Time to Give

Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are hosting the 17th annual Totes 2 Tots drive to collect backpacks and suitcases for foster children in Georgia. Donations of new or nearly new backpacks, duffel bags and suitcases will be accepted at locations across the state. More than 14,000 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. Totes 2 Tots aims to change that by giving every foster child in Georgia a new or nearly new backpack, duffel bag or suitcase. Since totes 2 tots launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected and distributed more than 55,000 bags. Drop off:  1835 Savoy Drive, Suite 300, Atlanta or  1100 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 600,  Sandy Springs. Give.Northside.com/totes2tots


Top Woman

The Women’s Business Network of the Sandy Springs-Perimeter Chamber of Commerce has named its 2018 “Woman of Distinction.”  Trinita Ervin is internal medicine hospitalist-manager for Northside Hospital, and founder and executive director of the Ladybug for Girls Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization that empowers young girls to live healthier lifestyles.  She has served on the Board of Trustees for Leadership Sandy Springs and on the Regional Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, as president of the hospital’s Employee Leadership Council and Executive Board for United Way. Congratulations!

Downton Fans Unite

A new exhibit for fans has opened at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Florida. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition offers a fully immersive experience inside the world of the award-winning show. The exhibition transports visitors on a journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey and offers an interactive, inside look into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs.  Tickets are $35 and children under 14 are free.   DowntonExhibition.com. Stay at the charming Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach for the complete experience. TheBrazilianCourt.com

Meet the Megaformer

SculptHouse, the innovative fitness studio and luxury activewear boutique, is slated to opened at City Springs featuring new elements including a personal training studio, “shoe wall” installation and custom light shows during classes. The 3,200-square-foot studio is state-of-the-art from studio to shower, featuring several amenities signature to SculptHouse’s revamped style, including: lavish bathrooms stocked with luxury grooming products and post-workout beauty essentials, a private shower, a blow dry bar, and easy-to-use keyless lockers with 24-karat gold-plated locks.  6400 Blue Stone Road, Suite 130, Sandy Springs. SculptHouse.com

Gold for Your Face

Gold is not only the most precious metal in the world, it is also a natural antioxidant with many documented anti-aging benefits, making it the perfect super-ingredient to provide high quality and super effective skincare results. Atlanta based ORO 24 Karat is a luxurious yet affordable skincare brand based on 24k gold as its key ingredient formulated to diminish and prevent the visible signs of the aging process such as fine-lines, wrinkles, and age-spots. Made in the USA, NOT tested on animals. ORO24Karat.com

Welcome, Jennifer Leslie Boettcher

The City of Dunwoody has named Jennifer Leslie Boettcher as the City’s new Communications Director.  She spent 21 years as a reporter for 11Alive News in Atlanta, most recently as a member of the morning news team. She earned six Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Jennifer moved to Dunwoody 12 years ago with her husband Matt. They have two sons, Blake (12) and Bo (10). Jennifer will lead the City’s media relations, community engagement and customer service efforts. Jennifer enjoys volunteering at her sons’ schools, Dunwoody Elementary School and Peachtree Charter Middle School. She also spends time supporting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Action Ministries, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Jennifer and her family are members of Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Together, they carve out time to travel and take in as many auto races as they can.


Get Out and Play

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a series of parklands along a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River. Three of the CRNRA park sites are in Sandy Springs, giving residents and visitors countless opportunities to get outdoors. Float down the river, fly fish, hike the trails, or pack a picnic and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Winter is a great time to explore our city and our trails. 1978 Island Ford Parkway  VisitSandySprings.org

Win a Beach Weekend

Lifestyle Publications is partnering with The Henderson Park Inn to award one lucky reader with a holiday at the beach. Head to our website to enter to win  a 4 night stay at the Henderson Park Inn along with a $100 gift certificate to Beach Walk Café, and a 50 minute massage for 2 people at the Salamander Spa at The Henderson. Henderson Park Inn features world-class amenities at their beachfront Bed & Breakfast, a Boutique Hotel, in Destin, Florida. Located adjacent to the Henderson Beach State Park and on a quiet stretch of beach, their adults-only property features coastal furnishings and a large veranda that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico.The Salamander Spa features eleven exquisite private treatment rooms and a wet area with an experiential shower, whirlpool tub, a luxurious couples’ suite, sun-lit relaxation spaces, and a full-service salon. Included in the stay, is a breakfast buffet, picnic-style boxed lunches, happy hour and afternoon snacks. Also, complimentary beach services, bicycles, helmets and chain locks for a breathtaking bike ride along the scenic beach road.

Cello and Piano at City Springs

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and cellist Matt Haimovitz collaborate on a dynamic program that includes a Beethoven Cello Sonata and solo piano and cello repertoire by both extraordinary composers. The event takes place on January 29 at 8 p.m. at the Byers Theatre at City Springs.  Tickets start at $35 and may be purchased at CitySprings.com. 770.206.2022