By Krysta Wilkins

Get ready for the unveiling of one of the biggest bridal events to hit Atlanta! Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique is hosting the semi-annual Brides Across America Event. Brides Across America, a nationwide charity dedicated to military brides, is coming to

Atlanta for it’s fourth year and providing brides with their dream wedding gown free of charge.

Starting July 12 from 4p.m. to 7p.m., all brides who are engaged or who are to be married within the next 18 months are invited to select their wedding gown at no cost until July 13 from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

With almost 100 designer gowns in various sizes and colors, Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique has the perfect dress for any bride. Additional items and services will also be available to brides including photography services, jewelry and more.

Gowns are only available to military brides who meet specific qualifications that can be found at

Get there early. Appointments are not taken and pre-registration is not necessary but brides will be served on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information call (770) 645-0404.

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Looking for a unique activity that is appropriate for a girl’s night out or date night? Put your skills to the test at Maki Fresh’s Sushi Making Classes.

They provide an assortment of fresh ingredients and you do the rest. If you want the sushi chef to come to you, try one of Genki Noodles and Sushi’s in-home sushi experiences where all the fun comes to your doorstep.

Maki Fresh, (404) 869-6600,,
Genki Noodles & Sushi, 
(404) 844-8319,, $50

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By Addie Balenger

Bicycle Tours of Atlanta offers a unique view of the city from atop your own bike. At the start of the bike tour in Inman Park, I was a little nervous as I hopped onto a bicycle for the first time in several years. However, owner and guide Robyn Elliott soon put me at ease as she went over a few safety rules before we hit the streets.

After exploring Inman Park, we biked through several Atlanta neighborhoods including the Old Fourth Ward, Little Five Points and Candler Park. Robyn expertly guided our group from one neighborhood to the next while stopping every 10 minutes or so to point out special sites, including some of Atlanta’s architectural and artistic treasures.
Even though I grew up in Atlanta, I visited remarkable places in the city for the first time; places I did not know existed. Our stops included a sculpture made from a tree hit by lightning in Inman Park, Living Wall artistic compositions on the sides of buildings in Little Five Points and the original Hurt family home. We also rode by many of Atlanta’s classic sites, such as Oakland Cemetery, the Capitol and the Stacks, just to name a few.

Anyone interested in Atlanta’s history and culture would be astounded by Robyn’s wealth of information. She pointed out Civil War battlefields and houses first owned by Robert Woodruff and other esteemed Atlantans, incorporating fascinating stories and pieces of trivia. Her love for the city became apparent as she related riveting tales about how Atlanta developed into the city it is today.

For those concerned with navigating Atlanta’s traffic, have no fear. Robyn not only gives you the lowdown on cycling safety beforehand, but also keeps a watchful eye on everyone in the group during the ride. She provides a water bottle and a snack of trail mix as well.

I recommend Bicycle Tours of Atlanta for people wanting to see the city for the first time, and those wanting to learn more about their hometown. The tour increased my appreciation for Atlanta’s diverse neighborhoods, and made me more aware of street art and other architectural gems that I would never have noticed passing by in a car.  Heart of the City Tour is $49.

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By Krysta Wilkins

Volunteering is a wonderful way to get involved in your local neighborhood or city and a great way to give back to the community at the same time! Every year more than one million people volunteer in metro Atlanta, contributing 154 million hours of community service to the city. These volunteers, or local heroes, are the key components in making Atlanta communities better places to live.

Often, we take for granted the efforts and steps taken by the volunteers who make our community a better place. In order to show appreciation for these volunteers, Six Flags Over Georgia is searching for the top hard working individual and is looking to reward them for all that they do in Atlanta communities and neighborhoods.

As a reward for this selfless samaritan, Six Flags Over Georgia is giving the top volunteer four complimentary park tickets in addition to 50 park tickets that are to be donated to the charity of the winner’s choice.

If you or someone you know continuously does their part to improve their community, submit a volunteer story at Do Good, Get Rewards.

Submissions for the top volunteers are now being accepted and the winner is to be announced August 15, 2012.

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Learn to toss pizza like a pro at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria in the Luckie Marietta District. This interactive pizza-making class includes everything you need to make your own piping hot pie including fun ingredients and dough tossing and stretching techniques taught by Max’s pizza experts.

This class is $20 and includes two glasses of wine to enjoy with your meal. Enjoy the next pizza making class on July 16. Call Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria for more details  (404) 974-2941.

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Atlanta’s local doctors provide answers to all your medical questions. One Best Self reader asked: What is the best way to maintain liposuction results?

David Whiteman, MD from Southern Plastic Surgery: Liposuction and body contouring patients should understand that plastic surgery is not a weight loss method. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a nutritious diet is the best way to preserve cosmetic surgery results. As a plastic surgeon focusing on overall health and wellness, I encourage patients to be close to their goal weight before undergoing surgery to speed recovery and facilitate result maintenance.

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By Kaylyn Hinz & Krysta Wilkins

In celebration of one of the hottest food trends around, the Atlanta Street Food Festival is rolling into Piedmont Park on Saturday, July 14, from noon to 8:30 p.m. Some of Atlanta’s top food trucks like The Fry Guy, Dr. Sweet’s Cake Emporium and Yum Yum Cupcake will be featuring their unique bites.

This day-long festival will also include the works of local artists and merchants as well as live entertainment from a variety of local bands and performers such as The Stephen Lee Band and Timothy J. Wilson.

If you love a variety of different delicious foods, then this food festival is for you! Part of the proceeds of this food festival will go towards the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Atlanta Street Food Festival founders Alisha Nesbitt and Cheryl Hasting said, “Our goal is to bring the city together for an affordable, family-friendly event that really highlights our diverse culinary offerings, including the beloved food trucks and the amazing artistic talent of our local artisans and merchants.”

Tickets are only $10.50 and are available for purchase online.

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Berry lovers can rejoice, because blueberries are now in season! Celebrate by using these tart treats in different dishes morning, noon and night. Blueberries aren’t just for your cereal or yogurt – they can make tasty additions to lunch and dinner dishes too. For this salad, add toasted pecans, walnuts or pine nuts, or make it a main course by serving it on a platter topped with sliced grilled chicken or turkey breast.

8 cups loosely packed baby field greens
1/2 cup fresh organic blueberries
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup orange juice
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves 
(or regular thyme plus ½ teaspoon lemon zest)
1 tablespoon minced shallot (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup roasted sliced or slivered almonds

Method: Place greens, blueberries, blue cheese and red onion in a serving bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together olive oil, orange juice, lemon thyme leaves, shallot (if desired) and pepper to taste. Toss greens with dressing and garnish with almonds. Serve immediately.

Per serving: 300 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 75mg cholesterol, 930mg sodium, 20g total carbohydrates (1g dietary fiber, 18g sugar), 30g protein.

Serves: 4
—Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market

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By: Kaylyn Hinz

Every Saturday morning at Piedmont Park, anyone can come out to The Green Market and stock up on their favorite fruits and vegetables. This local farmers market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December 8.

Rated one of the top five farmers market in Atlanta it features chef demonstrations, vendors, local farmers and fresh produce. There some reasons to why you should visit this year’s farmers market:

  • Farmers pick out their produce the day before the market.
  • Learn how to put together a tasty recipe from one of the local farmers.  
  • Food usually travels 1500 miles to get to your kitchen. At this market, Green Market Farmers travel only 100 miles.
  • By shopping locally, you are helping to stimulate your community’s economy.
  • Besides fresh produce, you can also enjoy cooking demonstrations, live music and more.

Partnering up and hosting this year’s market is City of Atlanta Parks, Recreation and Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and Piedmont Park Conservancy’s Program Department.
For more information please call (404) 875-7275

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By Addie Balenger

Head over to the Concourse Athletic Club this Thursday, July 5 at 4:30 p.m. for a free Yoga workout with pro-wrestling legend and superstar Diamond Dallas Page. The class will feature Page’s very own brand of yoga, known as DDP Yoga.

DDP Yoga combines traditional yoga movements with dynamic resistance, breathing techniques and power movements. You’re sure to sweat after this challenging DDP yoga workout.

After a fourteen year pro wrestling career, Page knows a thing or two about staying fit. He asserts that benefits from regularly practicing DDP Yoga include body fat loss, lean muscle growth, improved cardio levels, increased flexibility and core strengthening.
The Concourse Athletic Club is located at 8 Concourse Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA.

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