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Friday, August 11-Friday, September 29

DeKalb County Library, Decatur branch

The Book as Art exhibition

The fifth edition of The Book as Art exhibition, will be held Aug. 11-Sept. 29 at the Decatur branch of the DeKalb County Library, in conjunction with the AJC Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country. It is expected to draw 85,000 book-lovers to downtown Decatur over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-3), demonstrating that books are cherished by multitudes in tangible and touchable form even as they morph into new forms and formats. For more information on the event, visit


Receiving this loan is projected to save taxpayers about $3 million over the life of the loan.

From the GEFA press release:

The City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority was awarded an $11,452,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) executive committee.

Project and loan details:

The loan will finance the acquisition of 22.08 acres of land as part of the United Methodist Children’s Home land purchase of 77 total acres. This project will permanently protect the land for the purpose of conservation and public recreation. 

The city will pay 1.70 percent interest on the 30-year loan. The loan will finance an eligible conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate.

The City anticipates completing the real estate transaction and closing on the property some time in August. The UMCH anticipates completing the move from the campus in the fall. The City plans to move some of the staff of the Active Living Division into office space and will use some of the athletic facilities such as the gym and fields. The city also budgeted some money for refurbishing the existing athletic fields. We will begin a Community Master Planning process in January 2018 which will include a number of public engagement opportunities designed to gather ideas from a broad range of community members and stakeholder groups. The goal will be to develop a master plan and create a long-range vision on use of existing buildings, open spaces and the entire property that mesh with our Strategic Plan.

Wednesdays, 4-7pm

Saturdays, 9am-1pm

The Decatur Farmers Markets boast proud residents and neighbors who are all about keeping it “Indie-Catur.” This market is a cornerstone for the local, independent movement for the Decatur community.

Both market days are located at 308 Clairemont Ave, on the corner of Commerce Street, in the “Pecan Grove” of the First Baptist Church of Decatur. With picnic benches and plenty of space to sit and enjoy the outdoor market, it’s a perfect place for families to gather. Look for the tents; you can’t miss us!

Are you an event planner, decorator, facilitator, or do you just enjoy being around people and involved in the community? Then this is an opportunity for you. The Better Together Advisory Board, local photographer Beate Sass, and the Decatur Education Foundation are seeking volunteers to assist in planning a communitywide event, “I Am Decatur: Building Community through Conversations.” This is a joint effort to kick off two ongoing community events: “We Are Decatur Community Conversations” and the “I Am Decatur photo project”. If interested, contact Renae Madison at renae.madison@ Save the date – Sunday, Sept. 24.

Deputy Chief Morrison comes to Decatur from DeKalb County, where she served as a Battalion Chief.

Details are still being finalized but now’s the time to start planning ahead: Effective the morning of Monday, June 19, CSX will begin rebuilding their crossings at Candler and McDonough Streets.

Work will continue uninterrupted until its completion which is projected to take roughly seven days. Both intersections will be closed and will remain closed until the work is finished.

For more information and to stay up to date on construction in downtown:

The last of three public hearings on the Proposed FY 2017-18 City Budget and Revised 2016-17 Budget and 2017 Millage Rate will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. 

June 19; 3:30 pm; 7:30pm

Public hearing and scheduled adoption.

Copies of the FY 2017-18 Proposed Budget and FY 2016-17 Revised Budget are available at Decatur City Hall and at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. The budget is also available at If you have questions or need additional information, contact Meredith Roark, Budget and Performance Measurement manager, 404-370-4102, or Check for the online budget.

Monday, May 29 trash and recycling pick up will be on Tuesday, May 30

Tuesday, May 30 trash and recycling pick up will be on Wednesday, May 31

Blue Sky Concerts

Wednesdays in May; noon-1pm

Concerts on the Square

Saturdays in May; 7-9:30pm