Where to find me:

City Commission Meetings:

7pm City Hall

    • Monday, November 16
    • Monday, December 7
    • Monday, December 21

January 16-18, 2016

To volunteer to make home repairs, do yard work, assist with food committee or help with logistics, contact Lee Ann Harvey:




In case you missed in the FOCUS:

The five sculptures selected for the Decatur Artway, a public arts initiative established by the Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur, have been installed around the square. Each of the works will be displayed for two years, creating a dynamic rotating collection of public art around town. To get a personal tour of the pieces, with narration provided by the artists, download the free Otocast app from iTunes or Google Play.

Learn more about each work at decaturartsalliance.org.

Join me in participating in Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur!

Decatur Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur celebrated its 20th year of caring neighbors and community members helping low-income children and senior citizens enjoy the holidays. Wish Lists for the 2015 program will be available in October. Gifts will be due on Saturday, Dec. 5. Here are the ways you can help:

  • Have a Wish List sent to you and buy gifts for a specific child or senior. Spend approximately $100. You will receive a list of items with specific sizes and wishes. If a child needs a warm winter coat, please make that your first purchase. We also want every child to receive a book. If you purchase your book at Little Shop of Stories and mention why, the shop will donate 20 percent of your purchase to A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur. 
  • Send a check and one of our volunteers will do the shopping. Make the check payable to A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur and mail it to PO Box 220, Decatur, GA 30031. 
  • Consider working with your neighbors, co-workers, club or other organization to purchase gifts.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available in the office on weekdays. There will also be volunteer shifts available in our distribution center during the first week in December (Saturdays, weekdays, and evenings). 

For more information, to volunteer, or to obtain Wish Lists, email aseasonofgiving@decaturga.com or call 404-378-8068

Decatur Farmers Market

New hours on Wednesdays: 3-6pm; Nov-Dec

Saturdays continue year round from 9am-1pm

Congratulations to new City Commissioners Tony Powers, Brian Smith and new City Schools of Decatur Board member, Tasha White. Congratulations to Commissioner Scott Drake and City School Board member Garrett Goebel on their re-elections.

Nov. 5, 12, 19

Dec. 3, 10, 17

It’s time to get gifty! – Shop in Decatur on Thursdays in November and December. Terrific Thursdays are back with special in-store events, discounts, and treats at more than 20 shops, restaurants, and services. Park once and walk around town. Participating businesses will stay open late, offering beverages, snacks and special offers. In December Santa joins the fun visiting shops and restaurants within the city limits.

Back by Popular Demand This Year!

Spend $200 at any Decatur shop during the month of November, bring your receipts to the Decatur Visitors Center and receive a $20 gift card from a local restaurant. You don’t have to spend $200 all in one place, just make sure you keep all of your receipts from any store located in City of Decatur any day of the week (not just Thursdays!). Bring your receipts to the Visitor’s Center at 113 Clairemont Ave. and you’ll have your choice of gift cards from one of Decatur’s restaurants. Limited to 3 cards per person while supplies last. $200 can only be spent on items, not meals or spa services.

Wednesday, November 11; 11 am; Decatur Cemetery                                                                                          

Veterans Day Recognition

Veterans Day: Decatur Cemetery contains graves of veterans from every war from the American Revolution in 1776 through the most recent engagements in the Middle East. On the first Saturday in November, volunteers place US flags on the graves of over 1,000 veterans resting in Decatur Cemetery. On Veterans Day, November 11, at 11 am, an inspiring service of remembrance is held in conjunction with the Harold Byrd Post 66 of the American Legion. Contact Amy Weaver at amy@b2creativeinc.com for details.

Thursday, November 12; 6:30-8:30pm; Marriott Courtyard’s Decatur Conference Center: Ballroom B                                                                                                                                 Review of Better Together Community Action Plan

Working from the contributions of almost a thousand Decatur residents, the Better Together team is presently working to compile, distill and present the community’s many ideas in the form of our Community Action Plan’s first draft.

That draft will be available for community review and comment on Thursday, November 12

 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Marriott Courtyard’s Decatur Conference Center, Ballroom B.

Please join us for a full program in which we’ll review our work to date and explore the various recommendations that have emerged.

This is a public gathering open to all, so please come and add your perspective on how Decatur can best foster the diversity that makes us such a wonderful place to call home.

Saturday, November 14; 5p:30 pm; Hawk Hollow Garden

Wylde Center presents S’mores for All

Enjoy your s’mores with storytelling by Christy Foelsch from Kids Go Wild LLC. Stories begin at 5:30 p.m.

Feel free to bring your instrument to share your musical talents with the neighborhood!

FREE to all fun-lovin’, s’more-eatin’ folks! (Well, it’s still free, even if s’mores aren’t your thing. Maybe we can change your mind!); 5:30

November 14 at Hawk Hollow Garden

2304 1st Ave, Atlanta, GA 30317

Thursday, November 19; 5-8pm

Leveritt Public Works building, 2635 Talley St

Design, Engineering and Construction-Public Works Open House

The staff of DEC invites residents and business owners to an open house at the award winning Leveritt Public Works building. Staff will be on hand to answer questions in a relaxed setting. Find out more about how Decatur grows, meet the staff and learn more about codes enforcement, high performance building standards, how we keep track of our tree canopy, plan review, development inspection and more!


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