Consultant By Day does it again. C.B. Day is the pen name for Dunwoody’s Monica McGurk, a full-time mother, business executive, community leader and a part-time author. (And the abbreviation for consultant-by-day, get it?)

She’s better than two-thirds finished with her three-part paranormal thriller, “The Heaven’s Gate Trilogy” and book two, “The Key,” is making strides with its Amazon sales.

Aimed at young adults and anyone who enjoys a little paranormal, a little romance and a little sleuthing through complicated codes and clues, “The Key” introduces themes of Las Vegas gambling, international human trafficking and angelic doomsday.

The first of the series, “Locked,” introduced Hope, a modern-day teen living in a wonderful little suburb of Atlanta called Dunwoody. Abducted as a child, Hope was returned to her parents with an unexplained mark on her neck and no memory of what had happened to her. After meeting Michael, a new friend at school, the story hits its pace as it soon becomes clear that she is part of an ancient prophecy, and indeed, the bearer of the key that will unlock Heaven’s Gate to the Fallen Angels. And Michael is none other than the Archangel who must defend Heaven at all costs.

The two books are currently available via downloads at Amazon, but printed editions will likely come next. Look for The Heavens Gate Trilogy on Amazon. Monica’s already made headway toward the trilogy’s conclusion, tentatively titled “The Gate.” You’ll be ready for the third one once complete.

Camping simplified is still a night under the stars. If you’re new to camping, enjoy the outdoors, or would just enjoy a family-friendly night with great neighbors, this one is for you.

The Dunwoody Nature Center will host a backyard campout on Saturday, June 8 in Dunwoody Park. Educators will teach some of the basics of camping like campfires, pitching and taking down tents, and of course there will be some s’mores, songs and a night hike.

The fun will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday when campers can arrive for set up. Pack up will be right after breakfast on Sunday morning.

Would like to give it a try, but don’t have the equipment? They have you covered there too with tents, sleeping bags and more available for rent via the center’s partnership with REI.

Call 770-901-9200 or visit for details.

Nothing like “The Bare Necessities.” Here’s a great beginning-of-summer break you’ll enjoy: Dunwoody United Methodist Church’s theater group will present two performances of “The Jungle Book” on Wednesday, June 5 in the Fellowship Hall.

A children’s version of the story, shows are planned for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both are free, but donations are encouraged and will benefit the Atlanta Animal Alliance.

This one, on the other hand, is for mature audiences only. It’s called “Missionary in Manhattan,” but it’s set in Atlanta, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Brooklyn is bringing the musical to the Marcus Jewish Community Center.

With one show only, the troop will perform the hilarious new musical about three polygamist pop stars on the hunt for their husband/father of their seven children who is missing under mysterious circumstances in HOTlanta. Sister Gretchen, Sister Fanny and Sister Bunny Catherine sing of their ‘kin,’ their big hair, blind faith and marriage plural-style.

The show is planned for Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Visit for details and reservations.

Lemonade Day for another great cause. Neighbors along Mt. Vernon Way will reunite to support the cure for childhood cancer next Saturday.

They will host their 5th annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand with hopes of topping last year’s success of $1,500 for the Foundation for Childhood Cancer by another $500 for a total goal of $2,000.

Look for the stand Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5141 Mt. Vernon Way.

Gary Gomez, your name is in the paper again. Last week I told you story of Gary Gomez and his special 5-0 birthday, but I got an important fact wrong.

He’s been worshiping faithfully on the front row of his church every Sunday for more than 30 years, so you’d think I would have correctly reported that church as Dunwoody Baptist Church. Instead, I mixed it with another, and I feel badly.

We corrected the error for the online story, but Gary is also a faithful fan of The Crier, and maybe seeing his name in this week’s paper too will be kind of fun.

Missing something important? A men’s wedding band was found near the Piedmont Bank in Dunwoody. Call Missy with a description to claim. Her number is 770-392-0900.

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