What’s Happening This Week: Love Run 5K, Decatur City Commission Retreat, Mardi Gras Parades – Decaturish

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DeKalb County, GA — Various events are taking place in and around DeKalb County this week, including the 7th Annual Love Run 5K, the Decatur City Commission retreat and the Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade. Several council meetings are also scheduled for this week.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

The Obama Portrait Tour

The Obama Portraits Five City Tour will tour the country through May 2022. The exhibition has been on the road since June 2021 and aims to reach millions of people. The portraits will be on display at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art through March 20. The exhibition will include audiovisual elements, teacher workshops led by the portrait gallery, curatorial presentations and a richly illustrated book. Due to the high demand for this exhibition, an exhibition-specific ticket is required for all visitors.

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KAWS prints

The artist KAWS made his first screen prints in the late 1990s and since then has continued his printmaking alongside his production of paintings, sculptures and edition objects. KAWS brings the worlds of fine art, industrial design, technology and popular culture into conflict and harmony. KAWS Prints is the first comprehensive exhibition showcasing the artist’s entire oeuvre of edition prints spanning more than 20 years. The exhibition runs through March 27 at the High Museum of Art.

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“And I have to scream”

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University is hosting a thought-provoking exhibit on January 29. And I Must Scream was written by Dr. Amanda H. Hellman, the museum’s curator of African art. The exhibition features photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings and site-specific installations by 10 local, national and international contemporary artists. The work acts as a call to action, showing that these crises are urgent and interconnected. The accompanying program brings together scholars and artists to teach courses, facilitate performances and create new works of art. The exhibition ends on May 15th.

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International Community School COVID-19 vaccine event

The International Community School is hosting a Follow-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, February 23 from 2pm to 6pm where individuals can receive their second dose of vaccine, as well as their first dose or booster dose, twice the number of doses as at the first event and $100 coupons will be available.

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Tucker Restaurant Week

The City of Tucker is hosting its second annual Tucker Restaurant Week February 23-27. The event will highlight 20 restaurants and there will be special prices and menu items throughout the week. The event is a partnership between the city and Discover DeKalb, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.

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Withdrawal of Decatur City Commission

The Decatur City Commission will meet Thursday, February 24th and Friday, February 25th at Brasstown Valley in Young Harris, Georgia for their annual retreat. The City Commission will conduct team-building exercises, discuss the 2021 Priority Report and Goal Review, hear project updates from City staff, and discuss the Commission’s 2022 priorities and goals.

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Agnes Scott College Presents Wanda’s Monster

Wanda’s Monster is an hour-long musical for young audiences that tells the story of five-year-old Wanda and the monster that lives in her closet. Participation in the show is free, tickets are not required. The theater is located in the Fine Arts Building of Agnes Scott College, near the corner of East Dougherty Street and South McDonough Street. Guests can park for free on the parking deck at 137 South McDonough. The first performances are on Thursday, February 24 at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. The performances also take place at different times from Friday to Sunday.

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Tucker farmers market

The Tucker Farmers Market will be open Thursday, February 24 from 4-6pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4882 Lavista Road in Tucker from curbside pickup. The market features over 35 vendors, including a diverse group of local farmers, bakers, growers and producers from Tucker, the Atlanta metro area and Georgia. The market accepts online orders. The online shop opens on Thursday afternoons and closes at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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Decatur Energy Plan Virtual Roundtable

The City of Decatur is in the process of developing a clean energy plan that will focus on reducing traditional energy sources in Decatur. The city is hosting a series of informational and educational events in partnership with the Southface Institute and Greenlink Analytics. The city is hosting a roundtable discussion on Thursday, February 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. focused on the built environment.

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Daniel Black in conversation with Julian Winters

The Eagle Eye Book Shop and Georgia Center for the Book at DCPL are hosting a Zoom webinar with author Daniel Black on Thursday, February 24 from 6-8 p.m. He is the author of the story “Don’t Cry for Me”. of a black father who makes amends with his gay son through letters written on his deathbed in this novel about empathy and forgiveness. He will talk to the young-adult author Julian Winters.

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Love Run 5K

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston is hosting the 7th Annual Love Run 5K on Saturday, February 26 at 8:30 a.m. to commemorate Teen Dating Awareness Month Against Violence. The race begins at the gazebo in Decatur Square. Personal and virtual options are available. Online registration for in-person participation closes at midnight on February 22nd. Virtual online registration will remain open until February 25th. In person registration is available February 25th at Big Peach Decatur for $40 and available until 8am on race day for $45, cash or check only. All proceeds from the event benefit the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.

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Oakhurst Farmers Market

Oakhurst Farmers Market will be open Saturday, February 26 from 9am to 1pm at Scepter Brewing Arts, 630 East Lake Drive in Decatur. Find all your freshest produce, meats, delicious baked treats and more among the weekly sellers. Additional offerings include live music and cooking demonstrations using seasonal recipes.

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Waller’s Coffee Artist Market

Waller’s Coffee is hosting an artists’ market at Café 240 Dekalb Industrial Way on Saturday 26 February from 10am to 2pm. Vendors can register now and all types of vendors are welcome. The 10×10 slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Vendors must bring their own canopy and tables and can be set up anytime after 8:00am

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Stone Mountain Village Mardi Gras Parade and Block Party

The City of Stone Mountain is hosting a Mardi Gras parade and block party on Saturday, February 26 at 12 noon on Main Street. The event features live music, the parade, local shopping, breweries, bars and restaurants. The parade starts at 2 p.m

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Mead Road Carnival

Mead Road Mardi Gras takes place on Saturday February 26th at 1pm. The parade begins at Fifth Avenue Upper Elementary School and ends at The Imperial. Participants in the parade throw candy, beads and give out other loot. After the parade, The Imperial hosts a festival featuring Cajun food, beer, hot dogs and live music performances. The event is a non-profit, community-wide celebration raising money to support music and arts education in Decatur’s city schools.

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Legacy Park Community Day

Join the Legacy Park staff for their Winter Community Day on Sunday, February 27 from 1-4pm and spend time getting to know the park’s tenants – L’Arche, the Decatur Education Foundation, Frank Hamilton School, Paint Love, Wild Nest, and the Wylde Center. There will be activities throughout the afternoon including puppetry artists The Object Group, culminating in a 4pm table reading of plays produced as part of our introductory playwriting workshop.

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Avondale Estates Farmers Market

Join neighbors, visitors and vendors for the Avondale Estates Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of my parents’ basement at 22 N Avondale Road, on Sunday, February 27 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Browse through a colorful selection of groceries and goods from the region. Items on offer include baked goods, cheeses, eggs, homemade jellies, meats, and other produce.

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Upcoming meetings of local governments

The Decatur School Board will hold a working session Tuesday, February 22 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson School Support Center, 125 Electric Ave. and via zoom.

The Decatur City Commission will meet Tuesday, February 22 at 6 p.m. at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street and via Zoom.

Clarkston City Council will hold a working session Tuesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at Clarkston City Hall, 1055 Rowland Street and via zoom.

The Avondale Estates City Commission meets Wednesday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. via zoom.

The City Schools of Decatur COVID Advisory Team is meeting on Wednesday, February 23 at 6 p.m zoom.

Stone Mountain City Council meets Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board will meet on Friday, February 25 at 9:00 am

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