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CSU kicks off 'Multicultural Middays' program

Thursday

Clayton State University will kick off its new "Multicultural Middays" program on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 11:30 a.m., with a performance by the Latin-American music group, Tahino, in the University Amphitheater, which is next to Swan Lake and Spivey Hall. Tahino will perform a variety of music styles, including: Merengue; Salsa; Samba; Tango; Reggae, and Cha Cha Cha, to teach people about Hispanic culture.

Saturday

Clayton County Public Schools will host a Saturday Math Academy for parents of middle and high school students on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m., to noon, at the Perry Learning Center, 137 Spring Street, Jonesboro. The workshops will focus on teaching parents about changes in math classes, as well as how to help their children with homework, and how to help them prepare for standardized tests. Contact Tarcia Troup at (678)817-3094 for more information.

Monday

Clayton State University and Heritage Bank will host a free financial seminar on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., in room T152 of the new school of business building on the university's Morrow campus. During the seminar, attendees will learn about the economy, and how they can protect their bank deposits with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance. Clayton State Economics professors Nikki Finlay and Reza Kheirandish, and representatives from the Atlanta FDIC office, will be on hand to dispense information. Contact Barbara Stevens at (770) 515-7001 to RSVP for the seminar.

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its next Work Session on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., at the district's Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro. Corrective Superintendent John Thompson will present his revised, toned down contract to the school board during this meeting.

Oct. 2

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold a public participation meeting on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., at the district's Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

Oct. 3-4

The Clayton County Library system's Headquarters Branch will host a $5 book sale on Friday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m., to 5:45 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m., to 4:45 p.m., at the library, located at 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Contact the library at (770) 473-3850, for more information.

Clayton County Board of Education District 5 candidate Diana Nicholson, and Clayton County Sheriff candidate Jack Rainwater will hold a joint "Meet and Greet, Lunch and Learn" session on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Massengale Park, at the intersection of Williamson Mill Road and Haines Street in Jonesboro.

Oct. 11

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees "The Impressions" will perform on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy., Jonesboro. The group will perform several of its hits, including "People, Get Ready," "I'm So Proud," "It's All Right," and "Gypsy Woman." Performances by Rhythm and Blues singer Larissa Holiday, and jazz group "Rhapsody N Blues" are also scheduled. And, there will be a youth talent competition. Tickets cost $25 for general admission; $35 for reserve seating, and $75 for V.I.P. seating. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at (404) 249-6400, or through the Performing Arts Center box office at (770) 473-2875. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will fund scholarships for Clayton County students.

Oct. 14

Clayton State University's School of Graduate Studies will hold an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., in room 201 of the university's Harry S. Downs Center.

Oct. 22-23

Clayton State University's Health Services department will offer flu shots to members of the community on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., in the James M. Baker University Center. The cost for a flu shot is $15 for Clayton State students; $17 for faculty and staff, and $23 for the general public.

Notes

The United States Air Force recently announced Airman Andre M. Paige, nephew of College Park resident Linda Reese and McDonough resident Elizabeth Mitchell, has graduated from a six-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Paige studied the Air Force mission; organization; military customs and courtesies; rifle marksmanship; performed drill and ceremony marches; field training exercises, and received special training in human relations. Airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

The United States Air Force Reserve recently announced Airman Ladoris V. Gooden, a 2003 graduate of Mount Zion High School, has graduated from a six-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. During her training, Gooden studied the Air Force mission; organization; military customs and courtesies; rifle marksmanship; performed drill and ceremony marches; field training exercises, and received special training in human relations. Airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Gooden is the daughter of Jonesboro resident Steven Gooden.

The United States Air Force recently announced Airman 1st Class Christopher Q. Jackson, son of College Park resident Patrice Coleman and great-grandson of Aberdeen, Miss., resident Joyce Vasser, has graduated from a six-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Jackson studied the Air Force mission; organization; military customs and courtesies; rifle marksmanship; performed drill and ceremony marches; field training exercises, and received special training in human relations. Airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

The United States Army National Guard recently announced Pvt. Jeremy M. Malano, son of Jonesboro resident Gladys Malano, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, S.C. During his training, Malano studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare and bayonet training; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; military courtesy; the military justice system, and basic first aid.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Public Library system offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site at www.claytonpl.org.

School notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.