Datebook - August 12, 2009


The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center Prevention Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m., at the Housing Authority of Clayton County, 732 Main Street, Forest Park. Afterward, the Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center Stabilization Committee will also have a meeting, at 11:30 a.m. For more details, contact the Housing Authority of Clayton County at (404) 362-0635.

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. 17

The Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment will be held until Sept. 17. Applicants must be the operators recorded on the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency records, have documented control of the land, be in compliance with wetland and highly erodible land provisions, and supply the necessary information to complete the application and ranking process. Persons, entities, corporations and American Indian tribes are eligible for the program. The Conservation Stewardship Program encourages producers to address resource concerns on their farm, in a comprehensive manner, by participating in additional conservation activities and improving their current measures. For more details, contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service at (770) 957-5705.

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. 22

The Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University will present its "Entrepreneur Success Series" until 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.

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.

Today-Oct. 5

Arts Clayton is accepting applications for the "Grassroots Arts Program" for fiscal year 2010. The deadline is Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. The statewide program encourages local collaborations between artists, art organizations and non-art organizations, in order to serve a broad range of Georgia residents. Funding for art projects are open to non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, or units of local government. Examples for projects eligible for funding include visual arts exhibits, concerts, readings, theater, dance performances and film programs, to name a few. Counties eligible to submit applications to Arts Clayton, include Clayton, Butts, Cowetta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding. Six grant-writing workshops will be available during the month of September, for potential applicants. Contact Sara Cookson at (770) 473-5775.

Today-Oct. 30

The Georgia Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the 2009 "GATEway Grant" program. The deadline is Oct. 30. Applicants should mail the application to the Georgia Department of Transportation Landscape Architecture Section in Atlanta, 600 W. Peachtree St. NW, 10th floor, Atlanta. The grant is used toward purchasing and installing plant material on state routes in community landscape projects located on public roads. Applicants who are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 include any organization, local government, or state agency. For more details, visit www.dot.ga.gov/localgovernment/fundingprograms/gateway/Pages/default.aspx. Applicants can submit questions to landscape@dot.ga.gov, or call the Georgia Department of Transportation at (404) 631-1397.


Southern Regional Health System will conduct a "Diabetes Support Group" on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Diabetes Classroom, on the ground floor by the cafeteria, at Southern Regional Health System, 11 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale. The topic: "Cardiovascular Risk and Advanced Lipid Testing." Contact Kathy Marshall, diabetes nurse educator for Southern Regional Health System, at (770) 991-8626, or Leanne Darwin, outpatient dietitian, at Southern Regional Health System, at (770) 991-8033.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a "New Member Orientation" on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, 2270 Mt. Zion Road, Jonesboro. The meeting is free to the public. Participants will learn the benefits and opportunities the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce provides to businesses. Contact the Chamber at (678) 610-4026.


The 2009 Sister to Sister "Developing Our Young DIVAS for Tomorrow" event will be held on Saturday, 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. 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 Saturday, 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. Contact Searless Hathaway at (770) 289-6364, or Richard Reagan at (770) 961-8385.

Saturday-Oct. 24

LADYS, Inc., will hold its eighth annual Saturday basketball school from Saturday, 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. Contact LADYS, Inc., at (770) 369-7779, or e-mail info@ladysinc.org.

Aug. 20

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hosts its, "Women in Business Council Spotlight Luncheon" on Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m., at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 638 Highway 138, Stockbridge. The panelists will include Veronica Elie, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce's business woman of the year; Iris Jessie, city manager of Riverdale; Krystal Plate, president and CEO, of Southern Crescent Personnel; and Bonnie Wilson, vice president of Sutherland's Food Service. The cost is $30 for an individual ticket, $300 for a table of 10, or $100 for an exhibit table. The presenting sponsor for the event is Paragon Systems, Inc. Contact the Chamber at (678) 610-4025.

Aug. 21

Project CatSnip will be offering low-cost rabies vaccinations and microchip clinics, on Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County Police Department Animal Control Center, 1396 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Cats and dogs will be able to receive their annual rabies vaccination, for $10, with no charge for an office visit. There will also be an annual vaccination package, which includes a rabies vaccination, DHLPP-C booster for dogs, FVRCP booster for cats, and deworming treatment for round and hook worms, for $35. A microchip with a lifetime registration is also available for $25. Contact Project CatSnip at (770) 455-7077.

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. Contact the city at (404) 767-1537.

The Southside Support Group of the Lupus Foundation of Georgia will host a "Lupus Family and Friends Cookout" on Aug. 22, from 11 a.m,. to 3 p.m., at the Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. The event will include free food and entertainment. Participants should register in advance with the Lupus Foundation office, by calling (770) 333-5930.

The Krystal Williams Foundation will present its "4th Community and Family Fun Day" on Aug. 22, from noon to 6 p.m., at the BEACH, at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. The event will include food, prizes, games and live entertainment. The Krystal Williams Foundation is presenting the event to end youth violence. Participants can donate their old phones, or make a donation of their choice. Contact the Krystal Williams Foundation at ( 770) 603-0835.

Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc., will host a free "First Time Homebuyer Seminar"on Aug. 22, at 10 a.m., at the Clayton County Riverdale Branch Library, 420 Valley Hill Road, Riverdale. The seminar will assist participants, who are purchasing a home for the first time, in answering all of their questions. The seminar will feature subject experts such as a home inspector, a real estate agent and a lender, to name a few. The event is sponsored by Clayton County, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To register, contact Marion at (404) 765-3985.

Aug. 29

The American Diabetes Association will host its free 11th annual "Victory Over Diabetes" kick-off event, on Aug. 29, from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park. The event will feature GRAMMY nominated singer and songwriter Angie Stone, as well as, the Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered diabetes campaign. Diabetes educators will be present to offer tips and advice, on how individuals can improve their management of diabetes. Contact the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-342-2383, or the Georgia International Convention Center at (770) 997-3566.

Sept. 3

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will have its monthly meeting on Sept. 3, at 11 a.m., at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more details, call (770) 761-3020.

Sept. 12

Six Gardens will host the "Atlanta Audubon Society Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour" on Sept. 12, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at tour sites such as 214 Smokerise Trace, Peachtree City; 233 Smokerise Trace, Peachtree City, Two Doves Farm, 380 Ebenezer Church Road, Fayetteville; Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary, Old Senoia Road, Fayetteville; 685 Glynn St. South, Fayetteville; and Garden of Doctors Ferrol and Helen Sams, 355 Beauregard Blvd., Fayetteville. Tickets are available for advance purchase, for $12, or on the day of the tour for $15. Children 12 years of age, and under, are admitted free, with adult supervision. Contact the Atlanta Audubon Society at (678) 973-2437.

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, or to assist in sponsoring the event, 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.


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.