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Happy New Year! Today is the first Wednesday of January so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 3 January 2013.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Looking for The Decatur Minute? We’re starting the new year with a new location. Find us here: TheDecaturMinute.com. Be sure to update your bookmarks accordingly so you don’t miss a single Minute!

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The City of Decatur will join with cities in Henry County and other cities throughout the state by ringing church bells 26 times on Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. in memory of the twenty children and six adults lost in the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

All churches and institutions with bells are invited to participate to help us show the people of Newtown that we share in their grief.  If you have no bells to ring, then please pause at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to think about the 26 victims of this tragedy and those who knew and loved them.

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Small Business Saturday was a rousing success last weekend.  We gave out over 75 gift cards to Decatur restaurants, folks got their gifts wrapped free, and enjoyed the music playing from the bandstand.  It was so successful that we decided to keep the tent and open it on this week’s Terrific Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 – 9 p.m.

If you spend $200 in a Decatur shop in November and bring us your receipts, we will give you a $20 gift card to a Decatur restaurant.  Hurry, though, because Friday is the last November shopping day!

See you Thursday at the tent!

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After over a year of study and deliberation the Zoning Ordinance Update Task Force (ZTF) will be presenting their final recommendations for consideration to the Planning Commission on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. and to the City Commission on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm. The proposed recommendations can be found at http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=641

Based on the direction of the 2010 Strategic Plan the proposed recommendations encourage community gardens, allow for shared parking in commercial areas, update regulations dealing with accessory dwellings and provide new standards for transitions between residential and commercial properties.

Thank you for your past participation on Open City Hall and at the public meetings held throughout this year. The task force members encourage you to attend these final hearings to share your thoughts and if you have written comments please email them to Amanda.thompson@decaturga.com

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Bean Work Play Cafe is a co-space for parents and kids – where parents can work and kids can play.  They are located at 134 New Street and are open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  I receive their e-newsletters and the latest one intrigued me with its special Fall Classes for kids including children’s yoga, introduction to theater, sing-along with Ms. Carol, and Exploring Art.

Children’s Yoga with Ms. Sonata is open to kids from 3 – 6 years and teaches kids to practice basic yoga poses and learn how to gain strength in using these poses in patterns and routines.  Cost is $90 for a 6 week session.

Introduction to Theatre with Shelby Hofer is an introduction to scripted text, live performance, collaborative storytelling, character development and the basics of acting.  Participants work with PushPush Theater and Film Co-founder Shelby Hofer through a series of games that are physical, loud and high-energy.  Cost is $96 for a 6 week session with a maximum class size of 6 children.

Sing-Along with Ms. Carol includes singing and musical instruments including guitar, egg shakers and more.  Song themes include the winter holidays of many cultures such as Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and more.

And, finally, Exploring Art with Ms. Kingsbury for ages 4-7 will let children explore a variety of art processes and materials to encourage and explore the visual arts.  They say children will have fun, get messy, and gain confidence in their creative choices.

Bean Work Place Cafe is an exciting new concept and well worth taking the time to visit the space.  I understand they rent out their room(s) for birthday parties also.  Even if you don’t sign up for the classes, you should stop by and just see the place.

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We’ll be tweeting live from the bandstand! @downtowndecatur

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Did you notice the special Emergency Services section inside your November Focus? It’s the orange section right in the middle and it’s chock full of tips and tricks to help you prepare for potential disasters that could occur in & around the City.

In case you missed the print version, you can peruse the Aware and Prepared publication here.

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Yep, Halloween is over, November is here, which can only mean one thing: the holiday season has begun! Before you roll your eyes and mumble something to the effect of “The holidays start earlier and earlier every year. Bah! Humbug! ” just keep in mind that you don’t have to go to the mall to get your shopping done. In fact, the holidays can be a downright enjoyable experience if you stay in Decatur.

Visit www.decaturga.com/terrificthursdays to see a list of the specials, discounts and open houses that over 30 local shops and restaurants are hosting in November and December. This year Terrific Thursdays are Nov. 8, 15 & 29 and Dec. 6, 13 & 20, so mark your calendars and spend the evening walking, dining, and shopping with your family.

In addition to Thursday specials, we’ll also be posting non-Thursday events going on around town at www.facebook.com/indiecatur. Go ahead and Like the page so you can stay on top of what’s happening around town.

This year we’ll also be celebrating Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. More on that in a future post.

Know of anything we left off? If so, make sure to Tweet about it with #indiecatur to help spread the local Decatur love.

Remember, Keep It Indie-Catur this holiday season!

 

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Three of the Little Free Libraries that were auctioned off at the 2012 Decatur Book Festival were installed this week. Patrick Grier from the City’s Public Works Department built the stands and installed them around town. The first one is in front of City Hall:

 

There’s a second one installed in Harmony Park (photo coming soon) in Oakhurst and a third library purchased in honor of the Book Festival’s first board chair, Alice Murray, is in front of Dancing Goats:

 

We added a handful of books to each library yesterday and they’re already almost empty. Help us out by stocking them with some of your own books that you’d like to share – otherwise we’ll just keep filling them with our management books and there’s only so many times you can read Good to Great.

A handful of Decatur residents bid and won the other Little Free Libraries at the Book Festival. If you know where those libraries are installed in Decatur, let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

For more information about Little Free Libraries, visit this website.

Happy reading!

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