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The City of Decatur and Dynamo Swim Club are excited to announce that the Oakhurst Pool is now open seven days a week.  Located at the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club on 450 E. Lake Drive, the pool offers lap swimming, swim lessons, swim team, birthday parties, fitness classes and other year round (indoor) aquatic activities. 

For Further Information please visit the City of Decatur’s website: and Dynamo Swim Club’s website: Swim lessons and swim team have
begun as of Monday, Nov. 13 and registration is ongoing.


Friday, January 12

en plein air: paintings and collages by jim ingles

Opening Reception                                                                                                                    
Friday, January 12
6-8 pm
at the Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery / Decatur Visitors Center
113 Clairemont Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

On View
Jan.12 – March 3

Genetics professor by day and an artist at every available opportunity, Jim Ingles participated in the plein air painting event last year in Decatur. This show features landscapes, but also non-objective abstract paintings, and paper collages that he creates when he travels without his painting gear.

Ingles divides his time between Toronto and Decatur, and has painted landscapes in places across the U.S., Canada, and in Provence and Tuscany

 More information:

Saturday, January 13, through Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy New Year! Start the New Year off right by joining City of Decatur employees volunteering at the 16th Annual Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project. Help us make a difference in the lives of Decatur senior citizens by making greatly needed repairs and doing yard work at their homes.

Volunteers may work one or more of the following shifts:

Saturday, January 13: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm

Sunday, January 14: 1pm to 5pm

Monday, January 15: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm

Join your coworkers in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts to create a “Beloved Community.”

There are jobs for all skill levels at this home. Please email me or call me at x6548 or 770-652-8593, if you would like to volunteer. Let me know the shift(s) you have selected and whether you have any specific skills. Specific skills are not necessary.

If you would like to help but prefer not to do home repairs or yard work, you can sign up to help with Volunteer Check In. You will check in volunteers and assist them with completing the release form. Shift times for Volunteer Check In are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Monday; 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

We are striving to make this project more environmentally friendly, so please bring a reusable water bottle with you. Since we will have a limited number of tools and work gloves available, it would be extremely helpful to bring supplies with you (work gloves; hammers, saws, drills, and other tools; rakes or other yard work supplies; etc.). Please be certain to mark your tools for easy identification.

Volunteers will meet at the Solarium at the Community Center of South Decatur, 321 W. Hill St. in Oakhurst, at least 30 minutes before the start of their shift.  All volunteers are invited to attend a celebration dinner on Monday, January 15, at 5:00 p.m. at the Solarium. Hope you will be able to make it.

Further information on the Project is available at Thank you for helping!

Saturday, January 20

Run with the Dogs

The Decatur Bulldog Boosters invite all dog lovers, runners and walkers to participate in the 14th Annual “Run with the Dogs 5K” on Saturday, January 20 at 9:00 am. If you’re looking for a shorter distance or warm-up we’re offering a 1 mile Pup Trot at 8:30 am.  Do one or do both!
This fun event will begin on Commerce Street by the Decatur High School football stadium and traverse a scenic, if challenging, course through Decatur neighborhoods. Participants can run/walk with (or without) their dogs.  Entrants will receive our popular long sleeve t-shirts featuring artwork by local artist Adam Pinsley  and a sporty race kerchief for canine companions. 
All proceeds go to funding the uniforms, equipment, and awards for our student-athletes at Renfroe Middle school and Decatur High school. 

To register and for more information:

Active Shooter Presentation – January 29, 2018

The Decatur Police Department will be hosting an Active Shooter presentation on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 6pm-7:30pm. The presentation is designed to educate the public on what can be expected if an active shooter incident occurs, what actions to take if confronted with an active shooter and what to expect when emergency personnel arrive on scene. There is no charge. Please RSVP at following link.

It is my privilege to serve as Mayor of the City of Decatur. I invite you to attend the State of the City Address on Tuesday, January 23, where I will talk about some of the city’s accomplishments this past year and what we can look forward to in 2018.  Please join me, newly elected Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Powers and Commissioners Scott Drake, Brian Smith and Kelly Walsh. 

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5:15-7 pm
State of the City Address

Decatur Courtyard Hotel by Marriott
130 Clairemont Ave. [MAP]

Program: News and Announcements

Network, connect and enjoy a program of DBA updates and announcements from the business community. Refreshments provided.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 — 4:00 pm; First Baptist Church Decatur

Recital by Tenor Gianluca Sciarpelletti to benefit Angels Among Us Pet Rescue

Come enjoy a special RECITAL featuring world renowed Tenor, Gianluca Sciarpelletti accompanied by Pianist Daniel Solberg. This recital will benefit Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.

Below are some of the arias:

Nessun dorma – G. Puccini

Questa o quella – G. Verdi

Una furtiva lacrima   – G. Donizzetti

E lucevan le stelle – G. Puccini

Granada – A. Lara

O sole mio – E. De Curtis


Ticket information:


Saturday, February 10; 1-6pm

Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade

The Mead Road Parade & Party brings the NOLA traditions of big bands and colorful costumes to Decatur in this annual community event benefiting music and arts programs in City Schools of Decatur.

If you have not read the response to Sanctuary City allegations, I invite you to read the following:

Congratulations to newly elected District 1 City Commissioner Kelly Walsh and District 2 City Schools of Decatur School Board member Heather Tell. Congratulations also to Annie Caiola and Lewis Jones who were re-elected to the CSD School Board, and thanks to all for the support I have received over the past 8 years and for my re-election in November.