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Rotary Club: A new Clayton coming

The Clayton County Rotary Club will be having a panel discussion about the new momentum in the county, called, "The New Clayton: Building a Better Community through Arts, Tourism, and Culture." The panel will be held on Wednesday, July 23, at noon at the Holiday Inn on Old Dixie Road. Guest panelists will be State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro), State Rep. Celeste Johnson (D-Jonesboro), Gail Web, executive director for the Archway Project for Clayton County; Geoff Fulton, chair of the Board of Directors for Clayton Chamber of Commerce; Linda Summerlin, executive director of Arts Clayton; Ron Corbin, president of Clayton County Rotary; Pat Duncan, executive director of Clayton County.

The Community Impact Center, 3000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 265, in Morrow, is holding a Lunch & Learn on "Godly communication" and "improving relationship skills," from noon to 1 p.m., on Thursday, July 24. Cost is $5, including lunch. For more information and to pre-register, call (678) 422-4787.

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.

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.

Meet George Washington & Others: An Introduction to Nonfiction Literature for Families will be held at the Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro on Wednesday, July 23, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Come learn about Social Studies web sites for families led by educator, Cynthia Bohannon-Brown. This presentation will incorporate resources from the Clayton County Public Library and will show families how to create quality literacy time at home. For parents of elementary-school-age children. For more information, call (770) 210-5238.

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

The Clayton County Extension Farmers Market will be held this Saturday, July 26, in the front parking lot of the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro, from 8 a.m., to noon. The Market will continue on the second and fourth Saturdays in August and September. There is free space for 33 vendors. Call (770) 473-5434 for information.

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 1988 or 1989, 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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