September 9th - 16th
Welcoming Week is an annual celebration that brings together neighbors with the goal of building strong connections. The City of Doraville is home to people of all backgrounds, faiths, and identities. Welcoming Week is a time to celebrate the diversity that makes our community so unique. As well as a time to reaffirm the important role creating welcoming and inclusive places has in achieving collective prosperity.
The City of Doraville will be celebrating Welcoming Week 2022 with some exciting events!
You can check out our plans for the week below and get additional details on each of our events.
Carver Hills 5K Run/Walk
Carver Hills is a neighborhood in Doraville, one that has the unique distinction of being a historically African American community. When first arriving in Doraville, General Motors purchased their land from Black landowners. To help those families relocate, a neighborhood was created. Created in 1949 and sitting on 150 acers, Carver Hills was home to many Black families.
60 years later and much of this neighborhood changed. Much of the land has since been bought, sold, and redeveloped. I-285 runs directly through the center of the neighborhood's original footprint. Today, only one of the original streets remains.
The City of Doraville’s Celebration Committee has chosen to recognize and celebrate with this neighborhood in a 5k run/walk event. The funds raised from this event will go to the purchase of a plaque recognizing the neighborhood and it's significant history.
Mid-Autumn Festival is an annual celebration also sometimes called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the autumn harvest. This holiday is enjoyed across Eastern and Southeast Asia, in China it is considered one of the most important holidays. Celebrations for this day include lanterns, time with family and friends, and mooncakes!
The City of Doraville is joining in the celebration of this holiday with a Cultural Exchange Program event with Jackie Chen. This event will feature a tea ceremony, flower arranging and calligraphy lessons. We'll be hosting two sessions on September 13th, the first from 2-4pm and the second from 6-8pm, both at the Doraville City Hall. Registration is required for this event please register here!
The City of Doraville, Amerigroup, and local non-profit organizations will be joined to host this event. Doraville Police, and Dekalb Fire Department, will be sharing tips on staying safe. Other organizations will be handing out information, free car seats, and bike helmets.
The event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the green space at 3760 Park Ave. All are invited to attend and no registration is required.