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DAR celebrating U.S. Constitution Week

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 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.

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 There will be a collection of historical document reproductions on loan from NARA, including a reproduction of the Constitution, and an 18th Century Women's Clothing display and the Women in the War for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. 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 East 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.

The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties will hold their Sept. 20 meeting, 10 a.m. at the National Archives in Morrow. The meeting is free and all are welcome to come hear the great programs: Christopher Stokes, of the Washing Memorial Library in Macon, will talk on the holdings of the library, and Richard McBrayer, from Hampton, will show a video and talk about Hampton residences.

Clayton State University's Spivey Hall opens its 2008/09 season with performances by the Daedalus Quartet and the Eugenio Toussaint Trio. Spivey Hall's 2008/09 Season Opening Celebration starts at 8:15 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 20, showcasing the Daedalus Quartet, winner of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. On Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m., in conjunction with the Instituto de Mexico, and the Mexican Consulate General in Atlanta, Spivey Hall presents the Eugenio Toussaint Trio. Tickets to this performance are $30 and $40; Clayton State students pay just $10. For tickets and more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200.

Parents Without Partners, South Suburban Atlanta Chapter #581, will hold a "Salute to America" on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 p.m., to midnight, at the American Legion Post #55, in McDonough. Cost is $5. For more information, call (770) 478-2104 or (770) 968-7344.

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.

Clayton State University's Department of Campus Life will present "A Multicultural World," a celebration of culture and diversity, on the Clayton State campus, starting Thursday, Sept. 25. "Multicultural Middays" begin at 11:30 a.m., at the University's Amphitheater by Swan Lake, with a performance by Tahino, a Latin American band, that will familiarize individuals with Hispanic culture. A variety of traditional song styles which include: Cha Cha Cha, Cumbia, Merengue, Plena, Salsa, Samba, Reggae, Tango and Reggaeton will be featured in the performance.

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 Avenue, Hapeville. Come and find out more information about the post and about the American Legion.

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 (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 can also 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 itself will begin at 1 p.m. The event will also include raffles and prizes, a bounce house, scavenger hunt, teddy bear repair station, face painting, barbeque and bake sale, book store, flea market, a paw reader, and pony rides. For more information, call St. John's at (404) 761-8402.

More than 50 families served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association have formed teams that will walk around Zoo Atlanta to raise money for MDA. The walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8:30 a.m., until noon. Funds raised will directly benefit local children and young adults affected by neuromuscular diseases by providing assistance with wheelchair purchases, leg braces, clinic visits, support groups, and a chance for children and young adults to attend MDA Summer Camp Walk-N-Roll, held annually in Rutledge, Ga. Last year, there were 450 walkers who raised more than $100,000. For more information, visit www.mda.org

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 located 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 geared 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. Bee Club Members can attend for a cost of $15, which includes lunch and handouts. For more information, call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

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.

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 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.

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.