The 7th annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby will take place this  Saturday, October 7, at 11 a.m.

Cheer on over 90 racers take their turn down the hill in homemade soapbox derby cars.

Food from Oakhurst Market, Steinbeck’s, Universal Joint, Matador, Steel City Pops and the neighborhood bake sale will be available.

There will also be a beverage tent sponsored by The Faction, Red Hare Brewing, Three Taverns, Decatur Package & Publix.

For a full schedule visit http://madisonavesoapboxderby.org/schedule/.


Today is the first Wednesday of October so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens 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 October 2017.

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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.

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Come get your heart and take part in the renowned worldwide art project about mindfulness.

Mind the Heart Project is in Decatur this weekend, and inviting you to share your favorite and beloved spots in the city. The project archives thousands of spots of significance by people of all walks of life, showing that “everywhere means something to someone at some point, so walk around with open eyes and an open heart”.

This Saturday, 1pm-5pm, Artists Maya & Roie will be at the Decatur City Square handing out 100 hearts for you to put out there. Your chosen spots and stories will become an exhibition at the Decatur Arts Alliance, opening Friday, October 6th.

See more at: www.mindtheheart.org/hearts

and www.mindtheheart.org


Community Meeting - W Howard

Over the past few months, Decatur residents and staff have explored ideas to improve the safety, comfort, and sense of place along West Howard Avenue. The Reimagine West Howard Avenue study is complete and includes a corridor that has been redesigned into an equitable multi-modal, livelier street, using public art, landscaping, street furniture, lighting, and programming.

Join us for a community information meeting on Thursday, October 12 as city staff shares project findings on how this corridor can be improved.

When: Thursday, October 12, 6– 7 p.m.

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 W Howard Ave.

For more information, contact Michelle Hirose, Senior Engineer, at Michelle.Hirose@decaturga.com

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.


Update: Due to the threat of inclement weather, the tree tour has been rescheduled for October 28 from 4-7 p.m.


Join local arborists for a walk through the Decatur Cemetery. Learn about some of Decatur’s trees, tree types and needs, and listen to tree talks and stories. The event is free, but donations benefiting the Friends of Decatur Cemetery and Women Arborists of the Southeast are accepted. Visit Eventbrite to register.

Where: Decatur’s Historic Cemetery, 299 Bell St.

When: Saturday, October 7,  4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Kay Evanovich, kay.evanovich@decaturga.com.

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


Open Office Hour

Decatur will host its fifth Open Office Hour with Commissioner Tony Powers on Thursday, September 28 from 7 – 8 p.m. Commissioner Powers will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of the role of the city and schools including ongoing and potential initiatives and partnerships.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen via livestream, http://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-commission/streaming-video, and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live (beginning at 7 p.m.) via Twitter (@downtowndecatur), here on Facebook, email (@openofficehour@decaturga.com), or phone (678-553-6569).


East Lake Logo Flower

Thanks to a $100,000 Livable Centers grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission, stakeholders of three different municipalities, one transit system, and a variety of business and environmental interests are converging to form the Make East Lake MARTA Yours initiative.

The community is invited to participate in two public participation opportunities:


Monday, September 25 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Oakhurst Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (Room 100), 222 East Lake Drive

Join the discussion on population density, demographics, transportation, and economic development topics within in the first hour, then allow for input, questions, and comments thereafter.


Tuesday, September 26 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Oakhurst Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (Room 100), 222 East Lake Drive

Identified topics from the Community Academy meeting get repeated here in an open house environment. Drop by, review, and chime in. Expect a half hour to participate.

For more detailed information, visit decaturnext.com.


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.

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