Holiday day camps for kids

With holiday school vacations approaching, now is the time to consider activities to keep school-age children active and entertained during their time away from the
classroom. Camp Autrey Mill gives children the learning tools to safely explore the natural environment for a lifetime. They strive to instill an appreciation of history and nature through crafts, games, puzzles, and historical artifacts. Children ages 6-11,  January 2 – January 3 from 9 am – 5 pm. 

Wellness at the Holiday

Give the gift of wellness and stress management this holiday season with a gift card or voucher from Grey Owl Mind-Body Studio in Johns Creek. Grey Owl specializes in all levels of yoga classes, meditation, aerial yoga, qigong, and barefoot dance. They also offer self-care services such as energy healing, infrared heat/PEMF, and Thai yoga bodywork. Join them on December 15th for a special Full Day Silent Retreat to help bring greater peace, reflection, and mindfulness to the holiday  6250 Abbotts Bridge Road, Suite 500. 770-558-6859

Downsize Nearby

One of the newest 55+ communities near Johns Creek, The Overlook at Old Atlanta, is enjoying brisk home sales. Baby boomers, in particular, love the outstanding location and spacious, one-level living options. Developed by award-winning Jim Chapman Communities, The Overlook at Old Atlanta includes a beautiful clubhouse, fitness room, outdoor pool, tennis courts and community garden, as well as floor plans designed so residents can downsize without giving up quality and luxury. Several attached villas are move-in ready.  

Solomon Bros Open


Buckhead jeweler go-to Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry opened in Alpharetta. Founded in 1982 by South-African born brothers Ivan, Howard and Anthony Solomon, the family-owned jeweler has continued to set the standards for fine jewelry in Buckhead, Atlanta & the Southeast. Now run by Ivan’s son and current President Jaron Solomon alongside his wife Alli, the Alpharetta showroom will be located at 2500 Old Milton Pkwy and will occupy 5,000 square feet of the building’s second story, fully feeding the Alpharetta community’s overwhelming asks for the store to open a location in the area. There is endless natural light, impressive display stations, private diamond viewing rooms and an in-store bar that will serve selections of beer, wine & champagne. 

Lighting the season

Alpharetta’s holiday event schedule is sure to get even the biggest grinch into the holiday spirit. The city kicked off the season with the Lighting of Avalon last month which features the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree, an ice-skating rink, and the magical arrival of Santa. On December 6, Downtown Alpharetta will be filled with festivities during the Season of Celebration. This fun-filled event features photos with Santa, musical performances, snow, roasting marshmallows, a holiday market and more!

NFCC Welcomes new Director

North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) announced the appointment of Holly M. York as the new Executive Director of the charity. York will only be the second executive director for the 36-year-old nonprofit. She succeeds long-time Executive Director Barbara Duffy who has worked with NFCC since its formation in 1983 and served as the Executive Director since 1990. York is currently the Director of Development for NFCC where she has served since July 2018. During her time at NFCC, she had led the development team overseeing marketing and fundraising in addition to cultivating partnerships in the community and working with the board of directors and management team on strategic planning. Prior to NFCC, York was the Director of Development for The Drake House, a Roswell-based nonprofit serving homeless mothers and children. She has spent the last 20 years working for the needs of the North Fulton community through several different organizations.  York will begin her new position on December 1 and work with Duffy until her retirement at the end of 2019. 

Celebrate with Erica

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join Erica Painter, Realtor of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties for their first annual holiday event. Join in this free event which is sure to become a family tradition. Santa will be available for photos so be sure to bring your list. Cookies and refreshments will be provided.  Donations for the Sunshine Kids Foundation will be greatly appreciated.  December 5, 5 PM -7PM, Cookies with Santa, 33 S. Main Street Suite 201. So don’t get on the naughty list and RSVP today at


School News

Alpharetta High School celebrated its Audio Video Technology & Film department’s Craft Achievement award by the Student Television Network for its exceptional use of the website to help promote film and video. Manning Oaks Elementary School held an annual Boosterthon fundraiser earlier this fall, and raised $18,890 for playground enhancements. Amana Academy, an FCS charter school, is the winner of a Golden Radish Award by Georgia Organics for its after-school, weekly cooking activities using their community garden’s produce. New Prospect Elementary School student artwork went on display in the fall at the High Museum of Art’s Student Art Show. A preschool exceptional children’s class created a collaboration entitled “Flying High” depicting students flying in a hot air balloon. Vickery Mill Elementary School started a “Breakfast Club” for students who are not proficient in English who recently relocated to the U.S. Recognizing their unique set of needs, VMES created a safe place to transition into American culture. 


For your Holiday party

Conveniently located in the heart of Alpharetta, The Legacy at Phase is the perfect place to host your next gathering. Seating up to 600 guests theater-style and 250 for a seated dinner, The Legacy provides tables and chairs, a list of the most trusted vendors, top of the line in-house A/V equipment, and a private green room. Whatever the occasion, the team at The Legacy Theater can help you build the perfect, memorable event. For more information email or call 470.239.2483.

Santa Tuck-ins

“Tuck-ins with Santa” has returned to The Hotel at Avalon.  Atlanta’s best staycation hotel offers a unique and delightful experience for children of all ages. The magic begins with a knock-knock-knock on the door, a smile spreads from ear to ear as the sound of reindeer bells fills the room and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive for a bedtime snack with the jolly man in red. $85 per child, $15 for each additional child. Book in advance, rooms at and “Tuck-in” experience at