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This weekend in #decaturga: A soapbox derby, moving music festival, and a bicycle rodeo.


The Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby showcases 100+ DIY drivers, live music, and local food. Madison Ave. Decatur 30030, Saturday 10/6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information at madisonavesoapboxderby.org


The West Ponce Music Stroll offers a full day of free music. Eight venues, eight bands, eight different times. The fun kicks off at Dancing Goats (419 W. Ponce) Saturday 10/6, noon to 8 p.m. Information at gowestponce.com


Decatur Active Living’s free bike rodeo shares the love – and safety – of bike riding with kids. BYO-Bike and helmet! Ebster Recreation Center at 105 Electric Ave, Saturday 10/6, noon to 2 p.m.


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The City of Decatur invites the community to contribute to a conversation on inclusive and affordable housing, Saturday, November 10 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

The day-long Summit will establish a shared understanding of Decatur’s housing context, define the often subjective term affordability as it relates to Decatur, explore viable approaches and strategies, and conclude with ways for all participants to be a part of local solutions.

The Summit includes a combination of speakers; round-table, small group community conversations; and interactive components inviting consideration, collaboration, and collective action moving forward.

Everyone within the community is invited including residents, business owners, employees, and others who simply want to contribute to this fundamental issue. The Summit is free and includes lunch but participants must register to attend so there is an accurate head-count for planning purposes. Interested participants may register at eventbrite.com/e/decatur-ga-housing-summit-tickets-50695254872.

The October test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (10/3/18) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 October 2018.

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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This weekend in #decaturga: Tiny houses, free concerts, young artists, and hometown heroes.

The Decatur Tiny House Festival brings 20+ diminutive dwellings to downtown Decatur. Saturday 9/29 and Sunday 9/30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 105 Electric Avenue. Tickets and information at tinyhouseatlanta.com

The DBA’s free Concerts on the Square has a grand September finale featuring Georgia Soul Council. On the square in downtown Decatur, Saturday 9/29, 7 p.m. Information at decaturdba.com

YEA! Event for Young Emerging Artists lets K-12 artists shine – and sell! Market and live music in Harmony Park at Oakhurst Village, Sunday 9/30, 2-6 p.m. Information at decaturartsalliance.org
Submit your Hometown Hero nominations. The deadline for submission is Sunday 9/30. Learn more about Hometown Heroes and how to enter at decaturga.com/about/community-spirit/hometown-heroes 


Open Office Hour (2)

Commissioner Walsh will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of shared spaces within the City on Wednesday, 10/3 from 7-8 p.m.

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. on Wednesday) via the following channels:

1. Facebook
2. Twitter
3. openofficehour@decaturga.com
4. 678-553-6569

If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now –https://www.opentownhall.com/6774. This question will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3.

Social media links, e-mail address and phone number will be posted on Wednesday right before the meeting. Check this post for updates.

Holiday Ornament Unveiling Party


Join the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Arts Alliance for the 2018 Decatur Holiday Ornament Unveiling Party on Thursday, September 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Wild Oats & Billy Goats, 112. E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Come see the ornaments, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments and music. Then drop by any of Decatur’s great restaurants and pubs for dinner.

The 2018 ornament will be available for purchase at Wild Oats and Billy Goats that night. They will be available in other Decatur shops including Little Shop of Stories, Trinity Mercantile, Found Co., and HomeGrown, etc. soon.

The ornaments are $18 each and you can save $5 if you join or renew your Decatur Arts Alliance membership. All proceeds go toward the creation of the 2019 ornament.



Happy National Neighborhood Day, from the City of Decatur!


We want to know WHO makes your #decaturga neighborhood stand out. City of Decatur residents are invited to enter your neighbors in the new Good Neighbor Decatur contest. From now until the end of October, post about your neighbor nominee and tell us what makes them so good with the hashtag #goodneighbordecatur. Submit your shout-out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Prizes and honors await. See below for contest details:


Good Neighbor Decatur contest rules:

1. Participants must be City of Decatur residents.

2. One (1) winner will be selected from users that submit their #goodneighbordecatur posts to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter by tagging City of Decatur accounts. Entry begins at 9 a.m. on 9/16 and ends at 11:59 p.m. 10/31.

3. Submitted photos may be shared, with credit for the photographer, by the City of Decatur across social media streams.

4. Contest winner will be notified via Facebook/Instagram/Twitter post or private message. Contest winner must be able to pick up their prize at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

5. The City of Decatur is not responsible for any issues or problems that arise after the winner claims their prize.

No purchase required.

By submission of an entry, or participation in this contest, each entrant or participant agrees that they hereby waive, release, and forever discharge, the City of Decatur, Georgia, and Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, actions, and causes of action of every nature and kind, arising out of their use of Facebook/Instagram/Twitter in this contest.

This contest is sponsored solely by the City of Decatur, Georgia, and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook/Instagram/Twitter.


Welcoming Week Kicks Off Today



Decatur welcomes you! The City of Decatur knows that fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity or place of origin, enhances our cultural fabric and brightens our future. Decatur has joined Welcoming America in its national campaign to build inclusive communities and to celebrate Welcoming Week! Sept. 14-23 – and beyond, of course! – extend hospitality, openness, and welcome to all people, and watch our community thrive. Learn more at and get involved at welcomingamerica.org.

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss announced her retirement from the City of Decatur effective December 31, 2018 after 25 years of service as City Manager. The Decatur City Commission hired GovHR to lead the executive search for the City Manager’s position. As part of the process the search firm is seeking community input on the qualities, skills and traits that are important for a new city manager. The information collected on Open City Hall will be used by GovHR for selecting possible candidates for the City Commission to consider. This forum topic will be closed at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018 so you still have time to share your feedback.

Go here to share – https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/49/Issue_6629



Decatur Friends,

Come celebrate our first year in Decatur with party at our shop on Sunday, September 30, from 2p-6p! We will have live music and activities for the whole family. We appreciate your support as we have established our first location in the state of Georgia right here in Decatur and look forward to continuing to grow our business around Atlanta in the years to come. We look forward to serving you and your families soon and hope you will come celebrate with us on the 30th!

Thank you,
Steel City Pops Atlanta