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The pool has never been this fun! Make a splash at Roswell Area Park Pool and try the new Wibit Floating Obstacle Course. Not just for kids, adults can join in the fun too and channel their inner Wipeout! The course will be available for three days in July, and the first date will also be the July 4th Pool Party. August 2 there will be a Teen Night for middle/high school only. The Roswell Rapids

venue Matilda’s, will produce the new series. Performances range in genre, style, and size and will serve as a great addition to an evening The City of Alpharetta and out in downtown Alpharetta Convention & Alpharetta. Cat Visitors Bureau are joining Ridgeway will perform forces to build upon the energy in July 5. A skilled downtown Alpharetta and enhance the thriving music scene with a new, singer/songwriter with a contagious smile, unmatched free summer music series. These intimate performances will be held work ethic, and voice much bigger than she is. Known for on select Friday evenings through her soulful vocals, high energy, August at Old Milton Park on the and infectious stage presence, she corner of Milton Avenue and North is consistently a crowd-favorite Main Street. Mary Jane Potter, and creates a buzz everywhere owner of the well-known music she goes.

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swim team will run concessions as a fundraiser. $6 Residents/$9 Non-Residents. Summer Swim Passes include Wibit days. Roswell Area Park Pool, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. July 4, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. July 19, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. July 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. August 2, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. roswellgov.com

This is a great opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a part of Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Work alongside seasoned park volunteers repairing trails, removing nonnative invasive plants, or picking up trash in the park. Tools and training are provided by park staff and fellow volunteers. For additional information and to register, email chat_volunteers@nps.gov. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, various locations in parks. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. nps.gov/chat.

quite a few in England) with his warm, easy-going personality, powerful voice, and fresh style of Americana songwriting. Pulling from his southern roots, Thompson writes from the heart and speaks to the soul with songs influenced by his dad’s record collection of James Brown, Sam Cooke, The J.Scott Beatles, and Otis Redding. Thompson will take the A prolific songwriter and stage on the 19th. He’s an captivating performer, Thompson audience favorite, endearing combines a southerner’s knack for himself to crowds nationwide (and

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storytelling with a dose of southern charm making lifelong friends and loyal fans wherever he goes. Save the date for these August performances: August 9, Swearingen and Kelli, and on August 23, Sylvia Rose Novak. Free parking can be found at the new parking deck located at 92 Milton Avenue or 31 Old Roswell Street parking lot. Additional parking is available at the Alpharetta City Hall parking deck located at Park Plaza. Old Milton Park, 35 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. awesomealpharetta.com catridgeway.com jscottthompson.com

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Rebublican, Democrat, Independent? Doesn’t matter, here’s some voting that is fun for everyone. How many of this summer’s drinks have you tried? Throughout the month of July visit breweries, bars, and restaurants in Roswell and get to sippin’. Don’t forget to rate your sips online or through the Summer Sippin’ app and help decide the Best Sip in Roswell. Above is the Double Tap, a dark cherry mead and raspberry and blackberry Berliner Weiss from Tap & Six. For a list of participating restaurants and to download the app visit summersippin.com.

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The one day of the year when it’s okay to dress udderly crazy in exchange for free food. Chick-fil-A has shown customer appreciation for fifteen years now with their yearly Cow Appreciation Day. Visit any of their restaurants wearing something cow-like (a spotted accessory, black and white spots, a cow hat or mask, etc.) and receive a free entrée. Last year 1.95 million people participated! Participating Chick-filA restaurants from open to 7:00 p.m. chick-fil-a.com/cow-appreciation-day.

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The Joe Gransden 16 Piece Big Band is quickly becoming one of the busiest groups on the jazz scene. Originally formed in 2009, Joe and the guys have continued to build momentum and are performing numerous shows around the country. “The Big Band truly has its own sound and really swings! I attribute that to the arrangements that were all written by jazz trombone great Wes Funderburk! It’s such a pleasure to front a band of top musicians that can interpret Wes’ arrangements perfectly! These guys are the best!” says Gransden. Enjoy Joe & His Big Band on the lawn at Roswell City Hall for Music on the Hill. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. roswellgov.com and joegransden.com.

Join the cats at Good Mews for a Sound Journey class. A one-hour class dedicated to total relaxation for people and the kitties will be held in the main cat area. Participants can either sit or lie on their own blanket or yoga mat or sit in chairs. The class will be led by Michael Murphy Burke, Sound Artist/Sound Therapist/Spoken Word Artist. Michael is an award-winning Vibrational Sound Therapist (VST) certified through the International Sound Therapy Association (ISTA). Michael will use Tibetan singing bowls and other unique sound instruments to create a night of vibrational bliss for the cats and people who attend. Most people find that the sounds and vibrations reduce stress and create a deep sense of peace that impacts their well-being. Classes are $20 and are held in the shelter among the cats. Michael is kind enough to donate his time and talent so all proceeds benefit the cats and kittens of Good Mews. (Good Mews is one of the few virtually cagefree, no-kill cat shelters in the state of Georgia and the first in the metro Atlanta area.) Good Mews has placed over 9,000 cats in permanent homes. Good Mews Animal Foundation, 3805 Robinson Road, Marietta. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. goodmews.org/ongoing-events and michaelmurphyburke.com.

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Bring out the whole family to enjoy this free event that will offer three different age-appropriate slides (150 feet, 100 feet, and 50 feet). Slides, food, music, and fun! Bring your towel and an inner tube (optional). Donations are welcome and will benefit Roswell’s Adaptive Camps for Kids with Disabilities and STAR House. Garrard Landing Park, 8000 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. roswellgov.com. NO OARS REQ UIRED

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Grab the gals and get your summer style shopping on, Ladies Night Out is back! Hit the Boulevard for an evening of beauty, shopping, happy hours, and more. Make sure to check-in at concierge upon your arrival to receive a stroll map of all the special offers available. The first 50 guests who check-in will receive a complimentary Avalon swag bag. Avalon, 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. experienceavalon.com.

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Enjoy a day full of adventure with great family attractions, then stay into the evening to experience the Lasershow Spectacular followed by the exact same patriotic fireworks finale each night of the celebration. If you’ve never experienced this Atlanta tradition, the lasershow features lights, iconic music, lasers, epic fireworks, choreographed drone flights, and flame cannons. New this year, see North America’s largest fire wheel that will dazzle you with an array of colorful flames and sparks as it spins. Don’t miss the 51st Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration! Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain. Attractions open 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lasershow begins at 9:30 p.m. on Memorial Lawn. stonemountainpark.com/events

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Embrace your nerdiness at Atlanta’s number one familyfriendly, comic convention. Comic books, toys, cards, games, artwork, cosplay, apparel, guest creators, and celebrity guests. Whether you’re a hardcore collector or a casual pop culture admirer, Atlanta Comic Con is a fun time for all. Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C1, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta. atlantacomiccon.com

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Surrounded by festive evergreen trees and pink flamingos, families will enjoy an unseasonably warm Winter Wonderland experience at beautiful Glover Park in the Marietta Square. Enjoy the beach vibe of summer tunes from the Strand Choir while you stroll around. Kids can send letters to the North Pole and take photos with tropical Santa, and art lovers can watch local artists work to create one of a kind reindeer art that will exhibit at Winter Wonderland in December. This free event is presented by The Branding Project and benefits the Center for Family Resources (CFR) and Cobb Christmas, nonprofits that serve local low-income families. Glover Park, 50 North Park Square NE, Marietta. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Photos with Santa 10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. winterwonderlandmarietta.com

It’s no wonder former University of Georgia great and Atlanta fan favorite, John Isner loves Atlanta. In 2018, the big serving Georgia Bulldog became the fourth American to win the same tournament at least five times. Only Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Jimmy Connors have achieved this feat. John’s 2018 tournament title in Atlanta was the 14th of his pro career, and this month he’ll be looking for his sixth Atlanta singles title. “Obviously I love to play in Georgia and to compete at the BB&T Atlanta Open where I feel at home and have had so much success,” stated Isner. “I can’t wait to get back on court at Atlantic Station in front of all those supportive tennis and Bulldog fans.” Get your tickets and witness history as he is scheduled to play his first round on Wednesday evening, July 24! Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta. bbtatlantaopen.com John Isner Photo: Si.Robi/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons

AT&T ATLANTA FALCONS TRAINING CAMP July 22 in Flowery Branch

Rise Up! Atlanta Falcons fans will have the opportunity to preview the 2019 team at the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp as eight practices will be open to the public. Of the eight open practices, seven will take place at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch and one at their home stadium. For the second year in a row, the Falcons will host one open practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, taking place August 4. This special Military Appreciation Day will honor those who have served and are currently serving our country. The full list of open practice dates can be found online with more details. All dates and times are subject to change. Atlanta Falcons Headquarters & Training Facility, 4400 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch. atlantafalcons.com


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Spider-Man: Far From Home — Opens July 2 friend Stark, but we see him step up as a mentor more than as a sidekick for Peter. Fans of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) get more too. We missed Fury and Hill in Avengers: Endgame (only reappearing at the end). Now they come out from behind the scenes to get their chance to assist and save the world. Do you need to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Avengers: Endgame before seeing this one? Well—yes. Understanding what happened in the last two films will set you up for this new saga.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of the summer’s most anticipated movies. Beware a few spoilers ahead from previous Marvel movies if you have not yet watched. What it’s about — The Avengers action continues with Spider-Man: Far From Home opening July 2. It chronicles Peter Parker’s personal journey, how he returns to high school life and his friends after missing five years. And it shows how his superhero journey must go on after the loss of beloved mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man. Peter may be wearing the new high-tech, armored “Iron Man-Spidey Suit” (from Avengers: Endgame), but he is reluctant to let go and step up to take Tony Stark’s place. Seeking Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) to console him, he decides to go back to school and try to return to his friends and a normal life. Peter ignores a call from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and joins his school friends in a European vacation. He and his classmates visit beautiful locales (Venice/London). But his blissful vacation doesn’t last long, when Nick Fury tracks him down and enlists Spider-Man to help battle new threats to save a changed world. In this adventure, Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) appears from another dimension—a multiverse. The Snap tore a hole in our dimension, and Beck was transplanted here along with other baddies that followed him, doing destruction. Beck and Fury enlist Spidey to help conquer them and return them back to their Earth in order to save ours. Why you will love it — If you saw Spider-Man: Homecoming, it has that same lighthearted take. Peter (Tom Holland) is still a young, goofy high school kid now in love with friend MJ (Zendaya), and hoping she will eventually feel the same. His best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) is great comic relief as the sidekick. And he still gets no love from student rivals who roast him. We get more character development with a conflicted Peter trying to balance his life with his secret Spidey identity.

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American Pasta Factory Adds Wine & Beer to Menu By Tara Gary

What goes better with pasta than wine? I’m excited to announce American Pasta Factory is now serving beer and wine! Serving the best fresh pasta around, with your choice of a huge variety of delicious options, you can tailor your dish to your taste buds. American Pasta is taking their menu to new heights with the addition of silky and savory wines as well as a few local beers. I had the chance to sit down with Victor, co-owner of American Pasta Factory, to ask his advice on which beverage might best complement a few of his dishes. A true classic, he started with Spaghetti & Meatballs that features all-beef meatballs with zesty pomodoro sauce and of course

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Spaghetti Bolognese with Malbec The Chicken Parmesan Flatbread will pair nicely with a local beer. fresh house-made spaghetti. He explained that a Cabernet that has become increasingly popular over recent years, with flavors of red cherry, anise, and a hint of vanilla would go very well with the zesty pomodoro sauce. Others pairings he suggested are in the list at right. For those of you who prefer a nonalcoholic beverage, Victor suggests any of the Italian sodas. They’re made with organic

fruit juices, natural fruit, and gently sparkling spring water. Flavors include pomegranate, orange with pulp, clementine, organic cola, and ginger ale. Super refreshing on a hot summer day. American Pasta Factory is located in Historic Midtown Roswell at 1123 Alpharetta Street. Call them at 407-336-7733 or visit 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and now you can order a beer or wine too! ❍

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Sometimes, Life Comes Down to the Millimeters Millimeters matter when an interventional cardiologist is opening blockages in your coronary arteries. The new CorPath Robotic Angioplasty puts the precision of a robot in the hands of your physician, often resulting in a quicker recovery. We are the only hospital in metro Atlanta offering this technology — it’s part of our commitment to offer the latest in cardiac advances to help you return to the people that matter most in your life.

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; John Driskell Hopkins at New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center 2014. Photo: Joey D/Wikimedia Commons Concert on The Green is a new event coming to North Fulton September 14 on The Green at Crabapple Market. The event will raise funds to directly support the Alpharetta Public Safety and Milton First Responders Foundations. The inaugural year will feature John Driskell Hopkins of the Grammy award-winning Zac Brown Band as the headliner. Opening acts will be local artists and bands such as The Manly Hero. As an Atlanta local, John Driskell Hopkins has been rooted in the local music scene for over 20 years with multiple creative ventures under his belt. Perhaps his most notable venture is becoming a founding member of the Zac Brown Band, which came to know commercial success after releasing the songs “Chicken Fried” and “Toes” as singles in 2008 from their first album, The Foundation. Since then, the band has gone on to win three Grammy awards, as well as an iHeart radio award, multiple Academy of Country Music awards and many more. John Driskell Hopkins is a powerful presence in the group, contributing his vocals, a talent for multiple instruments (guitar, bass, banjo, and more) and songwriting. Hopkins, fondly called Hop, is excited to perform at Concert on The Green to raise funds to support local police and firefighters. “It is an honor and a privilege to perform for and raise the collective appreciation for our first responders. Their bravery and contribution cannot be measured. Thank you for all you do!” Visit apsfoundation.org/concert-on-the-green to purchase tickets for the event, see details about the sponsorship levels, or to donate to the silent auction. The Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation and the Milton First Responders Foundation are both non-profit 501c3 organizations dedicated to providing financial support to first responders when they are in need, as well as providing funds for additional equipment and training for police and firefighters. For additional information, please contact Lara Dolan at 404-514-6533 or Lara.dolan1969@gmail.com. ❍

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William S. Murphey as Boolie Werthan, Ellen McQueen as Daisy, and Rob Cleveland as Hoke Colburn bring Daisy to life at Oglethorpe University through July 28. Photo: Don Carmody. By Brandy Rixey

This month you have the chance to see both a heartwarming play and a feel-good musical: Driving Miss Daisy and Hairspray: The Broadway Musical are being brought to life once again on stage and close to home. Driving Miss Daisy is a play by Atlanta born playwright Alfred Uhry. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1988. In 1989, Uhry adapted his play into a screenplay which became a comedy-drama film of the same name. The movie received nine Academy Award nominations and won four: Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Tandy as Daisy), Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Hairspray: The Broadway Musical is based on the 1988 dance comedy film of the same name starring Ricki Lake, which in turn became a musical romantic comedy film in 2007 complete with an ensemble cast. The books and movies have been around for awhile now. If you enjoyed them, then definitely take the opportunity to appreciate these stories once more in a different light and watch them play out in live theater this summer.

Driving Miss Daisy Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), the professional North Fulton theatre company, is driving to Brookhaven this summer to remount its acclaimed production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy. In partnership with Oglethorpe University, GET brings Miss Daisy to the Brookhaven area college campus June 28 through July 21 at the Conant Performing Arts Center (4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta). Daisy is set against the historical backdrop of Atlanta’s development through the mid-20th century. The story of aging Southern matron Daisy Werthan, her long-suffering son Boolie, and her chauffeur Hoke Colburn unfolds over 25 years of friendship, loss, racial tension, and ultimately—love. This much-beloved story of an unlikely friendship is the


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smash-hit musical, piled bouffanthigh with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. Atlanta’s newest professional theatre company, presents the fantastically fun Hairspray: The Broadway Musical, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The “pleasantly plump” teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. She’s a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart who sets out to follow her extraordinary dreams and win the boy she loves. Starring Jennifer Massey as Tracy and Greg London as Tracy’s mother, Edna. Playing the beautiful Byers Theatre at The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center (1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs) July 12 through the 21st, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. With an additional performance added Thursday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $30-$62, with discounts for seniors, students, groups, and active and retired military personnel. For tickets and information call 404-477-4365 or visit CitySpringsTheatre.com. ❍

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By Jon-Paul Croom, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, senior vice president, WellStar Health System It would not be summer without an article about safety. Typically, we see many summer-related injuries as adults try new hobbies such as biking, hiking, tennis, home repair or just trying to keep up with active children and grandchildren. But the year-round injuries tend to be simple falls, particularly among those of us over 65. Among this population in the U.S. each year, almost 1.6 million are injured by falls and another 13,000 die from fall-related complications. About one in three adults over 65 experience a fall each year. You are at a higher risk if you: • Have had a fall within the past year (with or without injury). • Have a health condition that affects your ability to walk or impairs your balance. For example, diabetes may affect the feeling in your feet or a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s limits your balance. • Have trouble walking or standing up from a chair (or if you experience dizziness from a sitting to standing position). • Take multiple medications. • Have vision deficiencies. If you or a loved one has any of the risks above, keep reading. You can prevent a fall by taking a few preventative steps. First, talk to your doctor. Just take this article to your next appointment and speak with your physician about: • Falls in the past year (even if you were not injured). This information will alert your physician to look for potential causes. • Your list of medications. Your physician should be able to tell you which are more like to make you drowsy or dizzy and if there

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are interactions that should be addressed. • A bone density test. • Calcium to improve bone strength. • Exercises that will improve your leg strength and balance. • Using a walker or a cane. Second, many falls happen at home. Reducing the risks in your residence will greatly improve your chances of staying on your feet. • Install railings on all stairs. • Install grab bars both inside and out of your shower/tub and next to your toilet. • Use non-slip mats in the shower. • Keep pathways and stairs free of clutter. • Install bright lights throughout your home. • Ensure you have a well-lit path between your bed and bathroom. • Remove throw-rugs or at least adhere them to the floor with double-sided tape. • Tie up telephone wires or power cords away from where you walk. • Move items in your kitchen to waist level so that you will never need to use a step-ladder (in fact, get rid of that step-ladder). Finally, don’t be stubborn. My father is one of those stubborn men. Even with many of the risk factors above, he often refused to use his wheeled walker (which he disparagingly referred to as the “tricycle”). Then, on one walker-free trip to the bathroom, he fell. Now, on the backside of hip replacement, he realizes (though does not verbally admit) the wisdom of caution. I wish you all a wonderful and fallfree summer. Many well-informed sites can provide much more information on reducing fall risks. For this article I referenced www.healthfinder.gov www.medlineplus.gov and www.nia.nih.gov.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar JULY through SEPTEMBER 2019 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 7/13 and 8/10, 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 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22, 9/5, and 9/26, 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 LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, July 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcomed. 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 Women: Stress-Less Wednesday, July 31 Stress: We all experience it. Not all stress is bad, of course. Training for a marathon, preparing to defend your dissertation or working toward any other big goal can be a form of healthy stress. However, unmanaged day-to-day aggravations and major life upheavals can eventually take a toll on your health. Join us to learn the difference between good stress and bad stress, and how to control the stressors in your life and keep them from affecting your overall health. SAW for Healthy Aging Use It or Lose It: Maintain your mobility Thursday, Aug. 29 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. SAVE THE DATE! For more information on classes, to register, or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar.org. All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.


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More Precision – Quicker Recovery – Less Pain – Lower Risk of Complications

Robotic surgery is a high priority at WellStar. In 2007, WellStar Kennestone Hospital became only the fourth hospital in Georgia to provide da Vinci Surgical System® procedures. The System gained FDA clearance in 2000, and to date, more than 6 million procedures have been performed across the globe, according to Intuitive, da Vinci’s manufacturer.

Scott Miller, M.D., medical director of Robotic Surgery, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, was the first surgeon in Georgia to robotically remove a prostate.

No one wants surgery. But when it’s necessary, it makes sense to choose the least invasive, most highly advanced type, if possible. And for a wide variety of surgeries, it is possible. At WellStar North Fulton Hospital, a team of highly skilled robotic surgeons are using the most advanced technology available to help patients get back to their lives sooner than ever. ¶ “Our team of robotic physicians has During robot-assisted surgery, the surgical system is operated by a physician sitting a few feet away from the patient. Using a highpowered camera, the surgeon guides the arms of the robot that holds surgical tools, which are inserted into the patient through small incisions.

tools, which are inserted into the patient through small incisions. With robotic surgery, the surgeon’s movements are more precise, according to Dr. Miller. “Robotics allow greater range of motion, and thanks to the magnified, threedimensional image of the surgical field, we can see the patient’s anatomy in better detail,” he said. “It’s the difference between looking through a window and actually walking into a room. “With the smaller incisions we make collectively performed more than 6,000 during robotic surgery, there’s less blood surgeries,” said Scott Miller, M.D., North loss, less post-operative pain, less Fulton Hospital’s medical director of scarring, quicker recovery and a lower Robotic Surgery. “And our specially risk of complications,” adds Dr. Miller, trained anesthesia team has also who emphasizes another benefit unique provided care to thousands of patients. to North Fulton Hospital: personal, At North Fulton, we offer the highest compassionate care. “The surgeon you level of robotic surgery expertise.” first meet with will be the physician who Robotic surgery specialties at North performs your surgery, and sees you post Fulton Hospital include colorectal, genoperatively. We each personally care for eral, gynecologic (oncologic and benign), our patients, from start to finish.” thoracic, trauma and urologic. And the For more information about robotic surgeries are performed by clinical leadsurgery at North Fulton Hospital, call ers. Dr. Miller, a urologist, was the first 770-956STAR (7827). surgeon in Georgia to robotically remove a prostate. Named to Atlanta magazine’s WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s list of Top Doctors for 10 consecutive robotic surgeons include: years, he has also been recognized for the past decade as a “National Top Gregory Coffman, M.D., Doctor” by established research firm general, trauma and colorectal Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The list aims to identify the top one percent of Shelley Dunson-Allen, M.D., obstetrics/gynecology specialists and sub-specialists in the U.S. Caroline Gibbons, M.D., gynecology Dr. Miller explains that with robot-asScott Miller, M.D., urology sisted surgery, the surgical system is operated by a physician sitting a few feet Ryan Mullins, M.D., urology away from the patient. Using a highTheolyn Price, M.D., thoracic powered camera, the surgeon guides the Evelyn Reynolds, M.D., gynecologic oncology. arms of the robot that holds surgical

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After 40 years of collecting technology and four years of testing temporary exhibitions, the Computer Museum of America (CMoA) will be opening the doors to its permanent home. In the past half century, computing has grown from a few gadgets to an almost universal extension of human life. Yet while computing has become commonplace, the history of its innovation is being lost every day, as old technology is discarded, recycled, or consigned to the landfill. CMoA was created to preserve this history, and educate visitors on the past and future of computing, empowering the innovators of tomorrow. CMoA’s mission is to preserve examples of the computing artifacts that contributed to the digital revolution, to catalog these historically important artifacts, and record their surrounding history. The work will ensure these assets are available for study, for exhibition, for education, and to encourage economic and vocational empowerment. In the months following the opening, they will roll-out carefully curated exhibits featuring selected items from the collection of over 250,000 artifacts from the digital revolution. The opening exhibit traces the history of the supercomputer, featuring iconic artifacts like the Cray 1A, Connection Machine 2, and the Intel PSC and PSC2, unveiling how these marvels of engineering impact our everyday life and the future. Featured exhibits will include: A Tribute to Apollo 11 – See a replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module “Eagle” perched on a simulated lunar surface. The exhibit will capture the lunar landing experience and the advancement of space exploration and computer technology leading up to the moon landing. Vanquishing the Impossible — A varied collection of supercomputers will illustrate how these remarkable machines led to dramatic improvements in weather forecasting,

aircraft design, national security, and more. Historical Timeline – Exhibits illustrating the advancements in information and data technology from the early abacus and slide rule right up to the ubiquitous “supercomputers” we call smart phones. The CMoA will preserve the achievements of the digital revolution to educate, entertain, and inspire the innovator in us all. It’s one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts from the digital revolution. You can also be a part of the inaugural fundraiser for the museum on July 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Celebrate the Launch, an experiential evening of immersive and interactive entertainment in preparation of the grand opening. Enjoy innovative and original cuisine stations provided by Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events. NASA Astronaut, Dr. Sandra Magnus will be the special guest speaker. Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135 2011 having spent 134 days in orbit. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the lift-off experience! Tickets available at computermuseumofamerica.org. Roswell Town Center, 5000 Commerce Parkway, Roswell. Museum Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m. ❍


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Sometimes the grass is greener in your own backyard. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta seats 12,000 and is an entertainment destination for music lovers across the region—but you don’t have to drive far at all. Photo courtesy of Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau By Carolyn Kutney You say you’re jealous of friends and neighbors who are taking off on a fancy-schmancy trip in July? Don’t be. Our area has plenty to offer. Pretend you’re a tourist, go to a restaurant you’ve heard about but never tried. Take in a play, a concert, or a museum exhibit. Go shopping, zip-lining, or spend a day at the lake. To combine a love of nature and music, get tickets for Sundays on the River. Lakeside Pavilion at the Chattahoochee Nature Center presents Atlanta native Joe Alterman on July 14. You’ll watch the sunset sparkle on the lake and likely hear frogs and other musically inclined wildlife join in. Alterman has performed at many world renowned venues, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland, and New York’s Blue Note, where he has opened for Ramsey Lewis. At just 30 years old, the jazz artist has released four critically acclaimed albums but you can listen live at the CNC. Enjoy the grounds until the 7 to 9 p.m. concert begins. Tickets $16 – $22. Bring your own picnic, cash bar, no outside alcohol. chattnaturecenter.org. If you’re looking for the big acts and big audiences, Ameris Bank Ampitheatre has Luke Combs on July 12 for his “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour.” Dave Matthews Band, on the 23rd, (love or hate DMB, apparently there’s no middle ground) and for heavy rockers, KoRn and Alice in Chains are on tour together this summer; they play the Ampitheatre on July 25. awesomealpharetta.com. If the blues is more your style, the Breeze Kings play Gypsy Rose Music on Saturday, July 6, 9:00 –11:30 p.m. Matilda’s has red dirt Americana, country and classic rock artist Jason Lee McKinney scheduled for July 13. He’s is a two-time nationally signed recording artist, powerhouse vocalist, and songwriter. Jason Lee McKinney Band plays Matilda’s on the Porch at 8:30 p.m. If free is your style of ticket, head to (shout-out to our advertiser) From the Earth Brewing. They’re hosting Catfish Hill Roberts and the Bottom on July 25. Spend your Sunday late afternoon with Jeff Mosier and Friends on July 28, the music starts at 5 p.m. ftebrewing.com See Choices starting on page 2 for more concerts and other local options for this month. Metro Events on page 6 has some ideas for farther out. ❍

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Still a Dancing Queen Let’s Go!

I gotta tell ya. I’ve had such fun planning this column. Every girlfriend and group of girlfriends, has giggled with enthusiasm when I’ve run this idea past them. Even my husband has gotten into it, helping me brainstorm the memories.

And everyone agrees: ladies and gentlemen, we’re a generation who loved (and if you’re like me, still love) to dance. It didn’t matter if we were single, married, dating, engaged, or girl dancing. As ABBA said in “Dancing Queen,” we had the time of our lives. Sure, since then it’s been around the house as we clean and busting moves as best we can at

stoplights. But I’m ready to do the real thing again. What have all these years of exercise been for? Yes—I know, I know. There is that vanity factor and that ability to eat mostly guilt-free. But at the top of the list for me is dreaming of dancing with abandon once again. Come on, let’s hit the floor and get down. We all knew where the clubs were in the 70s and 80s, and you could find us

there every Friday and Saturday night. With the disco of the 70s we ladies wore braless tube tops and halters, spandex tops and pants, and platform shoes. We did our best to recreate Farrah Fawcett’s hairdo. In the 80s, we girls wore dresses with ultra-padded shoulders, Dynasty big hair and spike heels—of a dancing size. If we wore the 6'' spikes of today, we’d be severely limited in movement, and we all loved to move—a lot. And I

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Well, if you live at St. George Village, these are just two of dozens of activities that o er an opportunity to participate in something you already enjoy or learn something new and fun, while building friendships with your neighbors. And what better way to enjoy the freedom of retirement than with friends who share your enthusiasm for similar interests or exploring new ones? The St. George Village lifestyle is one of active engagement, o ering everything from golf, water aerobics and bocce ball to foreign policy discussions and games of strategy like Texas Hold ‘Em and Mahjong. Indoors or outdoors, there are unlimited opportunities to enhance enjoyment of life. Come see how fun pursuits are an integral part of our mission to “Be Active, Be Engaged, Be at Home.” Sign up for our initial workshop that explains the elements that comprise our Life Plan community, including activities, amenities and services. You’ll also receive assistance in determining which of our entrance plans is right for you, along with lunch and a tour of our community. Call Dawn at (678) 987-0409 to reserve your space. 11350 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075 (678) 987-0410 | stgeorgevillage.org

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fan. To this day when I hear “White Wedding,” it doesn’t matter where I am, I’m in motion. I’ll cop to something else. I dig Boston. “More Than a Feeling” gets me moving. As does Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom.” Patti LaBelle’s set of pipes still reign to this day, with no current female artist coming close to her vocal power. Remember doing a come hither sashay to “Lady Marmalade?” We girls did some serious strutting along with Patti. And remember those, shall we say, party-inspired tunes like Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” and Huey Lewis and the News’ “I Want a New Drug?” Huey Lewis and the News’ retro sound specialized in good, old-fashioned get up and dance beats. Loved it. Jefferson Airplane’s tune “White Rabbit,” while from the 60s, still had us singing along. Whoa, and the Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” and Glenn Frey’s “Smuggler’s Blues” both bring me to my feet. Boys and girls, your moms and dads were party animals. Most of us partied for the music, not substances. I liked moving and grooving to my favorite songs with a clear head. Oh, and by the way, you kids ain’t got nothin’ on us in the partying department. We invented it!! I went to YouTube the other day to find a skit from Saturday Night Live from the 80s. It featured a song with the words “What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more...” It was a great dance tune with a skit by the SNL cast featuring three young men out cruising, one of whom was Jim Carrey. They’re blasting this song while they drive and bob their heads to the beat, sideways and in unison. It’s right up there for laughs with “More Cowbell” with Christopher Walken. I typed “Saturday Night Live Head Bob” online. There it was, and I danced and laughed again and again. So, somebody, help me! Help me here. Where have all the good clubs gone? Who’s spinning “Billy Jean” and “Flashdance?” Who’s featuring Madonna? Where’s Gloria Estefan’s “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You?” I wanna know, and I wanna go. Ladies! Girls’ dance, anyone? I’ll drive! ❍

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don’t mean standing in one spot bouncing up and down with one fist in the air. Seriously? When did that become moving to music? Where’s the bootie action? Where’s the seductive eye contact? By the way, all ye progeny, we brought you the birth of the DJ. There was nothing like a great DJ spinning tunes. Just add flashing lights, a disco ball, Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls,” and Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling.” I remember the heavy beat of The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno” and Heart’s Wilson sisters belting out red, hot voices, guitar, and techno vibes. “He’s a magic man, Mama... Oooohhhhh... he got the magic hands.” And who could forget the dance floor favorite “Stayin’ Alive?” Oh, and my goodness, that amazingly great 80s scene. By now, y’all know I was pretty much into driving all over the place and loved crossing the Mexican border at Tijuana to cruise south on an exceptionally manicured highway to Rosarito on into Ensenada. Ladies—surprise, surprise! This highway had clean as a whistle rest stops. It was a beautiful ride alongside the Pacific Ocean in Baja California. Ensenada was an awesome dancing town. Marines with time off drove down from Camp Pendleton in Southern California to hit the clubs, and we California women were happy to be their dancing partners. We’d dance all night to American tunes, with DJs spinning hot material. I was always the designated driver, and I toted home girlfriends in front and back seats at one or two in the morning, all of us swapping stories about the men. We became regulars at the Tijuana border crossing, an hour or so from home at the time. Those dance rides were followed by, mostly on a whim, my solo trips to Mexico City and San Luis, Mexico. Why not? I discovered that Hispanic men seriously loved to dance. The dance floors overflowed, and DJs played one hot tune after another. I never sat down in either town. Those guys rocked it. Naturally, I have my favorite dance artists. I can’t lie. I was a huge Billy Idol

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GARDEN

Green Scene by Geri Laufer

Annual Flowers Deliver Landscape Color For a long season of brilliant color, add annuals to your home landscape Want head-turning curb appeal? Use color! Bedding plants (aka annuals) are plants that flower more or less continuously for a single season then die. Half-hardy or tender perennials (like begonias, impatiens, or geraniums) are also used to add color and are considered annual because they are killed by frost if left outdoors when winter arrives. Flowering annuals have many uses in the landscape, since few other plants supply as much diversity. Annuals are… • most commonly used in color beds • added to mixed borders • good for providing backgrounds and quick screens when tall vines that can be used to cover trellises, screen neighbors, provide shade, and soften harsh fencing • used as temporary ground covers • cut for flowers in vases or sales • dried for arrangements or potpourri • great for containers (especially trailing annuals) like large mixed pots, window boxes, or hanging baskets • available to provide temporary color and mass before the installation of permanent shrubs or ground

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There’s plenty of time to plant annuals in July, and then stand back for the colorful display in August, September, on into October. Above, brilliant sunflower, and butterfly on a pink zinnia. Photos: Geri Laufer

Deadheading (pinching off dead blooms) stimulates more flowers to form, continuing the color. If you planted annuals in May, they are now ready to be cut back—by half; then water, feed, and watch them come roaring back with more color through fall.

Summer Annuals COLEUS – colorful leaves all summer until frost, flowers are irrelevant MARIGOLD – you probably planted these when you were in the first grade and they still look great in sun PENTAS – five-petaled blooms cover smaller sized plants SUNFLOWER – a plethora of varieties gives lots of choice, whether 12-foot mammoth or short and bushy for cut flowers VINCA – so tough it even grows in Florida sand ZINNIA – colorful favorites, the butterflies are drawn to them and they often reseed next year

Cool Season Annuals Easy to grow, annuals thrive in PANSY/VIOLA – most popular winterprepared beds with improved soil. Before planting, mix in a bag of soil con- flowering annual FLOWERING CABBAGE – leaves ditioner or planting topsoil with your provide the color thus eliminating the Georgia red clay! Many annuals are greedy feeders and appreciate some liq- need for flowers uid (houseplant) fertilizer every month.


SNAPDRAGON – blooms fall and spring, with a little time off

Digging Deeper You may want to investigate some UGA publications for further reading: Flowering Annuals for Georgia Gardens is at extension.uga.edu. Click on publications, and type “annuals” in the search bar. You can download the publication as a pdf, or peruse the links, including Annuals for Specific Uses. Do you have photos from your home landscape? Share them by posting at facebook.com/CurrentPlus or email me at geri@gardengeri.com.

Above: Plant coleus to brighten a shady spot. It has colorful leaves all summer until frost. Winter flowering cabbage is a cool season annual that looks great in containers or beds. Photo: Geri Laufer

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in mid-winter DIANTHUS – be sure to scissor off spent flowers so pinks will rebloom DUSTY MILLER – silver foliage makes exceptional contrast and interest winter or summer There’s plenty of time to plant some annuals in July, and then stand back for the colorful display in August, September, on into October.

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By Joe Duffy

THE FREAKIN INCAN

Current Hubville has progressed into a diverse Peruvian food—well, hub. There are at least three restaurants with distinct interpretations. Mambo’s Cafe is perhaps more renowned for Cuban food, but the seafood-heavy Peruvian segment of the menu is where I’ve gravitated towards for a dozen or so years, including their previous locale. Touched on in “Sound Bites” last month, the recently-debuted A-Pollo Taqueria also features a Mexican bill of fare with handmade tortillas. However, their specialty is Peruvian roasted chicken (pollo a la brasa).

Let’s home in on an eatery with a Roswell mailing address, located in East Cobb—The Freakin Incan. The cookery commenced as a food truck but now features two brick and mortar locations, the other in Tucker. Born in Peru, chef/owner Mikiel Arnold’s family moved to the US when he was six. However, in fulfilling his culinary school graduation requirements, Arnold went back to Peru for an externship under Chef Gaston Acurio at Astrid y Gaston in Lima. It appears he was a learned apprentice. The Freakin Incan boasts at last two standout cold appetizers that most Americans might associate with as generally served hot. The Instagram-friendly causa de camaron is as flavorsome as it is visually appealing. Mashed potatoes are enhanced with lemon juice, mayonnaise, and yellow chili paste. The taste and texture are almost perfectly balanced with dispersed, small chunks of avocado. Ensconced with shrimp, this dish is an excellent beginning to a multi-course night. To the less adventurous Americans among you, don’t be dissuaded by the

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Causa de camaron is a cold appetizer with flavored mashed potatoes, shrimp, and avocado. thought of cold mashed potatoes. You like potato salad, right? So, chill (pun intended). It’s a similar concept. A bit more avocado would have established the ideal counterbalance, but this is a highly recommended plate. Is it possible for pico de gallo to be too good? The choros a la chalaca is another cold choice with black mussels topped with the previously stated salsa cruda. But the pico de gallo is so robust it obscures the shellfish. This die-hard carnivore will tell you it’s the salsa that is the most addicting component of this first course. For the most conventional state-siders among you, my wife and son enjoyed the chicken wings, made with the highest quality Springer Mountain chicken. I assure you, they’ve had chicken wings from most of the highly rated providers within 20 miles. Onward to the entrees. The opposite of the robust pico de gallo mussels dish, the sudado de pescado has delicate, though highly productive flavors. Essentially a very well-stocked soup, steamed mahi-mahi has a subtly tasty aji infused mussel broth, completed with rice. Need a little more punch? Try the seco de res, a stew with large chunks of cilantro CAB beef, delivered with trimmings of canary beans and rice. Don’t take those beans for granted. As good as any bean dish I’ve had, it perfectly rounded out the repast.

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Shrimp tallarin saltado loosely resembles a flavorful chow mein.

Taste… a Seasonal Bistro focuses on comfort food led by shrimp and chicken étouffée on grits.

Emidio’s in Sandy Springs boasts some of the best marinara sauce in town—order the Italian clams to try it.

Taste… a Seasonal Bistro in Roswell has one of the least adventurous menus. Don’t discount it though. Best thing I’ve had here is the Friday special of shrimp and grits. That’s been taken up a notch with shrimp and chicken étouffée on grits. Also, the beef burgundy sandwich on baguette is worthwhile. The menu is safe as conceivable, but above average, with just-mentioned Friday special the shining city on a hill… And another excellent addition for Alpharetta City Center. Ponce City Market import Botiwalla adds Indian to the “street food” craze that is overtaking Alpharetta. On my first tour, I had lamb boti kabab roll with masala smashed potatoes. The latter is served with a sweet and slightly hot Maggi catchup. It’s a little roomier than the big-city location… Once upon a year or so ago, bride snatched takeout Few soups are “Mitch’s Meats quality,” but the Texas chili at Never Enough Thyme is high on the elite list. Joe is takin’ some home. from the dinner offerings at Emidio’s, a venerable Portuguese restaurant in the northern tip of North Springs. The family approved of the takeaway chow. My fledgling expedition in the interior and also for the lunchtime menu was a triumphant one. Some of the most flavorful marinara sauce I’ve ever relished hoisted the Italian clams to elite status. The francesinhas (“little Frenchie”) is one of the most ascendant open-faced sandwiches I’ve swallowed this side of The Brown Hotel in Louisville, home of the Sound Bites: acclaimed hot brown. The creation has “bottom layer If you follow me (and why wouldn’t you) on Twitter of bread, topped with linguiça, with a fried egg then @CalVulcan, you are aware of my adoration for all covered with melted cheese in a creamy tomato and things Mitch’s Meats. The quality and quantity of beef sauce accompanied with fries.” I crowned it with soups headline the expansive inventory of reasons. I’ve pork as alternatives were chicken and steak. It’s no consumed 55 or so different soups. But there are still a shock this place has thrived for years in the extreme good dozen or so “Mitch’s quality” broths, pottages, right corner of a shoddy shopping center abounding stews, bisques, and chowders in Hubville. All three with vacant units. ❍ clam chowders at C&S Chowder House—Manhattan, New England, and Rhode Island—are sparkling When he’s not eating, which is rare, the author is examples. In the northernmost sector of Sandy CEO of Sports Handicapping website Springs, Samad Mediterranean Grill and Market OffshoreInsiders.com. His bride’s gift site, produces a wicket kibbey ball. Never Enough Thyme, Go to Louisville for a better must-be-eaten-with-a-fork sandwich than DuffyGifts.com is the place to go for gifts for all ocwhich just opened up a second location, generates the francesinhas at Emidio’s. casions from My Thirty One Gifts.  competition caliber Texas sirloin chili… My shrimp-adoring daughter delighted in the shrimp tallarin saltado so much that she ordered it on a return visit. Faintly analogous to lo mein it consists of stir-fried noodles blended with grilled green onions, fresh tomatoes, and soy sauce. Chicken and angus beef are other protein alternatives in addition to my offspring’s beloved shrimp. We finished off the meal with the uncomplicated but enjoyable alfajores, which is simply dulce de leche squeezed between two shortbread cookies. Premiering his restaurant in 2015, Arnold moved the East Cobb/Roswell location to Woodstock Road and Sandy Plains in the Movie Tavern shopping center. Some will recall the unit as previously inhabited by Corner Pizza. The bright and casual establishment is family friendly. The craft beer list is relatively short, but impressive, loyal to the Georgia breweries. Thus far, I’ve basked in a pleasurable medley of both moderately spicy and gentle, yet ambrosial dishes. Perhaps next excursion I will seek the Heritage Farm pork stew or maybe the Maple Leaf duck entree. I’m not sure, but what I am certain of is that a next time is required.


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We had a beautiful spring this year. It was cool, sunny and pleasant and when the rain finally came, it was a bit of a surprise. I am a huge fan of cooler temperatures, so I really appreciated the longer than usual transition from winter to summer. But in Atlanta, we know that like death and taxes, the summer heat and humidity are inevitable. And this year, the sweltering days seem even more intense than usual. I’ve made it out to the lake and on the Chattahoochee several times over the past few weeks to get some sun and relax with friends. And for me, a day at the lake includes beer to share with the gang. This summer, there are several new beers that have been brewed to help make trips to the lake a little more enjoyable. One new trendy beer style is a milkshake IPA. It’s an IPA with lactose sugar added in. This results in a slightly creamier flavor that cuts out most of the bitterness of a traditional IPA. Some of them really taste like they were blended at an ice cream shop. Wild Leap, the brewers of the popular Alpha Abstraction series, recently came out with a milkshake IPA called Bomb Pop. Bomb Pop was created with Rocket Popsicles and Firecracker Popsicles in mind. The flavors include Cherry, Lime and Blue Raspberry. I can’t think of anything better to get you in the mood for some fireworks. You can buy a four-pack or mix and match the flavors. For a more tropical twist, try out Coco Flamingo. It’s another beer just released by Wild Leap in collaboration with Trim Tab Brewing. It’s a Double IPA with coconut, tangerine and lime added for a taste that will have you thinking about putting a pink umbrella in your glass. It is incredibly easy to drink, but be careful, it’s also 8% ABV. I also have two easy drinking beers you might want to try. Einstock Icelandic Pale Ale is brewed with pure Icelandic water. The water goes from the ground directly into the

beer, and the taste is clean and fresh. Reformation’s Oren pale ale is a new recipe which is more of a hazy pale ale that is very smooth with a slight fruit flavor and comes in at 5% ABV. Finally, for all of you Hogwarts fans, we will be celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31st. Come in and join us for a Monday Night Brewing’s Mischief Managed sour beer. As you make your way through the dog days of summer, please remember what a friend of mine used to say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.” Cheers! 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.


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I don’t know about you, but once the hot, southern days of summer roll in, my appetite during the daytime diminishes to nearly nothing. I make up for it in the evening! By dinnertime I am famished and looking forward to something delicious and maybe a little lighter. Conveniently, I have Joe Duffy’s contact in my phone. This is one of the many perks of my job. Joe is by far the most knowledgeable when it comes to local food and fare. I asked him to assist me this month, knowing he would both cut my research time down and introduce me to some great food. Good call! Now hearsay is not something I like to depend on, so I had to visit these locales personally and form my own opinion. Yet another great perk. I started in Johns Creek at Hen Mother Cookhouse which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The menu offers healthy, as well as traditional, breakfast and lunch options. Soraya Khoury, the chef and owner, referred to the restaurant as “in between green juice and a greasy spoon.” Joe had referred to Soraya as a “cool and great chef.” Well Joe, you are correct, as usual. She’s not only cool and great, but she is also extremely knowledgeable about food. I met her on the restaurant’s lovely patio to discuss the inspiration behind the food and see for myself why Joe would suggest the Harvest Winter Salad. Really? The winter salad in July? And vegetarian too? I figured my carnivore friend was teasing, but it only took one bite to realize his suggestion was a great one—lacinato kale, green cabbage, toasted farro, house-made raisins, toasted sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds with goddess dressing, topped with pecorino cheese. You may be wondering, as I did, what is goddess dressing? It’s aioli-based with egg, basil, tarragon, chives, and chervil (a delicate herb related to parsley). Soraya mentioned if a customer orders the salad with “the dressing on the side,” she will come out of the kitchen and explain to them that the dressing needs to be in the salad. For the salad to retain the right consistency, the kale must be massaged with the dressing. Fruits and veggies are added and change seasonally. Currently, roasted Georgia corn, Pearson Farm peaches, carrots, and pickled beets complete the salad to make it burst with flavor. The perfect choice for a summertime lunch dish. Dominique, my delightful server, had a great suggestion: add chicken. Dominique travels from Stone Mountain to Johns Creek for work. Why would he drive so far to work in a restaurant? He explained to me that the work environment at Hen Mother Cookhouse makes him feel like he’s part of the family, and he appreciates how well he is treated there. Having worked in the restaurant environment for quite some time, I know the importance of happy employees—who in turn make customers happy. When you visit, I suggest sitting in the quaint outdoor area which is modified to the weather by an optional enclosure. It’s quite lovely. Please note the Harvest Winter Salad is available in summer, but just Tuesday – Friday.

Barleygarden’s beer-steamed PEI (Prince Edward Island) mussels swimming in a succulent pool of saison-garlic butter accompanied by crisp baguette is a heavenly combination in a very cool environment.

Julianna’s sweet crepes (Inman Park in Atlanta) are served in-house at The Freakin Incan. “The Almighty” crepe is filled with melted Nutella, fresh bananas and strawberries, with a dollop of whip cream. It was devoured in seconds.


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Hen Mother Cookhouse 11705 Jones Bridge Rd Suite B201 Johns Creek 30005 770-417-8404 henmothercookhouse.com Bite Bistro and Bar 11500 Webb Bridge Way Ste A9 Alpharetta 30005 770-754-5500 biteatl.com Barleygarden 900 Avalon Blvd Alpharetta 30009 678-266-6218 barleygardenkitchen.com Peach & the Porkchop 12040 Etris Rd D100, Roswell 30075 770-696-5409 peachandtheporkchop.com Lucky’s Burger & Brew 1144 Alpharetta St. Roswell 30075 770-518-5695 luckysburgerandbrew.com The Freakin Incan 4651 Woodstock Rd Suite 305 (East Cobb) Roswell 30075 678-587-5301 thefreakinincan.com

Trotter Sausages & Kraut at the Barleygarden rooftop patio. Knockbraut and kielbasa with perfectly seasoned roasted new potatoes, savory sauerkraut, beer mustard, and a fried egg. At bite BISTRO & BAR in Alpharetta, Joe suggested I try the Lobster Roll, which he referred to as “definitely awesome for sure.” I was obligated, “twist my arm,” to form my own opinion. Wow! This girl loves lobster, and this isn’t just any lobster roll. Nestled in a Holeman & Finch (H&F) roll, the lime aioli, tarragon, parsley, and pickled onions enhance the lobster’s flavor and leave your mouth tingling with excitement. The house chips are the perfect sidekick. I enjoyed a nice, cold draft beer to make this meal a perfect and memorable experience, not only for the food but also the atmosphere. Once you enter the doors of bite BISTRO & BAR, you realize there’s nothing ordinary about it. The décor is exceptionally unique. So well-thought-out. And there are a variety of intimate settings to choose from inside this playful, yet sexy establishment. The next summertime dish, in my opinion, is a winner all year long. I can’t think of anything more refreshing on a hot, summer day than an ice-cold, craft beer on tap. Barleygarden in Avalon has one of the best beer menus around. Fantastic, in fact. Nothing goes better with beer than a brat, specifically The Trotter Sausages & Kraut which is knock-braut and kielbasa with seasoned, roasted new potatoes, savory sauerkraut, beer mustard,

and a fried egg. I also sampled the Beer-Steamed Mussels—PEI (Prince Edward Island) mussels swimming in a succulent pool of saison-garlic butter accompanied by crisp baguettes. A heavenly combination in a very cool environment. Barleygarden has one of the best patios and rooftops to enjoy your summertime treats. Peach & The Porkchop in Roswell is one of my favorite places to congregate with my friends. It has the perfect-sized bar to keep it interesting, but not overwhelming, and is intimate enough to get to know everyone sitting around you. Alyssa and Chuck Staley, owners and operators, combine Chuck’s Pittsburgh heritage with Alyssa’s truly southern heritage to form a menu which reflects the best of both. Kudos to the combination! The north meets the south on friendly and flavorful terms this time around. I’ve tried many different menu items and loved them all, but Joe suggested

“The Club” at Peach & The Porkchop is loaded with uncured honey ham, turkey, crispy uncured bacon, garden fresh lettuce from Circle A Farms in Cumming, tomatoes from Gazaway Farms also in Cumming, savory Tillamook cheddar cheese & mayo served on a traditional sourdough bread from H & F Bread Co. in Marietta. Amy’s House Chips and a crunchy pickle complete the meal and place this classic sandwich at the top of my list of summertime sandwiches.

Tara’s friend Kara refers to P&P as her “Cheers” because everyone here knows her name. Josh is one of the most intuitive bartenders Tara has encountered.


I try The Club sandwich. It sounded like a great idea, so I grabbed one of my girlfriends, Kara, and we headed (as we often do) to the bar to share The Club. Loaded with uncured honey ham, turkey, crispy uncured bacon, garden fresh lettuce from Circle A Farms in Cumming, tomatoes from Gazaway Farms also in Cumming, savory Tillamook cheddar cheese, and mayo—served on traditional, full-flavored sourdough bread from H&F Bread Co. in Atlanta, with Amy’s House Chips on the side accompanied by a crunchy pickle places this classic sandwich at the top of my list of summertime sandwiches. It was plenty to satisfy Kara and I, who had left poolside with ravenous thoughts. Chuck told me Amy’s House Chips are made from 250 – 350 pounds, per week, of handcut potatoes. Jokingly, I asked about the number of pounds of potatoes cut for French fries, and it’s

Ed Arnold is dad to The Freakin Incan owner, Mikiel. He enjoys tending the bar from time to time, sharing his thoughts on the cuisine, and pouring the perfect draft.

800 pounds per week! That’s a lot of work, but that’s why they are so delicious. Chuck commented, “everything is made with lots of love.” I must mention our favorite bartenders Josh and Ali who are vigilant to keep your glass full and appetite satisfied. I love a nice, juicy burger at the end of a lake- or pool-day, and the best burger in town for me is at Lucky’s Burger & Brew. I’ll belly up to the bar, sip on an ice-cold brew, and sink my teeth into a Bluetick Hound, a super thick and juicy beef patty, topped with applewood-smoked bacon, and blue cheese crumbles. I like to add pickles and ketchup with a side of sweet potato fries and blue cheese sauce for dipping. Absolutely delicious! I am always careful of what I wear, inevitably I will spill something on my shirt and enjoy every bite of the burger as I’m doing it. Now I prefer to drink a local beer on draft, but some of my comrades love that Lucky’s serves PBR on tap. That’s something you don’t see every day. No need to fly to Peru for Peruvian comfort food, just follow Joe’s suggestion and visit The Freakin Incan for a unique and flavorful experience. I met Joe there, and he introduced me to his favorite dinner item Causa de Camaron. The presentation of this dish is exquisite. It was almost too perfect to cut into. It’s comprised of flavored mashed potatoes, shrimp, avocado, red peppers, and green aji. It was delicious and what made it even better was the Variant Moon Cloud beer I ordered from the impressive list of draft beers. Chef and owner, Mikiel Arnold was born in Peru. He moved to the U.S. as a child, and then did his culinary externship in Peru. He now has two locations of The Freakin Incan, one in Roswell and the other in Tucker. His father, Ed, enScott delivers great beer. joys tending the bar from time to time—sharing his thoughts on the cuisine while pouring the perfect draft. After we enjoyed our dinner, we couldn’t resist ordering dessert from Julianna’s Crepes, served in-house. The Almighty (an appropriate name for a crepe filled with melted Nutella, fresh organic bananas and strawberries, and topped with a dollop of

The lobster roll at bite is a staple on the menu. Owner/Chef Leif Johnson said he can’t take it off the menu because his customers would retaliate.

Kyle, the observant bartender, is always nearby and ready to quench your thirst at Lucky’s. Tara prefers a local craft, but they serve PBR on draft too! whipped cream) was devoured within seconds. All in all, I love my job. Who wouldn’t? Jumping on the coattails of the infallible restaurant whisperer and relishing every morsel of his suggestions—certainly my kind of assignment. ❍ 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 July 2018  

Summertime eatin' at restaurants close to East Cobb, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton, and Alpharetta.

The Current Hub July 2018  

Summertime eatin' at restaurants close to East Cobb, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton, and Alpharetta.

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