Nature Preserve Volunteer and Tool Donation Day, Saturday Sept 10

Join us this Saturday for our regular volunteer day from 9am to noon. We will also be accepting donations of new and used tools to replace those lost in the shed fire.

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver newsletter

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: SEPTEMBER 2, 2011-2011 Special Session Adjourns! MMO Legislative Newsletter

ENJOY THE DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!

The 2011 General Assembly Special Session convened at the call of Governor Nathan Deal on August 15, 2011, and adjourned August 31, 2011.    The Special Session was called by the Governor for the General Assembly to draw new political districts for180  Georgia House seats, 56 Georgia Senate seats,  and 14 Congressional Districts based on new census data acquired during the 2010 Census count. Georgia grew in population over 18% between 2000 and 2010, and therefore "earned" a new Congressional District.  By contrast to the state growth, DeKalb County only grew a little over 3% in the same time period.

MANA Watch Alert

From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: As many of you know, there have been numerous possible sightings of a man called  Eddie. In 2009, Eddie was arrested in Medlock for outstanding felony warrants.  The vehicle in question is a Dark Blue Dodge pickup truck. If you see this truck,
please call 911 immediately. In 2009 the description of the truck was: The truck  is a dark blue pick-up, RAM 1500, tinted windows, license plate number AGK 0200  (2009 info) Below are accounts of what this man is doing in our n'hood:

GPC Fall Lunch and Wildflower Series

For our gardeners: Announcing our 2011 Fall Lunch and Wildflower Series starting Wednesday, September 7. In addition, our Plant Sales start the same day, so come to the garden and enjoy. We are doing something new this fall as some of our talks will be held on Friday. Our first talk will be "The Fabulous World of Ferns" by Eleanor Craig on Wednesday, September 7. If it rains, the talk will be held at 11:30 instead of 12:00. Eleanor has a nursery in Alabama - Fern Ridge Farms. Following Eleanor will be Dave Funderburk on Friday, September 16, with "Native Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers in Fall". You may follow Dave on facebook The times for the walks and talks have also changed. Walks will start at 11:00 and talks will start at noon. In addition, we will have Plant Sales on both Wednesdays and Fridays.

Sopo Launches second Art Bike Show

For our cyclists and cycling supporters, September 1, 2011 -- “Sopo Art Bike Show 2011” Sopo Bicycle Cooperative has commissioned the painting of more than a dozen bicycle frames by local artists for its second Art Bike Show. These artists, including familiar names such as Evereman, Charlie Smith and Olabad have been asked to use the bicycle frame is their canvas and create unique, buildable and rideable art.

Attempted break-in on N Superior

Quoting Stacy Isbell <stacy_isbell@yahoo.com>, 9/2/11:   I wanted to inform the neighborhood, there was an attempted break in  at our house. They didn't get in. A window in the basement was  broken, after they couldn't pry the window open with a crowbar. The  window is a two panel glass window, so that may have scared them off  too. The outside of the window was broken, but not the inside. We  assume, they were suprised by us returning home. Please let everyone  in the neighborhood know for safety reasons, as well as watching out  for their homes and neighbors. My name is Stacy Isbell. Our address  is 560 N Superior Ave Decatur, GA 30033. Email me if you have any  questions.

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for Sept. 2, 2011

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Seniors; Kids; JAG; Mentors; Rate hikes; Clean fuel; DOJ grants; Pillars; Let's move; Women; Reeve; 9-11; Passports.

WSB airing story on ranch houses in CHCA

According to local resident and state archaeologist Dr. David Crass: WSB will be airing a segment on ranch houses in our neighborhood at 4:45 today (August 31), with shorter versions to follow at 5 and 6.

West Nile Virus

From the DeKalb Board of Health via the Emory Grove neighborhood listserv: DeKalb County Board of Health has been notified of its first human case this year of West Nile virus (WNV). This has been a busy year for West Nile virus activity. Surveillance has shown an abundance of the mosquito species that can carry the virus. In fact, more mosquitoes have been collected and tested positive for the virus than in previous years.

Emory and CNN event: The New America: What the Census Tells Us About Who We Are and How We Live

Event Date and Time: 
08/31/2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From Emory: Join us for the inaugural dialogue of this community forum that aims to highlight diverse ideas and perspectives on the most significant issues and events shaping our time. CNN Dialogues is a place where we address shared challenges and concerns to foster a dialogue of learning, understanding and hope.  Proceeds support the James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Panelists: Wolf Blitzer, moderator and Senior Correspondent for CNN; Edward James Olmos, actor and activist; Yul Kwon, Host of PBS’ America Revealed; Kris Marsh, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park; Dana F. White, Goodrich C. White Professor of Urban Studies at Emory University; Heidi W. Durrow, author of the debut novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

County Preparedness Festival 9/10

From MANA: Announcing the upcoming 2nd Annual DeKalb Co. Preparedness Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 AM – 3 PM. This year the festival will be located behind the First Baptist Church of Tucker at 5073 LaVista Road, Tucker. There will be food, music, children's activities, and displays by the professional and volunteer organizations who respond in a disaster. You’ll find information on fire safety, crime prevention, disaster preparedness, and pet and large animal crisis care. This festival is presented by DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). For more info: http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/public-safety/dema-current-news.html

AJC Decatur Book Festival 2011

Event Date and Time: 
09/02/2011 (All day) - 09/04/2011 (All day)

From their website: AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical to Feature Distinguished Award Winners: Pulitizer Prize, James Beard, Lillian C. Smith Award Winners Highlight 2011 Lineup.  The sixth annual AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (AJC DBF) is proud to present a variety of noteworthy award winners, varying from the Pulitzer Prize to the James Beard Award.  Terra Elan McVoy, AJC DBF Program Director, said “The Festival always features a great variety of award winners and we are especially lucky this year. We have some really beloved and popular authors coming who have produced fantastic works.” [read more]  Emory-related events can be found here.

Ira B. Melton Park Workday Sat. Aug. 27

Thanks to the volunteers who helped move the mountain of mulch onto the trails on Saturday morning 8/28/11: Valerie, Marianne, Don, Charlie, and Tim.  Thanks also to Ainsley Waken and his landscaping crew (Awaken Landscape Designs) who cleared privet earlier and hauled it to the curb.  Valerie called the county to have it picked up and it is now gone.

Parks and Greenspace Citizens Advisory meeting notes

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: The *ParksBondGreenspace *Advisory Committee met last week at Arabia Mtn and heard glowing reports about Arabia Mtn, its programs and users, with the concomitant request that since there are so many users, there should be more attention/funding for it. This equation of usage to value always troubles me. Not every park offers the same amenities and programming per acre. Parks that become run-down or that offer little programming, are under-used because they aren't what the community wants/needs. These parks deserve attention, too.

Guided walk at Mary Scott Nature Park

Event Date and Time: 
08/27/2011 - 10:00am

From the Civic Association Network: A regular monthly (last Saturday) guided walk at Mary Scott Nature Park, 4150 Briarcliff Road (just above Shallowford), will be offered this Saturday at 10 am, starting from the parking area. This month's topic is native plants and what they tell us about the land where they're growing. I will be leading the walk.  Beth Nathan

August 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From MANA: Ira B Melton Workday; 2nd Annual Medlock Neighborhood Yard sale; Medlock School; Next Community Meeting; Next MANA Newsletter; Pet Lovers Registry

Next steps on proposed public transit between Emory and Lindbergh

From Emory: Emory is seeking support from the community for a proposed rail line connecting Lindbergh MARTA station to the Clifton Corridor. The project, called the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative (CCTI), is on the recommended project list approved on August 15 by the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Roundtable.

Meet the finalist for DCSS superintendent, August 27

From the Druid Hills High School PTA via Nicole Dowling [nicoledowling@bellsouth.net]: Parents, The DeKalb County School System (DCSS) Board of Education has selected Dr. Cheryl L.H.Atkinson  as finalist for the Superintendent for DCSS. In an effort to keep you all informed, we are attaching links to:

CrimeMapping.com Report 8/20 theft from vehicle on Gaylemont

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:

Decatur Arts Live 2011

Event Date and Time: 
08/27/2011 - 10:00am

From the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: The event will take place Saturday, August 27th inside the new 4/5 Academy school, and will feature dance, theatre, comedy, puppetry, crafts, and other creative arts. The event is a joint venture between The 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue PTO and Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (YAWAC). It is designed to be a PTO fundraiser which supports all the enrichment programs at F.AVE.

The crowd-pleasing fun will begin at 10:00 am with guests rotating through a schedule of simultaneous live performances, hands-on craft stations, and artist workshops. Performances will take place both in the 600-seat auditorium/gym and in several classrooms of the Fifth Avenue facility. The event is open to everyone in Decatur and the surrounding community, and it is specifically targeted to children aged pre-K through fifth grade.

The doors open at 9:45 am; everyone who enters by 10:15 am is entered into an exclusive raffle drawing for a birthday party for 20 at Leapin' Lizards, so come early to win. We will also have exciting raffle drawings for several high-value gift baskets. [read more]

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