Around Town 4

An Eye for Beauty

Johns Creek Beautification has installed two sculptures of its newly approved public art program, ArtSpot. ArtSpot is dedicated to the use of art in public outdoor places as a means to strengthen and enrich the identity and culture of the City of Johns Creek community. The first sculpture, called “He Stopped and Turned to See and Listen…”  was created by Charlie Brouwer of Floyd County, Va. The second is called “Teak Bench Watcher”, by Tennessee artist Jim Collins. With more to come, we encourage our readers to take your family out for a picnic at Newtown Park and check out the cool new sculptures brought to you by ArtSpot.

Tooting their Own Horns

The Alpharetta High School Orchestra, under the direction of Sheldon Fisher, has been accepted by the Georgia Music Educators Association to perform as an honor orchestra at the annual GMEA In-Service Conference in January 2016. Congratulations AHS Orchestra! We hear it is shaping up to be a busy year for the orchestra, AHS has also been selected to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March!

Young at Heart and Mind

Around this time last year Dr. Rolf Meinhold, an MDVIP physician here in Alpharetta, gave a presentation at the Cobb County  Senior Center on the subject of Brain Health. Do any of you remember it…? He began by talking about how important it is to keep our brain healthy and how we need to be very cautious of “public enemy numbed one:” obesity. Dr. Meinhold then went on to give a list of foods that support brain health ⎯ salmon,  berries and walnuts, as examples. He also notes that sleep and exercise are crucial to brain health and the later is statistically shown to stave off dementia for 5-10 years. So rest up, join in on a race (we have some listed for you) and maybe try a different “red meat” this year. Dr. Meinhold’s practice is located at 2702 Abbey Court Alpharetta. 770.772.9195

Bringing Home the Gold

Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua Blue and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management bring home the gold again to drive up much-needed funds for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA). The restaurants and hospitality management company hosted their 17th Annual Golf Classic in September, as well as two Marlow’s Tavern grand opening parties in Woodstock and Roswell that benefited the charity. The combined amount raised from all three events this fall was $100,000, putting the partnership’s grand total well over $600,000 since inception! Has your family, business or organization raised funds for something special? We love to spread the good news, email with great accomplishments like this one.

Don’t Dry Out This Winter

Humidity or air moisture content of your home is very important for keeping your family healthy during cold and flu season when more time is spent indoors. Dry air produced by heating systems can increase your chances of getting a cold, or flu and can significantly increase upper respiratory ailments. Viruses that cause colds and flu thrive in low humidity and physicians have identified humidity as one of the easiest methods of reducing your susceptibility to infection. Dry air also negatively impacts your home’s interior by drying out your walls, woodwork, and hardwood floors and can damage expensive electronics through the increased likelihood of static electricity. Increasing the humidity in your home can bring back that warm feeling without turning the temperature up and increasing your heating bills, according to the pros at Milton Mechanical Service who offer a range of solutions to control humidity in your home during the winter. Free estimates and 10% discount on all dry air and insulation services for readers. 770.360.1297

Have Love, Will Travel

When the temperature is expected to drop below freezing the team of Project Live Love®, based here in Alpharetta, hits the streets of downtown Atlanta armed with blankets, hand-warmers, hats, gloves and LOVE. This unique winter homeless rescue program sends out an alert (via txt or email) to team members when the local forecasts predict temperatures below 30º. On these “GO-Nights” the team of volunteers assemble together at Safehouse Outreach, gather their supplies and head out. Get active and join the team, or help them to keep fighting the freeze by donating your winter items. Visit for the details.

Young Entrepreneurs 
- App Competition

Johns Creek is in need of an app that would help promote small businesses and since the students in the area are some of the brightest in country, Johns Creek Advantage (JCA) thought they could showcase some of their talents by asking them to create the app! Students can participate individually or in teams of up to five; The majority of team members must be Johns Creek residents and apps will be due by January 29. The schools serving the city of Johns Creek say this is the perfect way to get students truly interacting with the business community and for businesses to interact with their future workforce. Fulton County Schools Area Superintendent Clifford Jones said he is “very excited” about this project. For further info and to register, visit

Start 2016 Off On The Right Foot 
(or Left)

Alpharetta Lifestyle has compiled a list of challenges for you to start the year off on the right foot–LITERALLY! Get up and get going, and have some fun while your at it.

Jan 1 – Commitment Day – 5k, Lifetime Fitness, Johns Creek.

Jan 1- Dirty Spokes Mayhem on the Mountain – 3M and 5M, Cumming.

Jan 2 – Stamp Out Poverty – 5K Run ⎜Walk, Atlanta.

Jan 3 – Indoor Triathlon – Mini Triathlon, Lifetime Fitness, Alpharetta.

Jan 9 – Chilly Willy- 5k and Fun Run, Sugar Hill.

Jan 10 – Rock The New Year – Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, Stone Mountain.

Jan 16 – MLK Day – 5k and Fun Run, Piedmont Park, Atlanta.

Jan 24 – Hot Chocolate Run – 15k and 5K, Turner Field, Atlanta.

Jan 30 – Polar Bear Run – 5k, 2k walk | run and Cub Run, Marietta.

Jan 30 – School House Rock – 5k Run – Georgia State Capitol Building, Atlanta.

Face the New Year

Atlanta Face and Body Center was founded last year by Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker who has practiced facial plastic surgery in the metro-Atlanta area for more than a decade.  Her new practice offers the latest technologies in nonsurgical and surgical face lifting and body contouring.  Having performed thousands of facial cosmetic surgeries, including 4,000 facelifts alone, she is one of the most experienced facial plastic surgeons, not just in Atlanta, but the entire country.  Dr. Whitaker provides her patients the benefits of world-class education combined with this unparalleled experience.  After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine from Duke University, she was the first woman to complete her specialty residency training program at Emory University. Her academic experience includes serving as Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia where she trained residents and remains a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Whitaker specializes in a natural result and individualized treatment. 678.888.FACE (3223)

Seriously Silly

The High proudly presents this retrospective of illustrations by the best-selling children’s book artist and author Mo Willems. This exhibition features more than 100 works by Willems – from preliminary drawings to completed illustrations – that chronicle the past 12 years of his whimsical world, populated by the beloved characters Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Piggie, The Pigeon, and many more. The exhibition gives viewers a glimpse of Willems’ creative process and reveals the comedic genius of his books, which have become instant hits with young children in the new century. This exhibition will close January 10, so don’t miss out!