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Christmas music coming to Clayton

The Clayton State University Gospel Choir will be presenting its Fall Concert on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., in the ballroom of the University's new Student Activities Center. The concert, which will also feature some up-and-coming artists from metro Atlanta, as well as the Clayton State students in the choir, will last for approximately 90 minutes. It is free and open to the public.

Celebrate Christmas with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. Special guests: The Southern Crescent Chorale and dancers from Atlanta Festival Ballet. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students over 12, $5 children 6 - 12, under 6, free. For more information, call (770) 506-0785.

From Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7, shop at Barnes & Noble Southlake in Morrow, and a percentage of the money spent will be donated to the National Museum of Commercial Aviation in Morrow. The museum will be hosting a vintage uniform fashion show at the bookstore at 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., Saturday. For more information, visit www.NationalAviationMuseum.com.

Christmas in the Park will be held on Dec. 6, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Milton Daniel Park, adjacent to Morrow City Hall at 1500 Morrow Road. Area churches, businesses, and non-profit organizations will be there with Christmas-themed displays and exhibits. Choirs and musical groups will perform. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus and can ride the Morrow "Lil' General Train." Admission is free. For more information, call the Morrow Tourist Center at (770) 968-1623, or visit www.morrowtourism.com/christmasinthepark2008.htm.

The Decorum Group is conducting its Holiday Meet & Greet, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 pm at GIP Internet Café, 6550 Mt. Zion Blvd., Ste. 111, Morrow. The event will introduce the etiquette and mentorship programs being offered for children ages 10 - 19, starting in January. For more information, call Charly McCracken at (404) 518-8336.

In commemoration of World AIDs Day, the Gospel Stage Play "Deception" will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the College Park Auditorium, 3631 Main Street, College Park, at 6 p.m. The play tells the story of a middle class family forced to deal with "the shocking reality of coming face-to-face with the deadly disease." Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance at (404) 767-7514.

The Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing, Honor Flight Fayette and local veterans organizations will join forces on Sunday, Dec. 7, to host Peachtree City's first observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The program will be held at the Historical Airpower Facility, Falcon Field, 11 a.m., to 1 p.m.

The Clayton County Emergency Management department is now offering Community Emergency Response Team training. In the CERT classes, emergency personnel train community members to respond to disasters. The classes will be running Jan. 6 to 29, every Tuesday and Thursday night, with an exercise on Jan. 31. The classes will be at Station 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (770) 478-8271.

Morrow's Reynolds Nature Preserve will have its annual Yule Nature Celebration on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The annual outdoor holiday festival will include music, refreshments, hot cocoa (bring your own mug), tree decorating, a candlelit trail, a bonfire, storytelling, and the search for the yule log. For more information, call (770) 603-4188.

The annual Clayton State University First Lego League Robotics Tournament will be held in the Baker Center from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 13. Join 28 middle school teams from across the state as they embark on an exploration of the earth's climate in the Climate Connections Challenge. Discover the links between science, people, resources and communities. Unearth how we learn about past climates and delve into questions surrounding our current and future climatic conditions.

Tara Winds, a community band of 90 musicians, will present its gift to the community on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center. "Music of the Season" is a free concert bringing together musicians of all ages. For more information, visit www.tarawinds.org.

The Army Ground Forces Band will perform its 23rd annual Holiday Concert at the Georgia World Congress Center, 3 p.m., Dec. 14. The performance will include traditional holiday music, a sing-along and a special salute to the men and women of the Armed Forces far from home during this special time of year. To order free, general admission tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Army Ground Forces Band, ATTN: Public Affairs - Holiday, 1294 Cobb Street, Fort McPherson, Ga. 30330-1071. For more information, visit www.us.army.mil/band.

The Bear Creek Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., and Friday night at 10 p.m. The address is 1019 Highway 19-41 (Bear Creek Boulevard) in Hampton, and is less than a quarter of a mile north of Atlanta Motor Speedway. For directions, call (678) 472-3100.

Jen Thomas International is hosting a free business seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Riverdale Library on Valley Hill and Lamar Hutcheson Parkway. The seminar is meant to reach those in the community who have lost jobs and are contemplating starting a business. The seminar will provide practical tips and resources for potential entrepreneurs. The seminar is hosted by Jen Thomas-Williams, CEO of Jen Thomas International. Register at www.jenthomasintl.com

American Legion Post 147 and Auxiliary will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 7; Feb. 4; and March 4, at Maritza and Frank's, 637 North Central Ave. in Hapeville 6 p.m. For more information about the post, call (404) 378-3621.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily. To submit an item for publication, e-mail Daniel Silliman at dsilliman@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.