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Luck of Avalon

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Smith Plantation

March 17 Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Avalon with Irish music, dancing and green beer! In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Avalon invites lads and lassies to the first-ever “Luck of Avalon” to enjoy an evening of Irish music, dancing and (of course) green beer. One of the most requested bands of the year, Az Izz, will transform Avalon’s plaza into a dance floor for a special Motown performance. 2 to 10 p.m. at Avalon in Alpharetta.


March 27 The historic grounds of Smith Plantation will be open at 10 a.m. for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt continues a tradition started by Lizzie Smith, oldest child of Archibald and Anne Smith. Children should bring their own baskets and enjoy finding the candy-filled treasures. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Smith Plantation located at 935 Alpharetta Street in Roswell. >>A WORLD OF SOUND

Hiroya Tsukamoto at The Velvet Note >>ATLANTA SPORTS ON STAGE


Thru March 15 Presented by the Georgia Ensemble Theater Homers is a play dedicated to the Atlanta sports fan. In this story where fandom and family intersect, we meet Leigh Elder, a female sportswriter for a major metro Atlanta newspaper. She’s a homer: love and loyalty to the Braves, the Hawks and the Falcons. When a dream job falls into her lap and promises to take her to the bigtime of L.A., she is thrilled. The only thing that stands in the way is her biggest fan: her father. Can a homer ever really leave home? Loyalty and love can be tough in the big leagues. The Georgia Ensemble Theatre is located at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St. in Roswell.

March 20 Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. Hiroya has been leading concerts with his group including several appearances at Blue Note in New York and he performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott (The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwel l(Muddy Waters Band). 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy in Alpharetta. >>A CHORAL MASTERPIECE

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Children’s Easter Eggstravaganza in Alpharetta

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March 14 & 15 Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil, Opus 37,” commonly identified as Vespers, stands as the crowning achievement of the “Golden Age” of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music. It is a favorite of choral audiences and singers alike due to its complex polyphony and breathtaking beauty. Even the composer himself agreed: Rachmaninoff was often insecure about the worth of his compositions, but he felt confident about his glorious Vespers. Following the first performance in 1915, he was so moved he told the singers that he could never imagine having written such a piece, even in his dreams. You can hear the Vespers for yourself presented by the Michael O’Neal Singers at Roswell United Methodist Church located in Historic Roswell.

Activities include inflatables, photos with Easter Bunny and face painting. There will not be a hunt area for children under 2 and older than 7. The first 300 children in these age groups will receive a special goody bag. From 10 a.m. to noon at the North Park Softball Fields located at 13450 Cogburn Road in Alpharetta.

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Actors Rachel Meggs and Eric Lang perform this March in Jerry Finnegan’s Sister. >>A NICE IRISH PLAY

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister

Through March 29 Produced by ACT 1 Theater in Alpharetta, this highly acclaimed comedy has charmed audiences of all ages, and has been produced with great success in a number of theatres nationwide. The play centers on Brian Dowd who has spent the last 10 years of his life wrestling with an unrequited “something” for his best friend’s sister, who happens to live next door. But each and every time he’s spoken with Beth Finnegan for more than 30 seconds, he’s ended up with his foot planted firmly in his mouth. Now, Brian’s time is about to run out. With recent news that Jerry Finnegan’s sister is getting married, the time has come for him to put up or shut up. ACT 1 Theater is located at 180 Academy Street in Alpharetta. For more info visit their website at Act1theater.com >>USE TWO HANDS

6 Strings Concert Series

March 14 The Six String Social Club is proud to announce an outstanding line up of guitarists for their 2015 concert season. This year’s line up, which will appeal to a broad audience, includes Grammy Award winners Ed Gerhard and Laurence Juber. The series features Gerhard in concert this month. Also included are jazz legend Frank Vignola and National Fingerpicking Champions Muriel Anderson, Tim Sparks, and Chris Proctor, and guitar legend John Knowles, one of only 3 people designated by Chet Atkins and a CGP (Certified Guitar Player). Woodstock Community Church, 237 Rope Mill Road, in Woodstock. Advance tickets are $30 and are available at sixstringsocialclub.com. Call (770) 365-7738 for concert information. >>MUTTS ARE PEOPLE TOO

Mostly Mutts Indoor Yard Sale

Throughout March Mostly Mutts is holding their 7th annual indoor yard sale at The Space Shop Self Storage, East Cobb location, 3148 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30062 during the weekends of Mar. 6 and 7, 13 and 14, and again on 20 and 21. The Space Shop is graciously sponsoring this event on their 3rd floor. Last year’s yard sale generated more than $30,000 for the animals. Items for sale include antiques, lots of furniture, collectibles, office supplies, holiday décor, designer fashions, electronics, pet supplies, home and garden décor, children’s clothing, games, & toys, sporting goods, etc. Visit Mostlymutts.org or call 770-325-7387 for more information.

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March ushers in the festival season with a few great opportunities to party and enjoy the warmer weather. music and a tax deduction. The party rages from 7 p.m. to midnight and is sure to be unforgettable. Most importantly, this event will go a long way towards reaching the donation goal of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help fight the disease and search for a cure.

By Jessica Diamond

The groundhog may have lied to us this year, but the calendar never does. Spring is finally on its way. Our poor, thin Southern blood can rest easy as we peel away some of our winter layers and return to the sunshine. March is the perfect month to kick away the winter blues and jump back into action. It’s the only month that’s also a verb, after all. It’s a call to action. It’s a call to get out of the house, leave the ski coat in the closet and enjoy everything our

community has to offer. And quickly, before the mosquitoes wake up. Eat, drink and cure cystic fibrosis. Sound like a good Saturday night? This is the motto of Shamrockin’ for a Cure, the annual celebration put on by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thousands of partiers, decked in green, will descend on the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre on March 7, to dance, eat, drink, shop and “party with a purpose.” Tickets include food, beer, wine, cocktails, giveaways, live

Euriamis Losada and Thea Brooks as Ricky and Lucy Ricardo in the national tour of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE

I Love Lucy is, to this day, one of the most beloved and most watched sitcoms in the history of television. The series, and those who were a part of it, gave shape and direction to the future of American entertainment, watched and appreciated by the global community. Now, America’s favorite family will be brought to the stage, live and in color, for a new hit show. Re-live some of your favorite I Love Lucy moments as well as a few glimpses into the behind-the-scenes filming of Desilu Studios. The show will play at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre March 13-15. Tickets are sure to go quickly! Atlanta’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in 1858, making it one of the oldest in the country. The Irish community has deep roots in Atlanta, and on this day each year, we all get to be Entertainment continues on page 11.

Consider the benefits of a 60-minute massage. It’s a great way to relieve stress, recover from a challenging workout or manage pain. But in today’s hectic world, finding 60 minutes for a massage on a regular basis is virtually impossible. What if there was a different type of therapy that could do more for you in three minutes than a 60-minute massage? It’s called Whole Body Cryotherapy and it is now available at Chill & Body on Canton Street in Historic Roswell. While it is new to Roswell, Full Body Cryotherapy has been available for 37 years, first introduced in Japan and then in Europe. Cryotherapy saunas have caught on in the United States with multiple locations in Texas, Arizona, Southern California, Illinois and more.

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RECOVER Whole Body Cryotherapy can relieve inflammation, reduce muscle soreness, lessen pain from sore joints, restore blood flow and help you recover faster from your workout. How long does it take for you to recover from a workout? One day? Two days, maybe more. Whole Body Cryotherapy can reduce recovery time so you can work out more frequently and feel significantly better. From chilling away fat to smoothing wrinkles and erasing spider veins, cryotherapy techniques are being used throughout the beauty industry to address aging problems that used to require surgery. Whole Body Cryotherapy has been shown to stimulate collagen production, resulting in the rejuvenation of aging skin and reduction of cellulite. Each session can consume as many as 400 to 800 calories that, when combined with a good diet and fitness, can aid in weight loss.



In the Chill & Body sauna a controlled nitrogen mist significantly reduces body temperature for 2-3 minutes, and visitors walk away dry, refreshed, and with reduced muscle and joint soreness.

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No matter how much time you dedicate to keeping your body healthy, it does wear down. People who have experienced Whole Body Cryotherapy report that it makes them feel refreshed and invigorated and also promotes a deeper sleep. Because Whole Body Cryotherapy, improves each session takes only three minutes, upon the traditional ice bath method it is easy to make Whole Body ing compression, gradients, and distal refor reducing swelling and Therapy a regular routine to gain the lease. Used before exercise, the inflammation. With a colder, faster maximum benefits from the therapy. NormaTec system acts as a high-tech treatment using a controlled nitrogen NORMATEC RECOVERY SYSTEM massage to warm-up your muscles. mist to significantly reduce body temChill & Body also offers the If you want to feel better more consisperature for 2-3 minutes, visitors NormaTec Recovery system, which tently, but can’t find the time, you should walk away dry, refreshed, and with rehelps maximize your workouts. Using check out Chill & Body and experience it duced muscle and joint soreness. Clients use Whole Body Therapy for Sequential Pulse Technology, it syner- for yourself. Chill & Body is located at 1137 Canton a variety of reasons including recovery gistically combines three distinctive massage techniques to speed the Street in Downtown Roswell and at The from workouts, health and beauty body’s normal recovery process: puls- Forum Athletic Club in Buckhead. ❍ enhancement, or overall wellness.

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LIFE’S EVER CHANGING NEEDS By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders Centuries ago, mathematicians figured out the shortest path between two points is a straight line. In life we often make plans that, in the beginning, may seem straightforward, but along the way encounter a multitude of ups and downs that require us to change course. Simply put—life happens. Some plans are modest in nature. Think about it. How many times does your family day at a local festival, a trip to the park, or a shopping excursion to the mall pan out as expected? On a grander scale how many times have your family vacations turned out exactly as expected? How many hours did you spend trying to make it “perfect” just to have someone’s sudden illness, injury, or sunburn force changes to be made. Major life events are planned as well. These are our most treasured moments and we want them to

play out a certain way, right? We dedicate our lives to developing our careers, getting married, and having children, but we also must overcome challenges and “dark times” such as confronting illness, facing divorce or losing a job. Ask anyone you know who is at or near retirement age—did you have a plan in your 20’s that resembles how/when/where you ultimately retired? Our experience is that very few can say yes. Even asking the same question, but referencing their 30’s or 40’s, is likely to get the same answer. Life happens. We are all in constant motion and along the way things will always happen. Ask any pilot how many corrections they have to make after takeoff to keep their plane safely on course. Cross winds, storms, wind speeds, etc. all force them to correct their course, but they’ll also caution against overcorrecting. This causes lost time, energy and precious resources (fuel). Having a plan for your major life events is

important, but so is tracking your progress towards those stated goals. Measuring, monitoring and correcting your actions is how you can effectively and efficiently reach your goals. Many of our clients realized lack of time, complicated circumstances and mixed information from the financial “news” created a challenging situation for them to handle it all on their own. At Odyssey, our philosophy is based on honesty, kindness, and straight talk. We acknowledge that life is a journey, and we encourage our clients, with our guidance, to navigate it wisely. They benefit, and maybe you could too, from our collaborative approach to goal definition, problem solving, and the implementation of sound financial strategies that meet life’s ever-changing needs. ❍ Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® are owners of Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Robert Fezza and Steve Siders, of Ste A-6, Roswell, GA. Odyssey Personal Financial Adveros 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.



Vintage iMacs serve as a table at the Apple Pop-Up Museum By Rochelle Mucha PhD Although being born in a garage or a basement makes for a romantic story, cultivating entrepreneurship this way is inefficient. Enter, the Creative Incubator. Three-hundred such incubators, hosting 6000 companies have emerged in the U.S. not only nurturing innovation but also causing the communities that house them to prosper. A University of Michigan study showed that 84% of successful incubator graduates stay nearby, boosting local employment and community prestige. Imagine Roswell as a host to a powerful creative sector incubator! A place where creatives, budding entrepreneurs and technologists gather, explore, learn, share, and invent. If Lonnie Mimms gets his way, that is just what will happen. His Apple Pop-Up Museum is morphing into a first of its kind multi-use complex which will house a world class museum, major event facility, coworking offices, trade and exhibition hall, discovery labs and skill-maker spaces—mixed with lifestyle amenities such as coffee cafes, restaurants, entertainment, fitness, and retail shops focused on nextgeneration innovation. Mimms states: “More than a museum, experience a vision to present a compelling and continual narrative that shares man’s story of endless innovation. The exploration

and celebration of ideas, people and events form an umbilical cord of human advancement that extends back and forth, uniting past generation to the future generation… all in one place, all at one time. Encounter a sense of identity and place combined with the spirit that creates unique achievement and a common experience, so rich a heritage that it fosters tradition yet so inspired a reality, it drives constant change. Innovation connects the beginning to the next big thing and so, too, does the Computer Museum of America’s overarching vision.” There is no doubt that innovation resides where art and science intersect, and that creative innovations of the digital age have come from those who are able to connect the arts and sciences, who believe that beauty matters. Critical challenges of the 21st century require mobilization and cross-fertilization among the domains of art, science, and technology. The future of the digital revolution will create new forms of expression and media not yet imaginable, from those able to link beauty to engineering, humanity to technology, and poetry to processors. Imagine Roswell as a host to a powerful creative sector incubator! Imagine what it would do for our city! What can you do to support that idea? ❍

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The Atlanta Film Festival includes the southeast premiere of While We’re Young, starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

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Continued from page 6. a little bit Irish. The parade is a family-friendly event that attracts floats, bands, clowns, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, dancers, and more to participate. Join the crowds in Midtown on March 14 wearing your brightest, greenest Irish spirit. Dyed beer and shamrock sunglasses aside, this celebration of culture highlights the diversity and hospitality Atlanta has come to be known for. It’s one of the biggest parties of the year, and we’re all invited! When is the last time the carnival came to town? Bright lights, cotton candy, slightly questionable mechanical rides, and good times with family and friends. There is only one thing I can think of that would double the fun: puppy adoptions. Roswell Animal Hospital and You Lucky Dog Rescue are teaming up to throw a carnival themed dog rescue adoption event. This carnival will offer games, food, prizes, a screening of Disney’s A Bug’s Life, and the opportunity to adopt a precious new member to your family. If you’re interested in expanding your family with a rescue dog, or just spending a fun day getting your puppy fix, make your way over to Rose Animal Hospital in Roswell on March 21 at 4 p.m. The film industry has flirted with Georgia for years. Recently, it’s become more of an open affair. Hollywood can’t help herself. Whether it was the tax credits or the sweet tea, who can say? This is not news to the hundreds of independent, international, animated, documentary and short filmmakers who submit their work to the Atlanta Film Festival each year. For four decades, the Atlanta Film Festival has been one of the largest Academy Award qualifying festivals in the U.S. More than 25,000 people attend each year and the buzz has only grown. For aspiring filmmakers and film lovers, this event is a must. The festival will be held March 20-29. Hot or cold, rain or shine, winter or spring, Atlanta is passionate about tradition. Be it a festival, a parade or a party, Georgians are loyal to a fault. One of the greatest Atlanta traditions is, strangely enough, constant change and growth. Atlanta and its surrounding communities are constantly evolving and adding new traditions to the repertoire. Enjoy the change of season and schedule your march. ❍



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TIME TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY Special to the CurrentHub Did you know that right here, practically in your backyard, there is an outstanding community pottery studio? Art Center West is a facility operated by the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. It is located in Leita Thompson Park in the white house on the hill (just behind the offleash dog park.) Both adult and youth clay classes are taught at Art Center West. If one were to walk through the studio on any given day they would witness a diverse assortment of art being made. In one room students are workStudents in the narrative clay class discussing each other’s work. ing on figures in varying poses, and in another, participants are forming bowls, jars, and plates on pottery wheels. Other students may be upstairs learning how to mix and experiment with glazes as part of a studio procedures class. A visit in the narrative clay class finds students working on combining the written word with their clay piece. One student shows off a memory jug to commemorate a recent trip to Tibet. Lynne Noethling has been taking classes at Art Center West for ten years and found her home working on the wheel. Like many of the students at Art Center West, she loves the community aspect. “I have especially enjoyed working with like-minded people, being inspired by other artists,” and she adds “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t fun!” “I WAS The gallery downstairs is host to a huge crossIMPRESSED BY section of finished works that are possible using the ceramic medium. The exhibition space hosts THE NUMBER 8 ceramics exhibits per year that vary from sculpOF CLASSES AS tural to figurative to functional and is free and WELL AS THE open to the public. Visitors are also welcome to stop by and learn QUALITY OF more about the classes offered. Tammie Partridge, WORK…” a new Art Center West student, did just that. Shortly after moving to town, she researched art facilities. “I was impressed by the number of classes as well as the quality of work at the Art Center West Holiday Show. I decided to take an atmospheric firing class this session, and even though I had two graduate level classes already, I was amazed to learn there are so many different firing techniques. “ Art Center West encourages anyone to stop in for a tour or consider signing up for a class. “We have an assortment of classes from youth to adult, with a variety of students from the true beginner to the fine artist,” Allison Comer said. “There’s something for everyone, but be prepare to learn a lot, meet some really fun and interesting people, and of course, get your hands dirty!” Registration is going on now for spring session that begins the week of March 9th. For more information on Art Center West, call 770-641-3990 or visit their website at www.roswellclaycollective.com. To register for classes, go to www.roswellgov.com. Art Center West is located at 1355 Woodstock Rd., Roswell, Ga, 30075 ❍

Joe Huggins receives the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce Business Spirit Award at the 2015 Gala. Presenting the award is Susan Grissom, Chairperson of the Chamber Board of Directors. Behind them are Chamber President John Bemont, and Membership Manager Robin Buckley.

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Advances in treatments for varicose and spider veins make having your legs ready for warmer weather, shorts, and bathing suits easier, safer, and more effective than ever before. Despite advances such as office-based, ultrasound guided procedures, many people with heavy, hurting, restless legs, and varicose or spider veins still delay treatment. Lisa Perez, MD, of VeinInnovations, addresses some of the top reasons people delay treatment, and reasons why the venous health experts at VeinInnovations say its best to take care of varicose and spider veins sooner rather than later: “This is just a cosmetic problem; it doesn’t affect my quality of life, right?” Varicose and spider veins are most often a symptom of a medical condition called venous insufficiency, which can affect a person’s quality of life, impacting the ability to exercise and rest well. With venous insufficiency, there is failure of the delicate one-way valves that keep blood from flowing backwards. This failure causes blood to

pool, creating pressure that leads to bulging, and discolored veins. People with venous insufficiency – either because of heredity, multiple pregnancies, or injury – may have symptoms that include pain, heaviness, Lisa Perez, MD swelling, and disfiguring varicose and spider veins. Left untreated, the condition leads to increasing numbers of veins with failed valves, and may ultimately result in venous stasis ulcers of the skin, which are difficult to treat and to heal.

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YOU’RE NO ARNOLD By Debbie Keel, CEO, North Fulton Hospital Arnold Schwarzenegger, while best known for his quote “Make my day” also said “My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don’t think about it, I just have it.” Everyone knows that Arnold later got in some trouble in his personal life and left his term as governor of California under a shadow—a huge shadow because he is a very big guy. Anyway, his original claim to fame was as a bodybuilder and, being as large as he is, he probably can eat just about anything and everything he wants and remain a man of muscle. But for the rest of us, especially as we approach (or are already in) middle age and beyond, it’s not so easy to eat everything all the time—without getting closer to larger size pants, heart attacks, diabetes, and just about everything else that we generally want to avoid. As most of you know, I’m a New Orleans native so I know a little bit about eating too much of a bad thing. King Cakes are that wonderful sweet bakerylike bread with gobs of sugar on top that we New Orleanians eat to celebrate Fat Tuesday— the most appropriate name for a holiday ever. If we ate only one piece, one day— not such a big deal. But several pieces every day, as I did on a recent pre-Mardi Gras visit to NOLA, is not a good thing. And that, my friends, is really all that’s behind all this eating healthy stuff— King Cakes galore! don’t eat too much of something bad for you and try to eat some stuff that’s good for you, even if it’s by accident (like you forgot to replace the fruit side dish with French Fries). Everybody does this a little differently and personally I don’t think there’s a one size fits all plan for putting the right food in your body to help avoid bad things and, perhaps feel better and live longer. We all have different schedules and different metabolisms, even different religious beliefs that may require us to add or subtract something from our diet. So while all the advice you will read about, especially in this issue today, is very good to have and use, you have to customize it into your day-to-day living to make it work long term. I’ve found I can do that pretty well. So can you… unless you go to Mardi Gras! ❍

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar March–May 2015 SUPPORT GROUPS


WomenHeart Support Group

Babysitting Workshop

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Classroom C The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease. For more information call Rebecca at 770 658-4796 or send an email to WH-FultonCo@womenheart.org.

Saturday 3/7, 4/25 and 5/30. 9–2 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

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 meeting structure is informal with group discussion and guest speakers to be scheduled at various times throughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.

Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer Support Group Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Oncology Service Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday 3/11 10 a.m. to noon A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.

Epilepsy Support Group The third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Classroom A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and careproviders 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.

American Heart Assoc. Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 3/28 and 5/9 CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45

Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday 3/14. 9 a.m. –1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 3/28, 4/25 and 5/30 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at NFH to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Childbirth Preparation Saturday 3/21, 4/18 and 5/16 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Active class consisting of both lecture and discussion/sharing. Topics include anatomy and physiology; nutrition and fitness; discomforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; cesarean birth; medications; possible complications; postpartum care; and comfort, relaxation, breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required.

Water Birth Thursday 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, and 5/21 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

Lupus Support Group

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

Third Saturday of every month, 11 –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, lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com

*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.

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

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North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar

LifeSouth Blood Drive

High School Physicals

Friday March 20 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. LifeSouth is a community blood center, which means The blood collected in your community goes to local hospital patients.

Saturday, April l 25 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Students may receive a free school sports physical from a team of primary care and orthopedics physicians. No appointment necessary. Call 770- 751-2660 for details.

AARP Smart Driver Course Thursday, April 30 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Geared to the safety needs of the older driver, this program will cover laws, handling special situations, freeway traffic, aggressive drivers, how medication may affect driving, and much more. Insurance companies in the state of Georgia offer a 15% discount for three years to those who have completed this course. Registration is required; $20 ($15 with AARP membership)

Beauty Inside & Out: A Wine Tasting Event for Women Thursday, March 24; 5:30 p.m. N.F Hospital atrium Join us to learn more about how to be more beautiful-inside and out. Physicians will discuss hot topics in women’s health as we sip wine and savor delicious treats. For more info and to register, call 770-751-2660.

Please call 770-751-2660 or visit www.nfultonhospital.com for more information, to register for classes, or to find a physician.

NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY On Friday, February 6, North Fulton Hospital held a fun and informative breakfast seminar at The Country Club of the South in honor of National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red day is held every year in February, which is National Heart Month, and serves to bring recognition to the fact that heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women in the United States. A photo booth ensured that attendees could capture memories of the day and a delicious heart-friendly breakfast was served as North Fulton Hospital cardiologist, Dr. Ayushi Ahuja shared her insights on heart-healthy living which consists of seven tips: Maintain a healthy weight Engage in regular physical activity Eat a healthy diet Manage blood pressure Take charge of cholesterol Keep blood sugar, or glucose, at healthy levels Don’t smoke Blood pressure screenings were available onsite during the event and this became a very popular area, especially after the doctor emphasized just how important it is to know your blood pressure and ensure that it is in a healthy range. This event was complimentary and Cardiologist Dr. Ayushi Ahuja (at left, above) shared her around 100 attendees were insights on heart-healthy living during a breakfast seminar in there to eat, learn and enjoy. ❍ February at the The Country Club of the South clubhouse.

North Fulton Hospital Physician Joins Rural/Metro Ambulance Service As

MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR GEORGIA OPERATIONS North Fulton Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Ed Malcom has been appointed Medical Director for Georgia Operations at Rural/Metro Ambulance Service effective February 1, 2015. Malcom’s role in this position will include reviewing and editing EMS protocols, reviewing EMT and paramedic hiring criteria, providing

documents and call QA, assisting with paramedic and EMT training and working with Rural/Metro management to ensure clinical excellence. Says Kenneth J. Simpson, Regional Director of Rural/Metro Ambulance service, “We are extremely excited about having Dr. Malcom join

our team. He will be a huge benefit to both Rural/Metro and to the communities we serve.” For more information about North Fulton Hospital, call 770-751-2600. For more information about Rural/Metro Ambulance Service, call 678-473-1234. ❍



There are precious few people in this world who know their calling from childhood. Dr. Belinda Marcus has been fascinated with healing since before she can remember. Now, she’s gone from passing out band-aids on the playground to healing the wounded of North Fulton. Using hyperbaric oxygen, a highly effective and holistic treatment, Dr. Marcus is leading the charge at North Fulton Hospital’s Hyperbaric Wound Care Center.



ANSWER: I grew up about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. I knew I wanted to be a doctor when I was very little. If kids cut themselves, I would run over and put on a bandage. I’d even ask for it back to see how the cut had healed. I’ve always wanted to help fix people’s wounds, my entire life.



ANSWER: I’ve been in Atlanta for 15 years. I started in emergency medicine and specialized in hyperbaric wound care 11 years ago. I was medical director at a hospital in Forsyth, and then I was offered the job here. I just started Feb. 2. It was an opportunity to come and run the department. They’ve done a phenomenal job opening this clinic, increasing patient volume, and taking care of patients. I want to build on that and expand the program to the entire community.



been done in subcategories, such as radiation injury, diabetes, and many others. There are some uses that are life saving, such as with carbon monoxide poisoning. If the victim gets to us quickly, the treatment can prevent long-term deficits. It’s also used for crush injuries, gas embolisms, necrotizing fasciitis, really a broad spectrum of arenas. It’s used here mainly for the treatment of chronic wounds. A normal wound will go through a healing process. Your body will stop the bleeding, begin the inflammatory phase to clean it up, then the proliferation phase in which the tissue begins to rebuild, and finally, maturation forms the scar. In a chronic wound, it is stuck in the inflammatory stage. That could be caused by infection, Dr. Belinda Marcus a poor blood supply or traumatized blood supply, diabetes, smoking, obesity, chronic alcoholism, or poor nutrition. There are many reasons that someone may have a chronic wound. Hyperbaric oxygen is 100% oxygen at high pressure. It allows the body to produce growth factors that will promote new blood vessels in that area and oxygenate the tissues. You are super oxygenating the tissues and promoting growth to necessary areas.

Hyperbaric oxygen is 100% oxygen at high pressure. Super-oxygenated tissues promote growth that heals.



ANSWER: The chamber is seethrough. The patient is lying on a bed in a partially plexi-glass tube. You can talk to them on a radio. When they go in, their ears may pop with the pressure change. They have to equalize, but once they’re at pressure, they can relax, sleep, watch TV, whatever. It’s a commitment, a couple of hours a day for several weeks. It’s a compounding healing process. They have to be dedicated and they have to be here. We will follow the wound, or their symptoms and measure progress.



ANSWER: As medical director, I’m responsible for policies and procedures, patient care, staff education and making sure we continue to improve. I’m the liaison to the rest of the hospital and I’m responsible for educating the staff and the physicians about HOW LONG HAS THIS THERAPY our clinic. First and foremost, of course, BEEN IN USE? ANSWER: It’s been actively used for at is patient care. Staff development and the constant improvement of patient least 3 decades, and has become more widely used throughout the medical com- care are top priority. munity. Almost every hospital has their WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR THE own center in some fashion now. FUTURE OF THIS DEPARTMENT?



ANSWER: Hyperbaric is a subspecialty WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST of Emergency. I had always been TYPICAL AILMENTS THAT BRING exposed to it. I made the switch after PATIENTS IN FOR THIS TREATMENT? my daughter was born. The hours ANSWER: The top treatments are for were better and I knew it would be chronic diabetic ulcers, chronic bone more conducive to being a mom. infections, soft tissue radiation injury and non-healing surgical wounds. If CAN YOU GIVE A BRIEF the surgery involved a tissue flap, the EXPLANATION OF WHAT hyperbaric oxygen can save the tissue HYPERBARIC WOUND TREATMENT IS, flaps from failure. They could also keep WHAT IT DOES AND WHY IT WORKS? skin grafts from being rejected. Certain ANSWER: If any type of wound or ulcer isn’t healing properly, hyperbaric insurances will accept this treatment, but others don’t, unfortunately. oxygen can help. Many studies have



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people healed as fast as they can for optimal quality of life.



ANSWER: Definitely the relationships I build with my patients and their families. It’s incredibly unique. You get to know your patients really well and it’s amazing the impact you can have. If you’re able to heal someone, it’s incredibly rewarding. I’m also very close with the staff. We are a family here.



ANSWER: Everything that isn’t patient care… dealing with insurance, learning computer systems and doing paperwork, everything outside of patient care can be frustrating. But you take the bad with the good.



ANSWER: I have 2 kids. They are my top priority. They’re 10 and 7 years old. My mom lives with us, and our 3 dogs. My children, my family, are my whole life. I also love music, the outdoors (when it’s warmer) and spending time with friends and family. I live a pretty simple life!



ANSWER: I really never considered anything else. I can’t remember ANSWER: I would love to continue wanting anything else. Knowing what I doing community and patient know now, as far as how medicine has education. I want to teach them how to changed, I’m not sure if that would come see us and why they shouldn’t have swayed my decision. This is just wait. I’d like to further increase the pa- where I was headed. You have to love it, tient volume. My goal is to see faster it requires a lot of sacrifice. You could healing rates to better improve the never put me in front of a computer all quality of life for patients, even as far as day, in an office somewhere. This is salvaging limbs. We deliver where I belong. ❍ outstanding patient care and get



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ONE BITE AT A TIME The world is full of suggestions when it comes to the needs of the female body. Often, the idea of health is closely linked to aesthetics. However, the crash diets and weight loss shortcuts are not what yield positive results at the doctor’s office. These methods may actually contribute to the number one cause of death among women: heart disease. Extreme dieting and the use of “miracle” weight loss drugs often lead to depression, malnutrition, organ damage, osteoporosis and worse. Traditional healthy habits, such as eating nutritious foods and following a doctor approved exercise routine, serve women’s bodies positively on a number of levels. These habits help control weight, strengthen bones, increase longevity, and promote mental health and stability. Dorothea Norris, the Registered Dietician at North Fulton Hospital, has a few tips on how to introduce these habits into our busy daily lives. “Small changes make a big impact on your health,” Norris said. “Start with one change, then add a new one each week. Make yourself a priority. You have to take time to care for yourself.” Norris explained that to create a healthy lifestyle and maintain balance, there are a few key tools. The first is to eat right. What does that mean? It means making a few adjustments to your plate. Portion control is key. Perhaps try using a smaller plate, and then fill it up. Enjoy your food, just not too much of it. Designate half of your plate for fruits and vegetables. Make that half as colorful and attractive as possible. It may also be necessary to adjust your recipes. Try to cook with less saturated fats, salt and sugar. Look for other, healthier flavor alternatives in the spice aisle. Afterwards, use your newfound energy to keep active. Simply drinking more water throughout the day can have a large impact on a woman’s health and weight. Many sodas, energy drinks and designer coffee beverages have higher sugar and fat content than is necessary. Choosing water, black coffee (or coffee with low fat milk) and plain tea will keep you hydrated and provide other positive health benefits. The antioxidants in coffee and tea combat the free radicals that can cause cancer. “Other small changes to make include eliminating fast food, switching to low-sodium soups, taking a homemade lunch to work and getting rid of your candy bowls,” Norris added. “Cut calories by cutting out foods high in solid fats and added sugar. Choose cakes, cookies, candies and ice cream as just occasional treats. Limit fatty meat such as ribs, bacon and hot dogs. It’s best to cook at home as much as possible because it gives you control over what you eat.” The average lifestyles of American women can also contribute to hidden nutrient deficiencies that facilitate other health issues. Women are most commonly lacking in iron, vitamin-D, omega-3 fatty acids and Riboflavin B 2. These deficiencies can be supplemented with the addition of certain foods, particularly lean meats, whole grains, leafy greens and low fat dairy products. The idea of a lifestyle change can be daunting. It’s easy to get discouraged at the prospect of a dietary overhaul and finding time to go for a jog. However, with the help of dieticians and nutritionists like Dorothea Norris, these changes can be made in small, manageable increments. Those who commit to these changes will see results and be rewarded with healthier, happier lives. ❍


Dear Di, Does this make my

BUTT LOOK BIG? By Di Chapman “Why can’t women figure out that men squirm when asked certain questions?” asks Steve, a gentleman in Roswell. He reads my column every month! I exclaim because men can be terrified of doing even slightly feminine behaviors, such as reading a dating column. Most wouldn’t be caught dead sneaking a peek in the bathroom. But, men, if you’re reading, think about one of your favorite “guy movies,” Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood. His character, ultramacho Gunnery Sergeant Highway, would love to reconcile with his exwife, but bombs constantly in his efforts. Knowing he is screwing up royally, he resorts to reading women’s magazines. When he’s caught reading them in his pickup, Sergeant Highway replies something like this, “I figure this is one way to find out about women and how they think.” Men, if Clint can do it, you can, too. Consider these columns a way to learn. Now, ladies, let’s talk about the questions we ask men that make them extremely afraid. In fact, they often don’t answer. They’re trapped in “Darned if I do, darned if I don’t.” You’ll see them freeze every time. Let’s start with “Does this make my butt look big?” Ladies, seriously? Is your butt big? Come on, you know, right? This question should be reserved for dressing room “tryons” with girlfriends. Besides, men love “back views” of every kind, especially the way they move. I remember J-Lo’s early days when she presented at the Oscars. She sported quite the behind. Joan Rivers complimented the girl. “That butt! Can you imagine how many men would love to have that butt on their laps?” So true. Now, another bomb-dropper.

“Tell me how you feel about us.” Girls, don’t ask this! You’ll surely stress out your date because the reality is, he may not even know! News flash: He might not have even thought about it! I know, this is devastating news! We women crave hearing that our dates think we’re “the one.” I’ve mentioned before, if we women feel attracted to a man on a first date, for heaven’s sake, we already envision ourselves walking down the aisle in the perfect dress. He goes home wondering if he’ll ask her out again, and then turns on the football game. For most men, relationships have their place. He might already dig you, but there’s a game to watch. Girls, pose these questions to the women in your life. They’ll be thrilled to help you endlessly process your relationship. Men will surely thank you. After all, their butts are on the line. You can reach Di at dichapman@dichapman.com. ❍

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KVETCH, KVETCH, KVETCH. Isn’t complaining fun?

By Di Chapman

It must be. I’m convinced after lifelong observation of bellyaching and griping among almost everyone I’ve known, (I said “almost!”) and years of my own personal journey of researching how to find happiness, that kvetching, complaining, and moaning are a human condition. Leave it to me to spend time thinking about how much we all gripe on a daily basis, and yours truly is no exception. Clearly, we all must love it. Even the author John C. Maxwell has gotten into the action, finding the topic of disgruntlement very compelling. I was thrilled to see this, because I’ve always thought that kvetching about something is a universal activity. Whether you’re a goat-herder in Scandinavia, a Puffin scientist in Ireland and Scotland, or a museum curator, the continual kvetch is worldwide. In my own experience I’ve observed whining among cab drivers in Iceland, street vendors selling croque monsieurs in Paris, shopkeepers cooking shawarma on spits, and the ever-present gathering for dissing coworkers at the water cooler in our own USA offices. And don’t get me started on the current political landscape. Zut alors! But now, happiness has become a widely studied state of mind, and for most of us, beefing about stuff doesn’t stop even when achieving milestones in life. Ever had a job promotion that you didn’t moan about after the honeymoon period? Even Oprah Winfrey, interviewed by Shawn Achor, the author of Before Happiness, said, “I beat myself up because


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sometimes I look (at the glass) and I go, “It’s definitely half-empty, and sometimes it’s half-full.” Ah, come on! If one of the most accomplished and wealthiest people in the world has a reason to kvetch over aspects of her life, fat chance that we’ll find it easy to always look at the proverbial glass and not complain. Or can we? Seriously, folks. Have we ever considered knocking off the you know what? As Cher said when she slapped Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck, “Snap out of it!” Perhaps, but what fun would that be? Do we really want to break the cycle of focusing on the “kvetch-able” experiences in life? If you want to try it, here are some tips to think about: Quit trying to make life perfect! Perfection in life is constantly coming and going. A challenge-free life is never going to happen. As a friend of mine once said while he was tending to his wife’s flat tire, “It’s always something!” Yes, yes, it is, so let’s go with the flow and maintain our sense of humor. I know very few women who are savvy about taking care of their cars. Honestly, it’s just not what nature intended. There’s a natural built-in complaint impulse with men when it comes to how we women drive our cars, but it can be overcome with determination. My own husband finally accepted the fact that my driving is less than perfect and occasionally I run over his toolbox in the garage. I didn’t tell him about this episode, and was hoping he wouldn’t need a tool anytime soon, or notice the deep dent in the top of the box. Yeah, that was wishful thinking. There came the day when he needed a screwdriver. I heard footsteps on the stairs and braced for the kvetch. Miraculously, he pleasantly announced “It appears somebody drove over my toolbox.” I never copped to it. He never complained. It was a great day for husbands everywhere. His acceptance has resulted in fewer melt-downs and better health for both of us. It also gives him the opportunity to boast that he has the best “wives and cars” story at the office. Take time to focus on your value to family, friends, work, and community. Why not compliment yourself daily on what you’re good at? Good things happen, no matter how small, so give them a nod. Be productive each day, whether in the garden, seeing your family, exercising or working. Productivity raises self-esteem. Complaining doesn’t. I believe this is true of all of humanity, from the clerk to the surgeon. And by the way, exercise throughout the week helps tremendously to relieve angst. Those good ol’ endorphins work wonders. Diffuse a tense situation with humor. I can give you another vignette from my marriage. My husband and I were having one of truly few fights over a situation that had to do with children. (Not something you can relate to, right?) Well, I made a final point, “I have spoken,” held my head high, and executed a dramatic exit out the door, without stopping to collect my purse. It would have killed the effect. As I marched out and slammed the door, unbeknownst to me, it locked behind me. When I realized how dumb I’d been, and decided to go back into the house, yes, you guessed it, I was out in the cold. Meekly, I knocked on the door. I saw the knob slowly turn, and there he was. We both began to laugh hysterically and exchanged apologies. It’s very difficult to whine while you’re laughing. There is one more recommendation by experts in positivity: eat donuts or french fries when you “need” them. Uh-huh. I didn’t make this up! Okay, then. I’ll choose a chocolate donut while I whine about today’s to-do list. Yes, I know. I need to snap out of it! Come on, I’m only human! You can reach Di at dichapman@dichapman.com. ❍

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Camellia japonica blooms in shades of pink, white, or red, and grows well in a southern shade garden. By Nancy Wallace

It’s March, so it’s almost time to get in the garden. If you need an excuse to plant flowers this month, I’m going to give you one: March 12 is National Plant a Flower Day. What better way to celebrate the coming of spring? Use this as an excuse to introduce your children to the joys of gardening, or surprise a friend or neighbor with something to plant in their garden. Some of my favorite evergreen, March-blooming plants that work beautifully in the shade garden include: Pieris japonica, a shrub with “lily-of-the-valley” like blooms, and the southern favorite, Camellia japonica with flowers in shades of pink, white, or red. Possibly my favorite shade-garden plant is Edgeworthia chrysantha, or the pa-

perbush as it is commonly known. It is deciduous, with a sleek brown trunk in winter. As a member of the Daphne family of plants, the paperbush produces fragrant flowers that open in butter-yellow clusters from silvery buds on bare branches in early spring, and it’s usually in full bloom by March. After blooming, large rhododendron-like leaves

to consider some of the new 2015 AAS Winners (All-America Selections is an independent, nonprofit group that tests new plant varieties and then introduces only the very best performers). This year’s winners include seeds specifically suited to the southeast: Tomato Chef ’s Choice Pink F1 (large beefsteak tomatoes), and Pepper Sweet Sunset F1, which is a compact banana pepper that produces a large amount of fruit. But that’s not all. Here are a few other award-winning seeds, specifically suited to small space gardens. (Start seeds indoors, and move outside once all danger of frost has passed.) Bean ‘Mascotte’ is a bushbean, with a compact growth habit. The beans grow above the foliage, so harvesting is easy. Cucumber ‘Pick a Bushel’ has excellent heat tolerance, and is just the right size for container gardens. Eggplant ‘Patio Baby’ is another plant suitable for a container garden, producing fruit early in the season, and continuing over the summer. No prickles on this eggplant, so harvesting is easy. So whether you are ready to get in the dirt this month, or are planning a summer vegetable garden, there is plenty to do to get ready for a new growing season. Nancy provides garden design & renovation services. Follow her blog: wallacegardens.tumblr.com. ❍

Many seeds on the market today work well in small spaces, including containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets. Find a sunny spot and grow your own herbs like basil, parsley, and garlic chives.

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emerge along the branches and remain until the first frost. If you need ground cover flower-fillers for the shade garden, other Marchbloomers include Epimedium, with small orchid-like flowers on wiry stems, and lenten roses (Helleborus orientalis) that boast a bloom cycle from January to April. Garden centers tend to offer seasonal plants when they are in full bloom, so keep this in mind when shopping for supplemental landscape materials. Let’s address one of the biggest trends in gardening right: growing your own fruits and vegetables. While it’s still cold outside, use this time to plan ahead, and start some seeds. You don’t need a large patch of ground to produce your own food. Many seeds on the market today work well in small spaces, including containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets. Take a look at your deck or patio and see where you have the most sun. You’ll want about eight hours of sun for most fruits and vegetables. Make a simple sketch and designate how many pots of tomatoes you want to grow, maybe use one container for a blue berry bush, and another for pepper plants. If you have hanging baskets or window boxes, these make perfect containers for growing herbs like basil, parsley, and garlic chives. If you are growing fruits and vegetables from seed, you might want

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L VE By Mike Finch

haven’t been exercising regularly, and have an addictive compulsion for sweets, but come on! Girl Scout cookies only come once a year! Sweetie tried to laugh it off, but the very foundational walls of trust had been severely shaken if not completely fractured! Where else has her dishonesty manifested itself? Do my black pants really make my butt look big? Was she really NOT impressed with the craftsmanship I put into that birdhouse I built her? Oh my gosh! Did my favorite dog with the slight mange really jump out of her car and “run away?” What if she thinks my “beach t-shirt” with the cutoff sleeves really is sexy and she’s making up the whole, “could you be a bigger redneck” attitude? You can understand why I now must question everything. Sweetie insists that this was a one-time lapse in judgment, and that ultimately she was only looking out for my health and well-being. She further assured me that my black pants are fine, and the “custom” sleeveless t-shirt should never be worn outside the house. I finally breathed a sigh of relief as all things seemed to be back as they should be—then I spotted the hidden jelly beans! Sweetie? ❍

In multiple Miscellaneous Ramblings columns over the last 5 years I’ve documented my personal marriage journey with Sweetie as we approach our annual milestone this year—for the 32nd time! I think you will agree with me that I have doted aplenty on her, and have accepted the burden of reminding her of her infinite luck in landing a repeating “spouse of the year” candidate at such an early age. So, you can imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that my life is built on a bed of lies; that a repeated behavior of deceit has infiltrated my marriage lair. After all is it not trust that ultimately binds the vows together? Perhaps I shouldn’t be airing such laundry in such a public forum, but I think the truth must be told if for no other reason than save a fellow husband, father, and warrior, from a similar fate. I actually came across this pattern of deceit completely by accident as I was helping refill the pantry from a Walmart excursion. As I was putting away the canned tomatoes I noticed the misplaced bag on the bottom shelf. Upon further investigation Sweetie could hide her treachery no longer—the Girl Scout cookies had Mike can be reached at been delivered and subsequently miscellaneousramblings@yahoo.com hidden—from me! Now, I realize I’ve put on a few pounds lately,



By Kay Paschal

How many of you think your child is the best thing since sliced bread? I know that’s what I think of my two boys. Steve and I were high school sweethearts and were married 10 years Kay Paschal, Owner before we had our first Peachtree Park Prep child. (Do you think everyone in the family was ready for that child or what?) But when a child goes to school does anyone else think of them as special? Several years ago I attended an eyeopening seminar at an early childhood teacher conference titled “Is Your Child Special?” attended by over 500 educators and we were all taken by surprise. The speaker took us through a series of questions that got us all excited about how smart, energetic, and just darn precious the children we teach are. Then she asked this excited group: “I guess you all think your students are pretty special?” We all raised our hands in huge support of this statement. That’s when she lowered the boom. By definition everyone cannot be special. Not even a majority can be special. Not even a few can be special. Special means: “better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual… of particular value over any other.” Wow, did this suddenly clear up some of the questions we, as early educators, have on some of the difficult behaviors we see in the early years (and then into the older educational years) for some children who they think they are special. In fact, they know they are, they’ve been told they are special a million times by the people they believe in the most—their parents. Now don’t get me wrong, my boys are still special, and they are in their 20s! I’m sure your child is special too, and always will be. However, we need to temper how we communicate to our children in their formative years that being “special” is a designation specific to the family unit only. Out in the school world or real world, their teacher, their friends, boss, and co-workers will view everyone through the same lens with no one any better, more valuable, or special than the others in the class or group. Of course, as we also know, there are truly different people different who possess extraordinary abilities. It’s up to all of us to find within ourselves whatever makes us feel special. This “special” feeling is called self-esteem. ❍ Kay Paschal is owner of Peachtree Park Prep.


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Frank Mack and Bill Greenwood in the garden at Greenwood’s On Green Street. By Frank Mack

Okay, I’m a Chicago guy so I can take the winter weather, but man, living in the south has weakened my resistance to the cold. The only thing bad about writing for print is that I have no idea of when you may read this article. At this moment in time, as I write, its snowing outside and my mind is thinking of eating on a patio and enjoying some warmer temperatures! I have my eye on a few new spots that I will get to next month. I’ve learned, that it is best to temper my enthusiasm, and wait to ensure any new restaurant on the scene can cut the mustard over time. With that in mind, I want to revisit a few local spots that offer some great outdoor dining. Here is my take on the top 5 local spots with great patios and outstanding staff. 1.) Vin 25. Located between Canton and Green Streets in Roswell, owner Phillip Cooper ensures proper doses of romance, world-class wine and small plates under a gorgeous setting.

2.) Made. This place is on the back of Main Street in Historic Alpharetta. It’s owned by the Sedgwick’s (Bistro VG, PURE) so you know the quality is there. The décor and ambiance are beyond my ability to describe here so you just have to go see for yourself. I call it Genius Gorgeous Gastro. There is a new restaurant category for you. 3.) Greenwood’s on Green Street. A most magnificent garden and patio featuring some of the best southern food around. Bill Greenwood is a true local legend.


The patio at VUU Asian Bistro offers a different outdoor dining experience.

4.) VUU Asian Bistro. The most modern and sleek patio around. This thing is high tech and the food is fantastic. Must visit this place at night for full effect! 5.) The Marietta Square. That’s right the whole darn square. With Canton Street and Downtown Alpharetta getting a lot of love, let’s not forget the short drive over to the west. This place has it all and also a little tidbit… Taqueria Tsunami is coming to Roswell so hang on folks! Let’s not forget that soon Alive After Five will be back as will the Food Truck Alley in Alpharetta. These events are a great opportunity to discover food and enjoy the great outdoors. Now we just need to get Mother Nature back on our side and we’ll have a winning formula. Now go eat! ❍

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A TOAST TO GOOD TIMES AND A GREAT CAUSE Roswell Beer Festival on March 28 looks to raise over 100k in its third year.

By Tripp Liles

We’ve had a real winter this year. With temperatures regularly under freezing it’s time to start looking forward to longer days and yes, enjoying the outdoors with friends. On March 28 the local festival season kicks into high gear with the Roswell Beer Festival. The annual event is in its 3rd year and is a fundraiser for the STAR House Foundation. The foundation has over two decades of success in serving underprivileged youth in the Roswell area. In total they offer academic, social, and leadership skills to nearly 300 children at Mimosa and Esther Jackson Elementary Schools, Elkins Middle, and Roswell High School. The festival was born out of a desire to hold a different type of fundraiser, something that is unique and offers patrons a good time, while also providing a great opportunity to sample a wide variety of beers and

enjoy the spring weather. Each year the festival, held on the Historic Square in Roswell, has grown and this year’s event will fill the square with hundreds of attendees. Organizers have set lofty goals. “We have been thrilled with the growth the past three years. In 2013, we raised $10k for the STAR House Foundation; this year we will raise $100k. We have managed this growth by focusing on delivering a high-quality event that shares the high standards of what people have come to expect from Roswell,” said Jeff Bridges, an event organizer and STAR House board Chair-Elect.


The Highbeams will once again rock the stage at the Roswell Beer Festival.

The beer movement has been growing in this country for several years now. Many refer to the phenomenon of beer flavor and diversity as the “growth of craft beer” or “the culture of better beer.” For beer drinkers it’s simply a journey of pleasure. We live in a golden age of beer and currently it is a good time to be a beer drinker. The days of Budweiser and Miller dominating the grocery store shelves and restaurant offerings are over. The craft beer movement is one that cultivates a spirit of independence. This has become big business and it’s growing. Right now there are more breweries in the U.S. than at anytime in our history. The Roswell Beer Festival

capitalizes on this trend by offering beers from a multitude of sources that offer something for every taste bud. “We will have over 250 beers, and 15 cask beers brewed just for this event,” Bridges stated. No matter if you are a seasoned veteran of the beer scene, or a rookie, this festival will offer something for you. Having attended the previous festivals I can personally say that it’s a mistake to only partake in beers you are already familiar with. If you squander the day on the well-traveled styles, you may have missed the point. With a festival like this the time is ripe to make some adventurous choices. continues on p. 30

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Roswell Beer Festival continued from page 29 “We will have something for everyone. We will have dark beers and light beers; strong beers and session beers… we will even have ciders and sours. Many beers we will feature are offerings not available in any stores or bars,” Bridges continued. This is also a great opportunity to do some people watching and enjoy some delicious food on offer from some of the areas great restaurants. With the Historic Roswell Square as the backdrop the combination of great beer, food, and music is a can’t miss formula. “We have an amazing selection of local restaurants that are representative of Roswell’s foodie culture. There is Vin25, The Mill Kitchen and Bar, The Peach and the Pork Chop, Foundation Social Eatery, Ethyls, Roux, and snacks and sweets from Rusty’s Nutz and Happy Hour Confections,” said Bridges. Additionally, event organizers are keenly aware that the overall experience be an enjoyable one. “We have learned that we need to continuously improve and enhance the customer experience. Each year we send out a survey to all participants, and use that feedback to improve the next event. Even though 88% of survey respondents scored our event as excellent, we took away feedback that we needed to improve the efficiency of the registration process, and have ordered almost double the amount of portable restrooms to shorten lines. We have also added more restaurants, and more beer,” Bridges continued. The live music on offer should not be overlooked. This festival is about more than just sampling beer and enjoying the weather—you will also have the opportunity to see and hear some great bands. Last year The Free Byrds and HighBeams were a hit with event patrons and this year they will return offering a solid take on some good rock and roll. Both of these bands deserve to be listened to, not just as background music like most festivals, but rather take the opportunity to discover some great young local talent. These bands can stand on their own… who says rock and roll is dead? Tickets for the event are on sale now with various options available for entry and food options. “We have two ticket options. The

Jeff Bridges, Cara Darling, Monica Oliveira and Alex Kaufman of the STAR House Foundation.

first is similar to previous years, which is a general admission ticket ($50) that allows for unlimited tastings from 2–6 p.m. New this year is a VIP ticket ($100), which includes early access to the event, free food (food tickets needed for gen. admin.), access to our luxurious restroom trailer, and entry to our VIP section with access to cask beers brewed by some of the top breweries in the country. These casks are made just for our event; so the beers are truly one of a kind offering that will never be tasted again,” Bridges said. Tickets are on sale now at www.roswellbeerfest.com. With the lofty 6-figure goal, festival organizers are raising the bar and now it’s time for the community to respond for this great cause. “We are proud to be the only beer festival that is organized and run by a 501c(3) non-profit organization. The STAR House Foundation will benefit from 100% of proceeds, and each and every dollar we earn will go towards our after-school programs supporting at-risk youth right here in Roswell. We run this event very lean, with all proceeds going directly to the programs supporting our kids. Participants of the event not only get to sample delectable beers, but are also making a strategic investment in Roswell,” Bridges said. ❍




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