Rule the Roost at Chicks in the City

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Learn to Rule the Roost at Chicks in the City

Saturday, March 1, 9am-3pm, Decatur Recreation Center¸ 231 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA

The Sixth Annual Chicks in the City is a daylong symposium on how to begin and care for your own flock of happy healthy backyard chickens. The rapid growth of urban farming and the desire for healthy eating led the Wylde Center to offer this full plate of classes that engage and inspire both the curious and committed audience.  Presenters include Walter Reeves, Dr. Carol Tobias, Joey Zeigler and more. Topics are breeds, coop design, predator proofing, chickens 102, farm life in the city, baby chicks, and health and wellness.

Complimentary coffee and treats provided by Revolution Donuts!

$50 for Wylde Center Member, $60 for Non-Member/ General Public

COMBO DEAL!  Join us for the BOTH the Symposium and the Atlanta Urban Coop Tour and save. $75, $65 Wylde Center Member

More info at


“Learning from our eggsperts, you can have happy healthy chickens while saving time, money and gaining access to metro Atlanta’s growing chicken keeping community.”

– Wylde Center


Sip and Paint, Just one of our Creative Classes for Adults

Watercolor & Tea in the afternoon started today! We learned color wheel, brush strokes, gradations, wash, hues, tones, and more. We painted 2 subjects. And we enjoyed apple caramel cinnamon tea, green citrus tea, and pom juice. Join us next week, every Thursday afternoon at 230pm w/Sylvia! Oh, and we listen to music and talk about art!
We also have jewelry making with master metalsmith Gillian who has work on display at the High Museum and needle crafts such as knitting, crochet, macrame, fleece braiding and more for adults. If you are free during the day, looking to challenge yourself with learning something new, come on by. Many classes start up in February and some right now. Other enrichment can be found in Internet for Seniors, Sparkle for Health, Sign Language, Simply Delicious Cooking, and Lunch & Learn on 4th fridays. See the new playbook online for full details.
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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.  

Cooking, Walking, Biking, & Garden Herbal Tea Party on the calendar

The October air is invigorating isn’t it? Everyone in Decatur feels it too and they are out and about being active, which we love and applaud. If you need ideas to focus your outings, here are a few active options (and ALL are free) going on at the Rec Center in the next 7 days. Cooking class, Walk With a Doc, Bike Commuters breakfast, Garden tea party.
Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious: Healthy Food to Celebrate the Season. Wednesday morning join the fun and funky Wylde Center Chefs and learn scrumptious recipes, tips, and tricks to enjoy fall foods in this special free Living Greenclass at the Decatur Library. Wednesday October 16, 10:30-11:30am, Free.

Walk With A Doc

Walk With A Doc

Walk With a Doc features Dr. Khurram Khan this week, an Assistant Professor Of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics from the Emory University School Of Medicine and the Wesley Woods Outpatient Center. See you every Wednesday for a walk at 11am including this week October 16 @11am, Free.

BTWBike to Work Commuter Breakfast is held in May and October, two delightful months to commute to work by bike. The challenge is issued by the Clean Air Campaign, Georgia Commute Options and local organizations interested in clean air, active transportation, and alternate travel modes., We’ll be out front on Sycamore Street at a table full of coffee, juice, and baked goodies from Java Monkey to encourage, reward, and support all those who choose to bike to work that day and stop by. Local partners in the Decatur bike community will be on hand to answer questions about gear, clothing, bikes, routes, bike buddies, tall tales and such. Here’s the facebook event for more info and if you will, RSVP so we’ll have just the right amount of refreshments. See you October 17 @7am-9am on your way to work, Free.
Scott Garden Herbal Tea Party is one week from today and YOU are invited! First our gardeners will meet on Saturday October 19 for a work day and get the garden all spiffed up. Then on Monday, we’ll entertain the public with herbal teas made from the garden bounty and host Amy Stewart, author of the Drunken Botanist, for a quick meet & greet prior to her book talk next door at the library which is presented by Georgia Center for the Book. Be sure to grab a free copy of our list of botanical cocktails available in downtown Decatur to guide you on your exploration. Here’s the facebook event for more info and please ‘like’ their page to follow them. Tea Party is at October 21 @6pm and book talk is at 715pm; both are Free. 

Simply Delicious Cooking Classes – FREE Open House Aug 20 – Tonight!

Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious open house is August 20 from 7p-9p in the Decatur Recreation Center kitchen. Come and meet the chefs who will be teaching a hands on cooking class on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays all Fall/Winter. Jerilynn, Charli, and Jennifer will be on site preparing a few fresh dishes to highlight the future classes. Come enjoy a free sample of the simple, delicious, healthy, nutritious and locally sourced foods. These veteran chefs collaborate with the Wylde Center and you may have even met them in the Oakhurst Garden.

Join the Wylde Center’s chefs in our new kitchen! The Wylde Center is offering hands-on cooking classes featuring seasonal produce in tasty and healthy dishes. These classes will also revisit classic kitchen techniques like fermenting, canning, and freezing. Classes are a collaborative effort of the Wylde Center and the Decatur Active Living team.  All classes will be taught at the Decatur Recreation Center’s new teaching kitchen. Advance registration with the Wylde Center is required. Classes are $30-40, register at

  • Canning Class. Thursday, August 22 @7-9pm (special Thursday kickoff class)
  • Late Summer Harvest – Italian Style. September 3 @7-9pm
  • Let’s Make Fermented Foods. (Sauerkraut, chutney, kefir, kim chi) Tuesday, September 17 @7-9pm
  • Fall Harvest Soups. Tuesday, October 1 @7-9pm
  • Canning & Freezing your Fruit and Vegetables. Tuesday, October 15 @7-9pm
  • Give Thanks for Homemade Pie Crust. Tuesday, November 5 @7-9pm
  • Cook Great Food without Wheat or Dairy: Easy to Digest Recipes.  Tuesday, November 19 @7-9pm
  • Holiday Harvest Healthy Sides. Tuesday, December 3 @7-9pm
  • Making Your Own medicine: Tinctures, Teas, Tummy remedies, Taming the cough. Tuesday, December 17 @7-9pm
  • Green Smoothies to Start the New Year. Tuesday, January 7 @7-9pm

GMMIn addition to the cooking classes, we are also a distribution point for Good Measure Meals which are fresh prepared and offer your choice of calorie counts and ingredients for a fresh, healthy take home meal if you just dont have time to cook. The GMM meal delivery cooler sits in our kitchen/cafe area. See their website for subscription info.

Stop by and sample the classes, pick up a meal, or comment here with other ideas to support healthy nutrition in our community. The Active Living board is directed by a nutrition subcommittee so we are always looking for new campaigns or ideas to support.

Weekend Bike Ride and A Seed Swap

Decatur Bikes Ride to Stone Mountain Saturday
Put some air in the tires, fill your water bottle, strap on your helmet and join the Decatur Bikes Saturday morning ride to Stone Mountain. The riders will meet in the CVS parking lot across from Decatur Bikes in downtown Decatur at 8 am. The ride is a casual no-drop ride and all levels are welcome.

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After the ride to Stone Mountain, ride on over to Oakhurst for……..

Seed Swap at the Wylde Center: Save Your Seeds and SHARE!

SFrom Andrea at the Wylde Center:
“Join us for a free event in the garden and let’s share tomatoes, celebrate their flavors, stories, and learn how to save seeds! We will gather at the Oakhurst Garden at 10am. Complimentary coffee will be provided by local coffee shop Kavarna, so bring your mugs!  At 10:30am the presentations and seed saving demos will commence.  After we learn from our experts, we will taste and share our summer fruits. For more info contact” More info is here.

Seed Sharing at the Wylde Center

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Programs for Active Adults This Fall

Greetings active blog readers, This is Tracie and I’ve joined the team to bring you more active programs, activities, and enrichment for adults. We are preparing our fall programs and surveying our residents to see what their interests are, so feel free to comment if you see something you like or have ideas for us!

Preview of ideas for the fall include:

  • Walk With a Doc: a weekly walk about town with an expert featuring, orthopedists, veterinarians, firefighters, EMTs, registered dieticians, ophthalmologists, master gardeners and more.
  • Simply Delicious Cooking Classes:  local chefs from our partners at the Wylde Center teach and prepare healthy meal ideas and revisit classic techniques like canning, freezing, fermented foods, and seasonal harvests. 
  • Activities for Red Hatters and Active Adults Social Club: hula hoops, Nutrition 101, healthy food demos, talks, open houses and more from our partners at Good Measure Meals, Team Decatur, Solarium, Dekalb Board of Health, American Federation of the Blind, and
  • Cycling Traffic Skills 101: designed to teach competence and confidence in city cycling (with LCIs from the League of American Bicyclists)

Daytime and evening programming for adults exists currently at the Decatur Recreation Center, so be sure to check online to see ALL that we currently offer. Examples are ballroom dancing, karate, fencing, aikido, table tennis, and zumba. And yes, this is me below, I bike to work daily and look forward to staying active with YOU!


Attracting Bees and Butterflies, A FREE Class at Decatur Library


A Wylde Center, DeKalb County Public Library and  City of Decatur collaboration at the Decatur Library

Over the past few years, the interest in living a more green and sustainable lifestyle has grown tremendously. The Wylde Center, the City of Decatur, and the DeKalb County Public Library are pleased to continue their collaboration on offering you an exciting FREE series of classes in 2012 and 2013. Look for seminars and workshops that provide  information that is timely and current as well as leaving with a full list of resources that can be found at your local library and online.

Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia 30030
For more information about this series, please contact
Andrea Zoppo,

Attracting Bees and Butterflies

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How many of you have heard about Colony Collapse Disorder?  The beekeeper goes to his hives and there is not a bee in sight, they have all disappeared?  Although that disorder is specific to honey bees, all pollinators have been declining in numbers, including butterflies, bats, and our native bees.   Did you know that there are about 4,000 species of native bees in North America?  At least 40 native bee species are in the Southeastern United States. In this class Pandra Williams will help you understand how you can support our native butterflies and bees personally, in your garden.   Learn how to identify and support three types of gentle native bees.   Learn about the five classes of butterflies and what you need to keep them coming back to your garden.  There will be a hand’s on project; the class will build a mason bee house together.

Stay Active This Weekend in Decatur

There are many things to do this weekend in Decatur.

Ryan Gainey's Garden

Ryan Gainey’s Garden

The Annual Decatur Garden Tour will be held this weekend, Saturday 10 am until 5 pm and Sunmday noon until 5 pm. 

This year’s 25th anniversary tour, April 27 and 28, is packed with something for everyone. It features 15 private gardens, including  Ryan Gainey’s world-famous rose garden, expected to be in beautiful and fragrant bloom.

The weekend coincides with the Wylde Center Plant Sale Festival at Oakhurst Garden. Herbs, vegetable plants, fruit trees, and shrubs will be for sale.The sale begins today (Friday) and continues through Monday and features free lectures throughout the weekend.

sidewalk-saturdays-3The Decatur Arts Alliance continues Sidewalk Saturdays. Great time to walk or bicycle around the city and see artists performing on sidewalks, Harmony Park and the Old Courthouse Square from 3 until 6 pm.

Decatur’s sidewalks  sparkle with artists and performers of all types for 10 weeks during Sidewalk Saturdays. Artists and performers will be featured on the sidewalks in downtown Decatur and in Oakhurst’s Harmony Park. Come see storytellers, musicians, chalk artists, dancers, visual artists, spoken word artists and more.

AEsundayride452-150x150If you dare to leave the City of Decatur, Avondale Estates is holding the Avondale Estates Sunday Ride from 11 am until 3 pm. The event is free and features over 4 miles of streets closed to motorized traffic.