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.

CANCELLED: City To Close West Ponce Friday For Holiday Movie Night

The City sent out this note to West Ponce residents and businesses…

The first ever Holiday Movie Night is coming to West Ponce! It will be held on Friday, December 8, from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and is free to the public. This is a new event and we talked to a number of West Ponce business owners early in the planning process to make sure it was a good fit for the area. The West Ponce Holiday Movie Night offers an opportunity for the community to come together, experience the west side of downtown Decatur, and support the local businesses.

This memo is to update you regarding the logistics for the night. The event will be held on West Ponce de Leon Avenue between the 335 parking garage entrance and Café Lily. This will allow for cars to detour on Ponce de Leon Place and Fairview Avenue. The street will be closed at 3 p.m. on Friday in preparation for the screen to be set-up by Southern Outdoor Cinemas. This will be the only road closure for this event. An electronic sign will be set up on December 1 to notify drivers about the closure. Police will reroute traffic during the event and staff will be on hand to help with pedestrian traffic.

Please note that it is against City of Decatur ordinance to advertise “Drinks to Go” during events. Selling beverages outside of your businesses is not allowed as your permit does not allow the point of sale to be outside. If you have a patio, you may sell drinks on your patio as usual. The police will be monitoring alcohol sales.

We appreciate your flexibility as we work together for a successful West Ponce Holiday Movie Night and thank you in advance for your cooperation. Contact Shirley Baylis at 470-755- 4693 or email [email protected] if you have any questions or need more information.

Details about the events can be found on https://www.freshtix.com/events/holiday-movie-night-on-west- ponce

Decatur Clairemont Holiday Marketplace + Cafe Returns Friday Dec 1st!

Jen sends along the details for every Decaturites’ favorite holiday shopping event….

If your holiday gift list has you feeling stressed, look no further than the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe, slated for Friday, December 1st from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm at Clairemont Elementary School, located at 155 Erie Avenue, less than a mile from downtown Decatur.

Now in its 26th year, the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe offers a local alternative to crowded shopping malls and big box stores as Clairemont Elementary School transforms into a festive market, boasting nearly 100 local and national artisans. Featuring handmade jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery and more, this holiday market offers unique gifts for everyone on your list.

The event also hosts a well-stocked cafe, featuring food trucks and decadent
desserts from local eateries. Local musicians and carolers will be on hand to add holiday cheer. If you’re shopping with children in tow, kindergarteners and older can join in the fun on Saturday with free Art and Science activities provided by Color Wheel Studios and Science of Fun. Parents can pre-register online for the activities at www.decaturholidaymarketplace.com. If you do not preregister, please note that walk ins are welcome as long as there is room!

The Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe is more than just an ordinary craft market, but also a way for the community to support local students. Proceeds from the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe go directly to support learning for the students of Clairemont Elementary School.

For more information, please visit www.DecaturHolidayMarketplace.com.

Like us at our Facebook page for updates and preview of artists’ wares and more!

https://www.facebook.com/DecaturHolidayMarketplace

Rock 4 Relief Benefit Concert Tonight at Avondale Towne Cinema!

Sean sends along the details about tonight’s benefit concert Rock 4 Relief at Avondale Town Cinema.  Tickets HERE!

 In the last 2 months, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have destroyed many homes and uprooted many families in Greater Houston, Florida & Puerto Rico.   As with many catastrophic events of this nature, there is an immediate outpouring of support but it quickly dwindles while the victims are faced with months if not years of effort to rebuild their homes and get their lives “back to normal”. Our Goal is to raise $10,000 to specifically help 2 to 3 families that have been identified by Keller Williams Realty through the Heart to Heart Program. 100% of the proceeds will go to these families.

This will be an incredible evening filled with great music, fabulous food, fantastic libations and FUN for all! So, come join us for a Rockin’ Good Time!

Doors Open at 6pm.  Food available for purchase from Big Tex Food Truck. Full Bar available.

Music begins at 6:30 and ends at 10:30

6:30 The Tiger Kings (American roots rock, soul, blues)

7:30 Kitty Rose & The Rattlers (Southern Styled Original Rockabilly & Jump Blues)

8:30 The Dammages (a shake of country, a pinch of blues -all smothered in Rock n’ Roll)

9:30 The Benders (Americana, rustic folk, roots rock)

It takes a village to pull off an event. We’d like to THANK all the Bands for donating their time’ Big Tex for donating the proceeds from the food sales and Avondale Towne Cinema for donating the venue!

We’d also like to THANK our Sponsors!

Double Platinum: The Fryer Law Firm, Shelter Lending Services (Metro Atlanta) & Big Tex

Platinum: (opportunities still available)

Gold: Avondale Towne Cinema, David Barrett

Decatur Book Festival Program Director To Become Interim Executive Director

From the DBF…

The AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) Board has named Julie Wilson as the AJC Decatur Book Festival Interim Executive Director for 2018. Wilson has served as Program Director since 2015, where she managed the selection of more than 300 authors annually and worked hand-in-hand with outgoing Executive Director Daren Wang. Wilson will begin her official duties January 1, 2018, but she is already working with Wang, the DBF staff and the DBF board to assure a smooth transition.

“We are thrilled that someone of Julie’s caliber and expertise is stepping into this role,” said DBF Board Chair James Diedrick. “She has been an exceptional Program Director, and we believe she has the capacity to build a professional organization and cohesive team primed to identify new partnerships and programs, while maintaining the commitment to providing a diverse, engaging lineup of authors.”

Wilson said she is eager to step into her new role and is prepared for responsibility and opportunities.

“I’ve spent the past three years working closely with the staff, volunteers and the board, helping produce a successful festival each year. I’m excited to pair that knowledge with my background in non-profit and agency marketing to lead the festival in 2018. I have experience in the overall management of the festival, including managing million-dollar budgets, compiling and presiding over critical committees, coordinating logistics, and managing ‘on-the-fly’ problem solving.

“Most importantly,” Wilson continued, “I’m passionate about the festival, Decatur, and learning new things. I’m curious by nature, so I hope to channel that innate desire to discover new things as a guiding notion to develop new ideas for the festival.”

Wilson has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a consultant to non-profit organizations, a manager of Customer Experience and Integration at the American Cancer Society, and a Manager of Research and Knowledge Services at Ketchum Public Relations. She is a Decatur resident and has served in a number of volunteer roles within the community for organizations such as Westchester Elementary School, Decatur Education Foundation, Eastside Church, and Meals on Wheels.

Will Your Dog Be the Face of the 2018 Run with the Dogs 5k?

Bethany sends along the details for how your dog could get their “15 minutes of fame” next year…

We are looking for the dog who will be the face of the race for the 2018 Run with the Dogs 5K.

 Contest Rules:

  1.  Register for the event at www.RWTD5k.com Applicants must be registered in order to win.
  2.  Post a photo of your dog to www.facebook.com/RWTD5k or on Instagram with the hashtag #RWTD5K and add a hashtag that best describes your lovable dog. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @RWTD5k.
  3.  Photos can be submitted through Oct 27th.
  4. We will narrow it down to 4 dogs and create a poll for the community to decide the Face of the Race!
  5. The “Top Dog” will be named on Monday Nov. 6th.

This event benefits Decatur High and Renfroe Middle School athletic teams by providing uniforms and equipment for over 850 athletes.  Come out and support the Bulldogs and send us your dog photos and they could be the NEXT face of Run with the Dogs t-shirts!

Come have some fun on Saturday, January 20th. We want you and your adorable dog to come support this event!

Free Advertising Thread for Porchfest Artists, Porch Hosts and Food Purveyors

Many Oakhurst Porchfest porch hosts have already put chalk to sidewalk or ink to signage to promote their band for this coming Saturday’s event. Y’all rule.

But we on the Porchfest organizing committee are a 21st century crowd – for better or worse – and so we also respect the sheer power of the interwebs to get the word out.

This is where DM can help out.

So porch hosts, bands, artists and food flingers with associated deals for Saturday’s event: use this thread to promote yourself. Tell your fellow neighbors where you’ll be and what you’ll be offering, so they can be sure to stop by.