Lunch & Learn on 4th Fridays – is this week 1130am Friday


Full year of talks was successful in 2014, let us know what you’d like to learn about in 2015, the planning has begun.
Once a month on 4th Fridays at 1130am, health and wellness professionals will pop in to the recreation center for a lunch & learn talk. The series is timed to occur just after our popular weekly senior aerobics course. The talks are free and open to the public, so have lunch with us once a month as we spread the awareness of active living and how to keep that focus as we age.

It’s simple, active and healthy; bring a brown bag lunch, put it in the fridge, and snack with us after class as we chat with and learn from community experts on topics such as:

  1. January: Jennifer Weissman – Simply Delicious – Green Smoothies
  2. February: Sandy Bramlett – Balancing Act! and Ageless Grace
  3. March: Laura Roberts – Music Therapy for caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients
  4. April: Rachel Stroud – Nutrition 101 from Good Measure Meals
  5. May: Dorie Sokol – Arthritis and how it affects our thumbs
  6. June: Ashli Price – Menu planning for fresh, seasonal foods on a budget
  7. July: Melissa Bloom – Balance, Vertigo, and Dizziness help through physical therapy
  8. August: Jessica Covington – Brain food and games to keep you sharp
  9. September: Joe Nocera –  Exercise, is it better for the Body or the Brain? 
  10. October: TBD
  11. November: Lee Ann Harvey – Caregivers 101
  12. December: TBD

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? At DRC it was the egg!

Chicks in the City Symposium was a hit.

That’s right, and one of the chicks even hatched, the first recorded hatch at Decatur Recreation Center (DRC) we believe. Check out what the Champion Newspaper had to say about the day.




2nd Annual Seed and Scion Swap – Free

SThis event is FREE and open to ALL gardeners – whether you are a member of a community garden, or tend vegetables and fruit in your own yard. Saturday, January 25, 10:30am-1:30pm, Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA


Join us on National Seed Swap Day to share your seeds/scions, your knowledge, and your enthusiasm for different plant varieties with other gardeners and farmers. Connect with folks who might be your neighbors, or who might be from anywhere in our bioregion. We’ll be swapping all types of seeds and cuttings for fruit trees (scions), including heirloom seeds, seeds you save from your own plants, and extra seeds you may have purchased.  There will be people on hand to answer question about how to save seed and how to graft your cuttings.Bring finger foods to share. Partners are Wylde Center, City of Decatur, Park Pride and Slow Food Atlanta. Speaker Grant Olson from Seed Savers Exchange will present Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving

Revolution Donuts is vending coffee and treats for the 1st hour of the event. 

We encourage all participants to follow swap instructions and  RSVP HERE

10:45 am- 11:45am  Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving 

In the days before seed catalogs, collecting and saving seeds for the next year’s garden was essential. Today, seed saving plays a critical role in preserving rare, heirloom varieties and the garden heritage they represent. Join Seed Savers Exchange to discuss the process of saving seed from garden fruits and vegetables – tomatoes, squash, peppers, melons, beans, and more – and learn how to participate in this backyard preservation.

Grant Olson – Public Programs Manager – Seed Savers Exchange

Grant Olson joined SSE in 2011 as the Education Coordinator and Display Gardener at Heritage Farm. Now in the role of Public Programs Manager, Grant guides interpretation and programming as well as education and outreach both on and off the farm. He works with schools and other visitors to teach the value of genetic diversity in our food system and how individuals can participate in preserving this diversity in their home gardens.

A Scion is a detached living portion of a plant (as a bud or shoot) joined to a stock in grafting and usually supplying solely aerial parts to a graft

We encourage all participants to follow swap instructions and  RSVP HERE.

Partners are the Wylde CenterCity of DecaturPark Pride and Slow Food Atlanta.

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Making Your Own Medicine: Tinctures, Teas, Tummy remedies, Taming the cough.

Herbal-TincturesJoin the Wylde Center foodie/chef team in a beautiful kitchen.  This class will focus on creating medicine for Winter and Spring transition to combat flu, cold, & cough season. Learn to make tinctures, flue remedies, cough syrup, ear infection treatment and other helpful healing recipes. Please bring 2-3 small glass containers in which to carry home the medicine you make. 5 person minimum per class and advance registration is required.
Update: We need one more person to make the minimum but there are 6 spots total left in this class tomorrow.
Simply Delicious – Making Your Own medicine: Tinctures, Teas, Tummy remedies, Taming the cough.
Tuesday, December 17, 7-9pm
$35 Garden Member, $40 Non Member
Location: Decatur Recreation Center – 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA.  

Going Wheat Free or Trying to Cut Back?

We have two options for you, learn how to alter recipes with our local chefs in a class this week, and/or read more on the subject…
Cook Great Food without Wheat or Dairy: Easy to Digest Recipes
Learn to adjust your favorite recipes into easy to process delicious food that all your friends and family can enjoy. More and more people are learning they are sensitive or even allergic to foods we tend to use daily. This class will reveal the healthy alternatives! Make sauces without flour, cake & cookies without eggs, dairy or wheat! Adjust some recipes and learn when to just start all over with a new recipe. Class is Tuesday, November 19, 7-9pm at the Decatur Recreation Center teaching kitchen. Cost = $30 and a 5 person minimum and advanced registration is required at

wheatbelly_nyt-195x300Wheat Belly, the new book and radio interview on GPB

Also learn more about going wheat free by reading or  listening to GPB  Dec 3 @1pm when they air a brand new special, “Wheat Belly”! Dr.  William Davis has travelled the world expounding the many health benefits of awheat-free diet with his New York Times Bestseller. Many folks are experimenting with the gluten-free diet, and a best-selling book called Wheat Belly has helped drive a lot of the interest.

“Wheat is the most destructive thing you could put on your plate, no question,” says William Davis, a cardiologist in Milwaukee, Wis., who authored the book. Davis’ drastic views on the ills of wheat were shaped by his own personal experience. Twenty-five years ago, he had Type 2 diabetes, as well as a host of other common ailments including “mind fog, mood swings, joint pains and acid reflux,” he says.
But after he stopped eating wheat, he says, his health improved. And he’s seen the same kinds of results when his patients go on wheat-free diets. “You take wheat out of the diet and you literally see lives transformed,” Davis says.

Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie!

piecrustGive Thanks for Homemade Pie Crust

Yes indeed, it’s the season for pie and you can brush up your skills or learn some brand new ones in class next week. It’s the latest topic in our Simply Delicious cooking series.

Tuesday, November 5, @7-9pm, in the Decatur Rec Center kitchen with chefs from the Wylde Center. $30 and advance registration is required. We need 5 folks to hold the class so please, do sign up early so we can notify the chefs.

Description:  Get ready for a Thanksgiving with homemade pies. We’ll make flaky buttery pie crust and fill our pies with fresh pumpkin and sweet potato fillings. You will go home with a crust to fill and bake on your own.

Note: No blackbirds will be used in class. 😉

Cooking, Walking, Gardening, NIA, and Music are active living offerings this week

Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious Cooking – Fermented foods aid in digestion and thus supports the immune system. The word “chutney” is derived from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning to lick. Taste them- Make them- Feel good! The class is 7-9pm Tues.

Walk With a Doc – Fire Captain James Meyers and EMTs host the walk this week which includes a show & tell of the newly remodeled Fire Station #1 @11am Wed.

Scott Park Garden Club – hosts their monthly potluck for community garden members featuring a tiller demo and a talk by Ruby Bock who attended a native plant symposium. Noon Thurs.

Jazz nights – in Oakhurst continue in front of the Solarium on Thurs eve @7pm,  and Concerts on the lawn continue Sat eve @7pm at the community bandstand in Decatur; try biking or walking to those events and buy dinner onsite.


NIA dance

NIA – blends eastern and western movement arts, including Tai Chi, Tai Kwon Do, Aikido, Yoga, and Modern Dance, to create a unique, non-impact barefoot aerobic workout with an emphasis on the Joy of Movement. Within each class, you’ll find a different intention and focus, with a variety of music, creating a fun and movable environment! Each movement expresses the eloquence of the spirit moving in harmony with the mind and body, while utilizing all the essential fitness elements- strength, endurance, balance, relaxation, flexibility – you move in “your body’s way”. If you are looking for a new way to relax, stay fit, and and enjoy life just a little bit more, come find out what NIA can do for you! dance class starts Thurs at 715pm. Register online.

Ride Your Bike, Visit a Garden….Be Active Decatur!

There is always something to do in Decatur!


Start the day off with a bicycle ride to Stone Mountain. Join Decatur Bikes for a no-drop ride with friendly people. Meet in the CVS parking lot across from the store  by 8 am and join the fun.

Looking for a shorter more instructive ride? The two Mikes will lead an Intro to Group Riding at 1:30 pm. Meet in the parking lot of Glenwood School. More information is here.

Take a class at The Wylde Center. There is a chicken class and a solar hot water class this Saturday. Click here to check out their offerings.

Take a ride or walk over to Woodlands Garden. The garden is open to the public every day during daylight hours. Click here for more information. Parking is limited so you will want to walk, bike or park at Westchester and walk over.

Reminder: Register for the KP Corporate Run/Walk to be part of Team Decatur – the cost of registration goes up August 12 at 5pm AND we are ordering shirts next week. You know you want a shirt! Visit for more information and register today!