December 2017 Around Town 2

Clean Up

After Thanksgiving, we’re in a full sprint to the holiday season. Before you know it family is arriving on your door step! Here are a few helpful hints to prepare your home for the holiday hustle: Run the self cleaner on your oven so that its ready for cookie baking and family dinners. Run your shower curtains and liners through the gentle cycle of your washing machine.  If you don’t have time to have all of the carpets cleaned before the holidays, simply spot clean some of the more trafficked areas. Wipe down all of your appliances. Afterwards, a drop of baby oil on stainless steel appliances really makes them shine like new. If you use a cleaning service, don’t forget to call them early to schedule your holiday clean. Their schedules fill up quickly during the holiday season. These little tips will allow you to spend less time cleaning up and more time with your family and friends. 770.676.3086.

Resto Jobs

Chuy’s, the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant known for its made-from-scratch food, margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and eclectic design, is hiring 165 employees for its new Alpharetta location, opening in early December on Old Milton Parkway. The Alpharetta restaurant marks Chuy’s fourth Atlanta location, and joins restaurants in Dunwoody, Kennesaw and Akers Mill. Chuy’s is hiring a variety of full- and part-time positions, including hosts, servers, bussers and bartenders. Don’t forget about talented kitchen staff to help prepare its made from scratch dishes and homemade signature sauces.  Interested applicants can apply in person Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chuy’s hiring trailer located at 159 Park Street in Alpharetta.

Chop Your Own Tree

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm is all about family. Their family’s goal is to provide everyone with a Christmas tree that will last for the season and memories that will last a lifetime.  Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Forsyth County, this will be Bottoms’ 21st year selling Christmas trees to North Georgia.  Running through December 23, they have a huge selection of Choose and Cut trees out in the fields, as well as fresh cut Fraser Firs from North Carolina.  Enjoy a hayride, hot cup of apple cider, s’mores around the fire, and many more family farm activities this Christmas season.  It’s Christmas y’all!!   

Filming For Good

Brave & Passionate is an online documentary series being filmed in the Atlanta area. It tells inspiring stories of talented people who went after their passion and turned it into a business that helps other people and solves problems. The producers of the series want to change the world one episode at a time by helping people find their inspiration and believe stronger in their talents and abilities. There are just too many amazing individuals in this world that nobody even knows about, but their stories deserve to be heard. The production team is giving an opportunity to anyone to be an executive producer and influence the creative process of the show by supporting the show on monthly basis. Starting at just $2 a month you could be helping inspire people all around the globe. Go to and be part of the show.

Right-size Pizza

Your Pie is the originator of the down-the-line pizza concept. At Your Pie they specialize in custom, hand-crafted, brick oven pizza, paninis, and chopped salads in just minutes. The newest location to open in Milton has six different gelato flavors and 14 craft beers on draft to choose from. You can find them at the intersection of Hwy 9 and Bethany Bend in the Publix shopping center, two doors down from Starbucks. 

Science Kids

Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA) has joined forces with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the country’s foremost provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.  PLTW is a renowned program that helps students cultivate skills they will need to be successful in a global economy by providing hands-on, real-world activities, projects and problems. These programs equip students to understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom relate to the world around them.  Kaala Guess, who is a certified STEM instructor and Science teacher at BCA, is laying the foundation for their students to see how STEM is a part of her students’ everyday life. “Being a part of PLTW has transformed my view of teaching and what education can look like. Watching students engage, question, create, learn from their failures, collaborate with their peers makes the classroom and the process of learning fun again,” says Guess. “I love how our students get excited about overcoming a failure in a build and how they learn to take bits and pieces of each group member’s ideas to make a model or a project that the whole team can be proud of.” There’s a whole new approach to the world and critical thinking. BCA is excited to offer this experience to their middle school students and are confident their students’ will carry what they learn at BCA into their academic career and life in the future. BCA hopes to offer this program to the their lower school in the future.

Speak Up

City Council Member Jason Binder invites citizens to come by City Hall to discuss ideas, concerns, or questions they may have regarding issues and needs in our community.  Citizens will be met with on a first-come-first-serve basis in an informal setting. Come by from 5 – 6:15 p.m. at City Hall, room 240 on December 18. Take this opportunity to voice your concerns and use your voting power for good. Stay for council meetings, Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. to find out what’s happening in our city. Go to Alpharetta.Ga.Us for details and to find out everything you need to know about Alpharetta.

Our Own Awarded

Congratulations to our friends at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. They were recently honored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. “We are thrilled to be recognized by a prestigious organization such as MarCom Awards,” says Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our team works hard year-round to produce awesome content for our website including our Insider Blog and videos, and create quality collateral pieces such as the Official Visitors Guide to attract visitors into Alpharetta to shop in our shops, dine in our restaurants and sleep in our 23 hotels. It is wonderful to be recognized by industry professionals on the quality of the products the CVB produces.” Winners are selected from more than 300 categories in Print, Web, Video and Strategic Communications by industry professional judges who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. MarCom is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, a 23-year-old international organization consisting of several thousand creative professionals.

The Gift To Go

If you’re like us, you’re always thinking of your next vacation. Our friends at  Newman-Dailey Resort Properties had an excellent idea for gift giving this season.  Give the gift of time together at the beach with a Destin Vacation Gift Card, good toward a beach vacation stay at any of Newman-Dailey’s premier Destin and South Walton beach vacation rentals, including Gulf-front condominiums and luxury beach homes. Gift card may be customized for any amount. Newman-Dailey Resort Properties.  800.225.7652

Care To Go

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) unveiled the newest addition to its community outreach and patient care facilities. The Mobile Sports Medicine and Concussion Care-A-Van is the first unit of its kind anywhere in Georgia, if not the first in the United States. The Care-A-Van includes a concussion education and baseline testing center, as well a full-service athletic training room equipped to provide a full range of care for sports related injuries. The services offered by GMC’s Sports Medicine & Concussion Care-A-Van include: concussion baseline testing, athletic training services /first aid, education, injury prevention, physical therapy, wellness programs and sports physicals. The care-a-van will be available to travel out to sports facilities, recreation centers, athletic events, community fairs and expos, schools, daycare centers, summer camps, senior centers, churches, corporate campuses and more. Kristin Crea, GMC’s director of Sports Medicine says, “Concussions can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. We want to make sure everyone in our community knows the signs and symptoms and how to best take care of themselves when injury strikes. Concussions are happening at epidemic levels. Since opening GMC’s Concussion Institute in August of 2013, we have treated more than 8,500 concussions. We are constantly seeking ways to expand education, awareness and prevention of this serious health condition. We’ve done a great job over the past few years to educate professional, collegiate and high school athletes, but we still have a long way to go to reach younger athletes and their families and the community at large. This new Care-A-Van allows us to expand our concussion care and sports medicine reach all across Georgia.”