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Sharing School Expenses

Help Local Kids with Lunches and School Supplies. The Community Assistance Center makes it easy for you to help local children in need this month. Give a child Lunches for 3 weeks for just $35. Give 2 new Backpacks filled with School Supplies for just $35. The CAC makes your generous dollar goes further thanks to wholesale purchasing and an anonymous matching grant for school supplies! Donations of items are also accepted. Find the summer lunch bag list of contents on our website or give large, heavy duty (new) backpacks to CAC. Donate online and find more details on the CAC website. Parents, if you have some time on your hands, become a volunteer at the Community Assistance Center and help our neighbors in need in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Volunteers are needed in all areas of CAC. Volunteer in the new CAC Food Pantry and assist clients, organize food or re-stock shelves. Become a part of the new CAC Boutique team; work on the retail floor or behind the scenes accepting, sorting and pricing donations. Serve as a client interviewer, or work at the CAC reception desk, make calls to clients, do data entry or teach adult education classes.  We can find something for you! Contact Debbie at Volunteer@OurCAC.org. OurCAC.org

Festival Time

The Sandy Springs Festival returns this September for two days of family–friendly fun on September 17-18. Celebrating 31 years, the Festival the largest fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs – the nonprofit organization that saved the original “sandy springs” – and a treasured community event.  Each year, thousands of visitors stroll through artists’ booths displaying original paintings, pottery, jewelry, and more. Sports enthusiasts can qualify for the Peachtree Road Race in the fast-paced Sandy Springs Lightning 10K/5K, and pet lovers can enter their four-legged friends into the Pet Parade, this year presented by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. ArtSS returns with the Chalk Walk Competition, offering cash prizes. The Entertainment Stage will feature performances from community groups as well as talented local artists like Sam Burchfield, AJ Ghent Band, and Banks & Shane! SandySpringsFestival.com.

Tastes Nearby

More than 30 restaurants and vendors will come together Sept 15 for the popular Taste of Buckhead. The 2016 Taste of Buckhead is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, the former Mason Murer Art Gallery space. Hosted by the Buckhead Business Association (BBA), this year’s event features a VIP experience and a silent auction. The event will also feature a spirit wall; and attendees can purchase a ticket for $20 and take home a spirit that has been donated. Proceeds benefit the Buckhead Business Foundation, the BBA’s charitable arm, which is donating the funds to The Giving Kitchen. General admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets, which include an exclusive tour of the distillery, specialty cocktails and exclusive food samples, are $75. Gas South is the event’s presenting sponsor. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tasteofbuckhead.org.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Asheville, N.C. based Tupelo Honey Cafe is now serving scratch-made, reimagined Southern food, craft beers and cocktails in Sandy Springs. The menu offers a selection of sharable small plates such as a fried avocado topped with fresh tomato salsa, cilantro and whipped sour cream, in addition to farm fresh sides, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrées including its slow-roasted “Wampus Cat” ribs smothered in a maple pepper bourbon glaze. The Atlanta location also boasts exclusive food and drink specials like the “Jazzy Belle #5,” a peach sweet tea frozen daiquiri; Thursday night bottomless “mac-smack-n-cheese”; and a fried chicken tower, served family-style on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.

Parks Galore

Georgia’s State Parks are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks.  Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each features natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more.  Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park.  Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book. GaStateParks.org/ThingsToKnow.

Home Expo

The 33rd Annual Fall Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo is Friday-Sunday, Sept. 9-11 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.  Over 300 exhibitors will showcase some of the newest and most innovative home improvement products and services, along with expert speakers, live radio broadcasts, demonstrations, prizes and the Red Hare Backyard Beer Garden.  New this year will be a three-day special appearance by author and former editor of Builder magazine, Boyce Thompson.  Thompson will bring his “Top 10 New Life-Changing Home Products” Showcase, including paints that prevent disease, countertops that recharge electronics and a 3D Printer that can print an entire house. Show hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sept. 10, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sept. 11.  Tickets are $10 at the Show’s entrance and online. Children 12 and under and adults age 65 and older (with I.D.) are admitted free. AtlantaHomeShow.com

Smile, it’s easy

Art of Cosmetic is a general dental office with an emphasis on aesthetics, offering services from routine cleanings to full mouth rehabilitation. The traditional dental environment has been replaced with a modern facility that mimics a contemporary art gallery. Their approach to patient care centers around listening.  With today’s technology, dentists have more options than ever to educate patients. Most patients have never looked in their mouth past their front teeth and their staff begins a conversation about the patient’s smile, with a goal to improving oral health and the aesthetics of their smile.  Hygienists are skilled in all types of soft tissue management from routine cleanings to periodontal therapy. For whitening, Dr. Ray Morgan combines three relatively simple and inexpensive and quick procedures that can make a smile look more youth: laser tissue contouring, enamel re-contouring and Zoom teeth whitening can be completed in two quick visits.  Check them out at FamilyDentistAtlantaGa.com, 404.816.8200.