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Volunteers to be honored

Do you know someone who gives selflessly, time after time? In our December issue, we would like to honor those among us who make philanthropy a priority. Please nominate your most generous friends by emailing the editor, explaining how and why your nominated angel volunteers, naming the non-profits and any other details that make this person so outstanding. We’ll feature Alpharetta’s Givers in our December holiday issue. Email Sue by October 1 at SCollins@LifestylePubs.com.

Enter to Be Pampered

Van Michael Salon loves you! Together with Davio’s, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Atlanta and Posh Limousine Service, Van Michael and Lifestyle Publications are offering a Total Makeover Experience to a lucky reader and a friend. The day will begin at Van Michael Salon in Sandy Springs, with a cut, color and makeup for the winning twosome (girlfriends? hubby and wife? the ultimate date?). Then, Posh Limousine Service will take the winners to Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Phipps Plaza for dinner. The magic continues with a stay at the elegant Mandarin Oriental Hotel and a massage at the Spa for two.  Go to our website to enter to win this luxury experience from our valued partners. Then, tell your BFF to enter, too! AlpharettaLifestylePubs.com

Dine Out!

Join Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) for dinner in September and eat out throughout Brookhaven and Buckhead all month long! Brookhaven Dines Out is a series of benefit nights at neighboring eateries and restaurants in the Buckhaven area. A percentage of all sales on scheduled days will benefit the families served at Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses. Participating Buckhead and Brookhaven restaurants include: Genki, Lucky’s Burger and Brew, Nancy G’s, Newk’s Brookhaven, Moe’s, Taziki’s, The Southern Gentleman, Zoe’s and many more. For a full calendar listing of dates and participating restaurants, please visit ARMHC.org. For questions or to have your restaurant involved, please contact Caroline Tate, Special Events Manager, at Caroline.Tate@armhc.org. Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to nurturing the health and well-being of children and families.

Towne Club Windermere Welcomes First Residents’ Grand Opening!

Offering new resort-style senior living, Towne Club Windermere is now open in Cumming. Towne Club welcomed its first residents over the July 4th weekend. The new community is located at 3950 Towne Club Parkway and offers one- and two-bedroom independent living and assisted living apartments, as well as a nationally recognized memory care program. “Towne Club Windermere is like living on a cruise ship all year long,” says  Executive Director LaDonna Hagan. “Our thoughtfully planned campus encourages social interaction both inside and outside the community, as well as serving as a gathering place for all ages. Services, amenities, and programs focus on lifelong wellness and ease and enjoyment of life.” In addition to a range of premium amenities and services, Towne Club Windermere also offers the advantages of rental senior living, allowing retirement-aged individuals to enjoy a carefree lifestyle without tying up their finances. “This is an opportunity to enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle that anticipates your needs in novel and invigorating ways,” says Hagan. 770.844.7779, TowneClubWindermere.com.

Foster and Adoption Center to Open in Alpharetta

A new development aims to be a respite for foster children. The Kalen Center began construction at 231 Vaughan Drive in Alpharetta, just off Ga. 9, where it will house Giving Children a Chance (GCAC), Dreamweavers of Georgia and Moeller and Associates, a behavioral health counseling service. All three are dedicated to helping foster children and their families. “This center will be a state-of-the-art healing center,” says Fred Moeller, of Dreamweavers and Moeller and Associates. “We want it to be a shining star in North Atlanta.” All three groups will be housed in the 17,500-square-foot, three-story building, on about one acre of land. The building will feature meeting rooms for children and their families, including areas where parents can meet with children, play areas and parental instruction facilities. In addition to offices and care facilities, the top floor of the building is expected to be a training center not just for the employees but for other businesses that can rent it out for training purposes. “We can get everything under one roof,” says Jennifer Hudson of GCAC. Dreamweavers is a nonprofit and raises money for foster children in state care to pay for things the state does not provide – such as braces, field trips, Christmas presents and tutoring. GCAC is a private child placement agency that provides foster care and adoption services throughout Georgia. The name of the building – “Kalen” – comes from one of the Dreamweavers foster children, whose middle name is Kalen. It means “keeper of the keys,” a name Moeller said was fitting for the building. “Our mission has grown.” Moeller says. “We want to do more. We want to do the best we can. Today signifies our commitment to answering the call.”  GCACofGeorgia.com.

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival 2016

Alpharetta Lifestyle magazine is this year’s proud media sponsor of the 2016 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival. This October 7 and 8, nationally recognized singer-songwriters will gather together to perform their original songs giving music lovers a behind-the-scenes look at the stories that inspired country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass songs. Attendees will experience nationally recognized veteran songsmiths and local up-and-coming talent as music fills the streets of downtown Alpharetta. Check out the ad in this issue for a glimpse at this year’s lineup and stay in touch with Alpharetta Lifestyle on Facebook and Twitter to win tickets for the whole family throughout the month! WireAndWoodAlpharetta.com 
Photo courtesy Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Healthy Saturday

Alpharetta Lifestyle, DecisionPoint and Welstar are hosting the first annual Alpharetta/Johns Creek Community Health Day to take place on Saturday, September 17, at DecisionPoint Wellness Center. Vendors from the area will be coming out to show support. In addition, there will be lots of fun, free activities for kids and adults, and BIG raffle drawings. All proceeds will be given to local charity, Bert’s Big Adventure. There will be an emphasis on healthy lifestyle for all members of the family.  For those who don’t know, BBA is a non-profit organization that takes children, suffering from various long-term illnesses, AND their families to Disney for a week, ALL expenses paid!  The joy this trip brings to these families is priceless. We hope you, your family and friends will all come out to support your community and this wonderful charity! DPWellnessCenter.com

Olympian in Alpharetta

Alpharetta’s own Yijun Feng earned a spot on his first Olympic team by defeating teammate Sharon Alguetti in the final on Day 2 of the North American Olympic Qualification Tournament earlier this year. The 19-year-old Feng was able to put pressure on the 15-year-old Alguetti early, taking the first game 11-4, then fending off a challenge from the younger player in the second game, 11-7. The third game saw the score tied at 7-7 before Feng reeled off the next four points to go up 3-0, setting up a coup de grace for the struggling Alguetti in the fourth game with an 11-3 score.The 2015 men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles champion, Feng also won the U.S. youth singles crown and was part of the North American champion team last year.  U.S. Olympic table tennis athletes are among the most poorly funded players in the world; much of their daily training and tournaments are self funded. To support this committed local Olympian and help achieve his Olympic dreams, visit his fundraising site at GoFundMe.com. Search Yijun Feng Olympic Fund. We’ll catch up with Yijun soon for his report on his Olympic experience. Stay tuned!

Polo Plans

The 2016 Polo in the Pines Honorees are Lacey Johnson Wilkinson and Matthew Willis (pictured). The event will light up the Atlanta Polo Club on October 8 benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer. Since the inaugural event in 2012, Polo in the Pines has raised nearly $250,000 with a mission to fund specific cancer research, promote awareness and family support and will again benefit CURE. The elegant Saturday all-day event features polo matches, gourmet dining, crafted Southern cocktails, a silent auction and dancing. The scene will be set by Sean O’Keefe Events, a generous supporter of Polo in the Pines since its inception. New to Polo in the Pines is the Best Bloodies and Brunch Bites, Sunday’s festival featuring more world-class polo and a buffet from Atlanta’s best chefs and bartenders. Ticket, sponsorship opportunities and info at PoloInThePines.com