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Join us for the final installment in our 2020 Anti-Racism Speaker Series featuring prominent anti-racist writer and educator, Tim Wise this Thursday, December 3 at 6 p.m. Visit decaturga.com/speakerseries to make sure you’re registered for this session and to watch recordings of the previous speakers.

The Speaker Series was created to mine the knowledge and wisdom of numerous thought leaders to challenge and inspire our community to take actionable steps to instill anti-racism throughout our norms and practices.

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Decatur voters residing in the 5th  Congressional District may cast their ballots in person, by mail, or by drop boxes tomorrow, December 1st. The 5th Congressional District includes voters that cast ballots at the following precincts: Decatur, Glenwood, Oakhurst, Ponce de Leon and Winnona Park. (If you voted at a temporary location during the November 3rd General Election, you will return to that location for the run-off.)

If you would prefer to drop off your absentee ballot, use the box at Decatur City Hall. A complete list of designated drop boxes for the 5th Congressional District’s special election runoff is located at DeKalbVotes.com.

Not sure if you are in the 5th  Congressional District? You can check by visiting the City’s elected officials map or the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

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Author Travis Swann Taylor will be discussing his new guidebook, 111 Places in Atlanta That You Must Not Miss, which features eclectic, historic, and just plain fascinating places in the city of Atlanta that should not be overlooked. Each page features a beautiful photo to accompany the fascinating information about the highlighted spot; it’s a book that every resident in or near Atlanta should have on their book shelf. The talk will take place virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, November 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

A resident of DeKalb County for a collective 15 years of the 25 he’s lived in Atlanta, Travis Swann Taylor has been writing since childhood and has an ever-growing sense of wanderlust. He has authored the Atlanta tourism blog “wanderlust ATLANTA” for 10 years. He’s also excited to be the photographer for the book.

Interested parties should visit the DeKalb History Center website for the Zoom link to participate.

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Early voting for the special election runoff for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District started November 9 and concludes November 25 and available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., with Saturday voting on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. DeKalb voters residing in the 5th Congressional District can cast their ballots in person, by mail, or by drop boxes in and around the district during the designated early voting period. The list of designated drop boxes for the 5th Congressional District’s special election runoff is located at DeKalbVotes.com The only designated early voting location for the special election is the DeKalb VRE office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur.

The runoff election is Dec. 1.

Not sure if you are in the 5th Congressional District? You can check by visiting the City’s elected officials map here or the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Map Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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This week in #DecaturGA:

  • The Environmental Sustainability Board will host an online talk on climate change and health with Decatur resident and pediatrician Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn, on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Dr. Philipsborn is a founder of Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action (GCCA) and serves on its executive committee. GCCA is a coalition of health professionals and health organizations concerned about the impacts of climate change on Georgia residents, especially those in vulnerable populations. For more information and the Zoom link, visit earthdaydecatur.org/schedule.
  • Don’t miss the first session of the Decatur 202s for a deep dive into Transportation and Mobility this Thursday, November 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. After hearing from subject matter experts, we will join together in virtual discussion groups to help understand tradeoffs and find common ground among differing perspectives. Input from these groups will be used to form recommendations on how the Strategic Plan should address these issues. The 202s will seek to answer the question: “What does success look like in a community of 25K people within a metropolitan region of nearly 6 million people?” Visit decatur2030.com for more information.
  • Dine and shop outside at FAB Friday! Re-imagine a night OUT in Decatur with streeteries, expanded patios, curbside storefronts, sidewalk pop-ups and an open-air tent market on the plaza. Wear a mask and join us this Friday, November 20 from 4-9 p.m. For more info, head to visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

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The City of Decatur is partnering with Trees Atlanta to establish a front yard tree program. Residents pay a $25 application fee and Trees Atlanta will plant a tree in their front yard and maintain the tree for 2 years. This is a great way to replace canopy lost from recent storms. Homeowners will be able to choose from a list of trees suitable for our area. Please visit the Front Yard Tree page at Trees Atlanta to apply. There are a limited number of trees in the first year of the program and it will be first come, first served.

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The Roundtables process included 800 registrants who contributed thousands of comments. Many of these comments about Decatur’s future were in agreement, but some topics revealed conflicting perspectives about how Decatur should chart its course for the next ten years. 

The 202s will allow for a deep dive on these topics. After hearing from subject matter experts, we will join together in virtual discussion groups to help understand tradeoffs and find common ground among differing perspectives. Input from these groups will be used to form recommendations on how the Strategic Plan should address these issues. The 202s will seek to answer the question: “What does success look like in a community of 25K people within a metropolitan region of nearly 6 million people?” 

Here’s the line-up: 

Mobility

Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Housing

Thursday, Dec. 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Equity & Racial Justice

Thursday, Jan. 14, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 

Climate Change

February 2021, Date TBD 

Speakers will be announced closer to the event. Visit decatur2030.com for all details. All events will occur on Zoom and will be recorded and available after the meeting. To participate, you may register at decatur2030.com.  

Can’t make it at the scheduled time but still want to be part of the conversation? Watch the recordings, download the discussion guides, and form a small group to discuss the questions. Discussion notes may be submitted at decatur2030.com/get-connected/ or decaturdestination@gmail.com.

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The City of Decatur and the Decatur Development Authorities (DDA) have announced the creation of a small business grant program in response to the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $400,000 will be granted from funding made available to the local government through the CARES Act.

Any small business in Decatur employing between one and 50 full-time or full-time equivalent employees is eligible, so long as they were open and operational as of March 1, 2020. Depending on various factors in the application process, including the number of full-time employees, eligible businesses will be considered for a grant of up to $25,000.

The grants are being administered by the DDA, and businesses interested in applying are encouraged to visit Decatur’s business resources webpage for updates and for the grant guide. The online portal to submit an application will open at 8:00 a.m. on November 11, 2020, and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on November 25, 2020. In the event that the grant fund is over-subscribed, a lottery method will be used to select which businesses from the group of qualified applicants will receive the grant. Grant distributions are expected by the end of December.

The DDA has also created an interactive webpage detailing which local businesses are remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic and their updated operating hours, which can be accessed through DecaturGA.com.

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  • Join the American Legion Auxiliary Harold Byrd Unit 66, along with American Legion Post 66 and the Friends of Decatur Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11 at 11 a.m. In compliance with City of Decatur directives, attendees should wear masks and seating will be distanced around the Memorial Stone near the Church Street entrance. Also, to comply with social distancing, the traditional placing of flags by volunteers on each veteran’s grave will be replaced with a display of flags at both the Commerce Drive and Church Street entrances.
  • Saint Thomas More Catholic School will participate in an online program, during which all servicemen and women and veterans affiliated with the school or church will be invited to join the students online to honor them for Veterans Day on November 11. Students have collected and displayed photos of veterans on the school bulletin board and will sell flags displayed on the front lawn of the church. The proceeds from this flag sale will raise money for Spikes K9 Fund, spikesk9fund.org.

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  • Decatur’s Core Dance is using its Sycamore Street storefront as a screening room for REEL ART: Speak, a series of film and video works highlighting and magnifying the voices of Black and indigenous artists of color. The outdoor screenings can be viewed responsibly, recognizing social-distance guidelines. Speak is on view outside of the Core Dance studio, 133 Sycamore St., throughout the weekends until Nov. 15, starting at 7 p.m. each Friday night. For a list of works currently on view, visit coredance.org/reel-art.
  • The Community Center of South Decatur and the Solarium are partnering with LifeSouth for another community blood drive. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. All donors will receive a complimentary COVID-19 antibody test, cholesterol screening and promotional gift with their donation. Visit donors.lifesouth.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/676757 to schedule your donation and help save the lives of people right here in our community.
  • On Saturday, November 7 L’Arche Atlanta will be giving out more than 70 CONNEXIONS tote bags full of items for their virtual CONNEXIONS weekend events! The community is invited to join the virtual Gratitude meet-up on Sunday, November 8 at 2 p.m. Visit larcheatlanta.org/connexions for more information.
  • The Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College presents the Searching for Home Art Exhibition open 10 a.m.-4 p.m through November in the Dana Fine Arts Building at 141 East College Ave. The exhibition, made possible by the Margaret Virginia Philip Art Endowment Fund, will be available virtually and in-person by appointment. Searching for Home is on view through December 12. Find more information and book your visit today at daltongallery.agnesscott.org.
  • Clue Town designed an all new full-length puzzle hunt in Downtown Decatur as part of American Lung Association’s (ALA) annual LUNG FORCE Run/Walk. The ALA Puzzle Walk is available now through November 30th. The hunt takes 75-90 minutes to solve, and it is packed with fun facts about lung health! The ALA Puzzle Walk is available for download exclusively through ALA’s website, and the money raised will fund efforts to end lung disease. Breathe in the experience before it’s too late!

Photo: L’Arche Atlanta (Facebook)

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