It’s National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week is here. As a reminder, this year’s theme is “Red Lights Mean Stop!” Whether you’re riding a bus now or planning to ride one in the future, practicing school bus safety is always important.

Share the love! Remember to appreciate your bus drivers this week and on Thursday’s “We Love Our Bus Driver Day.” Bus drivers inspire us all through their hard work, dedication and bravery. We want to honor them this school year for going the extra mile to serve our families and schools during the pandemic. 

Congratulations to our Century Challenge Bicyclists!

Lucas Dod accompanied his dad David on his rides.

In September,the City of Decatur challenged bicyclists of all ages to bike a total of 100 miles during the month. Participants received a Bike Decatur bandanna.

Cogratulations to:
Mark and Diana Mandelbaum
Paul Powers
Alice DeMille
Shawn Slemons
Mark Karell
Gael Doyle
Toni Hetzel
Neil and Naomi Norton
Clay Scarborough
David Dod (and Lucas)



“Walking Past the Dead” Tree Tour is October 31

On Saturday October 31, from 1 – 3 pm, join arborists and learn about trees in the Historic Decatur Cemetery. Visitors will walk a trail showcasing eight or nine trees with an arborist stationed at each tree to share interesting facts and stories.

Free event; donations will be accepted for Women Arborists of the Southeast Scholarship Fund and Friends of the Decatur Cemetery.

Social distancing will be required for non-family groups and each group size is limited to no more than 10 people. Masks will be required by attendees during the presentations!

No reservations are needed. For more information contact Kay.Evanovich@decaturga.com.

Decatur Cemetery is located at 299 Bell Street in Decatur.

Free! Art in a Bag Halloween Craft

Enjoy making a fun Halloween craft that you can use to decorate your home with. Using a balloon, glue and yarn, you will create a 3-D spider web. The directions are included, as are all the supplies you will need. Pick yours up at the Glenlake Tennis Center. Supplies are limited, so stop on by today!

For more information, contact Sara.Holmes@decaturga.com.

Embrace the Season of Change

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns:

The pandemic has altered daily life for people across the country, and things will likely continue to change in the days, weeks, and months ahead. But change can be a powerful motivator, especially when it is thrust upon you without warning or notice. 

As summer fades into fall, start thinking about how you can embrace change and use it as a positive source of inspiration. Start the week on the right sneaker by getting your cool-weather exercise gear in order; if you’re feeling stress or overwhelmed, take a mindful walk through nature and pay extra close attention to all the sights, sound, and smells of the outdoors.

Fall is here, and that means hot apple cider, horror movies, and a lot more flannel; but the changing of the season also means new opportunities for outdoor activities.

Here’s how you can embrace the season and stick to your #MoveItMonday routine.

October is Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month and the first week of October is Fire Prevention Week™

This year’s motto is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.(data from NFPA)

Cooking fires can be prevented by:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling.
  • If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly.
  • Remain in the home while food is cooking.
  • Use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking.
  • If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV while cooking

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.

Today is International Walk & Roll to School Day

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

This year Decatur Safe Routes to School will celebrate by encouraging children (and their families) to Walk Anywhere this week.

Remember to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from non-family members.

Take a walk anywhere in the community, post your photo, and tag it #walkanywhereweek, #gasaferoutes, #decatursaferoutes

Walk Anywhere (safely) Week!

October 7 is International Walk and Roll to School Day and Decatur’s Safe Routes to School program is celebrating with “Walk Anywhere Week.” 

Take a walk anywhere in the community, post your photo, and tag it #walkanywhereweek, #gasaferoutes, #decatursaferoutes, #iwalk2020

October Outdoor Classes and Fun!


Free Classes on the Square

Tai Chi/Qi Gong – Tuesdays, 9 -10 am, on the Square.
Class is limited to 10. Masks and registration are required. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8ab29a2ff2-taichi

Yoga – Friday, 9 -10 am on the Square.
Class is limited to 10.Masks and registration are required. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8ab29a2ff2-yoga

Wellness Wednesday – Wednesday, 2 – 3 pm on the Square.
Fun and exercise for elementary age children, limited to 10. Masks and registration required. Contact Stacy.Green@decaturga.com to reserve your spot.

Outdoor Walking Group is back! Wednesday, 9 am
Join Sara for a socially distanced 2-3 mile walk around Decatur neighborhoods. Masks and registration are required. Limited to 10 walkers. Register here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E48A9AD2BAAFB6-decatur


Introduction to Dog Obedience Training – Saturday, October 24  – Old Courthouse Square
This one time class introduces the basics of training dog obedience cues and polite manners to your dog.  Dogs must be at least 5 months old. The focus will be on learning and practicing the fundamental dog behaviors of Sit/Watch/Stay/Release.  This class is not appropriate for dogs reactive to other dogs on a leash. For questions contact Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113. Please register through Rectrac.

New! Mobile Rec Center
Decatur Active Living is to offering small group activities  directly in Decatur neighborhoods. Staff will re-introduce recreational games and activities that are fun  such as hula hoops, corn hole, ladder toss, jump rope and hopscotch. Each game will follow social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be given to each participant and masks will be required. Limited to 10 children per visit.
To find out when the Mobile Rec Center is coming to your neighborhood and to register, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054EA4A62CAAFE3-mobile.
 

Paid Outdoor Classes

 Tai Chi Flow – Saturday, 11 am – Legacy Park
For those already familiar with Yang-style Tai Chi 24 forms, this is an internal advancing Tai Chi class.  To join this class one must have permission from the Instructor, Stephen Dorage, 404-617-0071.  This class explores the myriad possibilities to assure one’s Tai Chi form practice flows like water, and one maintains connectivity throughout.  

Tai Chi-Qigong  – Saturday, 9:30 a.m.  – Square
A fun way to de-stress and regain health, balance and fitness. Join your neighbors and friends at Decatur’s newest park – Legacy Park – for beginner’s Tai Chi-Qigong.  These ancient internal arts are full body, brain and energy cleansing and enhancing methods.  Come out and try the process and see how it works for you!  Contact Neil Norton for further information and to register, 404-271-6526.  

Youth Karate – Wednesday, 6 pm; Saturday, 11:30 am – Decatur Rec Oval
 Registration is now open, class limit is 8 students Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are required. This is a no touching class by teacher or fellow students. Contact Sensei Adesi (adesi2274@comcast.net)  for information.
Classes start on Saturday October 3rd or Wednesday October 7th, depending on registration.
 Use your household ID and password to register with this link,
https://webtrac.decaturga.com/webtrac/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&xxtype=YREC&wbsi=8cace619-5acb-0ea8-7114-c860345bdb82

Basic Dog Obedience Training
Terri’s Training for Dogs and People
Saturdays, November 7, 14 & 21 from 10 – 11 AM
$84 for the 3-week session
This 3-week class helps owners work together with their dogs to become confident and happy companions.  The focus is on learning and practicing basic dog obedience manners as well as solving behavioral problems such as jumping, pulling & barking.  The course will also focus on ways to stimulate your dog’s brain to build your dog’s confidence and calmness.  Dogs need to be at least 5 months old and have all their vaccinations.  The class is outdoors and limited to 5 dog/human teams – humans will need to wear masks at all times – no sharing of training equipment – and we will practice social distancing of 6-10 ft of separation between participants. This class is not appropriate for dogs reactive to other dogs on a leash. For questions contact Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113..Register here: https://webtrac.decaturga.com/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&xxtype=SENOR&wbsi=e282e3ac-f030-3db7-7114-e9cacc6da98d

Biketober -FREE
Sign up to be part of the Atlanta Bike Challenge in OCtober. You could win some great prizes.It doesn’t matter how far you ride, just that your ride!  Learn more and register at atlbikechallenge.com

September 30 is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Wednesday is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, a nation-wide effort to focus attention on the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women.

12 Ways to celebrate the day, from Health.com:

1. Try a new sport. Spinning in the pool? Why not? Mixing up your workout can be good for your bod.

2. Get your thyroid checked. A sluggish or hyperactive thyroid can wreak havoc on your concentration, mood, and weight—-and can go undetected for years.

3. Eat some superfoods! You may not be Superwoman (well not every day), but you can eat superfoods. We’re talking broccoli, apples, turnips—-and lots of other good stuff you can find at your local farmer’s market. Try superfoods that can help you lose weightfight colds, boost your heart health, and even live longer.

4. Take a nap. You know it’s good for you, so here’s how to power-nap like a pro. New research is shedding light on the health benefits of sleep, which is good for your heart, mind, weight, and more.

5. Ask a friend to work out. Not only will exercising be more fun, but research has shown that working out with a pal can help you stay motivated and lose more weight than those who go solo. Please practice safe distancing and/or wear your mask.

6. Give yourself a healthy beauty treatment. Try these DIY food facials or find out how to check yourself for skin cancer.

7. Eat for your bones. A healthy diet can go a long way towards helping you get enough calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones healthy and strong.

8. Stay hydrated. Not a fan of the 8-glasses-of-water-a-day rule? Try these 15 juicy, water-filled foods.

9. Toast up some squash seeds! Chock full of nutrients and crunch, these little seeds will become a healthy addiction. Here’s how to toast squash seeds, which are rich in iron, fiber and zinc.

10. Rub out stress with a massage. While a little bit of stress is fine for the body, prolonged stress can take a toll on your body, including weight gain, hair loss, and blood sugar swings.

11. Give your back a break. Try lightening up your bag, or making other changes to help your back. And don’t forget to add back-strengthening moves to your workout to stop problems before they get started.

12. Eat some chocolate. May we suggest these chocolate ricotta muffins? Not only does chocolate (the dark kind) have all sorts of health benefits, letting yourself savor the foods that give you pleasure is one of the healthiest things a woman can do, according to Sue Ann Gleason of Consciousbitesnutrition.com.