December 2017 Around Town 1

The Gift to Go

If you’re like us, you’re always thinking of your next vacation. Our friends at  Newman-Dailey Resort Properties had an excellent idea for gift giving this season.  Give the gift of time together at the beach with a Destin Vacation Gift Card, good toward a beach vacation stay at any of Newman-Dailey’s premier Destin and South Walton beach vacation rentals, including Gulf-front condominiums and luxury beach homes. Gift card may be customized for any amount. From Newman-Dailey Resort Properties.  800.225.7652

Personal Pies

Your Pie is the originator of the down-the-line pizza concept. At Your Pie they specialize in custom, hand-crafted, brick oven pizza, paninis, and chopped salads in just minutes. The newest location to open in Milton has six different Gelato flavors and 14 craft beers on draft to choose from. You can find them at the intersection of Hwy 9 and Bethany Bend in the Publix shopping center, two doors down from Starbucks.

Science Kids

Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA) has joined forces with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the country’s foremost provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.  PLTW is a renowned program that helps students cultivate skills they will need to be successful in a global economy by providing hands-on, real-world activities, projects, and problems. These programs equip students to understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom relate to the world around them.  Kaala Guess, who is a certified STEM instructor and science teacher at BCA, is laying the foundation for their students to see how STEM are a part of her students’ everyday life. “Being a part of PLTW has transformed my view of teaching and what education can look like. Watching students engage, question, create, learn from their failures, collaborate with their peers… it makes the classroom and the process of learning fun again! I love how our students get excited about overcoming a failure in a build and how they learn to take bits and pieces of each group member’s ideas to make a model or a project that the whole team can be proud of!” There’s a whole new approach to the world and critical thinking. BCA is excited to offer this experience to their middle school students and are confident their students’ will carry what they learn at BCA into their academic career and life in the future. BCA hopes to offer this program to the their lower school in the future.

Chop Chop

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm is all about family.  Their family’s goal is to provide everyone with a Christmas tree that will last for the season and memories that will last a lifetime.  Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Forsyth County, this will be Bottoms’ 21st year selling Christmas trees to North Georgia.  Running through December 23, they have a huge selection of Choose and Cut trees out in the fields, as well as fresh cut Fraser Firs from North Carolina.  Enjoy a hayride, hot cup of apple cider, s’mores around the fire, and many more family farm activities this Christmas season.  It’s Christmas y’all!!

Help Wanted

Chuy’s, the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant known for its made-from-scratch food, margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and eclectic design, is hiring 165 employees for its new Alpharetta location, opening in early-December on Old Milton Parkway.The Alpharetta restaurant marks Chuy’s fourth Atlanta location, and joins restaurants in Dunwoody, Kennesaw and Akers Mill.Chuy’s is hiring a variety of full- and part-time positions, including hosts, servers, bussers and bartenders. Don’t forget about talented kitchen staff to help prepare its made-from-scratch dishes and homemade signature sauces.  Interested applicants can apply in person Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chuy’s hiring trailer located at 159 Park Street in Alpharetta.

A Little Country

The Atlanta Opera will present From Opera to Opry: Liquor, Love and the Lord on Tuesday, December 5 at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Now in its second year, the holiday concert, in collaboration with ADA Ovations, will feature renowned professional opera singers as well as the bluegrass and country stylings of Cletus McHatfield and the McHatfield Family Singers. The combination of the musical genres gets to the heart of the striking similarity between the themes and inspiration that drove both legendary opera composers and iconic country songwriters to write the music that speaks to us all. The evening’s first half includes performances of great opera arias, followed by a second half of country music similar to what you might hear at the Grand Ole Opry. The performing artists – Michael Mayes, Leah Partridge, Corey Crider and Jonathan Burton – are international opera singers who also share a lifelong passion for country music and the skills to play multiple instruments, namely guitar. These singers are as authentic in their operatic performances as they are in playing rousing renditions of classic country hits. The Atlanta Opera presents From Opera to Opry: Liquor, Love and the Lord on  December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. 404.881.8885. $35

Home for the Holidays

We’re in a full sprint to the holiday season. Before you know it family is arriving on your door step! Here are a few helpful hints to preparing your home for the holiday hustle: Run the self cleaner on your oven so that its ready for cookie baking and family dinners. Run your shower curtains and liners through the gentle cycle of your washing machine. If you don’t have time to have all of the carpets cleaned before the holidays, simply spot clean some of the more trafficked areas. Wipe down all of your appliances. Afterwards, a drop of baby oil on stainless steel appliances really makes them shine like new. If you use a cleaning service, don’t forget to call them early to schedule your holiday clean. Their schedules fill up quickly during the holiday season. These little tips will allow you to spend less time cleaning up and more time with your family and friends. 770.676.3086.

Keep Giving

The city of Johns Creek’s Volunteer Program gives citizens the chance to become more involved, and allows the city to further expand and enhance the services it provides to the community. There are a variety of areas in which volunteers are needed throughout the year, including the Holiday Parade, Recreation and Parks’ special events, Farmers Market, Park Place at Newtown School (Johns Creek’s active adult center) and much more. Whether you are an individual looking for volunteer opportunities, or part of a large group, please complete the Volunteer Application, providing information about your group and when it can volunteer. The city has plenty of opportunities for students seeking to complete volunteer hours required by National Honor Society, Beta and Junior Beta Clubs and other organizations.  Call Maggie Barker, Park Place Coordinator, at 678.512.3430.

Morning Networking

The Johns Creek Chamber invites you to Wednesday morning networking sessions at The Bricks, Perimeter Church from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. weekly. No registration is required, but there’s a small fee of $5 for members, $10 for guests. Spend a few hours and get to know other small business owners and representatives from our community’s hardest working folks. Share ideas and contacts. Need help with a project? Need to hire a consultant? Do you have a skill or product that needs marketing? The Chamber is all about helping our community’s number one asset – PEOPLE – succeed and grow.  Go to for information on events and membership.