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Despite a safe return, veterans face unexpected battles on the home front. Two former Marines are on a mission to help returning vets.

Atlanta area hospitals are some of the best in the country. Our annual hospital guide provides some insight that just might come in handy when you need it most.

22 BUCKET LIST: SUNDOWN FUN FOR SUMMER Once the sun sets on hot Atlanta days, we’re ready to come out and play. Our bucket list has a number of options for taking the family, your girlfriends and your favorite date out for summer fun at sundown.

30 MEN’S HEALTH Sometimes we all need a little reminder that regardless of age, when it comes to our health, proactive is better. From diet and exercise to regular cancer screenings and a list of super foods, our Points North Atlanta editors help to maintain your superhero status at any age.


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44 U.S. AMATEUR The 2014 U.S. Amateur tees off Aug. 9 – 17 at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. Get a close-up look at one of the USGA’s most fascinating, but often overlooked championships, and view the grounds of one of the Southeast’s iconic private clubs.

50 ROANOKE, VA The beauty, simplicity and rich history found within the gorgeous Roanoke Valley has revealed something everyone in the world should see. And, lucky for us Georgians (or Southerners in general), we can drive there.





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Kyle Danbury a few times by phone during his deployment, but knowing he had finally made it back to U.S. soil from Afghanistan and was about to make the flight to his base in California was incredibly satisfying and, of course, a huge relief. I never served in the military, as some of my extended family and friends had. Because Kyle chose to be a Marine Corps aviator, we are aware of the inherent danger. We are also fully aware that he, just as his predecessors, has seen and experienced things that most of us only witness on a television or movie screen. He hasn’t shared details of the 1,500 missions or 4,800 flight hours his squadron participated in, and while I am certainly curious, some things are often left unspoken or unexplored with family members. Though that has been customary for servicemen and servicewomen for centuries, some returning veterans who are dealing with or have dealt with wartime and post-deployment stress often need help managing their lives at home — mentally,

emotionally, physically and spiritually. A few years ago, I met former Marines Joe LaBranche and Mike Roberts, who launched proactive programs to help veterans combat Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) and other reintegration issues. The mission of their organizations, Warrior2-Citizen and AboutFace (p. 16), is to provide transition support for returning veterans of war. As we celebrate our country’s 238th year of independence, I am more grateful than ever to those who have and continue to preserve our freedom. Thank you for your service: Matt Alexander, Patrick Edmund, Josh Livingston, Craig Hering, Joe LaBranche, Mike Roberts, Steve Markland, Tyler Payne, Charles Callaghan, Jeff Winkel, Harry and Eric Bethke, Joseph Danbury, Carl Danbury, Sr., and to Kyle Danbury — Semper Fi and God Bless You.





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Only a little time left to lift, tone and burn your way toward the beach body you want this summer, and as if on cue, Cumming’s own Pure Barre location opened last month, just in time for you to wrap up your season in shape. With classes every single day of the week, for (really) early-risers, after-workers or once-thekids-are-fed moms, there’s a time for you to get on your toes and squeeze your way to a slimmer silhouette. Pure Barre has several locations in Atlanta and on the Northside. It’s the perfect 55-minute workout to get your legs, butt, core and arms in serious shape, without hours on a treadmill or fighting over machines at the gym. Classes are upbeat, easy to follow and extremely addicting. The new Cumming location is open at The Collection at Forsyth. Visit them online for details and class schedule at

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Have you experienced it yet? Georgia’s first interactive golf gaming experience is finally open, right here on the Northside. Think bowling, but with golf balls and a much better venue. Topgolf Alpharetta boasts three levels of luxury driving range lounges, each equipped with computerized tracking systems to play games and keep score, a full set of men’s and ladies’ clubs (unless you bring your own sticks), a server and a panoramic view of the grounds. There are tons of ways to play, depending on your crew’s interests and skill level, but our favorite game is TopShot – a 20-ball challenge requiring each player to hit various targets across the range. Depending on how often you summon your server for drinks, it’s anyone’s game. And, according to local enthusiast – and a member before it even opened – Campbell Oates, it’s also perfect for those “anyones” who aren’t really into playing golf. “I have friends that don’t play, but have always been interested. This gives them a relaxed environment to play and learn the basics of golf while having some drinks and a good time,” Oates offered. Whether you’re all soon-to-be Bubba Watsons or you’re partying with 9-iron newbies, there’s billiards, tabletop shuffleboard, a KidZone and a full restaurant and bar, so you don’t have to touch a club to have a good time. But we recommend it. Pricing depends on when you want to get your golf on, starting at $25 an hour for daytime play and $45 after 5 p.m. Membership is required and is a one-time cost of $5. For details, visit | July 2014 | Points North




Woodstock Gets Salty Get excited Woodstock foodies, one of your favorite Northside eateries is opening much closer to home. This month, Salt Factory Pub serves its esteemed gastropub fare, like the Louisiana bbq shrimp and grits, fresh salads and famous hand-stretched pizzas, alongside its notable beer and spirits menu. Plus, as if you needed more reasons to clear your dinner schedule, the Woodstock location introduces a brand-new oyster bar, open-air dining and a bocce ball court. Talk about playing with your food. Salt Factory’s third location joins the Northside’s fast-growing foodie niche, with Woodstock as the go-to culinary hotspot and see-and-be-seen Friday night hangout. Salt Factory Pub is located at 8690 Main Street in downtown Woodstock. For a complete menu and opening details, visit — Abbey Ferguson


FRIDAY-NIGHT FOOT STOMPING Moonlight & Music kicked off the summer with its annual, free monthly summer concert series in downtown Lawrenceville. This month, get funky with the 80’s pop band “Electric Avenue.” Starting at 6 p.m., concert-goers can pack picnics, blankets, chairs and coolers to spread across the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn, or premium seating tables for six can be purchased to ensure you’ve got a good view. The July 25 concert starts at 8 p.m. and garage parking is free. Get there early to peruse all that downtown Lawrenceville has to offer. Kids and pets are welcome, however, alcohol is prohibited on concert grounds. Plus, the tunes keep tempo all summer long, so visit for a complete concert calendar. PHOTO COURTESY OF LAWRENCEVILLE TOURISM & TRADE ASSOCIATION


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


Inspired by his fundamental belief that small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, Alpharetta entrepreneur Steve Gordon announced his latest venture, a business accelerator called American Dream Launcher and the American Dream Launcher Roadshow. The nationwide tour of ‘pitch’ days and workshops for entrepreneurs begins at the Atlanta Steve Gordon Marriott Century Center, August 15 and 16. Gordon founded American Dream Launcher earlier this year following the successful sale of his last company. His mission is to provide small business owners a boost through practical, hands-on training and funding opportunities by leveraging the unique collaboration of his team of experts and his investment company, Dreamvest Capital. “My vision is to create an organization and community that fosters the growth and development of small business,” Gordon explained. “Incredible things can happen when someone takes the leap into becoming an entrepreneur. There are a lot of smart people with great ideas, and sometimes all they need to get started is the right guidance and access to the right resources. I started American Dream Launcher to provide that support.” Gordon plans to take the program coast to coast. Entrepreneurs seeking funding can apply now for an opportunity to present their business for potential investment at the first American Dream Launcher Roadshow Pitch Day on August 15. “I am not just sitting on the sidelines telling you what you should do with your business,” Gordon said. “I am ready to offer real money and one-on-one mentoring to the right entrepreneurs.” The American Dream Launcher Roadshow Workshop on August 16 will provide essential hands-on training for entrepreneurs at any level, whether they are just starting out or ready to expand their existing business. Taught by instructors who are entrepreneurs themselves, the workshop is built around a core of roundtable sessions for attendees to discuss the current state – and future – of their business. Focused on the key areas of starting and growing a company, the workshop will provide attendees with answers, solutions and an action plan for moving their business forward. Attendance is limited to the first 100 people to ensure everyone has quality networking time with the instructors and each other. Earlybird registration for the Atlanta workshop is $395 until July 31. To learn more about the program, to register for an upcoming workshop, apply to pitch your business to the investment team and read the latest on the blog, visit

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REDEFINE YOUR POSSIBLE Northside athletes finally have a place to call home. Endurance House, a brand-new specialty retail chain, not only offers sports equipment but also endless resources to maximize athletic performance. Husband and wife triathletes Lee and Steve Karp own this 4,600-square-foot fitness haven in Alpharetta, selling top-of-the-line gear alongside expert advice to help optimize your efforts in a number of endurance sports. Endurance House is on a mission to inspire you – no matter your skill level – to “redefine your possible.” In addition to needs-specific gear and apparel, they offer full-service tribike repair, free bike and wetsuit fittings and race wheel and wetsuit rentals. Because the entire staff is comprised of triathletes (like Eddie O’Dea, director of guest experience, a noted endurance mountain biker and professional bike fitter) you’ll get insight and advice that you won’t find at a general sports retailer. Runners can also check out their Personalized Movement Profile to be sure they’re hitting the pavement effectively. Check out their informative workshops and clinics, or make new friends at their free weekly group runs and other social activities. The shop is located at 11800 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 1, at the intersection of Old Milton Parkway. – Christine Kirk | July 2014 | Points North







RAVE Reviews AT POINTSNORTHATLANTA.COM Need a recommendation about a new favorite or old standby for dinner? A local place to shop around the corner from home? A quaint neighborhood spot to see live performances? Visit every month for fresh reviews, local spotlights and more online exclusives! Here’s a little teaser, just in case you need somewhere to eat now.

A Fickle Indulgence We know a sweet tooth when we see one – and apparently, it’s obvious everywhere. That’s why the guys behind Roswell’s The Fickle Pickle decided to morph their space out back into the historic district’s best new bakery, Sugar Shack in the Back. From scrumptious and sugary treats to the same great sandwich reputation brought out through biscuits and an entire counter dedicated to customized ice cream sandwiches, we think they nailed it.


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Attention staycationers and vacationers alike – Atlanta’s newest overnight oasis is open. The Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina boasts 177 guest rooms (including 15 suites) situated on 83 acres of lush outdoor gardens and a nature conservation area. With spacious conference facilities, elegant special event venues and onsite catering, Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter is a top choice for corporate events, weddings and family gatherings. Making it even easier for guests to enjoy every aspect of the square footage is that the hotel’s lobby opens right into Villa Christina, one of Atlanta’s best stops for made-from-scratch Northern Italian cuisine. Plenty of luxury amenities, like onsite spa rooms, an outdoor rooftop pool with a gorgeous view, a 24-hour topof-the-line fitness center, in-room dining and a full-service bar ensure the hotel is prepared to welcome guests with the authentic hospitality that is part of the Hyatt mission. With the hotel's convenient location, guests are minutes away from Buckhead shopping and dining, Perimeter Mall and the sights and adventures of downtown Atlanta. — Christine Kirk

MAKE A DIFFERENCE Imagine the following scenario: You are watching the news and one of the evening bulletins about human trafficking tugs on your heartstrings. You want to help, but think, “How can I make a difference?” Fortunately, there is a way with The Open Hand Foundation. Lisa Rogers and Alisha Ballew founded Alpharetta-based Open Hand after a visit to Burundi, Africa with two goals in mind: collect and distribute shoes to children around the globe and to collect micro loans for widows in need. These small business loans are interest free, giving families a chance to learn how to make a legitimate income and get back on their feet. Open Hand Foundation has been selected to be the micro lender for a new one million dollar marketplace in Haiti. They are trying to raise $150,000 to provide loans for hundreds of sustainable new businesses. With your help, Open Hand can have a positive impact in Haiti. To learn more and to help, visit — Abbey Ferguson

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Americans have returned home from the war front each year for the past decade. A hero’s welcome is fitting for those who sacrifice so much to protect our country’s freedom, yet even after veterans return safely from war, they face new, unexpected battles. Trained as warriors, these men and women are radically changed by war trauma and struggle to reintegrate into civilian life. Some civilians are quick to praise our troops and our veterans, but there is a marked difference between appreciation and support. Meet Joe LaBranche and Michael Roberts, two Northside veterans to the rescue. These men don’t just bleed red, white and blue; they’ve made it a personal mission to reach out to others in need, refusing to leave a fellow veteran behind. The Battle Inside Former Marine Joe LaBranche of Cumming, Ga.


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knows these challenges firsthand. In April 1965, LaBranche became a 19-year-old machine gunner in the jungles of Vietnam, but his return home in 1967 was far from a hero’s welcome. Within 72 hours of leaving Vietnam, he was on the streets of Detroit without a transition period, rehabilitation program or self-esteem. “I figured if I became a Marine that people would be proud of me,” LaBranche said. “To me, that was my ultimate. I’m thinking, ‘I’ll come back, people will be proud of me, people will respect me and it turned out to be the worst thing ever.’” LaBranche was heartbroken by the degrading attitudes from civilians and faced name-calling, war protestors spitting at him and employers disinterested in hiring him. Even among his close friends he struggled to assimilate. Unexpected loud noises could send him to the ground while others stared, wondering, “What’s wrong with this guy?”

“I figured if I became a Marine that people would be proud of me. To me, that was my ultimate. I’m thinking, ‘I’ll come back, people will be proud of me, people will respect me and it turned out to be the worst thing ever.’” JOE LABRANCHE

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For many veterans, the intense anxiety, recurring memories or nightmares, insomnia and difficulty with concentration are just some of the lasting effects of war. “These guys come back and see life as usual, but are still worried about their buddies overseas,” LaBranche said. “I think 90 percent of [civilians] don’t really think about Afghanistan unless they have a friend or relative in the war zone.” While a veteran’s spouse, child, parent, grandparent, friend or caregiver can only imagine what he or she is going through, the devastating effects aren’t isolated. Rates of divorce and suicide have reached alarmingly high rates in vets. It wasn’t until 1980 that the American Psychiatric Association classified PostTraumatic Stress Injury/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a unique mental health issue. Deeper research began, questioning how to best address these issues.



A New Mission The first - and hardest - step is teaching veterans to ask for the help they need. LaBranche endured decades of self-doubt, anger and destructive behavior from selfmedicating with alcohol and drug abuse. Constant encouragement from his wife Carol eventually led him to a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) office in 2005. Initially, he was told he wasn’t eligible for benefits. He quit drinking in 2009 and pursued the VA’s help again after referral from a friend. Finally, after 40 years, LaBranche found the support group he needed. With the right support, he said he found his calling in life and found himself again. “To me, I was put on this earth to help veterans,” he said. “The best therapy I have is helping veterans. It helps me forget my problems in trying to help someone else with their problems.” Today LaBranche is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion. He has served as the senior vice commander and veterans service officer for VFW Post 9143, located in Cumming where he implemented a new program, AboutFace, Combat Veterans for Christ in 2012. This support and mentoring program helps veterans overcome the transition by providing financial and emotional assistance to both vets and their families. Group sessions in four categories: Vietnam veterans, post-911 veterans, female veterans and spouses of veterans, will be instituted

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soon at the Cumming United Methodist Church and First Baptist Atlanta. Just as he was trained in the Marine Corps to not leave a fellow Marine behind, he aims to help all veterans in need, regardless of military branch. “Everything is of the team,” LaBranche said. “We’d rather charge than retreat.” LaBranche believes support groups such as these, where stories are shared in a group setting, will assist vets and their family members to recognize their struggles are not unique to them. His goal is to administer these programs through partner churches nationwide. Research for Recovery Before engaging in this new battle, LaBranche and his wife had joined forces with Colonel Michael Roberts (retired), president and co-founder of Warrior2Citizen (W2C). Carol is currently W2C’s vice president of operations and corporate secretary. Roberts, a resident of Dunwoody, has more than 30 years experience serving as a trusted advisor for military intelligence, Homeland Security and intelligence agencies. As an intelligence analyst, leader, educator and strategic advisor to senior government officials, he developed visionary and pragmatic effective solutions for public health and Homeland Security. Roberts hasn’t escaped flashbacks and nightmares. “It pales in comparison to what I know many others have suffered,” Roberts said. He added he was lucky to find a natural transition from fighting mode in the intelligence business to a role at the University of Georgia with the Centers for Disease Control. He spent several years improving the nation’s defense against bioterrorism. He learned the importance of helping veterans with disabilities from a different perspective than the LaBranches. It was his wife’s counseling background that introduced him to inspiring chaplains and gave him a window of opportunity to experience caregiving. “Providence principally helped a great deal because my background is far from the soft side of caregiving,” Roberts said. Together they supported reintegrating veterans on military bases. Roberts realized there is no one-size-fits-all approach to overcoming these struggles; the simple solution to overcoming PTSD can’t be found in a training manual. “[Warriors are] trained to be hard and fast and

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follow orders and go through that door, but they are not necessarily trained about their internal clock,” Roberts explained. While this strategy works in the favor of the battlefield, it doesn’t work well in the reintegration as a human being. “Everybody has their own barometer of resiliency,” Roberts said. “Some have more, some have less. Some go through battle after battle and wounds after wounds, and come back and it doesn’t affect them very radically. They go on with life and deal with [it]. But others – many others, we’re finding – are in fact a different way.” That “many others” translates to almost 80 percent of veterans affected with symptoms of PTSD, according to extensive research by Roberts and his team. The collaborative efforts of retired military commanders, prominent military chaplains, researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institution as well as psychologists and therapists from Georgia State University conducted focus groups and surveys of approximately 3,800 veterans.



Closing Ranks While the statistics are high, there is hope in the number of new programs to help vets and their families. They are increasing exponentially and a listing can be found in the Directory of Veterans Service Organizations on the VA’s website. “I think we are all a nation of heart, in many respects, particularly in the area of philanthropy and nonprofits,” Roberts said. However, he cautions that just because an organization has good intentions, unfortunately doesn’t mean they have the right answers. With Roberts’ direction, the Atlanta-based W2C is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) leading the charge statewide with evidence-based practice to find the right answers. His team cataloged which methods are effective for families, children and single soldiers to form what Roberts describes as a blueprint model for a holistic healing, in-residence term. Currently W2C offers the evidencebased, three-phase W2C Reintegration System and a six-day marital enrichment program called the Home Life Transition Program (HLTP), which debuted in May near Pittsburgh, Pa., and was the culmination of three years of hard work and determination. Roberts said that pilot program has measurable metrics and the couples that attended had nothing but

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positive things to say about it. HLTP offers virtual coaching, counseling and training and an aftercare program of support for warriors and their spouses. W2C is focused on implementing the same program in Georgia soon with the help of the Georgia National Guard and reservists. Through these two sustainable programs, W2C assists military and veteran families transition “from the war front to the home front,” helping to build a variety of critical skills. Roberts’ compassion for others extends beyond his line of duty and for people going through life transitions other than from the military. He sees W2C’s unique design and ability to impact rates of divorce, suicide and abusive activity as just a starting point. “This is a program that’s extensive to policemen, to firemen, to emergency responders, to NFL players, to whomever goes through these transitions of reintegrating,” Roberts said. “There’s a lot of opportunity to take these models and build a better society.” Over the past years, the NFL has gained much experience with traumatic brain injury and has partnered with the military to explore the effects of programs such as Roberts’ W2C, which has also gained support from former NFL player Rocky Bleier, a fourtime Super Bowl champion running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Vietnam veteran, who now serves on W2C’s Board of Directors. Where Roberts needs support most, however, is within strong communities and among good neighbors. “Nobody wins in this equation if we don’t step up as a community and handle the fall-out of years of backto-back deployments in the war,” he said. Through programs like W2C and AboutFace, our American heroes can return to a worthy welcome and a brighter future after their military service ends. As we celebrate our nation’s independence this month, we ask that you take hold of any veterans’ outstretched hands and provide support rather than just appreciation. PN

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N : AboutFace – Combat Veterans for Christ 404-862-2141, Warrior2Citizen, 800-958-4650,,

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WE LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and if it doesn’t tell our age too much, we’ll even confess we like to boogie. This month, inspired by a to-do list from my pint-sized summer campers, I’ve borrowed popular pastimes for a bucket list full of fun sundown activities for families, girlfriends and couples.


MAKE POPCORN AND PLAY DRESS-UP Want to give priority to popcorn and a wardrobe change? We say hire the sitter to make popcorn, grab your girlfriends and go see “Diva!” at the Strand Theatre. Expect songs from the queens of soul, rock, pop and disco in this divine tribute to some of the most talented women in show business. You know who they are. They’re the ones that only need one name: Tina, Aretha, Cher, Madonna and Gloria to name a few. Of course, since it’s a song and dance musical revue and everyone else in the audience will want to do the same, belting out a few stanzas before the spotlight finds you just might work. Arrive earlier in the evening for some socializing at Brew with a View on the rooftop of the Strand. Besides sophisticated libations, we promise an incredible view of Kennesaw Mountain. 770-293-0080,


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- that’s not a typo, we just don’t believe in the old adage. I mean, who wants to drop after a great day of shopping anyway? That just seems counterproductive. Instead, we vote for shopping at Paper Mill Village when the food trucks are scheduled so we can stop by the King of Pops for a refreshing treat to beat the heat! Food trucks will be parked at Paper Mill Village on Monday, July 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. Shoppers can grab a bite from featured trucks like Bollywood Zing, Fry Guy, Happy Belly, On Tapa the World, Tex’s Tacos, Ibiza Bites and Philly Connection, all while listening to live music from the local band, He Sang She Sang. Thanks to Paper Mill Village’s partnerships with local charities, all of this shopping and eating raises money for a good cause. Husbands and little ones won’t mind this shopping trip either as activities like sidewalk chalk drawings and corn hole have been added this year. Call 404-237-7710 or visit



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BUILD A FORT AND CAMP 3 IN THE BACK YARD Building a fort and camping always make their way onto summertime to-do lists and somehow, at my house, even chore lists. Those of us who have built forts in the past, with more slated for lazy days in the future, know that while we are stacking pillows and stretching sheets for them, there’s a part of us that wants to join the fun. When that urge strikes, pack up the family for a night under the stars. A number of Georgia State Parks have yurts - not exactly a fort but a cool cross between a tent and a cabin. If you’d rather “rough it,” but don’t have the equipment, check out the First Time Campers Program, which enables you to borrow a familysized tent and equipment. A park ranger will even help you set it up and provide basic instructions before turning you loose in the wild. As for us, we’re waiting for a different night of “ZZZ’s in the trees.” Panola Mountain State Park offers a treetop camp set up in a secluded climbing tree for an overnight experience that promises to somehow surpass even the forts. 800-864-7275,



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with 3 Play Friends Invite your most adventurous friends for a night out of the ‘burbs, and when I say out, I technically mean up – approximately 20 stories way up. No doubt the local buzz about SkyView Atlanta, downtown’s ferris wheel and its 42 climate-controlled gondolas has found its way outside the perimeter, but we’re guessing not too many Northsiders have seen the city quite like this ‌ yet. For the men in your group that might initially dismiss the idea, here’s a tip to share: the VIP gondolas tout Ferrari leather seats, a glass oor and longer  ight time. And if you think the view of the wheel at night is cool from the ground, rest assured the view from the top is even better. Add dinner and drinks at Chef Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South, which puts a modern twist on Southern food, play a game of bocce ball out front before or after dinner and you’ve got a fun night well worth the trek downtown. 678-949-9023,; 404-541-1105, PHOTO COURTESY OF SKYVIEW ATLANTA

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3 HAVE BREAKFAST FOR DINNER Chocolate chip pancakes with whip cream for dinner might sound like a good idea, but then so does letting your brood learn how to make healthier meals. This is especially true when said lesson can be accomplished in someone else’s kitchen. Sign them up to be productive under the guidance of a chef at The Cook’s Warehouse. The Morning, Noon & Night Summer Cooking Camp is for eager campers ages 10 and up. The menu differs by day but campers learn how to make a variety of dishes in addition to fun activities like creating their own menu for guest judges and preparing lunch for two of their invited guests. Cooking classes are perfect for girls’ nights out as well as fun date-night activities. My husband and I recently learned how to make sushi and besides making my own pasta, crafting homemade nigiri and rolls has become my favorite way to make a mess in the kitchen. The Cook’s Warehouse in East Cobb is located inside Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center on Johnson Ferry Road. 770-565-8005,



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3 Catch Lightning Bugs Nothing says summer like running wild through the back yard with a net and a mason jar, but once all those fireflies have been set free, pack up the family and catch a flick or a concert in the great outdoors. Movies Under the Stars are free and begin at dark, but the fun starts around 7:00 PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COLLECTION AT FORSYTH p.m. While concessions are available, moviegoers are also invited to bring a picnic, if they like. Don’t let this summer go by without pulling up a patch of grass on a Saturday night in Milton or Johns Creek at Newtown Park and Friendship Community Park. And for those of us craving tunes and a good time, Concerts at the Collection in Forsyth presents a concert on July 10 and again on July 24. Both concerts begin at 6 p.m. with a variety of children's activities and the live music runs 7 to 9 p.m. The concert series is also free. For flicks, call 770-395-7900 or “like” Movies Under the Stars on Facebook; enter a chance to win an enhanced concert experience with VIP concert seating and free dinner for two at SIP Wine and Tapas for the July 24 concert at Facebook/CollectionatForsyth.

3 GO FOR A BOAT RIDE You could go for a simple

boat ride. Or, you could opt for a moonlight paddle. Adults - with or without kids in tow can experience the fresh air and gorgeous vistas along the miles of Chattahoochee River flowing right through our back yard. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER Every Saturday and Sunday night through August, excitement-seeking river-goers can paddle the state’s most famous waterway via guided canoe tour with the Chattahoochee Nature Center. You’ll learn the region’s history, everything there is to know about the habitats and ecology under the water and along the banks, as well as get a firsthand account on current issues impacting the local watershed. Of course, this is all while you float blissfully down the river as the sun sets behind the trees. The serenity tour – as we like to call it – is open to adults and kids ages 6 and up. To reserve your paddles, email PN


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UPERHERO OR NOT, sometimes a little reminder goes a long way, especially when it comes to taking care of our health. For every candle you add to the birthday cake, there seems to be something else to think about in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. From diet and exercise to regular cancer screenings and a list of super foods, our Points North Atlanta editors try to help maintain your Superman status at any age.

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EAT WELL TO LIVE WELL Feeling good and staying healthy comes down to staying active and eating well, which keeps diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and more kryptonite-like symptoms under control. Healthy diets include plenty of veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products. Say sayonara to large amounts

of sodium, processed and fast food and hello to 30 minutes of cardio! Daily exercise can get your 30-year-old body on track to staying fit. The trick? Find something that you actually enjoy doing – biking, hiking, playing tennis or swimming outdoors – and mix in strength training to build muscles and boost metabolism. A friend, family member or workout buddy who can hold you accountable helps too.


So, you’re officially “over the hill.” Don’t sweat it. Well, actually, do sweat it. Maintaining those good exercise habits will go a long way in producing positive results at the doctor’s office and don’t forget to schedule your yearly physicals. Your doctors will keep an eye on your CRP (C-reactive protein) levels (which can indicate your risk for cardiovascular disease), cholesterol, blood

pressure, lipids and your ticker. If tests have revealed you’re at risk, you’ll need to schedule five-year electrocardiograms and 10-year echocardiograms. Another important screening to schedule now is for your prostate. Early detection is key to successful treatment of prostate cancer, so the sooner your doc can establish your risk, the better. | July 2014 | Points North


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We know it’s not something you want to talk about, so we’re just going to mention it once, but with gusto. Now is the time to get yearly colonoscopies, because men in their 50s are at a greater risk for colon cancer. It’s not glamorous and in fact may be a little embarrassing, but sacrificing a day on a liquid diet and a few hours of strategic scoping could save your life. It’s not all grim and unbearable, though. Many men say they reach the highlights of the professional and personal life during this era, so buck up, schedule your tests, manage the results and continue getting on with your life.

SPINACH - Popeye was on

to something with this renowned muscle builder, which is replete with the essential minerals potassium and magnesium, not to mention one of the top sources of lutein, an antioxidant that may help prevent clogged arteries.

GARLIC - It stinks, but the health

benefits certainly don’t. Garlic helps to thin the blood which can reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, plus it can improve joint health and stop the onset of carcinogenic chemicals in the body.


BROCCOLI - Ounce for ounce, broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk (according to the USDA’s nutrient database) plus, it boasts strong anti-cancer agents that ward off many types of cancer, including prostate, lung, colon, liver and kidney.


BLUEBERRIES - Men’s Health calls it “the anti-rust for your gray matter” because packed into this tiny fruit is a big punch. Blueberries are rich in fiber, Vitamins A & C and full of antioxidants.



in the Journal of Nutrition cites that eating one 3-ounce serving of black beans a day decreases the risk of heart attack by 38 percent. These beans not only keep your ticker going but help boost brainpower too.


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AND THE BEAT GOES ON Everything you did in your 30s, 40s and 50s is still required in your 60s – even more so. WebMD offers four ways to keep your grandkids thinking you can do anything. They include regularly exercising your mind with crosswords puzzles and socializing to maintain cognitive function, light strength training to help avoid accidental falls, putting bad habits to bed forever (smokers who quit by age 65 add almost two years to their life and cut their risk of heart and lung cancers), and keeping up with those yearly screening tests. The list is long, but putting it to action means you’ll still know where to find your cape. PN

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As national leaders in healthcare, Atlanta area hospitals distinguish themselves by rising above and beyond, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through unmatched patient care, innovative and progressive research, technological development or community outreach. While certainly not a comprehensive list, what follows is an update on many of our medical centers.


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HOSPI ALGUIDE CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATL ANTA Locations across metro Atlanta; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is on a mission to provide the very best medical care in more than 30 pediatric specialties. They also recognize the importance of the family to a child’s wellness by providing facilities, activities and support that focus on the development, spiritual and emotional needs of both the patient and the whole family. CHOA has been consistently recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country and has more than 200 combined years of experience caring for kids.

Areas of Expertise: Orthopedic Services; Radiology; Surgery; Oncology; Autism; Transplants

Above & Beyond: • Recognized with the Gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, a national standard for the best in patient care • Recently became the first pediatric imaging program to achieve Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) recognition and is also the only DICOE-recognized facility in the South • The nonprofit organization Enduring Hearts recently awarded their first research grant to Children’s Healthcare. This research will focus on understanding a transplant recipient’s reaction to a transplanted heart, thereby aiding in the mission to prolong the life and quality of the organs (and giving recipients a better quality of life). • CHOA’s method of family-centered care includes amenities such as 24-hour visitation, sleeping accommodations and showers for family members, in-hospital playrooms so kids can spend time with friends and siblings and a hospital-based school program with Georgia-certified teachers to help kids keep up with classes and assignments.


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EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna is a 88-bed, not-for-profit facility operated by Adventist Health System (AHS) as a joint venture with Emory Healthcare. Founded in the early 1970s when a group of physicians recognized a need for a hospital in Smyrna, the hospital (then known as Smyrna Hospital) admitted its fi rst patient. Adventist Health System purchased the hospital in 1976, and it became the first healthcare institution in the Atlanta area to be affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. With 37 hospitals located across the United States, Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit Protestant hospital system in the country. Through a 1995 joint venture with Emory Healthcare, Emory-Adventist Hospital became the first hospital in Atlanta to be co-owned by two leading healthcare providers, AHS and Emory.

Areas of Expertise: Emergency Services, Orthopedics (including Hip Arthroscopy Center and Geriatric Fracture Program), Interventional Radiology Specializing in Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Above & Beyond • One of the only hospitals in the state with a Geriatric Fracture Program, a program specially designed to provide rapid, coordinated care for elderly individuals with fragility fractures. Patients who suffer from a hip fracture are in surgery within 24 hours of entering the ER. The following day, they start physical and occupational therapy in spacious suites specifically designed for orthopedic injuries. Patients in the Geriatric Fracture Program are also trained on how to avoid future falls and how to have a more independent lifestyle to improve their quality of life.

GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER Locations in Lawrenceville and Duluth, Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. GMC is a Level II trauma center and the only designated trauma center in Gwinnett.

Areas of Expertise: • Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna is proudly recognized for the mortality rate of patients in their program being far less than the national average for fragility fractures. • As part of a larger two-day “ReadySmyrna PrepAThon” preparedness event held by the City of Smyrna, the hospital played a part in a citywide tornado drill. This was a FEMAsanctioned joint emergency preparedness exercise. In addition to hospital staff and the City of Smyrna Fire and Police departments, Cobb-Douglas Public Health, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), and Metro Ambulance participated in the exercise. • During the mock on-campus event, actors portrayed patients while hospital staff reacted to a tornado warning by moving patients to the ground floor, away from windows. Patients were then evacuated, as would be done in the event the hospital was damaged by tornado winds. And throughout the exercise, the hospital remained open and patient care continued uninterrupted. This preparedness drill is one of the many ways EAH keeps patient safety a priority. • Offers free Community Education classes and screenings for individuals who want to learn how to live healthier lifestyles or manage illnesses. A listing for all available classes is available online at

Cancer; Cardiovascular Health; Robotic Surgery; Joint Replacement; Women’s Care; Sports Medicine; Weight Management

Above & Beyond • National leader for single incision laparoscopic surgery • Ranks in the top 5 percent in the nation for clinical quality according to studies by HealthGrades • GMC recently expanded its cardiac services to include electrophysiology (EP), which is the diagnosis and treatment of heart arrhythmias. Located on the Lawrenceville campus, the program now features two state-of-the-art labs fully dedicated to EP. • It is home to the Care-a-Van, a mobile mammography service that brings all-digital screening technology to health fairs and employers across Gwinnett. This service makes it even easier to catch breast cancer early and ensures more women in Gwinnett receive their annual mammogram. • GMC’s dedication to the community is evident with the recent gift (through its foundation and sports medicine program) of a transporter for Georgia Gwinnett College athletes. This transporter allows injured students to be quickly and safely removed from the field, without further aggravating their injury. | July 2014 | Points North



from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, which recognizes the top-level standard of care that patients can expect from the start of their symptoms to their discharge.

6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek, This 110-bed hospital combines state-of-the-art technology with first-class amenities such as complimentary valet parking, private rooms and “on-call” room service. Aside from luxury comforts, Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) is notable for a full range of services, from their 24/7 emergency care to their nationally renowned Atlanta Bariatric Center.

Areas of Expertise: Robotic Surgery; Cardiac Care; The Birth Place; Atlanta Bariatric Center; Outpatient Rehabilitation Services; Women’s Care

NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL 3000 Hospital Boulevard, Roswell, This Roswell hospital backs up its motto — “We Specialize in You!” — with a myriad of experienceimproving tactics and techniques for patients across a wide range of treatment plans. They’ve dedicated their mission to be a high-touch and high-tech facility, through their doctors, support teams and cutting-edge technology. From minimal improvements, like non-barium prep options for CT scans to life-changing rehabilitation from substance use and/or abuse, they’re changing the way patients view healthcare every single day.

Above & Beyond • Recently partnered with Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute and Emory University Hospital Midtown to open a dedicated infusion center • The Emory Women’s Heart Center now has a location at EJCH and following its opening, the hospital received the Get with the Guidelines Stroke GoldPlus quality achievement award. • Patients can now receive the most advanced breast imaging technology available, at no extra charge, for early detection of breast cancer. Tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography breast exams are offered at no additional charge above the cost of a traditional 2D digital mammogram for patients receiving their annual screening mammogram. • Last year, Emory Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine expanded its services to the Johns Creek and Duluth areas. • Invested in the future of healthcare by providing nearly $55,000 to deserving students since the creation of their scholarship program. Various scholarships aid promising students seeking degrees in health-related fields • EJCH’s Chest Pain Center is now fully accredited with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention)


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Areas of Expertise: Emergency Services, Neurosciences/Pain and Spine Center, Orthopedics and Surgical Services; other specialties include Oncology and Rehabilitation

Above & Beyond • Now offering single-site robotic surgery with the da Vinci robot, surgeons will be using the robot for surgeries including gynecology (GYN) surgery and ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures. • North Fulton Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbarics provides care for patients with hard-to-heal wounds and those seeking hyperbaric treatment. • Expanded GYN services to include Uro-Gynecology for women with pelvic pain, bladder issues and pelvic surgeries, including vaginal rejuvenation • Augmented its well-known “Check Up For Chicks,” a diagnostic, educational and cancer treatment program for women, which includes breast and gynecological cancers. • New Interventional Cardiology services were added to its already renown cardiology care late last year, and with a partnership with Wellstar, patients can now receive high-quality heart care close to home.

• Imaging Services now offer tasteless contrast for patients requiring a CT, so rather than drinking 24 ounces of barium prior to a CT, patients now receive a water bottle and 1.5 ounces of Omni 240, a colorless, tasteless contrast substance to drink with any non-carbonated beverage of the patient’s choice. No more upset stomach and cramping with the barium. • For patients under the influence of chemical substances, and/or medical co-morbidities, the Medical Stabilization Service consists of a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization (typically lasts three to five days).

NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER 743 Spring Street Northeast, Gainesville, NGMC is a 557-bed, not-for-profit hospital with more than 500 physicians representing more than 50 specialties. Serving 800,000 patients across the region, NGHS is currently expanding. Under construction now is Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, which is scheduled to open in 2015 and will expand services in North Georgia.

Areas of Expertise: Advanced Surgery; Robotic Surgery; Cancer Care; Heart Care; Bariatric Surgery

Above & Beyond • Ranks No. 6 in the nation for medical care and in the top 5 percent in the nation for Critical, Pulmonary and Women’s Care. • Ranks No. 1 in the state for each of the following categories: Cardiac Care, General Surgery, Pulmonary Care, Neurology Patient Safety, Women’s Care and Overall Hospital Care. • The only hospital in Georgia to make the list (in any category) of “100 Top Hospitals” by Truven Health Analytics. • Now designated as Level II trauma center, expanding a much needed trauma network into North Georgia. | July 2014 | Points North



PIEDMONT ATL ANTA HOSPITAL 1968 Peachtree Road Northwest, Atlanta,

• NGMC recently became one of only two hospitals in Georgia to acquire and utilize two da Vinci Surgical System robots. Since acquiring their first robot in 2009, they have completed more than 1,400 robotic procedures. Robotic surgery means smaller incisions, less blood loss and quicker recovery time for patients. • NGMC practices responsible stewardship by donating equipment and supplies no longer needed to various community organizations, schools, churches, missions and foreign hospitals in need.

Piedmont Atlanta is a 488-bed, not-for-profit hospital that was named the top acute-care community hospital in metro Atlanta. This is just one branch of the extensive network of Piedmont Healthcare, which spans five hospitals and nearly 100 physician and specialist offices throughout Atlanta and North Georgia. Dedicated to finding new treatments and advanced technologies, Piedmont maintains a balance between cutting-edge medicine and compassionate care.

Areas of Expertise: Heart Health; Transplant Services; Cancer Care

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL Locations in Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth, With three campuses in Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth, the Northside hospitals are an extensive segment of metro-Atlanta health resources. The Atlanta campus alone delivers more babies than any other hospital in the country. Recent renovations and approvals for new cutting-edge technology mean this hospital system only has plans to get bigger and better in the services they offer.

Areas of Expertise: Oncology; Maternity; Surgery; Cardiology; Radiology

Above & Beyond • The Commission on Cancer granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation just last year, as well as granting Northside the Outstanding Achievement Award. Northside is the only hospital in the Southeast (and one of only 10 in the nation) to receive this award every year since its inception. • Northside’s Cancer Center in Atlanta was completely renovated recently by adding more space and exam rooms, a convenient coffee bar and a new design that is more comfortable for patients. • The Forsyth Cancer Center was recently approved


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to add Gamma Knife radiosurgery, which is expected to be available by January 2016. • The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute diagnoses and treats more cancer cases than anywhere else in Georgia and, for the fifth consecutive year, has been reported as having among the best survival outcomes in the country for bone marrow transplants. • Alpharetta Women’s Imaging, located at the Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus on Old Milton Parkway, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which is the highest level of accreditation that can be attained by a breast imaging center. • More than 12,200 babies have been born in Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Women’s Center and to better accommodate the increasing number of deliveries, Northside recently was approved to offer a four-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in addition to its existing 17-bed Level-II unit. The designation allows high-acuity babies to remain at Northside Hospital-Forsyth rather than be transferred to Northside Hospital in Atlanta to receive Level-III NICU care. • Northside’s Heart and Vascular Institute is the only program in the nation equipped to treat highrisk patients with custom-modified endografts for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm.

a Smile is worth Above & Beyond • Ranks in top five of metro-Atlanta hospitals for patient satisfaction, according to U.S. News and World Report • Piedmont is one of only two health systems in the country to publish uncensored, patient-written reviews of its physicians online. • The only healthcare system to receive an Emmy in 2014 due to its compelling and informative news series “Transplant Cures Cancer” about Piedmont patient Fred Melton who received a life-saving liver transplant last year. • At any given time, multiple clinical trials are underway at Piedmont. This research aims to improve medical treatment and knowledge, advancing opportunities for the best patient care and prognosis. Piedmont is nationally recognized for its research and publications.

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EMORY SAINT JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast, Atlanta, As a five-time consecutive recipient of the Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence, Emory Saint Joseph’s is one of only three hospitals in the world to earn this award, and the only community hospital to do so. The distinguished honor is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC). Recently, they also earned the award for one of the best hospitals in the nation to undergo hip- or knee-replacement surgery by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Celebrating these honors, the hospital has also been able to add many additional services for the community it reaches. | July 2014 | Points North


Areas of Expertise: Orthopedics; Cancer/


Oncology; Emergency Care; Urology; Heart and Vascular Care

Locations throughout metro Atlanta,

Above & Beyond • The hospital’s nationally recognized orthopedics program is growing its offering of highly coordinated orthopedic joint and spine procedures into one dedicated facility. • Recently opened a new cardiology suite, providing a one-stop shop for all cardiac services and combining the more than 12 physicians who make up the Emory Cardiovascular Specialists Group and the Emory Heart and Vascular Center. • Mercy Care Services provides primary medical care for people in need around the community. Supported by Emory Saint Joseph’s staff, they’re able to help through the collection of toiletries for the annual Mercy Day campaign, adopting more than 50 families in need and donating more than $30,000 at their annual Christmas Giving festival. • Every year, Emory Saint Joseph’s employees get behind a new mission-oriented program in the community. This year, they’ve chosen Open Hand, an Atlanta-based organization that provides medically appropriate meals for low-income individuals living with chronic or terminal illnesses or disabilities. This year, their goal is $25,000.


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Experts in a wide range of medical care for the entire family, the not-for-profit WellStar Health System is committed to getting you well and keeping you well. They combine compassionate patient care with comprehensive treatment plans for an unmatched experience in the healthcare field for more than 20 years. Their reach includes five hospitals, seven urgent care centers, 16 satellite diagnostic imaging centers and more than 500 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practitioners. Now, with the launch of its groundbreaking neurosurgery program, WellStar becomes a pivotal movement for Northwest Atlanta’s healthcare.

Areas of Expertise: Cancer Care; Cardiovascular Treatment; Family Health; Musculoskeletal; Pediatrics; Pulmonary; Surgery; Women and Newborns

Above & Beyond • The new bi-plane angiography suite boasts 3D imaging to more accurately treat complicated neurological conditions including acute stroke, cerebral aneurysm, carotid and intracranial atherosclerosis, arteriorvenous malformation and more. • WellStar works with an extensive support system in the community, providing easy ways to fi nd physicians online, in addition to establishing the 956–STAR Call Center to connect you with the South’s best doctors and funding year-round initiatives to provide new buildings and testing services. • Introduced the East Cobb Health Park, 23 acres of world-class care including both medical buildings for treatment and services and outdoor wellness elements, like walking trails and dedicated, onsite green space • With women’s health a top concern, they have been able to offer free genetic counseling and testing through Susan G. Komen for the Cure. • Using The Talking Shop program, they’ve accomplished more than 600 screening mammograms, 160 diagnostic mammograms, 175 ultrasounds, 20 breast MRIs and seven interventional breast diagnostic procedures.




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18th Hole

The 2014 U.S. A m at eur,

the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers, tees off this year at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9 – 17. One golfer from a field of 312 participants will have endured two rounds of stroke play and five rounds of match play prior to the grueling 36-hole match-play finale against another golfer with the same, ultimate dream of having their name etched on the gleaming Havemayer Trophy. The original trophy, an ornate silver cup, was first presented to Charles Blair Macdonald at Newport Golf Club following his victory in the inaugural U.S. Amateur on October 3, 1895. Hole by Hole Competition Stroke- or medal-play events are typical in both professional and amateur events in the States as

golfers attempt to shoot the lowest score possible to win an event. However, golf fans here only catch glimpses of match-play golf, where winners are determined at each hole, during any given year. The World Golf Championship’s Accenture Match Play Championship is the only annual PGA Tour event to use the format, while the President’s Cup and Ryder Cup are the two noteworthy bi-annual events that captivate audiences with their match-play formats. For the U.S. Amateur, medal play provides a more efficient way to cut down the size of the field after two rounds, and then head-to-head match play among the remaining 64 golfers begins. The goal of match-play events is to win individual holes with a lower score than your opponent, and during an 18-hole or 36-hole match, the golfer that has won more holes than his opponent wins the match. If a hole is tied, or “halved” in golf terms, neither golfer gains an advantage.



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Understanding the strategy employed by match-play participants isn’t always easy, but golfers that play patiently and to their strengths are often rewarded. Such was the case in last year’s U.S. Amateur, won by Matt Fitzpatrick, the then-18-year-old player from Sheffield, England. He became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur since Harold Hilton accomplished the feat in 1911. Fitzpatrick claimed the title after beating Australian amateur Oliver Goss, 4 and 3 (meaning, he was up by four holes with only three left to play). After his win, Fitzpatrick credited his short game, particularly his putting. “I’d probably say this week, what’s come out most is that my short game has just been really, really top drawer … I’ve just putted really well.” Course-Specific Secrets At both the Highlands and the Riverside courses at AAC, however, getting to the greens will present


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the utmost challenge for the field. While both accuracy and length off the tee are required, accuracy is more essential due to the gnarly rough and intriguing bunkering. And, with both 18s playing to mystifying distances (Riverside, 7,381 yards and Highlands, 7,490 yards), long and accurate approach shots will be paramount for good scoring. Former two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange once said that in match play, “the best way to put pressure on an opponent is to keep the ball in play.” As such, while it helps to be a long hitter off the tee, those who are accurate often have the advantage. Historically, in both amateur and pro matchplay events, putting can overcome many ills of getting to the green. Billy Casper, who had six wins and two halves in eight career Ryder Cup singles matches, was regarded as a great putter. Tiger Woods, who won three consecutive U.S. Amateurs, seemed to make every important putt




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of every round during his decade-long dynasty. Tom Kite, never to be confused with the likes of long-hitting Bubba Watson off the tee, had a great Ryder Cup record in singles play (five wins and two halves in seven career matches), primarily because of his ability to manage the course and make important putts. The Fearsome Foursome With the final matches played on the Highlands course, the amateurs will have to manage their nerves as well as their ball. The four closing holes are treacherous and if any of the matches are in doubt heading into the 15th hole, the golfers must be aware of the recent past. While no longer a match-play event, the 2011 PGA Championship provided a glimpse of how a match can change quickly on these final four holes. Eventual winner Keegan Bradley trailed Jason Dufner by five shots with three holes to play. Bradley had just made triple bogey on No. 15 after hitting his second shot into the water. He fell from nine-under to six-under-par and then went birdie-birdie-par to post a score of 272 (-8). Dufner, playing in the group behind Bradley, finished bogey-bogey-bogey-par, to also finish with a score of 272. Then, Bradley won the three-hole playoff. In the three prior rounds, Dufner was a cumulative three-under par on the final four holes before his Sunday collapse. • No. 15, par 3, is the longest and most dif-


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ficult of the par-3s. The hole plays slightly downhill and a large pond starts in front of the green, hugs the right side and wraps around the back corner. • No. 16, par 4, requires an uphill approach shot to a partially blind green that enables players to see only the flag. • No. 17, par 3, is known as the signature hole at AAC. Overlooking a huge lake that surrounds most of the green, the only place to miss the green without getting wet is to hit the ball long, which leaves a downhill pitch toward the water. • No. 18, par 4, boasts a large lake in play at the left corner of the dogleg and a green protected by bunkers to the left and water to the front and right. During the nine days of competition, golf fans can get a close-up look at one of the USGA’s most fascinating, but often overlooked championships, and view the grounds of one of the Southeast’s iconic private clubs. Both of Atlanta Athletic Club’s courses are relatively easy to walk and will be void of the enormous crowds that greeted the professionals in 2001 and 2011. The AAC and the USGA are offering complimentary junior tickets to children 17 years of age and younger. Up to four complimentary junior tickets will be provided to each ticketed adult. Several ticket options are available, and all include complimentary parking. PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N

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I’ve never been much

of an outdoors kind-of person. I love a nice view as much as the next guy, but with the gear required and the weather permitting, I just never got into adventuring via nature’s back yard. That ended a month ago when I took my first steps on the famous Appalachian Trail and officially caught the outdoor bug.


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From the hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the many other paths, trails and byways within the gorgeous Roanoke Valley, the beauty, simplicity and rich history of this area have revealed to me something everyone in the world should see. And, lucky for us Georgians (or Southerners in general), we can drive there.



The Hikes Growing up, when I’d hear stories about people hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT), I’d admire from a distance. What I didn’t realize was the winding trail map of ways one could enjoy the best parts of the sport, without sacrificing the comforts of home. With veteran hiker Vince Mier and the friendly

folks at Walkabout Outfitters, I embarked on my very first steps of the historical journey, an 8-mile roundtrip jaunt to McAfee Knob. Outfitted with the best in gadgets and gear, I took a backpack that housed my camera, my phone, a boxed lunch (an incredible package from Norah’s Cafe by Blue Ridge Catering) and snacks, plenty of water bottles and an extra pair | July 2014 | Points North




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of socks. I will admit that as adequate as that sounded to me, Mier put my beginner’s bag to shame when he whipped out a bag of Snickers once we were halfway up and a compact hammock when we got halfway down. I wouldn’t say either was a necessity, but both were pretty darn good surprises. The feeling at the top, after hiking 4 miles uphill, across rocky terrain, to get to the most breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains (in fact, the most photographed spot on the entire AT), was nothing short of astounding. From deep, green, barn-dotted valleys, to the ombre, tree-lined ridges that envelop them, it’s nothing that a picture can even recreate (although, I tried!). McAfee Knob is that oasis for many hikers — day or through — as a place of respite, rejuvenation and celebration.

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA MAY SEEM LIKE a strange place to take a tour of the universe, but there we were in a darkened room with a roof that opened up to the night sky and a telescope that offered a glimpse of galaxies 27 million light years away. After dinner at Elements, Primland Resort and Spa’s signature restaurant, we walked up to the silo-shaped observatory at the end of the main lodge for our Tour of the Universe. Families and couples gathered in the circular room as Scott Martin, Primland’s director of astronomy, started the program. Video monitors placed in the room’s center depict what the telescope sees. While we watched in awe, he showed us the Orion Nebula, the star of Sirius, the Pleiades, Crab Nebula and a globular cluster. So why an observatory at Primland? “It’s one of the prettiest places in the Eastern U.S. for stargazing,” Martin said. Its remote location also means there’s very little light pollution, he continued, so observers can see many stars and planets — even with the naked eye. I peered up through the roof opening and saw the stars seem to wink at me from outer space. Stargazing is part of the charm of staying in one of the resort’s three tree houses, each overlooking a valley at the edge of a precipice. The tree houses feature large decks and offer stellar mountain views during the day as well as awesome stargazing at night — think over-the-top glamping. Guests can order room service and enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars. As you might imagine, this makes it quite popular for honeymooners. In fact, Primland is a perfect venue for weddings, especially wedding parties who want to combine nuptials with outdoor adventures. Read the entire story by Peggy Sijswerda online at | July 2014 | Points North




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as it is mountains. Here, I learned one thing — hikers are a family. Whether they’ve met once before or been together since the beginning, you won’t pass one person on the trail who doesn’t say hello, ask how you are and wish you good luck. They could be college students on a study break, senior citizens making their last trek or seasoned steppers just tracking miles, the end-all is that they’re happy to be there and to see you there. In fact, you can keep up with everyone along the way by signing the registers with your “trail name.” 54

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Let’s See That Smile! • Serving the Dental Needs of Children Ages 1 to 21 That trail name may only be recognized on the official parts of the AT, but you can embody its personality along several other notable paths in the Roanoke Valley. My favorite off-trail trip was into Botetourt County, an area rich in history and overflowing with astounding acreage. My hiking boots (read: muddy tennis shoes) saw more mileage with the Roaring Run Falls hike. A mini-trip compared to the previous day’s hike, this 1.5-mile outand-back took us to a breathtaking waterfall, past still-standing iron ore furnaces and alongside one of the town’s famous natural waterslides — a temperature shock only balanced by the rush of adrenaline. If you prefer your miles via vessel, plan your jaunt down the Upper James River, via kayak, canoe or raft. It’s a peaceful float, past fields of livestock, logs packed with sleeping turtles, creeping wildlife in the forest and a few fun rapids here and there. The Bites After eight miles on one mountain, and even more across the county, I guarantee the only thing you’ll want to do is take a long, hot shower and eat, a lot. Luckily, Roanoke is packed with as many good menus as it is mountains. My favorite spot was Wildflour Restaurant & Bakery. Light, airy and full of local art (and personalities), it’s a true retreat from a day on the trail. A large wine list, refreshing salads — get the Hollywood Cobb with blue cheese and sweet and sour ginger dressings — and robust entrees (our table loved the maple soyglazed salmon) made the evening we spent dining in these colorful walls one of the best. Plus, they top off your meal with a slice of one of their many cake varieties, like the famous from-scratch key lime pie, rich, homemade strawberry cake or (for

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the gluten-free foodies) decadent flourless chocolate cake. I can’t call myself a journalist if I don’t tell you about the burgers and fries at Maw and Paw’s Diner in Eagle Rock (Botetourt County). A humble spot that’s been standing since the furnaces stopped burning, you’ll see neighbors exchanging hellos over fried pickles, waitresses welcoming the regulars as they fill up their sweet tea and a slew of families in off the trails and river, stuffi ng their faces with good food. Don’t hold back here — order the big daddy burger, their famous super bacon cheeseburger with carnival fries. You may need a nap before heading to your next adventure, but the “Mmm Mmms” you’ll be saying with every bite make it just part of the very welcome experience. If you know me at all, you know I love (and need) dessert. So, when the experts on the culinary scene in Roanoke introduced our group to Bubblecake, I knew this place would be sugar heaven. They’ve got more than a dozen varieties of frosted cupcakes, like the table favorites Butter Pecan and Tiffany almond cake, plus they just released a line of mini pies called Pie-Babies that, to quote the menu, “please even the greediest of dessertloving diners” — that’s me! The Beds Smart hikers will book their lodging at the newly renovated (and pet-friendly) Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center, soak their limbs in the hot tub and be back downstairs for a SHULA CUT steak at Shula’s 347 Grill. The hotel is a shuttle ride to the heart of downtown for after-dinner drinks and dancing, and easy access for out-of-towners to get back on the road once the fun is done. For those travelers who want to

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spend as much time as they can in town, stay at The Hotel Roanoke, a historic landmark and one of the oldest buildings downtown. Walk the sky bridge over the railroad tracks to Billy’s for the creamy, dreamy shrimp and grits and stay for the energetic crowd, live music and spirits enjoyed curled up on the comfy outdoor sofas. The city of Roanoke may not be a national hot spot for nightlife, but for the short time I was there, there was always something going on. From salsa dancing contests in the street to art walks through downtown’s many galleries, farmer’s markets, museums and ever-changing festivals, you can spend five minutes or five hours doing something splendid. PN

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FA B U LO U S F O U R TH LI G HT S U P GW I N N E T T [July 4] There will be family fun for all at the Mall of Georgia this Independence Day. Kids will be entertained at the kids’ zone while parents can listen to the Brent Gafford Band and The Woody’s. Gwinnett’s grandest fireworks display begins at dusk and is followed by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on the big screen. Mall of Georgia, Gwinnett, 678-482-8788,

FREEDOMFEST [July 4] The city of Woodstock is lining up an eventful July 4th starting with a 5K race at 7:30 a.m. followed by a huge parade at 10 a.m. Afterward, head to The Park at City Center to enjoy a festival with food, live music and vendors. Once sundown hits, fireworks will light up the sky behind the Target shopping center on Highway 92. City of Woodstock, Woodstock, 770-517-6788,

LE G E N DA RY F O U R TH O F J U LY AT LE N OX S Q UA R E [July 4] Enjoy the largest fireworks show in the Southeast this year at Lenox Square. Shops and restaurants will be open, and musical entertainment will have you grooving all night long. The legendary fireworks begin at 9:40 p.m. Lenox Square, Atlanta, 404-233-6767,

U N D E R TH E P I N E S AT M ATI LDA’ S [July 4] Come experience the mystical world of Matilda’s Cottage. Live music from City Hotel String Band and fireworks from the adjacent Wills Park offers something for the whole family. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, Alpharetta, 770-754-7831,


[ THROUG H SE P T. 14] African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye High Museum of Art


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[July 5] Enjoy James Casto’s percussivepiano-pop keyboards and soulful

vocals from one of the most beautiful settings in Georgia. Chukkar Farms, Alpharetta,

TH E LIT TLE M E R M A I D AT TH E F OX TH E ATR E [July 8 – 13] Take a trip under the sea to meet Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian. The Disney story that so many of us know and love will come to life on stage this summer. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 1-855-285-8499,

G U Y I - G U Y I : TH E OTH E R U G LY D U C K LI N G [July 22 – August 3] Periferia Teatro de Títeres of Murcia, Spain brings a twist to the fairy tale of the ugly duckling on stage with a bilingual production. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-873-3089,


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and central Africa, including several masquerades in full costume. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 404-733-4400,


[July 26 – 27] Creativity hits the park in downtown Alpharetta. This outdoor market features handcrafted work by local artists, including jewelry, children’s clothing and pottery. City of Alpharetta, Alpharetta, 678-762-1035,

F E R N B A N K ’ S 9 7 DAYS O F PL AY: S H A R K TO OTH TU E S DAYS [Through July 29] Claim your free shark tooth! Every Tuesday this month, the first 250 children visiting the Fernbank Museum will receive this special token to underwater memories. This is just one of the many promotions during the 97 Days of Play event. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, 404-929-6300,

AFRICAN MASK/ MASQUERADE: MORE TH A N M E E T S TH E E Y E [Through September 14] This exhibit celebrates the diversity of creative expression of African masks and masquerades, highlighting their multiple uses by bringing together dynamic works of art from western


[Saturdays through Aug. 1] Bring your blanket or chair down to Robin Lake Beach for musical performances in the sunset, with a special show by Florida State University’s Flying High Circus during intermission. Drinks and food are available at the beach bar while you kick back to some summer tunes. Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain,

F R I DAY N I G HT LI V E [July 11] Celebrate the spirit of America with the AmericaFest Salute to the Troops. City of Woodstock, Woodstock, 770-924-0406,

D U N WO O DY N ATU R E C E NTE R S U M M E R CONCERTS [July 12] Enjoy music in the meadow at the Dunwoody Nature Center’s Summer Concert series. Listen to the talented musicians Cicada Rhythm jamming under the sweet gum and magnolia trees while you sip on craft beer specifically

[JU LY 8-13 ] Disney’s The Little Mermaid Fox Theatre

chosen for each show. Dunwoody Nature Center, Dunwoody, 770-394-3322,

TH E J E T S [July 12] In its 17th year, the Woodstock Concert Series brings guests an opportunity to hear free live music all summer long, including this month’s show from The Jets, a band with pop,

R&B and dance influences. Come early to hear The Endless Energy Band’s opening set. City of Woodstock, Woodstock,

TH E D O O B I E B R OTH E R S W ITH P E TE R F R A M P TO N A N D M AT TH E W C U R RY [July 17] Four-time Grammy award-winning band The Doobie Brothers are a staple




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A M E R I C A N I D O L LI V E ! [July 24] Get up close and personal with the Season 13 finalists in this live performance beginning at 8 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Alpharetta,

JA Z Z AT LI N C O LN C E NTE R O R C H E S TR A W ITH W Y NTO N M A R S A LI S [July 25] The National Black Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the inaugural Spotlight Series featuring a concert from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, 404-730-7315,

TH E AV ET T B R OTH E R S W ITH S P E C I A L G U E S T S [July 25 and 26] Friday’s show pairs the Avett Brothers with classic folk and country icon Emmylou Harris. They’ll return again the following night with Gov’t Mule, a southern rock jam band that formed as

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of American rock. They team up with English “Do You Feel Like We Do” rocker Peter Frampton and up-andcoming blues star Matthew Curry for a 7 p.m. show you won’t want to miss. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Alpharetta,

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A C E LE B R ATI O N O F A N D R E A B O C E LLI [July 25 and 26] If your musical leanings are more toward the classical style, you can enjoy the celebrated music of opera star Andrea Bocelli under the stars at this two-day extravaganza featuring the vocal talents of opera tenor Dr. Adam Kirkpatrick. The Velvet Note, Alpharetta,


[July 12] Supporting Adoptive and Foster Families Together (SAFFT) hosts a fun

and colorful 5K that benefits foster and adoptive children and families in crisis. Bring your friends and family to Cumming Fairgrounds for a safely designed 5K course packed with surprises and color throws. Stay for the after-party featuring live music, food and a giant group paint throw. Cumming Fairgrounds, Cumming,

O N TH E LI G HT S I D E [July 26] Capitol City Opera Company’s 23rd annual fundraiser features the music of American legend Cole Porter. Bring your own indoor picnic and wine. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets for $35 per person, or reserve a table for 10 for $300. Church of the Atonement, Sandy Springs,



[Thursdays through Oct. 23] Feast on the street every Thursday evening in downtown Alpharetta with a variety of drool-inducing food trucks and live music. City of Alpharetta, Alpharetta, 770-803-0057,

C A F F E I N E & O C TA N E [July 6] Every first Sunday of the month, more than 500 impressive cars gather at this family-friendly auto show that pairs all makes and models with a signature coffee. Held from 8 to 11 a.m., this speed and style show attracts all sorts of antique, muscle and exotic cars for you to gawk at and admire. 12600 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta,


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C AG LE ’ S FA M I LY FA R M AG - V E NTU R E S [July 12 and 26] For only $7 a person, explore the Cagle’s Family Farm, meet the lovable farm animals and take a hayride or experience a dairy cow demonstration. Cagle’s Family Farm, Canton, 770-345-5591,

B UT TE R F LY E N C O U NTE R AT TH E C H AT TA H O O C H E E N ATU R E C E NTE R [Through July 13] Colorful butterflies and blooms invite you to interact with them inside the enclosure. The butterfly encounter experience, filled with hundreds of native butterflies and nectar plants, is a place to feed the butterflies. Cameras and picnics are highly encouraged. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055,

H E A LTH & W E A LTH PLANNING [July 15, 22 and 29] Join your colleagues for a six-hour course to master the art of building wealth and aligning your money with experts from the field. Covering topics such as retirement, investments and asset protection, you’ll develop knowledge of key elements to help you reach your goals. The course costs $69 for Chamber Members. Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, Sandy Springs, 404-594-4032

B A S TI LLE DAY [July 19] Known as France’s national Independence Day, Alliance Française is celebrating this year with inspiration from the popular parties where guests wear white attire in France for a Soirée Blanche. Alliance Française d’Atlanta, Atlanta, 404-875-1211,

M OV I E S U N D E R TH E S TA R S [July 19] Warm weather is here which means free outdoor family entertainment on the big screen at the Mall of Georgia,

with “The Great Gatsby.” Enjoy live music before show time from The Woody’s. Mall of Georgia, Gwinnett, 678-482-8788,

R O S W E LL H I S TO R I C A L S O C I E T Y TO D E D I C ATE CHEROKEE MEMORIAL [July 19] In honor of the Cherokee Nation and its years in Roswell, the Roswell Historical Society will dedicate a memorial on July 19. Honored guests from the Cherokee Nation will be in attendance, as well as exhibits and demonstrations. Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, Roswell, 770-640-3253,

B B &T ATL A NTA O P E N [July 19 – 27] Adding to the rallying excitement of the elite tennis tournament in town, themed days are a new addition to this year’s events. Guests are invited to dress up and attend specialized events every day, along with watching tennis at the ATP World Tour. BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, 404-941-9202,

N ATI O N A L I C E C R E A M DAY [July 20] Blue Bell Creameries know the best way to celebrate this delicious holiday: free ice cream! Blue Bell will be giving complimentary ice cream to visitors of the Children’s Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as providing several hands-on ice cream making demonstrations. Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta,

GW I N N E T T M A S TE R G A R D E N E R S M E E TI N G [July 21] Tony Gobert speaks about “The Importance of Buying and Eating Locally Grown Food Products” at this meeting at 7 p.m. Bring a dish to share if you are joining the covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville, | July 2014 | Points North




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Get your heart pumping. Calling all local cyclists, young and old. If you haven’t already, race to Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville for their 2nd Annual Wrenched Bicycles AMP Cycling Series. Held rain or shine every Tuesday evening through Sept. 2, the Formula One outdoor race track is available exclusively for cyclists. Throughout the summer, the series of USA Cyclingsanctioned criterium is configured into five different courses, all leading up to a champion’s trophy for the winning team. Times vary by age group and skill level. Cool off. Get soaked this summer at Six Flags Over Georgia’s new Hurricane Harbor, the largest expansion in the park’s 47-year history. Among four wild water attractions, including Tsunami Surge, the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity slide for thrill-seekers, Paradise Island for the kids or sunbathing cabanas for chilling by Calypso Bay wave pool, there’s a place for everyone to make a splash. Access to the water park’s 7 acres of fun is included with admission to Six Flags Over Georgia, now open daily through Aug. 10. Think for good. The Museum of Design Atlanta in Midtown illustrates the many ways that innovative ideas can improve community life in their new original exhibit “Design for Social Impact.” Experience unique technologies like a 3D printer in action and consider how engineers, students, professors, architects, social entrepreneurs and you, too, can apply these designs to solve 21st-Century problems, both in urban areas as well as developing countries. The exhibit runs through Aug. 3 and includes guest speakers, classes, a summer camp for teens and more.

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Taste summer. Each July, The Brickery Grill and Bar in Sandy Springs continues a farm-to-table tradition with veggies fresh from Lumpkin County. When the tomatoes are ripe – usually around the Fourth – owner Bruce Alterman emails more than 9,000 fans. Sliced and served with crumbled blue cheese, homemade balsamic dressing and Alterman’s own garden-grown basil, the tomatoes are simple and delicious. Taste the difference on salads, on top of a burger or a crunchy bacon-loaded BLT, but you’ll have to get them before they’re gone. Sign up at Be legendary. School may be out, but history lessons don’t have to stop. If you’re looking for a new title to add to your summer reading list, check out author Janice McDonald’s “Legendary Locals of Intown Atlanta.” McDonald, who spent 20 years at CNN, shares stories and vintage photos from the city’s most unique characters such as Gladys Knight, Asa Candler, Samuel Inman, Pat Conroy and many more that have made a significant impact on our community. Available at local retailers, online bookstores and PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LEE HENSON; SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA; PLYWOOD PEOPLE | MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA; BRUCE ALTERMAN; ARCADIA PUBLISHING


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