August 2017 Around Town 4

10 Giving Years

The year 2017 is an exciting one for Ian’s Friends Foundation. The Sandy Springs-based organization will celebrate its 10th annual Evening of Inspiration on November 18 at the Intercontinental Buckhead. This marks 10 years of the foundation raising funds for groundbreaking research towards better treatments and a cure for pediatric brain tumors. This cocktail attire gala has become one of the largest fundraisers in Atlanta and always guarantees a great time for a great cause. Also this year, Ian’s Friends Foundation is hosting the inaugural WhatIFF Symposium for pediatric brain tumor research. This September, researchers and clinicians from around the world will pitch their latest and greatest ideas for a chance for funding from IFF. The event is designed to foster collaboration, which is critical to advance research and find a cure. Purchase tickets to the Evening of Inspiration, and learn more about how you can support Ian’s Friends Foundation at

New Face

Creative Medspa welcomes a new esthetician, Bessy Teague. Bessy has extensive knowledge and experience in various modalities of the skincare industry including microneedling, microcurrent, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, anti-aging treatments, body treatments, lymphatic drainage, and more.  Aesthetics is her passion. Because of this passion along with dedication and enthusiasm, she earned the world’s most prestigious diplomas for Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy: CIDESCO and ITEC. CIDESCO is an international beauty therapy association based in Zurich, Switzerland, and recognized worldwide. CIDESCO holds the highest standards of excellence in aesthetic practices.  ITEC is a leading international specialist examination board based in the United Kingdom which ensures qualifications in beauty and spa therapy. Bessy is constantly seeking to learn and advance her knowledge and career with an ultimate goal of helping clients achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful skin with products and services that deliver results.  Bessy’s unsurpassed knowledge alongside her excellent level of customer service gives clients a one-of-a-kind experience.  404.883.3287

October 5 Home Tour

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) and a committee of committed volunteers and neighbors within the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood will host the 19th annual Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes on October 5. The Committee hopes to raise more than $90,000 for the Charity to support their mission to nurture the health and well-being of children and families. The 2017 Tour is presented by Beacham & Company Realtors and The Skogstad-Sodemann Team. Five of Historic Brookhaven’s most impressive and beautifully decorated homes will be featured on the Tour.  For sponsorships and tickets, please visit ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to nurturing the health and well-being of children and families. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a “home-away-from-home” to more than 48,000 families since the first Atlanta Ronald McDonald House opened in 1979.

Braves Babies

Every baby born at Northside Hospital is being welcomed with an “Atlanta Braves” beanie and Braves Country birth certificate. The Born a Brave program is part of the Atlanta Braves and Northside Hospital partnership at SunTrust Park. The Braves will supply 24,000 of the caps monogrammed with the Braves script “A.” Northside Hospital, which delivered more than 20,000 babies in 2016, will distribute the beanies at their three locations, in Sandy Springs, Cumming and Canton. “This is going to make all our newest and cutest future Atlanta Braves fans feel special, cozy and ready to do the Braves chop,” says Bessie Smith, operations manager of Family Centered Care at Northside Hospital. “A new baby is rewarding, and this will elevate that joy for families of all Northside babies.” For more information about Northside Hospital, including maternity tours, visit

New Chef

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta announces the appointment of Michael Patria as executive chef of the leading luxury hotel in the city. In his role, Patria will oversee the kitchen of breakfast destination, Park 75, and its popular lunch and dinner outlet, Bar Margot. In addition to revamping the Bar Margot menu, the chef also curated a terrace garden at the hotel which features a variety of herbs and flowers used in food prep. Patria is passionate about sourcing locally, which stems from his upbringing browsing local farmers markets. He also leads his kitchen staff in off-site visits to butchers and markets to build their creativity. Each ingredient incorporated in the menu has been designed by the chef to enhance the modern yet classic atmosphere of the food and environment. Patria, a culinary graduate of Gwinnett Technical College, fell into the profession accidentally when he took a job washing dishes for extra spending money. Dishwashing turned into prep cooking, until he fell in love with the culture of the kitchen and realized that food had always been his passion. The chef’s philosophy is simple; put a modern spin on classic techniques and, most importantly, “Have fun with it.”

AIS Student Honored

Naya Valdivieso-Wooldridge has been named a State Merit Winner of the landmark 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students grades 5-8.  An 8th grade student at the Atlanta International School, Naya is being recognized for her submission on Electrical Mineral Accretion in Coral Reefs Discovery Education. She was chosen as one of only 35 state merit winners nationwide for developing an innovative solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately improve and reshape the way we live our lives.

Blue Heron

We talk about nature and the importance of communities preserving natural habitats frequently, but do we ever talk about the diversity of people visiting those preserved places?  Ani Yahzid, filmmaker and student at Colorado University in Boulder, has started a project which seeks a way to integrate multicultural urban youth into nature in an authentic way.  This summer he plans to take Atlanta Hip-Hop Artist Quintavious Anderson and Producer Keylan Anderson to Olympic National Park to film “outdoor exploration and recreation through the lens of urban culture.”  Like many urban youth, neither has had a wilderness experience.  Ani hopes that by capturing their experience, others will be inspired to seek their own experience in nature and we as a society will find a way to make nature available to everyone. Check out all the news and events at

Volunteer Positions at the CAC Boutique

The Community Assistance Center (CAC) has immediate needs for volunteers at the CAC Boutique (thrift shop) to serve as sorters, pricers and cashiers. Days and times are flexible! The Boutique is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Join the more than 1,000 volunteers a year who keep CAC operating to assist our neighbors in need. More than 300 volunteers give time to CAC on a regular basis, such as once a week, others come as part of groups performing community service. The Community Assistance Center (CAC) brings together the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities to provide compassionate assistance to neighbors in need by providing financial support, helping to meet basic needs and promoting self-reliance. CAC works to prevent homelessness and hunger locally with the support of 28 congregations of all faiths, public and private grants, civic organizations, schools, businesses and individuals. Supporters provide financial resources, in-kind donations and volunteer manpower. Contact Debbie at Visit for more information.

Wine For Lunch

City Winery is now opening its doors to those who want to grab a midday bite or libation. Guests have been enjoying a culinary tour of the world’s wine regions since the urban winery, restaurant/bar, and intimate music venue opened in June of 2016. Due to popular demand, both the very spacious patio and restaurant are now open for lunch. The restaurant will serve lunch items from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving guests plenty of time to take a break from their daily routine and slow down with locally-sourced cuisine and a glass (or two) of wine, some made right here in Atlanta. The space is perfect for business lunches, too. A “light bites” menu will also be available from 3 to 5 p.m. Menu highlights include the the Creekstone Cheddar Burger (Tilamook Cheddar, House-made Brioche Bun, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion), Southern Pork Belly Baos (Bourbon-Glazed Crispy Pork Belly, Pimento Cheese, Green Tomato Jam, Pickled Shallots), Italian Burrata (Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Caviar, Grilled French Bread), and Deviled Eggs (Lardon, Chive, Haystack).

Stockyards New Eatery

Donetto, Indigo Road’s latest Atlanta concept, is set to open in the Westside’s new Stockyards development this summer. From the industrial windows to the kitchen-facing pasta bar and wood-fire grill, the contemporary 4,000-square-foot space will feature a polished and contemporary scene complete with both industrial and refined elements including wood-block flooring, steel wall panels and traditional Italian tiles that imitate the warmth of a Tuscan farmhouse. As executive chef, Michael Perez will be helming the kitchen boasting an urban Italian menu featuring unique takes on traditional Tuscan fare, a rotating pasta menu and small plates ideal for sharing. Prior to Donetto, Perez served as the executive chef for Colletta, Indigo Road’s first Italian concept in Atlanta, where he received national acclaim from publications such as USA Today and Country Living, and landed a spot in Jezebel’s list of the “100 Hottest Restaurants” for two consecutive years.

Stay Here

The new DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody hotel opened recently following a $12 million transformation. Owned by Whitman Peterson and Sage Hospitality and managed by Sage Hospitality, the completely redesigned and renovated property embodies modern Southern hospitality.The soulful design of the hotel is a fresh take on the South, with dramatic wood beams, features that welcome in ample natural light and a soothing color palette. Guests will be treated to open and contemporary public spaces, beautifully appointed guest rooms, customizable meeting spaces that are as functional as they are fashionable and a host of other amenities, such as a 24/7 fitness center and pool with state-of-the-art equipment; a full-service restaurant and bar featuring Southern fare, a market pantry and, of course, the signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie at check-in. All rooms feature artwork that has been locally curated by NINE dot ARTS and is inspired by the city of Atlanta.

Best Babysitters

College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors is now open in their new Sandy Springs location.  Right in the heart of Sandy Springs in the Hammond Springs shopping center, College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors is delighted to be part of the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody community.  The new learning center will offer one on one tutoring for students in middle school and high school.  Starting in September, the center will offer FREE SAT and ACT practice tests for all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Students will have the opportunity to take a full length practice SAT or ACT and receive scores and analysis of results. You can reach College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors of Sandy Springs at 404.400.5040 or visit us on the web at

Downsize in Style

Peachtree Hills Place (PHP) is nearing its groundbreaking in one of Atlanta’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Peachtree Hills. Nestled in the heart of Buckhead, this one-of-a-kind luxury neighborhood will soon offer condos and homes for residents 55 years-of-age and older. With downsizing being a key feature of the design, homes range from 1,400 to 3,000 square feet. With home ownership, residents will also enjoy membership at The Club, the community’s centerpiece that provides an array of amenities where members can dine, entertain and socialize. PHP provides the best in health and nutrition with a comprehensive wellness program and resort-style fitness center. Ideal for the active lifestyle, PHP’s lush green space will boast walking trails, future access to the Atlanta BeltLine and tournament-worthy croquet courts. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an ambitious novice, the croquet court is the perfect place for lawn sports and socializing. At PHP, residences will have it all — everything they need right in the comfort of their own private community.