Around Town 20

Be Our Guest, Meet Our Challenge

Be our guest at The American Cancer Society’s Hope Ball and help us raise funds to support lung cancer research. Go to our website to enter to win tickets for two to the elegant black tie gala held at the Delta Flight Museum, April 30.  You’ll join the Lifestyle Publications team at our media sponsor table, enjoy dinner and dancing (wait until you see our publisher’s style on the dance floor!) and celebrate the strides in cancer research and education with the American Cancer Society. Circle the date, April 30, and enter now. Then, follow the link to make a donation of $40 ($10 for each issue of Alpharetta Lifestyle since we launched!) We’ll be honoring Jeff Wigbels, stage four NON-SMOKER lung cancer survivor.  Get to know Jeff and his story in the Giving Back feature in this month’s issue.  See you there!

7th Annual Milton Earth Day Festival

Join 1,500+ attendees along with other area businesses, non-profits, and community groups to celebrate Milton’s 7th Annual Earth Day Festival. Held at Friendship Community Park Saturday, April 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Festival will include more than 50 green vendors, lots of family activities, hands-on crafts, hamster balls, climbing wall, and animal encounters. Many local food trucks will be on hand providing food for sale as well. Bring the family and drop by the Milton Mechanical Services / Lifestyle Publications booth for some cool giveaways and a chance to get your photo in next month’s issue of  Alpharetta Lifestyle Magazine!  Meet your Alpharetta Team Leader -Karyn Slovin, and one of our “Greenest” Partners -Dr. Kenneth Hughes, from Milton Mechanical Services, who will show us some of the latest green technology to be installed in City Hall.

22nd Annual Fulton Golden Games

Each spring hundreds of mature adults 50 and older anticipate the Fulton Golden Games. This year celebrates the 22nd Annual Fulton Golden Games. Over the years, the games have been an avenue for participants to begin or continue their competitive journey to a healthier lifestyle. The games will be kicking off in Milton at Bell Memorial Park on April 27, with the Opening Day parade of athletes. All of the field day events, including the mile walks, shot put throws, discus and more will follow the parade. Other Fulton Golden Games events include: Tennis Tournament at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center, Trivia Challenge at Park Place at Newtown School, and the Bowling Tournament at Stars and Strikes.  Call 678.297.6140 for more info on registration and sponsorships.

Acworth Art Fest

The popular Acworth Art Fest is a true celebration of whimsical and vibrant art in the springtime! Come join the celebration of the fifth year running on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The historic Main Street in downtown Acworth is a delightful backdrop for 100 whimsical and talented artisans from around the country. Their creative booth displays decorate the charming street with paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art and much more! The “Lake City,” just 35 miles northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County, is always abuzz with excitement over the two-day art festival. With Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona in this beautiful, small town’s backyard, Acworth Art Fest is the perfect art-buyers destination. The City’s art scene is growing, downtown shops and galleries are hopping—and Acworth Art Fest is the sweet cherry on top of the delicious and enchanting community!

Alpharetta Winter Open 2016

On April 23, Hopewell Middle School will host the Winter Open Rubik’s Cube Competition, this is an official World Cube Association competition (therefore, all competitors should be familiar with the WCA regulations.) If you are new to competing, you may want to look at CubingUSA’s Competitor Tutorial. $25 registration fee. The proceeds of this competition will go to support the 1Million4Anna charity foundation.

Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day

Volunteer For A Better Sandy Springs Day (VBSS) continues to be a flagship day of community improvement and engagement for Leadership Sandy Springs! Come out on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and join your neighbors and friends in helping to make the community a better place. Utilizing a dedicated volunteer group of 500+, the organization provides service projects for approximately 20 sites, which makes this annual event the largest community-wide service day in Sandy Springs. Groups of volunteers are welcome. Email to be included in notifications about VBSS 2016.

Johns Creek Students Win National Award for Verizon Innovative App Challenge

A group of Johns Creek High School (JCHS) students recently won a national award in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The students earned the Best in Nation award for the concept of their app, called Vroom. It’s a carpooling app designed to pair students with drivers so they can participate in after-school activities. JCHS students won a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to build the app and enhance STEM education at their school. They also own rights to the app. In June, the team will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the National Technology Student Association Conference in Nashville, where they’ll present their apps in person. The group will also learn coding skills from MIT experts to transform their concept into a real working mobile app. JCHS is one of nine teams across the country who won the challenge.  For more information about the Verizon App Challenge visit

Exercise for Prevention

Whether young in body or just in mind, injuries can happen at any stage and Corrective Exercise is often the key to getting back to “yourself.” We recently met the owner of Medical Fitness and Wellness Group–Mike Hardy–who has transformed our thoughts of what alternative therapy can be. At the Medical Fitness and Wellness Group they truly have a comprehensive and holistic approach to helping maintain and heal our bodies through programs like: Corrective Exercise solutions for muscle pain management and injury prevention, Medical Massage Therapy, ARP Wave Therapy for faster injury recovery and healing, Medical Exercise for chronic diseases and conditions, a scientifically proven nutrition program, personal fitness Training and Wellness Programs for alternative and holistic healing. Whether it is to tone up, strengthen your core, improve performance of your favorite sport, improve your flexibility or live pain free, the Medical Fitness and Wellness Group of Johns Creek has got you covered! or call 678.469.6497.

Rotary Awards Kumar

Parth Kumar, has been named 2016 PAGE STAR Student representing Cambridge High School. The announcement was made by Julie Goldberg, president of the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club, local sponsor of the Fulton County STAR program. Parth selected Mark Schuler, AP European history teacher as his STAR teacher. “We are very proud of Mr. Kumar and Mr. Schuler and the academic excellence they exemplify at Cambridge High School. We are thrilled to recognize them for their accomplishments,” says Mrs. Goldberg. The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 58th year, is sponsored, administered, and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation. Since its inception, the STAR program has honored nearly 25,500 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the 2016 STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

Bow Wow Brunch

Chaired by Jennifer Healey of J Healey Interiors, the inaugural Bow Wow Brunch is an elegant event benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society, giving us a chance to share the mission and vision of saving the lives of homeless animals. While some brunches are mostly for adults, Bow Wow Brunch is a family affair. It’s designed to introduce the children and grandchildren of our donors and supporters to the importance of philanthropy and life-long giving by showcasing the life-saving work of the Atlanta Humane Society. Bow Wow Brunch brings together families of animal lovers who care deeply about the welfare of dogs and cats in our community. More than 300 guests are expected to attend this year’s Bow Wow Brunch, which takes place  from 12:30 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Sponsors have the opportunity to reach multigenerational Atlanta donor families and show support for the largest animal welfare organization in Georgia. The festivities will include a champagne reception for adults, a special program for children and an elegant Ritz-Carlton brunch menu. A highlight of the day’s activities will be the presentation of the prestigious Anne Cox Chambers Humane Heroine Award to a woman whose commitment and devotion to the cause of animal welfare merits special recognition.

Cure CP

Cure CP will host its 4th Annual Night at the Derby Auction on May 6. The funds raised will support groundbreaking research and clinical trials to find a cure for Cerebral Palsy. The planning committee headed by event chair Jennifer Kellett is organizing an unforgettable evening that will include dinner and dancing, music by Goat Rodeo, and silent and live auctions. Nearly 300 Atlantans are expected to turnout in their finest Derby attire to show their support and vie for the Best Hat Award.  Cure CP is a non-profit organization (501c3) committed to funding research, studies, trials and clinical work leading to a cure for Cerebral Palsy. Cure CP was founded by families who want to see a better life and future for their children with CP. The passion, generosity and ongoing support of our community directly grows and funds life-changing research. Pictured are planners, Meredith Hatfield, Lizette Dunay, Wendy Hahn, Seale Lindsay, Maurie Drambel, Jennifer Kellett.