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. 📚✨


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.


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.


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


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


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.

Spotlight on ART! May is Art Month in Decatur, with events all month long and the Big One (the Decatur Art Festival) on Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what’s coming up:


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2019 Festival Poster Unveiling TONIGHT, May 9, 5:30-7:30 at the Solarium in Oakhurst, 321 W. Hill St. See the poster created by artist Amanda Bennett, bring home a copy, and enjoy an evening of music, refreshments, and fun. FREE. decaturartsfestival.com/festival/poster-unveiling


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The Lantern Parade is this Friday night! Light up a lantern and line up at Color Wheel Studio, 508 E. Howard Ave., at 8 pm. Or just marvel as the magic steps off at 9 and parades to the square. Perfect for families, photographers… Anyone with eyeballs, really. decaturlanternparade.com / decaturartsfestival.com/festival-events/lantern-parade


NEW this year: Buildings, Art and Brew Pub Crawl. Get tickets now for an afternoon of historic architecture, public art, and craft beer on Saturday, May 18. Tickets and information at decaturartsalliance.org/buildings-art-and-brew




Bring Mom to the square this Saturday for yoga, flowers, massages, mocktails, and more! Our Mother’s Day Pop Up offers the perfect way to celebrate the mothers of Decatur with local businesses Gathered and Grounded, Natural Body Spa, The White Bull, Jimella’s Cookies, Bloom Floral Design, Splash of Olive, and Little Shop of Stories (with story time and crafts for the kiddos!) Saturday, May 11, 9-2 on Decatur’s downtown square.


Moms – Get a gal-pal group together and make a day of it! (Hello, free chair massages…) There’s plenty of time to be Mom on Mother’s Day, right?


Free yoga class starts at 9 am on the east end of the plaza. Find more information at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/see-do-play/mother-s-day-pop-up #decaturga #mothersday



Honey Bee SwarmPhoto Credit: Bee City USA®-Decatur, GA (Beecatur)

Honey bees live in large, complex colonies often made up of as many as 60,000 bees. In the springtime months, successful, populous honey bee colonies sometimes divide themselves in two. This process of colony reproduction is called swarming.

When swarming, the honey bee queen and approximately half of her workers leave the hive in search of a new home. The swarm first lands somewhere close to their original hive (e.g., on a tree branch, a porch railing, a mailbox, etc.). They form a protective ball of thousands of bees around the queen, while scouts seek out a suitable new permanent home. Once a new home has been identified, the swarm again takes flight, usually within 24 hours.

April and May are prime swarm season. Beekeepers will gladly capture swarms and give them a new home. If you see a honeybee swarm, contact your neighborhood beekeeper or call the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association Swarm Hotline at 404-519-4141 immediately.

To the non-beekeeper a honey bee swarm can seem fearsome. However, observed from a respectful distance, honey bee swarms can be a fascinating, even awe-inspiring, sight few people get to experience.


This week in #decaturga: Decatur Makers improv show, tons of author and illustrator events, and oh-so-local history


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Laugh out loud at Make It Up! – an improv show at Eddie’s Attic putting the funny in fundraiser for Decatur Makers. Tuesday, May 7, starting at 6 pm at 515 N. McDonough St. Support Atlanta’s only family-friendly maker space, and enjoy music, prizes, DIY mini-projects, raffles, auctions, and of course, improv. Tickets and information: decaturmakers.org


Find author Rachel Hawkins with Her Royal Highness, illustrator Loren Long with If I Was the Sunshine, and Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser with a new book, Lambslide. All at Little Shop of Stories this week! 133 E. Court Sq. littleshopofstories.com


Enjoy High Noon History on your lunch break every Friday in May. Take lunch to-go and tour Decatur’s downtown square with experts from the DeKalb History Center. Friday, May 10, meeting at noon in the lobby of the historic courthouse. $3 (DHC members are free). 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: Latin dance party, gardens, art, light up a lantern, and listen to your heart (literally).


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Decatur ArtWorks local artist reception – Mixed media, modern wildlife, industrial pop art and more at Decatur CoWorks TONIGHT. Friday, May 3, 7-9 pm, 708 Church St. decaturcoworks.com

Jazzercise Decatur hosts a Family Fitness Fun Day to celebrate 50 years of Jazzercise. Enjoy food, music, puppetry, prizes, crafts, health screenings, bounce house, and of course, a good workout. Free and open to everyone. Saturday, May 4, 11-3 at 114 New St. facebook.com/events/2212774378973432

Salsa on the Square – A FREE Latin dance party on Decatur’s downtown square! Lessons by dance legend Mambo Mario Diaz and music by DJ Jeremy Lane – just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Saturday, May 4, 5-9 pm. facebook.com/events/410503112826446 #salsaonthesquaredecatur

Galeria Regina presents “Mixed Emotions” – Saturday, May 4, 5-9 pm. Three artists interpret the human figure, featuring Jessica Cook, Myles Williams, and Larry Bottomley. On view through June 29 at 409 Mead Rd. #5. galeriaregina.com

Get ready to glow during Decatur’s Lantern Parade (happening Friday, May 10!). Local lantern whisperer Chantelle Rytter hosts lantern making workshops at Color Wheel Studio this weekend. See the full illumination lineup for Saturday and Sunday at chantellerytter.com/decatur-lantern-parade

Wylde Garden Tour features 13 gardens full of inspiration, flowers, wildlife, woodlands, and more on Saturday and Sunday, 10-5. Find tickets and tour sites at wyldecenter.org/wylde-garden-tour

Join in Joy Night at First Baptist Church of Decatur – a community celebration of joyful gospel music. Sunday, May 5, 5 pm at 308 Clairemont Ave. FREE concert with a potluck meal to follow. fbcdecatur.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