Saturday, May 30, 2009

Information on Decatur Pools

City of Decatur Aquatics
For more information, please call 404-377-7231 or e-mail

NEW!!! Water Aerobics
Adults and older children accompanied by an adult
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Ebster Pool, 9-10 am
Cost: $5 cash plus pool admission

NEW!!! Mommy (or Daddy!) and Me
Begins June 12
Pool Hours: Fridays at McKoy Pool, 10 am-noon
No children over the age of 6 will be allowed in the pool at this time. Toys and activities for young children will be provided. This is not a swim lesson program. No special cost, just pool entry fees.

Pool Rentals
Come celebrate at a Decatur Pool!
Glenlake and McKoy pools may be reserved for private parties June 5-July 26 on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30-8:30 pm. Ebster pool may be reserved June 5-July 26 on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Number in Party Price
1-50: $200
51-75: $250
76-100: $300

NEW!!! Group Swim Lessons
Ages 4+ • Groups of 8 or less
Glenlake Pool, 6-7:30 pm
4 Sessions (4 Group Lessons per Session):
1. June 15-24, Mondays and Wednesdays
2. June 16-25, Tuesdays and Thursdays
3. July 6-15, Mondays and Wednesdays
4. July 7-16, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Resident: $60, Non-Resident: $75
Must register at the Glenlake Tennis Center, 1121 Church St.
Patrons must register one week prior to starting the lessons.

NEW!!! Decatur Gators Diving Clinics
Ages 5-18
Tuesdays and Fridays
Ebster Pool; 9-10 am
Cost: $5 cash per session plus pool admission

Season Pool Passes
Decatur Residents Cost
Individual (2-13 yrs): $50
Individual (14-59 yrs): $60
Household (5 or less): $125
Household (5 or more): $125 + 10 additional member

Non-residents Cost
Individual (3-13 yrs): $85
Individual (14-59 yrs): $95
Household (5 or fewer): $175
Household (5 or more): $175 + 10 additional member

Daily Admission Costs
Age Fee
Children 1 and under Free
2-13 years $2
14-59 years $3
60-over Free

Private Swim Lessons
Ages 2+
Beginning June 1
Private swim lessons are offered to youth 2 and up, and adults at all skill levels. Private lessons provide personal attention as patrons learn to swim.
Resident: $75 / 4, 30-minute lessons
Non-Resident: $90/4, 30-minute lessons
Must register at the Glenlake Tennis Center, 1121 Church Street. Please e-mail with questions.

Regular Pool Hours
Ebster Pool
Free Swim Mon-Fri noon-5 pm
Lap Swim Mon-Fri 8 am-10 am
Special Programs Mon-Fri 9 am-noon
(Limited Free Swim)

Glenlake Pool (Grand Re-Opening, 5 to 7:30 pm, Friday, June 5th)
Free Swim Mon-Fri 10 am-8 pm
Free Swim Sat-Sun noon-6 pm


McKoy Pool
Free Swim Mon-Fri 10 am-8 pm
(Fri. am, baby swim)
Free Swim Sat-Sun noon-6 pm

For more information, please call 404-377-7231 or e-mail:

Dan Magee
Director, City of Decatur Active Living
678-553-6541 office
404-391-3244 work cell
404-370-4130 fax
Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030
Please visit our blog!

Friday, May 29, 2009

America says Goodbye to Jay Leno as Tonight Show Host

The Tonight Show is the crown jewels of American television. It has been called the most important slot in showbusiness, and a monument of US culture.

On Friday, after 17 years, its host will sit at the famous studio desk for the final time. Jay Leno is vacating the post he has held since 25 May 1992.

His final guest is the man to whom he is passing the baton, the strawberry-blond and elongated comic Conan O'Brien.

Their encounter will be a TV moment: the switch from Leno, 59, to O'Brien, 46, is a jump in generations. It is also a move away from Leno's ­gentler, more home-style comedy of the ordinary guy next door to the spikier humour of his successor. NBC has wanted to make the change for many years, ­actually laying down the terms of the transition as long ago as 2004.

Full story at

Screen on the Green kicked off last Night

Click on photo for more info.

By Alexis Stevens

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Head to Centennial Olympic Park on Thursday nights

Now in its 10th year, the free film series will also feature performances from local talent. The 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox will begin at sunset.

Formerly held at Piedmont Park and moved downtown due to the drought, Screen on the Green shows one movie each Thursday for five consecutive weeks in the summer. Presented by Turner’s Peachtree TV, the event runs until 11 p.m.

Bring along blankets, coolers, and non-alcoholic drinks, along with chairs with backs 24 inches or shorter so you won’t block other viewers.

Here is the rest of the lineup:

• June 4 — “Dreamgirls”

• June 11 — “Field of Dreams”

• June 18 — “Home Alone”

• June 25 — “Ghostbusters,” winner of an online vote.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fire Station No. 2 Grand Opening June 1

Linda Harris sends this in.

Bistro in a Box has a Weekly Food & Wine Tastings

April Higdon from Bistro in a Box sends this in.

Hi, I was hoping you would mention our weekly food and wine tastings on your blog. Every Saturday we have food and drinks available from 12-6. Some of our usual offerings include basil crusted chicken, peppercorn flank steak, hummus, a cheese display, spinach and artichoke dip, and other menu items that we are developing. It is all free and open to anyone.

Web site has been added on blog on the left side

April Higdon

Bistro in a Box
307 E College Ave
Suite B
Decatur GA, 30030
Parking around back.

Office 404.941.7799

Rita Hayworth - A Life in Films

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Herndon Heald Jewelry Trunk Show at Mingei World Arts May 30th

Saturday, May 30, 2009
Herndon Heald's gorgeous designs have been featured
in Lucky Magazine
and the Sundance Catalog.
Now is your chance to get the latest looks for less!
This is their first trunk show in the southeast!
Saturday, May 30

Don't miss it!
Come on by, share a glass of wine and try on some of these lovelies.

See you Saturday!

Ellen and Ann

Mingei World Arts
427 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Rare Audrey Hepburn stamp goes to auction

Fritz Reiss/STF
The rare stamp featuring British actress Audrey Hepburn will be auctioned Tuesday and is said to be worth more than $40,000. In 2001, the German government printed the Audrey Hepburn stamps as part of a series featuring movie stars, but they were destroyed after Hepburn’s son objected to the cigarette holder dangling from the actress’ mouth and refused to grant copyright. Only five of these stamps are known to exist.
Rare Audrey Hepburn stamp goes to auction


Associated Press

Monday, May 25, 2009

Berlin — A collector stands to make a tidy profit after discovering a rare stamp portraying movie star Audrey Hepburn smoking — one of a series that should have been incinerated by the German government.

In 2001, the government printed 14 million Audrey Hepburn stamps as part of a series featuring movie stars including Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. The print run was destroyed after Hepburn’s son, Sean Ferrer, objected to the cigarette holder dangling from the actress’ mouth and refused to grant copyright.
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Next Up is The Decatur Beach Party June 19

Art Image of Leon's

This is one of my art images from Saturday.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Decatur Arts Festival Today and Sunday, May 23-24

Sadie Belle and Pete the Cat are going, so it must be good.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, head to the square in Downtown Decatur for the Decatur Arts Festival. There’ll be dance and theater performances, concerts, improv comedy, a juried artists’ market, a fine arts exhibition, a children’s area, & more.

Though you’ll find some parking on site, the easiest way to get there is to take MARTA to the Decatur station.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Adams Street, looking north. circa 1920 and 2009
Georgia Division of Archives and History

Tim Russell sent this cool looking photo postcard and a photo of that same street same location as it looks today.
This is what I like to call The Decatur Time Machine.
Thanks Tim for both photos.

The photo was taken at 340 Adams Street, looking north.

Dear art lovers, festival lovers and jewelry lovers--

Decatur's most unusual gift shop and gallery!

427 Church Street
next to Javamonkey
just south of Ponce de Leon
one block off the square

Mingei's current hours:
Mondays - Saturdays

Dear art lovers, festival lovers and jewelry lovers--
(Does that cover everyone? )
This coming weekend is the Decatur Arts Festival, and we have great things planned for Mingei fans in addition to the usual Festival hoopla and excitement. Make your plans ro spend Memorial Day weekend in Decatur! Keep reading to learn about what we have in store for you!
Art Walk featuring Sally Wylde!
Friday, May 22, 5-10pm
Ever done the Art Walk? It's free and open to the public-- a progressive art opening around Decatur! This year, Mingei will be hosting Sally Wylde,:painter, puppet maker, sculptor and founding director of the Oakhurst Community Garden Project. Come meet Sally, see her wonderful work and share a glass of wine with us!

Hands-free convenience brought to you by refugee's hands
Sunday, May 24
These cool little eco-friendly pouches, called Keepers, are perfect for carrying ID cards, name tags, lunch money, your ipod. Head out for a coffee, a walk, a trip to the gym with all your essentials in tow! These are made right here in the Atlanta area by ME TOO! brands, who employs Bhutanese refugee artisans participating in Threads of Promise, a career development program of Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services (RRISA). To learn more about RRISA, visit

Letters as Art
Saturday, May 23, 12-2 pm
Jamal Ali Mohamed, a recent Iraqi refugee and calligrapher, will be at Mingei on Saturday to demonstrate his craft. He will be happy to write your name in Arabic script for $5! Graduation or wedding gift idea: have him inscribe a journal or a card.
If you are an artist or paper lover and have nice paper or art supplies you'd like to donate to Jamal to help get him started in his new life-- bring them on Saturday-- only until 2:00pm!
By the way, the image above is of the word "community" in Arabic.
Thanks to the International Rescue Committee for introducing us to Jamal. To learn more about their work, please visit

NEXT weekend:
Herndon Heald jewelry trunk show
Saturday, May 30, 12-5pm

Ooooooo---Don't miss this one!

Herndon Heald's gorgeous designs have been featured in Lucky Magazine and the Sundance Catalog.Now is your chance to get the latest looks for less!

Hope to see you in May. We'll be sending out a reminder for the Herndon Heald trunk show!

Thanks for spreading the word!

Forward this email to a Friend

Ellen and Ann
Mingei World Arts

What DOES " Mingei" mean?
Mingei is a twentieth century Japanese word, a combination of the roots "min" meaning people and "gei", the same root as in geisha, meaning art. The coiner of the word was philospoher Yanagi Sōetsu, who wrote the book The Unknown Craftsman, He beleived that daily interaction with hand-made, imperfect objects was essentail to the human spirit. A Mingei object is one that is hand-made, functional, affordable, accessible and beautiful in its imperfection.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Glenlake Bathhouse and Pool Grand Opening Postponed Until June 5

Dan Magee sends this in.
Thanks Dan

Glenlake Bathhouse and Pool Grand Opening Postponed Until June 5

The Grand Opening of the new Glenlake Bathhouse and Pool, originally scheduled for Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m., has been postponed until June 5, 2009. Completion of the new bathhouse has been delayed by the numerous rain days which occurred this spring.

Both McKoy Pool and Ebster Pool will open on Saturday, May 23, 2009 as scheduled.

The Glenlake Pool and Bathhouse Grand Opening celebration will be held on Friday, June 5, 2009 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. and will include games, prizes, refreshments, and free admission. Details will be updated and confirmed on the City of Decatur website at

Contact: Dan Magee, Active Living Director, 678-553-6541, or

Linda Harris, 404-371-8386,

Check out Whit's End for Father's Day Gifts

Jeff from Whit's End sends this in.

Father's Day is Fast Approaching
Posted by Whit's End Blog at 5/19/2009 1:51 PM
Categories: uncategorized
Hi Everyone,

We hope you all can come in for Father's Day gift ideas. We have some new items in, and all Dockers pants, Columbia shirts and shorts, and Patagonia & Toms shoes are on sale.

Thanks for your continued support, and please shop local!

We are closing early Thursday May 21 at 6p.


Jeff and Greg
Whit's End

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This weekend is The 2009 Decatur Arts Festival

Pictured here from The 2008 Decatur Arts festival are the painted art doors.

E. Ponce de Leon Ave circa 1956

In this 1956 parade photo on E.Ponce de Leon Ave you can see Jacobs Drug store and Lane Drugs at the backside of old Court House.

Monday, May 18, 2009

1957 Scene at Clairmont Shopping Center

In this 1957 photo you can see Alan's Photo's,Chesterfield's Laundry & Dry Cleaning,Gibbs Hardware & Hobby Inc. and Hardin Drug Store.
Clairmont Shopping Center is located at:
Clairmont & N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Avondale in Bloom Garden Walk and Marketplace Today & Sunday


Avondale in Bloom Garden Walk and Marketplace

Six local gardens are featured on the tour. There is also a farmers market with garden experts, specialty nurseries and children’s activities. Sponsored by Avondale Arts Alliance.

• 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 16; noon-5 p.m. May 17. Garden tour: $15; children younger than 12 free. Avondale Estates Downtown, Covington Highway and Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates. 678-923-1378,
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Runaway - Del Shannon

Friday, May 15, 2009

This week-end The Northwest GA Festival of Balloons

May 15,16,17th 2009

Where: Menlo Georgia Tillotson Field HWY 48
Benefit: Menlo Recreation Department
Chattooga County Tourism Board
Best Glove Silver Club Scholorship Fund
City of Menlo Fire Department
Hours: Friday, Saturday 9AM to Close. Sunday 12-Close
Cost: FREE!

9th Annual Keenagers Picnic May 21st

Dan Magee sends this over.

For City of Decatur Residents 50 and Over

11 am to 2 pm, Thursday, May 21st

McKoy Park

1000 Adams St. or 534 McKoy St.

-Parking is very limited; please carpool or park by the Solarium and take the short walk to McKoy Park

Come & help us kick off the summer for KeenAgers and city residents ages 50 yrs. and over. Food, games, exercise, entertainment & music!

Please RSVP by May 18th. Must be a City of Decatur Resident or member of the Keenagers Program!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Chris Lewis at: or 678-553-6547.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Remembering Roy Orbison

Click on photo.

10.....9 Central

Pearl Jam bassist attacked outside Southern Tracks

Pearl Jam bassist attacked outside Southern Tracks


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County Police confirmed Wednesday that Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was assaulted and robbed recently in the parking lot of a Clairmont Road recording studio.

A police report was not made available Wednesday night, but Rolling Stone magazine reported the incident occurred April 27 outside Southern Tracks, where the Seattle-based band is completing its ninth album

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Struggling magazine Paste asks readers for donations

Struggling magazine Paste asks readers for donations


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The trendy magazine Paste is asking its 205,000 readers to donate at least a dollar each to make up for slumping ad sales that are driving the Decatur-based publication out of business.

Paste Editor-in-Chief Josh Jackson said he needs donations in “the low six figures” to safely keep the magazine devoted to music, film and culture afloat.

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Warm weather brings Coldplay

Warm weather brings Coldplay
Band will hand out free CDs at Lakewood Amphitheater Sunday


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin doesn’t know if Michael Stipe will be on hand when Coldplay returns to Atlanta Sunday, but having R.E.M.’s lead singer sit in with Martin’s band back in 2005 was “a front man’s wet dream,” Martin says.

One might imagine the admiration goes both ways, considering the triple-Grammy-winning, multimillion-selling success of Coldplay’s latest album, “Viva La Vida.”

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