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Mike Killeen at the Decatur Green Fest 2010

This week’s Blue Sky Concert features Decatur’s own Mike Killeen! Mike is currently working on his fifth album, “Poverty is Real “and preparing for its release in late 2010. Originally from Athens, Georgia and now living in Decatur, Mike counts Bob Dylan, Vic Chesnutt, Nirvana, and Uncle Tupelo among his formative influences. He has shared the stage with southern rock legends the Marshall Tucker Band and Grammy Award winners, The Blind Boys of Alabama.

The Blue Sky Concerts are held each Wednesday at noon in May and September and offered free to the community by the Decatur Business Association and presenting sponsor SunTrust Bank. Pack your lunch or pick up something to-go from one of our may fine restaurants.

See you on the Square!

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The City of Decatur Fire Department will hold the second of three scheduled Car Seat Events this coming Saturday, May 22 from 3 until 6 pm. Stop by the Callaway lot at the corner of Commerce and Trinity Place to have a trained car seat technician check your child’s car seat to make sure it is installed correctly.  Did you know that once a car seat has been in an accident it should be replaced? For more information on car seat safety, click here.

You may want to stop by the event on your way to this week’s Concert on the Square!

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There is no excuse to stay home this weekend with so many choices of things to do. The weather will be beautiful so get out and enjoy your hometown!

The Lakeside High School Jazz Band will be performing on the Bandstand on the Old Courthouse Square tonight from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free show.

The Decatur Market and Gallery will hold an Opening Reception on Saturday from 5 until 10 pm featuring Mohamed ElGanoby who does encaustic paintings on wood.  These organic works have depth, texture and vibrant color. The gallery will be serving Egyption food and the outside artists’ market will be open as well. The reception is free to the community.

The Seen Gallery on Church Street is proud to host a showing  of modern Australian landscape painting from the perspectives of two non-aboriginal natives who have been shaped by the land where they live, and approach their techniques from two completely different perspectives. The opening reception will be held on Saturday night from 7 until 10 pm. Be sure to stop by to meet the artists as well as view the other artwork in the gallery.

Little Shop of Stories is having a Pete the Cat Party on Saturday evening from 7 pm until “the cats come home”! They are celebrating the end of their weeklong celebration of books with a storytime and music by New York Times’ bestselling author Eric Litwin and New York Times’ bestselling illustrator James Dean.  Meeooooooooooooow!  (White shoes optional, since it’s not Memorial Day yet.) 

On Saturday the  Oakhurst Community Garden invites you to join hundreds of fellow garden lovers and martini drinkers from 5:30 – 8:30 pm for the 5th Annual Martinis in the Garden. During this outdoor party you’ll stroll and dance among martini bars, fresh food stations and silent auction tables set amid the blooming garden plots, the greenhouse, the earthen playhouse, the “carnivorous” bog and Team Chicken’s famous coop. Tickets are $50 at the door.

On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, join the Decatur Civic Chorus as they present their 62nd annual Spring Concert at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The concert is a “Centennial Celebration of Johnny Mercer and a Salute to our Armed Forces”. The concert is free to the community and part of the annual Decatur Arts Festival May events.

And last, but certainly not least, the Decatur Business Association invites you to hear The Bitteroots at the Concert on the Square on Saturday evening from 7 until 9:30 pm. The concert is free to the community, so bring your picnic or stop by one of our many fine restaurants before or after the concert and make a full evening of it.

I hope to see you in Decatur this weekend!


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The Bitteroots are playing the Concert on the Square this coming Saturday night, May 15. The concert begins at 7 pm on the Bandstand located on the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Decatur. According to their Facebook page, The Bitteroots are a new Atlanta band carving out a sound reminiscent of the past masters dressed up with a modern flavor all their own. Pack a picnic or stop by one of our many fine restaurants before or after the concert.

The Concert series is presented free to the community by the Decatur Business Association and Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank. Co-sponsors of the Concert are Parker’s on Ponce, Dr. DiFrancesco and Decatur News Online.

Hope to see you on the Square!

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Parker’s On Ponce is holding a James Stewart Winemaker’s Dinner tonight at 7 pm. James Stewart was featured on the cover of the March 2010 Entrepreneur Magazine. The dinner includes a number of wine flights as well as a tasty meal. Tickets are $75 and reservations can be made by calling J T Scott at 404.924.2230. For information, click here.

Several Dancer’s CORE is celebrating their 30 Year Anniversary tonight  from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the studio. The festivities will include mingling with the dancers, light refreshments and a champagne toast! For more information or to make a donation, click here.

Little Shop of Stories invites you to Shrek Storytime tonight at 7 pm. The final movie installment in the Shrek saga will be released soon, and to get ready for the new movie they’re having a special storytime featuring William Steig’s classic book, Shrek. You can also draw your favorite characters and read other gross monster stories.


Rhythm Ranch

The Decatur Library invites you to hear Rhythm Ranch (formerly Cowboy Envy) tonight at 7 pm in the auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Rhythm Ranch  is a new group anchored by two members of the beloved all female western band, Cowboy Envy, Berné Poliakoff (aka Frenchy) and Kathleen Hatfield (aka Buffalo K). Their work has garnered much praise and multiple awards, including the “Best Harmony” award from the Western Music Association (twice). Their vocals have been described as “heavenly…with harmonies to die for” (Atlanta Journal Constitution). Together, Frenchy and Buffalo K have performed at festivals and concerts from Alaska to South Carolina. With Rhythm Ranch, the ladies have joined up with an amazing fiddler (Al Pieper) and an extraordinary bassist (L.A. Tuten). Together they deliver dynamic performances, filled with wonderful music and great humor, delighting audiences of all ages. The event is free to the community.

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Today is the last day to buy your Martinis in the Garden tickets at a discount. Tickets are $35 today, but tomorrow the price goes up to $50. Be sure to get yours today by clicking here.

The event will be held in the Oakhurst Community Garden this Saturday, May 15 from 5:30 until 8:30 pm.  During this outdoor party you’ll stroll and dance among martini bars, fresh food stations and silent auction tables set amid the blooming garden plots, the greenhouse, the earthen playhouse, the “carnivorous” bog and Team Chicken’s famous coop.

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John Zedd plays this week at the Blue Sky Concert on the Square

If it’s May, it must be time for the return of Blue Sky Concerts on the Square! Presented by the Decatur Business Association and SunTrust Bank, the concerts are a great time to gather on the square for a mid-day break. This week’s concert features Decatur musician John Zedd. 

Stop by one of Decatur’s many restaurants and order a lunch to go and join us on the Square. The concerts begin at noon and run until 1 pm.

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Looking for things to do this weekend? Visit Decatur for the beginning of “Festival Season”.

Saturday is the first of the May Concerts on the Square as well as the 4th annual Green Fest. The music begins at 3 pm and ends with The Holland Dutch opening up the concert series. To keep up to date on the Concerts, become a fan on Facebook.

Another fun event on Saturday is the Urban Coup Tour from noon until 5 pm. You can visit coups all over Atlanta, including the Oakhurst Community Garden. For information and tickets, visit www.oakhurstgarden.org.

On Sunday, join Jean Woodall at the Bandstand for Laughter Yoga from 1 until 4 pm.

See you on the Square!

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Congratulations to Officer Deborah Strawn who was presented with the Thomas O. Davis Award at last night’s Decatur Business Association meeting!

Officer Deborah Strawn

Decatur’s Thomas O. Davis Award honors a public employee who has helped strengthen the bond between government and the community, served as a role model for others in public service, contributed to the well-being of the community, inspired others to get involved in public service, and served the public with respect. The award is named for Decatur’s long-time city attorney.

Officer Strawn, who has worked with the City of Decatur Police Department for 25 years, was honored for her service and commitment to her job and the community. Strawn supervises the School Crossing Guards, is in charge of the Evidence Room, and works most of our special events. It is a pleasure to work with someone as dedicated as Deborah Strawn.

City Employees with Ms. Strawn

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Plan on attending the annual Decatur Green Fest, to be held this Saturday, May 1st from 3 until 9:30 pm. The event helps to kick off the Concert on the Square series and celebrates “being green” with sustainable product vendors, artists working in recycled materials, organic foods, children’s activities and a full schedule of musical entertainment. Night Driving in Small Towns kicks off the event at 3 pm, followed by Decatur’s own Mike Killeen at 4 pm, Sydney Eloise Ward plays at 5 pm, Jeff Hix and the Heretics begin playing at 6 pm, and the Concert on the Square from 7 until 9:30 pm features The Holland Dutch.

Atlanta Light Bulbs, Inc. and the City of Decatur have partnered to bring a light bulb exchange to the event. Attendees will receive 1 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb in exchange for signing an agreement to discard 1 regular, incandescent bulb when they get home. However, if attendees bring an incandescent bulb to the event, they can receive 2 CFL bulbs!

Hope to see you on the Square!

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