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Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) continues its 27th season with Night Must Fall, directed by Shannon Eubanks. This psychological thriller has all the tension, atmosphere, and suspicion of the best mysteries—from master playwright Emlyn Williams—that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Ticket prices start at $29. (Senior/Student discounts available for select performances). Tickets on sale now at get.org or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. get.org WE SALUTE OUR VETER ANS

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Kick off Veterans month by meeting and thanking veterans—from World War II through today. United Military Care provides care and services for veterans throughout Georgia and will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for this free family-fun event. Stop by, enjoy some food and music, and say thank you to our veterans. United Military Care, 1220 Old Canton Road, Marietta. 11:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m. unitedmilitarycare.org tunnelratsmusic.com

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Roswell will host the city’s first-ever Día de los Muertos Festival and Parade. Día de los Muertos—or the Day of the Dead—is traditionally celebrated October 31 to November 2 in the central and southern regions of Mexico. The holiday is centered around remembrance of lost loved ones, as communities come together to celebrate their memory and pray for their safe spiritual journey. The event will feature an afternoon and evening filled with fun, remembrance, and community spirit. Entertainment will include street performers, a traditional Mexican ballet group, and live mariachi band. On-site vendors will sell Mexican cuisine. And of course, no Día de los Muertos celebration would be complete without traditional candy skull face painting! (Free, but tips appreciated.) At dusk, the evening will conclude with a closing lantern parade along marigold-filled streets, led by a marching band. Bring your own lanterns or purchase a lantern kit on-site ($5 – $25). There will also be a Tequila-Tasting Experience showcasing the unique flavors of Mexico. This experience includes nine tasting tokens, souvenir cup, and access to a mixologist who specializes in tequila cocktails—as well as access to a professional chef who will be curating tequila-inspired meal tastings. The festival is free to the public and is being presented by Atlanta Creative Events in collaboration with the City of Roswell’s Special Events Committee. For more information and tickets for the Tequila-Tasting Experience, visit dayofthedeadatl.com. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell. 2:00  – 8:00 p.m. dayofthedeadatl.com IT ’S WINE TIME

Grandiose Grape Wine Festival


Presented by The Mill Kitchen and Bar, the Grandiose Grape Wine Festival is a curated collection of the finest wines for you to taste and explore. The festival celebrates wine to the fullest but will also offer craft beer and small batch bourbons. All attendees will enjoy 90+ wines (represented by 30 wineries), a wine glass, beer and bourbon tastings, live music, and food pairings presented by Executive Chef Flynn McClanahan. VIP tickets include early admission, access to a reserved wine tasting (featuring over 30 reserved wines), an expanded VIP food menu, t-shirt, and $25 gift certificate to The Mill Kitchen and Bar. Proceeds benefit The Cottage School, a special education school in Roswell that focuses on students with unique learning needs. The Mill Kitchen & Bar, 590 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (VIP Entry 1:00 p.m.) themillkitchenandbar.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tiffany Cox tiffany@thecurrenthub.com

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Pack up the car and head to an old-school drive-in to enjoy a movie under the stars with the family. Union Hill Park will be transformed into a classic "drive-in" with concessions and entertainment before the movie. Stay comfy in your car, or bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get the best seat in the park. The registration price is $20 per car. Union Hill Park, 1590 Little Pine Trail, Alpharetta. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7:15 p.m. apm.activecommunities.com


Milton Veterans Day Breakfast


Everyone is invited to Milton City Hall to enjoy a complimentary breakfast with local veterans. Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton. 8:00  – 9:30 a.m. cityofmiltonga.us

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Celebrate, honor, and thank those who have served in our nation's military at Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park. The Memorial Walk stands as a symbol of remembrance and respect for all the men and women who have and currently serve in the United States Armed Services. The four-acre memorial features a hard scaped trail, circling a newly installed fountain, sponsored granite benches, a grand entrance plaza, and wooden gazebo. Along the trail, black granite monuments pay homage to each conflict, beginning with WWI and include special monuments for Purple Heart Recipients, POW/MIAs, and Women in Service. The Memorial Walk is sponsored by the Johns Creek Veterans Association. Newtown Park, Veterans Memorial Walk, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 10:00  – 11:30 a.m. johnscreekga.gov I FELT SO HAPPY I ALMOST CRIED

JCSO Pops presents The Crystals


Join the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (JCSO) as they feature 1960s girl group The Crystals in a night of their Billboard chart-topping hits, including “He’s a Rebel,” “Then He Kissed Me,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and more. Opening for The Crystals will be JCSO’s String Quartet (performing favorite Pops arrangements) and future rock stars from the School of Rock Johns Creek. $20 Adults and $15 Kids (Ages 3-17). Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 7:30  – 10:00 p.m. johnscreeksymphony.org


Enjoy a timeless concert that pays homage to perhaps the greatest singer of all time. Rick Michel's dazzling musical interpretation is performed with all of Sinatra's original arrangements and a seven-piece band. Variety called Rick Michel "the closest sound to Frank Sinatra we have ever heard." $30 Adults and $25 Seniors/ Students/ Military. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 8:00 p.m. roswellgov.com SCORE

A Night at the Movies


Bring the family and join the Georgia Philharmonic for a night at the movies. They'll play music from Schindler's List, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Avatar, Born on the Fourth of July, Skyfall, Star Wars, Finding Neverland, Harry Potter, and Saving Private Ryan. Featuring guest artists: Concordia, vocalist Emily Redden, trumpeter Aaron Norlund, and violinist Earl Hough. Adults $25, Seniors $15, and Students $10. Lassiter Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta. 7:00  – 9:00 p.m. Georgia Philharmonic Vocalist Emily Redden georgiaphilharmonic.org ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

The Lighting of Avalon


A celebration for the season you won't want to miss! Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and free activities for the whole family. From the annual opening of Avalon on Ice to the lighting of the magnificent 40-foot tree, and an appearance from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself—there's something exciting for all to enjoy. Avalon on Ice kicks off with a magical ice skating performance at 1:00 p.m. (the rink officially opens to the public at 2:00 p.m.) Enjoy a live DJ spinning holiday hits, as well as seasonal performances from local entertainment, throughout the day. North Point Community Church will take the stage at 5:00 p.m., and Bogey and the Viceroy will round out the evening with a spectacular holiday performance! Avalon, 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. 1:00  – 8:00 p.m. (Tree Lighting at 7:00 p.m.) experienceavalon.com


A Kids Christmas


A sensory-friendly concert for the whole family to kick off the holiday season. This concert will feature favorite holiday songs, dancers from North Atlanta Dance Theatre, sing-alongs, and more—in a casual atmosphere where kids can be kids. Concert will include CBS 46’s Karyn Greer as emcee. $20 Adults and $15 Kids (Ages 3  – 17). Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. johnscreeksymphony.org IT ’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Christmas in Crabapple & Milton Tree Lighting


Milton has combined two great events to usher in the holiday season! Join in the holiday cheer as the city, in partnership with the Crabapple Community Association, hosts the 10th Annual Christmas in Crabapple in historic downtown Crabapple at Broadwell Pavilion. At dusk, Milton's Tree Lighting ceremony will begin— with sing-alongs with local school choirs and a big countdown to the lighting of the tree at Broadwell. This quaint holiday tradition has become a Milton staple. Come enjoy Santa photos, caroling, s'mores, crafts, hot cocoa, and fun! Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton. 2:00  – 6:00 p.m. cityofmiltonga.us



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Over sixty years ago a beloved tradition was born in Atlanta—The Pink Pig. From its 1953 debut as a children's ride at the downtown Rich's to its brief stint at Egleston Children's Hospital Festival of Trees, five generations of Atlantans have started their holiday season with a ride on the iconic Pink Pig train. Now at Macy's Lenox Square Mall, the Macy's Pink Pig runs from the grand opening November 2 through January 5 (the ride is closed November 24, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day). A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales goes to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. If you’ve yet to take part in this Atlanta tradition, put it on your list this holiday season, and enjoy the memories made. Macy’s Lenox Square Mall (Upper Level Parking Deck), 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. macys.com

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“205 represent”—The Velvet Teddy Bear is coming to Atlanta. Ruben Studdard is an American R&B, pop, and gospel singer who rose to fame as the winner of the second season of American Idol. In 2003, he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Superstar.” Studdard has released six studio albums, including his platinum-selling debut, Soulful, and the top-selling gospel follow-up, I Need an Angel. He is most well-known for his recording career, which has produced hits including “Flying Without Wings,” “Sorry 2004,” and “Change Me,” but he has also segued into television and stage work. Studdard has long been compared to R&B singer Luther Vandross. Last year, he released a cover album called Ruben Sings Luther and launched his Always & Forever national tour. Tickets are going fast, get yours soon! Center Stage Theater, 1374 W Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta. 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.) centerstage-atlanta.com


November 16 – January 11 at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Experience the glow of the garden's annual electrical extravaganza. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns with new features and crowd favorites including all-new music and motion for Atlanta’s favorite holiday spectacle—Nature’s Wonders—the largest curtain of synchronized light and sound in the world. Experience the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden and several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland awash in holiday glow. Roast s’mores and sip warm beverages while touring favorites like the Ice Goddess, Tunnel of Light, Orchestral Orbs and so much more. Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. atlantabg.org

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November 22 – January 5 at Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park is the centerpiece of downtown Atlanta’s holiday cheer as the Georgia World Congress Center Authority presents International Winter Wonderland. Home to the Chinese Lantern Festival and the Atlanta Christkindl Market, the park will showcase its Olympic legacy with an international holiday experience featuring live entertainment, cultural food, and interactive activities. This year’s Chinese Lantern Festival theme, “INTO THE WILD,” will feature handcrafted lanterns of over twenty-five different kinds of land and sea animals—including depictions of endangered species to highlight the importance of animal protection. New to the festival this year are interactive lanterns that visitors can touch and experience up close. Along with authentic Asian food selections, each night there will be exciting performances inside the festival—featuring acrobatics, dancers, theatre, and more. For information and tickets, visit centennialpark.freshtix.com. Southern Company Amphitheater Entrance (Centennial Olympic Park Drive & Marietta Street), Atlanta. Sunday – Thursday 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. Let yourself be enchanted by the special outdoor atmosphere of the Atlanta Christkindl Market. A Christmas market (aka Christkindl Market) is a street market celebrating Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. With up to eighty charming Bavarian-style wooden chalets, this free four-week long event creates the authentic German holiday experience with traditional German food, beverages, and handcrafted products like ornaments, nutcrackers, and toys. Centennial Olympic Park, Fountain of Rings (next to the East Entrance), Atlanta. Open daily November 22 – December 23 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and December 24 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. gwcca.org christkindlmarket.org


November 22 – February 23 at Lanier Islands

Be transported to a wintry vacation state of mind, and get your adrenaline fix on the fastest snow tubing hill in North America at License to Chill Snow Island. Two incredible snow slides, ice skating, snow play areas (for snowball fights and making snow angels), fire pits and s’mores, and carnival rides transform Margaritaville at Lanier Islands’ lakefront paradise into a winter wonderland. There will even be a scavenger hunt to find Santa and get your photo with him. Snow much fun! Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, 7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. lanierislands.com


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November 23 at the Fox Theatre

Atlantans get ready for a special holiday performance at the Fox Theatre. Georgia native (born in Marietta and Sprayberry High School alum) and Grammy awardwinning artist Travis Tritt and the Charlie Daniels Band—with special guest Tyler Reese Tritt (yes, Travis Tritt’s daughter). Wonder if the CDB will perform their signature song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”? They have to! It’s the song’s fortieth anniversary, and they’re playing in Georgia. This is sure to be a great concert. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.) foxtheatre.org

MACY'S GREAT TREE LIGHTING November 24 at Lenox Square Mall

It’s time for the Macy's 72nd Great Tree Lighting ceremony. Ring in the holiday season with hosts Jovita Moore and Zach Klein—featuring special performances from Carly Pearce, Lea Michele and more with the Macy's All-Star Choir as they light the Great Tree in style. Santa will also make a visit! While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the Aflac tent and purchase the 2019 Aflac Holiday Duck. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from your purchase will go to The Aflac Foundation, Inc. to help children with cancer across the country. If you can't make it to Buckhead that night, tune in to the live telecast on WSB-TV Channel 2 at 7:00 p.m. (Pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m.) Macy's Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road NE Suite 8480, Atlanta. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. macys.com


November 30 – December 1 in Atlanta

Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings its latest electrifying and reimagined live family holiday spectacular to the Fox Theatre with three unforgettable performances. This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family. This incomparable phenomenon features over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music, and seasonal favorites celebrating the most wonderful time of year from Thanksgiving to Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year's. Audiences of all ages will be mesmerized and marvel at soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, and extravagant theatrical production numbers. A perfect holiday gift! Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. November 30 4:00 & 8:00 p.m. December 1 2:00 p.m. (Doors open one hour before.) foxtheatre.org

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idway is a must-see action war drama chronicling the Battle of Midway in the Pacific during World War II. Taking place six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the movie is based on the real-life events of the soldiers and leaders of the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy. For those not savvy with history (thank you, Wikipedia!), Midway is a tiny atoll 1,300 miles northwest of the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. The Japanese didn’t want to risk attacking Pearl Harbor again since it had been fortified. Instead, they strategized to surprise Midway— too far out of range of other aircraft stations for reinforcements. However, the Japanese admirals underestimated the American’s resolve and codebreaking ability. The American fleet was ready for the “surprise attack” on Midway (June 4–7, 1942). They

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chronicled last year in the biopic documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? This film is more a special, poignant tale—a snapshot of Fred Rogers based on his real-life friendship with Esquire journalist Tom Junod (Lloyd Vogel). Matthew Rhys (The Americans) plays Lloyd Vogel—a jaded, cynical magazine reporter assigned to do a piece about Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) and whether he considers himself a hero. Spending time with him, Vogel is surprised to find that Rogers is the same calm, mild-mannered, kind, and decent man in real life that he is on the show. He is even more surprised to see just how much he affects the fans around him. The movie (from Vogel’s perspective)

is the impact this interview/time with Rogers has on his own life. He finds that Rogers “likes to fix broken people, like himself,” but really, it’s just his mission to help people who need and ask for help. Each person’s life he touches is remarkable, and he feels that if he lives his life to always help, he will have lived a rewarding life. The message of the movie is, “It only takes one person to inspire a world of kindness.” Even if you aren’t familiar with Mr. Rogers, the sentiment and story are a perfect match for this Thanksgiving time with family and friends. Why you will love it — Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks! Humble, honest, trustworthy, beloved, kind—all

words that easily describe both Fred Rogers and Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks embodies the same values, karma, and magic that draws us to both him and Fred Rogers. This movie was only made because he could portray Fred Rogers. No other actor could (or should) play this role to justly honor his memory. Tom Hanks is no stranger to playing real people (Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in Sully, Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks). In this film, he had to capture the spirit, cadence, mannerisms, and meld into Fred Rogers—or risk feeling like a caricature of the man we’ve seen so many times. Of course, he nailed it! And, we (as the audience) get to “live in his neighborhood” once more. The Oscar buzz for Best Actor is already humming. What better time to catch a feel-good movie to get you in the holiday spirit than right before this Thanksgiving holiday. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a gift to watch!)

Britt Argo, an avid movie fan for 30 years, sees an average of 150 movies a year in movie theaters. She is the marketing cooordinator at Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf-5100 Commerce Parkway in Roswell. 770-518-0977. auroracineplex.com & a51fun.com.


r. Fred McFeely Rogers, a beloved and trusted television icon, impacted the lives of many preschoolaged children from 1968 to 2001—airing almost 900 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS. Mr. Rogers was a composer, puppeteer, writer, director, television personality, and Presbyterian minister. According to his friend, journalist Tom Junod, his lifelong passions were playing the piano, swimming (nearly every day), and living a healthy and simple lifestyle (no smoking or drinking and triumphantly keeping his weight at a lean 143 pounds). He valued patience, reflection, and “silence in a noisy world”. Mr. Rogers got into television to help fill a void—to bring educational programming that addressed emotional and psychological wellbeing with lessons of morality, ethics, civility, tolerance, sharing, self-worth, and feelings. He even tackled more difficult subjects—the death of a pet, sibling rivalry, moving, enrolling in a new school, and divorce. He dedicated his life to improving the lives of his viewers, and he also answered every letter written and mailed to him, a “pastoral duty of sorts”. (Again, thank you Wikipedia.) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is not a typical biographical motion picture. Mr. Rogers’ life story was


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A Message from Jon-Paul Croom, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, senior vice president, WellStar Health System

My first experience with tobacco occurred in a small West Texas town when I was about 10 years old. My second cousin, Joe Paul (yes, we like double names) pulled out a packet of Red Man Chewing Tobacco. I thought it was the Texas version of Big League Chew, the shredded chewing gum. It was not. Much to my country cousin’s delight, I spent the next hour losing my lunch. Over the next decade, in high school and college, most of my friends smoked cigarettes, either regularly or occasionally. Everyone knew the risks, but we were young and invincible. Since that time, the majority, but not all, have quit smoking, dipping and chewing tobacco. While only 14 percent of Americans smoke, smoking is still the single greatest preventable cause of death and illness according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). In fact, approximately 480,000 people died last year of a smoking-related complication. The great news, though, is that many tools exist today that help people stop smoking. Quitting is not easy, but those who get help through medications or counseling have a success rate twice that of those who quit on their own. What’s more, the ACS hosts The Great American Smokeout every year for one day in November —a day people can choose to quit together, learn about

new ways to quit or help a loved one quit. This year, The Great American Smokeout is November 21. What does all this mean for teens today? A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that while only approximately six percent of high school seniors had smoked in the past 30 days, 25 percent of students are vaping—or using e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are devices that heat nicotine extracted from tobacco and combine it with flavorings and other chemicals to create a water vapor that is inhaled. E-cigarette companies have been accused of targeting children with flavors such as vanilla and bubblegum. When first introduced, the e-cigarette was touted as the safe alternative to smoking tobacco. We now know that it poses a whole different set of risks instead. The long-term effects of vaping are still being studied, but the FDA has begun investigating hundreds of severe lung cases related to this new form of cigarette. As of October 2019, 14 vapingrelated illnesses have been reported in Georgia and two people have died. Our lungs were not made to withstand tobacco smoke and chemicals. If you are a traditional cigarette smoker or a novel e-cigarette user, please consider joining the Smokeout this year. If you would like more information about how to quit, talk to your primary care provider and visit the ACS website at www.cancer.org.)

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar November through December 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 404-6303293 to register or for more information. No December Meeting.

American Heart Association CPR Classes*

Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., ACE Dayroom. Join stroke survivors, caregivers and families for sharing and support. Facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708. Combined November/December meeting date: Please call for info.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 11/9, 9 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register. There is no fee for this class.

BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR* Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $60 This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals.

Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m., Roswell Room. For people with epilepsy, families and care providers. The meetings provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Water Birth Thursdays 11/7 and 12/12, 7 p.m. Registration required. For couples exploring the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at North Fulton Hospital. $30 per couple.

Lupus Support Group Fourth Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Roswell Room. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more information at 404626-2394 or lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com. No November/December meetings. Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Fourth Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m., Roswell Room. Join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. We offer a place to share information, support each other and learn about community resources. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information and to inquire about holiday schedules.


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.

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.


Exceptional Patient Experience at the Heart of WellStar Avalon Health Park SPECIAL EVENTS LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Give blood and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcomed. Look for Speaking about Wellness for Women and Speaking about Wellness for Healthy Aging 2020 Quarterly Seminar Series topics to be announced soon. Programs will begin in March. Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $10 per program Good Life Club Offered through WellStar Health System, this is an organization for people 50 and older who want to learn how to live better, be healthier and stay active. Our focus on wellness, health education, travel and social activities, along with providing valuable membership benefits, affirms our commitment to healthy aging in our community. Our lifetime membership fee is $15 per person. At WellStar, we believe in life well-lived and Good Life Club members are evidence of this belief. Invite WellStar To Your Event Interested in requesting a sponsorship, a speaker, or a worksite wellness or community event? Please visit wellstar.org, click on “Contact Us” at the top of the page, then “Sponsorship & Event Requests” on the right side of the page. Create an account and submit. You will be contacted by someone in WellStar Community Education and Outreach. For more information, call 770-793-7373.

In an age where many tasks can be completed with the click of a button, why shouldn’t receiving high-quality healthcare services be convenient, too? People in Alpharetta, Roswell, Milton and surrounding communities who are looking for a onestop shop for many types of medical services will be able to find it at WellStar Avalon Health Park opening this winter. “In addition to bringing the region’s best physicians to “We continually strive to put our patients at the center the neighborhoods we serve, we want to ensure patients of all we do, and creating the health park concept is one have a great overall experience when they come to the way we’re doing that,” said Jon-Paul Croom, WellStar Avalon Health Park to receive care,” said Croom. “Parking senior vice president and president of WellStar North is convenient, it’s easy for patients to find their way around Fulton Hospital. “Patients need to receive the right type and the Health Park’s environment is calm, of care, right when they need it. The clean and comfortable. As our patients’ partWellStar Avalon Health Park makes WellStar Avalon Health Park ner in healthcare, we’re treating the whole that happen.” For example, a patient who visits 2450 Old Milton Parkway person from the time they arrive to the time they leave—and beyond, as they incorporate the Urgent Care practice in the Health their treatment plans into their daily lives.” Park and needs an X-ray for an injury Alpharetta, GA 30009 can walk down the hallway and receive Croom said North Fulton Hospital has been a community fixture for more than 35 years. It’s the X-ray when the Urgent Care physician orders one. A patient who needs a blood test to identify a certain medical the only American College of Surgeons-verified Level II Trauma Center in the area and a Joint Commissioncondition can receive the test through the Health Park’s recognized Primary Stroke Center. The world-class care Lab services. the hospital provides was the foundation behind the Patients will also find a variety of medical specialty Health Park concept. offices inside the two-story, 40,000-square-foot facility, “With Avalon Health Park, we’re providing another way including primary care, pediatrics, several surgical spefor patients to receive top-notch care,” he said. “What’s cialties and cardiology. OrthoSport physical therapy and more, patients will enjoy the added benefit of one electronrheumatology will also be available. ic medical record platform, so a patient’s medical record Croom said the Health Park feels like visiting a hotel, not a medical facility. follows them wherever they go across the System.”)



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Veterans in Historic Roswell By Tara Gary

Veterans Day is Monday, November 11. I’ve always had a strong affection for our military. The sacrifices, dedication, and allegiance of our veterans is immeasurable. I am touched when I see tributes to those who deserve to be honored, such as those on “The Wall of Veterans” in Historic Roswell Place: Assisted Living and Memory Care.


I was invited to visit and meet with some of those veterans by Arlene Hsu, Executive Director of the facility. I had the great pleasure to sit and speak with Dr. Richard Gambino, Mr. George Fox, and Mr. Harry Povlot—all residents of Historic Roswell Place. How extraordinary it was to be surrounded by three individuals who experienced times and places so profound to our country’s history. Books are full of important facts, but hearing stories from the actual sources—full of emotion (sometimes laughter and sometimes heartache)—helped me envision the past a little differently. These three gentlemen are sharp as a tack, witty, and extremely humble. They graciously answered a few of my introductory questions, and then the storytelling began. Dr. Gambino was a part of the United States Army 6th Armored Division, “Super Sixth,” that landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on July 19, 1944. He explained how shocking it was to see how much the Germans had prepared, and how their strong resistance resulted in heavy casualties. He added that the

Resident Veterans are celebrated on a gallery wall.

From left to right: Veterans Mr. Harris Povlot, Mr. George Fox, and Dr. Richard Gambino. US Army 75 mm guns “just bounced off the sides of the German tanks”—as they were no match. The Americans would “blow the treads off ” the German tanks to immobilize them, and some poor guy would be sent over with a cocktail to blast the engine. It was on his way to the Battle of the Bulge that Dr. Gambino and his unit would encounter snipers in Metz, France. Attacked by heavy gunfire, the building around him collapsed, and he was trapped for three days. He explained that he couldn’t hear for quite some time, his “stomach was all busted up,” and he spent three weeks in the hospital. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal 12 years later. Apparently, his paperwork had been misplaced. I asked him how it was presented to him, and he responded (with a chuckle), “through the mail.” Nearly 10,000 miles away, Mr. George Fox was stationed in the South Pacific on the USS Vulcan— the lead ship of her class of repair ships. Vulcan serviced amphibious units that were used in the assault of Okinawa. Later, Vulcan entered Buckner Bay where Mr. Fox experienced his first typhoon. He said (with slight amusement) that it took everything he had to hang on when he briefly went on deck during the storm. Many ships had been damaged,

and some sank as a result of the typhoon. Once they were repaired, Vulcan sailed to Japan. The ship established services to provide supplies, food, and medical facilities to the occupying ships that were based there. Mr. Fox was sent to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb had been dropped from Enola Gay. He shook his head as he explained that at that time he had no idea about the harmful effects the radiation could have caused him. He couldn’t explain the atrocity, but he did say that the stench of decaying bodies and burning flesh was unbearable. He saw people aimlessly walking around with half of their shirts burned into their skin. I listened (shook my head in a shocked and mournful response), and we didn’t talk about it

Hearing stories from the actual sources— full of emotion (sometimes laughter and sometimes heartache)—helped me envision the past a little differently.


19 anymore after that. Mr. Fox would pause for a moment, and then continue on to other lighthearted stories—reminding me that they were “just boys” when all of this occurred. Mr. Harris Povlot, agreed to speak with me as long as I sat with him while he ate his lunch. After offering me some chips, he told me that he really didn’t think I’d be interested in talking to him, as he had not experienced combat. A veteran of the Army, his responsibilities included training new service men. After his time in the Army, Mr. Povlot worked in Marine Corps civil service for 26 years. I did very much enjoy my conversation with Mr. Povlot, and I believe his time and service to our country more than justify my being interested in interviewing him. As we were finishing our time together, I asked the gentlemen, “Well, how did you all get here (Historic Roswell Place)?” They chuckled, said it was a good question, and one of them replied, “Well, I don’t know.” We managed to conclude proximity to family as the factor. Mr. Povlot looked at me very seriously and said, “I’ve never heard one resident complain about this place (referring to Historic Roswell Place).” The others whole-heartedly agreed. That’s a huge compliment to the staff. Once this article is printed, I will be taking several copies of The Current Hub to these gentlemen. One thing I learned during our time together was that they love chocolate, so I will also be taking them a lot of chocolate. I wish I could do more to thank and honor them for their generosity and service. We should all take the time to thank those who serve our country, past and present, and their families—not only on Veterans Day, but every day. Historic Roswell Place will host a Veterans Day Celebration for their residents Monday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. The Roswell High School band will play at the event, as they do each year. To book a tour of Historic Roswell Place, visit pegasusseniorliving.com.

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This Year I’m Thankful for My Smile

ear readers, I have a hilarious, and seriously embarrassing, admission I must make. I must have had my thumb in my mouth coming out of the womb, because I sure as heck was a champion “thumb sucker” throughout my childhood. I know, I know. Laugh at me all you like. Talk about being in the closet. It was like the dark little secret of school children of the late 50s and early 60s. Please, y’all, tell me I wasn’t alone. Dang, I regretted it later. While most teenagers looked at their classmates whose parents slapped braces on them were thinking, “There but for the grace of God...” I was the child who always looked at them with jealousy, except for the extremely unfashionable headgear. Who thought of that, anyway? I knew the result of those embarrassing contraptions, though, was an awesome smile—something I never thought I’d have. My parents couldn’t even afford basic dental care for us five kids, let alone orthodontia. So, this November I am thankful for my smile, and I give accolades to some unsung heroes in my life. I know most of you (once again) will find this weird, but why should I be any different with this column than I am with any other I write? I’m talking about paying honest-to-goodness homage to the dentists in my lifetime. I have very good reasons for sharing my story of how I made the decision to take my teeth “by the horns” and make the smile I have today. Most of us don’t speak about upcoming dental appointments with breathless anticipation. No, they’re not hot dates. They’re not sumptuous dinners of whatever meal you salivate over. They’re not a girls’ trip to Bloomie’s. You’d rather be

doing anything else than seeing them with their bizarre torture instruments and eye-popping needles. (One should NEVER look at those. Period.) And then there’s me. I gladly jump into the dentist chair in anticipation of the next step in tooth health I’ll experience. Bring on the thingee-doodles that scrape, pick, and could pull your eyeball right out of its socket. Bring on that nasty lookin’ tool with jaws you could use on the barbeque, but pulls off old crowns instead. And drill baby, drill! Just kidding. There are some universally creepy dental procedures and drilling is one. As I mentioned above, we had very little dentistry as children. It finally started in my senior year of high school. We discovered and treated cavities and all. My teeth were finally being seen. Moving on, in Phoenix, I was told that if I didn’t By Di Chapman take oral hygiene training I’d lose my teeth. Ouch! I got on it. Who wouldn’t? Fast forward to a California move and a recommendation to see a young woman dentist. I met Dr. Cheryl Colker, and not only did she become my dentist for twenty-two years, she also became a dear friend. We were in our young 30s, unmarried, and ready for fun. We’d go from dental work to dancing, shopping, or dining. As my teeth needed serious work from a lack of childhood dental care, she was on top of it. Root canal became my middle name. (I’ve known friends who’ve never had a cavity. Who are these people?) Then she crafted crown after crown. We went through the trenches together. Ultimately, when it seemed like my entire mouth had become one big nest of crowns, she studied dental aesthetics and transformed my mouth into a beautiful smile.

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Di with Dr. Victoria Callicutt and assistant torturers Mary Scudder and Jeff Cameron. Next was Roswell. I found a practice where I could “claim a chair” and put my name on it. It’s the Aesthetic and Integrative Dentistry office of Dr. Victoria Callicutt, DDS and Dr. Amy Dayries, DMD. The integrative part refers to Dr. Dayries, who brought it on after graduating from the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine’s two-year Interprofessional Fellowship. She has enhanced her dental services by offering treatment modalities to patients for numerous systemic health conditions. If you’re seeking a blend of healthcare practices, integrative medicine is a choice. After nearly seven years in the chair there, I decided to interview Dr. Callicutt, who always responds to my constant chair chatter by joining in. She loves offering aesthetic services—creating “beautiful, healthy looks” with dental techniques, facial fillers, and other cosmetic injectables. Why not? She knows how to use needles, and these tiny guys won’t make you faint. Her practice offers the aesthetics of veneers, crowns, implants, clear aligner orthodontics, and whitening products. It’s got my name all over it. I’m sure you’re not surprised to know that I’m not exactly “Shy Di.” In this office, I’m “Boisterous Di,” and they let me in anyway. No laughing gas needed, but they’d happily give it to me if I wanted. Heaven knows I own that office, baby, keeping my own pearly whites up to speed with cleanings (love that baking soda “blast,” as I call it) and all of the offerings—veneers, crowns, clear orthodontics, and (woohoo!) facial injectables. I should just move in. Dr. Callicutt patiently attends to my demands for the smile of my dreams which, by the way, are a result of my obsessive tendency toward peering at my teeth. I regularly gag and spit out the goo of impression material after begging for more aligners. Only I would want to subject myself to that torture. Where’s that headgear? I’m doggone thankful I chose a lifetime of being “in the chair.” My face might age (good gosh, give me injectables!), but I refuse to let my smile grow old. Keep that chair warm for me as long as I’m around. A smile is the best thing you can wear. And ladies? Add a pair of jeans that shape and firm your buns, and whatever life brings, you’re ready.) Di Chapman is an inspirational author and speaker, and a branding consultant. Di’s latest book is Rekindle Your Purpose: Break through your disappointments, discouragements, and detours to resurrect your purpose and live it!

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Who doesn’t love a tree? Trees are phenomenal creatures. Generations of people have sheltered under the spreading limbs of meeting trees (picture the Hometree in Avatar). The most important natural element in landscapes, trees produce habitats for a wide variety of insects, birds, and squirrels. Their magnificent size and longevity provide scale for the landscape and (when placed properly) valuable shade that helps with cooling your home. They also increase property value. Trees generate essential environmental and social benefits for everyone. Studies have shown that hospital patients with a view of trees recover much faster and with fewer complications than similar patients without such views (Martin, 1998). Some trees even provide key medicinal ingredients. In fact, one out of every four pharmaceutical products used in North America comes from tropical forest plants (Plant-It, 2000). They bring pleasure to the senses— the feel of the bark and leaves, the sight of a tree in bloom or changing colors in the fall, the sound of rustling leaves in the wind, the taste of the fruit and nuts produced by trees, and the smell of a pine tree or cherry tree in bloom. Did you know, one cherry tree can perfume the air with 200,000 flowers (Plant-It, 2000). Don’t forget the memories—like the cherry tree you climbed up as a kid to read a good book or the tree you and your dad planted together when you were in kindergarten? (For me it was a prostrate spruce.) Everyone has memories linked to trees and nature sometime throughout their lifetime.

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A sugar maple tree in fall. Photo by Geri Laufer. deciduous trees have lost their leaves. All of these factors reduce the transpiration of water out of leaf surfaces, thereby reducing stress on the tree while it is rooting into the soil in its new location.

Before You Plant: The Right Tree in the Right Place Consider the underground utilities—so that when digging your planting hole you don’t hit any power, water, or gas lines. Next, consider the overhead utilities. Trees can get BIG. The following drawing from a utility company shows how to choose your tree based on its maximum size in 20 or more years.


23 w Fill in the hole with the native soil you dug out—packing firmly to stabilize. The trunk flare should be visible and not buried. w Press or stamp lightly around your planting to settle the soil. Avoiding tree and utility conflicts. Photo courtesy of ghblp.com. w Water-in thoroughly with many Dumbbell vs. Pancake Shape of Tree Roots gallons of water to further settle the Most people think trees have deep roots mirroring the shape of the crown soil. (like a dumbbell or barbell held vertically). Actually, most tree roots form a pancake shape close to the soil surface with the feeder roots all in the top couple w Stake the tree if of feet of soil. Your planting hole should reflect this fact and be shallow and necessary. Proper tree planting diagram by Sam Hand. wide. Also, it’s important to rough up the walls of the planting hole so the roots w Add a three-inch have an easier time penetrating horizontally. layer of organic mulch to hold moisture, moderate soil temperature extremes, and reduce grass and weed competition. Planting Time w Thoroughly water each week (5–10 gallons or more) for the first couple of w Dig a large, shallow hole (the size of a hula hoop laid on the ground) the months after planting. Completely soak the soil, unless the rain does it for depth of the tree’s soil ball, but no deeper. you. (This time of year the rain is apt to help out.) w Unpot—cutting away and removing any pots, burlap, or wire baskets— w After a year or two, when it has been growing and is completely rooted into without injuring the bark. the soil, the newly planted tree will survive periods of drought.) w Spread out the root system to avoid circling roots and plant in the middle of the planting hole (at the same level it was growing in the container). What kind of tree are you considering for your property? Let me know on The w Straighten the tree in the hole—viewing from several directions. Current Hub’s Facebook page—facebook.com/CurrentPlus.




By Joe Duffy

Emidio’s Restaurant is a Hidden Gem

“Hidden gem.” We food snobs sling that phrase around, but what exactly does it mean? To paraphrase former SCOTUS Associate Justice Potter Stewart, I may not know precisely how to define it. But I know it when I see and taste it. Emidio’s—“Atlanta’s Taste of Portugal”—covertly situated in the northern part of Sandy Springs (AKA “North Springs”) is definitely a hidden gem. Do you know that gloomy shopping center on Roswell Road that was the long-time home of the DMV? It’s in there, hidden in the far right-hand corner a few doors down from a salsa dance studio and the Sandy Springs Brazilian Church of God. The complex is eclectic, I suppose. Stashed away as it is, Emidio’s has a faithful fan base and rightfully so. The

interior of the Portuguese chef-d’oeuvre belies the woeful shopping center ensconcing it. Concealed inside is definitely a date-night proportionately posh, though certainly not ostentatious ambiance. To the most skittish diners among Codfish croquettes. A nice start to a meal. you, don’t be apprehensive about a cuisine you assume you’ve never Sinde McClung, placated her timid attempted. One of Emidio’s devotees, dining partners to “think broader of European influences.” My restive eater wife can vouch for the Italian effect on the menu. Unfortunately, Emidio’s was out of the usual pasta for penne alla panna, so Mrs. Duffy got spaghetti. She was quite happy with what was essentially an Italian dish of spaghetti with meat sauce. Anyone who is a fan of red sauce

Italian will discover something to their delight here. Mind you; this adventurous spirit won’t walk through those doors thinking BrooklynItalianesque mealtime. Codfish croquettes were tasty, but I wish they had a little more oomph. An aioli dipping or even tartar sauce would have been a perfect finishing touch. Vitela ao Porto, which is veal scallopini and Portuguese sausage in

The wordof-mouth following is well-earned. Stop passing by this spot. Out of the namesake pasta for penne alla panna, said dish with spaghetti instead.

Italian clams. You will never have a better marinara sauce.



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sunday nov 10th — Ryan Taylor Band Vitela ao Porto, which is veal scallopini and Portuguese sausage in port wine sauce. port wine sauce was outstanding, and among the best “broader European” dishes I’ve had recently. Get one of their shellfish appetizers. If you’ve read my past reviews (only a hayseed wouldn’t), you are mindful of the fact that sixty percent of the Duffy family loves mussels appetizers. The mussels Portuguese style, in a spicy tomato sauce, is highly recommended. I was

Francesinha, the famed open-faced sandwich, is a must-try staple item.

delightfully dazzled to taste the clams Italian style, which is embedded in some of the best marinara sauce on Earth. So yes, all red sauce Italian fans have plenty to love. However, the lunch menu features a definite bell cow, must-try item—a francesinha—originally from the city of Porto. Though the name derives from the fact that the sandwich was initially an adaptation of the classic French croque monsieur, I think it compares to two American regional delights. There’s a smidgen of Pittsburgh with a fried egg and fries on the sandwich itself. But if anything, it loosely reminded me of a Hot Brown from Louisville. Like the Kentucky staple, this is a knife and fork sandwich. Comparable to the Hot Brown, which is topped with Mornay sauce, the classic Portuguese sandwich is smothered in melted cheese in a creamy tomato and beef sauce. (continued next page)

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WHERE THE FLAVORS OF BRAZIL COME ALIVE Now you can experience “churrasco” in Alpharetta. Our premium all-youcan-eat offers a sleek and modern take on the traditional Brazilian steakhouse experience, offering a decadent parade of up to 16 of the finest cuts of fire-roasted meats, carved tableside and augmented by an expansive gourmet table, hand-crafted specialty cocktails, and an impressive wine list.

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One has the option of proteins—chicken, pork, or steak. A lady at the table next to me verified I got this delicacy then proceeded to rave about how great it was. She got no dissension from me. Unique and outstanding is the coalition that makes my tummy so very happy, and this pièce de résistance is a masterstroke. Robbie Copenhaver has been patronizing this Sandy Springs gem for five years. Her favorites are camarones al ajillo (sautéed shrimp in “robust” garlic and white wine sauce) and febras de cebolada (pork medallions and onions in a red wine sauce). But she adds, “I love everything on the menu.” Ms. Copenhaver is also a big fan of the sweets—saying, “I’ve also ordered cakes for parties from them that are scrumptious.” Chef Jose Sapeta is a native of the tropical island of Madeira. McClung said Sapeta’s cuisine is definitely authentic. “Having recently traveled around Portugal, going to Emidio’s made me feel like I had already experienced the wonderful food of the region before going.” The almost-secret location decreases the chances of Emidio’s getting foot traffic from people dining on a whim. The word-of-mouth following is wellearned. Stop passing by this spot.

Sound Bites: Shout out to Roswell newcomer Souper Jenny, sparing no time in paying it forward to the community. Jenny donates homemade soups weekly to the STAR House Foundation, an outstanding Roswell-based charity that is leveling the academic playing field for at-risk kids. I’ve witnessed from the front lines how much good the afterschool program from the STAR House does. Jenny Levison has bequeathed a great organization… Pork roll sandwiches, on Kaiser rolls, tops the new breakfast menu at The Savory Gourmet in Teasley Place, located in Alpharetta. Taylor pork roll, egg, and cheese on a Kaiser roll is the national dish of New Jersey. If you’ve never had one, time to begin the rest of your dining life… ITP import Sushi Mania in Alpharetta/ Johns Creek is under new ownership with a new menu—massive on Souper Jenny donates homemade soups weekly to the Korean food. I went with STAR House Foundation. shumai as an appetizer. Undersized relative to shumai I’ve had in the past, but excellent. I would have liked more meat in my spicy beef ramen, but there was plenty of noodles and broth to enjoy. I’ll definitely be back.)

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When he’s not eating, which is rare, the author is CEO of Sports Handicapping website OffshoreInsiders.com. His bride’s gift site, DuffyGifts.com is the place to go for gifts of all occasions from My Thirty One Gifts.



s the holidays approach, I’m excited about the beautiful lights, events, and togetherness that accompany the season. However… I dread the thought of finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list. It’s difficult to purchase gifts that are both thoughtful and won’t break the bank. I personally love the gift of an experience. Spending time doing something you may have never done before, or simply attending a movie with the I absolutely love to drive fast. I’m not condoning it, only expressing my affection for the need for speed. One of my favorite things is the initial takeoff in an airplane. I always have a huge smile on my face when taxiing down the runway—watching out the window as the airliner increases speed and all of the buildings swish past (as if being thrown by a MLB pitcher). I know the people around me must think I’m crazy, but it’s the closest I can get to feeling like a fighter pilot in a F-35 (well maybe not), but one can dream. I’ve expressed my passion for speed once or twice at our office. Our office often ends up converging at Joe’s New York Pizzeria. A co-worker (or rather someone who meets us at Joe’s), Jason

suggested I reach out to the owner of Just Track It to discuss a way for me to “quench my thirst” for speed, in a safe environment. For car enthusiasts, this track experience is available just north of us at Road Atlanta in Braselton. Just Track It—“Your Car Our Tracks”— offers open track events for first-timers to seasoned racers. Their mission is to get you on the track, in your car, to learn and enjoy the potential (and limits) of your car’s performance. No, you don’t have to own a

family and maybe playing some mini golf afterward. Tangible gifts come and go over time, but experiences can last a lifetime. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of experiences—affordable and somewhat more extravagant—you may have not considered gifting in the past. And guess what? As part of this article’s “Experience Giveaway” you have a chance to enter to win one of these experiences! All you have to do is visit The Current Hub’s Facebook page for details on how to win.

high-performance automobile to take on the track, but haven’t you always wondered what your car is capable of (especially when sitting in traffic on one of Atlanta’s lovely, highly populated multi-standstill lane highways?). Well I have, and taking my car on an open track with no speed limit is what I have often dreamt. Of course, I would want to be educated and coached by highly-trained professionals first. Just Track It provides in-car coaching as well as classroom sessions to ensure you are equipped with the

necessary tools to safely appreciate your car’s capabilities. I recently spoke with Nabil Abusharr, one of the co-founders and president of Just Track It, who is a highly experienced Training Director with an extensive background in learning program and development. His mission, he explained, is to assist the driver in exploring the limits of themselves and their car. This experience educates the participant on increasing a greater awareness of their surroundings, predicting situations, regaining control of their vehicle, and basically shaping them into an all-around better driver. Not only do I think this is a fabulous gift for the motor sport enthusiast on your


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someone’s personality. Is this person competitive, overly competitive, coordinated, or clumsy?) Inside the complex is the Aurora Cineplex. Locally owned and operated, this theatre provides newly released movies in an extremely clean atmosphere and the concessions are much more affordable than most movie theaters. They also have a professional bakery on premises serving fresh-baked cookies and brownies that are absolutely scrumptious. Oftentimes, they have special promotions associated with list, but it is also an excellent gift for the release of new movies. Check out the new teen driver in your family. their website for details. Gift certifiYou must be sixteen (under eighteen cates are available and customizable accompanied by an adult) to enjoy this for any dollar amount, and can be used thrilling encounter with the track, and for movies, mini golf, and concesthink of the important skills you will sions. So this year, instead of buying obtain that are necessary to react to another toy or unnecessary gadget, everyday potentially dangerous driving scenarios—especially here in Atlanta. The cost per day is approximately $325, which includes two hours in the classroom and two hours on the track accompanied by a professional instructor. For available dates, times, and locations (as they also provide this experience in Birmingham, Savannah, and other tracks) visit justtrackit. net. You can enter to win an experience at Road Atlanta on March 13, 2020. Please make sure you or the recipient will be available on that date. The winner must own a vehicle that has been properly maintained and inspected, and use of your vehicle is at your own risk. A helmet must be worn during the track experience. Helmets are available for rent on-site should you not own one. Should the winner buy an experience of togetherness time or recipient not wish to actually drive for the recipient(s) on your list. For themselves, Just Track It will substievery $50 spent on gift cards, in one tute a ride-along experience in a race or multiple increments, you receive a car with a professional instructor at $5 gift card for yourself. If you haven’t the wheel. had the chance to visit Area 51 (or you Located in Roswell is a hidden have and are eager to return), they are gem, Area 51, nestled in the rear of providing our readers with the chance Roswell Town Center. If you’ve ever to win a Royal VIP Package—two driven down Commerce Parkway to movie passes, two mini golf passes, and avoid the traffic of Holcomb Bridge, two small drink/popcorn vouchers. you can’t miss the whimsical structures For the distinctive wine or beer that comprise The Fringe miniature enthusiast on your list, I suggest golf course. It’s the perfect activity stopping by Pinkies Up Beer and for the family when you feel like you Wine—a boutique of wine, beer, and just need to get everyone out of the growlers from around the world. The house—outdoors and appropriate for owners are dedicated to providing a every age. (It’s also a great tool to use unique selection of beverages, gifts, on a first or second date to evaluate and wine tasting classes. Pinkies Up

is passionate about teaching people the nuances of beer and wine, and exploring why you like certain flavors of wine or beer. They take the intimidation out of selecting a tasty beverage and have options for every budget. Their two-hour Wine Wisdom Class goes beyond your traditional wine tasting, and gives you a deep dive into how a particular grape tastes distinguishable from different parts of the

center and Beaver Pond—which you observe from a bird’s-eye view as you fly above it all. Tree walk bridges are intertwined within the path of the ziplines adding even more excitement to this adventure. When you’re done, explore the Discovery Center, hiking trails, gardens, and Wildlife Walk. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled far from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and into a forest of fun. The Chattahoochee

A selection of wine from Pinkies Up Beer and Wine. world. November 16, they’ve curated a class featuring non-American wines to serve for each course at your Thanksgiving dinner. I attended one of the classes and enjoyed learning about German Rieslings from the owner of a vineyard in Germany. The food and wines selected were exquisite. I would suggest either buying a gift certificate for a class or asking the owners for their opinion (if you already know what the recipient enjoys drinking). They are also forming a beer club—I will be joining for sure! Pinkies Up has provided a certificate for two to attend the November 16 Wine Wisdom Class. Did you know the Chattahoochee Nature Center now has a zipline course? My friend Rich and I had the opportunity to join The Current Hub’s publisher, Mark, and his wife Patty on the Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventure zipline course. It’s the perfect way for a family or couple to interact and enjoy an afternoon together (without everyone being distracted by their phone). The only distractions are the natural inhabitants of the nature

Nature Center has offered our readers a chance to win two passes for their Level One Aerial Adventure Course (designed for ages six and older). Have any theatergoers on your list? Tickets to a theater production are always a great idea. There is something nostalgic about attending the theater. People have been attending theatrical performances since the beginning of the 5th century in Athens, Greece. It never fails. Whenever I attend, I find myself so engaged (as if someone put a spell on me), and I feel like I am a part of the story being portrayed on the stage. The theater has a funny way of stealing your troubles and day-to-day routine for a few hours, especially the comical productions. The comedy A Tuna Christmas, directed by Topher Payne, will be presented by the Georgia Ensemble Theatre December 13-29 at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center in Brookhaven. This broad comedy is set in the fictional, third-smallest town of Texas called Tuna. Two local


Hang gliding at Lookout Mountain Flight Park. look forward to the possible Big Green Egg Boot Camp dinner invitation I may receive from the recipient of the certificate I intend to gift. A certificate to attend one of these classes is available for our readers to win. Do you know someone who seeks adventure? Flying perhaps? I have expressed my passion for flight numerous times in my stories. One of my favorite experiences has to be hang gliding. I had seen those billboards on the way to Chattanooga, Tennessee Rich, Tara, Patty, and Mark enjoying ziplining at the CNC. advertising Lookout Mountain Flight news personalities report in hilarious Park. I decided I had to do it, and to sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas exchanges portraying more than my surprise my daughter (who was phantom. Two tickets to this holiday twenty quirky town residents. It’s the around ten-years-old at the time) fun are being provided by the Georgia holidays, and there is an abundance expressed her interest as well. I signed Ensemble Theatre to one lucky winner. of yuletide activities including the her up after investigating the estabI have someone on my list who town’s Christmas lights contest—won lishment thoroughly. Sidney (who’s loves to cook on his Big Green Egg. by the same resident fourteen years in It’s an experience just to watch him now twenty) was eager to be buckled a row. This year the contest is being into the colorful hang glider attached proudly roll out the giant ceramic to the small plane that would tow her cooker (on the industrial cart we built and her instructor up (to what seemed together). Just like a child wants all of like infinity to me) and release them at the accessories for a toy, he has every 4,000 feet. I can’t explain the feeling accessory to his Egg. I’m not knocking in my heart as I saw her released, but it. Whatever it takes to produce the the smile on her face as she glided back results he gets is fine by me. He has down to the field was priceless. To my mentioned his desire to attend the Big surprise, my son Conner decided to Green Egg Boot Camp for some time follow suit. He was timid at the time now, so he will be receiving a certifi(sorry Conner) so I quickly signed the cate to do so for Christmas. (I guess release form, and up he went. After it won’t be a surprise now.) The Big Chef Andrew Traub, owner of A&S Culinary anxiously and proudly watching my Green Egg Boot Camp is one of the babies—it was my turn. This was experiences provided at A&S Culinary Concepts. the closest thing to feeling like a Unfortunately, Mark did not invite Concepts. Owner/Chef Andrew Traub formed A&S Culinary Concepts me, but he did ask his newly-wed wife soaring bird I have ever experienced. Paragliding, flying in an ultralight, as a result of his more than three Patty to accompany him to the 6:00 decades of award-winning culinary p.m. dinner. I heard he was extremely ziplining—none of these compared to the tranquility of slowly drifting back experience and his love of food and proud of the meal he learned to make community. Our publisher, Mark (graciously serving it with explanations to the earth. I will never forget it, and Penstone, attended the Big Green Egg as to how he prepared every morsel). I I highly recommend it. The instructors Boot Camp just recently. Class began promptly at 8:00 a.m. The Eggs were fired up and preparations for smoking prime rib, leg of lamb, a whole turkey, and cedar plank salmon began. While enjoying coffee and breakfast prepared by the chefs, the class discussed what would transpire that afternoon. Class dismissed and reassembled at 3:00 p.m. They were taught recipes and prepared fresh salads, creative versions of macaroni and cheese, and an assortment of local garden-ripe vegetables. Each class member was allowed to invite one guest to enjoy the meal they learned to make that day.




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The massive antique mirrors inside 1920 Tavern. are extremely knowledgeable and comforting. If you would like a chance to win a similar experience of your own, with a special someone of your choosing, Lookout Mountain Flight Park has provided an experience for two to do so. Please let me know how much you enjoy this experience. As a result of the terms of the Eighteenth Amendment (aka Prohibition), in 1920, the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcoholic beverages became illegal. Oddly enough, the consumption of alcohol was not illegal. This spawned the era of bootlegging and speakeasies (those secretive, illegal drinking establishments). I’m not sure if I would have survived back then, but the owners of 1920 Tavern decided to hang on to the playfulness of that time period when they established their tavern. Sexy and sophisticated, the dark wood walls are adorned with massive antique mirrors that reflect the large lit globes. On a beautiful fall day, I especially love sitting in their outdoor space directly in front of the establishment on bustling Canton Street. The food is savory, fresh, and globally inspired. My favorite dish is Nawlin’s Shrimp and Grits—the low country gravy combined with andouille sausage create the perfect scenario for a sip or two of one of their craft draft beers. They also offer a sophisticated selection of spirits and mixed cocktails. It’s the perfect spot for a first date. (I may have had one there a few years ago.) 1920 Tavern has graciously provided a $50 gift certificate for one of our readers. If I were eligible, I’d enter. You are though! The last experience available to our readers is dinner for two at Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse in Alpharetta. Proud Brazilians, the founders’ love of their culture and food envisioned a restaurant that would take their patrons to Brazil through a unique culinary experience. The Current Hub’s publisher, Mark Penstone, and his wife Patty rave about the food and the outstanding service they always receive; this is their new favorite restaurant! So there you have it. A few wonderful gift experience options for you and yours this holiday. Remember, all you need to do in order to enter to win one of these fabulous gift experiences is visit The Current Hub’s Facebook page at facebook.com/CurrentPlus. Good luck, and happy gifting!) justtrackit.net | a51fun.com | pinkiesupbw.com chattnaturecenter.org | get.org | asculinaryconcepts.com flylookout.com | 1920tavern.com | galeto.com

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Carve out your holiday gift list with gift experiences. Two movie reviews: Midway and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. A new Wellstar he...

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Carve out your holiday gift list with gift experiences. Two movie reviews: Midway and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. A new Wellstar he...