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Chamber of Commerce to host 'Take Five at Five'

Today-Feb. 27

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services is offering soccer for boys and girls, ages 4 to 12. Parents can register their children until Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m., to 7 p.m. The season will start on April 19, and ends on June 6. The cost is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

Today-March 31

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services is offering adult coed volleyball. Participants can register until March 31 from 9 a.m., to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is $150 per team. The season starts April 9 and ends May 28. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

Thursday

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will host Take Five at Five, a social event at the Art's Clayton Gallery, Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. The cost of the event is $10 for members, $20 for non-members and $125 for supporter sponsors. Advance registration is required. Hilton Head Guest Services will be sponsoring the event. For more information, call (678) 610-4021.

The City of Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services will offer a life guard training course at the recreation center's indoor pool. Screening will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. Classes will be on Thursday nights between 5 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. For more information, call the recreation department at (404) 363-2908.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta's Neighborhood Fund is relaunching its grant program. A Neighborhood Fund Grant orientation will take place Thursday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Clayton County Police Department, 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. Attendees should RSVP at http://www.atlcf.org/GrantsScholarships/Grants/ResourceCenter.aspx. The Neighborhood Fund provides 15 to 25 grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000. For more information, contact Shawn Finnell at (404) 688-5525 or visit www.atlcf.org.

Friday

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Clayton County Master Gardeners, and Keep Clayton County Beautiful will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on Friday, from 12 to 3 p.m., in recognition of Georgia's Arbor Day. The event will be held at the University of Georgia Extension Service Office located at 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The giveaway will include two varieties, dogwoods and redbuds. For more information, call Tom Bonnell, horticulture program assistant, at (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

Saturday

The Arts Clayton Gallery will be hosting "Saturday Spark" on Saturday from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at 136 S. Main Street, Jonesboro. The event will allow families to do an art project related to the monthly exhibition theme. This month the gallery will show how to paint pottery pendants, as demonstrated by jewelry artisan and potter, Sally Weber. Cost of participation is $5 per pendant or two pendants for $8. For more information, contact the Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457.

Feb. 26

The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is hosting Noontime Knowledge, a free gardening course, on how to grow Lenten roses. The class, Feb. 26 from 12:15 to 1 p.m., will be held at the extension office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Attendees should bring a sack lunch, a pad and pen. The classes are free, but registration is appreciated. Call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

Feb. 27

The City of Riverdale's Community and Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services group is now recruiting participants for the Riverdale Neighborhood University program. RNU is a free, five-week program that focuses on the inner workings of local government. Economic development, tourism, public safety and grassroots leadership will be topics of the program. The application deadline is Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. The program starts June 1. For applications and information, call (770) 997-8989, or visit www.riverdalega.gov.

The City of Riverdale's Community and Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services group is now recruiting participants for the Summer Youth Employment program. SYEP is an eight-week program designed to prepare 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds for success in the workforce. SYEP will provide job training and educational workshops. The application deadline is Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. The program starts June 1. For applications and information call (770) 997-8989, or visit www.riverdalega.gov.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department is asking for help in designing a new logo for the department. This logo will become the new symbol for the Parks and Recreation Department, and identify Clayton County and its citizens. It will appear on the county's web site, letterhead, brochures, T-shirts, and recreation facilities. The design should reflect the department's goal to "connect communities through people, parks, and programs." Visit www.claytonparks.com for more information and to download the registration form. The deadline to enter is Feb. 27. Judges will pick the top finalists and post them online for citizens to choose their favorite. The deadline for voting will be midnight, March 31.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a full-court basketball league for men 18 and above, starting in March. Registration will begin in February and games will be on Wednesdays. The cost is $425 per team. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

Feb. 28

The Southern Crescent Chorale will continue its 2008-09 season with "An Evening of Schubert" on Feb. 28 at 8:15 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The program will include the Schubert's piano pieces and art songs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students, and are available in advance or at the door through Spivey Hall. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Spivey Hall at (678) 466-4200. For more information on the Southern Crescent Chorale, call (770) 716-1231, or e-mail info@southerncrescentchorale.org.

This month

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure will be hosting Tee-ball registration during the month of February. The league is for boys and girls, ages 4 and 5. The cost is $55 for residents and $65 for non-residents. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

March 2

The American Cancer Society in Fayette County needs volunteers for its "Road to Recovery Program" to drive patients to and from treatments. There will be an information and training session on March 2 from 10 a.m., to 12 p.m., at the American Cancer Society Peachtree City office. Volunteers must have a good driving record, a valid driver's license, a vehicle in good working condition and auto insurance . For more information, or to register for the session, call Lisa Cokerham at (770) 631-0625, or e-mail her at lisa.cockerham@cancer.org.

March 2-20

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services will offer adult coed kickball. Registration is March 2 through March 20. The cost is $250 for a team of 12 players, or $25 for a coed couple. The season starts April 1, and lasts through May 20. Games will played on Burke Field. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

March 3-27

The Arts Clayton Gallery will host the 13th Congressional District Student Art Competition March 3 through March 27. Show winners receive scholarships from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Atlanta Art Institute. For more information, contact the Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457 or visit www.artsclayton.org/gallery/exhibitions/future.

March 4

American Legion Post 147 and Auxiliary will meet March 4 at Maritza and Frank's, 637 North Central Ave., Hapeville, at 6 p.m. For more information about the post, call (404) 378-3621.

March 5

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting March 5 at 11 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro.

March 7

Arts Clayton will be hosting Arte Gras, a black-tie gala to support the arts in education, scholarship programs and other artistic programming, March 7 at 7 p.m. The event will hosted at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. Tickets will be $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. For more information, visit www.artsclayton.org/artesgras, or call (770) 473-5457.

March 7-April 30

The Arts Clayton Gallery, in partnership with the National Archives, Southeast Region, will host the "Art and Music Exhibition" March 7 through April 30 at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The exhibition will combine visual art with historical, archival information about Southeastern musicians. For more information, contact the Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457, or visit www.artsclayton.org.

March 10

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta will have an orientation session for its new "Common Good Funds" grant program on March 10 from 10 a.m., to 12 p.m. The orientation will be held at the Clayton County library headquarters branch at 865 Battlecreek Road in Jonesboro. Representatives of nonprofit organizations are invited to attend to learn new policies and procedures. RSVP online at www.atlcf.org. Seating is limited. For more information, call (404) 688-5525.

March 12-21

The Safe America Foundation will offer driving education classes at its state-licensed Safe TeenGeorgia affiliate, in the Jim Huie Recreation Center at 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. Classes start March 12 and end March 21. Students attend 30 hours of classroom instruction, and complete 10 to 16 hours behind the wheel. To check schedules and availability, or to register, visit www.safeamerica.org or call (770) 973-7233.

March 13

The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will present "A Night at the Opera," March 13 at 7:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University. Tickets will be $12 at the door. For more information, call (770) 506-0785 or visit www.scsymphony.net.

March 14

Barnes and Noble, located at 1939 Mt. Zion Road, Morrow, will recognize Clayton County Day March 14 from 10 a.m., to 8 p.m. Guests will be able to meet authors such as Herb Bridges and Peter Bonner. Local characters will also attend the free event. Proceeds from book sales will promote Clayton County's 150th birthday. Guests may also download vouchers for book purchases at www.celebrateclayton150.com. The vouchers will allow a percentage of the net sale of the purchase to be distributed to the user's school or organization. For more information, contact the Clayton County Visitors Bureau at (678) 610-4242.

March 26

The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will host Noontime Knowledge, a free gardening course, on container gardening, March 26. The class is from 12:15 to 1 p.m., at the extension office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Attendees should bring a sack lunch, a pad and pen. Classes are free, but registration is appreciated. For more information call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

April

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a fast-pitch softball league for girls starting in April. The league is for girls 8 to 17 years of age. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a ladies' basketball league starting in April. The league is open to women 18 years old and older. Registration will begin in February and games will be on Mondays. The cost is $425 per team. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

May 7-16

The Safe America Foundation will offer driving education classes at its state-licensed Safe TeenGeorgia affiliate, in the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, from May 7 to 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.

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. Youths sign up at 2:30 p.m., and the show starts at 3 p.m. Adults sign up at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. The event takes place at 10249 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. For more information call (678) 519-3731.

The Forest Park and Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority will meet Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. The meetings, at Forest Park City Hall, 745 Forest Parkway, are open to the public.

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, 7-8 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.

Host families are needed for foreign exchange students who would attend local high schools for one year. 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.