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This Week in Decatur: 4/22

This week in #decaturga: A brewery “spirit night” for L’Arche Atlanta and plenty of free music

 

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Jessica Handler presents The Magnetic Girl, a novel. Monday, April 22, 7:15 pm at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book. Information at facebook.com/events/316087702382340 and georgiacenterforthebook.org

 

Cheers to Totes Tuesday with L’Arche at Eventide Brewing! Raise a glass and support people with intellectual and development disabilities through L’Arche Atlanta with 10% of the proceeds. Tuesday, April 23, 5:30-10 pm at Eventide Brewing, 1015 Grant St. SE. Information at facebook.com/events/418234718985097 and larcheatlanta.org

 

Musical Bookings presents Veronika Jackson, Atlanta acoustic folk blues artist. Tuesday, April 23, 7-8 pm at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. FREE concert hosted by the Friends of the Decatur Library. Information at veronikajackson.com

 

Last chance for FREE Oakhurst Jazz Nights in April! On the lawn of the Solarium, 321 W. Hill St., 7-9 pm. This Thursday, April 25 features Matt Wauchope. Sponsored by the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. Information at oakhurstjazznights.com

 

Musical Bookings presents The Hollands!, a fun, folk-revivalist family band. Friday, April 26, 7-8 pm at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. FREE concert hosted by the Friends of the Decatur Library. Information at thehollands.org

 

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

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Construction on the Commerce Drive Cycle Track is expected to start on Monday, April 22. The City of Decatur is partnering with the PATH Foundation to build the cycle track (also called “protected bicycle lanes”) on Commerce Drive between Clairemont Avenue and West Trinity Place and on West Trinity Place from Commerce Drive to North McDonough Street, where it will connect with the recently completed North McDonough cycle track.

Construction will take up to one year. Lewallen Construction of Marietta, who has built similar projects in downtown Atlanta and at Georgia Tech, is the general contractor.

Efforts will be taken to minimize impacts, but residents are reminded that noise, mess, and inconvenience are likely side effects to be expected at various points during the process. Everyone’s patience is appreciated.

Jonathan McCaig of the PATH Foundation is the construction manager and can be contacted at jonathan@pathfoundation.org.

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Further details

On Commerce Drive, the new plan includes 4 vehicle lanes between Clairemont and West Ponce de Leon Avenue, with 3 lanes between West Ponce and West Trinity Place. West Trinity will have 4 vehicle lanes.

Construction will start at Clairemont Avenue and move south towards West Trinity Place. The initial work will include re-striping the street to reflect the new cycle track pavement marking plan and will provide work zones on both sides of Commerce and Trinity so that the contractor can safely perform the job.

More details about the project can be found at decaturnext.com.

This weekend in #decaturga: Family-friendly races, egg hunt festivities, and a benefit for better student mental health

 

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Beat the Street for Little Feet! – Support Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool with a day of family-friendly 5K, 1-mile Fun Run, and Tot Trot races, activities, and a Backyard Bash. Saturday morning, April 20 at Harmony Park (Oakview Rd. at E. Lake Dr.) Register TODAY at Big Peach on N. Decatur noon-4 pm or on race day starting at 7 am near the starting line. Information at oakhurstcoop.com/beat-the-street

 

Join Easter egg hunt fun hosted by the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, complete with goodies, golden eggs, face painting, puppet show, and more. Saturday, April 20 at 10 am, 465 Clairemont Ave. Information at messiahdecatur.org

 

Support student mental health and honor the life of Joe Bodine during Joe’s benefit, Saturday April 20, 7-10 pm at Color Wheel Studio, 508 E. Howard Ave. Enjoy food, drink, live music, and event t-shirts. Tickets are $55; the event is 21 and up. Information at decatureducationfoundation.org/joesbenefit and facebook.com/events/1155029791339333

 

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

This Week in Decatur: 4/15

This week in #decaturga: Music with Indigenous inspiration, free jazz, and a spotlight on Atlanta brewing

 

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Agnes Scott hosts Sodizin: Songwriting from a Native American Perspective with Lyla June Johnston TONIGHT, Monday, April 15, 7 pm at Presser Hall, 141 E. College Ave. Free and open to the public. Information at facebook.com/events/2231092193874395 and calendar.agnesscott.edu

 

Atlanta Beer Gurus and authors Ron Smith and Mary Boyle discuss their book Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South. Wednesday, April 17 at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Sq. Doors open at 5:30 with talk, book signing, and beer sampling to follow. Hosted by the Dekalb History Center. Tickets: $5 members, $10 non-members. Information at facebook.com/events/324976931710644

 

FREE Oakhurst Jazz Nights every Thursday in April. Enjoy jazz and a Spring evening on the lawn of the Solarium, 321 W. Hill St. in Oakhurst, 7-9 pm. This Thursday, April 18 features Diane Durrett. Sponsored by the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. Information at oakhurstjazznights.com

 

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com
This weekend in #decaturga: Lots! Egg hunt, stories, splashing, crafts, affordable housing and environmental justice, and hot dogs too

 

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Legacy Park Affordable Housing Workshop – Crucial community input for affordable housing solutions at Legacy Park. Saturday, April 13, 9 am to noon at the gymnasium at 500 S. Columbia Dr. Visit decaturnext.com/2019/04/community-workshop-to-address-legacy-park-housing-affordability or contact Angela Threadgill, Planning Director, angela.threadgill@decaturga.com for more
 

Womxn in Environmental Justice Student Summit – Deep dive into equity and sustainability with women-centered solutions. All-day summit Saturday, April 13 9 am-5 pm at Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave. Information and tickets ($6) at facebook.com/events/509595866231900
 

Story Time with Aya and Pete – Brave and Kind Books presents Authors Serena Minott and Asha Gore with their new book Aya and Pete in Paris. Saturday, April 13 at 10 am at 722 W. College Ave. Information at facebook.com/events/944514909271311
 

DBA Easter Egg Hunt – The bunny is back! Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 am on the front lawn of First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave. The egg hunt begins at 11 am sharp for all age groups, with crafts, story time, and snacks afterwards. FREE, sponsored by the Decatur Business Association. Information at decaturdba.com/events/easter-egg-hunt
 

Craft Savvy Market – Local crafters, global inspiration, great finds! Saturday, April 13, noon to 5 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. Information at craftsavvymarket.com and facebook.com/craftsavvymarket
 

Free Family Pool Day – The whole family swims free this Saturday, April 13 from noon to 2 pm at Oakhurst indoor pool at the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club, 450 East Lake Dr.
Guitar Decatur Grand Opening – Celebrate the Decatur Music Project and the new second location for Guitar Decatur on Saturday, April 13, 11 am-3 pm at 111 S. Columbia Dr., with food, drinks, and of course, live music.
 

Decks N Dogs – Jaw-dropping skateboard deck art, hot dogs, and Scofflaw Brewing combined. Saturday, April 13 starting at 3 pm at Dog Towne Franks, 307 B E. College Ave. Hosted by Fishbone Art and Dog Towne Franks and featuring 45+ Atlanta artists. Information at facebook.com/events/319199342112954
 

Amplify Decatur Music Festival – Star-studded lineup includes Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, The Bitteroots and more. Saturday, April 13. Doors open at 3:30 pm and the show goes on until 11. Tickets from $49 to $249 with VIP and Premium options. Information at amplifydecatur.org

 

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

April Book Club

📚✨ This month’s Better Together book club picks help create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT youth.

 

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Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack. A charming picture book with a Prince who discovers his knight in shining armor. This beautifully illustrated book makes room different sorts of love stories.
 

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Star-Crossed, by Barbara Dee. Mattie is a twelve year old who’s sorting out her newfound crush on Gemma, the girl cast as Juliet in her school’s production of Romeo & Juliet. It all comes to a head when Mattie’s cast as Romeo because the boy playing the part drops out. A fun, lightly played midgrade novel.

 

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Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, by Jaye Robin Brown. When Joanna’s Dad’s new marriage moves the family from Atlanta to Rome, Georgia, she agrees to “lie low” and not be quite the out and proud lesbian she had been at her Atlanta high school. But then she starts to fall for Mary Carlson– and maybe Mary’s falling for Jo too? We love this book and author Jaye Robin Brown! Her newest book, The Meaning of Birds, will be out this spring, and she’ll be here at Little Shop on April 24th.

 
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Jack (not Jackie), by Erica Silverman & Holly Hatam. Big sister Susan is excited to have a new baby sister, someone she share fun things like dresses and fairies with. But as Jackie gets older, Susan struggles with her sibling identifying more as Jack than Jackie. This picture book is great for anyone, but particularly families looking for an excellent introduction to the issues of gender identity.

 

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Becoming Nicole, by Amy Ellis Nutt. This nonfiction biography of actress and activist Nicole Maines, by Pulitzer prize-winner Amy Ellis Nutt, is not only a fantastic portrait of an extraordinary young woman and her exceptional family, but is also a great resource for families looking for the voices of those negotiating the world of gender identity questions and issues when you have a child in transition.

 

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Every Day, by David Levithan. Every day, the character “A” spends their life as a different person, and they’ve gotten used to it over time. Then, one fateful day, A meets Rhiannon, and now they’ll do anything to get back to her. But, when A does, can Rhiannon accept that A will look like a different person every day? This is a modern classic of YA literature, by a giant of the genre.

 

From Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board:

Creating a safe and supportive environment for LGBT youth

Statistics from the Human Rights Council’s recent report, Growing Up LGBT in America, indicate there is much work to be done to create more inclusive and hospitable communities for LGBT-identified youth. According to the report:

  • 80 percent of LGBT-identified youth are harassed at school.
  • 73 percent of LGBT youth report that they are more honest about themselves online than when they are engaging with others in the real world.
  • 92 percent of LGBT youth declared that they hear and read negative messages about being LGBT at school and from their peers.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved. School environments that lack a sense of belonging and are riddled with teasing and bullying have a significant impact on students’ ability to learn and emotionally thrive.

Since 1996, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has annually sponsored a Day of Silence on the third Friday of April to generate greater awareness about the horrendous effects that bullying and harassment have on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.

That’s why the Better Together Advisory Board and Little Shop of Stories are partnering this month to present a collection of books that can aid us as we work to create safer and more supportive schools in Decatur. We hope that you will learn more about the history of the Day of Silence and use it as an opportunity to read one of the outstanding books recommended this month. You can find all of them at Little Shop of Stories, 133 E. Court Square, or online at littleshopofstories.com/shop-online.

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Affordable housing is coming to Legacy Park! – Now what? Join in the Decatur Legacy Park Affordable Housing Workshop THIS SATURDAY, April 13, 9 am to noon at the gymnasium at 500 S. Columbia Drive to help decide. All are welcome in this community conversation on the affordable housing portions of the property’s master plan. Here’s more:
 

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Through community visioning and values, the Legacy Park master planning process (decaturnext.com/category/umch) took shape. The property’s master plan identifies two areas — the North and South Villages — for affordable housing. But exactly what form should such housing take? What scale and design can best address this pressing need while also remaining sensitive to the character of the historic United Methodist Children’s Home campus and its surrounding neighborhoods?
 

On Saturday, April 13, from 9am-Noon we will drill down on exactly how, within the context of Decatur Legacy Park, we might serve that need most effectively. This is a pivotal, hands-on opportunity for affordable housing stakeholders and the broader Decatur community to make a substantive contribution to our city’s long-term affordability, as well as to the related diversity and inclusion ambitions that inform it. A facilitated, 3-hour event, the workshop is open to all and will focus on activities — both indoors and, weather-permitting, outdoors — that help visualize and rank different housing approaches.
 

Questions? Visit decaturnext.com/2019/04/community-workshop-to-address-legacy-park-housing-affordability or contact Angela Threadgill, Planning Director, angela.threadgill@decaturga.com

 

This Week in Decatur: 4/8

This week in #decaturga: Neighborhood jazz, plants, and poetry; beloved local solo-show and lost books rediscovered.

 

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poetry Atlanta and several presenting poets at the Decatur Library. Monday, April 8, 7:15 pm at 215 Sycamore St. Information at georgiacenterforthebook.org and facebook.com/events/448403659241899

 

Enjoy FREE Oakhurst Jazz Nights every Thursday in April. Stretch out on the lawn of The Solarium for two-hour jazz concerts, 321 W. Hill St. in Oakhurst, 7-9 pm. This Thursday, April 11 features Eileen Howard. Sponsored by the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. Information at oakhurstjazznights.com

 

Shop the Wylde Center Plant Sale at Oakhurst Garden for veggies, fruit trees, perennials, annuals, shrubs, succulents, and GA natives, too! Friday, April 12, 9 am-5 pm at 435 Oakview Rd. Put the seats down in the hatchback for this one. Information at wyldecenter.org and facebook.com/events/258214961727526

 

Open to any book lover! – Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival, celebrates lost and under-appreciated Southern writers this Friday and Saturday. The first day is hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., starting at 12:30 pm. Information and registration for this FREE event at georgiacenterforthebook.org and facebook.com/events/102084503915903

 

Ruth Franklin’s “Only When I Laugh” solo-exhibition opens at Different Trains Gallery with a reception on Friday, April 12, 5-9 pm at 432 E. Howard Ave. No. 24. On view through June 22. Information at differenttrainsgallery.com and facebook.com/events/2264515183838071
 

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com
This weekend in #decaturga: Little Taco Truck Launch Party
 
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Okay, so it’s not an *actual* taco truck… but there will be snacks! Celebrate this charming children’s book with a special story time and Little Taco Truck book signing at Little Shop of Stories, Sunday, April 7, 2-3 pm, 133 E. Court Sq. Information at facebook.com/events/959676440896932
 
Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

The Decatur Legacy Park master planning process wasn’t just an exercise in visioning. It was also a means by which the Decatur community voiced and prioritized its values. Those values, including affordable housing, are now embedded in our long-term goals for the property. The property’s master plan identifies two areas — the North and South Villages — for housing. But exactly what form should such housing take? What scale and design can best address this pressing need while also remaining sensitive to the character of the historic campus and its surrounding neighborhoods?

Please join us Saturday, April 13, from 9am-Noon as we drill down on exactly how, within the context of Decatur Legacy Park, we might serve that need most effectively. This is a pivotal, hands-on opportunity for affordable housing stakeholders and the broader Decatur community to make a substantive contribution to our city’s long-term affordability, as well as to the related diversity and inclusion ambitions that inform it. A facilitated, 3-hour event, the workshop is open to all and will focus on activities — both indoors and, weather-permitting, outdoors — that help visualize and rank different housing approaches.

Questions? Visit https://www.decaturnext.com/2019/04/community-workshop-to-address-legacy-park-housing-affordability/ or contact Angela Threadgill, Planning Director, angela.threadgill@decaturga.com

Please make plans to join us:

DECATUR LEGACY PARK AFFORDABLE HOUSING WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 | 9AM-12PM

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