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Homegrown’s 5th Annual parade is bigger and better than ever this year! If you’re not part of the parade, come camp out along Ponce de Leon Avenue to check out the bands, floats, and amazing costumes. Then come hang out on the square for a post-parade dance party.


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Audio is now available on the City of Decatur website of the Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s information session on the Homestead Exemptions that will be on the November 8 ballot. City Manager Peggy Merriss, City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Dr. David Dude, and City Schools of Decatur Board Chair Annie Caiola were on the panel. The talk was moderated by Lifelong Community Advisory Board member Maria Pinkelton. Special thanks to Lifelong Community Advisory Board member Elizabeth Burbridge for recording the talk.

We apologize that the audio is a little grainy at the beginning but it gets better. Please be certain to listen for at least the first 15 minutes and you will get a good summary. Visit the City Schools of Decatur website for more in depth information. Also, visit the City website for information regarding Homestead Exemptions currently available.

If you would like more information about the Lifelong Community Advisory Board and its committees (Taxation and Affordability, Transportation, Housing, Decatur Neighbors, and Communication), please email leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6548.

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Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s Taxation and Affordability Committee is hosting a Third Thursday information session for City of Decatur residents to learn more about the new homestead exemptions that will come up for vote on the November 8 ballot. Please join us on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, to learn more about the exemptions.

A panel from City Schools of Decatur and City of Decatur will answer questions and provide information about these five homestead exemptions. One of them is an exemption from school property taxes for homeowners over the age of 65—an exemption that expires in five years when it will be re-evaluated.

For more information about the Decatur for a Lifetime initiative or the board, contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

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Work out on the Decatur Square at “Row. Tone. Om”
Saturday, October 1, 9 – 11 a.m.

Join OrangeTheory Fitness, Pure Barre Decatur and Decatur Healing Arts Yoga on the Decatur Square for Row. Tone. Om!  You’ll get your seat kicked during our 90 minute circuit class. Experience 30 minutes of rowing, 30 minutes of Pure Barre, and 30 minutes of yoga.

Make plans to stay after the event and enjoy samples from our friends at Kale Me Crazy and Big Peach Running Co. Three great workouts, one incredible morning of wellness! Space is limited and advanced registration is required!

Reserve your space at purebarre.com/ga-Decatur, click on Purchase Classes, and click Row. Tone. Om in the dropdown.

For more information click here.

See you there!

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WHO: Decatur Presbyterian Church

WHAT: Blessing of the Animals

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10:30 AM

WHERE: Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030.  The service will be held in the Terrace Garden at the corner of Church and Sycamore Streets.  In case of rain it will be moved to Slack Fellowship Hall

All are invited to join Dr. Speed and his yellow lab, Chevy, for a blessing of the animals. The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or near that date.  This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. St. Francis (1182-1226) was a monk who founded the contemporary order of Franciscans. He was known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals, among many other things.

For more information about the event please contact Decatur Presbyterian at 404-378-1777.

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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 Catherine.lee@decaturga.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
 Blue Sky Concerts, noon-1 p.m.
 Decatur Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m

Thursday, Sept. 29
 Oakhurst Jazz Nights, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1
• Decatur Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
 Row. Tone. Om. on the Square, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
 Decatur Makers Faire, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Decatur Presbyterian Church Blessing of the Animals, 10:30 a.m.
 Downtown Decatur Food Tours, 11 a.m.
Brick Store Pub Oktoberfest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
 Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby, noon-5 p.m.
 Square Pub’s 6th Annual Chile Roast, noon-9 p.m.
 Woodland Gardens: Fairies in the Garden, 2-4:30 p.m.


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On The Same Page Returns


On the Same Page is a city-wide reading initiative whose goal is to foster a community of readers by bringing families together around the same book.  It is coordinated by Little Shop of Stories working in conjunction with the AJC Decatur Book Festival, the Decatur Education Foundation and the Decatur Rotary Club.

Each year On the Same Page selects a book for local children and their families to read and unveils the choice at the AJC Decatur Book Festival.  The 2016 book is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  The book is a Newbury winner and a #1 New York Times bestseller and is inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla named Ivan.  Having spent 27 years in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to his life and hardly ever thinks about his past in the jungle.  Ivan occupies himself with television, painting, and his friends Stella (an elephant) and Bob (a dog).  But then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, and he is forced to see their home and his art through new eyes.

Families are encouraged to read the book and Little Shop has organized a variety of special events throughout the fall culminating in a visit from the author in November.  In addition, the One and Only Ivan will take the stage at Synchronicity Theatre in February for a special stage adaptation by James E. Grote where Ivan and his friends will leap off the page and onto the stage.

Special events include a Writing Workshop (Sept. 18), a NightCrawler Overnight at Zoo Atlanta (Sept. 24-25), an On the Same Page Day at Zoo Atlanta (Oct. 9), the On the Same Page Book Club (Oct. 14), a Synchronicity Acting Workshop (Oct. 15), The One and Only Ivan Party (Oct. 20), Volunteer Day at the Zoo (Oct. 22), Decatur Day of Reading (Oct. 24), and the celebration with the author (Nov. 11).

For details about specific events, how to register, and information about On the Same Page and Little Shop of Stories click here.

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Decatur Halloween Parade


HAINTS & SAINTS Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 30th    4 p.m.

HAINTS & SAINTS Halloween Parade returns with more floats, more bands and more spooky fun.

Costume up and be a part of Decatur’s rich parade tradition and strut your stuff amongst classic cars and hearses, floats, community groups and, of course, our great line-up of local bands.

The Black Sheep Ensemble, Common Ground Collective, Mercury Orkestar, Wasted Potential Brass Band and more!  Local teen bands interested in performing in this year’s parade, please email homegrowndecatur@gmail.com

Band line-up, business sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, and other important information available at www.decaturhalloweenparade.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 Catherine.lee@decaturga.com.

Sunday, Sept. 4
Decatur Book Festival, noon-6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5
• Labor Day

Wednesday, Sept. 7
Blue Sky Concerts, noon-1 p.m.
Decatur Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m

Thursday, Sept. 8
Oakhurst Jazz Nights, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 9
Waffle House Waffle Eating Contest, 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10
Decatur Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Concerts on the Square, 7-9:30 p.m.

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Rub elbows with cocktail royalty!

Following their on-stage interviews at Decatur Book Festival, the two leading authors and authorities on Southern Spirits will be on hand for a reception… and you’re invited!  The reception will take place at Decatur’s Pinewood Saturday, Sept. 3, from 4pm – 6pm.

Here, you’ll meet Robert Moss, author of Southern Spirits, 400 years of drinking in the American South and Fred Minnick, author of Bourbon Curious, a simple tasting Guide for the savvy drinker.

AJC Food Editor Ligaya Figueras will kick off a question and answer session, then you’ll enjoy a chance to meet each author, listen to a few colorful tales, and sample a few of their favorite cocktails.

Tickets to this event cost $20 and include two craft cocktails, selected from the authors’ latest work. If you missed the chance at the festival, signed books may also be purchased at the reception.

Purchase tickets here.


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