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Free seminar targets foreclosure, housing discrimination

Today

Metro Fair Housing Services, a U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development-approved and certified housing counseling agency, will give a free seminar today on foreclosure and housing discrimination, at 7 p.m., at Faith Walk Ministries, Inc., 6084 Riverdale Road, College Park. For more information call (770) 994-0033.

Friday

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will have a Spring Break Camp for children ages 5 to 15. Registration for the camp ends Friday, April 3. Registration is $50, and does not include field trip costs. The camp will be held at four sites: the Jim Huie Recreation Center, the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center and the Therapeutic Recreation Center. The Spring Break Camp will take place April 6-10 from 7 a.m., to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices at (770) 477-3766.

Tuesday, April 30

Georgia Urology and Southern Regional Health System will offer free patient education seminars for men on April 7, and April 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Southern Regional's Education Center at 11 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The seminars will be led by Dr. Darrell Carment of Georgia Urology. Spouses and partners are welcome. To register, call 1(877)433-2873.

April 14

The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular quarterly meeting on April 14, at 2 p.m., at the Headquarters Library Board Room, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The meeting will be open to the public. For more information, contact LaDonna Markland at (770) 473-3850, or e-mail ladonnam@claytonpl.org.

April 18

The Jonesboro High School PTSA will host its first Spring Fling Business Expo/Yard Sale on April 18, at 10 a.m., at the high school. Businesses will showcase products and services to the community. Businesses can participate for $25, and can register until April 10. For more information, contact Olivia Rencher at (678) 914-9446.

The Atlanta Festival Ballet will host "Dancing on the Square" April 18, at 7 p.m. Guests will learn the rumba, the West African line, beach and swing dancing. There will be a contest for dancers ages 3 to 9 years old. The program is supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts, through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, and in partnership with Arts Clayton. For more information call (770) 507-2775.

April 25

The Truett's Grill Run of the Mill 5K Race will be held on April 25, at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go to a scholarship fund in memory of James Everett. For information on registering and location, e-mail Rhonda Jagus at rjagus@bellsouth.net.

April 25-26

The Southern Crescent Symphony and Youth Orchestras will present "English Masterworks" on April 25, at 7:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Road, Jonesboro. On April 26, at 3 p.m., the performance will held at the Henry County Schools Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., McDonough. The program includes selections from Holst's "The Planets," Elgar's "Enigma Variations," and Vaughan Williams' "English Folksong Suite." Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students over 12 years old, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 years old, and free for children under the age of 6. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

April 28

Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha M. Mosley will host a town hall meeting in observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2009 on April 28, at 6 p.m., at the Forest Park City Hall, 746 Forest Parkway. Crime prevention will be the theme of the meeting, and there will be a panel discussion on the elements of crime prevention, and how to reduce victimization and promote community unity. The panel will also answer questions from the audience. For more information, contact Darlene Johnson Riggins, victim services officer, at (678) 479-5503.

April 30

An Alzheimer's support group will hold a meeting on April 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at GoldenCrest Assisted Living Residence, 2160 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow. Meetings will continue every fourth Thursday of the month. For more information contact Gery Saunders at (770) 961-2200.

Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha M. Mosley will host a town hall meeting in observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2009 on April 30, at 6 p.m., at the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, 112 Smith St., Jonesboro. Crime prevention will be the theme of the meeting, and there will be a panel discussion on the elements of crime prevention, and how to reduce victimization and promote community unity. The panel will also answer questions from the audience. For more information, contact Darlene Johnson Riggins, victim services officer, at (678) 479-5503.

May 3

The Surgery Center at Spivey Station will host a free community fair and grand-opening celebration on May 3, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Spivey Station, 7823 Spivey Station Blvd., Jonesboro. The event will include activities such as pony rides, a petting zoo and health screenings. For more information, or to RSVP for event, visit www.spiveystationsurgerycenter.com, or call Spivey Station at (770) 991-2200.

May 7-16

The Safe America Foundation will offer driver's education classes at its state-licensed Safe TeenGeorgia affiliate, in the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, from May 7 through May 16. Students attend 30 hours of classroom instruction, and complete 10 to 16 hours behind the wheel. To check for schedules and availability, or to register, visit www.safeamerica.org or call (770) 973-7233.

May 23

The Atlanta Festival Ballet will host "Dancing on the Square" May 23, at 7 p.m. Guests will learn the rumba, the West African line, beach and swing dancing. There will be a contest for dancers ages 3 to 9 years old. The program is supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts, through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, and in partnership with Arts Clayton. For more information call (770) 507-2775.

June 8-19

Arts Clayton's 16th Annual Summer Arts Camp will be held June 8-19 at E.J. Swint Elementary School, 500 Ga. Highway 138, Jonesboro. For more information, contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5457.

June 22-26

The Clayton County 4-H will host a 4-H Summer Camp for fifth-graders June 22-26 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Registration is being accepted at the Clayton County 4-H office, at 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For a copy of the application, visit the 4-H web site at www.co.clayton.ga.us/extension_svc/4h.org/summercamp/default.htm. Space is limited. For more information, contact the 4-H staff at (770) 473-3945.

July 6-10

Camp Ivy Inc., a camp for children with Type 1 diabetes, will be held from July 6 through July 10 at the Calvin Center, 13550 Woolsey Road, Hampton. Children ages 2 and up can participate in the program. For more information call (678) 688-5124.

Ongoing

The Bear Creek Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m., and Friday nights at 10 p.m., at 1019 U.S. Highway 19/41 in Hampton. For directions, call (678) 472-3100.

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., is selling commemorative bricks that will be used in the city of Jonesboro's streetscape. When completed, the streetscape will feature a walkway where the engraved bricks will be placed. There is an "early bird special" price of $35 for one brick, or three bricks for $100. Each brick may contain up to three lines with 18 letters per line. The brick walkway will offer a unique opportunity to record an individual's name, memorialize a friend, mentor, or family member, or make note of a personal milestone. For more information, call (770) 473-0197.

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center is hosting weekly foreclosure prevention workshops in Forest Park on Thursdays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 to 7 p.m. The workshops are intended to educate the community on how to avoid home foreclosure. To schedule an appointment to attend a weekly workshop, call (770) 961-6900.

The Coffee Spot is hosting Poetry-n-Motion, an open-mic poetry night, every third Saturday of the month. Youth sign-up is at 2:30 p.m., and the show starts at 3 p.m. Adult sign-up is at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. The event takes place at 10249 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. For more information call (678) 519-3731.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will offer swimming to the public at the recreation center's indoor pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 and 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department is offering floor aerobics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost of the class is $25 per resident and $35 per non-resident per month. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Virginia Gray Cafe will host an open-mic night for teen poets every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, located at 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale. Though teenagers are the target group, there is no age restriction on performers. For more information, contact Mikala Glanton at (770) 603-4001.

Fishing day-passes for the Shoal Creek Reservoir, located at 301 Hampton Road, Hampton, are on sale for $10 at the Shamrock/Blalock Reservoir entrance office, located at 2688 Shamrock Road, Jonesboro. Passes may be purchased Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Anglers will need to purchase a pass in advance, then select a Saturday for fishing. The slots will be limited to 20 boats per Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis. The Saturdays available to fish are April 18, April 25, May 16, May 23, June 6, and June 13. For more information, contact the Clayton County Water Authority at (770) 961-2130.

Southern Regional Health System will host a diabetes support group every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. The group will meet in the diabetes classroom at Southern Regional Health System located at 11 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale. There is no registration required. For more information, contact Kathy Marshall at (770) 991-8626.

Families are needed to host foreign exchange students who would attend local high schools. Students come for one year, and do not smoke, drink or drive. Students have insurance and their own spending money. In addition, students speak some English and have good grades. For more information contact Jinx Ratcliff at (770) 477-1376.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Maria Jose Subiria. To submit an item for publication, e-mail msubiria@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.