Young People Concert set for Thursday

Ritmo Blu, an energetic percussion trio, will be presenting two Young People's Concerts at Spivey Hall on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Ritmo Blu's program celebrates the world's winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Admission is $1 per person. For more information, please contact Deborah Teske at (678) 466-4491.

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 from Jan. 6-29, every Tuesday and Thursday night, with an exercise on Jan. 31. The classes will be at Station 13, from 6:30-9:30 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.

AMERIGROUP Community Care presents the "ultimate community baby shower," celebrating expectant mothers in the community, on Saturday, Dec. 13. The organization will have healthy snacks, games, prizes, giveaways, health information and screenings. There will also information about the plan's benefits and the Taking Care Of Baby And Me® program with important prenatal educational information. The baby shower event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Babies R Us, 1960 Mount Zion Road, in Morrow. For more information call (678) 587-4898. To enroll in Georgia Families call 1-888-GA-ENROLL.

The three choirs of the Spivey Hall Children's Choir Program will welcome Christmas with concerts on Friday, Dec. 12, featuring the Spivey Hall Young Artists and the Spivey Hall Children's Choir, and on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, with the Children's Choir and its most advanced singers, the Spivey Hall Tour Choir. The Friday concert, conducted by Craig Hurley and Dr. Martha Shaw, with Steven Wooddell and Judy Mason on the piano, will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. The Saturday and Sunday concerts, also conducted by Shaw, with Mason on piano, will both start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25.

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 7-8:30 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.

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