Healthgrades Awards Northside

Northside has been recognized for having among the best hospitals in the nation for patient experience. Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, has announced the recipients of their 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Healthgrades analyzed 3,449 hospitals across the United States, with 434 hospitals receiving the Outstanding Patient Experience Award, representing the top 15 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient experience. The Northside Hospital health care system is one of Georgia’s leading health care providers with more than 150 locations across the state, including three acute care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee County and Forsyth County. Northside Hospital leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries and is among the state’s top providers of cancer care and surgical services.  Northside.com

Teen Volunteers Rock

Pebble Tossers, a youth development organization, awarded 16 youth volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) in recognition of their outstanding service. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. The following students are commended for their outstanding service: • Greg Galanter, Bronze, Peachtree Charter Middle School • James Jones, Gold, The Lovett School • Ashley Stratton, Gold, The Lovett School • Linda Benton, Gold, The Lovett School • Grace Manning, Silver and Bronze, Autrey Mill Middle School • Areeba Kausar, Bronze, Homeschool • Henry Guynn, Gold, St. Pius X Catholic High School • Ashna Cheemakurthy, Gold, Northview High School • Ismail Khaderi, Gold, Marvin Ridge Middle School • Frank Harris, Gold, Cambridge High School • Narmeen Babar, Bronze, Atlanta Girls’ School • Komal Babar, Bronze, Alfalah Academy • Srikar Karra, Silver, South Forsyth High School • Rhea Pabbati, Gold, Denmark High School • Milan Ronvelwala, Gold, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology • Ethan Gravely, Bronze, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School. PebbleTossers.org.

Claws for a Cause

Local businesses teamed up with newly-opened 6 Bridges Brewing in Johns Creek to sponsor Claws for a Cause – a crawfish and shrimp boil benefiting Senior Services North Fulton.  With DataScan stepping up for the second year as presenting sponsor, the event helped raise money for Meals on Wheels and a transportation program that helps get homebound seniors in North Fulton to their medical appointments. Claws for a Cause was also supported by Aberdeen Place Hospice, Bonnie Sammons, Home Care Assistance, Northside Chapel Funeral Directors, Pegasus Senior Living and Where the Heart Is.  The event raised enough money to provide over 1,200 meals to hungry seniors, or almost 90 round-trip rides to medical appointments. SSNorthFulton.org

Golfing for Good

North Fulton Community Charities’ (NFCC) Spring fundraisers raised over $100,000 to help low-income families in need. The 11th Annual Swing Into Action Golf Tournament, presented by Northside Hospital, was held at the Country Club of the South. The winning foursome included Jason Boles, Don Hulse, Brian Martin and Krissy Register. Andrew Vittery of Choate Construction won the putting contest and John McAleer of CAS Group won the closest to the pin competition. CAS Group, Charity Guild of Johns Creek, Renasant Bank and Roswell Presbyterian Church also sponsored the tournament. Play FORE Good, presented by Synchrony at Topgolf, was a new event for NFCC. Founded in 1983, the mission of North Fulton Community Charities is to build self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness and hunger in our community by providing emergency assistance and enrichment programs. The charity has served tens of thousands of individuals in North Fulton in the past 35 years. NFCC will host a community celebration as their Fall fundraiser in September titled Barbara’s Bash to celebrate long-time executive director Barbara Duffy. 

Take the bust to Wesleyan School

For the fifth year, during the 2019-2020 school year, Wesleyan School will offer morning and afternoon bus services throughout the north metro Atlanta area. Routes include Duluth, Johns Creek, Suwanee and Tucker. To see route details, cost, and anticipated stops, visit WesleyanSchool.org/bus. Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,177 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Alpharetta’s New Indian Fave

In May, chef Meherwan Irani opened the second location of his Indian street grill Botiwalla in Alpharetta City Center. Botiwalla is the newest concept from Irani’s growing restaurant empire, including Chai Pani Decatur. At Botiwalla, you’ll find crave-worthy grilled chicken, lamb, paneer, and steak wrapped in hot naan with fresh herbs, salads, finger-lickin’ chaat like SPDP and Masala Smashed Potatoes and the cult-followed Lamb Burgers. In addition to snacks and grilled meats, the restaurant features boozy slushies, high tea, and retail items like Irani’s own Spicewalla spices.

Get Shredded

Opening soon, Shred415 is an instructor-led, calorie-burning, high-intensity interval training class for all fitness levels designed to target all muscle groups, and it guarantees to shred your body. Alternating between cardio work on top quality Woodway treadmills and weight-training, you’ll increase muscle and burn calories in a fun, fast-paced workout tailored to your level and your goals.  Book your Original Shredder Pre-Sale Membership (20% Off) that comes with local perks and is guaranteed for the lifetime of your membership. Money back guarantee. Details at 470.413.8933, @shred415alpharetta

Taste of Success

The 29th Annual Taste of Alpharetta featured more than 60 restaurants serving their specialties to over 45,000 patrons, which reflected a 50% increase in attendance. Festival fans enjoyed a variety of new features at the 2019 event including Locally Grown, an area which showcased 16 local farms and food-focused programs and organizations. Taste of Alpharetta featured live music on three stages located throughout the event. Patrons also took advantage of the new complimentary bike valet presented by Bike Alpharetta. Taste of Alpharetta executed a new food recovery program aligned with the goal of producing the first “Taste with No Waste.” Managed by the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce, restaurants donated 210 pounds of food to Second Helpings Atlanta which redistributes food to various Metro Atlanta social service agencies dedicated to providing food assistance to the community.

Bring Kids to Work

Phase Family Learning Center is a unique, full-service center that is specifically designed around the needs of local families, blending high-quality daycare with the desire of parents to be connected with other families in their community. This distinctive approach promotes academic and character development for every child, coupled with a unique and compelling slate of family life programs that will be offered year-round. By adding a 700 seat auditorium and coworking space, Phase Family Learning Center is the ideal space for every generation to gather with friends and shape the future.  PhaseFamilyLearningCenter.com  

Drinks With The Fishes

Save the date of October 4 for Georgia Aquarium’s 14th annual Aqua Vino food and wine social event. Sample wines from around the world and taste the best cuisine Atlanta has to offer. You won’t want to miss the amazing silent auctions and an exciting night exploring the incredible galleries! GeorgiaAquarium.org