October 2017 Around Town 2

Brighter Days

Sunshine on a Ranney Day was honored to be able to do a makeover for the Summit Counseling Center of Atlanta. SOARD converted a large conference room into two kids therapy rooms. Summit Counseling Center of Atlanta has an amazing service to help counsel children with health and behavior issues, abuse, loss from divorce or death, suicidal feelings, bullying, self harm, social issues and many other things. This past year the Summit Counseling Center has had a 50% increase in children. Sunshine on a Ranney Day, with the help of Crosby Design Group, designed a nautical and jungle themed room. SOARD is a nonprofit approved organization based in Atlanta, and founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney. The vision of Sunshine on a Ranney Day is to renovate homes for children with special needs and restoring hope for families. SunshineOnARanneyDay.com

Top Hospitals Unite

Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System (the parent of Gwinnett Medical Center) announced that they have submitted their proposed merger agreement to the State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General for review and approval. Depending on the review process, the five-hospital Northside-Gwinnett Health combined system could be operational in early 2018. Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System are both driven by quality patient care and satisfaction, strong medical professionals, health care innovation and unparalleled patient access. Anchored by Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs and Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, the new health system also will include hospitals in Canton, Cumming and Duluth, as well as cancer treatment centers, imaging centers, urgent care centers and other outpatient locations throughout the state. Altogether, the Northside-Gwinnett combined system will have 1,479 beds, nearly 21,000 employees and 3,500 physicians on staff. Pictured is Bob Quattrocchi, President & CEO Northside Hospital

Great Gift

Ponce City Market’s gift card is ideal for discerning friends, family, and colleagues who seek authentic, local experiences, as it offers a place to gather, share and savor at one of the city’s most historic buildings.The property’s renowned Central Food Hall features restaurants and food stalls from James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs. Ponce City Market gift cards can be used to enjoy experiences that range from craft cocktails at The Mercury to fried chicken from Hop’s Chicken. Beyond dining, Ponce City Market’s gift card can also be used to cover all shopping needs with options that cover 300,000+ square feet of the property from retail tenants ranging from small-batch artisan marketplace, Citizen Supply, to local emerging brands, such as Cobbler Union and Abbey Glass, as well as national favorites like Anthropologie and lululemon. Gift cards are currently available in any denomination from $10 to $100, and can be bought at the gift card kiosk located on the first floor of the Central Food Hall between West Elm and The Tap on Ponce. They can also be purchased online and retrieved at the kiosk onsite.

Mayor Speaks

Play It Again, Sam, the Notable Life of Sam Massell, Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor tells the life of this over-achiever from birth as a downtown Piedmont baby through Druid Hills childhood, college life, World War II service, and four careers. The author recites Massell’s mischief as a self-described “dead-end kid,” accompanies him in young adulthood when he struggles between pride and prejudice for being Jewish, and shares today’s philosophical differences between conservative Republican colleagues and his liberal civic service history as a Democrat. This work reports on his personal and political life, identifying warts as well as winnings. Still working full-time at age 90 in the nonprofit arena, he reflects with relief and reward on the legacy of his mayorship, that of peacefully steering Atlanta through the transformation from an all-white power structure to a predominantly black city government. Available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Meet the authors October 12 at a book-signing at Buckhead’s Barnes & Noble.

Top Teacher

Marist School mathematics teacher Rand Wise has received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Teaching in Middle School and High School for his work with the American Mathematics Competitions program, which is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The Edyth May Sliffe Award is given annually by the MAA to approximately 20 teachers in the United States. The Sliffe Award recognizes math teachers for their commitment to encouraging young people to experience mathematics by teaching them to solve interesting problems. Wise will be formally recognized as a Sliffe Award recipient next August during the MAA MathFest conference in Denver, Colo. Wise has taught math at Marist School since 2014. Besides coaching Marist’s math and academic teams, he is a recent runner-up contestant on NBC’s ‘Jeopardy!’

Training Brains Celebrated

LearningRx celebrated a special milestone recently when they trained the brain of their 100,000th student. To celebrate, LearningRx Atlanta-Buckhead is giving back to the community by offering up to 1,000 complimentary digital, standardized cognitive assessments between October 18 and 21. Call 404.25-BRAIN today to reserve your assessment. Facebook: LearningRx Atlanta Buckhead/Alpharetta.

Focus on ALS

The ALS Association Georgia Chapter paid tribute to Atlantans battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the Heroes Among Us Luncheon recently. The event highlighted baseball legend Phil Niekro, former Atlanta Braves pitcher, for his outstanding contributions to the ALS community. Niekro was recognized for his humanitarian achievements as past winner of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. Mark Panfel, another notable champion of the fight against ALS, was also honored for raising more than $1 million in honor of his wife Sally, who was diagnosed in 2012. The event was attended by 200 guests and raised more than $100,000. Supporters can still donate by visiting ALSaga.org. Many recognize ALS as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” after Lou Gehrig, Hall-of-Fame baseball player for the New York Yankees, who was diagnosed with ALS in the 1930s. Phil Niekro discussed his brave and heroic fight with ALS, which brought this disease national recognition.

Return to Hilton Head

Just a quick, nonstop flight – or easy four-hour drive – from Atlanta awaits the ultimate autumn beach destination: Hilton Head Island. Known for exceptional golf, dining and beaches, popular Hilton Head activities include bike rides on the beach, nature walks, dolphin cruises, Harbour Town Lighthouse tours, tennis and, of course, golf. Starting at $439 (per player, per night) and available through May, The Sea Pines Resort’s Davis Love III Package features a choice of lodging in the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town or one of the resort’s choice homes or villas, one round each on famed Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III (with transportation), personal driver to accommodate evening dining and entertainment plans, daily breakfast, private dinner in the Harbour Town Clubhouse’s Lighthouse room or the attendance at the resort’s “Jazz Night” with dinner at the Ocean Lounge in the Sea Pines Beach Club, private scotch, bourbon or craft beer tasting with premium cigars and both a golf merchandise and welcome gift card. Seapines.com/golf, 866.561.8802.

A Generous Night

Experience a night like never before at Prevent Blindness Georgia’s inaugural Night for Sight Gala! The event will take place at the Atlanta History Center from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 3. Guests will enjoy a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and more all for a great cause. Guests can also participate in a live auction accompanied by musical entertainment by the Macular Degenerates, a band led by doctors. As the first fundraising gala for Prevent Blindness Georgia, a Night for Sight’s goal is to raise critical funds and awareness for preventing sight-stealing conditions and diseases in Georgia. General tickets are $200 per person and patron tickets begin at $1,000 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Georgia.PreventBlindness.org/night-for-sight.

Active Giving

This month you can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta is hosting its first ever GET UP Atlanta Virtual Challenge. To participate, simply pledge to complete eight hours of physical exercise during the month of October. The GET UP Atlanta Virtual Challenge allows you to engage in any exercise, all on your own schedule and skill level. Registration also includes a special bottle opener finisher’s medal and a celebration party at Monday Night Brewing’s new Atlanta Beltline location on October 23. Through GET UP Atlanta, Komen Atlanta will continue to raise funds supporting their mission of enabling our community to detect and survive breast cancer by facilitating access to quality care, providing education and supporting research. Join us in the fight against breast cancer. Take Action. Save Lives. For more details and to register, visit KomenAtlanta.org/virtual.

Peep Planning

To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia’s state parks will soon launch “Leaf Watch 2017” to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State. Found at GAStateParks.org/LeafWatch, the travel planner is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and hiking safety tips. Shutterbugs are encouraged to share their favorite shots on the Georgia State Parks’ Facebook page and Instagram, tagging #GaLeafWatch and #GaStateParks. Rangers will also post updates on how fall color is progressing in their parks. Some of the most popular parks for leaf watching include Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi and Vogel. Since mountain parks are heavily visited on October weekends, leaf peepers may want to explore lesser-known parks, which can be vibrant as well. Hardwoods and mossy rock gardens can be found at F.D. Roosevelt State Park near Columbus. Deep orange cypress needles reflect off a shimmering pond at George L. Smith State Park in southeast Georgia.

Book Worms

From November 4 – 20, the Book Festival of the MJCCA will celebrate 26 years of bringing culture and conversation to the greater Atlanta community. This Book Festival repertoire of 45+ authors has something to offer all book lovers. More than 13,000 people from across the Southeast will come to engage with and listen to their favorite local, national, and international authors. Most events will be held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.