Tuesday, March 31, 2009

DeKalb Co. Extension Service - "“Green as a color and designing with Foliage & Texture”

www.dekalbextension.com

“Green as a color and designing with Foliage & Texture”
7 to 8:30 pm, Tuesday, April 14th (Pre-TAX DAY)
4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 (Training Center)

Speaker: Sara Henderson, well known garden writer, speaker and designer.
-Shade gardening does not have to be boring there are many plants to pick from. Sara knows her plants and has a wonderful idea of design and how to use creativity in a successful garden plan.


Cost: $7 per person, which includes a chance for great door prize

Phone: 404-298-4080

Please call to register or to request a copy of this year’s garden series brochure – 10 great
educational programs.

Our web site:
www.dekalbextension.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

ING - Big Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who came out and volunteered and/or cheered throughout the city for Sunday's ING Marathon.

Great coverage at Dave Kell's InDecatur Blog:

http://airbornecombatengineer.typepad.com/in_decatur/2009/03/decatur-as-a-whole-should-get-an-ing-cheering-award.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oUrZ-lwuP4

Badminton Wednesdays at The Rec (and don't forget Table Tennis Tuesdays!)



BADMINTON WEDNESDAYS AT THE REC!
7 to 9 pm, Wednesdays, Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

Free for City of Decatur Residents
$2 for Non-city Residents
Open fo all ages

Badminton is an Olympic racquet sport that can be played singles or doubles. It's a surprisingly effective cardio workout for young or old. Join us Wednesdays at the DRC, whether you're a beginner or experienced played. It is suggested to bring your own racquet, but extra racquets are available for those who do not have one.

For more information on Decatur Badminton, please contact Lee Williams, 678-553-6551, or Sue, 770-377-3404.


And don't forget Table Tennis Tuesdays, 7 to 10 pm. All ages welcome, free for City of Decatur residents. Table Tennis is fun for the whole family, and can be a good cardio workout when played competitively. It is suggested to bring your own paddle, but extra paddles are available for those who do not have one. For more information on Decatur Table Tennis, please contact Lee Williams, 678-553-6551, or Charlie Slater.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center



http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/index.cfm

walkinginfo.org

bicyclinginfo.org

Our mission is to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. Through our comprehensive Web sites, we offer information and training to diverse audiences about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility as it relates to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Sign-up for their listserve to receive pedestrian and bicycle news and information: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/signup

Home Tour on a Bike


Home Tour on a Bike

Our goal is to get home buyers out looking at homes in an environmentally friendly way. Send us an e-mail below with the neighborhood you want to tour and reserve your spot today. And remember to bring your bicycle! Contact us today to reserve your spot on the first tour!
Dates and Neighborhoods:
April 18 -- Glendale Park
May 2 -- Great Lakes
May 16 -- Adair Park
May 30 -- Oakhurst
June 13 -- Winnona Park
June 27 -- Avondale Estates
Times and meeting locations to follow soon.
More tours to follow! Bicycle Home Tours will run through mid September 2009.

April 25 - Rescheduled Electronics Recycling Day

Decatur Postpones Electronics Recycling Day
Event Rescheduled for April 25, 2009


The City of Decatur announces the cancelation of Electronics Recycling Day scheduled for Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in response to the prediction of severe thunderstorms, strong winds and lightning.

David Junger, Assistant City Manager for Public Works, said “The threat of severe weather is a safety hazard for our workers and volunteers. The event is held in an outdoor parking lot and offers no cover for the workers or the electronics that are being recycled.”

Electronics Recycling Day has been re-scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Decatur High School parking lot. Visit
www.decaturga.com for a list of electronic items that may be recycled and more details about the event. Or, call 404-377-5571 for information.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

April 13 - DRC Public Input Planning Session

Decatur Recreation Center Project
Public Input Planning Session
7 pm, Monday, April 13
Decatur Rec. Center, 231 Sycamore St.

City Residents: You are invited to the next public input session for the Decatur Recreation Center master plan on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. The City of Decatur is developing a master plan to direct future improvements to the city’s 50 year old recreation center. The first session was held on Tuesday, Dec. 9 and focused on a review of the existing facility, an overview of recreation/community center facilities in similar communities and invited public discussion around a series of questions to identify program needs and priorities for the building.

Decatur’s Active Living division needs your help in planning how the building can be modernized to serve future community needs. After mid-2009, the Center will no longer be used for high school athletics. This offers an opportunity to consider its future use, especially the 10,000-square-foot gym. LP3 Architects have used information gathered at the December public meeting, from user surveys and from discussions with patrons to develop a preliminary plan for improvements to “the Rec.”


Existing Building Illustrations

Session One Powerpoint

Glenlake


Glenlake Park Update

Major renovations will begin on Glenlake Park during the week of March 23rd. This is the first comprehensive improvement to Glenlake Park in over 50 years. Work should be completed by the end of this year and will include new walking trails, pedestrian bridges, improved athletic fields, a new multi-purpose pavilion and an expanded dog park. Streambed restoration will improve water quality reduce downstream flooding and allow the stream to become an integral part of the park experience. A new bathhouse is currently underway and should be completed in time for the pool to reopen this Memorial Day.
To provide an alternative parking option for patrons of Glenlake Tennis Center and Glenlake Pool, we will close one lane of travel in each direction on Church Street beginning the week of March 23rd and create on-street parking for park patrons. This alteration of Church Street will be maintained throughout park construction. We don't anticipate any major traffic problems as a result of this reconfiguration but there is a possibility that traffic on Church Street will be slowed, particularly during morning and afternoon rush hours and wanted to give you and your associates' time to prepare for this change.
To view a copy of the Church Street parking diagram or the Glenlake Park renovation plan, visit:http://www.decaturga.com/cgs_citysvcs_ced_bondprojects_glenlake.aspx
If you have any questions, please contact Hugh Saxon at 678-553-6507 or at hugh.saxon@decaturga.com.

April 4 - DBA Easter Egg Hunt


DBA Easter Egg Hunt April 4 on the Square
The Decatur Business Association invites the community to the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, on the Decatur Square. The Easter Bunny arrives at 10:30 a.m. and the hunt begins promptly at 11 a.m. Bring your basket and join the fun. The event is free and open to ages 0-5th grade.

The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Decatur Business Association, Bicycle South, Café Alsace, Decatur School of Ballet, Decatur eLIFE Magazine, Greene's Fine Foods, HLM Financial Group, Holiday Inn Select, Hoopla, the Music Class, Nanston Dental, Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool, Sherwood Chiropractic, Taylor Construction and Wiggle.

Sunday Morn - Decatur, Please Help Us Cheer on the ING Marathon Runners!


The ING Georgia Marathon will be coming through the City of Decatur on Sunday morning, March 29 and we would love to have you participate! As the marathon organizers say "Volunteers are the heart and SOLE of the marathon". Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered to staff a hydration station.

Decaturites are needed to come to the official cheering station at Fellini's Pizza on Commerce Drive on Sunday morning at 7 am to help cheer the runners on. In 2007, the City of Decatur won $10,000 for the Best Cheering Station and in 2008 we won $5,000 for the second best station. We want to reclaim our #1 title, so wear your orange and bring a noise maker, signage, and/or a musical instrument. Let's make noise so the runners remember our city. I will bring some cowbells to share! Runners are going to vote for their favorite Hydration Stations and their favorite Cheering Section so we want them to remember us! Prize money will to the Decatur Youth Fund for children obesity programs.

We are still in need of volunteers for the East Lake MARTA Station. Volunteers will have a lot of fun handing out water to the runners and cheering them on.

To volunteer, go to www.inggeorgiamarathon.com and click on the volunteer link. Choose Hydration Station #11 - Oakhurst. The password is COD.

For more information on the marathon, contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or 678-553-6573.

Walk or Bike down to Oakhurst for Spring Jazz Nights


http://www.oakhurstjazznights.com/
Time for Spring Jazz Nights
7 pm, Thursday, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th


Jazz Nights are here yet again! For those of you acquainted with this Oakhurst tradition, we hope you will return for more good times. And for those of you who have never been to Jazz Nights, now is your chance to enjoy Oakhurst's own blend of cool jazz combined with warming springtime weather and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

The music starts the last four Thursday nights in April: 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 7pm, although the Scottish Rite courtyard is often alive with activity before the shows even begin.

Whether you prefer to relax on a blanket in the courtyard or perhaps even reserve a table complete with fresh, white linens and a Bloom Floral Design centerpiece, there are many ways to enjoy the evening. Each table seats up to four and may be reserved for $25 per table per evening - a great way to assure a front-row view. In the event of inclement weather, don't let the rain spoil your plans!

The Solarium at Scottish Rite, 321 West Hill St., provides shelter in high style for an intimate indoor concert experience which should not be missed. As is our tradition, our spring performance schedule represents a mixture of popular Jazz Nights veterans and exciting new talent.

Our concert series opens April 9th with the Terry Harper Quartet. Terry has been performing as a pianist and vocalist for over 25 years. Her credits are broad, including solo Jazz, Christmas collaborations, feature film and documentary appearances.

Next on April 16th, Nicole Chillemi, always the Oakhurst favorite, will return to entertain us with her pure, soulful, smooth soprano renditions of jazz standards.

On the 23rd, Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship will evoke classic "jump-tune romps and horn-powered funk" combined with tight rhythms - a show that will appeal to traditional jazz, R&B, blues, and reggae devotees.

And finally, on the 30th, Bonaventure Quartet makes their Jazz Nights debut, bringing Oakhurst their blend of Southern gypsy-jazz style guitar combined with sultry, smooth lyrics - a melting pot of Jazz talent.

Jazz Nights remains a FREE community concert series thanks to the generous support of our local sponsors: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, Bloom Floral Design, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, DoubleDome Web Technologies, Kavarna, Oakhurst Business Association, Oakhurst Cleaners, Oakhurst Neighborhood Association, Pinnacle Custom Builders, Progressive Redevelopment Incorporated, and The Community Center of South Decatur. We are so very grateful to all of our sponsors for supporting this Oakhurst event. For table reservations and more detailed information, please visit our website at www.oakhurstjazznights.com.

We'll see you at the show! by Bill Bryson

Visit Our Website
Sherina Clough
President, ONA Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Oldie But Goodie


Citywide Comprehensive Athletic Facility Master Plan
http://www.decaturga.com/cgs_citysvcs_rec_masterplan.aspx

Recognizing the need for improved recreation facilities and the opportunity presented by a wide range of public and private providers, seven organizations formed a partnership to develop a citywide athletic facility master plan. The master plan was initiated to identity opportunities for partnerships and collaborative efforts to assist in meeting Decatur's recreation needs. The seven primary partners in the plan are the City of Decatur, City Schools of Decatur, Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, Samuel L. Jones Boys & Girls Club, Columbia Theological Seminary, United Methodist Children's Home and Agnes Scott College.

Contents(Click each link to download a .PDF file)
Executive Summary
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Community Profile
Section 3: History of Planning
Section 4: Public Input
Section 5: Facility Assessments and Recommendations
Section 6: Implementation Policies, Strategies and Opportunities
Section 7: Facility Phasing Section 8: Funding Options

New - Decatur Soccer Academy/Traveling Team


Decatur Soccer Academy

As part of adding a new academy/traveling soccer team for more advanced city resident soccer youth players, Decatur Active Living will hold "Soccer I.D. program" open training sessions at Ebster Field on Friday, April 3rd; Friday, April 10th; and Friday April 17th. Ebster Field is behind the Decatur Police Dept./Ebster Recreation Center, 404 West Trinity Place. The academy/traveling soccer team is a supplement to the traditional, long-standing Decatur Youth Soccer recreational program.

The training for 8, 9 and 10 year olds (U 10) will be from 6-7 pm, Friday, April 3rd, 10th and 17th.
The training for 11 and 12 year olds (U 12) will be from 7-8 pm, Friday, April 3rd, 10th and 17th.

The purpose of the program will be to identify players from U-10 to U-12 with the desire and commitment to play academy soccer starting, with tryouts in late May for the 2009–10 season.

Each session will build on the previous session so commitment to attendance is important. After the first three open dates, there will be 6 more Friday sessions for the committed players concluding on May 22nd.

Training will be developmental, with a focus on fundamentals. One of the objectives will be to prepare for academy tryouts in May and provide exposure to the academy environment. Each participant who completes the program will be given a free training jersey; the Friday I.D. sessions are free of charge.

Throughout the program there will be verbal feedback for parents/guardians to understand how their children are progressing. For more information about the soccer academy/traveling team, please contact parent volunteer Frank Lesesne, frankl@f2technology.com or Paul Smith, Academy Director, ureds22@hotmail.com.

Paul Smith Bio
Paul Smith was born in Nottingham England and has over 12 years of experience coaching youth soccer. From 1997 – 2000 Paul was the Director of Coaching for Fayetteville Soccer Club in Fayetteville, North Carolina. From the Fall of 2000 – Spring of 2003 Paul was the Assistant Director of Coaching at the prestigious Charlotte Soccer club in Charlotte North Carolina helping to establish the club as one of the premier youth soccer organizations in the State of North
Carolina.
In 2003 Paul was hired as Academy Director at Concorde Fire in Atlanta. Paul’s efforts helped propel Concorde Fire’s academy program to become one of the best and most successful in Georgia. Paul played professionally in England with Notts County FC before moving to the
United States to attend school at Methodist College where he was an All- American in 1996. He holds his USSF National Youth License and English FA Level 1 & 2 licenses. Paul also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical education with a minor in child psychology.

Playbook Corrections - Sign up for Summer Camps This Saturday


FYI: This Saturday is the first day for registering for summer camps provided by Children & Youth Services and Decatur Active Living. There has been an update to the Playbook, with corrected camp information. Please review the updated information HERE. You can register in person from 9 am to 12 pm, Saturday, at the DRC, 231 Sycamore St. Parking is limited. Please considering walking or bicycling down to the DRC.
Proof of residency will be required for resident fees and is subject to verification. Non-verifiable addresses will not be accepted. Five year olds must have attended a full-day program and show proof of age (birth certificate or school record).

*Please note that there was a typo in the Playbook regarding the age groups of "Totally Awesome Technology". The camp is for students ages 5 to 10 yrs. old, NOT 5-8 yrs. old. The instructors are Michele Stiger, Nayadin Persaud, Laconia Massaquoi and Heather Borowski. Students ages 5-10 yrs. old are welcome!

Please refer questions to Ashley Stewart at 678-553-6465 or Claire Miller at 678-553-6558.

MLK Weekend Thank You Note

To all MLK Weekend Volunteers:
Thanks to you, the Decatur Preservation Alliance’s 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project was a resounding success. I can’t thank you enough for all of your hard work over the weekend. On behalf of the Decatur Preservation Alliance, DPA’s executive director Susan Cobleigh, the DPA board of directors, the City of Decatur, the MLK planning committee, and the senior citizens who were helped, I would also like to extend their heartfelt thank you.

Over 1,000 volunteers turned out to provide home repairs and yard work for Decatur’s senior citizens. A total of 14 homes had significant repairs. Those homes and an additional 17 had yard work for a total of 31 homes. In addition, volunteers did yard work at nearby homes of people with disabilities.

Volunteers joined individually and as part of groups. Groups included Decatur City employees, Decatur Rotary, Decatur Kiwanis, various Decatur High School groups (Lacrosse, Jr. Beta Club), Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Youth Leadership DeKalb, P.I.L.O.T. (Preparing Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow), Agnes Scott College, Art Institute of Atlanta, Emory School of Medicine, All Souls Fellowship, Decatur First United Methodist Church, Decatur Presbyterian Church, Emory Presbyterian Church, Congregation Bet Haverim, Decatur First Bank, Several Dancers Core, Southface, Glennwood Estates Neighborhood Association, Oakhurst Neighborhood Association, and other groups too numerous to mention but greatly appreciated.

An incredible amount of work was done during the three-day weekend, including but not limited to:
Converted bath tub to handicap accessible shower
Rebuilt crumbling decks and outside stairs
Built handicap ramps and installed handicap accessories in bathrooms
Removed tons of household junk out of attics, basements and yards
Filled nearly 1,300 yard waste bags
Fixed plumbing leaks, rotten wood and sub-structures
Repaired broken windows and window frames
Fixed dangerous electrical conditions
Plugged air leaks, installed weather stripping and installed energy efficient light bulbs.

We would love to hear about your experiences volunteering at Decatur’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project. Please contact either Lee Ann Harvey, Volunteer! Decatur, at 678-553-6548 or leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or Susan Cobleigh, Decatur Preservation Alliance, at 404-371-4444 or susan@decaturpreservationalliance.org. Please let us know what you enjoyed about the project and what we can do to improve the project next year. If you know of a senior citizen who lives in the City of Decatur who could benefit from this project, please ask them to contact Susan Cobleigh. The deadline for senior citizens to apply for the 2010 project is Monday, June 1.

Would you like to become involved in planning the project or taking a larger role during the project weekend? If so, please contact Lee Ann Harvey or Susan Cobleigh for more information. As a volunteer for Decatur's Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project, you will directly improve the lives of your senior neighbors. No other project so connects the community to their health, safety and well-being while literally building value in the neighborhood. An event of this scale absolutely relies on volunteers, regular everyday people, who fulfill critical roles. We invite you to be one of the important people at the core of this event. You just may be touched forever by the overwhelming gratitude of our seniors. Some of the key positions include:

· Fundraising: In every home we weatherized, on every handicap ramp we built and behind every leak we fixed was a community philanthropist who freely gave their money, product or service to help our diverse senior neighbors. Materials, rental fees, trades people and the little necessities it takes to host this event amount to significant expense. This year we are coordinating our fundraising as never before and could use your expertise.

As a member of the Fundraising Committee you could research and target potential donors who will find value and satisfaction in our mission. You might as well exercise your contacts and network in communities likely to share our goals. And your knowledge of grants, grant writing and philanthropic organizations will help make this event possible.

· Marketing Committee: Help us tell our story. Assist with developing brochures and other marketing materials.

· ToolBank Coordinator: Survey and document requirements for tools and equipment, reserve and rent tools from the Atlanta Community ToolBank, track tools and equipment location through check in and return back to the ToolBank.

· Materials Management: Collect project material requirements, consolidate for bulk purchasing and schedule deliveries to homes. Take orders for ad hoc material requirements. Administer picking, bundling and purchasing. Oversee delivery via materials runners.

· Yard Work Team: Yard work is one of the most important aspects of this project. The majority of the volunteers are involved in doing yard work, so oversight of this significant portion of the project is being expanded. Yard Assessors assist with assessing the yards to determine a volunteer work plan for the weekend. Yard Captains lead volunteers doing yard work. Yard Zone Coordinators oversee projects at several yards during the weekend. Something as simple to most of us as yard work means so much to a senior citizen who is no longer able to take care of their yard the way they once did.

· Zone Coordinator: Conduct house captain orientation, and manage project assessment and other pre-planning activities for a small grouping of homes. Oversee house captain project planning, material estimation, tool reservation and safe work practices. Coordinate and facilitate all project activities at the same grouping of homes during the event.

· House Captain: Under the guidance of the Zone Coordinator, the house captain will meet with the senior homeowner and develop a workscope based on the original project assessment. The plan will include a list projects and the shift they will be completed, material estimation, tool reservation, determination of volunteers needed to complete each task, oversight of the volunteers, safe work practices, and liaison to the senior homeowner.

Decatur Preservation Alliance and the City of Decatur would like to thank the following for their donations (both monetary and in kind). Without these sponsors the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project could not occur:

· Agnes Scott College
· All Souls Fellowship
· Appleseed Tree Service
· Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia
· Atlanta Light Bulbs
· B & J Roofing
· Badda Bing
· Benning Construction Company
· Bray Electrical Services
· Cecil Pearson Plumbing
· Chick-fil-A Downtown Decatur
· City of Decatur Employees
· Community Center of South Decatur
· Crestco Waste Services
· Decatur Business Association
· Decatur First Bank/Fairfield Mortgage
· Decatur First United Methodist Church
· Decatur First United Methodist Church, Kindergarten Class
· Decatur Holiday Inn Conference Center
· Decatur Presbyterian Church
· Decatur Rotary Club
· Dixie Glasshoppers
· Dixie Ice Co.
· DS Plumbing
· Ernest Jones
· Ever-Redi Exterminating
· Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Foundation
· Grogan's Sani-Service, Inc.
· Hardin Construction Company
· Housing Authority of the City of Decatur
· IBG Construction Services
· Inside-Out Inspections & Renovations
· Intown Electric
· Kroger on Caroline
· Lowes at Edgewood
· M. Cary & Daughters Plumbing
· Nathalie's Fish House
· Oakhurst Neighborhood Association
· Pinnacle Custom Builders
· Publix on East Lake
· Publix on N. Decatur
· Publix on Ponce De Leon
· Ranger Heating & Air
· Raphael's Heat Air Systems
· Sawicki's
· Southface
· Starbucks
· Taveras Plumbing Services, LLC
· The Bubbling Creek Company
· The Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival
· Wahoo! Grill
· WH Mechanical Contracting

Please support the businesses that have helped support our project! We look forward to you joining us during the next Decatur Martin Luther King, Jr. Service project, which will take place January 16, 17, and 18, 2010.

Thanks!
Lee Ann

Lee Ann Harvey
Volunteer! Decatur
A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur

Mar 31 - "Checking Common Nutrition Myths" (Meet and ask questions to Registered Dieticians for free)


"Checking Common Nutrition Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction"
6 to 8 pm, Tuesday, March 31
DeKalb County Board of Health
Richardson Health Center
445 Winn Way, Bohan Auditorium
Decatur, GA 30030

Please join the Georgia Division of Public Health Office of Nutrition and the DeKalb County Board of Health's Office of Chronic Disease and Prevention as they present a Town Hall-style meeting celebrating 2009 National Nutrition Month.

DeKalb County residents are encouraged to take the first steps toward making healthy food and physical activity choices. Trying new foods and new physical activities can jump-start your plans for health.

Registered dieticians will discuss common nutrition myths and answer questions regarding nutrition, food safety, and physical activity.

Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, please call 404-294-3780 or e-mail bjwhitney@dhr.state.ga.us.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Website for Active Adults and Seniors - Live Healthy Georgia


The Georgia Dept. of Human Resources - Division of Aging Services, has a good website active adults and seniors: www.livewellagewell.info
There is a monthly newsletter with very helpful information:
Here is the Jan. 2009 issue:
Tips To Help You Maintain A Well-Balanced Diet

1. Watch your portion sizes, especially when dining out. Restaurants often give you double or triple the normal serving size. Don’t be afraid to ask for a box to take home your leftovers.

2. Stay in tune with your appetite. In other words, eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Also, try to avoid mindless snacking when you are bored.

3. Take the time to enjoy your meal. Avoid eating in front of the television or while standing; instead, try to eat slowly and really taste your food.

4. Be mindful of the beverages you drink. It’s easy to forget about the calories in sodas, juice, and sports drinks, though they can quickly add up!
Weight Management
Did you know that as we age, the amount of energy that our bodies use decreases? This change occurs when some muscle is replaced by fat and often leads to weight gain. Weight is mainly determined by how much we eat and our physical activity. Excess weight, especially around the waist, is dangerous and has been linked to many diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. The trick to keeping a proper weight is to find a balance between a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

There is no secret behind following a healthy eating plan. The dietary guidelines recommend 7 to 10 fruit and vegetable servings per day, as well as 3 whole-grain choices and 3 cups of low-fat dairy products. Although many people try fad diets, the most success comes from making simple changes and doing them for the long-run.
Keeping track of your weight by stepping on the scale regularly is an essential part of weight maintenance. Of course, if you don’t own a scale you can also use your clothing to judge whether you have lost or gained weight. You should notice if items are suddenly fitting looser or tighter.

Weight loss occurs in some older people. You may find yourself eating less due to a decreased appetite, physical limitations that affect your ability to prepare or obtain food, or difficulties swallowing and chewing. A weight change that occurs without significant changes in diet or exercise may signal a health problem, so be sure to tell your doctor about any unexplained weight loss.

The role of physical activity in weight maintenance is critical. The dietary guidelines recommend at least 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise per day. This includes activities like walking, yard work, and hiking. You may wonder how you will find the time for this much exercise, but if you divide your walk into segments throughout the day, it will be manageable. For example, try to do three 10-minute walks over the course of the day. Keep in mind that large shopping centers, like the mall, are a great place to walk on days with poor weather.

For more information see:
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, Weight Management http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/html/chapter3.htm
or
The American Dietetic Association, The Balancing Act: Eat Well and Move It! at: http://www.eatright.org/ada/files/1005_YUM_factsheet.pdf

March 28 - 2009 Spring Electronics Recycling Day

2009 Spring Electronics Recycling Day
Saturday, March 28 * 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Decatur High School Parking Lot
(Corner of N. McDonough Street and Howard Avenue)

TV's will be recycled for $10 cash only with exact change.

Don't throw away that old cell phone, camera or PC component! Save it and recycle it on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Decatur's Spring Electronics Recycling event. This semi-annual event has been hugely successful at diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water.

Batteries and Styrofoam will also be accepted.TV's will be recycled for a minimal fee of $10 cash only per TV set with exact change. There is no charge to recycle other items.The event takes place Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Decatur High School Parking lot, on the corner of N. McDonough St. and W. Howard Avenue. Electronics dropped off that day will be sorted and disassembled into raw materials or cleaned for re use.In addition to electronics, any metro area resident can also drop off batteries of any type, Styrofoam peanuts, and clean Styrofoam blocks free of foreign objects.

Almost anything with an electrical cord can be recycled at the event EXCEPT microwave ovens, furniture, light fixtures, household appliances, lamps, vacuum cleaners.

We will recycle for free: Desktop computers , Telephones, Mini-towers, Telephony equipment, Laptop computers, Adding machines,Monitors, Calculators, Servers, Typewriters, Workstations, Label makers,Keyboards, Copiers, Mice, Fax machines, Joystick game controllers, Answering machines, Printers, Printer cartridges, Digital cameras , Zip drives, Batteries, Speakers, PDAs, Pagers, VCRs, Hubs, DVD players, Routers, Cable converter boxes, Scanners, Remote controls, Digital projectors, Stereo equipment ,UPS units, Radios, Main frames, Portable CD players, Component parts, Portable game players, Cables, GPS receivers, 3-in-1 devices, printer/copier/fax machines., Electric lawn mowers and garden equipment, any kind of Battery. Clean Styrofoam free of foreign objects(peanuts, packing blocks, plates, cups, trays.)

Volunteers assist in unloading items.To volunteer, please contact Sandy Johnson at 404-377-5571.

Early drop offs are not possible.

For additional information call Sean Woodson, 404-377-5571.

May 11 - 16th Annual Decatur Bulldog Golf Tournament


Attention All Golfers and Bulldog Supporters!
The 16th Annual Decatur Bulldog Golf Tournament is set for Monday, May 11, 2009 at Mystery Valley Golf Course!!!

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A FUN DAY! IT'S FOR A GREAT CAUSE! Put it on your calendar. Plan now, no excuses!

If you had a foursome last year, please get them together again and get one more foursome. If you can do that we will have a record turnout. Let me know who you will be playing with this year!

Let me know the names of any friends that you know that play golf. Get your husband, wife, kids, friends, co-workers or classmates out here. Forward this message to them and I am happy to contact them too. I know the economy is tough this year and the Athletic programs can surely use your help! A fun day like this is a good "attitude adjustment day" as I call it I know I can use that!
For anyone who has not played in this, it is a blast! It is a great way to get to know many other Decatur parents, students, coaches and players and see your old friends. Whatever year you graduated, get more of your friends from that class to participate. We will have a prize for the graduating class with the most players! If we get 5-10 more foursomes and a few more sponsors, we could raise a record amount of money. We need golfers, sponsors and volunteers!

The range opens at 10:00. Shotgun Start is at Noon. The prices are the same this year, no increases. Registration is $150 per person. Hole sponsorships are $200. We will have sack lunches, hole in ones prizes including NEW CARS, a barbecue after the round, plenty of beer and refreshments. This is the largest fundraiser for the Boosters all year.
Make checks payable to:
Decatur Bulldog Boosters
PO Box 3241Decatur, GA 30031
Go ahead and send in your check now so it is not as hectic at registration the day of the tournament!

Remember: the Boosters raise money if folks decide not to play at the last minute, which always happens! At least they make their needed contribution!! We want you to show up, believe me, but the student-athletes need your help as well!

Reply to me at
markewhatl@aol.com and let me know your plans! Feel free to call me at 770-673-2155 at work or my cell phone at 678-296-7984. I am happy to answer any questions.
Thanks and hit them straight!
Mark Whatley
DBABC Golf Tournament Chair

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bring it, Venus and Rafael - City of Decatur Tennis Camps


Munchkins (age 4-6) 9:00am – 10:00am
June 1- June 5
July 6 – July 10
Decatur Residents $55 Non-Residents $80
The instructors use backdoor learning techniques and games to begin to teach the children proper stroke form and footwork while keeping the major focus of the class about fun.

Future Stars (age 7-15) 10:00am – 11:30am
June 1- June 5
July 6 – July 10
Decatur Residents $65 Non-Residents $90
The focus of the camp revolves around teaching juniors proper stroke technique, movement, and the basics of singles and doubles play.

Tennis, Swim, and Cookout (age 7-15) 9:00am – 12:00pm
June 8 – June 12
June 22 – June 26
July 13 – July 17
July 27 – July 31
August 3 – August 7
Decatur Residents $90 Non-Residents $115
This is our most popular tennis camp. Each day there will be 90 minutes of tennis instruction, followed by a snack and the campers will spend the rest of the time swimming at Glenlake Pool. The camp will conclude with a cookout on Friday and our world famous game “Hit it and Get it”.

Tournament Camp (age 7-17) 9:00am – 4:00pm
June 15 – June 19
July 20 – July 24
Decatur Residents $200 Non-Residents $225
The Tournament camp is for juniors looking to play serious competitive tennis and during each session the focus will be advanced stroke training, movement, physical fitness, and match strategy.


Please e-mail questions to Jabari Cole, or leave him a phone message at 404-377-7231.

Friday, March 20, 2009

April 25 - Teen Driving Skills for Life Safety Fair


Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety

On April 25th, GOHS will be co-sponsoring the Teen Driving Skills for Life Safety Fair at Gwinnett Arena from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Fair will include driving simulators, exhibits, skill centers, music, food, prizes and much, much more.

http://www.gateendrivereducation.dds.ga.gov/

HELP GOHS SPREAD THE WORD ON THIS GREAT EVENT! Help let schools in your area know about the Safety Fair. The more teen drivers who can attend this great event, the better. GOHS has created a preliminary flyer for the Driving Skills for Life Fair at: http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/images/dsflflyer1.pdf.

Saturday - TOUR deCATUR 5K Road Race,1 Mile Fun Run & Tot Trot

http://www.tourdecatur.com/
2009 TOUR deCATUR 5K Road Race,1 Mile Fun Run & Tot Trot
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Renfroe Middle School

TIME: 8:45 am
Entry fee is $25 for all participants after March 13th.

All proceeds benefit theDecatur Education Foundation, PO Box 3159, Decatur, GA 30031
404-377-0641
http://www.decatureducationfoundation.org/

Please e-mail questions to: Gail Rothman,
gail@decatureducationfoundation.org.

Glenlake Park Renovation Information


Above is a detour map for Clairemont Elementary and Glennwood Academy families who normally travel to and from school through Glenlake Park.
From Deputy City Manager of Decatur, Hugh Saxon:

Major renovations will begin on Glenlake Park during the week of March 23rd. This is the first comprehensive improvement to Glenlake Park in over 50 years. Work should be completed by the end of this year and will include new walking trails, pedestrian bridges, improved athletic fields, a new multi-purpose pavilion and an expanded dog park. Streambed restoration will improve water quality reduce downstream flooding and allow the stream to become an integral part of the park experience. A new bathhouse is currently underway and should be completed in time for the pool to reopen this Memorial Day.

While the swimming pool and tennis courts will remain open during construction, access to other areas of the park will be closed beginning the week of March 23rd. Significant excavation and the use of heavy construction equipment make it impossible to safely allow pedestrian access into and through the park. We understand that this work creates an inconvenience but to assure your safety and that we complete the park renovation as quickly as possible, access into the park must be closed.
To provide an alternative parking option during construction, we will close one lane of travel in each direction on Church Street and create on-street parking for residents who cannot walk to the Tennis Center and Glenlake Pool. Safe Routes to School detours around Glenlake Park have been outlined and can be viewed on the city's website at
www.decaturga.com/glenlakemasterplan.
These detour maps will also be shared with principals at Clairemont Elementary and Glennwood Academy for distribution to parents and students.
To view a copy of the park renovation plan, the Church Street parking diagram and the Safe Routes to School detour map, visit www.decaturga.com/glenlakemasterplan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 404-553-6507 or at hugh.saxon@decaturga.com.
Sincerely,
Hugh Saxon
Deputy City Manager

Decatur High Booster Club Spring Sportsfest on Saturday


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

The Silent Auction at the 2009 Spring Sportsfest on Saturday, March 21 is overflowing with fabulous items!! Below is a sneak preview of some of the great opportunities waiting for your winning bids.

Can't make it to the Sportsfest? Find someone to bid for you!

Dinners
Cajun Feast prepared by Don Rigger
Complete Slow Cooked BBQ Dinner for 10-15 by David and Nancy Weitnauer

Vacation Houses and Recreation
Suite for 18 at the Braves vs. Phillies game in September (includes 4 parking passes)
Two Weekend getaways at Rassels' house at Lake Santeetlah in western NC and at their mountain cabin in nearby spot.
Weekend getaway at Hughes mountain house at beautiful Lake Nantahala, NC
Round of golf for twosome with Mark and Ross Whatley at Country Club of Gwinnett County
Operation Boot Camp Gift Certificate

Sports Camps and League
Decatur Rec Lacrosse Camp
Don Riggers Boys Summer Lacrosse Camp
Decatur Rec Summer Volleyball Camp
Decatur Swim and Tennis Camp
Emory All Sports Camp
Emory/Browning Tennis Camp
Carter Wilson's Basketball Camp

Sports and Gift Baskets:
Fabulous Collections of Spirit wear and Sport Accessories for Tennis, Baseball, Swimming, Golf, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Football, Wrestling and more.

Services
Family photo shoot with Jerry Burns
Will for individual or couple by Tom Stubbs
Interior Design Services by Connie Raines
Interior Design Services by Cissa Rassel
Chiropractic Services at Lotus of Life
Chris O'Brien's Yoga Class
Julie Barefoot's Homemade Desserts
Kimiko Miller's Spirit Wear Jewelry
Nancy Weitnauer's Home Portrait
Renewal Design Build Project Development and handyman labor
Sugarland signed guitar
Whit's End Designer Shirts

Decatur Businesses and Services:
Large selection of Certificates from our Best Decatur Businesses and Restaurants


Don't miss a fun evening at the Spring Sportsfest - Saturday, March 21 - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Church of the Epiphany in Decatur. Enjoy delicious food and music by The Non-Essentials, and bring your checkbook so the silent auction treasures can be yours!

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Adults only. All proceeds will benefit the sports programs at DHS and RMS.

Still need tickets? E-mail or call Bailey Pendergrast at 404.373.3327 or
sbpender@gmail.com
or Nancy Weitnauer at 404.378.8273 or weitnauer@mindspring.com.

Saturday - Wheels Day/Touch a Truck for All Ages!


The annual Wheels Day/Touch a Truck event will be held from 12 to 3 pm, Saturday, March 21st, at the Decatur High School upper parking lot on West Howard Ave.
Parking at the high school is limited, but is available throughout the surrounding area, including N. McDonough St. Included are a fire truck, dump trucks, tractors, police cars, sanitation vehicles and more! This is a great event for children of all ages.

Please contact Greg White at 678-553-6543 with any questions.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Decatur High Student/Star Gardener


In case you missed it, here's a special AJC story about superstar Decatur High student Anna Rose Gable, who started a new garden on the high school grounds by the corner of East Howard & College (click HERE for the article).

Gardening is the No. 2 recreation activity in America. Decatur Active Living runs the Scott Garden behind the recreation center, and is in the process of working on providing more city gardens.
Scott Garden, open to all city residents, is one of the nicest places in Decatur to sit and relax, whether eating lunch if you work downtown, having a family picnic, reading a book on a nice day, etc. Great job by Anna Rose Gable to bring gardening to Decatur High.

Playbook: New Web Address



New website address for the Playbook: www.decaturga.com/playbook/.

The award winning Playbook has a wealth of information on programs, camps and events for City of Decatur residents provided by Decatur Active Living, and Decatur Children & Youth Services.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

April 4 - Easter Egg Hunt on the Square!

THANKS TO THE DECATUR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION AND THE MANY EVENT SPONSORS!
http://www.decaturdba.com/dba_events.php
Easter Egg Hunt
April 4, 2009 • 11 a.m.

Bring your basket and join the Easter Bunny in the hunt for candy eggs on the square in downtown Decatur. Easter Bunny arrives at 10:30 a.m. Age categories: 0-2; Preschool, Kindergarten, grades 1-5. Sponsored by Decatur Business Association. Free.


There are many other DBA sponsored events throughout the year. Walking or bicycling to these events is a great way to get some exercise and not worry about parking.

http://www.decaturdba.com/dba_events_calendar.php

Blue Sky Concerts 2009
May 6, 13, 20, 27 • Noon-1 p.m.

Enjoy a mid-week lunchtime music break every Wednesday in May at the Community Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. Free. Bring your lunch or purchase a special to-go lunch from a nearby restaurant and enjoy live performances from a variety of artists. Brought to you by Decatur Business Association and SunTrust Bank.
Click for pictures

Concerts on the Square 2009
May 2, 9, 16, 23 • 7-9:30 p.m.
Every Saturday night in May at the Community Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. Free. Pack your picnic, bring your quilts and blankets and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment. Brought to you by Decatur Business Association and Wachovia Bank of Georgia.

Beach Party June 19, 2009 • 5 p.m. to midnight
Decatur brings in 60 tons of sand and turns the square into a beach for this annual event. Dance in the streets to the beach music from the live band performing from the stage that stretches across Ponce de Leon Avenue. Activities include children's boardwalk games, face painting, wading pools in the sand and more. Adults $6.50 in advance, $10 at the gate; children 12 and under, free (limit two children per paying adult). No coolers, glass or pets allowed. Sponsored by Decatur Business Association. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit downtown improvement projects. Online ticket sales are fully operational. Thank you for your patience!
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July 4, 2009
Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks
Decorate your bicycle, skateboard, or wagon and walk, ride, or skate in the Pied Piper Parade as it winds through the streets of downtown Decatur. Concert on the square features Callanwolde Concert Band. Fireworks at dark. Parade 6 p.m.; Concert 7 p.m. Sponsored by Decatur Business Association. Free.
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Annual Welcome Reception at Agnes Scott College 2009

August 22 • 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Join the DBA in welcoming new students to Agnes Scott College. This is a great opportunity to meet and showcase your business to the students and their parents. There is no fee but you must be a DBA member and must reserve a table.
Email Cheryl Burnette for more information

Concerts on the Square Fall 2009
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 7-9:30 p.m.
Every Saturday night in September at the Community Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. Free. Pack your picnic, bring your quilts and blankets and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment. Brought to you by Decatur Business Association and Wachovia Bank of Georgia.

Blue Sky Concerts Fall 2009
September 5, 12, 19, 26 • Noon-1 p.m.
Enjoy a mid-week lunchtime music break every Wednesday in September at the Community Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. Free. Bring your lunch or purchase a special to-go lunch from a nearby restaurant and enjoy live performances from a variety of artists. Brought to you by Decatur Business Association and SunTrust Bank.
Click for pictures

Holiday Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast
December 17, 2009 • 7-8 p.m.
Make plans to join the community and roast marshmallows around the popular 10' x 10' bonfire on the square. Enjoy special music and visit Santa in the Community Bandstand. Free. Sponsored by Decatur Business Association.
Holiday sponsorship package

Breakfast With Santa
December 19, 2009 • 8-10 a.m.
Holiday Inn Select Decatur Conference Center
Join Santa for a breakfast buffet after he rides in on a Decatur fire truck. Sponsored by Decatur Business Association.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

6 pm Friday - Soccer Coaches & Parents Clinic


FC Atlanta will host a FREE coaches clinic on Friday, March 13th at 6:00pm on Ebster Field, 404 West Trinity Place, for Decatur soccer coaches and parents.

Come out and learn a few new drills, pointers and fundamentals to teach your team this Spring. FC Atlanta will guarantee that you will be COACH OF THE YEAR once you’ve attended this clinic (OK, I made that part up) You will receive some very helpful information!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Earth Day at Oakhurst - Volunteers Needed for Giant Puppet Parade

Earth Day at Oakhurst - Volunteers Needed for Giant Puppet Parade

The Annual Earth Day at Oakhurst is Saturday, April 18th, from 10am to 2pm, at Harmoney Park, the intersection of East Lake Dr. and Oakview Rd. The event will feature music by the Morgan Rowe Band from 11 am to 2pm, and a Giant Puppet Parade, featuring the Seed and Feed Marching Abominables at 12:30pm (Parade line up begins at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church).

Join us for animal/educational activities, crafts and earth friendly displays as we celebrate the 38th anniversary of Earth Day.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
The Earth Day Committee will hold three workshops to build the large puppets. All ages are invited to attend. Bring your creative ideas and energy.
Location: Oakhurst Community Garden
Dates: March 14, March 28 and April 4

Time: 10-12 noon

To participate in Earth Day activities or for more info., please call 678-553-6543 or email: sallywylde@mindspring.com or greg.white@decaturga.com.

Aikido Decatur


In its regular schedule, Aikido Decatur offers classes to children 8 to 12 and to youth and adults 13 and over at its dojo on the square in downtown Decatur. Joel Riggs (2nd dan), the chief instructor at Aikido Decatur, began training in San Francisco in 1993 with Robert Nadeau (7th dan), a student of the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei (1883-1969). Joel Sensei moved to Decatur with his wife and son in late 2008. More info available at http://www.aikidodecatur.com/. Phone: (678) 662-9237.
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a non-violent martial art for adults and children that teaches how control or escape from attackers while not harming them. When someone attacks, an aikidoist will move in the same direction and at the same speed as the attacker, blending with their energy without a hard impact.
Once a connection is made, the aikidoist can then take control of the attacker's body with one of hundreds of techniques, and can then either pin them to the ground or throw them a short distance away. Through consistent training, aikidoists develop a heightened sense of their surroundings, the ability to resolve conflicts without injury, and an attitude of harmony that just might keep them from being attacked in the first place!

Decatur Winterguard for High School & Middle School Students

Check out Decatur Winterguard!

Winterguard is know as the "Sport of the Arts": http://wgi.org/about/whatiswgi.php. It's a great activity for high school and middle school students, both male and female.

Please e-mail decaturwinterguard@gmail.com or Clayton.duggan@gmail.com for information.

Practices are held Sundays at the Ebster Rec. Center, 404 West Trinity.

March 2009 Playbook


Click HERE for the March 2009 Playbook. This edition features information on summer camps and other upcoming activity camps and events. For traditional day camps and special interest camps, the office phone number for Decatur Children & Youth Services is 404-378-1082. For info. on summer sports camps, please contact Lee Williams, 678-553-6551.

Click HERE for archived issues of the Playbook.

The award-winning Playbook is published four times a year as a special insert inside the Decatur Focus newsletter. Each issue is also included on this website in Adobe Acrobat Reader format.

And don't forget the city's official blog, The Decatur Minute, http://thedecaturminute.wordpress.com/.

Volunteers Needed for Glennwood Bike Safety Classes


As part of the Decatur Safe Routes to School Program, a Bicycle Safety Training Class will be held for the Glennwood Academy 4th grade class. We need parent volunteers to help Coach Hennessy with the sessions!
The dates are March 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 and April 1. (Wed. - Wed.). There are 3 two hour sessions a day, and we need 3 volunteers per two hour session. The sessions are 8-10 am, 10 am-12 pm, and 12-2 pm.
Through the efforts of the Decatur Police Department, Decatur Active Living, and others, a fleet of bicycles has been created. Bicycle South has reconditioned them and is providing 35 helmets for class use. In addition, we have created a training guide suitable for this age group courtesy of the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign and League of American Bicyclists, and recently held a "Train the Trainers" class also.
Because of this, the Decatur SRTS program now has a bike fleet, a training guide and a core group of folks to help conduct these classes - not only at Glennwood once a year but at other locations and times throughout the City of Decatur. But we need your help this March! Please consider volunteering for a day, a half day, a session (or the whole week!) and help make this Bicycle Safety Training Class a success. The students enjoy it, they learn how to handle themselves on a bike, and the class teaches important safety skills. Plus, it's easy and fun to do.
Please contact Greg White, Asst. Director, Decatur Active Living, 678-553-6543, or Fred Boykin, 404-636-4444, for more information.

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

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

TIME: 8:45 am

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

Entry fee is $25 for all participants after March 13th.
Register On-Line at
www.tourdecatur.com

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

Please e-mail questions to: Gail Rothman, gail@decatureducationfoundation.org.

Friday, March 6, 2009

NEW TIME: Touch a Truck Day now 12 to 3 pm, Saturday, March 21

The annual Touch a Truck Day event scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has a time change, and will now be held from 12 to 3 pm, Saturday, March 21st. The event will be held at the Decatur High School upper parking lot on West Howard Ave. Parking is available throughout the area, including N. McDonough St.

Included are a fire truck, dump trucks, tractors, police cars, sanitation vehicles and more! This is a great event for children of all ages.

Please contact Greg White at 678-553-6543 with any questions.

Don't Call it Ping Pong! Table Tennis 10 am Sundays - 7 pm Tuesdays


Don't forget: Table Tennis for City of Decatur residents of all ages:
10 am Sundays
7 pm Tuesdays
See you at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

Walking Tours Around the City of Decatur


Walking Tours Around the City of Decatur!

Decatur has produced six walking tours for people interested in walking and seeing the sights of our City. The routes and key points of interest are presented in free brochures, available at the
Decatur Recreation Center, the Downtown Development Authority office, and local shops such as One Step at a Time in Oakhurst. You may also click on the links listed below to view them online and print them out.

The self-guided tours are designed to promote walking as a safe, convenient exercise and to familiarize participants with local restaurants and shops as well as municipal and historical points of interest. They vary in length and level of intensity: Level 1: "Stretch Your Legs"; Level 2: "Quicken Your Pulse"; and Level 3: "Challenge Yourself."
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More Cycling to the Gold Dome

Georgia Public Broadcasting covered the Georgia Bikes to the Capitol with photo's and a streaming auido report:
http://gpbnews.blogspot.com/2009/03/atlanta-area-cyclists-hit-road-for-bike.html


City of Decatur's Glenlake Tennis Center

http://www.decaturga.com/cgs_citysvcs_rec_tennis.aspx
City of Decatur's Glenlake Tennis Center

Adult Drills
Fridays
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sundays
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Beginning Junior Tennis Lessons
Fridays
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ages 6-14

Munchkin Tennis
Monday, March 2, 2009
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eight week tennis course
Ages 4-6

Jabari Cole Tennis Academy
For juniors who would like to play serious competitive tennis. Please contact
Jabari Cole at (404) 377-7231 for a tryout or invitation.

March is National Nutrition Month


March is National Nutrition Month. Check out these informative Nutrition Fact Sheets available HERE from the American Dietic Association. Click HERE for 25 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids.
Eating well can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Eating well means eating a variety of healthy foods in the right amounts so your body gets the nutrients needed to maintain good health and work properly.
The following are tips on how to practice good nutrition this month and every month:
- Eat smaller meals including a vegetable as the center of the plate, with smaller meat and starch servings. Include at least one serving of fruit and vegetable with every meal.
- Drink more water between meals; try veggies or a handful of nuts for a snack and fresh fruit for something sweet.
- Reduce your intake of deep fried foods and cancer-causing trans fats found in processed foods and baked goods.
- Read food labels and reduce the amount of added sugar, corn syrup and salt in the diet. Use fresh herbs and spices to season food instead.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mayors Ride to the Capitol Rocks Again in 2009


Despite the cold weather and snow still on the ground, the 2009 Georgia Rides to the Capitol, led again by Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, was another a rousing success!


Students from Glennwood Academy representing!

All ages took part in the event (notice the cool dinosaur stickers on the little guy's helmet).


Mayor Floyd leading the way!


City of Decatur Police Chief Booker and city resident and Clairemont Elementary Safe Routes to School volunteer Neil Norton.