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Datebook: August 26, 2009

Today-Monday

The Center for Cultural Interchange, a nonprofit 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 Monday, 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 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. In addition, there will be a free food-preservation class, on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Cooperative Extension. Call (770) 473-5434 for more details or to reserve a seat for the food-preservation class.

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 is 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, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding. For more details, 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, 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.

Thursday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold its "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast" on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7:45 a.m., in the Continuing Education Building at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The topic of discussion 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 and $25 for non-members. For more details, call (678) 610-4021.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service of Clayton County will offer a free "Noontime Knowledge: Growing Orchids 101" class on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 12:15 to 1 p.m., at the Cooperative Extension Service of Clayton County, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The class will be taught by Mary Cawthon, a hobby orchid grower. Participants must register for the class and are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. For more details, or to register, contact the Cooperative Extension Service of Clayton County at (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

Saturday

The American Diabetes Association will host its 11th annual "Victory Over Diabetes" kick-off event on Saturday, 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, and 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. 1-30

Throughout the month of September, the Clayton County Headquarters Library will display items from the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrating the U.S. Constitution and art work by Jerome Lawrence. The items will be on display Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m., to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battlecreek Road, Jonesboro. For more details, contact Dianne Moore, assistant circulation supervisor for the Clayton County Headquarters Library, at (770) 473-3850, or e-mail her at dmoore@claytonpl.org.

Sept. 1-Oct. 3

The Arts Clayton Gallery will exhibit "The Georgia Watercolor Society 30th Annual Members' Exhibition," from Sept. 1 to Oct. 3, Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the main and feature gallery of the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. There will be a free opening reception at the Arts Clayton Gallery on Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 19, Judi Betts, judge of the exhibition, will present a demonstration to members from 4 to 5 p.m., which will be followed by the artist celebration and awards presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is also free for the public. For more details, contact the Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457.

Sept. 3

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold 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 12 to 8 p.m., at The Beach at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Ga. 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. 9, 15, 17, 22, 26

Arts Clayton, will conduct six free "Grassroots Arts Program" workshops: Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 15 at 10 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.; Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.; Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.; and Sept. 26 at 10 a.m., at Arts Clayton, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The workshop will clarify the grant writing process for those interested in applying for the Grassroots Arts Program for the 2010 fiscal year. All applicants, especially first-time applicants, should pre-register to the attend the workshop. Participants should e-mail artline@artsclayton.org, and include information such as name, organization, contact information and a workshop date, or call Sara Cookson, program and event coordinator for Arts Clayton, at (770) 473-5775.

Sept. 11-13

The Atlanta Mass Choir will hold its statewide auditions Sept. 11-13 at The Beach at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Ga. 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 in Fayetteville and Peachtree City. 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. For more details, call (678) 973-2437.

Sept. 18

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 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. 18-20

Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will conduct performances on Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; and Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. Children 12 years of age and under will be able to attend the circus for free, and obtain their tickets by visiting www.freekidstickets.com. Adult admission will be $12, if purchased in advanced, or $17 at the door. Patrons are able to buy their tickets in advanced by calling 1(888)332-5200, by visiting www.tickets.com, or at the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars box office, which is open from 10 a.m., to 8:30 p.m., on show days. For more details, contact Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars at 1(800) 796-5672, or visit www.gotothecircus.com.

Sept. 19

The Alzheimer's Services Center will present a grand spa day, on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Alzheimer's Services Center, 6701 Ga. Highway 85, Riverdale. This is a fund-raising event with a goal of raising revenue so that the center will be able to continue its services to its clients. The cost to participate in the fund-raiser is $30 and includes a skin analysis, facial, hand treatment and a deep-tissue back massage. For more details, contact the Alzheimer's Services Center at (770) 603-4090.

Sept. 22

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host 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.

Sept. 26

Grande L Farms, at 11760 Panhandle Road, Hampton, will host an open house on Sept. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free for the community in Clayton and Henry counties, and will celebrate the Morgan horse. For more details, contact Marianne Martin of Grande L Farms at (770) 471-3712.

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

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. 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 Fridays at 6 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., 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 hosts "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.