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POINTS NORTH ATLANTA | ISSUE 166 | MARCH 2014

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MY TURN DUE NORTH CALENDAR FIVE THINGS

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16 SPRING COLOR REPORT

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What shades should you be sporting this season? We consulted Pantone’s 2014 Spring Color Report — and a few of our favorite brands and retailers — to present this round-up of hot items for spring.

JASON SWENK

21 GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAYS At this time of year, the suggestions for spring break family travel are endless. But what if your kids are grown, going off to camp … or you simply need a break yourself? Grab the ladies you love best, and hit the road (or trail!) in three of our favorite destinations for great girlfriends’ getaways.

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Designed to highlight local individuals with an untameable enthusiasm for their occupation and an unwavering quest of success, we’re proud to present the first subject of our Untameable series, Smyrna resident Jason Swenk – an innovative entrepreneur and father of two who pours passion into everything he pursues.

56 HIDDEN GEMS FOR KIDS Spring has sprung! It’s time to load up the kids and investigate some of the most noteworthy family outings our Northside has to offer: activities guaranteed to enlighten, engage and educate your child.

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drinking margaritas on a boat dock in St. Pete Beach. There’s just something special about traveling with a group of gals. If a girlfriends’ getaway is high on your priority list, flip to page 21 for a few of our favorite destinations. In other news, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a photo shoot for Ming Wang’s spring look book. The campaign features real women to show the brand’s versatility among body types. It was fun to be on the opposite side of the lens after working with Ming Wang for PN’s annual “Savvy & Successful” tribute, and I was thoroughly impressed with the company’s commitment to quality and family values. To see the tunic I modeled, along with more hot styles for the season, flip to our Spring Color Report (page 16).

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been on some fabulous vacations with my husband. Our honeymoon in St. Lucia for one, as well as adventures in Costa Rica, Lake Tahoe and Montana. There have been incredible family vacations, too — the annual pilgrimage I made to Myrtle Beach as a child, and recent trips to Key West with my in-laws. I’ve even ventured out a few times with groups of relative strangers, traveling to France to study abroad, and to locales like Barbados and Berlin with fellow travel writers. But some of my most memorable getaways are those I’ve taken with my girlfriends. The trip my sister and I took to Sonoma was one of my all-time favorites. If I concentrate, I can still recall the tartsweet taste of cherries we bought from a roadside stand as we drove through the California countryside. I’ve never laughed harder than I did in Panama City Beach with a multi-generational group of women dancing the Tush Push at a local beach bar. And to this day, I can’t hear “Lime in the Coconut” without recalling the rainy spring break my roommates and I spent

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the PRIZE One lucky Points North Atlanta reader will receive two-night accommodations for two at The Epicurean Hotel, as well as two complimentary culinary classes in the Epicurean Theatre. The onsite classes range from wine tastings and craft brew classes to culinary and pastry classes. This prize, valued at $650, is valid through March 2015 and subject to hotel’s availability. Winner will receive full prize package details and certificate for redemption. Register online at pointsnorthatlanta.com by March 31, 2014.


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A NEW INTERIOR STYLING FIRM has taken flight in Atlanta. Dressed Nest Interiors provides custom interiors that specialize in organized elegance, from consultation to installation. Whether you want to purge and prettify your safe haven or stage it for a real estate listing, owner and designer Tamara Smolyansky can soothe ruffled feathers and transform your space. Smolyansky brings an eclectic eye to her chic creations, with more than 10 years of experience and a diverse portfolio. If her name sounds familiar, you may recognize her work as an accomplished writer in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Southern Arts Journal,

and our very own Points North Atlanta. Currently, she contributes to Houzz.com, an online platform for home design inspiration, as well as serves as the Home Staging Expert for About.com. By balancing modern whimsy with classic sophistication, her approach to design is current yet timeless and, most importantly, comfortable. Not surprisingly, her talent has caught the attention of high-profile entertainment and corporate clientele. Don’t worry if you’ve relocated your nest outside the Atlanta area, her e-Design services are still available. 678-887-3155, thedressednest.com. — Colleen Ann McNally

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circle for children ON MARCH 22, you can help Circle for Children, a volunteer organization composed of women who provide financial and emotional support to Georgia's most disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth, by attending their annual fundraising Legacy Ball. This elegant, black-tie evening, a tradition of Circle for Children for about 86 years, will benefit the Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA), which was also recently recognized as the Outstanding Agency of the Year. The theme of this year’s event is “Georgia On My Mind,” celebrating our state and all things Southern. The event will feature a four-course dinner with wine pairings and dancing to the popular and revered Moxie Band, as well as live and silent auctions. The event will be held at Atlanta’s historic Piedmont Driving Club. For more information, contact Elaine LaMontagne at 404-295-9510 or visit thecircleforchildren.org. — Tynisha Ferguson

BUDDING GARDEN VOLUNTEERS A new opportunity for flower lovers is blooming this month at one of North Georgia’s havens for horticulture. Smith-Gilbert Gardens offers docent training sessions for five consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday, March 18. After these two-hour, once-a-week sessions, you’ll be fully prepared to greet guests, help in the gift shop and lead groups on tours through the grounds, while providing information on plant identification, the 30 pieces of outdoor garden sculpture and the historic Hiram Butler House. Docents not only learn the ins and outs of Smith-Gilbert Gardens, but also enjoy regularly scheduled field trips to other gardens and volunteer social events such as a summer potluck lunch. A green thumb isn’t required, but enthusiasm and online registration are. 770-919-0248, smithgilbertgardens.com — Colleen Ann McNally PHOTO COURTESY OF SMITH-GILBERT GARDENS

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Spring is the perfect time to stop and sip local wine, so hit the road for North Georgia’s annual Spring Wine Highway Weekend. This month’s event follows a different format from previous years, taking place over the course of two weekends, allowing guests even more time to enjoy each vineyard along the route. A $30 passport includes a souvenir glass and tastings at 14 participating vineyards, including Montaluce, Yonah Mountain, Tiger Mountain and Crane Creek on March 22 – 23 and March 29 – 30. georgiawine.com

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE On March 8, join a crowd of fun-loving friends and neighbors fighting to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Shamrockin’ for a Cure is the Northside’s premier party with a purpose, including 20 local restaurant and drink vendors, live music, and auctions at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. This year, the event’s goal is to raise $270,000 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets are $95 per person. shamrockinforacure.com

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READY, SET, READ Listen up, literature lovers. The 10th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival returns March 8 and 9, transforming the charming mountain town into a paradise for bookworms. The celebration begins on Saturday with a variety of seminars and workshops hosted by writers of all genres. Highlights include a mini workshop on writing and illustrating children’s books, lunch with the authors at area restaurants, and a book talk with Atlanta’s own Joshilyn Jackson about her newest novel, “Someone Else’s Love Story.” On Sunday, the fun continues with topics like “What is Southern Fiction, Anyway?” and a write-in for writers to discuss issues, share ideas and play games. Most festival events are free and open to the public. dahlonegaliteraryfestival.wordpress.com


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a playlist titled “Road Trip,” as I suspect many friends do, which we reserve specifically for that purpose. Ours is filled with country classics by crooners like Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless and Shania Twain. Wherever we go, the country music comes along. So when we started looking for drivable destinations for our next adventure, there was only one natural choice. With its selection of trendy restaurants, shopping districts and entertainment venues, Nashville is great for a girlfriends’ getaway. For a memorable vacation, here are a few things you must do to get the most out of Music City. Listen to Live Music This may seem obvious, but if you’re looking for a particular genre or atmosphere, it helps to know where to go. The Bluebird Café is undoubtedly the most renowned venue in the city, characterized by its intimate, listening room environment and line-up of chart-topping songwriters. The Bluebird has helped launch the careers of artists like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift, and continues to host songwriters of all genres. Shows take place at 6 and 9 p.m. nightly, and reservations are highly recommended. If bluegrass is more your style, an evening at The Station Inn is essential. The hole-in-the-wall listening room is the place to go to see the best bluegrass talent, where past regulars include Ricky Scaggs and Alison Krauss. Shows

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start nightly at 9 p.m., and you can typically find a seat half an hour before they begin. When you’re ready to let loose, it’s time to hit a honky tonk. Located up and down Broadway in Downtown Nashville, these bars open as early as 10 a.m. with entertainment starting around noon and lasting late into the night. It’s not uncommon for the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, which features a different cover band on each of its three levels, to be packed out by 3 p.m. You never know when the Southern rock diva belting covers by Miranda Lambert and Melissa Etheridge might be the next big thing; famous early Tootsies regulars include Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson — the very same artists who later found themselves just down the street on the stage at the legendary Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry and one of the most prestigious music halls in the world, which still hosts musicians of all genres today. Pay Tribute to the Queen of Country Music With 34 studio albums, two television shows, 11 movie roles, a book, a clothing line and countless awards under her belt, Reba McEntire is arguably the most successful woman in the industry. She’s also one of our personal favorites, so our girlfriends’ getaway wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see “Reba: All the Women I Am.” On display


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{ NASHVILLE } through June 8, the exhibit chronicles McEntire’s rise to fame and subsequent success and features five of her famous “Fancy” dresses, a collection of stage costumes, and mementos like the cowboy boots she wore as a child. While you’re there, check out the museum’s permanent exhibits, which trace the roots of country music and pay tribute to its legends and current stars. Have Some Hot Chicken Take a chicken breast, thigh or wing, apply a heavily spiced paste and flavorful breading, then pan fry it and serve it with white bread and pickles, and you’ve got hot chicken, a hot trend in kitchens across the South that originated in Nashville. In fact, every July 4th weekend, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival heats up with vendors and an amateur cooking competition. There are a few restaurants in town strictly devoted to the dish — most notably, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack — but many of the finer dining establishments around town dish out their own versions of the Music City specialty. According to Nashville Lifestyles magazine, the rendition on the bar menu at Silo in Germantown is one of the “101 Reasons to Eat Up Nashville.” Made from Springer Mountain Farms boneless white meat, the dish is said to be wickedly hot, so we chose tamer options from the menu of sophisticated farm fare. Dishes change seasonally, but the culinary team works wonders with sea scallops, and if fried Brussels sprouts are available, order them without hesitation — served with slivered apples, red onions and molasses vinaigrette, they’re the perfect union of earthy and sweet. My personal recommendation for hot chicken is the snacksized portion at Holland House Bar & Refuge, which delivers just enough heat to ignite your taste buds without overpowering the flavorful crust. In addition to the obligatory pickles, there’s also a dollop of cold potato salad to assuage the spice. Hot chicken aside, Holland House is still my top choice for girls’ night out. Located in East Nashville, an up-and-coming neighborhood for local artists, the chic space is both industrial and elegant, with beaded chandeliers hanging from exposed ceilings, artisan cocktails with house-made ingredients, and a menu of seasonal Southern cuisine prepared with classical French techniques. Grab a Cup of Joe With a large population of artists, songwriters and college students in constant need of caffeine, coffeehouses are of the utmost importance in Nashville. Touted to be the oldest and most celebrated, Bongo Java started as a single café across from Belmont University and now operates five cafés and two wholesale businesses throughout the city. Our favorite is Fido, a coffeehouse/ casual restaurant combination with specialty lattes in flavors like 24

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lavender and cardamom, an eclectic menu, and great location in the Hillsboro shopping district near Vanderbilt University. True coffee aficionados, however, will want to visit Barista Parlor in East Nashville, a hipster café that takes the handcrafted coffee concept to the extreme by offering beans from multiple roasters and multiple brewing methods. Just watching the TLC that goes into each cup is enough to bring out the coffee snob within. Rumor has it the sausage biscuits are euphoric, too. Another can’t-miss morning activity in Nashville is brunch at Tavern, which opens at 10 a.m. on weekends and often has an hour wait time by 10:30. Try The Nooner (omelet, bacon scramble, fried oysters, spicy sour cream and “white trash hash”) with a Tomatillo Bloody Mary. Sample Local Goods While in Nashville, be sure to seek out a few of the city’s original goodies. In Hillsboro, Bongo Java’s Hot & Cold is a onestop shop for Nashville-made treats. Not only can you order locally roasted Bongo Java coffee, you’ll also find Olive & Sinclair chocolates made with slow-roasted, stone-ground cocoa beans in flavors cinnamon chili, Las Paletas gourmet popsicles in flavors like avocado and chai tea, and Bang Candy Company’s handmade marshmallows. Down the street, Tennessee Chic boutique carries ingenious accessories by Nashville designer Day2Night — a bracelet that cleverly hides your hair tie is one item that should be in every girl’s jewelry box. Back in East Nashville, The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden cranks out housemade preservative-, caffeine- and corn-syrup-free sodas on an oldschool soda rail (try the Kentucky Mint for refreshment or the ice cream soda for your sweet tooth). And if you’re a craft beer girl, stop by the Filling Station in the 12South district for local brew suggestions (Yazoo is a popular choice) and a growler full of your favorite. PN

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and sank back into my pillow. Alarm clocks should be banned on vacation, should they not? Instead, a friend and I rose quickly and dressed quietly so as not to wake the other girls. Pouring coffee to go, we slipped out of our condo on Isle of Palms and made the short drive into Mount Pleasant for our picnic & paddle excursion with Nature Adventure Outfitters. A s soon as ou r k aya k s descended into Shem Creek, I internally applauded my decision to venture out this morning. The day was slightly overcast, offering protection from the rising sun, the heady scent of plough mud infiltrated my senses and the rhythmic circles I made with my paddle brought my body to life. Five minutes into our excursion, we were further awarded when we caught sight of two manatees lollygagging in an empty boat slip barely out of our reach. The next several hours we spent exploring the waters of Charleston harbor and the surrounding marsh, admiring a symphony of birds at Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary, picnicking on a barrier island, and losing count of the dolphin sightings. We had come here with our girlfriends for a number of reasons, but these up-close-and-personal natural encounters, so common in the Lowcountry, are what truly set this destination apart.

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Resort Life Back in Isle of Palms, the rest of our group was getting a head start on some sun bathing at Wild Dunes Resort, a 1,600-foot oceanfront property stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. With an array of accommodations, Wild Dunes is capable of catering to any vacationer’s needs, offering rooms and suites at the full-service Boardwalk Inn, additional rooms and suites at the multi-use Village at Wild Dunes, and one- to sevenbedroom condo and private home rentals throughout the property. Families in particular are drawn to the resort for its Island Adventures recreation program, extreme water sports, bike and walking paths, and numerous pools, but we found it just as well suited for a much-needed girlfriends’ getaway. To give ourselves a sense of seclusion, we opted for a condo rental a mile away from the center of the action. Here, we enjoyed comfortable accommodations, private beach access and a quiet pool, all an easy beach walk away from resort amenities. When we had enough sunbathing, we took a leisurely stroll along the ocean’s edge to the Grand Pavilion Café and Bar for some tropical libations. The poolside and oceanside eatery features happy hour specials and live entertainment


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along with a menu of island favorites. Nearby, the Village at Wild Dunes offers fine dining at the Seaside Grill & Lounge, coastal cuisine and cocktails at The Lettered Olive & Lounge, and Hudson’s Market and Dune’s Deli for food on the go, but we headed back to our condo to take advantage of the resort’s Dinner Delivered service. Without bothering to change out of our bathing suits or touch a single appliance in our well-stocked kitchen, we enjoyed a low country boil of fresh shrimp, smoked sausage, corn and potatoes — all we had to provide was the good conversation. And since a girlfriends’ getaway would not be complete without sufficient spa opportunities, Wild Dunes delivers with signature services like a Shrimp & Grits facial at the Sand & Sea Salon. Island Hopping Outside the resort, Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers additional condo rentals in the Wild Dunes community, as well as throughout Isle of Palms and neighboring Sullivan’s Island. Though Wyndham guests do not have access to all the resort amenities, their well-appointed condos still offer proximity to the area’s resplendent recreation and relaxation, including pool and beach access, golf and tennis courses, wildlife tours, watersports and more. For a night out on the island, Morgan Creek Grill at Isle of Palms marina offers casual dining, beach music and unobstructed views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Windjammer on Front Beach beckons for late night dancing. On Sullivan’s Island, Poe’s Tavern and Salt at Station 22 are two favorites for great food, drinks and atmosphere, the former featuring indelible burgers named for an American literary legacy and the latter offering Southern staples and a raw bar in a stylish setting. Of course, one of the greatest benefits of an Isle of Palms beach getaway is the proximity to the exceptional shopping and dining of Charleston. While you’re there, be sure to make the trip into town for shopping along King Street, speakeasy-style drinks at the Bar at Husk and dinner in the garden at 82 Queen. End your weekend back in Charleston for Sunday Brunch at Magnolia’s — the country fried steak and eggs may sound like a man’s meal, but we found it divine. PN 28

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estimate at best and by now, I was starting to hear voices. Guessing I was somewhere near the top of Teton Pass with another 13 miles to go, I looked over my shoulder to see runners flying down the trail in my direction. Recognizing one of them, I debated trying to hitch on, but told my girlfriend I’d see her at the finish line. Shortly thereafter, I stopped to ask one of the rangers if he would mind sharing his snack. “I need salt,” I said, plopping into his chair as if I’d been invited. He smiled, handed over his bag of chips and said, “From around here?” Assuming I would at least name a neighboring state, he was surprised to hear my answer. What can I say? When you keep going back to the same destination, there’s a good reason. And so it is with Jackson Hole, Wyo., which immediately captured my heart almost 18 years ago. Ski resorts certainly lay claim to much of the hubbub, but this haven, 60 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, is laden with activities long after the snow melts. My girlfriend and I were here, among copious celebrities and cowboys, for a much-needed getaway that started with a memorable mountain run. Rustic Retreat Granted, a visit to this mountain town isn’t quite as easy as driving to the coast, but like anything else that requires extra effort, the reward is greater. Stepping into a backdrop with majestic peaks rising in every direction is a welcome unlike any other, and comes compliments of Grand Teton National Park. Jackson Hole has a healthy number of hotels, but only a

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handful are designed to pamper and treat guests not as tourists, but as travelers. The family-run Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa, conveniently tucked at the end of a street three blocks from the shops and restaurants of Town Square, is one of them. Inspired by its breathtaking surrounding, this chic retreat is packed with all of the posh — minus any of the pretension — you’d expect from a member of Small Luxury Hotels of America. Walking into the lodge, we found the reception area on the left and, on the right, the renowned Wild Sage restaurant decorated with guests awaiting one of the finest meals in town. Our well-appointed room had European down comforters, a deep soaking tub and heavenly pillows we found hard to leave. Hunkering further into the cozy confi nes of this rustic hotel might be entertained elsewhere, but in Jackson Hole, it’s unthinkable.

Appeasing Every Appetite Downtown Jackson is easy to navigate. Simply set your sights on the signature attraction of Town Square — the distinctive arch, crafted out of hundreds of elk antlers. Snapping a photo in front of this landmark is all part of the experience, as is shopping for souvenirs and local wares along the boardwalk-fronted path. Nestled among the abundant T-shirts, cowboy hats and ski shops are a few shops not to be missed. Bet the Ranch, just off Town Square in Gaslight Alley, is my new favorite. This self-dubbed “pony-sized store” is filled with unique fi nds, notably an irresistible collection of vintage boots, belts and home decor goods. Terra is a stylish hotspot for women in search of a local fashion fix, and for high-end


home furnishings, Twenty Two Home is a must for timeless pieces, antiques, rugs and accessories sure to become conversation starters. More shopping awaits not too far away in Teton Village, but for us, a visit to the village was all about dinner at Spur Restaurant & Bar. Tucked into the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Spur is said to “take elevated mountain cuisine to a new level,” and in the talented hands of Executive Chef Kevin Humphreys, the flavorinfused, seasonally fresh dishes do not disappoint. An obvious dedication to organic and sustainable farming is evident in Humphrey’s mindful selection of ingredients on the menu, where highlights include the Spur Buffalo short rib braised with Zonker stout (a local craft beer) served with cheese grits, Swiss chard and onion marmalade, and the Snake River Farms boneless Kurobuta pork chop accompanied with scalloped sweet potato, Swiss chard and chorizo vinaigrette. Of course, Jackson Hole has plenty of fabulous places to appease all of your appetites — indoor and out — but part of the fun is discovering them for yourself, regardless of your whereabouts. PN PHOTOS COURTESY OF SPUR RESTAURANT & BAR; WYOMING OFFICE OF TOURISM

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sparkling turquoise water set the scene for memories that last a lifetime. There’s nothing more relaxing than playing in the sand and surf, and when you’re ready to venture off the beach, you’ll find a wide variety of activities and attractions for all interests and ages. From water slides to zip lines to go carts and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Visit the zoo or historic Fort Morgan; take in the view from a Ferris Wheel,


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and restaurants. Drop by the Visitor Center, located at 201 S. Main St., or call 800-828-4244 for a complimentary copy of the Hendersonville Vacation Planner. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday & holidays. HistoricHendersonville.org

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someone had told Smyrna resident Jason Swenk where he would be today as he stepped off the stage and received his diploma from Florida State University more than a decade ago, he probably wouldn’t have believed it. But over the course of the last 15 years, Swenk has transformed himself into a successful entrepreneur, author, web-designer, app developer, racecar driver, triathlon competitor, husband and father of two sons. “I look at everything in front of me as an opportunity,” Swenk said, “and I’ve been fortunate to have found in those opportunities so many things that I’m passionate about and to go after [them] with everything I’ve got.” It’s this undaunted drive to succeed that led us to select Jason Swenk as the subject of our very first Untameable feature. Designed to highlight local individuals with an untameable passion for their occupation and an unwavering pursuit of success, Swenk certainly fits the profile. Thinking outside the Business Box After graduating with a degree in business, Swenk, a collegiate level tennis player, opted to hang up his racket and follow in his father’s footsteps. “My dad was an excellent businessman and I always looked up to him in that aspect,” Swenk explained. “When I decided not to pursue tennis, I

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stepped back and considered what else I could do, and I knew it was a good time for the marketing and computer business. So I just decided to jump in.” Swenk took a position as a web developer with Arthur Andersen, a large accounting firm out of Chicago. While most young graduates would be thrilled to grow and move up in a company like this, Swenk soon found himself growing increasingly unsettled in the position and eager to pursue a new road. “I learned a lot working at Arthur Andersen, but I think the biggest thing I learned was that I didn’t love the model of a big company. The longer I worked in big company marketing, the more I began to think, ‘There has to be a better way.’ And eventually I decided to try and find it.” After only a year, Swenk resigned from his position with Arthur Andersen to do just that. “I ventured out on my own and started designing websites for small- to medium-sized companies,” Swenk recalled. “Pretty quickly, I saw a shift in the market and realized there was a huge need to provide more than just a website for these companies. It started as a simple desire to try and meet that need, and then things grew from there.” What it grew into was Solar Velocity. Founded by Swenk in October 2000, Solar Velocity is a Smyrnabased digital marketing agency designed to work alongside companies as they market themselves amidst their competitors. As CEO, Swenk led his team to go


“I look at everything in front of me as an opportunity, and I’ve been fortunate to have found in those opportunities so many things that I’m passionate about and to go after [them] with everything I’ve got.”


{ JA S O N S W E N K }

“I love learning and sharing with others what I know. Any kind of service, technology or product I can develop or provide that helps people succeed, I want to do whatever I can to make that available. the extra mile with clients, helping to streamline their business and drive traffic to their sites. Since 2009, the company has been a leader in social media, web and mobile development, and innovative digital marketing. “We became more than just a web design company; we became a company that helped other companies grow and succeed,” Swenk said. “That’s been one of my primary motivators in all I do — helping others reach their own personal success.” “I always made it our end goal to help clients hit their own business goals,” he said, adding, “What we were able to do at Solar Velocity was incredibly fulfilling.” As they helped others grow, so did Solar Velocity. Their clientele grew to include multi-million dollar agencies like Aflac, Reebok and LegalZoom, to name a few.

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Turning a New Page After 12 years leading Solar Velocity, Swenk made the decision to sell the company, opting to stay on board through the transition. Just nine months later, the company was sold again, and this time, Swenk made the difficult decision to step down from his position and formally part ways with the company he grew from the ground up. “When the company sold, I found myself at a point where I wasn’t sure what to do,” Swenk recalled.

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It didn’t take long for him to discover many more opportunities awaited. After experiencing severe migraines for months, Swenk decided to change his eating habits in an attempt to find a cure — and it worked! Determined to share his path to a healthier lifestyle with others, Swenk designed and launched Goalvator, an app that allows users to share pictures of their meals with friends to increase accountability and healthy eating habits. Swenk also authored his fi rst book, “How to Design A Great Website & NOT Get Screwed,” an in-depth guide for developing and launching web projects. Recently, he took on a new position as Chief Innovations Officer for Payscape Advisors in Atlanta. Here, he manages the technology, innovation, marketing and product direction for the company’s clients. “My position at Payscape has allowed me to really share what I’ve learned in my own experiences. I walk them through some of what I did to be successful in the industry and go with them through the hurdles and challenges they might face.” No matter what the work, Swenk’s ultimate goal has remained contributing to the betterment of others and their dreams. “I love learning and sharing with others what I know,” Swenk said. “Any kind of service, technology or product I can develop or provide that helps people succeed, I want to do whatever I can to make that available. I love my work and I’m thankful to be working in a field I’m so passionate about.” Family Matters “When I heard about Untameable, I had to nominate Jason,” said his mother, Maryann Casella. “He has an intense passion and drive to succeed and help others in every aspect of his life. I am so inspired by his tenacity


{ JA S O N S W E N K }

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… so Make Sure You and Your Family’s Smile is Priceless! and ability to create a successful business in a distressed market. And still, after all he does, he makes quality time with his wife and children a priority every day.” Swenk’s ability to balance family and work is certainly not lost on his wife, Kimberly, either. It’s her husband’s motivation to succeed that inspires her in her own life and work. “Jason really has an incessant drive that I have never seen in anyone else,” Kimberly explained. “It doesn’t matter what it is — work, family, training for a triathlon, writing a book — everything has to be at 110 percent. Seeing his drive motivates me to be more driven and ambitious in my own life.” In his free time, Swenk even passionately pursues personal hobbies, including racecar driving. “I picked it up right after college when I met a guy who had an old mustang that I thought was just the coolest thing. He taught me how to build a car from the ground up, and eventually, I just started racing them,” he said. “I’ve had the chance to race all over the country — eventually even win a championship. I’ve stepped back now that I have children, but I still hit the track every once in awhile for fun.” Swenk is excited by the thought of the future and all that could come for him. “I have a different outlook than I think most people do,” he said. “I am constantly looking at how people are already doing things and trying to think about how it could be done differently. There’s always a better way; we never have it completely figured out. As long as I’m alive, I will be asking questions, seeking answers, and thinking about new ideas. That’s what keeps me going!” PN

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winter fades to spring, now is the time to take

advantage of your outdoor living space. If you’re dreaming of creating your own backyard oasis, consider these tips from PN’s landscape, pool and outdoor living specialists.

When you’re ready to adorn your outdoor space with quality furniture created for the great outdoors, look no further than The Mad Hatter Fireplace, Grill, & Outdoor Living, which carries a complete line of Telescope Casual Furniture along with outdoor living equipment and accessories. Telescope’s Cadiz Collection, pictured here, features a sand cast manufacturing process that makes the product durable and enhances the surface to take on a hand-crafted appearance. The chairs are engineered to be very comfortable, used with or without seat pads, and the cast top tables come in a variety of styles and sizes. When not in use, the chairs conveniently stack for easy storage.

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Enjoy Your Porch Year-Round Screened decks are perfect for entertaining friends and family on cool autumn evenings, but winter temperatures often prove inhospitable, and when spring finally arrives, so do blankets of pollen all over your patio furniture. Julie Heinsman of Outdoor Living Porch & Patio recommends the perfect solution: PGT Eze-Breeze® Sliding Panels. Made of heavyduty, yet flexible clear vinyl and sturdy aluminum frames, they fit virtually any outdoor space, turning a covered patio or screened porch into a flexible leisure space that can be enjoyed year-round. PHOTO COURTESY OF OUTDOOR LIVING PORCH & PATIO

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To create an outdoor entertainment area that would enhance the view of the backyard from a Buckhead home, Chatham Landscape Services visualized, designed, constructed, landscaped and lighted this poolhouse and surrounding area. “The reddish brick and cedar timbers and shakes warm the poolhouse, and the round window echoes an architectural element found in the home,” said Scott Chatham. “A wood-burning fireplace makes this a wonderful space even in brisk weather.” Chatham also added the magnolia (left), deodar cedar (right), rhododendrons and azaleas as well as the decorative Japanese maple above the wall (right).

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Multifaceted Projects “Today’s lifestyle and leisure time has led us to a more multifaceted offering of projects, including beautiful cabanas, pool houses, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces with pizza ovens and architectural designs that not only please the senses, but also provide a retreat for unparalleled family gatherings and relaxation from our intense schedules, just ‘out-back’ with the outdoors being an extension of our homes,” said Richard Fricker of Specialty Pool & Spa, Inc. “Stunning water features, creative interaction of topography, and stimulating landscapes and lighting can join all the elements together for lasting and meaningful summers ahead.”

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PURCHASING LAWN & DECK FURNITURE “When purchasing lawn and deck furniture, consider both style and comfort,” recommended Arthur Sweetland of Sweetland Outdoor Décor. “Adirondack chairs are not only comfortable, the look is very much in style. For deck, patio, pool and around a fire pit, these are a great choice.” PolyLumber may have a higher original cost, but the value is better in the long run, he continued. “The color will not fade, and they are low-maintenance.”

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Total Backyard Transformations According to Ron Coker of Artistic Pools, many clients are interested in total backyard transformations. “The pool is the focal point, but amenities like outdoor pavilions are becoming increasingly popular. These pavilions can act as an outdoor room and come complete with outdoor fireplaces and full outdoor kitchens. Take that a step further and add a bathroom and perhaps a guest bedroom, and you have a separate pool house.” As licensed General Contractors, Artistic Pools can facilitate the permitting and construction of these amenities, taking a client from the beginning of a project to fruition.

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Affordable Outdoor Kitchens If you’re creating or updating an outdoor kitchen, Lee Recchia of American Casual Living recommends the affordable cast aluminum outdoor kitchen island by Gensun. “In the past, building an outdoor kitchen was an involved process requiring construction, project management and much expense,” Recchia said. “Gensun kitchens are modular and fit virtually anywhere, thus eliminating costly site modification or additional construction. Additionally, they are highly customizable and bring elegance and functionality into any outdoor room design. The versatility is boundless with a myriad of finish options that easily coordinates with the furniture that is already in place. Best of all, they are built for the outdoors using high grade cast aluminum.”

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Springtime Shindigs “Springtime is fast approaching. Before you know it, your neighbors will be throwing parties and shindigs for all kinds of reasons. Maybe for a graduation? Maybe a new job? Regardless, you don’t want to feel left out,” said Shaun Bowker of Synergy Landscape. “These gatherings can be hosted on numerous styles of patios, from a simple flagstone patio with dwarf mondo grass in between the stones to a complex outdoor entertainment area that features a wet bar and waterproof televisions. Any of these projects could be tailored to a homeowner’s budget and could be phased out over a period of time.”

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The Right Man for the Job “There’s more to a book than just the cover. The same applies to pool construction,” said Evan Horning of Neptune Pools. “Understanding how your pool is built and what it will look like is critical when choosing the right contractor. Often, the hidden details can present the biggest problems down the road. Ask questions and do your research. The more you understand about what you’re getting, the easier it will be to choose who to build it.”

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Eliminate Mosquitos for 100 Percent Backyard Enjoyment “Homeowners who invest in an outdoor living and entertaining space obviously want to be able to enjoy it. Eliminating mosquitos makes a significant difference in their ability to do so,” said David Touwsma of MosquitoNix. “There are definitely steps homeowners can take on their own to help reduce the pesky biters. Eliminating standing water is at the top of the list – water collects in bird baths, flower pot trays, toys, etc. It only takes 72 hours for some mosquitos to breed in standing water. For the most effective elimination of mosquitos, professionals can provide repeated barrier yard treatments or a fully automated misting system. A barrier spray provides good relief for a specified amount of time and the misting system will repel mosquitos continuously throughout the season.”

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Outdoor Entertaining Desiring a place to entertain family and friends, this Alpharetta couple enlisted Outside Landscape Group to create a well-balanced, lush, resort backyard environment that would take full advantage of the sloping terrain and entire property with a mountain retreat flair. The plan included a pool and spa alongside entertainment spaces for sunning and dining, a covered cabana, and a firepit area, all connected with inviting stone stairs, garden paths and pool decking. Lawn play space, seasonal flowers, lush plantings and landscape lighting were finishing touches for this harmonious balance of hardscape and landscape.

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Give your kids a place to play at home with home sports centers by CBA Sports. From outdoor court systems, golf greens and bocce ball to indoor basketball courts, sports rooms and golf simulators, CBA Sports has been building family fun in the Atlanta area since 1992. “From a single sports component to an entire complex, each project gets the same attention to detail,” said founder and president James Sartin.

According to Ryan Heeth of The Fireplace Company, the fundamental element of an outdoor living space is simple: fire and more fire. “We feel strongly that a successful outdoor room includes a grill and a fire feature, which can be anything from a 15-foot contemporary linear burner to something as simple as a round fire pit for roasting marshmallows,” he said.

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Full-Service Renovations If you want significant changes that blend seamlessly with your existing home, enlisting a general contractor is the way to go. Dan Wilkins and Don Hagemeister of Construction Solutions worked with this Duluth homeowner for a complete renovation and addition, including extensive upgrades to the back yard and outdoor living areas. The team added a two-car garage with apartment overhead to free up terrace-level space for living and entertaining, built a new deck with outdoor living space below, and finished it off with a pool, patio, waterfall, spa and fireplace. A second round of renovations took place later to add stone to the home’s façade. “We’re not just a pool company or a landscaper, we’re a full-range general contractor,” Wilkins said. “We can make your house whatever you want it to be and look like it was always that way.” After PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN CARMODY | STUDIO 7 PHOTOGRAPHY

Training Matters “Designing your pool to fit your family’s lifestyle and landscape requires pool contractors who are properly trained and experienced,” said John Martinez of Alison Pools. “Pool companies who have the right education along with years of experience can build awesome structures that will last many years. Homeowners should understand there is more to building a pool than just digging the hole, running the plumbing and filling it with water. PHOTO COURTESY ALISON POOLS

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Spring has sprung! It’s time to load up the kids and investigate

some of the most noteworthy family outings our Northside has to offer. Activities guaranteed to enlighten, engage and educate your child.

The museum did a masterful job explaining that discrimination does not discriminate. My kids got the message: it can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. We talked about what we’d learned the whole drive home. 5920 Roswell Road NE, Suite 209, 770-2061558, annefrankexhibitsandysprings.org

Fire Station 1 & Fire Museum ROSWELL Anne Frank In the World Exhibit SANDY SPRINGS THIS FREE MUSEUM is perfect for 3rd graders and up. The exhibit solidified what my kids had already learned in school, and offered a deeper understanding to Frank’s life and indomitable spirit. Program Director Sandra Craine started us out with a 28-minute film, a fantastic overview of the climate, culture and facts leading up to Frank’s fate. With that knowledge in place, the exhibit began by pushing open a swinging bookcase — a replica of the one which so cleverly concealed the family’s secret annex. The exhibit presents 600 amazing photographs, plus a recreation of Anne Frank’s hidden bedroom: chair, writing desk, wall posters. A room that could belong to any girl the world over. It’s a powerful tool.

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IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE BOY obsessed with firemen, this outing is for him. The petite museum tucked inside the historic Wright Chevrolet building is easy to navigate. Vintage fire-fighting equipment, hats and old photographs tell the story. The star of the show is Roswell’s immaculate 1947 fire truck. It’s picture-perfect. Everything but the Dalmatian. We were shown the station by fireman Johnnie Martin. He let my kids feel, touch and sit in the modern-day trucks. “We can get someone out of a 7th-story window


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HUNT: Hidden Gems for Kids with this thing,” Martin told us, pointing to the ladder truck. He explained that the station’s firemen are happy to gear-up and demonstrate equipment to young visitors. The excursion gave my kids an understanding of how far fire-fighting has come, and offered direct contact with the men and women who help keep our community safe. Families are welcome to drop by anytime during daylight hours, seven days a week. Groups are encouraged to set an appointment. Visit the firehouse knowing that if duty calls, your hosts will need to scoot. 1002 Alpharetta St., 770-641-3730, rosewellgov.com

Great Harvest Bread Company ALPHARETTA & JOHN’S CREEK

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baked with bleached white flour, not to mention it tastes better. Our tour was led by Jay Paul. With kid-friendly animation, Paul showed our group how the healthiest bread is the simplest bread. Five ingredients do the trick: whole wheat flour, salt, water, yeast and honey. Both kids and adults were encouraged to smell, touch and taste. As an added bonus, your child will walk away with a goodie bag stuffed with a honey-wheat mini loaf, coupon good for next time, and handful of wheat kernels. The kernels are for planting. Bring back a successfully grown pot of wheat and efforts shall be rewarded: a huge homemade cookie for each little farmer. Tours require 8 or more children. It’s the perfect outing for a gaggle of friends, church group or scout troop. 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, John’s Creek and 4915 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, 770-622-0222, getfreshbread.com

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IN THIS AGE of herculean preservatives and hydrogenated oils, Great Harvest is indeed a comfort. Each morning, buckets of golden Montana wheat are milled into flour onsite. Bread baked within hours. Take one of their free tours, allowing your child to see just how it’s done, and understand why. Freshly milled whole wheat makes a difference. It’s a hundred million times healthier than bread

NATHAN STEELE sounds like a stage name. But here on the Northside, the man is not only a real person, but the proud co-owner of an indoor rock climbing facility that, well — rocks. These days older kids can hardly peel themselves from technology, but Steele and his staff get the job done. They keep boys and girls engaged with a bevy of programs, camps and climbing teams. Learned skills that will literally stretch your child up and out. A gem of an opportunity for first-timers is the facility’s Family Fun Friday. From 6 to 8 p.m., each participant gets two hours of climb time, pizza and full staff assistance. As a parent you’ve got two options: strap on a harness and get climbing, or sit

PHOTOS COURTESY OF KATHLEEN STEVENS MOORE

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back, relax and snap pictures on your iPhone. At 8 p.m., the tempo changes. Cosmic Climbing in the house. This deal comes at a slightly higher price point ($20 per participant) but it’s understandable. Somebody’s got to pay for all those strobe lights. Music pumps up, lights go down. The florescentpainted walls glow. It’s like disco night at the bowling alley, minus the cheap beer and bad shoes. “It’s hard to get the energy out of a child,” Steele said, laughing. “But we have a pretty high success rate.” 460 Brogdon Road No. 100, 770-271-1390 adrenalineclimbing.com

while chugging back Tums. Your tot is too little to climb a tree? Not a problem. Head for the Pee-Wee Naturalist Spring Series at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Offered Tuesday mornings March 11, April 8 and May 13, your child will have a blast investigating animals, energy and wetlands. Classes include art projects, animal encounters and trail hikes. Or sign your family up for their Night Hike on Saturday, March 29. With a new moon on tap, the sky should be blacker than black. Listen for owls under a canopy of stars as you’re led over boardwalks and darkened paths. This special event includes a visit with one of CNC’s nocturnal animals and roasting marshmallows around a glowing campfire. 4075 Spot Road, 770-781-2217, sawneemountain.org; 9135 Willeo Road, 770-9922055, chattnaturecenter.org

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SURE, EVERYBODY KNOWS about these two outdoor treasures. One has been around since Madonna, the other sits on a big fat mountain. Hard to miss. What may go unnoticed, however, are the hidden gems nestled within their spring programming. How about tree climbing? Swing from the branches at Sawnee Mountain Preserve on March 1 and 15, and April 5 and 19. Boys and girls ages 8 and up are invited to the party. Parents can either join in the aerial acrobats or wave from the ground

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Let’s See That Smile! • Serving the Dental Needs of Children Ages 1 to 21 • State-of-the Art Facility painted house where she runs her art school is hunkered down in eclectic funkiness, as far from strip mall blah as one can get. Join Teague this spring for one of her ongoing Family Fling Days, Saturday and sometimes Sunday classes that will teach you and your child to throw pottery. You know — on a wheel. Your child’s own hands will mold, build and glaze the clay. Dr. Seuss would call it fun with mud. Teague is patient and energetic. She loves introducing newbies to the art of handthrown ceramics. Personally, I’m thinking of signing up for a glass fusion class. This March and April, instructor Kathy Faass will be teaching families how to create glass sun catchers, wind chimes and garden stakes. Remember, nothing says springtime like a garden stake. And since they’re glass, even Sharpie marker wipes right off. Score! If your chives go belly up, re-assign the garden stake to basil. Or mint. That stuff is nigh indestructible. 1581 James Burgess Road, 404-642-6564, artistic-adventures.com

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WARMER DAYS MEAN IT’S TIME to head to the greener pastures of equestrianlaced Milton. Sunday-in-the-Saddle, held on March 26, April 4 and 27 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Phoebe Loughrey Stables, is not to be missed. This special opportunity is not only free, but perfect for children unaccustomed to horses. No experience necessary.

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Kids can simply pet the horses, or snap on a helmet and ride. In addition to being an accomplished rider and trainer, Loughrey is also a fellow mom, which means safety is job No. 1. Only the gentlest horses and ponies are used. Loughrey knows how to make youngsters feel comfortable and keep things controlled in the ring. And what a ring! Her show barn is located along one of the prettiest roads in an already picturesque community. Loughrey’s velveteen property is pristinely manicured, her horses meticulously kept. Her only request is that riders arrive wearing pants and soled shoes. A word of warning: your child may arrive the casual visitor, but depart forever changed by the graceful touch of a horse. 14737 Wood Road, 908-705-0645, plstables.com

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HOME DEPOT Free Kids Workshop First Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Designed for ages 5 – 12 years Saturday, March 1: Build A Trojan Horse Bank (from the new Dreamworks animated film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” coming March 2014) MICHAELS STORES Kids Club, $2 per child Ongoing Saturday sessions starting every half hour from 10 – 11:30 a.m. March 1: Read Across America Bookmark Event STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE TEA PARTY AT WARBINGTON FARMS 5555 Crow Road, Cumming May 4 at 3 p.m.; reservations recommended Child: $10 pre-paid; Adult: $8 pre-paid Celebrate spring with tea, refreshments and story time with Strawberry Shortcake! Plus, each child gets to pick a pint of strawberries.


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“CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION of theater goers is what we’re all about,” said Al Stilo, the director of marketing and sales at Aurora Children’s Playhouse.

After attending a show myself, I can honestly say mission accomplished. When the lights came up, my kids had one question: When are we coming back? Fortunately, this charming historic theater has several performances lined up for spring. In March, catch “The Princess and the Pea,” “Y’all” and “Pirate Goodie & the Magic Chest.” On April 5, the theater will showcase “Cinderella.” Clocking in at a kid-friendly 45 minutes, and costing only $7 per ticket, the shows are a steal. Purchase a $50 Playhouse Tix pass good for 10 admissions any time, and watch that cost drop to five bucks. The 250-seat Main Stage feels classy and elegant, a perfect hit of culture for a Saturday morning. Storytellers, puppeteers, magicians and musical theater are all part of Aurora’s répertoire. 128 East Pike St., 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com Have a blast exploring these Northside hidden gems. Expect lots of smiles and loads of fun. Spring forward and jump in! PN

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CONCERTS | COMEDY R O M A NTI C M A S TE RWO R K S

[March 16] Come listen to some joyful tunes at Cherokee Chorale’s Spring Concert, “Romantic Masterworks.” Conducted by J. Andrew Bowers, the concert will feature the works of Schubert, Faure and Mendelssohn. Canton First United Methodist Church, 678-439-8625, cherokeechorale.org

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[Through – March 9] Celebrate the 21st season of Jerry’s Habima Theatre with the charming, tuneful and hilarious “Little Shop of Horrors.” MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, Dunwoody, 678-812-4002, atlantajcc.org

I H ATE H A M LE T [March 13 – 30] Come view this charming little comedy that depicts the life of famous Hollywood television star Andrew Rally, who hates Hamlet. Lionheart Theatre, Norcross, 678-938-8518, lionhearttheatre.org

TR E A S U R E I S L A N D O R W H O ’ S G OT TH E M A P [March 14 – 23] A comic re-telling of the Robert Louis Stephenson adventure, which pits young Jim Hawkins and his friends against Long John Silver and some wacky pirates. Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

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DISNEY’S J U N G LE B O O K K I D S [March 21 – 23] Take your family to see the beloved characters from Disney’s “Jungle Book” film come to life. The highenergy production includes hit songs from the movie including “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” Act3 Productions, Sandy Springs, 770-241-1905, act3productions.org

TH E F O U R S E A S O N S [April 4 – 6] The Georgia Ballet presents a breathtaking interpretation of “The Four Seasons” in a world premiere production featuring Alexandre Proia’s original choreography, Vivaldi’s music recomposed by renowned composer Max Richter, and theatrical video and sets. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 770-528-0881, georgiaballet.org

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G R E AT A M E R I C A N C OV E R - U P Q U I LT S H OW [March 8 – 16] Come view more than 150 quilts made

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by local artists on display throughout a stunning Greek Revival house. Bulloch Hall, Roswell, 770-992-1731, bullochhall.org

U N E A R TH I N G TH E PA S T: A R C H A E O LO GY I N C H E R O K E E C O U NT Y [Through April 12] This exhibit highlights some of the more than 1,000 archaeological sites in the area and features rarely seen artifacts found in Cherokee County. Cherokee County History Museum, Canton, 770-345-3288, rockbarn.org

3 6TH A N N UA L S P R I N G ATL A NTA H O M E S H OW [March 21 – 23] Swing by Georgia’s largest home show, which will feature more than 350 exhibitors, speakers, live radio broadcasts, giveaways, demonstrations and much more. Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, 770-798-1997, atlantahomeshow.com

[March 21] Rock legends The Moody Blues perform music from their 17 and 4-CD box sets, “Timeless Flight,” as part of their 2014 U.S. Spring Tour. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org

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[March 7 – 9] Gently worn spring and summer children’s clothing and accessories (newborn — size 14), as well as maternity clothing, baby equipment, nursery décor, play sets, books, DVDs, toys and more are on sale for purchase as a fundraising event. Proceeds benefit the church’s preschool and kindergarten. Donated items will be given to the Foster Care Support Foundation. Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten, Roswell, rumc.com/rumck

DA R E TO D R E A M [March 8] Join enAble of Georgia for their 26th Annual “Dare to Dream” Fundraising Gala, which features dinner, live and silent auction, dancing and more. All proceeds will benefit enAble, which supports adults with special needs. Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, 770-664-4347, enablega.org

W H ITE C OAT G R A DY G A L A [March 15] Join Grady Health Foundation at their 4th annual fundraiser, honoring Atlanta’s healthcare heroes. Proceeds


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calendar will benefit the Grady Health Foundation. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, gradyhealthfoundation.org

OVA R I A N C A N C E R RESEARCH FUND CYC LE R I D E [March 22] Support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund by attending the 10th Annual Ovarian Cycle Atlanta Ride to Change the Future fundraiser. Midtown Athletic Club, Atlanta, ovariancycle.kintera.org/Atlanta

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[March 22] Help TurningPoint by participating in their 2014 Pink Affair, which features excellent food, entertainment and an outstanding auction that raises more than $40,000 for women with breast cancer. Fundraiser benefits TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, 770-360-9271, thepinkaffair.org/

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[March 25 – 26] Enjoy a little friendly competition and the opportunity to give back to the community at this annual table tennis tournament. Entrance is $20, with singles competitions taking place on Tuesday and doubles on Wednesday. All proceeds benefit Forsyth County Miracle League. Norman’s Landing, Cumming, 770-886-0100

F LI G HT O F TH E B UT TE R F LI E S [April 5] A Gala Tribute to the young heroes and angels battling brain tumors. Proceeds benefit the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, 404-252-4107, braintumorkids.org

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[Through March 15] Rejoice Chocoholics! Park 75 at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta introduces Chocolate Nights, a weekend experience designed to satisfy any

sweet tooth. Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Atlanta, 404-253-3840, fourseasons.com

B R E WG R A S S [March 15] Enjoy brews and bluegrass as the Wine Snob takes you on a tour in celebration of the region’s most preferred alcoholic beverage. Executive Chef Charles Vosburgh carefully pairs Southern gastropub cuisine to highlight the marriage of food and beer. Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, 770-773-7480, barnsleyresort.com

K I N D E R M A R T S P R I N G/ S U M M E R C H I LD R E N ’ S C O N S I G N M E NT S A LE [March 21 – 22] Save big on children’s clothes, toys, baby needs and equipment, books, sporting goods and much more! Smyrna First United Methodist Church, Smyrna, kindermartsale.com

ATL A NTA S C I E N C E F E S TI VA L E X P LO R ATI O N E X P O [March 22 – 29] Explore your inner scientist with this family-friendly event that offers nonstop, big-bang events, out-of-thisworld experiments, and a full lineup of science-oriented live entertainment and comedy. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, atlantasciencefestival.org

3 R D A N N UA L S P R I N G G O LF C L A S S I C [March 31] Join Right to Hike for their 3rd Annual Right to Hike Spring Golf Classic. Features a golf clinic and exhibition with returning special guest, Stewart Cink. TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, 404-446-6706, righttohikeinc.com

IT ’ S A LL A B O UT TE R R I O R [April 12] Barnsley is proud to welcome Kenny Kahn, winemaker from the esteemed Blue Rock Vineyards, for one of the Wine Snob’s favorite annual events. Blue Rock wines are produced from grapes grown exclusively on an intimate 100-acre estate in Sonoma, Alexander Valley, Calif. Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, 770-773-7480, barnsleyresort.com


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Think outside Your Bracket. It’s that time of year again. If you’re going crazy watching basketball games, then leave the television behind for the 13th Annual March Art Madness Show and Sale. The exhibit runs from March 22 through April 5 at Parsons’ Gift Store in Cumming’s Lakeland Plaza. All paintings, photographs and art objects are original works by members of the Sawnee Artist Association. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the artists. sawneeart.org

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Join the Movement. If you’ve considered going vegan but fear the full commitment, this workshop series is for you. Starting March 6 at the Young Chef’s Academy in Sandy Springs, the authors of “The 95% Vegan Diet” are offering Atlantans a total health makeover, perfection not required. The mother-daughter duo combines their backgrounds as a former dietician and attorney to show the science behind plant-based eating as well as how to protect yourself from bogus health claims. 95percentvegan.com Picture This. The City of Suwanee wants to see the area through the eyes of residents — or more specifically, their camera lenses. During the year-round Snap! Suwanee photo competition, amateurs and professionals alike are encouraged to submit the community’s best-captured moments, and then share their entries on Instagram with #snapsuwanee. The 13 winning entries are on display in City Hall for approximately a year beginning this month. suwanee.com

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