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Starting in front of the Solarium, streetscapes contractor CMES, Inc. will begin removal and replacement of the sidewalk along the north side of West Hill Street, then break for the holidays on December 24. Work will resume on January 5.

oakhurst solariumSidewalks on West Hill Street will be followed by construction of a small retaining wall and new sidewalks on the east side of Oakview Road. Temporary crosswalks will be placed across West Hill Street and Oakview Road while the new sidewalks are under construction. Below is a map showing the first phase of construction around the south and west perimeter of the Old Scottish Rite Hospital  property. oakhurst map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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tree harmony parkOakhurst streetscape contractor CMES will continue preliminary construction activities and will begin removal of  several trees in the project area on December 8. Three large trees to be removed have been repeatedly damaged by utility line clearance. Other trees to be removed are in areas that will be impacted by new, wider sidewalks and more generous outdoor dining areas. Because the off-street parking lot at Harmony Park will be removed to increase the size of the park, one large tree will be removed  to provide an area for replacement angled parking.
Changes to the landscape are always dramatic.  However, new trees will be planted throughout the project area as part of the streetscape improvements, including large shade trees where not in conflict with overhead utilities.

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Here’s a quick update on when everyone can expect a smoother surface on Ansley St. in Oakhurst:

An earlier blog post reported that the repaving of Ansley St. would take longer than originally expected due to an unexpected water leak. The good news is DeKalb County is almost finished with the installation of the new water main line, and repaving is expected to begin the first week of December (weather permitting, of course). Any questions about this process should be directed to John Madajewski at the Design, Environment and Construction Division, 404-370-4104.

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A partial list of upcoming classes for adults at the Wylde Center is below.  For more information, and to register for classes, visit www.wyldecenter.org and click on “Education”.

Saturday, Sept. 20, Chickens are Easy! Intro to Keeping Chickens

10 a.m. – noon at the OakhurstGarden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, Ga.30030

$20 for WyldeCenter members and $30 for non-members

Join The Celtic Gardener, Anne-Marie Anderson, for the WyldeCenter’s popular chicken “crash course”.  This class will cover the basics of coop design, relevant community ordinances, breed selection, care and feeding and outside resources.  Anne-Marie is a local keeper of an urban flock, and past chair of the WyldeCenter’s annual Urban Coop Tour.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, Edible Gardening

6:30 – 8 p.m. at the OakhurstGarden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, Ga.30030

$5  for WyldeCenter members, and $15 for non-members

Join Wylde Cemter Gardener JC Hines for a behind-the-scenes tour of the WyldeCenter’s urban mini-farm at the OakhurstGarden.  Topics will include preparing a vegetable bed for late summer and fall crops, cover crops, installing transplants, harvesting, pest control and watering techniques.  Attendees are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen and gloves.

Saturday, Sept. 27, Send in the Sheep: Prescribed Grazing for Vegetation Management – FREE program for families!

10 a.m. -noon. at Hawk Hollow, 2304 First Ave., Atlanta, Ga.30317

Come to Hawk Hollow and meet Jennif Chandler of Shady Brook Farm and her sheep.  Families will see for themselves how sheep act as nature’s mowers, as the Shady Brooks Farm flock removes unwanted vegetation from Hawk Hollow.  Prescriptive grazing can be used to control invasive plant populations and enhance desirable plant life in yards of almost any size, and Jennif has assisted property owners with prescriptive grazing for the past five years.

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WalkOfHeroes5K_2014_updatedThe Walk of Heroes 5k, presented by the DeKalb Community Service Board and Brighter DeKalb Foundation, is Saturday, Sept. 20. This annual walk/run, now in its eighth year, raises funds in order to help those challenged with mental illness, substance addictions and developmental disabilities. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center, 630 East Lake Dr. For more information visit www.walkofheroes5k.com.

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Sheep leap 9.24.2013

Missed the sheep when they feasted at Decatur Cemetery in September? You’ve got a second chance to meet them, this time in the Oakhurst Greenspace just south of Agnes Scott College.

“Meet the Sheep” is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The sheep should be around for four or five days, depending on how quickly they eat invasive species like kudzu and Chinese privet.

More info can be found on the Trees Atlanta website.

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Today is the official Earth Day which was first established in 1970. The City of Decatur celebrated Earth Day this past Saturday at the Oakhurst Community Garden and hundreds of families came out for the day. The event began with an “earth friendly” parade- no gas powered vehicles were allowed. The City brought out two of it’s electric vehicles, the ubiquitous mini-fire engine and the new PALS electric van.

Mayor Floyd & Commissioner Patti Garrett Lead the Parade

Many families and other groups showed up for the parade and their parade “finery” was all eco-friendly as well.

Daisy Scouts

Young Ladies Ready for the Parade

Parading Down Oakview

Team Chicken!

Once the parade reached the Community Garden, there was a plethora of activities as well as music and some of Decatur’s environmental groups. Children participated in crafts such as face painting, making necklaces out of wood and more. There were even opportunities to get close to birds of prey such as this beautiful owl:

The Beautiful Owl

One of Many Cakes Entered in Cake Contest

Plants at the Garden

If you have not yet completed your spring planting, be sure to stop by the garden and get some of their wonderful plants. I couldn’t leave the event without bringing some home for my yard. You may want to make that one of your Earth Day activities!

Hope everyone enjoys today and thinks of at least one way that you can become more eco-friendly in your daily activities. It might mean you walk or bike to school or work, give up plastic water bottles, take your lunch to school or work in reusable containers, or bring your own tote bags when grocery shopping. For more ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day, click here.

Have a great Earth Day!

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Feeling lost without a Concert on the Square or an event? No fear- there are plenty of things going on in Decatur this weekend!

greenesfinefoodsGreene’s Fine Foods is celebrating their one year anniversary this weekend. To show their appreciation for the community they are offering 20% off everything in the store on Friday and Saturday. Stop by and pick up some nuts, candy, frozen yogurt, gourmet food, or gift items. It is never too early to start your Christmas Shopping!

Salvador by Anne Berry

Salvador by Anne Berry

Worthmore Jewelers is excited to announce “The Trail to Happiness”, their first juried exhibition in partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography. The exhibition will kick off with an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 3rd from 5 until 8 pm in the Decatur Store. You will have an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres as well as their signature rum punch. If you can’t get by for the opening, the show runs through November 6.

After stopping by Worthmore, head over to Sycamore Place Gallery, across from the Ice House Lofts. You may have heard about the infamous piano smashing at “Sylvia’s Atomic Cafe”. The Gallery invites you to join them in a return to form with John Cox’s new work entitled “The Southerness”. For more information call 404-377-7747.

yard-sale-bwThe Decatur High School Band program is holding a massive yard sale this Saturday, 3 October from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at Intown Ace Hardware on Scott Blvd. Don’t miss this opportunity to find some great deals AND help our talented world-traveling marching band raise some much needed funds for the band, drill team, and color guard! The DHS Band Booster Yard Sale will be held in conjunction with the Intown Ace Hardware Annual Yard Sale at 1404 Scott Blvd with their generous sponsorship.

Dogtoberfest

On Sunday, October 4th,  from 2 until 6 pm, it is time for Dogtoberfest at the Solarium in Oakhurst. The event is sponsored by local businesses to benefit improvements to the Oakhurst Dog Park. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for food, beverages and Dogtoberfest activities.

Events will include:

> Mutt Strutt starting at the Taj Ma-Hound Bakery for Dogs and ending on the Solarium lawn.  Costumes are welcome with prizes for Scariest, Goofiest, Prettiest, Funniest, Best Group Costume and Most Original.
> Get your dog Microchipped by Animal Action Rescue.
> Adopt a new family member from a local rescue.
> Learn from the professional trainers at Frogs to Dogs. They’ll be taking your questions and introducing the Emergency Animal Transport Vehicle, the first of its kind in GA.
> Marketplace for cool new collars and leashes, delicious dog treats, doggie photography,  apparel and lots more.

For more information call Taj Ma-Hound at 404-377-9220.

mingeiMingei World Arts is ready for the Day of the Dead with monarch butterfly skeletons, winged devils, skulls hinged and magnetized, molds for sugar skulls, cards, and much more. Stop by the store this weekend to get into the spirit of the Day of the Dead celebration that honors and remembers those who have passed.

kscopeIn honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Chicks at Kaleidoscope Boutique are donating $10 from every pair of jeans sold in October to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Check out the new shipment of jeans from Joe’s, Hudson and Fidelity. The Chicks at Kaleidoscope are known for their denim-fitting abilities so this is the perfect opportunity to do good while having fun.

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Calling all Music Fans! You have three opportunities to hear free music in Decatur this week.

On Wednesday, the Decatur Business Association continues the Blue Sky Concerts, sponsored by SunTrust Bank. This week’s concert  features Ernie Quarles and Shaun Anderson, playing R&B. They have played the Decatur Wine Festival for the past few years, and I promise you will enjoy them. So pack a picnic and join us at noon on Wednesday.

 

Ernie Quarles & Shaun Anderson

Ernie Quarles & Shaun Anderson

 

joe_gransdenJazz Nights in Oakhurst continue on Thursday on the lawn of the Solarium. The music begins at 7 pm and features Joel Granson.

 

 

Saturday night brings another Concert on the Square, sponsored by Wachovia Bank. Join us on the Square to hear Soulhound, which plays…..you guessed it…..Soul!  Bring a picninc or order dinner to go from one of the many restaurants in Decatur.

Soulhound Plays the Concert on the Square on Saturday at 7 pm

Soulhound Plays the Concert on the Square on Saturday at 7 pm

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The annual Earth Day Festival in Harmony Park was held this past Saturday and enjoyed by everyone attending. The weather was great as was the music. The Morgan Rowe Band played from opening until 1:30pm and rocked the crowd. People danced and spread out blankets to listen to the music. 

Then there was the parade! Greg White led the parade and was followed by the Seed & Feed Band aka The Marching Abominables. They were in great “earth day” costumes and definitely entertained the onlookers.  

 

 

Greg White leading the Puppet Parade

Greg White leading the Puppet Parade

 

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables

Member of the Abominables: I love his outfit!!

Member of the Abominables: I love his outfit!!

Children attending enjoyed making newspaper hats, masks and pipe cleaner glasses, courtesy of Decatur’s Children and Youth Services. They also had the opportunity to plant a flower to take home, thanks to Ace Intown Hardware and the Oakhurst Community Garden.

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The music ended with the wonderful sounds of 10 year old Sidney Rhame’s band, The Lockouts. The oldest member of the band is 16 and I bet these young ladies will go far. Sindey is not only a good guitar player, but a songwriter as well.  I would bet that their future is very bright!

sindey-rhane-and-the-lockouts

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