November 2019 Around Town

Schools Rock

Abbots Hill Elementary School (AHES) has provided a new unique opportunity for students to address conflicts holistically and solve problems through implementing Restorative Practices. These counselor-facilitated peace-making strategies are taught in a safe place called the “The Peace Room”, a specially-designed room by Chattahoochee High School Senior (and former AHES) student Briahna Stabler as part of her Directed Studies Class. 

River Trail Middle School Students and staff are engaging in invigorating dialogues around what is means to be a  “River Trail Wolf,” working from a behavior matrix of Respect, Problem Solving, and Kindness. To communicate these ideas to the school, students have formed a club that is producing short video demonstrations of what it looks like to epitomize model behaviors. 

As part of their Parent University, the Johns Creek High School PTSA has planned October events that address students’ mental and emotional wellness: a presentation in October by Dr. Jeanine Jannot, author of “The Disintegrating Student” and later in the month, a three-part conversation on the documentary “Race to Nowhere” on systemic pressures and how to tackle them.


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Fall in Canton

Taste & Brews Country Fest,  a one-of-a-kind most tasteful event, celebrating the best of Southern foods and beverages is set for  Nov 2 and 3 in Canton.  The festival brings the tastes, flavors and cultures of Georgia and the South together in an amazing (2) two-day celebration at the beautiful Etowah River Park. In addition to the many opportunities to taste, sample, buy and enjoy all the flavors, guests will also be treated to a wide variety of live music, entertainment, children’s activities and more. The festival offers FREE admission, so it’s a family and budget-friendly choice for a Fall weekend getaway. So, grab your friends and family and be sure to mark your calendar for the Taste and Brews Country Fest presented by Smirnoff, Bulleit and Captain Morgan. For more information go to

Vacation Artfully in Pensacola, Florida


The 6th Annual Foo Foo Festival arrives in Pensacola, Florida, October 31 – November 11.  The popular arts and culture festival, one of the largest in the Southeast, spans an impressive 12 days and features innovative artists from all genres.  This year’s Foo Foo Fest line up runs the gamut from renowned jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Multi-Grammy nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius to The Savannah Sipping Society and Fire and Rain – a sea of billowing holographic strands suspended above historic Intendencia Street.  More information, visit:

Clarkston is Closer Than you Think

The Clarkston Community Center will present its Fourth Annual International Food & Wine Gala on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7-10 p.m.  The popular event is designed to showcase the cuisine of many regions from which Clarkston’s international population hails, including Africa, Asia, Central America, the Middle East and more.  Guests will be invited to sample the various dishes provided by area chefs and restaurants, as well as taste a collection of international wines.  The evening includes live entertainment and a Global Arts & Crafts Market with works by local and international artists sold only by the Clarkston Community Center.  The event is a fundraiser for the Center, which serves over 60,000 people annually through educational offerings, recreational programs and community building.  Tickets are $40 per person in advance and $45 at the door.

Partnership for Cancer

After a successful first five years, a statewide cancer research consortium has been awarded a six-year grant expected to result in more than $11 million in funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to enroll even more Georgians in important clinical trials. The Georgia NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) is a collaboration between the two largest community oncology clinical trial programs in Georgia: Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Atlanta and the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, and the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) in Atlanta. NCORP provides Georgians with access to state-of-the-art cancer prevention, screening, control, treatment and post-treatment trials within their own communities.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia is ranked 25th in cancer incidence and 23rd in cancer deaths in U.S. – and cancer remains the second leading cause of death in Georgia.

Teen Travel to Croatia

Area teens and their parents will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience  Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Islands of Croatia, a bike and boat tour along the Croatian Coast, from July 18-26, 2020. The group will stay on a 98-foot motor yacht, each day exploring the Croatian islands and coastline by boat and bike. Highlights include ancient and medieval towns, national parks, and the remarkable walled city of Dubrovnik (which served as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones!). One day will be spent whitewater rafting. Teens ages 15 years and older can travel on their own, and parents are of course welcome to join the trip (teens ages 13 years and older can attend with a parent). Reservations for the trip must be made before Nov. 15, 2019.  For more information, contact Jenni Vea at or 423-595-2845. For tour details visit and @TravelingTeen on Facebook and Instagram for more details.


Montage Palmetto Bluff Welcomes Festival

Toast to the tastes, sips and sounds of the South at Palmetto Bluff’s 13th Annual Music To Your Mouth — November 18-24, where a team of Southern food fanatics put their passions together to celebrate the delectable cuisine of the region. Music To Your Mouth provides the ultimate sensory experience through a multiday event series, where a combination of the South’s finest chefs, vintners, brewers, distillers and artisans come together to present a culmination of the finest in Southern food. Entertainment by talented Southern artists.