On Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., bring a friend and enjoy amazing fine art from local Georgia Artists as Arts Clayton celebrates the work of Keith Barnett and his Juried Show-winning exhibit entitled "All Mirth & No Matter." The reception is free of charge. Through the use of a variety of mediums, Barnett seeks to understand the conflicting and complimentary universal processes of order and chaos. While this quest brings a wide range of interests to explore, his passions of classic portrait, still-life, and landscapes are most prominent. The results of his process are beautiful studies of the natural world, set expertly in the most appropriate medium. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 26.
"Praze Him Cafe," a launching pad for upcoming Christian talent, will be held again on Saturday, Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m., at the Frank Bailey Center, 6213 Riverdale Road, Riverdale. Cost is $10 at the door. Previous cafes have had vocalists, bands, dancers, spoken-word artists, etc. This is not an amateur, open mic night event, but a performance by skilled, professional ministers. Call (404) 914-4968 for more information.
The City of College Park will hold its 32nd annual Autumn Happening on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public. Autumn Happening is a day-long festival held on the grounds of the College Park City Auditorium located on Main Street. The event coincides with opening day of youth football in College Park, and features a parade, arts and crafts, flea market items, food and fun for the entire family. Music will be provided by DJ Tommy V. Artists, craftsmen, women, civic organizations and vendors are encouraged to participate. To participate or lease a space, call Arthur Lee Washington, program coordinator, College Park Recreation Department, at (404) 669-3773.
Southlake Mall, joining a handful of malls in Atlanta, will host UR Votes Count, an experience allowing teens to cast their vote for who they would elect as president of the United States on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m. This national forum addresses topics, such as the environment, healthcare, the Iraq war, social security, national security and education. Each voter who participates at a mall event receives an instant prize. One winner per mall will receive a $100 Discover gift card. For more information, visit www.urvotescount.com.
New Birth South Metropolitan Church will be holding a Red Cross blood drive on Sept. 7, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at 2455 Mt. Carmel Road, in Hampton. For more information, or to pre-register, call (678) 422-4787.
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at noon, in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center at Clayton State University, the Jim Wood Lecture Series will officially kick off with a visit from C.D. Moody, Jr., president and CEO of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc. Since its start in 1983, C.D. Moody Construction Company has grown from $1 million to more than $70 million in annual revenues. The Woods, as well as their family, friends, and business associates, have made generous gifts to Clayton State's School of Business to create an endowed fund for the Jim Wood Lecture Series, which will financially support the efforts of the School of Business to seek and obtain guest lecturers who are some of Georgia's most celebrated business personalities. For more information, call (678) 466-4463.
Learn the "11 Simple Steps to Home Ownership" at a free home-buying seminar held at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 E. Fayetteville Road, on Sept. 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. The seminar will show how to obtain downpayment assistance and overcome credit issues to purchase a first home. Register online today at www.SeymourHome.com, or call Mike Braswell at (678) 522-5760.
On Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m., the Clayton Center will host the Seventh Annual Fashion Show and Reception, a fund-raiser in observance of National Recovery Month. The Fashion Show will take place at the Battle Creek Auditorium, located at 853 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro. The cost of admission is a $5 donation. If you have any questions about the event, contact Paula Crane or Gale Allison at (770) 478-1099.
The Clayton County Extension Service, 1262 Government Circle, in Jonesboro, will present "Water Gardening," on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 12:15-1 p.m. Learn the ins and outs of pumps and plants, containers and critters, to enjoy the soothing delights of a patio water garden in a manageable, low-maintenance size. Examples of water gardens and mini-bogs will be on display. The classes are free, but registration is required. Register at (770) 473-5434, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas In The Park, an annual event sponsored by the City of Morrow, will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2-7 p.m. Planning has begun. Churches and organizations are invited to join others for an event that has promoted goodwill and created a tradition for the area. If you are interested in growing, or letting others know the good work your church or organization is doing, this is the event at which to showcase it. For information on guidelines and registration, call (770) 968-1623. Deadline for commitment is Sept. 30.
The Atlanta Airport Rotary Club is having weekly meetings on Fridays, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Meetings are at GIOVANNA'S, 1375 Virginia Ave., East Point. For more information, call (404) 680-1743.
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.
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.
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