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Be Our Guest, Meet Our Challenge

Be our guest at The American Cancer Society’s Hope Ball and help us raise funds to support lung cancer research.  Go to our website to enter to win tickets for two to the elegant black tie gala held at the Delta Flight Museum, April 30.  You’ll join the Lifestyle Publications team at our media sponsor table, enjoy dinner and dancing (wait until you see our publisher’s style on the dance floor!) and celebrate the strides in cancer research and education with the American Cancer Society. Circle the date, April 30, and enter now. Then, follow the link to make a donation of $36 ($1 for each issue of Perimeter North Lifestyle since we launched three years ago!) We’ll be honoring Jeff Wigbels, stage four NON-SMOKER lung cancer survivor.  Get to know Jeff and his story in the Giving Back feature in this month’s issue.  See you there!

Win Tickets, Beach House Stay

Springmont will hold its annual gala, this year dubbed, Peaceful Children. Peaceful Mind, at Terminus 330 on April 16. Auction Chairs Megan Hakerem and Carol Santos. The event includes both live and silent auctions—and the highly anticipated items are the class projects, which are in the live auction each year. Each Springmont class meticulously hand-crafts an item that is put in the live auction, and include objects such as paintings, a mosaic, multi-media art and much more, which are some of the hotly contested items up for bid. Also each year, other best-sellers include trips to coveted beach and mountain houses and sports tickets. Bid for tickets for two to the Atlanta Steeplechase (April 23), donated by this magazine! Money raised from the event goes toward campus improvements that are outside the traditional classroom experiences. Past years’ improvements have included solar awnings, outdoor play spaces and Pavilion upgrades. For more information on Springmont’s auction, visit or call 404.252.3910.

New Head at MJCCA

The Board of Directors of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has selected Jared Powers as the agency’s next CEO.  Powers is currently serving as the agency’s chief program officer, overseeing more than $17 million in programming revenue. Powers has been instrumental in growing the agency’s programming offering, enhancing the quality of programs, and improving customer service. Powers joined the MJCCA in 2005 as director of sports and camping at its Shirley Blumenthal Park location, rising to senior program director and then relocating in 2010 to the MJCCA Zaban Park campus to serve as chief program officer and a member of the senior management team. Under his leadership, the MJCCA greatly expanded its MJCCA Day Camps offering to become the largest JCC day camp in the country, enhanced and grew numerous program areas, and created strategic partnerships with organizations such as the Atlanta Hawks.

Happy Anniversary to the Givers

Pebble Tossers, a youth development and service organization, celebrates its 7th anniversary this year. To mark the celebration, youth volunteers joined in six service projects over the weekend recently ranging from beautifying an adopted section of the Atlanta BeltLine to delivering Meals on Wheels to sharing toys and art work with seniors at an assisted living facility to passing out breakfast and lunch to those living on the streets. Pebble Tossers hosts weekly service projects including Global Youth Service Day: Kids’ Recycle Day on April 16 and the second Annual run|walk|SERVE 5K + Nonprofit Expo on September 10.  Kids’ Recycle Day encourages youth and families to go through their homes, schools and business and collect hard-to-recycle materials and deliver to the CHaRM center at 110 Hill St SE Atlanta, GA 30315. In conjunction to Kids’ Recycle Day, Pebble Tossers is hosting an Illustrated Poetry Contest with the theme of “Reuse & Recycle.”

Bow Wow Brunch

Chaired by Jennifer Healey of J Healey Interiors, the inaugural Bow Wow Brunch is an elegant event benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society, giving them a chance to share the mission and vision of saving the lives of homeless animals. While some brunches are mostly for adults, Bow Wow Brunch is a family affair. It’s designed to introduce the children and grandchildren of donors and supporters to the importance of philanthropy and life-long giving by showcasing the life-saving work of the Atlanta Humane Society. Bow Wow Brunch brings together families of animal lovers who care deeply about the welfare of dogs and cats in our community and will be held April 17 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead from 12:30 until 3 p.m. The festivities will include a champagne reception for adults, a special program for children and an elegant Ritz-Carlton brunch menu. A highlight of the day’s activities will be the presentation of the prestigious Anne Cox Chambers Humane Heroine Award to a woman whose commitment and devotion to the cause of animal welfare merits special recognition.

Casting Call!

Act3 Arts Academy, the youth division of award-winning theater company Act3 Productions, is conducting auditions for summer workshops for students in kindergarten through college. The workshops are detailed below by date.  Additional information is available at  All auditions, workshops, and performances take place at the Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road. Avenue Q School Edition – Workshop and performances May 24-June 19; Ages 15-20 with auditions April 23, 12 to 5:30 p.m., April 30, 12 to 5:30 p.m. and May 2, 4:30 to 7 p.m. with callbacks May 3. Tuition is $275. contact director Liane LeMaster at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  – Workshop and performances May 31-June 12; Grades 4-8 with auditions for April 16, 12-5:30 p.m. and April 17, 1-5 p.m.  Tuition is $325, contact Johnna Mitchell at Disney’s Aristocats KIDS  – Workshop and Performances June 13-26; Grades K-5 with auditions April 18 and 20, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. , 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuition is $375, Maggie Taylor at Xanadu JR. – Workshop and performances July 11-August 7; Grades 6-12 with auditions May 4, 4:30 to 7 p.m., May 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m. and May 7, 12 to 6 p.m. Tuition is $400.  This production will be Act3’s entry in the January 2017 Junior Theater Festival.

Property Bros in the House

On April 13 at 7:30 pm, A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA, welcomes The Property Brothers: the multi-talented identical twin brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, presenting their new book, Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House. The author event will take place at the MJCCA, with a Q & A following the program. Ticket prices are $10*-$15*. Premier Ticket Package: $65* (Includes Signed Copy of Dream Home; Priority Seating; and VIP Access to Patron Photo Line. For information, visit or call 678.812.4002. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody

Cars Fans Unite

Choate Construction is revving up to host their 7th annual award-winning car show. Well known for its stellar cars, super barbecue and sweet music, Cars & ‘Q for the Cause supports the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event features a continuous pour of local brews including Lagunitas and The Unknown Brewery Co, mouthwatering barbecue by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, live music and over 100 classic, muscle, exotic cars.  The event draws over 620 attendees with tremendous support from car lovers, the real estate community, young professionals and the CF community. April 30, 4 – 7 p.m. tickets in advance $15/entry and dinner and $30/entry, dinner and bar access.  Tickets are $20 and $40 at the door.  8200 Roberts Drive, or call 404.325.6973.

Sandy Springs Joins The PATH

Thanks to a vote by the Sandy Springs City Council recently, PATH400 is officially headed to Sandy Springs. The council approved an agreement with Livable Buckhead and PATH Foundation that allows us to begin design work for a segment between Loridans Dr. and the Glenridge Connector. This 2.1-mile stretch is a critical link between the northernmost point of the greenway as it is currently planned and the point where PATH400 is in the Georgia Department of Transportation’s plans for a new I-285/GA400 interchange.With this vote, Sandy Springs joins the ranks of more than 20 governmental agencies and community organizations that are working in partnership to make PATH400 a reality. “This vote allows us to keep building momentum for PATH400,” says Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead. “Creating regional connectivity is one of the key benefits of this project, and without a link to the I-285/GA 400 interchange we weren’t able to deliver that. Now that Sandy Springs is on board, PATH400 can continue north and provide access to the BeltLine, the Silver Comet Trail and other trails across metro Atlanta.”

Back to Nature

Monarchs and Margaritas [& Moonshine], the premier spring event benefiting the Dunwoody Nature Center, is kicking the party aspect of its annual fundraiser up a notch as it returns home to Dunwoody Park for the first time since 2009. Event Chair Jany Brown has planned an upscale Southern Chic PARTY, sponsored by Oldcastle and SCUF Gaming, on April 30 from 6:00 – 9:00 in the heart of the Nature Center’s meadow. Guests are encouraged to pick out a pair of favorite boots, enjoy the beauty of the spring season, and join in for an evening full of surprises that includes live music from Cicada Rhythm, valet parking, signature drinks from Raising the Bar and featuring expert Moonshine mixologist Kevin Gardner; whole roasted pig and roasted corn in shuck from Low Country Catering; catering from Alon’s featuring passed appetizers, full dinner stations, and Southern desserts; tented party area courtesy of Peachtree Tents & Events.

New at Spruill

Spruill Gallery and Dunwoody Fine Art Association present artwork from across the Southeastern region of the United States, Sights and Insights Exhibition, which will be on display at the Spruill Gallery through April 9.  Gerry Grimes, DFAA member and chairman of external exhibits explains,”One of our goals was for Sights & Insights to be a regional exhibition and it was. In fact, not only did we have artists submit entries from our surrounding states with some being accepted, we had individuals travel from Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee to be at the reception. Another of our goals was for the exhibit to be a Dunwoody event which promoted art in our community. Did we succeed? No greater proof was needed than to see the gallery filled with people as soon as the doors opened – and for the next few hours each room being filled with people who were earnestly looking and talking about the various pieces. Finally, our goal that the pieces which were displayed would be of a quality that reflected well on DFAA and the Spruill Gallery was evident as time and again, I heard people comment positively about the art pieces.” 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road