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{ ON THE COVER } The Lee family of Alpharetta — Chris, Holly, Aubrey, Faith and Hudson. Photo by Styleyes Photography; shot on location at The Tate House. Hair and Makeup by DD at Bob Steele Salon Atlanta

16 WINTER FASHION A local Northside family spends the day at The Tate House and dons the season’s coziest clothes for a look at what you should be wearing to stay warm this winter.

20 HOLIDAY TABLE Since 1955, Cherokee Town Club has thrilled its members and their guests, particularly during the holiday season, with an unequalled culinary and wine program.

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Still haven’t finished all that holiday shopping? Good news: With an infinite pool of local talent and resources, we’ve got everything you need to pull off present perfection.

42 CHARITY GUIDE When you and your family are deciding where to spread your holiday cheer, remember the old adage, “Charity begins at home,” and consider supporting one of these organizations.

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As our Hidden Gems series draws to a close, we venture into the eastern stretches of our reach to uncover good, home cookin’, upstyled wares, a popcorn paradise and more in Suwanee and Duluth.

One family ventures off the well-beaten path of typical Atlanta vacations to find fun for all ages at this Southern California resort.

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on this issue, one of my favorite charitable initiatives rolled around — Georgia Gives Day, which took place this year on Nov. 13. A collaboration of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits along with individual nonprofits, state agencies, corporations and businesses, Georgia Gives is a statewide effort to encourage support of local nonprofits through GAGivesDay.org, a resource that makes giving easy. Here, viewers can search causes by category or zip code among the 1,720 registered organizations, read about the work they do, and donate with the click of a button. Throughout the day, I loved watching the total amount of money raised tick upward as generous Georgians opened their wallets. By midnight on the 13th, the site had raised $1,448,233, but the number didn’t stop there. In fact, donations are still

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being accepted, and at press time, the site had garnered an additional $34,000. Though we don’t have our own dedicated website, we’d like to continue the campaign this month by shining the spotlight on some of the many laudable Northside nonprofits (page 42). Because of space constraints, our list is far from comprehensive — in fact, GreatNonProfits.org lists more than 8,000 charities in the metro Atlanta area, with 509 in Roswell alone — but we do hope our guide will introduce you to organizations that support the causes you care about and encourage your own generosity this season. Merry Christmas!

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“Candy Land,” Woodstock Market’s 2013 Christmas window display, designed by Shea Vickery PHOTO COURTESY OF WOODSTOCK MARKET

The vendors at Woodstock Market (WM) are certainly in the business of selling, but this holiday season, they’re also in the business of giving back. WM is a unique shopping experience — a brick and mortar Etsy, where vendors and artisans sell antiques, vintage décor and hand-crafted treasures in a chic, trendy bazaar setting. It’s the spot to find the perfect present for the vintage fashionista and the re-purpose interior designer on your list this Christmas. But when you stop by to pick up those quirky consignment gifts, owners Karen Bennett and Lisa Welty are asking you to drop one off, too. WM has launched The Big Give campaign, and they’re inviting the Northside to be Santa to the less fortunate. When you bring in a new toy or nonperishable food item, WM will take it to a local family who needs help making the season bright. “[The Big Give] is a chance to remember what the Christmas season is all about,” Bennett says, but she and Welty strive to make the spirit of charity and generosity a year-round focus of Woodstock Market, and they hope you’ll join them. woodstockmarket.com – Niki Knippenberg

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REVISITING AN OLD FAVORITE When Lee Schulman became the new owner of what was once known as Vinings Inn, he made subtle changes that have turned an old favorite into an all-time favorite. Adding “Old” to the name is a simple adjustment that fits the restaurant perfectly. Built in the 1880s, the building has been a village post office, an apartment building, a general store and a filling station, in addition to its past lives as other restaurants. Charm and character have remained loyal tenants over the years, and with the setting already established, Schulman only needed to bring the creative talent of Chef Don Diem into the kitchen. With a tweaked menu and masterfully prepared Southern dishes, 12

The Old Vinings Inn has quietly slipped back onto Atlanta’s food scene. Start with the fried green tomatoes served with goat cheese, bacon aioli and watercress salad or better yet, the jumbo lump crab cake — more crab, very little cake on this mouthwatering appetizer, we promise! More palate-pleasing moments are guaranteed with the buttermilk fried chicken served with white cheddar grits, and the butternut squash gnocchi with mushroom Madeira jus, creamy buratta, 24-hour tomato and kale. We would suggest saving room for dessert, but it’s an admirable attempt in futility. You won’t have room but you will be back, so plan for drinks upstairs in the Attic Bar

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and dessert downstairs in the newest addition to your old favorites list. 770-438-2282, oldviningsinn.net

Art search

Want to know where to find the work of Holly Irwin, a featured artist from our November Cultural Arts article? Head to dk Gallery on the historic Marietta Square! dkgallery.us


MAKING MEMORIES ALONG THE TRACKS

This holiday, take a break from shopping and take your family to spend a day with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. “Breakfast (or Lunch) with Santa and Mrs. Claus” and the “Polar Express Experience” are sure to leave you feeling the holiday spirit. New to the event this year is the festive seasonal display in the Museum’s 1871 passenger depot, courtesy of a new partnership with the Duluth Historical Society. The new display will bring elements of the “Enchanted Christmas Idea House,” which raises funds for the Duluth Historical Society. Displays at The “Polar Express Experience” include the classic holiday film with a twist: visitors board a vintage railroad car for the movie, where characters come alive, with the conductor punching tickets, porters offering pillows and blankets, cookies and cocoa, and Santa himself joining the visitors when the story reaches the North Pole. Families are encouraged to bring the kids in pjs for the movie. Reservations are required for the Day with Santa activities, which are offered Saturdays through Christmas. The Idea House display in the depot will be available at no additional charge to museum visitors throughout the holiday season. 770-476-2013, southeasternrailwaymuseum.org —Tynisha Ferguson pointsnorthatlanta.com | December 2013 | Points North

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Get AMPed for the Holidays This holiday, spend some time at Atlanta Motorsports Park. The 2-mile, green and sustainable road circuit located in Dawsonville is providing drivers with “The Ultimate AMP Experience.” For avid drivers and race enthusiasts, “The Ultimate AMP Experience” holiday package includes a full-day at AMP with your car, on-site continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments, a private instructor for a full-day on the track, premium driving fuel, a photo/video package documenting the day’s activities, and a souvenir package, including a personalized helmet and suit. This package is available for purchase for $1,695 through Dec. 24 and is available to redeem through June 30, 2014. 678-381-8527, atlantamotorsportspark.com — Tynisha Ferguson

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For all of you in need of a little mid-holiday R&R, we have fabulous news. Spa Sydell, Atlanta’s first full-service day spa, has opened the doors of a brand-new location here in the Northside. The 5,500-square-foot retreat, located in the Creekview Shops in Cumming, has more than enough room for every form of pampering you can imagine. Spa Sydell’s a la carte menu features everything from facials and body wraps to nail services, airbrush tanning and waxes. Thinking of giving the gift of indulgence? Spa Sydell also offers a full range of luxurious spa day packages for everyone on your Nice List. spasydell.com — Niki Knippenberg

Yearning for a YouFit in Your Area? Just in the nick of time, the sixth location of this Atlanta area fitness center comes to town. Intended for the average person who just wants to get in, get fit, and get on with their life, YouFit has proven popular with folks across the country, and now in Georgia, with the opening of their sixth Atlanta-area fitness center in Roswell, adding to locations already in Norcross, Kennesaw, Douglasville, Buford and Suwanee. Rick Berks, founder and owner of YouFit Health Clubs, understands how daunting it can be to step into the gym for the first time. Between the pressuring sales people, the confusing contracts, the unwanted singles scene and intimidating bodybuilders, it’s enough to send a person right back to the sofa. That’s why Berks designed a club that has none of that. YouFit clubs offer memberships starting at just $10 a month with no long-term commitment, and are proud of reducing their carbon footprint by using environmentally-friendly heating, cooling, water and power systems, as well as flooring made of recycled tires and sneakers. It’s a first-rate fitness club where “you” can “fit” in. youfithealthclubs.com — Cheryl Mills


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family COZY, CUDDLE-WORTHY LOOKS FOR A HOLIDAY SEASON AT HOME

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Doesn’t winter make you want to curl up on the couch

to watch movies by the fire? Or perhaps tour the neighborhood to vote on your favorite holiday lights display? Whatever your family's tradition, we’ve picked out the most comfortable (and stylish) ways to do them. Chris and Holly Lee are Georgia Tech alumni and co-owners of two Mathnasium locations — Johns Creek and South Forsyth. It’s no surprise that when their kids (Aubrey, Faith and Hudson) missed a day of school to flash their missing teeth for this photoshoot, they quizzed each other on adding, subtracting and more. These five blue-eyed blondies could make anything look great, but the outfits we put them in truly represent everything comfy about weekends spent with your closest kin. And when the girls weren’t torturing their five-year-old brother with threats of kisses caught on camera, we got some really cute shots of a family that can’t wait to be home for the holidays. Our exclusive photoshoot took place on location at the historic Tate House in Ball Ground, which is currently decorated to the hilt for the holiday season. Experience Christmas at Tate for yourself through Dec. 19. Buffet lunch tours ($30/person; reservations required) include four-course buffet meal Tuesdays – Thursdays, while Weekend Tours ($15/person) include sweet treats, coffee and cider Fridays – Sundays. tatehouse.com

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STYLEYES PHOTOGRAPHY | ISTYLEYES.COM HAIR AND MAKEUP BY DD AT BOB STEELE SALON ATLANTA

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Clockwise from above: Faith, Hudson and Aubrey in snuggly hats from Academy Sports & Outdoors and cozy sweaters and pants from Old Navy; Holly in J. Jill, head-totoe, Chris in jeans, a thermal long-sleeved shirt and plaid-print button-up shirt from Academy Sports & Outdoor’s own collection; The kids in outdoor gear and footwear from Academy Sports & Outdoors, Hudson in jeans from Old Navy; Holly in her holiday-red coat, bright scarf and leggings from J. Jill, showing off boots from Academy Sports & Outdoors; Holly in a jeweltoned outfit from J. Jill plus a handmade necklace from CJ’s Talk of the Town in Milton, Chris in khakis, a plaid-print button-up and gray pullover from Academy Sports & Outdoors; Holly wraps up in a sweater and infinity scarf set from J. Jill and another gorgeous, handmade necklace from CJ’s Talk of the Town.

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holiday table WRITTEN BY CARL DANBURY

PHOTO G R APHY BY C HR I S HO R N ADAY

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YOU ARE A MEMBER of Cherokee Town and Country Club or have attended an event at the historic Buckhead club, undoubtedly you are cognizant of the warm and gracious aesthetics and hospitable nature of the staff. Yet, behind the scenes the culinary staff hustles and bustles like the little engine that could, often performing miracles to appease or thrill their members and guests, particularly prior to and during the holiday season. David LaVoy Floral is charged with orchestrating festive settings throughout the club for the holiday season. For the past 26 years, his ďŹ rm has magically created vignettes, like the one for this holiday table, that are reminiscent of a Currier and Ives lithograph.


Culinary creations for an exquisite holiday table: A duo of parsnip and butternut squash soups with quince jam, pumpkin seeds, apple and polenta croutons; poached pear and goat cheese terrine with mixed baby lettuce tossed in port vinaigrette; stuffed duck roulade with mushroomleek bread pudding, roasted vegetables, braised red cabbage and cranberry; and for dessert, a glorious pumpkin gingerbread cream pie. And it wouldn’t be a quintessential meal at the club without Cherokee caramelized bacon or their signature buttered saltine crackers.

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Above: Pumpkin gingerbread cream pie Below: Cherokee carmelized bacon

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The excellence of Cherokee’s facilities, combined with its commitment to the highest standards in dining and member services, has brought the club an extraordinary number of honors and awards throughout the years. Founded in 1955 and opened in 1956, the membership roster at Cherokee is laden with Atlanta’s oldest families, top businesspeople and those who share a philanthropic zeal for assisting others in need. The culinary staff, led by Executive Chef Robert Fasce, is responsible for tending to the needs of approximately 8,000 members and their extended families at the club’s two locations: the Town Club, which occupies the famed Grant Estate on West Paces Ferry Road, and the Country Club, which is located near the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs. Not only is the holiday calendar like an overstuffed stocking hanging from a mantel, but scores of members host private festivities at the club with Cherokee’s culinary capabilities

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and extraordinary wine program. While the onset of the economic downturn in 2008 sidetracked the offerings of many private clubs, Cherokee remained committed to its members’ overall experience, particularly in the dining room and wine cellar. “Our culinary team is naturally very engaged in the evolution of the club’s offerings. We listen and respond to our member’s desires,” Fasce said. “We have a changing demographic of membership here at Cherokee. We have a growing base of members in the young professional age bracket, some who appreciate a more casual mindset when it comes to dining out. Being located in a large metropolitan area forces us to be competitive with area restaurants, as well. We stay very in tune with what is happening around us.” “As far as the quality of food, Cherokee only sources the best ingredients. We fly seafood in, and deal with many farms from around the country for top-quality


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perfect WINE PAIRINGS Cherokee beverage manager and sommelier Silvio Garcia, who was born in Italy and raised in Argentina, was the former sommelier and beverage manager at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta and Hotel Nikko. With a stellar reputation of pairing wine with food, Garcia selected the following to pair with our holiday table menu:

SOUP 2009 Mersault, Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France This wine is 100 percent Chardonnay grown in a vineyard located a few kilometers south of Beaune, in the celebrated terroir of Côte des Blancs (Slope of the Whites). On the palate, a silky roundness with a long aftertaste and flavors of yellow plum and gingerbread.

SALAD 2009 Chenin Blanc ‘Vouvray’, Mark Bredif Loire Valley, France Chenin blanc is a white grape variety. Its high acidity means it can be used to make everything from sparkling wines to well-balanced dessert wines. Chenin blanc is a very versatile player in food and wine pairings but the wide range of wine styles needs to be taken into account. Lighter, dry styles can pair well with light dishes such as salads, fish and chicken, and sweeter styles provide balance for spicy dishes.

MAIN COURSE 2009 ‘La Bernadine’ M. Chapoutier Southern Rhone, France This Chateauneuf du Pape is primarily Grenache with smaller proportions of Syrah and Mourvedre. The wine features an intense crimson-red color with black currant, plum, roasted coffee, cinnamon and cherry on the nose. Spice and licorice are noticeable on the palate.

DESSERT Botrytis Semillon, Peter Lehmann Barossa Valley, Australia Late harvest is a term applied to wines made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual. Late harvest is usually an indication of a sweet dessert wine, such as late harvest Riesling. Botrytis cinera (noble rot) is a mold that causes grapes to lose nearly all of their water content. Wines made from botrytis-affected grapes are generally very sweet.

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meats and vegetables. In addition, we train our staff to adhere to sound cooking fundamentals and take a sincere interest in the needs of our members and their guests,” Fasce stated. During the holiday season, the culinary staff meets the challenges of engaging their members with fresh ideas and mainstays from their menus. “We change the holiday offerings annually. The club gets quite busy during the holidays, so we must plan the menus well in advance and be able to execute them in a timely manner. We use seasonal ingredients like squash, chestnuts, cranberries and more, and we often create little twists to certain dishes to add some intrigue,” Fasce said. To help with the coordination of private events, Cherokee members select and then order from the published holiday menus. Fasce and his supporting cast, which includes Williams Room chef de cuisine JohnMichael Lynch, executive pastry chef Kyongran “Alex” Hwang and garde manger chef Jonn Ken Nishiyama, created a special menu for our holiday table presentation for this issue, while legendary beverage manager and sommelier Silvio Garcia provided detailed and informative wine pairings. “The idea behind these selections was to elicit our staff’s collective interpretation of a menu with a distinct seasonal and holiday feel,” Fasce offered. “Root vegetables, roasted duck, pumpkin, cranberry, bread pudding and

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gingerbread all scream autumn harvest and holidays. Many of our guests have a definitive connection to some, if not all, of these ingredients, so when they see menu descriptions that include them, perhaps it will invoke memories of the aromas and flavors of holidays past.” The Cherokee Club has a long cherished history of culinary excellence and leadership with past chefs such as Tom Catherall, Mark Erickson, Paul Satore, Kevin Walker and Fasce leading a very talented team of 40-plus. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) has awarded many of the club’s chefs as chef of the year, and the long list of medals and achievements they have garnered is impressive. Lynch, who oversees the complete development of the Williams Room dining experience, manages and trains the kitchen staff, and plans holiday and special events, was named ACF’s Southeast region chef of the year this past March. Hwang was named ACF Southeast region pastry chef of the year in 2010 and Nishiyama was named the Atlanta chapter and Southeast region chef of the year in 2011. “We have very close relationships with many culinary schools and hand-select those professionals who are the most eager, dedicated and willing to work hard. The culinary leaders on staff run their prospective areas at a very high level of professionalism and excellence,” Fasce said. PN H O LI DAY TA B LE AT H O M E For recipes and details for the dishes featured here, visit pointsnorthatlanta.com


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Downtown Duluth In a city crammed with strip malls and chain stores, Downtown Duluth is a breath of fresh air. A true hidden gem, Duluth’s Main Street is not a major thoroughfare, nor does it possess the widespread renown of downtowns like Marietta or Roswell, yet it is equally as charming and lively. The sidewalklined district offers close-knit community appeal with an array of locally owned shopping, dining and entertainment spots that continue to expand. Retail options range from fine art at 2 Smith Gallery to unique gifts and home accessories at The Farmhouse, where much of the inventory is made by local artisans. Park Café offers upscale bistro fare in a quaint setting (dinner reservations recommended), while PURE Taqueria is a fun spot to grab a bite and a prickly pear margarita. Eddie Owens Presents at the historic Red Clay Theatre is the best intimate concert venue in Gwinnett County, and specialty stores like Best of Brews (growlers for beer on tap) and CRAVE Pie Studio (artisan pies, both savory and sweet) add to the attraction. Rounding out Downtown Duluth’s gem status are 45 on Main, the requisite small-town coffee shop, a picturesque Town Green, outdoor amphitheater and community-wide events like festivals and food truck Fridays (seasonal). duluthga.net

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The Vintage Styled Life Within the larger gem-designated area of Downtown Duluth, this place deserves some extra love. For starters, it is, quite literally, hidden around the corner from the more visible street-front businesses, but more than that, The Vintage Styled Life offers a unique inventory and custom styling services you won’t find just anywhere. That’s because owner Davina Cates offers “upstyled” goods, giving new life to outdated materials and creating truly one-of-a-kind accessories and décor — an antique sifter transformed into a light, for instance, a clock made from an old electrical spool, or old furniture freshened up with vivid chalkboard paint. You could spend hours exploring the shelves of antique, industrial and shabby chic trinkets available for purchase, particularly if you’re planning an event or special photo shoot. SERIES SPONSORED Cates also offers vintage event rentals along with event styling services BY VIXEN and home staging for those in need of some decorating 101. 3107-C Main VODKA St., Duluth, 678-523-1556, thevintagestyledlife.com

Suwanee’s Cinco Mexican Cantina and you’ll fi nd one of the few sophisticated spots in this neck of the suburbs to grab a drink and unwind after work. Aptly named, After Five opens in the evenings just in time for happy hour with an upscale lounge alternative to the main restaurant’s family-friendly space. The perfect spot for a date or night on the town with friends, After Five features live entertainment that runs the gamut from acoustic duos to rockin’ cover bands. An extensive wine and martini list pairs nicely with creative tapas like risotto fritters with Chichuahua cheese and chipotle glaze or avocado flautas with agave dipping sauce. 1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee, 678541-0645, cincomexicancantina.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHANNAH J. SMITH; BRE HUMPHRIES

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Rexall Grill Nothing promises more hidden gem potential than a hole-in-the-wall eatery (haven’t you seen “Diners, Driveins and Dives?”) and Rexall Grill delivers in spades. The obscure location — inside an old pharmacy — may make you wary, but step inside this retro-style diner and you’ll understand why it’s been a community mainstay for nearly 45 years. Founded by Leonard and Hazel Anglin when their son Nelson opened Rexall Pharmacy in 1969, Rexall Grill has expanded over the years from a simple counter-service café to a full-service restaurant offering some of the best darn home cookin’ in the Northside (and you can quote us). For the past 15 years, current owner Lynda Alley has been keeping the tradition alive, serving up Southern staples like fried chicken, meatloaf, country fried steak and homemade biscuits. It’s like having Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house, if only Grandma’s kitchen was covered in Coca Cola wallpaper and paraphernalia donated by the Coca Cola big wigs and Waffle House founders who frequent this place. Expect a different special each day of the week alongside a list of daily vegetables (scratchmade mac ‘n cheese or hand-breaded fried okra, anyone?) and homemade cakes, pies, puddings and cobblers. Rexall Grill is open for breakfast and lunch every day and for all-you-can-eat catfish and chicken dinners on Fridays. 3165 Buford Hwy., Duluth, 770-623-8569

After a year of treasure hunting, this month concludes our search for Hidden Hometown Gems. Thanks for sending so many tips! Stay tuned in 2014 for a new series, The Bucket List, featuring PN’s top picks for attractions, shopping, cultural arts and dining.

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Popcorn Palladium You could take the kids to yet another movie at the cinema, where you’ll undoubtedly spend $10 or more on mediocre popcorn … or you could turn that tired tradition upside down and make the popcorn the focal point of your next family excursion. That’s right, Popcorn Palladium is a veritable paradise for popped kernels, with no less than 40 different flavors of America’s favorite snack. There are colorful, kid-friendly flavors like watermelon and cherry, late night nosh-worthy flavors like buffalo wing and spicy taco, and more sophisticated flavors like Parmesan garlic and white cheddar cheese. Owners Travis and Patsy Gatson take pride in each of their house-made seasonings, particularly the popular caramel, which may be the best version around. Pick up a gift tin to go, or tear open a bag right there in the store, where kid-friendly movies are always projected on one wall. 425 Buford Hwy., Suwanee, 678-765-0993, popcornpalladium.com

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H O LI DAY H A P P E N I N G S Retro Cinema Home for the Holidays, through December, Movie Tavern, Suwanee: Features such classic holiday movies as “Home Alone” and “A Christmas Story.” movietavern.com Caboose Lighting & Holiday Festival, Dec. 6, Old Town Suwanee: Features performances by local elementary school choruses, craft activities, s’mores and an appearance by Old St. Nick. suwanee.com “The Santa Games,” Dec. 7 & 8, New Dawn Theater Company, Duluth: A production by New Dawn KIDS intended for children in kindergarten through 7th grade. newdawntheatercompany.com Winter Fest, Dec. 14, Duluth Town Green: Includes live entertainment from the ALL STAR Performing Arts Academy and the Duluth Idol winners along with a winter market. duluthga.net New Year’s Eve Celebration, Dec. 31, Downtown Duluth, duluthga.net

Juls Get Lit! The sign in front of this little farmhouse piqued our curiosity, and rightfully so — its otherwise residential surroundings make it an unlikely spot for retail. But unexpected delights often bring the most joy, and Juls Get Lit is no exception. You could call it a candle shop, but that simple description doesn’t quite do it justice. There’s something therapeutic about this magical place, where the aroma of custom-blended candles greets you at the door. Owner Julie “Juls” Green uses only the highest quality essential oils and natural ingredients in her creations, which she pours into whatever whimsical containers she can get her hands on. Popular scents like Black Thai, Christmas Tree and Pumpkin Chai Spice dot shelves alongside more unique blends like Live Laugh Love (lilac, honey, tobacco, rose, thyme) and Cucumber Fresh (cucumber, melon, cilantro, new mown hay). Shoppers can even blend their own signature scents, a fabulous option for bridal parties and customers who want to create something special to benefit a cause. Bring your own containers to fill (or refill), purchase a refill kit to pour your own, or ask about Juls’ fragrance consultation services. 1577 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, 678-9475272, julscandles.com

because you can’t wear the Bentley into the ballroom

Gwinnett, Tel: 770-623-3660. Alpharetta, Tel: 678-393-0701. Kennesaw, Tel: 678-355-1144. Shown: Graduated Cultured Golden South Sea Pearl Necklace with 14k Yellow Gold Clasp, $6,277. Cultured Tahitian Pearl Necklace with 14k White Gold Clasp, $2,750. Graduated Cultured South Sea Pearl Necklace with 14k White Gold Clasp, $9,997.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHANNAH J. SMITH; BRE HUMPHRIES

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this is a one-stop shop you don’t want to miss. Located in Suwanee’s Town Center, Babies & Bellies peddles new and “gently loved” designer fashions for your little one and for you, a natural synergy not available in every baby boutique. Along one wall, kids apparel is neatly arranged by gender and size (newborn – size 5), while cute clothes and accessories for preggo moms commands the opposite side of the store. Featured designers include Lilac Maternity and Love My Belly (for mom) and Mud Pie and Baby Tog (for tots) along with accessories by Baby Aspen, WubbaNubs, Belli Skincare and Preggie Pops. 320 Town Center Ave., Suite 10, Suwanee, 678-541-5255, babiesandbelliesinc.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHANNAH J. SMITH

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Have you ever thought about

your child’s first experience with surgery? For most kids, it’s their wisdom

teeth.

COME TO A PLACE WHERE your child is cared for like family by a team of professionals with a slew of teenagers of their own — where kindness, compassion and patience still make a difference. As far as recovery is concerned, we’re a place where dry sockets are exceptionally rare and caring hands and hearts are immediately there for even the slightest struggles. We offer a place where the most concerning potential complications have been minimized. Visit us to see why so many area dentists,

physicians and hospital employees wouldn’t trust anyone else when it comes to caring for their own kids.

Paul M. Korb, D.M.D., P.C.

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Over Twenty Years Experience Managing Nervous Teenagers, Calming Anxious Parents and Making the Toughest Wisdom Teeth Look Easy

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1. The Edisto Oyster Knife by Williams Knife Co., $300 | Out of Johns Island, S.C., and sold here in Atlanta at Preserving Place on the Westside, these sharp slicers are the perfect way to woo your giftee into the kitchen. williamsknife. com; 2. Bullet Bottle Opener, $15 | Locally brainstormed and created, these fun stocking 6 stuffers are a bar accessory any hunting enthusiast, video gamer or general “man’s man” can appreciate. mrpens.etsy.com; 3. Messenger Bag ($150) and Wallet ($75) by R. Riveter | The handmade leather goods from the fall collection are crafted and sold by military spouses right here in Atlanta. Now, that’s what we call accessorizing for a cause. rriveter.com; 4. Compass Cufflinks by RAD Gifts and Jewelry, $17 | No man ever asks for directions, but his fashion sense can lead him in the right way with this pair of (working!) compass cufflinks. facebook.com/radgifts; 5. Leather Belt from Tweeds Atlanta, $95 | A self-made man, Kirk Stafford knows how to dress for success; naturally, he offers only the finest in leathers and craftsmanship available. tweedsshop.com; 6. Custom Cutting Board by Damian’s Wood Works, starting at $39 | These personalized, solid wood boards are one-of-a-kind and hand-carved right here in Alpharetta. damianswoodworks.etsy.com

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SWANKY STUFF FOR THE KIDDOS 1. Chef’s Apron by Quick Stitch Monograms, $18 | Let the little ones take over tonight’s menu, or at least look the part, in a customized apron by Alpharetta’s Carmen Brown. quickstitchmonograms.etsy. com; 2. Girl’s Shoes by Hensley, $88 | Start her obsession early with a pair of handmade slip-ons in a variety of adorable patterns and colors, all designed by Alpharetta dweller Dallas Matthews. hensleyshoes.etsy.com; 3. Harry Potter Potions by Wizards and Muggles, $4 and up | Alpharetta’s Cynthia Baker must be a big kid at heart. Her Etsy store is packed with fun ways to spend afternoons as a wannabe wand-bearer. Individual potions start at $4; $55 for kit with display shelf. wizardsandmuggles.etsy.com; 4. Tie ($36) and Bow Tie ($26) by Kayce Hughes | With the flagship store right here in Atlanta and these accessories designed exclusively by the brand, you can don your kids in sophisticated looks, head to toe. kaycehughes.com; 5. Boy’s Driving Loafers by Kayce Hughes, $72

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The holiday season is upon us, and for many, this means we’re in the spirit of giving. When you and your family are deciding where to spread your holiday cheer this year, remember the old adage, “Charity begins at home,” and consider supporting one of the Northside-based charities listed below. While this list is far from comprehensive, we’ve selected dozens of initiatives to feature based on their commitment to seeing the goals of their organizations realized. Editor’s Note: To add your organization to our charity guide online, please email myturn@pointsnorthatlanta.com.

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NORTH FULTON A Beacon of Hope Women’s Center

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Saves the lives of the unborn and promotes healthy relationships while leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ; programs include pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, options education and STI testing. 2750 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, 678-893-5293, friendsofbeacon.com

Act Together Ministries

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Strives to improve the lives of children in distress, strengthen families and inspire the next generation to serve; programs serve foster children, special needs children and children of the working poor by providing essentials such as clothing and food. Alpharetta, actogetherministries.org

Canine Assistants

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Provides trained service dogs to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities, seizure conditions, and other special needs. Both the service dog program and the animal-assisted therapy program are provided

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Child Development Association

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Provides affordable early learning programs and childcare for preschool children of low-income families in the metro Atlanta area. Programs include pre-K classes, The Children’s Center and Kid’s Express education centers, and Parents as Teachers, a home-based parent support program. 89 Grove Way, Roswell, 770-992-4339, cdakids.org

Children’s Restoration Network

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For more than 20 years, CRN has worked to end the cycle of homelessness for Atlanta-area children and their mothers by empowering them with education and emotional support as well as providing for physical needs in 130 shelters across 20 metro counties. Programs include Project One-On-One, 12 Days of Caring and LEAP workshops. 11285 Elkins Road, Suite C-4, Roswell, 770-649-7117, childrn.org


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Dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse and neglect through advocacy and education programs. Reaches into schools with anti-bullying campaigns and Good Touch/Bad Touch programs, and reaches into homes with advocates for neglected children and parenting programs for struggling parents. Alpharetta, 404-474-4020, childrenwithoutavoiceusa.org

Drake House

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Provides emergency housing for North Fulton women and children, as well as programs to assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency. Women are provided a career coach to help with resumé development, interview skills, clothing and job leads. 10500 Clara Drive, Roswell, 770-587-4712, thedrakehouse.org

Find a Way Home

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Works within the North Fulton County community to expand and advocate for the availability of quality affordable housing for low-income working families. Provides financial literacy education, homebuyer education and tenant placement in one of their low-cost rental homes. 89 Grove Way, Suite 101, Roswell, 770-645-0050, findawayhome.org

For the Love of a Horse

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Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of horses, especially those with critical care needs who would otherwise be euthanized. Roswell, 678-685-1526, fortheloveofahorse.org

Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance

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Dedicated to finding and supporting the next generation of service leaders. Links young people interested in civic engagement with dedicated mentors to see their projects succeed. Donors are encouraged to invest in student service projects. 555 Sun Valley Drive, Suite K-4, Roswell, 770-990-5010, mygivingpoint.org

Happy Tales Pet Therapy

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Provides animal-assisted therapy to people of all ages with physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs at no charge. Roswell, 770-740-8211, happytailspets.org

H.E.R.O. for Children

Cancer Copay Relief

Creates job opportunities for U.S. military veterans and their spouses through employment training programs and corporate partnership. 100 North Point Center East, Alpharetta, 866-915-4376, hireheroesusa.org

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Strives to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all through a series of education, advocacy and community service programs that improve the quality of life for women, children and families. 6303 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404-843-9600, ncjwatlanta.org

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Teach One to Lead One is a community mentoring program organized by Celebrate Life International which brings community mentors into public schools and juvenile centers to lead at-risk children into lives of purpose and potential. 3104 Creekside Village Drive NW Suite 303, Kennesaw, 770-529-7700, t1l1.org

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Committed to building self-sufficiency to prevent homelessness and hunger in North Fulton County by providing basic needs such as food, rent, clothing and adult education during short-term emergencies. Operates a food pantry and thrift shop, as well as offering programs in money management, family strengthening, health and wellness and legal matters. 11270 Elkins Road, Roswell, 770-640-0399, nfcchelp.org

Rally Foundation

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Provides financial assistance to those undergoing cancer treatments, to alleviate at least one small burden during a time of suffering. Grants are paid directly to the patient’s medical provider or pharmacy. 2275 Smith Ave. SW, Marietta, 888-257-0485, cancercopayrelief.org

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Center for Children and Young Adults C HL Dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected or are at risk. Programs include Open Gate for girls, Another Chance for boys, and Life Works for young adults. 2221 Austell Road, Bldg. 1, Suite 100, Marietta, 770-333-9447, ccyakids.org

Choices for Kids

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Since 2005, the Rally Foundation has been dedicated to funding childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer side effects and hopefully, eventually, a cure. In addition to research, the foundation provides emergency funding for cancer families in need. 5775 Glenridge Drive, Building B, Suite 370, Sandy Springs, 404-847-1270, rallyfoundation.org

For more than 10 years, Choices for Kids has worked to combat the issue of childhood obesity through nutrition education, peer socialization, physical activity and community involvement. Programs include Family Fitness Workshops, Camp Divas, Sisters in the Lite, and the PALA Challenge. 1275 Shiloh Road, Suite 2660, Kennesaw, 678-819-3663, choicesforkids.org

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Dedicated to rescuing dogs from county-run animal shelters and placing them in loving homes. Roswell, secondchancedogs.org

Since 2006, Feeding the Homeless Project has provided more than 24,000 hot meals to the homeless through a base of 400 volunteers who deliver the meals directly on the streets of the city. Marietta, fthpinc.org

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Dedicated to increasing awareness of ovarian cancer and educating women about risks and early detection. Programs include the Bag of Hope for those diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Survivors Teaching Students, which brings cancer survivors into the classrooms of future healthcare professionals. 6065 Roswell Road, Suite 512, Sandy Springs, 404-255-1337, gaovariancancer.org

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Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS; programs and services include Super HEROs Mentoring, Bright HEROs Educational Enrichment, Holiday of HEROs and more. 6075 Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs, 404-236-7411, heroforchildren.org

Turning Point Women’s Healthcare

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Dedicated to improving the quality of life for women with breast cancer through specialized and evidencebased rehabilitation. Addresses the physical, emotional and nutritional needs of women with cancer. 11180 State Bridge Road Suite 503, Alpharetta 770-360-9271, myturningpoint.org

U Hope Community Development Center

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GA Alliance to End Homelessness HL Through strategic initiatives in collaboration with 1,100 organizations and individuals throughout the state, the GA Alliance has been helping individuals find transitional and permanent housing, obtain the education needed to become self-sufficient, and to secure employment. 2655 Dallas Highway, Suite 610, Marietta, 770-575-5785, gahomeless.org

Good Mews

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Provides a unique alternative to traditional animal shelters by housing homeless, abused and abandoned cats in a cage-free, no-kill facility until placing them into permanent homes. 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite A3, Marietta, 770-499-2287, goodmews.org

You Lucky Dog Rescue and Sanctuary A

Homeless Pets Foundation

Dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned dogs from high-kill shelters across North Georgia. Alpharetta, 678-712-3732, youluckydogrescue.org

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Must Ministries

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Our Pal’s Place

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Animal advocacy organization with the goal to rescue adoptable animals from county shelters and place them in loving homes. 4508 Canton Highway, Marietta, 678-795-0202, ourpalsplace.org

Paws for Life

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Trains rescued dogs as service animals for therapy and assistance to those with autism, psychiatric and seizure issues, mobility restrictions, and the hearing impaired. Marietta, 770-402-0297, animalsdeservebetter.com

Reconnecting Families

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Committed to helping families stay together and live drug-free lives after substance-abuse issues. 1738 County Services Parkway, Marietta, 770-528-2291, reconnectingfamilies.org

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Dedicated to resolving the initial crisis of homelessness for pregnant women by providing a safe place to live, and resolving the issues that lead to homelessness by providing women with the tools they need to increase their income and develop a solid sense of self-reliance. 797 Roswell St., Marietta, 678-337-7858, shelteringgrace.org

The Center for Family Resources HL Provides temporary financial assistance to families in crisis to prevent homelessness, along with short and long-term housing options as well as permanent, affordable housing in the organization’s 32unit complex. 995 Roswell St., NE, Suite 100 Marietta, 770-428-2610, thecfr.org

YWCA of Northwest Georgia

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Abba House

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This Christ-centered ministry helps women break free from addiction and abuse, reconciling them first with God, and then with their families. Through a 15-month, 4-phase program, women are coached through Biblical teachings, life skills and family recovery. 6800 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, 678-208-2000, abbahouse.com

Age Well Forsyth

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Committed to engaging mature adults to live actively and age well in the Forsyth County community. Funding supplements Forsyth Senior Services such as the Meals on Wheels program. Cumming, 678-3419538, agewellforsyth.org

Barn Buddies

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Save the Horses is an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses since 1998. Barn Buddies is their new program designed to build bonds between foster children and the rescued horses on the Cumming farm. 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, 770-886-5419, savethehorses.org

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Provides counseling, education and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse. Programs include victims’ services, Project Pathfinder, women’s services and prevention services. 327 Dahlonega St., Suite 103A Cumming, 770-889-8819, hopeandhealingga.org

Faith’s House

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Empowers struggling single mothers to better their lives through education, community resources and by providing a support system so they have the tools necessary to be the best moms possible. Currently seeking funding for the S.A.G.E. program (Supportive, Accountable, Goal-oriented Education Plan). faithshouseinc.org

Feed the Hungry Forsyth

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Collects perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from local donors and delivers to local food pantries in Forsyth County. Cumming, 678-807-9120, feedforsyth.org


Humane Society of Forsyth County A Dedicated to preventing cruelty to, relieving the suffering of, and providing humane treatment of animals since 1978. 4440 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming 770887-6480, forsythpets.org

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Angel House of North Georgia

Provides emergency shelter to homeless women and their children. Support services include education in money management and job skills, as well as mentoring, counseling and Bible study. Cumming, inafamily.org

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for women with an unplanned pregnancy. Free pregnancy and STD testing, as well as adoption assistance and parenting classes. 133 Samaritan Drive, Suite 306, Cumming, 770-889-8302, whisperinghope.org

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Cherokee Child Advocacy Council C Dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through intervention services to protect children and families. Programs include Parents HELP and the Child Advocacy Center. 319 Lamar Haley Parkway, Canton, 770-345-8100, cherokeechildadvocates.org

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Dedicated to serving and supporting foster and adoptive children and their caregivers through a Christ-centered network. The family and visitation center offers parenting classes, case management and supervised visitation with the goal of reunifying families. 219 Castleberry Road, Cumming, 770-886-9505, safft.org

A crisis intervention service focused on the safety of victims of domestic violence and their children through advocacy, housing and long-term support as well as work toward system changes which hold batterers accountable and promotes a zero-tolerance community standard for violence in the home. Canton, 770-4791804, cfvc.org

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Serving Forsyth County families with emergency basic needs since 1975. Programs include a food pantry, thrift store, emergency financial assistance, Keep the Lights On, as well as providing walkers, wheelchairs, heaters, winter coats, or whatever else a struggling family may need. 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming, 770-887-1098, theplaceofforsyth.org

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Following are just a few specific ways to serve locally this season.

Sponsor a Child for Christmas with Act Together Ministries: Provide 2 – 3 needed gifts and 2 – 3 wanted gifts for a specific child in need; unwrapped gifts due by Dec. 11. acttogetherministries.org

Military Working Dog Team Support Association A M Provides support for current and veteran military dog handler teams and advocates for retired military working dogs, as well as providing support for war dog memorials and sending care packages to working teams around the world. Canton, 404-451-2539, mwdtsa.org

Never Alone Child Development Association’s Santa Night: Board a trolley car and go caroling through local restaurants to support early learning care for low income families; Dec. 12 in North Fulton. cdakids.org/santa-night North Fulton Community Charities’ Santa Shop: Donate new toys, teen items and gift certificates for children in need; drop off at 1425 Market Blvd., Kings Market Plaza in Roswell on Dec. 18 & 19 from 4 – 6 p.m. nfccholiday.org The Toy Shop at MUST Ministries: Donate toys, blankets, school supplies and more, or volunteer at the shop through the month of December. mustministries.org Feed the Hungry Forsyth’s Holiday Canned Good Drive: Feed the hungry this holiday season by delivering food to various drop sites in and around Forsyth County throughout December. feedforsyth.org

Talk” workshops, a national “Hope Hotline” and an annual Fly Chick retreat. Kennesaw, fly-chicks.com

Georgia Coalition Breast Cancer Fund

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An outreach program dedicated to providing food and clothing to Cherokee County families in need. Besides direct distribution of these basic needs, it also connects families with other programs able to provide for other needs. 291 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock, neveralone.org

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Improving the quality of life for medically underserved individuals and families dealing with HIV/AIDS. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale, and testing is always free. 3075 Breckinridge Blvd., Suite 415, Duluth, 770-962-8396, rcclinic.org C

Strengthens children, youth and families in crisis through a residential care facility for kids 12 – 21 who have been neglected, abused, abandoned or in need of supervised care. Programs include runaway prevention and intervention, family counseling and more. Buford, 678-546-8770, gwinnettchildrenshelter.org


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North Gwinnett Cooperative

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LOCALS THINKING GLOBAL These locally based charities have an impact that extends beyond our community to touch the world on a global level. Global Soap Project Works to improve global health by recycling discarded bars of soap from hotels and distributing the new soap to people who lack access to it around the world. 6899 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite B, Norcross, 678-235-8095, globalsoap.org Himalayan Children’s Charities Empowers marginalized children in Nepal through education and mentorship to break the cycle of poverty and create a paradigm of sustainability. Alpharetta, hccnepal.org SERV International Engages in global projects to improve the lives of people around the world from a Christ-centered perspective. Their SERV 1 Feed 1 program has distributed more than 5 million meals in Kenya and more than 1 million meals in the Dominican Republic. 3145 Marietta Highway, Canton, 770-516-1108, servone.org Life for Children Ministry Committed to providing for the needs of HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. Provides food, shelter, education, healthcare and spiritual nourishment for orphans, as well as a shoe ministry and assisting with farming techniques and water supply for the community. 7770 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 770-380-0797, lifeforchildrenministry.org

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sage table was sinking, lowering me ever so slowly into a space that was simultaneously filling with water. The massage therapist had explained with excitement what to expect on this “floating bed,” and within minutes, what had started as a traditional spa treatment transitioned into the incredible feeling of floating in what I imagined to be an indoor hammock. At one point, I think I was even swaying while water lapped around me.

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As a family, we’d decided to venture off the well-beaten path of typical Atlanta vacations and in the spirit of finding a destination designed just as much for young travelers as for their seasoned counterparts, we set our sights for The Grand Del Mar, located near San Diego and the coastal villages of La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar. Only one thing crossed my mind when the therapist started massaging my scalp: I need to thank my kids for this one.

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Prepared to Impress The Grand Del Mar holds the distinction of being California’s first Triple Five-Star resort, one of only six destinations in the world to pocket this award, so my husband and I suspected favoritism from us would come easily. The question, however, was whether the same would be true for our children, at 7 and 5 years old. As a participating member of Preferred Family, a group of luxury hotels that uniquely caters to guests of all ages, the staff at


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this Mediterranean-inspired sanctuary is accustomed to answering this very question. The striking Black Absolute granite and a deep purple marble called Rossa Levanto in the lobby and reception area mesmerized all of us until the gracious staff ofďŹ cially welcomed our brood and turned their attention to a treasure box. While we checked in, the invitation to dig for loot of their own kept them delightfully entertained and established early in our

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stay that at every opportunity, The Grand Del Mar is prepared to impress. The bar stays high, of course, when visiting a property designed by Addison Mizner, a turn-of-the-century visionary whose renowned design approach incorporates the rich decorative arts of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Morocco. Even those of us not graced with interior design skills can appreciate artistic details like parquet flooring and ornate stone accents. Such beautiful décor awakened my inner photographer and, on our way to dinner, I couldn’t resist snapping shots of our kids leaning on graceful arched doorways, circling decorative columns and lounging on stylish verandas. With six dining venues, the toughest part of the day just might be deciding where to start first. Families with little ones in tow will most likely want to veer toward Amaya, an all-day restaurant that offers upscale dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Meanwhile, food aficionados will already have dinner reservations at Addison, the resort’s award-winning signature fine dining restaurant, where Chef William Bradley showcases how true culinary talent pairs with contemporary French cuisine. We capped a fabulous dinner with a memorable lemon meringue ice cream pie (oh my!) and headed back to our plush accommodations. It’s worth mentioning here that upgrading to the Veranda or Palazzo Suites is something to consider, as the kitchenettes and outdoor space are a heavenly bonus for families.

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Haven on Earth Try as he might, my husband has yet to successfully convince me that a day on the golf course is as rewarding as a day at the spa. After all, who has ever heard of a good massage spoiled? While our resident golfer set out to tame the lush rolling greens of

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ON THE GREEN Notes from the fairway revealed that the greens and some of the layout can be tricky, so a forecaddie is a good option when playing this course the first time. Greens are Poa annua — very different than the bent or Bermuda grass common in Atlanta — and difficult to read. What might look like an uphill could actually be a quick downhill putt. No real grain to the grass, but a walk to both sides of the hole ensure an accurate assessment of elevation and break. The course is a canyon-style course with many tight fairways, which create fun and interesting holes. Many holes offer forgiving spots to miss, but usually on one side. My resident golfer suggested staying close to the pot bunker on the left for your drive on No. 4; miss it right and your ball is cliff diving. Also, on No. 4 and 14, you have views of the hills and canyons all the way down to the Pacific. On No. 3, aim for the trail on the hill for the perfect placement to an uphill, but reachable par 5. If you go for two on 16, behind the green is a lake, be sure your distance is right! No. 17 is one of the only holes with water in play from the black tees, so it was 214 yards and a tough shot with prevailing wind. A solid strike will still leave you with a potential tough two putt. No. 18 is a pretty short hole with lots of traps and a waterfall by the clubhouse. A 3 wood up the right side should leave you with a short iron in to finish with a solid par. preferredfamily.com

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the Tom Fazio-designed course (see sidebar for golf notes), the time had finally come to check our kids into the Explorer’s Club and eventually find a robe with my name on it at the spa. The Grand Del Mar’s interactive kids’ center offers supervised children’s programs, including a host of marine and canyon-related activities with an on-site naturalist ready for excursions such as bird watching, hiking, nature walks and mountain biking in the adjacent Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Waiting at the Explorer’s Club were several guides, plus a name tag and a backpack for each of our would-be explorers. I barely garnered a wave as they turned and ran inside. I almost took their lead and started running, but managed to keep my excitement at a more acceptable pace, power walking as fast as I could to the 21,000-square-foot spa. Having researched my own amenity-laden activity, almost as


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much as the Explorer’s Club, I prepped myself for copious pampering and an afternoon of reflection in the luxuriously appointed space of The Spa at The Grand Del Mar. The resort’s signature Renaissance Treatment fell into unchartered territory for me, but for the sake of adventure, I decided to relax and let the experts handle the rest. Before long, I was covered in mud touted to have originated from primordial locations in Europe. Once the mud was applied, the therapist wrapped me cocoonlike in blankets and the table gradually morphed into a water bed. Floating while getting a massage was hands down the best treatment I’ve ever had and that was just the beginning. Next up was a Vichy shower (my favorite) and with renewed skin aglow, the treatment finished with a relaxing massage. I would not trade those 90 minutes of pure bliss, even for a hole-in-one. An Unforgettable Hunt Always in tune with the squeals of hurt or happiness coming from either of my little ones, I instantly recognized the familiar voices emanating from the opposite side of the veranda walls. I glanced at my watch. Precious time at the spa was slipping away

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almost as fast as I had slipped into a deep state of relaxation during my treatment, but listening to excited kids recount an experience is hard to pass up. And I knew this one was going to be unlike the others. They reappeared at the Explorer’s Club desk belting a round robin of “Why do we have to go now” and “Can we stay a little bit longer … please” but otherwise, they were happy and from the looks of it, had been very busy. Their resort backpacks, once empty, were filled with brightly colored sun catchers, aquatic backgrounds and sand-filled creatures. They’d finished a picnic lunch, played video games and giggled their way through a scavenger hunt around the resort. Of our family vacations to date, including this one where we spent the entire next day at Sea World, the giddiness from their scavenger hunt seems to have left the biggest impression. Six months after we bid The Grand Del Mar goodbye, we had been in the car less than five minutes before a replay of the school day’s highlight came barreling out of the backseat. My son’s teacher had asked the class about favorite vacations and while most responses followed familiar lines of breakfasts with princesses, roller coasters or sandy beaches, his answer was an unexpected one. “A scavenger hunt at the Explorer’s Club!” my 7 year old blurted, as if he had just returned yesterday. Perhaps the best part of a family vacation is hearing the stories long after our return back home. Sounds like I need to thank my kids for this one, too. PN

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New Years 2014

WELLNESS GUIDE

A YOUTHFUL NEW YEAR

HEALTHY SMILES

If you are seeking an improved figure or more youthful appearance, Northwest Dermatology & Skin Care Specialists in Marietta offers liposuction and various laser procedures. Find solutions like injectables and fillers at promotional prices throughout the year. Medical grade microdermabrasions and various chemical peels are available in the Kayal Medspa. Dr. John Kayal can also effectively and permanently treat hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating with the miraDry system. You can even schedule annual skin cancer prevention check.

Add a healthier smile and improved dental health to your New Years resolutions. These simple tips that can give you big results: 1. Quit smoking. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth and have increased risk of tooth discoloration, throat and oral cancer, gum disease and cavities. 2. Eat healthy. Carrots, apples and nuts can boost your immune system and clean plaque from your teeth. 3. Brush and floss daily.

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4. See your dentist twice a year to monitor your dental health. ALLURING COSMETIC DENTISTRY 770-642-9900 alluringcosmeticdentistry.com

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Byrd Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center also has a solution for stubborn bulges and because of its safety, love-handles that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Byrd’s skillful physicians can correct cost-effectiveness and this problem with state-of-the-art body contouring techniques such as liposculpture, permanent, naturalliposuction, tummy tucks and liposculpting with fat transfer. Using specially designed, looking results. miniaturized surgical instruments, Byrd’s surgeons can permanently eliminate fat deposits while minimizing pain, scarring and recovery time. Modern liposculpture techniques result in improved body symmetry, smoother ski, and a shapelier physique. Dr. Marcia Byrd and Dr. Paul McCluskey have more than 40 years of combined experience in aesthetic enhancement procedures. They realize that every individual is unique and requires a personalized approach and a customized treatment plan. If you would like additional information about NeoGraft Hair Restoration or body sculpting procedures, contact Byrd Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center today. BYRD AESTHETIC & ANTI-AGING | 770-587-1711 | byrdaesthetic.com

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[Through Dec. 8] The oldest and largest “Nutcracker” production in North Fulton features more than 300 cast members from the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and the Roswell Dance Theatre. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 855-222-2849, tututix.com, tysod.com

J I N G LE B E LL S , B ATM A N S M E LL S [Dec. 1 – 29] Kudzu Players present Junie B. Jones in this fun-filled Christmas production. Dancing Goat Theatre, Johns Creek, 770-772-0762, performingartsnorth.org

S A NTA A F TE R H O U R S [Dec. 6 – 21] This adults-only production recounts tales of holiday joy, excess and frustration. Out of Box Theatre, Marietta, 678-653-4605, outofboxtheatre.com

[Dec. 6 – 29] Sponsored by Belk, Inc., the whimsical holiday tale takes 20 pounds of snow, eight tons of scenery, lighting, props and a 38-foot-tall Christmas tree to make the magic of Marya’s unbelievable story come to life. Fox Theatre, 855-285-8499, Atlanta, atlantaballet.com

A C H R I S TM A S C A R O L [Dec. 7 – 23] Kudzu Players present this traditional holiday classic for the whole family. Bulloch Hall, Roswell bullochhall.org

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[Dec. 8 – 22] This season classic is great for the entire family. Daniel receives a handmade drum for his birthday just before traveling to Bethlehem with his parents to pay their taxes. They meet Mary and Joseph, the Three Wisemen and the Innkeeper along the way. City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

[Dec. 13 – 22] The story surrounds a family saying goodbye to their only son, who is shipping out with the Marine Corps during World War II. Before the family says goodbye, they attend an annual Christmas celebration at church. First United Methodist Church, Marietta, 404-377-9948, atlantalyrictheatre.com

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[Dec. 14 – 24] Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of four ghostly spirits in this vivid adaptation by G. Lora Grooms with original music and your favorite carols. Free performance as a thank you to the community on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

[Dec. 14 – 15] Live Nativity performances run every 30 minutes on the front lawn and feature live animals and your favorite Christmas story characters. After the performance, sing Christmas carols in the historic church sanctuary, and join in the fellowship hall for cookies and hot cider. Sardis United Methodist Church, Atlanta, 404-237-6060, sardischurch.com

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calendar D I S N E Y J U N I O R LI V E O N T O U R ! P I R ATE A N D P R I N C E S S A DV E NTU R E [Dec. 14 – 15] Producers of “Disney on Ice” and “Disney Live” are taking top performing cable TV series for preschoolers to the stage, featuring characters from the smash hits “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, 800-745-3000, disneyjuniorlive.com

IT ’ S A WO N D E R F U L LI F E M A R ATH O N [Dec. 23] Take a break from your last-minute holiday shopping and remember the importance of family and compassion with this true holiday classic. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

[Dec. 27 – 29] Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color. The backdrops transport the audience to distant lands while the orchestra takes on the task of combining Western and Chinese instruments. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, 800-754-3000, cobbenergycentre.com

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[Through Dec. 31] This exhibit highlights the children of Archie & Gulie and their lives in the late 19th century. As the often-overlooked generation of the Smith family, the exhibit shares the untold details of these family members. Archibald Smith Plantation Home, Roswell, 770-641-3978, archibaldsmithplantation.org

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[Dec. 6] Come find the perfect gift for you or someone special for the holidays. Join Muse & Co. Fine Art for the monthly First Friday Art Walk in conjunction with the Roswell Art District. Roswell, 770-594-9511, info@musecofineart.com

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[Dec. 4 – 29] This month, Gallery 4463 will feature artists Connie Lyons and Palma Rhoades in an exhibit. Gallery 4463, Acworth, 770-485-8554, gallery4463.com

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N O R TH G E O R G I A A R T R A M B LE [Dec. 7 – 8] This free, self-guided open studio tour includes 44 studios throughout Calhoun, Cartersville, Woodstock, Waleska, Canton, Ball Ground, Jasper, Marble Hill, Dawsonville, Cumming, Buford, Johns Creek, Duluth and Roswell. North Georgia, ngaartramble.com

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[Dec. 6 & 13] After touring the mansion, sip a glass of wine and savor a live performance in the Indoor Courtyard. With the

Ted Howe Trio and vocalist Francine Reed on Dec. 6 and contemporary jazz trumpeter Joey Sommerville on Dec. 13. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, 404-872-5338, callanwolde.org

A C H R I S TM A S TR A D ITI O N [Dec. 6 – 22] Enjoy the song and dance revue guaranteed to make the entire family dance, clap and enjoy the spirit of the holidays. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

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C O C OA & C A R O LI N G [Dec. 11] Enjoy hot cocoa and caroling in the charming Callanwolde amphitheater. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, 404-872-5338, callanwolde.org

C H R I S TM A S I N C U M M I N G A R T S & C R A F T S S H OW [Dec. 13 – 14] Enjoy holiday cheer along with

homemade gift items and free photos with Santa. Livestock Barn, City of Cumming Fairgrounds, 770-423-1330, cummingfair.net

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[Dec. 18] Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony present a jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

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SIXPENCE NONE TH E R I C H E R [Dec. 28] The band responsible for hit singles like “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes” are back to share their newest album “Lost in Transition” presented by the Doubletree by Hilton-Roswell LIVE! series. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, 770-594-6232, roswellpresents.com

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[Dec. 1 – 20] Nalley will have two trucks in the showroom just waiting to be filled with new stuffed animals and toys for local children who may miss Christmas without your help! Nalley Toyota of Roswell, 770-594-8696

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[Dec. 6] Northside Hospital is hosting a fundraiser to assist cancer patients and families in need with medical care, medicine, transportation, and lodging by honoring those affected by cancer with the lighting of giant Christmas trees atop its campuses in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming. Lights can be purchased and designated in honor or memory of family, friends and physicians. Northside Hospital, 770-667-4483, give.northside.com/lights

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[Dec. 8] Stuff stockings for horses, take photos with the rescue “Santa” horse, roast s’mores, enjoy pony rides, shop for unique gifts and more to benefit Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc. Save the Horses Horse Rescue Farm, Cumming, savethehorses.org pointsnorthatlanta.com | December 2013 | Points North

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[Dec. 7] This highly anticipated annual event features original fine glass sculpture, as well as functional works in glass by award-winning artists. For every new unwrapped toy brought to the gallery or $10 donation, receive a raffle ticket to win an original glasswork. Enjoy mimosas, hot apple cider, wine, hor d’eourves and spectacular artwork. Taylor Kinzel Gallery, Roswell, 770-993-3555, taylorkinzelgallery.com

H O LI DAY LI G HT S OF HOPE [Dec. 12 – 21] Light up your holiday with the holiday light show filled with fun activities for the entire family including lights, children’s activity area, shopping, seasonal concessions, Santa, light maze, music and much more. All proceeds benefit the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Hobgood Park, Woodstock, cherokeechildadvocates.org

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[Dec. 16] The Forward Arts Foundation (FAF), in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, will feature the iconic designer, Ralph Lauren, and his Spring 2014 Collection in its 21st annual fashion show. All proceeds benefit the visual arts in Atlanta through the programs of FAF. Buckhead, 404-697-1197, email Aimee Chubb at aimeechubb@me.com

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DA H LO N E G A’ S O LD FA S H I O N E D C H R I S TM A S [Through Dec. 22] Enjoy carolers in period costumes, live entertainment, wine tastings, Christmas performances at The Historic Holly Theater, and Santa visits in the Public Square. Dahlonega, 706-864-3513, dahlonega.org

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[Through Dec. 31] A variety of celebrations in numerous locations as the historic homes are dressed in seasonal splendor and open for tours, festivities in the historic

shopping districts, musical and dance performances, art, theatre, a special 1850s Heirloom Holidays “Living History” Weekend and more. Roswell, 770-640-3253 visitroswellga.com

W I NTE R WO N D E R L A N D I N TH E S TR A N D [Through Dec. 31] This winter, Strand patrons will be in for a treat not often seen in Georgia winters — a white Christmas. The Strand will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland under the direction of designer Cassandra Buckalew. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

TE D DY B E A R TE A [Dec. 1 – 23] Children are invited to bring a favorite teddy bear to tea. Storytellers and the Dickens Singers entertain, and Santa makes his annual appearance! Children enjoy hot chocolate and seasonal treats, and take home a keepsake holiday teddy bear. Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 404-240-7035, ritzcarlton.com/buckhead

1 8 5 0 S H E I R LO O M H O LI DAYS : A “ LI V I N G H I S TO RY ” W E E K E N D [Dec.6 – 8] Roswell’s rich history comes to the streets for a fun-filled weekend. As you stroll from home to home, you will encounter “living history” interpreters along your way, portraying well-known figures from Roswell’s past. Other weekend activities include a period dinner, special holiday bizarre, a bonfire and so much more. Roswell, 770-640-3253, visitroswellga.com

B AC K T O N ATU R E H O LI DAY M A R K E T & F E S TI VA L [Dec. 7] The Chattahoochee Nature Center invites shoppers to find everything from ornaments to original art, eco-friendly items, toys, candles and even clothing. All visitors will receive free admission to the entire nature center to kick off the holiday season and there will be live performances from local schools. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org


K I D G IT S PJ PA R T Y W ITH S A NTA [Dec. 7] In the Lower Level Belk Wing, children can snack on cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus while Santa makes a special appearance. Kidgits can also participate in coloring and craft activities, and they get to take home a special goody bag. Town Center at Cobb, Kennesaw, 770-424-9486, towncenteratcobb.com

M O U NTA I N C O U NT Y C H R I S TM A S TO U R O F H O M E S [Dec. 7] Tour six beautiful homes decorated for the holiday season in Young Harris and Hiawassee. Sponsored by the Towns County Chamber of Commerce. Hiawassee & Young, Young Harris, 706-896-4966, mountaintopga.com

M A R I E T TA P I LG R I M AG E C H R I S TM A S H O M E TO U R [Dec. 7 – 8] Go behind closed doors as Marietta puts on its holiday finery for the 27th Annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour features six private historic homes in the Northwest Marietta/Kennesaw Avenue Historic District, lovingly restored, filled with antique collections, and decorated for the season. Marietta, 770-429-1115, mariettapilgrimage.com

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Swan House, hear holiday stories and music, and smell and taste Christmas goodies prepared at the Smith Family Farm. Listen for sleigh bells — Santa’s dropping by for a visit! Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, 404-814-4110, atlantahistorycenter.com

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H O LI DAY H A N D M A D E [Dec. 14] Handmade holiday products for purchase created by Atlanta Etsy sellers. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, 404-872-5338, callanwolde.org

R E I N D E E R DAY [Dec. 15] Warm up by the campfire and meet live reindeer making their special holiday appearance, straight from the wintery north — North Cobb that is! Join the young at heart for an interactive show full of laughs and lessons about the wonders of winter during storytime. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org

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D OW NTO N A B B E Y SNEAK PREVIEW [Dec. 17] Guests are invited to a complimentary screening to see an exclusive sneak preview of Downton Abbey, Season 4. This is a benefit for Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Studio C, Atlanta, 404-685-2400, gpb.org/downtonabbey sneakpreview

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[Dec. 7 – 14] Treat that special starry-eyed child in your life to an afternoon of “RoyalTEA.” You and your prince or princess will start the evening with High Tea and a royal dance lesson at the Grand Yuletide Ball. Children (and their guests, too!) are encouraged to dress up for the special occasion. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

[Dec. 23 – Jan. 6] Kindergartners through 5th graders bundle up with the animals for a wildlife adventure during winter break. Highlights include zoo tours, animal encounters, hands-on learning and much more. Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, 404-624-5980, zooatlanta.org

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[Dec. 24] A special advent celebration culminates with a candle-lighting service to celebrate the birth of Christ. Living Stones Church, Cumming, 770-844-5993, thelivingstoneschurch.com

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Climb Aboard. This Santa Express may not be headed for the North Pole, but the memory of this magical journey is one your family will always cherish. Through Christmas Eve, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on board the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway caroling, sharing sweets, and telling tales of Christmas. The adventure begins at the historic depot in the mountain village of Blue Ridge and winds through the winter wonderland of Chattahoochee National Forest. brscenic.com Turn off the ‘Toons. Why settle for another weekend of television when you can inspire creativity in your tots with Saturday morning theater? Off Broadway’s Little Starz Theatre series is hosting half-hour performances of “The Lion Who Roared Meow” for preschoolers, Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Bring your little ones wrapped in their fuzzy blankets and footie pajamas for a morning of interactive drama. After the show, stick around for crafts and doughnuts with the cast! offbroadwaydance.ticketleap.com Catch the “Fire” Fever. Hey, all you “Hunger Games” fans. Atlanta’s own Swan House, which was used as a set location for “Catching Fire,” is now open for tours. Monday through Saturday until Jan. 6, you can visit rooms that were used in filming, see a behind-the-scenes exhibit with production photos and props, and even snap exclusive photos with set recreations. Outside the house, wander through the estate’s gorgeous gardens and visit the Museum Shop to snag your official “Hunger Games” merchandise. atlantahistorycenter.com/capitoltours Say Cheese. ‘Tis the season for eggnog, mistletoe, the photo shoot with department store Santa and, unfortunately, the fluorescent lighting that accompanies it. This year, Three In One Studio in Cumming has an enchanted, wintry alternative. They’ve decked the halls of their rustic, distinctly Southern outdoor photography studio for a “Magical Night with Santa.” Every weekend in December from 4:30 to 8 p.m., your family can capture the wonder of the season under the stars with everyone’s favorite jolly old elf. 3n1studio.com Give Hope. More magical than all the tinsel and bells of the holiday season is the movement to look past ourselves and remember the needs of our neighbors — especially the children. Publix and Fox 5 are hosting the Great Toy Drop, a day of generosity and joy benefitting Toys for Tots. By bringing new, unwrapped toys to the Holcomb Bridge Publix on Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., you’re donating more than dolls and race cars; you’re restoring faith and giving hope. atlantatoysfortots.com


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