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This Weekend in Decatur: 2/1

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This weekend in #decaturga: Brick Store cellar tour and English country dancing

Take a FREE tour of the extensive cellar at Brick Store Pub, learn about their history, their bottles, and the Belgian Bar. Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 pm. 125 E. Court Sq. Information at facebook.com/events/538927336586485

Enjoy English country dancing in Decatur. First and third Sundays of the month, 2-5 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. New dancers lesson 1:30-2 pm. $9. Information at ecdatlanta.org

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com
 

Friday Night Lyfts in Decatur

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Every Friday night in February get $5 off your Lyft to and from Decatur

Explore shops, sips, art, music, award-winning restaurants and more with Lyft promos every Friday in February. Fun! Enter the day’s code in the Lyft app *before* you request your ride, enjoy the savings, and skip the parking. 🚗✨See details below and at decaturga.com/lyft

The Promo Codes
2/1: FRIDEC0201
2/8: FRIDEC0208
2/15: FRIDEC0215
2/22: FRIDEC0222

The Fine Print
1. You must enter the promo code in the Promo section of the Lyft app BEFORE you request your ride. The applied credit will display on the ride payment screen. (You must be in “Personal” mode for the code to apply.2. Pick-up/drop-off zones. See the full coverage area in the Lyft app or use these specific locations:

For 2/1:
101 E. Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
335 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
Harmony Park, Oakview Rd, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
245 E Trinity Pl, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
906 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA

For 2/8:
101 E. Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
335 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
Harmony Park, Oakview Rd, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
245 E Trinity Pl, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
902 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA

For 2/15:
Harmony Park, Oakview Rd, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
1042 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
308 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA, 30030 USA
303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA, 30030, USA

For 2/22:
Harmony Park, Oakview Rd, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
1042 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
335 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA, 30030 USA
308 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA, 30030, USA

3. You must request a Lyft within the timeframe: 5-11 pm

4. The promo code credit is $5 total for the entire event. Any additional charges or tips will be charged to the credit or debit card on your Lyft account.

The City of Decatur’s 2010 Strategic Plan identified four principles that the community felt were important to creating and sustaining a wonderful place to live. Since the implementation of the plan, it has become the guide to direct financial resources and planning in almost every aspect of government. The plan included 89 tasks and as of January 2019, 86 of those tasks have been completed or are underway.

As the time frame on the 2010 Strategic Plan nears its completion date, city staff would like to know how you think it should spend its time and your tax dollars on the few remaining strategic plan tasks that are either underway or yet to be started. City staff and decision-makers will review the overall feedback from this topic as they begin the annual budget development process for fiscal year 2019-2020.

The survey is available on the Open City Hall forum until February 8 at 5 p.m. – opentownhall.com/portals/49/Issue_7164

Update: The National Weather Service has cancelled the winter weather advisory for January 29. However, patches of black ice are still possible on roadways and sidewalks this afternoon through tonight. The potential for black ice can be expected especially in sheltered and protected areas or on untreated roads and sidewalks. If you must leave your home, exercise caution when travelling.

If you are in need of a warm place to hang out during the next few days while the temperatures are at their lowest, DeKalb County has opened warming centers for citizens to use as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. The following stations will open from 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, through noon, Friday, Feb. 1.

  • Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Ave, Avondale GA 30002
  • Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Fire Station 15, 2107 Flightway Dr., Chamblee, GA 30341

 

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for DeKalb County from 3 a.m. through 7 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 29. A winter weather advisory means that winter weather is expected and that residents should use caution.  Light amounts of wintry precipitation or patchy blowing snow will cause slick conditions and could affect travel if precautions are not taken.

At this point, the City offices will be open for regular business hours tomorrow, but the State of the City address has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. Active Living programs, Children & Youth Services after-school programs, and court sessions scheduled for tomorrow have all been cancelled. Updates will be posted here, decaturga.com and the city’s official social media channels.

For more information on the difference between a winter weather advisory, watch and warning, check out the National Weather Service’s winter information page at www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/ww.shtml.

Winter Weather Safety Tips

Preparing for winter isn’t complicated or expensive. While winter is dangerous, a few simple steps can help you and your family stay safe this season. Here is what NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) recommends:

Know Your Risk

  • A few inches of snow or ice can shut down a city and leave you trapped at home for days.
  • Driving on ice and snow-covered roads can lead to car wrecks, injuries and death.
  • Snow, ice and wind associated with winter storms can have a huge impact on travel, infrastructure, schools and businesses.
  • Some winter storms can cover nearly half the nation, affecting tens of millions of people.  Annually, damages from winter storms add up to over $1 billion.
  • Frostbite may develop on exposed skin when temperatures are below freezing. Add wind to below freezing temperatures and frostbite can set in even quicker.
  • Other winter dangers include hypothermia and avalanches.
  • Flooding is also possible due to snowmelt, ice jams and coastal storms such as Nor’easters.

Take Action

  • Before you go out, check the forecast at weather.gov to make sure you’re prepared for the elements. Follow NWS on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest weather news
  • At home: have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with three days of food, water, prescription medications and other supplies. Also consider obtaining a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged when a storm is approaching and also anytime you’re planning to leave the house. It could become your life-line should disaster strike.
  • In your car: make sure you have food, water and blankets in your trunk. Stay off the road when advised to do so by local authorities.
  • Dress for the season: wear loose, warm clothing in layers.
  • Don’t forget your pets! Keep them inside during cold weather.
  • During and after the storm: never use a generator or kerosene heater indoors – carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer.
  • After the storm: take breaks when shoveling snow and stay clear of downed power lines.

Be a Force of Nature

  • Create a Family Communication Plan so that your loved ones know how to get in touch during an emergency.
  • Help your neighbors before and after winter storms – especially the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable.
  • Look for opportunities to help your town prepare, such as volunteering with the American Red Cross.
  • Register for Smart911

In the event of snow and/or ice in Decatur

  • The city will concentrate on providing a usable travel lane in each direction on major streets and clearing sidewalks near MARTA stations.
  • The city will work with City Schools of Decatur to make sure entrances, exits, and driveways at the schools are clear.
  • Residents should expect to clear their driveways and sidewalks. It is unlikely that the city will be able to clear interior neighborhood residential streets.
  • If you, or a neighbor, are a senior, someone with a medical need or someone with special needs, consider creating a safety profile at smart911.com. Stay tuned to thedecaturminute.com blog, City of Decatur GA-Government on Facebook, @downtowndecatur or Twitter, and the city’s website for information about facilities closures.

These simple steps will help keep you safe from blizzards, ice storms and other winter hazards. A little bit of preparation can make a big difference. And many of these steps – such as preparing an Emergency Supplies Kit – will also come in handy for other hazards, such as hurricanes or power outages.

Stay tuned to www.decaturga.com, social media and thedecaturminute.com for up-to-date information.

This Week in Decatur: 1/28

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This week in #decaturga: Books, dance, and Decatur’s State of the City

Soniah Kamal discusses “Unmarriageable” – Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan. Monday, Jan. 28, 7:15-9 pm at the Decatur Library / Georgia Center for the Book, 215 Sycamore St. Information at facebook.com/events/334495654051684

Decatur’s State of the City address looks at where we are and what’s next during this month’s Decatur Business Association meeting. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Decatur Conference Center, 130 Clairemont Ave. Networking reception starts at 5:15 pm, address/meeting begins at 6 pm. All are welcome. Information at decaturdba.com

Core Dance presents “American Playground” and “The Third Dance” Jan. 31 through Feb. 3, 7:30 pm, at 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Information at coredance.org. (Photo by Efrat Mazor)

Contra dance the night away! Every Friday night, 8-10:45 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. New dancers lesson 7:30-8 p.m. $10. Information at contradance.org

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

This Weekend in Decatur: 1/27

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This weekend in #decaturga: Community orchestra performance, student art opening, special Foxeria del Sol brunch, and English country dancing, too!

Czech out the Atlanta Musicians Orchestra’s performance of Dvořák’s Symphony Number 8 and Glinka’s Waltz Fantasie. Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 pm at First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Information at amorch.com

View art by Kristie O’Neal’s students at Renfroe Middle School (220 W. College Ave.) during an opening reception, Sunday, Jan. 27, 3-5 pm. Weeklong exhibitions at City Schools of Decatur pop up in partnership with Wild Oats and Billy Goats and Decatur Arts Alliance.

Foxeria del Sol Brunch Pop-up brings Taqueria del Sol and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q together for deliciousness and a good cause. Sunday, Jan. 27, 11:30 am-3 pm at Taqueria del Sol, 359 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Information at www.facebook.com/events/2172703639714196

Enjoy English country dancing in Decatur. First and third Sundays of the month, 2-5 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. New dancers lesson 1:30-2 pm. $9. Information at ecdatlanta.org
 

Find upcoming Decatur community events at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/plan/calendar-of-events and submit your own by contacting sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or renae.madison@decaturga.com

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The impact

Construction of the new office building on the former Callaway property will start on Monday, January 28. The building will be located at the corner of West Trinity Place and North McDonough Street and requires a partial closure of the eastbound lane of West Trinity Place.

How to manage

Throughout construction, through traffic will be able to bypass vehicles lined up to enter the Dekalb County parking deck, then shift left as the roadway is narrowed. See illustration for traffic patterns.

For additional information and to sign up for updates, visit decaturmakeover.com.

This Week in Decatur: 1/21

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This week in #decaturga: Tuesday City Commission meeting, community stormwater discussion, and art on view

Decatur’s City Commission meets tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 pm at City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. in an open session. Everyone is welcome! 
 

Deep dive on city stormwater issues, regulations, and possibilities. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6-8 pm at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. Information at decaturnext.com/stormwater 

 
Aimée Gallery hosts “Sticking Together,” a showcase of collage art, with an opening reception this Thursday, Jan. 24, 6-9 pm. 335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite B. Information at aimee-jewelry-and-fine-art-gallery.com

 
Expanding Civil Rights: Women of the Movement” special exhibit is on view at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., through Thursday, Jan. 24 during regular library hours. Curated by Mike Glenn, former NBA player, from his vast collection of rare books, newspapers and magazines that document African American history and culture. Information at dekalblibrary.org/news/mike-glenns-expanding-civil-rights-women-of-the-movement-exhibit-comes-to-decatur-library

 
Contra dance the night away! Every Friday night, 8-10:45 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. New dancers lesson 7:30-8 p.m. $10. Information at contradance.org

Whether you attended the Concept Alternative/Evaluation Public Workshop #2 on January 16 and want more information, or you missed the workshop but would like to participate, you have come to the right spot. The graphic displays (links are below) will give you the same materials to what the attendees of theConcept Alternative/Evaluation Public Workshop #2 received. We have listed each document along with a description of how it was used at the workshop.

    •  Welcome This welcomed participants to the Workshop and tells you how to participate and provide your comments.
    •  Project Description This gives detailed information on the various aspects and history of the Railroad Crossing Improvements @ Atlanta Avenue.
    •  Goals & Objectives– This shows “word clouds” highlighting the greatest areas of concern and the most favored solutions, concepts and ideas. It summarizes project goals and objectives that have been developed from community engagement.
    • Thank You!– Stay tuned for the next public workshop. Please feel free to forward this to any friends and neighbors who may be interested in participating.

We encourage you to participate in the ONLINE WORKSHOP and use Open City Hall to provide your Evaluation Comments.  The deadline for comments is February 1, 2019.

Mark Your Calendars: the next workshop is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 4:30– 7:30 pm at the Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard Avenue.