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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Sunday, Oct. 8

 Tuesday, Oct. 10

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Saturday, Oct. 14

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Hurricane Nate may arrive as a tropical storm in the metro Atlanta area during daylight hours on Sunday, October 8. Heavy rains and strong winds are possible and tornadoes could be a risk from Sunday into Monday, which means we could also experience downed trees and loss of power.

  • Currently, all City buildings are scheduled to open as normal and regular services provided on Monday and Tuesday. The City of Decatur does not take Columbus Day as a holiday, so unless the weather worsens,  expect solid waste to be collected on Monday and Tuesday.  If you live in the northeastern part of the City please delay setting out your recycling bins until Monday morning  so that recycling materials and bins don’t blow away or become hazards.

Important phone numbers

  • If you see hazardous or unsafe conditions in Decatur that are not life-threatening, call the non-emergency number: 404-373-6551.
  • If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 911.
  • Power outages or trees on power lines should be reported directly to Georgia Power: 1-888-891-0938.


  • Register now or update your Smart911 profile at Smart911.com. You can opt-in for severe weather and other notifications as well as create or update your Smart911 profile with any special medical concerns (such as a household member who uses medical equipment that requires electricity).
  • Make sure you have at least a three-day supply of necessities, including food, water, batteries, medicines and special items like diapers and pet food.
  • If we begin to experience heavy rain, the potential for flooding and downed trees greatly increases. We ask that you please do not park on the street if you have off street parking available, in order to keep the roadways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Charge all cell phones and put fresh batteries in emergency radios. When contacting loved ones, a text message is more likely to get through than a phone call.
  • Secure patio and lawn furniture.
  • Download the FEMA smartphone app for additional tips and emergency information.
  • And don’t forget to be neighborly and take a few minutes to check on the seniors in your neighborhood and bring all pets inside.

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**Update: Vendors will no longer be present**

We want to hear from you! Visit us on your MARTA commute on the south side of the East Lake MARTA Station near the main entrance along Park Place! If you couldn’t make it to the Academy or Open House last week, be sure to join us at the East Lake and Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Stations to give us your input on the future of the East Lake MARTA Station and surrounding area.

When: October 9th @ 7:30 – 9:30 AM

and 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Location: East Lake and Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Stations

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The 7th annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby will take place this  Saturday, October 7, at 11 a.m.

Cheer on over 90 racers take their turn down the hill in homemade soapbox derby cars.

Food from Oakhurst Market, Steinbeck’s, Universal Joint, Matador, Steel City Pops and the neighborhood bake sale will be available.

There will also be a beverage tent sponsored by The Faction, Red Hare Brewing, Three Taverns, Decatur Package & Publix.

For a full schedule visit http://madisonavesoapboxderby.org/schedule/.


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Today is the first Wednesday of October so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens 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 October 2017.

Sirens web

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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Community Meeting - W Howard

Over the past few months, Decatur residents and staff have explored ideas to improve the safety, comfort, and sense of place along West Howard Avenue. The Reimagine West Howard Avenue study is complete and includes a corridor that has been redesigned into an equitable multi-modal, livelier street, using public art, landscaping, street furniture, lighting, and programming.

Join us for a community information meeting on Thursday, October 12 as city staff shares project findings on how this corridor can be improved.

When: Thursday, October 12, 6– 7 p.m.

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 W Howard Ave.

For more information, contact Michelle Hirose, Senior Engineer, at Michelle.Hirose@decaturga.com

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Electronic Recycling

Mark your calendars for the Fall Electronics Recycling event. Gather your old electronics, documents and even styrofoam to be recycled and shredded.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017  (9 am to 1 pm)

LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St. (Enter from Columbia Drive)

Recyclables must be dropped off during the hours of the event. Early drop-offs are not possible.

The fee for recycling cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs is $10 per TV set, and the fee for CRT monitors is $5 ea. Cash only, exact change required.

There is no charge to recycle other items. Any metro area resident can participate.

Visit the Electronics Recycling page to get a complete list of acceptable electronics, foam recycling and shredding guidelines.  Have additional questions? Contact Sean Woodson, solid waste superintendent, 404-377-5571.

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Update: Due to the threat of inclement weather, the tree tour has been rescheduled for October 28 from 4-7 p.m.


Join local arborists for a walk through the Decatur Cemetery. Learn about some of Decatur’s trees, tree types and needs, and listen to tree talks and stories. The event is free, but donations benefiting the Friends of Decatur Cemetery and Women Arborists of the Southeast are accepted. Visit Eventbrite to register.

Where: Decatur’s Historic Cemetery, 299 Bell St.

When: Saturday, October 7,  4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Kay Evanovich, kay.evanovich@decaturga.com.

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Sunday, September 24

Tuesday, September 26

  • Scout Wild Leap Launch Party, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27

Thursday, September 28

Saturday, September 30


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Open Office Hour

Decatur will host its fifth Open Office Hour with Commissioner Tony Powers on Thursday, September 28 from 7 – 8 p.m. Commissioner Powers will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of the role of the city and schools including ongoing and potential initiatives and partnerships.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen via livestream, http://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-commission/streaming-video, and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live (beginning at 7 p.m.) via Twitter (@downtowndecatur), here on Facebook, email (@openofficehour@decaturga.com), or phone (678-553-6569).


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