Touch a Budget is Tonight at the Decatur Recreation Center!!


The City of Decatur is hosting its annual Touch a Budget expo from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. Every one in the community is welcome at this free event. In addition to learning about the city’s plans for spending in the July 2015 – June 2016 fiscal year, the expo will feature music, food and prizes. The purpose of Touch a Budget is to engage people of all ages in the city’s budgeting process in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

New this year are the “In the Spotlight” break out sessions that focus on one department’s key projects and initiatives. Community members who are interested in hearing about a particular department are encouraged to attend the appropriate spotlight session. The “In the Spotlight” schedule is as follows:

5:00 – 5:15           Active Living and CYS

5:20 – 5:35           Community & Economic Development

5:40 – 5:55           Administrative Services

6:00 – 6:15           Police

6:20 – 6:35           Fire

6:40 – 6:55           Public Works and DEC


The popular budget bingo game returns this year, appropriate for ages 5 to 105. Public safety and public works vehicles will be parked in front of the Recreation Center for children and adults to see up close. Touch a Budget attendees will also be able to visit the Visitors’ Center tent and sign up as special events volunteers.


For more information about this event or the city’s annual budget, visit

Healthy Monday: Go Meatless This Monday

meatless monday

For more information and tips on staying healthy, click here.

Vote for Jeremy – Decatur Call Center Suuperstar!

City of Decatur 911 Call Center superstar Jeremy Pickett is a finalist for the 4th Annual Smart Telecommunicator Awards (presented by Smart911).

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Jeremy is the only person from Georgia to be selected as a finalist for the 2015 Smart Telecommunicator of the year – and you can help him win by voting for Jeremy at

More about Jeremy from his nominator:

Every single firefighter and police officer is relieved and excited when Jeremy is the voice we hear. He always remembers to periodically check on us, repeats traffic back to show he understood, speaks clearly and at a good rate. He gives the emergency crews the needed information before he is asked.  He uses our Smart911 system so we don’t bust doors, but find a key. He helps us to respond accordingly to autistic children. He gets us information when the patient is unconscious. In my entire career, he is the best we have ever had and over 100 emergency personnel will back this nomination.


Click HERE to vote for Jeremy now (one vote per email address). Voting closes April 3 at 5 p.m.

Calling Young Artists: Enter the Earth Day T-shirt Design Contest

earth day shirt contest

Decatur Rode to the Capitol

On Tuesday, March 24, hundreds of cyclists met at the East Lake MARTA Station to join in the annual “Georgia Rides to the Capitol” bike ride. The City of Decatur had seven employees who joined in the ride, and were escorted by Atlanta Motorcyle Police and our own Officer Lindsey on motorcycle as well as Firefighters who followed us in case there was an emergency. (Luckily there wasn’t!)

Commissioner Boykin organized the Decatur leg of the ride and invited local elected officials to join us. There were many mayors and councilmen who did!

What is Georgia Rides to the Capitol?  It is Georgia’s biggest one-day advocacy event! The ride is to raise support for improved conditions for bicycling in Georgia, including the development of regional systems of both on-road and off-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails.

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Enjoy more photos on our Facebook page.


Bright at Night Fitness Walk Thursday at 7:30 pm

Join us for our first Bright at Night fitness walk this Thursday, March 26th at 7:30pm.


As part of the new “Walk Decatur – Explore, Connect and Get Fit” campaign, the Active Living Board’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) has scheduled a series of walks around Decatur. The Bright at Night evening fitness walks will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month, starting this week. The walks will follow a “no drop” policy, meaning that no walkers will be left behind. This will provide an opportunity for participants of all abilities to walk for exercise in a group setting. Walks will begin and end at the Decatur Recreation Center and will include tips on pedestrian safety.  Be sure to wear your brightest clothes, reflectors and lights.


This week’s walkers will receive a special Bright at Night light to wear!

For more information on this and other walks in the series visit  Visit for updates.

Thank you Start Smart Golfers!

Start Smart Golfers

Start Smart Golfers

Thank you to all of our Start Smart Golf participants! Coach Lee and Coach Michael had a great time teaching these children ages 3-5 beginners golf. Please continue to support our youth sports programs! Lil Kickers and Lil Dribblers are up next!

Contact Portia Langley at 678-553-6563 or email for more information on how to participate. Thank you.

Stay Active in Decatur This Weekend

Decatur_Skyline-7952-smThe weather should be nice this weekend so get outside and enjoy Decatur!

Stroll on over to the Decatur Visitor’s Center/Decatur Arts Alliance Friday night, March 20 for the art opening Sightings  6 until 8 pm. Sightings features mixed media works by artist Terry Drahos, who divides her time between rural Nova Scotia and Atlanta. The event is free to the community.

On Saturday, Decatur Healing Arts, located in East Decatur Station, is having an open house. Stroll or bike on over to sample classes, get information on ways to stay healthy, and more. Click here for the demo schedule. Be sure to stay for my “all-levels yoga class” demo at 3:30 pm!

It will be a great weekend to pump up the tires and dust off the bike for a ride around Decatur and Avondale. Check out the Southern Bicycle League Ride Calendar for some local rides to join.

Time to recycle! Decatur Public Works located at 2635 Talley Street is holding an Electronics Recycling, Syrofoam Recycling and Shred event on Saturday, from 9 am until 1 pm. Information is here.

Stop by the Decatur Farmers Market for some fresh fruit and veggies, freshly baked bread, jams and more. Held weekly at the corner of N. McDonough and Trinity Place from 10 am until 1 pm.

Pick up or download one of the the Decatur Walking Tour brochures and explore a new part of the city. Brochures are available at the Decatur Recreation Center and the Decatur Visitor’s Center, or download one here.

On Sunday morning, join the cheering section for the Georgia Marathon in front of the Old Courthouse on Ponce. Runners will hit our city limits aorund 8 am. Be there to cheer them on! More info here.

What other ideas do you have for getting outside this weekend?



Magical Mornings- Sing-A-Long, Dance-A-Long

Magical Mornings

Magical Mornings

Thank you Julie Austin for a wonderful performance during our Magical Mornings hour at Decatur Recreation Center today. Children laughed, sang and danced along to your songs while learning new sounds instruments make.

For more information about Magical Mornings and how to participate, contact Portia Langley at 678-553-6563 or

Decatur Farmers Market Spring Launch is March 21…..Wednesday Market Returns March 25


Here is the corrected poster! This web address will get you to the correct Decatur market!


The Wednesday Market is returning to the lawn of the First Baptist Church on March 25. Be sure to ride your bike over and have it registered. Jennifer Ross from the Decatur Police will be on hand to register your bike in the event that it is stolen. If recovered, they will be able to trace it and return it to you.

Hope to see you at the Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


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