March 2017 Around Town

Blue Heron Wins

Park Pride awarded Blue Heron Nature Preserve a $150,000 Legacy Grant to start a Blueway Trail Initiative. This grant program is funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. “The Blueway initiative was born out of the strategic plan, in which we identified our desire to activate the park,” said Executive Director Kevin McCauley. This initiative is called a Blueway because it follows creeks through the Preserve. Three miles of trails will connect the Preserve’s habitats, providing passage across streets and creeks. Trails are ADA accessible where possible. “A Blueway trail is a great way to get people outdoors for recreation and interpretive information,” said McCauley. The trails pass four Field Education Centers highlighting habitats at the Preserve. Park Pride’s Legacy Grant begins the $500,000 fundraising effort for the Blueway. After the internal Blueway is completed, subsequent phases will connect the Preserve to trail destinations, beginning with Chastain Park and PATH400.

Get Cookin’ at Sewell

Our friends at Sewell Appliance in Sandy Springs are offering a chance to win a free Wolf Range Cooktop to to readers who stop in to to discuss kitchen renovation plans. It’s simple.  Bring in the magazine and meet with one of the professional kitchen consultants. Share your ideas and plans and let them show you the latest in design and technologies.  7455 Trowbridge Rd.

 New Blow

After months of preparation, Cherry Blow Dry Bar is now open to make you more beautiful. Located in Buckhead’s newly renovated Buckhead Exchange development, Cherry Blow Dry Bar brings highly trained staff, affordable blowouts and makeup services to the neighborhood. Located adjacent to popular retailers including Kale Me Crazy, Sculpthouse and Storico Fresco, the newly constructed 1,467 square foot salon features 15 styling chairs. In addition to blowout hair styles, Cherry Blow Dry Bar will offer full face makeup application, quality hair extensions, scalp massage, Keratin treatments and express hair and makeup services for on-the-go guests. The salon’s Blow Pro hair care line – designed to prolong blowouts and prevent build up – will also be available for purchase in-store. Guests can choose dry styles, updos or blowouts, beginning at $35.99 from Cherry Blow Dry Bar’s lookbook of nine hairstyles.

Local Artist Love

Carre’ d’artistes at Phipps Mall has recently announced it will represent Atlanta artist Ronnie Beets. Ronnie Beets was born in Brazil and raised in east Tennessee. In spite of a traditional upbringing, Ronnie was drawn to art and compelled to create. While exuding the undeniable influences of Modern masters like Picasso and Chagall, his work remains boldly unique covering a broad spectrum of styles from pure abstraction to stylized realism. Ronnie is self-taught and exhibits regularly under the brand name aRtBeets. His work hangs in private collections across the United States and internationally. “I have chosen to live a life consumed by Art. Once I dismissed the notion of the ‘Starving Artist’, I was free to evolve into a greater version of myself. And I will strive forward within that realization for the rest of my life.” The gallery believes contemporary art should be just for everyone. Making art accessible means offering unique and original artworks at affordable prices.

Northside’s Robotics

More robotic-assisted surgeries are performed at Northside Hospital than anywhere else in the Southeast. New data from Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System, ranks Northside among the top one percent of all robotic surgery programs in the United States and the No. 1 gynecologic (GYN) robotic surgery program in the country. Northside Hospital is committed to offering its patients the best care possible using the most innovative and minimally invasive technology available. For most of the last decade, that innovation has included robotic-assisted surgery. Northside Hospital was one of the first health care systems in Atlanta to obtain robotic technology, when it implemented its Advanced Robotic Surgery Program in 2005. A decade later, 96 surgeons on Northside’s staff have performed more than 17,600 robotic surgery procedures across a variety of specialties. During the last 10 years, Northside also has hosted Georgia’s first robotic-assisted bladder removal and pyeloplasty (kidney reconstruction), the first successful delivery of healthy twins following a robotic myomectomy (fibroid removal), and the first single-incision robotic gallbladder removal. The addition of robotic surgery has given surgeons who perform minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery an alternative to performing the most intricate of these procedures. Robotic-assisted surgery is performed at all three Northside hospitals in Atlanta, Canton and Cumming. For more information, visit

Dance, Dance

Co-Chairs Cynthia Good, Meg Reggie and Sean O’Keefe invite you to the 2017 Celebrity Dance Challenge on April 20 at the Buckhead Theatre.  Fashioned after hit shows like Dancing with the Stars™, EDIN’s Celebrity Dance Challenge is under the artistic direction of Bubba Carr.  Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception by Sean O’Keefe Events and be thoroughly entertained by emcees Christi Paul (CNN) and Paul Milliken (FOX 5). And, of course, the dancers: Stacey Adams, Harry Norman Realtors; Chef Mimmo Alboumeh, Maya Steaks & Seafood; Dr. Mark Beaty, Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery; Tammy McCall Browning, Good Moves; Jennifer Champion, Stay-at-Home Mom; Tabitha Grant, Domino’s; Chef Todd Dae Kulper, Doraku Sushi; Milly Marques, Brows by Milly; Adam Wattenbarger, Salem Media Group; Kathy Zickert, Smith, Gambrell & Russell. For more information about tickets, sponsorships and how to vote for your favorite celebrity:  Proceeds go directly into our community through programs to prevent eating disorders through awareness, education, and outreach.