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Douglas County Happenings

Posted on: April 22, 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
Appointments are available this week at Arbor Place Mall!
Make an appointment by visiting:


For COVID-19 testing information, visit: 

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

We need your help with the 5 Year Strategic Plan. You can submit your input by filling out our online survey here:
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.  
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.
If you are a Millennial or Gen Z'er, then YOU are the future of Douglas County! Help us create plans for how people will move throughout of the county over the next several years. Sign up at to stay informed and engaged.
For more information visit:
Connect Douglas Fixed Route Bus Alert
Dorris Rd. Closure
Monday, April 12- Friday, April 23
For more information please visit: []
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
Do you want to know more about savings with your Medicare costs? GeorgiaCares is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Georgia. GeorgiaCares is administered through the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. GeorgiaCares provides free personalized counseling to assist Medicare beneficiaries with their Medicare questions. During these challenging times, GeorgiaCares is committed as ever to continuing to provide services. Please call Janet Payne at 470-552-3161 or 1-877-220-0127 or email: for assistance.
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. 
Wellstar Mobile Pantry
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
9190 Campbellton St.
Douglasville , GA 30134

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! 

Midway Community Resource Center
Community Garden
Sunday through Friday from dawn to dusk. Closed on Saturdays.
Registration is required and a $10.00 per plot fee.
For more information:
678-540-4420 X2  
UGA Cooperative Extension- Douglas County
Volunteer Celebration
Monday, April 19- Friday, April 23
UGA Extension in Douglas County invites the public to join us in recognizing volunteers during National Volunteer Week - April 19-23.  Join us at one of these locations and snap your photo with AGGA, the UGA Urban Agriculture mascot!
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.
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: []

Keep Douglasville Beautiful Spring Recycle Event
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Overflow parking lot of First Presbyterian Church
9190 Campbellton Street
Keep Douglasville Beautiful in partnership with the City of Douglasville and The Douglas County Lions Club is holding a drive-thru Electronics and Scrap Metal Recycling Event. Volunteers will unload vehicles as you drive thru -- no need to get out of your vehicle. We will accept practically anything with metal content, that has a cord or uses batteries!  PLEASE NOTE: There is a $5 charge for each monitor or TV dropped off at this recycling event. All other items are FREE to recycle. Please, NO household recyclables.
The Douglas County Lions Club will be accepting Eye Glasses and Hearing Aids for their Lighthouse Foundation. They will also be selling BBQ plates (bagged for quick drive-thru pickup) for $5 and whole Boston Butts for $30 as a fundraiser.

For more information visit [] or email

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
Midway Community Resource Center
DIY Workshop
Sunday, April 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
4152 Midway Rd., Douglasville, GA 30134
Commissioner Carthan Townhall
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Connect Douglas Multi-Modal Transportation
8800 Dorris Road, Douglasville, GA 30134
Sign up to attend by visiting:
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
9851 Commerce Way, Douglasville GA 30135
Basket Creek Missionary Baptist Church
Bread and Sweet Treats Giveaway
Saturday, May 1, 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Midway Community Resource Center
Bread Giveaway
Every Saturday, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
4152 Midway Rd., Douglasville, GA 30134
2021 The Bobby Tillman 4th Annual & 1st Virtual 5k Walk/Run of Love Race
Saturday, May 1, 2021- Saturday, May 8, 2021
To register please visit: []
Cultural Arts Council 
Pop Up Arts Shop
May 3rd- 31st        
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
8652 Campbellton St.
Douglasville, GA 30134
770.949.2787Our 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! 
Website: []

Church St Farmers Market
Every Tuesday, May 4th- September 28th
3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Church Street Farmers Market is a weekly community farmers market featuring farm-fresh produce, cottage food items, and handmade crafts. 
Mobile Mammogram Unit 
Friday, May 7, 2021
Douglas County Courthouse
8700 Hospital Dr.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Boundary Waters
Side Walk Chalk Contest
Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
To register please visit:
Cultural Arts Council
Opening Reception "Early Days" Exhibit
Exhibit on View: May 10 - June 24
8652 Campbellton St.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Susan Knight Smith, Sally Storey Jones, Coe Steinwart, Laura Smith...four great artists come together to celebrate the "Early Days" in the memorable line-up of work displayed May 10-June 24. The exhibit will reflect the agelessness of a world around us, as artists explore times past and quaint moments that help us to take a step back, worthy of pause. Come pause with us at the gallery to view the timeless exhibit and celebrate the opening reception on Thursday, May 13, 5-7 pm. The evening will be hosted by Douglasville's own "Farmer's Table" who will serve up an old fashioned favorite - ice cream and cobbler.
2020 The Great Douglas County Shredding Event
Douglas County Courthouse
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Cultural Arts Council
Taste of Douglasville Festival
Saturday, May 15, 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
8652 Campbellton St.
Douglasville, GA 30134
The Cultural Arts Council is ready to celebrate with the community’s most popular event of the year – the annual Taste of Douglasville! Each year, participants not only enjoy Taste of Douglasville, but they also help the Cultural Arts Council support school programs reaching local students, providing affordable spring and summer arts camps in county and city parks, free Family ArtsVentures! 
Free admission and open to the public
Website: []
Cultural Arts Council
Taste of Douglasville Festival
2021 Tasting Booklet
This year, the CAC will be selling “Restaurant Tasting Booklets” for $40 each. Each booklet will have a wide variety of food tickets offering free food items from local restaurants, valued at over $100.   Tasting Booklets will be available for purchase starting April 4th. Taste of Douglasville 2021 is the Cultural Arts Council’s largest fundraising event.
Tasting Booklets can be purchased at [] or stop by the CAC or give us a call at 770.949.2787 during normal operating hours
Midway United Methodist Church
Spring Fling
Saturday, May 22, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Soaring Angels
Summer Camp
June 1st- July 9th 2021
For more information please call: 404-277-1214 
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.
You can also email us at
National Night Out 
Tuesday, August 2, 2021, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Fowler Field, 3270 Chapel Hill Rd Douglasville, Georgia 30135
Join the Douglasville Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as we come together with our community to make it a safer and more caring place to live. Take the opportunity to ask questions and get to know your neighbors and local law enforcement. We will have hot dogs, hamburgers, kids activities, giveaway items, touch a truck, music, and more! Join your local law enforcement for a night of food, fun, and partnership!


Contact: Sgt. Shannon Dean 678-293-1621

Douglasville Police Department 2nd Annual Rally for Peace, Justice, Accountability, and Unity
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Douglasville Municipal Complex at 2083 Fairburn Rd, Douglasville, Georgia 30135

Join us on the front steps of the Douglasville Police Department for our 2nd Annual Rally for Justice & Accountability. Come out to hear from Chief Sparks and other law enforcement leaders, elected officials, local pastors, and other community leaders regarding our commitment to justice and accountability in the law enforcement profession.

Contact: Sgt. Shannon Dean 678-293-1621

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