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Winter Puppets

Christmas With The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 15-23 The Roswell Puppet Series has been a hit with local children for many years now and the Roswell Cultural Arts Center is featuring a holiday themed winter series with three unique shows. All Hands Productions is first up with Santa’s Missing Mail! Ominous Crook and his sidekick, Skellmutt, are two dastardly bad-guys who are out to stop Christmas by stealing Santa Claus’s mail. Next is a double feature with A Winter Wonderland presented by Roswell Dance Starz, the resident dance company of Roswell Performing Arts, will dance their way through the holiday with a fresh take on traditional favorites. A performance of Santa’s Missing Mail follows.The series concludes with Trouble in Toyland presented by Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” with shows on Dec. 21, 22 and 23. For more info and tickets visit www.ticketalternative.com.

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Here Comes The Funny Tour

December 13 Over the years, Adam Sandler and David Spade have collaborated on hilarious movies, viral Saturday Night Live skits, and popular TV series. Now, the funny friends are teaming-up to take their stand-up show on the road—along with a few more of their hilarious compadres—for the cross-country comedy adventure known as the “Here Comes the Funny Tour” this December. Also featured are comedians Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson. The show takes place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. For tickets visit ticketmaster.com.

Begun many years ago by the beloved Music Director Robert Shaw, this concert has become a staple for Atlanta families during the holiday season. No one can resist everyone’s favorite Christmas carols and hymns sung by the Chorus and special guests, the Gwinnett Young Singers. And you’ll thrill when the Morehouse College Glee Club sings their holiday signature piece, Betelehemu. Concert takes place at Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta. For tickets visit www.atlantasymphony.org.

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Julius Williams Concert

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Celtic Woman is a living legend—they draw you into a culture, and share a heritage that is every bit as enchanting as the women themselves. The show has undertaken a number of world tours, largely across the U.S. and Europe. They have played for three different U.S. Presidents (Clinton, Bush, and Obama), as well as a special performance at the Pentagon in Washington. Cumulatively, Celtic Woman has sold over 10 million albums & DVDs worldwide. You can see them live at Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta. For tickets visit www.atlantasymphony.org.

Julius Williams is an extraordinary entertainer who has successfully been able to incorporate a wide range of musical influences—R&B, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Latin, and Country into a distinctive style that defies a categorization while attracting fans from all over the world. In 2006 and 2007, he won the Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year, Sammy Davis Jr. Award. With a voice that caresses like melted caramel on ice cream and lyrics that touch the deepest emotions. Now that’s entertainment! You can catch him up close and personal at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta. For tickets visit www.thevelvetnote.com.


A Southern Trilogy

Throughout December The Roswell Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Historic Homes of Roswell feature a multitude of holiday inspired events throughout December at the “Southern Trilogy” of homes in Roswell, which are Smith Plantation, Bulloch Hall and Barrington Hall. At Smith Plantation they feature “Images of Christmas” that has reminders of Christmas traditions from years gone by. At Barrington Hall they have “Here Comes Santa Claus” that is an exploration of Santa’s images from the 17th century to present day. And finally at Bulloch Hall they offer self guided tours of the house decorated for the holidays with emphasis on the life of President Theodore Roosevelt. For more info on these and other events in Roswell visit www.visitroswellga.com.


Reindeer Day

Local Ice Skating Venues

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Throughout December

The year’s most popular Family Fun Day returns for the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s 6th annual Reindeer Day. This holiday highlight brings you and your family live reindeer,

Ice-skating may be foreign to southerners but to others it’s a right of passage to the season of winter. There are a multitude of venues in the Atlanta area that offer ice-skating. There are two venues close by in Alpharetta and Marietta. Avalon in Alpharetta offers Avalon on Ice with an outdoor rink in the heart of Avalon. It’s a family friendly rink; there are bathrooms nearby, as well as an indoor soft playground for the little ones who either can’t skate, or get a little too cold. Not to be confused with the Marietta Ice Center (indoor ice hockey,) Marietta Square announced a new holiday ice rink this year. Features are to include an open-air ice-skating rink, Santa’s Workshop, multi-story Christmas tree and the inaugural New Year’s Eve Celebration. While it is made of real ice, the venue is small, with a neighborhood feel.

Midnight Square Drop The Marietta Square will ring in the New Year with two celebrations. Visitors will enjoy live music on the Bandstand in Glover Park, ice sculpting and family festivities throughout the day. The smallest visitors will be included in the fun with a special Children’s Ball Drop at 7p.m. Visitors without a curfew will stay out late for a one-of-a-kind Midnight Square Drop in the heart of The Marietta Square. Local restaurants and venues will stay open late and live entertainment will continue throughout the night.


Holiday Lights Nothing gets you into the holiday mood like the twinkling of lights set to holiday music. There are plenty of free holiday light displays that are professionally done, paid attractions that have Christmas light displays and residential holiday light displays in the metro area. One of the best displays is featured at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Visitors meander among garden displays—including giant snowflakes, fleeting bumblebees and a towering “praying Santa Mantis” while sipping hot drinks and listening to strolling carolers. Beyond that there are displays at Calloway Gardens, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stone Mountain, and Six Flags. For more info on these and other events see page 28.

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performances, winter crafts, face painting, and more. Let CNC help you get in the holiday spirit, bring a picnic, and plan to enjoy a full day of fun activities. This event features live reindeer, games, and story time for kids, winter crafts and face painting. For more info visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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treasures that any muggle would be thrilled to experience. This Dec. 11, It’s official. You’ve blinked and it’s bring the whole family for an afternoon December again. Amongst the rush to of holiday potions and games while get everything done before the end of learning to make some of the most dazthe year, you’ve barely had time to zling wizarding foods, such as Honey notice that this crazy, eventful, wild card Duke’s Pink Coconut Ice, Vampire of a year has come to its conclusion. You Blood Lollipops, Butterbeer, Pumpkin probably have a lot going on and that is Pasties, Shepard’s Pie, and for the truly perfectly normal. However, sometimes devoted fans, Polyjuice Potion. Children it’s also okay to chuck it all and spend a aged 10–12 are invited to join the fun night treating yourself to the wonderful and introduce themselves to the world opportunities your community has to of Hogwarts before their letters of offer. There are plenty of new things to acceptance arrive by owl. After all, all try before you call it quits on 2016 and young witches and wizards start their add last year’s resolutions to this year’s resolutions. Here are just a few suggestions! Every good holiday celebration requires the following: festive food and drinks, something to entertain both kids and adults, and of course, a bit of magic. Find all three and plenty more at Holiday at Hogwarts hosted by Whole Foods’ Salud! Cooking School. The wizarding world seems to do a lot of things very well and the holidays are certain among them. Each scene on page and screen depicts a world of immersive holiday By Jessica Diamond


training around 11! For the parents who missed their letters as kids, don’t worry. I’m sure yours got lost in the mail. I know mine did. Grab your tickets at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/sa lud-cooking-school-4. They are sure to go fast! Have you ever wondered what Christmas trees look like around the world? How about holiday lights and celebrations across the continents? Metro Atlanta need not travel far to learn about the holiday seasons around the globe thanks to the return of Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This popular exhibition has been extended by popular demand and will be available to visit through Jan. 8. The Museum will remain open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. every day, including Sundays, to give visitors optimal opportunity to enjoy the full museum. The exhibit will include two full floors of culturally specific holiday trees that reflect different traditions and holidays across North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Furthermore, Fernbank will be hosting the Holly Jolly Film Fest on Saturdays with popular films like Frozen, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, and a cultural jewelrymaking class to celebrate the upcoming Disney film Moana. Learn more about Fernbank’s holiday offerings at www.fernbankmuseum.org. We know well that at least eight of the world’s reindeer are gainfully employed. But what of the rest of the reindeer? Dasher and Blitzen have plenty of cousins out there. As it happens, a few lucky reindeer are invited each year to visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center for Reindeer Day. On this magical day, families come to meet these beautiful reindeer and learn what different types of animals do in winter. Visitors enjoy activities such as Story Time, Winter Woodland Crafts, Exploration Table and a nice campfire to keep the fingers and toes warm. Of course the guests of honor will be available for meet and greet, as will the CNC’s own Santa Turtle. This is a day dedicated to learning about the environment, enjoying the winter weather and having fun

Lumiere Lounge Piano Bar Nights

with our resident animal friends. Festivities will kick off at noon on Dec. 13. Learn more details at www.chattnaturcenter.org. In need of the perfect date night this holiday season? The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square has got you covered in a major way. Picture this: You and your intended spend the evening in an old world theatre, lounging on a couch, sipping specialty handmade cocktails as silent films project on the walls and a live pianist plays for your enjoyment. Yes, this is an actual thing that happens multiple evenings throughout the month just waiting for you to wander in and participate. The Lumiere Lounge Piano Bar Nights began in 2014 and have been a huge hit. Whether you use this as a date night, an evening to enjoy with friends or a night to treat yourself, this is an event that can’t be missed. Learn more and check the schedule at www.earlsmithstrand.org. This year has been quite the roller coaster and we are, now more than ever, in need of some serious fun and laughter. Find your joy at one of these unique events or check the community calendars and find the one that suits your tribe. Have a wonderful, safe, and happy New Year! ❍


these resolutions? With your loved ones home for the holidays, now is the perfect time to get organized by sharing important information they may need should anything happen to you. You have a myriad of websites with usernames and passwords, PINs, and legal documents—all unique to you. And while all those layers of security are wonderful, they are frustrating road blocks for your family in situations of great emotional stress. With this in mind, take a moment over the holidays to enlighten your family of this important information. Not sure where to start? Begin with a simple “just in case” letter, highlighting a few categories, such as life insurance, wills, banking information, and where a list of those important passwords and emergency contacts can be found. Here are some suggestions:  Did you know that billions of dollars of life insurance have gone lost or unclaimed? Let your family know if you have a policy, the company and your agent’s contact information.  Have a will? List the location of the official copy (remember, it needs to be signed!) or your attorney’s contact information. Meaningful Conversations about Money  Who can speak for you financially and legally if By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders you can’t? Tell your family who your financial and medical power(s) of attorney are and these As a new year approaches, we’re prompted to think documents’ locations. towards the future with resolutions of getting organ Sorting out a financial estate can be trying; share if ized, doing better, exercising more, and worrying less. you have a financial advisor, your major financial But why wait for the New Years’ countdown to act on




accounts, where you bank, and if you have a safe deposit box (don’t forget to mention the location of the keys—you should have 2!).  Bills still need to be paid even if you’re incapacitated. Let your family know where you keep your passwords and the associated websites for online bill pay. Consider adding another family member to your account for check writing purposes in the event of an emergency.  Have you given some thought to your final wishes? Share these with your family so they can honor and remember you as you’d like. At Odyssey, we believe in having these meaningful conversations now rather than later. We provide our clients with a comprehensive platform to store and share this important information with their loved ones and with us, so that we can be there for their families in times of need. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season! Life’s a journey, navigate it wisely! Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $500,000. 770-9924444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.


Playing outside and learning about nature can help combat “Nature Deficit Disorder” in the winter months. By Lynn McIntyre

At holiday time, we wonder what to give others. What will make our children (and us) happy, content, healthy and more relaxed? Perhaps, simply adding a dose of “Vitamin N,” that secret ingredient we call “Nature,” would enrich and enlighten our families while also making us all healthier. Can you collect your thoughts in front of a TV? Rarely do people disconnect from the technology that distracts and destroys the very fiber of their relationships to each other. By reconnecting to nature, with a simple walk on a woodland trail, or along a river boardwalk, you can experience something healing and authentic. Just ask a child what they love about playing outside. It is that undiscovered rare moment, watching nature in action, like seeing a hawk fly overhead or a fish jump in a pond. It is watching a deer graze, or a butterfly on the flowers. As leaves change colors on trees, then fall for the winter, we see their architecture revealed. Winter has a beauty and simplicity, only observed

when we go outside to enjoy it. Taking a walk in the winter has many benefits for our health. We actually burn more calories in cold weather when we go outside and exercise. Connecting to nature has many other benefits—it can calm the spirit and give us time to think. It can also be a great way to be together when we get outside as families. Giving the gift of Vitamin N is a treat. Consider taking your family out for a hike to one of the many places that Roswell has to offer, including the safe and easy trails at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, where there are also plenty of native wildlife to see as well as enriching activities to make the experience fun for everyone. The Nature Center offers programs daily throughout the winter months. Visit the new beavers on exhibit. A gift of membership to CNC is a great idea. It can overcome that “nature deficit disorder,” which can result from too much time in front of TVs and other electronic devices. Check out these many possibilities at www.chattnaturecenter.org but take time to get yourself some Vitamin N! ❍



By Kirsten Ricci

OVERALL IT’S STILL A SELLER’S MARKET a milestone for the community. Politics have been rather ugly over this so let’s hope that the local officials can do better than the national guys. Here’s an except from the RFQ: “The DDA is seeking a highly experienced developer or development team to acquire the site to create an iconic mixed use development which will anchor the redevelopment of Roswell’s downtown area, provide a pedestrian oriented mix of land uses which will be compatible with the unique, historic character of downtown Roswell while appealing to the growing demographic of millennials and emptynesters who value proximity to our downtown

businesses and cultural attractions. The DDA is seek- 11 ing to partner with an experienced developer who is equally excited by this vision and offers the City the best combination of (a) proven ability to execute the project, (b) delivering a mixed use development that will complement and advance the success of downtown Roswell, and (c) proposes a purchase price for the site which maximizes the return to the city, given your ability to achieve the first two objectives. We have prepared statement of our intent, which presents our vision for the redevelopment of this property, which follows this letter. The RFQ is the first step of a two-step process in selecting a firm to acquire and redevelop the site. Based on the responses received from this RFQ, we will select a limited number of the most qualified firms to respond to the RFP. ” The DDA is accepting applications until Dec. 16 with a decision on who to take proposals from expected sometime in early 2017. If you want more info on this visit the DDA site at www.roswelldda.com. These guys are volunteers who do great work for our community! Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Keller Williams Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net. DECEMBER 2016 THECURRENTHUB.COM

Recently the Atlanta Realtors (ARA) released a Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) and found that residential sales in October decreased by .2 percent from 2015 and a 15.4 percent drop from the previous month. This drop, however, is typical for the fall months. In the same report the ARA noted average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2015’s figures. The median price in October was $230,000, an increase of more than 5 percent over 2015. More specific to our area, homes in the $550k to $750k range have a balanced market. In the under $500k and luxury market it is still very much a seller’s game. Overall the “days on market” are up across all price points but that is normal for the season and election cycle. Speaking of a seller’s market, the Roswell Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently sent out a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) in regard to the sale of the “Southern Skillet” location in historic Roswell. The city has spent $4.8 million for the 4.3 acres of land, which represents something of




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Local Film Studio Premiers AwardWinning Holiday Film

Feinberg at the award ceremony for the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles.

that’s the takeaway, I’m happy with that.” Santa’s Boot Camp has earned global recognition for its Imagine, if you will, a world in which most family friendly content and positive message. Feinberg earned a Directors Gold Award at the International of the employees in your organization went Family Film Festival for his work on the film and the stuon strike during the busiest time of year. dio earned a Best Family Feature Film Award at the San Perhaps this has happened to you at some Diego International Kids Film Festival. “Apparently it’s been generating family discussions,” point in your life. Now, imagine if those Feinberg said happily. “Teens have been identifying with employees were all replaced with surly the characters. And it really is a movie for the whole famteenagers. Better yet, imagine if they were ily. There’s no cursing, no shooting, no sex, the cast is replaced with the cast of The Breakfast Club. almost entirely comprised of kids, and there’s still plenty of humor for the adults. Everyone can enjoy this movie What could go wrong, right? and understand it. I want this movie to help parents This is the premise behind the locally made, understand their kids better and to teach kids that they have the power whether or not to be naughty. The thing award-winning film Santa’s Boot Camp, by filmmaker, actor, and mentor Ken Feinberg, and is, the brain doesn’t know the difference between violence on the screen and violence in real life. It can’t tell the his crew at Creative Studios of Atlanta. difference between a fake murder and a real one. Once I “When Santa brings the teens to the North Pole, they knew that, I couldn’t watch those types of movies don’t want to help,” Feinberg explained. “They argue, they anymore, and I can’t make them now. As Mr. Rogers once fight and they try to escape. Then they are given the said, TV teaches kids how to behave. He was very wise chance to reflect on their own behavior and determine and taught a lot of people to see themselves for who they whether or not they’d be on the naughty list. This story is really are.” about teaching young adults, who have one foot in As a successful Hollywood actor with a resume includchildhood and another in adulthood, that they have the ing appearances on hit shows such as Buffy the Vampire power to control how they interact with other people. My Slayer, Star Trek: Enterprise, Alias, and Charmed, six-year-old daughter said ‘I know what your movie is Feinberg spent much of his early career as dedicated a about, Daddy. It teaches kids to be nicer to each other.’ If See page 14 By Jessica Diamond

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Ken Feinberg (center) with Eric Roberts (left) and Andy Dick (right) and cast member.

student of the profession. He attended countless workshops and seminars in an effort to pinpoint and master the keys to success. He learned from many colleagues that the tools needed to earn steady work in Hollywood are the same tools needed to succeed in all aspects of life, such as confidence, professionalism, humility, preparedness, and a strong work ethic. These are lessons he now imparts on his students at the Creative Studios of Atlanta Film Academy. “My wife says I should write a book about acting skills for life,” Feinberg said. “The curriculum I teach is something I’ve Many of Feinberg’s designed from my own personal experience. I’ve worked so many jobs on the set and I know when things are flowing and students, aside from working correctly. I honor the methods of the masters, like Stanislavsky, but I modify being featured in his it for modern film acting and put it in terms own films, go on to that kids can use. I also teach my kids how to be themselves in an industry and a world find success in the where that can be very difficult. I teach them to work hard and be confident in industry. themselves so that they won’t need me in the future. They will know what to do. I tell them that being rejected from a job, which you will be most of the time, is not a rejection of you as a person. Rather it’s an opportunity to show your work and put yourself in front of people who can help you. If they know you are hard-working and reliable, you will get calls.” Many of Feinberg’s students, aside from being featured in his own films, go on to find success in the industry. Some do not pursue acting, but attribute their success in other fields to his lessons as well. Storm Reid, or Sparkle the Elf as she is known in Santa’s Boot Camp, is one such student. “Ken Feinberg’s CSA’s Film Academy gave my daughter a solid acting foundation that enabled her to land two feature films, two short films and a series regular role on a Nickelodeon show all within one year of moving to LA,” Reid’s mother Robyn said. “This program is fantastic!” Santa’s Boot Camp will premier at Aurora Cineplex in Roswell on Dec. 4. It will also be available on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about Creative Studios of Atlanta at www.creativestudiosofatlanta.com. ❍



LEG SWELLING AND VEIN DISEASE By Lisa Perez, MD, VeinInnovations, Midtown

Frequently in my practice I see patients that have been diagnosed by their physicians with “edema” or swelling of the legs. Many times these patients are told to wear compression stockings or put on diuretics and told to elevate their legs. Many patients and even their physicians don’t suspect venous disease as a cause because the patients don’t have any visible varicose or spider veins. Patients also tend to attribute the swelling to some of their other health issues or medical problems. Varicose and spider veins are the most common indicators of vein disease, however the lack of visible surface veins does not in any way rule out the possibility of underlying venous disease. In the absence of spider and varicose veins, the presence of other symptoms such as heaviness, aching, night cramps, restless legs and swelling should alert your physician to consider the possibility of venous disease. This can be easily diagnosed with a non-invasive ultrasound. Leg swelling or edema can be caused by a number of medical conditions including problems with the heart, kidneys, or liver. Diagnosing the cause of the patient’s leg swelling can be difficult and often times a patient will have more than one cause of swelling. Leg swelling is also one of the signs of more advanced venous disease. In patients with venous disease, the leg veins don’t drain the blood efficiently enough causing pooling of the blood in some of the leg veins. This pooling causes high pressures in the veins, forcing fluid out into the surrounding tissue resulting in edema. If a venous ultrasound identifies this condition, there are treatments available that can alleviate the swelling. Many patients finally learn that a very real and treatable condition is the cause of their swollen, achy legs. More importantly, they learn that they don’t have to live with it. If one leg is swollen or hot to the touch, do not ignore these symptoms. This could be a sign of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and is a life-threatening condition. Please seek immediate medical attention.  For more information on how Vein Innovations can bring your legs back to live visit their site at www.veininnovations.com. ❍

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ACING URGENT CARE Physician wins on tennis court and with patients


“Antibiotics are not always the solution. hen a child has a fever or an injury, parents want to We talk about stress reduction, sleep make it better right away. and exercise.” Some of the things she may Sometimes they don’t want to wait for an appointment at their recommend during an appointment: doctor’s office. But it’s not bad enough to working green smoothies into your diet, taking time for relaxation and how go to the emergency room. For times when someone in your family is not feel- going for a walk may help you recover ing their best and needs care right away, faster from a cold. As a mom of two boys, she has her fair share of worries, there’s a not-so-secret solution to help but knows exercise is vital when it comes your kids (or yourself!) feel better. Meet Dr. Duska Dyer, an urgent care to stress reduction and keeping the immune system strong enough to fight physician that has East Cobb moms viruses. And she shares her own lessons talking. She cares for children and learned for staying fit with patients who adults at WellStar East Cobb Health Park. She’s scored in the 99th percentile are unmotivated to work out. “Sometimes going to the gym is really for customer satisfaction for the past hard,” she said. “But playing team sports four years running with continuous praise from patients. On a recent survey, or competing regularly can ensure you get enough exercise.” one patient wished Dr. Dyer She hits the tennis could be the family’s courts several times primary care physician and throughout the week, comanother patient’s mom peting in several different raved about Dr. Dyer taking leagues and practicing regthe time to educate both her ularly with her sons. She and her young son on his also enjoys hitting condition. Georgia’s hiking trails on Dr. Dyer does everything the weekends with the she can to resolve illnesses, boys. right now and for the long At urgent care, Dr. Dyer run. Not only does she applies her same passion discuss treatments, she East Cobb Urgent Care physician for a healthy lifestyle to her takes time to ask patients Dr. Duska Dyer urges patients to patients, and especially enabout their lifestyles and take care of themselves by eating joys caring for children. discuss preventative care right and exercising. She knows it “Pediatrics is my love,” measures for the future. can be hard for moms to get to she said. “I enjoy talking to “I am very passionate the gym, so she recommends kids and interacting with about preventative and getting active with the family, them. We always have a holistic medicine and want like she does with her sons nice little conversation and to teach my patients how on the tennis court and Georgia’s we connect.” not to get sick,” she said. hiking trails.

Prior to working in urgent care, Dr. Dyer was a pediatric neurologist in Serbia, Yugoslavia. Her specialty involved working with children with disabilities, and she learned how to put them at ease in stressful situations. Her past experience and her likeable demeanor has translated well to her current role. Just recently, Dr. Dyer was able to stitch a laceration for a child with autism without using sedation. “I take the time to give the patient personalized care,” said. Dr. Dyer.

Here when you need us Dr. Duska Dyer and a full team of board-certified physicians who specialize in family medicine, pediatrics and emergency medicine serve patients at WellStar East Cobb Health Park. Urgent Care expanded its hours earlier this year to better improve patient access to clinical and diagnostic services for patients of all ages, starting with newborns. Patients can receive treatment for routine conditions such as sore throats, stomach pain as well as minor injuries and illnesses; stitches for minor lacerations; lab and x-rays; specialty care referral; occupational health services; school and sports physicals; flu shots and free blood pressure checks. Urgent care is open seven days a week at 3747 Roswell Road NE in Marietta, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 470-956-0150. Walk-ins are always welcome, or, hold your place in line by visiting wellstar.org before you head in.

“They’re not feeling well, that’s what they deserve.” Not only does her professional background assist her in providing world-class healthcare for patients, but she feels her personal background does too. She left her home country of Yugoslavia after 10 years of Civil War tore the country apart. She had to start all over in the United States. She came to Los Angeles to live with her cousins and then moved to Atlanta where she completed her medical school training (again) at Emory University School of Medicine. “I had to combat a lot of things to be where I am,” she remembered. “Because I come from a tough background and had to survive, I have an understanding for other people’s suffering and An all-around winner, Dr. Duska Dyer’s love for exercise struggling. I understand when people helps her win on the tennis courts while her caring don’t feel well. I have all the patience in manner helps her earn high marks—99th percentile—on the world. And I feel blessed.” ❍ customer satisfaction surveys.



DECEMBER COMMUNITY CALENDAR East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta Community & Education Room *Free parking Free breastfeeding support Mondays, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 9:30-11 a.m. (No group on Dec. 26) Free Mommy & Me group for mothers who breastfeed; lactation consultant is available to facilitate supportive discussions over a variety of topics. No registration required; mothers are welcome to come and go at any time during the session. Call 770-793-8088 for more info. Understanding Birth Friday, Dec. 2, 6–9 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Expecting mothers and their partners take a two-day journey through childbirth including labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation, hospital procedures and Cesarean birth. Community & Education room. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; cost is $55. Diabetes Education Tuesdays: Dec. 6, Dec. 20 – Times vary Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, this program includes a range of topics to assist adults living with diabetes. The WellStar Diabetes Education Center is staffed with nationally certified diabetes educators and a licensed social worker. Physician order is required; Class is often covered by insurance and financial assistance is available. Call 770-793-7821 to register. Breastfeeding Basics Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Taught by certified lactation consultants, this introductory class helps you make an informed decision about breastfeeding. It covers the breastfeeding skills and techniques to ensure a successful breastfeeding experience for mother and baby. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; cost is $35. Joy of Parenthood Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Expecting parents learn about newborn behaviors and care including holding techniques, diapering, feeding, dressing and bathing. Community & Education room. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; cost is $30.

WellStar Kennestone Hospital is first in Georgia HEALTH


Ronald and Whitney Chin can see their premature twins— August and Roman—on WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s special NICVIEW cameras when they can’t be with them in the neonatal intensive care unit. The first in the state to install this technology, this program was made possible by funds donated by the Kennestone Hospital Volunteers. WellStar Kennestone Hospital is expanding the compassionate care it provides to families. Kennestone is the first hospital in Georgia to offer parents a private view of their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), allowing family members to see the baby from anywhere in the world. When babies are born prematurely or with a health condition, they may have to spend time in the NICU. Not being able to take a new baby home can create stress for a family, but creating a way to connect with the newest bundle of joy can give parents peace of mind for the moments when they cannot be with the baby. “We are always looking for new ways to enhance the care experience and find ways to improve the lives of our patients and families,” said Dan Woods, president of WellStar Kennestone Hospital. “Our skilled, caregivers are now able to utilize the most innovative technology to complement the caring compassion we have for our patients. This will have an immediate impact on many families.” The state-of-the-art cameras are individually mounted at each baby’s bed space, transmitting secure and private images through a service called NICVIEW®. The video can be viewed on smart phones, tablets, computers or any internet-accessible device and are not recorded or stored for security and safety. “Although there is nothing that can replace personal contact with a newborn infant, it is not always possible to be present,” said Carole Harman, executive director of nursing, Women’s and Children’s Services, WellStar Kennestone Hospital. “With NICVIEW®, we are able to unite parents, siblings and grandparents to the baby through a live feed camera system; it’s technology that connects families’ hearts.” This program was funded by donations to the WellStar Foundation by WellStar Kennestone Hospital Volunteers. To learn more or to make a personal contribution to the WellStar Foundation, visit wellstar.org/give or call 770-956-GIVE (4483). ❍







TRIUMPH OVER EATING DISORDERS WellStar Q&A with a psychologist & a registered dietitian


oung women and teen girls with a higher body weight often suffer from low self-esteem and are at risk of developing eating disorders. With a growing obesity epidemic in America, experts agree that a growing number of women and teens will struggle with compulsive eating and binge eating. These lead to a dangerous cycle of more weight gain, more disordered eating and a lifetime of health problems. But, with the right network of support, these young women (and men) can put a stop to this repetitive cycle and lead more positive, healthy lives. WellStar psychologist Tonette Robinson, Ph.D. and registered dietitian Tracy Stark, RD answer questions about taking on eating disorders and winning.

What is the difference between compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder? Dr. Robinson: Binge eating disorder is typically characterized by a sense of loss of control over eating. The individual feels like they are not able to stop eating. It’s common for them to feel disgusted with themselves, depressed or very guilty afterward. There is typically an emotional trigger before the binge. Compulsive overeating is characterized as an addiction to food with frequent uncontrolled eating or bingeing or continuous grazing. The amount of food consumed is larger than what most people would eat in a similar period of time. People who eat compulsively often think excessively about eating, which includes secret planning of meals.

to call when you have the urge to overeat.

How does nutritional counseling help? Tracy Stark: Dietitians work with individuals by addressing immediate concerns regarding eating. Dietitians collaborate with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the most comprehensive treatment taking into account the patient’s medical history, past food trends and triggers, food diaries, weight patterns, family history and lab work. This assists in identifying underlying nutritional issues.

How can therapy help? What can be expected of therapy sessions? Tonette Robinson, Ph.D. and Tracy Stark, RD

Who is at risk? Dr. Robinson: During adolescent and young adulthood, the probability for developing and preventing eating disorders is high, especially for females who struggle with low self-esteem and weight problems. According to the Binge Eating Disorder Association, an estimated 3.5 percent of women, 2 percent of men, and 30-40 percent of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder. Individuals with a higher risk factor can include those with: • genetic predisposition • dieting/restrictive eating pattern • depression, anxiety and mood disorders including bi-polar disorder • experiences of weight-related discrimination or bullying • significant trauma/loss • addictions to drugs/alcohol • history of abuse, neglect, sexual trauma

Expect to be assessed to determine severity of symptoms associated with binge eating and the extent to which emotions increase the likelihood of you eating. Treatment options may vary according to individual cases which may include antidepressants to treat a mood disorder, drug therapy to treat binge eating, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, or Dialectal Behavioral Therapy to develop behavioral and coping techniques to avoid binges, normalize eating patterns and counter negative thoughts.

What really works?

Tracy Stark: Many people with these disorders have tried fad diets, calorie restriction, prescription medications and over-the-counter pills. They report they have tried everything. Often, the one thing they haven’t tried is behavior change. One approach in controlling overeating is to utilize the non-diet approach or mindful eating approach. We teach peoWhat are the health risks? ple to recognize the difference between physical Dr. Robinson: Although not everyone who hunger and emotional/mouth hunger. Mindful struggles with eating disorders is overweight, in the eating does not focus on weight loss but on behavior majority of cases it leads to becoming overweight or change and eating when physically hungry vs. obese. Obesity gives rise to diseases such as diabetes, emotionally hungry. How can people overcome these disorders? heart disease, sleep disorders, joint pain, stroke and The recovery process takes time. Most people Dr. Robinson: Get involved in a treatment hypertension among other health challenges. People program that provides therapy, education and nutri- begin to reduce their compulsive eating in six to with eating disorders may also struggle with poor eight weeks after beginning treatment and continue tional rehabilitation. These will help develop skills mental health, problems functioning at work and to improve over time. There are many available that improve eating control, better management of with their personal lives. treatment options to try, so do not give up if your mood and improve wellbeing. first attempt is not as successful as you had hoped What makes it worse? Tracy Stark: Work with a collaborative, for. Dr. Robinson: Rigid dieting efforts to lose professional treatment team which may include a To begin overcoming disordered eating, call weight might increase the likelihood of unrestrained physician, psychiatrist, dietitian and therapist. eating or binge eating. This is likely to have a WellStar Psychological Services, located at 55 Connect with others who also have compulsive negative impact on mood, which is typically the trig- eating disorder by attending group therapy. Find on- Whitcher Street in Marietta, at 770-514-6760 or visit ger for a binge episode. www.wellstar.org for more information. ❍ line support/chat groups and speak regularly with others in treatment. Identify a single support person



In my younger days, New Year’s Eve was always a good time for a party. Now with life in the suburbs taking root my Dec. 31 nights are less eventful…but that does not mean less fun. With the kids in the mix a New Year’s Eve celebration can be more about family time than late hours with adult beverages. Here in the metro area there are a multitude of activities and events to keep you and the kids entertained as we bring in a new year. Legos are my favorite thing to step on in the house. They’re a joy to pick up as well! If you’re like me and just can’t get enough, then Legoland Discovery Center has just the ticket with their Noon Year’s Eve Celebration. At noon they will have a balloon drop with a countdown displayed throughout the center. Kids can hop on its two rides, check

out a Lego 4-D movie, participate in a group Lego build and more. Legoland is located in Phipps Plaza in Atlanta. For more info visit www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com. Stone Mountain Park is set to host an early New Year’s Eve Celebration. During Stone Mountain Christmas on Dec. 31., Stone Mountain Park will operate the Christmas event as usual (2 – 9 p.m.) and ring in the New Year with additional fireworks, snowfall and early countdown. Immediately after the Snow Angel Snowfall and Fireworks Finale, the New Year’s Eve

activities will begin with costumed characters, music, and dance-a-longs. At 8:59 p.m. the early countdown will begin and when the clock strikes 9 p.m. snow and fireworks will usher in the New Year. For additional info visit www.stonemountainpark.com At the Children’s Museum of Atlanta they will be counting down to the “noon year” with their annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball. Families can join the Museum’s very own Princess and Prince as they ring in the “noon year” at noon, followed by a celebratory dance party with bubble wrap “fire crackers.” Space is limited to a first come basis for the Noon Year’s Eve program, so families are encouraged to arrive early and/or reserve tickets online. To purchase tickets, go to www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org. Dinosaurs are a big “thing” at my house so a trip to the Fernbank Museum Noon Year’s Eve will proba-


bly be in order. At this unique event kids can dance among the dinosaur bones as the museum hosts an endof-the-year bash for the early-to-bed set. At high noon, a balloon drop sends those latex balls floating down into Fernbank’s Great Hall. A kidfriendly DJ spins an array of toe-tapping tunes for both tots and their parents to enjoy. Museum admission includes the party, so when you’re not rocking into 2017, you can explore the exhibits. For more info visit www.fernbankmuseum.org. As always check our site www.thecurrenthub.com for more info on these events and other great activities in our area. ❍

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Today’s column is different than usual. It’s a holiday tribute to those who show kindness year ’round, and is inspired by a crash. I hope you like it. I was driving nearby and pulled a booboo that ended in a terrible accident. If you’ve ever been in an accident that “totaled” your car, you might have experienced the overwhelming response you feel within seconds of the hit. You feel the car move wildly out of control. My sedan was smacked by a large pickup truck and it dragged me around the street. The airbags filled my car,

stabilizing me. Their impact was soft, like a big fitness ball. The car came to a jarring halt and I said out loud, “Oh, crap!” Crap indeed. I actually used an expletive deletive, but this will do. Immediately, the commotion of kindness started. Within seconds, other drivers appeared at my car. They had jumped out of their own cars, at night, in a busy intersection, at risk of harm by vehicles flying by, all for me. The airbags had inflated top to bottom throughout the car. Everyone was unable to see me, buried in them all. I heard their muffled voices through them. “Are you alright? Are you okay?” Over and over. Another woman’s voice came out of the ceiling, “Miss Chapman, we have a crash alert. Are you okay? Miss Chapman are you there?” I was overloaded. I finally got my wits about me to answer the question “Do you need an ambulance?” I answered the ceiling, “I’m fine and

please don’t send an ambulance!” Then, I yelled through the airbags, “I’m perfectly fine! Please don’t call an ambulance!” Truthfully, I was so embarrassed about the accident, I didn’t want to add to the spectacle. I soon realized that the airbag next to me went nearly all the way to the bottom of the door. I could smell burning wires or whatever through the vents and decided to exit somehow, and quickly. I saw a small gap at the bottom of my bag and instinctively dove toward it on the floor. Crawling on my belly, I emerged from the car and stood. I realized everyone had not known who was in the car or if I was even alive. They couldn’t see in. “What do you need?” one particularly attentive bystander asked. “A blanket? Does anything hurt? Do you want to talk?” (Obviously a chick question!) I looked down and both thumbs were starting to drip blood. She ran to her car. “Thumbs




hen families finally gather together for the holidays, it’s usually after a rush of planning, shopping, cooking, and attending parties. But there’s one more event you may want to add to your calendar when you’re all together: a family meeting. Whether you’re a senior already ensconced in retirement or the adult children of elderly parents, the holidays present an excellent opportunity to discuss everything from changing health needs or problems with maintaining a home to finances and other details that affect your loved ones. While these topics aren’t always easy to talk about, you may be surprised at the willingness of your family to get involved in problem solving and planning. Addressing

important issues like the following can help you avoid a lot of stress in the future: • Preferences for future living arrangements. What are your requirements and wishes in the event that you reach a point where you don’t want to maintain a home or can no longer live independently? • Financial information. It’s wise to document your financial resources and provide designated family members with access to a list of investments and retirement accounts, along with contact information for your financial advisor. • Estate planning. Wills, living trusts, financial and healthcare powers of attorney and other legal documents are essential to carrying out your estate plans. Share the location of these documents with family members who are entrusted with carrying out your plans. Another important topic for the family meeting: long-term care.

Having a plan for long-term care is the best way to protect your assets in the event of escalating health needs. A Life Plan community is an excellent solution to the dilemma of long-term care planning. As a Life Plan community, St. George Village provides a comfortable, active and independent lifestyle with the assurance of future care, regardless of health needs. Additionally, our choice of Life Plan contracts ensures superb estate protection through refundable entrance fees. We invite you and your family to make St. George Village a part of your planning. Come learn why our community is a great long-term investment for seniors! Take a tour, stay for lunch. Call Stacy at 678-987-0402 for a confidential appointment. Find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents at www.stgeorgevillage.com. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍

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bleeding?” I thought. “What in the world...?” She bounded back across the street with Band-aids and gently applied them herself. And then, it was a whirlwind. A pleasant Roswell policewoman talked with me and the other driver, who was unhurt. Simultaneously, the tow trucks arrived, and one driver was shouting at me as I dug for the paperwork the policewoman needed. “Ma’am! I need you to put your car in neutral! Put your car in neutral!” The confusion became overwhelming. I couldn’t even think straight, and handed him the keys. It’s time for a tribute to tow truck drivers. Never have I seen two men act so quickly to do their jobs. Within minutes the cars were on the flatbeds, and the road was cleared of debris. I was scrambling as my driver told me to get everything out of my car “NOW!“ Everything? My trunk was full of organized containers of exercise gear, a pallet of cat food, and everything else a road warrior with a kitty would need. I grabbed the contents of the glove compartment, my purse and everything in the front seat. I grabbed two containers from the trunk. Holding all I could, I stood on the concrete median between two busy streets, in darkness. My tow truck driver had driven off without me. I looked around. What do I do? I heard the policewoman. “Ma’am, do you have a way home?” I didn’t. The other tow truck driver, not yet in his truck, hit speed dial, and yelled, “Come back!” My truck rumbled back and I attempted to hop in. The driver had piled all of his belongings on the passenger seat and floor. He made no attempt to move them. I hoisted myself up in 3” heels and crawled onto his stuff, all the while balancing my stuff, trying not to drop it amid his things. We sped off. He said he would drop me at home. There was a stiff fee for this. Nonetheless, I was relieved to be on my way. I complimented him on his work, emphatic that I would never be able to achieve what he did at that crash site. He thanked me. I wondered how

Hi, love, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is, the airbags work. often a tow truck driver is complimented. Hopefully, often. At my driveway, I thanked him and asked if I could unload my trunk, otherwise the contents would be taken to the towing yard. He jumped up, lowered the car and kindly handed me all of my things as I piled them in the driveway. I called out, “What do I owe you?” “Oh, no, nothing,” he responded, and drove away. The kindness shown to me that night was remarkable. It helps me look back and laugh at my crawling out of the car, being stranded in the middle of the road, and doing my best to hoist myself into a tow truck crammed with the driver’s stuff, in which I hoped there was no dirty underwear. Thank you, kind folks. You didn’t know me, yet you showed me wonderful compassion. I had a crash course in kindness. I’m celebrating it this season! Happy holidays to you and yours, kind readers. And happy holidays to my guardian angels Mom, Dad, Bill, and Bob. I know you’re with me in good times and bad; and to Jim and Susan. I’m so thankful to have a family who believes that kindness in all forms is a blessing. ❍





plan ahead to decide where it will be planted in the landscape. Savvy homeowners dig the hole beThe popularity of choosing a live Christmas tree fore they ever go shopping for a tree. growing in soil in a nursery pot  has been on the When selecting a prospective tree, choose only rise. Afterward, you can plant the tree to enrich healthy stock and not stressed leftovers from last your landscape. One challenge is that many of season. Consider good color, good these trees don’t survive the branching structure and flexible holiday season, or don’t fit the limbs. Knock the plant out of the Atlanta climate long-term.  For container and look for non-pot best results, bound, non-circling root systems • Choose a tree appropriate for with fresh white feeder roots.   The the climate (check UGA potting mix should be moist, and recommendations) there should be no disease or insect • Care for it correctly while it is damage evident. decorated Choose only from varieties that • Afterwards, site it correctly grow well in the area.  While fir and when planting in the spruce are traditionally used for landscape    holiday trees, they are not suited to First of all, consider the live in metro-Atlanta. landscape. Does your master plan Garden Centers often market a call for a tree? What kind of tree, A Monstera deliciosa and other tropical wide variety of cone-shaped trees as evergreen or deciduous? When houseplants can be pressed into service as holiday options, without shopping for the tree, consider its living Christmas trees. considering if they will do well mature height and width, and


Upset to think of all those cut trees wasted for the holidays? For a new take on cut trees, think of them as “long-term cabbages” planted by tree farmers to be harvested in seven years or so. Purchasing a freshly-cut Christmas tree, wreath and greenery each year doesn’t waste resources but boosts Georgia Christmas Tree Growers and our state Agricultural industry in general. After the holidays, upcycle discarded trees as habitat for wildlife, made into bottle trees, or chipped, shredded and turned into compost, thus recycling their nutrients and minerals and enriching the earth.

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When Atherton Place opened in 1988, the concept of Senior Living was brand new. Over time, our commitment to providing a high-quality community with a personal touch has grown and touched many lives. Our residents regularly share that our team members are a key reason in making this a comfortable home. We invite you to join us for lunch, a complimentary tour and an opportunity to meet some of our team members. Call 770-421-7300 for more information.

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CARING FOR YOUR HARDY TREE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Now that you selected a hardy tree, don’t bring it inside right away. • Keep it outside in a protected area until a few days before Christmas • Keep the soil moist but not wet • Shelter from winds and full sun. • Move the tree onto a covered porch or garage over a period of three to four days to acclimate the tree to warmer temperatures Anti-Wilt Products For needle-leaf or broad-leaf evergreens, decrease transpiration from the leaf surfaces and retain valuable moisture within the tree by spraying with an antidesiccant/anti-wilt product. A couple of brand names are Wilt Pruf or Cloud Cover.

CARING FOR YOUR TREE AFTER CHRISTMAS Warning! A living tree that quickly will be returned to winter temperatures outside cannot be brought indoors for weeks on end without consequences. • Warm rooms with low humidity can quickly dry out the tree. • Dormant buds can break and grow in a “false spring,” only to suffer when moved back outside. • Avoid bringing the tree indoors too early, since the less time spent in hot, dry indoor temperatures the better, and certainly no more than a week. • Avoid placing near heat vents, forced air, radiators, stoves, but do consider a window where it will get some sunlight. Keep soil in the pot moist. Make your own Grinch Tree by wrapping a conical Rosemary or CONDITIONING AND PLANTING AFTER small Cedar with ribbon, CHRISTMAS attaching an ornament, and adding • Move the tree back outdoors to that protected area a striped pot! so it can readjust for a week or so. • When there’s a break in the weather,  follow recommended planting procedures, with a wide, shallow planting holeabout twice as wide as the root ball, but not deeper.  • Plant slightly higher than the surrounding soil because it will soon settle, backfill with the native soil and mulch the tree to retain moisture. • Newly planted trees need even moisture, so water throughout winter and spring. The new addition will contribute holiday memories as it adds beauty to the landscape.   Show some creativity, and green up your Holidays starting this month. ❍


long-term. Check the UGA tree list for a tree that’s best for the area and the specific landscape, even though it may not be a traditional choice. (extension.uga.edu/publications is a treasure trove of information on trees, landscaping and other subjects.) What about a cone-shaped herbal rosemary or fragrant bay tree? Even a balled & burlapped selection is ok; merely place in a large landscape pot with drain holes and cover with mulch to keep evenly moist. Perhaps you could choose a dogwood, redbud, flowering cherry, deciduous magnolia or double file viburnum to decorate. Now is the time to be thinking “outside the box”! One of those might be just the accent plant the landscape needs, and ornaments would look terrific hanging from bare branches. While houseplants might seem random, don’t fail to include the Tropicals section when searching for a living Christmas tree. The Norfolk Island Pine is “nearly traditional,” and one year I didn’t even shop but simply decorated the oversize Monstera deliciosa in the living room with a choice selection of my Mom’s vintage ornaments. ‘Tis the season! 





What do I want for Christmas? Health, happiness, great food and a share in the success of us all. In my five years of doing this column a few dining rooms have set themselves apart as places that serve sizzling serenades. They provide us with a warm and inviting atmosphere and outrageously good food. Two of the biggest names in the local biz have already got a leg up going into 2017. Chef Marc Taft of Chicken and Egg fame and Ryan Pernice at Table & Main have both announced plans for new concepts and I have high hopes for both. R.O. Hospitality (the RO stands for Reckless Optimism) the group behind Roswell’s Table & Main and Osteria Mattone have announced a third concept, Coalition Food and Beverage. Planned to open in the summer of 2017 in the Teasley Place development in downtown Alpharetta, Coalition will be a chefdriven concept offering a contemporary menu with progressive and signature interpretations of American woodfired classics. The foodscape will emphasize premium meats, entréesized salads and burgers worthy of a second napkin. After leading the kitchen at Table & Main, Chef Woolery “Woody” Back, a CoOwner, will be the driving force in the kitchen at Coalition. “R.O. Hospitality will unify our mission as we dive in to our third restaurant opening. I am proud of Ryan Pernice, R.O. Hospitality Founder and Owner. the reputation Table & Main and Osteria Mattone have built for our new hospitality group, and, with Coalition Food and Beverage, we will continue growing and improving our established values and standards of hospitality. Coalition Food and Beverage will be an extension of the culture and community-focus that R.O. Hospitality believes in,” said Ryan Pernice, R.O. Hospitality Founder and Owner. In other 2017 news, Taft will be bringing a seafood concept to Avalon called

Chef Marc Taft

Brine. Brine bridges Santa Monica beach vibe and Cape Cod classic comforts through a menu swimming in healthy Southern California-style seafood. On the menu: think really good lobster rolls, fish stew, clam fritters, tuna poke, fresh oysters and fish tacos, all overseen by Taft and Brine chef de cuisine David Connolly, previously of Two Urban Licks and Tap in Atlanta and Michelin-starred Spiaggia in Chicago. If Taft can do with this what Doug Torbush did with Drift in East Cobb then you folks in Alpharetta just picked up another winner. Brine will be drawing the craft cocktail set up to a rooftop Tiki bar complete with seasonal fans and fire pits and a walk-up window for takeout, soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes and even cocktails, wine and beer to enjoy while strolling through Avalon. I also feel the need to say thanks to the fine folks who still produce everyday. Places like The Butcher, The Baker on the square in Marietta. Micah and Kelly Phister have raised the standards in the area with an undying loyalty to quality. Doug Torbush is dominating the East Cobb scene with Seed, Stem and Drift. Drift has already gained regional notice and to be honest every time I go

Chef Mel Toledo

Lastly I have to end the final column of the year on a sad note. Krespo’s in Roswell has closed. Chef Krespo is facing a monster in the form of cancer making the continuation of running the restaurant impossible. This is what happens when these family-owned establishments get hit in such a manner. While Krespo was around for just over a year he gave us an introduction to the beauty of Portuguese cuisine that will not be forgotten. Let’s hope he can get back behind the stove soon. In the meantime, a mother/daughter team has opened Elaine’s Cantina in the spot. These women are doing fresh authentic Mexican and I recommend it if you’re in the neighborhood. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all. To every cook, dishwasher, and server out there I appreciate what you guys do. And please remember folks these are our friends and neighbors so tip well when you can. And finally, no politics at the table in 2017. Good grief I’ve had enough. Let’s make 2017 the year of unity… and it’ll start with a table of great food! ❍


it seems to get better and this place opened flawlessly. And the brunch at Seed? Out of this world! Foundation Social Eatery on the east side of Roswell is another great staple. Chef Mel Toledo puts so much heart into his concept it should be a menu item. What he places on the menu is so meticulously chosen and combined with the imagination and preparation it comes together in a world-class manner.




right off the bat, not to mention the coffee or juice to go along with it. Thankfully, my kids like plain Cheerios, which have no sugar, so adding the milk (12 grams) and a teaspoon of sugar (5 grams), they’re sweets upon us, on the just about at the daily limit at 17 grams. I was shocked to discover, in my records of heels of Halloween consumed grams of sugar, that the most sugar candy, pumpkin pie for content I had at one meal was from Chinese takeThanksgiving, and the out, namely, Mongolian beef, at 8 grams per serving, not the sticky sweet sesame chicken, which had 7 delicious Christmas cookies ahead, I was asked grams per serving. Not only that, but a dinner from by a professor at school to start monitoring all of the Boston Market, complete with mashed potatoes, (but sugar I take in on a daily basis, as part of a study of not the cornbread,) only had 7 grams in total, and a the digestive system. Did you know that the average Publix sub only had 5 grams of sugar. adult male should only consume 35 grams of sugar I’ve learned to hate carbs just as much as any just to taste something sweet! each day, the average adult female 25 grams? I had Seriously, since we are in peak sugar consumption health-conscious American has, however, a soup I no idea, and really no concept of what that measure made from leftover chicken and take out rice had no actually means. We all have an idea that we consume season (please don’t go out and boycott the sugar sugar. So, though loaded with evil carbs, it was too much sugar as Americans, but how much is just industry because of one measly article!) I thought I actually healthier than anything else I ate this week, would do my civic duty to report on all the evils of too much? Children should only consume about 25 according to sugar content. I know all of this sugar before we all send our kids over the edge of the to 37.5 grams of sugar per day. nutrition information can be a bit much at times but sugar rush. Sugar is a neurotoxin, more addictive than this holiday season let’s make it a little less sweet! ❍ My kids love cereal for breakfast, as most do, but a cocaine, and it is in every processed food we eat. This Beth Nitschke is a native of the Roswell area. She is a bowl of seemingly healthy granola comes in at a is the single reason we see so many cases of obesity mother of three, a home school mom, and a writer. She whopping 13 grams of sugar; add milk, another 12 and type II diabetes in children and adults. Not to be lives with her kids and their family dog in East Cobb. grams. So ladies, that’s our entire intake of sugar “Debbie Downer” here, but we are killing ourselves

By Beth Nitschke

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how to put on a show. In Alpharetta there is Christmas in Castille. Weather ou know it’s Christmas season permitting, the show runs from Dec. 4 when you begin to see various through Dec. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. local houses adorned with the on Thur. through Sat. The seasonal bulbs and decorations. neighborhood is gated so when the Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit gates close for the night, the show ends. like millions of lights set to some When you drive up, tune your radio to holiday music. Here, I have a perfect 89.9FM. For directions and more info list of some local attractions that visit their site christmasincastille.com. feature holiday light displays. If you are up for a drive, there are One of my annual favorite places to also lights in Decatur with Christmas visit is the Atlanta Botanical Garden, in the Grove. These lights run through Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Jan. 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., attraction. You’ll meander among weather permitting. This show has garden displays—including giant evolved from simple animation in snowflakes, fleeting bumblebees, and a 2010, to a light show choreographed to towering “praying Santa Mantis” while “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” some of the greatest Christmas music sipping hot drinks and listening to is in its sixth season at the ever. The sound from the show can be strolling carolers. The Earth Goddess Atlanta Botanical Garden. heard in the yard and is also broadcast transforms into Ice Goddess—a vision on 87.9 FM so that you can listen from setting. Drive your car or ride the Jolly of wintry radiance with twinkling lights the world’s “Top 10 Places to See the comfort of your car. The location is Holiday Lights,” as named by  National Trolley to experience scenes like March weaving through her tresses. Red and 1428 Oak Grove Dr. in Decatur. For white stripes turn the towering Cobras Geographic Traveler. With more than a of the Toy Soldiers and Snowflake more info visit Valley.  dozen larger-than-life lighted scenes, into hypnotic Candy Cane Cobras. www.christmasinthegrove.net. Not to be outdone, many residential Fantasy In Lights remains unique in Another similar attraction is the Beyond these displays there are oththat its scenes are custom-designed es- neighborhoods get into the holiday Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights. ers too numerous to mention. If you spirit with homes all lit up. Now in my pecially for Callaway Gardens—to Featuring 8 million lights, this is not want more info please visit our site at only the South’s most spectacular holi- celebrate not only the joy of the season neighborhood we have trouble organizwww.thecurrenthub.com. ❍ but the wonder of nature in this idyllic ing a picnic, but these people know day light and sound show, it is one of By Spalding Negron






oils and has many monthly educational events. It also came as a shock to some that East Cobb/Roswell Chequers Seafood and Steaks closed. Out with the old and in with the new. Unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t Lots of openings and closings draw the customers as when they happened in East Cobb over the past were at the Perimeter location. In its year. The big news was the abrupt place, Sage Social Kitchen opened. closing of the Paper Mill Grill. Poof, Sage Social Kitchen is a combination one day it was gone. Next door, of Sage Woodfire Tavern and Spice Valenti’s also closed their doors. Both Brick Oven Kitchen. Let’s hope the of which will not re-open. Hearth neighborhood can help keep this Pizza Tavern is slated to go into the restaurant alive. Paper Mill Grill location early next Highland’s East Cobb couldn’t seem year. Rumor has it that Moxie Burger to get it together. The original owners is considering opening a new concept sold to a new group; under new manHailey Monette, Cherry on Top Delights Owner in the Valenti’s location… it remains agement they re-opened with new to be seen if this actually comes to Brixx’s closed their doors as well. No décor and menu. Several months fruition. word as to what will move in there. later, they closed for “remodeling” and The Avenue East Cobb had a few Much to the delight of many high name change. They have yet to open surprise closings as well. Cheeky’s school girls and moms, Sephora back up. closed. While some were sad about opened in the former American Eagle Due to internet and word of mouth this, the consensus was okay with it as location. Another nice addition is success, East Cobb mom Hailey it made room for Tin Lizzy’s to open. Olea Oliva which sells flavored olive Monette, opened Cherry on Top By Tricia Morris

they collect. Some travel the world to find one-of-a-kind items. Don’t forget to negotiate and ask for a better price awhile, come back. See what’s new. I By Lori Nelson when you spot that ideal item. It’s promise you, you’ll find more than expected and it’s fun, especially when t’s that time of year again. You presents. seller and buyer both win by making a need presents. Come to the Scott Do you need a decorative item? good deal. Antique Market; your one-stop What about something for your Are you looking for a toy from your shopping destination for holiday gifts, beloved pet? If the best milkshake in childhood? Old Books? What about mixed with fun and delicious food. the world won’t suffice, try a gyro, or a special linen or carpet, or tool, or that What if you’re not into antiques? fresh chicken salad. Ride the free airkitchen kitsch from grandma that you That’s like not going to the conditioned buses between buildings broke and want to replace? Do you supermarket because you don’t like all day long if you like. Whatever thing need new furniture? And then… there’s cheese! At the Scott Antique Market, you’ve always wanted is there… jewelry! The sparkly jewels are all over there is so much more than antiques! somewhere. You may need more than the place and these dealers have what The aisles are filled to the brim with one day to take it all in and that’s just you want! Why would you shop in a goodies galore! If you haven’t ever been fine, because for a five-dollar entry, you mall or little store when all this is availthere, you’re in for a treat. If it’s been can come back all weekend! Where able in one wonderful place? else could you go for five bucks and see Parking is free. There’s even a little so much and learn about what you shuttle cart to ride you to the door never noticed before, and find all that from your car. It’s safe inside, climatefun under one roof? (Well, really two controlled, clean, and bright; there’s an roofs, and an adjacent outdoor field electric excitement as you walk filled with extras and architectural through the doors and see all that gadgets, and it’s all there waiting for stuff! you to explore!) After the holidays, come back. New Dealers can offer great discounts dealers and different merchandise and they all enjoy talking about what make it a monthly destination. I

Delights, a cute little bakery located on Lower Roswell and Woodlawn. And speaking of word of mouth, Catfish Hox opened a couple months ago in the former spot Café 33. Rumor has it both of these places are top notch. The Internet is never wrong... right? Just opened this month is the Eggs Up Grill on Shallowford Road. As you can guess by the name, they’ll serve breakfast and lunch daily from 6 a.m.

The Super Target on Highway 92/Crossville Road in Roswell will close after the holiday season.




wouldn’t miss it. Bring family and friends, spend some time. If you buy something big, porters will help you load it into your vehicle. Enjoy yourself, you deserve it! And remember it’s not all about antiques. It’s about pleasure, passion, pretty things and of course, presents. For more info and directions visit www.scottantiquemarket.com. ❍

SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKET 404-361-2000 3650 & 3850 Jonesboro Road Atlanta, GA 30354 www.scottantiquemarket.com


Brine, in Avalon, will feature a walk-up window.

Alpharetta/Johns Creek Avalon is still hot and 2017 promises to be even hotter. Chef Marc Taft of Chicken and Egg in Marietta is opening a new seafood concept called Brine. Brine will be California style seafood featuring lobster rolls, fish stew, clam fritters, tuna poke, fresh oysters and fish tacos, all overseen by Taft. Brine will feature a rooftop deck with a Tiki bar and get this… they will also have a walk-up window where you can get food to go while you stroll around Avalon. Now that’s pretty cool. In downtown Alpharetta they guys who did Table and Main in Roswell are doing a new restaurant in the new Teasley Place development. They claim that it’ll be contemporary American fare with wood-fired classics and premium meats. The name is Coalition Food and Beverage and with their lineage, I have high hopes for this to be a winner. In other downtown Alpharetta news that new parking deck is not going up fast. Just a few months ago plans were coming along nicely but it will probably be 2017 until a spot is picked for the construction. At present they are contemplating two sites, one on Milton Avenue and the other on Old Roswell Street. There are studies being done on cost effectiveness on each location. As of press this was not on the council agenda for the month of December. ❍


to 2 p.m. The menu features eggs, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, French toast, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads with lower price points than the more popular established breakfast and lunch franchises. Actually headquartered out of South Carolina, there is currently a location in Alpharetta and more are to open in the metro area in the future. In Roswell, the city is seeking bids for the former Southern Skillet location. I know most folks in the area are wishing for a small footprint grocery store to be an anchor tenant. The city is actually putting that info out there in the notes to potential developers so let’s hope it happens. Also some shocking news is that the Super Target on Highway 92/Crossville Road in Roswell will be closing after the holiday season shopping is over. This is big news for folks in west Roswell and East Cobb area. That Target is an anchor tenant and there are lots of small businesses that surround it. Let’s hope it transitions into something successful and not an empty parking lot.



Atlanta Brings the Noise This Holiday Season


By Jessica Diamond

f all holiday traditions and customs, nothing evokes emotion, excitement, nostalgia, or anticipation quite like music. There are countless holiday songs, across every genre that bring people together and promote a sense of peace and goodwill. Don’t believe it? Ask how many families have used Saturday Night Live’s suggestion to play popular Adele songs whenever family discord breaks out. You can’t fight about politics and sing Adele at the same time. It’s not possible. Atlanta has become a major hub for great music over the years and as such is a wealth of musical treasures during the holiday season. From classic symphony to pop, blue grass, jazz, and beyond, there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re strolling down the street of your neighborhood or heading into the city for a night on the town, you will not be disappointed in your choices for entertainment this year.





TRIBUTE: A CELEBRATION OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Varnes will take guests on a narrative journey through the life of jazz titan Duke Ellington as well as his holiday album, which he arranged with Billy Strayhorn as a tribute and fresh interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s original music. Learn about the history of the jazz movement and Ellington’s influence as you enjoy some of his most popular work played by highly talented and devout fans. Watch as Varnes and his band weave a story with music and make you forget you’re not in the room with Ellington himself. Seating is limited and this show is sure to draw a lot of interest. Grab your tickets while you can at www.thevelvetnote.com. Don’t yet have plans for the dawn of the New Year? No problem! The Earl Continues on page 34 Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta has a plan that is sure to


Of course, when it comes to festive holiday music in the south, there is one group in particular that springs to mind. That’s right, it’s the Beach Boys. Isn’t that what you were thinking? Bring your holidays shore-side with The Beach Boys Christmas brought to you by The ATL Collective and the Roswell Cultural Arts Center as part of the popular LIVE! in Roswell concert series. This special one-time performanceon Dec. 17 will bring The Beach Boys Christmas Album to life with a tribute band (pictured on cover) to take the audience on a journey back to 1964 when this Christmas album dominated the charts. ATL Collective is an organization dedicated to recreating the immersive experience that came with playing vinyl records in their entirety in a personal, interactive way. “Discover your new favorite Atlanta artists while singing your old favorite songs,” ATL Collective cofounder Micah Dalton said. “A concert series dedicated to reliving the album front to back, ATL Collective emphasizes collaboration and a story in performance to magnify Atlanta’s cultural voice through music.” Tickets and details can be found at www.roswellgov.com. Residents and visitors alike may be surprised to know that one of the hottest spots for quality jazz music rests firmly rooted in the north metro suburb of Alpharetta. This intimate jazz room and bar is attracting big name talent as well as discerning fans from all over. As part of the Legends of Jazz series, the Justin Varnes Quartet will be paying tribute to Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite in honor of the holiday season. On Dec. 11, Mr.

impress. Bring the whole family for TRIBUTE: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band as their timeless music sets the stage for a happy and hopeful New Year. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and will carry on through the evening until 11:30 p.m. Afterwards, all of the guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the festivities and New Year’s countdown on the Historic Marietta Square. Tickets are available now at www.earlsmithstrand.org. Happy New Year! Music lovers across the genres will know and appreciate the raw power that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With a celebration of all types of music, this rock opera style performance has become a holiday staple in Atlanta. “The whole idea,” creator Paul O’Neill said, “was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before…





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way, way further.” The TSO has become one of the world’s most recognized and eagerly anticipated touring groups of the decade. This performance is one that reverberates through its audience and stays with them throughout the year. The TSO will touch down in Atlanta on the evening of Dec. 14 at the Infinite Energy Arena. The whole family is encouraged to attend, as it is likely to become a favorite holiday tradition across the generations. Tickets can be found at www.trans-siberian.com. What could be more romantic than a night at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra? Well, for starters, you can add the beauty of the holiday lights twinkling around the city. Then perhaps throw in a few acrobats, contortionists and highflying aerial

know that a portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to using entertainment and educational initiatives to inspire today’s youth and encourage them to pursue creative expression. Reviews from previous shows insist that the concert is one of the year’s best and the iHeartRadio DJs are particularly skilled party hosts. It is a guaranteed good time. www.ticketmaster.com/Power-961-Jingle-Ball-tickets. The holidays may be wonderful and magical, but they can certainly wear on you. From the overstayed welcome of relatives to the endless cooking, cleaning, and avoidance of potentially sensitive political views, we all need a good laugh. Live at the Fox on Dec. 13, Netflix will present the Here Comes the Funny Tour with Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Nick Swardson for your holiday outlet and viewing pleasure. As the writer and performer of the ever-evolving “Hanukah Song,” Sandler is no stranger to poking fun at holiday tradition and tension. This will be the perfect excuse to leave the kids with the grandparents and take a night out for yourselves as the show is recommended for mature audiences only. Of course, by that we can assume that the content will be delightfully immature, yet still inappropriate for children. Tickets are limited so be sure to find yours at www.foxtheatre.org. These are but a few examples of the immense

performers for good measure. An Atlanta favorite is returning in The Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular this year for three stellar performances over the course of two days. Enjoy the exceptional melodies of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as the music is brought to life in an expression of amazing acrobatics. Betty Cantrell, also known as Miss America 2016, will join the festivities and add her vocal prowess to an already stacked performance. Learn more and get your tickets for Dec. 20 & 21 at www.atlantasymphonyorchestra.org. Music festival lovers will be happy to know that talent that will be gracing the stages of our the ever-popular iHeartRadio Jingle Ball is return- area in the coming month. Check our ing this Dec. 16 to Philips Arena with an impressive site www.thecurrenthub.com for other lineup. Performers on the ticket include Ariana opportunities and hidden gems. Grande, Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, DNCE, Alessia Cara, Daya, and Lukas Have a wonderful Graham. As if it wasn’t appealing enough to dance ❍ your face off, Jingle Ball goers may be encouraged to

holiday season

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