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Virtually In Decatur

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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The Better Together Advisory Board and the City of Decatur announces an Anti-Racism Speaker Series designed to generate awareness of equity concerns in the city and to hold the city and community accountable for meeting established goals and implementing policies to achieve the aspiration of being an inclusive, equitable and just city.

The Speaker Series seeks to mine the knowledge and wisdom of numerous thought leaders to challenge and inspire our community to take actionable steps to instill anti-racism throughout our norms and practices. Join us next Thursday, August 27 at noon as we kick off the series with internationally known teacher, lecturer, and diversity trainer, Jane Elliot. Register here for this session and visit decaturga.com/speakerseries for upcoming speakers.

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Trinity Anglican Church in Oakhurst invites you to participate in a Red Cross blood drive at the church on Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must register online in advance here. The church is located at 630 E. Lake Dr., Suite C.

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-Chabad of Decatur, in partnership with local establishments, will distribute masks free of charge this Thursday, May 7 from 11 a.m. until supplies run out. This event is drive-thru only and will be held at 315 W Ponce de Leon (east parking lot). Visit Chabad Decatur on Facebook for updates and more information.

-Don’t miss the upcoming Oakhurst Virtual Porchfest Concerts for an opportunity to support the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Beth & Sy is performing this Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and Banjii will be performing this Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. All concerts are streaming on Facebook, head to the Oakhurst Jazz Nights page for more info and upcoming concerts.

-The Decatur Lantern Parade-in-Place is this weekend beginning Friday, May 8 at 9 p.m. through Sunday, May 10. Parade-in-place with your lantern creations on your porch, in your yard, on your balcony, or in your windows. Need a little help getting ready? Lantern kits are available at Kelly’s Market. Visit decaturartsalliance.org for more info.

-Core Dance has transformed their studio windows into projection screens! Enjoy clips from their most recent work on an evening stroll.

-Staff from Agnes Scott College recently reached out directly to essential personnel and first responders to say, “Thank you,” and to leave a sign of gratitude behind. Agnes Scott has placed additional signs at its green space at the intersection of E. College Ave. and S. McDonough. These signs are free and available for members of the community to pick up to show their support. Be sure to walk or drive by, grab your sign and show your support for our essential personnel, first responders, teachers and parents!

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In order to maintain the safety of our community, the spring Paper Shredding and Styrofoam recycling event scheduled for Saturday, May 9 has been cancelled. A new date has yet to be determined. Visit decaturga.com/publicworks for updates.

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#StayHomeDecatur and enjoy these virtual activities:

-Meet the Decatur Business Association on their Facebook page for The Decatur DeCanTour this evening, April 30 at 5 p.m. This virtual stroll and happy hour will feature Kevin from White Bull talking through how to make his popular Hemingway cocktail on LIVE for you all to follow along and more. For ingredients and additional info, head to the DBA Facebook.

-Don’t miss the upcoming Oakhurst Online Concerts for an opportunity to support the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Tito Gato is performing tonight, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. and Glen Keith DeMeritt III will be performing tomorrow, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. All concerts are streaming on Facebook, head to the Oakhurst Jazz Nights page for more info and upcoming concerts.

-Decatur Active Living wants to stay connected and help our community stay active and have fun during this tough time. Take advantage of the Virtual Recreation Center by visiting decaturga.com/virtualrec for a variety of fun activities and exercises for indoors and outdoors, resources for seniors and educational resources for all ages.

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Check out these events #viturally in #DecaturGA:

-Core Dance encourages everyone to participate in the 4th Annual National Water Dance on Saturday, April 18 live on their Facebook at 4 p.m. Join the Core Dance community today, April 16 for virtual rehearsal at 4 p.m. Visit coredance.org to register!

-In trying to support the community, Oakhurst Neighborhood Association (ONA) has teamed up with Porchfest and Oakhurst Jazz Nights to stream live concerts every Thursday in April. All concerts are streaming on Facebook, head to the Oakhurst Jazz Nights page tonight, April 16 at 7 p.m. for a performance by Gwen Hughes.

-Join Decatur First UMC and the United Methodist Women for their online series of People on the Margins: Life in Fenceline Communities every Thursday in April at 7p.m. via Zoom. This Thursday, April 16 will feature Lindsay Harper from Georgia WAND on fenceline grassroots advocacy. Visit www.decaturfirst.org for more information.

Cover Photo by Simon Gentry for Core Dance

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This message has been updated.

The health, safety, and well-being of our community are our top priorities.  The City’s Emergency Management team is coordinating with and following the guidance of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), DeKalb Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  While essential public services such as Police, Fire, and Public Works are continuing normal operations, certain community events, meetings, and programs are being cancelled and/or rescheduled in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City’s after-school programs have been cancelled pending the status of City Schools of Decatur, and Active Living programs at Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Gym have been suspended until future notice. Updates can be found at decaturga.com as they become available.

For a comprehensive list of community events cancellations, visit the City’s calendar of events at https://www.decaturga.com/calendar.

Other actions that we are taking to protect the ongoing health and well-being of all our community members include:

  • Twice daily cleanings of all city facilities and equipment. Soap and sanitizing gel are available for public use at offices and facilities.
  • Reinforcing CDC disease prevention guidelines and best hygiene practices in all city facilities. Anyone with recent international travel to target areas or with symptoms of illness is encouraged to remain at home.
  • Closely monitoring guidance from the CDC and state health officials and adjusting our plans as needed.
  • Updating continuity procedures for all areas of city service and preparing to implement these procedures should regular operations be disrupted.

As additional information and guidance become available, we will keep you informed as to any changes affecting city services.

Thank you for your continued support and know we are focused on maintaining normal operations with a keen focus on the health and safety of all, while ensuring that we deliver great city services.

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Get an up-close-and-personal look at the city’s budgeting process at the free Touch-A-Budget event on Tuesday, March 17 from 5-7 p.m. at MARTA Plaza. See what “pending spending” is planned for the FY 2020-2021 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. (Rain location: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.)

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-Decatur City Dance will present Let’s Tap! A Tribute to Movie Musicals this Saturday, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 8 at 2 p.m. Join the Rhythm Keepers and Junior Rhythm Keepers tap companies, along with guests The Rug Cutters, for an evening of tributes to award-winning movie musicals and the performers who made them at the Drew Charter School Performing Arts Theater. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit decaturcitydance.org

-Join Agnes Scott College for an afternoon of music featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and guest artists this Sunday, Mar. 8 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall. This concert is free and open to the community however, ticket reservations are required. Visit calendar.agnesscott.edu to register.

-Don’t miss live music at Eddie’s Attic featuring Rebecca Loebe, Mike Killeen with Kitty Snyder and Morgan Rowe, Katie Toupin with Grayson Foster, and Fred Eaglesmith. For show times and tickets, head to eddiesattic.com.
Cover Photo: Decatur City Dance (via Facebook)

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