Summer Love Starts Here

WITH THE CONSTANT chatter of New Year’s transformation in the background, sometimes a quiet moment sneaks in to remind us of the stillness of winter and promise of spring.
Those glimpses of mindfulness are where the real transformation occurs. We’ve just come off the giving season of the holidays and with Valentine’s Day soon approaching, most of us forget that the love and care we want to share with others really begins within. It’s one of the things that speaks to me in this issue of Decatur Living. This issue jumps ahead to summer through thoughtful and mindful preparation now.

Natalie Gregory

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Love Run 5k

FEBRUARY 23, Saturday

Join DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston for the third annual Love Run 5k in commemoration of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. All proceeds will benefit the advocacy and prevention programs of the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. The Love Run will follow a fast course in Downtown Decatur and is an official AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier. More details at

Oakhurst Wine Crawl

FEBRUARY 23, 4-7 p.m., Saturday

Join fellow neighbors at the 18th Annual Oakhurst Wine Crawl. Taste dozens of wines from all over the world while strolling through the wonderful, wine-worthy Oakhurst neighborhood center.

Mardi Gras Parade

MARCH 2, 1-6 p.m., Saturday

Grab your purple, green and gold and join in on the Mardi Gras Parade fun while supporting a non-profit. Hosted by the Decatur Education Foundation, this communitywide celebration raises money to support music and arts education in the Decatur City Schools. Laissez les bon temp rouler! Check out the details at

Decatur Mardi Gras Ball

MARCH 2, 7-10 p.m.

Celebrate an evening of Mardi Gras fun at Color Wheel Art Studio and help raise critical funding for the Parent Teacher Organization of the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue. Guests will enjoy food, drinks, dancing, and live auction with New Orleans flair! For more information visit

Tour deCatur 5k

MARCH 9, Saturday

Decatur’s largest 5k event, now in its 17th year, brings out nearly 3,000 residents from age 2 to 82. The tour features a one-mile fun run and tot trot, in addition to the 5k. Number pick-up takes place at the Tour Expo, held the Friday before the run, and features some favorite teachers taking a pie in the face. For more information and to register go to

Women Create

MARCH 8, 5-9 p.m., Friday

Celebrate emerging and established women artists at the second annual "Women Create" art show opening. This event will take place at Trinity Mercantile & Design at 116 East Trinity Place, Decatur, Georgia 30030. View fabulous art while enjoying craft cocktails and bites.

Westchester Battle of the Bands

MARCH 22, 7 p.m., Friday 

Get ready to rock the night away at this high-energy, adults-only, on-your-feet, dancing event! Beside listening to amazing local bands, you'll help raise money for the students and staff of Westchester Elementary School. Be sure to buy your tickets early to this event because it's sure to sell out! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Decatur Touch-a-Truck

MARCH 23, Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join Decatur Active Living for the annual Touch-a-Truck Event. This fun community event gives children of all ages an opportunity to touch, explore and see their favorite trucks or equipment on wheels.  The City of Decatur and DeKalb County dump trucks, fire trucks, tractors, police cars, motorcycles and many other types of vehicles will be on display.

March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign that focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. When you come to Touch-A-Truck, join in the effort by bringing any canned or non-perishable food item. All items will be delivered to DEAM, Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry.

Touch-a-Truck takes place in the East Lake MARTA station NORTH parking lot on DeKalb Avenue. Parking is limited so consider riding the train, walking or biking to the event. For more information, contact Cheryl Burnette 678-553-6541 or Be sure to visit for up-to-date information on all Active Living programs throughout the year. In the event of rain, the event will be held on May 4.

Spring 2019 DL Exclusives

Plan for your best summer now

Summer camps, ideas, and travel tips

Destination: Summer!