Move It Monday: Visit a Park

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Ready to #MoveItMonday?

Being outside can greatly contribute to your health and wellbeing. On Monday, try visiting a park for a fresh perspective on your workout.

According to studies, parks are beneficial. They promote physical activity, improve mental health, and even have the potential to reduce health care costs. Being outside also means your vitamin D levels will increase, you might be happier, and your concentration levels may improve.

Be sure to visit one of Decatur’s many parks and greeenspaces. Click here to find one near your home. Did you know that there is adult outdoor fitness equipment at McKoy Park?

See our ideas for enjoying Move It Monday in the park.

Bike to Work Day Energizer Station Friday!

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Stop by Decatur Active Living on Bike to Work Day, Friday May 18 for our Energizer Station. We will be in front of the Decatur Recreation Center from 7 until 10 am with treats, giveaways, bike safety information and more. We will be there even if it rains – if you can bike there we will be there!

For more more information on biking in Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

 

It’s Bike to Work Week!

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May 14 – 18 is Bike to Work Week!  
Try biking to work this week. If it is too far, drive to a good location, then bike from there.

May 18:
Energizer Station

Join Decatur Active Living on Friday morning for our Bike to Work Day Energizer Station from 7 – 10 am in front of the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. We will have coffee, juice, fruit and pastries as well as Clif bars, bike safety information and giveaways.

Third Friday Bike Ride – join us on Friday evening, May 18, for this monthly 6 mile bike ride around Decatur. This is a no-drop ride and we ride at a social pace. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm. If it is raining, check our blog or Facebook page for updates. Helmets are required for all city sponsored rides.

May 20:
Bicycle South Ride to Stone Mountain

Join Bicycle South for a ride to Stone Mountain. The ride begins at Bicycle South at 9 am. This is a no-drop ride. Helmets are required.

For more information on biking in Decatur visit decaturga.com/biking or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com

May is National Bike Month

Plan to hop on your bike to join in some Bike Month Activities. For more information on biking in Decatur visit decaturga.com/biking or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

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Decatur Tennis Tournament – Sign up by May 1

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It’s time to sign up for the City of Decatur Tennis Tournament!

The competition features Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles for men, women and juniors at all skill levels (Open, A, B, and C divisions). Entry fee is $25 for one event and $40 for 2 events. Tournament play begins on Monday May 14th and goes through Sunday May 20th. Weekday matches may start as early as 5pm and weekend matches typically start at 9am. We do honor schedule conflicts if submitted by the deadline.

The deadline to sign up for the tournament is May 1st. For information and to sign up visit  http://glta.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tour

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Celebrate Earth Day at the 11th Annual Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K

OCP posterThe 11th annual Beat the Street for Little Feet 5k, hosted by Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool and proudly presented by Stivers Subaru, will be held on Saturday, April 21st 2018! This year’s race coincides with Earth Day and we’ve got lots of fun activities planned that encourage sustainability and eco-consciousness.

The event includes a 5K, 1-mile, and a 500-yard Tot Trot which all start and end at the preschool which is located in historic downtown Oakhurst. The stroller division attracts a lot of families and the original Pete the Cat artwork by New York Times Bestselling Author James Dean always draws a crowd!

During and after the race, there will be all kinds of family friendly activities, including crafts, games, music, and dancing. You can also enjoy delicious treats from local favorites like Revolution Doughnuts, Steel City Pops, and Banjo Coffee. After the race, runners big and small will be recognized in an awards ceremony, including our popular Pete medals for the kids.

Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool is a nonprofit, parent-teacher cooperative, and this event is a perfect opportunity for the school to share with Decatur our two most important goals – creating community and nurturing respect for the earth.

Race operations are designed to have as little environmental impact as possible, and proceeds will benefit operations and special projects at the school, including our environmental curriculum and our tuition assistance program.

To register for the race, go to www.ocprace.com.

 

Bike Rodeo, Free Event!

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GA Walk & Roll Day is Tomorrow, March 7

 

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On Wednesday, March 7, children in the City Schools of Decatur will participate in the annual Georgia Walk & Roll to School Day. In 2017, over 1500 children in Decatur participated by walking or rolling to school. Let’s beat that number in 2018!

Did you know?
Decatur has had an active Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program since 2005.

The program won the Golden Shoe Award from PEDS for Pedestrian Friendly School System.

In 2008 the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s program.

Thanks to our wonderful parent “school champions” who keep the children motivated to walk or bike to school. Parents not only encourage children to participate in the program, but offer walking  school buses on special walk days and greet the children at the school with incentive items such as bracelets and stickers.

Be on the lookout for our walkers and rollers and drive safely!

For more information on SRTS in Decatur, click here.

Oakhurst Pool Update

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Oakhurst Pool will be temporarily closed on February 9, 2018 for the entire day, or until repairs are completed. Repairs are taking longer than anticipated.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

For information about Oakhurst and other pools in Decatur, click here.

Swing Your Partner at Decatur Recreaton Center

The Chattahoochee Contra Dancers are now dancing at Decatur Recreation Center!

Dances are held from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. every Friday night.  New dancers are encouraged to attend one or more of the Beginners Lessons which start promptly at 7:30 pm.  New dancers will be ‘Contra Dancing’ by their first dance starting at 8:00 pm.

There are two or more ‘Walk Thrus’ on each dance, so all dancers will be familiarized with the dance before dancing with the music.  You do not need to bring a partner as everyone comes to dance.  Just ask others to dance and most say ‘I’d love to dance’ or something similar around 90% of the time.   It is best to wear comfortable loose fitting clothes and soft sole shoes.  No high heels.

A different Caller and a different LIVE Band every Friday so there is a variety of dance and music from week to week.  Cost is $10 and $5 for students with IDs.  In addition to dancing several Contra Dances at the Friday dance, there is a mixer dance early in the evening where everyone essentially dances with everyone else, a square dance on occasion and one or two waltzes later in the evening.

More info about Chattahoochee Contra Dancers at www.ContraDance.org.   Also, a large selection of Beginners and Advanced Contra Dance videos at:  https://www.youtube.com/user/43jimcr