Refreshing Summer Drink

Fresh herbs enhance flavor and aroma without adding any fat or salt. Mint is a refreshing herb that flourishes during early summer. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life campaign suggests these cool ideas on hot summer days: Add mint leaves to water for an invigorating punch of flavor or chop mint leaves and sprinkle over cubed watermelon to make your melon pop.

Details: Strong4Life.com

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ClassPass.com - BSA 0816

A month into my ClassPass.com membership and I couldn’t be more pleased with the unlimited workout options. This brilliant fitness program accesses thousands of different Altanta area studios, classes and instructors via one membership. Try yoga, boxing, barre, cycling, even belly dancing, at a variety of locations. This model is ideal for commuters, busy executives and anyone who loves their neighborhood gym but wants to schedule a workout in another part of town. Rates start at $55/month for a 5-class pass, $100/month for 10 classes or $160/month for unlimited classes.The website and app are simple to navigate; locate classes by instructor, area, studio or interest.

Details: classpass.com

Use this link to start your membership with a $20 credit! class.ps/d1li4

Jessica Dauler, jessicashops.com

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Maintaining a daily routine becomes an incredible challenge for breast cancer patients during their treatment. Ford Warriors in Pink launches its More Good Days initiative in an effort to lessen that burden. Understanding the needs can help us all be a part of an extended support network. Check out these facts and consider new ways to offer a boost.

Details: warriorsinpink.ford.com

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When Susan Jacobs-Meadows, director of the Canine CellMates program, answered a phone call from a “client,” she had an uneasy feeling. Her clients have spent time in the Fulton County Jail, and with Georgia’s recidivism rate of 43 percent within a three-year period (as reported by the Pew Research Center in 2004), she wasn’t wrong to be concerned. What she encountered instead was the voice of the other 57 percent.

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“I just want to say thank you. Thank you for letting me be in your program … for everything I learned … for everything you’ve done for me since I got out … for helping me believe I could live a life that had better choices and that I deserved more than I was giving myself,”said Orenthal. He explained to Susan that a former friend had recently been arrested in a large-scale drug bust … and he recognized that he could have been there too, had it not been for Canine CellMates.

Susan started the program after learning about similar efforts in other parts of the country and, by 2013, had developed this partnership in conjuction with Fulton County’s Sheriff’s Department, Fulton County Jail and Fulton County Animal Services in hopes of creating a lasting positive change in the inmates as part of an effort to reduce recidivism. For eight intensive weeks, select inmates are given the chance to educate, train and care for shelter dogs. The ultimate end goal of the program for the dogs is to help them pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test and find a welcoming home.

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The Canine CellMates program strives for a happy ending for both man and beast. Navigating the world as a convicted felon is no easy feat. Cellmates that display particular dedication to the program and achieve significant progress can, upon their release,“graduate” to an aftercare program by Canine CellMates, which assists them with housing, food and job placement through the support of caring volunteers.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of both inmate and aftercare portions of the Canine CellMates program. There are always opportunities to help with adoption coordination, dog fostering, dog transportation, community outreach, program coordinating, event planning and fundraising.

Details: caninecellmates.org

 

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DermaPeel - Medical Products - BSA 0816Medical-grade chemical peels have long offered patients great results—yet sometimes with side effects and a lengthy recovery time. Now, The Perfect Derma™ Peel layers on a powerful antioxidant, Glutathione, in a formula that applies quickly with glowing results in about a week.

Details: 4684 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30342; buckheadplasticsurgery.com

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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

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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.

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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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