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Library holds bee-keeping class for kids

Bee Keeping for Beginners will be held at Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battlecreek Road, on Wednesday, July 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. Come, learn about the fascinating hobby of bee keeping. Tom Bonnell, from the Clayton County Extension Service, will show kids the materials necessary to raise bees and make honey in the backyard. Immediately following the program, the library will show "Bee Movie." For ages 6 and up. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call (770) 473-3850.

Scrabble Club will be held at Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battlecreek Road, on Thursday, July 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kids, ages 6 years and up, may participate in this biweekly Scrabble event and practice spelling, vocabulary, math skills and making friends playing this classic board game. Scrabble Club meets twice a month, so mark your calendars. Advanced registration is required so that library staff will know how many participants will be playing. For more information, call (770) 473-3850.

The Clayton County Collaborative Authority invites individuals to submit applications for its fourth annual Grassroots Leadership Institute. The program, developed to prepare a generation of leaders, is open to all men and women who are truly committed to development and unity in the community. The institute is free to the public, but an application is required. Applications are available July 7 to 31, and there is a $25 processing fee. The Leadership Institute will run from September to November. For more information, call (770) 473-5444 or visit www.claytoncollab.org

Do you believe in the power of teamwork, community service, brainstorming and sharing possibilities? An open invitation is extended to those interested in fun, active discussion, community service and networking on ideas and goals. Contact Anne for more information at (770) 506 9557, or e-mail her at jopat85@bellsouth.net

Take a tour on July 19, from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., to see the most beautiful ponds, waterfalls and water gardens on the Southside. All proceeds will be donated to The American Cancer Society. Ticket price is $10 per person. Ponds are located in Clayton, Fayette and Henry counties. For more information, call (770) 478-0098, or visit www.duncanslandscaping.com.

Al Waller's Animation Workshop will be held at Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battlecreek Road on Monday, July 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. For those who like to draw, this class will make drawings come to life with animation. During this animation workshop, Al Waller, from "Be A Know-It-All" fame, will teach you how you can create your own original animations. For ages 10 and up. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call (770) 473-3850.

The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding its Entrepreneur Development Series (EDS) at the School of Business in July. The series will include courses on starting a business, writing a business plan, marketing, and obtaining finances for your business. The EDS will offer "Marketing Your Small Business" on Thursday, July 24, and "Financing Your Small Business" on Friday, July 25. All classes will run from 9 a.m., until noon. An individual class is $69. To sign up online or to find out more about the Small Business Development Center, go to www.business.clayton.edu/sbdc, or call (678) 466-5100.

The Headquarters Library of the Clayton County Library System is looking for people of all ages to display their artwork, collectibles, or examples of their crafts at the library. Each display is at the library for a month at a time. Anyone interested in more information is asked to call Dianne Moore at (770) 473-3850.

The University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Clayton County Cooperative Extension Service and the Master Gardeners of Clayton County, are offering a free Lunch and Learn on the topic of "Preserving Summer." The session will be held at 1263 Government Circle, in Jonesboro, on Thursday, July 24, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Attendees will learn about preserving produce by canning, freezing, and dehydrating. They will learn about needed supplies and the best techniques for different fruits and vegetables. The classes are free, but registration is required. Register at (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu

Giff Beaton, author of "Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast" will guide a group through the wetlands trail in a free dragonfly program on Sunday, July 27, at 8:30 p.m. The group will learn identifications and biology of the various species. Registration is required. For more information, call (770) 603-5606.

Compassionate hospice volunteers are needed to "touch the lives of those who have a terminal illness by sharing your time and talents." Free on-going training, continuing education and support of hospice team available. Flexible hours. For more information, call Rick Piraux or Michelle Spann at Crossroads Hospice of Atlanta, (678) 638-4302 or e-mail, michelle@crossroadshospice.com

Ongoing

The Stockbridge High School Classes of 1988 and 1989 are holding a reunion on Oct. 4, and are attempting to locate lost alumni. For more information, 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, 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.

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.

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 First Baptist Church in Jonesboro (Lower level of ROC). Weigh-in starts at 6 p.m., and the meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, call Patti at (404) 766-8061.

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., and the program starts at 7 p.m. Contact Debbie Watkins at (404) 863-9568.

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