October 2015 Around Town 2

Some Like it Hot

Do you like it hot? Spicy? Chunky? Meaty?  On October 10, at Brookhaven Park, you will have the chance to hone your own list of chili favorites at the 4th Annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off proudly sponsored, in part, by BuckHaven Lifestyle magazine! The free family event brings live music to three stages, cold beverages and college football on a big screen for adults and a kids’ play zone for younger fans. There’s free parking and a complimentary shuttle from the MARTA station, with tasting while supplies last.  BuckHaven Lifestyle will be polling the crowd, snapping photos for the next issue. Bring your family, your smiles and your chili and Brunswick Stew appetites. Individual, team and restaurants will be cooking and stirring. Tasting tickets are $7.50 – $10 in advance and $15 at the door. BrookhavenChiliCookoff.com

New Leaders at AIS

Atlanta International School (AIS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Fischer as chair as well as 10 new appointments to its Board of Trustees. Fischer is a long-time member of AIS community as the parent of two currently enrolled students and two alums and is executive vice president, Packaging Segment at Georgia-Pacific and has been on the board since 2011. Other new appointees include: Shelley Giberson, H. Jean Khoury,  Susan Walters Morris, Susannah Parker,  Shefali Patel, Barbara Quiroga, Claire Sterk,  Adolfo Villagomez, Gina M. Vitiello, Esq., and Joyce Yamaato. About Atlanta International School: Celebrating its 30th anniversary school year, Atlanta International School offers all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programs to 1,160 U.S. and international students from 3-year-old kindergarten to grade 12. AISchool.org

Northside Gives Quality Heart Care

Northside Hospital has been recognized for providing high quality cardiovascular care through the American Heart Association (AHA) Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines® programs.  Northside received AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Level Recognition Award, recognizing the hospital’s commitment and success in treating heart attack patients.  The hospital also received the AHA Get With The Guidelines®achievement awards for quality care in treating patients with heart failure, stroke and acute myocardial infraction. Northside.com

Ray’s Goes Tex-Mex

Ray’s Rio Bravo, the latest incarnation of the beloved Rio Bravo (c. 1984 to 1995) is now open for business in Sandy Springs and serving its Tex-Mex favorites for both lunch and dinner. “We’ve gotten thousands of requests over the years to bring back this restaurant that so many people loved,” says owner Ray Schoenbaum, original owner of Rio Bravo and founder of Ray’s Restaurants. “It has been a lot of fun dusting off the original recipe books, recreating our ‘secret formulas,’ and even adding new menu items to cater to people’s evolving tastes.” Ray’s Rio Bravo has an updated industrial design with authentic stucco and exposed brick and ductwork. The restaurant seats more than 186 guests and there’s a patio dining area, which Schoenbaum plans to expand in the coming weeks, and a semi-private mezzanine space for fiestas accommodating 25 guests. 6450 Powers Ferry Road. RaysRioBravo.com

Get Defined

DEFINE body & mind has opened its doors in Buckhead on Peachtree Road, offering Atlantans a new, results-producing and transforming workout studio offering barre, cycling and yoga-infused classes. DEFINE has locations across the country and the new Atlanta outpost will be the first in the state.  Signature classes, DEFINE body and DEFINE mind, strengthen and lengthen the entire body with a combination of Pilates, ballet and yoga to fitting and current music. Rev works as a high-energy cycling workout set to burn calories and help tone. “We offer everything under one roof with our core signature body, mind and rev classes our goal is to create a home for fitness lovers of all levels and ages in Atlanta by offering them transformative results producing programs and balanced fitness routine that they can sustain for the rest of their lives,” says DEFINE Atlanta owner Jessica Smithgall. DEFINE also offers multiple amenities, including childcare, DEFINE foods and more. 1833 Peachtree Road NE. Atlanta.DefineBody.com 

Holy Innocents’ Adds Facilities

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) has opened a 64,000-square-foot Math, Science & Commons Building STEM with cutting-edge facilities, including a robotics lab, state-of-the-art classrooms and science laboratories, a media literacy suite with a broadcast studio and editing bays, and a dining hall that seats 500. “This marks a new beginning,” says Head of School Paul Barton. “It’s the start of a new journey for Holy Innocents.” The school was founded in 1959. The three-story, campus flagship building, designed by Atlanta’s Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc., opened for classes this school year. HIES.org

Bridge Christened

Mountain Way Common (MWC), Buckhead’s Newest Park, officially opened its pedestrian bridge last month, a part of a transformative project converting unused GDOT right-of-way into a 12 acre park in Buckhead. The recently completed $250,000 bridge at (MWC) was christened by civic and business leaders from around metro Atlanta, with remarks from Friends of Mountain Way Common President Dan Weede, Atlanta City Councilmember Howard Shook, Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong and Park Pride Executive Director Michael Halicki.  Friends of Mountain Way Common, Livable Buckhead, Park Pride and the City of Atlanta all collaborated. Check out the bridge and park at 590 Mountain Way. MountainWayCommon.org

Dogs Take Plunge

Dog Days Canine Day Care is expanding to Midtown and Westside and will offer luxurious indoor pools and lounges, which will complement the popular outdoor swim facility at Dog Days’ Buckhead location. Facilities which include treadmill workouts and outdoor adventures at select farms in Atlanta’s hill country. Swimming and aquatic exercise can greatly benefit a pet’s body in numerous ways. These benefits include weight reduction, increased circulation, endurance, improved coordination, muscle strength, and mobility, as well as arthritis and chronic pain relief.The pools are specifically designed for dogs, and are equipped with a copper and silver ionizer to kill bacteria and sanitize the water without chlorine and harsh chemicals. Private pool rentals are also available. Dog Days offer members play-all-day camps, luxury boarding suites, and Internet webcams for viewing from all over the world. DogDaysAtlanta.com

CAC Gets a Mercedes

The Community Assistance Center (CAC) in Sandy Springs was presented with a new 2015 Sprinter 2500 passenger van by Stephen Cannon, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), at a ceremony held at the temporary MBUSA headquarters in Dunwoody. Cannon provided the keys and the van to Tamara Carrera, CEO and executive director of CAC, to help the community center reach more individuals and families in need of financial and in-kind assistance in the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody  communitiesDo you like it hot? Spicy? Chunky? Meaty?  On October 10, at Brookhaven Park, you will have the chance to hone your own list of chili favorites at the 4th Annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off proudly sponsored, in part, by BuckHaven Lifestyle magazine! The free family event brings live music to three stages, cold beverages and college football on a big screen for adults and a kids’ play zone for younger fans. There’s free parking and a complimentary shuttle from the MARTA station, with tasting while supplies last.  BuckHaven Lifestyle will be polling the crowd, snapping photos for the next issue. Bring your family, your smiles and your chili and Brunswick Stew appetites. Individual, team and restaurants will be cooking and stirring. Tasting tickets are $7.50 – $10 in advance and $15 at the door. BrookhavenChiliCookoff.com. MBUSA donated a 12-passenger van that will enable CAC staff to provide transportation for clients who need to get to the center as well as serve as a mobile office for CAC to reach clients who might not otherwise receive services. The van, which is custom wrapped to promote CAC’s mission to help neighbors in need, will serve a purpose of better connecting CAC to the community. CAC currently serves about 5,700 individuals a year, with the new van, CAC will be able to reach 20 percent more people. OurCAC.org   MBUSA.com