Where to find me:

City Commission Meetings:

Monday, August 1; 7:30pm City Hall

Monday, August 15; 7:30pm City Hall

Draft presentation of Decatur’s Comprehensive Plan Update will be presented at the work session prior to August 15 City Commission meeting

Tuesday, September 6; 7:30pm City Hall

July 26: Decatur Business Association

July 30-31: Decatur Tiny House Festival

Aug 1-6: Decatur National Poetry Slam

Aug 13: Decatur BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass Festival

Sept 2-4: AJC Decatur Book Festival

Oct 8: Oakhurst Porchfest II

A Cottage Court

A Cottage Court

Join Planning Director Angela Threadgill,  on Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Decatur Recreation Center, where she will discuss innovative housing options in Decatur.  There have been many articles about “Missing Middle” housing – the gap between a single-family house and a multi-unit dwelling. This can also be the gap between an older resident continuing to live in Decatur or a young professional moving into Decatur.

Find out about whether you can build an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit – an additional small dwelling on a single-family lot) on your property. Learn about how a cottage court can provide a lower priced, smaller home option for someone who doesn’t want to purchase a large home. There will even be information on the popular Tiny Houses and on house-sharing (as the “Golden Girls” did on television).

This program is presented by the Lifelong Community Advisory Board. For more information about the Decatur for a Lifetime initiative or the board, contactleeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

Decatur Business Association meeting

Tuesday, July 26
Alexan 1133 Apartments
1133 Commerce Dr.

5:15 p.m. Networking Reception
6 p.m. Program

Decatur Tiny House Festival

Saturday, July 30, 2016 – Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Could you live in 500 square feet or less? For tiny house enthusiasts, the answer is a not-so-small, “YES!” If you’re intrigued by the concept of tiny houses and small space living and want to learn more, join Tiny House Atlanta for the first-ever Decatur Tiny House Festival, July 30 and 31, 2016 in downtown Decatur. 10 to 15 tiny houses will be available to tour, and experts on topics such as sustainability, minimalism, urban planning, zoning, and downsizing will be on hand to answer your questions.

To purchase tickets:

https://www.freshtix.com/events/decatur-tiny-house-festival

A portion of the event proceeds will go to the Decatur Housing Initiatives Corporation –a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity overseen by the Decatur Housing Authority to enable the development of affordable housing, provide supportive services for low income families and children, and enhance opportunities for greater diversity in Decatur.

Decatur National Poetry Slam, August 1-6

The National Poetry Slam is the annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four-to five-person teams from all over North America and Europe gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. Staged in a different city each year, the National Poetry Slam has emerged as slam’s highest-profile showcase.

Both a national undertaking and a local movement, NPS 2016 will mark the FIRST TIME the tournament will be held in the the City of Decatur Georgia

Slam is not a passive performance: in addition to the judges, other audience members are strongly encouraged to participate by cheering, whistling, or mildly heckling the hosts or judges. 

Find out more:

http://npsdecatur.com/

Saturday, August 13

DECATUR BBQ BLUES & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Festival expands into multi-stage music event

Ten bands, two stages, and over 14 hours of nationally acclaimed blues and bluegrass music will make up the 16th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, August 13th from 12pm – 8pm. 

There will be 2 stages belting out great tunes from a powerful lineup of blues and bluegrass based acts. The Harmony Park stage will accent the

New Belgium/Patientco/Alexan main stage located in the festival lot at 630 East Lake Drive

Harmony Park Stage

12:30 – 1:15                Sydney Rhame

1:45 – 2:30                  In The Wheelhouse

3:00 – 3:45                  Jontavious Willis Trio

4:15 – 5:00                  Grizzly Goat

5:30 – 6:30                  Lockdown Blues Band

 

New Belgium/Patientco Main Stage

1:00 – 1:45                  Jeff Mosier

2:15 – 3:00                  Mudcat

3:30 – 4:15                  Dappled Grays

4:45 – 5:45                  Randall Bramblett

6:15 – 7:45                  Dianne Durrett & Soul Suga

 

Pre-event tickets for the event are $12 and are now on sale through Fresh Tix and ticket alternative https://www.freshtix.com/events/decatur-bbq-blues–bluegrass-festival- . Day of festival tickets will be $ 20. 

For more information on all things Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass festival log ontowww.decaturbbqfestival.com or call us at 678 778-2000

Volunteer for Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass festival!

http://www.decaturbbqfestival.com/volunteers/

AJC Decatur Book Festival

September 2-4, 2016

2016 Keynote — The Life and Works of Pat Conroy

Cassandra King Conroy, Rick Bragg and other friends and family will gather to pay a tribute to bestselling and beloved author Pat Conroy as the keynote event at the 2016 Atlanta-Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical.

The Conroy remembrance will kick off the 11th annual festival on Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. Conroy died of pancreatic cancer on March 4 at the age of 70.

Family and friends will share special memories of Conroy and read favorite passages from his many books. Those who will participate in special remembrance of this legend in Southern literature will include:

  • Cassandra King Conroy, Pat’s wife who is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Moonrise.
  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning Rick Bragg, whose All Over but the Shouting’ was a New York Times bestseller and a Times’ notable book of the year.
  • Noted artist and children’s author Melissa Conroy, Pat’s daughter.
  • Award-winning and bestselling novelist Ron Rash, author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist novel Serena.
  • Award-winning journalist and family friend Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.

To have a peek at presenting authors and to find out more:

https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/presenters

porchfest-2016-bannerIt’s that time of year again, folks.

Decatur Metro, together with our fellow organizers, is pleased to announce the official launch of Porchfest 2016.

Registration is now open for porch hosts, performers, volunteers, and more. Check it all out at www.oakhurstporchfest.org.

Beyond being on a Saturday (October 8) and running an extra two hours (Noon to 6pm), fans of last year will be happy to find that little else has changed. Perhaps we’ve become a bit more efficient, or focused, or adept at connecting people who want to do cool stuff but, from an organizational standpoint, it’s all eerily familiar.

Hours 

Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm, March 30th through December 21st

Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, April 2nd through December 17th

Located at 308 Clairemont Ave, on the corner of Commerce St., on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Decatur

The Decatur Farmers Markets boast proud residents and neighbors who are all about keeping it “Indie-Catur.”

The City has awarded the contract for construction of the Olympic Trail to Autaco Development of East Point and construction is getting started this week.  The projected construction schedule indicates that the trail will be completed by the end of August.

The City of Decatur has launched a new website and communications program — dubbed “Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition” — to keep residents informed and moving throughout an upcoming period of potentially disruptive construction projects.

“It’s a fairly unique situation,” said Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon. “One requiring a unique response.”

Between streetscape overhauls, infrastructure repair, safety enhancements, and development projects, there’s a lot planned or in the works for the city’s downtown over the next 12 to 18 months. And much of it involves overlapping timelines, which amplifies the potential for inconvenience.

Officials hope better, more accessible information will give residents the tools they need to plan ahead and work their way around any disruptions.

Residents are invited to visit the site and join the email list atwww.decaturmakeover.com or via the city’s website at www.decaturga.com.

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