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CurrentBriefs Honor Air Fundraiser for WWII Veterans Hosted by the 6th District Republican Party, this event will raise proceeds for the Roswell Rotary Honor Air Program. The Honor Air program was established to fly WWII verterans to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial. The trip is free of charge to all WWII veterans. The fundraiser is Saturday March 5 from 11am to 2 pm at Sharpshooter USA on Alpharetta Highway. The admission is free and 50% of the $20 range fees are donated to the program. Special guests include Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. Tom Price and Moby. For more information on the event visit www.gagopsixth.org for more info on the Honor Air program visit www.RoswellRotary.com A Solid Gold Celebration The Esther Jackson gym was filled with a crowd of more than 700 who came to celebrate the Gold Award honoring the school for having the greatest gains in student achievement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for the 20092010 school year. Principal Connie Coles said she is especially proud of her school because Esther Jackson is one of only 22 schools in the state of Georgia to receive the Greatest Gains Gold Award award. School Of Excellence Holcomb Bridge Middle School was awarded a “Georgia School of Excellence” for most gains for the entire 6th Congressional District. Mrs. Schroerlucke received the call from the Georgia Department of Education last week and was eager to pass on the news to

the teachers, staff, students and parents of Holcomb Bridge Middle School. The Georgia Schools of Excellence Program honors schools from each of the state's 13 congressional districts. Elementary, middle, and high schools that are either academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement are awarded. 5th Grade Entrepreneurs Raise Money For Animal Shelter Mrs. Rubin’s 5th grade TAG students at Mountain Park Elementary school created their own business as part of an economics unit called “Mind Your Own Business.” The students decided to sell decorative magnets with a clip for holding papers or pictures.

The students voted to donate all profits to charity. They chose Our Pal's Place, www.ourpalsplace.org, which is a nonprofit organization that rescues dogs from local shelters around the metro area and cares for them until they are adopted. The Mountain Park fifth grade class proudly presented volunteers from Our Pal’s Place with a check for $540.50. Hillside Students Make A Difference With Blanket Drive Students from Hillside Elementary

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School, in Roswell, recently participated in a service project to make and collect blankets for the homeless living on the streets of Atlanta as part of a school-wide character study of kindness. In the U.S. alone, almost one million people are homeless. Every class in the school made their own fleece knot blanket that was donated to the cause. In addition, students were asked to donate new or gently used blankets. Between the blankets created by classes and the ones donated, the school collected more than 150 blankets that will be donated to City of Refuge for distribution to Atlanta’s homeless population. Charter Childhood Cancer Awareness Classic The National Golf Association’s Hooters Professional Golf Tour, presented by Hooters of America, will return to Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville, Georgia for the Charter Childhood Cancer Awareness Classic March 21 through March 27, 2011. A portion of the proceeds from the Charter Childhood Cancer Awareness Classic will go to benefit the Joanna McAfee Childhood Cancer Foundation. Charter has partnered with the Joanna McAfee Foundation since 2008 and proudly displays "Joanna Tags" on all 335 of its service vehicles as part a Curing Childhood Cancer campaign. The tag which is available to all Georgia motorists features the silhouette of Joanna McAfee, a 6-year-old girl from Warner Robins who lost her life to cancer in 2005. For more information, contact the foundation at (478) 293-1670, by e-mail at info@SupportCancerKids.org or visit their Web site at www.SupportCancerKids.org.

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It takes no stretch of the imagination to believe that there are multitudes of people in need – even in our idyllic suburbs. Believe it or not 10% of all Roswell families live at or below the poverty line. In its third year, the Roswell Day of Hope looks to help those less fortunate. This year’s event is being held on April 16 Roswell Day Of Hope from 1April 16, 1-5pm @ 5pm at Roswell City Hall Roswell For more information on how you City Hall, can volunteer or get your business involved call 770-641-5578, and will feature or visit www.hoperoswell.org. more than 70 area social service organizations, churches and businesses along with more than 1,000 volunteers. “What it really is about is the churches, the non profits, the businesses and the city all working hand in hand to help the community,” said Brenda Orlans, one of the event organizers. Orlans also stresses the importance of the involvement of the local business community. “We are going to actively seek the

local businesses to participate. We want to make it a joint event,” Orlans said. The organizers expect some 5,000 guests to attend the event that offers free groceries, health and dental screenings, a job fair, a kid’s zone and live entertainment that has a festival feel. Jeff Foxworthy has served as Roswell Day Of Hope Chairperson since the beginning. “The event is a real blessing to so many families, and reaches them right where they live with services that meet their immediate needs,” said Foxworthy. “I’m glad to be part of this community effort where people come together to offer their neighbors love, support and hope.” The event in Roswell is unique in that it is one of only a few like it in the country. According to Orlans the idea is starting to take hold. “The Day of Hope actually falls under the umbrella of Hope Roswell. Hope Roswell is a conglomeration of these churches that do serving opportunities throughout the year. Roswell Day of Hope is just one of those events,” said Orlans. Whether it’s a homeless family CONTINUED 15

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Monkey Trial Comes To Roswell

Mamma Mia Itsa New Pasta Place

Inherit The Wind presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Georgia Ensemble Theatre proudly presents one of the greatest epic plays of the 20th Century, based on the famed “Scopes Monkey Trial.” Inherit the Wind is not about science versus religion. It is about the right to think, and is a true celebration of the American spirit. This drama peers deep into the heart and soul of America, in the search for enduring faith and hope. www.get.org. Call 770-641-1260 for prices and more information.

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Georgia Ensemble Theater members rehearsing Inherit The Wind at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

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Laugh It Up At The Funny Farm Adam Hunter is one of the hottest young comedians around today. He is full of exciting energy that makes the crowd go wild. He headlines all over the country, putting his heart and soul into every performance with an act that is brash, deep and hilarious. Adam is one of the hardest working comics around, performing every night of the week, usually 2 or 3 shows a night. Adam delivers a powerful message that keeps audiences on the edges of their seats. Adam was a finalist on “Last

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On Saturday March 19 from 10am to 2 pm High Meadows School will feature an indoor farmers market. There is no admission and the event is sponsored by Harry’s Market. The market will give you the opportunity to purchase items directly from local farmers and there will be a cooking demonstration with Tracey Bloom chef at Ray’s Killer Creek. This promises to be fun event for the whole family. For more information visit www.highmeadows.org.

Atlanta Dance Theatre presents a family classic at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Alice In Wonderland at 10:00 am, including the Mad Hatter's Meet & Treat. Meet the Mad Hatter, Alice, the White Rabbit, and more. Get autographs and have a treat with us. All seats $20 for the 10am performance. At 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm Alice In Wonderland along with Paquita, Adults - $22 Seniors/Students/Children - $15. Show times 10 A.M., 2 P.M. & 7:30 P.M. 404-439-3028 for details and tickets.

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Roswell Artist Fires Her Way Into Craft Show Julie Sewell is selected to participate in the American Craft Council Atlanta Show. Special To The Current

Roswell resident and artist Julie Sewell began working with fired clay through classes at the Roswell Visual Arts Center. She had always loved the art of sculptural and functional pottery. “I look for texture everywhere in nature, using leaves, shells, or wood; or in manmade items like nuts, bolts and screws,” said Sewell. One of her favorite objects to use for texture is the leaf of a bigleaf magnolia. “I impress a new leaf for each platter or goblet I make, and it makes every piece unique.” Through the classes, she learned the basic methods of hand-building,

and it inspired her to create a home studio and a business model to sell her art. She finds inspiration in everyday items found at flea markets and The ACC Show takes place Friday, garage sales. March 11 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; “When Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 13 from I am in10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cobb Galleria spired by Centre. Regular on-site admission an object, is $13 for one day, $20 for a 3-day I will eipass, with a special Friday evening ther imadmission price of $5 after 5 p.m. press it into my work for the beautiful texture it will make, or I will incorporate it as an integral part of the work,” explained Sewell.

Sewell’s art will be on display at The American Craft Council Atlanta Show which is in its 22nd year and showcases some of the nation’s finest craft artisans. Artists are chosen through a juried process. “I try to attend the ACC show each year, and I have always admired the artists and the quality of their work. I was so excited when I found out that, in 2011, I would be one of those artists,” said Sewell. The show takes place March 10-13 at the Cobb Galleria Centre and will feature over 200 master artists. There will be a sneak peek Preview Party on March 10 from 6-9pm with proceeds benefitting ACC and the Museum of Design Atlanta. Julie Sewell with one of her works of art.

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ARTS Now - March 13 Inherit the Wind presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Georgia Ensemble Theatre proudly presents one of the greatest epic plays of the 20th Century, based on the famed “Scopes Monkey Trial.” Inherit the Wind is not about science versus religion. It is about the right to think, and is a true celebration of the American spirit. This drama peers deep into the heart and soul of America in the search for enduring faith and hope. www.get.org. Call 770-641-1260 for prices and more information.

March 1 - 31 Forget Thee! No, Never An engaging photography exhibit chronicling several generations of the Barrington King family. Exhibit covers a variety of subjects from clothing to children; from interiors to landscapes. A true glimpse into days gone by. Exhibited in the Carriage House. 770-640-3855

March 5 – 20 HONK! A musical for families based on “The Ugly Duckling” Ever have the feeling that everybody else goes quack and you go honk? Based on the beloved children’s story “The Ugly Duckling,” this eye popping children’s musical tells the story of a little duckling that isn’t quite like the others. On the journey to find himself, he discovers it isn’t what’s on the outside the counts and that every ugly duckling can grow up to become a beautiful swan.Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical (the British equivalent of the Tony Award). Honk! is part of our FAMILIES Centerstage for 2011! Tickets for either performance on March 19 include access to the FAMILIES Centerstage festival! For information visit http://www.alliancetheatre.org/Our-Plays/Later-This-Season/Bring-It-On.aspx

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The events listed here are just the beginning. For a complete list of all that’s happening in the area visit www.theroswellcurrent.com To have your event listed just send an email to events@theroswellcurrent.com Shelley S. Grames and brilliant costuming makes this a “must-see” production. Both boys and girls alike will enjoy exploring Peter's Neverland Forest and the ominous ticking of the crocodile’s alarm clock. Price: Adult $24, Senior, student ,child $22. Phone: (770) 426-0007

March 14 – April 8 Counterpoint: Anne Ginkel & Barbara Wolf A pivotal part of the Art Center West team, Ginkel and Wolf will present their individual works and aesthetics in a collaborative show. Anne will show her elegant and elaborately carved functional forms, and Wolf will offer monumental sculptures complimented by gestural mark making. The ACW apprentices’ will also exhibit collaborations that demonstrate how two seemingly opposing aspects of the natural landscape can work together to create a separate and uniquely textured unit, each aspect extracting a special grace from the other.

March 26 Atlanta Dance Theatre presents a family classic at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Alice In Wonderland at 10:00 am including the Mad Hatter's Meet & Treat. Meet the Mad Hatter, Alice, the White Rabbit, and more get autographs and have a treat with us! all seats $20 for the 10am performance and at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Alice In Wonderland along with Paquita Adults - $22 Seniors/Students/Children - $15. Show times 10 A.M., 2 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.; 404-439-3028 for details and tickets.

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Peter Pan Cobb Civic Center Jennie T Anderson Theater, Marietta, GA Fantastic adventures await adults and children as Peter Pan and Tinker Bell fly across the stage at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. The rambunctious Lost Boys and Peter Pan leap into high-flying battles with swashbuckling pirates and the infamous Captain Hook! Outstanding choreography by

March 14 Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory. 1700 N. Decatur Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA. 404-727-5050. The Atlanta Youth Symphony (AYWS) was

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established in 1988 as the premiere youth wind ensemble in the Atlanta metropolitan arts community. It is comprised of a select group of the finest high school wind and percussion instrumentalists in the area and performs the best of traditional and contemporary wind band literature. The AYWS is sponsored by Emory University where they perform four concerts annually on campus and also tour regularly, participate in commissions and frequently perform with guest soloists, composers and conductors of national and international renown. This event is free.

March 16 The Metropolitan Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride Encore 6:30pm at GTC Merchants Walk 12 Cinema, Marietta, GA Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo perform an encore of Gluck's interpretation of the Greek Myth. (678) 560-1111.

March 19 Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra performance at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 678-595-1969 Georgia Philharmonic presents "Lyric Masterpieces" Join us for a feast of 19th Century Lyric Masterpieces from throughout the Old World. By the end of this tour, we challenge you to go home without at least one song stuck in your head. . .

March 20 Atlanta Chopin Society Concert at Roswell Cultural Arts Center at 7 P.M.; 770-641-1260. Alexander Kobrin is a winner of several international piano competitions such as Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (Gold Medal, 2005), Busoni International Piano Competition, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and Glasgow International Piano Competition.

March 20 Atlanta wind Symphony Remembering Stravinsky (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) at the Roswell Cul-

tural Arts Center Stravinsky created classic harmonies and rhythms specific to the wind band. On the 40th anniversary of his passing, we pay tribute by performing these masterworks. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 3 P.M.; 770-641-1260.

March 25 - 27 Rob Little at The Funny Farm Comedy Club Rob Little’s outlook on life can be summed-up in two words: Pure Optimism. At a young age, he developed and nurtured an upbeat philosophy about life. "In elementary school, kids would always pull food away from me at lunchtime saying mean, hurtful things like… ’Let go of my sandwich!’"www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com

EVENTS & FESTIVALS March 10 – 13 American Craft Show More than 200 new and established artists will present their latest handcrafted jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor, and more at The American Craft Show in Atlanta at its new venue - Cobb Galleria Centre. http://public.craftcouncil.org/atlanta

March 12 – 13 Forsythia Festival Courthouse Square. Kick off Spring with the annual Forsythia Festival held the second weekend in March on the historic Courthouse Square in Forsyth, Georgia. This free family centered event features a 2-day arts & crafts show, children's fair, a 5k run, sporting tournaments, live entertainment, a dance, chili cook-off, and much more. http://www.forsythiafestival.com/

March 12 Once Upon a Princess Day Georgia Aquarium. 225 Baker St. NW Atlanta, GA. 404.581.4000. Georgia Aquarium will spread magic and save frogs in its third annual Princess Day celebration. All princesses and princes are invited to join the world's largest aquarium in ensuring the survival and conservation of all amphibian species. Activities include interactive parades, special give-

Relays Raise Money For Roswell High The 15th Annual Roswell Rotary Relays track meet will be held on March 19 at Roswell High. While the current event is in its 15th year, it actually has roots that date back the late 1950’s. Originally the Roswell Jaycees organized it. The meet is known as one of the best in the region. The Roswell Rotary club organizes the 60-70 volunteers it takes to handle the behind the scenes coordination. The duties range from arranging accommodations for participants to coordination of activities on the day of the meet. Andy Schultz is the track coach at Roswell High, and he sees the meet as an opportunity to assess his team at the mid point of the season. “Our team uses this meet as midterm assessment prior to going into our championship season of the Fulton county meet and the region championships. The athletes that have been working harder than others will start to see themselves separate athletically from their teammates at this point in the season.” Said Schultz.

The one day meet begins at 9am and will feature many standouts from the region. The event is an important fundraiser for Roswell High Athletics and according to Bruce Smith of the Roswell Rotary Club, “The relays are one of our longest community service projects benefiting Roswell High.” The event is expected to raise over $5,000 and with your help that can grow even larger. What a better way to enjoy what will hopefully be a much needed beautiful spring day.


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March 18 – 19 Shamrock Dulcimer Blast - Call for times This 2-day event spotlights the Mountain Dulcimer as an original American folk instrument and its historical significance in Appalachia. Activities include two concerts, open mike performances, jamming and workshops. Workshop Instructor's Fees: $20 one workshop, $35 two workshops, $45 three workshops. Phone: 706-745-5493 - Address: Union County Historic Courthouse, One Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512

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A.M. luncheon; $15 per person. Fir tickets call 770-992-0826. www.forl.net

Wine Highway Weekend Spring Equinox Celebration Dinner - at 6:30 pm Persimmon Creek Vineyards will be hosting a Spring Equinox Celebration Dinner prepared by Chef Vincent Scafiti. The price is $68 per person + tax and gratuity. Reservations are limited, and must be made by calling. Phone: 706-212-7380 - Location: Persimmon Creek Vineyards, Clayton, GA 3052

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March 26 – 27 Cherry Blossom Festival Georgia International Horse Park. The Cherry Blossom Festival originated as a way to encourage cultural understanding and friendship through international music, dance, games, food and crafts. The festival offers multiple stages for continuous entertainment, over 300 booths consisting of arts and crafts vendors, various children's activities and civic and nonprofit organizations. http://www.conyerscherryblossomfest.com/

Family Storytime Celebrates Dr. Seuss's Birthday 6:30 p.m. We will share some favorite Dr. Seuss stories and enjoy a craft in celebration of this beloved author's birthday. Ages 3-7. Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328. For information call 404.303.6130

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Wednesday Walks in the Garden at Barrington Hall; Learn more about Barrington’s gardens and useful tips for your own garden. Free to the public. 770-640-3855.

March 9 Roswell Senior Learning Center Computers for the Terrified (Beginner). If you realize that computers are used in all facets of daily life and are curious as to how to use one, but are terrified to try, then this workshop is for you! Let our volunteers show you that anyone can do it! In this two-hour workshop, students will discuss their fears about computer use, learn basic information about the computer, and practice turning the computer on, opening and closing programs, and turning the computer off. Workshop manual provided. 1:30PM—3:30. $10.

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21st Annual Trout Tournament - at 6 am - 12 Noon Come try your luck on the Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA. $1250 in tagged fish. Bucket raffle $1 per person. Registration is at the Helen Festhalle. Phone: 706-88-1908 - Address: 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545

Free Diabetes Nutrition Workshops Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. Learn more about risk factors, diagnosis and warning signs, physical activity, nutrition, medication, complications and self-management. This program is sponsored by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation. Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328. For information call 404.303.6130

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2nd Season Kick-off Bike Night - at 6 pm The Lodge at Copperhead, Biker or Not, invites everyone to 2nd Season Kick-off of "Bike Night." New Games & Prizes. Dinner required. Phone: 706-835-7433 - Address: The Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA 30512

Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Support Groups North Fulton Hospital. All at 1 pm in Suite 100 of the 2500 Medical Office Building; call 770-751-2650 for more details Stroke: Second Tuesday of every month

Roswell Woman's Club 15th Annual Showcase Home Tour at Providence Brownstones in Historic Roswell (545 Canton Walk). Wed. - Sat. 10 A.M. 6 P.M.; Sun. 1 - 6 P.M. (Closed on Mon. and Tues) Tickets: $15 online; $20 at the door; $25 for unlimited visits to the homes throughout the tour. Shops and restaurants up and down Canton Street will be participating in events during the tour. Please visit www.roswellwomansclub.org for additional details.

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March 19 Nashville Unleashed Concert - at 6 pm The Lodge at Copperhead in Blairsville presents Jack & Diane as they bring their "Living Room" Show back for an encore accompanied by J & D Herrick, and Baillie & The Boys. Fireside Dinner Seating - first come first serve - Advance Tickets Required Special Lodging Package Available. Tickets for Entertainment - $12 each Dinner - Order off menu - priced accordingly Phone: 706-835-7433 - Address: The Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA 30512

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Irish Art With Out of the Box 3:30 p.m. Out of the Box Art Studio will instruct children in the creation of a beautiful winter landscape related art project. Ages 7-12. This program is limited to the first 25 children. Ocee Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek 30005. For information call 770.360.8897

2nd Annual Top of Georgia Bluegrass Jamboree - at 9 am Some featured artists include The Boxcars, The Gibson Brothers, Curtis Blackwell & The Dixie Bluegrass Boys, and Crowe Brothers along with many others. Performance times are to be announced. 2 day General Admission Pass - $55 or 2 day Reserved Seating Pass - $90. You can purchase single day passes as well. Phone: 706-746-2690 - Address: Dillard House Conference Center, 762 Franklin Street, Dillard, GA 30537 2011 Model Train Show Location: Cobb Galleria Centre. Admission: $8 Adults - Kids 12 and under are FREE! Times: SAt. 10am-5pm; Sun. 10am-4pm. http://www.themodeltrainshow.com/

Mothers and Daughters Only Mothers and Daughters Only seminars will cover women's health issues including, menstrual cycle, female anatomy, and the physical and emotional changes in pre-teens. 2:00 PM. North Fulton - Classroom A&B, 3000 Hospital Blvd., Roswell, GA 30076 For more information please contact us at 1-877-22-Tenet (1.877.228.3638).

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COMMUNITY March 5 Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon featuring Robin Oliveira Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon featuring Robin Oliveira, author of My Name is Mary Sutter. Held at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center on Grimes Bridge Road. 11:30

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March 8 Alpha Arts Guild monthly meeting The guild is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that welcomes all who wish to promote, support and contribute to the fine arts in the local Georgia community. The guild is not associated with any geographic or government entity. We meet every second Tuesday of each month. Our March meeting is 7:00 PM at Fine'ally Affordable Art, 370 Winkler Drive Suite C, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004. For additional information about the guild visit http://www.alphaartsguild.com/ or call (678) 994-5630.

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March 10, 24 & April 7 Water Birth North Fulton Hospital. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. • $30.00 per couple; Registration required. Community Events& Screenings. Call 770-751-2660 for more information and to register unless otherwise noted.

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aways, royal arts and crafts and much more fairytale fun! Girls 12 and under in princess costume will receive free admission and a chance to see handsome frogs turn into handsome princes. Boys 12 under in frog or prince costume will also receive free admission. Free admission is for one child per paid adult and valid for general Aquarium admission only. http://georgiaaquarium.org

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March 11 Mt. Bethel UMC’s Spring 2011 Children’s Consignment and Baked Goods Sale. 9:30am to 7:00pm at Mt Bethel UMC, Marietta, GA. Please visit www.mtbethelccs.com for more details. 480 sellers consigning children’s clothing, toys, books, furniture, maternity clothes, upscale boutique section and more. All proceeds go to support local and global missions to benefit families and children of all ages. read more Price: $1+

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Climbing is back! Begining in March out Tree Climbing season in Roswell will fire back up with 12 new classes for Spring 2011. This is a fun event for ages 5-105! You will climb to new heights in one of Roswell's majestic water oaks. You may visit www.funintrees.com for more info on class times. All gear is provided and pre registration is encouraged, but we also accept on site registration pending avaliable space. Price: $24 for Roswell Residents $36 for Non residents. Phone: (770) 641-3760.

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Baby & Children Consignment Sale 9:30am to 2:00pm at East Roswell Recreation Center, Roswell, GA. Over 20,000 new & gently used baby/kid items! Cash and check accepted. Info www.nfmomc.org

Think Green and Healthy at Harry’s Farmers Market, Alpharetta Blood pressure checks and refreshments at 5:30 pm; presentation at 6 p.m. Get information from a North Fulton healthcare professional and Harry’s Farmers Market representatives about being “green” for your health. FREE, but registration is required.

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Fairy Garden. Learn about the magical world of Fairies and create a special home for them to place in your garden. $20 cash lab fee due to the instructor on the day of class. East Roswell Recreation Center from 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. 770-594-6134 Fee: $30, residents $45, non-residents.

CRCT Prep Series 10:00 a.m. Assessment of study needs, customized study packet, test strategies and techniques. Ages 11-14. Reservations required. Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075. For information call 770.640.3075

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March 12 - 20 Great American Cover-up Quilt Show at Bulloch Hall; Tours are self-guided during the quilt show. 770-992-1731.

March 12 Sports Fitness Experience Announces 1st Annual SFX Challenge The SFX Challenge - an approximately 3.2-mile road course filled with various exercise challenges that will take the competitor through Woodstock/W. Crossville Road area. The challenge is open to any fitness enthusiast in the Metro Atlanta area, as well as the southeast region. Registration and information available at www.sfxfitness.com

March 14 Newbery Book Club 4:30 p.m. Kids get to pick what book to read from award-winning titles. Then they have a trivia contest to see how much they learned and remember. Ages 9-12. Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328. For information call 404.303.6130

St. Patrick's Day by making a masterpiece in the style of an illuminated manuscript. Sign up required. Space is limited. Ages 6-1. Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328. For information call 404.303.6130

dogs, hot chocolate, breakfast treats and a nice warm campfire. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Held at Hembree Park. 5:00 P.M. (Arrival Time) 770-569-9746; Fee: $38, residents (family of four); $57, nonresidents (family of four); $3, for each additional person.

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Taking Care of Me: Loss, Grief & Resolution North Fulton Hospital. Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm, Medical Arts Center, Suite 175 Call Fred Whitehurst at 404-226-8450 for more information.

Roswell Garden Club - March 22, 10 a.m. Program will be A Green Tapestry: Using foliage for an interesting and long-lasting arrangement. FREE. Location: Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road in Roswell. www.roswellgardenclub.com or 770-518-7021

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Alpharetta Roswell Newcomers’ Club. ARNC is a social club welcoming women new to the area. This month’s general meeting will include a presentation by author Dianna Avena. Dianna is also the founder of Roswell Georgia Paranormal Investigations. Please join us on Wednesday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the Hembree Park Recreation Center, 850 Hembree Road, Roswell, Georgia. For more information contact us at 678-318-1442 or visit our website at arnewcomers.org

Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education 4:30 p.m. The Atlanta Ballet Centre Ensemble of tweens and young teens will present several different classical and contemporary dances for your enjoyment. Located in the meeting room. Ages 5 and up. Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328. For information call 404.303.6130

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Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell,Spring “K” Classic, Fun Run and 5K & 10K Run, Saturday, March 26th, 2011, Event: 1 Mile Fun Run - 8:00 AM, 5K & 10K Run - 8:30 AM. Event will take place rain or shine. Location: Roswell High School 11595 King Road, Roswell, GA 30075-2200, Entry Fee: $20 Pre-registration (Must be postmarked by March 15th to guarantee T-Shirt) $25 Race day registration Registration: Will be located at Roswell High School beginning at 7:00am on race day. Awards: Fun Run participants: each finisher will receive a free water bottle.5K and 10K: Overall Winner (both Male and Female), Overall Master (both Male and Go to: www.springKclassic.com

Comic Book Art Workshop 6:00 p.m. Learn how to create your own comic book characters. Ages 1318. Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328. For information call 404.303.6130

March 19 Indoor Farmers Market at High Meadows See our ad in this issue. Page 5

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Parenting Seminar at Roswell UMC, presented by Sue Miller, one of the most respected and well-known children’s ministry leaders in the world. www.rumc.com/suemiller or 770-261-1701.

PSAT/SAT 10 Question Challenge 6:00 p.m. Test drive a mini practice test of PSAT and SAT questions. Review test formats and strategies. Reservations required. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022. For information call 770.360.8820

Georgia Daffodil Society annual show held at Chattahoochee Nature Center Kingfisher Hall. Exhibitors come from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. Contact Darrin Ellis-May at darrinsdaffs@gmail.com for additional information.

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Recreational Tree Climbing 12:00pm at Riverside Park, Roswell, GA. "Tree for All" Recreational Tree

Out of the Box Art Studio: Illuminated Art 4:30 p.m. Out of the Box returns for a terrific art project in celebration of

Overnight Family Camp Out Grab your camping gear and camp with us. We’ll provide the s’mores, hot-

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March 26 Johns Creek International Day 1:00 p.m. Celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Johns Creek! Music, art and food of different cultures will be featured. All ages welcome. Registration suggested. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022. For information call 770.360.8820

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In today’s discount driven economy not all customers are created equal. By Tom Bowen

The goal of business is to cultivate future customers who will, in turn, bear financial fruit. However, there is a cost to bringing in future customers. The “cost” can take the form of marketing expense, advertising expense, and time invested in networking, as well as other activities. So when evaluating whether it was “cost-beneficial” to bring in that last customer, you have to know the cost of the new customer. Knowing how many new customers you have is not good if you don’t know what brought them in and how much it cost to bring them in. For example, when a new customer walks in the door; was that new customer from an advertisement, a direct mail campaign, a referral from an existing customer, perhaps or someone you met at the last City of Roswell sponsored networking event?

For every investment, including an investment in future clients, it is critical to know the return on investment. If you spent a dollar to get a customer, how much did that dollar bring back to you in terms of new revenue and profit? Those efforts, which are most cost effective at bringing in new customers, Business should be the first ones that get future inTOM BOWEN vestment. It is simple math to calculate the cost of the future customers but it is much more difficult to measure the cost of the existing customers. Is your company motto "any business is good business"? What about the customer ac-

counts that are not profitable? What about the customer that stresses you and your employees every time they call or come by because they are difficult, rude or not appreciative? Is that one customer worth losing your best employee? As a business owner it is your responsibility to know your customer base and know which customer accounts are profitable and those that are not. Are you content to work for free, or worse, to work at a loss, or are you willing to raise prices and expect a reasonable return for your efforts? Market conditions do influence pricing. However, for many small businesses the problem can be not knowing which customers are profitable. Not all customers are created the same. These days many consumers are just chasing a cheap price. The use of popular coupon related web sites often bring many new customers through the door but do they

The use of popular coupon related web sites often bring many new customers through the door but do they inspire loyalty?

What's the cost of the customer?

inspire loyalty? Many of these coupon sites force businesses into offering steep discounts. These discounts make the web sites look good but are they good for your bottom line? When evaluating the cost to bring in the future customers don’t forget to evaluate the cost of those customers you already have. Knowing all your costs can make it easier for your business to find its way to profitability. Thomas Bowen, an attorney and certified public accountant, is a principal with the accounting firm of Thomas Bowen, CPA, located in Roswell. The firm offers tax and accounting services to both individual and small-business clients. www.bowencpa.net.


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High Blood Pressure and Stroke Special To The Current

Approximately every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke and roughly every three to four minutes someone dies of a stroke. Strokes cause about one in 17 deaths annually – making it the third leading cause of death – and are the primary reason for long-term disability. The most important risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure, or hypertension. If left untreated, this condition can damage blood vessels throughout the body, causing them to narrow and clog more easily or weaken them so they could burst resulting in internal bleeding. When blood vessels in the brain become blocked or break and then leak blood into the brain, brain cells begin to die and the brain is not able to function properly.

Blood pressure can be controlled by making lifestyle changes or taking medication. Some ways to manage blood pressure include: • Reducing salt in foods • Eating healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, skinless chicken, lean meats, turkey, fish, and low-calorie, low-fat snacks • Maintaining a healthy body weight • Engaging in physical activity on a regular basis by exercising through walking, swimming, riding a bicycle or dancing • Limiting alcohol intake to no more than two alcoholic drinks a day for men and one per day for women • Not smoking • Taking medications as directed by your physician to lower blood pressure In addition to being the leading

cause of stroke, high blood pressure can contribute to heart failure, coronary artery disease, kidney failure and eye blood vessel damage. It has also been linked to sexual dysfunction, bone loss and trouble sleeping. For more information about high blood pressure, talk with your doctor or visit the American Stroke Association Web site at www.strokeassociation.org. Learn more about stroke and how to reduce your risk at North Fulton Hospital’s Stroke Awareness Seminar. On Wednesday, May 11 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, you’ll enjoy: Free health screenings Presentations on stroke prevention, healthy diet, side effects of medications Simple exercises for older adults The event is free but registration is required. Learn more and register at 770.751.2660 or www.nfultonhospital.com/event.

North Fulton Hospital’s Stroke Coordinator Pat Victor wants you to know the signs and symptoms of stroke. “If any of these symptoms occur, call 911 immediately. It is not worth the wait because with a stroke, time lost can mean brain loss.” • Sudden weakness of the face, arm, or leg • Sudden trouble speaking • Sudden trouble walking • Sudden trouble with vision • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause North Fulton Hospital is proud to be your source for award-winning stroke care. Since 2005, NFH has held the distinction of a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center. For information visit www.nfultonhospital.com/stroke.

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The Trouble With Menstrual Bleeding By Garry E. Siegel, MD

For time immortal, women have had to put up with the inconvenience, if not outright trouble, of a monthly menstrual cycle. To many, it is a sign of normalcy and a monthly celebration of their womanhood. To some, however, (especially as the years go on) the monthly visitor can be anything from a small bother to a huge problem in which time is lost from work, school, or family. There have been many advancements in the field of gynecology that are now recognized to offer help to women of all ages. The days of simply suffering are long past, and depending on one’s circumstances, there are many treatments that can be life altering. During the reproductive years when women are not in a situation to compromise childbearing, there are medical treatments that can offer relief. Simple hormonal medicines such as Oral Contraceptives (the birth control pill) have been around for over 50 years, but now there are newer, lower dose preparations that are quite low in potential side effects. Options also exist that include a skin patch or a vaginal ring that allow even greater flexibil-

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ity. For women who have certain medical conditions that preclude pill usage, there are low-dose pills without estrogen as well as injectable medication that can very nicely control cycles. Some women do not wish to have a daily or systemic medicine, and for those there are two other nice options. A new medicine has emerged in the US market recently after years of success across the world. This medicine, known as Tranexamic acid, is used only during the cycle to lessen flow. AdditionHealth ally, a product known as an DR. GARRY E. SIEGEL IUD, or intrauterine device, has been FDA approved for use to lighten cycles. In the past, women who’ve completed their families were offered hysterectomies (removal or the uterus and/or ovaries) to stop heavy menstrual flow. While that certainly remains an option, what has changed is

that there has been an explosion in new technology that has been lumped into a category called “Minimally Invasive Surgery.” The hysterectomy of old, in which an abdominal incision was made, has in many cases been replaced by a minimally invasive approach, which in its purest form involves NO incisions and the surgery is performed transvaginally (this is somewhat deceptive; vaginal hysterectomy has undergone a resurgence, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently promoted a simply vaginal hysterectomy as the preferred route over “sexier” methods such as robotic and scope-based surgery, when applicable). In some cases, the vaginal hysterectomy is not the best approach, and other procedures involving laparoscopy (1 to 3 small, “band-aid” incisions) can avoid a larger incision. There are other, newer options that may avoid hysterectomy in those looking for other methods to alleviate bleeding. For instance, some women can undergo office-based or operating room-based endometrial ablation, in which the uterine lining is destroyed such that menstrual flow is lessened or absent. Additionally, for women

with fibroid tumors (a common, benign tumor associated with heavy bleeding), a minimally invasive procedure known as “Uterine Artery Embolization” can be done as an overnight, hospital based procedure in which the blood vessels leading to the tumor are obstructed so that the tumors shrink. North Fulton Hospital offers these procedures and others, helping the women in our community manage their issues with bleeding. Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Garry Siegel practices at North Fulton Women’s Specialists (NFWS), an Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice located in Roswell, Georgia. Serving residents of North Fulton and the surrounding areas, NFWS specializes in prenatal care & delivery, high risk obstetrics, and general gynecologic services including well women exams, family planning, endometriosis, teenage/adolescence care, infertility, and more. The practice is open daily 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For more information about North Fulton Women’s Specialists or to schedule an appointment, visit www.NorthFultonWomensSpecialists.com or call 770.664.7013.

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Roswell Bicycles We will be having our 24th anniversary spring tent sale March 4-13. This will be our biggest and best sale of the season. Free seminars, bike rides, and chances to win prizes. 6 month zero percent financing. Visit www.roswellbicycles.com for details.

Meditating Mantis Finally in Roswell a unique gift shop that offers Aamazing, one-of-a-kind gifts ( Art, Jewelry, Tea, locally made Bath & Body products, etc.) And here’s the twist. Meditating Mantis also offers effective services for stress reduction & Natural Wellness. Tai Chi, Aromatherapy, Life Coaching, Meditation, & Natural Healing options. Meditating Mantis…Unique Gifts and “Aha Moments”. Wow! www.MeditatingMantis.com

Specialized Management Services We would like to extend an offer to new clients interested in renting their home by offering a 25% discount (savings up to $500) off tenant placement service. Discount applies to new customers with property in North Fulton. 707.587.4855 or visit www.SRESproperties.com. Pollo Campero Roswell Visit Pollo Campero Roswell and try our Grilled

Pilates Powerhouse Come get in shape for Summer! Buy one Private Pilates session/Get one Free! PilatesPowerhouse, 1025 canton St. Roswell,Ga 30075, 678-6225269, pilatespowerhousestudio.com

Atlanta Dance Central Dance through the summer at Atlanta Dance Central! Register for any youth or kinder camp for ages 3-18 with your FIA card before May 1, and get half off your second youth or kinder camp! Check out all our camps at www.atlantadancecentral.com, or call 770-992-0170. Ladybugs and Lizards Ladybugs & Lizards Tent Sale, 1213 Canton Street, Roswell, GA, Fri & Sat March 18th & 19th, 10am 5pm. All clothing items under the tent are $5 and Under! More discounts inside; up to 50% off select items. Southern Tranquility Massage Southern Tranquility Massage is offering a special introductory price, a 60 minute Therapeutic Massage for $49.00 (reg $70).


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Negativity Isn't So Bad: Tap the Best of Positive Thinking & Scrap the Rest Have you had the ironic experience of feeling bad because you fail to "think positively" at times, despite the constant insistence of nearly everyone around you? I’m blessed to have chosen a vocation that allows me to help people transform their lives in powerful ways. Among the many issues I’ve observed as harmful to the human mind and spirit, who would think positive thought failure would be one of them? Sure enough, clients have apologized for being negative in the midst of sharing painful experiences that they often couldn’t have foreseen nor prevented. Those of us in the mental health field know of another word for refusing to acknowledge certain aspects of reality: denial. If you won’t acknowledge an issue, how can you resolve it? Research has associated unrealistic optimism with worse health outcomes for this very reason - people who were sure nothing bad would happen to them delayed treatment. Studies have found that when people try to keep a lid on certain thoughts, they actually experience the

opposite of the desired effect, so trying to ignore “negative” thoughts can be self-defeating. I encourage clients not to judge or label their thoughts and feelings, so this runs counter to that concept, as well. In the realm of emotions, suppression has been associated with poor mental and physical health. Refusing to acknowledge the full spectrum of thoughts, feelings and realistic possibilities squashes creHealth & ativity and honWellness esty, and limits self-knowledge. TORI RODRIGUEZ Human nature involves beauty and ugliness, light and dark, love and hate, and everything in between. One of the ways we most help ourselves and our fellow humans is when we share our stories honestly – our happy times, yes, but also our personal challenges – so that we all feel less alone, less ashamed, and more

hopeful. If we only relate the good stuff, this makes those of us with issues (which is every one of us!) feel disconnected and defective. We need to be mindful of how shunning the negative stems from our own discomfort with others’ pain. When someone shares their misfortunes with you, don’t jump to make it better right away. Just listen intently and compassionately, be Now forming a food & body supportive, image group for men, and a and offer women’s therapy group your help if you can. At called Find Your Voice! its worst, the Contact Tori for more positive details. thinking movement ignores power differences and can lead to victim-blaming. After all, if positive outcomes can be achieved by merely thinking them into existence, then the unlucky have only themselves to blame if they get sick or fired or suffer some other unfortunate fate, the thinking goes. The lack of compassion and empathy that mentality promotes is anything but positive.

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Positive thinking, when tempered with reason, undoubtedly has its upside, since we surely have the ability to positively influence certain aspects of our lives. For instance, if you don’t think you can do something, then you won’t try, and then you definitely won’t succeed. And as the study on failure suggests, thinking negatively just for the sake of it isn’t helpful, so do so with the overarching purpose of learning from your experiences and enhancing your life. By all means, keep looking on the bright side, but do yourself (and the rest of us!) a favor, and add a healthy dollop of realism to your optimism. Suggested reading: Bright-sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America, by Barbara Ehrenreich Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice. She provides counseling in her Roswell office. She can be reached at 404-8867065 or torirodriguez@bellsouth.net You can see more of Tori’s writing at http://torirodriguez.typepad.com and each month in The Roswell Current.

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potential structural changes needed to upgrade the backroom facilities. There has been a multi-million dollar plan in place for years that would solve the problems. This plan calls for the addition of a second stage that could accommodate smaller audiences and would free up the main facility for the most important weekend dates to potentially lure bigger attractions. Jess Wells is the new Cultural Arts Center Coordinator and is a driving force behind the new vision for the center. “A lot of what we would like to do here is draw from the whole area. It would be nice for this facility to be a destination,” Wells said. Both Wells and Timmis feel the center has untapped potential. Recently the city booked a national performing act Nuttin’ But Stringz into the center as part of the Roswell Roots Festival. Having nationally recognized performers in the center will only increase participation and awareness in all that happens at the center. Finding a niche that fills a void in the area performing arts is the next step. “We fantasize about a multiple series. Let’s make a film series, a jazz series, a comedy series…but lets see what works,” Timmis said with regards to developing a business model to the center. Additionally both Wells and Timmis agreed that the center’s mission goes beyond just performances. “I think it’s important to note that what we’re doing here is really educating the community. We’re expanding the horizons of the community and making national level performers available,” Wells said.


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Training For Day To Day Life Functional fitness routines are a great way to train with maximum results. By Lesley King

Many years ago when I became a personal trainer, I learned the basics of weight training. It was what many trainers now call “old school” weight training. One day something caught my eye that broke all of the rules I learned to that point. A trainer was working with a client while balancing on a Bosu. The Bosu is similar to an exercise ball. The client was squatting down, while balancing on the Bosu with dumbbells in hand, and then performing lateral shoulder raises as she stood up. Not only was his client unstable, she was also balancing while performing two exercises at the same time. This was the new wave in training called Functional Fitness.

In the past, weight training was all about how each machine could strengthen, isolate and develop each muscle separately. The problem is that our bodies don’t move by using one muscle at a time. Juan Carlos Santana, CEO of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton, FL, Health & who I was a stuWellness dent of, stated LESLEY KING that “functional training works on the concept of ‘specificity’, which dictates that you get what you train for: if you train complex movements, you get better at moving; if you train

one muscle, that muscle gets bigger.” We move using multiple muscles and joints all at the same time. Incorporating that thought process into the sports and fitness world has made Functional Fitness incredibly popular and beneficial for trainers and clients. First, you gain more strength and burn more calories because it works multiple muscle groups while continually moving in various directions. Secondly, you will save time. How many of you have an hour and a half to workout 3 to 4 times a week? “Old School” training and then cardio can take up to 90 minutes. Now imagine a functional exercise circuit of performing dumbbell squats and adding that bicep curl as you stand up. Instead of resting, you move right into the next exercise of stability ball pushups with knee tucks. You’ve just worked about 8 muscle groups with

two functional exercises, while keeping your heart rate up because there is no rest. Last but not least, functional training allows you to work on your core, stabilizing muscles that you use in daily activities. That’s more bang for your buck. I fell in love with functional training almost 8 years ago and today it’s the only way I train. The physical benefits and results speak for themselves, but more importantly functional training is fun, efficient, challenging and never boring. So if you aren’t already incorporating functional training into your workout, ask for help from a trainer. You’ll be glad you did. Lesley King, Owner and Personal Trainer, LDK Fitness, Roswell, GA 30075 Lesley@ldkfitness.com 770-990-9507

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The True Meaning Of Summer Camp The idea of sending kids to camp takes on a whole new meaning in the 21st Century. By Tripp Liles

The camp experience for many children helps them develop an appreciation of their place within society. Sending a child to camp offers them an opportunity to join a community that mimics that of adults. While under the supervision of instructors and coaches, children can make new friends and experience the opportunity of belonging to and contributing to a group. There have been a lot of changes to the philosophy of camp over the years. In the 19th century many families worried that society had lost its ties to the

great frontier. Those first campers were closer to wilderness tourists. Today wilderness for many kids is losing their iPod. Children today are much more technically inclined but are less familiar with the ideas of sharing space, their gadgets, or the attention of the adults around them. For most kids who use a multitude of acronyms to communicate, a little break from the daily routine is long overdue. “In our culture where kids are often over-stressed, over-scheduled, and over-evaluated, High Meadows offers an alternative opportunity for vital social and skill development, where

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childhood fun, exploration, curiosity, and energy are valued and directed to opportunities for real growth,” said John Dovic, High Meadows Camp Manager. Roswell and the surrounding areas offer many options for summer camp activities. Day camps start as young as pre-K and are designed to give children

the experience of camp while still returning home at the end of the day. Often day camps provide a great initial camp experience for kids who may have reservations or fears of being away from home. Placing your kids in a camp program at an early age has many important advantages. “It is very important for children to


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A Wide Variety of Choices There are a multitude of options for parents and their kids. Any number of factors will initially attract and motivate you to seriously consider a camp for your child. Location, session duration, pricing, facilities and programs are all important factors. Ultimately you’ll want to learn about the people who are responsible for the camp’s operation. Camp should also be about fun. The summer months offer kids an opportunity to get a break from the normal school routine and allows them to blow off steam. “Most people recognize that camp is

fun, but a good camp also understands its role in the social and emotional skill development of its campers. In an environment intentionally created for them, children learn life skills, develop self-esteem, practice responsibility, and develop their sense of independence and of community. The best camps play a vital role in building positive skills, attitudes, and relationships that will last a lifetime,” Dovic said. Cultural advantages are also a factor that comes into play. Many area facilities offer enrichment classes that expand a child’s horizon that perhaps they don’t get on a normal basis. “Roswell Budokan hosts 11 summer enrichment camps with Aikido classes twice a day (for full-day campers), Japanese language every day, outdoor water play, and a week-long featured enrichment every morning during camp. Featured enrichments include robotics taught by GA Tech Professor, Jun Ueda, Ph.D; the weeks featuring rockets conclude with a launch taking place on Fridays with a Woodstock Police Officer; and scientific discovery camps are packed with fun experiments everyday. The weeks featuring culinary arts and crafts involve preparing and eating tasty epicurean creations,” Fitzpatrick said. No matter what camp you chose, perhaps a little distance isn’t such a bad thing – not just the physical but psychological. Let children take a walk in the woods, do a karate chop or even a pirouette. Perhaps the parents can take the opportunity to do the same. Just think of the great conversations you can have at the end of the summer.

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Choosing The Right Camp One Day At A Time There are seemingly endless summer camp options available for Roswell parents – let us help you come to the right decision. By Laura Liles

Welcome to camp season. While most kids don’t hit the pool until the summer months, the parents are busy making choices about summer camps while it’s still winter. The process can be daunting for some, so let’s cut through the clutter to help make your camp choices easier. Ask Your Child The first place to start is by asking your child where they may want to go. Perhaps they have friends who are attending someplace special, or perhaps they want to learn something new through activities that appeal to them. Gather this information first and let it

assist in shaping the decision. Ask Others Of course what your child may want is not the only thing to bear in mind. There is still homework to do, like asking other parents, or even other kids where they’ve been in the past. It’s important to get a few opinions since someone may have a bad experience that was unusual and unrelated to the one you will ultimately have. Tour Facilities Go see the camp with your child. Ask the staff about their philosophy and organization. While there pay attention to how your child reacts to the facility. This will often give you a strong indication of how the experi-

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ence will be for them. Length of Programs Depending on your interaction during the normal school year, consideration of your time spent with your child is also key. Some children may love camp so much that they want to go all the time but you may want to hold them out for some quality time. Also, consider convenience. You may have a long drive that makes 7

life needlessly difficult. Specialty Camps This is the new trend in summer camps. There are camps that focus on everything from science to surfing. Based on your child’s needs, research camps that appeal to their talents. You can also choose a camp that helps develop skills that your child needs a boost in, in the more entertaining setting of camp.

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Sharma also gained extensive experience in critical care and served as a member of the Circle of Excellence Stroke Team. Prior to this he completed an internship with Atlanta Medical Center’s General Surgery Program working with the level II Trauma Team. Dr. Sharma is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Family Practice and the Georgia Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Varghese received his medical degree from St. George’s University and completed his Family Medicine Residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to joining North Fulton Primary Care he was the Medical Director of The Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. He also serves on the Advisory Counsel for Healthy Advice Networks and is published in the 5 Minute Clinical Consult, a medical textbook widely used by primary care physicians.


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New Principals Named At Area Schools Roswell High School’s Ed Spurka will become principal of the new high school under construction on Bethany Bend. The school board approved his appointment at its February 15 work session. Jerome Huff, currently the principal at Elkins Pointe Middle School and a former Roswell High School administrator, will take the helm next year at Roswell High. “Dr. Spurka’s longterm leadership in the North Fulton community is an asset for opening a new high school. He is an enthusiastic, passionate and decisive leader, and these qualities are essential,” said Superintendent Cindy Loe. “I am also pleased to announce Jerome Huff as his successor at Roswell. Mr. Huff is a wellknown and well-respected member of

the Roswell community. He will continue Roswell High School’s legacy, while building on the school’s successes and guiding it forward.” Dr. Ed Spurka – Bethany Bend high school Dr. Spurka became Roswell’s principal in 2003 and before that was an assistant principal at the school and an administrator and special education teacher at Milton High School. During Dr. Spurka’s tenure at Roswell, the school has flourished academically and athletically. Roswell High has been named an AP Merit School for four consecutive years and is listed as one of Atlanta Magazine’s top high schools in

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Elkins Pointe in August 2010, but in that short time created a sense of community within the school’s socially and economically diverse student population. He considers himself “a positive change agent” and a “servant leader,” meaning he focuses on cultivating students’ and staff members’ individual strengths and talents to guide his leadership. While at Roswell North Elementary, Huff led the school to receive numerous state and national honors, including the Platinum Award for greatest test gains from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and a “Closing the Achievement Gap” recognition from the Standards and Poor’s Corp. In 2009, he was a front-runner for the Georgia PTA’s Principal of the Year award and helped Roswell North start a foundation, which raised $70,000 in its first year. Huff graduated from Georgia Southern University, where he holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in school administration and supervision.

language arts, math and science and athletics. In addition to staffing the new school, one of Dr. Spurka’s first priorities will be to form a community committee for developing a unique school identity, such as its official name, mascot and colors. The school opens in August 2012.

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