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Annual Roswell Fire and Police Foundation Charity Gala on January 18, 2014. In the course of helping others, members of our Police and Fire Departments are sometimes injured, resulting in the disruption of normal family activities and financial instability. The mission of the Roswell Fire and Police Foundation—and the goal of this Gala—is to help Roswell public safety employees and their families in their time of need. The Gala will be held at Ivy Hall at Roswell Mill, 85 Mill Street, Building B, Roswell, Georgia, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on January 18. This black tie–optional event will feature a buffet-style dinner, open bar, and entertainment provided by the band, Yacht Rock Revue, a tribute band/original act/comedic troupe described as the “finest tribute to ‘70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Ever.” Individual tickets are $150 per person with first-come, first-serve seating. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available starting at $1,500. The base package includes ten (10) tickets and a reserved table for all ten guests. For more information and e-ticket sales, visit www.roswellfpf.org or call 678-7562878.

The Roswell Cultural Arts Center (CAC) wants to make your holidays a bit brighter. With a stocking-stuffer special, the CAC offers you a ticket to the remaining four shows in the LIVE! in Roswell series, free hors d’oeuvres from Hugo’s Oyster Bar, and libations in the exclusive LIVE! Lounge for only $26 a ticket when purchasing season tickets. Continuing to spread holiday cheer and goodwill, the CAC is also partnering with several local businesses to offer a New Year’s package that includes one free night at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Roswell, a $100 gift certificate to Hugo’s Oyster Bar, six passes to Roswell Ghost Tours, and two season tickets to the remaining concerts. The drawing for this package will be held at the Sixpence None the Richer concert on December 28, and only ticket buyers will be eligible, so get your tickets now! There will also be two runner-up drawings for a $100 gift certificate to C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar and six passes to Roswell Ghost Tours. Visit www.roswellpresents.com for details.

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It’s A Festive Season December comes alive with historical recreations and a remake of a classic ballet. By Jessica Diamond Personally, I feel that living in Georgia means we should never have to hear words like “arctic front.” Of course, I’m the sort of person who can muster up some holiday spirit by looking at pictures of snow and ice rather than having to encounter the stuff. But for those with tougher skin, these gusts of cold are cherished reminders of a highly anticipated time of year. We’ve enjoyed our turkey, given our thanks and caught our yearly sniffles staying Performers from Academy Dance Company’s production of Nutcracker Swings! out all night on Black Friday. The eight days holidays be to us without the age old of Chanukah ended on Dec. 5, and it’s traditions we sometimes take for now officially time to gear up for the granted? December is when we pay rest of the December holidays! homage to our past while creating new Strings of lights start to brighten memories and customs for the future. every tree and red ribbons line every Whether you’re following a recipe that’s doorway. There are wreaths of every been handed down through shape, size and orientation generations or going to a show with accompanied by candles, nativity family and friends, your holiday scenes, gingerbread houses and all mantraditions are contributing to a culture ner of family heirlooms. Hot chocolate that is unique to our beautiful southern and apple cider become much more achome. cessible (sometimes people just hand The Roswell Historical Society is one to you!) and your completely shapehonoring its past by bringing Christmas less and oversized sweater that was of the 1850s into the 21st century with hand-knitted out of clouds can the first annual 1850s Heirloom acceptably be worn pretty much Holidays. See the buildings you know anywhere. There is a general and love restored to their original glory atmosphere of excitement and fireside with period attired characters to guide comfort in just about every home and you through the historic sector as business. Even stuffy offices loosen up Roswell’s first residents would have and embrace the reindeer games. In known it. Visit the historic homes and many ways, it really is the most wonderobserve traditional holiday crafting as ful time of the year. you and your family experience “living Typically, we like to celebrate all that history” in Roswell! Attend a special peis new around this time of year. New riod style dinner and cozy up to the gifts, New Year, new relationships, new bonfire with Roswell King and Mittie pants size, it’s all worth recognizing. Bulloch as your hosts. This event spans But we don’t always appreciate what an the entire weekend, starting Friday, important role our past plays in these Dec. 6 through Sunday, holiday proceedings. What would the CONTINUED 6


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holiday party no one will want to miss! Looking for a little refined Christmas glamour worthy of American royalty? Ladies, you are invited to Bulloch Hall for Christmas High Tea as Mittie Bulloch, mother of President Teddy Roosevelt, would have enjoyed. Absorb the history and holiday spirit as ladies in period costume serve you a two course High Tea. The event includes a special tour of the house, which will be decked out in its holiday best. If you’re going to learn a little about the history of Roswell and Bulloch Hall, this certainly sounds like the way to go! Pinkies up, of course. Available dates are spread through the month of December, so check the Bulloch Hall website for details. In the season of giving and receiving, sometimes it is good just to give. The Child Development Association, an organization committed to providing early childhood care and education to low-income families, is hosting a Santa Night to raise funds for scholarships programs. Four different trolleys, or “sleighs” will depart from four different locations around Metro-Atlanta carrying merry bands of caroling Santas. These Santas will visit local restaurants and sing a few carols and communicate the message of the organization. Each Santa is responsible for raising $150 for a seat on the trolley along with a $25 registration fee that includes a Santa costume, two beverage tickets, and hors d’oeuvres. What better way to catch the Christmas spirit than caroling for a good cause? Flash mob Santas are normally, from what I understand, pretty well received. Whatever your holiday orientation, there are scads of things to do and places to visit around the Atlanta area throughout the month of December. Celebrate your heritage and your traditions as you always have, but don’t be afraid to branch out a little and try someone else’s as well! We are a very diverse area with more to offer than any of us may realize, so always check the community calendars for upcoming events. Perhaps try a little Kwanza with your Christmas this year, which I understand is Dec. 26. I may look into Nation Lemon Cupcake Day, which falls on Dec. 15 this year. Keep an open mind and an open heart! ‘Tis the season, after all. 


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It appears music training sharpens abilities to collaborate, listen, and synthesize disparate ideas. Yet music and arts education in public school, from pre-school to grad school, continue to decline at an alarming rate. What opportunities does your child’s school offer to engage with the arts? Not sure whether to sponsor that performance…. not convinced that your company name on an event program will make a difference. Think again. Americans for the Arts Partnership Movement reports 79% of businesses agree that supporting the arts increases name recognition. And when you partner with the arts you are partnering with the whole community. Arts patrons favorably bolster your city economically with dinner, shopping and gasoline purchases. Struggling to get a good return on your investment portfolio these days? Consider that the arts industry generates about $30 billion in revenue for local, state and federal governments every year, and by comparison, the three levels of government collectively spend less than $4 billion to support the arts annually. That is a spectacular 7-to-1 return on investment that would thrill most of us. Investing in the arts is a good idea for public and private institutions. The arts are not an extra, they are not disposable, and they are not on the periphery of our daily lives. Rather it is the strategic placement and utilization of the arts that determine the quality of our daily lives, play a critical role in the overall social and economic health of our communities. There are countless ways in which the arts matter to us, individually and collectively, to our communities, culturally and economically. We will explore the relationship of the arts to Community Character, Education, the Economy and Philanthropy as well as present profiles of key players in the arts industry in future conversations. The arts matter! 


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Movies And More Movie Tavern will let residents enjoy dinner during the movie and a whole lot more. East Cobb and Roswell residents interested in enjoying a delicious meal while watching a movie are already excited about the new Movie Tavern at Sandy Plains Village opening December 17. The new location in Roswell is part of the expansion plan for the company, and makes the third location in the greater Atlanta Market. Guests can order from complete food and beverage menu by a simple push of a button from the comfort of their seats before or during the movie. And there’s a lot to order. There’s a “You can truly come and full chef-inspired menu with enjoy a premium offerings that range from island skewers to juicy burgers. There will experience but you’re not be different combinations of salads, going to pay a premium Kobe beef sliders, and chips and dip. price for it…” A special “Game Day Platter” includes cheese fries, sliders, and Buffalo wings. Those looking on the lighter side can order seasonal fruit and cheese platters. There will also be a wide range of desserts, smoothies, and milkshakes. Alcohol offerings include a full bar with a wide variety of signature cocktails and a complete wine list including popular choices such as Pinot Grigio, Cabernet, and Chardonnay. Among Movie Tavern’s beer offerings will be local and popular craft beers. The theater will host beer festivals from time-to-time which will feature local brews which patrons can taste test. After the festival, the most successful craft beer may be featured and added to the permanent lineup indefinitely. In addition to lunch and dinner, there will be a weekly “Breakfast and a Flick” program with 9 a.m. showings of current movies on Saturdays and Sundays which will feature a delicious breakfast menu including waffles, pancakes, breakfast burritos and more. All of this comes at a value price. “You can truly come and enjoy a premium experience but you’re not going to pay a premium price for it,” said Movie Tavern Director of Marketing Danny Digiacomo. The theater will have 11 screens, all digital. All auditoriums will have luxury lounger seats which are wider than a typical movie seat for a more comfortable experience. Reserved seating in all auditoriums will help patrons plan ahead when purchasing tickets for their movie of choice. And one theater will be grander still. Larger than the others, the MT-X theater will feature a giant screen with premium, enhanced digital sound and projection which will offer luxury, oversized reclining seats. This auditorium will be geared toward those who really want to experience a movie event for a slight upcharge. “MT-X is our event movie theater,” he said. “Fanboys and avid movie-lovers who insist on an Movie Tavern epic experience will really enjoy this house.” Sandy Plains Village Not only will patrons enjoy fine meals with 4651 Woodstock Road first-run movies, but they can also see old-school offerings with the “Retro Cinema” series. Popular Roswell, GA 30075 films from the 1930s to 1990s will appear Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. December’s series will celebrate the holidays with A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Movie Tavern offers its unique experience to adults and families. Guests 16 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years old or older. Children six and under can see any film except those rated R. 


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DEC 2013

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By Matthew W. Quinn Parents faced with the unpleasant choice of providing holiday gifts for their children or paying for essential needs can turn to North Fulton Community Charities for help this month. NFCC Director of Programs Eden Purdy said the Santa Shop is part of the NFCC holiday program, which began with a coat drive and moves through November with a Thanksgiving food drive. The Santa Shop is a giant toy store set up for the parents who are qualified and receive help from NFCC. They can come and with the help of a volunteer personal shopper select toys, gifts, and gift cards for their children. NFCC has had its holiday program for the last 27 years. The Santa Shop has been around in some form or fashion the whole time. Purdy said the purpose of the holiday program, including the Santa Shop, is to help families stay stable without increasing the financial stress the holidays can bring as well as avoid the discouragement and disappointment of knowing one must choose between essentials like food, rent, or electricity and providing gifts or a special meal for one’s family. All this is made possible by the many volunteers. The holiday program has 2,000 volunteers, with around 600 participating in the Santa Shop. Volunteers will help set up Dec. 18–20 and when the shop is open Dec. 21–22, assist the families shopping and help load cars. Notable organizations providing volunteers include the United Way, the Young Men’s Service League, and North Point Community Church. One of the biggest parts of the Santa Shop is the used bike drive. NFCC has a group of men who gather used bicycles and retool them to be as close to new as possible. When parents come to the Santa Shop, they can get a bike for each child.

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By Di Chapman So what does community mean? Do we restrict ourselves to government drawn boundaries? Is East Cobb different from Roswell because they don’t have a city council? People have long identified as groups that go beyond “official” definitions. In our suburban area there are a multitude of examples of communities that are defined by people who think beyond politics and preset boarders. This holiday season we’re celebrating some of our great communities. In Roswell, historic communities include the Mill and Old Bricks neighborhood, Mimosa Street leading to the Town Square and of course, Canton Street. Residences and businesses pull together to support the uniqueness of the neighborhoods, as well as small businesses with hardworking proprietors who bring the season alive for patrons. One unique holiday experience is the “Divine 9 from Downtown to Downtown,” a joint celebration of the businesses along Highway 9, from Roswell to Alpharetta. Information about this event is available from both cities’ Convention and Visitors Bureaus. The towns boast 120 joint holiday activities from tree lightings to faux snow in

the squares. Additionally, the city of Marietta hosts Santa in the Square Dec. 14 and 15, among other holiday events. And there is more. Three other communities are celebrating the season, all of which have a sense of identity among their residents, while still in the midst of city limits. Two of these communities, Crabapple and Sweet Apple, are to the north in the City of Roswell. The third is the unincorporated community of East Cobb, with two different mailing addresses, Roswell and Marietta. These different stories reflect how neighbors can create their own definition the community. Crabapple is keeping its historic charm blended with newer businesses and shopping opportunities to attract customers from all over North Fulton County. Originally part of Cherokee County, created in 1832, it was eventually incorporated into all three cities of Milton, Roswell and Alpharetta. Neighbors throughout its bucolic countryside have preserved the Crabapple commitment to “improve, protect and enhance the overall quality of life” by keeping its historical uniqueness. Visits with Santa and festivals of caroling celebrate the holiday at the historic downtown corner at Crabapple Road and Broadwell, sponsored by mer-


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Christy Hood-Cree, a ten-year resident of Sweet Apple, manages the Farmers’ Market at Sweet Apple Village, a three year-old outdoor mall at the corner of Etris and Crabapple Roads. “I live in Sweet Apple and love it here. My kids go to Sweet Apple School and I want to help the community grow and thrive,” says Hood-Cree. The Thursday Farmers’ Market at Sweet Apple features locally grown foods and artisan gifts. Kim and Leah Shelley of Southern Growers are Georgia farmers who have sold produce at Sweet Apple Village since it opened. “We do very well in Sweet Apple,” says Kim. “People here really turn out to support us.” Sweet Apple Village seeks to create an atmosphere with the motto “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to support a family.” Restauranteur MC Choi, who recently opened Sushi Mori, says the family-oriented community was one of the reasons he chose the location, and he looks forward to the holiday festivities including a kids’ shopping day, photos with Santa and a craft market. Another community tangential to Roswell that has thrived with its own identity is East Cobb, an unincorporated locality beginning at the Cobb/Fulton county line in the east and stretching west to the Marietta city limits. Historically, East Cobb has drawn families to its community because of favorable home prices and a Cottage Garden focus on children’s education and recreational opportunities. Residents there cite a place where acOut back, the enchanting Cottage tivities abound including a plethora of Garden of greenery, trees and a Koi community sports teams and an active pond with a fountain and stream YMCA and parks department. The anprovides a calming feng shui. The nual East Cobb Park Holiday Lights garden is a space for wine and cheese Celebration draws nearly 900 people a events, socializing, and small to year, illuminating a 40-foot live tree for medium-sized weddings. the season. Down Crabapple Road in another Diane McCraw, an East Cobb community technically in the City of Roswell, Sweet Apple is helping its resi- resident and mother of two now grown dents bond locally with more and more children says she and her husband social opportunities for families. Sweet moved to East Cobb specifically to raise Apple was created on the former farm- their family in the school system, and land of the Etris family, who remained soon learned the community was tightly woven. “It’s been great watching in the area after selling the property. our kids grow up here. I couldn’t imagLong-time residents throughout its ine anywhere else. People here are country setting, and in the heart of its business district, are loyal to the town’s genuinely caring about each other. We identity and look toward creating more can count on each other whenever there’s a need.” success for merchants there. CONTINUED 30 chants and the Crabapple Community Association. In a 150 year-old house nestled off the corner, The Broadwell Cottage has created a unique shopping experience with clothing, handcrafts, jewelry, and artwork. Opened five years ago by Jody Green, the locals are loyal and consider the historic venue a gathering place for neighborly conversation. Tucked into a small nook within the store is Cheese & Mary, with proprietor Mary Mayer serving up samples of cheeses and foods from local “small batch producers.” She sells fresh goat cheeses and raw milk cheese, hard-tofind foods that customers love. “This community is very strong and provides a customer base that likes to support local food artisans,” she says.

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For the love of chocolate or art. I mean is that even a comparable request? Probably not but that is what I am up against for this holiday season. Muse & Co., on Oak Street in Roswell, Muse & Co., in the SOCA village, on Oak Street in Roswell. right down the sidewalk from Grubb founded the company in 2010 Encore, a personal favorite treasure in what was previously the Timothy shop, is a trio of multi-faceted women Michael Gallery. They now celebrate who love, adore and love art and jew- a new space and many uber talented elry. artists. Among them Michael Chad They look be- whose titled “ Geisha study” will hang yond the soon on a gallery wall in my home. surface and see (P.S. his work has been featured by the value in reHorchow and Bed Bath & Beyond) lationships and Such talent and all right here! You what they offer must stop by to say Hi. in life. Getting www.musecofineart.com behind interior On the chocolate front, Russian designer Cheri Chocolatier Natalya Shapiro and her Styled Coyle, they are physicist hubby have launched, Chef DALLAS KATE hosting an Brulée-Chocolates and Gateaux, the amazing event most this Dec. 5. Please check out decadent www.stones4hg.com for details on a and finely benefit to a woman whose legacy crafted defied the conventional coping mechbusiness anisms to cancer. A quick preview to one could her amazing life… imagine Beth Russell actually LIVED durputting ing the battle for her life, hoping, cake boss praying and laughing to the end. to shame. These one of a kind Creating a foundation in the process, creations can be hand painted and Young Woman in the Mirror, Beth’s formed to fit even the wildest big blue eyes and a heart even bigger imagination. Natalya herself will continue to live in those lives she craft, form and pour the most melt in touched. Cheri, her BFF and nation- your mouth art you have ever seen. ally recognized designer revamped Or at least this East Cobb Girl has her jewelry line and it’s mission to ever seen—I may be from the ‘burbs, benefit a larger than life vision. but I know fine art when I see it! Chef As for Muse & Co., they have been Brulée-Chocolates and Gateaux on featured and worked on HGTV’s Facebook! Smart House amongst other Check her out and her adorable recognized amazing projects. For the girls as they uncover the secret to suctrio, putting home furnishings in cess one treat at a time. They are their gallery really improved their right down the sidewalk from client’s imagination by inviting them Thumbs Up Diner off Alpharetta to relax and see how the pieces can be Highway in Roswell.  used in their personal homes. Donna McDonald, Judy Goldgerg and Sheila


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Cool News for Your Refrigerator Door silver award and additional 75 percent compliance with module specific qualWhen my kids were little, everything ity measures for at least twelve they did that was good in any way went consecutive months. We also were one of only seven hospitals in the state that under a magnet on the refrigerator received Target Stroke Honor Roll stadoor. tus. Colorful but indecipherable preschool drawings were posted there for the world to see. Later, good grades on a spelling test were right there next to a new Girl Scout Badge or a mention in the local newspaper for a soccer team honor. Just two weeks ago, we were thrilled Much later there were college graduation announcements and engagement to learn that North Fulton Hospital earned an “A” on the recently released pictures published in the local paper. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Report Card. No matter how little the honor was or how big of a moment it was in their The score is based on surveys lives, it was prominently placed on our submitted by hospitals across the country that have demonstrated a little wall of fame because after all, everyone opened the refrigerator door commitment to transparency by participating in the voluntary Leapfrog at least once a day. Hospital Survey. The survey assesses Today I have one of those stainless steel jobs and magnets don’t stick to it. hospitals on three key areas: how Too bad, because it would be where I’d patients fare, resources used in caring for patients, and leadership and brag about my other family, the staff structures that promote patient safety. and physicians at North Fulton Then at the end of October, we were Hospital. This year has been peppered with re- notified that NFH was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in frigerator door-worthy honors for 2012 by the Joint Commission, the North Fulton Hospital. Each of them organization that accredits hospitals would be noteworthy alone but taken and health systems in this country. together, they make a very loud statement about the kind of care deliv- This represents the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospiered at your community hospital. tals reporting accountability measure This summer the hospital was notified it had received Gold Plus desig- performance data for 2012. This achievement demonstrates our nations in Heart Failure and Stroke from the American Heart Association hospital’s commitment to assuring that and American Stroke Association, one evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right of only two hospitals in Georgia to do time—because it’s the right thing to do so. This award means that NFH for our patients. followed treatment guidelines in Since these won’t stick to my certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time and has maintained refrigerator, I thought you might want this performance level for consecutive to put them on yours to remind you about the great health care you have twelve month intervals. The Plus right in your neighborhood.  awards represent a current gold or

By Debbie Keel

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Dec. 2013 – Feb. 2014 SUPPORT GROUPS Epilepsy Support Group

Water Birth

The third Wednesday of every Nicotine Cessation Group month, 7-9pm Classroom A/B Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., People with epilepsy as well as Join with other men and women their family and care-providers seeking motivation, education are welcome to attend this supand support to live free of nicoport group. The meetings will tine. The only requirement for at- provide time for attendees to tendance is the desire to start the share helpful information from journey. Contact Pam at their own experiences and edu404-428-8799 for more info. cational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Look Good, Feel Better Please contact Tim for more inWednesday, 1/8 10 a.m. to noon A cosmetologist will discuss how formation at 770-667-9363. to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side COMMUNITY effects of cancer treatment. Free EDUCATION make-up and skin care products Babysitting are provided. Call Ryan at Workshop 404-582-6153 to register. Saturday 1/25

Thursday, 12/12, 1/2, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, and 2/27. 7:00 p.m. 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. Call 770- 751-2660 for more information and to register.

Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer Support Group Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

WomenHeart Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease and would like to know more about risk factors and symptoms. We will be addressing different topics each month. To register, call Nicki at 404-386-6037.

Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. The meeting structure is informal with group discussion and guest speakers to be scheduled at various times throughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.

Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The tour last approximately one hour. Please call 770-751-2660 for the schedule and to register.

and 2/8 , 9am–2pm. Sunday 12:30–5:30 Teaches children ages 11–14 how SPECIAL EVENTS to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed Child Safety & Self Defense Class animal and a sack lunch and Saturday, Feb. 22, 10am-1pm drink. $30 Is your child ever safe enough? American Heart Class is for 6-10 year olds and Association Heartsaver their parents on. Children are CPR* taught how to recognize, avoid Saturday, 12/7, 1/11, and 2/1. and escape dangerous people CPR course for the community. and situations. Class includes fullAdult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to force self-defense training and noon; $35 . Adult, child and infant skills practice. For more informaCPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 tion and to register, visit www. revvedupkids.com or call 678Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop 526-3335. $35 Saturday 12/14, 1/25 and 2/15. Self-Defense for Teen Girls The Diabetes Association of At- Saturday Feb. 22, 2pm-5pm -for lanta (DAA) offers classes at girls 11 and older. North Fulton Hospital to teach di- Teen girls face a high risk of vioabetes self-management skills. lence from strangers, acquainCall Katie at 404-527-7180 for tances and dating partners. This more information and to register. single session self-defense class will teach your daughter how to Childbirth Preparation take ownership of her personal Saturday 12/14. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Active class consisting safety and defend herself against an attacker. For more information of both lecture and discussion/sharing. Topics include and to register, visit www. revvedupkids.com or call anatomy and physiology; nutri678-526-3335. $35 tion and fitness; discomforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart what to expect; cesarean birth; Association strongly promotes knowledge medications; possible complica- and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS tions; postpartum care; and com- and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in fort, relaxation, breathing and an educational course does not represent coping techniques for labor sup- course sponsorship by the American Heart port. $100 per couple; registraAssociation, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the tion required. Association.


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Building The Best Defense Against Germs and other shared items are cleaned with regularity. “Cleaning surfaces with soap and water on a routine basis to remove germs usually is enough,” said Dr. Simati, “but sometimes you may want to use a disinfectant to destroy germs.” Disinfectants will be labeled as such and have a registration number from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Areas that should be disinfected include food preparation counters in the kitchen and all surfaces in the bathroom. Remember not to let germs hang around in cleaning cloths or towels. Instead, use sanitizing wipes or paper towels that can be thrown away or wash towels later in hot water. Stop the spread of germs in the kitchen by washing cutting boards, utensils, dishes and counter tops. Do Different Types of Germs not cross-contaminate foods. Separate Bacteria are one-celled organisms found raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs throughout nature that can help you, from other foods. Wash all fresh fruits through medicines or vaccines, or hurt you, and vegetables under running water. Cook foods to the proper temperature through cavities or strep throat. to kill bacteria that can cause foodViruses cannot live on their own and need borne illness. Remember to refrigerate a host to survive. Viruses cause the foods promptly and store leftovers common cold or hepatitis. properly. “It is also important to remember to Fungi are multi-celled organisms that like get your flu shot,” said Dr. Simati. to live in damp, warm environments. “Cleaning surfaces and washing hands Examples of fungal infections include is only part of a good defense against athlete’s foot and yeast infections. the many illnesses that circulate in the winter. Getting a flu shot is the best way Protozoa are one-celled organisms that to build your defenses in case you are love the water and can cause intestinal exposed.” infections. A little prevention can go a long way. Practicing simple habits, such as hand bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, washing and getting a flu shot, can help petting an animal, working in the yard, protect your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and visiting someone who is sick.” at www.cdc.gov has more information Use soap and warm water to wash about protecting your hands thoroughly. Remember to wash health during cold for 20 seconds and clean under your finand flu season.  gernails. Dry with a clean towel. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and To schedule a visit water are not available. with Dr. Beth Simati While we may wash our hands, we for a flu shot, call can’t be sure others are doing the same. 678-239-7854. For Taking a few minutes each day to clean more information frequently touched surfaces can make a about North Fulton huge difference. Businesses such as Primary Care or one of their offices in schools and daycares should be particu- Roswell, Alpharetta, or Woodstock, visit larly diligent to be sure that surfaces northfultonprimarycare.com. such as door knobs, communal tables, Germs live everywhere and are spread through the air in sneezes or coughs, or through body fluids such as sweat, saliva or blood. Once these pesky little germs get into your body, they can damage or destroy healthy cells, use your nutrients and energy, and produce waste products, known as toxins, which can cause a variety of illnesses. But rather than leaving out the welcome mat for some not-so-friendly germs, you can take steps to help germ-proof your home or business. “Hand washing is the first line of defense against spreading germs,” said Dr. Beth Simati, Primary Care Physician with North Fulton Primary Care. “You should wash your hands before eating or cooking, and after using the

Path To Health Initiative Raises Awareness Of The Affordable Care Act If you’ve been wondering where to get information about the new health insurance options available with the Affordable Care Act, “Path to Health” may be just what you need. North Fulton Hospital is one of three Atlanta hospitals that have launched “Path to Health,” a community education and outreach initiative to raise awareness and understanding of the Affordable Care Act. “Path to Health” is designed to inform and educate Atlanta’s uninsured population and others within the community on how the changes implemented in the healthcare law will impact them and what they need to do in order to secure affordable healthcare coverage. The campaign will work with community partners and offer educational materials and resources around navigating the insurance exchanges and the ACA. It will also break down the barriers of this complicated law, and provide user-friendly guidance and tips on what community members need to know in order to make sure they are prepared to choose the best coverage for themselves and their families. Why do I need health insurance? Buying health insurance is no small decision. If you haven’t had insurance before, it may be hard to understand what you need or, more importantly, why you need it. The new health insurance Marketplace provides options that will give you affordable care with great doctors and services. The “Path to Health” website at www.PathtoHealth.com has many resources to help you decide what kind of coverage might be right for you. What will I need to sign up? The new health care law may provide you and your family the opportunity to find lower cost health insurance. If you don’t have insurance right now, there is no better time to get it. The first step: knowing what you need so you can sign up! Social Security Number or Document Number for legal immigrants (for every member of your household who expects coverage) Policy numbers for your current health insurance Income information for you and members of your household who will be covered (provided on pay stubs and W-2 forms) If you are employed, ask your employer if you will be covered under the new law From here, gather employer information for you and your household members (provided on pay stubs and W-2 forms) When can I sign up? Right Now! You can begin buying health insurance on the online Health Insurance Marketplaces. Important Dates & Deadlines: until the next enrollment window. December 15, 2013. This is the For more information, visit last day to buy insurance, if you want www.PathtoHealth.com or contact coverage to start January 1, 2014. our toll free number (866) 893-8446 January 1, 2014. If you for information about the new health purchased insurance early enough, care law and assistance in enrolling in your new coverage will start today! March 31, 2014. This is the LAST the exchange products.  day to sign up for health insurance


Q & A With Dr. Beth Simati Since childhood, Dr. Beth Simati has always wanted to be a physician. A native of Oregon, a wife, and a mother of two, Dr. Simati brings great compassion while seeing her patients, and she loves caring for the whole family when need be.  Her patients range in age from infant to geriatric, and no matter what the situation, she takes the time to truly listen and find the best solutions for each one.

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WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? ANSWER: I grew up

in a tiny logging town in rural Oregon. It only has about 700 residents. There’s just one blinking yellow light; we don’t even have a stoplight. I try to go back at least once or twice a year. My family is still there and it will always be home to me.

Dr. Beth Simati with her family, apple picking in Elijay, this past September

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WHAT LED YOU TO MOVE TO ATLANTA?

ANSWER: The short answer is my husband. Once I finished my medical training, it was his turn to continue his education. I practiced in New Orleans for  2 years while he studied at the University of New Orleans. He transferred to Georgia HOW DID YOU DECIDE State to pursue a PhD.  We are THAT YOU WANTED TO loving Georgia so far. I am PRACTICE MEDICINE? glad to be back in an area with ANSWER: I don’t come from hills and seasons and away doctors. My dad worked in the from the threat of woods, then a plywood mill hurricanes!    until it closed. Now he’s been HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR retrained into healthcare. My HUSBAND? mom is a secretary. Somehow I just always knew that I ANSWER: In college, I spent a wanted to be a doctor.  When I semester in Kenya as an was really little, I thought I exchange student, and I met wanted to be a doctor for animals, a veterinarian, but then I learned that I would have to put some animals to sleep.  I was around 12 years old when I decided then that I wanted to help people instead.  I have never wavered from that decision, and I love what I do!

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WHERE DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE AND MEDICAL SCHOOL?

ANSWER: I attended George Fox University in Oregon for my undergraduate studies and then went to California to study at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.  After that, I completed my residency at Tacoma Family Medicine in Tacoma, Washington.

Meshack there.  We became friends during my stay in Kenya, and kept in touch after I returned to the states. I finished my medical studies, meanwhile he moved to the US to continue his education. We were friends for several years before we became a couple, and now we’ve been married 5 years.  We have two sons, Gabriel, who is 3 years old, and Nathaniel, who is almost 6 months old.

in Africa where my husband is from. The first time I was in Kenya, a friend challenged me that “Everyone comes to help babies and old women. No one helps the men.” That stuck with me. As I was considering which specialty to choose during medical school, I considered all specialties that saw the widest range of patients because I knew I wanted something broad. I love that Family Medicine allows me to see people of all ages and in all stages of life.  No two days are the same. 

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT SEEING PATIENTS?

Ethiopian foods, they tend to be spicy stews with sour crepelike breads.  Delicious!

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PLACE THAT YOU’VE VACATIONED OR LIVED?

ANSWER: The Oregon coast will always be home to me, but Kenya is where we ultimately plan to live when the boys are older.  Kenya is a beautiful country full of beautiful people, though they are still developing.  Meshack and I would like to be a part of that process.

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WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

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that I could be or do anything that I wanted to.  My Mom and with my boys.  We get outdoors Dad were very supportive, as whenever we can. We enjoy were some of the great going to the playground, teachers I’ve had in my hiking, camping, and life.  The loving support of my especially trips to the zoo.  I’m family has led me to be where I am today. ANSWER: I love to spend time

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from our own experiences when we relate to others. ANSWER: I always knew I Being a mom helps me relate wanted to be a doctor, and I’ve to other moms in both the always wanted to be able to medical side of having kids as use those skills to work abroad well as the practical life On safari in Kenya, Dec 2009 changes.  When dealing with kids, my perspective as a looking forward to taking mother helps me give genuine them to the Georgia Aquarium advice and speak from experitoo.  We are also involved in ence.  It also helps me to see our church. In my downtime, I the challenges in dealing with also enjoy reading books and parents and the challenges watching movies. They’re like that may pose. mini-escapes from daily life. I WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST enjoy witty comedies and draPART OF BEING A mas. I see my fair share of DOCTOR? action movies with my husband as well. One of my all- ANSWER: The patients! Many of my favorite memories so far time favorite movies is The have been the babies I Princess Bride. delivered, and I’m so glad to YOU’VE LIVED AND have the relationships with my TRAVELED IN MANY PARTS patients and their families.  I OF THE UNITED STATES AND learn from my patients every EVEN THE WORLD.  WHAT IS day, and I hope they learn YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF from me.  That is what really FOOD? drives me and keeps me ANSWER: Ethiopian, without a coming back day after day.  Dr. Simanti and her husband snowshoeing doubt!  In case you’ve not tried with her Dad at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, December, 2011

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Quick Beauty Fixes For The Holidays Natural NonSurgical Lifts in under 10, 20, and 30 minutes With the holidays around the corner, and holiday parties even closer, it’s time to get ready for those holiday photos. Think you don’t have time to look your best because of the holiday rush? Here are a few quick fixes that can be performed in under 30 minutes. Only have 10 minutes to visit your plastic surgeon? Consider a botox browlift, botox corner of mouth lift, and botox necklift. Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, can be injected in certain amounts between the brows and at the corner of the brows. The injectables raise the eyebrows and opens the eyes making for great holiday photos. Adding a bit more to the forehead softens those harsh forehead creases.   Have some mild neck drooping? Adding botox in the appropriate areas allows the neck tissue to retract upward giving the appearance of a flatter neck… who doesn’t want that this time of year? A corner of the mouth lift can also be performed using a small amount of botox around the mouth allowing the lines around the mouth to

soften and even raises the corners of the mouth to minimize downturned corners. This will certainly turn your frown upside down! Have 20 minutes to see your plastic surgeon? Add a liquid cheeklift to your consultation. Fillers, such as Radiesse or Juvederm, are great to add volume to deflated portions of the cheek and midface to ‘lift’ the tissues giving a more youthful contour. Adding a certain amount to the jawline and temples can complete a youthful, and more importantly, natural look. Lastly, give your plastic surgeon 30 minutes and he/she can add a liquid lower eyelid lift, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty, or lip augmentation. Thin areas of the face requires thin fillers. The lower eyelid skin is very thin so adding a thin filler such as Belotero helps camouflage under eye puffiness, or bags, by filling in the underlying shadow. Lip augmentation also requires a thinner filler and Juvederm works well in this area to add plumpness to the lips as well as improving lines around the mouth.

You  can also correct mild imperfections of the nose or add height to your bridge by using Juvederm or Restylane for a nonsurgical rhinoplasty. Downtime is always a concern this time of year. Find a plastic surgeon who uses a blunt cannula to inject fillers; blunt cannulas reduce the risk of bruising by 90% and also reduces swelling and pain from needle sticks. In addition, once you get your treatments, treat with ice the day of treatment, keep your head elevated, don’t work out or increase your heart rate, and avoid blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, flax seed, Vitamin E, gingko biloba, etc., at least 2 weeks prior to treatment to minimize any further bruising. Herbal supplements such as arnica montana and bromelain seem to decrease bruising once it occurs if taken for 4–5 days following the treatment.   Mike Majmundar, MD is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and founder of Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery in the Atlanta,

Alpharetta, Roswell, and Cumming areas who specializes in Natural procedures, including his Natural NonSurgical Lifts. For more, call 770-475-3146, or visit www.northside plasticsurgery.com. 

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North Fulton Hospital Earns an “A” in Patient Safety North Fulton Hospital was recently recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Hospitals were awarded the A, B, C, D or F scores based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peerreviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. “Every staff member at North Fulton Hospital works diligently to ensure the safety of patients in our care,” said Debbie Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital. “We are very proud to have received the highest score possible, and will continue to make patient safety a priority.” “Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital

has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate North Fulton Hospital for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.” Other area hospitals received scores

of “B” and “C.” To see North Fulton Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter

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Dr. Tara Fowler at Hazel Family Eyecare. The area’s character is matched by the uniqueness of Fowler’s way of doing business. In today’s marketplace there are a multitude of more corporate entities selling glasses and contacts. Dealing with a local and small business owner has distinct advantages. “I am competing with the more corporate retailers but its not apples to

apples—corporate retail versus private practice,” Fowler said. “When I developed the concept, I wanted our service to customers to be first and foremost.” The company has values and treats its patients with a servant’s heart. One way they do this is by never pushing products. Fowler and her team want to know what their patients’ concerns are and address them with compassion and authenticity. “We want this to be a warm and inviting place,” she said. “You are not just a number here. You are part of the Hazel family.” When patients visit Hazel Family Eyecare, they can receive comprehensive exams for contacts or glasses, all done with cutting-edge technology and specialized testing. They also utilize M’eye fit, a personalized frame and lens digital measuring device offing precise measurements and results. Additionally, Fowler also offers advice on LASIK procedures and cataract conditions. “I am able to provide more medical care than a lot of other places can offer,” she said. “We do thorough exams here.” Hazel Family Eyecare has digital retina imaging and can treat glaucoma and eye infections. Fowler, who also has a background in nutrition, thinks prevention is important and follows a preventative approach to eye care. Emphasizing the family portion of the name, Fowler also stresses the needs for the kids. A child’s eyes are precious and irreplaceable. A parent plays an important role in recognizing eye problems as well in preventing injuries. If patients or prospective patients have a question, Fowler’s door is always open. “Optometrists are kind of like the gatekeepers to your eye care,” she said. “We want to be the first people you come to and ask any questions.” Should glasses prove necessary, Fowler is also sure to stock frame styles for every budget and style. The company’s optical section includes a few unique high-end items as well as great styles for people with smaller budgets. She even carries a line from Eco, which plants a tree for every frame sold. “We try to keep it unique and interesting,” she said. Those interested in finding out more information or scheduling an appointment can call 770-998-3937. 

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A passersby may notice some enhancements to the Adult Recreation Center on Grimes Bridge Road. The most noticeable new developments are the state of the art Bocce Ball courts hugging the entrance to the ARC. Those improvements were paid for with bond money but they are just a snapshot of what is to come to one of the most comprehensive Active Adult campus in the State. The facility offers an entire host of activities, from a custom weight and fitness room to class rooms that hold Yoga programs. Another new addition to the Adult Recreation Center will be a warm water aquatics center located just above the Adult Recreation Center. “Swimming is one of the most popular forms of exercise for adults. It offers our active adult population a better range of motion versus traditional land-based exercises,” states Mary Rummell, Director of the Adult Recreation Center. On top of lap swimming, the Adult Recreation Center Pool will have classes and have a zero entry pool to accommodate adults with physical limitations. Rummell adds, “We are currently developing classes like Water Zumba, Aerobics, and special classes that relive arthritis.” Money from the bond referendum is supporting most of the pool project which should break ground in late winter or early spring of 2014. However, additional aquatic necessities are needed for the Adult Recreation Center. The Roswell Ramblers, a 1,000 member senior organization, has spearheaded a project for a warm water therapeutic pool to be added to the facility. The fundraising project, named Walkway to Wellness, features pavers that organizations or individuals can buy. The pavers will be part of the walkway leading into the new pool facility. To kick start the campaign, the Roswell Ramblers pledged $1000.00 and the Friends of Roswell Parks pledged an additional $800.00. Bettye Prescott, President of the Roswell Ramblers

Mary Rummell and Bettye Prescott at the Grimes Bridge Park Bocce Ball courts. states, “We have a tremendous response to the Walkway for Wellness Campaign. Contributors have included many individuals and organizations through Roswell. My own bridge club bought a paver and my sons bought one for me with my name on it.” To date, the campaign has raised close to $15,000, which is 10% of the overall goal. The Roswell Ramblers hope that the holiday season will spur increased interest in the campaign. “I was honored when my sons bought a paver with my name on it and we hope others looking for something nice to do during the holiday season for the senior community in Roswell will do the same.” “People come to this center from out of town and just say ‘wow’ because it is impressive. We’d like the aquatics facility to leave the same impression,” adds Prescott. “When I moved to Roswell in the 70s we only had some soccer fields underneath the water tower on Woodstock. It is amazing how far we as a city and a population have come.” Those interested in supporting the Roswell Ramblers through the Walkway for Wellness campaign can find more information at www.roswellalc.com. 


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Rock From The Soul Sixpence None the Richer brings an inspired message to the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

For tickets visit www.roswellpresents.com Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum of Sixpence None the Richer roll into a concert at RCAC on Dec. 28

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Sixpence None the Richer is a Christian rock/pop band that has produced several mainstream hits including Kiss Me and Breathe Your Name in the late 90s and early 2000s. The band started as a duo led by guitarist and songwriter Matt Slocum and vocalist Leigh Nash. In 1998 the group was propelled into the spotlight by their runway hit Kiss Me, which featured in several features films and television shows. After releasing a second CD in 2002 they disbanded and pursued individual projects after then reforming in 2008. Their latest effort, Lost In Transition, seems appropriate for the band that lost its way with the early success. “The title definitely has a double meaning,” says Slocum. “It’s about things that have happened in our lives recently, really big events on a personal and musical level that we had to transition through. And now we have.” Long in the making, Lost in Transition finds Slocum and Nash sharing the songwriting duties (along with musician Stephen Wilson, Nash’s husband). “It’s been great to see Leigh grow as a songwriter—her writing is now on par with her singing, which is saying a lot,” says Slocum. Transition also features a stripped down sound; the end result is a gorgeous mix of pop hooks, piano, acoustic guitars, a bit of country, and a newfound and beautiful simplicity to the songs.  

The band rolls into a concert at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Dec. 28. There will certainly be a festive feel at the concert with Sixpence surely doing their hits along with a few tunes from a 2008 Christmas CD titled The Dawn of Grace. Additionally the Center will feature food from new restaurant hotspot Hugo’s as well as a full bar. There are also ticket specials with a stocking stuffer offer on the “Live In Roswell Series” that would make any fan of live entertainment happy. “I’m psyched to see Sixpence None the Richer in concert here. Coming here, loading up on food and drink from Hugo’s, taking a picture in our “Kiss Cam” photo booth for New Year’s, and dancing it out with Sixpence—I can’t think of a better thing to do right after spending the holidays with my family!” Sarah Chandler, Roswell Cultural Arts coordinator, said. Although the latest album and tour started with a lot of uncertainty, Nash is ultimately thankful for the band’s return. “Matt and I are like brother and sister,” she says. “I met him in my teens, and we’ve had this wonderful partnership for more than half my life. I really treasure the time we put into this band and making records and working together. It’s a special bond that I hope continues.”  For information on tickets please visit www.roswellpresents.com or call 770-594-6232. For more info and Sixpence videos check out our site www.thecurrentplus.com. 


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understanding of the, “good enough is ball if damaged or showing wear, and finally reassemble, turn the valves back sometimes good enough” concept; I mean, we had hot water, it just wasn’t on, and enjoy your newly functioning fully understand this foundational “enough!” But, was it worth three days faucet. Piece of cake, right? “good enough” concept. But hold on, things never seem to go of my life—two of which could have Case in point: four days before as planned and I had a very bad feeling been spent hunting? I don’t think so! Thanksgiving, Sweetie made what However, Sweetie thinks it was very about this project when during step seems like a simple statement, “it sure one, the valve under the sink not only much worth it and furthermore would be nice to have a little more hot mentioned that, wouldn’t shut-off water coming out of the kitchen “it sure would be completely, but also faucet.” Now, I have been fully aware decided at that point …during our Thanksgiving nice if the gas logs that over the last couple of years the in the den would to begin leaking. Thus hot water “flow” in that faucet had cerfeast, water would be stay lit began this latest DIY tainly diminished, however I didn’t saga. To spare you the provided via a garden hose consistently.” I’ll realize it was a problem worth my DIY run through the garage have the fire gory details, attention and skills. Sweetie set me department on eventually over the and back-door. straight on that with that one little standby, but in course of the next statement. the meantime I three days, I had to reAs a backdrop I’ve serviced and/or questioned Sweetie again on this simplace the leaking valve, remove and replaced many faucets over my adult reinstall the entire faucet, replace all of ple “good enough” concept. She said life, and have watched many more of she understands it thoroughly, and the supply lines, purchase $50 worth these procedures on HGTV, so I’ve got of new tools, and threaten Sweetie that that’s actually how she picked me! this. The steps are simple: shut off the Awww, that was sweet right? Hey during our Thanksgiving feast, water water at the valves under the sink, wait a minute… would be provided via a garden hose remove the set-screw holding on the run through the garage and back-door. Mike Finch can be reached at faucet handle and remove the handle, Once the project was finally miscellaneousramblings remove the little ball and replace the completed, I circled back around with @comcast.net. little springs and rubber seals and the Sweetie to ensure her future

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As the adults stood around waiting for the bus, Airiana couldn't stop giggling. Suddenly, everybody around her was smiling. Never stop enjoying life!

Alicia is an author, currently working on her next novel. "Before the end of this month I shall finish writing this book. I swear on the lyre of Apollo it shall happen."

Antonio (Dartez) Martin has an album coming out. “I work several jobs because I’m a single dad, but I’m also pursuing my dream of being a musician. How could I tell my son to follow his dreams if I wasn’t doing the same?”

Avon just celebrated her birthday. As a “Red Hatter,” she wears red clothes and a purple hat during her birthday month. 

Millie is the Queen of Scarlet O'Hatters of Cumming (The Red Hat Society). “We are a global society of women that connects, supports and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness. The Red Hat Society has become the international society dedicated to reshaping the way women are viewed in today’s culture.” redhatsociety.com.

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Michael, an Air Force Veteran, has been homeless on and off for 7 or 8 years.  “I’ve been clean for 18 months now. I’m just trying to get to a job I have lined up in another state.”  Good luck, Michael!

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December 10, 12, 17

December 17 Pajama Party With Santa Children will be able to visit Santa in their pajamas with their favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or book to capture a magical and memorable moment at North Point Mall at 6 p.m. Participants should bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Toys. A $3 donation to Toys for Tots will result in a customized e-mail from Santa on Christmas Eve.

Christmas High Tea at Bulloch Hall Ladies in period dress will serve a two-course high tea in Bulloch Hall, magnificently decorated for Christmas. There will also be a tour. Visit www.bullochhall.org or call 770-992-1731 to register.

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December 14, 21 “The Lion That Roared Meow” At 10:30 a.m. the Little Starz Theatre Series at Studio Theatre on Highway 9 in Alpharetta will host “The Lion That Roared Meow.” Tickets are $5. See link at thecurrentplus.com to purchase.

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Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 24 Santa in the Square

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December 13, 20 Candlelight Shopping on the Square The shops of Marietta Square will be open until 8 p.m. every Friday evening from Nov. 8 to Dec. 20 for holiday shopping. For more information, call 770-429-1115.

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December 15 Roswell United Methodist Christmas Festival Roswell UMC on Mimosa Boulevard will host a free community Christmas celebration at 3 p.m. Tickets are required. For more information call 770-594-0512 or visit www.rumc.com. Preschool childcare is provided.

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December 15 Reindeer Day From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Chattahoochee Nature Center will host a holiday appearance by live reindeer, a campfire, and a storytime about the wonders of winter. Crafts include making reindeer antlers or decorating “winter trees.” Admission is free to CNC members and children two and younger. Children are $6, adults $10, students 13-18 and seniors 65+ $7. For more information, call 770-992-2055.



Historic Marietta Square will host Old St. Nick and his brightly decorated workshop. Photos with Santa will be available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. For more information, call 770-7945601 or visit www.mariettaga.gov.

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December 15 Christmas in Sweet Apple Village Visit with Santa 1– 6 p.m. Handprints with Santa at My Clayground Storytime with Santa 2:00 and 4:00 And during the Santa fun: Holiday Gift & Gourmet Market Quality locally made gifts, art and gourmet items. 1– 5 p.m. Elves available to help chidren shop for family. Plus fun activities and musical performances by the George Center for Music Therapy. Event benefits Talk About Curing Autism, GA. facebook.com/SweetAppleVillage

>> CRACK OPEN A TALE

Dec. 20-22 “The Nutcracker” The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre will perform the holiday classic ballet “The Nutcracker” at Blessed Trinity High School on Woodstock Road in Roswell. Candy Canes, Mother Ginger, Sugar Plum, and the Dew Drop Fairy will all make an appearance in this adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 21, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets are $20-30. For more information, visit www.metropolitanballet.org.

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December 28 Sixpence None The Richer Since forming in 1993, Sixpence None The Richer has released four albums, scored several hit singles, appeared on many soundtracks, earned a Platinum nomination, and even earned Grammy nominations. Now they’re coming to the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street with their new album “Lost In Transition.” The performance will be from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets $30. For more information, see page 22.


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Marietta Square Farmers’ Market Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon yearround, Historic Marietta Square will host over 60 vendors featuring homegrown vegetables, fresh flowers, local honey, and more. For more information, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net or call 770-499-9393.

The Bill Johnson Community Center on Woodstock Road will host a holiday morning for children to give parents time to run errands. Children 5-10 as of 12/14 can enjoy a morning of games, decorating cookies, and arts and crafts. Santa will come to see if the children have been naughty or nice. Bring a sack lunch. $14 for Roswell residents, $21 for non-residents. For more information, call 770-641-3760.

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The Punchline comedy club in Sandy Springs will host December Comedy and Cocktails with Kiana Dancie and several DEC. 12 other comedians. Tickets $20 in advance, The Drake Closet Open Late $25 at the door. For more information The Alpharetta Drake Closet on Old and to purchase tickets, visit Roswell Road will host a Girls’ Night Out http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kianafrom 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come shop and dancie-presents-komedy-kocktails-featur mingle. Proceeds will benefit the Drake ing-dcs-own-lawrence-owens-ticketsHouse. 6805837443. DEC. 12

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At 4:30 p.m., the Alpharetta Library on Canton Street will host a lesson on how to create a terrarium with easy-to-carefor succulents and/or prickly plants. They make good decorations or gifts. Space is limited and registration is recommended. For more information, e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us.

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A festive ballet duo comprised of excerpts from “Babes in Toyland” and “Nutcracker – Land of Sweets” at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street. In Babes In Toyland, Mother Goose characters come to life, gingerbread cookies frolic, and toy soldiers march in fabulous formation. ENTERTAINMENT Following a brief intermission, you’ll join the Nutcracker—Land of Sweets as the DEC. 8 Prince leads Clara through the moonlit DEC. 14 Julie Dexter pine forest. At the Land of Sweets they Adopt-a-Senior For Christmas The Velvet Note on Old Milton Parkway are welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy will host British-born Julie Dexter. Neighbor Love will be delivering gift and a celebration unfolds. Performances Classically-trained, she moved to Atlanta vary. Family Special Morning Matinees bags of goodies for seniors at a in 1999 and launched her own label, Christmas Party hosted by the Roswell $12.50, child/student/senior $15.50, and Nursing and Rehab Center. This is a great Ketch A Vibe Records. Her single “Ketch adults $23.50. atlantadancetheater.org. A Vibe” was used in radio ads for U.S. way to let local seniors know someone still loves them. Neighbor Love is seeking President Barack Obama. Performances donors to supply the contents of the bags are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets $20. For and volunteers to assemble and deliver more information, visit them. The event will run from 2:30 p.m. thevelvetnote.com. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit DEC. 11 www.adoptasenior.net or call December Comedy and (404) 919-9165. ALPHARETTA

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Children will be able to visit Santa in their pajamas with their favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or book to capture a magical and memorable moment at North Point Mall at 6 p.m. Participants should bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Toys. A $3 donation to Toys for Tots will result in a customized e-mail from Santa on Christmas Eve.

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Monica Spears, Featuring Derek Worth Georgia-based vocalist Monica Spears, guitarist Derek Worth, and their band will offer patrons of The Velvet Note on Old Milton Parkway a unique blend of jazz and soul infused with elements of R&B to created a distinct sound. Performances are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets $20. For more information, visit thevelvetnote.com. DEC. 14

Multicultural Film Festival The East Cobb Library on Lower Roswell Road will host films from a variety of cultures at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Susan Irvin at eastcobr@cobbcat.org or 770-509-4996.

Bulloch Hall in Roswell will host a production of “A Christmas Carol” put on DEC. 14, 21 by the Kudzu Players. For more Breakfast With Santa information, call 770-992-1731 or visit www.bullochhall.org. Tickets are $15 and The Village Tavern on Rainwater Drive in Alpharetta will host a breakfast with seating is limited. Santa Claus from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests DEC. 13-15 will enjoy a delicious brunch from the Dave Attell tavern’s extensive menu. Space is The Punchline comedy club in Sandy limited, so reservations can be made by Springs will host comedian Dave Attell. calling 770-777-6490. Headliner of “Insomniac With Dave


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from China, France, Hawaii, and more The event will be hosted at the Roswell The Velvet Note on Old Milton Parkway Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street. will host a concert celebrating the release Performances vary. Tickets $10 for of Yonrico Scott’s new jazz CD “Quest of children, $15 for adults. the Drum” featuring Nic Rosen on piano DEC. 20 and Joseph Patrick Moore on bass. Dwan Bosman’s Very Jazzy Signed by Scott himself, the CD would Christmas make an extraordinary holiday gift. Scott, a Grammy Award winner, has performed Saxphonist, fan favorite, and with artists such as The Ying Yang Twins, consummate showman Dwan Bosman returns this year for an invigorating Outcast, Stevie Wonder, Whitney holiday treat. He’s one of Atlanta’s most Houston, and Gregg Allman. talented jazz/gospel saxophonists and Performances 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. has ben rated alongside Kenny G, Joshua Tickets $20. For more information, visit Redman, and Najee. Performances 7:30 thevelvetnote.com. p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. Tickets DEC. 15 $20. For more information, visit www.thevelvetnote.com. Atlanta Wind Symphony:

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Half music inspired by vacation, half music inspired by the holidays. 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street. The event is free, but donations are accepted.

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DEC. 15

Contemporary Gospel Singer Antonia Lawrence Born in Manchester, Great Britain to Jamaican parents and raised in Canada, Lawrence’s music reflects her multicultural background and display a wide range of styles. She has worked with many leading artists in the field include Darlene Zchech of Australia, Alvin Slaughter, and Babbie Mason. She is a regular teacher and worship leader at the Worship Institute in Dallas, Texas. Performances 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets $20. For more information, visit thevelvetnote.com.

Keyboardist and product John Carrozza, bassist Joe Reda, percussionist Jon Chalden, and vocalist Jennifer Carrozza make up J-Mood, an Atlanta jazz band specializing in the styles of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s that are performing at the Velvet Note on Old Milton Parkway. Performances 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets $20. For more information, visit thevelvetnote.com.

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Messiah Sing-Along

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Nutcracker Swings A 1940s Christmas Eve results in a very different Nutcracker with dancers that jump, jive, and twist. The Nutcracker recounts his world travels with dancers

DEC. 31

New Year’s Eve Laughter Blow Out The Punchline comedy club in Sandy Springs will host a New Year’s Eve special with some of the club’s favorite comedians. Performance times and ticket prices vary. For more information, visit www.thepunchline.com. JAN. 3-5

Hypnotist Ricky Klamon has been seen on Comedy Central, E!, and the Fox Network, drawing standing ovations wherever he goes. He breaks records at corporate events, casinos, and theaters all over the US. Showtimes vary. Tickets $20. For more information, visit www.punchline.com.

Roswell Presbyterian Church on Mimosa Boulevard will host a free “Carol Sing” in its sanctuary at 7 p.m. For more information call 770-993-6316 or visit www.roswellpres.org.

Round Table Regular and writer for the E! program “Chelsea Lately” and upcoming Showtime special “Red Light Comedy” Christina Pazsitzky will be coming to the Punchline comedy club in Sandy Springs. She has appeared at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Lucy Fest, and Gildaa’s Laught Fest as well as performed for soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and Africa. Performance times and ticket prices vary. For more information, visit www.thepunchline.com. DEC. 20-21

Seasoned Soul star Nakoto Blair, began singing with her twin sister right out of college, captivating local stages throughout California. She toured with Margo Le Duc and sang background for four-time Grammyist Deniece Williams and others. Season Soul sold out the Velvet Note in August and is back with an all-star line-up of musicians. Performances 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets $20.

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The Studio Theatre on Highway 9 in Alpharetta will host this delight for the whole family in which three actors put a hilarious spin on every Christmas story ever told. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10. See thecurrentplus.com for tickets links.

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DEC. 22

Roswell United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. will host the Michael O’Neal Singers’ eighth Messiah Sing-A-Long. Come with your own score or buy one and perform both the choruses and solos of one of the greatest choral masterpieces ever created. The Christmas portion, culminating in the Hallelujah Chorus, will complete your musical preparation for this most joyous of seasons. Tickets $10. For more information visit mosingers.com or call (770) 594-7974.

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fusing world music and jazz. He will be performing at the Velvet Note on Old Milton Parkway. He also teaches students of all ages privately and is the director of the jazz and world percussion ensembles at Agnes Scott College. Performances 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets $20.

The Cobb Energy Centre will host Shen Yun, a celebration of 5,000 years of Chinese culture combining Western and Chinese instruments. Guests will ride with Mongols across endless steps, recall the grandeur of a Tang Dynasty palace, and see Yi dancers in rainbow skirts. Ticket prices and performances vary. For more information, visit www.cobbenergycentre.com. DEC. 27

Emrah Kotan: The New Anatolian Experience Born in Turkey, Kotan received a masters degree in jazz studies from Georgia State University. His debut album “The New Anatolian Experience” consists of original compositions and arrangements

JAN. 9

The Only Light In Reno From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street will host Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s new comedic play “The Only Light In Reno,” staged by the Georgia Ensemble Theater. During the filming of “The Misfits” in Reno, it’s 106 degrees, the city is in blackout, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift play board games with an accused murderess, and Marilyn Monroe is locked in the bathroom. For more information, including ticket prices, visit www.get.org. JAN. 10

An Acoustic Evening With Travis Tritt Country legend Travis Tritt will come to the Cobb Energy Centre at 8 p.m., bringing his number one songs like “T-RO-U-B-L-E,” “It’s a Great Day To Be Alive,” and “Best of Intentions” with him. Audiences will have a truly memorable experience with this CMA and Grammy winner. For more information, visit www.cobbenergycentre.com.

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Keeping It Family Our guide of great places to take friends, family and loved ones this holiday season. By Frank Mack As we head through the holidays and you have friends and family visiting you are probably looking for “the place” to take them out to eat. Allow me to be of assistance. This column is a culmination of my knowledge and experience coupled with two years of culinary “research” as your local eating machine. I don’t have just one favorite. Because of this writing I go into and out of places you would never have. I get around as they say. These places are, in my humble opinion, the best restaurants Foodie News around. These FRANK MACK folks do it with in-

credibly hard work, day in and day out. They do it with style, class and wonderful execution. This is not a “rating,” a “list,” or “best of ” thing, rather think of it as a circle. All of these restaurants have one thing in common in that they are locally owned. They are driven by dreams not Wall Street. The people, revenue and talent are all ours, all local, no franchises, and no bag in the box. These are our neighbors businesses and those are our neighbors serving us. I’m very proud of that. Let’s start with Greenwood’s On Green Street. This place is a true southern classic that is irreplaceable. As long as we have Greenwood’s with those creaky floors, fresh vegetables, fried chicken and smiling faces all is right with the world. Oh and don’t forget the pies. It’s a Roswell standard. And they have never failed me. Now go from Roswell to Marietta. Please! Visit the square in downtown

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my house. VUU represents a fusion of Asian culinary arts all under one roof that is remarkable and true. They are even open late night on weekend’s folks. That’s right an alternative to Waffle House! Meanwhile back on Canton Street in Roswell we have a local culinary explosion taking place. That explosion started with Salt, a great straight up pub that is consistently sharp. Across the street is Little Alley Steaks. This is the powerhouse steak joint folks. The taste makes you forget about the price— trust me. Just down from Salt is Table and Main who serve up classic southern faire in a beautifully restored cottage. Their reputation is growing, as a regional top spot and Ryan Pernice, owner, and chef Ted Lahey deserve the credit. They are not, however, sitting still. They have recently opened a new Italian concept called Osteria Mattone, also on Canton Street. We’ll have more on this later but the pedigree for success is there. Also in the Canton Street area I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine for some very authentic Cuban food done to perfection. My man Laz does it right and you can’t go wrong anyplace on his menu. And let’s not forget Rhea’s. This place sits next to a corner grocery on Woodstock and Canton and they serve great messy burgers with a dash of attitude. This is a true “joint” folks—heck lets call it what is, a hole in the wall that blows the doors off of any corporate burger. CONTINUED 30


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repair others. Around 150 volunteers, including over 40 seasoned bike mechanics, gather at the Santa Shop donation center to clean and repair the bikes. “The goal all along has been to provide bikes, trikes, and scooters for families who want to provide them for their children who do not have the means to do so,” he said. “We want these families to feel our love and the love of their community through these gifts.” Those interested in helping with the bike drive specifically can visit https://www.facebook.com/bikesforkidsatlanta. Purdy said last year, 409 families participated. She anticipates between 400 and 500 families out of the 950 currently receiving assistance to participate this year. “What we look for from our community are new toys for children of all ages, including gift cards for teenagers because these are the hardest age group to purchase for,” she said. Purdy recommended gift cards to movie theaters or stores teenagers are likely to shop at, so they can purchase their own gifts. Those interested in donating can bring new toys and gifts to the collection site between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 19. The collection site is the former CompUSA at 1425 Market Boulevard, Roswell, Ga. 30076, near the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Road and Ga. 400. Donors can also donate at NFCC’s main facility at 11270 Elkins Road, Roswell, Ga. 30076 until Dec. 20. Those interested in finding out more information can visit ww.nfcchelp.org. 

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A testament to the Cobb County School District and why it is a favorite among parents is the completion of the Keheley Elementary School’s entry pillars art project. The district hired Donna Pinter, a Roswell artist specializing in mosaics and painting, to beautify the concrete campus entry pillars. “This project was wonderful, transforming plain concrete into colorful, dancing mosaics made from pieces of ceramics, beads, mirrors, and colored grout,” says Donna. Under her creative direction, Renee Theriot, the school’s art teacher, hauled in 500 pounds of clay and taught the children how to roll and glaze it, preparing to adhere the resulting porcelain to the pillars in the images Donna had outlined. Numerous East Cobb businesses sponsored the project, with students and parents contributing to bringing the pillars alive with color, dimension, and sparkle. Children’s handprints on the pillars will remind the community of the heart and soul of the effort for years to come. “We are thrilled with the whole project,” says Liz Jackson, Principal of Keheley. “Our school started with a grey cement facade that is now a beautiful, unique work of art. Our whole community worked together to create it.” And so, it is this layering of neighborhood upon neighborhood, each with its own unique reason for being, that creates a spirited season and bonding of diverse communities within and around Roswell. The commonality of reaching out during the holidays is what gives December its heartbeat. And around here, it beats strongly for miles. 

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I’ll complete my circle with the Oak Street Café on Oak Street in Roswell. It’s run by husband and wife team Joe and Kim McCaffrey. Need a reason to go? How about Saturday brunch. Yea let that sink in… I said Saturday. Now you decide—do laundry or have brunch? I know my choice. While out this holiday season remember to do some shopping with the locally owned shops. This season I’ve decided to only buy local. I’m done with the corporate guys, let’s keep our money right here. It’s as good for the soul as chicken soup. Happy holiday’s folks. Enjoy all that our communities have to share.


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