Datebook - July 1, 2009


Participants should register today, Wednesday, July 1, for the annual "City of Forest Park/Forest Park Dwarf House 5K Fun Run/Walk," scheduled for Sept. 26, at 8:30 a.m., at 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. For more details, contact Michael Morris, Sr., at (404) 363-2908.

Putting the Past Behind Us, Wish Foundation, Inc., will have an event to assist young survivors of sexual abuse, on Wednesday, July 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Special guest will be State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Ellenwood). For more details, contact Trinia Garrett at (678) 389-0736, or visit www.ppbu.page.tl.

LAP'S, or Love for All Peoples, a Jonesboro non-profit organization, is seeking lead female vocalists, male and female praise dancers, male or female trio, male or female spoken word poets, rappers, male actors with a positive message, ages 7 to 28, to participate in a special DVD project. DVD sales will assist in funding performing arts scholarships for youths. To audition, dancers must call 1(877) 288-9979, ext. 1940, to schedule a time, or they can send a video to spiritj_2000@yahoo. com. All others should call (770) 210-9105. For more details, visit www.webtalentusa.com.


The Clayton County Extension Farmers Market will be held every Wednesday and Saturday, at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service in Clayton County, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The market will operate, 4:30-6:30 p.m., on Wednesdays, and 9-11 a.m., on Saturdays. There is free space for 33 local gardeners. The event will end Sept. 19. For more details, call (770) 473-5434.


Clayton County Parks and Recreation will have a "Fourth of July" event, on Saturday, July 4, from 10 a.m., to 8 p.m., at The Beach, at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. The event will host a variety of entertainment, such as rhythm and blues, and reggae bands, as well as fireworks. The cost is $10 per person. For more details, call Clayton County Parks and Recreation, at (770) 477-3766, or visit www.claytonparks.com.

The Atlanta History Center will debut a new visitor experience of the Margaret Mitchell House, home of "Gone With the Wind" author Margaret Mitchell, which includes two new exhibitions, on Saturday, July 4, from noon to 5 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy the tourist attraction for free. For more details, contact the Atlanta History Center at (404) 814-4000.

The Fabulous 4th Festival will recognize female veterans, and those currently serving in all of the branches of the U.S. military, during the celebration, on Saturday, July 4, at 5 p.m., at the Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. There will be a patriotic program that will feature Brigadier General Maria Britt. The City of Conyers will also present a proclamation honoring the history and service of women in the U.S. military. For more details, or to RSVP, contact the Georgia International Horse Park at (770) 860-4190.

Monday-July 10

Camp Ivy, Inc., a camp for children with Type 1 diabetes, will be held July 6-10 at the Calvin Center, 13550 Woolsey Road, Hampton. Children ages 2 and older can participate in the program. For more details, call (678) 688-5124.


There will be a public meeting at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, on Tuesday, July 7, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., to discuss the review of federal funding opportunities for Clayton County organizations, collaborations and partnerships, and grant application requirements. One must RSVP, and include name and organization. For additional details, contact Gwendolyn Smith at (770) 210-4301.

July 9-21

The City of Riverdale will host a free "Pre-Foreclosure Housing Seminar" July 9-21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at 750 Main St., Riverdale, designed to educate and assist homeowners in the areas of loan modification, restructuring loans, rate reduction and how to avoid home foreclosure rescue-and-recovery scams. The seminar is sponsored by Wanda Wallace, councilwoman for the City of Riverdale, and Denese Johnson of the NID-Housing Counseling Agency. For more details, contact Wallace at (770) 997-8989, or e-mail: wwallace@riverdalega.gov.

July 11

The Clayton County Association Against Family Violence, Inc., will host the "Securus House 25th Anniversary Gala" on July 11, 6:30 to 11 p.m., at The Getaway Club at Fort Gillem, 4619 Club Drive, Forest Park. Tickets are $60 for singles, and $100 per couple. The event will feature Grammy Award-winning artist Gerald Alston, of The Manhattans. For ticket information, call (770) 603-8131, and for additional details, contact The Getaway Club at Fort Gillem at (404) 363-3830.

July 14

The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting on July 14, at 2 p.m., at the board room of Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The meeting is open to the public. For more details, contact LaDonna Markland, at (770) 473-3850.

July 18

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will present "Grand Ole Grandparents Day" on July 18, noon to 4 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, and Steve Lundquist Aquatic Center, 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. The event, which will include swimming, board games, arts and crafts, and ice cream, will allow grandparents to enjoy quality time with their grandchildren. For more details, call (678) 479-5133.

July 24

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Divine Faith Ministries International, and the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, will present a free concert on July 24 at 7 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mount Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. For more details, call (770) 473-2875.

July 25

Clayton County Parks and Recreation will present "Movie Under the Stars," a free community event, beginning around 9 p.m., on July 25. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" is scheduled to show at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. On Aug. 22, "Hotel for Dogs" will be showing at International Park, 2300 Ga. Highway 138, Jonesboro. "Monsters vs. Aliens" will show on Sept. 19, at the Gerald A. Matthews Complex, 1935 McDonough Road, Hampton. For more details, contact Clayton County Parks and Recreation at (770) 477-3766.

July 31

Jabez's Balanced Nutrition Services will be providing free breakfast and lunch for children 18 years of age and under, until July 31, at Battle Creek Village Townhomes, 1174 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Breakfast will be served, 8:30-10 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m. The program is designed to take the place of the National School Lunch Program during the summer vacation period. Meals are provided to eligible children at no cost in needy neighborhoods across the county. For more details, contact Pia Speight at (770) 960-1300, or e-mail battlecreek@bgiapartments.com.

Aug. 15

The 2009 Sister to Sister "Developing Our Young DIVAS for Tomorrow," event will be held on Aug. 15, from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Johnson Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, Hampton. The event is for teenage girls ages 12 to 17, who will be trained, mentored and participate in activities that will help them build confidence, and self-esteem. Panel guests will include Edward Long, youth director for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Dionne Turner, of SLD Enterprises and Sabrina Tindal, of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Atlanta. For more details, call Kim McNair, at (770) 707-2161.

Aug. 15-Oct. 24

LADYS, Inc. will have its "8th Annual Saturday Basketball School," from Aug. 15 to Oct. 24, with its first session at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. The program runs for 10 weeks, and focuses on developing and enhancing the basic fundamentals of young 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. For more details, contact LADYS, Inc., at (770) 369-7779, or e-mail them at, info@ladysinc.org.


Youth Under Construction, Inc., will host "Camp Character" through Aug. 7, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Riverdale First United Methodist Church, 6390 Church St., Riverdale. Campers, ages 6 to 16, will be able to participate in programs on character education, leadership skills, community service, building self-esteem, etiquette, money management, abstinence, career development, and tobacco, alcohol and drug-use prevention. The camp registration is $80, and $80 per week. Spaces are limited. For more details, visit www.youthunderconstruction.org, or contact Shenita Scott at (404) 429-8288, or scottshenita@aol.com.

An Alzheimer's Support Group meets every fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., at the GoldenCrest Assisted Living Residence, 2160 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow. For more details, 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 supplement their home school curriculum with an educational gallery tour, and art project. The cost per project will be $5. For more details, contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5488.

Arts Clayton hosts a "Saturday Spark!" every third Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Families will attend for an experience related to the monthly exhibition, or create art projects.

The cost per project is $5. For more details, contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5457.

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. For more details, 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 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., at a new location, the Ramada Atlanta Airport Conference Center, 1380 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. For more details, call (404) 295-1067.

Clayton County Republicans will meet on the last Thursday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., at various locations. For more details, contact Della Ashley, at (770) 472-1518, or visit www.claytoncountyrepublicans.org.

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.