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Taking advantage of the good (aka non-rainy) weather, general contractor CMES installed a new storm drainage line on Mead Road across from Harmony Park. There has been steady progress with new curbing and sidewalks on the north side of the Mead Road extension. This will continue this week, with the work moving in a northerly direction on the west side of Oakview Road towards West Benson Street.

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On Saturday, May 2 from 5PM-10PM the open spaces and vacant buildings along 4 blocks of E Howard Ave (between Trinity Ave and the Ice House lofts) will be transformed into a FREE, all ages participatory dance experience: danceDanceDANCE!  East Howard Avenue will be closed between North Candler Street and Hillyer Place. Parking is available at the Decatur Recreation Center at 231 Sycamore Street. See the attached flyer for a map.

At DDD! participants will be immersed in models of artist micro-housing, pop up stages, film projections and dancing in the streets. 310 East Howard Avenue will be transformed into a theater for live performance.  Artist Retail booths, curated by Root City Market, will be set up in ColorWheel at the east end of the street.

Highlights:

  • Dance Performances by Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Decatur City Dance, Core Performance, Dance Brasil and many more
  • Pop up Artist retail by Root City Market
  • A life size model of an artist micro house
  • Food & Drink from local restaurants
  • Opportunities for you to dance!

This event is designed to launch a larger conversation around creating the Decatur EcoArts District. The goal of the district is to build inclusive communities by shaping neighborhood redevelopment so that it is environmentally sustainable with built in opportunities for creative expression. More information is available at www.zoeticdance.org

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Traffic & Parking
The event will run from 5pm-10pm. East Howard will be closed to vehicular traffic between North Candler Street and Hillyer Place beginning at 3PM on Saturday. See the attached map for the location of street barricades. There will be police officers on hand to direct traffic. We are encouraging all attendees to park at the DeKalb County parking deck on West Trinity or the Recreation Center parking deck off of Sycamore Street.

Jam packed weekend ahead

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There are so many things to see and do in Decatur this weekend, I probably won’t be able to list them all here! Here are the big ones:

*Little Shop of Stories 10th Anniversary Celebration-Saturday, May 2nd 11am-4pm   Music, books, bouncy things, crafts, and a special appearance by Judy Schachner, author of Skippy John Jones series

*Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K-  Info here

*Concerts on the Square-7:00-9:30pm on the Community Bandstand featuring  The High Strung String Band

*dance, Dance, DANCE- On Saturday, May 2 from 5PM-10PM the open spaces and vacant buildings along 4 blocks of E Howard Ave (between Trinity Ave and the Ice House lofts) will be transformed into a FREE, all ages participatory dance experience: danceDanceDANCE!  East Howard Avenue will be closed between North Candler Street and Hillyer Place. Parking is available at the Decatur Recreation Center at 231 Sycamore Street. See the attached flyer for a map.

 

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In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Decatur Business Association, the DBA along with the City of Decatur has decided to shake up our traditional summer event, the Decatur Beach Party, and make a huge SPLASH this summer. For one day only, there will be a 1000 foot long water slide in the middle of W. Ponce de Leon Ave, stretching from Clairemont down just past Ponce de Leon Place. The event is called Slide the City and this event has been sweeping the nation!

You can expect more details ( and ticket information) in the next few weeks but for now, mark your calendars for  Saturday, July 25th and start shopping for your favorite inflatable!

Check out the video of the slide here

If you’ve spent some time on the square today or if you follow Downtown Decatur on Facebook, you already know about the new lawn furniture:

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Grab a book from a nearby Little Free Library and curl up on one of the new Adirondack chairs or just have a seat and enjoy some good people watching.

Yes, we know the chairs are not nailed down. That’s on purpose so they can be moved for festivals. So if you notice someone trying to take off with one of the chairs (which is not an easy feat because they’re not light), put a stop to it. Call them out or call the non-emergency Decatur police department number, 404-373-6551. Do the same if you see someone drawing on or tagging the chairs.

But most importantly of all, we want you to enjoy the chairs. Come out, get some vitamin D and enjoy the view!

Last Thursday, April 23, there was a public information session about the redevelopment of the Avondale MARTA station’s south parking lot. The presentation document and map handout are now available online:

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Map handout

Anyone with questions about this project can contact Lyn Menne at lyn.menne@decaturga.com.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness DeKalb County Affiliate invites everyone to gather at 7 p.m. on May 1 on the Decatur square to honor those living with a mental health condition and their loved ones. Street theater begins at 7:00 p.m. and the vigil starts at 7:30 p.m. for the Vigil. Participants are asked to wear green. For information contact 404-604-2350 or info@namidekalb.com.

Today Chai Pani is donating 10% of its sales to earthquake relief in Nepal.

Here’s the announcement (released via Twitter last night):

#HelpNepal #OperationMaitriApril 28th 10% of all sales to earthquake relief@cl_atlantafood @ajc@DowntownDecaturhttp://t.co/fxEURlwFbF - posted on 26/04/2015 19:27:20

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OCH Decatur School Enrollment Growth

The Open City Hall question about City Schools of Decatur enrollment growth and a possible GO Bond will close at Noon on Monday, April 27. Any resident of Decatur can give feedback before then by going to www.decaturga.com/opencityhall and clicking on “Decatur School Enrollment Growth.” All residents, not just those with children, are encouraged to respond.

There will be a special joint work session with the City Commission and City Schools of Decatur School Board Monday, April 27 at 6 p.m., Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. Those unable to attend in person will be able to watch the live stream  of the meeting here. Please note that there is no public comment period during a work session.

 

Pine Street Market & Steinbeck’s are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Smoke & Glory Showdown held here at Steinbeck’s on Sunday, April 26th at high noon running until about 4pm. Proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen.

Admission is $40.00 for adults and gets you two grown-folk beverages and tastes of all 14 entries, along with live music. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1423087

A website devoted to the event is here: www.smokeandglorycookoff.com.

The competition works thusly: we provide every restaurant raw pork butt. They prepare it in any way they like. The only rule is that the pork must be smoked. Where, when, how, additional cooking techniques… all up to the chef’s discretion.  The winner is chosen by a combined tally from the People’s Choice & from our local BBQ celebrity judges. See you there!

Cheers!