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Jan. 5

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Clayton State University is offering scholarships for Fast Trac New Venture, an entrepreneurial program developed by The Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship (http://www.kauffman.org/). Through a grant offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Georgia SBDC Network is bringing the program to Clayton County. Full scholarships to attend the 10-week program, valued at $495, will be offered from now until Jan. 5. One of the goals of the program is to make sure an entrepreneur, male or female, has all the skills necessary to open, and start a business. It is an opportunity for a potential, or existing business, to plan for the future. For more information, contact the Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University at (678) 466-5100, or visit www.business.clayton.edu/sbdc.

Jan. 8

The Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE) will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m., until 12:30 p.m., at Clayton State University's Continuing Education Center in Morrow. Registration is $15, and covers the cost of materials and refreshments. Please send your registration to the Georgia Council on Aging, Two Peachtree St., N.W., Suite 32-270, Atlanta, Ga., 30303, or send a fax to (404) 657-1722. Effectively advocating for the CO-AGE priorities, and the outlook for the next General Assembly session, will be highlighted on the agenda. For more information, or to obtain a registration form, call (404) 657-5343.

Jan. 13

The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Headquarters Library Board Room, 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact LaDonna Markland at (770) 473-3850.

Jan. 19

The Seventh Annual Freedom Run, 10K and 5K road races, will be held at Clayton State University on Monday, Jan. 19, 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. Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m., in the Athletics & Fitness Center. Both courses will run through neighborhoods of Lake City and Morrow. Registration for either race is $18, prior to Jan. 11. Race day registration is $25. A $10 "no T-shirt" registration option also is in place before Jan. 11. Go to www.rungeorgia.com/freedomrun.html, or call Mike Mead at (678) 466-4679 for registration.

Jan. 19-24

The Southern Comforts Quilt Show will take place Jan. 19-24 at Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. Come wrap yourself in history and enjoy the skillful needlework of local quilt makers displayed in the Bethel Schoolhouse, located on the plantation grounds. See demonstrations while you browse through the handiwork of new and heirloom quilts. We are also looking for quilt makers to demonstrate their craft daily during the show. The deadline to reserve a space is Jan. 9. Please call (770) 473-0197 to sign up, or for more information. Admission is $3, or free with a tour.

Feb. 10

The authors of a new book on the Civil Rights movement, Constance Curry and Bob Zellner, will appear at 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 (the 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, and 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.

Feb. 14

During February, Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro will host "Romantic Memories of Yesteryear" with displays in every room representing the customs, fashions, flowers and food from the 19th and 20th centuries. The items on display are a combination of antiques and reproductions, with many illustrations and photographs from original sources. There also will be a display focused on the customs of slave marriage ceremonies, and the laws concerning them. On Valentine's Day, Saturday, Feb. 14, Bethel School House will be the scene of romance as couples renew their marriage vows. This event requires an extra fee and reservations. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6 for children. Tours are given Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. Call Stately Oaks Plantation for more details at (770) 473-0197.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department would like your help in designing a new logo for the department. This logo will become the new symbol for the Parks and Recreation Department and identify Clayton County, and its citizens. It will appear on the county's web site, letterheads, brochures, T-shirts, and recreation facilities. The design should reflect the department's goal, to "connect communities through people, parks, and programs." Please visit www.claytonparks.com for more information and to download the registration form. The deadline to enter is Feb. 27, 2009. Judges will pick the top finalists and post them online for citizens to choose their favorite. The deadline for voting will be midnight, March 31, 2009.

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 a walkway where thousands of visitors from around the globe will see and admire the engraved bricks. There 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. 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.

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. It 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, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Riverdale Library on Valley Hill and Lamar Hutcheson Parkway. The seminar is meant for 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.

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