Where to find me:

City Commission Meetings:

7:30 pm City Hall

    • Mon Feb 1
    • Tues Feb 16
    • Mon Mar 7

January 22-25: Georgia Municipal Association Mayor’s Day Conference

Jan 26: State of the City Address

Jan 26: Winnona Park Neighborhood Association Meeting

Feb 6: Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade

Feb 7: Celebration of Black History Month with Francine Reed

Feb 8: ONA Meeting

Mar 5: Oakhurst Wine Crawl


Tuesday, Jan. 26, 5:15-7 pm
Courtyard Marriott Hotel / Decatur Conference Center
130 Clairemont Ave. 

Annual State of the City address. 

Special guest Natasha Trethewey, former US Poet Laureate and Emory Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, will also be present to read the occasional poem she wrote for the tenth anniversary of the Decatur Book Festival in 2015.

Newly elected City Schools of Decatur chair, Annie Caiola, will also make some brief remarks about the upcoming school year as well.

Plus, enjoy refreshments, networking and announcements.

Winnona Park Neighborhood Association meeting

DATE: Tue, January 26, 7pm – 9pm
LOCATION: Winnona Park School, 510 Avery St, Decatur, GA

AGENDA: 1) WPNA Overview for those new to the neighborhood;  2) Election of officers

Saturday, February 6; 2pm

Begins at FAVE on corner of Fifth Avenue and Oakview Road

The Mead Road Mardi Gras parade and party will be held Saturday, February 6th and promises to be even bigger and better this year!

The walking parade will begin at 2:00pm at F.AVE and will march down Mead Road and end at The Imperial with live music, kids’ activities, and a festive Mardi Gras menu.

Proceeds from food, drinks, and kids’ activities will go directly toward DEF grants that support music education in our schools.

Costumes and masks are encouraged! Parade participants can walk, dance, ride bikes, skateboards, or roller skates! Grab some friends and neighbors to form a “Krewe”!

For more information about forming a Krewe or becoming a sponsor, contact Emily or David Berg at keanbergkrewe@gmail.com.

Francine Reed Returns to Eddie’s Attic

Sunday, Feb 7, 5pm.

Francine Reed performs a special concert at Eddie’s Attic each year in celebration of Black History Month and in honor of Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson. She returns this year on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Eddie’s Attic for a special show at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $26 at the door; or you may purchase a table with four reserved seats for $100. Tickets are on sale at eddiesattic.com.

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association meeting

Monday, Feb 8; 7-8pm; Solarium


The City is required to update our Comprehensive Plan every 10 years, and our next update is due in October 2016. We will have a number of opportunities for residents to contribute in the development of the plan.

Watch the Decatur website and Decatur Focus for upcoming project information and meeting announcements. For more information, contact Angela Threadgill, 678-553-6575 or angela.threadgill@decaturga.com.

See this month’s FOCUS for more information:


Decatur 101, a program designed to develop informed and involved citizens, begins Thursday, Feb. 25. Classes are held for seven weeks. Participants learn how the City of Decatur works, who does what, and how they can make a difference. The last class will be Thursday, April 14, and will focus on City Schools of Decatur (we will skip April 7 because schools will be closed for spring break). The program includes a Smart Growth Walking Tour for both classes on one Saturday in March. Classes are held on Thursdays in various city buildings and the school session will be at one of the school facilities. Topics to be covered include history, development, budget, police and fire, emergency management, personnel, volunteer opportunities, and more. The morning class is 10 a.m.-noon and the evening class is 7-9 p.m., with tours of various city buildings at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the first 35 applicants. The 2016 class is almost full. If you are interested, email linda.harris@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6512. Be sure to include your mailing address along with your name, phone number, email address, and preference of morning or evening class. 

NEW BREEZE BLOWS IN – Your blue MARTA Breeze card will stop working on July 9. 2017. MARTA is phasing out its blue cards in favor of a new silver Breeze card said to be less vulnerable to hackers. The old blue cards were priced at a dollar (in addition to the fare stored on the card), and they could be used until they wore out. The silver cards will cost two dollars and they’re valid for only three years, but you can get a silver card for free if you pick one up at a MARTA ride store before Jan. 29. And if you don’t want to get a plastic card at all, MARTA says it will resume issuing temporary paper tickets for $1 on top of the cost of the fare.

Oakhurst Wine Crawl

Saturday, March 5; 4-7pm

Watch local list serves and blogs for more details soon.

Saturday, March 12; 8:30am-11:30am

The Tour deCatur, now in its 14th year, gives participants the opportunity to run a 5k road race and/or a 1-mile fun run through neighborhoods of Decatur. This event started as a grassroots fundraiser for the Decatur Education Foundation and has grown into a community wide tradition with over 2700 participants. One registration fee allows participation in any of the events –  5k, 1 mile or Tot Trot. Funds raised by this event support the children and youth of Decatur by providing educational and enrichment opportunities.

  • 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 8:30am
  • 5K Road Race/Walk: 9:00am
  • Tot Trot (age 4 and under): 10am

The Tour deCatur benefits the Decatur Education Foundation (https://decatureducationfoundation.org/)

Staging Area: Decatur High School located at 310 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030. Parking available in the Decatur High upper lot off E. College Avenue or at Agnes Scott College.

We offer start and finish chip timing for the 5k! (NOTE: age category prizes will be awarded based on clock time not chip time)


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