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Eat Out(doors)

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails 2016 Garden Dinner Series begins May 15. Additional dates in the series are June 12, July 17, August 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. Mouths typically start watering as soon as the first hors d’oeuvres and libations are passed out during the evening reception. During this time, guests have an opportunity to tour Milton’s Acre. Then, it’s on to a memorable four-course meal of inspired comfort foods served family style under the stars accompanied by wine pairings and the soothing sounds of a cellist. Tickets are $135 per person, per dinner. Tickets are nonrefundable and include wine pairings, tax and gratuity. The dinners start at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., depending on the sunset. To purchase tickets, visit MiltonsCuisine.com.

Cambridge to Offer Animal Studies

In a first for the county, Cambridge High School has begun work on a new building and classrooms dedicated to animal sciences, which will include 4,800 square feet of classroom and lab space and a 2,160-square-foot pole barn.  “The community has been really excited about the whole program,” says Principal Ed Spurka. “It will be a great feature on campus.” The building will accommodate all sorts of animals for learning – goats, chickens, and other small animals, as well as horses and cows.

Help Nearby

In March of this year, DecisionPoint Wellness opened a drug and alcohol outpatient program in Johns Creek that features an innovative approach to treating the disease of addiction. Local resident, founder and CEO Mike Reis is  a former corporate executive, who won his own 35-year battle with alcoholism, understands that addiction is an equal opportunity disease; it touches everyone regardless of their education or income. Mike is also co-author of the book, Recovery of a Lifetime, written with his son Chris Reis, Super Bowl XLIV champion and hero. His personal journey through recovery is why he decided to open a different kind of outpatient treatment center for adults. For more info: 888.892.8198, or online DPWellnessCenter.com.

Volunteer With Police and Fire

MFRF is building a team of volunteers willing to offer their time and talents to support various activities throughout the year. Volunteers are not obliged to commit to any certain number of hours and can select which activities fit their schedules and interests. MFRF also strives to connect local businesses with services that might benefit first responders directly.  A recent example is local attorney John Hill, who stepped up in a big way by donating many hours of his time and expertise to assist Milton firefighters and police officers with invaluable legal services.  Hill personally drafted 39 wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives for first responders and their spouses. This equates to $25,000 worth of work had he charged for these services. Hill says, “It was an honor to work with these local heroes.”  Milton First Responders Foundation and Alpharetta Lifestyle would like to thank Hill for generously offering his time and services to ensure that our first responders have these important documents in order. Volunteer: MiltonFirstResponders.org. Legal help: Chill@BhvLegal.com.

4th Polo in the Pines

Are you looking for an in-town destination this fall? Polo in the Pines invites you to experience Southern hospitality, farm-to-table cuisine and equestrian lifestyle at this fourth annual charity polo event on October 8, produced with Sean Okeefe Events. Enjoy Divots, Dining & Dancing on the banks of the Chattahoochee located at the Atlanta Polo Club. This exclusive polo venue is quietly nestled inside the perimeter of the Vining’s community.  “Connecting with others to help the cause” is the inspiration. Founder Tina Fowler and Co-chair Jennifer Bonner share the passion to give back for this worthy cause near and dear to their hearts. The 2016 beneficiary is CURE Childhood Cancer. “It is a privilege to continue honoring the lives of others through the personal journeys we share,” says Tina. “We are proud to announce our 2016 honorees, Lacey Johnson and Matthew Willis. Please join us in celebrating life at this Pretty Woman-style polo event.”  PolointhePines.com

Wine Success

Congratulations to our friends at the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) celebrating the 11th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction, raising more than $2.65 million for children in need in northwest Florida. The record breaking results are a $350,000 increase over the $2.3 million raised last year. The funds raised are distributed to 14 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. The auction was comprised of 55 unique Live Lots, 27 Super Silent offerings, and 120 Silent Lots. The sold out event was attended by 636 wine enthusiasts, making it the most successful Destin Charity Wine Auction to date. In addition, during the Wine Auction weekend, 14 Patron Dinners were held in notable restaurants and private homes in the area. As the top charity fundraising event in northwest Florida, the Destin Charity Wine Auction has been ranked among the nation’s top ten highest-grossing charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator magazine for four consecutive years. Save the date for next year’s event, April 28 – 30. DCWAF.org.