City of Avondale Estates
News for the Week of February 4, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week

To encourage Georgians to better prepare for severe weather, Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed the week of Feb. 4-8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Throughout the coming week, Georgians are encouraged to set aside a few minutes daily to get ready for unexpected events, practice emergency response procedures for all types of severe weather, and learn more about weather threats. The governor urges we all take some simple steps toward preparedness each day: 

  • Monday, Feb. 4th
    Family Preparedness Day - Identify a family reconnection place and purchase a life-saving NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5th
    Thunderstorm Safety - Check your patio or yard to make sure there is nothing that could blow away during a storm; remove dead or rotting branches from your trees to prevent storm damage.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6th 
    Tornado Safety and Statewide Tornado Drill (issued by NWS) - Identify a safe place in your home where you could take shelter during a tornado.
  • Thursday, Feb. 7th 
    Lightning Safety - Learn the 30/30 rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Friday, Feb. 8th 
    Flood Safety (alternate drill date) - Make copies of important documents, seal them in a watertight container/bag and add them to your Ready Kit.

For detailed information on Georgia-specific emergency preparedness, please click hereFor preparedness on the go,
you can also download this free 
mobile app.


DeKalb County Needs Our Input
on its 2014 Transportation Plan
Four kick-off meetings are scheduled so county residents can contribute ideas. Each meeting will include a discussion of:
  • Vision and goals for the 2014 Plan
  • What's to be included in the plan
  • The process for developing the plan
  • Ways to stay involved in the planning process
You may attend any one of these four scheduled meetings
which will cover the points listed above:

Thurs, Feb 7th, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
Lou Walker Senior Center, Lithonia
Sat, Feb 9th, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Maloof Center Auditorium, Decatur
Mon, Feb 11th, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Exchange Park Multipurpose Room, Decatur
Tues, Feb 12th, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m
Doraville Civic Center, Doraville
For more information, please click here.
Or, call Cristina Pastore at 404-419-8700.

Please Secure your Personal Items!

The Avondale Estates Police Department took two reports last week in reference to bicycles that were stolen from residences. In both cases, the bicycles were taken from open storage areas and the bicycles were not secured. 

Don't be a victim! Please take an extra couple of minutes
to secure your personal items against theft. 


February Yard of the Month

Congratulations Sarah Carruthers and Beth Brock!

8 Sussex Drive

The City's Printed Newsletter
DEADLINE for Submissions: Feb. 8, 2013

If you have stories or pictures for the March/April issue of the Avondale Estates newsletter magazine, please email Judy Knight by the end of the day on February 8, 2013.

SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Events . . .

February Wine Club Wine Tasting 

at your neighborhood Little Wine Shop 


Tues, Feb. 5th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m Little Wine Shop Logo
LOCATION: The Little Wine Shop  


Avant Partir wines reflect their sense of place and craftsmanship. Join James in enjoying this month's Wine Club Selection, which reflects this spirit in these fine wines.    

February's Wine Club Selection is all Old World, and this tasting will include a sherry. If you'd like to become a wine club member, call
 or come by the shop. Please RSVP so the organizers can save you a spot! RSVP to  or call the shop at 404.294.3675. Non-wine-club members are welcome; cost is $10. 


ATTENTION Avondale Birders!
Fall Bird
The next meeting of the Avondale Bird Group is

Sat. Feb. 9th at 7:30 a.m. by the Avondale Community Club.

Happy birding and stay warm!

logo second life

Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, Feb. 9th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
1 N. Clarendon Ave. (behind Tudor Village)

To celebrate its two-year anniversary, Second Life is holding a Customer Appreciation Day event on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m to 3:30 p.m. We are so thankful for all our supporters and we'd like to celebrate a day to say thanks! Make plans to shop and join us for:

  • A super sale: Save storewide!
  • Ask A Vet: Dr. Ellington of Dearborn Animal Hospital will be available from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. to answer general questions about your pet's health and care.
  • Adoptions: Pug Meet & Greet: Meet pugs and pug mixes looking for their forever homes though Southeast Pug Rescue and Adoption.
  • Pet Food Drive: To benefit Pet Buddies Food Pantry. Donate dog food, cat food, kitty litter and other items to help struggling families keep their pets - meaning fewer pets in shelters.
  • Buy Vintage Valentine's Day Cards: Purchase these unique and vintage cards for your special someone - and help Atlanta Underdog Initiative promote responsible dog ownership and bully breed awareness.
  • Raffle prizes: Win prizes from local businesses.
  • Snacks: while they last from local businesses.

Second Life is an upscale resale store whose mission is to give homeless pets a second chance at life. We sell gently-used clothing, household items and furniture. In turn, we support animal rescue organizations with much needed cash donations. Donations are accepted year-round and are tax-deductible!


Monday - Closed; Tuesday - Saturday 11-6; Sunday 12-5


Web:  Phone: 678-974-5671

Facebook: Twitter:


Event details and pets brought to adoption and dates/times are subject to change at any time.


AEPC Valentine's Day Children's Party


Sunday, Feb. 10th,  2:00 p.m.

Community Club


The Avondale Estates Parents' Co-op is hosting its annual
Valentine's Day children's party! Join the craft making - from cards to cookie decorating! 


Volunteers are needed to make cookies and snacks for the party and to help on the day of the party. Please email Ridgely if you can help.


Avondale Estates Garden Club

"Lunch and Learn"


Friday, Feb. 15th, 10:30 a.m. 
LOCATION: Community Club


Shon Cameron is head gardener and horticulture technician for Smith-Gilbert Gardens, a 16-acre Atlanta botanical garden and learning center. Shon teaches classes on Edible Landscaping, Green Roofs & Living Walls, and Pollinator Gardens, and writes for the monthly S/G newsletter, which is shared with gardening websites across the Southeast. 

Shon holds degrees in sustainable small scale agriculture and horticulture technology and is a GGIA (Georgia Green Industry Association) certified plant professional. He will demonstrate growing fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers in containers and small spaces. 

Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, Feb. 15th, 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 19 Sussex Road 
Trees Along Street

Join the City of Avondale Estates for a celebration of Arbor Day that will include planting memorial trees in memory of Avondale Estates Garden Club members Virginia Judy, Elizabeth Ahlquist, Mary Smith, Patrice Dickey and Avon Garden Club member Mary Greer.


Visit for interesting tree information.


DeKalb Choral Guild February Concert

Saturday, Feb. 23rd , 7:30 p.m. 

Avondale Estates First Baptist Church
47 Covington Hwy


The DeKalb Choral Guild will celebrate its 35th year with an alumni anniversary concert. The concert will be led by two prominent regional guest directors: Donald Milton III and R. Wayne Woodson II. Featured will be the Celebration Mass, written to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by renowned Atlanta composer Sharon Willis, and commissioned
by the DeKalb Choral Guild. The program also includes further works written expressly for the Guild and winning compositions from the Guild's Georgia Young Composer's Festival.     

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or online (discount available) at their website


Calling all Artists!!!
Rail Arts District Studio Cruise 

Friday, March 2nd
LOCATION: Multiple

R.A.D., the Rail Arts District Studio Cruise is coming up! 

R.A.D. is a lot of fun, and it helps to promote Avondale Estates' up-and-coming art district and businesses throughout the greater Atlanta area. 
R.A.D. is open to all artists near the CSX rail line in Avondale Estates and unincorporated DeKalb County, and to businesses that would like to 'host' an artist.


Interested in getting involved? Contact:

Bob Means

Little Tree Art Studios



Erik Haagensen

MudFire Clayworks



To see 2012's R.A.D. websiteclick here!



1st Annual Avondale Tree Walk 

Saturday, April 27th, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   

LOCATION: The Community Clubhouse 


Are you the proud "owner" of one of Avondale Estate's magnificent old oak trees that rise a hundred feet or more? Or perhaps a stately Southern magnolia with a huge canopy graces your yard? Please nominate these and other examples of the City's most noteworthy trees so they can be part of the 

First Annual Avondale Tree Walk, sponsored by the Avondale Estates and Avon Garden Club. 

By helping to identify unique and outstanding Avondale trees, your nomination may be named one of Atlanta's Champion Trees, certified by Trees Atlanta. Currently, there's only one Avondale Estates tree on that list - a huge old water oak - surely there are more! 

Send nominations via email to Kathy Kingsbury and 
include the name of the tree, and why it should be included on the walk. Give the street address of the site where the tree is located, and note whether the tree can be viewed from the street or if back yard access is needed to see it. If the tree is located on public space just tell us where (e.g. west side of Lake Avondale).

Deadline for nominations is March 23rd. 

In addition to nominating your favorite tree(s), come and participate in the Tree Walk on April 27th. The walk will begin at the Community Clubhouse; small groups will be led by expert tree guides. Exercise, fun and a chance to learn more about our City's beautiful trees!


Upcoming Meetings
Please note that meeting times and locations are subject to change. Email or call City Hall at (404) 294-5400 for updates. Click here for meeting agendas.      


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Architectural Review Board meeting

Historic Preservation Commission, immediate following ARB


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Development Authority, regular meeting


Monday, February 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Planning and Zoning Board, regular meeting


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 

Lake Avondale Advisory Board, regular meeting


Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Board of Mayor and Commissioners, regular work session


Monday, February 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Board of Mayor and Commissioners, regular meeting


Board of Appeals has NO MEETING in February.


City Manager's Report 
for the week ending 2-1-13
Please click here to read City Manager
Clai Brown's report for the past week.

Avondale Estates Crime Report
for the week ending 1-31-13

Crimes Against Persons:
  • None reported.

Crimes Against Property:
  • A report was taken in reference to power tools unlawfully taken from an unsecured storage building in the rear of a residence in the 100 block of Wiltshire Drive.
  • A report was taken in which a subject was apprehended for shoplifting at a business in the 4100 block of Memorial Drive. A citizen warrant was secured by store personnel.

Please let us know if you have important news to share with fellow residents by emailing Judy Knight at City Hall.   
Best wishes for the week ahead, 
The Communications Team
Avondale Estates City Hall
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