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Datebook - August 5, 2009

Today

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County will hold a free food-preservation class today from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Cooperative Extension Service, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The class will be taught by Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County Agent Sandra Foster. Participants will learn about food preservation, supplies and methods. To reserve a seat, or for more information, contact Tom Bonnell, horticulture program assistant, at (770) 473-5434.

Today-Aug. 22

The Arts Clayton Gallery is seeking entries for the "6th Annual Juried Photography Competition," presented in conjunction with the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. Participants must be Georgia residents, ages 18 or older. Traditional film, digital and digitally enhanced entries are accepted. Interested contestants may pick up an application at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro, or download it online, at www.artsclayton.org/gallery. The deadline is Aug. 22. Contact Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457.

Today-Sept. 19

The University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County is hosting its Clayton County Extension Farmers Market every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Cooperative Extension's parking lot, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The farmers market ends Sept. 19. For more details, call (770) 473-5434.

Today-Sept. 25

Participants may register through Sept. 25 for the annual "City of Forest Park/Forest Park Dwarf House 5K Fun Run/Walk" which will be held Sept. 26 at 8:30 a.m., in Starr Park, 803 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The "Kiddie Run," for children ages 8 and under, will begin at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $10 for senior citizens, $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race. For more details, contact Michael Morris, Sr., at (404) 363-2908.

Thursday

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m., at The University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more details, call (770) 761-3020.

Tuesday-Sept. 22

The Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University will present its "Entrepreneur Success Series" Aug. 11 to Sept. 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., in the conference room at Allan Vigil Ford, 6790 Mt. Zion Boulevard, Morrow. Series topics include small business legal issues, starting a business, setting up business records, and marketing small businesses. Classes may be taken separately for a cost of $69 each, or individuals may take the entire series for $349. Contact the Small Business Development Center at (678) 466-5100.

Aug. 15

The 2009 Sister to Sister "Developing Our Young DIVAS for Tomorrow" event will be held on Aug. 15 from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, Hampton. The event is for girls, 12 to 17, and will offer mentoring and activities that will help build confidence and self-esteem. For more details, call Kim McNair at (770) 707-2161.

United Together Clayton County Boys & Girls Club, Inc., will host its "Clayton County Needs a Boys & Girls Club! Motorcycle Ride" on Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. The ride will begin at Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road, Morrow, and end at Rocky's Cafe and Pizza, at 2262 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow. The cost will be $20 for the first rider and $5 for the second rider on the same motorcycle. Proceeds will benefit the United Together Clayton County Boys & Girls Club, Inc.'s effort to create a Boys & Girls Club in Clayton County. For more details, contact Searless Hathaway at (770) 289-6364, or Richard Reagan at (770) 961-8385.

Aug. 15-Oct. 24

LADYS, Inc., will hold its eighth annual Saturday basketball school from Aug. 15 to Oct. 24, with its first session at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. The program runs for 10 weeks, and is for girls ages 8 to 16. Fees for 10 sessions are $80 for returning students, $90 for new students and $75 for teams of seven or more. For more details, contact LADYS, Inc., at (770) 369-7779, or e-mail info@ladysinc.org.

Aug. 22

The City of College Park will hold its third annual College Park Cityfest on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Concourse Boulevard, College Park. This is a free event for the public and will include a health fair and a children's area. A live band is scheduled to perform. For more details, contact the City of College Park at (404) 767-1537.

Sept. 18

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Divine Faith Ministries International, will perform a free concert on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. For tickets, or additional information, contact the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center at (770) 473-2875.

Sept. 22

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the "The Heritage Cadillac Invitational" on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., at the River Forest Golf and Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Drive, Forsyth. Heritage Cadillac of Morrow is the title sponsor for the event. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For more details, contact the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce at (678) 610-4021.

Oct. 3

Morrow High School's class of 1979 will have a 30-year reunion on Oct. 3 from 8 p.m., to 1 a.m., at the Pilgreen's On Lake Dow, 1720 Lake Dow Road, McDonough. The "pre-reunion happy hour" will begin at 7 p.m. The event will include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The Doc Driver band will play throughout the evening. Attendees should wear casual-dressy attire. The cost is $60 per person if paid after July 18. Payments must be received no later than Aug. 31. For more details, e-mail valiani@hotmail.com or cmoye1124@gmail.com.

Ongoing

An Alzheimer's support group meets every fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the GoldenCrest Assisted Living Residence, 2160 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow. For more details, contact Gery Saunders at (770) 961-2200.

Arts Clayton hosts "Home School Fridays" every second Friday of the month, at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Elementary and pre-school students will be able to supplement their home school curriculum with an educational gallery tour, and art project. The cost per project will be $5. Contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5488.

Riverdale Family Billiards hosts a daily chess club, beginning at 5 p.m., at 6598 Ga. Highway 85, Riverdale. Board sets are available, or participants can bring their own. Contact John Jackson at (770) 909-9200, Mark Montour at (770) 369-2749, or e-mail sekon012002@yahoo.com.

The Atlanta Airport Rotary Club will hold weekly meetings on Fridays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., at a new location, the Ramada Atlanta Airport Conference Center, 1380 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. For more details, call (770) 205-9606.

Clayton County Republicans will meet on the last Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at various locations. For more details, contact Della Ashley at (770) 472-1518, or visit www.claytoncountyrepublicans.org.

Brookdale Dine and Dance Club meets most every Friday at 6 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. Participants must be 55 years old, or older, and should bring a plate of food. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and seniors will dance at 6:45 p.m., to live music or a singer. The cost for dancing is $5. For more details, contact Deloris Schaffer at (770) 477-7043, or Don Woodard at (678) 665-6163.

The Arts Clayton Gallery will host "Family Art Saturday-Saturday Spark" every third Saturday of the month, between 10 a.m., and 4 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Families will be able to create an art project related to the month's exhibition theme. The cost per project is $5. For more details, contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5488.

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.