City News and Events

Saturday, August 28
Brook Run Park
9 a.m. - 1 p.m..

Jumanji: The Next Level
Brook Run Park Front Field
8 p.m.

Tuesday, August 31
City Hall
8 a.m.

Thursday, September 2
Brook Run Park
8 p.m.

City Hall
6 p.m.
Councilman Bastien sworn in

On Monday, the Dunwoody City Council unanimously approved the nomination of Villard “Ardy” Bastien to fill the unexpired term of Pam Tallmadge in City Council Post 1. He was nominated to the position by Mayor Lynn Deutsch and was seated immediately after being sworn in by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Stacey Hydrick. Councilman Bastien will serve until a new Council Member takes office in January 2022. 

“This appointment is an honor and privilege,” Councilman Bastien said. “I enjoy public service and look forward to taking on the additional role of representing the people.”
Councilman Bastien is a Senior Partner with the Law Offices of Villard Bastien, LLC. He was appointed to Dunwoody’s first Zoning Board of Appeals in 2009 and has served continuously, including as Chair, since then. He gives back to the community as a member of the Dunwoody Rotary and Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber. He also served as Secretary to the Board of the Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Read more using this link.
Registration is now open for the City of Dunwoody’s household hazardous waste recycling event on Saturday, Sept. 25, in the parking lot of Dunwoody City Hall. This free event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is for Dunwoody residents only.
Message from the Mayor
The last month or so has been incredibly difficult. The uncertainty and lack of clarity about the direction of the pandemic and what happens next is unsettling and may be taking a toll on you or someone you love. Please know there are resources available to help. Locally, Summit Counseling Center and JF&CS can provide support, as well as the resources in the image in this post. DeKalb Community Service Board can also offer help.
For our local businesses, the already strained labor market has been worsened by the increase in COVID cases. Many are reporting more “rude” customers who are becoming irate over just about anything. Rather than sharing negative feedback online, please let the manager or owner know directly.
I ask that we continue to dig deep for the patience we need to navigate this frustrating time. I think it’s a good strategy to plan ahead and know that whatever you are trying to accomplish is going to take longer than expected. I have found that this will minimize disappointment and frustration as you go about your day. I continue to ask that you give local businesses and each other the space and grace to navigate this complicated time.  
Attention Dunwoody businesses:

Alcohol license renewal packets were mailed out on August 23. If you are expecting a packet and do not receive one, email All alcohol renewals are due by Nov. 30. Alcohol license renewals also include wholesale applications.
Massage and secondhand dealers' renewal packets were also mailed out this week. The due date for these renewals is Dec. 31.
New path at DHS; feedback requested

The City of Dunwoody seeks public input on a plan to improve community connectivity by creating a path on Vermack Road in front of Dunwoody High School.

The current sidewalk has power poles located within the walkway and does not meet ADA requirements. It will be more cost effective to relocate the sidewalk than relocate the transmission line. A new, wider path is proposed to accommodate groups of students walking and biking to both the high school and Vanderlyn Elementary School. Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funding for this project has been included in the 2021 budget. The concept includes a 12-foot wide shared-use path with a 3-foot grass buffer from the roadway.

Dunwoody Parks & Recreation
councilman fits bicycle helmet
Dunwoody Bike Rodeo is September 11

Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, Sept. 11 for the Dunwoody Bike Rodeo. It will take place at Pernoshal Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids will go through several safety stations to learn basic bike operations and ensure bike helmets are fitted properly.
Young Rembrandts: Is your child missing ART? Young Rembrandts is now in Dunwoody with brand new drawing classes. If your kids are new to art or seasoned pros, they will love this class. Lessons are designed to delight young artists as they practice fine motor skills, paying attention, staying on task, and best of all, socializing with other kids. The first session runs Wednesdays, Sept. 22 through to Oct. 27.
The Elite Peasant Community Yoga: Join The Elite Peasant for a breath-focused yoga flow class appropriate for all levels from beginner to advanced. The weekly class focuses on mindful, flowing poses to help build strength and balance. The next set of classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 15, and run through Oct. 20. Classes are from 5:15 - 6 p.m., and cost $72.

Wine tasting class: Join the Elite Peasant for a wine tasting class where we will explore small-batch wines through smell, taste, and sight. Learning how to taste is a straightforward adventure that will deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Explore the French Bordeaux region with a two-wine sampling and light food pairing to appreciate how French wine was made to be experienced. Must be 21 and over.
Program Partners
Spruill Center for the Arts
An Evening of Art & Merriment:

Spruill Center for the Arts announces Spirits for Spruill, an annual fundraising event for the arts center, to be held on Oct. 16 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Spruill Gallery on Ashford Dunwoody Road. Now in its fourth year, this event is touted as one of the best parties in Dunwoody where guests can enjoy live music, great food, and art-inspired drinks while basking in the Gallery’s sculpture garden. This year’s event is presented by Farmhouse Realty. 

This year, Spruill’s Annual Outdoor Art Installation project, AMPLIFY, will accompany Spirits for Spruill. The installation site is located on the side of the historic “Smoke House” on the Spruill Gallery grounds, facing the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody Road, and is the current home of AMPLIFY’s inaugural winner, "Find Your Wings” from artist Christopher Michaels. During the evening’s activities, this year’s AMPLIFY winner will be unveiled from a pool of 25 national submissions.
Save The Date!
Photography Exhibit opening soon

Stop by the Spruill Gallery beginning Thursday, Sept. 9, to view The Calmness in Cognition - A visual Presentation by Acquille Dunkley and Fingerprints - Photographs from Kathryn Nee. You won’t want to miss this amazing exhibit!
On view through Oct. 23. The gallery is located at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
Fall quarter registration for classes at the Spruill Center for the Arts is now open! Look for exciting new courses.
Stage Door Theatre
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Directed by George Fox, Stage Door Theatre presents the triumphant story of Karola Siegel, the girl who became Dr. Ruth (played by Eileen Koteles), a German-American sex therapist, media personality, author, radio, television talk show host, military sniper, and orphan of the Holocaust. Her media career began in 1980 with the radio show Sexually Speaking, which continued until 1990. She has hosted several series on the Lifetime Channel and other cable television networks from 1984 to 1993 and is the author of 45 books on sex and sexuality.

Shows are Aug. 19 - 22 and Aug. 26 - 29.
NOTE: Performances have been moved to Stage Door Theatre; originally planned at Brook Run Park

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Stage Door Theatre

Sept. 4 and 5
Showtimes: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Shakespeare's play is set in Athens and consists of several subplots that revolve around the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. One subplot involves a conflict between four Athenian lovers. Another follows a group of six amateur actors rehearsing the play which they are to perform before the wedding. Both groups find themselves in a forest inhabited by fairies who manipulate the humans and are engaged in their own domestic intrigue.
Dunwoody Nature Center

Every Wednesday in September | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $310, $35 off for members

On Wednesdays, K-5th grade students can come to the Nature Center for outdoor nature and science activities. This September, your child will have the chance to learn about all different types of insects! Activities will correspond to each grade level's standards.

Free First Saturday: Birds of Prey
Saturday, Sept. 4 | 11 a.m. - noon

Admission: Free! Registration Required

Join us for a spectacular bird show at the Nature Center. Nature’s Echo will bring several birds of prey for a fun and informative bird show. Learn about some common species of feathery predators in our area. Hang out after the show to ask questions and pose for pictures with these magnificent creatures.

September 18 | 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $100

Join the Dunwoody Nature Center for its annual fundraising gala, Monarchs & Margaritas! All money raised at the event directly supports the Nature Center. This upscale party-in-the-park on September 18 will be in the beautiful lower meadow area. A limited number of individual tickets will be available. Purchase yours today! If you can't attend, consider buying a raffle ticket and win great prizes!

Dunwoody Preservation Trust
Farm-to-Table Dinner & Bluegrass

Enjoy an evening of dining under the stars at DPT's 3rd annual Farm-to-Table Dinner at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm on Friday, Sept. 24 or Saturday, Sept. 25. Listen to the sounds of Sojourner while you enjoy a specially prepared four-course meal. All food is provided by local farms and dairies. 

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 numbers, we are again selling tables rather than individual tickets. Please put together your group of 4, 6, 8, or 10 and register as one. The cost is $80 for DPT Members / $90 Non-DPT Members. Tickets are on sale now.
History Alive
Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure

Saturday, Sept. 18
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Did you ever wonder what’s really inside Atlanta’s sealed Crypt of Civilization? Where can you experience a midnight costume party or get your haircut at a museum? And is there really an elephant graveyard in the city? Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Join us at our next History Alive program where Jonah McDonald, Atlanta writer, storyteller and historian, shares secret places around our city. 

Donaldson-Bannister Farm (4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road). 
$5 for DPT members. $10 for non-DPT members. No reservations required.
Community News
The Dunwoody Garden Club will hold its general meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the N. Shallowford Annex, 4470 N. Shallowford Rd.

Barbara Dorfman, a landscape consultant will present a program “Native Plants: Their Essential Role in Preserving Our Bird, Butterfly and Other Native Species.” Her talk will include photos of native plants to illustrate how to use them in a home landscape. Hospitality begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a short general meeting and a program at 11 a.m. Learn more.
Save the Date: The Spalding Garden Club is planning a Garden Faire! The event will take place on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Rd. Rain or Shine and all outdoors. Admission is free. Pass along plants from SGC members' gardens will be for sale. Also featuring a bake sale, picnic lunch, second seasons retail shop, birdhouses, garden art, and a raffle. Proceeds from the event will be used for beautification projects in our community.

The Spalding Garden Club is a member of National Garden Clubs Inc. and Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
I Care Atlanta needs your help!

I Care Atlanta is struggling to keep food shelves stocked in order to support area families in need. Please donate if you can. Here is a list of needed items:

  • Canned goods: diced tomoatoes, corn, green beans, tuna
  • Dry goods: pasta, rice, cereal, beans
  • Condiments: ketchup, mayonnaise, oil, honey
  • Fruits & vegetables 
  • Meats: chicken, beef, pork, fish 
  • Dairy products: eggs & milk

You can drop off donations at the I Care Atlanta office at 5879 New Peachtree Road in Doravlle. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Financial donations are also welcome using this Paypal fundraising link.