Volunteers needed to mentor boys

Volunteer men are needed for "Boys To Men Mentoring Program" on the third Saturday of each month, from noon to 4 p.m. Using the experiences of life to guide and motivate the next generation, volunteers will show the boys what it takes to be a real man who loves himself, his family, his community and his country. Call (678) 479-0011 for more information and to sign up.

The Clayton County Extension Service presents: "Weed Control in Lawns." Attend this free seminar, on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and learn how to get rid of pesky winter weeds. Clayton County Extension Service, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more information or to register, call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

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 County Republican Meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Morrow City Hall.

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 includes: Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Plena, Salsa, Samba, Reggae, Tango and Reggaeton will be featured in the performance.

The Clayton County NAACP Branch and the Clayton County Youth Council is sponsoring a voter registration drive, and a membership drive, at Starr Park, in Forest Park, on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m, to 4 p.m. Call Eloise Archibald for more information at (404) 372-7102.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving presents free web training on the Savvy Caregiver program. These sessions are designed to train individuals to work with family caregivers. Savvy Caregiver is an evidence-based intervention for Alzheimer's and dementia care. The six-hour training will be divided into two sessions Wednesday, Nov. 5, and Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m.m to noon. Participate in this training via the Internet in your home or office. For more information, call Amy Tribble at (229) 928-1234, or e-mail her atribble@gsw.edu.

The Clayton State University library will present "Genealogy Classes for the New Researcher." A three-class, six-lesson series that will help family historians get started with tracing and organizing their family tree, the classes are offered free by the Clayton State University Library and are being taught by an intern with the Clayton State Archives who is preparing for certification as a genealogist. Classes are scheduled for the following dates: Sunday, Sept. 28, Sunday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 23. The classes will meet from 3 p.m.. until 5 p.m., in room L200 of the Clayton State library. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Contact Rosemary Fischer, Clayton State University Library, at (678) 466-4333, or rosemaryfischer@clayton.edu.

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.

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 also will include 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.

There will be a benefit motorcycle ride for His Restoring Hand, Inc. which is working to build a shelter for abused women and children in Henry county. 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.

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.

Clayton County Master Gardeners present: "Smart Gardening Symposium," Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Eula Ponds Perry Learning Center, 137 Spring St., Jonesboro. Fee for Symposium is $30.00, if pre-registered by Oct. 1, and $35.00, if after October. For more information, call the Clayton County Extension Office at (770) 473-5434.

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

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 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.

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 Rd., 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 full of Farm Bureau treats. 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.

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 age 8, $15 in advance, and $20 on the day of the race. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

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.

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