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Jim Wood Lecture Series starts Wednesday

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.

Lovejoy's Autumn Festival will be held Sept. 11-14, at the Gerald Matthews Sports Complex. There will be a carnival available for the four days and a festival on Saturday with parade, vendors, chili cook off and more. The music festival starts at 6 p.m.

Ladies of Clayton County and friends are invited to join the Clayton County Republican Women in a salad lunch and a celebration of literacy with Deborah Honeycutt, candidate for the U.S. Congressional seat in District 13, on Sept. 11, from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m. Kids can come, too, and dictionaries will be given to any parent, or grandparent, of a third-grade student. The lunch will be held at the Headquarters Library's large meeting room on Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro. Form more information, call (770) 827-0222.

The Community Leadership Forum for September will be held in the James M. Baker University Center, room 267, at Clayton State University at noon, on Friday, Sept. 12. The event is free and open to the public. The speaker this month is Sharon Saffold-Harris, a resident of Forest Park and director of Volunteer Services for the Atlanta-based organization A Future Not a Past, which is concerned with stopping the prostitution of Georgia's children.

Daniel Pyle, adjunct instructor of Music Appreciation and Harpsichord for the Department of Music, and music director/organist for The Church of Our Savior in Atlanta, will be performing in Spivey Hall on Saturday, Sept. 13, with an organ recital presented by the Department of Music. The free concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will feature music of Northern Germany and Scandinavia by Baroque master Dieterich Buxtehude and Commotio by 20th-Century Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

The Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, along with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will join together in celebrating U. S. Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. The week-long commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least-known official observances. The Augustin chapter has partnered with the Southeast Region National Archives in Morrow to do a program about the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, from 10 a.m, to 2 p.m. The program will include the presentation of the colors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard from Fort McPherson, a tour of the Archive facility and refreshments for the guests. A replica of the U.S. Constitution will be displayed at the Archives. Other displays will be presented by the Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Museum of Patriots in Atlanta, Ga.

Clayton State University's Fourth Annual celebration of Constitution Days will run through Friday, Sept. 19, with the help of the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) Southeast Region. There will be a collection of historical document reproductions on loan from NARA, including a reproduction of the Constitution, and an 18th Century Women's Clothing display and the Women in the War for Independence display. Events held during the celebration include an address by Clayton State Professor Dr. Eugene Hatfield, entitled, "The Constitution and Civic Engagement," in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker Center from 2-2:50 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 15. The university's traditional reading of the Constitution will begin at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Baker Center Commons. Clayton State President Dr. Thomas K. Harden will provide the introduction, and the Color Guard for the program will be members of Clayton State University R.O.T.C. program. Patriotic music for the reading will be performed by Lianna Wimberly, mezzo-soprano, and Wilgrens Pierre on the trumpet. Free copies of the Constitution will be provided.

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 down-payment 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.

Auditions for Atlanta Festival Ballet's 2007 The Nutcracker are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, at 416 Eagle's Landing Parkway, in Stockbridge. The Ballet seeks dancers, ages 3 to adult, to fill secondary roles. No experience is required. For times and more information, call the studio at (770) 507-2775.

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 e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

The Tara Beekeepers Association will present their "Beekeeping Short Course" at the Reynolds Nature Preserve on Saturday Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The course is geared for beginning beekeepers, but experienced beekeepers seeking current information also welcome. The course will enable most people to easily maintain a hive. The cost of the daylong 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. Bee Club Members can attend for a cost of $15, which includes lunch and handouts. For more information, call (770) 473-5434, or email hortpa@uga.edu.

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.

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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