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Decatur will host its second Open Office Hour with Mayor pro tem Fred Boykin on Monday, April 24 from 7 – 8 p.m. The Mayor pro tem will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of transportation in the city and the activities and efforts relating to this area.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone.

If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here.

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The impact

North McDonough Street will be closed overnight to through traffic between Trinity Place and East Maple Street beginning Wednesday, April 19, and then repeating on Thursday, April 20. Each temporary closure will begin at 11:00pm and end the following morning at 6:00am. Everything is expected to be completed by Friday morning.

This will allow construction of a new storm drainage system as part of the North McDonough streetscape improvements.

How to manage

A detour will be in place each evening. Consult the map above for greater detail.

For more construction updates visit decaturmakeover.com.

At its April 17, 2017 meeting, the Decatur City Commission voted to purchase approximately 77 acres of property currently owned by the United Methodist Children’s Home of the North Georgia Conference, Inc. (UMCH) for $40 Million. The property is located adjacent to the southeastern city limits of Decatur.

Mayor Patti Garrett said, “The purchase of this property fits with the City’s mission, vision and values and is an investment for current and future families and children. Garrett noted, “The City of Decatur is uniquely positioned to be the trustee of this resource and the purchase provides a long-term legacy for generations to come.”

Proceeds of the sale will help UMCH reach more children and families in crisis in new communities across North Georgia, according to Rev. Hal Jones, UMCH President and CEO. The sale terms include preservation of the historic Moore Chapel and the gravesite of UMCH’s founder Rev. Dr. Jesse Boring and naming the administrative building located near the gravesite in recognition of former Executive Director Bev Cochran.

It is anticipated that the UMCH will vacate the property by late summer or early fall, 2017. Once the City owns the property, the City will annex the acreage and begin a community-based master planning effort engaging nearby neighborhoods, UMCH alumni and other stakeholders to help determine a vision and plan for future use.

Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March and April, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.

Collection for April 22 will take place in the following neighborhood:

Winnona Park Neighborhood –
S. Columbia Drive
Commerce Drive (RR Underpass to S. Columbia)
Conway Road
Avery Street
Bucher Drive
Bruton Street
Candler Oaks Lane
Derrydown Way
Heatherdown Road
Hilldale Drive
Inman Drive
Kirk Road
Kirk Crossing
Mimosa Drive
Mimosa Place
Missionary Court
Missionary Drive
Oldfield Road
Poplar Circle
Shadowmoor Drive
Winnona Drive
S. Candler St (W. College to Buchanan)
Green St (200 Block)
McKinnon Drive (Decatur Only)
Midway Road
Clarke Hill Subdivision

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

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, April 16

Tuesday, April 18

Wednesday, April 19

Thursday, April 20

Saturday, April 22

 

Join the community on Sunday, April 23 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the dedication of the MARTA Mural and the KaBOOM! Playscape under the bridge.  The celebration will take place at the corner of W. Trinity & Atlanta Avenues under and around the MARTA Overpass and under the bridge.  We’ll have cookies and ice cream and a cool art project with the Milagros Collective.  Come join the fun!

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An announcement from City Schools of Decatur:

The Elementary Facility Planning Steering Committee examined data and feedback from the community meeting and survey and offered two options to the Board of Education for consideration at the April 11 Board Meeting. We want to hear from the CSD community about these options. It is recommended that the presentation from the April 11 meeting be viewed prior to taking the survey. The survey and presentation can be found at http://www.dejongrichter.com/csdecatur/

The survey will close at 11:59 PM on April 23.

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What: 2nd Annual Amplify Decatur Music Festival

When: Saturday, April 22, 3 – 11 p.m.

Where: Decatur square

Americana legend Lucinda Williams will headline the 2017 Amplify Decatur concert series on April 22, the second annual outdoor music festival on the downtown Decatur square. All funds raised will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to support its efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. The concert series is Presented by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic.

General Admission tickets are $40 and available at AmplifyDecatur.org, and through Ticketfly.com.

The festival will also include performances by Noah Gundersen, John Moreland, Harold Holloway & Co., Packway Handle Band, and Kristen Englenz.

Food will be available for sale by local restaurateurs The Pinewood, Taqueria Del Sol, Universal Joint, and The Iberian Pig. Adult beverages will be available for sale by Creature Comforts Brewing Co., and Three Taverns Craft Brewery.

For details visit www.amplifydecatur.org .

Volunteer opportunities are available. To learn how you can volunteer, visit at www.volunteerdecatur.com.

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Storefront Saturday returns this year on Saturday, April 15, noon-5 p.m. This Decatur shopping event includes raffles, prizes, snacks, specials and oh-so-much more at participating businesses.

Twenty-three shops are participating this spring (that’s the most we’ve ever had!): Aimee Jewelry and Fine Art Gallery | Bleu Hanger | Boutique Karma | Coco + Mischa | Decatur Bikes | Decatur Square Framing and Gallery | The Great Frame Up | Greene’s Fine Foods | Homegrown | Kismet Jewelers | Little Shop of Stories | Natural Body | Pure Barre | Salon Red Kids | Solidcore | Sq/Ft | Squash Blossom | Treehouse Kid & Craft | Tres Jolie | Trinity Mercantile & Design | Vivid Boutique | Wild Oats and Billy Goats | Worthmore Jewelers

Make a purchase at a Storefront Saturday shop, bring your receipt to the tent on the square, and enter to win a giant gift basket filled with over $500 in goodies from local shops. You can enter every time you make a purchase at a participating shop, which means you have up to 23 chances to enter. Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the items going into the raffle basket. We’ll reveal more later this week on Facebook.

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So come on out to the square this Saturday and treat yourself. Keep an eye out for the silver and pink balloons to find participating shops that will have Storefront Saturday maps at their check out counters.

Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March and April, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.

Collection for April 15 will take place in the following neighborhood:

Oakhurst Neighborhood #2 –
Ansley (from Kings Hwy to Oakview)
Greenwood Avenue
Greenwood Place
Evans Drive
Jefferson Place
W. College Avenue (from Mead Road to Kings
Highway)
Olympic Place
Mead Road
Oakview (from S. McDonough to East Lake)
Green Street (100 Block)
Winter Ave (east side only)
Johnston Place
Bryan Place
Beatty Place
Madison Avenue
East Lake (from Park Place/College to Oakview)
Third Ave. (100 through 400 blocks only)
Feld Avenue
Leyden Street
Cambridge Avenue
Hood Circle
W. College (Mead to Cambridge)

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.