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april choices April is the National Month of Hope. Everyone can use a little hope. Spread some sunshine. And with all the rain we’ve already had, let’s hope this year “April Sun Brings May Fun!”

In January, Nancy’s Pizzeria opened in Roswell on National Pie Day. Their stuffed pizza is two and half inches high—featuring two layers of crust stuffed with cheese and toppings and covered with their perfectly spiced sauce. If you haven’t tried it yet, Deep Dish Pizza Day is the perfect day for them to dish one up for you! To order, visit nancyspizza.com.

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Beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world. Following water and tea, it is the third most popular drink overall. Third? Pick up some togo from a local brewery or restaurant, and celebrate with a pint (or two) during a virtual happy hour. Cheers!

April 9

The history of National Wildlife Week dates all the way back to its first celebration in 1938. It connects budding conservationists of all ages to the awesome wonders of wildlife. These connections serve as a vital component to recovering our nation’s most vulnerable wildlife. This week is a chance to learn more about the incredible animals native to North America, their habitats, and how we can help them thrive. The National Wildlife Federation is providing free access to their award-winning educational materials and programs, including complimentary access to Ranger Rick (for children ages 7-12) online and the digital editions of its magazines through June 30. Explore their site for more information— nwf.org/nationalwildlifeweek. PUBLISHER Mark Penstone mark@thecurrenthub.com

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NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY

Most of us might already be doing this. If you feel uncomfortable staying in your pajamas all day, you can always refer to them as your workleisure wear.

April 19-25

NATIONAL UNICORN DAY

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

Unicorns are often seen as a symbol of love, purity, enchantment, and magic. Loved by both children and adults—celebrate all things rainbow, sparkly, and unicorn.

April 10

NATIONAL SIBLINGS DAY

Siblings are a definite gift. You might not always get along, but they’ll always be your brother or sister. Celebrate them this month on National Siblings Day, and let them know how much you care.

April 13

Libraries provide us with books to read and valuable tools and resources. They are continually changing to meet the demands of today’s technology. Did you know that the library has digital resources such as Hoopla, Libby, Overdrive, Freegal, and more. With these, you can borrow movies, magazines, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone. Visit fulcolibrary.org/ digitallibrary. afpls.org

NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY

April 6-10

NATIONAL WILDLIFE WEEK

April 16

NATIONAL BEER DAY

April 5

NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY

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Scrabble has been around for 82 years. It’s a classic board game, one that everyone should own. If you do, game on! For a virtual game option similar to Scrabble, check out Words With Friends—the world’s most popular social mobile word game. You can find it at zynga.com.

April 22 EARTH DAY

April 14

INTERNATIONAL MOMENT OF LAUGHTER DAY

Laughter truly is the best medicine. Make it a goal to laugh, make someone laugh, and share a laugh. Watch a funny movie, tv show, or Netflix stand-up comedy special and get your belly laugh on.

April 15

NATIONAL TAX DAY

Not this year. The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline—you have until July 15. GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tiffany Cox tiffany@thecurrenthub.com

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Di Chapman Joe Duffy Geri Laufer Brandy Rixey

SOCIAL CHICK Tricia Morris tricia@thecurrenthub.com Main Phone Number 678-524-8414 thecurrenthub.com

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day. Join Earth Day Network and learn how you can take action in your own life to help end plastic pollution, fight climate change, and protect our precious lands, air, water, and wildlife. The Earth needs you. Find tips to help make a difference every day of the year at earthday.org/ earth-day-tips. earthday.org

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NATIONAL PICNIC DAY

Pack a picnic and dine al fresco. Enjoy the fresh air, sights, and sounds.

April 24

ARBOR DAY

The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More than one million members, supporters, and valued partners have helped plant more than 350 million trees throughout the world to ensure a greener and healthier future for everyone. arborday.org

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April 30

Pets are family. Cuddle those fur babies close and take a family photo. Be sure to share your sweet pics on social media.

These “Brenda’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies” are known in the US and parts of Canada! 1 cup butter | 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs | 1 teaspoon vanilla 1½ cups all-purpose flour | 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 cups quick cooking oats Optional: 1 cup chopped pecans, chocolate chips, or both.

NATIONAL PET PARENTS DAY

April 27

NATIONAL TELL A STORY DAY

Spending time telling stories is a time for people to learn from each other, to remember, and to grow closer together. Take time to share a story with your family members, friends, and loved ones. For more reasons to celebrate this month, visit nationaldaycalendar.com.

Art as Life…and

Life as Art

At St. George Village, we believe in promoting a lifestyle of active engagement, which includes providing an environment that fosters creativity. And boy, do the creative juices flow here, particularly when it comes to artistic talent. In fact, we have so many resident artists that we created a Featured Artists wall to showcase their works, with continuously changing exhibitions that are enjoyed by our entire community. The art wall is only one of the many facets that make up the St. George Village lifestyle of active engagement, and is an integral part of our mission to “Be Active, Be Engaged, Be at Home.” For more information about St. George Village, call Dawn at (678) 987-0409. We also invite you to visit us online at stgeorgevillage.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Voted Best Senior/Adult Living in North Fulton Family Life magazine’s 2020 Best of Life Awards Roswell’s first senior living Life Plan retirement community 11350 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075 (678) 987-0410 | stgeorgevillage.org

NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY

Cream butter and sugars. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda. Fold into the creamed butter and sugar. Stir in oats (and pecans/chocolate chips). Chill the dough in the refrigerator. Roll into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden. (*The secret is not to overbake.) Enjoy!


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at the movies

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April 10: In Theaters & at Home On Demand*

irst Came Trolls In 2016, DreamWorks Animation brought those beloved Troll doll toys to life (the cute toys with the big, tall twisty hair). Inventing their story and new Troll characters, DreamWorks brought whimsy and music to the big screen for masses of kiddies to enjoy. Centered around Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and a curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake), the duo embarked on a journey to rescue their captured friends. It was the music and catchy songs that became the highlights of the film. Who can forget Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” Anna Kendrick’s covers of “True Colors” and “The Sound of Silence,” and all the mashups with the other voice actors (Zooey Deschanel, James Corden, Russell Brand, and Gwen Stefani). Why It Worked The message! It was the music that helped rescue the Trolls and return happiness to their land. And the movie explored emotions—good and bad—showing kids how to express and overcome sadness with the positive music.

Poster image courtesy of DreamWorks Animation.

by Britt Argo

The Next Installment Now that the characters are established, they take this sequel in a new direction— focusing on what audiences loved most— celebrating the music. Now it’s a battle of the bands and an introduction to six new genres of music for all audiences to enjoy. It’s the perfect idea to feature a wider array of styles: funk, country, techno, classical, pop, and rock. Anna Kendrick (Poppy), Justin Timberlake (Branch), James Corden (Biggie), and Gwen Stefani (DJ Suki) are joined by a whole new assortment of voices/singers packing an all-star “who’s who” of music.

From singers Ozzy Osbourne (King Thrash), Kelly Clarkson (Delta Dawn), and Mary J. Blige (Queen Essence) to singing actors Sam Rockwell (Hickory), Rachel Bloom (Queen Barb), Kenan Thompson (Tiny Diamond), Jamie Dornan (Chaz), and so many more. This time around, Poppy and Branch discover there are six different Troll tribes around their lands and all celebrate one of the six different music “strings.” But hard rock royalty, Queen Barb wants to combine all six strings to turn everyone into rock zombies. Poppy and Branch must travel the lands and work to unite all genres/tribes to bring harmony through music. And of course, along the way, we get the rock concert of all concerts to enjoy. Worth Watching I “pinky promise” your kiddies will enjoy this one. Yes, it’s for grade school age— rated PG—and should appeal well to ages 4-11. But parents, if you sat through the first one and those catchy, familiar tunes brightened your day, then this one will too! With its vivid colors, fast-moving pace, and spunky characters, Trolls World Tour brings the fun to the screen that everyone will enjoy. Be a “kid” again and watch it.l *Trolls World Tour will be available to rent for periods of 48 hours at a time for $20. Britt Argo, an avid movie fan for 30 years, sees an average of 150 movies a year in movie theaters. She is the marketing cooordinator at Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf-5100 Commerce Parkway in Roswell. 770-518-0977. auroracineplex.com & a51fun.com.


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life at 50+

by Di Chapman

April Showers, Springtime Flowers, Birdsong, and the River

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od bless Mother Nature. Kids, I’ll tell you, she’s the best medicine for relief from sooo much in a thing called “life.” She can offer us beautiful blue skies, blessed days of rain, and refreshing breezes. She even gives us the chance to live in places that offer more rain than sun, more wind than calm, more heat than cold, the opposite of each, or a blend of some or all. She might have her moments of consternation with us certifiably exasperating humans—and heaven knows we have yet to outsmart her or beat her butt at anything—but I’ll take a day or evening in her company anytime. And I’d like to suggest something. If you don’t already, perhaps you should start enjoying her company, too. That “Nature Girl” can arm wrestle some of life’s most stressful and unpleasant activities and experiences with the best of them, and win some breathing room on your behalf. She’ll help you exhale when you realize that life has had you holding your breath, or loosen your jaw when you realize you’ve clamped down like a pet with a tasty morsel. She doesn’t require you to spend money to mellow out your brainwaves and get endorphins flowing. And that, my friends, is one of my favorite topics and pieces of advice to you and everyone I know. Mother Nature needn’t cost anything, and she can be the best stress-reliever, eye-opener, problem-solver, and producer of “Eureka!” moments on the planet, her God-given playground.

The minute you strap on your tennies and step out of your home or car to take a walk by yourself, with a friend, with your pooch, or all of you together, Mother Nature takes over your head. She’s the joy in your doggie’s eyes when you attach the leash and trot out the door in your bare feet in the spring or summer. Mother Nature makes it easy if you want to reconnect with yourself, your spouse, or your family. She’s in the car with you when you decide to take a drive (long or short) with a basket of goodies and the anticipation of simply enjoying the scenery. Get out in the backyard, the woods, the neighborhood, or the nearby park. To you ladies, I swear, the ultimate path back to recalibrating our brainwaves is hitting the proverbial trail with any number of girlfriends—all chatting at once. Let the exercise and the hen party begin. Trying to describe the Godzilla-sized stressors we’ve endured this year would be like trying to describe the Big Bang. But I’ll choose tax preparation (always an achilles heel for me). So I will focus on that particular, personal Armageddon. Let’s process this with my “Mother Nature as cure” approach. Tax preparation seems to separate Americans into different camps. I’m of the “Yes, I do them, but kill me now before I get started!” camp. “Finding paperwork” really means running through the house browbeating myself because I have no clue how I manage to hide paperwork that I know I filed in the right place. This is a constitutional. Why? Heaven knows, not I. “Preparing

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KEEPING A POSITIVE MINDSET By Tara Gary

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urious to see how a health and fitness business is functioning during this unusual time, I called Kolleen Losch—owner and operator of Core57—to see how she is coping through this situation. I’ve never spoken to Kolleen when she wasn’t spirited and upbeat, and this conversation was no different. It seems to me this is a common attribute of people I know who practice active and healthy lifestyles. Kolleen mentioned that during this time, when we face a sense of mortality and fear of the unknown, the one thing we can control is how we treat our bodies. “This is a wake-up call. You don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring. If you are healthy and something happens, you are better prepared,” she said. We can control what we eat, and how, and when we move. This is a time when our health can be vulnerable, however, if your body is healthy to begin with, it makes it less susceptible to illness and easier to recover from a broken limb, cold, or virus, for example. Kolleen also mentioned her facilities are “a tight-knit community.” Kolleen, the trainers, and clients have formed solid relationships— supporting one another, helping to maintain the positive mindset associated with Core57. She and her trainers are conducting one-on-one virtual classes and sessions with clients at this time. Consulting with her clients on their nutrition goals, to keep them on track, is also a very important factor of the equation. She has asked clients to keep a schedule of their days, circling times they plan to eat. The intent is to keep them mindful of their goals—should they find themselves wandering into the pantry or refrigerator out of boredom. I thought this was a genius idea. So many of us are following the rules of social distancing, confining ourselves to our homes, and the kitchen can be more enticing than ever. We must remain mindful of keeping ourselves healthy, and I love Kolleen’s approach and guidance methods. I am so pleased we live in a great community that’s working together to get through this difficult time. Some of the stories I’ve read and the individuals I have talked to are people doing their best to get through this and helping others who may be struggling. Kolleen’s commitment to her trainers and clients is inspirational. Concluding our conversation, Kolleen mentioned the importance of “keeping a positive mindset.” Kolleen couldn’t be a better example of this. There is no better time than now to become a stronger, better you. Call Core57 to get started.l Downtown Alpharetta 394 Commerce Street | Alpharetta 470-268-4744 Milton 6225 Atlanta Highway | Suite 111 | Alpharetta 770-663-0034

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paperwork” means watching Mark jump out of my path (for fear of bodily harm) as I tackle disorganization. It means constant shuffling and reshuffling of documents and starting over and over when another stray piece is found. Expletives fly. There is always something—a file, a receipt, or car registration stuff—that decides to disappear. Did they grow legs? Another camp of tax prep is those who have the attitude of “Eh, I just don’t file.” (Okaaaayyy.) Or, “I no longer have to file.” (Lucky you!) My favorite is, “I’m already done. I filed January 5th.” (Oh, come on! No angst? No stress? No dread? It’s downright un-American.) In all of the madness, however, I have found the solution to the head-banging, wailing, and confusion that comprise my tax preparation. I go outside. Outside is our world of birdsong, trees, breezes, and water. I remember my first week in our townhouse in Roswell. I didn’t know what a wonderful location we had chosen. We moved here from traffic-jammed California, where the constant hum of freeways is everywhere. One day I stood out front here and listened. “Wouldn’t you know?” I shook my head. “We must be near a freeway again.” Little did I know I was listening to Vickery Creek after a hard rain. The rushing sound I heard was water. Hallelujah, Mother Nature! And now, Vickery Creek calls to me with a “come hither.” We have beautiful birdsong everywhere. Come outside to clear your head and get your endorphins flowing. Tune into the birds around you. In Georgia, they sing and sing—apparently performing The Sound of Music. Then, trot down to the trails above the creeks and listen to those bobble-headed woodpeckers at work. Dang if they’re not feathered jackhammers. A hoot owl has claimed one of the Vickery trails, and his staccato “who-who-whoooerrr” bellows through the air. He’s a huge guy with an exorcist head that spins. Check out the oversized eyeballs. You don’t want that dude’s wingspan flying at you. Deer are everywhere. Listen, y’all. This year has sucked. Think about easy ways to help “reset” your brains, recalibrate your thoughts, and get your body and endorphins moving. Get outside. Let your mind drift to the sound of the creeks, the birdsong, and the scents of spring. Okay, okay, take your antihistamines. I get it! Carry tissues for nose-blowing. (I do!) Perhaps it’s the Chattahoochee that calls to you, or the trails above Vickery Creek, or the Nature Center. Perhaps it’s the walking paths throughout our parks, or your neighborhood sidewalks. Perhaps you’ll see me. Look for the polka-dotted mini pack. I’ll be there.l


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garden

Green Scene by Geri Laufer

HOW TO GET CHEAP (OR FREE) PLANTS AND GARDEN TOOLS You don’t have to spend a fortune to get great plants in your landscape! 1 Ask for Plants as Gifts

I always ask for “flowers with roots” for Valentine’s Day. Next month is Mother’s Day, a prime holiday for giving/receiving living plants. Gift certificates to garden centers are great, too! 2 Garden Clubs, Plant Societies, and Master Gardeners Find interesting plants at local plant sales, plus while you’re there get loads of free advice. Many clubs hold free plant swaps at monthly meetings. 3 Plant Rescue

Plants sometimes need rescuing, just like animals. Look ahead of construction at bulldozer prepping lots (be sure to ask permission first). 4 Yard and Estate Sales

A good friend of mine has quite the knack for finding great pottery and used garden tools at estate sales at giveaway prices. Cash and carry.

Gift plants–flowers with roots.

5 Flea Markets, Farmers Markets, and Trunk Sales

People are shopping for bargains at these types of sales and prices are low. 6 Highly Discounted at Retailers

The “distressed plants” area of your favorite garden center is often a good place to look. Pick up bloomed-out Easter lilies after Easter and plant them to bloom in subsequent springs or choose cone-shaped rosemary after Christmas. 7 Church, School, or Work

Plants donated to public charities need homes at the end of holidays or before school breaks.

Cuttings of hydrangeas are easy to root. Photo by Geri Laufer.

8 Arbor Day Foundation

One of the perks of joining the Arbor Day Foundation is to receive ten free trees or have them planted in your name in a national forest or rainforest. Get or give a membership at arborday.org. 9 Online Sharing

Your neighbors often give away plants on Nextdoor or through a neighborhood hotline, and even Craigslist has a free plants section. Nearby community gardens also hold seed and plant swaps. 10 Plant Propagation: Seeds and Cuttings

Seeds have always been one of the most inexpensive ways to grow flowers and veggies. Cuttings are obvious too, just keep stems moist while rooting.

So where there is a will, there is a way. Let us know how you get your free plants and garden tools!l

Geri Laufer’s twin loves are horticulture and garden writing. She’s an Atlanta dirt gardener and her home gardens have been featured in both books and magazines. Her award-winning book, Tussie-Mussies, lead to a 30-city publicity tour and gigs on Good Morning America, NPR, and Home Matters. Tune in to #Herbchat on Twitter (Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.) where you will find her as your host.

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A Message from Jon-Paul Croom, president, Wellstar North Fulton Hospital, senior vice president, Wellstar Health System

Hospitalists Make Hospital Stays Better A hospital stay can make you anxious. You want tests and procedures ordered quickly, and results right away. If there’s an emergency, you expect – and deserve – immediate attention. You want answers and reassurance, and so does your family. Thankfully, at Wellstar North Fulton and 75 percent of other U.S. hospitals, we have hospitalists addressing all these important needs. If you’re my age or older, you probably remember a time when your family doctor would visit you at the hospital. During the 1990s, some of these physicians realized they preferred focusing only on hospital patients, and the term “hospitalist” was born. If you’ve been in the hospital during the last decade, you’ve probably been seen by a hospitalist: a physician who has dedicated his or her career to caring for hospital patients. Most hospitalists do not have their own practices; instead they work only in the hospital, and are available 24/7. The trend toward hospitalists has grown; today, there are more than 60,000 in the United States, and it’s one of the fastest growing specialties. The reason for that is clear: Hospitalists improve quality outcomes, reduce length of stay and create many best practices for inpatient care. It makes sense to have doctors solely dedicated to hospital patients. They give their complete attention to hospitalized patients, working closely with surgeons and other specialists. They communicate with primary care physicians, keeping them up to date on their patients’ care. Hospitalists are there to deal with emergencies and questions, and they know our hospital and all its departments. That means they can easily order tests, consult specialists and adjust care plans. Hospitalists are also great resources for families. They facilitate family meetings, and are on site to answer questions and address concerns. No one looks forward to a hospital stay. But hospitalists, like the outstanding Wellstar North Fulton team led by Bhavi Purohit, M.D., make being in the hospital better.l

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Wellstar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar: Spring 2020 SUPPORT GROUPS

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Roswell Room. Open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 404-630-3293 to register or for more information.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturdays, 4/11, 5/9 and 6/13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at Wellstar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register. Free.

Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., ACE Dayroom. Join stroke survivors, caregivers and families for sharing and support. Facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708. Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m., Roswell Room. For people with epilepsy, families and care providers. The meetings provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Contact Tim for more information at 770667-9363. Lupus Support Group Fourth Saturday, 11 a.m. –  1 p.m., Roswell Room. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more information at 404-626-2394 or lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com. Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Fourth Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m., Roswell Room. Join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. We offer a place to share information, support each other and learn about community resources. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information.

PRENATAL CLASSES Maternity Tours Join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the L&D Suites, Mother/Baby Unit and Neonatal ICU. Water Birth Thursdays, 4/9, 4/30, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4 and 6/18, 7-9 p.m. This class is for couples exploring the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at North Fulton Hospital. Registration is required; $30 per couple. Understanding Birth Bring your partner along on a four-week night or weekend journey through childbirth including labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation, hospital procedures and Cesarean birth. A birthing center tour is included when class location is inside of a Wellstar hospital. Understanding Your Newborn Your personal journey through newborn care. Before you hold your new baby, you'll get handson experience using newborn-like dolls. Topics include newborn traits, newborn behaviors, crying and comforting, feeding, diapering, newborn health, safety and dressing your baby.

Understanding Grandparenting Enter grandparenthood with confidence with this preparation class covering generational differences for parenting, common family adjustment issues and the latest American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for newborn care and safety. A birthing center tour is included when class location is inside of a Wellstar hospital. Breastfeeding Basics Taught by a certified Lactation Consultant, this breastfeeding class helps you understand the basics of breastfeeding covering the benefits, skills and techniques to ensure a successful experience for mother and baby. Big Brother/Big Sister: Sibling and Family A new baby is an adjustment for the whole family. This two-hour class for children ages 3-9 is designed to make the transition easier on your child and smoother for you. Lifelike newborn dolls and a kid-friendly video help explain the birth and appearance of the new baby. Contact 770-956-STAR (7827) for prenatal classes dates, times and prices. In light of recent events related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please note that most Wellstar classes and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please call 770-956-STAR (7827) before attending any class. For more information on classes, to register or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar.org. All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated.

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If you’ve been looking for a primary care provider for you and your family, Wellstar has the answer—and it’s right here in the neighborhood. Now open at Avalon Health Park, Wellstar Family Medicine offers convenient, comprehensive care for the whole family, from newborns to adults to grandparents. At Wellstar Family Medicine, Dr. Stephen Cox and Dr. Zaheeruddin Syed provide a full spectrum of primary care services, from preventive care to chronic disease management of common conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. “Many people wonder what ‘primary care’ is,” Dr. Cox said. “Simply put, it’s the medical care you get first, and it’s what our patients rely on us for—they get annual physicals when they’re well, and we’re the first place they go when they’re sick.” We know that every person is different and comes with their own individualized health needs. That’s why at Wellstar Family Medicine, we offer personalized care for each member of your family, at every stage of life.

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In addition to caring for patients of all ages, Wellstar Family Medicine offers convenience and high-quality medical services. “Because we’re located at Avalon Health Park, we offer many on-site services not available in a clinic environment, including a lab, imaging, physical therapy and specialists in cardiology, orthopedics and rheumatology,” explained Dr. Syed.

The physician added, “Our broad scope of coverage appeals to patients Wellstar Family who have family members across generations as well as people who want Medicine at Avalon a well-rounded doctor.” Health Park is here for Both physicians are Alpharetta residents, and are happy to be serving all your primary care their communities. A graduate of needs, including chronic Marietta’s Lassiter High School, Dr. Syed specializes in treating attention disease management deficit disorder (ADD), attention and preventive deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression and obesity. medicine, such as Along with Dr. Syed, Dr. Cox has a annual physicals and special interest in caring for patients with ADHD, depression and anxiety. Medicare wellness He also specializes in musculoskeletal visits. medicine and dermatology. “Our experienced staff is warm, courteous and humble,” said Dr. Syed. “We tailor our care to each individual patient.” No two patients are exactly alike, and at Wellstar, we would never treat them that way. Find personalized primary care right around the corner at Wellstar Family Medicine, conveniently located at Avalon Health Park.l

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Dr. Stephen Cox is a Wellstar family medicine physician with over ten years of experience. He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Atlanta Medical Center.

Dr. Zaheeruddin Syed is a Wellstar family medicine physician with over five years of experience. After receiving his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean, Dr. Syed completed his residency at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Dr. Cox lives in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife, Rubina, and their two children, Julie and Ethan. When not practicing medicine or spending time with his family, he enjoys playing the piano, swimming and going to the gym.

Dr. Syed resides in Alpharetta, Georgia and volunteers for local non-profits and community events. When not treating patients or volunteering, he spends time cooking, traveling and meditating. Stephen Cox, D.O.

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Though I was bummed one of my favorite days of the year, the Roswell Beer Festival, had to be postponed, I am now very much looking forward to the days of normalcy returning. I’m eager to see friends, neighbors, loved ones, and strangers out and about again—pulling up a bar stool and toasting to being together again. I know you have heard and read the pleas of many, urging you to support our local small businesses, all businesses, through this difficult time. Many of our local breweries and bars are struggling to keep their heads above hops. If you don’t already, follow your favorite hangouts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Many are providing drive-up services to their customers. From the Earth Brewing Company is offering curbside and delivery options. Not only that, FTE has teamed up with Big Oak Tavern, Pure Taqueria, Taqueria Tsunami, Gracious Plenty, and Cristy and Mike Thomas (owners of the recently closed Wild Slice Pizzeria) to execute an idea Mike recently came up with. They are asking customers to purchase gift cards, which supports our local businesses, and donate the value to a school meal distribution program. The restaurant prepares healthy meal options based on the amount of gift cards purchased. Volunteers then pick up the meals and distribute them to the students in need. This keeps children fed who otherwise depend on school lunches as their main source of nutrition.

Visit ftebrewing.com to learn more. And for up-to-date information on the School Meal Program, join the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/ SchoolMealProgram. Great job guys! I saw Variant Brewing Company is offering curbside crowlers at the moment. Pinkies Up Beer & Wine is offering call-in orders for curbside pickup as well as Leaping Lizards Liquors, Tap & Six, and so many of our great local, favorite spots. I don’t know how long this will continue, but as long as it's available, we should all make an effort to support the beer, I mean businesses. I received two GrowlerWerks uKegs as gifts recently, and I am supporting my local hangouts by making sure they are reloaded as soon as they are consumed. It’s a fun way to get through this time and keep my drinking holes alive. I recently refilled one of my uKegs with Wild Leap’s Too Pure To Be Pink New England Double IPA (8.5% ABV). It is so smooth and comes in as 4.14/5 on the Untappd app (untappd.com). I highly suggest it. I picked it up at Pinkies Up. If you’re not familiar with GrowlerWerks uKegs, and you or someone you know enjoys beer as much as I do, the uKeg is one of the best gifts I’ve received. Beer goes flat once it’s opened in a typical glass growler, and let’s face it, glass doesn’t travel well either. The uKegs are designed with an automatic

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Table & Main | a southern tavern Simple. Seasonal. Southern.

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’ve rightfully credited the often imitated but never duplicated Avalon for permanently altering the uOTPian landscape (I say for the better), dining included. However, long before North American Properties broke ground on Old Milton, the genesis of suburban dining relevancy was on Canton Street in Roswell.

At the forefront was Cornell graduate, Roswell native, and fine dining trailblazer in this district Ryan Pernice. His first two restaurants—Table & Main and Osteria Mattone—remain elite destinationworthy trendsetters, located a football field or so length from each other in the heart of downtown Roswell. Just four years removed from the Ivy League campus, plus a stint in New York City helping open Maialino, a Roman trattoria from award-winning restaurateur Danny Meyer, Pernice returned to his old stomping grounds to debut Table & Main. Make no mistake about it, opening the upscale southern restaurant was uncharted waters in an area long ago bestowed by former AJC dining critic John Kessler as “Bloomin’ Onion Acres,” a once-accurate, thankfully obsolete narrative stolen by yours truly many times. When questioned about how he was among the first to see the restaurant uprising, Pernice explained, “Table & Main tested the theory that our friends and neighbors—because remember I've lived in Roswell since second grade— would respond to our kind of dining environment.” As his restaurants are also celebrated for an impressive drink menu, he added, “And maybe they'd even have that extra glass of wine because they weren't driving so far!” Table & Main is most celebrated for their fried chicken, accounting for a whopping sixteen percent of sales last year. And it’s for good reason. I’ve had most of the famed yardbird in Atlanta in my 30-something years here:

Deacon Burton’s, The Colonnade, Watershed, Greenwood’s on Green Street, Thelma’s Kitchen, among the most high-profile. Can I throw in The Coffee Cup in Charlotte and Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton, Virginia? Table & Main holds their own with any, though Watershed is a great song, and the legendary Lydell “Deacon” Burton is in a different stratosphere—a unanimous first ballot Hall of Famer in fried chicken mastery, if there was such a museum. Anyway, enough of my customary retrospection, pretending I’m youthful again, and back to the here and now. The shrimp and grits as well as the burger are also tremendously popular at T&M. I was moderately surprised their bone-in pork chop was not the second favorite. Roswell resident Amy Loftus said her husband and out of town guests declare “every single item one of the best they've ever had.” Such is the case with the pork chop here for your humble correspondent, no small proclamation because I admire the version at nearby Peach & the Porkchop. Catfish isn’t the first item that springs to mind when I contemplate topof-the-line dining. Heck it’s not even the eighth food product to pop into my brainpan. Applause to sous chef Jess Liberatore, who created the best catfish I have ever gobbled. With “Nashville Hot” sauce, Jess has a nice play on Cajun staple dirty rice with dirty farro. The dirty moniker affectionately derives from its appearance, but I quickly cleaned it off my plate. Yes, catfish can be posh.

Table & Main's beloved fried chicken. Photo by Iain Bagwell.

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the above Mrs. Loftus said, “The presentation is five-star.” 17 In addition to chefs Woody and Jess, the modest Pernice commends GM Matthew Forsee who, like Liberatore, is approaching seven years at the Canton Street hotspot. As stated previously, at The Current Hub my focal point is on the best restaurants, rather than reviewing the good, bad, and ugly of subordinate eateries. Hence, the implicit conclusion is that any restaurant that rises to the level of being featured here has multifarious, meritorious options to consume. But other menu items I’ve relished over the years include meatloaf meatballs and Charleston she-crab soup. Sometime in the near future, we will talk more about Osteria Mattone. At press time, the future of East Roswell standout Foundation Social Eatery is in limbo. FSE joins Pernice’s two Roswell staples among the three top dinner restaurants in the Roz.

Sound Bites Table & Main on Canton Street in Roswell. Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee.

An assortment of desserts. Photo by Iain Bagwell. For the health conscious, Pernice touts the vegetable plate as a standout because “we love showing that Southern cuisine doesn't have to be deep fried in butter, and it gives chef Woody a chance to showcase our farmer relationships.” Chef Woody is Woolery Back. His aptitudes are a principal reason that elevates Table & Main above the live, work, and play restaurants. While Avalon enlisted luminary Atlanta chefs to open outposts in Alpharetta, Pernice’s restaurants embody the more organic approach implemented by Canton Street. The formula is simple. The chef is in the kitchen and the owner is in the front of the house, exactly where they earned their reputations. The Johnson & Wales grad trained under celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, then came directly from Restaurant Eugene, where he was sous chef at one of the top restaurants in the history of the city. I’m all about the food, though even I have fondness for the refurbished house setting of T&M. Much more refined than your humble correspondent,

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Had the pleasure of meeting a friend for lunch at Good Word Brewing in downtown Duluth. Well-traveled confidant, he remarked among his favorite burgers are here. Taking into account that his No. 1 is the marvelous ITP restaurant Fred’s, I definitely wanted to partake. Though I have no shortage of beloved burger joints, the good word is, Good Word is worthy of top stage. Bebop ESB is a very good in-house beer from the brewpub, owned by Decatur central pillar Brick Store Pub… Ba Bellies, perhaps Peachtree Corners’ foremost restaurant, has experimented with the proper balance of American and Asian at their fusion grubbery. I’m joyful to report, the sister restaurant of Nam Phuong vapored into turning Vietnamese. Both grilled pork banh mi and beef pho tai were very good. Only complaint: I want more meat. Where’s the beef? I have no other, dare I say beef. Oy, seems the trend for pho places is they are now either putting the meat in before it hits the table or, in the case of BB, precooking the beef. I guess it’s the litigious great, unwashed people—illiterate on how to eat pho— who are spoiling it for the civilized among us. But then again, what do you expect in this barking mad world in which most restaurants don’t deposit raw egg into their steak tartare anymore?… First bite at Minnie Olivia Pizzeria in downtown Alpharetta: woodfire pizza and Italian panini are both good, but the star of the show was the roasted tomato-braised pork meatballs over cheesy baked polenta. Could they supplant Campania as outputting my favorite meatball balls? I’ll keep it simple. Campania is my top shop for veal balls, Minnie Olivia my pork balls preference… Met beer writer extraordinaire Tara Gary at Shanghai Chinese Food & Bar. It’s in downtown Roswell in the house best remembered as The Roswell Teahouse. I had to try what I heard raved about from the first day—the “3Day” wings, which are cured, marinated, and confit. They are undoubtedly among the best specialty wings anywhere. I also enjoyed the Shanghai noodles and short rib bao. The latter was a definite standout. Rumor is Tara and Pinkies Up co-owner Melissa Harbers were dining there days before, with the latter entrepreneur ballyhooing the fried rice.l goodwordbrewing.com | babellies.com minnieolivia.com | eatdrinkshanghai.com

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find myself repeatedly thinking, “if you would have told me a year ago… I wouldn’t believe it.” For example, if you would’ve said to me a year ago that I would be “social distancing” myself right now, I would not have believed it. So often I have plans and intentions that end up very differently, and thankfully, most of them end up positively affecting my life. In no way am I suggesting this virus pandemic is a positive thing, but I do believe the time we have may be perfect for rejuvenating ourselves and our relationships with our families—if we don’t go stir-crazy first. I can say this is a time to rekindle and reconnect with family, coexisting with one another under one roof as lovingly as the family did in Father Knows Best. I can say that because my kids are adults now. I can’t imagine how bonkers we would all be if this had happened when they were younger. Let’s face it, we love our kids and families, but self-quarantining may just make us all more than eager to return to our normal daily lives. I mean seriously, seeing your significant other every minute of every day, for who knows how long?! (I’m only kidding.) I do really think this time with one another might just be the positive side to this terrible virus. When was the last time your calendar was cleared and you could actually spend uninterrupted, quality time with one another or even just yourself? What will you do? How will you spend it? Some suggestions I have are: Learn a new language. (Even though you can’t currently travel, you will be able to eventually.) FYI, Fulton County Library System offers free access to an award-winning language learning resource, Mango Languages. Visit afpls.org and look for it under Books, Research & Databases. Count how many times you see or hear the word “coronavirus” in one day. Teach your kids or significant other (or whomever) how to wash their hands. Just saying, it’s a useful task.

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Track how long it takes for your household to go through a roll of toilet paper. (Hopefully, you still have some!) If you don’t have any toilet paper, make a sign for your front yard that says you're out of tp. Then, make a sign thanking the hoarders for buying it all up. Make sure to use a brown marker.

Write your name backwards and see what it spells. Mine is “a rat.” Thanks Mom! Re-enact episodes of Survivor in your backyard. (On second thought, maybe not a good idea.) Clean out your closets. Clean out your pantry. Clean out everything. Organize that stuff. Sell things you no longer want or need online, and make a little cash. Exercise! There are plenty of apps and online videos to follow. I bet if you look hard enough you can find the old Jane Fonda workout video from the 80s. Try a new recipe. Ha, ha! Anyone who knows me knows I rarely cook, and if I do, it’s typically from the freezer. Shockingly, I have referenced Pinterest for


Pamper your body with lotions, masks, and whatever else you have in that stack of samples and freebies you’ve collected and never used. (This one ties in well with the suggestion to “clean out everything.”) Wash your dog or cat. They may not like it, but they probably need it. Do your taxes, if you haven’t already. Wash your car and detail it. When you’re done, come do mine. I promise I won’t come outside and help you. I’m taking social distancing seriously. Try on your clothes and come up with new outfits. Find outfit suggestions on Pinterest. You know you probably wear the same three outfits or a version of those three outfits everyday, like I do, yet you have a closet full of clothes you’ve rarely worn. Talk to the people you live with. You may just have something in common. Go through the photos on your phone and your computer. You’d be surprised at how many you will want to delete. Print some of your favorite photos and frame them. Go online and have some of your favorite photos of yourself made into gifts. They will be perfect gag gifts for the holiday parties you’ll eventually be attending. Have a wine or beer tasting with your significant other. You may figure out you like something you didn’t know you liked—like your significant other. Snuggle. Plan a party that you’ll throw once we can gather again. Build something with all the stuff you have piled up in the garage. Use whatever paint you have lying around to “remodel” a room. Do your laundry and wash all of those pillowcases and items that sometimes get forgotten. Get an app to track the planes flying over your house. Who is flying somewhere and why? If it ever stops raining, get outside. Everyone needs a little vitamin D. Of course, use SPF responsibly. Drink. Don’t drink. I’m not advocating it, but I definitely will be.

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Plant something. Try on some old Halloween costumes and play. Pull out those old roller skates, rollerblades, or skateboards and give them a try. Maybe not the best suggestion. If you injure yourself, you may be hardpressed to find help. Take an online course. You may need it. Practice smiling. Wipe an outdoor surface clean of pollen. Count how long it takes before the surface is covered in pollen again. (Hint: Not very long.) Make a time capsule. Don’t include hand sanitizer or toilet paper. We still need it. Write a letter to your great-great-grandchildren about the time, back in the day, when toilet paper was nowhere to be found.

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Read the warning labels on everything in your home. You may learn something useful. Figure out what that annoying noise is and fix it. You can fix nearly anything by following YouTube videos—thanks YouTube University. Count how many chips are really in a bag of potato chips. And reminisce back to the days when the bag was actually filled with chips, not air.

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Write a letter to someone. They will be very surprised to receive it. Try a body cleanse detox. (You’re not going anywhere anyway.) Make your own scavenger hunt. See if your significant other can figure out where things are in your home. Like cleaning supplies, for instance. Go through your phone contacts and delete the people you don’t recognize. You know, the ones you met briefly years ago and said “we’ll keep in touch.” Change your passwords to everything. That should take some time! I asked some of my friends and coworkers to share what they’ve been


doing, because I believe you may find their lists a little more practical than mine. Hopefully they will spark an idea or two for you. Having dance parties in the kitchen—“Alexa, play our favorite songs.” Music is a great way to lift your spirits, and dancing is just… fun. Putting together a jigsaw puzzle of The Child aka “Baby Yoda” on the dining room table. (If you don’t know who he is, binge-watch the first season of The Mandalorian and get ready for the cuteness!)

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Spring cleaning outside. Her daughters played, helped out in the yard, and earned a little money for their piggy banks in the process.

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Watching movies together. They’ve enjoyed some that Brandy loved when she was younger (Shirley Temple in The Little Princess, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, An American Tail, The Sandlot, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids).

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Reading—one of the best things you can do with your children. Did you know, reading strengthens social, emotional, and character development. She mentioned there are great websites for kids like storylineonline.net which streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books and storytimefromspace.com where astronauts read stories from the International Space Station (ISS).

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Watching LEGO Masters on Fox and giving the girls their own weekly build challenges. Something they’ve really enjoyed! Get your brick on.

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TeleSchool (what public school is being called right now). Her oldest daughter came up with their daily “school schedule,” which keeps them pretty busy. She even posted it up on the wall.

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Playing board/card games—Apples to Apples is currently her family’s fave—and putting together jigsaw puzzles. Cleaning and organizing. Going on walks—fresh air, exercise, and a change of scenery is a must. Online shopping. Essential for social distancing, and a nice option to have. Several companies, who have temporarily closed their doors, are offering free shipping. Ignoring screen time limits!

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Our Publisher, Mark has been posting cute photos of his pets on Instagram. Well, he does that all the time, self-quarantined or not. He did mention he and his family are playing a lot of board games together— Relative Insanity being a favorite. What am I doing? Well, writing this column for one. I’m also contemplating my decision to focus on my event planning business. (Probably not the best timing.) My house is very clean and about to be much more so. We are taking one area per day and tossing, donating, or selling whatever we haven’t used, even if we “intended to use it” or “it could be useful one day.” We want to seriously minimize the “stuff ” in our home and daily lives. It’s been fun looking at items and remembering how we acquired them. Was it a bad decision to buy in the first place? If it was, we’ll remind ourselves of that the next time we have the urge to purchase something. Did we get it on a favorite vacation or road trip? It’s something to look back fondly on, but may not be necessary to keep. Do we even know what it is? Getting rid of things has been very satisfying. Especially when I see people who are stumbling over “stuff ” and not able to enjoy the space they live in. Let it go. Self-quarantining has seriously been a good thing so far. We’ve been contemplating using our RV full time and this has been a pretty good time to measure our patience, sanity, acceptance, forgiveness, toilet paper consumption, and spatial awareness. Laughter and beer help. Whatever you decide to do with this time, keep in mind, no matter what, this too shall pass. One day there will be a history class teaching about the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020.l When not writing, Roswell resident Tara Gary is busy making industrial furniture, charcuterie boards, and local art. Most nights she can be found with her friends at local breweries and pubs drinking craft beer.


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For years, Nan Harman-Dempsey has loved practicing law in the community where she was born and raised: Alpharetta. But when her mammogram revealed breast cancer, even she was surprised to find such high-tech care less than five miles away. At Wellstar North Fulton Hospital, Nan was a candidate for intraoperative radiation treatment, or IORT. During her lumpectomy, Nan’s medical and radiation oncology surgeons worked side-by-side as one removed the tumor and the other gave Nan radiation therapy, seamlessly in one fell swoop. Instead of weeks, her radiation took moments. After her fast-tracked treatment, Nan’s newest love is her care team at Wellstar. No two people named Nan are exactly alike, and at Wellstar, we would never treat them that way. wellstar.org/peoplecare

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