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Catch the reading bug before summer's over

"Catch the Reading Bug" Story Time & Craft, presented at public libraries by Linda Kirchner and other staff from Arts Clayton. For ages 3 and older. Enjoy one of the last programs of the summer break! Groups are welcome, but MUST register in advance. Reading bug events will be held at Lovejoy Branch Library, 1721 McDonough St., Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Park Branch Library, 696 Main Street, Thursday, July 31, 10 a.m.; Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Friday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.; Morrow Branch Library, 6225 Maddox Road, Monday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m.

A GoldenCrest Assisted Living Health Fair will be held on Wednesday, July 30, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., offering screenings for strokes and carotid arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis. Trained medical professionals will be performing the screenings at 2160 Lake Harbin Road, in Morrow. For more information, call (770) 961-2200.

Don't miss Esther Culver, a professional storyteller and member of the Kuumba Storytellers, on Thursday, July 31, at 10 a.m. Her program promises to hold everyone's attention and will be held at the Riverdale Branch Library, 420 Valley Hill Road. For all ages. Groups are welcome, but must call or e-mail in advance. For more information, call (770) 472-8100.

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 until July 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.

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.

August

Ola Girls Softball registration: Fall ball, ages 4 to 16, on Aug. 9, 16 and 23, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Sandy Ridge Park. Form more information, visit leaguelineup.com/olasoftball.

The Clayton County Headquarters Library is presenting a program on getting out of debt and staying out. On Aug. 14, William Trammell will hold a workshop on putting down your debt instead of increasing it, in this day and time of rising costs. He will also explain how credit cards are a trap to your finances and how to set money goals, live below your means and also pay in cash. For more information or to register, call (770) 473-3850.

The Clayton County Headquarters Library is presenting a workshop on the importance of "green gardening." On Aug. 19, Dianne More will teach how to collect water for container plants, how to use water barrels and recycled items, compost, and "natural pesticides." Call (770) 473-3850 to register, or for more information.

The Krystal Williams Foundation's Third Annual Family Fun/Community Fun Day will be held on Aug. 23, from 11 a.m., to 6 p.m., at the Beach, Clayton County International Park, 2300 HWY 138, SE. There will be free food, singing, dancing, spoken word, contests and prices. Entertainment by Radio host 102.5 Siman and DJ Mel. There will be prizes given for the best projects made from recycled goods. For more information, call Patricia Holden at (770) 603-1835.

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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