What’s happening this week: waterway cleanup, virtual Jeopardy, Atlanta Beltline public meeting

Friendship Forest has been renovated and the city celebrated the grand reopening of the park on Friday, March 12. Photo by Zoe Seiler.

Update: Clarkston has cancelled the volunteer waterway cleanup event that was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22.

This story has been updated.

DeKalb County, GA — Various events are happening this week in and around DeKalb County, including a waterway cleanup event in Clarkston, virtual Jeopardy hosted by the DeKalb County Library and a public meeting with the Atlanta Beltline. Several local government meetings are also scheduled for this week.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

Picturing the South: 25 Years

In 1996, the High Museum of Art began commissioning photographers to engage with and explore the South’s rich social and geographic landscape for its “Picturing the South” initiative. The museum has commissioned 16 artists and built a collection of more than 300 photos as part of the program. To mark the 25th anniversary, the High will create a major exhibit that brings together all the commissions. As a whole, the photos show a complex and layered archive of the region that addresses broad themes from slavery and racial justice to the social implications of the evolving landscape and the distinct and diverse character of the region’s people. The exhibit is on view through Feb. 6.

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The Obama Portraits Tour 

The five-city tour of the Obama portraits will travel the country until May 2022. The exhibit has been traveling since June 2021 and is expected to reach millions of people. The portraits will be at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta until March 20. The exhibit will feature audiovisual elements, Portrait Gallery-led teacher workshops, curatorial presentations, and a richly illustrated book. Due to a high demand for this exhibition, an exhibition-specific ticket is required for all visitors.

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DeKalb County Library Virtual Jeopardy 

The DeKalb County Library is hosting a virtual Jeopardy event on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. for tweens and teens to test their comprehension on various subject areas and increase their general knowledge. The event is open to 12 participants.

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Decatur Stormwater Drainage Projects Open Houses

The first four stormwater improvement projects have been identified within the city of Decatur’s stormwater master plan and are scheduled to begin. Throughout the design process, residents will have the chance to provide input and comments in-person or online to help further identify stormwater issues and discuss possible improvement opportunities. An open house will be held on Jan. 18 for areas three and four — Park Drive, Candler Street, Brower Street, McClean Street. All meetings will take place at the Legacy Park dining hall, 500 S. Columbia Drive, from 6-8 p.m. Masks and temperature checks will be required.

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KNO Education Committee Meeting 

The Education Committee of the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization is meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting is open to all members of KNO. The committee will discuss the Atlanta Public Schools master planning process and student enrollment through the lens of Kirkwood.

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DeKalb County Warming Centers 

DeKalb County has opened three warming centers for residents to use overnight Jan. 18, beginning at 8 p.m. Anyone staying in the warming centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 protocols, which include wearing a mask, social distancing and doing a temperature check. The warming centers will be at the following locations:

– Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

– Fire Station 4, 4540 Flakes Mill Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294

– Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316

Virtual event with Sophie Burrows

Little Shop of Stories is hosting a virtual event with author Sophie Burrows on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. to discuss the launch of her graphic novel “Crushing.” The event will be livestreamed on Facebook. “Crushing” tells the story of a girl who is lonely and searching for connection, and a boy who is lonely and afraid to reach out. It’s a story about loneliness and love.

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Tucker Farmers Market 

The Tucker Farmers Market will be open on Thursday, Jan. 20, from curbside pickup from 4-6 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4882 Lavista Road in Tucker. The market features over 35 vendors which include a diverse group of local farmers, bakers, growers and producers from Tucker, metro Atlanta and Georgia. The market is accepting online orders. The online store opens on Thursday afternoons and closes at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For more information, click here.

Beltline Public Meeting 

The Atlanta Beltline is in the process of updating its subarea four master plan, which includes the neighborhoods of Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, Glenwood Park, Grant Park, Edgewood and Ormewood Park. The Beltline is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom to present the draft of the master plan and receive feedback on the draft recommendations for land use, mobility, parks and greenspace.

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Studio 54 Disco Night with Boogilicious at 37 Main 

Atlanta-based Boogilicious will perform on Friday, Jan. 21, at 9 p.m. The band will play at 37 Main, 106 N. Avondale Road in Avondale Estates, as part of a disco night. Boogilicious is a high-energy band that brings laughs, dancing and fun to the stage. They play dance, pop, funk and rock hits from the 1960s to present.

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Clarkston Waterway Cleanup (Cancelled)

The city of Clarkston is hosting a waterway cleanup event on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 9 a.m. at Friendship Forest Wildlife Sanctuary, 4380 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. The city is looking for volunteers to help. Face masks and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Those interesting in volunteering should RSVP by Jan. 20.

For more information, click here.

Oakhurst Farmers Market 

The Oakhurst Farmers Market will be open on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sceptre Brewing Arts, 630 East Lake Drive in Decatur. Find all of your freshest produce, meat, delicious baked treats, and more among the weekly vendors. Additional offerings include live music and chef demonstrations featuring seasonal recipes.

For more information, click here.

Pirate Day at Fernbank Museum 

Fernbank Museum is hosting Pirate Day on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several activities are planned for the day including a visit from the Atlanta pirates and wenches guild, a pirate name generator, a scalawag story time and other events. Masks will be required during the event. The cost of the event is included in the general admission to Fernbank and is free for members.

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Headgames with Radiostar at 37 Main

Headgames will perform with Radiostar, a Joan Jett tribute, on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. at 37 Main, 106 N. Avondale Road in Avondale Estates. Headgames is an Atlanta-based professional tribute act that recreate the music of Foreigner. Headgames plays top songs from the 1970s-90s.

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Avondale Estates Farmers Market 

Join neighbors, visitors and vendors on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Avondale Estates Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of My Parents’ Basement, 22 N Avondale Road. Browse a colorful array of locally sourced food and goods. Items offered include baked goods, cheeses, eggs, homemade jellies, meats and produce.

For more information, click here.

Upcoming Local Government Meetings

The Decatur City Commission meets on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street, as well as via Zoom.

The Stone Mountain City Council will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The city of Tucker is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed closure of Rosser Terrace to alleviate cut through traffic. The meeting will take place at Tucker City Hall, 1975 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 350A.

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