High School Poets Recognized

Each year, high school students all over the state are encouraged to enter the Georgia Poet Laureate’s Prize competition. Original poems are submitted by students and judged by Georgia’s poet laureate, Judson Mitcham, and the Georgia Council for the Arts. A Milton High school student won last year’s competition, and junior Dagmawit Adamu continued Milton’s winning streak for 2018. Winners and finalists were honored at the Governor’s Mansion. The Georgia Council of the Arts received more than 200 entries this year, with the first place prize going to Ms. Adamu of Milton High, as well as two finalists from Johns Creek High. Congratulations to these writers.

Polish Dental Grows

Dr. Tiffany Jamison Rand announces the addition of Dr. Amesha Edwards to the team at Polish Dental Center Alpharetta. Dr. Edwards graduated in 2004 from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where she participated in various organizations. She relocated to the metro-Atlanta area over eight years ago and has enjoyed practicing in Georgia.  She enjoys family life, playing baseball with her son, and singing.  She does her best to make her patients smile while putting them at ease. Polish Dental Center Alpharetta, 4640 Valais Ct, Suite 102, 770.642.4711

Swim for Good

Swim Across America – Atlanta  invites neighborhood pools to add “fun” raising to their summer swim season with an easy turnkey program provided by SAA.  Neighborhood pools can simply host a pool party or a Lap-A-Thon to raise funds for clinical research trials at In turn, SAA will provide banners, tattoos, and swim caps for the event, and provide guidance and online tools to generate enthusiasm and participation. SwimAcrossAmerica.org/Atlanta

Alpharetta Business Expo

The Alpharetta Business Association (ABA) will once again host the Alpharetta Business Expo. This year’s Expo will be held on Friday, August 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Atlanta Marriott Hotel Alpharetta located at 5750 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30005. Admission to the Expo is free and open to the public. The Expo will feature nearly 100 exhibitors including small businesses and food vendors as well as the Tech Showcase that promises some of Alpharetta’s most interesting technology from Tech Alpharetta’s incubator. There will also be a panel of healthcare experts discussing health insurance options for businesses of all sizes as well as industry trends.  “This year’s Expo is already generating more interest than ever before,” says John Ray, President of the ABA. “Attendees will experience more sponsors and exhibitors as well as food from some of our best local restaurants and a special opening ceremony. The Alpharetta business community is tremendously supportive of this event and we can’t wait for attendees to see what’s in store for them in 2018.”  678.865.6608 or email diane@alpharettabusinessassociation.com.

Broadway in Atlanta

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN! From September 12-23, Broadway in Atlanta debuts the hit Broadway musical to kick off its 2018/19 season at the Fox Theatre. Tickets will go on sale on July 13 and can be purchased through the Fox Theatre. ALADDIN features all of your favorite songs from the film, as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice, and book writer Chad Beguelin. 

Newly Opened

Just outside of downtown Alpharetta, nestled on a wooded acre, is a new experience the retreat-like ambiance. Welcome to Defined Contours and Wellness. This special setting provides the highest level of privacy while offering the ultimate in luxury.  From well-appointed suites to  nutritious spa meals, and a Hollywood VIP lounge, you’ll be pampered while expert aestheticians and medical staff deliver your customized treatment plan.  Indisputable results are what you expect from any aesthetic procedure.  Non-surgical FDA-cleared, safe technologies clinically proven to deliver results with no down-time are offered.  

Consider CoolSculpting for fat reduction, Microneedling with PRP for facial rejuvenation or Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. DefinedContours.com  404.209.7546

The Surgery Center for FGM

A newnon-profit, multi-disciplinary practice devoted solely to victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has opened in Johns Creek. The founder and Medical Director, Dr. T. Wayne Bloodworth, is a cosmetic surgeon and gynecologist, who trained in Paris with the physician pioneer of reconstructive operations. The World Health Organization estimates 500,000 victims of FGM reside in the US with 3 million new cases worldwide annually. Dr. Bloodworth saw many existing advocacy groups working to prevent future victims, but not enough practitioners to provide needed care.  This realization started him on his journey to open this office with a team of physicians, surgeons, psychologists and psychiatrists collaborating to outline a physical and emotional care plan for each patient. “What motivates us is hearing, ‘I feel whole again,’ from our patients after getting their corrective surgery,” says Dr. Bloodworth. SurgeryCenterForFGM.org 770.733.1755

Save the Date for Giving & Fashion

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta is set to celebrate 26 stylish years on Monday, August 27 at 7 p.m. Considered the official kick-off to fall social season, the annual philanthropic fête founded by acclaimed retailer and arbiter of style, Jeffrey Kalinsky, will return to Phipps Plaza for an unforgettable evening that kicks off with a cocktail reception and dynamic silent auction followed by a high-energy live auction.  The evening’s pièce de résistance, a runway show featuring Kalnisky’s style selections from high-end designers, once again promises to dazzle with looks from Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Dries Van Noten, Sacai, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.  The 2018 event will benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), and the Medical University of South Carolina. Last year’s event raised over $750,000 for the organizations. Jeffreyfashioncares.com.   

Stretch Zone Soiree

The Stretch Zone Block Party is on. If you are a weekend warrior, fitness junkie, regular Joe, or professional athlete come get stretched. Work. Play. Repeat it all over again. For all ages 14 to senior. Come join the team  for complimentary stretching, food, prizes, and fun.Stretch. Work. Play. Repeat. For all ages 14 to senior. July 14th 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1115 Woodstock Rd Ste 210 Roswell, Ga 30075  StretchZoneAtl.com 678.681.1663

Young Men Honored

Alpharetta YMSL Seniors received “Service” cords representing their four-year commitment to volunteering with a minimum of 75 hours of service in the community.  In addition, accolades go to three younger members; Jack Busch, Jackson Dickey and Walker Carey with more than 50 hours each this year in addition to other volunteer efforts, making them eligible for the nationally recognized “President’s Volunteer Service Award.” 

Senior class president, Roby Riordan, notes: “Being in YMSL over these last four years taught me many things. The main lesson is that it’s important to give back through philanthropies, however nothing is more important than the lifelong bond you create with your mother.”

The Alpharetta chapter collectively volunteered more than 4,000 hours since April. 

Young Men’s Service League is a mother-son organization dedicated to serving their local communities and enhancing mother-son relationships.


Polo Time

Polo in the Pines is a high-spirited, two-day charity polo event benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, pediatric cancer research, October 13-14. Saturday’s elegant afternoon includes an exciting polo match, culinary presentations throughout the day, handcrafted cocktails, live music, seated legacy luncheon, silent and live auction, champagne sabering and the time-honored polo tradition of stomping the divots. 

 In 2017, $345,000 was raised for pediatric brain cancer research through The Sharon McCollum Knight, Polo in the Pines Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. PoloInThePines.com