Come out to the Square from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th to experience the City’s proposed spending plan for FY19-20.  In addition to learning about the city’s plans for spending in the July 2019 – June 2020 fiscal year, the expo will feature music, food and prizes. A few of our city vehicles will be parked in the East Court Square turn around so take this chance to check some things out. The event is free and open to everyone in the community.


Should the weather keep us from being outdoors, the event will be moved to the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street.) Stay tuned for updated information.

This Week in Decatur: 3/18

This week in #decaturga: Comprehensive sex ed, silent auctions, Jewish heritage celebration, animals, books, and more


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Parents, Let’s Talk About Sex – with certified OWL sexuality educators Emily Howard and Marion Crabb, hosted by Decatur Parents Network. Tuesday, March 19, 7 pm at Legacy Park (previously United Methodist Children’s Home), 500 S. Columbia Dr. Information at decaturparents.net/lets-talk-about-sex


Aimeé Gallery hosts Traditions: Celebrate the Holiday of Purim and the Beginning of Spring, a group exhibition of Jewish heritage including paintings and jewelry. Opening reception: Tuesday, March 19, 6-9 pm at Aimeé Jewelry and Fine Art Gallery, 335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Suite B. On view: March 19-May 14. Information at aimeejewelryandgallery.com


DeKalb History Center’s Annual Meeting and Silent Auction offers an evening of hors d’ oeuvres, music, and tempting silent auction packages donated by local businesses. Friday, March 22, starting at 6 pm at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Sq. All are welcome to this FREE fundraising event. Drink tickets are available for $5 each. Information at dekalbhistory.org


Decatur Cooperative Ministry celebrates 50 years of service, housing, and homelessness prevention. You’re invited to their Birthday Bash! Friday, March 22, 5-8 pm at the Solarium, 321 W. Hill St., with live music, auction, and plenty of dessert. Information and tickets for all ages at facebook.com/events/540044019821834 and decaturcooperativeministry.org/50years


Bridget Heos, author of the Just Like Us! series of books, discusses the similarities that humans share with other living things (cats take naps, fish go to school…) at Little Shop of Stories, Friday, March 22 at 6 pm, 133 E. Court Sq. as part of the Atlanta Science Festival. Come check out this free, fun, family-friendly event! Information at facebook.com/events/301927383848193


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: St. Patrick’s, Purim, free family swim, and more!


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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration at Brick Store Pub – Look for Irish stouts, corned beef and cabbage, traditional Irish music, and more all weekend long at the Brick Store Pub, 125 E. Court Sq. Step off in their annual Mable-McNally St. Patrick’s Day Parade from Fellini’s parking lot at 11 am and process to the square with a bagpiper. Information at facebook.com/events/326070534684394 and facebook.com/events/791891741196775


Oakhurst (indoor!) FREE Family Pool Day – Splash for free from noon to 2 this Saturday, March 16 at Oakhurst indoor pool at the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club, 450 East Lake Dr. Enjoy indoor swimming, ice cream, and prizes with the whole fam. Can’t make it this weekend? Mark your calendar for April 13. Information at decaturga.com/city-government/city-departments/active-living/aquatics-pools/oakhurst-indoor-pool

An Evening with Mike Lowery at Little Shop of Stories – Meet author, illustrator, and world traveler Mike Lowery as he launches two new books: Slightly Jet Lagged and America’s National Parks. Saturday, March 16 at 6pm, 133 E. Court Sq. Information at facebook.com/events/334788990478880


Purim Story Time! Join the Jewish festival of Purim with a celebratory story time at Little Shop of Stories, 133 E. Court Sq. Sunday, March 17, 2-3 pm. Come in costume for a special prize, enjoy Hamantashen pastry treats, and hear the story of Purim. Hosted along with Chabad Decatur. Information at facebook.com/events/403774623515271


Constellations: Aerial Dance Performance of Star Stories – Coming to the Ebster Recreation Center on Sunday, March 17 at 3 pm, Earth to Sky teen aerial dance company and the Atlanta Science Festival put on a show inspired by the night sky. Tickets: $10 at freshtix.com/events/constellations. Information at facebook.com/events/344352812868530


Enjoy English country dancing in Decatur. First and third Sundays of the month, 2-5 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. New dancers lesson 1:30-2 pm. $9. Information at ecdatlanta.org



Apply for a homestead exemption today – tax time is right around the corner! The City of Decatur offers several homestead exemptions to resident homeowners that may reduce the taxable value of your home by 10-, 25-, or even $50,000. These include general exemptions based on ownership and occupancy as well as exemptions based on age, income and disability. A complete list of exemptions and qualifications is shown here: decaturga.com/homestead It’s worth a look!


Apply online at decaturga.com/homestead or in person by March 15 (that’s this Friday!) to ensure your exemption appears on your first installment tax bill for this year. Applications are accepted year-round, but in order to grant an exemption for the current tax year, we must receive your application no later than April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be processed for the following tax year. 


Learn more at decaturga.com/homestead.

Read along all month long with book club picks from Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board and Little Shop of Stories that celebrate Women’s History Month. This week: Women’s history for little learners. 📚✨



Little Dreamers: Visionary Women from Around the World by Vashti Harrison (Children). This follow-up to last year’s brilliant Little Leaders book is even more charming and delightful! Chock-full of both well-known and less-recognized historical figures, Little Dreamers exposes readers to a host of women who made huge impacts on the world. It is a picture book aimed for younger children, ages 3 and up.

From Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board:

We hope that you will use this March as an opportunity to learn about and discuss the myriad of ways women enrich our communities, our nation, and the world.

Some discussion questions to consider, while reading or just thinking:

  • Are women and men (or, more broadly, people of different genders) different? If so, how should we as a society respond to such differences?
  • Who is a woman you admire? Talk with a friend or family member about why (or tell her!).


Books are available for purchase at Little Shop of Stories, 113 E. Court Square. littleshopofstories.com

Tuesday, March 19, 5-7 p.m. on the Decatur Square


Get an up-close and personal look at the city’s budgeting process at the free Touch-A-Budget event. See what “pending spending” is planned for the FY 2019-2020 city budget and how it supports the 2010 Strategic Plan principles developed by Decatur residents. Talk to representatives from all city departments and play budget games for prizes. For information, check decaturga.com/budget.


Lime Scooters

The community is invited to a drop-in public information and input session on the motorized mobility device (AKA electric scooters) ordinance, Wednesday, March 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore St.). Currently, e-scooters are being operated through an Interim Operating Agreement while an ordinance is being developed.

City staff will be on-site to provide information on the current requirements, potential ordinance provisions, respond to comments and receive your suggestions. We are interested in hearing from you about the key components in the motorized mobility device ordinance.

Drop by the Decatur Recreation Center anytime during the workshop to learn about the potential ordinance and share your thoughts. For more information or questions, contact Ash Kumar at ash.kumar@decaturga.com or 404-370-4102.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 6 to 7:30 pm

Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St

This Week in Decatur: 3/11

This week in #decaturga: Eating bugs, prizes in pubs, St. Patty’s bike ride, and more


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Learn about eating bugs with graphic novelist Blue Delliquanti, author of Meal, and scientist / entomophogist Chelsea Thomas. Monday, March 11, 7-9 pm at Little Shop of Stories, 133 E. Court Sq. $5 family tickets include samples from the buggy buffet! Part of the Atlanta Science Festival. Tickets and information at facebook.com/events/585689508525348


Music Bingo is the new trivia night. Check it out at Universal Joint, Tuesdays at 8 pm starting this week, Tuesday, March 12. 906 Oakview Rd. It’s bingo meets Name That Tune, meets drink specials and prizes! Bring your friends. Information at facebook.com/events/2062565700524810


Decatur’s Third Friday Bike Ride rolls with a St. Patrick’s Day theme! Join Decatur Active Living for this friendly (no-rider-left-behind) 6 mile ride around town. Meet Friday, March 15 in front of the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., wheels down at 6:30 pm. Helmets required; green flair encouraged. Information at beactivedecatur.com


The Southern Harp Festival comes to Decatur Friday-Sunday, March 15-17. There’s still time for harpists and enthusiasts to register for masterclasses and seminars through the weekend. And concerts are open to the community! Learn more and buy tickets for Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon harp concerts at southernharpfestival.com


Contra dance the night away! Every Friday night, 8-10:45 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. New dancers lesson 7:30-8 p.m. $10. Information at contradance.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

Whether you attended the Preferred Design Alternative/Refinement Final Public Workshop  on February 28 and want more information, or you missed the workshop but would like to participate, there is an opportunity to do so online. The graphic displays (links are below) will give you the same materials that the attendees of the Final Public Workshop received. We have listed each document along with a description of how it was used at the workshop.

  • 1 – About the Project – Provides detailed information on the various aspects and history of the Railroad Crossing Improvements @ Atlanta Avenue.
  • 2 – PedBike Paths – Displays the travel patterns of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists within the project area.
  • 3 – Community Goals – Shows “word clouds” highlighting the greatest areas of concern and the most favored solutions, concepts and ideas. It summarizes project goals and objectives that have been developed from community engagement.
  • 4-6 – Workshop #2 Project Concepts – There were three boards displaying the concepts which emerged from November’s Kick-off Open House and Workshop and from the online Kick-Off Workshop. After thorough analysis, these concepts were deemed infeasible due to either high cost, operational inefficiency, the need for significant property, or some combination thereof. The three concepts include:
  • 7 – Matrix – Summarizes the results of the evaluation conducted by the project team. Evaluations were based on a combination of community evaluations of the concepts, modeled intersection effectiveness, expected pedestrian connectivity detour, and relative cost.
  • 8-10 – Top Ranked Concepts – The three top ranked concepts after the team evaluation were refined with additional detail. These refinements provided higher level visuals than the previous workshop that better described the expected roadway geometry and lane striping throughout the intersection. The three top ranked concepts were:
  • 12-15 – Workshop Worksheets – Each of the top ranked concepts were made available to participants to share design ideas for public amenities that extend beyond the scope of the facility geometry alone as well as provide general comments regarding ideas for elements of components. The worksheets correspond directly with numbers 8-10 above but include an enlarged drawing and comment space:
  • Thank You!– Stay tuned for project updates from the City of Decatur. Please feel free to forward this to any friends and neighbors who may be interested in participating.

We encourage you to participate in the Online Workshop and use Open City Hall to provide your Design Ideas and General Comments.  The deadline for submissions is March 18.

This weekend in #decaturga: Happy International Women’s Day from the City of Decatur!


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Celebrate women artists, DJs, and business owners during the Women Create art opening at Trinity Mercantile and Design. TONIGHT, March 8, 5-8 pm at 116 E. Trinity Pl. View paintings, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and more by 10 local women artist, free sips and bites. Information at facebook.com/events/323383764957760 and trinity-decatur.com


Pick up Tour deCatur bib numbers and watch beloved CoD teachers get a pie in the face! Tour deCatur Expo TODAY, March 8, 4-6:30 pm at the Ebster Recreation Center, 105 Electric Ave. The race(s) step off tomorrow morning from Decatur High School. Watch for road closures and runners, of course! Information at decatureducationfoundation.org/tour-decatur


Academe of the Oaks hosts Brain/Body Interactive Health Connection Summit, with mindfulness education, recipe demos, guided meditation, and more. Saturday, March 9, 9 am-5 pm at Academe of the Oaks, 146 New St. Tickets: $55, helps support scholarship funds. Information at academeatlanta.org


Pop in for a Trunk Show at Wild Oats and Billy Goats featuring paintings and jewelry by Jan Daniels and Patricia Dibona. Saturday, March 9, 12-5 pm, 112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.


Mathapalooza! See the magic of math + the arts. This FREE event for all ages features puzzles, games, performances, music, art, and more. Saturday, March 9, 1-5 pm at Ebster Recreation Center, 105 Electric Ave. Hosted by Mathematics-in-Motion. Information at facebook.com/events/394390188035131


View Glennwood student art at Wild Oats and Billy Goats. Opening reception Sunday, March 10, 3-5 pm, 112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Celebrate young artists with ongoing special student exhibitions at Wild Oats and Billy Goats in partnership with the Decatur Arts Alliance. (Up next, Oakhurst!) Information at facebook.com/events/657146791371955


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