Get on Your Bike in September!

tony leung

Century Challenge
Decatur Active Living challenges you to ride 100 miles in September! Ride as few or as many times as you like; just accumulate 100 miles between September 1 and 30, take a screen shot of your activity tracker showing your mileage, and send to cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com. Riders will receive a cooling bandanna with the I Bike Decatur logo. See if you can make a route using the city’s new cycle track. All ages are welcome to participate!

Cycle September
Sign up for the National Bike Challenge “Cycle September” at https://www.lovetoride.net/usa. This is also a good way to track your miles for the month.

Bike and Be Well – September 16
Safe Routes to School invites all children to bike (or walk) to their school on Wednesday, September 16 to celebrate Bike and Be Well Day! Students in grades K – 5 are invited to bike (or walk) by their school and pick up an incentive item and a Bicycle Guide for Kids. Each school will set their own time frame to coordinate with the Wellness Wednesday activities for students at their school. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Let’s see which school will have the highest participation!

Bike to Work
Bike to Work Week will take place September 21-27, 2020. Bike to Work Day is Tuesday, September 22!

For ideas on routes around the city visit decaturga.com/biking.

Decatur Library has lots to offer……

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I miss going to the library! The building may be closed, but they are offering some creative ways to share the library during the pandemic. Their recent newsletter had some things I thought were pretty great…..

Hoopla is a new digital resource that provides online and mobile access to eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies and TV. All you need is a library card. AND there are no wait times. For more information visit www.hoopladigital.com/

Virtual Programming
The library also offers free virtual programs including dance, music, jewelry making, book discussion, and lots more.

Summer Reading
This summer, Georgia Public Library Service is providing online access to Beanstack to all 408 public libraries in Georgia! Beanstack lets you track reading, participate in challenges, and engage with fun literacy activities.

If you do not have a current library card, you can get one here.

Have fun!

Scavenger hunt

Let’s come up with a fun scavenger hunt! Look for something antique, something borrowed and something living. Let’s look for certain shapes and colors get everyone thinking as outside of the box as possible. Find something you use for travel. Pick a theme and make it fun!

Bird watching

I know you’ve heard the chirping in the morning. You see the nests in the yard. Have you spotted any birds?

PBS has this great little chart to help you identify what you might be seeing. So is that Mr. Blue jay in your yard or a red breasted nuthatch?

Something new

Let’s try a new recipe! Let’s look to see what ingredients we already have and base a recipe around that. You can look up some recipes or tweak some of your well versed creations. Enjoy getting creative in the kitchen.

Yoga

Lets lubricate our bodies by learning and practicing some yoga skills! Yoga is great for getting in tune with ones self. It’s a useful meditation and calming exercise. I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves, socially isolating and enjoying the time for yourselves.

Pine cone ornaments.

Pine cones, among many other things, we may find out in nature along with small rocks, sticks, etc can be used as ornaments. You can thread them, paint them or even put them in a fruit basket. Enjoy bits of nature in your home. You can hang them along with the leaf stencils from yesterday. Enjoy your home made crafts. 🙂

Outside time

Today, let’s get outside! Take a walk, listen to the birds…don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. Today’s a great day to BBQ, so fire up the grill and have a picnic. Look around to see all the things we miss out on in our own yard on the daily. What’s something new that you see? Take a picture and sketch it out. Get some sunlight today!

Spring Cleaning!

It’s time for spring cleaning! If you haven’t already, let’s go through some things. In each room we’ll have three essential groups: Keep, donate, and throw away. The entire family can get engaged with organizing their space. So let’s crank the music up and work our way through the house. What do you have hidden in the back of your closet? Have you been looking for something? Lets make today’s goal to find it.! Don’t forget to have fun while doing so as well! 🙂

Scrapbook

You know all those pictures you have from that family vacation you took?Or the ones from the kids birthday party? Let’s start scrapbooking! There are so many ways to go about this aside from just the usual book you might be thinking. You could arrange the pictures on an old board you have laying around, modpodge them down and write little notes, quotes, dates, etc. You could also make a shadow box with them by adding little keepsakes and pinning them in place.