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The Week Ahead in Decatur and Avondale Estates

The kids are out of school this week for spring break. You can attend a free concert, talk to several authors and hear poetry and personal stories. If you're civic minded, several public meetings will be held.

Here are five things to know about this week in Decatur and Avondale Estates. For a full list of things to do, look at the Patch calendar of events.

1. It's spring break! The schoolkids in Decatur and DeKalb County schools are not hitting the books this week. They return to class April 15.

2. Free concerts. Band of Gold performs music from the 1940s to today's hits at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Library auditorium. Saxophonist Kebbi Williams and his band play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jazz Nights at Scottish Rite. Both free.

3. Author events. Jamie Quatro signs and talks about "I Want to Show Your More" at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Library. Ann B. Ross signs and talks about "Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Eye Book Shop. Rod Dreher signs "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming" at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Eye. at 2 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Eye.

4. The spoken word. A poetry reading will be held at at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Trilogy Books in Avondale Estates. Stories On The Square, a night of personal storyelling, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Famous Pub at 2947 N. Druid Hills Road NE, Atlanta. It moved from Eddie's Attic a few months ago. Both events free.

5. Public meetings. Decatur Board of Zoning Appeals at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Avondale Estates Downtown Development Authority at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Decatur Planning Commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Avondale Estates Condo Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Decatur Downtown Development Authority at 8 a.m. Friday.

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