December 2015 Around Town

See and Be Seen

Join the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber for Jingle Mingle, its monthly First Monday Networking event, 5:30 to 7 p.m., December 7. First Monday is a networking event held in partnership with sponsoring Chamber members. This event is designed to promote attendee businesses and build relationships with other business leaders. The sponsoring restaurant/location opens its doors for the event, offering a spotlight on the organization. The cost to attend is $5 per person for Chamber Members and $20 per person for potential members. Head to the Chamber website to check this month’s location and registration details. This event provides an excellent opportunity to network with other business owners and meet ambitious and connected neighbors.

Pacesetter Recognized

Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, has named Pace Academy’s Pacesetter a 2015 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The designation recognizes “engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st-century skills.” The Pacesetter staff, one of only five in Georgia to receive the award, achieved the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.  Co-Editors-in-Chief Hannah Kelly and Lacey O’Sullivan (both members of Pace Academy’s Class of 2015) led the awarding-winning program during the 2014-2015 school year. Seniors Carolyne Eith and Carly Shoulberg are this year’s co-editors-in-chief. Ryan Vihlen serves as the Pacesetter’s faculty adviser. Pictured is the 2014-2015 Pace Academy yearbook staff. Back Row (left to right): Haley Epstein, Emma Laura Gash, Molly Marks, Cadie Schiffer, Carolyn Propst, Katie Nelson, Caroline Hardison, Nicole Shafer, Caolyne Eith and Mr. Ryan Vihlen; Front Row: Erica Kahn, Quin Waldrop, Hannah Kelly, Lacey O’Sullivan, Carly Shoulberg and Samantha Moreland

Join Dunwoody and Sandy Springs Chambers of Commerce for a FREE networking event! Coffee and Contacts is open to all business people in the community and is held on the last Friday morning of each month.  Enjoy complimentary breakfast and a chance to meet potential customers. Please bring plenty of business cards to share with all of your new contacts 7:30 a.m. December 18, Brandon Hall School, 1701 Brandon Hall Drive. Register and info at

Get Green

The City of Dunwoody Sustainability Committee meets at 7:45 a.m. on December 10 at City Hall and you are invited to contribute. Their goal is to enable smart choices for our community and its residents by promoting, through education, outreach, and awareness efforts, the conservation of energy, water, and fuel; investment in renewable energy; reduction of waste; and protecting and restoring the community’s natural resources. They advise and assist the City of Dunwoody to develop sustainable measures, practices, buildings, and fleets that are environmentally, economically, and socially responsible. Why not make it a new year’s resolution to get involved with your community!

Delta Direct

Delta has announced imminent flights to the Bahamas Out Islands Exuma, Abaco and Eleuthera for the 2015/16 Bahamas winter peak season. Swim with Pigs in the Bahamas, with one easy connection to Exuma Island. Experience the beautiful, awesome, raging, dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean with a narrow strip of road dividing it from the calm, crystal clear and gentle, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea in Eleuthera.  Eleuthera’s Harbor Island is also where one will find the beautiful pink sand beaches. Abaco Island is considered the boating capital of The Bahamas,  and visitors to its main Islands of Marsh Harbour and  Treasure Cay can take a boat ride at any time of day to visit neighboring islands and cays in the chain, such as Guana Cay, Man O War Cay, Elbow Cay, or Hope Town. The three Islands that have been chosen by Delta are also notable as places where the rich and famous have chosen to live and build homes. Famous homeowners of these islands include Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Johnny Depp and David Copperfield, just to name a few.

Sweet Sleep

Natural Sleep of Georgia has opened its doors. The store offers luxurious mattress offerings certified to be free of harmful chemicals by third party organizations such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), Greenguard, and Oeko-Tex. The owner spent the last decade working in the mattress industry, helping stores transition their offerings to include natural beds that ultimately last longer and provide better support for customers.  He selected only the finest and purest mattresses and linens.  The showroom offers many brands to choose from and the quiet and relaxing atmosphere creates an environment that allows ample space for customers to try out the many natural and organic options.  Natural and organic mattresses provide luxurious comfort, excellent support, health benefits and superior durability. The use of natural latex, wool, cotton, and bamboo fabric provide an unparalleled sleeping surface.  Because of the quality of the materials and the care that is put into making these beds, they last for many years without sagging or degrading. A 20 Year Warranty is typical. 3129 Piedmont Rd NE.

 Lifesaving Starts Here

MedShare, a national non-profit organization based in Atlanta that works to strengthen health systems in the developing world and to improve the environment through the efficient collection and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment, welcomed more than 200 supporters to their 2nd Annual Talk & Taste fundraising event. The event was presented by Halyard Health and highlighted the organization’s effective responses to global disasters. Guests listened to impactful stories about humanitarian efforts after various disasters. Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of the Serious Communicable Disease Unit at Emory University spoke about the experience of caring for patients with the Ebola virus. Dr. Carl Kihm, a podiatrist, spoke about his work in Nepal before and after the earthquakes of 2015; and Tatiana Jean-Louise, a MedShare volunteer, shared stories about her family in Haiti and her work after the 2010 earthquakes there. MedShare improves the quality of life of people and the planet by collecting perfectly usable surplus medical supplies and equipment that would otherwise wind up in landfills, and delivering it to health providers around the world. MedShare appreciates the generous support of Talk & Taste sponsors including, Emory Healthcare, Angie Fife, King & Spalding and Northside Hospital.