January 2017 Around Town 3

Natural Gift

The Dunwoody Nature Center is strengthened by your generosity and your gift makes a difference each and every day. There are numerous ways to support the Nature Center beyond your membership and your gift to our Annual Fund helps improve Dunwoody Park and comes with the satisfaction of knowing that the Nature Center is a park for all of us; a special haven for every visitor, friend and member. By supporting the Annual Fund, you can help preserve and improve this rare green space that is open to you and our community 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. DunwoodyNature.org

Safe Streets

The new Dunwoody Citizens on Patrol program is designed to allow Dunwoody citizens to assist law enforcement personnel by reporting suspicious activity, potential hazards and even crimes in progress to the Dunwoody Police Department, along with performing other non-enforcement actions such as business checks and residential checks for residents who are on vacation. After a rigorous interview process, eight former graduates of the Dunwoody Citizens’ Police Academy were selected as members of the inaugural class of the Citizens on Patrol Program: Jim Sturgis, Ron Silvers, Jim Roberts, Russ Thompson, Julian Black, Jim Kilburn, Wayne Radloff and Kris Bhatia.  After completing twenty-six hours of classroom instruction and vehicle operator training, these eight team members began in-car training, with each volunteer riding with an Officer in the Community Outreach Unit. The COP members received instruction on how to perform residence and business checks, park patrols, traffic direction and other non-enforcement activities, along with learning how to detect and report suspicious persons or activities. The final phase of training was complete in November. Congratulations all!

Home Show

Over 150 home remodeling experts will gather together at Infinite Energy Center (formerly Gwinnett Center) February 10-12, for the 20th Annual North Atlanta Home Show.  Featuring the latest products and services for home remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping and outdoor living, the 20th edition of the North Atlanta Home Show will offer attendees the opportunity to comparison shop and talk to the experts one-on-one.  The three-day event at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth will include expert speakers, door prizes, live radio broadcasts, buyer discounts and much more.  General admission is $8 and tickets may be purchased at the door.  Sponsors and promotional partners include Window World of Atlanta, Reliable Heating & Air and PMC Building Materials.  Show hours are noon-6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.  General admission tickets are $8, and are available at the door.  Children age 12 and under and adults age 65 and older (with I.D.) are admitted free.  The North Atlanta Home Show is a SEMCO Show. AtlantaHomeShow.com

Youthful Skin

Creative Med Spa is on a mission to provide innovative skin care that enhances your natural beauty with minimally invasive procedures that create maximum results.  Dentist and CEO, Dr. Anitha Reddy, DMD expanded her family dental practice with a true artistic vision; to bring the beauty of cosmetic dentistry full circle and complete a picture of true facial masterpiece.  Our Master Medical Esthetician, Senior Laser Practitioner, and Makeup Artist Specialist, Lisa Green, has 15 years of experience and a warm, serene nature.  From soothing facials, to cosmetic enhancements, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care and expertise of skin care products and procedures in the Atlanta area.  Innovation is celebrated at Creative Med Spa by implementing the latest in natural skincare and encouraging plant based products.  Our love for art, symmetry, and excellence fuels our passion to provide service that surpasses the standards and work that embraces your true beauty. 5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 460. CreativeMedSpa.com

Synagogue Gives

“Operation Isaiah” recently hosted its 26th year as a food drive, the longest running food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and hit a major milestone as it collectively donated more than 1 million pounds to the ACFB over the years, providing meals for thousands in need in the area. The annual food drive was originally founded at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue, one of the city’s oldest congregations, as a means to follow the words of Isaiah, “share your bread with the hungry.” Since its humble beginnings, the campaign is now supported by almost every Jewish congregation and school in the area, and has grown to become one of the Food Bank’s largest single food drive campaigns.

Rhodes Among Us

James Pavur, a 2013 Westminster graduate and current student at Georgetown University, won the prestigious Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. James is a science, technology, and international affairs major and one of only 32 students in the U.S. to receive this year’s scholarship. He is the eighth Westminster alum to be named a Rhodes Scholar. According to the university, James plans to use the Rhodes scholarship to pursue a doctor of philosophy in cyber security at Oxford. He hopes to one day work for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. While at Georgetown, James has won numerous hackathon awards and helped convert an abandoned physics laboratory into a makerspace for the university. The room is dedicated to building applications and devices with technology. His current project is to create a computer-brain interface to help paralyzed and injured individuals type. James mentors female coders and is also the director of information security for The Corp, the largest student-run nonprofit organization in the world.

Local Author

Atlantan, Grace Hawthorne’s third novel, Crossing the Moss Line is the winner of the 2016  Beverly Hills International Book Award for Regional Fiction. This tragicomedy is set during the 1940s, and chronicles the history of the Gullah/Geechee people living on Georgia’s barrier islands. “Hawthorne serves up a uniquely Southern tale spiced with drama, authentic dialogue, and just the right amount of slightly wicked humor. I laughed out loud at the last line,” said Morgan James, author of the Promise McNeal mystery series and Sing Me An Old Song Crossing the Moss Line was also named Runner-up in the BookLife Shelf Unbound 2016 Best Indie Book, Southeast Region. According to the BookLife Prize in Fiction Critic’s Report, “The well-developed and slightly shady characters bring the action to life in a skillfully crafted tale. Hawthorne has evidently researched Southern folklore, making this an authentic and enjoyable story.” Hawthorne’s first novel, Shorter’s Way,  won an Independent Publisher Award for Best Regional Fiction. Hawthorne has lived in Atlanta since 1976 when she moved here from New York City where she worked for Time-Life Books and wrote lyrics for Sesame Street. “I was born in New Jersey, but grew up in the South and I’m drawn to Southern characters and their stories. Research is a big part of my writing process. I’m looking for facts but often I find the seed for a story buried away. It’s like striking gold.” Hawthorne’s books are available from booklocker.com or from your favorite online bookstore.

What do you Know?

Perimeter North Lifestyle is looking for writers and photographers to contribute to this monthly magazine. Are you interested in honing your writing, representing your community, sharing stories about neighbors who are doing good things or bringing news to our readers from growing businesses?  If you’re a stay-at-home mom, closet author or freelance writer looking to dive into a new project, send the editor an email with an introduction and a few writing samples.  If you enjoy photography and would like to be our eyes around the community, send the editor a note and tell her why you want to join our team of freelancers. We need photographers at events, fund-raisers, school science fairs, sporting events or ribbon cuttings. Email the editor, Sue Collins at SCollins@LifestylePubs.com.  What are you waiting for? That’s the editor and our Driver’s Notebook writer, Dennis Malcolm Byron.