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Long Term Care 101 – Tomorrow, Sept. 19th at 7PM

September 18, 2017 - 2:31pm

Long Term Care 101

Tuesday, September 19th

7:00 PM

Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street)

 Learn the basics of long term care coverage and how to evaluate it to determine if it’s a proper fit for you. This seminar examines home health care, assisted living, nursing home care and how to build a policy to fit an individual’s needs. Learn how to evaluate Long Term Care coverage proposals from different providers.

Celebrate Car Free Day This Friday!

September 18, 2017 - 10:04am
International Car Free Day is September 22

On Friday, September 22, the City of Decatur will join with people across the globe to participate in World Car Free Day – a time for community members to come together to explore the benefits of walking, biking, using public transit and carpooling to get us where we need to go.

Celebrate with us on the Old Courthouse Square from 11 am until 1 pm. Learn about alternative modes of transportation from GA Commute Options, MARTA, the Lifelong Community Board, Emory Cliff Shuttle, Active Living and more.

Receive a special Car Free Day sticker and a light for walking at night just for stopping by.

Take the Car Free Pledge!

Pledge to go Car Free. All participants who pledge no later than midnight on Thursday, September 21 will be entered into a drawing for two Decatur Wine Festival Tickets, compliments of the Decatur Arts Alliance. Winner will be announced on September 22.

Take the pledge here.

Third Sunday Stroll: Explore Woodlands Garden on September 17

September 14, 2017 - 3:01pm

Join members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the Third Sunday Stroll which will be held this Sunday, September 17 at 2 pm. This month’s walk will explore Woodland Gardens. Larn about the plants as you tour and enjoy some time in nature.

Meet at Westchester School and be ready to walk at 2 pm.

For more information on walking in Decatur click here.

City Offices Closed, Monday, September 11

September 10, 2017 - 8:53pm

Due to the threat of severe weather for our area, all city offices are closed tomorrow, Monday, September 11. Public safety, public works and emergency staff should report as normal.

Other cancellations:

-Monday garbage and recycling services.

-After school programs.

-Active Living activities.

-Oakhurst Pool ribbon cutting.

Emergency updates and closures will be posted on and the city’s website and all official City of Decatur social media.

Walk with a Doc – Tomorrow at 10 AM

September 8, 2017 - 4:19pm

Saturday, September 9th

10:00 AM

Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street)

Joining us this month is Dr. Nathan Flacker, Chief Medical Officer for JenCare Senior Medical Center in Georgia. Dr. Flacker specializes in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. He enjoys working with older adults and the most, favorite part of being a doctor for him is learning about the patients he cares for through hearing their wonderful stories and experiences.

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water. We will leave Decatur Recreation Center at 10am sharp and walk approximately 2.5-3 miles.

Silver Spokes starts tomorrow at 10am!

September 6, 2017 - 4:48pm

Open House at Decatur Healing Arts This Sunday

September 6, 2017 - 4:16pm

Enjoy free classes and demos, meet the practitioners, and more. It is all Free! Classes begin at 1 pm so be sure to stop on by. Click here to find out more as well as a list of the free classes.

Recreation Centers Closed on Monday for Labor Day

September 1, 2017 - 8:53am

Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will be closed on Monday in honor of Labor Day. Glenlake Tennis Center will remain open.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!




Oakhurst Pool Opening in September

August 30, 2017 - 3:41pm

The Renovated Pool at the Samuel L. Jones Boys & Girls Club

Oakhurst Pool Opening in September
Ribbon Cutting September 11, 4 pm

Join Mayor Patti Garrett and City Manager Peggy Merriss on Monday, September 11 at 4pm for the opening of the city’s first indoor pool at the Samuel L. Johnson Boys and Girls Club in Oakhurst. City of Decatur staff, Boys and Girls Club staff, Dynamo Pools and DPR Contractors will be on hand to answer questions.

The pool is a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club, Decatur Active Living and Dynamo Swim. Oakhurst pool is located at 450 East Lake Dr. and the entrance is on the right side of the building.

Beginning September 11 until September 30, lap swim will be available during open hours with the exception of 4 – 6 pm and free swim will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 4 pm. The lap ropes will be removed during free swim time to allow families a place to play.

Pool hours for September are 6 am until 9 pm Monday through Friday, 7 am until 4 pm on Saturdays and noon until 4 pm on Sundays. Programming will begin in October and there will be designated hours for lap swim beginning at that time.

Swim passes will be available at Glenlake Tennis Center. Adult swim passes will be available for the month of September for $30/$60 for non-residents; children swim passes are $20/$40 for non-residents.  Beginning in October, monthly adult passes will be $50/$100 for non-residents; children passes will be $30/ $60 for non-residents.

For more information visit

Fall Playbook Now Available Online

August 30, 2017 - 12:38pm

You don’t have to wait for the mail to deliver your new Playbook to learn about new classes, athletics, tennis, special events, after-school programs and more! The Playbook has activities for all ages, so check out the Fall Playbook on-line today! Simply click here to download your copy and start planning how you are going to be active this Fall!

New Adult Programs starting next week!

August 30, 2017 - 11:20am

Upcoming New Programs for Adults with Decatur Active Living!

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Tuesdays, September 5th – October 10th at 10:30 AM.

A Free six-week series specifically designed to help caregivers learn to take better care of themselves. Participants will learn to reduce stress, improve caregivers confidence, establish balance in their lives, communicate their needs and make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Registration is required. Limited spaces available but we need a minimum of 8 people for the class to make. This class is provided by the Atlanta Regional Commission at Decatur Recreation Center. 

B Nourished Now Cooking Class: Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 11:30 AM.

Topics include Eating Well on Your Budget; Healthy Aging through Thoughtful Food Preparation; Cooking for Less than a Crowd; Spices for the Variety of Life. Each day you will learn about one of these topics. Class is offered as a monthly fee of $40-residents/$50-non residents or a drop in fee of $12/14. Join this new, “hands on” learning class at Decatur Recreation Center.

Silver Spokes at Ebster Recreation Center: Thursdays in September at 10 AM.

Are you interested in learning to ride a bicycle again? Reserve a tricycle and ride with us! Each participant will learn bike safety, signals, how to shift gears, and other bike skills. We will start in the Ebster Recreation Center potentially advancing to a ride on the Stone Mountain Path in Decatur. Limited spaces available; registration is required. The fee is $20 for the month.

If you have questions or would like to register, please contact Sara Holmes at or 678-553-6559. 


Move it Monday: Benefits of Standing

August 29, 2017 - 9:02am

From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Research has shown that sitting for long periods of time may have detrimental effects on our metabolism and cardiovascular health. The act of standing may have similar benefits as walking – standing improves posture and circulation, increases metabolism, and gently tones muscles in the core and legs while burning calories. However, there is no need to stand all day long. It’s possible to find a happy medium that will discourage inactivity while benefiting your health. Check out our blog post for a few ways to add more standing into your daily routine without overdoing it.

Magical Mornings, preschool shows are back at Decatur Rec. Center!

August 25, 2017 - 10:55am

Showtime is 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. The cost is $2 per child, parents and teachers are admitted free. Come out and join us at Magical Mornings events this Fall 2017!

Magical Mornings

Medical Prevention Lunch & Learn TOMORROW!

August 24, 2017 - 4:21pm

Decatur Active Living Lunch & Learn Series presents
Medical Prevention
presented by Decatur Fire Department

Friday, August 25th
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore Street
11:30 AM

Decatur Fire Department will teach you how to prevent yourself from having a medical episode! For more information, contact Sara Holmes at or 678-553-6559.