13 million hits for “Dark Hope.” I told you about Dunwoody’s Monica McGurk’s quest to become a published author early in the process of her young adult series novels about fallen angels, but there have been great strides since my first report.

Learning to give back. Early childhood students at St. Martin’s Episcopal School recently participated in a service project “Kids Helping Kids” to collect items to be donated to Atlanta’s Good Samaritan Health Center.

Wildlife habitat at OLA, thanks to scout’s Silver. It looks like future plans for an outdoor classroom at Our Lady of the Assumption School and Church have received a boost thanks to the efforts of Jillian Bertulfo, a 7th grader and Girl Scout Cadette.

Channel your inner thespian. You know the songs. And if you’re like me, you can seriously rock them with shower acoustics. Consider joining in the casting call for the MJCCA’s upcoming community production of “Glory Days: The Music You Grew Up With.”

Green Opportunity = Greenhouse for DNC. Send your two-liter empty bottles in a new direction for upcycling into a greenhouse for the Dunwoody Nature Center. Eagle Scout canditate Reilly Friedman is creating a greenhouse as part of his Eagle certificate and needs your help.

Did you read “The Girl with the Pearl Earring?” I really loved that fictional account of the girl in one of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous paintings. This sounds fun too:

Local teens host star-studded day camp. Camp Star put cash in the pockets and the entrepreneurial bug in the hearts of three Dunwoody teens, but it might have been the 18 attendees with the top gains.

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?)

Gary Gomez hits half-century mark. Today is Gary Gomez’s birthday. And for as long as many of his friends can remember, he’s been wishing for the semi-century milestone to be marked in The Crier.

An upclose adventure. Dunwoody’s Sherrie White has combined her loves of photography, her grandchildren and telling stories into two books of adventure that put a lot of fun into nature, macro photography and a guessing adventure.

Broken Egg = Another Great Spot for Dunwoody Eats. The long-awaited breakfast/brunch/lunch spot that has been announcing its arrival in the former Borders location on Ashford Dunwoody Road is opening this week.

Spartans mentor young robotics hopefuls. “Operation Hyper Thread” is a new mentoring project pairing 28 fourth grade students from Woodland Elementary with members of the North Springs Robotics Team. Their goal: to build miniature solar powered cars.

Holocaust history. Girl Scouts from Austin’s Troop 29427 visited the Anne Frank Exhibit in Sandy Springs’ Parkside Shopping Center. The free exhibit displays 600 photographs and more than 8,000 word exhibits telling the story of young Anne Frank.

I originally wrote this column for my daughters in The Crier on January 21, 2004 — my youngest daughter’s 12th birthday. Today she turns 21 and I have a few additions. To Jillybean and Sugar Shake… I’ve italicized the new stuff.

Healthcare on your resume? Take note of the job fair at Northside Hospital today with a goal of filling more than 500 new and existing positions.

In between it all. I’ve always loved this in-between week. It’s lazy and retrospective, but its limits are finite so there’s no guilt. Last week was hectic and full of list checking. Next week is all about goal setting and starting anew. This week feels like a big bear hug between the chaos.

And the Bronze goes to DNC. Girl Scouts from Troop 28417 put the environment they love front and center and worked to restore an area of the Dunwoody Nature Center as part of their Bronze Award project.

Lemonade Days in Haiti. Everyone loves Lemonade Days — especially the recipients of the extra past-years’ T-shirts that had filled the storage rooms of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust.

Third Place goes to the the Molecule Mashers. The Dunwoody Homeschool Hive’s Lego league team earned the third place award at the Kell Robotics qualifying competition held at Palmer Middle School on Saturday.

What’s more Dunwoody than Light Up? It’s the quintessential celebration for our community — the long-standing tradition of lighting the big Dunwoody tree and Farmhouse landmark with voices in song and the flip of a switch to welcome the holiday season.

Get ready for a feast for the eyes (and ears). The coat of many colors gets techno when St. Luke’s ACT UP’s bring “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to its Dunwoody stage.

Uniting with color and embellishment. More than 130 preschoolers in Dunwoody, dressed in peacock feathers and saris and joined 30,000 children from Primrose Schools across 17 states in a Celebrating Cultures event to symbolize the unity of children worldwide.