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>>ARE YOU MAD?

6th Annual Lavender Festival

Mad Men Art Show

June 11

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The Mad Men Show is a celebration of the creativity of former Atlanta advertising professionals from the The 6th Annual Roswell Lavender Festival will return to the golden age of advertising. There are over 40 talented historic grounds of Barrington Hall on Saturday, June 11 ad men and women participating in this show. You will from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This free event features all things have the opportunity to meet the artists while viewing lavender. Festival goers will be greeted by the Lavender Queens and given a map of event. From there, explore the the exhibit. The show features paintings, watercolors, variety of lavender-inspired activities, including: Children’s pastels, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. All are activities, The Zen Zone, massage sessions, lavender beer available for purchase from a who’s who list of well made especially for this event by Roswell’s own Gate City known Atlanta Mad Men and Women. A percentage Brewing, lavender-inspired food and beverage selections, of sales benefit the Atlanta Ad Club’s Scholarship garden demonstrations and plant sales, 50+ arts, antiques Fund. On June 18 there is an opening reception at the and specialty vendor booths, live music from local artists Museum of Design Atlanta from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. with genres ranging from Americana to country to folk. 535 The museum is located at 1315 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. If a trip downtown doesn’t suit you then you can see the show Barrington Drive. Parking is available at Roswell locally at the Wild Hope Art Gallery in Alpharetta with an opening on June 19 from noon to 4p.m. The Wild Hope Art Gallery Presbyterian Church, with a trolley providing transportation is located at 8470 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Ste 120 in Alpharetta. Show hangs in gallery through June 29. between the parking lot and festival entrance.

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An Author Talk, Q & A, and Book Signing

June 30

On June 30, at 7:30 p.m., A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA (Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta) presents New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin, as she unveils her newest book, First Comes Love. The author event will take place at the MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody), with a Q & A and book signing following the program. The book launch and party will be in conversation with local media personality Mara Davis. Emily Giffin has been dubbed a “modern day Jane Austen” (Vanity Fair) and a “dependably down-to-earth storyteller” (New York Times). Her seven New York Times bestselling novels, all filled with endearingly flawed characters and emotional complexity, have resonated deeply with both critics and readers around the world, achieving bestseller status in a number of countries. Giffin resides with her husband and three young children in Atlanta. Her eighth novel, First Comes Love, will be released on June 28, 2016.

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River Race and Festival

June 11 Organized and presented by Chattahoochee River keeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service, and the city of Roswell, the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival is organized to celebrate the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves 3.5 million Georgians and 70% of metro Atlantans. The festival, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10am to 3pm, is FREE and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy LIVE music plus an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers market vendors.  For the kids there is a Frisbee dog demonstration, face painting, balloon artists and other familyfriendly activities. For more information visit www.chattahoochee.org. >>IT’S AN HONOR

Benefit Concert Pemberton Place

June 18 The usually sleepy center area between Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola will turn into a party on June 18, 2016 when Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform a benefit concert. The 12-member group will cover hits from yesterday and today starting at 8:30 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Lt. Dan Band concert will be split between Georgia Aquarium’s Veteran Immersion Program and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. All military, veterans and their family members are eligible to receive complimentary concert tickets, thanks to a generous grant provided by The Marcus Foundation and The Home Depot. Email militarysalute@georgiaaquarium.org for the coupon code. Tickets to the Lt. Dan Band Concert are on sale now at www.freshtix.com/events/ltdanbandconcert.


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June 11 & 24 Matilda’s Cottage in Alpharetta hosts a concert series with performances throughout the summer. In June they have several great chances to catch great music while enjoying the great weather. On June 11 they feature Swami Gone Bananas. Swami always said that the Grateful Dead were the best cover band ever, so when Jerry Garcia died in 1995, Swami put “Swami Gone Bananas” together to ‘cover’ them. The band has gone full circle since then, writing their own songs, becoming one of the South’s fine nightclub acts, and playing festivals all over the Southeast. Dead Affect will perform June 24. Dead Affect is a band of seasoned musicians from Atlanta that plays the music of the Grateful Dead… and they put their own “fingerprint” on it. Dead Affect formed following the Fare-Thee-Well tour in July of 2015, and have been creating a buzz in the local Grateful Dead community with their high-energy, dynamic shows ever since. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines is located at 377 South Main Street in Alpharetta. For more info visit www. matildasmusicvenue.com. >>NOT ALAN PARSON’S

The JT Project

Jun 24&25 The JT Project is a multitalented force of sound that brings forth a unique musical conceptualization in music called JT. Adventurous and bold, Jacob Webb (Keyboards/Bass) and Todd Schefflin (Saxophone), leaders of The JT Project, knew that it would take more than just a passing interest in music to become the creative force that they envisioned. Jacob commands each stroke on the keyboard to awaken the soul with a touch of fire, and Todd caresses the notes to life with every breath. You can see for yourself these guys live for yourself at The Velvet Note located at 4075 Old Milton Pkwy. in Alpharetta. >>HI TECH PLAYGROUND

Interactive Playground at Mall Of Georgia

Through July 31 It’s half art, half child’s play and it looks like 100 percent fun. TeamLab, a Japanese art collective recognized will have their work featured at Mall of Georgia May 14- July 31. The 3,761 square foot, interactive hi-tech playground, called teamlab Future Park will be located in the Village near The Cheesecake Factory and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and will feature multi-channel orchestrations using light, sound, video, digital sequences and virtualreality environments. Mall of Georgia’s teamLab Future Park installation is the first appearance of the installation on the east coast and will be available to visitors during select mall hours. Tickets to experience teamLab Future Park at Mall of Georgia are available onsite or online at bit.ly/MOG_teamLab.

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HOW ABOUT SOME SUMMERTIME MAGIC Contestants flip and don costumes for the Great City Race.

Fry Guy is the brainchild of Chef Andrew Long and Jobe Gruber. They serve crispy and delicious Belgian-style frittes with a myriad of delicious dipping sauces such as these Blue Cheese Fries, which will be available at the Atlanta Food Truck Festival. By Jessica Diamond

Summer at last! Every year, there seems to be more and more options for entertainment around Atlanta, and as the weather gets warmer, the parties get bigger. What’s more, the options are as diverse as the neighborhoods that produce them. With everything from gourmet food festivals to citywide scavenger hunts, there is absolutely no excuse to be bored this month. So get out there, become one with your sunscreen and enjoy the sunshine! Or the nightlife… or the dark air-conditioned theatre… whatever floats your boat, really, ’cause we’ve got options. There is nothing that exhibits the progress and economic growth of Atlanta quite like The Atlanta Beltline. This miles long path connects dozens of notoriously spread out neighborhoods and facilitates sustainable redevelopment projects that benefit local businesses as well as improving the quality of life for formerly car-bound Atlanta residents. This “yellow-brick road” of sorts allows for all manner of adventures. For those who like to pencil in a little time for adventure, clear your calendars for June 18 and grab a partner. The Great City Race is coming to The Atlanta Beltline for a scavenger hunt unlike any other. Teams of two, don creative costumes and “race” around the city finding clues and solving puzzles for the chance to win cash and prizes. Then, of course, join other scavengers for an after party on the Beltline. Learn more and register at www.greatcityrace.com. And get to work on those costumes! Creativity alone could win you up to $100 in gift cards. We’ve made some excellent cultural advancements in recent decades. One of my favorites, however, has to be the rise of the food truck. There are few things


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sweeter than spending a summer evening hopping from food truck to food truck and trying bits and bites of creatively inspired dishes from every food tradition in the world, many of them fused into one little to-go box. The Atlanta Street Food Festival is a rare opportunity to sample food from many of the best, most popular food trucks from around the southeast. For the fifth year, this food fest will bring top quality food, music and entertainment to Stone Mountain Park in an effort to raise funds and support for The Giving Kitchen. The Giving Kitchen is a non-profit fueled by the restaurant community, which provides much needed support to those among them who experience unanticipated hardship. This family friendly event is a must for residents and visitors alike, assuming you like delicious food and good music. If not, well, more for the rest of us! Set aside the weekend of June 11 and 12 for this gastroadventure and learn more at atlantastreetfoodfestival.com. Hurting for a beach vacation, but can’t get away? Relief is closer than you ever imagined. For one day each year, the city of Decatur will bring the beach Decatur brings the beach to you. to you, with their annual Beach Party, cocktail umbrellas and all. True, it may be a bit difficult to fish or surf at this particular beach. However, with 60 tons of sand, this beach comes with a readymade party and plenty of new friends. This celebration of summer will take place June 17 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta. Enjoy live music, fruity drinks, and dancing in the sand without ever having to leave Atlanta. Trade the hours and the car and shark sightings for a relaxing beach day right outside your door. What could be better? decaturdba.com/events/beach-party. No matter who you are or where you come from, everybody loves a good drag show. I mean, what’s not to love? The bright colors, the fabulous stage performances and the “don’t hate me ’cause you ain’t me” attitudes are magnetic. Some may claim to disapprove… but I’ve been to Rocky Horror Picture Show and I’ve seen those raised eyebrows transform into beaming smiles. There’s just something about the way a drag queen can own a stage like no other performer that draws in the crowds. This is what the East Point Possums learned in 1998 at a backyard 4th of July party. These four friends have grown their show, East Point Possum Show, into an annual tradition that raises tens of thousands of dollars for local Atlanta nonprofits. What’s more, it has moved out of the backyard and become one of the largest, most well attended drag shows in The East Point Possum Show promises a colorful time with the southeast. The Possums will perform yet again on June 11 with plenty of restroom facilities…no matter your identification. more than 20 acts and plenty of party to go around. This is a must do at least once in your life, if not as an annual tradition! Learn more at www.eastpointpossums.com and get ready to let loose! These recommendations are just a few of the many, many events going on in and around Atlanta this month. Don’t see anything you like? Check our site thecurrenthub.com for other event ideas or create your own event! Whatever you’re into, there’s bound to be a tribe for you, you special little snowflake. ❍


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HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS (HSA)

By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

Health Savings Accounts are far more common since health insurance premiums have increased substantially as a result of the Affordable Care Act. When used in conjunction with high deductible health insurance plans they can be a great way for people under age 65 to lower their tax bill, pay medical bills with pre-tax dollars, and possibly build up “savings” for future medical expenses. Here’s how it works. Owners of these plans are obligated to pay their own medical expenses out of pocket up to a pre-determined deductible annually. This means every doctor’s visit and lab test has a contracted rate with the insurance company. By paying for the expense from a Health Savings Account (HSA) you technically pay less because the amount contributed to the HSA is tax deductible. Most insurance plans have deductibles that are very close to the HSA contribution amounts, which means that people who are generally

healthy can contribute the maximum allowed annually while spending less than the deductible amount. The “savings” in the HSA accumulate over time and can be used for future medical expenses. In this way you can consider the HSA a “shadow IRA” or a supplemental retirement account. Since you’ll be paying your deductible out of pocket with your own money, it’s definitely in your best interest to be a good consumer of healthcare options. My recent experience getting an MRI was mind-boggling. The difference in cost between the first provider I called and the one I ended up choosing was $2,000, for the same procedure. That’s $2,000 that stayed in my HSA! When you’re paying the deductible out of your own pocket, it clearly pays to shop around. Here is some additional advice. If you spend less than the contributed amount ($6750 max family or $3350 single contribution) in a year, the excess or “savings” can be used in future years. Most HSA accounts

also offer investment options for dollar amounts in excess of cash requirements. Providers of HSA accounts vary; compare fees and investment options; choose low-cost mutual funds whenever possible. When all of these components are used wisely it is a powerful way to grow the account value over time. Also, there are specific rules on HSAs that relate to your age. To gain more info give us a call, we’re always happy to help. *Qualified Medical Expenses = doctor fees, hospital bills, lab tests, etc. including long term care premiums, prescriptions, dental and vision care, and Medicare A, B and D premiums. Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A6, 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. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.


Chattahoochee Nature Center has two concert series going on throughout the summer months. Joe Grandsen (right) performs June 12. By Jon Copsey

Roswell is increasingly the place to be for great, unique music OTP. Whether it’s the many restaurant bands on Canton Street or the symphonies at the Cultural Arts Center, Roswell’s music lovers don’t need to travel far to get their dancing and grooving fix. One oft-overlooked location is along the scenic banks of the Chattahoochee River—the Chattahoochee Nature Center. With two concert series going on throughout the summer months, the CNC is working to draw in an older crowd to accompany their already solid showing from families with young children. “We have a great selection of unique, eclectic bands who call Atlanta home,” said Lynn McIntyre, senior director of community relations with the CNC. “These great acts allow people to enjoy the music while also enjoying our great outdoor venues in a relaxed atmosphere.” The shows are held in the open-air pavilion beside a restive pond. Tables can be decorated and blankets spread out on the lawn, similar to a night at Chastain Park. And the food is always good, because it’s whatever you decide to bring. There is even a bar to buy drinks.

One of the concert series is “Sundays on the River.” Held on the second Sunday of each month, these concerts draw eclectic bands from the Atlanta area, such as the GSU Jazz Ensemble and Angela Reign. The Sundays on the River concerts require tickets to attend. This month, June, is the crooning of Joe Gransden and his Jazz Quintet. This popular jazz group performs music that ranges from classic Frank Sinatra tunes to the music of Georgia’s own Johnny Mercer. Following him is Bob Bakert and Friends in July. The other series of concerts at the CNC is “Sunset Sips.” Sunset Sips wants to bring you the evening hours at the CNC with a side of sunset. It is a laid-back, family-friendly event and the grounds are open for visitors to explore. These shows are held on the fourth Thursday of the month and feature plenty of local talent in a similar setting. Shows are free with the cost of admission to the CNC. It features such local acts as Crooked Wits (June 23), “an acoustic cover band playing everything from bluegrass to blues, Dylan to the Dead,” and Garrett Douglas (July 14), who delivers original songs and covers of all kinds, from Hall & Oates to The White Stripes. For concerts and more information, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. ❍

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By Kirsten Ricci The Coleman Preserve development has created a large retaining wall near Colemna Rd. and Hwy 120 in Roswell.

And we have a name! The new elementary school in Roswell on Alpharetta Hwy., which has been the temporary home to Esther Jackson Elementary for the 2015-16 school year, has officially been named Vickery Mill Elementary. It will open for its newly zoned district this fall. The teachers and students of Esther Jackson are preparing to move into their brand new state-of-the-art building in East Roswell. Fulton County Schools has done a great job with both buildings and surrounding homes are increasing in value already. This new school has been sorely needed and with increased home values it is truly a win-win for us all. The Roswell City Council recently vetoed a newly proposed development along the Coleman Road area. The proposal would have rezoned a single-family estate lot to be developed into a subdivision of 8 homes in the $750,000 price range. Local residents strongly opposed this proposal. Coleman Road appears to be ground zero for development. There are large tracts of land, and with the close proximity to Hwy. 120 and Downtown Roswell, developers see opportunity. Neighbors in the area want to protect the character of existing neighborhoods and are not pleased with the Coleman Preserve project currently underway—most notably the unsightly great wall of Roswell, and increased traffic congestions.

Vickers Village at the end of Canton Street in Roswell, formerly home to Vickers Auto Repair, has seen some movement; development is beginning. The building permits have been submitted with ground breaking and shovels in the ground expected in 8 to 12 weeks. Another roadway improvement project to be completed within the next 18 months is going to transform Roswell in a really great way. A new roundabout will be added to the Chaffin and Hardscrabble Roads intersection where there is currently a signal. In addition, this complete street project will provide a 10-foot multi-use path, 4-foot bicycle lanes, and a 5-foot sidewalk along the Hardscrabble Road corridor from the Roswell High School entrance to the entrance of Sweet Apple Elementary School. This area and the residents that live along this section will benefit greatly. This will be another connection of community, added walkability, and desirability for homes in the vicinity. All of these are great selling points to new buyers. Also, big news for Alpharetta. There is a proposal being reviewed for a new Luxury hotel, Aloft, to be built at the intersection of NorthPoint and Mansell this would be a great location for an upscale hotel, stay tuned for additional updates. 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 678472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net. Her site is www.klrgrouprealestate.com.

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THE BAR IS RAISED IN NEW THEATRE SEASON Georgia Ensemble Theatre announces 2016-2017 lineup of plays. By Fred Mills

Georgia Ensemble Theatre has announced a bold lineup of plays for the Company’s 24th season of professional theatre. Following an extraordinarily successful recordbreaking year, the bar has been set high for GET as programming continues to grow and expand. The 2016-2017 season will take a journey through love, death, time, foreign lands, freedom fights, and even back to 1956 Memphis. With musicals, comedy, drama, and a world premiere, GET will once again offer an entertaining, enlightening, and illuminating variety of theatre for the north metro area. GET’s Artistic Director Robert J. Farley says of the coming season: “I can truly think of no more appropriate word to describe the theme of this season than ‘Wanderlust.’  I Robert J. Farley invite young and the young at heart to join us on this eclectic and wild journey which will span the globe with tales that are sure to challenge and delight Atlanta theatre goers.” Georgia Ensemble Theatre, which resides in the beautiful Roswell Cultural Arts Center, is the artistic home to more than 2500 subscribers, as well as dedicated individual ticket buyers, theatre students, artists and educators who frequent the Roswell-based company throughout the year.  The new season will mark the first full performance year with a brand

Jennifer Alice Acker and Jonathan Horne starred in Romeo and Juliet from the 2015-16 season, which is concluding. Photo by GMooney.com

new acoustical renovation in place. Updated sound panels throughout the RCAC performance hall radically impact the auditory experience. A state of the art assisted listening system is also included in the project and will be completed later in 2016. The difference is noticeable, with audience members from recent performances and concerts noting the improved acoustics. The 2016-2017 Mainstage Season includes; Ghost The Musical, Sept. 15 to Oct. 2; On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning, Nov. 3 to 20; Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance is Required, Jan. 5 to 22, 2017; Having Our Say, the Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, Feb. 16 to Mar. 5, 2017; and Million Dollar Quartet, wraps up the season from April 6 to 23, 2017. For more information, visit www.get.org. ❍


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HOLISTIC CARE IS AT THE CORE OF THE GEORGIAN LAKESIDE As a matter of fact, it’s why we’re here. residents in the community by using Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medication Administration Records. These systems provide the care staff with detailed schedules, instructions, and documentation for the care of every resident which in turn increases safety when providing assistance with activities of daily living and medications. We have also taken special measures in choosing and training our Care Staff. We only hire the most qualified State Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), and Licensed Practical Nurses to assist in implementing each Resident’s Plan of Care which is designed by our RN – Director of Health and Wellness. You can be sure that these are committed professionals who show compassion and integrity in everything that they do to meet the needs of the residents that Shantel Dennis, Health and Wellness Director at we serve. Georgian Lakeside. Our holistic programming will offer many different ways to meet our Every resident receives residents’ needs. Some activities individualized care based on their include strength training and exercise needs when they move in. As their needs change, so does the level of care programs with senior-safe equipment, which increase stability and promote we provide. Our all-inclusive pricing eliminates the worry of increasing fees overall health. We use the latest which may cause families added stress technology available to engage our resiwhen trying to budget and manage in- dent and help them meet and maintain their optimum health goals. dividual finances overtime. Unlike Shantel Dennis states that “This most communities, we don’t charge Care Model makes life fun and more to care more. This is one thing enhances overall health wellness by that makes us unique. allowing each individual resident the The care at The Georgian Lakeside opportunity to thrive and grow while is directed by Shantel Dennis, our Health and Wellness Director. Shantel sharing good times with friends.” This has a Bachelor Degree as a Registered is what you can expect from the Georgian Lakeside. Nurse with a Gerontology focus. She To learn more about Georgian offers 20+ years of experience working Lakeside, located at 1070 with the Geriatric and memory care Hardscrabble Rd. in Roswell, please population. visit their website at Our community utilizes Advanced Care Systems which help to provide  ac- www.georgianlakeside.com. ❍ PAID PROMOTION curate and accountable care to the

The Georgian Lakeside offers a Holistic Care Model with the focus on providing an environment where each individual resident is able to thrive. Our approach to care involves meeting the physiological, psychological, and spiritual needs of each individual resident.


Just like his songs, Edwin’s boats all have a story to tell; about the people who built them, and the families who take them home.

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Boat restorer and singer/songwriter Edwin McCain will perform on June 11 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

MUSIC SCENE By Fred Mills

Singer-songwriter Edwin McCain will close out the 2015-2016 LIVE! In Roswell season with a performance at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Sat., June 11 at 8 p.m. Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless performer. His hit songs, authentic spirit and affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for shows that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. McCain has recorded two of the most enduring love songs in the history of pop music—“I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More,” which are discovered by millions of new listeners every year as “American Idol” and “The Voice” contestants turn to Edwin’s ballads to help them win over judges and fans alike. Earlier this year, McCain suddenly found himself with a whole new crop of fans when his Flipping Ships television show debuted on Animal Planet. Flipping Ships took him from the chart tops to the boat shop—his very own Boats Have Souls, a restoration outfit dedicated to bringing life back to

vessels and customizing them to perfectly fit their new owners. “We started the business to put good boats into good families’ hands by restoring them in ways that might otherwise be financially out of reach,” Edwin explains. The blood, sweat and the occasional tear that he poured into his renovations while rehabbed boats found new life and new owners, including a few non-profit organizations in his home state of South Carolina, fascinated viewers. Just like his songs, Edwin’s boats all have a story to tell; about the people who built them, and the families who take them home. But his heart remains on the road. Once the Flipping Ships season ended, Edwin picked up his guitar once again and returned to the stage. Whenever he can, he likes to drop by favorite club haunts, a comfortable return to his early days that delights both his fans and himself. “The 15-year-old me would have crawled through a river of fire to be the 41-year-old singer/songwriter that I am today, and I remember that. I am incredibly grateful to be able to do this.” Ticket prices are $40/orchestra level and $35/balcony level and may be purchased at www.roswellcac.com. ❍

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WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL, AND HOW I CAN PROVE IT! By Beth Nitschke

I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard some version of the sun bathing urban legend from the ’80s, about the unwise teenage girl who used Crisco shortening to accelerate her tan, on a tar roof, and sustained third-degree burns all over her body. First of all, I hope to God that this is indeed an urban legend. Secondly, I and my mother before me, used Hawaiian Tropic sun-tanning oil, oblivious to the dangers of sun exposure. Mom even has this great story of going to Myrtle Beach with her sister-in-law’s family and putting on baby oil to attain her golden glow. That actually did result in a sunburn. Duh. And my sweet great-grandmother told her the secret remedy for relief was soaking in a bath with vinegar added to the water. (Also ideal for balancing the body’s flora FYI, but I digress.) The only time I ever severely burned was at the beach, and though I’m neither a climatologist nor an official meteorologist, I understand that burning is due to one’s location on our planet Earth in relation to the intensity of the sun’s rays. However, as a kid, I could swim for hours with what I can only assume was non-waterproof Coppertone (even the name!) which I’m pretty sure didn’t even have a scientifically applied sun protectant factor in the 1970s and ’80s, carelessly applied, and come away with nothing but a few freckles. As a teenager, I would lay in the sun for an hour, slathered in something Bain du Soleil called “tanning accelerator,” and end with nothing but a sweaty mess. Both situations prove the sun wasn’t penetrating the ozone the way it does now. These days, I can’t even get a 30minute run in, in springtime, and not come away with crazy tan lines from

my jogging top. And, no, it has nothing to do with the fact that my skin is aging and losing its resilience. Really. Now, thanks to all of the comfortable and sexy work-out clothes offered up from sources such as Athleta and Fabletics, (thank you Kate Hudson, for my latest fashion addiction), I’m faced with the fact that I will have weird tan lines forevermore, and shall never wear a strapless dress again. The truth is, I’ve never been much of an ecologist. I mean, of course I recycle, but “climate change” just sounded like buzz words to me. But I bet with all the medical knowledge we have now about sun damage, it may even be considered

child abuse to not cover our kids from head to toe in SPF 100, which, in my family, is called liquid midnight. ❍ Beth Nitschke is a native of the Roswell area. She is a mother of three, a home school mom, and a writer. She lives with her kids and their family dog in East Cobb. Beth Nitschke is a native of the Roswell area. She is a mother of three, a home school mom, and a writer. She lives with her kids and their family dog in East Cobb.


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presented by WellStar North Fulton Hospital

MEN ON THE MOON A call to action for men’s hearts and health By Debbie Keel, President, WellStar North Fulton Hospital

The men in my family are space enthusiasts. Three generations of testosterone can’t get enough of shows with great names like “Space Food” and “Dark Matter” on Discovery, Science and Syfy channels. Unfortunately, they’re also lost in space when it comes to their health. In the spirit of science fiction and Men’s Health Month, I could write a new show called Men on the Moon. Like many of their peers, the men in my life aren’t too worried about being careful, let alone taking a proactive stance with their health. Regardless of age, they are equally unconcerned about falling off a bike while riding too fast and eating too much fat. But we need the men in our lives to be proactive. With glaring statistics that place heart disease as the leading cause of death for men in the U.S., our carefree space cadets should come back down to earth when it comes to their health. (By the way, both sexes can benefit from making healthier choices: heart disease is also the leading cause of death for women.) If you haven’t already talked to your primary care physician at WellStar about heart health, don’t wait another light year Let’s all be proactive about where we are with our health, look at our risks and see what we can do to improve our outlook. In my family, that means women need to encourage our husbands and sons to take care of themselves. Maybe that’s the case in your family too. Fortunately for our community, the care team at WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers world-class healthcare when it comes to your heart. We’re prepared to diagnose and treat heart attacks and heart conditions quickly and accurately, evidenced by our accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the prestigious Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. And as part of Men’s Health Month, we want you know that chest pain isn’t the only sign of a heart attack. A simple tingling or tightness in the chest—anything that’s off or doesn’t feel right—should be enough of a signal to get help immediately. Some men put it off too long and don’t get a second chance. I encourage each man in my life to get his head out of the clouds and come back to earth long enough to make a doctor’s appointment, exercise and make healthy food choices more frequently. These guys are so important to me, and I want to make sure they can watch their favorite sci-fi shows for many years to come. I hope you’ll join me and encourage the men (and women!) in your life to do the same. ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar June – August 2016 SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. The group does not meet June – August but will resume on Sept. 20, 2016. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information

Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday 7/13, 10 a.m. to noon. A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.

Epilepsy Support Group The third Wednesday of every month, 79 p.m. Classroom A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Educational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Stroke Support Group Fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. North Fulton Hospital; ACE Dayroom Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at 770-751-263 1 or Keisha.Carter@tenethealth.com.

Gamblers Anonymous Every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classroom C Anyone interested in stopping gambling is invited to attend this 12step program. Anonymity is the foundation of fellowship in this group. For more information please call David at 770-862-2564.

Breast Cancer Support Group

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR*

First Thursday of every month 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Saturday 7/30 and 8/13. CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35. Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45.

Lupus Support Group

Saturday 6/11, 7/9, and 8/13. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at NFH to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD at 404-527-7180 to register.

Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. –1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more info: 404-626-2394 or lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com..

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Every Fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.– 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.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION Babysitting Workshop Saturday 6/4, 7/23, and 8/20, 10 a.m–3 p.m. Teaches children ages 11 –14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30. SPECIAL EVENT

Free CPR Training* Saturday June 11, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Free CPR class for those who want to learn the basics of CPR but who do not need a certification. Obstructive airway will also be discussed. Registration is required. Please call 770-751-2660.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Water Birth Thursdays 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, and 8/25, at 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required.

Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The tour lasts about one hour.

Please call 770-751-2660 or visit www.nfultonhospital.com for more info and to register for classes. SPECIAL EVENT

Free Skin Cancer Screening Aug 18 Appts start at 5:30 p.m. Thurs. Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Do you have a suspicious looking spot on your body? Have it checked out by a dermatologist. Free, Registration is required *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.


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Q A with Dr. Andrew Pugliese Dr. Andrew Pugliese is a double boards certified physician in Infectious Disease and Sleep Medicine. He uses his intricate knowledge of chronic diseases and sleep disorders to solve difficult cases and partners with the wound care team to create a multidisciplinary practice within WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He is endlessly curious about the interconnectivity of such issues and what that could mean for preventative medicine and overall health. He keeps a blog with his findings at www.sinusitisblog.com.

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Originally, I’m from the Bronx. Dr. Belinda Marcus (Wound Care & Hyperbarics) was instrumental in bringing me here. We’ve worked on many difficult cases together over the years. We thought if we could combine infections disease with wound care, it would be advantageous for the patient. A one-stop shop, if you will. We can treat everything together in one place rather than forcing the patient to transfer to different facilities and paying more. Many of my infectious disease colleagues look at the wound care treatments as a necessary nuisance. But over the years, I’ve seen the benefits of including wound care. If you can combine the knowledge of different organisms along with patient history, it can be very beneficial. All of these things can occur at a moments notice with wounds. Dr. Marcus and I truly believe in the multidisciplinary approach with chronic wounds. We are also able to come up with alternatives to improve outcome together. More heads are better than one, right?

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exercise physiology and whatnot before that.

literally took a step back because he was about 50 lbs underweight. A Santa. Interestingly, coming out of college, I I was scratching my head. There had to WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE TO was very interested in cardiac rehab be more going on. He had anemia, SPECIALIZE IN INFECTIOUS and things like that. I was working as some renal insufficiency, and low DISEASES? the assistant director for the cardio platelets. And his wife was a nurse Initially, in residency, I wanted to do fitness program at the New York practitioner. If I didn’t know better, I’d athletic club. One of the biggest issues cardio. One night, trying to put a pace- have thought he had infection of the was the middle age executives having maker in an 80-yr-old woman, I just heart valve. All the blood cultures had heart attacks and coronary issues. We realized it wasn’t for me. I developed a come back negative, along with other knack for figuring out antibiotic realized cardio fitness was very tests. But I felt strongly that it was important, and it was coming into its regimens and the attendings started endocarditis. His wife thought so, too. calling me for advice instead of the own around then. This was in the We began a regimen of antibiotics and infectious disease consultant. I like the his transition was amazing. Eight 80s. I was dealing with many execs who had chronic medical problems detective work and being creative and weeks later, his weight was way up, his and trying to get them into exercise. this idea allows for a lot of that. blood was corrected, he felt better and One of my diabetic patients became he was Santa again. WHAT IS ONE OF THE MORE hypoglycemic during exercise. He MEMORABLE OR UNUSUAL CASES WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT didn’t understand why. I explained YOU’VE SEEN? WORK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? his sensitivity to insulin was changing There was one case where a guy came I do a lot of work with patients with with the exercise. I called that guy’s doctor and explained that to him too. in who was a professional Santa Claus. chronic sinus infections and the like. He was referred to me because he had They’ve been to multiple specialists He told me “Kid, you need to go to a horrible sinus infection. They had to and had surgeries and are really suffermed school.” And so I did. And the more I did the more I wanted to do. I stop his surgery due to bad bleeding ing. We have a great success rate when was more exercise, corporate fitness, from the infection. When I met him, I it comes to looking for underlying risk factors and finding the root of the problem. Most ENTs and general practitioners don’t look into all that stuff. I’d say that’s 50% of my caseload. They need more medical management than surgical. Also, we see other things like wound care, obviously, I’m very involved with that because of the collaborative program with the infected wounds. HIV is a significant part of my work. I did a program seven months ago entitled “HIV in the 21st Century.” The challenges today are different than when we started 30 years ago. We have new challenges now that we hadn’t considered back then. We have patients on successful drug regimens and they are living longer, but we are now learning about longterm consequences of these things, and of the virus itself. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO MEDICINE?

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WHERE DID YOU ATTEND SCHOOL?

I attended Manhattan College for undergrad, New York Medical College for grad school, and then St. George’s University for the medical degree.

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Dr. Puglies writes a blog at sinusitusblog.com.

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Twelve years ago, I took a course to become a mountain climbing guide. I couldn’t get certified because something like 60% of your income had to come from that. I’d have to be some kind of park service mountain guide. But I do love the outdoors.

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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAIT AN INFECTION DISEASE CONSULTANT CAN HAVE?

Listen. Listen with your eyes and look with your ears. Sometimes a patient is telling you something, but you have to read their body language and their facial expression. Sometimes what a patient says doesn’t equate with how they really feel or what they want.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? I enjoy working

out. I’m getting back into backpacking now. I’m making a conscious effort to join my two sons with rock climbing. I taught them both how, now they’re phenomenal at it and I’m catching up. I also like skeet shooting. ❍

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SUMMER HEALTH PLANS FOR MEN For many American men, the idea of making lifestyle changes to improve overall health can seem daunting. This is particularly true during BBQ season when everyone just wants to kick back and enjoy some summertime indulgences, like poolside burgers and beer. However, with issues such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and type II diabetes still topping the list of risks to men’s health, it is more important than ever to make the little adjustments that can facilitate positive, longlasting change. “A sedentary lifestyle is one of many primary risk factors for atherosclerosis, which can lead to cardiovascular disease,” said Adam Mellis, M.D., of Georgia Urology said. “A low level of cardio respiratory fitness has been associated with a markedly increased risk of premature death from all causes and specifically from cardiovascular disease.” The best thing men can do for overall health is to get moving. Long periods of sitting can contribute to a large number of potential health problems. Regular, intentional movements and exercise improve function, help with weight management, lower

The best thing men can do for overall health is to get moving.

harmful cholesterol levels and reduce stress. “It is important for men to find time for themselves and to find methods that work for them to decrease their stress levels,” Dr. Mellis said. “Every individual is different in how they cope with stress. Either way, stress can be very detrimental for your health. During your lunch break, avoid sitting and take a 10-20 minute walk. If your job requires you to be sedentary most of the day, stand up and perform some exercises in the office. Stretching can help release a lot of the tension and the key is to get blood flowing throughout your body.” Aside from exercise, the other key to men’s health is a good, nutrient rich diet. Foods high in fat, sugar and salt suppress the immune system and raise blood pressure, leading to a wide array of health problems. By substituting fatty foods with their leaner alternatives, such as swapping beef burgers for turkey burgers, and adjusting portion sizes, men can enjoy food without sacrificing all of

the flavors they love. “Focus on foods rich in antioxidants,” Dr. Mellis suggests. “Avoid foods with high saturated and trans fats. Add lots of fruits and vegetables. You want to be sure you are eating foods that are fulfilling the macro and micro vitamins your body needs. Also, stay hydrated and avoid an excess amount of alcohol and caffeine.” It can be helpful for men to work with their doctors to create a wellness plan for sustainable health practices. The doctor will be able to take personal and family history into account when designing a health, fitness and screenings plan. “Try and get at least seven hours of sleep per night,” Dr. Mellis recommends. “Stay hydrated and make time to exercise. Pick a sport or hobby that you enjoy to get you moving.” To find a WellStar physician near you, visit www.wellstar.org or call 770956-STAR (7827). ❍

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treatment for chronic Hep C. It’s revolutionized everything. The other most important aspect is biofilm, which is a much more complex entity than we originally assumed. We thought it was just a protective substance, but it is much more complex and multiple organisms could be involved. As we push the envelope and as people live longer with these diseases, their conditions become more complex. It changes how we look at chronic infections. Something to think about – the antibiotic era is about 60 years, right? Most bacteria can double in 30 minutes. You’re talking about something like that and putting pressure on them with antibiotics. How many genetic mutations have we created in that time? The bacteria have learned from the selective pressure how to survive… we’re creating a new species practically. What does this say? If we could do a better job of prevention and reduce the obesity and diabetes epidemic, a lot of this stuff corrects itself. That’s how we have to look at the future of medicine.


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WELLSTAR NORTH FULTON IS WORKING TOWARD CHEST PAIN CERTIFICATION At WellStar North Fulton Hospital we have partnered with the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), which is part of the American College of Cardiology, and are in the process of becoming a certified Chest Pain Center. The SCPC has taken the guidelines of best practices from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to develop a program that provides the support needed by healthcare providers to bridge gaps in patient treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary, to successfully navigate the changing face of health care and provide optimal care for patients. Accreditation brings together diverse medical specialties, such as EMS, ER, cardiology, doctors, nurses, clinicians, and administrators. It improves patient outcomes by guiding the early assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Acute Coronary Symptoms (ACS) with EMS and continuing past discharge. Hospitals that go through the accreditation process achieve a higher level of expertise when dealing patients with ACS symptoms.

The Benefits of accreditation:

◗ Associated with better performance of core measures for the ACS patient ◗ Improves quality outcomes ◗ Timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment ◗ Appropriate placement of patients based on clinical presentation and initial response to treatment ◗ Reduces missed MIs using consistent approaches to risk stratification based on research and best practices. ◗ Strengthens relationships and integrates processes with EMS thus reducing Door-to-Balloon times ◗ Streamlines departmental processes and creates a team approach to treatment ◗ Helps facilities identify gaps, measure results, and revise current processes ◗ Collects data to help define areas that are in need of process improvement and ensures that processes meet clinical goals. ◗ Decreases length of stay and improves the bottom line

What has been changed already:

◗ New chest pain / ACS patient flowcharts that have streamlined the process of patient care from door to discharge. ◗ Ability to allow the EMS to notify the ED of a STEMI and activate the STEMI call team. ◗ The ability to go directly from EMS to the cath lab without having to stop in the ED. ◗ Reduction of Door to balloon time to an average of 60 minutes which in turn has reduced First medical contact to reperfusion from >90 minutes to an average of 82 minutes ◗ Communication sheet to provide EMS feedback on STEMI’s that are transported to North Fulton Hospital These are just some of the changes that have happened and that are to be made and we are just beginning the process.

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By David Martin

If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans currently suffering from vein disease, you may be under the mistaken impression that the problem is harmless and cosmetic in nature, and that treatment is medically unnecessary. We recently sat down with Dr. Darrell Caudill, Vein Specialist, and Medical Director of VeinInnovations to get the real story on vein disease: its causes, effects, and potential dangers. According to Dr. Caudill, vein disease is really a spectrum of issues that can occur within either the deep or superficial venous systems, and can occur with varying severity. Today we are focused on the superficial system, and the problem known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI is perhaps the most common of the venous ailments, and is a problem most often heralded by the symptoms of leg fatigue or heaviness, swelling of the legs or ankles, restless leg type symptoms, or the very common and best known symptom: visible varicose veins. These symptoms, while generally appearing later in life can in fact occur at virtually any age, and seeing them following some sort of injury to the leg is not unusual. These issues are actually caused by the failure of small, delicate valves within the veins that help direct the blood flow. When these valves fail, the blood can (and often does) flow in the wrong direction and this misdirected LEFT UNTREATED, bloodflow causes AS MANY AS 10% the symptoms OF PATIENTS WILL mentioned above. DEVELOP A We then asked CHRONIC Dr. Caudill why THICKENING AND this should be a DISCOLORATION problem. He OF THE SKIN OF responded that left THE ANKLES AND untreated, as many LOWER LEGS as 10% of patients KNOWN AS STASIS will develop a DERMATITIS. chronic thickening and discoloration of the skin of the ankles and lower legs known as stasis dermatitis. In addition to being uncom-

Dr. Darrell Caudill, Vein Specialist

fortable and unsightly, this condition can progress to venous stasis ulceration, a potentially dangerous situation in which open sores appear on the leg. These can be very difficult to treat, can become infected, and in the most severe cases can become lifethreatening, particularly in patients who have other compromising diseases such as diabetes. Other potential issues from untreated CVI may include bleeding from the high pressure varicose veins, superficial thrombophlebitis (or painful hardening and swelling) of the affected veins, and an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, which is spontaneous formation of blood clots in the deeper veins. This last issue claims the lives of some 300,000 Americans annually. So, those varicose veins you might think are nothing more than a minor bother could lead to serious, even lifethreatening consequences if left untreated. For that reason Dr. Caudill urges people with any of the symptoms we have discussed today seek evaluation with a qualified Vein Specialist. Treatments today are effective, relatively pain free, and can be done in the office with no downtime. ❍ PAID PROMOTION

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THIS WAS ONE VACANZE PAZZO! By Di Chapman

Medieval castles, suspicious accidents, cobblestone streets in the night, bizarre activities after dark, and screams throughout the streets as taxis, like bulls, charge to maim their next victims. What have we here? A tale of horror? Paranormal phenomena? No, just my recent vacation. When our Italian holiday arrived, we were so excited. Who wouldn’t be? Wardrobe planning had been a two-day whirlwind, including consulting with a girlfriend the day before we left. Shoes? Check. Skinny jeans? Check. Leggings and sweaters? Check. I felt like a champion packer. However, it became clear that I would need a second suitcase. Nooooo!! I had left the “your first bag is free” zone and entered the dreaded “every bag thereafter is $25” arena. And doggone it, wouldn’t you know, I almost needed a third? No way. I sat on those

Customs went rapidly and we were on our way. “Is that the hotel?” We asked the taxi driver on approach. We looked around. There in the midst of a warehouse graveyard (that we figured contained blown-out remnants from WWII), train tracks and two freeways, stood our “beautiful hotel in Milan.” It was an admittedly cheery Euro-chic hotel, only miles from downtown Milan. Nonetheless, we were up for exploration. The Duomo, a huge ornate cathedral, is the showcase of Milan, and is featured in all promotional literature for the city. Our hosts suggested we take their free Taxies in Milan are a bit like being in a video game! shuttle into town. Awesome! We hopped in and two babies pulling at zippers until the last possible began a white-knuckle ride through the suburbs. minute. My husband has never understood my need “White knuckling” became the theme for our taxi and for packing overkill. I honestly don’t understand it, eishuttle rides. ther. Thus began our bizarre trip to Milan. In a deserted lot in front of a creepy door, the shutWe felt no jet lag, just excitement, as we arrived. tle driver cheerfully stated: “Here. The subway.” Sure, my husband had flown business class and The subway? What were we going to do in a napped to his heart’s desire in between courses of subway? “Just go to the stop that says Duomo,” the food. As a tag-along to his business trip, I flew driver stated. We were clueless in the dark empty uneconomy. Enough said.

PETS AND HEALTHY AGING

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t St. George Village, we recognize that pets are family members and welcome them into our community!

Research shows that interactions between humans and animals can provide important physical, emotional and psychological benefits. In fact, a number of studies have shown that seniors who interact with pets actually go to the doctor less with minor health issues, and additional research has shown that interacting with animals can help people decrease their cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke. Plus, the companionship that pets provide motivates older adults to be more involved in daily activities and encourages socializing. We believe that pets can play an important role in healthy aging by: • Helping you find meaning and joy in life. As you age, you’ll lose things that previously occupied your time and gave your life purpose. Caring for a pet can bring pleasure and help boost your morale,

optimism and sense of self-worth. • Helping you stay connected. Maintaining a social network isn’t always easy as you grow older. Pets are a great way for older adults to spark up conversations and meet new people. • Boosting vitality. Pets encourage playfulness, laughter, and exercise, which can help boost your immune system and increase your energy. • Additionally, pets can play an especially important role in improving the lives of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, many of whom may exhibit a variety of behavioral problems related to an inability to deal with stress. They also can help ease the stress of caregivers. If you’re a pet owner, we know your furry family Lorna and Len Tomaszewski say their long-haired Dachshund, Toby, member will play an important role in selecting brings fun, companionship and love not only to their own lives, but also to the retirement community that’s right for you. other residents at St. George Village. Come see how pets are an integral part of daily life at St. George Village. Call us at 678-987-0402 for more information or to schedule a tour. St. George Village We’re online, too! See more details about our 11350 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 community, lifestyle and residents on our website, 678-987-0402 www.stgeorgevillage.com, like our Facebook page stgeorgevillage.com and follow us on Pinterest. ❍


me, much like the character of fragile Eleanor in 23 “The Haunting.” Well, maybe not. Fragile is a word I’m quite certain has never been used to describe me. With pain in every step and a stiff upper lip, I insisted we see Michelangelo’s last work, the “Rondanini Pieta,” while we were at the castle. It was left unfinished when he died. It was worth the pain to see it. One more death-defying cab ride later, we put my now completely blue-colored and bloated foot up high to ice and to rest it. It needed medical attention. A Disney-ish “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” dropped us at the entrance to a nearby hospital emergency room. Now, that was a trip. They took insurance. Cool. Duomo di Milano is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Five hours later, with cast and crutches, we began constant sound of trains on the tracks. Oh, boy. part 2 of our Italian vacation. I powered through the Day two of our visit brought another tire-smoking cobblestone lanes along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande cab ride downtown. We stumbled upon the Castello historic canal for a night out. It was worth it. I Sforzesco, a perfect example of a medieval castle attempted the distance between a shuttle drop-off at with a slammingly impressive ex-moat, now the Garibaldi station to Corso Garibaldi, a boulevard inhabited by cats and kittens sunbathing; soaring known for its amazing selection of restaurants. I stone walls; and a spacious courtyard. bombed. Over 45 minutes straight of “crutchWe roamed through the museum showing the hiswalking” toasted my arms. But, I got to see young tory of the medieval age and the castle, with its Italian males busting their street dancing moves. sculptured art and tomb adornments. Engrossed in Perhaps I’m strange. I’m cool with vacations run the collection, I heard suddenly, “Sweetheart watch amuck. Experiences are part of what makes me tick. out!” I spun around toward my husband and, in midAnd boy, I’m tickin’ from this vacanze pazzo, which air, saw the stone steps below me. I broke my fall means crazy vacation in Italian. ❍ with my right foot. Yikes. I believe the castle wanted JUNE 2016 THECURRENTHUB.COM

derground. I expected to be murdered by a serial killer at any moment. Once an attendant helped us with the ticketing machine, my husband took charge. We bumped, swerved, and held on, and stepped out at the enormous Duomo cathedral, with a Times Squareish vibe all around. A 50-foot flashing Samsung phone commercial hung on one side of the cathedral, with other advertising all over its sweeping spires. Pigeons flapped wildly. It felt as though we had entered Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” There was more at the Duomo. Music pulsated, shops of the rich and famous surrounded the cathedral, cigarette smoking clouded the air. It was a circus. We grabbed a cab. Cab rides in Milan are more terrifying than any rollercoaster known to man. We dug for our seatbelts as the driver lurched forward. He drove on trolley tracks, grassy knolls, and curbs, passing cars, scooters, and guys talking on their cell phones while they bicycled. If you’ve got an inch in Milan, you drive through it. We hurled down narrow streets at 50 miles an hour, swerving to miss dogs and humans. Arrival at our hotel sent us kissing the ground. Our hotel room by then was stiflingly still and warm. A call to maintenance resulted in an opened window, allowing in the screeching of freeways and


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SUCCESS WITH TOUGH AS NAILS RELIABLE DAYLILIES Each daylily blooms a single day, but the clumps flower a month or more. Green Scene by Geri Laufer

If there ever was a sure thing in the gardening world, it has to be daylilies. They are easy to grow, droughttolerant perennials and are a familiar sight in Northside gardens. They tolerate a wide range of soils, are not troubled by diseases or pests, and bloom faithfully every summer, typically around Father’s Day, the third Sunday in June. They also thrive in containers— great for balconies, patios, and small gardens with limited space. Large clumps with long, skinny leaves produce at least a dozen flower scapes (stems) in June. Their botanical name, Hemerocallis, means “beauty for a day.” It’s true, each flower lasts only one day. But since there are many buds on each flowering stalk, the blooming season for individual plants lasts several weeks, as they open one-by-one in turn. The American Hemerocallis Society (www.daylilies.org/daylilies.html) lists thousands of named daylily varieties and gives the number of days in bloom for each one.

Divide Daylilies to make more plants.

The most famous long-time bloomer is “Stella d’Oro.” with small, 2-3 inch, school bus yellow flowers that bloom continuously for about ten months of the year. These are widely available in nurseries and garden centers. They are often planted with Knock-Out Roses (another tough plant) but I think the colors clash horribly. Stellas look good with other yellow flowers and foliage. You don’t have to get Stellas; there are many improvements on this hardy little landscape variety, and newer versions are prettier, with larger flowers and more versatile colors that blend in well with other garden plants. There are many kinds of daylilies. The most common way to group them is by time of bloom: early, mid-season, or late. Choosing one (or more) of each extends the bloom season. Other ways to categorize daylilies include flower size (up to 7


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Multiple flowers on a low-growing dwarf daylily.

or 8 inches!); luscious colors, ranging from white through yellow, peach, orange, and red to pink and violet; or height of the scapes. Flower forms encompass trumpet, recurved, double, and ruffled. Petal edges can be smooth, or have ruffled and shirred “piecrust” edges. Some flowers are brushed with iridescence down the main rib of each petal, termed “Diamond Dust.” By mixing and matching daylilies of various heights, flowers and shapes, you can prolong the display in your garden. Another category of daylilies have the “open evenings” label. Although old-fashioned daylilies close at the end of the day, the newer ones are bred to stay open during the long summer evenings, adding to the enjoyment of the summer garden. Normal daylilies with loads of smaller flowers have 22 chromosomes and are called “Diploids.” “Tetraploids” have double the number, with 44 chromosomes and are noticeably more vigorous, with larger, more intensely colored flowers on stronger scapes. “Miniature” varieties grow a mere 1224 inches tall, with smaller flowers. A few daylilies are fragrant, notably the old-fashioned, tall, yellow Lemon Lilies. Some daylilies are evergreen, retaining a small green tuft all winter, while others are semi-evergreen or dor-

mant, disappearing during winter to reemerge each spring. Daylilies are easy, but produce the maximum flowers when planted in sun (6 hours or more per day). When first planting, amend the soil with organic compost, Nature’s Helper, rotted woodchips, or ground pinebark and space plants 12 to 18 inches apart. Plant at the same level they were growing in the pots. Then water in thoroughly, mulch, and later scratch some compost in around the root zone once a year. If you cannot meet these conditions, it’s ok! Go ahead and plant daylilies just about any place, including large containers, and they will still do their best to provide you with a marvelous show! Need additional daylilies, or want to share the flowering bounty with your neighbors? Divide them. I dig up the clump, shake off the extra soil, and use a serrated bread knife to cut the crown in half or fourths to make several small plants. After a year’s growth they will fill out and start flowering again! ❍ Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a new landscape for their new old house.


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A WORLD OF FLAVORS Represented In New Restaurants By Frank Mack

Summer in the OTP starts right for foodies and families. With a delightful double header of ethnically true, fresh, delicious, fun, way affordable and brand spanking new places you have just got to know about. First up is Rio Balsas Taqueria located just south of downtown Alpharetta at 235 S. Main Street. It just became a really cute boutique-sized restaurant doing a classic and heartfelt culinary interpretation of the best from their home and culture. In the kitchen, chef and partner Edgar Aveyada, who humbly calls himself “just a cook,” is bringing a different sensibility to the subject of Mexican food. This is traditional Cosina Mexicana that has been self-taught the oldfashioned way by a gentleman who doesn’t realize how good he is. All the seeds are here to make it one of those great hideaway joints. Plus it’s crazy cheap and high quality which, let’s face it, we all desire. I’ll tell you something that shouldn’t be a secret. You put a chef who knows his business with a professional, Mr. Lorenzo Guitron, out front who knows his, and you most likely have a winning formula. Drop it in a quirky location in an upcycled old building. Add three dashes of local, local, local and that’s my kind of place. Together the gentlemen have opened a little gem Alpharetta. Everyone I have taken to eat there, all love it. That’s a pretty sizeable recommendation already.

All the seeds are at Rio Balsas Taqueria to make it one of those great hideaway joints.

Next newbie is Bombay Brasserie located at 900 Mansell Road in Roswell. Ricky Walia, of Cafe Bombay and Masti, is partnering with Sunny Minhas to serve traditional Indian dishes with European, Chinese, and American influences. The interior offers tasteful elegance coupled with showy fiery ovens behind glass. This specialty equipment is particular to the style and needs of the region’s finer culinary arts, which are indeed considerable. I find them fantastic and exotic. Steeped in traditions and flavored unlike anything else on Earth, it’s both comfortable and upscale. It’s essence remains family at table, surrounded in blessings and enjoying life through and through. These guys have honed their service skills, culinary arts and concepts at two other absolutely loved locations.


The kind of internet fan base love you see on facebook but that is earned in person. One client at a time. One plate at a time. I was there opening night

and they brought their “A” game. No corporate schlock. This is kitchen art, by any estimation. It is not the heat. It’s the intensity, the depth, and the complexity. Great Chinese cooking can go there as well. I think it’s remarkable. From the great subcontinent, to us right here, it’s a great world folks. Both of these new places represent

teach me to love healthier, Shannon 27 Gowland, Chef/Owner/Herbalist and resident crazy lady at the Roswell Farmers Market, located at 690 Holcomb Bridge Rd. in Roswell. She has been doing a couple of meals a week for me for several months. I take home the healthiest hot-boxed dinners dripping with fatty flavors you can imagine. I suffer not at all. She has me eating things I could never imagine liking. It’s super all super organic personalized cooking based on serious dietary needs. And you would never ever know it. Frankly, I am living just over the top. It’s almost, not really, but almost, embarrassing. ❍ JUNE 2016 THECURRENTHUB.COM

At Bombay Brasserie, it is not the heat. It’s the intensity, the depth, and the complexity.

different corners of our Earth. Each unique and interesting in the way people’s passions borne out in this crazy industry can be. That’s three dashes of local, local, local, which is good for us all. Go somewhere new. We live dead center of a thriving creative industry that is channeling amazing talents into what amounts to feeding us from really well to stuffing us like royalty. It’s happening in our newly reborn town centers. It’s along the road and hidden away in some instances. But it’s Shannon Gowland there. A shout out to my new personal chef and the lady who is going to

Rio Balsas Taqueria 235 S Main Street Alpharetta, GA 30009 (770) 475-7890

Bombay Brasserie 900 Mansell Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 299-1634 bombaybrasserieatl.com

ROSWELL GETS CRAZY FOR NEW SUPER FOOD CAFÉ AND SMOOTHIE BAR Kale Me Crazy features real fresh food and beverage options served in a sleek upscale environment — “Healthy habits start here.”

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e’re so thrilled Kale Me Crazy has come to Roswell,” is what customers are saying on the opening of Roswell’s newest superfoods café and cold pressed juice bar located in the Connexion Plaza at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd next to Starbucks and across from Taqueria Tsunami. Roswell Franchise Owner, Phil Wahl is overwhelmed by the response from the community to his new health and wellness restaurant: “We’re all about providing healthy options to our guests by providing Real Food. Yes, it’s a business, but it’s a cause too… promoting the discussion and adoption of a healthy lifestyle.” Kale me Crazy sources fresh, organic and nonGMO raw foods from qualified suppliers and as much as possible from local farms and hydroponic growers. Special attention is paid to presentation and to ensuring that everything that leaves the kitchen is of the highest quality and full of flavor. The demand for healthy food is on the rise, and we are determined to meet the demand in the community. Bring friends to sample the food and experience this new Roswell real food gem. Whether it is a post workout smoothie, a quick nutritious business lunch for pick-up, or lunch on the patio with the girls… maybe you need a Wellness Shot,

or want to learn about one of the popular Cleansing Juice Packages. Phil, his son Brendan, and the entire Roswell Kale Me Crazy Team is there to serve you. Try them out for catering your next business lunch, or event. What better way to tell your guests you care by serving a healthy alternative? Call: 678-878-3188 or e-mail roswell@kalemecrazy.net

Kale lovers wanting to make a difference in their eating habits can learn more about Kale Me Crazy by going to the new location at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 910, Roswell, GA 30076 or visiting the Facebook page, Instagram (kalemecrazy), or Twitter (@KaleMeCrazy).


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VETERANS VISIT WAR MEMORIALS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

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For several years, Roswell Rotarian Keller Torrey has worked behind the scenes as busloads of WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans boarded a charter bus well before sunrise. They left with a grand send-off to visit their respective memorials for the day in Washington, D.C. This year, for the first time, Torrey herself boarded the bus as guardian to a Korean War veteran and watched as they passed through the elaborate send-off and sped off to the airport. The program is a Roswell Rotary project known as Honor Air and it provides free VIP day trips for veterans to visit the nation’s capital and experience the memorials that represent their respective wars. This annual trip began as a way to show appreciation to the aging veterans of WWII by providing them the chance to travel to their memorial, which was not established until 2004. Over time, the trip has grown to include veterans from the Korean War and the Vietnam War with visits to those memorial sites in the day tour as well. “I was paired with James McElvey, an 87-year-old Korean War vet,” Torrey said. “He served in the Marine Corps for three years. He’s still very active, he swims half a mile several times a week. He’s a strong, active guy, but he was pretty overwhelmed by everything that was done for him. He’d never seen the memorial in person before. So that was very cool.” Torrey, like many guardians, was treated to stories and memories that had likely never been heard before. It was very typical for these veterans to return home without any recognition or thanks, and many buried their experiences within them in order to move on with daily life. “I think it’s so important to honor these vets,” Torrey said. “The younger generations don’t understand what happened during these wars and how the country came together during these times. Unfortunately, the Korean War is often called ‘The Forgotten War.’ They never expected to be recognized or thanked, especially so many years later. Seeing these memorials in person, it’s just so compelling.” To learn more about the Roswell Rotary Honor Air program and how to get involved, visit www.roswellrotary.club/honor-air. ❍


Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts butterfly encounter.

Families can get nose-to-proboscis with butterflies in the Butterfly Enclosure, open now through the end of July. Photo: Chattahoochee Nature Center By Jon Copsey

How close have you ever come to holding a butterfly? Have you ever walked through a butterfly enclosure, filled with butterflies, letting them land on you? It’s possible at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Set up like a large, enclosed tent, the “Butterfly Encounter Exhibit” allows visitors to hand-feed more than 250 free-flying butterflies from now through the end of July. Bring your camera to capture these fantastic, fluttering creatures up close. Visitors can also learn everything they could want to know about feeding and caring for butterflies. What plants can be put in your garden to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators to your own garden? Butterfly host and nectar plants will be available for sale. Henning von Schmeling, with the

nature center, said he wants people coming to leave with a connection with nature, just as if you found a baby bird in your yard. “If you don’t have a personal connection to something, you are less likely to enjoy it and educate others about it,” he said. “When a butterfly flies over and tastes some sugar water you hold in your hand, that’s the connection I want people to make that can continue their whole lives. I want to connect people to nature.” The exhibit is open Monday –Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from noon – 4:30 p.m. and is included with general admission. General admission: $6 Child/$10 Adult/$7 Seniors 65+/$7 Students 13 –18/Free for CNC members and kids 2 and under. There are special family events with the Encounter. See the website for more information at www.chattnaturecenter.org. ❍

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NORTH METRO COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND UP By Tricia Morris

If you grew up in the ’80s, in Atlanta, then you will remember an Atlanta band called The Producers. Their hit single “She Sheila” garnered the Top 50 Billboard list and the video aired often on MTV, when it was known for its videos. “What She Does To Me,” “What’s He Got,” “Certain Kinda Girl,” and “Who Do You Think You Are” were also popular. Now you’ll have the chance to relive the ’80s when The Producers play on the Cosmopolitan Live stage, June 10th. Cosmopolitan Live is the newest live music venue located in East Cobb and always promises a good time.

EAST COBB There are a few new businesses opening in the East Cobb area—a Baskin Robins opening this month on Lower Roswell Road in the little strip center with Tiger Martial Arts and Papa John’s. Half Price Books on Johnson Ferry opened May 26. All books are half the publisher’s price or less. Just in time for summer reading. East Cobb, Sandy Plains, and the Shallowford Road area is getting something that the neighborhoods have been asking for—a Starbucks. A freestanding Starbucks (with drive through) is being built on Gordy Parkway near the AAA Auto Care Center. The excitement could be heard all over Facebook. The much-anticipated Marlow’s Tavern finally opened on May 17th. Marlow’s is located in the Kroger Shopping Center on the Sandy Plains side. The piece of land on the corner of Johnson Ferry and Little Willeo was supposed to be a Walgreens, however, that was nixed due to a neighborhood group who fought it. There is a zoning meeting on June 7 and the Cobb Co. Board of Commissioners meeting on June 21 for a proposed senior living community. There’s also rumor that a 55 and over community is being considered for the property on Johnson Ferry and Bishop Lake Road.

ALPHARETTA/JOHNS CREEK Recently Duke Realty was given approval to develop 15 home sites on the hillside along Big Creek near the Windward Community. Also, City of Alpharetta residents have an opportunity to have their household hazardous waste and paint either recycled or properly disposed of through a one-day recycling collection event on Sat., June 11. Common items to be accepted include paint and paint related substances, gasoline that isn’t usable, home and garden chemicals, poisons, and many other substances. You must submit a completed pre-registration form available at www. alpharetta.ga.us, or for more information on the event please contact Terry Porter at 678-297-6213. The Alpharetta Recreation and Parks department has plenty of options to keep your kids busy over the summer with specialty camps for all ages. These


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Johns Creek Farmers Market

great summer camp experiences offer kids a chance to explore, develop new skills, forge friendships, and create awesome memories. For more info on summer camp information, visit www.alpharetta.ga.us/recreation, or call 678-297-6100. In Johns Creek, the Johns Creek City Council approved a series of interim safety measures for Barnwell Road. The measures were designed to help improve sight distance problems and reduce the speed motorists drive until permanent measures are selected and implemented. Barnwell Road is a 2.5-mile, two-lane collector roadway with several safety issues, such as narrow lanes and shoulders, poor sight distance at many intersections, motorists exceeding the speed limit, and a lack of sidewalks and trails. The city council opted to implement the interim measures while it solicits public input and deliberates about permanent solutions for the Barnwell Road corridor. Not to be left out of the Farmers Market craze, The Johns Creek Farmers Market is back by popular demand running every Saturday, rain or shine, May through September. The market, located at the Amphitheater at Newtown Park on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., features local farmers and vendors with organic and/or sustainable foods and produce. Dates of operation are May 7 to Sept. 3.

ROSWELL The Roswell City Council voted unanimously to approve a new logo for the City of Roswell during the Council Meeting on May 23. The new logo is an evolution of the City’s 2004 logo, which so many residents have come to associate with the City. The logo is the culmination of a rebranding initiative, which began in spring 2014, when North Star Destinations, a national leader in destination marketing, conducted both qualitative and quantitative research to hone in on branding opportunities for the City. Among the many deliverables from North Star was a logo design that was approved in Dec. 2015. However in early 2016, new council members asked staff to revisit the logo choice and appointed a committee that included Roswell-based graphic design, marketing, and branding professionals to assist staff in creating a new logo by providing creative insight and direction. It was a many years process to get this:


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One Cool Summer TIME TO BUILD YOUR “SCHOOL’S OUT” BUCKET LIST. By Jessica Diamond

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t last, it’s the day you’ve been looking forward to for months… and it’s the day you’ve feared. School

is officially out for summer! Of course, there are many wonderful things about the end of school. No more late night trips to the store for poster board and construction paper, no more tears and stress over the nightmare of standardized testing, no more hovering over homework and best of all, no more school traffic! That’s right folks, your commute just got a whole lot

country meets rock and shakes the foundation of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. If this less congested. were 1979 you’d be in heaven… along School’s Out Bucket List. Honestly. Sit with most of headline act Lynyrd Even those without school aged Skynyrd, but hey 2106 is better than children feel the shift. Summer sched- down with your family, your friends, never. For more info visit your cats, whomever you plan to ules are simply different. Business www.wkhx.com/crock-fest and hours change and most of us are itch- spend time with over the next few beyond Skynyrd see major stars months and physically write down a ing for a vacation, or at least a little perform such as Montgomery Gentry, list of things you want to do before more fun in our lives. We’ve worked Molly Hatchet, the next school year kicks off. Then, hard all year and the summer sun is put those things on the calendar. calling to us like a siren holding a Make sure you space them out reasonplate of Nutella crepes. If you live around the Atlanta area, ably and take logistics into account. Ta-da! You’ve got a plan. And soon, chances are you’re guilty of one you’ll have a summer full of terrible oversight—you have no idea what’s really going on around you. It’s memories. It’s that easy! Still sound a common phenomenon, so don’t feel like too much work? Okay, fine, here are some suggestions for those of you too bad. I mean, most New Yorkers have never been to Ellis Island, just as too lazy to Google “fun stuff near me.” Atlanta natives have shirked their visits to the World of Coca-Cola. But here’s the thing—there is just so much to do. So, why sit at home frustrated As the self-proclaimed capital of when you could be living la dolce vita the south, Atlanta definitely sees its without missing a step? An empty fair share of big name entertainment summer sounds relaxing, but after a come through town. Each year sees few days, it just gets dull and leaves the introduction of more music you feeling a bit purposeless. festivals, major concerts and award With that in mind, just because I know you’re missing it already, here’s winning shows. This summer, watch a bit of homework. This week, create a out for Crock Fest 2016 where

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The Last Bandoleros The Last Bandoleros, and Tara Thompson. More of a theatre goer? Give the Coca-Cola Film Festival at the Fox Theatre a try. All summer long, the Fabulous Fox will feature classic films reminiscent of the days when going to the movies was a luxury experience. Check out the lineup at www.foxtheatre.org.

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STUFF FOR KIDS Summer camps are well and good, but you don’t have to ship the kids off to keep them entertained. Main Event in Alpharetta offers something for every member of the family. When you’re not darting through the dark playing laser tag, let the kids run rampant through the arcade or hone their bowling skills. Best of all, the parents can hang at the bar while the kids play. Need a little more adventure? Andretti Karting and Games in Roswell and Marietta fills your need for speed and adrenaline. Between laps in the gokarts, rides on the zip-line and testing their skills on the rock wall, your kids will think they’re in heaven. And again, there’s a lovely sky bar for the adults. Sensing a theme here? Sometimes you just need something that will soak up all the extra energy the little ones are throwing at you. Sky Zone is your answer. Why? It’s an entire facility made of trampolines. Between bouncing around, playing pick up dodge ball and throwing themselves in and out of the foam pit, you’re guaranteed a tired and happy kid. That’s what it’s all about.

Sky Zone

NIGHT OUT

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Whether it’s date night, girls night, boys night, any night out away from your Netflix account, there PAINT & SIP is plenty to do besides hitting the bars. Or perhaps bring the bar with you! That is exactly the idea with Paint and Sip at Art & Beyond Studio. Grab your people and your favorite drink for a night that brings out the artist within. The therapeutic benefits of sipping and creating with your friends are unparalleled. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be one of those people who grabs a partner and dominates the dance floor, Patrick Swayze style. Take your chance with Salsambo’s Salsa Dance Night at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Learn how to salsa, bachata, cha cha, merengue every month on a truly unique dance floor. This is a great way to dance the night away with friends, or meet new people! When in doubt, check out one of the many local breweries popping up all over the metro Atlanta area. Whether you visit one of the more established breweries, such as Sweetwater, or try out one of the newbies, such as Abbey of the Holy Goats in Alpharetta, you’re going to have a great time sampling craft beers and hearing the unique story behind each brewery. It will take more than a couple of weekends to fully appreciate them all, so get cracking!

It’s important to remember that Georgia is blessed with just about every kind of landscape you can think of, from the gold-laced hills of Dahlonega to the beaches of Savannah. If you’re a nature lover, you could create a very busy summer just visiting the parks. One of the most popular summertime activities is to “Shoot the Hooch,” also known as floating down the cool Chattahoochee River in a tube, kayak or paddle board. Nothing says summer in Georgia like a chain of obnoxiously bright inner tubes cruising down the river on a hot afternoon.

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For those who would rather fly than float, the North Georgia Canopy Tours are right up your alley. Whiz through the treetops on a series of zip lines and sky bridges for a thrill unlike any other. Perhaps your outdoor tastes are a little more urban and you just want to explore more of the city. Perfect! Take advantage of one of the most successful economic development projects in the nation—The Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine is the best way to see the city on foot and enjoy the best of Atlanta’s neighborhoods and local businesses. Stop in for a refresher at Ponce City Market and keep following the trail to your new favorite haunts.

Atlanta Beltline

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RAINY DAY

Everyone has a mental list of things you want to try, but just haven’t gotten around to. You’re saving them for a rainy day, right? Okay, so have an actual rainy day list! Summer storms are a certainty, so have a list ready for days when the outdoors isn’t an option. For example, have you ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show and thought, “Wow, I wish I could do something like that!” Of course you have. So why not try the circus arts? Sky Gym in Sandy Springs will teach you how to hang, spin, twirl and even juggle with the best of them. You may not end up joining the circus…but isn’t it nice to have the option? If you’ve ever wondered which of your friends you’d rather have around in a crisis, here is your chance to find out. Escape the Room, in Atlanta, is a real life adventure game designed for small groups of friends, families, co-workers or strangers.Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and “Escape the Room.” You have 60 minutes, so be quick! This is a chance to test your skills and smarts under pressure as you race against the clock to solve clues and… well… escape! It’s fun and will keep your mind sharp during the summertime lull. Now, you have the beginnings of your school’s out bucket list. Because of your forethought and ingenuity, there will be no scramble when you find yourself faced with blank stares and empty evenings. There will be no wasting away in front of the TV or the video games on hot sunny days. This summer, you will experience your city and make memories with the ones you love! Best of all, you won’t find yourself longing for the routines of September until you’re good and ready for back to school. ❍

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