Over 400 People Turn Out For First Children’s Home Property Visioning Meeting

It’s a lot of land, especially by COD standards, so not surprisingly there are a lot of ideas on how to use it!

From the Decatur Next website

Dodging rain showers throughout the afternoon, over 400 people turned out on Sunday, February 11 to begin a process many have been dreaming of for nearly a year — ever since Mayor Patti Garrett announced in 2017’s State of the City address that Decatur was in talks with the UMCH organization to acquire the historic, 77 acre property.

After weeks of online announcements, a soaring aerial video, and a postcard mailed to every city address, they came in droves, loaded up with enthusiastic ideas ready to be shared. Hundreds, if not thousands of ways the former Children’s Home property could be used, repurposed, preserved, developed, programmed, or otherwise put in the service of the greater Decatur community.

What’s next?  The city is planning Civic Dinners and a series of interactive workshops throughout March and April to flush out ideas and prioritize goals.  Details over at Decatur Next.

Oh and here’s Mayor Garrett’s thank you video message from the event…

Westchester Battle of the Bands Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets for the Friday, March 23rd Westchester Elementary “Battle of the Bands” at Avondale Towne Cinema are now on sale!  Get them HERE.  A few more details…

The fundraising event, which will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Avondale Towne Cinema, features celebrity judges and local bands that battle it out for the students of Westchester.

Flock of Eagles, Transmit and Receive, Kickin’ Edgar, The Squirrelheads, and The Benders will compete against each other for bragging rights and the golden wolverine trophy.

Yvonne Monet will emcee the event, and celebrity judges include: Tammy Dammann, Singer, The Dammages; Dr. David Dude, CSD Superintendent; Tony Powers, Decatur City Commissioner, Intown Ace Hardware; Mark Trojanowski, Drummer, Sister Hazel; and Shani Sammons, Board of Governors, The Recording Academy (GRAMMY’S) Marketer.

For more event information or to buy tickets, visit www.WestchesterRocks.org.

Mead Road Mardi Gras Is This Saturday!!

From Mead Road Mardi Gras Co-Founder Emily Berg…

Mead Rd. Mardi Gras is a homegrown carnival festival and fundraiser that raises money to fund music and arts grants in the Decatur City schools.

Since 2014, we’ve raised $20,000 that has bought instruments for the Renfroe and Decatur High School band programs.
Choral arrangements for Renfroe and DHS; African drums for the 4/5 Academy; instruments for Glennwood and Westchester Elementary schools and costumes for the DHS Drama program.

This year is our 5th year as fundraiser and our parade is on Saturday, Feb. 10 @ 1pm.

It begins at the 4/5 Academy at Oakview and 5th Ave and ends at The Imperial at W. College and Mead rd.

The festival lasts all afternoon with performances by the Black Sheep Ensemble, Seed & Feed Marching Abominibles, Wasted Potential, the DHS Chorus and cast of “Grease” as well as the FAVE African drum students.

The community is invited to sport the purple, green and gold, grab their beads and masks and come join us for the fun.

Happy Mardi Gras and laissez les bon temps rouler!

Photo courtesy of Emily Berg

Oakhurst Wine Crawl Returns on Saturday, March 3rd

Join this cute owl couple for the 17th annual Oakhurst Wine Crawl on Saturday March 3rd!

Tickets are $30 in advance on FreshTix or at Oakhurst Market and $35 at the door, according to those who know such things.

And as if you needed another reason to join, the Oakhurst Wine Crawl benefits Oakhurst Porchfest, the MLK Service Project and Oakhurst Jazz Nights.

Decatur Touch-A-Truck Returns Saturday, March 17th!

From Decatur Active Living…

Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 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!

Ride the train! This year’s Touch a Truck event will be held in the East Lake MARTA station NORTH lot. We encourage visitors to ride the train to the event and make this a family field trip!

Register your bike!  We encourage folks to ride their bike to the event to have it registered by the Decatur Police Department. All those who ride their bike to the event will also receive a special bike pin!

Food Drive! March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign that focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. When you come to Touch-A-Truck, join in the effort by bringing any canned or non-perishable food item. All items will be delivered to DEAM, Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry.

Touch-a-Truck takes place in the East Lake MARTA station NORTH parking lot on DeKalb Avenue. Parking is limited so consider riding the train, walking or biking to the event. For more information, contact Cheryl Burnette 678-553-6541 or [email protected]. Be sure to visit www.beactivedecatur.com for up-to-date information on all Active Living programs throughout the year.

This year’s event is sponsored by the City of Decatur and MARTA

Photo courtesy of Decatur Active Living

Mead Road Mardi Gras Will Be Here Before We Know It!

Decatur’s Mead Road Mardi Gras is earlier than ever this year!  From the event’s website

Mead Rd. Mardi Gras is a homegrown fundraiser in Decatur, Georgia.

Get your friends together, create a Krewe, and join us on February 10th, 2018 at 1pm to celebrate Mardi Gras and raise money for the Decatur Education Foundation.

The parade winds its way through the Oakhurst Neighborhood and culminates with live music, Cajun cuisine, and kids activities at The Imperial.

All proceeds from Krewe sign up fees, Sponsorhips, and food and drink sales at The Imperial will fund Decatur Education Foundation grants that support music and arts in our schools.

Sign up HERE!

Photo courtesy of Mead Road Mardi Gras Website

Come “Run with the Dogs” on Saturday January 20th!

Bethany sends along the details about this year’s event…

The Decatur Bulldog Boosters invite the Decatur dog-loving and running communities to participate in the 14th Annual Decatur Bulldog Boosters “Run with the Dogs 5K” on Saturday, January 20 at 9:00am. We will also offer a 1 mile Pup Trot at 8:30am for those that want a shorter distance or those looking for a warm-up!

This run/walk event will begin on Commerce Street by the Decatur High School football stadium and traverse a scenic, if challenging, course through Decatur neighborhoods.

It will again feature a 5K and 1 miler where runners and dog-owners can run/walk with (or without) their dogs. T-shirts, awards, and treats will be available to participants as well as a sporty race kerchief for canine companions.

All proceeds go to funding the uniforms, equipment, and awards for our student-athletes at the middle and high schools.  So come on out and run off a few of those Holiday calories with Decatur and its Dogs!

Register online at www.RWTD5k.com.