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This weekend in #decaturga: Touch-a-Truck, Holi color explosion, and a bonafide meat fest

 

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Touch-a-Truck! Explore fire trucks, dump trucks, big rigs, tractors, excavators, police cars and motorcycles, and more up close and personal during this FREE Decatur Active Living event. Saturday, March 23, 10 am-1 pm at the East Lake MARTA Station North Lot (on W. Howard Avenue/DeKalb Avenue). Information at beactivedecatur.com and decaturga.com/city-government/city-departments/active-living/touch-a-truck

 

Holi: Festival of Colors – Celebrate color! Get messy. Join this Indian festival celebration on Sunday, March 24, 10-11:30 am at Glenlake Park (1121 Church St.) and wear clothes that can get covered in color from head to toe. RSVP for this FREE family-friendly event at indianculturebox.org/events

 

Smoke & Glory Chef Thunderdome returns to Steinbeck’s with a smoked meat battle among 20 of Atlanta’s best restaurants. Sunday, March 24, 1-5 pm at Steinbecks, 659 East Lake Dr. This charity benefit also features Creature Comforts on tap and Miles McQuarrie crafting cocktails. Tickets from $10 to $45. Information at facebook.com/events/615572098902066 and smokeandglorycookoff.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
 

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: Mary Beard’s manifesto – More power to her. 📚✨

 

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Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (Adult non-fiction). Mary Beard is one of the smartest historians publishing today, and yet, as a woman, she has gotten frequent attacks, threats, and trolling, particularly online. In this slim manifesto, she examines the nature of power and how it has been defined to exclude women through history. Ultimately, she lays a case for how we should rethink what leadership and power look like if we stop redefining it to exclude women.

 

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

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.

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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

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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. 📚✨

 

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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

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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