kayakGet ready to hit the water with REI’s Learn to Kayak class. For those looking to take up the sport, this class will help them get comfortable with kayaks, paddles, gear and proper clothing. After covering the basics, students will learn how to launch and receive an introduction to paddle stroke techniques such as forward, sweep, reverse and draw.

Details: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain;

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paddle_om_yoga_sloan_bubba_caroline_johnTake your paddleboard skills up a notch with one of High Country Outfitters SUP Yoga classes now through August. Each 90-minute class is led by Caroline Sloan, an ACE PaddleYoga, World Paddle Association instructor certified by Key West Paddleboard Yoga. The goal of the class is to get reconnected with nature and the water with a flow that works your core.

Details: 200 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, Morgan Falls Overlook Park; highcountryoutfitters.com


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scuba divingGet the feel of an authentic scuba adventure in a shallow water environment with Atlanta Scuba and Swim Centers’ Discover Scuba Experience. Learn how to get comfortable maneuvering equipment while experienced divers share step-by-step skills and safety rules. After instruction, move on to their Open Water Certification Course and start diving with the best of them.

Details: atlantascuba.com


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Not all water activities have to be strenuous. Take a relaxing one-and-a-half mile float down the Chattahoochee River on a raft or tube. Grab friends and family, pack a cooler and let Shoot the Hooch take care of the rest. A shuttle will take you to and from launch spots. Didn’t pack a bite to eat? Don’t worry. Hot dogs, ice cream, and drinks are on hand for purchase at a stand near the launch spot.

Details: Don White Memorial Park, Roswell; shootthehooch.comtube


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pexels_pink_sneakerRun through history on July 15 as a part of the 2017 Atlanta BeltLine Run.Walk.Go! Race Series. The Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K takes runners on the original BeltLine path through one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, West End. This family- and pet-friendly race combines nature and city scenery.

Details: beltline.org/events

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national_mens_health_week_june12-18The week leading up to Father’s Day is National Men’s Health Week. Try these three ways to live longer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and keep up with the lucky ladies in your life.

Eat Healthy
Take small steps to improve your diet. Focus on adding at least one fruit and vegetable to every meal.

Stay Active
Find a way to move that you enjoy. Join a recreation team or play active games with your kids or grandkids.

Track Your Stats
Be a hero for your loved ones by keeping tabs on your health. Schedule routine checkups and have your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and prostate health screened.





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Atlanta Botanical GardenRaise a glass for the return of the Thursday evening Cocktails in the Garden series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. After a two-year hiatus, date night lovers, happy hour professionals and everyone in between can experience the enchantment of the garden at night. Each month will feature a special theme to highlight a certain part of the garden. For June, come join the White Party at the Levy Parterre and in July, the garden invites you to Come Play in the Children’s Garden.

Details: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE., Atlanta; atlantabg.org

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Atlanta Braves, photography by Logan Rieley


Explore SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, and make dad’s dreams come true. On June 18, Celebrate Father’s Day with your dad at the Braves versus Marlins game. Bonding with your parental over baseball has never been so cool.  Tickets start at $8.

Details: 755 Battery Ave., Atlanta; mlb.com/braves

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Photography by Sarah Diller’s PhotographsAs a millennial myself, I must say my generation gets more than its fair share of notoriety. While, I’m still deciding whether this buzz is good or bad, I am proud that publications such as Best Self Atlanta are shining a light on those whose 20s and 30s are behind them. Sometimes what lies ahead can be just as, if not more, exciting than what is left behind. When our 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winner, Lisa M. Washington, was in her 20s, she would tell her friends that she couldn’t wait to be in her 40s: “When I was younger, I looked at the women in my life in their 40s and I saw this great freedom of expression and confidence.” As I’m sure many of you can attest, life after 40 is as dynamic as you make it. Our contest finalists are proof—from Tran Bui Smith’s journey to self acceptance to Kim Steen Langan experiencing the joy of becoming a new mother right before her 41st birthday, these 16 standouts are simply amazing!

In celebration of one generation to the next, our article, In My Father’s Footsteps, takes a look at another group that some might say doesn’t always receive the recognition they deserve—dads. From running the AJC Peachtree Road Race together for decades to simply catching up over milkshakes every Friday, five groups of Atlanta fathers and sons share the traditions that bond them. On Father’s Day and beyond, it’s always important to take the time to thank and acknowledge the role models that helped shape and inspire who we are today.

And don’t forget to find ways to give back to your community like puppeteer Jeff Domke does every summer when he brings his talents to kids at Camp Kudzu.

Happy reading,

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Photography by Sawyer Photography; Artemus Jenkins.Change is good. And in the past year, we’ve undergone several. In an effort to take our organization to a new level, I had to make some important decisions. One was to redesign and rebrand our sister flagship publication, Atlanta Home Improvement. With a modified name, refreshed look and new editorial purpose, we now produce
bi-monthly issues with monthly distribution.

The other was to welcome Laura J. Downey who serves as our company’s managing editor. She brings with her more than 15 years of editorial experience (including PEOPLE magazine and Forbes Travel Guide) to Best Self Atlanta, My Home Improvement (formerly Atlanta Home Improvement), and our six hyperlocal magazines—My Alpharetta, My Buckhead,
My East Cobb, My Intown, My Sandy Springs, and My Vinings/Smyrna

We’re excited about these hyperlocal magazines because each one is 100 percent dedicated to neighborhood-specific content to help its residents live their best lives. As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of these quarterly magazines, toast with us as we commemorate the one-year anniversary of Atlanta Best Media. As the company continues to grow, we are optimistic about its future.

We just wrapped a successful 30 Days of Healthy, Beautiful Skin Blog and Facebook Live Series for Best Self, which engaged more than 14,000 unique views and countless shares and likes. And we now invite you to join us in June as we embark on another Facebook Live and Blog Series but this time, it’s 30 Days of Home Remodeling.

One decision can impact your entire life. Each decision I’ve made for the company is a testament to embracing change and growth. The road hasn’t always been smooth but it’s been worth it. If you’re contemplating making a change, be brave! Don’t let the fear of change alone stop you. Get after it. Life is too short not to.

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