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September-December 2016

Decatur Active Living • Children & Youth Services

Decatur After School Programs Achieve National Accreditation

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n February, Decatur’s Children and Youth Services Division accomplished the milestone achievement of eight of eight accredited programs through the Council on Accreditation (COA). This was the first time in the history of the city’s after school programs that 100 percent of after school sites were accredited.

The accreditation process involves many hours of preparation and effort on the part of the city’s program and administrative staff, followed by a visit from an endorser from COA who reviews every aspect of the programs’ operations, including programming, administration, and human resources. A growing body of research on the field of “out-of-school time” demonstrates the capacity of quality after school and camp programs to benefit children and youth in a variety of important ways. Through quality program experiences children gain social skills, a sense of self-efficacy, meaningful relationships and connections to their communities, and improve their academic achievement as well. That commitment to quality drives the city’s efforts to achieve and maintain the highest national standards for our programs. continued on page 2

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OCT. 5 See page 15

3 athletics 6 tennis 8 active adults 9 after school 14 calendar & open gym 16 youth classes

ARTZ FOR THE HARP see page 9


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Continued from page 1 Clairemont Animal Crackers and Oakhurst Animal Crackers achieved COA accreditation in 2014. The city’s other four Animal Crackers programs – DRC, Glennwood, Westchester and Winnona Park – as well as Fifth Avenue Whiz Kids and the Project REAL program at Renfroe all successfully achieved this milestone in 2016. The Ebster Whiz Kids program is new this year and will pursue accreditation in a future cycle.

Decatur After School Timeline 1981 The city started offering after-school programming. 1984 In partnership with City Schools of Decatur, the city opened its first school-based afterschool sites. 1997 The city’s Westchester Animal Crackers program participated in the state pilot for the National After School Association’s (NAA) accreditation program and was among the first three programs in the state to achieve NAA accreditation. 2009 COA became the accrediting body for the after-school field. 2010 Project REAL, the city’s middle school after-school program, was one of the first two programs in the state to achieve COA accreditation. 2014 Clairemont and Oakhurst Animal Crackers achieved COA accreditation. 2016 DRC, Glennwood, Westchester and Winnona Park Animal Crackers, and Fifth Avenue Whiz Kids achieved COA accreditation. Project REAL was reaccredited with COA.

231 Sycamore St. • P.O. Box 220 • Decatur, GA 30031 404-378-1082 • fax 404-378-1281 decaturga.com/cys

Claire Miller....................................................................... director Nancy Brune...............................................assistant director Glenda Lee............................................program supervisor Lillie Johnson..............................administrative assistant Rebecca Aulph......................................................site director Lartesha Chaney..................................................site director Caudieu Cook........................................................site director Rashad Crowell.....................................................site director Ashton Hudson....................................................site director Danielle Perry.........................................................site director Kiara Smith...............................................................site director Ashley Thorpe........................................................site director CJ Yancy.....................................................................site director

Decatur Active Living Division 231 Sycamore St. • P.O. Box 220 • Decatur, GA 30031 404-377-0494 • fax 404-370-4130 decaturga.com • beactivedecatur.com

Greg White...........................................................................director Cheryl Burnette...........................................assistant director Athletic Services

Stacy Green.............................................program supervisor Carlos Jordan.....................assistant program supervisor Jarrod Lindsey..................assistant program supervisor Recreation Services

Lee Williams.............................................program supervisor Tracie Sanchez.......................................program supervisor Portia Langley ......................Ebster program superivisor Anthony Bethel..............................................program leader Demarcus Bundrage ..................................program leader Artesha Chaney..............................................program leader Jonathan Hollomon....................................program leader Jerdarius Malcolm.. .....................................program leader Jalen McGlotten.............................................program leader Tennis/Aquatics Staff

Jabari Cole............................................... program supervisor Arnie Ahn............................................................program leader Thanh Doan......................................................program leader Sharon Hulette................................................program leader Kyle Morton.......................................................program leader Nia Willis...............................................................program leader Support Staff

Virginia Atchison.........................administrative assistant Juanita Tyson........................................................morning clerk Eugenia Kelley-Minor............................. evening clerk Active Living Board Members

Miriam Vos, Chair • Bill Adams • Wendy Childers Pete Duitsman • Michael Harbin Adam Pinsley • Clay Scarborough • Kelly Walsh

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Contact Portia Langley • 678-553-6563, portia.langley@decaturga.com

Youth Classes

Worlds of Enrichment for Ages 5-17 Decatur Fencing Fencing is a European-originated Olympic sport based on the art of swordplay. For new students, classes provide an enjoyable epee/foil fencing experience, improving physical fitness, and creating the foundation needed to understand and appreciate the sport. More advanced students can continue studying epee/foil at a high level. All participants should dress in loose athletic clothing. Protective equipment will be provided.

Ebster Garden Club This youth garden club offers a hands-on environment where students take part in every aspect of gardening. They start seedlings, dig and loosen soil, plant the seedlings in the ground, and water them. They harvest the fruits and vegetables and learn how to turn them into delicious meals. Every few weeks at a garden club party kids can eat what they have grown.

Karate

Hip Hop Dance

A holistic approach to learning the art of karate. Registration deadline: before the first class of each month. For more information contact Adesi Brown, adesi2274@comcast. net or 404-729-1025.

Learn hip hop choreography to the hottest dance moves. This is a two-part class with ages 6-12 years at 6:15-7:15 p.m. and ages 13-18 years at 7:15-8:15 p.m. We meet on Mondays in the dance studio at Ebster Recreation Center. This is a free program and no registration is required.

For boys ages 13-18. This male teen mentorship program is designed to encourage, motivate, and inspire the next generation of young men through forums, workshops, and community service events, and to

Project Inspire

help them transition into adulthood. The project’s mission is to improve academic achievement, self-esteem, and social skills.

SAT/ACT Prep This class prepares student athletes in high school and middle school for postsecondary education (college) by providing academic support for SAT/ACT prep, college preparations, NCAA compliance, mentorship, general tutorial, community service, and sports education. SAT/ACT preparation classes are on one weekend of the month for five hours (2.5 hours SAT; 2.5 hours ACT). Included in the program are SAT/ACT prep materials and supplies for participants as well as student/parent workshops offered quarterly.

Youth Platform A middle school program offering students the opportunity to speak on issues and concerns they face every day. Students learn their inner talents and the importance of living a positive lifestyle. Each week participants will have a group session with topics including self-esteem, planning for the future, family, peer pressure, and current events. There will also be physical activity after each session, encouraging participants to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.

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Contact Portia Langley • 678-553-6563, portia.langley@decaturga.com

Toddlers Magical Mornings • 2-5 yrs School groups, don’t miss out on this fun entertainment for your young people. Storytelling, music, and movement are included. Groups of 10 or more must make reservations and pre-pay. Call 404377-0494. Fee/nonresident fee: $2/$4.

Start Smart Golf • 3-5 yrs A developmentally appropriate introductory golf program in four sessions. Children get a positive and safe first golf experience and begin to develop skills for future golf participation. Registration is accepted on a first-come basis.

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Decatur Active Living offers athletics specifically designed for your li’l ones. Read about Li’l Kickers, Li’l Dribblers, Li’l Lax, Mini Soccer and Mini Basketball on page 6.


Children/Youth Classes (Newborn-5 yrs) and Activities at a Glance Class/Activity

Location

Age

Time

Day

Session

Fee: Resident/ Nonresident

Reg istration Deadline

Instructor

WebTrac No.

Magical Mornings

DRC

2-5

11 am-noon

W

Sept. 21-Queen Glitter Oct. 19-Music is Magic Nov. 16-The Puppet Guy

$2/$4

Li’l Kickers-Soccer Adair Park

3-5

5:30-6:30 pm

M/W or TU/ TH

9/12-10/5 9/13-10/6

$55/$70

8/1-9/9

Derante Stephen Teresa Davis

242010-07 242010-08

Li’l Dribblers

DRC

3-5

5:30-6:30 pm

M/W or TU/ TH

10/17-11/9 10/18-11/10

$55/$70

9/1-10/14

Derante Stephen 242010-05 242010-06 Teresa Davis

Li’l Lax

Adair Park

4-6

5:30-6:30 pm

M/W or T/TH

10/3-10/26 10/4-10/27

$55/$70

9/1-9/30

TBA

232071-03 232071-04

Start Smart Golf

DRC

3-5

3-3:45 pm

TU

10/6-10/27

$55 / $70

9/1-9/30

TBA

242010-28

Children/Youth Classes (5-17 yrs) and Activities at a Glance Class/Activity

Location

Age

Time

Day

Session

Fee: Resident/ Nonresident

Reg istration Deadline

Instructor

WebTrac No.

Fencing

DRC

8-17

6:30-7:30 pm

TU

9/6-9/27 10/4-10/25 11/1-11/29 (No class Thanksgiving week)

$80/$95

Ongoing

Lotus Fencing Club

242010-41 Sept 242010-42 Oct 242010-43 Nov

Karate

DRC

7-13

6:45 pm 10 am

M S

8/31 – 9/30

$40/$55

8/1-8/29

Adesi Brown

243010-01 Sept 243010-02 Oct 243010-03 Nov 243010-04 Dec

Halloween Dance

ERC

8-10

6:30-8 pm

F

Oct. 29

$5

RSVP by Oct. 26

Halloween Haunted House

ERC

5 & Up

8-11 pm

F

Oct. 29

$2

Drop In

Ebster-Subsidized Programs at a Glance Class/Activity

Location

Age

Time

Day

Session

Fee

Registration Deadline

Instructor

Notes

Ebster Garden Club

ERC Courtyard

5-15

Noon-2 pm

SA

Ongoing

FREE

Ongoing

Yvonne Hill

Limit – 8 kids

Hip Hop Dance I, II

ERC

6-12 13-17

6:15-7:15 pm 7:15-8:15 pm

M

Ongoing

FREE

Ongoing

Zoie Summer

Limit – 15 kids

SAT/ACT Prep

ERC

16-18

TBA

SA

Quarterly

FREE

TBA

LaTashae Walker

Limit – 5 kids

Youth Platform

ERC

11-16

6:45-8 pm

W

Ongoing

FREE

Ongoing

Teresa Davis

Limit –12 kids

Project Inspire

ERC

13-18

7:30-8:30 pm

TH

Ongoing

FREE

Ongoing

Darryl Ward

Limit –20 teens

DRC-Decatur Recreation Center; ERC-Ebster Recreation Center

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Athletics

Contact Stacy Green 678-553-6549 • stacy.green@decaturga.com

Team Spirit, Sportsmanship, and Fun League Soccer • 6-13 yrs

Youth Basketball • 7-12 yrs

Coed teams are divided by age groups, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13. All levels and skill ranges are welcome. Participants have a one-hour practice during the week, beginning the week of Sept. 12. Games are played on Saturdays starting Sept. 24.

Age divisions are 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 years. All-girl teams are offered in the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions. All skill levels are welcome. There will be a skills assessment and draft held for the coed teams for the 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 divisions. Each team will have one practice and one game per week at local gyms. Look for Third Grade League information in the January Playbook.

Boys Lacrosse Clinic • 6-12 yrs This six-week Sunday-only clinic introduces lacrosse to first-year players and helps experienced players improve their skills. Instructors are Decatur Active Living lacrosse coaches and Decatur High School players.

Girls Beginners Lacrosse Clinic 6-9 yrs Introduces girls to the game of lacrosse. Instructors are Decatur Active Living coaches.

Flag Football for Girls and Boys 5-13 yrs In this six-week program players enjoy two weeks of basic introduction to the game and then are divided into teams. The 8-13 year olds have one practice a week and the 5-7 year olds put their skills to work in weeks two through five with a 20-minute practice followed by a 40-minute game. Practices are held at local fields and games are held on Sundays at the Jones Boys and Girls Club field (450 East Lake Dr.).

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Competitive Play Boys Team 11-12 yrs Players must try out for this team, which is more competitive than the Active Living league. Games will be scheduled with Decatur DeKalb YMCA and DeKalb County Parks and Recreation teams.

Junior and Senior Boys Basketball 13-17 yrs This league is an alternative to school teams. It is more competitive and offers an excellent way to improve and enhance basketball skills. Please note that the all-girls team, 11-12 boys travel team, and the junior-senior boys teams will schedule games with Decatur YMCA and DeKalb County Parks and Recreation.

Cheerleading • 6-12 yrs The cheerleading season includes an eight-game regular season and tournament games. Cheerleading squads have one practice and cheer one game per week. A clinic will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m., at Decatur Recreation Center. A parents meeting will immediately follow.

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Li’l Ones Do you have a little one who is eager to start playing sports? Li’l Kickers, Li’l Dribblers, Mini Soccer and Mini Basketball are introductory instructional programs for girls and boys ages 3-5.

Li’l Kickers Soccer and Li’l Dribblers • 3-5 yrs These four-week courses are designed to develop basic soccer and basketball skills. Spaces are limited.

Li’l Lax • 4-6 yrs This four-week introductory course develops basic lacrosse skills. Players learn scoop, cradle, and pass while also gaining knowledge of how to play the game. No equipment is required. Players receive a lacrosse stick and ball, which they can keep upon conclusion of the clinic.

Mini Soccer and Mini Basketball • 4-5 yrs These programs focus on basic skills like passing and dribbling, while introducing beginners to the game. Each team has one 30-minute game following a 30-minute practice. Mini Soccer teams consist of eight players and Mini Basketball teams consist of six players. All games and practices are held on Saturdays. Mini Soccer and Mini Basketball coaches are always needed. Please consider volunteering.


Athletics at a Glance Sport

Ages

Fee

Nonresident Fee

Registration Parent Mtg

Practice begins

Boys Fall Lacrosse Clinic

6-12

$130

$165

8/6-9/13

9/18-10/23

Girls Fall Lacrosse Clinic

6-9

$130

$165

8/6-9/13

Li’l Lax

4-6

$55

$70

9/1-9/30

M/W 5:30-6:30 pm T/TH 5:30-6:30 pm

Li’l Kickers

3-5

$55

$70

8-1-9/9

M/W 5:30-6:30 pm T/TH 5:30-6:30 pm

Mini Soccer

4-5

$55

$70

8/2-8/30

9/10

9/12-10/22

League Soccer

5-6 6-7 8-9 10-11

$130

$165

8/6-8/29

9/10

9/12-11/12

9/24-11/5

Li’l Dribblers

3-5

$55

$70

9/1-10/14

M/W 5:30-6:30 pm T/TH 5:30-6:30 pm

Mini Basketball

5-6

$55

$70

9/17-10/22

11/5

Youth Basketball

7-8 coed 9-10 coed 9-10 girls 11-12 coed 11-12 girls

$130

$165

9/17-10/22

11/5

Jr./Sr. League

13-14 15-17

$130

$165

9/17-10/22

Cheerleading

6-8 9-10 11-12

$130

$165

9/17-10/22

11/5

Game Schedule

Game Site

Web Trac No.

DHS

232071-02

DHS

232071-01

10/3-10/26 10/4-10/27

Adair Park

232170-03 242170-04

9/12-10/5 9/13-10/6

Adair Park

242010-07 242010-08

GL

232070-01

GL/ERC/ SLJ

232030-01 232031-01 232032-01 232033-01

10/17-11/9 10/18-11/10

DRC

242010-05 242010-06

12/3-1/21

DRC

232020-01

11/12

12/3-2/14

DRC/RMS/ DHS

232021-01 232022-01 232025-01 232023-01 232027-01

11/12

12/3-2/14

DRC/YMCA/ DeKalb

232024-01 232026-01

12/3-2/4

DRC

232050-01 232051-01 232052-01

DHS-Decatur High School; DRC-Decatur Recreation Center; ERC-Ebster Recreation Center; GL-Glenlake Park; RMS-Renfroe Middle School; SLJ-Samuel Jones Girls and Boys Club

Say Hello to New Athletics Staff Decatur Active Living is pleased to welcome new assistant program supervisors Jarrod Lindsay (left) and Carlos Jordan.

Adult Basketball League Keep Your Game Up Come shoot hoops in Decatur Recreation Center’s renovated gym. The Adult Basketball League is a great way to stay in shape. Winter basketball leagues are offered for adult men and women. Registration is accepted on a first-come basis and concludes Nov. 5. The schedule consists of 10 games and an end-of-season tournament. League winners will advance to GRPA district competition. Contact Stacy Green, stacy.green@ decaturga.com, 678-553-6549, to learn more.

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Tennis

Active Adults and Seniors

Contact Jabari Cole Contact Tracie Sanchez • 678-553-6559, tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com 404-377-7231 • jabari.cole @decaturga.com

Improve your Swing or Join a Team Looking for some basic instruction, practice drills or a team? Glenlake Tennis Center offers the following tennis services: ALTA and USTA leagues for juniors and adults, private, semi-private, group lessons, and team coaching. Call the tennis center at 404-377-7231. Decatur has nine courts dedicated to tennis action: Glenlake Tennis Courts 1121 Church St. • Five Courts

Scott Park Courts 231 Sycamore St. • Two Courts

Oakhurst Park Courts 307 Feld Ave. • Two Courts

Oakhurst Courts have received capital funding for renovations in FY 16-17. Plans include new courts, lights and fencing. Court Reservations Patrons can reserve the courts at Glenlake, Scott and Oakhurst for tennis play. Resident court fees are $2/hour per person day rate and $2.50 /hour per person under the lights. Nonresident court fees are $3/hour per person day rate and $3.50/hour per person under lights. All courts are lighted. Free Court Time Courts at Oakhurst and Scott Park are free to residents before 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. You must present proof of residency to Glenlake Tennis Center staff in person to take advantage of free court time.

Adult Tennis Adult Beginner Tennis Clinic Whether you have never picked up a racket before, or you are a seasoned veteran looking to make your strokes better, this six-week course is the best value in metro Atlanta. It covers forehands, backhands, proper tennis movement, serves, overheads, and the basics of singles and doubles play.

Adult Drills The drills are designed so that players of all skill levels are sure to hit lots of balls, have lots of fun, and get a wonderful workout. Each drill session ends with a game of the “Wave” that will surely have you coming back for more. Participants can drop in at any time.

Team Tennis Glenlake Tennis Center is home to a large number of ALTA and USTA teams. If you are looking to join a tennis team, you can call the tennis center with your name, phone number, and current skill level. If teams are 8

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looking for players we will gladly pass on your contact information. The best way to find a team could be a visit to Friday night drills. Drills are frequented by some of the team captains.

Junior Tennis Beginning Tennis • 7-15 yrs The focus of each hour is proper stroke development and movement. Each session is usually concluded with a game that is sure to have your kids coming back for more.

Youth Tennis Munchkin Tennis • 4-6 yrs Munchkin tennis is offered all year. The instructors use backdoor learning techniques and games to teach the children proper stroke form and footwork while keeping the major focus of the class on fun.

Tennis Academy • 7-18 yrs The tennis academy is for juniors who would like to take their game to the next level. Advanced Tennis 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. Each session will include 30 minutes of stroke instruction, 30 minutes of drills, and 30 minutes of supervised play. Contact Jabari Cole at Glenlake Tennis Center to reserve your spot.

Tennis at a Glance Skill Level

Age

Day

Time

Fee/ nonresident Fee

Adult Beginner

adult

M

6 pm

$75/$100

Advanced Tennis

7-18 yrs

Tu/Th

4:30-6 pm

$15/$20

Adult Drills

adult

F

6:30-8 pm

$10/$15

Adult Drills

adult

Su

9:30-11 am $10/$15

Beginning Tennis 7-15 yrs

F

5-6 pm

$5/$7

Munchkins

TU

4-5 pm

$5/$7

4-6 yrs

Note: All tennis programs are conducted at Glenlake Tennis Center.

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Contact Tracie Sanchez 678-553-6559 • tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com

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ll classes are held at the Decatur Recreation Center and are priced per month (unless otherwise indicated). See the At-a-Glance table on page 12 for complete details about fees, dates, times, etc. Please register in advance at decaturga. com/webtrac.

Adult Sign Language 1 Students learn vocabulary and basic conversational skills. Deaf culture is part of the class program as well. Students can meet deaf speakers and use their sign language during deaf community activities held in Decatur and surrounding areas. Opportunities for keeping the language alive are discussed during the class.

NEW! Adult Sign Language 3 Students can advance their language skills by participating in hands-on activities and interacting with Deaf Community members. Students meet Deaf speakers and are encouraged to use their signing skills instead of talking. Opportunities for keeping the language alive are discussed during the class.

Aerobic Dance Exercise Shape up with LZ aerobics. Classes include dance exercise and senior aerobics. For more information, visit lzaerobic.com or call

Body Conditioning with fitness on track This cardio/core and muscle toning class builds muscle and boosts metabolism. It involves the use of dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls, jump ropes, weights, and weighted balls. You’re sure to get your heart rate pumping while developing core strength to support you in a wide variety of activities.

678-380-3861. Registration is ongoing. This is a SilverSneakers Flex program.

AfriDancercise (Ebster) This unique body workout combines deep breathing techniques, stretching, and lowto-medium aerobics mixed with traditional Western African dance steps. Over time, as choreography advances, interested participants may perform at other venues to music provided by professional drummers.

NEW! Artz for the Harp Artz for the Harp provides harps and group harp music instruction to students of all ages. Our goal is to foster artistic expression through contemporary music experiences.

Badminton (Ebster Gym) Open play badminton for all skill levels. Join the fun and meet new friends.

Bridge Club Get your trump ready, grab your tallies, and make your bids – Bridge Club has a table waiting for you. Bring a snack. Coffee provided. Call 404-377-0494 for a reservation for your foursome.

NEW! Bridge Lessons – Play of Hand This course is ideal for beginning-tointermediate players, yet still worthwhile for

advanced players who want to hone their playing skills. All classes offer 30 minutes of instruction followed by 60 minutes of play. We play pre-arranged hands that match the lesson of the day. We introduce starting players to bridge logic with a proven “oneday” format and intermediate bidding.

Community Garden Join our gardeners for social, educational, and friendly gardening year round. The club is led by several Master Gardeners and hosts gardening demonstration and talks. Ask about our waiting list.

Functional Exercise for Seniors A seated senior aerobics class for those with mobility or balance challenges. The class includes music and a workout using elastic straps, small weights, and Swiss balls. SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2016 •

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Contact Tracie Sanchez • 678-553-6559, Contact Tracie Sanchez • 678-553-6559, tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com

plastic ball, similar to Wiffle ball, over a net on a badminton-size court. Age and skill don’t matter – grab a pair of tennis shoes and start playing the fastest-growing sport in America.

Qi Gong This class is for beginners and those looking to improve balance, relieve stress/tension, and improve overall health. Goals for the eight weeks of class (depending on student input/output) could be: improve balance, reduce blood pressure, reduce stress and relieve anxiety, reduce chronic pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, reduce pain from digestive disorders, improve self-esteem, increase energy, improve breathing, and increase physical strength and flexibility.

Table Tennis Drop in and participate in a sport you can play for a lifetime. Beginners to advanced players are welcome. Charlie coaches beginners and Olympians alike.

Silver Spokes (Ebster and Glenlake) Silver Spokes is a pilot senior bicycling program using tricycles to learn to ride or get back in the saddle. Trike along with several drills that help maintain balance and support for those with mobility challenges. Thanks to a mini grant of $1,000 from the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, three adult tricycles have been purchased from Decatur Bikes for the program.

Futsal Indoor Soccer

Nia Dance

Drop in and play on Sundays. Futsal is a variant of association football that is played on a smaller field and mainly played indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football.

Nia blends Eastern and Western movement arts, including Tai Chi, Tai Kwon Do, Aikido, yoga, and modern dance, to create a unique, non-impact barefoot aerobic workout with an emphasis on the joy of movement. Within each class, you will find a different intention and focus with a variety of music.

Karate A holistic approach to learning the art of karate. Registration deadline: before the first class of each month. For more information contact Adesi Brown, adesi2274@comcast. net or 404-729-1025.

Lunch & Learn Light refreshments served after you attend your senior aerobics class, so come recharge and enjoy a 30-minute talk – on the fourth Friday. No need to register. Meet in the café. Speakers are health and wellness professionals. Join us after class or just pop in.

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NEW! Paralympic Table Tennis BlazeSports Paralympic Table Tennis is an indoor table tennis program for teens, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities, ages 15-40. The autumn pilot will be renewed next spring with those who wish to continue, and will also be open to new participants. Register online at blazesports.org or contact sthomas@blazesports.org.

PickleBall (Ebster) This racquet sport combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use a solid paddle to hit a

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Tai Chi 4 Life This class is for beginners to intermediate students. Emphasis is on the health and longevity benefits of an ongoing Tai Chi practice. Goals may be improved balance, reduced blood pressure, improved self-esteem, increased energy, and improved breathing.


Volleyball

watercolors and a flat brush, a round brush and a sponge brush.

Drop in and play in our recreational league. We’ll have two nets set up and staff on site to manage the flow and help you to get your game on! See page 16.

Yoga Chair/Mat Class is suitable for persons with mobility issues and can be practiced on the mat and/ or with a chair. Please bring your own mat. Learn efficient breathing techniques and more about yourself from the inside out. The practice of yoga helps you tone, stretch, and strengthen your muscles and organs, and improve the overall health of your system.

Walk with a Doc The walking class uses a national model developed in Ohio. We’ll have a professional with us each week to chat with walkers and answer questions casually about hot topics in the active aging population. Sample topics are optometry, dentistry, neurology, naturopathy, orthopedics, fire and rescue, veterinary, reiki, and horticultural and gardening therapy. All walks are co-led by Active Living staff. We use Decatur’s walking brochure for three-mile options. In inclement weather we walk indoors on the elevated walking track.

NEW! Walking with Fitness on Track Come and walk with Fitness on Track every Monday. The location routes will be within the Decatur city limits and will not exceed three miles. Walking will help to improve

Zumba with fitness on track your mood, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your overall balance coordination. Walking will also help to manage conditions that include heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. The faster, farther, and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.

Zumba is a cardio class that builds muscles and boosts metabolism. You are sure to get your heart rate pumping while doing corestrengthening exercises that will support you in a wide variety of activities.

Watercolor and Tea Learn from traditional and experimental techniques to draw, drag and splatter paint. Mix colors and values to create unusual and innovative designs while we drink our tea. Bring a tea mug, watercolor paper, primary

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Active Adults

Contact Tracie Sanchez • 678-553-6559, tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com

Active Adults at a Glance

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WebTrac No./ Class reg. details Time Day

FEE/ Nonresident Fee Instructor

Adult Sign Language 1

adesi2274@comcast.net

6:30 pm

TU

$275

Adesi Brown

Adult Sign Language 3

adesi2274@comcast.net

6:30 pm

W

$160 (8 sessions)

Adesi Brown

Aerobic Dance LZaerobics.com

9 am 5:30 pm

M/W/F M/W

$80/$85 $70/75 seniors

Bobbie Elzey

Afridancercise (Ebster)

1 pm

M/W

$15/30

Najiyyah Nashid

Artz for the Harp 244020-09

6 pm 10 am

TU SA

$40/$55

Lyrika Holmes

Badminton (Ebster)

Drop in

6:30 pm

TH

SFree/$5

Sue Weiloch

Body Conditioning

244020-05

6 pm

TU

$35/$40

Brenda Roberts

Bridge Club

404-284-1549

10 am

2nd, 4th TH

Free/$1

Nancy Reed

Bridge Lessons- Play of Hand

244020-13

1:30 pm

M

$2 per class

David and Carol Warlick

Community Garden

544010-08

9 am

3rd SA

$25 per year

Tracie Sanchez + 3MGs

Functional Exercise 4 Seniors

LZaerobics.com

10:15 am

M/W/F

$2/$4 class

Bobbie Elzey

Futsal-Indoor Soccer

Drop in

2:30 pm

SU

Free/$2

Aaron Marks

Karate 243010-01 6:45 pm M 10 am SA

$40/$55 (1) $50/$65 (2) $60/$75 (3)

Adesi Brown

Lunch and Learn

Drop in, Kitchen Cafe

11:30 am

4th F

Free/$2

Tracie Sanchez + Speaker

Nia Dance

244020-17

7 pm

TU

$45/$60

Sandy Bramlett

Para Table Tennis with Blaze Sports sthomas@blazesports.org

7 pm 1 pm

W SU

$2

Sara Thomas

Pickleball (Ebster)

3 pm

W

Free/$3

Portia Langley

Qi Gong nilo@mindspring.com

7 pm 7:30 am

W Sat (Ebster)

$60/$75 Free-September

Neil Norton

Silver Spokes (Ebster)

9 am

TH

$5/$5 per class

Niklas & Pattie

Table Tennis Drop in

7 pm 10 am

TH Sun

Free/$2

Charlie Slater

Tai Chi 4 LIFE sdorage@mindspring.com

6:30 pm 9 am

M SA

$60/$75

Steve Dorage

Volleyball

Drop in

6:30 pm

SU

Free/$2

Bethany & Steve

Walk with a Doc

Drop in

9 am

W

Free/$2

Tracie Sanchez + Doc

Walking with Fitness on Track

Drop in

6 pm

M

Free

Brenda Roberts

Watercolor & Tea (SPG)

244020-14

6 pm

TH

$95/$110

Sylvia Cross

Yoga-Chair/Mat

244020-25

10:30 am

TU

$40/$55

Vinaya Ananda

Zumba with Fitness on Track

244020-34

6 pm

TH

$35/$40

Ina Claggette

Playbook

244020-01

Drop in

244020-21

• Decatur Active Living • Children and Youth Services • Register online at decaturga.com/webtrac


Get Active! Team Decatur Join Team Decatur for the KP Corporate Run/Walk

This is our last year participating in the KP Run/Walk so be sure to join us!

Thursday, Sept. 22 • 6:30 pm Decatur Active Living and more than 200 of your Team Decatur neighbors will participate in this year’s Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk in downtown Atlanta. We invite you, your family and city businesses to join in this great community fitness activity. The annual event is for everyone – walkers, joggers and competitive runners. The 5k begins across from Turner Field under the Olympic rings. After the run, festivities continue with the Team Decatur tent where team members enjoy food and beverages while mingling with their new friends. Since this is our last year, we have some special surprises planned to make the evening even more fun! When you register, we will order you a special shirt to wear for the KP 5K. You will receive it when you pick up your race number. To register, visit kpcorporaterunwalk.com and select Team Decatur from the list of corporate teams.

Biking in Decatur

Walking/Pedestrians

Third Friday Fun Bike Ride

Sunday Strolls and Thursday Walks

Join Decatur Active Living for a fun, all-levels bike ride on the third Friday through October. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 6:30 pm and be ready to ride. We ride five-six miles at a slow pace and then visit a local restaurant or pub for refreshments. This is a no-drop ride. Helmets and lights are required. For more information visit decaturga.com/biking. Free.

Join the pedestrian committee of the Active Living board for Third Sunday Strolls at 2 pm and Fourth Thursday Bright at Night walks at 7:30 pm. Most walks begin at the Decatur Recreation Center. Thursday walkers will receive a light to keep them Bright at Night: Be Safe, Be Seen! If raining, the walks will be held on the indoor walking track in the gym. Free. More information at decaturga.com/walking.

Halloween Dance

Decatur’s House of Horror

Saturday, Oct. 29 • 6-8 pm • Decatur Recreation Center

Saturday, Oct. 29 • 8-11 pm Decatur Recreation Center

Cost: $5/chaperones free Decatur Active Living invites students ages 8-10 in the Decatur community to our Halloween Dance. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and join us for an evening of fun, food, and music. All participants will receive a free 4 x 6 photo and a free ticket to Decatur’s House of Horror. RSVP by Oct. 22 at 404-377-0494. For more information contact Portia Langley, 678-553-6563 or portia.langley@ decaturga.com.

Cost: $2 per person / Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Come experience Zombie Land, Crystal Lake, the Mortuary, and the Butcher Shop. If you dare! Wear your Halloween costume.

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After School

Contact Nancy Brune • 404-378-1082 nancy.brune@decaturga.com

Dates to Remember Feb. 1 2017-18 Lottery information available on city website Feb. 21 2017-18 After School Lottery registration opens March 4 Summer Camp registration opens

April 21 2017-18 Lottery registration closes at 6 p.m. April 28 2017-18 Lottery spin May 5 Notifications to families regarding 2017-18 lottery results

K-5th All-Day Camps

Date Theme

Children and Youth Services provides care for K-5th children on teacher work Days and other school breaks. All-Day Camps are open to any family wishing to register, including nonresidents and families not enrolled in City of Decatur afterschool programs. Children must be at least 5 years old and must have experience with full-day programs. Registration is limited. Programs run 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Ebster Recreation Center, 105 Electric Ave. K-5th: $40/day resident, $50/day nonresident Bring your own lunch. Daily snack is provided.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Locations Grade

Clairemont Glennwood Oakhurst Animal Crackers Westchester Winnona Park Decatur Rec. Center Whiz Kids

5th Avenue Ebster Rec. Center

Project REAL Renfroe PROJECT

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Sept. 12-16 Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 16 Nov. 8 Nov. 21-22 Nov. 21 Nov. 22

Full Session

Deadline

American Dream Patriot Day Red, White and Blue Freedom Day International Day Constitution Day Backyard Olympics The Art of Giving The Giving Tree The Great Feast

1 Day

2 Days

Aug. 27 Aug. 27 Aug. 27 Aug. 27 Aug. 27 Aug. 27 Oct. 15 Nov. 5 Nov. 5 Nov. 5

3 Days 4 Days

K-3rd $310

$75 $150 $225 $300

4th-5th $310

$75 $150 $225 $300

6th-8th $250

$60 $120 $180 $240

R.E.A.L.

• Decatur Active Living • Children and Youth Services • Register online at decaturga.com/webtrac


After School / Safe Routes Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund Be a Superhero for Decatur’s children and youth! The Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund makes it possible for children in the city of Decatur whose families cannot afford to pay for athletics, swim team, after-school, and camp programs to participate in these enriching opportunities. The Decatur Education Foundation graciously manages this fund, which allows Decatur children in need to participate in Active Living and Children and Youth Services activities throughout the year. To make a financial contribution to the Decatur Youth Fund, mail a check madeFourout tocolors Pantone the Decatur Education Foundation (please write “Decatur Youth Fund” in notes) to 200 Nelson Ferry Rd., Decatur, GA 30030. Contributions are tax deductible. For more information contact Claire Miller, 404-378-1082, or claire.miller@decaturga.com.

Say Hello to New After School Leaders! Decatur Children and Youth Services is excited to Two colors welcome new site directors. C.J. Yancy (far left) is the new site director at the Ebster Whiz Kids progam. Ashley Thorpe is the new Animal Crackers director at Westchester Elementary School.

Safe Routes to School

International Walk & Roll to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 5

As part of the Safe Routes to School Program, Decatur schools participate in the annual International Walk & Roll to School Day. Parents, school personnel, and community members walk and bike with students to generate awareness of the fun of walking and biking and physical activity. SRTS goals are to have more students and adults walk or bike to help improve fitness levels, to reduce congestion around school, and to improve air quality around schools. If you would like to volunteer to walk with a group, contact cheryl. burnette@decaturga. com or call 678-553-6541.

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Calendar • Open Gym Dates to Remember Sept. 5 City of Decatur offices closed for Labor Day Ebster/Glenlake/McKoy Pools Open

Nov. 7-10

Georgia Recreation and Park Association Conference – Athens

Sept. 10

Nov. 24-25

City of Decatur offices closed for Thanksgiving

Soccer Parents Meeting

Sept. 10-11 Glenlake Pool Open

Dec. 3 Youth Basketball Begins

Sept. 12-16 City Schools of Decatur Fall Break

Dec. 14

Senior Holiday Party

Sept. 14

Senior Day at Blue Sky Concert

Dec. 23-26

City of Decatur offices closed for Christmas

Sept. 22

KP Corporate Run/Walk (Team Decatur)

Jan. 1 New Years Day

Sept. 24

Youth Soccer Begins

Jan. 2 City of Decatur offices closed for New Years Day

Oct. 5 International Walk to School Day

There’s always more information on our blog at

Oct. 29 Decatur House of Horror/Halloween Dance Nov. 5 Youth Basketball Parent Meeting

beactivedecatur.com facebook.com/decaturactiveliving

Open Gym

Decatur Recreation Center 231 Sycamore St. Residents free/nonresidents $2 lee.williams@decaturga.com 678-553-6742

Adult Open Gym

Ebster Recreation Center

September-November Tuesday • 7-9 p.m.

105 Electric Ave.

Adult Indoor Soccer

portia.langley@decaturga.com 678-553-6563

November-March Sunday • 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Badminton

Adult Open Gym Basketball

September-November Thursday • 6:30-9 p.m. Residents free/nonresidents $3

September-November Mon.-Fri. • noon-2:30 p.m.

Family Open Gym

Year-round Sun. • 6:30-9 p.m.

September-November Saturday • noon-4 p.m.

Pickleball September-November Wednesday • 3-6 p.m. December-February Wednesday • 2:30-5:30 p.m. Residents free/nonresidents $3

and

Adult Volleyball

Family Open Gym September-November Saturday • 2-4 p.m.

Table Tennis Year-round Thursday • 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Teen Basketball

Youth Open Gym Basketball

September-November Tuesday • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

During the school year Mon-Fri • 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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