Congratulations to our Century Challenge Bicyclists!

Lucas Dod accompanied his dad David on his rides.

In September,the City of Decatur challenged bicyclists of all ages to bike a total of 100 miles during the month. Participants received a Bike Decatur bandanna.

Cogratulations to:
Mark and Diana Mandelbaum
Paul Powers
Alice DeMille
Shawn Slemons
Mark Karell
Gael Doyle
Toni Hetzel
Neil and Naomi Norton
Clay Scarborough
David Dod (and Lucas)



Free! Art in a Bag Halloween Craft

Enjoy making a fun Halloween craft that you can use to decorate your home with. Using a balloon, glue and yarn, you will create a 3-D spider web. The directions are included, as are all the supplies you will need. Pick yours up at the Glenlake Tennis Center. Supplies are limited, so stop on by today!

For more information, contact Sara.Holmes@decaturga.com.

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

Dance Your Way to Better Fitness

From our friends at #MoveItMonday:

We dance to celebrate; we dance to express ourselves; but we can also dance to improve our conditioning and to get into better shape. Dancing — whether it be hip-hop, tango, or jazz —is an excellent form of aerobic exercise that’s easy to do and accessible to all ages, abilities, and fitness levels. Even the US Department of Health and Human Services is on board, citing dancing as a useful way to help meet the physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity.

Plus, if you work on your skills, you’ll be able to impress friends and family at the next shindig. 

Read more here.

Not sure where to start? Try this Dance Workout for Dummies on YouTube.

Cycle Smart to Stay Safe

Basic Cycling Guidelines to Ensure You Stay Safe

Zipping through city streets or country roads on your bike can be an exhilarating workout, but any cyclist, no matter their skill level and comfort, should adhere to some basic biking safety protocols.

The most important safety requirement is wearing a helmet that fits your head properly. Helmet sizes differ based on manufacturer, so the only real way to know how it fits is to put it on and adjust the straps. You also want to make sure the bike you’re riding is the right size with functioning. Before your ride, make sure your shoe laces are tucked securely into your pant legs so that they don’t get tangled in the bike chain. It also helps to plan your route ahead of time. If driving on the road, choose areas with less traffic and slower speed limits; for leisurely rides, try to stick to a bike path.

You also want to do your best to avoid crashes; because, regardless of who is responsible, if a cyclist falls or collides with another vehicle, they are often the one who suffers with the physical consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most bicyclist deaths occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm in urban areas, so try to avoid riding during these times of day when visibility is limited. If you do decide to ride during dusk or the evening, use reflective gear and clothing as well as a flashing front and rear light.   

 Bicycles on the roadway have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Riding defensively is the best way to avoid an accident. Drive with the flow of traffic, obey street signs, signals, and road markings, and always assume that the other person or vehicle doesn’t see you. When biking, riders should be as predictable as possible, using hand signals and following the other rules of the road.

These basic guidelines will help ensure your ride is a safe success. 

Summer Camps Cancelled for 2020

To the Decatur Community:

It is with a heavy heart that we share that the City of Decatur has decided to cancel all planned summer camps for this summer.  This includes Legacy Park Day Camp, all E Camps, sports camps, tennis, and swim camps offered by the City of Decatur’s Children and Youth Services and Active Living divisions.

We will be processing refunds for all enrolled campers in the coming weeks (this is a laborious process so please be patient with us as we work through all our camp registrations).

This decision was made primarily due to the current public health environment in our state and in DeKalb County.  We reviewed guidance for child care programs, schools and camps from the CDC regarding safe conditions for programs to operate.  The most important factor is that our community needs to be in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic wherein we are seeing a reduction in cases over the previous 14 days, availability of testing is widespread, contact tracing is robust and accessible in the area.

Our first priority is the health and safety of our children, families and employees.  With that in mind we will not operate programs until we see evidence that our community has solidly entered Phase 2 and we are equipped to be able to mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19 within our programs (temperature checks, personal protective equipment for all employees, etc).

If conditions improve and the Phase 2 status is achieved in our area, we may offer some daily All Day Camps in July.  In the event we are able to offer those programs, we will send you an email notification so you can enroll on a per-day as-needed basis.

We plan to be back in Summer 2021 with exciting camp offerings – mark your calendar for registration the first Saturday in January 2021.

Sincerely,
Decatur Children and Youth Services and Decatur Active Living

Move It Monday: Sneak in a Little Exercise

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Too busy to exercise? Studies show that short bouts of exercise several times a day can help you fulfill, and even go beyond the federal guidelines for physical activity. Read more information  at http://www.moveitmonday.org/short-bouts-exercise/

 

 

Decatur Pickleball * New Time*

Now playing

Tuesdays, 11:15 am – 2:00 pm

Wednesdays 2:30 – 6:00 pm

Pickleball

Pickleball

 

Learn about Pedestrian Safety at the Concerts on the Square!

bright-at-night-artThe Pedestrian Advisory Committee of the Active Living Board will be at the Saturday Concerts on the Square all month to provide tips on being “safe at night”. Visit the orange Active Living tent for ideas, information and more!

We encourage you to walk or bike to the Concerts and be sure to wear something bright and/or reflective.

For more information on pedestrians visit decaturga.com/walking.

 

 

Lil’ Lax, Register Now!

Lil Lax

Lil Lax