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For the Love of Chocolate Beyond Valentine’s Day there is plenty to do in February. By Jessica Diamond February is for lovers. It’s also for unpredictable weather, very strong opinions, chocoholics, therapists, jewelers, those muckity mucks at Hallmark corporate and the X-ray techs who get to search for all manner of gifts that really should have rested on top of the soufflé rather than within it. But mostly, it’s for lovers. When the calendar rolls over into February, I hear plenty of “Oh no, I hate Valentine’s Day!” or “I hope he does something really special for Valentine’s Day. Not that I need anything, but… you know.” It’s a tricky holiday that asks a lot of every relationship, without taking into account the unique circumstances of each. As with many holidays surrounded by media hype, it’s very tough to make reality match expectation. Is it romantic enough? Is it chocolaty enough? Are there enough doilies? Does this conversation heart really encapsulate my affection in all its complexity? Did I spend enough to communicate commitment? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. St. Valentine experienced similar stress when he was stoned and decapitated for marrying young people in the church against the Roman emperor’s will. These things happened before somewhat bitter individuals could buy discounted Ben & Jerry’s and watch Chicago with their single friends around this time of year. Let this month be a reminder to show extra love to the important people in your life. Whether you are celebrating your romantic partner, your family, your friends or even yourself, enjoy this month and everything it brings. Unless it brings more ice. You can hate ice. Did you know that Barrington Hall in Historic Roswell now offers cooking classes? There are multiple classes on the schedule throughout the month of February, but the one I’m most attracted to is the Winter in Italy class on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Aside from learning to make some of my favorite foods, you will receive complimentary wine and a tour of the house. The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta is celebrating the season of love with The Romance Repertory, including showings of The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet,

and Much Ado About Nothing throughout the months of February and March. What with the scathing jibes, a few bullheaded protagonists and a double suicide (spoiler alert), no one does romance quite like Shakespeare. Pre-order your romantic table with a bottle of mead and enjoy love stories the way they were meant to be: highly complicated. If you can’t help but feel a little left out around Valentine’s Day, I have something that just might be exactly what you need. Neighbor Love is hosting the 2014 Adopt-A-Senior Valentine at the Roswell Nursing Home on Green Street. Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, volunteers will distribute gift bags to hundreds of seniors at the Valentine’s party, providing them with things like warm socks, flowers, fruit, stuffed animals and whatever else they need to brighten their holiday. Each senior you sponsor is $20, though donations of any amount are appreciated. Whether you donate money, time, food or prayer, you can be a Valentine’s Day hero! Visit www.adoptasenior.net for details. If you are looking to impress with a classical, sophisticated night on the town, then the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has you covered. Pianist Rich Ridenour has arranged a first-class evening of Piano Romance Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall. Award-winning vocalist Ashley Brown joins Ridenour and the Symphony’s own Michael Krajewski to create a performance music lovers will not want to miss. Speaking of the classics, Baz Lurman’s film version of The Great Gatsby seems to have revived a love for the glitz, glam and jazz of the 1920’s. The Georgia Ensemble Theater is performing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece beginning Feb. 27 and stretching through mid March at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Give in to the indulgence of the Jazz Age and grab your tickets now! It doesn’t matter where you end up on Valentine’s Day or how much expensive chocolate you eat. As long as you are celebrating the love in your life, it’s going to be a good time. And between you and me, Valentine’s Day can be even sweeter when you pick your own day. Feb. 15 can be a lot less crowded and everything is 75% off. Food for thought. ❍


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Army Mom Stays Army Strong By Tripp Liles Much like the decade-long conflict in Vietnam, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have persisted so long that, in a sense, they have become a way of life. At a formative time in their lives, young volunteers enter a world of discipline and orderliness, leaving behind community, family, and potentially a wider sense of life’s possibilities. The demands of war have taken their toll – on the country, the military, and families. The burden of service has weighed most heavily on families, especially the mothers One such “Army Mom” is local resident Karen Schwank. Her son Ryan Ellis is in the 82nd Airborne Division and recently deployed to Afghanistan. The 82nd, which also serves as the presidential bodyguard division, specializes in parachute assaults into denied areas. Civilian translation? These guys go get the bad guys. “From the time he was a little bitty boy he would talk about going into the military and serving his country,” Schwank said. “It was always something I knew he might do.” The U.S. still has about 38,000 personnel in Afghanistan. The military says the drawdown process is still on track as control is slowly handed over to the Afghan government and military. U.S. President Barack Obama wants to leave up to 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, extending what has already become the longest U.S. war. For the families left behind, the end cannot come soon enough. Often there is a somewhat dual existence between patriotism and motherhood. “One thing that I’m so thankful for is that I raised a kid who got to be 20 and has not had major issues, was not into drugs or alcohol, and he found a job that he’s very good at and wants to thrive in. How could you not be supportive of that?” asked Schwank, reflecting on her son’s decision to serve. “As a mom, or what I think a good mom is, we are involved in our kid’s lives.” When children leave home, that leaves a lot of idle time that used to be filled with sporting events, school

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functions, helping with their homework, and hauling them around before they could drive. Schwank has always been a busy person and found the need to keep busy in the evening when her son first moved out. That’s helping her through the deployment as well. Schwank and other parents are still on the frontlines of a war many Americans are starting to forget. Over a decade ago patriotism was at a peak and community support was a given. Now many families feel that extra sense of burden, so it’s important that we not forget we still have thousands of young men protecting our freedom abroad. Through both of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan there have been more U.S. combat fatalities than were imagined when U.S. President George W. Bush launched the war on terror. Schwank does not dwell on the possible negative outcomes. She feels pride in knowing her son wants to make a career out of serving with the ultimate goal of becoming an Army Ranger. “I try to find comfort in the fact that I know my son, he’s responsible, smart, independent, and I only hope the Army has trained him for various tasks he may need to do,” she said. She believes God is watching over her son and has a plan for him. She is glad he is doing the job he loves and is good at and is proud he is serving the country he believes strongly in protecting. ❍


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These STAR’s Continue To Shine Bright STAR House receives national award from Dell Corporation. By Tripp Liles For over two decades the STAR House Foundation has made a positive impact on the lives of local at-risk children. These children are often the forgotten ones in a wealthy area like ours. The foundation’s flagship program at Roswell’s Mimosa Elementary recently Monica Oliveira, Deborah Caldwell and Alex Kaufman (Chairman of the received programmatic Board at STAR House) with children from Mimosa Elementary. support from Dell’s Powering tool that will track the students’ the Possible for Communities Youth progress and show STAR House their Learning Initiative. improvement,” Caldwell said. The initiative aims to close the learnThe Dell delegation will also provide ing gap among underserved youth by lessons on public speaking intended to providing technology, training, grants, impart confidence on Mimosa and volunteers to 26 organizations nastudents. This will hopefully encourage tionwide where Dell employees work them to raise their hands and and live. This year, Dell provided participate in class. nearly $2.4 million dollars to the initiaFinancial support for programs like tive. Dell Youth Learning works with STAR House is essential to children 56 partners in 11 countries. STAR today. The foundation receives most of House Foundation is currently the only its support from private entities and Powering the Possible partner in the their over 100 volunteers. With the state of Georgia. past years’ well-documented economic STAR House Foundation Executive issues, financial support is very Director Monica Oliveira said it began competitive. with a phone call. “We have a business partner “Dell employees in the area were program that we’re trying to get off of looking for opportunities to volunteer,” the ground,” Oliveira said. “The whole she said. The next thing I know we apreason behind that is to look at local plied for the grant and got it.” businesses and pull them in and get This program will supply laptops, them invested in charity organizations. tablets, and Dell employee volunteers Dell is kind of paving the way for that.” to aid the technological advancement Another fundraising initiative on the of Mimosa students. horizon is the upcoming Roswell Beer “The whole idea is to give these kids Fest. This is the second annual event access to updated technology that they that promises to become a staple in the might not otherwise have,” Oliveira spring festival season. said. “It’s all in an effort to build their “With the beer festival 100 percent technology literacy, critical thinking, of the proceeds go directly to STAR and problem solving skills. We want to House,” Oliveira stated. “These funds make sure we prepare them as they ad- go directly to our programs in all of the vance in grades.” schools we serve.” Beyond the donated technology Dell The Roswell Beer Festival will be will be supplying people power as well. held on March 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dell Channel Marketing Manager at the Historic Square in Roswell. We Deborah Caldwell said the employees will feature more specifics in next planned to be there weekly. month’s issue. ❍ “We will cover everything from how to use the computers to something called Brain Pop, which is an education

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The Art Of Gaming Video games have become more than just pixels on a screen but is it art? creating over 1800 jobs at more than 80 companies producing $758 million in I am embarrassed to admit that I have sales in 2012. The demand for interactive entertainnever played a video game. I have never held a “game controller.” I have never ex- ment has grown exponentially. We are living in a digital world—games, film, perienced an Atari VCS (2600), a PlayStation (PS) or Ms. Pac-Man. I have television, music, apps—that is driving our connections and communication. been a video But, is gaming art? game snob! The Smithsonian American Art While I was dismissing video Museum must think so having hosted the first exhibition featuring influential games as an unnecessary dis- artists and designers of game technology. Exhibits illuminated the intraction, terplay of graphics, technology and something big storytelling through games such as Atari was happening. VCS (1977) to PlayStation 3 (2006The Arts Matter The gaming 2012). industry ROCHELLE MUCHA To understand how gaming is art, exploded! Americans spent and the implications of this provocative relationship, we are going to speak to 20.77 billion on video games this past year, nearly double that spent on movie Jesse Lindsley, founder and CEO of Thrust, an interactive game and app stutickets. Georgia has become a hot spot dio in Atlanta. in the digital entertainment industry

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Stick It Where The Sun Shines New sticker initiative boosts awareness of Roswell park system. By Theo Keyserling

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from citizens inquiring how to obtain their own RREC decals. In summing up his experience as part of the team that came up with the decal, Jason Kearney says, “This project was a lot of fun, and I look forward to what we will come up with next!” Rodgers adds, “I am very proud of this group of volunteers and the quick success of the decal. The sheer demand for the decals by the public has been impressive.” The Student Art Association, the booster club for the Roswell Visual Arts Center, agreed to pay for the initial cost of the car decals, so the department is currently able to give them away free of charge. The free decals are located at City Hall and in the Roswell Area Park at the Bill Johnson Community Activity Building. To contact the Parks and Recreation Department, call 770-641-3705 or email recweb@roswellgov.com. ❍

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Featuring sharp-witted dialogue, a plucky jazz soundtrack and a distinctly Manhattan vibe, “Blumenthal” is the fresh and confident feature debut of writer-director-actor Seth Fisher. At GTC Merchants Walk on February 6.

Merchant’s Walk. And as before, so will the Lefont Sandy Springs. This year’s festival will have 65 differResidents of North Fulton and East ent films. The theaters are chosen Cobb will have the chance to see their fill of films exploring the Jewish experi- based on demographics—if an area has a lot of young families, for example, the ence this month as the Atlanta Jewish theater in that area would screen a famFilm Festival (AJFF) comes to town. ily-appropriate film. AJFF Steering At Large member “In each venue we try to get as Mark Kopkin said the festival began diverse a range of the different films as with the American Jewish Committee 14 years ago. A couple of the members possible,” he said. To that end, several films are being had the vision to create an opportunity for people to see films about weighty is- shown at multiple locations. Temple Beth Tikvah Director of sues. Education Hassia Levin serves on the “We deal with topics like the committee that screens films for potenPalestinian-Israeli conflict, Muslimtial inclusion. After every movie, the Israeli relations, and many others,” committee discusses its quality and its he said. Jewishness before recommending it for When the festival began, there was the festival or not. only one participating theater, Lefont “I love being involved,” she said. “I Sandy Springs on Roswell Road. But as think it’s very important.” time went on and the festival’s Four people from Beth Tikvah serve following grew, the organizers wanted on the screening committee. In to be more geographically diverse so more people could see it. A resident of fulfilling her responsibilities, Levin has seen between 110 and 120 movies, but Johns Creek, Kopkin wanted to have films screened in North Fulton and the one of the other volunteers has watched 350 films. festival organizers agreed. Every year the committee sees “Fast forward 14 years later we now outstanding and beautiful movies. They have eight venues,” he said. have depth, and inspire conversations Though Atlantic Station and other when the film concludes, unlike Atlanta movie theaters are participating, several theaters in North shallower films one forgets as soon as one leave the theater. The films’ Fulton and East Cobb are screening excellence made it too hard for Levin to films as well. Regal Cinemas North pick a favorite. She recommended peoPoint Market 8 on North Point ple buy tickets as soon as possible. Parkway is participating, as is the Many of the Georgia Theater Company cinema in CONTINUED 14

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Art Of Gaming… continued

unprecedented methods of communicating and engaging audiences. There are possibilities that just don’t exist in traditional art forms. Game development demands talents—storytellers, concept artists, graphic designers, animators, composers—in addition to engineers and computer scientists. Yet, 30,000 global digital media jobs remain vacant due to lack of talent. Why? Lindsley: I am a trained engineer. However, if I could go back, I would have studied Philosophy or the Arts, since that would have better prepared me for this work, which demands creativity and critical thinking. Our schools are not doing enough. Instead of isolating engineers and science students, we need to foster collaborations with creatives. Schools like SCAD (Savannah School of Art and Design) and Georgia Tech are beginning to do this, having students collaborate on developing games from concept to fruition as part of their studies or internships. Creatives are the ones who will inspire engineers, push the envelope, spur possibilities, identify the next big idea. Technical talent alone does not cut it. We need to establish programs in primary through high school to cultivate and incubate creativ-

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ity and critical thinking. The question of whether gaming is art is controversial. What’s your view? Lindsley: At the end of the day, gaming is subjective, explores being human as other art forms do, offers amazing content, beauty, and fun. Of course, it is art! If you could whisper one thing into the ears of business leaders and parents today, what would that be? Don’t stifle possibilities with the wrong messages about creativity, isolating students to believe that engineering is a predictable and safe career. Instead, encourage students to cultivate their creativity with experiences that will serve to strengthen their talents, whatever career path they choose. The gaming industry is surging, and an artistic mindset and creativity are essential to its growth. How can we integrate the arts in curriculum from Kindergarten through University? How can we influence industry to invest in arts and creativity initiatives? Is gaming art? I think so, and I think it is a career for artists. What do you think? Add your comments at thecurrentplus.com. You can reach Rochelle at: rochellemucha@att.net. ❍

Film Festival… continued

films have already sold out. “I think that it’s a very exciting time in Atlanta,” she said. Kopkin described the festival’s goal as creating more community understanding through film. It’s good for members of different ethnic and faith communities to get to know each other better. Furthermore, it’s a chance for people to see films that wouldn’t ordinarily be in theaters. Of course the 25th anniversary of the Oscar-winning film Driving Miss Daisy will be part of this year’s festival. But, six movies in the festival were also submitted for the Oscar for foreign language films. In Transit, The Third Half, In the Shadow, Omar, The German Doctor, and Bethlehem all are showing at either Merchant’s Walk or Lefont. Get your tickets now. Last year, organizers sold 31,500 tickets during the entire run, but this year sold 34,600

by late January, a week before the festival even started. Kopkin attributed the rapid growth to Atlanta’s interest in film and in different cultures. Those who began the festival 14 years ago never anticipated it would get this big, but they are thankful it did. For more information, film dates, and venues, visit www.ajff.org. ❍ Reach Matt at matt@thecurrentplus.com


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About Time to Face It Facetime can lead to face time. By Debbie Keel Fortunately, in my career, I have had the good fortune to work with strong leaders. At North Fulton Hospital, for the first time in my career, my team is not only strong, it’s all women. The healthcare business in general and the hospital industry specifically is becoming more challenging with every new day. So, I promise, these women were chosen not for their gender but for their skill— and they don’t mind the 12-hour days. But the greater coincidence is that my Chief Financial Officer (Lyra) and Chief Operating Officer (Teresa) and I have seven daughters among us. And it gets better: Lyra has a daughter named Kelly and another named Kimberly. I do, too. And one more thing: both our Kimberly’s are getting married this summer. So is her Kelly. So a lot of our idle chatter these days, in those rare moments when we are awaiting a meeting start or getting a cup of coffee, is about weddings. We learned today we are both going wedding dress shopping with our Kimberly’s this weekend. Of course, we both want to look our best as mothers of the brides. So when in a meeting we were discussing the plastic surgery niche we seem to be carving out at North Fulton Hospital, we both wondered aloud if we should “have a little something done” (my mother’s expression) on our faces. Then, the other night, in the middle of a FaceTime session with my grandkids, I said to my husband, “I look 10 years older than I am.” I told a specialist in facial plastic

surgery that the other day and he said “You have no idea how many women see themselves on FaceTime and then want less lines or something else cosmetic done to their faces.” Whether it’s looking good for our daughters’ weddings or putting a better and less grandmotherly look on FaceTime, many women are thinking for the first time about a pinch there, a tuck there, a lift there or Botox all over. And why shouldn’t we? A quality physician doing facial plastic surgery can renew your appearance pretty quickly. All those years of worrying about your kids or your job or both, all those years of not taking the best care of your skin can be effectively dealt with by an experienced and well-trained surgeon who does facial plastic surgery. At NFH, we are proud to have outstanding relationships with a large number of these high quality physicians. And we offer competitive rates at our hospital and our outpatient facility that may make these procedures affordable to you. To hear more about these offerings, and maybe finally be convinced it’s time to take this step, you can attend our Beauty Inside and Out Wine Walk and Mini-Lectures on February 27. We will have a variety of physicians on hand to introduce you to the latest medical procedures that will help you find a more beautiful you. For more information about the event, visit www.nfultonhospital.com or call 770-751-2660. Who knows? My wedding photos might reveal a whole new look. ❍

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar February – April 2014 information and resources from their own experiences. EducaNicotine Cessation Group tional presentations by professionEvery Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. als will sometimes be offered. Join with other men and women Please contact Tim for more inforseeking motivation, education and mation at 770-667-9363. support to live free of nicotine. The only requirement for attendance is COMMUNITY the desire to start the journey. Contact Pam at 404-428-8799. EDUCATION

SUPPORT GROUPS

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. Different topics each month. Call Nicki at 404-386-6037.

Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C. 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 scheduled throughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 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.

Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday, 3/12, 10 a.m. to noon A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.

Babysitting Workshop Saturday 2/8 and 3/1; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday 3/23 and 4/27; 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Teaches children ages 11–14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal, sack lunch and drink. $30.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 3/8 and 4/26. CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35. Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45.

Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday 3/22; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55.

First Aid Saturday 3/29; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Learn basic first aid procedures and techniques. $25.

Mothers & Daughters Only Sunday, 3/30; 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Join a healthcare provider for an informative presentation on puberty and what to expect. $10 per family; registration required.

Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop Saturday 2/15, 3/29, and 4/26. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180.

techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required.

Water Birth Thursday 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10 and 4/24; 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. 770- 751-2660 for more info and to register.

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS Affordable Care Act Insurance Exchange Events Tuesdays 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18; 6:30 p.m. Learn more about the new Health Insurance Marketplace. A brief presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Navigators will have computers available to assist those interested in enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Saturday 3/29; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A special Saturday enrollment event for anyone needing computer access and assistance from a Navigator to get on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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A Veterans Day To Remember For The Kimmer the drive home afterward, he felt a “gripping pain” in his chest, but he didn’t think it could be a heart attack because he was in good health.“I went home, but I couldn’t sleep or eat,” the Kimmer said. “On Monday, I went to some of the Veterans Day shows, but I still couldn’t sleep or eat. I had told my daughter that I had been feeling really terrible, and on Tuesday, she called a friend to make me go the hospital by actually picking me up and driving me! Talk about a stubborn male, huh.” The neighbor drove him to North Fulton Hospital, where tests were run to determine the cause of his discomfort. The visit to North Fulton was the Kimmer’s first, and he was completely impressed by the care he received there. “At the ER, they took me right back,” he said, “and every person who cared for me was wonderful. The nurses were kind and the person who drew my blood was great!” “Dr. Holliger came in with my test results,” he said, “and told me that I’d had a heart attack. I was admitted to the hospital, and the next day, I had an angioplasty to clear the blockage that was causing all the trouble.” For North Fulton Hospital, Peterson’s visit was remarkable timing. The hospital had opened its new Cardiology Services that Tuesday morning, and his angioplasty was the very first procedure completed in the new facility. “The expansion project for Cardiovascular Services had been in the works for more than a year, and was a passion of mine much longer than that,” said North Fulton Hospital CEO Debbie Keel. “We were thrilled to The Kimmer at the helm be affiliated with WellStar Health of All News 106.7. System in the development of these services, and were very excited to be to provide all of the care Kim Every person I came able Peterson needed during his stay.” into contact with at North Fulton Hospital has consistently provided comprehensive North Fulton was and services dedicated to the great, and they were programs diagnosis and treatment of always there for me. cardiovascular conditions. With the adEven the food was dition of a new Cath Lab, a new Director of Cardiovascular Medicine, beyond expectation. and newly expanded cardiology services, North Fulton Hospital is better equipped than ever before for

Veterans Day has always been important to Kim Peterson, known as the Kimmer to his radio listeners, but now the holiday will hold a different kind of importance. On Sunday, November 10, 2013, the Kimmer suffered a heart attack. A marine and Vietnam Veteran, the Kimmer has always been in great physical shape. He has run marathons, maintained a healthy weight and active lifestyle, and hadn’t had a reason to be in a hospital for years. “As a veteran, I am very much a patriot, and I always participate in the Veterans Day shows and celebrations,” he said, “so I’ll never forget when my heart attack was.” On that Sunday afternoon, the Kimmer had been tending his horse Jack the Good Boy Sunday. During

Ma Hwang and Ronald Lyles in the new North Fulton Hospital Cath Lab

providing advanced technology, quality care, and highly skilled personnel to treat the unique cardiovascular needs of patients. “I absolutely cannot find the words to say how wonderful every one of the doctors and nurses at North Fulton Hospital are,” he said. “It was immediately apparent that Dr. Sachdeva, who did my angioplasty, was phenomenally skilled. The entire experience was surprisingly impressive!” “I will never forget that first angioplasty,” the Kimmer said. “I was cold, and I commented out loud during the procedure that I was. One of the wonderful nurses came over and took my hand. She just held it and stroked my arm, but it warmed me right up and helped me relax. Every person I came into contact wiht at North Fulton was great, and they were always there for me. Even the food was beyond expectation.” Six days before his heart attack, the Kimmer had started his new show on All News 106.7, and despite the medical care that was necessary, he only missed the show on Tuesday when he was initially receiving care at North Fulton Hospital. For the rest of his hospital stay, he called in to the show from the hospital. The Kimmer has made several

return trips to North Fulton Hospital to continue treatment, including one for a second angioplasty and four to the ER as medication levels were adjusted. Thanks to the care of the many physicians and staff members at North Fulton Hospital, the Kimmer is well on the road to recovery and will enjoy many more Veterans Day celebrations to come. ❍

Kim Peterson with his horse Jack the Good Boy Sunday.


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Q&A With Dr. Ahuja

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more that life is beautiful, and that everyday is precious.

ANSWER My parents moved to Dubai,

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YOU GREW UP IN DUBAI, IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND LIFESTYLE THERE.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE OFFICE?

before I was born, for better job opportunities. We had no family in Dubai, so it was just my mom, dad, brother and I. This was hard because my parents didn’t have any help taking care of us, but it made us a very tight knit family. Life was challenging but fun in Dubai. Growing up I had a very cosmopolitan set of friends, from all over the world, which was great—it teaches you to be open to different cultures and societies.

ANSWER I love to play and spend time

with Aarya or run with my dogs. Hopefully I also spend some time with my husband. I also love to paint, but my life is so full these days with a new little one that finding time to paint frequently escapes me.

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WHAT BOOKS AND/OR MOVIES DO YOU LIKE TO READ/WATCH?

ANSWER My life really does revolve around Aarya. The last book I read was about developmental milestones in babies.

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WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTERESTED IN MEDICINE, AND WHY?

Ayushi Ahuja, M.D.

Take care of your patients like you would want someone to take care of your family.

Quote by Dr. Ahuja’s Mother, a general physician

ANSWER My interest in medicine started early. My mother is a general physician, and took care of all patients, from pregnant women and children to all adults. Watching her work, and watching her develop close relationships with her patients, got me interested in medicine. I was always a people person, and her job seemed the best to me.

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WHERE DID YOU STUDY AND COMPLETE YOUR FELLOWSHIP(S)?

ANSWER I attended high school in Dubai,

and earned my undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University. For medical school, residency and fellowship, I attended Emory University.

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WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED AND WHO GAVE IT TO YOU? ANSWER “Take care of your patients like

you would want someone to take care of your family.” My mother gave me that piece of wisdom.

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DO YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL AND IF SO, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

Dr. Ahuja’s husband and daughter.

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HOW DID YOU FIND NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME HERE?

ANSWER After completing my cardiology fellowship, I wanted to stay in the Atlanta job market. I was excited about the Wellstar/North Fulton Program and having the chance to develop a new state of the art Cardiology Program in the Roswell Area.

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HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR HUSBAND? ANSWER I met my husband while in

undergrad at Hopkins at a birthday party of some friends we had in common. It was love at first sight for him and he showed HOW DID YOU COME TO THE DECISION me that I couldn’t find anyone like him!

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THAT CARDIOLOGY WAS THE SPECIALTY YOU WISHED TO PURSUE?

ANSWER I did my undergraduate training

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HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED SINCE YOU BECAME A MOTHER?

in Biomedical engineering, which is when ANSWER After being independent and by I discovered my interest in mechanical sys- yourself for many years it is hard to realize all the work tems, and the ease with which I involved in takunderstood them. The interest in ing care of a cardiology came easy after that. little one, but WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING A her gorgeous CARDIOLOGIST AND PHYSICIAN? smile and heart ANSWER The best part of being a cardiolofilling giggle gist, is the same as being a makes physician—being a part of people’s lives. everything People are very private about their lives, worth it and but they give us a chance and tell us their easy. As a physideepest concerns—this is a privilege and it cian, it just is our responsibility to treat it with respect. made me realize

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I love to travel. I would love to travel the world in this lifetime. I have been to Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Britain, Egypt, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and West indies, but there are a lot more places to be visited!

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WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT AND WHY?

ANSWER I love visiting the Caribbeanwhat better vacation than to relax and enjoy the sun and beach.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT LIVING IN OUR AREA?

ANSWER I enjoy the cosmopolitan nature of the city, and its affordability. You can enjoy life here without always being broke.

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WHY DO YOU COME TO WORK EVERY DAY?

ANSWER Being a physician is a part of my identity, it makes me complete; I would get bored out of my mind if I couldn’t see patients and do what I do.

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WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT OR MEMORY AS A DOCTOR?

ANSWER I took care of a heart failure patient, along with many different people who were all a part of this patient’s care. Post-transplant when the patient first started remembering things, his first question to his wife was “Does she know that I am still here?” He was talking about me. That is the reason why I love my job. It gives me the chance to touch so many people’s lives—I could never do that with any other job. This is why I could never do anything else, no other job has the same human element. ❍


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Finding Beauty, Both Inside and Out Thursday, February 27, for a wine walk Many things go into maintaining a and mini-lectures as six physicians diswoman’s beauty, both inside and out. cuss facial plastics, breast Whether learning ways to improve heart health is on the new year’s resolu- augmentation, body makeovers, pelvic health, hormones, tion list or whether and heart healthy livyou’re interested in ing. learning more about Is an occasional leak The Beauty Inside procedures to make and Out Women’s your body or face normal? Wine Tasting Event is more beautiful, free, but there are a North Fulton limited number of Hospital has a variety tickets to the event. of physicians and speTo reserve your seat, cial events that can call 770-751-2660. help you reach your Dinner Lectures – goals. March and April Beauty Inside and For women who Out at North Fulton would like more in Hospital includes a large Women’s Wine What would a tummy tuck depth information about a plastics proceTasting Event and a or liposuction involve? dure, North Fulton series of four Hospital will be hostintimate dinner ing a series of hour lectures. The events long lectures over dinare designed to give ner on Monday evenings this spring. women an opportunity to learn more Get all your questions answered and about the wide variety of services get to know the physicians who can offered by the hospital and its physicians to improve health or create help you with these beauty procedures: a more beautiful face or body. Leaks to Lifts: Finding Your Best Women’s Wine Tasting Event – Pelvic Health Thursday, February 27 Monday, March 17 For most women, there are things Pastis in Roswell that that worry or niggle at the back of Guest Speaker: Dr. Curt Misko the mind. But most ladies don’t know who to ask or even how to start the con- Finding the Natural Look of Youth: Today’s Facial Plastics Procedures versation to get the answer to Monday, March 31 questions like: VG Bistro in Roswell “How can I get rid of these Guest Speaker: Dr. Mike Majmundar wrinkles?” “Is an occasional leak normal?” Beauty and the Breast: The ABCs of “What would a tummy tuck or Augmentation and Reduction liposuction involve?” Procedures “How will things change as I age and Monday, April 14 get nearer to menopause?” La Casa in Alpharetta North Fulton Guest Speaker: Dr. John Connors Hospital is Tickets to the The Mommy Makeover: Beauty Inside gathering a variety Liposuction and Tummy Tucks for and Out Dinner of physicians in one Today’s Active Moms place, at one time, Monday, April 28 Lectures are to give you the $20 per event, chance to ask those Antobelli’s in Johns Creek questions and learn Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris and may be Killingsworth ❍ how to be more reserved by beautiful inside and calling out. Bring your girl770-751-2660 friends on

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What Is Bike Friendly? Our signs say one thing but we have a ways to go before the whole community is involved. significantly upgrade pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the city. We will likely host a Gran Fondo road Up front, I want to say that I’m an race in October, which will bring avid supporter of all things cycling. between one and two thousand That said, I’m not sure Roswell is a riders.  “bicycle friendly” city.  We have the If you take issue with what I’m saysigns, we have ing, ask yourself:  the • How many plain-clothed women designations, have you seen cycling in Roswell? the complete streets policy as • How many people do you personally know that commute well as tons of by bike? road bikers.  What we • How many of your regular destinations in Roswell have bicycle don’t have are parking? Community Design safe streets and • Would you feel comfortable if you comfortable Matters children rode their bike anywhere rides that allow MICHAEL HADDEN within a half-mile radius of your kids, novices, home without your supervision? and the elderly Likely answers: None, One, No to easily ride around our city.  If you Idea, Heck NO! don’t own spandex, you probably don’t What does that say about our bike much and if you don’t live on a bicycle friendliness?  It may be semancul-de-sac or in a gated subdivision, your kids probably aren’t riding their tics, but I believe we are a (mostly) bikes unsupervised much unless you are driving them to one of our destination parks. Around the holidays, the city even has Safe Play areas for children who received outdoor toys for presents. The city blocks off a few parking lots at three of the city parks for children to safely play with their new toys. This isn’t inherently a bad thing, but just the fact that it is necessary raises pro bike community and have miles to the question of whether we are truly a go before we are truly bicycle friendly. Building a more interconnected city bicycle friendly community.  We have a fantastic advocacy group through an extensive multi-use trail network will fuel the local economy. in Bike Roswell and there are many Bicyclists tend to shop locally.  They great events like the Criterium and also tend to spend more when they Cycling Festival and the Mayor’s Ride.  The Roswell Loop is a long-term shop, potentially due to gas savings.  Bicycling is also good for project that, when health, wealth, community, and finished, will business. When men, women, and children on bikes are as common as cyclists in spandex, we will truly be bicycle friendly.  Until then, let’s continue to be pro bike. ❍ Michael authors the blog newurbanroswell.com. You may contact him at: michaeldhadden@gmail.com

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Gardening In The Dead Of Winter Yes, gardening is relevant, even in February.

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It may be the dead of winter, but there is much to talk about in the Georgia garden, especially this month. Arbor Day in the state of Georgia is the third Friday in February, the best time of year for tree-planting in our state. (National Arbor Day is always the last Friday in April, which is too warm in Georgia for tree installations.) Plant materials are dormant in the middle of winter, making February an ideal time for installing new trees and shrubs, or transplanting existing items. The Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’) is one of those perfect native trees, as it has just about everything one could ask for in a landscape tree. It is best utilized as an understory specimen where it can be protected from late afternoon sun. Bright pink flower clusters appear along the branches, limbs, and trunk in early April before the leaves emerge. The heart-shaped leaves have a burgundyred glow (a perfect tree for Valentine’s Day), and when caught by sunlight, they become Mother Nature’s stained glass ornaments. Another noteworthy trait of the redbud tree, is that the flowers are edible. They have a slightly sour taste and are very high in Vitamin C, making them a nice addition to spring salads. NOTE: never eat edible flowers from any plant unless you are certain they have not been sprayed with pesticides. Grow your own edibles using certified organic products to ensure they are completely safe. Since President’s Day is just around the corner, it’s worth noting that George

Washington reportedly transplanted redbud trees from the wild into his garden at Mt. Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson also mentions redbud trees in his gardens at Monticello. The redbud tree is an inherent part of our American landscape, as well as our history. February is National Bird Feeding Month. There are a number berryproducing trees and shrubs that attract birds and other wildlife. Think of these plant materials when planning a new garden, especially if you are a bird watcher, or want to create a wildlife habitat as part of your landscape. The European Cranberry Bush (Viburnum opulus) is a deciduous woodland garden shrub, particularly suitable to hot, humid climates. After flowering, masses of blue berries appear on the shrub, which are quickly consumed by birds, including bullfinches and mistle thrushes. The Crabapple tree (Malus ‘Indian Summer’ or ‘Prairie Fire’) is a beautiful landscape tree for sunny conditions. Cedar waxwings, robins and woodpeckers love the fruits which follow a spectacular spring flower display. And in the meantime, don’t forget to put food and water out for the birds. Using a jello mold, add fruits, nuts and berries, fill with water, and place it in the freezer. Once it has set, put the mold in a bird bath for the birds to feast upon. As the ice melts, the birds also have access to water. If you have pine cones available, tie a piece of string to the cone, smear the cone with peanut butter, and hang it from a branch where the birds will find it. Only offer peanut butter to the birds in cold winter months, so that it is well chilled. Peanut butter will become rancid and soft in warm weather. ❍ Reach Nancy on her blog: wallacegardens.tumblr.com.


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Roswell Roots Celebrating black history with art, photography, poetry, & cornbread The exhibit nal poetry and began with are judged by Charles Grogan, members of the For its 13th year, the city of Roswell who grew up audience. and others will commemorate Black around Roswell Elimination History Month with the month-long and began rounds will winRoswell Roots researching the now the festival. Africanperformers down “It’s a festival of black history and American to first, second, culture,” said Roswell Historic and community. and third place. Cultural Affairs Manager Morgan DeNiro, who The slam, which Timmis. “It’s produced by a consortium was also researchwill take place of organizations, not just the city of Masters of Soul concert, slated for Feb. 7 at the ing the same area, Feb. 20 this year, Roswell.” Roswell Cultural Arts Center. has been part of These organizations include the Grove spoke with him. Before there had been only limited infor- Roswell Roots for the last 10 years. Way Community Group, the Roswell mation available, but as their collections Michael H. Harper, who wrote, Historical Society, Teaching Museum produced, and directed the film Three North, the Roswell library, Pleasant Hill grew, this changed. “It brought to light all these AfricanMinute Activists to chronicle the 2013 Missionary Baptist Church, and the Poetry Slam, elaborated. He said the first Roswell Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. American residents and their contributions,” she said. “That made us poetry slams were held in Chicago in Roswell Roots began with a Black 1986 in order to revitalize the art form, History Month celebration by the Grove curious about what else was out there.” This lead to more information, more but its roots are older. Spoken-word Way Community Group. A city study recphotos, and more stories. Although the poetry was used to rally support at civil ommended Roswell put on more festivals, so the city partnered with them exhibit will feature textiles and artifacts, rights and other forms of protest in it will focus on photo- the 1960s. and expanded it graphs covering the Poetry Slam organizer Lee Walker said into a larger event. The first Roswell The portraits of African- late 1830s, when the he hopes the performance has entertainment value but also shares a message. Roots added just American middle-class founding families of Roswell brought the “The poet expresses their views on toptwo or three homes in Barrington Hall first blacks with them, ics that are important to them,” he said. events on top of suggest that history has all the way to the early “You would be shocked at the range and what the 1970s. Although the depth of topics.” Groveway group come full circle,” title is “Unsung Although the poetry is spoken-word had planned, but Heroes,” the exhibit like rap, the subject matter is vastly differthe festival has will focus on the African-American com- ent. Rap typically discusses topics like grown every year since. This February’s festival will include 22 events and six ex- munity as a whole during the antebellum money, drugs, and sex, while the poetry period, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow at the slam will explore the human hibits lasting all month. One of these events is the Masters of and how they triumphed over these trials. condition. “The purpose of this exhibit is to Three Minute Activists will be Soul concert, slated for Feb. 7 at the illustrate the influence of the Africanscreened at the Aurora Cineplex Feb. 12 Roswell Cultural Arts Center. at 7:30 p.m. When asked how the film “It’s sort of a revue of Motown and soul American community in Roswell,” she said. came to be, Harper said he learned about music from the 1960s,” Timmis said. DeNiro hopes the exhibit will make the 2012 Poetry Slam from Walker but “Everybody loves R&B.” people more aware of the Africanwas unable to attend. Later Walker This includes the Temptations, the American community in Roswell and proposed Harper create a documentary Supremes, the Commodores, and many about the Poetry Slam and to that end, more. The event does double duty— not encourage African-Americans to come only is part of Roswell Roots, but it’s also forward and share information. This can they created the company Cogitate Productions. When the 2013 Poetry Slam part of the Roswell Presents series at the be the start of a story that advances and grows deeper. came around, Harper had five cameras RCAC. This is especially important because filming from multiple angles and wired Another event Timmis is excited about many African-American neighborhoods, the entire Roswell Historic Cottage to is “Black Heritage: The Unsung Heroes of Roswell, GA.” The city hasn’t some of which date back to after the Civil record the sound of the poets and the auWar, are disappearing due to dience’s reactions. had a black history exhibit specific to redevelopment. She would like to “I’ve been working in the film industry Roswell before. In conjunction with the document them before they’re gone. since 2008, but I’ve never really had the Roswell Historical Society, the city Roswell Roots will also include the opportunity to even work on a documencreated an exhibit that will be in the Poetry Slam, which Timmis described as tary, much less write, produce, and direct Rotunda of the Roswell City Hall a competitive poetry event. Participants one,” he said. Feb. 1 – 28. have three minutes to present their origiTo create Three-Minute Activists, Archivist Elaine Deniro elaborated.

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Harper had to research performance poetry. Seeing older videos of the poets’ performances didn’t prepare him for the unbridled power of the performances he captured that night. “There were several moments I got goosebumps, and I’m not ashamed to say I teared up at a few of the more poignant moments. Spoken-word poetry is an incredibly vulnerable and intense art and I’m proud to say we captured at least a little bit of that intensity in our film.” He chose the Aurora Cineplex because it was a top-notch theater and it has a strong history of supporting independent film. It was also important to have the screening close in Roswell, as part of the Roswell Roots festival. Aurora is right up the street from the Roswell Historic Cottage and Harper thought it cool to screen the film so close to where it was shot. Barrington Hall will host a photography exhibit as part of the festival. The exhibit, “Invisible Suburbia,” will feature seven large photographs from Sheila Pree Bright. These images are part of a larger series called Suburbia depicting upscale African-American suburban homes whose owners’ race is not always obvious. Exhibit curator Sally Hansell said

“Slammin’ in the Suburbs,” Roswell’s 10th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Roswell Historic Cottage. Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. (Photo from 2013 Roswell Roots)


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On the front lawn of Barrington Hall, captivating drum sounds will reverberate across the yard as the founders of DrumRise demonstrate the drumming techniques they learned from Guinean master drummer Mamady Keita. You’ll discover that you can learn to drum, even if you’ve never touched a musical instrument before! It’s a day guaranteed to stimulate your senses! Saturday, February 8, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Photo from 2013 Roswell Roots) Timmis asked her to join the Roswell Roots committee last September. Hansell writes about art as a freelance journalist and had been aware of Bright’s work for years. When she saw Bright’s Suburbia series, she knew it would be perfect for Roswell’s antebellum homes. “The portraits of African-American middle-class homes in Barrington Hall suggest that history has come full circle,” Hansell said. “Barrington King was the largest slave owner in Roswell, and slaves surely helped construct his beautiful house. The exhibit foregrounds the rising middle-class African American home within the context of its bleak origins.” She hopes the show will prompt guests to reconsider how they think about race and identity and how differences and similarities are reduced or magnified by the trappings of middle class living. Another event Timmis is organizing is the cornbread competition, to be held Feb. 22 at the West Hall of the Child Development Association on Grove Way. “If you love cornbread, you shouldn’t miss this,” she said. “There’s some delicious cornbread.” Both amateurs and professionals will

present their best recipes. Guests go from table to table sampling each different kind and picking out their favorites. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive an iron skillet. The submissions will also be judged by professionals. Timmis is not sure what surprises will be in store this year, but said last year one of the judges had published a cookbook and sold signed books at the competition. Those interested in entering the competition can visit www.roswellroots.com/cornbread. Timmis hopes the festival will expose the Roswell community to new and interesting aspects of African-American history and culture. People will experience things they’ve never experienced before. She intends for the festival to bring both white and black residents of Roswell together in experiencing top-quality art and culture. Every year after each festival the organizers plan how they can make a better event next year and every year they succeed.“This year is our best festival yet,” she said. ❍ Reach Matt at matt@thecurrentplus.com

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Roswell resident and preschool teacher Julie Alfriend Ferris recalls the incident that sparked her idea to write a children’s book about The Masters golf tournament. “My husband had gone to Augusta to attend The Masters. My daughter asked where her daddy was that day, and then continued asking about the tournament, the clubhouse and even what Daddy would have for lunch. As I answered her questions, I realized my daughter didn’t know anything about The Masters, but was very curious about it,” Julie says. “The wheels started turning. I wondered if there was a children’s book about The Masters. When I researched and found there was not, I decided to write one. I wanted Julie Alfriend Ferris to teach children about the game of golf and The Masters, “I’ve gotten a lot of posiin particular.” tive feedback from Julie’s book, Badges, Egg children who tell me Salad and Green Jackets: The they’ve learned the story Masters A to Z, covers the of The Masters from my history and long-standing tradibook and now they want tions of the tournament, to watch the tournament including the rules, landmarks on TV or attend in person. and even the kind of food Some even want to learn served. As inspiration, she drew to play golf,” she says. from her own memories of “Parents say they’re growing up in Thomson, Ga., in excited to read it to their close proximity to Augusta, working the children. Some people are giving the concession stands at The Masters as a book as a gift to friends or family teenager and later attending the event as member who are golf lovers or have an adult. attended The Masters. I’m so honored “The Masters is a very special place. As when people share these stories about I grow older, I realize how hard the what the book means to them.” badges [tickets] are to come by and how While Badges has been very successful many people will never have an opportu- and is already in its second printing, nity to attend this event,” Julie explains. Julie says she currently has no plans to “I wanted to share that specialness through write another book. “It’s been a the book, and teach children about the tremendous undertaking,” she states. tournament and the game of golf.” In the meantime, she stays busy with The hardback book is beautifully illus- her family and her job teaching trated in watercolors by Joshua Thomas, preschool and chapel at Northbrook also a native of Thomson and a graduate United Methodist Church, as well as of the Savannah College of Art and making author visits to elementary Design. He was the perfect choice to schools, where she explains the writing, illustrate the book, according to Julie, be- editing and publishing process and cause of his love of golf—he’s been answers questions about her book. A perfect gift for children and golf playing the game since age 10, his father fans of all ages, Badges, Egg Salad and was a golf coach at Augusta State Green Jackets: The Masters A to Z, sells University, and he helps run a local golf for $14.95 is available locally at The camp for children every summer. As a fun, personal note, Josh made it a point Chandlery (950 Canton St., Roswell), to incorporate Julie and her family—hus- Findlay Rowe (1030 Woodstock Rd., Roswell), and KooKoo Bear (12060 band Bob, son Rob, daughter Kathryn, and even their dog, Molly—into some of Etris Road, Roswell) or online at www.junebugprint.com. You may also the illustrations. follow Julie on Facebook: Julie says that response to the book www.facebook.com/themastersatoz. ❍ has been gratifying.


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>>BRING YOUR PILLOW

February 13 The Princess and the Frog

>>ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

February 6 8 p.m. at GTC Merchants Walk

February 8

The Mountain View Regional Library on Sandy Plains Road will host a screening of the Disney film “The Princess and the Frog.” Participants should bring a soft pillow and blanket to lounge on the floor and a small, dry (not sticky) snack. No registration is required. The event is at 3 p.m. For more information, e-mail mountaic@cobbcat.org or call 770-509-4964.

>>ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

February 7 2:50 p.m. at GTC Merchants Walk

February 9

9:35 p.m at Regal Cinemas North Point

8:30 p.m at Regal Cinemas North Point

Hunting Elephants

The Jewish Cardinal

Sir Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and an impressive cast of Israeli top talent give bravura comic turns in Hunting Elephants, a bank heist caper and coming-of-age tale from writer-director Reshef Levi (Lost Islands). 107 minutes. English, Hebrew with subtitles. Details at www.ajff.org.

>>ROSWELL ROOTS

February 25 >>ROSWELL ROOTS

February 8, 15 Gems of Africa Art Exhibit and Sale at the Smith Plantation Home, part of the Roswell Roots festival, offers one of the best and largest selections of contemporary African art anywhere for view and for sale. Works include pottery, glass, sculptures, bead and wire, baskets, batiks, paintings and prints from all over Africa. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a reception from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Meet Wallene Jones, Keith Washington and Nuwa Nnyanzi and enjoy refreshments. For more information, visit www.roswellroots.com or 770-641-3978.

“Let It Shine “Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement brings to the stage pivotal moments of the American struggle for civil rights. Tuesday, , 7pm at the Teaching Museum North, 793 Mimosa Boulevard. This honest and powerful play by the Bright Star Touring Theatre brings to the stage pivotal moments of the American struggle for civil rights. The Freedom Riders, “Bombingham,” and the Montgomery bus boycott are just a few of the key events that unfold. Key figures from the time period are welcomed to the stage with an accessible script that is sure to provide a great launching pad for better understanding this challenging time in our nation’s past. Ages 9 to adult. FREE. Reservations call 770-552-6339.

Atlanta Premiere, directed by Ilan Duran Cohen, 2012, 90 minutes, French with subtitles. A dramatic clash of ecclesiastical politics and spiritual soul-searching, “The Jewish Cardinal” is the remarkable true story of the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who, while maintaining his Jewish identity, became leader of the French church and close confidant to the Pope. Jean-Marie Lustiger (born Aaron) converted to roman Catholicism as a teenager, later joining the priesthood and quickly rising within the ranks to become adviser to Pope John Paul II. A maverick outsider, he utilized his dual identity to advance Jewish-Catholic relations, a unique platform that earned him both friends and enemies. Details at www.ajff.org.

>>SIX STRINGS

February 8 Ed Gerhard The Six String Social Club will present Grammy-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard at the Ragamuffin Music Hall in Roswell. There will be two concerts, one at 7 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. Advanced tickets are $30 and at the door $35. Tickets at the door payable in cash or check only. Only 50 tickets available for each show. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.sixstringsocialclub.com.


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February 14-15 Carin MacWithey

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February 19 and March 3 Affordable Care Act: Need to Know More? At 11 a.m. Feb. 19 and 2 p.m. March 3, the Mountain View Regional Library on Sandy Plains Road will host a free workshop on the details of the Affordable Care Act. Certified navigators will work with individuals to better understand their new health insurance options and assist with enrollment. Online registration is required. For more information, call 770-528-2300 or e-mail tempest@cobbcat.org

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February 27-March 16 The Great Gatsby

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The Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street will host “The Great Gatsby,” a stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s saga of selfmade millionaire Jay Gatsby’s passionate pursuit of the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed, and danger amidst the breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age. This adaptation has been approved by the Fitzgerald Estate. Showtimes vary. For more information, call the RCAC at 770-641-1260.


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What Is Your Heart Telling You? This Valentine’s Day there are plenty of options to delight a special someone.

A New Beginning

For nearly two decades Historic Roswell Antiques stood for quality, beauty, style and taste. Everyone in our area whose eye demanded more in furnishings has known and loved that store. Alas, progress demanded its space, and very soon it will be gone. It was a well-run local business the community could always be proud of, a great resource for us all that will be missed.

The silver lining to a great store closing can be found just up the road at City Antiques. We are proud to announce that quite a few of the very best dealers from Historic Roswell Antiques are joining us here at City Antiques and the combination is magical. As if that wasn't enough we are warming up Lisa's Consignment and Estate Sales. It’s a shop within a shop that's progressing. Additionally, our custom shop is producing extraordinary pieces, which we are very proud to show off. Instant classics that are immediately rare. Remember real handwork? Come check us out.

We have a lot going on. Thank you all very much for our first three years! It's been thrilling, terrifying and exciting as we keep changing and morphing to better serve our clients. We constantly look for opportunities to bring restoration, preservation, re-loving, reusing, and second chances to life.

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Natalya Shapiro of Chef Brulée Chocolates and Gâteaux.

Valentine’s Day is on Friday the 14th. If you are even remotely consider- every bite is something spectacular. This is way beyond Hershey folks. ing eating out I recommend making a This is not mass produced factory stuff. reservation now. The best restaurants These are miniature pieces of art that will be full to the rafters that night. To you will not find anywhere else. Get that end I’d like to make a suggestion. over there early though. She will surely Let’s make Valentine’s Day a weekend. sellout for Valentine’s Day. This is supeFor my guy friends it gives us a tworior to any chocolate you’ve had before day pass just in case we screw and it all comes from Russia with love! something up. Now on to the dining experience. Now, I’ve bought everyone some On this day, or weekend, romance is more time and an excuse to not have to obviously a requirement so the restaugo out Friday. I have a few suggestions rant must be romantic and dare I say for eating out, one for eating in and an sexy. The place that brings what you introduction to a chocolatier that will need is Bistro VG on Crossville Road change your perception of what chocoin Roswell. The interior is drop dead ellate means. egant and definitely romantic. It’s Let’s begin with the chocolates. Chef definitely a pricey place but in no way Brulée Chocolates and Gâteaux located overpriced. at 1140 Alpharetta Street in Roswell is Chef Eric Balderrama is an something that you must experience. inventive chef who consistently At first glance you’ll think you’ve impresses me. I would describe the entered into a jewelry shop. Natalya menu as French/American. Some of Shapiro, a native Russian, is the chocomy favorites are the Braised Short Ribs latier and owner who makes by hand a with spicy Mac and cheese or the wide array of delicious delectable items Atlantic Salmon with sweet onion with that will make you completely forget smoked chili mussel broth. I’ve never any resolutions to lose weight. This gone wrong here and they will not displace is not large on space but it’s certainly huge on taste. Shapiro creates appoint. This is your excuse to splurge – it’s worth it. perfection through innovation and it’s A second place that is on par with all done by hand every day. The Bistro VG is Osteria Mattone on offerings are endlessly changing while


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Canton Street in Roswell. I told you this story last month so I’ll just reiterate that it’s beyond romantic and out of this world good. Let us also not forget Seed over in East Cobb as well. This place is a can’t miss Valentine’s hot spot. Being that Valentine’s Day is on a weekend perhaps not everyone wants to venture out. Shopping at the grocery store though is not allowed for this holiday. If you are eating at home you must step up your game and do something real. Go big or don’t you dare go home. To that end I welcome you to the Roswell Farmers Market. Located at 555 S. Atlanta Street, near the historic Roswell Square, it’s convenient to most folks in Roswell and East Cobb areas. These guys have an amazing story. Shannon Gowland’s family goes way back in Marietta history and she’s the talent, the Shannon Gowland teacher, the and husband Win. creator and chef. Her husband Win is the rock. His family blew in from the Big Easy way back. This couple is now starting this venture to deliver true farm-to-table, locally sourced and organic until death do them part. They are breaking all the rules and forging new ground with healthy organic and great food that tastes

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great. Now I’m a meat lover. I like my meat quickly charred and handed to me. If it walks, swims or flies I’ll eat it. So it’s a stretch to say I could enjoy a vegan chef, but boy did I. Their whole concept of the small store and family entrepreneurship is something to celebrate. This is not just a grocery store. Shannon is a hometown girl who does us all proud. Think local and get your butt acting local. For Valentine’s Day, she has developed a terrific set of organic and complete meals for two that even includes some great organic fudge. At around $70 this is a terrific bargain and you can eat in your pajamas if you want. Come on what’s not to love about that? For those on a tight budget let me remind you of the most precious gift of time and self. I can’t predict the weather but a walk around the Historic Square in Marietta is a great place to explore. The Aussie meat pies at the Australian Bakery Café are just a couple of bucks and the Taqueria Tsunami nearby is fantastic. There are also lots of shops and even a few shows in the area. So get out, get off your duff and get around. In this one column I covered an amazing Russian Chocolatier all the way to a local organic girl and her amazing cooking. All of this is just a few miles from you. ❍

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capturedinthecurrent By Lisa Eckman See more of Lisa Eckman’s photography at her Facebook page: Humans of Atlanta.

“Take our picture!” these two boys were eager to ham it up for the camera.

“Take my picture!” the girls begged, smiling for thecamera as they left school for the day. The boys and girls in a local after school program clamored around for their chance to have their picture taken and an opportunity to learn how to use a camera themselves. Art can really bring people of all ages, genders, colors and creeds together. It’s beautiful!

Brothers Keith and William Brister both serve in the Army. SPC Keith Brister (left) is stationed at Fort Hood and CPL William Brister (right) is at Fort Stewart. They, along with William's wife Jonolia and their daughter Aa’Ryah, were visiting their mother who lives in the area.

“I love Doctor Who! I have my own sonic screwdriver at home!” This little “Whovian” started a trend of drawing the TARDIS in his after school program. Doctor Who first aired 50 years ago and still manages to capture the hearts and imaginations of young and old alike.

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