Around Town 5

New Signal Enhances Safety

Pedestrians have a safe and convenient way to cross Main Street in the heart of Downtown Alpharetta. The City activated a new mid-block pedestrian crossing on December 21. The crossing features a crossing signal, known as the HAWK Pedestrian Beacon, similar to one in use on Old Milton Parkway near Wills Park. When activated by a pedestrian, the HAWK signal will first turn yellow to warn drivers before turning to red to indicate that traffic should come to a complete stop. After a few moments the red signal will begin to flash, indicating that drivers can proceed if no pedestrian is in the crosswalk.

Tea Time

The Ninth Annual Peachtree Tea will be held on February 23, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Country Club of the South. The morning will begin with a Champagne Silent Auction and Raffle followed by an elegant seated lunch featuring delicious edibles and a selection of freshly-brewed teas. A prominent keynote speaker and HomeStretch graduate will tell their story. Also this year, for the second time, there will be an online auction beginning in February for those who just can’t wait until the 23rd. You can access this online auction from at Tea2016.auction-bid.org or visit the HomeStretch website page Homestretch.org for details about the event or to purchase individual tickets, purchase an entire table for all of your friends, or even become a sponsor on one of many levels. Remember, your donations stay right here in our community and help your neighbors.

Valentine’s Day Jazz

Treat your loved one to a special Valentine’s Day evening with Gretchen Parlato — February 13 and 14 at the Velvet Note. In the 10 years since her arrival in New York City, Gretchen Parlato has emerged as one of the most inventive and mesmerizing vocalists of her generation. In an artful communion of space, texture and a genre-bending repertoire, she has introduced a musical sea-change, making the power of subtlety front and center in jazz. For these performances, Gretchen’s ensemble will feature Taylor Eigsti, piano,  Alan Hampton, bass and vocals and Mark Guiliana, drums. TheVelvetNote.com for tickets.

Chamber Bowl Champs

For the sixth year running the Chamber Bowl, an all-star game for high school football seniors from the north Metro Atlanta area, took place on December 19th at Alpharetta High School. The game is sponsored by XL212 and the North Georgia Touchdown Club, of which all public and private schools in North Fulton and Forsyth counties are members. Players from Centennial, Chattahoochee and Mount Pisgah played for the South team while players from Forsyth Central, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, South Forsyth, North Forsyth, Northview and King’s Ridge suited up with the North team. XL212’s Mike Haynes, who played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, says the Chamber Bowl provides players with a chance to play in an all-star setting in their final high school game. The North took the victory 18-8 over the South team in the final score. Congratulations to both teams on a fantastic game.