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Riverside Sounds Concerts

September 1 The Riverside Sounds Concert Series is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday evening along the beautiful Chattahoochee River. The concerts are free and run from 7 – 9 p.m. at Riverside Park in Roswell. In September they feature The Roosevelts, a strong alternative pop duo from Nashville. They have a new single recently released called “Love in Color.” Next year they will be in much larger venues so see them now… it’s free so you’ve no excuses. Riverside Park is located at 575 Riverside Road in Roswell.

Editors Note:

A Short And Sweet Goodbye Nearly 10 years ago I quit my corporate job, just before the Great Recession, to start this publication. In an era when everything was going digital I started a print publication and somehow made it work. It is now time for me to step aside as I begin a new chapter in life. (See page 26… hint Laura is my wife.) As I move on, I cannot thank enough our advertisers like Julia Daniels at The Comfortable Chair Store and Lindsey Petrini who is now COO of WellStar North Fulton. These women were instrumental in recognizing how we were different and spent their marketing dollars with us. They started from the very beginning and I will forever be indebted to them and of course other advertisers who are too numerous to mention. I would also like to thank my staff, especially our designer Carrie, who has been our backbone for many years. Also, I have to thank you the reader. We always tried to give quality editorial and you responded over the years with many kind words. Thank you. I now step aside to start a new career, which will be my third, with my wife Laura who I love more than anything and is inspiring me to take this step. This new “family business” is an exciting chapter for us. So I go from print to retail… I’ve never been accused of taking the easy road ;) - Tripp Liles, Editor and Publisher



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Art In The Park

Taste of Johns Creek

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Art in the Park will be celebrating its 32nd anniversary as Marietta Square’s premier event, celebrating the arts by featuring both local and national artists displaying their fine arts on Labor Day weekend. Widely acclaimed as one of the best fine art shows in Atlanta, and the only in Cobb County, this free Labor Day tradition in and around Glover Park appeals to patrons of all ages and budgets high and low. In addition to the incredible 175 Fine Artists, the festival also features a street chalk art display for aspiring artists young and old. And of course access to the great restaurants and there will be food trucks too. The festival is held on Marietta’s Historic Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Taste of Johns Creek is returning to appease the foodie in you! You will be able to sample more than 20 local restaurants from $1 to $4 on the campus of Chattahoochee High School. Shop the Art Walk where local artisans will display their handmade creations. Enjoy live acoustic music, local entertainment, kid’s activities, Puppet Show featuring Peter Hart Master Puppeteer, and taste some of the best food the Johns Creek area has to offer at this exciting event for the whole family. Just make sure you bring your appetite! Chattahoochee High School, 5230 Taylor Rd. in Johns Creek. 4 – 9 p.m.



September 2 & 3 Noshfest is a two-day festival at East Cobb’s Temple Kol Emeth. The mission is to celebrate Jewish food and culture by showcasing delicacies and activities unique to their heritage. The food is portioned in small samples to allow you the opportunity to experience a wide range of tastes. For admission they ask that you bring two canned goods per family. The cans will be donated to Must Ministries to feed the hungry. There will also be craft vendors featuring a wide array of unique items and live entertainment to round out a wonderful event. For more info visit www.kolemeth.net/noshfest.



Alien Half Marathon

August 18 The popular Area 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K has an out-of-this-world theme at Riverside Park in Roswell and proceeds going to a great cause. Proceeds from the AREA 13.1/Terrestrial 5K races support Bwanali Chipole Victory, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization that is building an orphanage in Malawi, Africa. They feed and educate over 140 children on a daily basis and are currently building a girls’ dormitory to house 150 young girls. Since 2011, they have been serving the needs of the children and community in Malawi through multiple endeavors aimed at sharing love, uplifting and equipping individuals so they can improve their quality of life.








oswell has several beautiful and unique gardens that draw visitors. From the Chattahoochee Nature Center to Roswell’s historic homes’ gardens, the area is in full bloom. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a great place to begin your tour. It is an environmental sanctuary encompassing 30 species of wildlife and 127 acres of plants and gardens. The Greenroof Garden depicts the natural habitat found in the granite outcroppings of Georgia and is filled with unusual and rare plants. The Unity Garden grows fresh vegetables, fruits culinary herbs, flowers, and supplies more than five tons of fresh produce annually to North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. The Native Gardens and Butterfly Garden are two other favorites at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Plan a date night on the river. Take a 2 ½ hour guided canoe trip on the Chattahoochee River with experienced naturalists and then come back to make s’mores over an open fire. Check the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Canoe Programs to see when the next available trip is. These are popular during the summertime, so make sure to reserve your spot.

Barrington Hall Gardens

Or, come out for a fun day with the whole family on August 5 for Adventures Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Summer Adventures Day features the favorite activities of the previously popular Water Day and Outdoor Skills Day. Celebrate the end of summer—be sure to wear your swimsuit, you might get wet on this day filled with adventure!

Canoeing on the Chattahoochee Tracy Hoexter Photography

• Storytime, Creature Feature, Guided Hikes and more!

Picnics are welcomed and most Family Fun Days will have local food trucks on site. There are several picnic tables and meadows perfect for a meal with the family. Just a short drive away from the Chattahoochee Nature Center is Barrington Hall, home of Roswell cofounder Barrington King. The • Canoeing on Kingfisher Pond informal West Garden and the formal • Water Crafts & Face Painting East Garden have been restored • Outdoor Adventures Area with fly- through the Historic Landscape and fishing, geocaching and knot tying Garden Grant from The Roswell Garden Club. Restoration • Water Adventures Area that documentation is gathered from pubincludes wet and wild games, lished books and family letters. water conservation activities, and Visitors enjoy viewing “a large bed of water science stations sweet lavender,” “snowballs,” and “Cape Jasmine as tall as the tallest The Unity Garden supplies more than five tons of fresh produce man,” in the West Garden. The East annually to North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. Garden, a formal boxwood garden, is the only antebellum garden open to the public in Metro Atlanta. It was created by the original owner Catherine King and has an historic daffodil and dahlia collection, antique roses, heirloom perennials, a native scuppernong arbor walk, and remnant plants. Bulloch Hall is home to a lovely demonstration garden. Mittie Bulloch grew up at Bulloch Hall and married Theodore Roosevelt here in 1853. This garden is maintained by the North Fulton Master Gardeners and includes: a Children’s Garden, a

Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, a Rose and Perennial Garden, and an Herb Garden. It is also fascinating to learn about the Osage Orange trees, used by the Osage Indians. In 1838, Archibald and Anne Smith moved from Coastal Georgia to help settle “The Colony” of Roswell. Their plantation style house and its ten outbuildings sit on a large wooded site that once was part of a 300-acre cotton farm. The gardens were planted by generations of the same family. Visitors can see the Rose Garden featuring “Heirloom Roses” that are over 100 years old and the Terraced Gardens featuring heirloom hydrangeas. Other gardens of interest include a butterfly garden, an herb garden, and a vegetable garden. Visitors can also learn about the 39 intriguing lamp posts that are scattered around the Archibald Smith Plantation Home. The historic home offers tours that begin on the hour so make a day of it and take a tour of each of the homes and enjoy the gardens along the way. For more details on planning your visit to the gardens or taking part in an event, please visit www.visitroswellga.com. Also, mark your calendars for a weekend of fun in Roswell. The Roswell Arts Festival and Roswell Tour of Homes is coming up on September 15 and 16 (the Roswell Tour of Homes will be happening on September 15 only). ❍




By Tripp Liles


While officially summer is only about half over school is in fact back in so those morning commutes will start getting longer again. In my house that also means the daily homework and never ending after school activities are back taking importance over barbequing and experimenting with the local craft beers. So much for summer fun… but fret not my fellow suburbanites because summer still has a lot in store. Back in my glory days of the late 20th century, I worked for a little company called Marvel Comics, maybe you’ve heard of them, since I left they have made a couple of popular movies. Well that job afforded me the opportunity to attend many comic and pop culture conventions and I can say without hesitation that they are a blast. Here in Atlanta we have the DragonCon festival that runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 3 and is held throughout the major hotels in the Downtown Atlanta area. For nearly three decades, Dragon Con has grown from a small Atlanta convention that defied the rules to one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world. Along the human dressed in a wide array of way, it changed the expectations for a costumes from movies, TV shows and successful convention by focusing on of course comic books. The amount of pop culture not just comics. Another work and detail exhibited is extraordilarge aspect of the event is the cosplay. nary and is very enjoyable. The For those unaware, cosplay is basically convention features discussion panels, adults dressing up in costumes. If you celebrity PR events, screenings and a are a people watcher I can say that ton more. There are many ways to DragonCon is the Olympics of people attend and in all honesty if you just watching. You will see every type of want to take it in, (continues on page 19)




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REAL ESTATE RECORDS BROKEN ON BOTH ENDS OF SPECTRUM homes are sold. Existing home sales, which make up about 90 percent of U.S. home sales, dropped According to the National Association of Realtors 2.2 percent from a year ago in June. They have (NAR), national home sales fell in June for a third declined on a year-over-year basis for four consecustraight month. On the surface that looks like a tive months and decreased 2.2 percent in the first struggling market but it is not half of 2018. due to weak demand, rather a Locally, the metro Atlanta area saw record prices shortage of properties on the in June of homes that were sold and we hit a low in market… essentially there is the actual homes on the market. The median price nothing to buy so total sales are is up over 7 percent from this time last year with low. There are concerns in the homes priced right in desirable areas selling fast. industry that rising mortgage Sales are being stymied by acute shortages of homes rates coupled with the higher on the market. Rising building materials costs as prices are also causing a downwell as shortages of land and labor have left …folks in Roswell turn. builders unable to bridge the inventory gap, Overall, existing home sales have been pushing up house prices. Additionally, most local slipped 0.6 percent in June, acbuzzing recently cording to NAR, with a total of municipal governments are opposed to any sort of large-scale projects so most home sales will come at the news of a 5.38 million units. Sales rose in from existing inventory. All of this means the local the Northeast and Midwest. supply crunch is unlikely to ease soon. new Crabapple They fell in the West, which has On the local side, folks in Roswell have been Middle School… seen a sharp rise in prices, and buzzing recently at the news of a new Crabapple the South, where most of the Middle School being built. Crabapple is in the heart By Kirsten Ricci


of Roswell, situated near Canton Street and many desirable neighborhoods. In July, Fulton County School System signed a letter of intent to purchase a 29-acre parcel on Woodstock Road near the intersection of Jones Road. At press time, the final deal was still being worked on and no renderings are yet available. The construction would be completed by August 2021, and the current school would operate as normal until that time. Of course this has led to much speculation online about what is next for the current site and Fulton County Schools had no comment. The present location of Crabapple is a highly desirable area so that land is very valuable. It’s an understatement to say local residents are watching the situation closely. As soon as I hear something you will know. ❍ Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net.

By Tripp Liles We are fortunate to have access to exceptional places to listen to and watch great musicians perform. One gem is the Chattahoochee Nature Center and their Sunset Sips music series. This is a laid-back family friendly event that features live local music in the beautiful setting provided at the CNC. In August they feature Logan Daniels on the 9th and No Solution on the 23rd. No Solution is a blues and rock band comprised of high school students based in Atlanta who won the Atlanta Blues Challenge, youth category, sponsored by the Atlanta Blues Society in August 2015. They also represented Atlanta, performing at the International Blues Competition in Memphis in the Youth Showcase,

January of 2016. No Solution also won the Teen Battle of the Bands sponsored by the AJMF, in March of 2017 so it’s easy to say these kids have some talent and in all honesty they’re doing blues. If for no other reason, support these kids for not doing rap… but beyond that, Sunset Sips offers a cash bar and you can bring a picnic to make it an extra special evening. This event is free to members and is included with any general admission ticket. For more info visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. Just down the river from the CNC is Riverside Park in Roswell and it hosts the Riverside Sounds Concert Series on the first Saturday of each month through October. On September 1 they feature The Roosevelts who are an up and coming power pop duo from

and touring their new sound. Their first single “Do You Want Me?” was released on May 11 and their second single, “Love in Color,” released July 13, channels influences like The Weeknd Nashville. After moving to Nashville and Arctic Monkeys to bring this song touring constantly and playing festivals to life. These guys have a very like South by Southwest (SXSW) and accessible and commercial sound and Austin City Limits Festival, their lead they’ll be playing in much larger singer left to pursue other passions in venues soon, so catch them now. Gate the fall of 2017. The addition of Mitchell City Brewing Company will have beer Kilpatrick as the new lead singer available for purchase. Meating Street prompted the band to write in a more Barbeque and Bruster’s Ice Cream will contemporary pop/alternative have select items for purchase at each direction. concert from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., so you Channeling the influences of artists can enjoy a great dinner without all the like The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, The work. The concerts are free so your 1975 and Justin Timberlake, The only excuse is laziness. Riverside Park, Roosevelts are busy writing, recording, 575 Riverside Drive in Roswell. ❍









END SUMMER WITH OUTDOOR EXCURSIONS Take in an open-air concert at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s pavilion during a Sunset Sips evening Photo: Chattahoochee Nature Center

By Jon Copsey

School is getting back in session and parents are trying to squeeze in as much outdoor time as possible for the family. Luckily, North Fulton is blessed with plenty of parks and outdoor activities to keep even the pickiest of families occupied. The Chattahoochee River offers opportunities like no other to those nearby. Its flowing waters are swift and cool, offering a slight reprieve from the heat of the day. It’s a perfect afternoon or evening to go out on a canoe and paddle up and down the river, taking in the lush green scenery and peaceful sounds of nature around you. The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell takes groups of all ages out on the river on guided canoe trips. Experienced guides will point out curious local wildlife and the history of the river, as well as challenges keeping such a landmark healthy while surrounded by urban development. Family trips as well as date night trips are open through the end of August. After that, you’ll have to wait until next year! If a land-based excursion is more your speed, take the family for a night hike at CNC on Aug. 11. This trek through the woods will explore the

forest after dark. Hike through the grounds and listen for animal sounds and bird calls, view the stars and see how nature adapts to nighttime.  The evening will also include an encounter with one of CNC’s rehabilitated nocturnal animals as well as a campfire where you can roast marshmallows. Or take in a concert or two—the Sunset Sips evenings open up CNC for guests to explore its 127 acres in the cooler hours after the sun goes down, all while local bands perform in the Ben Brady Pavilion. A cash bar is available as well. Bring a picnic and make a night of it. These nights are the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and come included with general admission. Similarly, on Sunday, August 12, the Electromatics take to the pavilion stage, bringing their trademark blue and Americana sounds with them as the next act in the Sundays on the River concert series. This local act will get guests dancing along the ponds of the nature center, all within sight of the Chattahoochee and the many wild birds that call CNC their home. The show starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6. Tickets to the Sundays on the River concert as well as more information on all programs are available at chattnaturecenter.org. ❍




ROSWELL CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Announces 2018/2019 Season The Roswell Cultural Arts Center has announced their line-up for the 2018/2019 LIVE! in Roswell Series and Roswell Family Series. These events offer an eclectic mix of professional quality programming to complement the Cultural Arts Center’s annual roster of community presentations and theatre productions. The popular LIVE! in Roswell Series features four concerts in a variety of styles, from Broadway to bluegrass. Additionally, the Family Series brings innovative programs for young audiences that expand the reach of the popular and longstanding Summer and Winter Puppet Series.  

Terry Burrell The LIVE! Series begins in October with a one-woman show titled Backstage & Other Stories: Confessions of a Broadway Star. Terry

Burrell, a highly accomplished Broadway musical performer, stars. She now resides in Roswell, continuing to perform for Atlanta’s top theatre companies and others around the United States. Her vast Broadway credits include starring roles in major productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dreamgirls, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Eubie, and Swinging on a Star. She also starred as Julie in the first London production of Showboat. Backstage and Other Stories is Terry’s newest solo concert, and in this delightful evening of memories and melodies, Terry spills the beans and then some! This rare and candid glimpse of life as a performer on the Great White Way will include special vocal arrangements from Terry’s illustrious career—songs that hold special meaning for Terry as well as tributes to the legendary chanteuses who inspired her—from Lena Horne and Barbra Streisand to Ethel Waters, Eartha Kitt, and Judy Garland. Tickets for all shows can be purchased at roswellcac.com, by calling 770-594-6232, or at the box office. ❍

LIVE! in Roswell Series Backstage & Other Stories: Confessions of a Broadway Star Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m. Classic Nashville Christmas Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Ranky Tanky Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Balsam Range with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble Saturday, June 9, 2019, 8 p.m.

Roswell Family Series The Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.



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Introducing the Speaking about Wellness for Women and Healthy Aging 2018 Quarterly Seminar Series

Medication Safety: The How, When and Why of Taking Your Medicine Thursday, August 16 Did you know that some medications need to be taken with food and others with lots of water? Or that some medications should not be taken together? Should you take your medicine in the morning or evening? These are a few of the questions that will be answered in this presentation to help you make sure that you are getting the best results from your medications and are taking them safely. WellStar North Fulton Pharmacists

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis: Do Our Chances Increase with Age? Thursday, September 13 Do you know the difference between Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis? Join us for a discussion on symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.   Edward Holliger, MD, Resurgens Orthopaedics

Save Your Brain for the Golden Years Thursday, October 11 Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the United States.. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms and what you can do to decrease your chances of having a stroke. Blood pressure screenings offered. Edna Kennedy MSN, RN Stroke Coordinator WNFH SPEAKING ABOUT WELLNESS EVENTS: Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30 –7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, August 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. WellStar North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Give blood and help save up to three lives with just one donation.

Free Skin Cancer Screening Wednesday, Aug. 29 Appointments begin at 5:30 p.m. Free but registration required. Do you have a suspicious looking spot? Wear loose clothing and have it checked by a dermatologist.

Personal Safety/Self-Defense Workshop for K-5th grade

SUPPORT GROUPS Lupus Support Group Heartsaver Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m–1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Classroom C. This others. Guest speakers group does not meet in the occasionally present and we also summer and will resume 9/18. participate in some Lupus The group is open to anyone who Foundation of America events. has or will have an ostomy and any Contact Julie for more info friends, family or supporters. Call 404-626-2394, John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com register or to obtain more information. Alzheimer’s

Ostomy Support Group

Stroke Support Group Association Caregiver Support Group Last Wednesday of each month

Sunday, September 30, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Participants will learn to recognize unsafe people, avoid dangerous situations and escape attackers. Includes full-force self-defense tactics practice. Parents are required to attend with children. For more info and registration, call 678.526.3335 or visit www.revvedupkids.org/class-calendar $30 per child (no tuition for parents).

from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708.

Personal Safety/Self-Defense Workshop for Teen Girls (11 and older)

Epilepsy Support Group

Sunday, September 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Participants will learn their risk of attack from strangers, acquaintances and dating partners, learn to reduce risk by incorporating personal safety into all decision making, learn to use voice and body with power to deter a threat, and learn and practice simple and effective self-defense tactics. Parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend the session with their daughters. For more info and registration, call 678.526.3335 or visit www.revvedupkids.org/class-calendar $30 per child (no tuition for parents).


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Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. Classroom C. Please join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. The support group offers a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information.

Third Wednesday of every month; 7–9 p.m. Classrooms A/B. People with epilepsy as well as their COMMUNITY families and care-providers are EDUCATION invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide American Heart Association CPR Classes time for attendees to share helpful information and resources Friends and Family from their own experiences. CPR* Please contact Tim for more Saturday 8/18, information at 770-667-9363. 10 –12 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card.

BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR* Saturday 9/8, 9 –3 p.m. $60 This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals.

CPR/AED/First Aid* Saturday October 27, 9-3 p.m. This course is for the community and will provide a card upon completion.

Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop Saturdays 8/11, 9/8, and 10/13. 9 a.m.The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU.

Water Birth Thursdays , 8/9, 8/23, 9/6, 9/20, 10/4 and 10/18 at 7 p.m. Registration required. 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 WNFH. $30.00 per couple. *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 American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

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BACK TO SCHOOL By Tracy Stark, RD, LD, CDE, a registered dietitian at WellStar

School has just started, but are the kids already bored with the same turkey or ham sandwich yet? With busy lives, it is often tempting for families to “grab and go” with prepackaged, processed foods for lunch. One of the most common barriers to packing healthy lunches is that we don’t have the time. Taking the time to plan wholesome, healthy mid-day meals for our children will provide them with nutritious foods that will help fuel their brains and bodies, improve concentration and enhance learning. Studies have also shown that the habits we create during childhood Tracy Stark, RD, and adolescence will often continue LD, CDE into adulthood. In addition to preparing our children for success in the classroom, we also need to prepare them to succeed by developing healthy eating habits. I encourage you to plan ahead and think outside the proverbial lunch box ideas. One key suggestion for changing lunchroom habits is to involve your children in the decision making process and ask for their input. Here are some additional tips which may help:

Keep staple supplies on hand for packing lunches: ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗

Reusable lunch box Reusable divided containers/Bento boxes Refillable drink bottle Refillable silicone smoothie pop molds Thermos for hot items Reusable ice packs

Plan and pack ahead: ◗ Pack lunches in the evening ◗ Place dinner leftovers directly into lunch containers the night before ◗ Stock up on easy-to-pack healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains ◗ Prepare and freeze meals ahead of time—use small glass jelly jars or small plastic containers, take out of freezer the night before to thaw

Add a note to your child’s lunch once in awhile. Packing a smile along with those healthy lunches can make a positive impact on your child’s day along with that positive impact on your child’s health.

To help you get started, you can find some healthy and creative lunch ideas that are outside of the traditional lunchbox in the list to the right. One last idea I would like to share is something I have done with my two school-aged children. If there was an important test on a particular day, or perhaps a presentation to give, maybe there was a birthday to celebrate, oftentimes, it was simply to let them know I cared. I would slip a lunch box letter into their lunch bag. These can be an occasional message written on a banana peel, piece of paper, or a funny photo… the options are endless. Simple messages such as “Eat your veggies,” “I’m proud of you,” “Good luck on your math test” or a joke. This not only encourages our children to eat the healthy lunches we have packed, but can continue to encourage them throughout their day by providing that little extra piece of reinforcement or support they may need. Packing a smile along with those healthy lunches can make a positive impact on your child’s day along with that positive impact on your child’s health. The WellStar Nutrition Network offers a variety of nutrition services for the community, including individual consultations, group classes, weight management programs and support groups. Our providers include registered dietitians, nurses, physicians and psychologists, providing a comprehensive approach to nutrition education and disease prevention. For more information, call 770-793-7454. ❍

Outside the Proverbial Lunchbox Fun, creative, healthy lunch ideas M O N D AY Homemade pizza on whole wheat English Muffin or Pita (can be made ahead and frozen) Sliced carrots and cucumbers with low fat ranch dressing for dipping Watermelon and honeydew melon cubes Homemade trail mix with nuts and raisins Water or low fat/skim milk

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> T U E S D AY Homemade whole grain pumpkin muffin Low fat cheese stick or cheese wheel Celery filled with nut butter of choice and raisins (ants on a log) Apple slices Water or low fat/skim milk

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> W E D N E S D AY Hot item such as chicken chili or chicken noodle soup Whole grain corn bread muffin Sliced red bell peppers Frozen green or red grapes Water or low fat/skim milk

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> T H U R S D AY Ham or turkey slices with cheese rolled up and held together with a toothpick. (Applegate Farms has a wide variety of organic lunch meat for a healthier alternative) Whole grain crackers such as Triscuits Frozen peas and carrot sticks Strawberries and blueberries Water or low fat/skim milk

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> F R I D AY Homemade frozen yogurt berry smoothie (use silicone smoothie molds) Hard boiled egg Whole wheat pretzel sticks with hummus for dipping Green pepper slices and cherry tomatoes Pineapple chunks Water or low fat/skim milk

at WellStar North Fulton Hospital Do you have a suspicious looking spot on your body? Have it checked out by a dermatologist during WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s free skin cancer screening on Wednesday August 29, 2018. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined according to the American Cancer Society so it’s not a bad idea to let the doctor have a look at your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ. There are three major types of skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of the body, such as the neck or face. While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, melanoma causes the most deaths. Melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, in otherwise normal skin or in an existing mole that becomes cancerous. It can occur on skin that hasn’t been exposed to the sun.

Prevention is key

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Avoid the sun during the middle of the day. For many people in North America, the sun’s rays are Wednesday, August 29 strongest between about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Schedule Appointments begin at 5:30 p.m. outdoor activities for other times of the day, even in winter Free, but registration required. or when the sky is cloudy. Avoiding the sun at its strongest helps you avoid the sunburns and suntans that cause skin Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. register. Wear loose clothing Sun exposure accumulated over time also may cause skin 3000 Hospital Boulevard, cancer. Roswell, GA 30076 Wear sunscreen year-round. Sunscreens don’t filter out all harmful UV radiation, especially the radiation that can lead to melanoma. But they play a major role in an overall sun protection program. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. Use a generous amount of sunscreen on all exposed skin, including your lips, the tips of your ears, and the backs of your hands and neck. Be aware of sun-sensitizing Wear protective clothing. Sunscreens don’t provide complete protection from UV medications. Some common prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including rays. So cover your skin with dark, tightly antibiotics, can make your skin more sensiwoven clothing that covers your arms and legs, and a broad-brimmed hat, which pro- tive to sunlight. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of any vides more protection than a baseball cap medications you take. If they increase your or visor does. sensitivity to sunlight, take extra Don’t forget sunglasses. Look for those precautions to stay out of the sun in order that block both types of UV radiation— to protect your skin. UVA and UVB rays. Check your skin regularly and report Avoid tanning beds. Lights used in tanchanges to your doctor. Examine your ning beds emit UV rays and can increase skin often for new skin growths or changes your risk of skin cancer. in existing moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks. Source: Mayo Clinic





WellStar Health System has grown to become the largest health system in Georgia, offering world-class healthcare from some of the region’s most skilled physicians. With nearly 3,000 physicians and advanced practice professionals on its medical staff, WellStar physicians are driving innovation and patient-centered care. Recently, Atlanta Magazine recognized several of those WellStar physicians on its 2018 Top Doctors list. To be selected for the Top Doctor’s list, physicians were nominated by their peers and were featured in Thomas Chacko, M.D., of WellStar Ear Nose & Throat, Atlanta magazine’s health issue. above, and on a previous cover The physicians selected this year of Atlanta magazine’s came from a diverse background of Top Doctors issue. specialties and many of them have been recognized on this list for multiple years. Here are the physicians from the North Fulton area: Thomas Chacko, M.D., WellStar Ear Nose & Throat Mitchell Hecht, M.D. Edward Holliger, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics Rolf Meinhold, M.D., Meinhold Family Practice Scott Miller, M.C., WellStar Medical Group Urology Raymond Schettino, M.D., North Fulton Ear, Nose & Throat Associates Roy Schottenfeld, M.D., North Fulton Ear, Nose & Throat Associates David Tanner, M.D., Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic John Zora, M.D., Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic Gorka Zurinaga, M.D., Roswell Internal Medicine





WellStar North Fulton Hospital volunteers recently donated $5,000 to the WellStar Foundation in support of an interactive, hospital rehabilitation garden. (L to R): Louise Guy, volunteer; Lori Allen, WellStar Foundation regional development officer; Lynn Lommer, volunteer board member and former volunteer president and Randy Copeland, volunteer vice president WellStar North Fulton Hospital volunteers presented the WellStar Foundation with a $5,000 donation in support of a new hospital rehabilitation garden. The garden features interactive elements for stroke and other therapy patients to utilize as part of their physical recovery. It is also made available to hospital guests as an outdoor respite area with walking paths to patio tables, benches and flower beds. WellStar North Fulton team members were the primary contributors and several individuals also gave in support of the garden. “We have proudly supported North Fulton Hospital for many years by assisting hospital guests and staff, driving the hospital shuttle and delivering flowers to patients,” said Beverly Sullivan, WellStar North Fulton Hospital volunteer president.

“Since becoming a not-for-profit hospital, we are now honored to be able to support the WellStar Foundation’s many philanthropic efforts at North Fulton.” In 2016, North Fulton Hospital joined WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia. Every dollar donated to its Foundation supports initiatives that enhance patient care within the hospital and promote wellness throughout the local community. For more information on the WellStar Foundation, or to make a tax-deductible donation in support of WellStar North Fulton Hospital, visit wellstar.org/give or call 770-956-GIVE (4483). To learn more about volunteering for WellStar, visit wellstar.org/volunteer. ❍


WellStar Health System recently opened the WellStar North Fulton Urgent Care Center. The one level, 5,300-square foot facility, located at 1360 Upper Hembree Road, Suite 100, Roswell, Georgia, will offer urgent care for nonlife-threatening illnesses and injuries to Alpharetta and North Fulton residents of all ages, 365 days a year. “WellStar is excited to meet the growing demand for urgent care services in North Fulton,” said Jon-Paul Croom, WellStar senior vice president and president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “Our newest urgent care center allows us to offer greater convenience to residents and patients and provides an additional healthcare option to compliment WellStar North Fulton Hospital and WellStar Avalon Health Park, scheduled to open in 2019.” The WellStar North Fulton Urgent Care Center will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and offer treatment for routine conditions such as a sore throat, stomach pains, minor injuries and illnesses, and stitches for minor lacerations. The center will also provide laboratory and x-ray services, specialty care referrals, occupational health services, worker’s compensation services, school and sports physicals, flu shots and free blood pressure checks. The location will be staffed by two physicians, licensed WellStar North Fulton practical nurses and registered nurses. Urgent Care WellStar North Fulton Urgent Care Center welcomes 1360 Upper Hembree Rd walk-in patients and also offers convenient appointments Suite 100 24 hours in advance via an online check-in at Roswell, Georgia 30076 www.wellstar.org/checkin and through the WellStar Phone: 470-956-4430 mobile app. The North Fulton location is WellStar’s 10th Urgent Hours of operation: Care Center within its network, and the first in Fulton 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. County. Other locations include Kennesaw-Cherokee Street, Marietta-Delk Road, Marietta-Kennestone, Marietta-Sandy Plains Road, Smyrna-Cooper Lake, and Woodstock-Stonebridge Parkway. Additional urgent care centers are housed at WellStar Acworth Health Park, WellStar East Cobb Health Park and WellStar Vinings Health Park. Combined, WellStar Urgent Care Centers provided care in more than 150,000 patient visits in fiscal year 2018. ❍

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just walk around and see the people and the passion they have for costuming. For more info visit www.dragoncon.org. From time to time on these pages we like to encourage you to get out and explore. One great little road trip to consider is to our neighbors over in Woodstock... not the hippie one, the Georgia one. If you have not been you should check out what they have done to the historic district and a good time to do so is on August 16 when Jonathan Peyton will be performing as a part of the Woodstock Roots Music Nights. If you’re a music lover who’s “in the know,” then chances are you’ve already heard about or attended Woodstock Roots. This free summer concert series celebrates bluegrass music with local bands from across the southeast. Families, friends and concert goers of all ages have been able to bring their blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy an evening of quality music in beautiful downtown Woodstock for the very reasonable price of nada, nothing, zilch, zero monies. Is there anything better than free entertainment? The answer is no, particularly when the free entertainment is setting the mood for a perfect evening in one of the metro Atlanta area’s most charming and scenic towns. There’s something uniquely southern about sipping on sweet tea next to the train tracks, listening to bluegrass and enjoying the summer air. This is the last show of the season and it takes place at 7 p.m. in the Elm Street Arts Village Event Green in Historic Woodstock. For some reason, it comes as a surprise to some to learn that they need not travel inside the perimeter to keep current with the fine art scene. It shouldn’t. The local art community has been thriving in the suburbs for decades now, and is currently experiencing a boom of activity. Artists, galleries, musicians and other creatives are forming collaborative groups to create events that draw crowds and art lovers outside the city limits and into the hidden gems of the metro area. Make your way to Marietta Square Artisan Market on Aug. 11 or 25 for your dose of “in town culture, small town charm.” Learn more about the Market at www.artistsmarketmarietta.com. Labor Day weekend is normally our end to summer and the folks at Callaway Gardens, in Pine Mountain, have a great way to say hello to autumn. On Labor Day weekend they feature a Hot Air Balloon Festival that features a wide array of activities for the whole family. The magic begins with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow, where dozens of balloons illuminate the night, and continue all weekend long. Spend your holiday engaging in a variety of family-friendly events, including live music, beach activities, and a kid’s zone, or escape for a quiet hike or bike along miles of winding trails. Not to mention the simply spectacular scenery makes this one sweet welcome to September. ❍




LIFE… 50+ (

Things I learned on my SUMMER VACATIONS By Di Chapman

I’ve traveled quite a bit this summer to see family and friends both in California and in Arizona. I’ve learned that now that I am no longer a Southern California girl, and my Arizona residency days are in the rearview mirror, the things I’ve learned on my two vacations out West this summer were due to humorous observations about places, people, dear friends, traditions, and family. They’re also about stories that have unfolded as I have transitioned from being a Southwestern girl to a Southeastern one. Just what have I learned from my summer vacations? Southern California will always be a traffic jam. During my 22 years in Orange County I used to fantasize that one day I’d get on the freeway and it would be smooth sailing, without packed traffic and a pace of 15 miles an hour, mile after mile. Southern Cal is like a perpetual “285” freeway, only think everywhere and anywhere you go. Perhaps you have visited Southern California and sat in many a traffic jam along the

ocean edge. Highway 1 is a stunning scenic coastal drive with Santa Barbara, Malibu, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach among the highlights—as long as you have the patience to drive bumper-to-bumper and let time be a fleeting notion—because it will be. And while you’re looking at the water, or driving through Los Angeles, don’t give anyone an estimated time of

Balancing Act



hen you think about it, life is a balancing act. As we grow older, maintaining our balance is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy. “We strongly recommend that seniors do exercises that maintain strength, balance and flexibility,” said Jaza Marina, M.D., a Kaiser Permanente physician who specializes in care of older adults. “Our goal is to reduce their risk of falls and injuries, so they can stay healthy and independent.” Dr. Marina advises that good exercises for strength and balance include low-impact aerobic activity, swimming, tai chi and yoga. Recognizing the important role strength and balance play in healthy aging, St. George Village offers activities to help residents develop and enhance these qualities. For example, our popular

water aerobics and tai chi classes are effective for improving balance and increasing muscular strength, endurance and overall flexibility. Additionally, we offer A Matter of Balance, a nationally recognized program developed by Boston University. During the eight-week class taught by our trained staff members, participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase their activity level, change their environment to reduce risk factors for falling, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Our amenities and services, plus our wide range

of classes and activities are reflective of our mission statement, “Be Active, Be Engaged, Be at Home.” Come see how we promote a health, strong and balanced lifestyle every day at St. George Village! Call Stacy at 678-987-0402 for more information. Find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents at stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍

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California’s stereotyped image of women as Barbie dolls and babes at the beach is not a myth. This will never die. The bottom line on this discussion is Southern Cal women choose to be a part of the stereotype. Heaven knows, they spend enough on blonde hair dye, spin classes, boob surgeons in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills, and whom to see for new noses. Their conversations very often are a discussion about said surgeons and whether to use gel nails or to stay with sculptured. My experience has been that if you want a good look at a California girl, go to the beach or a wedding, or a wedding on the beach. There is nothing like a California bride. They must have a book of guidelines. I performed a wedding in the O.C. (Yes, I’m a minister! Can you believe it?) for a stunning young girlfriend who lives near Laguna Beach. She had the classic “Orange County bride” look, with long blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes. But wait! Who noticed them? Her extremely low cut, corsettight gown, let’s just say, revealed an eye-popping ample bosom display.

My goodness, folks, can we toss this “dry heat” thing into the trash heap of dumb platitudes?

“Dry heat” or no, 107 degrees in Arizona is 107 degrees.

My goodness, folks, can we toss this “dry heat” thing into the trash heap of dumb platitudes? A typical day on this particular trip to Arizona in July was what they considered almost cool. After all, 105 to 107 degrees wasn’t 110 to 115. A typical day there for me is walking from the hotel room to car in the parking lot straight to my destination. There is no friendly chatting with someone in the sun for me. I learned that the hard way, fainting while visiting with a girlfriend in 112 degrees. Even at night, on this last trip, when my sisterin-law and I did our 5-mile walk, I ended up with a red blob of a face and soaked clothes. Ladies and gentlemen, wet or dry, hot is HOT.

Airline pilots love pre-flight visitors in the cockpits on Arizona flights. I don’t want to speculate why I got so lucky as to sit in the pilot seat before one flight, and the copilot seat on another. The flight attendants who sent me in said it was because I looked so happy coming on board. Okay then. I’d have two different pics of me in there, but on the first flight, my cell phone had gone through the hotel washer and dryer the night before. Enough said. There’s no place like home. I’m loving’ putting on my boots for our evening hikes, being in my Roswell element once again. I love our friendly neighbors, who gather to chat each evening. I love visiting our favorite local restaurants. The best thing I learned from my summer vacations? I’m a California girl who’s in love with Georgia. ❍


arrival. I’m shocked that Californians even try to do this futile exercise. But, they do, day-in and day-out, and no one’s ever on time. I had the pleasure of going up to San Luis Obispo from San Clemente in June, for a special event. My sister, brother-in-law, his mother, and I piled into an SUV loaded to the hilt with luggage and supplies for four days. We expected the usual “freeway parking lot” going through Los Angeles, but found ourselves trapped in freeway hell well beyond, bumper-to-bumper up the coast. The frustrated driver had an ongoing supply of expletive phrases toward other cars for seven hours. I couldn’t blame him. The drive is normally five. Fortunately, he had blanked out the constant clucking of his three female passengers. I was very excited that I only had to ask for a restroom once, although my request happened when we entered a 25-mile stretch of absolute nothingness. Not even a bush. Oh, boy.



GREAT GARDENIAS PERFUME METRO-ATLANTA LANDSCAPES Loose, acidic, organic garden soils produce thriving Gardenias, as well as benefitting Camellias and Azaleas Green Scene by Geri Laufer

Beloved for their intoxicating fragrance, gardenias (aka cape jasmine) are heat-loving, evergreen shrubs irresistible for metroAtlanta’s Climate Zone 7B/8A. Shiny, dark green leaves create a vivid contrast with thick, waxy petals on white, perfumed flowers. Shrubs come in small, medium or large sizes—from two to 12 feet—and bloom from midspring to late summer. They make intensely perfumed cut flowers and are superb for corsages, wedding bouquets, arrangements, or an elegant

centerpiece of blossoms floating in a bowl of water.

Types of Gardenia Flowers: Singles and Doubles The double gardenias are the most romantic with many thick, white petals. Single varieties such as daisy, heaven scent, or pinwheel have a single row of petals but still pack a fragrant punch!

Size Range for Shrubs Gardenias come in dwarf or prostrate, medium and large sized shrubs. Each enjoys the same characteristic shiny dark green foliage and fragrant white flowers.

Single gardenias like ‘Daisy’ are still fragrant.

‘Double Mint’ Gardenia (PP23507) from First Editions fills the garden with heavenly fragrance. The double two-inch diameter flowers bloom in spring and again in summer or fall on this compact, full, dense shrub with evergreen foliage. ‘Double Mint’ only grows three feet in height and spread, making it perfect for small space gardens and foundation plantings. Another dwarf, ‘Crown Jewel’ Gardenia (PP19896) from Garden Debut, is a low-growing, spreading or prostrate gardenia with double, white, three-inch flowers in early summer. Bright green foliage is medium to small-sized for the species. ‘Crown Jewel’ is hardier than some gardenias, being a cross between ‘Kleim’s Hardy’ and ‘Chuck Hayes,’ and prefers well-drained, moist soil. Mid-sized ‘August Beauty’ gardenia is known for its prolific, large, sweetly fragrant, velvety white blooms and lustrous evergreen foliage. The medium-sized, naturally rounded shrub forms a beautiful natural hedge, screen, or container accent. Patio tree forms are especially effective in formal designs. Enormous blossoms of four to six inches adorn large-sized gardenias such as ‘Aimee,’ ‘Belmont’ or ‘Mystery,’ for a big, shady location. I have an old-fashioned, extra-large gardenia of unknown variety thriving in deep shade in our back yard; it tops 12 feet and is covered with fragrant white flowers each summer.

‘August Beauty’ gardenia has a beautiful double flower.

Add plenty of compost along with a soil acidifier like cottonseed meal to bring the soil to the pH or acidity level that gardenias prefer. Fertilize gardenias a few times from April through November with compost, mulch, coffee grounds and/or azalea/camellia fertilizer. Use a light application to avoid burning the roots. It’s also good practice to spray on iron chelate once or twice a year to keep the leaves dark green and shiny (and this is also good for camellias and azaleas). Keep the soil surface covered with an organic mulch like pine straw or minipine bark nuggets to slow weed growth and to add nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.  Add some delightful gardenias to your landscape and enjoy their perfume near your seating area or patio. ❍

A small bush gardenia packs a big punch in terms of fragrance. Plant near your seating areas for a blast of perfume. Photo: Paul Brennan/Public Domain

Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband Caring for Gardenia jasminoides David, and English Coonhound Lily Gardenias love rich, acidic soils with are working on designing and the soil pH between 5 and 6, just like installing a new landscape at their metro-Atlanta’s azaleas and camellias. home.





When I started writing this column more than seven years ago, the restaurant business around us was just starting to become a thing. First we had Salt Factory on Canton Street, then came Table & Main, and before you knew it the whole area was teaming with world-class restaurants. It has been a great pleasure to tell the stories of guys like Ryan Pernice and Mel Toldeo. It has been a gas, a treat, more fun than I ever thought possible and an absolute honor to serve as a half-baked food writer around these parts. I have loved it, absolutely loved it. But alas, it is time for me to say goodbye. As a return on my investment in time it was a gem-lined goldmine and I met a thousand folk. Chefs killing it in the day-to-day and owners working like dogs to make it. I bow to you all. It has been my privilege in some small way to tell your story. Don’t ever let anyone mistake it: the honor is in the work, not the talk. My dad was the second generation in a family restaurant and I was the third so I can speak to the hours honestly. When he was passing out wisdom he would often say in remarking on the business: “Well, at least you’ll never starve to death.” It was his way of remarking on the hours we put into the family business and that, at a bare minimum, your reward would be a good meal. It helped numb the mind-boggling hours I worked. I’ve always strived to ground my articles in enthusiasm that reflected the excitement of finding something well done. Old school or new, it didn’t matter to me. I hope they reflected an

honest-to-god love of the people and the bloody damn good food, no matter if it was from a street-side grill or a place with white linens and two spoons I never use. When I took this gig I told Tripp, the editor, no hit pieces. I’m proud of that. I held to it but in truth it wasn’t hard. The difference between making it and not is razor thin these days and always has been. I was not about to make it harder on anyone. When a restaurant takes off, it’s a thing of its own, more than a building or just a place. It takes on a life bigger than any one person. It becomes a member of the community. It provides a place that people come to work—creatively, enthusiastically, and to give it all they’ve got. It’s hard! But there isn’t anything like it, no matter what. They say a creative endeavor can only last seven years. That sounds about right. I can’t thank you all enough :) Editor’s note: I can say Frank has been the best and most honest writer this publication has had. His voice is unique and he has illustrated the world around us like no one else could. His voice will truly be missed. Thank you Frank! Much love brother! - Tripp Liles, editor

By Tripp Liles

The art community is growing at a rapid pace locally and this month there are a couple of unique opportunities to experience some world-class sculptures. Roswell Art Center West is having a show of ceramic sculptures by Alpharetta artist Heida Halldórsdóttir. The show is titled The Journey and considers what happens to the soul after we die, transportation over to the spiritual world, and how we get there. Heida grew up in Iceland, and her ancestors were all fisherman. Her Icelandic roots make her want to use the boat as a metaphor for this inevitable journey. The ceramic sculptures are all constructed using hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling, slabs, slip, and carving. The surface is matte and soft, achieved by slips, oxides, underglazes, glazes, and platinum luster. The finishes are fired onto the piece for permanence; the longevity of the pieces are essential to Heida. Crocheted copper and silver wire and felted or knitted Icelandic wool are a decorative part of most of her work. The felting and knitting is part of her Icelandic heritage, methods that her ancient mothers would use to keep their family warm during the cold and dark winter months. Using these feminine techniques with a more masculine element such as metal is instrumental to her craft. Heida has lived in Alpharetta and has taught at Roswell Art Center West for several years. Her art is unique as it translates the stories and experiences she grew up with in Iceland. The show runs through Sept. 4 at Roswell Art Center West located at 355 Woodstock Road in Roswell. Not to be left out, the folks in East Roswell have a new work of art at East Roswell Park. It is in the form of a Street Piano, “Zoey” and is made possible by the Roswell Arts Fund and Play

Me Again Pianos, which is a nonprofit charity dedicated to installing and permanently maintaining 88 public pianos throughout the Atlanta area. Zoey, a name that means “life,” was designed by local artist Amol Saraf to show the beauty of nature and as a celebration of life. “I feel our life is so beautiful because of the variety of colors around us and because of the different people, cultures, climates, and geographical locations that exist around the world”, said Saraf. The design depicts vibrancy, celebration of life, and the true identity of the city of Roswell. The ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, at East Roswell Park, Recreation Center, in Roswell. ❍






THOMPSON’S FRAME AND GALLERY IN EAST COBB IS REBRANDING TO LM FRAME AND GALLERY Thompson. He offered me this opportunity of ownership and I’m grateful for this chance, but to be clear we’re still keeping an association with those guys. This is a way for me to expand the business and work more closely with local artists. It is truly a

By Fred Mills

Small businesses are what make the economic engine of this country turn over. One such local institution, Thompson’s Frame and Gallery, will be undergoing changes over the next month. Thompson’s has operated frame shops in the north Atlanta area for over two Laura Moore of LM Frame & Gallery. decades. “The Alpharetta/East win-win situation.” Roswell location will remain the same, but the loHaving managed this location for over a cation in East Cobb, which I’ve managed for 14 decade, Moore, who is also active in the local arts years, will be changing,” said Laura Moore, owner scene, sees an opportunity to expand on the of the new LM Frame and Gallery. “We are custom framing business by offering a wide array expanding our options on moldings while still ofof products that speak directly to her customer fering our same great Thompson’s products. I base. The biggest change will come with a new have a fantastic working relationship with Rick look to the retail location and subsequent gallery

expansion that will show a wide array of artists and host special functions. “As we expand and renovate the location, I hope to open new avenues to bridge a gap between artists and community,” Moore stated. “I want to promote local artists that represent all price points.” On the art side, Moore is working with Muse and Co., who formerly operated a gallery location on Oak Street in Roswell. They now offer an art concierge service and Moore will be working with them to bring their artists into a retail space. “I’ve known Donna, Judy, and Sheila at Muse for several years now and when they transitioned their business into a concierge service, we immediately thought this would be a great way to bring the artists they represent back into a retail setting,” said Moore. “In my opinion this is the perfect marriage of custom framing and great, unique local art.” The East Cobb location of Thompson’s is located at 1062 Johnson Ferry Road in the same plaza as Goldbergs Deli. They will have a grand reopening party the week of August 27. Stop by the store to ask Laura any questions and check their website at www.lmframeandgallery.com for more details.



Planet Fitness, with three locations in the Roswell and Milton areas, is more than just a Judgement Free Zone®. It is an oasis to escape when you need a quick massage, to get your cardio in, or strengthen your mind and body with a fitness trainer. What you may not know about is all the amenities that come with every membership. For just a $10 price point you get FREE unlimited fitness training, including small group classes that range from specific areas you want to improve, to a customized Design your Own one-on-one sessions. If you upgrade to the Black Card Membership, you are welcomed into the Black Card Spa area. This area is exclusive to our Black Card members and has hydromassage beds available to you for a post workout muscle relaxation, as well as massage chairs, tanning, and our Total Body Enhancement booth, leaving you feeling refreshed and fit every time. A price tag cannot be put on benefits being able to pop in for a daily

massage from one of the hydromassage beds, but Planet Fitness offers it for just $21.99 per month*! An additional perk for Black Card Members is the luxury of bringing a guest for free every single visit so you never leave your workout buddy behind! With every membership at Planet Fitness, you will always be greeted by a friendly staff that wants to see you succeed in your fitness journey. Our clubs have

tons of equipment with no waiting and are kept pristine by our teams! Our state of the art locker room facilities finished in tile and granite have an ultramodern feel. If you haven’t stopped in to check out the Planet Fitness locations on Holcomb Bridge Rd and Alpharetta Highway in Roswell, or in Deerfield Place Plaza in Milton, you haven’t realized what your personal health has been missing.

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THE COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK Justin Bieber Makes The Local Rounds Goldbergs, is rebranding into LM Frame and Gallery. Laura Moore, There was a celebrity amongst diners who has managed that location for at Fuji Hana in East Cobb. Pop icon, over a decade is taking over and she Justin Bieber and his fiancé, model has very cool things in store. They will Hailey Baldwin, were in town last still offer great framing and super month. Their first stop was Top Golf in quick turnaround, but will be Alpharetta and then dinner at Fuji expanding their frame options and will Hana. This isn’t the first time Bieber be exhibiting more local artists. For has dined at the restaurant. Seems he more info see page 26. likes it so well that he’s been spotted In Roswell culinary news, Chef there before. Christian Hallowell, a Roswell The business community of East resident, has been named as the Cobb is changing at a rapid pace. General Manager of OBS Food and Several fast food chains are going Beverage Design for Delta Airlines. Chef Hallowell joined Delta in 2013 and served as the Customer Dedicated Executive Chef. He is also one of eight chefs on Gate Gourmet’s global team of accredited chefs known for designing and preparing delicious, nutritious, and unique menus that meet any specification and delight the passenger. “It is wonderful to see our hometown airline growing and improving with local talent,” said Sen. John Albers. “Christian has an incredible background as a chef and will be a Justin Bieber with Fuji Hana owner Daniel Wu. great addition to Delta.” through or have gone through some major renovations. The Chick-fil-A in Woodlawn Square has closed and has been torn down to be built from the ground up and soon to follow is the Wendy’s on Johnson Ferry. After being closed for a couple months, the McDonald’s on Lower Roswell has opened to state of the art updates. Sadly, it appears the Del Taco on Roswell Road in the Dick’s Shopping Center has closed. Darn, no more crinkle cut fries. In The Avenue East Cobb, K Squared Artisan Boutique opened on Aug. 3. Customers can design their own jewelry, take a crafting class, and shop the selection of candles, stationary, home decor, skincare and more. Also, I have to note that the Thompson’s Frame and Gallery located Hallowell and his wife Tanya, with their two sons, at 1062 Johnson Ferry Road, next to Britton and Tristan with Sen. John Albers, far right. By Tricia Morris




I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, We All Scream For Housing!

Ice Cream Committee: From left, Sally Kadrich, Amy Moore, Jennifer Rains, Dianne McNaughton, Penny Anne Machemehl (Chair), Diana Hopkins, Kathy Swahn (Drake House ED)

By Tripp Liles, editor

Nothing goes with summer like ice cream, especially the homemade variety, and on Aug. 26 you will have an excellent opportunity to taste some of the best around at the Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ held on the Historic Square in Roswell. The event is a fundraiser of The Drake House, which provides housing programs to homeless single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta. “Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ was the brainchild of Rev. Joe Clifford, an original Drake House board member,” said Christy Merritt, director of programs at

A “tent city” set up in downtown Seattle.

Drake House. “Now 14 years later members of the community enjoy this annual event where they can taste over 150 flavors of homemade ice cream made by our dedicated community volunteer ice cream ‘crankers’ comprised of local corporate, civic, faith, and family teams. The ‘crankers’ make homemade ice cream and compete for top awards by local judges. Categories include: Best Vanilla, Best Chocolate, Best Fruit, and Best Other Flavor.” While the event fosters a great sense of community and is a blast for everyone, there is a serious side, as it also serves as a fundraiser for The Drake House, and their vitally important mission of providing short-term housing for single mothers and their children. We live in an area where poverty is sort of hidden but believe me, it is there. We have homeless children right here in our own schools, right now as you read this, I guarantee you there are dozens of kids who have inadequate nourishment and no housing within a few miles of you. Poverty is not something that you can move to the suburbs to get away from. Fortunately we have strong community leaders and individuals who work tirelessly to assist those less fortunate.

complicates the financial picture when low credit scores result in high interest rate car loans,” said Merritt. These issues are playing out in front of us as we all deal with the cost of higher home prices and reliable transportation. Politically speaking, on a local level there is little appetite for low-income housing or public transportation. The result of which is downward pressure on local businesses that rely on these people to staff their businesses. In speaking with many local restaurant owners, all express concern of the labor force and note that even paying higher wages does not solve the problem. Bottom line is no one will travel and go through the trouble of commuting long distances for a low paying job. A community that is thriving must have a mix of workers available to provide a wide array of services. At present this is affecting the lower wage earners but if things increase it will hit teachers and other municipal workers next. For context, in San Francisco right now a job paying $100,000 per year is considered low income. “Atlanta has one of the fastest growing segments of suburban poverty in the country. And as our economy improves, rents continue to escalate. We are seeing more and more of our graduates moving their children out of our area and their school in order to find affordable housing,” said Kathy Swahn, executive continues on next page

Christy Merritt, Director of Programs for Drake House, shows the facilities kitchen cupboard.


“Poverty in North Fulton certainly has a different face than what most envision when hearing the word homeless,” said Merritt. “The Drake House works closely with Fulton School Social Workers and other nonprofits who serve low income families to identify single mothers with children who may have lost their housing.” In that regard, the mission of The Drake House is quite unique. This is more than an organization that provides housing to the approximately 50 families they serve each year, rather they provide life skills to help these women get on their feet, obtain proper employment, and most importantly, learn the financial skills needed to survive. Essentially they live by an adage of: “Give a woman a fish, and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish, and you feed her for a lifetime.” That is an important aspect to note, because of the growing impact of wage disparity in this nation, and the steep rise in the cost of housing. The challenges of raising children and living on low-income pay are difficult, to say the least. “There is a shortage of fulltime jobs that fit traditional daycare hours which presents a challenge for our moms with young children. Our residents also need superhuman budgeting skills to make ends meet so we address that need in our life skills classes. And of course, a lack of public transit

Ice Cream Screaming continued from p28 director of Drake House. “An ideal situation would be for our municipal leadership to encourage development of multi-income housing within our six North Fulton cities. When people can’t afford to live in the city where they work, you will see traffic grow exponentially. We have a task force of community leaders that have been studying these trends for four years.” This issue is all around us, even in Cobb County, where they are also dealing with rising homelessness. Recently, Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce announced that the county would be funding a homeless camp through next year’s budget. The “camp” would offer food, temporary housing, and medical help for people who would be allowed to stay for 90 days as they

MISS MARY’S ICE CREAM CRANKIN’ AUG. 26 2pm to 4pm Roswell Square Park $6 for individuals or $25 for families up to five.


attempt to get back on their feet. Nationally speaking, there are much worse places, such as Seattle and San Francisco. It’s important to note Seattle, as it is the headquarters to Amazon. In case you live under a rock and have not heard, Georgia government officials have been falling over themselves with tax incentives and unprecedented breaks to be the home of the second Amazon headquarters. Amazon says it will bring 50,000 high-tech jobs and  spend  $5 billion on construction with the second headquarters. Dubbed ‘HQ2’, it will be the  equal to its original Seattle home.  Those will be high paying jobs and these new workers need a place to live. We are literally out of homes on nearly every scale but especially on the low end. “With homes priced under 250K there is only about two to three weeks of inventory on the market,” said Kirsten Ricci, a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. “For example, as we speak there are only two homes for sale in the Roswell, Alpharetta areas under 200K and both need work. There are only 50 homes (under 200K) for sale in the whole northern arc… we just do not have product available.” As our elected leaders and many others continually stress that everyone goes to college and everyone gets a

GET INVOLVED There are numerous ways for you to get involved and be apart of the solution. The easiest way is to attend Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ on Aug 26. The cost is just $6 for individuals or $25 for families up to five. Beyond that, it is important to look at local civic organizations that do great volunteer work in our area and are a big part of The Drake House Success. Additionally, if you are a local business owner, give to local charities that do great work and teach important life skills that translate to future generations. “The Drake House is largely supported by individual volunteers, as well as corporate, faith, and civic groups.” Merritt said. “Most recently the North Fulton, Alpharetta, Roswell and Milton Rotary Clubs along with five local churches cosponsored Drake Village apartments, assisting in renovations, moving the families, and providing budget coaching. Groups help with pantry drives, grounds upkeep, life skills classes, apartment upkeep and special projects like our new Outdoor Learning Classroom.” Mike Thomas, owner of Wild Slice Pizza in Roswell, is on the Drake House Young Professionals Advisory Council and serves as a great example of walking the walk. Mike is promoting national “Pizza By The Slice Day” on Aug. 22 to bring awareness to The Drake House. “As a business centered on family, it is our purpose to serve the families of our community and as a member of the YPAC board, it is our obligation to create opportunities of awareness and fundraising for the amazing work done at The Drake House. This seemed like an obvious opportunity,” said Thomas. The Drake House will be on site accepting donations at Wild Slice located at 580 E. Crossville Road, in the Kroger shopping center on Aug. 22. Each donation of $10 or more will be entered into a drawing to win free Wild Slice pizza for a year. That is a great opportunity to eat fantastic pizza and assist The Drake House. These problems of wage disparity and affordable housing are complex and require the cooperation of everyone no matter the political spectrum. At some Left: Kathy Swahn and Christy Merritt of The Drake point it’s important to ask what sort of soHouse. Above: Committee members prepare for ciety we want to live in. What’s your Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’. answer? ❍

high paying job, life is in fact much more complicated. This is compounded by the fact that elected leaders are largely unwilling to tackle the problem or in some instances even refuse to recognize the issue. Roswell has made some strides in redeveloping the Groveway district near City Hall but these are slow moving projects and there is practically no appetite for any large construction, much less for affordable apartments or housing. As long as the economy is adding jobs and people continue to move into the area at high numbers, the situation will only worsen and with all of this, remember that Atlanta is a real contender for Amazon. I say to all Georgia leaders to be careful what you ask for. Seattle is not the place you want as a model for your cities. To put it in real terms, I spoke to a local restaurant worker who I will identify as Susan, because she did not want to use her real name. “I live in Sandy Springs and have one child.” Susan said. “I take the bus to both of my jobs in Roswell. I leave for work nearly two hours early to take my child to daycare when it’s open. If I miss a bus, especially on weekends, I could be as much as an hour late for work. Between both jobs, I put in over 55 hours per week and I would say I spend an additional 10 to 12 hours riding the bus. I don’t know how long this can last… I really hope to have just one job that is closer to home but my rent has increased this year and other prices just keep going up. I feel like I’m just on a treadmill with no end.”

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