Friday, February 27, 2009

Upcoming Local Blood Drives

Upcoming Blood Drives - March 2009

THANKS for your past donations and we welcome you to come out and donate in the month of March 2009 at the following locations:

March 13
Emory University Hospital - Midtown (formerly Crawford Long Hospital)
8am - 6pm
Location: Glenn Building, Classrooms 1 & 2

March 13
Emory Orthopaedics - Executive Park
10am-3pm
Location: Ambulatory Surgery Center - 5th floor

March 24
Emory Law School
11am-4pm
Location: Hunter Atrium

March 24
Department of Animal Research
Location: School of Medicine Lobby
10am-3pm
*THIS DRIVE IS SPONSORED In Memory of 20 Year Emory employee, Michelle Kulasiewicz.

All donors will be entered into a drawing for a cruise. If it has been at least 56 days since your last donation, we encourage you to come out and donate and have the opportunity to save 3 lives.

Please click here to Register.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

AJC: "Cutting calories and sticking with it"

And to help with weight loss, how about playing tennis at a City of Decatur tennis court, a walk or jog around one of our many city parks, playing hoops at the DRC or Ebster, etc.?


http://www.ajc.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/Health_Medical/MED_Dueling_Diets.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab
Low-carb? Low-fat? Study finds calories count more
By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer, LOS ANGELES

Low-fat, low-carb or high-protein? The kind of diet doesn't matter, scientists say. All that really counts is cutting calories and sticking with it, according to a federal study that followed people for two years. However, participants had trouble staying with a single approach that long and the weight loss was modest for most.
As the world grapples with rising obesity, millions have turned to popular diets like Atkins, Zone and Ornish that tout the benefits of one nutrient over another.
Some previous studies have found that low carbohydrate diets like Atkins work better than a traditional low-fat diet. But the new research found that the key to losing weight boiled down to a basic rule — calories in, calories out.
"The hidden secret is it doesn't matter if you focus on low-fat or low-carb," said Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which funded the research.
Limiting the calories you consume and burning off more calories with exercise is key, she said.
The study, which appears in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, was led by Harvard School of Public Health and Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana.
Researchers randomly assigned 811 overweight adults to one of four diets, each of which contained different levels of fat, protein and carbohydrates.
Though the diets were twists on commercial plans, the study did not directly compare popular diets. The four diets contained healthy fats, were high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables and were low in cholesterol.
Nearly two-thirds of the participants were women. Each dieter was encouraged to slash 750 calories a day from their diet, exercise 90 minutes a week, keep an online food diary and meet regularly with diet counselors to chart their progress.
There was no winner among the different diets; reduction in weight and waist size were similar in all groups.
People lost 13 pounds on average at six months, but all groups saw their weight creep back up after a year. At two years, the average weight loss was about 9 pounds while waistlines shrank an average of 2 inches. Only 15 percent of dieters achieved a weight-loss reduction of 10 percent or more of their starting weight.
Dieters who got regular counseling saw better results. Those who attended most meetings shed more pounds than those who did not — 22 pounds compared with the average 9 pound loss.
Lead researcher Dr. Frank Sacks of Harvard said a restricted calorie diet gives people greater food choices, making the diet less monotonous.
"They just need to focus on how much they're eating," he said.
Sacks said the trick is finding a healthy diet that is tasty and that people will stick with over time.
Before Debbie Mayer, 52, enrolled in the study, she was a "stress eater" who would snack all day and had no sense of portion control. Mayer used to run marathons in her 30s, but health problems prevented her from doing much exercise in recent years.
Mayer tinkered with different diets — Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach — with little success.
"I've been battling my weight all my life. I just needed more structure," said Mayer, of Brockton, Mass., who works with the elderly.
Mayer was assigned to a low-fat, high-protein diet with 1,400 calories a day. She started measuring her food and went back to the gym. The 5-foot Mayer started at 179 pounds and dropped 50 pounds to 129 pounds by the end of the study. She now weighs 132 and wants to shed a few more pounds.
Another study volunteer, Rudy Termini, a 69-year-old retiree from Cambridge, Mass., credits keeping a food diary for his 22-pound success. Termini said before participating in the study he would wolf down 2,500 calories a day. But sticking to an 1,800-calorie high-fat, average protein diet meant no longer eating an entire T-bone steak for dinner. Instead, he now eats only a 4-ounce steak.
"I was just oblivious to how many calories I was having," said the 5-foot-11-inch Termini, who dropped from 195 to 173 pounds. "I really used to just eat everything and anything in sight."
Dr. David Katz of the Yale Prevention Research Center and author of several weight control books, said the results should not be viewed as an endorsement of fad diets that promote one nutrient over another.
The study compared high quality, heart healthy diets and "not the gimmicky popular versions," said Katz, who had no role in the study. Some popular low-carb diets tend to be low in fiber and have a relatively high intake of saturated fat, he said.
Other experts were bothered that the dieters couldn't keep the weight off even with close monitoring and a support system.
"Even these highly motivated, intelligent participants who were coached by expert professionals could not achieve the weight losses needed to reverse the obesity epidemic," Martijn Katan of Amsterdam's Free University wrote in an accompanying editorial.

AJC Shout Out to GRTC


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution mentions the March 3rd "Georgia Rides to the Capitol", departing from Decatur:

Great Classes Available by the DeKalb Extension

DeKalb County Cooperative Extension
http://www.ugaextension.com/dekalb/
Mission: Our mission is to extend lifelong learning to DeKalb County citizens through unbiased, research-based education in horticulture, the environment, communities, youth and families. The DeKalb County Cooperative Extension is a branch of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.


"Gardening with Native & Drought Tolerant Plants"
Speaker: Karen Lindauer
11 am to 1 pm, Saturday, March 14th
Environmental Education Center South Extension Office

2390 Wildcat Road, Decatur, GA 30034

Karen is a volunteer at the Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Gardens and an active member of and rescue facilitator for the Georgia Native Plant Society (GNPS). Karen will discuss ways of utilizing native and drought-tolerant plants in the landscape.
Cost: $5 per person


"Low Voltage Lighting for the Landscape"
Speaker: John Kenna
7 to 8:30 pm, Thursday, March 19th
Environmental Education Center South Extension Office

2390 Wildcat Road, Decatur, GA 30034

John is the owner of Water, Color & Stone Inc. which is a landscaping design firm specializing in hardscape construction and softscape plantings. John will discuss economical ways to highlight architectural features and landscaping by installing low-voltage outdoor lights or solar lighting.
Cost: $5 per person


"Shaping a Sustainable, Organic, Thrifty, Beautiful Landscape Design"
Speaker: Tara Dillard

Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm, March 28th
Environmental Education Center South Extension Office

2390 Wildcat Road, Decatur, GA 30034

Tara is a designer, writer, speaker and a joy to listen to. If you don't know how to shape beds, choose plants, site trees and focal point, come and learn the template and how to phase your landscape by becoming your own general contractor. Isn't it time the beautiful landscape in your mind's eye is planted around your home?
Cost: $5 per person

Contact Person:
Lynwood L. Blackmon II
Horticulture & Environmental Education Agent
DeKalb County Cooperative Extension
2390 Wildcat Road, Decatur, GA 30034

404-244-4881
http://www.ugaextension.com/dekalb/

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

March Events Calendar for Georgia State Parks


The March Events Calendar for the Georgia State Park system is now online:
There are some events at Panola Mountain State Park and Sweetwater Creek State Park, both not too far from Decatur:
Introduction to Backpacking
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
This beginner's class will take place in an outdoor classroom. This is a great introduction on how to prepare for backcountry hiking; what is essential, how to save weight, and what to leave at home. Register in advance. $5 plus $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Tree Top Excursion: Introduction Climb
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory climb to Canopy-Adventure-Research-Educational Technical Tree Climbing (CARE TTC). Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. $10 plus $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Panola Mountain Fly Tyers Roundtable
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
This is a social gathering of fly fishermen, fly tiers and outdoor enthusiasts who wish to provide resources and education opportunities to Georgia's visitors and citizens. The roundtable donates flies monthly to "Casting for Recover," a national non-profit support and educational program for breast cancer survivors. Bring a dish for the potluck dinner that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the nature center. $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Basic Fly Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
The two-hour clinic covers equipment, knot tying, casting, safety issues and other tricks of the trade. If time permits participants may stay to catch the “Fish of Fish.” Instructors C. H. Brown and Michael Reilley suggest wearing long pants/shorts and hiking shoes, and bringing snacks, water and sun lotion. Georgia fishing license required. Register in advance. $7 - $10 $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Basic Fly Tying Clinic
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park- Stockbridge
Learn the art of fly tying as instructors introduce you to tools, techniques and tricks of the trade to create realistic flies. Participants will make one fly and possibly more if time permits. Ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $25 plus $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park- Stockbridge
These ranger-led hikes depart from the nature center and are for participants in good physical condition. Register and pay in advance. This program must have at least five hikers or it will be cancelled. Register in advance. $5 plus $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

“Ruins to Rapids” Full Moon Hike
Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs
This 1.5-mile guided hike is moderately difficult and visits the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids (up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. The hike will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if raining. Bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes. No children under 6 or dogs please. $1-$2 plus $3 parking. (770) 732-5876.

Advanced Fly Fishing Clinic
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
This clinic is for graduates of our Basic Fly Fishing Clinic and will focus on “On the Water Techniques.” Begin at the Rockdale River Trail parking and head to the lake for advanced casting techniques (Steeple Caste, Roll Cast, and Double-haul Casting), line mending, reading the water and entomology. Register in advance. $12-$15 $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

ZZZ’s in the Trees
Saturday, March 28 through Sunday, March 29, 6 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge
Join us aloft for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your “tree-boat,” viewing stars glimmering like diamonds in the sky. A treetop bivouac camp will be established in our secluded climbing tree for an overnight experience. Participants are required to provide their own dinner and breakfast, as well as a sleeping bag. $80 plus $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Research Article: Use of Health Impact Assessment in the U.S.


This research article on Health Impact Assessments mentions the City of Decatur at the top of page 10 of the article:
Decatur was the first city in Georgia to include a Health Impact Assessment (Click Here) as part of a city Community Transportation Plan (Click Here). Go Decatur!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bulldog Tennis Is Back!

The Decatur High School Boys & Girls Tennis Teams play their first home match on Tuesday, February 24 at Glenlake Tennis Center. Come on out and support them as they battle arch rival Druid Hills High School! The rest of the home schedule is below. They would love it if you cheered them on!

Tuesday, Feb 24th vs. Druid Hills

Thursday, March 5th vs. Paideia

Tuesday, March 10th vs. Grady

Thursday, March 12th vs. Cross Keys

Monday, March 16th vs. Avondale

Thursday, March 19th vs. Chamblee

Monday, February 23, 2009

It's Back - Table Tennis at the Rec Starting March 3




Table Tennis is a great sport for all ages, and it's back at the Decatur Rec. Center!
Starting Tuesday, March 3rd, please join us at 7 pm Tuesdays and 10 am Sundays for free, fun table tennis play at the DRC, 231 Sycamore St. City residents c'mon out, no matter your skill level. It is recommended you bring your own paddle, but we will have extra paddles and balls available.
Please contact Dan Magee, 678-553-6541, with any questions.
Here's an article on Decatur's own table tennis guru, Charlie Slater, 65 years young:
By ELSA K. SIMCIK
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monday, December 15, 2008
• How he got started: Charlie Slater, 65, has been playing table tennis since he was nine years old. “I played with the landlady’s daughter in the basement,” said Slater, who lives in Decatur. “She had a table down there and she used to beat me all the time.”
• How he got serious: Slater said he played a little in college but got more competitive while working for Delta Air Lines as a computer programmer. He competed in Delta’s annual tournament and was even tournament director for several years. “I’ve been pretty serious for the last 30 to 40 years,” said Slater, who is now retired from Delta and works part-time as a math tutor and substitute teacher.
• A breakdown of his sport: Slater explained that the term “ping pong” is actually copyrighted by Parker Brothers so the correct term is table tennis. While here in the United States we’re more likely to see people casually hitting the ball back and forth in their basements, table tennis is a much bigger deal in places like China, where it’s considered to be the national sport.
• Defending his sport: Slater said that people often laugh when he says he plays table tennis competitively. “I like the fact that this sport is very misunderstood in the United States,” he said. But as he explained, when it’s played correctly, “there’s a lot of movement. You aren’t just standing there waiting for the ball; you’re moving to where the ball is; you’re swinging pretty hard. It’s just a question of intensity.”
• Competing: Slater plays in a league through the Atlanta Georgia Table Tennis Association at the Chastain Park gym. He’s also registered with USA Table Tennis, where he has a rating. “Basically, the higher the number, the better you are,” explained Slater, who said his rating of 1,500 puts him about in the middle of the 7,000 players across the country. “The top guy, I’d be lucky to get a point playing against,” he said. Slater attends a few tournaments a year, including some local Atlanta games, the Delta tournament and the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.
• The physical benefits: “If I were playing all day long in a tournament, I’ll feel it in the legs. You’re gonna build up the leg muscles,” he said. Plus, it’s great cardio: “No doubt about it,” he said. “My heart rate is up. I’m sweating. It’s a workout, no question about it.”
• His workout week: Besides his weekly table tennis matches, Slater said he’s pretty faithful about walking in his neighborhood at least five times a week. He covers about a mile and holds eight-pound weights in each hand.
• Bringing people together: “I’m meeting all kinds of people from all kinds of countries,” Slater said of playing at Chastain Park every Tuesday. “It’s kind of an equalizer. It’s a sport you can play and not really worry about the language.”
• His next challenge: “My goal is to just improve,” said Slater. “Your rating can keep going up.” Plus, he said he likes to try and beat every young person (in the 18-to-25 age group) that he comes across.
• His favorite thing about it: Slater said, “I feel at age 65 I’m at the top of my game. That’s encouraging. I’m getting better with age.”
THE WORKOUT
To learn more about competitive table tennis check out the Atlanta Georgia Table Tennis Association at
http://www.agtta.org/ or USA Table Tennis at http://www.usatt.org/.

March 3 - City of Decatur is again Main Location for Georgia Bikes to the Capitol





W H O: Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA), Georgia Bikes!, and event sponsors will host over 1,000 cyclists from the metro Atlanta region. Police-escorted rides will depart from Decatur and Roswell led respectively by Mayor Bill Floyd and Mayor Jere Wood as well as other mayors and public officials from the region.

W H A T: During the fourth annual "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists will embark on rides to the Capitol in order to raise support for improved conditions for cycling, including the development of regional systems of both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use-trails.
W H E N: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, during the state legislative session. Estimated time of arrival at the Capitol is 11:40 a.m. Your starting time will depend on which city or auxiliary location you choose to start at or which route you choose to join along the way.

W H Y: Riding to raise support for the development of a regional-scale bicycle network of both on-road facilities and multi-use-trails, and cycling connections to major transit facilities, activity centers, and schools.
MAMA also intends to raise awareness of the benefits of bicycling as an important form of transportation; a beneficial economic development and tourism tool; an excellent way to maintain health and fitness; and a great sport and family activity.

The Decatur Route will be 5 miles one-way, with some hills, and ridden at a slow pace. The Decatur route starts at the north parking lot of the East Lake MARTA rail station.
Estimated departure time from Decatur is 10:45 a.m.
David Crites, Event Contact, GEORGIA BIKES!
404-634-6745

"The Grove" - Georgia Forestry Agencies Create Virtual Community to Educate and Engage Citizens to Protect Urban Forests


http://georgiagrove.org/

Georgia Forestry Agencies Create Virtual Community to Educate and Engage Citizens to Protect Urban Forests

ATLANTA, February 20, 2009 – In an effort to educate, engage and encourage Georgians to plant trees and protect Georgia’s urban tree canopy, the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) and the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) have joined forces to create a new Web site and online community called The Grove,
GeorgiaGrove.org.

The Grove allows families and friends to share the experience of planting trees and commemorating special life moments. The Grove members can share their memories by uploading pictures and stories of their tree planting experiences for others to see and discuss. The Grove members can also create groups, or “groves,” to connect, share and interact with other members within the virtual community.

“This is a great tool that allows families to create a legacy and leave a positive mark on the world for their children and grandchildren to enjoy,” said Mary Lynne Beckley, director of the Georgia Urban Forest Council. “By planting trees, we renew our commitment to protecting Georgia’s green legacy, ensuring future generations will share in the life events we celebrated, while enjoying the benefits of living in healthy communities.”

To be a part of The Grove, Georgia residents can log onto
GeorgiaGrove.org. There they can create a free account, plant a tree with family and friends, take pictures of the occasion, then upload their photos and post their stories to share the experience with other Grove members. In addition, The Grove offers an interactive Tree Match Tool that provides guidance on choosing the right tree to commemorate a special event, as well as information on tree planting, tree care tips and the benefits of maintaining a healthy urban forest.

According to GFC, Georgia’s urban forests have been diminishing, due to the rapid growth in development. To counteract the negative impact of tree loss, Georgia residents must be informed, educated and activated to help plant trees and preserve urban forest health.

“Strategically planted trees improve energy efficiency in homes, encourage people to linger and shop longer in business districts, provide shade to keep our cities cool and make communities healthier and safer places to live,” said Larry Morris, associate chief of sustainable forestry with Georgia Forestry Commission. “It is important to encourage Georgia residents to plant trees and help develop vital green infrastructures, which offset the impact of grey infrastructures such as roads and utilities, and help sustain Georgia’s green legacy.” The Grove is part of GUFC and GFC’s Create Your Legacy initiative, which aims to educate citizens about the ways tree loss impacts the economy, the environment, our health and our social interactions.


For more information or to share a legacy, log onto GeorgiaGrove.org today and share a tree planting experience. Contact Sarah Woodward, 404-870-6870 or Sarah.Woodward@mslworldwide.com with questions.

About Georgia Urban Forest Council
The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) is a non-profit organization that promotes the value of community forest resources and the importance of managing and protecting Georgia’s tree canopy. Its mission is to sustain Georgia's green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees. For more information visit
http://www.gufc.org/


About Georgia Forestry Commission
The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is a state agency responsible for providing leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources.
Georgia Forestry Commission Foresters help community leaders recognize the value of trees and plan with them in mind, which translates into cleaner air and water and healthier, safer, more attractive places to live, work and play.
For more information visit GaTrees.org.

Feb 27 - Renfroe Dream Big Auction


The Renfroe Dream Big Auction is Friday!
Friday, February 27th, 7:30 - 11:00 pm, at The Solarium in Oakhurst

Mark your calendar. It's time to attend the Dream Big Gala & Auction to be held at The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite on February 27, 2009. With a theme of "Dream Big," our goal is to raise funds to assist the PTA in its' support of students and teachers at Renfroe Middle School.
To streamline the invitation, ticketing and bid number assignment processes, we are offering online ticket sales this year. If you would like to register online, simply follow the link below to purchase your ticket(s) now using your credit card. It's easy!


https://secure.readysetauction.com/auctions/rmsgala/tickets

Thank you in advance for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the auction.
Sincerely,
Becky Ahmann & Sara Baxter
Auction Committee Co-Chairs
Dream Big Gala & Auction

Friday, February 20, 2009

Nobody Does It Better

NOBODY DOES TENNIS LESSIONS BETTER THAN THE CITY OF DECATUR'S GLENLAKE TENNIS CENTER!!!


Beginning Adult Tennis Lessons
On Tuesday, March 3, the Glenlake Tennis Center will resume offering 6 week tennis courses to adults looking to begin playing tennis, return to the game, or just sharpen their skills. The classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 6-7 pm throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Participants will learn proper stroke techniques, movement, and basic tennis strategy. The cost is $65 for City of Decatur Residents, and $75 for non-Decatur residents. Call Glenlake Tennis Center at 404-377-7231 to reserve your spot.

Adult Drills
Adult drills are offered Friday night from 6-7:30 pm and Sunday mornings from 9:30-11 am at Glenlake Tennis Center. The cost to attend is $10 per person and all skill levels are welcome to attend. The drills are designed so that everyone gets to hit a lot of balls and even if your skills are not that great you are still sure to have a great time. Drills are offered year round and there is no need to sign up.

Beginning Junior Tennis Lessons
Every Friday from 5-6 pm Glenlake Tennis Center offers lessons to juniors age 6-14. The cost of the session is $5 per child and there is no need to sign up. These are year round classes so come on out and give them a try.

Munchkin Tennis (4-6 year olds)
Monday, March 2nd marks the return of munchkin tennis lessons at Glenlake Tennis Center. The classes will be offered for 8 weeks throughout the Spring and the cost is $5 per child. The instructors use backdoor learning techniques so that the children begin to develop proper strokes with an emphasis on fun and exercise. The classes are offered from 4-5 pm and there is no need to sign up so bring your kids and prepare for them to have a blast.

Tournament Academy
Glenlake Tennis Center is also home to Jabari Cole's tournament academy. The academy is for juniors who would like to play serious competitive tennis. The focus of the academy revolves around proper stroke training, developing proper footwork and movement, advanced strategy techniques, and physical fitness. Also invited are high school players looking for high level instruction. The academy is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4-6 pm and the cost is $20 per appearance. Please contact Jabari Cole at Glenlake Tennis Center at 404-377-7231 for a tryout/invitation.

http://www.decaturga.com/cgs_citysvcs_rec_tennis.aspx

Want to ask a question via e-mail? Just e-mail Jabari Cole, Jababri.Cole@decaturga.com.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Feb 26 - Bicycle Safety "Train the Trainers" for Glennwood Academy


As part of Decatur's Safe Routes to School Program, the Active Living Division will be conducting it's first ever Bicycle Safety "Train the Trainers" Session at the Decatur Recreation Center on Thursday, February 26 from 6-8 pm (no charge).

Our goal is to build up a group of trained volunteers to help with the 4th grade Bicycle Safety Training Class that SRTS conducts at Glennwood Academy every year. We want to create a core group of trainers that perhaps can help offer the training at other venues during the year.

The class will be taught by the League of American Bicyclists certified League Cycling Instructor, Jyotsna Vanapalli, who created this course and assisted with the Decatur SRTS Pilot Project.

Please let me know if you are interested. The 4th grade training session is one of the most popular parts of Glennwood's SRTS program and we want to make educational and fun.

Gregory White
Assistant Director
City of Decatur Active Living
Greg.White@decaturga.com
678-553-6543 office

March 17 - Basics of Home Vegetable Gardening

http://www.dekalbextension.com/

"Basics of Home Vegetable Gardening"
-From how to start to how to maintain and harvest

7 to 8:30 pm, Tuesday, March 17th
DeKalb Extension Training Center Auditorium
4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032

Instructor: Bob Westerfield, Univ. of GA Extension Specialist, Home Vegetable Gardening
Cost: $7 per person includes door prize ticket.

Call to register: 404-298-4080.

April 18 - Confident City Cycling Class at Decatur Rec

Nobody knows cycling better than the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign!
Please join us on April 18th!
http://www.atlantabike2.org/content/418-Decatur

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

March 3 - www.GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org

From GoDeKalb.com (Hat Tip to InDecatur):

March 3: Bicycle Ride Promotes Alternative Transportation Options
Written by Aileen Harris
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 01:20

On March 3 2009, the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) will co-sponsor the Fourth Annual “Georgia Rides to the Capitol” event to raise support for the development of a regional-scale bicycle network of both on-road facilities and multi-use-trails, and cycling connections focused around major transit facilities and activity centers and near schools. “Transportation is not just moving cars, it's about moving people,” says Decatur City Commissioner Fred Boykin, owner of Bicycle South and one of the event organizers. “The majority of vehicle trips are less than two miles which is an easy distance to bicycle. If we can keep improving our local infrastructure to make it safe and appealing to cycle instead of drive, then we can help reduce congestion, improve our air quality, and encourage a healthy way to travel.” While many local governments fund bicycle and pedestrian projects and nearly $1 million in local, state and federal funding is programmed into both the Atlanta region’s short term Transportation Improvement Plan and the long range Regional Transportation Plan, “Current funding amounts do not even come close to accommodating what is needed as far as bike/pedestrian infrastructure,” says Regan Hammond, a planner in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Transportation Division. ARC is the planning agency that develops the regional transportation plans. “In Georgia, on average, 11 percent of traffic deaths involve bicycles or pedestrians but generally only 1.4 percent of federal safety set-aside funding goes towards bike/pedestrian projects,” said Lisa Safstrom, State Scenic Byways Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Transportation. “While bike/pedestrian projects are often thought of as frivolous or unimportant, given the region’s congestion, air quality, and obesity problems, providing more support for bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure could end up saving the state a considerable amount in the long term.”

The bicycle ride, which will have routes departing from the cities of Roswell and Decatur, attracts more than 1,000 cyclists and will culminate in a press conference on the Capitol steps with metro mayors, state legislators and other state officials speaking on the importance of funding bicycle infrastructure and other alternative forms of transportation. “The ride to the Capitol is my favorite bicycle ride of the year,” said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, who will lead the bicycle ride from Roswell. “It's not only fun, it's a great way to demonstrate to the state that there is strong support for bicycling in Georgia.”

Bicyclists are estimated to arrive at the Capitol at 11:40 a.m. The estimated departure time from originating cities are: Decatur at 10:45 a.m. and Roswell at 9:45 a.m. The routes will vary in length and difficulty. Decatur will be 5 miles one-way, with some hills, and ridden at a slow pace. The Decatur route starts at the north parking lot of the East Lake MARTA rail station. Roswell will be 21 miles one-way, very hilly, and ridden at a 12 MPH pace. The Roswell route starts at Roswell City Hall. Novice and family (and even intermediate) cyclists are encouraged to ride the Decatur route or join the Roswell route closer to downtown Atlanta. Detailed route and time information can be found at www.GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org

“The Georgia Rides to the Capitol bicycle event draws attention to transportation options in our communities,” notes David Crites, executive director of Georgia BIKES!, a bicycle advocacy program that spearheaded the “Share the Road” campaign. “Many Georgia cities and towns have the potential to offer an alternative to the car by providing connections that help and encourage folks to walk or cycle instead of drive. Pathways and trails (like the Silver Comet Trail) can connect communities while working to accommodate cyclists on local streets can link neighborhoods and downtowns.”

The bicycle ride is free and open to the public. Those who want to ride are invited to pre-register at www.GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org. In addition to the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, the 2009 Georgia Rides To The Capitol Day is sponsored by: National Multiple Sclerosis Society Georgia Chapter; North Georgia Bicycle Dealers Association; Southern Bicycle League; Hope-Beckham; Georgia Municipal Association; the cities of Atlanta, Decatur, Roswell, and Sandy Springs; bicycle companies Trek and Raleigh; bicycle stores Bicycle South, CycleWorks, Free-Flite Bicycles, and Roswell Bicycles; and bicycling interests Atlanta Bicycle Campaign, BikeCobb, BikeRoswell!, Georgia Bikes!, Ken Rosskopf PC, Southern Crescent Cycling, and Tony Serrano Century.

Decatur Youth Fund

All Decatur Kids Deserve to Learn, Play and Smile

Please consider making a contribution to the Decatur Youth Fund to help a Decatur kid have an active, fun and interesting summer. Your contribution can help make sure a Decatur kid gets to:
Learn to swim ($50)
Play summer baseball ($100)
Swim on the Gators Swim Team ($100)
Go to a week of summer day camp ($150)
Go to an art camp ($150)
Go to a sports camp ($150)


This year, as we all know, families everywhere are experiencing new difficulties because the of the sluggish economy. At Decatur Children and Youth Services and Decatur Active Living, we see it in increased requests for financial aid. Some of these requests come from families that have never needed to ask for help before. Many are long-time participants in our programs. Some volunteer as coaches and team parents. Others are already receiving financial aid and are requesting a further reduction in fees as they just can’t make ends meet. These parents rely on afterschool and summer care so they can work.

The Decatur Youth Fund, which is part of the Decatur Education Foundation, is able to help out these members of our community, thanks to the Decatur Wine Festival, the Decatur Holiday Tour of Homes, the Barbecue Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the sponsors of those events, and to the many citizens that make individual donations.


Please make checks payable to: "The Decatur Youth Fund". Please mail to: The Decatur Education Foundation, 758 Scott Blvd., Decatur, GA 30030. All contributions are tax deductible. Please contact Greg White at 678-553-6543 with any questions.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

March 21 - 2009 TOUR deCATUR 5K Road Race,1 Mile Fun Run & Tot Trot

TOUR deCATUR 2009!

2009 TOUR deCATUR 5K Road Race,1 Mile Fun Run & Tot Trot
March 21, 2009
Renfroe Middle School, 440 E. College Avenue
Saturday, March 21, 2009

One Mile Fun Run/Walk: 8:45 a.m.
5K Road Race/Walk: 9:15 a.m.
Tot Trot (ages 4 & under): 10:00 am

TOUR deCATUR 2009
Join us for the 7th annual TOUR deCATUR 5K Road Race, 1 Mile Fun Run and Tot Trot on Saturday morning, March 21, 2009.
The one mile Fun Run begins at 8:45 am and the 5K Race begins at 9:15 am at Renfroe Middle School. The 3.1 mile route winds through the beautiful Oakhurst and Winnnona Park neighborhoods. All proceeds from the race benefit the work of the Decatur Education Foundation. The entry fee, if submitted by March 13th, is $18 for Adults and $12 for children under 18 (including Tot Trot participants under age 4).

All participants (including the Tot Trot) will receive a race t-shirt and winners in each age category will take home unique awards. Bring the whole family and help us pound the pavement for Decatur kids!


ENTRY FEE: (if submitted by March 13)
Adults: $18
Children under 18: $12
CSD Employees: $15

Race day entry fee is $25 for all participants.
Register On-Line at:
https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/TheDecaturEducationFoundati/OnlineTourDecator.html
or download a registration form at:
http://www.tourdecatur.com/2009TourdeCaturFlyer.pdf

All proceeds benefit theDecatur Education Foundation
PO Box 3159
Decatur, Georgia 30031
404-377-0641


* Parking is available in the Agnes Scott College parking deck and the Howard Ave. parking lot at Decatur High School

www.decatureducationfoundation.org
The Decatur Education Foundation, Inc.
404-377-0641
info@decatureducationfoundation.org

6th Annual Decatur Bulldog Boosters’ Spring Sports Fest Celebration & Fundraiser


6th Annual Decatur Bulldog Boosters’ Spring Sports Fest Celebration and Fundraiser
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany in Decatur
Music - Great Food - Cash Bar - Silent Auction - Fun - Much More
Tickets are $20 in advance - $25 at the door - Adults Only


Enjoy a special performance by the Non-Essentials. This event supports all student sports at Renfroe Middle and Decatur High Schools. The Church of the Epiphany is located at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307

To purchase tickets in advance, contact any DBB board member or send your check, made out to DBB, to 812 Pinetree Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

Have a question? Want to donate an item for the auction? Please contact Bailey Pendergrast at 404.373.3327 or sbpender@gmail.com or Nancy Weitnauer at 404.378.8273 or weitnauer@mindspring.com

Feb 23 - Atlanta Regional Commission Bicycle & Pedestrian Task Force Meeting

Atlanta Regional Commission Bicycle & Pedestrian Task Force Meeting
1:30 - 3 pm, Monday, February 23rd
Harry West Conference Room
Atlanta Regional Commission
40 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

MEETING AGENDA

Item 1: Atlanta Bicycle Campaign – bike counts, data collection, 2009 initiatives & programs
– Rebecca Serna, ABC

Item 2: Bike Emory – program update and 2009 activities – Jamie Smith, Bike Emory

Item 3: Economic Stimulus update

Item 4: Open Discussion & Announcements

Book Signing Blowout Bash

Thanks for everyone who attended the Little Shop of Stories sponsored book signing by Jeff Kinney, author of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book series. A huge crowd of children and parents turned out at the Decatur Recreation Center. Special thanks to Diane Capriola of Little Shop of Stories. With the weather warming up, consider bringing a book to read at one of our many city parks!


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

GA State Parks - Where to Woo this Valentine's Day


The Valentine's Day conquer your dating challenge no matter if you're newly connected and looking to make a great impression or if you've been together a long time and may need of a new experience to keep the relationship fresh. Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites offer date-planners relief from angst with bountiful-and affordable-options this Valentine’s Day and beyond.

The park system offers excellent activities for spending time with that special someone. Recreational options such as hikes and picnics always offer a quiet and beautiful setting perfect for getting to know one another. With parks scattered across the state, all offering a wide variety of activities and programs with a natural and peaceful setting, visitors can’t go wrong by testing the relationship waters at any location.

Some suggestions for wooing that special someone with a unique date:
·Instead of bringing flowers, take an organized spring wildflower hike at Amicalola, Unicoi, Panola Mountain or Cloudland Canyon state parks.
·Gaze at the stars during an astronomy program at Kolomoki Mounds and F.D. Roosevelt state parks or during a full moon hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park.
·Work together to navigate a retro-style pedal boat at one of 15 state parks that have rentals including Fort Mountain, Georgia Veterans, Gordonia-Alatamaha, Hamburg, or Vogel state parks.
·Challenge each other with a game of mini-golf at Crooked River, Elijah Clark, Florence Marina, Indian Springs, John Tanner or other state parks with courses.
·Check your swing at one of seven beautifully maintained golf courses surrounded by nature, such as Meadow Links at George T. Bagby State Park.
·Watch the sun set or the tide coming in/out off the coast at Skidaway Island State Park.
·Take in majestic waterfalls at various parks including Amicalola Falls, Tallulah Gorge, Cloudland Canyon and Vogel state parks.
·Rent a horse and hit the equestrian trails at F.D. Roosevelt or Fort Mountain state parks.

With exciting options such as these, scenic backdrops and inexpensive pricing, Georgia State Parks offer couples the perfect setting to impress a date. Pick the park closest to you and get ready for a fun-filled romantic day!

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources operates the Georgia State Parks system. From the north Georgia mountains to the Colonial Coast, 48 parks and 15 historic sites are scattered throughout the state’s most scenic locales. Natural environments, comfortable lodging, affordable rates and exciting recreational activities await guests year-round. For more information or reservations, call (800) 864-7275 or visit
www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day!

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Decatur Active Living
This Saturday, Feb. 14th
Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

Valentine Luncheon for Grades 1-3
11:30 am

Valentine Dance for Grades 4-5
6:30 to 8:30 pm

For more information on both events, please contact Lee Williams at Lee.Williams@decaturga.com or (678) 553-6551.

Spring is Around the Corner and Glenlake Tennis Center has Programs for the Entire Family

http://www.decaturga.com/cgs_citysvcs_rec_tennis.aspx
Beginning Adult Tennis Lessons
On Tuesday March 3, Glenlake Tennis Center will resume offering 6 week tennis courses to adults looking to begin playing tennis, return to the game, or just sharpen their skills. The classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 6-7pm throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Participants will learn proper stroke techniques, movement, and basic tennis strategy. The cost is $65 for City of Decatur Residents and $75 for non-Decatur residents. Call Glenlake Tennis Center at 404-377-7231 to reserve your spot.

Adult Drills
Adult drills are offered Friday night from 6-7:30pm and Sunday mornings from 9:30-11am at Glenlake Tennis Center. The cost to attend is $10 per person and all skill levels are welcome to attend. The drills are designed so that everyone gets to hit a lot of balls and even if your skills are not that great you are still sure to have a great time. Drills are offered year round and there is no need to sign up.

Beginning Junior Tennis Lessons Every Friday from 5-6pm Glenlake Tennis Center offers lessons to juniors age 6-14. The cost of the session is $5 per child and there is no need to sign up. These are year round classes so come on out and give them a try.

Munchkin Tennis (4-6 year olds)
Monday, March 2 marks the return of munchkin tennis lessons at Glenlake Tennis Center. The classes will be offered for 8 weeks throughout the Spring and the cost is $5 per child. The instructors use backdoor learning techniques so that the children begin to develop proper strokes with an emphasis on fun and exercise. The classes are offered from 4-5pm and there is no need to sign up so bring your kids and prepare for them to have a blast.

Tournament Academy
Glenlake Tennis Center is also home to Jabari Cole's tournament academy. The academy is for juniors who would like to play serious competitive tennis. The focus of the academy revolves around proper stroke training, developing proper footwork and movement, advanced strategy techniques, and physical fitness. Also invited are high school players looking for high level instruction. The academy is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4-6pm and the cost is $20 per appearance. Please contact Jabari Cole at Glenlake Tennis Center at 404-377-7231 for a tryout/invitation.

Health Theme Months

February: American Heart Month

March: National Nutrition Month
The theme for March 2009 is"Eat Right"

April: National Minority Health Awareness Month

May: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Fun Ideas for Kids: http://www.crayola.com/calendar/detail.cfm?event_id=197&year=2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Food Drive - Drop off items here in Decatur at the Maloof Bldg.

DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon is offering a challenge to District 6 constituents to “spread the love” during February by making non-perishable food item and/or monetary donations to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Decatur Cooperative Ministries.

Food collection barrels will be placed in the lobbies of the Maloof Building (1300 Commerce Drive) and 330 Ponce de Leon Ave during the month of February. The most needed food items currently are: canned tuna, beans, soups, stews, fruit and vegetables; pastas, macaroni and cheese dinners, whole grain and low sugar cereals.

Online donations can be made directly to the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s secure site, just
visit my website, www.kathiegannon.com, click on constituent information, then news to access the link. The food bank can leverage over $8 in food and services for every $1 donation.

If you have questions, please contact Rita Morgan at 404-371-6353 or remorgan@co.dekalb.ga.us.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Whole Lotta Shakin Going On! We're Busy for You!

Free Softball Clinic This Weekend
The Agnes Scott coaches and players are putting on a FREE softball clinic/camp this Sunday, February 8th, 1 - 2:30 p.m. at Oakhurst Park. Plan on attending and bring a friend! If you have any questions, please contact
Stacy Green: 678-553-6549.

Sign-up Now for Decatur Youth Sports
http://decaturactiveliving.blogspot.com/2009/02/girls-softball-youth-lacrosse-and-youth.html

Tuesday Feb 10 - Magical Mornings for Ages 2 to 5
http://decaturactiveliving.blogspot.com/2009/02/tuesday-feb-10-magical-mornings-for.html

Wednesday Feb 11 - Book Signing, Jeff Kinney "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"
http://decaturactiveliving.blogspot.com/2009/01/feb-11-jeff-kinney-author-of-diary-of.html

Wanted: Lifeguards and front Desk Attendants for City Pools this Summer
A Front Desk Attendant position is a perfect part-time summer job for an older adult!
http://decaturactiveliving.blogspot.com/2009/01/be-lifeguard-or-front-desk-attendant-at.html

April 18 - Confident City Cycling Class sponosred by ABC and Decatur Active Living
http://decaturactiveliving.blogspot.com/2009/01/atlanta-bicycle-campaign-at-decatur.html

Thursday, February 5, 2009

MVP Parents

http://www.mvparents.com/pdfs/40Assets.pdf

40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents (ages 12-18)
The Search Institute® has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets®— that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.


http://mvparents.com/displayMailArchive.php?emailid=58
A Balanced Approach to Youth Sports

At age 20, Major League Baseball player Ryan Jaroncyk retired, saying he had never really enjoyed the game (that he had started at age 5) and had continued to play primarily because his parents wanted him to.
Being involved in a sport is a lot different for most of today’s young people than it was for their parents or grandparents. Kids start younger, train harder, play more often, forego other activities, and, like Jaroncyk, feel more pressure. For some this means the horizons are broader and brighter than ever. Sometimes, however, sports takes over a family’s life as parents shuttle between home and practice or games, spend thousands of dollars on equipment, and drag younger siblings along or leave them at home. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little bit of support and guidance from you, your children can find great fun and healthy ways to include athletics as one part of a well-rounded life.
Try it...
For parents with children ages birth to 5
Introduce babies and young children to lots of different physical activities, such as throwing and catching a ball, bike riding, swimming, and climbing.
Play with them.
Resist the urge to sign your young children up for formal, structured programs. A few children will be ready for this kind of organization, but many will find it confusing or stressful.

For parents with children ages 6 - 9
Offer encouragement and praise for participation rather than achievement. At this age, it’s best to focus on enjoyment of the activity rather than mastery.
Avoid comparing players to one another, making comments (even positive ones) about players’ abilities, or complaining about mistakes or missed opportunities. Instead, emphasize and highlight positive attitudes and experiences.
Volunteer to be a coach or team helper.

For parents with children ages 10 - 15
Encourage your child to try at least one new sport or physical activity each year or two. They may feel like everyone around them has already “picked what they do,” but most likely, that’s not the case.
Help your children think about what they enjoy and don’t enjoy about each of their activities. Make a “pros and cons” list if it helps. Some children will have very strong opinions about which things they want to do, and others will need more parental direction and guidance.
Help your children organize informal sports events such as pick-up basketball, flag football, or a rope-jumping expo. If your physical health allows, join them!

For parents with children ages 16 - 18
Monitor your teens’ health habits, especially if they are seriously involved in sports. Are they eating well, getting enough sleep, doing what they can to avoid injury? Stay connected with your children and their coaches so you know what’s happening with the team and with training.
If you have a teenager who is seriously into a sport (or multiple sports) celebrate that while also promoting balance for the entire family. This could mean taking turns attending events, making sure that there is at least a short “off season” when your teen’s body can rest and recover from intense training, talking about what’s most important to you as a family and as individuals, and being flexible about finding time to just be together when you’re not focusing on a sport.
Regardless of the skill level of your teen, don’t overburden them with the stress of trying to earn scholarships, awards, or professional contracts for their sports involvement. If your child really wants those things and has the skill to achieve them, then encourage and support them in their efforts. If not, though, their time is probably better spent focusing on school and making more reliable plans for the future.



http://mvparents.com/displayMailArchive.php?emailid=16
Healthy Eating Habits
Two big challenges to raising healthy kids today are enormous portion sizes and the fact that there are so many unhealthy but tempting food choices out there. When children and teens fill up on sweets and highly processed foods, they lose their appetites for foods that have the nutrients their bodies need. As they get older they’ll be making more of those choices for themselves, so it’s never too early to start teaching kids how to make healthy, balanced selections.

Try it
For parents with children ages birth to 5
For sweet treats, stick with fresh fruit. (Babies aren’t born wanting ice cream or cookies.) Avoid refined sugar and other sweeteners as long as possible.
Breastfeed for optimal nutrition. When giving a bottle or cup, choose formula mixed as instructed or unsweetened beverages such as plain milk or water.

For parents with children 6 - 9
Serve foods close to their natural state: fresh or unsweetened dried fruit instead of fruit roll-ups; whole wheat bread instead of white; lean cuts of meat like turkey or chicken breast instead of processed meats such as sausage or hotdogs.
Set clear family rules on when it’s acceptable to eat sweets, such as desserts only on the weekends.
Talk with kids about how their bodies get energy and strength from the foods they eat. Point out that healthier choices make for more energy and strength.

For parents with children 10 - 15
Getting enough calcium is tough for kids who drink too much juice, soda, or other beverages that don’t contain it. One way you can help is by limiting the availability of those drinks in your home. You can also keep low-fat flavored milks and calcium-fortified milk alternatives on hand and serve them at meals. Though they have added sugar, it’s not nearly as much as soda, and studies show that for many kids they boost calcium intake.
Teach children to read labels and choose foods with zero trans fats (linked to heart disease), andfoodsthat are low in sodium and overall fat content.
When bringing snacks for events, choose healthy items: fresh or dried fruit; low-fat, low-salt pretzels; raw vegetables; 100% juice boxes or water bottles.

For parents with children 16 - 18
When feeding groups of teens, offer good-for-you choices such as pizza with fresh toppings, whole-wheat pita bread with cheese, fresh vegetables and dip, fresh fruit, and water or milk.
Teenagers, girls especially, are vulnerable to excessive dieting and eating disorders, which rob their bodies of essential nutrients. Keep your home stocked with lots of healthy protein sources (nuts, beans, lean meats, low-fat dairy), calcium (dairy, calcium-fortified products), whole grains (oatmeal, whole-wheat breads, brown rice, whole wheat pasta), and fruits and vegetables. If you are concerned about your children’s eating habits, talk with a doctor who understands eating disorders.

Youth Group Funding for community advocacy project and mentor stipend

Save the Date

The Live Healthy DeKalb Youth Action Group will be hosting it's second annual Youth Advocacy Summit on April 18, 2009 from 10:00 am til 4:00 pm. We are recruiting youth groups that serve middle school aged youth to attend. After the summit groups will be eligible to receive funding for a community advocacy project and mentor stipend.

Contact Eryn Marchiolo at emmarchiolo@dhr.state.ga.us for more information.

Girls Softball, Youth Lacrosse and Youth Soccer!


SIGN-UP NOW FOR DECATUR YOUTH SPORTS!
Girls Fast PitchSoftball
-Register now at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.
-Ages 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 (age control date is Jan. 1st)
-Practices begin March 7th
-Season begins March 14th
-Registration Fee: $100 City of Decatur residents; $130 non-city residents
COACHES NEEDED!
Volunteer coaches are needed and welcome. If interested, please attend the free workshop at 6:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 26th at the Decatur Rec. Center.
Youth Lacrosse
(9-10 Boys slots are are full)
-Register now at the Decatur Rec. Center, 231 Sycamore St.
-Ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 (age control date is Jan. 1st)
-Practices begin February 11th
-Season begins March 7th
-Registration Fee: $100 City of Decatur residents; $130 non-city residents
PARENTS MEETING
All parents/guardians are asked to attend the Parents Meeting at 1 pm, Saturday, Feb. 7th at the Decatur Recreation Center.

COACHES NEEDED!
Volunteer coaches are needed and welcome. If interested, please attend the free workshop at 6:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 19th at the Decatur Rec. Center.
YOUTH SOCCER
-Register now at the Decatur Rec. Center, 231 Sycamore St.
-Ages 4-6, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 (age control date is Sept.. 1st, 2009)
-Practices begin March 9th
-Season begins March 21st
-Registration Fee: $100 City of Decatur residents; $130 non-city residents
PARENTS MEETING
All parents/guardians are asked to attend the Parents Meeting at 1 pm, Saturday, March 7th at the Decatur Recreation Center.

COACHES NEEDED!
Volunteer coaches are needed and welcome. If interested, please attend the free workshop at 6:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 26th at the Decatur Rec. Center.
For more information on Decatur Youth Sports, please contact Stacy Green, 678-553-6549 or Lindsey Struck, 678-553-6550.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Welcome Spring with Wildflower Walks in Georgia's State Parks


http://www.georgiastateparks.org/
http://www.youtube.com/gastateparks

While dogwoods and daffodils are the traditional trumpeters of spring, a host of wildflowers are arriving in celebration of warmer weather. For a close-up look at these brilliant blooms, join state park rangers on a series of guided wildlflower walks across Georgia. Hikers will look for wood violet, trout lily, wild azalea, spring-beauty, showy orchis, foam flower, trillium, Indian pink, buckeye and many more native blooms. These programs are hosted by several state parks that have a large number of native plants growing in natural settings.

For more information about the guided wildflower hikes, call the parks directly. A $3 to $4 parking fee is charged and some hikes are free. Wildflower hikes are just some of the many events hosted by Georgia’s 63 state parks and historic sites. For a complete calendar of events, visit
http://www.georgiastateparks.org/.

Spring Wildflower Day
Saturday, March 28, 1 – 3 p.m.
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin
Providence Canyon, known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, has diverse environments where a wide variety of wildflowers may be seen. Bring your camera for an awe-inspiring hike where you may discover a new world of wildflowers. $1 plus $3 parking. 229-838-6202 .

Thursday Wildflower Walks at the Hike Inn
March 19, April 16 and April 30, Noon
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville
Guests of the Len Foote Hike Inn can meet at the “top of falls” trailhead to take a guided wildflower walk. The Hike Inn is Georgia's only backcountry lodge, located at Amicalola Falls State Park. $3 parking. 1-800-581-8032 .

Wild About Wildflowers
Saturdays in April, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 1 – 3 p.m.
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn
Join the park's naturalist in the picnic area for an easy, guided wildflower hike. The hikes will include flower identification, cultivation tips and good exercise. Bring water and a sack lunch. Limit 40 participants. $3 parking. 706-657-4050 .

Spring Wildflower Fest
April 11 - 12
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville
Enjoy a wildflower identification hike and learn more about edible and medicinal plants. Join a variety of activities as we celebrate the arrival of spring. The park features a hotel-style lodge with a restaurant that has a stunning mountain view. $3 parking. 706-265-1969 .

Spring Wildflowers Around Unicoi
April 17 - 18
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen
Friday evening begins with a slide show and lecture. On Saturday, there will be wildflower walks and activities that help both the novice and experienced enthusiast better appreciate the colorful and fascinating world of mountain wildflowers. Spend the night in the park’s lodge, cottages or campground. Register in advance. $3 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.

Spring Wildflower Walk
April 18, 10 a.m. - Noon
Mistletoe State Park - Appling
Explore the woods as they come alive with dogwood, berry blossoms, trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, rattlesnake plant, variegated clover, violets, wisteria, ruby thistle and more. Don’t forget your camera. $3 parking. 706-541-0321 .

Riverfront Wildflower Hike
April 18, 10 a.m.
Sprewell Bluff State Park - Thomaston
Join a plant biologist on this four-mile hike along the Flint River while several flowers and trees are at their peak of spring color. Meet at the main parking lot by the river and bring a lunch to enjoy at picnic area. $3 plus $3 parking. 706-646-6026 .

Wildflower Walk
April 25, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Vogel State Park - Blairsville
This guided wildflower walk through the Appalachian forest will highlight Jack-in-the pulpits, trilliums, wild azaleas and many other flowering plants. $3 plus $3 parking. 706-745-2628 .

Feb 5 - ING Georgia Marathon Community Meeting

ING GA Marathon Community Meeting Thursday

The City of Decatur and the organizers of the ING GA Marathon will hold a community information meeting on Thursday, February 5th from 6 - 7pm in the commission meeting room of Decatur City Hall. All are welcome.

The back door of city hall will be unlocked for entrance. Parking is available in City Hall parking lot after 5 p.m. Hope to see everyone there!

Cheryl

Please visit our blog: www.thedecaturminute.com
Cheryl A. Burnette
Special Events Coordinator
City of Decatur
678-553-6573
cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com

3rd Annual Bulldog Volleyball Camp - Clarification

Decatur Volleyball Camp Clarification
In an attempt to clarify the announcement concerning the summer volleyball camp, please know that all girls are welcome and encouraged to attend the Decatur Volleyball Camp sponsored by the Decatur Recreation Department. Attendance in the camp, however, is not mandatory nor is it a prerequisite for participating on any of the teams sponsored by the City Schools of Decatur Athletic Department.

Sorry for any confusion,
Carter Wilson, Athletic Director


3rd Annual Bulldog Volleyball Camp
THE CAMP IS COMING! THE CAMP IS COMING!
The Decatur volleyball team had a great season this year. Some stats about varsity team from the last two years:
-Placed 7th in the State Tournament in 2007
-Placed 3rd in the Area Tournament in 2007
-Ranked 9th in the State coaches' poll in 2007
-We have 2 players that made the All-Area team, 3 players that ranked in the top 24 players in the State and 1 player that made the All-Area Senior team in 2007.
-Placed 14th in the State Tournament in 2008-Placed 2nd in the Area Tournament in 2008
-We have 2 players that made the All-Area team, 5 players that ranked in the top 24 players in the State in 2008

The 3nd annual Bulldog volleyball camp is coming this summer. Come to this camp to learn how to pass, set, hit and play defense like a Decatur Bulldog Volleyball player. The camp dates are:
High School Player: July 20th thru July 24th
Middle School Player: July 27th thru July 31st

The camp will be held at the Decatur Recreational Center. We will have coaches from many different Division I, Division II Universities and colleges coming to run and coach at our camp.

The cost of the camp will be $150 for Decatur residents and $150 for non-residents. You will receive 5 days of college coach instruction, camp T-shirts and other surprises.

The camp times will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch break. Please e-mail Coach Fred Earley for more information at: DECATURVOLLEYBALL@YAHOO.COM.

Tuesday Feb 10 - Magical Mornings for Children 2 to 5 yrs old

Magical Mornings for Children Ages 2 to 5 yrs old!

Our next Magical Mornings is right around the corner. Betty Ann Wiley will be entertaining us with stories and fairy tales at 11 am, Tuesday, February 10th at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. The cost for this event is $2.00 per child (teachers and parents admitted free). Come out and join us for a morning great stories and family fun.

Lee M. Williams
Program Supervisor, City of Decatur Active Living
Lee.Williams@decaturga.com
678-553-6551 office