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Come out to the Square from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20th to experience the City’s proposed spending plan for FY18-19.  In addition to learning about the city’s plans for spending in the July 2018 – June 2019 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 since you were unable to make it to last Saturday’s Touch a Truck event due to the drizzle, take this chance to check some things out (before the rescheduled event on May 5th.) The event is free and open to everyone in the community.


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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Tuesday, March 20, 5-7 p.m. on the Decatur Square


Get an up-close and personal look at the city’s budgeting process at the free Touch-A-Budget event. See what “pending spending” is planned for the FY 2018-2019 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.

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Red Snowflakes Holiday Flyer (1)

Even though Holiday Movie Night on West Ponce is canceled due to inclement weather, you should still plan to come to West Ponce de Leon Avenue on Friday night. The shops and restaurants will be open, and Farm Burger is still hosting its own holiday celebration with cookie decorating, a biergarten featuring Sweetwater Festive Ale, and holiday-flavored milkshakes. Plus, White Christmas will be playing on the patio!

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Holiday Movie Night Canceled


Due to uncertain weather conditions tomorrow afternoon, Movie Night on West Ponce is canceled. The next West Ponce Movie Night will take place in the spring. Stay tuned to the Decatur Focus and City of Decatur’s Facebook page early next year for more details.

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When: December 8, 2017 (this Friday!)

Time: Fun starts at 5:30 p.m., movies start at 6:30 p.m.

Where: The 300 block of West Ponce de Leon Avenue (around Mellow Mushroom)

What: Watch a holiday double feature, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland and White Christmas, with your neighbors and family. Bundle up, bring blankets and chairs, pick up dinner at a nearby restaurant, and snuggle down to watch two holiday favorites.

Cost: It’s free, but make sure to RSVP on FreshTix.

What else?: The Visitors Center tent will be on West Ponce offering free gift wrap for any items purchased at a local Decatur shop, Decatur Fire will be collecting can goods, Orange Theory Fitness will lead the crowd in a warm-up at 5:30 p.m., we’ll have a short White Christmas trivia contest with prizes from local shops, Farmburger will have holiday specials, a Bier Garden featuring Sweetwater’s Festive Ale and cookie decorating for the kiddos, Mellow Mushroom will be serving slices of pizza from its patio, and Highland Bakery is it extending its hours to serve hot chocolate . The street will be closed at 3 p.m., so plan accordingly if you usually take West Ponce de Leon Avenue home in the evening.

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1903433716337802/


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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with Santa TOMORROW on Decatur’s downtown square! Register for milk and cookies (or hot cocoa) and photo opps with The Man in Red at freshtix.com — it’s FREE! Shop small at city of Decatur businesses and then come to the tent on the square for free gift wrapping and festive fun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa sneaks out at 3 p.m. — he’s got work to do!

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Santa is *shopping small* this year! Celebrate Small Business Saturday with ol’ Saint Nick himself on the Decatur square. Santa arrives in style on a fire truck at 10 a.m. and stays for milk, cookies, and photo opportunities until 3 p.m. Register for this free event at freshtix.com so there are enough fresh-baked cookies, milk, and hot cocoa to go around. SHOP SMALL for gifts at City of Decatur businesses, then head to the tent on the square to get them expertly gift-wrapped for free! Until 5 p.m.


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Decatur Makers is hosting a Maker & Artist Market to celebrate all the cool and creative hand-made making that comes from the Atlanta community!

The Market will be this Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. The address is 605 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, in the parking lot behind the First Christian Church (across the street from the Decatur post office).

Currently there are about 30 vendors who will be selling hand-made products including candy and treats, jewelry and beads, clothing and accessories, candles, wreaths, stained glass, paintings, skincare, soaps, baskets, charms, quilts, cutting boards and cheese boards, and so much more.

There will also be stone carving, animatronic puppetry making, and jewelry making demos. And bring the kids as they can get hands on and DIY their own buttons and cool masks.

Fun for the whole family!

For more information, check out the Facebook event and the event webpage.

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TerrificThursday 500

For all of you non-procrastinator holiday shoppers out there, this week kicks off Decatur’s eight-week holiday shopping extravaganza. You’ll get rewarded for getting your shopping done early and have a chance to get your hands on some free art. Here’s what’s in store for Decatur this season:

Terrific Thursdays – starts this week!
November 2, 9, 16, 20 & December 7, 14, 21
Enjoy Discounts, snacks, special in-store events, and extended hours at 25+ participating Decatur Businesses in November and December. For a complete list of participating businesses, click here.

Free Art Every Thursday
On each Terrific Thursday, 10 artsy octopi will be placed in participating shops around Decatur. If you find one, take a photo and post it on Instagram. it’s yours! Tag yourself, the shop, @fishn and the artist (on the back of your new eight-legged friend). Use the #octopidecatur hashtag too.

Local Shopping Tips
Starting Monday, Nov. 6 check this blog, Instagram and Facebook each day for local gift ideas and to see who is keeping it “Indie-catur” this holiday season.

November Shopping Program
Nov. 1-30
Spend $200 in any city of Decatur shop in November (excludes restaurants and corporate chains) to receive a $20 local restaurant gift card. Bring your receipt(s) to the Visitors Center at 113 Clairemont Ave. or to the tent on the square during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25 to claim your gift card(s). Limited to three gift cards per shopper. Promotion expires Nov. 30, 2017.

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Choose from 22 participating Decatur restaurants throughout the day on Tuesday, October 17. The restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project. Visit the Project website for links to restaurants’ websites and more information about the volunteer Project.

Restaurants for Repairs – Raise a Fork! Fix a Home!

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