What’s Happening This Week: Jazz Nights, Labor Day Fireworks, Volunteer Expo – Decaturish

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DeKalb County, Georgia — Various events are taking place this week in and around DeKalb County, including jazz nights at the Historic Scottish Rite Solarium, a Labor Day celebration with fireworks in Decatur Square and a volunteer display in Tucker. Some local government meetings are also scheduled for this week.

Here’s what happens.

Indigo Prayers: A Story of Creation

“Indigo Prayers: A Creation Story” is a series of paintings by Atlanta artist Charmaine Minniefield. She was inspired by her stay in Gambia, West Africa, in search of her grandmother’s ancestral lines. The work explores indigenous pigments like indigo, crushed oyster shells and mahogany bark as evidence of cultural preservation through time and across the Midde Passage. “Indigo Prayers: A Creation Story” is presented in conjunction with Minniefield Houses of Praise, which recreate the small, one-room structures in which slaves gathered to worship. The exhibit is on view at the Michael C. Carlos Museum through September 11.

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“Collective strength” exhibition

The “Collective Force” exhibition features works by professional artists from the Paint Love community, as well as works for young people from the programs presented. Artwork for youth was created at Paint Love’s inaugural summer camp in 2022 at Legacy Park, as well as during Camp Peace, New American Pathways, and residencies at Talley Street and Fifth Avenue Upper Elementary schools in partnership with Zara’s Fund through the Decatur Education Foundation. Participating professional artists donate a portion of their sales to benefit Paint Love programming. Videos of students asking “why art matters” and “How can we make our community a better place” will be shown during the exhibition, sharing their perspective and inspiration. The exhibit will run through September 11 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery, 113 Clairemont Ave.

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Archives Tour: House Finding 101

The DeKalb History Center is hosting a tour of the archives on Tuesday, August 30 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the History Center’s archives and collection, with a focus on in-house research. Guests should meet in the lobby of the historic DeKalb Courthouse for the start of the tour. The visit is free for members and $5 for non-members. The History Center is located at 101 E. Court Square in Decatur.

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Decatur Farmers Market

The Decatur Farmers Market will be held Wednesday, August 31 from 4-7 p.m. on the lawn of Decatur’s First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Avenue. There will be new vendors as well as returning favorites, including hot items from Strada Napoli Pizza, Aleppo Kitchen and Ms. Rosa. Each week, instructional chef Katie Kriner will show you how to make easy meals using fresh produce and produce from the market.

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Yoga with Robin

Robin Doyon will lead a 75 minute yoga class at a faster pace with modifications as well as additions for advanced practitioners. The class will be held Wednesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. at The Chapel on Sycamore, 318 Sycamore Street in Decatur. Limited accessories are available. Participants are encouraged to bring their own blocks, a sling, and a blanket or eye pillow. Participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and masks are optional. The course fee is $15.

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Comedy on draft

Join Three Taverns Brewery for their monthly comedy show with host Vas Sanchez on Wednesday August 31st. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. On the last Wednesday of every month, host Vas Sanchez presents a unique lineup of top comedians from Atlanta and beyond for a night of craft beer and stand-up comedy. Smoke & Honey Southern & Smoked Cookin’ will serve food.

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Tucker Volunteer Expo

The Tucker Community Action Team is hosting a Volunteer Expo on Thursday, September 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at First Christian Church of Atlanta, 4532 Lavista Road in Tucker. The expo is an opportunity for the community to learn about local volunteer groups such as the Rotary Club of Tucker, Tucker Civic Association and Tucker Lifelong Community.

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Tucker Farmer’s Market

The Tucker Farmers Market will be open Thursday, September 1 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4882 Lavista Road in Tucker. The market has more than 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 store opens on Thursday afternoon and closes at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Jazz nights at the Scottish Rite

Spread a blanket and enjoy jazz under the stars in Oakhurst. The Free Music Series takes place every Thursday in September from 7-9pm on the Solarium Lawn at Historic Scottish Rite, 319 W. Hill Street in Decatur. On September 1, the Matt Wauchope Trio will perform.

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Tucker’s First Fridays at rek gallery

The rek gallery invites Tucker to come every first Friday of the month for a meeting with star artists. The gallery will open on Friday, September 2 and will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m., and will take place at the Tucker rek Gallery, 3383 Lawrenceville Highway.

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Tucker’s First Fridays Concert Series

Join the town of Tucker on the first Friday of every summer month for live music. Each concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a different artist. The space will open at 5:00 p.m. to allow spectators to settle in. Blankets and garden chairs are welcome. A food truck will be on site. Concerts are free and spectators may bring their own refreshments, but no drinks. Pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals. No tables allowed. The concert will take place at the Church Street Greenspace, 4316 Church Street. On September 2, the interpreter will be A1A.

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Oakhurst Farmers Market

The Oakhurst Farmers Market will be open Saturday, September 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Scepter Brewing Arts, 630 East Lake Drive in Decatur. Find all your fresh produce, meat, delicious pastries and more from weekly vendors. Additional offerings include live music and chef demonstrations with seasonal recipes.

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Sunday Sundays at the Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University is hosting the Sunday Fundays on September 4 at 1 p.m. in the Tate Hall. Families are invited to explore the galleries to observe how cultures around the world value the color blue, then head to the studio to create their own works of art in many shades of blue. This walk-in program is free and open to the public and includes admission to the galleries.

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Avondale Estates Farmers Market

Join neighbors, visitors and vendors on Sunday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Avondale Estates Farmer’s Market, located in my parents’ basement parking lot, 22 N Avondale Road. Browse a colorful array of local foods and produce. Items on offer include baked goods, cheeses, eggs, homemade jellies, meats, and produce.

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Labor Day in Decatur

Celebrate Labor Day in Decatur with a DJ, fireworks and lawn games on the plaza. Bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs for a free and fun family afternoon. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at nightfall. There will be local food vendors, activities and surprises. Complimentary popcorn and bottled water will be provided by Visit Decatur while supplies last.

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Events to come

Labor Day City Hall Closures

The town halls of Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Decatur, Stone Mountain and Tucker will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day. DeKalb County School District and Decatur Municipal Schools offices will also be closed.

CSD Strategic Plan Community Session

Decatur City Schools is hosting a Strategic Plan Community Session on Tuesday, September 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Beacon Hill Middle School, 220 W College Ave. This meeting is open to all staff, students, parents and the community. the partners. This session will be the main information-gathering meeting for stakeholders to share their vision of what the CSD can become over the next five years.

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Upcoming local government meetings

The Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority meets Monday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stone Mountain Visitor Center, 922 Main Street.

Clarkston City Council will meet for a business session on Tuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The DeKalb County Charter Review Commission will hold its first public hearing on Thursday, September 1 at 6 p.m. at the Maloof Center, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur.

The DeKalb County Planning Commission is meeting Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

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