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and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, soaps. This market runs through October 25. In Roswell they are taking things to the next level. Now called the Roswell Farmers and Artisan Market, it will operate every Saturday morning during expanded dates, from May 3 to September 27, 8 a.m. until 12 noon, behind Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill Street, Roswell. Roswell Farmers and Artisan Market is a producer-only market that draws from the best vendors within a 100-mile radius. A typical Saturday includes live music, mini-workshops, children’s programs and chef demonstrations. A bistro area allows shoppers to relax, eat, and enjoy.

history and culture are brought to life in a series of events that include something for everyone.” Select events include a month long Photographic Juried Exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center. On May 3, Chris Thomas King performs at Riverside Sounds Free Concert series. On May 9, Drum Circle with Chuck Cogliandro is at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and on May 10 Spencer Day will perform at the Cultural Arts Center. For a details, download the full Heritage Days in May brochure at www.heritagedaysinmay.com.

only, host the event, for Johns Creek residents, and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11350 Johns Creek Pkwy, near the intersection of Johns Creek Pkwy and Lakefield Drive. Expect delays and please arrive well before 2 p.m. Reusable items will be donated to charity. For more information call 770-551-7766 or email info@knfb.org.


Prepare your taste buds for the 24th Annual Taste of Alpharetta on Thursday, May 8 in historic downtown MARIETTA GARDENERS Marietta Farmers Market Alpharetta. Admission is free and CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE patrons can purchase food and activity FARMERS MARKETS ARE Held on Saturday May 10 at 8 a.m. this tickets—10 tickets for $5. Tickets are HERITAGE DAYS IN MAY PLENTIFUL event features plants grown by redeemed at participating restaurant May is National Historic Preservation members for sale to the general public. booths for a wide selection of tastes There are plenty of places to choose Month, and to mark this, Roswell will They specialize in perennials, native that will range from $.50 – $3 per samfrom when looking to take the farm to celebrate Heritage Days in May—a and southern plants. There will also be ple or can also be used in the events your table. In Marietta there is the month-long event series that celebrates gardening items on offer. The event is family-friendly Fun Zones for a variety weekly Marietta Square Farmers the people, places and events that have held at the Marietta First United of activities ranging from pony rides Market held at the town square each made the City what it is today. Methodist Church on the corner of and rock climbing walls, to inflatables, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and “Heritage Days in May is a great Polk Street and the 120 loop in balloon art, and henna tattoos. Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.. They offer reminder of all the wonderful things Marietta. For more information visit Also in Alpharetta there is the Food over 60 vendors with a wide array of Roswell has to offer,” said Morgan mariettagardenersclub.tripod.com. Truck Alley. This is a weekly event held vegetables, flowers, preserves and even Timmis, the City’s Historic and each Thursday gathering on Old organic dog biscuits. Cultural Affairs Manager. “Roswell’s In Alpharetta there is the JOHNS CREEK OFFER BULKY Roswell Street in downtown that features a variety of food trucks, live Alpharetta Farmers Market held in RECYCLING DAY music and plenty of activities for the Downtown Alpharetta. This event, Recycle furniture, home medical equipwhole family. Call 678-297-6000. held Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. ment and those hard-to-dispose-of to 1 p.m., was recently called a “Best large items as well as sensitive Saturday Morning Excursion” by ROSWELL FINE ARTS documents at Johns Creek’s “Bulky Atlanta Magazine and features farmers ALLIANCE MEMBER SHOW Items Recycling Day” on May 17 at with fruits, vegetables and natural State Farm’s Atlanta Operations Center This event will be held at the Jackson meats, gardeners with fresh flowers in Technology Park. The City of Johns Acura dealership at 10900 Alpharetta and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edCreek and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful Highway. Several members of the ible home goods from yummy desserts Chuck Cogliandro RFAA will display and sell their art. Proceeds We believe in face-to-face not cyberspace. from this show will benefit the high school art show now in its 28th Utilizing our firm for tax, accounting and financial planning year. There will be an means we can better assist you in reaching your financial goals opening reception on May 17 from 4:30 to Full Service CPA & Financial Planning 6:30 with the art on display through June 7. The • Financial Planning • Monthly Accounting art is on display during 555 Sun Valley Drive, Suite E-2, normal business hours. • Income Tax Preparation • New Business Start up Roswell, GA 30076 For more information on www.bowencpa.net the RFAA visit • Non-profit assistance • Income Tax Audits/Notices www.rfaa.org.


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Vintage Computer Festival Southeast

May 3 & 4


Colors Festival of Arts

May 10 & 11 In 2014, the Colors Festival of Arts will celebrate its 24th year of presenting this community event that has become a traditional way for many families to celebrate Mom. Only fitting, since many of the Roswell Junior Women’s Club members who put on this event are mothers themselves. The beautiful flowers of spring will combine with beauty created from sparkling glass, an array of paintings, photography, captivating jewelry, whimsical sculptures and a wide array of original arts and crafts that the entire family will find enjoyable. Browse to your heart’s content and purchase those items you hear calling your name. If you haven’t found the perfect Mother’s Day gift yet, don’t fret, Mom is sure to find something she will love at the Colors Festival of Arts. Artists and craftsmen arrive from areas around the Southeast, joining with Roswell and North Fulton artists to present a magnificent show. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and ranges from storytelling to vocalists, to instrumentalists and dance performances. An array of festive food vendors are on hand to satisfy the appetite. www.visitroswellga.com

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural festival the Vintage Computer Festival is expanding by diving even deeper into the history of computing with “Personal Computing from Switches to Pockets.” This exciting new exhibit allows the audience to take a journey, starting with the present and traveling back through time with the stories and artifacts that have made a huge impact on how we communicate and live our lives today. The new exhibit will be shown in conjunction with the second annual Vintage Computer Festival Southeast. This year’s exhibit space will be greatly enlarged over last year. The popular retro-gaming area and introduction

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Acoustic Eidolon in concert


Alpharetta Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

May 3 to 10 Since the tradition started in 1984, the first full week of May has annually been recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week. During this week, cities and states nationwide celebrate the power of travel by hosting localized events. And there is a lot to be excited about. In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau invites residents and visitors to stop by the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, during business hours between May 3 and 10, 2014 for refreshments and information about Alpharetta. Those who attend can enter to win the 2014 Awesome Concert Series Continues giveaway. The winner will receive two VIP tickets to concerts that take place at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre from August through October 2014.


to soldering workshop will be available again. This year there will be more vendors, a stellar slate of speakers, two hours of Pecha Kucha and workshop experiences. The Apple Pop Up exhibit will be on display again this year for those who missed it last year and for those who would like to experience it again. The museum is located at Kings Market Shopping Center, 1425 Market Blvd. Suite #200, Roswell, Georgia 30076. For more info visit computermuseumofamerica.com If you want more information on how your group could be involved in the future please contact Lonnie Mimms at Lonnie@mimms.com.

The circus is coming to town, and it happens to be the biggest Shrine Circus in North America. Don’t miss the opportunity to see all-new top circus acts from around the world with clowns, bears, elephants, horses, motorcycles, acrobats, and daredevil acts. Plus, enjoy a giant Carnival midway featuring over 40 rides and attractions.

There will be lots of good food, like pizza, funnel cakes, ice cream, corndogs, cotton candy, candy apples, fluffy fries, hamburgers, hotdogs, cheese steaks, elephant ears, Polish sausage, Italian sausage, barbeque, home fries, fried Oreos, roasted corn, snow cones, apple dumplings and more.

Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello, are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Canada. With nine CDs and a DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic” sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences. Concert is at Raggamuffin Music Hall in Roswell located at 585 Atlanta Street in Roswell. For more information call 770-365-7738 or visit www.sixstringsocialclub.com


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Pope HS Explodes!

STYX & Foreigner

May 8 & 9 Pope High School band will performing XPLOSION, a spectacularly unique and extraordinary musical performance show on Thur., May 8 and Fri., May 9 at 7pm in the Pope High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  Purchase tickets at popeband.seatyourself.biz. Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road in Marietta.


“Light the Night” at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

May 10 This is a unique event in a picturesque, outdoor setting that you will not want to miss! All donations to Rockin’ At The River support the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s work of protecting the future of the vital water resource of the Chattahoochee River by educating the leaders of tomorrow. The CNC educates more than 120,000 visitors annually including more than 40,000 metro Atlanta school children. For more info visit chattnaturecenter.org.

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Alpharetta Farmers’ Market

May 24 At the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers’ Market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables, and natural meats; gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs; and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, and soaps. Located in Downtown Alpharetta.

Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ’70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six bestof compilations, and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. At Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre in Alpharetta. For more info visit www.vzwamp.com.


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A WORLD OF EVENTS ON OFFER IN MAY From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day there is plenty to do in the month of May.

By Jessica Diamond The merry month of May is upon us, and it’s definitely cause for celebration. With all of the beautiful weather, outdoor festivals, and summer holidays just around the corner, it’s a wonder anyone goes to work anymore. Not that I’m encouraging anyone to play hooky, of course, but have you looked out the window? It’s so gorgeous, I’ve nearly convinced myself I’m an outdoorsy sort of person. I suddenly want to climb things, paddle around the river and cook on an open fire. This is actually making a very strong point, considering I am a failed girl scout who is extremely prone to bug bites and can get sunburn during a full moon. Unfortunately, there is still work to be done and finals to be taken before that big vacation you might have planned for this summer. Luckily, there are more than a few ways to take the edge off and enjoy this month, no matter what your schedule. The City of Atlanta doesn’t do anything in a small way, especially when it comes to a good party.

Sunday May 4, Centennial Olympic Park will host Fiesta Atlanta, the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the southeast. This free event offers the full, authentic Mexican experience with live music, folk dancing, shopping, and what is sure to be some amazing food. Ordering an extra margarita in honor of the holiday is all well and good, but if you want the true multicultural experience, Fiesta Atlanta is the place to be. Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Mother’s Day can be a tricky day to plan, especially when many mothers insist they “really don’t need anything.” From what I can gather, mothers mainly want to spend the day with the ones they love and they don’t want to have to plan or host it. That means finding a way to be together, keep the kids occupied and make sure Mom has a fun, relaxing day after another hard year of mothering. The Annual Colors Festival of Arts in Roswell may just fit the bill for the whole family. This twoday festival on the Historic Town Square features all manner of original artworks, from paintings and photographs to jewelry and

your emotions and your patriotism. This is not an event you’ll soon forget. Once a year, I indulge in a magical phenomenon known as a baklava sundae. It’s exactly what it sounds like. I exchange money (as much as they want) for a bowl filled with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and crumbled baklava (aka the food of the angels). I can only do this once a year for two reasons. Firstly, if I ate baklava sundaes year round, I would have gotten debilitating diabetes by now. Secondly, this particular sundae is only found at the Marietta Greek Festival put on each year by the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Of course, there are dozens of other reasons to attend this weekend long festival, held this year May 16–18. There’s live entertainment, authentic Greek food, and a massive marketplace filled with fine jewelry, art, clothes, and much more. Everyone is an honorary Greek for the evening and no one is left off the dance floor. It’s truly a blast and you’ll come away feeling like one of the family. When those big projects at work or those final exams start to wear you down, treat yourself to a well-deserved stroll through the arts festival or a ticket to the big show. Make this May memorable by pulling your face out of the computer pit and showing it out around your own community as it springs back to life after a long, rough winter. And don’t just look at it through the screen of your phone or camera, go and live it! ❍

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glassware, as well as storytelling, musical performances, dancing and plenty of food vendors. There is even a Chalk Art competition for those who are so inclined. The festival spans May 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Treat Mom to day beautiful day out on the Square and enjoy the spring colors. If you are familiar with the name Eddie Izzard, it probably means one of two things. Either you had an affinity for transvestite comedians in the 1990s, or you stumbled across his material on YouTube some time in recent years and spent the duration of these videos rolling on the floor with laughter. I happen to fall into the latter group. Happily, I have learned that Izzard’s latest tour will be passing through Atlanta May 23 at the fabulous Fox Theatre! If you are already familiar with Izzard’s absurd wit and alluring British accent, then you will be sure to jump on those tickets as soon as possible. If you are not already familiar with Izzard, then get yourself to a computer and make sure your floor is soft enough to land on. The strain on your laughing muscles will keep you out of the gym for a week. Roswell boasts the largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia, and the event is only growing in grandeur each year. Thousands of visitors from across the southeast gather on the City Hall grounds to pay their respects and show their endless gratitude to United States veterans. This May 26, gather your friends and family at the Roswell City Hall and prepare for a presentation that will stir

The Annual Colors Festival of Arts returns May 10–11.

The Marietta Greek Festival offers great entertainment for the whole family.

STRING YOUR KIDS ALONG THIS SUMMER Popular summer puppet series returns with entertaining lineup of performers.

this adventure follows the young boy Mowgli as he struggles against Shere Khan, the tiger, and restores peace to the jungle. June 9–14: “Puppets Kapow!” is a puppet show that packs a punch and will premiere here in Roswell! Frisch Marionettes gives us a fast-paced, fun-filled show, featuring fabulous puppets performing fantastic feats! Marionettes, hand puppets, rod puppets and more will sing, dance and perform tricks that will have you laughing and shouting for more! June 16–21: “Cinderella,” set in the 18th century and featuring lavishly costumed marionettes, is a Tanglewood Marionettes’ showpiece. All your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella, to the boastful stepsisters and the charming prince, and each marionette is manipulated with precision and grace by Tanglewood’s talented puppeteers. June 23–28: “The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man,” presented by All Hands Productions, follows the troublemaking Gingerbread Man as he makes narrow escapes from unsuspecting cookie lovers. You’ll Continues on p17

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By Tripp Liles Since 1997 The Roswell Cultural Arts Center has hosted the Summer Puppet Series. This year’s lineup features classic tales such as “Cinderella,” “Jungle Book,” and “Aesop’s Fables” presented with marionettes, hand puppets, and more. Each show takes place Monday through Saturday at 10am. On Wednesdays and Fridays there is an additional show at 1pm. This is a great opportunity to keep your kids busy and engaged during the summer months. In addition to the regular performances, author Gail Goldberg will be offering a free literacy workshop titled “Exploring Expression through Art and Drama” for children 6 and under. Each workshop is the same so a child only needs to attend once and there is required pre-registration available at roswellpuppets.com. The performance line-up: June 2–7: “Jungle Book: The Story of Mowgli’s Fire” has Frisch Marionettes returning to Roswell with another captivating show. Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s novel and featuring original music,

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LIVE! FINISHES SERIES WITH STRONG PERFORMERS Crooner Spencer Day and comedy troop Second City hit the stage at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. By Tripp Liles

The third annual series of live entertainment events titled LIVE! In Roswell, at the Cultural Arts Center, comes to a close with two high profile acts in Spencer Day and the wildly popular Second City comedy troop.

(2005) featured his own songs and the title track won San Francisco Academy of Art University’s 2005 competition for best original song. His newest album released March 12, 2013; The Mystery of You hits a wide range of stylistic nuances from smoky noir to Latin Jazz, and even some surf guitar. The most popular performance from last year’s series was The Second City comedy troop so this year they are back for two shows on June 7. These performers come from the highly respected Second City theater in Chicago, which gave starts to comedic talents such as John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Spencer Day performs May 10 Barbara Harris, Robert Klein, and Mary Gross. With its roots On May 10, Spencer Day, often com- in improvisational theater The Second City developed an pared to Harry Connick Jr., will entirely unique way of creating delight the local female crowd with and performing comedy. In their his stylish presentation and silky early years it was experimental voice. Mostly self-taught, Day sang and unconventional in its and played piano at bars and approach to both theatre and retirement homes, typically playing comedy. At a time when motherjazz standards. This side of Day is in-law jokes were more the most exhibited in his debut album Introducing Spencer Day (2004). His fashion, The Second City railed against the conformist culture second album Movie of Your Life

with scenes that spoke to a younger generation. This performance, titled Happily Ever After, will draw material from classic Second City bits as well as improvisation from recent headlines. Before each event the lobby of the Cultural Arts Center is alive with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres by Hugo’s Oyster Bar. Advance ticket purchase, strongly advised, can be purchased at www.roswellpresents.com. The Cultural Arts Center is located at, 950 Forrest Street in historic Roswell. ❍

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WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE MY KEYS? Lately they’ve grown legs and that’s not all. By Di Chapman

I tend to wander while I check emails, pay bills while I talk on the phone, and straighten up the office while I meet my deadlines. I text while doing laundry, making dinner, and heating up the shower. I do writing research during otherwise idle time in the bathroom. (Come on, you know you read in there, too.) I am one of the great multitaskers on the planet. My proficiency at maximizing the amount of junk I get done in any one moment astounds me. I am hot. But, wait. I walk into a room, and stop in my tracks. I glance around, puzzled. “Why in the heck did I come into this room? What was I looking for? I know there’s a reason I walked in here!” It doesn’t matter for what, or why the room is used. The reason for jaunting in there has simply evaporated, poof, into the ether. My confidence fizzles. Aahhhh, the rise of “senior moments,” forgetfulness, of losing our grasp on daily details. The taking forever for our memory to kick in for recall of significant moments of our lives, and the logical place we stored something. Our day of reckoning is here with the dreaded realization that we can’t remember “what’s his name’s” name in Apocalypse Now, or the chord progression for “Stairway to Heaven,” or a paragraph we just read in the paper. We’re holding up lines with PINS that have dissipated from our brains between the grocery aisles and the checkout. And don’t get me started about the car keys. Where in the heck are they? So what if I don’t hang them in

their rightful place when I walk in the door? So what if I unconsciously drop them on a chair, or leave them in a pocket? How hard could they be to find? How hard, indeed. The dang things love “hide and seek,” taunting me as I scramble through the house, working up a frenzy to leave. The fact is this has become a daily routine. Is it dementia? Mercifully, the answer is “not likely.” German researchers recently announced good news for all of us who can no longer find our keys, or carry on an intelligent conversation without telltale expressions of “Oh, yeah, who was that?” or “Oh, shoot, give me a moment!” or “Dang, what was the name of that show where what’s-her-name shot that guy, you know, that strange lookin’ dude?” It turns out that we’re all experiencing brain fade, not because we’re ascending in age, but because we’re adding so much new knowledge daily to our brains, they’re stuffed full. It turns out, brains are like computers, and different stages of life affect data re-

our brains accumulated more information than we can juggle at one time. All of our memories of places visited, the names of everyone we’ve ever met, every piece of furniture we’ve ever assembled, and everything else we’ve learned, has stacked up. We must sift through it for recall of even the simplest thing, like the location of the car keys. Now, a word to all of us boomers about my above-mentioned multitasking. In 2008 a study was unveiled in The New Atlantis Journal of Technology and Society about the illusion of brain comprehension while doing more than one thing at once. It reports that as early as 2005, Hewlett-Packard funded research by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London to determine how distractions in business, a.k.a multitasking, affect our mental capabilities. Folks, it turns out that if we are doing emails and phone calls all at

once, we “suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers.” Remember that commercial in our day, with eggs frying in a pan? The voiceover said, “This is your brain on drugs.’’ Multitasking is like smoking marijuana. We think we’re mastering the universe, but we’re just getting stoned without the buzz. Hey, everyone is deluded by the lure of multitasking. Young mothers juggle a crying baby, a whining toddler, food preparation, and telephone conversations, all at once. No wonder they occasionally forget the first-grader at school. Law enforcement officials who are driving, looking around, checking onboard computers, and wondering why we’re not driving with both hands on the wheel really aren’t focused.

Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of Crazy Busy, says that multitasking is a “mythical activity in which people believe they can perform two or more tasks simultaneously.” Even Millennials are lousy at this, and experts wonder how it will affect the world’s future productivity. Okay, so how can we improve cognitive function, other than dropping multitasking? Researchers say that exercise, weight management, non-smoking and low alcohol consumption contributes to a 60% drop in tendency toward dementia. Exercise alone has a huge preventive effect, according to the journal Neurology. Aren’t you glad I read this research while I was running the vacuum cleaner? I’m okay, you’re okay and our knowledge is still in our brains somewhere. When I figure out where, I’ll let you know. I kept the studies in a logical place for future reference. For the life of me, though, I can’t remember where that was. ❍

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call. The less information in the computer, as in “young” person, the faster data is retrieved. In our case, new information is being assimilated as quickly as it can. Old facts are being dug out of an increasingly deep pile of life’s accumulated, well, you fill in your own blank. “The brains of older people do not get weak,” says Michael Ramscar of Germany’s Tubingen University to the U.K.’s The Independent. “On the contrary, they simply know more.” Aha! We’re not feeble minded. We’re just brilliant, like Einstein, except perhaps for the crazy hair! Throughout our years of relentless pursuit of knowledge and the search for meaning,

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By Mike Hadden

Your significant other probably has never asked you this question but it may be one of the most appropriate questions one to ask when pondering poundage. Way back in the mid-70s, the U.S. obesity rate was about 10%.  By 2007, that rate had increased to 33% with another 33% of the U.S. being clearly overweight.  In 1991, zero states had an adult obesity rate greater than 20%.  Over the next 16 years, America stuffed its collective pie hole to the point where Colorado was the sole state under 20% in 2007. As a nation, we have gained 5.5 billion pounds since the 1970s.  That’s 27.5 of our largest aircraft carriers.  Now, consider the tag-along maladies associated with obesity such as diabetes, heart disease, increased risk of certain cancers. and osteoarthritis and we really start to see the immensity of this problem.   So, is it the increased number of Big Gulps that is causing this or is it the increased amount of couch surfing?  That’s a tough question to answer, but studies indicate that sloth may have more of an impact on obesity rates than gluttony.  A study performed in Britain looked at obesity rates between 1950 and 1990 and saw that even as gluttony peaked and declined over the years, obesity continued to climb and the data suggested a notable causal role of inactivity.  A study looking at Atlanta found that an increase in daily driving of just 5 minutes increased the likelihood of obesity by 3 percent.  Add another 30 minutes to your commute each way and your

front door to a walk friendly environment where you can walk to the store, office and park are significant. It turns out that walkable places that new urbanists and smart growth advocates strive to create are one of the best solutions to many of the health issues that our country faces. We are getting better with places like Historic Roswell, Avalon, Alpharetta City Center and Milton Crabapple providing (or soon to be providing) moderately walkable lifestyles. But there is still a lot of work to be done.  Let’s keep pushing for walkable town centers with a diversity of uses, connective paths between neighborhoods as well as parks that are our kids can safely walk to and steer clear of the sloth inducing, car oriented development of the past. ❍ Mike Hadden is author of the blog newurbanroswell.com.  Would you like to comment on this article? Visit our website at www.thecurrenthub.com.

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scale will start to cringe. Our car-dependent lifestyle is literally driving our increased inactivity. I would wager that most of us drive by necessity not by choice.  Fortunately, that is something we can start to change. The sprawl fighting organization Congress for the New Urbanism has made healthy places one of its focal points. In 2010 they partnered with the CDC make health a focal point of their annual convention, which was appropriately held in Atlanta that year.  The CDC has a Healthy Places program that lays out the guidelines for building places that help improve help rather than hinder it.   If you live in a subdivision where it is a challenge to incorporate walking or cycling into your daily chores, your ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle for you and your family is going to be diminished when compared to a highly walkable neighborhood.  The health benefits that come from being able to open the

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also meet Redina, a little red hen who learns how to follow directions, in a retelling of the classic story, The Little Red Hen. Friends Gripe and Bicker learn the value of working together when they are granted three wishes in a new version of The Three Wishes. June 30–July 3: “Aesop’s Fantastic Fables” gives you another exciting day at the races as the story of The Tortoise and the Hare weaves its way through tales of The Lion and the Mouse and The Boy Who Cried Wolf! With Lee Bryan—“That Puppet Guy”—presenting, you’d better get ready for some home-spun family fun with this cleaver solo “tour-de farce.” July 7–12: “Tangle of Tales” is Grey Seal Puppets’ production of three favorite folk tales from around the world. These tales come to life with a touch of the familiar and a taste of the new. Using a variety of puppet styles, The Frog Prince from Germany, Three Billy Goats Gruff from Scandinavia and The Three Little Pigs from England are each told with refreshing wit and wisdom. July 14–19: “Peter Rabbit Tales” is the collection of Beatrix Potter’s stories, and has been loved for generations. Tucker’s Tales will bring to life The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, and The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse in irresistible style with clever scenery and turn-of-thecentury costumes. Individual ticket prices are $5 for everyone (children under 2 are free). They also offer a Summer Pass for only $30, which gets you into all seven shows. These tickets are available online at www.roswellpuppets.com. The Roswell Cultural Arts Center is located at 950 Forrest Street in Roswell, Georgia 30075, (770) 594-6232. ❍


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THE BIRDS OF SPRINGTIME By Stacy Swiger Ah, Springtime. Springtime is renewal. It is rebirth and reawakening. Springtime is baby ducks, baby chicks, and bunnies. It is outdoor festivals and concerts, seersucker suits and daffodils. It is longer days, milder temperatures, and a thick blanket of pollen on everything. It is prom, standardized testing, and Zyrtec. It is spring forward, spring training, and spring cleaning. Springtime brings many wonderful things, especially following a dreary winter. You know what else spring brings? Spring brings the birds. Birds are a universal sign that winter is going the way of the dodo and bathing suit season is right around the corner. You’ll know for sure when it starts because the birds will let you know. Usually beginning at 5 o’clock in the morning. They sing at my windows. They chirp in my bushes. They fly into the brass kick plate on my front door, thinking they have found their lobster. One particular woodpecker has even become a regular inside of my chimney, startling me periodically throughout the day because it sounds like a jackhammer. One spring morning when Sheepdog was away on business, I was outside with the kids, waiting for their school bus.  The bus stop is at the end of our driveway, so kids and parents always gather there. I regularly leave the garage door open, as people are often going in and out of my house. Suddenly, a bird flew into the garage, and then it actually managed to fly into my house. Panic ensued. There was a lot of squawking and flapping of extremities. The bird went nuts too. It instinctively flew upwards… all the way to the second

floor. I corralled him into a bedroom and shut the door. With me on the other side. I took a deep breath and went back downstairs to put the kids on the school bus. After everyone had left, I assessed the situation. Here is what I knew: There was a wild bird flying around uncaged in my sweet daughter’s beautiful, pink bedroom. Sheepdog was at least two time zones away. Every minute that passed meant that my house was getting more and more decorated in feathers, bird poop and possibly the H5N1 virus. A quick Google search of “what to do when a bird flies into your house” informed me that either someone close to me was going to die, or that I was pregnant. Not very helpful. Oh, Hitchcock! It looked like I was going to have to put on my big girl pants and handle this myself. What I actually put on was my best guess at a bird-wrangling suit (a baseball cap, rubber gloves, and a rain parka). I grabbed a broom and marched up the stairs. I entered the room like I was starring in a Mission Impossible movie, all stealthy and spy-like. As I sized up the damage caused by my feathered enemy, I realized that I may have overreacted. The room looked just as it always did. There were just a few droppings. The bird was cowering in a corner. I made my way to the window, removed the screen, and guided him out with the broom. It was actually pretty easy. But I still washed everything I could pull from the room and then scrubbed it, top to bottom. Just in case. ❍ You can read more and follow Stacy Swiger’s antics on her website, This Is How I Do It, at www.tihidi.com

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Maybe you have met someone like Jeni. She’s quick to smile and engage when she meets you. She’s one of those people that everybody likes. Soon you may hear that your neighbor who recently had an anterior hip replacement or your boss who had spine surgery met her at North Fulton Hospital. That’s because those folks and anyone else who has orthopedic or spine surgery at your community hospital is probably going to get to know her very well. Jeni is our Patient Service Line Navigator and her job is to be your advocate, your service expert, your best friend if you are in our hospital for an orthopedic or spine surgical procedure. You will be probably meet her early in your visit, usually at or before your admission if it’s an elective surgery. She will get to know your expectations and make sure we meet them. You might ask Jeni to summon your nurse to answer a medical question you have or you might ask her to get you a channel guide for your television. It’s all the same to her. While she is not a clinical care giver, she knows them all and can get attention to your medical needs if they aren’t being met or if you have concerns or questions. But she can also run to the hospital gift shop to get you a daily paper. North Fulton Hospital, which was honored last year as one of the Joint Commission’s Top Performers in Quality and received an A on the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital …your Safety Scorecard, doesn’t usually have a advocate, problem meeting your clinical and quality your service needs. But when you are down post-operatively and stuck in a hospital bed in a hospital room expert, your for a few days, it’s the little things, like whether best friend… or not your meal order is correct and hot, that can make or break your experience. That’s where Jeni is making a difference for our orthopedic and spine surgery patients, closing the loop on those service issues, while advocating for those patients every step of the way, whether it’s with your physician or nurse or even a case manager. We think she will make our good orthopedic and spine surgery service, staffed with some of the best physicians and outstanding support staff around, even better. Jim Collins, in his book Good to Great, says “good is the enemy of great.” Jeni takes on the enemy to be sure you have a great surgical experience at our hospital. ❍




WomenHeart Support Group

Babysitting Workshop

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C. WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease and would like to know more about risk factors and symptoms. We will be addressing different topics each month. To register, call Nicki at 404-386-6037.

Saturday 5/3, 6/7,and 7/12. 9am-2pm. 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

Saturday 5/31 and 7/26. 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.

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. To register or to obtain more information. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726.

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, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR*

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 5/31, 6/28, and 7/26. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-5277180 for more information and to register.

Childbirth Preparation

Saturday, 5/17, 6/21, and 7/19. 9:00 a.m. to 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 Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday, 5/14 10 a.m. to noon. A cosmetologist expect; cesarean birth; medications; possible complications; postpartum care; and comfort, relaxwill discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treat- ation, breathing and coping techniques for labor ment. Free make-up and skin care products are pro- support. $100 per couple; registration required. vided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.

Water Birth

Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. –9 p.m, Classroom A/B. People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Educational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Lupus Support Group 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. Email Julie at lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com or call 404-626-2394 for info.

Thursday 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, and 7/31. 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. Call 770- 751-2660 for more info and to register.

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 last approximately one hour. Please call 770-751-2660 for the schedule and to register.

SPECIAL EVENTS FREE CPR Training Saturday, 6/14 starting at 9 a.m-10:30 am Free CPR class for those who want to learn the basics of CPR but who do not need a certification. 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 American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

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on Specialty Ear Care in North Fulton Patients with hearing loss may have searched for years to find assistance in gaining hearing, but according to Dr. Tirino, the last couple of years have seen wonderful advances in the technology and kinds of devices available to patients hoping to hear again. Dr. Tirino specializes in disorders of the ears, a “The recent Jennifer Tirino, M.D. subspecialty of ENT, and she works diligently to technological help her patients of all ages recover from problems advancements in this field are absolutely astonishwith their hearing or balance or from tumors such ing,” said Dr. Tirino. “Even just two or three years as acoustic neuromas.   These hearing and balance ago the options for patients with hearing loss were complications may be caused by age, noise, limited and many patients exhausted the search to infection, or inherited conditions.   The loss of hear- recover or gain hearing, but now new technologies ing or balance can have a significant impact on a may help them hear.” patient’s life, and the return of those functions is alPatients will also find relief from problems with most life altering for some patients. their balance while in Dr. Tirino’s care.   She frequently cares for patients with Meniere’s

When is the last time you actually thought about your ears? Most of us aren’t really even aware of them unless we have some trouble with them, and that’s when Dr. Jennifer Tirino steps in. Dr. Tirino is double board certified in Otolaryngology and Otololgy, Neurotology & Skull base surgery, and she was an instructor at Harvard for the past 8 years.

Disease, BPPV, and Vestibular Neuronitis. Most patients mention a problem to their ENT, primary care physician, or an audiologist, and when those physicians need more assistance in diagnosing or treating the problem, they refer the patient to Dr. Tirino. The vast majority of her procedures are completed in outpatient surgery, and the patients are sent home after their procedure.   Skull based tumors are the exception to this rule, however. It may be time to talk to a physician if you have any of the following: fluid draining from your ears a decrease in hearing dizziness ringing in the ears Dr. Tirino is a specialist with Northside ENT, and she practices in their Cumming and Alpharetta/Roswell offices.   For more information about the practice or to make an appointment, visit atlantaentdoctors.com or call 770-475-3361. “I like making people better,” said Dr. Tirino, “and I’m very lucky that I get to do that every day!” ❍

MAKING PAIN A DISTANT MEMORY Sometimes taking the first step on a weight loss journey can be the most difficult. For Sam Troutman, the support he found at North Fulton Hospital was the motivation he needed for that first step and all the ones that followed. Since November 2013, Sam has lost more than 100 pounds, and after searching 22 years for pain relief, he has found remarkable results. “I had been asking my doctors for help with pain from Guillain Barre Syndrome for years,” said Sam “and had been told that I should go to a pain management clinic for help. I didn’t understand what a pain clinic would do, and I thought they wouldn’t be able to help me.” One day, Sam walked by the North Fulton Hospital Pain and Spine Center and noticed their signs. Shortly after that, he called and scheduled a visit with Dr. Wada. Sam was immediately

impressed with Dr. Wada’s positive at- down to 650 calories per day. After he adjusted to that plan, and with the titude, and he was encouraged by Dr. Wada’s announcement that ketamine support of Dorothea, he further reduced his intake to 350 calories per injections were his preferred method of treatment for Sam’s symptoms. But day and he walks a minimum of 10 there was a catch. Sam would have to miles or more each week. By early April, Sam’s weight dropped from 338 lose weight. pounds to 238 pounds! “I have been big all my life,” said “I feel absolutely fantastic,” Sam said. Sam. “It’s easy to take it when people call you big-boned, plus-sized, or even “I can get up off the couch without overweight. But hearing Dr. Wada tell trouble, I can do things around the me that I was obese was a life altering house now, and just like my father-inlaw said, my arms have grown so much moment. I decided right then and there that it was time to do something that I can pick up five times the number of things than I used to.” about it, and I knew that with Dr. For Sam, the support and honesty of Wada’s support anything would be one physician tipped the scale, and possible.” Dr. Wada enlisted the assistance of with the help of a dietician and his other physicians, the change is life North Fulton Hospital’s Registered altering. Dietician, Dorothea Norris, to help “I cannot say enough about how Sam plan his menus and manage his calories. Before the diet, Sam was eat- much it meant to me to have Dr. Wada’s support and Dorothea’s ing 3000 to 4000 calories a day or more, and on November 1, he cut that guidance,” said Sam. “My word is my

Sam Troutman

bond, and once I’d committed to them that I was going to lose the weight, there was no going back. Knowing that they were all cheering me on made it so much easier! If you would like to learn more about services offered at the North Fulton Hospital Pain and Spine Center, call 770-751-2719 or visit www.northfultonpainandspine.com. ❍

Q A Dr. Jigar Patel


With his boundless energy and friendliness, Dr. Jigar Patel is the kind of physician that can take charge in an emergency or simply soothe a family’s fears at North Fulton Hospital’s Emergency Room. Since 2007, he has been caring for patients at North Fulton, and he has recently become an integral part of the first responders network with Rural/Metro Ambulance. 



ANSWER: I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. I even attended college there at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.





ANSWER: I moved to Atlanta when I finished my residency at Parkland seven years ago, in 2007.



ANSWER: When I got to Atlanta, I started working with ApolloMD, a company that provides physicians for emergency departments across the country. At first, I worked for ApolloMD at North Fulton Hospital and another local hospital, but since 2008 I have worked full time at WHERE DID YOU ATTEND MEDICAL North Fulton Hospital.

high school that I wanted to be a doctor. My grandfather, who was a certified bonesetter in India, influenced me. He was the town bonesetter and spent many years caring for patients with bone injuries in his small town.



ANSWER: I studied at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, and after that, I completed my residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. It is affiliated with the University of Texas-Southwestern.




ANSWER: There are many moments that stand out in my career, and which I’ll never forget. Some of the most gratifying situations are the times when a patient comes in and we can provide instant relief or quickly find a solution.  Patients and their families are generally pretty worried about their situation when they make it to the ER, and making that patient and the family happy makes for a really great day.

us so that upon arrival we’re already prepared and waiting to take the transfer of the patient.



YOU HAVE RECENTLY TAKEN ON A ANSWER: I am very busy at the moPOSITION WITH RURAL/METRO, ment because I’m in school working ONE OF THE LOCAL AMBULANCE towards an MBA at Auburn SERVICES IN OUR AREA. PLEASE TELL University, but in the precious US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT.

ANSWER: Last fall, I became the Medical Director of the Georgia Division of Rural/Metro WHY/HOW DID YOU CHOOSE Ambulance. In this role, I provide YOUR SPECIFIC SPECIALTY? medical direction for paramedics and ANSWER: I chose Emergency EMTs.  I also provide education, and Medicine because I wanted to be able help to bridge the transition so that to treat a variety of conditions and see the care a patient receives from parapatients of all ages.  I also liked shift medics is seamless with the care work, and the excitement of the ER received at the hospital. was very compelling.


Dr. Jigar Patel and his wife, Deepali Patel.



ANSWER: These two positions are very interconnected. I am involved in the care a patient receives from the time a paramedic reaches him or her all the way through the ER.  The continuum of care for the patient is really fantastic.  I like being aware of what state a patient is in and how he or she is being treated on the way to



ANSWER: I like baseball and the NBA, so we frequently attend Atlanta Braves games or go to see the Hawks. I am also a big college football fan, and Auburn is my favorite. War Eagle!



moments that I’m not studying, I love ANSWER: We like to travel to India, to spend time with my wife, travel or go to the beach, or visit our families. I really like the beach, and would love attend sports events. to live there someday!



ANSWER: I love to watch comedies and thrillers, and Ocean’s Eleven is my favorite movie.



ANSWER: I would probably have gone into finance or banking if I hadn’t gone into medicine.  



ANSWER: I really like meeting people in the ER and helping them with the things that are most important to them—their health and their family members. I also love the people I work with, so it is always a pleasure to start another shift!

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from an intensive rehabilitation therapy program.

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BRIDGING THE GAP Getting dressed or eating a sandwich for lunch are skills that most of us tackle every day without a second thought, but sometimes injuries or illnesses can significantly affect our ability to complete such basic everyday tasks. Where do patients turn for help when this happens?  Inpatient Rehabilitation therapy is frequently the solution to the problem. Patients who are admitted to the hospital with injuries or illnesses that affect functional skills receive some therapy as part of their standard hospital stay.  These injuries or illnesses may include stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation, burns, joint replacement, major multiple trauma, diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical conditions, and more.  According to Lisa McKinney, the Director of North Fulton Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, patients are often medically ready for discharge before they have regained the functional skills necessary to be able to care for themselves and perform daily activities of living independently.

❥ The patient’s medical and functional needs require the close supervision by a rehabilitation physician a minimum of three days a week. ❥ The patient requires a coordinated, interdisciplinary rehabilitation team approach.

Left to right: Paul Richard, Lori Gravitt, Shaun Hanrahan, and Teresa McAree

includes a group of therapists and nursing staff who truly love working with the patients and helping them improve daily so that they can regain some if not all of their independence. “I get tremendous satisfaction from the patients and their families about how we as a team have truly made a difference in their lives,” said Shaun Hanrahan, Occupational Therapist. The therapies offered at North Fulton Hospital include occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. Physical therapy works to build up the lower extremities of the body to increase strength and range of motion for skills like walking. Occupational therapy is designed to improve a patient’s ability to function independently by building strength and skill with the upper body for tasks such as bathing, grooming, or dressing.  Speech therapy can focus on the cognitive skills required for speaking or oral skills for feeding or swallowing. Rehab Nursing assists the “While there are many options for pa- physician in the day to day assessment and care of each tients who need rehabilitation therapies patient’s medical after discharge from the medical floors needs. of the hospital,” Lisa said, “patients find Dr. Harben that the Inpatient Rehabilitation the Medical services at North Fulton Hospital will Director at the provide them with the care and support Inpatient they need to regain independence.” Rehabilitation North Fulton Hospital’s Inpatient Facility at North Rehabilitation Unit includes 33 beds, Fulton Hospital and offers patients a minimum of three is Board certified hours of therapy each day which may inin Physical clude the weekend.  The staff in the unit

Medicine and Rehabilitation and pain management. He has over 25 years of experience in neuropharmacology, rehabilitation of stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumors, spasticity management, amputee management and gait analysis. His areas of expertise include: ❥ Medications ❥ Neuropharmacologic enhancement of cognition: arousal, attention, language, memory, processing speed ❥ Neuropharmacologic management of agitation, aggression, and behavior disorders after brain injury ❥ Spasticity Management: Botox/Alcohol Blocks, Intrathecal Baclofen Pump, Medications ❥ Biomechanical Gait Analysis ❥ Upper and Lower Extremity Orthotic Evaluation ❥ Upper and Lower Extremity Prosthetic Evaluation ❥ Acute and Chronic Pain Management ❥Upper and Lower Extremity Prosthetic Evalronic Pain Management To qualify for Inpatient Rehabilitation at North Fulton Hospital, a patient must meet the following five criteria: ❥ The patient must require two therapy disciplines, one of which must be Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy. ❥ The patient must be able to participate in an intensive Rehab program, generally defined as 3 hours of therapy 5 out of 7 days in a week. ❥ The patient must be able to actively participate and benefit significantly

According to Director Lisa McKinney, most patients are able to return to their homes after a stay in Inpatient Rehabilitation, and most are ready for discharge on average after 14 days. North Fulton Hospital holds a “Graduation Ceremony” for patients when they have completed their inpatient rehabilitation program and are ready for discharge, to acknowledge the hard work the patient and therapist have achieved to get the patients to regain their level of independence. “We know how significant each milestone of recovery is for every patient,” said Lisa, “and we want to celebrate the achievements of our patients with them and with their families before they leave us.” According to therapist LeeAnn Connell, PT, the team in Inpatient Rehabilitation at North Fulton Hospital is outstanding.  The staff members have between 5 and 25 years of experience, and are all very compassionate and hard working on behalf of the patients.  “The team I currently work with is the most amazing group of therapists, nurses, and doctors that I have ever worked with in my career,” said LeeAnn.  “Every day is a pleasure, and beyond all of that, I love working with the patients and celebrating their progress each day!” For more information about North Fulton Hospital’s Impatient Rehabilitation program, call 770-751-2500 or visit North Fulton Hospital’s website at www. nfultonhospital.com. ❍

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By Jessica Diamond

EAT LOCAL! Localism On the Rise and On Our Plates

The Information Age, in which we now find ourselves, has come with a surprise twist. While we happily have access to technology past generations could only read about in space age novels, the much-debated generation of millennials has begun to embrace systems thought to be outdated. Perhaps the most economically significant of these is the “Localism” movement that has been gaining momentum on a national level. Given the choice between two apples, one that has been responsibly grown by a small farmer who lives and works less than 100 miles away and one that has been mass produced by a major corporate supplier using chemical “enhancements” and preservatives, which apple are you going to purchase and feed to your child? Today, this sounds like a no brainer. Of course, you want to buy the locally grown produce that has limited mutations. That way, you have made a health conscious choice that benefits your family as well as the local economy. Even though the locally raised options are typically more costly, the modern American consumer will, within reason, pay more for the apple that was grown down the street. This is born of the mistrust we have developed for the major brands and corporations. We have seen the pitfalls and consequences of a globalized market and we aren’t so sure it’s how we want to proceed. I mean, have you seen the scary looking “chickens” they raise for fast food restaurants? In an age where we can order anything from a sports car to a cup of soup on the internet, many consumers are choosing to refocus their spending within their own communities. People want to know who is building their car, who is growing their food, and who is ultimately benefiting from their money. Quality and craftsmanship are associated with these local products while mass produced products are thought to be fleeting and untrustworthy. After a century of trying to

( Doug Torbush chops up a storm at SEED

“simplify” life with centralized markets, opinions and loyalties have shifted. Local and independent businesses are making a huge comeback in communities all over the U.S. So, what does this mean for us here in Metro Atlanta? If recent activity is any indication, it means that the independently owned shops and restaurants that struggled to keep their doors open during the recession are not only surviving, they are thriving. In fact, independent restaurants are currently among the largest economic drivers in the area. Why the shift? For many years, independent restaurants were, more often than not, squashed under the weight of popular chains that could offer more volume at cheaper prices. This still happens, as people are often more attached to their budgets than their diets. However, the public seems to be increasingly more discerning about what they eat and where it comes from, and with good reason. Quite simply, our food has been making us sick. With terrifying statistics about the correlation between what goes into mass produced food and what is happening to the American body (cancer, depression, heart disease, and diabetes for a start), people are fed up with bad food. Obviously, this doesn’t mean we all became incredibly health conscious all of the sudden. This is the south after all, a place where macaroni and cheese is considered a vegetable. It means we want “real” food. Food with ingredients we can pronounce and colors that don’t match any of our highlighters. We want to hear the name of the farm that grew it and shake the hand of the chef that made it. Because national chains are tied by their need for volume and consistency in their food products,

( The Table & Main and Osteria Mattone crew

The Table & Main and Osteria Mattone staff from L to R: Laura Orellana, Ted Lahey, Cindy Miller, Chase Todaro, Ryan Pernice, Micki Kimberly, Woolery Back and Alex Chen.

local, independent restaurants are the only ones dishing up those demands. They, unlike the chains, have the option to use local farms and small, quality suppliers. Some business savvy restaurateurs and chefs recognized this need early and

took their chances in areas that had for years been dominated by chains. Doug Turbush, chef and owner of Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar, saw opportunity in his own backyard. “My family lives in East Cobb, and we have been here more than 13 years. East

Cobb has so much to offer, great schools, great parks, beautiful homes, great shopping, and it’s easy to get around. What wasn’t so great was the restaurant scene. While we have every chain restaurant imaginable, we noticed a void of chef driven independent spots with real personality. So, we put it all on the line and opened Seed Kitchen & Bar in 2011 and now Stem Win Bar in 2013,” Turbush said. “Thankfully, the community is now changing for the better, with more independent restaurants opened and on the way.” Turbush hit the ground running and has been able to build up a loyal customer base as citizens became more and more excited about the growing restaurant culture. People are seeing the benefits of this movement in more ways than just food quality. Because they have so much more at stake, independent restaurants care deeply about the individual customer experience. They want to create a unique atmosphere with high quality service that will set them apart and earn them repeat business. Furthermore,

they want to build up the community that supports them, so the money spent at these local eateries often finds its way into the pockets of other local establishments. The money stays at home and local economies flourish. “At the end of the day, national chains are there because of the numbers, and if those numbers are not what they expect, they will drop everything and leave the memory of your community in the distant past,” Turbush pointed out. “While independents need numbers to happen as well, they are invested in the local community, connected in a way like no national brand can be. They risked it all to start it here and genuinely want to better the community.” Roswell native Ryan Pernice, owner of Table & Main and Osteria Mattone, is the city’s poster child for home grown restaurant success. Pernice was raised and educated in Roswell, leaving briefly to attend Cornell University and establish his hospitality and management skills in the restaurants of New York. Pernice returned to his hometown and opened his Continues on p31

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Nothing is prettier than a spring garden in Georgia. Winter is a distant memory and the month of May provides a perfect opportunity to get the garden in order before summer heat arrives. When I think of May, I think of container gardens, window boxes, and hanging baskets. They are fun and easy to put together, and satisfy that craving for “instant gratification.” Garden centers are bursting this time of year with flowers, foliage and ferns. So how do you get started? Here’s an idea: come up with a “theme garden” this year. Maybe you have favorite color combinations, like I do. Try choosing plants with similar foliage and flower colorations, like this container garden I created for a shady porch. I love the combination of pink and green and the brownish-bronze of various foliage plants. Pictured at right: pink begonias, golden acorus grass, Fittonia ‘Juanita’ and Dichondra ‘Silver Falls.’ With Mother’s Day on the horizon, a container garden would make a special do-it-yourself gift for Mom. Keep some things in mind when creating container gardens for summer months. First, when picking out new planters, go big! Larger planters will hold more dirt, more plants, more water, and make a greater impact wherever they are placed. Group them together for easy care and maintenance. Container gardens are the jewels that adorn the front porch, so dress it up and be bold. Secondly, and it may seem obvious, but keep planters “properly” irrigated. Containers in full sun and direct wind will need water daily, while those in a shady location won’t require as much water. Lack of water will cause rapid plant deterioration and invite pests and disease into the environment. Once installed, summer container gardens will last through October if properly watered and maintained. Lastly, don’t forget to fertilize. I use an organic cow manure tea to hydrate the roots of my container gardens. Healthy root systems create bigger, healthier plants with better bloom production. Container gardens lose nutrients faster than plants grown in the ground, because the water passes through the soil more quickly, draining away essential “macronutrients” (N-P-K). Visit the garden center and ask about the best products for your containers, and follow a regimen to keep them healthy throughout the summer. Are you growing herbs and vegetables in your garden? Many of these can be grown in containers or small flowerbeds, so don’t think you need an acre to grow your own food. Sunny decks and patios make the perfect spot for tomatoes, herbs, and peppers. Look for vegetable varieties marked

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“dwarf ” or “suitable for patio containers” and you’ll find a nice selection for a kitchen garden. While we are on the subject of theme gardens this month, why not create an herb theme garden? An “Asian Cooking Garden” for a sunny spot on the deck might include: Chinese chives, dwarf pepper79 Chinese eggplant, lemongrass, Society Garlic, Thai basil, and Vietnamese coriander. For a “Mediterranean Garden,” include several varieties of parsley, sage, oregano, thyme, and basil. Garden centers offer a wide selection of herbs in the month of May, so there is plenty to choose from. Whether you are growing herbs or flowers in container gardens, you will likely attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Place a shepherd’s hook in a large planter, and hang a hummingbird feeder on it, so that it’s nestled in with the plant materials. Make your own hummingbird nectar by using one part sugar to four parts boiling water. Do not add red dye because it may harm the birds’ kidneys. If there are no red features on the feeder, tie a pretty red ribbon on it to attract attention. Never use honey, as it can prove harmful or fatal to hummers. Fill your feeder and keep the leftover sugar water in the refrigerator. Place the hummingbird feeder in an area where it will not get full afternoon sun. (Fungus or mold may develop in the feeder, which can harm hummingbirds.) Clean your hummingbird feeder regularly with bleach and water and rinse thoroughly. Don’t offer anything to the birds that you wouldn’t drink yourself. ❍ Nancy provides garden design & renovation services. Follow her blog: wallacegardens.tumblr.com


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Local Brownie troop is leading the way to assist other kids who are less fortunate. Hembree Springs and a member of the troop. Local food banks need more donaThe Brownies, concerned that the tions during the summer and a school had set a goal but might not Brownie troop based at Hembree reach it, decided to take ownership Springs Elementary School in of the drive and ensure that it not Roswell is helping. only meets its initial goal, but North Fulton Community exceeds it. To that end the girls—all Charities, Director of Development of them Hembree Springs third Vonda Malbrough, says during the graders—have reminded their summer NFCC typically sees more fellow students every day via the families, in particular families of morning announcements. children eligible for free or reduced The drive will last until May 16. lunch. Unless they’re enrolled in a In its first week, it collected 156 summer program, they won’t boxes, enough for two days at receive food from the schools NFCC, which hands out 75 boxes of during the summer, which means cereal daily. many go without proper The Brownies have canvassed nurishment. their neighborhoods and churches NFCC has a list of items it for donations and have also secured requests from the community the support of two local Krogers. during this time. Hembree Springs The stores on Crossville Road and Elementary School is supporting Crabapple Road will host collection the NFCC by collecting cereal in barrels and match any donations 25 particular. percent. “We are honored to partner with Griffin said the drive is especially our local schools to support local important because many area families in need,” Malbrough said. students who receive free breakfast And managing the school’s food during the school year will benefit drive is Brownie Troop 11494. from the foods collected during the “Hembree Springs always tries to summer. raise 1,000 boxes of cereal for North The need isn’t limited to North Fulton Community Charities,” said Fulton. MUST Ministries, based in Nicky Griffin, whose daughter Cobb County but serving seven Atlanta, 8, is a third grader at By Matthew W. Quinn

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other counties including North Fulton and Forsyth, has established a summer lunch program to deal with the situation. “This is our 19th summer serving children in the free and reduced lunch program,” said MUST Ministries Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kaye Cagle. MUST personnel talk to school counselors to find the pockets of the greatest need and make arrangements to provide food. Sack lunches (one per child) are delivered every weekday during the summer vacation, which varies based on the county. Each lunch contains a sandwich, a juice box, a sweet like a granola bar, and a salty snack like pretzels. Items like fruit or toothbrushes are included as they’re donated. Every Friday every child receives a book to encourage them to read for the next school year. Cagle estimates during the summer MUST provides 250,000 lunches. Those interested in helping MUST can donate via the website www.mustministries.org or visit the website to pledge a certain number of sack lunches. This is something an individual can do—or a church, tennis team, a Scout troop, or other

organization. People can also volunteer to assemble or deliver the lunches. “We have lots of opportunities for volunteers,” Cagle said. “We have hundreds of people involved in this.” The need is great. 700,000 Georgian children live in households with inadequate food. Sixty percent of Georgia’s public schoolchildren are on free or reduced lunch and less than 15 percent of them have access to free or reduced lunches during the summer. Cagle emphasized nothing is wasted—MUST has a waiting list of neighborhoods, so if donations exceed initial requirements, new beneficiaries will be contacted. ❍


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Dancing is more than an art form. It offers great exercise and expression. seeing what their dance class dollars accomplished, does dancing matter? These heartfelt and compelling words made Apparently so. Just ask student dancers. I did. famous by the luscious voice of Lee Ann Womack, I dance because it makes me feel good and it is an are lyrics that capture our hopes for our children and escape from the rest of the world. I enjoy seeing people their future. perform, and performing makes me happy. Dance is more than an inspiring metaphor. May is Beyond the happy factor: informally dance recital month. Across the country, Dance helps my agility and balance, forces me to students of all ages hit the stage to perform for hold myself upright. family and friends, the culmination of their yearlong These responses support current research. lessons and hard work. Apart from parent pride and According to the National Dance Education Organization, dance affects social, academic, and emotional development. Dance is a cardiovascular exercise that results in physical benefits such as building muscle endurance, flexibility, and tone. There are less obvious physical benefits. I really get into the music. Physically it helps me with body awareness, to have better posture and know what I am doing with myself. Our physical body influences our emotional wellbeing. The discipline of dance cultivates persistence, pride, and self-esteem. It helps me understand that I have to finish what I start. Because in dance you have to finish your By Rochelle Mucha

motion. You cannot stop half way there. Like in life, you don’t want to be halfway done. Dance is an ensemble and like any other team activity, it fosters empathy and social skill. For me, having my team always pushes me, because there is always someone better. I want them to keep pushing and growing, because if they stop it will affect me, pause my growing. Some people think that dance is not like a sport. But if one person is off, then the whole team is off. It puts a burden on the whole team, like any other sport or a Math Team. At the end of the performance, I feel like we have accomplished something. Like a basketball team, if you shot two baskets it’s gratifying because you helped your team win. Those could have been the two winning shots. You do not know. You feel independently you won, but also as a team. Unlike most team sports programs, the availability of arts education and specifically dance is dismal. Only 7% of elementary schools and 12 % of high schools offer dance programs, many taught by PE teachers (imagine the school pianist teaching baseball!). Compare these numbers to music (94%) and visual arts (83%). Sadly, the arts are the only


can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, as well keeping the body fit and easing depression that often accompanies the aging process. Dancing increases cognitive acuity more than biking, swimming, reading, golf and working crossword puzzles. To the young, old, and in the middle I offer this invitation… And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance… I hope you dance. ❍

Eat Local… continued from p24 first restaurant, Table & Main, in the expanding historic district of Roswell. The restaurant was an immediate success as the community embraced its quality, artistic, locally sourced menu as well as its uniquely southern atmosphere and hospitality. Less than three If I can buy better years later, tasting, fresher food from Pernice a local source and, at the opened his same time, help keep our second restaurant, dollars as close to home Osteria as possible, that’s an Mattone, with equal obvious win-win. success. I asked what motivated him to use local ingredients and suppliers when their food is typically more expensive. Why not just go to Costco? “The easy answer is that is just tastes better,” he replied. “If you’re buying food in season, chances are it’s coming from a local source. That gives us an opportunity to live the same values as our guests in terms of enriching our own community by keeping our dollars here. If I can buy better tasting, fresher food from a local source and, at the same time, help keep our dollars as close to home as possible, that’s an obvious ‘win-win’.” Pernice, like Turbush, stressed the importance of supporting the community that supports his business.

“I think people certainly enjoy hearing that the restaurant owners are invested not only in their success but also the success of the community. A much larger portion of every dollar spent at either of my restaurants most likely stays in Roswell, whether in the form of a paycheck to our employees—the vast majority of whom are resident—or in paying our local food partners. And, of course, we make most of our philanthropic gifts to local causes as well.  On a personal note, I’m very proud to be a product of this community. I went to elementary, middle, and high school in Roswell. I like being a hometown kid and using my experiences to enrich the lives of my neighbors and my community.” The success of businesses such as Seed and Table & Main is not isolated to each individual restaurant, or even the restaurant community they create. They contribute to a greater sense of overall community pride that motivates business owners and consumers alike to support one another and work toward a healthier local economy. On paper, a return to localism may seem like a step towards the past. However, I side with these entrepreneurs and independent business owners in returning to our roots and strengthening the individual communities to create a more successful nation for a healthier future. ❍

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school subjects that have been challenged to demonstrate academic transfer as a justification for their usefulness. Whatever the positive academic side effects baseball might or might not have, schools believe sports are inherently good for kids. Such a lost opportunity! Dancing integrates several brain functions at once—kinesthetic, rational, musical, emotional — increasing neural connectivity and brain blood flow, strengthening higher order thinking skills like memory and pattern recognition. Students of dance are more creative, watch less TV, are better communicators, problem solvers and achieve higher grades. All this in addition to having fun and making friends. Dance benefits are not just for the young, they are also for the young at heart. There is growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind by dancing

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to be passionate about what you do? I can’t seem to remember. What I do know is that the next four years (or more) of your college life will be “decision” years. That is you will have to make decisions everyday regarding what you should and shouldn’t do; what is right and wrong; and most importantly what you believe and don’t believe. Not what your parents, teachers, or peers have told you to believe—but what you believe. For me, I believe you were carefully, specifically, and completely designed by God. Others may attribute this to environmental impact, cosmic chance, or an amoeba incident—and that’s okay, as they get to decide what they believe as well! Additionally, I believe your designer has instilled inherent gifts that only you can fully manifest into impactful results in the world; and that the utilization of these natural gifts, designed to reflect your creator, is what truly results in a meaningful life. Furthermore, I believe that it’s not about the goals you hit, the stuff you accumulate, or the accolades you receive. It’s about the relationships you build, and the people you impact along the way. That’s what I believe, but what do you believe? And if none of that seems to make sense then remember that “with great power comes great responsibility” Bam! The meaning of life illuminated. I can’t remember if that’s from the Bible or Spider-man, but wow, that has impact! ❍

Graduation season is upon us and Sweetie and I find ourselves faced with the inevitable departing flight of the last Finch in our nest. Yes, we’ve faced other departures—twice, actually—but there is something very different about the last one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Sweetie is very excited about spending time with me alone, always, forever, totally alone, just me and her—did I mention alone? But, as we are faced with the dramatic closing of a major chapter in our life, our youngest is faced with the opening of a brand new one. So, to my young graduate, here are a few thoughts regarding your future. First, you’ve repeatedly heard from us, that you can do anything you want to do and accomplish anything you set out to achieve! I’m afraid I must confess that we lied! I was told the same thing as a youngster and have yet to take one snap on an NFL field, make even a single orbit around the earth, or hear Hail to the Chief upon my arrival anywhere. Anyway, so you can’t be whatever you want or do anything you want, so where does that leave us? I’m not completely sure! While we invite Captains of industry, music-moguls, and high-ranking political figures to speak at graduation ceremonies, it occurs to me that statistically you have a much higher probability of becoming a teacher, plumber, or salesperson than a super-hero or rock-star. So maybe these events aren’t the best place to find our Mike can be reached at miscellaanswers. neousramblings@yahoo.com. I’ve also heard that you should do what you’re passionate about; or is it

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IF LOOKS COULD KILL How to WOW the buyer before they even step foot in the front door!

By Jane McAuley

If you are planning to put your house on the market this spring, it goes without saying that you want to sell quickly for top dollar. One of the best ways to do that is by setting the stage to make a great first impression and drawing the buyer in. Here are three simple tips to boost curb appeal: 1. Landscaping – Maximize the look of your exterior by keeping the yard well manicured. Keep the lawn edged, cut, and watered. Trim the hedges, weed, and prune flower beds, adding fresh bark or pine straw. And don’t be afraid to add a big pop of color. Drive by any garden center and you’ll see annuals inbright pinks, red, and yelllows. Place a large pot with color along the sidewalk or next to the front door for a more inviting entryway. 2. Paint – There should be no wood rot or peeling paint anywhere on your house. Make sure your paint is picture perfect. It’s a clear sign that your home has been well taken care of. Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door, possibly in a contrasting color to the rest of the house. Also, replace faded house

numbers and buy a new welcome mat to let buyers know they’re invited into your home. 3. Clean – Be sure to clean the gutters, pressure wash the driveway, walkways, and house. Make sure any clutter you’ve accumulated and stored on the sides or back of the house is removed. Buyers often fantasize about enjoying their outdoor spaces so give them a clean slate for their imagination. As the saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Many buyers make their minds up about a home on the drive up so make sure yours is picture perfect. ❍ Jane McAuley is a top producer with Coldwell Banker specializing in the North Fulton area.

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IT’S GRADUATION TIME! How exciting for the students (and parents) around town…watching the congratulation signs going up in the front of subdivisions all over Atlanta….some of which will linger way into the summer months ! In April we discussed receiving letters of acceptance for preschool children entering the area’s private schools as well as high school students receiving their much anticipated college acceptance invitations. Now that everyone has all their options “on the table”, the hard part of making the appropriate decision for your child, no matter what the age, is taking place in conjunction with making all the wonderful graduation plans for these same children. Making it through all the graduation plans and events is incredibly exciting and at the same time emotionally Kay Paschal, Owner Peachtree Park Prep draining. We mourn the end of an era and at the same time look forward with excitement to the beginning of new adventures and growth for our child as well as for ourselves if you are starting your empty-nesting! I will share with you a poem that I share at my preschool graduation each year that seems to just sum it up. I am sure whether you are a parent graduating a child from high school into college, from college into adulthood, or your precious preschooler into the big world of elementary school, you will agree that at all stages during your child’s life, Dr. Seuss has had a way of just “nailing it”: “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? Congratulations to your sons and daughters. Kay Paschal, Owner Peachtree Park Prep

LOCAL STUDENTS ART SELECTED FOR WASHINGTON CONGRESSIONAL ART GALLERY Centennial High School student Kevin Schoenblum was recently awarded first place in the Congressional Art Contest for our congressional district. The award includes a $10,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta, a $3000 scholarship to SCAD, and two first class tickets to a Congressional reception in Washington, DC, to be held in mid June. Kevin’s same piece of art won "Best in Show" at the Georgia State Fair this year and First Place in the Fair's theme category. This piece of Kevin's art was inspired by a simple suggestion his art teacher, John Riggins, gave to him to investigate, research and interpret.

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COBB AND FULTON CO. SCHOOLS SCORE HIGHER THAN STATE AVERAGES ON CCRPI The Georgia Department of Education recently released results of the second year of its College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented last year to replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB in 2012. It measures schools and school districts on an easy-to-understand 100-point scale, helping parents and the public to better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP. A school and district’s overall score is made up of three major areas: Achievement (60 points possible), Progress (25 points possible) and Achievement Gap (15 points possible). In addition to the three major areas, some schools receive “Challenge Points” to add to their score. They receive these points if they have a significant number of Economically Disadvantaged students, English Language Learner students and Students with Disabilities meeting expectations. They also receive “Exceeding the Bar” points for going beyond the targets of the CCRPI by challenging students to exceed expectations and participate in college and career readiness programs. The CCRPI framework helps to benchmark growth and identify year-toyear improvement. In Fulton County, 67 schools reported gains this year, including 15 that showed double-digit increases. Fulton County’s overall district score 77.5 exceeds the state score 75.8 by 1.7 points. High school scores 77.8 exceed the state score 72.0 by 5.8 points and Middle school scores 75.2 exceed the state score 72.0 by 0.2 points. Cobb elementary schools scored 81.3, a 1.1 point increase from the readjusted 2012 score and 3.3 points higher than the state average. Local middle schools rated 83.4, a 1.9 increase over 2012 and 8.4 points higher than the state. The CCRPI score for Cobb high schools decreased by six points to 77.7, yet remains 5.7 points greater than the statewide high school average. The combined district score for the Cobb County School District is 80.7.

THE ANNUAL “ALL KIDS COUNT” RUN/WALK The Annual “All Kids Count” 5K Family Run/Walk will be held on Sat. May 31, starting at 7:30 am at Sweet Apple Elementary School located at 12025 Etris RD, in Roswell. This event benefits the Foster Care Support Foundation and at least 3,000 children in Georgia’s foster care system. Each year, they distribute millions of dollars worth of goods and services to foster and displaced children on one fourth of the needed budget, but our program and the system cannot do this alone. FCSF provides free everyday necessities that children need for everyday living and with the FCSF program and your generosity, more families can open their homes and hearts to a child in crisis and improve his chance of success while in foster care. Individual runners/walkers registration can register until May 17 for $25. After May 17t the fee is $30. For Children 10 and under the fee is $15. For information and for sponsorships please visit their website, www.fostercares.org.

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A PARADIGM SHIFT Every Wednesday in May Chabad of Cobb is hosting Paradigm Shift. It is an elevator ride to the heights of what is possible. Synchronize yourself with the mission for which you were placed on earth, and learn to recognize the inherent goodness and perfection in yourself, in others, and in every circumstance of your life. Distilled into six succinct lessons, this empowering course offers a revolutionary outlook on life, culled from the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. Six Wednesdays, beginning April 30th at Chabad of Cobb. Each evening begins at 7:30pm and ends at 9pm. Cost is $89 per person, $160 couple's discount. Visit www.myjli.com for more information and to register or call 770-565-4412.

GOOD MEWS SPRING FLEA MARKET Every Saturday and Sunday in May is Good Mews Spring Flea Market. Find great bargains on a variety of items. All proceeds benefit Good Mews Animal Foundation, a local non-profit organization which operates a volunteer-based no-kill shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned cats. Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 12 to 5pm. Piedmont Commons (Publix Shopping Center), 1050 E. Piedmont Road, Marietta/East Cobb 30062. More info call 770-4992287 or visit www.goodmews.org.


BOOK SALE OF HISTORICAL PROPORTIONS The Roswell Historical Society is hosting a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 7660 North Point Parkway – Suite 200 in Alpharetta on May 17 and May 18 between 1 and 4 pm. Cindi Crane (pictured), the author of Roswell Redemption, will be there each day to sign her book. There will be children’s activities and readings from the book, Rucker The Lost Country Dog. A portion of all book sales each day will benefit the Roswell Historical Society and its community projects. The Roswell Historical Society is a non-profit organization and was established in 1971 to collect, preserve and promote the history of Roswell. The Society staffs and maintains the Roswell Archives which has in its collections the history of the city, information on the early settlers, the textile mills, the Cherokee nation and local African American heritage. For additional information, visit www.roswellhistoricalsociety.org

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JOHNS CREEK VETERANS HOST MEMORIAL DAY PICNIC MAY 18 The Johns Creek Veterans Association is hosting a Memorial Day Picnic on the newly installed entrance plaza of the Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park on May 18. The picnic kicks off at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The picnic, which is FREE and open to the public, features traditional American fare - grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, and other delectables. The JCVA is a non-profit organization that encourages patriotism in Johns Creek and provides social activities tailored to veterans. Its major projects are recording oral histories, and construction of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk, a contemplative tribute to military men and women located next to Park Place, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek 30097.


NEW AND IMPROVED ROSWELL FARMERS AND ARTISAN MARKET STARTS IN MAY The Roswell Farmers Market is back and better than ever. Now called the Roswell Farmers and Artisan Market, it will operate every Saturday morning during expanded dates, from May 3 to September 27, 8 a.m. until 12 noon, behind Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill Street, Roswell. Roswell Farmers and Artisan Market is a producer-only market that draws from the best vendors within a 100-mile radius. Now in its seventh year, the market provides a shaded avenue behind Roswell City Hall, with ample parking and a short walk from MARTA bus service. Market organizers shifted its location from last year to an adjacent, more tree-covered parking lot at City Hall specifically to make shopping more pleasant in mid-summer. A typical Saturday includes live music, mini-workshops, children's programs and chef demonstrations. A bistro area allows shoppers to relax, eat, and enjoy entertainment. Depending on the season, the market has a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, mushrooms, breads, pastries, cheeses, grass-fed meats, eggs, salsas, drinks, jams, jellies, cookies, blade sharpening, artisan bath products, and much more. The Roswell Farmers and Artisan Market is sponsored by the City of Roswell’s award-winning Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. For more information, visit the Market’s new website at www.roswellfam.com. Also look for the Market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoswellFAM.

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Jamie, a stand-up comedian and Army Combat Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom '08-'09 (Afghanistan), has decided to walk across the country on a mission to find himself. He’s going to use this opportunity to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. “I hope that being exposed to the goodness in the world, and exercising my personal abilities will rebuild my confidence and give me the strength to come back home and be the person that I was once on track to become.” Find out more about Jamie on his website: www.wander4ward.com.

Danni, a NASM certified personal trainer, feels that she needs to do something for herself and get away for a bit. She will be joining her friend Jamie for several weeks as he walks across America.

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