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Kids Supplies Needed

Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are collecting backpacks and suitcases for foster children in Georgia as part of the 14th annual totes 2 tots suitcase drive. More than 11,600 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia.  Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes.  Since totes 2 tots was launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected and distributed more than 41,000 bags. Totes 2 tots was originally held on Martin Luther King Day as a way to honor Dr. King’s vision of philanthropy and give back to the community.  The event is now held on the preceding Thursday, Friday and Saturday to kick-off a weekend of service in Dr. King’s honor.  To find a participating location near you, visit or, or call 1.877.716.CARE (2273).  Financial donations may be made securely online at  All donations are tax deductible.

Healthy Homes

Humidity or air moisture content of your home is very important for keeping your family healthy during cold and flu season when more time is spent indoors. Dry air produced by heating systems can increase your chances of getting a cold, or flu and can significantly increase upper respiratory ailments. Viruses that cause colds and flu thrive in low humidity and physicians have identified humidity as one of the easiest methods of reducing your susceptibility to infection. Dry air also negatively impacts your home’s interior by drying out your walls, woodwork, and hardwood floors and can damage expensive electronics through the increased likelihood of static electricity. Increasing the humidity in your home can bring back that warm feeling without turning the temperature up and increasing your heating bills, according to the pros at Milton Mechanical Service who offer a range of solutions to control humidity in your home during the winter. Free estimates and 10% discount on all dry air and insulation services for readers. 770.360.1297

MJCCA Plays Ball

As part of an ongoing series of facility improvements, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) will soon begin renovations to several of its athletic fields. Construction started in November on three of the five ball fields at the MJCCA’s Zaban Park. Three of the fields will be closed while they are tilled, re-graded, and equipped with an enhanced drainage system. New shade coverings will provide shelter from the sun for spectators, while both spectators and players alike will appreciate the convenient new vending areas and restroom facilities that will be added near the upper and lower fields. The improvements are expected to be completed in June. The MJCCA will utilize its other two fields for its Spring Sports Program, with all practices and most games being played at the MJCCA. There will be some games played offsite at a nearby location. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is one of the most highly regarded Jewish community centers in the nation. From preschoolers and teens to young adults and active seniors, the MJCCA offers unique and engaging programs, events, and services for every member of the community.

Boat Show Discount

Forget the winter chills and set sail for sunny days at Georgia’s largest nautical extravaganza, the 2016 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show, returning to the Georgia World Congress Center January 14-17. With even more boats than before, in its 54th year the Southeast’s premier boating event will feature hundreds of the latest boat models for sale, from personal watercraft (i.e. jet skis) and pontoons to luxury yachts and bass boats, along with an amazing array of boating gear and accessories. The entire family can enjoy boating attractions such as the Let’s Go Fishing Center, where professional anglers lead hourly seminars, as well as an expanded series of boater safety and sailing seminars and a Boating Simulator. Little boaters will reel in the fun at the Catch & Release Pond and in the new Kid Zone, which will feature boat building, face painting, a bounce house, temporary tattoos, balloon art, and more. Lifestyle Publications readers can enter the promo code GOBOATING  for a 15% discount. Kids ages 15 and under are free.

Dunwoody Chef Bares All

Just in time for the New Year, The Farmer Fund is bringing back their much-loved 2016 calendars for a limited time at the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market (2744 Peachtree Road NW). Available for $20, proceeds will benefit the Atlanta nonprofit’s cause to support farmers in the face of natural disaster and help keep farmers farming. The calendar features photos of Atlanta’s favorite chefs in nothing but Hedley and Bennett aprons with the farmers who grow their food. Participating chefs and farmers include Stella Dillard and Cameron Thompson (Farm Burger), Nick Leahy (Saltyard), Steven Satterfield (Miller Union), Jenni Harris (White Oak Pastures), Joe Reynolds (Love Is Love Farm) and many more. The Farmer Fund was founded earlier this year by Darla Synnestvedt (Director of Catering and Events at Farm Burger) and Lauren Carey (Executive Director of Peachtree Road Farmers Market) to serve the farmers that feed Atlanta families. Pictured are Chefs Stella Dillard and Cameron Thompson of Farm Burger (with Buckhead and Dunwoody), Lauren Cox and Luca Caffetani of Woodland Gardens.

New Men’s Fashion 
at Phipps

Celebrity fashion designer, Miguel Wilson introduces his first Miguel Wilson Boutique at Phipps Plaza.  The award winning mens designer will offer his Lifestyle Collection composed of suits, sportcoats, trousers, shirts and accessories.  He will also have select pieces from his Wedding Collection, best known for his tagline, “Because It’s His Day Too! His clothes are best described as conservative clothing with a touch of excitement that makes it fun, functional and classy.  The fit is very tailored with clear lines and exceptional detail that fine clothing enthusiast can appreciate.While Miguel Wilson clothing is offered at high-end Bridal boutiques in many cities, this is the first and only store to offer his Lifestyle Collection. The store is located on 2nd level on the Nordstrom wing in Phipps Plaza. 

Face the New Year

Atlanta Face and Body Center was founded last year by Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker who has practiced facial plastic surgery in the metro-Atlanta area for more than a decade.  Her new practice offers the latest technologies in nonsurgical and surgical face lifting and body contouring.  Having performed thousands of facial cosmetic surgeries, including 4000 facelifts alone, she is one of the most experienced facial plastic surgeons, not just in Atlanta, but the entire country.  Dr. Whitaker provides her patients the benefits of world-class education combined with this unparalleled experience.  After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine from Duke University, she was the first woman to complete her specialty residency training program at Emory University. Her academic experience includes serving as Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia where she trained residents and remains a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Whitaker specializes in a natural result and individualized treatment. 
678.888.FACE (3223)

Full Day K-garten Grows

The Davis Academy is expanding its Mechina: Kindergarten Prep program to accommodate multiple classrooms and is extending applications to eligible 4 and young 5 year olds who are ready to join this full day program. The Mechina curriculum features certified teachers, innovative instructional technology, specialist instructors, student mentors, divergent learning spaces, field trips, hands-on learning, and purposeful play time. A one-time “Little Learners” grant of $3,500 is being offered for each student enrolled in the Mechina: Kindergarten Prep program for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  A Mechina Parent Information Session will take place on Tuesday, January 26 from 11:45 – 1:15 pm. The Davis Academy, Atlanta’s Reform Jewish Day School, serves students four years old through eighth grade at its two state-of-the-art campuses in the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody area.  678.527.3300.