International Walk & Roll Day is Wednesday!

DSC_0547On Wednesday, Oct. 7, thousands of students, parents, community leaders, and state and local officials across the United States will walk and bicycle to school in celebration of Walk to School Day.

The City of Decatur has had an active Safe Routes to School program since 2005 and it continues to grow each year thanks to the great work done by our Parent School Champions.

Please be on the lookout for walkers and cyclists, as well as those entering and leaving school buses.

Westchester will celebrate the day on Friday, so be on the lookout for children carrying their yellow flags.


Healthy Monday Reset: Warm Up and Cool Down

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Anthony Foxx Supports Walking to School

In a newly released video message, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx shows his support for walking to school by encouraging communities nationwide to join the Walk to School Day celebration.

For more information on the City of Decatur’s Safe Routes to School Program, visit

Walk & Roll to School on October 7

Oakhurst busDecatur students and their parents will be participating in International Walk & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 7. Each school will organize walking school buses and encourage children to walk, bike or roll to school on this special day. Decatur has had a very successful Safe Routes to School program since 2005.

Why does Decatur  participate in Safe Routes to School?

  1. It’s fun.
  2. It’s healthy.
  3. It promotes safety.
  4. It contributes to a cleaner environment.
  5. It builds community connections.
  6. It can help reduce traffic congestion by getting cars off the road.

Consider this statement : “I would like my child to walk to school, but there is too much traffic so I drive her”.  Be a part of the solution……reduce traffic around our schools by helping your child learn how to bike and walk safely to and from school. If you live too far to walk or bike school, ride the bus. Let’s all pitch in to make our community safer for everyone to walk and bike and get out of cars!



Want to Go to the Circus?

cirque_posterVintage Circus in Decatur this October at Woodlands Garden
Saturday, October 24, 5 – 8 PM

Woodlands Garden is bringing the circus to Decatur! They are gearing up to host “Cirque DeCatur” under the big treetop canopy at Woodlands on Saturday, October 24.

The ticketed fundraiser event will have a turn-of-the century vintage circus feel and feature breathtaking acts by The Imperial OPA Circus—think fire breathers and contortionists—set against a backdrop of lush greenery. Live music, as well as fun interactions with tarot card readers and fortunetellers, is also part of the lineup.

Renowned local chef and owner of Home Grown GA, Kevin Clark, will provide food for the event. Signature cocktails will be served including beer from Three Taverns and Creature Comforts.

The autumn evening event is a benefit for Woodlands Garden’s Keep It Green Indie-Catur capital campaign, which aims to raise $1 million to preserve the one-acre parcel at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue adjacent to the Garden. Capital improvements on the property will include safer entry and exits, improved parking, and a school bus drop-off zone. Plans are also in place for a renovated welcome center with public restrooms and a natural play area for children.

Early-bird tickets are on sale now for $60. For further information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Healthy Monday: Swap ’til you Drop

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Walk or Bike to the Square for Art!



Student Art for Sale • Live Music on the Bandstand


Returning for its third year, this wildly popular one-day arts event has been embraced by local students grades K-12 as a way to showcase their creativity and talent to the public. Shop at the juried outdoor artists market or enjoy live performances at the community bandstand!

Bike or walk on over and look for the big tent on the plaza packed with student artists showing off a bounty of jewelry, paintings, photography, drawings, culinary delights, and handcrafted goods, all for sale.

On the Community Bandstand is a nonstop line-up of high energy performances from wild-and-wooly rock combos to blues acts, singer-songwriters, soloists, and more.

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Third Friday Bike Ride Coming Up on September 18

I-bike-decatur.webJoin Decatur Active Living for the September Third Friday Bike Ride on Friday, September 18. This month Lee Leonard will be our ride leader for a 5-6 mile ride around Decatur neighborhoods. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 pm. After the ride we will visit a neighborhood watering hole for fun and refreshments.

All levels of riders are welcome – no one will be left behind!

Be sure to wear a helmet and have a light on your bike. The ride home gets a bit dark.

Eat Local Challenge – Next Week


Eat Local!

Starts Sunday September 13th, 2015 and ends Sunday September 19th, 2015.

Join us in taking the challenge to eat locally for a week! By seeking out what’s available locally, you get to know your agricultural landscape and the community within, connecting you closer to the land and all it has to offer. And, in this transition of summer into fall, there are so many delicious varieties of produce available to try right now!

How to Participate in the Challenge

All you have to do is try! You can participate in any way – from Ultra Strict and eating entirely local for 7 days to Ultra Lenient and having just a few tastes of local throughout the week. No need to sign up for anything, just share your experiences by tagging us on social media (links & handles below) and remember to include the hashtag #EatLocalATL and you’ll be entered into our raffle to win a gift basket valued at $250! Each time you share increases your chances to win this awesome prize. We’ll post resources to our website leading up to challenge to help you along the way (where to shop & what to make). We have some wonderful restaurants partnering with us to offer local dishes throughout the week, and we’re throwing a dine out on Sunday the 19th. Plus, Global Growers’ Network is hosting their annual Decatur’s Dinner Party, featuring a multi-course menu from talented Decatur chefs. We’ll post on our our facebook pages to keep you up on participating restaurants, so be sure to follow the markets in your neighborhoods, and join our event to get all the info in one place. Just don’t forget to pick up an Eat Local button at our markets!

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