GPC Garden Talks and Sales

From the Georgia Perimeter College Decatur Campus Native Plant Garden at 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur (note the talk by CHCA neighbor Ron Smith): This week on Friday, October 10, Susan Todd will guide us through the garden to enjoy the "Outcrop, Sandbox and More" at 10:30.  Susan will highlight the wonderful fall flowers and color of two of our outstanding gardens of native plants.  Ron Smith will speak at noon on "Creating a Native Plant Pollinator Garden".  You will learn about the important role of pollinators, learn how to design and construct a low maintenance home pollinator garden using either simple or complex garden options, and learn about the highest rated native plants for attracting and sustaining pollinators and other beneficial insects.  We hope you will join us this Friday.  Signs in the garden will direct you for the walk at 10:30 and for the talk in room SH1100 at noon.

Fernbank events October 2014

From Fernbank Science Center: Fossil Day; Planetarium benefit for breast cancer; Halloween fun with flashlights; Chemistry Day.

Fall programs for children at Emory's Carlos Museum

Popol Vuh (Maya Book of Creation); Cooking with maize; Mummies and Milkshakes: Babar the Elephant concert.

Art Festival at Emory Village

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: The first annual Emory Village art festival will be held on four consecutiveThursday evenings - October 9, 16, 23 & 30 at7-8:30pm. A celebration of local artists, food & music, it will feature a pop-up, open-air art gallery along with light bites and beverages. Local business will offer specials to attendees. Visitor parking will be available in the Emory University/Barnes and Noble parking deck on Oxford Rd. (free after 7pm).

Watch alert: yard equipment theft at Willivee/Scott Circle 10/8/14

From Dawn Forman via the Laurel Ridge neighborhood group : Two to three guys in a late 90s-early 2000s red Chevy Blazer just stole a bunch of yard equipment from a neighbor in Medlock. Two guys in the truck, one who ran out to steal the equipment. One of them had long hair, like braids or dreads. The guys looked lanky, like teenagers, but neighbor didn't get a very clear look.  WHILE HE WAS HOME. Location was Willivee and Scott Circle. Please be on the lookout. It's a bright red blazer with two african american males in it.

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 for more information and last-minute updates, or visit" [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

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

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. ...

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