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Clayton Housing Authority's monthly meeting today

Today

The board of managers of the Housing Authority of Clayton County Facilities Holding Company, LLC, will have its monthly meeting Wednesday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m., at the Housing Authority of Clayton County, 732 Main St., Forest Park.

The Housing Authority of Clayton County Board of Commissioners meeting will be held Wednesday, April 15, at 6 p.m., at the Housing Authority of Clayton County, 732 Main St., Forest Park.

Saturday

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

The Atlanta Festival Ballet will host "Dancing on the Square" Saturday, 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.

There will be a free "Families Create Art Around the World," International Festival on Saturday, April 18, from 12:45 p.m., to 4:45 p.m., at the Clayton County Library System, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Featured guests, which include artists and authors, will sing in different languages, and read books to the youths and adults. For more information, call Janice Arcuria, assistant director for the Clayton County Library System, at (770) 473-3850, or e-mail her at arcuriaj@claytonpl.org.

Truett's Grill will host the "Truett's Grill Classic Youth Basketball Tournament," for children ages 6 to 12, on Saturday, April 18, at 9 a.m., at the Activity and Recreation Center of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 7102 Mt. Zion Boulevard, Jonesboro. The cost for each skill competition is $5. During the tournament, there will be teams made up of three players, and they will be divided into four different age brackets. The championship game will be played at 4:15 p.m., and the winners will receive free Chick-fil-A items for a year. There will also be lay-up and free-throw competitions, with a chance to win prizes. For more information, contact Ali Rice, at (770) 316-0374, or e-mail her at alirice@bellsouth.net.

Monday

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service in Clayton County presents "Spring Lawncare," a free class for the community on Monday, April 20, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Clayton County Cooperative Extension, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call to register at (770) 473-5434.

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center RFP Review Committee meeting will be held on Monday, April 20, at 10 a.m., at the Housing Authority of Clayton County, 732 Main St., Forest Park. For more information, contact the Housing Authority at (404) 362-1200.

Tuesday

The American Cancer Society, and Southern Regional Health System will present, "There is Hope Beyond the Horizon: Research and Clinical Trials," on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m., at the Southern Regional Health System Education Building, 11 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale. This is a community event, with updates on the state of cancer research at the American Cancer Society and on research and clinical trials at Southern Regional. For more information, contact Lisa Cockerham at (770) 631-0625, or Darlene Mims, at (770) 991-8472.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service in Clayton County presents "Vegetable Gardening," a free class for the community on Tuesday, April 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the cooperative extension office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call to register at (770) 473-5434.

April 23

The Clayton County Boy Scouts of America will host the "Tara District Golden Eagle Low Country Boil," on April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Stately Oaks Plantation, 100 Carriage Lane, Jonesboro. The mission of the fund-raiser is to support Clayton County's Boy Scouts of America, "Friends of Scouting Campaign." For more information, contact Lee Harper at (404) 790-6455, or e-mail him at lharper@atlantabsa.org.

April 25

The Truett's Grill Run of the Mill 5K Race will be held on April 25, at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds 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 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.

Metro South Association of Realtors will offer a free workshop for people facing foreclosure, or searching to purchase a home, on April 25, from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Metro South Association of Realtors, 1671 Adamson Parkway, Morrow. There will be guest speakers from the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Committee and D&E, A Financial Education and Training and Institute, Inc., to name a few. For more information, call (770) 477-7579. To reserve a seat, call Ana Blackburn, at (404) 925-2639, or e-mail her at msar.eocd@yahoo.com; or Angela Moss, at (770) 294-2407, or at angelajmoss@bellsouth.net.

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. 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 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 be 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 29

Baskin-Robbins will have its third annual "31 Cent Scoop Night," on April 29, from 5 to 10 p.m., at its stores nationwide, including the Jonesboro location, 7911 Tara Blvd., and the Lake City location, 5663 Jonesboro Road. During the event, the ice cream brand will reduce the 2.5 ounce ice cream scoops to 31 cents. For more information, contact your nearest location.

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' office, 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.

Georgia Urology and Southern Regional Health System will offer free patient education seminars 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 2

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 been 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 Boulevard, Jonesboro. The event will include activities, such as pony rides, a petting zoo and health screenings. For more information, or to RSVP, visit www.spiveystationsurgerycenter.com, or call Spivey Station at (770) 991-2200.

May 4

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service in Clayton County presents "Pruning Shrubs and Trees," a free class for the community on May 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the cooperative extension office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Register at (770) 473-5434.

May 7

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District's monthly meeting will be held on May 7, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 761-3020.

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 Boulevard, 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 16

The Clayton County Library System will host, "Antiques on the Lawn," a free family event on May 16, from 12-4 p.m., at the Clayton County Library System, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. They invite visual, performing artists, antique dealers and authors to participate in the event. Vendors should reserve a spot to display and sell their items, and provide a $10 donation. The entertainment will be magician Ken Scott Noon, and there will be musical performances from 1 to 4 p.m. Inflatables, and arts and crafts will be provided for children. For more information, contact Sherry Turner at (770) 473-3850, or e-mail her at turners@claytonpl.org.

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 Club 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 Boulevard, 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 1to 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.