January 2018 Around Town 1

Choco For Commuters

Atlanta-based roaster East Pole Coffee Co. announces the release of Commuter: a new single-origin, coffee-infused chocolate bar created in collaboration with Atlanta company, Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate. Crafted with East Pole’s popular single-origin Traffic coffee, organic coconut milk, cacao and organic cane sugar, the bar is a playful nod to Atlanta — the city both companies call home. Commuter has a decidedly dark chocolate bite on the front, transitioning into flavors of malt and brown sugar. Underlying dark berries emerge in the long finish, and the low sweetness of the chocolate allows the balance between coffee and cocoa to shine. The colorful chocolate bar wrapper is designed by Alex and Co. East Pole works with importers to source green coffee, while Xocolatl prides itself on using cacao that is sustainably and ethically grown, harvested, fermented and sun-dried on small farms throughout the Americas and east Africa.  Commuter bars will be sold exclusively at East Pole’s brick-and-mortar coffee shop and roastery at Armour Yards (255 Ottley Drive, Suite 105), at Xocolatl’s chocolate micro-factory located inside Atlanta’s nationally renowned food hall Krog Street Market (99 Krog Street, Atlanta, GA) and at XocolatlChocolate.com

New President

Father Joel M. Konzen, S.M., has been appointed the Marist School’s president by the Very Reverend Paul Frechette, S.M., provincial superior of the Society of Mary U.S. Province, which has owned and operated Marist School since 1901. Father Konzen will assume his new position effective July 1. Board Chairman William G. Roche, a 1976 graduate of the school, remarked, “We are blessed to have a new president who will continue the legacy of outstanding Marist School leadership. Father Joel Konzen is the perfect person to lead Marist into the future.”

Father Frechette also added, “Father Konzen possesses all the personal skills, professional competence, and spiritual wisdom of the Society of Mary that would have made him an ideal provincial. It is apparent, though, that God had other plans. Father Konzen has spent 28 years of his ministry at Marist School. This is no accident. It is because of the gracious choice of Mary. Think about all the students and faculty, parents, and alumni whose lives have been impacted for the better because of Father Konzen. Now you can see how the graciousness of Mary has been lavishly bestowed upon the school that bears her name through this Marist religious and his fidelity to everything her name entails.”

Serious Cyclers Only

Thrill-seekers will find a bucket list moment in Trek Travel’s new 2018 Tour de France Cycling Vacations. The luxury active vacation outfitter has unveiled five distinctive new bike trips that put adventurers in the middle of the action when the famed race is held in France from July 7 – July 29, 2018.  As Official Tour Operator for both the Tour de France and the Trek-Segafredo Racing team, Trek Travel offers folks a chance to cycle an actual leg of the Tour, an evening visiting with Tour de France stage winner Jens Voigt, exclusive race viewing spots, luxurious accommodations and cuisine. Expert Trek Travel guides offer guidance and pampering throughout and rates start from $4,899 per person.

Stranger Things Star

Woodward Academy fifth-grader Vanathi Kalaiparthiban was cast in season 2 of the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things.” Vanathi appears in episode 7 as the younger version of character eight, Kali, played by 24-year old Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen. Vanathi became interested in acting at a very young age and has appeared in several short films that have been screened at various international film festivals, including Cannes. Vanathi is a member of dance, fifth-grade ensemble, and theatre at the Lower School. At Woodward Academy, one size doesn’t fit even two. From pre-K through 12th grade, Woodward is a place where your child can study Gauguin and golf, Copernicus and coding, rhetoric and robotics–all in one day. Every child’s education is a unique expedition, a decades-long journey of growth and enlightenment that twists and turns through paths both charted and uncharted. At Woodward, they provide the compass.

Koresh Dance Company

It has been said that ‘when the dust settles after a Koresh concert, you must leave bedazzled.’ The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is pleased to announce that the Koresh Dance Company, known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, will perform two shows – Sat. January 27, 2018, at 8 p.m.; and January 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. Performances will take place at the MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody). Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director, Roni Koresh, the Koresh Dance Company performs critically acclaimed works around the country. Koresh has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including: Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Over the years, Koresh has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate, to intimate and restrained. Ticket prices: $25 – $38. For more information, visit online at AtlantaJCC.org/boxoffice, or call at 678.812.4002.

Primrose Gives

More than 40 pre-Kindergarten and after-school children from Primrose School of Dunwoody saw the fruits of their labor as they unloaded grocery purchases and donated them to the Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs during the hoiday season. Food items were purchased with money the children earned for performing household chores at home, and they were donated to help families in need this holiday season, Recently, students combined (and learned to count) their earnings, created a detailed shopping list and hit the aisles at Dunwoody Hall Shopping Center. As part of the school’s Caring and Giving program, this event helps students understand the value of generosity while creating a hands-on approach to math, nutrition and planning skills. In addition to purchasing food items, Primrose Dunwoody also collected cans for over two weeks in November. The cans collected at school and purchased totaled 1,813. Congratulations kids!