January 2017 Around Town 1

Golden Experience

Goldfish Swim School, a water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons, is coming soon to Johns Creek. Located at 6000 Medlock Bridge Parkway, Goldfish Swim School offers a wide range of perpetual swimming classes for all ages and skill levels at times that are convenient for every family’s schedule. Goldfish provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12-years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes, tropical décor, shiver-free 90-degree pools and a state-of-the-art water purification system. “Swim and water safety is extremely important to families,” said owner Mark Sheppell. “The Goldfish Swim School model emphasizes both safety and enjoyment of the water which leads to faster progress. I’m excited to bring the curriculum and programs to our new swimming facility here in Johns Creek.” Goldfish Swim School of Johns Creek anticipates a late 2016 opening. Families can register for lessons by calling 770.744.0250 or visiting GoldfishSwimSchool.com

Meet and Succeed

Network with Johns Creek Business professionals to build long-lasting personal and professional relationships. Join the most welcoming networking group in the area. Participate in a 30-second elevator speech to share information about your business and learn about others. Chamber members will receive an email list of attendees to help you follow up on those connections. “The Bricks” at Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road/141, Every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Johns Creek Chamber at 770.495.0545

What do you Know?

Johns Creek Lifestyle is looking for writers and photographers to contribute to this monthly magazine. Are you interested in honing your writing, representing your community, sharing stories about neighbors who are doing good things or bringing news to our readers from growing businesses?  If you’re a stay-at-home mom, closet author or freelance writer looking to dive into a new project, send the editor an email with an introduction and a few writing samples.  If you enjoy photography and would like to be our eyes around the community, send the editor a note and tell her why you want to join our team of freelancers. We need photographers at events, fund-raisers, school science fairs, sporting events or ribbon cuttings. Email the editor, Sue Collins at SCollins@LifestylePubs.com.  What are you waiting for? That’s the editor and our Driver’s Notebook writer, Dennis Malcolm Byron.

Back to Nature

The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve is open, offering Take-a-Peek Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Nature Preserve Grounds are open daily 8 a.m. to dusk and the Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m.  Listen to a cell phone audio tour to enhance your visitor experience and learn about the historic buildings and features as you walk along the Heritage Village pathways and preserve trails. Instructions are posted on the main kiosk at the parking lot. The audio tour project was funded through grants from the Sawnee EMC Foundation and from the Perrigo Company. AutreyMill.org

First Responders Supported

The Milton First Responders Foundation held its 2nd Annual Golf Invitational at Crooked Creek recently and enjoyed perfect weather for golf and celebrating Milton’s First Responders!  Thanks to the sponsors, players, and volunteers, the tournament was a huge success, netting approximately $25,000 in net proceeds, $10,000 over 2015!   The Player field also grew to 118, including 24 First Responders who played for FREE due to the generous sponsorship from several local businesses and many individual citizens. Mark your calendars for October 16, 2017, for the event, again at Crooked Creek Club. MFRF is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to support our police officers and firefighters, with 100% of the funds raised staying right here in Milton providing financial assistance for Milton Fire and Police.  To learn more about MFRF, how to get involved as a volunteer or to donate please visit the MFRF web page at MiltonFirstResponders.org 
and on Facebook at Facebook.com/MiltonFRF.

Youthful Skin

Creative Med Spa is on a mission to provide innovative skin care that enhances your natural beauty with minimally invasive procedures that create maximum results.  Dentist and CEO, Dr. Anitha Reddy, DMD expanded her family dental practice with a true artistic vision; to bring the beauty of cosmetic dentistry full circle and complete a picture of a true facial masterpiece.  Our Master Medical Esthetician, Senior Laser Practitioner, and Makeup Artist Specialist, Lisa Green, has 15 years of experience and a warm, serene nature.  From soothing facials to cosmetic enhancements, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care and expertise of skin care products and procedures in the Atlanta area.  Innovation is celebrated at Creative Med Spa by implementing the latest in natural skincare and encouraging plant-based products.  Our love for art, symmetry, and excellence fuels our passion to provide service that surpasses the standards and work that embraces your true beauty. 5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 460. www.CreativeMedSpa.com

The Daffodil Project

Pinecrest Academy’s Middle School students received impactful lessons on World War II and the Holocaust, as teachers across all subject areas organized instruction around the World War II theme for an entire week. During this unit of study, students at the PreK3-12th grade Catholic School in Cumming gathered for The Daffodil Project, during which 360 daffodils were planted by the students, each commemorating a child whose life was lost in the Holocaust. Started by Am Yisrael Chai!, a non-profit Holocaust awareness organization, The Daffodil Project is a worldwide project empowering Holocaust Education. During the Holocaust, one and a half million children died in Nazi-occupied Europe. Am Yisrael Chai! aspires to build a Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember the children.  The site at Pinecrest designated for the daffodils was named the “Children’s Memorial Garden,” and was dedicated and blessed by Middle School Chaplain, Fr. David Barton, LC. Students look forward to the spring when the daffodils will bloom, offering another reminder of the children of the Holocaust.

A Fantastic Drive

The Milton First Responders Foundation held its 2nd Annual Golf Invitational at Crooked Creek recently and enjoyed perfect weather for golf and celebrating Milton’s First Responders. Thanks to the sponsors, players, and volunteers, the tournament was a huge success, netting approximately $25,000 in net proceeds, $10,000 over 2015. The player field also grew to 118, including 24 First Responders who played for free due to the generous sponsorship from several local businesses and many individual citizens. Mark your calendars for October 16, 2017, to join us again at Crooked Creek Club. MFRF is a non-profit organization formed to support our police officers and firefighters, with 100% of the funds raised staying right here in Milton providing financial assistance for Milton Fire and Police.  To learn more about MFRF, how to get involved as a volunteer or to donate please visit the MFRF web page at MiltonFirstResponders.org.

Dog’s Life

Newtown Dream Dog Park, one of the top dog parks in the country, is located inside Newtown Park toward the front entrance. If you’ve never taken your furry friend there, make a resolution to get social in 2017.  It is a fenced one-acre area featuring artificial turf, sprinklers for dogs to play in, obstacles to play on, plus water fountains for people and pets. It offers separate areas for large and small dogs, along with benches, shelters, and shade trees. Dog waste bags are provided and all dog owners are required to clean up after their dogs. The park  is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The dog park is CLOSED for maintenance every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Remember, if your dog becomes aggressive, please leash the dog and exit the park immediately. In the meantime, play nice, take a few photos of you and your dog and post to the Johns Creek Lifestyle Facebook page.

What’s New?

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, JohnsCreekLifestyle.com  to upload your Good Times and calendar entries and email the editor at SCollins@LifestylePubs.com with story ideas and interesting local reports. We work two months ahead, so send your submissions for the March issue by January 15. Every month, we’ll have a different editorial focus: 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. Make this magazine YOURS.