January 2017 Around Town 2

A Fantastic Drive

The Milton First Responders Foundation held its 2nd Annual Golf Invitational at Crooked Creek recently and enjoyed perfect weather for golf and celebrating Milton’s First Responders. Thanks to the sponsors, players, and volunteers, the tournament was a huge success, netting approximately $25,000 in net proceeds, $10,000 over 2015. The player field also grew to 118, including 24 First Responders who played for free due to the generous sponsorship from several local businesses and many individual citizens. Mark your calendars for October 16, 2017, to join us again at Crooked Creek Club. MFRF is a non-profit organization formed to support our police officers and firefighters, with 100% of the funds raised staying right here in Milton providing financial assistance for Milton Fire and Police.  To learn more about MFRF, how to get involved as a volunteer or to donate please visit the MFRF webpage at MiltonFirstResponders.org.

The Daffodil Project

Pinecrest Academy’s Middle School students received impactful lessons on World War II and the Holocaust, as teachers across all subject areas organized instruction around the World War II theme for an entire week. During this unit of study, students at the PreK3-12th grade Catholic School in Cumming gathered for The Daffodil Project, during which 360 daffodils were planted by the students, each commemorating a child whose life was lost in the Holocaust. Started by Am Yisrael Chai!, a non-profit Holocaust awareness organization, The Daffodil Project is a world-wide project empowering Holocaust Education. During the Holocaust, one and a half million children died in Nazi-occupied Europe. Am Yisrael Chai! aspires to build a Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember the children. The site at Pinecrest designated for the daffodils was named the “Children’s Memorial Garden,” and was dedicated and blessed by Middle School Chaplain, Fr. David Barton, LC. Students look forward to the spring when the daffodils will bloom, offering another reminder of the children of the Holocaust.

Youthful Skin

Creative Med Spa is on a mission to provide innovative skin care that enhances your natural beauty with minimally invasive procedures that create maximum results.  Dentist and CEO, Dr. Anitha Reddy, DMD expanded her family dental practice with a true artistic vision; to bring the beauty of cosmetic dentistry full circle and complete a picture of a true facial masterpiece.  Our Master Medical Esthetician, Senior Laser Practitioner, and Makeup Artist Specialist, Lisa Green, has 15 years of experience and a warm, serene nature.  From soothing facials, to cosmetic enhancements, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care and expertise of skin care products and procedures in the Atlanta area.  Innovation is celebrated at Creative Med Spa by implementing the latest in natural skincare and encouraging plant-based products.  Our love for art, symmetry, and excellence fuels our passion to provide service that surpasses the standards and work that embraces your true beauty. 5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 460. CreativeMedSpa.com

The YMSL Alpharetta is 10

The Young Men’s Service League is a non-profit organization that initiates and encourages young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community and provides an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships. In Alpharetta Lifestyle’s inaugural issue last January we featured the young men and some of their philanthropic activities, we want to congratulate them again on their 10 years of continuing service to our community. YMSL Alpharetta Chapter is the first Chapter in the state of Georgia in 2006. They serve many philanthropies in North Fulton and the Atlanta area. YMSL as an organization (all Alpharetta area chapters) has been chosen as North Fulton Community Charities Civic Partner of the Year. NFCC has had a great relationship with Alpharetta Chapter since 2012 and Milton Chapter helped them with the Stamp Out Hunger Drive since 2015, but this summer they advocated for the chance to work with ALL of the area YMSL Chapters and they were NOT disappointed. YMSL provided over 200 volunteers, over 3000 hours of service and dozens of donations- here are just a few: Alpharetta Chapter (a huge impact) 2,353; Centennial Chapter – 330; Milton Chapter (the only chapter who can’t work the food pantry and look at their hours) 187; Northeast Atlanta Chapter (ALWAYS show up happy and ready to work hard) 129: North Fulton Chapter (the last to join, so did not get the same number of days to work, but so willing and so strong) 91; YMSL’s Total Impact: 3090 hours. Wow. What a fantastic way to celebrate a big 10 year anniversary.

Local Teachers Semifinalists 
to Attend Grammys

Johns Creek residents might see a familiar face while watching the Grammys this year. Two local teachers have made it as semifinalists for the fourth annual Grammy Foundation’s 2017 Music Educator Award for a chance to appear in the 59th annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. Nicole Thompson, the Director of Orchestras since 2000 at Taylor Road Middle School, and Jason Smith, a band instructor at Newton High School, are two of 25 semifinalists nation-wide to receive this distinction. Thompson and the other semifinalists were chosen from an initial pool of over 3,300 nominees from all 50 states for their contribution to music education. The semifinalists were not just chosen for their teaching abilities and involvement with music education, but for their involvement and impact in students’ lives. Bernadette Scruggs, former president of the Georgia Music Educators Association, worked with Thompson on that association’s board. She recounts how Thompson’s “intrinsic feeling of responsibility” led her to adopt a former student whose mom and brother were “tragically killed the summer after he left her program.” “Almost two years later this young man is a part of her family and lives with her, and her commitment to him and his education and quality of life is nothing less than remarkable,” Scruggs said. The orchestra is like her family, Thompson said, and she strives to keep a relationship with her students as they go on to Chattahoochee High School, which is next door to the middle school. “It’s a unique relationship,” Thompson said. “Orchestra and music provide a connection that nothing else can provide. We put everything else aside and create music together – our emotions and our feelings. And we have to rely on each other to succeed. In math class, it’s just you and your math. If one student is really great at math and one person is struggling, they don’t really affect one another. In an orchestra, everybody works together, because we work as a team, as a family.” Thompson continually supports and keeps in touch with her students long after they have left her classroom and encourages her students to do the same. She has created multiple mentoring programs for the high school and middle school students to interact with and help one another. Thompson also encourages her students to regularly share their time and music with the community, including at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This year’s Grammy Awards will be held on February 12; we congratulate both Nicole and Jason for their nominations and will be looking for them this February! Nominate a music teacher that has impacted your life for the 2018 Music Educator Award, nominations open now at GrammyMusicTeacher.com.

Home Show

Over 150 home remodeling experts will gather together at Infinite Energy Center (formerly Gwinnett Center) February 10-12, for the 20th Annual North Atlanta Home Show.  Featuring the latest products and services for home remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping and outdoor living, the 20th edition of the North Atlanta Home Show will offer attendees the opportunity to comparison shop and talk to the experts one-on-one.  The three-day event at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth will include expert speakers, door prizes, live radio broadcasts, buyer discounts and much more.  General admission is $8 and tickets may be purchased at the door.  Sponsors and promotional partners include Window World of Atlanta, Reliable Heating & Air and PMC Building Materials.  Show hours are noon-6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.  General admission tickets are $8 and are available at the door.  Children age 12 and under and adults age 65 and older (with I.D.) are admitted free.  The North Atlanta Home Show is a SEMCO Show. AtlantaHomeShow.com

Local Author

Buckhead resident, Grace Hawthorne’s third novel, Crossing the Moss Line is the winner of the 2016  Beverly Hills International Book Award for Regional Fiction. This tragicomedy is set during the 1940s and chronicles the history of the Gullah/Geechee people living on Georgia’s barrier islands. “Hawthorne serves up a uniquely Southern tale spiced with drama, authentic dialogue, and just the right amount of slightly wicked humor. I laughed out loud at the last line,” said Morgan James, author of the Promise McNeal mystery series and Sing Me An Old Song Crossing the Moss Line was also named Runner-up in the BookLife Shelf Unbound 2016 Best Indie Book, Southeast Region. According to the BookLife Prize in Fiction Critic’s Report, “The well-developed and slightly shady characters bring the action to life in a skillfully crafted tale. Hawthorne has evidently researched Southern folklore, making this an authentic and enjoyable story.” Hawthorne’s first novel, Shorter’s Way,  won an Independent Publisher Award for Best Regional Fiction. Hawthorne has lived in Atlanta since 1976 when she moved here from New York City where she worked for Time-Life Books and wrote lyrics for Sesame Street. “I was born in New Jersey, but grew up in the South and I’m drawn to Southern characters and their stories. Research is a big part of my writing process. I’m looking for facts but often I find the seed for a story buried away. It’s like striking gold.” Hawthorne’s books are available from booklocker.com or from your favorite online bookstore.