Walking Wednesdays

After a successful inaugural Walk to School initiative to encourage students to walk to school on Wednesdays last year, the program kicked off last month. The program was a great success last year in part because of a group from Student Leadership Johns Creek who worked in conjunction with Councilman Chris Coughlin on this undertaking as part of their first-year community project.  This year a group from Johns Creek High School is working to help make the Walk to School mission their endeavor for community involvement. Families at Ocee Elementary, Dolvin Elementary and State Bridge schools all enjoyed Wednesdays walk days last month and continue this month. We encourage all parents and students to walk to school on these days – it is a fun way to enjoy a morning of family time, while beginning your day actively and reducing the early morning traffic all at the same time. Drivers, watch for extra foot traffic these days! StudentLeadershipJohnsCreek.com

New JCSO board members

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra announces that Ting Chiu (pictured) andVicki Horton have been appointed as members of the orchestra’s Board of Directors. “We are extremely pleased,” remarks JCSO Board President Craig Carter. “They bring an extremely high level of expertise to the organization and we look forward to working with them to benefit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.” Now in its 12th season, the JCSO is metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra, made up of professional musicians from all over the greater metro Atlanta area.

Feast for All Senses

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is bringing back its popular 4-course dinner/cooking extravaganza—“Culinary Fantastique”—on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Publix Aprons Cooking School at Alpharetta Commons, 4305 State Bridge Road.  The theme for this 4-course meal (paired with specially-selected wines) will be holiday cooking, featuring mouth-watering new twists on traditional recipes.  The evening will be a feast for both the eyes and the ears, as attendees will be treated to parlor-style musical performances by individual Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra musicians at periodic breaks in the evening.  Attendees will also learn the backgrounds of the various dishes they are eating, how to prepare each one at home, special cooking techniques, and at the conclusion of the evening they will receive the recipes plus a coupon for a 20% off cooking items purchased from the Publix Aprons Cooking School.  $75 per person. JohnsCreekSymphony.org

Walk With a Doc

The City of Johns Creek and Emory Johns Creek Hospital are encouraging Johns Creek residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc (WWAD), a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk on the second Saturday of each month. “We’re thrilled to partner with the City of Johns Creek to help educate the community about a variety of health topics while getting them moving at the same time,” says Marilyn Margolis, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “The Walk with a Doc program gives participants a personalized opportunity to ask medical questions in a more casual setting,” says Margolis. Every walk will feature a different health topic, each selected to provide information and the opportunity for walkers to ask questions one-on-one with the participating physician. The first walk will be hosted by Dr. Maria Piraner, Director, Center for Breast Care at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Piraner will discuss the importance of breast cancer early detection, prevention, and tips to stay healthy. WalkWithADoc.org

Holiday Help Wanted

“C.P.A.” Most of the year, those letters stand for “Certified Public Accountant,” but during the holidays, Davis & Langford CPA changes that to “Christmas Present Assembly.” The same team of fastidious experts that nail taxes down each year make awfully good elves. Exchanging their keyboards for  wrenches, they assemble newly donated riding toys, bikes, and play houses. Last year the team at DLCPA donated time to North Fulton Charities’ Santa Shop, where sponsored families and seniors are reminded of the joy of the holidays. Join them this year!  chip@johnscreekcpa.com

Unforgettable Holiday

Gather with family and friends in a grand rustic elegant lodge immersed in the scenic North Georgia Mountains where the entertainment options are endless. There’s room for everyone (sleeps 30-34), and lots to do. Enjoy an in-house movie theater, a room of arcade games, crackling fires indoors and out, a hot tub, hiking, and a night sky full of stars. Gather around the beautiful 18-foot Christmas tree and play some holiday tunes on the grand piano while the scenic Toccoa River hums along in the background. KristyCollection.com

Lifestyle & Chateau Elan Wine Club

Château Élan Winery & Resort proudly announced the launch of its exclusive Château Élan Wine Box. Due to high demand for the resort’s highly-acclaimed wines, the pick-up subscription offers those who live within 50 miles of the most-awarded winery on the East Coast the option to try new wines, while also enjoying those they have come to know and love, in the comfort of their own home. Curated by Simone Bergese, executive winemaker at Château Élan Winery & Resort, each quarterly box will feature four hand-selected wines for the season. With the option to pick between the sweet, classic and premium box, each combination is customized with a variety of unique blends, early releases and custom label options. Other inclusions are winemaker tasting notes, chef recommendations for pairings with carefully curated recipes, exclusive discounts and tickets to the Quarterly Winery Reception (for classic and premium boxes only), which will feature live music, wine specials and tastings. Enjoy our exclusive 10% off discount code on your first box (LIFESTYLE10). $59-$149 per box.

Puerto Rico Open for Business

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a AAA Five Diamond hotel and proud to be the Caribbean’s only 2017 Forbes Five-Star Hotel and Spa award winner. Guests will be captivated by seamless service and deeply immersive experiences. Custom adventures are orchestrated by the Dorado Beach’s renowned Embajadores. Thanksgiving rates from $1,099. Let one of Brownell Travel’s savvy travel advisors handle all of the details including providing added perks and privileges for your stay.  BrownellTravel.com