Blue Heron’s Success

Blue Heron Nature Preserve announced this week that the nonprofit environmental center met its $750,000 goal to finish its new three-mile trail network known as the Blueway Trail. Once two major bridges are in place before the end of the year, all three parcels of the Nature Preserve will be easily accessible by a continuous trail. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our board, generous gifts from local foundations and individuals, we have completed the largest capital campaign our young organization has ever undertaken,” executive director Kevin McCauley said. “Plans for Phase 2 include linking Blue Heron’s trails to nearby Chastain Park and PATH 400.” A celebration is planned to introduce the new connected trails to the public as soon as the project is fully built. Blue Heron shares its facilities at 4055 Roswell Road with the Atlanta Audubon Society and The Amphibian Foundation, making the Preserve an environmental asset unlike any other in metro-Atlanta.

Symphony’s New CAO

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has named noted musicologist, author and artistic innovator Elena Dubinets to its newly created position of Chief Artistic Officer. Dubinets most recently held the position of Vice President of Artistic Planning and Creative Projects at the Seattle Symphony (SSO), where she has served since 2003. Dubinets will begin her new role with the ASO in August 2019.

As Chief Artistic Officer, Dubinets will serve as the Orchestra’s chief curator, building a unified mission-focused plan for all of the Orchestra’s programming, including the Delta Classical Series, Family Series, Concerts for Young People, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Talent Development Program, and community engagement activities. In addition, she will lead the institution’s efforts to create new streams of programming aimed at increasing the breadth and diversity of the Orchestra’s repertoire, artists and audience, and broadening the Orchestra’s footprint in the Metro Atlanta community.

Nominations for Bert’s Adventure

Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, is now accepting applications and nominations for children to join the magic on their 2020 trip! 

To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area, prove financial need and have never been to Disney World. Please visit for additional details. 

Nature News

The Chattahoochee Nature Center newsletter has gone digital.  Now you can read what’s happening at CNC wherever you are from the convenience of your phone, tablet, or computer. On the go or even in nature. We hope you enjoy the new format. Look for it the first Wednesday of each month in place of your regular CNC weekly eblast. They also have a new website, has undergone a radical facelift and looks fantastic. Now mobile-friendly and more graphical than before, it brings CNC up to speed on current web design. The new look and feel are thanks to their marketing partner, MVO Marketing. They have also helped revamp the graphics in our emails, flyers, and ads.  If you follow them on Instagram, be sure to check out the new name – @ChattahoocheeNatureCenter.  

Destin Wine Time

Founded in 2005, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) has donated $18 Million to Northwest Florida charities through hosting world-class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 90,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. DCWAF has been recognized as one of the Nation’s ‘Top 10 Charity Wine Auction in the U.S.’ by Wine Spectator Magazine for the last seven consecutive years. The 2019 Harvest Wine & Food Festival provides patrons the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections. Thursday, October 24 is the Celebrity Winemaker Dinners  with celebrity wine representatives from Catena Zapata, Gamble Family Vineyards, PRIME Cellars, and ROY Estate will each headline a multi-course wine dinner in various locations in the South Walton area. Friday’s Al Fresco Reserve Tasting starts at 6PM with a selection of library wines that feature rare vintages not easily accessible to the average consumer. A silent auction featuring a variety of rare wines, staycations and unique experiences continue through October 28.

Best Driver is No Driver

Representatives of four of Atlanta’s top business leadership groups are partnering to endorse the autonomous vehicle (AV): former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, President of Buckhead Coalition; Robin Suggs, Manager of Lenox Square/Simon Property Group; Eric Tanenblatt, Chair of the Autonomous Vehicle practice at Dentons, and Jim Durrett, Executive Director of Buckhead Community Improvement District. The initial effort is testing for a three-month period in the Christmas Holiday shopping period. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is helping fund this alternate means of mobility, along with Simon.  

Northside Wants to help

As part of Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s comprehensive approach to promoting healthier lifestyles, Northside offers a six-week Built To Quit program to help you stop smoking and using other tobacco products. Upcoming sessions begin September 10. Classes are conducted primarily in a group setting, with face-to-face interactions. Afternoon classes are available at all three Northside Hospital campuses in Atlanta, Canton and Cumming, with evening classes also available in Atlanta and Cumming. Lunch or dinner provided. Online classes also are available., 404.780.7653

Free Cancer Screenings

 The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is offering a community skin cancer screening, at no cost, to emphasize the importance of skin safety on Thursday, September 19, 6-8 p.m.  Medical professionals will provide a brief skin assessment in a private setting. Exposed areas such as your face, arms, hands, neck and feet will be examined. The screening is open to all adults, 18 years old and older. Recommended screening attire includes shorts and a t-shirt. Qualified interpreters will be available free of charge, with advanced requests. As with other cancers, early detection is important. Northside’s skin cancer screening should not replace a complete skin exam with a skin specialist. There is no cost for the screening, but pre-registration is required. To schedule an appointment or for information about other upcoming cancer screenings, call 404.531.4444. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Radiation Oncology – Atlanta, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE