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This Week

City Meetings

-Zoning Board of Appeals | Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
-Planning Commission | Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m.

-The Decatur Arts Alliance is hosting the Core Dance photography show and opening reception this Monday, Dec. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery (113 Clairemont Ave). The retrospective exhibition documents the contemporary dance organization from 2014 to the present and will be available for viewing Dec. 10-13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
-Join the Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board for a discussion about the problems associated with single-use plastics and hear how some communities are choosing to respond to this environmental challenge Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center. This event is free and open to the community.
-Get up close and personal with the Historic DeKalb Courthouse on a behind the scenes tour this Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 12 p.m. Visit dekalbhistory.org for ticket information.
-Meet some of Oakland Cemetery’s most notable residents with author Janice McDonald’s new book, Residents of Oakland Cemetery. Come out for Hops at the History Center on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit dekalbhistory.org.
-The community is invited to take a journey celebrating gospel music with the Silver Leaf Baptist Church Choir of Atlanta on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 7-8 p.m. at the Decatur Library.

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This Weekend

-Don’t miss the students of Dance Foundry in the Nutcracker: Clara’s Winter Dream happening this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Visit the Dance Foundry on Facebook for ticket information.

-Little Shop of Stories will host Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone, on tour for the second book in the Legacy of Orïsha series, Children of Virtue and Vengence. This event will be Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Winter Theater located inside the Dana Fine Arts Building at Agnes Scott College. Visit littleshopofstories.com/december-2019-events to purchase tickets.

-Join Antlers and Wings for Sip and Stroke Your Chakras on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit Antlers and Wings on Facebook for more information.

-Join the Little Shop of Stories for story time featuring some favorite books for the season and special guest illustrator Jennifer L. Meyer. She is on tour for her newest picture book If I Could Give You Christmas, mark your calendars for an afternoon of stories, drawing demos and a book signing on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit littleshopofstories.com.

-This weekend’s live performances at Eddie’s Attic will feature Hunter Callahan with Celia Rae and Abe Partridge, Sarah Peacock and David Wilcox with Michael McArthur. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

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Agnes Scott College Campus Master Plan Open House

Agnes Scott College invites all residents of City of Decatur/DeKalb County to a Campus Master Plan Open House:

Thursday, December 19
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Agnes Scott College
Rebekah Scott Hall, Elizabeth Kiss Welcome Center
141 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

This event will showcase Agnes Scott College’s draft plan, focusing on the six big ideas that will guide the college over the next ten years and beyond. The presentation will be informal, allowing you to come and go as your schedule allows. Representatives will be available to answer your questions and obtain feedback.

Complimentary parking is available in the college’s West Parking Facility located at 137 S. McDonough Street.

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The December test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (12/4/19) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 5 December 2019.


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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City Meetings
-City Commission | Monday, Dec. 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Active Living Board | Tuesday, Dec. 3 @ 8 a.m.
-The Better Together Board will attend the DBA holiday celebration in lieu of their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

-Don’t miss the Tree Lighting this terrific Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ​on the Square! Enjoy holiday carols, warm cookies, hot cocoa and “snow” on the square. At 7 p.m. sharp, Santa himself flips the switch to light the tree above the east entrance of the Decatur MARTA station.

-Check out live performances at Eddie’s Attic from Gary Harris featuring Paula Champion, the Virtuosic Mandolin Duo: Frank Solivan and Don Stiernberg, the Tim O’Brien Band, Sugarcane Jane and the Bucket Fillers, Emily Hearn and Grant-Lee Phillips with Wild Ponies. For showtimes and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

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This weekend in #decaturga:

-Santa on the Square is happening this Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You won’t want to miss his arrival on a Decatur fire truck to East Court Square! Come out to enjoy a fresh-baked cookie and your choice of milk or hot cocoa as well as get your picture taken! The event is free but reservations are requested so that we can be sure to have enough cookies, milk and cocoa for all. Register at www.freshtix.com/events/cookies–milk-with-santa-2-2!

-Don’t forget to participate in Small Business Saturday! “Shop Small” for gifts at City of Decatur businesses and then head to the tent on the square to get your purchases expertly gift-wrapped for free! Bring your retail receipts totaling $200 or more to the tent or the Decatur Visitors Center to receive a free $20 gift certificate from one of many local restaurants.

-This weekend’s upcoming live performances at Eddie’s Attic will feature Ellis Paul and Kristian Bush. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

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This Week

This week in #decaturga:

Please note the City of Decatur will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.

City Meetings
-Lifelong Community Advisory Board Meeting | Monday, Nov. 25 @ 6:30 p.m.

-Wahoo! Grill will host a dine out for the Center for Black Women’s Wellness on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 5-10 p.m. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Center, which provides clinical and financial wellness services to over 3,000 women and men each year. Visit wahoogrilldecatur.com to make your reservations!

-Catch live performances at Eddie’s Attic featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show, Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels and the 51st Bi-Annual Open Mic Shootout. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

Cover Photo Credit: Center for Black Women’s Wellness (www.cbww.org)

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Please be advised that Partitions Contracting will have an extension in work hours on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 815 Commerce Drive in downtown to complete concrete pours at this site. The work will take place from 5 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Neighbors throughout Decatur are invited to attend the next Decatur Neighborhood Alliance meeting on Wed., November 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Housing Authority Community Center, 481 Electric Ave. No neighborhood is too big or small, whether you live in a house, condominium, townhome or apartment. You do not need to be involved with a neighborhood to attend. Everyone is welcome.


Gerontologist Jamie Gilbert will discuss the benefit of developing intergenerational relationships. Neighborhoods are the perfect place to get to know everyone from young children to older adults. The bonds that are formed can make a difference in everyone’s life. Research has linked these relationships to other benefits like improved mental and cognitive health.


Contact Lee Ann Harvey at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548 to confirm your attendance or to update your neighborhood’s listing on the Neighborhood Groups page of the Decatur website.

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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.




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