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{ ON THE COVER } An artistically inspired birthday party at Heritage Sandy Springs. Event design by Lauren Weems of Adorned Event Design; photo by Inije Photography & Films S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N S 24 | Special Occasions Resource Guide 49 | Children’s Health Advisor 4

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SPECIAL OCCASIONS PLANNER Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bat mitzvah or anything in between, every occasion deserves a special affair. Here, we offer plenty of inspiration, from imaginative birthday parties to elegant wedding receptions and more.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL

30 THE FLAMES CHEERLEADING SQUAD The First Redeemer Flames special needs cheerleading squad provides a fun after-school activity and builds confidence in young girls with disabilities.

34 BACK-TO-SCHOOL FASHION Before that first bell rings, make sure your kids are dressed for the day in a bright boost of smart looks that shine!

52 ROALD BRADSTOCK

Dubbed the Olympic Picasso, 50-year-old javelin thrower Roald Bradstock defies age and countless odds as the oldest athlete in any event in the 2012 Trials and serves as a champion for the connection between sports and art.

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FOOD: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Leave the chain restaurants to the students after high school football games and consider these more mature options after the stadium lights fade.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION Interested in broadening your personal or professional horizons? Throughout the Atlanta area, a myriad of enrichment programs are available to all ages.

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AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Keep the kids entertained at the end of the day with programs that encourage physical activity, creativity and enrichment.

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always looked forward to the start of the school year, though the anticipation of pep rallies and passing notes to my friends was more enticing than the education part itself. Truth be told, I still get a little thrill at this time of year. Though school now starts during the dog days of summer, the onset of buses and back-to-school sales reminds me fall is just around the corner. With a birthday and a wedding anniversary in the month of September, how could I not love the upcoming season? For me, it’s a time for celebrating special occasions, and we’ve got plenty of ideas and inspiration for that in our inaugural Special Occasions Planner, too. I’m particularly enamored by the Picasso-inspired birthday party on this month’s cover. So what if it was intended for a 10-year-old girl? I think we all deserve to embrace the kid within — no matter how long we’ve been out of school!

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into the topic of Back-to-School this month, I’m preparing to go back to school myself — not in a literal sense, but in the form of my 10-year class reunion. I can hardly believe it has been so long. Why, it seems like only yesterday I was haunting the halls of my high school. If I try hard enough, I can probably still remember my locker combination from senior year; surely an entire decade hasn’t passed since then? Perhaps social media is partly to blame for my denial; after all, thanks to Facebook, I now feel as if I know some of my former classmates better than I did when we crossed paths in the classroom. In any case, I find myself reminiscing about my school days a little more than usual lately. Call me crazy, but I always loved going back to school. As a kid, the night before the first day felt like Christmas Eve. I could hardly sleep, so excited to strap on my new backpack and board the bus for a day filled with Trapper Keepers and freshly sharpened pencils. Even in high school, I

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EXCITING SHOPPING, DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT IN ALPHARETTA

VISIT US FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING AT GREAT STORES SUCH AS: AMERICAN GIRL, ANN TAYLOR, BANANA REPUBLIC, H&M, J. CREW, P.S. FROM AÉROPOSTALE AND POTTERY BARN KIDS

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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS & PERKS Tilly’s Grand Opening / Back-To-School BMX Bash Come celebrate the grand opening of the new Tilly’s store on Saturday, August 11th. Tilly’s is a clothing company that sells action sports-branded clothing, accessories, shoes, and equipment. Their store is located on the Upper Level next to the Center Court Elevators. There will be entertainment and freebies throughout the day. Check out performances by the musical sensation, Breathe Carolina, and the King BMX Stunt Show, internationally renowned BMX stunt riders. Join us for the grand opening of the new Tilly’s store on Saturday, August 11th starting at 10am.

Fashion’s Night Out Join editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers on September 6, 2012, as they flood stores in cities across the country and around the world for fashion’s most iconic extravaganza. Last year’s bash featured events in eighteen countries and more than 4,500 events here in the States alone, featuring special limited-edition products, celebrity appearances, and unforgettable performances. FNO 2012 promises to be even bigger and better. Join in the celebration at North Point Mall on Thursday, September 6.

Fashion Rules Start the Season in Style! Learn what’s hot and what’s not with 15-minute Style Sessions showcasing the best of fashion from GAP, Oakley, Sunglass Hut and more! Shoppers receive a gift with any store purchase. Join us on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, 11am-2pm at Center Court.

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Mall Gift Cards What to get for their birthday? A Shop Etc. Gift Card is always the right fit and size. And now...introducing the North Point Mall Self-Serve Gift Card Kiosk. Now shoppers can purchase mall gift cards during all mall hours from the self-serve kiosk located on the lower level across from American Girl. The Kiosk allows shoppers to purchase gift cards quickly and conveniently. Shop Etc. Gift Cards are available for purchase from the kiosk in any denomination from $20 to $200.

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Every Tuesday at 9am, Center Court Join the FREE premier stroller fitness program geared for postnatal women. The stretching and low-impact classes are taught by a professional trainer. Suggested equipment to bring: resistance bands, bath towel, yoga mat and water bottle. Register at the mall management office located at the main entrance across from American Girl. For more information, please call 770-740-9273 or visit northpointmall.com.

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A Beach Getaway to Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis Resort The Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis Resort, with its sugar-white beaches, six championship tennis courts and lush gardens, is a secluded getaway on 27 acres of the pristine Miramar Beach, located just west of Sandestin. Hidden Dunes prides itself on the seclusion and natural scenery of the resort, which takes a step back from the commercial appeal of other vacation destinations. With Carolina-style cottages, beachfront condominiums and lakeside villas, a wide range of diverse scenery and accommodations are provided to ensure a memorable visit. Offering more private beach per unit than any other Destin location, Hidden Dunes also provides visitors with a fullytrained staff whose goal is to be responsive to all vacation needs, giving vacationers

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more time to soak in the beautiful beach atmosphere speckled with natural beauty. For those interested in something other than beach lounging, Hidden Dunes is also ranked among the Top 50 Tennis Resorts worldwide, along with offering amenities that include a lighted basketball court, natural gas grills, on-site real estate sales and complimentary tram service (seasonal). The possibilities are truly endless in this secluded gulf-front nook, providing the visitor with more than the standard beach vacation. Hidden Dunes also offers “Late Summer Value Season,” which can save guests 30 percent off their standard summer rates if the trip is booked between Aug. 6 and Sept. 9. For more information, call 800-225-7625 or visit hiddendunesdestin.com. — Ryan Phillips

night stay at Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla., courtesy of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties. Also included in the prize package is dinner for two at the Marlin Grill, a onehour YOLO paddleboard rental for four, and a Newman-Dailey Gift Card good for golf and more! To compete for the giveaway, please visit the “Enter to Win” page at ptsnorth.com before Aug. 31. Contest prize is good for one year from issue date. Some restrictions may apply.

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Points North will co-host the first-ever wine dinner at Nahm Thai Cuisine in Alpharetta on Aug. 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner and have an opportunity to taste six wonderful special-selection wines during the festivities, with the last five paired with each course. Chef-Owner Ngamta Thongyoung and her staff have an impeccable reputation for gracious hospitality and extraordinary cuisine. Nahm Thai Cuisine offers a glimpse of traditional Thai culture, where balance and harmony come together in a relaxing, elegant atmosphere. Guests enjoy the flavor and the art form of freshly prepared authentic Thai dishes. THE MENU Appetizer: Tempura shrimp with creamy chili sauce and sweet spicy crispy calamari Salad: Grilled flat iron steak with mixed herbs and vegetables in chili lime dressing Soup: Silky tofu, young coconut meat and fresh Enoki mushrooms in lemongrass coconut broth Entrée: Grilled jumbo prawn and scallop with green curry and stir-fried basil noodle Dessert: Lemongrass crème brûlée, coconut ice cream and caramelized lotus seeds

A limited number of seats are available and advanced reservations are required. The cost to attend is $49 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Wine pairings will be announced and posted on Points North’s Facebook events page. Nahm Thai Cuisine 5310 Windward Pkwy, Suite C, Alpharetta Reservations: 678-762-1818


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Opened for play in 2002 in Suwanee, Bear’s Best is a legacy of Jack Nicklaus’ greatest golf course designs. Appropriately named, the golf club features 18 replicated holes from Nicklaus’ courses such as Muirfield Village, Shoal Creek, Castle Pines Golf Club and Scotland’s Gleneagles. Nicklaus planned each hole with great care in order to capture every detail of the originals, from elevation changes to bunkering to vegetation. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Bear’s Best is offering a limited number of its annual golf passes, which are perfectly suited for golfers who enjoy playing a good number of rounds every month, yet may not want the long-term membership commitment of a private club. The Bear’s Best Annual Pass is an all-inclusive golf program that provides you with convenient annual or monthly payment options with no initiation fees. The pass provides you with unlimited greens fees, unlimited use of golf carts, unlimited use of the practice area, preferred guest rates, preferred pricing on private events, in-house charging privileges, tournament and social events for an extraordinary monthly rate of just $329 plus tax. Purchasers of the Annual Pass also may upgrade to Club Corp’s Signature Gold membership program. For more information, call 678-714-2582. The 11th hole at Bear’s Best is a replica of No. 15 at the PGA National Championship Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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In the harsh, oftentimes superficial world of today, little is as fragile as the emotions of a teenager. During this pivotal age, many problems occur such as bullying or obesity that leave life-long scars on those subjected to them. Exposing and remedying these problems is the goal of a book turned screenplay titled “The Fat Boy Chronicles.” The brainchild of Atlanta resident Michael Buchanan and writing partner Diane Lang, the novel chronicles the troubles of an obese 9th grader who struggles to find acceptance in the judgmental society around him. Lang Buchanan, as they are called as a team, both drew from their own experiences as teachers to create the main character, Jimmy Winterpock. The movie adaptation, directed by Atlanta’s own Jason Winn, brings the story to the big screen in hopes of reaching a wider audience and raising awareness of the bullying epidemic that faces America. After receiving positive reviews from across the country, the movie promises to show the dark side of the American teenager; a site rarely seen in the teen-movie culture of recent years. For more information, visit thefatboychronicles.com. – Ryan Phillips

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HANDS-ON Science For All! In a world of ever increasing distractions for students, it can be hard for formal educators to compete. High Touch High Tech is attempting to bridge this gap by making science fun for everyone. In its 18-year tenure, High Touch High Tech has earned an excellent reputation around the country for bringing interactive learning to students of all ages. Since 1994, this program has gained popularity in the Atlanta area, where they offer “in-school” field trips that meet Georgia Performance Standards. In addition to reaching more than 100,000 Georgia students yearly, High Touch High Tech also offers programs for senior citizens, giving them the opportunity to participate in mindstimulating activities to improve cognitive abilities along with providing a social outlet. Located in Roswell, this program offers unconventional methods of stimulating the minds of participants. According to their mission statement, “High Touch High Tech scientists do not lecture; they simply teach a concept, and then the students conduct the corresponding experiment to reinforce it!” So whether you are a preschooler or a senior citizen with extra time, High Tough High Tech has something exciting for you. For more information, visit sciencemadefun.net. – Ryan Phillips

The Building Blocks of Fun A new summer addition to North Point Mall promises to excite children and parents alike as the second LEGO store in the Atlanta business market opens. During the opening celebrations, a LEGO Master Builder will construct a model with the help of shoppers. This interactive experience is just one of the exclusive offers that will be available during the opening celebrations in the store’s lower level, center court location. In addition to the celebrations, monthly promotions and sales promise a memorable shopping experience. For more information, visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta/ — Ryan Phillips

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The Spa at Château Élan Need to escape the everyday stresses of work and errands? Take a break and relax in luxury at the Spa at Château Élan, nestled in a serene lakeside mansion in Braselton, Ga. The newly renovated, full-service spa recently underwent a $3 million transformation, including a makeover for its 14 overnight guest suites and bathrooms, designed to offer a soothing romantic getaway for any couple with rich color palettes and tranquil glass mosaics. Unwind with Europeanstyle body treatments by professionals,

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including couple treatments, massage and wellness therapies, hydrotherapy and signature antioxidant winery treatments, as well as skin and nail care. Between treating yourself to the ultimate relaxation experience of your choice and spending time in one of the two spa library areas or the sauna, dine at the spa’s redesigned restaurant, Fleur de Lis, which serves healthy, gourmet breakfasts and lunch as well as afternoon tea. For more information, visit chateauelan.com. — Chelsea Stratso

After a few years of serving residents and visitors in Dahlonega, Tom and Bobbie Southwell decided to move their very cool business closer to their Cumming home. After a detailed search for the right location, the couple will open the Yummyogurt Den Coffee House this month at 3775 Windermere Pkwy., Suite H, in the same center as Atlanta Fitness and Alessio’s Restaurant. Great yogurt and freshbrewed coffee are only a small part of the allure of visiting Yummyogurt. The shop will feature the works of local artists, a book exchange, book signings with acclaimed authors, and local musicians with an emphasis on acoustics and jazz. Yummyogurt also will provide a great meeting venue for birthday parties, small groups, bridge and chess clubs and tennis teams. After receiving their proper licenses, they also will host wine tastings. Every morning guests may enjoy fresh croissants, muffins and other sweet treats, while lunches will include soups, paninis and other sandwiches. Weekday hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., while the shop will open at 8 a.m. on weekends.


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Don’t Miss the Last Blast of Summer at THE BEST RESORT IN DESTIN Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the No. 1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, is the best destination for your family’s 2012 summer vacation. In addition to the beautiful beaches, Sandestin offers enough activities to stay all week and play a different sport every day. Four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, a 113-slip marina for deep sea or off shore fishing, YOLO boarding, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking tempt those who want to leave the sanctity of the seashore. As an added bonus, get a free night with the purchase of four, making your summer vacation an even better one. Book online at sandestin.com/north or call 877-463-7314 and mention code FREE5. For those traveling without the family, LeCiel at Sandestin, the only contemporary boutique hotel in the Destin area, provides a tranquil setting and offers onebedroom suites, as well as bay-view and gulf-view rooms. Located on the banks of the Choctawhatchee Bay, LeCiel offers a tranquil setting with sounds of water and stunning views to provide the backdrop. As a result, it is very fitting that this boutique hotel is named LeCiel, French for the word sky. Offering guests cultural and landscape inspiration, LeCiel’s boutique environment provides the perfect getaway for the discernible traveler. LeCiel relies on the water and the beautiful surroundings to provide the aesthetics of mind and body, and it’s just steps away from the Sandestin Day Spa, featuring award-winning service and a full menu of spa and salon services. LeCiel

also is in close proximity to the Sandestin Fitness Center, where guests have complimentary access with use of the sauna and exercise equipment. Visit hotelleciel.com for more details. Download Sandestin’s new free app for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news!

Celebrating Champions With Olympic fever in full swing, now is the perfect time to honor athletes and individuals that represent their home state of Georgia through their contribution to sports. And there is no better way to recognize the dedication and hard work of these athletes, coaches and officials than by inducting them into the Georgia Track and Field Hall of Fame. On Aug. 25, USA Track and Field Georgia will induct its second class of greats led by Olympic Gold Medalists Edith McGuire-Duvall and Antonio McKay, as well as James Carnes, Douglas Fowlkes, Edward Hamm and Paul Koshewa. Commemorate their outstanding achievements at the induction celebration and gala at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, hosted by WSB-TV’s sports anchor Chuck Dowdle and Weather Channel’s Paul Goodloe. “A Hey Day in the Red Clay — A Georgia Olympian Evening” will start with an Olympian autograph signing and silent auction beginning at 5 p.m. followed by a ceremony, dinner and dancing. Tickets start at $50 and are available online at usatfga.org. — Chelsea Stratso

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HEALTH

ATLANTA DENTAL SPA exists to help you achieve and maintain overall health and wellness. We incorporate innovative technology to assess your personal risks and prevent disease by eradicating decay, periodontal infection, oral cancer and nutritional deficiencies — all of which can lead to major illness. Our goal is your optimal

Oral Cancer Screening A 60 second rinse used in conjunction with a special light can identify abnormal cells. Early detection offers the greatest opportunity for a cure.

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Cavity Risk Assessment A quick swab of your mouth and an evaluation of habits help us determine your level of risk for decay. Then we can decrease your risk with specially formulated rinses, gels, gums and candies!

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SPECIAL OCCASIONS IMAGINATIONS RUN WILD AT AN ARTISTICALLY INSPIRED BIRTHDAY PARTY

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF INIJE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS | INIJEPHOTO.COM EVENT DESIGN BY ADORNED EVENT DESIGN | ADORNEDEVENTDESIGN.COM

For his niece BASIA’S 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY,

Executive Chef Andrew Brackner of Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events (talkofthetownatlanta.com) teamed up with Lauren Weems of Adorned Event Design to create a fanciful affair at Heritage Sandy Springs (heritagesandysprings.org). Inspired by Picasso’s quote “Every child is an artist,” each element of the party was custom-made to replicate a watercolor painting, from the birthday cake to the tablescape. For the décor, Weems used fun and funky flowers like exotic orange Pincushion Protea, orange and pink Campanilla roses and hot pink Celosia, which are currently in their prime in Georgia, along with decorative items like watercolored votives, vases filled with paintbrushes and custom art installations. For the menu, Brackner chose dishes that would carry out the pink-and-orange watercolor motif while appealing to both children and their parents. Non-alcoholic “shooters” in flavors such as watermelon, lime and mint, tomato bisque with mini grilled cheese, and ginger-mango with plantain chips and jerk chicken salad were served alongside fried green tomato sandwiches with sweet potato chips. For dessert, he crafted layered blueberry cream pie and lemon meringue pie in mason jars, as well as rice crispy “paint brushes” and “Watercolor Splash,” a fun drink featuring swirls of coconut, pineapple and strawberries. A make-your-own popsicle bar allowed guests to get artsy by mixing their own ingredients — yogurt, fresh fruit, chopped mint, lemonade and more – and freezing them in a mere 9 minutes with Williams-Sonoma’s Zoku Quick Pop Maker. But perhaps the greatest highlight for the younger guests were the doodle cakes by Melonie Stanger of For Goodness Cakes (forgoodnesscakes.net); each child received his or her own individual fondant-wrapped cake and a palette of edible paint to craft their own masterpieces. For the party favors, guests received a bundle of paintbrushes and a custom sketchbook by Jamie Wyckoff of Julia’s Poppies Design (juliaspoppies.com).

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Save money (and the environment) and skip the printed programs in favor of a chalkboard at the entrance of your ceremony. Framed chalkboards are also an excellent option for displaying the menu at the reception, a rehearsal dinner, or even bridal or baby showers. Photo by Liz Erikson Photography; shot at the wedding of Shannon Douglas and Nick Kimbro, Lake Lanier Islands Venetian Pier, lakelanierislands.com

Give your event a vintage feel with antique dinnerware and even furniture from local antique stores or ea markets. China from Big Shanty Antique Mall in Kennesaw; owers by Gail Williams of A Perfect Wedding Floral Design, aperfectweddingoraldesign.com; photo by Paris Mountain Photography; event styled by Kelley McIntosh Garner, kelleybmcintosh27@gmail.com; shot at Che’ne Rouge Weddings and Events in Hiram, Ga., chene-rouge.com

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Emulate “A Secret Garden” with a vine-covered garden chandelier, draped with moss vines and green willow branches. Carry the theme into your table settings with a moss table runner and bell-shaped vases boasting bouquets of red and pink roses embellished with seeded eucalyptus. Décor and theme provided by Bold American Events, boldamerican.com; design coordinated by Susan Graham Signature Events, susangrahamevents.com; photo by tessa marie weddings; shot at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, pinetreecc.org

For an elegant affair, pair blush pink peonies with purple hydrangea, lavender and purple garden roses in mercury glass chalices and goblet vases. Silver embossed chargers, rhinestone frames and traditional silver candlesticks add a special touch. Table design by Edge Design, edgedesignatlanta.com; photo by Liz Erikson Photography; shot at Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, barnsleyresort.com

Consider custom-made invitations as the first step to planning your party; thanks to the designer’s creative vision, these “Catching the Big One” invites inspired a nautical-themed birthday party. Invitations by Sarah Smith at au courant creative, aucourantcreative.com; photo by Katie McGee Photography

Cupcakes may be all the craze, but cake pops are super cute and easier to manage by little hands. Anchors Away cake pops by Big Day Cakes Bakery, bigdaycakesbakery.com; photo by Katie McGee Photography

Dessert doubles as décor when coordinated with your event’s color scheme. Blue Shimmer iced cookies by Sift! Dessert Boutique, siftatlanta.com; photo by Project Duo

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MORE PARTY PLANNING TIPS! { WRITTEN BY CHELSEA STRATSO }

Looking to host an event away from home? Consider these local venues for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, bridal showers and more.

A N N A LE E ’ S Offers individually designed and planned showers, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and bachelorette parties in a private setting with menu options. 425 Market Place, Roswell 770-998-0086 annaleesrestaurant.com

F R O S T Y F R O G C R E A M E RY AND CAFÉ Creates homemade ice creams and custom-decorated pastries in their bakery and offers their café menu or a tailored menu for bridal showers, baby showers and bachelorette parties. 6205 Hickory Flat Highway #112, Canton, 770-704-9333 frostyfrogcreamery.com

AQ UA B LU E Offers a “whole house buy out” option for up to four hours. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and more. 3579 West Lawrenceville St., Duluth 770-476-2989 parkcafeduluth.net

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Choose to host your special event with the barn doors open to the patio or in a large party tent for a rustic-style rehearsal dinner or celebration. 1085 Canton St., Roswell 770-650-9838 ficklepicklecafe.com

Meets all the hosting needs for special events with top to bottom services including signature menu and cake options for up to 40 guests. Unique invitation services are also available with in-house printing options. 953 Canton St., Roswell 770-643-0020 partychic.net

B I S T R O VG Choose a banquet-style lunch or dinner with starters, entrées and desserts for your rehearsal, shower or bachelorette party, or go for the less formal option with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. 70 West Crossville Road, Roswell 770-933-1156 bistrovg.com

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Offers a 10 percent discount on special events including private dinners and wedding rehearsals. Customize the menu to fit your event, with the option to host it at any venue. 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 770-643-8886 aquablueatl.com

RA SUSHI Welcomes bachelorette parties with “Fling Before the Ring” group menus, featuring your choice of appetizers, sushi, dessert and a signature cocktail. 1080 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta 404-267-0114 rasushi.com

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Provides a custom menu for bridal showers and offers formal rehearsal dinners in an intimate setting with candlelight and champagne. 1088 Green St., Roswell 770-757-2999 theyellowhouseongreenstreet.com


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INIJE PHOTOGRAPHY 404-844-1753 Inije.com Creativity at its finest. Inije Photography not only captures true moments but creates memorable art that will last a lifetime. (A true photograph need not be explained, but will tell a story on its own.)


KELLE & ROB WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 678-595-0770 kelleandrobphotography.com Embracing a photojournalistic style, this team uses their unique perspectives to capture everything from the main event to the smallest, often forgotten, details. They believe their success is hinged upon fostering a strong relationship with the couples they photograph.

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CHÂTEAU ÉLAN WINERY & RESORT 100 Rue Charlemagne Braselton, Ga. 800-233-9463 chateauelan.com Château Élan combines French provincial and Southern hospitality for dream weddings in the candlelit Cask Room, on the lawn or in one of the ballrooms. Spa bridal parties and groom golf outings also available.

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CARL HOUSE 1176 Atlanta Highway Auburn, Ga. 770-586-0095 carlhouse.com Why award-winning Carl House? A sterling reputation, lush gardens, gorgeous historical mansion, elegant ballroom with curved staircase, exquisite cuisine and florals, a warm staff and attention to detail! Extraordinary. Memorable. Events.

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36 Wolfscratch Village Circle Jasper 770-329-0009 bigcanoe.com The spectacular beauty of Big Canoe and the north Georgia mountain experience. Your destination wedding close to home. 185 standing. 150 seated.

103 WEST RAYMOND WERNER DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY 404-444-8203 or 770-573-1212 raymondwerner.com Raymond Werner Design & Photography is a full service international design and photography studio that specializes in food photography, and has the ability to do small events and portrait photography. Call or contact us for more info.

103 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 404-233-5993 buckheadrestaurants.com 103 West is Atlanta’s private dining destination. Our chef custom creates each menu, while our full-service event coordinators make your event flawless. With impeccable service, 103 West is ideal for every occasion.

THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta 404-881-2100 foxtheatre.org The Fox’s Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are lavishly decorated with sweeping columns and ornamentation, creating the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind wedding.

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1987 Gibbs Drive Ballground 770-893-1880 gibbsgardens.com Gibbs Gardens provides a spectacular setting for a wedding or special event with several beautiful sites for a ceremony and tented receptions. Conveniently located less than an hour’s drive north of Atlanta in the foothills of the Georgia Mountains.

HERITAGE GREEN: THE HEART OF SANDY SPRINGS 6075 Sandy Springs Circle Sandy Springs heritagesandysprings.org Minutes from I-285 and GA 400, Heritage Green venues include an intimate garden room, large gazebo, charming brick patio, entertainment lawn and Heritage Hall.

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RAY’S IN THE CITY 240 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta 404-524-9224 raysrestaurants.com Ray’s in the City is the quintessential Downtown Atlanta restaurant. Choose from an impressive private dining menu, including fresh sushi, seafood flown in daily, prime steaks and an extensive wine list.

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ROSWELL FOUNDERS HALL 1076 Canton St. Roswell 770-992-4120 roswellfoundershall.com Your guests will be charmed by the historic elegance of Roswell Founders Hall located on Caton Street in Historic Roswell. 200 seated. 300 standing.

RAY’S ON THE RIVER 6700 Powers Ferry Road Sandy Springs 770-955-1187 raysrestaurants.com Ray’s on the River has been a beloved Atlanta fine dining and event venue for nearly 30 years. The Event Lawn and Grand Pavilion, with views of the Chattahoochee River, are ideal for weddings, receptions and corporate events.

ST. IVES COUNTRY CLUB 1 St. Ives Country Club Drive Johns Creek 770-623-1239 stivescountryclub.org Located in Johns Creek, St. Ives 45,000-square-foot stone encased clubhouse sits majestically atop one of the highest points in North Fulton. We have multiple spaces to host parties of 10 to 200.

RAY’S AT KILLER CREEK 1700 Mansell Road Alpharetta 770-649-0064 raysrestaurants.com Located in Alpharetta, Ray’s at Killer Creek offers a variety of private dining spaces that can accommodate up to 70 guests. Enjoy inspiring menu creations by Executive Chef Tracey Bloom in a warm and inviting setting.

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ROSWELL CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 617 Atlanta St. Roswell 770-640-3253 visitroswellga.com Roswell’s premier one-of-a-kind facilities, antebellum sites and natural setting blend with experienced professionals and accommodating lodging to make your wedding dreams come true.

TWELVE HOTELS & RESIDENCES 361 17th St., Atlanta 404-418-1223 twelvehotels.com TWELVE Atlantic Station and TWELVE Centennial Park both set a grand stage for special occasions with urban sophistication and incentives like free wedding night accommodations for the bride and groom.


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with her, but for the most part, the communication barrier doesn’t seem to be a problem. It’s obvious that the coaches and a group of volunteer helpers truly love spending time with these girls, and the mutual adoration is all the language they need as they play, laugh and dance together. At a recent summer practice, one team member showed off her cartwheel skills while another taught the group to do a forward roll on the gymnastics mat at the center of the room. Cheryl

Hopper, Kristen’s mom and the team’s adult supervisor, welcomed a brand-new member with a bear hug before she scampered off to join the others as if she’d been part of the team from the beginning. The coaches and volunteers led the girls in a few cheers and some stunts (serving as bases for the sake of safety) and then


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Conquering Competitions The Flames started their first season last year with a team of seven girls ages 6 to 18 with a variety of disabilities ranging from muscular dystrophy to Downs syndrome. “Kristen and I had volunteered together [in the past] with Special Olympics, and we both found a passion there,” Christine said. “We wanted to do something more to impact the community and help special needs children.” With Kristen’s experience in cheerleading with SFHS and another competition squad through First Redeemer Sports, a special needs team seemed like the natural choice.

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“With cheerleading, anyone can be involved. It’s not like baseball or basketball where children need specific skills,” Christine said. “Cheerleading allows us to work around their skills and still teach new things … Plus, it’s fun and encouraging for them.” The team met to practice every Friday last fall to prepare for four local cheerleading competitions. Though Cheryl said it took some of the younger girls a little while to grasp the point, they were ready to perform by their first competition. “A couple weeks before our first competition, I thought, wow, we don’t have a routine,” Cheryl admitted. “We had a cheer and they knew how to do little jumps, but I wondered if they were going to be able to do a routine from start to finish to music.” To prepare, the coaches planned a dress rehearsal for the girls to practice in uniform in front of an audience of parents and fellow First Redeemer cheerleading squads.

“When we turned the music on, they did it from start to finish. It was just a miracle,” Cheryl continued with pride. Choreographed by Kristen with input from Christine and Cheryl, the 2 1/2minute routine combines a cheer, stunt, dance and pyramid and advances as the season continues and the girls become more comfortable. “We tried different things until we could find something that worked for everyone … it started off pretty simple, and as we got further into the season, we added stunts and we let different girls fly,” Kristen said. One team member, Midori, choreographed her own dance to show off her more advanced skills in the routine, while another, Morgan, conquered her fear of stunts by the end of the season. But perhaps the most touching ptsnorth.com | August 2012 | Points North

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example of the team’s progress was displayed in young Alayna. “[At the first competition] it was very loud. They had smoke blowing and strobe lights, and it was a little overwhelming when we were backstage waiting our turn to go on,” Cheryl explained. “The girls got really nervous, and as we were walking on to the competition floor, it was just too much [for Alayna]. The stimulation was overwhelming, and she stopped. She would not walk, she would not move. So we went on without her.” Luckily, The Flames had the opportunity to compete a second time that day, and this time, Alayna joined her team on the competition floor. “As soon as it was over, she ran off the floor into her mother’s arms shouting ‘I did it, I did it!’” Cheryl continued. “That became our motto — ‘I did it.’ It has sort of become a life motto to all of us now, to know that we can do it.” Cultivating Confidence The girls also had the opportunity to participate in a SFHS VarAFTER-SCHOOL sity girls’ basketball AC T I V ITI E S game. For a list of local afterschool programs, flip to page 44.

“They loved the pom-poms and they loved meeting the cheerleaders,” Christine said. “During halftime, they got to perform their routine for a gym filled with parents, students and athletes. That was especially exciting and special to us, because we got to go out into the community.” Plans are in the works for a similar experience for this year’s squad, which will welcome all seven original members, plus several new faces, bringing the total to 14. Though some parents have expressed concern that their children won’t be able to participate, the coaches and volunteers are all really good at working with the girls, encouraging them, and walking them through the routine. The squad has proven to be great exercise for the cheerleaders, as well as a confidence builder and an outlet for social interaction. “We make it our goal to show these girls so much love and to make them feel special and extraordinary,” Rueger added. And the team has been rewarding for the coaches, as well. “I want to be a speech therapist. The cheerleading team has definitely helped me figure that out, because I love working with special needs children,” Christine said. For Kristen, the reward comes with watching the smiles on the girls’ faces when they achieve something. “It’s so amazing to hear Alayna say ‘I did it,’” she offered as an example. “She’s so proud of herself, and I got to be a part of helping her feel that way.” PN FO

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Alpine Bakery & Trattoria

FRIDAY NIGHT Caprese salad

Lights DINING FOR ADULTS AFTER THE BIG GAME

{ WRITTEN BY BRE HUMPHRIES & HEATHER KW BROWN }

As high school students,

many of us had a steadfast ritual after Friday night football games. Win or lose, we’d peal out of the stadium parking lot and flock to a local restaurant, something fairly cheap, large enough to accommodate a crowd, and willing to put up with a bunch of boisterous teenagers. As adults, this scenario is less than appealing, so we went in search of more mature options to appease our appetites after the Friday night lights fade.

1.8 miles from Milton High School In all my culinary quests, I’ve discovered that there is a difference between “Italian” food and Italian food. Anyone who has experienced the latter knows the first kind is just an inferior imitation. Luckily, an authentic interpretation of quality Italian cooking is available at Alpine Bakery & Trattoria in Crabapple. At the entrance, two dessert cases filled with fanciful treats in the bakery will tempt you to skip straight to dessert, but your willpower will be rewarded as you explore the restaurant’s savory options. A highlight of my meal came quickly with the robust Italian wedding soup, loaded with tortellini and meatballs made in-house with a trio of veal, pork and beef. Additional must-try menu items include an incredible Caprese salad, made with layers of creamy imported burrata, brightly flavored heirloom tomatoes, aged balsamic vinegar, strips of basil and a strong sprinkling of smoked sea salt, and a deliciously hearty pappardelle Bolognese with thick ribbons of pasta, generous portions of meat and crumbles of goat cheese in a creamy red sauce. Alpine is also famous for phenomenal New York-style pizzas. I recommend topping one with some tasty Italian sausage, which the restaurant procures from Patek Meat Products in Austell, Ga., working closely with the producers to get the best possible product. They also order the highest quality cuts of veal top loin and butcher it in-house, make their sauces inhouse, bring in fresh pasta from locally based Pasta Mami, and work with a variety of vendors to get the freshest produce available. That sentiment carries into the aforementioned bakery. Forget Paris brest the dessert menu, and peruse the cases of cakes, cookies, cannoli and more for yourself. You can select a sweet to be sent to your table, or purchase a few to savor later. 12315 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta, 770-410-9883, alpinebakeryandtrattoria.com ptsnorth.com | August 2012 | Points North

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an unexpected tomato salsa that our taste buds absolutely loved; and lastly, the Lava 1.6 miles from Marist School; 2.6 miles Roll, also made with shrimp tempura, but from Dunwoody High School this time Chef Chen adds mango and tops Finding a great sushi restaurant in the it with salmon and a surprising, houseSouth is not the easiest of tasks. Sure, there made strawberry sauce that quite frankly are plenty of fish in the sea, so to speak, was incredible. but we all know that doesn’t necessarily Having apprenticed under Japanese mean you get the best one — unless you Master Sushi Chef Koma at Yama, one of leave selecting the fish to Master Sushi New York City’s most renowned sushi resChef Danny Chen. I walked into R. Rice taurants, Chen arrived Wok- G r i l l- Su sh i i n R. Rice’s honey mango chicken in Atlanta well versed Sandy Springs knowing in the art of slicing fish the heralded master so that the flesh delivers chef was making waves a specific flavor and the in Atlanta’s sushi scene, juices from tomatoes, and I was eager to dive mangos, strawberries into his extensive menu. and grapefruit transProof of my ambitious form a typical dining appetite soon arrived, experience into an excelstarting with a tuna lent one. Chen grew up pizza and an order of in the seaside town of The King and Queen’s Wen Wu, China, where Crown made with king ??? learning how to manicrab, house seasoning pulate fish as the son of and crunchies wrapped a fisherman was expected. Whether you in a crown of avocado. Next up? Several love fish cooked, raw or not at all, you can of the specialty rolls including the Hawks expect to leave R. Rice Wok-Grill-Sushi Roll, a sporting masterpiece of shrimp happy and vowing to return, as a bevy tempura, brilliantly matched with spicy of Asian options await including rice and tuna, avocado and mango salsa with noodle dishes as well as stir-fry entrées. black caviar; the Valentine Roll made with 1140 Hammond Dr., Ste. #125, Sandy shrimp tempura, cucumber and spicy tuna Springs, 770-804-8155, r-rice.com wrapped in soybean paper and served with

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Table & Main’s fried chicken with redskin potato salad

Table & Main 2.8 miles from Roswell High School If you haven’t already been to Table & Main, a Southern Tavern, on Canton Street in Roswell, you’ve been missing out on some of the best food in Atlanta. After years of successful stints in the restaurant business elsewhere, Chef Ted Lahey, an Athens native, and owner Ryan Pernice, a graduate of Roswell High School, crossed paths when Pernice was searching for a chef and Lahey was looking for a kitchen to call his own. It took eight months to renovate the quaint old house into the cozy restaurant it is today and only about six months for

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Chef Lahey to be recognized as one of “Atlanta’s Hottest Chefs.” A year later, as Table & Main celebrates its first anniversary this month, the restaurant continues to be one of Atlanta’s best places to pull up a chair for delectable fare. Perhaps patrons are drawn to the patio and the porch, both of which certainly contribute to the warm welcome, but I’ll bet a mason jar full of delicious cheese straws that the real deal isn’t the ambiance. It’s the food, as Lahey’s culinary creativity lies in his stamp of simplicity. Once our complimentary cheese straws disappeared into thin air — at a surprisingly quick clip, I might add — we opted to follow one southern bite with another, starting with the hushpuppies and a plate of Hogs ’n Quilts made with barbecue pork, chive crêpes, vinegar sauce and slaw. For our main entrées, my friend chose the venison with Gouda grits and veggies, while I went for the fresh fish over smoked tomato grits (better known as heaven on a spoon). Of course, we could hardly resist a side of fried okra. Printed above the bourbon menu is a quote by Mark Twain: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” As if to perfectly bookend our memorable meal with another literary tie, we were pleasantly surprised to find our check delivered inside a used book. Ours was “Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe” by Fannie Flagg, while a quick peek at the neighboring table showed others flipping through a Faulkner novel. According to Pernice, many folks have taken it upon themselves to sign their names and compliment the restaurant inside the books. As with everything else at Table & Main, we simply couldn’t resist the temptation. 1028 Canton St., Roswell, 678-869-5178, tableandmain.com PN ptsnorth.com | August 2012 | Points North

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CONTINUING EDUCATION: PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT AND SELF-REINVENTION { WRITTEN BY CARL DANBURY, JR. AND RYAN PHILLIPS }

Of course, going back to school isn’t just for

children and teens, as adults of all ages and professions often find themselves signed up for courses that serve a host of purposes, ranging from upping their skill sets, enhancing their future earning potential or simply because they’ve finally decided to pursue a passion they’ve put off for far too long. Such was the case for Stephen Palmer, who, despite a full-time work schedule, chose Emory Continuing Education’s Landscape Design Certificate Program. “I’m at a place in my life where I want to do work that is fulfilling and makes me happy. I’ve always been an avid gardener and since I started this course, I believe I’m on the road to making that happen. I’m in the process of making a career transition to this field. Since enrolling in Emory’s certification course, I’ve gained the confidence I needed to start up my LLC and take on my first client.” For Tami Willadsen, senior associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy – Georgia Chapter, enrolling in Emory Continuing Education’s Sustainability Certificate program stemmed from her desire to stay ahead of the game in her current profession. “The program helps broaden my view of the sustainability movement, even though I already work in the field of conservation. We’re at a pivotal time in sustainability right now where we have had some success ... [and] people are ready to hear the messages. [We need] to better articulate what sustainability means and how it touches every person every day,” Willadsen stated. Interested in broadening your personal or professional horizons? Throughout the Atlanta area, a myriad of enrichment programs are available to all ages, providing the opportunity to better one’s future, or simply have fun. Check out our resource for professional development here as well as our list of personal development programs online, then you might want to find a Trapper Keeper for yourself before they’re all gone! PN

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Atlanta Metropolitan College Continuing Education AMC provides students with both online and in-seat educational and enrichment programs to help bolster careers in a competitive job market. Programs include: Academic review, The Africana Experience, Creative Writing, Languages, Legal Studies and more 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy., Atlanta 404-756-4038 ed2go.com/atlmetro —————————————————————— Atlanta Technical College The goal of the Continuing Education Department is to develop short courses, workshops and seminars for professional development and personal enrichment. Classes include: Reupholstery, Window Treatments, Power Plant Technician, Wedding Planning, Forklift, Computer Courses, Catering, Photography, Tailoring Techniques, Online Classes and Spanish 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy. SW, Atlanta, 404-225-4400 atlantatech.edu/ —————————————————————— Emory Continuing Education ECE offers a wide range of certificate programs and open enrollment courses for both professional development and personal enrichment. Classes include: Management, Information Technology (IT) and Web Design, Paralegal, Financial Planning, Communications, Foreign Languages, English as a Second Language (ESL), Test Preparation and more Campuses include: Main, Briarcliff, Decatur and Alpharetta 404-727-6000 ece.emory.edu —————————————————————— Fortis College Fortis College offers career-based certificates, diploma and degree granting programs at more than 40 schools in 15 states. Classes in the Atlanta area: Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) and Phlebotomy Certificate 2108 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna 770-980-0002 fortis.edu ——————————————————————


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Georgia Tech Professional Education Program Classes include: Assistive Technology, Defense Technology Training, Engineering Continuing Education and short course, Enterprise Innovation, Executive Education, Healthcare Training, Information Technology and Computing, Languages, Occupational Safety & Health Training, Supply Chain Training and Logistics Courses Georgia Tech Global Learning Center 84 5th St. NW, Atlanta 404-894-2000 gtpe.gatech.edu —————————————————————— Kennesaw State University College of Continuing and Professional Education The College of Continuing and Professional Education aims to serve local, regional, national and international communities with high-quality courses, programs and services Classes include: Paralegal Certificate, Legal Assistant Online, Healthcare, Teachers/PLU’s, Online Training, Computers and Technology, ESOL, TESOL Certificate, Languages, Human Resources, Hospitality Management, Facilities/leased space, Conference Services, Gerontology Certificates, Test Preparation, OLLI (For students 50+) Life and Leisure, Fitness and Recreation, Summer U/ Kids Camps, Futures 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 770-423-6765 kennesaw.edu/coned —————————————————————— Lanier Technical College Lanier Technical College offers courses in workforce development and personal development, along with student development with SAT and ACT prep classes Classes include: Web Design, Customer Service, Digital Photography, Conversational Spanish and more 2990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood 770-531-6300 laniertech.edu

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classes begin Aug. 13. 2520 Shallowford Road, Marietta 770-928-4900 centrestagestudio.com

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS { W R I TTEN BY TAYLOR KNOWL ES }

Keep the kids entertained at the end of the day with these programs that encourage physical activity, creativity and enrichment. Alpharetta Martial Arts Alpharetta Martial Arts (AMA) offers classes Monday through Saturday in Taekwando, Aikido, kickboxing, selfdefense and weapons. Group classes and private lessons are available for children ages 4 and up that help develop basic motor skills as well as focus, self-control, self-esteem and self-defense. 5905 Atlanta Hwy., Alpharetta 770-360-0937 alpharettamartialarts.com —————————————————————— The Art Station – Big Shanty The Art Station is the perfect place to get cozy and creative, with classes and workshops in visual and literary arts year-round. Children’s classes

include printmaking, drawing, ceramic hand-building and holiday-themed workshops for ages 2 and up. Classes begin in September and are now available for online registration. 2050 Kennesaw Due West Road, Kennesaw 770-514-5930 artstationcobb.org —————————————————————— Center Stage School of Dance Since 1983, Center Stage School of Dance has become home to more than 1,200 students while earning regional and national dance, entertainment and choreography awards. Classes are available for ages 2 ½ and up including styles such as jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, acro and hip-hop. Fall

—————————————————————— Elmstreet Arts Elmstreet Arts is offering a variety of art classes including on-stage and creative arts. Classes are available for registration now and will begin mid-August. 8534 Main St., Woodstock 678-494-4251 elmstreetarts.org —————————————————————— The Equestrian Reserve The Equestrian Reserve provides an encouraging environment for children learning leadership, integrity and responsibility through equestrian discipline. Their riding school offers programs for beginner to advanced riders and provides a well-rounded understanding of horses. Private lessons are available for ages 4 and up, while group classes are held weekly for ages 6 and up. Home-schooled courses are also available for those looking to earn science and PE credit. 739 Old Alpharetta Road, Alpharetta 770-205-1230 theequestrianreserve.com —————————————————————— Swim Kids of Georgia Prepare your kids for pool time with private or group swim lessons throughout the year. Kids ages 4

and up will first learn a swim-floatswim technique, starting with basic skills before moving on to breathing techniques, proper kicking and use of arms. Upon graduation, swimmers may move into Swim Kids “Strokes & Floats” or “Stroke School” programs. Options include a 2-day-per-week program for six weeks or a fast track, 4-day-per-week program for 3 weeks. 1501 Redi Road, Cumming 770-330-6164 infantaquatics.com/nadynebrown.htm —————————————————————— Vinings School of Art The Vinings School of Art believes it is important to nurture the creativity of children at an early age, which is why they offer classes for students as young as 18 months to 2 years old. Classes are offered at various times throughout the day and teen classes run as a 7 – 8 week program year-round. Instruction is offered for a variety of courses including painting, drawing, sculpture, Spanish and French, dramatic arts and piano. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smyrna 678-213-4278 viningschoolofart.com Plus, Check out your county’s Parks and Recreation website for a complete list of government-sponsored after-school activities including football, cheerleading, martial arts, dance and more! PN

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PLAY SPACES

{ COMPILED BY CHELSEA STRATSO AND BRE HUMPHRIES }

Consider these products and tips to provide fun and safe environments for your family.

Add some color to the walls with the Brilliant Petals Canvas Reproduction, bright wall art printed on canvas and stretched by hand over a wood frame. The sides of the canvas include a decorative edge, so no framing is required. $148; available at KooKoo Bear Baby & Kids, 5270 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross and 12060 Etris Road, Roswell, kookoobearkids.com

Change up your kids’ play set with accessories to keep them entertained as they grow; the Pinnacle rock climbing wall is designed for older children and provides the ultimate climbing challenge. $399; available at Sweetland Outdoor, 13674 Hwy. 9, Alpharetta, sweetlandoutdoor.com

Who says your little princess’ play space can’t be chic? Dress it up with the Ava toddler chair and ottoman, a child-sized seat that doubles as décor. $529; available at Pretty Please, 3716 Roswell Road, Buckhead, prettypleaseonline.com

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TIP! For outdoor play spaces, trampolines often offer more longevity than play sets for children of any age, and can be helpful for athletic advancement. Keep in mind, however, that not all safety enclosures are created equally, according to Arthur Siriani of Sweetland Outdoor. “Magic Circle Trampolines have a unique safety design that not only keeps the jumpers from falling off, but keeps them more to the center for the best performance,” he recommended.

Turn your back yard into the ultimate sports sanctuary with a Sport Court Multi-Purpose Game Court by CBA Sports. The fully customizable designs can include features for hopscotch, four-square, basketball, paddle tennis, soccer and more, and provide a safe place for play with shock-absorbing surfaces. Prices start at $9,000; details available at CBA Sports Showroom, 3115 Medlock Bridge Road, Norcross, sportcourt.us

Match the Jill Table ($99), a natural maple plywood tabletop supported by chrome legs, with colorful Little Jake chairs ($49 each) to make the perfect setting for arts and craft projects, homework and reading that’s durable and easy to clean; available in Westside Provisions at Room & Board, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, roomandboard.com

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Plan a play space that can grow with your children as their preferences change and mature. “I try to avoid a decor that is too ‘themey,’” said Allison Havill Todd of AHT interiors in Cumming. “It is always preferable to use accent pieces [such as] pillows and artwork to cater to your children’s particular taste at that point in time.” As for practicality, she recommends outdoor fabrics that are durable and easy to clean. “A wall of stacking cubes (bolted to the wall for younger ones) is a great way to provide easy access and storage and keep clutter off the floor,” she added.

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PEDIATRIC IMAGING FROM BROKEN BONES to pneumonia, headaches to colitis, most children will need imaging services at some point in their lives, and that can be a very scary experience. After all, some medical equipment looks like it could have come straight out of the latest science-ďŹ ction movie. Providing the best possible care to these very special patients requires specially trained individuals who understand the unique needs of children, and state-of-the-art equipment that is specially designed to ďŹ t their smaller frames. While they will become adults one

day, children are not small adults. Diseases and injuries aect them dierently. That is why, when your child needs special care, you take him to someone who specializes in treating children. Smaller body parts require adjustments in the way pictures are taken. A pediatric imaging center should oer the latest technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, X-ray and uoroscopy — all tailored to the speciďŹ c needs of pediatric patients of all sizes. While the names of the exams are similar to those of adults,

the imaging technology for children is the least invasive, providing the lowest radiation exposure and will be the most comfortable for your child. Getting a child to sit still can be a challenge in any situation, but when you add the stress and anxiety of being hurt or sick, it can be even more diďŹƒcult. Ask to speak to a pediatric anesthesiologist about procedural sedation. A variety of eective and safe techniques, which are tailored to the speciďŹ c needs of each child and their planned procedure, are available to minimize anxiety or pain associated with obtaining quality diagnostic images.

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IT’S LATE AFTERNOON, and you fear your child’s arm may be sprained. And his pediatrician’s office is closed. For a minor illness or injury like this, take him to one of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s convenient neighborhood Urgent Care Centers. Unlike retail clinics, Children’s has pediatricians on staff at all times to treat children and teens. For a quick diagnosis, your child can get an X-ray and lab services during the same visit to an Urgent Care Center. Each uniquely equipped Urgent Care Center has a fast track program to shorten wait and treatment times for children with less serious illnesses or injuries. They are open nights, weekends and holidays to get your child home and better faster. For life-threatening injuries or serious illnesses, Children’s has three Emergency Departments as well as the only two pediatric trauma centers in Georgia, meaning their specialists provide the highest level of emergency care possible. Because they treat more children needing emergency care than almost anyone in the country, the doctors at Children’s are familiar with most types of emergency situations. Whether you take your child to an Urgent Care Center or Emergency Department, he will have access to more than 1,700 pediatric doctors in more than 60 specialties and programs. Children’s Urgent Care Centers treat the following: allergic reactions, asthma attacks, bites and stings, cold and flu, coughing, earaches and ear infections, fevers in kids older than 2 months, minor cuts and burns, minor head injuries, pink eye, simple broken bones and strains, sore throat, stomachaches, vomiting and diarrhea. Children’s Emergency Departments treat the following: broken bones, dehydration, fainting, fevers in kids younger than 2 months, major head injury, seizure, serious burns and swallowed objects. #(),$2%.3(%!,4(#!2%/&!4,!.4!schoa.org

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lost, they should be replaced and monitored by a specialist. The first dental cleaning and fluoride treatments should occur at age 2. The fluoride treatments should be spaced at six-month intervals unless your child has dental problems. For many children, the correction and alignment of the teeth will not start for six years after permanent teeth erupt, but for some, early orthopedic intervention is recommended. Your child should be examined by an orthodontist or a pediatric dentist. Both specialties are tested and board-certified in the orthodontic treatment for children by their respective boards.

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Depending on a child’s age, the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) syndrome may be the most common cause of sleep trouble.

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WHILE THAT SOUNDS LIKE a pretty basic question, is everything being covered at your child’s checkup? Follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation for regularly scheduled checkups. Make sure checkups include measuring height, weight and head circumference; calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) for all children over 3; checking eyes, ears, nose and throat; listening to breathing and heart; checking abdominal area and lymph glands; looking at skin; checking genitals and pubertal staging; checking muscle strength, tone and neurological system; discussing age-related anticipatory guidance; discussing safety information; discussing nutrition appropriate for age; discussing development and growth; discussing schooling (if age appropriate); filling out forms for sports; and refilling medications. Northside Pediatrics focuses on total wellness of children from birth through age 21 with a comprehensive care philosophy called 360Care™. That means the practice spends more time with each child because some things that can impact your child’s longterm health can’t be determined quickly. And, as children grow to adolescence, Northside Pediatrics creates an environment that’s safe for them to talk to their physician about sensitive issues and learn how to manage their own health as they grow to adulthood.

DEPENDING ON A CHILD’S AGE, the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) syndrome may be the most common cause of sleep trouble. The condition is characterized by repetitive obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. It is commonly associated with fluctuating low blood oxygen levels that can affect the brain and, consequently, lead to poor sleep quality. Unlike adult patients who complain of excessive daytime sleepiness as the prime symptom of OSA, manifestations of sleep apnea in children may be subtle. Parents may notice difficulty in breathing during their child’s sleep. Other common signs can include snoring, excessive sweating while asleep, gasping, choking, restless sleep, bedwetting, bad dreams, sleeping with an open mouth, chest retraction during sleep in young children, and sleeping in odd positions, especially with the head tilted up. Hyperactivity, learning problems and poor school grades are other symptoms of OSA that may otherwise be attributed to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The most common cause of airway obstruction among children is enlarged tonsils and adenoids, so the mainstay of treatment of OSA in children is removal of the tonsils and/or adenoids. Occasionally, removal of the tonsils and adenoids does not lead to a cure in a child with sleep apnea. In such cases, treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP) may be necessary. This will be prescribed by a sleep doctor after an appropriate test to determine the air pressure that is required to correct the child’s sleep apnea.

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A Master of

DETERMINATION Olympic Javelin Thrower

ROALD BRADSTOCK on Rethinking What is Possible { W R IT T E N BY HE AT HE R KW BR OWN }

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elin uniforms, Roald Bradstock sat in a lawn chair holding a paintbrush and his breath. Initially drawn to the tiny air bubbles floating from the paintbrush to the surface, I was ultimately struck by the fact that he, too, would soon need to come up for air. He was at the bottom of a pool, looking calm and completely unflustered as he stared directly into the underwater camera. Few Olympic athletes would dare to do the same — and that’s exactly how he wants it. Pushing boundaries is part passion and part entertainment for 50-year-old Bradstock, who defied his age and countless odds by winning a silver medal in the javelin throw at the Olympic Trials in London last month, earning recognition as the oldest athlete in any event at

the 2012 Trials and the oldest medalist in any event in nearly 76 years. Weeks later, Bradstock packed his bags for another international flight, this time as a professional artist en route to Hong Kong, where his artwork is currently on exhibit. And with his sights now set on introducing the connection between sports and art to kids of all ages and abilities, it seems he is just warming up. Rethinking Impossible as I’m Possible I first met Bradstock at a coffee shop in Sandy Springs, where he flashed a quick and friendly smile before launching into his story. It is a story of, well, launching things — javelins, fish, iPods and almost a cow patty — while never losing sight of his dream to become an Olympic athlete or forgetting just how fortunate he is to

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athletes can hit 70 mph, throwing a stick that weighs 2 pounds and is almost 9 feet long, and I’m 50. My approach is to rethink the whole approach.” ROALD BRADSTOCK | Olympic Athlete

have the ability to walk at all. His expression throughout our long conversation conveyed a comfortable look of determination, one that almost dares you to say he can’t. That look, according to Bradstock, dates back to 1968. “I was 6 years old, parked in front of a little black and white TV in my parents’ kitchen to watch the 1968 Olympic games,” Bradstock recalled. “I said, ‘I want to do that one day.’ Around the same time, I was diagnosed with spina bifida. I [had been] getting headaches and my mother, who was a nurse, became concerned.” Bradstock spoke of how he had to go to the hospital every three to six months for quite some time. “One of my earliest memories is at the hospital,” he said. “The doctor asked me to get up and walk to the other side of the room. So I did, and I remember him saying I shouldn’t be able to do that.” He also said Bradstock shouldn’t play sports. Apparently that was exactly what

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the youngster needed to hear. Grateful for his health and the realization that sometimes the impossible happens, Bradstock has held on tightly to both, continuously challenging himself to do what no one thinks or expects him to do. Born in the UK, Bradstock came to the United States in 1981 on a full scholarship to Southern Methodist University (SMU) for javelin. After graduating from SMU with an art degree, he moved around the country before becoming a U.S. citizen in 1995. He was an alternate for the U.S. Olympic team in ’96 and shortly thereafter, decided to call Atlanta home. With Atlanta as his new home base, he trained for the ’00, ’04 and ’08 U.S. Olympic Trials, and with each new round came another set of challenges. “At Stanford once, the field judge asked me to leave the field because no coaches were allowed during the competition,” Bradstock recalled with a smirk. “And during a meet at the University of Georgia, I was denied

access [to the field] until they were literally calling my name to throw. That’s happened about three or four times. Now, I’m not only older than the athletes but also their coaches, their parents and I’m getting close to some officials,” he laughed. In a sport notorious for injuries and against athletes almost 30 years younger, Bradstock has had to change how he prepares for high levels of competition. “Top javelin athletes can hit 70 mph, throwing a stick that weighs 2 pounds and is almost 9 feet long, and I’m 50. My approach is to rethink the whole approach.” Counting this year, Bradstock has contended in eight Olympic Trials, and has discovered a few secrets along the way. “There’s an art and technique to throwing anything. I throw the javelin, which is basically a stick. [Many] people don’t know what a javelin is, but everyone knows what an iPod is. So [throwing one] gets people engaged,” said Bradstock, whose video of throwing one of his daughter’s old iPods


has become a big hit on YouTube. “It’s amazing. I’ve been challenged around the world to throw things: pebbles in Sicily, sardines in Australia and cow “pats” in the Midwest — I declined that one.” While his fellow competitors attempt to understand how he has outsmarted Father Time to balance his record of four British and four American Olympic Trials, Bradstock has already carved another niche for himself elsewhere. The Art of Connecting Kids to Sports Bradstock’s personal artistic style is the repetition of lines and shapes to create visual energy. From his eye-catching uniforms and matching hand-painted javelins, his talent has garnered national and international attention. In 2000, he won the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Art Competition; in 2003, he won the prestigious International Sports Artist of the Year award, which earned him the nickname Olympic Picasso; and, this year, he is in the mix again with a painting of a triumphant runner for the Graphic Works category in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest. “As far as being an athlete and being an artist ... combining the two is unusual,” Bradstock readily admitted. “Athletes push their bodies to the limit and beyond. Artists push the boundaries of how far a medium can go. My goal as an artist and athlete is to do both and always ask questions.” Much like becoming an Olympian, Bradstock developed a strong interest in art at an early age. Dissatisfied with storebought toy soldiers whose arms and legs were static, he made his own army of men — thousands of them — from plasticine, material best described as an oil-based Play-doh that doesn’t dry out or harden.

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{ R OA L D B R A DS TO C K } He currently holds the world record for making a toy soldier in less than 20 seconds, yet another video you can watch on the Internet. Call it embracing his sense of humor or forward thinking with the help of technology, but Bradstock, a father himself, has created a fun, competitive-free connection

for kids between two of his favorite pastimes, and launched a personal new passion in the process. “I’ve been teaching and working to create programs for kids, so far by flying back and forth to the UK,” he said. “I always start the Sport Art instruction with a survey. I’ll ask if anyone thinks there is a

connection, and maybe one or two hands will go up. By the end of the class, everyone gets it.” The overall principle behind Sport Art is to promote athletics through imagery, using primarily two different mediums, plasticine and collage. Bradstock explained that a range of sport images are pulled from websites and printed. Those pages are then placed underneath a piece of plexiglass, which serves as a template for children of all ages and abilities to recreate their image using plasticine. Bradstock shared stories about kids in special needs classes who, despite physical restrictions or the inability to steady their hands, were able to create works of art, amazing themselves and instilling a sense of confidence that even their teachers hadn’t previously witnessed. The intrinsic value of these connections is obvious: those who couldn’t now could, and kids who wouldn’t entertain the idea of art if they were sports fanatics, or vice versa, now would. In essence, they are modifying their approach, using creativity to circumvent their limitations and reaching their full potential. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? “I’ve spent all of my life as an athlete and an artist,” Bradstock said. “[Traveling] from the UK to USA, I was lost in the shuffle. The question I had to keep asking myself is ‘What distinguishes you from the pack?’ It eventually becomes about time.” After years of traveling overseas or, in this case, hours of taking photos underwater, the time has finally come for Bradstock to come up for air in Atlanta. PN

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Use Our Guide to Plan Ahead and Get the Most out of Every Day in Burgundy { WRITTE N BY K ATI E K E L LY B E L L }

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hen Thomas Jefferson first visited Burgundy, he sought a local guide to properly educate him on the region. Jefferson was no fool; he recognized the very complexity that made Burgundian wines so compelling also reflected the complexity of the region itself. Burgundy wines are worldrenowned for their structure, balance and essence of place. Every Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay they produce possesses nuances of history; indeed, it is a wine region unlike any other in the world. To that end, Burgundy is not a place where one just shows up expecting tasting rooms with accommodating visitor 58

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hours. Winemakers here generally prefer to have tasting appointments and everyone takes lunch, Sundays are off-limits We planned a visit for a mere four days, and careful planning is essential with a short time frame. Strategy begins on the flight over — take the late evening flight, sleep and arrive at noon, refreshed and ready for lunch. Car rentals are directly out of the airport (no shuttles here) and navigating around (not through) Paris is surprisingly easy. You’ll be on the road to Burgundy in less than an hour. The direct drive is about 3.5 hours, but after a long flight, you might consider a layover in one of the charming towns along the way. Knowing our limits, we spent our first

night at Auberge Beursaudiere in the sleepy, wee town of Nitry, just an hour outside of Beaune. Lush and charming, this hotel oozes French countryside charm. Rooms are a steal at 90 euros a night, and each one is rich in unique details with ironwork, textiles and artistic touches. The Auberge restaurant serves a sumptuous lineup of traditional Burgundian cuisine along with an equally impressive wine list representing the area. The serious farm breakfast the next morning is a refreshing kick-off to a day of tastings in Beaune. Plan Ahead Our first scheduled appointment was arranged through Dreyfus Ashby at Joseph


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Drouhin. It is vital to make these special arrangements if you wish to sample premier cru and grand cru wines. Drouhin only accepts visitors with appointments, and the extra effort on the front end is absolutely worth it. Tours usually involve a tasting of six wines (some as many as 12) and are customized to your preferences. The Drouhin cellars, located in the very heart of Beaune, read like a history book, with many architectural elements dating back to the 10th century. You’ll get a peek at a wine press from 1570 (still used to press grapes on occasion); and the Liberty Door is where Maurice Drouhin hid from the Gestapo during WWII. Even the tasting room is walled in history — partially composed of an ancient Roman wall — an impressive backdrop with which to savor your glass of Clos de Mouche 2009 or Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2009. The Drouhins bio-dynamically farm all of their estate fruit and Véronique Drouhin is currently winemaker at Domain Drouhin in Oregon. Our next tasting was with LabouréRoi and négociant Armand Cottin in Nuits St. Georges, (approximately 15 minutes north of Beaune). Tours here are also only arranged by appointment. Labouré-Roi is considered to have one of the most state-ofthe-art winemaking facilities in Burgundy, but the 12th-century cellars below, coated in a respectable layer of “cellar candy” (a black mold that indicates ideal storage conditions) are where the aging magic happens. You’ll be squired through the cellars to a special tasting room lit only by candlelight, making it feel very Old World and authentic. Our tasting included 12 wines, including grand cru and premier cru wines.

In Between Tastings In Burgundy, lunch is king. No one will grant appointments during the hours of noon and 2 p.m. If only Americans were this savvy. When in Rome, do as they do and spend your two hours dining or touring. There is more to Beaune than just

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Traditional cuisine dominates the offerings in Beaune. The cuisine is simple and straightforward, but always delicious. Best Bets: La Gourmadin, Ma Cuisine and Petit Paradis. In Paris, splurge at Pur’.

Labouré-Roi: Contact Jean-Noel Christe at jnchriste@vfb.fr A.F. Gros: email af-gros@wanadoo.fr Joseph Drouhin: Dreyfus Ashby company at: dreyfusashby.com/contact-form.php or directly at maisondrouhin@drouhin.com

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S TAY: Auberge Beursaudiere: From 80 to 120 Euro a night. beursaudiere.com Hotel Le Cep: Luxury accommodations in Beaune center. From 134 to 500 Euro a night. hotel-cep-beaune.com Hotel de la Paix: Recently renovated, soundproof and air-conditioned, near Beaune center. (Several in Beaune are not air-conditioned, so be sure to check). From 70 to 225 Euro a night. hotelpaix.com Park Hyatt Place Vendome: From 850 euro a night. paris.vendome.hyatt.com


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Chateau Elan Winery & Resort’s 16th Annual Vineyard Fest Points North presents its Top 15 Wines Under $15. Sun. August 26 from 1-5 p.m. chateauelan.com/exclusives/vineyard-fest-2012 Mia Ristorante Italiano’s Reserve Wine List Dinner Mon. August 27 at 6:30 p.m. 6 wines & 5 courses. $45 pp. 2300 Bethelview Rd., Suite 104, Cumming 30040 Reservations: 770-887-3000 Miaitaliano.com Altobeli’s Argentine Wine Dinner w/Mariano Cebrian Wed. August 29 at 6:30 p.m. 5 wines & 4 courses. $45 pp. 3000 Old Alabama Rd., Alpharetta 30022 Reservations: 770-664-8055 altobelis.com


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[Aug. 2 – Sept. 9] This unique production adapted and directed by Michael Haverty will engage the audience with depictions of five classic stories based on the fables by Aesop. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta 404-873-3391 puppet.org

TE E N A R T S N I G HT [Aug. 3] Bring your poetry, short stories, artwork and music to share with other creative teens. Food and drinks will be provided at intermission. City Center, Woodstock 678-494-4251 elmstreetarts.com

S P R I N G AWA K E N I N G [Aug. 8 – 19] Company J’s season will conclude with the rock musical adaptation of the controversial 19th century. Follow a group of teenagers on their path to self-discovery. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Dunwoody 678-812-4002 atlantajcc.org

NUNSENSE [Aug. 10 – 19] The Little Sisters of Hoboken are returning to sing and dance as they try to raise funds for the convent. City Center, Woodstock 678-494-4251 elmstreetarts.com

LE G A LLY B LO N D E : TH E M U S I C A L [Aug. 10 – 26] Based on the MGM film starring Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” is sure to have you singing, dancing and laughing as Elle Woods sets her sights on Harvard Law School. The Cobb Civic Center, Marietta 404-377-9948 atlantalyrictheater.com

D R E A M LOV E R [Aug. 24 – Sept. 8] The historic Polk Street Players will perform “Dream Lover” by Jack

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Sharkey. The performance, directed by Pete Borden, will open its 34th season. The Stellar Cellar at St. James’ Episcopal Church Marietta, 770-218-9669 stjames-marietta.episcopalatlanta.org

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[Aug. 5] Heritage Sandy Springs continues their outdoor concert series with The GLOW Band. GLOW is a seven-piece performance and show band. Guests can reserve tables on the lawn and are welcome to bring picnic baskets, blankets and coolers. Heritage Green, Sandy Springs 404-851-9111 heritagesandysprings.org

K E LLY C L A R K S O N & TH E F R AY [Aug. 8] Kelly Clarkson and The Fray are joining forces for a co-headlining summer tour with special guest Carolina Liar. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Alpharetta 404-733-5010 vzwamp.com

M U S I C A L M AG I C O F J O H N W I LLI A M S [Aug. 8] Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor Michael Krajewski pays tribute to composer John Williams in a performance that will feature the most popular music from films like “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “ET,” “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park” and “Harry Potter.” Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater Atlanta, 404-233-2227 atlantasymphony.org

M U S I C I N TH E G A R D E N S [Sept. 3] Soak up the sounds of strolling musicians as you meander through Gibbs Gardens’ Japanese, Manor House and Waterlily gardens, and enjoy even more live entertainment in the shady grove of trees outside the Arbor Cafe. Gibbs Gardens Ball Ground 770-893-1880 gibbsgardens.com

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[Aug. 2 – 31] View works such as drawing, jewelry, painting, pottery and more from the emerging artists of Abernathy Arts Center’s annual youth camp. Abernathy Arts Center Sandy Springs, 404-613-6172 fultonarts.org

C L AW S & PAW S WEEKEND [Aug. 11 – 12] The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is continuing their 97 Days of Play event series. Enjoy a weekend of animal-themed activities inspired by The Scoop on Poop. Fernbank Museum of Natural History Atlanta 404-929-6300 fernbankmuseum.org

A LP H A R E T TA A R T I N TH E PA R K [Aug. 25 – 26] Gallery 35 hosts this artists market held on the last weekend of every month through October featuring unique handcrafted work by local artists. Artwork includes pottery, woodwork, photography, jewelry and more. Old Milton Park Alpharetta 678-762-1035 gallery35.com

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END OF SUMMER BBQ [Aug. 4] Canoe restaurant, SweetWater Brewery and Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) conclude Sweet-Water’s Save the Hooch campaign with a barbecue featuring smoked meats, handmade sides and signature beers. Advanced tickets cost $25 per person and all proceeds benefit UCR. Canoe, Vinings 770-432-2663 canoeatl.com

TO O L S 4 S C H O O L [Aug. 5] Act Together Ministries is kicking off the new school year with its fourth annual event to help provide foster children and children of low income families $50 worth of school supplies, medical and dental screening, haircuts and more. Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church, Alpharetta 678-200-9125 actogetherministries.org

GIVE ME FIVE [Aug. 19] Share Our Strength invites you to join the fight against childhood hunger at their sixth annual event featuring an evening of exquisite food and wine. This year’s event will feature a fivecourse dinner prepared by acclaimed local chefs. Cherokee Town Club, Atlanta 770-436-5151 givemefivedinner.org

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calendar G A L A A N D S I LE NT AU C TI O N [Aug. 25] The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing is hosting an annual gala and silent auction in which all proceeds will go toward ending child sexual abuse. Smithgall Arts Center, Gainesville 770-532-6530 hopeandhealingga.org

M I S S M A RY ’ S I C E CREAM CRANKIN’ [Aug. 26] Cool off from the August heat and enjoy a day of fun at the eighth annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ event. Sample a variety of homemade ice cream along with music and children’s attractions. Proceeds will benefit The Drake House. Roswell Square, Roswell 770-587-4712 missmarysicecream.org

J E F F R E Y FA S H I O N CARES [Aug. 27] Jeffrey Fashion Cares will be celebrating its 20th anniversary while benefiting the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event will feature a cocktail reception followed by a fashion show, live auction and an after-party. American Cancer Society Center, Atlanta 404-420-2997 jeffreyfashioncares.com

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[Aug. 4] The City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department will sponsor a 5K and 10K race. The race begins at Wills Park and uses the downtown route. Wills Park Alpharetta 678-297-6160 alpharetta.ga.us

[Aug. 18] It’s that time of year for the Dunwoody Nature Center’s largest event. The annual Butterfly Festival will feature games, crafts and nature scavenger hunts that the whole family will love. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and walk through a tent housing hundreds of butterflies. Dunwoody Nature Center, Dunwoody 770-394-3322 dunwoodynature.org

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O LD S O LD I E R S DAY PA R A D E [Aug. 4] The 60th annual parade honoring the living memory of “All Veterans of All Wars” will feature marching bands, military units, floats and classic cars. Free Varsity hot dogs, drinks and activities ensure fun for the whole family. Alpharetta City Hall Alpharetta 678-297-6000 alpharetta.ga.us

BEER FEST [Aug. 11] Come out and enjoy Sandy Springs’ newest annual event and taste a variety of international, American and local beers. Learn about the differences in styles and brewing processes while listening to live musical entertainment. Heritage Green Sandy Springs 404-851-9111 heritagesandysprings.org

TR I LO GY TR O LLE Y C R AW L [Aug. 18] The Historic Homes of Roswell are hosting their fourth annual event that will transport guests to the city’s three historic homes. Guests will visit Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation where they will enjoy regional cuisine and live entertainment. Roswell Historic Homes 770-641-3727 southerntrilogy.com

TA S TE O F J O H N S C R E E K [Aug. 19] “A Taste of Johns Creek” is bringing more than 40 restaurants to this year’s festival as local chefs share some of their tastiest treats. Attendees will fill their bellies and enjoy live music. Chattahoochee High School, Johns Creek 678-512-3200 tasteofjc.com

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D E C ATU R B O O K F E S TI VA L [Aug. 31 – Sept. 2] DeKalb Medical is presenting the largest independent book festival in the country. World-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers and booksellers will gather for a weekend filled with music, food and literature. The festival will feature lectures and signings from 300 local and national authors. Downtown Decatur decaturbookfestival.com

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Wine and Dine in the Hillsides. Sandy Springs’ popular Food 101 restaurant has joined Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Dahlonega to create an exclusive six-course dinner on Aug. 11. Take in the beautiful view of the Appalachian foothills while you enjoy cocktails and dishes created to complement the flavors of wines crafted at the vineyard. The “Table to Farm” themed dinner begins at 7 p.m. and includes Alaskan halibut, vinesmoked salmon and High Road Craft gelato. Tickets are $80; for details, visit food101.com or wolfmountainvineyards.com. Take a Trip Back in Time. Dine in 11th-century style with an allnew show at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Duluth. Enjoy the classic elements of the utensil-free dinner with live jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry like you’ve never experienced before. The updated storyline, almost two years in the making, focuses more on the horses, live action, high drama and rooting for one of the six knights in the castle. Tickets start at $39.95 for children and $51.95 for adults. For show times, visit medievaltimes.com. Rock out on the Lake. Lake Lanier Islands Resort is commemorating the redesign of the Peachtree Point Amphitheater with the debut of Georgia’s Island Stage Concert Series. Catch a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, A1A, on Aug. 11, local legends and series hosts Banks and Shane for their 40th anniversary bash on Aug. 18, and Grammy Award-winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Sept. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit lakelanierislands.com.


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