Decatur Arts Festival this weekend

From the Festival website: Friday 5 p.m., Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5. Art booths. Free. Kids area. Music. Food and beverages.

Georgia Perimeter College garden talks and plant sales

For our gardeners: Our Spring 2014 Lunch and Wildflower Series and Plant Sales Continue

County Zoning Code last minute changes

Notes from the Community Affairs Representative for Little Creek Farm Conservancy via the Civic Association Network: "DeKalb County Planning Director Andrew Baker told county commissioners this morning that his department will ask for deferral of a vote on the proposed new zoning code, with plans to ask the Board of Commissioners to approve it in July.

DeKalb History Center summer programs

From Jenny Goldemund : The games Granny played; Gourds galore and chores of yore; Fiddlin' Dan the Mountain Man; Summer camp in June - Frontier House in 1850.

African American History Exhibit Museum at N DeKalb Mall June-July

From Mary Joyce Burdge of the Sterling Organization: NORTH DEKALB MALL ANNOUNCES AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY EXHIBITION MUSEUM,  June 5 – July 31, 2014 Mall Hours North DeKalb Mall, Decatur, GA May 21, 2014 – North DeKalb Mall takes great pleasure in hosting African American history through sight and sound. The exhibit presents over 8,000 artifacts that chronologically display the historical passage of Black-Americans from their roots to present day America. The FREE exhibit will be housed near the Clock Court Atrium next to Bath and Body Works.

Medline LCI Study presentation

Event Date and Time: 
06/05/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Celebrate our plan! Thanks to your ideas and input, a draft of the Master Plan is complete. Come check out the overall vision!  Thursday, June 5 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. International Community School, 2418 Wood Trail Ln, Decatur, GA 30033.. Sketches, Demos, Food Trucks, Bike Tour.  Website:

Primary election endorsements from Rep. Oliver

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: VOTE  TUESDAY, MAY 20TH!!  FRIENDS,  I want to share with you my votes for a few of the offices  on the ballot for the May 20th Democratic primary next Tuesday.  If you would like further information on the reasons I am endorsing these candidates let me know. 

N DeKalb Mall gets new owner

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle: "Lennar Commercial Investors LLC teamed with Sterling Organization to buy North DeKalb Mall for an undisclosed sum.  The development team, which also includes Atlanta-based Hendon Properties [current owner], plans to convert the enclosed portion of the property to an open-air concept. Lennar and Sterling acquired ownership interest in the property and Sterling will manage the center.

Emory Point events

From Emory Point, the new mixed-use development on Clifton Rd. : Music & Movies at Emory Point Park every other Thursday at 6pm. Bring a blanket to sit on the lawn and enjoy games, trivia, popcorn & more. These events are family friendly. For information, including weather cancellation, please visit

Beat the badge 5K race

Event Date and Time: 
05/31/2014 - 9:00am

From Al Fowler, county police: BEAT THE BADGE 5K, MAY 31, 2014, 1960 W. Exchange Place, 9am.  Runners and Walkers needed!  Have you registered yet?  Reserve your space to walk or run today with DeKalb’s Finest.  

Rep. Hank Johnson update 5/15/14

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Minimum wage; HomeSafe GA; Stem research; more info.

Senior Olympics

From the county CEO's office: May 16 - May 23.  The DeKalb County Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Department invites all men and women 50 years of age and older to come and participate in this wonderful senior athletic event.  There are individual events and team sports offered.  Our mission is to promote healthy lifestyles for seniors through fun, fitness, and play.  2014 events include swimming, table games, track & field, and much more!

Preschool summer camp

From the assistant director, a local resident.  Summer At S.A.N.D. -- School At North Decatur UMC. 8 Weeks: June 2 – July 25.  9am – 1pm / Monday - Friday. Our Preschool Summer Camp at North Decatur United Methodist Church is open to 4, 5 and 6 year olds (rising PK, rising K, rising 1st). Children can sign up for any or all of the weeks offered. In addition, campers get to help plant and maintain our garden plots, learn about and participate in green practices like recycling and composting, and spend time outdoors in our new community garden.

DeKalb Police: Criminal Trespass on Park Ln 5/10/14

From DeKalb Police via

MANA Neighborhood Watch newsletter May 2014

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Dawn Forman from Laurel Ridge Neighborhood and I sat down with an officer from Dekalb County to ask questions about hiring an off duty Dekalb Officer to patrol Medlock.  It was decided that the two neighborhoods should proceed separately as Medlock already has over 1200 homes.  Below are the notes from the meeting taken by Dawn.  At this point we are only looking into who would be interested in participating with a patrol please fill out the survey at:

Fernbank Forest walks

Fernbank Forest Walks: Join Fernbank scientists for a Night Walk, May 9, 7:30-9:30pm; and Guided Tour, May 18, 1-3pm (ages 8 and up). For more information about these and other Fernbank events, please visit:

GPC Garden talks and plant sales 5/14

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden: Our Spring 2014 Lunch and Wildflower Series. Azalea Madness Sale Continues:  Friday, May 9 & 16; Saturday, May 17, 10:00 - 2:00.

Pet adoption special for May


From DeKalb Animal Services: $20 per dog adoption; $10 per cat.  Throughout May.

Zoning code update

Event Date and Time: 
05/15/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From District 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: Zoning Code Update. Thursday, May 15th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA  30034.  The purpose of this forum is to provide an opportunity for the public to discuss the final draft of the Zoning Code Update prior to the Board Of Commissioners public hearing scheduled for May 27, 2014.  The October draft has been amended to include many of the ideas suggestions from the community.

Early voting and primary election info

From the county CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: VOTE EARLY NOW!  CLICK HERE FOR EARLY VOTING SITES AND TIMES. 2014 Candidates Forum, Thursday, May 8 | 7:00 - 9:30 pm, Community Achievement Center,  4522 Flat Shoals Parkway | Decatur, GA 30034. 

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