Summer Solstice Yoga June 21 on the Square – Community Invited

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Decatur Active Living invites the community to celebrate the Summer Solstice on Thursday, June 21 at 6 pm on the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Decatur.

Throughout history, many cultures have associated the summer solstice with a renewal of mind, body and spirit in a celebration of the sense of joyfulness and the fun that the sunshine evokes in all of us. Come together to celebrate with a community practice. If it rains, we will move to the Decatur Recreation Center.

Bring your mat, water and your sense of fun. The event is free, however we encourage a $10 donation to the Decatur Youth Fund. No one will be turned away.

For more information contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or 678-553-6541.

 

Glenda Lee- Children and Youth Services Employee Receives the 2013 Thomas O. Davis Award

On yesterday at the Decatur Business Association meeting held at  the Oakhurst Community Garden- Wylde Center Glenda Lee was honored. Glenda Lee received the 2013 Thomas O. Davis Award for her 31 years of public service.  Glenda currently serves as the Program Supervisor for Children and Youth Services providing leadership to staff overseeing summer camps and afterschool.  Glenda grew up in the Beacon Community and learned early what it means to give back to the community.  Glenda can be found running from one afterschool site to the next during the school year and on the same day she may end up at a basketball practice to support local kids.  Glenda is responsible for all of the wonderful crafts you see in the children’s area for the Arts Festival, BBQ and Blues Festival, Earth Day and Oakhurst Festival.  Congratulations Glenda on your accomplishments and well deserving.  Pictures from the celebration on yesterday below.

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Herb Does It Again!

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A BIG THANK YOU goes Herb Chereck, owner of Decatur Package Store on Clairemont Avenue. Herb has just donated $900 to the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund. Herb recently donated over $1000 to the Youth Fund at the annual DBA Holiday Meeting with proceeds from the Decatur Wine Festival raffle.

This recent donation comes from a great idea of Herb’s. Each year he receives two bottles of Van Winkle Bourbon. Evidently this bourbon is eagerly awaited by many, so Herb decided the fair way to get it to his customers was to have a silent auction. Van Winkle Bourbon must be really good, as this year’s auction raised $900!

Thanks to the generosity of Herb and others like him, the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund is able to fund scholarships for After School programs, camps and sports for many children in Decatur who otherwise might not have been able to attend.

For more information on the Decatur Youth Fund, or to donate (yes, it is tax deductible) click here. Be sure to designate that the donation is for the Youth Fund in the comment section.

Thanks again to Herb, and be sure to stop by and say hello to Herb as you shop for your holiday goodies.

Have a happy and active holiday season in Decatur!

 

Decatur Local Clarence Scott Inducted into the 2012 Cleveland Browns Legends

 

Decatur native, Clarence Scott was recently inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends in recognition of his 13-year career with the Browns.   Scott, 63 played fro the Browns from 1971 to 1983, appearing in 186 games (178 straight).  He recorded 39 career interceptions, the third most in club history, and helped the Browns win two division titles.  Scott, part of the last class at Decatur’s all black Trinity High School in 1967, went to Kansas State before the SEC integrated.  Scott became an All- American at Kansas State in 1970. 

The franchise created the Cleveland Browns Legends program in 2001 to honor former players who have made a major impact on the organization.  Clarence Scott was inducted into the Decatur High School Wall of Fame in 2011.

  

Olympic Tribute and Celebration On the Decatur Square- Dee Dee Trotter and Angelo Taylor

Thursday, September 20

6pm on the Decatur Square

Celebrate two remarkable DeKalb Olympians- Dee Dee Trotter, bronze winner in the 400m and Angelo Taylor, silver medal winner in the 4 x 400 relay.  Both attend school in DeKalb County- Dee Dee Trotter (Cedar Grove) and Angelo Taylor (Southwest DeKalb). Angelo Taylor has been to four Olympics- 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and the DeKalb County Commissioners invite everyone to a special “Olympic Celebration”.

Decatur to get New Lights for Playing Fields

The softball and baseball fields at Decatur’s McKoy and Oakhurst Parks will get new lighting systems, with construction expected to start Oct.1 and take about three months.  Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon said the new lights  will be 15 percent more efficient and spread far less glare to surrounding neighborhoods.  The system will be installed by Daveco Electrical of Boynton Beach, Florida, which constructed lights for the Florida Marlins stadium and the Boston Red Sox spring training facility.  The current McKoy and Oakhurst lights are more than 50 years old.  

 

BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival- Saturday, August 18

 

Decatur’s 12th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues & Bluegrass Festival is brought to you by three non-profit groups the Community Center of South Decatur, the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association and Decatur Active Living. All proceeds of the festival will be invested directly into the Decatu community.Featured music- Mama’s Blue Dress, Dejablue Grass Band, Heather Luttrell, Roxy Watson and the Electromatics.  For more information visit www.decaturbbqfesitval.com and purchase tickets at www.ticketalternative.com

Location: Harmony Park

Time: 4-10pm

Cost: $9 in advance, $10 day of the event

Kids11-20: $5

Kids 10 and under- Free

Postal Service’s Bicycling Stamps Promote Healthy Lifestyle

One of the nation’s most popular outdoor activities gets its stamp of approval from the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of the Bicycling Forever stamps.  The four stamps feature a young child just learning  to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer intent on the finish line and an airborne BMX rider. 

Decatur is a bike friendly community so Decatur bikers obtain your bicycling stamp today.  Please visit your local post office or the stamps can be purchased online at usps.com/shop.

Cycling Benefits

Bicycling is an efficient  and affordable means of transportation.

Cycling reduces Obesity, Heart Disease, Improves Muscle Tone and Strength

Recent surveys indicate that Americans enjoy billions of bike rides a year

It’s Hot Out There!

With forecasted temperatures reaching above 100* this weekend, several City of Decatur locations have been designated as cooling centers:

Friday- June 29, 2012 between the hours of 12 noon-5pm

  • Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St., Commission Room  

Friday-Sunday, June 29, June 30 and July 1, 2012 between the hours of 12 noon -5pm

  • Ebster Recreation Center, 430 W. Trinity Place- Theater 
  • Fire Station One, 230 E. Trinity Place- Training Room
  • Decatur Police Department, 420 W. Trinity Place- Lobby

The Decatur Fire Department will have a limited number of “Box Fans” to distribute to those who demonstrate a need. Contact the Decatur Fire Department at 404-373-5092 for more information.

Glenlake Pool Open- Monday, May 28

Decatur residents for your active living experience Glenlake pool is open today from 10am-6pm.  Special thanks to Dynamo Pool Company for working diligently to get the pool open today and the City of Decatur.  Enjoy the pool and have a great Memorial Day.  During the summer please visit Glenlake, Ebster or McKoy pool as you stay active.  For more information visit www.decaturga.com