December 2016 Around Town

Milton Holiday Tour of Homes

The Milton Holiday Tour of Homes is hosting its inaugural event on December 10 featuring five classically Milton homes stunningly decorated for the Holidays. Each home on the tour has been carefully selected to represent the City of Milton – some are newer homes and one is a historical home. Robert Meyers, is chair of the Milton Holiday Tour of Homes committee. Meyers is well known in the Milton community for authoring two books about the area including Barns of Old Milton County. He also is a board member of the Friends of the Milton Library. “We’re overjoyed at the response of the community for this tour,” said Meyers. “We sold out of our tickets much faster than expected and hope to expand our tour next year.” Funds will benefit the Friends of the Milton Library, STEM and STEAM programs, Lego Club, Astronomy Club program supplies, chess boards and timers, Teen Advisory Board meetings, Youth Book Club, Wildlife Program, Children’s Music Performance, Atlanta Audubon Youth programs, Summer Reading, and others. At press time, tickets were SOLD OUT. 

Ice Haute

The Historic Georgian Terrace will host the 9th Annual Winter White Party on Monday, December 19 in Midtown, Atlanta. The Winter White Party lets your imagination guide you through a memorable evening infused by impressive fashion, exciting entertainment and social interaction orchestrated a non-stop soundtrack of diversity. Traveling to Midtown might seem a bit far, but this event sets the standard for a fabulous experience with its continuing status as the premier holiday event on all of the east coast! Twenty percent  of proceeds from this glamorous evening will be donated to SOCIAL GEORGIA, a non-profit organization that gives back to improve our lives and local community in today’s challenging society. Visit

Rest and Unwind

With Thanksgiving barely behind us, and Christmas steadily approaching we are in the height of the holiday chaos!  During this time we can all start to feel depleted and worn down by a mile-long to-do list and calendars full of holiday engagements.  Thankfully our friends at Johns Creek Yoga are here to help bring us back some inner peace! Join some of our Alpharetta Lifestyle staff and studio owner, Sheila McVay, from 7-9 p.m. on December 21,  the night of the Winter Solstice, for an evening of Yoga and Live Music. Amidst the business of the season, take time to rest and nurture yourself. You will be mindfully guided through gentle, restorative poses surrounded by candles and boughs of fresh evergreen before drifting into meditation surrounded by beautiful live music. The class is appropriate for all ages, body types and levels of yoga practitioner, even absolute beginners. Even if you have never done yoga before, don’t miss this opportunity to reset and honor the rhythms of nature by turning your attention inward and away from outside stresses. Register online at or call 770.619.1283 for more information. Johns Creek Yoga is located at 11705 Jones Bridge Road, Suite C105.

Chemistry at Cambridge

As part of Mole Day and National Chemistry Week, AP Chemistry students of Cambridge High created several periodic tables made of cupcakes. National Chemistry Week encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals were invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. This year the theme was “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry,” focusing on the chemistry of forensics and more, although there is no mystery why these students succeeded in making chemistry enjoyable for everyone! Pictured: Alejandro Becerra, Zach Ellison, Allie Kench, and Sania Shaikh.

Golden Experience

Goldfish Swim School, a water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons, is coming soon to Johns Creek. Located at 6000 Medlock Bridge Parkway, Goldfish Swim School offers a wide range of perpetual swimming classes for all ages and skill levels at times that are convenient for every family’s schedule. Goldfish provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12-years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes, tropical décor, shiver-free 90-degree pools and a state-of-the-art water purification system. “Swim and water safety is extremely important to families,” said owner Mark Sheppell. “The Goldfish Swim School model emphasizes both safety and enjoyment of the water which leads to faster progress. I’m excited to bring the curriculum and programs to our new swimming facility here in Johns Creek.” Goldfish Swim School of Johns Creek anticipates a late 2016 opening. Families can register for lessons by calling 770.744.0250 or visiting

AHS Explorers

Some of the students at Alpharetta High School have been enrolled in a unique educational program offered by Northside Hospital -The Explorer Program. This extracurricular program gives students a chance to gain real life experiences and specialized knowledge of the healthcare industry. They also have opportunity to interact with physicians, nurses and medical technologists in a number of different specialty fields. High school students in grades 10-12 interested in a career in healthcare are eligible. “We want to reach out to a new generation of potential health care professionals to show them many career options available in the health care industry,” said Kelli Buchwald, Northside’s community relations manager.  “It will give teens a glimpse of many different hospital careers.” Between its Forsyth, Atlanta and Alpharetta campuses, the Northside students will have classes covering radiology, robotic surgery, internal medicine, respiratory care and women’s services. They also will earn CPR certification. To learn more about Northside Hospital’s Healthcare Exploring Program, contact