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This weekend – Decatur


This weekend – Decatur

The historic Decatur GA courthouse
Decatur GA coourthouse

Decatur GA coourthouse

All information is provided by the city of Decatur and city of Avondale Estates. 

Weekends in Decatur are about to get a whole lot busier thanks to the fabulous spring weather. This weekend Decatur will be along the route of the Publix GA Marathon that will be held this Sunday, March 23, from 7:15  am to 11 a.m. Decatur Police sent along a bulletin reminding people that a few roads and lanes will be closed during this event.

Here are all the details from Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross:

Decatur Road Closures:

West College Avenue from Park Place to East College Avenue and Commerce Drive

East Ponce de Leon Avenue from Commerce Drive to Clairemont Avenue

Clairemont Avenue from East/West Ponce de Leon Avenue to Commerce Drive

Decatur Lane Closures:

Commerce Drive from East College Avenue to East Ponce de Leon Avenue

Clairemont Avenue from Commerce Drive to North Decatur Road

There will be traffic delays around the course throughout the duration of the marathon. The runners have the right-of-way at all times and no traffic will be released if it could impede the runners. Traffic will not be permitted to turn onto roads that are closed and will only be allowed to cross at certain points when doing so will not impede the runners. Traffic will be permitted onto the roads with partial lane closures when doing so will not impede the runners. Please understand that even if you are travelling on a road that is not part of the course but crosses the course or is near the course, you will experience delays. Please check your schedules and the course maps and plan accordingly.

Ross says the city always receives feedback from runners who say Decatur is one of their favorite parts of the marathon. People often stand along the route to cheer, she said.

“Aside from the fixed cheering stations at West College Avenue and Mead Road, Fellini’s on Commerce Drive and in front of the Old Courthouse on East Ponce de Leon Avenue, it is not uncommon for residents to pop up along the route and cheer,” Ross said. “So if you have Sunday morning plans that require driving, plan on heading out earlier or later or plot an alternate route. If you have no plans that require driving, it’s a great day to walk into downtown Decatur for errands, brunch and to cheer!”

Tonight, March 21, the DeKalb History Center will have its annual meeting and silent auction at the historic DeKalb Courthouse, located at 101 East Court Square, Decatur. The event begins at 6 pm.

“Enjoy an evening of beverages, hors d’oeuvres and music while bidding on fantastic items donated by generous local businesses,” the event announcement says. “Silent auction packages may include event tickets, golf, dinner certificates, art, jewelry, hotel stays, special tours, books, professional services, children’s activities, fitness opportunities and more.”

DeKalb County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, March 22 from 8 am to noon at 3720 Leroy Scott Drive in Decatur. More from Keep DeKalb Beautiful:

Household Hazardous Waste is classified as products that contain potentially dangerous and volatile chemicals when mixed and are no longer being used of as a residential product. This is the residential program that allows these old products to be properly collected to be dropped off and not mixed in with other solid wastes. Please make sure to bring only items on the below items accepted list or they will be turned away.

Items accepted: aerosols, mercury, batteries, adhesives, flammables, lawn-care products, automotive products, fluorescent bulbs, photo chemicals, hobby and artist’s supplies, paints and paint-related products, cleaners and swimming pool chemicals.

Items NOT accepted: bio-hazardous/bio-medical waste, agricultural waste, ammunition, explosives, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials and non-hazardous waste.

Decatur Electronics Recycling Day will be Saturday, March 22, from 9 am to 1 pm. Decatur has modified this year’s event to include Styrofoam recycling and paper shredding. Decatur will host the event at Decatur Public Works, located at 2635 Talley Street. Enter from Columbia Drive.