Celebrate Bike to Work Week with Decatur Active Living

The end of Bike Month is quickly approaching so be sure to celebrate with us as we wrap up another great month.

Visit us at our Bike to Work Energizer Station tomorrow morning, May 20, in front of Decatur Recreation Center for a grab and go breakfast.

Bike and Brews will be later that evening at 6:30pm. We will meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center then end at Twains Brewpub.

Did we mention that GA Commute Options will join us? Visit their table for cool swag. Hope to see you ride with us.

Be a Recreatur! Kick-Off Meeting is TODAY – Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Collaborative public input is a critical component of the plan, and we need your thoughts and feedback on questions like:

  • Where do we need more parks, playgrounds, and other facilities?
  • What recreation programs do you want?
  • How can parks and recreation help address complex challenges facing our community?

If you’re unable to attend the meeting in person, please visit DecaturRecreatur.com for more information on how to participate.

Be a Recreatur! Kick-Off Meeting is tomorrow – Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Collaborative public input is a critical component of the plan, and we need your thoughts and feedback on questions like:

  • Where do we need more parks, playgrounds, and other facilities?
  • What recreation programs do you want?
  • How can parks and recreation help address complex challenges facing our community?

If you’re unable to attend the meeting in person, please visit DecaturRecreatur.com for more information on how to participate.

Get Bouncy! Make Art! Have Fun! Decatur Arts Festival All Weekend Long!

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 10 AM-2 PM
DECATUR RECREATION CENTER, 231 SYCAMORE ST.

The Decatur Arts Festival brings the community together through a multi-day offering of live music, dance, comedy, theatrical performances, kids’ fest, exhibitions, and an expansive and diverse artists’ market.

On Saturday kids get their own mini-festival at the Decatur Arts Festival. Kids’ Fest celebrates the artist in all young people!  With plenty of creative activities, dance music, inflatables, and some fluffy surprises, this area will be fun for the young and young at heart.

Parents walk over with the kiddos and enjoy face painting, chalk art, dog kisses, sand art, and returning this year- Four Minutes of Fame! Kids will have four minutes on stage with a mic to do whatever brings them joy!

Get here early and start the morning with Flamenco performance at 10 am. Performers will showcase Flamenco songs and dances in this show designed especially for kids. Families are encouraged to gather around to capture some inspiration from the young performers, who promise to have the crowd cheering “Olé!” as they clap and stomp and twirl. 

King of Pops will be on-site all afternoon selling popsicles.

Thank You To All Our Kids Fest Vendors: Paint Love, Scraplanta, Lifeline Animal Project, Jumptastic, Topplin Tops, Sand Art Cart, Decatur Makers, Queen Art and Design, Color Wheel, and King of Pops.

Be a Recreatur! Kick-Off Meeting is tomorrow – Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Collaborative public input is a critical component of the plan, and we need your thoughts and feedback on questions like:

  • Where do we need more parks, playgrounds, and other facilities?
  • What recreation programs do you want?
  • How can parks and recreation help address complex challenges facing our community?

If you’re unable to attend the meeting in person, please visit DecaturRecreatur.com for more information on how to participate.

Be a Recreatur! Kick-Off Meeting May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Collaborative public input is a critical component of the plan, and we need your thoughts and feedback on questions like:

  • Where do we need more parks, playgrounds, and other facilities?
  • What recreation programs do you want?
  • How can parks and recreation help address complex challenges facing our community?

If you’re unable to attend the meeting in person, please visit DecaturRecreatur.com for more information on how to participate.

Earth Day Festival is TODAY at Decatur Recreation Center

On Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-2pm, Earth Day Decatur will have lots of family fun activities at Decatur Recreation Center (next to Decatur Library). If the weather is good, we’ll be outside in the front, side, and backyards of the Rec Center. With bad weather, we’ll move events indoors. This event is a partnership between Decatur’s Environmental Sustainability and Active Living Boards and Decatur First United Methodist Church.

Celebrate Earth Month!

Earth Month is upon us and we’re looking forward to Earth Day on April 22! If you’re still searching for fun activities and ways to celebrate, no worries—here are 10 ideas to help get you started:

  1.  Gather your friends and colleagues for a casual outdoor yoga or stretching session. This is a great activity to help you concentrate on mind-body wellness while connecting with the outdoors. Pro tip: Plan your session at sunrise or sunset for an even more beautiful and relaxing experience.
  2.  Have old outdoor gear, toys, or clothes that you’re looking to replace? Host a neighborhood clothing or toy swap. This is a great way to find a new home for items you’re looking to part with, snag some “new” goods, and reduce waste by diverting your unwanted belongings from landfills.
  3.  We’ve all heard of New Year’s resolutions, but what about Earth Day resolutions? Create a checklist with some short term and long term goals, or jot down some eco-minded ideas in a journal to inspire you to treat every day like Earth Day!
  4.  Nothing says Earth Day like a rejuvenating hike and litter clean-up combo! Whether you’re hitting the trail with a group of friends or going for a solo stroll around the neighborhood, this is a great way to get in your exercise for the day while helping to keep our planet beautiful.

    Join our Hiking Club on April 23 for an Earth Day hike around Sweetwater Creek State Park. Email Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com for more info!

  5.  Have old electronic devices or equipment sitting around? You’re not the only one! Host a drive at your workplace or school to collect e-waste and other materials that can be difficult to recycle.
  6.  Get crafty with some environmentally-inspired Do-It-Yourself projects! Transform your old T-shirts into fun reusable shopping totes, or create homemade stationary by making biodegradable seed paper.
  7.  Plant a tree, or two, or three! Get your hands dirty and plant some native flowers or trees to help restore local habitats and keep our planet beautiful.

    Check out beecaturga.com for information on pollinator habitats around the city.

  8.  There’s no better time to get started on your spring cleaning than Earth Month! Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products to make your home spotless, and get rid of clutter by collecting gently used clothes, furniture, and other household items you no longer have a use for to donate to people in need.
  9.  Earth Day is a great opportunity for us to reflect on our own ecological footprints and consider ways in which we can reduce our  impact on a daily basis. A great way to start thinking about this is by going on “scavenger hunt” of your home or your workplace to search for areas where you can reduce waste, energy, and water use. Not only will you be conserving natural resources, but the savings you generate can help your wallet too!
  10.  Find some time to enjoy nature-themed books like Dr. Suess’s The Lorax—a great option for children and adults alike!

Be sure to join us April 23rd from 10-2 for our Earth Day Festival at the Decatur Rec Center. More info can be found here!

Spring is Blooming at Scott Park Community Garden

Scott Park Community Garden

Spring is blooming! I have checked the temperatures for April and we seem to be out-of-the-danger-zone for late frosts. With this belief in hand, I decided to sow my wildflower seeds this past weekend using a mix of annuals and perennial seed types adapted for the Central Piedmont of Georgia. As I have written before, soil preparation is crucial. To this end, I turned over the Scarlett Clover into the soil. Scarlett Clover is a legume – a type of plant that harbors bacteria which “fixes” Nitrogen and makes it available for growing plants. The nitrogen and the decaying plants will nourish this year’s seedlings.   Plants like Scarlett Clover are called Cover Crops and as they decay, the plants are called Green Manure.  As the plants decay, they release their nutrients slowly for optimal uptake by the seedlings and young plants.

I walk the garden and view the plots every few days. Many are looking wonderful – no weeds, a covering of mulch, plantings galore, fencing when needed, and some whimsical additions! All-in-all, the garden is quite beautiful and it will become even more so. However, I strongly encourage those of you with plots that need tending to do so! Weeds are and will take hold and seed quickly in the warming weather.   Less work weeding now, than in the future. Remember, the seeds from the weeds in your plot spread to other’s plots. So, help out and tend to your plot sooner rather than later.

As you are working on your plot – remember a few basics! Planting the same type or a member of the same family of plant in the same spot every year degrades the soil and invites pests such as nematodes specific to the type of plant you are hoping to grow to move in. So, I suggest, trying different plants in your plot or at least move them to a new section of your plot. Test your soil’s profile for nutrients needed and for the correct pH. Add what you need and don’t waste money on what you do not need. Weed your plot and cover with a layer of mulch – not too much. Water as needed. It is best to water deeply and less frequently in order to encourage deep root growth. And, never forget to enjoy your plot! Take time to enjoy the smells and sights associated with a healthy garden. The pollinators and birds benefit from your efforts. I hope to see and talk with you at the garden!

Tribute to Madeleine Albright

Medeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, we would like to pay tribute to a giant – Madeleine Albright. Mrs. Albright served as 64th United States Secretary of State under the Clinton administration becoming the first female in U.S. history. Albright once stated, “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” Let us give thanks for her voice and paving the way for so many women in her life.