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THIS IS NO HOKEY POKE Dave Koz performs on Nov. 24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.


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Remarkable Women of the 19th Century


Christmas at the Roswell Visitors Center

Nov. 9–Dec. 30

After beginning the season receiving rave reviews for the Broadway hit Once On This Island, Georgia Ensemble Theatre will now bring audiences the next installment of Topher Payne’s newest work commissioned by the theatre. Morningside is an outrageous new story surrounding nine women with secrets, surprises, and family and friendship bonds pushed to their limits. The production runs through Nov. 12th at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Morningside will be directed by one of Atlanta’s best, Shannon Eubanks, with assistance from Suehyla El-Attar. For show times and tickets visit www.get.org

Historic Bulloch Hall in Roswell celebrates famous women of the 19th century. Women like Queen Victoria, Louisa May Alcott, Mary Todd Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and others will be represented through the hall. This is just a part of the seasonally themed activities in all three of the historic homes in Roswell. At Barrington Hall they will have Toys For Tots from Nov. 10 through Dec. 30. Not to be outdone, Smith Plantation has Christmas at Smith Plantation from Nov. 4 through Dec. 31. Tours during the holidays are self-guided. More at www.visitroswellga.com.

Through November 12

November 12 – December 30 There are a ton of activities going on in Roswell for the holidays and the folks at the Roswell Visitors Center have all the info for you. Located on the Historic Square in Roswell the center has a wealth of info on all the seasonal activities happening right here in Roswell in addition to a comprehensive look at the rich history of one of Georgia’s oldest cities. The center will have special touches of decorations provided by the Roswell Garden Club. For more info visit www.visitroswellga.com.






CNC’s Back To Nature Holiday Market

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest

December 2

Heroes and Villains Fan Fest is a new convention created “for the fans, by the fans.” This two-day convention is designed to be a more immersive experience with open panel layouts and activities, as well as autograph sessions and photo ops. By limiting the number of tickets available, Heroes and Villains Fan Fest has established that small con feel about which many convention goers reminisce. The Atlanta event this year will feature guests from Arrow, The Flash, Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Torchwood, Constantine, X-Files, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead, Gotham, Grimm, Heroes, and Vampire Diaries. This event is held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For tickets visit heroesfanfest.com.

Shop Local this Holiday Season at the Chattahoochee Nature Center at their Holiday Market! Explore over 40 vendors who have unique hand-made and/or eco-friendly gifts for the holiday season. Art, Jewelry, Candles, Children’s Gifts, Bath Products, Food, Nature Gifts. The Holiday Market Cafe will be returning this year and Chef Cary’s Cuisine will be providing food and beverages in the Plaza Conference Room. Look for signs pointing you to the cafe for a shopping break and take time to explore the 127 beautiful acres at CNC. Admission is free but please bring cash, as most vendors will not be accepting credit cards. For more info visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

November 18 & 19


John Prine in Concert

November 17 Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Evidence of this is the long list of songwriters who have recorded gems from his extensive catalog, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, and many others. He’s won two Grammys and had the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and US Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician he is an American treasure. You can see him at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Nov. 17. For tickets visit www.foxtheatre.org.


November 11 The Atlanta Veg Fest is a celebration of all things vegetable. The event will take place on Nov.11 at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be presentations, interactive workshops, kids activities and a marketplace of vegan-friendly vendors. The first 300 guests will receive goodie bags filled with coupons and free samples from some of our generous sponsors. The organizers are asking for a $5 donation per adult at the door, but you won’t be turned away if you are unable to pay. For more information visit atlantavegfest.com.


November. Homegrown and raised in the Northeast corner of Alabama, singer/songwriter Matilda’s Jess Goggans puts her entire soul into her music and every ounce of her heart into every single Music Under the Pines is a series of performance. Her music has been referred to as concerts at Matilda’s Cottage in “get down music,” with influences of funk, rock Alpharetta. Hopefully it’s not true but and blues. She is accompanied by some of the rumor has it development may take this finest musicians in the Southeast and hits the gem so get out and support the little stage on the 11th. On the 18th they will feature guys… especially the places that Swami Gone Bananas a delightful jam band from promote great music. Their 2017 series Atlanta. For times and more info visit winds down with two shows in www.matildasmusicvenue.com.

November 11 & 18


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

November 16 Ever feel as though you need to feel better about our world? Well we’ve got your ticket, The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb. Led by the engaging Rabbi Lebow since 2005 this annual celebration brings together clergy, lay leaders, and choirs from more than a dozen different religious beliefs to recognize what they have in common and celebrate our uniqueness. The interest and support has grown each year, replacing strife with awareness, friendship and trust. Cobb County awarded Temple Kol Emeth and many participating congregations with the 2010 Creating Community Award. This is free and open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. Seating is limited so arrive early. For more info visit www.kolemeth.net.


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By Tripp Liles

If you have a pulse then surely you are a fan of Monty Python, right? I mean what’s not to love? Beyond their numerous hilarious movies and TV shows they were also a stage troupe and Python legend John Cleese will be performing in Atlanta on Nov. 12 at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Cleese has a long history of success starring in numerous sitcoms and movies but will always be known for his work in Monty Python. He is on the road celebrating Monty Python and the Holy Grail as he waxes nostalgically through all things Python. This is a great opportunity to see a comedic legend in person as he hits the stage sharing stories of his life and career plus a Q&A with the audience. You may finally find out the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow! Before John silly walks, the audience will get to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail on the big screen prior to his show. The worst that could happen is you’ll get a flesh wound. For tickets and info visit www.johncleeselive.com. The holiday season approaches, and with it, come opportunities to see a different side

Get out and touch history at the 16th Annual Cumming Steam, Antique and Gas Engine Expo.

of local life. This is the time of year when community is emphasized and there is no better example of that than all of the events and activities the folks at the Roswell CVB have in store. In November you can kick off the holidays with a trip to the Roswell Visitors Center. No, you don’t have to be a visitor to visit. As a matter of fact, it’s a great place to learn about stuff that is right under your nose and you probably had no idea it was here. Over the next two months they will Events continues on p 21





KEEP YOUR FINANCES OFF THE NAUGHTY LIST THIS SEASON Meaningful Conversations about Money by Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

We’re not huge fans of seeing stores selling Christmas decorations in July, but maybe they are on to something. Have you planned how much you will spend over the holidays and (more importantly) will you stick to that budget? Holiday spending usually costs people more than they realize. In a consumer survey, more than 65% of people acknowledged they had not budgeted their spending (MagnifyMoney.com; Second Annual Holiday Debt Survey, 2017). It was reported that new credit card debt for 2016 was just over $1,000. If, instead, you were to save that $1,000 each year and invest it in an account earning 7% over 20 years, you would have a nice chunk of change—about $42,000. This isn’t an actual investment, but merely an

illustration of the power of regular savings and compounding rate of returns. It does not take fees, expenses and taxes into account which would lower the return. There are many costs to the holidays that you need to plan for—travel, food, gifts, and holiday parties. Here are a few tips to avoid adding new, or shall we say “naughty” debt: • If you are flying for the holidays but haven’t booked your tickets yet, do it now! The closer the holiday gets the more expensive the rates generally are, and try to travel on off-peak days as much as possible. • Shop early to avoid overspending on lastminute gifts or shipping charges. • Talk to friends and family members about setting dollar limits on gifts; they may be as relieved as you to keep spending within reason; not to mention reduced stress. • Get creative. In lieu of exchanging gifts, give the gift of time spent together to create memories that last. How about a family “Escape Room” adventure this year? Think back to your best holiday memories. For most of us those moments involve laughter and togetherness, not an expensive gift. Make your family traditions about the annual family football game, the crazy card tournament, a day of volunteering

together. The most meaningful and memorable things in life are more often experiences, not material items. If you must spend using credit cards this season make sure you use your lowest interest rate card, and plan to pay it off quickly. Always pay your minimums to avoid fees and negative marks on your credit score, which is based on five different categories— amounts owed, new credit, length of credit history, credit mix, and payment history. Maybe this is a good time to look at your financial priorities. How much are you spending, are you maximizing your retirement planning, do you have a college investment fund growing for junior? Don’t let the season of giving derail your plans for the future. Life’s a journey—navigate it wisely! ❍ Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

Who’s Jonathan Goldsmith? He is the ubiquitous actor from the Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in For 25 years the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish the World” campaign. Who knew he was a 60-someCommunity Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has been thing Jewish author? Now you do. providing the community with a literary event of Some other highlights are a Nov. 9 appearance of great substance. This is the perfect time of year for Alexandra Zapruder, yes that Zapruder, of Kennedy the event as publishers gear up for a busy season of assassination film fame, as she discusses her new Jonathan Goldsmith new releases. book Twenty-Six Seconds. It is a look at the famous played “The Most Over the years the festival has matured into a high Interesting Man in the home movie made by her grandfather. On Nov. 13 profile event with many nationally recognized Joy Mangano, who invented the Miracle Mop and World” in beer authors and speakers. This year is a perfect example, authored the novel Inventing Joy, will be in company Dos Equis’ as they will have speakers ranging from presidential conversation with Dana Barrett. And talk about endad campaign. daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush to noted news ing with a bang, the festival ends with Sen. Al anchor Dan Rather. Also note that this event is far Franken on Nov. 20th. more than offering Jewish authors. Sure, they have a speakers appearing at the same time. Not here, The Book Festival of the core that is true to serving the Jewish community, which means in theory you could attend each session. Marcus Jewish Community but this event is for the larger community as a whole. If you can’t devote two whole weeks to attending Center of Atlanta runs from In the beginning this was no more than a small and need to pick one day I highly recommend Nov. Nov. 4 through Nov. 20 and “community” type event with only a couple of 14. Nicole Krauss author of Great House, which was a ticket prices vary. Most events authors. Now in it’s 26th year, the landscape is much National Book Award finalist, will speak at noon on are held at the MJCCA-Zaban larger and the scope more encompassing. Over time her latest effort titled Forest Dark. In the evening Jen Park in Dunwoody located at organizers have learned to put on a first-class event Glantz and Jonathan Goldsmith will appear at the 5342 Tilly Mill Road. For a that features excellent organization and no Rich Theater at the Woodruff Arts Center. Glantz is complete schedule visit overlapping speakers. This has long been a known for turning her experiences as a bridesmaidwww.atlantaajcc.org. ❍ complaint, events that make you choose between two for-hire into a book. What an intriguing combination. By Fred Mills


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WHEN DID YOU LAST GET OUT ONTO THE ’HOOCH’? Students get out onto the Chattahoochee River through programming by Wilderness Inquiry and the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Photo by Jon Copsey

By Jon Copsey

Have you ever been out on a river, in a canoe? Have you ever paddled along, bobbing along with the current, the only sounds you hear the water around you and leaves rustling on the shore? For many people in today’s urban areas, this is just something they see on TV—they have never had the chance to go out into nature, let alone on a river. Here in Atlanta, we are blessed to have the Chattahoochee River so close that such a trip is only a few minutes away. “It’s a wonderful resource in our back yard,” said Tom Howick, CNC’s director of education. “You can see great animals, like beavers, ospreys, and great blue herons. It’s a nice, peaceful place to be and relax and enjoy nature.” But even with the river so close, many children or adults with disabilities sometimes simply cannot make the trek. It was with this in mind that the Chattahoochee Nature Center invited Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile over. This Minnesota-based group travels the country introducing children and the needy to nature. In Canoemobile’s case, it does this through—you guessed it—going on the river. This November, CNC hosts several school groups of all ages from through-

out the metro region, many of whom have never been in a canoe before. “We try to get people who don’t have much access to waterways in our areas,” said Cory Dack, Outdoor Leader and Canoemobile Primary Leader. “We act as that connection—bridges between the typical urban city dwellers and nature.” She said children from inner-city schools need access to nature more than anyone, for their own mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. “Being out in nature impacts your overall health,” she said. The canoes used in Canoemobile are 24-foot-long “Voyageur” canoes, capable of fitting a dozen kids at once, all paddling together. This makes fielding classes of children possible and fun. And CNC, located right on the Chattahoochee River, is a prime location to launch, with many of the area’s schools already familiar with CNC and its programming. Canoemobile fits in perfectly with CNC and its mission of connecting people with nature. For more about Wilderness Inquiry and its Canoemobile program, visit www.wildernessinquiry.org. For more about the Chattahoochee Nature Center, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. ❍

talented residents of the North Pole perform in their annual talent show. The zany and colorful cast of characters includes a wisecracking fruitcake, a musical goose, tumbling teddy bears, a duo of dancing deer, the “not-so-abominable” snowman and much, much more! This sparkling holiday production combines music, live vocal performance and a variety of beautifully costumed hand puppets and rod puppets. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas presented by Piccadilly Puppets Dec. 21 – 23 at 10 a.m.; with a 1:30 p.m. matinee on Dec. 22 Based on the classic holiday poem penned by Clement C. Moore more than 100 years ago, Piccadilly Puppets By Spalding Negron tells the real story of that night from the If you have small kids and are looking for a great op- perspective of a mouse who was an portunity to expose them to theater, then the Roswell eyewitness to the whole affair. It’s a merry tale with lots of silly twists and Winter Puppet Series is just the ticket. This series features holiday-themed puppet shows, and a special turns to entertain and amuse children of all ages. visitor from the North Pole in the lobby to greet the Beyond providing the whole family kids following each performance. with great entertainment it is also for a The line-up features: great cause. This year, the Roswell Cultural The North Pole Fa-la-la-la-la Follies presented Arts Center is partnering with North by Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” Fulton Community Charities by hosting Dec. 14 – 16 at 10 a.m.; with a 1:30 p.m. matinee on a Holiday Drive. Patrons are encouraged to Dec. 16 bring a small donation when attending. For the Get ready for hilarious holiday high-jinx as some


shows on Dec. 14–16 they are requesting stocking 15 stuffers and for the Dec. 21–23 shows they are requesting pantry items. All of this goes to a great cause as NFCC assists local families that are in need. And if that is not enough, Roswell Youth Theatre will put on a performance of Elf The Musical Jr. on Dec. 15–17 also at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf, it features Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make every young performer embrace his or her “inner  elf ” with plenty of large ensemble numbers featuring elves of every type. For tickets and info on these shows and other great events at the RCAC visit www.roswellcac.com. ❍ NOVEMBER 2017 THECURRENTHUB.COM


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YOU CANNOT ‘TOUGH OUT’ A HEART ATTACK By Jon-Paul Croom, WellStar North Fulton President


y friend died. Dan was my closest friend in high school and just a week older than me.  We played sports, shared the same study group, and found mischief every Friday night driving the back roads of our little Mississippi town.  We lost touch over the years, but would catch up occasionally at reunions. Then, last month I received a call.  Dan died of a heart attack at home.  He was 43. His story is not uncommon.  He had some chest discomfort over the weekend, but decided against going to an Emergency Department (ED).  He continued to feel poorly on Sunday, but like many men, decided to tough it out.  Dan was found Monday morning sitting at his home computer. My message this month is simple: If you experience chest pain, call 9-1-1 and go to the nearest ED.  Other common symptoms of a heart attack include shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, and vomiting.  It may also present as a pain in the back, jaw, or other areas of the upper body that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. Don’t be embarrassed to get help.  Do not decide to “tough it out.”  Yes, you may find out your pain is not heart related, but why risk it?  The thing about a heart attack is that you only have a limited amount of time to seek intervention.  You owe it to your family and yourself. ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Nov–Dec 2017 SUPPORT GROUPS

Breast Cancer Support Group

First Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Cope and connect with others who are Classroom C This group is open to facing the same struggles. Please call anyone who has or will have an ostomy Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Services and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register. or to obtain more information.

Ostomy Support Group

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 Stroke Support Group

7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at 404-229-9639 or keishac@thriveworks.com.

the class is required to be considered for Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. water birth at WNFH. $30.00 per Classroom C. Please join our monthly couple. support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with SPECIAL EVENTS Alzheimer’s or related disorders. The support group offers a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION Look for new class dates in 2018 for Heart Classes Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday, 11/8; 10 a.m.–Noon A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call 1-800227-2345 for location and to register.

American Heart Association Heartsaver, Friends and Family, BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR and Heartsaver First Aid.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Saturday, 11/11, and 12/9 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta Third Wednesday of every month; 7–9 p.m. (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Classrooms A/B. People with epilepsy as Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes selfwell as their family and care-providers are management skills. Call Anna at invited to attend this support group. The 404-527-7180 for more information and meetings will provide time for attendees to register. to share helpful information and Maternity Tours resources from their own experiences. Please contact Tim for more information Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating at 770-667-9363. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor & Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU.

Epilepsy Support Group

Test-drive Test-drive a Toyota at WellStar North Fulton Hospital on November 13–15, and Toyota will make a donation to ProstAware! Event will take place next to the Emergency Department parking lot.

Request WellStar to be at Your Event

If you are interested in submitting a request for a sponsorship, speaker, worksite wellness or community event, please visit wellstar.org. Click on the “Contact Us” at the top of the page and then Sponsorship & Event Requests on Water Birth the right side of the webpage. Create an Thursdays 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14 and 12/28 at 7 p.m. Registration required. For account and submit. You will be contacted couples desiring to learn about the option by someone in Community Education and Outreach at WellStar. of a water birth delivery. Completion of





CONNECTING PEOPLE TO SAVE LIVES Technology helps physicians make decisions quicker for stroke patients Patients who arrive with stroke symptoms to WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Emergency Department now have faster access to a neurologist. The hospital’s new teleneurology program connects patients, families and physicians with a live two-way camera and high resolution video. “Teleneurology allows us to provide excellent stroke care here at North Fulton. It’s definitely a life changing technology,” said Karim Godamunne, M.D. chief medical officer of WellStar North Fulton. When signs and symptoms of stroke have been identified, the first responders will immediately notify the WellStar North Futon Hospital Emergency Department of the incoming potential stroke patient. Once a patient enters the Emergency Department of North Fulton Hospital, the stroke team is already waiting and will do an assessment of the patient. It is important to quickly determine whether the patient is having a stroke or a condition that mimics a stroke, like a migraine. If a stroke is diagnosed, the patient must be treated as quickly as possible. A teleneurology consult is activated when appropriate. The patient is immediately taken for a CT scan to rule out any bleeding in the brain or damaged brain cells. Then, the patient is transferred to a room for an examination. The neurologist, however, isn’t exactly where you would expect. Before the patient is brought to the room, a nurse sets up a cart with a monitor at the foot of the bed. The teleneurologist calls in via the teleneurology cart and is

leaving the person with serious permanent disabilities or even death if treatment doesn’t start quickly. “Timing is very important for us and with this technology we can provide a quick response to stroke patients. This is a great advancement for stroke treatment at North Fulton,” said Dr. Michael Lipscomb, Emergency Department physician. “What’s most important is that this is a team effort. We have involved neurologists, hospitalists, ED physicians and staff to make sure we provide excellent care with the help of technology,” said Dr. Godamunne. WellStar North Fulton is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. This certification recognizes hospitals that follow the best practices for stroke care. ❍

ACT FAST Do you know the signs of a stroke?

At WellStar North Fulton Hospital, patients get access to a neurologist faster with new technology. When a patient is suspected of having a stroke, they’re taken to imaging. Meanwhile, a nurse sets up a cart with a monitor at the foot of the bed. The neurologist can examine the patient live from the screen. Dr. Karim Godamunne (left) launched the program with Emergency Department team members, including Amber Pearson, RN (right). now live on the monitor, waiting for the patient to arrive. Through the screen and two-way cameras, the neurologist communicates with the patient and families and completes a neurological assessment followed by recommendations. Even though the consult is done through the camera, patients who have used the device at North Fulton have felt comfortable with this new system. “They forget about the technology. They see a person on the screen and they have the emergency physician with them. In addition, the family members see that their loved ones are being cared for,” said Dr. Godamunne, who led the team that implemented this program at North Fulton. “It’s a high stress situation. We’ve no-

ticed that families appreciate the quick response,” explained Aruna Mardhekar, interim director of the Emergency Department. More than 20 patients were seen through this program during its first month, according to Edna Kennedy, stroke coordinator at WellStar North Fulton. For Kennedy, this new tool is of great help to the Emergency Department physicians, patients and families. “Teleneurology facilitates the collaboration between ED physicians and neurologists, helping them to make decisions faster,” she said. Every second counts against someone suffering or about to have a stroke. As oxygen is blocked from parts of the brain, more cells die, potentially

Advanced technology and neurological specialists at WellStar North Fulton Hospital help patients experiencing a stroke get treatment faster. But there is a limited window of time to treat patients before the brain is affected beyond repair. How fast the patient arrives to the hospital matters. It’s essential for everyone —not just healthcare workers—to understand the urgency in recognizing stroke symptoms and acting F.A.S.T. to get to the hospital. Acting F.A.S.T. increases the chances of recovering with little or no disability. The F.A.S.T. acrostic helps identify a possible stroke:

Face: uneven face or smile Act: weak arm on one side Speech: slurred speech Time: waste no time and call 911 immediately



ONE YEAR OF HOPE Moms and babies receive world-class care “Everybody was so great those couple of weeks I spent there. They brought me things from the fridge, they came and talked to me… they became my friends. There’s no doubt if I were to have another baby I would have it at North Fulton,” said Holly. For Linda Farrow, director of Women’s Health Laila Arnold was born at WellStar North Fulton Services at North Fulton, making patients feel Hospital on October 23, 2016. She was eight weeks comfortable is the goal of all team members. “We early and was sent to the Neonatal Intensive Care want our patients to feel like family. We take pride on Unit (NICU). “She cried when she was born. The NICU doctors the care we offer. Our nurses go above and beyond to make sure our patients are happy,” she said. were there and they took her right away. I touched Laila was born in the morning and everything her little hands through the window in the crib, but I seemed to go well, but that evening her parents were didn’t get to have those first moments with her,” said called to the NICU with bad news. Her oxygen levels Holly Arnold, Laila’s mother. “I saw her, I took pictures of her, but it’s hard to see had gone down, and neonatologist Mohammed your baby like that. You realize you can’t hold her, you Shareef, M.D. and the NICU team were working hard to stabilize her. can’t feed her yet,” said Holly. “They were doing everything they could. They North Fulton has a Level II NICU that offers were manually pumping oxygen into her lungs. They advanced care for babies born prematurely or who had people in rotation doing it,” recalled Holly. are recovering from more serious conditions. “I became an emotional wreck. I felt hopeless. I felt Holly’s initial plan was to have a water birth at North Fulton. She had experienced this with her son like my body had failed us both. But the nurses were right there for me. One of them brought me tissues Luke and wanted to experience it again. However, she experienced complications and spent and gave me a hug. Another nurse came to check on me. They were absolutely wonderful. I remember Dr. two weeks on full bed rest at North Fulton after her Shareef standing right by me saying it was a miracle. water broke at 30 weeks.

Celebrating a baby’s first year is always a big milestone. But when that baby had to fight for her life since day one, that celebration is even more joyful.

Take a peek at the fun we had at WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s first Fall Festival. More photos on next page.

Laila Arnold was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension the day she was born at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Doctors and team members did everything they could to save her life and stabilize her. Last month, she celebrated her first birthday and is thriving as a healthy one-year old. It was very powerful. One second she’s fighting for her life, next second she’s better,” said Holly. Laila went home a month later fully recovered. “After all the nurses and doctors from North Fulton did for us, thank you sounds so trivial. But we couldn’t be more thankful,” Holly said. ❍




BRING BACK THE BEAT WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers new life-saving procedure


n abnormal heartbeat sent Travis Keith to WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Emergency Department. And he became the first North Fulton patient to undergo a new life-saving procedure offered there. “I got sick at work and they brought me to North Fulton. I’m just glad they did because I’ve got the best doctors caring for me,” said Keith. On September 27, Anand Kenia, M.D., implanted a cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a device that goes under the collar bone and monitors the heart continuously to detect and stop abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). When it detects a dangerously fast rhythm disturbance, the ICD delivers electrical pulses and shocks to restore normal heart rhythm, explained Dr. Kenia. “We are very pleased to offer this procedure to the North Fulton community. Now peo-

ple can stay right here in our community to have this cutting-edge procedure,” said JonPaul Croom, president of North Fulton Hospital.

“We know that transportation can be challenging for some people, especially some of our elderly and disabled patients, so now they don’t have

to worry about travelling to have this surgery,” added Dr. Kenia. This procedure is ideal for patients who have sustained

ventricular tachycardia, survived a cardiac arrest or have a weakened heart muscle from heart attack. North Fulton Hospital offers an array of cardiovascular services, including cardiac catheterizations with PCI, echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiograms, Cardiac Rehab, cardiac stress testing, outpatient cardiac diagnostics, cardiac CT scan, pacemaker and defibrillator implants, Holter Monitors and electrocardiograms. “We will start offering electrophysiology procedures soon, as well as other procedures and services to satisfy the needs of our community and provide world-class care,” noted Croom. Dr. Kenia practices at WellStar Medical Group Cardiovascular Medicine. For an appointment, please call 770-410-4520. ❍

Take a peek at the fun we had at WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s first Fall Festival. More photos on previous page.


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feature a variety of celebrations in numerous locations. The three historic homes are dressed in seasonal splendor and open for tours. It’s a great opportunity for kids to get a close look at history. Beyond that there are festivities in the shopping districts, music, dance, art, and theatre all to explore. To discover all that they have, stop by the visitors center located on the Historic Square in Roswell at 617 Atlanta Street in Roswell or visit their site at Guests who revel in talking about their craft and love for all www.visitroswellga.com. that is steampunk at the Atlanta Steampunk Exposition. If you’re not quite ready for the holidays and are looking for something different, there is still plenty to do in November. If you are into retro stuff then a trip up to Cumming is in store for the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12 for the 16th Annual Cumming Steam, Antique and Gas Engine Expo. They will feature a wide variety of working machines such as sawmills, cotton gins… you name it. This is a great opportunity for kids to explore the old-school technology. Before long we will all be in electric cars so get out and touch history. The event is held at the Cumming Fairgrounds at 235 Castleberry Road in Cumming. For more info visit www.capa-ga.com. And if that isn’t enough retro for you then a trip to the Atlanta Steampunk Exposition is in order. Held at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest Nov. 17–19, this is an event that celebrates all that is fun and exciting about old stuff. Whether you’re a dyed in the wool enthusiast complete with top hat and monocle or a newbie that is curious, this convention will have it for you. They will have panels discussing the various happenings within the Steampunk world, authors of numerous books, guests who revel in talking about their craft and love for all that is steampunk, and vendors selling everything from A to Z. For more info visit www.atlantasteampunkexpo.com. If Jazz is your thing then the Marriott in Buckhead has you covered on Nov. 18th with a special performance by national recording artist Chris Mitchell. His repertoire includes jazz standards such as “The Girl From Ipanema,” instrumental covers of big-band tunes such as “Fly Me To The Moon,” and Chris Mitchell performs at the Marriott in silk-smooth versions of R&B/Contemporary hits such as “I Will Always Love You.” His Buckhead on November 18. latest effort is titled I Found Forever, a collection of romantic Bossa nova Jazz, including the album’s lead single “Tequila Nights”. He will be performing with five-time Grammy nominee pianist Philip Cornish. This is a family-friendly concert and a great time to introduce kids to great music. You can meet Chris before the show at 7 p.m. with the concert following at 7:30. The Marriott Buckhead is located at 3300 Lenox Road in Atlanta, it’s that place south of us with all the big buildings. To keep up with all local events and activities be sure to visit our site at www.thecurrenthub.com. ❍


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WHERE’S THE TURKEY? Let me wish you a Happy Veggie Thanksgiving! By Di Chapman

Yes, we’re the weird people. Some of you might say we’re even sacrilegious, or laughingly say that we’re downright un-American. We’re vegetarian and truth be told, very close to being vegan, or as they say nowadays, we’re mostly into the plant-based diet thing. I know, I know. Thanksgiving dinner is, always has been, and always will be, a turkey and ham-based event. They’re oven-roasted, or put on a spit and coals, dipped in hot peanut oil, or placed on a big round BBQ grill. Why don’t I have that bird or ham on the table?

Get in the Game Have Fun in Retirement!



ho needs an actual football game to enjoy a tailgate party? It was all rah-rah-rah, sisboom-bah at St. George Village when residents and visitors wearing their game-day best arrived at our October Tailgate & Celebrate event! Tailgate & Celebrate was an afternoon to be remembered, with all of the ambience and fanfare of a college football game day experience. The event kicked off with a welcome by the Blessed Trinity High School Marching Band drum line at our front entrance, and classic cars lining the driveway, beckoning to be explored. Throughout our grounds, guests joined in games of corn hole and football toss, grooved to the

Well, there are a few reasons that drive our birdless table, and none of them fall under the category of “pardoned turkey.” I can only imagine former White House inhabitants coming up with this concept after a few pints of their favorite ale. Something tells me that the Puritans weren’t pardoning any turkeys. Those gobblers were goners. Our reasons are not based upon religious belief, nor are they even remotely due to politics. It’s pretty simple. Meat had never been my favorite food. It hurt my stomach. Sure, I ate my share of steak, roast beef, pork, and grilled burgers publically. But, when I was about 26 years old, I joined friends for a rousing Friday night out for a steak dinner. I ended up being awake in agony all night long as my digestive track tried to

sounds of the 1950s and 60s spun by a DJ, and crammed into a photo booth for fun group snapshots. Our fabulous dining services staff prepared and served up a variety of delicious tailgate-style foods under college-themed tents, where fans of a feather gathered for more photo opportunities. And throughout the community, residents proudly displayed their college memorabilia, adding to the festive fall atmosphere. At St. George Village, we understand the importance of having fun and why it is an integral part of a happy, healthy and successful retirement. According to the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the oldest and most respected studies on aging in the country, exercising, making new friends, continuing to learn and having fun are the closest things to finding the fountain of youth. In fact, planning for how you’re going to incorporate these elements into your retirement lifestyle is crucial to how successful you will be. Fun events like Tailgate & Celebrate are a regular part of our full slate of activities that include planned excursions to places local and farther away, intellectually challenging discussions and technology workshops, fitness opportunities, gaming, concerts and more! Every day, we offer opportunities for our residents to learn new things,

process that baby. I was miserable. It wasn’t hard for me to call it quits. So I became what is called a “lacto-ovo” vegetarian, a diet that still allows eggs and dairy, even though a lousy dairy intolerance plagued me since childhood. When my husband and I married, I hadn’t eaten meat in 22 years. He was still enjoying it. I would prepare a meat meal for him, and a vegetarian one for me at dinnertime. I was happy to oblige. In fact, I’ve often prepared turkey dinners for guests and family. So, I guess I could prepare and cook one now, create a centerpiece bird, and then clean up the bomb-blasted kitchen. But doggone it, what fun is there in that? Nah. I think I’ve done my patriotic turkey duty, although I have confessed to bringing home a few “to go” boxes of Thanksgiving feasts before. There weren’t many, mind you, but I’m coming clean. If company came for the holiday, I would probably pick up a turkey breast ready to go. This year, my husband and I look forward to creating a special meal of basically the same kinds of things you would find on “normal” people’s tables, sans turkey. A veggie Thanksgiving doesn’t mean lack of taste, no

Residents of St. George Village in their game-day best at the Tailgate & Celebrate event.

make new friends and live life to the fullest. Come see all of the ways you can experience a fun-filled retirement lifestyle at St. George Village. Take a tour, stay for lunch. Call Stacy at 678-987-0402 for a confidential appointment. Find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents at www.stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍

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recognition of yummy customs like candied yams, nor a dearth of desserts. No sir, no ma’am! We easily get as stuffed as the most eager turkey eaters. I know it’s hard to believe, but you can get seriously full without a turkey or ham at our place. Eat a few tubers or “Swedes” as they’re called. They’ll stick to your ribs. Tubers are basically a bulging growth on a greens root. They include white and red potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes. Maybe you’ll even try a rutabaga, a favorite Scandinavian and British Isles tuber. My Norwegian Icelandic mother and friends included them faithfully every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have no idea why. None of us five kids liked them. They were the brunt of many jokes. However, I’m sure Norwegians laugh every time they bake them. The Swedes and Norwegians laughingly have this weird competition about who are the most boring, offkilter and lacking a sense of humor. Let’s just say that everyone of Norwegian decent knows they’re Norwegian; and everyone of Swedish decent knows they’re Swedish. Never would the two be confused. So, for Norwegians, eating the tuberous “Swedes” annually is probably a jovial experience. On our table, you’ll find quinoa and cooked vegetables, as well as raw carrots, celery, radishes, cheese and crackers on a platter, bowls of walnuts and almonds, stove top gluten-free stuffing and warm dinner rolls. There’ll be crispy tofu with brown rice, black beans and chickpeas. Dessert will be brownies, cupcakes, coconut milk nondairy “ice cream,” and dark chocolate squares. You meat eaters, and ye of little faith, I can fill you up at my table. I swear you’ll undo your belt and pants button. Incredibly, Thanksgiving is here. They say that the older you get, the faster time flies. Great, while we’re eating we’ll be aging. Ah, but what a delicious way to do it. My friends, Thanksgiving is not really about the turkey. Let’s give thanks for all that we have, living in this community. We have fine foods here, from friendly, dedicated farmers’ markets, family-owned butcheries, coffee shops, restaurants, specialty gourmet food shops, and awesome bakeries. There’s a lot to love here. I think my husband and I will stay for many more Thanksgivings. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for you, dear readers, as I am all year long! ❍



PLANNING FOR WINTER COLOR! Choose perennials to add color and fragrance during the winter months Double Hellebore. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Nzfauna

GARDEN ( by Geri Laufer

Want to avoid the winter blues? Add some winter reds, pinks, yellows and purples to your winter landscape. Many gardens lack color, foliage, and texture during the winter season. In Metro Atlanta the soil does not freeze, so landscapes can have bright blooms and fabulous foliage year-round, if you plan for a variety of winter flowers in the landscape. Some

are real standouts in the garden.

12 Perennials for Winter Color Golden Sweet Flag The leaves are the colorful feature of Golden Variegated Sweet Flag Acorus graminus ‘Ogon’. It’s a one-foot evergreen landscape staple that prefers full sun and takes heat and drought.

Italian Arum Arrow-shaped leaves come up in October or November and form clumps of mottled green and white arrow-shaped leaves. Arum italicum produces bright red berries that contrast well with bright green leaves.

Evergreen Asian Ginger Asarum japonica leaves are typically splashed with silver and a delight for moist shade all year.

Cast Iron Plant Bear's Foot Hellebore Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Salix

Aspidistra is known for its deep, black-green leaves that are evergreen


through four seasons. Newer and Asian cultivars are spotted or striped with white or cream. Tuck these into the shady background because they grow to 3 feet in height.

the ungainly name blooms in the middle of winter—December through March—with fragile purple Iris blossoms nestled deep among the narrow foliage. It’s an unexpected treat.


Liriope muscari and spicata and the smaller Ophiopogon

Pretty rounded leaves mottled with shades of green and silver. Tiny windswept flowers only 5 inches tall appear in Autumn, and should be planted in the front of the landscape bed or by a pathway.

Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’ Cheddar Pink, Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’ is a stunning, wide-spreading ground cover of mounding form and silver-green grassy leaves and pink  flowers. Use it to edge a bed or grow it in your rock garden for a splash color. In Spring, flowers are pink and have a spicy, clove-like scent. ‘Bath’s Pink’ tolerates heat and humidity (as well as some drought) better than most other dianthus.

Lenten Rose or Hellebore Any hellebore flowers are welcome as we wait for Spring, but double Lenten Roses (Helleborus x hybridus) are the most romantic. Hellebores come in a variety of hybrids and cultivars lasting through April, and their cut-leaves are evergreen in shade all year round. Christmas Roses or H. niger and H. nigercors cultivars begin blooming in November or December, Bear’s-foot Hellebore or H. foetidus produces clusters of light green bells that last from October through May!

Iris unguicularis Surprisingly, this Algerian Iris with

Clump-forming, tough-as-nails Monkey Grass and Mondo Grass are perennials with clusters of flowers in summer. Their narrow variegated leaves of green and yellow or green and white last all year long. A trim in late winter is often done, but not necessary. They are good for dry shade and as a ground cover or path edging.

Chinese Sacred Lily Absolutely no direct sun for Rohdea japonica, a low growing shade plant with charismatic leathery green leaves Although they are slow-growing, they will reward you with dark green swordlike clumps and bright red berries.

Lungwort Pulmonaria leaves are spotted or mottled with silver. ‘Silver Shivers’ is entirely a silvery light green. Later in Spring, blue to rose bell flowers form. Tuck this perennial under a shrub in a moist spot. I’d love to see you add some winter color to your landscape this month. Post some of your winter interest photos on The Current Hub Facebook page. ❍ Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a new landscape for their new old house.


Italian Arum. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Melissa McMasters



FOOD ( From left to right, co-owners David Liu, Kayvi Zheng, and James Guangdong Li.


It’s pronounced PO-KEY and the easiest definition is delicious. The poke craze has been coming for some time and it is hitting us in full force at Poké Life in Roswell. Poke is a raw fish salad, which can sound horrifying to some, I get that, but you’ve got to get this. If you just think about the semantics, it’s like saying “fish stew” versus “bouillabaisse.” One just sounds better. Poke has its origins in Asia and tends to come to us through a Hawaiian path. It can, and will, include everything from rice and veggies to herbs and greens coupled with high quality seafood. When you put all of that with sweet fruits and the various textures melding with the traditional sauces such as ponzu or teriyaki your mouth will water with anticipation. To me this is high-end street food. In various parts of the world you will find this on corners all the way up to white linen places. The poke concept is about careful selection and preparation of only the finest ingredients. At Poké Life they carefully put out nine proteins, a dozen vegetables and fruits, nearly 30 flavorful toppings to put over a bowl of rice and/or salad. It’s their work and your choices. You pick and point while they put your bowl together with flash and dash. It’s delicious and unique is a word I’d use to describe the experience.

Southern Comfort Food My second place this month serves some great southern comfort food, and by southern I mean really south, as in Latin America south. It’s called Cafeteria Tia Roseta and it sits on the west side of GA 400 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell (1085 Holcomb Bridge Rd.) opposite from the Krystal location. I mention the southern angle because this place has great home cooking, which reminds me of the southern kitchens that used to be in this area that served great downhome meals that are just simply prepared and quite tasty. This type of food requires the patience of a mom or in this case two of them. These ladies use big pots hosting big flavors that cannot be replicated without love and passion. The mightiest corporation cannot touch this stuff. Cafeteria Tia Roseta is truly a family run place that screams workingman lunch counter. They feature homemade recipes from throughout Latin America that will leave you wanting more. Most dishes run under $15 and will leave you well satisfied. No menu, just a board with daily specials like guiso de pollo (stewed chicken/beef ), mole ranchero con pollo (chicken with mole sauce), arroz can pollo (chicken rice) and higado encebollado (liver and onions). Plus they have regular staples like tacos, burritos and unbelievable soups. There are lots of these places around and I highlight this one because you need to explore. I’ve passed this place hundreds of times and thought it nothing but a hole in the wall but boy was I wrong. Now if I can just find a simpler joint that serves actual southern food and I’ll be happy. Funny world we live in. We have more traditional Latin American places than old-fashioned southern comfort food joints. Next month I’m looking for some good oldfashioned southern food… lets see that I come up with. Peace and love to you all this Thanksgiving! ❍


Real good poke has but a few rules and the biggest is it has to be fresh. As in picked, plucked, caught or captured as close to right now as possible. That results in rule two, which is it must be delicious, nutritious, and portable. You can eat this stuff on the go because that is the way this food culture rolls. It’s a street food attitude. I think of it as super fast food that is silly good. If you’re a fan of sushi then you’re already with me on this for those of you not quite there… well this is your chance to jump on the flavor train. You’ll love it and so will your body and perhaps even your soul. Three cousins who are all in with this joint started Poké Life in Roswell. This is their cultural answer to feeding the masses and doing it on a budget. I’ve become an instant fan. Prices run from single digits to the mid-teens and I ate a $13 bowl that lasted two meals. I felt great and when compared to any fast food…well there is no comparison. Poké Life is located on the corner of Alpharetta Highway and Mansell Road in Roswell (10800 Alpharetta Hwy.) in the same location as the Chipotle and Starbucks. This is a first, one off concept, run by three charming “kids” who deserve success.





Beyond changes you make to your home, the area that surrounds it has the greatest impact on the value. In my business, location of a home is one of the most important factors in a buyer’s mind. Of course the schools are a huge factor but so are things like walkability, surrounding neighborhoods and infrastructure. Current and future development is also a big factor and there are a couple of great examples of these dynamics at play in Roswell.

generations. Having spoken to some of these people I can say without reservation that controversy has always been here with regards to development. Some of the most ardent folks standing against development now, ironically, live in neighborhoods that the previous generation did not want here. Homes built in the sixties and seventies in some cases took the place of farmland, which represented huge density increases at the time. Beyond the aesthetics, new development impacts home values. The neighborhoods in and around the historic area of Roswell have increased in value as demand for this area is at an all time high. There are numerous examples where homes have doubled in price from 2007.

The Future Here we are in the early 21st century and a new wave is hitting us. Mixed-use. It’s what the next generation demands and with it comes a whole new way of looking at development and the effect it has on our real estate prices. As our suburbs move forward One is the new mixed-use developthere are numerous developments ment on Canton Street called Vickers all around us that are either planned Historic Roswell. It sits right across the street from an old corner grocery or will be soon. In Cobb County many in the development store and the contrast is striking. In community are already planning a many ways it represents the yin and “corridor” to bridge the gap between yang of local politics and the new Braves stadium and East development. The project was controCobb. But, generally speaking, the versial from the beginning but after neighborhoods in East Cobb are well lawsuits and protests it nears compleprotected from overly aggressive detion and ushers in a new era for the velopment by politicians. In neighborhood. Alpharetta, the whole Avalon project The historic area of Roswell has a is continuing to expand and there is steep history, which is why development is tough. There are fam- still room for growth in and around that area due to the multiple ilies who have lived there for


The corner of Woodstock Road and Canton Street in Roswell where a new development, Vickers Historic Roswell, nears completion.

highway exits. In Roswell it is not so easy. Another example of contrast demonstrating how development affects home pricing is on the east side of Roswell where now sits an empty Super Target. It seems like it just opened and now it’s empty. The surrounding real estate is far behind that on the west side where more innovative development has taken place. Many neighborhoods in east Roswell are just now reaching the levels prior to 2007. The price increases and general growth in value are strikingly different in east and west Roswell. Why? The development on the east side is “old school” strip mall type stuff. The empty Super Target was doomed from the start. Sitting just north of it is the easily accessible North Point Mall/Avalon corridor. Right now Target, which owns the location, has it listed in the range of $8 million. To be clear, that is just the Target store, not the whole strip. According to my sources Target is looking to get out…and quick. What does that mean? More bad development…envision a new dollar store there. Here’s why. Roswell has a poor reputation with developers who simply don’t want to engage in ugly political battles. Why invest millions where people are going to turn you into a force of evil. What’s left? Cheap, easy, non-innovative development and homes that sit next to poorly developed retail stagnate in value.

On the other hand, a new development in west Roswell, begins construction in 2018 on the corner of Sun Valley Drive and Alpharetta Highway, it will replace an old strip mall. This new, mixeduse project, will house apartments and retail but only time will tell if this is a new beginning of positive development or just an outlier. It’ll be interesting to parallel the two properties over the next decade. Want to guess which neighboring homes increase in value the most? In the end, all of these themes just keep repeating. No one likes change, that’s a given, but it is also inevitable. Simply put, development will happen and it can be either good or bad but its coming and history backs that up. A new generation is here and they want something different just like the people who moved here 40 years ago. Those dreams, however, are no different. They want safe streets, good schools and a strong sense of community. To be sure, it’ll look different from what we’re used to, but just like the cul-de-sac developments of the sixties and seventies their day will come too and there will be more change. You can count on it. Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net.






Stockyard Burgers By Tricia Morris

ROSWELL/EAST COBB Are you a bookworm? Want to be? Well the Friends of the Roswell Library are having a book sale from Nov. 16– 19. They will have a large quantity of good hard cover and paperbacks featuring fiction and non-fiction genres all in good quality. Additionally they will have DVDs, CDs and a wide selection of children’s books. All proceeds go directly to the Roswell Library to assist in community programs and needed materials. The Roswell Library is located at 115 Norcross Street and only cash or checks are accepted for this event. In what has become a community institution, Roswell Dance Theatre will present The Nutcracker at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center from Nov. 24 through Dec. 3. Produced by the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance for the 28th year, this is the oldest and largest Nutcracker production in North Atlanta with over 300 cast members. Sugarplums will be dancing in your head as you enjoy dancing cupcakes, mice, soldiers, and an array of favorite characters. For more info visit www.tysod.com. In East Cobb there is a lot happening in the restaurant game. Some in the area refer to the corner of Lower Roswell Road and Woodlawn Road the “Bermuda Triangle” of

Roswell Dance Theatre

restaurants. I say this because a new place (as of press time unnamed) is opening up… let’s hope they make it. One concept that seems to be hot is the poké concept with The Poké Bowl opening in the Woodlawn Commons Shopping Center. The concept is explained in our food column this month (page 26). Muss & Turner’s located at 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd. is making changes to its service model. They are offering a full service lunch and a brunch on Sundays. Over at The Avenue East Cobb, Stockyard Burgers with a location already in Marietta, will be taking over the Brixx location. Stockyard will offer patrons a full-service dining experience in its renowned rustic, contemporary style, an enhanced patio


number craft selections, many seasonal, in one place at one time. They will have unlimited tasting samples available and you can enjoy giant jenga, corn hole, photo center and delicious food off the Big Green Egg from Chef Andy Long. All for one ticket price with part of the proceeds benefiting The Drake House. The event is held in the Alley at SMK and runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m Not sure if this is true but I’ve heard that Matilda’s might be closing and that means their great music series Matilda’s Under The Pines might be in jeopardy. In Nov. they have two shows with Jess Groggans on Nov. 11 and Swami Gone Bananas on Nov. 18. If you have not been you’re missing out. These guys put on some great music all outside under the pine trees. It’s a great time out. Matilda’s is located at 377 South Main Street in Alpharetta. If you go, shoo away the developers! ALPHARETTA/JOHNS CREEK Avalon gets into the holiday spirit with a tree lighting on Nov. 19 and the start of Avalon on Ice Nov. 20. ’Tis the South Main Kitchen season to lace up your skates and glide into the holiday spirit at this Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink. It will run until Jan. 21. The folks in Johns Creek swing into holiday action with their Christmas Tree and Dreidel event on Nov. 30. Hot chocolate, holiday treats, and live music make this a fun filled family event. Local elementary school choruses accentuate the festive air with a selection of seasonal favorites before the Mayor throws Avalon on Ice the switch. Boxes for the The folks at South Main Kitchen “Toys for Tots” annual toy drive will be (SMK) on Main Street in Downtown on hand to accept new, unwrapped Alpharetta are hosting the first Annual toys or games. Event takes place at Butcher and Brew Fest on Nov. 11. Newtown Park located at 3150 Old Whether you are a beer or cocktail afi- Alabama Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. cionado, a seasoned beer drinker, or For more community news and someone who is new to the craft beer events visit our site at www.thecurrenbeverage scene, this fest aims is to give thub.com. ❍ you the opportunity to taste a large seating area, full liquor bourbon bar and award-winning burgers and bones entree selections. They plan on an early 2018 opening. On Dec. 1 and 2 the folks at St. Ann’s Catholic Church are having their 37th Annual Annie Arts & Craft Show. They feature over 120 artists who are carefully selected to showcase their handmade items such as pottery, jewelry, wood making, holiday décor and more. The show also has a bake sale benefitting the St. Ann’s pre-school and the Apple Annie Café will be serving soups, sandwiches, and beverages. Parking is available onsite at the Church, located at 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 and also at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, located at 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062, where shuttle service to Apple Annie will be provided. For more information, please visit www.st-ann.org



AN EVENTFUL Playwright Topher Payne takes us to a sunny, spring afternoon in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta where different generations are thrown together to test the bonds of family and friendship. At GET through Nov. 12. By Tripp Liles

Seems like only yesterday I was writing about the coming summer events and here we are staring the end of 2017 right in the face. With the end in sight that means the holiday season is here, which means different things to different people. Let’s try to avoid running up credit card bills and instead celebrate the return of cool weather and a season that offers something for us all to celebrate. The metro Atlanta area is one of the most diverse in the nation and that holds true for those of us in the suburbs. The Current Hub is located on Canton Street in Roswell and within just a couple of miles are houses of worship for nearly every faith on Earth. And that diversity is represented in the numerous activities available. No matter your religion, background, temperament or even food restriction, there is something going on that is sure to pique your interest before we say goodbye to 2017.


Crumpet the disenchanted elf in the Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre, and Clara dances with The Nutcracker at the Roswell Dance Theatre.


Garden lights, above, at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Carolers on Canton Street in Roswell, below.

Put down the phone and attend the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta.

The actual event of Thanksgiving is one that we sometimes take for granted. It doesn’t have a lobbying body in Congress nor a fancy public relations firm but it shows up every year reminding us to give thanks. But do we really? This year think differently. While the corporate media machine, in no way shape or form will convey this to you, we live in the most peaceful prosperous times in history. No we’re not perfect, but I’ve got it a lot better than my grandparents and so do you and let’s not forget that. Fortunately we have Thanksgiving, a holiday that has developed its own identity in the modern era and now stands for family, humility, grace, and of course, gratefulness. It is a holiday that unifies Americans and reminds us that we are all family and we are all lucky to be here. Nothing upholds the values of this holiday quite like the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta. At this unique gathering, congregants and visitors from more than 17 different religions will gather together on Nov. 16 to celebrate everything that unifies us as Americans and as human beings. Faith leaders from religious groups all over town will speak, give thanks, tell

jokes, play music, and share stories as they would with their own families. If you are one of those folks obsessed with social media and feel you’ve lost faith in humanity I strongly suggest putting the phone down and attending this event. To say it is uplifting is not doing it justice. There will be a reception following the service that gives visitors the chance to mingle with new people, learn about their religions and try delicious new foods. This event is not to be missed! Stuck at home that night? Don’t sweat it, the entire service will be live streamed on the Temple Kol Emeth website. Check out www.kolemeth.net for more details. When it comes to holiday magic, we in the south don’t exactly have seasonal weather featuring snow but we can always count on finding fantastic displays of holiday lights. Few do lights quite like the Atlanta Botanical Garden with Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, a seven-year tradition that will return this year with the most wondrous electrical spectacular yet. Wander through the luscious gardens, which remain amazingly vibrant in the cold night air, and visit old favorites like the Orchestral Orbs, the Glittering Galaxy, and the Radiant Rainforest as well as

new additions like the Walk of Flames and the newly expanded Tunnel of Light. Many of the light displays are set to holiday music for a show that appeals to all of the senses. Despite the fairly long run of the exhibit, tickets always go quickly and are best purchased in advance. Add a dinner reservation at Longleaf to make it a completely indulgent evening. The exhibit will kick off on Nov. 11 and carry on through Jan. 7. Ticket prices vary on peak nights. Visit www.atlantabg.org to plan your visit. Roswell is a city that is steeped in history and tradition, which gives it the platform to do the holidays like no other city around. Throughout the months of November and December, join this historic old town for Christmas in Roswell & Other Holiday Events in a wide reaching menu of holiday themed gatherings that include old world parties in historic homes, Thanksgiving dinners, a holiday “bizarre,” Santa’s Secret Gift shop, caroling on Canton Street, Reindeer Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, musical performances, open houses at local boutiques, Chanukah and Shabbat dinner, and so

much more. This also includes, of course, the stunning annual performance of The Nutcracker by the Roswell Dance Theatre. Whether you’re in need of a big family outing, a spontaneous night of fun with friends, a date night or a date with yourself, there are more than enough happenings in Roswell to keep everyone occupied during the holidays. For more information, visit www.visitroswellga.com, or if you are on the Historic Square in Roswell stop by the Roswell Visitors Center located at 617 S. Atlanta Street where they have information on all of the events happening through the holidays. The Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting is unlike any other in the area. This city takes tree lighting to another level with the addition of a big celebration in Downtown Alpharetta that draws hundreds of residents and visitors alike. In addition to lighting the 45-foot live spruce with more than 10,000 white lights, this event offers a chance to visit Santa and Mrs. Clause, enjoy live performances, shop a Christmas farmer’s market, roast marshmallows around a big community fire, and indulge in some of Alpharetta’s most popular restaurants and food trucks. Drop the kids off at Snow Playground and get all of your Christmas shopping done early! Then pick them back up for a special reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Mayor Belle Isle and family. Make an evening of it this Dec. 2 from 5:00 p.m.–9 p.m., with the official tree lighting at 7 p.m. If that isn’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, add a trip to Avalon on Ice for an continued on next page


34 Holiday Season continued from 33 evening of Rockefeller Center style skating. awesomealpharetta.com. If the ice skating at Avalon is not enough to satisfy your winter itch then the folks at Stone Mountain Park have got your covered… in snow. When it comes to weather, there is no doubt that Northern Georgia is one of the most attractive places to live. Warm summer nights and mild winters make for an outdoor lifestyle that can’t be beat. Some neighbors to the north, however, boast that their winters feature the one thing much of Georgia can’t offer… snow. We southerners say, “check mate” each year as Stone Mountain creates the Atlanta area’s own winter wonderland with Snow Mountain. Snow Mountain uses artificial snow to create opportunities for tubing, snowman building, snow angel making and some of the most intense snowball fights south of the Mason Dixon. So, with all due respect to our neighbors to the north… y’all ain’t

got nothing on us. Grab the family and make your way to Snow Mountain starting Nov. 11 and stretching into the New Year. Learn more at stonemountainpark.com. Perhaps the traditional seasonal activities are not your thing so why not try some theatre? The metro area is home to some really underrated performance houses and the talent that drives them. The Georgia Ensemble Theatre will have the Topher Payne comedy Morningside running through Nov. 12 at their home in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Another, more seasonally themed play, The Santaland Diaries, is based on an essay by satirical writer David Sedaris. He shares the story of a disenchanted, down-onhis-luck Macy’s Department Store elf named Crumpet as he navigates the sickly sweet world of commercialized Christmas with entitled children, overly indulgent parents and a costume that rips away all sense of dignity. An out-of-work writer by

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day, Crumpet decides to make his experience more of an investigative one into the world of Christmas elves. Though fabulous and hilarious in its execution, this is one show that is not family friendly, so leave the little ones (or any less mature friends and relatives) at home. If you do have children, Horizon Theatre also offers a charming musical adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic storybook Madeline’s Christmas, featuring 24 local girls performing alongside professional actors. For show times and more info visit .horizontheatre.com. These are just a few events and activities to keep you occupied this holiday season. So no matter if you recognize Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, Mawlid al-Nabi, or Bodhi Day, remember to celebrate the diversity that keeps us strong. To keep up with all that is happening in our community visit our site at www.thecurrenthub.com. ❍


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Are you looking to entertain friends and guests from out of town this holiday season? We’ve complied a list of some concerts that are sure to put you in a celebratory spirit. On Nov. 18, The Georgia Philharmonic presents “The Magical World of Movies” at the Lassiter Concert Hall. This is a perfect show for the whole family as they feature scores from many classic movies and television shows. You’ll hear themes from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Snow White,” and “Peter Pan,” plus John Williams’s captivating score from “Hook” and many others you and your kids will recognize. This promises to be a walk down memory lane and offers a From top: Georgia Philharmonic, great opportunity to expose kids to classical Joel Grandson, Dave Koz & friends music. The Lassiter Concert Hall is located at 2601 Shallowford Road in Marietta. For more info visit georgiaphilharmonic.org. Celebrating 20 years of touring with his Christmas show, smooth jazz legend Dave Koz has enlisted David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White for what promises to be an enjoyable evening on Nov. 24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. In a career that spans more than a quarter century, nine Grammy nominations, nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, playing for multiple presidents and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, saxophonist Dave Koz has maintained a commitment to celebrating the magic of the holiday season like few other artists of his genre or generation. Since 1997, Koz has assembled a stellar lineup and taken them on the road every December to ring in the most wonderful time of the year with audiences across the nation. For tickets visit www.cobbenergycentre.com. Continuing on the jazz theme, local legend Joe Gransden and his 16-piece big band hit the stage of the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Dec. 18 for a Winter Wonderland show. In addition to Joe and his band, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Francine Reed will take the stage to swing you into the holidays. Enjoy some of your favorite Christmas classics performed by one of today’s top jazz vocalists. Hits such as “Let It Snow,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” will surely put you in the holiday spirit. This concert is a part of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 2017–18 season and is sponsored by Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors. For more info and tickets for this show visit get.org. If you’re in an adventurous mood, a trip to Atlanta is in order as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has several concerts for the holidays. On Dec. 9 and 10 they feature Christmas with the ASO. Begun many years ago by the beloved Music Director Robert Shaw, this concert has become a staple for Atlanta families during the holiday season. The Orchestra, Chorus, and special guests, the Gwinnett Young Singers and the Morehouse College Glee Club will perform beloved Christmas carols and hymns to celebrate the season. The following weekend they have A Very Merry Holiday Pops! And on Dec. 21 and 22 they will perform the Handel classic “Messiah.” For specific show times and tickets visit www.atlantasymphony.org. Visit our website www.thecurrenthub.com and check out our calendar page that will provide you with information on various show and performances throughout the year. ❍


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