October Outdoor Classes and Fun!


Free Classes on the Square

Tai Chi/Qi Gong – Tuesdays, 9 -10 am, on the Square.
Class is limited to 10. Masks and registration are required. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8ab29a2ff2-taichi

Yoga – Friday, 9 -10 am on the Square.
Class is limited to 10.Masks and registration are required. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8ab29a2ff2-yoga

Wellness Wednesday – Wednesday, 2 – 3 pm on the Square.
Fun and exercise for elementary age children, limited to 10. Masks and registration required. Contact Stacy.Green@decaturga.com to reserve your spot.

Outdoor Walking Group is back! Wednesday, 9 am
Join Sara for a socially distanced 2-3 mile walk around Decatur neighborhoods. Masks and registration are required. Limited to 10 walkers. Register here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E48A9AD2BAAFB6-decatur


Introduction to Dog Obedience Training – Saturday, October 24  – Old Courthouse Square
This one time class introduces the basics of training dog obedience cues and polite manners to your dog.  Dogs must be at least 5 months old. The focus will be on learning and practicing the fundamental dog behaviors of Sit/Watch/Stay/Release.  This class is not appropriate for dogs reactive to other dogs on a leash. For questions contact Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113. Please register through Rectrac.

New! Mobile Rec Center
Decatur Active Living is to offering small group activities  directly in Decatur neighborhoods. Staff will re-introduce recreational games and activities that are fun  such as hula hoops, corn hole, ladder toss, jump rope and hopscotch. Each game will follow social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be given to each participant and masks will be required. Limited to 10 children per visit.
To find out when the Mobile Rec Center is coming to your neighborhood and to register, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054EA4A62CAAFE3-mobile.
 

Paid Outdoor Classes

 Tai Chi Flow – Saturday, 11 am – Legacy Park
For those already familiar with Yang-style Tai Chi 24 forms, this is an internal advancing Tai Chi class.  To join this class one must have permission from the Instructor, Stephen Dorage, 404-617-0071.  This class explores the myriad possibilities to assure one’s Tai Chi form practice flows like water, and one maintains connectivity throughout.  

Tai Chi-Qigong  – Saturday, 9:30 a.m.  – Square
A fun way to de-stress and regain health, balance and fitness. Join your neighbors and friends at Decatur’s newest park – Legacy Park – for beginner’s Tai Chi-Qigong.  These ancient internal arts are full body, brain and energy cleansing and enhancing methods.  Come out and try the process and see how it works for you!  Contact Neil Norton for further information and to register, 404-271-6526.  

Youth Karate – Wednesday, 6 pm; Saturday, 11:30 am – Decatur Rec Oval
 Registration is now open, class limit is 8 students Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are required. This is a no touching class by teacher or fellow students. Contact Sensei Adesi (adesi2274@comcast.net)  for information.
Classes start on Saturday October 3rd or Wednesday October 7th, depending on registration.
 Use your household ID and password to register with this link,
https://webtrac.decaturga.com/webtrac/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&xxtype=YREC&wbsi=8cace619-5acb-0ea8-7114-c860345bdb82

Basic Dog Obedience Training
Terri’s Training for Dogs and People
Saturdays, November 7, 14 & 21 from 10 – 11 AM
$84 for the 3-week session
This 3-week class helps owners work together with their dogs to become confident and happy companions.  The focus is on learning and practicing basic dog obedience manners as well as solving behavioral problems such as jumping, pulling & barking.  The course will also focus on ways to stimulate your dog’s brain to build your dog’s confidence and calmness.  Dogs need to be at least 5 months old and have all their vaccinations.  The class is outdoors and limited to 5 dog/human teams – humans will need to wear masks at all times – no sharing of training equipment – and we will practice social distancing of 6-10 ft of separation between participants. This class is not appropriate for dogs reactive to other dogs on a leash. For questions contact Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113..Register here: https://webtrac.decaturga.com/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&xxtype=SENOR&wbsi=e282e3ac-f030-3db7-7114-e9cacc6da98d

Biketober -FREE
Sign up to be part of the Atlanta Bike Challenge in OCtober. You could win some great prizes.It doesn’t matter how far you ride, just that your ride!  Learn more and register at atlbikechallenge.com

Biketober Starts in Three Days!

Biketober starts on Thursday, October 1st. Get ready to ride and shine! 

What’s Biketober all about? We want more people in Atlanta to rediscover riding and how it can make them healthier and happier.

How can I take part? You can take part in three ways – with a workplace, in a social team of up to eight riders or as an individual. 

Companies will compete for total points against others of a similar size – both across Atlanta and within your industry.

Social teams of up to eight riders will compete across three leaderboards for the most riding points, encourager points and total points. You can take part with a company AND with a social team.

Want to ride solo? No problem. You can compete on individual leaderboards and will enter the general prize drawings.

How can I win? It’s all about points! Logging rides and encouraging others will earn you points and help your company and social team climb the leaderboards. 

What can I win? We have an Edison Electric bike to give away as well as tons of great gear, restaurant vouchers and more! Plus, everyone who signs up before October 1 will be entered to win a $1,000 gift card from REI!

Ride anytime, anywhere in October – all rides count!

You don’t have to commute to work to take part, all types of outdoor rides count. You can ride wherever and whenever you want. 

The Bicycle is Born

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Like many of the world’s greatest inventions, the machine that gave rise to what we know as the bicycle was born of necessity. A string of poor harvests in Europe from 1812 led a German civil servant to develop a human-powered form of transportation to counter the reliance on horses, which were in short supply due to a scarcity of animal fee. Karl von Drais christened his 1817 invention the Laufmaschine (running machine), after the swift walking movement required of the rider in order to propel it forward.

Although his invention lacked pedals, Drais’ breakthrough was the realization that forward motion and balance could be maintained on just two wheels, an idea that he attributed to watching ice skaters. The Laufmaschine – also call the draisine, velocipede, or dandy horse –  quickly caught on, sparking a craze across Europe. By the 1820s, however, it had died out because of safety concerns.

The idea was revived in the 1860s, when pedal cranks were added to the front wheel of a velocipede in Paris. The inventor of this revolutionary improvement is not known – several claims were made in subsequent decades, none were proven beyond a doubt – but the first manufacturer to produce such machines on a organized scale was  Pierre Machaux, in 1867. Like Drais’ Laufmaschine before it, the pedal velocipede – soon named the “boneshaker” after its jarring ride – was instantly popular. For the first time, people could propel themselves while balancing on two wheels, with their feet off the ground. The bicycle was born!

-From Bicycle, The Definitive Visual History

Grab your Biking Friends and Form a Team for the Biketober Challenge

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Have you formed your team yet? The City of Decatur has a team of staff and friends, so why not form a team and see if you can win some prizes? All you have to do is ride for 10 or more minutes to log your ride. The more you ride, the more chances to win.

Your rides automatically sync if you use one of the cycling aps such as ride Report or Strava. Grab your friends and create your team here.

Biketober – Take the Challenge!

The City of Decatur is participating in the annual Atlanta Bike Challenge: Biketober

Bike Ride and Info October 6th
Join us on Friday, October 6th for a “warm-up” ride and a chance to register yourself and/or a team of up to 8 riders. Join Decatur Active Living, Bicycle South and GA Commute Options for information, a chance to register, and some free goodies. Then at 6:30 pm we will take a ride to get warmed-up! There will be an option of a 2 mile or an 8 mile ride, so everyone can participate.

Register!
The City of Decatur has formed a City Employee Team, so compete against us! Learn more and register today at http://www.atlbikechallenge.com. You may win a great prize!

For more information on bicycling in Decatur contact Cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

Want to learn more about bike safety? We have a Bicycling Smart Class on October 21 at 10 am with Nedra Deadwyler. The cost is only $10.

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