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The Decatur City Commission passed a non-discrimination ordinance at its meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019. Decatur is now the 5th city in DeKalb County and the 6th city in Georgia to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance including Doraville, Clarkston, Chamblee, Dunwoody, and the City of Atlanta.

Mayor Patti Garrett said, “Decatur is committed to the values of equity, inclusion and diversity and the adoption of this Ordinance is a tangible way to demonstrate that commitment.” The non-discrimination ordinance includes federally protected classes and non-protected classes based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The non-discrimination ordinance prohibits local businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age or military status. Discrimination is prohibited in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. No federal or Georgia state law expressly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The ordinance’s enforcement includes clear steps starting with filing a complaint through resolution in the City’s municipal court or the option of voluntary mediation. The initial penalty for violation is a civil penalty of $500, and $1,000 for any subsequent violations.

According to Mayor Garrett, the city will partner with the Better Together Advisory Board to educate the community about the rights and responsibilities under the new law.

 

 

 

This Week in Decatur

This Week

This week in #decaturga:

City Meetings
-City Commission Meeting | Monday, Nov. 18 @ 7:30 p.m.

-Historic Preservation Commission Meeting | Tuesday, Nov. 19 @ 6:30 p.m.

Events
-Join Little Shop of Stories for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Shannon Messenger this Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Please note the location has changed to Holy Trinity Church. This event is free and open to the community. Visit Little Shop of Stories on Facebook for more info.

-The Wylde Center’s Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Fall Dine Out is happening on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5-9 p.m. Visit wyldecenter.org for a complete list of participating restaurants.

-It’s a cookie-tasting extravaganza at participating shops this Terrific Thursday, Nov. 21. This event is free, just sample the cookie creation at each shop and vote for your favorite on social media. Check out the map for participating shops!

-Don’t miss More Than Flag: A Conversation with Monica Helms! The creator of the Transgender Pride Flag will be speaking Thursday, Nov. 21 from 7-8 p.m. at Agnes Scott College’s Alston Campus Center, AL-Luchsinger Lounge. For more information, visit calendar.agnesscott.edu.

-Join Kelly’s Market for a Boxcarr Chesse and Wine Tasting this Friday, Nov. 22 from 6-8 p.m. Visit Kelly’s Market on Facebook for more info.

-Catch live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Baylee Littrell, Will Solomon, Mckenzie Lockhart & Oh Jeremiah, Bailey Bryan, Joe Alterman, Granville Automatic & Anna Rose and the Ain’t Sisters with Keenan Schmidt. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

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Shop merry, sip wine and indulge in decadent chocolate treats. Terrific Thursdays continue tonight with deals and discounts at 24 shops and the Holiday Wine & Chocolate Walk in participating Terrific Thursday stores from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Buy them online or on the square. 👇

 

✨ TONIGHT’S FEATURED DEALS: ✨
∙ Little Shop of Stories: Spend $50 and receive a $5 Little Shop gift card to use in 2020!
∙ Squash Blossom: 20% off hats and scarves + trunk show with local perfumery, OTHUS
∙ Homegrown: Buy Three Get One Free on bath bombs, stickers, key rings, magnets, and food items
∙ Kelly’s Market: Buy One Get One Free on an array of chocolate items
∙ Trinity: 50% off pillows
∙ Wild Oats and Billy Goats: 10% to 25% off select art and jewelry
∙ Aimee Jewelry and Fine Art Gallery: Sale on pearl rings and sterling silver butterfly wings jewelry collection

Look for more deals in our 24 participating stores. See the full list here: decaturga.com/terrific-thursdays.

 


 

🍷🍫🎟 Holiday Wine & Chocolate Walk:🍷🍫🎟

Nov. 14 • 6-9 p.m.∙ Downtown Decatur • Inside most of our 24 Terrific Thursdays participating shops including:
· Aimee Gallery
· Antlers & Wings
· Boutique Karma
· Float Atlanta
· Found Co.
· Green’s Fine Foods
· HomeGrown
· Kelly’s Market
· Kismet Fine Jewelry
· Little Shop of Stories (They’ll have cider too!)
· Olive Branch Wellness
· Sq/Ft
· Squash Blossom
· Tres Jolie Boutique
· Trinity Mercantile & Design
· Vivid Boutique
· Wild Oats & Billy Goats
· Pure Barre

Tickets are $10. Get yours now at https://www.freshtix.com/events/wine–chocolate-walk Or buy them on the square at 6 p.m.

✨BONUS Alert: Get a coupon for $1 off the 2019 City of Decatur ornament, and register to win one of several $50 gift cards from local restaurants or shops.

 


 

🚗 🚌 Rides on Us! 🚗 🚌
Enter today’s promo code, TERRIFIC14, in the Lyft app, and we’ll pay $10 toward your trip, 5-11 pm, to or from Downtown Decatur. Limited to the first 50 participants. Full details on the app.

And while you’re here, we’ve partnered with Let’s Ride Atlanta to whisk you between Decatur shopping hot spots in a mini electric shuttle. Free!

This Week

This week in #decaturga: Thursday-Friday

City Meetings
-Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting | Friday, Nov. 15 @ 8 a.m.

Events
-Different Trains Gallery 2 at Cornerstone Bank of Decatur presents “Around the Wheel”, a group exhibition of works by the teachers at Color Wheel Studio. The opening reception will be Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m.

-Come out for our first-ever Holiday Wine & Chocolate Walk on this Terrific Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of exclusive, decadent chocolate treats and wine tastings at participating retail shops while you get a head start on your holiday gifting. For details and ticket information, head to visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

-The students at Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool will present their annual Harvest Festival to the community Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15.

-Join the Decatur Education Foundation for their annual Supper & Sips event this Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Marriott in Downtown Decatur. To purchase your tickets, visit givergy.us/supperandsips.

-The community is invited to the Fall Open House at the DeKalb History Center to kick off the “Give Five for the Archives” fundraising campaign on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. Visit dekalbhistory.org for more information.

-Catch live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring The Good Graces with Virginia Plane, Sonia Leigh with Sarah Potenza, Joe McGuinness and Hannah Holbrook, Toby Lightman with Emmy Law and Trace Bundy. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

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The holiday season is quickly approaching! Have you cut out your solid waste and recycling schedule from the November Focus? Public works will not distribute doorhangers this year, but check out page 5 of the Focus for a physical copy or click here for the online schedule of changes in collection due to city holidays. Please note the City of Decatur is open on Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

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The City of Decatur is forming a Complete Count Committee (CCC) to increase awareness about the 2020 Census and motivate fellow residents to respond. The City Commission is looking for volunteers to help in shaping our community using this vital tool starting in January 2020. The CCC will perform its work from January 2020 to April 2020.

If you are interested in joining the city’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census, send your name, phone number, email address and Election District 1 or 2 to City Clerk Meredith Roark at meredith.roark@decaturga.com by Dec. 2.

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Please note the City of Decatur is open Veteran’s Day today, Nov. 11. Solid Waste and Recycling Services will operate as scheduled.

City Meetings
-Zoning Board of Appeals | Monday, Nov. 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

-Active Living Board Meeting | Tuesday, Nov. 12 @ 8 a.m.

-The Planning Commission’s November meeting is cancelled.

Events
-A traditional Veteran’s Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held this Monday, Nov. 11 at the Decatur Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m.

-Come out to Chai Pani to celebrate the release of Chandra Ram and Meherwan Irani’s Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook tonight, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Visit indianinstantpot.splashthat.com for tickets.

-Kick your week off with upcoming live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Puma Blue with Gabe Goodman and Robyn Hitchcock. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

-Little Shop of Stories will host Andrea Beaty on tour for her latest book: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez! Join them this Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

-The City Schools of Decatur’s Central Office is now officially the Elizabeth Wilson School Support Center. In celebration, there will be a dedication ceremony and reception Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 4:30-6 p.m. at 125 Electric Avenue on the first floor of the Wilson Center.

-Don’t miss Professor of English at Emory University, Deepika Bahri for the Writers & Scholars Series at Agnes Scott in the Alston Campus Center this Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6-8 p.m.

-Come out the the Decatur Library Auditorium to hear John Simon discuss his book, Strangers in a Stranger Land: the first comprehensive history of Finland’s Jewish community on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:15 p.m.

The November test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (11/6/19) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 7 November 2019.

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If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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-There will be a City Commission Meeting tonight, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. If you can’t make it to City Hall (509 North McDonough St), we’ll be streaming live at decaturga.com.

-Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 5. A sample ballot and a link to the City’s elected officials map can be found at decaturga.com/cmo/page/elections-and-voting.

-Consumer investigator and author Dale Cardwell is coming to the Decatur Library Auditorium this evening, Nov. 4 at 7:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the community, books will be available to purchase and have signed.

-Bring your lunch and join the DeKalb History Center to learn about the recent restoration of the Lyon Farmhouse from the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area Alliance this Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 12-1 p.m. For more information, visit dekalbhistory.org.

-Saint Thomas More Catholic School invites parents of prospective students to an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit stmga.org/.

-Wahoo! Grill is hosting their monthly wine tasting this Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 5-6:30 p.m. Visit wahoogrilldecatur.com for event details and tickets.

-Come out for Hops at the History Center featuring author Cathy J. Kaemmerlen as shares the origin stories behind some of Georgia’s most head-scratching place names on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 6-7 p.m.

-Terrific Thursdays kicks off with the big reveal of the 2019 official city ornaments at Wild Oats & Billy Goats this Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

-The community is invited to get to know Furnish with Love, a new nonprofit in Decatur with offices at Legacy Park. Join them for bites and beverages at Trinity Mercantile & Design on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

-Join Kelly’s Market for a french wine tasting and pre-sale on Friday, Nov. 8 from 6-8 p.m. The special occasion wines will be available to order and receive the following Tuesday.

This Weekend in Decatur

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-The city’s fall recycling event is here! To recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam, drop by Decatur Public Works on Saturday, Nov. 2 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please note, paper shredding will NOT be available during this recycling event (will return during the spring event). For a list of acceptable electronics, foam recycling guidelines and additional FAQs, visit linktr.ee/cityofdecaturga.

-Capoeira Maculelê Decatur presents Eu Sou Maculelê 2019! Come out to celebrate Mestre Fran and Mestra Sara day in the City of Decatur this Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2. For more event schedules and activities, visit Capoeira Maculelê Decatur on Facebook.

-Global Village Project (GVP), a nonprofit special purpose middle school for refugee girls, will hold its 7th Annual Global Village Welcome Walk (formerly Connecting Communities Walk) on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register to walk at bit.ly/RegistrationWW19.

-The 3rd Annual Walking Past The Dead Tree Tour is happening Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (rescheduled from Oct. 19). Come learn about 8 featured trees in the Historic Decatur Cemetery (299 Bell St.) where there will be an Arborist stationed at each one to share interesting facts and stories.

-Join Kelly’s Market to celebrate Dia de los Muertos as Marcial from El Cuate Foods cooks up fresh, authentic tacos this Saturday, Nov. 2 from 12-4 p.m. For more information and upcoming events, visit Kelly’s Market on Facebook.

-Sapori di Napoli will host a Peroni and Spritz Party this Sunday, Nov. 3 from 5-10:30 p.m. There will be music on the patio, games, giveaways and of course, food! Visit Sapori di Napoli on Facebook for more details.

-Check out this weekend’s upcoming live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness, Suzy Jones with Jess Nolan, Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight with Stevie Kin, Harold Holloway and Company, Roanoke with Kyle Cox, and McKenzie Jasper and Big Brutus. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.