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Are you interested in issues facing Decatur? Like the environment, mobility, or the cost of housing? How about diversity, local business, or education? Anything else? Once every decade, the Decatur community comes together to talk about the issues—like yours—we care about most. What emerges from the process is the Strategic Plan, a guide for setting our priorities, policies, and projects for the next 10 years. It’s now time to do it all again. Check it out online, register for the Roundtables, join us for the January 23 kick-off, and help shape the future you want to see. VISIT AND REGISTER TODAY: DECATUR2030.COM

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Are you interested in issues facing Decatur? Like the environment, mobility, or the cost of housing? How about diversity, local business, or education? Anything else? Once every decade, the Decatur community comes together to talk about the issues—like yours—we care about most. What emerges from the process is the Strategic Plan, a guide for setting our priorities, policies, and projects for the next 10 years. It’s now time to do it all again. Check it out online, register for the Roundtables, join us for the January 23 kick-off, and help shape the future you want to see. VISIT AND REGISTER TODAY: DECATUR2030.COM

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This Week

City Meetings
-Zoning Board of Appeals | Monday, Jan. 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Planning Commission | Tuesday, Jan. 14 @ 7 p.m.
-Environmental Sustainability Board | Friday, Jan. 17 @ 8 a.m.

Events
-Get up close and personal with the Historic DeKalb Courthouse on a behind the scenes tour this Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 12 p.m. Visit dekalbhistory.org for ticket information.
-Join Little Shop of Stories at the Georgia Center for the Book at Decatur Library on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of Ransom Riggs’ fifth novel, The Conference of the Birds. Visit Little Shops of Stories on Facebook for ticket info.
-Stop by the Square Pub for live music every Thursday at 7 p.m. featuring Jess Goggans. They’ll be $5 local drafts and 1/2 off apps from 6-11 p.m.
-Georgia Center for the Book will host a poetry reading with Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris this Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7:15 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30. Event is free and open to the community.
-Join the Decatur Arts Alliance for the art opening of Forked Tongues, Thumbprints, and Floral Abstractions showcasing the works of Matthew Blodgett this Friday, Jan. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the DAA Gallery (113 Clairemont Ave).
-Don’t miss these upcoming events and live performances at Eddie’s Attic including Comedy Open Mic hosted by Windy Peach Comedy, Songwriter’s Open Mic, David Bromberg with Jordan Tice, Emily Hackett with Sydney Rhame and Travis Denning. Visit eddiesattic.com for show times and tickets.

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2020 City Commission

The Decatur City Commission has re-elected Patti Garrett to serve as Mayor for 2020 as well as Tony Powers to serve as Mayor pro tem. Garrett was elected to the City Commission in 2009 and has served as Mayor since 2016. Powers was elected to the City Commission in 2015.

Newly elected Commissioners Lesa Mayer and George Dusenbury were also sworn in at the Jan. 6 City Commission meeting. Dusenbury and Mayer join Mayor Patti Garrett, Mayor pro tem Tony Powers and Commissioner Kelly Walsh. City Commission meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the City Commission Meeting Room, Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street.  The City Commission holds an annual retreat to set its work plan and goals. The 2020 retreat will be held January 30-31 at Brasstown Valley, Young Harris, GA.

Mayer and Dusenberg

The Decatur City Commission elects one of its own to serve as Mayor and Mayor pro tem annually at the first City Commission meeting of the year. Both the swearing in and the election as well as all City Commission meetings may be viewed on streaming video on the City of Decatur’s website at decaturga.com.

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Strategic Planning for Post

Decatur’s Citizen Roundtables, the heart of our once-a-decade Strategic Planning process, will launch Thursday, Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m., at the Decatur Courtyard by Marriott’s Decatur Conference Center. Everyone’s welcome.

For the past 10 years, Decatur’s leadership and city staff have been making decisions and setting yearly budgets based on the 2010 Strategic Plan. From the Unified Development Ordinance to Better Together, public art to bike lanes, green space acquisition to downtown apartments, some of the decade’s most defining initiatives began with hundreds of Decatur neighbors sharing their perspective in a series of meetings and roundtable discussions.

Now it’s time to do it all again, beginning with our January 23 kick off meeting. Thereafter, participants will meet with their assigned Roundtable group three times over a period of roughly two months.

Will your voice be represented? Our quest for the broadest, most inclusive process in Decatur history will only be made stronger with your participation.

Learn more and register to participate at: decatur2030.com.

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This Week

City Meetings
-City Commission | Monday, Jan. 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Better Together Advisory Board | Jan. 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
-Environmental Sustainability Board | Friday, Jan. 10 @ 8 a.m.
-Decatur Development Authorities | Friday, Jan. 10 @ 8 a.m.

Events
-Don’t miss Mobile Mondays at Chick-Fil-A in Downtown Decatur! Place a Dine In or Drive Thru Mobile Order on Mondays in January and February from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. via the Chick-fil-A® App and you’ll receive a free reward uploaded to your app!

-There will be an opening reception for the exhibit “Once He Learns How to Read: A Legacy of Literacy” curated by former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from at 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Library. The exhibit features his collection of rare books, newspapers and magazines that document African American history and culture from the 1770s. The exhibit will run through Jan. 22 during library hours.

-Are you parenting a teenager or college student? Join Gathered and Grounded for a Thursday-Night-In book discussion of Grown and Flown on Jan. 9 from 8-10 p.m. Visit gatheredandgrounded.com for more information.

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This Week

City Meetings
-The December 23 meeting for the Lifelong Community Advisory Board is cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Events
-Gathered and Grounded is hosting a Kids’ Holiday Afternoon on Monday, Dec. 23 from 1-4:30 p.m. They’ll enjoy an afternoon out while you finish up the touchings of the holiday season.
-Decatur residents may drop off live Christmas trees at the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event at Decatur Legacy Park from Friday, Dec. 27-Saturday, Jan. 11. Look for signs showing where trees should be placed, to the right of the chapel. Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the property.

While you’re out finishing up your holiday shopping in #downtowndecatur, stop by the Christmas tree on the Square for free art by @lunaleigharts and share on social media to spread the holiday cheer!

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This Week

City Meetings
-Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting | Friday, Dec. 20 @ 8:00 a.m.

Events
-Stop by Kelly’s Market for Dark Beer and Chocolate Tasting on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6-8 p.m.

-Agnes Scott College is inviting all residents to a Campus Master Plan Open House this Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Elizabeth Kiss Welcome Center located in Rebekah Scott Hall.

-Come out for Bubbles and Booze at the Pinewood and enjoy a bottomless selection of sparkling cocktails, champagne and wine with hors d’oeuvres on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 7-10 p.m.

-Kelly’s Market will be featuring Georgia’s own Creature Comforts Brewing in a very special tasting event this Friday, Dec. 20 from 6-8 p.m.

-It’s that time of year where Santa Claus will be making his annual appearance at The Marlay! There will be Christmas movies and activities for the kids as they wait for Santa to arrive on Friday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.

-Universal Joint will transform into a Winter Wonderland with a holiday menu and Christmas cocktails for their Pop-Up Xmas Party this Friday, Dec. 20 from 7-11:30 p.m.

 

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This Week

City Meetings
-City Commission | Monday, Dec. 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Historic Preservation Commission | Tuesday, Dec. 17 @ 6:30pm

Events
-Don’t miss the Hope Sees A Star Yuletide Concert with the Meridian Chorale and Steven Darsey happening this Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit meridianherald.org for more information.

-Join the Downtown Decatur Chick-fil-A for Dinner with Santa Cow on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Visit Chick-Fil-A Downtown Decatur on Facebook for more info.

-Brick Store Pub will host their Trappist Nights event this Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 6:30-11 p.m. Enjoy the finest Trappist beers paired with monastic cheese and Gregorian music, all by candle light in the Belgian Bar, upstairs and to the left. For more information, visit Brick Store Pub on Facebook.

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This Week TR + F

City Meetings
-Decatur Development Authorities | Friday, December 13 @ 8 a.m.

Events
-Core Dance is hosting their holiday gathering and salon this Thursday, December 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Core Studios. This event is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit donate.coredance.org.
-Roast a marshmallow (or two) around a roaring bonfire this Terrific Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7-8 p.m. on the Square. Register for this free event at freshtix.com so we have plenty of marshmallows for everyone!
-Antlers and Wings will kick off their Shamanic Journey Group on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Visit antlersnwings.com for more information.
-Don’t miss the 28th Annual Decatur Holiday Marketplace and Café this Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Clairemont Elementary School. For more information, visit decaturholidaymarketplace.com.
-Stop by Kelly’s Market on Friday, Dec. 13 between 6-8 p.m. for a Oil & Spice Tasting with Splash of Olive.
-Join Antlers and Wings for their Women’s Circle and Gift Sharing on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit antlersnwings.com.
-There will be an open house at the Bradley Observatory on the campus of Agnes Scott College this Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. featuring a lecture by Chris DePree, Charles A. Dana Professor of Astronomy and Director of Bradley Observatory.

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