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Ballet bringing holiday favorite to Performing Arts Center

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

Peter Thomas an epidemiologist and senior research scientist in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC will be speaking at Clayton State University on Tuesday, Dec. 2 on "HIV/AIDS: Undressed in America." Thomas will be speaking from 11:10 a.m., to 12:40 p.m., in room UC 327 of the James M. Baker Center. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Clayton State University Political Science Association, in honor of World AIDS Day.

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.

The Clayton State University Gospel Choir will be giving its Fall Concert on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., in the ballroom of the University's new Student Activities Center. The concert, which will also feature some up-and-coming artists from the Metro Atlanta area as well as the Clayton State students in the Choir, will last for approximately 90 minutes. It is free and open to the public.

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.

Morrow's Reynolds Nature Preserve will have its annual Yule Nature Celebration on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The annual outdoor holiday festival will include music, refreshments, hot cocoa (bring your own mug), tree decorating, a candlelit trail, a bonfire, storytelling, and the search for the yule log. For more informaiton, call (770) 603-4188.

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 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.

Jen Thomas International is hosting a free business seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Riverdale Library on Valley Hill and Lamar Hutcheson Parkway. The seminar is meant to reach those in the community who have lost jobs and are contemplating starting a business. The seminar will provide practical tips and resources for potential entrepreneurs. Seminar is hosted by Jen Thomas-Williams, CEO of Jen Thomas International. Register at www.jenthomasintl.com

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.