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This weekend in #decaturga: Pie, pollinators, and a garden party!

 

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Pie Social and Book Signing at Found Co. – yummo! Sample sweet slices, meet the authors of The New Pie, and enter to win a pie to take home! Saturday, June 22, 4-7 pm at Found Co. Decatur, 335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. facebook.com/events/2389114137816926

 

Wylde Center’s Beer Garden + Silent Auction Fundraiser features top metro Atlanta breweries, food from local favorite restaurants, and unique auction items – all for a good, green cause. Saturday, June 22, 5:30-8:30 pm in the beautiful Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Rd. Tickets $40-$250 with VIP and patron options available. wyldecenter-beergarden.squarespace.com

 

Decatur Farmers Market. Every Saturday, 9-1 at the corner of Clairemont Avenue and Commerce Drive, 308 Clairemont Ave. Plenty of parking, produce, pastries, and more! facebook.com/DecaturFarmersMarkets / cfmatl.org/decatur

 

See Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home – an inspiring film on community conservation and coexisting with nature. Then stay for a talk by the Georgia Native Plant Society. Sunday, June 23, 1 pm at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. A FREE National Pollinator Week film screening and talk brought to you by Beecatur. facebook.com/events/663027507482481 / beecaturga.com

 

FREE family film screening: DisneyNature’s Wings of Life. Look at the incredible lives bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, and flowers and what we can do to protect them. Sunday, June 23, 4 pm at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Hosted by Beecatur in honor of National Pollinator Week. facebook.com/events/617031705481360 / beecaturga.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
This week in #decaturga: From budget to beach, with #local love in between

 

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Decatur dollars. Join the final public hearing and scheduled adoption of Proposed FY 2019-20 City of Decatur Budget and revised millage rates. June 17 at 7:30 pm at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. Learn more and see the budget at decaturga.com/budget

 

Won’t you be my neighbor? ALL Decatur neighbors are invited to attend the Decatur Neighborhood Alliance meeting on Wednesday, June 19, 7 pm at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. See a listing of Decatur neighborhood groups and learn more at decaturga.com/residents/community-groups/neighborhood-alliance

 

Farm-to-table – or picnic blanket! The Decatur Farmers Market offers Georgia-grown goodies and picnic-ready dinner options, too! Live music, free samples, and double SNAP dollars sweeten the deal. Wednesdays on the lawn at 308 Clairemont Ave., 4-7 pm. cfmatl.org/decatur

 

Yogis unite. FREE Yoga on the Square every Thursday in June. 101 E. Court Sq. Sessions start at 5:30 pm. BYO-mat! – Look for rotating around-town locations in July and August for that namaste feeling all summer long.

 

Head to the beach! The Decatur Beach Party transforms downtown Decatur into a sandy summer getaway. Friday, June 21, 5-11 pm on Decatur’s downtown square. Come for the beach, stay for the party! Kids activities, live music, food, drink, and free admission go all night. facebook.com/DecBeachParty

 

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: Pollinators, postpartum support, and hot art!

 

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Buzzzz about National Pollinator Week during Beecatur’s Mini Festival on the square! Saturday, June 15, 10 am-1 pm on Decatur’s downtown square, 101 E. Court Sq. Find pollinator-friendly garden inspiration, bees, butterflies, honey, face painting, and fun! facebook.com/events/800930350290268

 

Super-strength, flight, and UV vision? Kids (and superhero pollinator fans) learn more at Marvelous Bees: Superheros of the Natural World. FREE talk by Bee City USA, Decatur (beecaturga.com). Saturday, June 15, 4 pm at Legacy Park Auditorium, 500 S. Columbia Dr. facebook.com/events/315992329325768

 

Shine a light on postpartum mental health and Climb Out of the Darkness. Saturday, June 15, 10 am at Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Dr. This community awareness walk raises funds for Postpartum Support International (postpartum.net) and offers connection with other survivors, supporters, and mental healthcare providers for participants. facebook.com/ClimbOutDecatur

 

Marvel at molten glass during Decatur Glassblowing’s Open House. Enjoy snacks, drinks, music, and glassblowing demonstrations at this FREE event. Saturday, June 15, 6-10 pm at Decatur Glassblowing (decaturglassblowing.com), 250 Freeman St. facebook.com/events/361120754504825

 

Last Call! Join the closing reception for the Decatur Arts Festival Fine Arts Exhibition. Sunday, June 16, 4-6 pm at Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, Dana Fine Arts Building, 141 E. College Ave. View works on display and talk with selected artists. decaturartsfestival.com/festival-events/fine-arts-exhibition

 

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

Celebrate stories of multiracial families with book club picks for all ages from Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board and Little Shop of Stories. 📚✨
 
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Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

Adults and teens

The title of comedian and late-night host Trevor Noah’s memoir gets at the central conflict of his early life: in apartheid-era South Africa, his parents weren’t allowed to marry, so his very existence was against the law. Just like his comedy, this book is sharp, funny, alarming and bracingly honest. What’s fresh here is a personal side to Mr. Noah that is most apparent in his loving descriptions and tales of his mother. The book was originally published as an adult title, but its popularity has led to a young reader’s edition particularly aimed at late-middle grade to early teen readers.

 

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Blended, by Sharon Draper

Middle grade

Paige, a Little Shop of Stories customer, explains why this is her favorite book: “Isabella, the main character, is biracial, just like me. Never have I ever read a book about a biracial girl before! Isabella’s mom is white, and her dad is black, like mine. I connected with Isabella when she talked about the weird glances and ignorant remarks she would get just for being mixed. I connected when she talked about her hair and how not every curl is the same! I connected when she talked about never feeling whole or accepted. ‘When you’re always looked at as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole?’ You feel alienated sometimes, like being called ‘too white’ or ‘too black,’ when you know you are both. Like having to circle the ‘other’ circle on standardized tests. I connected so deeply to Isabella in a way I have never connected before. I would love to hug and thank Ms. Draper for writing this incredible book.”

 

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The Case for Loving, by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

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The Case for Loving, a picture book about the marriage of Richard and Mildred Loving, is different from most nonfiction picture books. The writing is straightforward, even poetic in its plain spoken phrasing, and the art does a wonderful job of conveying this world of conflict and legal wrangling in ways that suggest explanation and prompt discussion.

 

Books are available for purchase at Little Shop of Stories, 113 E. Court Square. littleshopofstories.com

 


 

About Loving Day

Loving Day – the largest multiracial celebration in the United States – is held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia. Vindicating the marriage of Mildred and Richard Loving, a black woman and white man, the Court struck down state laws across the country banning interracial marriage.

At the time Loving was decided, only three percent of couples in the country had intermarried. By 2015, 17% of newlyweds in the U.S. had a spouse from a different racial background. That same year, one in seven (or 14%) of infants in the U.S. were multiracial, up from 5% in 1980. The 2000 Census was the first that allowed individuals to identify with more than one race, and in the 2010 US census, approximately 9 million individuals, or 2.9% of the population, self-identified as multiracial. The Census Bureau estimates that the number of people doing so will triple by 2060.

Like so many cities in the U.S., Decatur is home to many interracial couples and multiracial individuals and families who live at the intersection of different identities and cultures. The community is invited to join in the celebration of their rich and wonderful stories. In honor of Loving Day, the Better Together Advisory board is offering several related book recommendations from Little Shop of Stories.
This week in #decaturga: Hyperlocal Black History, empanada pop-up, free yoga, and farm-fresh fare

 

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Meet on Millage Rates – TONIGHT. Join a public hearing on 2019 City of Decatur millage rates. These rates are used to calculate local property taxes. Monday, June 10, 6 pm at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. decaturga.com/budget

 

Local African American heritage and history. Join Laurel Wilson (Master of Heritage Preservation) for a FREE lecture on African-American life in Decatur and DeKalb County. Tuesday, June 1, noon-1 pm at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Sq. Second floor. Part of DeKalb History Center’s Lunch and Learn program. Bring a lunch! decaturhistory.com

 

Empanadas and pints! Chow down at the Frita Kale-O Pop up at Ale Yeah. Wednesday, June 12, 5-9 pm at Ale Yeah! Craft Beer Market, 906 W. College Ave. facebook.com/events/813257989058789

 

Check out Decatur Farmers Market – Every Wednesday, 4-7 pm on the lawn at 308 Clairemont Ave. Get the good stuff, support local farmers, bakers, and makers, and double EBT/SNAP dollars! cfmatl.org/decatur

 

FREE Yoga on the Square! Roll out your mat for a free yoga session on Decatur’s downtown square. Thursdays in June. Sessions start at 5:30 pm. BYO-mat

 

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: Walk and roll with Decatur Streets Alive

 

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Decatur Streets Alive offers car-free streets to walk, roll, and play. Sunday, June 9, 2-8 pm, Decatur will close W. Howard Avenue from N. McDonough Street to the city limits near the East Lake MARTA Station to connect with the Atlanta Streets Alive 10-mile “paved park.” It’s bike path meets block party meets parade! decaturstreetsalive.com

 

Sing on the square! Meridian Herald hosts a FREE family-fun music event with choirs, instruments, crafts, snacks, and a sing-along. Saturday, June 8, noon-4 at the community bandstand on Decatur’s downtown square. facebook.com/events/600094957176710

 

Then sing some more… Come back Sunday for an evening concert featuring The Meridian Chorale and soloists singing opera, showtunes, and American standards. Sunday, June 9, 7 pm at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Sq. Concert tickets: $20. Optional pre-show supper, cocktails, and silent auction starts at 5:30. Supper and show tickets: $100. facebook.com/events/600094960510043

 

Every Saturday, 9-1 the Decatur Farmers Market pops up on the lawn at 308 Clairemont Ave. Find local honey, kombucha, zukes, peaches, pastries, pops, and pasta, blueberries, bluegrass and more! facebook.com/DecaturFarmersMarkets / cfmatl.org/decatur

 

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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Talk Decatur dollars during upcoming public hearings on the fiscal year 2019-20 City of Decatur budget and property tax millage rates. Mark your calendars!
  • Monday, June 10 at 6 pm: Public hearing on 2019 Millage Rates
  • Monday, June 17 at 7:30 pm: Public hearing and scheduled adoption of Proposed FY 2019-20 Budget and Revised 2018-19 Budget and adoption of final 2019 Millage Rates
  • Both events will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

Copies of the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget and FY 2018-19 Revised Budget are available at Decatur City Hall and at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. as well as online at decaturga.com/budget.

Learn more about the city budget and budget process at decaturga.com/budget. Have questions or want more information? Contact City Clerk Meredith Roark, 404-370-4102 or meredith.roark@decaturga.com

Free Yoga Around Town

Decatur offers free yoga around town this summer with sessions on the square, in West Ponce, and Oakhurst Village. Join us!

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Cancelled today due to filming on Decatur’s downtown square. But mark your calendar for next week (and the week after that!) to come out and unroll your mat. Every Thursday this summer at 5:30 pm, enjoy FREE community yoga sessions in sunny, scenic sites around town.

  • June – Yoga on the Square in Downtown Decatur
  • July – Yoga on the Green in West Ponce
  • August – Yoga in Harmony in Oakhurst Village

 

Are you interested in learning more about the City’s FY19-20 budget and 2019 millage rates? There are a few ways for you to get involved between now and adoption day on June 17, 2019.

  1. Take some time to read through the budget document. It’s available online at www.decaturga.com/budget. Or if you prefer to look at a hard copy, head over to the Decatur Library reference desk (215 Sycamore Street) or stop by the City Clerk’s Office (509 N. McDonough Street) to check one out.
  2. Attend a public hearing and let the City Commission know your thoughts on the budget and the 2019 millage rates. We have two more public hearings scheduled in the coming weeks. One is Monday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m. and the other is Monday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in the City Commission Meeting Room at Decatur City Hall (509 N. McDonough Street.)
  3. Let us know your thoughts via the Open City Hall forum. If attending a meeting at City Hall just doesn’t work for you, you can still let the City Commission know your thoughts by sharing them here.
  4. Watch the archived video of the City Commission work session focused on the FY18-19 revised budget and the FY19-20 proposed budget. An archived video of the session is now available on the City’s website.

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The June test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (6/5/19) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 6 June 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.