Ford Smith in their collections. If you’ve yet to walk through the doors of Vinings Gallery, at either location, ‘tis the season! Swing by and discover why this beloved gallery has struck a chord with collectors not only in the Southeast but across the country as well.

Vinings Gallery 10 Elizabeth Way Roswell 770-299-1122 4686 South Atlanta Road, Suite F Smyrna 404-794-7762 viningsgallery.com

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Warrior2Citizen, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Points North magazine, Star 94 and various other Atlanta-area businesses are saluting our veterans and their families on Sun. Nov. 11. This First Annual Veterans Day Celebration & Festival, “A Salute to Warriors and Their Families,” will be held at Peachtree Point Amphitheatre at Lake Lanier Islands Resort from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Michael Roberts, architect and co-founder of Warrior to Citizen, Joe LaBranche, a Warrior to Citizen vice president and former Marine, Vietnam War veteran and “About Face” director at the VFW Post 9143 in Cumming; Brigadier General John Owings, Joint Forces retired chaplain and executive director of Warrior2Citizen; and Carl Danbury, publisher of Points North magazine and father of a Marine, sought to provide a meaningful day of appreciation for all veterans who served our country from World War II to the present

conflict in Afghanistan. The other beneficiary will be transitioning veteran families going through Warrior2Citizen’s unique program, designed to stabilize their personal and professional relationships. Warrior2Citizen is a disabled veteran 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. As well, attendees and prospective employers can participate in a job fair with a unique atmosphere and opportunity to get to know each other. “After meeting Joe LaBranche and Mike Roberts, I had a clear vision of how those of us who never served should honor those who have,” said Danbury, whose father was a Purple Heart recipient during World War II and whose son, Lt. Kyle G. Danbury, is currently serving as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot. “For this generation of soldiers, the rate of suicide, divorce, joblessness, homelessness, and lack of self worth has reached endemic proportions,” LaBranche said. “If Warrior2Citizen can help just one vet or one family, our mission will be successful; we expect the program to be life changing for so many more than that. It took me nearly 40 years to find my true purpose in life, and I understand now that I have been called upon to help others with the same problems I, and my family, endured.” Corporate sponsorships from $2,000 to $15,000 are available, while individuals are asked to donate $75 to sponsor a warrior, $150 to sponsor a couple and $200 to sponsor a family of four. Non-veterans are invited as well, all attendees are asked to register at warrior2citizen.org/ veterans-day-celebration. Veterans that register will need sponsorship to attend, so we need individual as well as corporate sponsorship. The Veterans Day Celebration & Festival will include the job fair, fun activities for children, a worship service, a Santa Maria, California-style barbecue, an honor ceremony and live music featuring Ronnie Pittman & Dakota Rose. Online donations are currently being accepted at warrior2citizen.org. For more details, call 800-958-4650. Information about the event can be found on facebook.com/veteransdayW2C.

Hog Wild for a Piggy Bank Dinner It’s one thing to be hungry. It’s quite another to eat at the hands of talented chefs for the sake of charity! Join Chef Eddie Hernandez and Taqueria del Sol in welcoming guest chefs Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery and Hummingbird Bakery in Durham, N.C. and Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner Café & Bar in Chapel Hill, N.C. for the second Piggy Bank Dinner, an on-going series of specialty guest chef dinners benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). As a member-supported non-profit, the SFA celebrates the diverse food cultures, rich history and individual talent of the changing American South. The second Piggy Bank Dinner will be held Sunday, Nov. 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 2165 Cheshire Bridge Rd. Atlanta, Ga., 30324. Tickets are $75 per person and include a six-course dinner with beer pairings, gratuity and tax. A cash bar will also be available. For more information on guest chefs and tickets, visit piggybankdinners.com.

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This holiday, take a break from the frenzy of dancing sugarplums and ornaments and appreciate the true beauty of the season. The Georgia Club Foundation wants to bring you “Home for the Holidays” with its popular Christmas Tour of Homes in Statham. Gather inspiration for your own holiday decorating while visiting six elegantly adorned homes. The Christmas Tour of Homes will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $28 dollars the day of the tour. The Georgia Club Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non –profit, sponsors this annual holiday event. Since 2006, the Foundation has continued to uphold its vision of “enrichment and outreach” through the promotion of “spiritual, cultural, and intangible qualities of life.” Oconee Food for Kids and St. Mary’s Hospice will benefit from funds raised by the 2012 Christmas Tour of Homes. For ticket purchases or more information about the Georgia Club, please call 770-725-4902, visit thegeorgiaclub.com, or email tgcfoundation@thegeorgiaclub.com. — Kathrina St. Flavin

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The 2012 Ultimate Wingman Awards Banquet On Thursday, Nov. 15, Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a former decorated fighter pilot and his identical twin Dave Waldman, will host the first annual Ultimate Wingman Awards Banquet, honoring three special service members (either stationed in or currently a resident of Georgia) who have served their country above and beyond the call of duty. The event, presented by The Wingman Foundation and Verizon Wireless will take place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre from 6-9 p.m. in Atlanta. A portion of event proceeds will go to the nonprofit organization Hire Heroes USA, and then each service member honored will make a charitable contribution of his or her choice to a non-profit that supports fellow service members. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at theultimatewingman.com. Attire for the evening is business professional. For more information, please call Mallory Manno 404-984-6364 or by e-mail at Mallory@yourwingman.com

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When you picture Genghis Khan, does your mind conjure up the image of an evil, merciless tyrant with little to offer the world, other than conquering it? If so, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking this way — much of the Western world is right there with you. But while Genghis and his soldiers decimated cities and wiped out entire populations, he was also a visionary and an innovative leader. From now until Jan. 21, Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s “Genghis Khan: The Exhibition” is bringing his amazing true story to you. Follow Khan’s journey from his difficult childhood and rise to power to the solidification of the largest contiguous land empire ever and its dissolution. The exhibit features many 13th-century artifacts such as armor, weaponry, silk robes, religious relics and a mummy, but smaller items, like the primitive passport that could pass for a large coin, have equally incredible stories behind them. “In terms of the story it tells, the messenger passport is one of the most iconic pieces,” said Bobbi Hohmann, curator and director of collections. “It allowed Genghis Khan’s official representatives, from messengers to administrators and merchants, full travel without restrictions throughout the Mongol Empire.” Other than his messenger service and passport system, Khan’s empire has left behind enduring legacies such as freedom of religion, tax relief, wearing pants, eating with forks, cooking with charcoal and making burgers. He conquered twice as much land as the Romans, but he also united the nomadic Mongol tribes and was known for taking in defeated warriors. To discover the enigma that was Genghis Khan for yourself, purchase tickets in advance at fernbankmuseum.org/ 14

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we always love a good story, but what we’ve learned over the years is that a good story is even better when it is shared and, more often than not, the best ones involve everyday people making a world of difference, sometimes without even realizing it. ¶ We are very proud to present our first annual Savvy and Successful Women of the Northside, an exclusive feature designed to celebrate the women in our metro Atlanta communities who have

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Successfully shot on location at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta; wardrobe provided by Ming Wang; hair by Dass Salon; make-up by Sephora; photography by Derek Wintermute

inspired others in some fashion. In our July issue, we asked readers to nominate women whom they felt should be recognized as a savvy and successful woman and to tell us why they should be selected. ¶ After reading one inspiring story after another, we ultimately narrowed the field to 10 reader-nominated submissions and here — drum roll, please — we introduce our Savvy and Successful Women of the Northside.

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POINTS NORTH THANKS OUR 2012 SAVVY & SUCCESSFUL SPONSORS:

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Since 1986, Ming Wang has always been inspired by real women, from busy mothers to savvy business women. 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 on a busy day. Ming Wang clothing is available at Von Maur at North Point and Perimeter Malls.

The Von Maur family opened its first store in the late 1800’s. Today, Von Maur stores are scattered across 11 states and still expanding. The strength of the Von Maur brand lies in the enjoyable and unique shopping experience. The backbone of this experience is their wide selection of brand-name merchandise, open and attractive store design, amenities that enhance the customer experience and their commitment to excellent customer service.

Owned by General Growth Properties, North Point Mall offers the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment experience in Alpharetta and the northern suburbs of Atlanta. With more than 150 retail stores and dining establishments, including Von Maur, Macy’s, Dillard’s, H& M, Pottery Barn, P.S. Aéropostale, Williams Sonoma, New York & Company, White House Black Market and Michael Kors, North Point Mall provides help for all your shopping needs.

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“I’ve become a master of

turning nothing into something.”

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Marcy Levinson-Brooks

Marcy is wearing Ming Wang’s Zig Zag Jacquard Print Dress in Black

is one of those ultra-gifted Renaissance women whose résumé brims with impressive skills and achievements — editor-in-chief, publisher, seasoned journalist, professional photographer, gifted artist, musician and published songwriter. Levinson-Brooks developed an insatiable appetite for investigative news reporting while working at The Daily Commercial in Leesburg, Fla., where she stumbled upon a news story she could not resist. “I kept hearing stories about how the sheriff of Lake County was involved in illegal activity involving county vehicles,” LevinsonBrooks remarked. “I’ve always felt strongly about doing something about corruption, so I acted, even though I was urged to stay away from the story.” That decision cost Levinson-Brooks her job, yet she pressed on independently. She built an investigative news website and tirelessly followed leads until she eventually broke the story and helped bring the sheriff to justice. In January 2010, Levinson-Brooks launched the Atlanta Jewish News (AJN), a full-access multimedia Jewish news site. “I envisioned a news site that would not only engage the younger Jewish community, but also deliver fair, balanced and ethical reporting and coverage of relevant topics and news,” she said. Today, thousands of readers subscribe to the AJN, and Levinson-Brooks is valued as both an entrepreneurial visionary and community leader. Through her work with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s ProtéJ program, she is a mentee under a seasoned media expert for professional development in support of Jewish start-up entrepreneurs, and a member of the author selection committee for the 2012 Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. She is married to Colonel Craig Brooks, the Georgia National Guard’s Staff Judge Advocate, who returned home to Roswell in October after a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. The couple has a 14-month-old daughter, Beyla. Levinson-Brooks makes it look easy. She juggles career, community service and family life with pride and panache. “I want to make a difference with my life,” she said. “So I set goals for myself and climb the ladder. I push myself up, up, and up, and then I extend that ladder and climb some more.” ptsnorth.com | November 2012 | Points North

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{ W R I TTE N B Y MAR L A HAR D E E M ILLIN G }

They say if you want something done,

“One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I’m

a risk taker.”

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give it to a busy person. As an entrepreneur, author, performer, TV show host, speaker, magazine columnist and businesswoman, BB Webb certainly personifies this statement. She claims her secrets to success include being passionate about what she’s doing, surrounding herself with a team of trusted people and treating every client with great care and attention to detail. The Carl House, which she established in July 2003 and operates as a premier event site venue in Auburn, Ga., has been cited by Gwinnett Magazine as “Best Place to Get Married” and “Best Place to Have a Business or Retreat” along with many other awards. “When I started with Carl House I didn’t have a reserve and borrowed a lot of money. It was sink or swim,” Webb said. “When the economy shifted, I had to become much more creative. I also had to consider what other services our clients need that we could develop.” Under the Carl House umbrella, Webb has created an in-house floral design business, an off-site catering business and is now working with a designer in Shanghai offering an exquisite line of affordable and elegant sea pearl and crystal jewelry called BB Brand Jewelry. Building a hotel on the 30 acres she owns behind the venue has been a frequent request from brides and wedding parties. For the moment, though, Webb is pressing on with other passions. She’s booking speaking engagements, developing a new book series and writing a column for Southern Distinctions magazine called “Notes from the Highwire.” According to Webb, the book series will be called “Tiny Tips of Wisdom for the Small Business Owner.” “As an entrepreneur, I’m always working on new projects,” said Webb, who enjoys being an inspiration to others by showing them how to tune into their passions. “It’s taken me nine years at Carl House to surround myself with the right people. Now that I have this great team, I can focus more on writing, television work and [securing more speaking engagements].”


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An empty sailboat bobs amid cerulean blue waves. A lone elephant crosses an African plain. These timeless, masterfully composed images belong to Sandee Oliver, known professionally as Sandee O., whose eye for photography surfaced unexpectedly. “Our sons were about 8 and 5 years old,” Oliver recalled. “I remember taking our children’s photograph for our Christmas card and people wondering who the photographer was — it was me. I seemed to have a ‘good eye,’ but wasn’t exactly sure how to even work the camera.” The experience awakened a calling that Oliver could not ignore. She took a photography class at the Atlanta College of Art. Then she took another and another. In 1994, Oliver launched her career by photographing children. Her images capture the inner light and unbridled spirit of each child. “I certainly lack in other areas, but I feel as if God has given me the ability to ‘see’ through the lens,” she said. “I try to create more than just a snapshot of a person. I want to preserve the emotion of a particular moment in time.” Today, Oliver is a renowned fine art photographer with images on display in select galleries and some of the world’s most exclusive luxury hotels. She’s photographed Steve Martin, Martin Short and several of Hollywood’s elite. “I am beginning to do my photos in more of a series,” she said. “I have an Africa series, a wave series and [currently] I’m working on a very large scale flower series.” Oliver is excited about her new studio and gallery, 3226 (pronounced thirtytwo, twenty-six), which she opened on Roswell Road with her old assistant. “[We] opened it to showcase my work and the creative wares of other artists,” she said, adding, “I really love being there.” Though the Atlanta native splits her time between Atlanta and Los Angeles, Oliver’s family remains the true priority. She’s been married to former Falcons star quarterback Steve Bartkowski for 32 years, and they have two grown sons, Philip and Peter. “And we have one granddaughter,” she added enthusiastically. “She’s 6 now, and I’m particularly obsessed with her these days.”

“I’m inspired to capture a

moment in time. A moment that may never happen again.

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The success of the Gwinnett County hospitality industry is due in large part to Linda Murphy. As education administrator for the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCVB), Murphy is at the helm of a free educational program called Gwinnett Tourism Awareness Program. The program, now 11 years old and growing, has become the prototype for the hospitality industry nationwide. According to Murphy, “all in all, we will have about 55 educational opportunities this year, with more than 3,500 attending.” Among many other achievements in her role, Murphy has expanded a monthly speaker series into a weekly program and created a volunteer ambassadors program with more than 85 registered volunteers to assist at Gwinnett community events and at the GCVB. “I feel as if I’m able to provide the hospitality community with the tools they need to do a better job. I’m changing the world in a little way,” Murphy said. Following years as a legal secretary, commercial real estate leasing agent and business franchisee in various cities, Murphy found herself back in Atlanta without employment in August 2000 when her first husband became ill. “I was in a women’s Bible study group, praying for a job,” said Murphy whose faith has buoyed her through challenging times. Indeed, a bit of divine intervention brought Murphy to her current role at GCVB after someone told her about a position as the assistant to the GCVB executive director. While championing growth on the career front, 64-year-old Murphy is also an active volunteer at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Cumming, a board member of the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, { WRITTEN BY FRA N MEMBER G } and sits on the advisory committee for the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism program at Gwinnett Concentrating on the needs of others Technical College. She also supports many than can be additional causes across North Georgia with her husband, State Senator Jack Murphy to concentrating on your own needs. whom she’s been married for three years, after both were widowed. “I feel as if I’ve led a pretty blessed life,” she said, adding, “I Linda is wearing Ming Wang’s Jacquard hope people can look Animal Print Blazer, with matching Animal at me and see I’m happy; that work and community Print Tank, “Parson” Ankle Pants in Coffee; bracelet by BB Brand Custom Jewelry involvement go together in making a meaningful life.”

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“When you quit focusing on yourself and try to help someone else heal,

it heals you.”

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jennifer ARNOLD

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By her own admission, Jennifer Arnold’s teenage self was “a quitter.” At 16, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and needed a wheelchair to get around. Shortly afterward, her dad died when a drunken motorcyclist jumped the curb and hit him as he walked a short distance from his mother-inlaw’s house to his own. Arnold grappled with anger at God and devastation over the tragedy in her life. She ultimately came to the conclusion that she would continue to participate in this life, but only if she could help others overcome their own hardships. Her dad actually set Arnold’s plan into motion before he died. Having heard of dogs being trained to help wheelchair-bound patients, he attempted to find a companion for her. When he couldn’t find one, he came up with the idea of starting a company called Canine Assistants to breed and train dogs that would be matched with people in wheelchairs or those suffering from a variety of conditions. It took 11 years before Arnold, who left her wheel-

chair after two and a half years, and her mother started the program. Canine Assistants breeds its own puppies and has made almost 1,100 placements in its 21-year history. A few years ago, a young man with muscular dystrophy was in line to be paired with a canine friend. As the days approached to his training camp, his sobbing mom called to say he had lost his will to live and no longer wanted a dog. The mom persuaded her son to attend the training camp anyway and solicited Arnold’s help in creating a bond between him and his dog. Arnold encouraged him to stay overnight in a hotel with the dog before going home. The next morning, the mother asked the boy if he still had no desire to live. He said, “Mom, don’t be ridiculous. I can’t leave my dog.” Stories like those validate Arnold’s decision. “When people say ‘You’ve done a great thing starting Canine Assistants,’ I feel uncomfortable because so doing saved my own life,” Arnold said. ptsnorth.com | November 2012 | Points North

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Angela Nichols is a positive, glass-is-half-full kind of person.

“Be passionate

about what you spend your time doing.

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Her effervescent smile and infectious laugh say a lot about how she approaches life. She savors the joys of each day, waits for the light in the darkness and finds opportunity in the midst of misfortune. Even in the trying times of 2008, her optimism never faded. “We got married that year, which was wonderful,” Nichols remarked. “But in that first year, both my husband and I lost our jobs, and that was really difficult. We were both working in creative fields, and that sector was hit pretty hard during the financial crisis.” Nichols and her husband, Ryan Sterritt, bounced back. Sterritt landed in the film industry, and Nichols found her dream position at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. As director of education and public programs, she crusades tirelessly on behalf of the arts in and around Atlanta and leads a committee in determining which exhibits to showcase at the Hudgens. “I love discovering artists,” she said. “I love visiting artists’ studios, talking with them about their work and then sharing their work with others through our exhibitions program.” Nichols also develops fine art classes for the center. More than 600 students attend art classes, camps and workshops at the Hudgens Center for the Arts each year. “I love that I can come to work every day and pass by classrooms full of happy people who are making things,” she said. “Art enriches people’s lives. I witness it every day. I hear the stories from students and patrons.” Nichols mentioned a coworker whose husband was diagnosed with cancer. “She later told me that the [pottery] class gave her a mental escape from caring for her husband and thinking about his illness. Her story, and others like hers, reinforces my passion. It’s why I do what I do.” On the home front, Nichols and her husband are raising a daughter, Clementine, and expecting their second child. “I look forward to every tomorrow,” she said. “I can’t wait to share my passion with my children and get [them] involved in the community.”


Heading a service organization that relies on volunteers was a natural progression of Barbara Duffy’s own volunteer efforts. Before settling in Atlanta in 1978, the current executive director of North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) and her husband moved 11 times in 16 years. Rather than hopping from job to job in different cities, Duff y volunteered while rearing the couple’s five children. In Atlanta, she volunteered with the clothes closet at her church, and then became volunteer chair of a multi-church clothes closet program that donated proceeds to NFCC. That role earned Duffy a seat on the NFCC board, which eventually hired her as executive director. It was a time when she was searching for a new direction. “I wanted to be involved in other parts of the community, [with] people of different faiths and backgrounds,” Duff y said. “I wanted more diversity in my life.” Grateful for the community’s role in helping NFCC overcome challenges, Duffy also credits her work “family” for being the support team she needed during her own personal challenges. When her husband passed away in September 2011 after 46 years of marriage, Duffy said she felt surrounded by a community who cared for her. “To have this place to come to has been a blessing,” she said. At the age of 69, Duffy doesn’t see retirement in her near future. “I’m in the right place right now,” she said. “I always need to be busy. If I wasn’t working full time, I’d be doing as much as a volunteer.” When she’s not taking care of others’ needs, Duffy likes to read, take her dog for walks and travel along the East Coast visiting her married children and 11 grandchildren. A colleague described Duffy’s philosophy as service and love for others; she said others would benefit from Duffy’s example to maintain focus, follow your heart and lead by example. “That sounds like someone I’d like to meet,” Duffy said modestly. Duffy said her own inspiration is drawn from everybody she works with, and she advises other women to “find something you really like to do and do it with all your heart.”

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Katie Bishop admits she loves a good challenge, and that is exactly what she encountered when she walked into Dunwoody’s fledgling Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in 2009. She found herself in a bare cubicle armed with only her personal laptop computer and a notepad. “[The board of directors] had bylaws and a bank account, and that was it,” remarked Bishop, the executive director of CVB of Dunwoody. “We built the CVB from scratch. We got to know our local businesses and attractions and developed a brand, a marketing plan and a strategy for generating tourism for Dunwoody. Then, we started promoting.” In her three years at the helm, Bishop has witnessed a 303 percent increase of online visitors to the CVB website in 2011, the completion of the coveted Benchmark of Excellence Certification Program, and the growth of the CVB staff from one to four employees. “The tourism industry is a perfect fit for me,” said Bishop, who grew up in Marietta and graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Public Relations and Journalism. But her passions extend beyond the realm of tourism. As a board member, she works with the DeKalb Police Alliance, an organization supporting the work of all sworn officers in all cities and jurisdictions of DeKalb County. “The DeKalb Police Alliance holds a $100,000 life insurance policy for all full-time certified police officers and marshals putting their lives on the line to protect the communities of DeKalb County,” Bishop said. “One of the recipients was a young officer’s wife. She was about my age, and though I never met her, I will never forget her face. That’s why their work is so important to me.” Bishop possesses the extraordinary vision and influence seldom demonstrated by other people her age. And though she has achieved so much and touched so many lives in her 28 years, she still sees herself as a work in progress. But that’s just Bishop — reaching and striving to improve herself and her community, and in the process, making Dunwoody and the world better places to live.


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After nurturing her two children to adulthood, Donna Krueger gave birth to a new venture: dk Gallery located on the Historic Marietta Square. Featuring contemporary fine art, the gallery represents emerging and established Southern painters and sculptors. Although not an artist herself, Krueger, 50, learned a lot about art in her native Chicago from her best friend’s mother who was a professional artist. Her life’s journey steered her in another direction as a wife and full-time mother, but as her children got older, she wondered, “What will I do with my life when the kids are grown?” The answer came from a friend who owned an art gallery in the North Georgia Mountains. “She presented the idea of owning a fine art gallery,” Krueger said. “The perfect location became available a few months later ... we took a deep breath, said a lot of prayers and dove into a very big unknown.” Before opening dk Gallery in November 2008, Krueger and her husband toured other galleries, cultivating what type of art excited them and what would interest patrons. Opening a gallery at the height of an economic downturn could have been a recipe for disaster, but Krueger views it as a blessing. Artists were looking for new ways to sell their work and homeowners, unable to sell or afford to renovate, were sprucing up their homes with pieces of art, she explained. “Art brings such joy to people and to be an instrument of that is very fulfilling,” she said, adding, “[Gallery] patrons have become good friends. We have the honor and privilege to celebrate these friendships through discovering art.” Paralleling Krueger’s passion for art and being able to share it with others is her love of community. She has championed the growth of commerce in Historic Downtown Marietta as president of the Branding Project, and in 2011, she initiated an April-to-November, twice-monthly open-air fine arts juried Artists Market as an extension of the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market. “I love encouraging people. You can do anything you want to do [if you have] passion for what you are doing,” she said.

“Art is a powerful

means to connect and engage people and communities.

It brings people together.”

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own interior design business in August 2009, she brainstormed ways to build the buzz. Hoping Veranda magazine would one day profile her, Turner snipped the title from a previous copy of Veranda and pasted a mock-up of a new cover, using a photo of one of her own designs. She put the new cover on her vision board in her office and went home. When she arrived home, she heard Veranda magazine had called. With no name or number in hand, she managed on that Friday afternoon to get the editor on the phone. They wanted to feature her business, Melanie Turner Interiors, in an upcoming issue. When the issue arrived in the mail, she was stunned again. Not only had they featured one of her designs on the cover, they had used the exact image she picked for her vision board. The magazine title was even in the same spring green color she had pasted in her cover. Highlighting a few of her favorite moments, Turner, who has won countless awards for her design work, said, “Starting the business with nothing three years ago, winning Southeast designer of the year in 2010 and 2012 and [being on] the cover of Veranda magazine!” Having a vision and looking forward are things Turner does best. Her positive mindset helped her through a lengthy divorce and a breast cancer diagnosis when her youngest child was 14 months old. The mother of three — a daughter who is an interior decorator in California, a son in college and her baby, who is now in fifth grade — considers herself a survivor, but doesn’t dwell on the challenges she’s faced. Instead, she’s energized about the present moment and understands the actions she takes today will have an impact in the future. On her personal wish list are furniture and fabric lines of her own. In the meantime, her current goal is creating an inviting home environment and encouraging dwellers to use their rooms. “Really live in your home! Just don’t use rooms for show ... make them multifunctional, comfortable and beautiful,” she said.


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Individual Wine Decanters, $24 The holidays are the perfect time to pop a cork and share a bottle of good wine with friends and family, but let’s be honest — sometimes, you’re so busy savoring each sip that by the time you’re ready for another precious glass, it’s gone. Give the vino fan on your list a veritable excuse to sip and swirl at her own pace. This simple set of four individual decanters lets her pour as she pleases and promises to be a hit at the party this year. wineenthusiast.com

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Points North we know the season for giving is rarely stress free. Parties to plan, meals to cook, gifts to buy – never mind having time to be original! This year, we’re taking the hassle out of the holidays with creative gift giving options for her, for him, for kids, and for everyone else on your nice list. We’ve even thrown in a few sure-fire entertaining tips from locally based holiday pros that will leave guests wondering when you became Ms. Stewart herself.


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Antarctic Adventure Crate, $19.99 Kids will have a blast with the Antarctic Adventure Kiwi Crate, which is designed to encourage multi-faceted, hands-on learning with a variety of holiday-themed activities such as Penguin Bowling, Aurora Painting and Ice Experiments. Kiwi Crate is a creativity company for kids ages 3 to 7 that delivers crates containing all of the necessary materials for inspiring, educational and fun projects. Order just one crate or buy a three-, six- or ninemonth subscription to keep the merriment coming all year long! Kiwi Crate kiwicrate.com

Custom Parfum, starting at $200 Your better half deserves a fragrance that’s just as special as she is! Make it happen at Blend, a distributor of Galimard, which is the oldest parfumerie in France and the proprietor of a custom fragrance system comprised of 137 world-class essences. Does she favor nautical notes or is she more of a gardenia girl? She’ll find out as she creates her own signature line of products that reflect her individuality. Blend Custom Parfum Studio 404-202-5503 blendcustomparfum.com

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Overnight Briefcase, $890 This handsome overnight briefcase is designed for the particular needs of an experienced traveler and boasts a unique blend of personal functionality and professionalism. It has multiple zippered compartments for all of the essentials, rolled leather handles and a detachable shoulder strap, which makes it the perfect carry-on bag for overnight trips. This luxurious attaché is made of gently distressed American Heritage brown leather tanned exclusively for the J.W. Hulme Co., a name synonymous with leather and canvas products of the highest quality since 1905. Find locally at Brooks Brothers. J.W. Hulme Co., jwhumeco.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF WINEENTHUSIAST.COM; KIWI CRATE; PHOTO SYNTHESIS; J.W. HULME CO.

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{ H O L I DAY G I F T G U I D E } Roku 2 XD Streaming Player, $79 We know those tweens and teens like to do their own thing, which is why we couldn’t resist starting our own Roku revolution with this cool gadget. The streaming player is a little box with big entertainment boasting names you probably haven’t even heard of — who knew you could watch movies from something called Crackle? Your kids, nieces, nephews and grandkids are tuned into streaming more than 500 channels including live sports, music, photo and video sharing, games, podcasts and pretty much anything else. The best part? The Roku 2 is barely larger than a coaster and the streaming stick is a thumb drive with plenty of gift-giving gears. Buy locally from Best Buy or Target. Roku, roku.com

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I’m All About Lists, $16 On the off chance you’re as obsessed with making lists as we are — or you have someone on your shopping list who is — take note: it’s time to scrap the paper in lieu of these oh-so-cool journals. We happen to think this one is funny, but rest assured you’ll find a clever option for the foodie, the coffee crazed, dreamer, traveler, yogi, designer and shoe fanatic, among many others. Books are hardcover with 240 pages (120 back to back) for listing to your heart’s content. The Spoon Sisters spoonsisters.com

Handmade Growlers, starting at $65 It might seem too simple to buy a growler, a half-gallon beer jug designed to transport beer from the brewery to your home, but consider that for most beer drinkers, the pastime is just as much about the company as it is the beer. Tim Carlburg, who proudly served in the U.S. Army for a number of years and is currently an art teacher for grades K-12 in Montana, tapped into this sense of community and friendship when he began creating custom ceramic growlers more than three years ago. “It is my intention that the growler play a role during that special time; a subtle, understated and overlooked role, but an important role nonetheless, as it contains not only the fruits of my labor, passion and hard work but also that of the brewer.” Carlburg Pottery, handmadegrowlers.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROKU; SPOON SISTERS; TIM CARLBURG

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for Swoop Mini Storage Bag and Play Mat, $26 When bringing the whole toy collection on play dates, plane rides or visits to Grandma’s house isn’t an option, look no further than the Swoop Mini, a portable toy mat that transforms into a storage bag when playtime is done. Your child’s favorite dolls, Legos, stuffed animals and art supplies fit perfectly inside this durable drawstring sack, which measures only 16 inches in diameter. The Spoon Sisters spoonsisters.com

for One-of-a-Kind Earrings, starting at $75 If it’s jewelry she fancies, pick out something just a little different from the rest of her collection, like these handmade earrings by IsArts artisans available at The Seasons gift store inside Gibbs Gardens. The limited edition jewelry lines and fashion accessories of IsArts are updated seasonally, so you’ll always have a unique piece. The Seasons has a fantastic collection of designer jewelry lines that also includes pieces from Simon Sebbag, Andrea Barnett and Andrew Hamilton Crawford. The Seasons inside Gibbs Gardens Ball Ground, 770-893-1880

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Stovetop Stainless Steel Smoker, $50 Now he can smoke food all winter long without venturing into the back yard and the chilly weather that comes along with it! This Stovetop Smoker does its magic with smoke generated by heating wood chips; it actually smokes and cooks the food simultaneously right on the stove. It also works great whether you’re using a grill, campfire or even sterno, so he can smoke delicious meat, seafood, poultry and vegetables anywhere he goes! Sur La Table, Perimeter Mall 678-441-9120, surlatable.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF SPOON SISTERS; GIBBS GARDENS; SURLATABLE.COM

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Dammit Doll, $14.99 Have your stressed co-workers take out their frustrations on a Dammit Doll, a stuffed figurine with looks akin to a voodoo doll, though it’s designed to relieve pain rather than inflict it. These 13.5-inch dolls, which are available in a variety of colors, come with a special mantra sewn to their chests: “Whenever things don’t go so well, and you want to hit the wall and yell, here’s a little Dammit Doll that you can’t do without. Just grasp it firmly by the legs and find a place to slam it. And as you whack the stuffing out, yell, ‘Dammit, Dammit, Dammit.’” Swoozie’s at the Forum, Norcross 770-263-6441, swoozies.com

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Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies, starting at $27.50 Warning: Heidi’s cookies are absolutely irresistible! Heidi Nel, the eponymous creator and president of Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies, has won national acclaim for her fresh-baked delights, starting with a debut right here in Points North. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies has since been featured on “Good Morning America” and “The Rachael Ray Show,” and this season, we’re guessing one of her gift boxes will become someone’s favorite. Presented in a classic black box, tied with a traditional plaid ribbon and adorned with red berries, Heavenly Woodlands is proof that these treats look almost as good as they taste. Inside, decadent gourmet treats await such as Toffee Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Eclipse, Rock-A-Mallow and Sea Salt Caramel Bars. Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies, Alpharetta 770-343-6516, heidisheavenlycookies.com

Make-Your-Own-Mosaic, $55 For your crafty friends who always love a good project, nothing could be better than a certificate to attend one of Woodstock Art and Glass’ mosaic classes, where they will learn the fine art of making beautiful tile mosaics. Each class is led by an experienced artist who guides attendees through the process of making one of several different types of mosaics, such as this beautiful candleholder, to take home at the end of the evening. Woodstock Art and Glass 770-343-6516, woodstockartglass.com

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“For a more special and unique piece sure to become a conversation starter, this Lazy Susan, made out of the end of a wine cask, is stunning on a table.” — DENNIS ASKEN O F S M I T H ’ S S TO R E smithsthestore.com

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“Mix and match candlesticks for your table centerpiece or your buffet table. Adding pieces that are different heights, textures and colors create a unique visual appeal.” — MARTY MASON OF MARTY MASON COLLECTED HOME, CANDLESTICKS COURTESY O F AC C E N T R I C S - H O M E I N A L P H A R E T TA mmcollectedhome.com accentrics-home.com

Mark Barlow of Wine Accessories Mart in Norcross shared that a useful way to showcase cherished fine wine memories is to save the corks and turn them into bulletin boards or trivets you can use throughout the year. 770-449-8463, finesteventrentals.com


Set the mood in the months to come with this Banded Globe Pendant from Room and Board They’re also small enough that you can use two or three together as a set over your dining room table long after the decorations are down. roomandboard.com

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All performances live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra December 7 – 26, 2012 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Tickets as low as $20 on sale now! Call or visit atlantaballet.com Groups of 10 or more call 404-873-5811 x207

Season sponsored by

Anne Tyler Harshbarger; photo by Jim Fiscus. Additional photos by Charlie McCullers.


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A TOUR OF THE TOWN’S BEST BOWLS { W R I T T E N BY J E N N I F E R S M I T H W I L L I A M S }

runching leaves under your boots, bright orange pumpkins dotting the porch, sweet nibbles of candy corn (insert sigh here) — all signs that the South’s favorite season is officially here. Unleashed with that wispy change in temperature comes the urge for something to sip on. Something warm and steaming to hold between two wooly-clad hands, something piping hot that satisfies a growling tummy and something that, by cliché and simple fact, soothes the soul. You need soup. An “Mmmm,” beyond a Campbell’s commercial and an “Mmm Mmm” past The Soup Nazi, the flavor peaks in the Northside. While flavorful bowls of goodness have always been an active part of my own list of food favorites, you just have no idea what kind of gems are out there in our own neighborhood. So much so, that I’m sharing them with you — one delicious spoonful at a time.

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Never Enough Thyme 5354 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta, neverenoughthyme.net You might not notice this diamond in the rough of a restaurant. It’s tucked deep into the row of shopping centers on McGinnis Ferry Road, hidden by drive-throughs and corporate grocery chains. But, believe me, if you can skip the generic and go for the gem, you’re in for the thyme (I couldn’t help it) of your appetite’s life.

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Cream of Mushroom The phrase, “just like Mom used to make,” was born here. Or at least it’s edified in the steaming bowl of Cream of Mushroom soup. Bold, rich and good enough to qualify as dessert, this spoonful is almost sinful. Almost. And this spot serves to-go containers that let you overeat at home, in the comfort — dare I

say privacy — of your own kitchen, where no one is keeping count, or cares if you still opt for dessert.

Roaster’s Homemade Black Bean Soup

SECOND BEST BOWL: Texas Sirloin Chili Not to be outdone, for the pants-wearing appetites, this is a bowl of seriously mighty meat. Spicy, top-notch cuts and actually not leaving any room for dessert (I know, blasphemy!), it welcomes fall with an adult-sized utensil requirement, and maybe a cowboy hat.

Roaster’s 12850 Highway 9, Alpharetta, roastersfresh.com It’s no secret that this hot spot, an Atlanta classic staying true to its reputation even way out in the suburbs, boasts some of the city’s most mouth-watering dishes on a menu, ptsnorth.com | November 2012 | Points North

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anywhere. You’re lucky to even get a table during the office district’s lunchhour rush. But bring your endurance, your patience and, of course, your appetite, because you’ll never be disappointed. And you’ll never, ever, leave hungry.

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Homemade Black Bean Soup While slow Rotisserie-style chicken and your favorite fresh (heck, or fried) veggies make it hard to look at anything else, you gotta get down with the soup section. I tried them ALL, and I will tell you right now, the Black Bean is out of this world. Protein-packed, avor-frenzied and with a little south-of-the-border zest on top, it’s pretty much the answer to the lunch or dinner bell for me. Ask for a dollop of sour cream to make this bowl of beans extra memorable.

The Patio CafÊ’s Chili

If you’re still hungry after you order the inevitable second bowl, continue your food ďŹ esta with the Santa Fe Grill, a slow-roasted chicken breast served over rice and topped with homemade barbeque sauce, pico de gallo and both Jack and cheddar cheese.

The Patio CafÊ 5950G State Bridge Road, Duluth, p a t i o c a f e b a ke r y. c o m Attention all Mom and Pop shops: you’ve got serious competition. A friend

The City Bistro’s Tomato Basil

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“An evening at Mia is like a visit to Central or Southern Italy?�

www.miaitaliano.com or facebook.com/MiaRistoranteItaliano

Authentic fare from a chef and two owners who were born in Italy! MOUTH-WATERING SPECIALS • GREAT WINE LIST • DELICIOUS HOME-MADE SEASONAL SOUPS Open Tuesday -Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday Noon - 9 p.m. 2300 Bethelview Rd., Suite 104, Cumming • 770-887-3000 (SFFO$PSOFST4IPQQJOH$FOUFSt#FUIFMWJFX3EBOE)JHIXBZ

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(thank you, fellow Forsyth resident, Corey!) recommended this place for a quick, easy lunch. She failed to mention it’s got a menu that serves all of my favorite things, service that makes you want to get to know your waiter over a cup of coffee and a nostalgic atmosphere of those places your grandparents used to take you when you spent the weekend at their house. I had to remind myself that I was here for the soup.

No, it’s not specified on the menu, but when a “soup of the day” includes the same one every single day, you know it’s not to be ignored. And when a bowl is less than four bucks, you can’t afford to pass it up. Honestly, I am a huge fan of any kind of tomato soup, but this one has a smooth, seamless texture, served perfectly hot and spiced just right.

I am a huge fan of any kind of tomato soup, but this one has a smooth, seamless texture, served

perfectly hot and spiced just right.

Chili or Chicken Vegetable It’s a tie! The Patio serves up duos of Soup du Jour that BOWL just about knock your taste bud’s socks off. Whether it’s the homemade, slow-cooked Chili or the fresh, zesty, tastes-likeit’s-right-from-Grandma’s-garden Chicken Vegetable, you’ve got a bowl full of beautiful flavor bliss, perfect for lunch, dinner, a snack or, let’s be honest, simply because your mouth is watering.

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The City Bistro West Courthouse Square, Cumming, thecitybistro.net Talk about an all-around dining experience. I could sit at the table in this spot for hours, just listening to the friendly banter between chefs and owner, envying the congenial exchanges between regulars and just pretending that living right on the square in Cumming could be my next move. It’s the definition of a lazy lunch, except you won’t catch a break because there’s way too much to try. Tomato Basil The secret ingredient to The City Bistro’s made-fromBOWL scratch specialty? “Love,” said Chef Rob Beardsworth. That’s all he would tell us. He and co-chef Rosa Madrigal whip up batches of this fresh, Italian-inspired stew every single day. It’s that good.

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Roux on Canton 946 Canton Street, Roswell, Rouxoncanton.com Historic Roswell is famous for its culinary catwalk. There’s something for everyone, a flavor from every corner of the world and an ambiance unlike any other zip code on the Northside. Owner and culinary jetsetter Zachary Bramblett brings his experience into a spin-off of both hearty, Southern-style cooking and the Bayou’s best flavors that end with a twist of fresh, locally produced recipes. Gumbo Filé Get your fish on … without leaving the mainland. Southern-style, Cajuntwisted and Intercoastal by definition, this heaping helping of spicy stew is just about the craziest thing to hit your palate since Pop Rocks. Tender pieces of shredded chicken and Andouille sausage swim amongst seasoned celery, onion, bell peppers and a Cantonstreet secret spice blend. Bet you don’t stop at the soup. Roux’s eclectic, unique menu includes as many promising meals as its Friday night entertainment line-up including karaoke, live music, craft beer pours and more. Finish off your spoon-fed supper with an Over-Stuffed Shrimp Po’Boy and I guarantee you’ll be over-stuffed yourself. But it’ll be worth it. PN

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$60

CLASSIC FACIAL OR ONEHOUR MASSAGE (Regularly $80) Gift Certificates Available

770-772-7225 www.allaboutudayspa.biz

Johns Creek’s most luxurious day spa Offering the best in facials, massage, nail services and skin care. Spend an hour or the day in relaxing beautiful surroundings.

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SHARE client Zach Dunn proudly displays the y ďŹ shing rod he built as part of his therapy in the program.

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ach Dunn enlisted in the Marine Corps right out of high school in 2003 and on May 13, 2004 found himself in a military vehicle on a mounted patrol in Iraq. “I was back by the tailgate, scanning the area and that’s the last I remember,” recalled Dunn, now 28. “When I came to, my head was on my buddy’s knee and I didn’t know how I got there. I reached up for my helmet and it was gone; I brought my hand back down full of blood.” His Humvee had hit two Improvised Explosive Devices, also known as IEDs or roadside bombs. He had been bounced around like a basketball and peppered with shrapnel. Diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dunn medically retired on Nov. 29, 2005 and returned to Branson, Mo., to live with his mother. “It just didn’t work,” Dunn admitted of returning to his previous job. “I started having difficulty concentrating, staying focused and anxiety issues.” To think that even one U.S.

military man or woman returning with injuries from battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan might drop through the gaps of today’s modern medical system is unimaginable. Yet, the numbers are staggering. According to estimates by the Wounded Warrior Project, 320,000 service members are believed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury while on deployment since September 11, 2001. Many of them don’t even know they have TBI until weeks, months or even years after they leave the battlefield. Fortunately, at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a special program called Shaping Hope and Recovery Excellence (SHARE) is catching some of these warriors before they are lost. THE SIGNATURE INJURY I n 20 02 , the plight of one wounded soldier caught the eye of Bernie Marcus, by then retired CEO of Home Depot and well known for his philanthropy at Shepherd and elsewhere. After hearing of one mother’s attempts to get her wounded son special-

ized treatment at Shepherd Center, Marcus wanted to make this option available to every warrior needing treatment. “I get emotional because these young men and women deserve the

Zach Dunn focuses as he learns to build a fly fishing lure as part of therapy in the SHARE program.

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RANDY GADDO

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“I get emotional because these young men and women deserve the best we can offer.”

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SHARE client Kyle Schweers (left) focuses on the fly fishing lure he made and cast during an annual event for wounded warriors and other veterans on the Chattahoochee River.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Brian Smith (right) helps SHARE client James Teal learn the correct use of elastic band therapy.

Sherri Kelly, SHARE Certified Recreational Therapist, smiles as she watches one of her star pupils, Zach Dunn (background right) fly fish during an annual event for wounded warriors and other veterans on the Chattahoochee River.

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SHARE client Kyle Schweers concentrates on his task of constructing a fly fishing lure as part of his therapy.

best we can offer,” Marcus said. He had discussions with the Shepherd family, the hospital’s staff and Humana Military Healthcare Services and the SHARE Military Initiative began. SHARE treats service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that have sustained a spinal cord injury or TBI, as well as associated complications related to PTSD. Known as the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, TBI is largely due to the devastating impact of IEDs. A troubling majority of deaths and injuries in both wars since 2007 have been attributed to these devices used against service members on foot or in vehicles. During initial phases of the wars immediately following 9/11, defense against IEDs was meager until better body and vehicle armor was fielded. This helped, but the enemy increased the explosive power of IEDs in response and injuries continued. While better armor provided enhanced protection against physical injuries, the sudden, concussive force of being hit at close range with powerful


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explosives still rattled brains against skulls. While the physical injuries from these high-explosive booby traps, such as scarred faces, maimed bodies or missing limbs are easily identifiable and, without question, TBI is generally associated with these injuries, many times there are no immediate external signs, no visible scars and no significant loss of ambulatory ability. However, just because there aren’t serious external injuries doesn’t mean there hasn’t been serious brain injury. Susan Johnson, director of Brain Injury Services at the Shepherd Center, has been working with these types of injuries for 30 years. “We are filling gaps in the current military and civilian medical system that provides timely and appropriate care for some of these warriors who might otherwise fall through the cracks,” she explained. Warriors like Dunn, who struggled regularly until he was connected to SHARE t h r o u g h t h e Wo u n d e d Warrior program. “I needed the help; I’d been ready for the help,” Dunn said. “I was told that the people running this program treat you like a person, not a patient. It’s true, they do.” Dunn arrived in Atlanta this past January and several months later, in April, he walked out of the Shepherd Center a changed man, focused on his future, and heading for college.

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY In a written report about SHARE, Johnson noted that, “Symptoms associated with this type of injury include deficiencies in physical functioning (balance and dizziness), behavioral functioning (irritability and emotional distress) and cognitive functioning (memory, attention and concentration).” Symptoms are so numerous and random that it is often difficult to tie them back to the injury and routinely, symptoms may not manifest themselves immediately. Kyle M. Schweers, 28, from Red Bank, N.J., was a Hospitalman (Fleet Marine Force) Corpsman, a sailor serving with Marines. As a Corpsman, Schweers carried on a Spartan tradition. Corpsmen can’t be sick, they can’t be tired and they can’t fall behind because they have to be there for their Marines. Corpsmen are Navy personnel, but Marines count them as one of their own. Twenty-two Corpsmen have been awarded the Medal of Honor, most of them earned while saving the lives of Marines. Schweers said the injury that landed his TBI diagnosis occurred in early 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was with his unit on a route reconnaissance when his vehicle was hit with what he believes were three IEDs. Dazed, disoriented and separated from his unit, Schweers was picked up by another unit


and ďŹ nally taken to the battalion aid station, where he was diagnosed with mild TBI. “They probably should have sent me back to the States, but I was stubborn,â€? he said, still speaking haltingly, stopping to think and remember. He stayed for the remainder of his seven-month tour before returning to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where as he conďŹ ded, “My world began to crash.â€? When he started to have trouble hearing, his wife contacted the base officials to have him checked out for hearing loss and PTSD. “I was sleeping in my car because I was so used to sleeping in a vehicle,â€? Schweers said, adding, “and patrolling my house with a loaded weapon, things I shouldn’t have been doing.â€? Tired of sleeping an hour a night and looking for help, he entered a TBI program at the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital. It didn’t help. Then he heard about the Shepherd program from a hospital staff member, a fellow wounded serviceman who had completed the SHARE program. Six months later he checked in. “The first two weeks were exhausting because they keep you moving and my brain had to work harder than it had in a long time,â€? Schweers said. In the assessment phase, there is physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and counseling. “We work on their cognitive skills, which is something they seem to lose with TBI,â€? explained Sherri Kelly, the certified recreational therapist with SHARE.

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 AN OVERNIGHT IN ASHEVILLE The drive from Atlanta to Blowing Rock is beautiful and not bad at all, right at five hours, but we used the occasion as an excuse to spend the night in Asheville, nominated as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America” by “Good Morning America.” As parents, we could say the pit stop was purely to give the kids a break from the car but, as fans of farm-to-table dining and freshly brewed craft beer, we knew better. Asheville, home to the world’s only Foodtopian Society, is a city where life centers around food, from 12 farmers markets, nearly 250 independent restaurants and more breweries than you can even attempt to tap in a single day. We grabbed lunch, popped in and out of downtown shops and eventually made our way to the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, one of the best places to stay in town. Located in Biltmore Village, across from the famous estate itself, the Grand Bohemian is a Tudor-inspired boutique hotel designed with the notion that if the Vanderbilts had built their own hunting retreat, it would potentially exude the same feeling. Well-appointed as you would expect of a property in the Kessler Collection complete with a fabulous restaurant called Red Stag Grill, the Grand Bohemian is also outfitted with a rustic, outdoorsy personality

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that blends seamlessly with an equally expected authentic, Old World elegance that hits home with guests of all ages. While our kids wondered aloud whether “Ava the Boar,” who stands sentry beside the fireplace in the lobby, was real or “pretend,” the Roomlinx technology in our room made the adults just as happy. In addition to standard entertainment functions, this tech-savvy system essentially provided in-room concierge service, enabling us to peruse the menus at local restaurants, make dinner reservations and map our drive for the following day. The only downside to a stay at the Grand Bohemian Asheville is having to leave it, but the keys to “Blue Heaven,” our log cabin tucked into the festive folds of Blowing Rock awaited, along with countless Christmas trees. BLOWING ROCK OR BUST Day Two was a short and scenic drive into the ptsnorth.com | November 2012 | Points North

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A salute to warriors and their families Sunday Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Peachtree Point Amphitheatre at Lake Lanier Islands Resort Music provided by Ronnie Pittman and special guests Santa Maria, Calif.-style barbecue buffet for all attendees Veterans Job Fair from 10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

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eterans and their families sometimes sacrifice their minds, bodies and souls — or lives — so that the rest of us who haven’t served can live under the flag of freedom in the greatest country on earth. Show thanks for the sacrifices veterans and their family members make. Provide them with a fun-filled celebration in their honor and at the same time help raise money for a unique 28-day program designed for long-term family stability called the Warrior2Citizen Veteran and Family Reintegration Program (W2C Program). Warrior2Citizen, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation for disabled veterans, provides transition support “from the war front to the home front.” We are seeking donations for warriors, their spouses and children (if applicable) to attend this first-ever event free-of-charge. Donate online at Warrior2Citizen.org. $75 for each veteran; $150 for each veteran couple; $200 for a family of four. For more event information and to “Like” us, please visit facebook.com/veteransdayW2C CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE: 800-958-4650


C O M PI L ED BY EL L I E HEN S LEY Calendar submissions should be sent to calendar@ptsnorth.com two months prior to the month in which the event will occur. Please note that dates and times might change.

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PERFORMING ARTS CY T ’ S B E AUT Y A N D TH E B E A S T [Nov. 1 – 11] Be transported to the heart of French provincial life in this magical fairytale, based on Disney’s Academy Awardwinning animated feature. Come support Atlanta’s Christian Youth Theatre as they perform this timeless classic, complete with all the songs you know and love. Milton Center, Alpharetta 404-543-2381 cytatlanta.com

W I NTE R G LO RY [Nov. 2 – 17] Polk Street Players, St. James’ Episcopal Church’s historical theater group, present a farcical British comedy about Dame Beatrice Applebee and her three lodgers, who begin a campaign with Robin Hood-esque schemes to help the poor and elderly. Stellar Cellar Theatre, Marietta 770-218-9669 polkstreetplayers.org

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A LI C E I N WO N D E R L A N D [Nov. 9 – 18] Alice chases the scrambling White Rabbit down his rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland, where she meets zany characters like the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts as she learns to control her temper. City Center, Woodstock 678-494-4251 elmstreetarts.org

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the North Fulton area. Roswell Cultural Arts Center 770-998-0259 tysod.com

charge for admission. Mt. Zion United Methodist, Marietta 770-971-1465 mtzionumw.org

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A LL M I X E D U P ANNIE [Nov. 15 – Dec. 9] Ring in the holidays with this heartwarming, Tony award-winning classic about a plucky young orphan who finds herself spending Christmas with Oliver Warbucks, a New York billionaire. Cumming Playhouse 770-781-9178 playhousecumming.com

[Nov. 2] In celebration of dK Gallery’s four-year anniversary, this mixed-media show features economy-themed artwork of Barbara Dunham, Leisa Rich and David Wendel. Stop in and experience owner Donna Krueger’s diverse collection of landscapes, abstracts and figures. dK Gallery, Marietta 770-427-5377 dkgallery.us

TH E N UTC R AC K E R [Nov. 23 – Dec. 2] With more than 250 performers ranging in age from 1 to 80 years old, the Roswell Dance Theatre and Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance take the stage for their 25th production of the “Nutcracker.” Don’t miss the largest performance of this holiday classic in

MT. Z I O N C R A F T S H OW [Nov. 9 & 10] Come out and join the festivities of this 27th annual event featuring 52 arts and crafts vendors plus plenty of food and prizes. All proceeds from the event benefit charities that help women and children. There is no

[Nov. 17 & 18] The Revival’s second vintage marketplace promises a weekend full of vintage finds, distinctive art, good music and “do-it-yourself” skills. All vendors have 90 percent “true vintage inventory,” or pieces made from vintage parts at least 20 years old. Repurposed items, original art and handcrafted jewelry that are vintage in nature will also be featured. Tannery Row, Buford 404-668-2021 revivalofvintage.com

H O LI DAY A R T S A N D C R A F T S S H OW [Nov. 23 & 24] More than 60 professional craft designers and fine artists will display and sell a mix of quality contemporary

crafts and fine arts that are sure to wow as Christmas gifts. After you shop, make sure to check out the rest of the resort, which has been transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with decorated trees, a gingerbread village and a toy train display. Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, Young Harris 706-379-4606 brasstownvalley.com

CONCERTS/COMEDY AN EVENING W ITH “ R U S H ” [Nov. 1] During this concert tour, Rush is unveiling their highly anticipated 20th studio album “Clockwork Angels,” their first collection of original material in more than five years. Come hear their new songs, including lead single “Headlong Flight.” Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta 404-733-5010 vzwamp.com

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calendar JA Z Z AT TH E S TR A N D [Nov. 3] Don’t miss a swingin’ evening with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Jazz, who are set to perform Big Band adaptations of acclaimed rock band Radiohead’s music. Admission costs $30, or $10 for students. Strand Theatre, Marietta 770-429-7016 georgiasymphony.org

AC O U S TI C TR I O CONCERT [Nov. 10] Courtney Dickinson, Jordan Grassi and Jonathan Peyton present a night of acoustic music. These up-andcoming local talents frequently tour the country performing their original songs. City Center, Woodstock 678-494-4251 elmstreetarts.org

CHARITY EVENTS C H I LI C O O K- O F F A N D F I R E F I G HTE R ’ S C H A LLE N G E [Nov. 3] Spice up your weekend with the perfect mix of cold beer, homemade chili and firefighters displaying their skills in a fun, high-energy competition. This event, which raises funds for Georgia Firefighters, also features live music and a Kid’s Zone. Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Lake Lanier 770-423-1330 lakelanierislands.com

ERNIE JOHNSON M E M O R I A L G O LF TO U R N A M E NT [Nov. 5] Come play a round in remembrance of the “Voice of the Braves” at the first annual Ernie Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament. Hosted at one of Ernie’s favorite courses, the Polo Golf and Country Club, the event will include an 18-hole scramble, raffle, silent and live auctions and an awards dinner. Proceeds of the tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society. Polo Golf and Country Club Cumming 770-887-7656

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[Nov. 7 – Dec. 30] Help spread a little holiday cheer by creating your own wreath to be displayed in Barrington Hall. Each wreath will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Barrington Hall, Roswell 770-640-3855 barringtonhall-roswell.com

Road. Participating runners will get a complimentary t-shirt, cup of frozen yogurt and the chance to win an Ipad (the grand prizes for the top two runners for male and female brackets). Yogli Mogli – Emory Location 404-377-2108 yoglimogli.com/YM5K

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[Nov. 10] Tis the season to lace up those running shoes and “go” for a good cause. Hit the pavement alongside Q100’s morning show co-host Jeff Dauler who is teaming up with the locally based frozen yogurt franchise for the first annual race benefiting the Georgia Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Race starts at 8 a.m. at 1403 Oxford

F I N D E LFA R E T TA ! [Nov. 1 – Dec. 23] Round up the whole family and let the search begin for Elfaretta, a mischievous elf that will be hiding in different downtown Alpharetta businesses throughout the holiday season. Those who locate Elfaretta will be entered into a drawing and five winners will be drawn on Dec. 24. A list of participat-

ing merchants is available online. Participating stores, Alpharetta 678-297-2811 awesomealpharetta.com

R E S TH AV E N C E M E TE RY TO U R [Nov. 3] Take this candlelight tour and learn about Old Milton County as you amble around Downtown Alpharetta to the historic cemetery. Plan for dinner at the old Louie Jones Funeral Home, better known today as Smokejack BBQ. Each tour will be limited to 40 people, so confirm your reservation early. Smokejack BBQ, Alpharetta 678-297-2811 awesomealpharetta.com

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calendar H O LI DAY O P E N H O U S E [Nov. 9 & 10] Check out lots of seasonal specials, giveaways and refreshments at House and Garden Boutique’s annual Holiday Open House, where you’ll find lots of unique gifts, jewelry, candles and home accents. House and Garden Boutique, Woodstock, 678-494-5800 houseandgardenboutique.com

WO M E N I N TR A N S ITI O N WO R K S H O P [Nov. 10] Join the Transition Network for an all-day workshop designed for women approaching a new life chapter in the not-so-distant future. This interactive and engaging workshop will stimulate your thinking, tap into your creativity and provide the personal space to thoughtfully consider the next steps in your journey. Cost is $99 for TTN members, $139 for non-members. Holiday Inn Express, Kennesaw wmintransworkshop.eventbrite.com

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[Nov. 13] Holiday celebrations can pose a challenge for people with diabetes. Join Leslie Strovas, Certified Nutritionist, and learn to plan ahead for a joyous holiday season. She will demonstrate simple cooking tips, strategies for managing blood sugar, provide samples and healthy holiday recipes. Event is free, but registration is required. East Cobb Senior Center, Marietta 770-509-4900 cobbseniors.org

C A N D LE LI G HT H I K E TO TH E M I LL [Nov. 17] This mile-long, guided night hike goes inside the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and is considered easy to moderately difficult. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Candle lanterns will be provided. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis; cost is $5 plus $5 for parking. Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs, 770-732-5871 georgiastateparks.org

C H R I S TM A S I N TH E W H ITE H O U S E [Nov. 17 – Dec. 30] Enjoy a Presidential look at the holiday season; 11 presidents will be

represented, from George to Jimmy. See the house decorated with their customs and special pastimes. Adult tickets are $8, seniors are $7 and children are $6. Bulloch Hall, Roswell 770-992-1731 bullochhall.org

C H R I S TM A S TR E E LI G HTI N G [Nov. 30] Create a special memory with your family at this holiday lighting extravaganza. Enjoy children’s activities, refreshments and photos with Santa as you watch the entire downtown light up with thousands of sparkling lights. Fun starts at 5 p.m. Milton Square City Park, Alpharetta 678-297-6078 alpharetta.ga.us

CAMP KINGFISHER W I NTE R B R E A K C A M P [Dec. 26 – Jan. 4] Registration begins Nov. 5 for Camp Kingfisher; sign your children up today and give them an active and educational winter break they’ll remember. Fun for kids in kindergarten through 7th grade, Camp Kingfisher is a great opportunity to play outdoors, catch up with friends and learn about the Chattahoochee river ecosystem. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 chattnaturecenter.org

H O LI DAY PA R A D E [Dec. 1] Celebrate the season with the arrival of Santa Claus in the annual parade, this year with a “Misty Mountain Christmas” theme. Make sure your kids get a photo with the Big Man himself inside the festively decorated courthouse. Downtown Square, Blairsville 706-745-5493 unioncountyhistory.org

TR E E LI G HTI N G A N D TOY D R I V E [Dec. 8] Head north to Vogel State Park for a tree lighting, caroling, hay rides, bonfires and a visit from Santa! Bring an unwrapped gift for a child up to age 12 for the Give a Gift Toy Drive, sponsored by the Union County Sheriff ’s Department. No toy guns, knives or dangerous items. Vogel State Park, Blairsville 706-745-2628 gastateparks.org


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Work it for a worthy cause. Lace up your sneaks and hit the pavement on Nov. 10 for First Redeemer Church’s 6th annual “Run for Hope” Twilight 5K and 1 mile run, which will benefit Whispering Hope Women’s Resource and Pregnancy Center. The Center provides free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, education, mentoring and counseling, as well as countless material resources for mothers and their babies. Entry fee is $25 before Nov. 3 or $30 the day of the race, which will begin at First Redeemer Church in Cumming. To register, visit frcsports.org.

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Pet a bison named Samson. It isn’t every day you get to go back in time quite like this. Join Chipa Wolfe and his live bison, Samson, at the Chattahoochee Nature Center for Earth Skills Day, a familyfriendly event that will reintroduce how pioneers and natives once lived off the land. Primitive Skills Expert Mark Warren, author of “Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest,” will host two workshops guaranteed to stir the inner outdoorsman in you. Earth Skills Day is Sunday, Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Advance registration is required but activities are included with general admission ($8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children 3-12). For more information, visit chattnaturecenter.org.

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Get in the holiday spirit. Take a magical evening stroll through Atlanta Botanical Garden’s latest exhibit, “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights,” which boasts more than one million LED and low-energy consuming bulbs that blanket the garden’s 30 acres with a kaleidoscope of shimmering color. Opening on Nov. 17, the show’s new attractions include a Liquid Lights fountain display, a Starry Night Walk inspired by Van Gogh’s famous painting, the Glow Bar and fire pits for roasting S’mores. For ticket information, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

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Find the perfect pairing. Calling all epicureans and oenophiles! Don’t miss downtown Alpharetta’s first-ever Vintage Corks and Gourmet Trucks event on Nov. 10. It will feature wines from Sip Wine and Vino 100 paired with dishes from five different food trucks, including Hail Caesar, Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen and Yum Yum Cupcake. Each food tasting or half-glass of wine costs $3. Roam the event and try all five pairings or choose to have a full plate and glass from any of the chefs and sommeliers. For details, visit awesomealpharetta.com. See an animated classic brought to life. Starting on Nov. 27 through the very short time of Dec. 2, you’re invited to settle into your seat at the Fox Theatre for a captivating rendition of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” by the original creators of the Broadway production. Relive the classic story of Belle and her Beast, who is really a young prince under the spell of an enchantress. Can she teach him to love and be loved before time runs out, or will he be stuck in a monster’s body forever? Tickets start at $33. For more information, visit broadwayinatlanta.com.


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