Days slowly grow shorter and leaves begin to crinkle as the calendar flips over to autumn. A crisp night calls for a warm bowl of this fresh, homemade French onion soup made from a recipe courtesy of John Szymanski, executive chef and food safety manager of The Kroger Co.  

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Ingredients: 

1 Tbsp butter

2 lbs Vidalia or sweet onions,
sliced julienne

½ cup sherry

2 qts chicken stock

¼ tsp fresh thyme, chopped

Sliced baguette – ½” thick

Swiss or Gruyere cheese as garnish

Directions: 

Sauté onions in butter in large stockpot until browned. Deglaze with sherry and let reduce. Add stock and thyme and simmer one hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Make croutons by placing baguette slices on a sheet pan, then baking in 350oF oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Ladle soup into serving bowls or crocks. Top with two croutons (optional) and sprinkled cheese; place under broiler two additional minutes until melted. Sprinkle fresh thyme leaves over top as garnish.

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Tammy Stokes - The Spa at Mandarin Oriental - BSA 1016

Visit the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta on November 4 for the Fall Detox Retreat with Tammy Stokes. Gift yourself a day of rejuvenation that includes a healing combination of tonics and superfoods, stress-reduction workshops and fitness classes. The program winds down with access to all of the spa’s facilities and a choice of any 50-minute spa treatment to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the season.

Details: $285; 3376 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta; mandarinoriental.com/atlanta

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Babysitting Training - BSA 1016

Babysitting can be a great way for teenagers to earn extra money, but it also means taking on a huge responsibility. The Safe Sitter® program offers middle school-aged students the quality training necessary to become nurturing and knowledgeable babysitters. The day-long workshop covers injury prevention, babysitting as a business, babysitting ethics, basic CPR and first aid, behavior management, personal safety and more. Classes are held at a variety of locations around Atlanta, so check the Safe Sitter website to find one near you.

Details: safesitter.org

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Bombshell Photography - BSA 1016The Row Barre paddles forward with a new wave for the barre crowd. This Brookhaven fitness boutique incorporates indoor rowing with light and heavy weights, bodyweight exercises and classic barre moves for a full body workout. Rowing warms you up with cardio while strength training helps tone and tighten the muscles, all in just under an hour. Give their Row Barre Classic, Row & Sculpt, Barre Burn or Tuck ‘N Tone classes a try.

Details: 2700 Northeast Expressway, Bldg.C, Atlanta; therowbarre.com 

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Sips n' Stilettos - Ben Robi Photography - BSA 1016

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta ambassador and multimedia personality Madison James at the 2016 Sips and Stilettos event on October 16 at Porsche Atlanta Perimeter from 5–7 p.m. The glamorous evening not only honors breast cancer survivors but will also include a preview of the latest fall styles from local designer and breast cancer survivor Tracy Nicole, a style lounge where experts will share their tips on how to get ready for fall, and the chance to shop exclusive selections from the Bally collection.  A percentage of proceeds will directly benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.

Details: 4006 Carver Dr., Atlanta; komenatlanta.org

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Atlanta Symphony - BSA 1016

The Atlanta Symphony Hall gets ghostly with music and festivity for Phantoms of the Orchestra, a Halloween performance just for families on October 30. Join Assistant Conductor Joseph Young on a spooky adventure with the Magic Circle Mime Company as they lead the ghoulish orchestra in concert with tunes from Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.  For more spirited fun, dress in your own Halloween attire and participate in the costume contest.

Details: atlantasymphony.org

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Marvelous Impressions - BSA 1016

Q: What should I look for when choosing a Botox®/filler injector?

A: Look for credentials that the injector has participated in ongoing training—not just one class a decade ago! Even seasoned pros are hungry for updated skills and want to learn from leaders in the industry. Is the price too good to be true? Counterfeit products are present in the Atlanta market. Remember that you’re investing in your face—the only outfit you wear every day! The best injectors listen to your goals and deliver results based on your ideas instead of creating a cookie-cutter look which may not suit you. — Judith R. McKernan, BSN, RN
at A New You Skin & Body Clinic
Details: anewyouclinic.com

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Guitar - BSA 1016Enjoy an evening under the stars with stellar local musicians at the 2016 Rock Chastain concert on October 15. The Chastain Park Amphitheatre event features Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project, Drivin’ N Cryin’, The Whiskey Gentry and Brian Collins. Proceeds benefit the Chastain Park Conservancy and support its community initiatives.

Details: 4469 Stella Dr. NW, Atlanta; chastainparkconservancy.org/events/rock-chastain

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Y Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery - BSA 1016

Local plastic surgeon Dr. Asaf Yalif of Y Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is taking his support of women battling breast cancer one step further by combining his passion for running with his devotion to a cause close to his heart. Dr. Yalif will be running this year’s New York City Marathon in support of the Atlanta chapter of The Pink Agenda. With the help of those who join his NYC Marathon support team, Dr. Yalif plans to provide one Atlanta woman facing breast cancer treatment an over-the-top Fab-U-Wish. As the community honoree of the Atlanta chapter of The Pink Agenda, he will present the Wish during the Pink Agenda’s Gala at the Buckhead Theatre on October 20.

Details: 3110 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta; thepinkagenda.org/fab-u-wish

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Dance Theatre of Harlem - Matthew Murphy - BSA 1016

For two nights only, October 22 and 23 at Cobb Energy Centre, the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) and the Spelman College Glee Club unite their talents to celebrate the beauty of the human spirit. Traditional spirituals from the Glee Club’s 75 acclaimed singers back up DTH as dancers transcend the boundaries of conventional ballet in their performance of “Change” choreographed by Dianne McIntyre, a former Spelman College Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

Details: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta;
ticketmaster.com, spelman.edu

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