January 2013


Tips on Giving Your Child a Pet

Tips on Giving Pets

The holidays are over, but consider these tips when giving your child a pet. 1) First, go over a child’s wish list together to see if they will appreciate and care for a new pet. Ask the child how he or she would care for the pet if someone granted his or her wish. Make sure to remind them that pets need to be fed, taken care of and they can often make extra messes. Of course, a child is likely to promise to do everything involving the pet, so it’s important to remember that the younger the child is, the more the responsibility will fall on the parents.


Georgia Teenager Donates to Worthy Cause

Teenager Donates

When does a teenager give up her hard-earned tutoring money at a time when everyone is shopping for the holidays? Jessica Garcia has only been tutoring for a year and half and knows how long it takes to earn $100 dollars. But she has always been passionate about helping others less fortunate. One day an announcement came during a high school meeting …“If you want to join the Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC), please sign up.” She knew immediately that this was the kind of club she wanted to be a part of. The HPC club was perfect because it connects students with their local animal shelter and allows them to be super heroes when it comes to finding loving homes for dogs and cats sitting in cages.


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Partner with Local Libraries

Ringling Logo

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has partnered with Atlanta and Duluth area libraries to host Reading with Ringling Brothers, the week of January 14, 2013. All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and Gwinnett Library System will be participating, along with many of the outlying suburban cities. Reading with Ringling is an unique reading program that is easy and fun for kids to participate. The best part is that kids can earn a Ringling Bros. circus ticket by simply doing their library reading. Children from ages two to 12 simply need to enroll with the librarian to get everything they need to start their library reading. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “Ambassadors of Laughter” will make a special appearance at select libraries in the Atlanta area to help kick-off “Reading with Ringling Brothers.”


Kaleidoscope Gift Shop


Thanks to my good friend Sue, I recently discovered one of the most fascinating gift shops in Atlanta. Kaleidoscope at Northlake has an incredible stock of colorful and artistic instruments in almost all shapes and sizes — one inch to four feet! The shop also offers a great deal more and is a wonderful place for children’s gifts. There are unique books, plush toys, light sabers, puzzles and a variety of games. Most interesting for old timers like me is the original slinky toy, which, I guess, never grows old.


Norcross Garden Club

Norcross Garden Club

The Norcross Garden Club would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Come join us for one or both of our meetings to get some great new gardening tips for 2013! The Day meeting will be January 7 at 9:45 a.m. The day meeting will welcome the president of the Atlanta Rose Society. She will be speaking on the care of roses from planting, pruning, and growing.


Hardscapes in the Garden: Not Really So Hard


Lyle Collins, owner of Southern Trillium LLC will present a program on “Hardscapes in the Garden: Not Really So Hard,” at the January meeting of the Mountain Shadow Garden Club. Lyle is a University of Georgia graduate, certified Erosion Control Specialist and licensed Pesticide applicator for the state of Georgia. He originally founded Southern Trillium with two other associates in 2004 and has been creating and installing custom landscape designs, hardscapes and water features since then. He is a regular contributor to Hometalk, a home networking blog. Lyle is also a photographer and has spoken at previous garden club meetings on the topic of photography in the garden.


Oga’s Restaurant Review

Oga Rest

Oga’s Restaurant in Chamblee has been serving up great breakfasts and lunches for 34 years. You have to be doing all the right things to be successful for that long and Oga’s has continued by offering excellent food at reasonable prices. I have eaten there many times on trips to Brookhaven and Chamblee despite the influx of many new places in the area, and have never been disappointed. Breakfast is served until 11:00 a.m. and lunch until 2:45 p.m. There is a menu of sandwiches and burgers cooked to order. I really enjoyed my turkey and bacon on a buttered and toasted hoagie roll on my most recent visit. The turkey was grilled and piled on the bread. It came with fries for $5.95.


The Oak Grove Market

Oak Grove

The Oak Grove Market on Lavista Road has been around since 1969 and continues its reputation for quality meats, salads and excellent meals — both in-house and for carryout. It also serves as an informal community center for area residents who know a good place to gather when they see one. I’ve been going there for years and can recommend almost all their food from direct experience. Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and has all the standard options, but my personal favorites are the gigantic, house-made sausage patties. Speaking of in-house meats, this is a top-notch meat market too with a huge selection of beef, chicken, pork, seafood and lamb. Virtually any type of meat will be cut and prepared to order, while there are plenty of ready-to-cook possibilities like the ka-bobs.


Atlanta Ronald McDonald House: A Home Away from Home


The Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (ARMHC) is an organization that provides temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children being treated at local hos-pitals. The Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities currently operate two houses in the metro-Atlanta area. The Gatewood House is a 50-bedroom facility located on Gatewood Road near Emory Univer-sity. It replaced the original Atlanta Ronald McDonald House on Houston Mill Road, which opened in 1979. This house features 10 two-bedroom suites for families whose children are recovering from heart, liver, kidney, or blood and marrow transplants.


Simple Wine Resolutions for 2013

Simple Wine

Early January is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the new one. For those of us who take wine seriously — or at least want to — it’s smart to include wine in our New Year’s resolutions. So here are three simple resolutions that’ll heighten your wine appreciation in 2013.

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