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Seventh annual Freedom Run set for Monday

Saturday

The American Cancer Society in Fayette County needs volunteers for its Road to Recovery program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. A Road to Recovery information and training session will be held Jan. 17 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Cancer Society Peachtree City office. Drivers must have a good driving record, a valid license, auto insurance and a vehicle that is in good working condition.

For more information on becoming a Road to Recovery volunteer, call Lisa Cockerham at (770) 631-0625 or e-mail Lisa.Cockerham@cancer.org.

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center will host a foreclosure prevention workshop at the Clayton County Community Services Authority offices. The event will take place on Jan. 17 from 9-11 a.m. at 1000 Main St., Forest Park, Ga. The workshop is intended to educate the community on how to avoid home foreclosures. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss specific foreclosure topics with counselors. Counselors will give attendees follow-up appointments to investigate further strategies for addressing their respective mortgage crises. For more information call (404) 260-3149.

Monday

The Seventh Annual Freedom Run 10K and 5K road races will be held at Clayton State University Monday in conjunction with the university's annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Both races are sponsored by the Southlake Kiwanis Club and Clayton State University. The races will begin at 9 a.m. on Clayton State Boulevard on the Clayton State campus in Morrow. Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Athletics and Fitness Center. Both courses will run through neighborhoods of Lake City and Morrow. Registration for either race is $18, prior to Jan. 11. Race day registration is $25. A $10 "no T-shirt" registration option also is in place before Jan. 11. Go to www.rungeorgia.com/freedomrun.html, or call Mike Mead at (678) 466-4679 for registration.

Jan. 19-24

The Southern Comforts Quilt Show will take place Jan. 19-24 at Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Skillful needlework of local quilt makers will be displayed in the Bethel Schoolhouse, located on the plantation grounds. Quilting demonstrations will be held. Quilt makers are asked to demonstrate their craft daily during the show. Call (770) 473-0197 to sign up, or for more information. Admission is $3, or free with a tour.

Jan. 22

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will have an Early Bird Breakfast at the Clayton State University Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education on Jan. 22 at 7:45 a.m. The topic will be Ford-Hapeville Plant Redevelopment, and Scott Condra, senior vice president of Jacoby Development, Inc., will be the guest speaker. The cost of the event will be $15 for members, and $25 for non-members. Starting in February, all walk-up registrations will be an additional $5 per person. Hilton Head Guest Services is sponsoring the event. For more information call (678) 610-4021.

Jan. 24

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District's monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. was rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Callaway Gardens Conference Center, Pine Mountain, Ga.

Jan. 27

The American Cancer Society will sponsor a "Man to Man" Prostate Cancer Information Group at Piedmont Fayette Hospital on Jan. 27, for Fayette and neighboring counties, at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place in the third-floor conference rooms of building 1279. Dr. Fernando A. Duralde of Atlanta Metro Urology Clinics will speak on the topic of "Newly diagnosed options; what to do." For more information contact Jim O'Hara at (770) 632-2898, or the American Cancer Society at (770) 631-0625.

February

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department 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.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a summer basketball league for girls ages 8 to17. Registration will begin in February, and go until full. The cost is $45 per resident and $55 per non-resident. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

Feb. 10

The authors of a new book on the Civil Rights movement, Constance Curry and Bob Zellner, will appear at Clayton State University on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to speak about "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement." Zellner grew up in Alabama, the son and grandson of Klansmen, joined SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) in 1961, later rising to become a field secretary in the organization. "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek" is a personal account of Zellner's story. Curry, a professor at Emory University, is herself a noted civil rights activist, and has written several books. The program will be held in the James M. Baker University Center starting at 11 a.m., and will include a book signing and discussion about the history represented.

Feb. 14

During February, Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro will host Romantic Memories of Yesteryear, featuring displays in every room representing the customs, fashions, flowers and food from the 19th and 20th centuries. The items on display are a combination of antiques and reproductions, with many illustrations and photographs from original sources. There also will be a display focused on the customs of slave marriage ceremonies, and the laws concerning them. On Valentine's Day, Saturday, Feb. 14, Bethel School House will be the scene of romance as couples renew their marriage vows. This event requires an extra fee and reservations. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6 for children. Tours are given Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Stately Oaks Plantation for more details at (770) 473-0197.

Feb. 19

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will host Take Five at Five, a social event at the Art's Clayton Gallery on Feb. 19, from 5-7 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 on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. Classes will begin on Thursday nights between 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information call the recreation department at (404) 363-2908.

March

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a full-court basketball league for men 18 and above starting in March 2009. 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.

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 2009. 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.

Ongoing

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

The Bear Creek Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., and Friday night at 10 p.m. The address is 1019 Highway 19-41 (Bear Creek Boulevard) in Hampton. It is less than a quarter of a mile north of Atlanta Motor Speedway. 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 City of Riverdale Community and Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services 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 that are included. The application deadline will be on 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 Community and Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services 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 will be on Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. The program starts on June 1. For applications and information call (770) 997-8989, or visit www.riverdalega.gov.

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center will host a weekly foreclosure prevention workshop in Forest Park. The event will take place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The workshop is intended to educate the community on how to avoid home foreclosures. To schedule an appointment to attend a weekly workshop, call (770) 961-6900.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department would like 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 offer swimming to the public at the Recreation Center's indoor pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 p.m. 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 from 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.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department is holding registration for adult softball. The adult leagues will play the following nights: Monday for Men Open; Tuesday for co-ed; Wednesday for Men Open; Thursday for Ladies Open and Recreation. The leagues will play under Amateur Softball Association of America rules. To reserve a team space, a registration fee of $400 must be paid in full. Money orders, cashiers checks, Mastercard and Visa will be accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

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