NOTE: The City Commission will not meet on Monday, July 21.

Monday, August 4 and August 18

City Commission meetings 7:30 pm City Hall

Don’t forget! The City Commission meetings are now streaming live. To access the streaming video option, visit and click on City Government, City Commission, Streaming Video.

Aug 5: DHA’s National Night Out

Aug 11: ONA Meeting

Aug 16: Decatur BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass Festival

Aug 29-31: AJC Decatur Book Festival

Sept 6: Decatur’s Kitchen Garden Dinner Party

The Citizen’s Police Academy is an exciting way to learn about police work and how the community can respond to emergencies. An important and exciting phase of the Academy is the opportunity to leave the classroom and view police work first hand by riding with patrol officers.

The CPA is an excellent class to take if you want to become informed about police procedures, crime prevention and personal safety. If you are interested in completing an application for the class, please contact Sergeant Jennifer Ross at (678) 553-6613 or email:

Tentative dates are:  Thursday, September 11-Thursday, November 13, 2014. Class times are   7:00pm-9:30pm.

New Parking Meters!

Parking in Downtown Decatur Just Got a Whole Lot Easier-

Downtown Decatur’s new solar-powered pay stations and single meters make paying for on-street parking more convenient. They’re easy to use and provide you with several payment options. 

Both pay stations and meters accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit or debit cards, as well as good old-fashioned nickels, dimes and quarters, and dollar coins, too. Pay by cell accounts are also an option. Spaces are designated according to your car tag number rather than a numbered space so make sure you know your tag number or make a note of it before you get to the pay station.

For more information:

Calling all Artists!

The Decatur Arts Alliance invites you to apply for booth space in the juried outdoor artists market area of the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival.

The Artists Market, open 10 am-7 pm, features the juried work of 50 artists in all types of media.

Applications are due by August 31, 2014.

The festival is held in the historic Oakhurst neighborhood in the City of Decatur, Georgia, just five miles from downtown Atlanta. The artists market is open from 10 am until 7 pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The festival features continuous entertainment on the music stage adjacent to the artists market, a children’s arts festival and a community nonprofit area.

For more information:


July 18-September 19, 2014

Preview night July 18, 5-18 pm!

Gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur
One West Court Square, Suite 110

Artist books take many forms—from handmade and lusciously tactile to linear and informative; abstract and questioning to sculptural and monumental. Artist books can be a delight to the eye, a pleasure to the hand, and made tangible in forms that introduce us not only to new interpretations of an ancient concept but also to questions and ideas on 21st century form and format. Artists who observe this world and interpret the idea of the book are the exhibitors in this juried exhibition visually celebrating the book form.

The Decatur Arts Alliance and the gallery of The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur bring the latest edition of this exciting visual component of artists books to the largest independent book festival in the country. The selected works will be on display July 18 to September 19 and include work from US and international artists.

The Unified Development Ordinance process has taken our existing development regulations, tidied up their inconsistencies, incorporated certain goals from the Strategic Plan, and consolidated everything into a single, easy, unified document. It’s now ready for your review and comment. Please join us at one or more of the following meetings:

Monday, July 21
9 am-4 pm
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore Street

Tuesday, July 22
9 am-4 pm
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore Street

Wednesday, July 23
10 am-noon
7 pm-9 pm
The Solarium in the Oakhurst Village

Thursday, July 24
10 am-noon
7 pm-9 pm
City Commission Meeting Room

For more information:

When: July 22, 2014

Starts: 5:15 pm

Ends: 7:00 pm

Location: Private Bank of Decatur, 150 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, GA, United States (MAP)

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association meeting

Monday, August  11; 7pm

The Solarium

Decatur’s 14th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival is brought to you by: the Community Center of South Decatur and the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. All proceeds of the festival will be invested directly into the Decatur community.

When: Saturday, August 16
Time: 12pm-8pm

Location: 630 East Lake Drive & Harmony Park in Oakhurst, south of downtown Decatur
Scrumptious Food: BBQ by Fox Brothers, Black Tie BBQ, Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q a
Cold Beer: Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial Ale and Shift Pale Lager

Entry Fee: 
10 and under – FREE!

11 & up: $10 in advance ($15 at the gate day of festival)

Please note that no outside coolers will be permitted on the site.

Tickets on sale NOW!

AJC Decatur Book Festival – the largest independent book festival in the country

August 29-31, 2014

Keynote speaker:  Joyce Carol Oates

More than 300 autho rs!  Children and Teen activities, films, poetry, art , parades and more

Make your plans to attend and invite your friends.  To find out more, see this month’s FOCUS and visit:


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