This Weekend in Decatur


The Decatur Business Association presents Sailing to Denver, an Americana/Roots-Rock band for Saturday’s Concert on the Square from 7-9 p.m.! For more details and future concerts, visit decaturdba.com/events/concerts-on-the-square/.

The YEA! Event for Young Emerging Artists 2019 is a one-day arts event that’s been embraced by local students grades K-12 as a way to showcase their creativity and talent to the public. Enjoy live performances at the stage and stop by the tents lining Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village that’ll be packed with student artists showing off a bounty of jewelry, paintings, photography and more, all for sale on Sunday, Sept 22, 2-6 p.m.

Loveable City

Decatur has signed on to be a part of the Lovable City conversation in October. The Lovable City conversation consists of Civic Dinners with residents, employees, and civic partners guiding conversations that get to the heart of what makes Decatur lovable.

We are looking for approximately 25-28 people to be part of the Host Committee. Host Committee members agree to host a civic dinner in their home, business or restaurant with six to ten guests.

The Lovable City conversation will serve as a kick off to our 2020 Strategic Planning process and will give us a chance to talk about what we love about Decatur as well as what we want to love about Decatur.

We are holding a Host Committee reception on Thursday, September 19 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Pinewood, 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Join us for a beverage and some appetizers so we can answer your questions and give you more information.

RSVP to Linda Harris, linda.harris@decaturga.com by Tuesday, September 17. If you know of someone else who might be interested in hosting a Civic Dinner in October, feel free to invite them.

This Week in Decatur


-The DeKalb History Center’s September Lunch & Learn will be presented by Chip Davidson III. Stop in to hear from him as he discusses the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse this Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch! Visit dekalbhistory.org for more info.

-There are only 2 Truckin’ Tuesdays remaining this month, be sure to stop by Decatur Legacy Park tomorrow for “street food” from 6-9 p.m. For more info, visit foodtrucksdecatur.com. -Come by the Community Bandstand for this Wednesday’s Blue Sky Concert featuring the Beulah Boys from 12-1 p.m.

-If you use QuickBooks to manage your small business, this half-day basics class – taught by Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Kristen Diver of System Happy, Inc, – has tips and tricks to save you tons of time. There will be a Desktop class happening Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., visit systemhappy.com for additional details on pricing and future class dates.

-There will be an opening reception for the gallery “Perspectives: From Realism through Abstraction” on Thursday from 6:30-9 p.m. at Aimee’s Jewelry and Fine Art Gallery.

-After touring the east coast and Canada extensively while opening for musicians such as Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire, Faith Harris will be gracing Oakhurst Jazz Nights this Thursday at 7 p.m.

-Do you love trivia? Enjoy a good book? Come join us to test your literary knowledge while benefiting the DeKalb County Public Library. A Novel Affair: Tapas+Trivia is happening at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Decatur Marriott. You can go to dekalblibraryfoundation.org to purchase your tickets.

-In conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Different Trains Gallery presents “Remembering Marvin Rhodes,” a small retrospective exhibition of photographs by the late Atlanta photographer and Vietnam veteran, who passed away in 2017. The opening reception is Thursday and the show continues through October 19. Visit differenttrainsgallery.com for updates and more information.

Construction and installation of the Scott Boulevard Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) at Westchester Elementary will begin this week.
Requiring vehicles to stop in both directions, a PHB is a pedestrian-activated traffic signal for those crossing the street at a midblock location rather than at an intersection. Once installed, it will contribute to the long-pursued goal of an improved safe route for students and others in proximity to the school. For updates on this project and others, visit decaturmakeover.com.


As Welcoming America celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2019, we see how Welcomers are leading the way in communities across the globe with a movement 40 million strong and growing.

Join us TONIGHT from 4-8 p.m. as we kick off Welcoming Week 2019 in the downtown Decatur Square!

Activities will include: 
-Local exhibitors and artisans
-Improv comedy performances
-Food provided by local immigrant-owned businesses
-Interactive arts and activities for children

The September test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (9/4/19) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 5 September 2019.


If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.


Due to the Labor Day holiday, all city offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2. The regular Monday City Commission meeting will be held on Tues., Sept. 3 at 7:30 pm in the City Commission Meeting room, 509 N. McDonough St.

Schedule for Solid Waste & Recycling Services

Monday trash and recycling pickup will be on Tuesday, September 3.

Tuesday trash and recycling pickup will be on Wednesday, September 4.

As of August, Renfroe Middle School (RMS) is no longer an election precinct for City of Decatur District 2 registered voters. For many District 2 voters, this change impacts where you will cast your ballot in the November General Election and beyond as the precinct boundary lines were redrawn.

By now, impacted registered voters should have received a postcard from DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections notifying you of your new voting location. It will be one of two places:

  1. Decatur Precinct – Evergreen Baptist Church, 303 Fourth Avenue
  2. Oakhurst Precinct – Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive

If you haven’t received the notification postcard or are still unsure of your election precinct, contact DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections at 404-298-4020 and voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov or use the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do to check out your information.

You may also view the locations of all city precincts and a list of Decatur specific elected officials on the City’s interactive Elected Officials map at http://decaturga.maps.arcgis.com/apps/InformationLookup/index.html?appid=f0a5a15c73c84d01989b5f08d99766e5.



Hello Friends of the AJC Decatur Book Festival,

It’s official! The Decatur Book Festival is kicking off on August 30 and would love to have you as part of the Volunteer Decatur Team.

The DBF is one of the largest events in the City of Decatur and will take place August 30, 31 and September 1.

They have a lot of volunteer opportunities open, so log into your Volunteer Decatur account to check them out. Be sure to move the calendar to September to see the Sunday schedule.

Also, check out the schedule for the festival at decaturbookfestival.com and see if your favorite authors will be there.

If you have friends or family who are interested in volunteering, but don’t yet have a volunteer Decatur account, ask them to visit Volunteer Decatur to sign up for their very own profile so they can join in the fun.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.


Thanks for volunteering and we’ll see you soon!

Sherry & Megan & The Volunteer Team

Decatur Dinners, Aug. 25

Decatur Dinners

The Decatur Dinner’s Design Team invites the community to join them on Sunday, August 25 for 100 dinners in one night in homes, community centers, restaurants, and places of worship across Decatur.

Youth, parents, and community members are invited to share stories and make connections with others who want to see Decatur bridge its racial divides…and all voices are needed at the table to share a meal and talk honestly and openly about what divides us and can bring us together in the City of Decatur.

You are invited to share this information with your networks and consider hosting or facilitating a dinner of 8-10 people. Find out more information and sign up at www.DecaturDinners.com.

The Decatur Dinners Design Team partners include representatives from City Schools of Decatur, Decatur Housing Authority, Better Together Advisory Board, Decatur Education Foundation, Out of Hand Theater, Both And Partners, and One Small Change Inc.