Slam poet performing at Clayton State

The second reader in the 2008/2009 Clayton State University Visiting Writers Reading Series will be slam poet and performance artist, Kodac Harrison, who will be appearing on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.,. in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center.

The Clayton State Theatre's presentation of "Cabaret" will feature performances on Thursday, Nov. 20, and Friday, Nov. 21, starting at 8 p.m., in the Clayton State Theatre, room G-132 of the University's Arts & Sciences Building. Tickets are available at the door for $5. Due to adult themes and content, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted.

Clayton State University's School of Business is sponsoring two speakers. Attorney Suzanne Whitaker, of McDonough, will speak on mediation and conflict resolution on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m., in the School of Business Building's Capstone Room. On Nov. 20, from 5 p.m., to 7 p.m., Alia El-Sawi, from Tapestri, Inc., an organization dedicated to ending violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities, will be speaking in room 272 of the James M. Baker Center on "Human Trafficking." Both addresses are free and open to the public.

On Nov. 20, from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., The Clean Air Campaign and the Atlanta Regional Commission will host a free Lunch 'n Learn seminar for employers interested in an update on local and regional transportation issues. Regional experts will provide information on Atlanta's most congested roadways, the state of our transit network and plans for future structural and technological growth in the region. The seminar will be held at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, N.W., in Atlanta, Ga. Sign up online at CleanAirCampaign.com, or call 1-877-CLEANAIR (1-877-253-2624) to reserve a seat.

Clayton State University's Department of Mathematics will hold a Mathematics Colloquium on combinatorics and graph theory, at 3 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 21, in room 327 of the James M. Baker University Center on the Clayton State campus. The department sponsors a monthly colloquium that is free and open to the public. Dr. Yi Zhao, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Georgia State University, will be the speaker.

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center is having a financial educaiton seminar on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. The seminar, including a trade show and educational workshop, with breakout sessions to discuss specific foreclosure topics, will be held at New Birth South Community Impact Center, Inc., 2450 Mount Zion Parkway, Suite 400, Jonesboro. Counselors will be on hand during this event to set appointments with attendees to begin to investigate their options on how to address their respective mortgage crisis. For more information, call the FRC hotline at (404) 260-3149.

The 16th Annual Holiday at Home Parade in Historic Downtown Jonesboro will be held on Nov. 22. Presented by Arts Clayton, Clayton County, the City of Jonesboro, with the annual sponsorship of Heritage Bank, the Holiday at Home Parade features floats, high school marching bands, ROTC units, community groups and civic organizations, fire trucks, vintage cars, police safety vehicles, Sparkey the Fire Dog, parade host Truett Cathy, and Santa Claus. This year's theme is "There's No Place Like Home." The parade steps off at 4:30 p.m., at the intersection of McDonough Street and Stockbridge Road, followed by the ceremonial lighting of the Grand Tree on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse. For those wanting to participate, applications are available online at www.artsclayton.org; in person at the Arts Clayton Gallery; by e-mail request to artline@artsclayton.org; or at (770) 473-5775.

Sony Electronics and Waste Management team up to host free electronics recycling, on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Turner Field. The public is invited to 755 Hank Aaron Drive S.W., Atlanta, to drop off any brand of used or unwanted electronics equipment for safe, proper recycling -- for free -- including old TVs, VCRs, telephones, computer products, etc.

Bollywood is coming to Clayton State University. As the final stop on its month-long tour of Atlanta, the Indo-American Film Festival will be visiting on Saturday, Nov. 22. The five award-winning films that make up the Atlanta Indo-American Film Festival (AIAFF) are; Panchum Unmixed, The Widow Colony, Two Million Minutes, Super 30 and The Making of Swapna Vijayam (Indian Nutcracker). They will run from noon until after 8 p.m., in room 272 of the University's James M. Baker Center on Nov. 22. Following the final show, the series will conclude with a directors' Q&A. The series is sponsored on the Clayton State campus by the University's Teacher Education Department. The movies and the Q&A cost $8 per show. Tickets are available at atlanta.sulekha.com, or at the door, or by calling AIAFF at (770) 310-3998.

Atlanta Festival Ballet's holiday favorite, the Nutcracker, will be performed at the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $6 children aged 5 and under. Tickets available at the Morrow Tourist Center, Moye's Pharmacies, and the Henry Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (770) 507-2775, or visit www.atlantafestivalballet.com

The American Legion Post 147 and Auxiliary will meet Wednesday night on Dec. 3, at Maritza and Frank's, 637 North Central Ave., Hapeville. Come and find out more information about the post and about the American Legion.

Celebrate Christmas with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. Special guests: The Southern Crescent Chorale and dancers from Atlanta Festival Ballet. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students over 12, $5 children 6 - 12, under 6, free. For more information, call (770) 506-0785.

Christmas in the Park will be held on Dec. 6, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Milton Daniel Park, adjacent to Morrow City Hall at 1500 Morrow Road. Area churches, businesses, and non-profit organizations will be there with Christmas-themed displays and exhibits. Choirs and musical groups will perform. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus and can ride the Morrow "Lil' General Train." A little before 7 p.m., the city's "Singing Christmas Tree" helps light Morrow's Great Christmas Tree in front of Morrow City Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call the Morrow Tourist Center at (770) 968-1623, or visit www.morrowtourism.com/christmasinthepark2008.htm.

The Army Ground Forces Band will perform its 23rd annual Holiday Concert at the Georgia World Congress Center, 3 p.m., Dec. 14. The performance will include traditional holiday music, a sing-along and a special salute to the men and women of the Armed Forces far from home during this special time of year. To order free, general admission tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Army Ground Forces Band, ATTN: Public Affairs - Holiday, 1294 Cobb Street, Fort McPherson, Ga. 30330-1071. For more information, visit www.us.army.mil/band.

The Southern Crescent Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is meeting at a new location. The association will meet Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Rico's Mexican Dining, 386 East Atlanta Road, Stockbridge. Meal selection and networking begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. For additional information, please contact Ellen Fister, Secretary, at (770) 331-0223.

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 and is less than a quarter of a mile north of Atlanta Motor Speedway. For directions, call (678) 472-3100.

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