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Loan modification seminar set for Saturday

The NID-Housing Counseling Agency, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-approved agency, will provide a free loan modification seminar Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. For pre-registration, call (678) 884-0221.

Tuesday

The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday, 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.

The Clayton County Water Authority, and Keep Clayton County Beautiful will sponsor a free "Household Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day," on April 25, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at The Flint River (W.B. Casey) Water Reclamation Facility, 8890 Roberts Road, Jonesboro. Clayton County residents will be able to drop off hazardous household waste such as paint, oven cleaner, cooking oil and grease, aerosols, drain cleaners, fluorescent bulbs and automotive and household batteries. For more information visit www.ccwa.us, or call (770) 477-3674.

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 25

Women Connecting Women and the Southern Regional Medical Center Foundation will host the third annual "Spring into Health Living" event April 25 from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at Southern Regional Medical Center, 11 Upper Riverdale Road. An orthopedic specialist will discuss women's health issues with a focus on bone density. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 13 to 17. Children 12 and under can enter free. For more information, call Judy Klose at (770) 991-8004.

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, call (770) 473-5808.

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, call (770) 473-5808.

Georgia Urology and Southern Regional Health System will offer a free patient education seminar for men on 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.

May 1, 2, 8

The Riverdale Players will present "Zooman and the Sign," a drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller, on May 1, 2 and 8, at 8 p.m. The performances will be at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road, Riverdale. Tickets will be available for $5 each beginning April 9 at the Riverdale City Hall, 6690 Church St., Riverdale, from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m. For more information call (770) 997-8989, or visit www.riverdalega.gov.

May 2

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services will hold the "Swing into Spring Festival" on May 2, from 10:30 a.m., to 6 p.m., at Starr Park, 803 Forest Parkway. A rain date has be set for May 9. Recreation and Leisure Services is currently looking for performers and vendors for the event. For more information, contact Sharon Smith at (404) 363-2908.

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 the 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 8

The Clayton County Housing Authority will host a foreclosure seminar on May 8, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex. For more information contact Marshel Hambrick at (770) 472-8042.

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 on the second Thursday of each 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.