Active Living Halloween Walk is October 24

Halloween Walk

Take a walk with the Pedestrian committee of the Active Living Board to see Halloween decorations in Decatur neighborhoods.

Walkers will receive free Halloween necklaces and glow wear to “Be Bright and Be Seen.” Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Meet in the parking lot of the First Christian Church and be ready to walk at 7:30 pm. All ages are welcome.

For more information click here.

October 21 – 25 is School Bus Safety Week!

National School Bus Safety Week is October 21 – 25 and the theme is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

For some tips on keeping your child safe on the bus, click here.

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How to Use a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Safely

The City of Decatur three pedestrian hybrid beacons installed at busy crosswalks:

South Candler Street near Davis Street
Clairemont near the YMCA
Scott Boulevard at Westchester Elementary

The City is committed to improving the pedestrian, bicycle and Safe Routes to School networks throughout the City.

Third Friday Bike Ride: Halloween Edition!


Join Decatur Active Living for the Halloween edition of the Third Friday Bike Ride on Friday, October 18.

Dress up and/or decorate your bike and ride 6 miles around Decatur neighborhoods. Meet at the Decatur Recreation Center. Come at 6 pm and meet the folks from Mountain High Outfitters in Decatur. They will have water, snacks, coupons and more!

Be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm. This ride is not recommended for small children as we ride at and adult pace.

After the ride we will visit a local restaurant for refreshments and camaraderie.

Bring your water bottle, bike lights, and be sure to wear your helmet.

For more information, click here.


When: November 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Refuge Coffee (4170 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Clarkston, GA 30021)

From-Clarkston-to-Decatur2x-e1568233427154Walk for a cause! Now in its seventh year, the Global Village Welcome Walk, presented by Ameris Bank, is a chance for community members to walk alongside Global Village Project (GVP) students, parents, staff, and volunteers to support refugee girls’ education. The 4.8 mile walk along the PATH Trail will begin at Refuge Coffee and finish at Global Village Project, a school located in Decatur Presbyterian Church (205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030). Afterwards, join us for festivities at the Finish Line Celebration, featuring face painting, the Big Burgers and Wings food truck, school tours, a performance by the GVP Chorus, and more!

Welcome Walk Promo PhotoThis year GVP aims is to bring together 300 walk participants for their largest walk yet. Every dollar raised makes it possible for GVP to provide life-changing opportunities to young refugee women who have survived persecution, war, and violence. GVP relies on individual donations so that their students can attend free of charge. Show your support by registering today!

Cost: $25; $15 with student discount. All participants will receive a t-shirt. To register or donate please visit:

Global Village Project is a nonprofit, accredited special purpose school that prepares refugee girls with interrupted schooling and limited English to excel in high school and fulfill their dreams.


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For More Information Contact:

Erin Alred

Qigong/Tai Chi for Rest and Relaxation at Ebster Recreation Center

Decatur residents Neil Norton & Steve Dorage, and their colleague Drew Bracewell of Clarkston share 60 years combined experience in Qigong/Tai Chi in Decatur. They started their first class at Decatur Recreation Center ten years ago. A new Qigong/TaiChi class is being offered on Wednesdays at the Ebster Recreation Center at 12 pm, taught by Neil Norton. Neil, a twenty year plus cancer survivor, shared, “I wanted to give an opportunity for people with more flexible schedules to relax in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, often when we need a breathing practice the most.”

Steve started Tai Chi 4 L.I.F.E (Longevity, Increased Balance & Strength, Flexibility, and Energy) in 2014 with the hope of creating a community of Tai Chi practitioners similar to what you might see in China. Steve shares his vision, “We would love to see a Decatur park full of community members moving together on World Tai Chi Day on April 25th, 2020.” Last year Tai Chi for L.I.F.E. had over 20 people including 6 instructors at Legacy Park. With busy schedules and stress around every corner, Drew believes, “we need a time and place to be just be present to help balance out our busy lives with breathing and gentle movements.”

Steve, Drew, & Neil share a teacher, Dr. Michael Jamison for whom they have been training with for 20 years. In addition to Tai Chi training, several times a year they organize all day Dao Yin workshops at the Decatur Recreation Center with him. Dao Yin is a practice mostly on the ground that cultivates internal energy that Qigong and Tai Chi are derived from.

Neil and Drew work as Arborists, and Neil is the Executive Director of Georgia Arborist Association, while Drew has expanded his interest in wood and Tai Chi through the construction of Tai Chi swords. Both have practiced other types of martial arts with a focus on Tai Chi and Qigong over the last 20 years. Steve worked in the health care industry and recently retired and now focuses on his family, practice, and Tai Chi 4 L.I.F.E. He has been practicing Tai Chi for over 30 years. Steve states, “Similar to saving money for retirement, Tai Chi benefits compound as you age, the earlier you start, the greater the return.”

Sharing the PATH or a Trail

Since the path can be congested it’s important to follow the same rules as everyone else in order to have a safe and enjoyable time.

•    Be courteous
•    Know the rules of the trail you are using
•    Give a clear signal when passing
•    Be cautious and yield to crossing traffic
•    Always be predictable by riding in a straight line
•    If you are riding while it is dark, be sure to use lights
•    Only use half the width of the trail
•    Keep it clean

Enjoy Biketober and stay safe!

Healthy Monday: Try Falling for Autumn

healthy monday From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Happy Healthy Monday!

Autumn is the most soothing of the seasons: The lush of greens of springtime have given way to regal shades of auburn, gold, and crimson; the air is crispy and chill; the swimsuits and warm-weather tops have been stored away make room for light jackets and worn-out jeans.

The changing of the seasons provides an opportunity to reflect and recognize the changes occurring in our own lives. Embracing this time of year as a period of introspection and mindfulness can uplift the spirit and prepare us for the winter months ahead.

See our mindfulness practice for appreciating the sensations of the season this Monday.

Walk or Bike to Porchfest on October 12

porchfest 3Decatur Porchfest is Saturday, October 12 from noon until 6 pm in Oakhurst.

The easiest way to get to and around the neighborhood is by walking or cycling. If you are from outside of Decatur, consider taking MARTA to the East Lake station and then walking or cycling from there. Be healthier, get some exercise, and avoid the hassle of having to find somewhere to park a car.

From the Decatur Arts Alliance website:

Porchfest, the ultimate grassroots music festival, is an afternoon when porches all over the neighborhood become stages and people meander from yard to yard, listening, hanging out and connecting with their neighbors. It’s the largest organic, free-range, crowd-sourced music festival in Georgia, and is what Georgia’s music tourism bureau called “very likely the most diverse lineup of any festival” in the state.

For more information about Porchfest visit

Eco Walk at Glen Creek Nature Preserve, October 15: Postponed due to chance of rain

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