Commissioner Rader update 4/15/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Great American Cleanup; Transportation Plan; Animal Services.

Decatur Garden Tour

Event Date and Time: 
04/26/2014 - 10:00am - 04/27/2014 - 5:00pm

From the Wylde Center: This year's 26th anniversary tour expands into greater Decatur. Our theme is the woodland garden and we will feature eight private gardens and three public treasures: the Wylde Center, Hawk Hollow, and the Woodlands Garden. There will be plant sales at two locations, a children's art market, musical performances and an opportunity to take in our presenting sponsors beautiful rose garden by candlelight Saturday evening. Tour details and ticket pricing may be found at

Early Voting info

From the county: Monday, April 21, 2014: Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote.  Voter registration is easier with mobile apps! Download the free "GA Votes" app for Apple or Android to register to vote or to confirm voter registration.  EARLY VOTING: APRIL 28 - MAY 16.  Click here for more information.

Critters in the 'Hood: a talk

Event Date and Time: 
04/27/2014 - 1:00pm

From local resident Lisa Crowder and MANA: The Medlock neighborhood's very own Kathryn Dudeck (Wildlife Director at the Chattahoochee Nature Center) will be presenting a program on Urban Wildlife (Critters in the 'Hood) on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00p at the International Community School (formerly Medlock Elementary).  Before that at 1:00,  the ICS principal will lead a tour of ICS.

Request repairs on N Decatur Rd.

From local resident Jim Smith: I went to the DC R&D website and filled out the online paving/pothole "Request for Assistance" form to get them to repave the westbound curb lane of N. Decatur Road. I am hoping that if enough folks do the same that we will get a response. The potholes in the section of N. Decatur Rd. from Medlock to N. Superior are so bad that folks are constantly swerving into the other lane to avoid them. Please fill out the request form and let's try to get some results from our tax dollars !!

Earth Day Paint Recycle & Carnival

Event Date and Time: 
04/26/2014 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

From the North Decatur Presbyterian Church: Recycle your left over paint! Keep the hazardous material that are found in paint out of the landfills.  The youth at North Decatur Presbyterian Church are partnering with Atlanta Paint Disposal to recycle your old paint. And yes, it will be recycled and used again! This is a fundraiser.  See flyer for charges by size and type of paint and for exceptions.

Burglary arrests 4/9/14

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: Community Update: On April 9, 2014, suspects in a SUV were captured on camera.  They are connected to a vehicle break-in at the Slice and Pint Store on North Decatur Rd (Emory Area).  North Central CID distributed a lookout to North Central Evening Watch officers the following day.  Officer RJ Turner was placed on a special detail to locate this vehicle.  Officer Turner located the vehicle in the general area and detained both occupants.  North Central detectives responded to the officer’s location and interviewed both suspects.  Both suspects were arrested in connection to the vehicle break-in at the Slice and Pint Store.

Theft on Densley Dr. 4/14/14

From the owner: "I just want to let our neighbors know that on Monday April 14th between 7:45 am and 1pm at 7XX Densley Dr. someone entered our back yard through the gate and opened the shed in the far back of our yard and took lawn mower (red Troy Built, self propelled electric start) and a large chain saw in its box. There was a pad lock on the shed but it wasn't locked. The gate has a "Beware of Dog and Keep Gate Shut" sign on it. They left the gate and shed door open and did not take the charger for the mower."  Here is the DeKalb Police notice via

Ira B Melton Planting Day 4/12/14 thanks and photos

From organizer Valerie Boss: "This Saturday we put in almost 100 native plants at Ira B Melton Park. If you didn't make it to the workday, go over and take a look! The plants are near the trailhead just below the sidewalk and a little way down the gravel trail. Many thanks to the enthusiastic workers who showed up to plant, haul, mulch, dig, and water. A special shout out to those crazy few who opted to pull some stubborn stumps that got in the way."  Photos from Marianne Skeen via Flickr.

GGD yard sale

Event Date and Time: 
04/12/2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Good Growth DeKalb Giant Yard Sale / Spring Fling ! Bargains / Food / Finds / Community / Kids / Fun Saturday, April 12, 9 to 1 N. Decatur Presbyterian Church 611 Medlock Road, Decatur 30033 Rain or Shine ~ Front Lawn or Fellowship Hall Clean Out Your Attic ~ Save Your Stuff ! ~ Ask your friends, neighbors, family & co-workers to donate items ~ ~ About to move or know someone who is? We'll take your stuff ! ~ Tell friends & family, neighbors & co-workers about the sale ~ ~ Items accepted at Church Friday, 4/11, 5 to 7 ~ Need other delivery options or items picked up?

GPC plant sales and talks

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Garden:  Plant sales April 11, 18, and 19, 10-2:00.  Our Spring 2014 Lunch and Wildflower Series continues this Friday, April 11 at noon with Tom Patrick's talk on "Trilliums".  Learn about the wonderful simple three leafed beauties in the garden.  Trilliums are a great early spring ephemeral plant to have in your shade garden.  At 10:30 Tom and John LIttle will guide us through a walk in the garden to see the many varieties of Trilliums in the GPC garden. 

Wylde Center vegetable plant sale

Event Date and Time: 
04/11/2014 - 9:00am - 04/13/2014 - 4:00pm

From the Wylde Center in Decatur: The Wylde Center has been busy this spring growing beautiful vegetable transplants for your garden.  Two other nurseries will also participate, offering native trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, succulents, pots, and dish gardens.  Available for purchase from Wylde:

Tomatoes - over 50 different varieties, incl. heirloom
Soybeans, cucumbers, squash, and whatever else we grew in the greenhouse!
Culinary and Medicinal Herbs - over 50 varieties
Flowering annuals
Fruit trees and shrubs

Burglary arrests 4/10/14

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: Community Update: The North Central Precinct has made a recent arrest of two burglars who are responsible for over 12 residential burglaries and numerous entering autos in the LaVista Road area.  Please remove your valuables from your vehicles and keep the doors locked.   Also, the North Central Precinct , over the weekend, has made an arrest of a business burglar.  The individual is responsible for two business burglaries in the LaVista Road area.

Swanton House fundraiser

Event Date and Time: 
05/08/2014 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

From Jenny Goldemund of the DeKalb History Center: You're invited to the Spring for Swanton! Fundraiser.  Please join us for a living history tour, a heavy Hors d'Oeuvres buffet and music to help raise funds for repairing and preserving the Benjamin Swanton House.  When: THURSDAY, May 8, 2014, From 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: The Swanton House and Mary Gay House, 720 West Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030. What: Tours are at 5:45 and 6:30 at the Swanton House.

County update 4/5/14

From the interim CEO's office: Rabies alert; County Cleanup; Workforce development; Skate night; Early voting; YMCA play day; Electronics recycling; Sex abuse event; Vegetable garden talk; Paper shredding & styrofoam recycling; Georgia cities week; Summer camp; Community council meetings.

Beat the Badge 5K

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

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: Dear Communities, Please the attached packet to explain the various sponsorship opportunities available for our “Beat the Badge”, 5K ROAD RACE Saturday, May 31, 2014. To be held at: DeKalb County Police Headquarters, 1960 W. Exchange Place Tucker, Georgia.  Contact person for sponsorships is: Sgt. J. Obester,, 404-392-5644

Commissioner Rader update 4/4/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC meeting; Kittredge Park; Tactical Urbanism pop-up parklets; Druid Hills Tour of Homes.

Woodlands Garden events

Woodlands Garden is located at the corner of Scott and Clairemont.  From Raye Ann Viers via the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: Everyone is invited to visit Woodlands Garden.  The garden is open every day during daylight hours, but there will be special activities this April. For more information, visit the website at  For information on the April activities and to bid on a wonderful collection of birdhouses, visit Also see attached flyer.

Fernbank dinosaur egg hunt

Event Date and Time: 
04/12/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Fifth Annual Dinosaur Egg Hunt: April 12, 8am - noon at Fernbank Museum. Register now for a day of fun! Please visit

Callanwolde’s Easter Egg Hunt

Event Date and Time: 
04/19/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Callanwolde’s Easter Egg Hunt, April 19, 10am - noon.  Please visit

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