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September-December 2017

After School 2017-2018! See page 14

Decatur Active Living • Children & Youth Services

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

After School Adventures:

Fun by Design

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fter more than 35 years of after school programming, we believe Decatur’s nine after school programs – which serve K-8th graders at nine locations around the city – represent the highest standard of quality in the field. The city boasts eight of only 18 nationally accredited after school programs in the state of Georgia. The design of our after school programs is no accident. The activities and program components of Animal Crackers, Whiz Kids and Project R.E.A.L. are designed to achieve the CYS mission: Community partners will collaborate to promote the development of our children and youth into healthy, productive, lifelong learners. The programs utilize evidence-based curricula, emphasize the development of 21st century skills, and offer opportunities to expand children’s developmental assets. CYS coordinates with City Schools of Decatur for facility usage, snacks, homework, technology programming, and overall guidance of the program’s direction.

Evidence-Based Curricula One of the primary roles that after school programs can play in children’s lives is to help develop the “whole child.” Social and emotional learning are key aspects of helping children develop skills for success in school, in interpersonal relationships, and in life. CYS programs utilize the Second Step curriculum to teach skills related to empathy, anger and emotion management, impulse control and problem solving. continued on page 15

BASEBALL OPENING DAY JUNE 3 see page 7


Active News

Playbook Children and Youth Services Division 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 Lartesha Chaney .................................................. Site Director Caudieu Cook......................................................... Site Director Rashad Crowell...................................................... Site Director Ashton Hudson..................................................... Site Director Danielle Perry.......................................................... Site Director Kiara Smith................................................................ Site Director Rebecca Steiden................................................... 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

Biking in Decatur Third Friday Fun Bike Ride • Join Decatur Active Living for a fun, all-levels bike ride on the third Friday of the month, weather permitting. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m. We ride 5-6 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 or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com. Free. Sam’s Freight Room Ride • Saturdays at 2 p.m. • Meet at 415 E. Howard Ave., across from the Old Depot. All levels are welcome for this no-drop ride, which winds through Avondale and Decatur for approximately 11 miles.

Walking/Pedestrians Third Sunday Nature Strolls • Join the Pedestrian committee of the Active Living Board for third Sunday Strolls at 2 p.m. Walks generally begin at the Decatur Recreation Center unless otherwise noted. This fall, we are giving our Sunday Strolls a Nature theme, so enjoy some nature in Decatur with us. No walk if raining. Free. Walks will be held September through May, with no walk in December.

October Fourth Thursday Walk • Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. • Join members of the Decatur Pedestrian Committee for a Halloween evening walk around Decatur. This is a fun walk where you will see many of the great decorations around the neighborhoods. The walk goes approximately three miles. Walkers will receive a free light to keep so they can “Be Safe and Be Seen!” The walk begins and ends at the Decatur Recreation Center.

50+ Walks • Wednesdays, 9 a.m., May-Sept./10 a.m. Oct.-April • Details on page 9. For more information about walking in Decatur visit decaturga.com/walking. 2

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Athletic Services

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

Lee Williams............................................program supervisor Sara Holmes............................................program supervisor Portia Langley........................................program supervisor Anthony Bethel..............................................program leader Demarcus Bundrage...................................program leader Artesha Chaney..............................................program leader Jonathan Holloman.....................................program leader Jerdarius Malcolm.........................................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 Joan Carroll........................................................ afternoon clerk Eugenia Kelley-Minor......................................evening clerk Juanita Tyson.......................................................morning clerk Active Living Board Members

Clay Scarborough, Chair • Bill Adams Wendy Childers • Pete Duitsman • Michael Harbin Shelly Head • Jack Kittle • Adam Pinsley Brooke Schembri • Kelly Walsh


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Get Active, Decatur!

Opportunities

Safe Routes to School International Walk & Roll to School Day • Oct. 4

Halloween Dance

As part of the Safe Routes to School program, Decatur schools participate in the annual International Walk & Roll to School Day. Parents, schools personnel and community members walk and bike with students to generate awareness of the fun of walking, 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 schools, 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.

Car Free Day

Friday, Oct. 27 • 6:30-8 p.m. Ebster Recreation Center Cost: $5/chaperones free Decatur Active Living invites community 4th and 5th graders 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 4x6 photo and an invitation to attend Decatur’s House of Horror. Participants attending the dance are not required to go through the Decatur House of Horror and can remain at the dance. RSVP by Oct. 25 at 404-377-0494. For more information contact Portia Langley, 678-553-6563, or portia. langley@decaturga.com.

Friday, Sept. 22 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join us on the square to learn about Clean Commuting. Register for a chance to win Wine Festival tickets.

Car Free Day Celebration Decatur Recreation Center Come to the Decatur square on Friday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to celebrate Car Free Day. Walk, bike, or take the train or bus to join us. Get a Car Free Day sticker, learn about ways to commute car free including Georgia Commute Options, the Emory Cliff bus, MARTA, and more. Attendees receive a free safety light. Car Free Day is a free international event celebrated every September, in which people are encouraged to get around without driving alone in cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. For those with the ability to work from home, telework also counts. Car Free Day is open to all people who live in the Decatur city limits. To participate in this fun and worthwhile event, just fill out the pledge form found at Decaturga.com/carfree then go car free or car-lite on Friday, Sept. 22.

Pledge for a Chance to Win! Once you pledge, you’re automatically entered for a chance to win two Decatur Wine Festival tickets. Already car free? That’s great, and since you’re doing the right thing, you also get the same chance to win a prize when you fill out the pledge form.

Decatur’s House of Horror Friday, Oct. 27 • 8-10 p.m. Ebster Recreation Center Cost: $2 per person/ Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Come experience zombie land, electric chair, and haunted graveyard, if you dare! Bring your friends and wear your Halloween costume. SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2017 •

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Youth Classes

Toddlers

Beginning Sewing

Magical Mornings • 2-5 yrs

The one-hour classes are designed to spark creativity in junior designers as they learn about fashion. Every project teaches a new design technique while the junior designers express their points of view. All materials are included – you just show up ready to sew. All projects are age and skill appropriate.

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.

Decatur Fencing

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.

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.

Start Smart Golf • 3-5 yrs

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 our young gardeners can eat what they have grown.

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.

Youth Platform This middle school program offers 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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• Decatur Active Living • Children and Youth Services • Register online at decaturga.com/webtrac


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

Youth Classes

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

Location

Age

Time

Day

Session

Fee: Resident/ Nonresident

Registration Instructor Deadline

WebTrac No.

Magical Mornings

DRC

2-5

11 am-noon

Wed.

Sept. 20 – Shake, Rattle, Roll Oct. 18 – Storytelling, Queen Emerelda Nov. 8 – Ken Scott, Magic Show

$2/$4

Li’l Kickers – Soccer

Adair Park

3-5

5:30-6:30 pm

M/W or T/ TH

9/11-10/4 9/12-10/5

$65/$80

8/1-9/9

Derante Stephen Teresa Davis

242010-07 242010-08

Li’l Dribblers – Basketball

DRC

3-5

5:30-6:30 pm

M/W or T/ TH

10/16-11/8 10/17-11/9

$65/$80

9/1-10/14

Derante Stephen Teresa Davis

242010-05 242010-06

Li’l Lax – Lacrosse

Adair Park

4-6

5:30-6:30 pm

M/W

10/2-10/25

$65/$80

9/1-9/30

TBA

232070-03

Li’l Warriors Adaptive Sports

DRC

3-7

5:30-6:15 pm

M/W

11/13-12/6

$65/$80

10/1-11/11

Derante Stephen

242010-13

Start Smart Golf

DRC

3-5

3-3:45 pm

Tuesdays

10/3-10/24

$65/$80

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

Registration Deadline

Instructor

WebTrac No.

Fencing

DRC

8-17

6:30-7:30 pm

Tuesdays

9/5-9/26 10/3-10/24 11/7-11/28 (No class week of Thanksgiving)

$80-Resident $95-Nonresident

Ongoing

William Chase

242010-41-Sep. 242010-42-Oct. 242010-43-Nov.

Karate

DRC

7-18

6:30-8 pm 10-11 am

M SAT

8/31-9/30

$40-Resident $55-Nonresident

8/1-8/29

Adesi Brown

243010-01-Sept. 243010-02-Oct. 243010-0 3-Nov. 243010-04-Dec.

Halloween Dance

Ebster Studio

8-10

6:30-8 pm

Friday

Oct. 27

$5

RSVP by Oct. 25

Staff

Halloween Haunted House

EbsterGym

6 & Up

8-10 pm

Friday

Oct. 27

$2

Drop In

Staff

Ebster Garden Club

ERC

5-15

noon-2 pm

Saturday

Ongoing

FREE

Ongoing

Yvonne Hill

Limit-8 kids

Youth Platform

ERC

12-16

6:45-8 pm

Wednesday

Ongoing

FREE

Ongoing

Teresa Davis

Limit-12 kids

Beginners Sewing

ERC

8-12

6:15-7:15 pm

TuesdaysBi-weekly

Ongoing

FREE

Ongoing

Ms. Cynthia

Limit-10 kids

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Kick, Pass, Cheer, Dribble, Run – We Do It All in Youth Sports League Soccer • 6-11 yrs Coed teams are divided by age groups: 6-7, 8-9, and 10-11. All levels and skill ranges are welcome. Participants have a one-hour practice during the week, beginning the week of Sept. 11. Games are played on Saturdays starting Sept. 23.

Youth Football

Boys Lacrosse Clinic • 6-10 yrs Registration: 232071-02 This six-week Sunday-only clinic introduces lacrosse to first-year players and helps current players improve their skills. Instructors are Decatur Active Living Lacrosse coaches and Decatur High School players. The clinic will be held at Decatur High School, beginning Sunday, Sept. 17, and ending Sunday, Oct. 22.

Girls Beginners Lacrosse Clinic • 6-9 yrs Registration: 232071-01 The lacrosse clinic introduces girls to the game of lacrosse. Instructors are Decatur Active Living coaches.

Li’l Ones

These four-week courses are designed to develop basic soccer and basketball skills for boys and girls ages 3-5. Spaces are limited.

Li’l Lax • 4-6 yrs This four-week introductory course develops basic lacrosse skills and teaches children how to play the game. Players receive a lacrosse stick and ball, which they can keep upon conclusion of the clinic.

Li’l warriors This new program will help children with special needs become li’l warriors as they test

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NEW! Youth Tackle Football for Girls and Boys • grades 5-6 Teams will play in a Metro-Atlanta league and home games will be played at Decatur High School on Saturdays. Practices will be held at Ebster and other local fields. Look for registration information for the 2018 season in the May 2018 Playbook.

These introductory instructional programs are designed specifically for girls and boys ages 3-6.

Li’l Kickers and Li’l Dribblers 3-5 YRS

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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. Eight-to-13 year olds have one practice a week; 5-7 year olds put their skills to work in weeks 3-6 with a 20-minute practice followed by a 40-minute game. Practices are held at local fields and games are held on the Jones Boys and Girls Club field (450 East Lake Dr.) and Ebster Field.

their strength, endurance, and balance. A new sport is played each week, including soccer, basketball, and kickball.

Mini Soccer and Mini Basketball 4-5 yrs The focus is 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 consists of six players. All games and practices are held on Saturdays. Mini Soccer and Mini Basketball coaches are always needed – please consider volunteering.

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

Adult Basketball Leagues – Keep Your Game Up! Decatur Active Living’s Adult Basketball Leagues are back! Come and shoot hoops in our renovated gym. The winter basketball leagues, for adult men and women, offer a great way to be active and stay in shape. Register between Oct. 7 and Nov. 5. The December-February schedule consists of 10 Monday-night games and an end-of-season tournament. League winners will advance to GRPA district competition. Registration fee is $485 per team. Contact Stacy Green for more information: stacy.green@ decaturga.com, 678-553-6549.


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

Youth Basketball • 7-12 yrs Age divisions are 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Allgirl teams are offered in the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions. All skill levels are welcome. A skills assessment and draft will be held for coed teams in all divisions. Each team will have one practice and one game per week at local gyms. Look for Third Grade League information in the January 2018 Playbook.

ing league. Games will be scheduled with Decatur DeKalb YMCA and DeKalb County Parks and Recreation teams.

with Decatur YMCA and DeKalb County Parks and Recreation.

Junior and Senior Boys Basketball • 13-17 yrs

The Cheerleading season includes an eightgame regular season and tournament games. Cheerleading squads have one practice and cheer one game per week. A cheerleading clinic will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m., at the Decatur Recreation Center. A parents meeting will immediately follow.

This league is an alternative to school teams. It is more competitive and offers an excellent way to improve and enhance your basketball skills. Please note that the all-girls team, 11-12 boys travel team, and the Junior Senior boys teams will schedule games

Competitive Play Basketball 11-12 yrs

Athletics

Cheerleading • 6-12 yrs

Players must try out for this team, which will be more competitive than the Active Liv-

Athletics at a Glance Sport

Age/Grade

Fee

Nonresident Fee

Registration

Parent Meeting

Practice begins

Fall Lacrosse Clinic (boys)

6-10

$130

$165

8/5- 9/16

Fall Lacrosse Clinic (girls)

6-9

$130

$165

8/5-9/16

Flag Football

5-7 8-10 11-13

$130

$165

8/5-9/2

8/13

Li’l Lax

4-6

$65

$80

9/1-10/14

Li’l Kickers

3-5

$65

$80

8/1- 9/9

Mini Soccer

4-5

$65

$80

8/5-9/2

9/9

Soccer

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

$130

$165

8/5-9/2

9/9

Li’l Dribblers

3-5

$65

$80

9/1-10/14

Mini Basketball

5-6

$65

$80

9/16-10/14

11/11

Basketball

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

$130

$165

9/16-10/14

11/11

Middle/Sr. League

13-14 15-17

$130

$165

9/16-10/14

Cheerleading

6-8 9-10 11-12

$165

$180

9/17-10/22

Game Schedule

Game Site

Web Trac No.

SLJ B&G

232071-02

SLJ B&G

232071-01

8/26-10/15

ERC SLJB&G

232070-01 232070-02 232070-03

M/W 5:30-6:30 pm

10/2 -10/25

Adair Park

232070-03

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

9/11 -10/4

Adair Park

242010-07 242010-08

9/23-10/28

Glenlake

232070-01

9/23-11/11

GL/Ebster/B&G Westchester

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

DRC

242010-05 242010-06

12/2-1/20

DRD

232020-01

11/13

12/2-2/10

DRD/RMS/DHS

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

11/13

12/2-2/17

DRD/YMCA/DeKalb

232024-01 232026-01

12/2-2/10

DRD

232050-01 232051-01 232052-01

9/17-10/22

9/11-11/11

10/16-11/8 5:30-6:30 pm 10/17 -11/9 5:30-6:30 pm

11/18

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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

Tennis Action, Solo or with a Team

Team Tennis

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 2018. 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 all Decatur facilities 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 Beginner Tennis Clinic

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.

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

Tennis Academy • 7-18 yrs

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

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 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.

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 anytime.

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

$15/$20

Adult Drills

adult

Su

9:30-11 am $15/$20

Beginning Tennis 7-15 yrs

F

5-6 pm

$10/$15

Munchkins

TU

4-5 pm

$10/$15

4-6 yrs

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

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Contact Sara Holmes • 678-553-6559 sara.holmes@decaturga.com

50+ Walks Walking is a low-intensive activity that almost everyone can do. Walking is fun and provides opportunities for social interaction, helps us relax or energize, and is an easy way to stay healthy in mind and body. Meet us on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. (May-September) or 10 a.m. (October-April) at Decatur Recreation Center.

Adult Sign Language 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.

Aerobic Dance Exercise Shape up with LZ aerobics classes, including dance exercise and senior aerobics. For more information visit lzaerobics.com or call 678-380-3861.

Afridancercise (Ebster) This unique body workout combines deep breathing techniques, stretching, and lowto-medium aerobics mixed with traditional West African dance steps. Over time, as choreography develops, interested participants

Active Adults

may perform at other venues to music provided by professional drummers.

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

Chair Yoga (Ebster) Chair yoga is designed as a gentle stretch class. All moves are done from a chair or standing using the chair for balance. Participants never go to a mat on the floor. Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes. Music is slow. Smiles are abundant.

Body Conditioning

Dao Yin/Qigong

A cardio/core and muscle toning class that will build muscle and boost your metabolism. This class requires the use of dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls, jump ropes, weights and weighted balls. You’ll get your heart rate pumping while developing core-strengthening exercises that support you in a wide variety of activities.

Learn simple and ancient movements that control breath to combat fatigue, reduce stress, and improve immune response. The class is accessible to anyone and is practiced both standing and on the ground. Please bring a mat.

Bridge Club

Flamenco dance class is geared toward adults who want to dance to celebrate through songs of sevillanas, tangos and bulerias. Study the technique that is used for basic marking steps, footwork, “llamadas,” and then use it in combinations and improvisation. Experienced dancers will enjoy the connection between music and dance as taught in this class, but no experience is necessary.

Get your trump ready, grab your tallies and make your bids. Bridge Club has a table waiting for you! Coffee and snacks provided. Call Nancy Reid, 404-284-1549, to reserve your spot.

All classes are held at 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 and times. Please register in advance at decaturga.com/webtrac.

NEW! Flamenco Dance for Adults

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Active Adults and Seniors

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

Functional Exercises for Seniors A seated senior aerobics class for those with mobility or balance challenges. It includes music and workout using elastic straps, small weights and Swiss balls.

Futsal (Indoor Soccer) Drop in and play on Sunday. Futsal is a variant of indoor soccer, played on a smaller field with a heavier ball.

Group Harp Music Class Artz for the Harp provides beginner group harp classes to students of all ages. No prior music experience is necessary. AFTH provides harps and instructional materials for weekly classes at no additional charge. Learn to play the harp and reap the benefits, such as improved short-term memory, stress relief, lowered blood pressure, increased oxygenation and pain relief.

Karate A holistic approach to learning the art of karate. A preview of the class is required prior to registration. This is an all-ages class (adults and children together). Registration deadline: before the first class of each month. For more information contact Adesi Brown, adesi2274@comcast.net or 404-729-1025; or Sensei McCormick, alouisemccormick@ gmail.com.

NEW! Let’s Play! (Ebster) Join us at Ebster Recreation Center on the first and third Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., to socialize and play some games. Games will be provided. Bring a snack and a drink.

Lunch & Learn Join us for Lunch & Learn every fourth Friday. Stick around after senior aerobics class or pop in to join us as we host speakers who are health and wellness professionals. Bring a brown bag lunch, put it in the fridge, attend your senior aerobics class on the fourth

Friday – and a 30-minute talk follows. It’s free and there is no need to register. Meet us in our café.

Music Therapy for Seniorhood Join in the fun and excitement of interactive music therapy. We will sing, dance, play instruments, experience live music, and enjoy music in a communal setting. You can create your own music.

Pickleball (Ebster) Pickleball is a fun racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Two or four players use a solid paddle to hit a plastic ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net on a badminton-size court. Grab a pair of tennis shoes and start playing the fastest growing sport in America.

Scott Park Community Garden Join our gardeners for social, educational, and friendly gardening year round. The club is led by several master gardeners and hosts social gatherings during the year as well as garden workdays.

Senior Aerobics (Ebster) Upbeat aerobics. A chair can be utilized as well as a ball. There is more movement than in a chair yoga class. Participants should be able to stand and move around easily. Participants wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes. This class is low impact and low intensity.

Silver Spokes I (Ebster) A senior bicycling workshop using adult tricycles to support those with mobility challenges and to help maintain good balance. Learn to ride or get back in the saddle! Trike along with several drills that help maintain balance and support. Sign up for this workshop if you want to learn the basics of biking. Silver Spokes I will meet on Thursdays in September at 10 a.m.

Silver Spokes II (Ebster) Are you ready to become a more advanced bike rider? If so, this workshop is for you! Trike along with more advanced drills, take a ride on the PATH and possibly get back on two wheels. Silver Spokes II will meet on Thursdays in October at 10 a.m. 10

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Table Tennis Participate in a sport you can play for a lifetime. All skill levels are welcome.

Tai Chi 4 Life This class is for beginners. Emphasis is on the health benefits of an ongoing Qigong/Tai Chi practice. Goals are to improve balance, reduce blood pressure, improve self-esteem, increase energy and improve breathing. The class meets twice a week – attend one or both. To register, contact instructor Steve Dorage, 404-617-0071 or sdorage@mindspring.com.

Volleyball Drop in and play in our recreational league, started by three ringleaders who know the net and are ready to teach and play. We have two nets set up on Sundays and staff

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onsite to manage the flow and help you get volleyball game on.

Walk With a Doc A free walking group that meets on the second Saturday of each month. We’ll have a professional with us each month to chat with walkers and answer questions casually about hot topics in the active aging population. All walks are co-led by Active Living staff.

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

Yoga-Chair/Mat Learn proper efficient breathing techniques while learning more about yourself from the inside out. In the practice of yoga you will tone, stretch, and strengthen the muscles and the organs – creating health and wellness for the entire system. 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.

Zumba Zumba is a cardio dance class to Latin and hip hop popular music that builds muscle and boosts metabolism. You are sure to get your heart rate pumping while developing core-strengthening exercise that will support you in a wide variety of activities.

Special Events and Workshops for Seniors At Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., unless noted otherwise Powerful Tools for Caregivers – A Living Well Workshop Tuesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 10 • 10:30 a.m.-noon

A free six-week series specifically designed to help caregivers learn to take better care of themselves. It does not teach hands-on care or focus on disease conditions. Participants will learn to reduce stress, improve caregiving confidence, establish balance in their lives, communicate their needs, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a Living Well Workshop through the Atlanta Regional Commission.

B Nourished Now with B. Hunter, Nutrition Consultants Wednesdays, Sept. 6-Nov. 22 • 11:30 a.m. Topics include: Healthy Eating in the Prime of Your Life, Cooking for Less than a Crowd, Using Herbs and Spices to Jazz Up Your Taste Palate and Eating Well on Your Budget. Each class includes practical tips to use at home, recipes, class discussion and hands-on food preparation and eating. Fees are $12/$14 for a drop-in, $40/$50 for a monthly fee.

Qigong for Health & Longevity Saturday, Sept. 9 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join Sifu Tom Hardy in five sessions, two each on Golden Lotus/Incense Enhance Qigong, beginning Tai Chi Internal Push Hands and an Introduction to Daoist Meditation. The fee is $125 for the whole day or $75 for the half day. Payments must be in advance by Sept. 1. No late entry at the door or the day of seminar. Contact Stephen Dorage, 404-617-0071, or sdorage@mindspring.com to reserve your place or for more information.

Blue Sky Concerts Wednesday, Sept. 13 • noon • Decatur Square

Dance with the Beulah Boys. Lunch will be provided. Participants must register with Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com or 678-553-6559. Limited spaces available.

dividual’s needs. Learn how to evaluate LTC coverage proposals from different providers.

Terri’s Training for Dogs and People – Dog Obedience Training Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 8 • 10 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 30-Nov. 11 • 10 a.m. $140 per session

The class helps owners work together with their dogs to become more confident, secure and happy companions. The focus is on learning and practicing basic dog obedience manners, such as sit, down, stay, focus and come, as well as solving dog problem behaviors. Dogs need to be at least 5 months old and have all required health vaccinations. Contact Terri Kruzan, 404-5103113 or tkruzan@bellsouth.net, for more information.

Long Term Care 101

Meditation and Mindfulness: Sowing the Seeds of Peace

Tuesday, Sept. 19 • 7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Oct. 3-Dec. 5 • 6:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of long term care coverage and how to evaluate it to determine if it’s a proper fit for you. Seminar examines home health care, assisted living, nursing home care and how to build a policy to fit an in-

This eight-week meditation course takes the mystery out of meditation and guides you every step of the way. Whether you are a beginner or want to enhance your meditacontinued on page 13 SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2017 •

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CLASS TITLE

REGISTRATION DETAILS

TIME

DAY

MONTHLY FEE RESIDENT/NONRES

INSTRUCTOR

50+ Walks

Drop in

9 am in Sept.; 10 am Oct.-April

W

FREE

Sara Holmes

Adult Sign Language 1

adesi2274@comcast.net

6:30 pm

TU (9/5-12/12)

$250 +$25 (15 sessions)

Adesi Brown

Aerobic Dance

LZaerobics.com

9 am 5:30 pm

M/W/F M/W

$80/85 (10-week session) $70/75 seniors

Bobbie Elzey

Afridancercise (Ebster)

244020-01

noon

M/W

$15/30

Najiyyah

Badminton (Ebster)

Drop in

6:30 pm

TH

FREE/$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/$2

Nancy Reed

Bridge Lessons – Bidding

244020-13

1:30 pm

M

$2/$4 per class

David & Carol

Chair Yoga (Ebster)

244020-14

1 pm

TH

$15/20

Linda Mast

Dao Yin/Qi Gong

nilo@mindspring.com

7:30 pm

W

$60/75

Neil Norton

NEW! Flamenco Dance for Adults

244020-42

7:15 pm

TU

$50/$60

Julie Baggenstoss

Functional Exercises for Seniors

LZaerobics.com

10:15 am

M/W/F

$2/4 per class

Bobbie Elzey

Futsal – Indoor soccer

Drop in

2:30 pm

SU

FREE/$2

Aaron Marks

Group Harp Lessons

244020-09

5 pm

TU

$40/50

Lyrika Holmes

Karate (7 yrs. to adults)

243010-01

6:45 pm 9 am (advanced) 10 am

M SA

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

Adesi Brown

NEW! Let’s Play! (Ebster)

Sara.holmes@decaturga.com

11 am

1st, 3rd TH

FREE/$2

Sara Holmes

Lunch & Learn

Drop in, Kitchen Café

11:30 am

4th F

FREE

Sara Holmes

Music Therapy for Seniorhood

244020-22

6 pm

TH

$125/150 per session

Kenya Engram

Pickleball (Ebster)

Drop in

11:15 am 2:30 pm

TU W

FREE/$3

Portia Langley

QuickBooks Online

kristin@systemhappy.com

9 am-1 pm

8/24, 10/19 & 12/21

$147

Kristin Diver

QuickBooks Desktop

kristin@systemhappy.com

9 am-1 pm

9/14 & 11/16

$147

Kristin Diver

Scott Park Community Garden

544010-10

10 am

3rd SA

$25 per year

Sara Holmes

Senior Aerobics (Ebster)

244020-26

2 pm

TH

$15/20

Linda Mast

Silver Spokes I (Ebster)

244020-3

10 am

TH in Sept

$25

Nik & Pattie

Silver Spokes 2 (Ebster)

244020-4

10 am

TH in Oct

$20

Nik & Pattie

Table Tennis

Drop in

7 pm 10 am

TH SU

FREE/$2 FREE/$2

Charlie Slater

Tai Chi 4 LIFE

sdorage@mindspring.com

6:30 pm 9 am

MO SA

$60/75

Steve Dorage

Volleyball

Drop in

6:30 pm

SU

FREE/$2

Bethany & Steve

Walk With a Doc

Drop in

10 am

2nd SA

FREE

Sara Holmes

Watercolor & Tea (SPGallery)

244020-30

7:30 pm

TH

$95/$110

Sylvia Cross

Yoga – Chair/Mat

244020-38

10:30 am

TU

$40/55

Vinaya Ananda

Zumba w/Fitness on Track

244020-34

6 pm

TH

$35/40

Ina Claggette

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continued from page 11 tion practice, you’ll discover the essentials of a successful meditation: what meditation is, what it isn’t, experiences you might have, and the many benefits that will unfold for you when you learn to meditate.

Medicare Basics – Understanding the Maze Tuesday, Oct. 10 • 7 p.m.

Did you know that Medicare A & B pays only about 48 percent of your Medical Expenses in retirement? Learn how the other Medicare plans can help eliminate more expenses in this education-only class. Build an understanding of Medicare Part A & B, Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Park D (Prescription Drug Plan). Learn when and how to apply, deductibles and what factors to include in choosing the right plan or combination of plans. A brief overview of the Medigap (Supplement) plan is also provided.

Bicycling Smart Saturday, Oct. 21 • 10 a.m. • $10 per person

This class was developed by Nedra Deadwyler, Safety Education Program manager, as an abridged version of the Traffic Skills 101 class. There will be an hour of classroom time and an hour for an instructional ride. In this class you will learn bike basics and rules of the road and actively practice safe riding on a bike ride. All participants are required to know how to ride a bike and must bring their own bicycle and helmet.

of Americans over the age of 85 are women. This workshop covers the areas of providing funding for a longer life expectancy, identifying the higher Long Term Care and medical costs, and assembling a general plan for all those areas. We also discuss tough issues, such as “do I retire early to care for a parent?” plus dignity and independence, and more. Additional financial and social issues are covered so that the attendee can begin formulating a unique plan.

Holiday Party Wednesday, Dec. 13 • 11 a.m.

Celebrate the holiday season with Decatur Active Living’s annual holiday party. We will

provide the meat and desserts; everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish. We will have music, food, activities and lots of fun! Contact Sara Holmes, sara.holmes@ decaturga.com or 678-553-6559, for more information.

Holiday Cooking with B Nourished Now Wednesday, Dec. 20 • 11:30 a.m.

Time for a healthy holiday food makeover? Let’s get cooking by preparing some food hacks to the traditional foods that may not be that healthy for you. We will add flavor, color and simplicity to some of your favorites. The class fee is $12/$14 per person.

Adventures in Jewelry Making Thursdays, Nov. 2-Dec. 7 • 10 a.m.

Join us for a jewelry making tour of the world! This journey will not only teach the basics of jewelry making, but also give you a glimpse of Native American culture and the opportunity to experience parts of Africa, Asia and India, as you reimagine and create beautiful, culturally inspired pieces. The fees for the session are $50/$60 with a drop-in rate of $10/$15. All supplies are included.

Retirement Planning for Women Tuesday, Nov. 28 • 7 p.m.

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After School After School and Camp Dates to Remember Dec. 15

Online release of Camp 2018 Playbook

Jan. 6

Summer camp 2018 registration opens online and at DRC 9 a.m.

Feb. 5

2018-19 after school lottery information available on city website

Feb. 20

2018-19 After school lottery registration opens

April 20 2018-19 lottery registration closes 6 pm April 27 2018-19 lottery spin May 1

Date Theme

K-5th All-day Camps 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 Decatur after school programs. Children must be at least 5 years old and must have experience with full-day programs. Registration is limited. Programs open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Ebster Recreation Center, 105 Electric Ave. $40/day resident, $50/day nonresident Bring your own lunch. Daily snack is provided. Locations Grade AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Clairemont Glennwood Oakhurst Animal Crackers Westchester Winnona Park Decatur Rec. Center

After school 2018-19 registration resumes following the lottery

Sept. 18-22 Sept. 18 Sept. 19 Sept. 20 Sept. 21 Sept. 22 Oct. 9 Nov. 7 Nov. 20-21 Nov. 20 Nov. 21 Jan. 2-3 Jan. 2 Jan. 3

Full Session

Deadline

Space Camp NASA Training Stargazing Earth Day Sun and Moon Showdown Planetary Travel Spooktacular Extravaganza Let’s Get Messy! Cruising through Camp Safari Adventure Sail the Seven Seas Welcome to the Wacky Wild West Howdy, Partner! Boots, Chaps, and Cowboy Hats

1 Day

2 Days

Sept. 1 Sept. 1 Sept. 1 Sept. 1 Sept. 1 Sept. 1 Sept. 25 Oct. 24 Nov. 6 Nov. 6 Nov. 6 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15

3 Days 4 Days

Whiz Kids

5th Avenue Ebster Rec. Center

Project REAL Renfroe PROJECT

|

K-3rd $340

$80 $160 $240 $320

4th-5th $340

$80 $160 $240 $320

6th-8th $250

$60 $120 $180 $240

R.E.A.L.

Nonresidents $25 additional per session, $10 additional per day partial enrollment. Fees due in advance on the 15th of each month. Sessions are 20 school days each.

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After School continued from page 1 Healthy lifestyles are a core aspect of the CYS mission. Our Animal Crackers programs utilize the CATCH Kids Club curriculum to share a variety of topics related to healthy food choices and physical activity.

21st Century Skills Decatur’s after school programs are designed around a youth-driven philosophy that allows children and youth to make their own choices during after school hours. The program offers a variety of station areas that allow children opportunities to explore and experiment. Animal Crackers offers TechSquad – a project-based technology activity led by certified teachers to support technology literacy. The city’s programs employ a project-based learning model that threads throughout the school year, allowing children to engage in longer-term projects related to a theme.

Developmental Assets The Search Institute identified more than 40 developmental assets that correlate with young people’s success as they enter the adult world. The city’s after school programs include specific elements designed to support and promote developmental assets in participants. Opportunities for creative expression abound both in free art areas and in daily structured projects. All of the city’s after school sites participate in cultural and fine arts programs in partnership with local teaching artists. The program connects children to their school and to caring adults outside their families. Homework Time is another way the program supports children’s school-related developmental assets. For more information about Children and Youth Services programs, visit decaturga.com/cys.

Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund If equity for all of Decatur’s children and youth is important to you, consider a contribution to the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund. The fund makes it possible for children in the city 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 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 made out to 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. SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2017 •

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Calendar • Open Gym Dates to Remember Sept. 4 City of Decatur Offices Closed for Labor Day Ebster/Glenlake/McKoy Pools Open Sept. 9 Soccer Parents Meeting Sept. 9-10

Glenlake Pool Open

Sept. 18-22 City Schools of Decatur Fall Break

Open Gym Ebster Recreation Center

105 Electric Ave. • Portia.langley@decaturga.com

Badminton

Pickleball September-November Tuesday •11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday • 2:30-6 p.m. December-February Tuesday •11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday • 2:30-5 p.m. Residents free/nonresidents $3

Sept. 22

Car Free Day

Sept. 23

Youth Soccer Begins

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

Oct. 4 International Walk to School Day

Family Play Open Gym

Oct. 27 Decatur House of Horror/Dance Nov. 6-9 Nov. 11

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

Georgia Recreation and Park Association Conference – Columbus

Teen Basketball September-November Tuesday • 7:30-8:45 p.m.

Youth Basketball Parent Meeting

Nov. 23-24 City of Decatur Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Dec. 2 Youth Basketball Begins Dec. 25-26 Christmas – City offices closed Jan. 1 New Years Day There’s always more information on our blog at beactivedecatur.com and facebook.com/decaturactiveliving.

Team Decatur Two races remain in the 2017 Team Decatur Grand Prix series – the Oakhurst 5K on Oct. 7 and the Run for Justice on Nov. 11. The Grand Prix is a series of seven run/walk events supporting local nonproifts. We are challenging community members to participate in at least four of the races to become Grand Prix champions. Those who complete the challenge will receive a special Team Decatur dri-fit shirt and a participation medal that will be awarded at a special Team Decatur event on January 16, 2018. For more information on Team Decatur and the Grand Prix series contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or visit decaturga.com/ teamdecatur.

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

Adult Indoor Soccer

Family Open Gym

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

September-November Saturday • 2-4 p.m.

Adult Open Gym Basketball September-October 31 Monday- Friday • noon2:30 p.m. Tuesday • 7-9 p.m.

Adult Volleyball Year-round Sunday • 6-9 p.m.

Coming: Year-Round Swimming Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club Pool Decatur residents will have the opportunity to swim year round as the renovations on the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club (450 East Lake Dr.) pool conclude. Swim lessons, lap swimming, training, pool rentals and birthday parties will be some of the offerings. Renovations include new entry to the pool, new restrooms and a new resurfaced pool for you to enjoy. Look for more details and the grand opening of this facility. 16

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

Youth Open Gym Basketball During the school year Mon-Fri • 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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