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This week in #decaturga: Laughs, jazz, books, and poetry

 

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Laughs: April Fools Comedy Night TONIGHT, 4/1 with shows at 7 and 9 pm at Three Taverns Brewery, 121 New St. Tickets are $25 and include local jokes and drinks (2 pours). 21 and up. Brought to you by the Decatur Arts Alliance and Three Taverns Brewery. Information at facebook.com/events/2227394850853845 and decaturartsalliance.org

 

Books: Author Steve Oney presents A Man’s World, Monday, April 1 at 7:15 pm at the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St. This free event is hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book. Information at facebook.com/events/334990557361137 and georgiacenterforthebook.org

 

Jazz: FREE Oakhurst Jazz Nights every Thursday in April. Bring a blanket (and maybe a picnic) and enjoy two-hour jazz concerts on the lawn of The Solarium, 321 W. Hill St. in Oakhurst, 7-9 pm. This Thursday, April 4 features Mace Hibbard. Sponsored by the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. Information at oakhurstjazznights.com

 

Poetry: R. Cary Bynum and Brenda Bynum read their works, including selections from “Night Streetcars” and more. Wednesday, April 3, 7:15 pm at the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St. This free event is hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book. Information at facebook.com/events/261633221383483 and georgiacenterforthebook.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

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This weekend in #decaturga: Lower your property taxes and play in a park

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Decatur’s Homestead Exemption program helps qualifying resident homeowners save on property taxes. Sweet! Learn more at decaturga.com/homestead and apply by April 1 to have it count towards this tax year.

 

Tomorrow is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. Celebrate at your local 12+ city parks, greenspaces, playgrounds, and nature trails! Learn more about City of Decatur parks at decaturga.com/parks.

 

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

 

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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Public Works is gearing up for the 2019 Neighborhood Cleanup days.

The City offer these days once a year to help residents dispose of bulky items that don’t easily fit into Pay-As-You-Throw bags. Each street in the city is assigned to a Saturday between March and June. Dates for the 2019 event are now available.

Neighborhood Clean Up Schedule 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Woodson at sean.woodson@decaturga.com or 404-377-5571.

Collection Times

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

Acceptable Items:
• Yard trimmings
• Building materials (not from the work of private contractors)
• Tires
• Furniture
• Appliances (not containing Freon)
• Trash that won’t fit into pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) bags

Materials we will not collect:
• Liquids
• Dirt
• Bricks
• Blocks
• Stone, rocks, or concrete
• Motor vehicle batteries or parts
• trees (removed by contractor)

Saturday, March 30 Collection

Collection for March 30 will take place in the following neighborhood:

Oakhurst Neighborhood #1 –

First Avenue
Second Avenue (100 to 600 Block)
Third Avenue (400 to 700 Block)
Fourth Avenue
North Fourth Avenue
Fifth Avenue
Gordon Street
Northern Avenue (north side only)
Oakview Road (1000 to 1700 Block)
Maxwell Street
Third Avenue
East Lake Drive (400 to 600 Block)

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If you are interested in running for elected office later this year or were recently elected/appointed, consider attending this free seminar offered by the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission at the Decatur Recreation Center on Monday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This training seminar is open to all residents interested in seeking a statewide, county or municipal elected office.

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To register for the seminar, contact City Clerk Meredith Roark at Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com. Or if you have questions about the topics to be covered during the training, contact DeAngelo Hall at dhall@ethics.ga.gov.

 

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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: Stories that put the HER in hero. 📚✨

 

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Not One Damsel in Distress by Jane Yolen (7 and up). Famed fantasist and children’s book author Jane Yolen has collected folk tales and legends from around the world that highlight strong females who are rescuing themselves (as well as a prince or two!). This newest edition contains new stories, as well as beautiful illustrations by Susan Guevara. It is written for elementary school students, aged 7-10 or so.

 

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

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This week in #decaturga: Share your e-scooter opinions and eat paella.

 

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To scoot or not to scoot? How and where to scoot? So many question and opinions. We want to know YOURS! Please join in Decatur’s Future of Electric Scooters in Decatur – Public Information and Input Session! Wednesday, March 27, 6-7:30 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. This open drop-in workshop will help form Decatur’s motorized mobility device (AKA e-scooters) ordinance. Questions? Suggestions? Email ash.kumar@decaturga.com

 

Celebrate National Paella Day at the Iberian Pig. Yum. Enjoy saffron-scented paella and cocktails specials to pair with it (as well as Iberian Pig’s full regular menu and Jamón Happy Hour specials). Wednesday, March 27, 5-10 pm at 121 Sycamore St. Reservations recommended. Information at facebook.com/events/429086474499921

 

Every week: Musical Bingo on Tuesdays at Universal Joint, 8 pm, ujointbar.com. Contra dancing on Fridays at the Decatur Recreation Center, 8 pm with new dancers lesson at 7:30, $10, 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

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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
 

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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

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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.

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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

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