Friday, October 1, 2021

Nightmare on Wood Trail Lane [Oct.23, 2021]

The Harvest Festival and Haunted Trail is back in 2021! 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 from 5:00-8:00 at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. 

This is a family friendly outdoor event combining the wild natural beauty of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve with fall fun including a bonfire, food, a live band (Hot Tamale Ringwald!), an area appropriate for smaller children to enjoy, and a more chilling haunted trail experience along the wooded path for older children and adults. 

To ensure a safe experience for all, we are selling a limited number of advanced tickets, each with a timed entry into the Haunted Trail. We will not be selling tickets at the event. Pre-sale tickets only!! For more information and tickets, visit Update: Tickets to the haunted trail are sold out. We hope to return to no ticket limits next year.

WE STILL NEED HELP!!! This is a huge event and requires an army of volunteers. We need help with all aspects of the trail, in the days ahead of the event as well as the day of the festival. Please consider chipping in – opportunities abound. 

  • Go to and indicate how you’d like to lend your talents. 
  • See the FAQ’s on the ticket website for additional information on the event. 
  • More questions or comments? Email us at Proceeds from the Festival and Trail go to offset MANA’s costs and support the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

This information is being presented to you by Deb Elkin and Kathryn Firago, who are organizing outreach around the Medlock neighborhood. The goal is to ensure that those who have limited ability to leave their homes have some level of assistance with delivery of groceries, medications, etc.  If you wish to help with any such neighbor support, please contact A flyer with this information is being distributed to mailboxes around the neighborhood.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID19

What are symptoms of COVID19?
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath

How does it spread? 
• Person to person (keep a distance of 6 feet between)
• Droplets from sneezing and coughing
• Maybe by touching a contaminated surface, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads

What you should do if you are sick with COVID19? 
1. Stay home except to get medical care.
2. Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
3. Separate yourself from other people and animals at home.
4. Wear a face mask.
5. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
6. Avoid sharing personal household items.
7. Clean your hands often.
8. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
9. Monitor your symptoms.  



GA Department of Public Health:

City of Decatur COVID-19 Updates:

DeKalb County COVID-19 Response:

Parent in West End:

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Domestic Violence

Filing Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Alternative Gift Market [Dec 7]

Alternative Gift Market at North Decatur Presbyterian Church
Saturday, December 7, 10 - 3
Press Release November 2019
Take a shopping trip around the world!  North Decatur Presbyterian Church presents its annual Alternative Gift Market on Saturday, December 7th from 10 to 3.  These vendors sell fair trade, environmentally sustainable and reasonably priced holiday gifts that create positive change for refugees or disenfranchised populations. For truly one of a kind gifts, one can purchase items from Africa, Latin America, Asia, South America and the Middle East, as well as local products from emerging entrepreneurs.  Also available will be gift cards in honor of or in memory of loved ones such as goats for the Haiti EcoVillage School, El Refugio legal defense for detainees, or sending a child to Peacemakers Camp.  For a low stress shopping adventure we offer refreshments and a children’s craft corner. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted by most vendors.  For holiday gift-giving that makes a difference, come see us at 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur GA.

Contact:  Deedee Murphy,  404-276-0593

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fall Festival & Haunted Trail 2019 [Rescheduled to Oct 27]

TO SUNDAY OCT. 27, same time!

Would you like to help? Just sign up and the volunteer coordinator will contact you! 

If you would like to make a donation to towards this activity, please choose the DONATION button in our "Support MANA" page.

Donations help defray set-up costs for MANA and also support the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Please bring small bills and prepare for yummy snacks!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Haunted Trail and Fall Festival [Oct. 26]

The Fall Festial and Haunted Trail takes place at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve on Oct. 26, 2019. We need volunteers to help in the weeks and days leading up, day of, and next day for clean up. Let us know how you'd like to be involved!

To sign up for help (setting up the area a day early, or participating on the day of), please fill out the form embedded below and an event organizer will be in touch with you shortly. Thank you!!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

MANA banners are ready for pre-order

Banner, temporarily to the podium during a recent meeting.
Our MANA logo is now a banner, printed on heavy-duty blockout vinyl (intended for outdoor use). The banner measures 27" high x 20" wide and includes grommets at each corner for secure hanging. Once again, our thanks to Rebecca Huynh Thongkham, who designed the MANA logo and reimagined it for this purpose.  


The background color is a lovely blue-green that looks great under both artificial and natural light conditions and plays very nicely against a brick background.

You may specify multiple banners in a single order. Free delivery! 

Banners are available for $30 for those with active MANA memberships, and $35 for non-members.  

Banners will be available for pick-up at the October 7 MANA meeting; banners will be delivered to any who are unable to pick them up at the meeting.

The early bird pre-order rate of $28/banner ended on September 20, 2019.
And here's the logo, out in the wild.
The banner's background color is actually a very close match to Benjamin Moore's "Beau Green" in case anyone's curious.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

New bridge connects Medlock Park to Scott Circle greenspace

Scott Circle Lots master plan
Sometimes it seems like nothing's happening but persistence pays off. In particular when you have good folks who keep on keeping on!

Back in 2014, we started hearing about the County's plan to purchase floodplain properties on Scott Circle, with the lots to be converted to greenspace. In 2015, several houses were demolished and the greenspace started taking shape. With community input and support from Druid Hills Youth Sports and the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (MANA), a vision for this greenspace was agreed upon. In subsequent years, dozens of trees were planted and in 2017-2018, a Park Pride grant came through to build the first of two bridges that will connect Medlock Park to the Scott Circle lots.
Ta-da! The new bridge.

This week, that first bridge was installed and volunteers gathered on April 13 to begin mulching the first of a series of paths that will make the space more accessible. Our thanks to Ted Ward, MANA Greenspace chair, who has been leading this effort for the last several years. Also thanks to Dave Butler who has been instrumental in this and so many other greenspace projects in our neighborhood (Scott lots, community garden, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve).

Thanks to all the volunteers who turned up today to chop and haul privet and spread mulch at the new bridge. Soon, additional truckloads of mulch will be delivered so that this first path (that wends its way along the back of the properties) will connect to the park entrance.

Later phases will add a path along the street (since there is no sidewalk) to make it safer for pedestrians to walk along this section of the street.
Two strong men and one smart man clear the area near the park-side
ramp to the new bridge. [Just kidding, it took the three of them to move that downed tree!]

Too far to jump: this creek tributary collects a lot of runoff from nearby areas.