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An Evening with Marilyn Sparks

The Taylor Kinzel Gallery, located just off Canton Street in Historic Roswell, will have a special evening (5-8pm) with noted artist Marilyn Sparks. Sparks, known for her vibrant paintings of iconic southern imagery, will be in the gallery discussing the inspira-tions and techniques that have made her creations beloved by collectors and galleries throughout the country. A great opportunity to discuss art, not to mention it’s in the heart of the Canton Street district so you can’t go wrong. Win an original painting by Sparks via a drawing. A portion of the event proceeds to benefit Red Cross Hurricane Relief. Taylor Kinzel Gallery is located at 16 Elizabeth Way in Roswell, for more info visit www.taylorkinzelgallery.com. >>BEER AND CHALK

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Atlanta Kosher BBQ Fest

The Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival returns for its 5th year this October for a fun filled family Sunday complete with dozens of BBQ tastings, kosher vendors, a beer garden, live music and a robust kids area. The South’s most famous Kosher BBQ Festival is known for its lively kosher BBQ competition where over 20 teams cook through the night vying for grand champion status. Festivalgoers are able to taste each team’s culinary creations for a dollar a tasting. ¶ Profits from this year’s festival will be donated to the Helping Feed Atlanta, Jewish Education Loan Fund and Cobb County Police Department. Organizers are also planning a kosher food drive and ask people to bring kosher canned food items. Event is at Pavilion at Brook Run Park, 4470 N. Peachtree Road in Dunwoody. For more information on the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival visit www.theatlantakosherbbq.com.

Chalktoberfest

It’s the festival we’ve been dying for… a celebration of chalk and beer! First, I’m all in on a beer fest that starts at 11 a.m. The fact that it’s on the Historic Square in Marietta makes it even better. As a part of Chalkfest, the Craft Beer Festival presents the unique one of a kind opportunity to experience street chalk art and great beer. The event will offer over 100 craft beers for you to enjoy while walking the streets painted with chalk by professional artists. There will also be live entertainment and an artists market. The event is free. Beer tickets are required. Proceeds benefit the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. chalktoberfest.com.

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Alive In Roswell Alive in Roswell is held in the Historic District in Roswell on the third Thursday of each month April through October. So this month is your last chance to get in on the fun. The street festival features live bands, food trucks, hundreds of interactive vendors, kids’ games and entertainment, and enjoys participation from the surrounding boutiques, small businesses and restaurants. Event takes place on Historic Canton Street, at Historic Roswell Square, and at Roswell City Hall’s Faces of War Memorial Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fall Farm Day

Smith Plantation, in Roswell, will host Fall Farm Day on the grounds of the historic home from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual family event will feature artisan exhibits and demonstrations pertaining to life on a 19th century farm, including living-history exhibits and activities such as period games, spinning, weaving, and open-hearth cooking. Free children’s activities include period games, farm animals petting zoo, wagon rides, crafts, and farm chores. In addition, gold and gem panning is available for $5. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and other concessions will be available for purchase. Smith Plantation is located at 935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell.

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Johns Creek Arts Festival

The Johns Creek Arts Festival returns for the sixth year on Oct. 21 and 22. The serene green space across from The Atlanta Athletic Club will come alive for the sixth year with 130 whimsical and fun artisans from around the country. This beautiful and sprawling spot overlooking Medlock Bridge Road is the perfect venue to showcase the talented artisans who will be exhibiting their paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art and many more goodies. The festival is held at 1930 Bobby Jones Drive in Johns Creek. For more info visit www.johnscreekartsfestival.com.


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This popular northwest Georgia event will combine aviation’s top aircraft, live music, and great food into a family fun weekend. Top military and civilian aircraft will scream across the flight line as fighter jets and aerobatic performers demonstrate gravity defying maneuvers. While on the ground, guests will receive an up close look and even go aboard a few of the dozens of popular planes and helicopters on static display. The event will be the first headlined by America’s Pride, the U.S. Navy and Marines Blue Angels. Historic aircraft flown during World War II and into the jet age will sit poised on display as visitors receive an up close tour while military and civilian aircraft soar high above Rome’s Richard B. Russell Airfield. Event is in Rome GA with more info available at wingsovernorthgeorgia.com. >>COSTUMES AND NATURE

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The Chattahoochee Nature Center offers many ways to connect your family to nature and this month they have Halloween Hikes. Each group of about two-dozen people will have a guide lead them on a lighted trail at night, where you will meet costumed characters during the 45-minute hike through the CNC’s beautiful grounds. This is the perfect event for little ones as a non-scary alternative event. chattnaturecenter.org.

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IrishFest Atlanta

November 3 & 4 IrishFest Atlanta was launched in 2013 to promote the culture of Ireland through the country’s traditional music, song, dance, and language. The vision of the founders was to create a weekend of cultural performances, lectures, and workshops in an environment appealing to community members of all ages and varying familiarity of all things Irish. IrishFest Atlanta features guest artists of international, national, and regional reputation, who teach and perform throughout the weekend. The event is held in Dunwoody at the Hilton Perimeter located at 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. For more info visit irishfestatlanta.org. >>LIFE ACROSS I-75

Taste Of Kennesaw

November 4 Eating. It’s the one thing we all have in common and the folks over in Kennesaw would like for you to taste the best they have to offer. You will be able to sample food from more than 30 local restaurants. There will be an entertainment stage all day culminating in a concert at 6 p.m. The beer garden features the acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson from 11– 5. Great stuff for the kids with an enormous Kids Zone featuring interactive inflatables and much more. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown Kennesaw at 2829 Cherokee Street. FYI… no passport required to cross I-75.

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FALL FESTIVAL SEASON IS IN FULL SWING They will feature over two dozen wine makers with over 100 different wines. The Mill’s executive chef Daniel Marteny will be cooking up menu samples so you really cannot go wrong. And if the wine and cuisine aren’t good enough reasons, the best news is that the Child Development Authority in Roswell is the beneficiary of the proceeds. Now you just have to go. The cost is $65 per person. For more info call The Mill Kitchen and Bar at 770-817-9345. On the weekend of Oct. 21 and 22 there are two art local festivals. In Johns Creek there is the Johns Creek Arts Festival, which features over a community By Tripp Liles hundred artists from around the counstaple. It is We have our try. It is held in the green space across presented by The Mill Kitchen and Bar, share of beer festivals locally, from the Atlanta Athletic Club at 1930 which is just off the Historic Square in highlighted by the Roswell Beer Bobby Jones Dr. This beautiful and Festival each spring but wine is becom- Roswell. sprawling spot overlooking Medlock Held on Oct. 21 from 1–5 p.m., this ing a new leader in the festival Bridge Road is the perfect venue to community event kicks-off the fall seamarketplace. The second annual showcase the talented artisans who will Grandiose Grape Wine Event is one son with an afternoon of great wine, be exhibiting their paintings, pottery, live music, and of course great food. such new festival looking to become a metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard

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art, and many more goodies. On the same weekend there is the Brookhaven Arts Festival in of all places Brookhaven, go figure. They will feature live entertainment and more than 100 artists in a wide array of styles including a children’s section. The festival is held behind the Brookhaven MARTA station located at 4047 Peachtree Road NE. If art isn’t your thing and you don’t mind looking up all day then perhaps a trip to Rome is in order. Wings Over North Georgia is a fantastic air show held at Russell Regional Airport up in Rome on Oct. 21 & 22. This year’s show features the US SOCOM Para-


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Commandos Parachute Team, current national aerobatic champion Rob Holland, Scott Yoak’s “Quick Silver” P-51D Mustang, and Jim Tobul’s “Korean War Hero” F4U Corsair. And Bill Braack will challenge an aerobatic aircraft to a race. He’ll be driving the jet-powered Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car at speeds up to 400 mph. On the ground, you can meet The Sky Soldiers’ Helicopter Demo Team, Buck Roetman’s Christen Eagle, the local Tiger Flight Team, Bob Carlton’s jetpowered sailplane, and Wild Blue Air shows. If you want to actually go up you can hop a ride on a Huey UH-1 or Cobra AH-1F helicopter. Tickets for the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show are available online at www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com. Let us not forget that October has that scary night when we ingest way too much candy and the folks over in Kennesaw have their very cool Owl-O-Ween. They bill this as the only Hot Air Balloon Festival and costume party. I checked the Google machine and it appears this is the only one! Internet doesn’t lie folks! Its a 2-day family friendly event featuring; balloon glows; trick-or-treating (at the balloons); tethered balloon rides; costume party; multiple entertainment stages; food galore and plenty of children’s activities. If you’re looking for more stuff at one event then you’re being unreasonable. Owl-O-Ween is held Oct. 27 & 28 at Kennestone State University. For more info visit owl-o-ween.com. For those of you scratching your heads, the Kennestone State mascot is an owl. If theatre is your thing then the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, home to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, is producing the Topher Payne comedy Morningside. This shrewd and very funny new comedy takes us to a sunny spring afternoon in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta where different generations are thrown together to battle it out. Imagine: a baby shower, nine women with secrets, and a case of champagne. What could possibly go wrong? Payne is one of the area’s most respected authors and this is sure to be a strong piece of work. For more info visit get.org. And if all of these events aren’t to your liking then how about you go fly a kite. No really, at the second annual Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo held in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Oct. 28. They will have a wide array of activities for the whole family with decorating contests, kite demonstrations and of course some world class kite flyers. For more info visit atlantaworldkitefestival.com. ❍

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BETRAYED? YES. Time for action? Absolutely Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

We assume you have heard about the Equifax security breach announced on Sept. 8, but the question is—have you taken action to protect yourself? You need to assume your information is public, and quite possibly in the hands of bad people. There is no one-size-fits-all regimen of what you should do, but a key point here is “doing nothing” shouldn’t be an option. We are now in a time when you must secure your own personal information. Here are some of the most frequently cited actions we’ve seen along with our commentary on each:

be sure to keep the security code you are provided. You will need it to un-freeze your credit whenever you choose to do so in the future. CONSIDER A CREDIT MONITORING SERVICE. Equifax has offered to provide a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection via TrustedID Premier. We’ve seen mixed reviews on whether it makes sense to accept Equifax’s offer. First, there’s the whole trust issue raised by the recent breach. Plus, identity thieves have nearly endless patience, so one year of monitoring is only the beginning. That said, other independent services can be costly (especially if you’ve got an entire family to cover), and they may not ultimately offer much that you cannot do on your own if you so choose. It comes down to a cost/benefit analysis unique to you.

REGULARLY CHANGE THE PASSWORDS AND PINS ON YOUR FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS. Like regularly monitoring your credit reports, peri-

odically changing your financial account login information has been and remains a best practice. Quarterly or at least twice a year makes good sense to us. How can we help? View a variety of tips and suggestions we have on our website www.odysseypfa.com under Resources—Helpful Consumer Tips. Additionally, Clark Howard has good info on his website www.clark.com. Just as sensible investing involves taking appropriate steps to support one’s CHECK YOUR CREDIT REPORTS AT ANNUALCREDITREPORT.COM. ongoing, personalized plan, we are here to help prepare for, and/or react to what Keeping an eye on your credit reports has long been a best practice, and should life throws our way. Let us know if you’d like help with your personal finances. continue to be, today more than ever. Use only annualcreditreport.com. As the Life’s a journey—navigate it wisely! website says, it is the only provider authorized by Federal law to provide you Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own with the free annual reports that already are rightfully yours. Also, so you can Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley obtain a free credit report more than annually, consider staggering the three priDrive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in mary agencies’ reports, selecting one to review every four months. working with people who are serious about making FREEZE YOUR CREDIT. Contact each of the three credit bureaus progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages individually to freeze your credit. Do so now, unless you need a loan to purchase portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities a home or car, a loan for college or are applying for a new credit card soon. Also, offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.


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Among the major markets, Atlanta as a whole is sliding lower on the list of growth cities. The Pacific Homes sales are down but Northwest is moving at the fastest rate right now, prices are up. Generally the with Seattle and Portland in double digits. market, which is unbalanced, is The devil is in the details when it comes to growth shifting toward an advantage to the seller. But don’t or should we say the numbers. get caught looking at just the prices. Many folks in If one were just looking at the whole picture you the market are first-time buyers who are looking for would see that we have a somewhat balanced market. homes on the lower end of the price scale, but this If that seems strange to you, then taking a deeper market is leaving them high and dry. look may be revealing. All of this is simply due to a shortage of homes. For our readership, homes up to $500K are at 1.6 Remember that “recession” we had? Well months supply of inventory, which signals a very construction came to a halt for nearly five years and strong sellers’ market. Homes ranging from $501K to even when it came back, it was slow to gain momen$1 million are pacing at 4.7 months supply, which is tum. The housing inventory is 20 years behind, with approaching a balanced market rate of six months. If numbers similar to those in the mid 90s, but the country has grown by more than 50 million people in you are looking to buy or sell in this arena, you must be prepared. Homes must be turnkey and buyers that time. An interesting fact is that Roswell has nearly doubled in population in this century. Where need to be ready to pull the trigger. Our last market segment is the over $1 million level, which currently are they going to live? has a 10-month supply of inventory. That could Overall, the Atlanta market is very healthy, but several markets in the U.S. are growing much faster. signal some great opportunities if you are planning a move-up purchase in the near future. By Kirsten Ricci

For Roswell residents, please note that the direction of our city and future plans for development, growth, and desirability are in your hands this November. There will be a new mayor for the first time in over two decades and the city council, when all is said and done, will be filled with a lot of newcomers. For more on this, read the article on the next page. No matter which candidates you support, please get out and vote. ❍ 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

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very four years in November, there is one election that stands out among the rest—the  selection  of the  next president of the United States. But what about other elections that occur  in the “off years”  that determine a next council

member or mayor? Unfortunately, they are not as popular as the presidential election and as such, do not  assemble  a great turnout.  Even CNN has stated that voter turnout is dipping,  as it  was at its nearly lowest point in two decades at the end of last year. However, local elections fare even worse. Fulton County in particular is home to over 1.01 million people, but only 521,000 are registered voters. In a county where the median age is 35, the average turnout for a local election is  anywhere from 10 to 30 percent,  sometimes more, sometimes less. For example, the November 2013 Roswell general  municipal and special election only  saw a 17.36 percent of voters show their  support, while the runoff election  one month later  saw an even further dip in those that  voted, a 7.18 percent turnout. But  sometimes citizens surprise election officials and gather in large numbers  to voice their opinions. This was the case for both the 2016 presidential election where 74 percent of citizens  cast their ballots, and the more recent runoff election between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff, where 56.97 percent of the county’s citizens participated in the election. However, this is not the norm.  The  trend is unsettling as  the Roswell special election in March of this year saw only a 14.87 percent turnout.  As  Nov. 7  draws nearer, officials are interested to see what the  turnout  will be for this historic election,  as four  council seats  will be filled with newcomers, as well as the position of Fulton County Commission Chairman and Roswell mayor.  “It’s important for people to  learn about the candidates running and the issues and platforms they feel strongly about,”  says  Jerry Orlans, member of the Roswell city council.  “However, the busier we get, there isn’t always time to keep track of local issues. But as we saw in the 2016 presidential election, early voting is starting to take hold, and we’re hoping to see a large turnout for the upcoming election.” 

One could argue that local elections are even more important than a presidential  one.  Let’s be honest. President Trump’s actions are more than likely not going to change our daily lives here locally, unless some drastic measure or action is taken.  Change does not start on Capitol Hill; it starts right here in  our  own backyard.  Government officials are locally elected by  the  citizens to help bring change  to the community  in a way that  makes a  difference  and impacts  our lives on a daily basis.  If  we  aren’t at the polls to vote a new mayor  or council member  into office, change  can be  hindered.  Local government officials  are here  to listen to  our  ideas  and challenges,  and help bring about answers  that behoove the  community they serve. They fight for the rights of the state and act on  our  behalf, representing us to the larger governing agencies. Consequently, when we don’t vote,  the majority of our voices cannot be heard, further creating a gap between us as well as  a  counter-productive atmosphere. “With local elections, we have more accessibility to our leaders than we do with national elections,”  says  Orlans. “The issues that are debated and discussed  effect  us, our families and our daily lives.  Here in Roswell we’ve been fortunate enough to have leaders who have increased the value of our city over the years because of the decisions they have made.” Prior to 1992, local elections  were held with state and national elections, but were moved to  “off years” to encourage  broader  participation, but  unfortunately, that is dwindling.  Some counties have moved  their municipal elections back  to coincide with state or federal elections, which can have

both positive and negative outcomes. Truth is, many Americans view government hierarchy differently  and more often than not,  local elections  are treated as inconsequential and are disregarded.  “It’s extremely hard to attract and retain people’s attention today,”  says  Nancy Diamond, a Roswell city council member. “All of  those  campaigning for office have to cut through the noise  to be heard above media of every kind, and  it’s  proving more difficult to do, not to mention more expensive.”  So  why won’t more people get out there and vote?  Some may say it’s more difficult to research those running for office in a municipal election, as there normally aren’t as many advertisements as there are during a federal election. And if research is harder, some voters may give up and not take the time to  prepare  when heading  to the polls, if they do at all.  Others may simply  become apathetic  and believe that their voice doesn’t matter  or become completely  fatigued  the number of elections that are held every year. Registration can also be a difficult process to see through to the end,  and  some citizens  may become frustrated or give up entirely if they become  too  overwhelmed.  “People are tired of politics,”  says  Diamond. “Roswell citizens have already been to the polls four times this year,  and we are seeing some election fatigue. As the city continues to grow and word of mouth doesn’t reach everyone,  it’s more critical than ever for voters to do their homework and participate in local elections.” So what are you going to do come  Nov. 7?  Get involved and  hit the polls to  engage  in the future of Roswell and Fulton County. Exercise your right to vote. ❍


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BREAST CANCER IS NO LAUGHING MATTER By Tripp Liles

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There is a good chance that you have cancer and don’t know it yet. How do I know? Our readership is made mostly of women over 40, and one in eight women will have breast cancer is their lifetime. That’s staggering and when it hits home it’s gut wrenching. Just over two years ago my wife, Laura, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had no lumps, no history of it in her family, yet there we were staring it head on. To say the experience has been transformative is putting it lightly. We are very fortunate and unbelievably thankful. I’m happy to say after five surgeries and a lot of anguish she’s in remission and life is returning to a normal state, albeit a new one. Throughout all of this, “awareness” has been key. Not just being aware of cancer, we all are aware of the disease, but aware of your body, and to not live in ignorance. “We know that the most successfully treated breast cancers are ones detected in early stages,” said Dr. Laura Pearson, medical director of WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s STAT Clinic. “The best opportunity to discover breast cancer early is with regular screenings paired with regular clinical exams and self-exams. For example, stage I breast cancer has a 95% or better 5-year survival rate but in a stage III breast cancer, the survival goes down to 72%.” My wife got a mammogram at the age of 47 and her cancer was detected early enough so survival rates were high. Plus we had the tremendous support of medical professionals over at Kennestone Hospital, and now, right here at North Fulton Hospital. Awareness has been a

growing meme in our culture for sometime with all sort of ribbons and yes even the funny “Save The Tatas” bumper stickers. Hey whatever works to get peoples’ attention! “With better awareness campaigns by organizations such as American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen, and community hospitals systems like WellStar, paired with celebrities willing to be open about their experience and choices, there is a much better understanding about screening and treatment options in the general public,” Pearson said. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I encourage all women, which means you, to go get an exam. This is especially to those of you who are saying “Not me!” “75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no or very little family history of breast cancer,” Pearson said. “The biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer is being a women. All women have risk for getting breast cancer. Being proactive about screenings and early detection is the best thing a woman with average risk can do to protect herself. For women who are at elevated risk due to family history of other factors, preventive measures such as more frequent evaluations, MRI, chemoprevention and even prophylactic surgery need to be considered in addition to regular screenings.” For more information on this subject and some links to various support groups including programs in the WellStar Heath System, and social media support groups, see this article on our website at www.thecurrenthub.com. Just click on the WellStar tab on the left side. Now go get checked! ❍


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AWARENESS MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE By Jon-Paul Croom, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital

If you are reading this and are a female, you have a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer during your lifetime. As we enter “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in October, we are reminded that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. In fact, over 240,000 will be diagnosed and 40,000 will die in the U.S. this year alone. But, here is the good news: if caught in its early stages, breast cancer can be curable 95 percent of the time, according to the American Cancer Society. In some cases, women may notice a lump during selfexamination. However, in many instances, there may be no visible indicators. This is why regular mammograms are so important. For many women, beginning at the age of 40 is recommended. But, if you have a family history of the disease (a mother or sister diagnosed with breast cancer for example), you should have a conversation with your physician about earlier testing. If you are diagnosed, there are many treatment options. Understandably, most want to start treatment right away without waiting weeks for specialists to agree upon the right plan. At WellStar North Fulton Hospital, and under the direction of Breast Surgeon Dr. Laura Pearson, we have streamlined this process with a STAT Clinic for breast cancer. On day one, a newly diagnosed patient will meet with an entire team including a breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and a plastic surgeon to determine the most appropriate treatment. The goal of the STAT Clinic is to streamline the traditional process of meeting individual providers over a period of days or weeks before treatment can began. Most importantly, the message is to be tested early and treated quickly. There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. Together, with early mammograms and early treatment, we’re moving toward a stronger future. If you take anything from my letter, please take the time to get checked out and make sure your friends and loved ones do the same. ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Oct–Dec 2017 provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources Ostomy Support Group from their own experiences. Please Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. contact Tim for more information at Classroom C This group is open to 770-667-9363. anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Breast Cancer Support Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to Group First Thursday of every month, register or to obtain more 10:30-11:30 a.m. information. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

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SPECIAL EVENT LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, October 20; 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk- ins welcomed

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Saturday, 10/14, 11/11, and 12/9 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar Alzheimer’s Association North Fulton Hospital to teach Caregiver Support Group diabetes self-management skills. Call Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. Anna at 404-527-7180 for more Classroom C. Please join our monthly information and to register. support group for caregivers and Stroke Support Group Water Birth family members of individuals Last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related Thursdays 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke disorders. The support group offers a 11/30, 12/14 and 12/28 at 7 p.m. Registration required for couples survivors, caregivers, and families to place to share information, support share and support one another. The each other and learn about resources desiring to learn about the option of a group is facilitated by the Stoke in your community. Call Christine at water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered Program Coordinator and a Licensed 404-786-3433 for more for water birth at WNFH. $30.00 per Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to information. couple. Keisha C. Brown at 404-229-9639 or keishac@thriveworks.com COMMUNITY

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 appearancerelated side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call 1-800-227-2345 for location and to register.

Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday of every month; 7-9 p.m. Classrooms A/B. People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will

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Maternity Tours Babysitting Workshop Saturday, 10/14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Teaches children ages 11–14 how to be responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 10/28 CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m.–Noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m.–1p.m.; $45

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 & Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.


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WELLSTAR WELCOMES FIRST EMPLOYED BREAST SURGEON Dr. Laura Pearson will treat breast cancer patients in North Fulton

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hen Laura Pearson, M.D. received her first Fisher Price medical kit at the age of three, she immediately decided she wanted to be a doctor. And she never changed her mind.

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“No one in my family is a doctor. I just really liked it. All I wanted in my stockings was band-aids and ice bandages, and I always got them,”

remembered Dr. Pearson, who just became WellStar Medical Group’s first employed breast surgeon. Dr. Pearson started practicing in Georgia 10 years ago. She graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency. She received a fellowship from the University of Southern California and is accredited by the American Board of Surgery. Before becoming a breast surgeon, she thought she would specialize in orthopedics. But then she decided to combine her passion for helping patients with the precision of surgery tools. “I like surgery because I like to fix problems. But what I really like about being a breast surgeon is that I get to establish a long-standing relationship with my patients,” said Pearson who has served patients as an affiliated physician at North Fulton Hospital for the past seven years. “I now see sisters, mothers and daughters, friends… I’ve seen kids grow up and go to college. I establish a relationship not only with my patients, but with their families and I

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really value that. It is great to see these families throughout the years,” she said. About her new position with WellStar, Dr. Pearson said, “It’s a transition that makes sense. I’ve seen how truly committed WellStar is to patients.” Dr. Pearson is also the medical director of WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s STAT (Specialty Teams and Treatment) Clinic, a place where patients with breast cancer can expect to meet with a full multidisciplinary team of specialists and make treatment decisions faster than traditionally possible. A strong community Dr. Pearson moved to Georgia 10 years ago and has always lived in Sandy Springs. The thing she likes the most about North Fulton is that it’s a tight-knit community where everyone gets the support they need. She’s been married for seven years and she has three dogs who keep her busy. “I like gardening and we like to go kayaking and fishing,” said Dr. Pearson, who’s a big fan of British comedies and mysteries. ❍

Hidden Scar Dr. Laura Pearson now offers Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery, an advanced approach to removing breast cancer or the risk of breast cancer. With the Hidden Scar approach, the incision is placed in a location that is hard to see, so the scar is not visible when it heals. “This technology allows surgeons to place the scar in a strategic place where it doesn’t remind patients every day of what they’ve been through,” explained Dr. Pearson. “It’s a great tool to make women feel whole again a lot quicker and get back to living a normal life,” she said.

What if there was a group of diseases that affected 25 percent of our country but often went untreated? What if these diseases affected children, young adults, people in middle age and the elderly? What if treatments worked best when the disease was found early? The “if ” is real. Rheumatic diseases are often not recognized or acted on because symptoms can look so different. A new mom who struggles to hold her baby because of stiff wrists. A grandfather whose joints are suddenly so swollen he can’t get dressed. The variety of symptoms goes on: rashes, fever, shortness of breath, trouble keeping weight on. Rheumatic diseases range from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, gout,


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Dr. Paul Alphonse Jr. recently joined WellStar Urology, North Fulton and he is looking forward to establishing meaningful connections with his patients. He lives with his wife and two sons in the East Cobb area, where they enjoy playing sports and being involved in their community. Dr. Alphonse graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Biology and received his medical degree with high honors in research from University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed his residency in urology at the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He then completed a laparoscopic fellowship in Atlanta.

Where are you from? I was born in New York and grew up in Orlando. I spent most of my life in Florida. I went to high school, undergrad, I did my residency… Then I met my wife who was in nursing school and we considered moving to a major city in the Southeast. We considered Charlotte, Jacksonville, and Atlanta and ended up moving here.

What made you go into medicine?

thought that was a field I felt comfortable in.

Are you as happy as your mentors were? What I like the most is that this is a discipline where you are not seeing your patient just one time. There’s an initial diagnosis, then treatment and then I get to see how successful we were at taking care of an issue, full-circle. I have the opportunity to create long lasting relationships with my patients while providing great quality care.

Do you see any of your kids going into medicine? The second one for sure. He has shown significant interest in the medical field. My wife is an oncology nurse and he has shown interest in her work. The other one wants to be like Michael Jordan!

Why is it important for men to see their urologist routinely? People who have access to medical care should take advantage of the physicians they have at their disposal. A urologist for men is like the equivalent of the GYN for women. Men over 40, and particularly those who have a history of prostate cancer in their family, need to obtain prostate exams to find problems that are not seen unless evaluation is done. The key is to find issues before they become a problem.

I come from a Caribbean family—my family is from Haiti and for Caribbean families, medicine is something that is sort of passed down from generation to generation. My uncle and aunt were administrators at the hospital and I have cousins and Are you involved in any activities in your community? aunts who are nurses, so it was a path well We moved to the East Cobb area in 2013. During established for me. the weekends we participate actively in our local basketball league and football league. And since I’m so Why urology? close to North Fulton I’m really interested in You always want to emulate the people you look exploring more activities in the area. WellStar has up to. I had incredible mentors who were happy, fun had enormous growth in East Cobb and I like being and enjoyed their job. They were urologists and I involved in the community where I live and work. Rheumatic diseases, continued from left sjögren’s syndrome, juvenile idiopathic arthritis to hundreds of lesser-known conditions. They are expected to affect nearly 80 million Americans by the year 2040, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the past 17 years, I’ve seen patients with all of these conditions. Sometimes I see them early in their disease but often they get to me after months of suffering. When they wait to act, it can be more difficult to find a treatment that will work for them. Most people are not aware that these diseases

Paul Alphonse Jr., M.D. with his family.

As a family what do you like to do for fun? One of the biggest things for our family is to sit down, pick a movie, and watch something we all like. We like watching historical movies, like from the Roman Empire. Movie time with the family is always memorable.

Do you do any charitable work? One of my experiences several years ago made a lasting impact and has shaped how I continue to serve today. My classmates and I created Project Haiti, a mission trip we took during spring break, to provide medical services to the community. That program is still going on and a legacy that I am very proud of. I recently began working with a new organization for urologists to assist and train urologists in Haiti. ❍

weeks and months of disease onset can dramatically improve long-term outcomes for patients. I want to make the community aware of the importance of recognizing symptoms and acting fast. When your body is acting differently, take action. Discuss it with your physician right away. often strike individuals in the prime of their lives Don’t be a statistic. Get well. Get treated. Feel and can lead to long-term disability and early better. ❍ death if not treated early and effectively. There is Kelly O. Weselman M.D., FACR no cure for rheumatic disease. But early intervenWellStar Medical Group tion by a rheumatologist, a specialist trained in Chair, American College of Rheumatology, treating this group of diseases, within the first Committee on Communications and Marketing

DON’T BE A STATISTIC. GET WELL. GET TREATED. FEEL BETTER.

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NICU BABIES FROM EVACUATION ZONES FOUND CARE IN NORTH FULTON Eight babies were transferred from Savannah before Hurricane Irma hit Georgia

Ashley and Martin Zoller with baby Sawyer.

Victoria and Ryan Jahner celebrating that baby Maddox was moved to an open crib. Hurricane Irma brought some special families, they were provided with a room, meals and other accommodations during the days before families to WellStar North Fulton and after Hurricane Irma hit Georgia. Hospital. Eight babies from Georgia’s “We didn’t want to be far from our son during coastal area were transferred to our the hurricane. So it is great to be here. There’s one less thing to be stressed out about. We could walk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). down and see him anytime and that was very reasTheir parents were allowed to stay at the suring,” said Victoria. Lacey and Jacob Carroll ready to take baby Liam home. hospital free of charge so they could “Everyone here has been amazing. I’m just glad NICU that offers advanced care for babies born pre- everything worked out. When you’re worried about keep an eye on their little ones and be maturely or who are recovering from more serious flooding, and your home, your baby… it’s great to close to them in such difficult times. conditions. Team members worked around the have this support,” said Victoria, whose home in Sawyer Zoller was transferred to North Fulton clock to make sure these families were receiving Savannah was spared from damage. Hospital on September 9 from Saint the best care. “I am very proud of my departments! I was in Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannah. She was “People here do their jobs with passion. You can constant contact with the transporting hospital born at 32 weeks and her parents were concerned see they enjoy it, it’s not just a paycheck,” said and my team to ensure we delivered the best care when they heard they were being evacuated. “We Jacob Carroll, whose baby Liam was transferred possible and that they [families] have the best originally told we were going to Augusta, but that from Savannah before the storm hit Georgia. experience possible in such a difficult time,” said hospital was full, so they transferred us here, and “Everyone here is great. The director is awesome, Linda Farrow, director of Women’s Health Services that’s the best that could have happen to us,” said the staff is awesome. The food is so good,” added at North Fulton. ❍ Ashley Zoller. Lacey, Liam’s mom. “It’s been tough. We haven’t been home in a For them, it was comforting to know their baby while, but we’re happy that we were here and got to was being well cared, giving them one less thing to LET’S SOCIALIZE! stay with our baby,” she added before returning to worry about while the storm passed. Facebook.com/NorthFultonHospital their home in Springfield, Georgia. Victoria and Ryan Jahner’s baby Maddox was Twitter handle: @NFultonHospital WellStar North Fulton Hospital has a Level II also transferred from Savannah. Like other


exclusive VIP pre-event at 12 p.m. with local celebrity chef Doug Turbush, With fall in full swing it’s time to get executive chef of Drift Fish House & out and enjoy the sights, sounds, and Oyster Bar, as well as Seed Kitchen & yes even the tastes of nature. If you’re Bar. Turbush will put his skills to the like me, you’re probably looking for test with a live cooking demonstration inspiration for yummy fall dishes. of fall ingredients. With a glass of Look no further because one of the champagne in hand, you will get the most popular (and favorite) events is chance to sit back and relax while just around the corner. enjoying this intimate event. Harvest on the Hooch returns on Then head over to the main event. Sunday, Oct. 15. It’s sure to bring out While you enjoy delicious food and the foodie in everyone. This event takes drinks, remember that the proceeds place at the Unity Garden urban farm from this event help benefit North and features a variety of local cuisine Fulton Community Charities Food from the north Atlanta area. More than Pantry. 20 local restaurants and local Do you know someone in the breweries will feature some of their community facing limited access to best food. It’s a family event, with chilhealthy and nutritious food? Every dren under 10 admitted free for plenty year, since 2010, the CNC Unity Garden of crafts, a petting zoo and games to supplies more than four tons of food to enjoy. NFCC, which benefits families across Whether you are feeling North Fulton. adventurous with the art of food or just “North Fulton Community Charities looking to learn new skills, there is an and our family love the Unity Garden,”

The annual Roswell taste festival, Harvest on the Hooch, returns Oct. 15 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Fun, games and plenty of food and drink will help celebrate fall.

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25 Salon Owners Under One Roof!

Tickets to Harvest on the Hooch are $45 for general admission before the event, with children 10 and under free. CNC members are $40, and the VIP pre-event is $100 per person (which includes entry to Harvest on the Hooch). Tickets can be purchased online at harvestonthehooch.org. ❍

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My Salon Suite, the nation’s leading upscale salon suite franchise, provides local salon professionals the opportunity to own their own salon and be their own boss without the typical  risks and costs of starting a new business.“My Salon Suite provides a salon experience like no other,” stated Vic Tenuto, franchise owner. “Our salon owners provide a one-of-a-kind experience for clients as they enjoy an exciting entrepreneurial experience to celebrate their craft. It is truly a winwin scenario.” Unlike  traditional salons, a My Salon Suite owner  has their own suite, giving clients the luxury of exclusivity and privacy. The beauty professionals also benefit from the synergy gained from working in close proximity to other salon owners, where they still have opportunities to laugh, learn, and grow as a community. The My Suite in Roswell is truly a onestop shop for all your beauty needs, offering an array of services for a wide variety of beauty needs. They offer: Master Hair Design, Color, Cuts, Styling, Natural Hair Extensions, Braiding, Facials, Waxing, Brows,

said Melody Fortin, food pantry manager at North Fulton Community Charities. “The ability for a food pantry to provide such fresh and nutritious produce is rare, so we are very lucky to be a recipient of the garden.” Harvest on the Hooch is Sunday, October 15 from 1-4 p.m. The VIP event begins at noon.

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Standing: Jewel Brown (Hair by Jewel); Michelle DeAngelis (Paradox Salon); Tiffany Lillie (Hair by Tiffany); Sitting: Lily Mai (Lily Mai Salon); Paula Ashley (Hair Styles by Paula)

Lashes, Make Up, and Micro-Blading to name a few. They are located at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in the beautifully renovated Connexion Center in East Roswell, which offers top dining and specialty retail with an abundance of parking. New clients that want to treat themselves to this new salon experience just need to visit mysalonsuite.com/roswell  to choose their salon professional and

book their next appointment! If you are a local salon professional interested in renting a My Salon Suite call 770-580-3914 to arrange a tour. ❍

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BATTENING DOWN THE HATCHES By Di Chapman

It seems as though mother nature is stealing the headlines. We were all horrified by hurricanes Harvey Irma, and Maria, and their devastation. There have also been massive earthquakes in Mexico. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we can say that all hell broke loose in our part of the world. I said, “oh-oh,” when we learned that we might be in the tail end of Hurricane Irma. Our neighborhood was all abuzz with the news,

and as we talked in the normal course of our days, leading up to “D-day,” they, one after another, prognosticated: “Nah, it would probably be nothing.” Let’s face it; weather warnings usually don’t produce the predicted disaster. I’ve noticed that even when we have a tornado warning siren blast here, I’ve seen no one take cover. Everyone seems to ignore it, except perhaps government facilities and schools. Good or bad, I’ve gotten to that point as well by saying “Nah, it’s nothing.” The morning of Irma’s announced arrival we had planned a trip to a local DIY home improvement store and it was there that it dawned on me. We better buy water. The cashiers motioned toward the entrance when I asked, and replied, “Yeah, we’ve heard that the water shelves are cleared in the grocery stores.” We took a 36-pack of individual bottles.

My honey had asked me if we had canned goods to last us a few days if the electricity went out. I opened cupboards stuffed with them. This girl might not believe everything I hear in the weather forecasts, but that hasn’t stopped me from throwing a few extra cans of stuff in my cart with every grocery trip. He was duly impressed. But a trip to the market was still in order and it was there I noticed that the “designer waters,” as I call them, still lined the top of the shelves. You know the ones I’m talking about. They come with a hefty price tag, the European waters, the glacial waters, and the South Sea Islands waters. Some are even from the Arctic. My husband and I, snobs that we are, have been drinking these waters for years. They’re not what most shoppers have in mind during a storm. The reality is we might need to use the water to fill up toilets. Yes, we know. On

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espite the fact that we are seeing more extreme weather across the U.S., research shows that fewer than half of Americans have developed and discussed an emergency plan with their household. One way to protect your family and prepare for an emergency is to start with good communication. A family emergency communication plan is critical to making sure the entire family knows who to contact, how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency. Here are some tips for

SGV’s Hallway Safety Assistants are resident volunteers who provide information and guidance to fellow residents in case of an emergency. unite. creating your plan: • Sign up for local alerts and warnings • Have a wallet card with emergency numbers and an out-of-town point from school, work or your local of contact. government. • Know how to get in touch with each • Plan ahead for family members who need medications and special other, especially if you happen to be medical equipment. in different locations when disaster • Know the evacuation routes out of strikes. town. • Identify and practice meeting in a At St. George Village, we take emersafe and familiar place where your family can go for protection or to re- gency preparedness very seriously.

Families can feel assured that their loved ones will be safe in the event of any emergency. Our entire leadership team has completed the Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Command Training program, and we have created an emergency plan that includes: • Periodic evacuation drills • Clear lines of communication between staff and residents • Designated roles of responsibility among staff • Adequate staffing at all times • Emergency supplies in stock • Evacuation plan if necessary Come see all of the reasons why St. George Village offers an energetic, carefree and independent retirement lifestyle within a safe and secure environment. 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 stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍

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the bright side, we might not need the water to flush down the toilets, and could drink it throughout the next few weeks. On the other hand, every flush could cost us 20 bucks. C’est la vie. We filled our cart, can’t have enough water. Hurricane Irma hit on a Monday with the first wind, becoming more

On the other hand, every flush could cost us 20 bucks... C’est la vie.

and more violent and howling. My husband worked from home, barely noticing that anything was happening, even when I was yelling “Holy bleep!” as I watched the mayhem. Monday evening, as things calmed down, we took a walk just as we have numerous times in the rain.

We explored neighborhoods to see what effects we could find. Eventually we arrived at Vickery Creek Trail in Roswell, and watched the waterfall roar. It’s great to live so close to nature and have the ability to experience it regularly. Tuesday, my husband left for the office early and I awoke to find the clock flashing. I knew what was happening. A tree at Barrington Hall fell on our main power line and it took 11 hours to fix and by Wednesday, the faucets produced no water. So there I was faced with perhaps the most expensive toilet flush in my life. I just couldn’t do it so I took another hike… the Vickery Trail bridge has restrooms! I’ve learned something through this experience. Although it became classified as a tropical storm, that thing was a monster. My neighbor commented on how terrifying it must be to experience an actual Category 4 hurricane. Indeed. Needless to say, now, when scary weather is predicted, I’ll say, “Chances are, it will be something. We better batten down the hatches.” ❍


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PLANT SPRING FLOWERING BULBS NOW! Add bulbs for color in your Springtime garden GARDEN (

Garden columnist Geri Laufer with 6-foot Orienpet Lilies (Conca d'Or.) in her garden. By Geri Laufer

Planting bulbs is just about the most fool-proof method of gardening there is, so it’s time to give it a try. Each bulb is “pre-packaged” and contains everything it needs to produce a colorful, showy flower next spring. Consider that an Onion is a bulb. Its papery outer skin protects the fleshy “rings” inside. These rings are actually nascent leaves, and they surround a compressed stem with flower bud at the center. The pointy tip should be planted facing up. The flat bottom of the bulb is called a “basal plate” and it’s where the roots come out, so it should be placed down in the bottom of the planting hole. I like a sturdy trowel and do not fool around with “bulb planters”. Voila! So flower bulbs are very similar to familiar onion bulbs. Easy even

Wow! A PINK Daffodil. Narcissus Pink Charm

for 2-year-olds on up to be successful. My boys were popping flower bulbs, “pointy side up,” into planting holes that I dug when they were tiny, and yours can too. Pick a warm, golden day in October to garden with your kids. Make sure the bulbs you buy are


smooth, without fungus lesions. The fresh ones feel heavier than you expect when you pick them up. Predictably, the largest bulbs are the most expensive, but produce the largest flowers.

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The Big Triumverate: Daffodils, Tulips, Lilies Daffodils (A.K.A. Narcissus or Jonquils) bloom very early, with early varieties beginning in late January around metro-Atlanta, and are a welcome winter treat for both landscapes and indoor bouquets. Daffodils are not attacked nor eaten by chipmunks or pine voles, and continue to bloom each spring for years. Choose the traditional yellow “cup and saucer” daffodil, available from tiny to huge, or select white, pink or even the newer split cups. Tulips Oh, the joy of tulips. Tulips, originally from the Near East, have long been esteemed for their role in bringing early color to the spring garden, before the annual flowers of summer. Maybe you caught the film this fall, Tulip Fever, a romance set amidst the 17th Century mania for the new flower? It portrays the extremes to which tulips were valued. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thtm0jO ZM54 Although tulips have only a light fragrance, they excel in delivering color. Nearly every color is available (except true blue). This year I have ordered 200 hot pink and 200 orange tulips in several varieties, and hope to enjoy a parade of brilliant tulips from early April through late May throughout my landscape. My friend sticks with a red and white color scheme, beginning with tulips and continuing with bright summer annuals. Another friend orders “black” tulips (actually a dense, dark purple), followed with “black” irises and “black” elephants ears. So try some of them and find out what you like best! Lilies With Lilies, expect a garden of heavenly fragrance. Blooming latest, May through July in Atlanta, are the Lilies are a welcome addition. The most spectacular of these are the Oriental Lilies or the Orienpet (hybrids between Oriental and Trumpet) that tower 4 to 6 feet in height with flower stalks filled with huge, incredibly

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fragrant flowers that perfume the entire landscape. Mostly these tall varieties hold themselves upright, but another strategy is to plant among the boughs of shrubs or have them grow up into low tree branches to provide a bit of support. And, by the way, plant those faded Easter Lilies in the ground your yard and they will return and flower year after year.

Other Bulbs Just for Fun Hyacinths, Grape Hyacinths, Woodland Hyacinths, Spanish Hyacinthoides The Hyacinth tribe adds the color blue or lavender blue to the springtime landscape. I always plant the Spanish Hyacinths, and love the fragrance provided by the regular hyacinths. Anemone Anemones come in lots of varieties, low and tall, but I love the De Caen or Poppy Anemones that bloom for two months in the spring. Ipheion or Star Flower These small bulbs can be tucked in anywhere and increase reliably over the years. Where to Order? Find bulbs locally at reputable independent garden centers around Atlanta, or order online. Favorites of mine are Van Engelen, Inc. www.vanengelen.com, if you need lots of bulbs, or John Scheepers, Inc., www.johnscheepers.com for smaller quantities. I hope you will plant spring flowering bulbs this fall. Post some of your flower photos on The Current Hub Facebook page next spring. ❍


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A CULINARY EVENT THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER FOOD (

By Frank Mack

My normal beat is to eat at local restaurants then tell you about the experience and the people who make it possible. But this month I’m going to tell you about something before I go in the hopes that you’ll join me. If there was one place, one meal, to mark on your calendar this is the one. My hands down pick for most unique meal of the year easily goes to the annual Harvest on the Hooch held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The CNC is a landmark institution that you need to more involved with. A lot of our readers live in Roswell and East Cobb and this is the perfect meeting spot! The line-up of culinary professionals that give their full and loving support to this event are the crème de la crème of our local and much celebrated restaurant industry. Literally, every single name worthy local restaurant will be there to provide you with a cornucopia of delights that is always remarkable. Just look at the list of participants in this great event. We’ve got Doug Torbush of Drift and Seed, Mel Toledo of Foundation Social… the list goes on. But get this, my man Torbush will be providing a cooking demonstration before the event where you’ll get to see his work up close. Talk about an open kitchen! It’s like getting to see Picasso paint, folks. Let me also state that this event raises funds for the CNC’s Unity Garden, which supplies more than four ton of fresh produce annually to the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. If you don’t see the good in that you’ve got no heart. The CNC is the crown jewel and best-kept secret worth talking about. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the center as well as taste the freshest food you’ll get all year, prepared by the best chefs around. I don’t know how that could be topped. As a dinner it’s an incredible value at $45 per head and the karma you’ll spread will be greatly received and felt. I’m sure it’s priceless. At the core of the CNC’s mission is a hands on approach to nature so get out and explore. Let me also mention the kids. You know I’m a restaurant guy and having raised a family I can attest to the fact that getting kids into higher end restaurants is sometimes problematic, so this is a great way to introduce the little ones to great food that goes beyond chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. Children under ten are


the AJC, and other noted sources all giving good reviews. When you add that to the already great scene, highlighted by The Butcher and The Baker, it just makes me happy. All of this leads to the simple fact that food brings us together. It’s a common bond. There is so much to enjoy folks. Remember, no matter what you hear elsewhere, we live in the most peaceful, prosperous times in the history of humanity so go out and take advantage. I hope that you take that away from living here as well. ❍

Benefitting the CNC Unity Garden PARTICIPANTS Avalon Catering Avenue Catering Concepts The Big Ketch Century House Tavern Chef Cary’s Cuisine Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar Foundation Social Eatery G. C. BBQ Low Country Catering Muss & Turner’s The Mill Kitchen & Bar Paula’s ZZERTS Peach and the Pork Chop Prissy’s Cakes Red Sky Seed Kitchen & Bar Sourwood Talk of the Town Catering The Whiskey Project Whole Foods Adele’s on Canton

Sunday, October 15th 2017 1 to 4 p.m. VIP Pre-Event $100 (includes entry to main event) Harvest VIP Table $1,000 Adults $45 (pre-event) $50 (day of event) Children $15  (ages 10 and younger get in free) Tickets/Info: www.chattnaturecenter.org

admitted free with kids over that age at just $15. I’ve spent a lot of time there and it’s a great place to get away. You’ll be able to wander around with a great beer or glass of wine and forget about your phone and other nonsense and just be. You can reconnect with nature and support a marvelous local recourse. So for an elegant afternoon, in a setting like no other, in a place where kids can be kids this is a must event. And being fed like royalty sounds pretty good. Let me also add that what the CNC adds back to our environment through the healing of animals mostly after brushes with our modern world are to be applauded. Teaching an understanding of our living environment to children is to me a priceless endeavor.

Food Notes I lived for many years in East Cobb, my daughter graduated from Walton High, I moved to Roswell few years ago for my business, and now I may have to move to Alpharetta because the restaurant scene is out of control. There are more and more places opening up and the growth is phenomenal. From Avalon to the booming historic district you cannot go wrong. And with the infrastructure improvements and better governmental function they’ve in all honesty blown past Roswell. Competition is good folks! I would also like to say congrats to a couple of my favorite places over in Marietta. Spring, located just off the square, is gaining a big rep with Zagat,


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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK By Tricia Morris

EAST COBB/ROSWELL It’s finally fall and you just gotta love the change in seasons with cooler temps, vibrant leaf colors, apple picking, pumpkin patches and outdoor festivals. Up in Ellijay, The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. This year the festival is held on the weekends of Oct. 14-15 and 21-22. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made.

cooking. This is a great event for young kids and there is plenty of candy thrown around… and I mean lots! In East Cobb restaurant news, The Black Swan Tavern will be opening early this month. Black Swan is owned by the Dunwoody Restaurant Group. Located in the former Churchills Pub location in front of the Target on Johnson Ferry in East Cobb, the pub will serve traditional English tavern fare that includes Fish ‘n’ Chips, Bangers and Mash and Shepherd’s Pie. Also, a zoning notice for Fork U Concepts is in front of the former Caribou Coffee on Johnson Ferry Road. When investigated further, it was found that the location might potentially become a Taqueria Tsunami, yum. Coincidentally, the same parent company will be opening a Stockyard Burgers and Bones in the Avenue East Cobb in the old Brixx location. On the residential front, when word got out that the favorite neighborhood Park 12 Cobb movie theater, located on Gordy Parkway off Shallowford Road, was closing to make way for a new grocery store, there was neighborhood opposition. So much opposition that a Facebook page was created. With a full house at the Cobb Zoning meeting a vote of 4-1 shutdown the project.

Last month in East Cobb we had the East Cobber parade and this month we have the Roswell Youth Day Celebration on Oct. 14. The Youth Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Mimosa Boulevard, then proceeds down Canton Street, and ends in Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road. This year’s theme is “Just Move.” After the parade, Smith Plantation will host Fall Farm Days on the grounds of the historic house museum, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual family event will feature artisan exhibits and demonstrations pertaining to life on a 19th century ALPHARETTA/JOHNS CREEK farm, including living-history exhibits Let’s not forget that October has and activities such as period games, plenty of Halloween events and a spinning, weaving, and open-hearth unique one is the Restless in


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Restless in Resthaven Cemetery Tours feature actors in period dress. Resthaven Cemetery Tours in Alpharetta. This annual fall event brings Alpharetta’s past to life as it returns on Oct. 14 and 15. Sponsored by the Alpharetta and Old Milton Historical Society, each tour begins with live music and continues with costumed actors portraying the lives of notable Alpharettans. The actors lead guests around the streets of downtown, recreating the city’s rich and colorful The City of Johns Creek’s big past with lively performances. Register autumn event–the Fall Family online at AtlantaTheatreToGo.com. In Alpharetta housing news, the city Festival with its games and activities, council recently gave approval to a 58- is set for Sat., Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Newtown Park. The annual home development on 12 acres near Johns Creek Fall Family Festival the Lewis-Manning House on features music, games, activities, arts Cumming Street in downtown. The density is well below the allowance. In and crafts, inflatables, food, and more. addition to the new homes, developer There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. Admission to the Taylor Morrison plans to restore the day’s events is free. historic house to its original Queen Up in Milton, On Oct. 21 and 22 Anne style. The development will they will have the Milton Harvest ultimately have five units per acre. Tour of Homes. For 2017, the Tour will Need to clean out those hazardous consist of four individual tours with waste materials in your garage? Well two on Sat., Oct. 21 and two on Sun., City of Alpharetta residents have an Oct. 22. Access to the homes is only opportunity to have their household hazardous waste and paint either recy- available through the luxury bus transcled or properly disposed of through a portation provided. The 2016 Holiday one-day recycling collection event on Tour of Homes raised $20,000, which went to a variety of Library programs Sat., Nov. 4. Common items to be and capital items, including a laptop, accepted include paint and paint shelves, and stools, STEM program for related substances, gasoline that isn’t homeschooled patrons, astronomy usable, home and garden chemicals, club, wildlife program, children’s music poisons, and many other substances. program, Lego Club, Summer Reading There is no charge for disposal of acceptable items but you must register programs, and more. For tickets visit miltongatourofhomes.com. ❍ and can do so on the city’s website www.alpharetta.ga.us.


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and furnishing their new East Cobb home. They were excited about closing and wanted to quickly seThis month we begin a new series on interior design lect all the interior paint colors to get it ready to by local designer Robert Hollida, of The Comfortable move into right away. Chair Store in Roswell. After suggesting that we choose paint colors last, rather than first, we started with an overall design Over the last decade, I’ve noticed that folks who plan that included new furniture and upholstery once would have retired in Florida are now choosing fabrics, as well as rugs, accents, and window to move closer to family instead. And since the treatment fabrics. From this design “blueprint,” we metro area is home to so many Fortune 500 compawere easily able to devise an ideal paint scheme for nies, we’re seeing a surge in retirees looking for help the entire home—and one with more of a southern with interior design. than a midwestern feel. We chose different shades of As a result of this trend in boomer downsizing, the same color for the main living areas and accent I’m hearing the same decorating frustrations from colors for the dining room and den. clients who say they feel “stuck” as they are trying to When you’re trying to visually maximize a space, perhaps the most important decorate a home for the first time in 20—or even 30—years. Not only does their element is to have paint, upholstery and accent colors flow from one room to the existing furniture seem too big for their new spaces, working with the trend of next throughout your home. This is especially important in smaller homes! neutral colors can be challenging after a lifetime of bold colors. If you’re not confident selecting paint or upholstery colors, there are many After all, “neutrals” are rarely actually neutral—they all have undertones. These are the subtle colors that you often don’t notice until you’ve finished paint- professionals in Roswell and surrounding communities who can help. And since ing. Neutrals that you think are a generic beige will often appear slightly yellow, fabric and rug colors are more limited than paint colors, you’ll most often get the best outcome by choosing these first since paint is available in literally every orange, or pink/red and those that are grey may look purple, blue, or green. There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering a little too late that the under- color under the sun. Robert Hollida has a design degree, with previous experience at Ethan Allen tones in your new furniture and new paint clash, especially after all the time and and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. He is currently the senior designer at The effort you spent trying to get it right! Comfortable Chair Store in Roswell. Recently, a couple from Nebraska was referred to me for help in decorating By Robert Hollida

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JAZZ Sensation By Tripp Liles, Editor

So stop me if you’ve heard this one before, because I’m sure you hear this story every day. Small town girl from Hiram, Georgia goes on to become a jazz artist with international appeal. I know, I know, Hiram is well known to be the jazz capital of Paulding County, but this? To be sure, Hiram and the rest of Paulding County are in the process of being swallowed by Atlanta, just like all of us, but when Carol Albert was a child it was still as country as country can be, so yes it’s a little different that she fell into the jazz world. Like most children, her obsession with music started at an early age.


“They all live in Atlanta and are 33 exceptional. I couldn’t have had a higher quality team to add character to each of my pieces. My Brazilian friends, guitarist Sander Pinheiro, bassist Chocolate Costa, and world-renowned percussionist Rafael Pereira gave an authentic sound for “Mas Que Nada,” said Albert. In the month of October you can see Albert perform at the Suwanee Jazz Festival, Town Park Center, on Oct. 14. Additionally, she has performed often at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta. The Velvet Note (see sidebar) is one of the region’s best jazz clubs, with a growing national reputation. Tamara Fuller, owner of The Velvet Note, has been an admirer of Albert’s work for some time. “I’m a big fan of Carol’s work. Her music blends elements of classical, pop, new age, and jazz to create a unique sound,” Fuller said. “It’s a new evolution of music with great energy and lingering optimism.” Moving forward, Albert looks to build on her continued success and artistic expression. She is constantly being inspired for new work and is interested in returning to her classical training for the possibility of a symphony, as well as scoring some of her original works for teaching purposes. The inspirations, no matter how far she travels from home, never stray from her original inspiration that came from her grandmother. “Just last week I was dreaming a song and I wanted to get up and write it down but I was having too much fun listening to it,” said Albert. “I thought I’d remember it but I didn’t. Sometimes I can remember them and write them down. I am the happiest when I am in the pure state of writing a new piece, hearing parts and weaving the pieces together, dreaming of ideas to add the next morning, fitting it together like a puzzle. I love that place.” Carol Albert’s music is available through all major platforms as well as her site at www.carolalbertmusic.com. OCTOBER 2017 THECURRENTHUB.COM

and her latest release is gaining momentum as well. The publication Jazz Weekly said of Fly Away Butterfly: “Fingers snap and toes tap throughout. Carol Albert does bass programming, lush keyboards, and lead singing on this collection of smooth Brazilian moods with dreamy support and framework.” The fact that she evokes the imagery of a butterfly on the latest CD has deep significance in her life. “The butterfly became a symbol of hope to me after I lost my husband in 2014 to a heart attack during a triathlon. I kept seeing butterflies after he passed. They became a spiritual symbol to me. I went on a trip to Costa Rica and was hiking high up in the mountains and a blue morph butterfly landed on me. It wasn’t until a year later that I started seeing blue butterflies in everything like books, pictures, you name it,” Albert explained. “I looked for the meaning behind this and found they’re Albert stated. “I write songs about peo- symbolic of new beginnings, “My grandmother lost an arm to cancer, so she played the bass with her ple, my children, nature, abstract ideas change and awakening, as well left hand and taught me to play the tre- and emotions like love, sadness, disap- as being good luck and a spiripointment and joy, and spiritual ble with my right,” Albert said. “She tual messenger. I was working themes such as in “Dreamer” which also composed songs in her sleep and on the track that I named “Fly won a Peace Song Award.” taught them to me. In sharing her Away Butterfly” and it just felt The music she creates is highly melodies, my grandmother imparted totally right, especially when I accessible and in all honesty her love for me as well as her love of had Sam Skelton add the flute immediately puts you in a good mood. part that became the butterfly music.” It’s perfect chill music. The imagery Albert started playing the piano at flying. I named the album Fly from her latest CD, Fly Away Butterfly, Away Butterfly because it the age of five and never stopped. In her professional past she has been a invokes a whimsical feel with a strong made sense, all these pieces fit staff accompanist for the Georgia State nod to Brazilian bossa nova. It also with this theme of movement University Music Department, Agnes serves as a metaphor for her own trans- and change.” Scott College, and the Atlanta Ballet. In formation. One such example is the As most recording artists 1991 she received an Emmy single “Mas Que Nada.” will attest to, you can’t do it Nomination  for Outstanding “I have a light voice that emulates alone. She has a solid group of Achievement and Individual Excellence South American voices like Astrud artists that she records with as a Composer for original theme Gilberto,” Albert explained. “Mas Que who are all local. music, for work on a PBS show. With a Nada” was a blast! It was the first track I put out as a single. I wanted to record degree from Georgia State University in music, the classical training provides a joyful, fun tune and the Olympics were taking place [in Brazil] so I a backbone to a unique blend of smooth, contemporary jazz and assimi- decided on this song, especially since I lating rhythms. Her influences, beyond used to sing it while I was touring in Europe.” her grandmother, are numerous, and And tour she does. She has an intershe draws inspiration for compositions national presence and has toured from life experiences. “I saw a young girl in Germany who Europe four times. Her CDs have been was lying on the steps of a church with extremely popular overseas. Albert’s addiction issues and I wrote one of my previous release Love In Your Eyes favorite songs about her, called “Sasha,” earned accolades throughout Europe

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SOME JAZZY PLACES TO EXPERIENCE By Tripp Liles

Atlanta has been the heart of a vibrant music scene for many decades. From country acts to rock legends we have produced our fair share of talent. With regard to other genres, they sometimes get short shrift, especially jazz. For many, jazz is something used for relaxing music, and in a lot of cases establishments push jazz artists to the background. So this month I want to highlight some of the area’s best places to see real jazz, in settings where the art is respected and appreciated. I’m starting with what is becoming a local legend, The Velvet Note. I’ve touched on this place before, but owner Tamara Fuller has created a space that would fit perfectly in New York. Instead you can experience it right in Alpharetta. They feature live acts, mostly in the jazz genre, on most Thursdays through Sundays. The place was literally engineered to produce great sound and it’s all done in a setting that will remind you of being in your own living room. I used to think that the Catalina Club in Los Angeles was intimate, but this place has them beat hands down. One highlight in October is a performance by Dwan Bosman on the 13th. Bosman has been playing saxophone since he was 15, after being inspired by his grandfather and the legendary John Coltrane. That appreciation for Coltrane, the master, is evident in his work, as well as a host of other influences. Bosman is noted as one of Atlanta’s premier saxophonists and his exceptional talent is a treat to hear, especially in the confines of The Velvet Note. Additionally, on Oct. 20 and 21 you can see Veronica Swift perform. A 2015 winner of the Thelonious Monk vocal competition, the 23-year-old Swift has been gaining attention and has been performing every Saturday at

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New York City’s famed Birdland Jazz Club. She recently gained the attention of Chris Botti, who has started using her in his shows. Her style harkens back to Anita O’Day and June Christy as well as the great vocal artist, Annie Ross. The Velvet Note is located at 4075 Old Milton Pkwy. in Alpharetta. For tickets and info on other shows visit www.thevelvetnote.com. For other venues to catch good jazz you can head down to Atlanta. Café 120, located at 290 Hilderbrand Drive, has been featuring live jazz for three decades. Celebrities such as Clint Eastwood have been seen taking in performances in this restaurant and bar combination. For more on their shows visit www.cafe290atlanta.com. There are numerous other places as well such as; Blind Willie’s in Virginia Highlands, the Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, and lastly I’d like to note our cover artist this month Carol Albert has a daily house residence solo show performing at Chateau Elan up in Braselton. No matter your choice, get out and explore some of our area’s best artists and venues. ❍


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