How Active Adults roll in Decatur

We have a multi-generational audience to serve here in Decatur and our Active Adult programs cover the ages. Choose from Pickleball, the fastest growing new activity in parks & rec to weekly social walks or tricycle rides, to community gardening demos, to learning to play Bridge to traditional fitness classes taught seated or standing. All these and more are open to our active adults. And we are happy to hear other class or programming ideas from you.

Ideas in the queue for Fall are classes in Playing the Harp w/Lyrika, Country to Disco Dance w/ Ricardo Aponte, English Country Dancing, Bidding & Playing Bridge at Regional Competition, social Media 101 workshop, and a Compassionate Self course.

Enjoy this video and see if you recognize any friends or neighbors in this all Decatur set of images.

Tricycles, Garden demos, Lunch talks…

Summer-time in Decatur brings loads of festivals and events and youth camps to the city, but active ADULT living classes continue as well during the day. Find the ADULT classes listed in the at-a-glance page in the Playbook each season and enjoy this video of active adult classes in action. Also check out our newest class and 2 free talks! Playbook 2016SUM at-a-glance

Tricycles, Garden demos, Lunch & Learn:

  • June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30Silver Spokes – a new tricycle class for active adults. 15 ladies have already tried it and learned to bike again! $5/class (bring cash to Ebster, we meet there at 9am).
  • June 18 – Scott Garden talk/demo – free demo on vertical planting techniques by master gardeners Randy and Anne Marie, meet us outside under the oaks at 9am and bring a light snack or juice/tea to share. Free.
  • June 24Lunch & Learn talk – Smooth Move: We Move Seniors – a chat with Holley Howard, based in Dekalb and specialist in downsizing homes and estate sales; free refreshments served, meet us in the cafe at 1130am. Free.


BBQ and Picnic at the Farmers Market

BBQ picnic at marketGrab your picnic sheet and join us for the fourth annual Decatur BBQ and Picnic fundraiser in support of the “Double Your Dollars” SNAP benefits program, at the Decatur Saturday Farmers Market on Saturday, June 4th on the lawn of the First Baptist church on Clairmont at Commerce!

They will begin serving BBQ sammies at 10:30am. They will have meat sandwiches from Tink’s Beef and veggie sandwiches from all your favorite Decatur Saturday farmers. All bread will be provided by La Calavera Bakery.
Gluten free meat and veggie plates will also be available! Each sandwich will be paired with a choice of grilled veggies or grilled peaches. $8 for adult plates and $4 for 1/2 portion children’s plates. We will also have delicious beverages, fresh market-made pickles, and other goodies on site to make your BBQ experience even better!

P.S.- Don’t forget your picnic blanket or sheet (the hot-weather version)!

Silver Spokes is ready to roll…


Tracie on the new EVO tricycle

Hurray! the adult tricycles are here and ready to roll. The NEW “Silver Spokes” class will meet Tuesday 5/31 at 9am at Ebster Gym to review the rules of the road and test ride. There will be a sign-up sheet onsite for the Silver Spokes class on future Tuesdays & Thursdays in JUNE at 9am (during nice weather).

So the important info for now is:

  • Everyone who is interested, please meet at 9am Tuesday/Thursday at Ebster Rec  (105 Electric Ave @ Trinity)
  • Wear close-toed shoes, comfy capri pants or leggings, and bring a water bottle
  • We have 3 bikes and 3 helmets and we can all take turns riding them in the plaza
  • I will have a clipboard for you sign up onsite for future Tuesday classes

Nedra is the certified instructor from Georgia Bikes who will help us review the basic skills and address any concerns. We’ll meet inside Ebster in the Beacon museum area. Class will be on the bench in the museum and out in the courtyard/plaza at Ebster.

See you Tuesday for this FREE tricycle demo. Future weekly Silver Spokes classes will be $5/class and require registration as we only have 3 tricycles.

Thanks to our partners at GRPA, Decatur Bikes, and Georgia Bikes!

Picnic in the park – a field day for seniors

DSCN8256Rain or shine! Join us Wednesday May 18 from 11am to 1pm under the pavilion in Glenlake Park (1121 Church Street) for a senior field day of sorts. Schoolkids arent the only ones who deserve a day off right? And we are celebrating May as #olderamericansmonth.

We’ll provide healthy Chick-fil-A lunch and mini sessions of fitness activities. Please wear your sneakers or other comfortable shoes. Stick around for the frozen yogurt social after lunch! Here are some of the activities for the day. Feel free to try any and all of them, we have room for 100 to join in.

  • Table Tennis demo – Charlie Slater
  • Yoga demo – Vinaya Ananda
  • Pickleball demo – Portia Langley
  • Silver Spokes tricycles demo – Tracie Sanchez
  • Farmers Market/EBT/garden fresh demo – Jenna Mobley
  • Chick-fil-A provided box LUNCH – chicken wraps and chicken salad sandwiches
  • Wellcare frozen yogurt bar – Ronnie Kendrick
  • Smooth Move – We move seniors – Holley Howard

See you in the park at 11am (or if you want get your walk in before the picnic, meet us at the Decatur Rec Center at 10am and we’ll walk to the park together.) This event is on rain or shine because we are set up under a huge pavilion.

So don’t let a little springtime rain stop you. We might even dance in it. 😉

Your seasoned senior event team,
Tracie + LeeAnn + Jennifer

Get back on that bike Sally…

Free bike class Saturday 5/14 at 1pm with award winning educator!

seniors bikingThat’s right active adults, you can ride a bike again. You loved it as a kid, that freeeee feeling, flowing through the parks, wind in your hair, ringing your bell, brrrrrrng, and a basket full of picnic items to enjoy when you arrive.

Perhaps you already bike around, but prefer the quiet of city parks and paths vs. busy streets? Either way, Nedra* will guide you on the safest cycling techniques, review the Georgia cycling laws, in a classroom setting, and then get the group out on the PATH trail for a test ride. You’ll be spinning in no time and honored to learn with this award-winning educator!

IMG_9235So if you need a refresher, meet other active adults, THIS Saturday (May 14) at 100pm-330pm at Decatur Rec Center for a FREE basic cycling course and short PATH ride. It will also give you ideas about where to ride.

Register here so we know how many to expect. And please either bring your bike and a helmet or email Nedra if you need a loaner bike. We have a few spare bikes here that you can use for class, but we’ll need to get them out of storage, so let us know. 

* Nedra is national educator of the year as designated by the League of American Bicyclists. She teaches for both Civil Bikes and Georgia Bikes and has agreed to lead our classes this spring!


Silver Spokes May 17; FREE cycling refresher May 14

EVO trike 7speed imageSilver Spokes is a *pilot* senior tricycling program using adult tricycles that help maintain good balance and support those with mobility challenges. Several cities are starting these programs with their active adult and senior populations. We also invite patrons with their own bikes or trikes to come and ride with us each week. We’ll begin on May 17 and bike together on Tuesdays at 10am.
So, now’s your chance! If you’re an active adult or senior and want to try a new thing (okay sort of new, you probably all did this way back in the day), riding a tricycle, then join us! And if you are a little rusty and just want to get back on your own bike and ride with friends on a path, join us. Both groups are encouraged.
Senior bike class4NOTE: We require that each person prepare for Silver Spokes by attending a FREE bike-to-basics refresher course May 14 @1PM here at the Rec Center. Sign up here to let us know how many Georgia Bikes safety booklets to provide and our instructor will be the 2016 national women’s bike education award winner Nedra Deadwyler of Georgia Bikes!
p.s. even if you arent planning to join Silver Spokes but just want to take a bicycling refresher course, join us, this special session on 5/14 is FREE, compliments of Georgia Bikes bike safety outreach program.
After the refresher course, and starting on May 17, our Silver Spokes class will meet Tuesdays at 10am. The tricycles will stay here at our gym, so please reserve 1 of 3 tricycles with Tracie (678-553-6559) to ride on our adjacent PATH during class. We bike with you and revisit the rules of cycling and go out for short path rides to practice our skills and get back in the flow of biking. Join any week and we’ll keep it simple and basic until next Fall at which point we might try something new once we see how the pilot goes.
Helmets are provided. $5 fee is due each week you come to ride. Limited enrollment of 3 tricycles, and a limit of 6 friends with their own bikes can attend for free and ride along with us, in fact we encourage you to bring a friend.
Thanks to our partners at Georgia Bikes! and Decatur Bikes!

Dates to remember:

May 14 – bike to basics refresher course and review of rules booklet in our gym 1pm
May 17 – silver spokes class 10am
May 18 – test ride a tricycle at the senior picnic at Glenlake Park 11am
May 20 – test ride a tricycle at ‘bike to work day’ out front under the flagpole 7-9am

Free classes until end of April…

fitness on track imageBrenda and Ina invite you to come try a class for free and have fun with
Fitness on Track, they offer 2 weekly classes at Decatur Recreaction Center:
  • Body Conditioning Tuesday from 6-7pm
  • Zumba Thursday from 6-7pm

April sessions are free for remainder of month.

Sign ups for May begin soon. $35 per month for residents, $40 for nonresidents

Lunch & Learn: Flu outbreak

Spring FLU outbreak is the topic of our 3/25 Lunch & Learn Friday at 1130am. Join us for a chat with the Emory Hope Clinic and learn about their study for persons over 65.

They will return on Monday to do voluntary testing and offer $25 gift cards for participants. Monday 10am – around noon. Sign up for a Monday slot on Friday at the talk.

Learn more about the Emory University Pneumococcal Study and about the outbreak, from the CDC.

Our speaker will be:

Mary B. Bower, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse II
The Hope Clinic of Emory University
500 Irvin Ct., Suite 200
Decatur, GA 30030
404-712-1370 (main)
404-712-1457 (direct)
404-499-9727 (fax)

Games Day is 3/23 at Ebster!

Calling all boomers, retirees, and prime-time seniors!

Games day at Ebster Recreation Center is ON for next Wednesday 3/23 at 11am. Some will arrive by shuttle bus and some will walk over from Decatur Recreation Center. (Walk With a Doc will join the walk and games day and then walk back).

Either way we invite you all to join us for lunch and board games. We’ll do some brain teasers, play some board games, and socialize with fellow seniors in Decatur.

So, get your game face on and see you next week!

Games are pictured here and lunch is from SABA Pasta in Oakhurst which many of you have enjoyed before at our events.