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Keep DeKalb Beautiful will host a “Shred & Tread” Recycling Event this weekend in honor of America Recycles Day. DeKalb citizens, including residents of City of Decatur, are invited to bring their sensitive documents for free on-site shredding (limit of five (5) boxes per person)

In addition to the paper shredding option, they will also be collecting your new and gently used shoes through the Soles 4 Souls program. Soles 4 Souls is a non-profit dedicated to providing shoes to people in developing nations.

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WHEN: Saturday, November 10th, 2012- 9am-1pm

WHERE:  The DeKalb County Sanitation Division Central Transfer Station
3720 Leroy Scott Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
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Items for Shredding:
accounts payable/receivable, invoices, client/customer records, confidential finance information,  ballots, business correspondence, contracts, bids and quotations, inventory lists, personnel records, meeting minutes,  new product proposals, customer lists, prescription slips, appointment schedules, arbitration/grievance files, legal  documents, job applications, maps and blueprints, cancelled and blank checks, insurance forms and records, bank  statements, patent application materials, medical records, tax records, legal documents, payroll records, billing statements, any personal documents containing SS #’s, credit card #’s, home address, telephone #’s, or bank account info.

Types of Shreddables:
carbon paper, colored paper, computer paper, fax paper, glossy paper, invoice paper, laser printouts,  ledger paper, letterhead, stationery, transparencies, post-it notes, microfilm / microfiche, plastic credit and ID cards, window envelopes, stapled papers, file folders, brochures, and catalogues.

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For specific event questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact Keep DeKalb Beautiful at 404-371-2654 or download the event brochure HERE.

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A nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, & sustainable food. 

Food Day was created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest in 2011 to bring people together in celebration of healthy an affordable food produced in a sustainable way.  More than 2,300 events were held in all 50 states. This year, Atlanta has lots of local Food Day events to keep you full and happy, with 2 events right here in Decatur!

For a full list of events or more information visit www.foodday.org

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Food Day Eat-In 

Celebrate Food Day by shopping at the Decatur Farmers Market on Wednesday, October 24! Bring a blanket or chair, grab some delicious picnic food and walk across the street to our Food Day Eat-In outside of the First Baptist Church and enjoy your fresh, local food with fellow Food Day supporters. Local musicians will provide entertainment.

WHERE: Decatur Farmers Market and First Baptist Church, Commerce Dr
WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m.
CONTACT: Emily Cumbie-Drake, ecumbiedrake@gmail.com

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Potluck and Volunteer Day with Decatur’s Kitchen Garden

Global Growers will celebrate and build the movement towards healthy, affordable and sustainable foods by hosting a volunteer work day and potluck lunch at Decatur’s Kitchen Garden. Activities for the day include wood chipping, orchard cleanup and other around-the-garden fall activities.

WHEN: workday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. // potluck lunch to follow
WHERE: Decatur’s Kitchen Garden in Decatur, GA, located behind the United Methodist Children’s Home at 500 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
HOST: Jesse Sutz
CONTACT: visit globalgrowers.net

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If you shutter bugs are out and about this week, take your Food Day pictures and submit them to fooddayatl@gmail.com.

Or Tweet using the hash tag #foodday2012. Follow @FoodDay2012 for news and updates throughout the day on October 24.

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Tonight’s Living the Green Life session “From the Kitchen to the Medicine Cabinet” has been canceled.  The session will be rescheduled at a future date.

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Join us next month for Decorating Green:  Reuse. Redo. Rethink.
Tuesday, November 13, 7-8pm

Decorating to reduce energy consumption. Furnishings that have longevity, durability and flexibility.  Planned obsolescence. or how and when to update with minimal waste. Thirty-five year decorating veteran and colorist Rebecca Ewing believes that your home is your sanctuary. She’ll talk about thread counts, rub counts, window coverings, the cost of furniture, and lifestyle choices to lighten the carbon footprint, plus the keys to making your home a beautiful and meaningful space. http://www.HandsOnHues.com

 

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Oliver House, the 2nd phase of the revitalization of Allen Wilson Terrace, a former 200 unit public housing community originally built in 1941, is ready to open.  The Decatur Housing Authority describes Oliver House as a new eighty unit elderly housing community with affordable rents as part of of the ongoing revitalization of the Allen Wilson Commmunity in downtown Decatur.

Oliver House is a “Williamsburg Style” building with 72 one-bedroom and 8 two-bedroom apartments designated for the elderly.  The 82,419 SF four-story building is equipped with two elevators and a portion of the first floor also houses the new management/rental offices and maintenance facilities for the entire Allen Wilson property.

Oliver House is named for a distinguished African American businessman, Henry Oliver, who lived in this area in the 1800s.

The revitalization planning process was designed to retain the residents in the area while constructing the new housing.  Many families were able to move directly into the new Oliver House.   The overall campus includes a 1 1/2 mile paved walking trail to provide a place for residents to walk for exercise and to socialize outdoors.

The Allen Wilson community and Oliver House are participating in Southface Energy Institute’s EarthCraft Communities and EarthCraft House Multifamily programs.  Earthcraft energy features include a 50 kWh photovoltaic (PV) solar power generating system; geo-thermal heating and cooling systems, geo-thermal water heating; rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation; and spray foam insulation in walls and attic spaces.  The Housing Authority also incorporated green building practices including maximizing natural day lighting with thermally-efficient windows and ENERGY STAR appliances, incorporating bio swales into the design to minimize storm water runoff, and using Crystal Stream fixtures to purify storm water before it moves downstream.

Phase 1 included 40 units of family housing and Phase 2 includes these 80 units of senior housing.  The Housing Authority is pursuing low income housing tax credits for Phase 3 which includes 71 units of family housing.  They hope to begin construction in January, 2013.

Phase 1 of the Allen Wilson Terrace revitalization project includes 40 units of family housing

Visit The Decatur Housing Authority website for more information.

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Join Georgia Interfaith Power and Light for a Rain Barrel Making Workshop at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur.

Participants will learn about the importance of water efficiency. For $40 per person, participants will each receive a repurposed rain barrel, rain barrel installation kits, and instructions on installing the rain barrel. Register by Wednesday, September 19, to reserve your spot.


WHEN: Sunday, September 23rd
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
515 E Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

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>Register for this class today.

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If you have any questions, please email info@gipl.org.

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Dine out at a participating Decatur restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and support Restaurants for Repairs, benefiting the Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project. The service project will hold its 11th annual service weekend in January 2013 to provide home repairs and yard work for some of Decatur’s low- and fixed-income senior citizens.

Choose from a wide variety of cuisines at price ranges for every budget and help support Decatur’s senior citizens – while also supporting Decatur’s Keep It Indie-Catur (shop local) campaign. Here is an updated list of Decatur restaurants that have signed on to participate in this fund-raising event:

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Get DecaturWISE about Home Energy Efficiency

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WHEN: Tuesday, July 24th, 7-8pm

WHERE: Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia 30030.
CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Get the real scoop on how to reduce your energy bills and increase the comfort of your home.  You hear a lot of things these days about how to save energy, but Mike Barcik and Frank Burdette of the Southface Energy Institute can give you the facts. Call it weatherization, energy efficiency, or greening your home… we’ll call it just plain smart!

 

Next Upcoming Class: (click here for full list)

Plant your First Fall Vegetable Garden
WHEN: Monday, August 27, 11:30am-1pm OR Tuesday, August 28, 7-8:30pm

WHERE: Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia 30030.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: For first time gardeners ,or those transitioning over to organic methods of vegetable gardening. Join Stephanie Van Parys, Executive Director of the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, and learn about fall vegetables and herbs you can enjoy all season. Included are tips for success!

 

ABOUT THE LIVING THE GREEN LIFE SPEAKER SERIES

Over the past few years, the interest in living a more green and sustainable lifestyle has grown tremendously. The Wylde Center (formerly Oakhurst Community Garden Project), the City of Decatur, and the DeKalb County Public Library are pleased to announce their collaboration on offering you an exciting FREE series of classes in 2012. Topics include gardening for food and for the unpredictable environment, how to make your home more efficient, composting, and using what you have to lead a healthy life. Look for seminars and workshops that speak to information that is timely and current as well as leaving with a full list of resources that can be found at your local library and online.

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For more information about this series, please visit http://oakhurstgarden.org/classes/living-green-series/ or contact Andrea Zoppo, andrea.zoppo@yahoo.com.

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Sign up for the Global Grower’s Network CSA by July 13th and get 11 weeks of produce for $275.

For eleven weeks you will pick up a basket of high quality produce from local farms and gardens including Decatur’s Kitchen Garden

Enjoy tomatoes, bean leaves, sweet peepers, cucumbers, potatoes, summer squash, hot peppers, eggplant, green beans, cherry tomatoes, long beans, okra, amaranth greens, sweet potato leaves, roselle, pumpkin leaves and basil.

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Global Growers Network is proud to be launching a  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. CSA members will be able to pick-up their share at:

The Decatur Farmers Market 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012, through September 26, 2012

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Members of the CSA program agree to invest in the farm in exchange they will receive a weekly share of produce. GGN will also continue the tradition of providing excess produce and shares that are not picked up to the CCC Food Co-op and Food Bank.

Signing up is easy!

  1. Fill out the contract- <Download Here>

  2. Email completed contract to market@globalgrowers.net by July 13, 2012

  3. Enjoy!

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If you have any questions contact:

Angela Giles
Market Garden Coordinator, Decatur’s Kitchen Garden
(404) 907-0133
angela@globalgrowers.net

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Sunday, June 24th

10:30am – 5:00pm

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Join Global Growers and Slow Food Atlanta for a unique tour of the city’s international farms and gardens celebrating global culinary traditions, specialty crops and distinctive agricultural traditions.

Travel to 8 metro destinations within a 5-mile radius, hosted by growers from 13 world cultures. Two of the sites are located within City of Decatur; Umurima (Burundi Women’s Farm) & Decatur’ s Kitchen Garden!

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Click here for the full list of destinations

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There are two tour options, both starting at the Clarkston Farmers Market & the Clarkston Community Garden:

  1. VIP Bus Tour –For $60 explore the farms and gardens from the comfort of a bus leaving from the Clarkston Community Center at 12:00pm. Seats are limited, so make haste if this is your preference!
  2. Self-Guided Tour–For $25 take your own time either from your car or on your bike (or even on foot, if you’re super ambitious). The bike tour will leave at 11:30 from the Clarkston Community Center. If you choose to drive yourself, feel free to tour anytime between 10:30am and 5:00pm.
All proceeds benefit the Global Grower’s Network and the host farms/gardens.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Meet Your Hosts!

This short video gives you the chance to meet just a few of the farmers who are part of the Global Growers Network, and who will likely be your hosts at the International Farm Tour.

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The Decatur Farmer’s Market is celebrating the 10th anniversary of it’s Wednesday market and the 2nd anniversary of the Saturday market.  The market is a gathering space that supports organic, local, and sustainable foods in Georgia. It provides the Decatur community with the opportunity to buy from and speak directly with the local farmers and food producers who offer goods produced by sustainable methods.

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Join the fun…

Participate in the silent auction to support Wholesome Wave which doubles the EBT benefit at the Decatur Farmer’s Market

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Attend a market this week!

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Wednesday June 13th, 2012- 4pm-7pm, see location

  • Face painting and  balloon animals with Andrea Zoppo from the Wylde Center.
  • Delicious Tinks Beef burgers and refreshments available for a donation which will support Wholesome Wave.
  • Wylde Center will be there representing Decatur Farm to School and themselves.
  • Silent Auction to support Wholesome Wave EBT Double Value program.

Saturday June 16th, 2012 – 9am-1pmsee location

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