April 2017 Around Town 1

Spring in the Smokies

The Swag, a 14-room rustic mountain hideaway in North Carolina, kicks off its 36th season on April 21st with a roster of programs that feature some of America’s foremost experts on Great Smoky Mountains wildlife and nature. Hikes, workshops and presentations are designed to celebrate the area’s stunning features through a variety of programs. This year’s “event leaders” include nationally recognized North Carolina-based storyteller Donald Davis, guest host for NPR’s Good Evening, singer and songwriter Doug Peters, artist Gay Bryant, master naturalist and elk expert Esther Blakely, birding expert Bob Collier, hiking and wildlife experts Joel and Kathy Zachry and black bear researcher Michael R. Pelton. This is one of our editor’s favorite places! The season runs through November 2. For further information, contact The Swag at 800.789.7672.

Spring Into Health

Are you ready for answers?  CentreSpring MD + Pediatrics does medicine differently and they want to help you spring forth into your best health. As an integrative and functional medical practice, the staff will get to the root of your health issues with a dedicated team of board-certified physicians, here to support you in your journey to health. For the month of April only, get $50 off a new patient visit when you bring this magazine into the centre at your appointment. Cannot be combined with other advertised offers. Call to schedule appointment and mention this ad. 404.814.9808

A Cleaner Home

Maid Right of Roswell brings a new home cleaning concept to The Greater North Fulton area. T.J. Kissane, general manager, is passionate about helping people create cleaning business of their own, with a small financial investment. Unlike their competition, Maid Right doesn’t employ hourly cleaners but instead enables people to buy a piece of the business and operate their own unit franchise. “Helping people, who probably thought they could never own their own business, and watching them begin to make life-changing money for their family is the primary reason we do this business,” says Kissane. With this model, Maid Right will send the same cleaning team to your home every time. In addition, they use safe, hospital-grade disinfectants; HEPA filtration backpack vacuums for cleaner floors and air; color-coded microfiber cleaning cloths to reduce cross-contamination; and their exclusive EnviroShield® whole-house disinfecting process. Call 770.552.6243 or visit Roswell.MaidRight.com.

Elite Roofing Plans Golf

Registration is now open to teams and sponsors for Elite Roofing’s Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Family Promise of Forsyth County, Inc. The tournament will be held at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta on May 16. Jeremy Johnson and the whole team at Elite Roofing and Restoration are passionate about helping children in Forsyth county who don’t have a roof over their heads each night. Elite has teamed up with Family Promise who responds to the needs of more than 360 homeless children in Forsyth County by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of volunteers like Jeremy, to host this annual golf tournament. Through events and outreaches like this, Family Promise is able to provide food, housing, and support services for homeless families. In addition, Family Promise provides advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. To register, or for more information on sponsorship, visit EliteCharityGolfTournament.EventBrite.com or email EGACharity@gmail.com.

It’s A Dog’s Life

It’s A Dog’s Life Doggy Daycare & Resort is a first-class daycare and resort that just opened its doors in Johns Creek. They provide daycare, overnight care, and grooming for your pooch. In addition, they offer swimming in the area’s only indoor pool for dogs. The brand-new, 15,000-square-foot facility is complete with amenities such as large puppy suites and five separate play yards based on size and temperament for your pup(s). Play yards are always monitored by a trained associate, and they have specially designed non-slip rubber flooring for extra padding for ease on your pup’s joints while at play. In addition, they offer 24-hour care, on-site veterinarian, custom air filtrations, and much more. However, it’s not just a dog’s life around there! They also care for cats, too. For more information stop by or go to ItsADogsLifeResort.com. 770.504.4555

Phoenix on the Rise

Getting ready to serve seniors and their families in the beautiful new community, The Phoenix at Milton celebrates with a VIP party.  In addition to professionals, business leaders and their founding new residents, Senator John Albers joined the celebration and ribbon cutting with CEO Jesse Marinko. The Phoenix at Milton wants every resident to live life to its fullest and their community is designed to provide an environment that is not only comfortable and inviting, it also offers a full range of choices. Their extensive outdoor space includes walking paths, patios, children’s playground, and an outdoor fireplace.  The community environment, designed with soft colors and eloquent furnishings, provides many common living areas created to relax and enjoy, a family kitchen for residents and their families to cook their favorite family recipes, and guest chefs to provide cooking demonstrations, a private dining room for families to use for special events, a pub, card room, beauty salon and library.

Steeplechase Month

On April 22, approximately 20,000 fans are expected at Kingston Downs for the Annual Atlanta Steeplechase. This year’s event will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.  Atlanta Steeplechase is in its 52nd year of operation. It has steadily grown into metro Atlanta and Georgia’s spring social and sporting event of the year. The event is held annually at the beautiful 435-acre Kingston Downs complex. Guests range from children to corporate executives and the event offers a wide range of opportunities for spectators. Steeplechase patrons enjoy the circuit’s best horses and jockeys showcased in five premier races throughout the afternoon. The daylong event is filled with more than racing: the Von Maur hat contests, tent contests, a foxhound parade, skydivers, the Publix Supermarket Charities Kidz Coral , terrier races, shopping, people watching, and so much more. From the party place, the Infield, to the corporate exclusive Chairman’s Tent, the Atlanta Steeplechase offers something for everyone. Tickets range from $30-$350 with children 12 and younger admitted for free. For more information visit AtlantaSteeplechase.org.

Wine and Fun in Destin

Each year, South Walton becomes the epicenter of the wine world during the last weekend of April as South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) team up to host the preeminent vintners from around the world. Held in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival features more than 800 wines, celebrity winemakers, the Savor South Walton Culinary Village, tasting seminars, live entertainment, Spirits Row and Champagne Lane. The star-studded lineup of 2016 celebrity winemakers includes wine superstars Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi Vintners and Pomerol Powerhouse Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, among others. In conjunction with the festival, Destin Charity Wine Auction, ranked among the “Top 10 Charity Wine Auction in the U.S.” by Wine Spectator magazine, raises funds for children in need in Northwest Florida by auction exclusion one-of-kind lots and rare wines. This year DCWAF will honor Ric Forman of Forman Vineyards as its 2016 honorary vintner and Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi Vintners as the 2016 international honorary vintner.  Learn more about this ultimate wine weekend at SoWalWine.com and DCWAF.com.