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Calling all you folks who love Christmas ornaments and artists – the 1st annual Decatur Holiday Ornament is here!  Created by clay artist Malena Bisanti-Wall, this is the first in what will be a series of hand-crafted ornaments especially for Decatur.

The Decatur Tourism Bureau launched the series and the ornaments are available with “Holidays in Decatur” or “Christmas in Decatur” inscribed.  Each ornament is hand-crafted and each ornament is different.  The ornaments are $18 and all proceeds go toward creating the 2013 holiday ornament.

You can find the ornaments in Decatur shops including Wild Oats & Billy Goats, Little Shop of Stories, and Boogaloos.  Many thanks to Weatherly Copenhaver, owner of Wild Oats, who coordinated this first in what will be a series.  If you are interested in submitting a design for the 2013 ornament, let Weatherly know or leave a comment on this blog post.

Cute display at Little Shop of Stories

Go ahead and make your purchase now – quantities are limited and if you spend $200 in a Decatur shop in November and bring your receipts to the Community & Economic Development Department in the City of Decatur, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to a Decatur restaurant (while supplies last).  Remember to “Keep it Indie-Catur” this holiday season!

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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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The City of Decatur and the state is repaving the following residential streets beginning July 30:

• Avery Street from East College Avenue to Winnona Drive, south end.
• Fayetteville Road from East Lake Drive to Gordon Street.
• Oakview Road from South McDonough Street to West Benson Street.
• Winnona Drive, south end, from Avery Street to 151 Winnona Drive.
• Pinetree Drive from West Ponce de Leon Avenue running west 130 feet.

City construction activities are scheduled between July 30 and August 29. State resurfacing work will follow and notices will be provided separately when that work takes place.

Shepco Paving, Inc., the City’s contractor, is performing the required work and will post signs on each street three days before construction begins.

All vehicles must be removed from the street during daylight hours when work is performed. Vehicles parked on the street during the posted times are subject to towing. Please watch for postings on your street.

Contact the engineering department at 404-377-6198 and ask for John Madajewski if you have any questions.

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Decatur’s annual sidewalk sale will be taking place this weekend beginning Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 7. For a complete list of participating shops, scroll down.

Ariel La Boutique
335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. • 404-373-3760 • www.ariel-la-boutique.com
Full price items 20% off. Jurney Jurray Jewelry Artisan trunk show on Saturday, 5-9 pm with refreshments.

246 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. • 404-373-7533 • www.boogaloosboutique.com
Sidewalk items up to 50% off

Boutique Karma
115-B Sycamore St. • 404-373-7533 • www.boutique-karma.com

225 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. • 404-373-2210 • www.cozeeteas.com
Buy an iced-tea-based drink and get a second one 50% off.

545 N. McDonough St. • 404-373-3780 • www.froyolo.com

248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. • 404-371-0100 • www.heliotropehome.com
Select items 50-75% off.

Little Shop of Stories
133 E. Court Sq. • 404-373-6300 • www.littleshopofstories.com

Melrose on Ponce
345 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. • 404-378-1013 • www.melroseonponce.com
20-50% off storewide. Excludes monogramming and special orders.

427 Church St. • 404-371-0101 • www.mingeiworldarts.com
Mark-downs as much as 60%, plus samples and one-of-a-kind items from our backroom!

Pita Pit
1 W. Court Sq. • 404-377-7808 • www.pitapitusa.com 10% discount

Salon Red
119 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. • 404-377-3164 • www.salonred.com
30% discount on select items.

Salon Red Kids
123 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. • 404-377-6230 • www.salonred.com
30% discount on select merchandise

416 Church St. • 404-370-1863
Select items 50%, and 10% off full-priced items.

Worthmore Jewelers
117 E. Court Sq. • 404-370-3979 • www.worthmorejewelers.com
50% off a select case of items. Tasty bellinis will be available to those 21 or older.

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Every Saturday in April, May and June, Public Works collects trash that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags (e.g. yard trimmings, building materials, tires and appliances). Every street in Decatur is on the schedule for one Saturday. Click here to find what day your street is having its Neighborhood Cleanup. Make sure to mark it on your calendar and have everything by the curb before 7:30 a.m. on the day of.

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Atlanta Gas Light is in the process of upgrading their pipeline system in our area.   The pipeline improvements are being done as part of a 15-year project to replace older pipes in the AGL system with state-of-the-art plastic and steel pipes. This new infrastructure will ensure the continuing safety and reliability of AGL’s natural gas pipeline system.  AGL has released a map showing their planned work area for 2012.  Residential property owners and businesses  in the project area will receive letters explaining how the work will be done  If you have any questions or concerns during construction, please call (404) 584-3039 or e-mail us at pipelinereplacements@aglresources.com.  For a street by street map of the project area, click on http://www.aglc.com/prp

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Let the voting begin!

Thanks to Southern Living Magazine who selected Decatur as one of the Top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South.”  They are letting readers choose the winning town and are urging residents and businesses to rally around their hometowns and vote for their favorite from now through Jan. 31 at southernliving.com/tasty.

The Decatur community is known for being vocal and expressing their opinions and this gives us a chance to show our support of our outstanding restaurants!  Decatur will be profiled along with the other nine cities in the April issue of Southern Living where they will announce the winner.

We are up against the likes of Charleston and New Orleans, along with Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlottesville, Houston, Lafayette, Louisville, and Raleigh.  We are the only city in Georgia chosen for this honor and we are thrilled.

They cited Decatur as “an emerging mecca for foodies who relish DeKalb Farmers Market and destinations like Cakes & Ale, Feast, and the Iberian Pig.”  They also mention Farmburger, No. 246, and Brick Store Pub calling Decatur “proud but not pretentious.”

I just voted for the first time – it was simple and so far, New Orleans is ahead with 60 votes with Charleston one vote behind at 59.  Right now Decatur has 12 votes and is ranked #7.  But this is just the first day.  Let’s go Decatur!

Let your voice be heard.  You can vote once or once a day until Jan. 31.  Our potential new six word story has quite a ring to it – Decatur – Tastiest Town in the South.

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The best government websites in the country were recognized at the 17th annual Communicator Awards recently.  The City of Decatur was one of the 13 award-winning government internet sites and received the highest honor, the Award of Excellence.

The winning sites were honored because of their creative graphic designs, easy-to-find information, and many included interactive components and eGovernment applications (including Decatur).  The top government content management systems enable staff to easily maintain the sites so residents easily find the information and government services.

With over 6,000 entries and six different categories, the Communicator Awards is one of the largest awards of its kind.   The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms.

We are honored to be chosen for this award and give a shout out to Decatur-based Lampe-Farley Communications for the graphic design and to Vision Internet for the re-developed site.

A big thanks to the Decatur community for your input, feedback, suggestions, and ideas during the re-design and your continued input now that helps keep the site fresh, up-to-date, and relatively error-free thanks to your eagle eyes!

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Many of you noticed the new sharrows that were installed on Ponce de Leon Avenue this past weekend. To learn more about them, visit the city’s website.

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For those of you who have walked across the square in the past two days, you may have noticed a new addition. The King of Pops is selling its delicious frozen pops as part of a food cart pilot project that we’ve been toying with. Some of you might remember an ice cream cart that was on the MARTA Plaza for a summer a few years ago. Although that concept didn’t take off, we were approached by two popsicle companies recently and decided to give it another go (the second pop company is coming soon).

Update: Just noticed Dateline: Decatur has a short video of customers trying out King of Pops on the square today. Check it out here.


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