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Clayton State holding election discussions

Clayton State University is hosting two discussions of the presidential election on Thursday, Oct. 9. Clayton State's Political Science professors will facilitate a discussion on "Contrasting all of the candidates after the first two debates," from 11:10 a.m., to 12:30 p.m. The discussion will be held in room 267 of the James M. Baker University Center. Also, the university's Department of Campus Life, as part of its "A Multicultural World @ Clayton State" series, will present the discussion on the 2008 presidential election, "Decision 2008: Obama vs. McCain," from 7 to 9 p.m., in the ballroom of the University's new Student Activity Center. Marko Maunula, assistant professor of History, will be the featured presenter for the discussion, entitled, "The Candidates Unveiled."

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 Riverdale High School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will be having a community yard sale on Saturday, Nov 1. 9 a.m., to 2 p.m., at 160 Roberts Drive. The public is welcome to set up booths and conduct their own yard sale at the same time. Booth rental is $25. Contact Wayne Bowens at (404) 374-0159.

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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