Religious Diversity, Inclusion

A deep respect for difference is a way of life at Woodward Academy. Our students and faculty bring a variety of races, cultures, ethnicities, and learning styles as well as the beautiful differences of their various religious faiths. 

When Healthcare Cares About You

To learn more about the different model of health care offered at HIPnation in Alpharetta, we sat down with Brian Hill, MD, founder, president and Chief Medical Officer.

Planning for the Ds

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Guy’s Gift Guide

And at the blink of an eye, the winter holiday season is upon us. As we do every year, we make it a priority to ease the task of shopping for meaningful, practical, and off-the-beaten-path gifts recipients will appreciate. Mixing it up, we are recommending a variety of presents in different price ranges for everyone to afford and enjoy.

Season’s Readings

Board Games to Create and Play: Invent 100s of games with friends and family by Kevan Davis, Viviane Schwarz (Illustrated by)

See and Be Seen

The City of Dunwoody is adding enhancements to its pedestrian safety network with a sidewalk extension and two crosswalks with new pedestrian refuge islands.

Editor’s Giving Guide

 Erica Key candles  Food blogger Erica Key turned her passion for flavors into a line of candles. EWE Candles are made from soy wax, burning cleaner and producing 90 percent less soot than paraffin. The Frasier Fir is our favorite. EatingWithErica.com  Listen Up

December 2019 Around Town

School News Spalding Drive parents organized and purchased stuffed animals for Kindergarten through second-grade students to “adopt” as reading buddies. Woodland Elementary School’s Governance Council hosted a breakfast for current and aspiring business partners with student ambassadors. Sandy Springs Charter Middle School’s Foundation, through mini-grants, awarded employees with $10,000 for classroom items including 135 science classrooms headphones, book sets, … Continued

Happy holidays, friends

This will be my first Christmas with a grandson, the best gift ever.  My babies are 20, 22 and 27 and while they make my heart explode with love and pride every day, it’s little Teddy who will be the star of this year’s holiday season. Lucky for me, he and his parents will make … Continued

Co-working + Day Care

Advertising partners and guests toured Alpharetta's only co-working space with fully licensed and onsite childcare. Located just around the corner from Avalon, the Commons at Phase has 30 private offices, 9 meeting and training rooms, a cafe, and a great vibe. PhaseFamilyCenter.com/

Children’s Champion

 Mention children and  Donna Davidson's eyes light up as she sees the possibilities. Her inspiration as a leader in children’s issues began at a young age, when her passion led her to become a speech and language pathologist. Donna,  CEO of Easterseals North Georgia, was part of the team that created the first preschool program for children with special needs in Massachusetts.…

A Weekend of Polo

Polo in the Pines Legacy Invitational and the Atlanta Polo Brunch Festival raised nearly $200,000 over two action-packed days of polo, fine dining, brunch bites, storytelling, and music. CHOA benefitted, with funds boosting pediatric brain cancer research efforts. 

Planning for the Ds

 D is for Do Your Planning  If you have experienced any of these life events this year, it is time to start or update your estate planning.  I Do

Stay Here! Our Holiday Hotel Gift Guide

 Ritz-Carlton, Boston  Just a few blocks from Boston Common, this hotel stands quietly on Avery Street, with a recent multimillion-dollar renovation on over 193 guest rooms, including 43 pretty suites.  The Artisan Bistro and bar make it easy to stay put. Most suites have full marble bathrooms with a separate soaker tub (Asprey bath products are classic and fresh) and walk-in…

Thanks for Giving

Every opportunity we get, we pause to thank people in our community who make giving a priority. And during this month of Thanksgiving, we put our hands together and thank these Lifestyle Publications Givers. 

I’m thankful for The Bahamas

Last year, I had the pleasure of staying at The Abaco Club. The hospitality was unending and the clear warm water and blue sky embraced me. I wrote to my friends there to ask how they are coping after Hurricane Dorian and how we can help and they sent this report. Hurricane Dorian barreled through … Continued

Shop For a Cause

The Sandy Springs Society will host their 9th annual “shopping for a cause” fundraiser, The Elegant Elf Marketplace Nov. 9-10 at City Springs and The Performing Arts Center in Sandy Springs.

November 2019 Around Town

School News Heards Ferry Elementary School held a school-wide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) day with interactive assemblies by Ronnie Thomas of Fun Weird Science. Thomas presented exciting experiments that highlighted basic chemistry concepts. Fifth grade students at High Point Elementary School reenacted the early 19th century immigration to Ellis Island to connect with the past and understand history through … Continued

Temple Sinai Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Temple Sinai Preschool (TSPS), a premier childcare center in Sandy Springs, recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly renovated facility. The preschool offers programs for newborns through kindergarteners that promote academics through play in a safe, welcoming, Jewish environment.

The Elaine Sterling Institute Grand Opening

The Elaine Sterling Institute celebrated the grand opening of its brand new Lenox Square location on Thursday, August 22, with a ribbon cutting and event. The 25,768 square-foot facility offers esthetician, nail care and massage therapy programs, as well as cutting-edge services at competitive prices at The Spa at ESI. 

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Lifestyle Pubs Sends Reader to the Beach

Nancy Holloway of Alpharetta was the lucky winner in Lifestyle Publications’ summer beach holiday giveaway. She and her sister Cathy escaped to the lovely Henderson Park Inn in Destin for four nights of relaxation and pampering.  Their sister Carol from Pensacola joined them for a special weekend together. The Henderson is an adult-only beachfront bed and breakfast with panoramic view of…

Henry Winkler, Adam Ribbon, Candace Bushell coming to Dunwoody!

“We are thrilled about this year’s lineup,” said Book Festival Co-Chair Deena Profis. “The 28th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA features everyone from acclaimed actors and renowned political figures, to award-winning novelists and authors presenting riveting memoirs. We truly have something for everyone.” All events will be held at the Marcus JCC of Atlanta (MJCCA), 5342 Tilly Mill…

Magical Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen

There's something incredibly magical about the Mayan Riviera. The see clear-to-the-bottom aqua colored water and bustling town of Playa del Carmen displaying local flavor, international fashion, and fresh cuisine at every turn calls to me. Loudly. Just the thought of warm weather layered between sweeping cool breezes brings back some of my favorite memories, not just for me, but for most anyone that has ever visited this area…

MJCCA Reaches Out to Young Athletes with Diverse Needs

Lori and Kevin Rubin’s son, Beck is twelve years old and has been diagnosed with mood dysregulation disorder and significant ADHD, making it difficult to self-soothe or calm himself.  Several months ago, Lori received a call from Atlanta JCC Maccabi Games Inclusion co-chair Tracey Grant, inviting Beck to play in the JCC Maccabi Games.  Atlanta is the first inclusive Maccabi host city…

Doctors We Love

Each year, more than 16,000 children will receive a new cancer diagnosis. Last year alone 456 parents walked through the doors of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and heard the devastating words, “your child has cancer.” That’s more than one family per day.

Lucky’s Goes Big

When it comes to making the perfect brunch for family or friends I always consult with my friends at Lucky's Burgers and Brew.  Lucky's, a two time Atlanta Polo Brunch Festival Best Brunch Bite winner knows how to feed a crowd. We salute their commitment to Polo in the Pines and are pleased to share their idea for a jumbo…

Big Taste, Big Hearts

Heroes are not easy to find in our world these days but I am happy to introduce two heroic gentlemen right here in Sandy Springs. Both have supported many not-for-profit events over the years, prioritizing their personal commitment to our community through their corporate culture .  The amazing partnership that exists between Jason Sheetz and Chef William Sigley is one in…

A note from the founder of Polo in the Pines

In the Spring of 1989, I was 16 years old, my mother, Sharon McCollum Knight, was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma. She was given six months to live at the age of 37. She survived over 28 years until July 2017. My husband, Matt Fowler, is a 28 year adult survivor … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein  A Prologue to the Book Festival of the MJCCA welcomes Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the acclaimed composer Leonard Bernstein, as she presents her book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 pm. Leonard Bernstein, the composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New … Continued

SUP Creative Group’s Cake Clash!

SUP Creative Group's Cake Clash 2019 showcased at Maggiano’s in Buckhead and benefited the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorder Center at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Six Bakers from Georgia competed for the title of "Best Baker in GA". The Grand Prize winner was Zell's Cottage Bakery located in Gainesville.

Claim Your Wellbeing This Fall

As a naturopathic physician at SantéMD,  I often tout the benefits of Functional Medicine. I believe firmly that it is the future of healthcare. 

Swell Targets Giving

As an editor of this magazine, I have the pleasure of meeting talented writers, creative visionaries and big-hearted humans who make giving a priority.  When I met Ansley Pridgen and Melissa Touchton of Swell Media at a Polo in the Pines planning meeting, I knew their energy and experience was about to take the event to the next level.  I caught up…

Nearing the Million Dollar Mark

Every once in awhile you meet someone that changes your life forever.  For me, this person was Tina Fowler, founder and executive director of Polo in the Pines.

Mystery Awaits at Moonlight Masquerade

Mystery, intrigue and excitement are building for Moonlight Masquerade, the theme of this year’s Vintage Affair benefit gala for the Community Assistance Center. The magical evening takes place on October 26 and will be hosted by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz USA. The annual Vintage Affair offers exciting live and silent auctions with unique items and experiences, complimentary wine and beer, small…

24 Hours with Nicole Stephens

 Meet Nicole!  I have loved photographing people as long as I can remember. I worked on my high school paper and majored in fine arts with a concentration in photography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. But to date myself, they were not teaching digital in school at the time. Capturing memories for families is the best career…

September 2019 Around Town

Nature News The Chattahoochee Nature Center newsletter has gone digital.  Now you can read what’s happening at CNC wherever you are from the convenience of your phone, tablet, or computer. On the go or even in nature. We hope you enjoy the new format. Look for it the first Wednesday of each month in place of … Continued

Hello friends,

Winding down from summer, I can only think about where to go next to find that quiet release that I had at the lake. Waking to a chorus of birds and later in the day, lulled by the cicadas while I lay in the hammock under a thick canopy of pines and cedars. Meeting old … Continued

Wine, Dine and Save Marine Life at Georgia Aquarium

Dive into your passion for wine and giving at the 14th annual Aqua Vino at Georgia Aquarium on Friday, October 4, offering an exclusive opportunity to sample more than 150 wines from around the world, indulge in cuisine from more than 40 of Atlanta’s premier restaurants, and directly benefit Georgia Aquarium’s global research and conservation programs. This year Georgia Aquarium’s own…

Act3 Productions Nominated for 38 Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards

Act3 Productions, Sandy Springs’ semi-professional theatre company has been nominated for a record 38 Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre (MAT) Awards, for acting, music direction, choreography, set, costume and light design, as well as directing.

Polo Fashion

All eyes are on Polo in the Pines, October 5 and 6 and everyone here at Lifestyle Publications is thinking about what to wear to the year's most fabulous polo event.

Asheville for the Rest of Us

My favorite memory of visiting Asheville, North Carolina, isn’t sipping a remarkable local beer or conquering a challenging mountain hike. The thing I remember most about my recent stay is the hotel turn-down service. I should have known when I was offered a glass of local cuvée at check-in that more nice things were about to happen to me. Later that…

Hello friends,

Living here in Georgia, our summer continues right into August (and really, into September). Aren’t we lucky?  I know the heat can be a bit overwhelming, but now with the kids back in school, parents can find their own summer groove.  It’s a great time to find your favorite spa, yoga class, coffee spot or … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Dunwoody’s Award The City of Dunwoody was recognized as a Georgia Certified City of Ethics at the 2019 Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Convention in Savannah. Dunwoody meets the qualifications for its second recertification. To earn a “Certified City of Ethics” designation, cities must adopt a resolution establishing the five ethics principles for the conduct of … Continued

Polo in the Pines Partners with Ellis

 Audi Marietta opened with a celebration featuring elegant food by Bold Catering, hand crafted cocktails, and music by The Main Attraction Band. The Jim Ellis Automotive Family provided a warm welcome, setting the bar high for an exceptional customer experience.  

Summer Beauty Nights

Esthétique by Elaine Sterling and Restore Hyper Wellness hosted a Summer Beauty Night party in Sandy Springs. Guests enjoyed small bites, sips, discounts, and raffle prizes. Prizes ranged from facials to cryotherapy, makeup application and more!  ElaineSterling.com

 Dunwoody Residents Launch Police Foundation

A group of Dunwoody residents announces the formation of the Dunwoody Police Foundation, Inc., a charitable organization dedicated to improving Dunwoody policing by financially supporting the Dunwoody Police Department and its personnel.

Finding Balance

Our kids are bombarded by messages, images, media and other unseen pressures that can cause confusion, frustration, and upheavals in behavior.  At school, teachers and administrators can be important resources for students as they face the big bad world. In this year’s annual round-up of private schools in Atlanta, we asked about the resources available to kids to help manage…

Goldfish For The Win

Goldfish Swim School understands that trying to raise children while maintaining a busy life schedule can be a real challenge and has developed a solution that both kids and parents love. Newly opened in Sandy Springs, the instructors use guided play to teach children important life skills in a fun and safe environment. There are a variety of different programs and times for busy families…

Summer Forever

 Meet three camp leaders who make MJCCA summer programs unforgettable.   Susan Berger, Associate Director of Camp Barney Medintz (CBM), the MJCCA’s resident camp, has been an integral part of CBM for 23 summers. “Every camp season I go in knowing this will be the best one yet,” says Berger. “Our exceptional staff is preparing to welcome our campers this summer,…