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Today is the official Earth Day which was first established in 1970. The City of Decatur celebrated Earth Day this past Saturday at the Oakhurst Community Garden and hundreds of families came out for the day. The event began with an “earth friendly” parade- no gas powered vehicles were allowed. The City brought out two of it’s electric vehicles, the ubiquitous mini-fire engine and the new PALS electric van.

Mayor Floyd & Commissioner Patti Garrett Lead the Parade

Many families and other groups showed up for the parade and their parade “finery” was all eco-friendly as well.

Daisy Scouts

Young Ladies Ready for the Parade

Parading Down Oakview

Team Chicken!

Once the parade reached the Community Garden, there was a plethora of activities as well as music and some of Decatur’s environmental groups. Children participated in crafts such as face painting, making necklaces out of wood and more. There were even opportunities to get close to birds of prey such as this beautiful owl:

The Beautiful Owl

One of Many Cakes Entered in Cake Contest

Plants at the Garden

If you have not yet completed your spring planting, be sure to stop by the garden and get some of their wonderful plants. I couldn’t leave the event without bringing some home for my yard. You may want to make that one of your Earth Day activities!

Hope everyone enjoys today and thinks of at least one way that you can become more eco-friendly in your daily activities. It might mean you walk or bike to school or work, give up plastic water bottles, take your lunch to school or work in reusable containers, or bring your own tote bags when grocery shopping. For more ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day, click here.

Have a great Earth Day!

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Feeling lost without a Concert on the Square or an event? No fear- there are plenty of things going on in Decatur this weekend!

greenesfinefoodsGreene’s Fine Foods is celebrating their one year anniversary this weekend. To show their appreciation for the community they are offering 20% off everything in the store on Friday and Saturday. Stop by and pick up some nuts, candy, frozen yogurt, gourmet food, or gift items. It is never too early to start your Christmas Shopping!

Salvador by Anne Berry

Salvador by Anne Berry

Worthmore Jewelers is excited to announce “The Trail to Happiness”, their first juried exhibition in partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography. The exhibition will kick off with an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 3rd from 5 until 8 pm in the Decatur Store. You will have an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres as well as their signature rum punch. If you can’t get by for the opening, the show runs through November 6.

After stopping by Worthmore, head over to Sycamore Place Gallery, across from the Ice House Lofts. You may have heard about the infamous piano smashing at “Sylvia’s Atomic Cafe”. The Gallery invites you to join them in a return to form with John Cox’s new work entitled “The Southerness”. For more information call 404-377-7747.

yard-sale-bwThe Decatur High School Band program is holding a massive yard sale this Saturday, 3 October from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at Intown Ace Hardware on Scott Blvd. Don’t miss this opportunity to find some great deals AND help our talented world-traveling marching band raise some much needed funds for the band, drill team, and color guard! The DHS Band Booster Yard Sale will be held in conjunction with the Intown Ace Hardware Annual Yard Sale at 1404 Scott Blvd with their generous sponsorship.


On Sunday, October 4th,  from 2 until 6 pm, it is time for Dogtoberfest at the Solarium in Oakhurst. The event is sponsored by local businesses to benefit improvements to the Oakhurst Dog Park. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for food, beverages and Dogtoberfest activities.

Events will include:

> Mutt Strutt starting at the Taj Ma-Hound Bakery for Dogs and ending on the Solarium lawn.  Costumes are welcome with prizes for Scariest, Goofiest, Prettiest, Funniest, Best Group Costume and Most Original.
> Get your dog Microchipped by Animal Action Rescue.
> Adopt a new family member from a local rescue.
> Learn from the professional trainers at Frogs to Dogs. They’ll be taking your questions and introducing the Emergency Animal Transport Vehicle, the first of its kind in GA.
> Marketplace for cool new collars and leashes, delicious dog treats, doggie photography,  apparel and lots more.

For more information call Taj Ma-Hound at 404-377-9220.

mingeiMingei World Arts is ready for the Day of the Dead with monarch butterfly skeletons, winged devils, skulls hinged and magnetized, molds for sugar skulls, cards, and much more. Stop by the store this weekend to get into the spirit of the Day of the Dead celebration that honors and remembers those who have passed.

kscopeIn honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Chicks at Kaleidoscope Boutique are donating $10 from every pair of jeans sold in October to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Check out the new shipment of jeans from Joe’s, Hudson and Fidelity. The Chicks at Kaleidoscope are known for their denim-fitting abilities so this is the perfect opportunity to do good while having fun.

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Calling all Music Fans! You have three opportunities to hear free music in Decatur this week.

On Wednesday, the Decatur Business Association continues the Blue Sky Concerts, sponsored by SunTrust Bank. This week’s concert  features Ernie Quarles and Shaun Anderson, playing R&B. They have played the Decatur Wine Festival for the past few years, and I promise you will enjoy them. So pack a picnic and join us at noon on Wednesday.


Ernie Quarles & Shaun Anderson

Ernie Quarles & Shaun Anderson


joe_gransdenJazz Nights in Oakhurst continue on Thursday on the lawn of the Solarium. The music begins at 7 pm and features Joel Granson.



Saturday night brings another Concert on the Square, sponsored by Wachovia Bank. Join us on the Square to hear Soulhound, which plays…..you guessed it…..Soul!  Bring a picninc or order dinner to go from one of the many restaurants in Decatur.

Soulhound Plays the Concert on the Square on Saturday at 7 pm

Soulhound Plays the Concert on the Square on Saturday at 7 pm

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The annual Earth Day Festival in Harmony Park was held this past Saturday and enjoyed by everyone attending. The weather was great as was the music. The Morgan Rowe Band played from opening until 1:30pm and rocked the crowd. People danced and spread out blankets to listen to the music. 

Then there was the parade! Greg White led the parade and was followed by the Seed & Feed Band aka The Marching Abominables. They were in great “earth day” costumes and definitely entertained the onlookers.  



Greg White leading the Puppet Parade

Greg White leading the Puppet Parade


The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables

Member of the Abominables: I love his outfit!!

Member of the Abominables: I love his outfit!!

Children attending enjoyed making newspaper hats, masks and pipe cleaner glasses, courtesy of Decatur’s Children and Youth Services. They also had the opportunity to plant a flower to take home, thanks to Ace Intown Hardware and the Oakhurst Community Garden.



The music ended with the wonderful sounds of 10 year old Sidney Rhame’s band, The Lockouts. The oldest member of the band is 16 and I bet these young ladies will go far. Sindey is not only a good guitar player, but a songwriter as well.  I would bet that their future is very bright!


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Decatur’s annual Earth Day Festival will be held this Saturday, April 18 from 10 am until 2 pm in Harmony Park. This year’s event features educational activities, crafts and earth-friendly activities, as well as music by the Morgan Rowe Band beginning at 11 am.

Join in the Ginat Puppet Parade beginning at 12:30 pm featuring the Seed and Feed Marching Abominables.

On Sunday, April 19, fun activities continue in Oakhurst Garden from 1 until 4 pm. There will be crafts, goats to feed and pet, a cake contest, live music and more. Plants and t-shirts will also be available for purchase. For more information visit www.oakhurstgarden.org.

Both events are free and open to the public. I hope to see everyone there!

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The 7th Annual Oakhurst Wine Crawl takes place this Saturday at locations throughout Oakhurst. This event is always a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to taste a variety of wines as well as visit the local businesses. The event is rain or shine, and if it rains, I look forward to using my new “Paris themed” umbrella! I hope to see you there.

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nectarlogoSo if you’re feeling a little guilty about eating all that delicious bacon and organic peanut butter at Leon’s last night (of course I speak of general instances, not personal experience. . . not at all), then you might want to stop by Nectar in Oakhurst for a healthier meal.

Nectar serves fresh raw juices, smoothies, paninis and gourmet ice cream.  Check out the menu:

Nectar Menu page 1
Nectar Menu page 2

Sounds delicious and healthy!

Here are some more details:

Monday – Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

707C East Lake Dr. (next to Kavarna)
Decatur, GA 30030

Nectar will also be participating in the 7th Annual Oakhurst Wine Crawl.


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The Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival has the word music in the title for a reason- the music is awesome! The bands donate their time and talents for the community. As promised, here are some photos from the musical line up. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take any photos before noon, so I missed a couple of them. Our friend and event photographer Bill Mahan shared some of his with me as well. I would like to mention that The Stephen Wood Ensemble, Sue Witty and Olde Dog also performed. When I get some photos of them, I will be sure to add them.

Liz Brown of Liz and the Tomcats, courtesy of Bill Mahan
Liz Brown of Liz and the Tomcats, courtesy of Bill Mahan   

           Heaven David & Band

Heaven Davis’s Band was happy to make a return appearance this year.

Heaven was joined by her back up singers, Hot Chocolate and her sister Mary.


The Sehwe Drummers are a Decatur favorite, located in the heart of Oakhurst Village.
Photo courtesy of Bill Mahan

Photo courtesy of Bill Mahan

Decatur’s own Matthew Kahler performed solo with his guitar and drums.


Zachary Kale with Joe Gransden

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