CHCA news & updates
April-May 2022 |
Neighborhood News
Schools Updates
Follow #modernizedhhs story
The Red Devil Task Force is a volunteer-run group advocating for the renovation and modernization of Druid Hills High School.

Follow the story at the DHHS PTO Website's #modernizedhhs page
Community Updates
Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy this free concert or get close up at a VIP table (limited number of VIP tables available with a $100 donation to the Emory Village Alliance). Beer, wine, and alcohol will be available for purchase. 
Atlanta folksinger Shawn Mullins @ Emory Village!
Saturday, April 30! Music starts at 5:30 pm on the grassy field at Oxford and North Decatur.

Singer-songwriter Mullins is best known for “Lullaby,” his 1998 chart-topping, Grammy-nominated hit from the platinum album Soul’s Core. He also wrote the number one hit “Toes” for the Zac Brown Band. 

John Willingham & Friends, an acoustic trio with John, Nelson Nolen, and Mark Jones, will open the show at 5:30 p.m. with an eclectic mix of well-known songs from the past five decades.

Mullins will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Please Join Us!
DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Executive Director Keisha Smith asks you to mark your calendars and bring questions and ideas to a key stakeholder conversation about elections in our county. This will also serve as an opportunity to introduce Director Smith to county leaders, share valuable information about previous elections operations and obtain your perspectives on how the voter experience can be enhanced in DeKalb. Your input is truly appreciated, and we look forward to the discussion. Details for the meeting are outlined below. 

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join by phone: 1-888-270-9936
Conference Code: 158866
Meeting ID: 814 6139 6993
Password: 951518
Traffic Updates
Did you know there is a Facebook Group dedicated to tracking incidents and advocating for a safer intersection of North Decatur Road and North Superior Avenue??

Check out Fix the Intersection if you're interested in joining.
Parks Updates

A group of dedicated environmentalists here in DeKalb County are launching a field trip and lecture program with diversity and inclusion as a core value. On February 19, the DeKalb Beloved Naturalists (DBN) will kick off its inaugural class and you are invited to be part of it!

For nine months the DBN will take adventures into natural spaces, taught by veteran scientists, giving the initial members new ways to see DeKalb County's forests, birds, geology and watersheds. This program will introduce sound scientific information in a hands-on, interactive manner and will increase awareness of the disproportionate environmental risks faced by various communities in DeKalb County and beyond.

Ranger Jonah is on the founding committee and DBN was created in partnership with DeKalb County, the Amphibian Foundation, Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, Awali Agricultural Center, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Georgia Audubon, South Fork Conservancy, Emory University, and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance.

You are invited to register for this program HERE.
Tuition for the 9-month program is $500 and scholarships are available. Check out the curriculum below and please help us spread the word!
April 26, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture and designer of the Druid Hills neighborhood, including ther gorgeous Olmsted Linear Park. The National Association for Olmsted Parks is coordinating a celebration of his life and legacy. In Atlanta, the Druid Hills Olmsted 200 Celebration Committee has representatives from 9 local organizations who are planning several exciting events the week of his birthday. 
Get Your Home Certified as a Wildlife Habitat!

Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference for wildlife.

Visit The National Wildlife Federation HERE to learn more about the program.

Before applying, download the checklist to ensure you have met all the requirements for your wildlife garden.

When you certify, your $20 application fee supports the National Wildlife Federation's programs to inspire others to make a difference and address the issues leading to declining habitat for wildlife nationwide. A portion of your fee also supports work for local wildlife in select affiliate partner states.
Is Your Membership in Our Neighborhood Association Current?
Membership in Clairmont Heights Civic Association (CHCA) is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who own or reside within the CHCA boundaries. Membership is on a household basis and dues are $25. Our membership year runs from June 1 - May 31.

How we use your Membership dues:

  • Neighborhood Improvements: We buy plants for neighborhood entrances and help fund additions to Melton Park. We provide grants for things like our annual Graduation Banners. We mow common areas when necessary.

  • Social gatherings: CHCA sponsors our neighborhood’s annual Halloween potluck and occasionally other cookouts and Family Movie Nights. We try to provide opportunities to meet your neighbors and have a good time.

  • Communications: The Association website, this monthly eNewsletter, and the neighborhood Facebook group are all mechanisms that we employ to share information about the community. With separate committees addressing traffic issues, zoning and development concerns, and schools, our Board learns about a wide variety of things that we share throughout the year.
Do You Know Who Represents Our Neighborhood?
Dekalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader
Dekalb County District 2
Dekalb Co. Commissioner Ted Terry
Dekalb County District 6
Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond
Georgia Representative Rennitta Shannon
Georgia State House District 82
Georgia Senator Elena Parent
Georgia State Senate District 42
United States Congressman Hank Johnson
Georgia 4th Congressional District
United States Senator Jon Ossoff
United States Senator Raphael Warnock