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Douglas County Happenings

Posted on: March 11, 2021

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Douglas County Happenings is a program of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners through its Department of Communications & Community Relations as a public service to our citizens. Our email list is not published or sold. Listings in Happenings are limited to events open to the general public that involve government, not-for-profit or charitable events. Deadline to submit is Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. to

Mask Mandate Order on Public Transit
Due to the order issued on January 29, 2021 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), travelers on all public transit are required to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Passengers must wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose while boarding, exiting, and for the duration of travel. This order applies to Connect Douglas, the public transportation and mobility services division of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Therefore, all passengers and drivers are required to wear a mask on all public transit systems and when entering or on the premises of the Connect Douglas Multi-Model Transportation Center (MMTC). Masks continue to be available to all riders on the Connect Douglas Fixed Route Bus Service upon request and at sanitizing stations inside the MMTC located on 8800 Dorris Road.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing
For COVID-19 vaccine and testing information, visit: 
Roll Up Your Sleeve for Your Annual Flu Vaccine
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 flu season to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. This fall and winter it is important for everyone to do their part to prevent respiratory illnesses, like flu and COVID-19. Prevent flu this season by rolling up your sleeve for your annual flu  vaccine, AND prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses by washing your hands often with soap and water, wearing a mask over your nose and mouth and keeping a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others when in public. Remember, the more people  vaccinated against flu this season, the more people protected from flu! Get your flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones, and do your part to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu this season by visiting the CDC website or watching this informational video: 

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners announced the launch of the planning process for Douglas Forward 2025, a five year strategic plan that will provide the framework for meeting the current needs of citizens and plans for the future growth of the community. 

The Douglas Forward 2025 strategic plan will serve as a guiding document for the Board of Commissioners when setting the priorities and policy for the administration and will allow the county to operate in a unified manner. 

“The purpose of the strategic plan is to set a clear vision and list of priorities to accomplish by the year 2025,” Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones stated. “We want to make sure citizens throughout the county are heard, valued, and involved in this process. As the county’s diverse population continues to grow, it is crucial to ensure the plan highlights the most important ideals for the community.”  

Throughout the process Chairman Jones, District Commissioners and other facilitators will host an estimated 50 virtual listening sessions with residents to collectively bring forth ideas that will ensure a cohesive vision for the county’s future. These sessions will allow citizens and community stakeholders to be involved in the entire process. To maintain transparency, video recordings and printed summaries from each listening session will be provided to the public on all county platforms. The information gathered in these sessions along with other collected data will assist in the plan development. 

“The Board of Commissioners are collectively committed to extensively engaging a wide spectrum of stakeholders in developing the strategic plan,” Director of External Affairs Tiffany Stewart-Stanley stated.  For this strategic planning process to be successful, it is imperative for Douglas Forward 2025 to include input from a vast array of constituents to effectively outline goals and measurable outcomes for Douglas County.”  

The strategic planning efforts will be led by the Department of External Affairs along with a team of county employees with a variety set of skills. Lionheart Consulting Group, LLC will also provide support and guidance for the strategic plan. Lionheart Consulting Group, LLC provides advisory services across all industries to help organizations drive institutional change, build leadership capacity, mitigate franchise and reputation risk with a particular focus on strategic planning, diversity programs, and corporate social responsibility.

For more information on Douglas Forward 2025, please visit or email

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2021 Community Garden
Rental spaces for the 2021 Community Garden are currently available. These spaces include access to water, tools and garden assistance. Spaces are 42“ wide and up to 51 linear feet long at a cost of $2.00 per lineal foot/year. The garden is located behind Douglas County Health Center at 6770 Selman Drive, Douglasville, Georgia. Citizens interested in renting space please contact UGA Extension Douglas County at or 770-920-7224
Post Road Bridge over Dog River Closure
Present - April 2021
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) contractors will close Post Road Bridge over Dog River Reservoir in Douglas County for approximately six month for bridge replacement. During the closure, traffic will be detoured around the 0.19-mile closure. Roadside signage will alert drivers of the closure and detour in advance. This closure and detour are being installed to help ensure safety for workers and motorists. Weather and on-site conditions permitting, the Post Road Bridge over the Dog River Reservoir will be closed to traffic between Jenkins Road and Tyree Road for an estimated six (6) months, through April 2021.  
Douglas County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)- Public Survey
Let Us Hear from YOU! Our County is growing and changing. By 2050, over 40,000 more people will be living and working in Douglas County! Help us change and grow in a strategic, forward-thinking way.
Take the online survey TODAY ( to let us know your key priorities for transportation needs in Douglas County. We need to find out where you want to see future investments in roadways, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, transit services, and freight movement.
For more information on this project, please visit
COVID-19 Testing at Deer Lick Park
Free COVID-19 Testing is being offered at Deer Lick Park, 2171 Mack Rd, Douglasville, Ga. Drive-Thru Testing Monday-Friday, 8a-4p and Saturday, 8a-1p. No appointment Necessary.  DC Pulmonary Medicine is sponsoring in collaboration with Douglas County, Parks and Recreation and the Sheriff’s Office and Premier Drugstore.
Women's History Month
March 2021
Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones and The Douglas County Board of Commissioners celebrate Women's History Month.
Junior League of Douglas County
Little Black Dress Initiative
March 8-12
The Junior League of Douglas County will hold its 6th annual Little Black Dress Initiative on March 8, 2021. LBDI is a week-long awareness and fundraising campaign to shine a little light on the existence of generational poverty and its effects on women and children. Donations can be made by simply using the QR Code. For more information please email:
Junior League of Douglas County
Sock Drive
March 8-12
The Junior League of Douglas County will be accepting donations of men, women, children and or infant's socks to benefit the homeless in Douglas County. Donations can be made by simply using the QR Code. For more information please email:
Junior League of Douglas County
Period Pack Drive
March 8-12
The Junior League of Douglas County will be raising awareness about period poverty and collecting menstrual hygiene products for girls in local public schools, homeless women and women in transitional housing. Donations can be made by simply using the QR Code. For more information please email:
Douglas County Master Gardeners and UGA Extension
Douglas County
Online Plant Sale
March 15th-18th
Visit to view houseplants, tropicals and hanging baskets and to place your order. Pick-up will be Saturday, March 20 at the DCMGA Greenhouse, 8750 Dorris Rd., Douglasville.
Payment with credit cards or checks (made out to DCMGA)
and will be accepted at pickup on 3/20 (no cash transactions).
Masks will be required. 

Cultural Arts Council
Carrie Roberts teaches a Springtime Burlap Wreath workshop
Ages 13-Adult, Tuesday, March 16, Time: 6:00-8:00, Cost: $55 (CAC member $50)

Sign up at []

In this chatty, hands-on workshop, join other ladies as you create your own personalized home décor. Use materials such as ribbon and burlap to weave together strips of textiles into a show-stopping decoration to treasure. When complete, your springtime-themed burlap wreath will measure approximately 24” across. Absorb yourself in a fresh, simple, and enjoyable process while you dream of decorating your home.

Free Food Boxes
Present - March 20, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Free food boxes will be available to assist families and seniors in need starting January 28th to March 20th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or while supplies last at the following locations: Woodie Fite Senior Center, Kingdom Builders (Begins March 5th), Legion Park, and Eastwood Baptist Church. View the graphic above for further details.
Midway Community Resource Center
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Free food give-a-way
For more information please call: (678) 540- 4420, EXT. 2
Farmers Market Mural Contest!
 The Church St Farmers Market Board and Live Healthy Douglas in cooperation with Cultural Arts Council Douglasville / Douglas County is excited to announce its new art initiative -- a mural contest to provide local artists with an opportunity to enhance downtown Douglasville with an eye-catching, inspiring art display. Contact for more information and RFP.
Midway Community Resource Center
Bread giveaway

Month of March, every Saturday Except the third Saturday
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
For more information please call: (678) 540-4420 EXT. 2
Alpha PHI Fraternity, Inc.
Family Food Box Giveaway
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Midway Community Resource Center
Shoebox Project
March 29th-April 3rd
Midway Community Resource Center in Douglasville will be collecting shoeboxes filled personal hygiene items to be distributed to homeless and low-income men, women and children in Greater Atlanta. For more information please call:
(678) 540-4420 EXT. 2
Shepherd of The Hills UMC
Tuesday, March 30th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday, April 3rd, 12 p.m.- 2 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills UMC is inviting families to pick up a free stay at home Easter egg hunt kits. Please remain in your car for pick up. 
Midway UMC: GriefShare
Every Thursday, February 11th - May 6th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Midway UMC will begin hosting weekly GriefShare seminar to help people rebuild their lives every Thursday starting February 11th and will continue until May 6th. The seminar will take place at Midway UMC, 1930 Midway Road from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Visit to register online.
For more information, contact Mary Ann Davis at 770-241-0475. 
Youth Art Month Exhibit
March 4 - 24
Youth Art Month Exhibit featuring Douglas County School Students is coming to the Cultural Arts Center Douglasville/ Douglas County in the month of March. Free admission. 8652 Campbellton St.
Douglasville, GA 30134, Free admission and open to the public,
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, 770-949-2787
Website: []
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, an annual favorite since CAC’s earliest days, is a fun and creative opportunity for children, ages three to ten years old, and families to have an interactive experience, based on Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice in Wonderland. $10 per person to attend. The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County is located at 8652 Campbellton St. Douglasville, GA 30134. Free admission and open to the public
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, 770-949-2787
Website: []


Mary Lou Bailey Funk: Pop Up Arts Shop
April 1st -30th
8652 Campbellton St.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Free admission and open to the public
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
Website: []
Our POP UP ARTS SHOP is the place for amazing one-of-a-kind gifts created by local artists. Each month we will feature a different artist that works with varying mediums. Be sure to stop by the CAC for some amazing arts and crafts before they’re gone! 

Cultural Arts Council
Elizabeth Mobley teaches "Doodling on Glass"
Saturday, April 3, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Ages 15-Adult, cost: $40 (CAC member $35)
Sign up at: []
For years, “doodling” has been a great way to relieve stress before it became popularized in coloring books. In this workshop, you will learn a few tricks to create and complete your own art on glass. No experience required. All materials included. Sign up for an experience full of surprises!
Spring Break Arts Camp
April 5 - 9 
9 am - 4 pm
Deer Lick Park
Douglasville, GA 30134
Registration required in advance
Website: []

The goal of the Spring and Summer Break Arts Camp is to encourage and reveal the talents of every student to highlight the impact. During the Spring Break Arts Camps, artists will work with each student on specific projects within their discipline that reflect and expand on a common theme addressed by all the teachers. The four main artforms that will be explored are 3-D art, 2-D art, Theater, and Music. 
Douglas County High School Tigerettes 
Golf Tournament
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
For more information please email:

Cheers to the Arts- Wine in the Woods
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dog River Library
Douglasville, GA 30135
Presented by the Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County.

Website: []

Come and experience entertainment, tastings, games, art vendors, door prizes, and much more

Douglasville Police Department:
Food Distribution Event with Atlanta Community Food Bank
Tuesday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m.
The Douglasville Police Department is working in conjunction with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute food to households in need. This “free food drive thru” is on a first come, first serve basis while the food lasts. It is our goal to make this fast and easy. The line will be directed through the back of the police department. As vehicles enter for the distribution, they will line up and meet with a volunteer who will be asking reference households and then the vehicle will continue through the line where the food will be placed into the vehicle. The food will be placed either in the trunk or backseat, no need for anyone to exit the vehicle.
Please make all inquiries reference this event prior to April 20.
Contact: Sgt. Shannon Dean 678-293-1621
Earth Day 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Calling all residents and businesses!  We need your help!  Please join Keep Douglasville Beautiful, Keep Douglas County Beautiful and Georgia Highlands College as we celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the streets of Douglasville and Douglas County. Litter affects us all!  Not only is it unsightly, but costs the U.S. over $12 billion every year.  This does not include the indirect costs of littering -- decreases in property values, commerce and tourism, and numerous negative health and environmental issues.
Multiple cleanup times and locations available on April 22, 2021. Join a group or organize your own! Contact for more information.

DEA Pill Take Back Day
Saturday, April 24, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m
Do you have old or expired medications? Douglasville Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority, and Douglas County Safe Kids during the DEA Pill Take Back Day to help you clean out those medicine cabinets. Location: Douglasville Municipal Complex at 2083 Fairburn Rd, Douglasville, Georgia 30135 on April 24th between 10:00am and 2:00pm to do your disposals. No questions asked, no forms or ID required. Liquid and pills are accepted. You can leave your medications in the original containers or empty them into a sealed plastic bag. NO sharps or inhalers will be taken at this event, just medications.

Contact: Sgt. Shannon Dean 678-293-1621
Cultural Arts Center Douglasville/ Douglas County
Pastel "Views of the World" Exhibit
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Opening Reception 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 pm
Exhibit on View: April 8 - 29
Margaret Dyer, Karen Margulis, Marsha Hamby Savage, and Gary Baughman create soft, effortless artworks out of pastel that beg any viewer to glance a double take at the realism of images of our world. "Views of the World," a show in pastel, will be on display April 1-29 at the Cultural Arts Center of Douglasville/ Douglas County. There will be a reception on April 1st hosted by Junior League of Douglasville.
Cultural Arts Center Douglasville/ Douglas County
8652 Campbellton St.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Free admission and open to the public
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
Free admission
Website: []

Douglasville Police Department Summer Festival
Saturday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
The Douglasville Police Department will be holding a Summer Festival instead of a Spring Festival this year. It will take place on June 5, 2021 from 10 am until 4 pm at the Douglasville Public Safety Complex located at 2083 Fairburn Road. Come out and meet your public safety officials while the kids enjoy a summer egg hunt, touch-a-truck, a K-9 demo, vendors, food and fun. This event is free and open to the public. We will be social distancing, have hand sanitizer stations throughout the festival, and ask that you bring a mask for close interaction. The entire event will be outside.
Vendors are needed and Registration is $25.
All vendor applications are taken in person or through email in order to ensure no duplications.
Contact: Stephanie McClarty 678-293-1797 or Sgt. Dean at 678-293-1621.
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