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Posted on: May 6, 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 - mid June 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.
Lyft Vaccination Rides via United Way 2-1-1! 
Lyft is providing individuals with FREE rides to and from their vaccination appointment(s) as they believe transportation should not be a barrier to vaccination. This program is open to residents throughout the state where Lyft has a presence (most major cities in Georgia).
Douglasville Police Department: Community Enrichment Meetings
Second and Fourth Thursday of the Month, 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
The Douglasville Police Department invites everyone to fellowship together while discussing topics impacting our community. Discussions are held on the 2nd  & 4th Thursday of the month. (No 4th Thursday meetings in November or December, nor on holidays). We speak on local issues and work together as one for the benefit of the community. Follow us on Facebook to see all our events and meetings.

Location: House of Hope at 8304 Hollis Street, Douglasville, GA 30134
Contact: Sgt. Shannon Dean 678-293-1621
#DYK the Douglas County CTP will be a multi-modal plan that will consider all forms of transportation including walking, biking, automobiles, freight, transit and emerging transportation technologies (i.e. autonomous and connected vehicles)
For more information 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
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  
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:
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
Douglasville Police Department: Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Douglasville Police Department is having a Town Hall Meeting at the Police Department Community Room located at 2083 Fairburn Rd, Douglasville, GA 30135. We will be discussing our Use of Force Protocol, Internal Affairs, Investigations of Officer Use of Force, and Training & Recruitment. We hope you will come out and join us for this in-person event. Masks will be required and temperature checks will be done at the door. Light refreshments will be served.
Contact: Sergeant Shannon Dean (678) 293-1621
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 
Cultural Arts Council
Robert Thompson with Lot 10 Paper: Pop Up Arts Shop
June 1- 30, 2021, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
8652 Campbellton St.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Free admission and open to the public
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!
Website: []
Cultural Arts Council
"Early Days" Exhibit
Exhibit on View: through June 24
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
8652 Campbellton St.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Free admission and open to the public
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.
Website: []
Virtual Community Meeting
Thursday, June 3, 2021
6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Are you a Millennial or Generation Z'er? What you say now will impact how Douglas County functions later. Register TODAY for the next Public Meeting on Thursday, June 3rd at at 6:00pm to share your input!
Cultural Arts Council
Cheers to the Arts series - Beer &  Buddies
                        June 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.                        
Taco Mac
7397 Douglas Blvd, Douglasville, GA 30135
Come and experience entertainment, tastings, games, art vendors, door prizes, and much more!

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.
You can also email us at
Christian Community Orchestra and Elementary String Orchestra
June, 7 2021- June 28, 7:00 p.m.
 The Christian Community Orchestra will begin meeting for our new season during the month of June on Monday evenings June 7-28 at 7pm in Central Baptist Church 5811 Central Church Road Douglasville.  The Elementary String Orchestra will also meet in June at 6pm.  There is no age limit or fee.  Just bring your instrument.  You may come once or more.  This is a good time for high school band members and string players to keep up their skills.
For more information:
Jan Booth, Director
770-286-0431 or
Cultural Arts Council
Summer Arts Camp
June 7-11, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
The CAC will set off on its Summer Arts Camp adventure this Summer, June 7-11. Four artist teachers will guide your child through a week of creativity to prepare for a final production of talent on Friday, June 11 for families to enjoy. Your child will enjoy painting, sculpture, music, theater, culture, and outdoor activities. Don't let your child sit on a device all Summer when there is a week of fun to be had! The week will take place at Hunter Park daily from 9 am - 4 pm with an option for early drop off and late pick up for an additional fee. Campers are $125 for the week (CAC members $115) with a $5 sibling discount after payment for first child. For more information, or to register, visit the CAC website at []
Soccer Camp at Alexander High School
June 7-10, 2021
Registration and detailed information at:

Ross Tennis Academy at Deer Lick Park
June 7,2021 to July 23,2021
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Sign up now !! spaces are Limited
Beginners Intermediate Advance Lessons
Cost $125 weekly
Our Focus will be on getting fit, and skilled in all phases of your tennis game.  Back hand, fore hand, hand-eye coordination, the important footwork. Got to move your feet!! Serve techniques that make the competition take notice. Drills, Fun tennis games, tournaments at all skill levels.
To register
1. Log in to: []
2. Click on Service
3. Click on Park and Recreation
4. Click on Athletic
5. Click on Quick link online Park and Recreation registration
6. Scroll to Tennis instructions select Tennis Summer Camp/or any program you want to participate in, log in to your  account or create an account
Call 404 513 0904 ( for any additional info)
Cultural Arts Council
Sew Fluent’s Sewing Summer Club
Course Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays in June
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Children ages 8 and up
Cultural Arts Council
Oil Painting Course
Thursdays, June 17 – September 2
9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

For more information: []
2021 Douglas County Boys & Girls Clubs Golf Tournament
Friday, June 25, 20221
Mirror Lake Golf Club
1000 Canongate Pkwy, Villa Rica, GA
For more information contact:
First Baptist Church Lithia Springs
Free Out Door Concert
Saturday, June 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
10531 Veterans Memorial Highway
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
National Night Out 
Tuesday, August 3, 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

“Hollis Street Jamboree
Saturday, August 28, 2021, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
We invite everyone to come out and celebrate with us! The Douglasville Police Department, in partnership with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, is sponsoring a Jamboree at our “House of Hope” located at 8304 Hollis Street, Douglasville, GA, on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 1pm - 6pm. The Jamboree will include information from several surrounding city & county resources, balloon animals, kids activities, food, music, and more. There will be something to do for everyone.
Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and bring masks. Parking available at Simpson’s Mortuary adjacent to the event.
This is a FREE Event.
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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