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16 UNTAMEABLE Alpharetta residents Clay Churchill, his wife and their three children took a trip to Western Kenya that forever shaped their lives. Given the opportunity to grow or walk away, they co-founded Just One: Africa and have been working to change the lives of others ever since.

23 NORTHSIDE VIEW As colorful as metro Atlanta can be, sometimes it’s nice to take another look. This black and white photo showcase illustrates inspiration for our readers behind the lens and for us. Their impactful simplicity just might do the same to you.

38 CONCUSSIONS IN YOUTH SPORTS Each year, about one in 10 athletes suffers a concussion, and about 136,000 of those are high school students. Learn how to determine if your child experiences a concussion and why some doctors and researchers believe children, adolescents and female athletes are at a higher risk.

48 A PICTORIAL FRENCH TOUR While words can certainly describe a destination, oftentimes, as in the case with France, characteristics such as refinement, beauty and life’s simple pleasures are best conveyed visually. Enjoy the tour! Better yet, “Profiter de votre visite de France.”





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first picture I ever took. I was standing on the beach in late November at my family’s house in Panacea, Fla. with a disposable camera held to my face as I searched for good images through the foggy viewfinder. I looked down at my feet, snug in a pair of my mom’s old blue suede Treetorn tennis shoes, half covered by bell-bottom jeans. The vantage point standing above them struck me as a memory I didn’t want to forget – that feeling of cool, coastal temps and the only season when it’s appropriate to walk on the sand in shoes. Shoes that had been walking in that same sand since my mom was in her 20s made it something special worth freezing in time. I still have that picture, albeit buried deep in a box of other moments, and the memory it conjures stays close to my heart. For the exact reason that photo made such an impression, collecting images from you, our readers, for our Northside View Photo Showcase (page 23) has made the last month one of the most fun for me here



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Like a good bottle of wine, Château Élan Winery & Resort’s Annual Vineyard Fest gets better with time. One of the hottest ticket items around for the past 10 years among wine and food lovers on the Northside, this year’s celebration is scheduled to uncork Aug. 24. Between 1 and 5 p.m., guests can savor educational seminars on wine, delicious cuisine prepared with locally grown produce inside the Harvest Food Tent, live music, dancing and grape stomping. More than 75 domestic, international and regional wines will be available for tasting along with beers from select craft breweries. In keeping with Château Élan’s tradition to provide a comfortable, enjoyable experience for attending guests, this repeatedly sold-out event is limited to 2,000 tickets, which must be purchased in advance.

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SHAKE UP YOUR COCKTAIL ‘Tis the season for chilly, colorful concoctions sipped through berry-hued straws at Ted’s Montana Grill. They’ve crafted one of America’s favorite summer pastimes – milkshakes – into something taste-tested and cocktail hour approved. Choose from three flavors through the end of the month. Our favorite is the Boozy Berry for its Grand Marnier-drenched Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream, blended with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and fresh-squeezed, wildberry-infused lemonade. Rich, refreshing and perfect for rounding out a Bison-burger dinner on the patio, these desserts are definitely worth saving extra room to finish. Ted’s has several locations throughout Atlanta, including one in Woodstock, Marietta and Peachtree Corners at The Forum. PHOTO COURTESY OF TED'S MONTANA GRILL | August 2014 | Points North





Or should we say, “Namaste?” Local yoga expert Kim Saunders’ studio was selected as Metro Atlanta’s “Best Yoga Studio” in 2013 and a new location for Lift Yoga, outfitted with top-shelf equipment, teachers and class offerings arrives in Alpharetta this month. Available experiences at the first Yoga + Barre Studio in Alpharetta include barre sculpt, warm detox flow, Yin Yoga, bootcamp, body blast, meditation, donation-based community classes and much more. Lift Yoga Studio opens its doors Aug. 4 at its new location on South Main Street. As their first community offering, Lift Yoga partners Kim and Irina will offer FREE classes the week of Aug. 4 through 10.


Eat like Robin Hood Everybody loves to eat, so why not do a little good for areas other than your appetite? On Friday, Oct. 24, Food for the Poor’s 7th annual Caribbean-themed Dreams Across the Sea Gala serves up light bites, dessert, live music, dancing and more at InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. With The Weather Channel’s Paul Goodloe as master of ceremonies, the evening can only be a success – rain or shine. In fact, the proceeds benefit Food for the Poor’s clean water projects throughout villages in Haiti. You can donate to the cause by attending – tickets are $150 per person – and bidding in the silent auction for vacations, jewelry, original art, golf outings and more. The festivities get underway at 6:30 p.m.


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Charity Daughter

Attention altruists! Get in some valuable girl time this upcoming school year by teaming up for the greater good through the East Cobb chapter of National Charity League (NCL). National Charity League brings mothers and teenage daughters together to help local philanthropic organizations. Founded in 2013, NCL East Cobb is the League’s 187th chapter, and seventh in the state. In the short two years NCL East Cobb has been up and running, it has contributed more than 700 hours to local charities, all while strengthening the mother-daughter relationships of its members. It’s a story we truly find inspiring: spending quality time together doing quality work in their communities. Beginning Aug. 11, NCL East Cobb is accepting membership applications for the 2014-2015 year. Currently, there are only a limited number of opportunities for the graduating high school classes of 2017 and 2018. To be considered, all membership paperwork must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 22. – Christine Kirk

fun Need to get the kids off the couch and try their hands at something creative? Look no further for fun this upcoming Labor Day Weekend than Marietta Square’s 28th annual Art in the Park Festival. You can return to your favorite outdoor summer hobby, browse through the work of some of the community’s best artists and let your child (or inner child) join the festivities when The Chalk Spot Competition returns Aug. 30! Whether your child is just starting kindergarten or entering high school, let him or her unleash their inner Van Gogh in a 3-foot square space on display for passersby to see. The $10 registration per child includes a 30-count box of chalk, certificate of participation and the satisfaction that all funds directly benefit the Marietta High School Art Club. – Abbey Ferguson PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK 12

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For musicians, particularly jazz musicians, Alpharetta’s The Velvet Note is a godsend. This comfortable acoustic living room accentuates the chill mode for its guests, which is particularly contrary to the typical rush of the busy thoroughfare in front, on Old Milton Parkway. The cuisine and libations are as much in concert as the music. Crab cakes, flatbread, sea bass and other tasty dishes are served on the “finest plastic plates” available, so the clinking and clattering of silverware doesn’t challenge the music. With more innovations on tap in the coming months, The Velvet Note is destined for more sweet sounds, both on stage and from the adulation of its devotees. Sound about right? Read our complete review online. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE VELVET NOTE | August 2014 | Points North






2014’s It’s that time of year again, when we get to honor the ladies who lead the way in inspiration, and share their stories with our readers. Whether through community outreach, savvy business skills or standout performances in their field, we want to know whom you deem as “Savvy & Successful.” Submit your nominations online at

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The downtown district of Norcross is making even more history this month with the opening of Gwinnett County’s first performing arts charter school. Classes at North Metro Academy of Performing Arts are in session this month for kindergarten through eighth grade. By focusing on performing arts, North Metro Academy appeals to children with creative talents and incorporates those talents into a full-range curriculum that will form a solid foundation for high school and even post-secondary education down the road. Beauty Baldwin, former superintendent for nearby Buford City School District, said, “It is so important that we educate our children in order for them to become successful producers rather than users.” Creativity meets book smarts in this new local nest for our future movers and shakers. – Christine Kirk


Charity takes a cool turn this month with the 10th annual Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin' event. Bring the entire family out to Historic Roswell Square for a legendary afternoon for ice cream lovers. Taste more than 100 fresh, homemade flavors, prove your palate’s potential in an ice cream eating contest, enjoy live music, let the little ones get crazy in the Kid’s Korner and do it all in the name of goodwill. Presented by Zercher Agency/Farmers Insurance, this day of cool treats benefits The Drake House in Roswell, a short-term crisis housing, support, education and empowerment location for homeless mothers and their children. The fun starts churning on Aug. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for individuals, or $20 for families up to six.


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IT ONLY TAKES Clay Churchill and family are a global force for good { WRITTEN BY JENNIFER COLO S I MO | PHOTO G R APHY C O URTE SY O F JUST O N E : AF R I C A }



something to be said about the kind of people who know they’re called to serve. To know that there is someone out there, providing a vessel on which to carry help, support and material needs across miles to aid those less fortunate. It’s moving, sure. But what’s more, and what’s hard to find words for (yes, even as a writer), is when it’s a guy who’s already busy with demands of day-to-day life and being a “hero” at home, that continues to spend nights, weekends and all of his vacation time helping others across the world to reach a better standard of living. That is a sort of passion you rarely find here in the ‘burbs, so when I heard about it, and got the chance to shout it from the rooftops, I decided to do just that.

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Julia and Katelyn) took a trip to Western Kenya. No, it wasn’t a family vacation like the ones you see glittering on billboards down I-75, but it was a family trip nonetheless. Churchill aimed to share with his family the experience he gained from traveling with an outreach team to India and Central Africa when he was a college student at Christian Life International Bible College. On this trip, the family’s goals included volunteering at an orphanage, working construction in nearby villages and helping kids who’d been affected by the AIDS epidemic. “[We] saw firsthand the devastation that the HIV/ AIDS crisis has caused, leaving a whole generation fatherless,” said Churchill, founder and executive director of Just One: Africa. “I witnessed the sickness and disease caused by a lack of clean water.” The culture, the kids, their potential and one powerful, orphanage-running woman named Phoebe all combined to make this summer trip something that

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would leave a mark much longer than any sunburn. In fact, it made Churchill realize how these people weren’t all that different from himself – each having a deep affinity for family, valuing their friendships and dreaming about the future. Those same sentiments left the Churchills knowing they were being called to something greater, to make a change and to start doing it, now. “We started with the overwhelming sense of wanting to change the world but not knowing where to start,” Amy said. “Our name came about from that very question – we believe that it takes just one person to change the world and we also believe that just one person is worth all our efforts as each of us are valuable and important and have something to offer.” “Something deep down stirred me to action,” Churchill said. “And I didn’t just have a feeling … I was compelled to act. I had to do something, I just didn’t know what and for whom? Where do you start when the need is so great?” Over the course of the next two years, they offered up everything they could: time, money, compassion, prayers, word-of-mouth and waited for answers to their questions. Churchill, who also works as a technical project manager at LexisNexis, even took lunchtime classes offered at his office to hone in on skills for public speaking. “We knew God was leading us to start with just one. I realized I didn’t have to change the whole world all at once, just the one right in front of me,” he said. Just a few short months later, Churchill and his

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wife co-founded Just One: Africa, Inc. with Alastair and Geanna Wilde, the youth group leaders on that first trip to Kenya. They’ve led one other trip since the four of them founded the organization and hope to go back in October. “[We] saw the same poverty and need, so we all decided to do this together,” Churchill said. “[The Wildes] are a major part of some of the creative marketing needs, and they were the ones to put together the I AM ONE Campaign.” “I saw a quote once that said, ‘We were just a simple family that said Yes, when God asked,’” Churchill said. “That is really what happened.” Sacrifice to Satisfy What does “Just One” mean, exactly? After reading the Churchill’s family story on their website, I realized it meant a 16-year-old boy spending his summer vacation rebuilding structures and homes for people he’d never heard of or met before, and who probably didn’t even speak his language. It meant two teenaged girls holding hands with 4-year-old orphans, rather than with the cute boys they could have met on the beach. “Our family has cut back on so many things to help fi nance trips and projects that we would have consumed on ourselves,” Amy noted. “But [we] feel more blessed for it!” In fact, Amy is the one who drew our attention to her husband’s untameable passion for helping others, revealing that for the past two years he has used almost all of his vacation time to take these trips

to Kenya. Even more so, every night and weekend has been spent building a strong foundation and taking classes through the LEAD Institute in Atlanta so that the couple could learn the ins and outs of what it takes to run a thriving non-profit organization. “Clay is not only my best friend and husband, but a world changer. He saves the world at night, weekends, during his vacation time, and all of his other waking moments when he isn’t being a dad to our three amazing teenagers.” Last month, Churchill made his sixth trip to Kenya. He has personally handed out more than 400 water filters capable of filtering 400 million gallons of water for at least 10,000 people, for life. Clean water helps to eradicate water-borne disease like Typhoid and Just One is the first group to install these filters in areas like schools, hospitals and villages. “We have learned so much about ourselves, our marriage and seen remarkable changes in our teenagers as they carry this cause close in their hearts,” Amy said. “We see them already changing their world and know that they are forever different. [They] have an important view of the world and how they fit into it that they did not have before.” Their youngest daughter, Katelyn, came home from the fi rst trip and decided she wanted to raise money for water filters, too. She started a “business” called Wrapped in Love and sold duct-tape creations like wallets, book covers, penholders and purses. She quickly raised enough to buy two water filters. Julia Churchill also got in on the fundraising, earning enough money babysitting to buy a cow for the orphans to be able to drink fresh milk on a daily basis. Of course, the triumphs don’t happen in a day, but it remains a repeated choice for this family driven by a passion to help others. Amy admitted that every day requires a new adoption of courage. Pressing forward in building their non-profit, maintaining their full-time jobs and raising their family is a lot. But, she’ll be the first to tell you, they don’t back down. “This is not just a side thing for our family,” Amy urged. “It is our one thing and we have put all our hearts, passion, energy, prayers and resources into something that will not only change the world here and now, but for generations to come.” What They Do To date, the family has installed water filters and rebuilt villages as well as reinstalled faith and

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humanity. They’ve passed out 40,000 meals to widows and their families and to those with HIV/AIDS who needed good nutritious food to take with their medication. They’ve passed out 20,000 meals to those in desperate need, with the remainder helping to stretch the food supply for the orphanage in Bondo. They’ve brought supplies and books for the children to use at school. Plus, the founders have spent a lot of time listening to the dreams that the local leaders have for the future of their communities. Together, they’ve been able to strategize different sustainable solutions to get them on their way. “Each day brings new opportunities to change a life,” Churchill said, as he recalled bringing food to a widow who lost not only her husband but also her children and is now the sole caretaker of young grandchildren. “We’ve been able to provide clean water that will last a lifetime to a family suffering from Typhoid, because the only water source is a small stream that has been used by animals and everyone else. We’ve installed rain gutters on a new mud hut and school building to capture precious rainwater. We’ve treated 140 people at a medical clinic that we sponsored [and is] the only access to medical care.” Churchill’s list goes on. It’s certainly one that might even start an itch somewhere deep inside that can only be relieved by joining him. Churchill has held a new orphan and loved on others as they mourned their entire world being devastated. He’s been able to see his own kids deliver the same kind of service. “Seeing my son work tirelessly to build a school building, laying brick by brick and not wanting to stop, or watching my daughters play with orphans and showing them that they are important and valuable just as we have shown that [same] love and value to our kids … seeing something greater than themselves come out of your teenagers is priceless.”

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“I love the fact that this isn’t just something that Mom and Dad do but it is something that we all can do as a family,” he continued. “Our kids have raised money for projects, worked with local schools to get used educational materials, stuffed year-end letters to donors, packed countless boxes and done just about anything else we needed. This really is their organization as well. [They] were the first ones to say they wanted to move to Kenya full-time. Imagine three American teens wanting to live full-time in a thirdworld country. I’d say, yes, they have been impacted for the rest of their lives.” Churchill adds that his biggest piece of advice for people who’ve got the itch is to “be careful, because it’s addicting.” “So many times we come wanting to do what we can for others and realize that in the process we learn so much about ourselves that we didn’t know. We can either embrace the opportunity to grow or we walk away. If you embrace it and grow, you find yourself making new friends, learning about the world in unique ways and finding out that there really are some of the most amazing people all over the world, just like you,” he affirmed. The Churchills have returned to Kenya, as a family, every summer since they started. “I fell in love with the Kenyan people,” Churchill said. “They are very resilient and strong despite living with deep challenges. Every moment that I spend working on Just One: Africa here in the States, or in Kenya, has been incredibly rewarding. I have seen lives changed and impacted forever. Mother Theresa said, ‘If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.’ We all can make a difference; it is just a matter of continuing to say yes.” Churchill beams over the fact that Just One: Africa is growing. Getting the word out and educating people is still his top priority. Up next, more water filters (1,000 by next year), building a school near Lake Victoria and expanding a rescue center in Southern Kenya. “It is a busy life,” he admitted. “But I love it all.” PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N :

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Photography, both professional and amateur alike, plays a huge role in our daily lives just as it did in shaping our community into what it is today. What fascinates us and what drives our curiosity is what you see when you get behind the lens. When we asked for your view of the Northside, we were happily surprised. The talent that ďŹ lls the following 10 pages is overwhelming, whether remembering the past, portraying the present or simply showcasing the ethereal. DAHLONEGA LANDSCAPE A mystical fog settles over one of North Georgia’s rolling hills. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALAN BROOKS | August 2014 | Points North



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On the afternoon of April 9, 1968, Kaufman was sent to cover the funeral procession of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., five days after he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4. A eulogy for Dr. King had just concluded and with an eagle's view of the funeral procession as well as the innumerable mourners that slowly and sorrowfully proceeded in an unfathomable silence from the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Kaufman pressed the shutter … forever memorializing this lasting image. More than 150,000 watched as the funeral procession led by a mule-drawn caisson passed through the streets of downtown Atlanta, eventually ending at Dr. King's final resting place, now known as the MLK Memorial.


Ku Klux Klan protest rally against Hosea Williams civil rights march in Forsyth County, Ga. in 1992. This was a peaceful event with the marchers and the protestors kept apart by a large number of sheriff deputies. During the first march in Forsyth County in January 1987, racial insults quickly escalated into violence as militant segregationists broke through police lines, attacked and dispersed the civil rights marchers.

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18TH HOLE AT ACHASTA GOLF CLUB The serenity of the 18th hole prior to the excitement of potentially shooting under par. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALAN BROOKS


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ER SYMPTOMS SEEMED TO DEVELOP out of the blue. Eighteen-year-old athlete Alex Carriero, was fine one day, but the following day, she felt a little “off.” There was an unexplained fogginess in her usually laser-sharp mind, and she developed a persistent headache. Then a few days later while she played in a soccer game, Carriero noticed that her face numbed.


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“We went to the doctor, but after a CT scan and an MRI didn’t show anything abnormal, they ruled out a concussion and sent us home,” Alex’s mother, Helene, remembered. A few days later, Carriero’s neck and back seized up and her mobility became compromised. Feelings of exhaustion and irritability followed as well. “I became one of those crazy mothers you hear

about,” Helene said. “I wanted to know what was wrong with my child so that we could start the healing process. I was on the Internet reading everything I could find. Deep inside, I knew she was concussed, but Alex’s doctors diagnosed her with a neck injury.” For months, Carriero tried an array of treatments designed to treat a neck injury — medication, nerve blocks, gentle cardio and physical therapy — but nothing helped the young student athlete. Helene’s research eventually led her to the Carrick Brain Centers website, and the Carrieros decided to make the long journey from their home in Niagara Falls, Ontario to Marietta to seek answers and possible treatment. “After the examination, they confirmed that I had a concussion and developed a treatment plan that targeted specific areas of my brain,” Carriero said. “I noticed an improvement on the second day that I was at Carrick. After more than a year of searching, we finally found answers to our questions. I started feeling better, and it was such a relief.” Today, Carriero continues to recover and improve. And in retrospect, she says she vaguely remembers being injured during a soccer game two weeks before her symptoms emerged. Exactly What is a Concussion? “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump or blow to the head, a fall or by any other injury or motion that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull,” said Dr. Ted Carrick, chief of functional neurology at Carrick Brain Centers. “The brain is surrounded by spinal fluid and protected by the skull. The fluid around your brain acts like a cushion and keeps your brain from banging into the walls of your skull. But if your head or your body is hit very hard, your brain crashes into your skull and becomes bruised or injured.” And that’s why there is a high incidence of concussions among athletes, especially those who participate in sports involving contact or impact — football, soccer, basketball, hockey and skiing, to name a few. Each year, about one in 10 athletes suffer a concussion, and of those individuals, about 136,000 are high school students, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Moreover, children, adolescent and female


athletes have a higher risk of experiencing concussions than their adult and male counterparts, and some doctors and biomechanics researchers believe they know why. “A child’s neck is not as developed and strong as an adult’s neck. A young female’s neck is simply not as strong as the average male’s neck,” Carrick said. The neck acts as a shock absorber for the head. Thus, the weaker an individual’s neck, the more likely his or her head will bob around upon impact and cause the brain to shake violently inside the skull. Statistics suggest that concussions are becoming more prevalent. One study, provided by Pediatrics, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found a doubling in concussion-related, emergency room visits by youth between 1997 and 2007. Some of this increase is most likely due to growing awareness about concussions and better diagnostic techniques, | August 2014 | Points North


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but Carrick said there is another reason for the increase in cases. “We play harder than ever now,” he said. “Even among our children, athletes are bigger and stronger today, and so the force of impact is often greater than it was years ago. And we have advanced equipment that often amplifies performance, but this equipment often gives athletes a false sense of protection.” He cites the use of helmets in football as an illustrative example. “Some players believe that helmets will protect their heads from concussions, and so they feel that it is safe to crash into another player full force,” Carrick said. “In reality, there is no concussion-proof helmet.” He added that there are fewer head injuries in rugby because the players understand they need to be more careful, and as a result, they opt not to use their heads like rams. Symptoms of a concussion range from mild to severe, and like Carriero’s experience, symptoms do not always emerge immediately after an injury. These symptoms include headache, confusion, difficulty paying attention, balance problems or dizziness, nausea or vomiting, double vision, sensitivity to light or noise, sleep problems and a loss of consciousness. And contrary to popular belief, a concussed athlete doesn’t always pass out and forget events leading up to the injury. In fact, 90 percent of concussions are not associated with a loss of consciousness. “Anytime a person hits his head, it’s very serious,” Carrick said. “A head injury can end life as you know it, and so it is important to seek medical attention immediately.” 40

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Physical symptoms may include: • Headaches • Fatigue, seeming tired, trouble staying awake • Trouble sleeping • Lack of energy, slow-moving • Blurry or double vision • Sensitivity to noise or light • Dizziness, feeling lightheaded • Nausea Cognitive symptoms may include: • Not remembering how the concussion happened • Becoming easily confused

• Slowness in thinking, seeming “foggy” or “zoned out” • Difficulty paying attention • Forgetfulness, memory problems • More difficulty at school than normal Emotional and behavioral symptoms may include: • Becoming easily annoyed or angry, seeming cranky and irritable • Feeling worried or nervous • Seeming emotional, crying more easily than normal • Not seeming like himself/herself, personality changes

After the Diagnosis A qualified health care professional can determine whether or not a child has a concussion, and if so, how serious the concussion is and when the child can safely return to sports and other daily activities. A child’s brain may take several weeks to heal following a concussion, and during this recovery period, both physical and mental rest are mandatory. Parents should make sure their child gets plenty of rest and sleep, limit the activities requiring a lot of thinking or concentration (including social activities, homework, video games, texting, driving, etc.), and limit the child’s physical activity — especially those activities where another injury or blow to the head could occur. A repeat concussion that occurs while the brain is still healing can cause long-term cognitive problems that may plague the individual for the rest of his or her life. Parents also need to make sure that everyone who comes into contact with the child — coaches, teachers, school nurses, school administrators, athletic trainers, instructors, employers

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• Remove your child from play immediately and look for any signs and symptoms of a concussion if he or she has experienced a bump or blow to the head or body. • Have your child evaluated by a trained health care professional. • Keep your young athlete out of play until the doctor says it’s okay for him or her to get back in the game. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN MCDONALD

and other parents — is aware of the child’s injury and understands the importance of the recovery and rest period. The good news is that when treated correctly, most young athletes with concussions get better and return to sports and everyday activities after a few weeks. Preparing for the Season “I suggest that all young athletes have baseline testing done prior to the first practice of the season,” Carrick remarked. “Of

course, this testing won’t prevent a head injury or concussion, but it will make it easier to evaluate and treat the individual if an injury occurs.” Baseline concussion cognitive testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional that assesses an athlete’s balance and brain function (learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention and concentrate and how quickly he or she thinks and solves problems), as well as for the presence of any existing

concussion symptoms. Comparing postinjury test results to baseline (pre-injury) test results can help doctors determine the extent of the injury and make more informed decisions of when a child can safely return to a sports activity. PN

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Points North Atlanta’s valued partners in health care provide relevant information and useful tips for our readers on the topic of children’s health & well being.


Tips for Preventing Common School Kid Illness


few weeks after school starts, colds, viruses and fl u appear. While you can’t always keep your kids from getting sick, there are some precautions to take. Proper hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of common school kid illnesses. Make sure your kids are practicing good hand hygiene, washing hands often and properly, coughing into their elbow to prevent spread of germs, keeping their hands out of their eyes, ears and noses, not sharing drinks and that they are in a good sleep routine before school starts. At Northside Pediatrics, they focus on total wellness of children from birth through age 21. They call their comprehensive care philosophy 360Care. When it comes to your children, they will not compromise on quality. They follow the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. It’s a higher standard, and many families in Atlanta are looking for that. Northside Pediatrics | 404-256-2688 | 770-928-0016

YOU ARE THERE WHEN your child needs you, armed with band-aids, tissues and chicken soup. But what about when that isn’t enough to heal the broken bones or save your litt le ones during an emergency? Turn to these healthcare providers for useful tips and continued care of your family’s well-being, even when those kids outgrow lett ing you kiss their boo-boos.

Dental care with wisdom


ave you ever thought about your child’s first experience with surgery? For most kids, it’s their wisdom teeth. Come to Paul Korb, D.M.D., P.C. Not only is he a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, his practice is also a place where your child is cared for like family. He has over twenty years of experience managing nervous teenagers, calming anxious parents and making the toughest wisdom teeth look easy. His team of professionals has a slew of teenagers of their own and knows that kindness, compassion and patience still make a difference. Potential complications are minimized here and during recovery, dry sockets are exceptionally rare and caring hands and hearts are immediately there for even the slightest struggles. Visit them 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.

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Healthcare Close to Home


amilies in Northwest Georgia often travel long distances to receive pediatric care tailored for young patients. With WellStar Pediatric Center, families can stay close to home and receive a wide range of services specifi cally designed for patients from newborns up to 21 years old. Patients will benefi t from low-dose radiation imaging tests, sports injury rehabilitation, pediatrician offi ce visits and afterhours care. Surrounded by comforting aquatic décor and caring team members, pediatric patients will enjoy playing with kidfriendly technology including an interactive fi sh tank wall in the waiting room. The center’s specially trained pediatric experts include radiologists, pediatricians, subspecialists, physical therapists and supportive child life specialists – professionals who guide and reassure children and their parents during tests and procedures. Pharmacy services will also be available as a benefi t to save parents an additional

trip to the pharmacy for commonly prescribed medicines. Children often do not understand medical tests – something that may cause anxiety or scare them. At WellStar Pediatric Center, a child-sized CT, known as a “Kitten Scanner,” paired with an interactive cartoon will allow young kids to scan an alligator, a robot and other toys. They’ll see the scan of the toy on the screen and hear the story of how the toy ended up needing the scan.

Children often do not understand medical tests – something that may cause anxiety or scare them. WellStar Pediatric Center 1180 Barrett Parkway Northwest in Kennesaw | 770-956-7827 |

There’s Pediatrics, and then there’s Children’s healthcare of atlanta


ther hospitals have pediatric departments, but pediatrics has been their only focus for nearly a hundred years. Everything about Children’s is designed just for kids and teens, from our equipment to pediatric-trained doctors and nurses. But there’s more to treating a child than specialized equipment and clinical care. Children’s offers support services for the entire family, including chaplains, child-life specialists, on-site teachers, libraries – even therapy dogs. Offering more than 60 pediatric specialties that range from sports medicine and radiology to cardiac and transplant services, Children’s has received national recognition for groundbreaking achievements in cancer and blood disorders, transplantation, neurosciences and more. They are consistently ranked as a top pediatric hospital by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report. They have also been recognized as one of the best places to work in the nation by Fortune magazine. With three hospitals and 24 neighborhood locations throughout metro Atlanta, Children’s handles 850,000 patient visits each year. No health system in Georgia provides more expertise, services and amenities that help kids get back to being kids. That’s why at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta they say they are dedicated to all better. Learn more by visiting their blog at and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta | | Egleston 404-785-6000 Hugles Spalding 404-785-9500 | Scottish Rite 404-785-5252


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No health system in Georgia provides more expertise, services and amenities that help kids get back to being kids.


Pediatric Imaging


rom broken bones to pneumonia, most children will need imaging services at some point in their lives, and that can be a very scary experience. Providing the best possible care requires specially trained individuals who understand the unique needs of children and the concerns of their parents or care giver. While they will become adults one day, children are not small adults. Diseases and injuries affect them differently. Smaller body parts require adjustments in the way pictures are taken. A pediatric imaging center should offer the latest technologies including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, X-ray and fl uoroscopy – all tailored to the specifi c needs of pediatric patients of all sizes. The facility also needs specially developed and designed pediatric protocols that result in a quality image with minimal radiation exposure, board-certifi ed radiologists with additional training in pediatric imaging, and a child-friendly setting. A center that has an outstanding pediatric staff, trained in engaging children and making procedures safe and comfortable, along with the latest technology ensures that a potentially frightening experience is a calming and positive one for both children and their parents.


Helping Atlanta’s Kids stay happy and healthy


he Pediatric Center at Northside Alpharetta is North Atlanta’s premier destination for pediatric and adolescent outpatient care. It is home to more than 42 physicians and multiple pediatric sub-specialties, including Northside Hospitals Pediatric Imaging Center. The Pediatric Center is conveniently located less than 1/4 mile east of Georgia State Route 400 on Old Milton Parkway on Northside Hospital’s Alpharetta Medical Campus. Pediatric specialties include: Orthodontics Allergy & Systematic Cell Care Autistic Spectrum Disorders Assessment and Therapy Cystic Fibrosis Neurology Orthopedics Pulmonology Sleep Medicine

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ediatric adjusting is benefi cial for children and infants that are suffering from ear infections, asthma and refl ux. The correction of spinal misalignments of the cervical spine allows for the correct position of the Eustachian tubes and allows for proper drainage and therefore decreases the chances of inner ear infections. Children under regular chiropractic adjustments also typically have an increased sympathetic nerve response to the lungs and decreased muscle spasms to the upper back allowing for easier breathing, better coordination of muscles, and decreased refl ux in infants. Since many children frequently fall and are injured in sports, which can alter the muscle balance and structure of the spine, regular chiropractic adjusting allows for 100 percent nerve fl ow to all the affected muscles and organs. Many gentle chiropractic-adjusting techniques are available for children and infants.

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LES RICEYS CHAMPAGNE After a three-hour lunch tasting six different Champagnes with the Robert family, export manager Bruno Gaschet of Chantovent, importer Rene Busque and Todd Lightholder of Eagle Brands of Knoxville at Valery Robert in Les Riceys, we visited the famous town, where this shot of a mother and two children in the empty street was taken. 50

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MINERVOIS WINDMILL Overlooking the Syrah vineyards near La Liviniere, this windmill was not only a source of power, but also a landmark for vineyard workers, as a shelter is located less than 25 yards away. Liviniere is part of the Chantovent wine group of Languedoc, France.


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[AUG . 8 – 24]

[Aug. 8 – 24] Atlanta Lyric Theatre kicks off its 35th year with the show that revolutionized musical theater and has won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Marietta, 404-377-9948

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TH E S AVA N N A H D I S P UTATI O N [Aug. 21 – Sept. 7] In this 90-minute dramatic comedy, two Roman Catholic sisters are in for the change of a lifetime when an Evangelical Christian girl shows up at their door. Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta, 678-528-1500,

D O U B T: A PA R A B LE [Aug. 22 – Sept. 6] This Pulitzer Prize and Tony awardwinning drama is coming to a theater near you. Sit back for a passionate and gripping evening that unfolds when Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, is convinced that the popular young Father Flynn has improper relations with a male student. Out of Box Theatre, Marietta, 678-653-4605,


ATL A NTA CYC LO R A M A : H O N O R I N G AC TI V E M I LITA RY A N D V E TE R A N S [Through Sept. 1] After everything they’ve done for our country, active military and veterans are honored with free admission into Atlanta’s Cyclorama and Civil War Museum through Labor Day. Historic Grant Park, Atlanta, 404-658-7625,

H AG E D O R N F O U N DATI O N G A LLE RY P R E S E NT S : A N I M A L DREAMS [Through Sept. 17] See the work of sculptor David Landis and painter June Stratton come together in multiple pieces that consider PHOTO COURTESY OF ATLANTA LYRIC THEATRE


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how people and nature reflect each other in their behaviors. Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, 404-492-7718,

F E R N B A N K ’ S 9 7 DAYS O F P L AY: D I N O S AU R B I R TH DAY B A S H [Aug. 23] Party like a dinosaur and celebrate the 13th anniversary of the “Giants of the Mesozoic” exhibit. This birthdaythemed bash will include games and crafts. Costumes encouraged! Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, 404-929-6400,

F E R N B A N K ’ S 9 7 DAYS O F P L AY: W H A LE S : G I A NT S O F TH E D E E P [Through Aug. 24] Whales may be the most mysterious

and interesting creatures of the oceans, and through the end of the month, you’ve got the chance to get up close and personal with their long history in this special exhibit. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, 404-929-6400,

CONCERTS | COMEDY S WA M I G O N E B A N A N A S [Aug. 16] Mike Schulman is returning to his hometown of Atlanta to “cover” the best-ever Grateful Dead cover band as part of Matildas Under the Pines Concert Series. Bring your own food, drinks and dogs on leashes for the 8:30 p.m. show. Matildas Music Under the Pines, Alpharetta, 770-754-7831,

D O D G E P R E S E NT S : M ÖTLE Y C R Ü E : F I N A L TO U R W ITH S P E C I A L G U E S T A LI C E C O O P E R [Aug. 16] They’ve sold more than 80 million albums and toured across the globe, but they’re retiring in 2015. Come rock out with Mötley Crüe as they play their farewell Atlanta show. Concert starts at 7 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, 404-733-5010,

O LD C R OW M E D I C I N E S H OW W ITH S P E C I A L G U E S T S H OV E L S A N D ROPES [Aug. 22] Come hear the newest members of the historic Grand Ole Opry perform

their rambling string band songs including the platinum crowd-pleasing hit, “Wagon Wheel.” Show starts at 8 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, 404-733-5010,

K E ITH U R B A N W ITH JERROD NEIMANN AND B R E T T E LD R E D G E [Aug. 23] What summer would be complete without a country concert? Spend your Saturday night with award-winning Aussie, Keith Urban and friends on the “Raise ‘Em Up Tour.” Show starts at 7 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, 404-733-5010, | August 2014 | Points North


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L AW R E N C E V I LLE ’ S M O O N LI G HT & M U S I C SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: SONS OF S A I LO R S [Aug. 29] If you love Jimmy Buffett, it’s time to pack a picnic and pull out your best Hawaiian shirt for a night under the

stars with “Sons of Sailors.” The event is free for lawn seats, or premium seating for six Parrotheads is available for $65. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Lawn, Lawrenceville, 678-226-2639,


A LP H A R E T TA FA R M E R S MARKET [Saturdays through Oct. 25] It’s been named the best Saturday Morning excursion by Atlanta Magazine, and chances are you’ll make it a weekly routine. Come out and stock up on all sorts of homegrown goodies

[Thursdays in August] Never worry about planning dinner on Thursday night again (at least until the end of October). Between 5 and 9 p.m., enjoy live music, grab tasty street treats from Atlanta’s best food trucks and get a jump-start on weekend fun. City of Alpharetta, Alpharetta, 770-803-0057,

F R I DAY M OV I E S O N TH E B E AC H [Fridays in August] Make your Friday night memorable with a mini road trip to Robin Lake Beach. Bring a towel or chair to curl up and watch one of your favorite familyfriendly movies: “The Lorax” on Aug. 8, followed by “Escape from Planet Earth” on Aug. 15 and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” on Aug. 22. Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain,

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BBQ seriously, so come out to Atlantic Station to taste some saucy competition. Talk to teams about techniques, enjoy live music, samples and cooking demonstrations from more than 50 of Atlanta’s top BBQ restaurants. Atlantic Station, Midtown,

K E E P E R F O R A DAY: B I R D S & R E P TI LE S [Aug. 16] Get a behind-the-scenes look at Zoo Atlanta by helping a zookeeper through their daily routine of food preparation, cleaning and animal care. The program runs between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and is not sold out…yet! Zoo Atlanta, Historic Grant Park, 404-624-9453,

B UT TE R F LY F E S TI VA L [Aug. 16] This year’s festival features two tents filled with hundreds of butterflies and a live release. Fill your day with educational games and fun for all ages, rain or shine. Dunwoody Park, Dunwoody, 770-394-3322,

GERMAN BIERFEST [Aug. 23] Presented by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc., this 11th annual festival invites you to celebrate the art of German beer, accompanied by plenty of food and live music. Woodruff Park, Atlanta, 678-244-1528,

TO U C H A TR U C K [Aug. 23] A little boy’s big dreams are about to come true. Leave the toy cars at home and experience a parking lot filled with every kind of truck your child can imagine. Parking and admission are free. Wills Park, Alpharetta, 678-297-6133,

TH E M AYO R S C O R P O R ATE C H A LLE N G E P R E S E NTE D BY LE X I S N E X I S [Aug. 28] If you’re looking for some fitnessfocused family fun, get moving to the 18th annual Mayors Corporate Challenge. The Fun Run, 5K and following block party raise funds to support Alpharetta Rotary charities. Historic Downtown Alpharetta,



[Aug. 21] This month’s meeting features special guest Ellen Honeycutt and her passion for native plants that’s out of this world. A covered dish dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville,

[Aug. 29 – 31] Baseball teams from across the Southeast come together for the 6th annual round robin tournament hosted by our hometown team. Participating teams will catch their favorite Braves players in action, score tickets to the Aug. 30 game and walk in a pre-game parade at Turner Field. Wills Park, Alpharetta, 404-614-1554,

P I G S & P E AC H E S B B Q F E S TI VA L [Aug. 22 - 23] Put your barbecuing skills to the test at the City of Kennesaw’s free premier amateur cooking contest. Food is judged in four meat categories for a chance at more than $16,000 in cash and prizes. Is your mouth watering yet? Adams Park, Kennesaw, 770-422-9714,

C AG LE ’ S FA M I LY FA R M FA LL F U N [Aug. 29 – Nov. 16] Let your fall weekends be filled with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, bonfire hayrides and Farm Ag-venture tours at this Cherokee County gem. Cagle’s Family Farm, Canton, 770-345-5591, | August 2014 | Points North




Iust as August in Atlanta welcomes the sight of books and backpacks, we're excited to bring a few long-awaited additions to our last round of Summertime Sips.


Much like summer and beer, Cooperstown, N.Y. and baseball go hand in hand. Recognized as the “Home of Baseball” since 1939, the city now boasts its own brew. Tipping a cap to legends like Atlanta’s own Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, all of whom were recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown Ale is nicely balanced with a clean, herbal-hopped finish that hits a home run in the heat.


BY PARTIDA REPOSADO TEQUILA Muddle peach, mint and simple syrup then add lemon juice, ice and tequila. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass, then garnish with a mint leaf.

1 ¾ ounces Partida Reposado Tequila 6 peach quarters 6 mint leaves ¼ ounce lemon juice ¼ ounce simple syrup

Château Rivière This gorgeous rosé comes from the heart of the Minervois appellation in the commune of Peyriac, France. The blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes yields an aromatic and finely balanced wine that provides the perfect partner for pizza with vegetables, salads enhanced with strawberries, raspberries or cherries, soft cheeses and onion tarts. A newcomer to Georgia, Château Rivière is a full-bodied complex rosé that can be enjoyed year round. Imported by RMB Associates, Inc., of Kennesaw. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BREWERY OMMEGANG; PARTIDA REPOSADO TEQUILA; CHÂTEAU RIVIÈRE


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9 East Main Street Historic Downtown Buford

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






Be a bookworm. Now that you’ve finished this issue and need some new reading material, head to the AJC Decatur Book Festival Aug. 29 to 31 for some fresh page-turning entertainment. In its ninth year, Director Daren Wang welcomes literary icon Joyce Carol Oates to deliver the keynote address. In addition, the threeday festival includes a children’s parade, author presentations for all ages, a new outdoor cooking stage and more than 80 tents featuring various authors with more books than you could ever read. Let your inner designer out. When you watch HGTV, do you find yourself itching to revamp entire interior spaces or a desire to meet the designers, get their help and pick their brains? Well, you’re in luck. The Cobb Galleria is hosting the 31st Annual Fall Atlanta Home Show and all new Outdoor Living Expo Sept. 5 to 7. Learn what happens beyond the walls of a home in the 3,000-square-foot SeeThru House, hear from landscape designer and former “Yard Crashers” host Ahmed Hassan speak about his inspirations for design and find your own.

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Raise your glass. Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or you simply want to add new flavors to your wine rack, Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar is the place to indulge. On the third Monday of each month through November, they’re pairing up with Woblet, local foodies’ favorite mobile app, for a global wine class series. This month’s “Whole New World” class features five pours from the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. You’ll feel like you’re abroad without the cost of airfare. Best of all, proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen. Laugh with Leno. Did your heart break when Jay Leno left “The Tonight Show?” Come mend it Aug. 27 at The Cobb Energy and Performing Arts Centre – a perfect evening to leave the kids at home with a sitter, then sit back and belly laugh with that special someone, family or friends. All funds benefit ArtsBridge, a foundation that has provided quality art education and community engagement to more than 200,000 students and educators alike since their founding in 2007.

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Buy the world a Coke. Atlantans know everything’s better with Coke. As one of the city’s favorite attractions, World of Coke turns seven this year, and wants to celebrate with you. With a brand new exhibit featuring the work of legendary folk artist Howard Finster, a short film celebrating the extraordinary moments of everyday life and a hands-on app to make your visit more memorable, there is something for everyone’s taste.



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