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“Solos of Spring” Youth Concerto Competition Concert

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March 6

The Alpharetta Youth Symphony Orchestra will join the adult orchestra for this concert event. Each year in November the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra (AlphaSO) hosts their Youth Concerto Competition in which instrumentalists ages 18 and under compete for an opportunity to perform as a soloist with them in their March concert. The four winners—Eugenie Lim, Joshua Sampson, Tobias Liu, and Maximilian Lou—will perform as featured guest soloists. Denmark High School, 645 Mullinax Road, Alpharetta. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. alpharettasymphony.org


March 6

Julie Gribble

A touring artist for over a decade, Julie Gribble is a performer, storyteller, and lyricist. She’s played live on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tyra Banks Show, and numerous locals. Her original music has been featured on tv and films like Quarantine 2: Terminal, The Ringer, Smallville, Zoey 101, and Drake & Josh. $25. Gypsy Rose, 964 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. 7:00 p.m. gypsyrosemusic.com, juliegribble.com PUBLISHER Mark Penstone mark@thecurrenthub.com

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Grammy-nominated composer John Burke and his band will play an intimate concert of popular tunes and clever mashups spanning years and genres. The show is open to the Atlanta community and is for all ages. An exciting evening not to be missed! $20. Temple Kehillat Chaim, 1145 Green Street, Roswell. 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.) johnburkemusic.com


March 8

Carmina Burana

The Johns Creek Chorale presents a spectacular concert—200 singers, 60 instrumentalists, and one big, exciting, unusual, noteworthy choral masterpiece. Performed for and beloved by audiences around the world, this legendary cantata was written using 25 poems selected from medieval manuscripts. Performance partners include the Atlanta Wind Symphony, conducted by David Kehler and the Georgia Tech Choirs. Johns Creek UMC, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. thejohnscreekchorale.com

Roswell Reads presents a writing workshop with Kim Michele Richardson. A bestselling author who lives in Kentucky, she’s an advocate for the prevention of child and domestic abuse and the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable Child, a book critic for the New York Journal of Books, and the founder of Shy Rabbit—a writer’s residency scholarship. Her novels include Liar’s Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field, and The Sisters of Glass Ferry. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Room 220, Roswell. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. forl.net/roswell-reads kimmichelerichardson.com


March 8

Riverside Chamber Players Concert


Roswell's resident chamber ensemble celebrates spring with three touchpoints of the string quartet repertoire—music of Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Webern. Played by four outstanding Atlanta Symphony musicians in an intimate and acoustically generous space, concerts are designed to be educational and interactive, giving the audience a “question-and-answer” session midconcert with the performers. Meet the musicians at the wine and dessert gathering following the program. Tickets: General $20, Seniors 55+ $15, and Students/Teachers Free. UUMAN, 11420 Crabapple Road, Roswell. 3:00 p.m. riversidechamberplayers.org GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tiffany Cox tiffany@thecurrenthub.com

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March 14

St. Patrick’s Day Bash

Sláinte! Join on the green for a great day of live music, Guinness, and celebration. Ticket includes the St. Baldrick's Foundation head shaving event during the St. Paddy’s festivities (2:00 - 5:00 p.m.)—be a hero for kids with cancer. Join and show your support as they raise funds for childhood cancer research, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, you'll be a part of the excitement. $10. Olde Blind Dog, 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. oldeblinddog.com, stbaldricks.org

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Tappin' Out Homelessness

Join The Drake House's Young Professionals Advisory Council at its 2nd Annual Tappin' Out Homelessness event— the largest fundraising event for The Drake House, which provides emergency housing for single homeless women with children in north metro Atlanta. This year's goal is $15,000 and will feature live music from over 10 artists, two food trucks, a wine pull, and a raffle auction. Truck & Tap will donate one dollar for every beer and wine sold throughout the day. Truck & Tap, 30 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. truckandtap.com facebook.com/truckandtapalpharetta

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Gate City St. Patrick’s Day Party

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March 14

Gather up your favorite lads and lasses and celebrate the one day of the year where everyone's Irish. Gate City will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with 18 beers on tap, Irish BBQ food by Carne 250 Food Truck, and live music by Brennan Johnson (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) and Truett Lollis (7:00 – 10:00 p.m.). Proceeds from this event benefit the Children's Development Academy. Gate City Brewing Company, 43 Magnolia Street, Roswell. gatecitybrewingcompany.com thebrennanjohnsonsound.com cdakids.org


March 15

Mellow Market Nights

Eat, shop, and drink the night away under the glow of the moon and a beautiful old oak tree. Featuring local makers showcasing their original arts, handmade crafts, and one-of-a-kind goods with live music, pizza, beer, and extensive wine and cocktail offerings. Mellow Mushroom, 935 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. facebook.com/MellowMushroomRoswell


March 20

Shamrock ‘n’ Roll

Get your green on for a fun-filled evening in support of the Revved Up Kids mission to equip children against predators. Enjoy gourmet food and drinks, music, dancing, and entertainment—including casino-style games, a raffle like no other, and some surprises to keep your Irish eyes smiling! Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek. 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. revvedupkids.org

March 21

Starting and finishing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC), the race is held along a beautiful, flat, and scenic stretch of the Chattahoochee River. The post-race Water Festival will be full of resources, giveaways, activities, and face painting from local water utilities and sponsors— along with free admission to the CNC. Runners will receive a race number with a chip time (AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier) and also free race photos from True Speed Photo. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 8:00 a.m. (Kids’ Fun Run 8:45 a.m.) See page 14 for more details. waterdropdash.com chattnaturecenter.org


March 21

ShamRockin’ for a Cure

Eat, drink, and help support the ShamRockin’ Army in the fight against cystic fibrosis (CF). Year after year, thousands have danced, feasted, and partied in festive green—making it the definitive St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Atlanta area. Fill your belly on dishes from the best menus in town; enjoy beer, wine, and hand-crafted cocktails from your favorite vendors; dance to music that moves and grooves you; and shop for rare and unique items and experiences in the live and silent auctions. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. shamrockinforacure.com facebook.com/breakfastclubchicago

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March 22

St. Paddy O'Pedal Ride to Conquer Childhood Cancer

Ride with the Olde Blind Dog Cycling Club in gorgeous North Fulton and Cherokee counties. Benefitting the Kiersten Dickson Memorial Cancer Research Endowment supporting pediatric cancer research at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The after party—all cyclists return around the same time to enjoy a variety of beer and food provided by From the Earth Brewing Company, as well as Irish dancers and music. Milton City Hall, Community Place, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. facebook.com/stpaddyopedal oldeblinddog.com choa.org


March 22

Friends & Family Spring Concert

Spend an afternoon with the Alpharetta City Band as they perform their spring concert— featuring works by John Williams, Clare Grundman, John Philip Sousa, Brant Karrick, and more. St. David’s Episcopal Church, Jefferd’s Hall, 1015 Old Roswell Road, Roswell. 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. facebook.com/AlpharettaCityBand alpharettacityband.com


March 22

Brews, Boats and Bands For Better Rivers

Celebrate World Water Day with Georgia River Network as they raise their mugs to toast supporters and clean water at Pontoon Brewing. Adult tickets include an entry in the kayak raffle, live music by Rob Jordan and Friends, two brew tickets, your choice of cuisine with beverage from gourmet food trucks, and a silent auction. A family-friendly event—kids and friendly dogs welcome. $30 (Kids $15). Pontoon Brewing, 8601 Dunwoody Place, Building 500, Suite 500, Sandy Springs. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. garivers.org, pontoonbrewing.com


March 28

Easter Egg Dash & Spring Park Party

The city of Johns Creek is egg-cited to host this free event, sponsored by the Recreation and Parks Division. The Easter Egg Dash features 20,000 eggs—filled with goodies and toys—and is structured according to age for youngsters 10 and under. Activities include face painting, a moonwalk, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget your basket and camera! Shakerag Park, 10945 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. johnscreekga.gov


March 28

Roswell Motoring Festival

Don’t miss this inaugural classic car show. There will be over 150 rarely seen motorcars, motorcycles, and more. Also, military color guard, special guest performances, From the Earth Brewing beer garden, local restaurants, and a variety of vendors, both automotive and art. Brought to you by The Atlanta Motoring Festival—dedicated to promoting and preserving the art of the automobile— and benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Online registration is open for car owners and will end Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. Roswell City Hall Complex, 38 Hill Street, Roswell. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. atlmotoringfest.org stjude.org

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March 28

Putt for Preemies

Come play mini golf and help a great cause—assisting the March of Dimes in educating and preventing premature births. Play all day for $15 (includes a Popcorn/Drink Snack Pack with unlimited soda refills and one popcorn refill) with 25% of proceeds donated to March of Dimes or play a regular round with 20% of proceeds donated. Also, check out the Artisans Arts & Crafts Fair (11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) and Mulan Fun Zone (12:00 - 3:00 p.m.) with activities, a raffle, prizes, and balloon artist. Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf, 5100 Commerce Parkway, Roswell. 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. a51fun.com, auroracineplex.com marchofdimes.org


March 28

A Night in Russia

Don’t miss this blockbuster musical tour of Russia—from Bald Mountain to the Great Gate of Kiev—including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. This Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra concert will incorporate Chattahoochee High School’s finest young musicians into the performance. Johns Creek UMC, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. johnscreeksymphony.org

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March 6 – 21 throughout metro Atlanta

Presented by Delta Air Lines, the annual two-week Atlanta Science Festival celebrates local science and technology every March, featuring more than 100 events throughout metro Atlanta and reaching 50,000 children and adults annually. Bringing people together through the wonder of science. Festival events include handson activities, tours, tastings, and performances from more than 100 community partners. The festival concludes March 21 at Piedmont Park with the explosive Exploration Expo— Atlanta’s biggest interactive family science event—with hundreds of hands-on activities in a free carnival of science! TM



One of the more magical times to explore the outdoors is on the night of a full moon. Join REI for a night hike at Stone Mountain, and experience nature in a different perspective—by moonlight! Hike by headlamp over easy-to-moderate terrain to a scenic outdoor spot where you will have the unique experience of watching the sunset while the moon rises above the city lights of Atlanta. There you’ll also enjoy “Full Moon Basecamp” with hot cocoa or another classic trail beverage and some “trail tapas.” All you need is a sense of adventure and your hiking shoes. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Cheers to beers and ten epic years! Recognized as one of the biggest and best craft beer festivals in the Southeast, the awardwinning Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest attracts people from all over the country—decked out in their most outrageous St. Paddy’s gear—to claim their share of unlimited tastings of over 350 craft beers. The event offers live music by Departure (Journey tribute band) and Sucker Punch (90s tribute band), games, local food vendors, and a home brew contest sponsored by Brew Depot. Each year local home brewers submit their beer to be crowned “Best in Show.” A previous winner has even gone on to open his own local brewery! Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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Atlanta loves brunch! And this is a festival to celebrate some of the best restaurants in the brunch game, serving up tastingsize portions of the brunch items they do best. It will also feature the brunch beverages we all love—Bloody Marys, mimosas, brunch punch, beer, and wine. Check out their website for a full list of participating restaurants. There will be live music from Coast Guard and DJ Q-Tip. Brunch samples $3/each (paid directly to each restaurant). Atlantic Station, 241 20th Street NW, Atlanta. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Started by the city’s Hibernian Benevolent Society (a Catholic and Protestant fraternal organization), the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade dates back to 1858— making it one of the country’s oldest. Participation in the parade is not just an “Irish thing.” The parade attracts individuals and groups from around the city and the south including clowns, floats, bands, bagpipe and drum corps, children, dancers, drill teams, and more. Fáilte! All groups are encouraged to participate. The emphasis is on children and families in celebration of all of Atlanta’s diverse backgrounds on a day when “everybody is Irish.” The Parade travels through Midtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street and steps-off at 12:00 p.m.


Join in for the 17th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Festival at Smyrna Market Village, hosted by Atkins Park and Zucca Pizzeria, and party all day Saturday and Sunday the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy a great lineup of live, local music, games, familyfriendly fun, and a whole lot of shenanigans at this party of Irish proportions. Saturday, don’t miss honored guest Mayor Max Bacon’s dyeing of the fountain green at 5:00 p.m. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. One Day: $8 ($12 at gate). Both Days $14 ($20 at gate). Kids under 13 are free. Atkins Park, 2840 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


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INCREEDIBLE EGG DROP March 28 in Cumming

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The Easter Bunny will take to the air and drop 10,000 eggs from a plane. After he lands, he will join in the fun and be available for family photos. The event will feature family games, creative crafts, candy, food trucks, and live music. $25 per person (Children age 2 and under are free). All funds benefit the Creedlove Fund, a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer to provide support to patients undergoing treatment for childhood cancer and their families. The Creedlove Fund is named in honor of Creed Campbell. This event recreates one of the most special days in his life, and is sure to be something you’ll remember for a long time. Greenfield Farm, 2421 Bagley Road, Cumming. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


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Disney’s Mulan

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hat It’s About In 1998, Disney released a moving animated film—Mulan—a retelling of an old Chinese tale from the Han dynasty. In this ancient time, young ladies were taught to be quiet, demure, graceful, and to impress the village matchmaker. To serve the Emperor, a girl’s only duty was to be the perfect bride and wife—to bring honor to her family. A very reluctant and tomboyish Mulan wanted so much more than this. Meanwhile outside her village, the notorious Hun army invaded the lands and threatened to bring down the Emperor and Imperial City. With the Great Wall breached and invasion imminent, one adult male from each family was called upon to join the army in defense. Mulan’s father was injured and too frail to fight. Rather than see him serve and surely perish, Mulan snuck out, grabbed his armor and sword, and masqueraded as a male soldier to take his place with the Imperial Army. We witness her journey from a reluctant cadet to a strong warrior who overcomes all. The Emperor proclaimed, “A single grain of rice may tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” In this tale, they learn it was one woman who brought honor to them all!

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The New Twist Now—22 years later—Disney has taken on an epic, majestic, live-action version of the tale. After some backlash for disrespecting the Chinese culture, they opted not to have a talking Mushu dragon sidekick. To focus more on the serious tone and martial artistry, they decided to do away with the singing and musical numbers. All the actors cast are Chinese, and character names were changed to traditional Chinese names. In this version we get two villains, the Hun military commander (Shan Yu, now renamed Bori Khan) and a new character, a powerful witch (Xian Lang) who brings a mix of martial arts fantasy and supernatural elements to the story. Think more Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets G.I. Jane. There is more emphasis on the pageantry and story of a girl breaking from her traditional role to become a warrior in a man’s army. Mulan takes the “Oath of the Warrior” to be loyal, brave, and true—she finds herself. In the beginning, her motivation to serve was to save her father and avoid a forced marriage. At first, she only wanted to remain undetected and get by, but through continued training, she discovered something inside her. She didn’t train to just fight, she battled because she wanted to win. The witch, learning Mulan


Disney's Mulan (2020). was secretly a girl, taunted that “she would die pretending to be something she was not,” but Mulan vowed, “Yet here I stand, proof there is a place for people like us.” Worth Watching Yes—highly recommend it. With sweeping landscapes, it is a stunning and visual feast. The new fresh actors Liu Yifei (Mulan) and Gong Li (Xian Lang) are the true warriors to watch, alongside veterans Jet Li and Jason Scott Lee. A new Mulan for a new generation. She will bring honor, once again, to us all. Join the Fun Aurora Cineplex is celebrating the opening of the movie with a Mulan Fun Zone—Saturday, March 28 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. There will be face painting, games, activities, and raffle with prizes out front before the movie.l 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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t’s time to start stretching. The Water Drop Dash 5K will be held Saturday, March 21 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in Roswell to celebrate national Fix a Leak Week (March 16-22), which reminds homeowners to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems to save both water and money. The race takes place along a scenic, flat stretch of the Chattahoochee River, starting and finishing at the CNC. The event also features a one-mile Kids Fun Run and a post-race Water Festival, which includes giveaways, games, and face painting—along with free admission to the CNC. Each participant will receive a race number with a chip time that enables them to qualify for the 2021 AJC Peachtree Road Race, as well as free race photos from True Speed Photo. Those not inclined to run can still get a signature t-shirt by signing up as a “Ghost Runner.” You’ll get your shirt in the mail and will have done your part to save water. Register now at waterdropdash.com or in person at local Big Peach Running Co. stores. Registration is $35 in advance or $45 the day of the race. Water Drop Dash 5K is designed to raise awareness about the importance of finding and fixing leaks around the home. Families are invited to come out and participate in the race and/or visit with vendors during the Water Festival to learn more about water conservation. About Fix a Leak Week Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program, the week-long education event encourages residents across the country to do their part to put a stop to the more than one trillion gallons of water lost every year from leaks in the home. During Fix a Leak Week, everyone is encouraged to check for leaks inside your home. Easily fixed leaks commonly result from worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These fixes can save homeowners about ten percent on their water bills. Visit the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week page for more information on checking for leaks in your home—epa.gov/ watersense/fix-leak-week. To help further spread this message, the Metro Water District is showcasing public service announcementstyle videos created by talented high school students across the region expressing the importance of water conservation—at the CNC’s Cowie Weiss Theater during Fix a Leak Week. For more tips on how to conserve water, visit mydropcounts.org.l

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Wellstar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar: March–May 2020 A Message from Jon-Paul Croom, president, Wellstar North Fulton Hospital, senior vice president, Wellstar Health System

Wellstar has a new look, but our focus always has been and continues to be on you. During the past year, we’ve been doing a lot of listening at Wellstar. As a not-for-profit health system whose job it is to care for people each and every day, we did a pulse check – pun intended – on what all of our audiences want, need and expect from us. We talked to our patients, their families, our community partners, our team members – in fact, some of you reading this may have participated. Here’s what we learned: People want a health system that consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy, while fostering strong patient-provider partnerships and individual control over their healthcare journey. Bottom line: You want tailored, quality care that values you as a person. At Wellstar, we’ve always been people taking care of people. And, we’ve always believed healthcare is not a transaction – it’s a partnership and a journey from birth to end of life, across every age and every stage. In other words, it’s about more than healthcare. Your input confirmed our beliefs and made us realize that we need to clearly communicate them. That’s why we updated our look and launched our compelling PeopleCare campaign, which tells the amazing stories of patients and their Wellstar providers. Visit wellstar.org/peoplecare and take a look. You may identify with the experiences of some of the featured patients, and I hope you’ll feel like Brett Faucett, a cardiac patient, who said, “Everyone has a health story that gets written. And there is no other place that I would want my story written than at Wellstar.” I’m proud of Wellstar, and of Wellstar North Fulton Hospital. One of our newest facilities is right here in our community – Wellstar Avalon Health Park in Alpharetta. In an accompanying story, you’ll read about our two newest pediatricians, Dr. Brandi Lewis and Dr. Hebah Pranckun, who are putting the People Care philosophy into practice at Wellstar Avalon Health Park. These skilled physicians at Wellstar’s fifth health park are two of many physicians and staff providing easy access to highquality, personalized healthcare services in one convenient location. Avalon Health Park offers a variety of primary and specialty care services, plus an Urgent Care open seven days a week. By taking the time to actively listen, our knowledge has grown, our collaborations have grown and our capacity as one of the largest health systems in Georgia to provide integrated, quality care where and when patients need it most has grown. We want you to know exactly who we are and what we do – we’re committed to enhancing the health and well-being of every person we serve, every time.l



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 Saturday, 2/8, 3/14, and 4/11, 9 a.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. There is no fee for this class.

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 Thursday, 3/12, 3/26 4/9, 4/30, 5/7 and 5/21 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. Contact 770-956-STAR (7827) for prenatal classes dates, times and prices.

SPECIAL EVENTS Active Adult Health & Wellness Fair Wednesday, 3/25, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Rd. Join us for free health information and screenings. Medication Take Back Day Saturday, 4/25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Roswell Recycling Center Drop off unused medications or sharps for safe disposal. 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.



Pediatric Services Now at Wellstar Avalon Health Park Same-Day Appointments Available

For busy parents juggling everything from diaper changes and toddler tantrums to homework assignments and after-school activities, Wellstar brings balance to ensuring your child’s health. Wellstar’s newest pediatrics office – its first in the North Fulton area – is now open at Wellstar Avalon Health Park. Pediatricians Brandi Lewis, M.D., and Hebah Pranckun, D.O., offer a full range of personalized, close-to-home services for children and young adults, from birth to age 21. Though comprehensive services range from well child and sports physicals to developmental consultations, each physician specializes in areas aimed to help children thrive.

Meals, Medicine & Milestones

Dr. Lewis’s areas of interest include nutrition and culinary medicine, an emerging medical field blending the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine. “I love teaching families how the foods we eat can prevent and even treat diseases,” said Dr. Lewis. “Culinary medicine is now being integrated into medical school curriculums. It’s all about finding the right diet for people’s specific health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure.” Like Dr. Lewis, Dr. Pranckun is interested in nutrition and lifestyle and preventing/treating obesity in children. She is also committed to vaccine education. “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) perfectly explains the importance

of vaccinating: ‘On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially lifethreatening diseases.’”

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Both Alpharetta residents, and both Schedule Camp and mothers of young children, the Sports Physicals physicians are enthusiastic about the convenient, personalized care they are Get Vaccines Up offering the families they serve. to Date “Patients will almost always see the same doctor,” said Dr. Pranckun, “so we establish close relationships with our patients and there’s continuity of care. Dr. Lewis and I share the same values and philosophies about patient care – our practices are intertwined – so in the rare event someone doesn’t see the same physician, they’ll experience our similar styles.” The physicians cite convenience as another major draw for their patients. Imaging and lab services are available at Avalon Health Park, and prescriptions can be filled nearby. “And when children reach age 22, Wellstar Family Medicine is next door,” said Dr. Pranckun. “Avalon Health Park is one convenient stop for the entire family.”l



“I’ve always loved working with children. During college I worked at a children’s hospital and that helped solidify my decision to go into medicine.”

“Pediatrics is my passion because there’s no better way to make a difference in the world than caring for and advocating for the next generation. They are our future!”

Lives in Alpharetta with husband, Michael, daughter, Justice (8); and son, Christian (4)

Lives in Alpharetta with husband, Joel, and daughter, Leena (18 months) Hobbies: Scuba diving, playing/ watching sports

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by Tara Gary


t’s finally here! March, the month of my favorite day of the year—the Roswell Beer Festival—one of Georgia’s leading beer festivals, with over 450 beers to sample and sip until your heart's content. There are many reasons I believe this beer festival stands out as my favorite. One of those being, they categorize the beers by style. Most people know what style of beer they gravitate toward, and if not, this is an easy way to figure it out. I favor porters and stouts. According to the festival map on the website, those will be located near the main entrance, while the ever so popular IPAs (which I also love) fill the right side of the festival. I particularly appreciate that they limit the number of tickets sold, minimizing the wait lines to practically nothing—rare at most beer festivals. This year’s featured breweries are From the Earth Brewing Company, Gate City Brewing Company, Variant Brewing, and Wild Leap Brew Co. All favorites of mine! Tim Stevens, owner of From the Earth Brewing told me, “We are working on a few new additions to our lineup and hope to bring them!” He added, From the Earth will for sure be bringing the Golden Spiral Golden Ale, Porch Song IPA, and Third Eye Belgian Tripel. I have had the pleasure of enjoying all of these, and I am looking forward to seeing what surprises they have in store for the festival. While you’re gleefully gallivanting from tasting tent to tent, you’ll enjoy the feature band Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Atlanta’s Tribute to Elton John, the premier musical tribute band starring singer and performer Steven Dodd. Though I haven’t personally heard the band, I do have complete confidence they will rock the Roswell Square as the musicians from prior Roswell Beer Festivals always have. Most importantly, by attending the Roswell Beer Festival, you will be giving back to your community as 100% of the profits benefit the STAR House Foundation—a non-profit organization which provides after-school tutoring and mentoring for at-risk

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children throughout North Fulton County. They also provide a summer camp as an extension of their after-school program. The Current Hub’s own food critic, Joe Duffy is extremely involved with the STAR House Foundation and speaks very highly of the organization and the tremendous impact it has on our community. We are very fortunate and proud to have this organization in Roswell, and any effort to support it is a great thing. Unfortunately, the ever so popular Roswell Beer Festival is sold out again this year. So why am I teasing you by suggesting you attend an event that is sold out? Well, I’m letting you in on a great opportunity. Volunteers are still needed! Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and support the STAR House Foundation. Each volunteer will receive $30 worth of tokens to apply to food and merchandise available at the festival. Another benefit is meeting the other 349 festival volunteers. I just so happen to know a married couple who met volunteering at the festival over 20 years ago! To sign up, visit roswellbeerfestival.com. My tip to you—follow the Roswell Beer Festival on Facebook so you’ll know when next year’s tickets go on sale, facebook.com/roswellbeerfest. I look forward to seeing you there!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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’m in an exam room at the dermatologist, “dressed” in a flimsy gown the size of a sheet, open down the back, in my altogether. Sitting on a high exam chair, I feel like an impatient kid—dangling my legs, kicking them around, and wondering if I should amuse myself by making finger puppets on the walls. Reading the news reels on my phone will have to suffice. Dang, I need to use the restroom. Time to scamper down the hall, clutching the back side of the voluminous gown, hoping that (A) I don’t accidentally let it drop open back there; and (B) I don’t drop any of the enormous amount of excess fabric in the toilet. My need for dermatology visits are my own dang fault. Can you say sun, sun, sun? “I’m gonna write my column about ‘Who ya callin’ old?’ this month,” I told my husband while we talked in the kitchen. “I’ll start it off with my expertise as a dermatology patient.” We talked about how I had my first skin cancer at 32, and how, that very day, I officially ceased to “do sun.” I also became dedicated to skin cancer checkups—buttcheeks and all. “Let’s see,” I ruminate. “I started doing skin checks twice a year at 40 and now I’m, well... you know, so that means I’ve had… ” “50 skin checks,” he announced matter-of-factly, loading the dishwasher. “50? How can I be old enough for 50 skin cancer checks?”

by Di Chapman Ah, age. It also brings the dreaded brown spots on my hands—the ultimate giveaway of one’s age. Those ugly critters sneak up overnight and scare the daylights out of you. “Those are from maturity,” my dermatologist (who is half my age) says as I point to them. “Maturity.” God bless her. They must be teaching diplomacy in med school now. Those spots scream “OLD,” dang it, and fat chance that’ll ever change. But short of scrubbing my hands raw with a barbeque grill brush, I’m on it. Will I get old? Not on my watch. I consider myself completely “ageless.” Recognizing that “age is a state of mind,” as my sister-in-law (a woman in her early 70s who is a slammin’ specimen of agelessness) tells me. Her mother Frances (an Irish lass of 103) is still a beautiful ageless woman—excellent conversationalist, snappy dresser, and voracious reader. She is interested in everybody and everything. I love Dan Buettner’s work about Blue Zones and first read about them years ago when he was a National Geographic Fellow. Blue Zones are places where people live to be 100+ in good health—fewer than ten of them have been identified on planet Earth. (I guess we won’t know about other planets until we get there.) How do they do it? It’s pretty simple: they do all of the things every day that most Americans don’t do. Period. They walk or ride bicycles every day. They visit family and friends regularly, often daily. They

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want to be useful, and even work well into their 90s and 100s. Dan notes that Okinawa doesn’t even have a word for “retirement.” Their cultures revere aging. Our wisdom is valued. Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore! How do they eat? Well, let’s just say there are no drive-through windows or donut shops. (We’re Americans, dang it! That’s just wrong!) Their diets consist of fresh foods like greens, grains, nuts, and beans. However, the longest living family known on earth has sourdough bread, a glass of wine (Ahhhh, some redemption here!), and a bowl of minestrone soup daily. I see the Blue Zone habits working for Frances. No surprise, she eats very lightly, following basic nutrition. “I don’t need much.” She has a daily relationship with her daughter, and girlfriends come a-calling constantly. She exercised and stayed active through her early 90s. I witnessed men chasing her around grocery stores in her 80s. I figure my sister-in-law will blow past all age records. Now, you ageless party animals and fun lovers of ALL birthday numbers, put on your St. Patrick’s Day faces and get out and rock. Enjoy the green lunacy that brings on the blarney stones, shamrocks, and crazy hats. If the notion of a quick pinch entices you, ditch the green attire. Never know who might be at the party. Agelessness is not just about youth. Heck, what do they know about having fun? Rather, it’s knowing MORE about having fun after a lifetime of experiences—good, bad, or otherwise. We know fun. I recently went out for a girls’ night of dancing to a live band who specializes in oldies of the best kind. You know, playing stuff à la Eagles, Michael Jackson, Heart... that good rock and toe-tappin’ stuff, and some 21st century tunes as well. That’s one thing about we ageless gals, nobody knows how to get down like we do. We ladies strut, jiggle, and gyrate and never stop moving. If we ageless girls go out dancin’ this St. Patrick’s Day, who knows? We might just tease the men. Wearing green? Optional!l

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TOP 10 STEPS BEFORE PLANTING Good soil is the basis of both great plants and a great home landscape.


t’s spring, and March seems to be the month everyone is happy to be outside and re-landscaping their homes. Follow these steps for a nicely made bed before planting: 1 Rake off duff – Typically there is a layer of dried grass,

leaves, and sticks that is best raked off and composted.

2 Take soil samples and get a soil test – Samples are small amounts of soil taken from several locations throughout the area, then mixed together and tested with a kit or at UGA for pH (acidity/alkalinity) and nutrient levels. 3

Dig out dead plants, old roots, weeds, rocks, bricks, sticks, and rubble – These are best removed from the planting bed.

4 Turn the soil over, leaving big chunks at first – Your garden spade should break through compacted soil and turn big clods.

5 Top dress by adding lots of finely ground pine bark, homemade compost, Nature’s Helper, mushroom compost, Mr. Natural, wet peat moss, or gypsum – You can’t go wrong with adding organic matter: our north metro Atlanta clay soils are lightened, with better drainage and an enriched root environment. Add at least 2 or 3 inches on top of the cleaned and turned bed. Other organic possibilities—blood meal, cottonseed meal, dried alfalfa hay, triple superphosphate, symbiotic mycorrhizae, and well-rotted manure or woodchips. At this time you can also add pulverized, dolomitic lime if your soil test feedback and the type of plants you are planting calls for it.

Step 8 – Rake the new bed smooth with a flat landscape rake.

6 Use a flat-tine garden or spading fork to mix organic material and amend-

ments into soil – My spading fork prevents me from lifting too much heavy soil and does a nice job combining clay with organic materials.


Water-in – If you have a few hours, water-in the amendments and let everything settle ahead of planting.


Rake smooth – A steel rake lends a calming influence. The prepared bed should now look just like a chocolate cake. (Resist rolling in it if you can.)

9 Set out plants and evaluate how they look 10 Plant at the same level or a little higher into your prepared bed – Remove

from the nursery pot and spread out the roots of container-grown plants. Plant the top of the root ball level with the top of the soil in the bed or slightly higher, and water-in thoroughly.

Bonus Step: 11 Mulch with organic mulch – I use pine straw or ground pine bark, however, pecan or rice hulls, pine bark nuggets, salt hay, compost, or whatever common mulching materials are available will help protect the new garden bed and insulate the root systems. Never, never, never use ground tires, rubber, or man-made mulch. Check the research from Washington State University at gardening.wsu.edu. The best time to plant shrubs and trees is in October; those planted in March will need to be carefully watered during the summer’s heat and in times of drought. Happy planting!l

Step 9 – Evaluate how plants will look before planting. 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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Mitch’s Meats & Fish…“and More”


f I claimed I was an enthusiast of Mitch’s Meats & Fish since day one, I’d be fibbing. The actuality is, I’ve been an admirer of Mitch Manoloff ’s “butcher shop and more” since before his first client crossed the threshold at his brickand-mortar. Mitch and his original staff member Katie were distributing free samples of sausage at Alive After 5, a month or so before their launch. Both my daughter and I were very impressed by our first bites. Of course, I grabbed his business card, tracked the impending premiere via their Facebook page, and have been a devout client in the three-plus years since. If you follow me on Twitter (@JoeDuffy) or Instagram (@RealJoeDuffy), you are mindful of my reverence for the “and more” part of his enterprise. The quality and quantity of his soups are unequalled (7-8 options daily) and his sandwiches (or Sam-Mitchs) are transcendent in both taste and portion. I’ve dispatched innumerable people to Mitch’s over the years. Inescapably, I get the what to order inquiry. It’s the proverbial pick a favorite kid conundrum. Whichever adaptation of seafood chowder or soup he has that day, perhaps would be my most resounding endorsement, and a (pick your) fish sandwich (scallops my favorite)—if I have to choose just one sandwich and soup. But that’s all about the “and more” part. Mitch is an endangered species—a neighborhood butcher and now fishmonger, sourcing only the best suppliers such as Inland Seafood, Springer Mountain Farms, Buckhead Beef, Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork, Beeler’s, Neuske’s, and more. But how about the

Joe's favorite Sam-Mitch is made with perfectly prepared scallops.

sausage? They’re all made in-house. Even if you procure your meat at a higher-end supermarket, it’s all about a quick turnover at the corporate shops. Get as many customers in and out the door as expeditiously as possible. Conversely, at Mitch’s Meats & Fish, there is no pointing and selecting a piece of meat that may have been sliced days before. Mitch maintains the integrity of the product by cutting everything to-order based on your specifications and needs. If you reveal your endgame, the experienced chef will eagerly apprise you of how the meat or seafood should be cut and prepared. A straightforward instance of a revelation to me is how one can cook steak Pittsburgh rare without a costly commercial oven producing extremely high temperatures. Mitch conveyed to position a cast iron skillet on an outdoor grill, let the intense heat escalate for several minutes, then set my red meat in. It worked. I got a Pittsburgh-rare steak without employing expensive hardware. On many points, Mitch reminds me of local chef Todd Hogan. Both are vintage old-school culinary artists. Though Roswell’s neighborhood butcher isn’t personally an advocate of sous-vide cooking, he is highly qualified in discussing the techniques. I’ve personally witnessed him dispense critical tips on preparing food with the contemporary approach. The highest end meats are accessible at Mitch’s—including A5 Japanese Wagyu ribeye and well-marbled Australian Wagyu ribeye. Nothing departs the market unless Mitch has cut it personally. In fact, everything is spiced by Mitch individually, such as his precooked meats and seafoods. Don’t microwave these flawlessly seasoned and prepared masterpieces. Confer with Mitch first on how to reheat and maximize quality. Are you a skilled home or professional chef who knows what you want and how you are going to prepare it? No problem, order with 24-hours notice (48 in November and December), skip the long lines, and leave with the highestgrade carnivorous supplies. Patrons often marvel why the Springer Mountain Farms chicken is finer at


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mar 26 — will montgomery duo Mitch’s compared to the same product purchased elsewhere. Mitch makes sure all the silver and cartilage are detached. Woody breasts are excluded. Don’t expect that at a big-box store where speed supersedes quality. Mitch’s prestige is on every piece of flesh that departs the store. Mitch insists on the same line—size and body parts when ordering poultry. Likewise, it’s all about superior fish and peak quality. Shop elsewhere for tilapia and catfish. He won’t sell it here. Mitch’s rule is, if he won’t eat it raw, he won’t sell it. As a hard-line food snob, I’d rather eat splendid food with the sinners than mediocrity with the saints. With Mitch, you get the best of both worlds. The quality indisputable, Manoloff is a true mensch. Regular clients will often get a bonus from the case or kitchen. A long-time customer recently moved into assisted living. The benevolent businessman now tells her on Friday visits, just tell us what you want and it’s on the house. Obviously, a woman of exquisite tastes, she wisely exits with an ample stock of soups for the weekend. My wife and son would declare I’m neglectful if I don’t tout Mitch’s homemade Caesar salad dressing. They’ve both consumed said item at countless esteemed restaurants in assorted states. Only the famed Lou Malnati's in Chicago is comparable, we unanimously concur. The unapologetic capitalist clashes with the foodie purist every time I’m informed of a distinguished chef opening up his/her third… or seventh, or tenth restaurant. Failed restaurants at Avalon, The Battery, and elsewhere prove there is a point of diminishing return in quality when this happens. The prestige of the master chef was attained by (continued on page 26)

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is a savory chef, butcher, culinary advisor, businessman, pastry chef, and 26 what her or his acumen directly produced. When a genuinely nice guy. Whichever one fits your needs for that day, you will find it chef is no longer laboring at Mitch’s Meats & Fish. And don’t dare leave without several soups to go. in the kitchen, instead doing whirlwind tours of Sound Bites restaurants three, seven, and eight, the product is Some positives to report about Joe’s Sports Bar & Grill of Johns Creek at the chef ’s in name only. the foodie intersections of Douglas and Jones Bridge. Had to take wifey once Chef Capitalist’s moniker I saw they had fried pickles. Bride is obsessed with ‘em. I won’t overhype is on the product, but the and claim I had anything that’s truly “foodie worthy.” Still, it was better than skill (or lack thereof ) is average bar food. They’ve been around for 2.5 years and super bart Bonnie dependent on another said they do have a late-night crowd, even as a non-smoking place. Plenty cook, probably hired of room outside though, if that’s your thing. Full menu served until 1 AM. by someone other than Hence, I guess it’s my favorite spot for late-night food in Johns Creek… and Capitalist herself. slash Alpharetta and Roswell… That’s not how Mitch Finally made it to Spice of Thai. The Crossings at Roswell has been tough rolls. Knowing he’s not on some solid restaurants, but the Thai newcomer was getting a steady Versatile Mitch has biscuits baked daily. omnipresent (like the stream lunch crowd. Massaman curry combo was good, but liked duck noodle Tooth Fairy), his reputation is not for sale. How impassioned is Mitch about soup and steamed dumplings even more. I fully approve, though for now, quality control? “If I’m not here, the doors don’t open.” Mitch explained how my three favorites for Thai food remain: Nahm, Royal Bistro, and M Thai once for a family emergency and twice because of illness he could not make it Street Food. Spice of Thai is good enough to try again and research if it can to the shop, so the doors remained locked. penetrate my top three. Thai Emerald is also praiseworthy, but haven’t been Not sure about his ability to make candlesticks, but the multi-faceted in years.l guv’nor is not just a butcher, but also a baker. Top-shelf biscuits are baked daily, often sausage gravy is available as an accompaniment, and his When he’s not eating, which is rare, the author is CEO of Sports occasional pies are as tasty as any full-time pastry chef can produce. Handicapping website OffshoreInsiders.com. His bride’s gift site, DuffyGifts. The 80 hours a week (minimum) that Mitch labors produces a diverse com is the place to go for gifts of all occasions from My Thirty One Gifts. selection for the home chef and ready-to-eat-now devourer as well. Mitch T:9.825"


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spend my time relentlessly planning a well-deserved vacation, as I am sure you do as well. Michael had my full attention when he started talking about the Viking Cruises he had been on. I love those commercials of the luxurious Viking ships traveling through the vineyard-covered hills of the Rhine River. When both Mark and I interjected our intentions to one day join Michael on one of those cruises, he responded with a brilliant idea, “Why don’t we start a travel club?” And so formed— The Hub Travel Club.



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