Decatur High Girls & Boys Soccer Teams Host Playoff Games This Friday and Saturday!

Douglas writes in…

The Decatur High School Boys and Girls Varsity soccer teams have advanced to the Elite Eight round of the state 5A playoffs. To make it to the Final Four, both teams must win their games this weekend.

The girls teams plays tonight, May 4, against Whitewater High School at 6 p.m. at DHS Stadium.

The boys play on Saturday, May 5, at DHS Stadium at 7:30 p.m., also against Whitewater.

Tickets to each game is $7.

The teams would like as many fans as possible to attend to make sure Decatur gets the most from its home field advantage. My son is a senior on the DHS Boys Varsity team, so any support the team receives is greatly appreciated.

Decatur Touch-a-Truck Returns Saturday, May 5th!

Mark your calendars!  Decatur’s popular Touch-a-Truck event returns Saturday, May 5th in the East Lake MARTA Station North Parking lot!

Decatur and DeKalb County vehicles will be available for your or your child’s perusal from 10a-1p.

Earth Day Paint Recycling this Saturday

Do you have a stash of old paint cans in your garage or shed?  Jump start your spring cleaning by recycling them in honor of Earth Day.

The Decatur Presbyterian Church Youth are hosting a paint recycling fundraiser this Saturday, April 21st.  The event will be held from 9:00am-1:00pm in the Sycamore House parking lot (208 Sycamore St.).  Per the Decatur Presbyterian website:

The event will be held in the Sycamore House parking lot, across the street from the church sanctuary. Latex and oil based paints will be accepted in all quantities, and the value of the recyclable material will depend on the size (1 pint of latex paint=$1; 1 gallon of latex paint=$3). Funds raised from the event will help with the costs of establishing a new green space at Sycamore House.

Image courtesy of Rachel Ellis via the City of Decatur - North of the Tracks Facebook group.

Math Street Fair Coming to Decatur

Yes, you read that right.  A new math-themed street fair is coming to Decatur this Friday, April 13th!

The Gathering 4 Gardener Foundation is hosting its biennial conference this week including a first-ever street fair for all ages in downtown Decatur’s Depot District (East Howard Ave. from Sycamore Place to Hillyer Place).

From the event website:

G4G13—the 13th Biennial Gathering 4 Gardner Conference Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Gardner—to Host Public Events in Atlanta and Decatur for First Time, Including: Street Fair, Math Walk, Sculpture Constructions, Magic Performances, M.C. Escher Exhibit Sneak Peak, and Three Free Public Lectures.

Four Major Free Public Events Open to All:

Erno Rubik1. At 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, Georgia Tech: a very rare public appearance by the Hungarian inventor of Rubik’s Cube, “In Conversation With Ernő Rubik” (Clough Auditorium 152).


2. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 13, Decatur: Street Fair, Math Walk, Sculpture Construction, Puzzle Solving, Magic Performances, and “M.C. Escher +” Art Exhibit Sneak Peek (in Decatur’s Depot District).


3. At 8 p.m., Friday, April 13, Decatur: lecture by Moravian College Professor Doris Schattschneideron “Math and M.C. Escher’s Art” (at Decatur Presbyterian Church).


At 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, downtown Atlanta: lecture and musical performance by Princeton University Professor and Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava (Fulton County Central Library)

Leave your high school geometry memories behind and come out to these cool events.

Photos courtesy of G4G13.

Squirrelheads Win Westchester “Battle of the Bands”

Kelly sends along the news…

The Squirrelheads claimed the coveted Golden Wolverine trophy on Friday at Westchester Elementary School’s third annual Battle of the Bands, presented by Decatur CoWorks and Natalie Gregory | Keller Williams.

Two of the band members, Lori and Eric Murphy, are Westchester parents and owners of Firehouse Guitars & Music. Other band members include Jamie Hood, Dave Kaiser and Mike McKenny.

The sold-out event, which was held at Avondale Towne Cinema, featured a total of five local bands that battled it out for the kids of Westchester, including Flock of Eagles, Transmit & Receive, Kickin’ Edgar, The Squirrelheads, and The Benders.

More photos of the event will be posted to WestchesterRocks.org, courtesy of Greta High, From the Hip Photography.

April Fools Comedy Night at Three Taverns on April 1st!

After all the eggs are found, the chocolate bunnies are beheaded, and you’ve changed out of your Easter best, why not head over to 3 Taverns Brewery for some laughs with some great Atlanta area comics?

The Decatur Arts Alliance and Three Taverns Brewery are hosting a night of local joking with Lew Lefton, David Perdue, Jay Ward, Samm Severin, Amand Marks and Will Copeland.

While you’re there make sure to try out a couple of my fav new 3 Taverns brews – Lord Grey (a Earl Grey sour), Crave (a NE IPA) and Rowdy and Proud (a very drinkable IPA).

Just $25/person  2 shows at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Get your tickets at Freshtix.com!

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…