Tibetan Festival

Event Date and Time: 
11/02/2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
From Drepung Loseling Institute: Are you ready for another fantastic celebration of Tibetan arts, food and culture?  
Join us as we celebrate our annual Tibetan Festival with a day-long schedule of events!  We will have the Loseling Dolls Exhibit and docent tours, Tibetan food, music & dance, a Tibetan Bazaar, games, children's arts & crafts, and more.  
Hundreds of visitors have enjoyed the previous six festivals and we promise this year’s program will be just as fun!  
Please bring your family and friends and join us for this celebration of Tibetan culture.  You can find the full schedule, a list of activities, parking instructions and more through our website link below.

City of Briarcliff meetings at DeKalb Farmers Market

From the Atlanta In-Town Paper: ".... While the mailer says residents have a choice of joining City Briarcliff, Avondale Estates, Decatur or City of South DeKalb, it prominently lists the  benefits of joining Briarcliff, including a lower tax base, local zoning control, greater police presence and an accountable government...." [

Birding at Nature Preserve

Event Date and Time: 
10/11/2014 - 8:00am

From Dave Butler: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, in coordination with the Atlanta Audubon Society, is hosting a birding field trip at CSNP on Saturday October 11 at 8:00 AM. We particularly want to welcome folks from the Medlock area that are interested in birding or have never visited the nature preserve. I will lead the walk with Jay Davis, a friend and experienced birder. No experience needed and there is no cost to attend. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable boots or shoes; the preserve trails may be muddy depending on rain before the trip. Ages 10 and up are welcome.

Decatur Electronics Recycling Day

Event Date and Time: 
10/11/2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From the DecaturMetro blog: "Recycle your old electronics and styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. it’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.)  Since we started in 2005, we’ve diverted more than 1,000,000 pounds of electronics from landfills. contact sean Woodson at 404-377-5571 or sean.woodson@decaturga.com for more information and last-minute updates, or visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling...." [Read more.]

Traffic advisory: N Decatur Rd near Emory

From Emory: Emory University has been informed that the Georgia Power Company substation project along North Decatur Road will continue to involve daily single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. until the project is completed in late October.

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver newsletter October 2014

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (neighboring constituency): FRIENDS,  WELCOME to the MMO Legislative Newsletter for the 82nd House District of the Georgia General Assembly.  The 82nd District includes parts of Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Leafmore, Sagamore Hills, Woodland and LaVista Hills, and parts of Chamblee and Brookhaven.  Whether you live in this area of middle DeKalb County or not, you are welcome to subscribe to my Newsletter which I send out regularly when the General Assembly is in Session and periodically outside the Session.  I want readers to be informed of both state and local issues, and in most editions, I will ask you how you would vote on  pending important issues  PLEASE PARTICIPATE !


CHCA Neighborhood Survey Summary

From the CHCA board: CHCA volunteers conducted a survey of our neighborhood during the second half of September, 2014: September 13 - 30. We left information sheets at each home and solicited your opinions by sending volunteers door-to-door, accepting completed surveys via email, and taking responses at our most recent CHCA Community Meeting. A team of 15 volunteers worked to steadily over the two week period, contacting 455 homes and ultimately achieving a response rate of 45%.

Decatur Annexation Petition for Clairmont Heights area Residents

From the CHCA board:  Neighborhood residents may be aware that there is an active petition effort underway seeking support for an annexation into  the City of Decatur for our neighborhood. (This is separate from the survey that Clairmont Heights Civic Association volunteers recently completed, and the petition effort is not an activity of the CHCA.) The petition is being pursued under a process described on the Decatur website at http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=660.

MANA Yard Sale

Event Date and Time: 
10/11/2014 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Medlock Area Neighborhood Association Yard Sale October 11th, 8am–3pm Medlock is a having a neighborhood-wide yard sale on October 11th, Saturday from 8am-3pm. 30 homes are participating! There will be signs and balloons around to point you in the right direction. Come out and find some great bargains! [Read more.]

Notes from DeKalb County Schools State of the System Address

From CHCA resident Jane Ayres: On September 30, DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond presented the 2014 State of the System Address at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston. The event was sponsored by Parent Councils United, which includes the executive boards of all DeKalb County cluster parent councils, and drew about 100 people. Mr.

Fossil Day at Fernbank

Event Date and Time: 
10/11/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

From Fernbank Science Center: Fernbank Science Center is celebrating National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 11th. From noon to 4:00 PM, the Center will be full of fossil displays and fun activities for all ages, including the ever-popular shark tooth dig. Admission to Fossil Day is free of charge.

DeKalb Police: theft by taking on Clairmont near Desmond 9/28/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:

County school district charter system application update

From county board of education superintendent Michael Thurmond, October 2, 2014:  Greetings Parents and Staff Members:  Over the past year, the DeKalb County School District has been actively engaged in meeting the requirements to request flexibility from state laws and Georgia Department of Education regulations and policies. This process has included the gathering of input and opinions from many different members of the school district and larger community. Whether through ten Community Engagement Sessions, the Flexibility Advisory Committee (FAC), the Teacher Advisory Committee, the Student Advisory Committee, or many other meetings and events, the input of the community has been an important and leading part of this very important endeavor.

Dekalb legislators public meetings

From Brookhave area state rep. Mike Jacobs: ".... the members of the State House who represent portions of the DeKalb County will hold three public hearings across the county to hear from you on state and local issues. ... Please join us and make your voice heard. The schedule is as follows:

High water bill?

Some people have reported high water bills to the county and are receiving this boilerplate letter from the county Deputy Chief Financial Officer.  " Hello,  Due to the volume of emails I have received this week, I am sending you a general reply to let you know that I have received your email regarding your water bill and we are looking into it. As a result of the volume of inquiries, it may take me a little while (one or two weeks) before I can provide you with a detailed response.

City of Briarcliff survey

From the City of Briarcliff Initiative [Note that 30033 is in their "area of interest"]: We are seeking input from citizens who will be affected by the creation of new cities in north central DeKalb County. Please let us know your opinions. We need this information by October 15 in order to finalize our border decisions. ...

Notes from Blueprint for DeKalb meeting 9/30/14

From MANA: "“Blueprint for DeKalb” is a citizen-led initiative first organized by Commissioner Kathie Gannon to improve and revitalize DeKalb County.

I-285 variable speed limits start Sunday

From Reporter Newspapers: "Beginning Sunday, Oct. 5, variable speed limits (VSL) will be in effect on I-285 north of its interchanges with I-20, the Georgia Department of Transportation said in a press release....."  [Read more.]

Sales tax holiday for energy and water efficient products

Event Date and Time: 
10/03/2014 (All day) - 10/05/2014 (All day)

For a list of eligible items, see the state's web page here.

Suburban Plaza redevelopment update

From MANA: "The Cross-Neighborhoods Committee has some Suburban Plaza updates. First, some timelines:  Walmart construction is scheduled to begin in October 2014, with the store expected to open on February or March of 2016.  LA Fitness (old Winn Dixie building) has been granted their land disturbance permit and is in the process of applying for their building permit. Demolition of that building should begin soon.

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