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Minister's Conference to hold prayer breakfast

The National Day of Prayer Annual Prayer Breakfast Program will be hosted by the Clayton County Ministers' Conference on May 1, and will be held at the National Archives-Southeast Region, 5780 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow. The program is slated to begin at 6:30 a.m. The guest speaker for this year's event is Clayton County Juvenile Court Judge Steven Teske. Inspirational entertainment will be provided by local gospel recording artist "LIZ." Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, the day of the event. Partial proceeds support the Annual "Kidz to Kamp" program co-sponsored by the Ministers' Conference and the Clayton County Juvenile Court. Tickets are available and can be purchased from members of the Conference or at Mike's Doghouse (770-471-1956, Eric's Catfish/Ribs, (770) 961-8211. To find out more about the National and Local Observance, contact this year's Prayer Breakfast Program Director, Mike Glanton, at (678)479-7730 or e-mail glantonm@bellsouth.net.

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, Front Conference Room, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro.

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services is accepting vendors for the Swing Into Spring Festival. Vendors of games, arts and crafts, plants, jewelry, books and more are needed. No "flea market" type items accepted. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 3. Call Sharon Smith at (404) 363-2908 for more information, or to register as a vendor.

Clayton County Parks and Recreation is holding a Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 3, at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Ga. Highway 138 in Jonesboro. All ages. First 50 registered will receive a free fishing pole. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Call (770) 477-3766 for more information.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is calling for women volunteers to participate in Women Build Week, underwritten by Lowe's. Women Build is a program of Habitat for Humanity that gives women the opportunity to learn or develop construction skills while continuing Habitat's mission to serve families in need. Women Build week will begin on Monday, May 5 and run through Friday, May 9. Volunteer daily from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., or for the entire week. Volunteers of all skill levels are encouraged to call Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity to get involved. In acknowledgment of female caregivers' complicated schedules, flexible hours are available. Anyone interested in volunteering or offering donations of materials or services is encouraged to call Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity at (770) 477-2367 or visit www.schabitat.org.

Clayton County Parks and Recreation is holding the 2008 Special Olympics on May 7 at the Lovejoy Stadium, 1587 McDonough Road, in Hampton. The event will start at 10 a.m., and go until 2 p.m.

Arts Clayton has opened enrollment to two summer art camps. The 15 annual Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp is for kids entering the 1st through 6th grades next fall. Campers participate in performing arts and visual arts from June 9 through June 20. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m., to 12:15 p.m., costs $155 and will be held at Lee Street Elementary School in Jonesboro. A Young Teen Camp, for students entering the 7th, 8th and 9th grades next fall, will also be held from June 9 through June 20. The students will choose from a selection of arts, including theater, cartooning, animation, photography and painting. Tuition is based on class choices. The camp will also be held at Lee Street Elementary in Jonesboro. For more information and to register via e-mail: artline@artsclayton.org, or call (770) 472-5775.

A Princess Pajama Party, for mothers and girls, on Mothers Day weekend, will be held on Friday, May 9, at the Country Inn & Suites at Southlake Mall in Morrow. The price is $45 for children and $25 for mothers. The event begins at 3 p.m., and includes an over night hotel stay, breakfast, dinner and snacks, gifts and prizes, morning prayer and praise about love and moms, a 20-minute workout, bubbles, beauty tips and contests. To register or get more information, call Kymm Barnett at (678) 489-2589, e-mail Kymm.Barnett@Yahoo.com, or visit www.MsThickandLovely.com

A car buying seminar will be held at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro, on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. Darnell Jenkins will cover questions including whether to buy a new or used vehicle, trading cars, purchase financing, and buying or leasing. For more information or to register, call (770) 473-3850.

A Clayton Center Day Camp for Elementary School Children, ages 5 to 11, will be held from June 2, to Aug. 1, from 8 a.m., to 6 p.m., every day. There will be sports, performing arts, health and wellness education, arts and crafts, academic support and some day trips. Registration is $20 and the event costs $49 per week. Application deadline is May 16. For more information or to register, call Tanita Teagle at (770) 991-7420.

Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department is holding Mayfest at Clayton County International Park, on 2300 Highway 138 S.E., in Jonesboro, on May 16 from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. Mayfest is an annual event for those 55 and older, celebrating Older American's Month of May, offering education information on a variety of issues. Registration is free and available at all of the county's senior centers.

A Kiwanis Walk for Reading at Jester's Creek Trail, to benefit the Clayton County Library's Vacation Reading Program, will be held at 9 a.m., on May 17. The three-mile walk will start at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road. Registration costs $10, $12, and $15 with a T-shirt, and $30 to $40 for a family of three or more. To register, or for more information, e-mail Gloria Jenkins at gjenkins@bellsouth.net, or call Mike Mead at (678) 466-4679.

The Clayton Center is having a Flea Market on May 24 from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m. It will be held at the Child and Adolescent Building parking lot, behind Southern Regional Medical Center, 6315 Garden Walk Blvd., in Riverdale. Tables cost $20 and must be reserved by May 9. Vendors keep their own profits, and the $20 goes to the Center's food pantry. To reserve a table, call Pat Milton at (770) 991-7420, ext. 216.

Ongoing

The Stockbridge High School Classes of 1988 and 1989 are holding a reunion on Oct. 4, and some are attempting to locate lost alumni. For more information about the reunion or to help locate alumni who graduated in '88 or '89, call Rob Roark at (404) 867-4974 or Donna Turpin at (770) 331-2748.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Augustin Clayton Chapter in Jonesboro, has members from Fayette, Henry and Clayton counties. The chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. Membership is open to any woman 18 years of age or older who can trace her lineal descent from a Revolutionary War soldier, or patriot. Chapter members provide research assistance as necessary. Call Liz Grimes at (770) 477-5761 or visit the web site www.geocities.com/aclaytondar for more information.

Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, Southside, meets the second Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1 p.m., at the International Buffet, Kroger Shopping center, I-75 and Highway 138. Hear a new speaker each month. The group is seeking to grow. For information, call Hal Dayhuff at (404) 234-9724.

Overeaters Anonymous meets monthly at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, 142 South Main St., every Thursday at 7 p.m. Call (770) 472-9818 for more information.

A breast cancer support group meets on the first Saturday of every month at 11 a.m., in "The Rock," at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, 142 College St. Call Joyce Medin at (770) 478-8823 for more information.

AARP Riverdale Chapter No. 4409 meets the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., in the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road. Call Chuck Ware, president, at (770) 471-9004 for more information.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Tuesday at Valley Hill Baptist Church in Riverdale. Weigh-in starts at 6 p.m., and the meeting at 7 p.m. Call Beverly at (770) 471-7606, or (770) 471-0441 for more information.

The Southern Crescent Chapter of the American Business Women's Association, ABWA, meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Best Western, 619 Ga. Highway 138, Stockbridge. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m., the program starts at 7 p.m. Contact Debbie Watkins at (404) 863-9568.

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