Happy July 4thWeek!

And Congratulations to the City of Decatur for being named an All America City by the National Civic League. Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 500 in all) recognizes the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders. The City of Decatur was recognized for the Better Together Initiative that resulted in the BT Community Action Plan for Inclusion, Equity and Engagement; Community Policing; and the I Am Decatur photographic/essay project created by resident Beate Sasse.  To find out more and see other cities that received the award this year:

https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/2018-all-america-city-finalist-decatur-ga/

To view the presentation visit https://www.facebook.com/decaturga/

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Tuesday, Aug 28

August Decatur Business Association Meeting

August 28, 2018  5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Location TBA

August 31-September 2

AJC Decatur Book Festival

Internationally acclaimed director and actor of stage, film and television, Kenny Leon is the 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) keynote speaker on Friday, August 31. This year, Leon is releasing his first memoir Take You Wherever You Go. 

For more information:

https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/

Read about presenting authors here:

https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/presenters

*Monday, April 30; 6-8pm; Ebster Recreation Center

Here we go! The broader Decatur community is encouraged to join us Monday, April 30, from 6 to 8pm, in the gym of the Ebster Recreation Center, as first draft options for the dramatic, 77 acre UMCH property get presented by the Cooper Carry-led consultant team.

For two months, neighbors from across the community have come to the table to help shape the future of this extraordinary site. They’ve submitted over a thousand ideas for consideration during February’s kick-off and its subsequent Civic Dinners, then subjected those ideas to spirited reality testing during March’s workshops.

Now’s your chance to see the results of those contributions illustrated across multiple implementation scenarios, each reflecting different priorities, requirements and, yes, price tags.

Expect roughly 45 minutes devoted to presentation of the various draft concepts, followed by a variety of breakout activities allowing for comment and ranking of the options.

For more information:

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Picnic in a Park for Decatur’s Active Adults and Seniors

Wednesday, May 9th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

McKoy Park (1000 Adams St, Decatur, GA 30030)

Contact: Sara Holmes, 678-553-6559 or sara.holmes@decaturga.com

Join Decatur Active Living for a fun day in the park. We’ll provide the main course, drinks and desserts. Please bring a side dish to share with everyone. We’ll have entertainment, games, food, and much more. This is a free event but registration is required!!

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 30th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Decatur Recreation Center

Contact: Sara Holmes, 678-553-6559 or sara.holmes@decaturga.com

Active Today…Healthier Tomorrow!

Join Decatur Active Living and DeKalb County Library for our annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. This free event will have vendors, panel discussions, health screenings, exercise demos, Steel City Pops, DrumRise and much more! The first 150 people will receive a gift.

Parking will be limited so please carpool, take MARTA bus or train, or ride with your senior living shuttle.

NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP DAYS CONTINUE IN OAKHURST, MAK AND

WINNONA PARK

For schedule, see:

http://www.decaturga.com/home/showdocument?id=11176

The City of Decatur invites you to join in some or all of the scheduled Bike Month activities.

Every Saturday: Sam’s Freight Room Ride, 2pm, Meet at 415 E Howard Avenue for an easy 11 mile ride through Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Decatur. No drop ride. 

May 5: Women and Bike Skills Class, Ebster Recreation Center.

May 9: Bike to School Day

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31:  Silver Spokes Program – Ride with Trikes.  Pre-registration is required. $25 per month

May 14 – 18: Bike to Work Week

May 18: Bike to Work Day: Riders are invited to stop by Decatur Recreation Center between 7 and 10 am for coffee and pastries on their way to work.

May 18:  Third Friday Decatur Fun Ride, 6:30 pm. Meet at Decatur Recreation Center.  Followed by a visit to a local pub or restaurant for refreshments.

May 18: Bike Registration at Decatur Recreation Center 5 – 7pm. Have your bike registered by Decatur Police.

May 20:  Bicycle South, 2098 N. Decatur Road, offers an easy no-drop ride to Stone Mountain Park, beginning from the store at 9 am. Refreshments at Bicycle South after the ride.

May 26 – 27:  Bike Valet parking is offered at the Decatur Arts Festival. Sponsored by, the Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur.

May 26: Bike Registration at the Decatur Arts Festival at the Bike Valet, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Bring your bike to have it registered by the Decatur Police. Pick up some Bike Safety information.

We require helmets for all City sponsored rides.

*Wednesday, May 2; 7-8pm

Open Office Hour with Mayor Garrett

Cars VS. Bikes VS. Pedestrians

Decatur will host its first Open Office Hour of the year with Mayor Patti Garrett on Wednesday, May 2 from 7 – 8 p.m. Mayor Garrett will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of tensions between modes of transportation in the City, including the steps the City is taking to improve safety on our streets and sidewalks as well as how to move people, bikes and cars safely and efficiently through Decatur. She will also talk about how the City Commission and staff are addressing the tensions between transportation modes and working with other government agencies such as DeKalb County and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone. If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it here now – https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/49/Issue_6203

*This question will close at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd. After this time, questions can be submitted live via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone beginning at 7 p.m. (Details will be posted right before the meeting).*

Saturday, May 5; 10am-1pm; East Lake MARTA North Lot

Touch a Truck

Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, May 5 from 10am until 1pm 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!

More info: https://beactivedecatur.com/

Concerts on the Square; Saturdays – May 5, 12, 19, 26; 7pm

May 5: Joe Gransden Quintet (Jazz)

May 12: The Maxfield Trio (Rock) – Presented by the Decatur Youth Council, The Maxfield Trio features the rock stylings of Bob Maxfield, Alex Sawyer (both teachers at Decatur High School) and Jordan Endsley. Enjoy a creative mix of classic rock, funk rhythms, and 90s grunge at their Concert on the Square debut!

May 19: Deep Blue Sun (Rock, Jam)

May 26: Ike Stubblefield (Motown, New Orleans Funk)