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Food `n Fun Festival

Give food and have fun at the Community Assistance Center’s 4th Annual Food ‘n Fun Festival–a fun-filled, outdoor, family event with activities and games for all ages! Join in as neighbors from all walks of life gather together to raise awareness, funds and food to combat hunger and homelessness in our community while enjoying a day together. Team events include The Food Challenge, a food drive contest where schools, businesses and organizations compete with rivals to collect the most food; the return of the popular Shopping Cart Decorating Contest, where teams compete for the Most Creative, Most Humorous and Funniest awards; and the Hunger Awareness Walk for all festival-goers, a ¼ miles around the track led by the Shopping Cart Parade. Kids of all ages enjoy activities, games and crafts Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., North Springs Charter High School, 7447 Roswell Road. Please bring a can or more of food for the CAC Food Pantry. Free Transportation with Bus Stops Around Sandy Springs.

Love Your Skin

May is Melanoma Awareness month. Have you had your yearly skin cancer check? If not you should schedule an appointment to see your dermatologist right away. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and can affect anyone, regardless of skin color, gender or age. Melanoma is a particularly aggressive type of skin cancer, which develops from the pigment producing cells in the skin. Melanoma can happen on any part of the skin, even areas that are not routinely exposed to sunlight. It can also occur in the mouth or in the eyes. Melanoma can start on its own, or it can develop from a pre-existing mole. “Atypical moles” have a slightly higher chance of developing into a melanoma. It is important to pay attention to and notify your dermatologist if you have any moles that are changing (color, size, or shape) or if you have moles that look “different” from the rest of your moles.  If you have family members that have had melanoma, you are at higher risk for developing melanoma and should get checked regularly. In most cases, melanoma can be treated with local skin surgery done in your dermatologist’s office. However, if left untreated, melanoma can spread to the lymph nodes and other organs of the body, and can even lead to death. The most important thing is to make sure that you see your dermatologist once a year for a full skin check. And of course, make sure you always protect yourself from the sun with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Call the pros at Aesthetic Specialty Centre. 

Northside Rates as Employer

Northside Hospital ranks 18th overall in the newly released 2016 Forbes survey of America’s Best Employers. The Atlanta-based health care leader broke into the top 20 after moving up from No. 23 overall in 2015. The rankings also list Northside Hospital as the No. 1 employer in Georgia, leading 14 other Georgia-based companies. The rankings were based on anonymous, random and unannounced interviews with 30,000 employees from large companies (more than 5,000 employees).  Northside Hospital is one of the fastest growing health care organizations in the Southeast and currently employs more than 13,400 employees, including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, administrative and support services personnel throughout the Atlanta Region and many parts of Georgia. The Northside Hospital health care system is an 852-bed, not-for-profit health care provider with more than 150 locations across Georgia, including three acute care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee County and Forsyth County.

Shop Local and Fresh

The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market will be held at 6100 Lake Forrest Drive (Century Springs East). It will run every Saturday, through October 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will also be mini-markets in November and December. Each Saturday market features live music and nearly 50 vendors offering an abundance of fresh, local produce, along with pasture-raised meat and pork products, farm fresh eggs and dairy products, and a wide variety of prepared foods.

Survey Says…

Dunwoody residents provided positive opinions and feedback on a recent survey inquiring about satisfaction levels with city services, amenities and quality of life.  Results from the 2015 community-wide survey gauging resident satisfaction with city services and opinions on select issues point to overall approval and agreement the City of Dunwoody is heading in a positive direction.The primary findings from the survey demonstrated high levels of satisfaction with city services. Survey respondents pointed to location, safe community and parks as the city’s top three assets.Weaknesses were traffic, streets and infrastructure, and transportation, results which were very similar to the data gathered on the same questions from the 2013 survey.

Special Needs Adult Program

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has always been a place where people with special needs shine all year, through quality programming (including various sports; social events; trips; and the MJCCA’s award-winning Jerry’s Habima Theatre – produced by professionals and featuring actors with special needs, having recently completed its 23rd season.) Now, the MJCCA’s Blonder Family Department for Special Needs is proud to provide another opportunity for adults with special needs to shine, year-round, with the opening of its new theater company for adults with special needs called Spotlight. This free-of-charge program for adults 18+, is made possible through a generous gift from Helen Marie Stern, of blessed memory. Spotlight participants will meet once a week on Fridays at the MJCCA’s Dunwoody campus, from August 26, 2016-April 30, 2017.

Dunwoody’s Notte Serves

A 2011 Dunwoody High School graduate and Dunwoody native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Airman Samuel Notte is an aviation support equipment technician aboard the Ford-class aircraft carrier operating out of Norfolk, Virginia. A Navy aviation support equipment technician is responsible for maintaining ground support equipment.“I’m glad I work a job that gives me a large amount of responsibility,” says Notte. “The experience of living on a carrier is something I’ve never done. A lot of people won’t ever be able to say they’ve experienced what I have been given the opportunity to.” Approximately 170 officers and 2000 enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company, each highly specialized and operating in a number of jobs ranging from managing shipboard telecommunications networks and damage control systems to maintaining machinery and weapons.  With more than 40 new or modified systems, Ford Sailors are unique in their training as many are among the first in the Fleet to train on and operate the ship’s cutting edge technology.  The crew continues to explore innovative training solutions as sailors prepare to take ownership of equipment and systems from contractors and shipbuilders.

Gazette Born

Heritage Sandy Springs will publish The Sandy Springs Gazette every Thursday. For years, the stories you will read and listen to in this interactive publication sat on shelves in their library waiting for researchers, genealogists, or interested readers to explore them. As Heritage Sandy Springs updates their mission, they are also updating their approach to sharing the history of Sandy Springs with the public. History at Heritage will no longer be relegated to a library shelf. They have created this interactive publication for those of you who remember these stories, events and locations, and want to share our unique history with the next generation. Each Thursday, Heritage Sandy Springs will publish a new article based on oral histories from Sandy Springs residents. Each week we will add these stories to the Gazette, accumulating a firsthand account of historic people, places, events and happenings in our community. You can receive notifications via social media when new articles are published. Just search for the hashtag #TBT (Throwback Thursday).

Generous Opera

Opera Volunteers International (OVI), a worldwide non-profit and the primary umbrella organization for advocacy and resources for opera volunteers, has awarded Capital City Opera of Atlanta a $2,000 matching grant. The grant will assist Capital City Opera Company in adding a new children’s opera to their children’s opera education program. Capital City Opera uses music from opera to introduce children to opera and ways to deal with issues that are important to education and the community.  Billy Goat Gruff is a story that will use opera arias by composers Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini to teach children how to deal with bullying. Capital City Opera was one of three opera companies in the United States to receive this OVI grant award.

Georgia Senate Honors  Dr. Seay

A resolution honoring the life and memory of Dr. Thomas Seay was passed by the Georgia Senate. Dr. Seay practiced medical oncology for 25 years and was president and managing partner of Atlanta Cancer Care (ACC).  He saw patients at ACC’s Cumming and Perimeter locations.  Dr. Seay died unexpectedly Dec. 26, 2015.  According to the resolution, Dr. Seay “was a person of magnanimous strengths with an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, intelligence, fairness, and kindness, and by the example he made of his life, he made this world a better place in which to live.” Dr. Seay devoted his life to the care of cancer patients and to the advancement of scientific research in oncology, ensuring that patients throughout Georgia have access to clinical trials. He was the principal investigator for the Atlanta Regional Community Clinical Oncology Program. Dr. Seay is survived by his wife, Cindy, and her daughter, Alex, who were both on hand for the reading of the resolution. Pictured, below left are Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, (back row) read SR 793 at the state capital. Also present for the reading were (first row, l-r) Cindy Seay, wife of Dr. Thomas Seay, and her daughter, Alex Hines; Nancy Paris, MS, FACHE, president, Georgia Core; (2nd row, l-r) Amy Sickles, PA-C, Dr. Seay’s physician assistant, Atlanta Cancer Care; Frederick Schnell, MD, FACP, chief medical officer, Georgia CORE; and Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

Acting For Kids

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 that culminate in a theatrical production. Find out more at  All auditions, workshops, and performances take place at the Act3 Playhouse, in Sandy Springs Plaza.