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Get ready for the Freedom Run

Jan. 19

The Seventh Annual Freedom Run 10K and 5K road races will be held at Clayton State University on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, in conjunction with the University's annual celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both races are sponsored by the Southlake Kiwanis Club and Clayton State University. The races will begin at 9 a.m., on Clayton State Boulevard on the Clayton State campus in Morrow, with race day registration starting at 7:30 a.m., in the University's Athletics & Fitness Center. Both courses will run through neighborhoods in Lake City and Morrow. Registration for either race prior to Jan. 11 is $18. Race day registration will be $25. A "no T-shirt" registration option for $10 is also available before Jan. 11. To register, go to www.rungeorgia.com/freedomrun.html, or call Mike Mead at (678) 466-4679.

Feb. 10

The authors of a new book on the Civil Rights movement, Constance Curry and Bob Zellner, will be coming to Clayton State University on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to speak about "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement." Zellner grew up in Alabama, the son and grandson of Klansmen, but for reasons of conscience, he joined SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) in 1961, later rising to become a field secretary in the organization. A front-line participant in many civil rights battles, he was jailed, beaten, slashed, shot at by police and taken on a night ride by Klansmen as they debated whether to lynch him. "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek" is a personal account of Zellner's story. Curry, a professor at Emory University, is herself a noted Civil Rights activist who has written several books. The program will be held in the James M. Baker University Center starting at 11 a.m., and will include a book signing and discussion about the history represented.

Ongoing

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. is selling commemorative bricks that will be used in the City of Jonesboro's Streetscape. When completed, the Streetscape will feature an inviting walkway where thousands of visitors from around the globe will see and admire the engraved bricks. Therei is an "early bird special" price of $35 for one brick, or three bricks for $100. Each brick can contain up to three lines with 18 letters per line. People who place their orders by Dec. 19 will receive a certificate, suitable for gift giving, to notify your honoree. The brick walkway will offer a unique opportunity to record your name, memorialize a friend, mentor, or family member, or make note of a personal milestone. You will also become a part of a new, downtown Jonesboro tradition. For more information, call (770) 473-0197.

"Romantic Memories of Yesteryear" will be the theme of special tours at Stately Oaks during the month of February. As part of Clayton County's 150th anniversary, Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., is seeking wedding and engagement photographs, newspaper articles, and other memorabilia of couples in the county to display in an exhibit. Period and reproduction wedding gowns, veils, bouquets, and other items from the time period between 1860 and 1950 will also be on display. As part of the emphasis on romance, the organization will offer couples the opportunity to renew their marriage vows on Saturday, Feb. 14. The cost is $50 per couple and includes: A ceremony performed by a minister; a souvenir photo; and a "reception for two to go." Times must be reserved in advance. Anyone with photos and other items is asked to call (770) 473-0197.

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 at 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 Joel Hall at jhall@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.