Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DeKalb Fire and Rescue Event to Promote Fire Safety Awareness October 7

DeKalb Fire and Rescue, The Home Depot and Energizer Host Community Event to Change Behaviors and Save Lives

U.S. Home fires take the lives of more than 2,500 people each year in the United States alone.* On average, seven people are killed in home fires every day.*

DeKalb Fire and Rescue, The Home Depot and Energizer are teaming up to help lower this toll by hosting an event to promote fire safety awareness and encourage Atlanta-area residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks on daylight saving time. The partnership is part of Energizer’s annual Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program.

The fire safety awareness event on October 7 from 12-3 p.m. at The Home Depot in Decatur will include appearances from the Energizer Bunny, local firefighters, a fire truck, fire safety demonstrations, fun Energizer giveaways, family-friendly activities and educational materials. The event will provide a fun environment for families and individuals to learn how they can take simple, preventative steps to protect their loved ones and home.

While there’s been an increase of homes with smoke detectors, the issue now is keeping the devices working. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fatal fire injuries take place in homes without working smoke alarms. And 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

Sent in by Madison Heinsohn

Monday, September 29, 2014

Eye on PDK - B-17 Sentimental Journey

 This B-17 (Sentimental Journey) was at Peachtree Dekalb Airport this week-end for  the Atlanta Warbird Weekend Event.
Sentimental Journey (44-83514) is the nickname of a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber. It is based at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona.[1] The aircraft is regularly flown to airshows throughout North America.
The nose art features Betty Grable, the number one pinup girl of the World War II era. The aircraft's name takes after a song made very popular by Doris Day in 1945.
info from  http://en.wikipedia.org

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Revival – A Vintage Marketplace Sept 27-28

The Revival – A Vintage Marketplace
Fall 2014

N. McDonough St.
(In front of Decatur High School)

Downtown Decatur, Georgia
Saturday, September 27 &
Sunday, September 28
10am - 5pm

 Free Admission
 The Revival is an Atlanta Georgia based vintage community bringing together vintage buyers and sellers through vintage events and festivals, and vintage shopping adventures. The vintage marketplace offers a variety of antiques and collectibles including antique furniture, vintage clothing, mid-century furniture, vintage and antique jewelry, folk art, recycled art, recycled furniture, and vintage inspired food.


h/t The Decatur Minute

 Partner Antiques said...This is my favorite market place for collecting awesome vintage items in one roof. So I would definitely visit this market place

East Atlanta Music and Arts Festival Saturday 9-27-14

Saturday September 27th, 2014 10:00am – 9:00pm
East Atlanta Village, Atlanta, GA
The 16th annual, FREE one day extravaganza. Attractions include  5 stages of Live Local Music, Comedy Stage, Artists Market, the FAMOUS Strut Parade, Free Kids Village, Carnival Stalls, Community Booths, Food and Beverages.
The Strut is planned, organized and staffed solely with volunteers
To promote the East Atlanta Neighborhood and its businesses.
  • Leave the car at home. Parking will be limited to neighborhood side streets.  Take public transportation where possible.
  • Due to permit restrictions CYCLES are NOT permitted within the Strut Footprint.
  • The Strut will be providing a FREE manned cycle corral in partnership with Wesley International Academy PTA. The corral is located opposite the Midway Patio on Flat Shoals Ave. Entry is via the Flat Shoals/May Ave or Stokeswood security barriers.
  • Due to permit restrictions only service DOGS are permitted within the Strut Footprint.
  • Alcoholic beverages will only be served to attendees over the age of 21 with a VALID photo ID, Please drink responsibly

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This Saturday is The 4th Annual Madison Ave Soapbox Derby - Don't Miss this Fun Event.

Schedule of Events:
10:30 Check-in/Registrations OPENS
11:00 Bake Sale and T-shirt tent opens (tee's $15 for youth & adult)
11:30 STAR judges arrive & begin on Creative Categories
12:00 U Joint & Steinbeck’s tent open (cash only) -
Hot Dogs, Hamburger, Brats & Pimento Cheese Sandwich's
Grab a bite to eat and prepare for racing!
12:20 Emcee- race introduction
1:00 Race begins (6 & under goes 1st)
1:30 Race begins (7-17)
2:35 Race begins (18 & up)
3:15 Race over & STAR judges determine winners
3:30 local band “MoRhythm” take the stage
4:15 All racers to winner’s circle for announcements
6:00 that's a wrap!

Here is the facebook link

DEF Boil 2014 LIve Auction - PREVIEW of Paradise

DEF Boil 2014 Live Auction - PREVIEW of Paradise
From : Gail at decatureducationfoundation.org

What will you find at the Boil 2014 Live Auction?
Bid on a 7-night stay at Las Ventanas del Mar in Costa Rica
Enjoy a SEVEN night stay in a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath townhome that sleeps 6 in Playa Carrillo on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  
This townhome is located in the Las Ventanas del Mar community which has more to offer than just breath taking views.  Featuring a 9,000 square foot infinity pool perfect for watching the sunset or listening to the waves crash just below you.  Once you're here you will never want to leave! 
Find some friends who may want to  bid with you on this item as a syndicate 
(a group of like-minded bidders)!

The Boil 2014 LIve Auction will feature 9 fantastic packages you won't find anywhere else.  Keep an eye out for more preview blasts in the days to come.
Fund-a-Need Challenge: 10k in 10 minutes
The Boil is a great party but it is also a key fundraiser for the Decatur Education Foundation which supports kids across Decatur.  We will challenge the guests at Boil 2014 to help us raise $10,000 in 10 minutes to fund Teacher Innovation Grants that change students' lives!

Fund-A-Need Levels

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lets Dance - Dance Hall Decatur Oct 9

From: http://www.dekalbhistory.org/dekalb_history_center_events-programs.htm

Help us with some fun fundraising! Tickets are available at our offices, online through the PayPal link below or at the event. $10 per ticket, light snacks included. Drink tickets available at event. Grab dinner and Hustle over to the Historic Courthouse for a night of dancing! Get Down to Decatur and Swim your way up to the second floor of the Courthouse. Using a special Time Warp we’ll Slide our way through the best dance music from the 1970s to the present. Don’t miss it! Moonwalk, Creep or Break your way to downtown Decatur for a night of fun. Our DJ for the evening is Trey Caples from Soul Spin Studios. Thursday, October 9 7:30 - 11:00 p.m. Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor 101 E. Court Sq., Decatur, GA 30030 $10 per person - tickets purchased online will be available at the door the night of the event

To buy tickets Go to: http://www.dekalbhistory.org/dekalb_history_center_events-programs.htm

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Oakhurst Arts Music Festival Sat. Oct 11

This year, Decatur Education Foundation and the Decatur Arts Alliance are partnering on the run and proceeds will support art grants (in our schools and community) as well as the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund which provides scholarships for low-income students to participate in city programs.

REGISTER ONLINE by September 26th to guarantee your t-shirt 

For a paper registration form click here

Start your day with the 5K and then stay and enjoy the Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival.  

Race starts and ends at One Step at a Time running store 
650 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. 

NEW THIS YEAR! Tie-dye your race t-shirt after the run!

Walkers, strollers and leashed dogs are welcome 
but should line up in the back of the pack.  

Special registration rate of $20 for City of Decatur and 
City Schools of Decatur employees. Call 404-377-0641 or email info@decatureducationfoundation.org to get your promo code. 

Event shirt only guaranteed for registration by September 26, 2014.

Oakhurst Arts Run is part of the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge.  Click  here for more information.

Zesto Drive-In on Ponce de Leon Ave Closed after 60 Years

 From: zestoatlanta.com

The owners of the Zesto Drive-In restaurant at 544 Ponce de Leon Avenue announce the closing of their longstanding restaurant as of September 20, 2014.
 This neighborhood institution began by selling only ice cream on this spot in 1954. The small original walk-up building was razed and rebuilt in 1991, a showpiece bearing the porcelain, chrome, neon, coved ceilings, and tiled floors and walls of a classic diner.
 The building earned the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s Award for Architectural Excellence in 1991, and has been seen in many TV shows and commercials and feature movies since. The property has been sold to an undisclosed buyer.  
The other five Zesto locations around metro Atlanta remain alive and well and customers will find the same ice cream treats and hot menu items, friendly service and truly original Zesto experience at the remaining locations. The Livaditis family continues to own and operate the other Zestos in this 65th anniversary of the first store opening in Atlanta by John Livaditis in 1949.

Friday, September 19, 2014

All you need to know about Music Midtown 2014


All you need to know about Music Midtown 2014 – from schedules to transportation to food
There are those who continue to miss the Music Midtowns of the past — and, sure enough, they were amazing productions, with dozens of stages and acts ranging from Courtney Love to Tony Bennett.

But to dismiss what Music Midtown has presented since its return in 2011 is a disservice to what fans will experience Friday and Saturday at Piedmont Park.

You want new music? Expect to see plenty of high school and college-age fans flocking to the fest’s three stages for Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Bastille, Banks and B.o.B.

Veteran acts? Yeah, there are some of those, too, in the form of Gregg Allman, Run-D.M.C. and — gulp — Third Eye Blind.

And how about the headliners? Friday gives you the option of the sticky fuzz-rock of Jack White or the radio-friendly guitar wailing of John Mayer. On Saturday, if you aren’t into the fluid rap of Eminem, then head to the other headliner stage for a Southern rock-country gumbo with the Zac Brown Band.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dine Out for "Go Eat Give" at Souper Jenny Decatur on Thursday, September 25

From: www.prlog.org/

 -- Souper Jenny (http://www.souperjennyatl.com ) located at 1 West Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030 will host an all-day fundraiser on Thursday, September 25 to benefit Atlanta based nonprofit, Go Eat Give. Ten percent of all proceeds from sales will directly benefit Go Eat Give’s cultural education programming, both locally and abroad. The cozy neighborhood restaurant changes its menu of soups, sandwiches, and salads daily while offering gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and other options for the health conscious. Favorites include the My Dad's Turkey Chili, Chicken Tortilla, Souper Power Green, Ripe Avocado Pita, The Club, Big Greek Salad and Chef Jessica's Broccoli Slaw.

Beginning Sept 18th, Souper Jenny Decatur will be hosting Give Back Thursdays – a Grilled Cheese Night everyThursday night, where they will donate a percentage of sales back to a local non-profit.  “We are so happy to work with Go Eat Give, which brings awareness to different cultures through food, travel, and community service - three ideas that are also dear to Jenny and her staff. At Souper Jenny we strive each day to accomplish all that Go Eat Give has achieved, creating positive interactions and sharing great food with all people in our community,” says Keith Yager, general manager. The event is open to the public from 11am to 9pm on Thursday, September 25th. There will be live music, free drinks and S’mores served from 5-9pm.

With the goal of providing opportunities to showcase international culture and diverse ethnic communities living in Atlanta, Go Eat Give organizes monthly cultural educational events that connect people with their neighbors, build bridges, and eliminate stereotypes. Since it’s inception in 2012, Go Eat Give has hosted over twenty-five Destination Dinners in Atlanta, and eight Volunteer Vacation trips to Kenya, Spain, Indonesia, Cuba, and India, reaching over 1,500 people.

Go Eat Give’s upcoming events include Destination Thailand on October 16, volunteer trips  to Cuba and India in November, and First Annual Golf Fundraiser on November 10.  More information can be found on Go Eat Give’s website (http://www.goeatgive.com/).

For more questions about Souper Jenny contact Keith Yaeger at k_yaeger@yahoo.com or 404.536.2973, and for Go Eat Give contact Kelly Parry at 404.403.7799 or kelly@goeatgive.com.
Dine Out for Go Eat Give at Souper Jenny Decatur on Thursday, September 25 from 11am-9pm.

Zesto on Ponce is Closing

Cook-Out replacing Zesto on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
 From: Tomorrows News Today 

 North Carolina-based Cook-Out is the previously "undisclosed buyer" of the Zesto on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. I surmised they might be the buyer in my earlier post, and have now received confirmation. Zesto is due to close this Saturday, September 20th, and renovations should begin shortly thereafter. The Zesto building, which earned the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s Award for Architectural Excellence in 1991, will be retrofitted to suit Cook-Out's needs. more

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

AMC has Approved Season 2 for "Halt And Catch Fire"

From: http://www.kdramastars.com

AMC has finally approved the 'Halt And Catch Fire' renewal less than a month after the show's season one finale last month, according to Deadline.
Although the show, which stars Lee Pace, Mackenzie Davis and Scoot McNairy, struggled with ratings in its first season, it still managed to attract quite a few fans.

The show debuted to only 1.2 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic on June 1, earning a 0.3 rating, according to TV Series Finale. Viewership increased to 1.4 million by the second week but fell to about 700,000 in the next week. It plummeted to 550,000 viewers as the weeks wore on.

Despite the dismal numbers, however, producers of the show still remained positive, and it looks like AMC has also seen the show's potential and promptly ordered a 'Halt And Catch Fire' renewal.

"This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground - themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience," AMC President Charlie Collier said, regarding the show renewal.

"We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time," Collier continued.

He also added, "We see that opportunity here and look forward to a second season of 'Halt and Catch Fire' from creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, and showrunner Jonathan Lisco."

'Halt And Catch Fire' season two is expected to air in the summer of 2015.

Photo credit  www.spoilertv.com

Just 2 Weeks until the Madison Ave Soapbox Derby (9-27-14)

Let's hope for a sunny day this year.
Here is a link to last years photos

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fresh to Order to Open Soon

Fresh to Order to open soon in the old HOLA! location.(Church St & E. Ponce de Leon Ave.)
Their website says to open late summer....
Here is  F2O's menu

Decatur's Dairy Queen since 1954 No More

Decatur's Dairy Queen since 1954 was torn down this week to make way for the Trinity Triangle Project to begin.. Maybe they will save the old Dairy Queen signs (seen here) and use them on the new Dairy Queen that will be included in the new Trinity Triangle Project.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Decatur Holiday Ornament Unveiling Sept. 30


The Decatur Tourism Bureau
and the Decatur Arts Alliance
invite the community to the
official unveiling of the 2014
Decatur Holiday Ornament on Tuesday,
Sept. 30, 6:30-8 p.m. at Decatur Glass
blowing, a working glass studio and
showroom at 250 Freeman St.
The 2014 ornament is the third in a
series of handcrafted ornaments commis
sioned by the Tourism Bureau and the
Arts Alliance. Visit visitdecaturgeorgia.
com or decaturartsalliance.org for more info.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Atlanta taxicab drivers sue Uber ride-sharing service

Atlanta taxicab drivers sue Uber ride-sharing service
From:  ajc By Christopher Seward

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta taxicab drivers are suing Uber, a popular ride-sharing service that connects passengers with drivers through a smartphone app, claiming the company is operating as a taxicab service without a city of Atlanta license.

In the suit filed recently in Fulton County Superior Court, the drivers say Uber is in violation of a city ordinance that makes it illegal for a taxicab to operate without a certificate of public necessity and convenience, or “medallion.”

“Uber has been operating in Atlanta with little concern about the safety of their passengers and zero concern for the laws that protect them,” Scott McCandliss, one of 13 cabbies and owners who filed the suit, said in a statement. “Our incomes have steadily dropped since Uber started and legally licensed drivers are leaving the business.”

An Uber spokesman said the San Francisco-based company will fight the suit.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


ATLANTA , Sept. 8, 2014 – The Japanese Culinary Arts Network (JCAN), of which The Cook’s Warehouse ( www.cookswarehouse.com ) is a member, is bringing master knife craftsmen to the United States for a tour demonstrating traditional Japanese knife making, including a stop in Decatur.
The master craftsmen will forge knives and show how a handle is attached during “The Art of Japanese Knifemaking” at The Cook’s Warehouse Decatur store, 180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue in downtown Decatur .
The event will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14 .
This is an incredible opportunity for culinary professionals and consumers alike, showcasing these time-honored knife making methods across the United States.
The traditional process of forging steel into knives dates back more than 1,000 years in Japan.  These methods are still practiced today by a handful of skilled craftsmen using artisan methods to produce blades by hand that are among the best in the world.
In addition to Atlanta, this tour includes forging and engraving events across the country, stopping in Chicago; San Mateo and St. Helena, CA; San Francisco; Hyde Park and Brooklyn, NY, and Princeton, NJ.
The tour will feature three craftsmen from Sakai City who will forge knives at the events.  Sakai City has been known for its samurai swords for centuries and has now become Japan’s center for fine kitchen cutlery. 
In partnership with Kikuichi Knives , known for its distinguished history crafting Samurai swords, the public will be able to see this craft in action and learn about the entire process from raw iron to finished blade.  One of the craftsmen, Mr. Oe, will hand-engrave knives for customers.
The knife masters – Tadashi Enami, Noboru Morinaga and Akimasa Oe – will have an interpreter to explain each step to the audience.

Monday, September 8, 2014

2nd Annual Avondale Estates Garden Club Tree Walk

2nd Annual Avondale Estates Garden Club Tree Walk
From Nancy Martin

Mother Nature will reveal the newest colors in her fall collection during the second annual Avondale Tree Walk on Saturday, October 25th from 10:00 am- Noon. Sponsored by the Avondale Estates Garden Club as a conservation project, this year’s walk will include beautiful specimens chosen by the Tree Walk Committee to strut on the catwalk of Avondale Estates.
Local arborists who will lead the walk include Mark Livingston, Arborguard; Gretchen Musser, Elements of Landscape Design; Neil Norton, ISA Certified Arborist; Gary Peiffer, Dekalb Co. Extension Agent; Steve Sanchez, HGOR; and Joan Scales, U.S. Forestry Commission.

Tree Walk Guides will point out the enormous benefits trees add to the urban environment, such as:
• For every ton of new wood that grows, about 1.8 tons of carbon dioxide is removed from the air and 1 .3 tons of oxygen is produced;
• One recent study reported that urban trees could be about 10 times as effective as forest trees for lowering carbon dioxide in cities;
• Trees provide climate control & moderate the “heat island” effect of the urban setting;
• Trees protect soil and water quality.

To take part in this free event, meet in the parking lot of the Avondale Community Club at 59 Lakeshore Drive at 10:00 am. A new feature of this year’s walk will be the opportunity to ask a panel of experts about any concerns homeowners have with trees in their landscapes. The Avondale Estates Garden Club is a member club of The DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., the Redbud District of GCG, and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


To see more photos go here
Jett Bryant of  BIGFOOT
- - - Cletis & His City Cousins

 ---- To see these and more Drive-Invasion 2014 photos click here.