Arts Clayton celebrates, honors photography

Arts Clayton's Fifth Annual Juried Photography Competition will have a reception and awards presentation from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 2. The event is free. For more information, call (770) 473-5457.

Books are $5 at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, during a $5 book sale held Friday, Oct. 3, and Sat. Oct. 4, from 9 a.m., to 4:45 p.m,. both days. The new books, many hardcovers, are being offered by Trinity Books, and a percentage of sales will go to the library system. For more information, call (770) 210 5238.

Golden Kiwanis Yard Sale: Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m., to 3 p.m., at Trinity Community Church, 10879 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. For more information, call Sue Jester at (770) 478-1800 or Fay Lankford at (770) 304-5679.

St. John's Episcopal Church's annual Blessing of the Animals and Fall Festival will be held Oct. 4, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. Animals of all shapes and sizes are invited to come be blessed, petted, and loved. Their owners also can enjoy the free, fun-filled, family-friendly Fall Festival. St. John's Blessing of the Animals commemorates Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals and the environment. The blessing service begins at 1 p.m. There will also be raffles and prizes, a bounce house, scavenger hunt, teddy bear repair station, face painting, barbecue and bake sale, bookstore, flea market, a paw reader, and pony rides. For more information, call St. John's at (404) 761-8402.

Clayton County Master Gardener Symposium, "Smart Gardening," will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Eula Ponds Perry Learning Center. Cost is $35. For more information, contact the Clayton County Extension Office, (770) 473-5434 or hortpa@uga.edu

Volunteer men are needed for "Boys To Men Mentoring Program" on the third Saturday of each month, from noon to 4 p.m. Volunteers will show the boys how to be a real man who loves himself, his family, his community and his country. Call (678) 479-0011 for more information.

There will be a blood drive at American Legion Post #258, on American Legion Way in Jonesboro on Oct. 4. All blood types needed. Come from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m. For more information, call (888) 795-2707.

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services is having a community-wide yard sale on Oct. 4, from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Starr Park. Booths are available to rent. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

There will be a benefit motorcycle ride for His Restoring Hand, Inc., which is building a shelter for abused women and children in Henry County. The ride is sponsored by Daughter Sister Friend, LLC. This will be a Poker Run held on Saturday, Oct. 4. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., at 1384 Southlake Parkway, in Morrow, in the parking lot of Harley-Davidson of Clayton County and will end at 155 Mill Road, McDonough, at Peachtree Peddlers Flea Market. Rider packages are $25 and Passengers $10. Rider and Passengers will receive a shirt, sticker, raffle ticket, and poker hand. Additional raffle tickets and hands may be purchased the day of the ride. To be a sponsor, register, or for more information, call Michael Loughrey at (404) 978-3923, or register online at www.daughtersisterfriend.com.

Lindsey Williams, author of "The Energy Non-Crisis," will be speaking Saturday Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m, at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro. The talk is sponsored by MarchForYourCountry.com.

The Southern Crescent Democratic Women will meet Oct. 6 at the Clayton County Police Headquarters, 7911 North McDonough St., in Jonesboro, at 7 p.m. For more information, call Gail Buckner at (770) 473-9039.

Clayton County 4-H is celebrating the 104th anniversary of Georgia 4-H with a Spirit Night and Birthday party at Truett's Grill in Morrow on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Community members and 4-H families are invited to support the 4-H by visiting Truett's Grill and making a purchase on behalf of the group. For more information, call (770) 473-3945.

The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m., in the Headquarters Library Board Room, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The meeting is open to the public.

The Jonesboro Knights of Columbus will host its 36th annual Public Safety Appreciation Day in the council hall, at 481 Flint River Road, from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., on Oct.15. The Knights of Columbus will provide the Clayton County communities' Police, Fire, EMT, Sheriff's deputies and 911 personnel with lunch.

Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting "Lights On After School Rally" at Lee Street Park, from 5-8 p.m., on Oct. 16. The event observes and supports the role of after-school programs, and advocates for legislation maintaining funding for after-school programs. For more information, call (678) 479-5139.

The Clayton County Extension Service presents "Fescue Lawn Renovation" on Oct. 16 at the Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, in Jonesboro, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Learn how experts at the University of Georgia do fescue lawns, including turf selection, mowing, fertilizing, weed control and disease management. Call (770) 473-5434 to register.

The Clayton County Business Community "Business2Business Bowling Tournament 2008 will be held on Friday, Oct. 17. The Second Annual Event, hosted by State Rep. Mike Glanton and Clayton County Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin, will be held at Pin Strikes Bowling Center, at 3478 Mt. Zion Road, Stockbridge. The Tournament begins at 6 p.m. Registration is $300 per team of five. Proceeds from the tournament will support several local non-profits, Including the House of Dawn, Inc., the Reservoir Foundation, the National Commercial Aviation Museum and the African Women's Development Foundation, Inc (USA). For more information, sponsorship and team registrations, contact Rep. Mike Glanton at (678) 479-7730.

The Tara Beekeepers Association will present a "Beekeeping Short Course" at the Reynolds Nature Preserve on Saturday Oct. 18, from 8 a.m., to 4:15 p.m. The course is for beginning beekeepers, but experienced beekeepers seeking current information also are welcome. The course will enable most people to easily maintain a hive. The cost of the day-long class is $50, or $55 the day of the program at the door, which includes a one-year membership for Tara Beekeeper Club, Short Course, refreshments, lunch, handouts and the book, "A First Lesson in Beekeeping." Children are free if accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

The Clayton County Farm Bureau will be promoting the importance of agriculture and member benefits, including insurance, at the Firefighter Combat Challenge, 1986 Mt. Zion Road, on Oct. 18. The Firefighter Challenge will be held adjacent to the Home Depot in Morrow. The bureau will also be giving give away door prizes and goody bags. Agents and secretaries will be available to answer questions or concerns. For more information, call Teresa Myers at (770) 478-3317, or visit the office at 1738 Noah's Ark Road, in Jonesboro.

Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, the official museum and archives of Delta Air Lines, will host its second annual Atlanta Airline Collectibles Show and Sale on Saturday, Oct. 18. The museum is not normally open to the public, but will offer general access for the once-a-year event. For more information, call (404) 715-7886.

The American Business Women's Association Southern Crescent Chapter is sponsoring a free Networking Event, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Clubhouse, 1930 Jodeco Road. Business women cordially welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Fister at (770) 331-0223 or ellenmfister@yahoo.com.

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services will host its health and fitness 5k Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 25, starting at 8 a.m. The cost is $10 for seniors and kids under 8; $15 in advance, and $20 on the day of the race. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Second Annual Georgia Firefighters' Gala to Benefit the Heart-Burn Foundation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, 4736 Best Road, College Park, from 7 p.m., to midnight. For more information, call 678-419-4440

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services is accepting vendors for the International Autumn in the Park Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10:30 a.m., to 6 p.m., at Starr Park. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The American Legion Post 147 and Auxiliary will meet on Wednesday nights, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and 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.

Clayton County Master Gardener Program applications are being accepted until Wednesday, Nov. 12, for the class of 2009, which begins in January and runs through mid-March. Classes are held at participating counties on Mondays from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m. Applications are available by calling (770) 473-5434, or e-mailing hortpa@uga.edu.

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