Datebook - August 19, 2009

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 obtain an application at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro, or download it online, at www.artsclayton.org/gallery. The deadline is Saturday, Aug. 22. Call (770) 473-5457.

Today-Aug. 24

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Clayton Youth Leadership program, until Monday, Aug. 24. The program targets tenth-graders , and helps develop leadership skills, and lets participants become aware of community needs, challenges and resources through interaction with local community leaders. The seven-month program will begin in September. To be eligible, applicants must be attending school in Clayton County, demonstrate leadership abilities, and express interest in furthering their knowledge of the county. Visit www.claytonchamber.org, or call Tamika McLester at (678) 422-2839, or e-mail her at claytonyouthleadership@yahoo.com.

Today-Aug. 31

The Center for Cultural Interchange, a non-profit student exchange organization, is looking for volunteer families to host foreign exchange students, for the 2009-2010 school year. The students come from 65 countries. The deadline is Aug. 31. Visit www.cci-exchange.com/host.htm, e-mail ayp@cci-exchange.com, or call 1-800-634-4771.

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. Call 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, 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9-11 a.m., at the Cooperative Extension's parking lot, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The farmers market ends Sept. 19. 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. Call 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. 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. Counties eligible to submit applications to Arts Clayton, include Clayton, Butts, Cowetta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding. For more details, Contact Sara Cookson at (770) 473-5775.

Today-Oct. 24

LADYS, Inc., will hold its eighth annual Saturday basketball school until Oct. 24. 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.

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. Applicants can submit questions to landscape@dot.ga.gov, or call the Georgia Department of Transportation at (404) 631-1397.


The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its, "Women in Business Council Spotlight Luncheon" on Thursday, 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. Call the Chamber at (678) 610-4025.


Project CatSnip will be offering low-cost rabies vaccinations and microchip clinics, on Friday, 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. 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. Call Project CatSnip at (770) 455-7077.


The City of College Park will hold its third annual College Park Cityfest on Saturday, 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. Call (404) 767-1537.

The Southside Support Group of the Lupus Foundation of Georgia will host a "Lupus Family and Friends Cookout" on Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 event is sponsored by Clayton County, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To register, contact Marion at (404) 765-3985.

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL will be conducting open-call auditions on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree St., Atlanta. To be eligible for an audition, an individual must be a female, between the ages of 18 to 27, and over 5-feet, 7-inches tall. Participants can also apply for the show by visiting www.cwtv.com. For more details, e-mail Amy Lee at AmyLCasting@gmail.com.

Aug. 27

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will hold its "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on Aug. 27, at 7:45 a.m., at the Continuing Education Building, of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The event will be presented by Heritage Cadillac-Saab, of Morrow. The topic will be, "Commute Alternatives Equal Tax Incentives for Your Business," with guest speakers Mike Williams, director of programs and employer services for The Clean Air Campaign; and Hannah Bowles, employer program manager for The Clean Air Campaign. The cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.

Aug. 29

The American Diabetes Association will host its 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. Call (770) 761-3020.

Sept. 5

The Caribbean Association of Georgia will host the "South Metro Caribbean Festival," on Sept. 5, from noon to 8 p.m., at The Beach, of the Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. The celebration is open to the public, though there will be a $3 parking fee. Access to beach will cost $10 for adults, and $8 for children. Participants are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, or new or gently used books to the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services. Call Jackie Watson at (678) 464-0680, Courtney McFarlane, at (678) 313-4831, or visit www.caribbeangeorgia.org.

Sept. 11-13

The Atlanta Mass Choir will hold its statewide auditions, Sept. 11-13, at The Beach, of Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. The non-denominational choir will be composed of singers, praise dancers and steppers. Call Carla Jordan, at (678) 896-5105, or e-mail her at carlaowens911@aol.com.

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 Boulevard, 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. Call (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. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Contact the Chamber 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. For details, e-mail valiani@hotmail.com, or cmoye1124@gmail.com.

Oct. 15

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the premier business and community expo, "The 4th Annual Showcase Clayton," on Oct. 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the community center of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 7102 Mt. Zion Boulevard, Jonesboro. The event will provide opportunities for businesses to exhibit their products and services, as well as, network with the public and business leaders. The expo will also include a zone with entertainment just for children. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce, at (678) 610-4021.


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. 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. 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. 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. The cost for dancing is $5. 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. 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.