Plant Some Trees With Trees Atlanta

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Join Trees Atlanta this coming Saturday, December 7 at the the Decatur Cemetery to plant some trees.

Meet at 299 Bell Street at 9 am; the planting will be finished around 1 pm.

Volunteers should bring gardening gloves and dress in layers as you can really heat up digging holes and planting trees. For more information click here.

Volunteer at Glenn Creek Nature Preserve this Saturday

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From Arborist Neil Norton:

Please join us for this Saturday, December 7, from 9 am to 12 pm  for our second volunteer day of the year at the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve. Pizza will be served to all volunteers at 12 pm.

Please remember to bring water, wear long sleeves and pants. We have extra gloves, but at our last volunteer day found the rubber or leather gloves work better than the cloth ones we provide. We will continue to remove invasive species, reinforce the trails, and mulch. 3 Service hours available to all students!

Internet and Phone Downtime

350-3504205_people-talking-with-phone-vector-clipartThe City of Decatur internet and phone services will be down temporarily during a brief period between 3 and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27.

We ask for your patience during this time.

Thank you in advance.

Decatur Active Living Holiday Closings

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Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will close on Wednesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. and will be closed through Sunday, December 1. We will  reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 2.

Glenlake Tennis Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and reopen on Friday.

Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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From our friends at #MoveItMonday

The sound of the wind rustling through branches, the sight of moss crawling over tree stumps, the sweet smell of fallen leaves after a fresh rain: There’s magic in the woods… but you’ve got to go find it.

Make this Move it Monday an afternoon of exploration with a family nature walk and scavenger hunt through the forest, public park, or even your backyard. Children of all ages are drawn to the adventure and endless intrigue of the outdoors, but incorporating a scavenger hunt will keep them moving and engaged (and well behaved).
Don’t know where to start? Click here.

We Love our Crossing Guards!

This is Crossing Guard Appreciation Week and the City of Decatur showed our 38 crossing guards some love!

The City held a breakfast for them this morning where they were recognized with certificates and a gift. Several schools also honored their crossing guards this morning with flowers and cards.

Next time you have a crossing guard to help you cross the street be sure to tell them how much you appreciate them! They are out early in the morning in all kinds of weather, then return mid afternoon and keep a smile on their face as they help children travel to and from school safely.

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For more photos of all of our crossing guards, visit facebook.com/decaturaactiveliving.

Climate Reality Project Meeting Tonight at Decatur Recreation Center

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Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

It’s Saturday morning and the kids have just wrapped up cartoons and polished off their cereal.

And now they’re restless.

But what’s a parent to do when they’ve got a couple of little ones bouncing off the walls? Instead of trying to get Chris and Sally to sit down to a puzzle, board game, or art project, use family game day as an opportunity to get everyone moving.

We’ve picked some awesome Move it Monday actives to help the kids expend all of that excess energy: No iPad, X-Box, or television required!

Build an Obstacle Course
Let your imagination (and children) run wild with an obstacle course. Shift around the furniture, throw in some pillows, create some corridors, and send your kids on a fun journey through the house and into the yard. Need some inspiration? Consider adding in a puzzle half-way through the obstacle course or make a section that requires kids to crawl, hop, or wiggle their way through to the end.

Wacky Races
Go beyond the typical running race and introduce your kids to some cool and funky variations. Three-legged and wheel barrow races are always a hit, but you can also add in a crab walk, hop scotch, jump rope, or soccer ball to ramp up the fun. The more creative you get, the more captivated your audience.

Family Freeze Tag

This activity is perfect for a bigger group and a spacious backyard. Freeze tag is a classic, but the comradery necessary to rescue your frozen teammates can get even mom’s and dad’s adrenaline pumping. The stopping-and-starting of freeze tag allows you to exert a burst of energy — and then rest. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a refresher on the rules: One person is “it” (they do the tagging); everyone else runs around until they are tagged. Once tagged, you remain “frozen” with your legs set wide apart until another player crawls through them, which unfreezes you. The game finishes when all players are frozen (or the “it” gets too tired).

Freeze Dance
If you’ve got a lot of kids to entertain, there’s nothing better than a groovy game of freeze dance. Put on some pop hits, grunge, gospel, rock, rap, Disney tunes, or whatever other music you fancy and start dancing. When the music is stopped (someone will have to be the DJ), anyone who is still moving is out. The last person standing wins!

FREE Lime Scooter Class Saturday, November 16

lime logoJoin Decatur Active Living and Lime for a FREE scooter class this Saturday, November 16, 12 pm at Legacy Park.

Lime staff will be on hand to share important information about safe scooting, complying with the rules of riding in Decatur, and best of all, Lime will be giving away free test rides!

Meet at Legacy Park (formerly known as United Methodist Children’s Home) located at 500 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30030. There will be about 15 minutes of review and about 15 minutes of free ride time so you can get familiar with riding a scooter in a safe space.

You must RSVP here so Lime can ensure the right number of scooters for maximum riding time. Helmets will be provided and are yours to keep.

In order to test ride a scooter, please remember the following:

(1) All riders must be over the age of 18

(2) Wear comfortable clothing and shoes (tennis shoes, flats, etc.)

(3) Download the Lime app from iTunes or Google Play and set up your account beforehand to minimize wait time

***In case of rain the reschedule date will be SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 at 12 pm***

Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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Happy Healthy Monday from our friends at the Monday Campaigns!

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to bring the family closer. So why not turn your plain-old, ordinary exercises into a family fitness challenge.

Experts recommend individuals spend at least 150 minutes per week exercising or being active, so we’ve compiled a list of exercises that can easily be converted into fitness challenges for you and the whole family to do together. Completing one or two of these challenges a week will help you satisfy that weekly workout requirement. Group challenges inevitably motivate you to push yourself a harder, and they can even help you squeeze out an extra rep (or two or three).

The cherry on top is that these fitness challenges don’t require any hardcore workout equipment; all you need is maybe a few chairs, some floor space, and a few willing participants.

Check out five of our favorite challenges.