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Artists’ Holiday Market THROUGH
Artists will display their original small works in a festival format inside the Alpharetta Arts Center. Don’t miss this great opportunity for unique gift-giving or collecting. Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta. Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. artsalpharetta.org.
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Works in Clay: Holiday Show and Sale THROUGH
Support local artists and give a truly unique gift this year. This exciting event offers local, handmade ceramic artwork for sale created by more than 40 members of Roswell’s Clay Collective. Ceramic works in functional, sculptural, and whimsical forms will be available for every interest—from those looking for smart gift ideas to serious collectors searching for that special work of art. Also included this year, metalwork created by the blacksmithing instructors at The Forge at Art Center West. Participating artists are available each day to answer questions, offer complimentary refreshments, and give tours to anyone interested in future classes, workshops, or events. An opening reception will be held Thursday, December 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Roswell Art Center West, 1355 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. roswellclaycollective.com.
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Fulfill your gift-giving needs and support local artisans at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Explore 40 local vendors selling their handmade and/or eco-friendly gifts for the holiday season—art, jewelry, candles, children’s gifts, bath products, food, nature gifts, and so much more. A wonderful way to purchase unique presents that you wouldn’t typically find in retail stores. This free event is CNC’s holiday gift to the community. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. chattnaturecenter.org. MILTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
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Kickoff the 2019 North Fulton holiday season with a community tradition. The 1.4-mile long parade has grown in popularity with more than 80 units and thousands of spectators lining the parade route on State Bridge Road. Some of the highlights include musical groups, local neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, civic clubs, and businesses. The parade travels near City Hall on Lakefield Drive. Santa rides in a fire truck at the end. Lakefield Drive and Johns Creek Parkway, Johns Creek. 10:00 a.m. johnscreekga.gov.
Fire trucks, Santa, and pancakes! City of Milton firefighters will be cooking and serving delicious pancakes and giving fire station tours. Please bring an unwrapped toy for North Fulton Community Charities’ Santa Shop Toy Drive. Milton Fire Department, Station #43, 750 Hickory Flat Road, Milton. 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. cityofmiltonga.us, nfcchelp.org/santa-shop.
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Join former and original Celtic Woman, Chloë Agnew and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble in a festive, uplifting holiday event. Fan favorites and holiday tunes will fill you with the spirit of Christmas—Celtic style. $35. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 8:00 p.m. roswellgov.com.
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Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with Santa benefiting Roswell Fire & Police Foundation. There will be pictures with Santa, children's crafts, and face painting. $7 (Free admission for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult with ticket). Roswell Fire Station #4, 1400 Old Alabama Road, Roswell. 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. eventbrite.com.
Alpharetta Christmas Market
Nearly 70 vendors offering the finest Christmas gifts and products— including favorites from the Alpharetta Farmers Market. Enjoy live music while you shop a variety of crafts, food, decor, jewelry, and more. Teasley Place (Parking Garage), 50 Canton Street, Alpharetta. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. facebook.com.
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Dress up your pup (and kids too) and head to Lucky's for their annual fundraiser— Santa Paws. They’ll have photos with Santa, food, and fun! All sitting fee donations will benefit Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta. Photos printed on-site during event. Lucky’s Burger & Brew, 1144 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. luckysburgerandbrew.com, eventbrite.com.
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Have you heard about the community makerspace located in an old City of Roswell Fire Station on Holcomb Bridge Road? It hosts 4,200+ square feet of workshop and classroom space ideal for screen printing, wood and metal shop, 3D printing, sewing, cosplay, electronics, and much more. They’re hosting their first annual exposition of local makers in the Roswell and metro-Atlanta area to show off and sell their favorite crafts and projects this holiday season. Roswell Firelabs, 1601 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. roswellfirelabs.org.
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“Alpharetta Sounds of Joy”
The Alpharetta Community Chorus and Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra together present a holiday concert event certain to warm your heart and fill you with holiday cheer. Featuring familiar holiday sounds and new favorites—including sing-alongs, beautiful choral arrangements, and a winter themed orchestral piece by Tchaikovsky. Also featuring the Webb Bridge Middle School Chorus (3:00 p.m.) and Milton High School Chorale (7:00 p.m.). Adults $15/Youth $6. Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta. 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. alpharettasymphony.org, alpharettacommunitychorus.com. COMEDY FOR A CAUSE
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The Atlanta Vocal Project presents The Sounds of Christmastime with special guests, Song of Atlanta—a premier women's four-part a cappella harmony show chorus. This year, they will be featuring a full set of songs and entertainment from the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as other holiday favorites. $15-$25. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. atlantavocalproject.com, eventbrite.com. SING LOUD FOR ALL TO HEAR
Caroling on Canton
Residents and visitors are invited to stroll up and down Canton Street—listen to holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate, warm up by the community bonfire, and enjoy the seasonal celebrations of local merchants. Canton Street, Roswell. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. roswell.gov.
Get ready for two hours of jam-packed fun at this comedy fundraiser, all for a great cause! Eight comedians, giveaways, and raffles will take away holiday stress and transport you to funny town—at least for the night. Net proceeds go directly to local families in need in the Centennial High School cluster. Pre-Sale $25/Door $30 (light appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks included). Wine and beer available for purchase. Pinkies Up Beer & Wine, 30 East Crossville Road Suite 180, Roswell. 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.) pinkiesupbw.com, eventbrite.com.
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Breakfast with Santa at Chick-fil-A
Enjoy a breakfast combo from Chick-fil-A's breakfast menu while visiting with Santa and enjoying other holiday surprises—including a visit from Santa Cow, craft activities, and a giveaway of this season’s limited edition holiday mini cow. Proceeds benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Adult $25/Child $22. Chick-fil-A Avalon, 2720 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. choa.org. ALPHARETTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A Crabapple Christmas
Bring your family and friends to enjoy the sounds of Christmas with the Crabapple First Baptist Church Choir and the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra. Music selections will include new pieces as well as familiar carols. Crabapple First Baptist Church, 12760 Birmingham Highway, Milton. 6:30 p.m. alpharettasymphony.org.
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Christmas Gala Concert
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a hometown holiday spectacular! The Johns Creek Chorale and Johns Creek native, soprano Bevin Hill, will be special guests of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra at their Christmas Gala Concert. $18-$37. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. johnscreeksymphony.org, thejohnscreekchorale.com, bevinhill.com.
Noon Year’s Eve
Kick off your New Year's celebration early with a countdown to noon—when a giant balloon drop will welcome in the new decade! This family-friendly event invites partygoers of all ages to ring in 2020 with live music from a DJ, face painting, dazzle stations, crafts, a photo booth, and snacks (cotton candy/popcorn, plus a donut wall). A kids-only bubbly bar will offer sparkling juices to splash and garnish, but don't worry parents, mimosas and other drinks will be available for purchase. Be sure to participate in the silent auction for a chance to win family-focused prizes—proceeds to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Adults/ Kids $15 (Children 2 and under free). The Hotel at Avalon, 9000 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. experienceavalon.com.
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HOLIDAY FUN AND CELEBRATIONS MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS PERFORMED BY JEFFREY BÜTZER TRIO
Make plans to attend the 33rd annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. For the first time ever, get a glimpse inside six private, historic homes in their newest tour location—the Forest Hills Historic District. Each home has been lovingly restored and will be decorated for the holiday season. The Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society organize this tour, which has been featured in Southern Living and named a Top 100 Event in North America. Tickets $30/Day of Tour $35. mariettapilgrimage.com
Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony with Mike Beshera and a small chorus of guest singers will perform Guaraldi’s score to A Charlie Brown Christmas with a spirit only fitting of Charlie Brown himself. By relying both on an honest presentation of Guaraldi’s intentions for the record and enough improvisation to keep their jazz credibility in check, the trio are in finer form each year. Also, this year they will augment their lineup with selections from Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift For You. MadLife Stage & Studios, 8722 Main Street, Woodstock. 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) madlifestageandstudios.ticketfly.com
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December 1 – January 5 in Sandy Springs
Atlanta’s most fantastical holiday event is back for a second year—completely reimagined. A whimsical indoor holiday experience unlike any you’ll find, from a family-owned business proud to call Atlanta home. This family-friendly holiday destination is full of art, technology, and nostalgia, where the season comes alive through interactive experiences, live performances, state-of-the-art technology, and Instagram-worthy moments. Create your own northern lights interactive art as you journey through the Fantastical Forest on your way to the North Pole village. Snap some pics along Whimsical Way and Naughty Lane before you cross over into Yondo’s Yeti Yard for fun games, and of course, a visit with Santa and all his friends. December 4 and 7, take part in Girls Night Out presented by Kendra Scott. December 14 and 21, enjoy Breakfast with Santa & Friends. Purchase tickets online (Kids 3 and under are free). Don’t forget to select “Santa Visit Add On” when you purchase your tickets to reserve your spot to see Santa (included with admission). Perimeter Pointe Shopping Center, 1155 Mount Vernon Highway Suite 300, Atlanta. santasfantastical.com
CHRISTMAS WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA December 6 – 8 at Symphony Hall
Begun many years ago by the beloved music director Robert Shaw, this concert has become a staple for Atlanta families during the holiday season. The orchestra, chorus, and special guests— including tenor Timothy Miller and the Gwinnett Young Singers—will perform beloved Christmas carols and hymns to celebrate the season. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. atlantasymphony.org
IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN December 13 – 22 in Sandy Springs
Based on the classic film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, this song-and-dance extravaganza features laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs—including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “White Christmas,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and many more. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn tells the story of a man who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on a Connecticut farmhouse. His luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Christmas to the Fourth of July. Byers Theatre, Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. cityspringstheatre.com
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December 17 – 18 at Symphony Hall
Cirque de la Symphonie is a unique and exciting production. An elegant fusion, adapting the stunning performances of cirque artists with the majesty of the full symphony orchestra, the program showcases many of the best cirque artists in the world. Performances are uniquely adapted to the limited stage accommodations shared with the symphony, and the choreography perfectly matches the music arrangement—providing three-dimensional entertainment for all to enjoy. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. 8:00 p.m. atlantasymphony.org
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December 31 at Fernbank
Ring in the New Year a full twelve hours early with Atlanta’s biggest party animals. This special family celebration will include a countdown to a balloon drop at noon. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. fernbankmuseum.org
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December 31 at The Battery Atlanta
The Battery Atlanta will celebrate the new year in style with their third David Garibaldi annual New Year’s Eve Bash presented by Xfinity. Braves in-game host Mark Owens will emcee the entire evening of free programming. The early innings, for those wishing to ring in the New Year early, start at 6:00 p.m. in the Plaza. The Atlanta Braves Heavy Hitters and BLOOPER will be on hand as well as David Garibaldi, a performance painter who transforms blank canvas into musicians in minutes. Balloon baseballs will drop in celebration of the New Year at 8:00 p.m. The late innings festivities, with the 12 South Band and David Garibaldi providing the entertainment, begin at 9:00 p.m. from the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage. The midnight countdown will include pyrotechnics, and 2020 will begin with a confetti and aerial fireworks display. The Battery, 800 Battery Avenue SE #130, Atlanta. 6:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. batteryatl.com
NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION – SPLASHING ’20s December 31 at Georgia Aquarium
Ring in 2020 at downtown Atlanta’s most exciting New Year’s Eve party. Start the new year with a splash, and swim into the new decade Gatsby style. Get dressed up and come ready to dine, dance, and celebrate among whale sharks, manta rays, sea otters, and more. By joining the party, you’re doing an ocean of good. This celebration helps fund Georgia Aquarium’s research and conservation efforts around the globe. All proceeds support their work in rescuing and rehabilitating African penguins, advancing research and promoting awareness for endangered whale sharks, and giving a forever home to hundreds of aquatic animals. General Admission $160/Member $135. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta. 8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. georgiaaquarium.org
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WellStar Health System Introduces Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer
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t’s reassuring to hear genuine excitement from the best approach, based on the patient’s needs, to physicians when a procedure becomes available direct the best outcome for that patient. Getting the to offer their patients. Intraoperative radiation results right the first time from an alliance of experts therapy (IORT) is a one-time radiation treatment is both reassuring and comforting. used during a lumpectomy (removal of a breast During the outpatient surgery the tumor is tumor) that concentrates on the immediate area of removed by the surgeon Dr. Pearson, and the raditissue surrounding the tumor— ation oncologist Dr. McLaughlin sparing healthy tissue and organs. then places a temporary salineTo continue advancing the fight filled balloon in the area where the against breast cancer, WellStar tumor was removed. Together with Health System has become one of a medical physicist, Dr. McLaughlin the only health systems in Georgia administers the radiation to the balto offer IORT, and the first in loon which has a small x-ray source Georgia to have a mobile unit to to deliver the radiation. Dr. Pearson treat breast cancer in a minimal then removes the balloon and amount of time. I spoke with Dr. completes the surgery. What sets Mark McLaughlin, who specializes this team apart from others is comin radiation oncology, and Dr. Laura bining plastic surgery during the Pearson, who specializes in breast procedure to avoid future surgeries. surgery, at WellStar North Fulton Dr. Pearson explained the eagerness Hospital in Roswell. They shared to remove the tumor with no regard their excitement for this proceto the appearance of the outcome Mark McLaughlin, M.D. dure, which has just recently been is of utmost importance to most made available at WellStar. There are several facpatients. She stressed the significance to reconstruct tors attributed to their enthusiasm for IORT, which the affected tissue and the use of plastic surgery to Dr. McLaughlin referred to as “a game changer for do so at the time of the procedure to provide a better women.” Convenience is one of those factors. The cosmetic outcome and quality of life for the patient IORT machine itself is mobile and therefore availin the future. able not only at WellStar North Fulton Hospital but Providing comfort and assurance to the patient is at WellStar Kennestone as well. Dr. McLaughlin is of utmost importance to the doctors at WellStar. I pleased this method is available had the pleasure of speaking with at two locations, making it more the first recipient to receive IORT convenient for the patient to access. at WellStar, Nan. Nan’s doctor had Another factor is, compared to conbeen pressuring her to get a mamventional radiation therapy, IORT mogram for nearly eight years. She can reduce a breast cancer patient’s revealed she had some extra time on radiation treatment plan from the her hands one day in early October typical 25 plus daily visits to zero. of this year, and she decided to Determining whether a patient is finally get that mammogram. The a good candidate for the procedure x-ray image revealed what she is the first step. Recipients of the described as small white soldiers procedure are typically older, over lined up in a row in the black mass 40, in the early stage of breast canwhich was her breast. After a biopcer with a small tumor within the sy, Nan received the dismal results breast tissue, not touching the skin. of the presence of the “C” word, The cancer must also be contained Laura Pearson, M.D. Stage 0 cancer. She surprisingly within the breast and not have wasn’t afraid throughout the entire spread to the lymph nodes. process proceeding her diagnosis. She explained Once a patient agrees to pursue this method the nurturing nature of Dr. Pearson and her staff, and it’s determined to be the right method for stressing the importance of sharing her experience the patient, a team of physicians—including Dr. with others. She could hardly contain her enthusiMcLaughlin and Dr. Pearson—collectively determine asm for the care she received by the team of WellStar
doctors, who she referred to as a group of family and friends. I had prepared a list of questions to ask Nan during our interview that deemed unnecessary. Her excitement with her jubilant and bubbly personality quickly took over our conversation. She embarrassingly apologized for this, and I laughingly responded my gratefulness for her sharing her story with such exuberance considering I had been expecting to hear a darker version. I was amazed upon hearing how detailed the physicians at WellStar conducted the treatment. Nan told me a team of doctors met with her individually
WellStar's new mobile intraoperative radiation therapy machine. to explain their part in the process of her treatment at North Fulton Hospital’s multidisciplinary Breast Cancer STAT Clinic. When Dr. Pearson asked Nan if she wanted to keep her breast, Nan jokingly replied, “I’d like to keep my girls.” She said she never felt uncomfortable or rushed, which is something I have felt with physicians (not from WellStar) in the past. After the consultation, Nan was ready for her treatment. She was prepped, and upon being wheeled into the operating room, she remembered a line of individuals giving her a “thumbs up.” She said she felt like a “rockstar.” As she awoke from her surgery, Nan was greeted with the smiling face of Dr. Pearson who informed her the surgery was a success,
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Mark McLaughlin, M.D., radiation oncologist, WellStar Health System, and Suran Chae, DABR, oncology physicist, WellStar Health System. and the team had achieved everything they had set out to do. A short time later, Dr. Pearson invited Nan to her office for her follow-up consultation. Again, Dr. Pearson was smiling and informed Nan the cancer was successfully removed. The entire process—diagnosis to the treatment—occurred within just 18 days. When I spoke to Nan it was nearly a month since her procedure. She struggled emphasizing how amazing her experience had been. She repeatedly asked for me to share her story with as many people as possible, emphasizing her
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Jumanji: The Next Level – Opening December 13 “The gang is back but the game has changed.” We were first introduced to this magical board game in 1995 when Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, and Kirsten Dunst battled live game pieces in the original family adventure comedy. Young Alan Parrish disappeared—trapped in the Jumanji jungle game—until his adult self was rescued years later by his grown-up childhood friend. Escaping the game was more challenging when he brought the animals, hunters, and mayhem back with him, wreaking havoc on the town. After defeating the game and returning everything “back to normal,” the Jumanji game was buried on a beach. However, mischief always finds a way back. Fast forward to 2017, and it was time for Jumanji to re-emerge once again. Director Jake Kasdan returned to the original idea started 22 years ago—if Alan Parrish (the young boy) disappeared for all that time into some mysterious jungle game, where did he go and what did he face? In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a new teen (Alex in 1996) unwittingly gets pulled into Jumanji when his dad brings home the board game he found on that beach. We jump forward 20 years after Alex’s disappearance, when his dilapidated house is all that reminds the town of him. At the local high school, we meet four teens forced to clean up the library storage room in detention. Very Breakfast Club—there’s the jock (Fridge), the geeky nerd (Spencer), the awkward shy girl (Martha), and the selfie princess (Bethany). They accidentally stumble across a 90s video game console and get sucked into the game of Jumanji. These teens are hilariously turned into against-type avatars, who must work together if they want any chance of escaping the game. Geeky Spencer is turned into Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), gaining the bravery, courage, and strength he’s never had. Awkward Martha transforms into strong “kick-butt”
action hero Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), using her moves to dance-fight them out of peril. Tall football jock Fridge is shrunk into the pint-sized Mouse Finbar (Kevin Hart), limited to carrying weapons as Bravestone’s sidekick. And vain Bethany is horrified to see she is stuck as a middle-aged curvy man, Dr. Shelly Oberon (Jack Black). They are surprised to find a fifth avatar, Seaplane McDonough (Nick Jonas), the teen who disappeared 20 years earlier. After some learning curves, loss of video game lives, and returning a jewel to a mountain-top jaguar statue—they defeat the villain and return home as friends. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a huge hit and a wonderful delight to watch because of the four actors—Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. Perfect casting. Watching these four portray the traits of teens made this movie. I’ll admit I am a super fan, having watched this movie six times. The fun banter between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and hilarious Jack Black channeling a 16-year-old girl is what made this one of my recent favorites. So I was very excited to see all the actors return to take on a new
adventure in Jumanji: The Next Level. In this new film, Spencer gets pulled back into the game, and his friends must go back in and rescue him. Unbeknownst to them, Spencer’s grandfather (Danny DeVito) and his grandfather’s old friend (Danny Glover) are also sucked into the game. The fun twist, the players all end up in different avatars. The Rock gets to play the curmudgeonly grandfather (DeVito), who is delighted to have strong hips and mobility again. Kevin Hart channels Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon’s “I’m too old for this” bit) perfectly. Fridge is not happy to find himself transported into Jack Black’s avatar. Only Martha gets to return to her original Ruby Roundhouse persona. Bethany ends up as a horse. Nick Jonas returns, and Awkwafina joins the adventure. They travel beyond the jungle into new realms, battling new dangers—charging monkeys, Vikings, the hot desert, and snowy mountains— to save their friend. Why you will love it — The actors! Again, so much fun to watch. The Rock and Kevin Hart playing off each other, this time as the elderly sparring friends (DeVito and Glover). With the bromance chemistry of these two,
I’m sure they’ll make buddy movies together for years to come. If you saw the last Jumanji and loved it (as I did), this new sequel gives you more of what was great about it. The formula works, and the pacing is perfect. It has the right mix of comedy with action/ adventure. It’s not meant to take itself too seriously. All four actors (Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan) are natural and believable together. It doesn’t really matter what situation they’re in, transport this foursome into a different movie, and (if the writing/banter is also well done) it would be a hit too. I’ll admit, I usually gravitate towards the sweeping adventure hi-jinks films. I put Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone on a pedestal as the epitome of action/adventure films. Also loved The Goonies, City Slickers, and most of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I’m already a fan of several Jack Black films (Goosebumps, Gulliver’s Travels, King Kong) and Dwayne Johnson films (San Andreas, The Game Plan, Moana). I happily add both Jumanji films—Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and The Next Level (2019) to the list of ones I’ll watch over and over again. Will you need to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle first? Yes, it will help. Welcome to the Jungle and The Next Level are a great combo—think of them as part one and part two. The set-up of this film stems directly from what happened in the last one, and some of the jokes come from them repeating things that happened before. If you missed the 1995 Robin Williams version, you won’t need to see it to understand this one, but it is a lovely Robin Williams/Bonnie Hunt film worth watching.) 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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inter brings out the magic in nature, did you know that? The air takes on a different quality, the breeze cuts through you, and sounds change their tune completely. One way to explore nature, taking in all the winter wonder, is at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Take a walk on the river boardwalk to see the Chattahoochee River as it meanders along. What animals can you find nearby? Probably river otters, fish, or even the occasional deer. With two-and-a-half miles of wooded hiking trails over 127 acres, the CNC is a good place to get away from everything for an afternoon. Some areas of the trails will make you forget you’re only minutes from downtown Atlanta. It feels like deep in the mountains. Set aside time December 15 for the Enchanted Woodland Wonders family fun day, from 2-6 p.m. This event brings out the magic in nature with reindeer games, story time, winter crafts, face painting, and hot cocoa around a campfire with Camp Kingfisher. Live reindeer will also make an appearance for part of the day. How often do you get to see live reindeer up close? Enchanted Woodland Wonders also marks the grand opening of the Enchanted Woodland Trail special exhibit. The fairies were busy over the summer, making more than two dozen fairy houses and gnome homes to line the CNC forest trails. Visitors can explore the grounds and see how many houses they can find. The Enchanted Woodland Trail exhibit runs December 15 – February 29, 2020. For more information on activities and holiday dates, visit chattnaturecenter.org.)
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With the holidays upon us it’s time to slow down a bit and spend precious time with family and friends. A big part of this season are holiday traditions, and of course, making memories. Taking time to reflect on holiday memories and create new ones is something that stays with you forever. Here at Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), our mission of connecting audiences and artists of all ages is really about just that, making great experiences and providing cherished memories. This holiday season we’re so glad to be able to bring to the greater Atlanta community a production that certainly fits the bill of laughter and cheer, and one that creates great memories with family and friends. We’ll be running the hilarious, A Tuna Christmas, December 13 – 29 (Fridays – Sundays) in Brookhaven at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University with the production directed by Atlanta favorite Topher Payne. A Tuna Christmas is the second in a series of comedic plays (preceded by Greater Tuna and followed by Red, White and Tuna) written by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams, with each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas—the “third-smallest” town in the state. Part of the fun is that two actors portray the more than 20 citizens of Tuna, making split-second costume changes in a world where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! The local radio personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on Tuna's yuletide activities, including the hotly contested Christmas lights contest and a disaster-waiting-to-happen community theatre production of none other than A Christmas Carol. Director of the production, Topher Jill Hames in character. Photo courtesy of Payne, has a long history with the comedy Casey Gardner. and told us: “Over the course of my career, I’ve built the set for A Tuna Christmas, worked as a quick-change dresser, and performed in a national tour. I don’t think I’ve ever so thoroughly done my homework before directing a production.” “When each actor in the production is playing eleven characters, the play is completely transformed by their talents and strengths. I think that’s part of the enduring appeal—even if you’ve seen A Tuna Christmas before, you haven’t seen it with Enoch King and Jill Hames, so there’s a whole new show waiting for you.” “Our fastest head-to-toe costume change has to be completed in eight seconds— and the script does not leave room for error. If you don’t complete the change, the play comes to a stop—which is
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Tara Vaughan and her all-star band. Photo courtesy of billymcguigan.com. quite terrifying but also incredibly motivating. It’s like a NASCAR pit crew backstage, and it is a marvel to behold. This time of year, I’m looking for something that makes me laugh, surprises me, and embraces community. A Tuna Christmas checks every one of those boxes.” If comedy isn’t your thing, then how about some good old rock ‘n’ roll? Here at GET we’ve also got a wonderful concert experience coming up that you won’t want to miss. Tara Vaughan’s SHE ROCKS: The Women of Rock will kick off at our home at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center right after the new year, January 2 – 19, and will no doubt be a highlight of our season. Multitalented musician Tara Vaughan (from the band that brought you Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience) will take you on a rockin’ ride through the 60s, 70s, and 80s with the hits of the world’s greatest female rockers. Backed by an all-star band, Tara performs music from artists like Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Heart, and many more. In this unique review, Tara masterfully presents an evening of classic rock ‘n’ roll with the focus on female artists and songwriters. And before you ask, yes, you can get up and dance to these legendary songs of your past. Ah, talk about great memories! So as we all jump into this holiday season and slide into the new year, we here at Georgia Ensemble Theatre wish you and yours the very best as you create new memories that last a lifetime. As usual, you can find all the information and tickets at our website, get.org.)
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Robotic Surgery, Close to Home A Message from Jon-Paul Croom, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, senior vice president, WellStar Health System Like most parents, I receive a constant stream of questions. I was stumped recently when my seven-year-old daughter asked, “How does a microwave work?” I don’t know a lot about microwaves, but I can tell you that when my mom got her first microwave in 1982, our family spent the next year barely able to consume the terrible tasting meals cooked exclusively in that futuristic machine. Tough year. At the hospital, I often receive questions about our ever-expanding surgical robotics program. While the technical workings of the robotic surgical system are hard for me to understand, its many benefits are not. For some specialties, the robot provides a minimally invasive way to perform very intricate procedures. In fact, some of the instruments are smaller than Abraham Lincoln’s head on a penny—and that means smaller scars and faster recovery times for patients. Gynecologists and urologists led the first wave of robotic surgery, but the technology has expanded to many other specialties, including, most recently, thoracic (or chest) surgery. Today, robotic surgery aids in removing cancerous lung tumors. WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Theolyn Price, M.D., has become one of the leading surgeons in our
area for thoracic surgery. After completing a nine-year fellowship and two residencies at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (in addition to four years of medical school), Dr. Price spent several years at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Florida where she honed her cutting-edge skills in this field. That’s good news for patients, because once someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, Dr. Price and a team of other specialists meet to discuss the best treatment options with the patient. If the tumors need to be removed, robotic surgery is often a preferred option because patients aren’t hospitalized long, have minimal scarring, reduced pain and smaller incisions. Surgeons like Dr. Price can take advantage of the robot’s improved visualization, more precise movements and the simultaneous control of the camera system and robotic arms. If surgery is in your future, know that some of the most advanced technology in the world is available, just minutes from your home. We are thankful for this equipment, and most importantly, for highly trained robotic surgeons like Dr. Price, who I’m pretty sure know how microwaves work.) If you would like to learn more about thoracic robotic surgery, please contact Dr. Theolyn Price’s office at 770-424-9732.
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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar – December 2019
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. No December Meeting. 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 email@example.com or 770-751-2708. Combined November/December meeting date: Please call for info. 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 770-667-9363. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No November/December meetings. 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 and to inquire about holiday schedules. COMMUNITY EDUCATION American Heart Association CPR Classes* Watch for new 2020 class dates. Classes offered include HandsOnly CPR, Family and Friends CPR, Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid, and BLS for Healthcare Providers. Diabetes Self-Management Workshop 2020 Dates to come. 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. There is no fee for this class.
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 Thursday 12/12, 7 p.m. Registration required. 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. $30 per couple. SPECIAL EVENTS Watch for Speaking about Wellness for Women and Speaking about Wellness for Healthy Aging 2020 Quarterly Seminar Series topics to be announced soon. Programs will begin in March. Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $10 per program Good Life Club Offered through WellStar Health System, this is an organization for people 50 and older who want to learn how to live better, be healthier and stay active. Our focus on wellness, health education, travel and social activities, along with providing valuable membership benefits, affirms our commitment to healthy aging in our community. Our lifetime membership fee is $15 per person. At WellStar, we believe in life well-lived and Good Life Club members are evidence of this belief. Invite WellStar To Your Event Interested in requesting a sponsorship, a speaker or a worksite wellness or community event? Please visit wellstar.org, click on “Contact Us” at the top of the page, then “Sponsorship & Event Requests” on the right side of the page. Create an account and submit. You will be contacted by someone in WellStar Community Education & Outreach. For more information, call 770-793-7373. 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. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.
Get Heart Smart This Holiday Season Ah, the holidays: that special time of year filled with family, friends, fun—and many chances to overeat. It’s easy to indulge in unhealthy foods during this season of celebration. But with a little planning, you can maintain heart-healthy eating habits and still enjoy yourself. Ahsan Achtchi, D.O., interventional cardiologist at WellStar Medical Group Cardiovascular Medicine, recommends people keep their heart health at the forefront of their minds during the holidays. “It’s a hectic time of year, but it’s really important we continue to think about what we’re putting in our bodies,” says Dr. Achtchi. “If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or heart failure, it’s especially critical you do your best to eat in moderation and avoid unhealthy fats and salt.” Dr. Achtchi emphasized that for heart failure patients, even one high-salt meal can cause fluid retention. In patients with severe heart failure, too much fluid can make it difficult for their hearts to supply enough blood to vital organs. He recommends leaving out the salt when cooking and preparing dishes high in fiber, vitamins and protein and low in unhealthy fats—tips anyone can follow for good heart health. Restraint is another heart-smart habit we can all adopt. “Sharing time together over a good meal is a highlight of holiday fun,” says Dr. Achtchi, “but don’t extend that one big meal into days of leftovers. Once you’ve enjoyed a holiday meal, get right back into your heart-healthy eating habits.” If you’re hosting, pack the leftovers for family and friends so you won’t be tempted, he suggests. Dr. Achtchi says mindfulness is key when serving platters are being passed. “Choose wisely,” he advises. “For example, select a lean cut of turkey instead of ham, and fill your plate with nutritious, non-starchy vegetables. Limit the dressing and sweets! You can have a treat; just don’t overindulge.” Overindulging can have serious consequences. According to the American Heart Association, statistically, more heart-related deaths occur around the winter holidays than any other time. That’s due to a phenomenon called holiday heart syndrome, according to Dr. Achtchi. Primarily caused by excessive alcohol consumption, holiday heart syndrome results in an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (afib). Afib can cause blood clots, stroke, heart failure and heart attacks. Dr. Achtchi says the best way to prevent holiday heart syndrome is to use common sense. “Limit alcohol to one drink per day for women and two drinks for men,” he says. “And don’t drink every day. A cocktail, beer or glass of wine should be an occasional treat, not an everyday habit.”
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Ahsan Achtchi, D.O., interventional cardiologist at WellStar Medical Group Cardiovascular Medicine. Finally, Dr. Achtchi recommends sticking to your exercise routine during the stressful, overscheduled holiday season. “Being active helps lower your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels while strengthening your heart, lungs, muscles and bones,” he notes. “Even a 30-minute brisk walk can help relieve tension and clear your mind, helping you feel better mentally and physically.”)
To learn more about Dr. Ahsan Achtchi or to schedule an appointment, please call WellStar North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine at 770-410-4520.
Make eggnog and hot chocolate healthier by using low-fat or skim milk. Avoid whipped cream and try toppings like grated cinnamon or nutmeg.
Compare nutrition labels and choose wisely. Breads and rolls, poultry and canned soups often have added sodium.
Try adding winter squash (roasted, baked or steamed), sweet potatoes (drizzled with maple syrup), Brussels sprouts, carrots and turnips to a meal. Seasonal, colorful fall vegetables are great additions to any menu.
Use herbs and spices, like rosemary and cloves, instead of salt or butter. They’ll add flavor to favorite dishes.
Rinse canned beans and veggies in a colander to remove excess sodium.
Choose the lighter parts of the turkey for the healthiest option. And, remember, don’t eat the skin.
Pay attention to portion size. Eat one serving of meat, which is 3 oz. or about the size of a deck of cards. Limit gravy to a tablespoon; and, remember, dressing is a side dish, not an entrée – limit your serving to a quarter cup. Source: American Heart Association
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Grapes & Grains is celebrating three months of business, and just like our Johns Creek neighbors, we love to celebrate with sparkling wine. December is the perfect month to enjoy and explore sparkling wine. There is a lot to be thankful for with the closing of each year, and a lot to be excited about with the promise of a new one. Grapes & Grains has everything you need for such celebrations! Come in and chat with us about great and affordable sparkling wines that rival their Champagne counterparts. Each of our featured wines are made in the same traditional method used to make authentic Champagne but are made-up of different grapes from unique areas of the world.
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From the commune of Serralunga in the southeast edge of Barolo, comes an amazing Brut Rosé made exclusively from Nebbiolo grapes. Harvested early from young vines, this sparkling wine is dry, light, and refreshing. Red berries coupled with bright acidity make it a perfect wine to enjoy during any festive celebration.
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In the Savoie region, high in the French Alps, sits the village of Seyssel where the grapes for Petit Royal are grown. This delicate sparkling wine is made from primarily Molette grapes with a bit of Altesse grapes blended in. With notes of Alpine flowers, dried fruit, and wildflower honey—the Petit Royal is a relatively unknown gem to sparkling wine lovers, and is a must-try for anyone looking for something new.
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Decking the Halls at Historic Roswell Place
Creating memories of comfort and joy, especially those associated with the holidays, continues no matter our age. The halls are decked to delight and inspire the holiday spirit at Historic Roswell Place Assisted Living and Memory Care; embracing the warmth and fellowship of the season, propelling its residents to create lasting memories with friends and family. Laurine Davenport and her daughter, Susan, with Santa.
The entryway tree is decorated with photo ornaments of every resident.
refreshments, and even a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself. Nothing compares to the warmth of the season as seeing holiday lights. A bus tour will take the residents through local neighborhoods and establishments to view the splendid light displays and decor of the community. And how festive could it be without an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest? Residents and staff compete annually to win this coveted contest. To continue with the creativity and sweetness of the celebration, they offer a gingerbread house-making event. The residents are also invited to go caroling and visit local nursing homes and hospitals to spread holiday cheer. For more information or to schedule a tour of Historic Roswell Place, visit pegasusseniorliving.com.)
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The staff takes great pride in offering a variety of events and activities for its residents, as well as their families, to celebrate this time of year. Kicking off the season’s festivities, Thanksgiving dinner (which had over one hundred RSVPs) was hosted by the residents November 21, offering loved ones a white tablecloth dinner. The last week of November, an assortment of trees, lights, wreaths, and table arrangements adorn the halls and gathering areas—sparking the spirit of the season. Gleefully greeting guests, a favorite tradition is the front porch entryway tree adorned with photos of every resident. On December 17, the residents and their guests are invited to attend “Holiday Night,” an evening filled with joyful melodies by musicians, delightful
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rue confessions, y’all. I am a December baby, and this one is my 65th. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. Fat chance? Tease me as you will, but why not join me in pondering lifetime memories? I have to give my parents credit. My birthday was acknowledged fully. Even though Christmas was on the horizon, it still brought celebration. They had no abundance of discretionary income, but they gave us five kids the full Christmas experience every year. We chopped the tree down in the woods, trimmed it with sparkling everything, and then decked the halls. Like scenes out of Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, we put everything back together again after the cats climbed the tree and jumped out as it fell, then ceremoniously upchucked the tinsel they had eaten. The dog ripped open food gifts and stationed himself in the kitchen and dining room to catch stray morsels of Christmas dinner. Nuts and goodies on the coffee table were fair game. My Norwegian grandfather arrived from North Dakota, and rutabagas; lutefisk, a white slippery tasteless fish fondue; spuds; disgusting Gjetost cheese (folks, do not try this!); and vínarterta, a prune paste cracker-like seven-layer cake, appeared on the table. Year after year, we kids joked about the cuisine. Only holiday brunch at the Sons of Norway lodge was more amusing. I love the holiday season, although I see a “different” Di in the mirror every December. Dang, age hits like a steamroller as the numbers climb in the 60s. Every day is an adventure with the mirror. What the heck is up with the sudden cavernous lines from cheeks to chin? I’m starting to look like Mr. Magoo. How did my upper arms, after enduring push-ups throughout the years, become dimpled chicken wings? Why bother? And oh, ye post-64 ladies and
gentlemen, what’s up with the relentless bloated bellies that never go away? I can’t suck it in anymore. You? When did we start unbuttoning our pants after meals? When did we become our parents? I now have my mother’s draping legs and cellulite. Mom was a very pretty lady, but other than running after five kids when she was young, she By Di Chapman never exercised. She wouldn’t have moved even if you blew a cannon off underneath her. (Sorry, Mom!) I, on the other hand, never stopped moving. It was push-ups and sit-ups contests with my brothers, running, baseball, backflips on the bars, and tetherball. I started gym visits at 20 and never stopped. And now dimpled thighs? Seriously? As blatant as they are, my bodily changes are only half the story this season. My husband and I have pulled out the boxes from the storeroom, garage, and closets. It’s time to torture ourselves and clean out the contents. When it came to who could amass the biggest pile of boxes, I’m the guilty dog. I’m rummaging through my life mementos and records since 1992. Records? 1992??? We created the “shred pile,” which has become five full bankers’ boxes of papers; the “recycle bin pile,” filling it up twice; the “hmmm, to keep or not to keep? pile,” and a tiny stack, the “keepers.” This mountain of papers reveals the great, the dumb, the exciting, and the accomplishments that create my story of 65 years. Do you remember the last time you took on this beast of a task? There’s so much I’ve forgotten. There are the radio shows in Southern California in the 90s. How could I forget the guests I interviewed? Like the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, and the only woman to hold the job. We made the interview a trio with Ethel Blondin-Andrew, then a Member of Parliament. They told the
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story of how they turned up at one ceremony wearing the same red Liz Claiborne suit. Then there was the team who sent Timothy Leary’s brain into outer space on a rocket. His brain, by the way, showed no damage from LSD. I had a rousing interview with Dick Morris, the infamous Republican strategist who was caught with a prostitute in the act of toe sucking. And there was a poignant interview with George McGovern, who was happy to schedule it while celebrating his birthday at a D.C. restaurant. “Just call the restaurant. I’ll tell the maître d' to expect you,” he told me. Little did I know he wanted to talk about his daughter Terry’s death from alcoholism. She stumbled out of a bar one Christmas Eve, fell into the snow, and froze to death. He and his wife started a foundation to help young women alcoholics. There was Lt. General Hal Moore, who dropped his men into Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Battle of the Vietnam War, and is the subject of the Mel Gibson movie We Were Soldiers. And a representative of the NRA. My lady co-host thought “right to carry” referred to pregnancy. My digging has unearthed totally rad (but forgotten) experiences, like how I volunteered for a presidential election in Washington, D.C. and a congressional campaign in California. After writing a prenatal care book, I co-presented information about low reading level books for pregnant teens to Canadian Members of Parliament. Forgotten photos show the Ku Klux Klan rally I attended just to witness one firsthand. Serious violence broke out and I split. That, y’all, is an example of “dumb” things I’ve done. Well, why not? Have you gone digging through memories lately? I know if you rummage through your life’s boxes of memories they’re as full as mine. Your stories with children, families, travels, work, and success are there to be re-lived. Blessed holidays to you, everyone! If you’re like me, you feel younger than ever. Let’s tell the stories of our lives this season, no matter what your age. Embarrass your kids. Laugh with your friends. We had it goin’ on then, and (bellies aside) we’ve still got it!)
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8 Stocking Stuffers for Your Gardening Friends
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This funny, silly sprinkler head is composed of 12 flexible noodles that can be precisely aimed to deliver water to my target area. The noodles stay bent where I point them, allowing me to create endless, customized watering patterns. Noodlehead ($20) – noodleheadsprinkler.com.
Kneelo Knee Pads
For me, gardening is kind of an up and down sport. These knee pads protect my knees without the need to keep track of a kneeler pad, and without digging into the back of my knees. They come in six colors. Burgon & Ball, find them at Corona Tools ($32) – coronatoolsusa. com. This solid digging knife with a serrated edge lets me stab into the ground or make a line for planting seeds. I also find the serrated edge ideal for dividing daylilies. Find one online, or try the Fiskars Big Grip Garden Knife at Target ($6) – target.com.
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The number one choice of professionals, complete with a lifetime warranty, and my number one choice of trowel as well–this heavy-gauge steel trowel stands up to garden abuse. I find the solid steel shank never bends and use them as housewarming gifts as well as stocking stuffers. A.M. Leonard ($15) – amleo.com.
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The term “stocking stuffers” refers to thoughtful, personalized gifts used to remember your buddies, and in this case, those who enjoy gardening. These gifts are often small enough to fit in most stockings, and best of all, come with an affordable price tag. There are many gadgets around, and I find some of them are really useful. So leave the chocolates and sweets to Santa, and let these unique and useful stocking stuffers steal the show.
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Gardening gloves range from long leather gauntlets designed to protect hands and arms from rose thorns to disposable dollar store cotton gloves, and I love them all. Find thorn-proof gauntlets at Ace Hardware or online ($20 to $35) – acehardware.com/amazon.com.
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This stainless steel shear or snip has a curved blade that is ideal for speeding up harvesting— from flowers to squash—and everything in-between. It’s made by Corona Tools, who got their start with citrus clippers for the fledgling California industry almost 100 years ago ($12) – coronatoolsusa.com.
Just how cold (or hot) did it get? Sper Scientific Min/MaxThermometers record the coldest and hottest temperatures reached since the last time you looked and reset it. I keep mine inside my cold frame ($25) – thomassci.com.
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My absolute favorite gift is a gift certificate to a specialty nursery or local garden center. This way I can choose exactly what I want—“free!” Some nurseries offer a discount or added value with their gift certificates, so even Clark Howard approves (typically start at $50). Hope your holidays are filled with family, food, and friendship.)
Although the powder coating is wearing a bit thin on the edge of my favorite steel nursery trowel, it will serve me well for the next two decades—planting everything from bulbs to perennials. My hands are protected by $1 gloves that I use until I wear holes in the fingertips, then toss.
Do you keep a weather eye out for cold temperatures and their effects on your camellias? For your geeky garden (or weather) friends, you can’t go wrong with a scientific thermometer that measures both the low (minimum) and high (maximum) temperatures. The mercury is U-shaped, and you read the low temp on the left, while the high registers on the right. Then reset the marker with a magnet, included.
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By Joe Duffy
Noosh Kitchen Offers a Taste of Persia
For all its imperfections, Yelp is a good square one for unearthing low-profile restaurants. There have been sundry letdowns, and even a few total duds along the way. However, I’ve surmised when traveling, it sure beats querying the concierge or front desk person at a hotel for grubbing guidance. The best leads locally from the Y site? You had to interrogate, didn’t you? Now I have to weep in my Georgia brewed craft beer as I notify you how much I yearn for the comeback of the life changing Myzenes, a Goan restaurant to which Suwanee was just not worthy. But several currently prospering restaurants compete
The char and spices make normally pedestrian chicken breast outstanding.
for title of poster child of why the good outweighs the bad on the crowdsourcing site. Noosh Kitchen, at the corner of Douglas Road and Jones Bridge Road, the former Stacie’s (speaking of places I miss) location, is as quintessential an example as any. I’ve been going there since the early days, long before they expanded into the unit next door and went a little more upscale. To the bliss of many, the menu enlarged too. The original bill of fare did justice to all Persian staples with the tender Chenjeh Kabob (charbroiled lamb tenderloin), tender and
medium rare—a chart topper. Indicative of how far the menu has expanded is the amount of lamb dishes. One can choose from lamb tenderloin, rack of lamb, and braised lamb shank. Too often when restaurants grow, maintaining quality is challenging, but Chef Nooshin Yazdani’s restaurant only got better. Possibly my favorite item that was not on the original menu is the lunch Shredded Tongue Wrap. I’ve gobbled tongue sandwiches at extraordinary Jewish delis and tongue tacos at real Mexican restaurants, but this is the
premier dish of said meat I’ve ever sampled. It’s seasoned with cilantro, parsley, onion, tomato, radish, and pickle. One of Noosh’s many happy clientele, Carole Madan loves how healthy the food is. But the self-described “Momma Nature” also loves the upscale atmosphere, “relaxing, welcoming, and absolutely a must-visit.” Ms. Madan said the only Persian restaurant comparable is the sinceclosed The Cedar Cafe in Alpharetta. This carnivore would agree, The Cedar did all vegetarian dishes as well as anyone, but Noosh is the meat eater’s choice. As much as I find chicken breast to be the most banal of meats, their chicken kabobs are marinated overnight in lemon juice and saffron to make this boneless joojeh as tender and tasty as said bird can be. However, it’s the charbroiled taste that puts it over the top. Newsflash: you neither have to fry white meat yardbird nor bathe it in curry to make it next-level gratifying. After eating said dish for the first time, I forgot it was healthy. Other organic poultry dishes include a Cornish Hen Kabob. At Noosh, the cooking process turbocharges the flavor of so many dishes.
It's tough to think Persian without craving a lamb kabob.
Noosh excels with lamb dishes; perhaps the lamb shank is the best.
Chicken makhsoos is a tasty staple of the Noosh menu.
The lunch menu features sensational wrap options. Try the tongue for a life-changing experience.
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The expanded dining room is upscale, but not overly ostentatious. The combination of tasty (but not overwhelming) spices is crowned by open flame cooking of the Barg (tenderloin tail) Kabob. The versatility of this place is among the many strengths. Salmon, sea bass, shrimp, and plenty of vegetarian is also available in addition to using many parts of lamb, cow, and chicken. Noosh is not only a favorite of Megan Peller for Persian/Middle Eastern food, but justifiably, “one of our absolute favorite restaurants in the area.” A frequent guest, she effuses praise on several menu items, “Their chicken kabobs with saffron rice are so delicious. We also love the feta, pita bread, and herb appetizer (Naan Panir Sabzi); eggplant dips (Kashk-e-Bademjan and Eggplant Delight); and their hearty bean and barley soup (Ash-e-Jo) is my personal favorite,” she reveals. However, she is not the only one in the household with a discriminating palate, elaborating that “other family members love the beef kabobs and lamb dishes.” Sandy Springs staple Rumi’s Kitchen, which opened a second location in nearby Avalon, is the consensus favorite place for such cuisine. The lesser-known, lower-profile Noosh is second to nobody. (Continued on next page)
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y daughter, who will be turning 21 soon, and 19-year-old son remind me how much they love the holidays—the beautiful lights, the smell of a fresh Christmas tree, the joy of being around family and friends, and the special memories we’ve created throughout the years here in Atlanta during this special time of year. Even at their age it’s easy for me to understand their excitement when I’m surrounded by the many reminders of the season. In fact, there are so many events available in our area that it’s difficult to decide which ones to attend. It all depends on your interests, and despite
Christmas at Callanwolde.
Nothing is more magical than Christmas lights. I’m not talking about the ones you see down the street where someone has literally taken a string of white lights and thrown them into a tree that resembles the Christmas tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Then, for some reason, they throw a string of colored lights into the closest bush to their front door. It hurts my eyes. If you appreciate well-placed, thoughtfully choreographed music and lights, take a drive to Callaway Resort & Gardens for Fantasy In Lights. It has been rated by National Geographic as one of the top ten light displays—in the world! The five-mile, eight million holiday lights The light display at Callaway Resort & Gardens is top-rated. spectacular is whimsically and musically themed. You have the option to ride the open-air tram packed your age, there is something for everyone this holiwith riders or drive your own car through the disday season. play. My advice, drive your own vehicle. There’s a Need a little decorating inspiration, or do you appreciate strolling through an impeccably designed lot to be said about being able to turn on the heater, in the comfort of your own car, and avoid the long Christmas mansion, envisioning you’re hosting the perfect party, only to realize you don’t live there and line of tram riders. Just my personal opinion. Be you’ll eventually have to go home to the decorations sure to visit the Christmas Village for hot chocolate and nibble on funnel cakes, Christmas cookies, and you tolerate or just like? Then let your imagination run wild as you visit The Christmas at Callanwolde other carnival-like offerings. Santa will be there to Designer Show House and Holiday Market—a holiday tradition for over 40 years now. It will kick off the holiday season December 1–7, just in time for you to run home and use some of the amazing ideas you’ve seen. Historically the 27,000 squarefoot mansion is decorated by top Atlanta interior designers, which is magnificent. This year they will freshen things up a bit by sharing the designing of the mansion with five top design programs from metro Atlanta schools, competing to win a grand prize of $1,000. It should be refreshing to see what these teams bring to the halls of Callanwolde, callanwolde.org.
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in the snow play area. Let’s not forget the carnival rides—I love carnival rides! However, consider indulging in the hot chocolate and treats after the rides please. You’ll most likely find yourself, and your cohorts in fun, tuckered out from all the activities you’ve participated in. Consider prolonging your visit by staying at one of the many accommodations available on-site. Whether you enjoy a cozy lodge, lakeside villa, camping, or many other options, you have every reason to create holiday memories at Lake Lanier. For more information, visit lanierislands.com. For a botanically blissful stroll a little closer to
Lake Lanier's Magical Nights of Lights. accept Christmas list wishes from good boys and girls. Peruse the holiday gifts and collectibles from vendors, while the children amuse themselves making a variety of arts and crafts. I also suggest trying to visit Fantasy In Lights on a weeknight, at the earliest reservation time possible. It truly is a spectacular event, but once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it. It hasn’t changed in the past 15 years, but why fix something when it’s not broken. Fantasy In Lights runs November 15–January 4 in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Find out more at callawaygardens.com. With over 25 years of growing the holiday spirit, Lake Lanier’s Magical Nights of Lights has exploded with merriment and cheer. This year, enjoy your drive through the magic November 22–January 5. Be sure everyone in your car visits the little boys or little girls room prior to the truly impressive seven-mile display of twinkling and animated lights. There should be no explanation needed. As if the lights aren’t enough to get you into the magical spirit of the season, try losing yourself in the wintery wonderland of License to Chill Snow Island. The fun runs November 22–February 23. Snow tube down the fastest, longest snow tubing hill in Georgia (I would do that again and again), go ice skating, or make snow angels
Snow tube down the fastest, longest snow tubing hill in Georgia!
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
home, plan a visit to Atlanta Botanical Garden for Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, and see Nature’s Wonders in a whole new light. Yes, pun intended. A tornado, snowfall, rainstorm, fire, and outer space are some of the natural phenomena depicted in the high-tech illusion of thousands of lights, synchronized with music and sound effects. Be hypnotized by larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland. For the young at heart, a favorite of mine has always been the model train
Check out the holiday model trains at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
display. When my kids were little, we would stand there forever pointing out to each other the tiny details that made it so lifelike. You just want to shrink yourself, and ride the train. St. Nicholas also visits the garden—dressed in gorgeous green, with the most beautiful outdoor backdrop. I used to have the entire family sit with him for a memory worthy Atlanta Botanical photo. The Garden Lights, Holiday Nights display Garden is a will please everyone in the wonderful place family. It’s also a wonderful for a romantic place for a romantic evening for you and your other half. evening for you Have your picture taken and your under the giant mistletoe or snuggle next to the fire while other half. roasting marshmallows and making smores. The Atlanta skyline is the perfect complement to the romantic setting. Wear walking shoes (I rarely take my own advice on that one), and dress appropriately for those chilly nights. The celebration runs November 16–January 11. Plan accordingly by visiting the garden website atlantabg.org for tickets and parking information. One of our family’s all-time favorite Christmas movies is Elf. We can recite every scene—verbatim. Do you remember the scene in the movie when Jovie takes Buddy’s hand to lead him to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and his face lights up in awe? A similar reaction will occur when you visit the International Winter Wonderland in Centennial
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29 live entertainment and cultural experiences of this 700-year-old tradition November 21–December 24. For more information, visit christkindlmarket. org. While in the vicinity of Centennial Olympic Park, plan on visiting the Georgia Aquarium which will transform into a Winter Waterland from November 23– December 31. Guests can expect to see a spectacular light show, live holiday themed entertainment, tree lighting ceremonies, and visits from Santa and SCUBA Claus—I wonder if his sled will be led by seahorses? Visit georgiaaquarium.org for tickets and details. What’s Christmas without the story of a Airi Igarashi and Sergio Masero Olarte performing in The Nutcracker with the Atlanta Ballet. little girl named Clara Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Roswell December who receives a nutcracker as a 20–22, just to name a few. I do love The Nutcracker, Christmas gift? The beloved The however, I chuckle when I envision a child receiving Nutcracker ballet is a musta nutcracker as a gift in this day and age. Can you see. The Atlanta Ballet will imagine? The magic of this ballet is synonymous be performing The Nutcracker with Christmas, I know. Though, I may have to gift a December 7–24 at the Fabulous few nutcrackers to the younger family members this Fox Theatre. If you wish to see Christmas just to see their reactions. it performed by a local dance Every city has a major list of events this season. studio, you have many options From the lighting of Christmas trees and menorahs, to choose from—Roswell Dance home tours, workshops, parades, shows, concerts— Theatre in Sandy Springs you name it, we’ve got it. Holiday to-do’s to keep you November 29–December busy and entertained, as if you’re not busy enough. 8, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre So, let’s just say, “events to fill your heart with holin Duluth December 6–22, iday joy and keep your mind off of your to-do list.” Atlanta Dance Theatre in I can’t do all of the research for you. You’re not a Roswell December 13–15, and “cotton-headed ninny-muggins.” Just pass “through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through Visit these websites to find the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then…” you’re performances of The sure to find something to fill you with the holiday Nutcracker: spirit.)
Order the hot glühwein from one of the vendors at the Atlanta Christkindl Market. Olympic Park. This year’s Chinese Lantern Festival theme is “Into the Wild,” featuring lanterns handcrafted by Chinese artisans depicting over 25 various animals, including endangered species. The festival will also include live entertainment and interactive activities—such as lanterns that can be viewed up close and touched—(no “ancient Chinese secret, huh?” here), as well as cultural foods. This not to be missed light extravaganza and foreign festival of fun runs November 22–January 5. Visit the Georgia World Congress Center Authority at gwcca. org for details and ticket information. One of Atlanta’s sister cities, Nuremberg, Germany hosts one of the largest and most famous Christkindl Markets in the world. If your travel plans don’t include a visit to Nuremberg in lederhosen this season, look no further than Centennial Olympic Park which will also host the Atlanta Christkindl Market. Enjoy the aroma and tastes of traditional German foods like bratwurst, gingerbread, beer, and hot glühwein (one of my favorites!). Glühwein is mulled wine, traditionally red, mixed with spices, and served hot—to keep you nice and warm from the inside out. While sipping your glühwein, find great holiday gifts from a variety of traditional German, Austrian, and Swiss products and craftsmen. Activities for the kids include cultural workshops, storytelling, and more. Don’t miss the
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The jolly old elf himself makes an early appearance at this festive party, highlighted by the traditional lighting of a giant dreidel and 30-foot Christmas tree. Children can give Santa their holiday wish list and participate in a variety of activities. Hot chocolate, holiday treats, and live music make this a fun-filled family event. Boxes for the Toys for Tots annual toy drive will be on hand to accept new, unwrapped toys or games. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. johnscreekga.gov.
Season of Celebration – December 6
The magic of the season glistens at Downtown Alpharetta’s annual tree lighting event, presented by WellStar. This year two trees will be lit simultaneously at 6:30 p.m. The traditional 55-foot spruce tree in Ole Milton Park (adorned with 40,000 twinkling lights) and a beautiful, new 25-foot tree of lights on the Town Green. The celebration will fill the streets with musical performances, photos with Santa, falling snow, marshmallow roasting. a holiday market, children's crafts, balloon twisting, food trucks, gift wrapping stations, and a Holiday Food Drive benefiting North Fulton Community Charities. Alpharetta’s life-size Nutcracker collection will also be on display for holiday photos and selfies. Town Green, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. alpharetta.ga.us.
Celebration on the Square – December 7
This family event includes carolers from local schools, the lighting of Roswell Town Square, a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by the Mayor, and a special visit from Santa Claus. After the lighting, ride the holiday shuttle bus to Santa's Secret Gift Shop at the Adult Recreation Center. Children will enjoy shopping for relatives, making arts and crafts, and face painting. Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta Street, Roswell. 5:00 p.m. roswellgov.com.
Holiday Lights Celebration – December 8
Don’t miss this magical night where the community gathers to celebrate the lighting of the East Cobb Park tree. Enjoy holiday music from local performers on the park stage, and welcome the arrival of Santa Claus on his light-powered sleigh. Light refreshments available for purchase, with all proceeds to benefit future park improvements. East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. eastcobbpark.org.
Menorah Lighting at Avalon – December 22
Guests are invited to a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate the first night of Chanukah. Enjoy refreshments, music, and entertainment for all ages. In partnership with Chabad North Fulton. Avalon, 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. awesomealpharetta.com.
Celebrate Chanukah in Milton/Crabapple – December 23
Grand menorah lighting, Chanukah snacks, kids entertainment, music, and fun! Brought to you by Chabad of Milton/North Fulton. Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton. 5:00 p.m. jewishmilton.com.
Chanukah at the Heart of Roswell Park – December 26
Grand menorah lighting, a sing-along, holiday treats for kids, and delicious Chanukah latkes. There’ll be music and more, plus free dreidels for all! Presented by Chabad of Roswell/North Fulton. Heart of Roswell Park, 925 Canton Street, Roswell. 5:00 p.m. jewishroswell.com.
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