Jr. League: “Stand Up”

“Take this as a charge to stand up.” Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-6) addresses The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.  annual Leadership Retreat on Saturday, June 8 where more than 100 civic-minded women gathered at Buckhead’s Atlanta Speech School to kick off the organization’s 103rd year of service to the Atlanta community.

Photos courtesy JLA/Ikon Filmworks

Any Great Change: Centennial of the 19th Amendment


In 1853, suffragist and abolitionist Lucretia Coffin Mott stated, “Any great change must expect opposition.” Commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, August 1920, the exhibition Any Great Change documents how women gained the vote and the ways they have used political power over the last century. That impact includes Georgia women and their role in politics once they gained the vote, both as elected officials and organizers.  The exhibition explores the decades-long struggle for women’s suffrage as well as the key groups, their strategies, and their leaders, including Emily C. MacDougald and her daughter, Emily Inman, owner of Swan House. MacDougald was president of the Equal Suffrage Party of Georgia and Inman participated in Atlanta suffrage parades. August 15 –January 31, 2020. The exhibition will be installed in a gallery space on Swan House’s second floor, now fully accessible via chair lift. Funding for the exhibition, as well as the chair lift installation, is generously provided by Emily Bourne Grigsby.

OODAZU, a multi-activity, yoga and party venue for kids is now open in Buckhead. Created and run by local parents, OODAZU is a modern, LA-inspired haven where kids are encouraged to have fun, challenge themselves physically, center themselves emotionally and show kindness to others. It offers a yoga program, gaga ball, scaling towers, climbing walls, a giant ripslide, trampoline basketball, virtual reality pods, a virtual reality racer, and a retail area featuring apparel and accessories.  Two private celebration areas offer theme package options. OOdazu.com 800 Miami Circle Suite 130.

Music in the Mountains

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s season may be over, but don’t wait til September to get your Chamber Music fix. Make the easy 2hour drive from Atlanta to the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival for their 38th anniversary season! Atlanta favorites David & Julie Coucheron, Elizabeth Pridgen, Joe Gransden, the Vega Quartet, and Bradley Howard are joined by cellist Zuill Bailey, the Armida String Quartet, violinist Philippe Quint, cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, and many more! Plus, the cool mountains with waterfalls, fine dining and art, golf, theater, shopping- come for a day, a weekend, or the whole season. To see the entire summer’s exciting offerings, H-CMusicFestival.org

Lenbrook Acquires Menders Senior Home Care Agency


Menders, Inc. and Lenbrook have joined forces. Lenbrook, Atlanta’s premier Life Plan Community located in Buckhead, has purchased Menders, a privately owned, North Metro Atlanta-based home care agency that provides individualized, professional care and assistance to seniors on a long- or short-term basis. Menders by Lenbrook will serve the Lenbrook community of 480 residences, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and the future expansion Kingsboro at Lenbrook, as well as other clients throughout metro Atlanta. 


Sauna + Stretch

HotBox Infrared Sauna Studio, LA’s best-kept secret delivering wellness to the mind and body, is coming to Atlanta this Fall. The first three locations will be in Midtown, Buckhead and Sandy Springs. Infrared sauna sessions at HotBox take place in an individual suite which has its own sauna, private Vitamin C rain shower, and chromotherapy (choice of lighting color which stimulates senses and positive emotions). Health benefits include detox, recovery, healthier skin, a stronger immune system and weight loss. HotBoxSaunaStudio.com

The Agency Socialthèque

Just in time to celebrate summer, Agency Restaurant & Bar, Phipps Plaza’s latest dining and late night destination, has unveiled a sumptuous summer menu developed by beloved Atlanta chef Jeffrey Gardner. The Agency Socialthèque (social.tek) concept includes Agency, the restaurant and bar component of the location, and Socialthèque Lounge, showcasing the Buckhead nightlife scene with live music and entertainment on the weekends. For additional information and reservations, call 404.900.7799 or visit AgencyATL.com.


Andrea N. Smith Takes Reigns

The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) announces its new President, Andrea N. Smith, and 2019-2020 Board of Directors. For 103 years, the JLA has left an indelible mark on the city of Atlanta, with some of the community’s most esteemed institutions founded or established in part by the organization. This year, with the charge to “Engage. Impact. Lead.,” the organization of over 3,000 diverse women continues its commitment to making a difference in the lives of women and children. Driving this year’s efforts is the organization’s Board of Directors, led by Smith, a 10-year JLA veteran with an extensive background in nonprofit leadership and fundraising. In line with their charge, members will commit over 100,000 hours to engage with the community with the organization’s nonprofit partners. To learn more about partnering with or joining JLA, JLAtlanta.org.

Bridge Brigade

This is just part of the gang of 15 volunteers who cleared four stretches of sidewalk over Buckhead Peachtree Road creek and rail routes Saturday, June 15.  Coördinated by Garth Peters, Executive Vice President of the Buckhead Coalition, members of Buckhead Business Association, and Young Bucks did the labor with equipment loaned by Home Depot and Buckhead Movers.  The trash, weeds, and dirt had accumulated under the water-pipes causing difficulties for pedestrians and potentially for wheelchair transients.


Coalition on Pothole Patrol

When encounters with potholes reach the tire danger level, the Buckhead Coalition renews its repair initiative partnership with the City, which is now at the “let’s get them filled” stage.  Explaining that the Coalition doesn’t have the equipment or manpower to actually fill the holes, its Chairman Joe Evans, admits the program is performed through networking. Sam Massell, Coalition president and a former mayor of Atlanta, works closely with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City Council, as well as the Public Works Department and other City staff personnel.   In order to maximize the efficiency for all participants, the Coalition has called on the association presidents to call on their resident-members with pleas to identify specific pothole locations by the nearest street address of each.  The Coalition then maps these along GPS routes for the City. Massell reports that “barring unusually bad weather or other unexpected problems,” the City’s new Public Works Commissioner, James Jackson, is scheduled to fill seventy potholes within the next two-weeks.

Acheson Downtown

Two-time James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson will debut By George, the flagship restaurant of The Candler Hotel – a Curio Collection by Hilton – offering an all-day menu of classic cuisine largely influenced by traditional French cooking. The name of the flagship restaurant reflects the work of the original architects of the historic Beaux Arts Candler building circa 1906—George E. Murphy and George Stewart. Acheson’s menu of seasonal, French-inspired classic cuisine will be matched by an extensive wine program helmed by his longtime partners: the accomplished sommelier Steven Grubbs and keen cocktails from the talented hands of Kellie Thorn, named a 2018 Wine Enthusiast 40 under 40. The historic 17-story Candler Building was the brainchild of Coca-Cola magnate and former Atlanta Mayor, Asa Griggs Candler. The building, now reimagined as a 265-room luxury hotel, opens soon on famed Peachtree Street NE.   

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

Families still have time to visit Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning television series, “Doc McStuffins,” this highly-interactive Spanish and English bilingual exhibit allows families and children to assume doctor play roles by performing check-ups and diagnosing toy patients – all while learning about healthy habits including hygiene, exercise, eating well and compassion and nurturing care.  The series “Doc McStuffins” is an imaginative animated show about a 6-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic and in the magical McStuffins Toy Hospital. A traveling exhibit, Atlantans have until Sunday, September 8 to visit the McStuffins Toy Hospital. Local sponsorship of “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” was made possible through sponsorship by Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

GA School of Ortho’s Generosity

Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) has selected four  children with complimentary orthodontic treatment through its Gift of a Smile program at its state-of-the-art Duluth and Atlanta facilities. The program provides free orthodontic care to children in the metro area who need braces but cannot otherwise afford it. GSO also donated $500 toward school supplies to six Gwinnett and Sandy Springs schools that nominated the most children. GSO received more than 200 nominations from area schools.  Pictured are Solomon Morrow, 12, Lawrenceville with Dr. Robert Powell.

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