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Adventures in Tree Picking

A family holiday tradition that started over 30 years ago gets bigger and better every year. By Lizzy Johnson   Our family holiday tradition started 33 years ago as a day trip to cut down a Christmas tree. The tradition has now grown into a Four day celebration where we try to cram into it as much food, fun and festivities as we can. Initially was a family of five cutting down a tree and bringing it home, evolved to a family of eight going and getting a tree and coming home for a huge chili dinner and Christmas movies. [...]

Meals by Grace

Founded by Suellen and Stephen Daniels, who saw a need in the community for a home delivery food program for children and their families, and made it their mission to ensure that no child goes hungry. By Sarah Johnson In this season of giving, there are several opportunities to get involved with local charitable organizations and help out right in your own back-yard. Best of all, kids can be a part of the experience so you’ll be creating family memories while introducing your kids to the importance of community service and giving back to others. Meals By Grace One amazing [...]

Attitude of Gratitude

Everything can be taken for granted, but by being grateful, we can celebrate with all we have found anew. By Reverend Jordan Thrasher You have probably heard the phrase “attitude of gratitude” at one point or another in your life. When I first heard that as a kid I would run around repeating it over and over. It rhymes and is gen-erally fun to say, and for some reason just stuck in my head as a kid. Even now, when I say it out loud, it still makes me smile. But I’ve found that it is not only a fun [...]


Forsyth County Women's Club October 19, 11am Polo Golf & Country Club 6300 Polo Club Drive, Cumming Lunch cost is $22. To make a reservation contact or visit   Lily’s Run 5K and Family Festival October 8th, 12pm - 4 pm Vickery Village 5920 Post Rd, Cumming Event proceeds will help grant the wishes of 3 children in our community who are struggling with serious illnesses. To register go to and search Lily’s Run.   Fest-of-Ale October every Thursday 5am – 9pm 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta Explore scarecrows under with flashlights, which they [...]

Travel Tips for Leaf Peepers

Georgia State Parks’ “Leaf Watch” Website Tracks Best Fall Color. By Kim Hatcher For many people, the perfect autumn weekend includes cozy campfires and gooey s’mores surrounded by fiery-hued forests. 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, 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 [...]

411 Community News

Creekside MOPS Holiday Showcase November 3-4, 9am Creekside United Methodist Church Come shop the 17th annual Creekside MOPS Holiday Showcase! Over 70 vendors offering holiday gifts have joined us this year to offer some amazing products. Vendors are both crafters and direct sales, product categories are limited to offer a variety of unique shopping options. Get your shopping done for the holidays, indulge in sweet treats from our bake sale, and enjoy lunch from our Holiday Cafe on Saturday! Free fundraiser for Creekside UMC's MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) Ministry.   Taste of Greek November 4, 3pm The Mercantile  Company Who [...]

Chip’s Tips: Is it possible the Holidays are Here already?

A murphy bed or retractable coffee table can create multi-purpose rooms for your holiday guests. By Chip Wade It doesn’t seem possible; wasn’t I just at the beach last weekend? Now Christmas is around the corner, and while time is flying by too fast, I always love the holiday season! My wife Pauli and I look forward to celebrating every chance we can with family and friends. We can talk all day about holiday decorations, but there’s a more fundamental issue I’d like to address; where are you going to put everyone? Not all of us have a handy west [...]

Refractive Lens Exchange

By Cameron Johnson, MD Cataract, Corneal, Refractive, and MIGS Surgeon Milan Eye Center Many people have dreamed about reducing their dependence on glasses, but the best procedure to accomplish this can change as they age. For patients younger than the early or mid-40’s, LASIK can often be the best choice.  It is a procedure that is performed on the surface of the eye and therefore is less invasive and often less expensive than other procedures. However, in the mid 40’s, and the 50’s the natural lens in the eye undergoes changes that can make Refractive Lens Exchange a more logical [...]

Accent Cellars

One of a variety of wineries and vineyards that accent the winding roads of North Georgia.   By Stephanie Maddox Unbeknownst to the world, a small corner of North Georgia holds a secret. An area normally celebrated for its stunning hiking trails and lively festivals, the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains also hide the heart of Southern Wine Country. In between the beautiful campgrounds and impressive waterfalls, a variety of wineries and vineyards accent the winding roads of the mountainside. Within a fifteen mile radius of the Dahlonega Square, there are at least 11 different wineries and tasting rooms [...]

Showing some Shoe Love

A simple and stylish DIY solution to display some of your personal collection instead of tossing them into the closet. By Chip Wade I admit it; I love organization! My wife Pauli says I’m slightly compulsive about it, but I think she’s just being nice. We joke that the best present she ever gave me was to label everything in the fridge in our old house – I knew exactly where everything should be, and if it wasn’t there, we were out…I LOVED it! So, in writing this month’s article about shoe organ-ization, naturally I…organized my thoughts. I decided to [...]