What’s Happening This Week: Early Voting, Food & Toiletry Drive, Tribute Band Performances – Decaturish


DeKalb County, Georgia – Several events are taking place this week in and around DeKalb County, including an early vote for the second round, a food and toiletries drive hosted by the Decatur Youth Council, and performances at 37 Main. A few local government meetings are also scheduled this week.

After the municipal elections on November 2, two races in our coverage area will end on November 30. In Tucker, Imani Barnes and Cara Schroeder are vying for City Council District 2, post 1 seat. In Atlanta, Liliana Bakhtiari and Mandy Mahoney are vying for the seat of District 5.

Early voting for the second round begins this week. Early voting will take place from November 22 to 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The first polling stations are the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker 30034; Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia, 30038; Bessie Branham Recreation Center, 2051 Delano Drive, Atlanta 30317; and DeKalb County Voter Registration and Election Office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur 30032.

Each early polling location will have a drop box for mail ballots until November 24. The voter must return a mail-in ballot on November 30 to the DeKalb Election Office on Memorial Drive.

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Editor’s Note: Decaturish and the Tucker Observer have published an Election Guide, a 76-page electronic edition featuring Q&A with nearly every candidate vying in our communities. To see it, click here. This special electronic edition features candidates for public office in Decatur, Avondale Estates, Atlanta City Council District 5, Clarkston Tucker and Stone Mountain. There is a PDF version of this, which you can view by clicking here, but due to the format of this e-edition, we strongly encourage you to use the e-reader version.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

Christmas town at the Center des arts de la marionnette

Christmas Town, named after the fictional town from the 1964 stop-motion production of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, will be installed at the Center for Puppetry Arts this holiday season. It will include a special exhibition, live performances and a hands-on workshop. The exhibit will offer guests a glimpse into Rudolph’s creative history, while the show and puppet-making workshop bring these iconic figures of the season to life. Christmas Town is sponsored by WarnerMedia. The exhibition opens with a VIP reception for members only on Thursday, November 11. The exhibit will be on view until January 2, 2022. The Christmas Town festivities continue on November 20 as the center hosts a Yukon lookalike Cornelius Extravaganza.

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Outside the Lines exhibition at the High Museum of Art

Over the summer, the High Museum of Art opened the exhibition “Outside the Lines,” an immersive maze of sensory environments accessible by Bryony Roberts Studio. The installation continues the museum’s multi-year series of inclusive and inviting projects to activate its outdoor space and encourage community engagement. “Outside the Lines” grew out of conversations between Bryony Roberts and disabled self-advocates and their allies in Atlanta, with the goal of creating an engaging space for everyone. It offers an accessible and playful environment for people with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities, promoting discovery and social connection.

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Avondale Elementary School Foundation poinsettia sale

The Avondale Elementary School Foundation is holding their poinsettia sale and orders are expected to be placed by Friday, November 26 for 6.5-inch red or white poinsettias for $ 15 each. The drive-through pickup will take place on Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school’s Beth Breit Gymnasium. Proceeds will go to teacher grants for classroom needs and activities, staff and teacher appreciation, and opportunities for AES students.

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Everyone / Other: exhibition by Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University presents Each / Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, the first exhibition to jointly feature the work of two leading contemporary Indigenous artists whose processes focus on collaborative artistic creation. The exhibition explores the collective process of creation and features over 20 large-scale sculptures, wall hangings and installations by Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, as well as a monumental new artist-guided community art work also titled Each other. The exhibition will be on display at the Carlos Museum until December 12.

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Decatur Youth Council food and toiletry drive

The Decatur Youth Council is collecting food and toiletries until December 17 which will be distributed to the Decatur-are Emergency Assistance Ministry, the Decatur Co-operative Ministry and Free99Fridge. The council divided the city into four neighborhood zones using the railway line and main north-south streets as boundaries in an effort to stimulate healthy competition and community pride among the neighborhoods. The neighborhood area that donates the most goods, in terms of books, will earn the right to brag about being an exceptional community aid.

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Chris Thile in concert

The MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer and songwriter Chris Thile will perform on Monday, November 22 at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree Street NE in Atlanta. Thile is the founding member of the critically acclaimed groups Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. More recently, Thile recorded Laysongs, released June 4th on Nonesuch. The album is his first truly solo album.

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Electric Avenue at 37 Main

Electric Avenue will perform on Wednesday, November 24 at 8:30 p.m. at 37 Main Avondale Estates, 106 N. Avondale Road. Electric Avenue offers a fun ’80s MTV experience and a precise homage to 80s new wave and dancefloor pop music.

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Oakhurst Farmers Market

The Oakhurst Farmers Market will be open Saturday, November 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Scepter Brewing Arts, 630 East Lake Drive in Decatur. Find all of your freshest produce, meat, delicious pastries and more from the weekly vendors. Additional offerings include live music and chef demonstrations featuring seasonal recipes.

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Small Business Saturday and Santa Claus in Decatur Square

Decatur businesses invite customers to shop all year round, but especially on Small Business Saturday, which will take place on Saturday, November 27. Stores will offer free gift wrap, hot cookies and cocoa. Santa will also spread the holiday cheer as he rides around Decatur in a fire truck on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Elton Live at 37 Main

Elton Live, the tribute to Elton John of Atlanta, will perform on Saturday, November 27 at 9 p.m. at 37 Main Avondale Estates, 106 N. Avondale Road. Elton Live offers an authentic reproduction of the sounds and stage performances of Sir Elton John. Created in early 2018, Elton Live – The Ultimate Elton John Tribute Act, hails from the Atlanta metro area and has performed for audiences across the Southeast. Lead singer and band founder Steven Dodd brings unparalleled emulation and portrays Sir Elton John with a powerful delivery of voice and stage presence.

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Avondale Estates Farmers Market

Join neighbors, visitors and vendors on Sunday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Avondale Estates Farmers Market, located in my parents’ basement parking lot at 22 N Avondale Road. Browse a colorful array of local foods and products. Items on offer include baked goods, cheeses, eggs, homemade jellies, meats and produce.

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Fernbank Forest Night Walk

Join Fernbank on Sunday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a walk through Fernbank Forest and see how the forest changes as the sun sets and night falls. Participants can test their senses to see how they would behave as a nocturnal animal, and maybe even observe if they are lucky. The event is recommended for ages six and over. Places are limited to 15 people, so participants must register in advance.

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Upcoming local government meetings

The Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority will meet virtually on Monday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Tucker’s City Council meets on Monday, November 22 for a 7 p.m. business session at Tucker’s Town Hall, 1975 Lakeside Ave., Suite 350.

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