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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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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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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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Only half of the tickets remain for the 2017 Decatur Craft Beer Festival. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, noon-5 p.m.

Both general admission and VIP tickets are still available. Keep in mind that this event sells out every year. Proceeds from ticket sales go back into the local community as grants and donations to nonprofit groups. Since its start in 1999, the festival has granted more than $1,200,000 to Decatur nonprofit organizations.

Purchase Tickets


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