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JAMMIN’ OUT

Johns Creek Summer Concert Series

May 3 & 31 Mark Burkhalter Park Amphitheater provides a delightful venue for the citysponsored summer concerts. Chicago Rewired (Chicago tribute band) plays May 3, and Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars tribute) is May 31. While food and non-alcoholic drinks may be brought in, vendors provide a variety of food and beverages, including beer and wine. Food trucks will be on-site. Blankets and chairs are welcome on the terraced lawn. Concerts are rain or shine, so hey, bring an umbrella if it looks gray. Feeling special? Reserve an 8-seat table under the Amphitheater. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. , Johns Creek. 7:00 p.m. (Arrive as early as 6:00 p.m.) johnscreekga.gov.

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May 4 Gather the family, bring some friends, and head to Riverside Park for this year’s series of six free outdoor concerts. Seth Walker is first up. Give a listen at sethwalker.com and figure out if you need to get to this concert before he leaves for a European tour. Our guess is “Yes!” Bring your own chairs, blankets, beverages, and food. Beer, wine, and sangria will be available for purchase, as well as various food and snack options. Riverside Sounds concerts are produced by

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Alpharetta Food Truck Alley

May 9 The 2019 Food Truck Alley + Local Connection season will continue bringing you the fun, food, and tunes you love. New this year, Local’s Corner will highlight two featured Alpharetta restaurant pop-ups each week. Grab a picnic blanket or your favorite lawn chair, and join in on the fun in Alpharetta! Follow the Facebook page for the latest Food Truck Alley news, including announcements and weather updates. All event cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted by 3 p.m. in consideration of truck drivers coming from Atlanta. 37 Old Roswell Street, Alpharetta. Thursdays, May 9 – Oct. 10, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. alpharetta.ga.us. PUBLISHER Mark Penstone mark@thecurrenthub.com

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All of London is shouting from the rooftops about this exciting stage adaptation of the classic tales of Mary Poppins. Join the Banks family as they encounter adventure after fun-filled adventure with their curious new nanny, Mary Poppins. Adapted especially for young performers, this musical includes favorite Sherman brothers songs such as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” as well as wonderful new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. With colorful characters and an irresistible score, Mary Poppins JR. is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages! Presented by Roswell Youth Theatre, the resident theatre company of Roswell Performing Arts. Tickets $10, purchase online or call 770-641-3987 for reservations. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Friday 7:00 p.m. Saturday 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. roswellgov.com/ryt.

Mother’s Day Open House

Spread a blanket out on the lawn at Roswell City Hall, uncork a bottle, lift your glass, and unwind from the week while listening to Music on the Hill. Hosted by the City of Roswell with musical production provided by Atlanta Plays It Forward, Music on the Hill invites concertgoers to enjoy a casual BYO environment where they can dine al fresco under the trees on City Hall grounds. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. The season opener brings jazz and gospel, song writer, TV and movie actress and singer Toni Byrd and her Big Band. Trolley service will be provided by Roswell Trolley, routes and maps available at roswelltrolley.org. City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell. Second Friday of the month, May – October. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. roswellgov.com.

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May 12 Roswell’s Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums will be open for FREE visits this Mother’s Day. Visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable item or canned good, which will be donated to North Fulton Charities. For additional information, please contact each historic house museum directly. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, 770-640-3855. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Avenue, 770-992-1731. Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta Street, 770-641-3978. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Tours start on the hour.) roswellgov.com. The CurrentHub aspires to communicate in a way that’s useful, engaging, enjoyable, and unique. We strive to reflect the full range of what the area has to offer, also advocating positions that strengthen unity and continuity.

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Sundays on the River Concert Series

May 12 Live music fills the stage and nature will provide the perfect backdrop for opening night of the 2019 season featuring the bluegrass stylings of Lindsay Lou. Bring a picnic, blanket, and plenty of food to share in this Chastain-style night of fun. Find event dates, musicians, and additional show information online. Table and lawn seating available. Online ticket sales close the day prior and will only be available at the door dayof. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Second Sunday of the month, May-Sept. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Full schedule, p. 30. chattnaturecenter.org.

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blankets, and enjoy an evening at the park. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Drive, Roswell. Fourth Friday, May – September. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. facebook.com/foodtrucksatriversidepark.

STROLL THROUGH THE ART

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May 25 – 26 SIT BACK WITH THE SYMPHONY

Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series

May 18 Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy music under the stars at Brooke Street Park. Performed by the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra, music selections will feature classics and American favorites, including the theme from Gone With the Wind. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. awesomealpharetta.com. alpharettasymphony.com. See p. 30.

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 more. Academy Street, by the City Center, Downtown Alpharetta. Last Saturday of the month, May 25 – 26, June 29, July 27, August 31, September 2. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. awesomealpharetta.com.

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“Works in Clay”

May 16 – 22 More than 40 local artists from Roswell Clay Collective will showcase and sell one-of-akind functional pieces, such as bowls, platters, tureens, mugs, and vases, as well as ceramic sculptures, jewelry and whimsical pieces. “The Works in Clay spring show happens just in time for the spring gift-giving season,” said A.J. Argentina, Art Center West supervisor. “The show is a fun outing for anyone interested in distinctive gifts, as well as collectors of ceramic art.” Ceramic pieces will be available at all price points Opening reception: May 16, 7 – 9:00 p.m. many of the artists will be on-hand. Leita Thompson Memorial Park, 1355 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. roswellclaycollective.com.

Trucks, motorcycles, and equipment from the Environmental/Public Works, Fire and Police, and Transportation Depts. Face painting too! This year’s theme is “It Starts Here,” representing the many facets of modern civilization that grow out of the efforts put forth by public works professionals. City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell. 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. roswellgov.com. The Johns Creek Public Works Department will also present their annual Touch-A-Truck event featuring construction equipment and fun activities for the whole family. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. johnscreekga.gov. TRUCKIN’ IN THE PARK

Food Truck Fridays

May 24 A great way to start the weekend! Atlanta’s premier food trucks, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Bring chairs and

TUNES AT TWILIGHT

Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series

May 25 The Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series brings music and fun to life. Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy free, live, family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups. Including HOME BY DARK, whose concerts have been captivating audiences since 2007. Inviting the best songwriters and musicians in the world to its stage, to prove every night, “A Song Can Change Your Life.” Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. Located directly behind City Hall. Saturdays, May – September. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. alpharetta.ga.us. homebydark.com. See p. 30 for schedule. FLOWERS THAT FLY

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

June 1 – 2 The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a myriad of butterfly and pollinator related events focused on these beautiful winged creatures. Live butterfly releases, butterfly encounter, host and nectar plants available for sale, crafts, face painting, fairy houses, sidewalk art, vendors, entertainment, food trucks, and cold treats. See the article by Jon Copsey on page 14.

A SPLASH OF ART

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

May 25 – 27 The City of Alpharetta and Splash Festivals are excited to present the 15th Annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. This three-day event will host more than 90 regional and national artisans whose colorful and whimsical artwork will certainly make a splash! The popular Streetfest will feature live music, cultural arts performances, entertaining and hands-on children’s activities, and great cuisine from local eateries and street eats. Village Green in front of City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. Parking at City Hall Parking Deck. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. splashfestivals.com.

BASK IN THE BREW

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest

June 1 Downtown Alpharetta comes alive for this annual beer fest with great food, beer, and live music live music from Shaky Jane and Bogey and the Viceroy. Alpharetta’s Jekyll Brewing will be serving beer. Bring your chairs, or tables are available for purchase. Individual $10, Table of eight $150, Table of six $130. For more information, contact candawood@bellsouth.net. Milton Avenue (between Hwy 9 and Roswell/Canton Street), Alpharetta. 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. awesomealpharetta.com.


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RIDE THE CYCLONE May 1 –26 in Atlanta

The Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster at 6:17 p.m. At 6:19 the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. A mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted— with the promise of a prize like no other—a chance for one of them to return to life. Described by The New York Times as “high spirited and just plain fun from start to finish,” Ride The Cyclone is a wildly original new musical—part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected. Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. For tickets and information, call 404.733.5000 or visit their website. alliancetheatre.org/cyclone

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL May 3-12 in Sandy Springs

City Springs Theatre presents Broadway’s Drew McVety, Pamela Gold, and Sarah Charles Lewis in the international smash-hit Billy Elliot The Musical, featuring the incredible talents of 13-year-old Liam Redford as Billy. Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the play contains adult themes and language and may not be appropriate for all audience members. Billy Elliot The Musical follows a young boy as he trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. In an unforgettable story set in a small mining town in the English countryside grappling with the effects of Margaret Thatcher’s unionbusting era, a dance teacher finds a diamond in the rough when she discovers Billy—a young boy with a passion for dance who inspires the entire community. Set to an explosive score by Elton John, it celebrates Billy’s journey against the odds to make his dreams come true. The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 2:00 p.m. Tickets $30-$62, discounts for seniors, students, groups, and active and retired military personnel. For tickets and information call 404-477-4365 or visit their website. cityspringstheatre.com

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CONCERTS BY THE SPRINGS May 12 in Sandy Springs

You’ll meet The Return, a Beatles tribute band at the first concert in this free series. It’s in its 23rd year and has become a celebrated community tradition each summer. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. A limited number of tables are available for purchase each season. Arrive early to participate and enjoy the beautiful setting and friendliness of the community. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome. Food will be available for purchase from specialty food vendors and food trucks. Beer, wine, sodas, and water will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting Heritage Sandy Springs Museum and Park. Join in on the fun before the music begins at the newest event, the Taproom Concert Series (Taproom Tastings). Each concert will be preceded by the ticketed event, offering attendees the chance to sip and stroll around the park while tasting a selection of craft beers. Free parking is available in designated lots off Sandy Springs Place and Sandy Springs Circle, including the Sandy Springs Methodist Church’s Activities Center. Heritage Green on The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8. 7:00 –8:30 p.m. heritagesandysprings.org

DUNWOODY ART FESTIVAL May 11 –12 in Dunwoody

A Mother’s Day tradition in the City of Dunwoody, the crowdpleasing Dunwoody Art Festival will celebrate its tenth dazzling show. The Dunwoody Village area transforms into a whimsical artist market with fun for the entire family, and Dunwoody Village Parkway becomes a shoppers’ paradise. This festival continues to attract the top artisans from across the country. A fun-filled Kidz Zone will await youngsters with great rides, sand art, imaginative crafts, and games. A relaxing stage with continuous live music will be located in the new Festival Food Court, alongside the artist market in a shade-filled lot (next to the Renasant Bank). With the partnership of the Dunwoody Crier, incredible community volunteers, and the Dunwoody Rotary Club, Dunwoody Art Festival is a must-see! 1449 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. & Sunday 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. splashfestivals.com

ALIVE! EXPO May 18-19 in Atlanta

Alive! Expo is “The Natural Products & Green Living” consumer event. Every year Alive! Expo brings together local and national companies that specialize in natural and organic products, natural and organic foods, environmental, Green and Eco products for the home, pets, and the whole family, recyclable products, naturopathic & alternative practitioners, chiropractors, vitamins and supplements, as well as health food retailers, and community non-profit organizations. At the expo, companies showcase information about their products and services to thousands of individuals interested in leading a green, clean, and healthy lifestyle. Alive! Expo is a fun and exciting weekend event for the entire family. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy SE, Atlanta. Saturday 10:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m. & Sunday 11:00 a.m –6:00 p.m. aliveexpo.com


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METRO EVENTS YAARAB’S 77TH ANNUAL SHRINE CIRCUS May 18-27 in Marietta

IMAGINARY WORLDS: ALICE’S WONDERLAND May 11-October 27 in Atlanta

The exhibition of giant topiary-like plant sculptures, at both the Atlanta and Gainesville gardens, is back by popular demand after last summer’s blockbuster show, Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Many of last year’s crowd-favorite sculptures will make a comeback only donning coats of different plant palettes than before. A giant White Rabbit towers at more than 27 feet tall as it floats inside an upside-down umbrella in the Skyline Garden pond. That tops even the Garden’s resident Earth Goddess sculpture, at 22 feet. On the Skyline lawn is an expansive chess board bordered by nine heart “trees” each more than 12 feet tall, with a giant Cheshire Cat poised nearby. Alice herself is on hand—just elsewhere in the Garden. Who’s up for the challenge of finding her? Making encore appearances are the Dragon, Mammoth, Mermaid, Phoenix, Camels, and Pegasus, many sporting all-new plantings. At the Gainesville Garden, look for a return of the friendly Ogre, along with Rip Van Winkle, Bears, and Frogs. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue. Sunday–Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweetbay Drive. Sunday –Tuesday 9:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m. atlantabg.org

NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY

May 18 in Sandy Springs & Dunwoody Sandy Springs and other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “Active kids are healthy kids,” and National Kids to Parks Day encourages residents to use local parks and recreation sites to develop more active, healthy lifestyles. Look for games, field day activities, contests and races, games, inflatables, water slides, face painting, entertainment, and raffles. Hammond Park, 705 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs. 10:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m. sandyspringsga.gov The City of Dunwoody will be celebrating this national day of outdoor play with live music, face painting, balloon artists, food carts, yard games, giveaways, and a movie! Games, food, music, and activities will be available from 5 –8 p.m.; movie and popcorn cart begins at dusk (around 8:45 p.m.) Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. 5:00 –11:00 p.m. dunwoodyga.gov

Yaarab Shrine is known for having the world’s largest Shrine Circus. It is a popular annual event that offers an affordable, safe, and wholesome environment for adults and children of all ages. In addition to the 26 (80-minute) circus performances under The Big Top, there are more than 40 carnival rides and attractions, as well as hot wings, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears, and more. See Johnny Rockett’s Cycle Circus Live, the largest FMX freestyle entertainment show of its kind, and also an arts & crafts show inside the new 30,000 square foot Event Center. Fireworks on Saturday, May 18 and 25. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. Monday-Friday 5:00 p.m. Saturdays (& Memorial Day) 10:00 a.m. Sun. 12:00 p.m. 2019shrinecircus.com

colorful hot air balloons, in North Georgia’s Alpine Village. Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 a.m., race competitors and local flyers will take to the sky. While the competition to the Atlantic continues, other balloonist compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6:00 p.m. Local flying events will also take place Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. each day for around 1-2 hours. There will be many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, or taking a tethered ride in a balloon. helenballoon.com

GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES May 31 in Marietta

The Marietta community will again be “dancing in the street” during the Glover Park Concert Series, featuring local and national acts on the Marietta Square. A limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. The Series is presented in part by the Downtown Marietta Development Authority, the City of Marietta, and Marietta Parks, Recreation, and Facilities. Glover Park, 50 North Park Square, Marietta. Last Friday of the month, MaySeptember. 8:00 p.m. Artwork: Marietta native, Ann Miltiades is the featured artist for the 2019 concert series poster. Ann retired after 40 years in the antique business and started oil painting, a dream she’d had for years. mariettaga.gov

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CITY GREEN LIVE May 24 in Sandy Springs

New this year is City Green Live, a Friday night “mustdo” for music lovers! This free concert series will feature local, as well as nationally-known musicians. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Food and drink is available on site, or bring your own. A limited number of tables are available for purchase. Steep Canyon Rangers, a GRAMMY® award-winning American bluegrass band widely known since 2009 for collaborating with actor Steve Martin is first in the series. On the Green at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. May 24 & 31; Jun. 14, 21 & 28; Jul. 26; Aug. 2, 16 & 30; Sept. 27. Food trucks arrive at 6:30 p.m. Bands take the stage at 7:30 p.m. citysprings.com

HELEN TO THE ATLANTIC BALLOON RACE & FESTIVAL May 30-June 1 in Helen

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The Georgia Philharmonic closes their season with a musical journey through Tragedy and Rebirth. Opening the evening is Brahms’ Tragic Overture, a moving piece with a turbulent and tormented character. One can imagine it as the soundtrack to a dramatic Shakespearean tragedy. Next is Pablo de Sarasate’s Navarra, a stunning work for two virtuoso violins, featuring both current and previous concertmasters, sisters Martha Gardner and Kathryn Gardner-Otwell. By turns lyrical and rousing, it captures all of the nostalgia and passion for which Sarasate is famous. To close, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. The piece explores the theme of rebirth both for the composer and for the striving of his country at the time. Renowned pianist Heinrich Neuhaus declared it “deep, meaningful, gripping music... striking for its novelty and originality, but at the same time somehow hauntingly familiar, so truly and sincerely does it recount human feelings.” This masterpiece moved audiences at its premiere to weep with joy and applaud for more than thirty minutes. Lassiter High School Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta. Adult $25, Senior $15 & Student $10. 7:0010:00 p.m. georgiaphilharmonic.org


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plan through private insurance companies (also referred to as Medigap) to help defray your out-of-pocket expenses from what Parts A and B do not cover. However, you have to pay monthly premiums for these plans, in The biggest risk to a carefully planned and your monthly prescriptions (unless addition to the monthly premiums for retirement is healthcare expenses. For administered in a hospital setting). Medicare Parts B and D. The Therefore, you may need to purchase supplemental plans only cover one peran average 65-year-old couple, retiring in 2019, healthcare expenses are antici- a prescription drug plan. Medicare son, so if you’re married each spouse Part D and some Medicare Advantage will have to buy their own plan. pated to cost $285,000 in today’s plans offer prescription drug coverage, dollars over the course of retirement Before Amazon, Instacart, and which will help you lower your out-of- Grubhub, if you didn’t leave your (Source: Fidelity Benefits Consulting pocket expenses. You can check to see estimate; 2019). And we emphasize house, you weren’t spending money. which Part D plans will cover your that this excludes long-term care Unfortunately, as we age, it may be medication to select the best plan for expenses. more costly to stay at home, especially Medicare and what it does and does- you. We suggest you review your Part D if you need help with cooking, n’t cover is confusing, which may lead plan annually, as the covered cleaning, dressing, bathing, and transmedications may change year to year. to underestimating how much money portation. In-home care expenses can You can purchase a supplemental you need for healthcare expenses. add up (usually $20-25/hour); the Medicare won’t cover all of your average annual cost for home health healthcare expenses. Here’s what aides is $50,336. (Source: Genworth Medicare Parts A and B will cover: Cost of Care Survey 2018) Health aides most hospital stays, emergency room aren’t the only expenses. You may need visits, certain lab tests, and doctor’s ofto renovate your home to make it more fice visits. However, you may be accessible and safer, rent or buy a responsible for copays and a portion of wheelchair-friendly van, or outsource the costs for these expenses. Medicare home maintenance tasks. Parts A and B won’t cover most dental, Preparing for a comfortable hearing, vision, long term care services, retirement takes knowledge. You will

MONEY

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A Tough Pill to Swallow

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face a number of big decisions: when to retire, when to take Social Security, how to pay for your expenses in retirement, etc. Each decision is interconnected and can affect your ideal lifestyle in retirement. Don’t let unanticipated healthcare costs in retirement be a tough pill to swallow. Turn to a trusted advisor to help you plan for a healthy retirement. Life is a journey. Navigate it wisely.❍ Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Cetera Investment Advisers LLC. Cetera entities are under separate ownership from any other named entity. The views expressed are for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any security which may be referenced herein. This information is not a substitute for professional guidance in financial, tax, estate planning or legal matters.

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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Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2019: A Day of Remembrance

For those of you who have trouble remembering or get confused between what months Memorial Day and Veterans Day are in, I have something to help you out. I learned a little mnemonic device back in school: Memorial Day, May. There, now you will never forget. Just as we the people of the United States will never forget those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. With that being said, Memorial Day weekend is coming up at the end of the month. Always a fun, long weekend with family and friends. If you’ll be in town, here are a few of the local ceremonies taking place:

The City of Alpharetta and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta will host the 5th Annual Memorial Day Tribute May 27 at Alpharetta City Hall, located at 2 Park Plaza. The event is free for the public to attend. The Memorial Day Tribute will start off with music by the Alpharetta City Band at 9:00 a.m. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. which will include an invocation, posting of colors, Pledge of Allegiance, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” keynote speaker, a laying of the wreath, rifle salute, and “Taps.” The National Anthem will be sung by rising Alpharetta Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute High School senior, Johnny Serafino, Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin said, and “Taps” will be “America’s fallen heroes paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy Brigadier General Thomas played by 2019 H. Blackstock Jr. Alpharetta High today. Alpharetta’s Memorial Day School graduate, Nick Amundsen. Tribute is a wonderful opportunity to The esteemed keynote speaker, come together and honor those men and Brigadier General Thomas H. women for their sacrifices.”

Blackstock Jr., will make the Memorial Day Tribute a truly memorable occasion. His extensive resume touts his commitment to the Army of the United States of America, with his first military assignment starting in 1988. Over his 30-year-long career he has completed a multitude of assignments, traveling to Saudi Arabia, Central America, Afghanistan, and various states in the U.S. With over 30 decorations and badges, including a Defense Superior Service Medal, a Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, Brigadier General Blackstock exemplifies the American spirit. Not only an Army man, Brigadier General Blackstock Jr. is an accomplished academic, graduating from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an M.B.A. from Touro University International and an M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Brigadier General Blackstock is the Assistant Adjutant General with duty as Commanding

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General in the 78th Troop Command and Commanding General in the Georgia State Defense Force. John Hipes, Chairman of the Memorial Day Tribute said, “Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to the brave men and women of our military who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. I welcome Alpharetta and the surrounding communities to join us on May 27 as we honor [them]….” alpharetta.ga.us and alpharettacityband.com

Milton Memorial Day Ceremony The City of Milton will proudly salute veterans in a Memorial Day ceremony May 27 at Freedom Park from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. The ceremony will feature a guest speaker, presentation of the colors by the Milton Public Safety Color Guard, local musicians, and a roll call of Milton’s fallen veterans. cityofmiltonga.us


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Close harmony singing and superb instrumental playing are the hallmarks of the Chuck Nation Band, which will perform after the military ceremony at Roswell Remembers. Division to make the first beach landings invading Japan when WW2 came to an end. Sgt. Lingefelt proudly served his country with two brothers, who survived as well. Mr. Lingefelt’s current passion, in retirement, is as Scoutmaster Emeritus of Troop 465 in Hickory Flat, where he has helped develop boys into young men for more than 50 years. The program will conclude at 12:30 p.m. After the military ceremony, enjoy a picnic on the City Hall grounds, or purchase BBQ available on site. Enjoy the Chuck Nation Band—based in north Georgia, the band is an ensemble of award-winning performers and one of the most entertaining and versatile groups in bluegrass/acoustic music. roswellmemorialday.com, chucknationband.com

National Moment of Remembrance Each year on Memorial Day a National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. Americans are asked to pause for a duration of one minute. In 2000, this act of national unity was established by Congress to raise awareness of the honorable contributions made by those who died while defending our nation and to encourage all Americans to honor those who died in service to the United States. Be sure to get your flag out, fly it all month (or the next three months—Flag Day is in June and then the Fourth of July), and enjoy a memorable Memorial Day weekend. ❍

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Roswell Remembers is the largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia. In 1997, twelve patriotic individuals came together to create a non-political, noncommercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made in protecting our freedom. It attracted approximately 1,800 individuals. From that humble beginning, came an event which attracts people from throughout Georgia and the southeast. The ceremony will be held May 27 on the grounds of Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill Street. Displays will be open to the public at 10:00 a.m. with pre-ceremony music beginning at 10:15 a.m. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will include a presentation of colors, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, “Lest we forget” POW-MIA, laying of the wreath, a featured speaker, benediction, 21-gun salute, and “Taps.” The poignant and beautiful bugle call will be played by Jon Andersen. Scott McAlilley serves as the lone bagpiper and a beautiful rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.” will be performed by Massee McKinley. The emcee will be Moby, who has a 25-year history as the top morning DJ in Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta. Known for his patriotism, Moby’s respect for those who serve our country and those who have given their all is evident as he emcees the military portion of the ceremony. The featured speaker, Sergeant George Lingefelt, was born February 27, 1923 in Silver City, Georgia. He entered the Army in December 1942 and was officially sworn into service in 1943. After boot camp, Sergeant Lingefelt was assigned to the 81st Wildcat Division as an infantryman machine gunner. Following maneuvers in Louisiana, the 81st was sent to the South Pacific to secure a group of islands including New Caledonia, New Guinea, Palau, and Angeur as part of a larger offensive campaign known as “Operation Forager.” After securing the B29 base, the 81st Division was sent back to New Caledonia for re-supplying the Division prior to leaving for the Philippines. Rising to the rank of #1 Gunner, Sgt. Lingefelt and the 81st Wildcat Division were deployed to the Philippine mountains, and after these maneuvers, scheduled to join with the 77th Infantry

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By Jon Copsey

Immerse Yourself in Butterflies

Life is an odyssey full of challenges and triumphs. Throughout this journey, we serve as our client’s guide, keeping their end-goals in sight. Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors works with people like you, who have financial goals and are seeking honest, personalized advice. Together, we create a plan that wisely navigates your life’s journey to help you achieve financial wellbeing. LIFE IS A JOURNEY. NAVIGATE IT WISELY. Integrated Wealth Management Services • Personal Financial Planning • Investment Strategies • Retirement Planning • Asset Management Call 770.992.4444 • Estate Planning • Risk Management for guidance with • Education Funding your financial • Insurance Coverage

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Have you seen butterflies sleep? They hang upside down under leaves and branches during the night. When the temperature warms up, they unfold their wings and start fluttering. Experience the flying of butterflies this June and July at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The season takes flight June 1 and 2 at the 20th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. This North Atlanta tradition invites visitors to get close and see the colorful pollinators as they fly around the center. Butterfly gardens, live butterfly releases, and plenty of family fun await families at the festival. The month also opens the famous Butterfly Encounter. This enclosed greenhouse features hundreds of butterflies flitting around the native plants they love to eat. It’s easy to get up close to the butterflies and you even have a chance to feed them using a nectar stick. Each of the species in the

Monarch and Malachite Photo: Lexie Newhouse. Delighted observers at the Butterfly Encounter. Photo: Chattahoochee Nature Center encounter is native to Georgia, so you are sure to walk away more familiar with our local species and butterfly biology. Be sure to bring your camera! The popular monarch butterfly is just one of the colorful species you will find in the Butterfly Encounter. This butterfly is the only one known to migrate, each year flying from North America down to Mexico. What you may not know is that it only likes to lay eggs on the milkweed plant. If there are no milkweed plants available, the butterfly will not lay its eggs, leading to population decline. Like other pollinators, bees for example, butterflies have an important role to play in our ecosystem. Learn all about pollinators when you visit.

The Butterfly Festival is June 1 and 2. Visit CNC’s website for ticketing information. The Butterfly Encounter outdoor exhibit is open daily June 3 until July 31. It is included with general admission and free to members.

Sunset Sips One great way to see the Butterfly Encounter is to come to the Sunset Sips evening events. Featuring live music and a cash bar, the grounds will be open to walk before and during the show.

Butterfly Encounter How many butterflies can you find? Enter the Butterfly Encounter and get counting this summer at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. More info: chattnaturecenter.org. ❍


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Know Your Heart

By Jon-Paul Croom, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, senior vice president, WellStar Health System

Not long ago, I was having a discussion with my best friend Matt about all of the technological advancements we have seen since we started college in the early nineties. During those years, neither of us owned a computer. When we had a paper to type, we would go to this room called a “computer lab.” We had to save those electronic papers to a floppy disk. Internet and email did not exist, at least not to us. If you wanted to talk to someone, you would call them on a land line (although we just called it a phone) and if no one was home, you would leave a message on an answering machine that had a tiny cassette tape. Since then, we have seen mobile phones, smart phones, GPS, Instagram and digital cameras (I think I was one of the last students to learn how to use a darkroom). We have also had many cool advancements in healthcare since that time: electronic health records, robotic surgery, automated laboratories and integrated telemetry systems. Matt had heard about most of these, but what he did not know was that we now have a quick test to determine heart attack risk. With the speed of a 132-slice CT Scanner, we can now take an image of your heart mid-beat. This is important, because until recently, CTs were not fast enough and would only catch the blur of a heart in motion. So, what can this CT scan show? To understand that requires a quick lesson in cardiology. Your body has coronary arteries which bring oxygenated blood to the muscles of your heart. If these arteries get clogged, the heart muscles quickly begin to die due to lack of oxygen. Cardiologists refer to this as a myocardial infarction. The rest of us call it a heart attack. These clogs are caused by a plaque composed of fats, cholesterol and calcium. This plaque

can eventually narrow the artery, cause inflammation, or burst to create a blood clot. If you have ever looked inside a clogged drainpipe, you would notice some similarities, albeit on a much larger scale. A heart scan (also known as coronary calcium scan) is a CT image of your coronary arteries. A cardiologist can look at this scan and score the level of calcium buildup observed. Your score will give you an idea of your risk for a heart attack. Often, this scan can detect a problem long before you notice any symptoms. Or, it may give you some peace of mind that you are in good shape. In addition to being a quick, painless test, a heart scan is also relatively inexpensive. To make it easy, WellStar’s “Know Your Heart” program offers the scan for $99 (or $149 for you and a friend). Also, if you are age 40 or older and have couple of risk factors (such as family history, smoking history, obesity or diabetes), you may self-refer without having to first meet with a physician. WellStar has six locations for this test throughout the Atlanta metro area. I recommend WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Sure, I have some obvious bias, but I’m writing the article! I cannot imagine what technology will bring in the next 30 years, but I want to be sure that I am around to see it. Healthcare can be scary, but it now offers all of us the chance to discover heart disease long before it becomes a problem. To learn more or to schedule a CT Heart (Coronary Calcium) Screen, call 770-956-STAR (7827). ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar May through July 2019 SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Roswell Room. Open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 404-630-3293 to register or for more information. 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 AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR* Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $60. This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals. Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 5/11, 6/8 and 7/13, 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 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20, 7/11 and 7/25, 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. Speaking about Wellness for 2019 Quarterly Seminar Series SAW for Women: Making Sense of Women’s Health Tests and Screenings Tuesday, May 14 Confused about which health tests and screenings you need? Adhering to recommended routine preventive measures, such as immunizations, is just what the doctor ordered to help keep you healthy and catch potential problems early. The information presented will help you determine what health screenings and tests are right for you, and how regularly you should have them done. 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: Know Before You Go: Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Visit Tuesday, June 25 Do you need to see a doctor? Not sure whether to see your primary care doctor, see a specialist or go to an urgent care center? Join us as our healthcare team offers some guidance with these dilemmas. Regardless of which doctor you see, we will offer you tips for getting the most from your appointment and help you determine the types of questions you should be asking your physician. North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m.; program presentation: 6:30 – 8 p.m. $10 per program 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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In honor of National Women’s Health Week (May 12 –18), we talked to OB-GYN physicians Caroline Gibbons, M.D., and Desiree Ashong Simon, M.D., MPH, about how women can stay healthy throughout their lives.

medication safety for pregnancy and activity, history of abnormal pap lactation. Begin taking a prenatal smears and number of lifetime sexvitamin even before you conceive. ual partners. I believe pap smears should be tailored to your personal Does North Fulton Hospital allow history and current health CG: Enjoy a once-a-week “me midwives and doulas? condition.                time,” like a manicure/pedicure, CG: Yes! I have worked with facial, reading a book, or retail therWhat advice do you have for midwives my entire career. They are apy. Exercise daily if you can, but optimum health during advocates of pregnancy health and with the reality of a busy schedule, promote “healthy mom and healthy menopause? three times a week is still good. baby” for a safe and desirable birth. Exercise releases the happy DAS: Maintaining optimum Midwives help with physical, endorphins that get you moving. health during menopause can be Choose healthier foods such as salad emotional, and informational very similar to maintaining health support to a mother before, during, in other stages of life—healthy with a protein more times during the week, but give yourself a day to and after childbirth, as well as post- eating, regular exercise, taking cheat on sweets. Choose water over partum. They ensure the family is care of one’s mental and well engaged to participate in this soft drinks. Be sure to get routine emotional health and regular joyous occasion. Doulas are always medical screenings and don’t miss medical  checkups. welcome; they provide personal regular medical visits, especially Discuss with your provider how with conditions such as diabetes or assistance and support to the mom. your healthcare needs (i.e., hypertension. Why do some women choose water screening and testing, medications, safety issues) change with this new If you’re considering becoming birth at North Fulton Hospital? stage in your life. Continue to be DAS: Some women choose water your own advocate.  pregnant, what steps should you birth as a low-intervention means of take to optimize your health? Dr. Gibbons practices at WellStar pain relief and delivery. For low-risk DAS: Try to optimize your health Medical Group – Northwest women, this is a great option for deacross the board. If overweight or Women’s Care, 2500 Hospital Blvd., livery. Water birth and other obese, losing as little as 5 –10% of Suite 340, Roswell (470-956-4590), alternative methods for pain your weight may help avoid some of and 3747 Roswell Rd. NE, Suite management can allow for quicker the most common medical issues in 206, Marietta (770-980-1818). post-delivery recovery.  pregnancy and make it easier to Dr. Ashong Simon practices at What’s the most common question Providence Women’s Healthcare, manage post-pregnancy weight. Establish good dietary habits before you hear from patients? 1300 Upper Hembree Rd., Building you begin having odd cravings, and 100, Suite D, Roswell CG: Are pap smears necessary? work on establishing an exercise (770-670-6170). Yes, pap smears are necessary for routine—pregnancy is not the time the screening of cervical cancer. to start new diets or try new exercise Screening begins at age 21 routines.  If dealing with any regardless of sexual activity. Many chronic  medical conditions, such as @NFultonHospital gynecologists and primary care diabetes, hypertension or providers will inform you when your autoimmune disorders, work with next pap smear is needed. Routine your primary care physician to pap smears can vary in the schedule better control them, and review Facebook.com/NorthFultonHospital from 1 –5 years depending on sexual

Women are known for burning the candle at both ends. What are your top tips for practicing self care?

Desiree Ashong Simon, M.D., MPH and Caroline Gibbons, M.D.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital provides services for women during all stages of life. Services include labor and delivery, awardwinning lactation consulting, postpartum, nursery, neonatal intensive care, diagnostics, cancer care and breast health services. For more information, call 770-751-2660.

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the ladies have a new game. Anne Hathaway’s motivations are revenge on the men who don’t believe women are as smart as men. Her version of Robin Hood (stealing from the rich to give to the poor), is stealing from the naive narcissist to keep for herself. Their mark is a tech billionaire. Once the initial set-up on the train, the story is all new, a fresh, modern take on the grift. We get to delight in what they will come up with next, and it’s refreshing not knowing how it will turn out. Is the tech billionaire going to end up conning them as in the original? Or will there be an entirely different ending? Will the two ladies work together, or will they turn on each other? We really don’t know. (No spoilers here.) The Hustle, with its gorgeous French Riviera locale, hilarious performances, and swanky costumes and sets, is the perfect guilty pleasure film to enjoy this May. It opens May 10 on Mother’s Day weekend; take her! ❍

By Britt Argo

THREE REASONS YOU’LL LOVE IT

If you loved Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988 Steve Martin/Michael Caine) and you loved the Broadway musical, there is a great chance you’ll love The Hustle! What it’s about—A Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake. Just like in the first one—we meet (Rebel Wilson) on a train to the French Riviera. Rebel is a lowrent, uncouth grifter, scamming gullible travelers out of $20 and a free meal. Anne Hathaway, a chic, sophisticated, successful con artist watches, exclusively working her own cons in the Riviera. Anne, bemused by the shenanigans, can’t help but tip her hat, yet wish her on her way. Unfortunately, once Rebel sees the high life, what Anne has acquired with her long con, she decides to stay awhile and try her luck hustling the rich on Anne’s turf. Realizing this would be bad for business, Anne reluctantly takes her on as a protege, mentoring Rebel in her “sugar baby ways.” Why you will love it—Three great

reasons: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, and a twist on the story. Anne Hathaway is the perfect choice for the Michael Caine/Lawrence Jamieson role. She has a proven track record playing a suave, sophisticated straight woman to a bumbling assistant (Agent 99 in Get Smart, opposite Steve Carell) and believable as the high society, in-on-the-plan gal (Daphne Kluger in Ocean’s 8). She is brilliant at this role because of her comedic timing. It’s the pause before the line. It’s the commanding, in-charge presence. She and Rebel Wilson have “buddy chemistry” together to pull this remake off. Rebel Wilson was the only choice to take on Steve Martin’s Freddy Benson role. She has perfected the slapstick, selfdeprecating, bumbling, lovable bit in so many past films (Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect trilogy, Robin in How To Be Single, and Natalie in Isn’t It Romantic, her recent flick). Here she gets to shine

again in all the misses, falls, foibles, and more as she gets it right every time, she does it wrong. So fun to watch. The twist—We already know the guys Britt Argo, an avid movie fan, sees an avcompeted to woo a rich heiress (Glenne erage of 150 movies a year in the movie Headly) out of her fortune, and she theaters. She is the marketing coordinator at turned the tables on them. In The Hustle, Aurora Cineplex at Area 51.

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LIFE AT 50+

By Di Chapman

“You look great… for your age!”

Kill me now! I’ve entered a new era of life. An era that sucks, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Dare to go to sleep and the pods will suck you up and regurgitate a replica of you, only this time with wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, and thighs; upper arms that keep waving at others when you stop; and derriere cheeks that start a race to the floor. I call this the for your age stage. You know, the one where people say, “Gee, you look great for a woman your age!” Or, as one of my exercise classmates

noted when I had some skin rejuvenation treatments, “Wow, you don’t look 64 now. You look 54!” OMG! I’ve entered the phase of life where looking 54 is a new measure of looking youthful. I’ll happily own it. Truth is, I may have surpassed my 50s, but it can be a darn good-looking decade. But, when did the expression for your age start happening to me? When did I go from being someone who keeps herself as youthful-looking as possible, to being seen as an older woman who is taking care of herself and her appearance? And gentlemen readers, as I dive into this, I want to assure you that you needn’t roll your eyes about another woman’s, angst-laden topic. It is about

growing older, in which women play a huge part in the cast of characters. This particular column is not just for the ladies. It’s also about you. Indeed, you have wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and more in your lives. Trust me, it affects all of us. I commend you. Read on. One of the things we love about you men is your devotion to us, even as we throw ourselves over a cliff with the runaway train that is plowing into us, bringing with it our aging bodies and faces. Even as the pods scarf us up and produce older replicas overnight, you gentlemen earn gold stars in sympathizing. More importantly, you know when and how to respond to our constantly evolving questions about our

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looks. Just like we want you to say “no” A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta when we ask you if our butt looks big do. in a certain outfit, we want you to say You know, my husband’s mom and I “no” when we’re an inch from the enjoy each other very much and mirror, feeling deflated over another converse about, well, everything. I line, and asking, “Do you think my face remember one particular talk we had is too wrinkled?” Honestly? You don’t about how our appearances change as need to understand us, but humor us, we women age. “As you get older, you and just say no. Better yet, say, “No, become invisible to men.” Coming from you look beautiful.” Attaboy. You’re off her, I believed it; she was in her late the hook for today. 80s at the time, a widow, still going But the “Di, you look great for a strong with her own condo, exercise, woman your age!” exclamation can and travel. She boarded the bus at her happen anytime, anyplace. It can be church for senior casino days. She from total strangers, and in fitting stayed fashionable every day. She still rooms, grocery stores, drugstores, pizza does at 102, and her daughter, my places, and the gym. It happened to me sister-in-law, is easily one of the most twice just this past week, once by a attractive women you’ll meet. A beautiyoung man and again by a young ful fashionista at age 73, she’s got it woman. Both comments going on. EVEN AS THE PODS followed first, a We bombed around SCARF US UP AND discussion about how, in mom’s Honda PRODUCE OLDER “You’re in great shape Accord. One day, in for your age,” from the REPLICAS OVERNIGHT, the grocery store parkyoung man; and the ing lot, she spotted a YOU GENTLEMEN second, another space. An elderly genEARN GOLD STARS IN enthusiastic comment tleman strolled toward SYMPATHIZING. MORE the store. All of a sudafter an exercise class, IMPORTANTLY, YOU “You’re very beautiful den, she took a detour. for your age,” the young KNOW WHEN AND “You see him?” she exwoman told me as she HOW TO RESPOND TO plained, “He always scurried past across the OUR CONSTANTLY hits on me.” fitness floor. I thanked EVOLVING QUESTIONS So ladies, what do them both for their we do with the gee, ABOUT OUR LOOKS. compliments and you look good for your contemplated throwing myself under a age backhanded sweet-talkers? stack of 100 pound weights in motion. Shall we thank them for the compli(Again with the for your age?) ment or smack them, or both? It’s kind of like waking up from a Well, let’s show them. You know how great night’s sleep. You can’t believe sometimes you feel pretty hot, albeit that your head is sharp, you feel with sagging skin? Why not? Sure, I’d chipper, and you know how good you’ll love to hear the wolf whistle again as I look in the outfit you picked out last walk past construction sites. I wouldn’t night to wear today. Thankfully, you mind being hit on again, like my didn’t have hot flashes. You feel mother-in-law with her sought-after confident about your day. And then it looks. happens. You look in the mirror. Dang, But, girls, as long we can still rock it doesn’t lie. To your horror, a new our jeans, no matter what age or bootie wrinkle has appeared out of nowhere size or shape, we’re not dead yet. during the night and stares back at We’re lookin’ pretty slammin’... for you. After age 50, my dears, I’ve calcu- our age. ❍ lated that this happens every six Di Chapman is an inspirational months until after age 60. You gotta author and speaker, and a branding give it up. A new wrinkle appears darn consultant. Di’s latest book is Rekindle near every morning, whether you kick Your Purpose: Break through your disand scream about it, resign yourself to appointments, discouragements, and it, or buy some cosmetic procedures. detours to resurrect your purpose and My advice? For goodness sake, deep-six live it! Contact Di at your magnifying makeup mirror. Who diychapman@icloud.com invented this torture device?


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GARDEN

Green Scene by Geri Laufer

Luscious Lilies for North-Metro Landscapes Heck, I love lilies so much that I named my dog Lily! Include true lily bulbs in your fall bulb order. Common names are misleading, and “Lily” is a catch-all term for many different types of plants. All of the following are called lily—milk-and-wine lily, canna lily, rain lily, lily of the valley, African lily, magic lily, spider lily, blackberry lily, kaffir lily, foxtail lily, Amazon lily, climbing lily, Guernsey lily, African corn lily, calla lily, and daylily! Yikes! Each of these has its own genus. In this article we are talking about the true lily or genus Lilium. Lily fragrance is a constant and enhances the landscape in early summer. Flower colors range from white to yellow, orange, red, and pink, with speckles, stripes, and lovely variations. Lilies are hardy bulbs and are best planted in the fall so they can become established before flowering next summer, but locally available container-grown lilies can be planted any time.

Types of Lilies Asian lilies – Tough short lilies, three-feet tall, perfect for the mailbox planting, in bold colors of red, orange, yellow, white, pink, and even a dark purple. Chinese trumpet lilies – The familiar Easter lily is an example of the graceful trumpet lilies. A costsaving tip is to look for Easter lilies the day after Easter, when the price is marked way down, and plant them in your garden right away. Oriental lilies – Towering specimens grow 6-8 feet in Atlanta gardens and are incredibly fragrant. Orienpet lilies – Hybrid lilies (a cross between oriental and trumpet categories) that grow into towering specimens 6 – 8 feet in Atlanta gardens. They are incredibly fragrant and scent the entire landscape. These are my favorite; do try some. Tiger lilies – Shorter lilies with reflexed petals and spots come in orange, yellow, white, and pink. Find out all about lilies online at the North American Lily Society at lilies.org, or like them at facebook.com/NorthAmericanLilySociety. Then there is a mail order nursery that I have ordered from for years called Van Engelen, and they give tons of information and stock many varieties of hardy lilies. You can find them at vanengelen.com/flower-bulbs-index/hardylilies.html. Do you have some nice lily pictures from your home landscape? Let me know by posting at facebook.com/CurrentPlus or email me at geri@ gardengeri.com. ❍

All photos are the incredibly fragrant Orienpet hybrids, which grow 6 – 8 feet and scent the entire landscape. Photos: David Laufer Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she and her graphic designer husband, David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a never-finished landscape. You can read her archived columns online at thecurrenthub.com and connect with her at geri@gardengeri.com.


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At Tortugas it’s all about the food Sundry restaurant snoots correctly call attention to the fact a myriad of the best restaurants are “holesin-the-wall.” Mind you, I’m a big aficionado of a legion of the stylish restaurants with alluring locations—Canton Street, Alpharetta City Center, and Avalon. But there will always be a special place in my heart and ample stomach for bare-bones restaurants where it’s all about the food.

WANT ME TO SINGLE OUT JUST ONE? ALL THE MOFONGOS…

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If there is only one must order item at Tortugas Cuban Grill, it just may be the shrimp mofongo. If your daughter prefers Mexican, the shrimp quesadilla fits the bill.

Enter Tortugas Cuban Grill. Located just over the Roswell border in Peachtree Corners on Holcomb Bridge Road, it’s effortless to overlook, especially if traveling east. The senescent shopping center isn’t the most inviting. Hence, it’s even easier to dismiss. Stop disregarding it. Now. I need to clarify my procedure at The Current Hub for selecting which establishments to review. Unlike a conventional critic, I’m not appointed a restaurant to examine and chronicle be it good, bad, or ugly. I eat out unceasingly and elect to center on the best of the best. Hence, when I say I’d advocate just about anything on the menu, it’s not a cop-out. My mission at The Hub is to tout places that should be packed daily. If a restaurant doesn’t rise to that level, they won’t get a detailed review. By default, any restaurant articled by me here will likely have no shortage of laudable dishes. Want me to single out just one? All the mofongos, with shrimp being my favorite. Perhaps isolating such dish is slightly ironic because its genesis is in Puerto Rico, not Cuba. Green plantains are fried, then mashed with garlic, salt, and oil in a wooden pilon. Oh my, can I tell you how much I miss long-time Norcross restaurant, Mi Pilon? But I digress, back to the here and now. When I’ve ordered the lechon asado (roasted pork), considered by many to be the quintessential Cuban dish, the pork was left mostly intact as opposed to pulled that I’ve gotten at most Cuban

So simple, yet so good. 0rder the ham croquettes. Always. restaurants, including in South Florida. Tortugas (“Turtles” in Spanish) has a slightly different version than what I’m most accustomed to, but a righteous one, nonetheless. Who doesn’t love a Cuban sandwich? In my neck of the woods, there is a Big Three: Mojito’s Cuban Bistro (not to be confused with the also good, but not as impressive Mojito Cafe), D’Cuban Cafe, and Tortugas. Putting them in precise order may require further research, but it’s now a battle for my fourth most treasured. I do have an obsession with the simple appetizer ham croquettes. Not the most ambitious dish, it’s merely fried ground ham with bread crumbs. But only a vaunted place I’ve been in Tampa rivals the ones I’ve consumed here countless times. There’s a limited number of food snobs with more pretentious opinions than yours truly. However, a guy by the name of Steve Drucker does achieve that benchmark. If there is such a thing as a


Some consider lechon asado the quintessential Cuban dish. It’s done very well here. “posting board legend” it would be him. Long before Yelp overtook the world, “His Druckerness” had quite the following on national websites like Roadfood and eGullet, as well as local sites AtlantaCuisine and 285Foodies. A world traveler, who prioritizes eating at the highest-rated restaurants wherever he journeys, the candid gourmet is no easy nut to crack, especially when it comes to international cuisine. Before retiring to Greenville, South Carolina, Drucker feasted at Tortugas often, effusing praise, also certifying he fully sanctions everything he dined. He did distinguish “all the mofongos” as to what he’d most advocate. Another trusted advisor is friend Joan Durbin, a retired, talented wordsmith, who was the food critic for Neighbor News. The South Florida expatriate said the food at Tortugas is “very similar to what we were used to in the Cuban restaurants in Miami.” She also noted mofongo as the dish “that I crave every time I’m there.” I reckon I’m heeding a pattern here. You can’t go wrong at Tortugas, but it is difficult to exceed the quality of the mofongo. ❍

The Cuban sandwich at Tortugas belongs in the discussion for "Best in Metro."

The New England clam chowder at Lapeer Seafood Market has a unique style and is very good.

25 Lemitless Soul Asian Kitchen, is in the same shopping center as the excellent Bite Bistro & Bar. Owner’s son’s name is Lem. Thus the name is a punny and intentional misspelling of “Limitless.” The best item I’ve had thus far is the soul rolls—spring rolls with crab, pork, and shrimp. Side of cabbage was another highlight. It’s at 11550 Webb Bridge Way, Alpharetta, 30005... I was able to confirm that Chipper’s Club club sandwich is among the best in the area. Peach & the Porkchop remains a strong No.1, but this is right there with Coalition F&B and South Main Kitchen after that. The club isn’t on the current SMK menu, however. Oh, but this is a developing story because I have not yet had Hen Mother Cookhouse’s chicken club. I will be beyond shocked if it’s not way up there. MAY 2019 THECURRENTHUB.COM

Market, the third restaurant from Louis Soon. Initial visit suggests it could It’s one of the most critical moments in be his best work yet. I loved the newspaper publishing lore. Presenting exemplary shrimp roll. They present the the inaugural news, notes, and random thinnest broth I’ve ever had in a New musings from your infallible restaurant England clam chowder, almost a New whisperer... England/Rhode Island hybrid. Perhaps we can trademark it as Alpharetta-style Three of my most cherished new clam chowder. Ah, the rhyme for the restaurants of 2018 were #GirlPower reason isn’t culinary as much as for (women chef/owners) establishments: show. They present the ingredients, Hen Mother Cookhouse then pour the broth over them (Soraya Khoury), Gracious Plenty tableside. After experimentations, it was (Jasmin Willis), and M Thai Street resolved the thicker chowder would Food (Sripapa Oyanontaruk). splash too much at showtime. Lapeer Howbeit a much smaller eatery, a belongs in discussion with C&S promising  #GirlPower arrival for 2019 Chowder House and their sister, the is Swan Café in Alpharetta with more casual, Hugo’s as best seafood opSafoora Kamali at the helm. Situated in tion in the area... the unit best known as the former home Another spectacular launching is to Swiss Alpine Bakery, the meat roll was grand. No matter how many times Pablo’s Bakery & Café serving Puerto the place transforms their moniker and Rican food with an extensive bakery ownership, there is still some affiliation menu. Get the tripleta signature sandwich with Puerto Rican style with well-known local pastry chef roasted pork, pastrami, turkey, Swiss Francois Collett. The pastries are still cheese, and ketchup on house-made his creations, though Safoora wants to cirioli bread. French fries are also manbuild on her cake business—weddings, ufactured on premises. Voyage birthdays. I will seek out the limited elsewhere if you demand frozen brown pickings of other savory lunch and bag foolishness. I hoped to seize some breakfast items. 8400 Holcomb Bridge… samplings to-go from their ample Frankly, there are other restaurants in bakery case but necessitated to dash Alpharetta City Center that I enjoy back to my sweatshop dungeon to more, but it’s exciting to have Shade address unexpected fiddle-faddle. There Street Food offer currywurst on the will be a next time. Find Pablo’s at 5075 menu. Wisely, they use Patak’s for the Peachtree Parkway Suite 101, Peachtree bratwurst. Go just for that. I hope they Corners, GA 30092 in the Ingles can fulfill the late smoke-free bar hours shopping center, about two doors down they are promising... from Taqueria Del Mar, one of the better Mexi-Cali places around... Speaking of the ever-blossoming City Center, I explored Lapeer Seafood Newbies are everywhere! Live &

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Soak up Spring & Summer Sounds

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ne of the many things I love about living in our area is there is rarely an evening that live music can’t be found. I absolutely love live music. There is nothing that can immediately take me back to a certain place or time like the first few notes of a song. Music is such a mind manipulator. When I hear jazz, I think of New Orleans and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mardi Gras parades, and the younger years of my kids— bouncing up and down eager to catch beads while sitting atop their homemade ladder seats as they watch the musicians go by. There’s that slow song you awkwardly danced in a mummy-like fashion with that guy or girl in middle school, and later one of you called the local radio station saying, “I’d like to dedicate this song to…” Or how about the song from college you and your friends screamed at the top of your lungs at the local bar or frat party? We all have them. Songs that evoke memories, some better than others, but regardless, music can hugely affect our moods and moves. Music is a huge part of most of our lives, and the abundance of great venues in our area make it even more desirable for many of us to live here.

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, for instance, is conveniently lo-

Tara and crew at the April Jimmy Buffett concert. Every Parrothead needs a tailgate marker. The grilled pineapple suits a Buffett concert.

cated basically in our backyard. Providing a spring and summer lineup with a little something for nearly everyone. This venue happens to be one of my favorites. Prior to concerts, I tailgate in my red, 1971 Ford F-100 where my friends gather to share ice-cold beverages and whatever yummy appetizers we have prepared. The Jimmy Buffett concert has become an annual tailgate for us. I went early to set up for the tailgate at 2:oo p.m. Surrounded by a sea of Parrotheads in the parking lot, I put up my tent and then noticed the other tailgaters who had arrived at the same time as me already had grills fired up, beverages poured, and music blasting. My crew didn’t show up until two hours later, but it was perfectly fine because the party goers behind me kindly “adopted” me with an invitation to join them. This group had two Big Green Eggs fired up?! It was so impressive. They had pineapple soaked in Fireball and tequila, perfectly spiced, then grilled to perfect yumminess. Everything they grilled was fantastic and I learned why. They’re the owners of Deep South Sauce Co. (If you like grilling, you should follow them on Instagram.) So “thank you” to Bruce, Billy, and their fantastic crew. Once my crew showed up, we spent several hours in the parking lot. Then we gathered our herd and entered the venue to claim the plot of land that became our home base for the remainder of the evening. Watching the crowd is entertaining in itself. People navigating their way continues next page>>


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Florence + the Machine’s version of the original Game of Thrones song “Jenny of Oldstones” debuted during the closing credits of this season’s second episode. Florence, the only artist to be featured in the final season of the hit HBO series, recorded the song after being personally approached by the show’s creators, longtime Florence fans David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. PHOTO: VINCENT HAYCOCK

through the mass of spectators—drinking, laughing, and recognizing friends and neighbors as they eagerly await the lights to dim and the show to begin. Although you may have missed Jimmy Buffett on April 25 you still have plenty of options for upcoming shows this spring and summer. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.

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Bryan Adams Chris Young Rascal Flatts Florence and the Machine Dierks Bentley Train & Goo Goo Dolls Luke Combs Dave Matthews Band KoRn & Alice In Chains KIDZ BOP Live Peter Frampton Breaking Benjamin Heart The Smashing Pumpkins & Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Brad Paisley Slipknot Lynyrd Skynyrd

Born and raised in Alabama, our copy editor, Brandy Rixey, holds Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” in a special place in her southern heart. She says she can’t help but get excited every time she hears it. She reminded us that the song was actually recorded right here in Georgia, northeast of Atlanta at Studio One in Doraville. The band is currently on their farewell tour, Last of the Street Survivors, and they are working on a final studio album. Turn it up!

Matilda’s If you enjoy live music and are looking for a unique experience Matilda’s is a must. Once located on Alpharetta Highway, the popular venue has moved to Milton. Matilda and I spoke about her move, and she revealed it was not as easy as she had envisioned. She assumed she would be able to have the house from the original location moved to Milton, but the fact that the developer did not have the Land Disturbance Permit prevented it. However, Matilda was able to relocate the stage, which she referred to as “the identity” of the original venue. She seems optimistic about the new venue and is pleased the May 3 concert is sold out. She also added she has sadly been turning customers away due to the capacity limit of 250 attendees for this first concert and the 200-capacity limit for regular concerts. If you weren’t fortunate enough to obtain tickets for May 3, make reservations for her upcoming events. Bring your own chairs, cooler (BYOB), and bug spray to enjoy the entertainment under the pine trees in this southern backyard atmosphere where the shack’s original front porch becomes the stage as patrons dance beneath the tent or relax in their own loungers. Local art, both funky and unique, can be purchased in the cottage. A truly southern experience in the ’burbs of the ATL, this down-home venue will make you feel like you are at your family reunion (or maybe not) depending on where you are originally from. Think the movies Steel Magnolias meets Sweet Home Alabama who introduces O Brother Where Art Thou?. Matilda’s, 850 Hickory Flat Road, Milton.

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Matilda’s Cottage, now in Milton, at an early stage this spring, getting ready for all her regulars and newcomers.

Lovers Leap, a brand new partnership of musicians Shelby Means (Sally & George, formerly of Della Mae), Mary Lucey (formerly of Biscuit Burners), Joel Timmons (Sally & George, Sol Driven Train), and Billy Cardine (Acoustic Syndicate, formerly of Biscuit Burners), have announced their debut EP, Lovers Leap. Released on April 19, the eponymous collection of songs is a healthy mix of all four member’s backgrounds; beautiful, tight three-part harmony, dobro acrobatics, easy groove, and galloping bluegrass.


For identical twins Dwayne and Dwight Bosman, born and raised in St. Louis, jazz has always been a Bosman family affair. At age ten, they began studying music with their father, Lloyd Smith, lead alto saxophonist and flautist with Earl “Fatha” Hines’ Orchestra and occasional sideman with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, who counted John Coltrane among his other students. Celebrate Mom on May 11 and 12 with the Bosman Twins and their unique style and renditions of jazz, rhythm and blues, funk and gospel, which have earned them national and international acclaim.

Madoca Kawahara, a.k.a. MADOCA™, is a world-class keyboardist and composer. She’s a national recording artist, whose latest release is on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Charts. Her style is a fusion of contemporary/ classic jazz, soul, funk, Latin and salsa— providing musical sustenance for your mind and soul. Her latest release, Illusion of Love, showcases the growth and maturity of this very talented Japanese/American International performer.

The Velvet Note Looking to jazz things up? Designed by musicians,

Newtown Park Newtown Park in Johns Creek is a fantastic spot to

this listening room has been crafted to provide the purest vocal and instrumental reception available to a live audience. The Velvet Note provides an intimate atmosphere, up-close-and-personal conversations with the artists, and outstanding food and spirits, giving its patrons the impression of a private concert. Can you imagine having met Louis Armstrong or Nat King Cole in this fashion? Very classy, yet not pompous, with guest attire ranging from smart casual to polished. Every detail of this place is well-thoughtout down to the palm leaf, wooden plates (wooden to avoid the sound of utensils hitting the plates). Even if you don’t know the first thing about jazz, the impressive board of advisors is there to ensure your experience is a memorable one. The Velvet Note just sounds sexy, doesn’t it? The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta.

spend time with your family on any beautiful day. From the playgrounds to the playing fields, one of the best dog parks I’ve ever seen, and specialty evenings like free movie nights, this park is a gem. It also hosts the free Johns Creek Summer Concert Series at Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater which begin this month with Chicago Rewired, a Chicago Tribute Band. I love Chicago. They were one of the first concerts I attended, the first being “the King” himself… Elvis! Unforgettable! Anyway, this is a lovely venue to see a concert complete with food trucks and beer and wine available for purchase. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and shows start at 7:00 p.m. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater, Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

May 1 May 5 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 17 May 18 May 25 July 20 July 21 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1

The David Gerald Blues Band Latavius Mulzac Madoca Kawahara

The Bosman Twins The Bosman Twins The Joe Gransden Quartet The Joe Gransden Quartet Candace Divine Larry Carlton: Steely Dan 1978 Larry Carlton: Crusaders Remembered The 2019 Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute The 2019 Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute The 2019 Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute

May 3 May 31 Aug 3 Sept 7 Oct 5

Chicago Rewired (Chicago Tribute Band) Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars Tribute Band) Edwin McCain TRIBUTE, a celebration of The Allman Brothers Band & thE Core: Clapton Live Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

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The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians from all around the greater Atlanta metro area. Its Maestro and founder, J. Wayne Baughman is the Music Director & Conductor who has been a fixture on the Atlanta music scene for over thirty-five years. He aspired to bring together the very best symphonic musicians to serve Johns Creek and neighboring communities.


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Brooke Street Park Roswell Riverside Sounds Alpharetta announced their free, summer concert Get carried away at Roswell Riverside Sounds free series comprised of family-friendly performances by various Alpharetta-based entertainment groups. The Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series kicks off this month with the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta.

May 18 May 25 June 8 June 15 June 22 July 6 July 13 July 2 UGA Alum Kyshona Armstrong has a natural gift for using music to tap into emotion. She began her career as a music therapist, working in mental health hospitals and correctional facilities, writing music with her patients and using music to redirect behaviors and emotions. Kyshona soon found the need to write music independently to help her process her daily experiences with her clients. Audiences will often find a common thread of overcoming, hope, and empowerment in her songwriting and storytelling. She uses her emotional intelligence to create her unique bluesy and soulful style of music. Her latest album, The Ride, shows off vocal stylings that are reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Al Green.

Aug 10 Aug 24 Sept 14

Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra Home By Dark featuring Jill Paquette DeZwaan & Jason Hoard Home By Dark featuring Rebecca Correia & Emily Shackelton Alpharetta PopFest Home By Dark featuring Kyshona Armstrong & Jenn Bostic AlphaJazz, The Alpharetta City Band Home By Dark featuring Marcia Ramirez & Caeland Garner Home By Dark featuring Danny Mitchell & Ernie Halter Home By Dark featuring Victoria Banks & Jesse Terry Home By Dark featuring Beth Wood & Nathan Angelo Home by Dark featuring JP Williams & Sabrina

Sundays on the River Live music fills the stage and nature will provide the perfect backdrop during Sundays on the River at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This is a rain or shine event and table seats are under a covered pavilion. Lawn seating is also available. Bring a picnic, blanket or seating and plenty of food to share. CNC grounds are available to enjoy until the show starts; concerts run from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Online ticket sales close the day prior and will only be available at the door day-of. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

May 12 June 9 July 14 Aug 11 Sept 8

Lindsay Lou Freddy & Francine Joe Alterman Sam Lewis Shemekia Copeland

summer concert series at beautiful Riverside Park. Bring your blanket, chairs, beverages, and food, or keep it simple by purchasing the beer, wine, and food from the amazingly awesome vendors like Spiced Right Barbecue, Ceviche Taqueria, and Bruster’s Ice Cream. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell.

May 4 June 1 July 6 Aug 3 Sept 7 Oct 5

Seth Walker Stephane Wrembel Moves Family & Friends Birdtalker Front Country

Strolling the Neighborhood Living steps away from Downtown Roswell and Canton Street, I find myself frequenting places like The Grub Gastro Pub, Tap & Six, Gate City Brewing Company, Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Standard at Roswell, Variant Brewing Company… who all have live music at various times. I enjoy walking to these places, having a beer, a bite to eat, and relaxing to the entertainment. Located on Alpharetta Street, The Grub Gastro Pub, or Grub as I call it, has a great deck, well actually two great decks—one in the front and the more intimate one in the back. Dave and Terry, the owners, have live music either on the front deck, weather permitting, or inside near the bar. It’s typically my starting point for the evening. A quick stroll later, I am in Downtown Roswell and can wander into Gypsy Rose, which recently opened and has top-notch entertainers. This place is passionate about providing high-quality music and is a must for music lovers. Standard is also a great place to go, especially if I have a furry friend with me. I can sit outside on any given weekend, and enjoy live music and a slice of pizza. One of my favorite places to go is Tap & Six on Oak Street. With over forty beers on tap, the hummus, pretzel, and flatbread complement one another perfectly. I follow Tap & Six on Instagram so I know when they are having live music. Another one of my favorite hangouts for live music is a short distance from me, From the Earth Brewing Company on Holcomb Bridge Road. The Big Green Egg on the patio is a sure hint that good food is inside. Great beers on tap, fantastic food, and an impressive list of live entertainment make it the perfect stop for an evening out. I have to admit, I feel a little spoiled having all of these amazing restaurants, bars, breweries, and venues near me, but I’m not about to give them up.❍ Tara Gary is head writer at The Current Hub.

The New York Observer said, "Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of Gypsy jazz." Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “a revelation.” Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django, Wrembel first studied classical piano, picked up the guitar as a teenager, and began practicing, intent on becoming a professional musician. To gain experience, Wrembel immersed himself in Gypsy culture. “When I first started going to the camps I learned that music is not only the notes,” he says. “There is an atmosphere to it. By going there I started learning the atmosphere of what it really means to play Sinti-style guitar. In the camps you play all day long, nonstop. You don’t learn technical things. The culture doesn’t use names for things; they just practice melody. By playing and playing and playing you become entranced. The music just comes by itself.”


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The Current Hub May 2019  

Soak up spring and summer sounds with our concert schedule for Alpharetta, Roswell, East Cobb, Johns Creek, and Milton. Local events and fur...

The Current Hub May 2019  

Soak up spring and summer sounds with our concert schedule for Alpharetta, Roswell, East Cobb, Johns Creek, and Milton. Local events and fur...

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