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Saturday, March 10; 2-5pm; United Methodist Children’s Home property

Refining Ideas for UMCH

For each workshop, the project team will get everyone on the same page with an initial summary of information to-date — ideas collected at the kick-off, significant aspects of the site, and the general physical characteristics we have to work with.

(Note: this workshop will begin with further opportunity to tour the campus, including some key buildings open for viewing. If you missed our four-hour kick-off, this option offers a second chance to explore.)

Thereafter, we’ll break into table discussions to drill down on and map various ideas and explore how each might contribute to or otherwise further Decatur’s strategic goals.

We’ll end with an opportunity to ask questions, share the outcomes of our conversations and, if need be, affix additional ideas to our imagination boards.

Make plans now to attend. We hope to see you there.


Saturday, March 10; Decatur High School Gym

Harlem Wizards Basketball – Trick Hoops and Alley Oops!

Decatur High School Gym

5:00 pm Food Trucks Open
6:00 pm Gym Doors Open
(Courtside Plus Ticket Holders – Meet & Greet with Wizards Players)
6:30 pm Wiz Kids Warm Up
(Any Kid in Wizards’ Jerseys can help the Wizards players warm up on the court!)
7:00 pm Game Time!

For more information and tickets:

Saturday, March 10; 8:30 am – 1 mile; 9 am – 5K; 10 am – Tot trot

Tour DeCatur

Decatur’s largest 5K event happens each March and brings out 3,000+ residents from age 2-82. The tour features a one-mile fun run and tot trot, in addition to the 5K so be sure to bring the whole family. Number pick-up takes place at the Tour Expo, held the Friday before the run, and features some favorite teachers taking a pie in the face. To register:

March 15-25; DHS

GREASE the Musical presented by Decatur High School Performing Arts

More info:

Saturday, March 17; 10am-1pm; East Lake MARTA station North lot


Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the annual Touch-a-Truck Event. This fun community event gives children of all ages an opportunity to touch, explore and see their favorite trucks or equipment on wheels.  The City of Decatur and DeKalb County dump trucks, fire trucks, tractors, police cars and motorcycles and many other types of vehicles will be on display. This year we will even have a solar panel display truck!

Ride the train! This year’s Touch a Truck event will be held in the East Lake MARTA station NORTH lot. We encourage visitors to ride the train to the event and make this a family field trip!

Register your bike!  We encourage folks to ride their bike to the event to have it registered by the Decatur Police Department. All those who ride their bike to the event will also receive a special bike pin!

Food Drive! March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign that focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. When you come to Touch-A-Truck, join in the effort by bringing any canned or non-perishable food item. All items will be delivered to DEAM, Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry.

Touch-a-Truck takes place in the East Lake MARTA station NORTH parking lot on DeKalb Avenue. Parking is limited so consider riding the train, walking or biking to the event. For more information, contact Cheryl Burnette 678-553-6541 or Be sure to visit for up-to-date information on all Active Living programs throughout the year.

This year’s event is sponsored by the City of Decatur and MARTA

Lots of great information and phone numbers even if you are not a new resident:


The City of Decatur Public Works department is gearing up for the 2018 Neighborhood Cleanup days.

The City offer these days once a year to help residents dispose of bulky items that don’t easily fit into Pay-As-You-Throw bags. Each street in the city is assigned to a Saturday between March and June. Dates for the 2018 event are now available:

All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

Acceptable Items
• Yard trimmings 

• Building materials (not from the work of private contractors) 
• Tires 
• Furniture 
• Appliances (not containing Freon) 
• Trash that won’t fit into pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) bags

Materials we will not collect
• Liquids 

• Dirt 
• Bricks 
• Blocks 
• Stone, rocks, or concrete 
• Motor vehicle batteries or parts
• Trees (removed by contractor)

Speaking of spring cleaning, the City street sweeping schedule can be found here:

Find your street and tell your neighbors so street parking will be minimal on those days.

And one more important recycling/clean up event:

Electronics Recycling, styrofoam recycling and document shredding

Saturday April 28; 9am-1pm

Decatur Public Works

Details here:

Bring music, magic, dancing, and fun to the streets of Decatur! Decatur’s busking program encourages street performers and emerging artists to showcase their talents and contribute to a lively street culture in our community.

Just a few requirements…

  • A permit is required to participate. Good news: it’s free! Fill out an application and deliver it in person to Decatur Arts Alliance headquarters at 113 Clairemont Ave. (The Arts Alliance shares space with the Decatur Visitors Center, and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.) We will take your photo, so look sharp (unless that’s not your thing). We’ll take a new photo every year.
    – Permits are valid for one month, renewable on the first of each month
    – Permits issued after the first are valid for the remainder of that month
    – Permits are not transferable
  • Performers can collect tips, but cannot directly solicit for tips. Put out a jar or open your case and add a small sign if you like, but don’t ask people for payment.
  • If there’s another performer nearby, make your separation at least 20 feet.
  • And be a good neighbor! Please don’t stand too close to building entrances or crosswalks, avoid using amplifiers, and follow the city’s safety guidelines.

Download and print your free application: See you on the sidewalks!

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: