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Friday, January 24-Monday, January 27; Atlanta Hilton

Georgia Municipal Association Cities United Summit

Mayors, councilmembers, city staff and special guests will have access to advocacy tools, attend policy committee meetings, receive training and be exposed to networking opportunities.

Wednesday, January 15, 7-8:30pm; Talley Street Upper Elementary

City Schools of Decatur Facilities Update

The first community-wide meeting regarding the future of CSD facilities planning will be Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Talley Street Cafeteria. This community meeting is the kick-off for our long-range facility planning. This process will address the facility planning priorities for growth, upgrades, and other needs. The community will have a number of opportunities to provide feedback throughout the engagement process. For more information, visit

Sunday, Feb 23, 6pm; Eddie’s Attic

Francine Reed Concert

The annual Black History Month concert is presented in honor of Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson. Francine Reed has performed in the concert every year since its inception in 1995. Tickets are on sale now for $25 at


Tuesday, Feb 25, 5:15pm; Decatur Courtyard by Marriott

Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson presents Black History Month program

Conversation with Louis Gossett Jr

The program will feature a moderated conversation with actor Louis Gossett, Jr. The program will begin promptly at 6pm. The event is free and open to the community; however, tickets are required. Space is limited and tickets are available at NOTE: you must have a ticket to enter event.

Saturday, Feb 8, 1pm

Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade and Party

Decatur residents Emily and David Berg started this homegrown event in 2003 with a few neighbors. Since then, the event has grown every year and last year the MRMG raised more than $10,000 for the Decatur Education Foundation’s support of music and arts programs for CSD. The parade culminates at The Imperial with a live performance by Decatur students. For event details and to sign up for a Krewe, visit

Monday, Feb 10, 7-8pm; Solarium

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Quarterly meeting


I also hope you will join me at the State of the City event on Tuesday, January 28. I look forward to highlighting 2019 accomplishments and looking forward to 2020.

Tuesday, January 28, 5:15pm; Decatur Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center

Decatur Business Association meeting

State of the CIty

Sponsors: Decatur Courtyard Marriott, Decatur Downtown Development Authority

Program: Beginning at 5:15 pm, network and enjoy snacks, beverages and DBA news. At 6 pm, as Mayor, I will present the annual State of the City address. Lewis Jones, Chair of the CSD School Board will also present a State of the Schools address. 

Decatur’s 2020 Strategic Plan Kicks off on Thursday, January 23.  The City Commission and city staff use the Strategic Plan in making decisions and setting the yearly budget. We want your input – join us for Destination 2030!

Thursday, January 23, 7-9pm; Decatur Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center

Strategic Plan Community Meeting

Destination 2030

Decatur’s Citizen Roundtables, the heart of our once-a-decade Strategic Planning process will launch on January 23. After this meeting, participants will meet with their assigned Roundtable groups three times over a period of roughly two months. Will your voice be heard? Learn more and register to participate at

Join me as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have participated in the MLK Jr Service Project since 2003, and I cannot think of a better way to honor the teachings and legacy of Dr. King than helping Decatur’s older residents stay in their homes. MLK Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service.

This annual event brings together over 1,000 volunteers each year who do house repairs and maintenance, weatherization, and yard repairs to help Decatur’s long-time homeowners to live safely, comfortably, and affordably in their homes. We are especially looking for volunteers who can help with home repairs – you do not need to be a professional. If you can make repairs to your own home, we would love your help.

Anyone can serve (age 12 or older, unless participating with a Scout troop). There are jobs for every skill level. Volunteer shifts are:

Saturday, January 18: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 19: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 20: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Another way to help is to provide lunches on Saturday for hungry volunteers. We would welcome as many sandwiches (individually wrapped, half of them meat, half vegetarian please) as you would be willing to make. Baked goods, individually wrapped as well would be appreciated. Volunteers would also love fresh fruit, such as bananas, apples, and oranges. Thanks to the Decatur area Girl Scouts, lunches on Monday are covered. To volunteer or for more information, call 678-553-6548 or 770-652-8593, email, or visit

Sixteenth Season of Jazz Nights continues in Oakhurst


Thursdays, April 11, 18, 25

Courtyard at Historic Scottish Rite; 7-9pm


Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and join friends and neighbors for an evening of jazz. (In case of rain, concert will move inside Solarium.)

For more information and a schedule of performers:

Tuesday, April 25; 5:15pm; Decatur Square

Decatur Business Association meeting

April Member Meeting
Tuesday, April 23, 5:15 pm

Program: DBA Updates and Volunteer Appreciation Party


City Hall remains closed to the public.

Due to the Public Health State of Emergency, the City Commission Meeting for Monday, May 4, 2020, 7:30 pm will be held remotely.

Access Instructions

There will not be a physical location for members of the public to attend. Members of the public may access the meeting in one of two ways:

  1. View the live broadcast of the Decatur City Commission meeting at
  2. Register in advance to participate during either the “Public Comment” or “Requests and Petitions” portions of the meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

City Commission meeting, Monday, March 18; 7:30pm will also be virtual.

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