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Hospital program looks at child car safety

Free car seat safety check. Properly used child safety seats can reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent for infants, and by 54 percent for toddlers. Learn how to properly use the seats at Southern Regional Health System's Women's Life Center on June 18, from 10 .m., to 1 p.m. For more information, call (770) 541-1111.

Platinum Real Estate's Michael Braswell and Wells Fargo Home Loans' Amy Seymour are holding a free Home Buying Seminar on June 19, at 7 p.m. At the seminar, you can learn the 11 steps to home ownership, first-time buyer programs and how to overcome credit issues. The event will be held at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 East Fayetteville Road, in Riverdale.

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, in cooperation with Southwood Garden Club, Redbud District, The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., and National Garden Clubs, Inc., is presenting a Flower Show, "Through the Year with Gardening" at Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battlecreek Road, Jonesboro, Georgia, Friday, June 20, 1 p.m., to 4 p.m., and Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m., to 4 p.m. The show is open to the public and admission is free.

The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc. will be meeting at the National Archives in Morrow on June 21, at 10 a.m. Mike Brubaker, an Archivist and Genealogist at the Atlanta History Center will be talking about the genealogical holdings of the Atlanta History Center, which include the "Magruder Collection," collection of newspapers dating to the 1800s. Betty English, author, retired teacher, story teller of true and fictional stories, who has lived in the both the U.S. and Australia, will be sharing a wonderful story, "How to Kill Grandma." Both programs are free and we welcome visitors to join us. For more information, call (770) 957-4740.

A "Run for Romania" will be held on June 21 at 8 a.m., starting at Hampton First Baptist Church, 85 McDonough Street. There will be a 5k and a 1-mile run, with entry costs at $12 and $17. Proceeds will go to a Romanian Mission Team, working with the Roma people in conjunction with the church. For more information, call (770) 946-4804.

Hampton First Baptist Church will be holding a "Mission Yard Sale" and a family activities day at 85 McDonough Street, in Hampton. From 8 a.m., to 7 p.m., on Friday, June 20, and from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 21.

Arts Clayton presents Basic Photoshop For Artists, on Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. Everything you always wanted to know about creating and sending digital images as an artist, but were afraid to ask. Cost is $40 for Arts Clayton Members, $60 for Non Members. Call (770) 473-5457, for more information.

New Birth South Metropolitan Church and the Georgia Department of Labor's Clayton County Career Center, is hosting a 2008 Empowerment Job Fair on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the church, 2455 Mt. Carmel Road, in Hampton. More than 100 companies have been invited to participate in the job fair, and there will be free workshops on resume writing, interview tips and vocational rehabilitation. For more information, call Angela Henderson at (678) 479-4990.

The Second Annual East Clayton County Day Festival hosted by State Rep. Mike Glanton and Clayton County District 1 Commissioner Sonna Singleton, in collaboration with Clayton County Parks and Recreation, will be held Saturday, June 21, at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center and Rex Park, located at 3499 Rex Road, in Rex. The festival will begin at 10 a.m. Music and entertainment will be provided by metro-area artists, including R&B, Gospel and cultural acts scheduled throughout the day. Admission is free. Activities for children include face painting, moonwalks, slides and pony rides. The event, according to organizers, is an effort to bring the East Clayton Community together for a day of family-oriented fun.

The Clayton Community Service Board will hold its Regular Business Meeting at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, June 23. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at 853 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro. For more informaiton, call (770) 478-2280.

On Friday, June 27, John Jensen, Department of Natural Resources Senior Wildlife Biologist and co-author of the new book, "Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia," will lead a program discussing frogs and salamanders and will lead a walk on the Clayton County Water Authority Newman Wetlands Center trail, identifying calling frogs and practicing monitoring techniques. For more information and to make reservations, call Carol Lambert at (770) 603-5606.

Summerfest on the Green, presented by the City of Morrow, will be held on June 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be live entertainment, a chili cook-off, kids activities and a fireworks show. The event, free to the public, will be held at 5917 Reynolds Road next to Morrow Elementary School. For more informaiton, call (770) 968-1623.

The City of Riverdale is holding a two-day Community Yard Sale on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at the Travon Wilson Memorial Park, at 7208 Church Street in Riverdale from 8 a.m., to 7 p.m. The sale is a fund-raiser to support the 2008 centennial celebration. Vendor space costs between $25 and $75. For more information, please call (770) 783-1486.

July

The City of Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services Department will be offering Summer/Fall adult softball. There will be four leagues, with two for men, one for women and one for men and women. The leagues will play under ASA rules and start the week of July 7. To reserve team space, for a fee of $400, call (404) 363-2908.

On Monday, July 14, the Lynn Wheeler Benefit Golf Tournament will be held at Eagle's Brooke County Club in Locust Grove. Diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Lynn Wheeler, wife of the head of the Clayton State University Music Department, Dr. Douglas Wheeler, went into remission in September of that year, only to suffer a serious spinal injury in an auto accident on Christmas Day, 2005, an accident that has confined her to wheelchair and using a respirator. Undaunted, the Wheelers have remained strong members of Covenant Presbyterian, and Lynn continues to serve in the church's children's ministry. Members of Covenant want to be able "to bless Lynn as she has blessed us." Thus, the church is holding a fund-raising golf tournament at Eagle's Brooke. The tournament will feature a clinic by former PGA touring professional Greg Powers, lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A, door prizes, raffles, and a 2008 Ford, courtesy of Allan Vigil Ford, for a hole-in-one. Single players may register for $95. Four-person teams, for $380. For more information, call Joseph Starr at (678) 637-2731, or Jack Stillman at (678) 471-1526.

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.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily. To submit an item for publication, e-mail Daniel Silliman at dsilliman@news-daily.com or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.