October 2017 Around Town 2

Brighter Days

Sunshine on a Ranney Day was honored to be able to do a makeover for the Summit Counseling Center of Atlanta. SOARD converted a large conference room into two kids therapy rooms. Summit Counseling Center of Atlanta has an amazing service to help counsel children with health and behavior issues, abuse, loss from divorce or death, suicidal feelings, bullying, self harm, social issues and many other things. This past year the Summit Counseling Center has had a 50% increase in children. Sunshine on a Ranney Day, with the help of Crosby Design Group, designed a nautical and jungle themed room. SOARD is a nonprofit approved organization based in Atlanta, and founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney. The vision of Sunshine on a Ranney Day is to renovate homes for children with special needs and restoring hope for families. SunshineOnARanneyDay.com

Top Hospitals Unite

Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System (the parent of Gwinnett Medical Center) announced that they have submitted their proposed merger agreement to the State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General for review and approval. Depending on the review process, the five-hospital Northside-Gwinnett Health combined system could be operational in early 2018. Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System are both driven by quality patient care and satisfaction, strong medical professionals, health care innovation and unparalleled patient access. Anchored by Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs and Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, the new health system also will include hospitals in Canton, Cumming and Duluth, as well as cancer treatment centers, imaging centers, urgent care centers and other outpatient locations throughout the state. Altogether, the Northside-Gwinnett combined system will have 1,479 beds, nearly 21,000 employees and 3,500 physicians on staff. Pictured is Bob Quattrocchi, President & CEO Northside Hospital.

Local Brand Grows

Wonderfully feminine, fashionable and just a bit glamorous is what customers say when they think about the brand VLU Style (pronounced vee-loo) fashion accessories. This month VLU, based in Alpharetta, has launched their first Black Label Collection. The upscale collection includes necklace and earring designs made with genuine labradorite, hematite and Swarovski crystal. The new collection is a direct compliment to the brands’ beautiful array of stylish and trendy fashion jewelry. Founder Veronica Miller says that having a great product is always her goal but the focus of her business is the customer experience: building relationships with customers and exceeding their expectations. She prides herself on her knowledge of what it takes to serve customers, and her attention to detail to making the customer experience the best it can be every day. VLU Black Label Collection is available online and in stores now. Visit ShopVlu.com. For wholesale inquiries call 678.576.0467.

Make It Yourself

AR Workshop Milton, an upscale boutique DIY workshop, celebrated its grand opening last month. This DIY lover’s dream come true is located at the new Crabapple Market across from the new Milton City Hall. The relaxed industrial farmhouse style setting, with floor to ceiling windows, is the perfect venue for a girl’s night out, team building event, date night, or birthday celebration. Create custom, one-of-a-kind, on-trend, home décor pieces with your favorite friends and a bottle of wine! Think wood signs, trays, centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, and more, AR Workshop also offers tween/teen workshops with a full line of tween/teen designs perfect for ages 8-16. See something you love on their website, but don’t have time to take a class? AR Workshop will complete a custom order for you. Register for a workshop or private party at ARWorkshop.com/milton/#schedule. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @arworkshopmilton.

Bank In The Game

The Milton Touchdown Club recently honored Providence Bank, one of their Platinum Sponsors, for their three year, $16,500 commitment to supporting the organization. During their presentation of the second installment of the bank’s sponsorship, Providence Bank executives received a special coaches’ tour of the Milton football fieldhouse and viewed the renovations financed by the bank.“The team needed the fieldhouse renovated and we wouldn’t have been able to do that without a commitment like this from Providence Bank,” says Colby Leonard, president of the Milton Touchdown Club. “We appreciate their support of the Milton Eagles program so we can continue to provide a fantastic football experience to players at all levels.” Providence Bank is the only community bank locally chartered in the Alpharetta/Milton community. Established in 2006, Providence Bank holds assets of $120 million and offers a wide array of banking solutions that include personal and business loan and deposit products as well as the latest in mobile and online banking products.

Free Brain Train

LearningRx celebrated a special milestone recently when they trained the brain of their 100,000th student. To celebrate, LearningRx Atlanta-Buckhead is giving back to the community by offering up to 1,000 complimentary digital, standardized cognitive assessments between October 18 and 21. Call 404.25-BRAIN today to reserve your assessment. Facebook: LearningRx Atlanta Buckhead/Alpharetta.

A Decade of Smiles

Exceptional Dentistry of Johns Creek is excited to be celebrating 10 years of service to the Johns Creek/Suwanee communities! To honor this achievement, the office of Dr. Judson Connell, DMD, is offering some fantastic limited specials to the community. All Cerec one-visit crowns are $50 off, Zoom in-office whitening is 20% off and Dr. Connell’s Signature Smile Makeovers (veneers) are 20% off, as well. They would love for you to come visit their office, decorated to look like an Italian villa, and meet Dr. Connell and taff. Please call their office for details, as some restrictions apply, and remember that these specials are for a limited time to celebrate their anniversary. Call 770.623.8877. 

Go with the Flow

In business, we all know that flow is important when it comes to cash. Money comes in and money goes out. Lots of money coming in is a good sign; running out of cash means you are in trouble. Consider the same idea with your health. Flow is important when it comes to qi (chi) – also referred to as vital energy or ‘life-force.’ According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a healthy body has an abundance of qi that flows and nourishes the vital organs, cells and tissues (the very things that protect, heal and energize you). We ‘spend’ qi in situations of fatigue, stress, strain, tension, fast-pace etc., so we need to do something to replenish ourselves. One way is to practice QIGONG (CHI KUNG). This ancient Chinese health exercise system uses gentle movements, healing postures, breathing exercises and focused awareness not only to build energy, but to lead and guide it to places in the body where it is needed for health and revitalization. Check out the classes at Grey Owl Mind-Body Studio in Johns Creek to learn more.

Baby Cam

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) has installed eight new cameras in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICVIEW cameras allow parents to see their newborns, many of whom are born premature or critically ill, when they can’t be at the hospital. EJCH’s Director of Women’s Services, Christine Wollenhaup, DNP, RN, says the cameras help mothers who may be unable to visit their baby, due to their medical condition. “This will allow them to worry less – knowing that they can view their baby on the computer,” says Wollenhaup. EJCH strives to keep family members involved in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care especially when it comes to its smallest patients. The camera system and software will give parents the ability to watch live streaming video of their newborns, but also allows nursing staff to turn off the cameras during any medical procedures. Families can access the system using a secure password to stream the video to their laptops, smart phones and tablets. 

A Generous Night

Experience a night like never before at Prevent Blindness Georgia’s inaugural Night for Sight Gala! The event will take place at the Atlanta History Center from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 3. Guests will enjoy a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and more all for a great cause. Guests can also participate in a live auction accompanied by musical entertainment by the Macular Degenerates, a band led by doctors. As the first fundraising gala for Prevent Blindness Georgia, a Night for Sight’s goal is to raise critical funds and awareness for preventing sight-stealing conditions and diseases in Georgia. General tickets are $200 per person and patron tickets begin at $1,000 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Georgia.PreventBlindness.org/night-for-sight.

Active Giving

This month you can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta is hosting its first ever GET UP Atlanta Virtual Challenge. To participate, simply pledge to complete eight hours of physical exercise during the month of October. The GET UP Atlanta Virtual Challenge allows you to engage in any exercise, all on your own schedule and skill level. Registration also includes a special bottle opener finisher’s medal and a celebration party at Monday Night Brewing’s new Atlanta Beltline location on October 23. Through GET UP Atlanta, Komen Atlanta will continue to raise funds supporting their mission of enabling our community to detect and survive breast cancer by facilitating access to quality care, providing education and supporting research. Join us in the fight against breast cancer. Take Action. Save Lives. For more details and to register, visit 

Peep Planning

To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia’s state parks will soon launch “Leaf Watch 2017” to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State. Found at GAStateParks.org/LeafWatch, the travel planner is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and hiking safety tips. Shutterbugs are encouraged to share their favorite shots on the Georgia State Parks’ Facebook page and Instagram, tagging #GaLeafWatch and #GaStateParks. Rangers will also post updates on how fall color is progressing in their parks. Some of the most popular parks for leaf watching include Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi and Vogel. Since mountain parks are heavily visited on October weekends, leaf peepers may want to explore lesser-known parks, which can be vibrant as well. Hardwoods and mossy rock gardens can be found at F.D. Roosevelt State Park near Columbus. Deep orange cypress needles reflect off a shimmering pond at George L. Smith State Park in southeast Georgia.

Book Worms

From November 4 – 20, the Book Festival of the MJCCA will celebrate 26 years of bringing culture and conversation to the greater Atlanta community. This Book Festival repertoire of 45+ authors has something to offer all book lovers. More than 13,000 people from across the Southeast will come to engage with and listen to their favorite local, national, and international authors. Most events will be held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.