What’s happening this week: redistricting hearing, police hiring event, food distribution

Dekalb Chief of Police Mirtha Ramos talks with Girl Scouts during the DeKalb County Mother’s Day 2021 food distribution at James R. Hallford Stadium in Clarkston on Saturday, May 1. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA — Various events are happening this week in and around DeKalb County, including a virtual public hearing on DeKalb County redistricting, a virtual hiring event hosted by the DeKalb Police Departments, and a food distribution event in Clarkston. Several local government meetings are also scheduled for this week.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

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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KAWS Prints

Artist KAWS made his first screenprints in the late 1990s and has since continued his printmaking practice alongside his production of paintings, sculpture and editioned objects. KAWS brings into conflict and accord the worlds of fine art, industrial design, technology and popular culture. KAWS Prints is the first comprehensive exhibition featuring the artist’s entire output of editioned prints spanning more than 20 years. The exhibition is on view at the High Museum of Art until March 27.

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“And I Must Scream”

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University will present a thought-provoking exhibition on Jan. 29. “And I Must Scream” was developed by Dr. Amanda H. Hellman, the museum’s curator of African art. The show will feature photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings and site-specific installations from 10 local, national and international contemporary artists. The work acts as a call-to-action and shows these crises to be urgent and interconnected. The accompanying programming will bring scholars and artists to teach classes, facilitate performances and create new works of art. The exhibition closes May 15.

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DeKalb House Delegation Redistricting Public Hearings 

The DeKalb House delegation is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at noon via Facebook Live. The hearing will give DeKalb residents an opportunity to provide receive feedback on the proposed district maps for the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and DeKalb County School Board. The hearing will be held with the delegation’s business meeting. The Facebook Live chat will be monitored during the hearing for questions and comments.

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Soul Food in DeKalb 

The DeKalb History Center is celebrating Black History Month with a Soul Food in DeKalb event on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the History Center. Join Adrian Miller, James Beard Award winner, to kick off the event with a special live video message to guests. Chef Asata Reid and culinary historian Akila McConnell will give presentations about the places, people and recipes that shaped DeKalb’s soul food history. Attendees will be able to enjoy catered food by Phenomenal Foods by Chef Holly.

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Tucker Farmers Market 

The Tucker Farmers Market will be open on Thursday, Feb. 10, 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.

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DeKalb Police Virtual Recruiting Event 

The DeKalb Police Department is hosting a virtual hiring event on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Attendees will hear from a recruiter who will explain the department’s hiring process and answer questions during the webinar. The event is free and open to anyone interested.

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Let’s Talk Business Webinar 

The city of Clarkston is hosting a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. to discuss optimizing digital marketing to help business grow. Laquata Sumter, founder of Sumter Web Design & Hosting, LLC, will be the featured speaker during the event. The webinar will be livestreamed on the city’s Facebook page.

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Stand-Up Comedy Night at Waller’s Coffee

Comedian Tim Chirikalov will perform on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. as part of stand-up comedy night at Waller’s Coffee, 240 Dekalb Industrial Way. Several local acts will perform in one funny night. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show runs until 10 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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Fernbank After Dark: Night of Knights

On the second Friday of each month, Fernbank After Dark offers a variety of unique and socially distanced after-hours experiences for grown-ups, including outdoor explorations in WildWoods, museum exhibits, live music, full bars, tapas menus and science demonstrations. Each month highlights a different science theme and features a variety of immersive programming. On Friday, Feb. 11, guests can enjoy a fun-filled evening exploring the lives of Knights.

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Oakhurst Farmers Market 

The Oakhurst Farmers Market will be open on Saturday, Feb. 12, 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.

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Trees Atlanta Volunteer Day at Legacy Park 

Trees Atlanta is conducting monthly volunteer days at Legacy Park where the community can get involved. The next volunteer opportunity will be on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive. Volunteers will help improve densely vegetated areas. It is recommended to wear long sleeves, long pants and closed-toe shoes. Tools and gloves will be provided, but volunteers can bring their own.

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Clarkston Food Distribution

The city of Clarkston is hosting a food distribution event on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tahoe Village Shopping Center, 4604 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Food will be available while supplies last. The city is partnering with the Veterans and Community Outreach Foundation to put on the event.

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Waller’s Coffee Artist Market 

Waller’s Coffee is hosting an artist market on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the coffee shop, 240 Dekalb Industrial Way. Vendors can sign up now, and all types of vendors are welcome. The 10×10 vending spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Vendors will need to bring their own canopy and tables and can set up any time after 8 a.m.

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Valentine’s Dance Class in Tucker

Expressions in Motion Dance will host a Valentine’s dance class for parents and children to bond through dance on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Tucker Recreation Center, 488 LaVista Road in Tucker. Parent and child pairs will learn easy dance skills and a fun dance. No prior dance experience is necessary. The cost of the event is $25 per pair.

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Avondale Estates Farmers Market 

Join neighbors, visitors and vendors on Sunday, Feb. 13, 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.

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Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Emerson Series 

The annual one-hour Bach Bowl before the Super Bowl will be hosted by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Schwartz Center. Musicians will play two of Bach’s most imaginative and engaging works, the Brandenburg Concerti #2 and 4, as well as a solo by Jens Korndörfer on the Wortsman Memorial Organ. Trumpeter Stuart Stephenson, flutist Christina Smith, the Vega Quartet and more also perform.

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Upcoming Local Government Meetings

The Avondale Estates City Commission will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The Kirkwood Neighbors Organization meets on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The Decatur Downtown Development Authority will meet on Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 a.m. at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street.

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