50 Years of Earth Day

THIS YEAR BEGAN with “roaring 20s” parties popping up to celebrate the new year, or decade (depending on how you count). It continued with the Kansas City Chiefs returning to win the Superbowl after nearly a half century. In 2020, what’s “old” has become “new” again, whether it’s ideas, trends or even our “stuff.” I’m noticing with the spring buds making our world literally greener that our consciousness is becoming “greener” right along with it. The environmental movement goes back to the post-WWII period with the first legislation passed to regulate pollution. Fast forward to 2020, and on April 22, we’ll celebrate 50 years of Earth Day. So this issue is all about going a little greener in our everyday living. Our feature story is dedicated to local entrepreneurs upcycling what’s old into new. With a growing awareness of the effects of fast fashion and a resurgence of minimalism, check out the ways “trash” becomes treasure (page 8). We’ve also added a guide to local second-hand shopping (page 32). Part of why we want a greener planet is to enjoy the outdoors, so we explored the greenspaces of Oakhurst with some of the best patios in the South (page 18). In Bloom gives us advice for our personal greenspaces with native plants we can incorporate (page 14). Our hometown hero protects a greenspace we all know and love, Olmsted Linear Park (page 36). And our contributors share how they like to enjoy the outdoors with their personal favorite intown greenspace (page 6). It’s an exciting time to be alive and realize that our personal health is so intertwined with our planet’s health. I’m grateful some eco experts shared their advice for one thing we can all do in Decatur (page 30). Every little step counts, I hope you’re inspired to walka greener path with me.

Natalie Gregory

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Beethoven 2020

February 14

Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA) is celebrating the 250 th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth by featuring concerts, masterclasses and lectures in its series Beethoven 2020. The next installment features Sissi Zhang on violin, Roy Harran on cello and William Ransom on piano. Beethoven works to be performed are the Variations for Cello, Violin Sonata No.3 and the Romance in G. Featured in concert will be the complete Cycles of 16 String Quartets, 10 Piano and Violin Sonatas, 5 Cello and Piano Sonatas, and the 32 Piano Sonatas performed by Emory faculty, students and guest artists. The concert is free. More details at carlos.emory.edu/calendar.

Sips Under the Sea

February 14

If you're looking for a splashing good time with your “significant otter,” look no further than Sips Under the Sea. Experience the magic of the Aquarium while enjoying romantic tunes, sweet cocktails and delicious small plates. Sips Under the Sea is a unique cocktail party designed for adults ages 21 and over to enjoy Georgia Aquarium after hours. You'll have the entire Aquarium to yourself while enjoying cocktails at full-service bars, a live D.J. and access to all six of the Aquarium's galleries...all without kids! More details at georgiaaquarium.org.

 

Cupid’s Undie Run

February 15, noon to 4pm

Participate in a “brief” run to cure neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder where tumors grow on nerves. Runners are encouraged (but not required) to don only their undies since NF patients can’t cover their tumors. Don’t worry—participants keep it PG-13. Big Sky Buckhead. Register at my.cupids.org.

Oakhurst Wine Crawl

February 29, 4-7pm

Take a “leap” and join fellow neighbors at the 19th Annual Oakhurst Wine Crawl. Taste dozens of wines from all over the world while strolling through the wonderful, wine-worthy Oakhurst neighborhood center.

Atlanta Brunch Festival

March 7, noon to 4pm

Celebrate brunch with some of Atlanta's best restaurants in the brunch game, and mimosas, brunch punch, bloody Marys, beer and wine to wash it all down in Atlantic Station. Live music with Coast Guard and DJ Qtip. Restaurants will be providing brunch samples for $3 each, paid directly to each restaurant. Purchase tickets at atlantabrunchfestival.com.

Tour Decatur 5K

March 14

This year, celebrate another Pi Day (3.14) race and once again provide an opportunity for younger students to win a chance to “pie” their favorite teachers at the Tour deCaturExpo. Join close to 3,000 friends and neighbors at this fun event that includes a one-mile fun run and the adorable tot trot. You won’t want to miss this iconic Decatur event which raises funds to support all our kids. Register at decatureducationfoundation.org.

Transcendent Yoga

Tuesday, March 17 to April 21
5:30 p.m.

As part of Emory’s Embodied: Human Health and the Arts initiative, the Carlos Museum invites you to begin or end your day with yoga, surrounded by Manjari’s Sharma’s large-scale images of Lakshmi, Vishnu, Shiva and other Hindu gods and goddesses. Restore your body and spirit on Tuesday afternoons from March 17 through April 21 with Marck Maroun from The Yoga Source. More information at carlos.emory.edu.

3rd Annual Women Create Art Show

March 20, 5-9pm

After the celebration’s immense success for the past two years, Trinity Home Furnishings & Design and the Decatur Arts Alliance will host the third annual Women Create collaborative Art Show Opening celebrating International Women’s Month. Support and enhance the arts in the City of Decatur by celebrating emerging and established women artists. For more details, visit trinity-decatur.com

Hamilton

March 31

Hamilton is the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. Tickets at foxtheatre.org.

2020 Avondale Estates Club Tree Walk

April 25, 10am - noon

The Avondale Estates Garden Club presents the 2020 Avondale Estates Tree Walk, a conservation project. This free event includes all members of the public, including children and families. The walk takes place rain or shine. There will be tree talks for children and adults. Arborists and landscape architects will lead six different routes in Avondale Estates. One of those is a walk around Lake Avondale for those who prefer or require a short walk. More details at avondaleestatesgardenclub.org.

Spring 2020

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

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