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Living Walls is back to paint a new mural entitled “Monuments: Our Immigrant Mothers” on the wall at the corner of N. Candler and E. Howard on the side of Kelly’s Market and Vivid Hair Salon. The original mural, painted in 2011, was faded and cracked said Living Walls Director of Operations Kristen Consuegra.  She said they now have a different method that can better withstand the elements. Work began this weekend with a bright yellow primer going up first.

The artist, Yehimi Cambron, is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and currently teaches at her alma mater, Cross Keys High School. The project is a culmination of her personal experience as an undocumented immigrant with DACA, of being the daughter of undocumented parents, and of the countless migration stories her students have shared with her in the art classroom through their projects.

Yehimi and Living Walls will be on site painting through June 3. The parking spaces and the sidewalk next to the mural are off-limits while the artist is painting but there is plenty of parking available in the lot behind the building and room to walk on the sidewalk across the street.

This weekend in #decaturga: An absolute ART-splosion.

 

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The Decatur Arts Festival sweeps across Decatur, Saturday, 10 am-6 pm and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm with 150+ artists market booths, live musical, comical, and dance pop-up performances, kids festival (Saturday, 9:30-2 at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.) and so much more. All FREE, all fun. decaturartsfestival.com

 

Skip the parking – cycle instead! Bike Valet service at Decatur Arts Festival lets you roll right up to the square at N. McDonough St. and drop off your bike for FREE with an attendant for the day. Learn more at decaturartsfestival.com/festival/bike-valet

 

The Friends of the Decatur Library host a Book Sale this Saturday, May 26 from 9-3 inside the library (out of the heat!) on the lower level, 215 Sycamore St. Shop every genre (including CDs and DVDs) and support your local library with the proceeds.

 

But wait, there’s more. Saturday’s FREE Concert on the Square features Afterglow – bringing a powerful sound to Decatur’s downtown square at 7 pm. Hosted by the Decatur Business Association. decaturdba.com/events/concerts-on-the-square

 

Free gift promotion at Vivid Boutique starts this weekend. Spend $40 at Vivid Boutique and receive a FREE pair of artful earrings as a customer appreciation gift! It’s Vivid’s way of saying, “Thanks!” and helping you sparkle for summer. Now through June. 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. See full offer details at facebook.com/VividBoutique/offers

 

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 is a reminder that all city offices are closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

Regular services for Mon., May 27 will be on Tues., May 28.

Regular services for Tues., May 28 will be on Wed., May 29.

Public Safety will operate on a normal schedule.

Spotlight on ART! Art happens here, now, and *especially* this weekend. The Decatur Arts Festival comes Memorial Day weekend and brings plenty of pre-festival fun with it:

 

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Fine Arts Exhibition opening TONIGHT. Tuesday, May 21, 5:15-7 pm at the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, Dana Fine Arts Building, 141 E. College Ave. Enjoy this juried multimedia exhibition featuring regional and national artists, on view through June 16.

 

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Dive into literary arts with author talks and a YA live variety game show.
  • Tuesday, May 21, Karin Slaughter and Alafair Burke present a new psychological thriller
  • Wednesday, May 22, a panel discussion on author Pat Conroy’s legacy
  • Thursday, May 23, YATL presents a new installment of their young adult literature inspired gameshow, talk show, music mash-up.
Details for all events at decaturartsfestival.com

 

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Artwalk brings pop-up art shows, demos, music, snacks, and drinks to 18 ARTSPOT locations around town. Free and open to the public.
  • Dalton Gallery
  • Aimee Jewelry and Fine Arts Gallery
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern
  • Butter & Cream
  • Core Dance
  • Different Trains Gallery 1 and 2
  • Georgia Center for the Book
  • HomeGrown Decatur
  • Little Shop of Stories
  • Olive Branch
  • Sq/Ft
  • Squash Blossom
  • Sycamore Place Gallery
  • Trinity Mercantile & Design
  • Vivid Boutique
  • Wild Oats & Billy Goats
  • Worthmore Jewelers
Full details at decaturartsfestival.com

 

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Drumroll please… The annual Decatur Arts Festival happens this weekend, May 25-26, with an expansive artist market, live music lineup, children’s festival, comedy, literary, and dance events, and more. decaturartsfestival.com

This week in #decaturga: City budget sessions, author talks, and senior cycling

 

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Decatur’s fiscal year 2019-2020 budget moves forward with work sessions and public hearing opportunities. Join in the FUN!-ding of your local government.
  • Monday, May 20: Formal budget presentation to the City Commission; 7:30 pm at Decatur City Hall.
  • Wednesday, May 22: Copies of the budget available at Decatur City Hall, Decatur Library, and online at decaturga.com/budget.
  • Monday, June 3: Save the date! Work session and public hearing; 7:30 pm at Decatur City Hall.

 

Lunch and Learn: Cabbagetown – Learn more about one of America’s last 19th century mill town communities and its dynamic history during this free lunchtime discussion. Tuesday, May 21, 12-1 at the DeKalb History Center, 101 E. Court Sq. Hosted by The Patch Works Art and History Center and DeKalb History Center. BYO-Lunch. facebook.com/events/424669658324180

 

Hops at the History Center features Elizabeth Cobbs and The Tubman Command as part of DeKalb History Center’s ongoing author series. Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-8 at DeKalb History Center, 101 E. Court Sq. Tickets: $5 for DHC members, $10 for non-members; includes book discussion, signing, and a drink ticket.

 

Gathered and Grounded offers an open-book look at depression through a graphic novel memoir with a special author event featuring Maggie Thrash and Lost Soul, Be at Peace. Wednesday, May 22, 7-9 pm at 533 W. Howard Ave. Suite F. facebook.com/events/526254397903001

 

Senior Bike Ride! Friday, May 24 at 10 am join Decatur Active Living as they step off from Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., for a slow-paced ride geared toward seniors. BYO-bike and helmet.

 

High Noon History continues at the DeKalb History Center with local history lunchtime tours every Friday in May. Information at dekalbhistory.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

This weekend in #decaturga: Hair love, beer tastings with a twist, free funk, and Ramadan story time.

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Kick off summer reading with Little Shop and HAIR LOVE tonight! Friday, May 17, starting at 4 pm, join in reading program sign-ups for families, kids, teens, and adults, and a book signing with Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison, creators of Hair Love. 133 E. Court Sq. facebook.com/events/430240541121623

 

Craft beer meets 5K. Three Taverns hosts 3T5K tomorrow, Saturday, May 18, and it’s not too late to sign up! 5K and Fun Run events, plus beer tasting, BBQ, live music, and prizes. Information at facebook.com/events/335821033703476 and iwelife.com/3t5k.html

 

All NEW Buildings, Art & Brew Pub Crawl features six local establishments, their architectural history, and their delicious drinks. Saturday, May 18 starting at noon in Oakhurst. Public art, trolley ride, and fun facts included. Tickets $40, $20 for DDs. freshtix.com/events/buildings-art-and-brew

 

FREE Concerts on the Square every Saturday in May! This week it’s Diggity, with a whole lotta funk. Grab a local bite with buddies and bring a blanket to Decatur’s downtown square. Show starts at 7.

 

Ramadan Mubarak! Little Shop of Stories hosts a special Ramadan Story Time honoring this month-long holiday and pillar of Islam. Sunday, May 19, 2-3 pm at 133 E. Court Sq. Open to all. facebook.com/events/589556181537764

 

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

Read along with book club picks from Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board and Little Shop of Stories. These books honor National Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and celebrate the rich culture and values that Asians and Pacific Islander immigrants and decedents add to our communities. 📚✨

 

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
Young Minli decides to leave her small village to find out how she might change her family’s fortune by seeking out the wisdom of the Old Man on the Moon. Inspired by Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a lush and fantastical tale of friendship, perseverance, and family. This illustrated book is aimed at middle grades (ages 8-12), but is the perfect read aloud for even the youngest listeners.

 

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Drawn Together, by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat
Facing both a language and generational barrier, a boy and his Vietnamese grandfather learn to communicate through their shared love and passion for drawing and art. Seeking to understand each other, they both find that “all the things we could never say come pouring out and we build a new world that even words can’t describe.” This picture book is aimed at ages 4-8.
 

 

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The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui
Like many of the best memoirs of the last 10 years, artist Thi Bui’s achingly beautiful memoir of her family’s escape from Vietnam and subsequent immigration to the United States as refugees is a graphic novel. Her soulful brushstrokes and strong use of color expose the difficulty in maintaining any sense of self amidst cultural and personal upheaval. A great read for adults, it touches on universal themes of family, love, and growing up.

 

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

This week in #decaturga: MLK Service Project dine-out for a difference, book release dinner party, free concerts, and more!

 

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Raise a fork, fix a home! Restaurants 4 Repairs lets you earn money for Decatur’s MLK Service Project just by dining out Tuesday, May 14. All day at The Corner Pub, Raging Burrito and Taco, Parker’s on Ponce, The White Bull, Big Tex, Café Lily, Dog Towne Franks, ebrik, Farm Burger, Grind House, Kelly’s Market, Leon’s Full Service, The Marlay House, Mexcalito’s Cantina, Mojo Pizza Pub, Scout, The Square Pub, Steinbeck’s, Sushi Avenue, Taiyo, and Universal Joint. mlkserviceproject.com
 

 

Come out to INDIAN-ish – a five-course cookbook release dinner party at Chai Pani. Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 pm, enjoy a cocktail and full meal inspired by Priya Krishna’s new cookbook INDIAN-ish, a signed copy, and Spicewalla goodies to take home. Tickets: $90 at indianish.splashthat.com
 

 

Harpist Susan Ottzen and clarinetist Don Erdman put on a FREE concert at the Decatur Library, Tuesday, May 14, 7-8 pm at 215 Sycamore St., with jazz, blues, and classical selections. Hosted by Friends of the Decatur Library
 

 

Enjoy a FREE Blue Sky Concert on the square this Wednesday, May 15 at noon featuring Jason Pomar. Hosted by the Decatur Business Association.
 

 

Meet YA fantasy author Stephanie Garber on her Finale book tour. Wednesday, May 15, 7-8 pm at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Hosted by Little Shop of Stories and the Georgia Center for the Book. FREE and open to the public. facebook.com/events/2010083142446921 
 

 

Join Decatur Active Living for the Third Friday Bike Ride. Friday, May 17. Leave from the Decatur Recreation Center at 6:30 pm. Celebrate National Bike Month with a 6-mile, social pace, no-drop ride around town with a stop at a local watering hole afterward. BYO-helmet. facebook.com/events/1196989563815162
 

 

High Noon History continues every Friday this month, with historic walking tours of Decatur’s downtown square hosted by DeKalb History Center. Meet at noon in the lobby of the historic courthouse, 101 E. Court Sq., for a 45-minute lunchtime tour. dekalbhistory.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

 

This weekend in #decaturga: Mom gets a treat, roaring twenties take the stage, and Decatur history stretches its legs.

 

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NEW Mother’s Day Pop Up offers a day out for Mom, or an opportunity to pick up just the right gift! Enjoy a yoga class, chair massage, crafted drinks, and kids crafts all for free. Shop cookie sandwiches, foodie indulgences, floral bouquets, and books, too. Saturday, May 11, 9-2 on Decatur’s downtown square. visitdecaturgeorgia.com/see-do-play/mother-s-day-pop-up

 

This Saturday’s Concert on the Square features Tray Dahl and The Jugtime Ragband – “We play good songs with a few miles on ’em.” Enjoy the FREE concert Saturday, May 11, starting at 7 pm on Decatur’s downtown square. jugtimeragband.com

 

Stroll the grounds of Decatur Cemetery with a history who’s who tour from Friends of Decatur Cemetery as their monthly Second Sunday Cemetery Stroll season kicks off. Sunday, May 12 at 2:30. Meet at the gazebo near the Commerce Drive gate. facebook.com/FriendsOfDecaturCemetery

 

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

 

545 Oakview Rd tree (002)

**UPDATE**

The tree has been removed, power is being restored, and the road should be open in an hour.

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Due to a severely damaged tree, Oakview Rd. is closed between Adams St. and Ansley St. until the 30” diameter Poplar tree has been removed. Drivers should use alternate routes. Pedestrians should avoid this area.

Georgia Power will be de-energizing the power line in order to remove the tree around noon. A loss of power is expected during this time. Updates will be posted to the city’s official social media channels.