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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

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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!

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


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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.

“Seussical the Musical” (Jan 28) The Musical Theater Ensemble brings Dr. Seuss characters to life in this free public performance of the show they will tour to Decatur’s elementary schools.
Location: DHS Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 12; 7pm

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Quarterly meeting


Friday, Dec 1 and Saturday, Dec 2; Clairemont Elementary School

Decatur Holiday Marketplace

The 2017 Annual Decatur Holiday Marketplace and Cafe will be held Friday, December 1, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 2 2017, from 10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The marketplace is a long-standing Decatur tradition now in its 26th year featuring the work of more than 100 artists and craftspeople from all over the region. We will have scrumptious desserts from our dedicated team of volunteers as well as some of local food trucks for a bite to eat.

Saturday, Dec 2 : Winnona Park Jingle Jog and more

Join your Winnona Park family and friends this Saturday, December 2nd for a special holiday event. Festive holiday attire is encouraged, so dig out those cherished reindeer antlers and Santa hats, bells, and have some morning fun with your fellow Wildcats, friends, and neighbors!


The Jingle Jog will begin at 8:30am with a warm-up, followed by a tot-trot, and then the “Jog-a-Thon” style Fun Run will begin for older kids and adults. The goal of the “Jog-a-Thon” is to see how many laps you can get in while the music plays. After the run is finished, the kiddos will be recognized for race participation and given hot chocolate and bananas!


Register here for the Jingle Jog:

The cost is $8.00 per person or $20.00 per family. After Wednesday, November 29th, the price will increase to $10 per participant or $25 per family.


Registered joggers can pick up their race packets in front of the school on Friday after Community Circle or Saturday morning at 8am.


The tree and candle sale will follow the Jingle Jog from 9am – 3pm and Sunday, December 4 from 11 am-3 pm while supplies last. Fraser Fir trees and wreaths are delivered freshly cut from a farm in North Carolina. There are several sizes to choose from, with prices ranging from $65-$85. We will also be selling Hanukkah candles at a price of $10 a pack.


All proceeds benefit the Winnona Park PTA to support staff and students.