Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FREE LEVEL 1 YOGA CLASSES!

Free Level 1 Yoga Classes!
Burn calories, improve strength, balance and flexibility. Please join us for rewarding & relaxing yoga with simple, non-intimidating poses.

THIS OCTOBER ONLY at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

1:45 to 2:45 pm Mondays
10 am to 11 am Wednesdays

Please bring a yoga mat (not a towel). For more information, please contact Lee Williams, 678-553-6551 or Aerobics Delivered, 404-218-9231.

Volunteers Needed - Glennwood Bike Safety Classes


Volunteers are needed to assist with the Glennwood Academy Bike Safety classes this week and next. The classes are instrumental with teaching 4th and 5th graders safe and proper bicycle riding technique. If interested, please contact Greg White, 678-553-6543.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Upcoming Events

TREES AND TRANSPORTATION: The Urban Forest's Role in the Safety, Health, and Quality of Life along Georgia's Roadways"
*This the Georgia Urban Forest Council's 19th annual conference and awards program, with a different theme each year.
November 4 and 5, 2009
Stockbridge, GA -- Merle Manders Conference Center,
More information at: http://www.gufc.org/programs/annual-conference/

"ADDRESSING CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN GEORGIA: Prevention, Intervention, Health Care, Public Health, Community Based and Legislative Efforts"
*This first time conference being organized and sponsored by the Board Of Regents and the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Research Alliance.
November 19 and 20, 2009
Atlanta, GA -- Georgia Tech Global Learning Center
More information from: angelia.thomas@usg.edu (Angelia Thomas, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, 404-657-1332)

"PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2010"
*This will be the 18th biennial conference staged by the National Center For Bicycling & Walking and local host committees.
September 13 thru 17, 2010
Chattanooga, TN --
More information at: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/index.html

Oakhurst's 1st Annual Dogtoberfest!

Dogtoberfest Logo by Shivani Kapoor

Oakhurst's 1st Annual Dogtoberfest!

DATE: Sunday, October 4

TIME: 2PM - 6PM

LOCATION: The Solarium (321 West Hill St., Decatur GA 30030)

MUTT STRUTT & COSTUME CONTEST:
Registration begins at 1:45 at Taj Ma-Hound
(707 D East Lake Dr., Decatur GA 30030)


Join us for a day of fun filled activities for you and your dog!

We're kicking things off at 2pm with a Mutt Strutt starting at the Taj Ma-Hound Bakery for Dogs and ending on the Solarium lawn. Costumes are welcome with prizes for Scariest, Goofiest, Prettiest, Funniest, Best Group Costume and Most Original.

Get your dog Microchipped by Animal Action Rescue.

Adopt a new family member from a local rescue.

Learn from the professional trainers at Frogs to Dogs. They'll be taking your questions and introducing the Emergency Animal Transport Vehicle, the first of its kind in GA.

And don't miss The Marketplace for cool new collars and leashes, delicious dog treats, doggie photography, apparel and lots more.

We even have fun events for the kids so please come out and support our first annual event!

Admission is free but we will be accepting donations for food, beverages and Dogtoberfest activities. Proceeds will benefit improvements to the Oakhurst Dog Park. For more information call Taj Ma-Hound at 404-377-9220.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Active Events

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Newsletter
http://www.OakhurstGA.org
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in this issue
-Oct. 4th - Dogtoberest in Oakhurst! Free and Fun for Furry!
-Oct. 10th - Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival, 10am-7pm VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
-Oct. 11th - Oakhurst Historical Walking Tour

Dogtoberest in Oakhurst! Free and Fun for Furry!
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Please join us for Oakhurst's First Annual Dogtoberfest! Sunday, October 4th from 2pm-6pm on the Solarium lawn. DOGS WELCOME! Live Music, Beer & Wine, Dog Friendly Activities, Dog Training Tips, Costume Contest and more!
Join us for a day of fun filled activities for you and your dog. We're kicking off the day at 2pm with a "Mutt Strutt" or mini parade starting at the Taj Ma-Hound and ending at the Solarium. Since it is October costumes are welcome and there will be a costume contest immediately following the parade with prizes for Scariest, Goofiest, Prettiest, Best Group Costume and Most Original. Prizes will include gift certificates from local businesses, doggie art work, pet portraits and more. Get your dog Microchipped by Animal Action Rescue. Adopt a new family member from one of our animal rescue organizations. Learn some extremely valuable training tips from the professional trainers at Frogs to Dogs. They'll be conducting a question and answer session throughout the event as well as introducing their Emergency Animal Transport Vehicle, the first of its kind in GA. Check out our marketplace for cool new collars and leashes, delicious dog treats, free information from local non profit organizations, art, doggie photography and lots more. And we even have fun events for the kids including face painting and dog bowl decorating. Admission is FREE and all donations for beer and Dogtoberfest activities are to support the Oakhurst dog park. Sincerely Krista Aversano Taj Ma-Hound 404-377-9220 Bakery

Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival, Oct 10th 10a-7p VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
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Please help support our neighborhood festival by volunteering a few hours of your time to work the day of the event. Volunteers are needed for 3 hour shifts. If you can help please contact Vandy Vail-Dickson at oakhurstvolunteers@gmail.com.


Oakhurst Historical Walking Tour, October 11
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Are you curious about the history of our neighborhood? A lot has happened here, going back to the Civil War. And two neighborhood residents periodically lead a walking tour to let us know more about it. The next one will be Sunday, October 11, beginning at 3 p.m. It will begin in front of the One Step at a Time store, at 650-B East Lake Boulevard. Please note that the rain date has been moved up to the following Sunday, October 18. The tours are led by Jack Krost and Charles Cope, who owns the store. And since Halloween is coming up, they'll also tell us about a few ghosts that haunt our neighborhood. The tours are free. If you're interested, just send Jack an RSVP at jkrost@aol.com.

Spread the Word: Pep Rally Next Tuesday!


The 2nd Annual Walk to School Day Pep Rally is just around the corner, Tuesday, Oct. 6th. This year, we're up on the Decatur Square. Walk or bike down with the family for what is sure to be a great time. We'll have games, prizes, music and special guests. And the next day, Wednesday, Oct. 7th, is International Walk to School Day. Decatur Active Living staff will be at Clairemont, Oakhurst and Winnona Park elementary schools and Glennwood Academy with snacks for students and coffee for parents & guardians. Please contact Greg White, 678-553-6543 for more information.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Oct 24 - Charity Softball Tourney


Oct 2 - ABC Light Up the Night www.atlantabike.org

Safe Routes audio story


Listen to Bobbie O'Brien and folks in Largo, Florida talk about their Walking School Bus efforts on a National Public Radio, All Things Considered, news piece: "The initiative aims to promote the healthier option of walking for both parents and children, while cutting down on vehicular traffic at the school" despite a number of common challenges.

(a 4 minute piece… and transcript)

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113039310

Thursday, September 24, 2009

This Weekend - 2009 Decatur Garden Tour


Saturday, Sept. 26 * 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Evening Tour 7-9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 27 * Noon-5 p.m.

The 2009 Decatur Garden Tour is co-sponsored by the Oakhurst Community Garden Project and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

Step into autumn and explore 13 gardens both private and public across our charmingly eclectic community. From the stately and formal to the artsy and whimsical, and everything in between, the tour blooms with ideas to feed gardening inspiration all year. Works by local artists will also be displayed. Saturday evening tour will feature the Oakhurst Community Garden and a wonderful modern garden with pool.

All proceeds are shared by the Oakhurst Community Garden Project and the Decatur Preservation Alliance and used to support their operations and programs.

Buy tickets on-line at www.decaturgardentour.org or at Intown Ace Hardware, The Seventeen Steps, or Smith Ace Hardware.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This Saturday - Big Happenings at the Oakhurst Dog Park

Please join us this Saturday, September 26th, for a big day at the Oakhurst Dog Park! At 9 am, Trees Atlanta will be teaching a beginner pruning class, meeting at the dog park. Bring a pair of gloves and learn proper pruning technique from the experts of Trees Atlanta.

From 9:30 am to 12 pm, please join the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association for a cleanup day at the dog park. We'll be removing fallen branches and debris, removing ivy off trees, etc. Bring a pair of gloves, pruning shears or other tools. Coffee, ice water and snacks will be provided. The dog park will be closed on Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm during the events.

Decatur Active Living staff sincerely appreciates the work and dedication of volunteers who assist us with care of our parks!

And don't forget the upcoming Dogtoberfest on Sunday, October 4th at The Solarium.

Decatur Scores Big!

http://atlantahappenings.creativeloafing.com/gbase/BestOf/BestOfAwards?Section=oid%3A543589

Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta 2009

Critics Picks
Best overall neighborhood Decatur
Best local blog Decatur Metro


Readers Picks
Best down-to-earth place in Atlanta Decatur
Best neighborhood to live in Decatur
Best suburb Decatur

Monday, September 21, 2009

Walk or Bike to this week's City of Decatur Weekly Events

Walk or bike to some of our City of Decatur Weekly Events September 21 – September 27:

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Blue Sky Concert on the Square, noon until 1 pm, featuring The Rosin Sisters, blue grass/fiddling

Thursday, Sept. 24: Jazz Nights on lawn of the Old Scottish Rite, 7 until 9 pm

Saturday, Sept. 26: Concert on the Square, 7 until 9:30 pm, featuring Geoff Achison, Australian based blues Guitarist.

Saturday: Decatur Garden tour, 10 am until 5 pm, with Night Tour 7 – 9 pm

Sunday, Sept. 27: Decatur Garden Tour, noon until 5 pm

Have a great week and keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

Cheryl A. Burnette

Special Events Coordinator

City of Decatur

678-553-6573

cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com

Take a minute and visit our blog: www.thedecaturminute.com

Sunday - Skateraid 2009


SkaterAid is an annual skateboard and music festival in Decatur, Georgia.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 . 3:00-8:00pm . East Decatur Station . 109 New Street (just west of the Avondale MARTA station off of College Ave) . $10 admission/$5 for students .

SILENT AUCTION OF ORIGINAL SKATEBOARD DECK ART: SkaterAid hosts an annual art show, auctioning off original art made with old skateboard decks. See the "PHOTOS" link to find your favorite. Check out the art "in person" at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia, where it will hang from now until the event. Auction will be held at SkaterAid.

ACTIVITIES

Skateboarding

Bring your board and skate all day at SkaterAid. You'll need a special skater wristband, available at the door. There is no extra charge for the skater wristband, but you'll need to sign a waiver and check out the rules. Also, see contests, tricks, and shredding galore at the skateboard show hosted by Thomas Taylor of Stratosphere Skateshop.

Scavenger Hunt

Ages 10 and under. Search the SkaterAid event area for clues and win a prize.

ART

Skateboard Deck Art - Silent Auction

SkaterAids annual deck art auction will return again this year. Bid on your favorite at the Brick Store Pub, or at the event.

Photobooth Phun

Capture your memories of SkaterAid in an old-time automatic photobooth. No one will know what you're doing behind the curtain - unless you show them your photos of course.

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MUSIC

Bands

See a full schedule of SkaterAids bands at the Performances link as the event approaches. All bands are composed of students from area high schools.

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FOOD AND DRINK

Burgers, Dogs and More

Don't go hungry at SkaterAid! We'll have plenty to eat - burgers, dogs, chips, pizza and more. We'll also have plenty to drink, including cold beer if you're over 21.

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MERCH

T-Shirts

SkaterAid T-shirts in all sizes. This year - art by R. Land!

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PRIZES

Raffle

Lots of great prizes will be available through SkaterAid's annual raffle. Buy a $1 ticket and you'll have a chance to win gift certificates from area retailers and other great items.

SkaterAid: Contact

General Info

Laura Deming
  • 404.291.8450
  • ltdeming@earthlink.net

Promotion/General Info

Patrice Eastham
  • 1006 East Ponce De Leon Ave
  • Decatur
  • GA 30030
  • 404.373.8232
  • 404.625.6503
  • patrice.eastham@gmail.com

Deck Art Auction

Patty O'Keefe Hutton
  • pokee@skateraid.net

Volunteer Coordinator

Cathy Keeler
  • ckeeler@emory.edu

Donations/General Info

Volkmar Wochatz
  • 231 South Columbia Dr
  • Decatur
  • GA 30030
  • 404-378-5504
  • wobry@mindspring.com

Wall Street Journal article on active communties for adults and seniors


Making Suburbia More Livable

  • SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
    The nation's sprawling suburbs may have been a good place to grow up, but they're a tough place to grow old. Here's how towns are beginning to 'retrofit' their neighborhoods—and what your community might look like in the future.
  • Friday, September 18, 2009

    Get outdoors next Saturday for FREE in Georgia’s beautiful state parks!

    Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is offering free admission on Saturday, September 26 as part of National Public Lands Day. The statewide celebration at all 63 state parks and historic sites is a way to thank park visitors and volunteers for their support of outdoor recreation and historic preservation.

    Sponsored in part by The Coca-Cola Company and Verizon Wireless, the celebration includes dozens of family-friendly events and service projects. Learn to canoe and shoot skeet at Unicoi State Park’s Outdoor Adventure Day. Listen for owls on a night hike at Hamburg State Park. Try fishing in the Okefenokee Swamp at Stephen C. Foster State Park. Or watch molten iron become works of art at Red Top Mountain State Park’s harvest celebration. A full calendar of events is posted at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/events.

    On Free Day in the Parks, the regular $5 parking fee will be waived, historic sites will open their doors for free, and even anglers will not need a fishing license. September 26 is also National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at many events and locations.

    Modern campsites, fully equipped cottages, and hotel-style lodge rooms provide overnight accommodations for outdoor enthusiasts who want to extend their free day into an affordable stay for the weekend. The lodges recently introduced lower promotional rates starting at $69 per night and campsites are around $23 per night. Reservations for accommodations and picnic shelters can be made by calling 1-800-864-PARK (7275).

    Numerous volunteer projects are being coordinated by the non-profit Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites with 47 chapters across the state. Corporations are also involved, with REI kicking off the celebration at Panola Mountain State Park near Stockbridge and employees of The Home Depot volunteering at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel. Organized groups or corporations that would like to participate can call the parks’ volunteer coordinator at 404-656-6533 or the Friends group at 1-888-948-2092.

    And to learn more about Free Day in the Parks, take one click and go here: www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.

    GEORGIA CENTER FOR URBAN AGRICULTURE

    First Steps To A Successful Garden

    Take Care of Garden Tools

    Common Tomato Problems

    Plant A Fall Garden

    Summer Vegetable Garden Care

    Growing Cucurbits

    Growing Gourds

    Growing Rutabagas

    Mulching Vegetables

    Blossom-End Rot of Tomatoes

    Growing Asparagus

    Growing Onions in the Home Garden

    Growing Broccoli

    Additional Resources

    · Home Vegetable Gardening

    · Vegetable Garden Calendar

    · Small Garden Plan for Georgia

    · For insect and disease control please see the Georgia Pest Management Handbook

    · Garden and Landscape Pesticide Products Available to Homeowners by Walter Reeves

    October 4th - Oakhurst's First Annual Dogtoberfest!

    Please join us for Oakhurst's First Annual Dogtoberfest! Sunday, October 4th from 2pm-6pm on the Solarium lawn, 321 West Hill St.

    DOGS WELCOME!
    Dog and Kid Friendly Activities, Dog Training Tips, Costume Contest, Beer, Live Music, Microchipping, Doggie Adoptions and more!

    Join us for a day of fun filled activities for you and your dog. We're kicking off the day at 2pm with a "Mutt Strutt" or mini parade starting at the Taj Ma-Hound and ending at the Solarium. Since it is October costumes are welcome and there will be a costume contest immediately following the parade with prizes for Scariest, Goofiest, Prettiest, Best Group Costume and Most Original. Prizes will include gift certificates from local businesses, doggie art work, pet portraits and more. Get your dog Microchipped by Animal Action Rescue. Adopt a new family member from one of our animal rescue organizations. Learn some extremely valuable training tips from the professional trainers at Frogs to Dogs. They'll be conducting a question and answer session throughout the event as well as introducing their Emergency Animal Transport Vehicle, the first of its kind in GA. Check out our marketplace for cool new collars and leashes, delicious dog treats, free information from local non profit organizations, art, doggie photography and lots more. And we even have fun events for the kids including face painting and dog bowl decorating.

    Admission is FREE. All donations for food, beer and Dogtoberfest activities will benefit the Oakhurt dog park. For more info., please contact Krista Aversano.

    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Decatur High & Renfore Baseball Meeting

    Mandatory Baseball Meeting Next Thursday, 24 September at DHS

    There will be a MANDATORY RMS and DHS baseball player/parent meeting Thursday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Weight Room/Classroom at Decatur High School. Any player (6-12th grades) planning on playing must attend with a parent. We will cover very important information including Spring Break and our Early Season tournament. We will also cover our off-season conditioning plan.


    Rusty Bennett
    Head Baseball Coach
    Decatur High School
    rbennett@csdecatur.net

    Pep Rally/Walk to School Day Official Flyer

    Decatur Education Foundation: Track clubs offer education in lifelong fitness



    The Decatur Education Foundation does a truly fantastic job supporting the city's youth and school system. Here's a great article from their website on track clubs at the city elementary schools:
    Don't forget the 7th Annual Decatur Education Foundation "Low Country Boil" at The Solarium on Thursday, Oct. 22nd.

    Oct 17 - Glenwood Academy Fall Carnival

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    Glenwood Academy Fall Carnival
    10:00am-4:00pm, Saturday, October 17th


    All ages will enjoy boardwalk games, cakewalk, craft booths, 35-foot inflatable obstacle course, 20-foot inflatable slide, haunted house, The Café, pumpkins, and lots more.

    Sponsor Information
    Glenwood Academy represents all 4th and 5th grade families in the public schools of City of Decatur—approximately 500 families. The Fall Carnival is our largest fundraising event.

    Sponsorship of the Carnival provides:
    COMMUNITY GOODWILL: All sponsors have the opportunity to show their support for the City of Decatur Community. All City schools are notified of the event and the major sponsors.

    TAX BENEFITS: You will be provided with Glenwood Academy’s tax identification number as a 501 (c) (3) charitable corporation so that all contributions are tax deductible.

    ADVERTISING BENEFITS: Your business will be advertised as a sponsor in several ways:

    GOLD LEVEL ($250 and above)
    * Sponsors will be listed on all carnival flyers sent out to all City of Decatur K-5 families (over 2,500 families)
    * Sponsors may place company signs in the sponsor section of the carnival adjacent to Ponce de Leon Avenue and may hand out business cards or other advertisements and flyers at the carnival
    * Sponsors will be listed as gold level sponsors on the carnival map distributed at the carnival

    SILVER LEVEL ($100 and above)
    * Sponsors will be listed on all carnival flyers sent out to all City of Decatur K-5 families (over 2,500 families)
    * Sponsors will be listed as silver level sponsors on the carnival map distributed at the carnival

    BRONZE ($50 and above)
    * Sponsors will be listed as a bronze level sponsor on the carnival map distributed at the carnival

    Please contact Lori Siver @ 404-373-9332/ siver97@comcast.net or Lori Leland-Kirk @ 404-371-9694/ lelandkirk@bellsout.net. to become a sponsor.

    It's Basketball Time!


    It's Basketball Time!

    The greatest place to shoot hoops is at Decatur Rec. Decatur Active Living offers coed leagues for children ages 5-17 and all girl's teams for girls ages 9-10 and 11-12. Each player receives a jersey and shorts. Practices will be held at local gyms. Games will be played December 5th through February 12th.

    New This Season: 11-12 Division Travel Team. Players will have to try-out for this team which will mean more competitive than the Rec League. This Travel Team is in lieu of the RMS 6th/7th grade basketball teams, so all RMS 6th and 7th graders who want to play basketball should consider trying out for this league. (Tryouts are not limited to RMS students.)


    Registration begins Saturday, September 19th and will continue until October 24th or until spaces are filled.

    Players 7-12 years of age will have to attend a skills assessment. The 11-12 travel team, 13-14 and 15-17 divisions will play in the YMCA and DeKalb County League.

    For more information, please contact Stacy Green, 678-553-6549 or Stacy.Green@decaturga.com.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    It's Back and Bigger Than Ever: 2nd Annual Walk to School Day Pep Rally


    Get ready for another fun time with family and friends; it's the 2nd Annual Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day Pep Rally, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, October 6th on the Decatur Square.
    Join us on the square for music, games, prizes, entertainment and special guests. The following day, Wednesday, Oct. 7th, is National Walk to School Day. Decatur Active Living staff and parent volunteers will be out that morning at Clairemont, Oakhurst and Winnona Park elementary schools and Glennwood Academy with healthy snacks for students and coffee for parents.
    For more information on the pep rally, Walk to School Day, or the Decatur Safe Routes to School program, please contact Greg White, 678-553-6543.

    Adult League Hoops



    Adult Basketball Leagues

    Winter basketball leagues are offered for adult men and women, with registration on a first-come basis through Nov. 2nd. A mandatory team representative meeting will be held at 7 pm, Thursday, Nov. 12th, at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. Leagues will begin the week of Dec. 5th. The schedule will consist of 10 games and an end-of-season tournament. League winners will advance to GRPA district competition.

    Men's B League: $480 team fee, Games played on Mondays at the DRC

    Men's Open/Industrial: $480 team fee, Games played on Saturdays/Sundays at the DRC

    Women’s League: $480 team fee, Games played on Thursdays at the DRC

    For more information, please contact Stacy Green, 678-553-6549.

    Monday, September 14, 2009

    DeKalb County Cooperative Extension Office Events

    The DeKalb County Cooperative Extension Office is sponsoring its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 26th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at 4380 Memorial Dr., Decatur, GA 30032.
    Come and join us for food, plants, entertainment, educational workshops and fun for the entire family! DeKalb Cooperative Extension will also provide DHR approved training for childcare providers. Please call 404-298-4080 for more information.


    Workshop Program

    Sept. 22nd - Planning a Winter Landscape for fun and foliage

    7 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 22nd

    4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 (behind county tax office)

    Topic: Planning a Winter Landscape for fun and foliage – winters do not have to be drab and no we do not have to sit inside all winter either.

    Speaker: Cathy Henderson, landscaper, garden designer, teacher and media personality will share her expertise and charm.

    Cost - $7 per person which includes door prize entry.

    Questions or to sign up – call 404-298-4080 or e-mail Gary Peiffer at grpeiffe@co.dekalb.ga.us.

    Sept 26 - Family Health and Fitness Day

    Join Decatur Active Living as we celebrate National

    Family Health and Fitness Day

    12 to 4 pm, Saturday, September 26th

    Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

    The 13th annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA is a national health and fitness event for families, set for Saturday, September 26, 2009. (always on the last Saturday in September.) The event's purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity, one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

    Join us for info. tables, healthy snacks, programs, games, activites for children and more. For information, please contact Greg White, 678-553-6543.

    Note: Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 is National Women's Health & Fitness Day.

    Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging


    1. Staying Active, Connected, and Engaged
    Where and how we choose to live can affect our health and well-being
    2. Development and Housing
    Healthy neighborhoods offer diverse housing choices, gathering places, and ways to connect
    3. Transportation and Mobility
    We can build choice back into our transportation system — and make it easier for people of all ages to get around
    4. Staying Healthy
    Finding healthy food, keeping active, and getting help when you need it can be easier in an age-friendly community
    5. Conclusion: Next Steps
    How you can get involved and act
    Resources
    Links to more details and strategies

    Blue Sky Concert Series - 12 pm Wednesday on the Square

    This Wednesday, walk or bike down to the square for a 12-1 pm concert. Bring a lunch with you, bring a friend, etc. If you bring children, after the concert stop by the playground behind the Decatur Rec. Center.

    Friday, September 11, 2009

    10th Annual Golden Shoe Awards - Sept 15 Nomination Deadline

    Call for Nominations: Golden Shoe Awards Competition
    To encourage a better balance between people and cars PEDS honors outstanding projects, places, and people who have contributed significantly toward making metro Atlanta safer and more accessible for pedestrians. Golden Shoe on White Background

    We need your help identifying potential award winners. Projects for consideration must be completed or almost completed during the past 12 months or be part of an ongoing program. Nomination forms are available online as
    Word or PDF files. Nominations must be received in PEDS' office by Tuesday, September 15.

    The Golden Shoe Awards Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, November 11 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Special thanks to Selig Enterprises for hosting this event at
    Plaza Midtown. Please mark your calender!

    info@peds.org
    404-522-3666
    www.peds.org

    http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs035/1101171362853/archive/1102339936229.html

    2008 Golden Shoe Award Winners
    Decatur Walking School BusPedestrian-friendly schools: City of Decatur, whose Active Living Division expanded and institutionalized its Safe Routes to School program after the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign completed a pilot project encouraging students to walk and bike to school.

    Oct 10 - Oakhurst Arts Run 5K


    http://www.oakhurstartsandmusicfestival.com/run.php

    Oakhurst Arts Run 5K - Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – 8:30 am

    RACE DETAILS:

    The Oakhurst Arts Run is a 5K run/walk held in conjunction with the Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival – www.oakhurstartsandmusicfestival.com . Plan to enjoy the festival after the run! Race starts and ends at One Step At A Time running store at 650 E. Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. Proceeds from this event to benefit South Decatur Community Development - S.D.C.D.C. Drawings for Prizes! Registered participants are eligible for prize drawings immediately following the race. Must be present to win! 100% Cotton short sleeved T-Shirt with Oakhurst theme. Walkers, Strollers and Dogs on Leash Welcome but please line up behind runners for safety.


    AGE GROUPS/AWARDS:

    Trophies to Overall M & F, Masters M & F, and M &F 1st place finishers in each of the following age groups: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over.


    REGISTRATION:

    $19 if postmarked or received by Oct 1st; $24 afterward and race day

    Online – http://www.active.com/

    Download form and mail race entry – www.running4fitness.com or www.rungeorgia.com

    In Person at One Step At A Time Running Store, 650 E. Lake Dr, Decatur, GA 30030 (404-377-1030)

    Make checks payable to S.D.C.D.C. – Mail to Race Director/ Oakhurst Arts Run, 978 Scott Circle, Decatur, GA 30033

    Race day registration and packet pick-up: 7:15 – 8:15am at One Step At A Time

    Race will go on rain or shine - No refunds

    RACE INFO:

    Ed Williams, Race Director 404-327-7738 email: roadraceservices@comcast.net

    Charles Cope 404-377-1030

    “National Seat Check Saturday” - Sept. 12.



    Safe Kids USA makes passenger safety a top priority during Child Passenger Safety Week 2009 and urges parents and caregivers to make sure their children’s safety seats are properly installed in their vehicles at the third annual “National Seat Check Saturday” on Sept. 12.



    Find a Safe Kids car seat check up event near you.



    Parents should remember that passenger safety is always important – even after a child has outgrown their car seat. Booster seats and seat belts are just as important for older kids as car seats are for younger kids.



    National Seat Check Saturday


    Regardless of the age of a child, it’s the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained every time and on every trip. Safe Kids coalitions around the country are joining NHTSA in National Seat Check Saturday and holding more than 260 activities to kick off Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sept. 12 to 18.



    Certified child passenger safety technicians will be available at a variety of community locations, such as General Motors dealerships, to provide hands-on instruction for parents and caregivers on installing car seats and booster seats.



    Older Children & Buckling Up


    Parents do a great job of keeping babies buckled up. But as a child gets older, they are less likely to use a restraint. According to a 2008 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the use of child restraints declines as children get older:


    • From birth to 12 months, 99 percent of children ride in a restraint.


    • For kids ages 1 to 3, it drops to 92 percent.


    • For kids ages 4 to 7, 89 percent are restrained.


    • For kids ages 8 to 12, only 85 percent ride in a restraint.



    Research has shown that young children restrained in child safety seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained. For children ages 4 to 7, booster seats have shown to reduce injury risk by 59 percent compared to safety belts alone.



    Safety Tips


    Every parent and caregiver should have their child checked to be sure they are using the right restraint – a car seat, booster seat or seat belt. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes.



    Five guidelines parents can use to make sure their children are safely restrained in a vehicle:


    • For the best possible protection keep infants in a back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible - up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. Never turn a child forward-facing before age 1 and at least 20 pounds, although keeping kids rear-facing until age 2 is safer and preferred if the seat allows.


    • When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in a back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular harnessed seat. Many newer seats exceed the old 40 pound weight limit.


    • Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should ride on booster seats, in a back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly.


    • Seat belts fit properly when the child can pass the Safety Belt Fit Test: the lap belt lays across the upper thighs, the shoulder belt rests on the shoulder or collar bone and the knees bend naturally at the seat’s edge (usually when the child is between 8 and 12 years old, approximately 4’9” tall and 80 to 100 pounds).


    • After children fully outgrow their booster seats, they should use the adult seat belts in a back seat. Kids should never put the seat belt behind their back or under the arm.