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The 2020 AJC Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University kicked off today, September 4! This year’s virtual festival will run until October 4 and include a variety of experiences. Check out a few upcoming events below:

The Decatur Book Festival is partnering with the Dekalb Entertainment Commission and Georgia Humanities to distribute free books to Atlanta communities during several of the festival’s virtual events. Volunteers will deliver free signed copies of ‘I Am Every Good Thing’ to kids throughout Dekalb County who have signed up to watch the virtual Kidnote on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. On Sunday, Sept. 6, volunteers will deliver free copies of Toni Tipton-Martin’s award winning cookbook, Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking, in conjunction with the Cooknote that begins at 6:30 p.m.

Also, chef-author Alexander Smalls will discuss his book, Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Steinbeck’s Ale House in Oakhurst will prepare the book’s recipe Oxtails, Turnips & Okra braised slowly in red wine and plated with Buttered Jasmine Rice. The first five people who order takeout or dine-in the night of Sept. 8th and mention the festival will receive a free copy of Smalls’ book.

For more info on upcoming events, view the full festival lineup here!

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Labor Day weekend is here but you don’t have to miss out if you #MaskUpDecatur! Let’s do our part to get #GetGeorgiaWell.

Photo Credit: Get Georgia Well

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As we prepare to observe Labor Day on Monday, September 7 this is a friendly neighborhood reminder of the holiday scheduling for City of Decatur Solid Waste and Recycling Services. Also, please note the regular City Commission meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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The September test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today, September 2, at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, September 3.

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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The Legacy Park trails in the green space at 500 S. Columbia Drive will be closed for maintenance this week from Wednesday, 9/2-Friday, 9/4 at 6:00 p.m. Thank you for your patience as we make the trails safer for users!

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The Decatur City Commission is accepting statements of interest from residents for volunteer service on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The ZBA is established by local ordinance. It conducts public hearings on requests for variances from zoning requirements and considers appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator and of the UDO administrator.

Additional information on the board responsibilities and access to the Statement of Interest form can be found at decaturga.com/resident-boards-commissions. You can return the form via email to City Manager Andrea Arnold, Andrea.Arnold@decaturga.com or mail it to her attention at City of Decatur, PO Box 220, Decatur GA 30031.

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The City’s sanitation trucks are sporting a new look in support of the 2020 Census. Oscar the Grouch and the City of Decatur encourage all residents to complete their census forms by September 30, 2020.

Responding to the Census is critical to the City (as well as DeKalb County and the State of Georgia) because the results help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into the community every year for the next ten years. So take 10 or so minutes to complete and mail back the paper form you received in March, enter your information online at My 2020 Census or call the Census hotline at 844-330-2020.

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Beginning Thursday, August 27, the southbound lane of Commerce Drive will be closed between West Trinity Place and West Howard Avenue. Southbound traffic on Commerce will be detoured to North McDonough Street during the closure.

The lane closure is expected to be in place for 4 to 6 weeks and is necessary to allow completion of the Allen Wilson Terrace Drainage Improvements. Delays should be expected during this time. To view traffic patterns and for more information, visit Decatur Makeover.

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The 2nd Annual Great Georgia Pollinator Census happens this Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, and YOU can be a part of it. Participating is fun and easy, and only takes 15 minutes. Simply pick a pollinator plant, observe it for 15 minutes, and count the number of pollinating insects which visit it, recording your observations on a counting sheet (downloadable sheets are available here). When you’re finished, upload your data to the GGAPC website.

Don’t worry if you can’t tell a honey bee from a bumble bee! GGAPC’s available Insect Counting and Identification Guide gives detailed instructions on counting and photo examples for classification, which is helpful, since there are more than 500 bee species in Georgia. Your insect observations get categorized into one of eight categories:

  • Bumble bees
  • Carpenter bees
  • Small bees
  • Honey bees
  • Wasps
  • Flies
  • Butterflies and moths
  • Other insects

Still not sure how to count? Here’s a link to quick video primer on how the Great Georgia Pollinator Census works:  https://vimeo.com/444310448

Last year, during the inaugural count, some 4,500 participants documented more than 131,000 insect sightings, and more than 100 events related to the project took place around the state. This year’s count may look a bit different with social distancing recommendations in place, but organizers are encouraging participants to plan on counting pollinators at home, whether solo or with their families.

The event is the brainchild of the UGA Extension Service. The data you collect will provide pollinator researchers at UGA with vital information that will help them better understand pollinator populations around our state.

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Today (August 20) is the final day to participate in the Commissioner’s Census Tract Challenge. If you have not responded to the 2020 Census yet, you still have time to help your census tract increase its response rate. The census tract with the greatest increase in response rate for the period of July 20 through August 20 will be eligible to receive a t-shirt or other swag.

Want to check on your tract’s progress? Then check out the City’s GIS portal called Decatur OneMap and add the “Census” layer to the map. As of Wednesday, Tract 226.02 was in the lead but there is still time for the others to catch up or pass Tract 226.02.

Even if you cannot respond by today, you have until September 30th to be counted.

Responding to the 2020 Census is simple and quick. It will only take about 10 minutes of your time. Use a computer, smartphone or tablet and go to My 2020 Census to complete your form. Or you may call 844-330-2020. Several languages are available. Count everyone in your household. By completing the 2020 Census you will help determine how Decatur will grow and thrive over the next ten years.

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