Healthy Monday: Clean Up the Small Stuff

Clean up small stuff

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WARNING!! Canine Influenza Has Reached Decatur

CIV1.jpgWe have been contacted by a local veterinarian who informed us that Canine Influenza has been diagnosed in dogs in the City of Decatur.

This is a highly contagious disease that is spread by contact with infected dogs.

Area veterinarians recommend that pet owners avoid dog parks until this epidemic subsides.

Information about Canine Influenza from the CDC can be found here and information from the American Medical Veterinary Association is here.

Coed Ultimate Frisbee for Middle-Schoolers! Registration Opens July 11

Ultimate Frisbee

Coed Ultimate Frisbee is being offered to

Middle School Age Boys and Girls

Registration begins Saturday, July 11 and practice starts August 16.

Practices will be twice a week on Ebster Field.

Teams will play in the Metro Atlanta Middle School Ultimate League.

League games will be played weekdays after school Sept-Oct. with tournament in November.

Team will be coached by Decatur High’s Ultimate Coaches and Captains.

Fees: $110 Decatur Resident; $145 Non Resident

                 For more information contact Stacy Green 678-553-6549 or

Active Living’s Lee Williams Receives Thomas O. Davis Award

lee croppedLee Williams, Facility Manager for Decatur Active Living, was presented the Thomas O. Davis Award last night at the June Decatur Business Association Meeting. Lee has worked for the City of Decatur since 2000 and always goes above and beyond to serve the community. He has taught many children how to ride bikes safely, managed sports camps and adult programming and has been an active participant in the Safe Routes to School program. Lee also serves as a great mentor to teens and young men in the community.

Decatur’s Thomas O. Davis Award honors a public employee who has helped strengthen the bond between government and the community, served as a role model for others in public service, contributed to the well-being of the community, inspired others to get involved in public service, and served the public with respect. The award is named for Decatur’s long-time city attorney.

We are very proud of Lee and feel lucky to have the opportunity to work with him!

Mr. Williams With His Family

Mr. Williams With His Family

Free Folk Tales by Firelight at Arabia Mountain

Folktales by Firelight

Yes, you will have to leave Decatur! Jonah is a great storyteller with a lot of enthusiasm and Arabia Mountain is a great retreat right here in DeKalb County.

Take an Urban Walk To Stay Fit

Tackling the urban jungle can be fun while also  providing you fitness. Use the city landscape as your outdoor gym for a toning circuit walk.

  • Warm up with an easy 5 minute stroll.
  • Increase intensity for 5 minutes.
  • Find a bus stop or bench and do one set of tricep dips.
  • Do city-block intervals for the next 5 minutes. Alternate between a slower pace and a faster pace on each block.
  • Find a flight of stairs. Walk up, taking two steps at a time, pushing through your foot as if you were doing lunges. Walk down. Then repeat for one minute.
  • Perform another cycle of city-block intervals for 5 minutes.
  • Find a bench, tree or wall and perform standing pushups for one minute.
  • If energy and time permit, do one more cycle of city-clock intervals for 5 minutes.
  • Find a tree, pole or wall to support yourself and do one set of calf-raises on each leg.
  • Cool down with an easy stroll for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy your final stretches.

Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Listen to your body. If you begin to feel overheated, slow down the pace and drink more water. Or come on over the Dectur Recreation Center and try this walk on our indoor walking track. Treat each lap as a city block and get moving!



Information above  from “The Walking Deck” by Shirley Archer.


Bright at Night Walk Thursday, June 25

Walkers Bright at Night!

Walkers Bright at Night!

Join members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the monthly Bright at Night Walk to be held this Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 pm. This month’s walk will take you through Agnes Scott College, the Wylde Center and back through the MAK neighborhood.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be sure to bring a water bottle. We will provide a special light for you to use when you walk at night. If it is raining, the walk will be on the indoor walking track.

If you need to drive over, parking is available behind the Library (we share the deck) and the DeKalb County parking deck is also free after 6 pm. It is located a short walk away at the corner of Commerce and Trinity Place.  There is plenty of bike parking in front of the Recreation Center. 


Put Down Your Cell and Do Some Mindful Walking!



Take a walk and begin to notice the things around you. You will be surprised at all the things you discover when you put the cell down and take notice. It is also safer to walk with awareness!

International Day of Yoga is Sunday

make time for yogaJoin Cheryl Burnette and Mamie Mabery to celebrate the first annual International Day of Yoga on the Summer Solstice. We will begin our practice at 9am on Sunday, June 21 at the Herring-Trinity Terrace (the green space between Decatur Police and Ebster Recreation Center).

Bring a mat and water. It will be warm, but we will be in the shade. Rain is not expected, but if it does rain, we will practice inside Ebster Gym.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Third Friday Fun Bike Ride is June 19 – That’s Tomorrow!

May Bike RideJoin Decatur Active Living for the Third Friday Fun Bike Ride on Friday, June 19 at 6:30 pm. We will meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and ride an easy 5-6 miles around scenic neighborhoods. All levels of riders are welcome and no one will be left behind. After the ride, we will visit a Decatur watering hole for refreshments. Parking is available behind the Decatur Library, adjacent to the Recreation Center.

Bring a water bottle. Helmets are required.

There is a bike repair station in front of the Recreation Center, so come early and make some small adjustments and/or fill the tires with some air.

No ride if raining. Check back here if in doubt.


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