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>>MOVE THEM ARMS
11th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’
Throughout August Long Hot Summer
August 30, 2- 4 p.m.
Muse & Co art gallery in Roswell will be hosting a month-long show (Aug. 731) called Long Hot Summer, which features a group show by local artists. There will be an artists’ reception that coincides with the First Friday Art Walks on the 7th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a screening of the film Long Hot Summer and BBQ from Smoking Mo’s will be there. And if that’s not enough they will also be celebrating the opening of a new photography studio next to Muse called Stillscapes Photography Studio.
Presented by DataScan, benefiting The Drake House, this annual ice cream extravaganza will allow you to taste over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream while you enjoy music, ice cream eating, stacking contests, and children’s activities. Music provided by DJ Neezy. The Drake House provides emergency housing and life skills programs for homeless mothers and their children. For more info visit www.thedrakehouse.org. The event takes place on the Roswell Square, 617 Atlanta Street, Roswell. Tickets are $6 for individuals and $20 for a family of up to 6. For more info visit www.missmarysicecream.org.
>>HEAVEN ON WHEELS
Food Trucks Everywhere
Muse & Co is located at 23 Oak Street in Roswell. (At left, Stranger in Town, mixed media on canvas by Ron Irwin.) Everywhere you look there seems to be a food truck. Not to be left out of the craze, the Paper Mill Village in East Cobb will be hosting the culinary wheel crowd on Monday Aug. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be live entertainment in a family-friendly environment. This event also features local organizations and benefits local charities. If
>>YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD
Ms. Senior Georgia Pageant
August 16 The Georgia Classic Club sponsors the State Ms. Senior Georgia each year highlighting women 60 years and older. Contestants come from all over GA to compete for the chance to become Ms. Senior USA. The event takes place at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center from 2 to 5 p.m. and there is a $15 admission charge. The RCAC is located at 950 Forrest St in Roswell. For more information on the event call 770-993-7772.
that is not enough there are also food trucks in Roswell at Riverside Park during the Riverside concert series that takes place on the first Saturday of each month. If you’re up in Alpharetta don’t forget the Alpharetta food truck alley held every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. in the downtown district.
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>>NOT A SECRET ONE
>>COOL SUMMERTIME SOUNDS
The Brushwork Society
Rhythms on the River Concert Series
Cobb County Rodeo
August 21 & 22 The Cobb County Rodeo is riding into Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Billed as the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, the Cobb County Rodeo features bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping, and barrel racing. The event takes place at Jim R. Miller Park, located at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta. The rodeo takes place in a covered arena and will last about two hours each night. For more info visit www.cobbcountyrodeo.com.
Each month the Roswell Cultural Arts center features artists in the lobby. In August they will feature the art of The Brushwork Society, which is an Atlantabased core group of 13 artists who have come together to encourage each other along the joyful, but sometimes arduous journey that is art-making. Join the RCAC during the months of August and September for an exhibit of work from various members of this eclectic and dynamic group of local artists. The RCAC is located at 950 Forrest St in Roswell.
August 16 The Rhythms on the River Concert Series is a partnership with Atlanta Plays It Forward and the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This event features the shag dance party band Pieces of Eight at the Brady Concert Pavilion. Bring a picnic, lawn chair, and dine during the show at your own table. General admission is $15 with Pavilion Level Table Seating at $40 to $145 per table. The CNC is located at 9135 Willeo Rd. in Roswell. For more info call 770-992-2055.
Riverside Sounds Staying with the music near the water theme donâ€™t forget about the ever popular Riverside Concert Series that takes place on the first Friday of each month. In August Adron performs and on Sept. 5 you can hear the music of Monte Montgomery. This event is free to the public and is great family entertainment. They also feature various food trucks so come hungry. Riverside Park is located at 575 Riverside Park in Roswell.
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KEEPING THE SUMMERTIME SPIRIT FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL
By Jessica Diamond A few minutes of summer, a couple of heat waves, and suddenly it’s time for the back-to-school rush. How did we get here? Too many afternoon naps, in my case. But no matter! Summer is still far from over. August may be busy, but there are still plenty of chances to break the routine and enjoy some summertime madness. So while you’re standing in line at the ofﬁce supply store, cart full of supplies you pray will last longer than last year, remember you don’t have to go far to get away. Due to the fact that I can’t think of one, it would take precious little time to list the reasons why there shouldn’t be an annual ice cream festival in Roswell. There are countless reasons, however, why this festival is completely and absolutely necessary to the wellbeing of our community.
Quite simply, you can’t have summer in Georgia without access to plenty of ice cream. On Aug. 30, the Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ Festival is celebrating its 11th year with their biggest event yet. Make your way to Atlanta St. between 2 - 4 p.m. to try more than 100 different ﬂavors of homemade ice cream and even test your endurance with an ice cream eating contest. Brave the brain freeze and power through! It’s sure to be the sweetest afternoon you have all month. Get your tickets online or at the event. All proceeds to go beneﬁt the Drake House, a non-proﬁt that provides short-term crisis housing, support, education and empowerment to homeless mothers and their children in north metro Atlanta. missmarysicecream.org. Planning the wedding of your dreams? It can be one of the most ex-
Walking and running with your dog is one of the best ways to show your little fur child just how much he or she means to you. You’re taking time out of your day just to bond and get a little exercise with your best friend. What if this treasured part of your day could also help victims of domestic violence, both human and animal? On Aug. 22, “Walk, Wag N’ Run” your way to Lenox Park in Brookhaven for a 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run with your favorite fourlegged companion. Proceeds will go to beneﬁt Ahimsa House, a place dedicated to serving all victims of domestic violence, no matter how many legs they walk on. Check the
website for registration details and race guidelines. This year will also feature a t-shirt design contest. See what you and your dog can come up with! ahimsahouse.org/wordpress/ walkwagnrun. There are two kinds of carnivores in this world: those who love meatballs and those who just haven’t found the right meatball. Both will feel at home at The Atlanta Meatball Festival on August 22. Whether it’s beef, pork, lamb, chicken or a surprise “other,” you’ll ﬁnd it here and keep coming back for more. Watch as some of the top chefs in the area converge on Sandy Springs for a “battle of the balls” to determine “Atlanta’s mightest meatball!” With titles like that being thrown around, you’ll deﬁnitely want to be able to say you were there when it all went down. The top meatball dishes will face off at this year’s Taste of Atlanta event for top bragging rights. Once you’ve tried them all, indulge in some limoncello tastings and more. Get your tickets at www.atlantameatballfestival.com. No matter what you do to beat the back-to-school blues, stufﬁng your face or having fun in the sun, keep hold of the childlike feeling you rediscovered at the end of May. Hang onto it as long as you can, or at least until the holiday spirit kicks in sometime in October. There is always something to get excited about and look forward to. All you have to do is check around the corner! ❍
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citing times in a couple’s life together. It can also be one of the most trying. You may not think you’ll have an opinion on what sort of napkins your guests will use to wipe champagne off their shoes, but the reality may surprise you. You may suddenly ﬁnd that those napkins are the only thing standing between you and your peace of mind. What if you had the chance to live your wedding before any of your guests arrived? What if you could watch it all happen from their point of view? That would be ideal! Especially since you will be a whirling dervish on the day and unable to worry about the napkins. The Big Fake Wedding is just what you need to put your weary, overloaded mind at ease. This event is a “fake” wedding featuring varios vendors who will showing off their services, so you can sample before you hire. You can walk through the ceremony, dinner and reception as though crashing the wedding of a vague acquaintance with just your taste. Sample dozens of carefully selected vendors and lay eyes on the products exactly as you would see them at your own wedding. Save the date this Aug. 19 and check the website for more details. www.thebigfakewedding.com
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IGNORE THE NOISE (IF YOU HAVE A PLAN) and the country’s debt issues in relation to the Eurozone the past few weeks? Whether or not a 3rd Have you ever read a newspaper round of ﬁnancing was negotiated is important, but let’s put the “crisis” into perspective before headline, a doomsday book, or heard a concluding whether you should have “done TV pundit spouting about the “crisis of something” to react to the situation. According to the the moment?” Were you fearful? Did you World Bank, Greece had a Gross Domestic Product feel as though you should “do something” (a measure of its economic output) of $237.59 billion in 2014. As a country, they ranked 44th with less to react to the situation? There will than 0.30% of the world output; a relatively small always be day-to-day drama here in the piece of the world pie. And if Greece were a state in U.S. and around the world, but the the U.S., it would have only ranked 25th. question you should ask yourself is this— The impact of what happens to Greece in the Eurozone is historic, but it alone doesn’t threaten the If I have a solid personal ﬁnancial plan world economy. will this “crisis” affect my plan? The point here is simple. There will always be a We encourage our clients to ignore the noise—the “crisis of the moment”; an event, or even a series of persistent, “crisis of the moment” chatter the media events, that will cause the markets to lose ground. intentionally creates to draw-in viewers and radio lis- There may even be a market correction (yes, that teners. Remember, they have a job to do. They sell happens). But the important thing you should commercials and advertisements. They are good at remember is that when you have a personalized creating strong feelings of fear and worry so that ﬁnancial plan supported by a good portfolio (broadly you’ll tune-in. diversiﬁed, low cost, and long term in focus) your cirHave you ever worn Bose® noise cancelling head- cumstances are less likely to be impacted. The phones? We are told they work really well. As an minimal affect these moments have on your own analogy, we suggest you wear them, so that you can plan should allow you to focus on your long-term tune-out the negativity of the media. ﬁnancial success. Ignore the noise. ❍ Have you read or heard anything about Greece
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SABBATICAL AND CONVERSION COMPLETE! By Mike Finch My three-month writing sabbatical has ended! I’m not exactly sure what happened but every now and then I just can’t seem to get my thoughts together and put ﬁngers to keyboard on the old MacBook. It’s not for a lack of opinions, or current events, or helpful topical hints from friends and family; it’s more of an internal processing malfunction that stiﬂes the natural free-ﬂow of creativity—or so I call it. The positive result is that during this “time-off ” I somehow went through a major conversion. No, sadly my writing style hasn’t improved or even changed, as my conversion actually has nothing to do with writing. I’m also not speaking of a religious conversion or a move from meat to vegetables in my daily diet, as those horses have metaphorically left the barn many years ago. Obviously, I’m speaking of a conversion of much deeper meaning that I’m sure you have guessed by now—my conversion to country music. Yep, I spent approximately two of those months listening to nothing but 94.9 The Bull until I was able to learn some of the songs and the more meaningful lyrics. Sweetie can’t even fathom this move and says that all country music sounds the same, and only talks about “unemployed teenagers up to no good, drinking and getting each other all hot and bothered.” I just don’t think she has given it enough time. I tried to invoke the nostalgic memories the songs inspired from our own teenage years —driving my truck on dirt roads, kicking up dust
with Sweetie by my side. She quickly reminded me that we basically drove around Dunwoody and Sandy Springs in an Alfa Romeo convertible and we weren’t “up to no good”! Her memory may be subject to the years on at least one of those points, but mentioning that now would be counterproductive! Anyway, I needed a new game plan, so I shifted my tactics to using some of the lyrics in casual conversation. Example: after a quick smooch upon arriving home from work, I simply remarked that, “her lips tasted like Sangria” and that “those jeans ﬁt her just right.” She said my lips tasted like beef and cheese and asked if I had fallen off of my diet; and furthermore was insulted that I said her jeans were too tight. I don’t think she is catching on to this. My last ditch effort was to demonstrate the valuable messages delivered behind the music. Case in point, I asked her, “What would you do if you were rich?” She paused for a minute and rambled off something about feeding the hungry or clothing the homeless and then turned the same question to me. I conﬁdently answered that I’d buy a boat, and a truck to pull it with…and a Yeti 110 iced down with silver bullets in it. That last part came out with a little less conviction and emphasis than I had hoped. Sweetie just shook her head and walked away. I had no response except to chew tobacco, chew tobacco, chew tobacco—spit! ❍ Mike Finch can be reached at miscellaneousramblings @comcast.net.
“…AND A YETI 110 ICED DOWN WITH SILVER BULLETS IN IT.”
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TALL TALL TREES BRING A BIG BIG SOUND Mike Savino is not your granddaddy’s banjo player.
By Tripp Liles
Tall Tall Trees or its leader Mike Savino is a bit of conundrum. Savino is a banjo player, but not an ordinary player mind you; he’s got a style of his own. And unlike many other banjo players—I’m talking to you Georgia natives—he’s from New York City. Savino is certainly a pioneer in today’s ever-crowded music landscape. Often performing solo but under the band name Tall Tall Trees he has released 3 offerings since 2009 on his own label Good Neighbor Records and has been a relentless performer hitting the road and winning converts with his completely innovative approach to playing the banjo. Tall Tall Trees has been touring Europe this summer and his ﬁrst show back in the states is right here in Roswell. On Aug. 22 you’ll have a chance to catch him at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center as a kickoff to their new LIVE! in Roswell season. Savino’s take on a one man band is based on a homemade instrument called the Banjotron 5000. Through numerous effects and loopers,
bowing, drumming, and strumming he ultimately delivers a multi-layered arrangement to support his lyrically driven songs. “I’ve always been into extended techniques when it comes to playing musical instruments. When I was sixteen, I discovered that I could play a laser gun through my bass pickups. Since then, I’ve been constantly searching for new sounds and techniques,” Savino said in an interview with music blog well-lightedetcetera.com. “As far as the banjo goes, not many people have veered away from old-time claw hammer, bluegrass, or traditional folk banjo. Legends like Bela Fleck and Tony Trichka have taken the banjo deep into the jazz and classical world but the actual playing is pretty rooted in the Earl Scruggs style. I’m pretty
James Casto started playing piano in high school on a dusty, out-oftune upright piano in the basement of his family’s home near Atlanta. He remembers writing his ﬁrst song with a Wizard of Oz theme, appropriately titled “Toto,” about the pain of not knowing what you have until it’s gone. “Yeah, it was horrible,” James recalls. “But as bad as the song was, I fell in love with the process of writing songs.” After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree at Georgia State University, James struggled to work as a musician, eventually deciding to pursue a career in the business world. He earned his MBA and spent several years in the business world. But on the morning of September 11, 2001, as it did for many Americans, all of that changed. While watching the unforgettable scenes in New York City on television, James realized he had to leave his lucrative corporate job to pursue music full-time in January 2002. The decision changed his life forever. James restarted his music career and quickly became a mainstay on the Nashville music scene, learning the ropes from other successful songwriters and performing at the Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner and other notable Music City venues. He had his ﬁrst major songwriting cut in 2006 with “Peace On Earth,” a Christmas song recorded by platinum selling artist Lila McCann. Since then, he’s written songs for Lisa Kelly, formerly of Celtic Woman, and numerous indie artists. James’ soulful pop vocals and percussive style of piano playing have earned him fans across the globe. New York City, Chicago, Charleston, Nashville and other cities are regular stops. A true believer in the power of music, James says he is grateful that his life “has been deeply altered by music, by songs. A song can make you laugh when you are in desperate need of a smile; make you cry when your heart has felt like stone for years; and, maybe most importantly, make you feel like you’re not alone.” In 2007, James began to spread this message by sharing the stage with his songwriting friends, inviting them to join him for in-the-round songwriting shows at Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta. Thus was the birth of HOME BY DARK, a powerful and inspiring concert series featuring the best songwriters and musicians in America. Each show weaves stories, humor, improvisation and magical performances that truly happen once in a lifetime and are unique to each audience. James notes: “Our goal each night at HOME BY DARK is to reach your heart, make you feel something, and prove that a song can change your life.” For more info and show times visit www.homebydark.com. ❍
A SONG CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
James Castro is the driving force behind the Home By Dark Concert Series
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shocked that no one has really used the banjo as what it essentially is, a drum with strings on it.” Tall Tall Trees has appeared at Austin City Music Limits, Newport Folk Festival, and Late Night with David Letterman. At present he is working on a third full-length release, which will be available later this year. This is certainly a performance that will make you rethink what you know of a banjo. Savino plays with an unparalled passion and innovation. “The ﬁrst time I played music in front of an audience I felt a complete possession, as if my body was taken over by something and I was not in control,” Savino stated. “Many years later, I still feel this, though I am able to be conscious and guide myself in the direction I want to go, but the spirits are still in control, not me.” The LIVE! In Roswell series is in its ﬁfth year and is continually growing. Many shows sellout so be sure to visit their site at www.roswellpresents.com for tickets and show times. For videos featuring Tall Tall Tress visit our site at www.thecurenthub.com.
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BE PREPARED FOR THE END OF SUMMER By Debbie Keel
While shopping this weekend, I spotted lots of signs reminding me about one of the annual rites of late summer: taxfree weekend, encouraging parents to shop for their kids Debbie Keel, CEO, back-to-school needs North Fulton Hospital on one designated weekend. With kids all grown up, this now serves as a reminder to me to stay away from retail stores that weekend— the discount is hardly worth the Holiday-like crowds. (It also reminds me that my trafﬁc-free ride into work will soon be over.) But there are other important things besides buying, buying, and buying to prepare your children to return to school, and those things might be more important that the most fashionable school bag. This is the time to be certain that your kids are ready to handle the germ factories that we call classrooms. Do they have necessary (sorry Jim Carrey, they really are necessary) vaccinations
to protect them against measles, mumps, rubella and whatever else they can be protected against? If they participate in fall sports at school, they most likely will need proof of a physical. North Fulton Hospital’s free school physical event has already passed but your pediatrician, family doctor or most any urgent care centers do these physicals for under $30. And when you are shopping you might want to pick up small bottles of hand sanitizer to stick in backpacks, lockers, etc. Washing hands frequently is the best way to prevent infections but using hand sanitizers is much easier during or between classes, after recess and before lunch. Especially for young children, you might even attempt to begin to reinstitute some kind of normalcy into their routine like earlier bedtimes and less TV time. It’s good for them but probably just as good for you. Remember appropriate amounts of sleep are important to a child’s ability to learn and your ability to deal with all the activity a new school year brings. ❍
North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Aug – Oct 2015 SUPPORT GROUPS
Breast Cancer Support Group
First Thursday of every month 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. First meeting will be held September 3, 2015 Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Cope and connect with others who are facing the Classroom C. The National Coalition for Women same struggles. Please call Sarah Bentley, RN, with Heart Disease brings support and education to Oncology Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for women who are at risk or who already have heart location and to register. disease. For more information call Rebecca at 770 658-4796 or send an email to WH-FultonCo Lupus Support Group Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. –1 p.m. @womenheart.org. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share Ostomy Support Group experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C occasionally present and we also participate in This group is open to anyone who has or will have an some Lupus Foundation of America events. ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. The Contact Julie for more info meeting structure is informal with group discussion 404-626-2394, firstname.lastname@example.org. and guest speakers to be scheduled at various COMMUNITY EDUCATION times throughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more Babysitting Workshop information; Group does not meet in the summer Saturday 8/15, 9/19 and 10/17 but will resume in September. 9 –2 p.m.Teaches children ages 11 –14 how to be
WomenHeart Support Group
Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday 9/9. 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.
Epilepsy Support Group The third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Classroom A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Educational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.
Stroke Support Group Fourth Wednesday of month 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. North Fulton Hospital; Classrooms A/B Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator, Director of Rehab and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at 770-751-2631 or Keisha.Carter@tenethealth.com
Gamblers Anonymous Every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Classroom C Anyone interested in stopping gambling is invited to attend this 12- step program. Anonymity is the foundation of fellowship in this group. For more information please call David at 770-862-2564.
prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30.
American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 8/22, 9/12, and 10/3. 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
Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 8/22, 9/26, and 10/24. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at NFH to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.
Water Birth Thursday 8/13, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, and 10/22. 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.
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 lasts approximately one hour. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes kn----owledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.
Calendar continues on next page with Special Events.
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North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Skin Screenings
SAVE the DATE for POWER OF PINK
Thursday, August 27 at NFH. Appointments start at 5:30 p.m. Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States Do you have a suspicious looking spot on your body? Have it checked out by a NFH physician. FREE, but registration is required.
Saturday, 9/26; 6pm Windward Marriott Alpharetta An interactive casino night and dinner supporting Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta sponsored by North Fulton Hospital. Full dinner, breast cancer survivor presentation and Vegas-style casino gaming with fabulous prizes to support a great cause. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.komenatlanta.org/powerofpink.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Community Health Fair Saturday August 29 10:00 a.m. –2 p.m. NFH will be offering free blood pressure, bone density and foot screenings. Total cholesterol/Glucose screenings will be offered for $10/person. Fasting is not required.
Just Yell Fire Self-Defense for Teen Girls (11+) Sunday, September 13. Teen girls face a high risk of violence from strangers, acquaintances & dating partners. This single session class will teach teen girls 11 and older how to take ownership of personal safety & defend themselves against an attacker. For more info & to register, 678-526-3335 or www.revvedupkids.org. $45 first child/$35 additional.
AARP Smart Driver Course Thursday 10/6; 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Geared to the safety needs of the older driver. Insurance companies offer a 15% discount for 3 years to those who have completed this course. Registration required; $20 ($15 w/AARP membership) *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association. Please call 770-751-2660 or visit www.nfultonhospital.com for more information, to register for classes, or to find a physician.
EMS NEWSLETTER AN AWARD WINNER Congratulations to our North Fulton team and our Emergency Medical partners on their award winning EMS newsletter! The newsletter took home an Award of Merit for Single Audience Publications at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Georgia Hospital Association Marketing and Human Resource Conference in June at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Oconee. There were many submissions for consideration for this award from multiple health systems across the state of Georgia and we are honored and excited that North Fulton took home this prize! We are fortunate to maintain such wonderful, collaborative relationships with our local EMS providers who help us each quarter to provide us with interesting, informative content for this piece. Congratulations to all!
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Rated one of America’s Top Doctors in Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Thomas Chacko makes it a goal to provide his patients with as much individualized care as possible. Dr. Chacko graduated from Jefferson Medical College, completed his residency at New York University Bellevue Hospital, received Internal Medicine/Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Training at the University of South Florida. Dr. Chacko aims to stay up to date on the most current knowledge and provide the best treatments available for all ages. With recent speaking opportunities on CNN, WebMD, and Fox News, Dr. Chacko is sought after nationally for his expertise in all areas of adult and pediatric allergy and immunology.
Dr. Chacko and his family.
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER ALLERGY MEDICINE AND DECIDE THAT IT WAS THE RIGHT SPECIALTY FOR YOU?
ANSWER: In my ﬁrst year of residency at NYU, someone told me ANSWER: I grew up in Queens, to check out the ﬁeld of N.Y. My parents still reside in Bayside Allergy/Immunology. I get to see both Queens—where I grew up. I only left children and adults and get to know a home to attend college at Penn State lot of families (as allergies tend to run University. in the family). I did a few rotations and really fell in love with the ﬁeld. To WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER this day, I’m very happy I chose this MEDICINE AND DECIDE TO MAKE path and hope to practice as long as I IT YOUR CAREER? can. ANSWER: My mother is a pediatrician, and I always admired DO YOU HAVE A MENTOR OR how much she enjoyed her work. SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN That led me into wanting to go into INSTRUMENTAL IN YOUR CAREER? medicine. I knew at a pretty young ANSWER: Again, It would be my age that I wanted to be a doctor, likely mother. She loved what she did and it around 9th grade or so. was also how she provided for our family. WHERE DID YOU ATTEND
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
COLLEGE AND MEDICAL SCHOOL?
ANSWER: Penn State for undergrad and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia for Med school.
WILL YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
ANSWER: My wife is a high school teacher. She taught 9th grade at Milton for 5 years and now tutors
Biology at Kings Ridge Christian School. I have 3 children, Christina, 7 years old; Jaya, 5; and TJ, 4. We live right in the area in Harrington Falls.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO MAKE ATLANTA YOUR HOME?
ANSWER: I did some training in Tampa for allergy. After moving out of the north, I liked the warmer weather and cost of living so decided to come settle in the South. Atlanta is a big city and we have some family here, so we looked for jobs in the area. I’ve been here now since 2007 and I genuinely love the Alpharetta/ Roswell/North Fulton area. We think it’s a great place to live, work, and raise kids.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN YOUR PRACTICE OR AT THE HOSPITAL?
ANSWER: Generally I’m doing whatever activities the kids are doing, whether swim team, tennis or basketball. I also try to go the the gym regularly.
Dr. Chacko recently appeared on the cover of Atlanta Magazine featuring the area’s top doctors.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A PHYSICIAN?
ANSWER: I love that I get to make people’s quality of life better which can be pretty gratifying!
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Q A with Dr. Thomas Chacko
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BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKUPS It’s back to school time, and you know what that means! It means new school supplies, new teachers and most importantly, a back to school checkup for all of the little ones. If you have not done so already, this is the perfect time to get the kids scheduled for their annual physical exams. This will ensure Dr. Jane Zhong not only that everyone is up to date on their immunizations, but also that the kids are well prepared for the year ahead and know how to keep themselves healthy. Schools require that children be up to date on their immunizations for Tetanus, MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), Inﬂuenza and Meningitis. Please conﬁrm with your child’s pediatrician that all of these immunizations are current. Though it is not required, your doctor may also recommend the HPV vaccine for both boys and girls. “It’s important that children come in some time during the year,” Dr. Jane Zhong of North Fulton Primary Care said. “Not only does this help us keep the immunizations current, it allows us to check general health and detect any potential issues early. We can also help the parents know what to look for and how to teach their children healthy habits. Dr. Zhong maintains that the key to a healthy, happy and productive child is a well maintained schedule that includes plenty of sleep. “Keeping a regular schedule is the most important thing,” Dr. Zhong said. “Parents can really help to teach their children time management. When you have a schedule for homework, exercise and sleep, children can focus during the school day. And when children have enough sleep, at least 8 hours, their immunity is stronger.” There are also small habits children can employ to protect themselves and others in a school environment. For example, children can learn to cough and sneeze into the crease of their elbows rather than into their hands or in the direction of other children. A healthy diet is also a key component of maintaining health and focus in the classroom. The annual checkup is also a great time for parents to voice any questions or concerns they may have about their growing children. Regular and consistent participation in physical exams enables parents and doctors to work together towards the shared goal of healthy, happy children. This also enables the children to build trust and communication with medical professionals that improves the quality of care these physicians are able to provide. These consistent and positive relationships help children to develop healthy lifestyle habits and maintain a productive relationship with their healthcare providers for life. If you have not already, be sure to schedule your wellness exams today! ❍
ONLINE DATING YIKES! By Di Chapman
Alright. You’re gonna date online, and I’m going to say you’re crazy. Right? Right. There’s a notion that just won’t die that online dating is the only way to ﬁnd love. I’ve written about this misconception in my column before. All you sweet cheeks, if you truly want someone with whom you can share a relationship, step away from the computer! Get your butt out of the chair, off your sofa, and out of bed. I mean it now more than ever. Not only will you come up empty-handed online, you’re a potential target for romantic cons. When online dating was new, its members included mostly authentic individuals. I know couples who found true love there. I sound like a jerk, but it’s changed, and not in a benevolent way. In AARP’s June/July magazine article “Are you Real?” the blush comes off the rose. This investigative report should scare the dickens out of you. It talks turkey about the latest romantic cons on sites. You’ll be shocked where these originate. Here are some revelations: First, men, I’m sorry, but most cons start with your gender, at least the ones we know about. Perhaps guys are too embarrassed to divulge victimhood. Women dramatically outnumber men on dating sites, too, and are eager to ﬁnd love now. (Admit it, girls!) We make “hunting” quite simple. We’re easy marks for scammers with fake photos, names, driver’s licenses, and romantic overtures. A scammer charms us with ﬂattery and enchants us with romantic descriptions of a ﬁrst meeting. He patiently keeps the online relationship going. With love notes and perhaps phone conversations, he lays his trap. He suggests we ﬁll out forms to discover each other’s hobbies, favorite
foods, and ﬁnancial status. We answer honestly. He doesn’t. When the timing’s right, he asks for a “loan.” He’s “had a misfortune,” or he’s “found an investment opportunity for the two of us.” We love him now, and send it. Ouch! One former scammer, a young man in Nigeria, made $800,000 over four years. Ladies! Nigeria? The Internet’s anonymity is not your friend. So, what’s next? You’ve heard the expression “Get a life!” Right? Here are some suggestions for ﬁnding a life and love in Roswell and surroundings. Move. Think I’m joking? If you really believe you can’t ﬁnd anyone nearby, go somewhere else! I’m just sayin’. Move to Historic Roswell and enjoy the life. Volunteer. Causes need you. Help Roswell’s chapter for the Wounded Warriors, the American Cancer Society or the Atlanta Humane Society. Whether your interests are pets, children, diseases, homeless or more, you’ll ﬁnd potential mates.
WHAT? YOU’RE GOING BACK TO YOUR COMPUTER? SERIOUSLY?
Join professional groups. Toastmasters clubs, Rotary clubs, Chambers of Commerce and so many more organizations are everywhere in our area. Join ones with both sexes involved. Take lessons. Music, tennis, art, golf, dancing, any kind. They stave off Alzheimer’s while you meet cute people! Any questions? What? You’re going back to your computer? Seriously? Uffda! Oy Vey! ❍ Need advice on your love life? Send an email to Di at email@example.com. All correspondence is confidential.
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A TRIBUTE TO GREATNESS AND GRAMMY WINNERS UP CLOSE The Velvet Note is the place to catch world-class music in an intimate setting. The Velvet Note is a musician’s dream. Built with acoustics as the main ingredient, this room will delight your ears like no other place in the area. This month there are a multitude of opportunities to catch some great entertainment in the coolest spot around, literally. Grammy-winning trombonist and singer Saunders Sermons On Sunday Aug. 23, you’ll be able to revisit the greatness of Billie Holiday with a tribute titled A Century of Lady Day: The 100-Year Tribute to Billie Holiday. This performance will feature Dee Dee Wilson who is a past People’s Choice Award Winner for The Billie Holiday vocal competition and has been a composer for the HBO series “The Wire.” Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. This show is a can’t miss and will surely bring back the memories, as well as create new ones. On the previous night, Aug. 21, you can catch a Grammy-winning trombonist and singer Saunders Sermons. Sermons is an American singer, trombonist, songwriter, and a two-time Grammy Award Winner. Born and raised in Miami, FL, Sermons began playing the trombone at the age of 11. Since then, he has grown to become an established independent artist with an admirable music career. How often can you watch a Grammy winner at arm’s length? Now’ s your chance! These shows are just a few highlights in a busy month at the Velvet Note. August kicks off with a tribute to Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick by Toni Byrd on the 1st and Steinway artist Matt Lemmler on the 2nd. On the following weekend, Aug. 7, 8 and 9 you can catch La Lucha, Emrah Kotan and the Caniel Wytanis Quartet. On the next weekend Amp Trio performs on the 14th and Corey Christiansen will be there for shows on the 15th and 16th. Christiansen is becoming recognized as one of the preeminent jazz guitarists in the world. A recording artist, writer, educator, and performer, he has played and taught in literally every type of situation around the globe for the last decade. This performance includes Grammy Winner Kevin Smith on bass and Grammy Winner Terreon Gulley on drums. The month of August closes with Roman Street on the 28th and Darryl “Fluteman” The Velvet Note Evan Jones on the 29th. These are just a few 855-583-5838 of the shows during the month. For more 4075 Old Milton Pky Alpharetta info on these performers and additional shows and times visit thevelvetnote.com. thevelvetnote.com The Velvet Note is located at 4075 Old Milton Parkway on Alpharetta. ❍
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill’s home on Canton Street will transform from a construction site to a restaurant in the near future. By Frank Mack Canton Street in Roswell represents both the old charm of Roswell and the rebirth of a lot of cool new stuff as well. Another old house has been gutted to the foundation and is being rebuilt into what is expected to be a top end restaurant; this is Canton Street after all. There is no other game to bring to this hood other than an A game. The costs are high to be sure but the rewards are there to be had. This new place called The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill located next to the beautifully redone Osteria Mattone. The Big Ketch will be doing seafood, something that Canton Street could use. Right now construction is moving along but curiosity got the better of me. So a few of us here with The Current Hub trekked down to Buckhead to visit the original Big Ketch (opened in 2010) who claims to do casual seafood with a gourmet touch. I usually don’t like to write about one experience, and this was just a lunch, but at ﬁrst glance and taste they could be a winner. This is a laid-back ﬁsh joint with a very friendly vibe and based on this experience the locals in Buckhead rate it favorably. The Buckhead scene is not easy to crack and making it there isn’t exactly Broadway but it’s not a bad place to start. The heart seems to be there, the building is coming along nicely and the local foodie crowd is waiting. They plan to open this fall. If you understand anything about
reconstructing an old home like this you know these guys have to be dedicated to quality. A Canton Street location like this will bring heavy expectations I hope these guys hit the ground running or swimming. Here’s another newbie to Roswell but to you guys in East Cobb or Johns Creek you already have one and that’s a Marlow’s Tavern. I’ve eaten many times at the East Cobb location and the one in JC and I’ve never had a bad meal and several that made me really rethink what I consider to be corporate food. These guys have 15 locations in Georgia and I’m not aware of one failure. They will be taking the old Soﬁa’s that was in the Trader Joe’s strip mall on Crossville near Roswell High School. Construction crews will be gutting the place and putting their signature on the location to be sure. To the uninitiated they serve classic America with a lean toward gourmet and the occasional burst towards excellence. One last new guy to spread the word about, Aiyara Thai located at 690 Holcomb Bridge in Roswell. If you tried to hide a place in plain sight you couldn’t do it better than this. There is no fanfare, no ads, heck not even an opening night. This is just about family, kitchen mastery and skillful execution. It’s what you’d expect, great Pad Thai, dumplings, soups, noodle salads and all of it distinctly Thai. It’s like having a private dining room open seven days a week. It’s worth the drive no matter your starting point. ❍
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I AM CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER
By Di Chapman
Studs Terkel has his listening ears on. Do you?
Yeah, I know. Curiosity killed the cat. Trust me, if you’ve read my article “Close Encounters of the Furry Kind,” you know that I have a beast in the house named Moosie. Moose Munch (his full name) is a grownup adult kitty, who’s stuck in the terrible twos. This cat would have already had nine lives if I hadn’t adopted him as a rescue and taken him indoors. His curiousity has him hanging from light fixtures, jumping up again and again like a Whack-aMole to get into things, and sticking his head into car grills. He is infinitely curious about what the heck is down the garbage disposal and in the garbage bag, which prompted us to put a childproof latch on the cupboard door. I swear if he had opposable thumbs, all bets would be off. Yes, curiosity can kill the cat, but it hasn’t killed me—yet. I’ve always been curious about everything in life. Even after reaching that young age when typically our childhood curiosity is jettisoned as parents and schools tend to decide it’s time for us to “get real” and start thinking like
adults, I was not fooled. I knew the curiosity was still there, stuffed into my brain matter, squeezed by facts and figures and admonishments about how writers, artists, and entertainers were starving. We were to put aside our creative curiosities and pursue the paths of our accountant, doctor, lawyer, banker, teacher, or plumber parents. “Parents” were overly serious people who were essentially boring and decidedly not curious. Great. Some of us, though, enjoyed the process of curiosity too immensely to stop the engines of our constantly questioning brains. My own curiosity resulted in a lifetime of exploration of writing, foreign lands, and the styles of various au-
Our interview was unforgettable. He described how he and his wife lost their daughter, an alcoholic who struggled after rehab. She had stumbled out of a bar on Christmas Eve, passed out in the snow, and froze to death. The McGoverns started a charity to help women alcoholics struggling with recidivism, a major issue in rehabilitation for women. I never dreamed my curiosity would take me to such a breathtaking conversation. Curiosity has led me to embarrassment as well. Once, in Paris, I thought, “I’ll do what the French do in sidewalk cafes and smoke cigarettes.” I’ve never smoked. But, I wanted to experience this extremely French habit. I bought a European box of cigarettes, and joined in the culture of smoking and gesturing as only the French can do. I fumbled with the matches, thinking, “How do people do this?” I pictured myself as an aloof Francophile in a chic leopard print sweater. My sister snapped a photo of me, with cigarette casually at my lips. Later, I found out from a friend viewing the pics that I was smoking the wrong end of the cigarette. The filter was sticking out like a neon sign. This was only trumped by my inability to light a Bunsen burner in chemistry class in college. I loved the subject and aced every written exam and the extra credit in the classroom. Then there was the lab. While every classmate successfully completed the experiments, I was still attempting the lighting of the burner. I met with my professor to plead my case for an A, regardless of the ‘D’ I earned in lab. He laughed and agreed. My curiosity in the classroom scored me an A+. When I moved to Roswell, I was amazed and curious about its rich history, beauty and people. I’m still curious four years later. How about you? Consider Marcel Proust’s quote, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.” Try it. Be curious anew about your life here. I’ll be trying once again to light a match. ❍
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thors, media and famous individuals. My curiosity led to hosting a radio show in the 90s in Southern California. I interviewed cool guests like Kim Campbell, the first woman Prime Minister of Canada, who, along with Member of Parliament Ethel Blondin Andrew, wore the identical red dress at Campbell’s swearing in ceremony. The duo flaunted the fluke goodheartedly. It got the best of me when I discovered a protégé of Timothy Leary, a woman who had the tutelage of Werner Von Braun after he immigrated to the US. She put Leary’s ashes in a rocketship. Meanwhile, on the ground, researchers were given his brain to study the longterm effects of LSD. How hot is that? They found no impact of the drug. Ha! I was also curious about Dick Morris, the toe-sucking political consultant; Nathaniel Brandon, Ayn Rand’s muse; Dick Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?; and Terrell and Katz, legal commentators at the OJ Simpson Trial. I was even asked out by Terrell! All agreed to come on the show. Once, at a book convention in Chicago, I found myself invited to Studs Terkel’s home for his 85th birthday celebration. I don’t recall how it happened, but curiosity is a wonderful thing. Perhaps you remember Studs’ acclaimed book Working. I loved how he introduced his wife Ida, a tiny woman with her pillbox hat and clutch, dressed for the party. We laughed as he said, “Her FBI file is thicker than mine. She’s chained herself to many trees threatened by bulldozers.” I pinched myself. Was I really at this intimate gathering for Studs? When George McGovern was assigned the U.S. Ambassadorship to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization by President Clinton, I was curious to see if I could talk with him on the air. Turns out, the date I set for the interview was his birthday, and he would be at a party in a Georgetown restaurant. “It’s fine,” he said, “I can sneak away. Call the restaurant and tell the maître d’ who you are. He’ll let me know.”
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KEEP YOUR GARDEN LOOKING GREAT AHEAD
Order bulbs now for fall planting. Pictured: tulips and hyacinths massed in pots will bloom in March.
growth, which in turn leads to healthy, long-lived plants. Water early in the Georgia, it’s hot outside, and if it morning so plants can better protect isn’t raining, your garden needs you themselves from the mid-day heat. more than ever. Here are a few When trees or shrubs die due to suggestions to keep the garden disease or drought, remove promptly looking good and staying healthy to prevent diseases from spreading. through the summer heat. In this hot, humid weather, foliage How long has it been since you put decays rapidly and this can invite fresh mulch in the landscape? Top other unwanted guests (or pests) into dress trees and shrubs now with the landscape. The best time of year hardwood mulch or pine straw to to replace lost plant material is in the keep moisture around root systems fall, but if you have a bare spot in the and reduce the weed population. A landscape and, like me, you just can’t good layer of mulch in the landscape wait until fall to ﬁll the void, choose a means less watering on hot summer dwarf fountain grass (Pennisetum days and a lower water bill next ‘Rubrum’ or ‘Fireworks’) or full-sun month, not to mention a better lookcoleus (dozens to choose from) to get ing landscape. It’s amazing what you through the season. Many grass fresh mulch can do to the overall and foliage plants (like coleus) work appearance of a landscape. When perfectly as end-of-summer pick-melandscape plants become dry, water ups, and will thrive until the ﬁrst deeply and less often. Deep-root frost. Not a bad investment this time watering encourages extensive root of year. By Nancy Wallace
Mail order bulb catalogs provide great selections for fall planting
To keep summer annuals blooming their best until fall, be sure to feed them this month. I use organic liquid fertilizers like ﬁsh emulsion, cow manure tea, and liquiﬁed natural kelp (yes, there is such a thing and the plants love it!). One more summertime feeding will give annuals and perennials the necessary boost to keep them blooming well into fall. Never fertilize plant materials that are dry or stressed, or you’ll run the risk of burning foliage and ﬂowers. Check with a local garden center to determine the
Mix up a large batch of liquid fertilizer to use with a hose-end spray bottle for easy application.
because I order over 3,000 bulbs each year from different vendors for the dozens of container gardens and ﬂower beds on calendar, I must be really organized. The good news, dear gardener, is that the task should be much simpler for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind before ordering bulbs. Deer will eat tulips—so only use tulips where the deer can’t reach them (behind fences or in container gardens, away from the front walk). My favorite tulips are Early Single and Early Double tulips (which represent two of the ﬁfteen “divisions” of tulips) because they bloom before the warm spring weather is upon us, and there is nothing sadder than a drooping tulip border. Tulips don’t like the heat. I also order dozens of hyacinth bulbs (Hyacinthus orientalis) and daffodil bulbs (Narcissus) which bloom around the same time as the tulips, but hyacinths and daffodils are deer proof. Bulbs must be planted in the fall, preferably late October through November. Once planted, it’s a long wait through the winter months, but the blast of color in early spring from fall-planted bulbs is always worth the wait. Choose ﬂower colors that complement each other, or pick a single color scheme using different hues of the same color. By staying on top of simple garden chores and with a little planning, your garden will pay you back in beauty. ❍ Nancy provides garden design & renovation services. wallacegardens.tumblr.com
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best liquid fertilizer for your garden and follow the directions carefully. Moving on, let’s plan ahead for fall. One of my favorite “chores” in August is plowing through bulb catalogs, compiling lists, making sketches and notes of all the places bulbs will be planted in late October. Experience has taught me to order early. In August. If not, I sometimes end up with second choices because my ﬁrst-choice bulbs are sold out. And
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BACK TO SCHOOL FUN FACTS It’s a funny thing about “facts”—they can be manipulated by the user to make a point sound good or sound not so good! For instance, how would you use Kay Paschal, Owner the “fact” that by Peachtree Park Prep eating 8 grams (approximately 2 bars) of chocolate has been shown to boost brainpower due to the ﬂavanols found in cocoa? Here are some more fun Back-toSchool facts: • $7.7 billion was spent in the United States last year for backto-school clothing. Back-to-school spending is the 2nd largest consumer-spending event behind winter holiday shopping. • More than 120 billion Crayola brand crayons alone have been sold since 1903. Enough to circle the Earth 200 times! By the age of 10, the average child will have worn down approximately 730 crayons! • Approximately 480,000 yellow school buses will carry 25 million children to/from school daily. • 41% of college students still bring home laundry for mom to do. • Almost half of U.S. schools have reduced or eliminated recess while 100% of U.S. schools have internet access, up from 50% with internet access in 1995. • The average classroom pencil can write approximately 45,000 words or a line 35 miles long and can write just as well upside down, in zero gravity, or under water as at the school desk. • Children drink an average of 31
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gallons of milk per year. • 79 million students carry back packs with 92% hauling more than 10-22% of their body weight. • Only 30% of parents follow the advice of their pediatrician all the time. Advice on discipline is the #1 ignored advice followed by advice on sleep practices and TV time. • Revive dried permanent markers with a little rubbing alcohol. Non-permanent markers can get the same kick with a little water. Fact or ﬁction—it’s time to return to SCHOOL! “Loving to Learn!” ❍ Kay Paschal is Owner of Peachtree Park Prep.
FAMILY MUSIC AND WELLNESS EXPO Music is the essence of life. It can uplift the soul and calm the spirit—and its healing power can have a positive impact on our health and wellness. The City of Roswell will once again celebrate the melding of music and health at the 3rd Annual Family Music and Wellness Expo this fall. Various local musicians will perform live, as health professionals from around the community offer free screenings for hearing, vision, dental, blood pressure, bone density, blood glucose, nutrition, and more. The event will be held at Riverside Park on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..
SAY ALOHA TO AGING Aloha To Aging, Inc. is a non-proﬁt 501(c)(3) community outreach whose mission is to empower family caregivers, aging care receivers and volunteers in a positive, nurturing manner through quality programming. On Aug. 15 they will have their 4th Annual Live & Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. This will be a fun night supporting a great organization. Auction items include a quail hunt; trips to Tuscany, Antigua and a South African safari; airline tickets, beautiful jewelry and much, much more. Auction will be held at the Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street NE, in Marietta. Tickets are $40 each ($45 day of auction). Call 770-722-7641 to purchase your tickets to support a great cause.
SPECIAL CONCERT AT NORTHBROOK UMC Tom Elliott is a singer, songwriter, musician, worship leader, and storyteller. On Saturday Aug. 15 he will be performing at Northbrook UMC in Roswell from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Inﬂuenced by the music of John Denver, James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Dan Fogelberg, Keith Green, Gregg Russell, Ken Medema, Elton John, and Garth Brooks, Tom began writing in his early 20s. Over the past 20 years Tom has sung with audiences of all ages in numerous churches, coffee houses and venues. For more info visit www.northbrookumc.com for more information.
AREA 13.1 HALF MARATHON An invasion of runners has been set for Aug. 22 at Riverside Park in Roswell. This half marathon event will wind along the beautiful area in and around Riverside with proceeds beneﬁtting the Matthew E. Russell Foundation, which establishes fully furnished libraries and media centers with computers, e-readers, and books for children in South Africa. Russell was a former resident of Roswell and the event is a tribute to his legacy of giving to those in need. For more information visit www.mattrussell.org.
THE EXECUTIVE LUNCH CONNECTION The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will host an Executive Lunch Connection featuring GA Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. As Safety Fire Commissioner, Hudgens appoints the State Fire Marshal, oversees the state arson unit, regulates explosive and hazardous materials, and is responsible for the inspection of public buildings for compliance with the state ﬁre code. The event is being held at The Metropolitan Club on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta on Aug. 5 at 11:30 a.m.. For more info call Deborah Lanham at 678-397-0567.
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WELCOME TO Y’ALLYWOOD The business of film production goes big in Georgia. By Tripp Liles
Many years ago I worked in the “Hollywood” system. It was a golden age known as the 90s where we had dial up Internet and only about 100 cable channels. Back then production of shows, with regards to location, was pretty simple. There were two basic places that ﬁlms and TV shows were shot: either Los Angeles or New York. Today, the landscape has dramatically changed. It seems like every few weeks I notice more and more production trucks in the area. In fact, this state is rapidly becoming what some people refer to as Y’allywood. The Motion Picture Association of America keeps tabs on the business and according to them there are over 24,000 ﬁlm-related jobs in Georgia, which represents over $1.5 billion in wages. In just the past 24 months over 40 movies and more than 90 television series were produced in Georgia. This business has not been lost on the north metro area. “We are proud to work closely with the state’s ﬁlm ofﬁce as well as the North Fulton Chamber on location requests. It is a challenging part of my job as no two requests are the same. Years ago when we ﬁrst started, someone asked what types of pictures did we want, I replied that we needed everything,” said Marsha Saum, of the Roswell CVB. “Movies can make a big ﬁnancial impact on a city. Not only for tourism but because the crew and stars need a place to stay and food to eat. Movie sets can beneﬁt local stores when furniture
and set decorations need to be purchased. Local residents can be used as extras.” The business of ﬁlm goes far beyond Tom Cruise earning $20 million for a ﬁlm. The myriad of jobs available are well paying jobs, not to mention that the state is building a whole new industry. One that doesn’t cannibalize something that already exists here. Not to mention it provides young people a chance to stay local and explore a greater variety of career opportunities— something that didn’t exist 25 years ago when I graduated college. Georgia has taken the most aggressive approach to building the business in this state by offering steep tax breaks to producers who locate ﬁlming here. This is not new. A lot of states have tried this but ultimately they end up cutting the breaks, so producers leave. Louisiana is one example of this and they’ve lost a tremendous amount of business as a result. Georgia has not made that mistake. In fact, state leaders are doubling down on the strategy. Last spring Gov. Nathan Deal went to Los Angeles to meet with industry leaders in an effort to emphasize Georgia’s commitment to the industry. Deal and several ﬁlm industry ofﬁcials held a reception called “Georgia Night in L.A.” at the Sunset Tower Hollywood for a group of studio executives and producers. The goal was simple—thank them for their business and ask them for more. It’s a smart and very solid game plan. For all of the hype around the politics of Hollywood and its “liberal” label, I can assure you the people who run the studios are extremely conservative when it comes to business. There has been no better example of corporations breaking union ties and seeking the lowest possible tax overhead than the movie studios. Georgia is a right to work state and with the tax breaks in place this state is a libertarian’s dream come true. The reception in Los Angeles was less about competition from surrounding states, rather it was about competing with California. After several decades of a losing strategy featuring high taxes, unionization, and downright hostility to the industry, they are awaking to a new day and Georgia is seem as a big competitor. California has implemented its own tax breaks to entice producers to come home and leave Georgia. However, those tax incentives have a ceiling, while Georgia has rightly made theirs uncapped, which keeps Georgia far ahead of the competition. Many see this as a way for Georgia to become a very large player on the production front. “I deﬁnitely see the ﬁlm business continuing to grow in Georgia. The fact that states like Louisiana are putting a cap on their ﬁlm tax credits makes Georgia even more attractive to the ﬁlm industry,” said Bethany Usry, Vice President of Progress Partners of North Fulton Atlanta. “In Progress Partners’ role as the camera ready liaison between North Fulton and the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment ofﬁce, we’ve already seen an increase in location requests during the last few weeks since Louisiana’s decisions have been in the news.” Some of Deal’s Republican colleagues have been critical of the idea of giving handouts to Hollywood, but Deal has rightly pointed out the overwhelming beneﬁts of having them in place. As a matter of fact Deal is not stopping with the tax breaks. Education and long-term employment are key factors in making those breaks pay off and states that only offer breaks are missing the bigger picture. Georgia state Film continues on p. 30
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Pictured above and at left are just a few examples of the burgeoning film industry in Georgia.
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break. Beyond the suits, you have to convince the creative people that shooting here is to their advantage and they can get the locations they need to execute the script. “I helped the ﬁlm scouts with locations for The Accountant with Ben Afﬂeck and Mena with Tom Cruise but didn’t tell anyone,” said Saum. “It is important that scouts can trust us to keep conﬁdences for crowd control. Imagine if we told everyone that Tom Cruise was ﬁlming at a friend’s house? We work hard to be as helpful as we can and to answer requests quickly. We want Roswell to be known as ‘ﬁlm friendly’ to encourage ﬁlmmakers to come again and again.” In fact, Saum is right. Keeping a lid on production is key and yes Tom Cruise did recently ﬁlm his new action thriller, Mena, in Roswell and surrounding areas. When Tom Cruise Invades In Mena, Cruise plays real-life drug There is also a side to this that goes smuggler Barry Seal. Seal was a far beyond normal business. Lets face it, daredevil pilot who made millions of dolﬁlm and TV production is cool and peo- lars ﬂying almost 60 tons of cocaine into ple are excited when they see their the U.S. in the 1970s and 80s, before neighborhoods in the movies. Getting to turning federal informant. Spoiler alert. the point where a ﬁlm is shot here (He died in a hail of bullets at the hands though is a far greater task than just of Colombian hit men.) telling studio execs you’ll give them a tax Doug Liman directed the ﬁlm that Director Lee Thomas is also touting a new state program called the Georgia Film Academy to subsidize training for ﬁlm crews. This program, funded through the state lottery, will work with technical schools to provide training for aspiring crewmembers. “Georgia cannot afford for another state to do to us what we are doing to Hollywood,” Gov. Deal said at a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast. These education opportunities don’t stop there. Recently the Fulton County School System together with Union City and Atlanta Metro Studios announced a pilot-program aimed at getting students into the ﬁlm workforce. The program prepares students on professional equipment, gives them job training and procedures for on-set activities during a two-semester course schedule.
“I can not say enough nice things about those movie people.” Barbara and Gene Kimbrell’s home in Roswell served as a location shoot of Tom Cruise’s action thriller Mena, which is set to be released in January of 2017.
also stars Sarah Wright as Cruise’s wife Lucy and it is scheduled to be released in January of 2017. One local couple deﬁnitely had the insider’s knowledge of the Cruise production because their house was taken over during the shooting. Barbara and Gene Kimbrell live in the Brickleberry subdivision in Roswell and were approached by scouts from ﬁlm crews to use their house for production. “They (crews) were very nice,” said Barbara Kimbrell. “They decorated our whole home to look like the 1970s. Those people were very nice. I can not say enough nice things about those movie people.” The ﬁlming took place over a 6week period, while the couple stayed at the recently renovated Baymont Suites Hotel in east Roswell. Ultimately the couple got to meet their houseguest Tom Cruise. At their ﬁrst meeting Cruise made a lasting impression. “I remember the day he came by,”
said Gene Kimbrell. “He stayed here awhile and talked about family stuff.” The couple also noted how hard and long a typical movie shoot can be, especially in the Georgia summer sun. Cruise, however, never led on with a “Hollywood” attitude, rather he was very gracious and giving of his time even at the end of a very long day. “I said to him ‘you’re burning up’ I could tell he was worn out,” said Barbara. “But he just kept signing pictures and autographs for the neighbors. He must have said 20 times I really appreciate you letting us shoot here.” In a conversation with a ﬁlm crew member, Gene recalls the message relayed about how Georgia is perceived in the Hollywood world, which perfectly sums up Georgia’s place in the ﬁlm industry: “He said to ﬁlm in California is not fun anymore. You don’t have to build stuff here. It’s so unique that they can just use what is already here.” ❍
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