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The City of Decatur received the inaugural Visionary City Award presented by Georgia Trend magazine and GMA during the association’s Cities United Summit in Atlanta on Sunday, Jan. 26. Decatur was recognized for its Better Together initiative, which brought together more than 800 residents who contributed more than 1,300 hours to the yearlong visioning and outreach project aimed at creating a more diverse and welcoming city.

Nine cities from across Georgia represented three population categories: small (under 4,999), medium (5,000-24,999) and large (25,000 and over), these cities have created positive community change through effective civic engagement and collaboration and have fostered healthy working relationships that make their communities places where people truly love to live and work.

Other winning cities include Hogansville, Donalsonville, Winterville, Adel, Thomasville, Marietta, Chamblee, and Sugar Hill.

Judges for the 2020 Visionary City Award represented influential entities including Georgia Power, the Department of Community Affairs and the Atlanta Regional Commission. In addition to being recognized during GMA’s Cities United Summit, winning cities will be highlighted in the February issue of Georgia Trend.

This Week in Decatur

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-Brave and Kind Bookshop is excited to provide after school workshops for kids, join them starting this week for Creative Writing Club (Grades 3-5) on Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. and Improv Club on Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. (Grades 3-5). Register at braveandkindbookshop.com!

-Mayor Patti Garrett will deliver the annual State of the City Address this Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Decatur Courtyard by Marriott beginning at 6 p.m. If you can’t join us, catch the live stream on our Facebook at City of Decatur GA- Government!

-Check out live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Rainbow Girls, Jeremy Pinnell, Wilkes and EB Cole, Laugh Tracks Live Comedy and Mike Kinnebrew. For show times and tickets, visit eddiesattic.com.

Cold & Flu season is upon us. Here are a few tips from the CDC to help keep you and your loved ones stay healthy.

1. Take time to get vaccinated.
2. Take every day preventative measures:
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
• If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

For more information about seasonal flu, check out www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention. And if you are concerned about the new coronavirus which can present as flu-like symptoms, check out https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.

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This Weekend in Decatur

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-If you’ve ever wanted to research the history of your home or property but wasn’t sure where to begin, don’t miss the Winter Research Class Series: Researching Your Historic House/Property in the Metro Atlanta Area on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10-11 a.m. at the DeKalb History Center. Visit dekalbhistory.org for ticket info.

-Join the Georgia Poetry Society and the Georgia Center for the Book for a reading with poet Jericho Brown this Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium. For more info, head to georgiacenterforthebook.org.

-Decatur Glassblowing will host classes to Make Your Own Glass Ornament this Saturday, Jan. 25. Check them out on Facebook for class times and costs. You must pre-register and reserve your space via the ticketing link. For more information and other classes, visit decaturglassblowing.com.

-Check out live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Eliot Bronson with Micah Dalton, JessLee of Season 14 The Voice and Jimmy Webb. For show times and tickets, visit eddiesattic.com.

Cover Photo: Dekalb History Center

This Week

-Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Different Trains Gallery 2 at Cornerstone Bank of Decatur on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 5-8 p.m. for an exhibition opening with works by Xie Caomin & Chase Chen. For more info, visit differenttrainsgallery.com.

-Come out for the opening reception of Audrey Galex and her Abandoned Mattress photo-journalism Project this Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6-9 p.m. This curated selection of images will be on view and on sale to benefit the Initiative for Affordable Housing at Aimee Jewelry & Fine Art Gallery thru January 31. To learn more about the organization, visit affordablehousingatl.org.

-Decatur’s Citizen Roundtables, the heart of our once-a-decade Strategic Planning process, will launch Thursday, Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m., at the Decatur Courtyard by Marriott’s Decatur Conference Center. Visit decatur2030.com to learn more!

-Join Tapestri and the Center for Leadership and Service at Agnes Scott College for an informative day-long training on Human Trafficking in Georgia. Presentations will take place this Friday, Jan. 24 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Letitia Pate Evans Hall, E-Conference Room ABC.

-Different Trains Gallery will host heir first Pop-Up show at 378 in Candler Park on Friday, Jan. 24 from 6-10 p.m. featuring art by Kim Cresswell and the Real Frank Tee. There will also be live music by Kevin Kinney and Friends as well as Clay Harper. Visit differenttrainsgallery.com for more info.

-Check out live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Clare Dunn, Eliot Bronson with Kristen Englenz and Brother Bird with Stephanie Lambring. For show times and tickets, visit eddiesattic.com.

Cover Photo: Art by Xie Caomin

SP Downtown Development

Are you interested in issues facing Decatur? Like the environment, mobility, or the cost of housing? How about diversity, local business, or education? Anything else? Once every decade, the Decatur community comes together to talk about the issues—like yours—we care about most. What emerges from the process is the Strategic Plan, a guide for setting our priorities, policies, and projects for the next 10 years. It’s now time to do it all again. Check it out online, register for the Roundtables, join us for the January 23 kick-off, and help shape the future you want to see. VISIT AND REGISTER TODAY: DECATUR2030.COM

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City Meetings

-City Commission | Tuesday, Jan. 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Historic Preservation Commission | Wednesday, Jan. 22 @ 6:30 p.m.

Events
-Visit the Remembering MLK Gallery Exhibit at the McCain Library on the campus of Agnes Scott College this week Tuesday, Jan. 21 through Friday, January 24 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

-Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King by responding to the social injustices of our times, through tabletop activities, inspired by Dr. King’s writings on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Julia Thompson Smith Chapel at Agnes Scott College. Box lunches will be available for those on campus who RSVP at calendar.agnesscott.edu. This event is free and open to the community.

-Don’t miss the Social Challenges of Our Times Film Series at Agnes Scott featuring Real Value, an award-winning economics documentary that delivers a refreshing meditation on how business can be used to create value beyond profit. The viewing will be held in Campbell Hall (C-Frannie Graves Auditorium, Room 128) on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 7-9 p.m.

-There will be live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Bailen with Old Sea Brigade, the Steel Wheels and Yarn. Visit eddiesattic.com for show times and ticket info.

Cover Photo: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (Spider Martin, 1965)

Diversity

Are you interested in issues facing Decatur? Like the environment, mobility, or the cost of housing? How about diversity, local business, or education? Anything else? Once every decade, the Decatur community comes together to talk about the issues—like yours—we care about most. What emerges from the process is the Strategic Plan, a guide for setting our priorities, policies, and projects for the next 10 years. It’s now time to do it all again. Check it out online, register for the Roundtables, join us for the January 23 kick-off, and help shape the future you want to see. VISIT AND REGISTER TODAY: DECATUR2030.COM

Social Media

Are you interested in issues facing Decatur? Like the environment, mobility, or the cost of housing? How about diversity, local business, or education? Anything else? Once every decade, the Decatur community comes together to talk about the issues—like yours—we care about most. What emerges from the process is the Strategic Plan, a guide for setting our priorities, policies, and projects for the next 10 years. It’s now time to do it all again. Check it out online, register for the Roundtables, join us for the January 23 kick-off, and help shape the future you want to see. VISIT AND REGISTER TODAY: DECATUR2030.COM

This Weekend in Decatur

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-This weekend all Luna Girl inventory is 50% off at Vivid Boutique! The artist Andrea Allen will be in the store on Saturday to greet guests and customers. Wine and snacks will be served. Visit Vivid Boutique on Facebook for more info.

-Join Decatur Glassblowing this Saturday, Jan. 18 for classes to Make Your Own Glass Cup and a class to Make Your Own Glass Paperweight. Check them out on Facebook for class times and costs.

-Join Pinky Promise for a bible study brunch to kick off MLK weekend in Luchsinger Lounge at Agnes Scott College on Saturday Jan. 18 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. This event is open to the community.

-Check out live performances at Eddie’s Attic this weekend featuring Jeff Plankenhorn with Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Drew Davidsen, Matt Mayes of Jupiter Coyote, Carrie Newcomer with Pianist Gary Walters and the Guitar Shed Adult Winter Recital. Visit eddiesattic.com for show times and tickets.