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Do good this weekend: Tour deCatur, tennis, planting trees

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Do good this weekend: Tour deCatur, tennis, planting trees

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Multiple fundraisers this weekend support Decatur High School sports. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

By Dena Mellick

If you want to have some fun this weekend while giving back, there is no shortage of events.


The 13th annual Tour deCatur 5K race is happening Saturday morning, rain or shine. The 5K or one-mile race Saturday (it also happens to be Pi Day) benefits the Decatur Education Foundation. You can also volunteer at the first-ever Tour deCatur EXPO this evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Decatur Rec Center. There is a promise of seeing CSD teachers taking some pies to the face at the EXPO.

Also Saturday morning, you can get your Chick-fil-a chicken biscuit while giving to a good cause. The Madison Lewis Fund is holding a scholarship breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at the Decatur Chick-fil-a. A percentage of sales will go toward the fund, which supports the Decatur Softball Program. A yearly scholarship goes to a Decatur High senior softball player upon graduating.

On Sunday, the Decatur High Tennis Team is holding a fundraiser called Play It Forward. It’s happening at the Byers Tennis Courts at Agnes Scott College from 12-3 p.m. There’s a one-hour children’s tennis clinic, a parent/child round robin tournament, and a bake sale/raffle. Proceeds help support any student wanting to be on the Bulldog tennis team.

The DeKalb County K-9 Memorial Fund is hosting an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the DeKalb Tax Office Parking Lot at 4380 Memorial Drive. Donated electronics and gently-worn shoes will go toward building the memorial. Free compost will also be available for pickup.


If you want to get your hands dirty, Trees Atlanta and Kirkwood volunteers are teaming up on a major tree planting project from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Ridgedale Road between Rocky Ford Road and Norwood Avenue. Kirkwood’s Parks & Environment Committee Chair Earl Williamson said the plan is to meet at Branham Park. All tools, gloves, trees, and materials will be provided along with directions on how to plant. Contact Jeff Childers or Rev. Susannah Davis with questions. Trees Atlanta’s schedule also says there is a forest restoration project happening in Oakhurst.

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The American Legion Harold Byrd Post 66 is holding a blood drive Saturday from 8-11 a.m. at 30 Covington Road through LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. All donors will get a free cholesterol screening.