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Column: Northside Hospital hosts Baby Alumni Birthday Party
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
May 28, 2014 11:49 AM | 5338 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
The Northside Hospital Baby Alumni Birthday Party, Atlanta’s largest birthday bash, will be celebrated June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Zoo Atlanta to recognize all the families of children born at Northside’s three locations: Sandy Springs, Canton and Cumming.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the evening with access to the zoo and fun activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, a DJ, dance contests, cookies, popcorn and ice cream refreshments and more. The event will take place rain or shine.

All activities are free except for souvenir items and family photos with a giant birthday cake, which will be available for purchase at $5 for two photos. The zoo will have additional food and gift items available for purchase. Attendees should register online.

In lieu of paid admission into the zoo, guests are encouraged to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank by bringing a donation of canned goods, diapers and/or wipes to the event. Glass jars will not be accepted.

Proceeds from the party will benefit the Northside Hospital Foundation’s Miracle Babies Fund that provides financial assistance and support for families with newborns in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Northside is the nation’s leader in maternity and newborn services. Thousands are expected to celebrate their beginnings at the respected nonprofit health care facility. The esteemed Northside system provides more than 120 locations across metro Atlanta and has been consistently voted Most Preferred Hospital for Overall Healthcare Needs in the National Research Corp.’s annual Healthcare Market Guide.

Registration and information: (770) 667-4483 (information only) or

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An all-white-themed Premiere Party June 7 at Mason Murer Fine Art on Armour Drive in Midtown will once again bring attention to the nonprofit CHRIS Kids and make a difference in lives of children, youth and families by championing those under stress of behavioral and emotional challenges.

De rigueur dress is white to celebrate the goal to unlock the potential of Georgia’s youth and strengthen families by providing a hand up, not just a hand out, through integrated services. The event will raise funds and introduce the good works of the professional staff and volunteers at the CHRIS Kids Centers.

Co-chairs are Alan Smith and Jonathan Karron.

The name CHRIS Kids is an acronym that represents core values: Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety. With the mission to heal children, strengthen families and build community, the nonprofit founded in 1981 is Georgia’s first nonprofit specializing in group homes for children and youth with behavioral and emotional challenges who could not thrive in foster homes.

An array of programs through eight resident homes and an apartment community under the CHRIS Kids banner have transformed the lives of more than 20,000 youths and families through a variety of services to youngsters from 6 to 24 with mental health and other therapeutic needs.

Tickets and information: (404) 564-3458 or

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The 29th annual Magnolia Ball has become a gracious tradition for preservationists and friends who are dedicated to preserving the historic Bulloch Hall property in Roswell. This year guests will dine and dance away the evening June 7 at the Country Club of Roswell on Club Springs Drive as supporters focus on raising funds to restore the north Orchard Hill property into an outdoor classroom for educational programs on gardens and conservation.

The black-tie evening will start with cocktails and progress to a formal dinner and dancing to music by The Grapevine.

Specials recognition will be given to the late philanthropist Peter Abreu Sr., who died in August. He was an avid gardener and represents the goal to make Orchard Hill a stage for learning about the outdoors. Co-chairs are Sandy Buhler and Ruby Purdie.

The formal ball is hosted by Friends of Bulloch Hall, the nonprofit dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the childhood home of former President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Mittie Bulloch. James Bulloch, founder of the Bulloch family, came from Scotland in 1729 and was instrumental in Georgia’s signing of the Declaration of Independence. His great-grandson, James Stephen Bulloch, was one of the original settlers in Roswell and built the outstanding Greek Revival home on a hilltop in 1839.

Today the historic property is owned by the city of Roswell and operated by the Friends organization as a house museum and educational resource. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings and open for daily tours and school programs.     

Tickets and information: (770) 992-1731, ext. 2 or

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Summertime fun is just around the corner, but folks should not forget healthy lifestyle practices to maintain the good life. Northside Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute is offering free screenings June 7 to determine one’s risk for heart and cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans.

The institute is partnering with the American Heart Association to educate and protect people from the range of factors raising the risk of developing the disease and having a heart attack or stroke to take essential steps to measure the risk and how to prevent it.

The comprehensive screening will be administered by health care professionals and includes total cholesterol and glucose testing, body mass index analysis and a one-on-one consultation with a doctor or a nurse.

The 9 a.m. to noon screenings at the Northside Hospital Doctors Centre on Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs are free with free parking, but registration is required, by phone.

Northside is a nonprofit healthcare provider with more than 120 locations in metro Atlanta, including three acute-care, state-of-the-art hospitals. Some 2,500 physicians and 10,000 employees serve more than 1 million patient visits annually across a full range of medical services.

Registration and information: (404) 845-5555 (registration only) or

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The historic 1864 naval battle of the Confederate CSS Alabama with the USS Kearsarge will be the subject for speaker James Gindlesperger June 10 at the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta’s end-of-season dinner at the Capital City Club on John Portman Boulevard downtown.

The conflict off the shore of Cherbourg, France, was a spectacular duel between the Confederacy and the Union naval forces with a defeat for the famous Confederate raiding ship.

Gindlesperger is from Johnstown, Pa., and a notable author and authority on the Civil War. He has written five award-winning books about the conflict and is currently a consultant on joint projects with National Geographic, NASA, Google Earth and Carnegie Mellon University to map and digitally photograph Civil War sites.

Special programs this year venerate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The nonprofit round table was organized in 1949 with the purpose to further serious discussion and study of the American Civil War. Dinner meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month except July and August.

Special guest speakers share knowledge to enlighten metro Atlanta members on the background, historic facts and significance of the war. Art Carey is the current president.

Tickets and information: (770) 473-1390 or

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