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Datebook - July 8, 2009

Today-July 17

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for its "Leadership Clayton 2009-2010," program. Emerging, and existing leaders are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit applications is July 17. For more details, contact the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce at (678) 610-4025, or visit www.claytonchamber.org.

Today-Aug. 22

The Arts Clayton Gallery is seeking entries for the "6th Annual Juried Photography Competition," which will be presented in conjunction with the "Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival." Participants must be Georgia residents, and ages 18 or older. Traditional film, digital and digitally enhanced entries are accepted. Interested contestants may pick up an application at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro, or download it online, at www.artsclayton.org/gallery. The deadline is Aug. 22. For more details, contact Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457.

Today-Sept.25

Participants can register through Sept. 25, for the annual "City of Forest Park/Forest Park Dwarf House 5K Fun Run/Walk," set 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.

Thursday-July 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. It is designed to educate and assist homeowners in the areas of loan modification, restructuring loans, rate reduction and how to avoid home foreclosure and rescue-and-recovery scams. The seminar is sponsored by Riverdale City Councilwoman Wanda Wallace, and Denese Johnson, of the NID-Housing Counseling Agency. For more details, contact Wallace at (770) 997-8989, or e-mail: wwallace@riverdalega.gov.

Saturday

The Clayton County Association Against Family Violence, Inc., will host the "Securus House 25th Anniversary Gala" on July 11, 6:30-11 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.

AMC Entertainment, Inc., and the Autism Society of America will give families affected by autism, and other disabilities, an opportunity to enjoy their favorite films, in a safe and accepting environment. "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," will show on Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., at Southlake Pavilion 24, 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow, for a cost of $5. Contact Southlake Pavilion 24, at (770) 473-0719.

Georgia Right to Life will be hosting the "2009 Mid-Georgia Conference," on Saturday, July 11, 9:30 a.m., to 2:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 682 Mulberry St., Macon. Patrons will learn how to be pro-life in the 21st Century. The cost of attendance is $15 per person, or a couple for $25. Lunch will be provided. For more details, or to register, call (770) 339-6880, or visit www.grtl.org.

The Clayton County Headquarters Library will present, "Money Saving Mechanics!" a free workshop on Saturday, July 11, from 9:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The workshop will teach participants routine maintenance, engine performance and new-and-used-car buying tips. It will be taught by Steven Morgan, a certified mechanic. Demonstration cars will be on site, courtesy of Terry Cullen Chevrolet, Inc. To attend, contact the Clayton County Headquarters Library at (770) 473-3850.

Monday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will present the "IBM Southeast Employees' Federal Credit Union Business to Business Luncheon," on Monday, July 13, at 11:30 a.m., at the conference room, at the third floor of Kaiser Permanente Southwood Medical Center, 2400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The cost of attendance is $15 for members and their guests, and $25 for non-members. The topic of the event will be "Grant Writing, 501(c)3 and More: The Truth About Non-Profits." The panelists will include Kim Frederking, for the Community Foundation for Clayton County; Ben Loggins, for Loggins and Associates, PC, and Chauncey Newsome, for the Georgia Secretary of State. For more information, call the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, at (678) 610-4021.

Tuesday

The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, 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. Contact LaDonna Markland at (770) 473-3850.

July 15

AMERIGROUP Community Care will present, "Traveling Health Care," on July 15, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The event will provide guests with free health screenings, free dental screenings, games and prizes. Contact the Clayton County Headquarters Library at (770) 473-3850.

July 15-Aug. 22

Arts Clayton Gallery, will feature the "Mike Sawecki -2009 Juried Show Best in Show Winner Solo Show," from July 15 to Aug. 22, at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The free opening reception will occur on July 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the feature gallery. Contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5457.

July 16

The Downtown Development Authority of the City of Morrow's quarterly meeting will be on July 16, at 10 a.m., at the training room of the Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road, Morrow. These meetings are public. Call the City of Morrow at (770) 961-4002.

July 18

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will present "Grand Ole Grandparents Day" on July 18, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation 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 18, 25

Wise about Youth: A Training and Consulting Company for Youth Serving Organizations will present, "Peer Educator Training," a free event for teens on July 18, and July 25, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Clayton County Adolescent Health and Youth Development Center, 685 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The interactive training will teach how to use one's influence to help peers adopt new, healthy behaviors for a bright future. Breakfast, and lunch will be served. For more information, or to confirm attendance, contact the Clayton County Health Department Teen Center at (404) 366-6230.

July 22

Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine will present the "7th Annual Moving Your Business Forward," event on July 22, from 8 a.m., to 6 p.m., at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow. The event will provide a workshop with themes such as "Finding Money, and Harnessing Technology," and "Services for Small Businesses." Workshops will be facilitated by executives, who will provide hands-on exercises designed to help entrepreneurs cultivate their businesses. Registration is free. Contact Atlanta Tribune at (770) 587-0501, or visit http://at09mybfconference.eventbrite.com.

July 23

Wise about Youth: A Training and Consulting Company for Youth Serving Organizations presents, "Great Presentation Skills Training," on July 23, from 9:30 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Clayton County Adolescent Health and Youth Development Center, 685 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. Participants must be 18 years of age, or older, and will learn topics such as how to engage teens, guiding large group discussions and answering difficult questions. Registration is required. The training is free. Contact the Clayton County Adolescent Health and Youth Development Center at (404) 366-6230.

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., in 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 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.

AMC Entertainment, Inc. and the Autism Society of America will bring families affected by autism, and other disabilities, an opportunity to enjoy their favorite films, in a safe and accepting environment. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" will show on Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m., at Southlake Pavilion 24, 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow, for a cost of $5. Contact Southlake Pavilion 24, at (770) 473-0719.

July 30

A "Teen Workshop" for sixth- through ninth-graders, sponsored by the Clayton County Adolescent Health and Youth Development Center, and The University of Georgia College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County, will take place on July 30, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Adolescent Health and Youth Development Center, 685 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The workshop will cover topics such as goal setting, career exploration and public speaking. To enroll, call (770) 473-3945.

Arts Clayton Gallery will present "Sip Into Summer!-Artisan Beer Tasting," on July 30, from 6-9 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Each patron will be able to attend, at a cost of $20. Some of the special guests include Jan Gable, from Savannah Distributors; Tina Anderson, from Dogfish Head Brewing Co., and Cameron Rollo, from Victory Brewing Co. The event is a partnership between Arts Clayton Gallery, and Highway 138 Package Store. Contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5410, or visit www.artsclayton.org/gallery.

July 31

Jabez's Balanced Nutrition Services will provide 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. 1

AMC Entertainment, Inc. and the Autism Society of America will give families affected by autism, and other disabilities, an opportunity to enjoy their favorite films, in a safe and accepting environment. "G-Force" will show on Aug. 1, at 10 a.m., at Southlake Pavilion 24, 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow, for a cost of $5. Contact Southlake Pavilion 24, at (770) 473-0719.

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 girls, 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. 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.

Ongoing

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 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. 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.