New Book on StoryWalk at Glenlake Park

We had fun yesterday putting up the signs for the book, Bird Builds a Nest, at Glenlake Park. The book is read as you walk along the wooded trail on the eastern edge of the park. This is the second book, and a third will replace this one in a few weeks.

After you read the book, you can take a photo of the activity sign at the end and do the activity at home.

Thanks to Lauren Tennyson, Children’s Librarian at the Decatur Branch, for making this happen.

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It’s National Root Beer Float Day!


Diet? Not on August 6. It’s National Root Beer Float Day, after all — a time to enjoy one of the best beverage/dessert combos on the planet. On that day, some even compete for root beer float greatness. It all started in Colorado back in 1893. Frank J. Wisner was inspired. Surrounded by Cow Mountain where his Cripple Creek Brewing Company was located, Wisner came up with a novel idea. While mountain gazing, he didn’t see snow-covered peaks. Instead, Wisner envisioned scoops of ice cream floating in root beer.  Crazy, right? So, today, enjoy the tallest, fizziest root beer float you can find!

Make Your Own Root Beer Float
There’s no better way to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day than by concocting your own root beer float. Grab a bottle of your favorite brand of root beer, pour into a chilled glass and top off with a fresh scoop of vanilla ice cream. Nice!

For more information about the holiday, click here.

Enjoy Some End of Summer Fun!

Enjoy some ideas on how to end the summer with fun!

he-family-picnic-480Have a Family Picnic
Enjoy every last bit of the warm weather by packing a picnic over the weekend. Visit your local park , picnic int he backyard or take a trip to a small town outside of your city. Either way, enjoy the sunshine so the memory lasts well into fall.

Get Crafty
Want to welcome autumn in a chic way? Create your own fall-inspired front door wreath. They’re easy to make and can utilize all materials found in your own backyard. Take vines and berry leaves and get creative!

Take a Walk
Get off the hammock (or porch) and re-visit your fitness program for the new season. Best tip? Set a goal, whether it be a 2 mile walk or a 3 mile jog, write it in your calendar and keep it. Setting goals is an excellent way to commit to your health and overall well-being.


Fly a Kite
Buy or make a kite and take it to one of the city’s parks and fly it.

Cover your driveway or sidewalk in sidewalk chalk.
There’s more than one way to color outside (like ice chalkchalk paint, and even exploding chalk), so turn this afternoon activity into an all-day event.

Enjoy a family game night.
Pass GO and collect $200 before homework takes over your evenings again.

Start and finish a puzzle.
Let a challenging thousand-piece puzzle take over your dining table for a few days. It’s a great ongoing activity for rainy afternoons (or any other “I’m bored!” moments)

Thanks to Joe at Chick-fil-A

IMG_4310We want to give a big THANK YOU to Joe Engert, operator of the downtown Decatur Chick-fil-A. Joe donated chicken sandwiches and bottles of water to feed the children at Decatur Housing Authority each day during the month of July.

Joe not only donated food, but many days he also helped distribute the food. We think Joe is a great community hero!

Social Distanced Adult Round Robin Tennis


Socially distanced Adult Round Robin will replace the Friday night and Sunday morning drills. Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to offer Friday night and Sunday morning drills in the format that has existed for so many years. We have altered these programs to provide mini match play options for adults in a fun and semi competitive setting. Players of all levels are welcome.

Singles and/or Doubles mini matches may be played depending on the number of people in each session. Mini matches will be first to 3 games with scoring handicaps offered to lower level players in the event that they are matched up against higher level players.

The cost is $15/$20 resident/non-resident. Fridays from 6:30-8:00 pm and Sunday from 9:30 – 11:00 am. Each player will be provided a can of balls. This program is ongoing.

Parenting Through the Trauma of a Pandemic – Virtual Town Hall

Trauma-Informed Virtual Townhall Meeting FlyerFrom the DeKalb County Board of Health:

You are invited to attend “Parenting through the Trauma of a Pandemic,” the DeKalb County School District virtual trauma-informed townhall meeting. This forum will provide parents and guardians with expert advice, supportive dialogue, coping tools, and external resources for navigating daily through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents from City Schools of Decatur are welcome to attend.

Dates:  August 4th and August 11th

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:Microsoft Teams

Registration is required. Register at

Deadline for Park Photography Contest is July 31


On your next visit to a Decatur park or green-space snap a photo and enter it in the Decatur Park Photography Contest.  The winner will receive an Amazon gift card! Photo will also be featured in an upcoming FOCUS.

Send your photos to by 5 pm, July 31.

Today is National Cousins Day!

It's National Cousins Day

From National Today:

National Cousins Day falls on the calendar every July 24 and is the perfect day to send some love to those family members we call cousins. Whether they were our first best friend or first antagonist, cousins are the people who made family get-togethers fun – or at least more tolerable and less awkward – when we were kids. Whether close cousins or distant cousins, friends or foes, those of us who are lucky enough to still have cousins around should think about celebrating them today.

Read more about cousins day, find some activities, and  more here.

Today is National Gorgeous Grandma Day!


National Gorgeous Grandma Day is celebrated on July 23 of every year. On National Gorgeous Grandma Day, we can celebrate the grannies in our lives. we celebrate those 50s and over women who live to get the most out of their lives. The ones who treasure themselves as much as their family, and most importantly they simply show a love for life. That’s really an amazing attitude and we appreciate all the positive energy that those gorgeous grandmas bring to the rest of us.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GorgeousGrandmaDay

No matter your age, be your gorgeous self. Maybe you’re a grandma, and perhaps you’re not. It doesn’t matter. Own the attitude and celebrate. Use #GorgeousGrandmaDay to share on social media


Alice Solomon created Gorgeous Grandma Day in 1984 to honor women of a certain age, whether they were grandmothers or not. It’s a time to recognize their accomplishments and their abilities. Their lives have only just begun.

Pool Update: Wednesday, July 22


Update 2:12 pm: Ebster Pool will open at 3 pm

Update: McKoy Pool will open today at 2 pm

Glenlake Pool is open from 10 am until 6 pm.

Ebster and McKoy Pools are currently closed, with repairs in progress, and may open later today.

Check back here for updates.