As the 2017 winter holidays commenced last year, news surfaced how on Nov. 21 Brookhaven Police Officer Sarah Miller saved the life of a construction worker, Carlos Moran. While he and Miguel Zabaleta worked at a site near the Kroger on Johnson Ferry Rd., an accident spun things out of control. Atfer they placed scaffolding against a building, a metal pole slipped, hit a power line, and caused an explosion, electrocuting them both.
Officer Sarah Miller, on patrol nearby, heard and saw the explosion, rushing to the scene. Zabaleta was stunned but breathing, but Moran was unconscious. As co-workers attempted CPR, it was apparent that Carlos had stopped breathing. Taking charge, Officer Miller said CPR should continue, and meanwhile she seized her city-issued AED (automated external defibulator).
She then used it to literally shock Moran back into consciousness and into life. “She got (Moran) breathing again and his heart beating again,” Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandina later said in a public statement.
Officials transported both men to Grady Memorial Hospital, which ex Read more...
Have you ever watched a child during playtime switch between building blocks, putting together a puzzle, and talking with their stuffed animals? Through each of these unique types of play, kids are build-ing strong developmental skills that will no doubt come in handy later in life.
According to experts at The Genius of Play, a national movement to bring more play into kids’ lives, children learn through both structured and unstructured play, with different types of play honing various abilities and behaviors. Just as kids need to study a variety of school subjects to stimulate distinct parts of the brain, engaging in diverse types of play will create a more well-rounded individual, ready to tackle life with all the skills they have learned early on.
To ensure that your child is getting a balanced mix of play, check out these toy examples and their developmental benefits: Games & Puzzles Build Mental Agility. Brainteasers, puzzles and strategy-based games strengthen critical thinking skills by facilitating a child’s ability to strategize and focus. They can also sharpen thei Read more...
“Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” is a wonderfully unique attraction which appeals to viewers on many levels. It is a collection of contemporary art from a very diverse continent along with the works of young designers of almost every type. Atlanta’s High Museum is the first venue in the United States to exhibit this groundbreaking collection. It was organized by the Vitra Design Muesum and the Guggenheim Bilbao [Spain] Museum. It contains the works of 120 African artists and designers to “demonstrate how design fuels economic, social and political transformation.” It was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
According to High curator of African Art Carol Thompson, the wide ranging exhibit “presents the vi-sions of a youthful twenty-first century Africa.” It reflects an emerging and widespread optimism with works which “highlight the creativity and inventiveness of the continent’s emerging artists and designers” of the modern independence-era Africa. Much of the exhibit reflects the “unstoppable force” of design “liberated by Read more...
Nativity scenes, with art that represents the birth of Jesus, are iconic at Christmastime. Essential ele-ments include shepherds, animals, the Magi or Wise Men, all crowded around a manger or barn with a fo-cus on the Holy Family: Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus. Other figures include angels and a bright star.
Living Nativity scenes feature humans and animals that are alive, grounding them in reality. It’s said that St. Francis first conceived this presentation in the 1200s, when he was inspired by a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to see the actual environment of Jesus’s birth.
Following are some of the Living Nativity scenes in nearby hometowns Usually supervised children can pet the animals. • Chamblee First United Methodist Church, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Chamblee 30341. Dec. 10, 7-8 pm. Located behind the church. Christmas carols sung.
• Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, 1995 Clairmont Rd. Decatur, 30033. Dec. 8, 9, 10, 7-9 pm. A 20-year tradition. Has some drive-through scenes.
• Peachtree Lutheran Church, 3686 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta (Buckhead) 3031 Read more...
There’s something essentially English about the Yuletide season with its sweets, Christmas trees, decorated fireplaces, music, dance and more. A wonderful place to celebrate this magical time of year is the annual Christmas at Callanwolde at 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE Atlanta 30306.
Originally built in 1920 for Asa Candler’s son Charles, Callanwolde is an English Tudor-style mansion and estate. Its name is derived from Callan Castle in Ireland. (Callan is Irish for Candler, and wold is Old English for woods.) Restored in the 1970s, Callanwolde is now a Fine Arts Center, so it’s a natural place for public celebrations. Christmas at Callanwolde is a more than 40 year tradition and a cherished holiday open event.
Callanwolde began Christmas season 2017 in late November but will continue through Dec. 12. There’s still time early this month to schedule a memorable holiday visit to this family-friendly place with tours and live entertainment that appeal to people of all ages. The interior courtyard has delicious deserts when you take a touring break.
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