New Pool Hours Through Labor Day

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Enjoy the pools though Labor Day with the new hours.

Glenlake Pool:
10 am – 6 pm each day of the week

McKoy and Ebster Pools:
4 pm – 8 pm weekdays
10 am – 6 pm weekends and Labor Day

Make Some Back to School Crafts!

Since school is starting virtually this year, your young student may want to create a fun learning space. Here are some crafts families can do to get ready for that big first day.

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Pencil Holders:
Your child can make this Mason Jar pencil holder for his/her own desk. Don’t have a mason jar? Use a can or other glass jar.

Is your young student a Star Wars fan? They can create and R2-D2 pencil holder to brighten up their desk.

Decorate your learning space:
Parents can make this Paper Roll Pencil and fill it with treats, erasers, or other school supplies for a first day of school surprise.

Make a Back to School Photo Frame to liven up the learning space.

Create a School Bus Kleenex Box cover and brighten up your desk.

Ideas for Teens:
Make a Back to School Bulletin Board with things you have around the house.

Create a Back to School Clipboard to keep track of important papers and assignments. You can use this idea, or get creative and design your own.

A Hanging Organizer is great for keeping things in their place. This one is really cute. You can even make it more colorful by adding some designs. If you prefer to have an organizer sitting on your desk, here is another idea.

A new mouse pad might add some fun to online learning. Learn to make a Floral Mouse Pad, or use any material that you enjoying looking at.

 

 

It’s International Left-Handers Day!

 

From Nationaltoday.com:

On August 13, 1976 Left-Handers International designated this day — a Friday the 13th — as International Left-Handers Day.

Wonder what it’s like to see the world from a “left-handed” point of view? On International Lefthanders Day, August 13, you get to explore that world for a day. Did you know Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were all left-handed?  Rock out with Paul McCartney or Jimi Hendrix, the world’s greatest left-handed guitarist.  (Stevie Ray Vaughan, born right-handed, learned to play a left-handed guitar like his hero, Hendrix). There’s also Oprah Winfrey,  Julia Roberts and Lady Gaga, left-handers all.  In baseball, there were the legendary “southpaws,  Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax. So, if you’re left-handed, grab your left-handed cup and make a toast to all left-handers, everywhere!

Read more about the history and famous left-handers here.

August 12 is National Middle Child Day!

From NationalToday.com:

If you have siblings, you know the rivalry can get real. Middle children often get less attention from busy parents. But despite the commonly held belief that their insecurity and resentment carries on into adulthood, middle children actually develop some critical skills that help them become successful adults.

Whether or not “Middle Child Syndrome” is real, it’s true that middle children, particularly in large families, can get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Started in 1986 by Elizabeth Walker, National Middle Child Day celebrates our middle siblings and reminds us that each child is precious and important.

Read more about the history of the day, and about some special middle children.

Ways to celebrate the day:

  • Send your middle child or sibling a gift. Let them know you’re thinking about them!
  • Watch some episodes of your favorite TV middle child. Grab some popcorn and spend some time with your own kids. Take a family poll to see who your favorite TV middle sibling is, and watch a few episodes of that show.
  • Get in touch with your siblings. Whether or not you have a middle child in your family, it’s never a bad time to reach out to your siblings and say hello.
  • If you are a middle child, today is a day to treat yourself – you deserve it.
  • If you know of a middle child make the day special for them – they deserve it.

Photography Contest Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the Park Photography Contest in July for Parks and Recreation Month.

The winning photograph was taken by Gael Doyle who will receive a $25 gift card.  Congratulations to Gael!

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Bring Harmony to Your Home Office

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From our friends at The Monday Campaigns:

Working from home has both advantages and drawbacks. Sure, we can take meetings in our pajamas and make yogurt parfaits for breakfast, but the concept of a “home office” risks blending the critical line that separates your work and your personal life.

Creating a dedicated home workspace can help reestablish those boundaries. By removing clutter and doing a bit of decorating, you can reduce distractions, improve your productivity, and mitigate stress when you are working from home. This Monday, use the tips found here to carve out your own peaceful workplace

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!

rootbeerfloatduo-e1571856100812From NationalToday.com:

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.

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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!