berts big adventureDavio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse celebrates its two-year anniversary by inviting loyal guests and continued supporters to a special event.

On Thursday, August 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., Davio’s will feature complimentary signature hors d’oeuvres, drink specials and a raffle emceed by The Bert Show’s Bert Weiss.

Proceeds will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, a non-profit organization committed to changing the lives of children with chronic and terminal illnesses.
Details: 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 844-4810

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By Erin Cotter

Looking for a way to truly test your fitness level? If you’re confident in your athletic abilities, get a team together and sign up for the O-Run Team Challenge. Not for the average Joe, this level 3 run happening on September 8 will push your team to the limit by measuring strength, agility, and teamwork skills.

It is a 4-mile trail race loaded with challenges and obstacles to test even the most serious athlete. The O-Run Team Challenge was designed by crossfitters, marathoners, powerlifters to bring you a truly worthy challenge. Compared to the level 2 trail, in the O-Run team challenge, the harder terrain is what makes it much more difficult. Besides the glory of completion, the overall winners of the O-Run Team Challenge will receive a $400 cash prize, and the category winners will receive $200 prizes.

The race will be held at 12878 Highway 53 W, Fairmount, GA 30139. Race day registration if $240 per team. To register online visit the website at

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By Kaylyn Hinz

Come out and celebrate restaurant, Table & Main for their first anniversary celebration on August 17. Starting at 5 p.m. guests can experience a night of southern tradition, live music, and a new beer debut, along with a special whiskey tasting.

Located in a renovated 1910 house in Roswell Georgia, Table & Main has had quite the successful year. This restaurant is recognized for big flavors and fresh local ingredients from nearby farms, artisan bakers, creameries and purveyors.

Table & Main serves dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Call (678) 869-5178 for reservations

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Check out these newly opened places to relax and get your beauty on!

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Try the aroma stone massage, a healing therapy used to create a sense of balance within the body and relieve deep-seated muscle tension. $135 for 50 minutes and $185 for 80 minutes, (404) 995-7526



LUSH Cosmetics
This location at the Mall of Georgia features skincare products that are made from fruits and vegatables like mangoes and avocados, as well as essential oils.

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By Kaylyn Hinz

In order to raise funds for the Butterfly Fund of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, come out to Barnsley Gardens Resort for Jack’s Butterfly Bonanza on August 24 and 25.

This two day event will feature live music, a fun walk, a golf tournament and more. Guests can participate in the events without room reservations. However, if anyone is interested in staying for the weekend, discounted rates will apply, by mentioning “Jack’s Event.”

The golf tournament on the 24th starts at 1:30, with tickets being $150 per person. On the 25th the entry fee for adults is $15 and free for children under the age of 12. For the concert on the lawn with Sister Hazel at 7 p.m. the tickets are $40, but also include two drinks and a welcome gift, while children under five are free.

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Kevin SullivanAtlanta’s local doctors provide answers to all your medical questions. One Best Self reader asked: Is there a laser treatment for varicose veins?

Kevin Sullivan, MD from Vein and Vascular Specialists at Atlanta Access Care: The Endovenous laser treatment is a quick, minimally-invasive outpatient procedure performed using imaging guidance. Once the diseased vein is closed with this therapy, other healthy veins take over to carry blood, re-establishing normal flow. The treatment takes about an hour and provides rapid relief. If you have symptoms caused by varicose veins, most insurance companies will pay for the procedure.

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ariccia trattoriaIf you’re looking for a weekend culinary adventure, head over to Ariccia Trattoria at The Hotel at Auburn University. Sharpen your knives and get ready to dice, chop and sauté your way through their Tour d’Italia cooking classes hosted by Ariccia’s culinary team.
Attendees will learn how to create pasta from scratch, make signature Italian sauces and prepare tasty appetizers and desserts. Cooking classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month from August through November.

These Italian cooking classes are limited to 14 guests and reservations are required. Cost is $100 per person and includes the prepared meals, a bottle of wine and a personal gift basket to take home. Call (334) 321-3179 for more information.

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By Krysta Wilkins

Help put an end to childhood hunger with Share Our Strength at this year’s sixth annual Give Me Five Event. In recognition of their No Kid Hungry® campaign, Share Our Strength is inviting Atlantans out for a night of exquisite food, wine, and more.

On Sunday, August 19, come out to Cherokee Town and Country Club to sample the works of six local chefs and wine pairings with wines selected by some of the finest sommeliers Atlanta has to offer.

In addition to a gourmet five-course dinner, guests will also enjoy live entertainment and live and silent auctions that will include special donations and items from each participating chef. Auction items will include jewelry, wines, travel packages, and in-home chef dinners. The event will be emceed by Jenn Hobby of Q100′s The Bert Show and WSB radio host Scott Slate.

Tickets are $275 per person and $2,500 for a table of ten. Tickets can be purchased online at

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By Anne-Marie Berte (FitGirl)

If you’ve ever wanted to try a pole dancing class but were a little unsure, take it from me, we all feel this way at first! It all started with a conversation:
Friend: I’m going to Jiggle With it class on Saturday, want to join me?
Me: Um, sure, what is it? I am always up for something new when I’m in town.
Friend: It’s a pole dancing/butt jiggle class. You need to bring booty shorts tank, a yoga mat or knee pads because we will be on our knees for part of it.  Oh yeah, and wear stripper shoes.

I’m laughing out loud at this point. What did I get myself into?
When I walked into Polelateaz Atlanta, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But as the class got going, I started having fun! The teacher was amazing and the class was packed with women decked out in (you guessed it), sexy booty shorts, stripper shoes and knee pads.

The dimly light room had about 20 stripper poles scattered about. As upbeat hip hop music started and we moved our hips to the beat, I realized what a workout I was in for. Within 10 minutes I was sweating.

The best part? No one was watching or judging – you just moved and followed the teacher. The mirrors in the room helped guide your form and keep you on track with class.  The jiggle with it class worked on just that – teaching you how to jiggle your booty the right way, the sexy way – while standing, squatting, on your knees and on the floor – and even while lying down.

The class challenges you to use your quads, glutes, calves, core and even upper body as you move your arms while you dance.  I love how the class kept me in my own zone, dancing, moving, and feeling sexy in my body and mind.  The moves help stretch your hips and help you to stay out of your head and on the dance floor.  A lot of awareness goes into this and the minute you tense up, the proper form dissipates.

All levels are welcomed and Polelateaz Atlanta has all sorts of classes I will definitely be back to check out.

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By Erin Cotter

Lace up your sneakers for the Allstate Life Insurance 13.1 Marathon in Atlanta on October 7. The race will start at 7 a.m. at Town Brookhaven on 4330 Peachtree Rd. NE Atlanta GA 30319. All runners must reach the start location at Town Brookhaven by the specified time or they will have to utilize the race transportation.

If you are a first-timer looking for an easier course, try the Karhu 5K, which is walker friendly, and begins at the same time as the 13.1 marathon race. This 5K course will be open for 3 hours and 30 minutes. So if you are walking, there is no reason to be intimidated by those 13.1 marathon runners.

Runners and walks should be aware of the weather and make sure to drink plenty of water to help ward off heat exhaustion. If you’re looking for a prize to take home to show off your hard work, besides crossing that finish line, all runners who finish the half marathon will receive their very own finisher’s medal.

Check out the Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 marathon training programs available for people of all fitness levels to work up to finishing the race.

To register, for the Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 marathon at the website:

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