Ron Tarson - Westin Peachtree Plaza - BSA 0816

Ron Tarson, general manager of Westin Peachtree Plaza is one of the rare folks that actually enjoys his morning commute. In fact, Ron’s love of his scenic bike ride inspired Westin Peachtree Plaza’s latest fitness amenity, Bike Concierge—guided fitness rides that explore local sites like the BeltLine, Freedom Parkway, the Jackson Street Bridge and the Martin Luther King Memorial. The hotel has also partnered with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta to offer group rides for those looking for a more relaxed sightseeing experience.

Details: 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303; westinpeachtreeplazaatlanta.com

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Georgia School of Orthodontics - BSA 0816

The Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) named winners for its orthodontic-care giveaway—Eli Apted (14) of Conyers, Lia Stone (11) of Sandy Springs and Dana De La Parra (12) of Marietta. The winners were announced at GSO’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting event in Sandy Springs. gaorthodontics.org

To meet increasing demand for service on the south side of the metro area, VeinInnovations has opened a fourth location in Jonesboro. Founded in 2002, by David Martin, VeinInnovations was among the first in the Southeast to offer minimally invasive, in-office treatments for varicose veins. veininnovations.com

Kayal Dermatology - BSA 0816

Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the opening of a new Marietta office location. For more than 13 years, Kayal has provided cost-effective, high-quality private dermatology services in northwest Georgia. kayaldermatology.com

Piedmont Atlanta has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. “The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Piedmont Atlanta for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of medicine at Stanford University. piedmont.org

Northside Hospital Foundation - BSA 0816

The Atlanta Falcons recently donated $30,700 to the Northside Hospital Foundation in support of their work with cancer patients. The team presented the check during the groundbreaking celebration of the new Northside Hospital East Cobb Medical Center. northside.com/foundation

 

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Tara Joiner - Jess Henderson - BSA 0816

Q: How can I stick to a workout routine in the summer?

A: If your summer entails travel that disrupts your regular fitness routine, commit to spending 15–20 minutes a day doing a few simple body-weight exercises such as the ones we do in our barre classes.  They are efficient and effective and will keep your fitness goals on track. For example, hit the floor and plank it out! Hold your plank for 90 seconds. For more of a challenge, lift each leg off the floor to do a single-leg plank. Or use a chair to walk your feet out and place your hands behind your seat for tricep dips.

—Tara Joiner, owner of Pink Barre

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Second Self Brewery - BSA 0816

After a brief hiatus for expansion, local craft brewery Second Self Beer Company has re-opened its doors and unveiled a new tasting room designed by Square Feet Studio.  The brewery will host weekly tours and tastings as well as other events like pop-up dinners with local chefs, comedy nights and even yoga classes followed by tastings—delightfully referred to as Yoga and Hoppiness.

Details: 1317 Logan Circle NW., Atlanta, GA 30318; secondselfbeer.com

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The annual back-to-school rush can become an unorganized mess. Keep everyone at the top of their class with this activity schedule board project from Lynn Lilly, founder of the Craft Box Girls. There’s room to note everything from homework and home chores to practices and playdates.

Activity Schedule Board - Lynn Lilly - BSA 0816

Materials:

- 8 x 10” Frames

(shown here with 5)

- Roll of Cork

- Decorative

 Scrapbook Paper

- Staple Gun

- 3 Feet of Rope or Twine

- E6000 Glue

- Command™ Strip Hook

 (holds up to 4 lbs)

- Scissors

Directions:

1. Remove glass and backs from each frame.

2. Lay out your design on covered

flat surface.

3. Using the frame glass as a template, trace an 8×10” rectangle onto cork and cut out. Repeat for each frame.

4. Now, trace that 8×10” rectangle on back of each piece of scrapbook paper. Cut out.

 

5. Flip each frame over, insert the scrapbook paper with the design facing outward. Next place the cork in the frame and then place the frame back on and secure.

6. Lay frames facing up onto the flat covered surface, arranging in your desired formation.

7. Spread the E6000 glue along the sides and firmly press sides together, holding in place for 1–2 minutes.

8. Allow the frame formation to dry for 45 minutes.

9. Using the staple gun, secure

the rope to the back edges of each frame.

10. Secure it on the wall with the Command™ Strip Hook, following package instructions.

11. Title each frame using small sheets of paper, markers and tape.

 

Lynn Lilly - CatMax Photography - BSA 0816Armed with a glue gun and confetti, author and DIY expert Lynn Lilly inspires women and youth across the country to live a creative lifestyle through CraftBoxGirls.com, CBG TV on Apple TV, her weekly television segments on NBC’s Atlanta & Company and her brand-new book, Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love. When Lynn is not crafting, you can find her teaching workshops, hosting DIY events across the country and spending time with her husband and three dogs.

Details: craftboxgirls.com

 

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Urbana Wellness Spa - BSA 0816

A new spa-oasis now calls The Shops of Buckhead home. Urbana Wellness Spa’s combination of holistic healing, aesthetic rejuvenation and pampering creates a one-stop-shop destination for relaxation. In addition to traditional spa services, guests can enjoy Reiki energy healing, yoga and meditation classes, as well as a tea lounge featuring more than 100 international loose-leaf teas and a signature tea ceremony. Join their membership club for your pick of services each month and exclusive discounts.

Details: 240 Pharr Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305; urbanawellnessspa.com

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Tails on Trails - BSA 0816

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites challenges hikers and their four-legged companions to venture the trails with their dog walking club, Tails on Trails. Hikers who tackle all seven trails earn a t-shirt to proclaim their bragging rights and pups receive a bandana to show their participation.

Details: Tails on Trails membership card $15, gastateparks.org

 

1. Red Top Mountain, Acworth

Take in the scenery on this light hike along the 1-mile White Tail Trail loop through a hardwood forest that ends overlooking Lake Allatoona.

2. Fort Mountain, Chatsworth

With easy access from the campground, lower guest cottages and day-use area, the 1.1-mile Lake Trail loop makes for a great activity on a nature-filled weekend getaway.

3. Don Carter, Gainesville

Enjoy the 38,000 acres of beauty within Georgia’s newest state park on the 1.5-mile Lakeview loop, taking its name from the area where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. Or, keep it breezy by walking in the shade of the forest on the 1.5-mile Woodland loop.

4. Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill

Far to the east, the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail loop cascades through salt marshes and coastal wetlands under a blanket of Spanish moss.

5. F.D. Roosevelt, Pine Mountain

The 3.2-mile Mountain Creek Trail loop weaves a scenic route through Georgia’s largest state park. Get there around sunrise or sunset and you might see a deer grazing in forest glades or hear a woodpecker searching for a snack.

6. High Falls, Jackson

The breathtaking waterfall view and chance to cool off in the Towliga River rewards a moderately difficult 1.5-mile Falls Trail loop through hilly forests.

7. Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs

Whether on the 2-mile Red Trail loop or 5-mile White Trail loop, explore the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, abandoned and destroyed at the end of the Civil War.

 

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As part of their 25th anniversary summer tour, Dave Matthews Band recently stopped by Atlanta. Inspired by Georgia’s signature fruit, DMB Head Chef Fiona Bohane created an original recipe for a summer treat using sweet peaches and Dreaming Tree Crush wine, aptly named after one of the band’s classic hits.

Serves 6–8 people

 Dreaming Tree Wines - BSA 0816

Ingredients for Filling:

1 pint blueberries

3 lbs fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp white wine

1 pinch salt

Ingredients for Topping:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1 pinch salt

6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed

2/3 cup kefir, buttermilk or heavy cream, plus 2 Tbsp

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions for Filling:

1. Place all ingredients in a pot

2. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a simmer and the liquid becomes clear, 5–10 minutes

3. Turn off heat and carefully transfer to an 8 x 11-inch glass or ceramic pan

Directions for Topping:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

2. While filling heats, mix together all dry ingredients—pulse in food processor if available. Add the cubed butter and pulse until incorporated, with no large chunks of butter visible

3. Transfer to a bowl, add 2/3 cup kefir and vanilla and gently stir with a wooden spoon until batter forms

4. Using a spoon or your hands, drop biscuits on top of filling. The topping covers most of the filling, but leave a small space between the biscuits to allow the heat to escape

5. Brush tops of biscuits with reserved kefir and sprinkle with remaining sugar

6. Bake for 40 minutes, until nicely browned and biscuits cooked through

7. Allow to cook for at least 30 minutes

8. Serve with ice cream

Recipe courtesy of Fiona Bohane, head chef for Dave Matthews Band

Details: dreamingtreewine.com

 

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House of Payne Personal Training client, Orlando Sablon shares tips that helped him get into great shape at age 53.

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Marietta Eye Clinic

When it comes to pediatric eye care, it’s best to start making routine eye exams a priority sooner rather later.

“Between ages 3-4 is ideal because at that age they’re still young enough that if we catch something it’s quite treatable,” says Charles Ho, MD, of Marietta Eye Clinic. He stresses that routine eye exams are critical for children, because the reliance solely on symptoms to determine when to see an eye care specialist can lead to common eye problems going overlooked.

Dr. Charles Ho - Marietta Eye ClinicIn newborns Dr. Ho says he often sees nasolacrimal duct obstruction, which prevents tears from draining. For older children, poor development of one eye, amblyopia, can be a common issue. Amblyopia can cause farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and/or a difference in the power of the eyes, called anisometropia. Due to the fact that amblyopia is caused by a deeper level of lack of visual development, it is not correctable with glasses or contacts. For most other common pediatric eye conditions treatment options can include eye patches, glasses, prisms within glasses and sometimes eye muscle surgery as a last resort.

When the time comes to select an eye care provider for children Dr. Ho and his pediatric optometry team member Katerin Ortiz, OD, both suggest looking for an ophthalmologist certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology Society (AAPOS) or an optometrist who has completed a pediatric residency.

Sponsored by: Marietta Eye Clinic| (770) 427-8111 |mariettaeye.com

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