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Clayton County Commission to meet Thursday

Thursday

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting Thursday, at 6 p.m., in the commissioners' conference room at the Clayton County Administration Building, located at 112 Smith St., Jonesboro. The board will discuss employee matters, and hold an executive session to discuss pending litigation. For more information, contact the Board of Commissioners at (770) 477-3208.

The Clayton County Housing Authority's Foreclosure Committee will meet Thursday, at 10:30 a.m., at the housing authority's offices, 732 Main St., Forest Park. For more information contact the housing authority at (404) 362-1200.

Saturday

"Nature, Undisturbed," a juried photography exhibition, will take place April 24-May 3 at the Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, Ga. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31. The event will benefit Southern Conservation Trust, a local nonprofit organization which manages three public nature preserves in Fayette County and protects more than 1,300 acres of land in the Southern Crescent. For more information contact Donna Rosser at (770) 716-1706 or visit www.sctlandtrust.org.

Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its 55th annual banquet, "Clayton County: Rising Together, Shining Strong," Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. The banquet will take place at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel-Atlanta Airport, 1900 Sullivan Road, College Park. Reservations are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. The event will include a reception, dinner, installation of the new board of directors and award presentations. For more information call (678) 610-4021 or e-mail jkinard@claytonchamber.org.

Next Month

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 to 17. 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. 2

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to drive patients to and from their treatments. The group will host an information and training session Monday from 10 a.m., to 12 p.m., at the American Cancer Society's Peachtree City office. Volunteers must have a good driving record, a valid driver's license, auto insurance, and a vehicle that is in good working condition. For more information or to register for the session, call Lisa Cockerham at (770) 631-0625 or e-mail Lisa.Cockerham@cancer.org. The ACS Peachtree City office is located at 301 Kelly Drive.

Feb. 7

The National Museum of Commercial Aviation will host its "Museum First Saturday Series" on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. The open house will be held in the Interim Headquarters and Research Air-Chive, at 5442 Frontage Road, Suite 102, Forest Park. This month, the event will concentrate on air traffic control. Guests are welcomed to bring any information they would like to share about the topic, including old photographs, documents or stories. The museum will also accept donations of artifacts or memorabilia at the event. For more information, contact the museum at (404) 675-9266.

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 the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1961, and later rose 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.

The Collaborative Firm, LLC, will host the seventh annual South Metro Development Outlook conference on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 a.m., to 2 p.m., in the ballroom of Clayton State University's Student Activities Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Conference attendees will receive information on development trends and opportunities, economic forecasting and sustainability during general and planning sessions.

Admission is $25 for those in the government sector, $30 for those in the private sector and $35 for on-site registration. For more information contact The Collaborative Firm at (404) 684-7031.

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 will also be a display focused on the customs of slave marriage ceremonies, and the laws concerning them. On Valentine's Day, 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, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. For more information, call Stately Oaks Plantation 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, 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 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, Feb. 19, from 5:30 p.m., 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.

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, 12:15-1 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.

March

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.

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 Thursday, March 12, and end Saturday, March 21. 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.

March 13

The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will present "A Night at the Opera," Friday, 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 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 p.m., 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. 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

American Legion Post 147 and Auxiliary will meet Feb. 4 and 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.

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 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., 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 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, 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.

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 Maria Jose Subiria. To submit an item for publication, e-mail msubiria@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.