November 2016 Around Town

Shopping Funds Scholarships

Northside Methodist Preschool will hold its 32nd annual Holiday Gift Show on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The show features a tastefully curated selection of goods from up-and-coming artisans, unique jewelry, hand crafted items for the home and local gourmet treats all from vendors around the Atlanta area. Each of the 80+ vendors has been selected for their distinctive and artisanal offerings for the discerning Atlanta shopper. Admission is a $5 donation, ages 14 and up, and directly benefits the Preschool’s Scholarship Fund.

New Bike in Town

Brookhaven Chamber officials joined the festivities September 10 as ElectroBike Georgia opened the state’s first retail store in Brighten Park Shopping Center (2484 Briarcliff Road, NE).  ElectroBikes are state-of-the art, motorized bicycles powered by a rechargeable Lithium ion battery.  The new shop offers seven brands of ElectroBikes, plus service and repair. “ElectroBikes are perfect for recreation, and also offer an affordable and efficient answer to Atlanta’s traffic challenges,” says Eric Hunger, president of ElectroBike Georgia.  “The small motors are quiet and clean and provide power when you want it. ElectroBikes can be operated as traditional bicycles, or the rider can flip a switch to engage the throttle or turn on the pedal-assist feature. Brookhaven is ideal for our flagship store, due to its bicycle paths and bike lanes, plus its welcoming business community.” The new ElectroBike store is open daily.

Peace Pole

Marist School recently planted and dedicated a Peace Pole on campus as a permanent reminder of the school’s commitment to nonviolence. The Peace Pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages on each of its four sides. Marist School’s Peace Pole was blessed on September 11 at a Family Mass, which also commemorated those who died on 9/11. The Peace Pole was planted on campus in Alumni Plaza between the Wooldridge Library and Ivy Street Center and was dedicated in a ceremony for students, faculty, and staff on September 15. Tens of thousands of Peace Poles have been erected in 180 countries across the world, all dedicated as monuments to peace. Peace Poles are an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth.

French Feasting

Buckhead’s French bistro, F&B, changes up their offerings with a newly-styled menu that tones down the “fine dining” aspect but keeps the experience that you would expect. As Chef Gabriel Capo says, “We wanted to offer extended selections and a variety of plates at different price points so that this could become more of a casual night-out spot.” The refreshed dinner menu format highlights three sections. In the “Petit,” starters, the cured salmon is like a canape, sitting atop pumpernickel bread with grapefruit and beet garnishes, and the quail rosettes are reminiscent of lollipops on a stick. Eating a classic French dish is necessary, and on the “Moyen” menu section, the Coq au Vin is a hearty, filling portion at only $15. It proves to be one of the most popular menu items, selling out nightly. Come hungry for the “Grand” menu options, like the beef bourguignon served with rich, truffle mashed potatoes.

Hewitt is Horse Champ

Woodward Academy senior Emily Hewitt was one of four riders who qualified to represent Region 3 (comprised of competitors from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina) in Junior Dressage at the 2016 North American Junior and Young Rider Championship held in Parker, Colorado, in July. Emily’s team won the Gold Medal, beating out all other regions in the U.S., as well as the Canadian and Mexican teams. Dressage is believed to be the most graceful and beautiful of the equestrian disciplines where horse and rider demonstrate their skill and harmony by performing a set pattern of movements. The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, the Para-Olympic discipline of para-dressage, and the World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. Many of North America’s best equestrians have used these championships as a stepping stone in their early careers.

From ATL to Everest

Atlanta-native and Georgia Tech alum, Paul Carey, will be trekking to Mount Everest Basecamp with WaterAid, an international nonprofit that improves access to clean water and toilets in the world’s poorest communities.  Carey, an avid supporter of diversity and equality issues, will be on the trip from October 6-21, 2016 with husband, Juan Carlos, and 8 other WaterAid supporters, each of whom will be raising at least $5,000 for the nonprofit. They will also visit WaterAid’s work in the region, to see the progress that has been made since the devastating 2015 earthquakes. Paul is “taking this journey to bring awareness to friends and colleagues of the basic challenges millions of people face by not having clean water. I’m taking this trek to challenge everyone everywhere to learn more about how they can help with this most basic of human needs – clean, safe water.” He is dedicating this trip to his late sister, Jeannie, “the bravest person he has ever known”.