Thursday, May 18, 2017

Decatur Arts Festival - You Can Volunteer


 From http://decaturartsfestival.com/volunteer/

Volunteer


Volunteer opportunities include:

• Artists Market set up and close down
• Artist’s helper
• Community Art Project
• Kids Arts Festival
• Fine Arts Exhibition
• New Dance
• Silent Auction
• Souvenir/Information Tent
• Volunteer/Artists Check In
Go paperless! Fill out a Volunteer Decatur profile in our secure online system that you can access any time you sign up for an event. Your volunteer hours and events can be tracked through your profile, and the new system also allows you to receive email alerts and messages, check schedules and request the shifts you prefer.
To sign up with Volunteer Decatur, click here.
Already registered with Volunteer Decatur? Click here.
Contact: Sherry Jackman, Volunteer! Decatur, at sherry.jackman@decaturga.com or 678-615-0915.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Undate Info on Northlake Mall

I missed this from last week.
 update info on Northlake Mall

 From: http://www.tonetoatl.com
New owner "committed to project."


I have received a number of emails and comments about the status of Northlake Mall. To that end, I followed up with Tony Ruggeri, President of ATR Corinth Partners, the Dallas based firm that purchased Northlake Mall in early 2016.   Mr. Ruggeri says he and his firm are "committed to the Northlake Mall project" and that things are progressing, albeit slower than he or residents may have hoped.  

A 20 year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Ruggeri has developed, redeveloped, owned, and managed over 2 million square feet of commercial real estate.
Northlake Mall, originally built in 1971, was for much of its life owned by mall powerhouse Simon Property Group.  The 962,000 square foot mall is located off I-285, bordered by Briarcliff Road, Henderson Mill Road and Northlake Parkway,  and is today anchored by JCPenney, Sears, and Macy's. (Former anchor Kohl's closed last year.) 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar Coming to Church Street


Very popular Church Street is getting another Restaurant.

 From:http://www.tonetoatl.com


Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a growing burger chain, is planning what is expected to be its second Atlanta area restaurant next year in Decatur. The new 3,600 square foot restaurant will be located in North Decatur Square, the new mixed use development expected to begin construction soon at the corner of Church Street and North Decatur Road in Decatur.
read more at  http://www.tonetoatl.com

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Steel City Pops Coming to Decatur

From: http://www.tonetoatl.com/2017/05/exclusive-steel-city-pops-secures-first.html#more
Popsicle purveyor coming to Decatur.

Steel City Pops, a Birmingham based popsicle business, is planning to make its Atlanta debut later this summer in Decatur.  The new store is expected to open at 312 Church Street, in a space originally planned for Guy Wong's Big Boss Chinese restaurant. 


Although as recently as this past December, Wong was "testing" dishes for Big Boss at his Westside eatery Le Fat, plans for the 312 Church property have been abandoned.  I spoke to Wong earlier this week and he confirmed that "we are not moving forward with that project."  

Wong first announced plans for Big Boss in 2013, but since then, he has opened Le Fat with Mike Blum, Ton Ton in Ponce City Market and One Rooster, also in partnership with Blum, on the Westside.  Wong is no doubt plenty busy with his new restaurants, as well as his original Miso Izakaya, so perhaps it's best that he hold off for now.
Read more

photo credit :  http://prestonhollow.advocatemag.com/2017/03/13/long-awaited-opening-steel-city-pops-arrived/

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring Electronics Recycling May 13

 From thedecaturminute.com
Mark your calendars for the Spring Electronics Recycling event. Gather your old electronics, documents and even styrofoam to be recycled and shredded.
WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 2017 (9 am to 1 pm)
LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St. (Enter from Columbia Drive)
Recyclables must be dropped off during the hours of the event. Early drop-offs are not possible.
The fee for recycling cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs is $10 per TV set, and the fee for CRT monitors is $5 ea. Cash only, exact change required.
There is no charge to recycle other items. Any metro area resident can participate.
Visit the Electronics Recycling page to get a list of acceptable electronics, foam recycling and shredding guidelines.  Have additional questions? Contact Sean Woodson, solid waste superintendent, 404-377-5571

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Decatur High State Playoff Games

From thedecaturminute.com
Update: Thursday games have been moved to Wednesday
Decatur High School student athletes are having a great spring season.   Decatur residents have a chance to attend several state playoff games right here at home this week.   So make plans to come out and cheer on our local teams!
Decatur Varsity Soccer
  • Tuesday, May 2, Decatur Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Union Grove
    6 p.m.   Decatur High School stadium
  • Wednesday, May 3, Decatur Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Wayne County
    6 p.m.   Decatur High School Stadium
All games are $7
Decatur Varsity Baseball 2nd Round of GHSA Baseball State Playoffs
  • Wednesday, May 3, Decatur vs. Union Grove  Double header*
    4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. McKoy Park Field
  • Friday, May 5, If necessary, Game 3 is scheduled for at 5:55 p.m. McKoy Park Field
Ticket price is $10 but the entry ticket gets you both games on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

City of Decatur has Purchased United Methodist Children’s Home


From thedecaturminute.com
On April 25, 2017 City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett, the UMCH President and CEO, Rev. Hal Jones, and Debby Stikes, Chair of the UMCH Board of Trustees, met to sign the sale agreement for the $40 Million purchase of the approximately 77 acre UMCH property adjacent to the southeastern city limits of the City of Decatur.
Mayor Patti Garrett said, “We are so excited to keep this project moving forward and I am proud to be able to represent the Decatur City Commission in executing the contract that will start the process of making the purchase happen.”
Proceeds of the sale will support the UMCH mission in new communities according to Rev. Jones, who said “we are committed to reaching out to, and serving, the alarming and growing number of children and families who are in crisis. The sale of the Decatur property helps us expand this ministry across North Georgia.” Board Chair Debby Stikes added that “preserving the Moore Chapel and the gravesite of UMCH’s founder Rev. Dr. Jesse Boring was very important to the Board, to members of our alumni group, and to countless others across North Georgia who partner with us in this ministry. We are delighted with the City’s support in honoring the memories created on this property.”
read more

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Atlanta Motorama (PHOTOS)

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Communion Cantina in Revival Backyard Opens May 5th


From  http://www.revivaldecatur.com/communion/
Communion Cantina is an outdoor gathering spot for imbibing and socializing in the backyard of chef Kevin Gillespie’s Decatur restaurant, Revival.
 Perfect for enjoying laid-back afternoon revelry, Communion Cantina serves beer and cocktails as well as a small menu of Mexican food truck snacks.

Casual entertainment such as cornhole and other games is also provided free of charge, and reservations are not needed.

Communion Cantina Opens on May 5th, 2017

Hours Of Operation:

Thursday 5-10pm (TRIVIA @ 8pm on Thursdays)

Friday 5-10pm

Saturday 1-10pm

Sunday 1-9pm

Backyard photo credit:  http://www.atlantamagazine.com

 

h/t decatur metro

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Atlanta Motorama returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway April 22 and 23, 2017.

From: http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

 Don't miss this one! The car show event that you don't want to miss is the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama presented by RacingJunk.com on April 22-23!

The must-see car show event of the year, the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama presented by RacingJunk.com,
returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway April 22 and 23, 2017.
Motoring enthusiasts of all types will not want to miss “Georgia’s Motoring Festival,” celebrating all things with an engine. Features include national award winning show vehicles, car crushing by BIGFOOT ® monster trucks, autocross competitions, a colossal vendor midway, live music, the kids’ zone and so much more.
The Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama is open to most anything with an engine, ranging from muscle cars, imports and trucks to big rigs, motorcycles and even boats and RVs.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Under The Bridge Art Party Sunday April 23

From thedecaturminute.com
Join the community on Sunday, April 23 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the dedication of the MARTA Mural and the KaBOOM! Playscape under the bridge.  The celebration will take place at the corner of W. Trinity & Atlanta Avenues under and around the MARTA Overpass and under the bridge.  We’ll have cookies and ice cream and a cool art project with the Milagros Collective.  Come join the fun!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Duck Donuts Coming to Toco Hills

Toco Hills nabs new donut joint. 

Duck Donuts, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania based donut franchise which I announced last week was coming to both Buckhead and Alpharetta, has now confirmed a new lease in Toco Hills.  The new Duck Donuts will be located between Taziki's and Menchies in the Publix-anchored Toco Hills Promenade shopping center on North Druid Hills Road.  

A typical Duck Donuts menu consists of about a dozen or so donut flavors with additional "topping" and "drizzle" options. Duck Donuts differentiates their donuts as "warm, delicious & made to order."

The Duck Donuts at Toco Hills will be about 1,800 square feet and should open later this fall. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Winnona Park Community Yard Sale Sat. April 15

From :  https://www.facebook.com/WPNADecaturGA/posts/277443742343805
The Winnona Park Neighborhood Association’s annual Community Yard Sale event is set so mark your calendars for this Saturday, April 15 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. We have 20+ households participating and it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day. We look forward to another great Winnona Park Yard Sale. The Winnona Park Yard Sale Saturday, April 15th 8:30am - 3:00pm Maps of participants will be available on Saturday.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Atlanta Dogwood Festival This Weekend


From: http://www.dogwood.org April 7, 8, 9, 2017 in Piedmont Park Festival Hours Friday 12:00 - 11:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Artist market closes at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday. Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing in Atlanta: the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back! The Dogwoods are in full bloom, and hundreds of artists from around the country will set up their tents for the 81st Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. An Atlanta staple for 80 years, there is something for everyone at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented at the festival, with a nationally renowned-juried Fine Artist Market that includes sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more. In addition to the fine art for adults and art collectors, there is a Kids Village featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts and face painting for all ages, as well as the ever-popular 24-foot rock-climbing wall.

Update on Decatur High School Construction


Monday, April 3, 2017

Oprah Winfrey To Deliver the Commencement Address for Agnes Scott College May 13

Global Media Leader and Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address at Agnes Scott College

Global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address for Agnes Scott College’s 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m. Winfrey will receive an honorary degree at commencement.
“We are educating our students to become global change agents who have the courage, compassion and commitment to make a difference in the world. Oprah Winfrey is a phenomenal model of leading a purpose-driven life with her impressive legacy of leadership, philanthropy and service. We are honored and thrilled to welcome her to our college to share an inspiring and empowering message with our 2017 graduates as they embark on the next stage of their life’s journey,” said Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College.
photo credit  http://downmagaz.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Festival on Ponce April 1-2

From:  http://festivalonponce.com/

Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday : 11 am – 5 pm

The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art”. In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children’s area and local food and beverage. Attendance is Free.

ABOUT THE PARK:

The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance has a $10 million capital improvement plan to protect these historic parks. These beautiful parks have lovely trees and paths and great visibility from one of Atlanta’s main traffic arteries between Atlanta and Decatur.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fun Event in Grant Park International Pillow Fight Day April 1

From: 
 https://www.facebook.com

When:
Saturday, April 1 at 3 PM - 6 PM
FREE
BRING YOUR BEST FRIEND OR WORST ENEMY
Come join the rest of the world in this annual international event!!

Where to meet: Grant Park corner of Cherokee Ave SE and Sydney St. SE.

Check out skysthelimitclub.com for more cool events.

#pillowfightdayATL

This is a free event for adults and kids but donations are appreciated to keep us going.

 






Even when one is liberated by a free event, it is still important that certain bad behavior like violence be minimized.

Soft pillows only and absolutely no feathers or you will be thrashed after it breaks.

Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.

Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.

Remove glasses beforehand!
The event is appropriate for all ages.
Wait until the signal to begin.

Cleaning Up

PLEASE BRING A GARBAGE BAG AND/OR RAKE to help keep the park clean.The ideal pillow fight would leave no trace of its occurrence .

Ideally, the community will police itself if people become aggressive, and there will not be much to worry about. Again, we have never heard of police arresting or ticketing anybody in relation to a public pillow fight.
People will make new friends, re-unite with old ones, meet future lovers, and revel in the blissful one-ness of a free, fun, social gathering.

It is best to estimate that the pillow fight will last up to 2 hours when comrades grow weary.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Reminder: Neighborhood Clean-up Days

From thedecaturminute.com


Reminder: the City of Decatur is hosting Neighborhood Clean-up Days on Saturdays in March and April, to allow residents to dispose of bulky materials that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags. Every street in the City has been assigned to one Saturday. Visit the Neighborhood Cleanup Days page on the city website for detailed instructions and specified dates for each street.
Collection for March 25 will take place in the following neighborhood:
Decatur Heights Neighborhood-
Barry Street
North Candler Street
Pate Street
East Maple Street
Grove Street
Hillcrest Avenue
Hickory Street
Lockwood Terrace
Sycamore Ridge Drive
Renfroe Court
Fitzgerald Court
Wilburn Court
Grovemont Court
Woodland Court
Mountain View Street
Oak Lane
Pinehurst Street
Poplar Street
Ridgeland Avenue
Springdale Street
Sycamore Drive
Sycamore Station
Fairview Street
Sycamore Street
Ponce de Leon Court
Hillyer Place
Sycamore Place (Commerce to E. Ponce)
East Ponce de Leon Ave. (400 to 1100 Block)
Glendale Avenue
Glenn Circle
Pinecrest Avenue
Mt. Vernon Drive
Forkner Drive
Glenn Court
Village Walk
All items to be collected should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. This ensures that we do not have to rerun routes for late set-outs. Collections run until 3:30 p.m., or until finished, whichever is sooner.

The Fate of The Furious # F8 - Opens April 14


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Avondale Estates Planning a Lantern Parade

 Photo from Decatur's Lantern Parade.

FROM:     http://www.accessatlanta.com

The city of Avondale Estates just revealed plans for a

The event is set for April 21 at 7 p.m.

The city said on Facebook people should gather at the grass triangle on Berkeley Road and Kensington Road for socializing and instructions. At dusk, which ought to be about 8 p.m., the parade takes off down Berkeley Road, passing Lake Avondale.
   

It’ll end at DeKalb School of the Arts for a bonfire that will kick off the school’s 30th anniversary and Annual Fringe Festival.

Now for the parade rules:

No flying lanterns; no dogs; no fire-lit lanterns; LED/battery powered lights only.

Bicycles are OK, but bikers are asked to walk with their bike; golf carts are OK, but must follow pedestrians at the back of the parade; strollers and wagons are OK.

Now for the lanterns:

Garage Door Studio, 119 Center St., will be hosting lantern making workshops to help folks prepare for the parade.

The workshops are: Wednesday, April 5, from 6-9 p.m.; Sunday, April 9, from 2-5 p.m.; Friday, April 14, from 6-9 p.m.; and Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m.
lantern parade.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken Coming to Belvedere Plaza

"World Famous" chicken chain planning new restaurant in Decatur 

  FROM: http://www.tonetoatl.com
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken the Memphis based chicken chain that entered the Atlanta market in 2015, is planning to open in Decatur later this fall.  Sources at the restaurant confirmed to me this week that they plan to open in Belvedere Plaza at the corner of Memorial and Columbia Drives, across from the former Columbia [Avondale] Mall, which is today a Walmart Supercenter.  Technically the restaurant is not in the City of Decatur but nonetheless the Belvedere Plaza eatery will be the group's "Decatur" location. 

Gus's will reportedly occupy a 4,400 square foot portion of the former Blockbuster Video, next to Wingstop, on the Columbia Drive end of the center. 

photo credit: http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2015/02/19/guss-fried-chicken-coming-philly/

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MOD Pizza will open in Decatur at Decatur Crossing

New-to-market pizza joint destined for Decatur.

MOD Pizza, an industry leader in the "create your own pizza" segment, has signed its second Atlanta area lease.  

MOD Pizza will open in Decatur at Decatur Crossing, at the corner of Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road. The pizza joint will occupy an inline space near Zoës Kitchen on the Scott Boulevard side of the Sprouts Farmers Market anchored project. (Sprouts celebrated its Grand Opening this past Wednesday, March 1st.)

In addition to Sprouts, MOD joins a number of restaurants with confirmed locations in Decatur Crossing.  Among the eateries expected to open in the coming months are First Watch, a breakfast and lunch eatery, Zoës Kitchen, Dunkin' Donuts, Tiff's Treats, a cookie shop, and City Barbecue, an Ohi0 based BBQ franchise.  

(A second phase of the project on Scott Boulevard will reportedly include an Aldi and a Chick-fil-A, among other tenants.) 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Americana Duo Sinners & Saints To Play Three Taverns Brewery 3/16

 Americana duo Sinners & Saints will be playing at Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur on Thursday, March 16th! The show coincides with the release of their second album On The Other Side.



Americana duo Sinners & Saints write acoustic, country-tinged tunes with compelling harmonies, featuring foot-powered percussion on repurposed drums from an abandoned kit. Since forming in 2011, Perry Fowler and Mark Baran have shared the stage up and down the east coast with the likes of Flogging Molly, Shovels and Rope, Robert Earl Keen, Daniel Romano, St Paul & the Broken Bones, SUSTO, Sun Kil Moon, Bombadil, and many others.





http://sinnersandsaintsmusic.com/news/on-the-other-side/

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Eye on Decatur - LOUISIANA BISTREAUX

     Louisiana Bistreaux at Suburban Plaza in Decatur GA
    1496 Church St.
     Decatur  GA
     Phone 404-963-1463


   Menu

Saturday, February 25, 2017