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Destin & South Walton Wine Time

Each year, South Walton becomes the epicenter of the wine world during the last weekend of April as South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) team up to host the preeminent vintners from around the world. Held in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival features more than 800 wines, celebrity winemakers, the Savor South Walton Culinary Village, tasting seminars, live entertainment, Spirits Row and Champagne Lane. The star-studded lineup of 2016 celebrity winemakers includes wine superstars Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi Vintners and Pomerol Powerhouse Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, among others. In conjunction with the festival, Destin Charity Wine Auction, ranked among the “Top 10 Charity Wine Auction in the U.S.” by Wine Spectator magazine, raises funds for children in need in northwest Florida by auction exclusion one-of-kind lots and rare wines. This year DCWAF will honor Ric Forman of Forman Vineyards as its 2016 honorary vintner and Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi Vintners as the 2016 international honorary vintner.  Learn more about this ultimate wine weekend at SoWalWine.com and DCWAF.com.

Dancing With Our Stars

Atlanta based non-profit, EDIN, the Eating Disorders Information Network, will hold its 7th Annual Celebrity Dance Challenge, the beloved event where local celebrities are paired with professional dancers to compete in all types of dance and raise funds for EDIN. The event takes place on Thursday, April 20, at Buckhead Theatre. The Celebrity Dance Challenge is EDIN’s largest event, created to raise awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive self-esteem. Proceeds from the event go directly into our community through programs and projects to prevent eating disorders through awareness, education and outreach. Fashioned after the hit show Dancing with the Stars™, EDIN’s Celebrity Dance Challenge is co-chaired by Cynthia Good, Sean O’Keefe and Meg Reggie, and under the artistic direction of celebrity dancer/choreographer Bubba Carr. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception by Sean O’Keefe Events and be thoroughly entertained by emcees Christi Paul of CNN and Paul Milliken, Road Warrior of FOX 5’s Good Day Atlanta. And, of course, the dancers! Dance couples compete by dancing for votes. 2017 Participating Celebrity Dancers are Stacey Adams, Harry Norman Realtors; Dr. Mark Beaty, Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery; Tammy McCall Browning, Good Moves; Jennifer Champion, Stay-at-Home Mom; Tabitha Grant, Domino’s; Chef Todd Dae Kulper, Doraku Sushi; Milly Marques, Brows by Milly; Adam Wattenbarger, Salem Media Group; Kathy Zickert, Smith, Gambrell & Russell. The number of fan votes received will determine the winner. Anyone can vote for his or her favorite celebrity for as little as $1 per vote at MyEdin.org/cdc.

Your Cleaner Home

Maid Right of Roswell brings a new home cleaning concept to The Greater North Fulton area (Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Cumming). T.J. Kissane, general manager, is passionate about helping people create cleaning business of their own, with a small financial investment. Unlike their competition, Maid Right doesn’t employ hourly cleaners, but instead enables people to buy a piece of the business and operate their own unit franchise. “Helping people who probably thought they could never own their own business, and watching them begin to make life changing money for their family, is the primary reason we do this business,” says Kissane. With this model, Maid Right will send the same cleaning team to your home every time. In addition, they use safe, hospital-grade disinfectants; HEPA filtration backpack vacuums for cleaner floors and air; color-coded microfiber cleaning cloths to reduce cross-contamination; and their exclusive EnviroShield® whole-house disinfecting process. Call 770.552.6243 or visit Roswell.Maidright.com.

Volunteers Galore Needed

Leadership Sandy Springs volunteers and friends will be working to make improvements to 20 nonprofit and civic organizations and public schools around Sandy Springs. Join the volunteer brigade on April 22, 8 a.m. – 1  p.m. The Kickoff and breakfast will be at North Springs Charter High School, 7447 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, after which volunteers will disperse to the various work sites (see below). Questions? Contact Anne Boatwright or Jan Paul, Executive Director (404.557.8513) for more information. VBSS work sites: Abernathy Arts Center, Big Trees Forest Preserve, Community Assistance Center, Crooked Creek, Dorothy Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary, Hammond Park, Heards Ferry Elementary, Heritage Sandy Springs, High Point Elementary, Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful, Lake Forest Elementary, Lost Corner Preserve, North Springs Charter High School, Ridgeview Charter School, Sandy Springs Library, Sandy Springs Middle School, Sandy Springs Tennis Center, Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs, and Woodland Charter Elementary.

Cars & ‘Q for the Cause

Join Choate Construction for the 8th annual Cars and ‘Q for the Cause, the highly anticipated event featuring 100-plus stellar cars; tasty barbecue from Jim ‘n Nicks; continuous pours of your favorite brews from Lagunitas, The Unknown Brewing Company, and Second Self Beer Company; silent auction; and live music, all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation. New this year is a road rally, ending at the show. April 29, 2017 4 – 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $20 for event entry and dinner, and $40 for entry, dinner and access to the bar (legal age permitting). Tickets rise to $30 and $50 at the door. 8200 Roberts Drive, Atlanta. Visit CarsNQ.PassionCFF.org  or email carsnq@choateco.com.

Share Their Story

From Tilar J. Mazzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot, comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler—the “female Oskar Schindler”—who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. Granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as public health specialist, she made dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings. Irene’s Children is a truly heroic tale of survival, resilience and redemption.  Sunday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody). Member $10; Community $15. Purchase Tickets: Call the MJCCA Box Office at 678.812.4005, or visit AtlantaJCC.org/bookfestival.

Safer Babies

The Dunwoody Police Department was awarded the 2017 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, the Dunwoody Police Department and the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in DeKalb County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles. Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the Mini Grant prevented serious injury or death and saved more than 300 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk. In DeKalb County, the Dunwoody Police Department, along with DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department, educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families.

Welcome to Peak Dentistry

Peak Pediatric Dentistry in Sandy Springs is now open, a dental practice specializing in pediatric dental care ranging from infants to teenagers. The new practice allows young patients a fun, anxiety-free trip to the dentist. The new office welcomes children with its vibrant colors and cheerful waiting room activities. Upon entering the waiting room, patients are greeted with a colorful array of chairs and paint colors. Games are set up on iPads at a special iPad station. This fun environment encourages children to settle comfortably into the routine of dental visits. Above each treatment chair is a monitor for children to watch their favorite movie while having their teeth cleaned. The Sparkle Station invites patients to brush their teeth while staff provides guidance and brushing tips to improve their personal dental hygiene skills. “I believe that my skill, sincerity and integrity set me apart from the rest. I have a genuine passion for helping children and educating them to develop lifelong healthy habits. I am a board certified pediatric dentist and bring almost 16 years of experience in pediatric dentistry to my new practice,” says Peak Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Aimee Cassinelli.  PeakAtlanta.com 770.274.4428  6095 Barfield Road, Suite 150

Elite Roofing Plans Golf

Registration is now open to teams and sponsors for Elite Roofing’s Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Family Promise of Forsyth County, Inc. The tournament will be held at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta on May 16. Jeremy Johnson and the whole team at Elite Roofing and Restoration are passionate about helping children in Forsyth county who don’t have a roof over their heads each night. Elite has teamed up with Family Promise who responds to the needs of more than 360 homeless children in Forsyth County by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of volunteers like Jeremy, to host this annual golf tournament. Through events and outreaches like this, Family Promise is able to provide food, housing and support services for homeless families. In addition, Family Promise provides advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. To register, or for more information on sponsorship, visit EliteCharityGolfTournament.EventBrite.com or email EGACharity@gmail.com.