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This weekend in #decaturga: Mom gets a treat, roaring twenties take the stage, and Decatur history stretches its legs.

 

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NEW Mother’s Day Pop Up offers a day out for Mom, or an opportunity to pick up just the right gift! Enjoy a yoga class, chair massage, crafted drinks, and kids crafts all for free. Shop cookie sandwiches, foodie indulgences, floral bouquets, and books, too. Saturday, May 11, 9-2 on Decatur’s downtown square. visitdecaturgeorgia.com/see-do-play/mother-s-day-pop-up

 

This Saturday’s Concert on the Square features Tray Dahl and The Jugtime Ragband – “We play good songs with a few miles on ’em.” Enjoy the FREE concert Saturday, May 11, starting at 7 pm on Decatur’s downtown square. jugtimeragband.com

 

Stroll the grounds of Decatur Cemetery with a history who’s who tour from Friends of Decatur Cemetery as their monthly Second Sunday Cemetery Stroll season kicks off. Sunday, May 12 at 2:30. Meet at the gazebo near the Commerce Drive gate. facebook.com/FriendsOfDecaturCemetery

 

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

 

545 Oakview Rd tree (002)

**UPDATE**

The tree has been removed, power is being restored, and the road should be open in an hour.

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Due to a severely damaged tree, Oakview Rd. is closed between Adams St. and Ansley St. until the 30” diameter Poplar tree has been removed. Drivers should use alternate routes. Pedestrians should avoid this area.

Georgia Power will be de-energizing the power line in order to remove the tree around noon. A loss of power is expected during this time. Updates will be posted to the city’s official social media channels.

Spotlight on ART! May is Art Month in Decatur, with events all month long and the Big One (the Decatur Art Festival) on Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what’s coming up:

 

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2019 Festival Poster Unveiling TONIGHT, May 9, 5:30-7:30 at the Solarium in Oakhurst, 321 W. Hill St. See the poster created by artist Amanda Bennett, bring home a copy, and enjoy an evening of music, refreshments, and fun. FREE. decaturartsfestival.com/festival/poster-unveiling

 

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The Lantern Parade is this Friday night! Light up a lantern and line up at Color Wheel Studio, 508 E. Howard Ave., at 8 pm. Or just marvel as the magic steps off at 9 and parades to the square. Perfect for families, photographers… Anyone with eyeballs, really. decaturlanternparade.com / decaturartsfestival.com/festival-events/lantern-parade

 

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NEW this year: Buildings, Art and Brew Pub Crawl. Get tickets now for an afternoon of historic architecture, public art, and craft beer on Saturday, May 18. Tickets and information at decaturartsalliance.org/buildings-art-and-brew

 

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Bring Mom to the square this Saturday for yoga, flowers, massages, mocktails, and more! Our Mother’s Day Pop Up offers the perfect way to celebrate the mothers of Decatur with local businesses Gathered and Grounded, Natural Body Spa, The White Bull, Jimella’s Cookies, Bloom Floral Design, Splash of Olive, and Little Shop of Stories (with story time and crafts for the kiddos!) Saturday, May 11, 9-2 on Decatur’s downtown square.

 

Moms – Get a gal-pal group together and make a day of it! (Hello, free chair massages…) There’s plenty of time to be Mom on Mother’s Day, right?

 

Free yoga class starts at 9 am on the east end of the plaza. Find more information at visitdecaturgeorgia.com/see-do-play/mother-s-day-pop-up #decaturga #mothersday

 

 

Honey Bee SwarmPhoto Credit: Bee City USA®-Decatur, GA (Beecatur)

Honey bees live in large, complex colonies often made up of as many as 60,000 bees. In the springtime months, successful, populous honey bee colonies sometimes divide themselves in two. This process of colony reproduction is called swarming.

When swarming, the honey bee queen and approximately half of her workers leave the hive in search of a new home. The swarm first lands somewhere close to their original hive (e.g., on a tree branch, a porch railing, a mailbox, etc.). They form a protective ball of thousands of bees around the queen, while scouts seek out a suitable new permanent home. Once a new home has been identified, the swarm again takes flight, usually within 24 hours.

April and May are prime swarm season. Beekeepers will gladly capture swarms and give them a new home. If you see a honeybee swarm, contact your neighborhood beekeeper or call the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association Swarm Hotline at 404-519-4141 immediately.

To the non-beekeeper a honey bee swarm can seem fearsome. However, observed from a respectful distance, honey bee swarms can be a fascinating, even awe-inspiring, sight few people get to experience.

 

This week in #decaturga: Decatur Makers improv show, tons of author and illustrator events, and oh-so-local history

 

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Laugh out loud at Make It Up! – an improv show at Eddie’s Attic putting the funny in fundraiser for Decatur Makers. Tuesday, May 7, starting at 6 pm at 515 N. McDonough St. Support Atlanta’s only family-friendly maker space, and enjoy music, prizes, DIY mini-projects, raffles, auctions, and of course, improv. Tickets and information: decaturmakers.org

 

Find author Rachel Hawkins with Her Royal Highness, illustrator Loren Long with If I Was the Sunshine, and Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser with a new book, Lambslide. All at Little Shop of Stories this week! 133 E. Court Sq. littleshopofstories.com

 

Enjoy High Noon History on your lunch break every Friday in May. Take lunch to-go and tour Decatur’s downtown square with experts from the DeKalb History Center. Friday, May 10, meeting at noon in the lobby of the historic courthouse. $3 (DHC members are free). dekalbhistory.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 #decaturga: Latin dance party, gardens, art, light up a lantern, and listen to your heart (literally).

 

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Decatur ArtWorks local artist reception – Mixed media, modern wildlife, industrial pop art and more at Decatur CoWorks TONIGHT. Friday, May 3, 7-9 pm, 708 Church St. decaturcoworks.com
 

Jazzercise Decatur hosts a Family Fitness Fun Day to celebrate 50 years of Jazzercise. Enjoy food, music, puppetry, prizes, crafts, health screenings, bounce house, and of course, a good workout. Free and open to everyone. Saturday, May 4, 11-3 at 114 New St. facebook.com/events/2212774378973432
 

Salsa on the Square – A FREE Latin dance party on Decatur’s downtown square! Lessons by dance legend Mambo Mario Diaz and music by DJ Jeremy Lane – just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Saturday, May 4, 5-9 pm. facebook.com/events/410503112826446 #salsaonthesquaredecatur
 

Galeria Regina presents “Mixed Emotions” – Saturday, May 4, 5-9 pm. Three artists interpret the human figure, featuring Jessica Cook, Myles Williams, and Larry Bottomley. On view through June 29 at 409 Mead Rd. #5. galeriaregina.com
 

Get ready to glow during Decatur’s Lantern Parade (happening Friday, May 10!). Local lantern whisperer Chantelle Rytter hosts lantern making workshops at Color Wheel Studio this weekend. See the full illumination lineup for Saturday and Sunday at chantellerytter.com/decatur-lantern-parade
 

Wylde Garden Tour features 13 gardens full of inspiration, flowers, wildlife, woodlands, and more on Saturday and Sunday, 10-5. Find tickets and tour sites at wyldecenter.org/wylde-garden-tour
 

Join in Joy Night at First Baptist Church of Decatur – a community celebration of joyful gospel music. Sunday, May 5, 5 pm at 308 Clairemont Ave. FREE concert with a potluck meal to follow. fbcdecatur.com

 

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

Bike Month in Decatur

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May is Bike Month and there’s plenty to pedal about! Join the City and Decatur Active Living as we celebrate National Bike Month with rides, registration, safety information, free Ride-to-Work Day coffee, and bumper stickers.

 

BYO-bike (and helmet!) for a range of rides from family-friendly, to seasoned cyclists, to Silver Spokes. Check out these cycling celebrations and more at decaturga.com/biking and beactivedecatur.com

2019 Restaurants 4 Repairs

Raise a fork, fix a home. Dine out on Tuesday, May 14 at any of the 21 participating City of Decatur restaurants. A percentage of the day’s proceeds at each restaurant goes to the Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project, a large-scale volunteer initiative to help Decatur’s older residents live safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes by completing needed repairs, weatherization, adding handicap-accessible features and doing yard work. A total of 40 homes had work done by approximately 1,100 volunteers during the King Holiday weekend in January.

 

Participating restaurants are:

The Corner Pub
Raging Burrito & Taco
Parker’s on Ponce
The White Bull
Big Tex
Café Lily
Dog Towne Franks
Ebrik Coffee Room
Farm Burger
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Kelly’s Market
LEON’s Full Service
The Marlay
Mezcalito’s Cantina
Mojo Pizza, Scout
The Square Pub
Steinbeck’s Ale House
Sushi Avenue on the Square
Taiyo Ramen
Universal Joint

 

Visit www.mlkserviceproject.com for links to the restaurants and more information about the Project. For additional info, contact Lee Ann Harvey, Leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

The May test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (5/1/19) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 2 May 2019.

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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.