December 2016 Around Town 2

A Mysterious Party

Rachel Turner loves a good mystery. She enjoyed bringing intrigue and murder recently to the members of the Johns Creek Women’s Club recently, asking luncheon attendees to solve a murder…after lunch, of course. Her company, Make it a Mystery has been providing customized murder mystery parties and plays to the Atlanta area for over 19 years. They have customized parties for churches, corporate events, civic organizations, birthday parties, youth events and even apartment complexes. They have worked with groups of 8 to groups of 140, carefully crafting events that are tailored to the group, the venue, time frame and of course the budget. Rachel works with you to produce an event that your group will be talking about for years to come! Call them to plan something different for your next group meeting with a hilarious whodunit and find out just how well you know the people in your circles. Call Rachel Turner, 404.285.1876

Your News HERE

This Around Town page is a community bulletin board for news of fundraising, volunteer opportunities, new businesses, cool school happenings, bargains, restaurant openings and must-do events. Other departments in the magazine include healthy living, giving back, real estate, men’s issues, kids and pets, outdoor pursuits, beauty, fashion, travel, real wives, money and legal advice. Our Good Times pages feature photos from gatherings, meetings, parties and fund-raisers. The calendar pages tell you about local events. You can go to our website,  to upload your Good Times and calendar entries and email the editor at with story ideas and interesting local reports. We work two months ahead, so send your submissions for the February issue by the December 15. Every month, we’ll have a different editorial focus: January -Health & Fitness;February- Locally Made; March – Our Best Of; April -Spring and farm-to-table ; May- Travel; June- Men; July- Summer fun/Adventures; August- Education/Local Artists; September -Fashion; October- Beer & Coffee & Sports; November- Food & Wine; December -Givers/Holiday Gift Guide. See you in the funny papers!

Milton Holiday Tour of Homes

The Milton Holiday Tour of Homes is hosting its inaugural event on December 10 featuring five classically Milton homes stunningly decorated for the Holidays. Each home on the tour has been carefully selected to represent the City of Milton – some are newer homes and one is a historical home. Robert Meyers, is chair of the Milton Holiday Tour of Homes committee. Meyers is well known in the Milton community for authoring two books about the area including Barns of Old Milton County. He also is a board member of the Friends of the Milton Library. “We’re overjoyed at the response of the community for this tour,” said Meyers. “We sold out of our tickets much faster than expected and hope to expand our tour next year.” Funds will benefit the Friends of the Milton Library, STEM and STEAM programs, Lego Club, Astronomy Club program supplies, chess boards and timers, Teen Advisory Board meetings, Youth Book Club, Wildlife Program, Children’s Music Performance, Atlanta Audubon Youth programs, Summer Reading, and others. At press time, tickets were SOLD OUT. 

Rest and Unwind

With Thanksgiving barely behind us, and Christmas steadily approaching we are in the height of the holiday chaos!  During this time we can all start to feel depleted and worn down by a mile-long to-do list and calendars full of holiday engagements.  Thankfully our friends at Johns Creek Yoga are here to help bring us back some inner peace! Join some of our Johns Creek Lifestyle staff and studio owner, Sheila McVay (pictured), from 7-9 p.m. on December 21,  the night of the Winter Solstice, for an evening of Yoga and Live Music. Amidst the business of the season, take time to rest and nurture yourself. You will be mindfully guided through Gentle, Restorative poses surrounded by candles and boughs of fresh evergreen before drifting into meditation surrounded by beautiful live music. The class is appropriate for all ages, body types and levels of yoga practitioners, even absolute beginners. Even if you have never done yoga before, don’t miss this opportunity to reset and honor the rhythms of nature by turning your attention inward and away from outside stresses. Register online at or call 770. 619.1283 for more information. Johns Creek Yoga is located at 11705 Jones Bridge Road, Suite C105.

Shop Local

The Johns Creek Arts Center Makers Market continues through December 23. Find locally crafted jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints and more at affordable prices. Support local artists and find something entirely unique for the friends you love most. Stay and peruse the exhibit in the gallery.The Johns Creek Arts Center’s vision is to be a premier community arts center providing affordable quality arts education to the residents of North Fulton and surrounding communities.  6290 Abbotts Bridge, Rd.

Volunteer at JCHS

Fulton County Schools values and promotes active engagement of the community in all of our schools. Thousands of individuals serve as volunteers in our schools each year. Volunteer opportunities may include serving as tutors, mentors, or guest speakers; providing assistance in classrooms, cafeteria, library, or main office; organizing student enrichment and recognition activities or supporting special events, athletics, and school planning councils
Volunteer registration is ongoing. To keep in compliance with State Law and best practices, for the 2016-2017 school year, all persons interested in volunteering in the Fulton County School District are required to re-register/register (even if a person has completed an application in the past) by completing the new online volunteer registration/application process.  Applicants should be prepared to spend about 10-15 minutes for the training and application process. To pitch in, email

Little Black Dress (Are YOU Ready?)

Just for YOU, mention Johns Creek Lifestyle and receive $50 off your Botox treatment and $100 off any filler during the entire month of December. Just in time for holiday pictures. 770.393.9000. Aesthetic Specialty Centre