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This Week

City Meetings
-Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting | Friday, Dec. 20 @ 8:00 a.m.

-Stop by Kelly’s Market for Dark Beer and Chocolate Tasting on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6-8 p.m.

-Agnes Scott College is inviting all residents to a Campus Master Plan Open House this Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Elizabeth Kiss Welcome Center located in Rebekah Scott Hall.

-Come out for Bubbles and Booze at the Pinewood and enjoy a bottomless selection of sparkling cocktails, champagne and wine with hors d’oeuvres on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 7-10 p.m.

-Kelly’s Market will be featuring Georgia’s own Creature Comforts Brewing in a very special tasting event this Friday, Dec. 20 from 6-8 p.m.

-It’s that time of year where Santa Claus will be making his annual appearance at The Marlay! There will be Christmas movies and activities for the kids as they wait for Santa to arrive on Friday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.

-Universal Joint will transform into a Winter Wonderland with a holiday menu and Christmas cocktails for their Pop-Up Xmas Party this Friday, Dec. 20 from 7-11:30 p.m.


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This Week

City Meetings
-City Commission | Monday, Dec. 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
-Historic Preservation Commission | Tuesday, Dec. 17 @ 6:30pm

-Don’t miss the Hope Sees A Star Yuletide Concert with the Meridian Chorale and Steven Darsey happening this Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit meridianherald.org for more information.

-Join the Downtown Decatur Chick-fil-A for Dinner with Santa Cow on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Visit Chick-Fil-A Downtown Decatur on Facebook for more info.

-Brick Store Pub will host their Trappist Nights event this Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 6:30-11 p.m. Enjoy the finest Trappist beers paired with monastic cheese and Gregorian music, all by candle light in the Belgian Bar, upstairs and to the left. For more information, visit Brick Store Pub on Facebook.

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City Meetings
-Decatur Development Authorities | Friday, December 13 @ 8 a.m.

-Core Dance is hosting their holiday gathering and salon this Thursday, December 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Core Studios. This event is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit donate.coredance.org.
-Roast a marshmallow (or two) around a roaring bonfire this Terrific Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7-8 p.m. on the Square. Register for this free event at freshtix.com so we have plenty of marshmallows for everyone!
-Antlers and Wings will kick off their Shamanic Journey Group on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Visit antlersnwings.com for more information.
-Don’t miss the 28th Annual Decatur Holiday Marketplace and Café this Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Clairemont Elementary School. For more information, visit decaturholidaymarketplace.com.
-Stop by Kelly’s Market on Friday, Dec. 13 between 6-8 p.m. for a Oil & Spice Tasting with Splash of Olive.
-Join Antlers and Wings for their Women’s Circle and Gift Sharing on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit antlersnwings.com.
-There will be an open house at the Bradley Observatory on the campus of Agnes Scott College this Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. featuring a lecture by Chris DePree, Charles A. Dana Professor of Astronomy and Director of Bradley Observatory.

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This Week

City Meetings

-Zoning Board of Appeals | Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
-Planning Commission | Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m.

-The Decatur Arts Alliance is hosting the Core Dance photography show and opening reception this Monday, Dec. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery (113 Clairemont Ave). The retrospective exhibition documents the contemporary dance organization from 2014 to the present and will be available for viewing Dec. 10-13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
-Join the Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board for a discussion about the problems associated with single-use plastics and hear how some communities are choosing to respond to this environmental challenge Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center. This event is free and open to the community.
-Get up close and personal with the Historic DeKalb Courthouse on a behind the scenes tour this Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 12 p.m. Visit dekalbhistory.org for ticket information.
-Meet some of Oakland Cemetery’s most notable residents with author Janice McDonald’s new book, Residents of Oakland Cemetery. Come out for Hops at the History Center on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit dekalbhistory.org.
-The community is invited to take a journey celebrating gospel music with the Silver Leaf Baptist Church Choir of Atlanta on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 7-8 p.m. at the Decatur Library.

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This Weekend

-Don’t miss the students of Dance Foundry in the Nutcracker: Clara’s Winter Dream happening this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Visit the Dance Foundry on Facebook for ticket information.

-Little Shop of Stories will host Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone, on tour for the second book in the Legacy of Orïsha series, Children of Virtue and Vengence. This event will be Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Winter Theater located inside the Dana Fine Arts Building at Agnes Scott College. Visit littleshopofstories.com/december-2019-events to purchase tickets.

-Join Antlers and Wings for Sip and Stroke Your Chakras on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit Antlers and Wings on Facebook for more information.

-Join the Little Shop of Stories for story time featuring some favorite books for the season and special guest illustrator Jennifer L. Meyer. She is on tour for her newest picture book If I Could Give You Christmas, mark your calendars for an afternoon of stories, drawing demos and a book signing on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit littleshopofstories.com.

-This weekend’s live performances at Eddie’s Attic will feature Hunter Callahan with Celia Rae and Abe Partridge, Sarah Peacock and David Wilcox with Michael McArthur. For show times and ticket information, visit eddiesattic.com.

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Join the Pied Piper Parade as it makes its way through downtown Decatur on Wednesday, July 4. Gather friends and family, ride your bike, walk or skate in this community parade for anyone and everyone. Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun too. And don’t forget your red, white, and blue!

Parade lineup is at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave. Pedestrians will gather on the lawn and vehicles will be lined up by volunteers in the parking lot. The parade begins at 6 p.m.

The concert on the square starts at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band. Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9 p.m.).

This event is sponsored by the City of Decatur and the Decatur Business Association. For more information, check out http://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/see-do-play/special-events/fourth-of-july

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Opening reception is Saturday, February 14 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Sycamore Place Gallery, 120 Sycamore Pl. Entry is free of charge.

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ARC platinum green communities 1.28.15This week, the City of Decatur was one of seven local governments to be recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.   The city became the first jurisdiction in the 10-county region to achieve Platinum level as a Certified Green Community, the highest certification level. Representatives from the city received its award at ARC’s January board meeting.  ARC recognized the City of Decatur, along with two other cities – Alpharetta and Sandy Springs, and Cherokee, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, which either renewed or upgraded certification in ARC’s five-year-old Green Communities program.

Commenting on Wednesday’s presentation, ARC Chairman Kerry Armstrong said, “The seven local governments the Atlanta Regional Commission recognized today are working hard to use resources wisely and well, and I commend them for their achievements. Their efforts are contributing to cleaner air, reduced water demand, less waste going into landfills and more. As a result, we have a cleaner, greener region.”

After first achieving Green Communities certification at the Bronze level in 2009, and upgrading to the Gold level in 2010, the City of Decatur has renewed its certification at the Platinum level this year, the first local government to reach the highest achievement possible. Some of the actions Decatur took to become certified include:

  • Developing an Environmental Sustainability Plan as direct response to a charge from the people of the city seeking to become even more environmentally responsible. The plan outlines goals and strategies that the city and community should take to deepen their commitment to serving as good stewards of the environment and resources.
  • Expanding the Safe Routes to School program to include all eligible elementary and middle schools in the City Schools of Decatur system along with College Heights Preschool and two private schools. An average of 55 percent of students participate in International Walk and Roll to School Day each year.
  • Committing to building LEED certified facilities, the latest of which, Fire Station No. 1, is on course to obtain LEED Platinum. Sustainable technologies include high efficiency equipment and lighting, green roof garden, a geothermal vertical-closed loop heat pump system, solar water heating, rainwater harvesting and greywater reclamation. The building is designed to achieve a 33 percent reduction in energy consumption and in water usage.
  • Supporting several community gardens with financial and in-kind support. At Decatur’s Kitchen Garden, more than 30 refugee families grow hundreds of pounds of fresh food each season, combating hunger that their families and neighbors face. The produce is also sold at the Decatur Farmers Market and a number of Decatur restaurants.

ARC developed the Green Communities Program to foster greater environmental stewardship and to recognize local governments that invest in programs leading to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the ways in which local governments are helping to transform the region by reducing their environmental footprint. Since 2009, 18 jurisdictions in the 10-county region have been certified. Cities and counties earn Green Communities certification by implementing practices and policies in 10 categories, ranging from energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency. ARC’s Green Communities program was the first program in the country seeking to transform a region by promoting sustainability through a “green” certification program for local governments.

Complete information about ARC’s Green Communities Certification Program, including the measures each community has implemented, is available on the agency’s website.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 69 other cities.  The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

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willow-school-logo_with-taglineOpening March 2, the Willow School, 141 Sams St., a Reggio Emilia inspired school will offer learning opportunities and care for children ages 3 months through 5 years. The school is offering tours for interested parents on the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 am
  • Monday, February 2 at 9:00 am
  • Friday, February 6 at 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 8 at 4:00 pm
  • Monday, February 9 at 9:00 am
  • Saturday, February 14 at 11:00 am

The Willow School is currently accepting enrollment applications for its opening day on March 2, 2015.  In addition, the school is enrolling students for the 2015 – 2016 school year beginning in August 2015. Enrollment will be ongoing until all classes are full.

For more information about the school or to inquire about enrollment, email Teresa Cole at willowschoolga@gmail.com.


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It’s official, Google Fiber is coming to metro Atlanta. Google will be working closely with Decatur and other local city leaders on the next steps to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds.

“We are here because of the hard work, passion and commitment of the city and its leaders,” said Kevin Lo, Director of Business Operations for Google Fiber. “The next chapter of the Internet will be written at gigabit speeds.”

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second, along with hundreds of HD TV channels. Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City, Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas.

“The City of Decatur is thrilled to be one of the metro Atlanta cities that will get connected to Google Fiber,” said Mayor Jim Baskett. “We are a community of homes, schools and places of worship. And we know that Google Fiber’s incredibly fast internet will benefit our community greatly. The entire city looks forward to partnering with Google to make the process of installing Google Fiber as easy and seamless as possible.”

The next stage of work includes designing and planning a new fiber-optic network down to a very detailed level. After this process, which will take several months, Google Fiber will begin constructing the network.

For more information about this announcement, visit the Google Fiber blog.  You can also sign up here and be the first to get updates.

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FAQs from Google

Now that you’ve announced Google Fiber is coming, what happens next?

In order to make the construction of Google Fiber as smooth and speedy as possible, Google will be working with city leaders over the next several months to complete a detailed design of a fiber network — an important step before starting construction, since building a network from scratch is a “measure-twice-cut-once” type of project.

Do you have a date when Google Fiber will start service?

It will take some time before Google Fiber starts signups. In the next several months they will be working with city leaders to design the network. Once there is a detailed plan in place, they can begin initial construction.

You mentioned that the next step is “designing your network”. What does that entail, exactly?

Google Fiber needs to build thousands of miles of fiber throughout the city – but they can’t just put it wherever they want. They take all of the information submitted during the planning process to create a comprehensive plan for building their fiber network. The design helps enable Google Fiber to do construction more efficiently and smoothly once they get going. Some concrete steps they will take during this next phase:

  • Use the infrastructure data that the city has shared to create a map of where they can put fiber (e.g., existing utility poles, conduit) and areas to avoid (e.g., water, sewer and electric lines), as well as the most efficient sequence of construction within the city.
  • A team of surveyors and engineers hits the streets to fill in any missing details. You may see crews out doing detailed surveying work — lots of staring up at poles and even a bit of geological rock-testing.
  • They take this information back to the office and create detailed network design maps, do work with the city to locate network infrastructure and fiber huts, and start to prepare permitting packages.
  • Then they design the network, street by street.

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