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Come out and join the Roswell Police Department, in partnership with the The newly appointed police chief for the City of National Association Roswell, James W. Conroy. of Town Watch, as they host National Night Out. This annual event is designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with local law enforcement. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and to send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Family-friendly event with a DJ, free food, exciting raffle items, interactive games, bounce houses, Orbitron, and more. Vehicles and equipment from the Roswell Police and Fire Departments, National Park Service, North Fulton SWAT, and other agencies. Police K-9s will also be there to say hi! Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m roswellgov.com. SOUNDS I N NATURE

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Edwin McCain


Edwin McCain recorded two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music (you’ve heard of them – “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More”). He now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band, or his acoustic trio. Performing this month at the Johns Creek Summer Concert Series, this is sure to be a great concert. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.) johnscreekga.gov/recreationandparks/special-events/summer-concerts and edwin.com.


Summer Sounds: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo


Grammy-winning hip hop artist, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo combines the excitement of hip hop with the magical world of childhood. With sophisticated instrumental funk and ALOHA positive, witty wordplay, Skidoo’s unique and Summer may be coming to an end, but there‘s still time for heartwarming music has garnered national one last luau-themed bash at Avalon! Enjoy fun for the recognition and awards. Skidoo’s 2016 whole family all weekend long. Friday, August 9 – Kick off space-themed Infinity Plus One album took the luau weekend with a live band in the plaza from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and home music’s biggest prize at the 59th grab a cocktail from the tiki bar. Saturday, August 10 – It wouldn’t be a luau Grammy Awards for Best Children’s Album. without hula dancers, of course, so join in at 3:40 p.m. as Mahealani’s Positive themes of empowerment, love, Polynesian Entertainment does a special opening performance in the imaginations set loose, hope, ambitions, and plaza and then ventures throughout property. Next dance away the back to dreams infuse his fun-filled performances. school blues with Blanton Reed Band performing live music in the plaza from $10 (Ticket required for ages 2 & up). 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., and enjoy a Hawaiian themed cocktail from one Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest of the outdoor bars. Toasting summer coming to an end! Sunday, August 11 – Enjoy the Wesley Cook Trio from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the St., Roswell. 11:00 a.m. roswellgov.com and search on 23skidoo and plaza. Avalon, 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. experienceavalon.com/events/eventitems/say-goodbye-to-summer. secretagent23skidoo.com.

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B at the Movies is back this month with their movies under the stars. Join them for games, family fun, snacks, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on the giant screen. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. Fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. b985.com/batthemovies/.

The Spaniard, Vito's, Ma's Irish Kitchen, Mavericks Cantina, and a couple dozen other Johns Creek area restaurants will be offering up their best provisions at Taste of Johns Creek. Appease your inner foodie! Sample local restaurants at $1 to $4, on the campus of Chattahoochee High School. There will be an Art Walk with shopping opportunities, live bands playing all evening long, local entertainment featuring Mario Diaz and his talented band, and kids activities too. Chattahoochee High School, 5230 Taylor Road, Johns Creek. 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. tasteofjohnscreek.fun.


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The Atlanta Concert Band returns to the Roswell Cultural Arts Center with a Sunday afternoon full of popular Disney music. Don’t forget your Disney costume (adults too)! Admission is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 4:00 p.m. roswellgov.com and atlantaconcertband.org.

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Spend an evening on Bulloch Hall’s grounds while enjoying martinis, appetizers, live music, and a full moon. Relax and stroll through the garden while enjoying local artists’ works. Then stroll over to Bulloch Hall for a selfguided candlelight tour of the summer exhibit about President Teddy Roosevelt’s trip to Roswell in 1905. In case of rain, the event will take place in Bulloch Hall and the Osage Terrace Room on the grounds. Tickets are $40 and include two drinks. Register online or call 770-992-1731. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 8:00 –10:00 p.m. bullochhall.org.

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Atlanta native, artist, and musician Mike “Swami” Schulman was a radio personality in the early 90s who called himself “Swami Gone Bananas.” Being a fine artist of the 60s style, he was noticed and began working for the Grateful Dead in 1992. Swami was, and still is, a graphic designer for the Dead with over 100 t-shirt and stage pass designs. He always said that the Grateful Dead were the best cover band ever, so when Jerry Garcia died in 1995, Swami put the band Swami Gone Bananas together to cover them. They’ve gone full circle since then, writing their own songs, becoming one of the south’s finest nightclub acts, and playing festivals all over the southeast. Swami’s line-up now might be the best ever—Atlanta legend Tommy Dean on bass/lead vocals, one of the south’s finest keyboardists Mike Ewbank, and drumming sensation J.R. Hawkins round out a stellar group. Jam out with them Labor Day weekend! Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 850 Hickory Flat Road, Milton. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. matildasmusicvenue.com/music facebook.com/swamigonebananas.

ON YOUR MARK Alpharetta’s premier corporate community event attracts thousands of local employees, residents, and runners. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta and the 23rd running of the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge. It’s basically a huge block party – a night of fun, food, music, running, friendly competition, and fundraising. Thanks to our generous corporate sponsors each year, the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge raises over $100,000 which is used to support nonprofit organizations that make a difference in the lives of homeless children, mothers, and families by providing transition housing, life skills training, budgeting, and vocational training. Since 2014, the Mayor’s Challenge has raised cumulatively nearly $500,000 for people in need in our local community and abroad spanning over 100+ charities and causes. Alpharetta City Center, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. Race festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. Kid’s Fun Run at 6:15 p.m. (Pre-registration required). 5K starts at 7:00 p.m. www.mayorschallenge.com and alpharettarotary.org.


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through Sept. 2. A full weekend of end-ofsummer enjoyment can be found in historic Marietta Square. A favorite with locals and visitors alike and celebrating its 33rd year, Art in the Park welcomes more than 175 local and national artists displaying their fine arts and crafts on Labor Day weekend each year. Widely acclaimed as one of the best fine art shows in Atlanta! This outdoor event also has creative fun for the entire family with features like the Children’s Art Alley, Chalk Spot street display, and Food Truck Row—plus unique shops, museums, and historic walking tours. Plan on making a trip! Marietta Square is lovely and quaint, has one of the best pizza shops (shout out to Marietta Pizza Company), and be sure to listen for the trains passing through. Glover Park on the Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. artparkmarietta.com. STROLL THROUGH THE ART

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Creativity hits the park in charming downtown Alpharetta. This outdoor artists market features handcrafted work by local artists who create masterpieces right before your eyes. Come enjoy the pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry creations, handmade children’s clothing, photography, watercolor, oil, soaps and lotions, mosaic art, and much more. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. awesomealpharetta.com/alpharetta-art-park.


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For the 19th year, Decatur will bring the sights, sounds, and smells of classic southern BBQ from metro Atlanta staples along with 7+ hours of original live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local, regional, and national acts. The festival will take place at a new, cooler location this year—the former United Methodist Children’s home, now called Legacy Park. This is a familyfriendly event that is fun for all ages. Don’t miss Atlanta’s “Empress of the Blues,” singer/songwriter Sandra Hall, who will belt out the blues from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Closing out the night is Jesup, Georgia born, multiinstrumentalist, and songwriter Randall Bramblett. This guy has played on stage with rock heroes like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood (16 years), and Widespread Panic. The full musical lineup in online. $15 (Kids 12 & under are free). Proceeds go to the City of Decatur charities. Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur. 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. decaturbbqfestival.com facebook.com/SandraHallBlues randallbramblett.com

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SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL August 24 – 25 at Grant Park

For more than a decade, art and music lovers have flocked to Grant Park (Atlanta’s oldest city park) each August to bid adieu to summer. Two days of outdoor fun planned for all ages—a 5K run for the park, food trucks, craft beer, an entertaining Kids Zone, and a music lineup that just gets better every year. See you in the shade! Grant Park, Atlanta. August 24: 10:00 a.m. –10:00 p.m. August 25: 11:00 a.m. –7:30 p.m. summershadefestival.org.

THE WIZARD OF OZ Aug 25 at The Fox

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz by watching it on the big screen at the Fabulous Fox (which will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary in December). Did you know The Fox also offers movie tours? While on the Fox Theatre Movie Tour, learn about movie palaces and the innovations that Mr. Fox introduced to the movie industry, many of which are still in place today around the world. Visit the projection booth and meet the projectionist, view the screening room (an original movie room), two Star dressing rooms, and the stage before taking your seat for the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Movie tickets $12.50. Tour tickets $25. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. 2:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:00 p.m.) Tours 11:40 a.m. foxtheatre.org

Dreaming of Dragon Con


August 29 - September 2 in Atlanta Atlanta is one of the geekiest cities in America. It’s true, and that’s okay because you know why? For over nearly three decades now, Dragon Con has grown from a little Atlanta convention to one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world. Held on Labor Day weekend each year, there’s much to do and definitely to see all weekend long! The popular parade will be Saturday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. on Peachtree Street downtown, and you never know who you might see (both in the parade or just walking around). Two years ago, a guy walking around after the parade dressed as Maui (from Moana) impressed my two daughters. Downtown Atlanta. dragoncon.org

CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF GAME August 31 at Mercedes Benz Stadium

Are you ready for some football? We live in the football-loving south, of course we are! College football kicks off at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta with Alabama vs. Duke. Roll Tide! I know we live in Georgia, but I’m a Bama girl born and raised. And anyway, it doesn’t matter what team you pull for… it’s the start of college football season! Mercedes Benz Stadium, 1 AMB Drive NW, Atlanta. 3:30 p.m. chick-fil-akickoffgame.com

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Friday AUGUST 16th∑ MicheLle Malone acoustic ; duo Show starts 8 pm ; ∑ Sunday AUGUST 25th Jeff Mosier and Friends starts 5 pm issues and see things in a refreshing new way. You will learn how kitchens and living spaces can become calmer and relaxing through organizational tips and how to keep your bedroom and bathrooms from being overrun by clutter. You can create that relaxing environment you’ve longed for by following Vern’s design principles. I can’t wait to be inspired! This event is a part of A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA (Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta). Tickets may be purchased through the MJCCA Box Office at 678-812-4002 or visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd. Atlanta.  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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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw AT THE MOVIES

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By Britt Argo first meet Luke Hobbs (Dwayne mallets. They must do whatever it takes to save the Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason world. Do they win? No spoilers—you’ll have to see Statham) in Furious 7 (2015). Meeting the movie to find out who prevails. But it’s worth again in The Fate of the Furious (2017), the duo the ride! start off on opposite sides and then begrudgingly Why you will love it — This film is different in are paired together. To say it’s a contentious tone. It still has fast cars and the high-energy relationship would be an understatement. action you love from the series, but unlike serious However, Hobbs and Shaw are forced to rely on Dom (Vin Diesel), these two have more of a cat and each other to fight the baddies. mouse comedic banter. Their pairing is great for What it’s about — In Fast & Furious Presents: this movie. Dwayne Johnson always portrays his Hobbs & Shaw, the duo forms an unlikely alliance characters a little lighter, more fun-spirited, even to battle against a cyber-genetically enhanced in dire “save the world” situations. Even though supervillain, Brixton (Idris Elba). Villain Brixton Jason Statham’s character never smiles and his degets his hands on a bio-threat virus that could wipe livery is always matter-of-fact, there is never out half the world’s population. Rogue MI6 agent anything menacing about him. The two characters, Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) steals the virus to despite their bickering, work well together and prevent him from unleashing it. When the mission have real buddy chemistry. is compromised, the agency reaches out to the two Gotta love the over-the-top action scenes! In the best trackers, her brother Deckard Shaw and Agent streets of downtown London, we get the trio Hobbs, to help her keep the virus safe. When scaling down a high-rise building, eluding a highBrixton discovers they are harboring Hattie, he octane motorcycle, and sliding under the truck bed calls them out on the Jumbotron in Piccadilly with their hot rod. It’s eye candy, pulse-racing Circus (London) and challenges them to a war if action sequences, although totally implausible and they don’t return the virus. outlandish, keep you glued to the screen. Brixton’s Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs. Of course, they resist working together. Shaw motorcycle is enhanced, it can ride without him would prefer to take care of his “family business” and he can pop on and off as he needs. It’s cool to the “fate of the world” it becomes his business. on his own, but Hobbs insists that when it affects Shaw’s delightful mum (Helen Mirren) pleads with see the gadgets and slow-motion flying cars grazing past bullets and avoiding exploding him from prison—he must look after his sister. buildings. And yes, in Samoa, they do chain the Finally, Hattie gets through to them that if the three of them don’t team up, billions of people will truck and cars to a helicopter and fly dangling over a cliff to try and thwart Brixton’s escape. This last die. Hobbs is immediately taken with Hattie, and refers to her as “one of the toughest, baddest, most big, blockbuster car chase is worth seeing the movie. capable women I’ve ever encountered.” Now Do you need to be a fan of The Fast and the teamed up, the trio go through a high-octane Furious to understand this movie? No, but it helps barrage of attacks from the army of mercenaries to re-watch Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious and untouchable, bulletproof to be introduced to the characters in Hobbs & “Superman” villain Brixton. Car and Shaw and to understand just why motorcycle chases in the streets of they hate each other so much. This London, repelling down a skyscraper, AND YES, IN SAMOA, movie does stand alone—gives us a jumping out of airplanes, escaping ex- THEY DO CHAIN THE whole new villain. So if you jump in ploding buildings—it has it all. But, in and only see this one, you’ll still order to fight the ultimate baddie, TRUCK AND CARS TO A enjoy it.  they need the ultimate arsenal of guns HELICOPTER AND FLY and fast cars. Britt Argo, an avid movie fan for 30 Hobbs decides to get “off the grid” DANGLING OVER A CLIFF years, sees an average of 150 movies a and bring the fight to his home turf, year in movie theaters. She is the marluring the baddies to his family home TO TRY AND THWART keting coordinator at Area 51: Aurora in Samoa. They enlist his mom, brothand The Fringe Miniature BRIXTON’S ESCAPE. THIS Cineplex ers, and local friends for, as momma Golf—5100 Commerce Parkway in calls it, a “Samoan ass whooping.” LAST BIG, BLOCKBUSTER Roswell. 770-518-0977. When he finds out momma got rid of auroracineplex.com & a51fun.com. all his guns in the shed, they decide to CAR CHASE IS WORTH Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. fight old school, with the traditional SEEING THE MOVIE. ceremonial Samoan sticks, clubs, and




Helping cats move out of shelters and into forever homes.

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charity-based organization in Roswell that rescues cats and kittens from high-kill local Join All About Cats for an shelters. We provide full vetting and medical insightful afternoon with care for abandoned strays, abused, and Rachel Macy Stafford, New homeless cats. We spay/neuter; and provide York Times vaccinations, microchipping, and rabies Best Selling shots as required by law. Our volunteers Author and work diligently to get our cats ready for creator of their new furrever home.

Only Love Today, Hands Free Mama, and Hands Free Life. Rachel will share an T Monetary donations awareness strategy on keeping yourself from T Fostering drifting from your best life. T Cleaning and socializing our cats inside Learn best practices on how the PetSmart store to tether yourself to real T Assisting with adoptions and special people, real conversations, events real scenery, and furry T Participating in fundraising animals. You don't want to miss Rachel's first live T Cat care items such as food, litter, cat speaking event in Atlanta! toys, towels, and blankets 2:00–5:00 p.m. in Johns We operate solely through your generous Creek, at Mt. Pisgah High contributions that will go directly to the care School. Visit and well-being of our cats. Donations can be allaboutcatsresue.org for made online through the website or in the details, or call 404.401.6793 cat room inside the PetSmart store located If you want to help liven up the soulful eyes of homeless cats and kittens, we need your help with the following:

Michelle Malone Acoustic Duo will perform at 8:00 p.m at From the Earth Brewing Company. She’ll have an acoustic partner on stage with her. Wonder who it will be? August 25 – Rev Jeff Mosier & Friends return to deliver another speMusic is all around us. It speaks to cial experience with Mosier’s superb our soul. We feel it. It makes us vocal mastery and unique banjo pickhappy. This is exactly the reason why ing. Come and be blown away by the we all need to take the time and plan music and special guests that Jeff has on getting out to enjoy some of the in store for this Sunday Funday at amazing, live music our area has to 5:00 p.m. ftebrewing.com, offer. Get out and get down! michellemalone.com, Live music is very important to the revjeffmosier.com, folks at From the Earth Brewing facebook.com/deepbluesunband. Company. Join them every Thursday Alpharetta’s Music at Twilight is this month for some of the best local one of the newest free music events. and regional acts in the country. These intimate performances are Music starts around 7:00 and goes produced by Mary Jane Potter of until 9:30 p.m. (perfect for a school Matilda’s. Two Friday nights this night!). Friday, August 16 – Michelle month you can enjoy live music from Malone Acoustic Duo will perform at 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the corner of 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24 – Deep Milton Avenue & North Main Street. Blue Sun is a ticketed concert that August 9, Swearingen & Kelli, a begins at 10:00 p.m. Then Sunday, continues on page 14 By Brandy Rixey

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Over four decades, the legendary ladies of Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson, sold over 35 million records, garnered four GRAMMY® Award nominations, landed ten Top 10 albums, amd made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.® Catch Heart, August 19, Love Alive Tour, at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Nashville-based duo will perform. Due out September 20, Cold-Hearted Truth, the couple’s third album, bridges the gap between modern-day Americana and the classic sounds of 70s singer/songwriters. August 23, Sylvia Rose Novak will take the stage. Growing up in Opelika, Alabama, she is an extremely talented musician and songwriter. Luckiest Alive, her fourth full-length album, will be released this October, and you can preview the first three singles on her website. swearingenandkelli.com sylviarosenovak.com Ameris Bank Amphitheatre has a little bit of something for everyone this month: August 10, Kidz Bop World Tour, August 11, Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell Tour, August 15, Breaking Benjamin, August 19, Heart: Love Alive Tour, August 21, The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and August 23, Brad Paisley. livenation.com/venues/14312/ameris -bank-amphitheatre Alive in Roswell is Thursday, August 15. This month, start your night off by taking the Roswell Trolley to Historic Town Square where The LooSe ShoEs Band will be

performing at the Roswell Square Gazebo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. After enjoying these guys for a while, catch the trolley to Canton Street where Platinum Band Atlanta will be on stage in the Heart of Roswell Park. If you love to dance, then you’ll definitely enjoy this highenergy, interactive dance band. Also, playing off Canton in the East Alley is James Patrick Morgan, a favorite among the Atlanta music scene, the Georgia native has spent years honing his sound performing covers and originals. Check out both live acts from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. aliveinroswell.com, loose-shoes.com, platinumbandatlanta.com jamespatrickmorgan.com. 


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By Jon-Paul Croom, president, • Challenge your mental alertness WellStar North Fulton Hospital, with puzzles or games. senior vice president, The pain of dementia affects not WellStar Health System only patients, but their families. Unfortunately, social stigma often We all forget. You forpushes the afflicted to the edges of get where you parked our society, regardless of the car or forget your passwords. My socioeconomic class. Many patients son forgets to use soap in the shower. suffer dehumanization, delayed diagI forgot today was the deadline for nosis, strain within their families and this article. But I wish to discuss a far a lack of sufficient care. So, here is more serious type of forgetfulness: my call to action: dementia. • Talk about dementia and Dementia is the progressive Alzheimer’s and help reduce the degenerative brain syndrome that stigma. can affect memory, behavior and how • If you or someone you love experiwe think. The most common form of ences symptoms, discuss options dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, with your physician. which accounts for about 80% of • Help family members with those with this condition. About 50 dementia keep a daily routine, million people worldwide live with which will help reduce confusion. dementia and there are almost 10 • Be reassuring and make the million new cases each year. patient feel safe. Broad symptoms include changes in personality, general health and so- • Remember that the disease is progressive and now is a good time to cial situation. Memory loss, plan for future levels of care. misplacing items, confusion with • Be kind and do not yell or argue time or place, trouble planning, with the patient. losing track of time, getting lost in faDementia and Alzheimer’s disease miliar places and having difficulty are so pervasive, we will all likely be recognizing loved ones are specific touched by them at some point. symptoms. As the disease Please take an opportunity to learn progresses, those with dementia may more and discover how you can help eventually become unaware of their support the search for a cure. I surroundings and may no longer found much of my information for converse with others. Most affected this article at: seniorliving.org, individuals are over 65, but “early alz.org, worldalzmonth.org and onset” Alzheimer’s can affect people who.org.  much younger. The bad news is that not only are the causes of this disease state mostly SPECIAL EVENT/SAVE THE DATE unknown, there is no cure. For now, the best we can do is prescribe SAW for Healthy Aging: I Woke Up Like medications to help slow the progresThis! Weight Management After 50 sion. Although we cannot prevent (Nutrition and Exercise) Tuesday, Oct. 29 the disease, a few strategies can help Do you have scale-a-phobia? If so, you are lower the risk: not alone. According to the National Insti• Engage in regular physical tutes of Health, the average adult gains 30 pounds by age 50. There are many facactivity and exercise. tors that cause weight gain as we age, and • As a senior, commit to regular a vital part of living the good life means becognitive assessments to identify ing happy with your body! SAVE THE any change early. DATE for a presentation that will help you • Maintain a healthy diet. battle the bulge. • Stay socially active.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar AUG through OCT 2019

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.

SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Roswell Room. This group does not meet June through August but will resume in September. 404-630-3293 Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday of each month from 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 – 9:00 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 info 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 resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for info. COMMUNITY EDUCATION Friends and Family CPR* Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 – 12:30 p.m. $25. CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card. Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $60 This course is for the community and will provide a card upon completion. Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 8/10, 9/14 and 10/12, at 9:00 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 information and to register.

Maternity Tours Join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the L&D Suites, Mother/Baby Unit and Neonatal ICU. Water Birth Thursdays 8/8, 8/22, 9/5, 9/26, 10/10 and 10/24, at 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/ couple. SPECIAL EVENTS Free Skin Cancer Screening Thursday, Sept. 12 Appointments begin at 5:30 p.m. Registration required: 770-956-STAR (7827). Do you have a suspicious looking spot? Have it checked by a dermatologist. Wear loose clothing and report to the hospital front desk for directions to screening room. Speaking about Wellness for 2019 Quarterly Seminar Series North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m.; program presentation: 6:30 – 8 p.m. $10 per program SAW for Healthy Aging Use It or Lose It: Maintain your mobility Thursday, Aug. 29 Some of our greatest fears are tied to our loss of independence due to conditions that often accompany aging. Mobility problems can cause depression, anxiety and other issues. Though you can’t stop the aging process, you can definitely take steps to preserve your mobility—at any age. Learn how to increase your balance and flexibility as well as how to decrease your risks for falls. SAW for Women: Cooking to Improve Your Health Tuesday, Sept. 17 Are you looking for ways you and your family can be healthier? One of the best ways is to spend more time in the kitchen. You’ll have complete control over what and how much you eat. Cooking at home also saves you money, calories, sodium, sugar and saturated fat! Join WellStar for an interactive meal prepping presentation and demonstration to learn tips and tricks for preparing meals at home. *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.


Ever walked out of your doctor’s office, and remembered something important you needed to ask? It’s a common problem that’s easily solved: Take time to prepare for your visit. Here are some tips from Stacey O’Brien, M.D., Primary Care Physician (PCP) with WellStar Family Medicine in Woodstock. How should I prepare?

I read something on the internet about my condition—can’t I just use that info instead of discussing with my doctor? The internet has a wealth of information—some that is valid and beneficial and some that can be harmful. I tell my patients to learn as much as they can about their DIAGNOSIS from sites that we discuss as trustworthy but not to research general symptoms. Without a detailed understanding of medicine, looking up symptoms often leads to more questions and concerns.

Come prepared to answer the basic who, what, when, where questions: When did the issue first begin? Can you be specific on where it is located? Have any features of your day-to-day routine changed, such as diet, stress level, exposures, etc.? Are you taking any new supplements?  Have you traveled? If it’s a more generalized illness: Has anyone experienced similar symptoms? If it’s a rash, where did it begin? When appropriate, TAKE A PICTURE! So many times an issue develops on Friday night, then when I see the patient on Tuesday morning the rash or lesion has cleared. A photo is immensely helpful.

How can I tell if my physician is right for me? Personality plays an important role. The best physician is one who listens and has an approach to medicine that fits your personality.

Is it OK to bring someone with me? Of course! One person can be very helpful; bringing in the whole family, however, is generally more of a distraction and is often not advised.

Should I bring my medications? Supplements? Yes, bring everything you’re taking, whether OTC (over the counter) or prescribed. Also bring a list of any new foods you’re eating.

Some information is embarrassing; must I be totally honest about my health habits? For a provider to diagnose and treat you fully and effectively, having ALL the information is best. Often we can identify a personal component without the patient even needing to disclose information, but the more we know, the better we can treat you.

Need a Primary Care Physician (PCP)? These WellStar Medical Group PCPs Are Conveniently Located and Accepting New Patients Fa m i l y a n d I n t e r n a l Medicine

Jane Zhong, M.D. Sowmya Brahmadevi, M.D. 2612 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 100 Alpharetta, GA 30022 770-650-8980 Internal Medicine

Cristina Dasoveanu, M.D. John Aaron, PA 4895 Windward Pkwy., Suite 202 Alpharetta, GA 30004 770-475-0888 Fa m i l y M e d i c i n e

Stacey O’Brien, M.D. Vicky Bryan, NP 14205 Highway 92, Suite 105 Woodstock, GA 30188 678-293-7854 Fa m i l y M e d i c i n e

What procedures can be performed in the office? Why is this an advantage for me? Stacey O’Brien, M.D., Primary Care Physician (PCP) with WellStar Family Medicine in Woodstock.

What if I have trouble understanding what my doctor tells me? Please ask for clarification! We can become caught up in the moment and when we see the patient nodding during our explanations, we assume everything is understood. We are here to help and serve our patients. Ensuring you understand anything discussed is vital—be it medications, test results or a diagnosis.

Your physician and front office staff will be able to tell you what can be performed in the office. When your PCP is able to perform some of the basic non-invasive procedures in the office, it often saves time and money.

What are your top tips for positively impacting my health? Eat a healthy, balanced diet, stay hydrated, exercise, and have a positive outlook (stress reduction is key). These are the cornerstones of good health. 

What if I have questions after I leave? Call the office. If you’re a WellStar patient, use the patient portal to send messages directly to the staff and provider.

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Amy Barfield, M.D. Nandini Sunkireddy, M.D. Terra Bowers, PA 2500 Hospital Blvd., Suite 130 Roswell, GA 30076 770-740-1753 Fa m i l y M e d i c i n e

Jeremy Boyd, M.D. Jessica Dunwiddie, NP 9420 Willeo Rd., Suite 206 Roswell, GA 30075 404-439-9851 Fa m i l y M e d i c i n e

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Creating community between wildlife and people

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All too often we hear about another species that is facing habitat loss and heading for trouble. News reels and online articles bombard us with image after image of downed forests and desolate construction sites. For so many of us, learning and interfacing with animals makes us feel closer to nature, and seeing their homes destroyed can provoke an intensely emotional response. We see those photos and think to ourselves: how awful, poor animals, and what a shame. But what happens when those animals become “too successful” at adapting to the cities that replace their natural habitat? For some animals, while before they had to roam tirelessly to satisfy their basic needs, in a city they can find food, water, and shelter all in one convenient place—it just might happen to be your backyard. Are we willing to share our space? We are delighted to see does with their fawns… until they start snacking on our vegetable gardens. What do you do when you have a neighbor that you can’t seem to get along with? A basic piece of advice is to “treat the problem, not the symptom.” The critter is around because something in the area is meeting its basic needs. Take away or block off the food, water, or shelter they’re after, and chances are they’ll move on to greener pastures. It might sound too good to be true, but sometimes bringing in the cat food at night or putting an exclusion fence around the garden is all it takes. Another approach is to start with a shift in mindset. Humans generally consider our society and the natural world as two separate communities. Now more than ever as urbanization continues to spread “humans must view cities as part of—not separate

The Eastern King Snake has shown itself to be resilient in urban environments. Chattahoochee Nature Center is working to learn how. from—nature,” states Suzanne MacDonald, psychologist and biologist at York University in Toronto. We will have to do some adapting of our own and challenge ourselves to learn to embrace our non-human neighbors. If you find you’re in need of more information, look for the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s “Living With Wildlife” page at georgiawildlife.com/nuisancewildlife and UGA Extension’s “Resolving Human-Nuisance Wildlife Conflicts” at extension.uga.edu/publications for facts, advice, and more.  Jana Pearce is the Visitor Experience Manager at Chattahoochee Nature Center.

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HEART of Advanced Cardiac Care

Prepared to Treat You Close to Home! WellStar North Fulton Hospital Cardiovascular Medicine offers the most advanced cardiac care in the area. Our cardiologists utilize the latest treatments with cutting-edge technology in our brand new Cardiac Catheterization Lab — to keep the hearts of families in North Fulton beating strong. If you have a history of heart disease or heart attacks in your family, please take a moment to visit us online and take a risk assessment or schedule a heart screening.

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Good Mews is Good News!

most of you will acknowledge that I’m preaching to the “love me, love my pets” choir. The devoted pet lovers whom I know are kindred spirits. We know our kitties have different facial expressions (sometimes men argue that only women can see them) and ears that revolve backwards when they pretend they’re ignoring us but are nosey and don’t want to miss a word we’re saying. There’s even an appropriate expression for this behavior that every cat lover knows: “You’re nobody until you’ve been ignored by a cat.” They express a wide vocal range of purrs, meows of many different tunes, and chirps. My husband and I have named a particularly amusing vocal expression the “yawn meow.” Yes, our cat yawns and meows at the same time. And you know what else? Cats are as loyal and affectionate as dogs and as By Di Chapman quirky and individual as people. Some are adept socializers. Take our neighbor’s cat, Felix. Felix is a social bee. He visits us and the neighbors daily, Don’t laugh, but I’m a dyed-in-the-wool furry crithanging out on top of covered barbeques, lounging ter lover. So, when I say I love four-legged critters on verandas, and making the rounds to rub and and am a pushover pet parent, I’m tummy-rubbing curl his tail up against our legs and accept petting. serious. I’m crazy about both cats and dogs. I have I asked my husband one afternoon if I could bring no human children, but I’ve had plenty of “kids,” Felix inside. “No, Sweetie,” he answered. “That’s taking care of them from babyhood to end of life. I what his parents are for.” fall in love again and again with kitties and Oh, and lest I forget, cats definitely read minds. doggies. I know some of you will shake your heads, Ask any cat lover. so go ahead and talk about how nuts I am, but


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Di visits her feline friends at Good Mews. It’s a cage-free, no-kill beautifully bright cat adoption shelter that has placed over 9,000 kitties. The windows are floor-to-ceiling, and cats can birdie-watch overlooking their own private yard and little bird sanctuary.

overflowing with toys, treats, and mastodon dog bones. “I have four dogs and don’t want anyone to feel left out on Christmas day,” one told me. In my family, gifts for pets are always under the tree. Dear heavens—we’ve lost our minds. This brings me to a place I’ve found in Marietta that makes my heart sing: Good Mews. It’s a cage-free, no-kill beautifully bright cat adoption shelter that has placed over 9,000 kitties. At any given time, up to 100 “residents” call it home and each is given a name. These little residents were taken in as homeless, abused, and/or abandoned kitties, or from sad separations. They’re given freedom to roam in large, bright rooms with ample comfort for frequent napping, sunbathing, and being naturally nosey. Humans grant their every wish. Good Mews is like being in a candy store, only instead of merchandise, there’s sweet, sashaying, curious, and personality-plus felines everywhere. The windows are floor-to-ceiling, and they can birdie-watch overlooking their own private yard and little bird sanctuary. There are toys and cat trees; plenty of self-grooming going on, and kitties lounging all around. There’s mischief and cuteness everywhere. The kitties are happy to see humans in their home for adoption events— “Reading to Cats” for kids, “Yoga with Cats” which has been a media sensation, “Sound Journey” for those who want to share an evening of vibrational bliss and relaxation with the cats, and more attractions to come, like programs for senior days. The “Kitten Shower” is happening now. Resistance is killing me, but my own little senior fur baby, Miss Kitty, needs my constant affection and attention. This place has my number, y’all. It’s truly a cat-lover’s “must-have” experience. Go! My father’s sister once said to me, “Sometimes I think I like animals better than people.” Call me a crazy critter lady, but amen. 


I’m nuts about dogs too, and although I could hold the title of “Cat Lady,” I’d be thrilled with a menagerie of happy, smiling canines. Don’t you love a dog’s smile? They rival those of humans, perhaps even more engaging. When you take a holiday family photo with Fido or Fifi, who steals the show? Their tails can wag so fast they’re a blur and can take their whole darn hindquarters for the ride. If you’re not an animal lover by now, folks, you’re in the minority in this country, and in my travels throughout the western world, you’d be in the minority there, too. There are 85 million pets in 68% of U.S. households, and I’ve certainly contributed to that statistic all of my life. In fact, at least 80% of the households I knew had pets when I was a kid. We knew them by name, and they wandered in and out of our open doors. (Remember the days of open doors?) My dad was so in love with animals he would bring home cat and dog strays, patch them up if necessary, and adopt them. As a traveling salesman, he would regularly visit the pounds (Remember them?) in his territory. He was a dedicated rescuer, and we loved it. I swear, if our pets had opposable thumbs and could talk, they would have joined us at the dinner table. “Sacré bleu!” you say. Heck, George Washington had a bunch of dogs wandering throughout his home. They gave Martha surprises like snatching roasted turkeys from her kitchen counters at state dinners, which at the time were held there. Thomas Jefferson constantly brought dogs home on ships from Europe, often surprised by litters born en voyage. Mark Twain adored kitties. He had eleven. Ernest Hemingway had 30. (!!!) To each his own, folks. I love pet stores overflowing with seasonal pet attire and treats that look like human desserts and snacks. Those look pretty darn tasty. In 2018, we critter lovers spent $72.56 BILLION on these guys. I’ve had holiday conversations with shoppers whose carts were

Good Mews is like being in a candy store, only instead of merchandise, there’s sweet, sashaying, curious, and personality-plus felines everywhere.

Di Chapman is an inspirational author and speaker, and a branding consultant. Di’s latest book is Rekindle Your Purpose: Break through your disappointments, discouragements, and detours to resurrect your purpose and live it!



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Figs do well in metro-Atlanta landscapes and don’t need pollinating wasps like California figs do. UGA suggests the following varieties: Alma, Brown Turkey, Celeste, Green Ischia, Hunt Dull, Kadota, LSU Purple, Magnolia Bronze, and Hardy Chicago. In a perfect world, you could sample these before buying a couple to plant. To hedge my bets I planted the hardiest (Hardy Chicago) and the most southerly (LSU Purple), although in the past I have grown Brown Turkey and Celeste. When choosing a location, choose a place in full sun that is free of rootknot nematodes in the soil (microscopic worms that invade the roots). Practically, this means don’t plant figs after tomatoes or other solanaceous plants in the nightshade family. The other consideration when siting figs is to be sure to allow enough room because planting a largegrowing shrub in a small landscape space, requiring heavy yearly pruning, will result in poor fruiting. I allowed a fair amount of room when I planted mine two years ago, but I also have been channeling my next-door neighbor’s Greek Grandmother’s technique of pruning back all her figs to about four feet during the summer as well as in early winter to keep them at a manageable height for picking. When

A fig leaf is useful apparel for Adam. Photo: Geri Laufer pruning, cut off the leaders of each branch and encourage horizontal shoots because they bear most of the fruits.

Care and Maintenance Figs respond to regular applications of fertilizer lightly spread under the canopy in March, May, and June (too late for August, but put on the calendar for next spring). It’s good practice to keep your figs well-watered while the fruit is swelling, just like keeping blueberries watered when the berries are ripening.


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Grilled Balsamic Figs with Goat Cheese An easy recipe for an abundance of ripe figs: Split a dozen fresh figs lengthwise and set cut side down on a slow grill. Remove and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with goat cheese. Devour!

Digging Deeper

Ripening figs grow on lateral branches, so cut back leaders to keep fruit low enough to pick easily. Photo: Geri Laufer

You may want to investigate the UGA publication site for further reading: Search on “Home Garden Figs” at extension.uga.edu/publications.  Have you harvested figs from your home landscape? Email me at geri@gardengeri.com. Or post on facebook.com/Currentplus. Geri lives in Atlanta, where she and graphic designer husband David are working on a never finished landscape.

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By Joe Duffy

So much to partake at Savory Gourmet It’s habitual that I will zealously anticipate a restaurant opening. In some instances, it is because the cuisine fills a void, other times being the ownership has a notable resume, and often a combination of both. Commonly, I will steadily monitor the debut date of awaited openings. Such was the circumstance when The Savory Gourmet Market thumped my radar. Located in the Teasley Place building on the western edge (for now) of bustling and ever-broadening downtown Alpharetta, my interest was piqued (not to mention peaked) when chef/owner Adam Hyzdu promised to import top-shelf ingredients from Italy and New York via Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Hyzdu is also the chef/owner of popular Mari’s Cucina and Social House in Johns Creek. The Brooklyn native comes from a lineage of restaurateurs as his uncle owns five of them in New York stoked by the proverbial

“grandmother’s recipes.” As the name implies, the eatery is as much a market as a restaurant, though there is some seating for in-house consumption. Suppliers include Georgia’s own Patak’s for bacon, Citterio, Di Lusso, Mastro (among many others) for the Italian sandwich meats… and sit down for this one. Are you ready? Katz’s Delicatessen for corned beef and pastrami. Didn’t someone recently write about the 0-to-60 speed that the area has enjoyed on said items? The rye bread is also from Katz’s. Yes, I have engorged at THE Katz Delicatessen and certainly had a Sally


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Albright type reaction when devouring both the corned beef and especially the pastrami. The Katz-in-Alpharetta manifestation confirms their Gotham City supplier can mass-produce the magic, and it travels well. You must go now. Do you want the pastrami or corned beef on rye? I’ll help you—order at least one of each. Then again, there is also the corned beef Reuben sandwich. If your appetite will only permit one (until your next visit), I generally prefer corned beef—but Katz’s is an exception. It is the pastrami that most detonates the “I’ll have what she’s having” titillation. Three-plus decades a southern boy, this God-made-me-born-a-Yankee (h/t, Emily Saliers) has lamented the lack of a great Italian hoagie. My fellow

AlphaRozwellians, our long regional nightmare is over. Under “cold sandwiches” is the Italian combo option with soppressata, prosciutto, capicola, genoa salami, and provolone, topped with sweet vinegar peppers. The Alon’s Bakery baguette is the no-brainer bread option for that sandwich, effectively making it a hoagie. Call it a sub if you want. Or grinder. Or just a cold lunch. I will call it must-get countless times in my near-future. This creation is South Philly/Manhattan quality flawlessness. My missus dotes on chicken parmesan as much as any human adores any feedstuff. The Savory Gourmet’s chicken parm sandwich, also on Alon’s baguette, is her all-time favorite. The “small tastes” opportunities include mouth-watering, baked meatballs. Made with Braveheart Beef, these are as tender as any all-beef,


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There is a good chance this will be the best chicken parmesan sandwich you will ever have. ground meat rolls I’ve ever gobbled. I’ve swallowed an elite few veal polpette as soft and delicious, as well as some multiple meat mixtures, but as all-beef goes, these balls are exceptional in both taste and texture. Chef ’s personable wife Carrie told me all the years she’s been married to Adam she had no inclination he could render potato salad as impressive as what is served here. We are all indebted that this supplemental dish has emerged from the shadows and is no longer clandestine. Oh dear, there is so much more to partake of here. As mentioned, it’s a “market” that includes grab-and-go family meals. Chef tells me the early runaway favorite is a short-rib

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Soppressata Hot/Arthur Ave/Bronx/$16.95/lb. manicotti. “I can’t keep it in stock,” he elaborates. There is a protein optional salad bar, homemade sauces to go, desserts flown in from New York (including Carnegie Deli cheesecake), cheeses, olives, and more. The peppers stuffed with prosciutto and provolone is a bargain at $12.95 a pound. These are first-visit must-haves. Alternately, try them stuffed with breadcrumbs and EVOO at the same price. The enviable “problem” we have is that the Alpharetta area has a wealth of terrific pizza vendors. But at some point, of course, I have to gauge how The Savory Gourmet stacks up. Of the unique creations, shrimp scampi with roasted garlic may be the first one I order. My city slicker food snob confederate and New York apologist “Moonie” has preposterous expectations that Atlanta (population 498K) is supposed to match New York (population 8.6 million) tit for tat when it comes to restaurant options. “Why can’t Atlanta (insert a foodie rant) be like New York...?” Newsflash intown boy, the suburbs are holding their own. Alpharetta truly has a genuine taste of Manhattan to call its own. Throw in free and ample parking, inject genteel, southern charm in place of the Big Apple attytood, and

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Sound Bites: Alpharetta/Roswell is the undoubted ground zero of uOTPian dining. Mystifying is why support for breakthrough restaurants is limited to west of GA 400. Neighbors Foundation Social Eatery and Circle Noodle, lead a short-list of first-class restaurants on the east side but are also the two most under-supported restaurants within miles. Use them or lose them, East Roswell. I fear the latter. The carbonara at Circle Noodle is a must for any true fan of elite cuisine… “Sound Bites” is concise this month because I was away for two weeks eating Cuban food in Miami, Sunday gravy in Philly, cheesesteaks in South Jersey, and scallops at the Jersey Shore. During my sabbatical, the family loved Elsie’s sandwich shop in Haddon Township, New Jersey. If you are on social media, you may have seen them go viral in the last few months. Featured on The Today Show, Delish.com, and

elsewhere, they use pickles instead of bread for their sandwiches. It went over quite well with three generations of Duffys. I’m just dropping subtle hints for local restaurateurs looking for a lead-pipe cinch concept. Rightfully so, Elsie’s was a revolving door of patrons when we paid a call.  When he’s not eating, which is rare, the author is CEO of Sports Handicapping website OffshoreInsiders.com. His bride’s gift site, DuffyGifts.com is the place to go for gifts for all occasions from My Thirty One Gifts. 

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We get questioned a lot about the names of the beers we serve at Tap & Six! There are thousands of craft breweries and tens of thousands of individual craft beers. Most breweries rotate the beers they are producing and often brew more than 100 different ones in a year. Most brewers think of every beer as a work of art, and they aren’t going to settle for just any name. It takes thought and creativity to come up with some of the crazy names that come through our doors. Some breweries follow a theme when they name their beer. Our friend Tim Stevens at From the Earth Brewing names every beer after a song, Panhead Brewing follows a hot-rod motif, and Bach Brewing is all about the beach. After thinking about all of the work that goes into naming a beer, I’d like to share a few of my favorites: 668 The Neighbor of the Beast from New England Brewing. This is my favorite. Get it? The devil lives at 666… Geriatric Hipster Club from The Bruery is as much a cocktail as it is a beer. The Bruery says, “Whether you are a mustachioed hipster, a WWII veteran or just a person who enjoys a well-made drink, this beer is for you.” Rasberry Tarty McFly, a raspberry sour from Gate City Brewing. Back to the Future, anyone? Cashmere – So Soft and So Smooth, a New England-style IPA from Variant Brewing. The name is just begging you to try it on.

Don’t Call it Hotlanta, a quadruple hopped IPA from Monday Night Brewing. What’s the fastest way to make an Atlanta native cringe? Say “Hotlanta.” A Boysen Named Sue, a fruited sour from Schoolhouse Brewing in Marietta. This one is for all of the Johnny Cash lovers. And by the way, Schoolhouse is new to the craft beer scene, and I’d highly recommend you check them out! Ryan and the Gosling, an American Brett style pale ale from Evil Twin Brewing in New York. It’s only 4% ABV! Prize Inside, a cracker jack stout from Wild Leap Brew Co. It tastes of caramel, peanuts and baseball. Root Beer from Red Hare Brewing. Okay, the name isn’t very creative, but it’s the best tasting root beer I’ve ever had. Wheat Will Rock You, an American wheat ale from Reformation Brewery. Reformation collaborated with 97.1 The River on this one for a little summertime fun. Second Chances, a dry hopped IPA collaboration between From the Earth and Tap & Six. I mean, how could I leave this one off? A portion of the proceeds benefit the Atlanta Humane Society to help give their furry friends second chances. Cheers everyone!  Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer market and bar in Historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street. tapandsix.com.

Yacht Rock Revue & Summit Rocks Fundraiser

Peace, love, and harmony, y’all BY TARA GARY

Photo courtesy Mark Weaver Photo/AllAccess Tampa

I should apologize. When the idea for covering and reporting on the upcoming October 12th fundraiser Summit Rocks came up I was delighted. However, I wasn’t familiar with the band headlining the event, Yacht Rock Revue. Apparently, I am the only individual in the Atlanta area not familiar with this band. With a cult-like following, Yacht Rock Revue entertains its fans and newcomers in an unconventional way. The band plays tribute to the light, catchy top hits from the 70s and 80s that are referred to as “yacht rock” aka guilty pleasure songs. Not only do they nail every song, note and


lyric, they dress the part. Bell-bottom jeans, white belts, overstated angular collared shirts, aviator sunglasses worn day or night, and coiffed hair perfect the persona of a band referred to as “The Greatest Show on Surf.” The band consists of seven of the most talented, original, and comedic individuals I have had the pleasure to observe. I was invited to Venkman’s, owned by Peter Olson and Nicholas Niespodziani, masterminds and members of the Yacht Rock Revue, to see the band perform and speak with Nicholas AKA Nick. When I first arrived at the venue, I couldn’t help but notice the individual exiting the car in front of me. It was Nick! How ironic we should arrive simultaneously, and within seconds after stepping onto the sidewalk, Nick was approached by an enthusiastic fan and her husband who were hoping for the chance of a photo op. I had to take my own photo of this moment, while also introducing myself to Nick. As we made our way towards the entrance, I apologized as I admitted I was unfamiliar with his existence prior to my research of the band earlier that week. Once we had a moment to collect ourselves, Nick, Shawn and Cathy Murphy from Summit Counseling, and I sat down for a quick and lively interview and exchange. I was curious to know what inspired and influenced Nick as a musician and found out that he has an affection for The Beatles. I also asked him if he had the opportunity to perform with anyone, dead or alive, who would it

Bryon and Thui, a couple who jumped from their car when they saw Nick on the sidewalk outside Venkman’s. Nick obliged them with a group pose.

Cathy and Shawn Murphy of The Summit Counseling Center and I interviewed Nick Niespodziani.

be. He paused for a moment, and then it was as if he couldn’t contain himself, “Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder would be on the top of my list.” He also mentioned the late Prince. “I also like this band Tame Impala,” he added. They are a modern band that he referred to as a mix of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. “If I had a gig besides this one, I think I’d really like to be the bass player in that band.” Nick was

in a band prior to Yacht Rock Revue, the Indianapolis Joneses with a buddy of his, Tim, who he has been collaborating and writing songs with for a new Yacht Rock record they have just recently finished. By the time Summit Rocks approaches, a song from the album (projected to come out early next year) should be released. Once Shawn heard that, he eagerly interjected and asked if they would play

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knows someone, is related to someone, or is personally experiencing a situation where a professional therapist may not only be helpful but necessary. There comes a time when your friends and neighbors, or even your faith, need the assistance of a professional. The 35 therapists at Summit Counseling will provide over 20,000 clinical hours to over 4,100 individuals this year alone. They do everything from ADHD testing to couples’ therapy, grief support, and interventions. 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental disorder. Locally the #1 and #2 epidemics are suicide and opioid overdose. In 2018, according to a poll of nine North Fulton schools: 3,000+ high school students did not have a trusted adult, 1,000 considered suicide, and 500+ attempted suicide. This is a serious problem both nationally and right here in our local area. Thankfully Summit Counseling is within reach for these at-risk students through Summit OnSite which is a school-based therapy program offered in partnership with Fulton County Schools. It includes individual (confidential) counseling, group counseling for children and teens, workshops for parents and teachers, and awareness through resources and events. The therapists are all licensed and experienced to provide social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health

Yacht Rock Revue concerts allow you to ‘escape’ essentially back to that time, that song, that moment, and let yourself go amongst other individuals like yourself who won’t judge you for knowing every lyric of Robbie Dupree’s ‘Steal Away.’


Nick Niespodziani and Tara Gary at Venkman’s.

29 support. For more information call (678) 893-5300 or visit SummitCounseling.org. Emory Johns Creek Hospital is the presenting sponsor for Summit Rocks once again this year, being held at the Newtown Park Amphitheater in Johns Creek Saturday, October 12. General admission begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at SummitRocks.Tix.com, and there are a variety of sponsorships available as well. Not only will you be contributing to a super great program by attending the concert, you’ll also have one heck of a yachting good time. See what I did there? Anyways, I love it when I am encouraged to dance and party by participating for the greater good of my community. Yacht Rock Revue concerts allow you to “escape” essentially back to that time, that song, that moment, and let yourself go amongst other individuals like yourself who won’t judge you for knowing every lyric of Robbie Dupree’s “Steal Away.” I say that because I know every lyric and love it! Back to my interview with Nick… he mentioned he had been on a sports radio channel interview earlier that day and they were discussing “Escape” (you know, The Piña Colada Song by Rupert Holmes) and the two hosts were bantering with one another about the lyrics and meaning of the song. Well, this is a magazine for all ages so I won’t say how Nick really feels about that song, but I may have heard a duck hating it somewhere in there. He did on a positive note however say, “Escape, ’cause that’s what really, like, what all of this is about, right? You come to our shows and you don’t think about trouble with your kids, or politics, or whatever it is. You just escape for a while, and that’s kinda the theme.” I absolutely agreed with him. We all did. I not only enjoyed the music that night, but I truly AUGUST 2019 THECURRENTHUB.COM

Summit Rocks is a rocking charity concert that benefits Summit Counseling by providing Client Assistance Funds (CAF) to help North Fulton kids and families who could not otherwise afford professional counseling resources. Tickets are available online at SummitRocks.Tix.com, while they last. For more information about how to partner with, support, or sponsor a Summit Counseling event, contact Shawn Murphy, Director of Development at smurphy@summitcounseling.org.

it for us at Summit Rocks and Nick reacted positively, “I think we will, yeah.” Shawn, from Summit Counseling, gratifyingly explained to me when he and wife Cathy were visiting their 2-month-old grandson Magnus several years ago, his parents told them the only music that soothed baby Magnus was yacht rock music. Unfamiliar and intrigued, Shawn looked it up and realized yacht rock was, “The guilty pleasure music I’ve loved all my life. I just didn’t have a name for it.” I chimed in, “Yes, yes, that’s right.” At that life-changing moment, several years prior, Shawn realized he had to find a yacht rock band. That was the magical moment Summit Rocks and the YRR formed the perfect alliance. The Summit Counseling Center has four annual fundraising events, one of those being Summit Rocks. Summit Counseling is a trusted 501(c)(3) nonprofit community counseling organization that has helped nearly twenty thousand kids and families since 1990. They are the leading nonprofit counseling organization north of the Atlanta Perimeter area serving individuals at every age and stage of life at 35 locations in elementary, middle, and high schools. Their main location is in Johns Creek, with four (soon to be five) satellite offices. Let’s be real here, everyone



Lisa says she had the anchor tattoo prior to seeing YRR, but that the anchor led her to the band.

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I caught you glancing my way…


enjoyed watching the people around me interact with the music and each other. It seriously was an escape from whatever had happened that week to let me just lose myself in the belting of lyrics and snappy swaying to many favorite songs of yesteryear. Lisa, a woman I met lingering at the bar waiting for her date to arrive, had an anchor tattooed on her arm. I inquired about its origin assuming it might be attributed to her affection for the band, but I was wrong. Lisa explained she had the anchor tattoo prior to having ever seen Yacht Rock Revue, however… “I feel like it led me to them.” She also said she had been following the band since they played at the 10 High Club at Underground. “They’ve gotten bigger and bigger. They are amazing!” she exclaimed. Her enthusiasm was infectious and seemed to be shared by everyone who entered the venue. This was the second night in a row YRR was playing at Venkman’s and both nights were sold out. Wow! I sat back and watched as groups of women in sailor hats arrived, as well as couples both young and old. Once the music started, the crowd immediately turned their

attention toward the stage, as at most concerts, but, at this one, everyone, and I mean everyone, knew the lyrics. Now just because you know the lyrics doesn’t mean you actually like the song. There are plenty of songs I know too well only because my children at some point in time listened to them relentlessly, and they are now ingrained in my head. Nick admitted, when I inquired the validity of something I had read about him choosing songs for the band based on how much he hated them, “That’s pretty accurate, yeah.” He said, “… I’ve kinda grown into a place where I appreciate it (the songs) a lot more now.” He was 29 when he started, and he wanted the persona of a hip and cool indie rock band, but now, he continued, “I’m 40 and I’m a dad, and I put on ‘Aja’ by Steely Dan and am like oh,” nodding his head in agreement, he gets it now. I was curious about the “dad” part and asked about his children. “I have a 3-year-old and a 4month-old,” he proudly responded. I inquired about the rest of the band members and their children wondering if the offspring considered YRR to be a cool thing or an embarrassment to their social lives. Nick said he considered most of the kids as “ambivalent” to the band’s existence, but a few nights prior, a few of the band’s teen daughters were invited to visit backstage with Train. Yacht Rock Revue plays with the band Train on their annual cruise and have become friends with the band allowing the teens to meet Pat Monahan and have photo ops with he and the band. I’d say it is pretty freaking cool if my dad were in a band that partied with Train, but then again, I don’t think there is a band that consists of 80-something-year-old men. Kudos however to YRR for playing with bands like Train, Weezer, Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, Sister Hazel, and Heart, to name a few. I complimented the band saying, “You’ve worked with a lot of big names.” “Um, some,

yeah. We’re working on it,” Nick replied. Well you’re doing a great job. To end our interview, I asked Nick how he felt about being a part of Summit Rocks and if he realized the goal this year was to raise $150,000 that night to help kids in need? He smiled, nodded, and proudly replied, “This is really incredible. It’s our pleasure. We like to help out whenever we can.” That, I hope, is the attitude from our community and neighboring communities as well. I see a lot of people and organizations doing what they can to help one another, and it is definitely one of the best parts of my job. Summit Rocks is one of those opportunities to come out and support a great organization and party like a Yacht star with your family and friends. I will say, YRR sells out quickly so go ahead and grab your tickets ASAP. If you don’t, someone else will, like me. Many thanks to Nick and the rest of Yacht Rock Revue, as well as Stephani Boyd, for graciously hosting me and Shawn and Cathy Murphy. 

On the day of the interview, Cathy and Shawn were also celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary. 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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HEART of Advanced Cardiac Care

Prepared to Treat You Close to Home! WellStar North Fulton Hospital Cardiovascular Medicine offers the most advanced cardiac care in the area. Our cardiologists utilize the latest treatments with cutting-edge technology in our brand new Cardiac Catheterization Lab — to keep the hearts of families in North Fulton beating strong. If you have a history of heart disease or heart attacks in your family, please take a moment to visit us online and take a risk assessment or schedule a heart screening.

To learn more about our advances in cardiac care or to schedule an appointment, call (770) 956-STAR or visit NorthFultonHeart.com

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The Current Hub August 2019  

Yacht Rock Revue and Summit Counseling Fundraiser. The Savory Gourmet Market. Figs. Furry Friends.

The Current Hub August 2019  

Yacht Rock Revue and Summit Counseling Fundraiser. The Savory Gourmet Market. Figs. Furry Friends.