Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012


ATLANTA, October 29, 2012 – The Fall 2012 class schedule has been released by The Cook’s Warehouse ( with a wide variety of classes and several visiting and local chefs.
From “Knife Skills 101 Hands On” to advanced, hands-on classes with local chefs, there are about 175 classes this quarter from which to pick.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lightroom Headquarters across from Decatur High


Lightroom’s headquarters were built across from the high school even before Decatur broke ground for the new stadium. Since then, Lightroom has moved forward with its work – literally. Bill Carpenter is currently building the third office for his architecture company right in front of the other two buildings. Due to Carpenter’s busy work schedule, the DEC got an insider’s look into the new building with his daughter, senior Esme Carpenter.

h/t Decatur Metro

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

McDonalds seeing double on North Druid Hills Rd.

 From :

The former Atlanta Diner may soon become a new McDonald's restaurant.

The Atlanta Diner had been a fixture on North Druid Hills Road, just off I-85 since the mid 90s but closed over a month ago.  The parcel is rather small but does offer access from both North Druid Hills Road as well as West Druid Hills Drive.  Access to the restaurant from North Druid Hills is easiest for those drivers approaching I-85 south or employees of the various businesses on West Druid Hills Drive coming to or leaving work.

Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald's already has a franchised McDonald's restaurant at 2210 North Druid Hills Road on the opposite side of I-85, which was built in 1991, and recently completed the brand's refreshed look.

photo credit infousa

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

No more puffing away in DeKalb County parks.

From ajc
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
No more puffing away in DeKalb County parks.
A year after snuffing out an effort at a ban in all public places, the County Commission Tuesday approved banning smoking from playgrounds, parks and service lines such as for ATMs, effective Wednesday.
But smokers still will be able to light up in bars and strip clubs — the source of last year’s controversy.
“The best action at this point is to move in gradual steps,” said the health board director, Dr. Elizabeth Ford, who pushed for the ban. “Having our playgrounds and parks safe is at least a first step in protecting in our entire community.”
The move sees DeKalb following much smaller communities such as Alpharetta, Roswell and Marietta that have banned outdoor smoking in their jurisdictions.
read more at ajc

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Eye on Decatur - Halloween Decorated Homes

Great looking simple Halloween decorated bunglows, above on E. Hill St.and below on S. McDonough St.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Welcome to OZ

Great decorated Halloween front yard in Winnona Park area. Location is Winnona Dr.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Glennwood Elementary Fall Festival Sunday OCT 21


-- Glennwood Elementary 440 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur, GA 30030

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Warsaw Philharmonic returns to Emory's Schwartz Center Nov. 2

The Warsaw Philharmonic, known as the national orchestra of Poland, performs Nov. 2 at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The orchestra will perform works by composers Witold Lutoslawski, Frédéric Chopin, and Antonín Dvořák. The concert is the first in Atlanta since their 2008 sold-out show at the Schwartz Center.

For over 100 years, the Warsaw Philharmonic has been one of Poland's most distinguished musical institutions. Artistic director Antoni Wit conducts, with Yulianna Avdeeva joining the orchestra on the 2012-2013 tour. Avdeeva is the 2010 first prize winner of the 16th International Frédéric Chopin Competition, and the first woman to win the competition in 45 years. She was also awarded the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a sonata.  Download reviews and bios of Wit and Avdeeva here.
The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys worldwide popularity and recognition. The orchestra has made over 120 tours on five continents and has performed in all of the major concert halls, winning applause from audiences and critics for their charismatic music making.

The Nov. 2 concert is part of the 2012-2013 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, hosting world-renowned solo artists, chamber groups, and orchestras in the Schwartz Center’s Emerson Concert Hall. Event and ticket details at

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Eddie's Attic

 Kristian Bush with fans at The Decatur Book Festival 2009
-- From :

For Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, his annual Thanksgiving weekend solo shows at Eddie’s Attic—the Decatur, Ga., club where he got his start—have become as traditional as turkey and gravy. With only a guitar and a catalogue of songs, both old and new, Kristian kicks off the holiday season with an evening of off-the-cuff performances. This year’s two shows, on Sunday, Nov. 25, have already sold out, necessitating the addition of a third on Nov. 26.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Silver Scream Spookshow this Month at The Plaza Theatre

Decorate Decatur Halloween Contest

-- Katie over at The Decatur Minute reminds us about the Decorate Decatur Halloween contest: Time to go up into the attic and down to the basement and drag out all of your spookiest, scariest, most haunted of decorations and start getting ready for the 3rd annual Decorate Decatur, Halloween edition. Residents and businesses are invited to decorate and submit a photo to by noon on Monday, October 29th. Please include your name and address. Judges will make their decision Monday evening and the winners will be posted on the City of Decatur website, the DowntownDecatur Facebook page, and on blog. Winners will receive a special yard sign to display throughout the week and one stand-out location will win the coveted Commissioner’s Cauldron trophy to keep on display for the entire year. Congratulations to Amanda Owens Brown, winner of last year’s Commissioners’ Cauldron. If you have questions or need more information email or call 678-553-6573.

Photo credit Next Stop...Decatur.
Amanda Owens Brown's Scarecrow Army last year's Winner

Friday, October 5, 2012

Exclusive Look inside Ponce City Market

--- From: On August 2, 1926, Sears threw a party and 30,000 Atlantans showed up, frantic to peek inside the new 750,000-square-foot retail center on Ponce de Leon Avenue, where all of the 35,000 items in the iconic Sears Roebuck catalog were on display. “If ever there was a doubt in the minds of Atlantans that the company actually kept in stock the thousands upon thousands of articles . . . that doubt was erased after a tour through the building,” enthused an Atlanta Constitution reporter. It was built in a record six months by more than 2,000 workers, and Sears pumped $2 million into the construction job market. That’d be $26 million today; no wonder Mayor Walter Sims was on hand to hoist a flag atop the 232-foot tower. Read more info :

TAKEN 2 Starts Today

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Adele's New Bond Song "Skyfall" Leaks to Strong Reception


East Lake success a model for other troubled areas

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Jeremiah McWilliams
They used to call East Lake a shooting gallery, a poverty trap and worse. The neighborhood’s massive public housing project was so violent it earned the nickname “little Vietnam.”

Times and reputations have changed for East Lake, now a mix of single-family homes with leafy tree cover and tidy apartment complexes surrounded by golf courses.

This week, more than 200 educators and community advocates are gathering in Atlanta to discuss East Lake’s successes — more people working or in training, higher literacy rates, rising incomes and falling crime.

Their focus: duplicating it in places like New Orleans, Cleveland and California.
Greg Giornelli, president of Purpose Built Communities, says he believes that can happen. The Atlanta nonprofit, which bills itself as a sort of coach and coordinator that brings professionals together in Atlanta and other cities to craft holistic solutions to poverty, is backed by Warren Buffett, Atlanta developer Tom Cousins and Julian Robertson Jr., co-founder of one of the world’s largest hedge funds.

“You have to break up the concentration of poverty,” Giornelli said. “There aren’t a lot of places in America where the middle class and the working poor live side by side. The fact of the matter is, there should be.”

Once feared as a drug and gang haven, the neighborhood five miles east of downtown Atlanta is now being held up as a national model for providing cradle-to-college education, high-quality mixed-income housing, safer streets and a web of support for low-income families.

East Lake has a farmers market and an urban garden, but it’s not Mayberry just yet. Residents cheered the opening of a new coffee shop, but much of the main drag on Memorial is still populated by hair salons, sign stores and auto shops. It’s been difficult to attract more upscale businesses. Car break-ins and thefts of lawnmowers are not uncommon.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Park Renewal Day is Nov 3, 2012


Saturday, Nov. 3 • 8 am to 1 pm

Dearborn Park • Deerwood Drive at Midway Road • Decatur, Georgia

Registration is from 8 to 8:30 am. Food and live music follow the work session.
Your group can win major cash sponsored by Renewal Design-Build
  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Third Prize: $300
  • All other teams will receive a participation prize!

Sign Up And Tell Your Friends

Click here to download the registration form and important information about the 2012 Park Renewal Day.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Decatur Library Oct. Events

From Decatur Patch

October Festival of Writers

 Friday, October 5
Jasper Fforde. International bestselling author Jasper Fforde makes his first visit to the Center for the Book with a literary thriller that just might be his best book yet: The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel. Fforde’s Thursday Next books, in the author’s words, “are a series based upon the notion that what we read in books is just a small part of a larger Book World that exists behind the page.” His books skillfully and playfully combine doses of reality with plenty of fantasy and sci-fi, and they have sold millions of copies all around the world. His event is free; no reservations required. The doors to the church will open at 6:00 p.m. for early seating. 7:00 p.m. First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue Decatur, GA 30030.
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